Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Destroys Phantom Of The Opera 30th Anniversary Performance

first_imgLast night, the Phantom of the Opera celebrated their 30th anniversary as the longest-running production in Broadway history. At the end of the night, composer/director Andrew Lloyd Webber stepped out for a special curtain call. At the 3:50 mark of the live feed, Webber introduces the School of Rock: The Musical cast to perform the theme song of Phantom of the Opera. In uniform, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer–who played the role of “Zack Mooneyham” for the first two years of production–steps out for a roaring guitar solo before being joined by the rest of the original cast. The energy can be felt across the screens, as these kids–all under the age of 15–shred the Broadway stage once again.An Inside Look At Brandon Niederauer’s Opening Night With School Of RockSkip to the 3:50 mark for the insane performance:last_img read more

A $4 trillion plan could make or break dreams of U.S. homebuyers

first_imgWashington says a major change in the mortgage-backed securities market could make home loans more affordable nationwide.Not everyone on Wall Street is so sure.The revamp, the most significant overhaul of the market in a generation, will virtually eliminate the distinction between bonds issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which guarantee nearly half of U.S. residential mortgages. The hope is that blending the two will improve market liquidity and, as a result, mitigate investor risk while helping keep a lid on mortgage costs.But skeptics warn that the change could actually raise mortgage rates, rather than lower them. The big test starts on June 3, when the first of a new breed of combined security is set to roll off the line. It’s the final step in a more than five-year process to unify a roughly $4.4 trillion pile of agency MBS currently split between the two government-sponsored enterprises. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Mary Eileen Smith

first_imgMary Eileen Smith, 85 of Dillsboro passed away Sunday, April 7, 2019 at U.C. Medical Health in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Eileen was born Saturday, December 16, 1933 in Milan the daughter of Harry and LaVerna (Freyer) Neukam.  Eileen was a homemaker and former member of Grace Church of the Valley.  She enjoyed church, volunteering at the food pantry, loved her family and spending time with people.Eileen is survived by her daughter Pat (Tim) Richardson of Dillsboro.  She was preceded in death by her husbands: Carl Smith and Theodore Vernon Sharp; and her parents.A graveside service will be held at Oakdale Cemetery in Dillsboro at 3 PM Wednesday, April 10, 2019 with Dr. Roger Webb officiating.  Celebration of life service will be held 3 PM Saturday, April 13 at the Grace Church of the Valley, 1709 Nowlin Ave., Lawrenceburg, IN 47025, with Dr. Roger Webb officiating.  Memorials may be given in honor of Eileen to the Grace Church of the Valley.  Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 146, Dillsboro, IN 47019, (812)432-5480.  You may go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Allardyce aims to end Palace hoodoo

first_img Former manager Pulis left Selhurt Park less than 48 hours before the start of the new Barclays Premier League season, with Keith Millen taking charge of Saturday’s narrow 2-1 defeat at Arsenal. With the furore surrounding Malky Mackay’s ongoing wranglings with former club Cardiff, the Scot will no longer be filling the vacancy. Sam Allardyce is aiming to break West Ham’s losing streak over Crystal Palace – but is expecting a tough challenge from a side still likely to play the ‘Tony Pulis’ way. That means Millen is once again likely to be in charge of first-team affairs for the visit of West Ham – with the Eagles having won four of the last six meetings and remaining unbeaten in the fixture since 2003. But Allardyce, who is struggling with early season injuries and suspension to his defensive line, is hopeful of overcoming their recent south London hoodoo. “I think they have some better players than last season but they very much stick to the same type of structural organisation,” he said. “We didn’t beat them last year and it will be just as difficult, if not more so, with the players they’ve brought in. “The new players have lots of Premier League experience and from that point of view we’ll have a tough job. “There’s still lots of excitement around the ground and the stadium, the players know their position now, they know what their job is. At the start of last season they found it difficult to cope with the league, but Tony Pulis came in and structured it accordingly. “It’ll be a tight game. I don’t think there’ll be many goals in it, but hopefully it’ll be as entertaining as it possibly can be.” The Hammers slipped to two 1-0 defeats at the hands of Palace last season and went on to finish two places lower than the Eagles’ final position of 11th. With debutants Aaron Cresswell and Cheikhou Kouyate impressing in the last-gasp defeat to Tottenham last week, Allardyce could hand either Enner Valencia or Diafra Sakho their first starts for the club on Saturday. But, after bolstering his attacking options over the summer, it is in defence where Allardyce will be weakened – with James Collins banned and James Tomkins, Joey O’Brien and Carl Jenkinson unlikely to be completely match fit. Republic of Ireland international O’Brien is hoping the managerial uncertainty can see the Hammers turn the tables this season. “Palace did a number on us twice last year, so we want to get one back,” he said. “In that first year in the Premier League you might wonder what to expect from them, but now everyone knows their players and the situations they create. We know what to expect this year. “I don’t know whether the managerial situation there will affect the players. I watched their game against Arsenal last week and they played really well – they were unlucky to lose the game, so it’s a home game for them, their fans will be up for the first home game of the season and we’ll have to play at our best.” Crystal Palace’s rocky managerial search has clouded the club’s future in uncertainty, according to caretaker boss Millen. Former Palace defender Millen has pledged the protracted bid to replace Pulis will not affect Saturday’s home Barclays Premier League clash with West Ham. The 47-year-old did concede, however, that as long as the Eagles remain without a permanent manager, the club’s future direction will be called into question. Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon is the latest bookies’ favourite to success Pulis, who walked out on Palace on the eve of the new season. Allegations of racism and homophobia lodged with the FA by Cardiff put paid to Mackay’s chances of taking the Selhurst Park helm, also forcing the resignation of Palace’s sporting director Iain Moody. “It’s probably the same now as it was when Ian (Holloway) left last November,” said Millen, still adamant he wants the permanent Palace job. “It’s the not knowing that’s the hardest thing for the players and staff – which direction the club and the chairman want to go in. “Who’s going to come in, are we going to play a different way, what sort of structure will we have and as far as staff’s concerned what role will we play? “So it’s probably the unknown ,the uncertainty, that is the hardest thing to get your head around.” Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood ruled himself out of contention for the Palace job after initially being deemed second choice to Mackay. Millen took caretaker charge of Palace when Ian Holloway was sacked in October 2013, until former Stoke boss Pulis arrived. Croydon-born Millen said he hopes his past experiences of temporary management can help Palace gear up to face Allardyce’s Hammers this weekend. “From day one we’ve been favourites to get relegated, so it’s always been us against the world if you like anyway,” said Millen. “And I think that suits us, we like to be the underdogs, and we like to prove people wrong. “Come Saturday you’ll see a united team that will want to get three points for the club. “I think they realise, the lads know that it’s no reflection on them, they’ve done nothing wrong. None of the managers or anyone that’s left has been because of the players, and they know that, it’s not affected their confidence. “The only question-mark from them is what direction we’re going to take now. “The beauty of me being able to continue it is I know what we’re good at, so that hasn’t caused too much unrest. “We’ve continued on the lines that I think brings the best out of the players.” Scott Dann has an “outside chance” of featuring. Millen wil l put Dann through a late fitness test as the central defender battles to beat a hip strain in time for the Hammers’ visit. Adrian Mariappa trained on Thursday following a rib complaint, while Jonny Williams and Jerome Thomas are also fit to return. Press Associationlast_img read more

AAG still considering Chance for SA U-23 Championships

first_img– Bright and Williams cosidered for SA Youth ChampionshipsBy Tamica GarnettPRESIDENT of the Guyana Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG), Aubrey Hudson, says that the Association is still looking over the idea of whether or not to send athletes to the South American Under-23 Championships set to begin in Lima, Peru,this coming Friday, while Chantoba Bright and Daniel Williams are being considered for the South American Youth Championships in November.According to Hudson, the Association has been considering overseas-based Guyanese Arinze Chance, who is currently in Trinidad, studying at the University of Trinidad and Tobago for a diploma in Petroleum Engineering. Earlier,Hudson had noted that there was also consideration for another athlete, but that athlete was not named.“For The South American Under-23,the person that we were really thinking about was Arinze Chance; we were to look back at his times and compare it to what is going on in South America.However,there is another under-23 athlete(that) we were thinking about.” Hudson had said at the beginning of the month.A sprinter, Chance is known for his performances in the 200m and 400m, and earlier this year, in another section of the media, had voiced his hopes of being selected for the Under-23 Championships. Chance had noted that he wasn’t sure of the criteria for selection for the event, since none had been identified.Speaking with Chronicle Sport, Hudson clarified that with the selection of the Under-23 Championships,the Association is looking at the athletes’ performance for the the year thus far, assessing the timings produced, and comparing it with what is the usual standard at the South American event.“What we will look at is what they did at the last National Seniors or what they would have done in the year so far,and compare it with what is happening in South America, see how far off they are and see if it’s a worthy competition to send them to,where they will get medals, gain experience.Or do we just say, look, let us try to work with them and see if we can prepare them for next year’s World Championships.” Hudson added.“The thing about it is we have to look at results and see if it’s worthy of sending anybody; that’s the key area. We don’t want to expend too much funding on it when funding is limited;we prefer to spend it on an area that may be more productive, that’s why we’re looking at results of the last three South American Under-23(championships) and come up with the athletes that are going, if they’re at that caliber to make sense to send them as against sending another athlete to the South American Youth(championships).” He further explained.The South American Youth Championships is an event that caters to Under- 18 athletes. Bright was named for the event since earlier this year,when plans for her to attend the IAAF World U-20 Championships fell through. Bright specializes in the triple and long jumps, while Williams is a sprinter who favours the 200m and 400m distances.last_img read more

Syracuse’s comeback comes up short in game of runs, lose to No. 22 Florida State 80-62

first_img Published on February 5, 2019 at 10:04 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3 With Syracuse’s walk-ons on the floor when Wednesday’s final buzzer sounded, Tyus Battle sat on the Syracuse bench for a few extra seconds. It had been mostly on him to try and make it back from a huge deficit, and he looked exhausted. He squirted a drink in his mouth, went to shake hands and was the last Syracuse player to head to the locker room — chin down, having done plenty, yet not enough.“I thought (Battle) and Elijah (Hughes) and Oshae (Brissett) did everything they could,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said.In a game of runs, No. 22 Florida State (17-5, 5-4 Atlantic Coast) broke out first before Syracuse (16-7, 7-3) responded. But in the end, FSU had one more run than the Orange and won, 80-62. It would’ve been the largest deficit the Orange came back from this season to win, but the comeback came up short. From down 22 to within one, SU couldn’t get over the final hump to complete the rally.“I thought the most amazing thing is they’re really good,” Boeheim said, “and we made an unbelievable effort to get back in it.”More Coverage:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSuperlatives from Syracuse’s 80-62 loss to No. 22 Florida State Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse took the early lead, 7-6. But then Florida State, which entered as a 33 percent shooting team beyond the arc, caught fire. The Seminoles hit six of their first eight 3-point attempts. The wings, the corners, from the top of the arc, it didn’t matter. Kicks to the post or drives created open looks, and FSU didn’t leave them on the table. A 27-5 run for FSU later, the Orange trailed 33-12.A few plays later, Terance Mann finished an and-1 through Paschal Chukwu, Jim Boeheim asked Chukwu why he didn’t move his feet and the Seminoles led 36-14.“If you don’t play defense, you’re not scoring on the other end, that’s what happens,” Battle said.From there, though, the Orange answered with a run of their own. Battle went all the way off a transition opportunity to finish lefty, then swished a righty floater. Brissett drove inside for an and-1. Buddy Boeheim hit two jumpers. Battle kept going, eventually hitting a 3 from the top and two free throws to close the half.The Carrier Dome crowd got back into the game, and less than eight minutes after trailing by 22, the Orange trailed by eight.“I knew once we were down by 20 we were gonna get back in the game at some point,” Battle said.Talia Trackim | Digital Design EditorSyracuse recovered from down 10 in South Bend to beat Notre Dame. At then-No. 1 Duke, the Orange trailed by 12 within minutes of tip-off before emerging on top in overtime. At home against Georgetown, the difference was as high as 15 early in the second half. Each time, SU answered with a big enough run to get ahead, and from there held off the opposition. But 22 points would be another level of comeback.Brissett opened the second-half scoring with a jumper, and the Orange kept chipping away. Battle stole a perimeter pass and flew in for two. Buddy hit a one-legged runner off glass, too. The deficit was six at the under-16 timeout.When Battle drove out of the first media break and found Brissett, the sophomore could’ve went up for a tricky shot inside. But instead he kicked crosscourt to Hughes, who knocked it down, and the difference was three.Brissett followed it up with a putback to get within one. From 22 down to one — a comeback that could’ve defined a season.From there, it was back and forth, with the Orange getting it back to a one-possession game again and again. Full-court pressure had brought SU back into the game, but the length of time Syracuse had to press wore on the Orange. Each one-possession margin would return to two, and FSU started to break the tight defense.“(The press) did get us in the game, but I don’t think we had enough gas left to finish,” Boeheim said.Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerThe Seminoles finally found the edge with one final spurt, as Syracuse ran out of juice. Hughes gave the ball away to Mann, who pushed the floor for a two-handed slam. A putback and then 3 followed from Mfiondu Kabengele to stretch the gap to 10 again. Soon, he swished another 3, unleashed a loud scream and flexed both arms.Syracuse had used all of its timeouts, so it couldn’t slow FSU. The home crowd, raucous a few minutes before, didn’t have the same life. And the Orange, which had fought almost all the way back, felt their energy drain.“We see them score, we don’t score, and they score again,” Hughes said. “That’s just hard to stay locked in and stay focused and keep getting stops. It became hard.”The Orange wouldn’t be within single digits again. Syracuse didn’t have another run.“Basketball’s a game of runs,” Battle said. “That’s exactly what this game was tonight. They made some runs, we made some runs, and they ended up making the last run at the end.” Commentslast_img read more