Linda Balgord Joins The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway

first_imgFondest greetings to a Great White Way vet! Linda Balgord, who plays Madame Giry in the North American tour of The Phantom of the Opera, is returning to Broadway. She will begin performances as Giry in the New York production on December 15, along with the previously announced Julia Udine as Christine. Balgord succeeds Ellen Harvey, who will give her final performance on December 13. Norm Lewis has also once again extended his stay as the musical’s title character and will now play through February 7, 2015. Balgord’s Broadway credits include Cats, The Pirate Queen, Gypsy, La Cage aux Folles and Passion. She starred as Norma Desmond in the first national tour of Sunset Boulevard and as Rose Vibert in the U.S. and Canadian tour of Aspects of Love. The current cast of the longest-running show on the Great White Way also includes Mary Michael Patterson as Christine, Jeremy Hays as Raoul, Laird Mackintosh as Monsieur André, Tim Jerome as Monsieur Firmin, Michele McConnell as Carlotta, Christian Šebek as Piangi, Kara Klein as Meg Giry and Kaley Ann Voorhees as the Christine alternate. Related Shows The Phantom of the Opera View Comments from $29.00last_img read more

Three new faces in victory lane at WaKeeney

first_imgBy Mike HughesWaKEENEY, Kan. (Aug. 25) – Three new faces appeared in the Jason Oil Winner’s Circle at WaKeeney Speedway Sunday evening. Kyle Rohleder has been close a couple of times this season to picking up a victory at his hometown track in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified division. Sunday night he got it as he passed Tim Watts on lap 13 of the 20-lap caution free race and held on to the checkers to secure the win.Watts finished second, followed by Todd Schwarz, Nate Moore and Marty Clark.Brenden Damon also got his first win of the season at the 3/8-mile oval in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main. Damon took advantage of his outside pole starting spot and led all 15 laps enroute to the victory. Clay Sellard made a late charge but could not make a pass and had to settle for second. Blaine Walt was third, followed by Daniel Gottschalk, and Clay Money. Michael Smith got by Andrew Soderlund on lap eight in the 12-lap Mach-1 Sport Compact feature to score his first WaKeeney win. Soderlund held on to the runner-up spot, trailed by point leader Kirk Pfannenstiel, Monte Honas and Dean Herzog. Jeff Tubbs continued his domination in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars as he drove to his sixth local feature win this season. Shannon Maughlin led the first six laps before Tubbs took control and went the distance in the 20-lap caution-free race. Maughlin settled for second with Josh Hudson, Jason Davis, and Wheat Lippelmann rounding out the top five. Cody Graham made his fifth appearance in victory lane following the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. Brian Stich led the first six laps before Graham took over. Garrett Hager chased Graham but had to settle for second, with Colin Heim, Daniel Irwin and Jeromy Wagner completing the top five. The evening’s race sponsor was Carrico Implement. All five classes will return to the 3/8-mile oval on Sunday, Sept. 15 for season championship night. Grandstand admission will be $5 for everyone and there will be a bicycle giveaway. The green flag waves at 6:30 p.m.last_img read more

The Latest: Duke to open football season with no fans

first_img Associated Press August 24, 2020 Duke says traditional parking lots used by fans on gameday will be closed. The school will contact football fans who have purchased season or single-game tickets or have seating and suite contracts in Blue Devil Tower regarding potential options.The school will allow fans to purchase a fan cutout of a person or pet to be placed in seats for football games. The school will offer varied packages and stadium locations along with weekly prize drawings and the ability to have football coach David Cutcliffe autograph the cutout.The school says sales proceeds will go to Duke Athletics for student-athlete support.Athletics director Kevin White says it is “imperative to be both adaptable and compliant in anticipation of hosting fans in the near future.”___ The Latest: Duke to open football season with no fans Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Duke will open its season for football and other fall sports with no fans at home games because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Norwegian government says it will make an exception from its travel ban to accommodate a Nations League soccer game against Austria on Sept. 4 in Oslo.Culture and sports minister Abid Q. Raja says “we make this exception to ensure that both teams can field a full crew.”Raja adds “this is not a general exception … this is an exception for this match.”Norway captain Omar Elabdellaoui and striker Alexander Soerloth both play in Turkey.___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Kyle Hoffmann: Making our local hospital more reliant on federal money can be unwise

first_imgFinally, unlike what you may have heard, there is no pool of free money that Kansas is missing out on by not expanding. According to the Congressional Research Service, the idea that states that do not expand are sending federal tax dollars to the states that do expand is false. Not expanding just means fewer dollars that the U.S. government borrows from China to add to our country’s more than $18 trillion debt.It’s obvious that rural hospitals face a variety of complex challenges. I am pleased Governor Brownback has initiated a working group to address the problems of health care delivery in rural Kansas. We should find a Kansas solution that will improve rural healthcare access and outcomes for the long-term, not expand the failure that is Obamacare.Follow us on Twitter. 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 (16) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com 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 Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… 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. +2 Vote up Vote down GrandmaDeanne · 236 weeks ago Very well said Mr Koffman, totally agree Report Reply 0 replies · active 236 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Larry · 236 weeks ago Take it from someone that leaves in one of those state that expanded Medicaid, (New Mexico), it has been a total nightmare for this state and now they are trying to figure out how to pay for it since the free money from the feds is not so free. Report Reply 0 replies · active 236 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Tax Payer · 236 weeks ago Excellent points from Representative Hoffmann. There is NO such thing as “free government money”. Wichita is only a 20 minute drive from Wellington. Many years ago travel time made it necessary for hospitals to be in almost every town. not so today. If Wellington thinks it needs money from outside the hospital to save it then it is Wellington’s problem, not the state, not the Feds, not the county residents who don’t use it, it’s Wellington’s problem. Why think that some State or Federal “spread the wealth” program should bail it out? User fees are the answer to 90% of the financial problems of today. Report Reply 0 replies · active 236 weeks ago -6 Vote up Vote down turkeyleg jones · 236 weeks ago Funny, a letter that stated almost word for word was printed in Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas, must be a chain letter the republiecons float around in every state. Vote no then, let Obama and the other libs keep the tax money that Kansans have already paid in. Sick and broke, the Kansas way. If the republiecons expect to repeal Obamacare, just why are they worried about Kansas joining the ACA. Here’s your answer: Do you really think that the insurance monopoly is going to let the republiecons repeal the taxpayer funded ACA and lose 20 million new tax funded clients. Right! Remember, the ACA was actually a republiecon plan dating back during the first Bush. Nothing more than what republiecon Gov Romney “Buy it or else!” got passed. So you really think the cons will take away 20 million new taxpayer funded from the insurance companies, the same companies that have gave billions to the republiecon party. Get real! Get sick and die, account of no insurance. Report Reply 8 replies · active 236 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Guest · 236 weeks ago Is there no way to for SRMC to become a trauma center in order to receive more reimbursement from Medicare? Report Reply 0 replies · active 236 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down sore loser · 236 weeks ago This isn’t a ‘local” issue for Kyle Hoffman. Its more about supporting the ridiculous, anti-Obama ideology in Topeka at the expense of this local issue. The numbers and statistics he’s giving us to support that ideology do indeed seem like they came from fabricated talking points. Hell, even Brownback is trying to make us believe his disastrous policies are good for the state. This issue is far more important than Hoffman’s political status in Topeka. Its more important than the welfare of a hospital. Its about the welfare of a struggling town and his constituents who are trying to save it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 236 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Fred · 236 weeks ago I am self employed and have to buy my own insurance. I can get it through Obamacare – and i cant be cancelled for preexisting conditions – for about the same as it would cost from a regular insurer. BUT if i lived in a state that did not oppose obamacare i could get my insurance for $250 less each month. The fight against Obamacare is costing me personally $3,000 per year. Thanks republicans .. Report Reply 1 reply · active 236 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com 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 WordPress.com 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 Commentary by Kyle Hoffman, 116th District state representative — Living in a small community and helping with the health needs of aging parents, I know that access to healthcare is important to rural communities like Wellington and the surrounding area. With that in mind, I appreciate the opportunity to respond to Tracy’s Sunday Blog and Mr. Deschaine’s coments about Medicaid. It’s necessary to share a few important factors about Medicaid expansion that the people of Wellington deserve to know.Kyle HoffmanFirst a little background, Medicaid is the government healthcare program for low-income and disabled Kansans. It’s designed to serve truly vulnerable people—Kansans who are physically or intellectually disabled, children, pregnant women, women who’ve given birth in the last year, and the frail and elderly. Medicaid expansion would begin including able bodied adults without children who have income up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, some who already have private health insurance now.The federal government under Obamacare entices states to expand their Medicaid programs with the promise of “free money,” but history shows that the feds rarely keep their funding promises. Although as McCue and Deschaine said, there is no proof that the money will disappear, the money is also not guaranteed. Earlier this month, the U.S. Congress voted to dismantle Obamacare–including the money for Medicaid expansion. The vote indicates there is a very real possibility the federal law will be repealed and replaced once President Obama leaves office. Making our local hospital reliant on a law that has a high likelihood of being repealed is unwise.Even if Kansas was to expand Medicaid and the ACA were not repealed, the price tag for our state will go up. By the year 2020, the state would pick up 10 percent of the cost of expansion. Preliminary estimates show the expansion will add up to $1.2 billion of expenses to the state by 2025. That’s approximately one-sixth of our state’s general fund spending. It’s also a huge increase on top of already rising costs in our Medicaid expenses, which today amounts to over $1.1 billion in state dollars alone. Other states that have expanded, such as Colorado, Indiana, New Mexico, Oregon, Ohio and others have seen skyrocketing costs and enrollment jumps way above estimates, in the case of Colorado, enrollment was 207 percent above predictions.Lawmakers in those states are now dealing with the fallout that has endangered not only Medicaid itself, but other large areas of state spending like education and public safety. There is real evidence that the addition of able-bodied adults without dependents would strain the entire Medicaid safety-net that is designed to serve the truly needy. That is not compassion and that is not good public policy.Hospitals have pushed hard to expand Medicaid and there’s no doubt that rural hospitals face challenges while serving communities like ours. Sumner Regional Medical Center (SRMC) is no different, but Medicaid Expansion under Obamacare is not the answer to those challenges.Obamacare has exacerbated those challenges by cutting Medicare–the federal program that covers seniors–by 2 percent. Although I requested information through the Kansas Legislative Research Department from SRMC regarding how much they lost when Medicare was cut, I never received an answer. Regardless, Medicaid expansion would not fill the hole created by cuts to Medicare, not by a long shot. Other hospitals in the area, such as Comanche County, would regain only 20 percent of the money lost under cuts to Medicare. Medicaid expansion is not the answer to money problems created by Obamacare, and it’s certainly not a cure-all for the struggles SRMC faces.last_img read more

Big wins for Uganda at 3X3 basketball Africa cup

first_imgDRC stopped Burundi 21-13. Nigeria won Mauritius 18-15.   Action resumes tomorrow with Uganda women taking on Nigeria and Kenya. In the Men’s categories, Egypt will play Benin and Mali.In other women’s game, defending champions Mali stopped both Egypt and Botswana 22-7 and 21-8 respectively. Egypt, however, stopped Benin 21-11.   In a tough contest, Nigeria stopped Kenyan women 21-20.   Burundi stopped Djibouti 21-2 and Mauritius 21-15. Mauritius stopped Djibouti 22-3.The games started on Friday and will end on Sunday with the quarter-finals, semis and finals. 3×3 basketball is a game that is growing fast and has been included in Olympics.It involves three players in a game who play half-court. The game ends when a team hits 21 points, or when the 10 minutes of the game are done.*****URNShare on: WhatsApp Ugandas Ivan Lumanyika in action during the game againts NigeriaKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  | The Uganda Silverbacks basketball team on Friday night defeated Nigeria 15-14 in a breathtaking game of the FIBA 3X3 Basketball Africa Cup.In a game played at the Lugogo Hockey stadium, the Silverbacks which trailed in the first half of the game made a comeback to ensure a 13-13 tie by the end of the final whistle leading to the overtime.At this time, several of Uganda’s supporters rose up to cheer the silverbacks as they shouted “Let’s go UG, Let’s go”.In the first minute of the overtime, both teams managed to make one point to level the competition 14-14.However, Ugandan Power Forward James Okello was fouled as he was headed to make a basket and given free throws.   Okello scored the much-needed point to end the competition 15-14 in favour of Uganda.The win was Uganda’s second after they comfortable stopped Mauritius 21-5. The win also sends Uganda straight to the quarterfinals which will be played on Sunday.Uganda Gazelles, the ladies team also dominated neighbours Burundi as they scored 21 points on Burundi’s 9.It was a tough day for the Uganda under 18 boys team as they lost to Nigeria 07-21.   Meanwhile in other men’s game, Madagascar stopped Burundi 21-7 and Democratic Republic of Congo 19-18.last_img read more

Virat Kohli credits Sourav Ganguly’s team for sparking mindset change in Indian cricket

first_imgAdvertisement 1NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsncsdWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ei8ls( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1w9okrWould you ever consider trying this?😱oqCan your students do this? 🌚jeRoller skating! Powered by Firework Skipper Virat Kohli thanked Sourav Ganguly for instilling a winning attitude in the team under his captaincy, and that the present team is “just carrying it forward”. The Men in Blues beat Bangladesh by an innings and 46 runs in the second Test, completing a whitewash over their neighbour at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday.Advertisement “The idea is to establish yourself in the middle and we have learnt to stand up and give it back. It all started with Dada’s team and we are just carrying it forward,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.Advertisement “The bowling group now is fearless and they believe in themselves playing against any batsman. We are reaping the rewards for all the hard work we put in the last 3-4 years,” he added.Bangladesh, who opted to bat first, managed to register a paltry 106 in the first innings after Ishant Sharma derailed their batting line-up with his five-wicket haul. India declared for 347/9 in reply, as Kohli (136) once again shone with the bat and India’s fiery pace attack wrapped up the guests’ second innings for 195 in the third day with Umesh Yadav, the pick among the bowlers with his 5/53 figure.Advertisement “Only your belief can make you win. If you feel fast bowlers are not in the game then you are already into a negative mindset. With the way these guys are bowling now, they can pick up wickets on any surface at home or away” Kohli concluded.  Advertisementlast_img read more