Bill Murray Auditions for NBC’s Peter Pan: ‘I Think I’m the Guy’

first_img View Comments After the mega ratings The Sound of Music Live! garnered with Carrie Underwood last December on NBC, it’s no surprise that the network has another live broadcast in the works. that Peter Pan Live! will broadcast this December 4. Speculation has been rife on who will play the lead role of the boy who won’t grow up, and none other than Bill Murray has decided to throw his hat into the ring. Auditioning in full costume, the Emmy winner and Oscar nominee flew into David Letterman’s Late Show January 31 attempting his best Broadway belt as he sang “I’m flying.” The star later had this message for NBC executives: “I think I’m the guy.” Check out below to see if you think Murray’s next stop will be Neverland!last_img read more

Pierre Gasly wins astonishing Italian GP

first_imgMILAN: France’s Pierre Gasly won an astonishing and nail-biting Italian Grand Prix for Italy-based AlphaTauri, on Sunday, in a race with none of the usual names on the podium. McLaren’s Spaniard Carlos Sainz finished second with Racing Point’s Lance Stroll third and Mercedes’s championship leader Lewis Hamilton finishing seventh after starting on pole position and dropping to last.The victory was a first in F1 for Gasly and the first for a French driver since Olivier Panis in 1996. Agencies Also Watch: Honouring Retired Teachers at their Homes on Teachers Daylast_img read more

MLS Gives De Jong Unusual Send-off after Galatasaray Move

first_imgDe Jong, who has not played for the Netherlands since their unsuccessful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, joined Turkish club Galatasaray on a two-year deal as a free transfer and, without him, the video says Galaxy will “definitely be a better team”.The tweet has since been deleted.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram When Nigel de Jong completed his move from LA Galaxy to Galatasaray on Wednesday, the Dutch international was given an unusual send-off by Major League Soccer (MLS).The MLS tweeted a video of the 31-year-old’s time at Galaxy, where he lasted just 18 games – and it was not exactly the standard tribute to a departing player.His “highlights” in the North American competition, summed up in the 66-second video, included three yellow cards and one red card, as well as a foul on Portland Timbers’ Darlington Nagbe that saw him retrospectively suspended for three games.last_img read more

Solochek: Winter not so wonderful for fans, fantasy owners

first_imgFor many, this is the most wonderful time of the year. We have the holidays to look forward to, what with finals being over and winter break beginning.However, in the sports world, this can also be the most depressing stretch of the year.Across the board, fans are seeing their teams’ playoff hopes die or spiral out of control.For baseball fans, this means seeing last season’s aces and All Stars hit the trading block at winter meetings to see if they can find bigger contracts elsewhere. For Brewers fans, this has been especially painful as their biggest star (both literally and figuratively), CC Sabathia, is trading in his barely-worn Brewers uniform for Yankee pinstripes and heading for New York to the tune of $160 million over seven years.Sadly for the Brewers, things might get worse quickly. There have been talks with often-injured ace Ben Sheets, who is looking for more money and stability in his contract, which the small-market Brewers just can’t afford.As baseball players are put on the hot stove in Las Vegas, the professional football season has begun to wind down and the feeling of defeat is finally settling in on much of the nation. In the NFL, division titles are being secured, the Wild Card picture is becoming clear and, if you are a Lions fan, you’re finally close to being put out of your misery. But unless you are from Phoenix or Nashville — whose teams have already clinched a division championship — you still have to go through the agonizing pain of watching your team try to make the playoffs, leaving the question of what is worse: being so close then not making it or not even being close at all?For those whose teams miss the playoffs, the pain can be overwhelming. Not only do you not get to watch your team get to the promised land of the Super Bowl in January, but you also have to suffer by watching countless games and analysts discuss why your rivals are so good and how far they will go.While the football regular season ends, the fantasy football playoffs begin. This year, the fantasy world has seen a huge shake-up. For the lucky four or six in each league, this means scrambling for free agents or setting your lineup for the run for the money. However, for those of you not making your fantasy football league playoffs, the thought of losing your hard-earned money (or pride) can be intolerable.Finally, there is the bowl season. Ads have run on the networks calling this season “the most wonderful time of the year,” but all we really begin doing is reflecting on how bad the FBS bowl system really is. Just ask Boise State or Texas Tech fans.Before the FBS national champion is crowned, there are a multitude of games played around the country by teams who almost made it to a major bowl but got snubbed because a computer thought they didn’t win by enough points or didn’t think their schedule was difficult enough.Some of the programs who make Christmas-season bowls, such as Northwestern or Navy, are just happy to be playing a 13th game. However, for teams like the Red Raiders, Broncos or even Texas, their post-season appearance is just like finishing in second place. All of their hard work and big wins come to playing in the pre-show to the BCS Bowls.While these early bowls might be good for the programs as a whole because of the money the school gets and the national exposure some small programs receive, nothing can hurt a fan’s morale worse than seeing a rival make a New Year’s Day bowl game because a computer thought you weren’t good enough.So when all of you are at home during break, cheering your team in the playoffs or spending your fantasy championship money on a new game for the Xbox 360 you got for the holidays, remember there are those less fortunate than you. Keep their feelings in your heart, and remember not to rub your goodwill in their faces too much.Ben is a senior majoring in journalism and history. If you need counseling for your holiday sports angst, e-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more

Arsenal back into top three of League table

first_imgAfter two games without a win, which effectively ended their title hopes, the Gunners at least returned to winning ways last night.Arsenal’s focus between now and the end of the season will be to seal automatic qualification for the Champions League.  Here at home, There are four games later tonight in the Airtricity League Premier Division.Title rivals Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk will clash at the Tallaght Stadium as Rovers will look to put a dent on Dundalk’s title defence.Elsewhere, Cork City host Finn Harps at Turner’s Cross, while Derry City take-on Bohemians at the Brandywell.Those games all kick-off at 19:45, but there’s an 8 o’clock start at Ferrycarrig Park, where the Wexford Youths will host Galway United.In the First Division, runaway leaders Limerick visit second-placed UCD tonight.Elsewhere, Athlone Town play host to Cabinteely and Waterford United face Drogheda United at the RSC.All three matches there get underway at 7:45.last_img read more

South Africa inspires new ways at WEF Davos

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 22 January 2014 – As the world watches events at one of the year’s premier gatherings of government, business and civil society leaders – the World Economic Forum in Davos – the South African flag will fly high from 22-25 January 2014.WEF Davos opens on Wednesday 22 January 2014 under the theme: The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business.South Africa’s programme will begin with a thought leadership breakfast co-hosted by CNBC Africa which will reflect on: “South Africa beyond 20 years and the implementation of the National Development Plan.”  Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan will deliver the opening address at the breakfast and the panel that will guide the discussions will include:Colin Coleman: Goldman SachsMonhla Hlahla: Industrial Development CorporationNku Nyembezi-Heita: Chairperson designate of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange Jabu Mabuza: Business Unity South Africa.Team South Africa will also host a Night with South Africa networking session later on Wednesday 22 January 2014.  It is expected that key government and business leaders from around the world will interact with team South Africa during which the South African value proposition will be brought to thought leaders and opinion makers.Brand South Africa Deputy Chairperson Happy Ntshingila speaking from Davos says, “Governments and business around the world grapple with achieving inclusive growth; meeting society’s new expectations; sustaining and providing decent lives for 9 billion.  While South Africa has a long way to go, independent research shows that in the 20 years of South Africa’s democracy, more than ten million South Africans have moved into the middle class and now enjoy a better quality of life. In the same period the country’s GDP expanded to more than US$400 billion per year from just about US$150 billion.  By sharing lessons with others at Davos we can find even better ways of doing things so that we can continue to deliver on the hopes of the vast majority of our people.”Join Brand South Africa’s Deputy Chairperson Happy Ntshingila from Davos when he talks to Destiny Connect business writer Buhle Ndaweni at 13h00-14h00 on how South Africa continues to inspire new ways of doing things.  Follow the [email protected] You can follow the South African delegation’s conversation from WEF Davos on @Brand_SA#WEF14SA.Note to editors About the World Economic Forum, Davos 2014http://www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-annual-meeting-2014 About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship. Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.  Follow Brand South Africa @Brand_SA(https://twitter.com/Brand_SA)Tell us how you Play Your Parthttp://www.playyourpart.co.za/[email protected]   For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Fikile MakhobaEmail: [email protected]: 071 155 9192Email: [email protected]:   www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

South Africa’s national orders

first_imgNational orders are the highest awards that the country, through its president, can bestow on its citizens or eminent foreigners. They are usually presented on Freedom Day, 27 April.Evolution of the orders With the advent of democracy in South Africa, the country reviewed its national orders to better reflect the the spirit of a non-racial, non-sexist democracy where a culture of human rights prevails. In 1998, the Presidential Advisory Council on National Orders was tasked with revising the orders. Intensive consultations with academics and specialists were held, design proposals were invited, and – for the first set of three new national orders – those of Gold Mametja (see on the right below) were finally chosen.Recognition Six new orders have been created. The first set of three, established in 2002, are: the Order of Mapungubwe for exceptional achievement, the Order of the Baobab for distinguished service, and the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo, for friendship shown to South Africa by foreign dignitaries or heads of state. The second set of three, first awarded in 2003, were created to recognise some of the extraordinary things done by ordinary South Africans, and include an order for achievement in democracy and nation building; an order for achievement in the creative and performing arts, journalism and sport; and a decoration for bravery. Order of the Companions of OR Tambo This Order is awarded to foreign heads of state and other eminent foreign persons for friendship to South Africa. The Order is awarded in three classes: gold, silver and bronze. The awards in the first two classes include four elements – a walking stick, a neck badge, a miniature and a lapel rosette – and in the third class, three elements: a neck badge, a miniature and a lapel rosette. Former African National Congress leader OR Tambo played a pivotal role in building the international anti-apartheid movement. He set up the first missions of the then- banned ANC in Egypt, Morocco, Ghana and the United Kingdom. Symbols reflected in this order include the Majola or mole snake (symbolic in African mythology for friendship, protection and active support; the walking stick (symbolic of support and commitment); and the universal yin and yang symbol (connoting a meeting point for diverse spiritual energies). SAinfo reporter, incorporating material from the South African Yearbook Reviewed: April 2014 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Read more: Orders for ‘ordinary’ peoplecenter_img Order of Mapungubwe The Order of Mapungubwe represents ingenuity and excellence, and is awarded to South African citizens for excellence and exceptional achievement, in three classes: platinum, gold and bronze. The Kingdom of Mapungubwe existed a millennium ago in the northern part of what is now South Africa. The kingdom had a developed mining, metallurgy and agricultural industry, and traded with countries as far afield as China. Various elements in the Order’s design symbolise new horizons, creativity and excellence, and human resourcefulness. Order of the Baobab The Order of the Baobab represents exceptional contribution, and is awarded to South African citizens for distinguished service that goes beyond the call of duty in the following categories: struggle for democracy; building democracy and human rights; nation-building; peace and security; journalism, literature, arts, culture, sports and music; business and the economy; science, medicine and technological innovation; and community service. The Order of the Baobab is awarded in three classes: gold, silver and bronze. The Baobab, a tropical African tree, is symbolic of endurance, tolerance, community and longevity. It has long been a valued symbol of vitality, a tree endowed with both magical and functional properties: it provides bark for cloth and rope, fruit, fuel and other useful products. The distinctive Baobab, characterised by its stature and appearance as an “upside down” tree, has for centuries been used as a meeting place for communities. Various elements in the Order’s design symbolise longevity, community support, contribution, and prosperity in organic unity.last_img read more

High-Tech Toilets Will Be Game Changers

first_imgReady. Set. Go! The race to the high-tech toilet of the future is officially on. In early October, the International Organization for Standards, better known by its English acronym of ISO, published the first technical standard for the attributes and performance of a toilet that fully treats human waste on site, without connection to a sewer or drainage system, and by implication, without connection to a dedicated water supply. Less than two months later, Bill Gates, the philanthropist and former chief of Microsoft, was “toasting” the attendees at the Reinvented Toilet Expo in Beijing with a beaker of human feces. Gates’ malodorous prop made a telling point — every human on the planet has to “go,” and there is an enormous market awaiting new products that can safely address the universal human need for sanitation without requiring costly sewers and squandering fresh water simply to transport human waste. The alternative to the traditional toilet — defined by ISO as a “Non-Sewered Sanitation System”— is a manufactured product the will serve an individual household, a small apartment building, or a public restroom. It must accept and treat all manner of human biological waste, and may accept additional types of household and personal waste if so designed by the manufacturer.RELATED ARTICLES21st-Century ToiletsToilet Talk: Meeting One of the World’s Grand ChallengesDo Low-Flow Toilets Really Work?Does a Composting Toilet Stink Up Your House? ISO has established rigorous standards for the destruction of human pathogens and for limits on noise, air emissions, and odor. And manufacturers must subject their products to a challenging set of tests to demonstrate attainment of these standards. All surfaces of the device are to be cleanable, and there can be no visibility of the deposits of previous users. From the consumer perspective, using a reinvented toilet will not be noticeably different from using a conventional toilet.   New products are very close to reality So is a Reinvented Toilet a real thing? “Very close to being real” is the best answer. Various teams, some with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have products under development, and several devices are out of the lab and undergoing field trials. There are several technical pathways for meeting the ISO standards: electrochemical, biological, and combustion-based approaches are all in contention. It’s not clear yet whether one approach will prevail, or whether all these approaches can find their niche in a worldwide market.  Service requirements, warranties, supply and distribution chains, and — notably — purchase price, are all unknown as of yet. The Beijing Expo was intended to showcase those products that are closest to being market-ready, but it could be another couple of years before bona fide commercial shipments take place. Meanwhile, testing and evaluation will continue, and companies and public officials will begin to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the ISO standard. In the U.S., the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) has signaled its intention to undertake the adoption of the ISO standard as a U.S. national standard, which should ease the way for recognition of the standard in health and building codes across the country. Canadian national adoption is under initial discussion as well. For the last two years, I had the opportunity to serve on the U.S.  technical advisory group that participated in the development of the ISO standard. At the final plenary meeting of the ISO committee in Nepal last May, I recorded a few thoughts about the threshold we’re soon to cross. It’s logical to ask whether composting toilets — commercially available for many years— might qualify. The answer is probably not. The new ISO standard — and the goal for the “reinvented toilets” as originally scoped by the Gates Foundation — calls for complete treatment on site. The treatment standards are demanding, not only for bacteria like E. coli, but for viruses, protozoans, and worm eggs. Today’s generation of composting toilets may be a good solution for some locations, but it does not achieve the level of treatment called for in the standard. It is possible for biologically based treatment systems to be tested for qualification under the standard, as no particular technical approach is ruled out. But traditional composting alone is unlikely to meet the standard. Perhaps an enhanced approach will emerge in the years ahead. Potential for public health benefits The public health benefits of reinvented toilets will be enormous for the developing world, leapfrogging over the lack of wastewater infrastructure and saving thousands of lives now lost each year to preventable diseases, among both settled populations and those displaced by conflicts and natural disasters. But perhaps unexpectedly, reinvented toilets are likely to play the role of disruptive technology in many parts of the developed world as well, including North America. To begin with, remote and arid locations that attract large numbers of people are obvious candidates — music festivals like California’s Burning man, or the Grand Canyon, for instance. But we also have many full-time residents here in rural communities marked by poor drainage, water scarcity, permafrost conditions, or inadequate infrastructure — any of which can make traditional sanitation technology prohibitively expensive. On an even larger scale, cities across the continent are facing the vagaries of climate change and its effects on the reliability of traditional sources of water. According to a recent survey of U.S. and Canadian cities, nearly 25% of all indoor water use in single-family homes is still devoted to flushing toilets, a luxury that may not be sustainable. And with our water and wastewater infrastructure suffering from decades of deferred maintenance, strategic placement of toilets that operate independent of these aging networks may well factor into the solutions we seek for resilient communities and just access to essential services. The need for a new technology is acutely evident in cities such as Cape Town, South Africa, today. But before long, reinvented toilets may be finding their way to places like Atlanta, Los Angeles, or any other community in North America that wants to start capturing the benefits of this new technology. Get ready. Reinvented toilets are on their way.   Ed Osann is director of national water use efficiency, Water Initiatives, Healthy People & Thriving Communities program, at the  the Natural Resources Defense Council. This post was originally published at the NRDC Expert Blog.last_img read more

Titans finally score

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers The Titans, who also paraded new signees Arvin Tolentino and Kyles Lao, finally won after four tries.The Generals slumped to 0-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the second game, Gamboa-St. Clare whipped Jose Rizal U, 93-76, for its third straight win.The Titans almost lost the game after leading by as many as 28 points as Cedric de Joya, Cedric Ablaza, and Jerome Garcia moved the Generals to within 95-93 in the final 11.0 seconds. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Robbie Manalang remained a force to reckon with as AMA Online Education finally ended its drought with a 96-93 win over Batangas-EAC in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Monday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.Manalang, the former Adamson playmaker, sizzled anew in his second game for the Titans, finishing with a conference-high 40 points on 8-of-16 shooting from three-point zone.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment01:29Police 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 Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Martinez could only muster a split from the foul line to keep the door open for Batangas-EAC in the last 9.9 ticks, but Earvin Mendoza and Garcia both muffed their attempts that could have forced overtime.“Maybe the players just got tired,” said AMA coach Mark Herrera. “But we got players who can score. At least now, we have options where we can go in our games.”Meanwhile, Mila’s Lechon has decided to withdraw from the league, citing internal problems.Team owner Aika Salanguit made the announcement to discontinue the Mighty Roasters’ campaign in their maiden conference.Mila’s Lechon ended its stint with a 0-4 card and an average losing margin of 26.3 points—RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NETADVERTISEMENT Read Nextcenter_img View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Philsteel returns as major sponsor of PBA LATEST STORIESlast_img read more