The Cast of If/Then Shows Off Their BACA Trophies!

first_img Related Shows Idina Menzel Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 If the fans love you, Then you’ll nab six Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards! That’s right, Idina Menzel and the cast of the new musical If/Then swept the 2014 BACAs, taking home awards for Favorite New Musical, Favorite Leading Actress in a Musical (Menzel), Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical (Anthony Rapp), Favorite Featured Actress in a Musical (LaChanze), Favorite Onstage Pair (Menzel and James Snyder) and Favorite Song (“Here I Go”). Check out these sweet shots of the cast thanking their fans for their brand new trophies! View Commentscenter_img If/Then Star Files James Snyderlast_img read more

Ronald Koeman hails Ryan Bertrand after full-back receives England call-up

first_img Koeman admits the call-up came as a bit of a surprise given Bertrand only played his first 90 minutes of the season against Swansea last Saturday following a spell out injured. But the Dutchman, who said Bertrand was the best player on the pitch following the 3-1 win at St Mary’s, insists he has the quality to shine on the international stage. “Was it a surprise? A little bit because of course it’s very fast after the first time playing 90 minutes,” said Koeman at his pre-match press conference. “But I was also surprised about the level Ryan was at already last week. “Maybe a little influence is some injuries to different players in that position but w e know if Ryan is back and playing on his level then he’s one of the national team. “That’s good for the player, the confidence of the player and it’s good for Southampton. “Already he’s a good player in my opinion because it’s always a difficult position. “You don’t have really very good left full-backs and the qualities of Ryan are important in our way of playing. The 26-year-old defender has been drafted into the Three Lions squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania. Bertrand now has an opportunity to stake his claim for the left-back slot after Manchester United’s Luke Shaw broke his leg in two places against PSV Eindhoven last month. Press Association Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has backed Ryan Bertrand to take his chance with England. “I like to play with offensive left and offensive right full-backs. He’s on that level that we are happy he is a Southampton player.” Bertrand is set to start against his former club Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, while Jordy Clasie could be added to the squad. The Dutch midfielder, a summer signing from Feyenoord, has yet to play in the Premier League this season due an ankle injury but is now back in training. last_img read more

Somalia eject Uganda cubs in CECAFA U-17 event

first_imgKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Defending champions Uganda Cubs are out of the on-going CECAFA U-17 Championship in Burundi.The Cubs suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Somalia at the Gitega Stadium in one of the semi final matches played on Wednesday.Uganda Cubs who won the trophy when the Championship was last held in 2009 failed to match the Somalia team that reportedly played a highly passing game.Ahmed Farhaman scored the lone goal for Somalia early in the first half, while Uganda Cubs had Sula Mpuga miss a penalty in the second half. Before the semi final Uganda Cubs drew 1-1 with Tanzania in the opening group B game before defeating Sudan 3-0. “It is disappointing that we created several scoring chances, but failed to win the game,” Uganda’s coach Peter Onen said after the game.Tanzania joined Somalia in the final after they humbled Kenya 2-1 in the second semi final game also played the same day. Somalia started the tournament with a 3-0 loss to Zanzibar, but were awarded the points and three goals after Zanzibar was thrown out of the tournament when they were discovered to have 12 over age players in the tournament.The Somalia team handled by Salad Farah Hassan went on to defeat Kenya 1-0 in another group game and also drew goalless against the hosts Burundi.The tournament that attracted Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia and hosts Burundi is fully sponsored by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA).***URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Play Games, Raise Funds for Alzheimer’s Association at Game Night to…

first_imgFacebook49Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Catherine Pearce for Alzheimer’s AssociationAfter losing her dad, Nick, to Alzheimer’s in 2014, Catherine Pearce decided to do everything she could to end this devastating disease. Once Catherine began to set a plan in motion, it was incredible just how many people came forward who had also been affected by Alzheimer’s in some way. Unfortunately, that is not surprising when you consider over 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s, and there is no cure or treatment for the disease.Catherine Pearce with her Dad, Nick, who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2014. Photo courtesy: Catherine PearceFrom months of dialogue, research, and coordination with the Alzheimer’s Association, Game Night to Remember was born. The premise of the event is unique and exciting: official volunteers will play tabletop (or “board”) games for a full 24 hours, only stopping for minimal breaks. They do this to collect pledge donations, much like the principles of a walk-a-thon. During the event hours, the public is encouraged to join the official players in one of the hundreds of games available, or to bring a game to “challenge” them. Of course, the volunteers will take the time to explain and teach new games so everyone can be part of the fun.Tabletop games are not the only part of this event. There will be over $2000 worth of raffle prizes for lucky winners to take home. Local businesses have truly contributed to this raffle, offering up massages, spa gift cards, and boutique items. Gamers and geeks will be pleased with the raffle selection as well; collectible prizes range from rare 1960s games, to Star Trek memorabilia, to items from popular new shows like Game of Thrones.A sampling from over $2000 in raffle prizes that will be offered at Game Night to Remember. Photo courtesy: Catherine PearcePerhaps the most exciting part of Game Night to Remember is the location. The entire event will be hosted by Gabi’s Olympic Cards and Comics in Lacey, which is already well-known for being generously focused on giving back to Thurston County. Catherine Pearce knew that Gabi’s was the ideal place for Game Night to Remember, due to the 7000 square feet of comics, games, specialty items and open gaming space. This is excellent news for Catherine’s growing group of volunteers, who need the space to keep tables going for dozens of people to game at any given time. Also, Gabi’s is extremely family-friendly and holds strong to the principle of creating a safe space for everyone.So what kind of gaming should one expect at Game Night to Remember? Honestly, ANY kind! The diverse group of volunteers each specialize and enjoy different categories, so there is something for everyone to play. There will be casual and social games, like Apples to Apples, Code Names, and Balderdash. There will be more advanced strategy games, like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, and Pandemic. For players who want to try something new, there will be tutorials on advanced and difficult games like Dungeons and Dragons.Hundreds of games will be available for play, including popular hits like Code Names, at the October 8-9 Game Night to Remember event. Photo courtesy: Catherine PearceGame Night to Remember is absolutely free for the public to attend, though our goal is to raise as much money as possible to stop Alzheimer’s, so we encourage everyone to bring donations and funds for raffle sign-in. 100% of all donations and proceeds from the raffle will go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association.Game Night to Remember takes place on Saturday October 8, starting at 11:59 a.m., and will end on Sunday October 9, at 11:59 a.m. Gabi’s Olympic Cards and Comics is located at 4230 Pacific Ave. Lacey, WA 98503.If you are interested in contributing to the event by giving raffle prizes, support for the volunteers, or another great idea, please contact Catherine Pearce at [email protected] more about Game Night to Remember online here.last_img read more

Alden scores in OT to power Rebels to 2-0 lead in KIJHL Final

first_imgFrom the outside looking in the North Okanagan Knights have no business sticking around in games against the Castlegar Rebels.The Knights needed seven games to dispatch the Osoyoos Coyotes, getting the final win Sunday in Armstrong.The Rebels won its Kootenay Conference title in a sweep over Golden giving the West Kootenay franchise a six-day rest between series.The Knights were playing on the road.The Rebels were playing in the friendly confines of the Castlegar Sports Complex after running away with the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League regular season crown, thus assuring the Sunflower City team of home ice in the best-of-seven championship final.But this Knights team is no pushover, forcing the Rebels to twice battle back from one-goal deficits before defenceman Erik Alden scored in the second overtime to lift Castlegar to a 3-2 playoff victory in the KIJHL Final Wednesday night before 470 fans. The Rebels now lead 2-0 in the best-of-seven affair with Game three and four scheduled for Armstrong Friday.The Knights got a quick start on Castlegar as Derek Andrews scored three minutes into the game on the power play, beating Jordan Gluck in the Rebels net.Stuart Walton got that one back for Castlegar before the period ended as the Rebels dominated the opening frame, out shooting North Okanagan 16-4.But North Okanagan once again took advantage of a penalty to Castlegar’s Diego Bartlett, scoring seconds after the Rebel forward was forced to sit for two minutes.North Okanagan held the lead until the 15-minute mark of the third when Bryan Lubin and Stuart Walton combined to pull the Rebels even at 2-2.The teams traded punches through the next almost 30 minutes before the veteran defenceman, Alden beat hard-luck losing netminder Dustin Nikkel in the North Okanagan nets.Castlegar finished the game out shooting North Okanagan 49-32 thanks in part to the wide shot advantage in the first period.CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES: Castlegar is the fifth straight Neil Murdoch team to play for the league title. The Rebels last advanced to the championship series in 2011 before losing to Osoyoos Coyotes. Nelson Leafs won the Kootenay Conference in 2009 and 2010, Castlegar in 2011 and last year’s KIJHL champ, Beaver Valley, in 2012. . . .The last KIJHL title for the Sunflower City franchise came in 1996. . . .North Okanagan won the league title in 1995 when the franchise played out of Enderby.last_img read more

Warriors’ rookie Alen Smailagic nearing G League debut

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Rookie center Alen Smailagic is practicing with the Warriors’ G League affiliate in Santa Cruz and could play as soon as Friday, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday.Smailagic, the No. 39 pick in June’s draft, sprained his right ankle on the second day of training camp and has slowly progressed out of a walking boot and onto the court. After a few rehab workouts in Santa Cruz and Golden State, last week he began accelerated basketball activities before participating in …last_img read more

President Trump talks directly to Rural America at AFBF Convention

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For the first time in over 25 years, a sitting President visited and addressed the American Farm Bureau Federation Convention. At this year’s event in Nashville, President Trump highlighted many items on his agenda that have Rural America in mind, including infrastructure, immigration reform, broadband access and much more.He also touted some of his accomplishments throughout his first year in office that have already benefited America’s farmers and ranchers.“We have been working every day to deliver for America’s farmers, just as they work every single day to deliver for us,” President Trump said. “We know that our nation was founded by farmers. Our independence was won by farmers. Our continent was tamed by farmers. Our armies have been fed by farmers and made of farmers and throughout our history farmers have always led the way.”The first of many standing ovations for President Trump came when he mentioned new tax regulations and one tax, in particular, that has weighed heavily on agriculture.“Most family farms will be spared the punishment of the deeply unfair estate tax, known as the Death Tax, so you can keep your farms in your family,” Trump said. “What’s been happening is that a farm that does well, might have a value more than the income would justify and families would be forced to sell farms at a fire sale price or they go out and borrow too much money and end up losing the farm. That’s not going to happen anymore.”The President also earned the applause of the farmer-filled audience when the topic of over-regulation was breached.“As we put money back into the pockets of all Americans, we are also putting an end to the regulatory assault on your way of life,” Trump said. “For years, many of you have endured burdensome fines, inspections, paperwork and relentless intrusion from an army of regulators at the EPA, the FDA and countless other federal agencies.“That’s why I am truly proud to report that within our first 11 months, my administration has cancelled or delayed over 1,500 planned regulatory actions or assaults, more that any other President in the history of the United States.”President Trump’s administration has cut 22 regulations for every one new regulation since Inauguration Day, including Waters of the U.S., a major source of contention between the Environmental Protection Agency and American agriculture. He also said the nation’s farmers should expect a timely farm bill passage that includes crop insurance support.“I look forward to working with Congress to pass the farm bill on time so that it delivers for all of you, and I support a bill that includes crop insurance,” Trump said.With regard to trade, Trump reassured Farm Bureau members that he’s negotiating a better deal for farmers in the North American Free Trade Agreement. He pointed to previous success with opening the Chinese market to U.S. beef as evidence of his administration’s ongoing efforts to improve trade for agriculture.Earlier in the day, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue spoke to AFBF members about the importance of trade to U.S. agriculture and the priority of successful NAFTA negotiations.“To get a deal, we need all sides to seriously roll up their sleeves and get to work,” Perdue said. “We have put a number of proposals on the table to modernize NAFTA, and critically for agriculture, to address key sectors left out of the original agreement — dairy and poultry tariffs in Canada. Now, we want to see our negotiating partners step up and engage so we can get the deal done.”Also at the event, Perdue ceremonially presented the findings of the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to President Trump. On April 25, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the task force “to ensure the informed exercise of regulatory authority that impacts agriculture and rural communities.”Perdue served as the task force’s chairman and identified over 100 recommendations to help improve life in rural America. The recommendations centered around five areas: E-connectivity, quality of life, rural workforce, technology, and economic development.“Since his inauguration, President Trump has made agriculture and rural America a high priority. On the day he swore me in to office, he tasked me with chairing the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. With the voice of rural America leading the way, and in close collaboration with local, state, and tribal leaders, 22 federal agencies, offices, and executive departments accepted the challenge to make rural America great again. We traveled to 30 states, held two RV Tours covering over 2,200 miles, and most importantly, we listened to the people of rural America,” Perdue said. “While the task force worked tirelessly to identify solutions to the problems plaguing our rural communities, there is more work ahead. No doubt, rural America has struggled under burdensome regulations with no voice in Washington, but under President Trump’s leadership, and with the work of this task force, we can turn that around and restore rural prosperity once and for all.”The president then, based upon some of the task force recommendations, signed two executive orders at the event. Both executive orders — “Streamlining and Expediting Requests to Locate Broadband Facilities in Rural America” and “Supporting Broadband Tower Facilities in Rural America” — seek to improve access to rural Internet.Trump opponents are quick to point out the ongoing agricultural concerns with vitally important trade deals and the continued uncertainty with immigration policies that impact farm workers, but Perdue emphasized that President Trump understands the importance of rural America as the breadbasket of the world.“It is proof of the importance that he places on all of us — rural and urban, north, south, east, west, and Midwest — working together to make our country even greater,” he said. “One of the biggest reasons that we are the envy of the world is gathered right here in this room — the farmers of America. You feed this country and the world, with all of your labors every day.”President Trump received numerous standing ovations during his speech to the American Farm Bureau. 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Abhinav Bindra qualifies for 2012 London Olympics

first_imgOlympic champion Abhinav Bindra, on Saturday, qualified for 2012 London Games despite finishing a lowly eighth in the 10m air rifle event of the Shooting World Cup in Munich, Germany.Bindra, India’s first individual Olympic gold medallist, shot a qualification score of 596, which left him tied with eight others but he managed to sneak into the finals by managing a score of 52.6 in the shoot-off.The Indian eventually finished eighth with a total of 646.2 (596+50.2) but clinched a London Olympics quota place as the top six finishers in Saturday’s event had already booked their berths in previous qualifying events.”Since at least six shooters above him had already qualified, the quota place went to Abhinav as per rules,” National Rifles Association secretary Rajiv Bhatia said.The gold in the event went to China’s Qinan Zhu (651) while the silver was clinched by his compatriot Tao Wang (649.5). Slovakia’s Jozef Gonci (649.3) settled for the bronze medal.890 shooters from 86 countries are competing in the 2011 Rifle and Pistol World Cup Stage at the 1972 Olympic Shooting Range in Munich.This is one of the final chances to qualify for the 2012 London Games, before the continental championships.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

14 days agoSouthampton midfielder Ward-Prowse: We must regroup during international break

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton midfielder Ward-Prowse: We must regroup during international breakby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse says they need to regroup during this international break.Saints lost their third top-flight game in a row on Sunday when they were comfortably beaten 4-1 by Chelsea at St Mary’s. Ward-Prowse said: “I think certainly it will be a case of having a look at ourselves individually and collectively.“First of all, we need to see what we ourselves as individuals need to do and change to bring to the table.“We’ve got a good period of time to work on a few things during the international break, so it will be a good time to work on them.“I think we all, individually, need to be better.“We’ve had an OK start to the season with a few good results here and there, but we need to be consistently better.“We want to start taking points off the big teams and we need to get that belief and drive back to do it again.” last_img read more

Mexico Canada and others may be exempted from US tariffs

first_imgWASHINGTON – The White House said Wednesday that Mexico, Canada and other countries may be spared from President Donald Trump’s planned steel and aluminum tariffs under national security “carve-outs,” a move that could soften the blow amid threats of retaliation by trading partners and dire economic warnings from lawmakers and business groups.Peter Navarro, Trump’s trade and manufacturing adviser, said in an interview on Fox Business that the tariffs would go into effect within about 15 to 30 days and the proclamation the president intends to sign would include a clause that would not immediately impose tariffs on Canada and Mexico.Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters the exemptions would be made on a “case by case” and “country by country” basis, a reversal from the policy articulated by the White House just days ago that there would be no exemptions from Trump’s plan.The update came as congressional Republicans and business groups braced for the impact of expected tariffs of 25 per cent on imported steel and 10 per cent on aluminum, appearing resigned to additional protectionist trade actions as Trump signalled upcoming economic battles with China. Trump was expected to announce the tariffs by the end of the week.The looming departure of White House economic adviser Gary Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs executive who has opposed the promised tariffs, set off anxiety among business leaders and investors worried about a potential trade war.“We urge you to reconsider the idea of broad tariffs to avoid unintended negative consequences to the U.S. economy and its workers,” 107 House Republicans wrote in a letter to Trump.At the White House, officials were working to include language in the tariffs that would give Trump the flexibility to approve exemptions for certain countries.“He’s already indicated a degree of flexibility, I think a very sensible, very balanced degree of flexibility,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told CNBC. “We’re not trying to blow up the world.”Trump signalled other trade actions could be in the works. In a tweet, he said the “U.S. is acting swiftly on Intellectual Property theft.” A White House official said Trump was referencing an ongoing investigation of China in which the U.S. trade representative is studying whether Chinese intellectual property rules are “unreasonable or discriminatory” to American business.The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, said an announcement on the findings of the report — and possible retaliatory actions — was expected within the next three weeks.Business leaders, meanwhile, continued to sound the alarm about the potential economic fallout from tariffs, with the president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce raising the spectre of a global trade war. That scenario, Tom Donohue said, would endanger the economic momentum from the GOP tax cuts and Trump’s rollback of regulations.“We urge the administration to take this risk seriously,” Donohue said.The president has said the tariffs are needed to reinforce lagging American steel and aluminum industries and protect national security. He has tried to use the tariffs as leverage in ongoing talks to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement, suggesting Canada and Mexico might be exempted from tariffs if they offer more favourable terms under NAFTA.Lawmakers opposed to the tariffs, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have suggested more narrowly focused approaches to target Chinese imports. But members of Congress have few tools at their disposal to counter the president, who has vowed to fulfil his campaign pledge.“I don’t think the president is going to be easily deterred,” said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who has suggested hearings on the tariffs.Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said Trump had listened to him and others who disagree with the direction of the trade policies. “I thank him for that and he’s been a good listener. The difficulty is so far I haven’t persuaded him,” Alexander said.Republicans in Congress have lobbied administration officials to reconsider the plan and focus the trade actions on China, warning that allies such as Canada and members of the European Union would retaliate.The EU said it was prepared to respond to any tariffs with counter-measures against U.S. products such as Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Levi’s jeans and bourbon. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said the EU was circulating among member states a list of U.S. goods to target with tariffs so it could respond quickly.The president plans to rally Republicans in western Pennsylvania on Saturday in support of Rick Saccone, who faces Democrat Conor Lamb in a March 13 special House election. Trump has told associates the tariffs could be helpful to the GOP cause in the election in the heart of steel country.__Associated Press writers Zeke Miller, Matthew Daly and Alan Fram in Washington and Lorne Cook in Brussels contributed to this report.___Follow Ken Thomas on Twitter at https://twitter.com/KThomasDClast_img read more