David Burtka on Shoulda & How NPH is ‘the Disciplinarian’ Dad

first_img It Shoulda Been You View Comments David Burtka stopped by The Today Show on May 6 to chat appearing in It Shoulda Been You. “I’m having the time of my life,” he told Kathie Lee and Hoda about starring with Tyne Daly, Harriet Harris and Broadway.com Vlogger Sierra Boggess in the wedding-themed comedy. Talk also turned to his adorable twins Gideon and Harper. Turns out that Burtka’s hubby, Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris, is “more of the disciplinarian.” Check out the interview (and a dance!?) below and then the David Hyde Pierce-helmed musical at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 9, 2015 Related Showslast_img read more

Brazil up to second, Uganda 73rd in World FIFA rankings

first_img1. Argentina2. Brazil3. Germany4. Chile5. Belgium6. Colombia7. France8. Portugal9. Uruguay10. SpainShare on: WhatsApp Zurich, Switzerland | AFP | Despite a big win and draw against highly ranked Congo Brazzaville and Ghana recently, Uganda Cranes dropped a place in the latest FIFA rankings released Thursday. Ghana and Congo however tumbled in the rankings.It turns out the 0-1 defeat in a friendly against lower ranked Zambia (94th thenm 91 now) cost the team some marks.Uganda are ranked 73rd, 18th in Africa. Congo are now 7oth in the world having dropped 15 places, while Ghana 53rd, fell by eight.Senegal 33rd, Ivory Coast  and Tunisia at 34 are Africa’s top ranked nations.Egypt, Uganda’s other rival in the World Cup qualifiers, moved up 10 to 36th in the World and 4th in Africa.On the world scene, Brazil climbed up to second place behind continental rivals Argentina.The Brazilians leapfrogged Germany, now in third, on the back of their strong performances in World Cup qualifiers.Another South American team, Chile, jumped two places to fourth, ahead of Belgium and Colombia.One of the biggest jumps belongs to the Republic of Ireland, whose three consecutive World Cup qualifier victories saw the team rise 10 places to 23rd.Top 10 – FIFA standings, as of November 24, 2016last_img read more

Ballet Northwest Presents The Sleeping Beauty

first_imgFacebook110Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Ballet NorthwestBallet Northwest (BNW) will present Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet The Sleeping Beauty this Mother’s Day weekend at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts.The Sleeping Beauty plays May 12 – 14 at The Washington Center. Photo courtesy: Ballet NorthwestTchaikovsky’s beloved ballet is the most popular spring production in Ballet Northwest’s repertory, and features a cursed princess, faeries, the royal court, and a prince who awakens a sleeping kingdom. The ballet concludes with Princess Aurora’s wedding with special guests Red Riding Hood, Puss N’ Boots, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, and Snow White and the seven dwarfs.Ballet Northwest’s production includes professional sets, lavish costumes, and 75 local dancers (from Thurston, Lewis, Mason, and Pierce counties.)“We’re excited this year to have such a strong cast of local dancers bringing this beautiful ballet to life. Some of our advanced dancers have recently attended summer programs at prestigious schools such as American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Oregon Ballet Theatre,” said Josie Johnson, BNW’s co-artistic director.Ballet Northwest continues its rich tradition of outreach into the community with its Dance Access Initiative in conjunction with The Sleeping Beauty.Anna Thornton and Anthony Gamroth will delight audience members of all ages. Photo courtesy: Ballet NorthwestCo-Artistic Director Ken Johnson explained, “We’re thrilled to be busing 1,800 school children (at no charge to the schools) to free student matinees at the Washington Center. For most kids, this will be their first exposure to ballet. This year we will have two packed student matinees featuring an abbreviated version of the show followed by a question and answer session.”Ballet Northwest presents The Sleeping Beauty with the support of Nisqually Indian Tribe, Dr. Andrew Kapust, Olympia Federal Savings, and 94.5 Roxy.Ballet Northwest will present The Sleeping Beauty at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Olympia May 12 through 14, Mother’s Day Weekend 2017. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $14 to $33, with discounts available to students, seniors, and youth. Student Rush tickets are available one hour before curtain. Tickets are available through the Washington Center Box Office at 512 Washington Street SE in Olympia or by calling 360-753-8566. Visit the Ballet Northwest website for more information or buy tickets online at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts website.Josie Johnson, Co-Artistic DirectorPhoto courtesy: Ballet NorthwestJosie and her husband Ken are the Directors of Johansen Olympia Dance Center. She trained at Orange County Ballet Theatre, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and The Hartt School at the University of Hartford, where she received a B.F.A. in Dance Pedagogy. Josie danced professionally with Dance Connecticut/Hartford Ballet, Connecticut Opera, Roxey Ballet, and ARC Dance Productions. Guest credits include Eliot Feld’s Mr. XYZ with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Kirk Peterson’s The Nutcracker with the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company. Josie has taught and choreographed extensively throughout New Jersey, Connecticut, and Washington.Ken Johnson, Co-Artistic DirectorJune Jeng (pictured) is one of the many talented seniors in this year’s production. Photo courtesy: Ballet NorthwestKen and his wife Josie are the Directors of Johansen Olympia Dance Center. He trained at Johansen School of Ballet, Evergreen City Ballet, and the School of Hartford Ballet. He attended summer programs at American Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet on scholarship. Ken danced professionally with Hartford Ballet, Dance Connecticut, and Connecticut Opera, as well as at the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Ken received a bachelor’s from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford.  Ken has worked at American Repertory Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Dance Connecticut, ACT Theatre, and Tacoma Art Museum.Since 1970, Ballet Northwest has been a community-based group dedicated to promoting, teaching, and preserving the art of dance in Southwestern Washington. The company offers educational opportunities for local dancers as well as outreach throughout the community.last_img read more

Sea Bright will be Rockin’ Sept. 1 with Celebration Concert

first_imgSEA BRIGHT – A celebration of the progress made since Super Storm Sandy hit town is being held by the Businesses of Sea Bright at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, on the Sea Bright Public Beach on Ocean Avenue at River Street.The business organization is sponsoring a free concert with the B-Street Band, featuring special guest Vinnie Maddog Lopez, a former Bruce Springsteen band member.The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with an opening act by Cat London & Friends. Admission is free and open to all ages. The first 500 attendees will be given a free T-shirt. There will be free raffles for bicycles and gift certificates to various Sea Bright retailers and eating establishments.The B-Street Band is the original tribute band to Bruce Springsteen and will perform Springsteen favorites as well as dance music. Selections will include music from the legendary Roy Orbinson, Billy Joel, ‘70s disco, Motown, Tom Petty and John Mellencamp.B-Street Band, originally known as Backstreets, was formed May 1980 in Asbury Park by musicians Will Forte and the late Bob Chipak. Since that time, the top-drawing band has performed from Maine to the Bahamas for well over 3 million people.Cat London is a hot, popular Shore band.The Businesses of Sea Bright is an organization that promotes and furthers the public appeal of Sea Bright. It promotes higher business standards and encourages cooperation among the retail businesses, restaurants and beach clubs.Many Sea Bright businesses have reopened since Sandy.last_img read more


first_imgBLACKJACKCAT: A 3-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Tale of the Cat, this Al and Sandee Kirkwood homebred is trained by Mark Glatt and retains the services of “Big Money” Mike Smith. Third in the Grade II Twilight Derby here two starts back on Nov. 4, Blackjackcat set the pace and tired to finish sixth in the Grade I Hollywood Derby on Dec. 3 at Del Mar and will be cutting back in distance from four consecutive tries at a mile and one eighth. Mittersill–Joel Rosario–119Blackjackcat–Mike Smith–119Moonlight Drive–Rafael Bejarano–119Conquest Enforcer–Flavien Prat–121Fabozzi–Luis Contreras–119Isotherm–Kent Desormeaux–119Path of David–Joe Talamo–121Frank Conversation–Mario Gutierrez–124Blackout–Julien Leparoux–119Defiantly–Brice Blanc–121Tusk–Drayden Van Dyke–119First post time on opening day, Monday, Dec. 26, is at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. For opening day promotions and reservations, scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com. CARDED AS THE LAST RACE ON OPENING DAY, MATHIS BROTHERS MILE ATTRACTS 11 SOPHOMORES ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 21, 2016)–The best may indeed be last on opening day, Monday, at Santa Anita. Carded as the ninth and final race, the Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) has attracted a wide open field of 11 three year olds and could be the best betting race of the day as The Great Race Place opens for its 80th Winter Meet. BLACKOUT: Trained by Florida-based Mark Casse, this French-bred colt ran evenly when finishing eighth, beaten three lengths, in the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles turf Commonwealth on Nov. 12 at Churchill Downs. Based at Palm Meadows in south Florida, he’ll be making his fourth stateside start for owners Gary Barber, Justin Casse and River Card Stable. He has two wins from three career tries at a mile on turf. CONQUEST ENFORCER: Formerly trained by Casse, he was sold privately following a neck defeat in the Grade II, six furlong turf Nearctic Stakes at Woodbine on Oct. 16 and will make his first start for Loooch Racing Stables Inc., Imaginary Stables or Ritchie, and trainer Phil D’Amato. An Ontario-Canadian-bred colt by Into Mischief, he’s been favored in six out of his seven starts. With a win from two tries at a mile on turf, Conquest Enforcer has plenty of speed and has four wins and two thirds to his credit. ISOTHERM: Well beaten in the Grade I Hollywood Derby at Del Mar, he’s winless in his last seven starts but has been keeping good company and gets the services for the first time of Kent Desormeaux. Trained by New York-based George Weaver and owned by Matthew Schera, Isotherm will likely be taken off the pace in his first-ever try over the Santa Anita turf. THE GRADE II MATHIS BROTHERS MILE IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS AND WEIGHTS MOONLIGHT DRIVE: Third, beaten one length three starts back in the Grade III La Jolla Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on turf, Italian-bred Moonlight Drive was subsequently seventh in the Grade II Del Mar Derby Sept. 4. Following that, he was freshened by Bob Baffert and responded with a game neck victory going 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf on Oct. 22. With a 4-1-2-1 mark at one mile on turf, Moonlight Drive, who is owned by CHRB Chairman Chuck Winner, David Bienstock and Ro and Ward Williford, could be on the early lead or thereabouts under regular pilot Rafael Bejarano.                 FRANK CONVERSATION: Third, beaten two lengths at odds of 19-1 in the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles turf Hollywood Derby on Dec. 3, he was a half length winner of the Grade II Twilight Derby under the same conditions here on Nov. 4 at 36-1. Owned by Reddam Racing, LLC and trained by Doug O’Neill, the Kentucky-bred colt by Quality Road will cut back in distance a furlong and hope to relax as he’s done in his last two starts. Mario Gutierrez once again has the riding assignment. Race 9 of 9                                                                                                          Approximate post time 4 p.m. PSTlast_img read more

Dell stays hot as Sharks complete homestand with win over Canucks

first_imgSAN JOSE — Aaron Dell might be giving Sharks coach Pete DeBoer something to think about.The backup goalie followed up his 30-save shutout against the St. Louis Blues last week by blanking the Vancouver Canucks with 19 saves Friday as the Sharks cruised to a 4-0 win at SAP Center. The Sharks (12-7-4, 28 points) helped Dell’s cause by going 3 for 5 on the power play.Dell pitched back-to-back shutouts at time when the Sharks are struggling to keep the puck out of their own net, entering …last_img read more

Warriors looking forward: Draymond Green ‘unlikely’ to return on trip

first_img“Slow going,” Kerr said about Green headling from a right toe injury that has sidelined him for missing 11 of the past 13 games. “It’s unlikely now he will come back on this trip.”Su … (CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this video on your mobile device.)ATLANTA — So much for the Warriors’ optimism that Draymond Green will return soon.Warriors coach Steve Kerr expressed his doubts about Green returning on the team’s five-game road trip merely a day after Green predicted he would.last_img read more

Venus: 80% of Its History Is Missing

first_img(Visited 42 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 In spite of being called Earth’s twin, Venus is vastly different.  Scientists are struggling to fit its young surface to 4.5 billion years.A land of global lava flows and volcanoes but few craters (for its assumed age), Venus has defied explanation for decades.  Ideas about its origin and geological evolution have been overturned several times since the first spacecraft visited it in the 1970s.  The Magellan mapping mission (19xx-19xx) did the most to startle scientists who expected to find its geology similar to Earth’s.An open-access article in Geology by James Head tells the story of shifting paradigms about Venus.  In a section called “The Conundrum of Venus,” he includes the single exclamation point of the article:Many features on Venus (folded mountain belts, rift zones, tesserae) were like Earth, but there were few signs of Earth-like plate tectonics, so that Venus seemed to have a single lithospheric plate that was losing heat conductively and advectively. But the cratering record presented a conundrum. First, the average age of the surface was <20% of the total age of the planet, and second, the average was not a combination of very old and very young surfaces, such as Earth’s continents and ocean basins. Third, the lack of variability in crater density, and of a spectrum of crater degradation, meant that all geological units might be about the same age. This implied that the observed surface of Venus must have been produced in the past hundreds of millions of years, possibly catastrophically, with very little volcanic or tectonic resurfacing since then! Suddenly, Venus was not like Earth, nor like the Moon, Mars, or Mercury.Emphasizing the conundrum, he spoke again of “the missing ∼80% of Venus history.”  That figure may be his own estimate; in The New Solar System, 4th ed. (1998), p.110, R. Stephen Saunders stated that volcanic resurfacing “seems to have run rampant over a short period of time, obscuring all traces of what had occurred during the first 90 percent or so of the planet’s history.”  Whether 80% or 90%, this speaks of a long unknown history, a short period of violent volcanism, then quiet for the remaining few hundred million years or so, assuming conventional dating.James Head describes the theorizing that has been ongoing since Magellan’s surprising results – a work in progress still.  Better mapping has allowed solar system geologists to correlate some features into global regimes.  The realization of an entire globe undergoing simultaneous catastrophic upheaval is leading some to ask whether such violent changes are possible on Earth.  Many questions, however, still remain that will require a “renaissance in Venus science.”The Renaissance was a “rebirth” of classical ideals, looking back at Greece and Rome as models for how to build a civilization.  It was needed, Petrarch and other Renaissance humanists argued, because of centuries of medieval malaise that was making little progress in the arts, sciences and civics.  Similarly, decades of Darwinism and Lyellism have led to intellectual laziness that struggles with contradictions between its assumptions and the observations.  It will require a scientific renaissance greater than James Head calls for – a return to “classical” geology based on theism (in particular, Genesis) to take geology out of its dark ages and put it back in the framework that makes sense of the evidence.James Head has just described planetary scientists wrestling with ideas outside their expectations: rapid, global catastrophism.  Similar contradictions of secular predictions with observations apply to Mercury, Enceladus, Europa, Miranda, Earth, Vesta, comets, asteroids, and much more.  The number of worlds in our solar system that have matched expectations is a minority of worlds spacecraft have visited.  As for global catastrophism, have they never considered Noah’s flood, involving the world’s rift systems forming in a matter of weeks or months in the Biblical timeframe?  Lyellism has already been falsified.  Sometimes progress requires backtracking from a wrong turn, having the humility to realize that wisdom can be discovered before the poorly-named Enlightenment.last_img read more

Demo Africa sheds light on investing in startups

first_img29 August 2016Approaching the right investors and the characteristics of a good or badinvestment were discussed in How to Get Deals Done, one of the knowledgesessions held on the first day of the Demo Africa 2016 conference in Johannesburg.At the two-day event, held at the Sandton Convention Centre on 25 and 26August, entrepreneurs and investors from all over the continent were networkingand sharing insights into the tech industry.The event was hosted by Lions Africa in collaboration with the City ofJohannesburg, the Department of Science and Technology, Google, Intel andMicrosoft.Some of the investors said: “The cheapest investment is to just bring cash.Access to business networks is another way of being part of an investment deal.”PresentationsThe organisers said that this year, 723 tech entrepreneurs from 27 Africancountries applied to be part of Demo Africa. Of these, 30 entrepreneurs werechosen to present their businesses to local and international investors at theconference.The entrepreneurs included Rodney Kuhn of Sortd., a Johannesburg companythat designed an app to help businesspeople organise their lives and work throughtheir emails.Other start-ups at the conference included Art Nigeria, an online company thatsells the work of Nigerian artists globally. This artwork can be in the form of a mug,a throw pillow, a duvet or on a frame.Mum’s Village is an online platform that gives information to pregnant womenin Kenya.Owners of all the startups were given six minutes to pitch their businesses toinvestors and judges on the two days of the conference.The judges then gave their opinions on the presentation and offered advice.Through this, the startups stood a chance to get funding for their businesses.The boot campTwo days before the conference began, 27 tech entrepreneurs took part in aboot camp hosted by Demo Africa. During this, they received coaching andmentoring on how to pitch to investors.“The Demo Africa boot camp is a continuation of an online mentoring andcoaching process we have in place for the finalists,” said Harry Hare, executivedirector of Demo Africa.The online programme ran for four weeks and was concluded with the bootcamp.The process of mentoring and coaching was vital for many of theseentrepreneurs, said Hare. “Our experience has shown us that the Demo Africafinalists are at different development and maturity levels within their businesses.“A lot of them are also technically minded rather than business-minded, so werefine them to think more about their business and what they are offering toinvestors,” he explained.Stephen Ozoigba of the African Technology Foundation was one of the mentorsat the boot camp. He said 30% of the startups in the finalists’ group were led bywomen.He encouraged the attendees to support their local startups, especially thoserun by women. “It’s important that we empower women.” The 27 Demo Africa 2016 finalists were part of a two-day boot camp withmentors. (Image: Demo Africa 2016)Advice on making dealsIn the How to Make Deals session, Ozoigba said designation was importantwhen approaching an investor. “Some cities are more favourable.”He spoke about issues that could cause an investor to stop funding a business.One of these was lack of structure, which could lead to your losing a deal with aninvestor. “It’s good to learn governance early [about how business works]. Comeinto board meetings and learn how things work.“For example, learn about what voting is in a board meeting.” At Demo Africa 2016, Stephen Ozoigba (right) of the African Technology Foundation says everyone should support their local startup. Liew Claasen (left) was also part of the discussion. (Image: Melissa Javan)It was important that owners of startups understood the legal status of theentity, said Tomi Davies of the African Business Angels Network. “Before making adeal with an investor, decide who will get the money that you will make.”Their process as investors was simple, said Liew Claasen of Newtown Partner.“You first send out the application to us. We then meet face to face if we think wewant to invest into your business. It helps us to make consistent decisions.”Mistakes some entrepreneurs made were that they did not communicate muchwith the investor after they got the capital, he said. “Post-deal communicate a loteven if you feel this person is too important and busy.“A bad investment is when [the startup] doesn’t give updates [to the investor].We must have a good relationship. Your relationship with your investor will alsosend out a message to the next investor about you.” A panel at Demo Africa in Johannesburg on 25 and 26 August 2016 on How DealsAre Done gives advice to entrepreneurs on dealing with investment partners.(Image: Melissa Javan)Other knowledge sessions included Venture Growth Strategy.Insightful eventEntrepreneurs such as Innocentia Msimango said the conference was an eye-opener for her. She is the owner of a food distribution company called Cyber MobiRoyal Kitchen. Her staff cooks food for clients, which the company then delivers.Msimango said she did not have an idea about what investors sought. “Thisinformation gives me hope.“Not only will I get capital, but heartfelt support of experience. I find itencouraging that there are people wanting to help us.”The conference gave quite refreshing insights, said Donovan Nadison of theBusiness Place Network. “The information here is about how to deal with andmanage complex small businesses support issues.“It confirms to me that South Africa is on the right track. We have expertise indealing with SMME issues that are complex… Everyone can benefit from thenetworking done here.”There were 500 attendees at the conference. The Global EntrepreneurshipCongress will be held in March 2017 in Johannesburg. One of the objectives of thisconference is to brand the City of Gold, as Joburg is known, and the whole of Africaas an investment destination.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

10 months agoBurnley goalkeeper Nick Pope delighted with winning return

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope delighted with winning returnby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley goalkeeper Nick Pope was delighted to be back in action for their FA Cup win over Barnsley.The Clarets stopper made his first appearance for the club since the Europa League tie in Aberdeen when he kept a clean sheet in the 1-0 FA Cup third round win over Barnsley on Saturday. “It was great to be back out there with the lads and pick up a good result,” he said.“I’ve been back in training a few weeks now so I felt ready to play. The lads came away with a clean sheet and a win.”And Pope is now targeting a return to Premier League action.Asked if he needed a few more games before being considered for a regular starting spot, he said: “You’re asking the wrong guy. Who knows? I’m happy with today and I played a reserve game as well so I’m well on the way. I’m happy with where I am. I feel good.” last_img read more