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Carrie Compere to Replace Danielle Brooks in The Color Purple

first_imgCarrie Compere(Photo: Y.E.C. Creations) Hell yes! Carrie Compere will assume the role of Sofia in the Tony-winning revival of The Color Purple on November 15. She steps in for Danielle Brooks, who originated the role; the Tony nominee is scheduled to give her final performance in the John Doyle-helmed production on November 13.Compere has been performing as one of the original Church Ladies in the revival. She has also performed on Broadway in Holler If Ya Hear Me and off-Broadway in Sistas the Musical.The Color Purple features a book by Marsha Norman, lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray and music by Russell and Willis. Based on the novel by Alice Walker, the tuner tells the story of Celie, a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discovers her voice in the world.Doyle’s stripped-down production opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London on July 15, 2013, starring Tony winner Cynthia Erivo. The new staging cuts approximately 30 minutes of material from the original incarnation and its producers include Oprah Winfrey.Along with Erivo as Celie, the cast includes Jennifer Holliday as Shug Avery, Isaiah Johnson as Mister, Kyle Scatliffe as Harpo and Patrice Covington as Squeak. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 View Commentscenter_img The Color Purple Related Showslast_img read more

Report Outlines Beijing’s Global Media Manipulation

first_imgBy Leigh Hartman / ShareAmerica January 31, 2020 The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) spends billions of dollars a year on its foreign propaganda and censorship efforts, including presenting state-owned outlets as independent journalism, according to a new report.Beijing’s Global Megaphone, a new report from Freedom House published January 14, details how Beijing uses propaganda, censorship, and content delivery systems to control global public opinion abroad.Freedom House, an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world, previously named Beijing as having the least free internet in the world.“An economically powerful authoritarian state is rapidly expanding its influence over media production and dissemination,” said Sarah Cook, a senior research analyst, who wrote the report.PropagandaSome of CCP’s primary methods for disseminating its propaganda are the state-owned media outlets that publish overseas and in multiple languages, according to the report, which estimates that in 2009 alone the Chinese government spent $6 billion on expanding state media.These outlets pretend to be independent news sources, while they really produce CCP propaganda. None of the outlets’ social media pages reviewed by Freedom House “reveal[ed] their state ownership or CCP editorial control.” According to the report:• People’s Daily bills itself as “the biggest newspaper in China,” when really it is the “official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party.”• Xinhua News Agency calls itself “the first port of call for the latest and exclusive China and world news,” but it is really the “official Chinese state-owned news wire.”• China Global Television Network (CGTN) says that it is “China’s preeminent 24-hour news channel,” when it is actually the “international arm of state-owned broadcaster China Central Television.”• China Daily promotes itself as “the leading English-language news organization in China.” However, it is actually the “Chinese state-owned English-language newspaper.”• China Radio International broadcasts to 14 countries, often via privately owned intermediaries, but is state-funded programming of the CCP.Beijing has censored news and social media in China for decades, but now, as the report notes, “Chinese officials have begun to use economic leverage to silence negative reporting or commentary” abroad.Content DeliveryTo firmly ensure control over media and messaging, Beijing is also working to control the means of delivery, such as cellular networks, TV stations, and social media platforms.By controlling the means of media delivery, CCP “open[s] the door to a whole new level of influence,” one where “CCP-friendly gatekeepers are now positioned to” control news abroad, the report says.Cook says this influence undermines “transparency, the rule of law, and fair competition.”last_img read more

The dark web has a silver lining

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The dark web has been in existence since the 1990’s but has become a household word lately through ads from identity protection companies that offer to monitor the dark web. The ads warn a subscription-paying customer if their data may have been compromised and put up for sale.The dark web is where fraudsters conveniently sell breached data such as usernames and passwords, credit and debit card data, alongside complete identities, passports, drugs, guns, and worse. The dark web, and the crimes associated with it, is a big and sophisticated business. There are fraudsters that specialize in obtaining the data. There are other fraudsters that specialize in validating the data, using bots to try the usernames and passwords on hundreds of sites, and others that specialize in testing the credit and debit card numbers on unsuspecting ecommerce merchant sites. Downstream, other fraudsters take the useable payment credentials and either create counterfeit cards or launder the card numbers by buying electronics and gift cards thought online merchant sites. Still others use the validated usernames and passwords for account takeover fraud, draining bank accounts. These groups buy and sell their data on the dark web, creating an entire economy of fraud, and its thriving. Fraudsters go where the money is. But a new business is also thriving from the same economy – the many services that claim to monitor the dark web on behalf of concerned clients. This is starting to shed light on the dark web, and that is unwanted by the bad guys.What is the dark web?To understand how these two business models are at odds, it’s necessary to first understand what is the dark web. It is not a separate network, and it was created by the U.S. government for intelligence operatives (i.e. spies) to anonymously exchange information over the world-wide-web. Just like Napster and Aimster worked over the web to exchange music anonymously by downloading proprietary software for music and movie files to be exchanged, the dark web also requires special software. The software is called Tor and it allows you to navigate websites that are proprietary to the dark web. continue reading »last_img read more

North Korea says US in no position to criticize China

first_imgTopics : Pompeo’s remarks on Hong Kong, Taiwan, human rights and trade disputes were “nonsense” that slandered the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the WPK spokesman said.”Pompeo, who has been deeply engrossed in espionage and plot-breeding against other countries, has become too ignorant to discern where the sun rises and where it sets,” the spokesman said.Such statements by American leaders are a sign of their concerns about a declining United States, he said, citing the ongoing protests against police brutality.”Demonstrators enraged by the extreme racists throng even to the White House,” the spokesman said. “This is the reality in the US today. American liberalism and democracy put the cap of leftist on the demonstrators and threaten to unleash even dogs for suppression.”South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said it was the first time the WPK international affairs department had issued a statement of its own since North Korean leader Kim Jong-un took power in 2011.  North Korea on Thursday said the United States is in no position to criticise China over Hong Kong or human rights when Washington threatens to “unleash dogs” to suppress anti-racism protests at home.In an article carried by one of North Korea’s main state-run newspapers, an unnamed spokesman for the international affairs department of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) criticized recent comments by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.Speaking to Fox News on Sunday, Pompeo said recent actions by the Chinese Communist Party suggest it is “intent upon the destruction of Western ideas, Western democracies, Western values” and “puts Americans at risk.”last_img read more

Swedish government calls on AP funds to justify domestic investment bias

first_img“A Swedish investor would therefore theoretically be able to achieve better diversification (lower risk) with sustained yield by reducing the bias towards the domestic market,” it said.However, the government’s report said the counter-argument was that the Swedish stock market had produced a higher nominal return over longer periods than other major exchanges.Between 2001 to 2013, the Swedish stock exchange produced average annual returns of 8% compared with the MSCI World in euros, which returned an annual average of 1.6% over the period.The report also recommended reviewing and defining the funds’ investment rules on bonds, as well as strategies for unquoted assets.Several of the funds had come close to the 30% floor on investment in bonds in 2013, it said.Over the last few years, it noted, the funds increased their allocation to alternative assets to around 15% from 5%.Of around SEK150bn (€13.5bn) the funds had invested in alternatives, SEK30bn was invested in non-listed assets, the report said.It said this development indicated there was reason to look at the possibility of the buffer funds working together in the area of non-listed investments to build skills and create cost synergies. The AP funds performed well in comparison with similar funds in other countries.In comparison with seven other such institutional investors including ABP in the Netherlands and CalPERS in the US, over the period 2004 to 2013, only Denmark’s ATP produced a nominal return higher than that generated by the AP buffer fund system.ATP returned 8.7% over the period, while the AP funds returned 7.1%.The report said ATP had benefited from a high proportion of fixed income assets combined with falls in interest rates until 2013.Last year, the AP funds as a whole produced a stated return of 13.5%, up from 11.6% the year before. Over the period 2001 to 2013, the return was 4.7%, above the 3.3% increase in the Swedish income index over the same timespan.The income index shows average income and is the basis for adjustments of debt in the country’s income pension system.Total fund assets in the AP fund system rose to SEK1.06trn at the end of 2013, up from SEK958bn at the end of 2012.The report acknowledged that the AP funds pension system was set to change in the summer of 2016 according to measures agreed by the Pension Group.Under the agreement, five of the pension funds — excluding AP7 — are to be restructured into three funds, and a single principal is to be appointed to set targets for the funds’ asset management and design a reference portfolio. Sweden’s AP buffer funds should reconsider their heavy home investment bias in light of the theoretically higher risk the approach poses, the government has said.In its 2013 annual report on the six funds — AP1 to AP4, AP6 and AP7 — the government said that, like other pension funds, the buffer funds tended to be overweight domestic assets compared with foreign investments.The report said: “Funds should clearly disclose the reasons for this ratio and comment on this in terms of expected returns and risk, and how this benefits the Swedish pension system.”The first to fourth AP funds had about 14% of assets allocated to Swedish equities, it said, adding that this was significantly more than a global index would indicate.last_img read more

Eagle wraps up season with championship night show

first_imgBy Greg Soukup Shane Hiatt scored another IMCA Modified victory, taking the checkers ahead of runner-up and repeat track champion Jordan Grabouski. Don Hall Jr. led the last nine times around the track in topping the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. Despite having a transmission failure during the race that lead to a 17th place finish, Jeff Ware repeated as the points champion. EAGLE, Neb. (Aug. 29) – Five drivers won feature events and five others put the finishing touches on track championship campaigns Saturday at Eagle Raceway. Trevor Noonan took advantage of a restart with five laps left in getting the lead and then the win in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature. Cole Wayman was fourth in taking the track crown. All 2020 IMCA point standings become official on Oct. 26. Cole Krichau raced to the Mach-1 Sport Compact victory. R.J. Maas wrapped up the track title with his third-place run.  And Tyler Drueke prevailed in the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car finale. Despite missing a transfer spot from the ‘B’ feature by inches, Adam Gullion racked up enough points to finally claim his very first track championship. Trevor Noonan was the Saturday night Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod winner at Eagle Raceway. (Photo by Joe Orth)last_img read more

Mrs. Irma (Courtney) Whitham

first_imgMrs. Irma (Courtney) Whitham, age 98, of Vevay, Indiana, Irma entered this life on August 2, 1920, on Tapp’s Ridge in Switzerland County, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late, Ernest and Laura Belle (Ballard) Courtney. She was raised in Switzerland County, Indiana and attended East Enterprise, Mt. Hope, Tater Bug, Riverview and Greenwood that were one room school houses. Irma was a 1938 graduate of the Vevay High School, where she was active in softball and basketball. Irma lived to tell that when she was in school her bus was a covered wagon driven by, Elmer Krall. Irma graduated from Indianapolis Beauty School in Indianapolis, Indiana. Irma was united in marriage to Dalbert Floyd “Dabby” Whitham on January 11, 1942, in Patriot, Indiana, by Rev. Lowe. This happy union was blessed with two sons, Floyd Ray and Dennis Lee Whitham. Irma and Dabby shared over 66 years of marriage together until he passed away on August 12, 2008. When Dabby was in the service, they were stationed in Madison, Indiana. Irma was a former beautician in Madison, Indiana. She was employed in the cafeteria for the Jefferson Proving Ground and for a restaurant in Madison, Indiana. She was a broker for Courtney & Whitham Real Estate in Vevay, Indiana. Irma was also employed for Sears & Roebuck Company in Bloomington, Indiana and Springfield, Illinois and sold Avon in Alaska. Irma was a member of the Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church, Switzerland County Athletic Club, Vevay Tri-Kappa, Belle’s of St. Mary Home Economics Club in Moorefield, Indiana, and Bennington Order of Eastern Star Chapter #407. Irma had the honor of being a Kentucky Colonel. Irma resided in Ft. Knox, Kentucky, Arizona, Vevay, Indiana, Alaska, Bloomington, Indiana, Germany and Springfield, Illinois. Irma resided since 1966 in the Switzerland County community. Irma was a wonderful homemaker and was an avid reader and enjoyed playing cards, needle work, and watching the Cincinnati Red’s play. She will be deeply missed by her loving family and abundance of friends. Irma passed away at 8:20 a.m., Friday, March 8, 2019, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana.Irma will be lovingly remembered by her son, Floyd Ray Whitham and his wife, Sundra of Vevay, IN; her daughter-in-law, Alice Faye (Edwards) Whitham of Vevay, IN; her grandchildren, Timothy Floyd Whitham and his wife, Jayna, Thomas Courtney Whitham and his wife, Melanie, Travis Michael Whitham and his wife, Rebecca, Kandy Lee Powers and her husband, Michael and April Dawn Whitham; her great-grandchildren, Devyn, Andrew, Courtney, Christopher, Conner, Hadley, Callie, Henley, Holden and Hayes; her step-grandchildren, Stephen and John Sieglitz and her several nieces, nephews, a host of neighbors and friends.She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Laura Belle (Ballard) Courtney; her husband, Dalbert “Dabby” Floyd Whitham, died August 12, 2008; her son, Dennis Lee Whitham, died January 20, 2014 and her brother, Raymond E. Courtney.Friends may call 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Vevay Tri-Kappa and Bennington Order of Eastern Star Chapter #407 will conduct services at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at the funeral home.Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., by Pastor KC Banta, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

Officials urging suspect in damage of sign to “make it right”

first_imgSunman, IN — Sunman Police Department say they have identified the subject that has caused damage to the sign in front of the Sunman Town Hall building. Town officials are giving the individual involved 24 hours to make contact with the town and make it right before criminal charges are issued. If you or someone you know caused the damages, please urge them to contact the town.last_img

EPL: Struggling Villa ambush City

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Aston Villa vs. Man City Venue: Villa Park Kick off: 5:30PMManchester City will continue their pursuit of the top two in the Premier League table when they travel to struggling Aston Villa this afternoon. Pep Guardiola’s side are currently third in the division, 17 points behind leaders Liverpool, while Villa occupy 17th position, just one point clear of the relegation zone as things stand. Villa might have invested heavily in their squad over the summer, but there is no getting away from the fact that it has been a tough 2019-20 campaign for Dean Smith’s side thus far. Indeed, they have only won six of their 21 Premier League matches, drawing three and losing the other 12 to collect 21 points, which is only good enough for 17th position at this stage of the season. There are actually just two points between Villa in 17th and Watford in 19th, meaning that a couple of poor results for Smith’s team could, quite quickly, leave them inside the relegation zone. Jack Grealish has been impressive this term but not too much inspiration has arrived from elsewhere, and Wesley, who was signed to score the goals, is now out for the remainder of the campaign with a knee injury. Villa did pick up three huge points in their last Premier League game on New Year’s Day, though, recording a 2-1 victory at Burnley with Wesley and Grealish on the scoresheet. Smith’s side have played two matches since the victory at Turf Moor, though, first losing 2-1 to Fulham in the third round of the FA Cup before picking up a 1-1 draw at Leicester City in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final. A large volume of matches is not what Villa need at the moment, although it is another 18 days until they host Leicester for the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final. They will play three times in the league before then, taking on City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Watford during an important period. The omens are not exactly terrific for Villa heading into this clash considering that they have lost nine of their last 11 Premier League games with City, recording just one victory in the process. Smith’s team have also only collected one point from their 10 matches against teams currently in the top half of the Premier League table, although the draw in question came away to Manchester United. It is difficult to place City in a Premier League title race when considering that they are 14 points off leaders Liverpool, who have a game in hand. The gap from third to second-placed Leicester City is only a point, though, and the Foxes will certainly be feeling the heat from the reigning champions. The fact that Guardiola’s side have already lost five Premier League matches this term is an indication of their problems, but they are eight points clear of fourth-placed Chelsea and will still believe that they can finish immediately behind Liverpool even if they cannot catch them. City have also kept a clean sheet in eight of their last 10 league meetings with Villa, while they will enter the match off the back of four straight victories in three separate competitions. Indeed, since losing 3-2 at Wolverhampton Wanderers on December 27, the Citizens have beaten Sheffield United and Everton in the Premier League, in addition to recording a 4-1 victory over Port Vale in the FA Cup. City then secured a 3-1 win over Manchester United in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final at Old Trafford. The home side were disappointing in Tuesday’s affair, but it was a hugely impressive performance from the holders of the competition, who will also continue their Champions League campaign next month. City’s next match after this one is at home to Crystal Palace on January 18, before travelling to Sheffield United three days later. They will then welcome Fulham and Manchester United in the FA Cup and EFL Cup respectively ahead of a trip to Tottenham Hotspur at the start of February. As mentioned, the knockout stage of the Champions League will also begin next month, and Guardiola’s side have the small matter of a trip to Real Madrid on February 26. City might have dropped more points in their 21 league matches this term than they did in the whole of their last two campaigns, but it could still be a hugely successful season in terms of trophies. Guardiola’s side are yet to be active in the January window and suggestions of a move for a new central defender have quietened with Aymeric Laporte making huge progress in his recovery from a knee injury. Aston Villa possible XI: Nyland, Guilbert, Konsa, Mings, Hause, Targett, Trezeguet, Nakamba, Luiz, Grealish; El Ghazi. Manchester City possible XI: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Mendy, Rodri, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Sterling, Aguero, Bernardo.Tags: Aston VillaManchester CityPep GuardiolaPremier Leaguelast_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino: Dele Alli has shown Premier League class from day one

first_img Press Association Mauricio Pochettino admits Dele Alli looked a Premier League star from the moment he saw him in pre-season after the midfielder’s goal helped Tottenham to a 3-1 win over Aston Villa. The victory extends Tottenham’s unbeaten run to 10 games in the Premier League and takes them up to fifth in the table, five points off the top. It also gives Pochettino’s men the perfect start to a demanding week that will see them host Anderlecht in the Europa League on Thursday night before Sunday’s north London derby at Arsenal. “Today was not easy – playing against a team with a new manager when they are very motivated,” Pochettino said. “Only at the end when we made a mistake and conceded a goal we suffered a little bit but I think we deserved to win. “We are in a good position in the table. We are a young team and today was fantastic.” Villa have now made their worst ever start after 11 matches of a top-flight season and Garde’s first game in charge comes at home to league leaders Manchester City on Sunday. Garde, who played under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and left Lyon after three seasons as manager in 2014, will have been impressed by his team’s character at White Hart Lane but Villa are struggling for goals, having scored just 10 in the league so far. “There’s things for him to work with,” MacDonald said. “There are some good technical players and I’m sure with his experience at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger and from his coaching at Lyon he will instil his thoughts.” Garde had not spoken to the Villa players before or during the match against Tottenham but the Fremchman is due to meet with MacDonald on Tuesday morning to discuss the team. “It’s a big task,” MacDonald added. “He must have the confidence in his own ability and the confidence in the players to want to take the job. “He’s done both and I think he’s going to be the man to take us out of relegation trouble.” Villa’s new manager Remi Garde, whose appointment was confirmed a few hours before kick-off, was watching on in the stands as goals from Mousa Dembele, Alli and Harry Kane sealed a valuable three points for Spurs. Jordan Ayew had given Villa hope when the substitute’s 79th-minute strike made it 2-1, but Kane wrapped up the win in injury time with his fourth goal in two games. England manager Roy Hodgson, also in attendance at White Hart Lane, would have been pleased to see Kane’s return to form continue, but it was Alli who sparkled with a man-of-the-match display in midfield. The 19-year-old, who made his England debut against Estonia last month, found the net with a composed volley on the stroke of half-time and produced a dynamic performance throughout the match. “I don’t want to lie to you,” Pochettino said. “In football it is always day by day. We saw big potential in Dele Alli but youngsters have to develop their game and mentality. “We always give youngsters the possibility and the tools to improve. It is always up to them. “Every player is different. Some players need more time and others less time. “It is true Dele Alli from the first day of pre-season started to show he was capable of playing in the Premier League. “Because of that we gave him the chance to play, he took the chance and he plays now because he deserves to.” last_img read more