Charlotte d’Amboise Begins Performances in Broadway’s Chicago

first_img from $49.50 View Comments She started with a bang! Charlotte d’Amboise returns to Broadway’s Chicago on February 20. The two-time Tony nominee replaces Spice Girl Mel B, who played her last performance on February 19, in the role of Roxie Hart at the Ambassador Theatre.The fancy-footed D’Amboise received Tony nominations for her performances in the revival of A Chorus Line and in Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. Her other Broadway credits include Pippin, Sweet Charity, Carrie, Company, Contact and Damn Yankees.Chicago currently stars Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Christopher Sieber as Billy Flynn, LaVon Fisher-Wilson as Matron “Mama” Morton, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.D’Amboise will play a limited engagement in the Tony-winning revival through April 9. Chicagocenter_img Related Shows Charlotte d’Amboise(Photo: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)last_img read more

Bombers flying high to open High School hoop season

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsA nine-point run before halftime was the straw that broke the camels back for the L.V. Rogers Bombers.Norkam of Kamloops blew open a close 35-30 game en route to a 60-43 victory over the Bombers in the final of the Westsyde Wundas High School Boy’s Basketball Tournament Saturday in Kamloops.“A disappointing final 40 seconds of the second quarter proved to be the TSN turning point in the game,” said Bomber coach Blair D’Andrea. “The Bombers allowed three uncontested three-pointers from the Saints to put them in a 14-point hole going into halftime.”In front of a loud partisan crowd, the Bombers worked hard together as a team, with excellent relief minutes from Jessie Zak and Jae Tak to surprise the Saints and keep the game close early.Jason D’Andrea, named tournament Most Valuable Player, paced the Bombers in the finale with 28 points.Clay Rickaby added a double double with 15 rebounds and 16 points while John Zak added 10 and Maverick Seed chipped in with eight points.LVR advanced to the final with a 51-41 victory over Valleyview Vikings of Kamloops. D’Andrea led LVR with 20 points. Seed had eight while Rickaby was another force on the boards with 15.Seeing competition for the first time this season, LVR opened the tournament by smashing Vernon Secondary 52-38.Leading 29-20 at halftime, the Bombers turned up the defensive pressure on Valleyview to register the win.D’Andrea scored 17 for LVR.“The boys played extremely well together, showing off a team-based attack and unity that was fantastic for this early in the season,” said Blair D’[email protected]last_img read more

Haney’s OT winner completes Border Bruins comeback over Nelson Leafs

first_imgDylan Haney scored with time running out in overtime to spark the Grand Forks Border Bruins to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Nelson Leafs in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Tuesday night in the Boundary City.Haney’s goal completed the comeback as the Bruins rallied from a 2-0 deficit, moving Grand Forks to within a point of second-place Nelson in Murdoch Division standings.The loss was the third straight for the struggling Leafs, playing the game with only 15 skaters. Sawyer Hunt scored twice in the game to give Nelson a 2-0 lead after one period.Nelson continued to enjoy the lead until Garrett Brisebois scored his first of two on the night in the third period, getting the puck past goalie Devin Allen in the Leaf nets.Brisebois scored his second later in the period to force overtime.Nelson out shot the Bruins 41-38 in the game. Anthony Galliart was in goal to register his fifth win of the season for Grand Forks.The Leafs, 8-7-0-0-2, return home to face the Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday at the NDCC Arena.The Bruins, which has now won two straight games, hosts Spokane Saturday at the Grand Forks Arena. Game time is 7 p.m.last_img read more

Half-time: Fulham 2 Wigan 1

first_imgFine goals from Ross McCormack and Matt Smith gave Fulham the advantage despite Wigan controlling much of the play.The Whites began the game brightly and went in front after only four minutes.Sean Kavanagh rolled the ball to McCormack, who curled it brilliantly around Scott Carson from the edge of the box for his 13th goal of the season.But Wigan, in Gary Caldwell’s first game as manager, found their way back into the game and also converted their first chance, after 20 minutes.Having been restored to the starting line-up, Jermaine Pennant fired in a free-kick past Marcus Bettinelli after Scott Parker had fouled James McClean.With Fulham on the back foot for much of the half, McCormack almost grabbed his second, only to be denied at the last moment by a sliding challenge from Harry Maguire.And it was his strike partner who put Fulham ahead again 10 minutes before the break.Smith found a pocket of space 30 yards out and unleashed a sublime shot into the top corner to give the Whites an undeserved half-time lead.Fulham: Bettinelli; Grimmer, Turner, Burn, Husband; Hoogland, Parker, Tunnicliffe, Kavanagh; Smith, McCormack. Subs: Kiraly, Stafylidis, Hutchinson, Ruiz, Kačaniklić, Woodrow, Rodallega.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

#EQNZ: The Web Mobilizes for New Zealand Earthquake

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… I first learned of the quake via Twitter, including tweets from people I follow who live in Christchurch. Most of the initial tweets and re-tweets were of coverage by local media: the TV, newspaper and radio networks. Soon after, a People Finder service was published by Google and social media sites like Reddit created special web pages to track the latest news. I’ve also been tracking my own family’s updates via Facebook. richard macmanus The hashtag #eqnz has been the mobilizing factor on Twitter, including prominent placement to important local Twitter accounts like @nz_quake (an unofficial account that tracks data from GeoNet) and @NZcivildefence (an official account run by the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management). There’s also a more specific hashtag, #eqnzcontact, to collate information about people affected by the quake.The website EQNZ.co.nz has a running feed from Twitter and Geonet, as well as photos and a blog. This site has graphs of earthquake data from Geonet.Google rushed out a Person Finder application, to help people locate relatives. Update: Google Australia advises that Google.org’s crisis response team now has a landing page which will be constantly updated.Related is this wiki, for people to share information about missing people. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market CrisisCommons is a non-profit website doing a wonderful job rallying resources. It points to, among other things, a crowdsourced map. Update: Chad Catacchio noted in the comments that this is not an official CrisisCommons initiative, rather it is from CrisisCamp NZ with support from CrisisCamp Santa Barbara and CrisisCamp Toronto.You can make donations to the Red Cross.The primary news websites in New Zealand are all frantically updating as we speak. Here are the main ones: NZ Herald, Stuff.co.nz (which is the mothership for the Christchurch and Wellington dailies), TVNZ, 3 News. The latter two are the main television networks and their websites include live streaming coverage (3 News, TVNZ). Radio NZ, the national radio service, has ongoing news and a live audio stream. An alternative is Radio Live’s audio stream.If you want to track the news and reactions outside of Twitter and the mainstream news websites, Reddit has a special aggregation page up. This information page is particularly good (hat-tip @JaredNeilsen)Images from Twitter are being aggregated on Hashalbum.Please add more resources that you know of to the comments. At time of publishing, 5.45pm NZ, a state of emergency has just been declared in Christchurch. Our thoughts are with the people of Christchurch.Updates:Ed Borasky comments: “Kate Starbird at University of Colorado Boulder has activated the Tweak-the-Tweet system as well. Follow @kate30_dev and @katestarbird.” As Ed explained in a post, Tweak-the-Tweet aims to provide a “standardized syntax for Twitter communications.” Here is the Volunteer spreadsheet & map (thanks @Org9). A Facebook page has been created to support the people of Christchurch (thanks Rachel Cunliffe for that tip). Further update:This Facebook Page has gathered more momentum.Telecommunications updates can be found at this Telecom NZ web page and on Twitter. Also, Vodafone NZ advised via its Twitter account: “Do not overload phone lines with non-emergency calls, stick to TXT and short calls if you can.”Julie Starr has a comprehensive list of news and sources on The Evolving Newsroom. She also recommends the All Hazards site.quakebeds.co.nz has information on places to find and offer accomodation for Christchurch people.If you are a blogger, you may want to add this fund-raising widget fromGivealittle to your site. 100% of all funds donated will be contributed to the official mayoral fund. I’ve added one near the top of this post.Tweet stream via EQNZ.co.nz Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#web Related Posts Today the New Zealand city of Christchurch was rocked by another large earthquake, a magnitude 6.3 that was shallow and hit close to the city center. It follows months of aftershocks from the first big earthquake to strike Christchurch, a magnitude 7.1 on 4 September last year. A personal note: I live in Wellington, New Zealand, which is about 200 miles from Christchurch. However, I have a number of relatives who live in Christchurch and I’m concerned about their safety. last_img read more

Gates, Dell, and Jobs: Reading Between The Lines Reveals Insights

first_imgThis Jobs – “phone” 2.  The most used word by each of the speakers was also fascinating:  The point the writer of the article was trying to make was that Jobs was much easier to understand by mere mortals.  I was personally surprised to see the variance in the number of words per sentence — I thought they would have been bunched closer together. Dell – 16.5 words per sentence Gates – “devices” — Brian Halligan. Originally published Feb 1, 2007 4:37:00 PM, updated March 21 2013  is a fascinating comparison of the words used by Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Michael Dell on recent keynote style speeches.  There are a bunch of interesting things that jumped out at me about this data: article Jobs – 10.5 words per sentence.  Dell – “gaming” 1.  The average number of words used per sentence was incredibly interesting.  3.  The word “cool” is one of the most common utterances out of all three of these middle aged tech industry leaders’ mouths.  I always thought as I got older that I should use the word “cool” less and less, but I guess the word “cool” has become a permanent part of our lexicon. If ten years ago someone told me that the most uttered word out of Bill Gates mouth was going to be “devices,” I would have laughed them out of the room.  Same goes for “phone” for Jobs and “gaming” for Dell.  It’s amazing how these companies have shifted their positioning over the years.  It will be interesting to see which ones pull off these shifts in positioning over the next couple of years. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Gates – 21.5 words per sentencelast_img read more

How to Build a Community of Twitter Followers for Your Company

first_img Topics: I’ve been getting this question more and more lately, as Twitter becomes more and more mainstream and the business benefits of Twitter are more and more talked about.First, a word of caution. When engaging in any social media, you want to do so authentically – it will involve a fair amount of your participation, both give and take. Your first step once you join Twitter should probably not be to go follow 1,000 people. First of all, you very possibly might not be able to due to recent limits set by Twitter. This act seems kind of spammy, and that’s the last thing you want to do in social media. You should aim to let your community grow organically. That said, there are a few things you can do to get started.The first thing you absolutely have to do once you sign up for a Twitter account (though you can do this before signing up for Twitter, but you won’t be able to do much beyond this), is start monitoring who and what people are saying about your company. Go to Search.Twitter or Tweetscan (it may be worth it to use both, or even additional Twitter search engines, as they don’t all pick up on everything) and search for your company name, your executives’ names, perhaps your competitors’ names. You’ll see all the recent tweets that mention that name or phrase. What’s also great about these services is you can subscribe by RSS to this thread so you’ll be able to keep tabs on new posts about your company. When someone does talk about your company – respond, favorite the tweet perhaps if it’s favorable, and start following the person.A very close second most important thing to do once you’re on Twitter is to actually engage in the Twitter community. If you want people to follow you, you need to give them a reason to. Post interesting tweets, respond to others (see first point above). As noted in my word of caution, you want to be an authentic participant in the community. One of the wonderful things about Twitter is that you have to opt-in to receive someone’s updates (follow them). So, you need to think of ways to warrant a follow. I’ve been pretty impressed with Whole Foods in this regard. I started following them, though I’m no Whole Foods nut, because of their interesting tweets like “TOTD” (tweet of the day), and interesting food-related tweets like plugging food festivals across the country.Those are really the two most important things you can do on Twitter. But, if you’re still interested in ramping up your Twitter following, here are a few additional ideas:Go back to Search.Twitter and search on more general phrases that relate to the audience you’re trying to reach. Subscribe to those updates and respond/follow as appropriate.Check out the directories, like Twellow. Twellow is a directory of Twitter users categorized by industry or interest. There are a few other cool services, like Twubble and Twits Like Me. ReadWriteWeb posted a great article on these services here.Follow those who follow you. People like to feel like you’re listening to them and that they’re engaging in a two-way conversation with you. A follow-back is a great way to set that environment.Check out who your followers are following. They are likely interested in similar topics, and are a natural extenstion to your existing network.One more thought to consider before you get going: Will you be setting up a company Twitter account or will various employees have personal Twitter accounts (or both)? At HubSpot, we recently launched our company Twitter account @hubspot that a few of us monitor and update. There are also a bunch of us who have our own personal accounts, including our CEO, CSA, VP Marketing, and lots of others from across the company, including myself of course. The question is which brand you are building up – your corporate brand, or your personal brand (which in turn contributes to the company brand as well). I like the mix of both, though a lot of marketers may not have the bandwith to support more than one Twitter account. Either way, the first thing you must do after reading this post is to reserve your company’s name on Twitter before someone else does.If you want to see some companies out there who are doing a great job on Twitter, check out Zappos or Whole Foods. If you want to see a full list of companies on Twitter, check out the new Social Brand Index (and it wouldn’t hurt to get listed there, too, while you’re at it).Have you had any luck building a following for your company on Twitter? Do you have any additional techniques that worked for you? What have you learned from other companies on Twitter – good and bad approaches? Leave a comment and let’s discuss. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Social Media Originally published Aug 18, 2008 9:15:00 AM, updated October 29 2019last_img read more

LinkedIn Launches “LinkedIn Today” – Tips Marketers Need to Know

first_img Originally published Mar 10, 2011 2:40:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 LinkedIn Today You should have LinkedIn share buttons on all your content.  Recently, LinkedIn launched a new sharing button that tracks the number of shares much like the buttons from Twitter and Facebook.  (There’s one on this article, give it a quick click!)  Very soon after this new button launched, we added it as an option to the blogs of all 4,000 HubSpot customers – no software to install, it just shows up.  ( Topics: What do you think about LinkedIn today?  What other tips would you have for marketers?  Leave a comment and let’s discuss. .  Other ways include making regular status updates, and answering questions posted on LinkedIn Answers. (Check out the news article featured in the video, look familiar?)  Now that your news and blog posts can spread more virally on LinkedIn, there is even more reason to be active in this business community.  If you have more friends and build better relationships with them on LinkedIn, then it is more likely your content will get more shares and be featured on LinkedIn today.  One way to be active is to join groups and post messages there, like our Today LinkedIn launched a new news aggregation and curation service called What does the launch of LinkedIn Today mean for marketers? Inbound Marketers LinkedIn Groupcenter_img You should be publishing not advertising. .  Here is a short video from the company explaining what it is.   You should be active on LinkedIn. Many other websites automatically curate news based on what your friends have liked, shared or voted such as Reddit, Digg, Facebook and tons more.  So the story here is not the technology, but the fact that this type of service is now available on LinkedIn, making it extremely relevant for B2B marketers. LinkedIn Marketing  LinkedIn today is yet another service that gives inbound marketers an advantage.  Rather than buying ads people ignore, you want to be the content that is showing up on the homepage and being promoted by LinkedIn members.  The best way to do this is to start a blog and be your own publisher.  In fact, I’m hoping that this article gets featured on LinkedIn today because all of you share it on LinkedIn. ).  If you are not using HubSpot for marketing, you’ll have to figure out how to add the new button to your blog, maybe contact a web developer, etc.  Either way, you need to do it!  Having these buttons on your content makes it much more likely your website visitors will share the content with their networks and your company will get more attention on LinkedIn. Note to customers: There is a checkbox in blog options to turn it on or off, very easy – if you have any trouble, just call support at 888-HubSpot LinkedIn is a huge social network, has a strong following and usage among b2b companies and is the largest business / career focused community in the world.  If you sell to other businesses, or even to individual business people, you need to know what you should do to get the most out of LinkedIn Today.  Here are some of the key tips for marketers: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more