Jonathan Groff & Lucy Liu to Announce 2014 Tony Nominations

first_img As previously reported, the 2014 Tony Awards will broadcast live on CBS from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on June 8, hosted by Hugh Jackman. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. Broadway productions must officially open by April 24 to be considered eligible for a 2014 Tony Award nomination. Tony nominee Jonathan Groff and Emmy nominee Lucy Liu will co-host the Tony Award nominations announcement on April 29 at the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel. The nominations will be aired live at 8:30AM ET on CBS This Morning and in their entirety at Star Files View Commentscenter_img Also attending with Looking and Frozen star Groff and Elementary star Liu, will be William Ivey Long, Chairman of the American Theatre Wing, Heather Hitchens, Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing, Nick Scandalios, Chairman of The Broadway League and Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League. Jonathan Grofflast_img read more

Sheltowee Trace Association Honors Hikers

first_imgThe Sheltowee Trace Association recently honored 17 people who hiked 307 miles of Kentucky’s longest trail in 2014. Each year, the Sheltowee Trace Association leads a series of guided section hikes on the entire length of the Sheltowee Trace called the Hiker Challenge. Hikers are able to complete the Trace in 11 months by hiking one weekend a month.Among those who completed the trek was Kaner “Rudy” Davis, 71, of Lexington, making him the oldest to complete the Hiker Challenge. Twenty-three participants completed the challenge in 2013 and 13 completed the Challenge’s first year in 2012.  Thanks to the Hiker Challenge, more adventure-seekers have completed the Sheltowee Trace over the last three years than in the previous 32 years.The Sheltowee Trace covers 269 miles in Kentucky, and the remainder is in Tennessee. The trace begins above Morehead, Kentucky, and travels in a southwest direction through the heart of the Daniel Boone National Forest, into the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and into Tennessee.Also recognized at the Dec. 6 event in Livingston was the first runner to complete the trail. Matt Hoyes, of Bardstown, completed the entire trail in eight days. The association also honored at the event “Team Turtle” from this year’s Bourbon Chase, a 200-mile relay race. The turtle refers to the symbol of the Sheltowee Trace and the association. Sheltowee was the Shawnee Indian name given to Daniel Boone that translates to “Big Turtle.”Hikers who completed the Sheltowee Trace Hiker Challenge in 2014:Laura Stoehr, Cincinnati, OhioJeff Darpel, Milford, OhioNikki Van Frank, Cincinnati, OhioKaner “Rudy” Davis, LexingtonJames Davis, LexingtonRandall “Buck” Stewart, SomersetJamie Dougoud, LexingtonJohn Miller, AlexandriaRobert Trent, GeorgetownMike Henson, FrankfortPaul Wright, BereaLois Fishman, Jeffersonville, IndianaTodd Fishman, Jeffersonville, IndianaMike Fawbush, LondonBill Radford, East BernstadtAl McLerran, Jamestown, TennesseeNorma McLerran, Jamestown, TennesseeThe 2015 challenge will feature two teams of hikers. One will be a “drop and go” team that receives minimal assistance, while the other will be a fully supported team.To register for the 2015 Hiker Challenge and to learn more about the Sheltowee Trace Association, visit the website at  Registration is open through Jan. 13, 2015.Both Morehead and Livingston are certified Kentucky Trail Towns, which cater to hikers on the Sheltowee Trace, as well as a number of other users of local recreational attractions.  There are another five communities currently working to become Kentucky Trail Towns that will also serve users on the Sheltowee Trace.Visit the Office of Adventure Tourism’s website at read more

Indonesia calls for strengthened multilateral institutions as UN turns 75

first_imgIn recent years, multilateral institutions have faced more challenges to their authority as more and more countries begin to favor self-serving policies and look inward at the expense of global multilateral collaboration.The stakes are even higher as concerted global action seems more necessary than ever, as the current COVID-19 crisis illustrates.“Countries increasingly have higher expectations [for] the UN to strengthen collective global leadership and deliver concrete results. Yet, multilateral institutions are increasingly struggling to respond, leading to weakening trust in multilateralism,” Retno said, according to a circulated transcript.“We cannot allow this to persist. Without multilateralism, ‘the mighty takes all’ will prevail,” she said during the meeting. Read also: S.Korea’s Moon proposes regional initiative to battle COVID-19, engage N.KoreaWhile existing multilateral platforms such as the World Health Organization (WHO) have had their limits and shortcomings exposed, observers have also noted that uncoordinated, unilateral actions are unlikely to be able to address the global repercussions of the pandemic.Retno said the UN system must now deliver more than rhetoric and that its programs going forward must be meaningful and impactful.“In addressing the pandemic for the short term, facilitating access to affordable medication and vaccines for all is crucial. The UN must also synergize with other international institutions to accelerate global economic recovery,” she said.In the longer term, the UN should then work toward building global economic resilience and strengthening the global health system.The call to strengthen the multilateral order was not only raised by the Indonesian foreign minister, but the majority of world leaders who took part in the virtual assembly.In his remarks, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said the world had a surplus of multilateral challenges and a deficit of multilateral solutions.“In an interconnected world, we need a networked multilateralism, in which the United Nations family, international financial institutions, regional organizations, trading blocs and others work together more closely and more effectively,” Guterres said.According to a global online survey collated by the UN, the majority of respondents are asking the international community to prioritize universal access to health care to recover better from the pandemic. Just over 1 million people globally have taken part in the ongoing survey as of Tuesday.Monday’s meeting also saw the adoption of a declaration in commemoration of the UN anniversary, which sets out an action-oriented global commitment to promote peace and build stronger trust among nations, advance an inclusive sustainable development, promote adherence to international law and human rights values, including women’s empowerment, financing for development and digital cooperation.The meeting was held as part of the UNGA’s High-Level Week that is to be held until Oct. 2.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is expected to deliver a prerecorded address during the UNGA’s general debate session early on Wednesday in Jakarta.Because of COVID-19, this year’s UN meetings are being held in a hybrid arrangement, where only representatives of countries based in the United States participate in physical meetings at the UN headquarters. Other delegates, including world leaders, will attend the meetings virtually.However, the event itself appears to have been snubbed by US President Donald Trump, as the mercurial leader was replaced by acting deputy US ambassador to the UN, Cherith Norman Chalet, to deliver remarks as the first speaker of the event.Read also: Trump lashes China as UN warns against ‘Cold War'”The United Nations has for too long been resistant to meaningful reform, too often lacking in transparency, and too vulnerable to the agenda of autocratic regimes and dictatorships,” Chalet said, as quoted by Reuters.The US under Trump has been one of the countries that have challenged the multilateral order, having pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement and terminated its membership of the WHO, among other things. On the other end of the spectrum, China has led a charm offensive championing global collaboration, despite largely Western concerns about its antiliberal bent.Chinese President Xi Jinping has given an assurance that his country will continue to follow the multilateral path and actively engage in reforming and developing the global governance system.“[China] will firmly uphold the UN-centered international system, firmly uphold the international order underpinned by international law, and firmly defend the UN’s central role in international affairs,” Xi said in his remarks published on the Chinese foreign ministry’s website.Topics : Indonesia’s top diplomat has raised concerns about diminishing faith in the multilateral order, as the United Nations commemorates 75 years since its founding in a largely virtual ceremony convening world leaders.Overshadowed by the far-reaching impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, which has redefined ways people and nations work and interact with one another, global leaders kicked off the annual summitry of the UN General Assembly this week with a commemoration of the UN’s 75th anniversary.At the High-Level Meeting of the UNGA held on Monday, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said the anniversary had become a test for the organization to “enhance its relevance and manage the world’s expectations”.last_img read more

‘If we keep on the way we’re going, we’re going to win the league – and that ain’t going to happen!’

first_imgYou’re still only 27…“Yeah, and the two boys up front are young boys as well. So we have to hold on to our best players, the likes of Reidy [Winston Reid] and James Tompkins. So, together, we still have a few years left in us and we can hopefully move there with a strong squad.”What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?“One was from [former England left-back] Chris Powell, when I played as a young kid with him. I’d just come into the team, I’d just turned 17 and I was playing really well, and [Alan] Pardew dropped me for a game. I was devastated, but he’d done it for my own good. And Chris Powell wrote me a little Post-it Note saying: ‘Mark, always be ready.’ I had it in my soap bag for years. And that game that I was dropped for, I came on after 15 minutes and got man of the match. So I never forget that one. The other one was from Teddy Sheringham, when I was a kid. He said: ‘Whenever it’s going well, Mark, really enjoy it. Because there are not many seasons as a Premier League player that it goes that well.’ And I’ve tried to do that.” 5 Mark Noble 5 5 5 What’s made the biggest difference this year?“Goals. I’ve always said this: you sign good players, you sign players who are hungry and want to play, and we’re getting the benefit of that. The likes of [Diafra] Sakho and Enner [Valencia], Alex [Song], Cheikhou [Kouyate], Jenko [Carl Jenkinson] at right-back. We’ve signed top players this window.”Do you feel like you have played teams at the right time this season, with Liverpool and Manchester City perhaps having one eye on the Champions League, for example?“No – not at all. You’ve still got to beat the teams in front of you, and you have a look at the side we played when we played Liverpool – it was probably their best team. I can’t think of any [top] players that didn’t play. They had Steven Gerrard, Mario Balotelli, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson. They still had top players out there and you can only beat what’s put in front of you. Obviously City have a massive squad with all their millions. And they still had David Silva, Yaya Toure, [Sergio] Aguero. Top players. And [Edin] Dzeko up front as well. I’d be disrespecting our team and the boys here to say otherwise.”Tell us about Alex Song. What’s it like playing alongside him in the midfield?“He didn’t have much football at Barcelona, but what’s nice about Alex is he’s come here level-headed from probably the best team in the world. And I think you can see on a Saturday that we’re enjoying playing together, and he’s enjoying playing in the Premier League again. And we’re getting the best out of him. I know he’s on a season-long loan, but I think he’s happy in London; I know he has all his family here and I think he loves it here at the club, so hopefully we can do something at the end of the season.” This feature appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app from the Apple Newsstand, and follow on twitter @sportmagukAfter West Ham’s tenth game of last season – a goalless draw with Aston Villa – they sat 14th in the league with just eight goals scored. This Saturday, with ten games of the campaign played, the Hammers face the same opposition but now sit level on points with fourth-placed Arsenal, having notched 19 goals so far. Sport asked claret and blue captain Mark Noble what’s changed in east London…After the Manchester City win a fortnight ago you said the team is “full of belief”. Can you keep this run going?“I think we can. We need to keep players fit. But we will obviously have setbacks now and then. If we keep on the way we’re going, we’re going to win the league, and that ain’t going to happen. But we’re a good team at the minute, and we’re enjoying the wave we’re on.”You must feel like you can beat anyone?“That’s what I mean by belief – we had belief that we were going to go into the game against City and get a result. And that’s the most important thing when you go on to a pitch: if you believe you are going to win, and you’re going to score goals, it’s a massive factor. At the minute we have two strikers scoring goals; we have a lot of players confident, at the top of their game.” Is the way West Ham are playing now a vindication of the club having stuck by him when results weren’t going your way?“We had a lot of injuries last year. In my player of the year speech at the end of last season, I said that we were in the same position as other teams and there were managers getting sacked around us. The likes of Norwich, and they went down; Cardiff City, and they went down. We had a lot of setbacks, injuries, and we still managed to come 13th. And that’s a tribute to the boss.”Looking ahead, to the club’s move to the Olympic Stadium, can you picture leading the team out in Stratford?“Obviously I’ve thought about it. We’ve done so much with Karren Brady and the chairmen over there to promote it. It does look fantastic, and I’m pretty sure the lads with contracts long enough are really keen to get over there. It’s going to be one of the best stadiums in Europe, and for a team like West Ham to be playing there, it will be an absolute pleasure.”What are the club’s long-term ambitions, given that West Ham do not have the same backing as, for example, Manchester City?“I think the chairmen have made it clear: we want to be a top-eight club by the time we move there. Obviously, right at the minute, we are there. But there are still a few seasons to go [the club plan to move in for the beginning of the 2016-17 campaign], and the important thing is where you finish. It’s going well at the minute. We’ve signed young players – as I said – in Cresswell, Jenkinson, and even Alex is still quite young [Song turned 27 in September].” Song has to be up for your Hammer of the Year title on his performances so far?“[Laughs] Yeah, after winning two in three years it’s obviously nice, but the way the boys have come in this year – Sakho scoring seven in seven, Enner, even the likes of Stewie Downing, [Aaron] Cresswell. They’re all playing so well. So I think there will be a long list of player of the year [contenders] this year.”What impact has Teddy Sheringham made as attacking coach?“Just having someone of that calibre around the place; the forwards are listening to him because they’ve seen him do it on TV. So what he’s asking them to do, he can do himself. He just lets the forwards know: little movements, little finishes, where to be at the right time. And, as you can see, it’s made a big impact on the squad.”Describe Big Sam Allardyce in three words…“Big [laughs]. Honest and… stoic.” 5last_img read more