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Motown the Musical Begins Broadway Performances

first_img View Comments We’ve heard through the grapevine that Chester Gregory and more will begin performances in Motown the Musical on July 12. The Broadway return of the hit tuner is scheduled to play a limited engagement through November 13 at the Nederlander Theatre.Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright and featuring a book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, Motown highlights over 50 hits from the record company’s catalogue. The show tells the story of Gordy’s rise from small-town dreamer to record mogul. Along the way, he discovers a slew of musical talent, including Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross, with whom he sparks a romance.Gregory will lead the production as Berry Gordy and is set to be joined by Allison Semmes as Diana Ross, Jesse Nager as Smokey Robinson and Jarran Muse as Marvin Gaye.The show ended its initial Broadway run in January 2015 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Motown The Musical Show Closed This production ended its run on July 31, 2016center_img ‘Motown the Musical'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Related Showslast_img read more

NAFCU, CUNA defend CUs in joint letter against bankers’ attacks

first_img continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU and CUNA are stepping up their defense of the credit union industry and its federal tax exemption as state bankers associations continue to push for its elimination with the use of misinformation, despite evidence of the industry’s many benefits to consumers and the nation’s economy.The associations sent a joint letter to Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, yesterday further detailing credit unions’ structure and mission, field of membership (FOM) restrictions, benefits to credit union members and the hypocrisy of bankers’ attempts to eliminate the tax exemption.NAFCU and CUNA emphasized that credit unions continue to fulfill their Congress-given mission “to promote thrift and provide access to credit for provident purposes” even while dealing with outdated FOM rules and an “outsized regulatory burden.”last_img read more

Joe Willock reveals Arsenal players were ‘angry’ before Southampton victory

first_imgWillock sealed the victory at Southampton with a goal (Picture: Getty Images)Joe Willock says anger from back-to-back losses in the Premier League inspired Arsenal to their 2-0 victory against Southampton on Thursday evening.The Gunners bounced back from dismal defeats to Manchester City and Brighton last week to claim their first win after the restart.Granit Xhaka returned to the starting XI after an ankle injury suffered against City, however, Matteo Guendouzi was left out of the 20-man squad, which boss Mikel Arteta suggested was due to an ‘internal issue’.Academy products Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock both got on the scoresheet after two costly mistakes from Saints keeper Alex McCarthy, but, despite coming under pressure in the second half, Arsenal held on for the victory.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAfter the game, 20-year-old Willock revealed that the players were fuming after consecutive defeats and that extra ‘edge’ in training helped them step up their game.‘I enjoyed how much we showed that we’re a team, we had two defeats but we had to stick together and fight,’ he told the club’s official website. Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 26 Jun 2020 12:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.9kShares Joe Willock reveals Arsenal players were ‘angry’ before Southampton victory Another Arsenal academy graduate, Nketiah, also got on the scoresheet (Picture: Getty Images)‘They had a good spell in the second half for about 20 or 30 minutes and we stayed together as a team and we have to believe in each other and that’s what I enjoyed about the performance. ‘There was a bit of edge in training, people were a bit angry, we had to test each other, we had to push each other to the limit and try to come out and show it in the game today.‘I feel like we defended well together and got a clean sheet and scored two goals.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘The edge in training is a good thing. We said that we need to compete after the Brighton game, we need to compete as a team together and that’s what we tried to do today.‘We tried to bring it to the pitch, there’s still a long way to go but I feel like the groundroots level that we need to play at first of all if we want to compete.’MORE: Jamie Redknapp slams Matteo Guendouzi and tells Arsenal star he isn’t a ‘big player’MORE: Mikel Arteta speaks out after Matteo Guendouzi is dropped for Southampton vs Arsenal clashFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Commentlast_img read more

PLSA recommends statutory duty to provide decumulation support

first_imgIt is calling for a new regulatory regime that would create a statutory obligation for pension schemes to support their members in respect of decumulation decisions, with minimum standards to apply to three specific elements: member engagement and communications; providing or signposting to decumulation products; and scheme/governance processes relating to the design and/or selection and ongoing delivery of the aforementioned elements.One of the aims of setting out such minimum requirements is to enable the development of products that help manage risks for savers as DC savings grow and dependence on DC-derived incomes increase.As well as protecting savers, the PLSA’s proposal is also intended to address the risks that schemes face when supporting members in their at-retirement decisions.For example, schemes fear legal action if they provide more comprehensive support but savers then feel trustees have not acted in their best interests or have not delivered the best outcome.Lizzy Holliday, head of DC, master trusts and lifetime saving at the PLSA, said: “Pension schemes want to support savers more effectively than at present by improving the help they get when they are thinking about drawing their pension and setting a path that protects them from poor outcomes. But many are looking for the support of a clear framework.“Our proposals seek to provide support to savers to make better decisions and give clarity to schemes about their obligations towards savers at this stage of their retirement savings journey. We look forward to hearing the views of everyone with an interest in ensuring more people achieve a better income in retirement.”According to the PLSA, research it has conducted shows that nearly three-quarters (71%) of savers in DC funds want support when deciding how to access their pension, including some wanting to be guided by their pension scheme to a ready-made retirement income option.The association’s consultation comes as the Work and Pensions Select Committee, a group of members of parliament, announced the launch of a three-part inquiry into the impact of the pension freedoms. The first part will focus on pension scams, but future work will examine accessing pensions savings and saving for later life.  The PLSA’s consultation, or “call for evidence”, is open until Friday, 4 September. The supporting report can be found here. Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. The UK’s pension fund association has proposed that a new regulatory regime be established that would require pension schemes to support their members when making decisions about how to access their defined contribution (DC) savings.The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) is seeking industry views on its proposal with a view to launching a formal recommendation aimed at government on the occasion of its annual conference in October.The background to the association’s proposal is the 2015 pension freedoms reform, which gave savers greater choice about how to access their retirement savings, and the PLSA’s assessment that evidence shows “the confusing range of options is potentially leading to poor decision-making and poorer retirements”.The proposal that the PLSA put forward today aims to protect people who don’t engage with or fully understand the financial choices they face when they move towards semi- or full retirement.last_img read more

Gold Coast Hinterland estate with award-winning gardens gets new groundskeepers

first_imgThe award-winning gardens. The Gatehouse, which was leased out as luxury short-term accommodation, was available from $325 per night. Mr Mian said the buyers plan to privately enjoy the estate but may choose to lease the cottage out in the future. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoEnjoy the garden views from the spa. The main residence, Glenloch, is a traditional Queenslander. The sprawling estate at 38-42 Yuulong Road Tamborine Mountain, has changed hands in a $3.2 million deal. A mystical estate with award-winning gardens will soon have new groundskeepers after changing hands in a multimillion-dollar deal. The Tamborine Mountain property at 38-42 Yuulong Rd sold for $3.2 million. Secret gardens are hidden throughout the 2.67 ha estate. Among the gardens is the Kitchen Garden, which has vegetables, greens and fruits including two large strawberry beds, asparagus crops, rhubarb, herbs and edible flowers. There are also water features, fountains, lakes with small waterfalls, secret garden rooms and an abundance of plants, trees and flowers. Property records show the estate hit the market in December with a $3.485 million price tag. It last sold in 2003 for $640,000 before the gardens were developed. The grand kitchen. Behind tall wrought iron gates is a sprawling 2.67ha estate with European-inspired gardens, which have graced magazines and been featured on the small screen. There are two residences on the property — Glenloch, which is the main house, and The Gatehouse, a two-bedroom guest cottage. MORE NEWS: What does $4k a week get you in the Coast’s rental market? The property hit the market in December. Amir Prestige principle Amir Mian, who marketed the property with Colleen Brunt, said the mystical estate attracted interest from across the globe. “The buyers were locals — people from Sovereign Island,” Mr Mian said. “They were attracted to the beautiful gardens and the location as it is so close to town. “We had a lot of strong interest from interstate and Brisbane buyers — we even had people from New Caledonia and New Zealand looking.” MORE NEWS: ‘Millionaires’ Row’ lives up to its name The guesthouse has been leased as luxury accommodation from $325 per night. Hidden in the garden oasis, Glenloch is a traditional Queenslander with Hamptons flair that features four bedrooms, a grand kitchen, two wine cellars and a wrap around deck with spa. read more

Stoke reject Jones fine appeal

first_img Press Association Cardiff striker Kenwyne Jones has had an appeal against a fine imposed on him by his former club Stoke rejected by the Potters, Press Association Sport understands. Jones was fined the equivalent of two weeks’ wages in January after he sent Stoke boss Mark Hughes a text message on the night before the Barclays Premier League match against Liverpool to say he was unavailable for selection. The Trinidad and Tobago international joined Cardiff later that month in a swap deal that saw Peter Odemwingie head the other way. center_img It is understood Jones went back to Stoke last week to argue the level of his fine was unjust, but Potters chairman Peter Coates has since concluded that not to be the case and that the 29-year-old player can now either pay up or take the matter to the Premier League. last_img read more

Badgers defenseless in Philly

first_imgGREG SCHMITZ/Herald photoPHILADELPHIA — Bo Ryan had long been homesick for his old stomping grounds, where cheese steaks and cleverly nicknamed characters like “Onions” and “Mouse” dot the landscape.It wasn’t long, however, before he became sick at home, in the City of Brotherly Love, as the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball season came to a close with a 94-75 thumping at the hands of Arizona in the opening round of the NCAA tournament Friday afternoon.The trip to Philadelphia for the opening round of the tournament was billed as Ryan’s triumphant return to his roots, the arena being a mere 15-minute cruise down I-95 from Chester, Penn., where Ryan grew up.However, a tissue-like Badger defense allowed the Wildcats to score on their first nine possessions en route to falling behind 35-11 — and never recovered.”The thing we didn’t want to have happen happened. You can’t play from behind,” Ryan said. “That was our worst nightmare.”By the time UW picked up its first defensive stop, it already trailed 17-5. By the 10-minute mark, Arizona had pushed it to 28-11, and despite a 23-9 run to go into the halftime down 12, the Badgers never cut the lead to single digits.”We are not as athletic or quick enough to play from behind,” Ryan said. “The players know it, the coaching staff knows it.””They got a lot of easy baskets that built their lead early, and from there their confidence skyrocketed,” junior forward Alando Tucker said. “That’s the bottom line: those are the things you can’t have happen.”Tucker led the way with 19 points but converted only five of 15 shots from the field and struggled from the foul line, making only eight of 14 attempts.”We knew we had our hands full with Tucker, and we just wanted to make it real difficult for him, even if it cost us a bucket now and then from one of their big guys,” Arizona head coach Lute Olson said.Point guards Kammron Taylor and Michael Flowers added 12 and 11 points respectively. Both also recorded four assists.Wisconsin finished the season at 19-12, missing its fourth consecutive 20-win season by virtue of a four-game losing streak to close out the season.The UW defense that was reasonably consistent all year fell apart against the fast-paced Arizona attack, surrendering season highs in points and field-goal percentage, as the Wildcats shot just below 60 percent (59.3) for the game and had five players score in double figures.”I think we played offensively as well as we’ve played all year long,” Olson said. “We were working to get the open shot, and when we got the open shot, we did a really good job of knocking the shot down.”Arizona’s Hassan Adams, fresh off a suspension stemming from a DUI arrest, scored 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting, while Philly native Mustafa Shakur stuffed the box score with 17 points, nine assists, five boards, two steals and a blocked shot.”That’s just me putting things behind me and going out and doing what I love to do,” Adams said of his performance. “That’s just me playing my game.”Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the rout was how Wisconsin failed miserably to control the tempo of the game. The UW team that had been praised all season long for its poise and ability to get back on defense allowed 25 fast-break points. Conversely, the Badgers scored three.”We put them in a situation where they were on their heels and they had to run with us,” Adams said.”I think a lot of it was our shot selection,” explained Tucker when asked about the fast-break scoring discrepancy. “The horribleness of the shots we took, as horrible as they were, that set it up for them to push it and get some easy baskets. … We just played into their hands.”Ironically, although the UW defense was the principle culprit for the rout, the biggest questions and concerns surrounding the team leading up to the game were how well it could perform offensively.After combining to shoot 34 percent over their past three games, the Badgers shot a respectable 43 percent from the field against the Wildcats and scored their most points since putting up 80 on Minnesota, in what turned out to be the final victory of the season.”It’s all about defense,” Tucker said. “Defense is ultimately going to win the game. No matter how well you’re shooting, it all comes down to playing defense.”With the loss, the majority of the Badger team will have until next November to figure out how to improve for next season, as the game was the final career contest for only senior Ray Nixon.”No excuses. We had the guys to get it done, but we just didn’t get it done,” freshman Joe Krabbenhoft said.last_img read more

On The Beat 10/22/10

first_img Comments The Daily Orange beat writers Andrew L. John and Tony Olivero analyze Syracuse’s chances in its upcoming game against West Virginia. Published on October 21, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

Tipp – UCD clash called off

first_imgTipp footballers clash with UCD did not go ahead last evening.The game was scheduled to take place last evening and was subject to a number of venue changes before the game was called off completely.It will be rescheduled for a later date.last_img

2016 Rio Olympics: Brazil Assuage Fears over Zika Virus

first_imgAlex Enumah in AbujaWith barely days to the commencement of the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian government has assured all participants and visitors alike of its determination to host a historic and disease-free sports fiesta despite fears of the dreaded Zika virus disease in that region. He gave the assurance that the protection of the health of Brazilians and tourists coming to the global event is a priority and as such all necessary measures have been put in place to protect the health of everyone.In a statement made available to THISDAY by the Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Brazil in Abuja, Roberto Affaia, Brazil’s Minister of Health, Ricardo Barros said that protecting the health of Brazilians and tourists coming to this world event is a priority to the federal government, which has pledged to put into effect appropriate measures to protect peoples’ health.“I was recently in Geneva, Switzerland, and reaffirmed to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that we would never risk the health of athletes and tourists. Brazil is keeping all necessary care and measures so that the games are a historical milestone in sports”.Barros claimed that the circulation of the Zika virus, spread by the Aedesaegypti mosquito, will not hinder the country from having a safe and unforgettable event for athletes, participants and spectators as according to him, the risks are minimal.Adding: The country’s healthcare system is duly prepared for this big moment, with preventive actions in place against the Aedesaegypti, 24/7 monitoring in the six cities hosting the games and trained professionals who are qualified to attend to emergencies.According to the statement a study published by the University of Cambridge makes a forecast of less than one case of infection among the 500,000 tourists.The statement further revealed that specialists from the World Health Organisation (WHO) on June 14 corroborated that the risk of propagation of the disease is very low. It said during the games, trips to Rio will represent 0.25 per cent of all travel to Zika-affected areas, according to United States’ CDC while noting that on the overall, the virus is already circulating in 60 countries, and Brazil represents 15 per cent of the exposed population.The minister also observed that during the games, Brazil will be in winter time, which is when diseases spread by the Aedesaegypti hit their lower rate.“In addition to that, the mobilisation actions to fight the mosquito, like home visits and public investment in monitoring and prevention, have caused an early fall of Zika rates – infection cases dropped 87 per cent between February and May this year.“The monitoring and follow-up of these data are still in progress by means of a partnership with the WHO, in an absolutely transparent manner. The proper measures to fight the Aedesaegypti are still in effect, with the backup of three thousand health agents in Rio.“During the event preparation phase, 51 test events were performed, monitored by the Ministry of Health, and no case of infection resulted from them. Since May 3, the Olympic torch has passed through more than 100 cities, and not a single case has been reported either” he said.While stating that Brazil has experience in organising big events, he said a similar fear was entertained over the possible epidemic of the dengue fever when Brazil hosted the last World Cup but, only three cases were reported in tourists.He therefore called on all tourists to feel free to visit the country during the games.The Olympics is perceived to be the greatest sporting event in the planet and over 200 countries and 500,000 international tourists are expected to be in Brazil for the games.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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