Watch Idina Menzel Serve Yuletide Realness Live!

first_imgIt’s beginning to sound a lot like belting! But really, what else is new? The Tony and Audience Choice Award winner’s debut holiday album Holiday Wishes is now available, and the ice queen delivers some amazing tracks for your upcoming Broadway-themed Christmas party. Check out these clips from her iHeartRadio Live Christmas Special, where the If/Then and Frozen star slays on a Christmas classic, a modern favorite and an original tune. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: All we want for Christmas is Idina Menzel. If/Then Related Shows Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 View Comments Idina Menzellast_img

West End Star Hugh Maynard on His Powerful Connection to Miss Saigon

first_img Why not? I had turned my back on the industry and moved to Australia with my then-fiancée. I was also carrying on my world tour with the band Tenors of Rock and just didn’t expect this to happen. And if it weren’t for a cheeky email I sent to Cameron [Mackintosh, the show’s producer], it probably wouldn’t have done. But if you’d done the tour, didn’t Cameron know you could play the role? Yes, but the email led to me flying back to London and meeting the current creative team. It was more about the handshake and touching base—and about Cameron seeing me physically—than about them hearing me sing. It sounds as if you’re in a good place at the moment! I feel very lucky that the West End has embraced me and taken me back. I truly feel as if this is my time to shine. You’ve got your first album, Hugh Maynard: Something Inside So Strong, coming out next year. Tell us about that! Exciting, huh? And there are four tracks that fans can listen to already in the run-up to Christmas. So many people have been asking me for years, “When is your album coming out?” I decided, “OK, maybe it’s time to do it,” though it did take me a while to be convinced that people would want to listen to me singing 12 songs [laughs]. You’ve got quite a history with Miss Saigon, don’t you? Oh yes! I’ve done two UK tours and I don’t know how your life is, but there may be a job you’ve done or an experience you’ve had where you think, “Wouldn’t it be great to go back?” That’s how I feel about this show. There hasn’t been anything else I’ve done that has stuck in my heart and mind quite like this has. The part of John isn’t huge, but it can pack a wallop in performance. How do you psych yourself up for it? It’s funny you ask because I said to Jon Jon [Briones, the Saigon revival’s leading man], “How do you do this every day? I sing one song and I’m beat and you’re singing throughout the show.” He put his hand on my shoulder and said, “Hugh, I don’t have to sing pretty,” and that sentence said it all. I have to be at a first-class level every night or the story doesn’t come across. There are few supporting roles in musicals as fiery as that of John, the marine-turned-aid worker in Miss Saigon who gets the second act of the musical off to a powerful start with the anthemic song “Bui Doi”—an emotive reminder of the orphans left behind in times of war. The role has led to acclaim for Hugh Maynard, whose rendition stops the show nightly in the West End revival of the Boublil and Schonberg musical at the Prince Edward Theatre. Maynard chatted with about the deep connection he feels to both the show and the song and to talk up his debut album, which comes out in the new year. How did the conversation between the two of you go? The first thing I said was, “Peter, I’m sorry for ruining your song,” and he said, “Get up, Hugh, I love what you’re doing!” He was so, so giving. Your return to the West End in this production has been meaningful to you, I gather. Very much so. I had done Sister Act and was so wrung out by it that I actually thought that was going to be my last show. If it wasn’t for Miss Saigon I don’t think I would have come back to the West End. What happened then? I got a call from my birth mother shouting down the phone saying that I was trying to steal her daughter away from her. I had no idea what was being said, but when I went to call back some months later, all the numbers I had been given were no longer in use. Believe me, my foster family is as bemused by all this as anyone.center_img How did you decide on a songlist? I put it out to my fans. When I was on tour with the band [Tenors of Rock], I would ask people what they wanted to hear me sing and why and so we came up with a mixture of rock and pop and show tunes—everything from Radiohead to “I (Who Have Nothing)” from Smokey Joe’s Café and “Bring Him Home.” Have you felt the weight of tradition with this song in terms of the performers who came before you? Well, Peter Polycarpou [who originated the role in London in 1989] is the standard, and when he came to see the show about four months ago without my knowledge, I was on my knees. It was like bowing to a demigod. I felt like a schoolboy meeting a policeman [laughs]. Do you connect deeply with this song? Absolutely. I’ve never been ousted from anywhere because of my race or my color but I did spend the first eight years of my life in a children’s home, which isn’t something I have spoken about until quite recently. I didn’t receive my birth certificate until I was 16. View Comments Is “Bring Him Home” your hint to Cameron Mackintosh that you might like to play Jean Valjean? [Laughs.] Maybe I’m planting the seed! But that song is a favorite of so many people and has been sung by so many Caucasian artists that people were saying, “Hugh, we’d love to hear you put your soul into this track.” Though I have to say that for me, it’s about trying not to impersonate Alfie Boe. “Bui Doi” is such an extraordinarily emotive song. And from my point of view as a performer it’s about giving, giving, giving. Seeing the conditions of the children we are singing about, you can’t help but feel as if they are refugees in a world where to my knowledge there hasn’t been a day without love or without war and that right there is enough to set me off and get me singing from my heart and soul. Did you try to contact your birth family? I did contact my birth mother on three separate occasions. The last time was at a family wedding in Birmingham which went disastrously wrong as far as I was concerned so I just walked out thinking, “This is not my family; it’s all too weird.”last_img read more

Watermelon Crop

first_imgGeorgia watermelon producers are busy guarding their crops against potential disease pressure following last week’s rainfall.University of Georgia plant pathologist Bhabesh Dutta issued an alert last week to all Georgia vegetable farmers announcing that downy mildew was discovered in northern Florida. The pathogen that causes downy mildew can’t survive a hard frost, so it overwinters in frost-free regions like southern Florida. During May and early June, wind currents blow the spores into Georgia.Downy mildew can degrade or destroy watermelon plants’ foliage. The pathogen thrives in wet, humid conditions and needs moisture on the plant’s surface for successful spore germination and further infection.Dutta believes all Georgia watermelon producers will have to treat for downy mildew at some point during the growing season. Tift County Extension Coordinator Scott Carlson believes that time could come soon.“With these weather systems coming through and the rainfall events that we’re having, we could have good conditions for infections to occur if the spores are out there,” Carlson said.Because of the favorable conditions for disease development, Dutta encourages farmers to apply chemical treatments for downy mildew even if there are no signs of the disease. Growers can avoid significant damage if they stay ahead of the disease, he said.Unpredictable weather patterns have kept Georgia watermelon farmers on their toes this spring. Abnormally cool temperatures in early to mid-April slowed the growth of the watermelon plants. However, watermelon plants hit a growth spurt over the past two weeks as temperatures soared into the 90s.“We’re probably still a little bit behind where we have been in the past, but a large number of fields have softball or larger-size fruit in them. Depending on variety, those growers can expect a harvest in early to mid-June,” said UGA Extension vegetable specialist Tim Coolong.In addition to disease, UGA Extension experts caution growers to be on the lookout for insects when Georgia experiences hot, dry weather again.Colquitt County Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent Jenna Kicklighter and the producers in her county have been worried about downy mildew infecting their fields. Now they are watching for insect problems.“From an insect standpoint, the recent heat and dry conditions have increased the insect pressure. Various insects have been more active,” Kicklighter said. “It’s kind of like you can’t win for losing. When the rain comes, it helps with the insects, but disease risk increases. When it’s hot and dry, farmers don’t worry about diseases near as much, but they have to watch the insect pressure. The weather has just been crazy this year.”last_img read more

Weekend Pick: Brew Stash Bash Craft Beer Festival

first_imgThe stats on Charlotte, N.C.’s U.S. National Whitewater Center are impressive, to say the least. Built for $38 million in 2006, the center boasts the world’s largest and most complex re-circulating artificial whitewater river, pushing 12 million gallons of well water and is the official Olympic Training Site for whitewater slalom racing. The nearly 4,000 feet of whitewater is divided into two channels and ranges from Class I to Class IV, dropping 21 feet in the process. Not only that, the 400 acres the center sits on also contains 14 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails and one of the largest outdoor climbing centers in the world with 40 roped climbs. Throw in a zip-line, canopy tour, and aerial obstacle course, and you have a virtual outdoor recreation amusement park right in our backyard. And if you can believe it, there is even more going on at the USNWC this Saturday: The Second Annual Brew Stash Bash craft beer festival.The Brew Stash Bash is a great opportunity to sample craft brews from around North Carolina and the U.S. As with most beer festivals, brew reps will be on hand with new releases and to answer questions – and possibly top you off with a freebie sample – about your favorite beers. Beer sample tickets will run $5 and get you four samples starting at 1 pm and running until 6pm. Over 25 breweries will be at the festival including N.C. stalwarts like Highland, Triple C, and Catawba, but also national brands like Bell’s, Anchor, and Stone. A full rundown of participating breweries, as well as a lot of questions answered in the comments section, can be found here.The event is free for non-samplers who just want to come, hang out with the kids, and see the live music. Oh, I didn’t mention the music? Well, as much as we love a beer festival, the music may be the best part of this one. New-grass super-group Railroad Earth will be headlining the line-up of bands performing that also includes Town Mountain and the Black Cadillacs. To round out the event, there will be a 6k trail race on the center’s trail system, aptly called the Brew Dash.An opportunity to see a band of Railroad Earth quality for free – if you’re not sampling, but even if you are, you don’t have to pay to see the band – is as rare as a southern brewery without an IPA on tap. So grab a fake mustache, or grow one really fast, and don’t squander the chance.View Larger Maplast_img read more

Three experiential learning scenarios

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As you work to build the next level of leadership in your organization, include activities that exercise their thinking as part of a cross-organizational team. The typical focus on individual skills is important, but actually taking on organization-wide issues in a controlled manner can fast-track development. Asking your staff to work on real-world assignments as a team—almost as if they are the senior team—can:Inspire individuals to think outside of their silosProvide valuable learning opportunities for growthFree up senior leadership time for strategic thinkingIf this feels uncomfortable, ask yourself, “How does the next level really get a chance to grow if they are not allowed to make decisions that could lead to mistakes?” Experiential learning provides firsthand experience and the chance to reflect on how things could be done differently or better the next time.Start the team with above-the-water-line decisions that don’t have the potential to sink the organization. Decide ahead-of-time the types of mistakes you can accept for the sake of professional growth and learning experiences. Remember, you can learn during this process, too. It is not uncommon for this type of experiential learning to also result in growth for the current senior team. continue reading »last_img read more

COVID-19: PT KAI cancels 28 Jakarta train routes

first_imgThe Jakarta Kota Station has only two trains affected, namely KA Menoreh (Semarang) and KA Kutojaya Utara YK (Yogyakarta).Besides the reduction of trips, KAI said that physical distancing measures would also be implemented on trains.“Our passenger capacity has been reduced by 70 percent,” Eva said.Passengers who have already purchased a ticket for a trip within the cancellation period will receive a full refund.“We won’t reschedule their trips. Passengers can purchase a new ticket for the next available schedule,” she said.KAI advises passengers to cancel the tickets online through the KAI Access application. Cancellations can also be done at Gambir, Pasar Senen, Jakarta Kota, Cikampek, Bekasi, Rangkasbitung, Serang and Bogor Paledang stations.As of Sunday, Indonesia has reported 1,285 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 675 of which are located in Jakarta. (aly)Topics : KAI closed four routes connecting Malang in East Java and Jakarta on Wednesday, as well as three connecting Surabaya in East Java and Jakarta from March 26 to 31.It has closed six additional routes connecting Jakarta and Surabaya, one route to Malang in East Java, three routes to Semarang in Central Java, one route to Tegal in Central Java, four routes to Cirebon in West Java, five routes to Bandung in West Java, six routes to Yogyakarta and two routes to Kutoarjo in Central Java.The trains affected by the policy in Gambir Station are KA Argo Wilis, KA Turangga, KA Sembrani, KA Mutiara Selatan (Surabaya), KA Malabar (Malang), KA Argo Muria (Semarang), KA Argo Cheribon (Cirebon and Tegal), KA Argo Parahyangan (Bandung) and KA Taksaka (Yogyakarta).Meanwhile, the trains affected in Pasar Senen Station are KA Gaya Baru Malam, KA Gumarang (Surabaya), KA Tawang Jaya (Semarang), KA Bogowonto, KA Gajahwong, KA Fajar Utama, KA Senja Utama (Yogyakarta) and KA Sawunggaling (Kutoarjo).  State-owned railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) has canceled 28 routes of long-distance trains departing from Gambir, Pasar Senen and Jakarta Kota stations in Jakarta in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19.Seventeen trains from Gambir Station, nine trains from Pasar Senen Station and two trains from Jakarta Kota Station will not be operating from April 1 to May 1.“This is our second cancellation for operational region [Daop] 1 Jakarta. We have enacted this policy as an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus,” KAI Daop 1 Jakarta spokesperson Eva Chairunisa said in a written statement on Sunday, adding that the policy was in accordance with the government’s appeal for the general public to stay at home.last_img read more

Iran frees American, US allows dual citizen to visit Iran in deal

first_img“I just got off the phone with former American hostage Michael White, who is now in Zurich after being released from Iran. He will be on a US plane shortly, and is COMING HOME,” Trump said on Twitter.”Thank you to Iran, it shows a deal is possible!” Trump added.The Swiss Foreign Ministry confirmed it played a role in what it called “the humanitarian gesture” on White and Taheri and said it “stands ready” to help further.The negotiations to get White released followed several months of discussions with Iran, said a person familiar with the matter, speaking on condition of anonymity.Taheri’s lawyer said Taheri would visit family in Iran and seek medical treatment before returning to the United States. He has pleaded guilty to violating US sanctions, the lawyer added.Rare bright spotThe deal is a rare bright spot in an otherwise deeply frayed relationship that has grown more hostile since Trump took office in 2017.Asked whether White’s release could be an opening in terms of US-Iranian relations, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told Fox News Channel: “Hopefully so.”US-Iranian relations have been bitter since the Islamic Revolution toppled the US-backed Shah of Iran in 1979 and Iranian revolutionaries stormed the US Embassy in Tehran and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days.Tensions flared after Trump pulled out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in 2018 and reimposed US sanctions, and worsened after a Jan. 3 US drone strike in Iraq killed Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force.Both nations have called for the release of prisoners due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Iran is one of the worst-hit countries in the Middle East, while the United States has reported the world’s highest number of deaths and infections.White’s release came two days after the United States deported Sirous Asgari, an Iranian professor imprisoned in the United States despite being acquitted on charges of stealing trade secrets. Iranian media reported his arrival on Wednesday.The US State Department and Iranian officials have denied Asgari was part of a swap with White or anyone else, calling his case separate.Last December, Washington and Tehran worked on a prisoner exchange in which Iran freed US citizen Xiyue Wang, who had been held for three years on spying charges, and the United States freed Iranian Massoud Soleimani, who faced charges of violating US sanctions on Iran.  A US Navy veteran who said he contracted the coronavirus while detained in Iran since 2018 was freed on Thursday as part of a deal in which the United States allowed an Iranian-American physician to visit Iran, his lawyer and a US official said.Iran’s decision to release American Michael White and the US move to let dual citizen Majid Taheri visit Iran, both of which were confirmed by Iran’s foreign minister, appeared to be a rare instance of US-Iranian cooperation.A White House spokesman expressed hope that White’s release could lead to an opening in the bitter relationship. The two nations are at odds on a host of issues including the US decision to abandon a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program and impose crippling economic sanctions on Tehran, as well as their jockeying for influence across the Middle East.White had been released from an Iranian prison in mid-March after being sentenced in 2019 for an unspecified offense, but had remained in Iran in the custody of Switzerland, which represents US interests in Iran since the two cut diplomatic ties shortly after Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.”I’m improving. I did contract coronavirus in the Mashhad central prison prior to going out on furlough. But I’m recovering pretty decently,” White told Fox News Channel on the tarmac of Zurich airport, adding he had been “in poor shape.””I feel all right, and happy to be back,” White said, thanking President Donald Trump “for his efforts both diplomatically and otherwise, making America great again.” He also thanked the Swiss Embassy in Tehran.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor the Victims of the Shooting at the Capital Gazette Newspaper

first_imgGovernor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor the Victims of the Shooting at the Capital Gazette Newspaper SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Flag Order,  National Issues,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the Commonwealth flag at the Capitol Complex, Commonwealth facilities, and all public buildings and grounds throughout the state lowered to half-staff. This order is to mark respect for the victims of the attack at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.“The attack on the Capital Gazette was an attack on freedom of the press, and the victims deserve to be honored for their sacrifice in furthering the pursuit of truth under the First Amendment,” Governor Wolf said. “In recognition of these victims, their colleagues and journalists across America, I ask all Pennsylvanians to join us in this tribute.”The Commonwealth and the United States flag shall be lowered immediately, Tuesday, July 3, 2018, until sunset Tuesday, July 3, 2018, per the President’s order. All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.center_img July 03, 2018last_img read more

Maersk Introduces Digital Ocean Customs Clearance

first_imgDanish shipping major Maersk has launched Customs Clearance online shipping management platform in seven European countries with an aim to provide simple and easy-to-use solutions.The platform was set up for Germany, France, Denmark, The Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom and Spain, the company said, adding that it plans to expand its offering across the world by the end of 2019.Maersk explained that international trade is subjected to diverse and wide controls and customs regulations that need to be met to ensure that traded goods are entering and exiting legally. If a delay occurs, the entire plan gets affected. A delay causes increased expenses such as storage costs, fines, and penalties, resulting in additional problems for importers and exporters.“This new one-stop-shop allows us to timely and efficiently handle export and import declarations for our customers. The solution provides downstream benefits of full governance and compliance, eliminates the need to provide a quote as pricing is displayed online, saving three to five minutes per quote,” Vincent Clerc, Chief Commercial Officer of A.P. Moller – Maersk, said.“In other words, it saves our customers time, money and headaches reducing the number of intermediaries they deal with from three or four to just one as well as paperwork which subsequently reduce the time spent on transactional procedures.”Maersk has piloted its Ocean and Customs Clearance shipping management platform for almost two years in Germany.last_img read more

Real Madrid battle Barcelona, Sevilla vie for Sao Paulo star

first_img Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes6 Amazing Shows From The 90s That Need A Reboot Right Now11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top Capped up to Under-23 level with Brazil, Gomes has made just 43 first-team appearances for the club but is highly thought of and has a €50m release clause in his current contract. Last October, ESPN Deportes cited reports in Globo Esporte that Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal and transfer guru Andre Cury had travelled to Brazil to evaluate the potential of signing future stars.It was said that they held talks with former Blaugrana full-back Dani Alves along with Juanfran, formerly of Atletico Madrid, who are both currently at the Brazilian side.Read Also: Barcelona agree to offload Firpo in the summerGomes was mentioned as one of the three Sao Paulo players that the Catalan club had an eye on, along with Igor Liziero (a 21-year-old midfielder) and teenage forward Antony.A number of leading talents in the Brazilian top-flight have been transferred to Spain in recent years including Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo Goes, Reinier Jesus, Renan Lodi and Arthur Melo.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Real Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla are all tracking 21-year-old Sao Paulo midfielder Igor Gomes, according to a report in Diario AS.Advertisement Loading… last_img read more