Josh Groban Will Perform at 2015 Tony Awards

first_img Star Files View Comments Josh Groban is another step closer to the Great White Way! Broadway.com has confirmed that the crooner has joined the star-studded lineup for the 69th Annual Tony Awards. Hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming, the telecast will broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on CBS on Sunday, June 7.There’s no word yet on what Groban will be singing, but he recently released a theater-centric album, Stages, where he sang tunes from Chess, Sunday in the Park with George, The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, as well as a special Carousel duet with six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald.Other previously reported performers and presenters at this year’s ceremony include 2015 Tony nominee Bradley Cooper, Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris, 2015 Tony nominee Chenoweth and the cast of On the Twentieth Century, Vanessa Hudgens and the cast of Gigi, Matthew Morrison, Kelsey Grammer and the cast of Finding Neverland, and many more!center_img Josh Grobanlast_img read more

Baraza upbeat he can guide Sofapaka to title

first_imgHowever, Baraza who was elevated to the post of coach after the Ugandan’s exit believes they will be a force to reckon in the race to this year’s title despite currently sitting six points off the leaders.“He might have had his reasons to say that. But I have been with these players from the beginning of the season and I know their potential. They have the experience and if we do things in the right way, we are strong contenders for the title,” Baraza told Capital Sport.Baraza, suited for the occasion took charge of his first match in charge of the club on Sunday but his charges were held to a 1-1 draw by visiting Sony Sugar who played almost half the match with 10-men.Baraza was pleased with the point, but was left ruing the missed opportunities.New Sofapaka head coach John Baraza was well suited for the occasion on his first match in charge against Sony Sugar on April 15, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“We fought well, but my problem is the scoring. We did just like I had asked them to do; possess and pass the ball around. But we couldn’t convert the chances we had. This is work in progress and we will work on it. We will get it soon,” a confident Baraza added.The draw left Batoto ba Mungu six points off leaders Mathare United who suffered their second defeat of the season, losing 2-1 to Posta Rangers at the Camp Toyoyo.Two goals from Kennedy Otieno and Jockins Atudo off set plays in the opening 13 minutes saw Mathare tackle a mountain and though Clifford Alwanga halved the deficit before thehalf way mark in the opening half, it proved to be tough for them.“If we can keep the momentum that we saw in the second half and correct some few mistakes. We gave way too many balls. If we can work on that then we can create more and force a good start,” the coach said after the game.“You have to be disappointed for not getting the three points but not extending the lead at the top. I think what is important is that the disappointment can be a huge learning lesson from the youngsters,” the coach further noted.The loss saw them retain a one point lead over Gor Mahia who have a three-match deficit owing to their participation in the CAF Confederation Cup.For Posta though, it was a priceless win that took them fourth on the log, a welcome result especially after their loss away to Zoo Kericho.AFC Leopards forward Ezekiel Odera celebrates his goal, mourning his Mother. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAMeanwhile, AFC Leopards remained third after Zoo scored late to deny them a win, the visitors fighting for a 2-2 draw at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.Interim coach Dennis Kitambi who is on his final month at the den was disappointed with the result especially in the manner they conceded the equalizer late on in the game.“We have to fix our defense and a bit of goalkeeping because we conceded such a soft goal. But there has been improvement in the team hopefully we can fix the small areas of weakness and we will be good,” Kitambi said.Sony Sugar FC head coach Patrick Odhiambo issues out instruction to his players during their Kenyan Premier League match against Sofapaka on April 15, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaElsewhere, Chemelil Sugar started life without head coach Patrick Odhiambo on a good footing beating new boys Wazito FC 3-1 at their Chemelil Complex backyard. Odhiambo decamped to neighbors Sony at the beginning of the week.The win saw Chemelil move to sixth on the log with a match at hand.KPL weekend results:Kariobangi Sharks 0-0 Nakumatt, AFC Leopards 2-2 Zoo FC, Posta Rangers 2-1 Mathare United, Tusker FC 0-0 Vihiga United , Sofapaka 1-1 Sony Sugar FC, Nzoia Sugar 1-0 Bandari FC, Chemelil 3-1 Wazito FC, Ulinzi Stars 0-0 Thika United.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sofapaka FC head coach John Baraza issues out instruction to his players during their Kenyan Premier League match against Sony Sugar on April 15, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 16- His immediate former boss Sam Ssimbwa might have ruled out Sofapaka’s chances of fighting for the Kenyan Premier League title just four games into the new season, but the man who takes up his boots, John Baraza, bears different sentiments.After their 3-1 loss to leaders Mathare United on February 25, Ssimbwa who resigned last week on the back of sabotage claims said that the team had not yet shown tenets of being champions and would only be playing to finish the season in a respectable position.last_img read more

Why Writing With Our Hands Is Still Important

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Related Posts How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for …center_img john paul titlow I first noticed something was off when I went to pay my rent one month. The window for a timely online transfer of funds was closing, so to get the money to my landlord in time, I’d have to do something unusual. I took out my checkbook, grabbed a pen and started writing the date. It felt weird. My hand cramped a little, churning out numbers and letters with the slightest – but still noticeable – discomfort. My handwriting sucked. It suddenly occurred to me that I hadn’t actually written anything by hand in a long, long time. Just a few years earlier, I kept a paper journal by my bed and would buy three-packs of Moleskin notebooks for brainstorming, sketching and jotting things down. What happened? Over the course of the last four or five years, several little computers have found their way into my life. Bit by bit, my professional and creative existence made the transition to an entirely digital universe. At my old job managing digital publishing for a newspaper, the iPad soon replaced my spiral notebook in meetings. Then I left the print world to work on the Internet full-time. I could even sign my freelance contracts with my finger on an iPad.Who needed paper? Isn’t the future amazing? Look, more tweets. Wait, what was I saying?Our Pixel-Based LivesBefore long, my documents, journal, blog post drafts and photos were living in some cloud-based repository that was readily accessible from any of my devices, at least one of which I kept by my bedside (supplanting the paper journal, magazines and alarm clock with apps). Instead of keeping a “to do” list on paper, I tapped important items into the Reminders app on my phone, which automatically synced with my iPad and laptop, each of which would then buzz with a notification at a time and even place of my choosing.It’s all pretty miraculous if you think about it. But while this digital transformation introduced heretofore inconceivable levels of convenience and productivity into my life, some things can get lost in all that digital noise. At the very least, I should be able to comfortably write the goddamn date.  Keeping One Foot In The Analog World When I first met my girlfriend, we would cowork from cafes together. Even though she runs a popular local blog in Philadelphia and spends much of her time on the Internet, I noticed that she hadn’t taken the digital plunge quite as deeply as I had. As I typed away on my laptop in the cafe, periodically referencing a propped up iPad, she closed her MacBook’s lid and cracked open a Moleskin notebook and started writing down important-looking notes. She even had a paper-based planner, eschewing the cloud-synced, location-aware multi-device wonders of iCal and Reminders in favor of something decidedly more old school. By this time, I had already resolved to hand-write things more often. And when I did, I found I was better able to focus on the task at hand, far away from the dinging notifications, crowded inboxes, social status updates and ever-proliferating browser tabs. Watching another digital citizen put a pen to paper and get things done just as effectively, if not more so, just confirmed what I already knew: Life wasn’t meant to be lived entirely in some company’s cloud. And when it comes to productivity, we need more than apps. The Science Of Writing Vs. TypingA few years back, there were a bunch of stories in the press about the science of writing things by hand. As it turns out, our brains work differently when we form letters with a hand-held implement – and we learn more effectively than when we type. This makes total sense. I’ve long noticed that when I’m writing in a paper journal, it mentally feels different than when I’m typing out my thoughts on a computer. I thought it had something to do with the more focused nature of paper vs. connected devices. As it turns out, there’s more to it than that.  Explains Lifehacker: Writing stimulates a bunch of cells at the base of the brain called the reticular activating system (RAS). The RAS acts as a filter for everything your brain needs to process, giving more importance to the stuff that you’re actively focusing on at the moment—something that the physical act of writing brings to the forefront. Meanwhile, a series of studies conducted in the last few years have indicated that students learn more effectively when they form letters and shapes by hand as opposed to doing so digitally. Technology has a way of augmenting our imperfect brains and making us more productive. Personally, I still prefer to have a notification ding with a reminder to do something I committed to several days ago. In some ways, all this tech does enhance our increasingly complex lives. It makes it easier to navigate, harder to lose track of things, more convenient to stay in touch and nearly effortless to discover new places. But just like it’s still nice to curl up with a book made of trees or play a vinyl record, there’s still room for the analog in our productive lives. Sure, that IFTTT recipe connecting your Evernote account to Dropbox or Gmail looks awesome. But don’t forget to pick up a pen from time to time. Lead photo by puuikibeach. Tags:#Digital Lifestyle#Pause#productivity#writing last_img read more

Hey Security Companies: Stop Your Scare-Tactic Marketing

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… What do you call an organism that thrives off the misfortune or mistakes of another? A lawyer. Here’s another term that works: parasite. And when it comes to the marketing and communication of Internet and Web-based security products, that is an apt metaphor. Think about it. If you are a security company, what is the best way to show that your product is not only needed, but absolutely necessary? The answer of course is to help create a world where bugs and cyber-vulnerabilities make headlines on a daily basis. To highlight those bugs and vulnerabilties and position your product as the best way to keep your information and your company and your equipment safe. Since before the advent of the Internet, security companies have used these scare tactics to drum up business for their products. It is a familiar cycle: Issue a press release highlighting research about security flaws in applications and websites and then say, “Keep yourself protected with our top-of-the-line product.” It must be a highly effective form of marketing because security companies continually rely on it.  Zscaler Drums Up Fear About ESPN AppThe latest perpetrator is San Jose-based Zscaler. Last week, two different public relations professionals bombarded my inbox with the exact same story: ESPN’s ScoreCenter app has XSS vulnerabilities and sends users’ passwords over plain text, making it simple for any malicious hacker sniffing for attainable user information easy to intercept.Great, I thought. ScoreCenter is one of my favorite apps and one of the most popular sports apps in Google Play and Apple App Store. I should consider passing this on to our readers, many of whom no doubt use the app. But I had a few questions first.Foremost, did Zscaler reach out to ESPN before pushing its press release? Because, you know, this is probably something that the app developers at the world’s largest sports network would probably want to know about as soon as possible. Or did Zscaler go with the “publish first, deal with the consequences later” approach?After two attempts to reach Zscaler’s PR representatives on the question, my emails remain unanswered.But here’s the rub. It does not benefit a company like Zscaler to tell app publishers of vulnerabilities much ahead of time. If the affected company moves to fix the bug, there is essentially no bad news to drum up fear and push users to the security product that will “fix” the issue. Zscaler began pushing its PR campaign on January 16. It published its report on January 17 and by January 18, ESPN had fixed the app. Whether or not Zscaler told ESPN about the vulnerability before publishing the news remains unanswered. An XSS vulnerability is not a difficult fix for most developers and is usually the result of an oversight by the programmers. Update: Michael Sutton, VP of security research at Zscaler got in touch with ReadWrite after publication of the article to say, “I’m concerned as you suggest that we didn’t inform ESPN of the vulnerabilities ahead of the release of our blog and that is absolutely not the case. We did work with ESPN and they were great to work with.”Somebody Smell A RAT?But Zscaler is far from the worst culprit in this area. One of the most prominent scare mongering campaigns in recent memory played out in August 2011. Security firm McAfee used style magazine Vanity Fair to announce one of the largest and most persistent viruses in history, dubbed Shady RAT (Remote Access Tool). Why Vanity Fair? Because it is a trusted publication read by many people and one that many people that are not extraordinarily tech savvy read. The target is the consumer that McAfee can scare into buying its product because they do not know any better. This was well before McAfee’s founder’s well-chronicled flight from authorities in Central America, but involved a similar level of head-scratching.And that was not the first time that MacAfee had run a scare-tactic PR campaign. In 2011 it had Operation Night Dragon and Aurora. These were tied to varying bugs in Internet Explorer as well as spear-phishing social hacks. If anything, McAfee as a company loves to make a big splash. Zscaler is not quite as aggressive as McAfee, but its PR team is very active in making sure that people know of vulnerabilities that its ZAP product can fix. In the past seven months or so, it has warned that, “10% of mobile apps leak passwords and user data;” “80% of Olympic domains are scams and spam;” and “apps downloaded by 185 million are vulnerable to attackers to obtain bank info.” Each time, Zscaler conveniently had a product to combat the problem.A Responsibility To Be ResponsibleUnlike some conspiracy theorists, I am not accusing security companies of actually creating the bugs and viruses that they then sell their product to consumers to protect against. Malware happens and there are bad actors in the world who want to steal your data – and your money. Security products can help protect you from them, if you can figure out exactly which product fits your needs.The problem is that many security companies seem more interested in frightening headlines, scaring the crap out of consumers for customer acquisition and being known as the company that found notable viruses, bugs and vulnerabilities than in actually protecting consumers from the most dangerous and widespread threats. For an industry that is supposedly all about Internet responsibility, too often, the marketing and communications departments of security companies are anything but. Top image courtesy of Shutterstock. dan rowinski Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#marketing#security center_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Turning point in Pak vs WI quarter-final tie

first_imgIt couldn’t have been a more easy outing for Pakistan in the World Cup quarter-final. They beat West Indies convincingly by 10 wickets to advance to the semi-final of the mega tournament.The turning point in the game was – three quick wickets by Afridi that sealed the fate of the opposition team.Post Hafeez’s  two wickets – Devon Smith and Darren Bravo in the space of two balls – in the sixth over, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul decided to stead the ship.The two were batting with resolve and had put 42 runs for the fourth wicket when Afridi struck.First he dismissed Ramnaresh Sarwan with an extra bounce on the first ball of the 25th over and then in the 27th over claimed Kieron Pollard and Devon Thomas on consecutive balls to reduce the Windies to 69/6. The assault proved too much for the West Indies to handle and the whole crumbled on 112.Man-of-the-Match Mohammad Hafeez with his all-round performance earned the MoM award. First he got the better of Devon Smith and Darren Bravo with impressive bowling and then came out to bat and put an unbeaten 61 runs.last_img read more

10 months agoAdama Traore tells Wolves fans: I can go quicker

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Adama Traore tells Wolves fans: I can go quickerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves winger Adama Traore insists fans are yet to see him in top gear.Adama is so fast that Olympic sprinting champion Darren Campbell – a consultant during Traore’s spell at Middlesbrough – once advised him to slow down, and who is now regularly clocked at 22mph at Wolves. “I’ve always been quick, ever since I was little,” Traore says, having just scorched the earth at Wolves’ Compton training ground. “People are thinking I am running so fast on the pitch, but I think it’s slow. I am deliberately holding back and I could be even quicker.”At Middlesbrough, Darren told me that I didn’t need to run at 100 per cent as I didn’t realise how fast I was. I can beat players at 70 per cent and this will then give me time to think about what to do next.”I want to get people on the edge of their seats, get past players, try to show my skills and pace.” last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea ponder replacing Eden Hazard with brother Thorgan

first_imgChelsea ponder replacing Eden Hazard with brother Thorganby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are keeping tabs on Thorgan Hazard’s situation at Borussia Monchengladbach.The Belgian has been producing career best form this season and Gladbach accept they’re on borrowed time keeping hold of the midfielder.BILD says among a raft of interested clubs is Chelsea, which had Hazard on their books before selling him to Gladbach.The Blues also boast a buy-back option in the deal and are actively discussing triggering it.Indeed, it’s suggested Thorgan could be re-signed by Chelsea to replace older brother Eden Hazard should he leave for Real Madrid. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

20 days agoCrystal Palace boss Hodgson: VAR is what it is. I can understand the manager who’s ‘suffered’

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson: VAR is what it is. I can understand the manager who’s ‘suffered’by Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson focused on his players ‘in his post-match press conference following ‘s impressive comeback against West Ham United.The Palace manager was first asked about VAR, which had a hand to play in Palace’s second goal of their 2-1 win.However, he was keen to turn his attention away from English football’s hottest topic and instead discuss his side’s convincing display.”It works when it works in your favour of course,” the Palace boss said. “My major disappointment is going to be that that’s what you [the journalists at the press conference] are going to write about. I’d have preferred it if you write about the quality of our performance, that would give me more encouragement. “VAR is what it is. I can quite understand the manager who’s ‘suffered’ the decision as it were because it was unbelievably close, that’s pretty obvious. That was pretty obvious I think when it took so long for the screen to show everybody the linesman at the game was right or wrong.”And on this occasion, I’d say we came out on the right side of it. But I thought our performance over the 90 minutes meant that we don’t need to apologise to anyone for the fact that we won here today. I thought we were good value for it.”He added: “It’s a victory I think the players not only deserve but they certainly worked unbelievably hard for it and got it against a good West Ham team. We didn’t win because West Ham were bad. We were lucky enough to get the decisions we got but good enough to give the quality of performance we gave.” last_img read more

NAFTAs moment of truth Coming days could decide whether deal happens this

first_imgWASHINGTON – A moment of truth approaches in the NAFTA negotiations, with the coming days likely to reveal not only whether an agreement is achievable this year, but also how extensive such an agreement might be.Even participants at the negotiating table profess to be in suspense about how the United States will proceed, should it finally secure its much-coveted deal on autos.One thing everyone appears to agree on is that if a pact doesn’t happen soon, the prospects of one happening this year dim considerably: U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer has pegged the window at one or two weeks.Autos will be the first order of business when ministers gather Monday in Washington, in an effort to seal an agreement before elections in Mexico and the U.S. Congress slow the process.Any potential agreement hinges on the ability of Mexico and the U.S. to bridge a key ideological gap: in an effort to steer manufacturing north, the U.S.’s latest demand is that 40 per cent of every car be produced in high-wage jurisdictions, with some credit for spending on research.Mexico is set to deliver a counter-offer.The great unknown is what happens next, if the U.S. and Mexico make peace on the auto file. Would the U.S. stick to a series of hardline positions, or rush through the rest to wrap everything up?”That … probably is the crux of what happens next,” said one person familiar with the talks.”One does not know … how the next week will play out.”More than a half-dozen groups have been meeting in recent days to try clearing the non-controversial issues off the table, so the ministers can focus on the hardest political trade-offs.For example, one group met to discuss customs procedures, but avoided the toughest of all customs issues: online purchases and whether Canada will move its meagre $20 duty-free level closer to the U.S.’s $800 limit.One person who has closely followed the career and methods of U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer believes he is now deploying two textbook tactics in pursuit of a deal.The first is to create a deadline threat. This person, who asked to remain anonymous, calls the tactic, ”the death machine” — where some fearsome fate awaits your counterpart, in the absence of a deal. In this case, steel and aluminum tariffs are set to kick in June 1.The second is to make a bunch of difficult demands, some of which truly matter and some of which are a bluff, a thing to be traded off.This person suspects Lighthizer’s true goals involve autos, and the dispute-resolution systems under chapters 11 and 19 — and that the other, more expendable, demands involve dairy and duty-free purchases.”Bob is a good negotiator,” this person said. ”He uses the methods of a good negotiator.”He predicts the biggest confrontation with Canada will involve Chapter 19 — which Lighthizer has long resented as a violation of U.S. sovereignty, but which was a do-or-die issue for Canada in the original NAFTA, allowing companies like softwood-lumber producers to fight punitive duties.Other U.S. industries say their causes cannot be ignored.The pharmaceutical industry wants changes in the way drug prices are set; it wants more transparency and appeal rights, as well as longer patent-style protections on biologics treatments.The industry has powerful support in the U.S. Congress. Its most famous backer, Sen. Orrin Hatch, leads one of the two key committees that would be responsible for driving through any NAFTA implementing legislation before the current Congress leaves office.”Intellectual property remains a very high priority for (the administration),” said trade lawyer Brian Pomper, who works on such issues.”And that’s not dissimilar, to be honest, from lots of other (U.S.) administrations. You know, IP is not a partisan issue.”Pomper, a former counsel on the committee Hatch now leads, suggests an agreement in the next month could theoretically get to a vote well before the current Congress wraps up in December if lawmakers like the deal and move quickly, or if the arm’s-length U.S. International Trade Commission manages to complete a review ahead of deadlines.”You can do it pretty quickly,” Pomper said.”(But) if Congress has concerns about it, as you saw with (the Trans-Pacific Partnership in 2016), that could really delay consideration.”One trade consultant says there’s another reason the U.S. might be in a hurry. It arose thousands of kilometres away this week in Beijing where, amid looming threats of a U.S.-China trade war, the two countries failed to reconcile their differences.With this potential clash of economic titans approaching, Eric Miller said the U.S. trade team is short-staffed. That means Lighthizer’s team can’t afford to spend much more time focusing on Canada and Mexico.”The push for a NAFTA deal is going to be there next week,” Miller said.He said the U.S. will either accept modest changes and reach a deal, or let NAFTA sit unfinished for the year.“Either way, it’s going to be a lot more China and a lot less North American on the U.S. agenda in the coming months.”last_img read more

Disneyland raising prices ahead of summer expansion opening

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Prices for daily tickets, parking and annual passes have been raised up to 25 per cent at Disneyland Resort ahead of the scheduled opening of a Star Wars-themed expansion.Less than a year ago, the resort increased prices by up to 18 per cent. Now, the cheapest daily ticket will cost more than $100.The Los Angeles Times reports price increases in recent years have not thinned the throngs at Disneyland and nearby California Adventure Park.More visitors are expected for this summer’s opening of the expansion called “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.”Spokeswoman Liz Jaeger says the resort offers a variety of tickets while helping manage demand and spread visitation.Disney representatives said more days would be blocked out for most annual passes compared to last year but didn’t provide more specifics.The Associated Presslast_img read more