See Violet’s Sutton Foster Sing ‘On My Way’

first_img Star Files View Comments Violet Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 10, 2014 Sutton Foster took The Today Show on a journey as part of its “Best of Broadway” series on May 5. The Tony winner and the cast of Violet performed the song “On My Way” at 30 Rock, giving us a taste of the musical, which follows a 1960s woman who makes a bus trip from North Carolina to Oklahoma in the hope that a televangelist can heal her disfigured face. See below why Violet recently garnered four Tony nods, including one for Foster and for Best Revival, then check out the production at the American Airlines Theatre. Sutton Fosterlast_img read more

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Louie Luchini wins MDI half-marathon

first_imgBAR HARBOR — Two Ellsworth runners led the pack of 365 competing in the 38th Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Half Marathon on Saturday.Louie Luchini, 34, finished first in one hour, 13 minutes and 48 seconds – averaging a 5:38-minute mile pace over 13.1 miles. Matt Homich, 26, took second in 1:17:09.Chris Gabrielson, 27, of Westford, Massachusetts, placed third in 1:19:36.For the women, Christine Twining, 40, of Brunswick won in 1:29:58. Tammy Slusser, 50, of Monroeville, Pennsylvania, took second in 1:31:45. Amy Oliver, 44, of Belgrade placed third in 1:32:49.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textDivision winners are listed below:Female age 1-19: Clara Beal, 18, of Marion (2:18:42).Male age 1-19: Brendan Penfold, 15, of Deer Isle (1:45:52).Female age 20-29: Kassandra Strout, 25, of Trenton (1:39:28).Male age 20-29: Shane Ruddy, 24, of Worcester, Massachusetts (1:21:17).Female age 20-29: Megan Baertsch, 30, Duluth, Minnesota (1:36:54).Male age 30-39: Andrew Kephart, 30, Ellsworth (1:23:57).Female age 40-49: Brooke Carleton, 43, of Huntington, Vermont (1:44:36).Male age 40-49: Rico Portalatin, 44, of Milo (1:24:01).Female age 50-59: Lori Lloyd, 53, of Bar Harbor (1:52:45).Male age 50-59: Chris Holt, 53, of Ellsworth (1:28:15).Female age 60-69: Maureen Goulson, 61, of Concord, New Hampshire (1:50:35).Male age 60-69: Thomas Germino, 61, of Orland Park, Illinois (1:44:37).Female age 70-79: Gail Reinertsen, 73, of Boothbay Harbor (2:18:11).Male age 70-79: John Helm, 70, of Bar Harbor (2:04:43).Find more results from the MDI half-marathon and 5K at the links below:Overall half-marathon resultsOverall 5K resultslast_img read more

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Discovering a home and a heritage: Director of El Centro Chicano shares his experience with the USC Latinx community

first_imgEveryday he wakes up with a burning desire to help Latinx students at USC. As the director of El Centro Chicano, Billy Vela leads the cultural center for Latinx students. Like many Latinx students at USC, Vela went through many hardships growing up. Vela was born in 1972 to Guatemalan immigrant parents and grew up in Highland Park.“We were on welfare but [my mother] was working like a mad woman,” Vela said. “At that time just because you were on welfare did not mean you were coasting.” Despite the challenges he faced, Vela graduated from Franklin High School and went on to attend Occidental College where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Vela said he has always been an advocate for Central Americans. At Occidental College, Vela co-founded the Central American Student Association.He then attended Columbia University, Teacher’s College and received his master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration with an emphasis in Multiculturalism.After graduating from Columbia, Vela worked as a resident director at UC Berkeley and as the director of Chicano Latino Student Services at Loyola Marymount University. Vela joined USC as director of El Centro Chicano in 2005, recruited by Corliss Bennett-McBride, former director of  the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs. Since then Vela has used his experiences to encourage and support students facing the struggles he faced as a first-generation Latinx student.“As leaders of this center, I am glad we are here to advocate,” Vela said. “To make sure El Centro feels welcoming and has murals and images that make people feel included.” Along with providing a place for Latinx students to visit and do work, El Centro Chicano also hosts the “El Sol y la Luna” Latino Floor in Fluor Tower. Created in 1974-75, the Latino Floor residential program is an opportunity offered to first-year students looking to connect with other students with similar interests and cultural backgrounds. Angeles Medina is one of the many students who found home as one of the residents of The Latino Floor. Now a rising sophomore, she said she feels fortunate to have worked with Vela.“Billy is the kind of person who makes you feel comfortable, but he pushes your thinking,” Medina said. “He’s woke. He is very progressive and inclusive. He stays informed politically and encourages students he encounters to do so as well.” Alberto Bravo, a sophomore majoring in history, is a special projects assistant at El Centro. He works closely with Vela and also was a resident on the Latino Floor.“I think Billy is the kind of Latinx who is proud of his culture, but he [also] acknowledges outdated views and adversity our community face,” Bravo said. “And he wants to push his community out of that mentality and way of living.”Along with aiding Latinx students at USC, Vela said he finds much of his inspiration from his mother and his family. He said that, like him, many Latinx students try to succeed because of their family.“There’s not a student without family,” Vela said. “There’s not a student without mom, without dad, without your tia or your tio or your abuelita. Whoever it was. People are people, but Latinos — we’re family based. It’s so important to us.” As for the future, Vela hopes to obtain his Ph.D and continue to advocate for diversity and inclusion. Vela states that one of his greatest accomplishments is finding his path and passion for education. “[One of my greatest accomplishments] has been finding my identity. Finding my history. Becoming a whole person because that was a big thing that was missing and I think it’s missing for a lot of us,” Vela said. “At the same time while that’s happening finding out a way to help others because that’s what my mom taught me.”last_img read more

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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

first_imgBy Emma Wulfhorst |SHREWSBURY — People young and old, from different towns, states and even countries, gathered on the lawn outside the historic Allen House, 400 Sycamore Ave. on Tuesday, July 4, for the Monmouth County Historical Association’s (MCHA) 3rd Annual Independence Day Celebration.Tuesday’s joyous event drew a crowd of 400 excited participants, including families from Brooklyn, Philadelphia, and even one seven-year-old girl from Costa Rica who was here visiting her grandmother. Many people chose to stand throughout the entirety of the morning, while others brought chairs and blankets to sit on.The MCHA’s education committee started the annual celebration three years ago as a way to bring the history of the Declaration of Independence to residents in a fun and entertaining way. “We have an education committee of our trustees and they hold their meetings here at the Allen House, which was the Blue Ball Tavern,” explained MCHA president Linda Bricker of Rumson. The tavern operated in the late 1700s to early 1800s. “We always talked about how the tavern was the center of community life, and we imagine that back in the day this is where the community came to get the news about the Declaration of Independence.”In May 2015, MCHA’s recently appointed interim director Chuck Jones, who at the time was the education committee chair, thought, “Why don’t we invite people to come and hear (the Declaration of Independence) and read it out loud?” The committee members questioned whether they could put together such an event on short notice, but were ultimately successful.“That first year, we had very little time to publicize it, but lo and behold we had 200 people show up here at 10 in the morning,” said Bricker. “We knew we had touched a chord with people and that it was worth repeating.”Three years later, the event continues to be a simple but powerful gathering. It features refreshments, served in the form of lemonade and homemade cookies; an invocation, given by Rev. Lisa Mitchell of Christ Church; the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner, performed a-cappella by Rumson student Owen Doherty; and finally the reading of the Declaration of Independence. “People just really enjoyed the simplicity of it,” Bricker said.Participating in the annual event were William Githens of Neptune; and three sisters from Little Silver, Juliet, 6; Noelle, 3; and Carrie Davis, 6.There was also the Pledge of Allegiance and the color guard, performed for the second year in a row by the Rumson Boy Scouts, Troop #201. “It’s the most important day of the year and the Boy Scouts are a big part of Americana,” said the troop’s Scout Master, Andrew Young. “We’re very proud to be here and to celebrate the day.”For the recitation, the Declaration is divided into 31 sections. Each section is read by a different person. The first section was read by Lillian Burry, director of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the last part by Shrewsbury Mayor Donald Burden. The rest of the readers were chosen at random from those in the crowd.“We want little and big voices,” Bricker said, explaining how they try to choose a diverse group of readers, both young and old, from different places.Some read with gravitas, like Mark Molyneaux, of Fair Haven, who said, “If you’re gonna do it, own it.” Others, like Shrewsbury native Iona Leslie, 11, could barely reach the microphone, but handled the difficult wording of her paragraph with poise and expertise.Two of the younger voices this year were Emma and Abby Bacher, sisters from Philadelphia, who attended Tuesday’s event at the request of their uncle, Gabe Migoyo, of Bradley Beach, who also read a section. Migoyo participated in the celebration last year, and felt it was an important experience for his nieces to have.The audience on Tuesday was quiet yet engaged, listening intently to the words of the Declaration. Some hung their heads or closed their eyes, while others mouthed along, reciting the words in time with the readers at the microphone.“I thought it was really cool getting to listen to something that happened in our country’s past,” said Sonia Sergeant, 14. “I think that it’s really important for kids our age to listen to this type of thing.” Sonia, and her brother Kai, 11, enjoyed their first MCHA Independence Day celebration with their parents. The family lives in Brooklyn but has a summer home in Monmouth Beach.One noticeable difference at this year’s celebration was the upgraded sound system, made possible by the Independence Day Celebration’s first ever sponsors, MCHA trustee, Amy Almasy, and Kim Quigley, from Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty.The celebration didn’t end after the Declaration of Independence had been read. Attendees were invited to get a close-up view of Christ Church’s treasured 300-year old Vinegar Bible. Published in Oxford, England, it has been in the church’s possession since 1752. The Bible, which is in remarkably good shape, got its unusual name because of a typo for the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard and is believed to be only one of six that exists.There was also a performance by the Dead Actors’ Guild at Christ Church. The Allen House and the Shrewsbury Historical Society Museum, located across the street in the Shrewsbury Municipal Center, were also open until noon for tours.This area, the intersection of Sycamore Ave. and Broad St./Route 35, is known as the historic Four Corners, because of the significance of the buildings which stand there. The historic Four Corners is comprised of the Allen House, circa 1710; Christ Church, 1702; the Presbyterian Church, 1735; and the Quaker Meeting House, 1672.Robin Blair, vice president of the Shrewsbury Historical Society executive board, was in the Shrewsbury Historical Society’s Museum on Tuesday giving tours, and looking for volunteers. “There are a lot of materials that we need to purge, and a lot of materials which need to go in to archival protection,” Blair said, while discussing the museum’s extensive collection of memorabilia. “We’re looking for grants and time and interested people.”“The reason people want to live here is, it’s not just a beautiful place to live, but it’s a place that’s rich in its own history,” said MCHA interim director Jones, “and those are things that deserve to be preserved and learned about. An event like this is really emblematic of the work we do.”This article was first published in the July 6-13, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Live postgame video: Warriors, Clippers react to stunning Game 2

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile deviceWatch the postgame reactions from the players and coaches following an unbelievable collapse by the Warriors as the Clippers came back from a 31-point deficit to beat Golden State Monday night.The Warriors seemingly had things in control after grabbing a 31-point lead in the second half only to watch the Clippers score 44 points in the third period to set the stage for their huge comeback victory. While …last_img

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SA congratulates South Sudan

first_img10 July 2012 President Jacob Zuma has congratulated South Sudan on the country’s first anniversary of independence, offering South Africa’s continued support for peace and development in the country even as relations with north Sudan remain fragile. South Sudan became the world’s newest country on 9 July 2011. Its birth was the culmination of a six-year peace process which helped bring an end to the long-running conflict between South Sudan and Sudan, of which it was formerly a part. Zuma said in a statement on Monday that South Africa would continue to support efforts to create an environment for the entrenchment of democracy and development of government institutions in South Sudan.Security, oil issues With one year having passed since the official declaration of South Sudan’s separation from north Sudan, the two countries so far seem to have failed to establish good neighbourly relations. Despite confirmation by the politicians of both sides to establish relations, recent events prove that the historical differences between the two sides are deeper than they appeared. The outstanding issues, including the sharing of revenues of oil, which is produced in the South and exported via north Sudan’s oil infrastructures and ports, were among the most prominent differences that prevented the establishment of normal ties between Khartoum and Juba. The oil dispute reached its peak when South Sudan decided on January 20 to stop pumping its crude oil, due to differences over the fees for exporting the South’s oil through Sudan’s ports. The decision had negative consequences for both economies, as Sudan lost three-quarters of its oil revenues, pushing the Sudanese government to adopt far-reaching economic reforms but causing a rise in prices of basic commodities that prompted demonstrations. Meanwhile, the citizens of South Sudan are suffering from lack of development and basic services together with high prices of basic commodities.‘Both sides struggling to adapt to separation’ The two countries almost slid into a comprehensive war when South Sudan’s army occupied Sudan’s oil-rich area of Heglig on 10 April. According to observers and analysts, the relationship between Khartoum and Juba will not return to normal unless the security and oil issues are resolved. Sudanese expert Mohamed Hassan Saeed says events following the separation of South Sudan have proved that the security issue is still a major threat to stable relations between the two countries, with the oil dispute adding further tension. “Full normalisation in the relations between Khartoum and Juba cannot be achieved without exploring a settlement for security issues between the two countries,” Saeed said. “The standing issues at the Blue Nile and South Kordofan areas as well as Abyei should be resolved first, and then the two sides can search for an agreement to restore pumping of the South’s oil through Sudan to meet the demands of the two country’s peoples. “Definitely, the current disputes are the outcome of the separation, because both countries are facing difficulty in adapting to the new situation,” Saeed said. “The South is suffering from difficulties of building a state from nothing under chronic tribal conflicts, scarcity of resources and lack of infrastructures, while Sudan is suffering from economic, security and political issues.”‘No choice but to work together’ Abdul-Azeem Ahmed, a Sudanese political analyst, believes that the two countries have no choice but to work to establish constructive relations based on common interests and mutual benefits. “Whatever the differences are, they will eventually resort to favouring cooperation and normalisation of relations, because that is the most realistic option,” Ahmed told news agency Xinhua. “It seems there is an urgent need to resolve the joint issues within a political framework, because both countries need stability and development,” Ahmed added. “They also need to create opportunities to change the negative feeling of regional isolation”. South Sudan was officially declared independent on 9 July 2011 in a celebration that was attended by around 30 African heads of state and representatives of regional and international organisations. The relationship between north and south Sudan witnessed continued tension for about two decades until the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was signed between the two sides in January 2005 to end the longest civil war on the African continent. In accordance with the CPA, a referendum on self-determination for southern Sudan was conducted in January 2011, in which around 98 percent of southern Sudanese citizens voted for independence. Source: SANews.gov.za-Xinhualast_img read more

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Adrenaline-fueled Tenorio dedicates Finals MVP trophy to Helterbrand

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding GALLERY: Ginebra retains title, survives Meralco in Game 7 Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img View comments LATEST STORIES Tenorio said his elbow had bothered him for five years since his last year with Alaska in 2012 and it took sheer will for him to power through the pain in the packed Philippine Arena.“It was pure adrenaline, although I take painkillers and it’s the adrenaline that allows me to play through it,” said Tenorio who wore a sleeve on his right arm.Tenorio said the pain comes and goes but a bone spur had developed in his right elbow that the three-time champion knew he had to take medical help.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 And yet it was Tenorio who dedicated his personal hardware to 41-year-old teammate Jayjay Helterbrand.“I want to dedicate this championship also to Jayjay,” said Tenorio in Filipino Friday at Philippine Arena after Ginebra wrapped up the series in Game 7, 101-96, against Meralco. “We talked and he’s still unsure of his plans after this.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“So I told him that we’ll get this one, Mark [Caguioa] will still be back next year.”And Tenorio finished with 26 points and four assists on his dedication game while nursing a hurting right elbow. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLA Tenorio is no young star in the PBA.At 33-years-old, the Finals MVP of the PBA Governors’ Cup should be the one getting tributes from younger teammates.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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9 months agoSchar welcomes praise from Newcastle boss Benitez

first_imgSchar welcomes praise from Newcastle boss Benitezby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFabian Schar has welcomed praise from Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez.Now fully fit, the Swiss defender has impressed since his return.On Benitez’s praise, Schar told Blick: “It’s nice to hear that. He knew before my commitment what I am as a player. “I have my strengths in the game with the ball. I’m still trying to force myself to improve day after day.”Schar went down with Deportivo La Coruna last season.He added: “I do not think about that. Of course, in England, compared to Spain, you have seven to eight teams playing against relegation. That is already extreme.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoTottenham boss Pochettino: This not the best squad I’ve had

first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino: This not the best squad I’ve hadby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has had a dig at his players.After two transfer windows without signing a single player, Spurs returned to business this summer and secured the services of Ryan Sessegnon, Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndomele and Jack Clarke.And although only a handful of key players left, with Kieran Trippier and Fernando Llorente moving on, Pochettino remains unsure just how good the side can be.”We will see at the end of the season. At the moment I don’t believe this is the best squad,” Pochettino said.”But I think if you only see the results, playing in the final of the Champions League, it’s easy to say the better squad was last season’s squad because we got to the final.”We will see if we can repeat, or if we win some trophy maybe we can talk about this being the best squad.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Bombay HC quashes orders attaching NSEL assets

first_imgMumbai: In a major victory for fintech firm 63 moons, the Bombay High Court on Thursday ruled that the National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL) is not a financial institution and hence notifications for attachment of the company’s assets, including bank accounts and properties, under the MPID Act stand quashed. The court also declined to stay its order as was requested by the Economic Offences Wing (EoW) of Mumbai Police. “We have considered the arguments of the learned senior counsel appearing on both sides and we are of the express view that on exhaustive discussion, we have already concluded that NSEL is not an ‘financial establishment’ within the purview of the Maharashtra Protection of Interests of Depositors (MPID) in Financial Establishments Act, 1999, and in such circumstances, we decline the prayer made by the learned senior counsel (Rafique) Dada,” the order said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn a statement, the company said: “The Bombay High Court has quashed all the notifications issued by the State Government in the year 2016 and 2018 attaching movable and immovable properties of 63 moons under the MPID Act 1999, by observing that NSEL is not a financial establishment since it did not accept any deposits as defined under the MPID Act and resultantly, the petitioner who is a promoter of the said establishment cannot be proceeded under the provisions of MPID Act.” Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAccording to the company, the court noted that despite the forensic audit commissioned by the EOW tracing the entire money trail to the defaulters, the State attached properties of 63 moons which was not legally sustainable. The two-judge bench of Bharati H. Dangre and Ranjit More on Thursday ruled that the Act is not applicable in terms of NSEL as it is not a financial institution. As a result of the order, the assets attached under MPID Act would be released. The company said that it is in the business of developing and selling technology products for facilitating trading on exchanges such as stock and commodity exchanges and claims to have more than 63,000 shareholders and over 800 employees.last_img read more

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