Related Shows Kinky Boots Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 View Comments Aaron C. Finley & Shannon O’Boyle(Photos: Caitlin McNaney & Ben Meadors) Everybody say yeah! Aaron C. Finley and Shannon O’Boyle will join the cast of the Tony-winning Kinky Boots this summer. Finley is set to take over as Charlie Price from Andy Kelso, with a first performance scheduled for August 8; O’Boyle will succeed Cortney Wolfson as Nicola on July 25. Meanwhile, Haven Burton will return to the role of Lauren on August 15, stepping in for Jeanna de Waal. Kinky Boots currently plays at Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre.Finley’s Broadway credits include It Shoulda Been You and Rock of Ages. O’Boyle’s been seen on the Main Stem in Once the Musical and the Broadway-bound Amélie at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Burton’s additional Great White Way credits include Violet, Shrek, Legally Blonde and Rent.Inspired by a true story, Kinky Boots features a score by Cyndi Lauper, direction by Jerry Mitchell and a book by Harvey Fierstein. The musical follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from the most unlikely person. Together, these two become an unstoppable team, and find that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible…proving that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.The Broadway production opened in April 2013 and went on to win six Tonys, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography.The cast also currently includes Alan Mingo Jr., Daniel Stewart Sherman and Marcus Neville.
It’s Friday, and what a week it’s been for the Great White Way. We’ve learned a lot from our Broadway favorites over the past seven days, from a Color Purple Tony winner’s likeness to several deities to what Matt Damon really thought of Idina Menzel’s Elphaba. We’re here to catch you up on these stories and more you may have missed; study up with the Lessons of the Week! Kristin Chenoweth, Todrick Hall, Elena Kampouris, Reeve Carney, Sutton Foster & Rebecca Naomi Jones(Photos: Gian Di Stefano, Emilio Madrid-Kuser, Caitlin McNaney & Bruce Glikas) Todrick Hall Can Read HimselfAs supermodel of the world RuPaul says, only Judy can judge me. But for Todrick Hall, he’s perfectly fine judging himself. The YouTube star gave a taste of his upcoming Kinky Boots star turn as he lip-synced for his life on the Drag Race set. Among those on the judges panel was an out-of-drag Todrick Hall. Wait, what? If you can’t judge yourself, how in the hell are you gonna judge somebody else? Rebecca Has a Curmudgeonly OfferHBO gave Green Day the green light with a movie adaptation of American Idiot, with frontman Billie Joe Armstrong on board to star. Rebecca Naomi Jones, who also appeared in the rock musical, wants in as well. While she’s unsure if she could reprise her performance as Whatsername, she’d be down for playing anyone, including a “curmudgeonly hipster” bouncer. Hey, we know just the costume. Elena Kampouris Wants Billy Off the StreetQuick, for a dollar: Do you think we could get Billy Eichner to see Elena Kampouris in Les Liaisons Dangereuses? The Fresh Face revealed that she feels she’s kindred spirits with the Emmy-nominated Wicked tailgater and would love to have him attend a performance. We can’t make any promises, but this seems doable. He even has a history with Elenas. DeBose Knows Her Drummer, MaybeWho needs Craigslist Missed Connections when you’ve got a Broadway.com vlog? A Bronx Tale’s Ariana DeBose and drummer Perry Cavari tried to figure out from where they knew each other. We’ve even crosschecked their résumés for a shared credit to no avail. But we think we’ve solved it: Here’s Cavari wearing a blazer. Here’s DeBose wearing a cardigan. Clearly, they met in the If/Then universe. Yes, Matt Damon Loves You, Idina MenzelIdina Menzel revealed that when her crush Matt Damon saw her in Wicked, he didn’t seem to, uh, rejoicify over the show. That couldn’t be further from the truth according to Damon, who finally revealed that he loved the show and even went back a second time. We’re glad it’s water under the bridge, but maybe don’t wait 10 years next time, Damon. You don’t want to anger the Queen of Swords. She has swords. LaChanze Can Be All Sorts of GodsLaChanze is currently experiencing the sensation of having The Color Purple—the show she won a Tony for—back on Broadway, and soon, another signature show of hers will make a return: Once on this Island. She has a genius idea for the latter: cast her as the gods. All of them. But what happens when they all have to sing “And the Gods Heard Her Prayer”? Don’t worry: Reeve Carney has a plan. Dreams Come True If You Talk About ThemAfter years of saying he wanted to play the Phantom, Norm Lewis eventually headlined The Phantom of the Opera. Similarly, Sutton Foster is at last playing Charity Hope Valentine, a role she claims to have brought up incessantly as her dream role. See, dreamcasting works! Now let’s get that Dance Moms musical in the works for a certain fork wielder. Reeve Carney Was His Own Scene PartnerReeve Carney was on the other side of the pond for Penny Dreadful when he was being considered for Rocky Horror, so instead of a screen test, he sent in a self-tape. The Penny Dreadful crew offered to pitch in, which would have been awesome if perhaps creepy. Instead, he just did it solo. Well, almost solo. Carney acted with pre-recorded versions of himself speaking the other characters’ lines. Not creepy at all. Nicky Silver Has a Folder of FailuresWe’ve spoken to several prolific playwrights about their inspirations, but none have been as candid as Nicky Silver (take that, Terrence McNally). The This Day Forward scribe confessed to being driven by the success of other writers and even kept a folder with other writers’ bad reviews to cheer him up. Wow. We’ve definitely never done anything like that. What screenshots of typos in press releases? Chenoweth Stuck a (Giant) Fork in ItWe all know Kristin Chenoweth is a pocket diva, but we didn’t realize she was nearly microscopic. Here’s Cheno posing next to a completely normal-sized, definitely not enlarged fork. OK, fine. It’s a prop for her guest visit to The Chew. We imagine it’s a fairly impractical utensil. That is, of course, unless you were making a gargantuan batch of KC’s signature salad. Remember, it’s all about those Italian croutons. View Comments read more
Three separate waves of severe storms ripped through Georgia last month. Warmer-than-normal temperatures may have contributed to the development of these severe episodes. But most of the state, except far-northern counties, remains drier than normal. Severe weather was reported on eleven days in April, with the majority happening April 4, 15 and 27, as warm and moist flow from the south ahead of strong cold fronts caused multiple large thunderstorms. Devastating tornadoesOn April 4, several small to moderate tornadoes and widespread strong winds caused damage throughout Georgia. Seven people were killed and 9 injured during this series of storms. More than 270,000 people lost power and more than 400 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed.Three small tornadoes were observed April 15 with the overnight passage of another cold front in central Georgia; however, damage from this front was much more widespread in Alabama and North Carolina.The biggest outbreak of severe weather came April 27-28 during one of the worst tornado outbreaks in the Southeast since the Super Outbreak of April 1974. The National Weather Service determined Georgia experienced 15 tornadoes during this time, most strong and long-track tornadoes. A detailed description of the tornadoes in north and central Georgia can be found at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ffc/?n=20110427_svrstorms. The state insurance commissioner estimated that insured losses in Georgia alone were at least $75 million and were expected to rise due to this storm.Fifteen people were killed and 115 were injured in the onslaught of storms that occurred across the state. The most devastating tornado was a rare EF4 that hit Ringgold in Catoosa County April 27. Eight people died and as many as 100 buildings were destroyed. Georgia Power reported that 78,000 people were without power the morning after these storms passed. Above normal temperaturesTemperatures across the state were above normal for the third straight month. In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 65.3 degrees F (3.7 degrees above normal), in Athens 64.1 degrees (3.2 degrees above normal), Columbus 68.9 degrees (4.7 degrees above normal), Macon 66.7 degrees (4 degrees above normal), Savannah 69.6 degrees (4.3 degrees above normal), Brunswick 70.3 degrees (3.9 degrees above normal), Alma 69.4 degrees (2.7 degrees above normal), Valdosta 70.9 degrees (5.7 degrees above normal) and Augusta 67.1 degrees (4.7 degrees above normal). This was the ninth warmest April on record for Atlanta, the fifth warmest for Columbus and Augusta, and the third warmest for Savannah since records began. Several daily record highs were set in many locations, including Savannah, Augusta and Brunswick. Several cities tied daily record highs.Little rainfall recordedDespite the severe weather, rainfall was quite low across most of Georgia, with the exception of the northern quarter of the state. The driest areas were the south-central and southwest regions. Most of the rainfall came from thunderstorm activity, which is more variable, or spotty, than widespread winter frontal rains.The highest monthly total precipitation from National Weather Service reporting stations was 5.40 inches in Valdosta (1.57 inches above normal). The lowest was in Macon at 1.30 inches (1.84 inches below normal). Atlanta received 3.06 inches (0.56 inch below normal), Athens 2.28 inches (1.07 inches above normal), Alma 1.74 inches (1.42 inches below normal), Columbus 1.67 inches (2.17 inches below normal), Brunswick 1.98 inches (0.82 inch below normal), Savannah 1.35 inches (1.97 inches above normal) and Augusta 1.93 inches (1.01 inches above normal). This was the tenth driest April in both Macon and Savannah since records began at the airports.Augusta reported a new daily rainfall record of 1.08 inches April 28, breaking the old record of 1.07 inches set that date in 1922. The highest single-day rainfall from Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network stations was 4.67 inches northeast of Dillard in Rabun County April 16. An observer near Ringgold reported 4.14 inches on the same day. The highest monthly total precipitation of 9.58 inches was measured near Emma in Dawson County, with 9.29 inches near Dillard in Rabun County and two monthly reports of over 8 inches near Ringgold. read more
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, has been recognized as “Best Aquarium” 2010 Editors’ Choice in Yankee Magazine’s Travel Guide to New England, on newsstands now. This designation is awarded by Yankee’s editors and contributors, who name select restaurants, lodgings, and attractions in New England to the exclusive list. Recipients range from the rustic to the refined, but all are noteworthy and memorable destinations. For 34 years, Yankee Magazine’s Travel Guide to New England has been the most widely distributed and best-selling guide to the six-state region, providing readers with a comprehensive vacation-planning tool and daily reference.ECHO’s designation was accompanied by the following Yankee Editor’s Choice quote:“Frogs and whale skeletons, shipwrecks and sea monsters — there’s something to stir any imagination at this exceedingly well-done exploration of the ecology and culture of Lake Champlain.”ECHO Executive Director Phelan Fretz said, “ECHO is honored to receive this prestigious recognition from Yankee Magazine, and I am very proud of the entire staff for the achievement.”Yankee editor Mel Allen: “Our special travel issue includes page after page of secrets and whispers. It covers New England’s unique landscape, its attractions, and the people who create the flavors, crafts, and lodgings that lend their richness to memorable travel. It’s about the secrets we whisper to family and friends when we come home from seeing new places. With invaluable help from our ‘Best of New England’ contributors, we offer more than 300 stories-in-waiting inside this issue. We think of our ‘Bests’ as secrets whispered to friends—in this case, the loyal readers of Yankee Magazine.”The 2010 Travel Guide features 312 “Best of New England — Editors’ Choice” selections, which include the best restaurants, lodgings, attractions, local secrets, and bargains in the region. Yankee tells readers where to find the “Best Taste of Europe” in Maine, the “Best Music Hall” in Connecticut, the “Best Rainy-Day Excursion” in Rhode Island, the “Best Inn for Foodies” in Massachusetts, the “Best Sushi” in Boston, the “Best Art Fix” in New Hampshire, the aforementioned “Best Aquarium” in Vermont, and many more. This special issue also names 120 top events around the region, plus 50 waterfront dining recommendations; food and home articles are also featured.ECHO will also be recommended on YankeeMagazine.com.For more information visit: YankeeMagazine.comECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is located at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, on Vermont’s Burlington Waterfront. ECHO features 70 live species, more than 100 interactive experiences, changing and permanent exhibits and seasonal events — all exploring the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. The 2.2 acre Leahy Center environmental campus is also highlighted by the Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room, UVM’s Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, Lake Champlain Navy Memorial, ECHO’s Eclectic Gift Shop, and ecology-themed Think! Café. Open year-round, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day. For more information visit echovermont.org, call 877.324.6386, or write to ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, One College Street, Burlington, VT 05401.About Yankee Magazine: Yankee Magazine was founded in 1935 and is based in Dublin, New Hampshire. It is the only magazine devoted to New England through its coverage of travel, home, food, and features. With a paid circulation of more than 350,000 and a total audience of nearly 2 million, it is published by Yankee Publishing Incorporated (YPI), a family-owned and independent magazine publisher. More information about Yankee: New England’s Magazine is available at: YankeeMagazine.com read more
The commander of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces South (MARFORSOUTH), Rear Admiral David W. Coffman and his staff visited the Commanding General of the Brazilian Marine Corps (CGMC), at the Sao Jose Fort, Ilha das Cobras, Rio de Janeiro, between February 19 and 22, with the objective of developing a closer professional relationship, visiting the Brazilian Marine Corps facilities, and evaluating new exchange opportunities between MARFORSOUTH and the Brazilian Marines Corps. The U.S. team attended an institutional lecture by General Fernando Antonio de Siqueira Ribeiro, Commandant-General of the Brazilian Marine Corps, followed by a business meeting in which they addressed issues of interest to both forces. At the end of the day, the Brazilian Marine Corps concert band played in tribute to the visitors, with a repertoire including popular classics from the U.S. and Brazil. On February 20, the U.S. team visited the Amphibious Division Command (ComDivAnf) and the Almirante Sylvio de Camargo Training Center (CIASC), where they attended lectures followed by a tour of the facilities, demos, a showcase of the Amphibious Division, and a presentation by the Marine Corps marching band at the CIASC. The following day, the Marines visited the Almirante Milciades Paul Adams Training Center (CIAMPA), the Marine Special Operations Battalion (BtlOpEspFuzNav), and the Marine Corps Doctrinal Development Command (CDDCFN). Major General Coffman attended the presentations of the commanders and visited the facilities in all units. He saw the indoor shooting simulators at the CIAMPA and the CDDCFN, and the runway magazine shooter at the BtlOpEspFuzNav. General Fernando Antonio was pleased with the positive results of the MARFORSOUTH delegation’s visit, stating, “Visits like this are essential to enhancing the good relationship MR. COMMANDER-GENERAL OF MY DEAR MARINE CORPS, MY NAME IS JOSE FERREIRA DE LIMA, Iâ€™M A RETIRED MARINE REGISTERED NUMBER 72.0358,62, I AM VERY PROUD THAT I WAS A MARINE DRAFTEE UNDER THE DEAR CAPTAINâ€™S COMMAND, AT RECIFE GROUP, COMMANDER NEVARES. TODAY Iâ€™M A TAX-PAYING TRADESMAN AT THE STATE OF PERNAMBUCO. SIR, I WAS VERY UPSET ABOUT WHAT RECENTLY HAPPENED HERE AT OLINDA CITY WITH THE MARINES WHO DIDNâ€™T BEHAVE AS MARINES. EVERYTHING THAT I HAD TOLD MY CHILDREN REGARDING MY DEAR MARINE CORPS COMMAND WAS AT STAKE. NEVERTHELESS, I AM SURE THAT THE PUNISHMENT THESE MARINES WILL GET WILL NOT ALLOW THE SOCIETY IN GENERAL TO HAVE DOUBTS ABOUT WHO WE ARE. â€œAD SUMMUSâ€. By Dialogo March 09, 2014 read more
To my fellow Saratoga Springs residents, I hope you are all planning on voting this November. It’s important, especially in this day and age, for us all to exercise our constitutional rights and do our civic duty.I also hope that you will vote for Meg Kelly for mayor. I have had the honor to know Meg Kelly for many years and I have never met a more intelligent, dedicated, and resourceful person. Many of you know her as our current deputy mayor or from her years as an expert golf instructor.I first met Meg through her not-for-profit organization: The Saratoga Children’s Theater (SCT). Before SCT, there weren’t many choices for “theater kids” like my daughter to express themselves and learn their craft. Meg saw that need in this city and did something about it.In a short time, the organization grew from serving 20 kids to over 1,500 kids offering summer camps as well as main stage shows throughout the year, all the while not just teaching theater skills, but also promoting team-building, unity, public speaking, community service and anti-bullying lessons. My daughter has done over 20 shows with SCT and has thrived with both the theater skills and the life skills she’s been given.Being of little means, we couldn’t always afford a summer camp or a workshop, but Meg Kelly always helped families like mine with scholarships. She believed that every child should have the same opportunity regardless of their financial situation.Aside from her compassion, I was always impressed by her organizational skills, as well as her fierce determination.I think she would be an outstanding advocate for the citizens of Saratoga Springs.Alison LeskeSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion read more
Topics : The restrictions, which start on Thursday in the three regions, will not close businesses or schools.But Legault introduced restrictions like allowing only people living at the same address to be there at the same time. Libraries, movie theaters and museums will close and protesters will have to wear masks during demonstrations, he said.Earlier on Monday, Ontario, Canada’s most-populous province, reported a new daily high of 700 cases, with a bit more than a day’s worth of samples still pending at labs. The number of patients in hospital was also rising steadily, reaching 128, data showed.”We know that this wave will be more complicated, more complex, it will be worse than the first wave we faced earlier this year,” Ontario Premier Doug Ford told reporters in Toronto. The Ontario Hospital Association called on the province to bring back restrictions in some regions on indoor dining and bars, places of worship, weddings, gyms and other non-essential businesses.Canada garnered praise earlier this month after it reported zero coronavirus deaths for the first time since March. But health officials are now warning that some local authorities could be overwhelmed unless the wave of infections is curbed.In Alberta, where cases have also been rising, the provincial government postponed dozens of surgeries and imposed visiting restrictions at a Calgary hospital because of an outbreak. Twenty-six patients and 27 staff have confirmed infections and more than 100 staffers are in isolation. Four patients have died.Overall, cases in Canada rose by 1,454 to 153,125, while six more deaths took the total to 9,268, according to data released on Sunday. Quebec on Monday ordered new restrictions on bars and restaurants in coronavirus hot spots, while Ontario’s premier warned of a “more complex” second wave, as Canada’s two most-populous provinces saw big increases in COVID-19 cases.Quebec, the Canadian province hit hardest by the novel coronavirus, will curb social gatherings in homes and limit bar and restaurant service to takeout for 28 days in Montreal and two other regions, Premier Francois Legault said. It reported 750 new coronavirus cases on Monday.”It’s time to take action,” Legault told reporters in Montreal. “The situation is at the limit.” read more
Mikel Arteta is preparing to offload several Arsenal players this summer (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta is set to sell several Arsenal defenders this summer – including Sead Kolasinac – along with midfield duo Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira, according to reports.Arteta is preparing for his first summer transfer window as Gunners manager but is expected to be limited to loans and free transfers unless he can increase the club’s budget by offloading a number of first-team players.Arsenal’s transfer kitty will of course be boosted if the club manager to qualify for either the Champions League or Europa League. Arteta’s side are currently eighth in the Premier League, eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.AdvertisementAdvertisementHenrikh Mkhitaryan joining Roma on a permanent deal will help and Mesut Ozil continues to be linked with a move away from the Emirates, although his lucrative wages will inevitably put off potential suitors.ADVERTISEMENTBut Arteta wants to reshuffle his squad further, according to The Times, and is ready to sell left-back Kolasinac and some of the seven centre-backs at the club, along with Guendouzi and Torreira.Kolasinac has endured a mixed spell in north London since his move from Schalke in 2017 and has started only 15 of Arsenal’s 32 Premier League matches this term.Guendouzi and Torreira have had a similar fate at the Emirates and neither have convinced Arteta that they have long-term futures at Arsenal. Comment Sead Kolasinac looks set to leave the Emirates (Picture: Getty)Last month, Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas said Arteta could sell up to ten of his players this summer, including star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.‘They do not have a centre-back of prominence at the club. Sokratis, Shkodran Mustafi and David Luiz are just simply not good enough,’ he told Sky Sports.‘They spent around £8million on David Luiz, who has won the Premier League and the Champions League. The craziness is that he was better than what was already there.‘That should show those players just how bad it is and also how bad it is for Arteta. Kieran Tierney cost £25m but is not yet fit, we have no centre-backs, Sead Kolasinac cannot defend either.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Arteta has inherited this team, and it has been a disaster defensively. Pablo Mari is not the answer I don’t think.‘If you have to sell Luiz, Sokratis, Mustafi, Ozil to get him off the wage bill, Kolasinac too, then do it. Take the money for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if the right amount comes in, and sell Granit Xhaka as well.‘There are ten players Arsenal could sell. It goes into a fund to get more defenders.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Rio Ferdinand explains why Aubameyang is stalling over signing Arsenal contractMORE: Dennis Wise warns Chelsea about Willian signing for London rivals Arsenal Advertisement Mikel Arteta puts Arsenal defenders up for sale along with Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira Metro Sport ReporterThursday 2 Jul 2020 10:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.3kShares Advertisement read more
Talk Africa: Africa in 2018 3 year old AJ is South Africa’s youngest DJ Meet the 2 year old DJ from South Africa Related A two year old in South Africa has taken the internet by storm. The toddler who is known by his alias DJ AJ, is already a disc jokey at such a tender age. His choice of music, mainly house music, has won him more than 25,000 followers on Facebook and celebrity status is already calling.
NewsRegional Bureau of heads on mission to Haiti by: – February 13, 2012 Tweet Suriname’s President Desi Bouterse GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Suriname’s President Desi Bouterse will on Monday lead the three-member Bureau of CARICOM leaders and the bloc’s special envoy to Haiti, PJ Patterson, on a two-day mission to Haiti, the CARICOM Secretariat has announced.Bouterse is to be joined by immediate past CARICOM chairman and his St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas and St. Lucia’s Deputy Prime Minister Phillip J. Pierre, who is standing in for Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony, according to a statement from the Georgetown-based secretariat.The three leaders, together with the CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocquemake, up the Bureau of Heads of Government, a special super-committee of CARICOM leaders.Also on the mission is the former Jamaican leader, PJ Patterson, CARICOM’s Special Representative of the Heads of Government to Haiti, the statement said.“The purpose of the visit is to engage with the Government of Haiti with respect to its priorities which would assist in determining the nature of assistance required of the Community to that Member State,” the CARICOM statement said.On Monday, the delegation is due to meet with Haiti’s President Michel Martelly and on Tuesday with Prime Minister Garry Conille and fellow cabinet members.The mission will also include meeting with parliamentarians and leaders of business groups, youth and the media, CARICOM said.“The visit will also serve to emphasise continued support for the country in its reconstruction and development efforts following the 2010 earthquake and explore ways for strengthening Haiti’s participation in CARICOM,” the secretariat added.The mission will follow a week in which Port-au-Prince’s executive and legislative leadership undertook a diplomatic offensive to seek commitments to the country’s rebuilding and development efforts.Last week, Prime Minister Conille led a delegation to Washington to meet congressional leaders and the international financial institutions. At the same time, President Martelly was in Venezuela seeking Haiti’s membership of the regional bloc, ALBA, and securing bilateral aid and cooperation agreements with Caracas.Then the World Bank’s vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean, Hasan Tuluy, followed with a trip to Haiti, during which he visited World Bank reconstruction projects.At the weekend, the government signed a contract with a French consortium to rebuild the island’s leading source of renewable energy, a 54-megawatt hydroelectric plant, with funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).Antigua Observer Sharing is caring! 5 Views no discussions Share Share Share read more