Check Out Sarah Steele & Austin P. McKenzie on the Speech & Debate Movie Poster

first_img View Comments Break out your microphones, pilgrim gear and nude bodysuits—the Speech & Debate movie poster is here! Liam James, original stage star Sarah Steele and Spring Awakening fave Austin P. McKenzie are set to star in the screen adaptation of The Humans scribe Stephen Karam’s play of the same name. The trio is the epitome of high school cool in this hot shot. What’s cooler than vandalizing the high school cast list, running a theater blog or spitting energy drinks on yourself to give off fake blood vibes? Nothing, that’s what! This movie is basically a scavenger hunt of big Broadway names like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Darren Criss and Skylar Astin, so keep binge-watching the trailer and study up for the film’s premiere on April 7. Liam James, Sarah Steele & Austin P. McKenzie in ‘Speech & Debate’last_img read more

NAFCU witness Grooms: ‘The time to act is now’ for regulatory relief

first_img continue reading » NAFCU witness Steve Grooms, president and CEO of 1st Liberty Federal Credit Union of Great Falls, Mont., told the Senate Banking Committee “the time to act is now and we stand ready to work with you” on meaningful regulatory relief for the credit union industry.During the hearing, “Fostering Economic Growth: The Role of Financial Institutions in Local Communities,” Grooms testified that credit unions are suffering under the compliance burden resulting from laws meant to curb bad actors after the financial crisis, despite the fact that credit unions were not to blame for the crisis and continued lending when others did not. Grooms noted that more than 1,500 – more than 20 percent – of credit unions have closed since the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act, “with many citing the growing compliance burden as the reason they can’t survive.”Grooms noted that if Congress wants to foster economic growth, it is vital to enact regulatory relief measures for credit unions, including: relaxed field-of-membership restrictions, modernized credit union capital standards, exemptions from rules targeting banks and larger institutions including the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, more freedom for member business lending and a total credit union exemption from the CFPB’s rulemaking. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

MTV Video Music Awards: Pushing boundaries to celebrate music

first_imgThe Weeknd kicked off the festivities with a performance of his hit single “Blinding Lights,” which later won him Video of the Year. As he belted the lyrics to the song from the top of Edge at Hudson Yards, viewers could see the New York City skyline’s backdrop. Surrounded by flashing lights, helicopters and fireworks, MTV really pushed the boundaries for this event.  Although the night was filled with excitement and happiness, The Weeknd shared some of the heartache felt this year. In his acceptance speeches, the singer said that it’s hard to celebrate the night and asked for justice for Breonna Taylor and Jacob Blake. Likewise, before the show’s opening, Keke Palmer shared some thoughtful words about the loss of actor Chadwick Boseman. “We dedicate tonight’s show to a man whose spirit touched so many,” Palmer said. “He is a true hero, not just on screen but in everything he did. His impact lives forever.” Filled with a blast of international music, Maluma, CNCO and BTS took to the stage. As South Korean pop phenomenon BTS performed its new hit “Dynamite,” the Latinx performers CNCO and Maluma did so on a drive-in stage in Brooklyn.  Television personality and actress Keke Palmer was the perfect host for a celebration that honored life, music and speaking up against injustice, mixing her experience, activism and comedic persona. As the first Black woman to host the VMAs, Palmer addressed the Black Lives Matter movement’s power, saying, “We’ve seen our generation step up, take to the streets and make sure our voices will be heard.” The VMAs have always stood as a celebration of music. Many of the performers and nominees were popular on TikTok over the summer. DaBaby’s “Rockstar,” Doja Cat’s “Say So” and Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage” were all hits of the night, with Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion bringing awards home for Best New Artist and Best Hip-Hop, respectively.  Although there was no recipient for the Video Vanguard Award this year, MTV introduced the first-ever inaugural MTV Tricon Award to the star of the night: Lady Gaga, a singer, actress, dancer, designer and activist. MTV explained that the award “is in recognition of her talents as a global music superstar, award-winning actor and undisputed fashion icon.” Besides being the queen of the night, Gaga stood out as she was one of the only artists to wear a mask at all times — even when singing and dancing throughout her performance of songs from “Chromatica,” which included her collaboration with Ariana Grande, “Rain On Me.” Accustomed to using awards shows for major fashion statements, Gaga continued to serve unique looks and incorporate masks within them. Some covered the whole face, others involved horns, and for her performance, it seems like she had created an electronic system within the mask that would better enable her to sing. “I might sound like a broken record, but wear a mask. It’s a sign of respect,” Gaga said. For each acceptance, Best Collaboration (“Rain On Me” ft. Ariana Grande), Song of the Year (“Rain on Me” ft. Ariana Grande) and Artist of Year, Lady Gaga continuously thanked her fans and urged them to never give up on their dreams. “I want nothing more than to be your artist in 2020,” she remarked in one of her speeches.center_img Photo from @vmas on Twitter Palmer also discussed the importance of speaking out against injustice and using music’s power to heal. Her speech was followed by cheers from what sounded like a live audience. Still, viewers never saw whether it was a group of fans behind the cameras or if their cheers were digitally added. Behind the host, an enormous digital stage was designed to make the experience feel as realistic as possible — there were even simulations of fans standing and cheering in booths.  A buzz of anticipation and expectation surrounding this year’s MTV Video Music Awards was felt by fans behind their screens everywhere. One of the most-awaited nights in music took place Sunday, and this year it aimed for something even more spectacular than ever before: The VMAs treated audiences to a full-scale awards show in the middle of a pandemic. Live performances took place on top of New York skyscrapers, at drive-in theatres in Brooklyn and some were even broadcast live from across the world. And it was beautiful.  Other great performances of the night included Miley Cyrus, the Black Eyed Peas and DaBaby. Cyrus and the Black Eyed Peas surprised audiences by adding a little nostalgia to their performances. Cyrus rode a glittery disco ball, which reminisces her “Wrecking Ball” era and the Black Eyed Peas performed their 2009 hit “I Gotta Feeling.” Following rumors of possible surprise appearances, viewers were disappointed by the absence of artists such as Harry Styles, Dua Lipa and Justin Bieber (although Bieber did receive Best Music Video From Home for “Stuck With U” ft. Ariana Grande).  The MTV VMAs achieved the impossible and conducted a massive production while following health and safety guidelines. To introduce categories, presenters Bella Hadid, Joey King, Drew Barrymore, Jaden Smith and many others stood on stage alone and moved aside when the winners would give their speeches. It is speculated, however, that some of these introductions were pre-recorded and that the event was not an entirely live performance. It was clear to see the importance of social distancing on stage and backstage. In between breaks, viewers were shown a significantly small number of crew members shuffling between acts, always wearing face coverings.  Sunday night was a success, not only bringing joy to people’s homes but also being an example of innovation during the challenges presented by the pandemic. MTV showed the world that it is still possible to carry on with one of music’s biggest nights while remaining mindful.last_img read more

Badgers defense stifles Gophers in 7th straight win

first_imgThe Badgers buried the Golden Gophers in a 3-0 sweep for the second time this week, this time on their home court at the University of Wisconsin Field House Saturday night.Although No. 5 Wisconsin dominated Wednesday’s previous rivalry match (25-16, 25-19, 30-28) in the Twin Cities Wednesday night, No. 23 Minnesota did everything it could to keep up with the Badgers, especially during the third set where the Gophers lost by just two points.Saturday night, Wisconsin’s middle blockers were relentless in the front court on defense. The Badgers can credit their second-straight victory to their intense blocking and aggressive net play.The blocking numbers can be somewhat deceptive early in the match. Wisconsin had many touches and block attempts, but no point-earning blocks occurred until the final two rallies of the first set. The Badgers capped off the Border Battle with nine team blocks compared to the Gophers’ five.“I don’t think our blocking was as bad as the numbers were saying early, and I’m not sure our block is quite as good as what it’s showing now,” head coach Kelly Sheffield said. “I think our block is somewhere in between.”There was a bit of a dry spell for the Badgers as Wisconsin went almost the entire first set without a block until the final two points, when the combined efforts of sophomore Haleigh Nelson and senior Courtney Thomas earned the Badgers their 24th point. Senior Ellen Chapman put set one in the bag for Wisconsin with a solo block against senior Adrianna Nora of Minnesota.The Badgers’ net presence continued throughout the match and became a strong component during the second and third sets. As the Badger’s blocking became more effective, the Gopher’s offense began to make more mistakes.“When the other team gets frustrated, they just start doing whatever,” Sheffield said.Errors became a common theme for the Gophers, as their leading-hitter Daly Santana had seven kills and eight errors on only 24 attempts in the first two sets. Wisconsin’s blockers shut down Santana in the second set, preventing three of her hits from even crossing the net. Santana also committed three hitting errors of her own. With Santana’s struggles throughout the first two sets, Minnesota head coach Hugh McCutcheon decided not to play Santana during the third set.“I think [our middle blockers] were really effective tonight,” Wisconsin setter Lauren Carlini said. “I think they were really upset with their performance the other night; I know at least Haleigh was. This is a little bit of redemption.”Nelson finished the match with 10 kills and six block-assists compared to her six kills and six block-assists during Wednesday’s road match. Even though Nelson’s statistics from Wednesday look good on paper, her six kills were not easily earned, as the Minnesota defense gave her a more difficult time at the net. Nelson broke down Minnesota’s blocking barriers Saturday as she beat Minnesota middle blockers Paige Tapp and Hannah Tapp multiple times off of the slide.However, Nelson reinforced that she would not have received her six blocks without the assistance of her teammates.“I give a lot of credit to our pin blockers too,” Nelson said. “They put up a solid set up and they made it easy to close. Their hands being in the right places makes our job a lot easier.”Minnesota native and Wisconsin senior middle blocker Dominique Thompson mentioned that she and Nelson have been pushing each other and working hard to improve their team’s blocking. Wisconsin’s blocking is currently ranked 123rd in the country.“Haleigh and I both talked about it and decided we wanted to change where we are placed in the Big Ten for blocks,” Thompson said. “We are definitely determined to do that. It is something that we definitely do talk about, we are trying to change and fix it.”Thompson completed Saturday’s game with six kills and two block-assists against her home-state representatives. Despite her self-criticism, Thompson was pleased with the outcome Saturday night and the two straight-set wins against the Gophers in four days.“It feels great,” Thompson said. “After winning at Minnesota it was a great feeling. Being able to come here and take care of business is a great feeling. It makes me really happy I’m at Wisconsin.”Wisconsin’s coaches and the players themselves constantly push the Badgers every week as they focus on new areas for improvement. With only two losses so far this season and a six-game winning streak within the Big Ten, Wisconsin will seek to keep improving on both its play and its best winning streak since 2007 when it takes on Iowa at the Field House Wednesday.last_img read more

ACFCON 2019: Bigger, better…and hotter!

first_imgBarack Obama didn’t do too badly in the United Sates out of his change is a-coming schtick. The next four or so weeks in Egypt will reveal whether the bosses at the Confederation of African Football (Caf) will fare as well as the lawyer turned president.Their most prestigious tournament is in the thick of transformation. The 2019 Cup of Nations will be the first event featuring 24 teams and it is the first time that the competition will be played in the summer.Egypt hosted the second Cup of Nations in 1959. Back then, in the May of that year, only three teams took part. Egypt won the second of its seven titles after two matches.Sixty years on, their heirs will face temperatures that are likely to hit 41 degrees celsius.Searing HeatHardly conditions for energetic pressing games and sustained dynamism. But despite the probability of matches descending into somnolent strolls, the Caf bigwigs have yielded to the demands of the European game and moved the tournament from January and February to June and July. At least the 2019 extravaganza won’t be plagued by the club v country row that dogged editions when African stars such as Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba or Yaya Touré were extracted from the title pushes of their European clubs to play on lumpy foreign fields in sparsely populated arenas in Africa.Between 21 June and 19 July 2019, six venues in Cairo, Suez, Alexandria and Ismailia will host the group stages.The top two in each of the six pools will advance directly to the last 16 with the four best third-placed teams.Under the 16 team system which reigned between 1996 and 2017, there were four groups with the winners and runners-up progressing to the quarter-final knockout stages.What has changed? The newly inserted last 16 round will increase the overall number of fixtures from 32 to 52. This year’s champions will hoist the trophy after seven matches.“On the one hand, it is good for more nations to take part and have a chance to show their skills to Africa and the world,” said Frederic Kanouté, a former African Footballer of the Year.The Malian added: “But the level of competition could drop a little bit with nearly half of the football nations of Africa taking part.”Such concerns are unlikely to worry the players or fans from, Madagascar, Burundi and Mauritania who will all take part in the tournament for the first time.Mauritania, coached by Corentin Martins, have been placed in Group E along with Tunisia, Mali and Angola. They will launch their Cup of Nations adventure on 24 June against Mali at the Suez Stadium. Mauritania underdogsMartins’ men are minnows extraordinaire. Al-Murabitun, as they are nicknamed, are 103rd in the rankings of world football’s governing body Fifa.“It was a historic moment when we qualified,” said Martins, who has been at the helm since 2014. “What we need to do now is learn how to play in a major tournament, learn how to win and gain confidence.”Predictable fighting talk. But reality lurks amid the bluster. “It would be absolutely fantastic to get out of the group stages. But that’s what we’ll be working towards,” added the 49-year-old Frenchman.Thirty one ranking places below the Mauritanians lie the Burundians. They upset Gabon during the qualifying stages to move into the limelight in Egypt. Their first assignment will be against the savvy Nigerians who are looking for a fourth title. But their task will not be simple. Gernot Rohr, the Nigeria boss, stressed on the eve of the tournament that no side should be treated lightly.’No easy matches'”There will be no easy matches for Nigeria,” said the 65-year-old German who led the Super Eagles at the 2018 World Cup in Russia on the premise that his young side would blossom at the next major tournament.”My team will never underestimate any opponent no matter what the rankings suggest.”His attitude was echoed by Paul Put, the Guinea coach Paul Put. “Who is to say debutants cannot progress beyond the first round? Guinea and Nigeria have to be extremely careful in the group. “Countries making Cup of Nations debuts are usually dismissed as outsiders by the media, which takes all the pressure off them and makes them even more determined to cause shocks.”Put has first-hand experience. In 2013, he guided an unfancied Burkina Faso past so-called bigger sides to the Cup of Nations final in Johannesburg where they lost to Nigeria.”These so-called weaker sides have nothing to lose and everything to gain,” added Put. “Our concentration levels from the kick-off to the final whistle have to be 100 percent.”For the locals on the streets of Egypt, such realms of focus will be meaningless. Egypt has claimed the crown on three of the four occasions that the Cup of Nations has come to town no matter how many teams start the tournament. Add Mo Salah to those kind of percentages. Result? Result.—last_img read more

NFL free agency news: Bills add veteran safety Kurt Coleman as Rafael Bush retires

first_imgHe appeared in all 16 of New Orleans’ regular-season games with nine starts but played only three defensive snaps in two postseason games. Signed: S Kurt Coleman to a one-year contract.S Rafael Bush has retired from the NFL and has been placed on the reserved/retired list.— Buffalo Bills PR (@BuffaloBillsPR) July 19, 2019Coleman instantly fills the void Bush left as a veteran safety familiar with the Bills’ defensive system, led by head coach Sean McDermott, who coached Coleman during their time with the Panthers.Coleman is entering his 10th NFL season after spending just one year with the Saints, who signed him to a three-year, $16.5 million contract last offseason before deciding to release him after a lackluster 2018. Related News Former NFL star Albert Haynesworth thanks potential kidney donors Tyreek Hill cleared to play for Chiefs as NFL concludes investigationcenter_img The Bills acted quickly Friday signing Kurt Coleman when they found out safety Rafael Bush decided to retire just days before the open of training camp.Bush started seven games for Buffalo last season (his ninth in the NFL) and finished with 44 tackles. Sean McVay says Rams’ Super Bowl loss on his mind ‘every minute’last_img read more

Wellington golfers place fourth just 4 strokes from placing at windy home invite

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 12thTrent PaskeANDOVER63555454441 4thJake BeckerAUGUSTA45543335436 4485654434379 11thPeyton WilsonAND. CENTRAL55654444441 Ty Wilson4375465454389 Four-man team score340 6365543444080 12thWEL. JV443 4464545454181 3rdKade TrebbeAUGUSTA54645344439 6thHESSTON360 Tyl Wilson36567446546 13thCLEARWATER#NUM! 2ndROSE HILL329 Player Name101112131415161718InTotal Player Name123456789Out Carson LeGrand65566465548 Skyler Crittenden finishes ninth Thursday.Jonas Luna placed 10th for the Crusaders. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The wind blew scores upwards Thursday afternoon in the Wellington High School Golf Invitational. Jacob Wilson of Andover was the winner of the 18-hole event with a 76, six strokes over par.Wellington would finish fourth as a team with 340 on its home course. Skyler Crittenden and Jonah Luna were tournament medalist for the Crusaders finishing in the individual top 15.Crittenden shot a 42 out and 39 in for an 81 score to finish ninth.Luna shot a 41 out and 41 in for an 82 score to finish 13th.Andover won the event as a team with a 319. Rose Hill followed with 329. Augusta edged Wellington 336 to 340 for third place. There were 15 teams in the tournament and 78 golfers.The Crusaders, playing in their second golf outing of the season, held their own against some of the better Class 4A area golfers in the state.Finishing off the Wellington team scoring included:Ty Wilson on the fourth green at Wellington Invitational.•Graysen DeJarnett – 88 – 44 out 44 in.•Ty Wilson – 89 – 46 out 43 in.The top four scores equal team scoring.Other Wellington varsity golf scores included: Carson LeGrand with a 94 and Joe Friesen with a 96.The Crusaders will be at Terradyne Country Club Monday. For the photo gallery of the Golf Invite click here.Wellington team scores: 5thParker AustinROSE HILL55544454642 8thGODDARD375 Wellington Individual Medalist: 9thMULVANE376 Skyler Crittenden4456443453981 7356443454182 15thWEL. JV 2#NUM! 5355444343779 10thCIRCLE381 11thMAIZE401 7thUmar AshrafANDOVER55454444540 Graysen DeJarnett35574456544 14thCHAPARRAL#NUM! 4375453644182 7thEISENHOWER375 PlacePlayer NameSchool123456789Outcenter_img 1stJacob WilsonANDOVER64544435540 Team scores: 5465464444281 8thPeyton AustinROSE HILL45544355439 Joe Friesen6367575464996 4375444464183 5365443564182 2ndRyan WalkerROSE HILL56655344442 Joe Friesen47645555647 4456443453981 Jonah Luna45534655441 5354464343880 3376644354182 3355355343676 15thJ. PitcherGODDARD46453456441 101112131415161718InTotal Skyler Crittenden35555455542 5thAND. CENTRAL355 6356443454079 10thTyler TrudoEISENHOWER44644554541 3rdAUGUSTA336 TeamsScore Graysen DeJarnett5575544454488 Carson LeGrand4577455454694 14thPatrick ChanANDOVER45564346542 1stANDOVER319 Jonah Luna3376644354182 9thSkyler CrittendenWELLINGTON35555455542 13thJonah LunaWELLINGTON45534655441 6thZach SokoloskyANDOVER37455344540 6465455444384 Follow us on Twitter. 4thWELLINGTON340last_img read more