New Kids on the Broadway Block! Meet 12 Young Stars Ages 8 to 18

first_imgTHE KING AND IJON VIKTOR CORPUZ, 18JAKE LUCAS, 12WHAT’S THE BIGGEST PERK OF BEING A BROADWAY STAR?JON: Getting a car to pick you up from your apartment! [Laughs.] And missing school. We both go to the same school! Jake’s in the middle school and I’m in the high school.JAKE: Yeah, we go to a performing arts school that supports auditioning and doing acting projects.DESCRIBE YOUR CO-STAR KELLI O’HARA IN ONE WORD.JON: Radiant.JAKE: Magnificent! This is the third time Kelli O’Hara has played my mom. I’m her honorary son now. DOCTOR ZHIVAGOAVA RILEY MILES, 10JONAH HALPERIN, 10SOPHIA GENNUSA, 11WHAT SONG IS YOUR SECRET WEAPON FOR AUDITIONS?SOPHIA: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” And “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic for rock auditions.AVA: “Live Out Loud” from A Little Princess. It has a nice belt to it.JONAH: “When Your Feet Don’t Touch the Ground” from Finding Neverland. I’m a high belter, I would say, in general.SOPHIA: We like songs that start low and build up, and that’s what the songs in Doctor Zhivago do. They’re beautiful, but a lot of the songs are really sad.AVA: Some of the songs make us cry—it takes place during the Civil War.JONAH: No, it’s the Russian Revolution!AVA: It’s the Russian Civil War, but OK.SOPHIA: We’re trying to get our history right! FUN HOMEZELL STEELE MORROW, 8SYDNEY LUCAS, 11OSCAR WILLIAMS, 11WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO BACKSTAGE, BESIDES HOMEWORK?SYDNEY: Who ever said we like to do homework? [Laughs.]OSCAR: Yeah, we don’t like homework! I’ll probably play on my iPad or watch a movie or something.ZELL: Yeah, either read or play.OSCAR: We’re gonna have so much fun backstage.ZELL: Yes, yes! We have to play Heads Up!SYDNEY: Heads Up! is our number-one game. We have all these random jokes now, about Santa Claus and CPR…ZELL: [Giggles.]OSCAR: One time while we were playing Sydney said, “Put on your sunburn so you don’t get a sunscreen.” Our complete lack of common sense is hilarious. Star Files FINDING NEVERLANDHAYDEN SIGNORETTI, 12ALEX DREIER, 11JACKSON DEMOTT HILL, 13SAWYER NUNES, 13WHICH ACTOR HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO WORK WITH?HAYDEN: Neil Patrick Harris. He’s hilarious! And he’s really nice.SAWYER: Jeremy Jordan. He’s a great role model and he has such a presence onstage.JACKSON: My idol is definitely Hugh Jackman. I wanna be on film and stage, just like him.ALEX: Daniel Radcliffe. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. I met him once and I was so starstruck I couldn’t say anything.HAYDEN: You wanna be in Harry Potter the Musical with him.ALEX: Yeah, I’d play Little Harry!SAWYER: No, you’d play the owl [laughs].center_img Watch out, New York City—kids are taking over the Great White Way! These 12 stars ages 8 to 18 are appearing in some of the most highly anticipated musicals of the season with big Broadway names like Matthew Morrison, Kelli O’Hara and Michael Cerveris, just to name a few. took the dozen stars to Chelsea Piers for a fun day of jumping on trampolines, climbing on bars and diving into a giant ball pit. Are these kids future matinee idols? Tony winners? Show People guests? Meet the new kids on the Broadway block…and remember their names! View Comments Sawyer Nuneslast_img read more

Trump is in a state of rage and denial as he watches it all slip away from him

first_imgExpect the Trump Rage Show to go on. But it’s the flailing rage of a loser trying to deny that he’s a loser. And that’s a sweet thing to watch because it’s so well deserved. The groundwork had been set for Trump’s denial as his leads in Election Day voting gave way to large numbers of mail votes heavily favoring Biden in key states—aides had tried to get him to understand how this was going to go, but still he was “genuinely taken aback” when it happened. Because the man couldn’t internalize the facts ahead of time.Trump is sitting around watching television coverage of the election, fuming, and rage-tweeting basically. His advisers are reportedly trying to keep him from going out on television and saying more stuff so false and dangerous that it forces Republicans to distance themselves from him, however gingerly. But Thursday night showed how successful they are at that. (They’re not.)- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Danish pension funds guarded about IT venture fund plan

first_img“Based on the generated results, we see a mixed picture,” he said. “Overall, Danish venture funds have not performed satisfactorily – in fact they underperformed compared to other investments.”Jan Østergaard, head of private investments at labour-market pension fund Industriens Pension, said: “Such an investment depends on a number of parameters, which we do not know yet.“Generally speaking, investments in Danish venture funds are relatively risky, and it is crucial be very selective in relation to which venture funds you will invest in.“We would like to consider it more closely if we get more details, but we will hardly invest a very large amount in the area due to the investment’s risk profile.”According to the plan, the fund – Dansk Venturekapital – is to be established along the same lines as two existing growth funds from state financing fund Vækstfonden, known as Dansk Vækstkapital 1 and 2. However, the new vehicle is to comprise 50% venture funds and 50% private equity funds, according to the proposal.It should be set up within the next one or two years, IT-Branchen said, so it is ready at the point when Vækstfonden has invested funds from Dansk Vækstkapital 2.Pension funds could invest half of the capital in the form of debt, with first losses covered by Vækstfonden, the proposal suggested.Peter Wilmar Christensen, co-founder of software company Greenwave Systems and chairman of IT-Branchen’s capital committee, said one in five IT businesses in Denmark found lack of capital was a significant barrier to growth and job creation.“If we are going to get growth companies up and running, we must have Denmark’s biggest money tanks in the game,” Christensen said. “The pension companies have some giant stores of money, but they are used to a large extent for bonds and shares in large international businesses.”He added: “Why not get some of these many billions of kroner out and working for small and medium-sized Danish companies, so that all Danes can benefit from the shift to digital?”But PFA’s Nøhr Poulsen said previous returns from Danish tech companies meant it would be more selective at home than in the US, for example.“We have similar investments in both Denmark and abroad,” he said. “Last year, we, together with ATP, invested in the private equity firm VIA equity, which has special focus on Danish tech companies, and we also hold investments in US venture capital funds investing in US tech companies.”However results were generally better in the US than the those seen in Denmark, he said.“This does not mean that we will refrain from making investments in Denmark, but our approach to Danish investments are much more selective in this area,” said Nøhr Paulsen. Danish pension funds PFA and Industriens have responded cautiously to a proposal from the country’s IT industry association to launch a state-supported venture capital fund for the sector.The Danish IT industry association, IT-Branchen, has outlined a proposal for a new venture capital fund-of-funds to raise money for the sector, targeting investment of 1% of pension fund contributions in Denmark, which would equate to around DKK1bn (€134m) a year.Henrik Nøhr Poulsen, chief investment officer of equities and alternatives at Denmark’s biggest commercial pensions provider PFA, told IPE: “We are very interested in investing in companies that create Danish jobs. However, it is [important] that the investments go hand in hand with PFA receiving a reasonable return proportional to the risk we take.”Nøhr Poulsen said venture capital was an area of investment he had studied and backed over the last 20 years.last_img read more

Prisoner’s sperm donation petition

first_imgNewsHub 4 May 2017Mr Seymour has come to the defence of Trevor Mallard, after the Labour MP presented a petition to Parliament from a convicted murderer wanting to donate sperm so he could father a child from behind bars.Karl Teangiotau Nuku’s petition asks “that the House pass legislation providing prisoners with the opportunity to make seminal donations to registered agencies, so as to father a child”.“He’s going to get beaten up for introducing this petition,” Mr Seymour told The AM Show.“Can’t stand the guy myself, but Members of Parliament get petitions that they may not want to bring themselves – they may not believe in them, but I’ve done it myself.”Mr Seymour said allowing a convicted murderer the opportunity to be a parent is not fair.“If prisoners want to repay their debt to society by donating blood and their organs, then they’re welcome to do that,” Family First director Bob McCoskrie says.“But fatherhood is not a right – it’s a privilege based on the person’s ability and commitment to being an active and responsible dad for that child.”READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Arrested ex-army, 2 others tagged in slay plot vs NegOr guv, wife

first_imgHe thanked the members of Police Regional Office-6, especially the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, and the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division for successfully intercepting the suspects. BACOLOD City – Gov. Roel Degamo of Negros Oriental said yesterday the three individuals arrested in Malay, Aklan were involved in a plot to assassinate him and his wife. DEGAMO. PNA “In the next elections, I am telling you that I am running again as governor of the province of Negros Oriental),” he added. (With a report from PNA/PN) Recovered from the suspects around 9 p.m. on June 29 were assorted short and long firearms, several rounds of ammunition and other personal items and documents. The governor believes all three are members of a local gun-for-hire group. All three are facing charges for violation of Republic Act 10591, or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act and for violation of quarantine protocols. The attempt on their lives was foiled after police in Western Visayas were informed of the suspects’ arrival.  Police identified the suspects as Marvin Miranda, 31, an Army reservist and resident of Villareal, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental; Mario Puyal, 62, a retired Army soldier and resident of Barangay Ususan in Taguig City; and Adolfo Obiacoro, 34, a tricycle driver of Imus, Cavite who claimed to be temporarily residing in Bayawan City. Asked for the possible reason for the attempt on his life and that of his wife, Degamo believes it had something to do with the decision of the Supreme Court that he could still run as governor in the 2020 elections. BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA Degamo said he and his wife have been alerted by his people in Metro Manila that three men plotting to kill them boarded a roll-on/roll-off vessel in Batangas bound for the Caticlan Jetty Port in Malay. Referring to political detractors while not mentioning names, Degamo said because they cannot defeat him, “the only way to do it is to eliminate me and my wife”.last_img read more

New champions to be crowned when Riddim Squad and Vurlon Mills Academy collide

first_imgNEW champions would be crowned when the 4th edition of the East Bank Football Association (EBFA) Under-11 League, sponsored by USA-based Guyanese Ralph Green, comes to an end with the final next Saturday at the GFF National Training Centre, Providence, EBD.In yesterday’s semi-finals, defending champions Timehri Panthers were defeated 2-0 by a confident Riddim Squad outfit in the second semifinal. Vurlon Millis Academy trounced Kuru Kururu Warriors 5-0 in the first.The young Warriors were not in a mood to war and fell prey to the consistent offensive manoeuvres by Vurlon Mills Academy lads. Shackel Marshall sent them on their way in the seventh minute, with that advantage being doubled one minute later when Malcolm Hendricks rocked the nets.At the halfway mark it was a 2-0 advantage for Mills Academy, who maintained their goal-scoring ambitions in the second half. Romario La Rose further increased the advantage in the 19th minute and quickly thereafter, Negus Frank (21st) and Shaquille Dalrymple (22nd)  sealed the deal as they marched into the championship match and will come up against the Mocha-based, Riddim Squad.Riddim Squad, a well-oiled unit, will be formidable opponents for Vurlon Mills Academy. Both teams are unbeaten to date but one will surely lose on the final day. Defending champions Timehri Panthers could not find the antidote to keep Riddim Squad team at bay for too long.The deadlock was broken in the 13th minute thanks to a Matthew Murray goal. The deal was sealed in the 22nd minute when Riddim Squad leading scorer Jaheam Lewis netted his fourth goal of the tournament.On Saturday, the third place match will commence at 09:00hrs with the final at 09:45hrs at the same venue. Sponsor Ralph Green will be making the trip home to witness both matches and be part of the presentation ceremony after the matches.Apart from replica trophies for the top two teams, third- and fourth-placed will receive medals. The Most Disciplined Player, Best Goalkeeper, Most Promising Player, Top Goalscorer and Most Valuable Player will be presented with plaques as will Best Coach and the Team will receive The Sportsmanship Award.last_img read more

Cross River Targets New Taekwondo, T’Tennis Talents

first_imgBassey Inyang in CalabarThe Cross River State Sports Commission has announced plans to take participation of youths in taekwondo and table tennis to higher heights.Chairman of the commission, Mr. Orok Duke, said to achieve the objective, the state has gone into partnership with the private sector to encourage youths to take to the games of Taekwondo and table tennis. Speaking with journalists at the U.J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar last weekend, Duke said the state through the commission has gone into partnership with the Royal International Farms and Estates Limited for the first Calabar Open Taekwondo and Table Tennis championships.Duke said the open taekwondo championship would hold between January 19 and 21 while the table tennis championship would hold from February 8 to 10.The commission’s chairman said both events would take place in Calabar.Duke said he was optimistic that at the end of both competitions new talents would be discovered and groomed to participate in national and international competitions.Speaking on a broader perspective as it affects other sports, Duke solicited support from corporate organisations and individuals for the development of sports in the state.Duke said the commission has identified 43 sports that would be promoted, adding that taekwondo and table tennis championships would be the starting points.“It is obvious that government cannot do it alone, so, we appreciate any corporate body that offers assistance.“The concentration of the sponsors of this taekwondo and table tennis championships is from the grassroots.“We have already contacted the Akwa Ibom State Government which is willing to provide some of the materials needed,” Duke hinted.Duke also announced some other sporting events lined up for between January and June this year, saying they include the Professor Ben Ayade Under-15 Football Championship, and Etubom Charles Duke Lawn Tennis Championship among others.Speaking on behalf of the sponsors of the taekwondo and table tennis championship, General Manager, Royal International Farms and Estates Limited, Mr. Usen Umoh, said the events would positively engage talented youths.Umoh said that budding stars and young talents are expected to participate at the taekwondo event while participants in the table tennis championship will be drawn from primary and secondary schools across the state.“We intend to use the two championships to discover new sports talents in the state and groom them for national, continental and international glories,” Umoh said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Rose Bowl Preview: Hyped matchup of offense, defense more than it seems

first_imgThe 97th Rose Bowl features two teams that, perhaps unfairly, are noted for their play on a specific side of the ball.On one hand rests Wisconsin, which led the Big Ten in scoring offense for the second straight year. On the other, there is Texas Christian, which leads the Football Bowl Subdivision in total defense for the second consecutive year.As much as ESPN might lead fans to believe, the game won’t boil down simply to the irresistible force of the Badgers’ offense and immovable object that is the Horned Frogs’ defense.But it will still be a big part of it.Both UW and TCU scored exactly 520 points on the season for an average of 43.3 per game, but the Badgers get more credit based on their late-season surge (average of 58.8 points per game over their last four) and the level of competition they played. Prior to 2010, the Badgers hadn’t scored 70 or more points in a game in the modern era. This season, they equaled or topped that mark three times, stomping Austin Peay 70-3, demolishing Indiana 83-20 and capping it off with a 70-23 thrashing of Northwestern – where they didn’t score at all in the fourth quarter.Still, it’s not every day you play the nation’s No. 1 defense. The Horned Frogs allow just 215.4 yards per game and 11.4 points per game.“You go in, you respect them and it’s hard not to respect them after watching film,” offensive coordinator Paul Chryst said.Still, some teams can fall into the trap of respecting their opponents too much. The Badgers don’t buy into that though.“I don’t think so, I mean, you give them the respect they deserve, but I don’t think you can give them too much,” senior left guard John Moffit said. “It all really comes down to preparation.”While there’s no doubt the Badgers will face a challenge in the Horned Frogs’ defense, the matchup is not as simple as it may seem. There are aspects of this offense that have flown under the radar to those who didn’t pay close attention to UW.Mistake-freeThe Badgers are third in the nation in turnover margin at 1.17, partially fueled by their 23 takeaways. But better than any other team, Wisconsin does not give the ball away.UW is tied with Iowa for first in FBS in turnovers lost with nine – quarterback Scott Tolzien has thrown just six interceptions and the Badgers have lost just three fumbles on the season.“That’s, you look at the keys to every game in football and more times than not, the team that wins the turnover battle is the one that wins the game,” Tolzien said.Don’t discount either the importance of penalties. Wisconsin is first in FBS in penalties, committing just 35 on the season for 358 yards (second in FBS).O-line more than just bigThe hyped matchup in this game is the Badger offensive line versus the Horned Frog defensive line. And the stat that seems to be thrown around most often involves size.UW’s five starters average 6-foot-5 and 320-pounds, while the TCU defensive line averages around 6-foot-2, 260-pounds. For comparison, Wisconsin running back John Clay is listed at 6-foot-1, 248-pounds.So while the obvious factor that jumps out is size, the Badger offensive line is not just a group of fat guys taking up space. Maybe no team in the nation pulls as much as Wisconsin, as center Peter Konz and the guards are constantly moving laterally to pick up blocks as a play develops.Simply put, the big men aren’t just big; they’re athletic.Examine almost any long touchdown run by a UW running back, and you’ll find anyone from Outland Trophy winner Gabe Carimi to right guard Kevin Zeitler making a key block downfield. More often than not, a Badger lineman can be seen at the end of a play, running upfield looking for another defender to block.Between talent and drive to succeed, six Wisconsin offensive linemen were named to all-Big Ten teams. The left side of the line, featuring Carimi at tackle and Moffitt at guard, was also the left side of the Associated Press All-America first team.“They keep getting better; they’re never satisfied,” Tolzien said of the duo. “That’s a deadly combination when you’ve got two guys with that much talent and they’ve got that will and desire to keep getting better.”Still, the Horned Frogs feature a 4-2-5 defense with three safeties, and their defensive linemen will use more than just athleticism to try and beat the UW line.“They don’t ever want to go against just you, they don’t want to get caught in a double team, they don’t want to take that on,” Konz said. “They want to try to confuse us, try to make sure that we know our assignments. So, they’re going to be moving a lot.”Not just a cloud of dustWisconsin’s offense, while favoring the run, is not one-dimensional. Tolzien threw 16 touchdowns on the season and owned a FBS-best 74.3 percent completion percentage.Receiver Nick Toon is a big, physical receiver who’s not only a threat in the end zone but also on quick screens. Tolzien also distributes the ball well, to Mackey Award finalist Lance Kendricks and any of the UW receivers, from David Gilreath to Jared Abbrederis.While the stats indicate against it, should Clay gain 64 rushing yards and Montee Ball – who should start the game – pick up 136, the Badgers would be just the second team in NCAA history to feature three 1,000-yard rushers, as well as the first to have three tailbacks accomplish the feat. Wisconsin is the only team to feature three backs with at least 800 rushing yards.While TCU will try to stop the run – the Horned Frogs allow just 89 yards on the ground per game – they will also have to respect the pass. And while teams facing UW have known what was coming, the challenge in the end was to try and stop it.“We’re obviously going to run the ball, that’s no secret,” Gilreath said. “Then we’re going to have our play-action, I don’t think I’m giving anything away. It’s no secret; we’re going to go out there and try to pound them and go from there.”Analysis aside, Chryst had just this to say about the hyped matchup:“It’s our 11 versus their 11.”last_img read more

Caribbean American legislators welcome healthcare for undocumented Caribbean immigrants

first_imgSource: Facebook NEW YORK,  CMC – Caribbean American legislators in New York City, Councilman Jumaane Williams and Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte, have welcomed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s unveiling of “the largest, most comprehensive plan” in the United States to guarantee health care for every New Yorker, including undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants.“I was glad to see the announcement that the city will be moving to expand healthcare access to uninsured New Yorkers through the expansion of our public option and through the ‘NYC Care’ program,” Williams, the son of Grenadian immigrants, who represents the primarily Caribbean 45th Council District in Brooklyn, told the Caribbean Media Corporation. “I thank Mayor de Blasio for taking a leadership role on this all-important issue,” added the candidate for public advocate in the city. “I have been a longtime advocate for single-payer healthcare, and as we move toward the implementation of that policy for New York State, we should do all we can to provide universal coverage in our city.”Healthcare expanding to 600,000 New YorkersWhile stating that many of the details of the plan still need to be expanded on, Williams said he was “excited by the concept of using the tools we have to expand healthcare to the 600,000 New Yorkers currently left behind. “I am also excited that both physical and mental health are taken into consideration,” he said, disclosing that his family has “worked across many areas of the healthcare industry.”He noted that “just a few years ago, when I faced a life-threatening health emergency, the work of dedicated doctors and nurses saved my life. “All New Yorkers should have access to this kind of high-quality care,” Williams said. “While the federal government is more concerned with an asinine wall than people dying because of a lack of healthcare, the city should lead the way in fulfilling the core principle that healthcare is a human right.”Bichotte the daughter of Haitian immigrants, who represents the 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn, said she has “seen first-hand some of the disadvantages that our healthcare system deals to people who are of a different background than their provider, be it racially, culturally, or economically. “Everyone should have a right to affordable, safe, culturally sensitive, high quality health care regardless of their economic situations,” said Bichotte, the first Haitian American from New York City to be elected to the New York State Assembly. “With NYC Care, the citizens of this great city can finally exercise that right.“The announcement of this program could not come at a better time,” she added. “Even as the country at large grapples with the Trump administration’s fearsome immigration policies and tactics, New York City stands as an example and guarantees health care to all, including targeted immigrants. “Culturally sensitive and high-quality health care should be a basic human right.” To strengthen MetroPlusThe mayor said the plan will serve the 600,000 New Yorkers without insurance by strengthening New York City’s public health insurance option, MetroPlus, and guaranteeing anyone ineligible for insurance, including undocumented New Yorkers.The programs will include customer-friendly call lines to help New Yorkers – regardless of their insurance – make appointments with general practitioners, cardiologists, pediatricians, gynecologists and a full spectrum of health care services, de Blasio said.“Health care is a right, not a privilege reserved for those who can afford it,” he said. “While the federal government works to gut health care for millions of Americans, New York City is leading the way by guaranteeing that every New Yorker has access to quality, comprehensive access to care, regardless of immigration status or their ability to pay.” Ahead of the rest of the nation“With today’s announcement of NYC Care, New York City takes another leap ahead of the rest of the nation in providing mental health services,” said First Lady Chirlane McCray, who traces her roots to Barbados and St. Lucia. “Guaranteed health care means guaranteed mental health care and alcohol/drug addiction treatment.“No other city or state provides these comprehensive services to all residents,” she added.8 million New Yorkers have health insuranceThe mayor said, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 8 million New Yorkers now have health insurance, adding that the uninsured rate is about nearly half of what it was in 2013. In the last two years, he said New York City’s Public Engagement Unit coordinated signing up more than 130,000 New Yorkers for plans through the exchanges created by the law. But de Blasio said about 600,000 New Yorkers, including many Caribbean immigrants, remain without insurance, “because they do not or cannot enroll.”Through this new initiative, the mayor said New York City will create a “bigger, better, more comprehensive program for guaranteed health care.”He said the city aims to better connect people to more effective and affordable health care in one of two ways.Through NYC Care, the mayor said anyone will be able to access comprehensive care across NYC Health + Hospitals’ more than 70-plus locations, “once the program is fully ramped up.” Through NYC’s Public Option, de Blasio said the city will “double down on efforts to boost enrollment in MetroPlus.”He said MetroPlus provides free or affordable health insurance that connects insurance-eligible New Yorkers to a network of providers that includes NYC Health + Hospitals’ 11 hospitals and 70 clinics.De Blasio said the city will also improve the quality of the MetroPlus customer experience through improved access to clinical care, mental health services, and wellness rewards for healthy behavior.The mayor said the city is taking an “unprecedented approach” to health care services by “tackling mental and physical issues holistically.”Through both programs, he said New Yorkers will be able to access addiction services and opioid treatment, mental health counseling, and counseling services for trauma victims. De Blasio said New Yorkers will be able to call MetroPlus or 311 to be screened for health insurance eligibility and get connected to their best coverage option. He said NYC Care will launch in summer 2019 and will roll out geographically, starting in the Bronx. It will be fully available to all New Yorkers across the five boroughs in 2021, the mayor said. He said the program will cost at least US$100 million annually at full scale.last_img read more