The Cast of Broadway’s On Your Feet! Celebrates 500 Performances

first_imgEktor Rivera & Ana Villafañe(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Comments On Your Feet! Felicitaciones! The cast of Broadway’s On Your Feet! has been turning the beat around for 500 performances. Headliners Ektor Rivera and Ana Villafañe, director Jerry Mitchell and the cast of the vibrant musical gathered together on January 18 to celebrates the milestone. We’ve seen On Your Feet!’s dancers work it, former vlogger Ana Villafañe make it happen and hunk Ektor Rivera strike a pose. Here’s to many more performances of Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s musical. Take a look at our hot shots, and be sure to see On Your Feet! at the Marquis Theatre!center_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 20, 2017last_img read more

Beijing’s coronavirus outbreak under control, Chinese expert says

first_imgA mere few days after the first case, the city returned to a level two alert, the second-highest in a four-tier virus emergency response system, leading to new curbs on residents’ movements.”The epidemic in Beijing has been brought under control,” said Wu Zunyou, the chief epidemiologist of China’s Center for Diseases Prevention and Control.Going by recent case numbers, June 13 was the peak of the current outbreak, Wu told a regular news conference a day after new confirmed cases fell to 21, from 31 the previous day.”When I say that it’s under control, that doesn’t mean the number of cases will turn zero tomorrow or the day after,” he warned, however.”The trend will persist for a period of time, but the number of cases will decrease, just like the trend that we saw (in Beijing) in January and February.” Beijing has brought its latest coronavirus outbreak under control, a Chinese medical expert said on Thursday, although the capital can still expect sporadic new cases.The city has recorded 158 infections since confirming the first on June 11 in its worst outbreak since early February, which has been traced to the sprawling wholesale food center of Xinfadi in its southwest.Despite just a few cases compared to numbers outside China, authorities have acted quickly to curb contagion risks in the capital, which had recently won praise for its tough countermeasures. Topics :last_img read more

U.S. States Tried Decriminalizing Pot Before. Here’s Why It Didn’t Work

first_imgTime 7 December 2017Family First Comment: This is a fascinating read – and shows why we must continue to fight the liberalisation of dope. History and experience is on our side. From back in the 70’s….“Whereas pro-marijuana advocates supported decriminalization on the basis of an adult’s right to privacy and freedom, parent activists said that children had a more important right to grow up drug-free. And though many Americans supported decriminalization in the 1970s, once rates of adolescent use started to rise, and when paraphernalia manufacturers sold items to kids, the country’s attitude toward marijuana experienced a swift reversal.”  www.SayNopeToDope.nzIn the past five years, eight states and Washington, D.C., have legalized recreational marijuana for adults. Today, 68 million people live in areas where marijuana is treated like alcohol or tobacco. The drug is sold in stores, millions of tax dollars are being raised from its sale, and an increasing number of businesspeople are profiting in this lucrative new industry. Long seen as either a hippie accessory or a dangerous gateway drug, legal marijuana is booming. Pot is so popular that, in 2015, its sales surpassed Girl Scout cookies, Oreos, and Dasani bottled water. By 2026, analysts predict it will match, and eventually outpace, America’s $50 billion wedding industry.How did this happen? How did marijuana transform from a primary target of Just Say No into something that, according to a recent Gallup poll, 60% of Americans want legalized? The answer lies in five decades’ worth of grassroots activism, in which legions of the drug’s supporters pushed to move marijuana from decriminalization to criminalization to legalization.But, while legalization proponents may declare victory in the war over marijuana today, history shows that the debate is far from settled.In fact, we’ve been here before. Between 1973 and 1978, a dozen states decriminalized the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana. Pro-pot activists, many of them young veterans of the anti-war and civil-rights movements, argued that marijuana wasn’t as harmful as the government said it was, and that laws against it were unjust. In the era of Watergate and the Pentagon Papers, they built on America’s growing distrust of the government to pass less restrictive marijuana laws at the state level. It worked: by 1978, a third of the country lived in states where marijuana possession warranted little more than a fine.But a multi-million dollar paraphernalia industry followed in decriminalization’s wake. By 1977, sales of pipes, bongs, rolling papers and drug-oriented magazines and toys were generating $250 million a year (equivalent to $1 billion today). There was little to no regulation or oversight on this booming new industry, however. Products that seemed directly targeted to kids — including Frisbees with pipes on them and bongs shaped like spaceships — were sold openly, often in corner shops and music stores.READ MORE: read more

Duterte: ‘Fraternity hazing impossible to stop’

first_img“Ikaw pumasok ka, pag nahuli ka, sorry ka,” says President Rodrigo Duterte, admitting that hazing is embedded in the culture of fraternities and it could be difficult to put an end to the practice. MANILA – Despite signing a law thatbanned hazing n the culture of fraternities, President Rodrigo Duterte admittedit would be impossible to stop these barbaric initiation rites. “Di na tala matanggal ‘yan unless you ban fraternities for all time; make it criminal offense but it will raise many constitutional issues,” President Duterte said. ‘Di talaga mapigilan ‘yan, pero dapat ‘yung tama tama lang, pag madala sa ospital mabuhay.” The Chief Executive also recalled that he himself went through a brutal beating when he joined the Lex Talionis fraternity in San Beda Law School. Duterte added: “hazing that’s carried too far,human degradation, you order the plebes to perform mga oral sex, hindi trabahong lalaki ‘yan. Hiyain mo sa isang session, pag mga ka-brod mo na, ano na tingin mo sakanya? Ano tingin sa ‘yo? Thatwill create lifetime animosity.” In a speech before his departure for a state visit in Russia on Tuesday night, President Duterte said that banning fraternities in the country or make hazing a criminal offense could be options but it will cause constitutional issues. In June 2018,Duterte had signed the Anti-Hazing Act of 2018 or Republic Act No. 11053, whichbans all forms of hazing. “Ikaw pumasok ka, pag nahuli ka, sorry ka. ‘Wag lang sumobra. Pag sinobrahan mo, there are rules to follow: you break the rules, you go to jail. Ganoon lang ‘yan or you die. Those are simple matters in life,” he said. Prior to thepassage of this law, hazing was prohibited only when there’s no prior writtennotice to school authorities or the organization head./PNlast_img read more

Senate lifts contempt order on 2 BuCor exec

first_imgSenate President Vicente Sotto III thensaid that they can already lift the contempt order against the two. “We have two people under confinementand they are crying inside the lounge. They deliberately lied here and theyadmitted they lied. Ang sabi niya ang anak niya nawawala, Veronica Buno saMuntinlupa, they want to come home. Sabi ko baka mamatay kayo diyan kami pa angmasisi,” Gordon said, adding that 12 people have been killed in Muntinlupa byriding in tandem. Minority Leader Franklin Drilon thenasked if the two have already testified truthfully to the committee, to whichGordon replied that they have named names during the executive session. Drilon agreed with him. MANILA – The Senate has ordered therelease from its custody the two Bureau of Corrections personnel earlier citedin contempt. Gordon said he will coordinate withnewly-appointed BuCor director general Gerald Bantag to ensure the safety ofthe two personnel. (GMA News/PN) Before adjourning the hearing, SenatorRichard Gordon, chairman of the blue ribbon and justice committees, said on Wednesdaythat Corrections Senior Inspector Belinda Bansil and Corrections Officer 3Veronica Buno have asked him to allow them to go home.last_img read more

Former Barcelona president worried about Lionel Messi exit

first_img Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Messi’s contract at the Catalan giants is set to expire in a year’s time and he is now aged 33, so he may see this as his last chance to finish his career elsewhere.The Argentine superstar has spent the entirety of his career at the Blaugrana and it has long been mentioned that he could opt to retire elsewhere, with a move to his boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys in his homeland previously rumoured.“If Messi leaves Barcelona it will be very complicated for the club,” Rosell – who was in office as club president between the summer of 2010 and January 2014 – explained in an interview with ESPN Deportes.“Everything has to change in terms of the formation and the style of play on the pitch, but also how the club works behind the scenes and the market aspects.“I hope Messi stays at the club for a lot of years to come because there is no replacement for him, there is no other player like him who exists.”Messi’s future could be tied into the presidential elections at the Camp Nou in the summer of 2021, with current incumbent Josep Maria Bartomeu set to relinquish his role due to the set presidential terms at the club.Read Also: Zidane wants Messi to stay in Spain despite Barcelona exit claimsBartomeu would see the contract renewal of Messi as a positive spin on his legacy at the club and a PR boost for whoever he backs as his successor.Rosell also said in the interview: “Messi would not allow himself to be used like that, he is too smart to allow himself to be used as part of an electoral campaign.”center_img Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell is worried about the possibility of Lionel Messi leaving the Camp Nou.Reports from Cadena Ser radio presenter and journalist Manu Carreno, told the station’s El Larguero programme on Thursday night that the Argentina international has decided to leave the Camp Nou in 2021.last_img read more

Quinn: Poland strong across pitch

first_img Quinn said: “I don’t think we need to say too much about Lewandowski because we know exactly how much of a threat he is. But hopefully we can keep him quiet at the weekend. “But they are strong all over. They are plying their trades throughout the European leagues and they have got a top striker in Lewandowski up front, so we all know how good they are. “Poland are a strong side. We have watched a lot of videos on them throughout the week already. The manager doesn’t want to leave any stone unturned going into it for set-pieces, et cetera. “We know how strong they are and we have done our homework, so hopefully we can deal with that on Sunday. “We can’t dwell on how good they are, we have got to look at our own qualities and try to apply them in the game on Sunday and get those three points that we really want. We have got our own pace down the flanks as well, so hopefully we can counteract that.” Lewandowski has four goals to his name in as many games during the campaign to date, although they all came in Poland’s 7-0 drubbing of minnows Gibraltar in Faro in September, and it was Milik and Mila who were on target to defeat world champions Germany in Warsaw the following month. Ireland compounded the Germans’ woes three days later when they emerged from their trip to Gelsenkirchen with a 1-1 draw, courtesy of John O’Shea’s injury-time equaliser, although their hopes of securing one of the two automatic qualification berths were dented by the reverse in Glasgow. That left the Republic, the Scots and Joachim Low’s men locked together on seven points, three adrift of Poland, although Quinn is confident there will be no hangover from the disappointment at Celtic Park. Stephen Quinn has warned the Republic of Ireland not to be fooled into believing they only have to shackle lethal striker Robert Lewandowski to get the better of Poland. The Republic entertain the Group D leaders at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday evening looking for a victory which would take them level with the Poles and get their campaign back on track after November’s 1-0 defeat in Scotland. However, Martin O’Neill has left his players in little doubt that preventing Lewandowski from doing what he does best is only one of the missions in which they must succeed if they are to prosper, with Arkadiusz Milik and Sebastian Mila also representing significant threats. He said: “No, I don’t think so. Obviously, we were disappointed with the result, but we can’t dwell on that. “It was a close game, it wasn’t the prettiest, but if we keep looking back at that, then we are not going to be going forward, so we have just got to concentrate on this Poland game. “That’s gone now and we have got to look at our home form and try to get the three points here, which is most important.” Poland appear in 34th place in FIFA’s latest rankings list with Ireland in 66th, and it has been to Ireland’s detriment that they have not been able to see off teams ranked above them in their most recent campaigns. That is a situation which will have to change if they are to finish in the top two, and the significance of that will not be lost on a bumper crowd at the Aviva Stadium, the site of the former Lansdowne Road stage on which Jason McAteer captured the imagination of a nation by dumping Holland out of the World Cup back in 2001. Quinn said: “As a boy growing up on the streets of Dublin, it’s where everybody wants to be. Sometimes you pinch yourself, but being out on that pitch and playing for your country, you can’t beat it. “The boys are all ready and waiting. We all know how big a game it is, the boys are all on it and really looking forward to it.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Other Sports B Sai Praneeth Crashes Out In China Open, India’s Challenge Ends

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Changzhou: B Sai Praneeth suffered a three-game loss to world no.9 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in the quarterfinals to draw curtains on India’s campaign at the China Open World Tour Super 1000 badminton tournament in Changzhou on Friday. Almost a month after dispatching the Indonesian en route his historic world championships bronze at Basel, world no.15 Praneeth went down to the same opponent 21-16 6-21 16-21 in 55 minutes to end his campaign. Ginting will now take on eighth seeded Denmark’s Anders Antonsen, who had clinched the silver at the World Championships.  Praneeth, who had reached the finals of Swiss Open early this year, came into the match with a 3-2 advantage in the head-to-head count against Ginting but he ran out of steam after winning the opening game. Praneeth opened up a 3-0 lead early on and then kept widening the gap, reaching 11-3 at the break. Ginting tried to make a comeback and was 11-14 at one stage but the Indian ensured there were no hiccups as he pocketed the opening game comfortably. In the second game, Ginting galloped to a 9-4 lead after grabbing six straight points and entered the interval with a cushion of 11-5.  Also Read | B Sai Praneeth enters World Championships semis, first Indian male to win medal in 36 yearsThe Indonesian continued to rule the roost after the break, jumping to a massive 18-6 lead and soon roared back into the contest. The decider was a close affair as Praneeth erased a 2-6 deficit to catch up with Ginting and was ahead 11-7 at the breather. A fighting Ginting, however, turned the tables after reeling off six points on the trot to reach 13-12.  The Indonesian kept his hold on the proceedings after that to grab four match points and converted it easily to enter the semifinals.Also Read | B Sai Praneeth loses in final of Swiss Open Badminton tournamentLast month, Praneeth had reached the semifinals of the World Championships to end India’s 36-year wait for a men’s singles medal at the tournament.  He emulated legendary Prakash Padukone, who had also won a bronze at the 1983 edition.last_img read more

UW scoreless in senior day finale

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s soccer team refuses to go down without a fight. The Badgers kept their Big Ten tournament hopes alive this weekend with a 2-0 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes. Heading into Friday’s matchup with Iowa, Wisconsin sat in 10th place, five points behind Northwestern for the final tournament berth. With only three games remaining — and a potential of nine points to be earned — the Badgers knew it was win or go home.However, following Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Minnesota, Wisconsin is no longer in control of its own destiny.In Sunday’s matchup, Wisconsin failed to come out strong and the first half saw the Badgers struggle to maintain possession offensively and fight to stop the Gophers’ offensive attack.”I thought we came out flat,” head coach Paula Wilkins said of the loss. “As a coach, I need to do a better job of motivating them, especially in such a big game.”Minnesota scored the eventual game-winner in the 40th minute on a header off the crossbar by forward Lindsey Schwartz. For Schwartz, the goal increased her team-leading total to eight and was her second game-winner in as many contests.Despite the goal late in the first half, the Badgers did not give up. The team came out with increased intensity in the second half and fought hard to the end, firing up seven shots in the period.”I think everyone put it out there,” senior co-captain Ann Eshun said. “Everyone worked hard, but we could not come up with it. We all wanted to get a win, especially on senior day.”For Wisconsin, the team’s lack of offensive output was once again its downfall. In addition to failing to net a goal, the Badgers did not even force the Gophers’ goalkeeper to make a save.”We didn’t even get a shot-on-goal,” Wilkins said. “When we get our opportunities on offense, we need to be able to finish them off. We did not do it again today and it is something that we need to go back and refocus on this week.”Friday was a different story, as the Badgers came out strong against the Hawkeyes, netting the eventual game-winner in the 20th minute off the foot of midfielder Krysta Liskevych — a goal that took a moment to register with the sophomore.”[Krysta] didn’t really realize that she had scored at first,” junior forward Taylor Walsh said. “Either way, she will take what she can get; that goal was big for her confidence level.”Wisconsin maintained its strong play throughout the first half, as the defense did not allow Iowa to post a shot-on-goal in the half. “[The first goal] gave us a bit of momentum,” Wilkins said. “Anytime you can keep the momentum going [through the end of the half] with a lead, it is very important.”In the second half, the Badgers and Hawkeyes battled for nearly 37 minutes before junior forward Tricia Krombach tallied the final goal for Wisconsin, her fourth of the season.”Tricia played really well tonight,” Walsh said. “She got in line and created some chances, which was good. It was something that she has needed to do.”Friday’s win over Iowa, coupled with a Northwestern loss to Minnesota put Wisconsin exactly where it hoped to be after the matchup. The Badgers moved within two and three points of Northwestern and Iowa, respectively. However, Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Minnesota left Wisconsin sitting at six points while Northwestern defeated Iowa 3-0 to move to 11 points — 2 points out of reach for the Badgers. The silver lining for Wisconsin is the fact that all hope is not yet lost. With Iowa losing both games over the weekend, the Badgers remain in the race.”We have one game left and we need to put this loss behind us,” Eshun said. “We’ve come a long way together and we have one more game to dig it out and just see what happens.”Senior co-captain Katy Meuer hopes the loss and the Badgers’ postseason chances will be motivating factors for the squad this week in practice.”I think everyone will realize how important this week is and that should motivate them to practice harder than they have all year,” Meuer said. “We have to play like there is no tomorrow, because pretty soon there will not be.”last_img read more

MBB : LAST BITE: Syracuse stifles Wolfpack comeback with late run in win

first_img Published on December 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: [email protected] | @mark_cooperjr Comments RALEIGH, N.C. — Scoop Jardine and Dion Waiters threw chest passes back and forth in the backcourt, watching the North Carolina State zone while trying to communicate with C.J. Fair. The Syracuse guards wanted an alley-oop, but couldn’t relay that information to Fair as the raucous crowd got louder with less than eight minutes to play.Finally, after a series of passes, Jardine got a screen from Fair instead. He dribbled to his right, and as the Wolfpack defender attempted to go under the screen, Jardine took advantage of the opening at the top of the arc.‘I just came off the screen, I knew I had the shot because nobody was up there,’ Jardine said. ‘And I made it.’The senior’s 3-pointer extended Syracuse’s lead to six in what had become a back-and-forth game, and it was part of the key run for the Orange in a game of runs to earn the win. Jardine and Waiters scored all 13 of Syracuse’s points in a late run that put the Orange back ahead by double digits, and No. 1 Syracuse (11-0) commanded the final minutes of an 88-72 victory over NC State (6-4) in front of a sold-out crowd of 19,400 in the RBC Center on Saturday. In the Orange’s first game as the newly-anointed top team in the country — and its first true road game — it fought off an energized NC State team and quieted its crowd to remain undefeated. Waiters led SU with a career-high 22 points, Kris Joseph scored 21 and Jardine had 16.Syracuse used a 23-0 run late in the first half to take a 47-33 lead into halftime, but the Wolfpack closed quickly in the second half. It took another Orange run to pull away for good by game’s end.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We talked at halftime they’re going to come back and they did,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said.  ‘And I thought the single best thing was that when they made that comeback our players kept their poise. They were really steady, they just kept getting good shots.’Through a flurry of outside shooting — eight first-half 3s — Syracuse pulled ahead by as many as 17 late in the first half.  A 3 by Joseph, followed by back-to-back 3s by forward James Southerland, from nearly the same spot on the right wing, forced NC State head coach Mark Gottfried to call two timeouts as a two-point lead became a 36-29 deficit for NC State within 59 seconds.Syracuse had silenced a frenzied crowd hungry for a big upset and was playing with the swagger of a top-ranked squad.But early in the second half, momentum shifted quickly. A 17-3 NC State run to start the half was finished by a short jumper by Wolfpack forward C.J. Williams to tie the game at 50.The Orange led 58-56 at a media timeout with 11:22 left, and that’s when the team’s closing run began.‘Just we do this. Basically that’s all I can say,’ Joseph said. ‘Dion Waiters hit big shots, Scoop hit two 3s, myself included I had a couple good drives to the basket, and Fab (Melo), we just made plays down the stretch.’NC State guard Scott Wood knocked down a 3 in transition to bring the Wolfpack within 63-61 with 8:38 to play.But off the inbounds, Jardine pushed the ball quickly up the floor. He didn’t allow NC State to get set in its zone, and whipped a pass to Waiters beyond the arc on the right side. Before Wood could close on him, Waiters launched a 3 of his own, severing sharply into the Wolfpack’s momentum.After Jardine’s 3 put the Orange up 69-63 with 7:31 to play — SU’s largest lead in nearly 10 minutes — NC State continued to wither against the dominant guard tandem. Williams’ pass from the right wing toward the top of the arc was stolen by Waiters, and he took the turnover all the way to the rim.‘They gave us a lot of difficulty trying to stop them,’ NC State head coach Mark Gottfried said. ‘They can score a lot of different ways, because they’re really good at getting to the basket.’Williams got a look from 3 next time, but it clanked long off the rim to Jardine, who corralled the board and darted into transition. He pulled back, but then pulled up for 3, knocking it down over Wood. That put SU up 74-63 and the lead grew in the final minutes.‘I came off aggressive and they gave me some open shots,’ Jardine said. ‘And I got into the lane and I got a layup to get me going and that’s what I had to do. I always have to take what the defense gives me and in the second half I was able to score.’[email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more