Skylar Astin Jumps on the Bus with Violet’s Sutton Foster

first_imgGround Floor star Skylar Astin took a road trip to the Great White Way on April 17—his first stop? Violet, starring two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster, Joshua Henry and Colin Donnell! The Spring Awakening, Pitch Perfect and Glee favorite took in the musical by Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley, then stopped backstage to greet Foster and Henry. Based on the short story “The Ugliest Pilgrim,” the Roundabout Theatre Company production tells the story of a young woman who travels by bus to meet a televangelist who she hopes can heal the scars she sustained from a childhood injury. Check out these photos of Astin’s visit, then see Foster and Henry in Violet, opening April 20 at the American Airlines Theatre! View Comments Related Shows Joshua Henry Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 10, 2014center_img Star Files Sutton Foster Violetlast_img read more

Celebrity Cruises launches new inclusive pricing model | News

first_imgAlways Included becomes the new standard rate for Celebrity and includes: Unlimited drinks: Classic cocktails, wines by the glass, beer, sodas, specialty coffees and teas, juices and bottled water can be fully enjoyed without worrying about the tab. Unlimited Wi-Fi: An always-on connection to social media, email and the web, though not streaming. Gratuities: Tips are taken care of allowing guests to relax. To support the launch of Always Included, Celebrity will launch a whole range of training assets and collateral created for travel partners. One key element of this training will be a series of webinars, including an evening series for those working from home or those with families, as well as a toolkit, available on Celebrity Central. Celebrity Cruises has launched a new scheme to simplify life onboard its ships entitled Always Included. The line hopes to put an end to confusing promotions, complicated add-ons and limited time offers. – Advertisement – Starting next Tuesday, every Celebrity Cruises holiday will include Wi-Fi, drinks and tips, in an attempt to simplify the holiday experience.“Everything we do at Celebrity is driven by the desire to redefine what today’s luxury looks and feels like, with experiences modern travellers want,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president of Celebrity Cruises. “Today, nothing is more luxurious than when things are extra simple and extra special.”- Advertisement – However, not quite everything is included at the base price. An ‘elevated’ package adds unlimited premium drinks and shore excursions up to $200 per person, while an ‘indulge’ option includes unlimited streaming Wi-Fi and up to $400 per person in onboard credit. – Advertisement – OlderAirline alliances call for globally harmonised approach to Covid-19 – Advertisement –last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Associated Press April 29, 2020 Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETESNCAA board supports name, image and likeness compensationUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is moving forward with a plan to allow college athletes to earn money for endorsements and a host of other activities involving personal appearances and social media. The NCAA announced Wednesday that its Board of Governors supports a plan that gives athletes the ability to cash in on their names, images and likenesses as never before and without involvement from the association, schools or conferences. Ohio State President and board chairman Michael Drake called it an “unprecedented” move by the NCAA.The next step is for membership to draft legislation by Oct. 30. Plenty of details still need to be worked out, including how to ensure that these sponsorship deals aren’t being used as improper inducements to recruits. A formal vote will be taken by schools at the next convention in January and new rules will go into effect no later than the 2021-22 academic year.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSWomen’s PGA Championship moved to OctoberUNDATED (AP) — The Women’s PGA Championship has been rescheduled for Oct. 6-11. The major championship was to be played from June 23-28 at Aronimink Golf Club in Pennsylvania but was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The PGA Championship is one of five women’s majors. Two others are based in the U.S., the ANA Inspiration and the U.S. Women’s Open. Both have already been rescheduled.The Evian Championship and the Women’s British Open are both scheduled for August and so far have not been postponed.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The head of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics says he disagrees with suggestions by some scientists and doctors that a vaccine for COVID-19 is needed to hold the games. John Coates says the advice from the World Health Organization is to continue to plan for the 2021 Olympics, and he says “that is what we’re doing.” The president of the Japan Medical Association president said Tuesday that it would only be possible for the Olympics to go ahead in July 2021 if the infections were under control, not only in Japan, but globally.— International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach says the future of sports after the coronavirus pandemic might mean fewer international events. In a letter to Olympic officials and athletes worldwide, Bach says “the current health crisis will lead to a long and deep economic crisis” which will affect sports. He says “governments must include sport in their economic support programs” so it can be part of a worldwide recovery. — Italy’s sports minister says it is increasingly unlikely the soccer season will resume. He says even though professional sports teams have been given the go-ahead to resume training on May 18, “resuming training absolutely does not mean resuming the season.” The French government called off the season in that country Tuesday.— A leading medical official at the Union of European Football Associations says soccer competitions should be able to resume this season. Soccer has been brought to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, with France and the Netherlands having canceled their 2019-20 league seasons following government orders. Tim Meyer, the chairman of UEFA’s medical committee, says all soccer organizations planning for resumptions need to produce “comprehensive protocols dictating sanitary and operational conditions” to ensure the health of those involved in the games is protected. Meyer says “it is definitely possible to plan the restart of competitions suspended during the 2019-20 season” under these conditions and if local legislation is respected.— The Spanish Vuelta cycling race will not start in the Netherlands as originally planned. This year’s race was set to begin in the Dutch regions of Utrecht and North Brabant but the changes in the cycling calendar because of the coronavirus pandemic forced organizers in the Netherlands to cancel the country’s participation. Dutch organizers say the project “had been designed as a big summer party” which would not be able to happen because of the changes in the Vuelta’s original dates. Spanish organizers say they hope to plan a new start in the Netherlands “in the very near future.” This year’s Vuelta was set to start on Aug. 14. New dates have not been announced.last_img read more

Petrino announces Bonnafon as Louisville’s starting quarterback; Shafer discusses SU’s preparation

first_img Published on October 1, 2014 at 12:43 pm Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbb Louisville will start freshman Reggie Bonnafon again at quarterback against Syracuse, head coach Bobby Petrino said during the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches’ teleconference Wednesday morning.Bonnafon completed 16-of-32 passes and threw for 206 yards in his first college start last weekend at Wake Forest, a 20-10 Cardinals’ win. Redshirt sophomore Will Gardner started Louisville’s (4-1, 2-1 ACC) first four games at quarterback before sustaining a knee injury, and will be an option when the Cardinals and Orange (2-2) kick off at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome on Friday night.“There’s a chance he’ll be available,” Petrino said. “Will was out there last night, did more in practice. Reports from the training room this morning was there was limited swelling, so we get a chance to get him out today at practice again.”Through four games, Gardner has thrown eight touchdowns, completed 56.3 percent of his passes and he averages just short of 200 passing yards per game. Bonnafon, who’s played in three games, has connected on 57.7 percent of his throws. He has thrown for 357 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for a pair of scores.Prior to Petrino’s announcement, SU head coach Scott Shafer discussed the Orange defense’s approach to preparing to face either — or both — of Louisville’s signal-callers during his weekly press conference.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think both kids are a little bit different. I think Bonnafon probably has the edge, with his ability to take off with the ball,” Shafer said. “But the one thing about Coach Petrino is that he’s very systematic with the way he runs his offense and what he has those quarterbacks do.“So you’re not going to have two different offenses when one guy’s in.”Shafer said the Louisville offense is different in that it keeps tight ends on the field often to try to avoid third-down situations. The Cardinals’ offense sways back and forth between strong and weak formations, he said, and many of their linemen are capable of playing more than one spot.The keys for the Syracuse defense, Shafer added, will be its ability to stop the run on early-down situations and force Louisville into long-yardage positions where the Orange can “attack the scheme” and try to get to the quarterback.“For the most part, we’re going to see an offense that stays true to what they are, which is an offense that breaks their tendencies all the time,” Shafer said. “Short week, I’m sure they’ll stay with what they’ve had success with but I know Coach Petrino will have some good wrinkles in the game plan for us.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Family of Schools supports students from community

first_imgEvery time a group of young elementary school children stroll down Trousdale Parkway admiring what most Trojans take for granted, USC students are reminded of the university’s dedication to helping neighborhood children earn a college degree.It was not until after the riots of 1992, however, that USC began to establish programs with local schools, said Tammara Anderson, executive director of the Joint Educational Project.“[Former] President [Steven B.] Sample wanted to re-evaluate how USC works with the community and Sample believed we should connect with a few local schools,” Anderson said.What began as a network of five local schools soon transformed into the USC Family of Schools that adopts thousands of neighborhood children from 15 schools around the University Park Campus and Health Sciences Campus into the Trojan Family. The goal of the program is to provide neighborhood students the resources they need to reach the college of their dreams, Anderson said.“USC pushed me to explore and expand my academic boundaries,” said Jesus Moran, a graduate of Manuel Arts High School who will attend Harvard University next year to pursue a degree in political science. “USC students, JEP mentors and [Neighborhood Academic Initiative] alumni visited my school and pushed me to become a better student by showing me that going to a great college was possible.”The Neighborhood Academic Initiative is a program within the USC Family of Schools that enrolls sixth-grade students into a six-year college preparation course that features daily morning classes at USC and Saturday schools.Though Moran said the program is rigorous and many students drop, most students who stay on the NAI track get into a four-year college and receive a full-tuition scholarship.“There are many requirements,” Moran said. “You have to maintain a 2.5 GPA, have a 92 percent attendance rate on Saturdays and your parents have to attend meetings too, but it is feasible and possible.”Kim Barrios, executive director of NAI, said 100 percent of the students who currently complete the NAI program get into college, 35 percent earning acceptance to USC.“It’s about changing the question from ‘Am I going to college?’ to ‘Where am I going to college?’” Barrios said. “Before this program, few students who went to high school near the USC neighborhood got accepted into college and fewer graduated.”Barrios said all students attending a school in the USC Family of Schools are eligible to participate in the NAI program. Students who begin the NAI program but transfer out of a USC Family School lose their NAI eligibility.Jasmine Torres, a sophomore majoring in sociology, lost her NAI eligibility when she moved schools but still found a way to USC.“NAI is a terrific program but not everyone is able to participate,” Torres said. “There are so many kids that pass by USC or come to campus to play basketball or soccer but they don’t believe that they could ever be a student here.”Barrios said the most important benefit students gain from the USC Family of Schools programs is the interaction with USC students.“My son went to Foshay Learning Center and when he was in the second grade he was in the USC ReadersPlus program,” Barrios said. “I picked him up one day and he said ‘Mom! Mom! There’s my buddy.’ All I saw was a big giant kid that had to be a football player when my son said ‘Him! Him! He’s my reading buddy!’”Barrios said a core mission of the USC Family of Schools is to get elementary, middle and high school students excited to work with USC students.“It’s about having someone who cares for them, another adult who genuinely wants them to succeed,” Barrios said.last_img read more