Lessons of the Week! Michael Cera, Audra McDonald & More

first_img View Comments It’s Friday, and you know what that means—it’s time to get hammered! No, wait, it’s time for the Lessons of the Week, where we highlight the craziest, weirdest and most WTF moments of the last seven days for your reading convenience. So grab your raw meat and your Schmackary’s German chocolate brownies, because it’s time to get this party started!Michael Cera Just Can’t Wait to Be KingThe Broadway newbie may be headlining This is Our Youth, but it doesn’t sound like he actually knows anything about the play. “It’s The Lion King with three people, basically,” he told us. Wait, there’s cocaine in the Pride Lands?Norm Lewis = The Abs of BroadwayWe’ve always called The Phantom of the Opera star “Worm,” but apparently he picked up another nickname while he was starring in The Little Mermaid: The Abs of Broadway. That may have been the case in 2008, but in 2014 you’ll have to share that title with someone else, Worm.James Snyder Wants to Be Patti LuPoneIf/Then star James Snyder tried his hand at being an usher on this week’s Hey Kid, and vented about audience members clinking ice in their drinks and taking photos during the show. Good Patti impression, James! Now sing this.The Berkshires Are Just Like VegasWe thought the characters in The Country House would sit around and play chess at their Berkshires vacation home, but apparently the Massachusetts theater destination gets pretty crazy! The cast won’t reveal details, but you know what they say: What happens in the Berkshires makes a great Donald Margulies play.The Genie Will Fight You For BrowniesAladdin star James Monroe Iglehart seems like a cuddly teddy bear, but he’s actually a coldblooded brownie fiend. If you steal his Schmackary’s German chocolate brownie, watch out. He’ll punch you in the face, take away your wishes, and then you’ll never get that lifetime supply of peanut butter cups you’ve always wanted. Never!Fans Want Jeremy Jordan to ShaveThe results of the most important Smackdown in Broadway.com Show history are in: 61% of fans want Jeremy Jordan to grab his Gillette and shave that peach fuzz he’s been growing for Finding Neverland off his face. Guys, it’s time to embrace change! Has Newsies taught you nothing?! Seize the beard!Rupert Grint Roots For the Home TeamNow that Harry Potter favorite Rupert Grint has crossed the pond to star in It’s Only a Play, he’s enjoying all the sights, sounds and smells New York City has to offer—he even went to his first Yankee’s game. We have theater degrees, we’re not really sports people. Is baseball kind of like Quidditch?Newsies Wins the Ice Bucket ChallengeIt’s safe to say that we’ve watched at least 1,000 ice bucket challenges this week. And while any video that spreads awareness and raises money for ALS is awesome, we have a special place in our hearts for the video submitted by the cast of Newsies. Why? Because they take their shirts off. Why did you think?Barbra & Sports Are a Winning ComboLet’s play a word association game. When we say a word, tell us the very first word you think of. OK, ready? “Barbra Streisand.” You immediately thought “The Super Bowl,” didn’t you? We also would have accepted “drag” and “Indiana Jones hats.”Audra Has a Meaty Gift for Hugh JackmanLady Day star Audra (no last name necessary—we’re trying to turn her into Oprah, guys) will conclude her run to make way for The River, starring Hugh Jackman, this fall. The six-time Tony winner realized she should give Wolverine a gift, so she decided to leave a slab of raw meat in her dressing room. Hey, that’s just how Mama Broadway rolls.last_img read more

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Ronkonkoma Woman Charged With Starving Tot Son to Death

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Louisa GivensA 21-year-old Ronkonkoma woman was indicted last week on charges that she starved her 10-month-old son to death seven months ago, Suffolk County prosecutors said.Louisa Givens pleaded not guilty Monday at Suffolk County court to second-degree manslaughter, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of her 2-year-old daughter, Ava Johnson.Prosecutors said Givens called 911 to report that she found her son, Kayden Givens, unresponsive and not breathing on the evening of May 19. The boy was later pronounced dead at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital.Investigators found the baby had been left unattended for at least 17 hours before Givens made that call and the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office determined the boy died of malnutrition and dehydration, authorities said.Kayden’s older sister, who was also found to be suffering from dehydration and malnutrition, was taken Stony Brook University Hospital, where she recovered after nine days, prosecutors said. Johnson is now living in foster care.Givens’ arrest came after months of toxicological and other tests to determine the boy’s cause and manner of death.Judge Stephen Braslow set bail for Givens at $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond.  She is due back in court Friday.last_img read more

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Pandemic erases $5.9b of Indonesia’s tourism revenue as businesses seek help

first_imgThe COVID-19 pandemic has wiped out around Rp 85 trillion (US$5.87 billion) of Indonesia’s tourism revenue so far this year, forcing business associations to call on the government to provide a greater stimulus for the virus-battered industry.The hotel and restaurant industry has lost nearly Rp 70 trillion in revenue as leisure travel has come to a complete halt, while aviation and tour operators have lost Rp 15 trillion in revenue, according to data from the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI).“More than 95 percent of workers in the tourist sector are being furloughed without pay,” PHRI chairman Hariyadi Sukamdani told lawmakers during a hearing on Tuesday, adding that 2,000 hotels and 8,000 restaurants closed during the first three months of the outbreak, which started in March in Indonesia. Hariyadi told lawmakers that the government’s tax incentives were not an effective measure to stop the bleeding, adding that many workers in the tourist sector could not access the government’s pre-employment card program, resulting in a further blow to the industry.“Banks will need to extend the debt-restructuring program and they will need to provide working capital loans” to rescue businesses in the tourist sector, he went on to say.Indonesia’s foreign visitor arrivals plunged 86.9 percent year-on-year (yoy) in May to 163,646, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data. From January to May, Indonesia recorded just 2.9 million foreign tourist visits, a 53.56 percent drop from the same period last year.Tourism has been one of the sectors hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak as countries around the world imposed travel restrictions while Indonesia implemented a partial lockdown to curb the spread of the virus, leaving tourist destinations empty since March. The government has allocated Rp 695.2 trillion from the state budget as a stimulus to strengthen the healthcare system and bolster the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. However, business associations and economists have openly criticized the slow stimulus disbursement, which they say will risk recovery in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy.The tourist sector was being abandoned by the government as the stimulus aimed at rescuing businesses had not yet arrived after three months of pandemic, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) vice chairman for tourism Kosmian Pudjiadi said.“We have yet to receive direct help until now from the government,” Kosmian told lawmakers during the same hearing, adding that tourism-related businesses would go bankrupt by the end of year if the government and banks were unable to provide the much-needed cash injections.The government, he went on to say, will need to provide cash injections to businesses and stimulate consumer demand for businesses to survive throughout the pandemic, which he expects will only fully recover to pre-pandemic levels by 2023.“The government can, for example, increase domestic business trips to save the tourist sector,” Kosmian said.The Health Ministry has issued health protocols for businesses and public facilities, such as hotels, restaurants and shopping malls, as the government gears up to reopen tourist destinations during the so-called new normal period.Destinations in the resort island of Bali, Semarang in Central Java and Medan in North Sumatra, for instance, have started to reopen for local visitors despite a rising number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.“We must demonstrate our confidence to domestic and international consumers that health protocols here have been implemented seriously and in detail so that we can soon restore the tourist sector, which has been affected the most by COVID-19,” Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio said earlier this month.Topics :last_img read more

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New sex abuse allegations in Central African Republic

first_imgHollande in Central African Republic Central African Republic Child Abuse Claims The U.N. peacekeeping chief on Friday confirmed a new allegation of sexual abuse by a peacekeeper in Central African Republic, the conflict-ripped country where the United Nations is already investigating 15 other cases of possible sexual misconduct by U.N. troops and policeUN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic have been accused of sexually abusing a young girl, UN officials said on Friday, the latest in a string of allegations of misconduct to hit the troubled mission.UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous described the sexual abuse claims targeting the Minusca force as “catastrophic” after returning from a trip to the Central African Republic.Ladsous declined to give details of the new case, but UN officials said the accusations came to light on Thursday and involved a young girl, who may have been a minor when the abuse took place.It remained unclear where and when the sexual abuse is alleged to have taken place and the nationalities of the troops involved.The latest allegations surfaced just as US President Barack Obama is due to host a summit later this month on peacekeeping aimed at broadening support from developed countries, mostly in Europe, to UN peace missions.The Minusca mission has been hit with 15 cases of alleged sexual abuse including nine that involved underage victims as young as 11.Three new cases of rape allegedly committed by troops from the Democratic Republic of Congo came to light at the end of August, prompting Kinshasa to open an investigation.UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last month took the unprecedented step of firing mission chief Babacar Gaye of Senegal and replaced him with Parfait Onanga-Anyanga of Gabon over the wave of accusations.Ban has described sexual abuse in peacekeeping as a “cancer in our system.”Under UN rules, it is up to member states to investigate and prosecute their soldiers who face accusations of misconduct while serving under the UN flag.–AFPRelatedcenter_img African Union re-admits Central African Republiclast_img read more

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Batesville Girls Middle School Hoops Underway

first_imgThe 8th Grade Lady Bulldogs opened their season with a win over Waldron by a score of 30 to 3.Emma Gausman contributed solid defense and set the pace of the game.  Morgan Meyer (9 points) and Taylor Rowlett (6 points) led the team in scoring. Jill Hartman led the team with 6 rebounds with four of them offensive.Score by Quarter:BMS:      9   18   27   30Waldron:  0    0    0    3Season Record: 1-0.The seventh grade Lady Bulldogs lost a tough season opener to Waldron by a score of 38 to 13.The Bulldogs were led in scoring by Ellie Waechter with 6, Hattie Westerfeld with 5 and Chelsey Voegele with 2. Defensively, Sydney Ayette worked very hardand had a solid game.The Lady Dogs are 0 and 1 on the season.Submitted By Batesville Coaches Thomas Barnett and Ben Pierson.last_img read more

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Willis Michael ‘Mike’ Chalk age, 64

first_imgWillis Michael ‘Mike’ Chalk, age 64, of Brookville, Indiana died Monday, October 23, 2017 at Vitas Hospice Inpatient Care in Cincinnati, Ohio.Born March 24, 1953 in Milan, Indiana he was the son of the late Willis & Irene (Inman) Chalk. On July 18, 1987 he and the former Deborah Gindling were united in marriage, and she survives.Mike was retired from Hill-Rom in Batesville, where he had been employed for over 40 years. In his leisure time he enjoyed the outdoors, hunting & fishing, and riding his UTV. He also loved animals and his pets.Besides Debbie, his wife of over 30 years, survivors include three sisters, Melody Dixon, Gail Fortner and Kim Chalk all of Manchester, Indiana; two nieces and two nephews.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Dale Gindling, who died April 6, 2017.Family & friends may visit from 4 until 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Rev. Curtis Bond, pastor of the Brookville United Methodist Church, will officiate the Funeral Services at 11:00 A.M., Friday, October 27, 2017 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home. Burial will then follow in Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Manchester.Memorial contributions may be directed to Franklin County E.M.S. or Manchester Volunteer Fire & Rescue.Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Chalk family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

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Jerovetz Shock Service awards given for IMCA Modified, Northern SportMod specials

first_imgSUAMICO, Wis. – Jerovetz Motorsports Shock Service gives special events awards to IMCA Modi­fied and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod drivers for a fifth consecutive season in 2018.The Suamico, Wis., company gives gift certificates good for two free shock rebuilds to a top five finisher at 30 designated Modified specials and at 15 designated specials for the Northern SportMods.Owned by long-time IMCA Modified driver Sean Jerovetz and managed by Ryan Rosenow, JMSS sells Afco, Bilstein, FOX, QA1, Penske and JRI shocks, repairs and services shocks of all makes and consults on shock packages for high perfor­mance use.“We look forward to another great year working with IMCA and giving back to its racers,” said Rosenow.Jerovetz Motorsports Shock Service also carries full lines of Afco and QA1 products and is a Wehrs Ma­chine and Racing Products dealer.More information about JMSS shocks, shock services and high performance products is available by calling 920 265-2068 or 920 615-2508, at the www.jmshocks.com website and on Facebook.“There are a lot of options out there when it comes to other self-described shock experts, but JMSS has carved out a great niche in the IMCA market by combining shock tuning and repair with proven knowledge and excellent customer service,” complimented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We’re proud to be one of the few sanctioning bodies they support on an annual basis.”last_img read more

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Mrs. Frances (Curlin) Houze

first_imgMrs. Ella Frances (Curlin) Houze, age 87, of Aurora, Indiana, formerly of Vevay and Rising Sun, Indiana, entered this life on January 1, 1933 in Rising Sun, Indiana. She was one of 15 children born to the parents of Ernest and Lydia R. (Washburn) Curlin. Frances was raised in Rising Sun and Vevay, Indiana and attended Rising Sun High School. On April 23, 1949 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, Frances was united in marriage to John William Houze. This happy union was blessed with five children. Frances and John shared nearly 71 years of marriage together until her death. Frances was formerly employed for Milan Furniture Factory in Milan, Indiana that became Dolly Madison Furniture and for J&J Liquor Store in Aurora, Indiana. Later, she was employed as a waitress for her mother’s restaurant in Rising Sun, Indiana and for a Dry Cleaners in Aurora, Indiana. Frances enjoyed gardening, canning, traveling, working crossword puzzles and reading. Frances passed away at 6:35 p.m., Monday, January 20, 2020, at the Manderly Health Care Center in Osgood, Indiana.Frances will be lovingly remembered by her husband, John William Houze of Aurora, IN; her daughters, Donna Romans and her husband, Douglas of Dillsboro, IN and Jackie Votaw and her husband, Joe of Aurora, IN; her sons, Garry Houze and his wife, Gina of Knoxville, TN and John W. Houze, Jr. of Covington, KY; her grandchildren, Endea Smith, Sarah Bedel, Josh Banschbach, Johnny Houze, Allison Schwartz, Michael Cutter, Jackie Lansing, Hayes Banschbach, Nicholas Houze and Ashley Houze; her great-grandchildren, Olivia Sizemore, Parker Hahn, Brogan Schwartz, Lane Cutter, Ava Cutter, Taylor Bedel, Austin Bedel, Mallery Banschbach, Sutter Banschbach and Everett Houze; her great-great-grandchild on the way; her step-grandchildren; her step-great-grandchildren; her brother, Paul Vernon Curlin and his wife, Beverly of Vevay, IN; her sister-in-law, Mary Lou Curlin of Vevay, IN and her numerous nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Lydia R. (Washburn) Curlin; her daughter, Linda Kay (Houze) Lansing; her grandson, Adam Banschbach; her brothers and sisters, Daisy Curlin, Laura Jean Kennedy, Ann Croul, Ernestine Lakes, Blanton Curlin, Courtland Curlin, James Curlin, Charles Curlin, J.T. Curlin, Russell Curlin, Dilver Curlin, Wilbur Curlin and Robert Curlin and her daughter-in-law, Tammy Houze.Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Fredonia Cemetery on Tapps Ridge in Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 25, 2020, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

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Mannone: I want to be number one

first_img However, with Barclays Premier League title contenders City due to head to the north-east on Sunday, he has no intention of stepping aside without a fight. The 25-year-old Mannone said: “Of course I want to keep my place, that’s why I came here. “I’ve been hurting on the sidelines, so I was really happy to take my chance on Saturday and do well for the team. “It was a really good win last night and I was involved in a good performance. I want to push on. “Obviously it’s down to the manager but I’m available for him and I will push as hard as I can in every single training session and every single chance I get out there. “This manager is very open to performances, he likes to watch the game and he will pick what he thinks is the best side. “It’s not down to me, the manager has an opinion. But hopefully I’ve done enough to show I can play in this team and I want to push on to be number one. That’s why I’m here.” While the League Cup may not be Sunderland’s immediate priority – they remain in 19th place in the league table and five points adrift of safety – victory over the Saints represented a significant morale-boost. Goalkeeper Vito Mannone has warned team-mate Keiren Westwood not to expect him to step aside as Sunderland prepare to welcome Manchester City to Wearside. Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino, as has been his habit, made wholesale changes to the side which has enjoyed such an impressive start to the season, retaining only Jay Rodriguez from Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Stoke in order to give vital game time to his fringe players. But ultimately, he was made to pay the price as Sunderland’s squad men – opposite number Gus Poyet made seven changes – came out on top. Rehabilitated full-back Phil Bardsley set the ball rolling after 59 minutes when he stabbed the opening goal past former Black Cats keeper Kelvin Davis from close range after Jozy Altidore’s header had been beaten into his path. And the United States international striker was the provider once again four minutes from time when he fed substitute Sebastian Larsson to wrap up the win. Southampton defender Maya Yoshida gave the visitors hope when he headed home after an 88th-minute free-kick had been helped into his path, but it all proved too little too late. It was the Saints’ first defeat in nine attempts in all competitions since August and doubled the number of goals they had conceded in the previous eight in one fell swoop. Indeed, it was the first time their defence had been breached more than once all season. Their late reply proved a source of frustration for Mannone and his back line, but the smiles were on Sunderland faces as the final whistle sounded. The keeper said: “We were really down as defenders and me personally because it was two minutes to go and a set-piece again. “It was a great delivery but we could have done better. But of course, I take the good 88 minutes and if we keep defending like that, then I don’t think we are going to concede goals like before. “We need to start from that base, don’t concede first and then when we have the ball, try to create. “The win has given us a big boost in morale and we need to start from there, go on to the pitch on Sunday and think we can defend and play when we have got the ball.” The Italian, a £2million summer signing from Arsenal, played his part in Wednesday night’s 2-1 Capital One Cup fourth-round victory over Southampton at the Stadium of Light, which handed the Black Cats another home tie against Chelsea in the quarter-finals. Mannone was included with Republic of Ireland international Westwood still suffering the after-effects of his run-in with Hull defender Paul McShane at the weekend, which left him slightly concussed and prompted his understudy’s introduction as a substitute. Press Associationlast_img read more

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ISL experience helped me improve: Gurpreet

first_imgBy Gaurav SharmaNew Delhi, June 12: Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who had a brilliant outing in the Intercontinental Cup, especially in the final, credited his stint in the Indian Super League (ISL) with Bengaluru FC for his success.Gurpreet conceded just one goal during the Intercontinental Cup, which featured New Zealand, Chinese Taipei and Kenya apart from hosts India. In the summit clash with Kenya, Gurpreet made a couple of brilliant saves to help India to a convincing victory.“The training in the Indian Super League helped me a lot. I had a great ISL season. A huge credit goes to the goalkeeping coach and head coach of Bengaluru FC,” Gurpreet told IANS.“I had to go through some gruelling goalkeeping drills and stretches which helped me make those saves. My height helps me get that reach, so it is a combination of all those factors,” the 26-year-old added.Gurpreet also revealed that having strong wrists and forearms is essential to become a good goalkeeper.“It is very important to have good strong wrists and forearms to have good strong hands to try stopping and catching shots coming at fast speeds,” the Red Bull athlete said.“I think mobility and flexibility is very important for the arms when you are a goalkeeper and I do various strength exercises specially in the gym to strengthen the more important parts of my arms, be it shoulder,wrist and even fingers because the slightest of touches can be the difference between saving a goal or not,” he added.Next year, India will feature in the 17th edition of the Asian Cup where the Men in Blue have been placed in group A along with United Arab Emirates, Thailand and Bahrain.When asked about his expectations at the Asian Cup, Gurpreet said: “We are high on confidence after the win in the Intercontinental Cup. Yes, we are in a tough group, so we go into the tournament as underdogs.”“But we will try to put our best foot forward and take this momentum with us in the Asian Cup. We have to get back to the drawing board and set up tactics for the teams we will play in the Asian Cup as we are in a tough group,” he added.The Chandigarh-born player also talked about Indian skipper Sunil Chhetri, who has equalled Argentine superstar Lionel Messi’s tally of 64 international goals.“He has been a legend of Indian football and his hunger for scoring goals never goes away. He always steps up to the big occasion and it is a great achievement for him to equal Messi’s record. We can consider ourselves lucky to have a player and captain like him,” Gurpreet said.(Gaurav Sharma can be contacted at gaurav.sharma@ians.in)last_img read more

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