The Last Five Years, Starring Anna Kendrick & Jeremy Jordan, Lands U.S. Deal

first_img The indie movie will have its world premiere at the Toronto film festival on September 7. It is an adaptation of Brown’s two-character musical that centers around the tumultuous relationship between Jamie, a writer, and Cathy, an aspiring actress, over the course of five years. The tuner originally debuted in 2002 with Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott as stars. Despite a short run, The Last Five Years gained in popularity thanks to an acclaimed original cast recording and has become a staple in regional theaters and colleges. Wishes do come true, for Anna Kendrick and Finding Neverland’s Jeremy Jordan will soon be in a movie theater near you! According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film version of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years will be distributed by Radius and a Valentine’s Day release date is planned. As previously reported, the Richard LaGravenese-helmed film had already sold multiple international rights.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Fossil Fuel Divestment Takes Hold in Japan

first_imgFossil Fuel Divestment Takes Hold in Japan FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享NBC News:Buddhist priest Tomonobu Narita admits he hadn’t thought much about energy policy until the Fukushima nuclear meltdown forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes in 2011. Now he’s at the forefront of a budding movement in Japan to withdraw money from banks that provide finance for environmentally harmful energy projects.The campaign to “divest” from fossil fuels such as coal has gained traction in the United States, Europe and Australia in recent years, but environmental activists are now targeting Japan. They see the country as crucial to the success of international efforts to address climate change. On top of fossil fuels — which release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere when burned, contributing to global warming — campaigners here are working to oppose nuclear power.While advocates of nuclear power say it can provide carbon emissions-free energy, critics say the overall dangers are too high. Residents are still barred from returning to some of the towns closest to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, where three reactor meltdowns occurred after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster.Driven by concern about nuclear power, Narita recently shifted some of his temple’s funds to a financial firm that is rated as one of Japan’s 45 “earth-friendly” banks. This means the bank is not known to provide finance for the fossil fuel and nuclear sectors.Narita told NBC News he planned to explain the decision to his counterparts in other temples, believing that “we need to be more mindful of what we’re blessed with. That small action when combined [with the actions of others] leads to a bigger effect, so I hope for divestment to have that kind of spread in Japan,” he said during an interview at Totsuka Zenryo Temple.More: Japan’s Divestment Campaign Pits Buddhist Priest Against Bankslast_img read more

Newsday Fails to Disclose Suozzi Ties in Primary Endorsement

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Critics are calling out Newsday for failing to disclose its ties to former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi in the paper’s coverage and endorsement of him in the Democratic primary as he runs for his old job.Cablevision Systems Corp., which owns Long Island’s lone daily newspaper, has donated through its PAC and owners in this campaign cycle at least $200,000 to Suozzi, who Cablevision hired as a consultant to their MSG Varsity television channels shortly after he was unseated in 2009—facts Newsday omitted, sparking questions about the paper’s conflict of interest in reporting on the topic.“It just looks creepy and it smells bad not to disclose,” says Ruth Hochberger, an editor in residence at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and New York University who teaches media ethics. “It raises suspicions unnecessarily about the purity of their endorsement or their coverage. I’m not saying it’s impure. It just doesn’t look good.”Newsday’s ethics were also questioned last month when it failed to disclose Cablevision’s political donations while reporting on the same practices of their parent company’s owners’ rivals in their multi-million-dollar bid to rebuild Nassau Coliseum. The paper also failed to mention another nearly $200,000 of campaign donations their parent company made to Suozzi’s political aspirations since 2006.Former Nassau County Executive Tom SuozziTaking Newsday to task for not disclosing their Suozzi ties in an editorial of her own Monday was Jaci Clement, executive director of the nonprofit Fair Media Council, a local media watchdog.“What is net result of Newsday‘s heavy handedness?” she wrote. “The reader is now forced to question the validity of the race as a whole, and is left to wonder if the candidates’ accomplishments—all of the candidates, not just Suozzi’s—reported and editorialized by Newsday are fair, just and in the best interest of the public.”Adam Haber, a Roslyn school board member who challenged Suozzi to the Democratic primary Tuesday, says the relationship Suozzi has with LI’s largest newspaper is indicative of the machine politics he’s trying to break as an outsider.“During the closing statement he reads the endorsement from the same people who hired him and gave him money,” he tells the Press between last-minute campaigning. “That’s like my mother endorsing me…of course it’s going to be glowing!”Suozzi’s campaign spokesman declined to comment, but the ex-county exec touted the endorsement three times when he debated Haber last week on News12 Long Island, which is also owned by Cablevision and hasn’t disclosed their parent company’s ties to Suozzi, either.Newsday spokesman Paul Fleishman also declined to comment.last_img read more

How the internet of things connects financial services to everyday life

first_imgToday, people are more connected than ever before. From homes and appliances, to cars and accessories, the internet of things (IoT) has the potential to bring banking to every corner of people’s lives.Comprised of physical devices that can collect and exchange data, the internet of things includes everything from smart appliances to connected cars, and the number of these devices is growing exponentially.At its best, the internet of things offers an opportunity to deliver relevant, timely information that helps people keep pace with the speed of life today. On the other hand, there is the risk that people could be overwhelmed with so much content that it simply amounts to noise. The challenge for financial institutions is to determine how consumers might want to consume financial services through these devices and what content is relevant for each device. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Riise pondering return to Norway

first_img Press Association John Arne Riise’s Fulham career could soon be over, with the left-back revealing it may be time to return to his native Norway. Having coming through the youth ranks at Aalesund, the 33-year-old played for Monaco, Liverpool and Roma before joining the Whites in 2011. Riise was initially a first-team regular under Martin Jol, but has fallen out of favour and only appeared twice in the Premier League for Fulham this term. center_img A January move to join up with his brother Bjorn Helge at Lillestrom has been mooted and, with his contract up at the end of the season, the full-back concedes he could soon leave Craven Cottage. “I have lived abroad for almost half my life,” Riise told TV2. “The time may be ripe to move home in the new year. “It would be fun to end my career in Lillestrom with my brother, but I have not taken any decision on what to do yet. I feel at least I can play in four or five years.” last_img read more

PL chief sceptical over B team plan

first_img Press Association The Premier League is worried that Greg Dyke’s plan for a B team league would “decimate” the English football pyramid. ‘League Three’, as it has become known, would contain a mix of non-league sides and Premier League B teams. The idea behind the league is that it would allow young players at England’s top clubs to play competitive football, rather than academy matches. Many top-flight managers have backed the proposal, but Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore thinks ‘League Three’ would be a bad idea. “I’ve been on record very recently as saying the English pyramid is one of our unique strengths and would like to think we would be able to come up with a solution, which doesn’t mean the decimation, the infiltration or the damage of something precious,” Scudamore told Sky Sports News. “I have some real concerns that we shouldn’t be looking to infiltrate and damage the pyramid, and therefore I would like to think we should exhaust all other options and ideas.” According to the commission’s report, 32 per cent of starters qualified to play for England in the 2012-13 Premier League season. Twenty years ago, that figure stood at 69 per cent. The commission now wants the number of English players in the Premier League to rise to 45 per cent over the next eight years. The creation of a B team league has infuriated some chairmen of lower league and non-league teams. The England Commission, led by Football Association chairman Dyke, laid out its plans for the future of the national game at Wembley on Thursday. One of the commission’s proposals is to insert a new tier into the football pyramid below League Two and the Conference. “It will destroy the whole fabric of the league structure,” Portsmouth chief executive Mark Catlin told the BBC. Former Leeds and England manager Howard Wilkinson, who sat on the commission, thinks the critics will come around eventually though. “I understand their concerns fully and over time it will need to be shown to them that the positives outweigh the negatives,” Wilkinson told Press Association Sport. “When the Premier League came in there was a furore for four months about what impact that would have and look where they are now. Those who are in it are very happy.” There was a backlash from some fans. Nearly 20,000 people signed a petition against plans for League Three within 24 hours of Dyke’s proposals being launched. The petition was started by 21-year-old Grimsby fan Lewis Horwell, who said Dyke’s plans would “ruin years of tradition” if implemented. Many Premier League managers backed the initiative on Friday, however. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, who spent much of his early coaching career overseeing youth development at Reading and Chelsea, told talkSPORT: “It’s something that I’ve thought for years that should happen. It’s something I’m a big advocate of. “I’ve worked in development for nearly 15 years and I look at the investment; there’s a huge investment that’s been put into young players in this country, and there’s a huge investment that’s been put into coaching. “The under-21s (league) doesn’t bring the competition, the competitive nature, that’s required for you as a manager to assess a young player. “People will always talk about the tradition of the game here in this country, but one of the things that’s most constant is change and you have to look at ways in which you can be better and giving young players a chance.” Ryan Giggs, the most-decorated player in the history of the English game, came through the youth ranks at Manchester United along with the likes of Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Gary Neville. The Welshman, now interim player-manager at United, also gave his backing to the idea of a B team league. He said: “I would support it. “I remember playing at Old Trafford for the reserves when I was 15 or 16 against Everton. “I was playing against men and it helped me. It helped you physically, mentally and it definitely brought me on. “Rather than playing against players of their own age when it is all about technical ability, which is obviously important, you would be coming up against men at an early age and that would prepare you for what is the fastest and quickest and strongest league in the world.” last_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli’s India begin campaign against demoralised South Africa

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights India has won only one game in the World Cup against South Africa.Shikhar Dhawan helped India to a win against South Africa in 2015 World Cup.India lost their 1999 encounter in England to South Africa by four wickets. For Faf du Plessis’ side, a loss against India will deepen their crisis but they can take a leaf out of Pakistan’s book. Sarfaraz Ahmed’s team were blown away by the West Indies but they clicked as a unit against the favourites England to win by 14 runs. A loss for India will not be an ideal beginning for Kohli in a tournament where momentum will play a crucial role due to the round-robin format.Team combinationsIndia is expected to field two spinners and KL Rahul might be their designated number four. With Lungi Ngidi out for the match due to a hamstring injury, Dale Steyn might be expected to make a comeback. Hashim Amla might come back after missing the Bangladesh game due to a concussion.India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra ChahalSouth Africa (Playing XI): Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, JP Duminy, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Dwaine Pretorius, Imran TahirWho will win?When the balance of the side and confidence are considered, India holds the upper hand. South Africa is battling injuries and losing two games has dented their confidence.Weather and pitchSouthampton received rain on Tuesday but conditions on match day are expected to be fine with a little bit of cloud. The pitch in Southampton is expected to be good for batting.StatisticsIn four World Cup encounters, South Africa have won three while India has won. South Africa won the first three encounters in 1992, 1999 and 2011 while India broke their jinx by winning the 2015 match in Melbourne by 130 runs. In the 1999 World Cup encounter in Brighton, South Africa won by four wickets thanks to Jacques Kallis’ 96 which trumped Sourav Ganguly’s 97 and Rahul Dravid’s 54.Stadium and timingsThe match will be played at The Rose Bowl in Southampton and the match will begin at 3:00 PM IST. New Delhi: Finally, the time has come. They dominated in South Africa. They stumbled in England. Created history in Australia and New Zealand. They were shocked by Australia at home. Their warm-up games were also mixed. Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team’s two-year journey of domination and mixed results have all culminated in their first ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 encounter at Southampton and their opponents will be South Africa, a team who are low on confidence after losing to England and Bangladesh. For Kohli and the Indian cricket team, the clash at the Rose Bowl gives them a chance to make South Africa’s path thorny and dent their morale even further. Kohli, with the backing of MS Dhoni and a settled core of bowlers and batsmen, will be aiming to make a big statement in Southampton.On paper, India looks settled on paper. They have a settled team who have match-winners in both the batting and the bowling department. They have gotten rest and will be fresh as they approach the game against the Proteas, who will be carrying the baggage of two losses. On the other hand, South Africa are battling injury concerns in addition to low confidence with Lungi Ngidi ruled out and Dale Steyn ruled out of the tournament due to a shoulder injury. India also suffered some injuries during practice, with Vijay Shankar and Kohli getting hit on the forearm and thumb but the BCCI medical staff have ensured that they are in good touch.last_img read more

Significance of Iran’s Only Female Olympic Medalist’s Defection

first_imgThe announcement on Sunday by Iran’s only female Olympic medallist, Kimia Alizadeh, that she will defect is the latest in a series of high-profile changes of nationality from the country’s top athletes.The defections have been for a variety of reasons and across many different sports. Here are some of the most significant.Kimia Alizadeh Alizadeh made history when she competed in taekwondo at the Rio Olympics in 2016.Aged only 18, she beat Sweden’s Nikita Glasnovic 5-1 in the bout for the bronze in the -57kg category. It made her the first Iranian woman to win an Olympic medal.But in the wake of that success, she felt the country’s authorities were using her success as a propaganda tool.Now 21, she disappeared last week, with rumours circulating she was seeking to settle in the Netherlands.Though she has not confirmed where she is, she has announced in an Instagram post that she left Iran because she did not want to be part of “hypocrisy, lies, injustice and flattery”.“I wore whatever they told me and repeated whatever they ordered. Every sentence they ordered I repeated. None of us matter for them, we are just tools,” she wrote.She has described herself as “one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran”.As significant as Alizardeh’s defection is, it is not even the first major Iranian sporting defection of 2020 – less than two weeks into the year.Two leading figures in Iranian chess, Shohreh Bayat and Mitra Hejazipour, have both been expelled for removing their hijab in competitions outside of the country. This action is considered defiance of Iran’s compulsory Islamic dress code.Bayat is an international chess referee – Asia’s only Grade-A arbiter at that – and previously was the first woman to be general secretary of a sports federation in Iran. She said she would not be returning to Iran after photos were published showing her not wearing the compulsory headscarf during Shanghai Women’s World Championship 2020 games.When the photographs first emerged, Bayat’s father said her headscarf had fallen accidentally. But pictures later showed her without it at other games. Nigel Short, the vice-president of the International Chess Federation (Fide), posted one of the photos on Twitter saying Bayat is “a great ambassador for her country”, and Bayat retweeted it.Her father now says she is “worried about going on with her activities in Iran” and is seeking to continue in another country.Meanwhile on 2 January, the Iran Chess Federation expelled veteran female chess grandmaster Mitra Hejazipour for removing her scarf during the World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship in Moscow.Hejazipour, who said she will now compete in a private capacity and live in France, was told she “has no place in the Islamic Republic’s national team any more”.Meanwhile at the end of 2019, the world number two junior player, Alireza Firouzja, competed under a Fide flag instead of the Iranian one.For political reasons, Iran has had a blanket ban on any athletes competing against Israeli opposition; Iran does not recognise the state of Israel.But because this ban violates the rules of most international sporting federations, it has put several athletes in a difficult situation in competitions – in particular sports at which both Iran and Israel have talent, such as wrestling and judo.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

RACE : Tornado changes schedule, mindset of Missouri Southern

first_img Published on September 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments Tom Howe didn’t think much of this particular tornado warning. After all, he grew up in Iowa where such warnings are common, and he’d never experienced one before.So on May 22 — only two weeks after Howe had moved to Joplin, Mo., to become the defensive line coach for Division II Missouri Southern State — the first-year coach paid little attention when a warning was issued.But within a few minutes, he and defensive backs coach Kevin Almlie saw a funnel cloud outside Almlie’s apartment, about four miles in the distance. They took shelter. Howe, Almlie and Almlie’s girlfriend all huddled in the master bathroom of the apartment. They heard glass breaking and debris striking the house. The trio held onto the door to keep it from blowing off its hinges.It was the first time Howe had ever been in a tornado. And the tornado he lived through turned out to be the seventh deadliest in United States’ history.‘Any time you’re in a situation like that, you’re afraid,’ Howe said. ‘But you know it’s out of your hands at that point, and you just have to hope the worst didn’t happen to you.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe worst didn’t happen to them.After what felt like a minute, the tornado was gone, and they were alive. One-hundred-fifty-seven others in Joplin weren’t so lucky, losing their lives in the EF5 tornado.***Minutes after, the trio emerged from the bathroom and ventured outside.‘There were people screaming because they were trapped in debris,’ Howe said. ‘We could see the hospital from where we were — before, you could never see it because of all the buildings that were once in the way. There were fires, the air smelled like gasoline and ammonia all night.’Howe called defensive coordinator Mike Mutz immediately and told him they needed some help. Mutz had been in the north of town, where his home was hit with strong winds and hail but not affected by the tornado. He hopped in his car and drove to get them.‘It was beyond anything I had ever seen,’ Mutz said.And for three weeks after the tornado, football wasn’t on anyone’s mind. Instead, each day, the football staff would gather at 8 a.m. in the office and then get dropped off in the middle of wreckage to ‘try to start to help people,’ Howe said.‘We lost a month of work. We did what we were supposed to do,’ Mutz said.As the summer moved along, the coaches knew they had to prepare for the season. Missouri Southern has a program of community service for its football players — normally, Howe said, they might complete their community service just to get it done. But this year, players approached the coaches and asked how they could do more to help the community.Once players reported for practice in August, they began the habit of sticking around after daylong workouts to go to whichever church or center needed their help, Mutz said.Players would spend all day handing out food and water and helping with day-to-day operations at disbursement centers to help those affected by the tornado.‘There was so much work to be done, games to get ready for. But you do what you have to do to help the community,’ Mutz said. ‘When you have 100 strong, young people wanting to help, you just wish you had more than 24 hours in a day to get more accomplished.’***Before the tornado, Howe wasn’t concentrated on the risks associated with living in the Midwest. Instead, he was concentrating on his new position at Missouri Southern.He said he was enjoying life in Joplin, a ‘top Midwestern town’ with plenty to do and nice people. He was learning what to study, developing game plans and working on football recruiting — the activities of ‘any normal football team in the country.’The tornado eliminated normal, and to this day Joplin is still trying to bring itself back.The trees that lay in the three-quarter-mile swath of damaged land don’t have branches on them. Instead, leaves grow out of the trunks. The Walgreens in town is rebuilt and some buildings have seen minor repairs.But 105 days after the tornado touched down, only the foundations of buildings remain.So does the foundation of the football team. The Lions took the field this past Thursday at No. 15 Central Missouri, a team that made it to the quarterfinals of the Division II tournament last year. They lost 42-24, but Mutz said there were plenty of positive things he saw on the field.‘We knew it would be a challenge going up to those folks, but football certainly helps you to get back to as normal as life can be,’ he said. ‘But still, it’s kind of selfish to talk about normalcy when two blocks away, life’s still not normal.’The Lions’ home opener is Sept. 17. This year, that night game will be a little different than before.‘There’s a feeling around the team that this seems a little bit more important,’ Howe said. ‘They’re looking to come back for a sense of normalcy. They look at it as an opportunity to do something exciting and special for the community.‘I have the belief we could do some really, really special things this year. I can’t wait to watch them play, I’m excited for us. I’m excited for the city of Joplin.’knmciner@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Kofi Kingston recreates 2009 ‘Boom Drop’ scene with Randy Orton at MSG

first_img WATCH US LIVE WE RECOMMEND Last Updated: 12th September, 2019 14:04 IST Kofi Kingston Recreates 2009 ‘Boom Drop’ Scene With Randy Orton At MSG The WWE champion Kofi Kingston turned the clock back on this past week’s SmackDown&recreated the same moment at the same venue, leaving Randy Orton in a heap. 11 months ago Randy Orton: Rumours about WWE’s Apex Predator that came true COMMENT LIVE TV Koushik Narayanan SUBSCRIBE TO US 1 year ago Independence Day wishes come in for India from the WWE; John Cena, Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins join in FOLLOW US 1 year ago 2019 WWE WrestleMania 35 Schedule, Matches, Timings and Telecast in India WWE champion Kofi Kingston is on a roll ever since he captured the title from Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania earlier this year. He has remained the WWE champion for over four months and has defied the odds of losing the belt even in the toughest of the circumstances. Kofi Kingston’s association with the WWE dates back to more than 15 years, as the star rose from ECW to WWE and then finally went on to become champion in the summer of 2019. Through his years in WWE, Kofi Kingston has had some intense rivalries. One of the most famous rivalry was with WWE’s Apex Predator Randy Orton. Back in 2009, their rivalry was pushed to such extents where Kofi Kingston had ‘boom-dropped’ Randy Orton on a table among the audience at the Madison Square Garden in New York. The WWE champion turned the clock back on this past week’s SmackDown Live and recreated the same moment at the same venue, leaving Randy Orton in a heap.  READ | Undertaker chokeslams Sami Zayn in middle of ring as he returns to MSGKofi Kingston ‘boom-drops’ Randy OrtonNicknamed WWE’s Apex Predator, Randy Orton is known for his cunning ways and harsh attack at his opponents. Randy Orton wears his opponent out both physically and mentally and does it in a systematic fashion. After dismantling Kofi Kingston’s New Day partners Xavier Woods and Big E with the help of The Revival two weeks before, Randy Orton attempted to repeat the same actions that had left Kofi Kingston on the ground after last week’s SmackDown Live. However, Kofi Kingston, who had warned Randy that he would recreate the moment, did not step back from the fight and took it to Randy Orton. The two superstars fought each other among the audience leading up to the top stands. It was here that Kofi Kingston used a steel chair to fell Orton and placed him on a table, setting him up for the drop. Kofi Kingston then recreated the decade-old ‘Boom-drop’ at the MSG, leaving Randy Orton clutching his ribs as Kofi waved to his fans. READ | Stone Cold Steve Austin returns to MSG, delivers stunner to AJ StylesShane McMahon fires Kevin OwensKevin Owens was at trouble with the authorities ever since his return to the ring. His feud with Shane McMahon lasted for more than two months, with both the stars battling it out at many pay-per-view events. Kevin Owens had delivered a stunner to Shane McMahon two weeks before on SmackDown, leading to a fine of $100,000 to be imposed on him. Though Owens sought relief from Shane McMahon, the SmackDown commissioner waited for the right opportunity to use Owens and it came this past Tuesday. Shane McMahon was initially defeated by Gable following a perfect roll-up suplex from the underdog, following which he made the match a two out of three falls match. Owens tried his best to officiate neutrally but was under extreme pressure from Shane and hence made a fast count that saw the second fall go to Shane. However, in the third round, Gable astonishingly managed to get the ankle lock on, making Shane tap out. While the bell rang indicating that Gable was victorious and would proceed to the finals of the King of the Ring tournament, a frustrated Shane McMahon attacked Kevin Owens from behind and landed several punches on his face before saying ‘You’re fired’!. READ: Independence Day wishes come in for India from the WWE; John Cena, Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins join inREAD: As King Of The Ring Tournament Makes Its Comeback, Here Are The Five Instances Where It Took The Superstars To Greatness First Published: 12th September, 2019 13:40 IST 11 months ago WWE Raw 2019: Braun Strowman v Seth Rollins; Sasha Banks v Becky Lynch Written Bylast_img read more