July 12

Botswana Diamonds plc (BOD.bw) HY2016 Interim Report

first_imgBotswana Diamonds plc (BOD.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the half year.For more information about Botswana Diamonds plc (BOD.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Botswana Diamonds plc (BOD.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Botswana Diamonds plc (BOD.bw)  2016 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileBotswana Diamonds is a diamond exploration enterprise that has been operating in Botswana since the early 1980s. The United Kingdom-based enterprise is a spin-off of African Diamonds Plc and operates in Botswana, South Africa and Cameroon. The company has a successful track record in diamond discovery; having helped discover the Karowe Mine in Orapa which produces rare high-value stones. Botswana Diamonds also found a kimberlite mine in Botswana which is one of only 20 hard-rock diamond mines found outside Russia. The company operates in a joint venture with OJSC Alrosa (Russia) to explore 17 diamond-producing mines; and in a joint venture with Brightstone holds 13 prospecting licenses in the Orapa region which covers a total of 733 square kilometres. Botswana Diamonds Plc was founded in 2010 as a spin-off company of African Diamonds Plc, with its head office based in Dublin, Ireland.last_img read more

July 5

Tullow Oil slumps following ANOTHER disastrous update. This is what I’d do now

first_img Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Tullow Oil slumps following ANOTHER disastrous update. This is what I’d do now Enter Your Email Address 2019 proved to be a disastrous year for Tullow Oil (LSE: TLW) and its share price. Investors have been used to price drops in recent years, but the 64% reversal suffered last year was catastrophic. And it hasn’t got off to the best of starts in 2020 after issuing a disappointing exploration update on the first trading day of the new year. That sent its share price sharply lower in the morning and despite bouncing back a little, it is still down by 7% as I write.Whoops!So what has Tullow said to spook traders on Thursday? Well on the plus side, it said that it had struck oil at its Carapa-1 exploration well off the coast of Ghana. News that results came in below pre-drilling forecasts was less encouraging, however, although no exact readings were given.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Commenting on the results, chief operating officer Mark Macarlane said: “While net pay and reservoir development at this location are below our pre-drill estimates, we are encouraged to find good quality oil which proves the extension of the prolific Cretaceous play into our acreage. “We will now integrate the results of the three exploration wells drilled in these adjacent licences into our Guyana and Suriname geological and geophysical models before deciding the future work programme.”Once bittenUnpredictable and often disappointing exploration and production reports are part-and-parcel of the oil and gas industry. Unfortunately for investors in Tullow, though, this has been the norm for the past several months.The driller’s share price fell off a cliff in November after it scaled back production estimates for the third time in 2019 because of long-running drilling problems at the En14-P production well in the TEN offshore field in Ghana, allied with mechanical problems at its Jubilee asset. As a consequence, full-year output estimates were slashed to 87,000 barrels per day from a prior estimate of between 89,000 and 93,000 barrels.Twice shyBut that November fall paled in comparison to the drop in December following another shocking update, one in which it cut its 2020 production to between 70,000 and 80,000 barrels per day and advised that it anticipated output of 70,000 barrels for the following three years.With its key assets performing “significantly below expectations”, Tullow axed the dividend and vowed to reassess future investment plans too. And it also decided to cut both chief executive Paul McDade and exploration director Angus McCoss adrift, meaning that key decisions will need to be made without someone currently in the hot seat. It gives plenty for shareholders to chew over (or should that be stew over?) before the next trading statement is released on January 15, and a full and frank financial and operational update is given when full-year results come out on February 12.Investment in the oil sector is already becoming an increasingly risky business as the global economy (and thus energy demand) cools, and non-OPEC nations gradually ramp up crude supply to put further pressure on the oil price outlook. And clearly the operational problems over at Tullow Oil add another significant layer of danger. The company’s forward P/E ratio of 8.5 times might make it cheap on paper, but it’s trading at bargain-basement levels for a reason. I won’t be touching it with a bargepole. 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Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. See all posts by Royston Wildlast_img read more

June 16

Public warning on first aid

Howard Lake | 24 January 2000 | News Public warning on first aid  16 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Read Public warning on “charity” kits by Neil Mckay at The Newcastle Chronicle and Journal. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Pensioners in the north of England have received unwanted first aid kits as part of a fundraising scheme. Pensioners in the north of England have received unwanted first aid kits as part of a fundraising scheme. A telemarketing firm has been offering to sell the first aid kits and donate one third of its profits to good causes.The Red Cross and six other charities warned the public in November about this fundraising scheme, stating that it had no contract with the telemarketing company. Advertisement read more

June 15

Global actions call for Mumia’s freedom

first_imgA call for freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal and all political prisoners is picking up steam, with solidarity actions planned for the end of March.Abu-Jamal has a status hearing on March 27 in Philadelphia, plus a court hearing on April 30, which could eventually lead to his freedom. After years of global community meetings, protests, petitions and legal challenges, the people’s movement succeeded in taking Abu-Jamal off death row in 2011. The reinvigoration of that mobilization is necessary in order to pressure Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner and Common Pleas Court Judge Leon Tucker to do the right thing.Toward that end a coalition of Mumia support organizations has created a petition calling for the District Attorney to release all DA and police files on Mumia to the public and to release Mumia because he’s factually innocent. (mobilization4mumia.com/actions/)A coalition for an “International Offensive to Free Mumia and All Political Prisoners” on the weekend of March 24-27 is gaining momentum.In Houston, the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement will do a banner drop for Mumia over Houston’s busiest freeway, on Dunlavy Bridge over Highway 59, on March 26, 5:30-6:30 p.m.In Detroit, at the National Conference to Defeat Austerity, March 24, organizers will play recordings from Mumia on prison labor and express solidarity with the movement to Free Mumia. The event is at St. Matthew’s-St. Joseph’s Church, 8850 Woodward Ave.In Oakland, Calif., after a March 26 forum organized by the Bay Area Mumia Coalition, a rally and march will take place on April 28 at Oscar Grant Plaza. For information, email [email protected], phone 510-501-7080, or call Terri Kay at 510-600-5800.Also in California, a March 24 forum is being held at the Vallejo JFK Library from 1 to 4 p.m. For information contact the New Jim Crow Movement (Vallejo), 707-652-8367.A number of events will take place in New York City:March 23: Break Down Walls & Prison Plantation: Mumia, Migrants & Movements for Liberation, 6 to 9 p.m., Holyrood Episcopal Church, 715 179th St. (bringmumiahome.com).March 24: Jericho Amnesty Movement 20th Anniversary, 5 to 9 p.m., Holyrood Episcopal Church, 715 W. 179th St.March 25: Gather at noon at U.S. Mission to the U.N. (799 UN Plaza, 1st Ave­nue and 45th Street), march at 1 p.m. to Times Square for 2 p.m. rally. This event has been endorsed by Bronx Community Greens, Universal Zulu Nation, Morales-Shakur Community & Student Center, Safiya Bukhari-Albert Nuh Foundation and many other groups.Rallies are also being organized in France, Germany, Great Britain, Canada, Mexico and other countries.A protest will take place in Toronto at 1 p.m. on March 24 at the U.S. Consulate, 360 University Ave. In Johannesburg organizers are staging a rally on March 25 at Freedom Park RDD with poetry, hip hop, Kwaito music and drama.In Philadelphia, local supporters are asked to help pack the court at 8 a.m. on March 27 at 1301 Filbert and again on April 30, when supporters from outside Philly are expected to converge on the court to demand freedom for Mumia. A number of other local activities are taking place; for details contact [email protected] or 215-724-1618.Other cities are still in the process of organizing actions. To add your local Mumia event to the growing list, fill out the form at freemumia.com/march-24-27-eventsFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

June 15

Philadelphia students take over school board meeting

first_imgThe Philadelphia Board of Education voted 7-2 on March 28 to mandate metal detectors in all city high schools. Angered student activists, teachers and their supporters responded by shutting down the meeting and taking over board members’ seats.All 49 city high schools now have metal detectors, but three schools — Science Leadership Academy, Science Leadership Academy at Beeber and the Workshop School — do not mandate their use.  SLA Beeber senior Amir Curry stated that metal detectors criminalize students, who do not “view the policy as a safeguard of their health and safety.” Curry is a member of the youth organizing group Philadelphia Student Union which led the protest. Naveli Perez, who attends the Academy of Palumbo where detectors are used, said the metal detectors make students feel like “criminals waiting to happen.”PSU Executive Director Julien Terrell told the board: “We do not recognize your vote! We do recognize your legitimacy!” Terrell, who denounced the board for ignoring student demands, was eventually surrounded by police but not arrested. When it became clear that the students chanting, “Whose schools? Our schools!” were not stopping, Board President Joyce Wilkerson recessed the meeting, and board members left to reconvene in private.Members of PSU and the activist teachers’ group, Caucus of Working Educators, then took over the board seats, declaring themselves “The People’s School Board.” They continued to hear from speakers, many voicing disappointment over the recently elected school board, which had promised to be better than the previous School Reform Commission, target of numerous protests over several years.Two of the new board members, Angela McIver and Mallory Fix Lopez, opposed the new “security” policy. Lopez pointed out that the metal detectors create distrust among students and negatively impact both mental health and academic achievement. The two student board members, Julia Frank and Alfredo Praticò, also oppose metal detectors but are prohibited from voting.In private session after leaving the public meeting, the school board voted to adopt a $3.4 billion 2019-20 budget, despite previous promises to make all school board business public. Activists with the Alliance for Philadelphia Public School stated the vote was illegal, in violation of the Sunshine Act guaranteeing public access to board meetings.Students, teachers and community activists are organizing to address the real problems impacting student health and safety in the schools: lead, mold, asbestos, rodent and insect infestations, contaminated drinking water, plus outdated and broken heating and cooling systems in many buildings. A petition will be delivered to the City Council on April 15 demanding $170 million for urgently needed repairs, to be obtained by ending a 10-year property tax abatement.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

May 18

Judge orders man, 30, out of parents’ home after months-long battle: ‘I want you out’

first_imgGoogle Maps(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) — A New York judge on Tuesday ordered a 30-year-old man to vacate his parents’ home after they took him to court when he refused to leave.“I want you out of that household,” New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood told Michael Rotondo, pointing at him with his right index finger, according to ABC Syracuse affiliate WSYR-TV.Rotondo was displeased, the station reported.“That’s outrageous,” he said. He later confirmed that he plans to appeal the decision.The judge explained that Rotondo was given numerous notices, but Rotondo tried to argue as his own attorney that he needed more time, according to WSYR-TV.“I don’t see why we can’t just wait a little bit for me to leave the house,” he said to the judge.After the judge ruled in Rotondo’s parents’ favor, he approached the judge’s bench to ask for one last consideration.But Greenwood told him, “Sir, I’ve already ruled.”Rotondo told WSYR-TV after Greenwood’s ruling that he plans to get some things from the Camillus, New York, home, adding that he wasn’t sure where he would stay now.The judge also asked the state’s protective services to check on the well-being of Michael Rotondo’s parents, Christina and Mark Rotondo, according to WSYR-TV.Their son moved back into the home eight years ago after losing a job, he told WSYR-TV, adding that he and his parents aren’t on speaking terms. He said he now runs a “website business.”The parents declined to comment after the judge’s ruling. Attempts to reach the parents and their attorney were unsuccessful.They took their son to court after several failed attempts to get him out, including a cash offer of $1,100 to move his belongings and get his Volkswagen Passat off their driveway, court documents obtained by ABC News show.Outside court, Michael Rotondo said he took the money, but didn’t go on a search for a place to live, WSYR-TV reported.“I spent it on expenses,” he said.The parents penned several letters to him going back to February, all asking him to leave the home they say they’ve owned since 1975, according to a civil petition they filed in Odondaga County Court. But Michael Rotondo wouldn’t budge.In court, Michael Rotondo asked the judge for six months, then, after the judge disagreed with his interpretation of the case, he said he could leave sooner.“I don’t presently expect to be there three months from now,” he told the judge.Michael Rotondo said that he’s “not a burden to them in the home” and the parents “don’t provide laundry or food.”But the judge didn’t appear convinced, at one point bringing Michael Rotondo and the parents’ attorney to his bench to consider mediation.The parent’s attorney told the judge that neither Mark nor Christina Rotondo have any “obligation to provide support” to their 30-year-old son and that they are considering becoming “empty nesters” and want the option “to sell their large house and move to smaller quarters that suits their needs.”The letters included in the petition illustrate their rising frustration.Michael Rotondo attempted to answer the claims and stated in a motion to dismiss that “he is a family member, who cannot be evicted” and cited 2006 legal case cited the 2006 case of Kosa v. Legg, placing the blame on his parents for violating law by forcing him out of their home without enough notice.Michael Rotondo claims he hasn’t “made life difficult” for his parents and that there was never any expectation on him to “contribute to household expenses” or do chores or maintain the home, the motion states.The parents’ letters to him paint a different picture.On Feb. 2, his parents wrote him four sentences demanding “that you must leave this house immediately” and giving him two weeks “to vacate.”“You will not be allowed to return,” the letter reads. “We will take whatever actions are necessary to enforce this action.”On Feb, 13, three days shy of the 14 days they promised, the parents wrote Michael Rotondo informing him that they retained an attorney.They gave their son 30 days “to vacate the premises” and threatened a “legal procedure,” if he didn’t abide by the letter, the petition reads. They also warn him to refrain from “threatening or harassing action” that he might consider taking.Then they offer Michael Rotondo the cash.“Here is $1,100 from us to you so you can find a place to stay,” they wrote in a Feb. 18 letter, included in the petition.It came with “advice” that he start organizing his belongings and hawk the rest.“Sell other things you have that have any significant value, (eg. stereo, some tools etc.),” the letter in the petition reads.This applied to weapons too.“This is especially true for any weapons you may have,” the letter adds. “You need the money and will have no place for the stuff.”The letter also advises Michael Rotondo not only move out but get a job.“There are jobs available even for those with a poor work history like you,” they write in the letter. “Get one — you have to work!”More letters in the petition were sent in March. Each demands Michael leave and get his car fixed and off the parents’ property.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. 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May 12

Plea to lift parental pay burden

first_imgPlea to lift parental pay burdenOn 27 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article TheInstitute of Management is urging the Government to administer pay for workingparents’ leave rather than placing the burden on employers.Therecommendations are included in the institute’s response to the Department of Tradeand Industry’s consultation paper, Work & Parents: Competitiveness andChoice. The  research found that 71 per cent of managerswant the Government to provide statutory maternity pay to mothersdirectly.  Theemployers’ body is also calling for the Government to unify payment mechanismsfor maternity and paternity leave.Theresearch shows that, although there is considerable support among managers fora system of two weeks’ paid paternity leave at the same rate as maternityleave, managers are averse to shouldering any further administrative burdens.Morethan three-quarters of managers do not believe that employers should meet theadministrative burden of paternity leave.Thesurvey of 233 members also shows that 74 per cent of managers were confused bythe rules on maternity leave and pay.MarkChilds, global head of compensation for Fidelity Investments, said largeemployers should not be hit by administrative burdens.Hesaid, “I’m sympathetic to the arguments of small employers. But for larger employers,these payments are handled through payroll and are not a burden to administer.”www.inst-mgt.org.ukByKaren Higginbottom Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

May 4

Turkish Navy commissions second landing ship TCG Sancaktar

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Turkish Navy commissions second landing ship TCG Sancaktar View post tag: TCG Sancaktar Turkish Navy commissions second landing ship TCG Sancaktar April 8, 2018 Share this article View post tag: Turkish Navycenter_img The Turkish Navy commissioned its second Landing Ship Tank (LST) ‘Sancaktar’ in a ceremony on April 7, the Turkish undersecretary for defense industries announced.The commissioning of TCG Sancaktar comes almost exactly a year after the lead ship in the class, the TCG Bayraktar, was commissioned on April 14, 2017.Sancaktar was launched in July 2016.The two 139-meter ships are built by Anadolu (ADIK) Shipyard under a contract signed with the Turkish defense ministry in May 2011.With a displacement of over 7200 tonnes, the LSTs are capable of transporting up to 1.200 tonnes of cargo (18 tanks or 24 armored personnel carriers).The mono-hull vessels reach speeds of 18 knots and have unlimited operational capabilities up to sea state 5. They have an endurance of 5,000 nautical miles at full load displacement and at a speed of 15 knots.Sancaktar and Bayraktar carry Aselsan’s STAMP remotely operated weapon station, two Phalanx close-in weapon systems, chaff and infrared decoys and torpedo countermeasures.Additionally, the ships are equipped with two command and control centers (one for ship’s CIC and the other for joint amphibious command and control purposes) and four landing craft (each can carry 40 Marines or 8 t cargo).They feature three onload/offload gates (fore, aft, and port side) and have an 18 m trifold bow ramp. A fore draft of less than 2 meters makes the ships suitable for beach landing operations. Authorities View post tag: TCG Bayraktar View post tag: LSTlast_img read more

April 20

Coronavirus has impacted the hours and availability of some local businesses

first_img Google+ By Jon Zimney – March 18, 2020 0 526 Shelves sit empty of paper products at a Walmart, Saturday, March 14, 2020, in Hudson, Mass. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes) Due to the CDC’s recommendation that residents avoid large gatherings and practice “social distancing,” many stores and businesses in Michiana have closed or changed their hours. Here’s Carl with more…BUSINESSES THAT ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSEDAll AMC Theatres in the U.S. will close for at least six to 12 weeks. Wonderland Cinemas are also closed in Niles.Also…AppleBath and Body WorksMacy’sPlanet FitnessStrikes & Spares in MishawakaSouth Bend Cubs Performance CenterThe Imagination Spot in GoshenVictoria’s Secret PinkSTORES THAT HAVE CHANGED THEIR HOURSUniversity Park Mall: The temporary new operating hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.Aldi is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.Dollar General is closing one hour earlier than regular closing time and is dedicating the first hour of shopping daily to senior citizens.Most Kohl’s stores are now open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.STORES THAT ARE OPENBed, Bath & BeyondBamber’s Superette Food Market in MishawakaCostcoCVS PharmacyFresh Thyme stores are open but self-serve salad bars, hot soup bars, and olive bars in all stores are temporarily closed.Shelton’s Farm Market in NilesMORE STORES THAT HAVE CHANGED THEIR HOURSKroger is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.Notre Dame Federal Credit Union is limiting access. Branches will be open by appointment only. Drive-up service lanes will be open until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.Sam’s Club has shifted to 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Walmart has changed its hours to 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.MORE STORES THAT ARE OPENDrive & Shine is open but the company has suspended full-service interior cleaning, detailing and outdoor vacuum services.Martin’s Super Markets are openMeijer storesStanz Foodservice’s in South BendTarget storesWalgreensWhole Foods is open but they’ve closed hot bars, salad bars, and self-serve stations.For the latest coronavirus news, text VIRUS to 4-5-3-6-4. Facebook Twitter Coronavirus has impacted the hours and availability of some local businesses Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Google+ CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleMan shot at McDonald’s on South Michigan Street in South BendNext articleNotre Dame student tests positive for coronavirus Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

January 18

Lessons of the Week! Aaron Tveit, Sierra Boggess & More

first_img View Comments After an exhausting, frustrating and grueling week at work, we think you deserve a treat. No, not peanut butter cups. You really think we’re going to give you our peanut butter cups? Yeah right. It’s the Lessons of the Week! We’re digging up the wildest, craziest and strangest stuff that’s happened in the last seven days and arranged them all here for your convenience (and hopefully, your amusement). Ready? Check ’em out below!Audra McDonald Is the Real Slim ShadyLady Day star Audra McDonald is so many things: Six-time Tony winner, mom and First Lady of Eggfartopia, just to name a few. But on The Tonight Show, the star revealed her true identity—“slicka slicka Slim Shady.” Well, this is unexpected. Will the real Audra McD please stand up?Mary Poppins Wants a F*cking RaiseThe beloved nanny is practically perfect, but there is one thing she’s lacking—a decent wage. In a hilarious Funny or Die video, Kristen Bell takes a stand and proves she should play Marian in the Music Man telecast in one fell swoop. (Bonus: No sloths were harmed in the making of this video.)Zach Braff Had a Cats & Les Miz-vahHe always seemed so smooth when he lived in L.A., but now that he’s on Broadway, Zach Braff is embracing his nerdy side. The Bullets Over Broadway star confessed he had a theater-themed bar mitzvah complete with table-dancing Jellicle Cats and Les Miz revolutionaries. That sounds nothing like our last birthday party.Patti LuPone Wants to Play BluegrassTony winner Patti LuPone is singing a selection of torch songs at her 54 Below concerts, but she admitted to Broadway.com that she really wishes she was doing an evening of bluegrass tunes. Darn it, Patti, if only we knew a bluegrass-obsessed Broadway star who could show you the ropes. Oh well.Constantine Will NOT Stop Believin’If you were under the impression that for one second, Constantine Maroulis would stop believin’, you are dead wrong. He absolutely will not. The American Idol alum is reprising the Tony-nominated role of Drew on Broadway, where he’ll be shredding the guitar, wailing and sipping wine coolers once more. Rad.There’s a Christine Daae Secret SocietyWe knew there was a lot of creepy stuff going on in the catacombs of the Majestic Theatre (apparently the Red Death has been making dressing room visits), but we had no idea top-secret meetings of The Christine Daae Club were a regular occurrence. If you wanna sneak in, their secret handshake is a high E.The If/Then Cast Has Too Many Snacks It’s super nice of all you If/Then fans to keep James Snyder, Idina Menzel and co. showered in endless goodies all the time, but don’t you think they have enough Goldfish, kettle chips and Jo-Jos already? Seriously, they told us, they’re sick of them. Please re-route all of those delicious treats c/o Broadway.com, 729 7th Ave. New York, NY 10019.Jamie & Cathy Are Finally Getting HitchedGuys, we’re finally invited to the wedding of Cathy Hiatt and Jamie Wellerstein! Yaaay! The new movie adaptation of The Last Five Years, starring Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick, will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival this fall. Oh, and quasi-spoiler-alert? You’re also invited to their subsequent divorce. Bring tissues.Aaron Tveit Is Looking For Love (Kinda)Well, ladies, the time has finally come: Aaron Tveit is officially single and ready to mingle. And he wants to date you. Yes, you, sitting at your computer…in his new movie Stereotypically You! OK, that was a cruel trick, but everyone’s a winner when Tveit’s on the big screen. Especially if he wears these.Lesli Margherita’s Farts Get PartsMatilda star Lesli Margherita didn’t get her first big role in Annie by doing a killer version of “Tomorrow.” Nope, the director spotted her making fart noises with her legs on a leather couch and instantly knew she was the gal for the job. Wait, that’s what a casting couch is? Damn, we’ve been doing it wrong. Star Filescenter_img Sierra Boggesslast_img read more