The Fans Have Spoken! Your Picks for the Top 10 Songs in Spring Awakening

first_img“THE BITCH OF LIVING” “TOUCH ME” “LEFT BEHIND” “MY JUNK” Spring Awakening If you’re like us, you’re: 1. Counting down the days until Spring Awakening’s first performance at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, and 2. Walking around with the Tony-winning show’s amazing score jangling around in your head. That’s why we asked you to choose your top 10 favorite songs in the Duncan Sheik-Steven Sater musical on ranking site Culturalist. The results are in, and the forecast says you’ll be singing Spring songs for rest of the week. Check below to see which numbers came out on top! “THE SONG OF PURPLE SUMMER” Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2016 “TOTALLY F**KED” “MAMA WHO BORE ME” Related Shows View Comments “MAMA WHO BORE ME (REPRISE)” “THOSE YOU’VE KNOWN” “DON’T DO SADNESS”last_img read more

Spend Some Quality Time with Matilda’s Mr. Wormwood!

first_imgIt’s the most magical time of the year! That’s #MatildaSweeps time, in case you were wondering. Yes, the holiday season is here, so instead of shopping, eating or daydreaming, we suggest you spend some quality time with Mr. Wormwood…you might even learn more than you do from telly!Watch Mr. Wormwood tell is like it is below, then CLICK HERE for your chance to change your story and win a trip to see Matilda on Broadway! Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Related Shows Matilda View Commentslast_img

Virgin gets temporary facelift

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Pension fund for Aon considers abandoning Netherlands for Belgium

first_imgThe pension fund of Aon Group Netherlands is considering placing its pensions in a Belgian IORP, it has indicated. In a letter to its participants, dated mid-April, it explained that Aon had finished its contract for pensions provision with its pension fund, and transferred the pension accrual to a defined contribution plan with an insurer.For the accrued pension rights under average and final salary plans, “a liquidation of our pension fund, including a collective value transfer, is the most realistic scenario”, the scheme said in its letter.According to the pension fund, the employer has made clear it would prefer a transfer to an IORP in Belgium. “This alternative is included in our investigation, as it seems to offer benefits to all parties involved,” it said.The IORP could also house pension rights from Aon staff in Belgium and possibly other European countries.Speaking to financial daily FD, René Mandos, chairman of the Aon scheme, said it had already concluded that the Belgian option was the most beneficial for the scheme’s participants.“The financial requirements in Belgium are different, resulting in less risk of a funding shortfall,” Mandos said, adding that the likelihood of indexation would also be greater than placing the pension rights with a Dutch insurer.In his opinion, the pensions would be properly secured in Belgium, as the employer must plug a funding shortfall.According to the chairman, no decisions have been taken, nor has the company filed for value transfer.However, there are discussions with both the Dutch supervisor DNB and the regulator in Belgium, he said.A decision is due before 1 July.Although moving to Belgium has been discussed by Dutch pension funds since 2007, relatively few employers have developed concrete plans to date.In 2011, the tiny Pensioenfonds Lugtigheid moved south, followed by the pension funds of clearinghouse Euroclear and contact lens manufacturer Alcon.The pension fund of pharmacy Johnson & Johnson is developing plans to do so.However, according to Andrew Davies of pensions adviser Towers Watson, at least 10 Dutch pension funds, including two €1bn schemes, are gearing up for similar moves due to increasing regulatory pressure in the Netherlands.Cost is also a contributing factor, due to Belgium’s VAT exemption, as well as lower supervisory costs. Meanwhile, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch Treasurer, has criticised any move by a pension fund to avoid Dutch supervision and regulation “irresponsible”.“If this is the reason, it seems to me this will make the schemes’ participants very vulnerable,” he said.last_img read more

Nation’s Swimming Pools are Gross, and Dangerous

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – Healthy and Safe Swimming Week begins Monday, and in a new report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nationwide testing shows most public swimming areas had at least one violation, and one in eight had to be closed immediately.Dr. Michael Beach, the agency’s associate director for healthy water, said it doesn’t mean never to go to a public pool or water park, but it does mean people should be proactive by checking to see if the water’s OK. He said one simple way to do that is by buying test strips.“You’re essentially taking a strip and dipping it in the water and reading a color,” he said. “Make sure the drain at the bottom of the deep end of the pool is visible. This means the water is clear enough for lifeguards and others to see swimmers underwater who may need help. If you can’t see the main drain, the pool shouldn’t be open.”The CDC looked at data on tests done on 85,000 public swimming areas with water that has been treated. Beach said human feces accounts for about three quarters of all outbreaks of illness from public pools. The parasite behind it, cryptosporidium, is pretty resistant to chlorine, Beach said, adding that filters and disinfectants aren’t enough. He said that means state and local health departments may have to come up with tougher regulations to protect swimmers.“This will take time and commitment from all parties,” he said, “but I think we’re moving forward on that as health departments start to think about taking some of this guidance and putting it into their own regulations.”The problem could be worse than reported. Beach said less than 70 percent of U.S. local public health agencies regulate, inspect or license public aquatic facilities.last_img read more

‘Fear Factory’ opens Friday night

first_imgPhoto: Fear FactoryBatesville, In. — Fear Factory and Escape Rooms in Batesville will open Friday and Saturday night from 7 to 10 pm. Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. will be “lights on, no scare.”Fear Factory is 30,000 square feet of exhibits and mazes of horror located in the historic RomWeber Furniture Factory(7 South Eastern Avenue). All money raised goes to Cierra’s Club, a non-profit group founded after the heroin overdose of Cierra Adams in July of 2011, her 18th birthday.Tickets can be purchased online here.last_img

Rooney ‘not for sale’ – Moyes

first_img Rooney’s future has been the focus of much speculation this summer and has cast a huge shadow over the early stages of Moyes’ tenure as he replaces Sir Alex Ferguson. Chelsea, Arsenal and Paris Saint Germain have all been touted as suitors for the England striker but Moyes has categorically stated that the England striker will stay at Old Trafford. “Wayne is not for sale,” he said. “He’s a Manchester United player and he will remain a Manchester United player.” New Manchester United manager David Moyes has confirmed that Wayne Rooney is not for sale after facing the media for the first time in his Old Trafford reign. Press Associationcenter_img Moyes also managed the 28-year-old during his time at Everton and believes he can get the best out of the England striker. “I’ve been fortunate, I’ve known Wayne since he was 16,” Moyes said. “I’ve had several meetings with Wayne. He’s training brilliantly well, he’s come back in good shape and I’m really looking forward to working with him. “We have spoken several times and as far as I’ve seen it, whatever happened before has gone. We are working together now. I see a glint in his eye, he looks happy and if he is saying I’m going to knuckle down and get it right – let’s not kid ourselves. “He’s a terrific player and let me reiterate, he’s not for sale.” Moyes also distanced himself from any meeting between Rooney and his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson about a possible departure for the forward from Old Trafford. “There was a private meeting between two people and I was not privy to that. I’m now looking at it in my period at Man Utd,” Moyes said. “I’m really looking forward to working with Wayne and getting him to the levels I know he’s capable of. I can tell you categorically that Wayne Rooney is training very well.” last_img read more

‘Lean In’ event encourages women to run for election

first_imgThe event featured political consultant Lindsay Bubar and Jessica Lall, the last female student body president USC had in 2005. Lall currently works as executive director at South Park Business Improvement District.Both spoke about the lack of women involved today at the university, local and state level. According to Bubar, who graduated from USC in 2003, approximately one-third of all women try to talk themselves out of running for office or have had someone tell them a male would do a better job. Bubar said there is only one elected woman in the city of Los Angeles and only 25 percent of the California state legislature is female.“There’s an ambition gap,” she said. “The problem isn’t that when women run they lose, it’s that women aren’t running.”For her part, Lall said when she ran for student body president, elections were highly competitive but she didn’t think much about her role as a female president specifically until her running mate for vice president called her over winter break and suggested gender might be a larger factor than she anticipated.“He called me and said, ‘I think I should be the presidential candidate and you should be my vice president,’” Lall said. “I said, ‘Well give me a good reason,’ and he said, ‘Well when was the last time a woman was elected?’ I was running around a little unaware that people were looking at me being a female as a disadvantage and that was a really clarifying moment.”Lall instead decided to run as president herself and won, but both she and Bubar — who has served as campaign manager for undefeated congressman Henry Waxman and political director for Wendy Greuel, who lost her bid for Los Angeles mayor — agreed that win or lose, you often learn the most from the campaign experience.“You’re going about 100 miles down the freeway in a bus trying to put the wheels on but the fear of losing should never hold you back,” Lall said.One of the most difficult parts of campaigning, Bubar said, can be asking for money. She also said, however, that asking for funding is an important part of the process and people might actually be offended if someone asks for less than they know a particular person can give. Furthermore, she said if their policies align, women have an obligation to support other women in office. Bubar said that at the moment, men donate more to female candidates than women do.“It’s really important that we support one another,” Bubar said. “The powerbrokers are doing that for men, recruiting men. The boys club is out there.”Lall emphasized that for people running for student government, no candidate is truly that much more qualified than any other. Despite this seemingly disheartening fact, she said women should not be discouraged from running. Women in leadership positions, however, often face their own set of struggles after the campaign.During her time as student body president, Lall also served as her sorority president and she said when she accidentally sent out an email about recruitment that included both her titles, many other chapter presidents felt she was using her position to encourage people to rush her sorority.“Before I knew it, I was in a sorority recruitment citation hearing and I had every single sorority president — people that were my friends — saying I needed to step down as USG president,” she said.She did not resign, and Lall said the incident proved a valuable learning experience.“No one is born knowing how to go about this, but you don’t learn if you don’t try,” she said. “I can say that my experience really has prepared me in more ways than one to be in the position I’m in today.”Bubar said some 40 percent of women currently in Congress were student body presidents.Kaya Masler, executive co-director of the USC Women’s Assembly, said she hoped the event would help to reinforce the idea that women should be involved in government on campus because only someone with a woman’s perspective can truly understand the issues that women face on campus.“I think any women’s organization that is at all political has an obligation to support women in politics,” Masler said. “Ultimately, an underrepresented population is an unprotected one.”Alec White, a sophomore majoring in political science, said he was pleased to see men attend the event because he felt the responsibility of getting a woman elected to office at USC does not just fall on other women.“Even though I’m a man, getting a woman elected to office at USC is still very important to me,” White said. “I was a little discouraged at first seeing how hard it is for women to be elected, but I think events like these really do spread awareness and it really does help empower them to run.”Chanelle Yang, a junior majoring in policy, planning and development, is a member of USC’s Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation and is considering running for a position in USG to help influence labor policies. Yang also hopes to one day be mayor of her hometown of Oakland and the advice from Bubar and Lall helped convince her that it was a possibility.“I didn’t think I had the capacity to take on that kind of leadership position,” Yang said. “But I realize coming to this that that doesn’t matter. I’m still a college student and I still have time to try it out before I step into the real world.”Editor’s note: This post has been updated to correct the statement about the amount of money men donate to female candidates. The original post mistakenly stated that men give more to charity than women do.Follow the writer on Twitter at @km_guarino On Friday, the USC Women’s Student Assembly, Undergraduate Student Government and the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted the first “Lean In” initiative to get more women involved in student government.Initiative for civic participation · On Friday, panelists from the “Lean In” event discussed the importance of encouraging women to participate in politics and student government at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. – Austin Vogel | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

Louisville crushes Syracuse’s bowl game ambitions with 56-34 win

first_imgLOUISVILLE, Ky. — It wasn’t just Luke Benson dropping a pass. Or Sean Riley muffing a punt. Or Sterling Hofrichter punting the ball 27 yards. Or two defensive backs — seniors Evan Foster and Antwan Cordy — dropping an easy interception.At no single point in the first quarter on Saturday was it clear that Syracuse’s season would be rendered meaningless. No single failure seemed to doom the Orange, but by the end of the first frame, with SU down 21-3, it was clear that the Orange had let the game and ultimately their season slip away. Syracuse’s (4-7, 1-6 Atlantic Coast) bowl hopes are effectively obliterated after Louisville (7-4, 5-3) jumped out to an early lead en route to a 56-34 win at Cardinal Stadium. Much like Syracuse’s season, whatever gains and improvements made in the latter stages of the game weren’t going to get SU out of the hole it created. Beside it being senior day, the Orange will host Wake Forest with nothing but pride on the line.“It’s the goal coming into the year, like last year as a freshman,” safety Andre Cisco said. “All I know is winning. To flip-flop to this, obviously it’s tough.”The Orange needed to finish the season a perfect 3-0 to become bowl-eligible; the Cardinals represented the second win. The first, a 49-6 drubbing of Duke, was a defensive clinic in Steve Stanard’s first game as interim defensive coordinator.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTo defeat the Cardinals — who average more than 32 points a game — the Orange required a similarly stout performance that never came. From the outset, Louisville gashed Syracuse with a bevy of run-pass and read options, pre-snap motions and well timed play-action passing to the tune of 21 first-quarter points and 166 yards.Louisville’s modern spread offense, in a way, reminded SU head coach Dino Babers of some of his past teams.“Just like the first time we rolled through the league,” Babers said of dealing with U of L’s new schemes, “and people were adjusting to us and they’re playing us better. We need to keep evolving to stay with those types of offenses and we need to keep evolving as an offense so it’s difficult for them to stay with us.”The only time Louisville’s punted in the first quarter, Riley lurked around the Syracuse 20-yard line with the Orange already trailing 7-3. He ran left to catch Mason King’s punt, letting it fall into his arms around the “ACC” logo on the 25 when the ball hit the turf. Two Louisville players fell on the fumble and quarterback Micale Cunningham completed a 29-yard touchdown pass to Seth Dawkins up the seam on the first play of the ensuing drive. Instead of getting the ball back with a chance to take a lead, the Orange, in two plays, went down two scores.Syracuse had myriad mistakes in the early frame similar to Riley’s, ones that hamstrung an offense showing life and forced the defense to try and create a momentum swing against a team running rampant on it already.After driving inside the Louisville 10-yard line on its first offensive possession, on 2nd-and-10 SU ran a tried and true play that’s worked for touchdowns and first downs all season. The two wideouts on the left side ran slants, leaving the tight end running an out — in this case Benson — wide open. It worked again, but Benson dropped the ball thrown right in front of him while trying to tuck it under his arm in stride. SU settled for a field goal. “So you know, in order to make the game a game that you can win, you have to score touchdowns,” Babers said. “And we can kick field goals and try to feel good like it was a close score when it was all said and done … Especially this team we were playing, I don’t think anybody out there wanted us to kick field goals.” Once Louisville stretched the lead to two scores following Riley’s muffed punt, SU went three-and-out. From the SU 33-yard line, it seemed like a prime opportunity for punter Hofrichter — who averages over 44 yards a punt — to boom a kick and flip field position. But his kick travelled 27 yards and flew out of bounds over the Louisville 40. The Cardinals covered the 60 yards in eight plays and scored a touchdown, but could’ve had the drive cut short via turnover.Cunningham dropped back on 2nd-and-2 from the Syracuse 40-yard line, targeted Marshon Ford deep down the right sideline and left his throw short due to a hit from Alton Robinson. Foster, who was covering Ford, and Cordy, the safety covering the middle, came together, each trying to make the interception and in turn preventing the other from making it. All of those first quarter mistakes, coupled with a defense that couldn’t get a stop — the Orange forced two punts (including the one Riley muffed) in the first half and got a third stop thanks to halftime — to get the ball back. The result was a 21-3 hole that the Orange were never going to climb out of. And by getting buried in 15 minutes, Syracuse failed to get the second of three wins they needed. The hole SU dug itself by losing in embarrassing fashion to Maryland before starting ACC play 0-5 proved too deep.“I was emotional,” senior defensive tackle Kenneth Ruff Jr. said. “Some other guys were as well. But we want to go out on a good note. So we’ll mourn today for a little bit. But tomorrow it’s about getting better and getting after Wake Forest.”Heading to Durham, North Carolina, last weekend, SU’s margin for error was gone. The Orange had to be perfect, and they were. But the problem with margins for error is they never get bigger. Syracuse had to be perfect again, and it couldn’t. But even after a mistake-filled, flat-footed start, it still had a chance to climb back into the game. Earlier in the fourth, the Orange failed on its previous red zone chance off an Andre Cisco interception. But with less than 10 minutes to play and SU down by 15, the Orange had their last real chance to cut the lead to one touchdown. Jawhar Jordan took a swing pass 81 yards to the Cardinals 3-yard line. A hold on Trishton Jackson wiped out a touchdown. Two false starts backed up the Orange. From the Louisville 18 on 4th-and-goal, the Orange’s absolute last chance to make it a game and have a hope to secure secure bowl eligibility, Clayton Welch — in at quarterback for DeVito — threw to Taj Harris at the three, where he was tackled and the Cardinals’ offense took over.“It’s frustrating to get all the way down there and not get into the end zone,” senior running back Moe Neal said.The Orange ended that drive and Saturday’s game empty-handed. A season that, prior to its start, held more promise for Syracuse football than any other this century, is now a wash. Another sub-.500 season among many in recent years. There will be no bowl game this year. No double-digit wins. All that’s left is the hole Syracuse is stuck in, the one it dug itself. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 23, 2019 at 7:43 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more

Uneasiness looms in Ghana U20 camp over unpaid camping allowance and qualification bonus

first_imgThe camping allowances of the Ghana U20 team remain unpaid ever since they were first called into camp back in July.The Black Satellites players have also not been handed their qualification bonus for progressing from their previous round of their qualifiers towards next year’s African Youth Championships at the expense of Sierra Leone.The team failed to make good use of home advantage as they were held to a goalless draw by Gabon in the first leg of their ultimate qualifier played on Sunday in Accra.Players of the side remain discontent which the treatment being meted them even though they shy away from stepping out to make their concerns public for fear of being thrown out of the team.But GHANAsoccernet.com investigations has revealed an increasing subtle disquiet in Sellas Tetteh’s camp over their unpaid dues.The players use their camping allowance to buy little stuff including mobile phone airtimes in order to communicate with their families, friends and loved ones. They have however been deprived of this privilege since they joined the Ghana U20 camp back in July.Their qualification bonus due them for their progress from the previous round of qualifiers have also not been paid despite several assurances from officials.They were even promised payment of this bonus days leading to their disappointing draw with Gabon.It is expected that officials will act fast to settle all these outstanding issues before the team emplanes for the crucial return encounter against Gabon in fortnight.The Black Satellites need all the motivation they can get to ensure they go all out to secure the result against the very strong Gabonese team in their own backyard. Ghana needs to avoid defeat at all cost or secure a scoring draw in order to qualify ahead of Gabon.The team hopes to make a successive appearance at the AYC finals following their runner’s up feat last term in Libya.last_img read more