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Broadway.com Culturalist Challenge! Which Musical Should Be the Next Live Telecast?

first_img STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button. Last week, we asked you to name the top 10 actresses you’d like to see play Katniss in a musical adaptation of The Hunger Games, and fans volunteered Samantha Barks as tribute. Casting directors, get to work! This week, we’re so excited for Peter Pan Live!, which airs December 4 on NBC, that we can’t stop thinking about what the next live telecast of a musical will be. So we want to know: Of the top 40 longest-running Broadway musicals of all time, which ones do you want to see live on the small screen? Broadway.com Site Producer Joanne Villani posted her top picks here! Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list. The Broadway.com staff is crazy about Culturalist, the awesome website that lets you rank and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re bringing you a new Broadway-themed topic to rank, and we’ll announce the most popular choices on the new episode of The Broadway.com Show every Wednesday. STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button. (If you don’t have a Culturalist account yet, you will be asked to create one at this point.)center_img STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button. Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results on the December 10 episode of The Broadway.com Show! View Commentslast_img read more

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All Set for Folkestone Beach Works

first_imgEssential beach management works that will protect the district’s coastline started last week in south-east England, informs the Folkestone and Hythe District Council (FHDC).The work – which involves the recycling and regrading of shingle beaches between Fisherman’s Beach in Hythe to Folkestone Harbor – always takes place around this time of year.Following the significant impact caused by various storms in recent months, surveys have shown it to be necessary to begin and complete the task as soon as possible.Cllr John Collier, FHDC Cabinet Member for Property Management and Grounds Maintenance, said: “We clearly need to guard against any risk of suffering tidal flooding at a time where people are being urged to stay at home.”“This isn’t a case of doing work to simply make the beach look nice for the summer – it is for the benefit of our residents by providing protection to the sea wall and therefore reduce the risk of flooding and coastal erosion.”The enhancement of the coastline’s defenses is expected to take a number of weeks to complete.last_img read more

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Professional Sports Leagues are Bleeding Billions of Dollars in Revenue

first_imgThe National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Soccer suspended their season, the NCAA canceled both the men’s and women’s March Madness tournaments, Major League Baseball’s Opening Day is being delayed, and The Masters golf tournament is being postponed.For fans, the cancellations or pauses in play are shocking and devastating.For professional sports leagues, franchises, players and ancillary businesses supporting them, the reality of the situation may prove more ominous or, as one NHL executive indicated, “seismic.” No other industry may be hit harder by the coronavirus outbreak than sports, even if these games are eventually made up or rescheduled.Think of airlines and retail. Clearly, they are facing a big crisis too. Yet, while passenger travel and foot traffic may be markedly down, people are still flying and shopping.But for the sports industry, COVID-19 is game over, at least for a short period. With events postponed and canceled, no one will be in the seats of these large entertainment venues for the foreseeable future.Aggregate annual revenues for the big five U.S. professional sports leagues exceed $30 billion, with the National Football League nearly half of that. While it is impossible to predict what will happen, each month where games are suspended or canceled, the combined potential revenue loss for the NBA, MLB, NHL and MLS could exceed $2 billion and those losses grow substantially if the NFL suspends or cancels regular season play in the coming months.Leagues and franchise owners face the stark reality of decimated incoming cash flows and few ways to meaningfully decrease expenses in the short term.Obviously, decisions to suspend or cancel play were made for the right reasons. Fan and player safety are unquestionably paramount. Professional sports leagues and franchises made difficult decisions and should be applauded.But that doesn’t change the fact that the coronavirus pandemic is presenting unique liquidity challenges for the sports industry. And those challenges increase the longer cancellations and suspensions persist.Cash-flow risksThe immediate, top-line business concern for sports teams is naturally the loss of ticketing, sponsorship, media and other revenue. For rescheduled events, pre-sold and season ticket purchases can, in most cases, be applied as a credit for replacement dates. That should help to minimize ticket refunds. But for canceled events, that won’t be the case and ticket refunds may prove inevitable. In any event, walk-up ticket sales are lost forever so long as events are on hold.Sponsor contracts will need to be reviewed carefully for the potential loss or deferral of revenue. Often these agreements contain performance thresholds — number of games, attendance figures, etc. — meaning an extended layoff could require reimbursement of a portion of sponsorship money that has already been received. Sponsorship contracts may even contain force majeure or early-termination provisions for circumstances like this.The same holds for media broadcast contracts, which generally only pay out for games that are actually played. And then there is the loss of event-day revenue such as parking fees, and merchandise and concessions sales. With no fans in the stadiums and arenas, these sources disappear.At the same time, professional sports have fixed costs that are all but impossible to discharge. For instance, the obligation to continue to pay player salaries, a subject of each league’s collective bargaining agreement, will likely continue with the intent to reschedule games. If a meaningful portion of the remaining schedule or all games are eventually canceled, that may change and the players may also lose out.Venue-use agreements are another major operating expense for franchise owners, and those agreements will need to be carefully analyzed for any relief if events are canceled. And that extends to team practice and training facilities.Simply put, it is not easy for leagues and teams to shut off expenses if the coronavirus pandemic seriously cripples their income.A new realityAll of this adds up to a new reality for the sports industry.In this environment, cash-flow forecasting based on revised revenue and expense projections is paramount. Teams that have debt leverage will need to assess impacts to their financial covenants and take proactive steps with their relationship lenders.Owners should look closely at their business interruption insurance policies to determine the availability and magnitude of coverage for the losses that are likely to arise from the cancellation or suspension of events.It is also a good time to assess short-term liquidity and financial flexibility. Owners will have to immediately consider the potential need to make capital calls from ownership, borrow on existing lines of credit or even arrange new debt financings.It might even be time for franchises to consider bringing in additional minority owners as a way to tap some extra cash, although most ownership groups will be able to weather the storm by investing additional capital into the team.Sympathy for owners may not be great, but fans love their teams and need to understand the financial pressures this pandemic will put on their teams as businesses.Until this pandemic is contained, the sports industry will struggle more than most to adapt. But the hope must be that the interruptions only last for weeks, not months, and that all of us are able to return to enjoying the entertainment that defines us as fans.Mark Kurtenbach is the co-head of the Sports and Entertainment Practice at Hogan Lovells.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram OpinionAggregate annual revenues for the big five U.S. professional sports leagues exceed $30 billionWhat strange times for the sports world.last_img read more

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Thunder shooters struggle at Penticton Regional Tournament

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Kootenay Thunder managed a win in three games during a pre-season 15-17-year Regional Boy’s Soccer Tournament held earlier this month in Penticton.The Thunder, run out of the Soccer Quest facility, sandwiched a win between two losses against teams from the host city and Shuswap of Salmon Arm.The highlight of the weekend came when Erik Norberg sidestepped through a pair of defenders for the only goal in a 1-0 win over the Penticton.Kootenay could have scored more goals but failed to convert around the net.“The Kootenays (came out) firing on all cylinders hitting the post several times and the Penticton keeper standing on his head making saves,” said the Thunder coaching staff.Kootenay opened the tourney against Shuswap playing in miserable conditions. And similar to the Penticton game missed opportunities came back to haunt the Thunder.Shuswap opened the scoring in the game. Thunder’s Neil Jacobson tied the game before the North Okanagan squad scored the winner with five minutes remaining in the game.“Good stops from Adam Delman (Creston) in net and solid back play from Archie McKinnon (Roseland) and Kevin Lewis (Nelson) kept the game close while the Kootenay forwards could not buy a goal.”In the final game 15-year-old Mitch Popadanytz scored from the penalty spot after Luke Mori was fouled in the box as Kootenay lost 2-1.Tournament MVP went to Chris Rushworth of Cranbrook with Graeme Bekker of Nakusp and Nelson’s Kevin Lewis also playing three solid games. Next for the Regional team a trip to Seattle in June for a College Showcase [email protected]last_img read more

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COUNTDOWN TO CHAOS: TRUCKERS TO GO AHEAD WITH DUBLIN BLOCKADE

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: DONEGAL truckers behind a plan to bring Dublin to a standstill are to go ahead with their plans next week – if they can outfox Gardai.Whilst next Wednesday was initially announced as the date for the protest, sources told us it “could be any day.”And we can also reveal that thousands of drivers have offered to take part, with some radical supporters saying the protest “won’t be over in a few hours.” One insider insisted: “We’ll have supplies with us that will shut Dublin for a week.”However we have also learned that senior Gardai in Dublin have set up a special team to track the movements of the truckers in an effort to prevent what they believe would be an illegal blockade.They have sent out an alert to gardai here in Co Donegal and in several other counties where there will be a bid to prevent large numbers of haulage drivers from getting anywhere near the capital.Support for of a mass haulage protest increased after talks between reps and TDs failed to reach a conclusion. Fuel prices and laundered fuel were the main topic of conversation on the agenda and IRHA president Eoin Gavin admitted that the protest was now a distinct possibility.“There appears to be no other option but to proceed with our proposed protest action on the week of the 20th of February in order to draw public attention to the Government’s willingness to fuel criminality and the resultant decimation of the haulage industry in Ireland,” said Irish Road Haulage Association president Eoin Gavin.It will be a year next Wednesday since hauliers held a protest in Letterkenny.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyCOUNTDOWN TO CHAOS: TRUCKERS TO GO AHEAD WITH DUBLIN BLOCKADE was last modified: February 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DONEGAL HAULIERSHAULAGE PROTEST DUBLINlast_img read more

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Mytoptrendz® Flat Hair Elastics Thick Wide No Metal Joint Snag Free Elastic Hair Bands Set Of 6 – Excellent product

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Free Flat Design Icon Set + Demo

first_imgDownload these free modern icons for your video and motion design projects.While cruising the latest on Vimeo I stumbled across the video above and was impressed by how clean the icon set was and how well the elements seamlessly transitioned. Lucky for us, the icons included in the video are part of a free flat design icon set that can be used in your personal or commercial projects.Brazilian motion designer Guilherme Todorov added the motion and morphing effects in After Effects. He says:The idea came from Seth Eckert’s great work and this nice pack I found browsing the web. Everything was imported to AE as shapes and the task was to animate each morph a day the best I could.The icon set is in a layered PSD format, so you can easily break apart and manipulate the layers to your liking. Super nice![maxbutton id=”9″]last_img read more

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Kobe Bryant wins Oscar for animated short ‘Dear Basketball’

first_imgGoogle honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Padda doesn’t regret benching star players early vs UE Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City The 39-year-old sports superstar believed the nomination validated that he could succeed off the court.“As basketball players, we’re told to shut up and dribble,” Bryant said on stage. “I’m glad we did a little bit more than that.”He thanked his wife, Vanessa, and his three daughters, naming each of them. He spoke a few words of Italian — a language he learned as a child growing up in Italy — and closed by telling them, “You are my inspiration.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ Kobe Bryant poses in the press room with the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for “Dear Basketball,” during the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWNLOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant is a winner in retirement, too.The former Los Angeles Lakers star won an Oscar in the animated short category for “Dear Basketball,” a poem he wrote after ending his 20-year career on the court in 2016.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img He’ll add it to an already jammed trophy collection that includes five NBA championships with the Lakers, two Olympic gold medals, NBA Finals most valuable player awards, a league MVP award and four All-Star game MVP awards.As executive producer, Bryant accepted his golden Oscar statue from “Star Wars” star Mark Hamill on Sunday night. He shared the award with Disney animator Glen Keane.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAmong those offering their congratulations via Twitter were Hall of Famers Magic Johnson, Bill Russell and Shaquille O’Neal, Bryant’s former Lakers teammate who admitted, “I’m jealous lol.”Since hanging up his basketball shoes, Bryant has delved into business (a new Nike shoe) and various forms of storytelling. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

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Bajaj launches Pulsar NS160 in India; priced at Rs 78,368

first_imgAmid speculations, Bajaj Auto Ltd has finally launched the new generation Pulsar NS160 in India for a price of Rs 78,368 (ex showroom, New Delhi). Bookings are also open for the new Pulsar NS160 across all Bajaj dealerships.However, the prices will come into effect from July 1, 2017 once the Goods and Service Tax rolls out.The new Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 is not a replacement for the company’s best seller, Pulsar 150 and is positioned below the Pulsar 180 in India.Price: City     Price (ex showroom) Mumbai    Rs 80,648 Chennai    Rs 81,466 Kolkata    Rs 80,365Design:The Pulsar NS 160 stands out with an aggressive and sporty look. An aggressive front with a muscular tank bearing a 160 design on the side gives this Pulsar’s style a new dynamic. The underbelly exhausts gives it a lean, sleek look that accentuates the iconic naked sport family.Bajaj Pulsar NS160Engine:The new Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 will come with a 160.3 cc, 4-stroke, oil-cooled DTSi engine that produces 15.2BHP of peak power and 14.6NM of peak torque, mated to a five-speed gearbox.Suspension:The mono-shock with Nitrox rear suspension is carefully designed to maintain a stable riding position at every twist and turn. The sporty-looking, 12-litre fuel tank lets the rider take extended trips while keeping a snug position at all times.Bajaj Pulsar NS160Dimensions:The new Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 will come with a wheelbase of 1363 mm and measures 2012 mm in length, 803.5 mm in width and 1060 mm in length with a ground clearance of 176 mm. It has a kerb weight of 142 kgs.advertisementSafety Features:The power-packed performance is combined with the ultimate standards in safety. The front disc brakes are powered hydraulically and ventilated to absorb hard riding techniques.Bajaj Pulsar NS160Competition:The new Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 will compete with the likes of  Honda CB Hornet 160R, Suzuki Gixxer and TVS Apache RTR 160 in India.ALSO READ:Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 bookings start in India, to launch next monthlast_img read more

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DryShips Opts to Buy Second VLGC

first_imgzoom Greek owner of drybulk carriers DryShips Inc. has exercised its second option to acquire a very large gas carrier (VLGC) for a price of USD 83.5 million.The VLGC will be employed on a fixed rate time charter with five years firm duration to an undisclosed oil major. The charterer has options to extend the firm employment period by up to three years.Scheduled to join DryShips’ fleet in September 2017, the vessel was bought as part of a “zero cost” option agreement signed in January 2017 for the acquisition of up to four high specifications VLGCs capable of carrying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).The company expects the total gross backlog associated with this time charter to be USD 54 million, or USD 92.7 million including the optional periods.Part of the purchase price of about 25% will be paid on closing, expected within March, with the balance payable in installments until the vessel’s delivery from HHI, according to DryShips.“This second investment in the gas carrier segment marks our confidence to the expected positive long-term fundamentals of the gas market and allows us to deploy the company’s available liquidity immediately,” George Economou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said.DryShips exercised the first option under the agreement was exercised in early January. The VLGC, scheduled to join the company’s fleet in June 2017, will also be deployed on a fixed rate time charter deal with five years firm duration with an undisclosed oil major.last_img read more