Exclusive: Take a Look Now at the Luminous Barbara Cook!

first_img Related Shows As Barbara Cook prepares to return to the New York stage in Barbara Cook: Then and Now at off-Broadway’s New World Stages this spring, we have a first look at the incandescent Tony winner. Cook’s new show, which will kick off on April 12, was conceived by James Lapine and directed by Tommy Tune, so you know you’ll be in good hands when you settle in for an evening of personal stories and signature songs. After all, it’s not every day that you have a chance to be entertained by a living legend. Barbara Cook: Then and Now officially opens on May 4 and runs through June 26. Barbara Cook(Photo: Andrew Eccles) Barbara Cook: Then and Nowcenter_img View Comments from $110last_img read more

Vermont joins 31 other states in applying for federal assessment grant

first_imgA 31-state consortium, including Vermont, submitted its application recently for a federal grant that would develop a student assessment system aligned to a common core of academic standards. The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium, or SBAC, formed in December 2009, hopes to receive a Race to the Top assessment grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant, which lasts four years, is worth as much as $160 million. No more than two grants will be awarded.‘As a governing state, Vermont has an exciting opportunity to develop and implement assessment models that better reflect the progress and strength of our students, educators and their schools,’ said Vermont’s Deputy Commissioner for Transformation and Innovation Rae Ann Knopf. ‘SBAC represents a significant and necessary departure from the dependence on statewide assessments as a primary indicator of education effectiveness.’Vermont is a governing state in the application, meaning it is an active participant in the development of the policies and framework of the assessment.The assessment system to be developed by SBAC is tied to the Common Core State Standards, an initiative led by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association to create a consistent and clear set of learning standards for K-12 in English language arts and mathematics that all states can use. By the end of 2011, states in the consortium must agree to adopt the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math. States still in the consortium in 2014-15 must agree to use the consortium’s tests as their accountability assessments. The U.S. Department of Education is expected to announce its awards in September 2010.”We are very pleased to be a part of the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium, and proud that Vermont will play a leadership role in this project,’ said Vermont Department of Education Assessment Director Michael Hock, who also serves on the SBAC leadership team. ‘The name really says it all. It’s ‘smarter’ because we will be developing next generation assessments that will use new and highly innovative technologies to improve efficiency and accuracy, and to provide greater access for students with learning challenges. It’s balanced because it will provide a coherent system of classroom, district and state level assessments, all aligned with the new Common Core State Standards, that will challenge students to demonstrate what they have learned on test items and tasks that are practical and authentic. And since we will be sharing expenses with 31 other states, we are anticipating considerable cost savings over our current state assessment system.’Source: Vermont DOE. 7.21.2010Washington State is the applicant state on behalf of the consortium.‘It’s encouraging that so many states from across the country are working together to create an assessment system that aligns with efforts to adopt consistent and clear learning standards, ensuring every child gets the quality education they deserve to be ready for the global economy when they graduate,’ said Chris Gregoire, Washington state governor.###last_img read more

BREAKING: Bayern massacre Barca 8-2 to reach UCL semis

first_img The encounter in Lisbon saw Bayern Munich raced out to a 4-1 lead over Barcelona after the first 31 minutes and never looked back, doubling it after halftime and winning, astoundingly, 8-2 in their Champions League quarterfinal in Lisbon, Portugal. That lead didn’t last long. Alba’s cross trying to pick out Suarez was inadvertently lobbed by Alaba into his own net, gifting Barcelona an equalizer and making it 1-1 after seven minutes.Barcelona nearly went ahead on two occasions in the next three minutes. First, Suarez had a run in behind met by the on-rushing Neuer, who saved his close-range chance, before Sergio Busquets hit the post on another opportunity. Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski headlined a matchup teeming with star power, but was the other big names stepping up for Bayern Munich. Thomas Muller scored two goals, while Serge Gnabry and Ivan Perisic had a goal apiece before halftime for the German champions, who are aiming to win a first treble since 2013.Barcelona’s first goal came via Bayern defender David Alaba, who clipped Jordi Alba’s cross into his own net to make it 1-1 in the seventh minute. Luis Suarez made it 4-2 in the 57th minute, only for Joshua Kimmich to answer six minutes later to restore the three-goal edge. Lewandowski only added onto the humiliation in the 84th minute with one of his own before Philippe Coutinho–on loan to Bayern from Barcelona–made it 8-2 soon after with a late double.Barcelona, which left Antoine Griezmann on the bench in a shift to a 4-4-2 formation, nearly broke through in the third minute on the counterattack. Messi sprung Sergi Roberto free down the left-hand side, where he got in behind Canadian rising star Alphonso Davies. Roberto’s curling cross nearly found its way to Suarez, but it was just out of his reach, and Manuel Neuer came off his line to clear it away.Bayern then struck for the opener on its next time down into Barcelona’s end. Muller and Lewandowski worked a wonderful combination at the top of the box, with Muller firing home the opener from the edge of the area just into the fourth minute. Bayern Munich massacred Barcelona 8-2 to send Lionel Messi’s men out of the Champions League on Friday night.Advertisement Messi then had a chance saved in the 20th minute, with Neuer smothering his chance from in close after he’d been played in behind the Bayern defense.Bayern then pounced on its next chance in a game whose pace couldn’t possibly be sustained. After some pressure forced a Barcelona turnover, Gnabry found Perisic on the overlapping run on his left, and the Croatian beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen from a tight angle, powering his chance inside the far post for a 2-1 lead in the 21st minute.Bayern should’ve made it 3-1 in the 27th minute, when Lewandowski had a rebound fall to him at the goal mouth, only for Ter Stegen to make the point-blank save. It became 3-1 soon enough, though.Leon Goretzka lobbed a pass over the top for Gnabry, who got in behind Clement Lenglet and finished with poise to extend the lead to two.Ter Stegen nearly had a self-inflicted error immediately after, when he turned it over trying to play it out of the back. He gifted Lewandowski a chance to strike, only to make the desperation save.Not that it really mattered. Bayern made it 4-1 in the 31st minute through Muller’s second of the game, with his redirect off Kimmich’s pass extending the lead. Loading… Promoted Content10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The Show6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Actors That Started Their Careers On Soaps7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too SoonGorgeous Asian Actresses All Men Are Crazy AboutWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe The second half began much like the first ended. Barcelona was sloppy and disjointed in its own end, while Bayern Munich maintained the pressure. Its first chance came through a direct ball down the middle from Neuer, which picked out Muller streaking behind the Barcelona back line. Muller turned and fed Perisic, who hit his chance right into Ter Stegen’s chest in the 49th minute.Another chance came through Goretzka, who sliced through Barcelona’s defense to meet Kimmich’s ball over the top, settled with his chest but fired high a minute later.Barcelona needed a lifeline, and it got one in the 57th minute. Messi found Alba on the left, who cut it back for Suarez. The Uruguayan then did well to cut back on Jerome Boateng–who surely had shades of his infamous lowlight vs. Barcelona and Messi in 2015–and beat Neuer with a shot from inside the box to make it 4-2.That lifeline didn’t last long. Davies absolutely abused Nelson Semedo down the left-hand side, getting to the end line and cutting a cross back through the center of the box, where Kimmich raced onto it to fire home the goal that gave Bayern its three-goal lead back.The only thing that hadn’t happened for Bayern Munich was Lewandowski scoring, but that inevitability happened in the 84th minute. Cruelly for Barcelona, it came off a feed from Philippe Coutinho–on loan to Bayern from Barcelona–and was upheld after a VAR review confirmed his header was onside. The goal was Lewandowski’s 54th in all competitions this season, 14th in the Champions League. Read Also: PSG unsure over Navas’ fitness for UCL semi-finalThe cruelty continued moments later, with Coutinho getting two of his own to, sensationally, make it 8-2.Bayern Munich will advance to face either Manchester City or Lyon in the semifinals on Wednesday, with the victor of that match reaching the Aug. 23 final against either PSG or RB Leipzig.Forty-four years had passed since the last time Barcelona had conceded five in a single European clash, when they went down 5-4 to Levski Sofia in March 1976 in the UEFA Cup.Bayern Munich has become the first team to score eight goals in a Champions League knockout match.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

FIFA to Give VAR Green Light at World Cup

first_img“Video refereeing isn’t going to be the solution to everything in football. What we want to do is avoid resounding mistakes by referees.”At the World Cup in Russia from June 14 to July 15, VAR will be used to judge whether or not a goal has been scored, analyse whether a penalty should be awarded, decide on red cards and rectify if a player has been mistakenly sanctioned.The game’s lawmakers, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), had decided two weeks ago at its meeting in Zurich to support VAR at the World Cup.VAR has been trialled since 2016 by around 20 federations including the German Bundesliga and Italian Serie A.But it has not been universally welcomed with even Uefa, the European governing body, still to be convinced.“Nobody knows exactly how VAR will work. There is already a lot of confusion,” said UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin who insists that VAR will not be used in next season’s Champions League.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram FIFA is expected to rubber-stamp Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology for this summer’s World Cup despite lingering opposition from within and outside football.President of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, will oversee the governing body’s meeting in Bogota happy to give the green light to the system despite a long, personal spell of scepticism.“VAR is something positive that will bring much more to the transparency of football,” said Infantino ahead of the FIFA Council meeting starting today.last_img read more