See Gloria Estefan Audition Countless Conga-ing Hopefuls for On Your Feet!

first_imgEmilio and Gloria Estefan are taking the task of casting themselves in a Broadway musical very seriously. They’re personally watching countless audition tapes on YouTube and leading multiple open calls. Lance Bass recently took Entertainment Tonight on a behind-the-scenes look of the casting process of On Your Feet!, the bio-musical set to conga to Broadway on October 5, 2015 at the Marquis Theatre. “The reason we chose On Your Feet,” the Grammy-winning songstress explained of the title, “is because it’s about how you keep getting up in life–no matter what happens.” Take a look below as dozens of girls attempt to prove that they have what it takes to emulate Gloria and tell the story of her and Emilio’s 36-year marriage, which is “like 150 in Hollywood years.” View Comments Related Shows On Your Feet! Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 20, 2017last_img read more

Maxine Ruby LeCounte, Conway Springs: July 6, 1925 – Dec. 17, 2013

first_imgMaxine Ruby LeCounte died on December 17, 2013 at Spring View Manor in Conway Springs due to complications of cancer.  She was born on a farm nine miles north of Caldwell to Gusta and Agnes (Jelinek) Wolff on July 6, 1925. Following attending school at Corbin, she met James Ray LeCounte at a dance and they were wed on July 14, 1946.   To this union, two children, Kenneth and Kevin were born. They farmed near Renfrow, Okla. and moved to Caldwell where she worked at the hospital before moving to Wichita where she worked as a physical therapy aid until retiring.She was a member of the Eastern Star, the ZCBJ Lodge and the Christian Church. Maxine enjoyed travel, auctions, garage sales and particularly her grandchildren. She also enjoyed spending time with her friends. Helping persons in time of illness or need brought her great satisfaction both at work and at home. She was predeceased by her parents, Gusta and Agnes Wolff, her husband, James Ray LeCounte, her brother, Lewis Buster Wolff, her brother and sister-in-law, Roy and Nora LeCounte.She is survived by her sons, Kenneth of Lawrence and Kevin of Caldwell, daughters-in law, C.B. of Lawrence and Ginger of Caldwell, grandchildren Cristi Smith and her husband Jed, Heather Schultz and Sean Boyer, Owen LeCounte and Patrick LeCounte, and great-grandchildren Alexandria and Elizabeth Smith. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Dot Wolff.Funeral services were held 1 p.m. Friday, December 20, 2013 at the Central Christian Church in Caldwell, Kans.Interment was in the Caldwell City Cemetery, Caldwell, Kans..Memorials may be given in Maxine’s name to the Maxine LeCounte Scholarship Fund in care of the South Haven High School, South Haven, Kans..To share a memory or leave a condolence please visit www.schaeffermortuary.infoArrangements by Schaeffer Mortuary, 6 N. Main, Caldwell, Kans..last_img read more

Warriors reveal their approach to new Raptors challenge without Durant

first_imgTORONTO – The Warriors have proven they can reach their fifth consecutive NBA Finals despite their best scorer remaining sidelined. Can they actually win their fourth NBA title in the past five years, though, without Kevin Durant?The Warriors are still expecting Durant to return during the Finals after missing the past five playoff games with a strained right calf. When the Warriors play the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 on Thursday, they will do so once again without a player that had averaged …last_img read more

What’s driving 49ers’ Damontre Moore into final audition?

first_imgSANTA CLARA – Damontre Moore may make the 49ers roster. His pass-rushing prowess shows that. His urgency to win a job is one that any parent can relate.Moore became a father nearly three months ago, motivating him to straighten up and get serious about his career, which is approaching another crossroads.“It definitely makes you see things in a whole new light,” Moore, 26, said. “You’re no longer worried about yourself. You have a family to feed.”Miami Dolphins defensive end Damontre Moore …last_img read more

Conservative leader says Trudeau will hike carbon tax if he wins vote

first_img“Premier (Scott) Moe and Premier (Brad) Wall before him had a bit of a lonely battle but now they’ve got reinforcements. And my message to Canadians is come 2019, the battle will be won,” Scheer said. The federal government’s new carbon pricing system comes into effect in 2019 in provinces that don’t have carbon pricing mechanisms of their own. The carbon price outlined by Ottawa starts at a minimum of $20 a tonne and rises $10 annually until 2022.But Scheer told reporters that government officials are saying the tax would need to rise to $100 per tonne for it to be effective at reducing carbon emissions, and he says the federal environment department is planning for a carbon tax of $300 per tonne.“So we know Justin Trudeau will raise the carbon tax higher. His experts are telling him to. His own government departments are telling him to,” Scheer said.“At that price home heating bills will rise by more than $1,000 a year and gas prices would go up by more than 60 cents a litre.”When asked by a reporter about his own plan to fight climate change, Scheer responded that the Conservatives’ plan will help reduce global emissions by capitalizing on Canada’s clean technology and cleaner energy, which he said will also keep manufacturing jobs in Canada instead of moving to countries without those things.Canada’s former parliamentary budget officer predicted in a report in April that the federal government’s carbon tax will cut economic growth by 0.5 per cent or $10 billion dollars when it’s fully implemented in 2022, and would generate significant revenues. However, Jean-Denis Frechette’s report noted the impact on the economy will depend on how those revenues are used.Trudeau says Ottawa will return 90 per cent of the money it collects from a carbon tax to Canadians.Saskatchewan is asking its Court of Appeal to rule on whether the carbon tax is unconstitutional and has argued its climate change plan is enough to reduce emissions and a carbon tax would hurt the Saskatchewan economy.Scheer, who represents Regina_Qu’Appelle in Parliament, said Saskatchewan’s fight against the tax gets easier as more provinces elect governments that also oppose it, like Ontario and New Brunswick did in 2018.center_img REGINA, S.K. – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer welcomed 2019 with a warning that if Canadians re-elect Justin Trudeau this year, the federal carbon tax that’s going to take effect will only climb.“Canadians know what Justin Trudeau is going to do. Now that his carbon tax is here, it’s only going to go up. And if he gets re-elected in 10 months, it will go up even more,” Scheer said during a New Year’s Day news conference in a Giant Tiger store in Regina.“This time next year I plan on being able to tell Canadians that Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax is a thing of the past.”last_img read more

If I can get share of both pies, why not: Akshay

first_imgMumbai: Actor Akshay Kumar is on a roll, and when is he ever not? After signing up for a web series, the superstar is now getting ready for his next release Kesari. Excerpts from the interview: Q. There is so much happening in your career. Your leap into the digital domain has created a nationwide stir. What made you take this plunge? Honestly, my son Aarav was one of the main driving factors for me to think in this direction and move into the digital space. It’s where the youth is hooked onto and it is here that I wish to create something extraordinary and connect with them. It’s going to be high octane action is all I can reveal as of now. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot Q. Do you think the future of the movie-going experience lies in the digital space? Or do you believe, as I do, that the magic of the movie theatre can’t be eradicated? I’m of mixed opinion here. The actor in me would want and love to believe the magic of the movie theatres never fades away but having said that I’m also aware that a lot of content consumption is being done in the digital space and that is something that cannot be ignored. And if I can get a share of both the pies, then why not? Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversaryQ. You had three major successes in 2018. Kesari is your first release for 2019, and it’s looking like a blockbuster. What are your expectations regarding Kesari? Kesari is an extremely special film for me, my first war drama. I am very emotional about it. The answer on why I picked this film is in your question itself. I was amazed that such a brilliant and brave story has such little recognition and it’s a story I’m really proud and excited about to share with the audiences. Q. In Mission Mangal, you play a real-life astronaut. And there are several interesting female actors sharing the limelight with you. Would it be correct to say this is your first film in recent times where the women have important roles to play? I would like to correct you here. In Mission Mangal, I do not play an astronaut but a scientist and yes, I worked with an interesting mix of female co-actors in it. Well, it’s actually very subjective and never been a conscious decision. I pick films which excite me. For instance, I was also a part of Naam Shabana, where I most certainly wasn’t the central character and my female co-actor Taapsee Pannu had a much more important role to play. So that’s how it is.last_img read more

After 60 years, state plans to repair Durgapur Barrage

first_imgKolkata: The state Irrigation and Waterways department has chalked out an elaborate scheme to repair Durgapur Barrage for the first time since its construction almost six decades ago.The foundation stone of the barrage on river Damodar in Bankura was laid by the then Chief Minister Dr BC Roy. The construction began in 1955 and it ended in 1960. As the barrage was not repaired since ages its condition deteriorated from bad to worse. The state Irrigation and Waterways department has chalked out an elaborate scheme to immediately repair it. Once the repair work is completed the barrage will prevent inundation on vast areas. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBridge and Roof has been assigned to do the job at an estimated cost of Rs 98 crore. The scheme has been named “Rehabilitation and Strengthening of the Damaged Divide Wall and Downstream Floor of Durgapur Barrage”. There are 34 gates at the barrage that are operational. Due to lack of maintenance massive perforations have developed on the gates which cause huge leakage of water. In the upstream, divers have been deployed to carry out the necessary repair and plug the perforations. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayNecessary steps will be taken to revive the health of the dividing wall. Due to monsoon work cannot be carried out from June-July to October-November. In the downstream massive erosion has taken place on the bed of river Damodar. Necessary steps will be taken to check the erosion process. This apart, the state Irrigation and Waterways department has come up with an important scheme to repair the bridges on the canals of river Damodar. Under the scheme 31 bridges in Bankura, Birbhum and Bishnupur will be repaired by Bridge and Roof. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 50 crore. Most of the bridges need immediate repair. Work is being carried out in this regard and it is likely to be completed by monsoon.last_img read more

Chhattisgarh: 4 BSF personnel killed in encounter with Naxals

first_imgRaipur: Four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were killed and two injured in an encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh Thursday, police said. The encounter comes a week before polling for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections is held in the state. The skirmish took place around noon in a dense forest near Mahla village in Kanker district when a joint team of BSF’s 114th battalion and the District Force was out on a search operation, police said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Four BSF troopers were killed and two injured in the incident,” Deputy Inspector General (anti-Naxal operations) Sundarraj P told PTI. The patrolling team had launched the operation from the BSF’s Mahla camp, located around 250 from Raipur, he said. When the security men were advancing through a forest patch, a group of naxals fired at them, leading to a gun battle, he said. The deceased were identified as BSF’s assistant sub- inspector Boro, and constables Ramkrishnan, Someshwar and Ishrar Khan, he said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Assistant commandant Gopu Ram and inspector Gopal Ram were injured in the exchange of fire, he said. Soon after being alerted, reinforcement was rushed to the spot, he said, adding that a search operation was underway in the area. The bodies and the injured personnel were brought to the BSF’s Mahla camp later, he said. Polling in the Kanker Lok Sabha constituency will be held along with two other seats – Mahasamund and Rajnandgaon – in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in Chhattisgarh on April 18. Polling for other two phases in the state will be held on April 11 and 23.last_img read more