London’s Evita Finds All Its Star Quality We now know who will be joining the previously announced Madalena Alberto, Marto Pellow and Ben Forster in the West End’s new production of Evita. Rounding out the cast will be Matthew Cammelle, Sarah McNicholas, Michelle Pentecost, Amira Matthews, Olive Robinson, Verity Burgess, Gemma Atkins, Lizzie Ottley, Joe McCourt, Joe Maxwell, Joel Elferink, Ryan Pidgen, Anthony Ray, Chris Stoddart, Callum Fitzgerald, David Burlin, Stuart MacIver, Peter McPherson, Joseph Connor, Jamie Tyler and Christopher Palmer. The limited engagement will begin previews on September 16 with opening night set for September 22. Rupert Murdoch is Aiming for Broadway Oscar nominee and Great White Way vet James Cromwell is set to play Rupert Murdoch in David Williamson’s bio-play Rupert. The production, which will open in November in Sydney, Australia, is aiming to transfer to the West End in 2015 and Broadway in 2016. Cromwell, perhaps best known for his work in Babe and LA Confidential, told the Sydney Morning Herald: “I like taking on the dragon…And Murdoch is definitely the dragon.” We’re thinking that the media tycoon might not be quite as supportive to Cromwell about his portrayal as Her Majesty has been to the about-to-return-to-Broadway Dame Helen Mirren with hers. Lesley Ann Warren Returns to Cinderella It’s possible! Lesley Ann Warren shall go to the ball—the Oscar nominee will attend Broadway’s Cinderella on September 23 and join the cast during the curtain call for an encore performance of “Ten Minutes Ago.” Warren played the titular character in the 1965 television version (the original 1957 incarnation was headlined by Julie Andrews). It’s all in celebration of the 50th Anniversary DVD release of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Brian d’Arcy James Lands Big Screen Role Two-time Tony nominee Brian d’Arcy James (Shrek, Sweet Smell of Success) has signed up for new movie Spotlight. According to Deadline, the project, about a Boston pedophile priest, will be directed by Tom McCarthy and star Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber and Rachel McAdams. View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Sarah Brightman Sells a Piece of Phantom History Some news for Phantom history buffs from #SarahBrightman, the West End and Broadway’s original Christine and future astronaut. To celebrate the show’s success back in 1987, the musical’s composer Andrew Lloyd Webber bought Brightman, his then wife, the pictured tiger jewelry from the collection of the Duchess of Windsor. (AKA Wallis Simpson, the one Edward VIII gave up the British throne for.) Now the first angel of music is auctioning the two pieces off at Christie’s in Geneva on November 11. Brightman will be giving a portion of the proceeds from the sale to The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, which supports the arts, music in schools and more. Wearing $2 million or so of jewelry in space probably isn’t really the done thing.
“We’re doing a lot of humanitarian type missions. We’re doing a lot of support to civil authorities. We’re setting up tents for hospital overflow. Setting up tents for roadside testing sites,” said Haun. “It’s kind of an escape from the daily. And I think people really need that right now. A lot of people are getting cabin fever and there’s just a lot of stress with the pandemic going on. A lot of uncertainty with jobs. So it just lets you set that aside for a few minutes,” he said. “It’s a lot of work to get the mission up and running, to get people broken into teams,” he said. “Whatever the local systems can’t handle, we try to plus them up so they can focus on what they do best.” Haun says he mainly works in the task force headquarters, making sure soldiers’ needs are met. Sergeant First Class Chris Haun is from the Southern Tier and was sent down to the New York City area in the second week of March, helping out on the front lines. While Haun is making a difference nearly 200 miles away, he’s also making a difference in some lives back here at home. Spreading both hope and joy through singing, while providing a short break away from reality. Haun says music allows people to transport themselves to a different time and place, something that may be needed right now. (WBNG) — Members of the National Guard are being deployed to New York City, the nation’s hot spot for COVID-19. “It helps me connect with people, I think it helps people connect with me,” said Haun. Haun served a six year contract in the Army Reserves and then re-enlisted into the National Guard in 2014. He has been posting videos of himself singing and playing guitar on his Facebook page while in New York City. “Even if it’s not the whole song isn’t maybe what you’re feeling, if you can connect even with a piece of it I think it does its job,” he said.
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Everton defender Leighton Baines is looking forward to a pain-free second half of the season after returning from two ankle operations. Press Association “Getting on in a couple of games was good psychologically and it was good just to be in and around the first team again. “It had been a long time. Seven months is a long time to be out and so there are going to be little ups and down and I can’t expect to be perfect at the moment but I am really happy with where I am at. “Hopefully there will be more opportunities to tick more boxes and get more minutes and that one on Saturday was a big one for me getting 90 minutes, it was a full game and required me to manage myself through that.” Another player trying to remain optimistic is forward Steven Naismith, who has not featured in a league match since he was hauled off at half-time of the 3-0 defeat by Manchester United. Everton rejected a bid from Norwich late in the summer and there is a possibility he will move on when the window reopens in January but the Scotland international still hopes he has a part to play at Goodison Park. “I’ll speak to the manager and see where we’re at but I am just focused on the Christmas run, there are so many games and it might be the chance I need,” Naismith told the Liverpool Echo. “Come the middle of January I may have played every game since and it’s no longer being talked about. “I have learnt in football than things can change in an instant. “After my first season at Everton, I was being written off and people didn’t think I was worth my place in the squad. “But a year later I was playing well and played nearly every game throughout the season, so football is so fickle and can change so quickly.” The 31-year-old played his first 90 minutes since May in the weekend’s 1-1 draw at Norwich and having got through that test he is now focused on the future. “This last 10 days or so I’ve felt great, everything I’ve done there has been no reaction and I’m close to being pain-free. I’m in a positive place,” said the England defender after a game for the Under-21s and two substitute appearances for the first team helped his comeback from surgery.
Bundesliga International CEO Robert Klein says clubs “are speaking with (players) day in, day out to tell them and remind them of what needs to be done to ensure that we can earn the right to go to a second match day and a third match day and then to finish the season.”Klein says overall the guidelines were “well respected” as the top two divisions in German soccer returned to action amid the coronavirus pandemic.Players can’t be fined or banned for celebrating together.___Players from Spanish soccer club Rayo Vallecano have refused to practice in protest against reduced salaries. ___UEFA says it has postponed an executive committee meeting by three weeks because of issues regarding the venues for the rescheduled European Championship in 2021.The 24-team tournament was pushed back a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is scheduled to use 12 stadiums in 12 nations.UEFA wanted the host cities to confirm they could still stage games.The governing body of European soccer says its executive committee will meet on June 17 instead of May 27 “due to the existence of some remaining open points regarding a small number of proposed venues” for Euro 2020. Silva said he has been monitoring other events taking place recently to see how they handled health protocols, including UFC fights over the past week-plus and a NASCAR race Sunday in Darlington, South Carolina.Neither of those sports allowed spectators and while WTT’s plan at the moment is to do the same, Silva said it is possible a small number of fans might be allowed, depending on where the matches are.___Bundesliga soccer players will be reminded not to celebrate goals together after Hertha Berlin’s team shared hugs and high fives over the weekend.Most teams have stuck to restrained arm bumps when they score but Hertha’s more exuberant celebrations in the 3-0 win over Hoffenheim on Saturday prompted criticism they were undermining the league’s social distancing guidelines. Chemnitz says the player tested positive in a sample taken Saturday but had tested negative in a sample from two days before that. The club says it can still return to full team training on Tuesday.The first and second divisions in Germany returned to play Saturday but the third-division restart was postponed last week from its planned date of May 26. Some clubs have still not received clearance from local authorities to play or hold full training sessions.___Soccer players in Italy will have to wait at least another 24 hours before restarting full team training.Italian clubs resumed training on an individual basis on May 4 when lockdown measures in the country started to ease. They were slated to return to training together on Monday but they have not yet been given the green light to do so by the Italian government’s scientific panel. Serie A’s 20 teams last week agreed to resume competition on June 13 in empty stadiums.But a government decree on Sunday banned any sporting event until June 14 and the FIGC says on Monday that “pending any further decision by the competent authorities” its competitions will remain suspended until that date.Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown.There are 12 rounds remaining in Serie A, plus four matches that were postponed from the 25th round. Also, the Italian Cup is in the semifinal stage.___ World TeamTennis CEO Carlos Silva says the league is “still on track for July 12” to open its three-week season and is hoping to select a site this week.Silva said in a telephone interview Monday with the AP that four cities are “in the mix.” He mentioned Texas and Florida as possible host states.The International Tennis Federation and the ATP and WTA tours said Friday they were extending their suspensions of play into late July because of the coronavirus pandemic.But World TeamTennis is not sanctioned by those three groups and doesn’t need to follow their guidelines.The WTT already had announced that it would be picking one city to host all nine of its teams for the 2020 season, instead of playing matches around the United States, as it usually does. Celtic had 80 points from 30 games so has 2.66 points per game. Rangers finished second with 2.31 points per game.Hearts has been relegated.___A soccer player in Germany for third-division club Chemnitz has tested positive for the coronavirus.Chemnitz did not name the player but the club says he is “completely symptom-free.” That player and two other players who had contact with him will spend 14 days in isolation. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Italian soccer federation has extended the suspension of its leagues until June 14. Associated Press The Latest: Serie A suspension extended to June 14 May 18, 2020 ___The English Football Association says it is in discussion with clubs in the top women’s league about the possibility of cutting short the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.The FA says there are “significant challenges” in completing the season and the governing body is seeking views on the “most appropriate sporting outcome.”Manchester City leads the Women’s Super League by one point. Chelsea is second and has played one game fewer.No league games have been played since February. Celtic has been declared Scottish champion after the country’s top soccer league was cut short because of the coronavirus outbreak.It is Celtic’s ninth straight title.The Scottish Professional Football League says clubs expressed a unanimous view that there is no prospect of completing the season.The SPFL says it has accepted their decision and is now able to pay out $8.5 million in fees “to help clubs stay afloat.”There have been no games in the Scottish Premiership since March 13 because of the pandemic. Final season placings have been determined by points per game up to that point. The measure could be used by clubs to avoid playing famous clubs or bitter rivals in front of empty stands for matches that usually draw many fans and generate big ticketing revenue.All sporting competitions in Belgium will remain suspended until July 31 because of the health situation and all mass events have been banned until Aug. 31. The first round of soccer matches for next season will likely be played without fans when the league resumes on Aug. 7.Club Brugge was awarded its 16th Belgian title last week after the league announced the end of the season with the current standings declared final.___The Spanish soccer player who threatened to quit his team rather than risk being infected by the coronavirus has returned to training. Cádiz defender Fali Giménez rejoined his teammates at the second-division club about a month after saying he wouldn’t play again unless there was a vaccine for COVID-19 or if he was assured 100% that he wouldn’t get infected after being back on the field.Giménez did not practice last week as the rest of the squad returned to training nearly two months after soccer was halted.The 26-year-old Spaniard had said it didn’t make sense to play soccer while people were dying because of the virus. He said he would not forgive himself if he got infected and passed the virus to a family member.Cádiz lauded Giménez’s return and published photos and videos of him training with his teammates. He underwent alternative drills because he missed last week’s sessions.___ The players from the second-division club want to be taken off furlough before they return to training. They want to resume earning full salaries now that soccer is starting to come back.Spanish media say the players practiced at home instead of going to the team’s training center for the start of group sessions.Players from second-division club Elche also refused to practice at the team’s training center last week and the club eventually complied with their demands.Most Spanish clubs used government furloughs to reduce their labor costs after the soccer season was halted because of the coronavirus pandemic. Most players had their salaries and working hours reduced by 70%.Rayo Vallecano was in 11th place when the second division was halted in mid-March. The Spanish league hopes the season will restart on the second weekend of June. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has said Euro 2020 can be staged without all 12 stadiums.___Premier League clubs have agreed on the measures that will allow non-contact training sessions to resume this week amid the coronavirus pandemic.The protocols for socially distanced training in small groups were signed off by the clubs during a conference call following a government decision to ease lockdown restrictions in England.Contact training and matches have yet to be allowed by the government. The Premier League season was suspended in March with Liverpool leading by 25 points with nine games remaining.Coronavirus testing is due to take place twice each week at clubs on up to 40 players, coaches and support staff.___Belgian soccer clubs have been allowed the possibility to designate three teams they don’t want to host in empty stadiums next season.The league says it will try to accommodate the club’s wishes amid the coronavirus pandemic. The medical protocol for the resumption of Serie A has proved contentious but a revised document was delivered to Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora on Sunday and is expected to be given to the scientific panel on Monday.Serie A plans to resume on June 13.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
Support for Propositions 30 and Proposition 37 is falling among California voters, according to a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll released Thursday.Only 46 percent of respondents said they were in favor of Prop. 30, Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative, marking the first time support has fallen below the 50 percent margin. Prop. 37, which would require foods containing genetically modified ingredients to be labeled, dropped to garnering 44 percent support from California voters.Prop. 30, which would raise revenue for public education and public safety by temporarily increasing the state sales tax by one-quarter cent and raising personal income taxes on citizens who earn more than $250,000 a year, has continually declined in the polls from a level of 61 percent support in March. Experts, such as Dan Schnur, the director of the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll and the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, attributed this decrease in support to the public perception of the state government.“Governor Brown has successfully convinced voters that more spending on the state’s public schools is a good thing,” Schnur said. “What he has yet to do is convince them that state government can be trusted to spend their tax dollars wisely.”Additionally, Drew Lieberman of the Democratic polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, which helped conduct the poll, said that though voters want to protect education, they do not have enough trust in the measure.“Nobody likes to cut education,” Lieberman said, “but there is a lack of trust as to how the money will be allocated.”Schnur also said a large amount of negative advertising by proponents of Prop. 38, the direct competitor with Prop. 30, could have hurt its approval. Similarly, experts said negative messaging directed at Prop. 37 knocked it down in the polls.“The most significant driving force behind this shift is the amount of money that the opposition has put into the campaign,” Schnur wrote on the Dornsife website. “When voters hear a message so much more strongly from one side than the other, it’s not surprising to see the poll numbers move like this.”The USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll is conducted at regular intervals. The poll, which was conducted by Democratic polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and Republican polling firm American Viewpoint, surveyed 1,504 registered California voters.
Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Magic Johnson has always been a hard act to follow.After the 59-year-old Hall of Famer resigned last month as Lakers team president, the franchise has decided not to appoint a successor.An ESPN report outlines that the Lakers will keep their power structure as it’s been operating since April 9, with General Manager Rob Pelinka as the chief basketball decision-maker. He’ll report directly to team owner Jeanie Buss.While the Lakers haven’t shown a pressing concern to replace Johnson, the report is the most definitive indicator yet that the Lakers aren’t searching for a new team president. The streamlined power structure would both serve to increase Pelinka’s influence in the organization, as he previously reported to Johnson, while also increasing his accountability for the Lakers’ state of affairs. The Lakers are preparing to publicly introduce Vogel on Monday. Since his hiring became official earlier this week, the 45-year-old former Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic coach has been in Chicago with other Lakers officials for the NBA Draft Combine conducting interviews and evaluating prospects.TOP DRAFT TARGETS PLAY COY AT COMBINEIf it feels like there’s not a lot of information available about the Lakers’ potential targets at No. 4 following the NBA Draft Combine, get used to it.It’s a commonly used tactic at the top of the draft to withhold information, in the interest of protecting one’s stock, rather than sharing. With the Lakers slotted for a top-five pick, many of the players who have been rated in their draft range are participating only in portions of the league’s annual meat market in Chicago.Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Several top prospects, including Duke’s Zion Williamson, Murray State’s Ja Morant, Duke’s R.J. Barrett, Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland and Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter opted out of testing altogether. Others who might be on the Lakers’ radar were more choosy: Duke’s Cam Reddish and Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver did body measurements but opted out of athletic testing and shooting. Most of the projected first-round prospects did not participate in the Combine scrimmages Thursday and Friday.It’s a path that is well-tread by the Lakers, who have had the No. 2 overall pick in three of the previous four drafts, picks that became D’Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball. Top prospects generally schedule private workouts for the teams in position to select them.Reddish, one of the vaunted Duke trio who is expected to be taken in the top 10, said he had met with the Lakers among many other teams. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe team’s urgency is building to return to the postseason after a six-season absence. Among the more impactful decisions Pelinka will be charged with include how to use the Lakers’ No. 4 overall pick in the draft on June 20, as well as how to recruit from a heralded class of free agents hitting the market on July 1.Pelinka, 49, has been general manager since early 2017 when he was brought in by Buss to work alongside Johnson. The larger bulk of his professional experience has been as an agent, when his most high-profile client was Kobe Bryant.Buss and other front office figures have largely been tight-lipped since Johnson departed in dramatic fashion, with an impromptu press conference before the Lakers’ regular-season finale on April 9. While Buss, team advisor Kurt Rambis and other top officials have been heavily involved in the team’s coaching search which eventually yielded Frank Vogel, only Pelinka has so far spoken to reporters on the record, most recently after the Lakers’ secured the No. 4 pick at the NBA Draft Lottery in Chicago.Pelinka insisted on Tuesday night that his role as GM hadn’t changed for draft preparations despite Johnson’s abdication.“My role as the GM right now is the same as it was when we selected Lonzo Ball (in 2017) with the second pick, which is our last high pick,” he said. “My role hasn’t changed since then.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Share on: WhatsApp – Tuchel forced to take action –They nearly took the lead midway through the first half when Mertens guided a Mario Rui cross against the bar.The warning was not heeded by PSG, and Napoli went ahead just before the half-hour mark, Jose Callejon’s superb pass in behind finding Insigne, who finished beautifully over the advancing Alphonse Areola.It took PSG until seven minutes before the interval to really threaten thanks to a combination of their two superstar forwards — Neymar released Mbappe, but the France World Cup winner saw his shot saved by David Ospina.Tuchel knew action was needed and he switched to a back three for the second half, taking off struggling left-back Juan Bernat and replacing him with another centre-back in Thilo Kehrer.Paris duly stepped up the pressure and were rewarded with the equaliser in the 61st minute, although there was more than a touch of good fortune about the goal.Mbappe exchanged passes with Neymar before releasing Thomas Meunier, whose low ball in from the right was turned into his own net by Mario Rui, the Portuguese defender.Napoli shook off that blow and retook the lead when Mertens stabbed home from close range in the 77th minute after Marquinhos had blocked a shot from Fabian Ruiz.That appeared to be that, but just as PSG looked defeated, substitute Julian Draxler laid the ball off to Di Maria in the 93rd minute and he curled a superb strike high into the top-left corner from 25 yards. Paris, France | AFP | Angel Di Maria’s stunning goal in injury time allowed an out-of-sorts Paris Saint-Germain to snatch a 2-2 draw with an impressive Napoli side in their Champions League clash on Wednesday.PSG looked beaten until Di Maria curled home in the third minute of time added on, salvaging a point from a game in which they had been second-best for long spells.Prior to that it looked as though goals from Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens, either side of a Mario Rui own goal, would give Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli the victory in the French capital.Instead, the biggest beneficiaries of this result are surely Liverpool, who move to the top of Group C after easing to a 4-0 win over Red Star Belgrade in the night’s other game.Despite the late blow, Napoli can still be the happier of the teams with a point, while the ambitious PSG’s own hopes of reaching the knockout rounds and finally making a major impression in this competition remain in the balance.It was an accomplished away performance from Napoli, but PSG’s all-star attack of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani all toiled for much of the evening, which was a world away from the strolls they so often enjoy domestically.They have won all 10 of their games in Ligue 1, a record-breaking start to a French season that has led to new coach Thomas Tuchel being showered with praise.However, doubts had already been raised about their true capabilities when they performed poorly in losing 3-2 to Liverpool at Anfield.Tuchel did not deserve to be judged on that one game, but once again his team were exposed by a leading European side, with Ancelotti revelling in his latest return to Paris.Ancelotti coached PSG to the Ligue 1 title in 2013 before leaving for Real Madrid, and he first returned to the Parc des Princes a year ago in charge of Bayern Munich only to be sacked by the German giants after a chastening 3-0 defeat.This time his Napoli team were excellent for long spells, fresh from beating Liverpool in their last European outing.
The Moving Mevagh Forward organised Carrigart St. Patrick’s Day Parade turned out to be a great success with huge crowds and a significant increase in the number and quality of floats. An added bonus was the fact that the rain stayed away during the parade, indeed the sun shone for most of it.A wide range of establishments, businesses, sporting clubs, rally cars, haulage contractors, transport companies, youth groups, novelty acts and voluntary organisations, among others, put on a wonderful spectacle for the 75 minutes of the parade.The Devlinreagh School Band led the parade into town and, as usual, entertained the crowd before the parade passed through. The last act in the parade was the award winning Fanad Accordian Band, who made the short journey across the Harry Blaney bridge, to show off their considerable talents. While the amount of effort and degree of originality shown by the participants in preparing their floats was considerable, and was wonderful for the spectators, it left the work of the judges in determining the most original float very difficult. After much deliberation the judges selected The Mevagh Voluntary Fire Service as the winners. The theme was “No Horse Meat Here” despite the fact that they had a horse carcass on their float and a horse following the float.DJ John Bosco kept the crowd informed of the various floats as they passed by the grandstand kindly supplied by Willie Doherty, Cranford. Cllr. Noel McBride thanked all those who helped in anyway to make the Carrigart St. Patrick’s Day parade such a success and he congratulated the town’s newest business, Galanta Gifts, who kindly donated sweets for all the children.The organisers would like to thank Maggie Doherty, Carrigart Hotel and Belinda McGroddy, Moving Mevagh Forward for all their hard work in the preparation for the successful day. HOW CARRIGART COMMUNITY SPIRIT MADE THIS ST PATRICK’S WEEKEND SPECIAL was last modified: March 19th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)