first_img If/Then Idina Menzel Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 View Comments The 2014 MLB All-Star Game took place on July 15 at Minneapolis’ Target Field, and Tony and Audience Choice Award winner Idina Menzel had the honor of playing shortstop for the American League team. Wait, that’s not right. (That’s Derek Jeter? Never heard of him.) She was there to sing, and that she did. The If/Then star gave a pre-game performance of the national anthem and Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young.”  Check out Menzel’s out-of-the-park vocals, plus a pre-game interview (in which she talks baseball, betting and Broadway) in the clips below! Star Fileslast_img read more

first_imgThe Accra Sports Stadium has been cleared to host the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Ghana and Malawi billed for Saturday, September 8, 2012.The national stadium, yet to taste any significant action since its renovation for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations was reportedly tagged unsafe to host matches by Kojo Bonsu, Board Chairman of the National Sports Authority (NSA) in a recent interview on JOY Sports Link, but experts have allayed the disturbing concerns raised by the Chairman.With visible signs of rust and cracks spotted on the roof and other vital sections of the facility, Eric Ansah, Deputy Managing Director of the Architectural and Engineering Services Limited (AESL) insists the venue is safe to host this weekend’s match and subsequent ones.Ansah who led a team of technical experts from his outfit and officials of the NSA on an inspection tour of the stadium on Monday, which was re-inaugurated by former President John Agyekum Kufour in October 2007, said it cannot serve as a ‘death trap’ as being speculated. “We want to allay any fears about the safety of the stadium. It is fit to host matches. Therefore, the Ghana/Malawi match can be held here,” Ansah assured.He worryingly admitted that the signs of rust was a concern, but explained there was no cause for alarm since “it has not gotten to the skills structure. The rust is due to the sea breeze as the stadium is close to the sea.“We have to do some steel blasting and re-painting of the whole structure. There is nothing to worry about,” he affirmed. Ansah advised that the best practice would have been regular maintenance to keep the facility in the best of shapes.The 40,000-capacity stadium built in the 1960’s hosted the final matches of the 1978 and 2008 Africa Cup of Nations.It was renovated alongside the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations which was complemented by the Tamale and Essipong Stadia, Sekondi.last_img read more

first_imgPresident of the Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) Issa Hayatou, yesterday underwent a successful kidney transplant.He has never hidden the sufferings of his kidney failure in recent times. However, it did not prevent him from discharging fully and continuously his functions with the world football body, Africa and the Olympic movement.His current tasks as Acting FIFA President and CAF President will continue as planned.“I am pleased with the positive news given by the medical personnel. On behalf of CAF and on my own behalf, I wish our President a speedy recovery. In the coming days, I will be in regular contact with him and I am glad to know that in future, he will be back on our side,” said CAF Secretary General, Hicham El Amrani.Following recommendations by medical personnel, the CAF President will observe some days of rest.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

first_imgThe story of the 96 Cattle Company in the California Cattlemen’s Association Centennial Celebration coffee table book was included among the 106 ranch and business histories. Interesting how Hazel’s great-grandfather gave each of his children a ranch.Issac McKenzie came from Nova Scotia in 1869 to Northern California. He went to work for the Sierra Lumber Company in Lyonsville. He acted as camp boss during the time ox teams were used for skidding logs. In 1875, he married Lucy Turner and they …last_img

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It’s Kolt, Matt, and Dale this week on the Ohio Ag Net Podcast brought to you by AgriGold. Matt sat down with Bill & Susan Shultz, the 2019 Master Shepherds of the year. Dave Russell sent back some audio with Jenna Beadle who is the Director of State Policy for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. He also caught up with Jordan Hoewischer, also from Ohio Farm Bureau. Lastly, Dale visited with Tony Repeta from Franklin Equipment about their upcoming auction.last_img

first_imgTags:#news#social networks#web marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img It’s often said these days that Google and Facebook are major rivals, but how could that be if one is in search and the other, social networking? Traffic analyst firm Hitwise provided one very clear clue tonight when it published new numbers for web user activity in Australia. For perhaps the first time ever, social networking sites have surpassed the traffic search engines receive, Hitwise says. There is reason to question the company’s categorization of web traffic, but the trend is worth examining none the less.Social networking climbed fast this year, and Hitwise says it just peaked over search for a few days during the communication frenzy of Christmas. Take that, Larry and Sergey – Mark and Ev are right behind you.The biggest problem with Hitwise’s numbers is that the company appears to include YouTube in the “social networks and forums” category that is challenging search. That’s a questionable categorization of (Google’s) YouTube, a site that some people call the 2nd-largest search engine on the web. A person certainly can use YouTube as a social network – but we’d guess that far more people use it as a search engine. If YouTube is growing (and this analysis says it is) then search is growing. You wouldn’t think search would have much room to grow, but YouTube demonstrates nicely that there can emerge new kinds of search at any time. Some people argue that real-time search is the next type that will emerge as a growth industry for the search market. Others point to social search and that kind of amalgamation could throw our search vs. social networking equation entirely!The arguable mischaracterization of YouTube seems to throw a big monkey-wrench in Hitwise’s usually fabulous market analysis, but as a general trend social network is undoubtedly growing. At 2% of web use, according again to Hitwise, YouTube is a major player – but lets think about the rise of actual social networking sites relative to search.What would it mean if social networking over-took search in terms of sheer visits online? It would mark a sea-change on the internet. No longer would our dominant use of the web be seeking out web-pages built by HTML web-masters! Now we would all be publishing tiny little updates that perhaps only our friends and family care about. We’d be subscribing, more than we ever did by RSS, to syndicated updates from organizations of interest, large and small. It would be (perhaps will be) a very different era and, to be frank, it’s going to be harder to monetize. There will be privacy battles. There will be new platforms for innovation.It’s a pretty big deal. Things will really change if current trends continue and social networking rises to the top. That’s not as clear as this traffic analyst firm argues that it is, but it could happen. And that’s a big reason why Google and Facebook are rivals.Classic post: Is YouTube the Next Google?Check out our research report The Real-Time Web and Its Future. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

first_imgcurt hopkins Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Saturday was the 395th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare. (Some believe it is also the 447th anniversary of his birth.) Shakespeare is, arguably, the world’s greatest playwright. He is certainly the most produced and most translated one. For those who think he’s overrated, fine. But some national literatures, like Poland’s, grew out of the effort of translating Shakespeare into the native language. Unsurprisingly, the fastest-growing technology, the social Web, has mostly kept pace with the playwright. So here is a short list of ways online to either discover Shakespeare, rediscover him or just compare and contrast. There is an aesthetic, after all, to the intersection of technology and art. Dig. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. MIT’s online resource for all the texts of Shakespeare’s work for free. Open Source Shakespeare. Download and print any of Shakespeare’s work.The Folios. Facsimiles of the first four printed folios. Shakespeare Authorship. If you find working class people objectionable, or perhaps believe that 9/11 was an “inside job,” you’ll probably find the “authorship question” to your liking. You may not like this site, however, as it seems to demand scholarship from Antistratfordians that Antistratfordians do not demand of themselves.Shakespearean Insult Generator. Enjoy, thou surly dizzy-eyed puttock! You don’t like it? Then perhaps you’ll enjoy the Shakespearean Insulter, thou spongy brazen-faced scullian.Shakespearean Festivals and Theatres. See the plays in their original context, on the boards. Folger Podcasts. Podcasts from the American home of Shakespeare resources, the Folger Library in DC. Royal Shakespeare Company on YouTube. The RSC‘s main page would not open for us. (Come on, guys. Seriously?) But their YouTube channel shows a great deal of this world leader’s work. Stratford Festival. Canada’s Stratford Festival is one of the world’s largest and they have done better than average in using social media to connect with fans. (The average, to be clear, is unbelievably low.) Apps. Developers have created applications for both the Android and the iPhone. The problem is, most of the Android apps are just text-based and most of the iPhone offerings are just…trailers. One thing I’ve had some grief finding is a central source for MP3s of Shakespeare plays, poems and essays. If you have a source you like, as well as other resources, including podcasts and blogs, please drop them in the comments. Chandos portrait via Wikipediacenter_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#art#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

first_imgThe Australian Government has said that they would be prepared to step in for mediation between Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) if the current pay dispute continues.Greg Hunt, Australia’s Sports Minister, said following CA chairman David Peever’s refusal to grant the ACA’s request for independent mediation, and further attempts by the team performance manager Pat Howard to deal directly with the players, the federal government was hesitant about being too interventionist about contract disputes in professional sport.The Australian cricket board, earlier this month, rejected ACA’s request for mediation in pay talks between the two parties, reiterating the board’s insistence that talks resume with its formal pay offer as the starting point.Hunt also indicated there was scope to act as a mediator if the dispute looked likely to threaten the home Ashes summer, and then would provide “good officers” for mediation.”If it got to a last-minute situation, I suspect that we would offer to provide good officers brokering between the parties, but there’s six months between now and the Ashes,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Hunt as saying. “It would be unthinkable that in the end we wouldn’t have a full team.””I do not see either the players or the administration returning to the late ’70s where we had a second rate team. The players love playing for Australia, Cricket Australia knows this is not just fundamental to sport. It is part of our national identity. I’m very confident they will reach an agreement,” he added.advertisementThe Sports Minister, however, said he doesn’t want to step in across all sports and be a mediator in a contract dispute.”If there were a fundamental threat at an appropriate time we would offer to work with them, but all the advice I have is that with six months to travel, the Ashes will be proceeding with a full Australian team and on Boxing Day you’ll have Steve Smith, David Warner and the rest of the team out there,” he said.Cricket Australia had in earlier this month threatened that players would not be paid beyond June 30, the date of expiry of their current five-year financial deal, if they don’t accept the governing body’s new proposed offer.Hitting back at the threat, Warner said the players are united to reject CA’s proposal and that they would not “buckle at all” in their pay row with their national board.The 30-year-old further noted that cricket’s marketplace offer both international and domestic players plenty of opportunities to play T20 matches elsewhere if CA maintained its hard-line stance.Under CA’s proposal, only male international players would have the chance to share in any surplus revenue, while other domestic male players and women at both domestic and international level would have to settle for fixed amounts which would not fluctuate according to the game’s income.However, the ACA pointed out a series of concerns with the proposal, saying that it “disrespects the value of domestic cricketers and the role they play in Australian cricket”.The major reason behind the ACA’s opposition is CA’s proposal to scrap a shared revenue model for player payments, which has been in place for nearly 20 years.The ACA has already announced that it will be establishing a player support fund for female and domestic cricketers in an event of the stalled MOU talks with CA not progressing June 30.last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid coach Simeone coy over move for Chelsea striker Morataby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is coy over talk of a move for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.Atletico are now regarded as favourites to sign Morata, though they only want to take him on-loan.Asked about the reports, Simeone stated: “Morata? I do not think about players who are not with us. “I think of those who can give me solutions before Girona, it is my only concern.”Along with Atletico, Morata is also interesting Barcelona. last_img