’s If/Then Singing Contest Winner Revealed!

first_imgWatch Megan’s winning performance of “Always Starting Over” below. She came, she saw, she belted! Five talented performers made it to the finals of our If/Then singing contest, and after a round of fan voting, a winner has emerged. Congratulations to Megan Rozak from Buffalo, New York! Check out a special video from If/Then star/ vlogger James Snyder shouting out to our golden-voiced winner. Now pack your bags, Megan! We’re flying you to Costa Mesa to catch Snyder, Idina Menzel and more in the national tour of If/Then! View Commentslast_img read more

Sandy Duncan Has Made Premature Exit From Finding Neverland

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 Related Shows Unfortunately Sandy Duncan’s foray back to Neverland was brief. The actress, who starred as Peter Pan on Broadway in 1979, and took on the role of Madame du Maurier in Finding Neverland on February 12, has left the production for “family obligations.” Duncan had been set to remain with the Audience Choice Award-winning new musical through March 27. Understudy Kristy Cates will play the role until an official replacement is named.Along with Peter Pan, Duncan received Tony nods for The Boy Friend and Canterbury Tales; she has also been seen on Broadway in Chicago, My One And Only and Love Is a Time of Day. She received Emmy nods for Funny Face and Roots; other screen credits include The Hogan Family.The cast at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre additionally currently includes Tony Yazbeck, Laura Michelle Kelly, Kelsey Grammer and Teal Wicks.Directed by Diane Paulus and featuring a score by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham, Finding Neverland follows the story of J.M. Barrie (Yazbeck) and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (Kelly). Llewelyn Davies’ children eventually became Barrie’s inspiration to write Peter Pan. View Commentscenter_img Finding Neverland Sandy Duncan(Photo by Bruce Glikas)last_img read more

Credit Analysts Cite Climate Risk

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Bond Buyer:As hurricane-stricken states on the Gulf of Mexico face prolonged recovery from this year’s massive storm damage and California douses the remnants of lethal wildfires, affected governments must also consider ways to protect their tax bases from the long-term threat of global warming, credit analysts say.“S&P Global Ratings believes that what previously were viewed as the credit implications associated with transitory storms must now increasingly be viewed through the lens of climate change risk,” analysts wrote in an Oct. 17 report.Long term, analysts will take note of property exposed to sea level rise, “which exacerbates coastal flooding and increases high tides, which can reduce the property tax base many public finance entities rely on,” the S&P team of analysts led by Kurt Forsgren wrote.The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was described by climate researchers as “hyperactive,” and September marked the highest month ever recorded for accumulated cyclone energy, which measures the combined strength and duration of tropical storms and hurricanes, according to the National Hurricane Center. This year saw the highest number of major hurricanes since 2005.Hurricanes Harvey and Irma did the most damage to Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, but coastal areas also had to make costly preparations in the event the storms’ paths came their way. A satellite photo by NASA on Sept. 8 showed three hurricanes, Katia, Irma and Jose, headed toward the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.S&P analysts also pointed out climate change’s threats to credits far from shore.“The higher average and extreme temperatures associated with climate change can have many effects: increase electricity loads in many regions; cause or contribute to droughts and desertification; affect crop production, soften pavement and make roadways more susceptible to wear and tear; make rail tracks buckle; and prevent aircraft from taking off under some conditions,” analysts wrote.“The costs of mitigating and adapting to climate change could strain the debt metrics of entities responsible for financing the adaptation costs, potentially leading to downgrades,” the report said. “Alternatively, the potential rating impact of higher leverage might be neutral, if sufficiently offset by the quantifiable benefits of mitigating long-term risks associated with climate change such as long-term cost savings.”“Planning for climate change and mitigating risks is one component to our credit analysis and our opinion regarding the adequacy of management’s plan is one of many factors that determine ratings,” S&P said.According to global insurer Swiss Re, the financial cost of natural disasters has increased and various studies have identified climate change as a key factor for that is the growth in exposure in high- risk affected areas.More ($): Why one rating agency calls climate change a growing credit factor Credit Analysts Cite Climate Risklast_img read more

House passes ‘SCRUB Act’; bill awaits Senate action

first_imgThe House, voting 245-174, yesterday passed the NAFCU-backed “Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act,” which now awaits Senate action.H.R. 1155 would establish a review process for regulations and identify those that should be repealed or amended to reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens throughout the government. The bill was introduced by Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo.In a letter to leaders of the House Tuesday, NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler urged passage of the bill. “The magnitude of the regulatory burden facing credit unions is immense and continuously growing,” he wrote.“Many credit unions are struggling to keep pace with the compliance burden placed on them by multiple regulators, which is evident in the reduction of credit unions,” Thaler continued. “Credit unions are often forced to merge or simply shut their doors as a result of an inability to cope with regulatory burdens. While credit unions were not the cause of the financial crisis, they are still subject to the CFPB and many regulations intended for those that did.” continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

McIlroy’s run ends, and the incredible bulk: golf talking points

first_imgA bulked-up Bryson DeChambeau during the final round of the Charles Schwab ChallengeRemarks about world number 12 DeChambeau beefy physique turned to gasps as he launched drives into uncharted territory.“I’ve put on about 20 pounds (9kg) (during shutdown) and about 45 pounds (20kg) in the last nine months,” said the 26-year-old.“My ultimate goal is to get as strong as I can, applying some force and speed to the swing to see what it can handle.”DeChambeau led the field in driving distance, often bombing 350 yard-plus (320 metres) monsters.Read Also: Lamine Diack pleads ignorance as absent son looms over IAAF trialThat prompted a call from Colin Montgomerie for “tournament balls for professionals” to limit tour players.“To see him carrying 330 yards in the air, this is getting unreal,” said Montgomerie on BBC Radio.“Something has to be done or these classic courses cannot be used,” said the 56-year-old Scot, who won the European Tour’s Order of Merit eight times.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Northern Irishman’s final-round 74 at Colonial on Sunday, including a disastrous front-nine 41, saw him finish T32 to break a US PGA Tour consecutive top-five streak going all the way back to August 2019 when he finished T19 at the BMW Championship. McIlroy is still the bookmakers’ favourite for the second PGA Tour event after the three-month coronavirus hiatus, though it will again be almost impossible to pick who will come out on top. As at the Charles Schwab, the world’s top five will all play in a field that features no fewer than 114 PGA Tour winners in an elite, 154-player field. – Bryson’s big hit – Bryson DeChambeau’s post-quarantine, bulked-up body drew plenty of comment at Colonial Country Club, but the transformation paid off for the maverick American who pocketed a cheque for $367,000 after finishing a stroke behind Berger. Loading…center_img Top-level golf continues its return from its coronavirus shutdown Thursday with the US PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage behind closed doors at Hilton Head. Wayward: World number one Rory McIlroy finished outside the top five for the first time since August last year at Colonial AFP Sport looks at three talking points after golf’s successful resumption at last week’s Charles Schwab Challenge, won by Daniel Berger. – McIlroy streak over – For the first time in almost a year world number one Rory McIlroy will tee up on Thursday in South Carolina without the momentum of a top-five finish behind him.Advertisementlast_img read more

Lyon star on Barcelona radar as Suarez replacement

first_imgNew Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman will launch a bid for Lyon striker Memphis Depay, if Luis Suarez completes a switch to Seie A side Juventus this month. Suarez has been linked with a move away from the Camp Nou, amid growing reports Koeman has no place for him in his plans in the coming months in Catalonia. According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, Koeman has already reached out to Depay over a possible move, with the Dutch international attracting interest from former club Manchester United. Advertisement Loading… Read Also: Lionel Messi reveals date for Barcelona training return Depay is valued at around €35m by the Ligue 1 side, but, with talks to extend his current contract beyond June 2021 have stalled, his price could be potentially lowered to below €20m. Koeman is also rumoured to be tracking another one of his old Dutch stars in the form of Liverpool midfielders Gini Wijnaldum, with the 29-year old inside the final year of his contract at Anfield. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Absolutely Stunning Asian ActressesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Little-Known Facts About Ancient Egypt That Will Puzzle You9 Actors Who Stay Famous For That One Movie They Did 10 Years Ago14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThis Nation Is Almost Impossible To InvadeWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?It Might Be Quentin Tarantino’s Last MovieIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?last_img read more

Harris sweeps at Natural Bridge

first_imgOnce in front, Jerald Harris only got faster in winning Saturday’s Virginia Sprint Series feature at Natural Bridge Speedway. (Photo by Jim Haines)  By Jim HainesNATURAL BRIDGE, Va. (May 12) – The hottest driver on the first hot weekend of the season was Jerald Harris.Harris first won his heat race, then went on to take the Saturday night Virginia Sprint Series feature at Natural Bridge Speedway.Bill Rice and Chris Ware stayed side-by-side up front for the first three laps of the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car main event. Jerald Harris, Tony Harris and Mike Leraas were all trying to find a way by the front two before Jerald Harris made the first move and got by Ware for second.Jerald Harris went low and to the lead leaving Rice to race with Leraas for second. Leraas got to second and was chasing Harris for the lead.Mike Keeton and Daren Bolac made their way up as the laps clicked off, getting closer to the front. The caution-free feature went by fast as Harris caught the back of the field, staying smooth and fast all the way to the checkered flag.Feature results – 1. Jerald Harris; 2. Mike Leraas; 3. Tony Harris; 4. Mike Keeton; 5. Daren Bolac; 6. Bill Rice; 7. Chris Ware; 8. Craig Pellegrini; 9. Tom Humphries; 10. Neil Sandridge; 11. Glenn Worrel; 12. Ben McCall.last_img read more

Third Fitness Challenge launched under Kares Brand

first_img– Windjammer; Ansa McAl resignTHE third instalment of the Fitness Challenge will see just over thirty athletes pushing their bodies to the limit come next Sunday.The challenge, launched today at the Giftland Office Max Mall in Turkeyen, will see a number of events aimed at pushing the human body to its limit while showcasing the ultimate level of fitness.During the launch, Kares Engineering was unveiled as the title sponsor of the event with General Manager, Dennis Nandan, contending that the company is glad to be on board as the title sponsor.Other event sponsors include Windjammer, which will provide meals for the judges and staff, as well as Ansa McAl through the Lucozade brand, Roraima with its Arrowpoint Nature Resort as well as Baganara.Giftland Sportsmax, Wings Investments, Johnny P supermarket, Trophy Stall, Star Party Rentals, St Joseph’s Mercy Hospital, Tech Pro, Fitness Express and Genesis Fitness Express are also on board for the event.Additionally, this edition of the Championship will see Scotiabank coming on board with a celebrity challenge in an attempt to raise funds for charity while DeSinco Trading will have its usual novelty events.The first event of the Challenge will see the contestants running two miles around the national park with a 300m carry at the end for the females and a 400m carry for the men.Event two will see the men doing 33 deadlifts at 225lbs, while the women will have to do the same number at 155lbs. This will be followed by 33 box jumps at 30 inches for the men and 24 inches for the women. 33 Kettlebell swings at 55lbs for the males is another part of stage two with the women having the same number with a 35lb weight.They will close the round off with 33 pull-ups for both men and women while 33 overhead squats at 75lbs for the men and 55lbs for the women will close off that round.Event three will see each athlete having to complete a lift of increasing weight over a one minute period, with the men starting at 165lbs and going all the way to 255lbs while the ladies will start at 65lbs and move all the way to 135lbs.Event four will be a 10 minute workout with points being scored for as many reps as possible. In the odd minutes (minutes 1,3,5,6,7,9), the male competitors will have to use the wallballs at 20lbs for males and 14lbs for females. On the even minutes (2,4,6,8,10), competitors will have to do as many reps as possible toes to bar exercises.Event five will be unveiled on the competition day according to organiser Jamie McDonald, with the Director of Sports, Christopher Jones, expected to pick said event from a bag full of challenges.During yesterday’s press conference, Jones confirmed that he will be on hand to do such, adding that “I am pleased to see as much corporate entities on board with the event. It is not only government’s job to support sport.”The launch was preceded by a demonstration session.Thus far, 33 competitors have signed on with four complete teams for the March 5 event in the National Park.last_img read more

USC sells itself when recruiting athletes

first_imgDarian Nourian is a sophomore majoring in print and digital journalism. His column “Dishin’ Darian” runs every other Friday. To comment on this story, visit, or email Darian at With signing day now behind us, a new recruiting class in the books and a lot of optimism about USC football’s  future, I wanted to take a second to reminisce about a special someone. Someone who was always regarded as a top-notch recruiter and was loved by all. I’m talking, of course, about former USC head coach and current Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin.When critics used to talk about Kiff’s lack of coaching prowess, they would always go back to what a great recruiter he was and how he was always able to bring all this great talent to USC amid the sanctions that arose from the Pete Carroll era.During his tenure, Kiffin brought in superstars such as Marqise Lee, Nelson Agholor, Su’a Cravens — the list goes on and on.But was Kiffin solely responsible for bringing in all of this talent? He received plenty of credit and was seen as a star recruiter who was able to get highly touted players to come to USC, but people forget that while coaches are influential in players’ decisions, USC’s program sells itself and should be considered its most powerful recruiting tool.The tradition of excellence in not only USC football but all of its athletics in general is definitely a key selling point to recruits. Ten national titles, six Heisman Trophy winners, 38 conference titles, 80 Consensus All-Americans — and boom, signed. With our rich and successful history, it should honestly be that easy.It just takes a quick visit to the newly renovated Heritage Hall to feel the aura that surrounds USC football. The athletic department has clearly put in ample time and effort to make sure that USC boasts world-class facilities such as the John McKay Center and to make sure that only the cream of the crop come to USC to experience them.At USC, we are fortunate to be able to sell this aura and these top-notch facilities to recruits, and this is what Athletic Director Pat Haden envisioned when he took over for Mike Garrett in 2010. Ultimately, this is what sets our school apart from other Pac-12 schools such as UCLA and Oregon.When Haden initially hired Steve Sarkisian to head the USC football program, many in the USC community were underwhelmed. A lot of people said that Haden didn’t hit a home run or it wasn’t a sexy hire, but putting all of that aside, USC has always been, and always will be seen as a sexy location to recruits.On National Signing Day, Sarkisian got commitments from a handful of high-profile recruits, and I believe under the circumstances, with a coaching transition and limited time and resources, Sarkisian hit the 2014 class out of the park.When the Trojans picked up official letters of intent from the “Big Three,” (No. 3 athlete John “JuJu” Smith of Long Beach Poly, No. 1 guard Damien Mama of St. John Bosco-Bellflower and No. 1 overall California prospect Adoree’ Jackson), the USC coaching staff knew that they had truly accomplished what they set out to do on signing day.These commitments boosted USC’s 2014 recruiting class from outside the nation’s top 20 and fifth in the conference to No. 11 nationally and the best class in the Pac-12, according to 247Sports.In the process, Sarkisian was able to address the skill positions where the team was looking to add depth, including the offensive line and the secondary. What makes it sweeter is that Sarkisian was able to beat out rivals UCLA, Notre Dame and Oregon for these players.Sarkisian grew up in Torrance, Calif., and his acquaintance with the area has been key to his success in recruiting. Even at Washington, he was seen as one of the best recruiters of Southern California high school football players. Fifteen of the 19 signees yesterday were from the state of California.Sarkisian didn’t do it alone, though, and a lot of credit should be given to wide receivers coach Tee Martin. As USC’s recruiting ace, Martin did his part in hauling in some of Southern California’s top recruits including five-star prospect Jackson. According to Rivals, Martin was responsible for 11 of the 19 recruits, 10 of those coming from Southern California.With the 2014 class complete and an official end to sanctions coming Wednesday, it’s time for the USC football team to get back on the playing field and gear up for spring ball, which is only a month away. The Trojans will now field one of the most talented teams in all of college football. Though the Trojans have the potential to compete on the national level, the jury is still out on whether Sarkisian can develop his acquired talent and transform that into on-field success on Saturdays.I’m sure that while the coaches celebrated on signing day, they will get right back to that “Recruit 365” mentality to put together their 2015 recruiting class, which will be USC’s first full 25-man class in what seems like forever.last_img read more

Frank Howard knows what kind of floor general he needs to be for Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ A small crevice near the top of the key provided Frank Howard all of the space he needed Wednesday night. Two lefty pound dribbles, pull-up jumper. Righty dribbles around the screen, pull-up jumper. Later, a catch and release from straightaway, behind the arc as the shot clock horn sounded. From nearly the same location he produced the same result.Howard practically formed a residence at the top of the key, an area he said he will continue to exploit when defenders play under high screens. He found a rhythm in Syracuse’s (5-0) 72-64 victory over Toledo (3-1) inside the Carrier Dome on Wednesday. Not only did he score a career- and game-high 25 points, but he commanded the Syracuse offense and helped Oshae Brissett go off for a career-high of his own, with 17 points.When sophomore guard Tyus Battle exited the game with an injury with 11:26 remaining, Howard took full control in piloting the Syracuse offense.“Without his contribution,” SU assistant coach Allen Griffin said, “we would have struggled in this game. He stepped it up big time for us.”When SU lost its top player in Battle, it was Howard who sparked Syracuse’s resurgence in the second half. The junior, who has yet to meet the expectations on him as a top recruit, has set three career-highs in scoring over the past eight days. The first was last Tuesday against Iona, when he dropped in 15. On Monday against Oakland, he scored 18. Forty-eight hours later, he scored 25 points.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHis outing Wednesday lacked the turnovers that plagued him a season ago. His production came from several areas. While he found success at the top of the key, he also drove toward the basket and knocked down one 3-pointer.The other difference: He was the floor general Syracuse needs, because he did not turn over the ball a single time over all 40 minutes on the court. He also added a team-high four assists.“When Tyus went out, Frank took the game over,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He made a couple of big shots right away, got us a cushion.”Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorHoward’s performance Wednesday is emblematic of a shift in his play this season. He entered the season saying “I’m the best ever right now.” A year ago he was expected to emerge as the starting point guard, since he had shown flashes as a freshman on SU’s Final Four team. But after a strong start last year, he lost playing team during conference play while graduate transfer John Gillon developed into the starting point guard.“From his freshman to his sophomore year, he got given the keys. And he wasn’t ready,” redshirt freshman Matthew Moyer said. “Now he is.”The difference lies in his confidence, both Howard and head coach Jim Boeheim said. He has hardly hesitated at the top of the key. He has not wavered when given space to shoot. He has attacked with the intention of scoring or getting fouled, which collapses the defense and sets up others. He went a perfect 6-for-6 from the line against the Rockets.On nights like Wednesday, Howard has been a threat both from about 17 feet out and in the lane. But Howard is still finding the balance between playing fast and being aggressive with minimizing turnovers. He is still finding himself from deep, as he shot only 1-for-5 from behind the 3-point line.Howard said he thinks guards shorter than him will probably continue to play under screens. Because Howard is 6-foot-5, that would mean most guards. He said he thinks he could get shots off of high screens all season long.“I just want to continue working on that and hope I can knock it down,” Howard said.He is well aware that he started off last season well, then lost the starting job to Gillon, partially due to a nagging injury. He knows teams will give him different defensive looks come conference play. He knows stiffer competition is on its way, starting with a 5-0 Maryland team Monday night. He has yet to face full-court pressure, either. But against Toledo, he appeared unfazed in representing the floor general Syracuse needs at the top of its offense.“He gives me confidence to go score,” freshman forward Oshae Brissett said. “We just have to follow his lead.” Comments Published on November 22, 2017 at 11:16 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21last_img read more