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The Phantom of the Opera set to swing into the Palace Theatre in 2020

first_imgNow celebrating its 33rd year in the West End, The Phantom of the Opera is widely considered one of the most spectacular musicals in history.In March 2020, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh’s romantic, haunting production returns to Manchester Palace Theatre to retell the gothic tale of a disfigured musical genius who haunts the depths of the Paris Opera House.Mesmerised by the talents and beauty of a young soprano – Christine – the Phantom lures her as his protégé and falls fiercely in love with her. Unaware of Christine’s love for Raoul, the Phantom’s obsession sets the scene for a dramatic turn of events where jealousy, madness and passions collide…Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic and soaring score includes Music of the Night, All I Ask of You, Masquerade and the iconic title song. It has won more than 70 major theatre awards, including seven Tony Awards and four Olivier Awards.The Phantom of the Opera is at The Palace Theatre Manchester from Thursday 26th March to Saturday 30th May 2020. Book tickets online at atgtickets.com.last_img read more


The Vigil: new trailer debuts for Blumhouse horror

first_imgA new trailer has debuted for Blumhouse’s forthcoming horror The Vigil.Released by Vertigo Releasing, The Vigil stars Dave Davis (True Detective), Menashe Lustig, Malky Goldman, Fred Melamed and Lynn Cohen. It is the feature directorial debut of Keith Thomas, who also wrote the screenplay.Watch the trailer:The Vigil is set over the course of a long, dark night in Brooklyn’s Hassidic “Boro” Park neighbourhood, following Yakov (Dave Davis), a former Hassid, who has lost his faith, and isn’t eager to go back to the insular religious community he only recently fled.But when Reb Shulem (Menashe Lustig), a rabbi and confidante, approaches Yakov and offers to pay him to be the shomer (watching over the dead body of a community member) for a recently deceased Holocaust survivor, he reluctantly accepts the job. Shortly after arriving at the dilapidated house, Yakov realises that something is very, very wrong. This will not be a quiet vigil.The Vigil will be released in UK and Ireland on 31st July 2020.last_img read more


South Scotland MSP backs MND Scotland’s fight to Cure MND

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn In advance of Global MND Awareness Day on 21st June South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth is asking his constituents to help Cure MND. Ultimately, we all want to see a cure and Scotland is becoming a centre for research into MND.  MND Scotland’s Awareness Week campaign aims to raise a further £15,000 to invest in research and it is great that many local people are taking part in fundraising events not just during awareness week, but all year round. I am pleased to support MND Scotland and their Awareness Week goal of raising more money to invest research.”   MND Scotland Chief Executive Craig Stockton said:“MND is a rapidly progressing terminal illness with no effective treatment and no cure. During MND Awareness Week 2016 we want to increase public awareness and understanding of MND. Funding for MND Research continues to be a priority for MND Scotland but with additional support we can do more! Text CUREMND to 70660 to donate £5 to MND Scotland. Funding MND research is a key priority for MND Scotland and during Awareness Week they will be highlighting what could be achieved with more funding. South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth said:“When friends are affected by Motor Neurone Disease, you see at first hand the impact this dreadful disease has on them and their families. Sadly, there are hundreds of people right across our area affected by the disease. That’s why the work of MND Scotland in providing care and support is so important to our region.   “Join the MND fight today and help us create a world without MND tomorrow.” Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a rapidly progressing terminal neurological condition which affects the signals from your brain reaching muscles, causing muscle weakness and wasting. It can affect the ability to eat, sleep, walk, talk and breathe unaided. Average life expectancy from diagnosis is just 14 months and it is not yet known what causes it.  There is no effective treatment or cure. last_img read more


MSP EMMA HARPER COMMITS TO SUPPORT ANNAN ACE GROUP

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInMSP for South of Scotland Emma Harper attended the Annan ACE Group meeting in The Usual Place, Dumfries on Thursday 28th July to pledge her support for the group. Emma visited the same group over 1 year ago and arranged with Lynda Cameron, Co-ordinator to return to meet and discuss issues that matter most to them.ACE meetings are a chance for people with learning disabilities to meet and discuss issues affecting them.  ACE brings these issues to the attention of the Scottish Government and the NHS to overcome barriers and influence change.Commenting on the meeting, Ms Harper said:“I would like to thank Lynda Cameron and the ACE group for inviting me along to what was a very interesting and enjoyable meeting. I met with the group just over a year ago and now I am now in a position to offer my full support as an MSP in any way I can.“Issues that matter most to them were highlighted, such as the recent reduction in support for learning in schools for persons requiring additional learning support. ACE group members believe support for learning is vital to help people with learning disabilities have a better school experience. “An additional issue highlighted was the fact that adults with learning disabilities are keen to work in the community and certainly, enjoy doing paid work. They also want to have more meaningful things to do in their local communities and are keen to work and volunteer.“Groups such as ENABLE and ACE help to facilitate this and are a fantastic source of support, or even just a place for people to make friends. “Recently, the Annan ACE group completed a sponsored walk around the Everholm Running Track in Annan and as part of the Powerful Voices Together Group completed a sponsored walk around the David Keswick Centre to raise awareness and money for human rights. I commend the group for the work they are doing, and I have offered the ACE group my support and I am happy to participate in future sponsored walks and fundraising events.”center_img “Group chairperson Louise Boustead said “It is important that our MSPs who represent us talk to us and listen to what we have to say. ACE is an Active Community of Empowered People and we have plenty to say.  We are happy that Emma listened to us and will continue to work with us”last_img read more


Through 5 Games Browns Rookie OC DeFilippo Pushing All the Right Buttons

first_img Matthew Williamson Related TopicsJohn DeFilippo It’s no secret that it’s rare to see this kind of offense from the Cleveland Browns. So rare that the 1154 passing yards over the last three games set a new franchise record for yards over that duration.Yep, Josh McCown has had the best three-game stretch of any Browns QB in the History of Cleveland football. This Browns rookie offensive coordinator is surely making a name for himself. John DeFilippo has propelled the newly-electric Browns offense into seventh in total yards and 13th in points through the first quarter of the season. Cleveland currently sits fifth in passing yards, ahead of teams with notable quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning.The magic here is the fact that DeFilippo is; A) a rookie OC, and B) getting solid production from players that, to this point in their careers, haven’t really proved much of anything.Cleveland’s leading receiver is Travis Benjamin. The fourth year wideout already has 411 yards on 22 catches. His previous highs were 314 yards (2014) and 18 catches (2012, 2014).Success running the ball hasn’t come nearly as easy for the Browns, and their 3.7 yards per carry ranks sixth worst in the NFL. However Duke Johnson Jr. and Isaiah Crowell have 285 receiving yards between them, forcing opposing defenses to respect the plays out of the backfield.The biggest surprise of the young season – outside of McCown’s unexpected success – has to be tight end Gary Barnidge.The eight year veteran is tied for third among tight ends with 24 catches, and trails only Rob Gronkowski with 374 yards. Gronk has 375.Credit must go to DeFilippo for getting every ounce of production out of this offensive group that doesn’t have one big name. Sunday’s matchup with the vaulted Broncos defense will provide more insight into what we should be able to expect over the remainder of the season.last_img read more


Cavs-Pistons Game 1 Tip-Off Set for Sunday at 3 PM

first_img Related TopicsCleveland CavaliersDetroit Pistons Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games. Matt Medleycenter_img The Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons will play Game 1 of the First Round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs on Sunday afternoon at 3 PM at Quicken Loans Arena. The game will be nationally televised on ABC.The first four games of the series are as follows:Game 1 Sunday, April 17 @ ClevelandGame 2 Wednesday, April 20 @ ClevelandGame 3 Friday, April 22 @ DetroitGame 4 Sunday, April 24 @ DetroitGames 5-7 are to be determined, if necessary.The other playoff matches are set:(2) Toronto Raptors vs. (7) Indiana Pacers(3) Miami Heat vs. (6) Charlotte Hornets(4) Atlanta Hawks vs. (5) Boston CelticsWestern Conference(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (8) Houston Rockets(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (7) Memphis Grizzlies(3) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (6) Dallas Mavericks(4) Los Angeles Clippers vs. (5) Portland Trail Blazers Here’s the first weekend slate of games: last_img read more


Osaka must improve mental focus to become elite player

first_imgWith 2018 wins over Grand Slam champions Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova as well as reigning world No. 1 Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka has proven that she, too, has the potential to win a major — or perhaps several.And the game’s upper echelon could be just around the corner for the 20-year-old. Or it could be years away.Or perhaps it’ll never come to be.Such is the nature of tennis, where the physical tools — and Osaka has them in spades — are just a fraction of what’s needed to reach the pinnacle of the sport.Last week in Montreal, Osaka looked the part of a player who’s barely past her teens.Her inconsistent shot-making and the shortfalls in her mental game were on full display during her first-round match at the Rogers Cup with veteran Carla Suarez Navarro, particularly in a first-set tiebreaker that was littered with unforced errors and was ultimately gifted to her Spanish opponent.Down 2-1, and having already committed two ugly mistakes in the first three points of the breaker, Osaka dumped a forehand into the net after a brief three-shot rally. Her annoyance led her to fake a toss of her racket after the point.She couldn’t contain her frustration much longer.On the next point it was the backhand’s turn to fail her, and this time she decided her Yonex deserved to bear the brunt of her anger, throwing it to the court.An error from Suarez Navarro on the next point meant the Spaniard had a 4-2 advantage at the changeover.The next three points for Osaka continued her troubling trend: backhand error into the net, backhand error long, complete mishit on a running forehand. On separate occasions Osaka smirked and shook her head in disbelief, looked to the sky, and slumped her shoulders and stared at her feet. She didn’t have the look of a player that was going to mount a comeback.Suarez Navarro took the second set 6-2 to move on.Evidently, Osaka’s mental game is still a work in progress.And a player’s mental makeup is paramount because no other sport leaves its competitors feeling so isolated, so alone.Baseball is obvious: Teammates and coaches are there to pick up a player’s spirits after an ugly error or costly strikeout. Other team sports are much the same.Cyclists ride as part of a team and have support groups driving alongside them. Golfers have caddies. Skiers and figure skaters can chat with coaches immediately before and after their 2-minute runs or 4-minute routines.But with the exception of once-a-set timeouts during changeovers at non-majors, the WTA bans on-court coaching. The ATP disallows it completely.Encouragement from coaches and family sitting in the stands can provide a boost, but players can, and have been, punished if it extends much beyond a “Come on!” or a “Keep it up!”If a player finds themselves spraying the ball left and right, battling a case of the serving “yips,” or simply being dominated by an opponent, it’s up to them to find a solution if they want to get back in the match.For the most part, they are alone for hours on end.Osaka appeared to be in a bad frame of mind on the court in Montreal last week and it snuffed out any hope she had of beating an opponent that was always going to make her work for it.Still, there’s no denying Osaka’s raw, physical talent, which is why it’ll be the game between the ears that decides whether she’ll become a Grand Slam champion or the next “what could have been.” KEYWORDS Naomi Osaka is having growing pains this season as she looks to mature as a professional player at the age of 20. | KYODO IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RELATED PHOTOS Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka, Carla Suarez Navarro last_img read more


Volunteers ready for Sunday’s Kingston City Marathon

first_imgMore than 400 volunteers will assist with the staging of the seventh Kingston City Run and the first Kingston City Marathon on Sunday, March 17. The volunteers hail mainly from colleges and universities in the Corporate Area along with a diverse group of residents from across the country. Volunteers will be placed in areas to deal with: – Marshalling water stops along the routes – Water stops coverage – Record keeping (to balance the electronic scoring) – Photography – Medal distribution – Start and close of races – Post-event activity in Emancipation Park Volunteers’ manager Prudence Simpson is pleased with the response she has seen from the team of volunteers. “I am happy that the spirit of volunteerism is alive and well, and from the meetings and sessions we have had, it is obvious people are still happy to share their time and talent with a worthy cause. It is one of the many positives about this event. This is our seventh year, and we have got great support from our volunteers.” The event is endorsed by the Jamaica Tourist Board and is ­supported by a cadre of sponsors. The main ones are: – Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association – Life Span (been with us from Day one) – MarksMan – RJRGLEANER Group – Kingston and St Andrew Corporation CHARITIES – Alpha Boys Institute – Open Arms Development Centre – Marie Atkins Night Shelter – Food For the Poor – Missionaries of the Poor Donations are accepted at https://www.kingstoncityrun.com/v2/charities/.last_img read more


Missing Ohio teen found Wednesday morning

first_imgLAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Officials with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department state that at approximately 3:30am on Wednesday, deputies located a missing Ohio teen safe at a home La Follette.  Deputies converged on a house on Trace Lane after receiving credible information that the teen was at that address.   Once Deputies received permission to search the premises, they came into contact with two juvenile females. That’s when one of the juvenile’s identity was confirmed to be that of the missing teen from West Carrollton, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton.The missing teen was escorted to the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office where she was reunited with her parents who had been contacted once her identity was confirmed. The teen had been missing since early January. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/29/2020-3:30PM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more


Former champions Clijster and Murray receive “US Open” wild card –…

first_imgThe 37-year-old Clijster has won the US Open three times – in 2005, 2009 and 2010. The Belgian veteran played his last Grand Slam match in New York, where in 2012 he lost to British athlete Lora Robson in the 2nd round with 6: 7 (4), 6: 7 (5).The match against Robson Klijster was also the last at the WTA level this season. She resumed her career this year and has since lost to both WTA matches, but has been much more successful in the World Team Tennis tournament, winning all five matches. True, they played only one set to victory in five games.While Clijster has not yet returned to the WTA, 33-year-old Andy Murray is ranked 129th in the ATP and the US Open is likely to enter without a wild card. He was first behind the line in the player application published on Tuesday.2012 US Open champion Murray in New York will have his first Grand Slam release since the 2019 Australian Open, where he shortly after announcing his plans to end his career in the 1st round with 4: 6, 4: 6, 7: 6 (5), 7: 6 (4), 2: 6 In a fight lasting more than four hours (4:09), Roberto Bautista gave way to Aguta.After several hip surgeries, Murray later decided to try to continue his career and won the ATP 250 category tournament in Antwerp last October. It should be noted that both Clijster and Murray also received a “wild card” in New York before the upcoming “Western & Southern Open” tournament, which was moved from Cincinnati.Clijster and Murray are the only foreigners to attend the US Open special invitations. As usual, the new generation of promising local players won the majority. The full list can be found here: https://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/a …last_img read more