Cast Photos! Funday in the Park with Idina Menzel & Her If/Then Friends

first_img James Snyder View Comments Related Shows LaChanze Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 If/Then Jenn Colella Star Files Anthony Rapp The wait is almost over: Tony winner Idina Menzel Jenn Colella, LaChanze, Jason Tam, Anthony Rapp, James Snyder and the cast of If/Then can now be seen outside the Richard Rodgers Theatre! Check out this Hot Shot of the musical’s brand new artwork, featuring the cast hanging out in the park together. Written by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, If/Then is set at the intersection of choice and chance, where the road you takes meets the road you didn’t. Menzel will play Elizabeth, a woman rebuilding her life in New York, a city of infinite possibilities. Check out the cast in action, then catch If/Then, beginning March 5 on Broadway. Jason Tam Idina Menzel View All (6)last_img read more

UK roundup: Mercer on DB-to-DC transfers, JLT on deficits

first_imgThere has been a 60% increase in the number of defined benefit (DB) pension members looking to ascertain the value of their benefits as new freedoms are applied to defined contribution (DC) schemes.Data from consultancy Mercer showed that, during each month of 2014, around 1,500 people made enquiries into the value of their benefits.However, in March 2015, some 2,500 people contacted the consultancy looking for a cash-equivalent transfer value (CETV) in the run-up to freedoms that came into force on April 6.The UK government has consulted on whether to ban DB-to-DC transfers but decided to allow them to continue as long as members obtain independent financial advice. It banned transfers from funded and unfunded public sector pension schemes.Many consultants raised concerns over an influx of DB members leaving their schemes to DC options to access their pension entitlements as cash following the scrapping of rules to buy an annuity.Matthew Demwell, partner at Mercer, said the current rate would lead to around 4% of DB members being administered by the firm seeking a CETV quote.“It’s clear these changes have appealed to a number of people,” he said.“However, these are just quotations. It remains to be seen how many people will actually accept the quotation and transfer out of their defined benefit scheme.“This certainly represents an opportunity for employers and trustees to reduce the sometimes crippling burden of pension costs, but, clearly, to ensure people have enough in their retirement, the process must be carefully managed.”In other news, JLT Employee Benefits has predicted the level of deficit contributions from FTSE 100 schemes will spike in 2015, given the number of triennial valuations being finalised and the continued low interest rate environment.Around 30 firms in the FTSE 100 are set to have the valuations this year, and, with low interest rates pushing up liabilities, many companies could see trustees demand higher cash contributions, the consultancy said.Companies contributed £14.1bn (€19.1bn) in the last accounting year.Approximately £6.9bn of that was purely for deficit recovery, but the figure was lower than the £9bn reported the year previous.However, total IAS 19 deficits in FTSE 100 companies came to roughly £80bn at the end of 2014, £26bn higher than at the end of 2013.Charles Cowling, director at JLT Employee Benefits, said: “We expect to see some difficult negotiations between trustees and employers, and, inevitably, there are going to be demands for increases – potentially significant increases – in employers’ funding contributions.”last_img read more

Bulldogs Softball Team Come Up Short Against Knights

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs traveled to South Dearborn Monday Night to take on the Knights. Despite some tremendous defensive plays by the Bulldogs they were unable to hold off the Knights and fell in a key conference match up 4-0.Leading in hitting for the Bulldogs were Sarah Meyer going 2-3 and Ellie Waechter and Whitney Axsom 1-3.Lady Bulldogs fall to 3-10 on the season and 2-5 in conference play. They will host Franklin County Tuesday night at 5:30.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Todd Reed.last_img

MBB : Syracuse ready for another test as No. 1 team against Providence

first_img Published on January 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm As Syracuse’s perfect start to the season continues through Big East play, a new challenge has popped up for the Orange.No matter whom it plays, every time SU takes the floor, its opponent has the added motivation of handing the top team in the nation its first loss of the year. It puts a bull’s-eye on Syracuse’s back and tends to draw the best out of foes.But for many of the Orange players, they wouldn’t have it any other way.‘That’s the thing we love,’ sophomore guard Dion Waiters said. ‘That’s what you come to college for — the competitiveness. We just want to go out there and play Syracuse basketball at the end of the day. We know everybody’s gunning for us. We just have to play our game, play defense and things like that to survive.’The No. 1 Orange (18-0, 5-0 Big East) has survived its first 18 tests of the season unscathed. With the hectic nature of college basketball, SU has become an anomaly this year as one of only three remaining unbeaten teams. Two more wins and this team will set the record for the best start in program history. And the players seem to understand that it will take a great deal of focus to keep the perfect season alive.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textProvidence (12-6, 1-4) will have the next shot at handing the Orange its first loss Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. It will be the first rematch of the year for SU, who knocked off the Friars 87-73 in Providence on Jan. 4. And just like in that game, Syracuse expects a battle.‘They played very well against us,’ head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘We played one of our best offensive games of the year against Providence. We shot (61) percent from the field and it was still a close game.’The Friars showed just how unpredictable the game can be in their last contest against Louisville Tuesday. For their first conference win, they whipped the No. 14 Cardinals 90-59 in one of the most stunning results of the season. In that game, Providence lit up the scoreboard by hitting nine 3s, going 25-of-29 at the free-throw line and shooting 52.8 percent from the field.SU has yet to allow an opponent to go off like that this year. And part of that comes from experience. The Orange veterans know that anybody in the Big East can pull out a win on a given night and they have tried to prepare the team accordingly.‘Anything can happen so for me, my biggest focus as a leader on this team is to always keep us ready and always let my teammates know it’s not about anybody else,’ senior guard Scoop Jardine said. ‘It’s about us and what we’re doing. And when we do the things we need to do as a team, we’re going to get a victory.’Syracuse has done those things 18 out of 18 times this season. But the target on its back gets bigger and bigger with each win.Sometimes, the hype of playing the top team in the country can knock opponents off their game, as it seemed to do to an inexperienced Villanova squad from the moment SU stepped on the court in the win Wednesday.But the Orange expects inspired performances from each of its opponents trying to deliver that first loss of the season. For Syracuse, however, that doesn’t matter.‘We know we can beat anybody and they know they can’t beat us, too,’ sophomore center Fab Melo said. ‘It’s just confidence in ourselves, confidence in my teammates. We’re going to go in and do our job.’SU has maintained that type of attitude through nearly two-thirds of the season to this point. And while it will likely get its opponents’ best shot for the rest of the year starting Saturday with Providence, the Orange’s focus is solely on itself and piling up wins, regardless of how much extra motivation its opponent has.‘At the end of the day, when the game starts, the best team wins,’ Boeheim said. ‘The best team that night wins. Not the team that wants to win or wants to pull an upset. The team that plays the best that night wins. … It doesn’t really matter who wants to win.’[email protected] Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse featured twice on ESPN’s ‘Big Monday’

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 7, 2013 at 11:59 am Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHass Syracuse will face both Notre Dame and Maryland as part of ESPN’s “Big Monday” broadcasts during the 2013-14 season.The Orange will host the Fighting Irish on Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome and visit new Atlantic Coast Conference foe UMD on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.SU is featured in two of the conference’s eight Big Monday games. Both of those games are nestled in the middle of the eight-week lineup, which runs from Jan. 13 to March 3. Each game starts at 7 p.m. and will be showcased on ESPN.Some other notable ACC “Big Monday” games are Duke versus Pittsburgh on Jan. 27, Maryland versus Virginia on Feb. 10 and Notre Dame versus North Carolina on March 3.Syracuse beat UND, 63-47, in the Carrier Dome last season on Feb. 4. C.J. Fair paced the Orange with 18 points, while Jerami Grant scored a career-high 14 points against his brother, Jerian Grant. Notre Dame also switched from the Big East to the ACC for basketball.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe last time Syracuse played Maryland was in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament in 2008. Syracuse won that game 88-72 thanks to 23 points and seven assists from Jonny Flynn.The remainder of Syracuse’s schedule – including dates, start times and television information – will be released later this month. Commentslast_img read more

Appiah well aware of final-round dangers

first_imgGhana coach Kwasi Appiah says final round qualifying matches are never easy in international football.The Black Stars play Malawi in Accra on Saturday in the first leg of the final round fixture in the qualifying for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.Despite sitting 59 places above Malawi on the world ranking table, Appiah insists his players will not underestimate the threat posed by the Flames when they kick off at the Accra Sports Stadium at 15:30GMT.According to Appiah, the Black Stars are prepared for the tricky encounter.“When the competition reaches a stage like this, every side is prepared for it. The tie is decided over two matches. And over two games, it doesn’t matter the size of a country, it’s about the preparation, determination and hardwork of your side that will get you through,” Appiah told ahead of the game on Saturday.Appiah is very confident that his team can do a good job in the first leg. “What I demand of my team is to put in the hardwork and get out there to do same. We’re well aware that they [Malawi] will be attempting to cause problems.“We must deal with it and be ambitious. So, what matters to me is to do our best. Sometimes, it might not be too pleasing for the eye but we have to give off our best and get the results. We won’t underestimate them.”The winner over both legs qualifies for next year’s tournament in South Africa.Thirty countries have been split into 15 home-and-away ties with the winners joining hosts, South Africa, who are automatic qualifiers for the Nations Cup.Next year’s finals will mark the last time that the Nations Cup will be held in even-number years since Ethiopia staged the 1968 finals. The competition switches to uneven-number years from 2013 to avoid every second tournament being staged in the same year as a World Cup.last_img read more