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See Tony Nominee Cynthia Erivo & The Color Purple Cast Perform!

first_img Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 Cynthia Erivo Today’s already been too beautiful words for the resplendent cast of The Color Purple. The John Doyle-helmed revival received a total of four Tony nominations on May 3, including Best Revival and Best Direction of a Musical. Broadway newcomers Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks also received well-deserved nods for their stunning Main Stem debuts. Already a scene-stealer, Erivo’s powerhouse vocals were that much more divine during her Today Show performance on this landmark morning for the London native. Check out our full list of Tony nom recipients, and enjoy the luminous performance below! The Color Purplecenter_img View Comments Related Shows Cynthia Erivolast_img read more

Rocky Fork Rescued

first_imgFor over 20 years, trail lovers have been working to protect Rocky Fork, the largest remaining unprotected tract in the southern Appalachians. Located in the Bald Mountains of eastern Tennessee, Rocky Fork is a privately owned 10,000-acre tract bordering two national forests and includes ten miles of the Appalachian Trail. It stands out as some of the most important wildlife habitat in the eastern U.S., home to a healthy black bear population, some of the finest waters that remain for the native Appalachian brook trout, and more species of salamanders than Great Smoky Mountains National Park.Triple Falls on Rocky Fork CreekTriple Falls on Rocky Fork CreekSaving Rocky Fork has not been easy. Two previous attempts failed, in 1997 and 2001. Three years ago, in 2006, Rocky Fork again was placed on the market, and when ridge-top development loomed large as its likely fate, long-time Rocky Fork advocates scrambled into action to create widespread public awareness.The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, based in Asheville, N.C., stepped in, along with help from The Conservation Fund and Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Over the next three years, outdoor enthusiasts and local citizens worked shoulder to shoulder to protect Rocky Fork. Lobbying for public funding were Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and Representative David Davis from Tennessee, and Representatives David Price and Heath Shuler from North Carolina. Assisting with private funding were key philanthropists who presently prefer to remain anonymous.Rocky Fork View near ATRocky Fork View near ATFinally, on December 15, 2008, the hard work paid off: Rocky Fork was purchased for nearly $40 million by The Conservation Fund and U.S. Forest Service. Much work still remains, as The Conservation Fund must now acquire funding for its reimbursement, in order for the final transfer of land to proceed. But for now, trail lovers are celebrating the permanent protection of a pristine mountain wilderness.last_img read more

Pele moved to special care unit as health fears grow

first_imgBrazilian legend Pele is in an intensive care unit after his condition worsened during a stay in hospital.The 74-year-old, real name Edson Arantes do Nascimento, was admitted for the second time this month on Tuesday.And his urinary infection is thought to have worsened, leading doctors to take the three-time World Cup winner into the ICU.The former footballer, who is now famous for his humanitarian work, had an operation on November 12 to remove kidney stones and was discharged on November 15 before being re-admitted this week.last_img

Cranes loses, becomes first country to leave AFCON

first_img****[email protected] on: WhatsApp The Uganda national team – Cranes played its last game against Mali at the African Cup of Nations final in Gabon on Jan.25.But, this game had no consequence to the cranes as the team had already been beaten out of the competition first by Ghana and then Egypt both games ending 1:0. Egypt’s goal came two minutes to full time. While speaking to journalists, the Cranes Coach Micho Sredojevic attributed the loss in the two games to a mistake and a late defensive lapse. He said his boys put up a good fight considering the fact that they were playing teams that are used to playing at AFCON.In the historic game for Uganda having last qualified for the tournament 39 years ago, the country played Egypt, Ghana and Mali in group D.last_img

Finalists get set to Chase Their Dream

first_img The Bridgestone Chase your Dream Trophy is an annual event open to members of England Golf’s 1,900 affiliated clubs and features separate competitions for men and women. Players can already register their interest in the 2018 Chase Your Dream Trophy by clicking here. They’ll also be eligible for a series of premium prizes including VIP tickets for the British Masters supported by Sky Sports, sets of Bridgestone tyres and much more. It could be their passport to a place in the pro-am of the Bridgestone Challenge – and to teeing up with a star of the European Tour in the pro-am of the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports, at Close House in Northumberland. Entries will open in the autumn to players who have been successful in 2017 club competitions and are eligible for the regional finals. Tags: Bridgestone, Challenge, Chase Your Dream The 18 players will make up six teams and the most successful of those will go forward to the British Masters pro-am on Wednesday 27 September. 10 Aug 2017 Finalists get set to Chase Their Dream Click here for more informationon the women’s Chase Your Dream finalcenter_img Sally Drawbridge, from Highwoods Golf Club, Sussex, commented: “I’m just enjoying my golf at the moment and I love competitive sport. I’m really excited now to play Woodhall Spa, but know I’ll have to continue my tactical game.”  Click here for more information on the men’s Chase Your Dream final  Men and women club golfers from all over England will Chase Their Dream next week, aiming to set up a pro-am date with a top European Tour player.  The 121 players will head to Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire for the national finals of the Bridgestone Chase Your Dream Trophy, run in partnership with England Golf.  The individual winners will be the country’s Handicap Golfers of the Year and the top nine players in each final will play in the pro-am of the Bridgestone Challenge, the English leg of the Challenge Tour, at Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire, on Wednesday, 6 September.  The players have all kept their dream alive through club and regional qualifying rounds. The next step is the national finals which will be played as part of England Golf Week, with the men’s event taking place on Tuesday, 15 August, on the Bracken course and the women playing on Friday, 18 August, on the Hotchkin.  Qualifiers for the national finals include Richard McCrae from Spalding Golf Club in Lincolnshire who remarked: “I’ve never played Woodhall Spa before and it’s a big opportunity. It would be great to play at the British Masters – Bridgestone really have given us a chance in a lifetime.”last_img read more

England Golf’s super-heroes raise £2500 for Macmillan

first_img Tags: Charity, England Golf, Fundraising, Macmillan England Golf staff transformed into super-heroes for summer’s longest day and raised at least £2500 for Macmillan Cancer Support.Golfers and non-golfers took on the charity’s Longest Day Challenge at the organisation’s headquarters at the National Golf Centre in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire.It was part of England Golf’s commitment to support the challenge and help raise the profile of the fundraising event among its 665,000 members and 1,900 clubs.Four teams of players teed off at dawn to tackle 72 holes on the Hotchkin and Bracken courses (pictured bottom) while other colleagues took to the pitch and putt course – and yet more staffed a fund-raising cake stall.In total they covered 936 holes on the golf courses, 333 holes on the pitch and putt course – and demolished lots of cake!The pitch and putt players included beginner golfers Nicky Lincoln and Lucy Blakey, pictured left. They have been taking Get into Golf classes with Woodhall Spa professional Neil Harvey and showed off their new skills by completing 72 holes apiece on the short course. Meanwhile the marketing team picked up the super-hero theme and played in outfits of capes, masks and glitter (pictured top).The marathon men and women on the main courses included Lee Dolby, England Golf’s Young People Manager, who summed up at the end: “Finished. 72 holes, 24 miles walked, 361 shots, 2 birdies, 17 pars, 111 points, 51,577 steps. 1 snake, 1 black swan. Several blisters. Great day for a great charity.”Among the other players were Insight Manager Tom Allen, who is a cancer survivor. He wrote on his Just Giving page: “This challenge is a very personal one to me – as not only do I work in golf, but also in 2011 I was diagnosed with cancer, so have experienced first-hand the fantastic work of charities like Macmillan.“It’s so important to me that I can share my story to show everyone that it is possible to beat cancer. Cancer is scary, and obviously we all know how devastating it can be – but there are many examples just like mine that can act as reassurance and motivation to anyone going through difficult times.”England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink was among those who completed the 72 holes and said afterwards: “It’s been a brilliant day for an excellent charity. We’ve got sore feet but we’re on top of the world.“This has shown what a committed and excellent group of people we have working for England Golf. It was with a real sense of pride and achievement that I experienced a positive team effort for a charity with an important cause that affects those associated with golf and right across our society. Well done to our team and all those teams across the country.”The final total for Macmillan Cancer Care is expected to rise as all donations come in. To contribute visit https://www.justgiving.com/teams/englandgolf 22 Jun 2018 England Golf’s super-heroes raise £2500 for Macmillan last_img read more

New Pirates ‘ace’ McDonald drops Reds 4-1

first_imgby Will GravesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP)—There were times earlier in his career when James McDonald would run into trouble and innings would slow to a crawl. Even worse, runners would disappear, and not in a good way.Too much thinking. Not enough attacking. COMMAND PERFORMANCE—Pirates starting pitcher James McDonald pitched 8 scoreless innings to record a 4-1 win over the first place Cincinnati Reds on Monday at PNC Park. McDonald’s record is now 4-2. (Courier Photo /William McBride) “Certain guys got up and I would think about it, ‘What if this happens? What if this happens?’” McDonald said. “Now I just don’t care. It’s a hitter up there and I’ve got a job to do and that’s get him out.”He’s doing it as well as anybody in baseball at the moment.McDonald scattered five hits over eight shutout innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-1 on Monday to climb back to .500. The 27-year-old right-hander wiggled free of a pair of two-on, no-out jams in the third and the fifth before retiring the final 12 batters he faced.“I think my mental approach is different,” McDonald said after improving to 4-2.So are the results.Pittsburgh has worked diligently with McDonald over the last two seasons trying to get him to corral his control issues, believing he has the talent to become a No. 1 starter down the road.He appears to be on his way, trimming his ERA to 2.20 while quieting Cincinnati’s high-powered offense. The Reds, who hit 17 homers during a seven-game homestand that concluded with a win over Colorado on Sunday, had just one extra-base hit.“He didn’t have his best stuff today, but we didn’t either,” Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said. “He threw a good game against us. We weren’t swinging real good against him.”Pedro Alvarez, Rod Barajas and Neil Walker had two hits apiece and each drove in a run for the Pirates, who have won a season-high four straight to improve to 24-24. Joel Hanrahan got the final out for his 12th save as Pittsburgh reached .500 for the first time since the fourth game.“I like the direction we’re headed,” Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. “I’m easy to please and hard to satisfy.”The Pirates have remained competitive despite the most woeful offense in baseball, though they are finally showing signs of life. Pittsburgh posted a season-high 10 runs to complete a sweep of the Cubs on Sunday then followed it up by giving McDonald an early cushion.Walker added an RBI double in the second before Barajas made it 4-0 in the third when he singled home Alvarez.McDonald didn’t let the chance to pitch with a somewhat comfortable lead go to waste. The Pirates came in scoring three runs or less in six of his nine outings this season, one of the major reasons his record has lagged despite the best start of his career.“‘Having a lead it’s nice but you can’t ease up,” McDonald said. “As just as quick it was 4-0, it could have been 4-4. You have to just right after them like it’s a 1-0 game, 0-0 game.”Cincinnati put runners on first and second with no outs in the third, but after a visit from pitching coach Ray Searage, McDonald grabbed Drew Stubbs’ bunt and fired to third to get the lead runner. He then struck out Wilson Valdez and escaped when Joey Votto flied out to center.Barajas credited McDonald’s new mindset for his success.“The last thing you want to do is if you do get in a jam you start thinking about what you’ve done wrong,” Barajas said. “He gets a couple hits, he gets right back on the mound and it gets to the point where I have to slow him down.”It was the last murmur of a threat against McDonald, who breezed through his final three innings, receiving a rousing ovation from the small but vocal crowd at PNC Park while walking into the dugout following the top of the eighth.Though he wanted to make a bid for his first career shutout, McDonald didn’t argue when Hurdle turned the game over to the bullpen in the ninth.“I’m just going to let him grow,” Hurdle said of McDonald. “I’m just along for the ride and I’m enjoying it.”last_img read more

Harbour View looking to seal fourth spot

first_img Today’s games: “I am pleasantly surprised at their frame of mind based on the fact that we lost three points in the boardroom. They are in a positive frame of mind and declared that they will go out and do what they have to do. Based on that mood, we are pretty optimistic that we will come away with a positive result,” Reynolds added. Humble Lion’s chances will be boosted by the return to fitness of the talismanic Wolry Wolfe, along with Ricardo Cousins, Andrew Vanzie and Kemeel Wolfe. Levaughn Williams has been scoring for them, especially since the enforced absence of Francois Swaby, and he will again be expected to shoulder the goalscoring burden with Swaby still out. Reno are just four points above the relegation zone and with five matches to go, that does not spell safety and they cannot afford to finish pointless against Portmore United. The veteran Bradley Stewart has lit a fire in the hearts of the Rivoli United players and they must be confident that they can get the better of Waterhouse even though they are playing away from home. Tivoli Gardens are a rejuvenated bunch under Glendon “Admiral” Bailey and are expected to make things difficult for UWI FC, and even with the free scoring Girvon Brown, they could find the going rough. Positive frame Former champions Harbour View will head into today’s game with the coveted possession of the fourth spot, which guarantees a place in the semi-final round of the Red Stripe Premier League if they can hold on to that at the end of the five remaining sets of games. The Stars of the East owe their position to the opportunism of Nicholas Beckett, whose late double saw off a determined Waterhouse last week. Today, they host the unfortunate Humble Lion, who held the fourth place until a boardroom decision saw them lose it and set the cat among the pigeons. In contention for that place are Humble Lion and the promoted UWI FC, who play away to the tough and hungry Tivoli Gardens. Pole position is what Harbour View currently enjoy and, according to coach Ludlow Bernard, they will do all to hang on to it. “I consider this game just as important as the others that follow, and we will treat all of them as if they are going to be our last game. The approach will be a very aggressive one,” a confident Bernard told The Sunday Gleaner. With the exception of Brian Brown, Harbour View have found reliable goalscorers hard to identify, but Bernard appears unconcerned about that. “Goalscoring has been an issue, yes, and we are hoping that others will share that burden. Beckett came up big in the last game and he will be playing in a more advanced role. “We will be creating chances for sure, but you have to consider that we will be playing against a team that is very mean and do not give up a lot of opportunities. That will make our chances more difficult, but we are confident that we have the personnel that will be incisive enough to create and convert chances,” Bernard said. For Humble Lion’s Vassell Reynolds, this game is a massive one for his team, but he is confident that his players are up for the challenge. “This is big, big, big, owing to the fact that we are three points off a semi-final spot. At this stage of the competition, three points are as precious as gold,” Reynolds said. • 3:30 p.m: Reno vs Portmore United – Frome Complex – 6:30 p.m: Harbour View vs Humble Lion – Harbour View Stadium – 3:30 p.m: Tivoli Gardens vs UWI FC – Edward Seaga Complex – 6 p.m: Waterhouse vs Rivoli United – Drewsland Stadium Tomorrow’s game: – 8:40 p.m: Arnett Gardens vs Boys Town – Anthony Spaulding Complexlast_img read more

CCTV systems and crime issues

first_imgDear Editor,There are many reasons available for blaming the crime situation, and many people are investing their hard earned money for some sort of protection. One of the most comforting means for them is security cameras. Now, a lot of unscrupulous people are obtaining outdated/condemned CCTV systems from overseas and selling them to people at exorbitant fees, and these systems do not provide the expected proper service. Some of these dishonest people are using footage from other systems, and even from what makes the news, and promoting themselves on social media as if the system they are selling is responsible. Whilst they cannot be charged for false promotion, the unsuspecting victims’ money is being wasted, because they eventually have to buy new systems because they are not getting the service they expected from the waste they purchased.Quite a few people have been scammed, and l bluntly told them so after I was asked to look at their system when they encountered problems.A while back, I penned a series of letters advising on the type of system and camera they should look for, and setting for their system to help get better footage.Editor, a woman’s shop at Zeelugt was recently twice broken into. This happened one Wednesday night, and again on the following Saturday night. A few weeks after, thieves again broke into the shop. On each of those occasions, she suffered great losses. Now she has a security system installed, but when she could not locate the footage on the DVR, she called me after the first two times. I went, and was able to locate the footage, which showed four boys committing the crime. The footage could not identify any of the criminals properly, so no one was charged. That was because the cameras were not properly set, and the lighting was bad. On my advice, she rearranged the cameras and lights, and was quite pleased with the results after. The footage was hard to locate because the CMOS battery had gone bad in the DVR, thus every time the DVR is switched off or there is a blackout, the DVR goes back to the manufacturing timing and starts recording. So, what you have is a DVR with multiple footage of same dates and timings all over the hard drive.One way to eradicate that problem is: if you notice your DVR timing/date going back to the default settings or DVR malfunctioning, chances are the CMOS battery is bad and should be changed immediately, because definitely you would encounter problems when you try to retrieve footage.These are simple problems, but apparently many so-called experts cannot solve those minor problems. Many are setting cameras in such a way that it would be impossible to capture an intruder’s face properly if that person is wearing a cap. Criminals are becoming wary of cameras, and people should explore the possibility of installing cameras in concealed places. Security system installation has many issues, but as I have stated, these are some of the main issues. I hope people would have their security apparatus fixed, so they could get help from them.Sincerely,Sahadeo Bateslast_img read more

€820,000 approved for Donegal projects under LEADER fund

first_imgFifteen local projects have successfully secured a share of €820,000 approved for Donegal under the LEADER Programme. Donegal Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) has this week approved funding for projects ranging from self-catering accommodation, supporting small SME’s, village development initiatives, water quality improvement, supporting family resource services and development of new tourism facilities.Donegal LCDC is supported by Donegal County Council and is tasked with the delivery of the LEADER Rural Development Programme in Donegal under the Local Action Group or LAG. The LEADER Programme runs from 2014 to 2020 and aims to improve the quality of life in rural areas encouraging diversification of economic activity in rural areas with almost €13m allocated to Donegal under this Programme.In Donegal the programme focuses on a number of key areas including Economic Development, Enterprise Development and Job Creation, Social Inclusion and Rural Environment.Cllr Martin McDermott, Chairperson of Donegal LCDC praised the work of the LCDC and its implementing partners in supporting a diverse range of strategic projects in the county saying: “I am delighted to see this level of funding being allocated to a range for strategic projects across the county.Cllr McDermott continued: “These projects will have an important role to play in creating jobs, promoting economic development while at the same time meeting the needs of the people living in various parts of the county and I am encouraging local community groups and small business owners to come forward with ideas and proposals for funding under the programme by contacting their local implementing body.” This funding programme is administered by four implementing partners in Donegal including Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC), Inishowen Development Partnership, Údarás na Gaeltachta  and Comhar na nOileán and the final decisions on project funding rests with the Donegal LCDC Local Action Group supported by Donegal County Council.€820,000 approved for Donegal projects under LEADER fund was last modified: December 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more