Andrew Lloyd Webber Cheers on Sierra Boggess After Her Final Phantom Bow

first_img from $29.00 Star Files View Comments Oh, Christine! The Phantom of the Opera favorite Sierra Boggess said farewell to the Opera Populaire on September 6, when she played her final performance as Christine Daae on Broadway. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber was on hand to applaud his longtime leading lady—Boggess also appeared in the 25th anniversary production of The Phantom of the Opera at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Phantom in Las Vegas and in the West End mounting of Lloyd Webber’s Phantom follow-up, Love Never Dies. While taking her final bow, Boggess tearfully accepted a yellow rose from each of her Phantom castmates at the Majestic Theatre. Bravi, bravi, bravissimi, Sierra! Related Shows The Phantom of the Opera Sierra Boggesslast_img read more

Hacking away at student loan debt

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Ashley Tate, OZYMichael and April Loeffler know all about the value of a good education. But that doesn’t mean the couple are happy with the student debt they’ve amassed while paying for five degrees plus a professional certificate. In fact, they took out the federal maximum to help fund their tuition bills, and despite years of payments and earning a grant, they’re still saddled with debt. How much, exactly? “I prefer not to think about the total amount,” says Michael, an assistant principal in Tulsa, Oklahoma. “I’m admittedly in voluntary denial.”He’s hardly alone. Today there’s more than $1.3 trillion in outstanding student debt, and the average borrower owes $28,400 upon graduation, says the Project on Student Debt. Yet as more Americans borrow a whopping amount to pay for higher education, they’re not always thinking about how they’re going to pay back their hefty loan commitments. Which is where a growing group of startups are trying to squeeze in to help grads repay and manage their loans.Most of these ventures focus on refinancing and consolidating loans. CommonBond, for one, lets qualified borrowers — smarty-pants with certain graduate degrees in areas like finance, law and nursing, among others — refinance up to $220,000. Another called SoFi provides already-employed grads (congrats!) or those with existing job offers from more than 2,200 institutions with the ability to refinance any amount of federal or private loan. The San Francisco-based company first crunches info like how much dough a borrower is currently making and where he or she previously worked or studied, then spits out both fixed and variable interest rate offers instead of just the federal government’s one-size-fits-all rate, which now sits at 4.66 percent for undergrads. continue reading »last_img read more

Cold Ironing Facilities Inaugurated at Port of Dunkirk

first_imgCMA CGM’s containership APL Singapura inaugurated on Wednesday the cold ironing facilities at the Port of Dunkirk’s Terminal des Flandres. By plugging into an onshore electricity supply (also known as cold ironing), container ships calling at the port can shut down their auxiliary engines while still getting the power they need, particularly in order to maintain controlled temperatures in refrigerated containers.The technology is believed to bring significant environmental benefits, including eliminating emissions of sulphur, nitrogen oxides and fine particles while ships are at berth while reducing noise pollution at the same time.The cold ironing system installed at the Terminal des Flandres is expected to become fully operational during the first half of 2020.   “Given CMA CGM’s steadfast commitment to installing more environmentally responsible solutions on board its vessels, the Group supports cold ironing and we will continue to equip our fleet accordingly. We are ready to test this system with other European port authorities that are committed to using cold ironing at their container ship terminals, as the Port of Dunkirk has successfully done,” Christine Cabau Woehrel, Executive Vice President in charge of Industrial Assets – CMA CGM Group, said. ACTEMIUM, a consortium of two companies (Brest and Boulogne) was selected to design and supply the cold ironing system that fits into six 40-foot containers, converting the public electricity supply for use by ships at port. The system has a capacity of 8 MW ­– enough to power nearly 1,000 homes – and it has been described as one of the most powerful ever to be installed in Europe.  The operation was co-financed by the Urban Community of Dunkirk, the Hauts-de-France region (via the European Regional Development Fund), and the Port of Dunkirk. The CMA CGM Group covered the cost of the equipment needed to connect the vessel.last_img read more

Cole opens IMCA Empire State Series campaign with Five Mile win

first_imgKIRKWOOD, N.Y. (April 16) – The two-time and defending track champion got another win he really wanted when the Empire State Series opened Saturday at Five Mile Point Speedway.Matt Cole caught leader Drue Perrault with five circuits left in the 25-lapper for touring Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, then led to the $500 checkers.“This is our home track and we’ve wanted to get an Empire State Series win here for a while,” Cole said. “It always seemed like there was something that took us out of the race but everything worked out really well for us this time.”Perrault ended a distant second. Three-time and defending champion Eddie Sites, Gary Roberts and James Cornell completed the top five.After finishing second in his heat, Cole redrew the outside front row starting spot for the mail event. He fell to fourth right after the initial green, regrouped and then ran second most of the distance.Frontrunners got into traffic but slower cars didn’t become a factor. Cole used the lower line in passing Perrault on the way to his career second tour victory.“The car ran great,” said Cole, runner-up to Cornell the night before at I-88 Speedway. “It feels great to get this win. We couldn’t ask for a much better way to start the season.”The series returns to Kirkwood for a Sunday, May 1 show.Feature results – 1. Matt Cole; 2. Drue Perrault; 3. Eddie Sites; 4. Gary Roberts; 5. James Cornell; 6. Brad Sites; 7. Tyler Stoddard; 8. Keith Lamphere; 9. Beau Ballard; 10. Brian Steigerwald; 11. Mike Stoddard; 12. Robert Maynard; 13. J.J. Courcy; 14. Mike Butler; 15. Jessy Velez; 16. Will Ward; 17. Bill Ward; 18. Brad Smith; 19. Ray McClure; 20. Brendon Shepard.last_img read more

Clippers face a Pelicans team with plenty of motivation

first_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum On Thursday, Williamson – who’s averaging 23.1 points in 29 minutes per game – went 6 for 8 from the floor and put up 13 points in 15 minutes.But because New Orleans continues to be cautious with the young star, and because he’d missed two weeks of practice time while outside of the bubble tending to a family matter and then quarantining for four days upon his return, a minutes restriction precluded him from playing late in New Orleans’ loss Thursday, and the Pelicans fell to 10-10 in games he’s played.New Orleans was 1-2 this season against the Clippers. In each game, the winning team scored 132 points or more.The Clippers and Pelicans are averaging 116 points per game, tied for fourth-most in the NBA – although the Clippers typically get an offensive boost off the bench from Lou Williams (18.7 points per game) and Montrezl Harrell (18.6 points), though neither will be available Saturday, respectively, because of an extended, ongoing quarantine or because of an extended, excused absence.George suggested after Thursday’s loss that the Clippers will be better prepared to absorb a motivated opponent’s initial foray going forward.“The game was a little out of hand to start off,” said the Palmdale native, who added five rebounds, three assists, three steals – and five turnovers and five fouls – to his ledger Thursday.“But they were the aggressors. They attacked us defensively. They pressured us. Second half, we came out and I thought we attacked more. We pressured them more. We got back to playing our style of play and the game changed.”NEW WAYS TO ENGAGEThe Clippers organizations has gotten creative, coming up with ways to connect members of its fan base digitally while the team plays out the season in Florida.Among the new, interactive options: “Overtime Live,” a regular postgame show hosted virtually by the team’s radio announcer, Noah Eagle, and longtime Clippers fan and comedian Carl Tart. Fans can watch on the team’s official Facebook site ( and season-ticket holders will have access to engage with the hosts.Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 In different measures, some good, some bad, others ugly, the Clippers looked Thursday like they hadn’t played in serious NBA action since March 10.With a team-high 30 points, Paul George backed up his proclamation that his shoulders benefited from four months of rest, that they’d healed completely, and that his psyche feels better for it.In other respects – a ghastly 22 turnovers and 30 personal fouls – the shorthanded Clippers’ cobwebs were enough to elicit shrieks.Now, on the heels of their bubble-opening 103-101 loss to the Lakers, Doc Rivers’ squad shouldn’t expect the New Orleans Pelicans to accommodate the Clippers in their search for rhythm and cohesion ahead of the playoffs in mid-August. Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ center_img Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime No, the hungry, high-octane Pelicans have good reason to be disruptive.New Orleans (28-37) is one of five teams chasing the eighth and final playoff spot, held currently by Memphis, which has a four-game lead on the Pelicans. And after dropping their bubble opener 106-104 against Utah on Thursday, the Pelicans will have even less room for error in their remaining seven seeding games.Veteran coach Alvin Gentry has his Pelicans believing they can insert themselves into the postseason picture.“I think we’re in a good place,” New Orleans center Derrick Favors told reporters, via Zoom, a couple days before the restart. “A lot of guys came back in shape, lot of guys came back ready to play, hungry, ready to prove themselves. I think we can come out here and surprise a lot of people as long as we stay together and continue to play hard and stick to the goal – and that’s to make the playoffs.”The Clippers will face No. 1 draft pick Zion Williamson for the first time Saturday; the high-flying 20-year-old juggernaut missed all but 19 games before the restart while he recovered from surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee. The team also has unveiled a new mobile app, which will repackage some of the team’s more popular in-arena activities to fit on a phone, with games such as bingo, a trick-shot challenge, a dance challenge, fan of the game, a T-shirt toss and a pop-a-shot style game.Additionally, season-ticket holders have access the NBA’s “Michelob ULTRA Courtside” live video experience, in which they’ve been invited to submit reaction videos that will be shown live in the arena and on the broadcasts. Season-ticket holders also were invited to a virtual town hall, which featured a live Q&A with Lawrence Frank, the team’s president of basketball operations, and Gillian Zucker, the president of business operations.Pelicans (28-37) vs. Clippers (44-21)When: 3 p.m. SaturdayWhere: HP Field House, Lake Buena Vista, FloridaTV: ESPN, Fox Sports Prime Ticket Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more