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Laura Benanti Will Lead Rockettes’ New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City


first_img View Comments Laura Benanti has been tapped to headline the Rockettes’ New York Spring Spectacular. The new show featuring the iconic New York dance troupe, will celebrate the charm of the Big Apple, complete with Whoopi Goldberg as the voice of the Statue of Liberty. The previously announced production will be directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, with Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner as co-creative directors. Joshua Harmon will pen the script. Performances will run from March 12, 2015 through May 3 at Radio City Music Hall. Opening night is set for March 26.Benanti, currently seen on ABC’s Nashville, took home a Tony for her performance in Gypsy; the stage and screen fave was also nominated for Into the Woods and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Break Down. She will play the lead female role of Jenna, a billionaire and CEO of her own company, who just purchased a NYC tour company that she plans to take virtual. She has friends in high places, a few you may recognize, but little does she know that she’s about to embark on an unforgettable New York City adventure with Rockettes! Other stars, including two male co-stars (one old, one young, let’s get dreamcasting!) will be announced later.New York Spring Spectacular will be produced by MSG Entertainment and The Weinstein Company (which is working with Paulus on Finding Neverland). The show will include Rockette dance routines reworked from Heart and Lights, which canceled its premiere earlier this year. In addition to the iconic moves of the Rockettes, the new production will feature puppetry and 3D special effects. So You Think You Can Dance’s Mia Michaels will choreograph the first number of the show. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 7, 2016 Related Shows Star Files New York Spring Spectacular Laura Benantilast_img read more


Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Nov. 24


first_imgParking charges will drive customers awayIn response to the Nov. 18 article “City mulls successes and image problems,” I find it remarkable that local leaders in Schenectady manage a “one foot forward and two steps back “ approach.The revitalization of Proctors has been an invaluable asset to Schenectady, bringing in large crowds.This brings business to the local businesses and restaurants.The parking options were without charge; it felt very welcoming until recently.“Hamilton” came to Schenectady, and suddenly there were money-grabbing attendants in the lots which were once free.The large sandwich board signs advertise parking fees Monday through Friday, and they now have attendants shaking patrons down for $5 to $10 on the weekend matinees.One attendant explained that LAZ parking would only be charging fees for “the Big Ones,”  which I assumed to be the most well-attended shows.Shame on the city leaders allowing this.As leaders attempt to figure out how best to “keep lights in downtown shining,” free parking, especially parking that offers reasonable walking distances to shops and eateries, evaporates in the name of greed.We now use the crowded free parking lots at more remote areas to attend shows at Proctors.But by doing this, we have found it is safer and easier to dine somewhere outside of Schenectady after the show.What a shame.Laura MooreBallston SpaTrump is only looking out for Number 1Anyone who accuses The Daily Gazette of being permeated with liberal bias ought to read Hugh Hewitt’s rant on Nov. 9: “Senate must not legitimatize House’s sham impeachment.”He asks what’s in the best interest of the Constitution, the Senate and President Trump?Please note that the American people and the country are not mentioned. Donald Trump and his fake “conservatives” and international oligarchs will look out for POTUS and anyone else who can fill their needs now and, in the future.But who will stand in the interest of this country?Betty PieperScotiaRep. Stefanik has her priorities misplacedElise Stefanik has, over the course of a brief career in Congress, proven herself to be a power-hungry lightweight, seeking the limelight no matter how cheap the ploy.When our local community suffered great loss of life in the horrific limo crash of 2018, Ms. Stefanik grabbed the microphone and started preaching about enacting federal legislation.She knew very well it wasn’t about lack of state laws regulating limos, but it was about the limo owner, Nauman Hussein, allegedly breaking the existing state laws.Now Rep. Stefanik has inserted herself into the impeachment proceedings against President Trump.She fans the fires of conspiracy theories involving Ukraine and Vice President Biden’s son, Hunter. Yet she ignores the fact that former Republican Congressman John Sweeney is paid over $750,000 a year (Daily Gazette story) by a Kremlin-controlled bank.Isn’t it curious that Mr. Sweeney was one of the first to endorse Trump and work for Trump’s campaign? Isn’t it also curious that Trump denies Russian interference in the 2016 election, believing Putin over our own U.S. intelligence?One wonders why Rep. Stefanik is not calling for investigations of Trump and Sweeney. Is she hoping for her own Russian windfall in a few years?Michael WinnSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionVote out Trump to rescue the planetIt isn’t the economy, health care, nor immigration. No.The most important issue today is whether life on Planet Earth is to survive.We’ve already lost thousands of species, and human life continues to be on the Endangered Species List.Donald “coal is beautiful” Trump is the greatest threat to life on Earth as the cheerleader of the fossil fuel industry. He’s not only a climate denier, but a science denier.A statement signed by 11,000 scientists in over 150 countries, published in “BioScience,” issued this dire warning: “The climate crisis is accelerating faster than most scientists expected. It is more severe than anticipated, threatening natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity.”Findings published in “Nature Communications” warned of global sea levels rising between two and seven feet over the course of this century. By mid-century, some 300 million homes will be threatened by flooding.Trump’s response is to relax limits on coal plants discharging contaminated waste into waterways and to give them two more years to comply with some rules.His EPA repealed curbs on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, and he intends to have the United States formally withdrawn from the Paris Climate Agreement by Nov. 4, 2020, a day after he hopes to be re-elected, making the United States the only country in the world not a member.Whether Trump is impeached or voted out, he must be stopped. It doesn’t matter whether you have a job or your health if you don’t have a planet.Richard W. Lewis, Jr.Glenvillelast_img read more


Opposition wins in Jamaica


first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share NewsRegional Opposition wins in Jamaica by: – December 30, 2011center_img 36 Views   no discussions Leader of the PNP and incoming prime minister, Portia Simpson MillerKINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica’s main opposition People’s National Party (PNP) has won the country’s parliamentary elections, while the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) conceded defeat, preliminary results indicated late Thursday.With more than 1.6 million Jamaican voters casting their ballots in Thursday’s elections, the PNP won 41 out of the 63 seats in the lower house, with the JLP winning the remaining 22 seats.The JLP campaign manager Karl Samuda conceded on local television that “we have not won … the people have spoken.”“We have done what we could on behalf of the people of Jamaica,” Samuda added. “There will be another day.”Leader of the PNP and former prime minister, 66-year-old Portia Simpson Miller, returns to office amid major economic woes afflicting the country, having served as the country’s first female prime minister from March 2006 to September 2007.Outgoing prime minister, Andrew Holness, 39, assumed office in October after former prime minister Bruce Golding resigned. Holness now has the dual distinction of being not only Jamaica’s youngest prime minister but also the shortest serving.By Caribbean News Now contributor Sharelast_img read more


Wisconsin working on manufacturing goals


first_imgDefenseman Brendan Smith and the UW men\’s hockey team have to find a way to get the \’garbage\’ goals they need.[/media-credit]On Nov. 7 the Wisconsin men’s hockey team outshot Minnesota 47-28. Two weeks later, UW owns a 39-25 shots on goal advantage over St. Cloud State. This weekend at Michigan, the Badgers outshot the Wolverines 41-35.All three of those games were losses.Wisconsin lost 5-2, 4-1 and 3-2 in those three matchups. But that’s been the trend for the Badgers this season: play evenly with — or in some cases, outplay — the opponent and end up with the “L.”UW is 8-0 when scoring at least four goals this season; the team is 0-5-1 when scoring less than four. When they win, the Badgers outscore their opponents by an average of 3.9 goals. When they lose, it’s not by much; of the team’s five losses, three were by one goal.Don’t call head coach Mike Eaves’ team a “boom or bust” squad though.“As a matter of fact, we’ve played pretty well. The challenge has been for us to finish, to score goals,” Eaves said. “If we were to take that whole spectrum of boom or bust, I don’t think that’s an honest perspective of how we’ve played.”Despite the fact UW is eighth in the nation in scoring offense with 3.71 goals per game, Wisconsin can’t seem to score — despite averaging 40.2 shots on goal — in losses. By comparison, UW gets 39.4 SOG in its wins. The Badgers average 5.25 goals in wins and 1.7 goals in losses.So what’s the difference? Eaves simply attributed the discrepancy to the flow of the game.“There’s an offensive rhythm that exists in all athletics, whether you’re a baseball player, whether you’re a hockey player, whether you’re a basketball player,” he said. “You get in that rhythm, and it seems like you can make everything and you get out of that rhythm and it seems like you can’t put the puck in the ocean.”So to make sure those funks don’t affect the team in the standings, Eaves had his players work on “manufacturing goals” in practice. He compared the process to manufacturing runs in baseball — using bunts and sacrifice flies to score.“In hockey, that same analogy can be made for, you know what, you’ve got to get to the net, you’ve got to get to the dirty areas; you’ve got to get tips and rebounds and find a way to score those kind of goals,” Eaves said.“You’ll have your games where we don’t have our bounces, the puck just doesn’t go in the net, the goalie’s hot or whatnot,” defenseman Brendan Smith added. “I guess the one thing we’ve been talking about is when this happens, and we can’t produce goals for some reason … we have to manufacture our goals by putting somebody in front of the net and making tips and going to the hard areas, where instead of making a pretty goal, we get all these garbage goals.”Those are exactly the kind of goals UW hasn’t seemed to be able to get consistently, despite its philosophy of firing pucks on net and getting rebounds.Sometimes it’s been bad luck, other times it’s been a hot opposing goaltender. Sometimes it’s been both, like when St. Cloud’s Mike Lee just barely got the toe of his skate over in time to deflect what UW forward Jordy Murray thought was an empty net.Wisconsin goaltender Scott Gudmandson gets a head-on view of the Wisconsin offense and said he sees a pattern in the Badgers’ wins and losses.“I look at the difference between some of the games where we scored seven goals, and some of the games where we only scored two and lost by a goal — I think the biggest difference was we were shooting a lot more from the outside in those [losses],” he said. “We’ll still be generating a lot of shots, but we’re making it a little bit easier on the goalies.“When we’re scoring six, seven goals a game, we’re going to the net hard, we’re getting bodies in front of the net and generating a lot of scoring chances.”So in practice Tuesday, Eaves had two defensemen and two forwards in the slot while another player fired shots on net. If the forwards couldn’t tip the puck in, the other players were set up around the net to poke in any rebounds.The Badgers hope by manufacturing their own goals, they can turn some of those 2-3 losses into 3-2 wins. UW’s smallest margin of victory this season was two goals, and Smith thinks getting some dirty goals to win those close games could do a lot for the team’s confidence.“I think games where you can pull out a close game and win is huge — it shows that we had that character to push it that much further and win,” he said. “It’s easy to win a game 7-1 where everything’s going your way; it’s hard to win a game where it’s 2-1.“When you win a game 2-1, you feel good, you feel even a little bit more because you put that much effort to win by 2-1.”last_img read more


Fatau Dauda buys house with World Cup booty


first_imgArmed with $100,000 World Cup appearance fees, Ghana’s goalie Fatau Dauda has revealed he put the money to good use by buying a house“I know people will say we got $100,000. I came home [from Brazil] on a Sunday [June 29th] and rested until Wednesday [July 2nd] when I went to buy a house so that I know that I used the money that I got for something reasonable,” South African-based goalkeeper Fatau Dauda told Metro TV’s Sport File program.The 29-year-old formed part of a 23-man squad who demanded the payment of $100,000 before playing Ghana’s last game against Portugal. The now infamous demand and threat to boycott the game, forced government to airlift $3 million to Brazil to restore calm in the camp.Ghanaians have expressed disappointment with the conduct of the players and questioned the commitment of the players who left the tournament without winning a single match – a new record.“Because I couldn’t win [a single game at the World Cup to get a winning bonus], I went there [Barclays Legon Branch] to withdraw money and not to deposit money,” Dauda narrated.The location of the property remains unknown but what is known is that the Orlando Pirates player has witnessed an improved standard of living since his move to South Africa and his call-up to the Black Stars.last_img read more


UNHCR, ECOWAS Court Sign Partnership Agreement


first_imgThe United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice (ECCJ) on Wednesday in Abuja, Nigeria, signed a partnership agreement on training, capacity building and information sharing.A dispatch from the Liberian Embassy in Abuja says the agreement will enable the UNHCR and ECCJ to cooperate in protecting the rights of refugees, asylum-seekers, returnees, Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s), stateless persons and those at risk of statelessness in West Africa. Both organizations will also ensure the proper interpretation and application of relevant international, regional and national legal and policy instruments affecting persons of concern. Justice Maria Monteiro, President of the ECCJ and Madam Angele Dikongue-Atangana, the UNHCR Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, delivered separate speeches prior to signing and exchanging the agreements on behalf of their respective organizations.According to the dispatch, Liberia’s Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ambassador Dr. Al-Hassan Conteh, presented a statement on behalf of ECOWAS Ambassadors. Also in attendance was Liberia’s Justice Micah Wilkins Wright who is currently a sitting judge at the ECCJ. In her opening address, the UNHCR Representative noted that despite the positive collaboration between the UNHCR and the ECOWAS Commission since 2001, there were still challenges in the region. “The achievements should not, however, overshadow the challenges with the problems of refugees, forced migration and statelessness in the sub-region.”Madam Atangana added that the partnership came at a critical time when additional efforts were needed to improve the legal protection of persons of concern in the sub-region by ensuring the full respect of their rights. The UNHCR Representative disclosed that her agency has undertaken a number of initiatives including biannual UNHCR-ECOWAS Ambassadors retreats, the ECOWAS Emergency Response Project, and the Regional Ministerial Conference on Statelessness held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, last year. The partnership agreement will enable both organizations to enhance their work in protecting refugees, asylum seekers, returnees, IDP’s, stateless persons and those that are at risk of statelessness in West Africa, she added. For her part, Justice Monteiro provided assurances of the Court’s full cooperation: “The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice will do everything to cooperate in remedying situations surrounding the protection of the rights of refugees, asylum-seekers, and returnees, Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s), stateless persons and those at risk of statelessness.”Ambassador Conteh, representing the Dean of the ECOWAS Ambassadors, described the signing of the partnership as very strategic. “It would afford all stakeholders to get a better understanding of the legal complexities of these lingering problems with multifarious causes, including civil wars, post-electoral violence, border porosity and the ambiguities in nationality laws,” the Liberian Ambassador stressed.He also asserted that the signing of a partnership agreement between the UNHCR and the ECCJ would help ECOWAS Member States and their partners to further comprehend the complex rules for the attribution of nationality as efforts for the harmonization of disparate legislations are undertaken by member States in addressing the problems of refugees, IDP’s and statelessness.To implement their agreement, the UNHCR and ECCJ envision a number of activities over the next three years, including the training of staff, judges, and lawyers in the region who may bring cases before the ECCJ on behalf of refugees, asylum-seekers, returnees, IDP’s, stateless persons and those at risk of statelessness.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more