Ariana Grande Talks Hairspray Live!

first_imgAriana Grande Before Ariana Grande was a dangerous woman, even before she was so into you, into you, she was a total theater geek—just like us. When she visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on September 8, she confirmed she remains as such, and is totally fangirling out over her role as Penny Pingleton in NBC’s highly anticipated Hairspray Live! “I heard they were doing Hairspray Live!, and I had a heart attack because this has been one of my favorite musicals,” Grande said. “To be playing Kerry Butler’s role—it’s very overwhelming.” We absolutely can’t wait to see this starry cast start the beat on December 7! In the meantime, watch Grande fan out below! View Commentslast_img read more

Heavy police presence at Endicott crash

first_img12 News is working to learn more from officials at the scene. Stay with 12 News as we continue to follow this developing story. Our 12 News crew on the scene says the crash is at the intersection of Watson Boulevard and Oak Hill Avenue. Broome County Sheriff’s deputies, Endicott Police, Endicott Fire, New York State Troopers and the Union Volunteer Emergency Squad are all on the scene. Our 12 News crew says they witnessed two cars with heavy damage at the scene.center_img Right now, police on the scene have not confirmed if anyone is hurt. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — Several police agencies are on the scene of a crash in Endicott.last_img read more

EDITORIAL: List of Heroes

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionIn the National Archives, where many of the nation’s important documents are kept, is a collection of yellowing papers titled plainly: World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel from New York.It is exactly what it says it is — an alphabetical list, broken down by county, of all the soldiers from our state killed during that war.It’s very military-like in its form. Each name is typed in capital letters: last name, first name, middle initial. And each name is followed by the soldier’s seven- or eight-digit serial number, rank and a code.A casualty code.DOW. DOI. KIA. DNB. FOD. M.Died of Wounds. Died of Injuries. Killed in Action. Died Non-Battle. Finding of Death. Missing.You’d think boiling down the deaths of these brave soldiers to the bare minimum amount of information on a long, typed list, then storing it in a building with billions of other pieces of paper, would take away the humanity. That not showing the pictures of the dead and not offering details of the casualty codes would make the deaths less personal.  And what of the missing? What became of them? Where did they find their final place of rest?The military can boil down the horrors of war to letters and numbers on a page. But it can’t take away the suffering. It can’t take away the loss.It can’t take away their heroism in service to our country.Every name on every list like this, from every war, every serial number, every code, belongs to someone.And each of these individuals deserves our eternal gratitude on this day of memorial.Please take time to honor them. That somehow reducing their lives to a few taps of a clerk’s typewriter would make the horrors they saw and the pain they suffered easier to comprehend.But in fact, poring over the lists of names has the opposite effect.In the brevity of each entry, the list actually makes their sacrifices even more stark and real, in that it forces us to ask questions.Who were these soldiers? Were they young boys or were they older? Are those on the list who share the same last name brothers or cousins or father and son?What’s behind those casualty codes? How were they killed? Where were they when they died? Did they hear the bullet or the bomb coming? Did they write their mother or sweetheart in their final days? Were they alone? Or did they die with their buddies?For those who died of their wounds, how much did they suffer and for how long? What were they thinking as they lay on the battlefield until they were carried off? Who risked their own life to save these wounded soldiers, only to have them pass away later?center_img More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

EU to draw up safe countries list as borders open to travelers

first_imgThe European Union should gradually reopen its borders to non-EU travellers from July and draw up a list of countries outside the bloc for which restrictions can be removed, the European Commission said on Thursday.The EU executive said the list of countries with access should be based on three criteria: countries should have COVID-19 under at least as much control as the EU average, have containment measures during travel and also be willing to let in EU visitors.EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson said decisions on borders were for individual countries to take but she hoped the Commission could help ensure a coordinated approach, something she believed member states themselves also wanted. Topics : It also recommended on Thursday that the countries of the Schengen area, which normally have no border checks, lift controls put in place to the control the spread of the coronavirus by June 15.However, some countries such as Portugal and Spain have indicated they will not do so by Monday.The EU executive also proposed that a ban on non-essential visitors from outside the area be extended until June 30.The Schengen area comprises 22 EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. EU members Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania, which are not yet part of Schengen, have also applied the ban on entry from outside the zone.The travel ban has not applied to Ireland, which is not part of the Schengen area, and former EU member Britain.center_img The Commission proposed allowing entry from the outset for travellers from the western Balkans countries of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.Johansson declined to name any other country.”This has to be done step by step. So I think this list will grow, maybe not from day to day but at least maybe from week to week,” she told a video news conference.Under the Commission proposal, travellers would be allowed in based on their place of residence, not nationality, and they would not have to go into quarantine on arrival.last_img read more

Jakarta to reimpose odd-even plate policy as traffic returns

first_img“From our analysis, the traffic volume in some parts of the capital has increased beyond the normal condition before the pandemic,” he said.The odd-even traffic policy was reimposed because the Jakarta administration had removed the requirement of obtaining an entry and exit permit (SIKM) to travel in or out the capital city during PSBB, Syafrin said.As the SIKM requirement had been removed, the administration no longer had a means of limiting people’s mobility, so the license plate traffic policy had been reactivated, he explained.The 25 thoroughfares where the policy will be enforced include Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat, Jl. MH Thamrin, Jl. Jend. Sudirman, Jl. Jend. S. Parman. Jl. Gatot Subroto, Jl. MT Haryono, Jl. JR Rasuna Said, Jl. Gajah Mada, Jl. Sisingamangaraja, Jl. Panglima Polim, Jl. Tomang Raya, Jl. Pramuka and Jl. Kramat Raya. (dpk)Topics : The Jakarta administration will reimpose the odd-even license plate policy on Monday in an effort to limit unnecessary car travel as the COVID-19 pandemic wears on.Jakarta Transportation Agency head Syafrin Liputo said the odd-even traffic policy aimed to prevent the accumulation of travelers on the road. “We hope the policy will deter people from making unnecessary trips. For example, [people with] cars with odd-numbered license plates would stay at home. The pattern [of restrictions] is expected to decrease traffic volume and, most importantly, ensure that there will not be an accumulation [of people] in public spaces,” he said on Friday, as reported by kompas.com.The policy, which was lifted by the administration in the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak in March, will return to 25 thoroughfares on Monday and will be in place from then on from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.Read also: No odd-even policy yet during transition period, Anies saysSyafrin explained that the administration had decided to reimpose the policy because traffic had increased as the city began its transition out of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).last_img read more

Hayes takes Northern SportMod foes at 141 to school

first_imgBy Greg and Marco AregoniFRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (May 15) – A week after graduating from college, Kelsy Hayes taught her Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod foes a lesson at 141 Speedway.Hayes led every lap of the Friday feature for her career first local victory. Hayes had her hands full throughout the 20-lapper, first holding off Josh Lambert and Hunter Parsons and then denying Kevin Bethke in the later circuits.Last-corner finishes are always a blast for the fans and for the winning side of finish. The IMCA Xtreme Motorsports Modified finale saw Johnny Whitman edge Shawn Kilgore by a bumper. The local win was the defending champion’s first of the season.Larry Karcz Jr. got back to winning in his second week back in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars after an off-season accident. A fog-shortened Mach-1 Sport Compact feature saw Brian Johnson pick up his first win of the season.last_img read more

Oldenburg Academy students participate in the ‘Maverick Challenge’

first_img(First row – left to right: Mr. Jonathon Maple (Oldenburg Academy), Alex Bamonte, Eli Sporleder, Alex Geers, Gabe Haverkos, India Burris, Shelly Lunsford (Franklin County Community Foundation), Cheryll Obendorff (Genesis Pathways to Success)Oldenburg, In. — The Maverick Challenge, a business planning competition was hosted at Oldenburg Academy on December 14, 2018. Community judges adjudicated the 14 students based on the business plans and products they created for the competition. Oldenburg Academy students participated in the program from Ripley and Franklin County.The Maverick Challenge was started in 2008 by the Columbus Indiana Chamber of Commerce and has been a growing program since. The competition is intended to simulate the real-world process of entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from early-stage investors, successful entrepreneurs and community leaders. Oldenburg Academy Assistant Principal Jonathon Maple is the head of the Franklin/Ripley County competition and leads the challenge at the school, “OA is thrilled to participate in the Maverick Challenge – this is a real-world learning experience that provides students with many skills beyond the business plan.” Students had the opportunity to work with business and community mentors as well as experience feedback from professional judges.The winners were announced, and they received cash prizes. Third place winner, which received $100, was Top Smoothie, which is a smoothie truck that will specialize in healthy smoothies in the local areas. Alex Geers, Gabe Haverkos and Eli Sporleder were the three smoothie makers and leaders of the company. Second place winner receiving $200 was India Burris. Burris created “Benevolent Bracelets,” specializing in friendship bracelets that gave back to nonprofit organizations and provided flowers and trees to be planted as part of the gift. The first-place winner received $450 and went to a unique flower pot company that would act as an urn for ashes. This was presented by Alex Bamonte. “The great part about each of these businesses were the personal stories that they tied to their business – they showed passion – I am very proud,” Maple commented. The top two teams will move on to the Spring Maverick Challenge Regional Competition, where nine counties will compete against each other, hosted by Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce. They then have a chance to move on to the state competition at Ball State University, called Innovate WithIN.Genesis Pathways To Success out of Ripley County, Franklin County Community Foundation, Oldenburg Academy and the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce all sponsor the challenge. “We truly cannot have this without their support and assistance, we are so grateful to live and work in such a supportive community,” Maple commented. Anyone interested in participating in the Maverick Challenge is welcome to email Jonathon Maple.last_img read more

Louis van Gaal vows to leave if he loses confidence of players

first_img And his chances of coming through a crunch week unscathed have been dealt a blow with the news that Wayne Rooney will be missing for Saturday’s game against West Ham and United’s crucial match in Wolfsburg three days later. The only way United can guarantee their place in the knockout stages on Tuesday is if they win at the Wolfsburg Arena. As Van Gaal pointed out, he has walked away from clubs of his own accord during his 24-year management career. After falling out with a number of players, Van Gaal walked away from Barcelona during his second spell at the club and he left his role as Ajax technical director following a power struggle with then manager Ronald Koeman. Van Gaal also threatened to walk away from AZ Alkmaar in 2008 after finishing 11th in the Eredivisie, but was persuaded to stay on and led the club to the title the following year. And despite supporter opposition at some of his former clubs, Van Gaal believes he is still highly regarded wherever he has been. “I’m happy that when I’m gone, people are saying nice things about me,” he said. “It’s fantastic that people are saying when I’m gone, ‘Oh, he was very good, he gave structure and was the basis for other things’. But it’s not the most important thing for me. The most important thing for me as a trainer, coach and manager is the chemistry between me and my players and my board. “It should be good and otherwise I would be gone.” Rooney may not be enjoying his best season at United – he has scored just two Premier League goals – but a man of his experience will be missed in Wolfsburg next Tuesday. ”It’s a nasty injury,” the United manager said of Rooney, who has played 499 times for the club. ”He shall not play his 500th game (on Saturday) because he is more injured than I thought. ”His ankle is not good enough and we have to recover that ankle with a lot of strength. He has to do a lot of exercises to make his ankle stronger. He needs more time.” When asked if Rooney would miss the match at Wolfsburg, Van Gaal said: ”Yes, I think so.” United’s squad is looking bare ahead of Saturday’s match at Old Trafford. Marcos Rojo is out for a number of weeks after dislocating his shoulder, while Ander Herrera and Phil Jones have not overcome the hamstring and ankle injuries they suffered at Watford a fortnight ago. Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia are also sidelined by their long-term injuries. But Van Gaal is not sure whether he will be dipping into the transfer market next month. “We are looking (to sign players) but it is not so easy to buy and in January it’s more difficult,” he said “We are looking but it is not that it is for sure.” Louis van Gaal has vowed to walk away from Manchester United if he loses the dressing room. Press Association Should Van Gaal’s men drop into the Europa League after being handed a relatively easy Champions League group, it will come as a big blow to the Dutchman’s credibility. United may be third in the Premier League, but some supporters are not happy with the often dull style of play under the 64-year-old and rumours persist of unrest within the squad. Van Gaal insists he has a good relationship with his players, but should that change, he will leave his post. “The most important thing is the chemistry between players and staff,” Van Gaal said. “And when I have the feeling that the chemistry is there, I will always work to my utmost best. “But when I have a single feeling that it is not like that, I’m the first coach that quits and I have proved that already with my former clubs and former jobs. “Yes, of course because I always gave my clubs structure and I think structure is very important in a club, but also in a company, everywhere.” When asked about his relationship with his players, Van Gaal said: “It’s good.” last_img read more

CARIFTA Games team returns home to heroes’ welcome

first_imgELEVEN of the 12 athletes who participated at the Flow CARIFTA Games arrived home yesterday afternoon and were greeted in what has been dubbed a ‘heroes’ welcome’, by an enthusiastic party that included Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) president Aubrey Hutson, Director of Sport Christopher Jones, some parents, supporters and several other excited well-wishers.Hooper was the only overseas-based athlete on the team and she returned to the U.S.The athletes were toasted in the VIP Lounge at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport. It was a grand celebration for the team. Police escort was then provided for their journey to Georgetown and a motorcade around the city.Guyana’s first-ever Boys’ Junior 100m gold medallistThe successful Guyana team returned with eight medals from the esteemed meet, including a historic win of the Boys’ Junior 100m gold medal.Overall they collected four gold, one silver and two bronze medals. As a result Guyana finished fifth of 28 countries that participated in the event.The Boys’ Junior 100m gold went to Linden’s Compton Caesar, who also won bronze in the 200m. Of the other medal winners Linden’s Chantoba Bright finished with one gold and a bronze, Anfernee Headecker had one silver, Claudrice McKoy won one gold and a bronze, and Natricia Hooper finished with a gold as well..“What you were able to achieve over the weekend is what we could call the resurrection of Guyana’s place as it relates to athletics,” Jones told the gathering just before he toasted to their success at the airport.However, missing from the greeting delegation was Minister of Sport Nicolette Henry, who was also not present when the team came down to Georgetown.In Georgetown, President Granger hosted the athletes at State House, giving them encouraging words of gratitude for what they have done for Guyana.But it was not just all words. As a thank-you, the President gave each member of the team, officials included, a commemorative 2017 Independence gold coin, which has not yet been released.They’re back! The Guyana team to the 2017 Flow CARIFTA Games at the CJIA yesterdayThe athletes ended the evening as guests at the National Sports Award ceremony at the Savannah Suite of the Pegasus Hotel. The Linden athletes on the team then spent the evening as guests of the Pegasus Hotel.There are expected to return to Linden today, again under Police escort, where other festivities, including a motorcade, await them.last_img read more

Player contracts should be extended due to  coronavirus – FIFA internal document

first_imgBy Simon EvansMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Current contracts for players and coaches should be extended until the end of the delayed domestic soccer seasons, according to an internal FIFA document presented to its Coronavirus Working Group.The confidential document, seen by Reuters, also recommends allowing transfer windows to be changed in accordance with new season dates and urges clubs and players to work together to find solutions to salary payments during stoppages.The document is due to be discussed by members of FIFA’s Working Group later on Thursday. No decision on the issues has yet been taken by FIFA.FIFA set up the working group on March 18 and said in a statement that it will “assess the need for amendments or temporary dispensations to the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players’ to protect contracts for both players and clubs and adjusting player registration periods. “This work has already started and will be conducted in consultation with all key stakeholders, including confederations, member associations, clubs, leagues and players,” FIFA added.Most domestic and international football competitions around the world have been suspended due to the pandemic and national team tournaments such as Euro 2020 and the Copa America have been postponed. While domestic leagues are hoping to resume when the threat from the virus has receded, concrete start dates have yet to be fixed.That leaves the issue of expiring player contracts, which are usually timed to finish at the end of a given season, as a potential headache. The key suggestion to the working group in the document seen by Reuters is that “where an agreement is due to expire at the original end date of a season, such expiry be extended until the new end date of the season”.SHIFTING CALENDAR The same approach would apply to deals for next season, with their start date delayed in accordance with the shifting calendar.The risk of some domestic divisions starting and finishing earlier or some national leagues having a different start date to other countries is also tackled in the document.“In case of overlapping seasons and/or registration periods, and unless all parties agree otherwise, priority be given to the former club to complete their season with their original squad, in order to safeguard the integrity of a domestic league championship”. Transfer payments between clubs, scheduled around league start and end dates should also be delayed until the new start date of a season or its first registration period, the document states.The working group will also examine the issue of clubs’ responsibilities to pay their staff when leagues are suspended.The document states that clubs, players and coaches should be encouraged to work together to agree on salary reductions and deferrals. Yet they should consider the alternative, where possible, that agreements between clubs and employees are suspended when teams are not playing or training.It is also recommended that FIFA use its newly-created ‘Fund for Professional Players’ to help ease any difficulties that clubs are facing.Transfer windows, fixed around the end and start of the seasons, will also need to be adjusted to fit in with altered season dates and the document suggests such changes should be allowed, so long as they do not exceed the maximum 16-week period.last_img read more