This Week’s Picks! Darren Criss, Brandy, Megan Hilty & More

first_imgBehold Brandy’s Broadway BowBegins April 28 at the Ambassador TheatreChicago has featured lots of starry arrivals in recent years, and that’s totally fine by us. It puts a new spin on the sexy revival, which started all the way back in 1996, the height of pagers on pants. The latest newcomer has been popular before that unfortunate trend: Brandy, the Grammy-winning pop star and former Cinderella, stars as Roxie Hart, succeeding Paige Davis. She’ll grace the stage through June 21. Click for tickets! Megan Hilty Have Breakfast with the TonysApril 28 on CBS and TonyAwards.comMornings are usually devoid of sizzle and excitement, but twice a year, there’s an exception: Christmas (for those who worship at the altar or Santa) and another blessed day: Tony nomination day! Join Broadway-bound Bruce Willis and Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker as they reveal the nominees for the 69th annual event. Revel in the excitement—and how Willis and Parker look smoking hot at freakin’ 8:30 am. Stars, they are nothing like us! Darren Criss Stay Up Late with Idina MenzelApril 30 on CBSWith her world tour fast approaching, Idina Menzel will become a little less ubiquitous, so you have to catch her while you can. Tonight is a good opportunity as one of Broadway’s brightest lights twinkles over to The Late Late Show with James Corden for maybe (fingers crossed) a little carpool karaoke. If that happens, expect “Let it Go,” a charming little ditty from an obscure animated film, to be on the playlist. All Hail the New HedwigBegins April 29 at the Belasco TheatreAs Hedwig and the Angry Inch rocks on, we just have to keep seeing it. The reason: The Tony-winning show’s commitment to casting terrific leading men. Darren Criss is the latest A-lister, replacing show creator/original Hedwig/swirling-life-force John Cameron Mitchell. However, given Criss’ skills and his enthusiasm for the opportunity, we’re hard-pressed to think of anyone better to wriggle into Hedwig’s mini-skirts. Click for tickets!center_img View Comments Every Broadway show of the season is officially open—but even if you’re lucky enough to have seen every show the Great White Way has to offer, there’s still tons of great stuff to do in NYC this week. There are awesome new leads in Hedwig and Chicago, Idina Menzel on your television, and of course, Tony nomination morning. Get ready for this week’s picks! Star Files Fall in Love with Megan Hilty & Her HubbyApril 27 at BirdlandIt’s rare to do something on Monday—that day of bleary eyes and lowered expectations—that rivals Friday night’s razzle-dazzle. Well, you’re in luck this week. Wicked and Smash favorite Megan Hilty joins husband Brian Gallagher as the latter performs songs from his new album All That’s Ahead. Expect special guests and luxurious duets from the talented pair that will provide the necessary resolve to face the rest of the week. Click for tickets!last_img read more

Longtime Lion King Star Chantel Riley on How the Show Changed Her and Saying Goodbye to Pride Rock

first_img The Lion King from $75.00 In the corporate world, employees leaving a job are often asked to sit through an exit interview with HR about their time at the company. That concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, but we love checking in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Longtime The Lion King star Chantel Riley is leaving the smash hit musical after over four years playing Nala on Broadway. The actress will exit the production on July 3. We asked the Broadway favorite to take’s Exit Interview and tell us all about what she’ll miss, what she learned and more about feeling the love in the Tony-winning musical.How did you feel when you first got this job?I was very shocked. I had a feeling that something incredible was going to happen at that point in my life, but I did not expect it to be as huge as Broadway. I was so grateful.How do you feel now that you’re leaving?I am feeling a bunch of different emotions now that I am leaving the show. I am sad to be leaving a place I called home for the past four years, but I’m excited, nervous and curious for what’s next.What are three words you would use to describe your experience?Blessing, inspiring and growth.What was the easiest thing about this job?The easiest thing about this job was making incredible friends who I now call family. I love them all and am so appreciative for all they have imparted in me.What was the hardest thing?The hardest part I encountered was getting past my insecurities as a performer. There have been a few days when I felt I didn’t deserve to be in the role of Nala. I had to fight myself to let me know that I WAS good enough and I did deserve to be on the stage. What was the highlight of your time at this job?I would say the highlight for me during my time at The Lion King were the tons of letters and social media posts from fans saying how inspired they were because of our show. To know that I have been able to be a part of a production that is able to change and inspire lives is my number one highlight.What skills do you think are required for future job applicants?Physical strength is needed. A show like The Lion King is very physical. As Nala, although I was only in the second act, all her movement and physicality can be challenging. So I made sure to take care of my body by eating right and working out. I also believe that an open mind and heart is required. I am so happy for the challenges I’ve encountered during my time here. Instead of looking at them as a means to destroy me, I looked at them as a way to make me better.What advice would you give to future employees in your job position?Have fun! Know that you are enough and can achieve all things with faith.How do you think you’ve grown?The woman I am today is certainly different from who I was when I first started. I feel more confident, strong and courageous. Why are you leaving?I believe that there is a time for everything. So in this case, like the wise Rafiki tells Simba, “It is time!”What will you miss the most?I will miss the beautiful faces of the cast and crew that I got to see every day. I love each and every one of them. Related Showscenter_img ‘The Lion King’ star Chantel Riley(Photos: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images, Joan Marcus, Caitlin McNaney) View Commentslast_img read more

U.S. coal company works behind the scenes to thwart Lake Erie wind-energy project

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Cleveland Plain Dealer:Boaters and birders have been upfront about their opposition to the six-turbine Icebreaker Wind project planned for Lake Erie, but a new, powerful voice of resistance has recently emerged: Big Coal.In documents and sworn statements filed with the Ohio Power Siting Board on Thursday, the wind farm developers presented evidence that Murray Energy Corp. has been bankrolling anti-Icebreaker consultants, as well as lawyers representing two Bratenahl residents who have testified against the project.Cody E. Nett, a spokesman for Murray Energy, confirmed the company’s involvement by e-mail and said, “Murray Energy is pleased that its outside counsel… can assist the Bratenahl residents to prevent Icebreaker from steam-rolling this project through the Ohio Power Siting Board certification process without the public scrutiny and opposition that it deserves.”Robert Murray, who has homes in Moreland Hills and Belmont County, is the founder and CEO of the nation’s largest privately-owned coal company, with 16 active mines in five states and Colombia, South America. As coal sales plunge and hundreds of coal-fired power plants are shut down across the country, green energy facilities such as Icebreaker pose a formidable new source of competition for Murray’s coal companies.Even if Murray had wanted to intervene in the state certification process for Icebreaker, he likely would have been denied, said David Karpinski, vice president of operations for the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation. Interveners must first file a request to participate in the decision-making process with the siting board, which is responsible for reviewing applications for the construction of major utility facilities such as power plants and wind farms.As a potential direct competitor of the $126 million Icebreaker project, Murray Energy probably wouldn’t have been allowed to intervene before the siting board, Karpinski said.Nor could Murray Energy have worked to oppose Icebreaker by putting its substantial resources behind the Campaign for American Affordable and Reliable Energy, a trade group whose stated mission is “to protect, preserve and promote America’s affordable and reliable coal-fired electricity generation.” The state siting board denied three previous attempts by the group to intervene in wind projects after finding that the group objected to wind farms in general and would not be impacted directly by any of the projects.Trish Demeter, vice president of energy policy at the Ohio Environmental Council, said Murray’s behind-the-scenes activity in the Icebreaker case is an example of “his no-holds-barred approach at stymieing Ohio’s energy future.” “At the OEC, we’ve long suspected Murray Energy was involved in whipping up opposition to wind energy in Ohio, but seeing the hard evidence of that opposition is still shocking,” Demeter said.By opposing the application to place North America’s first freshwater offshore wind farm in Ohio, “Murray Energy is grasping at straws to keep its business relevant in an era of unstoppable trends towards clean, renewable energy,” Demeter said.More: Big Coal joins fight against Lake Erie green energy wind turbines U.S. coal company works behind the scenes to thwart Lake Erie wind-energy projectlast_img read more

Outdoor Updates: Free Black Friday Hiking

first_imgA wildfire that broke out on the summit of Cold Mountain on November 21 is still burning, officials say, but most of the trails in the Shining Rock Wilderness area have reopened. Trail openings include the Art Loeb trail but exclude the area east of Deep Gap, including the Cold Mountain Summit Trail.  The Friday after Thanksgiving is generally known as a day to shop. But in an effort to encourage residents to #optoutside, Tennessee state parks are offering free guided hikes on Black Friday. Angelo Giansante, Park Manager at Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park, told WRCBtv that the hikes cover, “everything to inspire you to get outdoors more. We’re going to cover things such as water safety, we’re going to talk about animals, the ecosystem.” A total of 56 Tennessee state parks will offer guided hikes. The difficulty of each hike varies. For a full list of after-Thanksgiving hikes, click here.  Ripmaster’s newest endeavor has never been accomplished before. “It kind of scares me sometimes when I think about it,” he told News 13 WLOS. Ripmaster believes it will take him ten years to check off all 50 states, though he’s already got six under his belt. “I did the Leadville 100, I did the Bighorm 100, I did the Tahoe 200, I did the Arrowhead 135, obviously the one in North Carolina, the Umstead,” Ripmaster told News 13. He heads to Texas next where he’ll tackle Rocky Raccoon 100. Tennessee State Parks offer free hiking on Black Friday Swannanoa, NC man to run 100 miles in all 50 states Cold Mountain Fire still burns, trails reopened Pete Ripmaster of Swannanoa, NC is no stranger to fetes of endurance. Just last year he won the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Invitational, a race requiring participants to bike, run or ski the historic Iditarod Trail. But Ripmaster announced recently that he’s just getting started and has set a new goal to run a 100-mile run in all 50 states. The size of the Cold Mountain fire remains stable at 220 acres and is not expected to grow. About 20 firefighters remain on site to make sure the fire does not impact nearby communities. The case of the fire is still unknown. last_img read more

Dresdner calls in H&B to review London office needs

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PREMIUMJoy as Indonesian court nixes health insurance premium hike, but deficit storm looms

first_imgThe government has no choice but to annul the recent increase of National Health Insurance (JKN) premiums after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of hundreds of millions of citizens who depend on the public health insurance.The court granted victory to a group of petitioners that had challenged Presidential Regulation No. 75/2019, which mandated higher premiums for all service levels beginning this year. The regulation had sparked debate and compelled thousands of people to downgrade their service class or even opt out of the public health insurance altogether.Pudjiatie from Malang in East Java said she welcomed the court’s decision because the premium increase had been a burden for her. The 50-year old said she had paid into the insurance for the past five years but had never used it herself.As she pays for her own coverage and that of her nephew, both of whom are membe… Topics : Log in with your social account Linkedin Forgot Password ? Google Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here JKN JKN-insurance-deficit JKN-premium-increase BPJS-Kesehatan public-health health-insurance-in-Indonesia health-insurancelast_img read more

St. Louis educator nominated for VFW teaching award

first_imgJanet Wilson has taught at St. Louis School for 17 years.BATESVILLE, Ind. – A St. Louis School Social Studies teacher is being recognized by a local VFW Post.Batesville Post 3183 selected Janet Wilson as its local VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award recipient for the junior high level.K-12 educators that show exceptional commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism can be nominated by fellow teachers, students, supervisors and interested individuals.Once selected by a local VFW Post, the instructors are forwarded to the state-level. State winners are passed along to VFW National Headquarters for consideration in the national awards contest.Wilson has taught social studies to St. Louis students in grades sixth through eight for the past seventeen years. For her, the job is to help the young learners better understand the past and present.“My goal is to sell civic responsibility. My goal is to make current events and history relevant,” Wilson said.“It is wonderful to be recognized but at the same time I am doing what I love to do.”Most students would describe history class as learning about people and events in the past. Wilson had a classroom full of eighth graders on the morning of September 11, 2001 when history was happening before their eyes.She recalls, “I just remember standing there thinking, and I was a little bit lucid. I thought ‘Oh my, how am I going to do this, how do I explain this on their terms and not scare them?’”Wilson also notes the first time she taught a classroom of students that were too young to not have a memory of the terrorist attacks.“One year, I remember asking students to tell me the very first time you heard about 9/11 and where were you and how did it make you feel.”“These kids are just looking at me with these blank stares,” Wilson remembers.“Out of the clear blue sky, I went ‘Oh, this wasn’t part of your living history,’ it felt as if the earth moved,” Wilson said.The veteran teacher credits success to students, colleagues and school principals.St. Louis Principal Chad Moeller calls the nomination, “well deserved and to be honest, for her, it is probably long overdue.”Each year, VFW Posts across the country select a classroom elementary, junior high and high school teacher whose curriculum focuses on citizenship education topics—for at least half of the school day in a classroom environment—can be nominated for the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award. Winners receive:A $1,000 award for professional development expenses.A $1,000 award for his/her school.Two award plaques: one for the teacher, the other for his/her school.An all-expenses-paid trip to attend a VFW conference to receive their award.last_img read more

Liverpool sign Portugal winger Jota from Wolves

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Liverpool have completed the signing of Portugal forward Diogo Jota from Wolverhampton Wanderers on a long term contract, the English Premier League (EPL) champions said on Saturday.Liverpool’s versatile 18-year-old defender Ki-Jana Hoever moved in the other direction on a five-year contract.He played four senior games for the Anfield club following his arrival from Ajax Amsterdam in 2018.British media reported that Liverpool agreed a five-year deal worth about 41 million pounds for Jota.It is expected that his versatility and work rate should fit in well with manager Juergen Klopp’s hard-pressing style of play.“It’s just a really exciting moment for me and my family,” Jota told Liverpool’s website.“All of my path since I was a kid and now, to join a club like Liverpool —— the world champions —— is just unbelievable. I just want to get started.”The 23-year-old Jota was left out of Wolves’ League Cup defeat by Stoke City on Thursday and was an unused substitute in their 2-0 league win over Sheffield United last weekend.Initially arriving on loan from Atletico Madrid in 2017, Jota has scored 16 goals and provided six assists for Wolves in the Premier League over the last three seasons.“I think I’m a team player,” Jota said. “I play upfront and my job is to find a way to score goals and to provide assists and that’s what they can expect from me…I’ll always try to help the team in the best way possible.”Jota is Liverpool’s third signing of the close season following the arrival of Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich and Greece left-back Kostas Tsimikas.(Reuters/NAN)Tags: AnfieldDiogo JotaKi-JAna HoeverLiverpoollast_img read more

Ramsey: Win was for Wenger

first_img Ramsey stroked in a second before his blistering strike, with the tempo dropping following the restart when the Welshman and Mathieu Flamini had made way for youngsters, both players rested as a precaution against injury. Although Galatasaray scored a late consolation free-kick from Wesley Sneijder, Podolski grabbed a fourth on the break deep into stoppage time to give the English side a memorable victory. Arsenal will, though, face one of the top seeds in Monday’s draw for the last 16 of the Champions League, having finished as runners-up in Group D behind Borussia Dortmund. Before February’s European tie, by which time the likes of Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott are expected back from injury, Ramsey accepts Arsenal must regain their Barclays Premier League form, with Wenger’s men currently sixth following Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Stoke. “I am getting sharper in every game, am feeling good and hopefully now I can play my part as they team go on a run,” said Ramsey, who scored his first goal since the end of August at Stoke. “That is the thing we need to do now. “We have a busy couple of weeks coming up now and hopefully we can take full advantage of them, and hopefully take maximum points throughout December.” Wenger came in for some fierce personal criticism from the club’s own supporters who waited for the team to board the train back to London on Saturday evening. Press Association Ramsey felt the squad owed their under-fire manager a response out in Turkey. “Every player here wants to work hard for him, we have proven that again here,” the midfielder said. “He has been under some unfair criticism, but we are all out there, are in it together. We wanted to get the result for us and for him. “Whenever we go into a game, he knows our qualities, always believes in us and gives us a great feeling. “Every time we go out there we are representing ourselves, our club and our manager.” Ramsey, who expects to shake off a tight hamstring for Saturday’s visit of in-form Newcastle, had remained modest in his initial post-match reaction on Tuesday night. But having seen the sublime finish replayed over and over again, the Wales midfielder hailed the goal as the best of his career so far. “I have always got into goalscoring positions, but now I have found my composure more in front of goal,” he said. “As soon as I hit it, I thought it had a chance of going in and thankfully it went into the top corner. “(Of my other goals before) I liked the volley at Norwich (in the final match of the last Premier League season), probably that one (was my favourite). “But I have seen this goal back now, and it is definitely the best I have scored.” Ramsey, who also netted in Arsenal’s 2013 Champions League play-off win at Fenerbahce, added: “I like playing in Istanbul – I have scored a few goals here now and I would like to play them every week if I could.” The 23-year-old’s sensational 30-yard half-volley, crashing the ball back into the top corner after it was cleared from a corner, was applauded by the home fans, despite seeing their side fall 3-0 behind, and sparked debates about great goals on social media. Arsenal had made an electric start on Tuesday night at the Turk Telekom Arena, which had plenty of empty seats after Galatasaray’s forgettable Champions League Group D campaign, with a goal from Lukas Podolski after just two minutes, the German forward making the most of a rare opportunity in the first XI. Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey hopes his wonder goal against Galatasaray in Istanbul can help spark a run which kick-starts the Gunners’ domestic campaign – and dedicated the victory to under-fire boss Arsene Wenger. last_img read more