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Tony Nominee Harold Wheeler Eliminated From Dancing with the Stars

first_img “Our talented music director, Harold Wheeler, will not be joining us for season 18 of Dancing with the Stars,” said BBC Worldwide Productions and ABC in a statement. “Since season one, Harold and his band have performed brilliant music in our ballroom for our dancers and the American viewers at home. We are grateful to him and his band for their amazing work and years of collaboration. We wish him the best of luck.” Six-time Tony nominee Howard Wheeler has been eliminated from the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars. The Harold Wheeler Orchestra and Singers, which is made up of 28 members, has been let go from the hit ABC show after 17 seasons, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  The move was allegedly the result of an attempt to appeal to a younger audience for the long-running dance competition show. Wheeler received Tony nominations for his orchestrations of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hairspray, The Full Monty, Swing, Little Me and The Life.  View Commentslast_img read more

Tickets Now Available to See Reed Birney & Betty Gilpin in I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard

first_img Reed Birney Related Shows I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on March 1, 2015 View Comments Tickets are now on sale to see Tony nominee Reed Birney and Nurse Jackie’s Betty Gilpin in I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard. The show, which will explore the eternal struggle of parents and kids finding common ground, is written by Halley Feiffer and directed by Trip Cullman. The Atlantic Theater Company production will begin previews off-Broadway on January 7, 2015 and officially open on January 20.Ella (Gilpin) is a precocious and fiercely competitive actress whose sole aim in life is making her famous playwright father David (Birney) proud. Over the course of a boozy, drug-fueled evening, Ella and David deliberate over whether to read the reviews of her off-Broadway debut…and things unravel from there.The world premiere will play a limited engagement through February 15 at Atlantic Stage 2.last_img read more

Pennsylvania Launches Online Voter Registration to Increase Efficiency and Offer Convenience

first_img August 27, 2015 Pennsylvania Launches Online Voter Registration to Increase Efficiency and Offer Convenience SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Efficiency,  GO-TIME,  Government That Works,  Innovation,  Results,  Voting & Elections Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of State Pedro Cortés today announced that Pennsylvania is the latest state to launch the convenient option of registering online to vote.The online registration application, hosted by the Department of State, is now available for use by eligible citizens at“Online Voter Registration is about making the voting experience more convenient and more accessible,” Governor Wolf said. “It is about giving citizens an easier way to exercise their right to vote and establishing a clearer connection between the political system and the citizens. Online voter registration is secure, it improves accuracy and will reduce costs for counties by cutting down on time-consuming data entry.”Online voter registration (OVR) is currently available in 22 states, with the measure approved but not yet implemented in another five states plus the District of Columbia.“As elsewhere, Pennsylvanians have grown accustomed to doing business online, whether it is shopping, banking or filing their tax returns,” Sec. Cortés said. “As a natural extension, they want the convenience of registering to vote using their own computer or mobile device. Online voter registration makes the process more accessible and accurate.”The new site, available in English or Spanish, also allows currently registered voters to more easily make updates to their voter record, such as a change of name, address or party affiliation. Additionally, registered voters may use the new site to request assistance at the polling place.“OVR has support from county election officials because it will improve accuracy, increase the integrity of the voting rolls, reduce time-consuming data entry and yield considerable cost savings,” Sec. Cortés said.A May 2015 report by the Pew Charitable Trusts said states using online voter registration had seen per-application savings ranging from $0.50 to $2.34. In Arizona, which in 2002 became the first state to implement online voter registration, election officials report their cost is 3 cents for each online application versus 83 cents for a traditional paper form.“Pennsylvania’s counties have the primary responsibility for managing voter registration and conducting our elections, and we strongly support measures such as this that facilitate and improve our citizens’ access to the polls,” said Lancaster County Commissioner Craig Lehman, President of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania.When an applicant completes the online form, the information is forwarded directly to the appropriate county voter registration office for processing. There, election staff will find that electronic application eliminates the problem of trying to decipher often illegible handwriting. Additionally, county election staff will not have to follow up on missing information on the electronic applications, because the online form cannot be submitted if any required data fields have not been completed.Counties will receive the applications through the same system which currently forwards Motor Voter applications from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, so there was minimal training needed for county election workers.The online system is more secure for applicants because the form will be transmitted directly to the proper county voter registration office for processing. In contrast, a traditional paper application containing personal information might pass through several hands before the registration is complete.The latest protocols in data security have been built into the system and will be constantly monitored and updated. The Pew study reported that there have been no security breaches in any of the states already using an online system.Because the online voter registration site is directly linked to PennDOT’s Motor Voter system, if an applicant has a driver’s license or PennDOT ID card, the signature already on file with PennDOT can immediately be linked to the voter record.Applicants who do not have a driver’s license or PennDOT ID card will be able to print, sign and mail the completed online application to their county voter registration office. If they are not able to print the application, they may request that the Department of State mail them a signature card to complete and return to their county office.To learn more about online voter registration, visit Click here for online voter registration frequently asked questions.last_img read more

Osimhen to spearhead Napoli’s sharp attack against Parma

first_img Promoted Content7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Best Natural History Museums In The World7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemLil Nas X Is About To Beat A World Record!Is This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Top Tastiest Foods From All Over The World Victor Osimhen is in line to make his Serie A debut having been included in Napoli squad for their 2020-21 campaign opener versus Parma. The Nigeria international alongside Senegal’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Algeria’s Faouzi Ghoulam are among the 23 players listed by manager Gennaro Gattuso for Sunday’s trip to Stadio Ennio Tardini. Osimhen joined Napoli on a five-year deal in July after an impressive debut season in the Ligue 1 with Lille where he scored 13 goals in 27 appearances. The ex-Wolfsburg man kicked off his career in Gattuso’s team with an eight-minute hat-trick against L’Aquila – an encounter that ended 11-0. Again, he found the net thrice as Stadio San Paolo giants hit Serie C club Teramo 4-0 as they ended their pre-season training camp in Castel di Sangro on a flying note. The 21-year-old’s goalscoring start to life at the club has caught the attention of the Archbishop of Naples, Crescenzio Sepe, and he hopes to see the Nigerian score more goals.Advertisement “What I said to Victor Osimhen? We talked and I said to him: ‘ You have scored 3 goals in 7 minutes, next time you have to score 5 goals in 5 minutes, you have to score almost every minute, do you understand?’,” Sepe said. “And did he understand? No, not so much: he doesn’t speak Italian… I communicated in Neapolitan, somehow, we got along. He is happy, I saw it from his face regardless of the language we spoke. I congratulated him and all the players.” read also:Osimhen: ‘Napoli still the best choice for me’ The Lagos-born goal machine is looking forward to playing against Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in his maiden Serie A campaign. “I’m really looking forward to a new career here in Serie A. Playing against the likes of Christian Ronaldo is something one can eagerly wait,” Osimhen told Caf website. “While at Lille, I had the opportunity of playing against some of the best players in the world like Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and it would definitely be a whole great experience to play against Ronaldo, who is one of the greatest players on earth. So, I’m looking forward to facing him soon.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

Gene Alan Williams, 86

first_imgGene Alan Williams, age 86, passed away Friday, June 26, 2020 at the home of his sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Dr. Howard Bonnett, in Greensburg, IN, with family members at his bedside.  Born May 21, 1934 in Greensburg, IN.  Gene was the eldest of four children of the late Fred S. and Naomi (Thurston) Williams.Gene graduated from Greensburg High School in 1952.  He worked at Johnson Wholesale Co until entering into a tool and die apprenticeship at Chrysler Automotive in Indianapolis, IN in 1953.  During the Korean Conflict, he joined the United States Navy.  Following boot camp, he entered into the Navy Aviation Electronics School.  In 1954, he was stationed at NAS Glenview, IL and U.S. Naval Air Station in Anacostia, DC.  He was honorably discharged from the United States Navy on April 10, 1961.After his military obligations, Gene married Betty Davis Eastwood on September 9, 1960.  His employment was a mechanical engineer for Federal Mogul, and BCA, first in Greensburg and then in Gallipolis, OH, while living in Point Pleasant, WV.  Following retirement, they moved back to Greensburg.Gene belonged to the Masonic Lodge #36 in Greensburg and served as Past Master.  He was a member of the Scottish Rite and Murat Shriners.  He was also a member of The American Legion and The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 927.  Gene was an avid golfer and a member of The Greensburg Country Club.Gene was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Betty.  Survivors include; his brother – Roger T. Williams of Greensburg; his two sisters – Carol (Dr. Howard) Bonnett of Greensburg, IN and Kathleen (Raymond E.) Webster of Mishawaka, IN; his step-son – Roddy (Lorraine) Eastwood of Rushville, IN; Roddy’s three daughters and their families; and his friend Norma Wells.Family and friends are invited to attend a Graveside Service at 11am on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at South Park Cemetery with Ray Sweet of the First Christian Church presiding. Military Honors will be conducted by the United States Navy and the American Legion Honor Guard.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Gene’s name to First Christian Church, 425 N. Broadway, Greensburg; The American Legion, Welsh-Crawley-Kramer, 326 E. Main St, Greensburg; or to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 E. 17th St, Columbus, IN 47201.  Online condolences may be made to the family at read more

Aston Villa, West Brom target Obafemi

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Everton set to compound West Brom woes Southampton striker Michael Obafemi is attracting rival Premier League interest.Reports claimed Aston Villa is considering a £10 million move for Obafemi, but face competition from West Brom. Villa have identified the 20-year-old as a target as they look to add more goals to their ranks after they struggled in front of goal last season.However, West Midlands rivals West Brom are also eyeing up the Saints front man, as they look to strengthen their attack after promotion from the Championship.Southampton will not let Obafemi leave easily, however, with manager Ralph Hasenhuttl a big fan of the Republic or Ireland striker.It is likely that a £10 million bid would be enough to secure the services of Obafemi, with Villa and West Brom monitoring the situation very closely.Tags: Aston VillaMichael ObafemiPlayer InterestPremier LeagueSouthampton FCWest Bromwich Albionlast_img read more

Byron set for Curragh date

first_img Trainer Tom Hogan reports last year’s Prix de la Foret winner to be on course for the Invesco Pension Consultants Minstrel Stakes at the weekend. A return to France for the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on August 4 is on the agenda for Gordon Lord Byron, who was last seen finishing fourth to Lethal Force in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. Gordon Lord Byron is to have a run on home soil at the Curragh on Saturday before going on his travels again in search of more Group One glory. Press Associationcenter_img “We probably have a busy autumn campaign set for him. He will be travelling over and back so I thought we’d leave him at home and the owners would like him to run at home again this year,” Hogan told “This race at the Curragh looks a suitable opportunity for him and the ground is no problem for him. “We will probably go to the Maurice de Gheest and maybe take on Lethal Force again, hopefully we will get drawn near him this time. We will go back and play with the big boys again. “He ran well over a mile in Hong Kong last year. Even though he’s never won over a mile, he clocked a time faster than most horses in Europe, and the champion miler in Japan was behind him. “There are plenty of options with him from six furlongs to a mile. He’s in great form and we’re very happy with him.” last_img read more

Pochettino targets derby glory

first_img “We need to arrive at that moment that every game feels the same as if we are preparing for a game against Arsenal. “We need to be aggressive and focused on our job, never give up and try to get the victory – this is the winning mentality we need to have.” Having won his opening four games in charge at Spurs, Pochettino has had to lift his squad following a more barren spell and the former Southampton manager admits his side is still a work in progress. “Always after the game when you analyse you learn. It is important to fix some things and to improve in different situations,” he added. “We have a lot of work to do to improve the concept of the team but we are going in the right way and we need to show our work from the training ground and in the training sessions and produce that in the game.” Press Association The 42-year-old will take charge of his first game against the Gunners since being appointed as head coach at White Hart Lane in the summer and has already seen how much the derby means to Tottenham supporters. Spurs have won just twice at Arsenal in the Premier League era and have suffered some heavy defeats in recent years – but Pochettino is targeting a win this weekend as he looks to guide the club above Arsenal in the table for the first time in 19 years. Mauricio Pochettino is ready to wrestle control of north London football from Arsenal – starting with a win at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. “We are ambitious,” he said when asked about finishing above Tottenham’s fiercest rivals. “We (the new coaching team) arrived three months ago and we need to make our way but we are focused on the game and know the history. But it is also important to write the history, starting now. “This is a big game, a tough game, I know. It is always an important game. We need to prepare for the game, to have a good performance and be aggressive. We need to play the game when the referee starts the game and not before. We need to play 90 minutes aggressively and stay focused on our job.” Spurs go into the game having taken just one point from their last three league games, having started the new campaign with back-to-back London derby victories over West Ham and QPR. They will be buoyed not only by a 3-1 Capital One Cup third round victory over Nottingham Forest on Wednesday but also by the fact Arsenal have won once in their last five fixtures. Pochettino admits there has been an extra buzz around the training ground as the derby approaches – but wants to see the same kind of atmosphere ahead of any game his team go in to. “Up until yesterday we were focusing on Nottingham Forest,” he said. “But yes, after West Brom we feel something special – but we always need to feel the same feeling. last_img read more

City return to top of Premier League standings after Manchester derby draw

first_imgManchester City moved to the top of the Barclays Premier League despite a dull goalless draw in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford. United and City had the chance to make a real statement about their title chances by registering a big win, but neither was up to the challenge and the two teams played out just the third goalless draw between them in Premier League history. Wilfried Bony was unable to fill the considerable void left by Sergio Aguero’s absence while Yaya Toure had a day to forget playing in the number 10 role where the injured David Silva usually causes so much damage. The Frenchman won a free-kick after bamboozling Bacary Sagna, but United wasted it. While Antonio Valencia was down having treatment for a knock, Rooney sprinted to the touchline with blood gushing from the top of his head following a clash with Kompany. United’s medical staff stapled the wound together so he could carry on. Toure wasted two half-decent chances before the break, but otherwise City offered little. Marcos Rojo was doing an excellent job keeping Kevin De Bruyne quiet and Raheem Sterling was not in the game. Sterling paid the price for his poor showing. Jesus Navas came on for the winger just after the break. Lingard and Marouane Fellaini came on for United while City substituted a disappointed Toure for Martin Demichelis. Nothing changed on the pitch, however. Neither team looked like breaking the deadlock. There was a moment of panic in the away defence when Mata broke through, but Hart rushed off his line to deny the Spaniard. Lingard thought he had won the game with his first United goal five minutes from time. Martial took the ball off Navas and chipped a delightful ball into the box. The Warrington winger lifted the ball over Hart, but the ball struck the bar and bounced out to safety. The England goalkeeper then denied Smalling with a fine save down to his left with two minutes to go. TWEET OF THE MATCH “We wanted this victory so bad! Unfortunately, we couldn’t reward ourselves after a great second half. #mufc” – Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger ( Basti Schweinsteiger ‏@BSchweinsteiger) expresses his frustration after the 0-0 draw with derby rivals Manchester City. PLAYER RATINGS MAN UTD David de Gea: 6 Antonio Valencia: 6 Phil Jones: 6 Chris Smalling: 7 Marcos Rojo: 8 Bastian Schweinsteiger: 6 Morgan Schneiderlin: 7 Juan Mata: 6 Ander Herrera: 6 Anthony Martial: 8 Wayne Rooney: 4 Substitutes: Jesse Lingard: 6 Marouane Fellaini: 6 Matteo Darmian: 6 MAN CITY Joe Hart: 7 Bacary Sagna: 6 Nicolas Otamendi: 7 Vincent Kompany: 7 Aleksandar Kolarov: 6 Fernando: 6 Fernandinho: 7 Kevin De Bruyne: 5 Yaya Toure: 5 Raheem Sterling: 5 Wilfried Bony: 6 Substitutes: Jesus Navas: 5 Martin Demichelis: 6 Kelechi Iheanacho: 5 STAR MAN Anthony Martial. Much quieter in the second half than the first but looked the greatest attacking threat on either side. Questions will still be asked of whether he might be more effective playing centrally but he did a good job on the left and almost set up a winner for Lingard. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Joe Hart’s superb late save from Chris Smalling ensured City claimed an important point. The City goalkeeper had a quiet afternoon but stayed alert throughout and produced the magic when he needed to. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Louis van Gaal and Manuel Pellegrini saw their two sides largely cancel each other out. City seemed to have more quality but United dealt with them well and finished the stronger. At the end of the day, both managers may be satisfied with a point. MOAN OF THE MATCH After all the hype and excitement, this was a game that simply did not live up to its billing. As a result, the atmosphere was so flat at times that all that could be heard was the drone of a plane circling overhead. WHO’S UP NEXT? Manchester City v Crystal Palace (Capital One Cup fourth round, Wednesday October 28). Manchester United v Middlesbrough (Capital One Cup fourth round, Wednesday October 28). Press Association United fared no better. It was only in the last 10 minutes that they started to turn the screw on their rivals. Wayne Rooney failed to mark his first match as a thirtysomething with a goal. The United captain, who needed his head stapling together after a clash of heads with Vincent Kompany, was anonymous throughout. Jesse Lingard rattled the bar and Joe Hart saved from Chris Smalling at the death, but otherwise the hosts did not trouble the City goalkeeper. A wall of noise hit the players as they emerged from the tunnel and both sets of fans traded insults from opposite ends of the packed stadium. The atmosphere soon dampened down, however, as a dull first half ensued. Rooney did his best to ignite proceedings, hurtling at the away defence. Toure was lucky to escape a booking after taking down the United skipper near the halfway line. Juan Mata appealed for a penalty after the ball brushed Fernandinho’s arm, but Mark Clattenburg waved play on. The Brazilian entered the book for a clumsy challenge on Anthony Martial, who was United’s only threat in the opening half. last_img read more

Online taxes to rise as FOBT stakes slashed to £2 despite evidence

first_img Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit The government has rejected advice from the Gambling Commission and the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) and cut stakes on B2 Gaming Machines – FOBTs – down from £100 to £2. The announcement was made this morning by DCMS minister Tracey Crouch and could have wide repercussions for the retail betting industry, horseracing and online gaming operations.Both William Hill CEO Philip Bowcock and Betfred CEO Fred Done has warned that half of their betting shops are likely to close with the measure and research by KPMG has estimated a £2 limit would cut revenue for the Treasury by £1.1bn over three years, an annual loss of £45m to local authorities and £50m to British racing.In order to cover any negative impact on the public finances, and to protect funding for vital public services, this change will be linked to an increase in Remote Gaming Duty, paid by online gaming operators, at the relevant Budget.The slashing of the stake has been justified as a move to ‘reduce the risk of gambling-related harm’ despite extensive studies showing that this measure in isolation will be ineffective. The move comes off the back of a fairly unrobust consultation which could well be open to a judicial review by the industry, should it wish to push that forward.The government wants to reduce the potential for large losses on FOBT machines and the risk of harm to both the player and wider communities. Following analysis of consultation responses and advice from the Gambling Commission, the government said it believes that a cut to £2 will best achieve this.The Gambling Commission has also been tasked to take forward discussions with the industry to improve player protection measures on B1 and B3 category machines, looking at spend and time limits.DCMS Secretary of State Matt Hancock said:  “When faced with the choice of halfway measures or doing everything we can to protect vulnerable people, we have chosen to take a stand. These machines are a social blight and prey on some of the most vulnerable in society, and we are determined to put a stop to it and build a fairer society for all.”Minister for Sport and Civil Society Tracey Crouch said: “Problem gambling can devastate individuals’ lives, families and communities. It is right that we take decisive action now to ensure a responsible gambling industry that protects the most vulnerable in our society. By reducing FOBT stakes to £2 we can help stop extreme losses by those who can least afford it.“While we want a healthy gambling industry that contributes to the economy, we also need one that does all it can to protect players. We are increasing protections around online gambling, doing more on research, education and treatment of problem gambling and ensuring tighter rules around gambling advertising. We will work with the industry on the impact of these changes and are confident that this innovative sector will step up and help achieve this balance.”In addition to the reduction to FOBT stakes the government has today confirmed:The Gambling Commission will toughen up protections around online gambling including stronger age verification rules and proposals to require operators to set limits on consumers’ spending until affordability checks have been conducted.A major multi-million pound advertising campaign promoting responsible gambling, supported by industry and GambleAware, will be launched later this year.The Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG) has amended its code to ensure that a responsible gambling message will appear for the duration of all TV adverts.Public Health England will carry out a review of the evidence relating to the public health harms of gambling.As part of the next licence competition the age limit for playing National Lottery games will be reviewed, to take into accounts developments in the market and the risk of harm to young people.Changes to the stake will be through secondary legislation. The move will need parliamentary approval and we will also engage with the gambling industry to ensure it is given sufficient time to implement and complete the technological changes.September’s Betting on Sports conference will be looking at the situation in the Betting on Retail track at a session entitled: New Reality – Adapting to the post-FOBT landscape. It will ask: With the FOBT stake level being drastically reduced, what options are there for UK LBOs to replace that income? Will B3 profile games take the strain? What is in the pipeline? For more information click here. Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020last_img read more