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Lady Day, Starring Audra McDonald, Extends One Final Time on Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 Related Shows Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill View Comments Circle in the Square’s next show, The River, starring Hugh Jackman, will begin performances on October 31. Billie’s not going anywhere! Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, starring six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, has extended its limited Broadway run for a final time. The production, which previously announced that it would play through September 21 at the Circle in the Square Theatre, will now take its final bow on October 5. The play with music will be dark from September 1 through September 7. Directed by Lonny Price, the play by Lanie Robertson tells the life story of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday through the songs that made her famous. Set in 1959, in an intimate bar in Philadelphia, Holiday (McDonald) puts on a show that, unbeknownst to the audience, will leave them witness to one of the last performances of her lifetime. The show features 18 musical numbers, including “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness” and “God Bless the Child.”last_img read more

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Jonathan Christenson’s Nevermore Begins Previews Off-Broadway

first_img Nevermore blurs the line between fact and fiction, exploring the events that shaped Poe’s character and career. A literary rock star in his day, Poe struggled with tragedy and addiction, poverty and loss, yet produced some of the world’s most original and enduring literature before dying in mysterious circumstances at the age of 40. The cast includes Scott Shpeley, Gaelan Beatty, Shannon Blanchett, Beth Graham, Ryan Parker and Garett Ross. Nevermore – The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe The show originally played at Catalyst Theatre of Edmonton in Canada in 2009 before touring extensively, including an acclaimed run at London’s Barbican Centre. Nevermore was previously seen in New York at the Victory Theatre in 2010. The production has been expanded since then, with several new songs added and structural revisions made to the original script. Related Showscenter_img View Comments Nevermore—The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe returns to New York on January 14. The musical play, which is written, composed and directed by Jonathan Christenson, will run at New World Stages and officially open on January 25. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015last_img read more

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Ripley Ohio Dearborn Special Olympics Banquet

first_imgThe Ripley Ohio Dearborn Special Olympics delegation held their Ninth Annual Achievement Banquet at The Kenneth L. Diver American Legion Post #337-Sunman on Saturday, August 9th.  The theme was Celebrating INvincability.  This was a celebration for the 2013-2014 program year.Former Sports Director Steve Sassaman was presented an award for his dedication and service to The ROD Delegation; Indiana Mentor, Versailles State Park, and South Ripley Schools with Brenda Stimple were awarded for their work with The Annual Polar Plunge.The following were awarded for 5 years with volunteering for Special Olympics:  Heather Carr, Nate Greer, Pauline Doane, Tim Paul, Gary Johnson, and Clint & Jenny Eldridge.The following were awarded for 10 years with volunteering for Special Olympics:  Terry & Tim Adams, Steve & Maria Sassaman, and Cheryl Shuman.The Special Olympics Friends Award was presented to The Lawrenceburg Track Team with Coach Tully Anderson.The Athletic Award Winners.Butterfly Award:  Brooke Nuhring, Alex Kieffer, and Bobby Seevers.Volunteer of the Year:  Heather Carr-Sunman.Family of the Year:  The Eldridge Family-Manchester.Coach of the Year:  Lyndsay Laub-Lawrenceburg.Athlete of the Year:  Becky Cashman-Rising Sun.last_img read more

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Demo wins bull riding buckle at Permit Challenge

first_imgLas Vegas >> Bull rider Colby Demo, from Red Bluff, celebrated his birthday in style Thursday with a new Permit Challenge Champion buckle. Demo was the only cowboy to cover two bulls with 144.5 points total, according to a press release issued Friday by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. He finished second in the first round, with a ride of 76.5 for $368. In the second round, he finished second with a ride of 68 for $497.With the win, Demo is eligible to purchase his rookie card to …last_img

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Durban is confident it can host Commonwealth

first_img7 August 2015The eThekwini Municipality was confident it would deliver a world-class Commonwealth Games in 2022, said mayor James Nxumalo.In March, Durban submitted its bid to host the mega sporting event. “We are confident that we will successfully deliver a world-class Commonwealth Games should the CGF General Assembly vote for Durban on 2 September 2015,” Nxumalo said on Tuesday.Looking good“The regional clusters of Commonwealth Games Associations from Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania have visited Durban to experience first-hand the venues, our world-class infrastructure, legacy projects and other components in the Durban bid in order for them to vote from an informed perspective and award the Games to Durban based on merit.”eThekwini has welcomed a recommendation made by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Evaluation Commission that its General Assembly should vote in favour of Durban’s bid to host the event.According to the Durban 2022 website, a report commends and highlights the many positive impacts of Durban’s bid for the Games.“Durban’s vision supports and contributes to South Africa’s 2030 National Development Plan and is rooted in the desire to engage citizens (especially young people), athletes and the Commonwealth,” it reads.“The Games concept features a compact venue plan centred on the sporting super-precinct of the Moses Mabhida Stadium and adjacent coastline, providing excellent opportunities for innovative sport presentation and enhanced athlete experience. The Opening Ceremony would take place on Mandela Day, 18 July 2022.”We’re ready, but the work continuesDurban Bid Committee chairperson Mark Alexander said this was the first step towards bringing the Games to Africa, although there was still a lot of work that needed to be done. “We are now working tirelessly to ensure that there is a unanimous vote in favour of Durban on 2 September 2015.”Bid Committee chief executive Tubby Reddy added: “We have always maintained that Durban’s bid and the subsequent awarding of the bid must be based on merit.“We have demonstrated that Durban’s proposition was indeed of a world-class standard and that the stringent technical criteria demanded by the CGF have been met by Durban.”About the gamesThe Commonwealth Games is a multi-sport, international event for athletes from many territories that were part of the British Empire.They were first held in 1930 in Hamilton, Canada, where 11 countries sent 400 athletes to take part in six sports and 59 events. The Games take place every four years; the only years they skipped were 1942 and 1946 because of World War II.From 1930 to 1950, the Games were known as the British Empire Games; from 1954 until 1966, they were called the British Empire and Commonwealth Games; and from 1970 to 1974 they took on the title of British Commonwealth Games. At the 1978 Games in Edmonton, the name was changed to the Commonwealth Games.Sources: SAinfo reporter and News24Wirelast_img read more

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Sharpen Your Value Creation or Sharpen Your Pencil

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now You’ve been asked to sharpen your pencil. You’ve been told that your dream client wants to give you their business, but one of your competitors has come in at a lower price. If you want to win, you have to do better. You have to reduce your price.You have to choices. You can sharpen your pencil, or you can sharpen your value creation.A Few Notes FirstFirst, you have to keep in mind that it’s your dream client’s responsibility to get the best deal they can they can. They have to check. They have to ask you for a lower price. It would be irresponsible of them not to.Second, most of the time your dream client is willing to invest more to get the result they really need, but they need your help in justifying the greater investment. The more you can quantify and explain how a greater investment returns greater results, the more likely you are to keep your pricing in tact. You help them sell it.Keep these points in mind before you cave in on price.Sharpen Your Value CreationWhen you are forced to defend your price, you need to push back by pointing to the value you are creating. You sharpen your argument around value before you sharpen your pencil.Instead of allowing your dream client to underinvest in the result they need, you remind them that your pricing model was built on getting them the result they need, pointing out the risks of underinvesting.You remind your dream client that the reason they haven’t been able to achieve the results that they sought in the past is because there wasn’t enough value being created. Something has to change.You point your dream client back to the higher cost they will pay by paying a lower price, that price and costs are different.The Last WordAs I write this I am reminded of how many clients I have seen over the years switch providers expecting different results only to be continually disappointed. They believed the big lie that they could produce better results and pay a lower price. Until they didn’t believe anymore.You can’t blame your dream client for choosing a lower price if you didn’t do everything in your power to sharpen your message around the value you create. If you didn’t help them to defend your price by defending it yourself, you’re going to have to sharpen your pencil.QuestionsWhen your client asks you about a lower price, does it mean that they really need to pay a lower price?Is the value that you create in any way related to the value your competitor’s create? What makes you worth paying more to obtain?Is your messaging around the value that you create so differentiated and compelling that it allows you to easily defend your pricing, the necessary investment to producing those results?How do you help your dream client to defend your pricing within his or her own organization? How do you help them answer the question as to whether or not they asked you to agree to a lower price?last_img read more

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EMMA MAKES HER MARK ON NATIONAL SCENE

first_imgThe music was blaring, the laughter was long and loud, however the outfits were pretty ordinary, the quality of the performers was questionable, and the dance moves, well, the cast from the movie “Step Up” have nothing to worry about from this lot when they sign up to screen test the sequel…The National 18 Years Youth Development Squad were ‘competing’ in a friendly “dance off” competition as a team building activity at the TFA Inaugural Youth Development Camp at the Runaway Bay Sports Centre on Queensland’s Gold Coast in January 2006.Players had to perform random routines from across a range of categories – anything from ballroom to gangster rap… anything the guest mentors and coaches thought would stretch the dance repertoire of our brightest young touch football starlets.Players who adhered to the edict made famous in the movie “Strictly Ballroom” of “using their own flashy, crowd pleasing, non federation dance steps” were scored best by the mentors and coaches. The competition was set down along traditional State of Origin enemy lines, Qld v NSW…or so the competitors thought…At the height of the intense “dance off”, a new team entered the contest…Dressed in their fashionable “Jim jams”, and sporting bright green zinc with the letters “TAS” emblazoned across their faces, youngsters Emma Haines and Emily Hudson from Tasmania entered the fray.The outgoing Tasmanians danced up a storm and took the challenge right up to the opposition and made a huge statement about who they were, the pride they felt in their home State, and their place in the fabric of the National squad.Haines and Hudson (whose footwork was infinitely better on the field than on the dance floor) impressed all at the Inaugural Youth Camp with their talent, passion, skill, and enthusiasm for the sport.Their attitude to learning and improving was exceptional, and their ability to apply new knowledge was duly noted.Twelve months on Emily Hudson 16, is progressing well and is sure to be a leading light in the Tasmanian 18 Years Girls team at the National 18 Years Championships in Coffs Harbour from 19-22 September 2007.Emma Haines, after representing Crusaders at the last two National Touch League tournaments in the Women’s Open division, continues to go from strength to strength.Emma was one of 93 of Australia’s best Youth Touch Footballers who took their first steps towards selection for the 2009 Youth World Cup during a comprehensive training camp on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast from Thursday June 29 to Sunday July 1, 2007.The young talent described the opportunity to take part in the latest National Youth Camp as “awesome”. “It’s great meeting new people, getting new experiences and working with new coaches. Just to get information and to soak it all in is really good and you’re always learning something,” she said. The 19-year-old plays for local club Condors in the Southern Touch Association in Hobart and  has been playing Touch Football for seven years.Emma’s Dad Stephen, and mother Janet, are both long serving Tasmanian Touch Football representatives who have been  a constant support and the driving force behind Emma’s career.Stephen represented Tasmania at Men’s Open, Men’s 30s, and Men’s 35s level and was selected in the Australian Men’s 35s Merit team at the National Championships in 1992.Janet was a pivotal player in the Tasmanian Women’s Open Team for many years, and they are both immensely proud of their talented daughter’s achievements.“She absolutely loves Touch, she is so excited about being in the National squad and she just looks forward to every game she plays, at home or against the best players from Interstate. She works hard, and is very focussed on achieving her goals and we’re happy to support her in whatever direction she wants to take in the future,” Stephen said.Emma’s position as one of Australia’s leading Youth players will benefit her home state immensely. The bubbly youngster is already being promoted as a role model and a mentor to Tasmanian junior representative teams.She is sure to introduce some of the skills she picks up at events such as the National Youth Training camp to her local competition in the same way that current Australian Open stars Bo de la Cruz (Northern Territory) and Shelley Matcham and Rebecca Tavo (Western Australia) have done for their respective states.  Haines said she really enjoyed witnessing the difference in play on the mainland. “It’s a lot faster and there are better skills in other states because they’ve got a lot more players to choose from and higher level coaching. It’s good, but I still love playing at home because there are lots of friendships down here. That’s where I started so I always respect everyone.” Haines said the most enjoyable thing about Touch Football is the friendships and social aspect of the game. You couldn’t half tell, very rarely will you ever see the young Tasmanian with anything other than a huge smile on her face… even during fitness testing!The young tyro revels in the big time atmosphere and gives the impression that she belongs. She is confident and believes in her own ability, but is conscious of the gaps in her learning and seizes every opportunity to improve and develop.“I just try and be myself. You look at all the names and their talent and it is a bit intimidating, but once we get started, I just figure I’m like everybody else, and it’s heaps of fun. I have heaps to learn and I have a great chance to improve, so I just go as hard as I can,” Emma said.Current Australian Women’s Open Coach Kerry Norman was involved in the recent National Youth Training Camp and has watched Haines for the past three years.Norman said, as well as being immensely talented, one of the ‘Tassie Devil’s’ best attributes was her outgoing nature.  “The thing that impressed me was that she can come into a camp and probably not know anyone, but she’ll just fit in with everyone. She’s accepted really well by the others and she’s got a great personality for the sport,” Norman said.  The Australian coach also said Haines’ ability to put advice to good use was impressive. “When she’s given advice at a tournament she goes away and comes back and you can see that she’s grown as a player. I see Emma as a future representative, especially at youth level,” she said.  Emma’s fellow National 20 Years Youth squad members also see her immense value to the program as a player and a person. Queensland’s Alyce “The Rat” Hulbert, and NSW’s Nicole “Sero” Beck, were full of praise for the Tasmanian’s contributions at National Youth camps.“She’s great – full of energy. She talks to everyone and is always smiling, great fun to be around and she makes friends quickly. On the field, she never ever gives up and runs the whole time. I feel like she’s always got my back in defence as well, and she just seems to pick up with the squad where she left off last time. She learns quickly and she has everyone’s respect because she just competes hard always,” Hulbert said.Beck was similarly impressed with Haines’ progress.“Emma’s really outgoing and makes a real effort to get to know everyone…she loves the social things as well – she is not the least bit shy or self conscious. She definitely flies the Tassie flag! On the field, she is always asking questions and takes everything in. She is always keen and just gives everything she’s got. She always steps up and keeps going all day. She is a big asset to the program,” Beck said. Touch Football at the elite level has long been dominated by the “super powers” Queensland and New South Wales who with long established histories in the sport and strong links to the Rugby codes have been able to consolidate Touch Football as a mainstream game of choice.A plethora of skilled and experienced technical personnel in Queensland and New South Wales have also helped create an accelerated training and learning environment across their entire States to allow an elite level of competition to prosper.The sport is blessed to have Elite players and coaches in every State, but there is little doubt that the pathway to the top has a few more obstacles for talented players in the emerging States.The tyranny of distance, the reliance on Satellite coaching and correspondence, the limited quality high level week to week competition, the lack of consistent interaction and training with elite level peers, limited access to the latest developments in skills, techniques, and game play in the sport could all add up to significant roadblocks to representative participant development.These difficulties have been identified by each State, and as the sport continues to grow, more State’s are advancing High Performance Programs and camps to help improve, expand, and access representative pathways for players, coaches, and referees.Maree Tomlin, Tasmania’s Director of Elite Programs and a highly respected National Selector for the past thirteen years, is mindful of providing pathways for talented representatives in every State.“It’s really important that we offer experiences and programs, particularly for our Youth players. We don’t have well-established competitions and experienced coaches and a lot of Elite players, but we will be looking to improve the situation with the development of pathways with TFA and the High Performance area in the near future.We want talented players like Emma to have access to opportunities that will further her touch football career and we are very keen to help make the pathway smoother for a lot of our talented players in the future,” Mrs. Tomlin said.TFA High Performance Coordinator Wayne Grant is mindful of the need to provide effective High performance programs all over the nation.“We have identified the need to assist each State towards a High Performance Program. We are working closely with the States to assist them in developing representative pathways for their members. There are key areas TFA can assist the States with, such as identifying appropriate TID events, player development programs, access to elite player mentoring, coaching development and mentoring, and administration and support structures. It is a high priority to help review and implement High Performance processes that achieve the outcomes each State targets,” Mr. Grant said. For now Emma Haines will keep working hard and looking forward to her next chance to learn.She says her position in the current Youth World Cup squad is her proudest achievement in the sport. There is no doubt she is aiming to earn a berth for Australia in the 2009 Federation of International Touch Youth World Cup. “It would be so great getting to represent your country. It would be awesome playing at the highest level, to step up and see if you can make it,” she said.If Emma is a part of the final contingent she will be the first female Tasmanian to represent Australia at Youth World Cup level, and only the second Tasmanian in history behind Mark Holloway who played in the Australian 20 Years Mixed Team at the 2005 FIT Youth World Cup. Beyond that though, the young star has one major goal. “The ultimate would be to play for the Australian Women’s Open team,” she said. The dance skills may still need some work, but if the popular Tasmanian remains dedicated to her training and improving her skill level, maintains her outstanding attitude to learning, continues her rate of development on the field, and keeps that smile going for the duration, anything is possible.last_img read more

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Ontario Teachers takes 400M stake in Assassins Creed producer Ubisoft

first_imgTORONTO – The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is spending about $400 million to take a 3.4 per cent stake in French video game giant Ubisoft as part of a complex deal that will allow French conglomerate Vivendi to sell all of its Ubisoft shares.Vivendi, which was said to be considering a takeover when it accumulated its Ubisoft stake over the past few years, has agreed to sell its 30.5 million shares and not buy any more for at least five years.Ontario Teachers’ has agreed to acquire 3.8 million shares in the company, which produces games including Assassin’s Creed and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six, while Chinese internet giant Tencent is to buy 5.6 million shares.The rest are to be bought by Ubisoft and cancelled, or sold to existing shareholders and, through an offering, to institutional investors.Ubisoft says it has a strategic partnership with Tencent that will “significantly accelerate” the reach of Ubisoft franchises in China in the coming years.last_img read more

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Charlie Lake Fire Department responded to a fire at the Canfor Mill

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Charlie Lake Fire Department responded to a fire at the Canfor lumber mill Monday night.At 19:27 the Charlie Lake Fire Department was paged out to a structure fire at the Canfor lumber mill. Upon arrival, the Duty Officer found that employees had extinguished the majority of the fire.The Fire Department responded with three apparatus and 12 firefighters. Three firefighters entered the building and found and extinguished several hot spots. Crews were on scene for about two hours and there were no injuries.last_img