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Joshua Park, Broadway’s Tom Sawyer, Dies at 38

first_imgJoshua Park, a stage and screen alum who starred in the title role of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer on Broadway, has died following a brief illness. He was 38 years old.Soon after graduating from North Carolina School of the Arts, Park made his Broadway debut in 2001 in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. It was the first Great White Way show he had ever auditioned for. “This is not what school prepared me for at all,” Park told Broadway.com at the time. “School prepared me for: ‘You’re not gonna work for the next five years, so get ready, kid.’” Though the musical, which also featured Kristen Bell, Jim Poulos and Tom Aldredge, only played the Minskoff Theatre for just over two weeks after opening, Park received a Theatre World Award for his performance.Later that year, Park appeared in the Irish Repertory Theatre’s off-Broadway revival of Streets of New York and A Celtic Christmas in 2002. His additional stage credits included the off-Broadway musical Prodigal opposite Christian Borle and Kerry Butler, ”Master Harold”…and the Boys ad the Westport Country Playhouse and the title role in the Goodspeed Opera House and subsequent national touring production of Pippin.On screen, Park appeared in a series of low-budget horror films: The Bog Creatures, Fort Doom and Blood Relic. He also participated in many developmental readings and festival stagings of new works, including A Merry Jewish Christmas and Like You Like It. View Commentslast_img read more

Oh the Places You’ll Go

first_imgThere. Much better. If that poem doesn’t give you a little burst of inspiration to go out and see the world, I’m not sure what will.THE LIST 1. Joyce Kilmer Memorial ForestWhy? To revel in the beauty of some big-ass old growth trees.2. Linville RiverWhy? To see the awe-inspiring, piss-your-pants rapids that are iconic of the gorge.3. Blue Ridge, GeorgiaWhy? I mean, the name of the town is Blue Ridge. I gotta go there. I’m surprised I haven’t been yet, honestly. Plus, the cycling scene there is off the chain (no pun intended, maybe).4. Chincoteague Island, VirginiaWhy? One word. Ponies.5. Cumberland Island, GeorgiaWhy? I mean, it captured the fascination of my editor for over 20 years of his life, enough so that he decided to write a biography about the island’s lone protector, Carol Ruckdeschel. It has to be good. Plus I like turtles.6. Edisto River, South CarolinaWhy? If not for the scenic flatwater paddling, then definitely the treehouse lodging.7. Everglades National Park, FloridaWhy? I know, I know. It’s not “technically” the Blue Ridge, but shoot – neither is half our territory! Plus, how sweet would it be to spend a week sea kayaking around the Everglades, camping on pristine beaches, watching the sun set over the horizon each night…I can almost feel the salt rash on my bum and the sunburn on my face now.8. Wilmington, N.C.Why? To go on a history tour of the town…NOT. I want to surf. Duh.9. The Fantastic Pit, GeorgiaWhy? Sounds dirty, and it is. Imagine a 586-foot vertical drop into Ellison’s Cave, the twelfth deepest cave in the United States.10. State College, Penn.Why? To get my ass kicked on a bike.11. Seneca Rocks, W.Va.Why? I’ve been there, seen it, but I actually want to climb that shit. It’s a classic.###That’s a good start, but I’d love to hear from you. Where should I go in 2015? Looking for adventure partners along the way! Per my last blog post, you’re well aware that I already have my mind made up about New Year’s resolutions. In general, I’d say I’m satisfied with that list. It’s succinct, realistic, common-sense.But you know me. I’m one of those annoying big-ideas type of people who could stay up into the wee hours talking about dreams and goals and never get anywhere with any of them but ride high on the energy of endless possibility for weeks after.So what’s the big thing that’s missing from that list? The thing that keeps me up at night, wheels turning? The thing that distracts me from writing this blog as we speak?Places.Like the great American writer and filmmaker Susan Sontag, I’m of the mindset that, “I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list.” I covered a lot of ground in 2014, from the coast of Carolina, to the cliffs of eastern Kentucky, to the highlands of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. But there are plenty of places I haven’t been, even in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.But, before I launch into a detailed description of all the places I’d like to visit this year and why, let’s set the mood with a little Dr. Seuss, shall we?You have brains in your head.You have feet in your shoes.You can steer yourselfAny direction you choose.You’re on your own. Andyou know what you know.And you are the guy who’lldecide where to go.You’ll get mixed up,of course, as you already know.You’ll get mixed up withmany strange birds as you go.So be sure when you step,Step with care and greattact and remember thatLife’s A Great Balancing Act.And will you succeed?Yes! You will, indeed!(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)KID, YOU’LL MOVEMOUNTAINS!last_img read more

Open banking opens doors for credit unions

first_img continue reading » The future of banking is in open banking—the democratization of financial services through technology. The term “open banking” may seem lofty, but it simply allows retailers, credit unions, and members to easily and safely share financial information across a network of platforms. For instance, you might want to connect savings, checking, and investment accounts into a personal financial management tool.Or, if you prefer to get more technical, the definition from Investopedia reads, “Open banking is a system that provides a user with a network of financial institutions’ data through the use of application programming interfaces (APIs). The Open Banking Standard defines how financial data should be created, shared, and accessed.” An API is a set of rules regarding how various systems interact, allowing multiple systems to communicate with each other. It defines the requirements for authentication and data sharing. Developers essentially build applications and services around the financial institution.How do these APIs enable open banking and simplify processes? They allow financial institutions and service providers to connect to each other more easily to perform functions that once required transfer of physical documents to complete. A real-world example of this is direct deposit. Money is transferred electronically from an employer’s bank account to the employees’ credit union, and then into the individual accounts. This service was reserved for large banks not long ago, but is now nearly universally available. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Wolves leave Liverpool reeling after FA Cup shock

first_img… Spurs scrape throughBy Martyn HermanLONDON,(Reuters)-Liverpool sank deeper into their mid-season rut when Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers claimed a deserved 2-1 FA Cup fourth-round victory at Anfield as the competition lived up to its reputation for shocks yesterday.Goals by Richard Stearman and Andreas Weimann proved enough for Wolves, 18th in the second tier, to inflict a third home defeat in a week on Juergen Klopp’s faltering side who managed only one win in eight matches in January.Fourth-tier Wycombe Wanderers, 70 places below Tottenham in the English pyramid, were minutes away from trumping Wolves with a genuine giantkilling away win over Premier League title hopefuls Tottenham Hotspur but lost a thriller 4-3.Two goals by Paul Hayes, one a penalty, gave Wycombe a 2-0 halftime lead at White Hart Lane and Garry Thompson sent the away fans crazy by restoring their lead seven minutes from time after Tottenham had fought back.Tottenham were reduced to 10 men when Kieran Trippier limped off after the hosts had used all their substitutes but Dele Alli coolly equalised in the 89th minute before Son Heung-min struck seven minutes into stoppage time with his second goal of the game.“This is the beauty of the FA Cup. It’s magic. This is completely different to Spain or France,” relieved Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino said after his side’s ninth consecutive home victory in all competitions.Lincoln City, one of two survivors from outside the Football League, continued their dream run with a 3-1 home victory against Championship leaders Brighton & Hove Albion to reach the fifth round for the first time in the modern era.They also got that far in 1887 when the competition involved far fewer clubs at the outset.Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle United, Brighton’s close rivals for promotion to the top flight, also slipped up to lower-level opponents, outplayed 3-0 at League One’s Oxford United.Arsenal made light of a touchline ban for manager Arsene Wenger as Theo Walcott scored a hat-trick and Danny Welbeck struck twice in a 5-0 hammering of League Cup finalists Southampton at St Mary’s while in the day’s other all-Premier League duel Manchester City outclassed Crystal Palace 3-0 at Selhurst Park.CHELSEA BREEZEPremier League leaders Chelsea breezed past second-tier Brentford 4-0, Middlesbrough beat Accrington Stanley 1-0 and Burnley saw off Bristol City 2-0.Blackburn Rovers won a north-west derby 2-0 against Blackpool in a game memorable for protests against their clubs’ respective owners by both sets of fans. Huddersfield reached the fifth round with a 4-0 thrashing of Rochdale.Liverpool, already reeling from last weekend’s home defeat by Swansea City which left them 10 points adrift in the Premier League title race and Wednesday’s League Cup semi-final defeat by Southampton, made a dreadful start yesterday.Wolves were ahead after 53 seconds as an unmarked Stearman headed in Helder Costa’s free kick and Weimann made it 2-0 five minutes before halftime after more good work by Costa.Divock Origi scored late on but it was too little too late.“I could look for excuses but I don’t want to, maybe we should use this time to be disappointed, to be frustrated, to be angry at ourselves,” Klopp said. “All I can say. Sorry.”National League leaders Lincoln, who knocked out Championship side Ipswich Town in round three, sent the Sincil Bank crowd crazy as they outplayed a below-strength Brighton side.Richie Towell gave Brighton, 72 places higher than Lincoln, the lead but the hosts equalised through Alan Power’s penalty and took the lead when Fikayo Tomori scored an own goal. Theo Robinson rounded off the win.Chelsea boss Antonio Conte made nine changes but his side were cruising after 21 minutes with goals from Pedro and Willian. Branislav Ivanovic and Michy Batshuayi also scored.Holders Manchester United play Wigan Athletic today.last_img read more