If/Then & Frozen Star Idina Menzel Set for World Tour

first_img If/Then Looks like she’s the queen…of the world! After a triumphant concert at Radio City this past June, If/Then and Frozen star Idina Menzel is going on a global tour in the summer of 2015! Her North American dates have been announced first, with the Tony winner’s international engagements to be announced later.Menzel will kick off the U.S. leg of her tour on July 7, 2015 in Richmond, VA at the Altria Theater. She will then make stops in cities including New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Austin, Boston and Chicago before wrapping in Los Angeles on October 3 at the Hollywood Bowl.Menzel’s latest album Holiday Wishes debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Holiday Albums chart—we presume the cold never bothered her anyway, but it certainly isn’t now. It was also recently announced that the Broadway superstar will be the first-ever to receive the Billboard Breakthrough Artist of the Year award.We can’t wait to see her “Let It Go” on the road! Idina Menzel View Comments Related Shows Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015last_img read more

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Visits to retailers down significantly since start of social distancing policy

first_imgTopics : Major outdoor activities in Indonesia have declined sharply since the issuance of the government’s social distancing policy in mid-March, which encourages people to work from home, among other measures, to curb the spread of COVID-19, according to the latest mobility report issued by Google.Visits to retail and recreational spaces such as restaurants, shopping centers, libraries and movie theaters have dropped 43 percent in the first week of April from January-February, Google’s Community Mobility Reports on global movement trends during the pandemic show.One of Indonesia’s biggest shopping mall chains, Lippo Group Mall, said that all 70 of its malls across the country had been temporarily closed since late March or early April. Prior to the closure, the number of visitors had declined 10 to 20 percent, Lippo Malls corporate public relations and reputation manager Nidia Ichsan told The Jakarta Post on Monday. Jakarta imposed two-week, large-scale social distancing (PSBB) on Friday, during which schools, workplaces places of worship across Jakarta are closed. The measure, which carries a harsh sanction, was issued as the social distancing appeal earlier imposed by the government was not effective in reducing people’s mobility. The Google report showed that supermarkets and pharmacies saw a 24 percent decline in visitors as they were essentials services during the PSBB. Concurrently, the trend for people staying in residential areas is up by 14 percent.Rini Aisyah, 41, for example, has been in self-quarantine with her family in East Jakarta for 27 days. The last time she went out was to buy groceries on April 9, prior to the Jakarta PSBB imposed the following day.She went on to say that she had to drive to the grocery store alone as her husband had to stay home with their 5-year-old son. The family’s nanny had been given time off at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak.“We wanted to take our son to watch a children’s movie, Trolls 2, but for now, we have to be satisfied with online streaming and watching it on a laptop,” she said, adding that she also missed hanging out with her coworkers and joining family dinners at the mall.“I used to take the TransJakarta to work, but since early March, I’ve been using app-based ojek [motorcycle taxi ] instead because I’m afraid public transportation would be crowded,” she said, adding that her place of work had allowed employees to work from home.People’s mobility at transit stations such as bus and train stations saw the biggest change with a 58 percent decline. The Google data showed that most of the decline happened around March 15 when President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo called for people to study, work and pray from home.The trend for workplaces, however, showed the least change with only a 17 percent drop and the only key activities that showed a fluctuation, meaning that some people still worked from their offices amid the pandemic.“I still took the commuter line last week and will have to take it again on Friday to go to work,” said 25-years-old Ferdian Pratama, a civil servant in Jakarta.He said he had been going to the office once a week since March 17.Ferdi lives in a kos-kosan (rooming house) in Depok, West Java. He still goes out to buy food and groceries at minimarkets almost daily, but it has been increasingly difficult to find a food vendor that was still open in his neighborhood, he said.He went on to say that he was the only tenant left in the kos-kosan because the others had decided to go back to their respective hometowns. Along with being alone and working from home, the quarantine has driven him into boredom.“I miss being on the field for work because I like to be on the move,” he told the Post. “Also, I want to see a concert or go to a festival after the pandemic is over.”center_img “There was a significant visitor decline in our mall in Depok at the beginning of March because the first two COVID-19 cases had just been found in the city,” she said over the phone.Nidia added that visitation rates varied depending on the area. A Lippo mall in Palembang, South Sumatra, for example, was still crowded around mid-March before its temporary closure on April 1.Meanwhile, shopping centers in the capital were seeing lesser visitors, especially since movie theaters had been closed since mid-March.“As of now, we plan to close the malls until April 24, but we will comply with government’s regulation if further closure is needed,” she said, adding that ATMs, food and beverage tenants, as well as supermarkets and pharmacies, were still open for business.last_img read more

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ESPINOZA EYES THIRD KENTUCKY DERBY WIN WITH AMERICAN PHAROAH; MEXICAN NATIVE ALSO RIDES KENTUCKY OAKS HOPEFUL STELLAR WIND

first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (April 16, 2015)–Mired in a career malaise just three years ago, jockey Victor Espinoza now stands at the precipice of superstardom as he contemplates winning a third Kentucky Derby with favored American Pharoah, an initial Kentucky Oaks with Stellar Wind, and possible induction into Racing’s most hallowed fraternity, The National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame.A 42-year-old native of Mexico City, Espinoza sat down for a question and answer session following workouts at Santa Anita on Thursday morning.Q. American Pharoah has been brilliant in winning both the Rebel and the Arkansas Derby with you. Is there any doubt in your mind that he’ll get the mile and a quarter in the Derby?                “No, not at all. He galloped out very strong in both races and in the last one, I was trying to pull him up and go easy with him, but he was pretty tough. He was full of himself and so the outrider helped me out.”Q. You know American Pharoah as well as anyone, but were you at all surprised at how well he’s run since coming back this year?                “No, because I have had all the confidence in him since the first time I rode him at Del Mar (a    4 ¾ length win in the Grade I Del Mar Futurity). The way he won that day, I just said ‘Wow, he’s an amazing horse.’”Q. Many people say that it’s no coincidence that California Chrome got on a roll when you started riding him late in 2013. Are you a better rider now than when you won your first Derby with War Emblem in 2002?                “I’m more mature now. I’m not afraid to make quick decisions during races. I have more confidence now, and in my early years, I would think twice–‘Should I do this or not?’ Now, I just react to what happens because I have more confidence.”Q. It’s often said that there’s no substitute for experience when it comes to winning the Kentucky Derby. Do you agree with that?                “Yes. I remember my first Derby and everything was new. There’s a lot of things happening with the crowd and the big field. I used to think about how amazing it was to be in the Derby. Now, I don’t want to be in the Derby, I want to win it. I’m not just excited to be there, I’m excited to win it.”                Q. Bob Baffert’s had an amazing career and he’s had a ton of success in big races, but he seems to draw the rail a lot, like he did in the 2010 Derby with Lookin At Lucky. Entries for the Derby will be taken a week from Wednesday. How important is post position to American Pharoah?                “Post position is important for everybody. Baffert’s been lucky, but I was kidding around with him last year and told him ‘You better put me on something next year, ’cause the last time you won was with me (War Emblem, in 2002).’ Life is crazy, you can’t worry about the post position. We’ll just hope for the best.”Q. Do you get emotional when they play “My Old Kentucky Home” as the horses come on the track for the Derby?                “I never think about the song. My mind is on the horse I’m on. I want to make sure he’s happy and doing things right when we go to the gate. If my horse is happy, I’m happy.”Q. Baffert also has Dortmund. I know you saw him win the Santa Anita Derby and he seems to be improving with each race. Does he scare you?                “Everyone scares me. Dortmund, Carpe Diem and a couple others. I see Dortmund every day and he’s doing really good.”Q. You’ve got a great shot to win your first Kentucky Oaks with John Sadler’s Stellar Wind. She won the Santa Anita Oaks by 5 ¼ lengths and she looks like something special. How good is she?                “She’s amazing. The first time I rode her, I told John that she’s a special filly and I’m really excited to be riding her. Sure enough, she won the Oaks here very impressively. She has size, talent and pedigree. On top of that, I’m a very dependable guy. It goes 50-50.”Q. Your business had slowed down quite a bit three or four years ago. Did you make some changes that helped you to turn things around?                “Yeah, for sure. Being a jockey is fun, but we all have ups and downs. For a while there, nobody could find me, I guess they lost my number, but maybe I lost theirs too. I did feel that I was not focused enough. Maybe I didn’t ‘feel it’ like I needed to. I was coming out in the mornings the same as I always have, but deep down, maybe the desire wasn’t there. One day, I woke up and I said ‘This is not how I’m going to end up my career. I changed agents a couple years ago and hired Brian (Beach, January, 2013). I think I got back to being myself. I had to change my motivation and everything started to turn around. I got focused and I said ‘This is it. Ride smart and be 100 percent.’”Q. You’re on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time this year. What would it mean to you to be voted in?                “It means a lot to just be nominated. I never even dreamed of being in the Hall of Fame. When I first started out, I just thought about winning one race, so to be nominated for the Hall of Fame is unbelievable. Nobody can control what other people say or think or how they vote. But if I got voted in, it would be a tremendous honor. I think it would say that I rode with the best and I was one of the best.”Q. Twenty five years ago, you were driving a bus in Mexico City. Do have any advice for young men or women who are considering a career as a jockey?                “Work hard and treat your career as a job. Always remember, it’s easy to get to the top, it’s very difficult to stay there. When you’re doing good, you need to work harder. I would say, look forward, never look back. Everybody has a right to have fun, but your job has to come first.”Espinoza, who has won 12 Southern California riding titles, including two at Santa Anita, will turn 43 on May 23. He’s single and currently resides in nearby Sierra Madre.last_img read more

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8th Edition Rules Update

first_imgIn January 2019 the Touch Football Australia (TFA) membership were advised of a review of the 7th Edition Playing Rules which was being undertaken by TFA.TFA has identified a further review is necessary to make slight alterations to the proposed 8th Edition Rules. The intention is to introduce the new rules into all competitions as of 1 January 2020. This will allow the update of all educational resources required for the effective roll out of the 8th Edition TFA Playing Rules.Please note that until such time as these rules have been endorsed and adequate education implemented, they should not be adopted into competitions and/or events unless approved by TFA.If you would like to seek permission to trial the proposed 8th Edition Playing Rules, please contact James Sharp via email at [email protected] more here.last_img read more

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Former PRRD CAO Chris Cvik hired by Hudsons Hope

first_imgHUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Less than two months after he was released without cause from his position as the Peace River Regional District’s Chief Administrative Officer, Chris Cvik is now serving as the District of Hudson’s Hope’s CAO.Cvik was terminated by the Regional District Board without cause during a closed-door meeting in Dawson Creek on May 18th.He was hired by the PRRD in 2014 to replace former CAO Fred Banham, who was retiring that year. As reported by the Alaska Highway News, Hudson’s Hope released its CAO Tom Matus without cause at the end of June.Mayor Gwen Johansson said that hiring Cvik to replace Matus on an interim basis made sense.“It wasn’t terribly complicated. We had a vacancy, and he was available,” said Johansson.She explained that councillors voted in favour of hiring Cvik for a period of one year at a Council meeting on July 9th, though she added that the contract has a clause that allows him to leave with sufficient notice.Johansson said that if Cvik and District Council is happy at the end of the one-year contract, the District would consider keeping Cvik on permanently.last_img read more

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Jute mill strike will not have any impact

first_imgKolkata: State Labour minister Moloy Ghatak reiterated on Thursday that the one-day strike call of jute mills by Centre of India Trade Unions (CITU) will prove futile with labourers joining work the next day. “The Left Front government had not increased the wages of jute mill workers from 2002 to 2010, which was Rs 100 a day during that time. In 2010, it was hiked to Rs 157 a day. We had raised it to Rs 258 per day in 2015 and on Wednesday we signed a historic contract hiking the daily wages of the employees to Rs 370 per day. This will immensely benefit the labourers of the jute mills,” Ghatak said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersGhatak added that those who will work for 24 days a month will be getting an additional amount of Rs 15 per day. “A section of jute mill workers have often raised allegations against feeble attendance in jute mills. So the government has decided to pay those workers who are regular in their duties,” said Dola Sen, president of Indian National Trinamool Trade Union Congress. Terming the strike call by CITU as an attempt to create an atmosphere of disturbance in the state, Ghatak asserted that all 84 jute mills will remain open on Thursday and foil the strike called by CITU. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSixteen of the 22 unions existing in jute mills in the state assured the minister that the employees will join work. Ghatak asserted that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken significant steps to ensure that the workers’ interest and the work culture in the jute mills are upheld without resorting to any strikes. “The Left Front has not even paid dearness allowance (DA) for the workers for many years but we have been paying the DA to the workers along with Providend Fund and have almost fully cleared it. Ninety percent of the gratuities have also been cleared. So the strike call by the CITU union is nothing but ego satisfaction,” reiterated Sen. The state government has also constituted a three-member committee headed by a retired judge of High Court which will look into other issues of the jute mills and come out with a solution.last_img read more

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Kobe Bryant Does Not Have One Lick Of Patience

Kobe Bryant, declared out for the remainder of the NBA season, was in a talkative mood and what he had to say was scathing toward Los Angeles Lakers management.The proud franchise is 22-42 on the season, and Bryant shakes his head in dismay at the record.“How can I be satisfied with it? We’re like 100 games under .500,” Bryant said. “I can’t be satisfied with that at all. This is not what we stand for. This is not what we play for. A lot of times, it’s hard to understand that message if you’re not a diehard Laker fan. It’s hard to really understand where we’re coming from and what we’re accustomed to, which is playing for championships and everything else is a complete failure. That’s just how it is. That’s how it was explained to me by Jerry (West) and all the other great Lakers who have played here and that’s how I grew up thinking. So that’s just how it is.”Bryant said changes have to start in management.“We have to start at the top in terms of the culture of our team,” he said. “What kind of culture do we want to have? What kind of system do we want to have? How do we want to play? It starts there and from there, you can start building out your team accordingly.“You got to start with Jim,” Bryant continued. “You got to start with Jim and Jeanie and how that relationship plays out. It starts there and having a clear direction and clear authority. And then it goes down to the coaching staff and what (coach) Mike (D’Antoni) is going to do, what they’re going to do with Mike and it goes from there. It’s got to start at the top.”D’Antoni has one year remaining on his contract worth $4 million. His teams are just 62-74 (.456) since joining the Lakers last November. Injuries have been a factor, but so has his system that does not appear suited for the talent.Bryant said he has “not one lick” of patience for the Lakers’ management team of Jim Buss and general manager Mitch Kupchak to rebuild the team into a contender.“Oh yeah, let’s just play next year and let’s just suck again,” Bryant said, sarcastically. “No. Absolutely not. Absolutely not. It’s my job to go out there on the court and perform. No excuses for it. Right? You got to get things done. It’s the same thing with the front office. The same expectations they have of me when I perform on the court, is the same expectations I have for them up there. You got to be able to figure out a way to do both.”“You know how I feel about Phil (Jackson, who reportedly will take a job with the New York Knicks in management this week),” said Bryant, who won all five of his championships with Jackson as the coach. “I have so much admiration for him and respect and I have a great relationship with him. Personally, it would be hard for me to understand that happening twice. It would be tough. I don’t really get it.” read more

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Podcast NFL Preview Walt Hickey Quarterback US Open Week Two

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Sept. 8, 2015), we offer a preview of this year’s NFL season now that Tom Brady is playing a full slate of games. Plus FiveThirtyEight’s Walt Hickey helps launch our newest crowdsourcing project — challenging you to win the Super Bowl using his avatar in Madden. Then we bring you the latest in our U.S. Open mini-podcast, Baseline, with host Carl Bialik. And to close out the show, a Significant Digit on the weirdness of this year’s Premier League season.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Below are links to some of the articles we discussed on the show.FiveThirtyEight’s comprehensive NFL preview coverage, rolling out all this week.Walt Hickey and Neil Paine go behind the Madden ratings.Want to win Madden with Walt as your quarterback? Here’s how to take part in our crowdsourcing project.The full archive of Baseline podcasts from Carl Bialik.Significant Digit: 0.8. Soccer journalist Michael Caley recently created an “Early Season Weirdness Rating” for the Premier League. This year’s early weirdness is only 0.8 standard deviations above the average weirdness at this point in the season. In other words, just a little bit weird! Video: Win the Super Bowl with Walt as your QB Hot Takedown read more

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2015 Really Was The Bizarro Peyton Manning Season

Terry Bradshaw48788643616282 Donovan McNabb45677285457972 Jim Kelly76647947656456 Roger Staubach79707983407375 Dan Fouts81697160875530 After breaking down the characteristics of Manning and his teams over the years, it’s amazing to see how sharply the usual tendencies were inverted along Denver’s path to the championship. On average, Manning’s teams were middle-of-the-pack on defense, and a shade better than that at running the ball. That was more than enough to rattle off an absurd string of 10-plus-win seasons, because Manning was very good — if not completely and totally great — in every facet of passing the football. His average defense was worse than that supporting Brett Favre, Joe Montana or Steve Young, and the running game was less efficient than what Tom Brady, Drew Brees or John Elway was working with.Manning did have a lot more help than Dan Marino, but he also bested him across every passing category — like a more accurate, deeper-throwing version of the Dolphins great, who got the ball out just as fast but was more careful with it. And since we’re looking at percentiles instead of raw output, the differences between eras soften, though they don’t completely disappear.That was prime Peyton, however. This year’s version was far, far worse, particularly in categories where he once excelled. To wit: His rates of completions, touchdowns and interceptions, each typically among the top 30 percent of regular QBs, all dipped into the bottom quarter of passers this season. Meanwhile, his defensive support, usually in the middle of the pack, zoomed up to the best in football. Peyton Manning91648870956052 Sources: pro football reference, football outsiders Tony Romo80778259606954 Joe Namath42886839924930 Kurt Warner93828944676061 From a lot of angles, Peyton Manning is the greatest quarterback of all time. His second Super Bowl win, however, came in decidedly un-Peyton-like fashion, with Manning riding in the wake of an all-time defense while doddering well below replacement level for most of the season. Perhaps this is karma, a just reward after a career of — with a few exceptions — being shackled to some of the worst defenses ever to run deep into the playoffs. It’s the popular line of thinking, at least, and popular enough to dig a little deeper. So: Just how bad were Peyton’s defenses in his best years?Here’s a look at the statistical profiles of Hall of Fame and near-Hall of Fame QBs from the modern era — this includes the defensive and rushing support each received throughout his career, but especially his prime. To find this, I took each passer’s performance in a few categories — completion percentage, yards per completion, touchdown percentage, interception percentage, sack percentage — and sorted them by their percentile relative to the league in any given season. I then weighted each season to give more weight to a player’s best years according to value over replacement (like I did with Ken Griffey Jr. here). Then, I did the same for Defense-adjusted Value Over Average for both rushing offense and defense. It’s been a stunning reversal, the likes of which we haven’t really seen from such a good QB before; the only possible exceptions were the final full seasons of Marino, Ken Stabler and Joe Theismann’s careers. Those performances all came in the service of mediocre teams, though. Somehow Manning actually turned an even more extreme version of this formula into a championship.We aren’t sure if the Super Bowl was Manning’s final game, and it’s hard to speculate about how this changes Manning’s legacy (not that a paltry two titles will ever satiate the “Count The Ringz!!!” crowd anyway). But even if Manning happened to be dragged to a championship in the final throes of his senescence by Von Miller and Denver’s ferocious defense, it’s hard not to appreciate the strange symmetry after Manning spent a career elevating middling and worse teams with his brilliance. Troy Aikman88384677788056 Ben Roethlisberger81797157355968 John Elway59646367637649 Philip Rivers82738167644333 Brett Favre78558257704763 Dan Marino74577866945030 PERCENTILE VS. LEAGUEDVOA FROM… QUARTERBACKCMP%YD/CMPTD%INT%SK%RUSHING OFFENSEDEFENSE Ken Anderson83526784486945 Joe Montana93327484717369 Drew Brees90528267887031 Carson Palmer69597551775547 Aaron Rodgers82799388367759 Bob Griese86558756458750 Tom Brady77688485787852 Steve Young98719078428267 Warren Moon74537159705259 read more

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Ohio State womens basketball coach Jim Foster boasts 100 percent graduation rate

Ohio State women’s basketball coach Jim Foster hasn’t quite embraced the idea of social media. “I mean really, tweeting?” Foster said. “Who cares what you think at the moment, you’re going to change your mind in five.” He might not tweet about his 760 career wins, a Final Four appearance or being 12th on the all-time NCAA wins list, but he’s not afraid to share one aspect of his career: getting all his players to earn degrees. Before coming to OSU in 2002, he coached at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pa. At each school, every player he has coached has graduated. “I don’t think you ever start out to do anything like that,” Foster said. “It just sort of happened.” Many student-athletes perform a delicate balancing act when it comes to studies and sports. Foster said he understands the difficulties students face, but his past experiences have shaped the standard he holds for his players. After his enlistment in the Army, which included a tour in Vietnam, Foster attended junior college before enrolling at Temple University in Philadelphia. While at Temple, he coached boys and girls basketball at a high school in Wyncote, Pa. In 1978, the Temple undergraduate was named women’s coach at nearby St. Joseph’s University. “For the last two years I was coaching college players while pursuing my degree at Temple,” Foster said. That’s not all he was doing. On top of being a full-time student and an NCAA coach, Foster ran a group home for neglected boys while also bartending. It all totaled for an 80-hour workweek. “I never quite understood the difficulty in managing your schedule,” he said. Foster’s message of hard work on the court and in the classroom is evident in his former student-athletes. “There was not ‘athlete’ in the word — you were a student first,” said Emily Beth Howe, a former Buckeye who played under Foster. Howe graduated OSU in 2005 with a business degree before attending Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., where she earned her master’s in sports management. She now works in sales at the OSU athletic department and said she still remembers what Foster expected from his players. “He didn’t care if you scored two points or 20 points,” Howe said. “The importance was academics.” Even when a player transferred from the team, Foster said he kept tabs on their progress. The scholarships Foster has given student-athletes afforded some an opportunity to attend college when they otherwise might not have. That opportunity creates a positive ripple effect for the coming generations, Foster said. “Now their children are getting ready for college,” Foster said. “And if they hadn’t been given the opportunity, the next generation probably wouldn’t be in the position they’re in.” In an era where some student-athletes are blinded by short-term success, rather than long-term goals, Foster has a message. “The more you discipline yourself now, the more opportunity for success you’re going to have later,” he said. Although the younger generation might forget in five minutes, that message might be a thought worth tweeting about. Ohio read more

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