We’re gonna be honest: Things around the Broadway.com offices have gotten really boring the last few weeks. It’s sweltering, it’s humid, and worst of all, no new Broadway shows open until after Labor Day. But never fear, dear readers, we’ve got a great way to spice up the month of August: Broadway.com Summer Camp! Each day for 31 days, we’re highlighting the campiest, craziest, wildest—and did we mention campiest?—videos we can find. Put on your gaudy bathing suit and dive in! MOST GIF-ABLE MOMENT OVERALL CAMP FACTOR 9 out of 10 worst pies in London. God, that’s good. View Comments LOOK OUT FOR… 1:25. If there’s anything that can upstage a Sweeney Todd tap dance, it’s a horrifying Easter bunny and a demon pizza baby. Obviously. WHY WE LOVE IT Before these two visionaries (Emily Cara Portune and Ryan Malyar) even begin to hoof, we’re treated to the fabulousness that is their gold and turquoise ensemble. But really, nothing says “murderous barber” like shuffle-ball-changes, paradiddles and ill-conceived leg lifts. And it’s not just a dance routine. It’s full-on performance art. After wowing us with their moves, they proceed to salt and pepper a giant construction paper egg and lick it. Maybe it’s a metaphor for the show’s portrayal of revenge and government corruption? Yeah, probably that.
Do you think Aladdin is West End-bound? Apparently. I’m sure they’ll bring it to London because it does look like a big hit on Broadway. There’s a rumor that you’d like to do a show about the life of Machiavelli. Is it on the cards after FHTE? I’ve actually written a complete treatment of it so that may happen. It might even be a play. So the plan now for FHTE is to take it to America next year “out of town” and then maybe bring it to Broadway? I think your timetable is a bit optimistic! But there’s lots of interest in America and I’m confident that we can get a production going in the States, where the whole story has a resonance. I think the key thing is, if, and it’s a big if, we can find a director that we’re really happy with, to do it for the American market. What do you make of London’s West End suddenly looking like the 1980s again? You’ve got Evita, Saigon, Les Miz and Phantom all running and Cats is returning soon. I think it’s rather depressing, really. It’s nice that some of these classic shows come back, but it’s strange when you think you bust your guts for two years on FHTE and then without any effort at all you get Evita running in London and Aladdin coming on in New York, and you think, “Why do I bother?” But it’s good in the sense that obviously they’re good shows and that there’s an audience for them, but we’ve got to get some good new ones! You’ve done this beautifully shot filmed version of FHTE—are you hoping for the show to have a life beyond London? Fathom and Omniverse wanted to [film] it, they’ve done it and they’ve done a very good job of it. It is a good production, it just isn’t quite right, but we were able to make some edits in the film which were hard to do in the stage version and so I think it is a very useful calling card for the show. I’m delighted that it’s being shown in American cinemas. Do you really use your three Oscars as candlesticks for cricket dinners? They live in Cornwall and the only time I ever get them out is to put them on the table at the cricket dinner and they look like candlesticks, but the first time I did it nobody noticed them until the coffee course! There are a lot of shows now being filmed—do you think it’s a good thing? I’m very happy about it. I think if a production is a hit, particularly, then I think it’s good that there’s a record of it. And I’m pleased for Stuart that there is a really good film of the show that we did. FHTE hasn’t been a big hit, but it got quite good reviews and one or two very good ones. I think if nothing else happened I would be glad that the film’s there so that one day, someone might say: “hang on, something is there.” Elton John’s production company is making the Joseph movie—was it you that put everyone together? No, I didn’t have anything to do with putting people together. At least I don’t think I did. Elton rang up and said that he was thrilled that his company were doing it, but I don’t think he’s going to be particularly involved. Maybe he’ll take a part, actually! What sort of stage is the Joseph movie at? We had the first meeting about it last week and it’s the very early days. Matt Lucas is doing a screenplay. Obviously if there are any new songs then Andrew and I will write them. You’re Sir Tim Rice. You can work on any project you want. Why From Here to Eternity (FHTE)? Well, really because of a young man called Stuart Brayson, who I’ve been keeping tabs on for literally 20 years. He sent me tons of musicals, one or two of which he got on, but there was nothing that I really thought could conquer the world until he came up with FHTE. And to be brutally frank, that may not conquer the world. Everybody put their heart and soul into it, but I think there are things that we all got wrong, which if we’d had the luxury of an out-of-town show we could have made better. It went very well in rehearsals, everybody loved it—we just didn’t sell enough tickets. Congratulations on the recent milestone with The Lion King! With that show and of course all of your other successes, did you feel a pressure working on FHTE? Absolutely not at all. Regards Lion King, it was a great Disney thing which I was lucky enough to be involved with from the start and it’s just very nice to have happen. I think Elton and I made quite a bit of a contribution, particularly to the movie, but these things take off and have a life of their own. Tim Rice’s West End production of From Here to Eternity is hitting the big screen October 2, 5 and 9, making its debut in movie theaters throughout the U.S. Although the tuner, adapted from James Jones’ 1951 WW2 classic novel, with lyrics by Rice, music by Stuart Brayson and a book by Bill Oakes, had a short-lived London run, the legendary lyricist has hopes that it will have a new life in America. Since 1965 Rice has worked extensively with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Disney and Elton John and his many credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Chess, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Aida and The Lion King. The Tony, Oscar and Grammy-winning, cricket-loving Brit talked to Broadway.com about his projects, past, present and future. See From Here to Eternity on the big screen throughout the U.S. October 2, 5 and 9. View Comments
Rebuilding homes in the Department of San Pedro The facilities were part of a disaster preparedness program that aims to help countries in the region build their disaster relief capabilities and includes the infrastructure, equipment and training needed to ensure the centers are fully operational once completed. Rebuilding homes in the Department of San Pedro Military engineers with the Paraguayan Army are using shovels, hoes and tractors to help rebuild the the civilian population’s homes and reopen streets damaged by torrential rains and flooding in the Departments of San Pedro, Concepción and Canindeyú. Repairing other homes and providing health care, medicine, and food to flooding victims will require an investment of $37.5 million. “The CECOPAZ Soldiers will use all of the training and experience that they gained in Haiti to rebuild various villages in the north of the country,” said Soto. “For the Armed Forces this is a big step towards integrating with civil society. We’re always ready to serve when needed.” Seventy officials with the Army’s Engineering Command have been deployed since January 19, during the operation’s initial phase, in the district of Santa Rosa de Aguaray, in the Department of San Pedro. They are building 100 homes, which will directly benefit approximately 500 people. “These are economical housing units that consist of a bedroom, a living room, a kitchen, a bathroom, and a laundry room in the back of the house, totaling 34 square meters. The construction materials are bricks and the doors and windows are made of metal. The roof is made of Spanish tiles,” said General Milciades Rojas, Commander of the Engineering Command of the Paraguayan Armed Forces. On January 13, the Paraguyan government declared a 90-day state of emergency in regions heavily damaged by flooding. As a result, some roads became impassable while many homes were damaged or destroyed. Repairing other homes and providing health care, medicine, and food to flooding victims will require an investment of $37.5 million. The facilities were part of a disaster preparedness program that aims to help countries in the region build their disaster relief capabilities and includes the infrastructure, equipment and training needed to ensure the centers are fully operational once completed. Women to power The work of our Latin American armed forces is so interesting and productive. I am honored and worthy of knowing that their work is very positive. The military forces contribute with their training given that they were trained to serve the nation. “The CECOPAZ Soldiers will use all of the training and experience that they gained in Haiti to rebuild various villages in the north of the country,” said Soto. “For the Armed Forces this is a big step towards integrating with civil society. We’re always ready to serve when needed.” Seventy officials with the Army’s Engineering Command have been deployed since January 19, during the operation’s initial phase, in the district of Santa Rosa de Aguaray, in the Department of San Pedro. They are building 100 homes, which will directly benefit approximately 500 people. The second stage of the mission, according to Soto, will take place in the regions of Concepción and Canindeyú, where 82 officials from the Joint Training Center for Peacekeeping Operations (CECOPAZ) will work. The group returned from Haiti on January 19, after having served for a year helping to rebuild the Caribbean country, which was devastated by an earthquake in January 2010. Cooperation aids in emergency missions “Having the opportunity to help people in need within the framework of an assistance program strengthens our ties with the population and gives us the opportunity to carry out a non-traditional mission when compared to our normal role of providing defense,” said Paraguayan Minister of Defense, retired General Bernardino Soto Estigarribia, when he announced the Army initiative to help the civilian population. The task is the first in a series to build 5,000 homes in the three departments, at a cost of $50 million. An average of five people will benefit from each home. “Having the opportunity to help people in need within the framework of an assistance program strengthens our ties with the population and gives us the opportunity to carry out a non-traditional mission when compared to our normal role of providing defense,” said Paraguayan Minister of Defense, retired General Bernardino Soto Estigarribia, when he announced the Army initiative to help the civilian population. By Dialogo March 09, 2015 On January 13, the Paraguyan government declared a 90-day state of emergency in regions heavily damaged by flooding. As a result, some roads became impassable while many homes were damaged or destroyed. The task is the first in a series to build 5,000 homes in the three departments, at a cost of $50 million. An average of five people will benefit from each home. In 2014, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) civil-military assistance funds made it possible to open Paraguay’s first regional Emergency Operations Center and Disaster Relief Warehouse to serve the departments of San Pedro, Concepción, Amambay, and Canindeyú, in the country’s east-central region, according to SOUTHCOM data. “We’re carrying out this task with enthusiasm and following orders as soldiers do.” “We’re carrying out this task with enthusiasm and following orders as soldiers do.” “These are economical housing units that consist of a bedroom, a living room, a kitchen, a bathroom, and a laundry room in the back of the house, totaling 34 square meters. The construction materials are bricks and the doors and windows are made of metal. The roof is made of Spanish tiles,” said General Milciades Rojas, Commander of the Engineering Command of the Paraguayan Armed Forces. In 2014, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) civil-military assistance funds made it possible to open Paraguay’s first regional Emergency Operations Center and Disaster Relief Warehouse to serve the departments of San Pedro, Concepción, Amambay, and Canindeyú, in the country’s east-central region, according to SOUTHCOM data. Military engineers with the Paraguayan Army are using shovels, hoes and tractors to help rebuild the the civilian population’s homes and reopen streets damaged by torrential rains and flooding in the Departments of San Pedro, Concepción and Canindeyú. The second stage of the mission, according to Soto, will take place in the regions of Concepción and Canindeyú, where 82 officials from the Joint Training Center for Peacekeeping Operations (CECOPAZ) will work. The group returned from Haiti on January 19, after having served for a year helping to rebuild the Caribbean country, which was devastated by an earthquake in January 2010. Cooperation aids in emergency missions
Twitter was among the first to declare that working from home would be a permanent option, while the head of Barclays bank suggested that “putting 7,000 people in a building may be a thing of the past”.”This is a revolution here and we don’t know what the end-result will be,” said Jon Messenger, an ILO expert on working conditions who has traced the history of telework since it first emerged in the mid-1970s with the label “telecommuting”.”Managers in the past have been very unwilling to do this because of the loss of direct control over subordinates … it requires a totally different approach to management.”Trust the workerMessenger argues the new approach implies above all a shift towards greater results-based performance appraisal while allowing employees more scope to organize their work time.But while various studies link so-called “time sovereignty” to productivity benefits, some companies find that hard to take on board. Developers of employee tracking software – which for example send managers screenshots of their staff’s computer screens – are currently reporting a surge in sales.Companies where tasks are hard to quantify argue that some form of monitoring is essential. But workplace experts warn that excessive surveillance can be counterproductive.”Employers risk damaging the relationship if they are treating staff like children,” Ben Willmott, head of public policy for the CIPD body of human resources professionals.The rise over the past decade of collaborative software has made teamwork from separate locations easier, weakening the argument made in 2013 by former Yahoo! boss Marissa Mayer that teleworkers were seen as a “drag” on office-based colleagues.But such tools still leave many employees with a sense of disconnect and lack of structure in their working lives. Just as Deutsche Telekom’s Holmeckis did by using his cat as an ice-breaker, managers will have to learn how to bridge the distance.”There is a risk of people disengaging. A lot of the conversations are operational, about tasks: low on empathy, low on personal support,” said Octavius Black, whose company Mind Gym offers workshops on remote management skills.For now, the world is not far enough into the mass telework experiment to know how it will change work patterns or even what the real impact has already been on productivity.It is also unlikely to be representative of how companies and employees will use telework when the health crisis abates.Assuming that lockdowns do not have to be reimposed to prevent a second wave of the virus, ILO’s Messenger suggests that telework will become more widespread but in a watered-down form – optional and not for the entire working week.”The sweet spot is about two or three days a week,” he said. “Then you won’t have so many of the downsides.” Two weeks into the coronavirus lockdown and Sergei Holmeckis, a boss at Deutsche Telekom’s Czech operations in the city of Brno, was frustrated with staff video calls. His team didn’t like turning on their cameras and the discussion was stilted.”I started to show them my cat,” Holmeckis said. “It showed the human side of me more and really changed the perception. It got people to switch on their cameras and be more engaged.”Such tactics obviously won’t appeal to everyone. But they do show how the world’s biggest experiment in working from home is forcing managers to reassess their methods – especially as surveys predict higher levels of remote working post-pandemic. Before the new coronavirus began spreading, just 2.9% of the world’s employees were working exclusively or mainly from home, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO), a Geneva-based UN agency.Within weeks, that figure exploded as social distancing forced companies to launch telework schemes. An Argentinian study found that 93% of large firms had turned to telework; in Britain, half of all employers said that by late-April the bulk of their staff were working from home.The exercise was often chaotic, with scant regard for what tasks could be performed at home. Many workers faced cramped living spaces or had to juggle the job with children grounded by school closures. Others felt isolated.Yet overall reactions have been broadly positive. Surveys in the United States and Britain have shown over three-quarters of companies expect to offer more homeworking after the pandemic, with staff citing benefits such as greater work-life balance and claiming they felt just as productive as in the office. Topics :
Dirt Road Boys Basketball League Scores. (12-11)6th Grade Bulldogs @ East Central High School Fieldhouse.Shelbyville 30, Batesville 28 (OT). North Decatur 28, Batesville 26 (OT)The 6th graders (6-2) are in action next on Sunday, December 18th at the Connersville Spartan Bowl at 2:00 vs. Hagerstown and at 4:00 vs. Shelbyville.5th Grade Bulldogs @ Milan High School.Greensburg 35, Batesville 17The youngsters got off to an uncharacteristic slow start vs the much improved Pirates, trailing 17-0 before settling down and playing their game. The Dogs committed 18 turnovers and shot only 15% from the field.Gus Prickel led the way in scoring with 8 pts. Jack Grunkemeyer had 4 rebounds and 2 assists.Batesville 42, South Decatur 2Seething from their earlier loss the Bulldogs jumped all over the South Decatur Cougars leading 22-0 at half time. The team’s full court pressure and stifling man to man defense were the keys to victory.Bradley Wirth led the team in scoring with 10 pts., followed by Prickel and Sam Johnson with 8 pts. each. Wirth cleaned the glass 7 rebounds, while Grunkemeyer, Prickel, Johnson and Conner Drake each had 2 assists.The 5th graders (7-1) are in action next Sunday at the Greensburg Middle School at 1:00 vs. Lawrenceburg and at 2:00 vs. Jac-Cen-Del.4th Grade Bulldogs @ Batesville Primary School.New Palestine 19, Batesville 14. Milan 17, Batesville 14The 4th graders (5-3) are in action next on Sunday, December 18th at 3:00 vs. Rushville at Jac-Cen-Del Elementary and at 4:00 vs. Rising Sun at Jac-Cen-Del High School3rd Grade Bulldogs @ Union County Middle School.Batesville 35, Union County 13. Batesville 28, Centerville 13The 3rd graders (8-0) are in action next on Sunday, December 18th at the East Central Fieldhouse at 1:00 vs. Milan and at 2:00 vs. North Decatur.2nd Grade Bulldogs @ Milan Elementary.Jac-Cen-Del 22, Batesville 18. Batesville 42, Milan 3The 2nd graders (2-2) are in action next on Sunday, December 18th at Milan Elementary at 1:00 vs. North Decatur and at 2:00 vs. East Central.Good luck to all teams! Go Bulldogs!!!!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Paul Drake.
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. (May 28) – Redwood Speedway rolls out the red carpet for round three of the Redline Racing Parts North Star Series, with five IMCA divisions on the track this Sunday, June 1.IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts all vie on the half-mile dirt oval at Redwood Falls. Pit gates open at 3:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 5:15 p.m. with racing to follow. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Allstar Performance State, special series and local track points will be awarded. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $8 for students ages 13-17 and free for kids 12 and under accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $25.More information about the third of 10 Redline Racing Parts dates this season is available by calling 507 430-1662 and at the www.redwoodspeedway.com website. Point leaders heading into the Sunday show are Joshua Meyer in the Modifieds, Jim Larson in the Stocks, Matthew Looft in the SportMods, Justin Luinenburg in the Hobbies and Nate Coopman in the Sport Compacts. Redline Racing Parts North Star Series Top 10 Point Standings Modifieds – 1. Joshua Meyer, Fairmont, 76; 2. Roger Nielsen, Fairmont, 75; 3. Mat Hollerich, Good Thunder, and Jay Noteboom, Hinton, Iowa, both 72; 5. Dalton Magers, Redwood Falls, 69; 6. Greg Jacobsen, Sherburn, Jeff Larson, Lakefield, and Tyler Limoges, Redwood Falls, each 65; 9. Jason Fisher, Lakefield, 63; 10. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, 61.Stock Cars – 1. Jim Larson, Rushmore, 78; 2. Kenneth Tietz, Belle Plaine, 71; 3. Gary Mattison, Lamberton, 68; 4. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, 67; 5. Chris Meyer, Silver Lake, and Luke Sathoff, Jackson, both 65; 7. Trent Schroeder, Worthington, and Andrew Altenburg, Truman, both 61; 9. Chris Palsrok, Sibley, Iowa, 59; 10. Levi Feltman, Jackson, 55. Northern SportMods – 1. Matthew Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 79; 2. Randy Winter, Winnebago, and Jason Andrews, Estherville, Iowa, both 74; 4. Nick Johansen, Tyler, 70; 5. Justin Remus, New Ulm, 66; 6. Benjamin Chukuske, Sherburn, and Lyle Sathoff, Armstrong, Iowa, both 57; 8. Bruce Egeland, Marshall, 53; 9. Danny Myrvold, Heron Lake, and Nathan Chukuske, Sherburn, both 51.Hobby Stocks – 1. Justin Luinenburg, Reading, 78; 2. Cory Probst, Worthington, 77; 3. Jamie Songer, Ankeny, Iowa, and Jeff Senne, Welcome, both 68; 5. Kevin LaTour, LeSueur, 63; 6. Marc Janssen, Worthington, 60; 7. Logan Kelly, Fairmont, 59; 8. Neil Forsberg, Slayton, 56; 9. John Ross, Worthington, 53; 10. Matthew Olson, Morton, 44.Sport Compacts – 1. Nate Coopman, Mankato, 80; 2. Kyle Ewert, Glencoe, 75; 3. Nathan Sukalski, Elmore, 63; 4. Terry Blowers, Waseca, 39; 5. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, and Ben Wilhelmi, Redwood Falls, both 38; 7. Alan Lahr, Nicollet, and Megan Lappegard, Spencer, Iowa, both 37; 9. Jon Joehnck, Balaton, 36; 10. Scott Espey, Alpha, and Stephanie Forsberg, Slayton, both 35.
Area Basketball ScoresTuesday (12-11)Girls ScoresBatesville 55 Franklin County 43Jac-Cen-Del 52 North Decatur 42South Ripley 44 Switz. County 33South Decatur 42 Shawe Memorial 31Rising Sun 44 Crothersville 37Hauser 53 Edinburgh 36Rushville 53 South Dearborn 37Connersville 46 Muncie Central 40SW-Hanover 49 Borden 38Morristown 53 Greenwood Christian 51Boys ScoresSouth Decatur 84 Shawe Memorial 59Lawrenceburg 39 Harrison 37The Jennings County Panthers defeated The Batesville Bulldogs 45-39 in Boys Freshman Basketball action.Batesville was led in scoring by Ian Powers (22), Eli Pierson (9) and Cody Mohr (8).Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Sean Boyce.
The Arsenal winger jarred his knee during the Gunners’ 2-0 derby FA Cup victory over Tottenham in January and scans later revealed ligament damage that ruled him out of the rest of the domestic campaign – and the World Cup. But the 24-year-old England international is walking again, seven weeks after undergoing surgery, and insists he never considered pursuing a ‘quick fix’ in a bid to reach the Brazil finals. Theo Walcott expects to return to action stronger than ever after stepping up his recovery from a season-ending cruciate ligament injury. Speaking to several national newspapers, he said: “It has taken me a while to get the walking right, but it is nearly there. “At the moment, I am taking it week by week and trying to hit targets. I can’t do much yet. “I don’t want to be pushing the injury and not be 100 per cent and cause other injuries. “I was never tempted by any of the offers from people saying they could get me fit for the World Cup. “I followed the club’s advice. I went to a consultant in London and it was a great decision.” Walcott was a surprise omission from Fabio Capello’s World Cup squad four years ago having travelled to the German tournament in 2006 as an untested 17-year-old. “You can’t do anything about the injury and with the Capello incident I just wanted to prove I was good enough, and the following year I had a very good year,” he added. “They are totally different situations. No players like to be injured, a lot of players suffer from horrendous injuries. “I know it’s going to make me a better person and a stronger person. “I don’t want to look at six months’ time. I want to look at 10-15 years and still be playing.” Walcott drew some criticism for gesturing ‘2-0’ to Spurs fans with his fingers while being carried off the Emirates pitch on a stretcher, but the former Southampton player does not regret his actions, describing them as “banter”. “No I don’t regret it at all,” he said. “All the stewards were getting stuff peppered at them even before. “Me and Tottenham, you always have that banter. They do it to me, I do it to them, it’s just a bit of fun really. “I’ve seen some Tottenham fans since then and they have said ‘if it was one of our players (making the gesture) I would have loved it’.” Press Association
NEW DELHI: India’s chief badminton coach Pullela Gopichand believes the Tokyo Olympics should be postponed given the unprecedented crisis that the world is facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”I have my doubts about the Olympics. It is not like it is far away. The preparation has to start now. So, the IOC has to take a call now for everyone to relax,” Gopichand said.”I think, in the present scenario, with the health scares and all the travel restrictions and all, it is a tough time and at the moment the whole world is thinking about health and safety for its citizens. So I think given the situation it is better if the Olympics are postponed,” he added.The Badminton World Federation was severely criticized for conducting the All England Championship earlier this month, despite the rapid spread of the deadly disease.International players, including London Olympics bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal, slammed the BWF saying players’ safety was compromised for financial gains and Gopichand also did not mince any words.”Definitely, I think it was a wrong decision on BWF’s part to put the players at risk by hosting the All England,” said Gopichand, who is currently in self-isolation after returning from Birmingham. After being condemned by the players, the BWF suspended all tournaments till April 12. AgenciesAlso Read: Need Dravids, Gopichands for Indian tennis to flourish: Leander PaesAlso Watch: Prices of Protective Masks and Hand Sanitizers are Increasing rapidly due to fear of Coronavirus.