Happy Opening Night to Adam Jacobs and the Cast of Aladdin

first_img Star Files Aladdin View Comments Related Shows About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home.center_img Adam Jacobs If one of your three wishes was to see the 1992 Disney film Aladdin make its way to the Great White Way, you’re in luck. After much anticipation, the stage adaptation, directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, with a book by Chad Beguelin, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice and the late Howard Ashman, officially opens at the New Amsterdam Theatre on March 20. To celebrate the show’s official opening night, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson sketched this portrait of the cast in action.Adam Jacobs, Jonathan Freeman, James Monroe Iglehart, Courtney Reed, Brian Gonzales, Brandon O’Neill, Jonathan Schwartz, Clifton Davis and Don Darryl Rivera tell the story of a street urchin who, with the help of a magic Genie, wins the heart of Princess Jasmine.Broadway.com wishes the cast and creative team of Aladdin a magical opening night! from $57.50last_img read more

Price of Produce All in the Timing

first_imgGeorgia vegetable growers expected a bad crop year. Many farmers planted early and hadplants freeze in the field, forcing them to replant.Then just as the weather seemed to cooperate, a heat wave moved into the South,speeding up plants’ growth. Instead of spreading out the harvest, it’s all coming to market atabout the same time.”We’re trying to market all the acreage in a compressed marketing season,” said Bill Mizelle, aneconomist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. “This has led to a drop inmany prices.”Squash and zucchini growers are hardest-hit, with prices just over half theirlate-spring levels. “The less than $4 (per bushel) they’re getting hardly coversharvesting costs,” Mizelle said.Other affected crops include cabbage and cucumbers, both with prices aboutthree-fourths of normal.Not since 1992 have vegetable prices been this low. Between those lows, prices setrecord highs. In 1994, for instance, a three-quarter-bushel box of yellow straightnecksquash sold for nearly $15.Low wholesale prices usually get passed on to retail markets, meaning savings forshoppers.Farmers who planted early did so to get a jump on the marketing season. That’s normal, Mizelle said.Early in the harvest, prices are usually higher.”When there is a relatively small amount of anything onthe market, prices go up,” he said. It’s part of the law of supply and demand. With a stable demand, a lowsupply drives up prices. If the supply is high, prices drop.So during an average year, prices start high and then drop as the harvest continues.Early this season, though, very little produce came on the market. That kept prices fairlyhigh, but only for a short time.Mizelle said prices depend entirely on weather and timing. If Georgia vegetables comein early, they overlap with Florida produce. If they come in late, they overlap withvegetables from the Carolinas. Both can drive prices down.The year has started badly for vegetable farmers. And it isn’t likely to get much better.”Unless the weather changes significantly, thiscompressed marketing season will keep prices low,” Mizelle said. “I’m sorry to say it, but 1996 is shaping up as a less-than-exciting yearfor Georgia vegetable growers.”last_img read more

New Jersey to release some county jail inmates until coronavirus outbreak eases

first_imgNew Jersey said on Monday it plans to temporarily release low-risk inmates serving county jail sentences to limit the spread of the coronavirus, following similar moves by some cities and counties in the United States.The announcement followed an order on Sunday night by New Jersey Chief Justice Stuart Rabner to suspend or commute sentences imposed for probation violations and municipal court convictions.The order will free up to 1,000 inmates, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey said. State Attorney General Gurbir Singh Grewal told a news conference they would be released no later than Tuesday morning. Last week New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the release of 40 inmates from Rikers Island jail in light of the pandemic, and on Sunday said 23 more would be released.Other cities and counties across the United States are considering or have enacted similar policies.Last week, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the county had taken steps since late February to reduce its jail’s population by 617 inmates. This was done by releasing inmates with less than 30 days on their sentences and by changing bail policies used to determine which arrestees would get a citation versus being booked into custody, he said.While many state prisons have taken steps to limit the spread of the virus such as banning visitors, they generally require a court order to release inmates. Federal prisons face similar restrictions, although President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he would consider an executive order to release “totally nonviolent prisoners” from those facilities.An official with the union representing federal prison workers called on Attorney General William Barr to temporarily stop the movement of all prisoners between facilities until the virus can be contained.  Topics :center_img As a career prosecutor, Grewal said he “took no pleasure” in releasing inmates but that the move was warranted by the seriousness of the health risk. He also pointed to the infections that had taken hold in New York City jails.”We know and we’ve seen across the river that jails can be incubators for disease, so we have to take bold and drastic steps,” Grewal said, adding inmates would be under stay-at-home orders and complete their sentences once the crisis was over.Jails and prisons are scrambling to safeguard a captive population that includes many people with underlying medical problems.The United States has more people behind bars than any other nation, nearly 2.3 million as of 2017, including nearly 1.5 million in state and federal prisons and another 745,000 in local jails, according to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics.last_img read more

Durham teenagers win English Schools’ with three-shot victory

first_img Three Durham teenagers have combined to help Dyke House Academy in Hartlepool win the English Schools’ Team Championship over the Bracken course at Woodhall Spa.14-year-old Jack Burton scored 40 Stableford points while 17-year-old Louis Westmoreland registered just one less to give the Durham school a three-shot victory on seven under par 79. 14-year-old William Skipp’s 35 points were discounted under the rules of the competition which allow for the two best scores out of the three to be counted.Dyke House Academy’s nearest challengers were Graham School from Scarborough who were represented by Sean Burrows, Tommy Risker and Jack Northgraves and who registered 77 points to finish two points clear of the third-placed team from Matthew Arnold School in Oxford comprising Elizabeth Ball, Jakob Johnson and Freddie Whitfield.“I’m over the moon,” said Dyke House Academy teacher Rhys Morris. “We played very well and thoroughly deserved our victory. We run an elite sports scheme at the school in which golf is one of five sports featured and the coaching the boys have been receiving from Graham Storm and James Harper at The Wynyard Club is definitely helping because we’ve done well in every competition we’ve played. We’re all proud of what they have achieved.”Burrows from the Graham School in Scarborough won the Tom Ward Cup awarded to the player with the best individual points total. He accumulated 41 points to beat Ball from the Matthew Arnold School and Esme Hume from the Roundwood Park School in Hertfordshire on a card countback. Burton, Bedford School’s Wilf Rush, Wykham Park Academy’s Stanley Kay, West Exe School’s Reggie Reid and Lucy Moss from Queen Elizabeth Kirby Lonsdale all scored 40 points.Click here for more information.Image: Winning team from Dyke House Academy 11 Jul 2019 Durham teenagers win English Schools’ with three-shot victory Tags: English Schools’, Woodhall Spalast_img read more

Guadagno Announces Run for Governor

first_imgBy John BurtonKEANSBURG – Could Monmouth County shape up to be the epicenter for the 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial race? It could, given this week’s announcement by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, a Monmouth Beach resident, who is seeking the Republican nomination to run for governor.Guadagno, who is the state’s first lieutenant governor, on Tuesday became the latest candidate to announce her intention to run for the top seat in Trenton. She becomes the second candidate from the county to throw a hat in the ring, with Middletown’s Philip D. Murphy announcing last year his intention to secure the Democratic nomination for the governor’s race.While traditionally very Republican for its county officials and legislative members “it’s no longer a foregone conclusion,” that Monmouth will be a red county, observed Ben Dworkin, director of the Robovich Institute for New Jersey Politics, speaking from his office at Rider University later on Tuesday.With the surprise victory of two Democrats for the 11th Assembly seats in 2015, ousting two long-serving Republicans, “the point is Monmouth County is becoming a more competitive area,” he said.“With Kim Guadagno a product of Monmouth County running for governor,” Dworkin observed, “it’s (the county) going to be an even bigger player on the statewide stage.”Guadagno kicked off her run on Tuesday at La Playa Mexican restaurant on Keansburg’s Beachway, where she sought to set the tone of her campaign and establish her narrative for voters.“We can do better,” became Guadagno’s frequently voiced refrain as she spoke to the restaurant crammed with the media, politicos and well-wishers, many from around Monmouth County and from around the state.“We all have the same excitement and enthusiasm for her,” said Shaun Golden, Monmouth County’s Republican Committee chairman and the county’s sheriff – a job Guadagno held until being picked by then-candidate Chris Christie to join him on the GOP ticket in 2009.Golden told of Guadagno’s unprecedented accessibility as a statewide official – not for just other officials but for anyone, he said. “From Bergen (County) all the way to Cape May,” he said, she’s reached out to help all around the state.“You pay for my cellphone,” she said. “You should have access to my cellphone.”La Playa’s owner, Leo Cervantes, who also owns Chilangos restaurant in Highlands, was there to offer his views on the lieutenant governor’s personal touch in helping him. Cervantes told of what Super Storm Sandy did to his Highlands restaurant, severely damaging the location from flood waters. Cervantes, who came to America from his native Mexico at 19-years-old, feared the storm had destroyed his chance at the American Dream. Cervantes said Guadagno got him assistance to go through the reams of paperwork and red tape to secure a loan through the state Economic Development Authority and was available when Cervantes ran into bureaucratic roadblocks. “If it wasn’t for a person like Kim Guadagno,” Cervantes told the crowd, “I wouldn’t be here today telling you my story.”Guadagno, 57, has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Monmouth County Sheriff and started her political career as a member of the Monmouth Beach Board of Commissioners, the municipality’s governing body.She has lived in New Jersey since 1991, when she married Michael Guadagno, a judge for the state Superior Court’s Appellate Division. Growing up, she said it was at times economically tough for her family, displaying her blue-collar bona fides for the crowd. She told of her mother cutting up the credit cards when her father was laid off from his job, sending a message, she said, that translated to good advice for Trenton legislators – the importance of living within your means. “We all had to pull together,” she said. “We have to do that with government.”She maintained things have improved over the last nearly eight years during her tenure but there is much work to be done. She specifically pointed to job growth, home foreclosure rate – the highest in the nation – and, on a bright note, the increasing number for new businesses.She said “I was never really in the old boys’ club,” and had been told “I wasn’t Republican enough,” but overcame skepticism to be what she described as a helping hand for many throughout the state.“For me my job of lieutenant governor was personal,” she said, of assisting state residents and businesses facing challenges, whether from a troubled economy or from natural disasters.She said she’s traveled hundreds of thousands of miles around the state, “without the benefit of a helicopter.” That comment was a clear jab at her boss, Gov. Chris Christie, who was criticized for using the state helicopter for personal business.Guadagno also said given the state of finances in Trenton, “We simply can’t afford to make our statehouse the new Palace of Versailles,” another shot at Christie over his announced plans to renovate the facility at a proposed cost of $300 million.As an aside, Guadagno said that was the comment that would get reported in the media.Guadagno did not mention Christie by name during the event. But more recently she has come out, uncharacteristically, publicly opposing Christie on a number of topics, including the recent gas tax increase; last November’s ballot question to allow two casinos outside of Atlantic City; Christie’s attempt to be allowed to write his memoir and financially benefit from it; and Christie’s endorsement of Donald Trump for president.For his part, Christie had scheduled his own public events on Tuesday that directly conflicted with Guadagno’s, with some in the media speculating it was an intentional slight against the lieutenant governor.Guadagno said her comments aren’t a new Guadagno. “For those who think I’ve been silent for seven years,” she responded, “you haven’t been listening.”She maintained she’s been doing her job, “without the media, without the cameras” present much of the time.“I think she’s talking about the areas where she does disagree,” Dworkin said, suspecting distancing herself from Christie may be a necessary strategy given the governor’s current 18 percent approval rating – which, Dworkin noted, translates into four out of five voters not approving of his job.This is a way she’s hoping to show voters who she is; and that is still a big job, given polling shows roughly 70 percent of state voters “have no idea of who she is,” Dworkin pointed out.“People are going to want to know what she’s been doing for the last seven years,” he said.“I suspect we’ll see more of that” message in the coming months, Dworkin said.Guadagno joins state Assemblyman Jack Ciattrelli from Somerset County, Joseph Rudy Rullo, an Ocean County businessman and sometime actor, and Steve Rogers, a Nutley commissioner, who have declared their candidacies for the June 6 primary. Actor and comedian Joe Piscopo is said to be eyeing a possible run for the GOP nomination – no joking.On the Democratic side, the leading names are, along with businessman Murphy, state Senator Raymond Lesniak, who represents District 20 in Union County; state Assemblyman John Wisniewski, representing the 19th District in Middlesex County; and a list of long shot prospective candidates.This story originally ran in the Jan. 19-26, 2017 edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Bravo, Pollard fail; Narine returns for KKR

first_imgMUMBAI, India (CMC):West Indies all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard both failed, but new boys Gujarat Lions remained unbeaten with a three-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians off the last ball in the Indian Premier League here yesterday.Needing one run off the final delivery in pursuit of 144 at the Wankhede Stadium, Australian Aaron Finch lashed a boundary to seal Lions’ third straight win in the tournament.Opener Finch top-scored with an unbeaten 67 off 54 balls, with seven fours and a six, while captain Suresh Raina chipped in with 27 in a 53-run, second-wicket stand.Bravo, batting at number five, made just two before he got himself in a tangle to the sixth delivery he faced and fell to a catch at the wicket in the 13th over from seamer Jasprit Bumrah at 83 for four.POLLARDFAILEDEarlier, Bravo’s fellow Trinidadian, Pollard, also failed, falling for one as Mumbai tallied 143 for eight off their 20 overs after being asked to bat.Opener Parthiv Patel top-scored with 34 while number nine, Tim Southee, struck a breezy 25 from 11 balls.Ironically, Bravo had a hand in Pollard’s dismissal, taking a skier at long-off as the big-hitting West Indies teammate holed out off 44-year-old leg-spinner Pravin Tambe in the 11th over at 59 for four.Bravo’s four overs of medium pace went for 39 runs and yielded just one wicket.In the other game played in Hyderabad, West Indies all-rounder AndrÈ Russell endured mixed fortunes as his Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) completed an uncomplicated eight-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad.BRILLIANTSPELLHe produced a brilliant spell of one for 19 from four overs to help limit Sunrisers to 142 for seven off their 50 overs. England T20 captain Eoin Morgan top-scored with 51 from 43 deliveries.The game was marked by the return of champion West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine, who finished with none for 26 from his four overs, in his first international game since being banned by the ICC last November for having an illegal action.He was cleared to return to action after his remodelled action was approved by the ICC last month.In reply, KKR were propelled by captain Gautam Gambhir, who stroked an unbeaten 90 from 60 balls in a 92-run first-wicket stand with Robin Uthappa, who struck 38.Russell, sent in at three, lasted only five balls and scored two before he had his middle stump removed by a yorker from 20-year-old left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman.last_img read more

Bus Feda – now cheaper when you book online

first_imgIn their relentless effort to continuously improve their service and customer experience, Bus Feda have recently launched a new bespoke online ticketing system.Since the 1st August, it is now cheaper to travel with Bus Feda if you book your ticket online.It is still possible to pay for your tickets on board, but they will be slightly more expensive. Online tickets can be bought on their website at www.busfeda.ie and either printed before travel or can be presented to the driver via a smartphone or a similar device.They have also recently introduced two new 191 registered Volvo coaches to operate their twice-daily route between Donegal and Galway.Both vehicles are equipped with free Wi-Fi, individual USB charging points at each seat, air conditioning, reclining Brusa seats, not to mention their friendly and good looking drivers. Brian O Donnell Managing director at Bus Feda said: “The introduction of this online booking facility is our latest step to improving our customers’ travel experience.“This facility allows passengers to book tickets from anywhere in the world day or night and is especially suited to people wishing to use credit or debit cards for payment.“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers for using our service between Donegal and Galway over the last 35 years and hope to continue serving the people of the West Coast for many years to come.”For anyone looking for more information or to purchase your next online ticket, you can visit www.busfeda.ie.Bus Feda has also confirmed that they will continue to deliver to the main accommodation areas in Galway, Sligo and Letterkenny on their late Sunday night services.This invaluable service will take some of the worries away from parents in knowing that their kids will be dropped to the main accommodation spots near their college or university. It also saves students money by cutting out the need for a taxi when they arrive late at night.Brian O Donnell added: “The late Sunday evening departure from Donegal is still our most popular departure as it allows students to spend all day at home ensuring they get “The Dinner” before their journey back to college.The fact they are delivered so close to their accommodation on this service makes it very appealing to parents and students alike”.If you or anyone you know is going to 3rd level in NUIG, GMIT, ITSligo, St Angela’s or LYIT, visit www.busfeda.ie or call 074 9548114 to arrange your travel. Bus Feda – now cheaper when you book online was last modified: August 18th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sharks lose game; have they lost Erik Karlsson?

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/05/18/bang_e6ab494b-7118-483b-8fb5-d10fd436f359″]ST. LOUIS — There’s a perception that luck has played a role in the Sharks’ success so far this postseason.They didn’t have much Friday night.They lost 2-1 in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the St. Louis Blues and they might have lost the services of Erik Karlsson. The two-time Norris Trophy stayed on the bench for most of the last nine minutes and all signs pointed to the right groin injury that …last_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka final: Zaheer Khan starts brilliantly, but loses plot in the end

first_imgHe had almost exorcised the ghost of his faltering start at the 2003 World Cup summit clash with a splendid beginning today against Sri Lanka, but ‘rhythm’ deserted Zaheer Khan in his last spell, which hurt India’s cause quite hard, yet again at the big stage.The complexion of the match and statistics of Zaheer changed drastically in the last five over when Sri Lanka opted for final batting powerplay.Zaheer, who has done exceedingly well in this World Cup, had conceded just 16 in his first seven overs but when he came to bowl at the death, the old follies resurfaced and his bowling was ripped apart.He was slammed for 17 runs in his ninth over by centurion Mahela Jayawardene and Nuwan Kulasekara, who swung the left-arm bowler over mid-wicket for a six before being dismissed off the last ball of the same over.Later, in final over, Zaheer was again carted for 18 runs, mainly by the bludgeoning blade of lower-order batsman Tissara Perera and after a very impressive beginning, the Indian bowling spearhead had to return with poor figures of 2 for 60.As a result, Sri Lanka, which was struggling at 211 for five after 45 overs, went on to score a challenging 274 for six in the end.Eight years ago in the Bull Ring of the Wanderers’ Stadium in South Africa, a nervous Zaheer’s first over cost India 15 runs and Australia never looked back from that flying start provided by the left arm paceman.The first over eight years ago included a spate of no-balls and wides against the great Australian pair of Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden and India’s rivals rode on that disastrous over and captain Ricky Ponting’s pulverising 121-ball knock of 140 to make an imposing 359 for 2. Zaheer ended up with none for 67 in only seven overs.advertisementIndia went on to lose that contest, only their second entry into the tournament’s grand finale till then, by 125 runs.This was in sharp contrast to today’s splendid beginning by the left-arm pace spearhead, who went into the match with 19 wickets under his belt – two less than topper and Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi in the tournament – against Sri Lanka.He not only bowled three maiden overs, but also picked up the wicket of left-handed Lanka opener Upul Tharanga before conceding his first run of the match. His first spell read a superb 5-3-6-1 and he conceded his first run off the 20th ball he delivered.Zaheer was plagued by injuries and even lost his place in the Indian squad after the 2003 final before storming his way back into it after a stint with Worcestershire in the English county circuit.Since then the 32-year-old bowler, who has grabbed an identical 271 wickets in both Tests and ODIs, has been absolutely superb with the ball and the leader of the fast bowling pack.– With PTI inputslast_img read more

David Warner turns down Pakistan Super League offer, Steve Smith named in draft

first_imgFormer Australia captain is set to make his debut at the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in February next year. However, David Warned has turned down the offer from the Twenty20 league organisers.With 500 players to be named in the draft for the fourth edition of PSL, Smith is placed under Platinum Player category — the highest-paid category.Smith and Warner were banned by the Cricket Australia (CA) for one year following their roles in the ball-tampering saga in South Africa in March. Smith was also stripped of captaincy while Warner will never lead the national team again.Smith and Warner were also banned from playing domestic cricket but were allowed to play at club level and Twenty20 leagues across the world.The two star batsmen have been doing all it takes to keep their hopes alive of making the Australia squad for 2019 World Cup in England and Wales. The duo had also taken part in the inaugural Global T20 Canada in July and the Twenty20 Caribbean Premier League.They have also returned to their respective clubs on September 22. Smith plays for Sutherland while Warner represents Randwick-Petersham.Smith and Warner could face each other on November 10, when Sutherland and Randwick-Petersham face off in a one-day match at an yet to be announced venue.The fourth season of the PSL will start on February 14 in Dubai.last_img read more