Audra McDonald Wants You…to Donate to The Covenant House!

first_img View Comments Audra McDonald Star Filescenter_img This weekend Audra McDonald and several Broadway faves will take part in the second annual Sleep Out: Broadway Edition, a Covenant House program to raise funds for homeless youth. If you donate to the cause before noon on August 15, the Lady Day star has some “Audrafied” prizes just for you, including a Twitter shout-out, a voicemail greeting or a personalized “Happy Birthday” video. Who knows? That performance could bring her her SEVENTH Tony, and it’d be all thanks to you. Hear the details from Audra herself in the video below, and donate to the cause ASAP! CLICK TO DONATE NOW!last_img read more

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Churee N. Cregar

first_imgFriends may visit with the family on Saturday, July 1, 2017 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  Services will begin at 2 p.m. at the funeral home and burial will follow in Dale Cemetery, Connersville. Memorial contributions can be directed to a charity of choice.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Churee Cregar. Those surviving who will honor Churee’s memory include her husband, David Cregar; children, Dylan Cregar and Jaylee Cregar; mother, Yvonne Barkley of Brookville; a brother, Travis Smith of Noblesville; a sister, Lauren Short of Brookville, and several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.  One sister, Connie Smith, preceded her in death.center_img Churee N. Cregar, of Brookville, was born on January 26, 1977, in Panorama, California, the daughter of Phil Stevens and Yvonne Barkley.  On June 8, 2002, she married the love of her life, David W. Cregar in Metamora.  Churee was dedicated to her family – as a dance Mom, a basketball Mom and as a member of Cregar’s racing.  That dedication extended to others; having fought cancer for 14 years, Churee inspired so many to keep the faith and continue living their lives.  Her valiant effort battling cancer was ended on Monday, June 26, 2017.  At the young age of 40, she passed away with her loved ones by her side.last_img read more

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LaLiga and Unilever to Sponsor Clear Men and Rexona Brands

first_imgTri Tran Tue, Global Clear’s Vice President shared her excitement on this partnership. “We’re thrilled to form this partnership as LaLiga offers us a strong platform to leverage the Clear Men brand, through campaigns that cut across multiple channels and markets. We will bring fans closer to the action through unique and expansive content strategies, and campaigns that deliver our brand and product narrative.”Joanna Allen, Rexona’s global brand vice president, offered her thoughts on the agreement. “We’re delighted to announce this new partnership with LaLiga, the home of football’s finest. LaLiga’s international appeal offers us a fantastic platform from which to reach a global audience for Rexona.”For his part, LaLiga President Javier Tebas believes that this partnership “is further evidence of LaLiga’s efforts to reach out to a global market, alongside a brand that’s as universally recognised as Unilever. This agreement is fantastic news, since we always aim to join forces with leading international brands and get closer to the millions of LaLiga fans around the world. We’ll achieve this thanks to our association with Clear and Rexona, two excellent brands.”For Unilever, LaLiga’s success is an ideal platform from which to fulfil their brand objectives, thanks to the advantages that come hand-in-hand with this agreement. These include immersive match day experiences with LaLiga ambassadors, weekly content on social media, as well as football development programs aimed at uncovering upcoming talent.The agreement will be present globally for Clear Men. In addition, for Rexona, in the United States as Degree, in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Central American countries, Russia, Spain, Germany and a large part of Africa, such as Rexona, in the United Kingdom and Ireland, as Sure, and in South Africa as Shield.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Unilever, one of the most prestigious consumer goods companies in the world, joins forces with LaLiga with the aim of connecting Clear Men & Rexona with the world’s best football league.Unilever and LaLiga Friday announced an extensive worldwide sponsorship agreement, covering this current season as well as the 2019/20 and 2020/21 campaigns.The scope of Unilever’s portfolio includes 400 brands in over 190 countries, with the company turning over €50 billion annually and reaching over 2.5 billion customers daily. Two of Unilever’s most iconic personal care brands are part of this sponsorship deal – Clear Menand Rexona, the latter of which is also known as Sure, Degree and Shield, depending on the target country.Through their Clear and Rexona brands which are part of this agreement, Unilever will be boosted by the success that LaLiga has enjoyed both on and off the pitch over the last four years. In this time frame, the league’s global influence has skyrocketed, and currently there are more than 2.7 billion LaLiga fans worldwide. In addition, Unilever’s sponsorship agreement with LaLiga will strengthen its growth strategy, which aims at improving consumers’ lives in all four corners of the globe.last_img read more

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Round up: Middlesex triumph, Kane contract, Arsenal v Chelsea, QPR boss defiant

first_imgMiddlesex have been crowned champions in dramatic fashion at Lord’s.Toby Roland-Jones’ stunning hat-trick saw them beat Yorkshire on an action-packed final day to clinch their first County Championship title for 23 years.Meanwhile, Chelsea skipper John Terry is still struggling with his injury and will not be available for Saturday’s derby at Arsenal.The Gunners also have injury concerns – Olivier Giroud faces a late fitness test ahead of the game.Chelsea had hoped Terry would return against ArsenalArsenal had three men sent off against the Blues last season and their manager Arsene Wenger has warned his players they need to keep their composure this time around.Ahead of the first-team clash, the two clubs’ development sides met on Friday evening at Stamford Bridge, where Arsenal won 2-1.Chelsea have also announced that defender Todd Kane, 23, has signed a new three-year contract.Kane is currently recovering from a knee injuryManager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has declared that QPR “are fine” despite recent poor results triggering criticism from fans.Hasselbaink’s side face Birmingham at Loftus Road on Saturday and the visitors could be without former Brentford striker Clayton Donaldson.Many Rangers supporters on Twitter have been calling for Sandro to be retained following his goal in the EFL Cup against Sunderland this week.And in her latest column for West London Sport, Chelsea Ladies star Claire Rafferty says her team are relishing the prospect of playing at Stamford Bridge against Wolfsburg in the Champions League. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Are Starfish Eyes Missing Links?

first_imgStarfish are found to have “primitive” image-forming eyes on the tips of their arms.  Do these represent links between simple and complex eyes?  Some reporters seem to think so.Deborah MacKenzie at New Scientist leapt at the opportunity to score one for Darwin:We have known about the sensors that starfish have at the ends of their arms for 200 years, but no one knew whether they are real eyes that form images or simply structures that detect changes in light intensity.We finally have an answer: they appear to act as real eyes. The discovery is another blow to creationist arguments that something as complex as a human eye could never evolve from simpler structures.In a similar vein, PhysOrg asked if it is a “missing link in eye evolution.”  Dr. Andrews Garm at the University of Copenhagen experimented on blue sea stars.  When deprived of the photosensors, starfish wandered aimlessly, but their fellow stars with intact sensors migrated toward the coral, where the food source is.  The article contains photos of the starfish and its photoreceptors.Surprisingly, after 200 years of knowing these photoreceptors exist, nobody had checked to see if they are capable of providing directional cues to the animals.  New Scientist said they are “good enough to show the way home” but more primitive than the compound eyes in arthropods.  MacKenzie continued the evolutionary angle:In evolutionary terms, says Garm, it is interesting because starfish eyes are structurally close in form to the hypothesised first image-forming eyes.For instance, light receptors in more advanced eyes are built either out of modified cytoplasmic projections called microvilli, or out of filament-shaped cell organelles called cilia. Starfish eyes contain both structures, so “have features that look a bit ancestral“, says [Dan-Eric] Nilsson [Lund University].“This shows what visual task drove this important step in eye evolution,” says Garm. “Navigation towards large stationary objects – here the reef – that were preferred habitats.” In other words, he thinks our eyes may have first evolved so we could find our way home.PhysOrg said that the structure on the blue sea star, “except for the lack of true optics, resembles arthropod compound eye.”  Neither article mentioned the whole-body lenses on brittle stars, another echinoderm (8/23/01).In other echinoderm news, PhysOrg reported that some starfish are able to shed arms to prevent overheating.  Nature News reported a Cambrian fossil that they claim is an early echinoderm.  It lacked arms, but had five-fold symmetry.  It “resembled an egg with its tapered end planted in the sea floor,” the article said.  “Its mouth opened upward and its body spiralled down.”Nice try, Darwin Party, but no score.  Starfish are not ancestral to arthropods or vertebrates.  Eyes appeared abruptly in separate phyla during the Cambrian explosion, as seen in molluscs, jellyfish, comb jellies, and arthropods (trilobites and the Burgess Shale animals), and in some extinct phyla.  Trilobite eyes were very complex but appeared abruptly like all the others.   If starfish represented a transitional form, why do starfish still exist hundreds of millions of years later with the same “primitive” eyes?  Where’s the evolution?The authors made another tactical blunder in their evolutionary tale.  “Visual tasks” do not “drive evolution.”  You can’t drive an aimless mechanism on a random walk.  Eyes don’t evolve “so we could find our way home.”  That makes no sense theoretically or evidentially.  All living things have some common “tasks” including finding their habitat.  Why don’t plants have eyes?  Why don’t seeds have eyes so they can find the right soil?  Many plants and animals could have benefited from sight but didn’t “evolve eyes.”  You can’t use “evolve” as an active verb.  Evolution is whatever happens, without anyone guiding it or needing it.  Once again we see evolutionists misusing and misunderstanding their own theory.The fact is, each animal has the senses it needs for its place in the ecology.  Everything is equipped for its role.  The story should have been that starfish are more amazing than previously thought, not that they represent a missing link.  Maybe the evolutionists are panicking at the release of Stephen Meyer’s best-selling book, Darwin’s Doubt, laying out the case for intelligent design as seen in the Cambrian fossil record.  For a shorter explanation of the Cambrian explosion, see Illustra’s film Darwin’s Dilemma. (Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Oscar nomination for SA film

first_img26 January 2005In a first for South African cinema, Yesterday – the first ever feature-length isiZulu film – has been nominated for a 2005 Academy Award in the category of best foreign language film.Hotel Rwanda, a South African-British-Italian co-production shot mainly in SA, also got three Oscar nominations – for Don Cheadle for best actor in a leading role, Sophie Okonedo for best actress in a supporting role, and for best original screenplay.Yesterday is a completely South African project, produced by Videovision Entertainment with the support of M-Net, the National Film and Video Foundation and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The cast and key crew were all South African.“We are ecstatic to have received South Africa’s first Oscar nomination,” producer Anant Singh said after the announcement of the nominations on Tuesday. “Yesterday is a South African film in an indigenous language and one that showcases our country’s amazing creative talent in a local story.”The film, written and directed by Darrell Roodt (Place Of Weeping, The Stick, Sarafina and Cry, The Beloved Country), took its story of an HIV-positive mother deserted by her husband to the 2004 Venice and Toronto international film festivals – and more recently to the Pune International Film Festival in India – and triumphed at each venue.Yesterday scooped the inaugural Human Rights Film Award at the Venice festival, and the Best Film Award at the Pune festival.And after its North American premiere in Toronto, HBO Films acquired Yesterday for distribution in the United States, where it is being released through Fine Line, the speciality film division of New Line Cinema, the company that produced and distributed the Lord of the Rings trilogy.Shot on location in the Bergville region of KwaZulu-Natal, Yesterday stars Leleti Khumalo of Sarafina! fame – Khumalo also stars in Hotel Rwanda – Kenneth Kambule, Harriet Lehabe, Camilla Walker, and child star Lihle Mvelase.The film tells the story of a young mother, Yesterday, who discovers that she is HIV-positive. Her husband, a migrant mineworker, refuses to accept this, and Yesterday is left to fend for herself and her daughter, Beauty, hoping she will survive long enough to see Beauty go to school.“Even though the film is in isiZulu with English subtitles, we are confident that audiences will respond positively to Yesterday, as it is a universal story that takes one on a journey through one woman’s life and highlights her courage and determination to overcome insurmountable odds,” Singh said.Yesterday is the first feature film to have the support of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, which will use the film as a resource in its social development programme, especially in its HIV/Aids and education focus areas.“When Anant Singh approached us about the making of the film, we had no hesitation in responding,” Nelson Mandela Foundation chief executive John Samuel said before a gala screening of the film at the International Aids Conference in Bangkok in July 2004. “You will see this evening that the story of Yesterday is a very simple yet powerful one.“In our fight against HIV/Aids, we need these kinds of stories which tell us about challenges, about difficulties and the tragedies,” Samuel said. “We also, at the same time, need stories that tell us about hope – and Yesterday is about hope.“Mr Mandela has been full of praise for this film because he sees this as an important way of fighting the discrimination and stigma that is attached to the Aids pandemic.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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2012 Pan Pacific Masters Games

first_imgThe eighth Pan Pacific Masters Games kicked off on Saturday, 3 November on the Gold Coast with roughly 12,000 participants competing across 38 sports, converging from all over the Pacific region. The Games will run through until Sunday, 11 November, however the Touch Football tournament will run from Wednesday, 7 November through until Saturday, 10 November 2012 at Owen Park in Southport. 15 different divisions will be contested in the Touch Football fixtures of the event, with four Women’s (30+, 35+, 40+, 45+), seven Men’s (30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+) and four Mixed divisions (W30+/M35+, W35+/M40+, W40+/M45+, W45+/M50+).For news and results from the Touch Football competition of the Games please follow the link below:http://www.mastersgames.com.au/default.asp?PageID=13124 To read a story written by the Gold Coast Bulletin about a couple who met playing Touch Football that will play in the event, please click on the following link: http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2012/10/30/440785_gold-coast-pan-pacific-masters-games.html Related LinksPan Pacific Masterslast_img read more

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Support for Women In Sport

first_imgAustralia’s female sport coaches, officials and administrators can apply for a grant of up to $5,000 for individuals or $10,000 for organisations to assist women to achieve their leadership potential.A total of $400,000 will be provided this year to enable women to undertake accredited sport leadership training in the areas of coaching, communications, media and marketing, governance, management and administration and officiating.The Women Leaders in Sport (WLIS) grant programme is targeted at increasing female representation in sport leadership roles.They can be used by volunteers, sport sector employees and organisations for a range of activities to support their leadership aspirations in sport.The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said it was sensational that more women are becoming involved in all aspects of sport and this investment in our future female leaders will ensure these women can fast track their careers and provide increased gender diversity within sporting organisations.“This investment will not only benefit the recipients – it will assist in breaking down the real and perceived barriers to getting more women into leadership positions in sport and ensure that sport leadership becomes more reflective of the gender balance in Australian society today,” Minister Cash said.Applications are now open and will close on 22 October 2014. Successful recipients will be notified in December 2014.The WLIS grant is jointly funded by the Office for Women and the Australian Sports Commission.Eligibility criteria and details are available at – ausport.gov.au/leadershipgrants The Media Release is also attached.Related Filesmr-women-in-sport-pdfRelated LinksSupport for Women In Sportlast_img read more

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10 months agoConcern grows for Tottenham as Eriksen negotiations stall

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Concern grows for Tottenham as Eriksen negotiations stallby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham are concerned that Christian Eriksen has not signed a new deal.The Spurs star has been in riveting form, scoring four goals in the last six games.But he only has 18 months left on his deal and Spurs are no closer to getting him to agree to a renewal.Per the Evening Standard, Spurs still hope he will renew, but there is concern as he has not signed the offer they have presented him.It is unlikely Spurs could match the wage Eriksen could earn at the likes of Barcelona or Real Madrid, but they hope his loyalty to the club will see him commit. last_img read more

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Henderson praises Klopps management style

first_imgLiverpool captain Jordan Henderson has praised manager, Jurgen Klopp’s management style.The England midfielder who helped his country reach the last four of this summer’s World Cup, explained the logic behind the German tactician’s style.“The lads have worked so hard in pre-season and I can see the benefits already in how fit they are, the rhythm they have got from playing games,” said Henderson, according to France24.“You can see that in the performances, they are winning games. So it’s normal for me that I’m not playing, I can accept it.”“Obviously, it’s a lot easier when you’ve had longer in pre-season and more games to play before the season starts then of course it is a lot easier to get in your rhythm straight away, your fitness levels will be higher.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“When you are coming back from a World Cup when you have had time off, you come back in and you have still got to get back up to speed straight away.”“I’ve used this period to try and refresh my body, refresh my mind because last season was long.”“Especially with the World Cup, it was enjoyable and ended with the disappointment but it was a long season and this is going to be another long season hopefully with a lot of games so I’m using this period to be as ready as possible.”Klopp’s rotational policy has also been aided by the club’s summer recruitments, bringing in players like Fabinho, Keita, Alisson.last_img read more

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