Sheryl Lee Ralph & Kara Lindsay Start Performances in Wicked

first_img from $95.00 Sheryl Lee Ralph & Kara Lindsay(Photo: Joan Marcus) View Comments Related Showscenter_img Wicked They’ll be spending more than one short day in the land of Oz! Dreamgirls Tony nominee Sheryl Lee Ralph and previous Glinda (and Broadway.com vlogging fave) Kara Lindsay begin performances in Wicked on November 1 as Madame Morrible and Glinda, respectively. Ralph steps in for Judy Kaye, while Lindsay returns to the bubble following Carrie St. Louis; Kaye and St. Louis exited the popular tuner on October 30, the production’s lucky 13th anniversary.Ralph earned a Tony nomination for her performance as Deena in the original production of Dreamgirls. She made her Broadway debut in Reggae and last appeared as Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2002. On the small screen, she’s known for playing Dee Mitchell in Moesha, as well as performances in Ray Donovan, It’s a Living and Instant Mom.Lindsay first rode Glinda’s bubble on tour before assuming the role on Broadway in December 2014. She appeared in the original cast of Broadway’s Newsies as Katharine and took home a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award alongside her co-star Jeremy Jordan. Earlier this year, Lindsay took on the title role in Mary Poppins at North Carolina Theatre.The current cast of Wicked also includes Jennifer DiNoia as Elphaba, Michael Campayno as Fiyero, Peter Scolari as the Wizard, Michael Genet as Doctor Dillamond, Zachary Noah Piser as Boq and Dawn E. Cantwell as Nessarose.last_img read more

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Costa Rica Urges Nicaragua to Reconsider Border Dispute

first_imgBy Dialogo December 18, 2012 Costa Rica hopes that Nicaragua will “reconsider” the inconvenience of maintaining personnel in a territory disputed at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), to restore a harmonious relationship at their common border, Costa Rican Minister of Foreign Affairs Enrique Castillo stated on December 14. “We keep the faith that Nicaragua will reconsider and understand how inconvenient it is to keep personnel in a prohibited area belonging to Costa Rica, and defying the ICJ order; it is a dagger stabbed in the heart of the Costa Rican people,” said Castillo in a statement. On December 14, the minister inaugurated the Costa Rican diplomatic headquarters in Managua, which represents “a message of Costa Rica’s presence to defend its interests,” he said. “Nicaragua has deliberately offended us, and we do not even understand the reasons,” Castillo added, while insisting that Nicaraguan authorities must clear the border area that generated the dispute being settled at the ICJ. On December 13, Castillo traveled to Managua to participate in a Central American summit representing President Laura Chinchilla, who declined to attend due to the referendum. Since October 2010, both nations have been involved in a dispute over a small territory in the eastern sector of its common frontier, called Isla Calero or Isla Portillo, which was “invaded” by Nicaragua according to San Jose’s authorities. President Daniel Ortega’s government rejects that view, and assures that the area is Nicaraguan territory. The issue is being raised in the ICJ at The Hague; however, the process is very long and could take several years before the Court issues a ruling. The bilateral conflict became heated after Costa Rica decided to build a road parallel to the San Juan River, of Nicaraguan sovereignty, which demarcates the border. According to Managua, the works caused environmental damages to the basin, which caused the Central American Court to penalize Costa Rica, the jurisdiction of which is unknown to San Jose.last_img read more

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Relationship problems, not family rejection, leading cause of higher gay suicides

first_imgLifeSiteNews 30 May 2014While many assume that family rejection is the leading cause of depression among LBGTI individuals, a new study has found that in fact the problem appears to stem predominantly from the higher incidence of relationship problems among homosexuals.Dr. Delaney Skerrett led a team of researchers from the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP) in studying suicides in Queensland. He found that a leading cause of suicide among “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex” (LGBTI) people is stress from their romantic partners.“We tend to assume that the psychological distress LGBTI people are often going through is due to family rejection. But it seems that’s not so much the case. The conflict seems to be largely related to relationship problems, with partners,” Dr. Skerrett said.In fact, he said, “The numbers are telling us there’s a general acceptance at the family level,” something he said is “great” and “really heartening!”Instead, the study, which was published on April 2 in Asia Pacific Psychiatry, found that “LGBT individuals experienced relationship problems more often” than heterosexuals, “with relationship conflict also being more frequent than in non‐LGBT cases.”That confirms previous studies finding that homosexuals also face higher rates of intimate partner violence than heterosexuals. A 2007 study in the Journal of Urban Health, which is published by the New York Academy of Medicine, found that 32 percent of homosexuals have been abused by at least one partner during their lifetime.The researchers with AISRAP also found that a higher percentage of homosexuals took their lives of despondency, rather than other psychological illnesses. While one-eighth of all Queensland suicide victims had been diagnosed with a psychosis that impaired their judgment, Skerrett reports “there were no such diagnoses among LGBT individuals.” The conclusion adds to the consensus that depression disproportionately besets active homosexuals.http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/homosexuals-more-likely-to-commit-suicide-due-to-problems-with-gay-lovers-tlast_img read more

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Over 138 kilos of garbage collected

first_imgThrough “Limpyo Iloilo”, Gov. ArthurDefensor Jr. wanted the province to have a “clean province identity.” The garbage collected from SantaBarbara to Cabatuan included cigarette butts, food wrappers, food takeoutcontainers, bottle caps, plastic bags, and bottles, among others.  According to Mitzi Peñaflorida, seniorenvironmental management specialist of the Provincial Environment and NaturalResources Office (PENRO), the gatherers included provincial governmentemployees, representatives from national government agencies, students, andvolunteer groups. But the total number of gathered trashwas likely higher. The province’s 42 towns and the component city of Passi alsoconducted simultaneous cleanup activities during the “Limpyo” launching. The PENRO spearheads this campaignwhich will be done every third Saturday of each month in line with ProvincialOrdinance No. 2018-184, Series of 2019 (“An ordinance requiring all localgovernment units in coastal areas of the province of Iloilo to conduct a community-basedcoastal clean-up activity once a month”)./PN The residual wastes were disposed atIloilo City’s dumpsite in Barangay Calajunan, Mandurriao district while thosemade of plastic were turned over to a civic foundation which has a projectrecycling plastic waste into plastic chairs, said Peñaflorida.center_img This campaign emphasizes solid wastemanagement to reduce littering, throwing and illegal dumping of wastes alongplazas, waterways and other public places. Photo by Ian Paul Cordero/PN ILOILO – Twenty-one bags of trash witha total equivalent weight of 138 kilograms were collected during the recentprovince-wide launching of the provincial government’s “Limpyo Iloilo” cleanupcampaign. The garbage was gathered from 10.2kilometers of road network – from Barangay Cabugao Sur, Santa Barbara town tothe Iloilo Airport and up to Barangay Tabucan, Cabatuan.last_img read more

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SPI set to host season championship races

first_imgBy Jerry MackeyFARLEY, Iowa – Simmons Promotions of Farley, Iowa is set to host season championship racing events at the three Eastern Iowa speedways under the direction of the SPI promotions group.All three tracks will host special events on championship night, which will include twin 25-lap fea­tures in the IMCA Late Model division. IMCA points will only be given for the first of those races each evening.Friday, Aug. 26 will be championship night at Farley Speedway, which will also include Kids’ Back To School Night. Champions will be crowned in all classes at the 3/8-mile dirt track. Farley Speed­way will see action with hot laps at 7 pm, racing will follow.On Saturday night, action will shift to the ½-mile West Liberty Raceway located on the Muscatine County Fairgrounds in West Liberty, Iowa. Again, two 25 lap events will be held in the IMCA Late Models and champions will be crowned in all classes. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with the first race scheduled for 7 p.m.Sunday night the Dubuque Speedway will crown the 2016 champions and also feature twin 25 lap IMCA Late Model features. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. with racing to follow.For more information, log onto the official SPI website at www.simmonspromotionsinc.com.last_img read more

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It’s a trifecta weekend for PASS

first_imgLOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Pennsylvania Sprint Series teams have one of their most demanding week­ends Aug. 23-25 with three races scheduled across Central Pennsylvania. On Sunday, PASS is at BAPS for the Justin Snyder Salute to the Troops night. It’s also HTMA night with the hard charger picking up a right rear tire from Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic. Port Royal’s will be the sixth PASS event at Port Royal this year, with one rainout, and the last before the Keystone RaceSaver Challenge on Oct. 12. PASS veterans claimed the first three fea­tures with Ken Duke Jr. taking two and Nick Sweigart the other, but since then, youth has pre­vailed. Devin Adams claimed the June 8 feature just after graduating from high school, and Gar­rett Bard won on July 20 in just his fourth outing in the division and first at the Port.  Port Royal has averaged the largest car turnout of all PASS tracks this year, so Saturday’s show should be memorable.  This also will be the sixth PASS event of the season at BAPS, also with one rainout, and defend­ing series champion Zach Newlin is the only repeat winner. Single wins have been claimed by Cale Reigle, John Walp and Sweigart. On Friday night, PASS/IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car drivers join their Laurel Highlands Sprint Se­ries colleagues for a co-sanctioned event at Clinton County Motor Speedway. Then they head to two of their home tracks, racing Saturday at Port Royal Speedway and Sunday at BAPS Motor Speedway. Strong car turnouts also have been the norm at BAPS, with “B” qualifiers required for all but one of the previous events.last_img read more

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AC Milan’s Maldini, son test positive to COVID-19

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike AC Milan has announced that Technical Director Paolo Maldini and his son, Daniel, who is in the youth team, had tested positive, but were “both well” having self-isolated for two weeks. A statement from the Serie A side read: “AC Milan confirms that Paolo Maldini, the club’s technical director, became aware of contact with a person who subsequently tested positive for coronavirus and began to display symptoms of the virus himself. “He was administered with a swab test yesterday, the result of which was positive. His son Daniel, a forward in AC Milan’s youth team who had previously been training with the first team, also tested positive. “Paolo and Daniel are both well and have already completed two weeks at home without contact with others. They will now remain in quarantine until clinically recovered, as per the medical protocols outlined by the health authorities.” Paolo Maldini won seven Serie A titles and five European Cups with Milan between 1984 and 2009. Daniel, 18, made his senior debut against Hellas Verona last month.Tags: AC MilanCoronavirusHellas VeronaPaolo MaldiniSerie Alast_img read more

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Anthony Joshua, Fury vow to win next fights

first_imgAnthony Joshua and Tyson Fury each vowed to win their upcoming fights in order for a mammoth all-British heavyweight showdown to take place between the pair in 2021.The arch rivals bumped into each other in Marbella, Spain over the weekend in a chance meeting between the pair as they both took time to relax ahead of their training camps. Joshua is expected to take on mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in Britain with an October or November date in mind, while Fury is awaiting a confirmed date for his trilogy bout with Deontay Wilder.Should both fighters emerge victorious from their respective bouts, a huge unification bout is expected with all four belts on the line.AJ’s promotor, Eddie Hearn, has revealed what was said between the pair when they ran into each other on the weekend.“It was amazing, people think it was a set up,” he said. “AJ said he was walking down the road and Fury drove up and opened the window and was like, ‘Alright?’“I think he said to AJ: ‘Make sure you beat Kubrat Pulev.’ And AJ said: ‘Make sure you beat Deontay Wilder.’ “And they both said: ‘I will, and I’ll see you next year.’”It was hoped that Joshua would take on Pulev in the spring of 2020 while Fury would meet Wilder for a third time this summer.However, the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the sporting calendar, pushing back the dates for those bouts.If Fury were to face Wilder in December, it could mean that the Brit has to face Dillian Whyte in a mandatory defence of his WBC belt.The Bodysnatcher has been given a cut off date of February 2021 to challenge Fury for his belt. “If they [Fury-Wilder] fight in early December, and we make an agreement to fight in early March, yes, we will accept that,” Hearn added.“I’ll do Whyte-Fury. I’ll stick the dough up. It’s a huge fight. We haven’t heard from Deontay Wilder. He hasn’t been vocal about the third fight but we understand the position.“Tyson Fury has got to fight Deontay Wilder. Good luck, crack on; it’s difficult for everyone.“Will they do Fury against Wilder 3, and will they do it in November or December? The cut-off date for Whyte to fight for the WBC title is the end of February, and we expect that to be kept to.”RelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Tags: Anthony JoshuaMarbellaSpainTyson Furylast_img read more

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United closing in on Real revenue

first_img Only the European champions stand ahead in terms of income while Barcelona by contrast are struggling to keep pace financially with their Spanish rivals, United and Bayern Munich. The money league compiled by Deloitte sees Real established as the world’s richest club for the 10th year in succession with revenues of £459.5million, while United are on £433.2million, Bayern £407.7million and Barcelona £405.2million. In the first season since Sir Alex Ferguson stood down as manager, United trailed in seventh in the Premier League and duly failed to qualify for the Champions League, disappointments which saw David Moyes sacked after under a year in charge. Dan Jones, partner in the sports business group at Deloitte, said: “A season that saw Manchester United finish in their lowest league position since the start of the Premier League era actually saw the Red Devils reclaim second spot in the money league. “Their commercial growth… continues to yield record-breaking deals. If the club can regain their Champions League status for the 2015/16 season, there is a strong possibility they will also regain top spot in our money league for that season.” United’s hopes of overtaking Real have also been boosted by the strength of the pound against the euro. The money league sees Manchester City remain in sixth position behind Paris St Germain, with Chelsea and Arsenal sustaining their seventh and eighth places and Liverpool up to ninth from 12th place. Indeed, almost half of the top 30 richest clubs are now made up of Premier League sides and that figure is likely to increase. Jones added: “It is with great anticipation that we wait to see what the new round of Premier League broadcast deals, expected to be agreed in 2015, will yield. With the market expectation that another significant increase will occur, it is likely that the money league will have a strongly English appearance in the coming years.” The Deloitte report highlights the decline of Italian clubs in terms of finances. In 2001 Italy had five clubs in the top 10 and only Juventus, who significantly have built a new stadium, remain there now in 10th position. It also shows the continuing value to the Spanish clubs to be able to negotiate their own broadcast rights – Real earned more than twice the sum of Atletico Madrid in broadcast income despite their city rivals winning the Spanish league and reaching the final of the Champions League. Deloitte money league standings (2013/14 revenue – figure in brackets represents 2012/13 position): 1 (1) Real Madrid – £459.5million 2 (4) Manchester United – £433.2million 3 (3) Bayern Munich – £407.7million 4 (2) Barcelona – £405.2million 5 (5) Paris St Germain – £396.5million 6 (6) Manchester City – £346.5million 7 (7) Chelsea – £324.4million 8 (8) Arsenal – £300.5million 9 (12) Liverpool – £255.8million 10 (9) Juventus – £233.6million Manchester United may have had their worst season on the pitch for two decades last year but they have reclaimed second spot in the list of the football’s richest clubs and now have Real Madrid in their sights. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Los Angeles prepares to vote on three county-wide ballot measures

first_imgAs the nation prepares to elect a president Tuesday, the upcoming election also brings three prominent ballot measures to a vote in Los Angeles County. Residents of the nation’s most populous county will cast their vote on measures A, B and J on Tuesday.Measure A would allow for an amendment to the Los Angeles County charter, permitting the appointment of the county tax assessor. The position of tax assessor is currently an elected office, and changing this to an appointment would also require an amendment to the California State Constitution.This position has recently come under fire because of allegations of corruption. Current Assessor John Noguez recently faced felony charges stemming from his alleged role in a bribery scheme to reduce the property tax bills of his wealthy campaign contributors.Supporters of Measure A hope it would help reduce misconduct, citing the idea that corruption among elected officials happens more often than among people who are appointed to their positions. Those who oppose the measure, however, worry about an appointed official’s lack of accountability to the public.Camille Saucier, an undecided freshman who votes in Los Angeles County, said she wouldn’t vote yes on Measure A because appointing an assessor would not necessarily make the position less corrupt.“It’s silly to switch the assessor from an elected office to an appointed one,” Saucier said.  “Such a process would not be very transparent. There would be even less transparency in the office than there is now and that could fuel more political corruption.”Measure B would require producers of adult films to acquire a health permit from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to produce their films for sale, and would also require producers to pay a fee to the Health Department to offset the cost of the enforcement. The measure would also require that all adult performers use condoms.Proponents of the measure argue that safer sex and regulatory practices need implementation in the adult film industry, while others insist that Measure B would hinder Los Angeles’ thriving pornography industry.Measure J, the last of the major Los Angeles County ballot measures, would authorize the continuation of a sales tax imposed by a 2008 measure (Measure R) and proposed by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. If Measure J passes, retail transactions in Los Angeles County would maintain an additional 0.5 percent sales tax for 30 more years than previously allotted, from 2039 to 2069.Genevieve Giuliano, director of the METRANS Transportation Center and a professor at the Sol Price School of Public Policy, explained the measure could change how the county develops infrastructure.“Until now, L.A. transportation has been funded with a ‘pay as you go’ plan. As the sales tax generates revenue, agencies figure out how much they can build,” Giuliano said. “However, with Measure J, we can do even more. It’s a way of generating a larger projected amount of money for this infrastructure.”The current tax, if untouched by Measure J, would expire in 2039. The extension of the tax would benefit transit and road repair projects across Los Angeles County, although some believe that the legislation is poorly timed, unorganized and unnecessary in nature.Giuliano also said that choosing how to vote on this legislation can be difficult for voters, as it requires them to decide how they want city government to fund infrastructrue projects.“Should you borrow money to build infrastructure? Are the projects worth as much to us as the carrying cost would in the future?” Giuliano said. “The answer to this is less clear when discussing projects with less visibility.”Most voters, however, tend to side with students, such as human biology major Briahna Hendey, who cited the lack of better public transportation in Los Angeles as a reason for passing Measure J.“Los Angeles has a need for better public transportation,” Hendey said. “I think Measure J would help to improve our metro system and to make it easier to get around the city.”Because of Measure J’s large base of support, experts such as Giuliano predict that the measure will be successful on Election Day.“There is a good possibility that it will be passed. Measure J asks for a continuation of this tax so our current generation of voters is not going to be paying the sales tax primarily,” Giuliano said. “Thus, there is nothing to lose as a voter. They simply receive more infrastructure earlier.”last_img read more

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