Odds & Ends: Kelli O’Hara on Auditions & More

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first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Kelli O’Hara on Auditions Kelli O’Hara is full of admiration for kids auditioning today compared to when she started out. “People are looking for that money note. I’m not an American Idol type singer; I don’t have that one note to make people fall out of their chairs,” the five-time Tony nominee told Variety. “With my voice, I need to tell a story. I wouldn’t be here today if the world had worked that way then.” We beg to differ, Kelli, but you’re adorable to say so! You can catch her telling the story of The King and I eight shows a week at Lincoln Center.Rafe Spall to Join His Dad at Old Vic?Rafe Spall, who made his Broadway debut in 2013’s Betrayal, is in talks to star opposite his father at London’s Old Vic, according to the Daily Mail. As previously reported, Timothy Spall will headline Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker at the venue and Rafe is thought to be up for the role of Aston, a part that has formerly been played by luminaries including Oscar winner Colin Firth.Mayor de Blasio & Lin-Manuel Miranda Team UpMayor de Blasio has appointed Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda and mega producer Daryl Roth and reappointed playwright George C. Wolfe to the Theater Subdistrict Council. They will be responsible for administering New York’s Theater Subdistrict Fund and allocating grants with the goal of promoting the production of new theater work, developing new audiences and showcasing Broadway’s role in the history of American theater.Broadway Bares Solo Strips Canceled in ProtestThe Broadway Bares Solo Strips show on May 10 at 42West has been canceled in protest after proprietors linked to the location were connected to a Senator Ted Cruz event. Cruz has been a strong opponent of same-sex marriage. In a statement the organizers said: “We cannot in good conscience hold an event at a venue whose owners have alienated our community, as reflected in Thursday’s New York Times story and today’s follow-up.”Billy Elliot is Tougher Than the MilitaryWe loved this interview and thought it the perfect story to (high) kick off the weekend with. David Alvarez, who won a Tony in 2009 as one of the three boys to alternate the role of Billy Elliot, is now a swing in On the Town. And in the interim? He joined the army. About which Alvarez has to say to The New York Times: “When I did basic training, I always thought, this is hard but it’s not Billy Elliot hard.” Take that, naysayers—Broadway is the ultimate test of endurance!last_img read more

Financial Literacy with The Disclosures, Chad Helminak & Chris Morris – TSH #023

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first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Financial literacy is imperative to the future. The best way to instill values and create great habits is to start with the youth. Dr. Brandi Luv Stankovic and her guests, Chad Helminak and Christopher Morris, co-founders of the band, The Disclosures discuss teaching financial literacy to young people through the medium of song.Defining your mission and mixing your artistic and business sides are just a few topics covered in discovering how best to motivate the young for success. continue reading »last_img read more

Southern Tier to begin outdoor dining at restaurants

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first_img(WBNG) — On Wednesday Governor Andrew Cuomo announced outdoor dining at restaurants will be allowed in the current phase two reopening beginning June 4. The Southern Tier, along with six other regions, will permit outdoor dining. Outdoor tables must be spaced six-feet apart , all staff must wear face coverings and customers are required to wear face coverings when not seated. Governor Cuomo said in a press release sent to 12 News, “We are continuously evaluating activities that can be safely reopened, and today we are adding outdoor seating at restaurants to phase two”. Other regions permitted to start outdoor dining include the Capital Region, Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country and Western New York.last_img read more

Otto Energy establishes Houston office

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first_imgAustralia-based oil and gas company Otto Energy has established its Houston office and appointed a U.S.-based technical team.With the company’s Gulf of Mexico business now producing for more than three months from the SM 71 field, Otto said it was focused on accelerating its identification of additional attractive opportunities to grow its production.Otto added that managing director Matthew Allen would be relocating to Houston in late July to lead the team.As for the Houston technical team, Otto appointed Will Armstrong as the vice president of exploration and new ventures, Philip Trajanovich as the senior commercial manager, and Mark Sunwall and Kevin Small as senior exploration consultants.The exploration team will be led by Will Armstrong, who has more than 30 years of experience across the Gulf of Mexico. His exploration work has seen the drilling of 162 prospects across his career.The exploration team has been engaged as consultants inside the Otto business for the last six months.  As a result of this consulting work and past experience, the exploration team is very familiar with the company’s current portfolio, screening criteria, and focus area for potential prospects.Allen said: “I look forward to the move to Houston, and growing the Otto business off the back of the strong production and cash flow base we have built at SM 71. We have welcomed a team that brings a cumulative 110+ years of Gulf Coast and Gulf of Mexico experience and this IP and knowledge will be integral in identifying partners and prospects that will help grow Otto’s business moving forward.“We have a very exciting period ahead of us, with wells schedule to spud at Bivouac Peak in August and Alaska in early 2019. With our exploration team well embedded in the business after six months working with Otto, we hope to be adding and drilling additional prospects into our exploration portfolio in the near term.”last_img read more

Teens and young adults Hoosiers can enroll in free e-cig quitting program

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first_imgStatewide—The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), in partnership with the Truth Initiative®,  announced a text message program to help Indiana teens and young adults who want to quit vaping.The This is Quitting program was created with input from teens, college students and young adults who have attempted to or successfully quit e-cigarettes. Hoosier youth who need help quitting vaping can text “Indiana” to 88709 and receive age-appropriate recommendations about ways to quit. The program is part of a three-pronged approach directed by Gov. Eric J. Holcomb to reduce youth vaping that focuses on prevention, education, and cessation.Indiana youth who enroll in This is Quitting will receive one support text per day for at least 60 days after their quit date. Individuals who are interested in ending e-cigarettes use but aren’t yet ready to set a quit date will receive at least four weeks of messages focused on building skills and confidence to prepare for quitting. Users can receive on-demand support for cravings, stress, slips and a desire for more tips or inspiration in addition to their scheduled interactive messages. Upon completion of the program, users will receive periodic text messages and may continue to receive messages of support for as long as needed.last_img read more

EPL: Spurs, Liverpool collide in London

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first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Tottenham vs. Liverpool Venue: Tottenham Stadium Kick off: 6:30PMHistory beckons for Liverpool this evening as they visit Tottenham Hotspur looking to secure the best-ever start in the 131-year history of English top-flight football. A 20th victory from their 21st game of the campaign would secure that remarkable feat, but they come up against a familiar foe in Jose Mourinho, who has spoiled the Liverpool party on more than one occasion in the past. Who else but Mourinho would be standing in the way of Liverpool and the extraordinary slice of history they could achieve today? Rarely has a manager had such a storied rivalry with one particular club having never been in charge of them himself, from Luis Garcia’s “Ghost Goal” in the 2005 Champions League semi-final to Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip towards the end of one of Liverpool’s previous title challenges in 2013-14. Mourinho versus Liverpool is almost as big an occasion as the team he is in charge of, with the Portuguese having faced the Reds 28 times throughout his career – more than he has faced any other club. Of those 28 games he has lost just seven, while in the Premier League he has lost only three of 17. The three-time Premier League winner has never come up against a Liverpool team like this one, though, with Jurgen Klopp’s side having picked up 58 points from the 60 on offer to build a commanding 13-point lead at the top of the table. Only Manchester City’s centurions of 2017-18 have ever fared as well after 20 games of an English top-flight season, but they drew game number 21. Victory for Liverpool would see them set a new benchmark of 61 points from a possible 63. Should they achieve that then they would have already surpassed their overall points tally from nine of their previous Premier League campaigns, but Klopp has repeatedly insisted that these records mean nothing to him. Instead, his eyes are firmly on the prize which has eluded Liverpool since 1990, and it would take not only an unprecedented collapse but an entire reversal of the club’s form over the past two years to deny them that 19th top-flight title now. Indeed, talk has already turned to the possibility of an Invincible campaign rather than merely a title-winning one, and it is easy to see why considering Liverpool have overcome challenge after challenge this term – most recently winning every game bar the EFL Cup match in which they fielded an Under-23 side during a hectic December, despite a mounting injury list. The Reds have continued that perfection into 2020 so far, utterly dominating Sheffield United in their last Premier League outing before embarrassing Merseyside neighbours Everton with a 1-0 FA Cup win despite again fielding a youthful side. Liverpool have not even conceded a Premier League goal since Everton previously visited Anfield on December 2, keeping five top-flight clean sheets on the bounce having managed only two in their opening 15 games of the season. The numbers behind Liverpool’s run are in danger of becoming normalised through overuse, but they are worth repeating again – 28 wins from their last 29 Premier League games, 37 top-flight matches unbeaten stretching back more than a year and 29 consecutive games in which they have scored. The latter is a streak only two teams in Premier League history can beat and will be particularly concerning for a Spurs side that has only kept one clean sheet from their 12 matches under Mourinho so far. Liverpool’s clean sheet record will also be a worry with Spurs missing Harry Kane through injury for the foreseeable future, but few are better at devising tactical plans to keep a Liverpool side at bay than Mourinho. Mourinho is one of only a handful of managers to have experienced something similar to the run Liverpool are on at the moment, having seen his 2005-06 Chelsea team reach 58 points in 21 games, and Spurs will be hoping that gives him some idea of how to stop the rampant Reds. Spurs do not come into the game in particularly good form, though, winning just one of their last five outings across all competitions including a 1-1 draw at Championship side Middlesbrough in Sunday’s FA Cup clash. Tottenham’s last Premier League game saw them slump to a 1-0 defeat to Southampton – a result made all the more miserable by Kane’s injury – and they subsequently sit six points off the pace in the battle for a Champions League spot. Spurs have not lost back-to-back league games yet this season, though, while their home form is more encouraging – four wins from five under Mourinho, with the only exception being a 2-0 defeat at the hands of former club Chelsea. However, those victories did all come in matches they were expected to win, and now they find themselves in danger of failing to win four games on the bounce across all competitions for the first time since November 2016. For Liverpool this match is one of those which would have been earmarked as one of their toughest remaining tests this season, particularly coming as part of a double-header with Manchester United visiting Anfield next week. The Reds were relentless while playing every three days or so over the festive period, though, while most of the first team will have had nine days to get ready for this match, meaning that they will be raring to go on their trip to North London. Tottenham possible XI: Gazzaniga, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Aurier, Alli, Winks, Eriksen, Sessegnon, Son, Lucas. Liverpool possible XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane.Tags: EPLJose MourinhoJurgen KloppLiverpoolTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more

Derry progress in style

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first_imgRory Patterson netted a hat-trick as Derry City won 5-0 at Aberystwyth Town on Thursday to wrap up an emphatic aggregate victory and seal their place in the second qualifying round of the Europa League. Goals from Ingimundur Niels Oskarsson and Kristjan Gauti Emilsson put the visitors firmly in control of the tie in the first half. Glenavon levelled on the night when Kevin Braniff and Eoin Bradley scored a couple of minutes apart around the hour, but nine minutes later Emilsson converted a penalty. Two other Welsh teams were in action and both suffered the same fate as Aberystwyth in being eliminated. Airbus UK lost 2-1 at Norwegian side FK Haugesund of Norway for a 3-2 aggregate defeat, with Michael Pearson equalising Torbjorn Agdestein’s opener early on before the second half saw Maic Sema net for the hosts and Jordan Barrow sent off for the visitors. Bangor City were on the end of an 8-0 aggregate thumping as they were beaten 4-0 at home by Icelanders Stjarnan, the goals being notched by Martin Rauschenberg, Arnar Bjorgvinsson (two) and Atli Johannsson. The League of Ireland Premier Division visitors went into the game already with a handsome advantage over their Welsh Premier League opponents, having triumphed 4-0 in the opening leg of the first qualifying round tie. And they swiftly added to it at Park Avenue, with Michael Duffy putting them 1-0 up on the night in the 11th minute and Barry McNamee doubling that lead just three minutes later. Press Association Northern Ireland forward Patterson scored his first on the hour mark and then netted twice in quick succession (84 and 86) late on – the final effort being a penalty, awarded for a Luke Sherbon foul on Mark Timlim – to complete the 9-0 overall rout. Two other League of Ireland Premier Division outfits also progressed on Thursday in Sligo and Dundalk. Sligo were another to post a comprehensive result, thumping Lithuanians Banga, who they had drawn 0-0 with away, 4-0 at The Showgrounds. Alan Keane put the hosts 1-0 up in first-half stoppage time, and after Karolis Urbaitis was sent off for the away side in the 68th minute, Sligo made the most as Aaron Greene (72), Danny North (83) and David Cawley (89) also got on the scoresheet. Dundalk saw off Luxembourg’s Jeunesse Esch 3-1 at home for a 5-1 aggregate victory, with goals from Brian Gartland, Kurtis Byrne and John Mountney putting the Lilywhites out of sight by the interval before Jonathan Zydko’s second-half consolation. There were mixed fortunes for Danske Bank Premiership teams as Crusaders advanced to the next round but Glenavon crashed out. Crusaders completed a 5-2 aggregate win over FK Ekranas of Lithuania with a 2-1 away triumph, Paul Heatley scoring a second-half brace either side of Lukas Kochanauskas’ reply. Glenavon lost 3-2 at home against FH Hafnarfjordur of Iceland, going down 6-2 overall. last_img read more

Football News Manchester City beat Leicester 3-1 in penalty shootout, progress to semi-final of the English League Cup

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first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Manchester: On a tumultuous day for beleaguered Manchester United, crosstown rival Manchester City advanced to the English League Cup semifinals to keep in the hunt for trophies on four fronts this season. Man City beat Leicester 3-1 in a penalty shootout on Tuesday to stay on course to retain the title and give Pep Guardiola another piece of silverware, hours after his great managerial rival Jose Mourinho was fired by United. The game finished 1-1 in regulation time, with Kevin De Bruyne marking the first start of his latest comeback from injury with the opening goal from the edge of the area for Man City before Marc Albrighton equalized. City was surprisingly joined in the semifinals by third-tier Burton Albion, which won 1-0 at second-tier Middlesbrough to keep its fairytale run going in the competition. Burton became the first team from the third tier or lower to reach the last four of the League Cup since Sheffield United did so under manager Nigel Clough in 2014-15. Clough now coaches Burton. In Wednesday’s quarterfinal matches, Tottenham hosts north London rival Arsenal and Chelsea is at home to Bournemouth. In a low-quality shootout at the King Power stadium, only four of the eight penalties taken were scored. The decisive one was the best of the lot, converted high into the corner by Man City left back Oleksandr Zinchenko.Read More | Manchester United sack José Mourinho after defeat at LiverpoolIt spared some of the embarrassment of his teammate Raheem Sterling, who attempted a so-called “panenka” down the middle and only succeeded in chipping it over the bar. Leicester failed to score from three of its four attempts, with Man City back-up goalkeeper Arijanet Muric saving two of them.Read More | Lionel Messi hat-trick boosts Barcelona to top of La Liga table”He’s got veins of ice,” De Bruyne said of the 20-year-old Kosovan goalkeeper, who was making only his third appearance for the Premier League champions. Leicester manager Claude Puel made seven changes to his team, despite the League Cup being his best chance to win silverware this season. Guardiola won two trophies last season the League Cup and the Premier League and has the strength in depth in his squad to seriously challenge for every title possible this season, too. City has qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League, where it was given a favorable draw against Schalke, and is second in the Premier League a point behind Liverpool. Guardiola offered his condolences to Mourinho, who arrived in Manchester in the same summer of 2016, but hasn’t enjoyed the same success as Guardiola. “I am always sad for the manager when that happens,” Guardiola said.”We are alone in that situation. I am close to all of the managers. You are sacked when results are not good. “He doesn’t need me, he is so strong. I wish him all the best and he will be back soon.”  last_img read more

Cricket News Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul fined by BCCI Ombudsman for Koffee With Karan comments

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first_imgPandya’s remarks were slammed as ‘misogynistic’, ‘racist’ by many Twitter users and the BCCI issued a show-cause notice to the all-rounder along with Rahul, the other cricketer present on the show. Pandya took to Twitter to apologise for his remarks and expressed ‘regret’ over the comments when he responded to the show cause notice. The all-rounder said the mistake will not be repeated in the future.Even skipper Virat Kohli distanced himself from the remarks before the start of the ODI series against Australia. “From the Indian cricket team point of view, any inappropriate comments that are made in that scenario are something that we definitely don’t support. We definitely as the Indian cricket team do not support views like that and that has been communicated (to the two players). I can definitely say that as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers we definitely don’t align with those views and those are purely individual views. The two concerned players (have) felt what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude of what’s happened. Definitely, it has to hit anyone hard, they will definitely understand the things that have not gone right. We are still waiting for a decision to be made,” Kohli said.Pandya and KL Rahul’s suspension was lifted on January 2019 by the Committee of Administrators pending a probe. The Committee of Administrators (CoA) had wanted the Supreme Court to appoint an Ombudsman to decide the fate of the two players. Pandya joined the team in New Zealand while Rahul played for India A in the home series against England Lions. Both players have been included in the 15-man World Cup squad, with the tournament beginning on May 30 in England. New Delhi: Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul have been fined by the BCCI Ombudsman DK Jain for their controversial comments on the show Koffee With Karan hosted by Bollywood director Karan Johar at the start of 2019. The Ombudsman has directed Pandya and Rahul to pay Rs one lakh each to families of 10 constables in the para-military forces who have lost their lives on duty. In addition, the Ombudsman has also directed the duo to pay Rs 10 lakh in the fund created by Cricket Association for the Blind (CABI), for promotion of blind cricket within four weeks. The BCCI Ombudsman also said that if the amount is not deposited within four weeks, the BCCI can deduct the amounts from the match fees which are payable to them.Pandya and Rahul’s situation came to light hen Johar was asking questions about not asking women’s name in a night club and what do men talk about. To this, Pandya replied, “I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I’m little from the black side so I need to see how they move.” Pandya also boasted about how he casually discussed his sex life with his parents. “When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, ‘Main karke aya hai aaj (I had sex today)’. At a party my parents asked me ‘acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai [who is your interest here?] so I said yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women)’ and they were like ‘waah proud of you beta’,” Pandya replied with laughter. highlights Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul will pay Rs one lakh each to families of 10 constables in the para-military forcesHardik Pandya and KL Rahul have been included in the 15-man squad for World Cup.The Ombudsman has filed a total of Rs 40 lakh from both players. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Kenya’s Olympic champ Sumgong handed four-year ban

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first_imgKENYA’s Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong has been suspended for four years for doping.The 32-year-old was found to have taken banned blood booster EPO in an out-of-competition test in her home country.Sumgong, who also tested positive for a banned substance in 2012, won the London Marathon in 2016 before claiming gold in Rio, becoming the first Kenyan woman to take the title.Her ban runs from 3 April, when she was provisionally suspended.EPO, also known as erythropoietin, is a hormone that can increase endurance and, in athletics, is used mainly by long distance-runners.Between 2011 and 2016, more than 40 Kenyan track-and-field athletes failed doping tests.Among those sanctioned was Sumgong’s former training partner Rita Jeptoo, 36, who was banned for four years following a positive test for EPO in 2014.Earlier this year, Sumgong was one of a number of Kenyan athletes who welcomed a new initiative to eradicate doping, agreeing to be monitored by doctors appointed by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Athletics Kenya.“It will be easy for us now to communicate with these doctors before we take any medicine when the need arises,” she said at the time.(BBC Sport)last_img read more