The Elephant Man Extends on Broadway

first_img Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 21, 2015 Related Shows To accommodate Clarkson’s schooting schedule for the upcoming film, Maze Runner: Scorch Trails, performances of The Elephant Man have been canceled on January 13, 14 and 20. An extra evening show has been added on Sunday, January 25. In addition to Cooper, Clarkson and Nivola, the cast features Anthony Heald, Scott Lowell, Kathryn Meisle, Henry Stram, Chris Bannow, Peter Bradbury, Lucas Calhoun, Eric Clem, Amanda Lea Mason, Marguerite Stimpson and Emma Thorne. It’s been a very great pleasure to make his acquaintance, and now he’s sticking around! The Elephant Man, starring Bradley Cooper, Alessandro Nivola and Patricia Clarkson, has extended its limited run at the Booth Theatre through February 22, 2015. It was originally scheduled to conclude on February 15.center_img Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man revolves around the real-life John Merrick (Cooper), a severely disfigured 19th-century Englishman who struggles to live with dignity. The revival, which premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2012, is helmed by Scott Ellis. The Elephant Man View Comments Bradley Cooperlast_img read more

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Justin Fields eyes big picture after giving Ohio State a first look in spring game

first_img“I think he was a little nervous coming out for the spring game,” Hill said with a smile. “I asked him and he [was] like, ‘Nah,’ but I know he was. I feel like he got comfortable after the first series. He started stepping up in the pocket and going through his reads looking like he had been practicing all spring.” MORE: Ohio State schedule, roster, recruiting, questions heading into seasonFields simply needed to make an adjustment after the first two series in which he missed his only two pass attempts. From there, he guided four consecutive TD drives in the Gray team’s 35-17 victory over the Scarlet team and offered a glimpse of a what could be a blend of Ohio State’s last two record-setting quarterbacks.Fields can run like J.T. Barrett, and if he can throw like Haskins, then the Buckeyes will be national championship contenders in 2019. For now, Fields — who finished 4 of 13 passing for 131 yards and a touchdown and added six carries for 38 yards and a score — is tasked with accelerating his growth in Ryan Day’s high-powered offense, to the point he’s listed among the Heisman Trophy favorites with Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa despite a self-awareness that he has no idea how good he will be.  “I’m not sure because I don’t know the full playbook yet,” Fields said. “The stuff we have in right now, I feel like I have a grasp around it.”   This, of course, was just a spring game, but it did not start out well. Fields appeared to injure his hand on the second series when Taron Vincent hit his arm. Fields returned and set up a red-zone touchdown run by Master Teague drive with his first completion, a short pass to Binjimen Victor.  Fields and Victor later hooked up on the play of the game, a 98-yard connection on third-and-10 in the final two minutes. Fields lofted a pass down the right sideline to Victor, who broke free after the catch to the end zone.  Folks, Justin Fields. pic.twitter.com/j99UYrYiZS— Eleven Warriors (@11W) April 13, 2019″His wingspan is something crazy,” Field said of Victor. “You can throw it wherever and he’s going to come down with it.”MORE: Sporting News’ pre-preseason top 25 for 2019That was Fields’ press conference afterward — at the same podium where Barrett and Haskins fielded questions about the starting job at Ohio State in recent seasons. Fields followed their pattern in that regard. He deflected credit to teammates. He talked about being a better and more effective vocal team leader. He described the spring as an “up-and-down” process.  Day, meanwhile, was not ready to declare Fields the starter. Matthew Baldwin split time between the Scarlet and Gray teams. He finished 20 of 36 for 246 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions.  “I’m going to keep looking at it,” Day said. “I don’t think right there we are going to make a decision on that. It will continue into the preseason.” This still feels like the Haskins-Joe Burrow dynamic from last season. It will be almost impossible to turn away from Fields’ playmaking ability, especially if he continues to be more proficient and prolific with it.  Fields led those four touchdown drives in four different fashion. He completed a red-zone score and a deep vertical shot. Fields also led a methodical eight-play drive capped by his own 5-yard touchdown run. He opened the third quarter with a 30-yard run that set up another Teague scoring run. Fields said he’s comfortable with the read-option knowing he has been doing that since high school.  “For Justin, he can create on the edge a little bit, we didn’t get a chance to see that as much,” Day said. MORE: Early predictions for the 2019 seasonIn a controlled scrimmage where the quarterbacks don’t get hit, that makes sense. The key for Fields, however, will be continued improvement in the passing game. That is what took Alabama to the next level with Tagovailoa and Clemson into another dimension with Lawrence. While Fields’ progress will be closely linked with Jake Fromm and Georgia, it’s those national championship contenders that Ohio State must close the gap on while also maintaining their stranglehold on the Big Ten.  Haskins got the Buckeyes close. Fields will be expected to get them closer. That’s not how Fields see it, however.  “I’m not trying necessarily to fill Dwayne’s shoes,” Fields said. “I’m just trying to come to Ohio State be the best quarterback I can. Whatever I can do to help this team win. I’m not worried about expectations or anything like that.”  He’s just trying to learn the rest of the playbook before fall camp. Fields is working with a solid group of receivers in Hill, Victor, Austin Mack and five-star freshman Garrett Wilson. There is potential for a few more record-setting seasons with that group. “A lot of the concepts are the same, but it’s just the route-running and little details in it,” Fields said. “Once I get that fully down, I think it will take me up to a whole different level, and I can really start showing what I can do.”  MORE: Big Ten early conference primerAs for the high-pressure environment, Fields embraced George, Haskins, the national championship team and all those fans.   COLUMBUS, Ohio — Eddie George, the 1995 Heisman Trophy winner, chatted with Joey Galloway on the sideline. Dwayne Haskins, a Heisman Trophy finalist and a first-round NFL Draft pick-in-waiting, stood a few yards nearby at midfield. Members of the 2014 national championship team milled around the sideline in front of 61,102 at Ohio Stadium, a crowd that would have been much bigger if not for ongoing construction in the upper deck. All were there for Ohio State’s spring game Saturday.Yet the center of attention was Justin Fields, the quarterback who transferred from Georgia this offseason and is expected to be the next Big Ten thing. Fields felt all of that. K.J. Hill, Ohio State’s top returning receiver, tried to pry a little bit from him before the game started.  “That’s good for the recruits, just seeing how many NFL players Ohio State produces,” Fields said. “It was good seeing those guys coming back and supporting (the team). That just tells you how much they love the fan base and coming around here.” Fields appears to understand that, and that will serve him well the next time he walks out of the tunnel at Ohio Stadium.  There will be at least 40,000 more people watching him in the opener against Florida Atlantic on Aug. 31.last_img read more

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Warriors HQ podcast: Analyzing the state of the Warriors’ center positions

first_img* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * * It’s 2019 and the concerns at center for the Golden State Warriors are still looming. Mark Medina and Logan Murdock share their thoughts on DeMarcus Cousins, and if he really is the solution to the team’s troubles. Is Robin Lopez an option for the Dubs? all this and more on this week’s episode of the Warriors HQ podcast.0:20 – Is DeMarcus Cousins the solution …last_img

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World Cup visitors fall for Joburg

first_img24 June 2010It’s Ayoba! – an exuberant South African expression of delight or approval – that’s the general feeling for the City of Gold from the foreigners streaming to Johannesburg to watch the football.Joburg has been bustling and buzzing with football fervour since the World Cup kicked off, and international visitors are to be seen at almost every corner.Hanging with some foreigners in Ellis Park recently, they spoke about how well they were settling in Joburg, a city of contrasts that doesn’t get much favourable publicity internationally.Among all the World Cup tourists, the Americans are an extremely enthusiastic and gregarious bunch. Contrary to stereotypes of brash, loud-mouthed arrogant snobs, they seem to have settled in well in Joburg and have even learned about local culture.Fan feverBefore the USA-Slovenia game, Ryan Littman-Quim from Boston, Massachusetts worked up some fan fever under a tree near the west entrance to Ellis Park.He was hanging with a group of his countrymen, face painters, and having his face painted for the game. From under the tree, they played the African concord drum, sang, yelled and blew the vuvuzela, clearly drumming up support for their national side ahead of kickoff.Their jovial mood and excitement was palpable and almost every Joburger who entered the stadium from this gate stopped by to either shout “USA baby” or have their faces painted in bright USA colours. The brouhaha of drums, vuvuzelas and squeals of excitement caused a ripple effect, and everyone joined the party.Surprisingly, Littman-Quim is soaking up local culture during his stay, with his vuvuzela probably his first item of African World Cup memorabilia. He’s even tasted local cuisine and learned a few colloquial phrases, something somewhat unexpected.‘Yes, we can!’One of his compatriots, draped in USA regalia, delightedly shouted when he saw Littman-Quim’s T-shirt, which had a picture of President Barrack Obama. “We love this man,” he said, and the group broke into a euphoric scream of Obama’s famous election campaign words: “Yes, we can, yuuhuuu!”Clearly, the American lot were full of high-spirited mirth. Asked to describe Joburg in a single phrase, Littman-Quim fell silent, stepping back and forth. “Aaaah,” he said for a few seconds, and then it came to him: “Ayoba? Is that alright,” he answered in a rich American accent.Although he was staying with a friend in Pretoria, north of Joburg for the World Cup, Joburg felt more like home, he said. He compared the city, with its allure, its ambiance, picturesque landscape and skyline, ingenious and friendly people, world-class stadiums and vibey atmosphere to New York, a concrete jungle where any dream can come true.Similarly, Johannesburg is the most populous city in the country and is its economic powerhouse, where deals are sealed, dreams are realised and there is plenty of entertainment; there’s nothing you can’t do – and Littman-Quim likes this.‘This is a cool place’“[Joburg] people are very friendly and this is a cool place. I was in Soweto the other day at Elkah stadium at the Fifa Fan Fest™ for the Bafana Bafana match against Uruguay. It was cool man. The locals are friendly; it’s a nice place,” he said.He also poured scorn on international reports of Joburg being a dangerous place. “I think all that is rubbish. This is a friendly city. You just have to know your way around, just like in New York.”The American has had the hair on his abdomen and chest artistically shaved into a map of the United States, to show how patriotic he is. Draped with their country’s colours and with faces painted alike, the group managed to sway most passing locals to support their national team.Ghanaian perspectiveLoud and happy as they were, the Americans were not the only foreigners in Ellis Park. Kabwe, from Ghana, is a bulky yet humble chap. A little shy, he pointed out that his English was not good. “My English is little bit bad,” he said. “If you need, I speak in French, my home language.”Still, he was keen to speak about Jozi. “It’s not the first time to come to Johannesburg,” he pointed out. “I come every time, after six months I come, after six months I come, but now I come just for the game and next week I go home,” he said confidently, despite his broken English.Of the city of gold, or Jozi as locals prefer to call it, he said uncertainly: “The World Cup is fine, everything is fine, I’m happy,” before disappearing into the clamour of the stadium.Another visitor, George Mashigo, is a Cameroonian national who has so endeared himself to local culture, he’s even changed his surname. Looking happy, he asked for his picture to be taken with the raucous Americans. After a few snapshots, he talked incessantly about his penchant for football.Loads of match ticketsHe had bought loads of match tickets, he said – more than 18 to be precise, and he’s watching every game in a different province. “I drive to a different match every day. Yesterday I was in Bloemfontein, today I’m in Joburg,” he said in an unmistakably Cameroonian accent, his football regalia testament to his nationality.Mashigo lives in Pretoria, but works in Johannesburg.“Ellis Park is a fantastic place but not as good as Soccer City, the main place to be, hey. I’m watching [more than] 18 games, one every day. I’ll take a break and then I’ll watch the semifinals and the quarterfinals, but I’m looking for the finals ticket. Have you got the final ticket?”Despite not having any luck getting tickets to the finals, he reiterated: “Joburg is a fantastic place, I must say.”Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

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South Africa to create 5-million new jobs

first_imgThe infrastructure development boom is set to continue creating thousands of jobs. Ministers have to devise job creation plans. The private sector is expected to create most of the required jobs. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Themba Maseko Government spokesperson +27 12 314 2150  RELATED ARTICLES • Budget big on education, jobs • Zuma’s 2010 plan of action • One million jobs in four years • R4-billion for 4.5-million jobs • Teaching jobless how to find jobsBongani NkosiThe South African government has unveiled its plan to create 5-million jobs over the next decade and reduce unemployment by 10%.Cabinet ministers have endorsed the government’s new growth path programme, which details its employment plans. The path will prioritise job creation in the government’s economic policy, Minister in the Presidency Colins Chabane said in a statement on 26 October 2010. Chabane is responsible for monitoring and evaluation.“The new growth path is a broad framework that sets out a vision and identifies key areas where jobs can be created,” he said.The government’s target is to reduce unemployment from 25% to 15% within 10 years. Jobs are planned to be created in both the public and private sectors, but with greater focus on the latter.Statistics South Africa confirmed on 26 October that the current unemployment rate in the country is as high as 25.3%, with young people being the most affected.“The new growth path is intended to address unemployment, inequality and poverty in a strategy that is principally reliant on creating a significant increase in the number of new jobs in the economy, mainly in the private sector,” added Chabane.All departments have to draw up detailed implementation plans and submit them to the Cabinet over the next six months.Six targeted sectorsThe government has identified six sectors that could provide thousands of new jobs each year. They are infrastructure, agriculture, mining, tourism, green energy and manufacturing.Interest in the infrastructure sector is driven by the “massive expansion” of transport, energy, water, communications capacity and housing projects.“In each of these areas clear targets of the jobs potential have been developed and state agencies have now been directed to work on implementation plans,” Chabane said.It’s predicted that about 400 000 jobs will be created in the green energy sector by 2030 through the manufacturing, construction, operation and maintenance of new, environment-friendly infrastructure.“Additional jobs will be created by expanding existing public employment schemes to protect the environment, as well as in production of biofuels,” he said.The Industrial Development Corporation has been allocated R12-billion (US$1.7-billion) to stimulate growth of the green industrial economy.Chabane said the government will need to be more decisive in order for its new plan to bear fruit. “It will require the state to be more effective in implementation.”The not-for-profit sector will also be targeted to increase employment in mass empowerment schemes like cooperatives.“Critically, this employment target can only be achieved if the social partners and government work together to address key structural challenges in the economy,” he added.Metros have a roleIt’s not only the national government that’s tasked with job creation; municipalities and provincial government also have a role to play. Mayors of metropolitan districts, which employ millions of people, have approved the job creation resolution and “committed to revising their strategies to reflect the new, unifying vision”, said Chabane.“The new growth path will … provide the basis for coordinated policies and programmes across the state.”Leaders of private businesses and labour organisations, as well as community leaders, are to be formally introduced to the plan.South Africa’s economy shed more than 1-million jobs as a result of the recent global recession.last_img read more

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Constantinides picked for Obama’s Mandela Fellowship

first_imgCatherine Constantinides is a former Miss Earth South Africa and Play Your Part Ambassador. (Image: Kevin Mark Pass) Former Miss Earth South Africa and Play Your Part Ambassador Catherine Constantinides’ star keeps shining as she works to make South Africa and the world a better place.No stranger to leadership platforms and thought leadership, Constantinides will be heading to the US as one of the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellows, part of the Department of State’s Young African Leaders Initiative (Yali).Constantinides leaves in June with fellows from across Africa for a six-week leadership training programme. This includes an opportunity to hone their skills at an American higher education institution with support for professional development after they return home.She said that ensuring human rights for all Africans will unlock the continent’s potential. “We must be committed to succeed in ensuring that human rights are an integral part of our fabric with a unified commitment and energy to move Africa forward as an economically stable and viable global competitor.”The FellowsThe Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders began in 2014 as the flagship programme of President Barack Obama’s Yali initiative.Fellows are placed at US colleges and universities where they will focus on developing skills in one of three areas: business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, or public management.Constantinides has been placed in the civic leadership track and will spend her time in Virginia at the Presidential Precinct.The precinct is made up of six landmark institutions – four of America’s most important historic sites, which includes the Thomas Jefferson Monticello, and two of the country’s most outstanding public universities being the University of Virginia and America’s second-oldest university the College of William and Mary.A social innovatorThe South African government recently awarded Constantinides with the Ubuntu Youth Diplomacy award for her outstanding work across Africa and the world.She started her first business at the age of 16 and has worked as an international climate activist, passionate humanitarian and social entrepreneur.Her work on women empowerment in the environmental space has gone beyond South Africa to reach Zambia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia and Namibia.Constantinides also is at the helm of the Miss Earth South Africa leadership programme, is co-founder of Generation Earth and is a social cohesion advocate for the Department of Arts and Culture.She is an Archbishop Tutu African Oxford Fellow and has worked tirelessly over the past 18 months on human rights violations in Africa with a firm commitment to bring justice to forgotten people across the continent.In 2015 she was invited as an honorary member of the Golden Key Society and was also nominated as one of South Africa’s 21 Icons, an acclaimed TV and photographic series honouring great South Africans.Follow @ChangeAgentSA on Twitter and Instagram over the next two months as Constantinides shares her wisdom on leadership.last_img read more

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Gladiator Challenger Natasha Haines On Radio

first_imgVictoria’s Gladiator Challenger Natasha Haines went into the SEN (1116AM) den to talk all things Gladiators and Touch Football with Mark Doran and the crew. It made for some great radio and crerated great interest amongst listeners.To listen to the interview click on the files below. Related Files1116sen_-_natasha_part_1-mp31116sen_-_natasha_part_2-mp3last_img

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