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Squigs Travels to Oz with Wicked’s Kara Lindsay & Caroline Bowman

first_img Related Shows from $95.00 Broadway.com Resident Artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson is no stranger to the merry old land of Oz, and he couldn’t resist going back for a return visit to see Broadway’s newest Wicked witches, Caroline Bowman (Elphaba) and Kara Lindsay (Glinda) in action. After witnessing the high-flying musical onstage, Squigs sketched a new tribute to the current Broadway cast. Check out the work of art above, then see Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre! Wicked Star Filescenter_img View Comments About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Caroline Bowmanlast_img read more

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Taliban fought IS with ‘limited’ US military support, US general reveals

first_imgHe was called to testify about the situation in Afghanistan following a peace deal that the United States signed with the Taliban February 29 in Doha.Under the agreement, the United States committed to the withdrawal of all foreign fores within 14 months in return for a Taliban pledge to tackle jihadists such as the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda, and hold peace talks with the Afghan government.”Over the last several months in eastern Afghanistan we’ve watched the Taliban compress and crush the ISIS presence on the ground in southern Nangarhar province, and they’ve been very effective doing that,” McKenzie said, using an alternate acronym for Islamic State.”There was very limited support from us,” he said, without elaborating further on the role US forces played. “They have demonstrated a capability to do it. It was a bloody mess, but they did it,” the US general said. “ISIS really now no longer holds ground in Nangarhar province.”McKenzie, however, said he was “less optimistic” about the Taliban taking on Al-Qaeda, the jihadists who plotted the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States from their base in then Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.”That’s something they’re going to have to demonstrate that has not yet been demonstrated,” McKenzie said.McKenzie reminded lawmakers that the Taliban must meet its commitments for there to be a withdrawal.”We don’t need to trust them, we don’t need to like them, we don’t need to believe anything they say, we need to observe what they do,” McKenzie said.McKenzie said that the US military has yet to prepare a military plan for a total withdrawal from Afghanistan.Topics : The Taliban has shown that it can fight and defeat Islamic State group jihadists in Afghanistan, a top US general said Tuesday, revealing for the first time that it had done so in recent months with “very limited” US military support.”It was a bloody mess, but they did it,” General Kenneth McKenzie, head of the US Central Command, said of the Taliban’s virtual defeat of IS in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province in recent months.McKenzie disclosed the US military support for the Taliban operation in congressional testimony, but provided few details on the role played by US forces.last_img read more

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Peterson Family Promotions takes charge at Bullring at Rock Island County Fairgrounds

first_imgOpening night is April 26 with the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season continuing through Aug. 30. Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying events scheduled this season include the midweek $1,000 to win Modified Mania on July 15, the $2,000 to win Ronnie Weedon Memorial on May 24 and Greg Durbin Memorial on Aug. 2, and the $3,000 to win Running of the Bulls Sept. 19 and 20. “We love this track. My grandfather flagged here in the 1960s so we’ve had close ties to it for a long time and we want to see it up to the best of its capabilities,” said Peterson, who raced cruisers and street stocks before ending his racing career in an IMCA Late Model. “We like a lot of things about IMCA, especially the uniform rules,” he continued. “Sanctioning allows our drivers to be part of a bigger organization, and earn national, regional and state points.” The July 5 SportMod Shootout pays $2,000 to win. IMCA Late Models also chase a $3,000 top check at the September special.  EAST MOLINE, Ill. – A family that’s cheered, raced and worked at the Bullring at Rock Island County Fairgrounds will promote the quarter-mile clay speedplant beginning this season.  Northern SportMods were added in 2015. The Bullring at Rock Island County Fairgrounds becomes the first track in Illinois with IMCA Hobby Stocks on weekly cards.  “We wanted to add Hobby Stocks for the drivers who wanted stricter rules and an affordable class of race car,” explained Peterson. “Hopefully they provide an 8-cylinder entry class and can lead to IMCA Stock Cars at our track as well.” Korey Peterson, along with uncles Jeff and Todd, take charge at the East Moline track. Sunday shows under the Peterson Family Promotions banner will feature IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Late Models, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and, for the first time, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. “The Modified division grows every year so we wanted to reward those drivers with the most specials. Ronnie Weedon and Greg Durbin were synonymous with this track,” Peterson said. “The Running of the Bulls is going to be our pride and joy. Our goal is to have a season-ending hurrah for the drivers who support us.” Sanctioned Late Models and Modifieds both made their first appearances at East Moline 30-plus years ago and began running weekly at the former Quad City Speedway in 2004 and 2010, respectively. last_img read more

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Chelsea stunned by Man Utd comeback

first_imgChelsea 3 Manchester United 3Manchester United stunned Chelsea by storming back from 3-0 down to salvage a point at Stamford Bridge.Javier Hernandez’s 84th-minute equaliser completed a remarkable recovery by the defending champions after Wayne Rooney had hauled them back into the match with two penalties.AdChoices广告Chelsea went ahead against the run of play courtesy of an own goal by Jonny Evans, who inadvertently turned in Daniel Sturridge’s low cross.Less than 30 seconds into the second half, Juan Mata doubled the lead with a thumping volley from Fernando Torres’ wonderful cross.Five minutes later, David Luiz headed in Mata’s free-kick to leave United shell-shocked.But they hit back, with Rooney smashing home from the spot following Sturridge’s foul on Patrice Evra, and then sending keeper Petr Cech the wrong way after Branislav Ivanovic was adjudged to have tripped Danny Welbeck.And as United surged forward in search of another goal, their persistence paid off when Hernandez headed in from Ryan Giggs’ cross.Chelsea, with England defender Gary Cahill making his debut for the club in the absence of John Terry, looked solid for much of the game but once again sloppy defending from Andre Villas-Boas’ team proved costly.They were all over the place in the closing stages and in the end were grateful to hear the final whistle.Luck was on their side for the first goal, but lovely play by Mata created the opening.The Spaniard cleverly turned and then found Sturridge, who beat Evra and pulled the ball back. Hapless keeper David de Gea failed to clear and the ball ended up in the net after bouncing off Evans.The visitors had looked the better side and thought they should have been given a penalty when Welbeck went down under a challenge from Cahill.United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was furious with referee Howard Webb’s decision not to award a spot-kick.Worse followed for Ferguson early in the second half – much worse. Within six minutes of the restart his team were three goals behind.But Rooney’s penalties set up a dramatic finish and Chelsea’s fragile defence was unable to withstand the pressure that followed.Cech did well to push away a snap-shot from Rooney but while the home defence hesitated, Giggs quickly retrieved the ball and set up Hernandez, who made no mistake.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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The Warriors’ Draymond Green in mourning after friend killed by train

first_img“It sucks … The Warriors’ Draymond Green was in mourning Monday for a friend who died over the weekend after being hit by a train in Albion, Michigan. Zachary Winston, 19, a student and basketball player at Albion College, intentionally stepped in front of the train, the Detroit Free Press reported, via the Battle Creek Enquirer.Zachary Winston’s brother Cassius plays for Michigan State, Green’s alma mater.CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile devicelast_img read more

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Alert! Be On Guard Against Microsoft Word Worms In Your Email

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#email#Microsoft#Microsoft Office#security Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair markhachmancenter_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Until Microsoft discloses – and patches – a new Word vulnerability on Tuesday, anyone using Microsoft’s Outlook email program and its Word word processor should be even more cautious than usual.That’s because one of Microsoft’s security bulletins for December includes a “Critical” vulnerability for Microsoft Word, one of the few times Microsoft has attached the “Critical” tag to a Word issue. Waiting For Patch TuesdayMicrosoft’s standard practice is to give a heads-up on the number of vulnerabilities it plans to fix on “Patch Tuesday,” the second Tuesday of every month. On that day, Microsoft releases the patches themselves, and discloses the vulnerabilities that they fix. (If it revealed the problems before providing the solutions, of course, black-hat hackers could exploit the hole.) So at this point, we don’t know what exactly what problems the current, unpatched version of Word hides.In October, however, Microsoft disclosed a hole in Microsoft Word 2007 and Microsoft Word 2010 that allowed an attacker to take over a PC just by viewing an infected RTF file. That was a significant vulnerability; most modern attacks are triggered when a user views a Web page, or at least clicks a link. The October vulnerability was much more passive, and could be triggered just by idly scrolling down your inbox. Once your machine was infected, the attacker would have the same administrative rights as you do – and if you run as administrator, the attacker could completely control your machine.Tuesday’s vulnerability appears to be even more severe: It can target Office 2003, 2007 and 2010, as well the Microsoft Word Viewer and Compatibility Pack. As security reporter Fahmida Rashid notes, it’s a  good bet that the inclusion of “Word Viewer” means that the new vulnerability allows a similar, passive attack. But note that it does not include Office 2012, so if you own a Surface tablet with the latest Office version, you should be safe.In total, there are seven updates, which will even ensnare Windows RT. The Windows RT update will be provided by Microsoft, either via the Windows Store, Microsoft Update or Windows Update, a Microsoft spokeswoman said in an email.How To Defend YourselfAt this point, Outlook/Word users can do several things to help mitigate the threat of any vulnerabilities.First, always – always – allow Windows to download its approved patches. It’s probably best to allow Windows to install them, too, although users who leave their PCs on, as I do, risk getting caught by an unexpected reboot. While this shouldn’t be a problem for Word users, the inability of modern browsers to “save” inside a Web service can play havoc with your workflow. So it’s up to you whether you want to install the patches automatically.Second, turn your caution up a notch. At this point, most Web users have a finely honed sense of what is spam and what isn’t, and are able to detect most phishing attempts (misspellings and malformed URLs are common clues). But for now, you’ll have to try and detect whether or not an email is malicious from the subject line. Users and companies who rely a Web-based version of their email (like Google Apps) may have an advantage here.Third, never run in admininstrator mode. Yes, not having admin rights can be a pain sometimes. But if an attacker can gain the same levels of administrative rights as you can, downgrading your own status to a user might help offer at least a bit of protection. (Fourth: Get a Mac. There, are you happy?)It’s not clear that there are, in fact, any worms or attackers with live code exploiting this in the wild. But there almost certainly will be starting on Tuesday, when Microsoft reveals the exploit and the patch and attackers hope to catch complacent Windows users napping. Don’t be one of them.Image source: Flickr/davef3138 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

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Former BlackBerry CEO Jim Balsillie Has Dumped All His Shares

first_imgRelated Posts Former BlackBerry co-CEO Jim Balsillie has entered his own vote of no confidence in the company he helped run into the ground back when it was known as Research in Motion.In an SEC filing today, Balsillie revealed that he sold off every single BlackBerry share he owned last year. He used to hold 26.8 million shares, which at the end of last year would have been worth $318.1 million. As of Dec. 31, 2012, though, he owned zero shares — worth, of course, zero dollars.Financially, that’s already been a bad move. BlackBerry shares closed at $11.87 on Dec. 31. Today, they’re trading around $14.80 — up almost six percent since news of Balsillie’s sale hit. Which of course could just be coincidence.Balsillie had already become something of an unperson around BlackBerry following his departure as BlackBerry co-CEO. He resigned from BlackBerry’s board of directors almost a year ago, wasn’t introduced during the keynote launch of BlackBerry 10 in New York City in January (although Mike Lazaridis, who also gave up the co-CEO reins more than a year ago, was), and has mostly remained silent since stepping down in early 2012.Now he’s not even a shareholder. Lazaridis, by the way, remains vice chair of the board and still held 29.9 million BlackBerry shares as of Dec. 31, currently worth $442.5 million.Since Balsillie’s sell-off, of course, the company has reinvented its core product with the BlackBerry 10 operating system and announced two new smartphones, the Z10 and Q10. It’s hard to see Balsillie’s move as exhibiting much faith in BlackBerry’s new direction.Top photo courtesy Wikipedia Commons dan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#BlackBerry The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Sweet Distraction? North Korea’s feminine touch at Olympics

first_imgNorth Korean supporters sing ahead of the free skating pair, figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — To pour on the charm at the Pyeongchang Olympics, North Korea has turned to ball-gown clad singers, pompom-waving cheerleaders and two of its most influential women. And the media, the South Korean public and the Olympic audience worldwide seem to be thoroughly enjoying the spectacle.But should they be?ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Some went so far as to film cheerleaders’ rooms from outside their windows, the report said. TV Chosun, voyeuristically shooting through room windows, claimed an exclusive of the North Korean cheerleaders watching South Korean TV shows. The Yonhap News agency published photos of cheerleaders inside a women’s restroom washing their hands and waiting in line outside toilets.North Korea has sent women south to win hearts and minds before.The idea dates back to Kim Jong Il, the current leader’s father, who dispatched:— a 288-member cheering squad to South Korea for the Busan Asian Games in 2002;—306 women to Daegu for the 2003 Universiade;— a 125-member squad for the Incheon Asian Athletics Championships in 2005.Kim Jong Un’s wife is an alumnus of the cheering squads. She went to the Incheon event.The squads are usually made up of young women, often students or government workers from Pyongyang, selected for their looks, musical skills and family standing.At their first appearance at a competition, an ice hockey game featuring the joint North-South women’s team, they started off with a popular North Korean song called “Happy to Meet You.”That had been a matter of concern. Read Next View comments US says it will resume talks with North Korea soon PLAY LIST 01:13US says it will resume talks with North Korea soon00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:45Australian student detained in N. Korea ‘released, safe’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Pretty much every song performed in public in the North is political (as is everything else; that’s what totalitarianism means, after all), and even tunes that might sound like simple love songs are almost always devoted to Kim Jong Un or one of his predecessors.In a later game, one squad held up masks of a handsome young man, which some observers speculated was Kim Jong Un’s grandfather, Kim Il Sung. That would have clearly run afoul of organizers’ expectations. Officials quickly denied the rumors, though it remains unclear who the mystery man was intended to be.“Because the cheerleaders and the performance squads are Koreans like us, it’s natural to have a good feeling toward them,” said Shin In-kyun, president of the Korea Defense Network, a nonpartisan group of defense experts. “But we should not forget the intention of the brutal North Korean regime that’s hidden behind it.”“Right now, it seems we are distracted,” he said. “North Korea’s operation is working.” Wozniacki irate over opponent’s ‘unfair’ grunting in Qatar win Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises The sister’s arrival generated a good deal of serious reporting, juxtaposed with the presence of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife. But she got a full dose of the tabloid treatment from the moment she arrived.There were some extremely unlikely comparisons to Ivanka Trump, who is expected to attend the Games’ closing ceremony. South Korea’s TV Chosun television network put together a separate report to analyze her fashion and appearance and pointed out her freckles and makeup. One analyst even speculated she might be pregnant.The reporting was “a personal insult and diplomatic mistake,” the Citizens’ Coalition for Democratic Media, a media watchdog, said in a report.It was hardly the exception.South Korean broadcasters focused on the legs of the North Korean cheerleaders to highlight their bodies, while they tended to show the heads and chests of North Korean men on the day of their arrival in the South, while images of the cheerleaders’ black ankle boots and bare calves were repeated frequently.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Despite the focus on campy weirdness and implications of salaciousness, the North’s feminine touch in Pyeongchang is a potent — and deliberately manipulative — political statement. Young and attractive women, intended to put a “soft” face on the North’s totalitarian regime, have long been one of the ruling Kim family’s favorite propaganda tools.North Korea, one of the most patriarchal of societies around, deployed two of its most powerful women to spearhead its Olympic diplomacy campaign.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCompletely overshadowing a 90-year-old statesman who was nominally in charge of the North’s delegation, Kim Jong Un sent his younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, who while still just 30 years old is head of the ruling party’s Propaganda and Agitation Department.He also shocked Seoul by sending Hyon Song Wol, who is better known as the lead singer of the domestic cadre-pleasing, miniskirt-wearing Moranbong Band. She is now also a senior ruling party member. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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NBA says Hornets, Bucks Will Play in Paris in 2020

first_imgPARIS (AP) — The NBA is going to play a regular-season game in Paris for the first time next year, with the league announcing Thursday that Charlotte and Milwaukee are headed there.The game will be on Jan. 24. Paris has played host to preseason games before, and the league hinted several times in recent months that it was considering bringing a game that counts to the city as well. And having Charlotte involved makes perfect sense, given that the Hornets feature Tony Parker and Nicolas Batum — two veterans of the French national team.“Having played in the preseason in France during my career, I witnessed first-hand the passion the French fans have for NBA basketball,” Hornets chairman Michael Jordan said. “We are excited to bring our team to Paris for this history-making event.”Jordan and his Chicago Bulls won the 1997 McDonald’s Championship in Paris.Tickets for The NBA Paris Game 2020 will go on sale later this year.The Hornets played a preseason game in Paris in 1994. The Bucks will be going to France for the first time.“Playing in one of the great cities in Europe continues our goal to extend the global brand of the Bucks,” Milwaukee co-owner Wes Edens said. “We will be proud to represent Milwaukee and Wisconsin in Paris and we thank the NBA for this exciting opportunity.”The game will mark the NBA’s 11th in France all-time, counting exhibitions.“The return of an NBA game in Paris, after a 10-year absence, is a real victory for our city,” Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more