Lady Day , Starring Audra McDonald, Will Release Live Cast Album

first_img View Comments The live album will feature signature Holiday numbers performed by McDonald in the play, including “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness” and “God Bless the Child.” Directed by Lonny Price, the play by Lanie Robertson tells the life story of the legendary jazz singer through the songs that made her famous. Set in 1959, in an intimate bar in Philadelphia, Holiday (McDonald) puts on a show that, unbeknownst to the audience, will leave them witness to one of the last performances of her lifetime. The Broadway production officially opened on April 13 and McDonald has been nominated for a Tony for her performance in the show. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 Related Shows From a Philly bar to your own living room! PS Classics will record a live performance of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, starring five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday, during the week ending May 31. The two-disc set will be released on July 15.last_img read more

The land that timetables forgot

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Defense steps up for 2nd straight week

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThrough the first eight games of the 2007 season, the Wisconsin defense struggled mightily to force the opposition into turnovers. With five interceptions and only two fumbles recovered entering Saturday’s game, players in recent weeks often said that it could be a case of one turnover creating a snowball effect that would in turn roll into a string of takeaways.That was certainly the case Saturday, when the Wisconsin defense forced Indiana to commit five turnovers en route to a 33-3 victory and arguably the Badgers’ best defensive game of the season.”We were basically fed up with it,” linebacker Jonathan Casillas said. “We know we’re a good defense, but we just basically had to prove it. Our coaches have been emphasizing it a lot in practice — tackling drills and different kinds of cut drills and turnover circuits — and basically we just had to execute.”The Badgers didn’t wait long to do so.On Indiana’s second possession of the game, Casillas forced Hoosiers backup running back Josiah Sears to fumble, and defensive tackle Nick Hayden was there to recover the ball.”I talked to the defense about attacking the football,” Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said. “Anytime somebody has the ball in their hands, you need to attack the football.”Included in those five turnovers were three recovered fumbles, although that number could have been higher had Wisconsin recovered another loose ball Indiana put on the turf or had Jason Chapman’s second quarter strip of Hoosiers’ quarterback Kellen Lewis not been overturned by video replay. “We’ve been working all year, stripping the ball out, and today it finally paid off,” Hayden said.The turnovers indeed seemed to snowball, especially in the second half. During one stretch spanning the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth quarter, Indiana turned the ball over on three of four possessions.”It started off with one, and we really didn’t pay much attention to it,” cornerback Aaron Henry said. “But we forced a lot of fumbles today and just went out there and flew to the football.”Being fast to the football meant the Badgers were put in position to pick up the ball when it did pop out.”Today it seemed like Indiana had a little trouble holding onto the ball,” defensive lineman Mike Newkirk said. “Whether it was us or if it was them … there were a lot of times that the ball was on the ground. We were able to pick those up, which is something we weren’t able to do a lot throughout the year.”Coming on the heels of a stellar three-point defensive outing against Northern Illinois, Casillas said that same snowball effect could carry over to the defense’s play as a unit.”We had two consistent weeks in a row where the defense basically shut the opponent down,” Casillas said.With the turnover-creating issue put to bed following Saturday’s win, the Badgers must now focus their attention in the direction of another trend related to takeaways.”You like to see turnovers create field position and points,” Bielema said. “Great thing was, it’s baby steps around here. We have turnovers. Now we just have to work on the offense … our offense didn’t know how to respond. They hadn’t had gotten many turnovers.”The Wisconsin offense scored zero of its 33 points off of turnovers. The five drives that started thanks to defensive takeaways resulted in three punts and a fumble. After creating the final turnover on an interception with six seconds remaining, the Badgers’ final drive finished with the end of the game.last_img read more

Madhya Pradesh election 2018: Key candidates and battles

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled Madhya Pradesh voted on November 28 and the results for the fiercely fought elections will be out on Tuesday (December 11). The Madhya Pradesh assembly election, which is likely to set the tone for the 2019 Lok Sabha poll, was a tight contest between the two key contenders – the BJP and the Congress.2,097 candidates fought for the 230 seats in Madhya Pradesh, where the BJP has been in power for 15 years.Here’s a look at some of the key constituencies that will be a deciding factor in the Madhya Pradesh election:BUDHNIChief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who has been the BJP’s star candidate for the last three elections, is the BJP candidate from Budhni, a seat that he has held for the past three terms.Chouhan had defeated the Budhni Congress candidate in 2013 with a margin of over 84,805 votes.In the Madhya Pradesh assembly election 2018, the three-time chief minister faces Congress’s Arun Yadav, who many say is an ‘outsider’ for this constituency where Chouhan enjoys comfortable support.SHIVPURIMadhya Pradesh Sports Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia, who is the aunt of Congress heavyweight Jyotiraditya Scindia, is seeking re-election from Shivpuri.She is also the sister of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.While Scindia has won the Shivpuri seat several times in the past, including the 2013 assembly election, the anti-incumbency wave in Madhya Pradesh is likely to have an impact on the voters here as well.GOVINDPURAGovindpura in state capital Bhopal has been a traditional BJP bastion for the last several elections. Former Chief Minister Babulal Gaur held the seat for the past few decades, since 1974 to be precise.advertisementIn the 2013 elections, Gaur defeated the Congress candidate with a margin of over 70,000 votes.This time, however, BJP has not fielded Gaur and instead opted for his daughter Krishna Gaur. Apart from the Congress, Mayawati’s BSP, too, has fielded a candidate from Govindpura.CHURHATMadhya Pradesh Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh is contesting against arch-rival Shardendu Tiwari for the third time in Churhat.BJP leader Tiwari was defeated by Singh in 2013 even though the BJP won a comfortable majority in the 2013 assembly election.Singh has defeated Tiwari twice before. Singh and Tiwari’s rivalry goes back generations.RAGHOGARHTraditionally a Congress bastion, Raghogarh has been loyal to Congress heavyweight Digvijaya Singh. BJP has so far remained unsuccessful in making a breakthrough here. This time, the Congress has fielded Singh’s son, Jaivardhan against the BJP’s Bhupendra Raghuvanshi.CHACHAURAFormer Lok Sabha MP and Congress leader Laxman Singh, who is the brother of Congress stalwart Digvijay Singh, has been fielded from the Chachaura seat against BJP’s Mamta Meena.last_img read more

Drivers of Public Transport Required to Wear Uniforms Come April 1

first_img  Mr. Montague suggested that this could entail owners and operators importing their own vehicles and parts, as well as establishing facilities to service their units.  Mr. Montague argued that the level of indiscipline plaguing the transportation system results, to a great extent, from several persons “who should not be in this sector” treating it as “a little hustle business”. Come April 1, all drivers in the public transportation system will be required to wear uniforms.This is the directive from Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, who says the stipulation will help to bring order and discipline to the sector.“We have an opportunity to change the face of this industry… we are moving to chart a new course. We are moving to make this industry garner the respect that it ought to get,” he said.The Minister was speaking at a Transport Stakeholders Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston on February 7.Mr. Montague argued that the level of indiscipline plaguing the transportation system results, to a great extent, from several persons “who should not be in this sector” treating it as “a little hustle business”.“The public only sees the bad ones. We now have a responsibility to put the best foot forward,” he further contended.The Minister said he is “dreaming of a new sector”, where stakeholders consult each other and collectively work towards creating a system that is of first world standard, with courteous staff.“What I want… is for you the operators in the business to take more responsibility and [be in] charge of your [activities],” he said.Mr. Montague suggested that this could entail owners and operators importing their own vehicles and parts, as well as establishing facilities to service their units.He further proposed training for operators, conductors and drivers to improve service delivery.Mr. Montague said he is optimistic that the sector can be turned around by stakeholders who have earned the trust of their customers.“Every day, thousands of mothers hand their six, seven and eight year old children to the custody and care of a taxi or a bus operator,” he pointed out.In the meantime, Mr. Montague urged transport operators to explore opportunities to add greater value to their business and increase earnings.He suggested that they could offer their customers excursion services as well as Wi-Fi internet access which, he contended, would serve to attract more clients.Additionally, the Minister said operators could use their vehicles to display advertisements, and indicated that he is in discussion with the Transport Authority to establish a framework that facilitates this.“The average ride is about 15 minutes and you about four/five persons captive for that time. You can earn money out of that time,” Mr. Montague pointed out. He suggested that they could offer their customers excursion services as well as Wi-Fi internet access which, he contended, would serve to attract more clients. Story Highlightslast_img read more