Norm Lewis & Carolee Carmello Will Join Sweeney Todd Off-Broadway

first_img Norm Lewis Two Tony nominees will attend the tale of Sweeney Todd off-Broadway this spring. Norm Lewis and Carolee Carmello will take on the roles of the titular demon barber and pie shop owner Mrs. Lovett in the off-Broadway revival beginning April 11, 2017.The New York transfer of the Tooting Arts Club production is set to begin performances at the Barrow Street Theatre on February 14. Lewis and Carmello will assume the leading roles from Jeremy Secomb and Siobhan McCarthy, who are reprising their critically acclaimed performances from the London run through April 9.Also joining the cast on April 11 are Jamie Jackson and John-Michael Lyles as Judge Turpin and Tobias, respectively, taking over for Duncan Smith and Joseph Taylor.Lewis received a Tony nomination in 2012 for his performance in Porgy and Bess. His additional credits include The Phantom of the Opera (in which he became the first black actor to play the title role on Broadway), The Little Mermaid, Les Miserables (both on Broadway and in the London 25th anniversary performance) and Chicago.Carmello, who most recently appeared on Broadway in Tuck Everlasting, earned Tony nominations for Scandalous, Lestat and Parade. She has also appeared on Broadway in Finding Neverland, Sister Act, The Addams Family, Mamma Mia! and Falsettos.Jackson’s previous stage credits include Doctor Zhivago, The Last Ship and Soul Doctor on Broadway and The 39 Steps off-Broadway. Lyles returns to the Barrow Street Theatre after appearing in The Flick; his additional off-Broadway credits include Brooklynite and Jasper in Deadland.The production, directed by Bill Buckhurst, is set to open officially on March 1 and will transform the venue into a working pie shop environment. The cast will also include Matt Doyle as Anthony, Alex Finke as Johanna, Betsy Morgan as Pirelli and the Beggar Woman and Brad Oscar as the Beadle. Norm Lewis & Carolee Carmello(Photos: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 26, 2018 Carolee Carmello Related Shows Star Fileslast_img read more

The owners of this Brisbane home walked away with over $1m today

first_img76 Effingham Street, Tarragindi, Qld 4121. Picture: Realestate.com.auTHE owners of this ordinary Brisbane home have walked away with over $1m today – and signs are good that many others in the neighbourhood could follow suit. 76 Effingham Street, Tarragindi, Qld 4121. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe four bedroom home built in 1960 at 76 Effingham Street, Tarragindi – 15 minutes outside the Brisbane CBD – settled for $1.005m today. 76 Effingham Street, Tarragindi, Qld 4121. Picture: Realestate.com.auMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoAgent Ben Jackson of Metro City had marketed the home as one where the owner was willing to meet the market, and highlighted the fact that it was on two lots in an up-and-coming growth suburb. 76 Effingham Street, Tarragindi, Qld 4121. Picture: Realestate.com.au“We anticipate it will keep happening. It’s an extremely popular area for redevelopment.”Among other recent sales in the area was a five bedroom home at 154 Tarragindi Rd, Tarragindi, that sold for $916,619 last week.center_img 76 Effingham Street, Tarragindi, Qld 4121. Picture: Realestate.com.au“The owners are over the moon and the buyers are excited. This was a post war family home and some builders bought it to subdivide the land and build two luxury homes,” he said. 76 Effingham Street, Tarragindi, Qld 4121. Picture: Realestate.com.au“It’s what’s happening in that whole street. A lot are 800 to 900sq m blocks in the area.”Around 10 such sales had been completed in the suburb, according to Mr Jackson, with many more expected to follow.last_img read more

NSC, GABF imbroglio continues

first_img…Jones says no comment as GABF says $3.5M insufficientDIRECTOR of Sport Christopher Jones says he will not, at this time, be commenting on a statement made by the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) that a $3.5M cheque issued earlier this month was not enough.GABF president Nigel Hinds says the National Sports Commission (NSC) owes a total of $7.8M, and the “NSC must understand that the debt will be fully paid, and time is of essence”. Hinds in a statement said that on February 3 last the GABF received, from the NSC, a cheque for $3.5M, and there is a “stated intent not to repay the balance due of $4.5M”.“The NSC have somehow made $3.5M equivalent $7.8M. The same logic that spurred them to pay $3.5M linked to GABF, part payment towards the new basketball goals, should apply with equal force to the capital type expenditures made by the GABF to prepare CASH for the Championships,” the statement said.Jones confirmed that the NSC issued the cheque but said he could comment no further. Jones says he will not be responding to the issue until the GABF sends an official statement to the NSC regarding their concerns.“I haven’t received any correspondence from the GABF, and as such I am not inclined to comment anything on it. If we receive a query or anything from them, then we would be able to comment. If there’s an issue they’re supposed to write us, but we haven’t seen any correspondence from them.” Jones said when contacted yesterday.Christopher JonesThis ongoing imbroglio between NSC and GABF comes over funds allegedly owed to GABF and Hinds for renovation works done on the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) to upgrade it for the hosting of the Caribbean Basketball Confederation U-16 Championships which was held last year July. CASH is a state-owned facility.The money spent was reportedly for the carpeting of VIP area and 3 rooms, wall partitions, door for VIP washroom, two urinals with fittings; construction works on first responders’ room, kitchen, walkway, and balcony rooms; and repairs to washroom as well as replacement of sinks at the National Gymnasium, among other capital expenditures.Hinds said that the NSC verbally committed to repaying the funds and the non-repayment after six months is “insensible and indefensible”.Hinds has been lobbying for the monies to be repaid since last year, and the NSC since then said that they would repay Hinds G$3,514,000 which represented money used to purchase basketball goals for the CBC event, but did not cover the other works. Hinds maintained that everything has to be paid for.The issue eventually boiled over and saw Hinds, a then commissioner at the NSC, resign with immediate effect on August 12, 2016, after less than one year on the job.Hinds made it clear that he was resigning over the issue of the unpaid funds.last_img read more

Lakers trade rumors: Los Angeles’ deal for Anthony Davis could ‘hinge on’ Kyle Kuzma

first_imgThe Lakers could be moving closer to acquiring Anthony Davis.Los Angeles has “made progress towards completing a multi-team deal” with the Pelicans for the 26-year-old star, according to a report from SNY, which cites an unidentified league source. One player that the Lakers’ trade discussions with the Pelicans for Anthony Davis could hinge on? Kyle Kuzma. The Lakers do not want to trade him, but the Pelicans want him as part of a package, sources tell me and @BA_Turner.— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) June 12, 2019Davis would be open to playing with the Lakers and star LeBron James, his agent, Rich Paul told Sports Illustrated in a recent interview.“My thing is: Take LeBron off the Lakers. Are the Lakers not a great destination for an arguably top-two player that went to Kentucky and won a national championship, signed with Nike?” Paul said. “For a team that’s had centers from George Mikan to Wilt Chamberlain to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Shaq?“So now, when you add LeBron, that’s what? The cherry on top. LeBron’s 34 years old. Anthony Davis is 26. So, when LeBron’s done playing, the Anthony Davis trade is still rolling. What better place to do it than L.A.? If it was L.A. — I never said ‘L.A.’ But there’s no negative to that.”The six-time All-Star told the Pelicans in late January he did not plan to re-sign when he could opt out of his contract after 2019-20 and asked the team to move him. Davis averaged 25.9 points and 12 rebounds in 56 games last season.The Lakers finished 2018-19 with a 37-45 record and missed the playoffs for a sixth straight year. They’ve been linked to multiple top free agents — including Kemba Walker, Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler — yet they’re reportedly not the “front-runners” to sign any of those players. NBA trade news: Anthony Davis’ agent talks potential Lakers, Knicks deals Lakers free agency rumors: Los Angeles not the ‘front-runner’ to sign any elite player this summer NBA Draft 2019: What will the Lakers do with the No. 4 pick? The No. 4 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, which is currently held by the Lakers, has been discussed as an asset to help New Orleans acquire a “high-level player in multi-team deals,” according to a separate report from ESPN. Los Angeles has also made forward Brandon Ingram and guard Lonzo Ball available in negotiations with the Pelicans, according to the New York Times. The Lakers have made Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and the No. 4 pick in the June 20 draft available in trade talks with the Pelicans, league sources say. New Orleans has made it known it hope to assemble a three-teams-or-more deal before surrendering Anthony Davis— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 12, 2019The deal, however, may “hinge on” Kyle Kuzma, according to the Los Angeles Times. New Orleans wants the 23-year-old forward included in a trade for Davis while the Lakers do not want to part with him. Related News The Celtics are also engaged in talks with New Orleans about a potential trade for Davis, ESPN’s report notes. Paul told Sports Illustrated that Davis would not ink a long-term extension if he was acquired by Boston. But, the team has been undeterred in its pursuit of Davis, according to the report.So far, Boston has been undeterred in pursuing Davis — despite his agent insisting AD would be a 2020 flight risk in free agency. For Boston, Davis could still be its best case to keep Kyrie Irving. Story soon on https://t.co/XcwLHcsHad https://t.co/C9NwYJiObX— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 12, 2019The Pelicans could look to move Davis before the draft, which is set for Thursday, June 20.last_img read more

ELECTION 2014: MCBREARTY URGES VOTERS TO USE VOTE WISELY AND ‘ADVOCATE CHANGE’

first_imgIndependent Councillor for the Stranorlar Electoral Area Frank McBrearty, has urged the electorate to use their vote in this Friday’s Local and European Elections as an important precursor for change. With elections due to take place this Friday 23rd May, the Raphoe based Councillor has stressed how important is it for voters to be actively involved in the democratic process.He said that the elections this Friday gives the people the opportunity to send a clear message to the country’s main political parties that they are both angry and dissatisfied with the policies of the current administration and that they demand an alternative to party politics. “I am urging everyone to get out and vote in Friday’s elections because – in doing so – the will of the people can be heard and made known to those in power.“The people of this country, especially here in Donegal, have suffered as a result of the policies and failures of the current and the previous administration.“I am urging all voters to use their vote wisely in these elections and to be an advocate for the change which we as a nation both want and deserve.”Speaking today following the publication of a Sunday Times/Behaviour & Attitudes poll which reported a strong increase in support among voters for Independent candidates in the run up to these elections, Cllr McBrearty spoke of his strong belief that the electorate have become disillusioned by party politics and now seek a viable and more attractive alternative. McBrearty added, “While I do not take the outcome of the vote this Friday for granted, today’s opinion poll is a strong indication that people feel incredibly let down by all the main political parties and now there is a growing appetite for a change of direction – a new path going forward.“These past number of years the citizens of this country have been lied to and have been let down by the party mainstays; they now feel despondent and rightly so.”“However, change can happen, but this can only come about if people go out and vote for change.”“This Friday, by choosing instead to vote for candidates and not parties,a new and better political reality can be made possible.”Voting in the 2014 Local and European Elections takes place this Friday 23rd May with polls open between 7am to 10pm. ELECTION 2014: MCBREARTY URGES VOTERS TO USE VOTE WISELY AND ‘ADVOCATE CHANGE’ was last modified: May 19th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Election 2014: Frank McBreartynewsPoliticslast_img read more

2010 Fifa World Cup: Peter Mokaba Stadium

first_imgLocation: Polokwane, Limpopo province Capacity: 45 000 seats Matches: Algeria vs Slovenia (13 June), France vs Mexico (17 June), Greece vs Argentina (22 June), Paraguay vs New Zealand (24 June)Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Peter Mokaba Stadium Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image Peter Mokaba Stadium Photo: Local Organising Committee • Download high-resolution image Artist’s impression Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img

PE launches heritage walk

first_imgThe Voting Line features metal cutoutsof real people who stood in the longqueues to vote in South Africa’s firstdemocratic elections between 26 and 29 April 1994. A colourful mosaic, depicting scenes fromPort Elizabeth’s history, leads up to theDonkin memorial and lighthouse.(Images: Emily van Rijswijck) MEDIA CONTACTS • Chuma Myoli  MBDA communications and marketing  +27 41 501 8300 RELATED ARTICLES • Local Xhosa heritage goes global • Celebrate SA on Braai Day • Mandela’s old offices restored • Biko’s legacy lives on• Celebrating Soweto’s heritageEmily van RijswijckNelson Mandela Bay Municipality in the Eastern Cape province celebrated National Heritage Day on 24 September with the launch of a magnificent new heritage walk within its inner city precinct. The walk commemorates the public life of former president Nelson Mandela and is known as Route 67. The number 67 is significant because it is the number of years spent by Mandela in public service, as a lawyer, then a freedom fighter and finally a politician.The walk sets off from the Campanile in Strand Street, a well-known Port Elizabeth landmark commemorating the arrival of British settlers on city shores in 1820. Built in 1923, the Campanile, or bell tower, has been given a facelift and now boasts the addition of a public art piece in the form of a kraal with stories of the city’s past depicted on ceramic tiles.Crossing the Settlers Highway, visitors wend their way up a set of stairs past a new water feature and an impressive fishbone sculpture, before arriving at the old market square, now the Vuyisile Mini square. Mini was one of the first activists to be executed for his involvement in the fight for freedom.Port Elizabeth’s Victorian past still holds sway in the square, with Queen Victoria’s statue keeping a stern eye on proceedings in front of the old public library, built in 1901. The majestic City Hall buildings across the square also date back to that era. In time the queen will be forced to mingle with the likes of political stalwarts Nelson Mandela, Ray Mhlaba and Govan Mbeki, all of whom will have statues erected in close proximity.Other great figures from local history, including Robert Sobukwe, Steve Biko and Mahatma Gandhi, will also take their place on the square in future.  Once fully completed, Route 67 will have 67 artworks, done by 67 local artists.The Donkin ReserveFrom there, the route winds past the quaint St Mary’s Church to the 67 steps, beautifully decorated with mosaic tiles by local craftsman, which lead up to the Donkin Reserve. At the top, visitors are rewarded with a spectacular view over Algoa Bay from the “balcony of the city”. The Donkin Reserve was proclaimed as a public open space by Sir Rufane Donkin, who established the town of Port Elizabeth in 1820 with 4 000 other settlers. He chose to build a stone pyramid structure in memory of his late wife, on whose memorial he inscribed “the most perfect of human beings who has given her name to the town”. The adjacent lighthouse, built in 1861, is now the home of the Port Elizabeth tourist information office.In addition to its romantic past, the reserve is now also home to the biggest flag in South Africa, standing as proud witness to the country’s great democratic achievement.At the height of urban decay in the inner city, the Donkin Reserve became a desolate area filled with gravel and stone. Now revitalised, the park-like atmosphere encourages a longer stay with beautiful landscaping and public art pieces. Among these is the striking Voting Line – metal cutout figures of real people waiting to vote during South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994. Nelson Mandela himself leads the way in familiar stance – captured with his right fist raised as he leaves the Victor Verster prison in 1990. The artwork also plays on South African stereotypes with a humorous touch, light-heartedly paying homage to the country’s cultural diversity. Other pieces to be seen are an unusual 3.8m-high fish-bird, and a large mosaic celebrating Port Elizabeth’s history, colourfully juxtaposed against the backdrop of the white lighthouse. At night, the walkway turns into a fairy land with 34 lights strategically placed to lead the way. The entire walk is wheelchair friendly.  “The environmental upgrading of the Donkin Reserve has been about creating an activity space that means something to all residents of the city,” said  Dorelle Sapere, planning and development manager for the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA), the drivers of the project. First Urban RunTo create greater awareness around the project, and to enhance the idea of a shared heritage, the City also hosted its first Urban Run on 25 September. Starting and ending at the Donkin, more than 350 runners participated in a 12km obstacle race through the inner city. This included crossing the Baakens River with ropes, traversing various log-built obstacles, running through a stationary train at the Port Elizabeth harbour, and racing up a six-storey parking garage.Participants were unanimous in their enjoyment of the race.Nicolas Moolman, third over the line in the men’s division, said he was impressed by the skill and creativity of the various obstacles, some of which were designed by the local Boy Scouts movement.“It was a very good, well thought out race. The obstacles were excellent and very creative, and next year, I will be back to win the race,” he promised.A vision becomes realityA project that was two years in the making, the Donkin Reserve and Route 67 development centred strongly on Nelson Mandela, the municipality’s namesake and former Eastern Cape resident, and his significant role in South Africa. The agency worked hand in hand with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to ensure that all intellectual property rights were honoured.  It was the foundation’s idea to call the development Route 67.In addition the project also had to work from a social, tourism and economic perspective, an important prerogative for all MBDA developments.“We realised we needed to get people to stop, spend time here in Port Elizabeth and spend money in our shops and restaurants,” said Sapere.   The Donkin upgrade cost R17-million and was funded through the National Lotto. The MBDA is the development arm of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, and acts on its behalf to implement urban regeneration projects. Since 2003 it has completed two other projects successfully: the first was a revamp to the entire Govan Mbeki Avenue and Parliament Road to make it more pedestrian friendly; this was followed by the Uitenhage Market Square upgrade.  Says Pierre Voges, the agency’s COO: “We are trying to create spaces for people. The idea is to reverse the urban decay and in so doing, bring people and businesses back into the city.” The MBDA has just started with its latest project, a R42-million upgrade to Kings Beach, once Port Elizabeth’s premier beachfront area. The upgrade will include extensive landscaping, incorporating the use of water features and re-development of the existing skate park.last_img read more

Google Fixes Usenet Archive; Old Geeks Rejoice

first_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… In response to a Wired article that ran yesterday, Google is fixing its archives of Usenet posts, one of the richest and oldest repositories of user-generated content ever to exist online.For those of you under the age of 30, Usenet began in 1979 in Chapel Hill as a collection of newsgroups. In the years that followed, Internet history unfolded, jargon was coined, and lore was created in these discussions. In 2001, Google acquired two Usenet archives comprising 700 million posts and failed to index them in any meaningful way. As of today, that wrong is being righted.In the past, searching Usenet posts archived in Google Groups often yielded few or no results. For example, this recent discussion thread is all about the brokenness of Google’s Usenet archives and search capabilities.“None of my posts are showing up (using advanced search, trying email and name in the author field, even limiting the date range to the right years),” wrote one user.Noting that Google’s Usenet search “often… returns no results for queries which obviously shouldn’t,” another user said, “You just have to cross your fingers and hope that they [Google] notice the problem themselves and fix it.”Fortunately, after media attention and user complaints, the search giant has responded and rectified the situation.Today, Google rep Victoria Katsarou told Wired, “It turns out there was a bug, a specific bug, that affected search within a specific group. That bug is something we’re working on fixing, and I think that will be fixed by tomorrow. Thanks for writing this, because that’s how we discovered this specific bug.”Just one bug wrecking search results for archives spanning 700 million posts and more than 20 years of data? Seems hardly likely.Search results are particularly buggy when users filter them by date. As an example, searching alt.usenet.kooks for “godwin” produces 6,520 results. Until we tried to look at results sorted by date. Once that happened, we got 93 results. And searching alt.comp.freeware for “MS-DOS” yielded no results after 2000, even though we eventually found posts dating back to 1995 when we browsed without narrowing the dates.If complaints by Internet old-timers, Slashdot threads and detailed email exchanges aren’t enough to get Google to tend this garden of information and ensure it is searchable, and if media attention is really what it takes, then we must add our voices to those at Wired in asking Google to keep Usenet useful. And we ask that like-minded individuals do the same in the comments.For a nice Usenet history lesson in timeline form, check out Google’s highlights of Usenet posts dating back as far as 1981. Of particular interest to us Web geeks at ReadWriteWeb is Tim Berners-Lee’s announcement of the World Wide Web. jolie odell Related Posts Tags:#Google#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Ichiro Suzuki walks off into history in ‘sayonara’ at Tokyo Dome

first_imgKikuchi later took a full minute to compose himself before responding about Ichiro’s impact. And he cried when the two embraced in the dugout after the game.“Since spring training to this day, Ichiro told us it is a gift for him to play in Tokyo,” Kikuchi said speaking through a translator. “But for me, he gave me the greatest gift that I can play with him.”Yet when Mariners teammate Dee Gordon bowed, Ichiro broke into a laugh — like, “not necessary, bro.”Oakland players stood solemnly and watched camera flashes and iPhones catch the historic scene. All over the stadium signs read: “Ichiro we love you” and “Ichiro is Life.” Fans wore his famous No. 51 in all shades, colors and from all eras.The fans got one more chance to salute when he came back on the field after the game and acknowledged their ovations.Ichiro was 0 for 5 in the two regular-season games against the A’s in Tokyo, leaving him with 3,089 hits in 19 seasons — a sure Hall of Fame resume. He had 1,278 before that over nine years in Japan, making him baseball’s all-time hits leader.Ichiro struggled in spring training with only two hits in 25 at-bats. And in two exhibition games in Tokyo against the Tokyo Giants he was 0 for 6.“I really wanted to play until I was 50, but I couldn’t do it,” he said. “It was a way of motivating myself and, if I’d never said it, I don’t think I would have come this far.”Ichiro praised his countrymen, who are famous for being reserved. Not tonight. Not on this night.“Japanese people I have always thought don’t in general express themselves,” he said. “But today’s experience blew that away. They were incredibly passionate tonight. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event “After the reception I got today, how could I possibly have any regrets?” he said. “I couldn’t play well enough in spring training to earn an extension.”Ichiro went 0 for 4 in his farewell. In his last at-bat, he came up with two outs, a runner on second and a tie score in the eighth. He hit a slow grounder to shortstop and, still hustling the whole way, was barely thrown out at first.He took his spot in right field in the eighth, then was pulled by manager Scott Servais and the walk into history began in front of a sellout of 45,000. He strolled in, turned and waved to the crowd with all of the usually reserved Japanese fans on their feet.To chants of “Ichiro, Ichiro, Ichiro” he was greeted at the dugout — and later in the dugout — by emotional embraces from teammates.Yusei Kikuchi, the Japanese rookie pitcher who started the game in his big league debut, openly broke down crying when he embraced Ichiro.ADVERTISEMENT Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other “When I look back on my career, I know I will remember today as the most memorable day, without a doubt.”For years, Ichiro’s at-bats were must-see TV in his homeland, with fans tuning in during breakfast and their morning commute. A star before he left, he became an even bigger sensation once he proved that yes, a Japanese hitter could indeed succeed across the ocean in the majors.He said he’d probably train Friday, keeping up his workout routine, but wasn’t sure what comes next. He joked he lacked the “charisma” to be a manager.“I’ll be known as the ‘Man Formerly Known as Ichiro,”” he cracked.Ichiro’s retirement had been anticipated for a while.The outfielder returned to the Mariners before the start of the 2018 season, then transitioned last May into a role as the special assistant to the chairman that allowed him to still be with the team and take part in pregame workouts, but meant he could not play in any games.Ichiro was a 10-time All-Star, an AL MVP and Rookie of the Year and won 10 Gold Gloves. He set the record with 262 hits in a season and wound up with a .311 batting average.He became one of the most important figures in baseball history, and not just because of his stats and awards.Ichiro carried the burden of an entire country in coming to the United States, and his success created opportunity for the countless others who have followed. Whether he wants to accept the label or not, Suzuki was a trailblazer. His influence and importance shouldn’t be understated.He preceded Hideki Matsui, who had a stellar career with the New York Yankees, by two years. In the years since, players like Nori Aoki, Kosuke Fukudome and Kaz Matsui followed. Last year marked the arrival of two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani. Seattle Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki returns to the field for waiting fans after Game 2 of the Major League baseball opening series against the Oakland Athletics at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Thursday, March 21, 2019. The 45-year-old Mariners star announced his retirement Thursday night, shortly after waving goodbye at the Dome. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)TOKYO — At times, it seemed as if he’d go on hitting forever.But on Thursday night, a player who defined baseball at its very best on two continents for a generation, took his final swing.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Google Philippines names new country director The great Ichiro has said “sayonara.”Now 45, Ichiro Suzuki left the Tokyo Dome field in the eighth inning, waving goodbye to the packed crowd amid hugs from Seattle Mariners teammates in a three-minute walk that signaled to all his monumental run was over.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I have ended my career and decided to retire,” Ichiro said, speaking in Japanese at a news conference after a 5-4 win over Oakland in 12 innings.He said his contract was through the two games in Japan, and said he decided before arriving last week to step away. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ohtani said he watched highlights of Ichiro’s final game when he woke up at Los Angeles Angels’ camp in Arizona.“I still can’t believe it,” he said through a translator. “I won’t be able to see him play anymore but I’ll still have all the memories.”At the New York Yankees’ spring training site, New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka said it was hard to describe Ichiro’s legacy on aspiring players in Japan.“It’s too grand of an impact. I can’t even put them into words,” Tanaka said through a translator.As for the reception at Ichiro’s finale, he added: “I think that atmosphere, it only happens to special players. You sense respect. Because of who he is, that happened today.”Ichiro became a one-word, household name in Seattle. It was only right his final professional game came with that team.But it was time for Suzuki to step away. Suzuki hit .205 in 44 at-bats and all nine of his hits last season were singles. This year, too often, Suzuki looked like a 45-year-old trying to hang on.Ichiro admitted he badly wanted to get a hit in Tokyo. And his fans always wanted to see him play in the World Series — his teams made it to the playoffs just twice, never advancing to the Fall Classic.He expressed no regrets, however. Well, maybe one.“I had 3,089 hits in America,” he said. “But I think my wife — who always makes me rice balls before games — said she made 2,800 rice balls. So I wish I could have played long enough so she could have hit 3,000 as well.” Kevin Durant helps lead Warriors past Pacers after friend’s death SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more

SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

first_imgWelcome to the last edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch for July 2005…the next edition will be August 1st…hard to believe how fast the year is going! The All Nations tournament is now exactly 3 months away, keep an eye on the website for all the latest news as the event draws closer… * We’re having a massive stocktake sale in an attempt to clear some of the piles of merchandise, hats, t-shirts etc that have built up in our storage over the last couple of years. There’s some great bargains, including clothes from the 2005 Youth World Cup, NTL gear and more. If you’re a coach or from a local association looking for some shirts that you could use for uniforms for your juniors, there’s plenty of options here. These shirts could be perfect for your kids to run around in at their park competition, could have numbers ironed on and are a cheap matching uniform! If you’re after some gear like hats, waist bags and beanies, there’s also plenty of sales, so make sure you get in quick. Stock is certainly limited, check out the following website for all of the prices, sizes, colours and styles on offer: TOUCH FOOTBALL SHOP- STOCKTAKE SALE Any orders can be purchased online or sent to Casey at [email protected] * Just so everyone knows we’ve now become Touch Football Australia (rather than Australian Touch Association) as we were previously known. TFA will replace ATA. (It will take a little getting used to for us all!) * The Southern Suns held their annual forum over the weekend, bringing together representatives from their region to Yass for discussion on all areas of the sport, technical area, AusTouch and more. One positive outcome of the forum was the response to the junior Touch Footy program AusTouch…the Suns are aiming to get an AusTouch leader accredited in each affiliate and have commenced with Goulburn, Yass, Leeton, Tarcutta, Moruya, Temora, Wollongong and Finley already achieving this goal. Courses are also planned for Griffith and Wagga to accredit people from Hay, Moama-Echuca, Coolamon, Junee, Albury, Ardlethan, Cootamundra and Gundagai as AusTouch leaders. The Coaching forum and Selctors forum were also very well received by attendees and the Referees forum covered a lot of topics which will continue to help the Southern Suns become a stronger and better region. Congratulations to Ross Freestone who has been appointed to replace Brian Smith as the Suns Director of Referees and the Suns would like to than Brian for the great job he did and wish him well in his move North. Suns director Rod Wise also indicated how great it was to see the smaller affiliates like Finley, Temora, Moruya, Jerrabomberra, Leeton and Tarcutta represented at the forum. * In other NSW news the Vawdon Cup held it’s second round over the weekend, with Cronulla, Penrith, Parramatta, Central Coast all coming out winners and Wests and Canterbury playing out a 3-3 draw in the Mens Premier League. In the Womens Premier League Canterbury, Newcastle Uni and Easts all grabbed wins. * In Queensland development officers Phil Gyemore and Terry McSweeney have visited the town of Charleville in Western Qld last week. Charleville is the largest town in the South West of Queensland’s outback region and Queensland Touch will be sending us a report of what’s happening in Touch for that region later this week. * For those of you who are wondering what staff changes have been taking place in the TFA (formerly ATA) office in recent times, here’s an explanation… CEO Bill Ker has now officially retired, although he continues to help the office staff with finalising several important matters. Kevin Thompson is now working his way steadily through the piles of daily work on his desk. Gwynne Ker, who organised international tours and also acted as Personal Assistant to the CEO has also retired and from her reports is busy at home spending more time with her beautiful grandkids and packing up their home for their upcoming move interstate. Maree Curran has taken over the work Gwynne was doing for the All Nations tournament, so please be patient as there is a lot of organisation and preparation to do for 10 Australian teams! Kristy McManus has moved from the receptionist role to be Kevin’s Personal Assistant and has also taken over organising National Travel and Accommodation for events such as AGM’s, staff trips, tournaments etc. Kristy has taken this Travel Management role from Rachel Moyle, who will continue her work in the field of Media and will also take over Gwynne Ker’s other role in the Merchandise area. Rachel will be organising the merchandise you see on sale on the internet shop and so forth. Casey Topp comes into the office after working for several months helping with odd jobs and data entry, taking over the role of receptionist for the office. Finally, Colm Maguire has come on board as the Elite Performance Manager, he’ll be based out of the Touch SA office for the next couple of months, after which he’ll be moving to Brisbane and continuing the role there. It will no doubt take us all a few weeks to settle into our new roles, so please be patient with us as we work together and of you’re unsure of who to contact for your query, check out the homepage with all the contact details http://www.austouch.com.au/index.cgi?sID=14 * Remember all requests for assistance with writing media releases or gaining some coverage for upcoming events such as the Under 18 Championships and the All Nations tournament can be sent to Rachel Moyle at [email protected] * If you have any info for future editions of Sixty Seconds in Touch, send the details to [email protected] * The next edition of Touch-e-Talk is due out next week, already it’s looking choc full of more great articles, info and feature stories on our Open and Senior Australian representatives. To join the mailing list simply send your email address to [email protected] or jump on the website next Wednesday for the latest edition. * The National 18’s Championships are just 2 months away. Preparations are well underway with the teams being finalised and organisation for an Opening Ceremony getting started. We’ll be holding a big opening ceremony that combines welcoming all teams with sending off the 10 Australian sides heading to the All Nations. Plans are well afoot to send them off in style, presenting them with an Australian flag and allowing the National 18’s players to wish them all the best as they head off to face the other nations and especially as they reignite the rivalry with the Kiwis. By Rachel Moylelast_img read more