Jane Fonda Says the “9 to 5” Sequel is Happening

first_imgThe original came out in 1980, and grossed $103.3 million.  That’d be $356 million in today’s dollars after adjusting for inflation. Jane says, quote, “My role is as an executive producer, and I’m working with the writers, with Lily, and talking to the writers.  Right now, Dolly, Lily and I are all intending to be in it.” There hasn’t been much said about the “9 to 5” sequel lately, but JANE FONDA says it’s still happening . . . and DOLLY PARTON and LILY TOMLIN are involved.  Of course this is Hollywood, so things can change.last_img read more

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Emma Watson Announces HeForShe Arts Week In NYC

first_imgUN Women today announced the launch of the first-ever HeForShe Arts Week this March across New York City, in partnership with the City of New York and the Public Theater, which will serve as the inaugural theatrical partner for this annual initiative.Coinciding with International Women’s Day observed globally on 8th March, the first HeForShe Arts Week will run from March 8-15, 2016.“The arts both reflect and influence culture. At its best, art shapes how we see the world,” said Emma Watson, British Actor and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador. “So it makes perfect sense for HeForShe to partner with arts institutions like The Public Theater to evolve the behaviours, norms and perceptions that shape our cultural view of gender.”During the inaugural arts week in March, other partner institutions such as venues for ballets, operas, Broadway shows, concerts, as well as other theatres, galleries, and museums will join the HeForShe Initiative and spotlight the work of UN Women as the global champion for the rights of women and girls, in addition donating a percentage of proceeds to the organization to support its efforts to advance women’s empowerment and gender equality globally.“The engagement of the arts world brings a crucial extra dimension to our work on gender equality and women’s empowerment,” said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women. “Performance can make a direct connection to truths about the relationships and power structures between women and men, often without needing words, reaching those who may not otherwise be aware of unconscious assumptions about roles, identities, and rights. Art provides a uniquely potent and universal medium to create and record experience and understanding. We are thankful to the Public Theater for its leadership and support of Arts Week.”“The theatre is a force for democracy, and the core idea of democracy is equality,” said Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. “The theater is a collaborative form, and the core of collaboration is solidarity. The Public is proud to stand in solidarity with HeForShe and the United Nations as we fight together for a better world.”HeForShe Arts Week provides an exciting opportunity for arts and cultural institutions in New York City to support UN Women’s mission of a Planet 50-50 by 2030. It is expected that this effort in New York City, where UN Women is headquartered, will expand to cities around the world from 2017 and beyond.“Art makes people think and question, and people change the world. Indeed, for women from Jane Austen to Maya Angelou, art has been one of the most effective ways to make our voices heard,” said First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray. “Our world works best when everyone has the opportunity to succeed, but we are not there yet—not even close. Too many women don’t feel safe in their own homes and public spaces. Too many women are unheard in our political system, and under-appreciated in the workplace. We must continue using our art as a megaphone. That’s why I am honored to partner with HeForShe and the Public Theater for New York Arts Week.”Find out more here.last_img read more

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The WNBA Is Uniquely Suited To Survive Its Many Star Absences

Even if we hedge on Taurasi, who currently plans to come back in the second half of the season after missing 10 to 12 weeks of action, the resulting 24.5-win tally would rank fifth-highest in WNBA history before accounting for any of the additional players who will inevitably join the ranks of the absent as the season goes on. (Diggins also plans to return from her pregnancy leave before season’s end.)The season structure of women’s pro basketball — including the year-round overseas grind that stars must engage in to make money — probably has contributed to the WNBA’s problems this spring. With so much mileage being put on top players’ bodies, a nightmare offseason like this was bound to happen sooner or later.But if there is a silver lining for the WNBA (and there isn’t much of one when considering the prospect of a season spent without players of Moore’s or Stewart’s caliber), it’s that the WNBA draws from an exceptionally deep pool of talent. With only 12 teams in the league and an entire world of basketball players to pull from, it might be the most competitive sports league on the planet — at least in terms of the likelihood that any given youth player actually makes the highest level of the sport.My colleague Ben Morris wrote a few years ago about this depth of talent in women’s basketball. He found that for every player who makes a Division I college roster, there are 87 high school players participating in girl’s basketball across the U.S. The only sport whose rosters were more competitive was men’s basketball, in which 101 high schoolers participate for every player who manages to make a Division I team.And, again, that was framed in terms of college basketball. Relative to the number of roster slots available in the WNBA, the amount of talent swimming in the pool becomes even more staggering. When it was announced this week that Seattle Storm point guard Sue Bird would miss the 2019 WNBA season with a knee injury, it was just the latest in a long line of maladies that have struck the league this year. In addition to Bird, the sport has seen absences take out her teammate Breanna Stewart (reigning WNBA MVP), 2014 MVP Maya Moore of Minnesota,1Who is taking a season-long sabbatical from the game for personal reasons. Atlanta’s Angel McCoughtry, Dallas’s Skylar Diggins-Smith,2Who gave birth to a son in April. Indiana’s Victoria Vivians, Las Vegas’s Lindsay Allen and Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi for either all or most of the 2019 season.It’s a shocking and unprecedented spate of missing stars that figures to drastically change the championship picture for multiple teams, including — probably first and foremost — the Storm, who won the 2018 WNBA title based on huge contributions from Stewart and Bird. Together, the players listed above generated 30.5 wins last season according to Wins Created — a combination of Basketball-Reference.com’s Win Shares and the Player Efficiency Rating-based Estimated Wins Added metric.3Specifically, I converted EWA to the same scale as Win Shares across each league season. Then I averaged the two wins metrics together, with WS (a superior metric) getting triple the weight. If all of them do miss the whole year, it would represent the most wins from any single season that were then completely removed from the WNBA ecosystem in the next: In the 2018 season, 157 players suited up for one of the WNBA’s 12 teams. According to an updated version of the same data set Morris used, there were 412,407 girls basketball players in U.S. high schools during the 2017-18 season — meaning there were about 2,627 high school girls playing basketball for every roster slot available in the (American) pros. By comparison, over the same span, there were 540 NBA players and 551,373 participating boys basketball players — or 1,021 for every top-level pro roster slot.By this accounting, it’s more than two and a half times easier (!) for the typical U.S. boys basketball player to make the NBA than it is for his counterpart in girls basketball to make the WNBA. Even if you grant the presence of extra roster slots available overseas,4While virtually none of the top American men’s players play in overseas leagues, many of the top women do, complicating the comparison some. However, the seasons are offset from each other, allowing stars to play in both America and abroad, and the WNBA is still widely considered the top women’s league in the world, so the competition for WNBA roster slots is still drawing from the player pool in roughly the same manner as on the men’s side. the amount of untapped talent in women’s basketball is mind-boggling.That depth of talent won’t necessarily be able to easily replace all of the stars who’ll be missing this season’s WNBA action. But it does mean there are more opportunities than ever for players in the next tier to showcase their skills. And that could be a good thing — because as the numbers show, the WNBA (perhaps more so than any other sport) has a group of unheralded players waiting in the wings, ready to take advantage of the chance. read more

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Max Scherzers 20Strikeout Game Was Weirder Than Any Other

… 121Roger Clemens9/21/98TORBAL817153080.5 4Pedro Martinez9/10/99BOSNYY9111701103.2 39Max Scherzer5/11/16WSNDET92024.78.2+11.8 On Wednesday night, Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals mowed down the Detroit Tigers’ lineup for 20 strikeouts. It was just the sixth time any pitcher had struck out that many batters in a game since 1913. (Or the fifth time if you only count 9-inning games — sorry, Tom Cheney.) Scherzer’s accomplishment was historic — and historically weird, too.Scherzer also gave up two home runs in the game. That means that his performance would be considered good, but not necessarily great, by single-game starting-pitcher metrics like Bill James’s game score, or the custom variant we use in our own Elo rating algorithm. Our ratings even adjust for the quality of competition a pitcher faces, and they still rank Scherzer’s gem 119th among the 212 9-inning games with 15 or more strikeouts since 1913. 15+ strikeout games ranked by FiveThirtyEight game score PLAYERDATETEAMOPPIPSOOPP. SO%EXP. SODIFF. However, for all the ways in which Scherzer’s 20-K game was strange and perhaps less impressive than it seemed at first glance, his command of the strike zone was impeccable. He didn’t walk a batter, and although he gave up six hits and two home runs, Deadspin’s Tom Ley makes the great point that those blemishes were a product of aggressive pitching. Scherzer threw a ton of strikes — only 23 of his 119 pitches failed to find the zone — and that’s the game plan of somebody who’s challenging batters to hit his stuff. Some of them did, but most were sent back to the dugout shaking their heads.It had been a long time since the last 20-K game, and the game has changed a lot since Randy Johnson struck out 20 Cincinnati Reds in 2001. Modern pitch-counting managers won’t let today’s versions of Roger Clemens stick around for 151 pitches, for instance. So maybe Scherzer’s combative plan is the new path to huge strikeout games — even if that means they aren’t as statistically impressive as similar outings from the past. 37Johan Santana8/19/07MINTEX81719.75.1+11.9 5Nolan Ryan8/12/74CALBOS91913.14.7+14.3 119Max Scherzer5/11/16WSNDET926200281.1 38Dazzy Vance5/2/23BRONYG10156.73.1+11.9 4Ron Guidry6/17/78NYYCAL91811.03.6+14.4 RKPITCHERDATETEAMOPPIPRHSOBBHRGAME SCORE 15+ strikeout games only, 1913-2016Source: Baseball-Reference, FanGraphs (As measured by game score, Scherzer’s no-hitter over the Mets last October — his second no-hitter of 2015 alone — was a far more impressive accomplishment.)Scherzer also threw his 20 Ks in an era when strikeouts are more common. So far this season, Tiger batters have struck out in nearly a quarter of their plate appearances, fourth-most in MLB. Based on that number and the fact that Scherzer faced 33 Tigers Wednesday, we’d have expected an average pitcher to sit down 8.2 Tigers on strikes, meaning Scherzer struck out 11.8 more batters than expected. Among historical 15+ K games, that number also ranks surprisingly low, checking in at No. 39 since 1913: 3Erik Bedard7/7/07BALTEX9021500104.6 5Max Scherzer10/3/15WSNNYM9001700103.0 Source: Baseball-Reference.com 3Roger Clemens4/29/86BOSSEA92018.65.6+14.4 1Kerry Wood5/6/98CHCHOU9012000110.4 2Pedro Martinez5/12/00BOSBAL9021500105.4 120Dwight Gooden9/17/84NYMPHI827160080.8 … 1Kerry Wood5/6/98CHCHOU92017.4%5.0+15.0 40Nolan Ryan8/18/76CALDET101712.15.2+11.8 2Randy Johnson5/8/01ARICIN92018.85.5+14.5 41Van Mungo9/29/35BROPHI91511.13.2+11.8 118Jason Schmidt6/6/06SFGFLA917161181.2 Strikeouts above expectation, ranked 117Nolan Ryan8/12/74CALBOS927192081.4 read more

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Football Billy Price Tyquan Lewis and Sam Hubbard named to preseason award

OSU junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis (59) takes his position during their game on Nov. 19, 2016 at Spartan Stadium. The Buckeyes won 17-16. Credit: Mason Swires | Former Assistant Photo EditorExpectations for this upcoming season are high for a trio of Ohio State linemen who were selected to preseason award watch lists.OSU will look for its second Rimington Trophy award-winner in a row as redshirt senior center Billy Price was named on the award’s watch list. He is one of 63 centers to be selected to the watch list, including seven who play for Big Ten schools.Price was named to a 2016 first-team All-American as a guard and will be transitioning to center in the fall. Former OSU center Pat Elflein was awarded the 2016 Rimington Trophy. The prior year, he also played guard.On the other side of the ball, junior defensive end Sam Hubbard and redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis were two of the 42 players named to the Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list.In 2016, Lewis picked up eight sacks, 10.5 tackles for loss and was named the Big Ten defensive lineman of the year. Hubbard tallied 3.5 sacks, eight tackles for loss and was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection last season.OSU is one of four schools – along with Penn State, USC and Virginia – to have two players nominated for the Lott IMPACT Trophy.In the previous two seasons, players from Big Ten schools – Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers in 2016 and Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib in 2015 – won the trophy. Former OSU linebacker James Laurinaitis won the award in 2008 and is the only former Buckeye to win the trophy. read more

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Moura proud of first league start

first_imgAfter putting in a lot of effort since coming to Tottenham from PSG in the January transfer window, Lucas Moura finally earned his first Premier League start and did not miss to show his gratitude.Moura, who has won 16 trophies with Paris Saint-Germain, has made a total of eight appearances for the Spurs, three of which in the FA Cup, and managed to net in a goal along the way throughout the duration of his stay in the Premier League side.Considering the fact that Tottenham are still able to fight for one trophy, Lucas Moura will be hoping to help them get to it as he has managed to win a trophy every single season in the past six he has played. If they were indeed to win, this would be their first piece of silverware in a decade.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“It’s a big moment for me, I’m happy for that and I waited a lot for it,” Moura shared, according to HITC.“It’s a dream to play in the Premier League and to start the game. I’m so happy here, everyone has helped me, my teammates and the staff,” he went on to add.last_img read more

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Video Brozovic thwarts Barcelonas freekick with a lie down

first_imgMarcelo Brozovic’s ingenuity on Wednesday night denied Barcelona’s Luis Suarez an ideal way to beat the Inter Milan wall with his free-kickSuarez went for a low set-piece in a bid to fool the Inter players, who had formed a wall, by sneaking the ball underneath while they jumped to block the effort.But BT Sport revealed what Suarez didn’t count on was Brozovic’s resourcefulness after he went down on the ground and blocked the ball with his back.While the ball went out for a corner, Suarez could be seen glowering in disappointment.But injured team-mate Lionel Messi, who was watching from the stands at the Camp Nou as he continues his recovery from a fractured arm, could be seen chuckling.Unfortunately for Inter though, Brozovic’s initiative was not enough on the night as goals from Rafinha Alcantara and Jordi Alba sealed Barcelona a 2-0 Champions League win.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Lionel Messi’s reaction 😂That’s how to defend the under-the-wall free-kick ✅Marcelo Brozovic had done his homework this week… pic.twitter.com/7U8AKKQs5k— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 24, 2018last_img read more

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Woman and child found unconscious in Kew Town this morning

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 9, 2016 – An investigation is now launched by Police into the mysterious case of a woman and child found this morning, shortly after 7am, unconscious and unresponsive.After an onsite examination, the baby was declared dead and it’s mother is in hospital.  Police Press Liaison officer, Kevin Clarke confirmed that it is a Haitian family in this heart wrenching situation.There are no responses on a motive, nor on whether there were visible signs of death of the baby, the sex of the baby or the current condition of the mother.  Those details are expected though.Mother and baby were discovered in Dock Yard early this morning and an autopsy will be commissioned to determine exactly how that baby died. Related Items:last_img read more

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