Shanice Williams Will Play Dorothy in NBC’s The Wiz Live!

first_imgThis casting is real, real to us! Shanice Williams has landed the coveted role of Dorothy in NBC’s The Wiz Live!. The exciting announcement was made on The Today Show on August 5. The musical telecast will click its heels on the Peacock Network on December 3.The 18-year-old New Jersey native was chosen following a nationwide search, including open calls in New York and Los Angeles. She’s trained in musical theater for five years and has appeared in local productions of West Side Story, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Seussical and Pippin.She joins the previously reported trio of Grammy winners: original Dorothy Stephanie Mills as Aunt Em, Queen Latifah as the Wiz and Mary J. Blige as Evillene. Three-time Tony nominee and In Living Color star David Alan Grier will play the Cowardly Lion (Grier appeared in the 2006 La Jolla production as the Wiz). No word yet if they’re on board for the forthcoming Broadway revival of the show, which is set to open in the 2016-17 season. Additional casting will be announced later.Kenny Leon will stage both the television production and revival of The Wiz in collaboration with Harvey Fierstein, who will contribute new material to the original book by William F. Brown. The show follows the familiar L. Frank Baum story of Dorothy and her adventures in Oz with a rock-filled revamp. Charlie Smalls’ score includes “Ease on Down the Road,” “No Bad News” and “Home.”Take a look at Williams’ audition and the moment she got the part below! View Commentslast_img read more

Cooking kids

first_imgCooking teaches children the importance of following directions, helps them practice paying attention and reinforces reading skills. “Children may be more willing to read a recipe because they are motivated by getting to make something,” Bales said. Children’s cookbooks are available at libraries. Or give cookbooks and aprons as gifts to budding chefs. Make sure you have enough time scheduled to complete a cooking task, and try not to step in. Save time with boxed mixesDecorating cookies and frosting cakes are fun, creative ways to spend time with children. They can be positive experiences for adults, too, as they reconnect with childhood memories or experience them for the first time. Refrigerated cookie dough or boxed cake mixes can cut down on the prep time without lessening the experience, Crawley said. Families can also start traditions cooking together. Children who may not have the opportunity to spend time with grandparents throughout the year can spend time cooking together during the holidays. Parents can talk about family recipes as they cook together. “It’s a fun time for families to spend together,” said Ted Futris, child and family development specialist with UGA Cooperative Extension. “Spending that time together is valuable for building bonds.” Educational as well as yummyCooking with children also teaches math, reading and science skills.“Children learn when they follow a recipe,” said Diane Bales, a UGA Extension human development specialist. “They learn to follow directions and perform tasks in sequence. They also learn about science when they see that you can’t always undo changes, or turn a cake back into flour and sugar.” By April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaFor many families, holidays mean hours spent in the kitchen preparing meals. Make it a family affair by including children in food preparation. “You can accomplish something and spend time together,” said Connie Crawley, health and nutrition specialist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. “You will create memories with children so they don’t just associate the holidays with opening gifts.” Let kids pour, stir and measureYounger children can stir and measure. They can also help make decisions about what to eat if given choices with limits. center_img Let older kids do more“Let them do as much as possible,” Bales said. “Let them have the experience of cutting, measuring and mixing. The more they can get involved the better.” As children grow older, Bales suggests giving them a leadership role, like reading the recipe and assigning tasks. “Anything fun that adults and children do together is very important,” Bales said. “It’s a chance for good casual conversation and language building.” Kids may also enjoy making food gifts, like specialty breads and decorated cookies. “They will learn the value of making gifts, that small gifts are just as meaningful and your effort is part of the gift,” Crawley said. Cooking with kids is a primetime to start teaching about food safety, too.Children should be taught to wash hands and told not to cross-contaminate foods by touching raw meats and then raw produce. Tasting any dough or batter that contains raw eggs is also off limits, that includes all boxed mixes, she said.“Children are curious, but they are more susceptible to foodborne illness than adults and no one wants to spend the holiday with Salmonella,” Crawley said. Kids can help by setting the table, too. Putting out plates, napkins and silverware sets the stage for the family meal. “When cooking with kids, parents need to set the agenda, but provide children the opportunity for choice,” Futris said. Develop age-appropriate tasks children can handle. “Preschoolers can definitely help with measuring and pouring. Elementary school children can read simple recipes and can even help cut ingredients with assistance,” Crawley said. “By age 11, most children are capable of preparing recipes on their own.” They are also eager to help cleanup. Pitching in to wash dishes, clean countertops and sweep the floor teaches them teamwork and responsibility.last_img read more

Board races set for March, 18 elected unopposed

first_img Board races set for March, 18 elected unopposed January 1, 2006 Regular News Board races set for March, 18 elected unopposedcenter_img Fifteen lawyers are running in five contested Bar Board of Governors races in the upcoming 2006 elections, while another 18 have been elected or reelected without opposition.Ballots in the races will be mailed on or around March 1 and must be returned to the Bar’s election office no later than midnight March 21. As in previous years, Bar members will have the choice of voting by paper ballot or electronically via the Internet. Instructions on voting will be included with the ballots.Contested races are: • In the 11th Circuit, Seat 1, Richard Leslie of Miami, Daniel Morman of Miami Beach, and Ray Abadin of Miami are running to replace Francisco R. Angones, who has become the Bar’s president-elect designate. • In the 11th Circuit, Seat 5, Robert Fiore, John Hickey, Dennis Kainen, Evan Marks, Brian Patchen, and Juliet Roulhac are running to replace Henry T. Courtney, who is retiring. All are from Miami. • In the 15th Circuit, Seat 3, incumbent Scott G. Hawkins is being challenged by David Prather. Both are from West Palm Beach. • In the 20th Circuit, Seat 1, incumbent J. Christopher Lombardo is being challenged by Laird Lile. Both are from Naples. • In the race for Out-of-State Seat 4, incumbent Brian D. Burgoon of Atlanta is being challenged by Eric Meeks of Cincinnati.Winning board seats unopposed were:• Incumbent Ross M. Goodman of Pensacola in the First Circui t, Seat 1.• Incumbent Dominic M. Caparello of Tallahassee in the Second Circuit, Seat 2.• Incumbent Gregory S. Parker of Perry in the Third Circuit, Seat 1.• Incumbent S. Grier Wells of Jacksonville in the Fourth Circuit, Seat 1.• Incumbent Andrew B. Sasso of Clearwater in the Sixth Circuit, Seat 1.• Incumbent Charles Chobee Ebbets of Daytona Beach in the Seventh Circuit, Seat 1.• Incumbent Mayanne Downs of Orlando, in the Ninth Circuit, Seat 1.• Incumbent Warren W. Lindsey of Winter Park in the Ninth Circuit, Seat 3.• Incumbent Robert M. Brush of Lakeland in the 10th Circuit, Seat 1.• Incumbent Ervin A. Gonzalez of Coral Gables in the 11th Circuit, Seat 3.• Incumbent Benedict P. Kuehne of Miami in the 11th Circuit, Seat 7.• Incumbent Timon V. Sullivan of Tampa in the 13th Circuit, Seat 1.• Incumbent Clifford W. Sanborn of Panama City in the 14th Circuit, Seat 1.• Incumbent John G. White III of West Palm Beach in the 15th Circuit, Seat 1.• Allison K. Bethel of Ft. Lauderdale in the 17th Circuit, seat 1. She replaces retiring board member Alan C. Brandt, Jr., of Ft. Lauderdale.• Incumbent Jesse H. Diner of Ft. Lauderdale in the 17th Circui t, Seat 4.• Incumbent Clifton A. McClelland, Jr., of Melbourne in the 18th Circuit, Seat 1.• Incumbent Ian M. Comisky of Philadelphia in Out-of-State, Seat 2All new and returning board members will be sworn into office during the Bar’s Annual Meeting in June.last_img read more

Junior Partner of Whole in the Wall restaurant, departs after 30 years

first_imgGould says she will be taking some time to herself in February to organize herself and move towards a few ideas she has. Gould came to her decision to leave in January of 2019, but she knows there wont be a whole in her heart. Rather, it will be filled with 30 years of memories. “We have had the opportunity to cook for famous people, so having the ability to cook for Natalie Merchant or ‘Phish and Phish’ actually came here and sat around the big table. So, I’ve had some really fun things and opportunities like that,” said Gould. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — After 30 years with the Whole in the Wall restaurant in Binghamton, Junior Partner Stacey Gould is leaving the restaurant.center_img A Binghamton University graduate, Gould worked part time as a waitress and fell in love with the restaurant. She eventually became Junior Partner to owner Elliot Fiks. While Fiks was the brains behind the menu, Gould kept things organized and helped implement Fiks’s ideas.last_img read more

Iraq confirms human bird flu case, suspects more

first_imgJan 30, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Updated information on a teen-aged girl’s death means that Iraq has joined the unenviable fraternity of nations hit by human cases of H5N1 influenza.The girl’s name was Shengeen Abdul Qadr, according to a New York Times story today. Her age has been variously reported as 14 or 15; she lived in the village of Raniya in northern Iraq, about 60 miles from Turkey, the Associated Press (AP) reported. Initial tests led authorities to deny she had avian flu.The story of her illness suggested a strong link, however. The girl touched a dead bird infected with the H5N1 virus on Jan 14, according to a statement by the Iraq health minister reported in the Times, and died three days later.The girl’s preliminary diagnosis of H5N1 was made over the weekend, following testing at a US military laboratory in Cairo, Egypt, the Times reported. Avian flu is also suspected in the case of the girl’s uncle, who lived in the same house and died Jan 27 after suffering symptoms like hers, according to the AP.Samples from the girl and her uncle will be tested in Britain, Reuters reported.A Reuters report from Geneva today said Iraq is investigating a possible third human case of H5N1 infection. That case involves a 54-year-old woman who was hospitalized on Jan 18 with respiratory symptoms and is still being treated, World Health Organization (WHO) officials told Reuters. She is from the same area in northern Iraq, near the city of Sulaimaniya, as the girl and her uncle.In addition, the Times quoted health minister Dr. Abdul Mutaleb Mohamed Ali as saying that two other people in other parts of Iraq had been tested for H5N1 infection, but the story gave no results or details in those suspected cases.Confirmation of the teen-aged girl’s infection prior to discovery of poultry outbreaks in Iraq suggests that H5N1 may be spreading stealthily, under the radar of existing surveillance systems, the newspaper noted.”We shouldn’t be seeing human cases first, and this points to serious gaps in surveillance,” WHO spokeswoman Maria Cheng said in that story. “But given the situation in Turkey, I don’t think we’d be surprised to see isolated human cases in surrounding areas.”Kurdish officials in northern Iraq today quarantined four villages over concerns that birds and people in the area may be infected, the Times reported. Some 150 teams of people were canvassing the area to cull birds.Other avian flu news came from two previously unaffected places—Cyprus and Saudi Arabia—and from Hong Kong, where the H5N1 virus first made news in 1997.A bird in northern Cyprus has been confirmed to have H5N1 infection, Reuters reported Jan 29. Cyprus is an island about 75 miles south of Turkey.Ill birds were found near Famagusta on the east coast of Cyprus on Jan 23, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported Jan 29. About 1,500 poultry have been culled in the village since then, and stringent border checks are taking place between the Turkish north of Cyprus and its Greek southern region.In Saudi Arabia, 37 falcons were culled after five of the valuable sporting birds tested positive for H5 antibodies, according to an AFP story on Jan 28. Tests to determine the neuraminidase (N) type were under way, the story said.The falcons were boarded at a veterinary center in Riyadh. After the testing was done in the course of a ministry team inspection, the 37 falcons were killed and burned, AFP reported.Last November, neighboring Kuwait announced the finding of a flamingo infected with H5N1 and an imported falcon with H5N2.In Hong Kong, authorities have confirmed that an oriental magpie robin found dead in a privately owned hut in the Sha Tau Kok area near the Chinese border had H5N1, Reuters reported yesterday. The species is common in Hong Kong and often kept as a pet. A wild magpie robin in Hong Kong tested positive for H5N1 earlier this month.last_img read more

Indonesia lags behind Thailand in attracting Russian tourists

first_imgIndonesia is lagging behind neighboring Thailand in attracting tourists from Russia because of limited direct flights and fewer promotional activities, which presents an opportunity for tourism businesses.With 158,943 tourists from Russia visiting Indonesia last year, Russia is among the top-20 sources of foreign tourists for the archipelago. Indonesia is not in Russia’s top-10 largest travel destinations, while Thailand is.Attracting more Russian tourists is difficult for Indonesia, largely because there is only one airline serving a direct flight between the two countries, said Anna Prikhodko, manager of the Visit Indonesia tourism office in Russia.Rossiya Airlines serves a direct flight from Moscow in Russia to Denpasar in Bali, where Russian tourists are the fourth-largest contributor to foreign visitors.Thailand has been able to attract a larger share of Russian tourists than Indonesia because there are many direct flights from several cities in Russia to Bangkok or Phuket, among other destinations.“We need to do several things to make Indonesia the number-one holiday destination on Russians’ wish list,” Anna said in a virtual discussion. “The first step is to support Denpasar-Moscow flights.”Bali, which relies heavily on tourism for its economic growth, welcomed 63,968 Russians tourists between January and May, marking a decline of 11.58 percent from the same period in 2019.The government is now preparing to reopen Bali’s tourism in hopes to speed up recovery after the province recorded a near 100 percent year-on-year decline in total foreign tourist arrivals in May.But Russians do not only visit Bali. Many also travel to Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara, according to Sigit Witjaksono, the acting third-region marketing director at the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry.“We expect other destinations to be ready, including Batam and Bintan [in Riau Islands], Yogyakarta and Labuan Bajo [in East Nusa Tenggara],” Sigit said.He added that the government was expecting tourism to recover from the pandemic-induced downturn starting in the last quarter of this year or the first quarter of 2021.Indonesia is already seeing signs of recovery with a 3.10 percent increase in foreign tourist arrivals to 163,646 in May from April.Paul Edmundus Tallo, chairman of the Indonesia Inbound Tour Operators Association (IINTOA), said on Friday that Indonesia needed to step up its promotional efforts to attract more Russian tourists by, among other things, partnering with tour operators.“Promotion is a must in tourism,” said Paul. “I myself normally go to travel fairs or sales missions in other countries three times a year.”Topics :last_img read more

Arsene Wenger makes approach to replace Barcelona-bound Ronald Koeman as Netherlands manager

first_imgArsene Wenger makes approach to replace Barcelona-bound Ronald Koeman as Netherlands manager Koeman is set to take the Barcelona job (Picture: Getty)However, with Barcelona giving Quique Setien the axe on Monday following their Champions League humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich, Koeman is to return to club management instead.And that has left the door open for Wenger to make a return to top-level football management. Wenger has previously admitted he is keen on a return to the dugout but admitted his age is a factor in any decision.‘Every day I want to train, I’ve been doing this all my life,’ he told Europe 1.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I’m 70 years old, I gave a lot. Should I play Russian roulette a bit, even when it comes to my health? I can’t do things by halves, so I ask myself this question.‘It will be in conditions that I consider optimal. Otherwise, I will not do it.’An international management position – which comes without the day-to-day stresses of club coaching – could suit the Arsenal boss at this stage in his career.Should the Netherlands hire Arsene Wenger?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 18 Aug 2020 7:49 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link671Shares Advertisement Wenger wants the Dutch job (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger has reportedly made an approach to the Dutch Football Association to offer his services to replace Barcelona-bound Ronald Koeman as Netherlands manager.Wenger, the former Arsenal manager, has been working as the head of global football development since leaving the Emirates. However, he is open to a return to management and he views the Dutch national team as an opportunity to return to a full-time coaching role. And, according to Fox Sports, Wenger has put himself forward to succeed Koeman and lead the Netherlands into the European Championship in 2021.ADVERTISEMENTKoeman is widely expected to move on this summer and return to former club Barcelona.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe former Everton and Southampton manager won the Uefa Nations League with his compatriots and was hoping to lead them to glory at Euro 2020, which was delayed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

This Wakerley home is ideal for entertaining

first_img51 Torrens Crescent, Wakerley“The living, kitchen and outdoor area – that whole (area) makes it feel massive for entertaining,” Mrs Hitchenson said.Inside, there are two separate living areas and two bathrooms while all four of the bedrooms have built-in wardrobes. 51 Torrens Crescent, WakerleyThe couple were reluctant to put the house on the market but work commitments left them with little choice.“We’re only moving for work, otherwise we’d be staying there a lot longer,” Mr Hitchenson said.The modern and well-maintained home sits on a 634sq m block in a quiet street. 51 Torrens Crescent, WakerleyTHE coastal lifestyle and friendly community lured Sean Hitchenson and Rebecca Freeman to Wakerley.“It was the area we liked – we were looking for a single-storey house,” Mr Hitchenson said.They hadn’t been searching long when they found the perfect property at 51 Torrens Crescent, which they have now called home for almost a decade. 51 Torrens Crescent, WakerleyMore from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020It has an open kitchen and dining area that flows on to the undercover outdoor entertainment area. Mr Hitchenson said they expanded the deck to make the most of outdoor entertaining.He said they also landscaped the backyard.It was one of his favourite parts of the home. 51 Torrens Crescent, WakerleyThe home also has Crimsafe doors and a Back2Base alarm system, ducted airconditioning, and solar power.Mr Hitchenson said there was a parking bay across the road, which was convenient when guests were visiting.Parks, including a dedicated dog park, playgrounds, walking and cycling tracks, major shopping centres and public transport were close by while the Gateway Motorway and Brisbane Airport were a short drive away.last_img read more

ATTF honours Nigeria’s longest serving umpire

first_imgRelatedPosts NTTF gets Technical Director Association presents insurance benefit to late Table Tennis Umpire’s family Table tennis: African Senior Championships postponed The African Table Tennis Federation on Thursday acknowledged the immense contribution of Nigeria’s John Peters for his four decades service to table tennis. At the grand finale of the table tennis event at 12th African Games in Rabat, Morocco, Peters was honoured by the President of ATTF, Khaled El-Salhy. Peters, who is attending his seventh African Games in Morocco, was described as a role model to upcoming umpire in Africa with his conduct and composure on table. “I want to commend Peters for his meritorious service to table tennis. For more than forty years, Peters has been around table tennis and he has contributed immensely to officiating in Nigeria and Africa. Despite his age, he is still relevant in scheme of things in Africa and I must commend him and I hope other young umpire will take a cue from him,” the ATTF boss said. Peters has been an umpire in many major table tennis tournaments around the world, but at 73, Peters of Nigeria is not ready to quit the stage, yet. And so this septuagenarian veteran umpire of the game is on duty in Rabat, Morocco. The Statistics graduate of Nigeria’s premier tertiary institution, the University of Ibadan, launched his foray into umpiring in 1973 as part of the technical team at the maiden African Games in Lagos, Nigeria. However, his passion for table tennis dated back to much earlier. Peters said: “I could remember vividly that my first contact with table tennis was in 1958 when I saw my schoolmates using our teacher’s table to play the game. I quickly fell in love with the sport. Soon, I started beating everybody in my class. Unfortunately, we never had any organised tournament. “Even in the university I was still involved in the sport having joined the then Nigeria Electric Power Authority (NEPA) as a member of staff. My involvement in the sport at NEPA really helped me. In 1972, the then President of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Dr Adegboyega Efunkoya, wanted to train a select group of people in umpiring and I was part of the team trained in administering the sport. That was when I got my initial formal education in table tennis umpiring.” After becoming a national umpire, Peters soon made the cut as one of the umpires for the maiden 1973 African Games in Lagos. That games on home soil marked his international foray. His words: “I made my international debut as an umpire in 1973 and I have been officiating table tennis since then. I must admit that table tennis has taken me around the whole world. Even where I cannot afford to go, table tennis has opened the doors for me to go. So for me, table tennis is life and that is why I cannot stop my romance with the sport.” After his 1973 umpire debut, Peters officiated at Nairobi 1987, Abuja 2003, Algiers 2007, Maputo 2011, Congo Brazzaville 2015 and now Rabat 2019. Apart from his continental duties, Peters handled matches at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and Glasgow. He was also at Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. The only male Nigerian blue badge umpire, Peters is not ready to quit the sport. “I don’t know whether I can be separated from table tennis. It is in my blood and my passion. Fortunately, there is no retirement age in umpiring. That is why I will continue to officiate as long as I am alive,” he admitted.Tags: Adegboyega EfunkoyaATTFjohn petersKhaled El-SalhyNTTFlast_img read more

ICC World Cup ‘If I had a sister, I would want her to ***** B….’: Twitter reacts to Ben Stokes’ Ashes heroics

first_imgThis video is incredible. Ben Stokes knows hes hit the winning shot before the supporters. Just watch him #Ashes— Footy Meme (@_FootyMeme) August 25, 2019 New Delhi: Ben Stokes played one of Test cricket’s greatest innings as England defeated Australia by one wicket in an epic third Ashes Test at Headingley on Sunday. England, bowled out for just 67 in their first innings, needed 73 more runs to reach a victory target of 359 when last man Jack Leach, came into bat on the fourth day. But Leach held firm before Stokes, the batting hero of England’s World Cup final triumph, hit the winning runs by flaying paceman Pat Cummins for a four that saw the all-rounder finish on 135 not out.While some hailed Stokes as the best all-rounder of all time, one of England’s former cricketers Graeme Swann went a step ahead and said that if he had a sister, he would want her to marry Stokes. Below are some Twitter reactions on Ben Stokes’s heroics in the third Ashes Test and England’s nail-biting one-wicket victory over Australia: For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more