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Corey Cott, Alli Mauzey & More Stars Remember Their Best Dates Ever

first_img ALLI MAUZEY (Glinda in Wicked) “Mine and my husband’s first date. We took a stroll up near Lincoln Center and saw the movie Once. After the movie he asked what I thought—I guess my face lit up and I said, “It was wonderful.” For some reason that was very memorable for him.  I had it engraved on the inside of his wedding band.” RICHARD H. BLAKE (Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys) “At Mustang Sally’s in New York. It technically wasn’t a date but it was the first time my now wife and I ever went to eat together alone. We were doing Footloose and went there for lunch. It was the start of our relationship, which has been the best thing to ever happen to me.” COURTNEY REED (Jasmine in Aladdin) “A home-cooked meal and watching the entire first season of Girls until falling asleep.” KELLI O’HARA (Francesca in The Bridges of Madison County) “I was picked up in the pouring rain on 57th and Broadway. Driven downtown to hear Phoebe Snow at Joe’s Pub and then taken around the corner to the tiny Great Jones pub for barbecue and amazing conversation. The date lasted at least seven hours. Maybe longer.” TERENCE ARCHIE (Apollo Creed in Rocky)  “It began with a bad restaurant and my date’s rebuke, and ended with a path bordered by candles, wines, chocolate, a hastily assembled choir composed of close friends, rose petals in a basin of warm water, a small pillow with something shiny on it, and the word ‘Yes.'” Check back all week long for more Valentine’s Day surprises! LIANA HUNT (Katherine in Newsies) “A REALLY awesome 14-course meal at Moto in Chicago two years ago. I flew there for 24 hours on my day off while my boyfriend was touring through to celebrate Valentine’s Day with him. The dinner was his gift to me. He knows the way to my heart…FOOD.” Valentine’s Day is only two days away, but before you light the fireplace and pig out on chocolates, get some inspiration from Broadway romance experts Corey Cott, Courtney Reed and Danny Burstein! We’ve spent the whole week grilling your favorite Broadway stars about their love lives. First, we got them to spill about their childhood crushes and reveal the wackiest places they’ve ever locked lips (who knew Kelli O’Hara jumps out of planes?!). Today, we asked them to tell us about the absolute best date they’ve ever had. Check out their answers below! COREY COTT (Jack Kelly in Newsies) “My wife and I took a twilight dinner cruise down the Seine River in Paris, docking underneath the Eiffel Tower and floating past the Louvre, Notre Dame, and other major sights—all the while drinking wine and eating a phenomenal meal. It felt like a Nicholas Sparks book.” DANNY BURSTEIN (Herr Schultz in Cabaret) “The first date with my wife, Rebecca [Luker]. I felt so lucky. Being with her on a date was quite heady for me because she was so beautiful. I never even dared dream I could be with someone so wonderful.” View Commentslast_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Is Emmy Rossum Broadway’s Pretty Woman & More

first_imgLondon’s Sunny Afternoon Cast SwitcherooJason Baughan and Jo Servi will join the cast of Sunny Afternoon on April 6. They replace Ben Caplan as Eddie Kassner and Ashley Campbell as Gregory Piven, respectively. The Olivier nominated Kinks musical is running at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End.Bryce Pinkham, Lena Hall & More Join ForcesBryce Pinkham will emcee the National Corporate Theatre Fund’s Chairman’s Awards Gala on April 13 at the Pierre New York. The event will include performances by Lena Hall, Jarrod Spector, Christiane Noll and more, while Judith Ivey, Will Eno and Clive Gillinson will present the awards to honorees Michael C. Hall, Jolyon F. Stern and DeWitt Stern and Long Wharf Theatre. The gala supports the creation of theatrical works and arts education at theaters across America.Ben Platt Boards Billy Flynn MovieFormer Book of Mormon and upcoming Dear Evan Hansen star Ben Platt has been tapped for Ang Lee’s Billy Flynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Deadline reports. The film begins shooting this month and is apparently nothing to do with the “Razzle Dazzle” Flynn you might be thinking of. Instead it’s adapted from Ben Fountain’s 2012 novel and follows some servicemen on a “Victory Tour.” Platt will take on the role of Josh, who looks after them when they visit the Dallas Cowboys stadium.Musical Adaptation of Disney’s Tangled In The WorksTangled: The Musical is coming to a Disney cruise ship near you, according to EW. Loosely based on Rapunzel, the 2010 animated movie featured a score by Alan Menken and the vocal talents of Broadway faves Zachary Levi and Donna Murphy, along with Mandy Moore. Next stop, dry land? View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Is Emmy Rossum Eyeing Broadway?The Internet has decided (supposedly) that Emmy Rossum would be the perfect headliner for the upcoming Pretty Woman musical stage adaptation, so when she stopped by CBS’ The Late Late Show on April 1, its Tony-winning host James Corden wanted to know if she’d be interested in taking on the role? “Oh yeah, I did the film Phantom of the Opera the musical, that would be amazing,” Rossum replied. She went on to say that “of course” she’d consider doing a Great White Musical and that “I’ve done the opera but not a Broadway show.” Great White Way producers, take note. We want her here, stat! Check out the interview below.last_img read more

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Facebook’s uphill P2P battle

first_imgby: Ron ShevlinIndulge me, if you will, and let me give you some advice on how to pick a fight. Not a physical, rock-em-sock-em robot kind of fight, but, you know, an argument:Pick on somebody bigger than you. Not physically bigger, but you know, someone higher in the ranks, someone better well known, someone like that. A couple of years ago I was having an online argument with someone on my blog, and someone else said to me, privately, “I don’t know why you waste your time arguing with that person. It’s below you.” Ouch. But lesson learned.Pick a fight on a topic that’s in your realm of expertise. I’m confident that my political views are 100% correct, but I gain nothing professionally by proving it to the world. Unless I become a political commentator for Fox News, that is. Whoa, there’s a thought.Use data to structure your argument. Opinion versus opinion gets you nowhere. Have data or facts that no one else has–or, at least, that the person you’re fighting doesn’t have.Why am I giving you advice on picking fights? Because I’m going to pick one. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Coronavirus pandemic ‘amplifies press freedom threats’

first_imgThe coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating threats to press freedom around the world, with authoritarian states including China and Iran suppressing details of the outbreak, activists said on Tuesday.Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said in its annual press freedom rankings the pandemic was “highlighting and amplifying the many crises” already casting a shadow on press freedom.The outbreak had encouraged some regimes to “take advantage of the fact people are stunned and mobilization has weakened to impose measures that would be impossible to adopt in normal times”, RSF secretary general Christophe Deloire told AFP. ‘Chinese-style scenario’ Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been repeatedly criticized for cracking down on press freedom, rose three places to 154th but RSF said this was because of “other countries falling” rather than positive change.It said censorship of the media, especially online media, has been stepped up in Turkey and the country was “more authoritarian than ever.”Russia, under President Vladimir Putin, in 149th place, is also persevering “efforts to control the Internet, using ever more elaborate methods”, it said, citing a law that would allow the country to disconnect the Russian internet from the rest of the world.”The prospect of a Chinese-style scenario [in Russia] is alarming,” RSF said.RSF said “the closure of the national internet” is already a reality in the isolated Central Asian state of Turkmenistan where the few internet users can access only a highly censored version of the Internet, often in cafes where they have to show ID before connecting.”Almost everywhere in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, strongmen are consolidating their grip on news and information,” RSF said. ‘Information hyper-control’  Alluding to accusations that Beijing concealed the initial extent of the outbreak, it said China “maintains its system of information hyper-control, whose negative effects for the entire world have been seen during the coronavirus public health crisis”.Europe has also not been immune — Hungary, under Prime Minister Viktor Orban, has passed a special law on false information which was a “completely disproportionate and coercive measure”.RSF said there was a “clear correlation” between suppression of media freedom in response to the coronavirus pandemic and a country’s ranking in the index.While Norway topped the index for the fourth year in a row, Finland was again the runner-up. North Korea took last position from Turkmenistan, and Eritrea continued to be Africa’s lowest-ranked country at number 178.The third biggest leap was by Sudan, which rose 16 places to 159th after the removal of president Omar al-Bashir.France lost two places to rank 32nd, with journalists in the country sometimes the victims of police violence at demonstrations, it said.Published annually by RSF since 2002, the World Press Freedom Index assesses factors such as media independence, self-censorship, the legal framework and transparency based on a questionnaire filled out by experts.center_img The rankings saw few major changes from last year, with Nordic countries regarded as the most free and isolated states Turkmenistan and North Korea footing the list of 180 countries.RSF accused China and Iran — in 177th and 173rd place respectively — of censoring major coronavirus outbreaks. Topics :last_img read more

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Period beauty in booming ‘burb is on the market for first time in 40 years

first_imgInside 82 Fifth Ave, BalmoralMore from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Mr Zappala said it was important to him when renovating the home to keep those period features.“It didn’t come without its challenges … but there was never a question of whether we’d keep them,” he said. “I love that it has so much character. It makes it different to the other properties around us.” 82 Fifth Ave, BalmoralThis 1940s home has been beautifully renovated and maintained.Owners Greg and Ally Zappala purchased the property at 82 Fifth Ave, Balmoral, off Mr Zappala’s parents three years ago and renovated it to suit their young family and lifestyle. Inside 82 Fifth Ave, Balmoral“It’s my family home, where I grew up as a child,” he said. “It’s been in the family for nearly 40 years.”The property sits on a 460sq m block in an elevated position and has 1940s character features including ornate ceilings and decorative architecture. Inside 82 Fifth Ave, BalmoralThe home has three bedrooms, including the master suite with walk-in-wardrobe and ensuite, a teenage retreat, an additional bathroom and renovated kitchen which opens out to the deck area.center_img Inside 82 Fifth Ave, BalmoralMr Zappala said this was his favourite part of the home. “I love sitting out on the back deck enjoying the surrounding greenery and birdlife,” he said.“There’s a nice green belt of uninterrupted views you could never get sick of looking at.” Inside 82 Fifth Ave, BalmoralMr Zappala said the home would suit a family in the market for an inner-city home.“Family buyers will definitely be interested,” he said.“It’s in a fantastic location, within walking distance of Bulimba’s Oxford St mecca, local schools and public transport.“It’s an ideal neighbourhood to bring up a family in.”Mr Zappala said he hoped his family could find a new home close by.last_img read more

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ING scheme’s matching portfolio drives outperformance in 2016

first_imgThe closed scheme for workers of NN Group and ING Bank decided last year to change the management of its equity allocation from active to passive.Private equity, which delivered 10.8%, also fell short of its benchmark. The pension fund stopped allocating new money to private equity in 2015, and also divested from hedge funds at the same time.Credit – deployed as part of the scheme’s inflation-hedging strategy – produced 10.2%, with some emerging market corporate bonds gaining as much as 15.6%.The pension fund’s property holdings returned 11.4%, an outperformance of 2.3 percentage points, in particular thanks to non-listed real estate, it said.Last year, its board decided to raise the strategic interest rate hedge from 85% to 90%, and to base its investment policy on a balance of risks.The scheme said it would aim to grant an inflation compensation of 80% in real terms rather than a nominal indexation. It increased its strategic return portfolio from 27% to 30% as a consequence.The Pensioenfonds ING also said it was in the process of gradually raising its inflation hedge – comprising French, Belgian, German and American inflation-linked bonds as well as inflation swaps – to a maximum of 25%. At year-end, its inflation hedge stood at 14.4% of the total portfolio.The scheme has hedged 50% of its currency risk on its return portfolio and said it had fully covered the currency risk on its liabilities holdings.At July-end this year, the ING scheme’s funding stood at 139.9%, enabling it to grant all its participants and pensioners full indexation.Last year, the pension fund incurred administration costs of €246 per participant, and spent 0.24% and 0.02% on asset management and transactions, respectively.It said it would assess whether it could simplify the implementation and communication of its current eight different pension arrangements, to increase transparency to its 71,000 participants and to make its pension plan easier to adjust to a potential new pensions system.Earlier this year, the board decided to refrain from dividing itself, after ING split into ING Bank and NN Group. It said such a move would reduce efficiency.However, in the annual report, the visitation committee for internal supervision said the board should pay more attention to alternative future scenarios, rather than just opting for continuing independently. The €26.5bn Pensioenfonds ING reported an overall return of 10.5% in 2016, primarily driven by its liability-matching portfolio.The pension fund’s liabilities holdings – of largely European and US government bonds, loans and interest swaps – yielded 11.1%, exceeding its benchmark by 3.3 percentage points.It explained that the actual yield had been significantly higher than the benchmark return, as interest generated on bonds had dropped further than the swap rate.Within the return portfolio, the 9.8% gain on equity fell 1.6 percentage points short of its benchmark, largely caused by low-volatility holdings and emerging markets, it said.last_img read more

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NASCAR Champion

first_imgAs you are probably aware, Kevin Harvick won this year’s NASCAR Championship.  He did so by winning the final race at Homestead, Florida, a week or so ago.  Of the 4 finalists, he actually was one of the year’s best drivers.  However, several multiple winners on this years circuit were eliminated earlier by the new format.  What was supposed to be a system that made winning count for everything did not work that way.  It is ironic that one bad race was able to eliminate several deserving drivers.Gordon, Johnson, and Earnhardt were in the top 5 in points most of the season.  One bad finish by each of these drivers eliminated them from the championship.  Jeff Gordon lost out by 1 point after winning as many races during the season as any other driver.  It is my opinion that they should still carry over points all during the playoffs and not start a new point total after 4 races.  I know the last race was made very exciting for the fans because it was a “winner take all” for the 4 finalists.  In 2 of the last 3 years the championship was decided before the last race, so the NASCAR hierarchy devised this new system to keep the championship race alive until the final lap.I hope they tweak it somehow to avoid elimination of the top drivers before the last race.  Under the old system, Pittsbor0, Indiana’s, Jeff Gordon would have been the champion.last_img read more

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Iwobi suffers hamstring injury

first_imgRelatedPosts Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Super Eagles stars model new national team jersey Alex Iwobi has suffered a hamstring injury in Everton’s home game against Arsenal on Saturday. The 23-year-old, who was making his 16th Premier League appearance of the season, was replaced by Cenk Tosun in the 11th minute. He was cheered by the Gunners fans as he hobbled off the pitch for further treatment. Everton would be hoping the injury doesn’t keep the Super Eagles midfielder out of action for a substantial period as they are just three points away from the relegation zone.Tags: alex iwobiArsenalCenk TosunEvertonSuper Eagleslast_img read more

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Dillon ‘disappointed’ over TTCB move but confident of holding onto job

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago head coach, Mervyn Dillon, says it was “disappointing” he was not formally notified that his job was being advertised by the T&T Cricket Board, but believes he still has an excellent chance of retaining the post.The former West Indies fast bowler’s contract expires at the end of April but earlier last week, the TTCB posted an advertisement for the position.“I am quite confident. I think I am probably in a better position than anybody else to retain the job,” he told the NewsDay here.“Funny enough I heard about it (advertisement) after one of the [media] guys called me [last Thursday] morning. That’s when I found out about it, which was kind of disappointing because even if it is being advertised I would think I would be one of the first people to be notified.”He added: “I spoke to the president (Azim Bassarath) and Mr (Dudnath) Ramkissoon (cricket operations officer). The president insisted that I was told that the job was going to be advertised, but I don’t think I am losing my memory.“That was not the case as far as I am concerned. I did not have that conversation.”In response, Ramkissoon conceded while Dillon had not been informed when the position was being advertised, he should have known based on the terms of his contract renewal last November.“The executive met recently and decided to send out the ad. He is correct, we did not tell him it was going out,” explained Ramkissoon.“But in November he knew because the letter he got advising him that his contract was extended until the end of April clearly stated at the end of one of the paragraphs ‘while your tenure will end in April you are free to apply for the job of head coach of the Red Force’.”The move to advertise the post comes on the heels of T&T Red Force’s best ever finish in the six-year professional era of the first championship, when they ended second behind champions Barbados Pride.With a single win after the first five rounds of the competition, Red Force rebounded to win two of the last three matches, before the tournament was abandoned following the eighth round due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic.Red Force finished on 94.6 points from three wins, two defeats and three draws but were adrift of perennial bitter rivals Pride by a whopping 40 points, and only marginally ahead of joint third place finishers Guyana Jaguars and Jamaica Scorpions on 91.8.Dillon, who took over mid-season in the 2018-19 campaign, led Red Force to a fourth place finish then before guiding them to a semi-final spot in the Super50 Cup later that year.But tensions between Dillon and former West Indies and Red Force captain, Denesh Ramdin, boiled over during the just concluded season, leading to a public spat between the two.Ramdin, dropped after just two matches, accused Dillon of not wanting him around and disrespecting senior players, while revealing they hardly communicated with each other.Dillon, who played 38 Tests for West Indies between 1998 and 2004, responded by accusing Ramdin of telling “blatant lies”.Ramkissoon, who said the TTCB hoped to close the hiring process by next month, also made it clear Dillon would have to apply in order to be considered.“Once he applies [he is in contention]. I don’t know how many other people will apply, but you want the process to be transparent and fair.”last_img read more

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Falconets Beat Cameroon in Shoot out to Win Football Gold

first_imgThe Nigerian U-20 girls battled the Cameroonians to standstill in thekeenly-contested game between two teams that had settled for a 1-1 draw in a group phase match eight days earlier.The result was 0-0 after regulation and extra time at the Stade Boubker Aamar outside Rabat.In the ensuing penalty shoot-out, the Nigeria U-20 girls, one of only four teams to have featured in every edition of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup since the competition started 17 years ago, triumphed.The victory was the first gold for the Falconets at the African Games in 12 years, having not qualified for the 10th edition in Mozambique in 2011 and finishing outside the medals’ range in Brazzaville four years ago.It was also a fitting accomplishment to bid bye to the first captain of the Falconets team, Ifeanyichukwu Chiejine, whose remains were committed to mother earth in Lagos on the same day.Meanwhile, their male counterparts, 1973 champions Nigeria, will look to win their first gold in men’s football tournament of the African Games when they take on Burkina Faso in the final of the event in Rabat today.The seven-time African champions edged a memorable encounter with Mali in the semi finals, which went into extra time, penalty shoot-out and sudden death session before they could be separated.Burkina Faso’s U20 side also had to endure the gruel of penalty shoot-out to oust Senegal in the second semi final, and today’s battle for gold will be no contest for weak bones.In the men’s bronze medal match played yesterday, Mali defeated Senegal 4-3 in penalty shoot out to claim the medal. Regulation and extra time ended goalless.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram 12th AFRICAN GAMES Flying Eagles also eye gold against Burkina FasoNigeria’s dominance of cadet football in the continent continued on Thursday as the Falconets defeated Cameroon 3-2 in penalty shoot out toemerge champions of the women’s football tournament of the 12th African Games in Rabat, Morocco.last_img read more

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