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Odds & Ends: Shailene Woodley Wants to Star in Once & More

first_img Star Files View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Shailene Woodley Wants to Star in OnceShailene Woodley, who has been making a big name for herself in Tinseltown with stellar performances in films including Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars and The Descendants, wants to do a movie musical. “I think it’d be great to sing in a film. I love to sing,” the actress told Women’s Health. Along with playing Stevie Nicks, “another dream movie would be a movie like Once. It’s so romantic and sensual and musical but doesn’t feel like a musical necessarily.” We can totally see Woodley as Girl. Are you listening, Hollywood?Tony Winner Lillias White & More Will Appear in Billy Porter’s While I Yet Live Off-BroadwayThe previously reported Billy Porter penned While I Yet Live will star Tony winner Lillias White (The Life, Fela!), Emmy winner S. Epatha Merkerson (Come Back, Little Sheba), Elain Graham (Smash), Susan Heyward (The Trip to Bountiful), Kevyn Morrow (Dreamgirls) and Sharon Washington (The Scottsboro Boys). Helmed by Sheryl Kaller, the new work tells the tale of a young man’s coming of age in Pittsburgh amongst a bevy of strong-willed women. The show will run September 23 through October 31, with opening night set for October 12 at Primary Stages at the Duke.Cristin Milioti Returns to the New York Stage Tony nominee Cristin Milioti (Once), who recently wrapped her role as “the mother” on CBS’s hit comedy show How I Met Your Mother, is returning to her stage roots and appearing at Joe’s Pub on June 19. Worried you’ll miss her? Never fear, you’ll soon be able to catch the busy Wolf of Wall Street star in the new NBC comedy series A to Z.Fantasia Talks After Midnight’s Premature EndFormer After Midnight star Fantasia Barrino has opened up about the show’s premature shuttering on Broadway. “It makes me sad,” the Grammy winner revealed to Billboard. “Those young people I worked with became like family to me…I felt it was a much-needed play for people to know that jazz still lives.” You have until June 29 to catch the tuner, currently starring Patti LaBelle along with Adriane Lenox and Dule Hill, at the Brooks Atkinson.Watch Josh Groban & Boy George Channel John Travolta and Olivia Newton-JohnIf we didn’t have video footage of this, none of us would have quite believed it actually happened. Josh Groban, Boy George, David Byrne, Ezra Koenig, Steven Page and Rufus Wainwright, amongst others, recently got together for If I Loved You: Gentlemen Prefer Broadway at Toronto’s Luminato Festival and performed a number. And not just any number. Grease’s “Summer Nights.” Watch below to see who got into it, who looked embarrassed and who rocked, and we mean rocked, a falsetto. Josh Groban Billy Portercenter_img View All (4) Fantasia Barrino Cristin Miliotilast_img read more

WPO recognises the work of former President Janet Jagan

first_imgThe Women’s Progressive Organisation (WPO) paid tribute to former President, the late Janet Jagan by way of a wreath-laying ceremony on the occasion of her ninth death anniversary on Friday last.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo was the guest speaker at the event, which was held at Babu Jaan, Port Mourant, Corentyne.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo along with members of the WPO at the wreath-laying ceremony on FridayThe Chicago, US-born Janet Jagan served as President of Guyana from December 19, 1997, to August 11, 1999. She was 77 years old when she succeeded her husband, Cheddi, after his passing, becoming the first female President of Guyana. She previously served as the first female Prime Minister from March 17, 1997 to December 19, 1997.Jagan was awarded Guyana’s highest national award, the Order of Excellence in 1993, and the Mahatma Gandhi Gold Medal for Women’s Rights in 1998.She also served as a Member of Parliament and as Minister of Home Affairs, Labour, Health and Housing.In 1963, Time magazine described her as “the most controversial woman in South American politics since Eva Peron”, partly because she was a “strident Marxist” who many believed was the “brains and backbone” behind Cheddi’s Government.Addressing the hundreds at Babu Jaan, former President Jagdeo referred to the late leader as a fighter. He said the challenges we face today were nothing compared to what she experienced.“Cheddi Jagan and Janet Jagan in the darkest days never lost hope, they kept our party intact, they kept their minds focused and changed this country. They fought for independence and got it, and then for the return of democracy, and so, the challenges we face now are nothing compared to what they faced, so we in this generation should not lose focus,” Jagdeo stated.Nevertheless, Jagdeo called on the women present to take up more active roles in the Party while advocating for more women to join the WPO.He said women in the PPP have an enormous role to play. Meanwhile, he urged the WPO to set a target of getting to 5000 members.last_img read more

California’s Utility Regulator Gets Tenaciously Green

As big and difficult to govern as it is, California still finds ways to remain at the forefront of energy efficiency initiatives. In September 2008, its utility regulator, the California Public Utilities Commission, adopted the Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan, a framework for setting and achieving energy savings. And last week, the CPUC announced the state’s biggest energy efficiency initiative yet – a set of programs for 2010-2012, with a three-year budget of $3.1 billion, that will function through California’s principal utilities.The CPUC’s president, Michael R. Peevey, says the aim of the initiative – touted as the largest such plan in the U.S. – is to support “holistic approaches to energy efficiency” that will help residential and commercial customers, builders, retrofitters, and efficiency educators ”pursue energy efficiency as the resource of first choice.”The participating utilities are Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas and Electric Company, and Southern California Gas Company.The commission estimates that the programs will create energy savings of almost 7,000 gigawatt hours, 1,500 megawatts, and 150 million metric therms of natural gas – the equivalent of three 500-megawatt power plants. The programs also are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3 million tons and create 15,000 to 18,000 skilled green jobs over the three-year budget term.A strong residential componentThe CPUC plan also includes the new California Statewide Program for Residential Energy Efficiency (CalSPREE), through which the commission will launch a residential retrofit program designed to reduce energy consumption by as much as 20% for up to 130,000 homes by 2012.And even though the California Building Standards Code (Title 24) is one of the nation’s most stringent, the commission’s plan funds $175 million for “innovative programs” that deliver net-zero-energy residential and commercial buildings, and offers design assistance and incentives for above-code construction.In addition, more than $260 million has been approved for local and regional agencies targeting public-building retrofits and other efficiency improvements, and more than $100 million will go to related education and training programs for blue-collar and white-collar workers. read more

Whos Likely To Win The Five Big European Soccer Leagues

Since FiveThirtyEight relaunched with ESPN, we’ve created predictions for the NFL, NBA, MLB, NWSL, the men’s and women’s World Cup, college football, college basketball and tennis. Now we’re adding another set for the world’s most popular sport. Introducing: Club soccer predictions!Our new ratings — which are a revamped version of the ESPN Soccer Power Index (SPI) of national teams, adapted to the club game — use in-game player and ball-location data to assess the quality of shots and opportunities that teams generate. This gives us a better picture of performance than can be gleaned from game outcomes alone; you can read more in our full methodology here. Based on each team’s performance we calculate an offensive and defensive rating, which are used to predict the outcome of matches over the rest of the season.Right now, our predictions cover Europe’s five strongest club leagues — England’s Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, Germany’s Bundesliga, Italy’s Serie A and France’s Ligue 1 — and the Champions League. Our prediction pages are available in English and Spanish. Here’s how each league stands.Premier League Italy’s club season also started with a clear favorite, as Juventus sought its sixth-straight title. The club currently holds a one-point lead with a game in hand, and we rate Juve’s defense as the best in Serie A. AS Roma and Napoli have slightly stronger offenses and a combined 36 percent chance of winning the league. Those three teams are the favorites to take the league’s three Champions League spots as well, with Lazio and both Milan clubs capable of making spoiler runs.Ligue 1 Eintracht34<1 Sevilla94 CHANCE OF … Teams with a greater than 5 percent chance of qualifying for Champions League Real Madrid>99%49% Dortmund146 Man. United29<1 CHANCE OF … Lazio222 FC Cologne14<1 On the other side of the table, 2015-16 Cinderella Leicester City has fallen hard. While at the start of the season we projected the Foxes to finish ninth, they currently sit in 15th place, and we give them a 12 percent chance of being relegated. Swansea City, which skyrocketed from the fourth tier to the Premier League between 2005 and 2011, has a 61 percent chance of relegation.La Liga CHANCE OF … Lyon512 Teams with a greater than 5 percent chance of qualifying for Champions League Juventus93%60% Inter Milan211 Atletico Madrid68<1 Roma7823 Real Sociedad18<1 Nice471 TEAMMAKING CHAMP. LG.WINNING SERIE A Teams with a greater than 5 percent chance of qualifying for Champions League Man. City544 Napoli6413 CHANCE OF … PSG97%48% TEAMMAKING FINALWINNING CHAMP. LG. Hertha Berlin32<1 Villarreal22<1 Bayer17<1 Monaco9748 The group stage of the Champions League is behind us, with relatively few surprises. Tottenham and Dynamo Kiev probably were the two best teams eliminated: They had a 68 percent and 58 percent chance of advancing, respectively. AS Monaco and Benfica advanced in their stead.The knockout stage begins on February 14. Barcelona, which faces Paris Saint-Germain in the Round of 16, remains the favorite to win the title at 25 percent. Bayern, Real and Juventus are close behind. We give the other 12 teams just a 37 percent chance of winning, combined. Leicester City’s magic carried the club through the group stage, but its poor Premier League play has lowered its ratings. We give Leicester just a 29 percent chance of advancing past Sevilla to the quarterfinals, and a 1 percent chance of making the final.Check out our latest soccer predictions. Atletico Madrid125 Hoffenheim27<1 Barcelona43%25% Liverpool7915 CHANCE OF … Sevilla823 Bayern Munich>99%91% Real Madrid recently saw its 40-game unbeaten streak come to an end, but the club still holds a one-point lead in La Liga with a game in hand. Our ratings still consider third-place Barcelona to be the stronger team on both sides of the ball, which makes Real’s offense merely the second-best in the world. This leaves us with a neck-and-neck race for the league title, with a pivotal matchup between the two clubs looming in Madrid on April 23.Sevilla sits in second place, but we don’t expect the club to finish in first. Its goal differential is nearly half that of Real and Barcelona, and we rate Sevilla’s offense as about a goal per game worse than the other two teams’. Nevertheless, Sevilla is in good position to qualify for the Champions League by finishing in the top four in La Liga, after having qualified as the Europa League champion in each of the last two seasons.Bundesliga AC Milan11<1 Chelsea96%62% Teams with a greater than 5 percent chance of qualifying for Champions League TEAMMAKING CHAMP. LG.WINNING BUNDESLIGA TEAMMAKING CHAMP. LG.WINNING PREMIER LG. Teams with a greater than 5 percent chance of qualifying for Champions League RB Leipzig836 Bayern is in the driver’s seat here, seeking its fifth-straight Bundesliga title. RB Leipzig — which played in Germany’s second division last season but isn’t exactly a heartwarming underdog — is only three points behind in the table. Our ratings consider RB to be a much inferior team to Bayern, though, and goal differential agrees. We peg Dortmund as the second-best offense and fourth-best defense in the league, but an ugly 7-win, 6-draw, 3-loss start has the club in sixth place, with too much ground to make up.The battle for Champions League qualification is a bit more exciting. Bayern is a lock and we expect RB and Dortmund to qualify as well, but the league’s fourth spot is wide open. Hoffenheim — which narrowly avoided relegation last season — has a 27 percent chance of completing an impressive turnaround by finishing in the top four.Serie A Arsenal719 Juventus2110 Arsenal105 Paris Saint-Germain entered the 2016-17 season as a heavy favorite to win its fifth-straight league title, with our preseason projections giving PSG a 91 percent chance against its relatively weak opposition. Twenty matches in, PSG sits at third in the table with 42 points, three behind Nice and Monaco. We have ourselves a race!We expect the title battle to come down to PSG and Monaco, which are now closely matched in our ratings (with Nice considerably lower). Fourth-place Lyon has only 34 points in 19 games, but it’s also much stronger than Nice and we expect the two clubs to closely contest the league’s third Champions League spot.Champions League Napoli84 Tottenham709 Atalanta7<1 Bayern Munich2816 Real Madrid2312 Barcelona>9946 Man. City146 Dortmund803 Teams with a greater than 5 percent chance of reaching the Champions League final TEAMMAKING CHAMP. LG.WINNING LIGUE 1 CHANCE OF … Chelsea has opened up a seven-point lead on its Premier League rivals, and is threatening to run away with the title. Our ratings don’t consider the Blues to be significantly stronger than the other teams at the top of the table: We narrowly rate their defense as the league’s best, but their offense as just the third-best behind Arsenal’s and Liverpool’s. But even though Chelsea isn’t necessarily the best team in the league, seven points is a large margin with 17 games to play; we give Chelsea a 62 percent chance of taking the title. If our forecasted standings hold, both Manchester United and Manchester City will be left out of the top four for the first time in Premier League history. Who will win the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and the Champions League? See our predictions » TEAMMAKING CHAMP. LG.WinningLa Liga read more

AlexanderArnold hopes to end his career at Liverpool

first_imgThe rising Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold has revealed his hopes of remaining at Anfield for the rest of his career, expressing his gratitude to the fansAlready established himself as an essential first-team member, the Liverpool youth product has played a notable role in Merseysiders’ last season Champions League run to the big final.Alexander-Arnold has so far registered a total of 54 outings for the Reds ever since he broke into the first-team back in 2016. In his third Premier League season, the 20-year-old right-back already collected seven appearances, having provided an assist in the process.When asked about his situation at Anfield, the versatile England international said:“There is nowhere else I’d rather be than Liverpool,” he told The Times.“Somewhere I want to stay for the rest of my career is Liverpool. It’s what I’ve always dreamed of. Liverpool are special.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“It’s completely down to the fans. Whether we are winning or losing we always have their love.“I remember Istanbul [the 2005 Champions League final]. Only Liverpool could fight back from 3-0 down.“The players said they could hear You’ll Never Walk Alone at half-time.“Not many teams’ fans would still be there, singing their hearts out at 3-0 down, after making a long trip to Turkey.“A lot of teams’ fans might have left early, tried to get an early flight home, but not Liverpool fans, we stay to the end.”last_img read more

Imperial Beach city official shot and killed while vacationing in Mexico

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom December 29, 2017 Updated: 1:59 PM Posted: December 29, 2017center_img Imperial Beach city official shot and killed while vacationing in Mexico IMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) — Imperial Beach city officials were shocked to learn of the murder of City of Imperial Beach Administrative Services Director Doug Bradley while on vacation in Ixtapa, Mexico, over the Christmas holiday.Bradley, who was born in Huntington Beach, California, was an avid surfer and was killed on the day before he would have turned 50 years old. He was on vacation in the resort town of Zihuatanejo.News sources from Mexico indicate the State Secretariat of Public Security (SSP) was informed at 8:00 AM, Thursday, December 28, that Bradley had been shot and killed during a robbery in Ixtapa. Bradley was killed after being chased by gunmen in the resort town of Ixtapa about 4 a.m. Thursday, according to news sources in Mexico.Police apparently did not learn of Bradley’s death until about four hours after the incident.“Doug Bradley was loved by all that knew him,” said Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina. “He was always positive, loved to surf, and had helped to turn around the City of Imperial Beach’s financial management as well as restructure city administration to make it more efficient and resident friendly. He will be missed by everyone who knew him and worked with him.”The City of Imperial Beach is working with the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City to help repatriate Bradley’s body back to the U.S.Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is a resort region on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, 150 miles northwest of Acapulco and about 1,700 miles south of the U.S. border. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Mega Millions will hold their 321 million dollars drawing on Christmas

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – You have a chance at becoming a millionaire this Christmas.Mega Millions will hold their next drawing tomorrow for a whopping 321 million dollars.This comes after no one claimed the week before.You’ll need a Christmas miracle to get the money, your chances at winning is one in 302.5 million. December 24, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Mega Millions will hold their 321 million dollars drawing on Christmas Categories: Entertainment, Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Posted: December 24, 2018last_img read more