Odds & Ends: Andrew Rannells’ Least Favorite Hedwig (It’s Not Darren Criss) & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Andrew Rannells Throws ShadeStage and screen fave Andrew Rannells will appear in the final season of HBO’s Girls beginning on February 12. Since Falsettos closed, we’re excited to have a weekly dose of the Tony nominee. He recently stopped by Watch What Happens Live, where host Andy Cohen had Rannells take questions from Little Shady Frannie (think Little Orphan Annie, only shady and nasty). Frannie slung shade left and right (“What’s the worst Hamilton song? I know there are so many!”), but Rannells remained like class in a glass—save for one amazing zinger. When asked about the worst person to play Hedwig on Broadway, Rannells threw out a legendary quip. Take a look below! Andrew Rannells (Photo: Charles Sykes/Bravo) John Lithgow & Anna Kendrick Are Hanging OutVariety reports that two-time Tony winner John Lithgow will appear in Pitch Perfect 3, set to hit theaters on December 22. As reported, Skylar Astin and his aca-awesome guy gang will not appear in this installment, but original stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp and Brittany Snow are back at it. So the question is: Will Lithgow sing? We hope he gives the people what they want!Carol Burnett Returns to the Small ScreenCarol Burnett is joining forces with Amy Poehler to produce a pilot for ABC, Variety reports. Created by Michael Saltzman and titled Household Name, the comedy focuses on a family that has the opportunity to live in the house of their dreams—along with its batty previous owner, an over-the-top actress to be played by Burnett. Basically, it sounds like one of our wildest dreams come to life, so we can’t wait.Once Upon a Time Gets a Musical EpisodeThe play’s musical’s the thing! Following in the footsteps (or perhaps cape flaps) of Supergirl and The Flash, ABC’s Once Upon a Time will air a musical episode during its sixth season. According to Entertainment Weekly, further details about the episode are slated to come out in the spring, but stars Jennifer Morrison, Josh Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin apparently have musical backgrounds. Once Upon a Time’s new season premieres on March 5.Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite Inspires FilmThree-time Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Neil Simon’s play Plaza Suite will serve as the inspiration for Paramount’s The Villas, Deadline reports. Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit will pen the film, which will chronicle several relationships taking place at the same hotel, or in this version, a collection of villas in Las Vegas.P.S. The Book of Mormon Tony nominee (and Beauty and the Beast star) Josh Gad has made another musical number for Donald Trump’s campaign manager turned White House advisor Kellyanne Conway. This time, he’s reverting back to his Elder Cunningham persona to put a political twist on “Making Things Up Again” from the Tony-winning show. I’m a man of my word. #youremakingthingsupagainconway NSFW Enjoy before the state department pulls it down. pic.twitter.com/LRlfxQ8XUu— Josh Gad (@joshgad) February 3, 2017last_img read more


Alleged Guatemalan narco-trafficker Byron Linares Cordón extradited to U.S.

first_img Cooperation between Guatemalan and U.S. authorities is proving to be an effective tactic in the fight against international drug trafficking. For the third time since March, Guatemala has extradited a drug trafficking suspect to the United States: Byron Linares Cordón, who was delivered into U.S. custody September 23. There, federal prosecutors in the District of Colombia have charged Linares Cordón with trafficking massive amounts of cocaine into the United States. And federal prosecutors in Florida have charged him with conspiracy to import drugs into the country. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency places him as second in command under Otto Herrera García – another narco-trafficker who, in 2008, was extradited from Guatemala to the U.S.. In the spring, prior to Linares Cordón’s departure from Guatemala, the country extradited two other alleged major drug traffickers to the United States: Juan Alberto Ortíz-López – also known as “Chamale” and “Juanito” – and Waldemar Lorenzana Lima. Lorenzana Lima, also known as “The Patriarch,” was captured in April 2011 by Public Ministry anti-narcotics agents and National Civil Police (PNC) agents. The arrest came after an extradition request from the United States. The Patriarch filed multiple motions to avoid delivery to the U.S., but a Guatemalan appeals court denied the last in July 2013. The Patriarch conspired with the Sinaloa Cartel, a Mexican transnational criminal organization, to traffic large amounts of drugs. He pleaded guilty in the U.S. to conspiring cocaine to the United States. No sentencing date has been sent. “For years, members of the Lorenzana family smuggled cocaine to the United States with impunity,” Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Special Agent in Charge Robert Patterson said after The Patriarch’ guilty plea. Meanwhile, two of The Patriarch’s children – also alleged members of his drug trafficking organization – have been captured by Guatemalan security forces and are awaiting extradition to the U.S. A third remains at large. The other suspect recently extradited to the U.S., Chamale, faces a possible sentence of life in prison if he is convicted of drug trafficking charges in Florida. Guatemalan soldiers and police captured Chamale at his home in the city of Quetzaltenango on March 30, 2011. At the time, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration alleged that Chamale led one of the largest drug trafficking organizations in Guatemala. His organization allegedly transported multi-ton shipments of cocaine from Guatemala through Mexico and into the U.S., according to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). U.S. federal prosecutors have charged Chamale with “conspiring with other persons, to possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine” as well as “knowing and intending that such substance would be unlawfully imported into the United States,” according to an FBI press release. The best of the best it is already signed By Dialogo September 26, 2014last_img read more


NCUA provides guidance on fixed-asset rule, now in effect

first_imgThe National Credit Union’s (NCUA’s) fixed-assets final rule is effective as of Oct. 2, and the agency has provided several pieces of guidance for credit unions. In a supervisory letter (SL-15-03), the NCUA’s Office of Examination and Insurance provides information for agency field staff, while a letter to credit unions (15-CU-06) provides information on examination priorities.The fixed-assets rule was finalized by the NCUA in July. It removed the 5% cap on fixed assets and established a six-year time period of partial occupancy of premises. CUNA generally supported the proposal, but urged the NCUA to provide guidance.The final rule also eliminated existing and pending waivers of the 5% limit on fixed assets. Waivers associated with other parts of the rule, such as the occupancy requirements, remain in effect.According to its letter to federally insured credit unions, examiners will no longer focus on fixed assets, unless any of the following conditions occur: continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


Church hosts day of celebration ahead of Christmas

first_imgJOHNSON CITY (WBNG) – Two Rivers Church was in the full swing of holiday celebrations on Sunday as hundreds gathered to worship and enjoy the countdown to Christmas. Two Rivers Church will have a Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m. for those wishing to attend. The church says all are welcome. “Just really fun to sing with everybody and just worship. It was just a celebration there today and it was a really good time,” Snider said. “It’s really not about the gift of presents, so much as the gift of presence [of Christ].” Amidst all of the holiday mayhem, Snider was thankful for being able to enjoy a day of celebration with his community. A similar celebratory event was also held at the church’s other locations in Corning, Cortland and Ithaca. “We just love celebrating with our community,” Snider said. “It’s just an honor and a pleasure to host everyone here today.” Binghamton community pastor John Snider told 12 News between 500 and 600 people came to the church, taking part in a hot cocoa bar, cookie decorating, pictures with Santa Claus, hay rides, and worship.last_img read more


Church declared new COVID-19 cluster in Batam

first_imgRiau Islands’ Batam COVID-10 task force declared HOG Eden Park church a new cluster in Batam on Sunday after 26 of its congregation members tested positive for the virus. According to the task force, 1-year-old twins were the latest among the 26 to test positive. The parents of the twins also tested positive for COVID-19. The task force head, HM Rudi, said there had been eight new cases in Batam as of Saturday. Of the eight cases, seven were related to the HOG Eden Park Church cluster. “The twins, Case 123 and Case 124, were among the eight new cases, and they allegedly contracted the virus from their parents,” Rudi said on Sunday as reported by kompas.com. The parents of the twins are Case 125, the 42-year-old father, and Case 126, the 43-year-old mother. Both babies are currently being treated at Elizabeth Hospital in Batam and they are reportedly in a stable condition. HOG Eden Park church was declared a new cluster after authorities conducted tracing of Case 49, who is a member of the church. Case 49 is in recovery. Meanwhile, the priest of the church is Case 82.Read also: COVID-19: Batam wants restrictions like Jakarta – but for three monthsAmong the churchgoers that tested positive for the virus are: a 30-year-old man identified as Case 111, a 37-year-old man identified as Case 112 and a 47-year-old man identified as Case 113. They all had close contact with Case 49 and Case 82.Case 114 and Case 115 are women aged 43 and 20, respectively, and are the daughters of case 113.Case 119 and Case 120 are husband and wife. Case 119 is the husband who works at the church.Batam’s Health Agency head Didi Kusmarjadi said the churchgoers gathered on April 26 to prepare for church online services.“Most probably, when they gathered in a meeting they did not follow health protocols, such as wearing face masks, physical distancing, maintaining hygiene and so forth,” Didi said as reported by tribunnews.com on Sunday.Prior to receiving swab test results, members of the HOG Eden Church are isolated at Tanjung Uncang Housing Complex in Batam. However, after receiving the results, those who are declared positive for the virus are to be isolated at Embung Fatimah Hospital in Batam.Read also: Galang COVID-19 hospital opens to step up fight against Indonesian epidemicWith the addition of HOG Eden Park church, Batam now has a total of five COVID-19 clusters. As of Saturday, Batam had recorded 128 cases of COVID-19 and 11 fatalities. Batam is the epicenter of the outbreak in the Riau Islands, which in total had recorded 195 cases and 15 fatalities as of Saturday. (trn)Topics :last_img read more


SeaBird pens LoI for OBN survey. Harrier Explorer, Osprey Explorer vessels selected for the job

first_imgSeismic player SeaBird Exploration has received a letter of intent for an ocean bottom node seismic survey.The company said it would provide two source vessels for the OBN seismic survey to be carried out in the Americas region.SeaBird did not reveal the identity of the client whom it just described as “a repeat client.” SeaBird said it would be using the Harrier Explorer and Osprey Explorer vessels for the projectThe OBN survey is expected to start in the first quarter of 2019 with an expected combined duration of three to four vessel months. No financial details have been shared.Per recent 2Q 2018 presentation by SeaBird, the Osprey Explorer mobilized during the quarter for a new OBN source project in the US Gulf of Mexico with operations expected to start late Q3,- somewhat delayed due to the technical upgrade of the source equipment. As for the Harrier Explorer, it mobilized for projects on the NCS during the second quarter, ahead of a 2D project start-up.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more


Crouch, Whelan pen new Stoke deals

first_imgPeter Crouch and Glenn Whelan have signed two-year contract extensions with Stoke, the Barclays Premier League club have announced. “I enjoy every minute of training and I also enjoy every minute I am on the pitch on matchdays too. I want to play a big part here in the coming years. “I have two more years now to make an impact. I’ve not signed the contract to sit here and put my feet up, I’m here to help the team improve and to win things.” Stoke progressed to the FA Cup fifth round on Monday with a 4-1 win at Rochdale. Keeping Crouch became even more important to Stoke after the news earlier this week that Bojan Krkic has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. Manager Mark Hughes told the club’s official website: “We’ve been talking to both players for a while and it’s pleasing that both want to stay and be a part of what we are striving to achieve at the Club. “They are both fantastic professionals who had contributed a great deal to Stoke City long before I joined the Club and have continued to do so. I’m delighted they are staying with us for at least another couple of years.” Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes added: “Players like Glenn and Peter are very much the backbone of our squad and we’re delighted they have committed to spend at least another two years with the Club. “They have both proved to be fantastic signings for Stoke City. The experience they bring to bear on the side, both on and off the pitch, cannot be under-estimated and they still have so much to offer.” Crouch – who became Stoke’s record signing when he joined them for £10million from Tottenham, and turns 34 on Friday – believes he can help the Potters claim silverware in his remaining time with them. He said: “We have achieved so much in the time I have been here – finishing in the top 10 (of the Premier League for the first time in Stoke’s history) last year was huge for us and the squad we have right now is full of quality. “I’m just so happy that we are doing well and now we want to keep moving forward and possibly lift a bit of silverware – which is achievable. Former England striker Crouch had been linked with a move away from the club with his existing deal due to expire in June, but is now committed to the club until 2017. Crouch joined Stoke from Tottenham in 2011, while Whelan has been with the Potters since 2008, helping them win promotion to the Premier League later that year. Press Associationlast_img read more


Dharry turns down ESPN fight against WBO number one contender due to COVID-19

first_imgBy Faizool DeoACE Guyanese boxer Elton Dharry was forced to refuse an ESPN fight due to a lack of training stemming from COVID-19 lockdown protocols in place in New York.The Brooklyn resident, who has kept Guyana in the top 15 of the World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Flyweight division since 2014 and in the top 10 for two consecutive years (moving as high as fifth), was recently offered a fight against number one contender in the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) bantamweight division, Joshua Greer Jr.Dharry, who noted that the June 13 battle would have been a “huge fight” for him, said that the lockdown has hampered his gym time and he is unprepared.“I was very, very tempted to take the fight, but knowing I will not be fully prepared due to the current situation I had to let it go.”The Top Rank fighter Greer Jr, who has 22 wins, one loss and a draw in his professional career, would have been Dharry’s second major fight in six months, given that the Leguan-born went up against Australian Andrew Maloney in November for the WBA Super Flyweight World title.Though he lost the very close bout (via a debatable stoppage by the referee one second into the ninth round), the Guyanese proved his dominance in the ring. Not only did he drop his opponent (was not acknowledged by the referee), but he burst Maloney’s eardrum in the fifth round.Since lockdown started on March 22 in New York, Dharry has had to resort to regular training at home. He even travelled to Pocono Mountains (Poconos) in Pennsylvania to get sparring sessions, but no boxer was available.The US-based Guyanese, who has fought professionally for the last 16 years said that he is looking forward to getting back into the ring, but it must be after he is prepared.“I’m hoping to fight later this year. I’ll be ready as soon as I can get back in a gym and start sparring.”last_img read more


Big Ten Tournament on line at Minnesota, Iowa

first_imgGREG DIXON/Herald photoFollowing a huge victory over Michigan State, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team takes its three-game winning streak on the road this weekend to face No. 25 Minnesota and Iowa.After defeating the Big Ten’s third-ranked team last Sunday, the schedule doesn’t get much easier for the Badgers (9-6-1, 3-4-0 in the Big Ten) as they hit the road for the last time this season.Minnesota (15-2-0, 5-2-0) boasts the conference’s best defense, having allowed only six goals on the year for an average of just 0.35 goals against per game. In contrast, the Badger defense has allowed 19 goals in 16 games for an average of 1.19 goals against.“We need to get numbers forward, and we need to put them under some pressure,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “I think we need to match their competitive spirit.”The Gophers’ stifling defense has helped them in outshooting opponents 340-126 this season. Additionally, they have drawn nearly four times as many corner kicks as their opponents, by a count of 121-33.In preparation for the weekend, the Badgers focused on their transitional play, something that has hurt them on the road this season.“We’re just trying to get better every day with little things,” Wilkins said. “We’re talking a lot about transition [and] making sure we’re prepared for a physical confrontation on Friday against Minnesota, and we want to stay organized as much as we can.”In addition to a strong defense, the Gophers have gotten goals from all but six players on their roster this season, a stark contrast to the offense the Badgers faced last Sunday against the Spartans.Leading the way for Minnesota are senior Lindsey Schwartz and sophomore Molly Rouse. Schwartz and Rouse lead the team with 15 and 12 points, respectively.In order to deal with the Gophers’ offensive distribution, the Badgers will need to stay organized in the back and the midfield to deal with their pressure, according to Wilkins.“I think that’s always tougher because you don’t know where it’s going to come from,” Wilkins said. “It will be a different challenge than Michigan State because their offense was focused on two of their front players; [Minnesota] is going to come from all different directions, so that means everyone needs to be good.”Despite the differences in their styles of play, Wisconsin still hopes to use the shutout of Michigan State to build confidence in its ability going in to the match with Minnesota.“They’re both among the best teams in the nation. We know that since we beat Michigan State, we can beat anybody in the Big Ten,” freshman Laurie Nosbusch said. “I think there’s a lot of parity amongst the teams, and I think any game is going to be a good game.”Wisconsin’s second game on the weekend features a trip to Iowa City, a place where the Badgers hope to return in two weeks for the Big Ten Tournament.“Hopefully we can get a win there and come back again and see them in the tournament,” Nosbusch said.Iowa is led by sophomore Keli McLaughlin and freshman Alyssa Cosnek with 17 and 14 points, respectively, and a combined 13 goals.The Hawkeyes will be giving everything they’ve got against the Badgers as they currently sit in ninth place with seven points — two shy of a tournament berth. With Wisconsin looming in a three-way tie for sixth with nine points, an Iowa win could go a long way toward earning a spot in the tournament.Wisconsin has a lot to play for this weekend as well — they sit just three points behind Ohio State for fifth place. A Badger victory over the Hawkeyes would keep Iowa on the outside looking in and all but assure a tournament berth for Wisconsin. “This weekend is going to be huge for us,” Nosbusch said. “If we can get two wins this weekend, that will help us considerably to get into the Big Ten tournament.”last_img read more


Syracuse falls to No. 3 Virginia, drops to 0-3 in ACC play

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 10 Syracuse fell to 0-3 in Atlantic Coast Conference play with a 3-1 loss on the road at No. 3 Virginia on Friday night.A poor start to the game left the Orange in a 2-0 deficit with just over eight minutes played, a deficit the team would not recover from en route to the loss.The Cavaliers’ hot start was led by freshman Tara Vittese, who won ACC Player of the Week this past week. The midfielder was able to score her team’s first two goals of the game in a first period her team dominated. Along with outscoring SU 2-0, the Cavaliers outshot the visitors 16-4 in the first period.The Orange played with more aggression during the second period, but the Virginia defense was able to keep SU off the board. The Orange fired four shots on goal within the first four minutes but they were all saved by Virginia goalie Jenny Johnstone.Before Lieke Visser was finally able to score the first goal of the day for the Orange, the Cavaliers snuck in another goal. Even though the Orange outshot the Cavaliers 13-3 in the period, each team scored only one goal.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse will try to rebound from the loss with a nonconference matchup against Hofstra on Sunday at 3 p.m. at J.S. Coyne Stadium.-Compiled by staff writer Ryan Raigrodski. Comments Published on September 26, 2014 at 10:03 pmlast_img read more