Odds & Ends: Idina Menzel Gets Frozen, Kristin Chenoweth Hits the Scren & More

first_imgIdina Menzel(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Kristin Chenoweth Star Files Idina Menzel Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. Idina Menzel Lets It Go Some MoreWe still have over two years until some yet-to-be-announced beltress in a platinum blonde wigs lets it go on Broadway, but until then, Idina Menzel is still holding the Frozen torch. The Tony-winning supernova performed her signature “Let It Go” (plus a certain Wicked anthem) at Disneyland 60, which aired on ABC on February 21 and celebrated the anniversary of the park. Be one with the wind and sky and check out that clip below. Kristin Chenoweth Gives Us a Hard SellKristin Chenoweth is coming to a big (and small) screen near you. The indie teen dramedy Hard Sell, starring the self-proclaimed pocket diva, has been acquired by Momentum Pictures, according to Deadline. The film is set for a theatrical and on-demand spring release. It follows Hardy Buchanan (Skyler Gisondo), a senior at an elite private school who befriends a runaway named Bo. The two teens devise a scheme to con Hardy’s rich, wayward peers. Chenoweth plays his mom—not the school’s assistant principal.Hamilton Earns the Kennedy PrizeThe Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama is awarded to works that are inspired by and illuminate aspects of American history. Any guesses which show won this year? We’ll give you a hint: It recently won a Grammy following its live performance on said awards show, and its creator/star is already a certified “genius.” You guessed it; the award went to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, which was chosen unanimously by a panel of playwrights, composers and more. The honor comes with an award of $100,000, or 10,000 Hamiltons.Vanessa Hudgens Is Powerless on NBCVanessa Hudgens, who left us hopelessly devoted to her powerhouse vocals in Grease: Live, will headline an NBC comedy pilot titled Powerless. According to Variety, the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner will play Emily Locke, an employee at one of the worst insurance companies disgruntled by the antics of various super heroes (oh right, it takes place in the DC Comics universe).ENO’s Sunset Boulevard Rounds Out CastThe cast is now complete for the English National Opera semi-staged presentation of Sunset Boulevard, with Glenn Close reprising her Tony-winning performance. Joining her and the previously announced Michael Xavier, Siobhan Dillon and Fred Johanson are Anna Woodside as Hedda Hopper and Emily Bull as Hedy Lamarr. The lineup also includes Julian orsyth as Cecil B DeMille, Mark Goldthop as Sheldrake, Fenton Gray as Manfred, Haydn Oakley as Artie Green and James Paterson as Jonesy. Performances of the Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton musical are set for April 1 through May 7 at ENO’S London Coliseum. View Commentslast_img read more

Electricity generation in Germany has been 47% renewable in first five months of 2019

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:The German energy transition continues to gather pace, reaching a record 47 per cent of total electricity produced in the first five months of 2019, putting it well ahead of its target for 2025, which requires it to meet between 40 and 45 per cent of total electricity consumption from renewables.The achievement for the first five months of the calendar year is documented by the Fraunhofer Institute, a leading renewable energy research organisation, which runs a detailed tally of electricity production and consumption in Germany.As Fraunhofer’s Bruno Burger notes, each month of 2019 has so far delivered at least a 40 per cent renewable share, with May coming in at a 50.7 per cent share, and the total for the first five months at 46.8 per cent. The lowest month for renewables share was February, with 40.2 per cent.[T]he biggest contributor over the first five months of the year was wind energy, which accounted for more than 26 per cent of the electricity produced in Germany over the first five months of the year. What’s interesting is the change between this year and last year. Burger says wind is up 18.7 per cent, or 9.45TWh, while solar is down 4.8 per cent, and nuclear output is up 3.8 per cent.But the biggest falls came in coal – with lignite (brown coal) falling 17.1 per cent, or 9.48TWh (about the same amount that wind increased), while hard coal (black coal) was down 22.4 per cent.More: Germany renewable energy share jumps to record 47% for first five months of year Electricity generation in Germany has been 47% renewable in first five months of 2019last_img read more

Ditching heavy metal football and battering Bayern Munich has turned Liverpool into Champions League contenders

first_img Read More Video Settings by Metro 1 min. story PLAY Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Klopp relishes 3-1 win to knock Bayern Munich out of Champions LeagueTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 13:02FullscreenKlopp relishes 3-1 win to knock Bayern Munich out of Champions Leaguehttps://metro.co.uk/video/klopp-relishes-3-1-win-knock-bayern-munich-champions-league-1882466/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.It was heavy metal football vs heavy metal football, a playground game masquerading as a European quarter-final. Klopp was unsurprisingly thrilled at the spectacle his current and former clubs had managed to conjure up, saying: ‘That was football at its best, a great game to experience for everyone involved.’Liverpool’s run to last season’s Champions League final had a similarly full-throttle feel to it. They topped a relatively straightforward group containing Sevilla, CSKA Moscow and Maribor, scoring 23 goals in the process before putting five past each of Porto and Manchester City followed by seven against Roma in the knockout rounds.Prior to the final in Kyiv, Liverpool had already broken the record for the number of goals scored in a single Champions League campaign with an astonishing 46 – including the six they scored against Hoffenheim in the qualifying round of the competition. In Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, they had three players each on 10+ goals, another record.AdvertisementAdvertisementIt was ludicrously entertaining football that embodied the style Klopp had talked up on his arrival. About Connatix V67539 Full Screen Oliver Young-MylesThursday 14 Mar 2019 1:54 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link675Shares Jurgen Klopp coined the phrase ‘heavy metal football’ before Borussia Dortmund played Arsenal in 2013 (Getty Images)That kind of style was perfectly suited to Dortmund, a club that at the time had a nucleus of exciting young talent with the legs and enthusiasm to carry out such instructions and a partisan home crowd, more than willing to roar them on. Having succeeded there, it is easy to see why Klopp was attracted to Liverpool where the conditions on and off the pitch were similar.Somewhat ironically, the most obvious example of ‘heavy metal football’ during Klopp’s opening months at Anfield, came during a Europa League game against Dortmund. Then managed by Thomas Tuchel, Dortmund were slowly moving away from their former manager’s style towards a more possession-based approach, but Julian Weigl aside it was a squad that had been assembled by Klopp.Dortmund flew out of the traps, racing into a 2-0 lead within nine minutes thanks to future Arsenal teammates Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Divock Origi pulled one back before Marco Reus quickly restored Dortmund’s two-goal advantage. Liverpool needed three goals to progress and they duly came inside the final 25 minutes through Philippe Coutinho, Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren. Read More Sadio Mane and Virgil Van Dijk were on target as Liverpool beat Bayern Munich (Getty Images)Having conceded six over two legs against Roma last term, Liverpool restricted a side containing Robert Lewandowski, James Rodriguez and Franck Ribery to just one and even that was scored by a Liverpool player – Joel Matip turning a cross into his own net. It was a performance that was the polar opposite of that helter-skelter meeting with Dortmund early on in Klopp’s reign.AdvertisementRather than relentlessly pressing Bayern high up the pitch, Liverpool were happy to sit off them in the opening stages with Bayern enjoying 63% possession and completing 340 passes to their visitors’ 194 in the opening 45 minutes. Despite having more of the ball, though, Bayern barely looked like troubling Liverpool’s backline with the midfield shuffling dutifully across to plug any gaps that emerged.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMane’s opening goal – a wonderful solo effort that left Manuel Neuer seeing stars – gave Liverpool the boon of an away goal and although Bayern managed to find a route back into the game, Liverpool regrouped after the break and delivered a masterful counter-attacking display in the second half.Again, Bayern edged possession, but their use of the ball compared to Liverpool’s was sterile. For their 52% of the ball, Bayern failed to muster a single shot on target, while Liverpool had four. They picked their moments expertly, first capitalising on Bayern’s weakness at set-pieces through Van Dijk and then catching them cold late on when Salah’s brilliant ball was nodded in by Mane.Liverpool have enjoyed some memorable European nights under Klopp reaching two finals in three years, but this was by far the most complete performance they have put together in the Champions League during his time in charge. Top articles Ditching heavy metal football and battering Bayern Munich has turned Liverpool into Champions League contenders Coming Next Jurgen Klopp celebrating with the Liverpool supporters after the win over Bayen Munich at the Allianz Arena (Getty Images)When Jurgen Klopp was appointed Liverpool manager back in October 2015, editors across the land were falling over themselves in a bid to shoehorn the words ‘heavy’ ‘metal’ and ‘football’ into their headlines.It was Klopp himself who coined the phrase ‘heavy metal football’ during his time with previous club Borussia Dortmund prior to a Champions League game against Arsenal in November 2013 and it was a soundbite subsequently lapped up by the British media.Discussing the differences between his and Arsene Wenger’s footballing philosophies, Klopp quipped: ‘He likes having the ball, playing football, passes … it’s like an orchestra. But it’s a silent song. I like heavy metal.’AdvertisementAdvertisementHe reiterated his footballing preferences in his very first interview after joining Liverpool, saying: ‘My teams must play at full throttle and take it to the limit every single game.’ADVERTISEMENT 1/1 Skip Comment SPONSORED Read More Skip Ad Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Liverpool’s 7-6 aggregate win over Roma encapsulated their top-heavy approach (Getty Images)Nevertheless, there was a sense throughout their exhilarating Champions League run that for all the quality of their attacking play, Liverpool were a touch too top-heavy, as emphasised during their semi-final meeting with Roma.Liverpool were dominant for all but perhaps15 of the 180 minutes, yet only ended up winning it 7-6 on aggregate, itself a ridiculous scoreline at such a stage in the Champions League. Both at home and away, Liverpool invited Roma onto them in the final ten minutes and on each occasion, Roma scored twice. Even when Liverpool seemed in control they had the capacity to fall apart.The same was true in the final when Liverpool were defeated 3-1 by Real Madrid in what was, for the most part, an even contest.Liverpool’s desire to play fast-paced, attacking football at times left them short at the other end of the pitch and their style has been noticeably reigned in a touch throughout the current campaign with a far better balance struck between attack and defence.That has been obvious during a Premier League campaign in which Liverpool have only conceded 17 goals in 30 games and kept 17 clean sheets in total and it was in evidence again in the Champions League last-16 second leg against Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.A 0-0 draw at Anfield in the first leg left the tie in the balance but Liverpool rarely looked troubled during the return in Munich, as a double from Sadio Mane and a thumping header from Virgil van Dijk handed them a 3-1 victory on the night and on aggregate overall. Advertisement Advertisement Klopp celebrating Mane’s second goal with his substitute (Getty Images)It was made abundantly clear during both legs that Bayern are a faded force, yet still, Liverpool dealt with them authoritatively and deserve credit for denying them a quarter-final place for the first time in eight years. No team will fancy meeting Liverpool in the quarters.AdvertisementBefore the game, Klopp responded irritably to pundits suggesting that Liverpool should lose to Bayern on purpose so as to free up space in their schedule and focus on the Premier League, the suggestion being that they don’t have sufficient depth to compete for both.Liverpool proceeded to make a mockery of that school of thought with an excellent all-round display. It might not be heavy metal football that Klopp promised but this slightly more orchestral style has better-equipped Liverpool to challenge for major honours.More: SchoolMum finds girl, 6, rubbing talcum powder on her face to make herself whiteParents vow to homeschool son after headteacher bans face masks in classTrans boy, 17, waiting two and a half years to get an appointment at gender clinic Heavy metal or full throttle, the idea was that Klopp would implement a fast-paced style at Liverpool based around the high pressing of spaces (Gegenpressing), quick transitions and creating overloads in attack. Essentially, it was pressing an opponent as soon as a ball was lost, winning it back and then immediately flying forward in numbers. Read More / last_img read more

‘STRIKING IS A RIGHT’ Transport alliance blasts gov’t for threats

first_img“We want to make this clear, basta wala mo ginapahog or intimidate ang aton mga kautoran nga mag upod sa strike, indi ka pwede akusaran,” he said. “You cannot penalize drivers oroperators who voluntarily join a strikebangud sa iya personal nga pagpati sa kahustuhan sang tinutuyo sang strike,”” stressed Salarda. * third offense – P5,000 andcancellation of franchise Accordingto Edgar Salarda, convener of Alyansa Kontra PUV Phase Out-Panay and leader ofPinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operators Nationwide, the National Unionof People’s Lawyer (NUPL) Panay is helping them explain to drivers andoperators their legal rights. Strikingis allowed under the 1987 PhilippineConstitution, said the transport leader, citing Article III, Section 4 (freedomof speech, of expression, or of the press, or the right of the people topeaceably assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances) andArticle XIII, Section 3 (rights of all workers to self-organization, collectivebargaining and negotiations, and peaceful concerted activities, including theright to strike in accordance with law). As stated in the memo, those proven tobe forcing or using violence and intimidation on a driver or operator to join atransport strike would be penalized. Two transport cooperatives announcedon Friday they won’t be joining today’s strike – the Western Visayas TransportCooperative (WVTC) and the Iloilo City Associationof Operators and Drivers Cooperative (ICAODC).They received warning from the OTC that their registrations could berevoked. Modern jeepneys are required to have,among others, Euro 4 engines that meet the European Union emission standards onharmful chemicals (such as toxic sulfur, benzene and carbon dioxide, etc.),Global Positioning System, automatic fare collection system, dashboard camera,speed limiter, and closed-circuit television camera. On the other hand, the ICAODC hasbetween 500 to 600 jeepney units. “Let us all remember that under theConstitution, we have the right to express our grievances and kag maghulag para ipanawagan sa atongobyerno ang aton mga demanda,” said Salarda. If thegovernment really wants to reduce air pollution, said Salarda, there is analternative to phasing out old jeepneys – requiring operators to overhaul theirengines and closely monitor if this is being complied./PN SILENT PROTEST. A poster at the back of this jeepney driver’s seat expresses his sentiment on the planned scrapping of old jeepneys and the incessant fuel price hikes. PN PHOTO The phase out of old jeepneys by July2020 is in line with the government’s move to modernize Philippine publictransport; the goal is to minimize air pollution and improve public transportsafety. “Maysalabton ang LTFRB kon sumala sila, ilabi na ang ila pagpamahog. Pwede man sila kasuhan,”Salarsa said. LTFRB Memorandum Circular No. 2011-004enumerates the penalties: “They must know and understand theirrights. Holding a transport strike is legal,” said Salarda. Jeepneydrivers and operators became hesitant to join the nationally-coordinated strikeafter the LTFRB and OTC issued warnings. ILOILO City – Today’s nationwidetransport strike against the phase out of old jeepneys is a legal right ofpublic utility vehicle drivers and operators, according to Alyansa KontraPUV Phase Out-Panay that is leading the mass action here. It slammed the LandTransportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and Office ofTransportation Cooperatives (OTC) for threatening to cancel the strikers’franchises or accreditation. * first offense – P2,000 * second offense – P3,000 LTFRB could not penalize strikingdrivers and operators who voluntarily join today’s protest, said Salarda,citing the advice of NUPL Panay. Under WVTC are some 2,000 jeepneyunits affiliated with the Iloilo City Loop Alliance of Jeepney Operators andDrivers Association and transport groups from the municipalities of Dumangasand Barotac Nuevo in Iloilo province, and from the provinces of Antique andGuimaras. According to Alyansa Kontra PUV Phase Out-Panay,these are beyond the financial capacity of jeepney operators. Even LTFRB Memorandum Circular No.2011-004 stressed this, Salarda pointed out. He also warned LTFRB against unjustlygoing after striking drivers and operators.last_img read more

U17 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers: Samuel scores hat-trick as Flamingos thrash Guinea

first_imgRelatedPosts Flamingos trash Guinea, romp into final round Enyimba crash out CAF Confederation Cup Guinean President bags traditional title in Daura Yemisi Samuel scored a hat-trick as the Flamingos thrashed their Guinean counterparts 6-1 on Saturday in a first round first leg game of the 2020 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers. Nigeria took charge of the game from start to finish in Conakry as Chinyere Kalu opened scoring three minutes into the game after benefiting from a defensive error. Samuel fired in a stunner from 35 yards to double the lead for the Nigerian national under-17 women team against the hosts eight minutes  later. Flamingos almost got the third in the 34th minute, which could have been Samuel’s second goal of the match, but her effort went off target. The visitors underlined their dominance as Rofiat Imuran profited from a goalmouth scramble to increase the tally for her side four minutes later. After 65 minutes of play, Imuran bagged her brace after being superbly teed up by Olashola Shobowale to extend Nigeria’s lead. The hosts, however, pulled one back, no thanks to a defensive mix-up in the Flamingos area in the 81st minute. Samuel went on to hit a double four minutes later as Flamingos recovered to create a five-goal lead. The striker completed her hat-trick in extra time as the game ended 6-1. NAN.Tags: Chinyere KaluFlamingoesGuineaOlashola ShobowaleRofiat ImuanYemisis Samuellast_img read more