first_img from $95.00 Related Shows Wicked View Comments OK, guys, we get it. We know you want Aaron Tveit or Derek Klena or Kyle Dean Massey to play Fiyero in the hopefully-getting-made-someday Wicked movie. We know. But you also know as well as we do that sometimes, in order to get a movie musical made (or uh, an NBC telecast), you’ve gotta bring in a giant pop star. It’s just the way the world works. Rumors are swirling that One Direction sensation Harry Styles wants to dance through life in a big-screen adaptation of Wicked—but we want you to weigh in. Which pop star would you like to see put on Fiyero’s tight white pants? Cast your vote below!last_img

first_imgTickets are now available for Phalaris’s Bull: Solving the Riddle of the Great Big World off-Broadway. Conceived and performed by Steven Friedman and directed by David Schweizer, the world premiere production is scheduled to play a limited engagement from December 12 through January 16, 2016 at The Beckett Theater at Theatre Row.Harvard-educated, molecular biologist, visual artist and provocative underground philosopher, Friedman has the answers to life’s big questions. This theatrical event—neither play nor lecture—staged to reflect Friedman’s prismatic and eclectic vision of the world, uses personal narrative, poetry, art and science to tell the story of a contemporary philosopher’s quest to fulfill Einstein’s ambition “to solve the riddle of the great, big world.”The production will feature scenic design by Caleb Wertenbaker, lighting design by Jimmy Lawlor, sound design by Ryan Rumery and projection design by Driscoll Otto. Phalaris’s Bull: Solving the Riddle of the Great Big World Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 16, 2016 Related Shows View Commentslast_img read more

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A study from TransUnion’s Iovation unit finds that just over three out of five (61%) of consumers’ banking transactions in 2019 were conducted on mobile phones. Strikingly that figure is up from 52% in 2018 and 28% in 2014.Another report predicts that finance apps are on the cusp of exponential growth globally, and that includes in North America.Younger consumers are driving much of this trend. Their expectations have been set by experiences with Amazon, Uber and a slew of financial apps from fintechs and neobanks that often have superior data and analytics capabilities, according to the report, from mobile marketing and analytics firms Adjust and App Annie.Many banks and credit unions realize that digital banking and a mobile-first strategy represents the primary competitive battlefield. Investment in advanced mobile capabilities, they believe, is an opportunity to extend and deepen relationships, especially as consumer visits to branches continue to decline.last_img read more

first_imgThe minister appealed to people to minimize time spent outside of their homes to help reduce infections, especially in the coming weeks when emergency health services are expected to be operating at maximum capacity.Already in Santiago, 97 percent of intensive care unit beds are occupied, while units in the rest of Chile report having reached 88 percent capacity. Chile’s government said Wednesday it was prolonging a three-week shutdown of the country’s capital Santiago as the COVID-19 death toll reached a new daily record.Health officials said 87 people had died in the previous 24 hours, and nearly 5,000 new infections were recorded.The South American copper-exporting nation has now registered more than 113,000 infections and 1,275 deaths.  Health Minister Jaime Manalich confirmed the government was extending a three-week lockdown of the capital for another week.The city is home to seven million of the country’s 18 million population and produces half its GDP. Manalich said the population’s mobility had only been reduced by 30 percent, because of a large numbers of permits granted to those needed for essential activities.”There are many permits,” the minister said, warning that “for the quarantine to be effective, mobility needs to be reduced by at least 50 percent.” center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgArtist’s impression of the Vantage development at Benowa.DOWNSIZING Gold Coasters are the biggest group of buyers at Vantage Gold Coast.The $200 million masterplanned community at Benowa will be home to mostly locals with only five apartments bought by overseas buyers and seven by interstate buyers.The latest buyer breakdown was consistent across the Dusk, Eve and Scape buildings, which represent the first and second stages of the development and are completely sold out.Knight Frank Queensland project marketing head Chris Litfin, said the strength of sales at Vantage were from Gold Coast locals who had an appetite for apartment living.“About 75 per cent of buyers at Vantage are owner-occupiers and most of them are Gold Coasters selling their homes in a rising market and shifting to the Vantage lifestyle,” he said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“Buyers are finding they can sell their homes and buy at Vantage, while pocketing the balance to give them a carefree future.Vantage Gold Coast residential apartments in Benowa. Developer Rayjon.“There is also a small handful of investors who have purchased with the intention of downsizing and relocating for their own use in the future.”Litfin said all sales in the completed Dusk and Eve buildings had now settled.“The fact we have had 100 per cent settlements is also testament to the owner-occupier nature of Vantage and demonstrates the quality of the development and the strength of the market on the Gold Coast.”Vantage is adjacent to Benowa Village shopping centre.last_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Oscar De La Hoya in sex scandal Pacquiao to fight for WBA welterweight title Retired boxer Oscar “Golden Boy” De La Hoya has revealed plans to stage a comeback to boxing.The 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee, who is currently a top promoter under Golden Boy, is 47 years old. De La Hoya – who boxed successfully during the time when Bill Clinton was president of America to earn the sobriquet “Clinton’s Boy” – last fought in 2008 when he lost to Filipino legend Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.De La Hoya is reported to have already started training but lightly.The Ring Magazine made the revelation about his comeback where De La Hoya is quoted mentioning his former trainer Floyd Mayweather Senior as the man to hone his skills.Mayweather once trained De La Hoya and they parted ways when Mayweather’s son Floyd was to face De La Hoya in 2007.Floyd won the bout. De La Hoya – whose net worth is estimated around $200 million (R3.5bn) – says he has been staying in shape.“I am sure that I can get there but I actually want to see what Mike Tyson does,” he told Ring Magazine.Tyson has only teased a return into the boxing ring after multiple training videos were released and showed the 54-year-old in extraordinary shape.The former heavyweight world champion has received multiple offers, including an opportunity to face his tormentor Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield for a third time but this time in an exhibition bout.But Tyson – who has not fought since 2005 – has yet to commit. De La Hoya said: “I can still beat anybody I step in the ring with.” A potential all-Mexican battle with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez – the star De La Hoya promotes – would certainly be a blockbuster.But Alvarez – a four-weight world champion – is arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport today.Perhaps De La Hoya could face 41-year-old Pacquiao again.Tags: Golden BoyManny “Pacman” PacquiaoOscar De La Hoyalast_img read more

first_img(REUTERS) – Australia opener David Warner has fired a salvo ahead of the Ashes against England, likening the series to a “war” and saying the hosts would work up some “hatred” for their opponents to get in the right frame of mind.Warner also said he did not regret comments he made during the first Ashes test at the Gabba in 2013 about England having “scared eyes”, adding that he fully expected more words to be exchanged during the coming series.”As soon as you step on that line it’s war,“ Warner said on ABC Grandstand. ”You try and get into a battle as quick as you can. I try and look in the opposition’s eyes and try and work out ‘how can I dislike this player, how can I get on top of him?’“You have to delve and dig deep into yourself to actually get some hatred about them to actually get up when you’re out there. History is a big part in this and that is what carries us onto the ground.”The five-Test series starts in Brisbane on Nov. 23 and Warner said the battle would begin in earnest on day one of the first encounter at the Gabba.“Four years ago, during that first Test I made some statements in the media and at the time I thought it was a great thing to come out and speak what I said,” he added, in reference to his comments during the last Ashes held in Australia, which the hosts won 5-0.”I have no regrets about that and I think that could have played a little bit of a role in the back of their minds.“At the moment I‘m not going to put any vibes out there or get into a verbal stoush… but come day one when we walk out there, there will definitely be some words exchanged. I think the subtle approach these days is how it is and how it goes.”last_img read more

first_img Published on November 9, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments In the minds of Bruce Taylor and Eddie Whitley, Virginia Tech’s turnaround began immediately following its second game of the season. The first week for the Hokies could not have gone any worse. Virginia Tech suffered a heartbreaking 33-30 loss to Boise State in the final minutes of a Monday night game on national television. Six days later, the Hokies endured a devastating 21-16 loss to Football Championship Subdivision opponent James Madison on its home turf. The Hokies, which started the season ranked No. 10 in the country, was 0-2 for the first time since 1995. But Whitley, a junior safety, and Taylor, a sophomore linebacker, agreed that though their season hit a low point following that loss to JMU, the turnaround began once the game was done.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘It was different for us, and we just made a stand at that time,’ Whitley said. ‘We were like, ‘Look, it’s not going to happen again. We know we can win games. That’s what we are supposed to do, and we’re going to start doing it.’ And we’ve been doing it.’ Since the disastrous beginning to its season, No. 16 Virginia Tech has rattled off seven straight wins. It is the only Atlantic Coast Conference team with an unblemished conference record and holds a two-game lead in the Coastal Division standings. The Hokies’ (7-2, 5-0) resiliency has been on display, not only in salvaging its season but also in multiple come-from-behind wins throughout the year. ‘I don’t think words can really describe how it’s kind of turned around so dramatically,’ senior tight end Andre Smith said. ‘It’s huge and it’s a great feeling, but again I think we just finally came together, and we’re hitting on all cylinders.’ Though Taylor and Whitley did say the turnaround started after the loss to James Madison, Virginia Tech very easily could have started off the season 0-3. The Saturday after the loss to the Dukes, the Hokies took on East Carolina, a team that upset them in the opening week of the 2008 season. The Pirates held a 10-point lead over Virginia Tech on two separate occasions in the first half, but the Hokies refused to surrender. Virginia Tech stormed back to take the lead for good in the third quarter and pulled away for its first win of the season. But that victory was not the first sign of Virginia Tech’s persistence. Even though the team lost on a last-minute drive, the Hokies went down 17-0 to Boise State in the season opener before taking the lead in the second half. That loss to the Broncos turned out to be the only game in which Virginia Tech couldn’t complete the comeback. At North Carolina State on Oct. 2, Virginia Tech trailed 17-0 early in the second quarter before scoring twice in the last 1:27 of the game to secure a 41-30 win. The Hokies went down 14-0 to Georgia Tech Saturday, but a 90-yard kick return for a score with just more than two minutes left swung the game in Virginia Tech’s favor. And even in its 45-21 romp over Central Michigan, the Hokies went down 7-0 to the Chippewas on the first drive of the game. ‘I think it’s a little weird because in some cases it’s almost like we play better when we’re behind,’ Smith said. ‘I don’t think there’s much panic or anxiety-type feeling. I just think that maybe in some kind of weird way, it just pushes us to play harder.’ And behind this push through the adversity for the Hokies are the senior leaders, such as Smith and quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Taylor said through his four years at Virginia Tech, the upperclassmen have never had a bigger role than they did this year. The two losses to open the season forced them into it. It was their job to bring the team together and get things turned around. And it started immediately after the Hokies’ loss to James Madison. That game may have eliminated their shot at a national championship. But it marked the beginning of the turnaround for Virginia Tech’s season. ‘Now when you look at (the start of the year), it is what it is,’ the linebacker Taylor said. ‘There’s nothing you can do about it now. It’s in the past. You’ve just got to focus on what you’re in control of, and what we’re in control of now is this ACC run.’ Big men on campus QB Brandon Weeden and WR Justin Blackmon No. 12 Oklahoma State Last week: Weeden — 34-of-42, 435 yards, 3 TDs Blackmon — 13 catches, 173 receiving yards, 1 TD, 1 carry, 69 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD Weeden and the Cowboys ripped control of the Big 12 South away from Baylor with their 55-28 domination of the Bears in Stillwater, Okla. Saturday. The quarterback set a school record with 435 yards through the air, and the offense racked up 725 yards of total offense, breaking the school record it had set earlier this season. With star receiver Blackmon back from a one-game suspension, the Cowboys attack was nearly unstoppable, piling up 34 points before Baylor could even get on the scoreboard. Weeden went to his favorite target, Blackmon, from the get-go as the two combined for Oklahoma State’s first touchdown of the day from five yards out. Blackmon finished with 13 catches for 173 yards and that early touchdown and added a 69-yard touchdown run just after halftime. In addition to Weeden’s record for yardage in the game, the quarterback also set the school record with 34 completions on the day. Team of the week No. 3 Texas Christian Last Week’s Result: W, 47-7 at No. 15 Utah Slide over Boise State. There’s a new mid-major taking the lead in the hunt for an at-large BCS berth in the championship game. The Horned Frogs secured their spot as the highest ranked mid-major by demolishing then-No. 5 Utah in Salt Lake City Saturday. Senior quarterback Andy Dalton powered TCU with 355 yards and three touchdowns through the air. The Horned Frogs No. 1-ranked defense also shut down the Utes’ attack, holding Utah scoreless until a meaningless garbage-time touchdown put it on the board in the fourth quarter. By then the Horned Frogs were already up 40. The win puts TCU within striking distance of No. 1 Oregon and No. 2 Auburn in the BCS standings. Should either of those teams lose in the remaining weeks of the regular season, the Horned Frogs will likely become the first non-BCS school to play for the BCS national championship. zjbrown@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgWith Syracuse (1-0) coming off a 33-7 win over Colgate, the Orange begins its conference schedule against No. 13 Louisville (1-0) in the Carrier Dome Friday at 8 p.m. The Cardinals are coming off a 70-14 thumping of Charlotte in which sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson accounted for eight touchdowns, all of them before halftime.UofL beat writer Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal answers five questions for The Daily Orange about Jackson, Louisville’s preparations for SU and more.The Daily Orange: If there is a most effective way to slow down Lamar Jackson, what is it?Steve Jones: There probably isn’t a real good way because I think it’s true — as has been the storyline since the spring — that he’s an improved passer this year. Not only is Jackson probably the fastest quarterback in the country, I can’t imagine anyone really has a stronger arm. (There is video evidence of him throwing it 100 yards.) He’s gotten pretty accurate, too, and he’s going through his reads and throwing to the tight ends and running backs more than ever before. In short, the guy has gotten really good. That said, I would still think the best way to defend Louisville is to make Jackson beat you with his arm and force him to stay in the pocket. Last year, Florida State, which has a fast defense that was equipped better than most to contain his running, held him to 32 rushing yards on 19 carries even as he had his best passing game of the year (307 yards, three touchdowns), and that was about as well as anyone defended him. There were some games (Auburn, NC State, Kentucky, Texas A&M) he had sub-50 percent completion percentage, but he still killed with his legs. One consideration with Jackson is that you play a tight man-to-man coverage, he can take off running when your DBs have their backs turned. But basically, I’d say keep him in the pocket and make him deliver the ball. That still might get you beat, though.D.O.: What kinds of problems can Louisville’s front seven pose for a Syracuse ground game that struggled against Colgate?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textS.J.: The nose tackle DeAngelo Brown is a load and really experienced guy who doesn’t let too much get through those central gaps. He’s probably one of the best handful of guys at that position in the country. The middle linebacker Keith Kelsey is a first-team All-ACC player who is a sure tackler and is always in the right spot. Lately, UofL has been using safety Josh Harvey-Clemons — a really big, athletic guy at 6-foot-5, 230 — up as a middle linebacker in a dime formation, and the staff thinks he’s gives opponents a matchup problem if you try to block him or catch a pass against him.As for a pass rush, the guys to watch are the Cards’ two outside linebackers/rush ends — Devonte Fields and James Hearns. Fields is an All-America level guy who led the country in average tackles per loss last season, and he really cranked it up in the second half of the year with 18 tackles for loss in the last seven games. Hearns is explosive, too.D.O.: What does Bobby Petrino seem most concerned about heading into Friday when it comes to Syracuse?S.J.: Part of it has been the nature of the most common questions he’s received, but he has mostly talked about needing to get ready for the up-tempo offense, including the semi-controversy over if Syracuse got to snap the ball too quickly against Colgate. It certainly sounds like Louisville is working hard on trying to simulate in practice, with two scout offenses running in and out against the first-team defense and snapping it every 16 seconds. And the Cards would figure to keep using that dime defense to give them the flexibility to match up with a speedy spread offense.The first thing he mentioned about Syracuse’s defense is that the Orange runs a lot of D-line movements and “line games” that will test Louisville’s O-line. Some more complicated stunts and line moves seemed to confuse UofL’s O-line last year, when it was second-to-last in the country in sacks allowed. Last year, Louisville started two true freshman tackles, a redshirt freshman guard and junior-college transfer guard a lot of the time, so it was a really inexperienced group. The staff claims the O-line’s a lot better this year because the guys actually know the plays and concepts. Charlotte probably wasn’t good enough to gauge if UofL actually is better up-front, but, for what it’s worth, Charlotte got no sacks and only one tackle for loss.D.O.: What was most surprising from Louisville’s 70-point onslaught against Charlotte?S.J.: The fact that Jackson got to eight touchdowns (six passing, two rushing) in a half was incredible, but that actually didn’t overly surprise me. He threw for eight touchdowns in basically a half in the spring game, and I thought UofL’s second-team defense (that he faced in the spring game) probably was better than Charlotte’s first-team defense. I would say the amount UofL threw to the running backs really stood out. It just wasn’t a key part of the offense last year. The group combined for 13 catches and zero touchdowns last season. On Thursday, they caught nine passes and three TDs. All those TDs came from Jackson in a pretty short span in the first half. It’s a sign Jackson is checking down, looking for more guys than he ever did last year. If it continues, it would add a big element to the offense.D.O.: The last time Syracuse beat an opponent ranked this high was Louisville in 2012 at home. Is there any way that happens again?S.J.: There’s a chance because Dino Babers’ teams can move the ball and score, but I don’t see it happening. Louisville strikes me as really good, and I’ve been thinking top-12 or top-15 good for a while. (That’s no stretch considering they are literally ranked in the top 15 this week.) Jackson is super athlete, the O-line should be better than last year because the group is more experienced, there are eight wide receivers on the team who were ranked four-star recruits by at least one site, and most of the starters are back from a top-20 defense. And Louisville blew Syracuse out last year when Jackson didn’t even play. The Orange are probably better, and they have a home-field advantage, but Louisville is better, too, so I think the Cards will win pretty handily. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 8, 2016 at 11:24 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more