Which Broadway Star Should Host Saturday Night Live?

first_img Star Files View Comments The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.On October 8, Lin-Manuel Miranda will join the ranks of Nathan Lane, Bernadette Peters, Matthew Broderick and more Broadway stars who have hosted the legendary Saturday Night Live. In addition to dreaming up five things we’d love to see him do on the iconic comedy show, we’ve been thinking of other Great White Way faves we want to watch host. Who would you want to see take the stage live from New York on a Saturday night? Broadway.com Senior Editor Imogen Lloyd Webber kicked things off with her top 10. Now it’s your turn!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites.STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com!center_img Lin-Manuel Mirandalast_img read more

Southern Vermont College President Karen Gross to take leave to work for US DOE

first_imgSouthern Vermont College’s Board of Trustees has announced that SVC’s President Karen Gross has been named as a Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), serving in the Office of the Undersecretary of Education for one year, starting January 17. To enable President Gross to carry out her new duties and serve the DOE, the Board of Trustees has granted her a one-year leave of absence from the College, during which time the College’s Chief Operating Officer, James Beckwith, will serve as Acting President. Under the terms of her appointment, President Gross will focus on issues in higher education including increasing student access to college, improved alignment between high school and college, educational affordability, programmatic quality and college completion rates, all topics she has championed at SVC since her arrival in 2006. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin commented on the appointment, ‘I am very pleased that the President of Southern Vermont College has been selected to serve our nation in the Department of Education. Education is one of the most pressing issues of our time at the local, state and national level. I am sure President Gross will reflect well on Vermont and make a great contribution to education in the United States.’Deborah Wiley, chair of the SVC Board, stated: ‘President Gross’ appointment to this prestigious position at the DOE is not only a tribute to one person’s deep commitment to student success, but a tribute to the entire SVC community which has effectively implemented initiatives and programs that enable a growing number of students to graduate from college and pursue careers that are needed in the workforce. We are proud that our College president will serve the nation in this important role.’In speaking about Jim Beckwith’s leadership in President Gross’ absence, Wiley said, ‘Karen and Jim have known each other for decades and worked closely at SVC for the past four and a half years, sharing a vision for and approach to the College’s noteworthy institutional progress and fiscal stability. Together with an excellent Senior Team, Beckwith will continue SVC’s growth trajectory and commitment to quality, affordable, career-launching education for the College’s 550 students.’In commenting on her appointment, President Gross stated: ‘At SVC, we have been working on the very issues that are engaging the Department of Education and our nation. I look forward to sharing what we are doing here at SVC with a larger audience as we reflect on how to improve affordable college access and completion for many worthy Americans.’Before becoming Southern Vermont College’s eighth president in 2006, Karen Gross was a tenured law professor for more than two decades at New York Law School where she specialized in consumer finance and over-indebtedness. She has served on a variety of governmental committees and task forces and has testified before a wide range of governmental bodies including the Vermont House of Representatives, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. President Gross has also been a consultant for non-governmental organizations. President Gross’ board service has included the New England Board of Higher Education, Campus Compact (a national service-learning organization) and The Sage Colleges. She recently completed three years of service on the NCAA Division III Presidents’ Advisory Council and as President of the New England Collegiate Conference.A prolific author and speaker on such topics as vulnerable student success, financial empowerment education, and asset building in low income communities, Gross is a Phi Beta Kappa cum laude graduate of Smith College and a cum laude graduate of Temple University School of Law, having spent her final year of law school at the University of Chicago.For more information on the President’s appointment, please visit the SVC Web site, www.svc.edu(link is external). Founded in 1926, Southern Vermont College offers a career-enhancing, liberal arts education with 18 academic degree programs for 550 students. SVC recognizes the importance of educating students for the workplace of the twenty-first century and for lives as successful leaders in their communities. SVC’s athletic teams are part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and the New England intercollegiate Collegiate Conference (NECC). The College is accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges and has been designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Community-Engagement Classification institution.last_img read more

Italy’s largest insurer to stop covering new coal projects

first_imgItaly’s largest insurer to stop covering new coal projects FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Italy’s biggest insurer Generali said on Friday it would stop offering insurance coverage for new coal mines and plants, marking a step up in the company’s support for green policies.Generali’s action, which comes ahead of a United Nations climate change conference in Poland in December, is the latest by a big insurance company that targets the coal industry as part of efforts move towards a lower carbon economy.Europe’s third biggest insurer said in a note on its website it would not provide insurance for coal-related assets of potential new clients and would not be increasing its minimal insurance exposure to coal-related activities.In late 2017, French insurer AXA said it planned to disinvest further from the coal industry. Others that have taken steps include Scor, Swiss Re and Zurich Insurance. But many companies – particularly in the United States – have lagged their European rivals.Earlier this year, Generali pledged to raise its investments in environmentally-friendly projects and eliminate its exposure to the coal sector, a package worth around 2 billion euros. To do that it said it would sell equity stakes and exit bond investments by bringing them to maturity or even divesting before maturity.More: Italy’s Generali to stop insuring new coal plantslast_img read more

Six Salvadoran Military Personnel Arrested for Stealing 1,800 Grenades

first_img “We must not allow organized crime to penetrate us. We’ve succeeded in dismantling this structure, in which, unfortunately, these elements of the Armed Forces were involved,” General Munguía indicated at a press conference. According to the defense minister, the grenades were found buried in an area used by the Army for tasks of this kind in the department of La Paz (in southern El Salvador), ready to be “sold to organized crime.” According to inquiries conducted by the Army, the six detainees – who were not publicly identified in order not to obstruct ongoing investigations – were assigned by the Armed Forces to responsibilities related to the destruction of surplus armaments, which facilitated their access to the grenades. By Dialogo June 01, 2011 Salvadoran Defense Minister Gen. David Munguía announced the detention of six military personnel, two non-commissioned officers and four privates, accused of stealing more than 1,800 grenades that were going to be sold to organized crime. The six military personnel accused in the theft are being held pending trial in a penitentiary in the department of Santa Ana (in western El Salvador).last_img read more

Remembering the Most Crucial Clincher the Mets Ever Played in October

first_imgView image | gettyimages.com Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]I[/dropcap]t was a special Monday, one autumn in Valley Stream.The Mets had a crucial game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago.If they won, they would clinch their division in what had become the unlikeliest of Mets seasons. Weeks earlier, they had been in last place. But when some of their key players returned from injury, and back to form, the club began winning.It was 1973, and one more New York National League “miracle” seemed in the offing.I was eleven. And baseball is always best when you’re a kid.But this game was starting during school hours, right around lunch time, on Oct. 1.This wonderfully pivotal game. Of course, our parents wouldn’t let us stay home from school to watch baseball.But then, some of us were lucky enough at Howell Road Elementary School to have James Harnett as our teacher. Harnett was a legend, the kind of teacher you knew about, years before you were anywhere near entering his sixth-grade domain.Harnett particularly excelled with his brighter students, but he was also the kind of guy who’d take part of an afternoon to show us how to make and fly a kite. Twenty-plus kids happily running around the asphalt in back of the school.That morning, as I recall, he had feigned grumpiness.But suddenly, at the appointed—and anointed time—at least once we got back from the cafeteria, he wheeled a television into our classroom. You know, one of those old black and white ones, carried on top of a huge (five feet, six feet?) rolling cart.Some of the kids didn’t seem pleased. But thanks to Mr. Harnett, we got to watch the start of one of the best ballgames of our youths.The regular season was supposed to have ended already. But rainouts in Chicago on Friday and Saturday had led to back-to-back double-headers on Sunday and Monday. The Mets were competing against the St. Louis Cardinals for first place in the N.L. East. If the Mets won just one of the two games that Monday, the division title was theirs. Yogi Berra, who just passed last week at age 90, was in his second year as Mets manager. As he said at the time, “It ain’t over til it’s over.”That October day in Chicago was drizzly and foggy, and only a reported 1,913 fans filled the seats at Wrigley Field.But back in New York, who knows how many tens of thousands were watching it on the old WOR, Channel 9?It was the last great time of Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman and Jon Matlack and George Stone and Jerry Grote and Ed Kranepool and Ken Boswell and Felix Millan and Bud Harrelson and Wayne Garret and Duffy Dyer and Cleon Jones and Rusty Staub and Tug McGraw. They were all together, and so they would remain, for the better part of the next few weeks.Thanks to our elementary school teacher, my friends and I were among the faithful gathered in front of a TV.And Harnett wasn’t even a baseball fan.James H. Burns is a writer/actor living in Franklin Square. He has written for Gentleman’s Quarterly, Esquire, Heavy Metal, Twilight Zone, The Village Voice, The Sporting News, CBS-NY.COM, and The New York Times.last_img read more

The book “Wine Stories Dalmatia” nominated for the world’s best book on European wines

first_imgWhat the Oscar is in the world of film, the Grammy in the world of music, is in the world of gastronomy and wine publishing – Gourmand Awards.After the first book “Wine Stories” which included 145 winemakers from Croatia and the region and achieved great success among wine lovers, at the end of last year Željko Garmaz published a new book “Winx Stories of Dalmatia”, which tells 400 stories about wines and winemakers on 73 pages from Dalmatia. “When Gourmand nominates you for the world’s best book on European wines, it’s a huge success. And that happened on Wednesday to my ‘Dalmatia Wine Stories’. I am proud and out of happiness I would scream to heaven”Points out the author of the book Željko Garmaz, for Fama news.’Wine Stories’ is the only one of the nominated books that has been published in its own edition, Garmaz points out, which is a great success in itself. For the central event of announcing the winners in all categories, in Gourmand they claim that ‘there is no cultural event in the world to which they can be compared, except – the Olympic Games’! And then they substantiate this claim with the fact that this year books from as many as 215 countries and regions arrived in the fight for prestigious awards, ‘while 193 countries were recognized in the United Nations’.There are 100 categories for food, 30 for drinks, which only indicates the diversity of table culture in the world. At the Olympics, athletes from 202 countries compete for medals in 303 competitions / categories. Representatives of 130 countries and regions participate in our list of finalists in 134 categories. In total, there are 1144 nominations in the food categories, while there are 228 nominations for drinks. How wide this area is is sufficiently shown by the fact that only three percent of the total annual world book production won Gourmand’s nomination for one of the awards. Therefore, the nomination itself is considered a great success, they write in Gourmand. ‘So either way, in May in China, I already feel like a winner. Thank you to everyone who supported me in these writings of mine, thank you to everyone who bought the book, and I invite those who haven’t done so yet to do so as soon as possible!’says Garmaz.The awards ceremony will take place at the end of May in Yantai, China, and the three best books in each category will receive the title of Best in the World. In addition to ‘Wine Stories Dalmatia’, the following were also nominated: ‘Port Wein’ by Axe Probst, ‘Discover Dutch Wine’ by Marielle Beukers and Irene de Vette, ‘O Vinho que Lisboa tem’ by Ana Cristina Marques, ‘Slovak Wine Guide’ by Vladimir Hronski, ‘El vino de Cangas’ Neta Garcia del Castillo and Caroline Pelaz Soto, ‘Chasselas’ by Chandre Kurt,’ Hidden Gems of Italy ‘by Tony Margiotte and’ Cracking Croatian Wine ‘by Charline Tan and Matthew Horkey.Source: Fama Newslast_img read more

Indy 500

first_imgThe Indianapolis 500 will be run in a couple of weeks, and they will still sell it as the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”. It is not even close to what it used to be. First of all, the qualifications have been cut back drastically, and there are usually only enough cars to fill the 33-team field. Bumping has lost most of its luster. “Bump Day” was almost as popular as race day in the 50’s and 60’s, but now it is hard to even find it on TV much less it being an event that attracts hordes of people to watch it in person. It still does draw quite well on the actual race day, but again, the crowds are much smaller than they used to be. I think at one time the crowds were as high as 3 or 400,000. The year I went in person I was so far away from the track that I had to use binoculars just to see the cars. Now, I understand you can get tickets right up to the day of the race. The popularity of NASCAR and their 600-mile race on the same day have cut down the crowds. The feud that seems to be going on forever between the speedway and all the other groups involved in the race is another big factor in the 500’s decline. The cost to sponsor a car has also led to the decline of the race. It is still quite an attraction, and I know I will be watching it on race weekend. Too bad for the economy of Indianapolis that it is no longer a 30-day race, but more like a two-week race.last_img read more

Sherwood eager to return – Ramsey

first_imgTim Sherwood did a “fantastic” job at Tottenham and is eager to return to work as soon as possible, says QPR caretaker manager Chris Ramsey. “It depends how much magic one person can do in a short space of time,” Ramsey said. “It’s really down to the quality of the players and their efforts for the fans and the owners that will make the difference. “Someone coming in now can help galvanise things but we have to rely on the players’ ability to come through.” Rangers will be without top-scorer Charlie Austin against Sunderland after the striker sustained a foot injury against Southampton on Saturday. Austin left the stadium on crutches but the problem is less serious than first feared and the striker could return within a fortnight. Richard Dunne and Nedum Onuoha also suffered injuries against Southampton. Dunne will be out for three months with a knee problem while Onuoha will miss two to three weeks with a hamstring strain. Dunne’s absence will mean a recall for Rio Ferdinand, who has struggled for form this season and has not played in the league since Boxing Day. “Rio is going to be huge for us tomorrow,” Ramsey said. “We are looking for players like him – the older pros to help the younger guys to fulfil their potential. “I didn’t pick him at the weekend but I spoke to him and he knew he would feature in these two games. “He’s prepared himself, as he always has done at Manchester United, to prove to everybody he’s still a good player.” “I would be a liar to say I haven’t spoken to him about the QPR job,” Ramsey said. “Tim’s a football man and he watches it all the time. “We talk about games and players and he’s made it clear to me he is eager to get back into work – you can only play so much golf and watch so much daytime TV. “He did a fantastic job at Tottenham, I think they’re reaping the benefits of some of the stuff that was put in place four or five years ago to help the academy. “I think it was probably underrated the job that he did.” Ramsey will remain in temporary charge, together with assistant manager Kevin Bond, for QPR’S game at Sunderland on Tuesday night. Rangers then have 11 days before their next game at Hull, when it is likely Harry Redknapp’s permanent successor will be in place. Ramsey admitted he would “jump at the chance” to manage a Premier League team but insists Rangers’ survival will come down to the players. Press Association Sherwood took over at White Hart Lane midway through last season but was sacked in the summer, despite achieving the highest win percentage of any Spurs manager in Premier League history. Ramsey worked under Sherwood at Tottenham and remains close friends with the former Blackburn midfielder, who is now favourite to fill the vacancy at Loftus Road. last_img read more

Andy Carroll set for West Ham return against old club Newcastle

first_img Press Association But Bilic was full of praise for the former Middlesbrough and FC Twente boss, insisting Monday’s game is about more than the two managers coming up against one another once again. “That game wasn’t Steve McClaren v Slaven Bilic, it was England v Croatia and on Monday it’s West Ham v Newcastle,” he said. “I had sympathy for Steve – that wasn’t just a normal game, we played really well. England came back to 2-2 and then we scored again. Of course I felt sympathy because I know how it works, but then Steve recovered really well to go to Holland. “He was brave enough and had enough quality to prove himself in different leagues and now he’s back in the Premier League and I’m glad for him.” “We’ve changed a bit with his rehabilitation this time,” Bilic revealed. “A few times before, straight after the injury when he was okay he trained for a few days with the team and then played straight away. Then, because of his stature, size and everything, especially with the brave way he plays, another injury would come. “This time we’ve made six weeks of let’s call it pre-season and he looks very good in training. Is he in contention? Probably. “The one thing that I don’t like now, and it’s (the same) for every manager, is that after the international breaks we still have some players who are going to return today or tomorrow after long trips. You still don’t have your squad, but at least we are playing on Monday. “That’s good, because had it been tomorrow it’s a problem, but if you’re asking about the squad for Monday we still have to count all the players who will train together, and that will be tomorrow.” Bilic has masterminded victories away at Arsenal and Liverpool so far this season but has lost both league games at Upton Park – with Leicester and Bournemouth leaving east London with all three points. Newcastle have taken just two points from their opening four matches and their head coach Steve McClaren has bad memories of coming up against Bilic. The 54-year-old’s stint as England manager was brought to an end when his side slipped to defeat at home to Bilic’s Croatia to miss out on a place at Euro 2008. The 26-year-old has been sidelined since February when he required surgery on a serious knee issue. But now he is fit and has been training with the first team for a fortnight, manager Slaven Bilic is ready to unleash him against his former side as the Hammers go in search of a first home Premier League win of the campaign. Andy Carroll is in contention to make his return to the West Ham side in time to face boyhood club Newcastle on Monday night.last_img read more

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hits back at Frank Lampard after his VAR claims

first_imgLONDON: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn’t mince his words as he hit back at Chelsea manager Frank Lampard over his claims that Virtual Assistant Referee (VAR) has been favouring the ‘Red Devils’ in the last few matches.Lampard stopped short of being critical of the VAR decisions that have gone United’s way in recent matches. United have already been awarded 13 penalties this term, which is a joint Premier League record. Ahead of his team’s FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday, Solksjaer hit back at Lampard’s claims and pointed towards the occassions where VAR ruled against them. “I can sit here for hours now and try to talk about this,” Solskjaer told reporters as per Goal.com. “It looks like there’s a narrative, it looks like people want to influence whoever’s making the decisions. I hear people talking about luck, that we’ve been lucky more than unlucky. “If you look at the factual decisions, I don’t want to sound like a certain manager talking about facts, but if you’re offside, you’re offside. That’s clear. Talking about lucky, the penalty we got against Tottenham in the last minute that was taken away from us, that might be two points for us. IANS Also Watch: Himanta Biswa Sarma Visits Jorhat Medical Collegelast_img read more