Jonathan Groff Talks Looking, Hamilton and, Uh, His Balls

first_imgJonathan Groff stopped by The Today Show to chat with (former Broadway lyricist, and don’t you forget it) Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, and it was glorious. Gifford clearly wants to bathe in a tub of #Groffsauce, as she kicks off the interview by mentioning all his “balls in the air” and later asks if he’s “ever kissed a post-menopausal woman.” As one does. The Tony nominee and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner discussed the second season of his HBO series Looking and stepping into off-Broadway’s Hamilton. It’s all worth a listen, but keep watching as the three recreate West Side Story, sing some show tunes and reminisce about the late Elaine Stritch’s classic Today Show moment. Grab a glass of your morning wine and watch below! Related Shows Star Files View Comments Jonathan Groff Hamilton (Off-Broadway) Show Closed This production ended its run on May 3, 2015last_img read more

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2021-01-18

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HR Answers: Training millennials at your credit union

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “What are the most effective ways to train millennials”? This is probably the most frequently asked question of training professionals today.And for those born before 1980—the year the first millennials were born—the question can seem mysterious and complex. We look at millennial employees and see a group of young people who seem addicted to texting on their phones, who sometimes seem skeptical about the lessons we want to teach them, and who are prone to changing jobs frequently.That’s what we see, or what we think we see. But do those rough observations really reflect who millennials are? Do they offer useful insights on how millennials should be trained?The answer is … not really. So let’s decode the millennial mindset more strategically and see what we can learn about how to train them effectively. continue reading »last_img read more

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2020-12-18

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Why do we allow bullying to flourish in kids sports?

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionIn the cellphone video, a teenage boy stands at the front of the classroom as his football teammates laugh. The coach walks to the door and closes it.“We don’t want no witnesses,” he says, to more laughter. After hesitating, the boy complies with the coach’s orders to close his eyes and clasp his hands behind his head. Then the coach punches him in the stomach. The boy doubles over and falls to the floor as his teammates laugh some more.The clip, shot at California’s Beaumont High School, made headlines after it was turned over to local police in October.Equally shocking, however, were the expressions of support by many of the players and their parents, who downplayed the incident and lauded the coach, Will Martin, for his mentoring influence.“If it’s so bad, why are the kids laughing?” one mom asked, while another parent characterized Martin as a “man of God.”Martin’s behavior may be an extreme example, but physical and emotional bullying by youth coaches is often still accepted or even defended as a way to improve performance and build character.Some coaches use exercise as punishment, including one in Des Moines, who was subsequently fired for it in 2012.And verbal abuse by coaches such as name-calling and belittling players is common at all levels of sports. Of course, most coaches are hard-working, well-meaning and passionate about sports.Those who do end up bullying may simply be frustrated or misguided about athlete development.But when they do bully players, we have a responsibility to avoid defending or normalizing it.I have a son who plays high school varsity football, and I was sickened not just by the clip of the Beaumont High School coach, but by the parents who defended his behavior.A teen who’s been punched in the stomach by his coach has already been failed once by adults and doesn’t need to be failed again.Lisa L. Lewis is a writer based in Southern California. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Players may hesitate to speak up for fear of retaliation. And parents who do so risk being seen as helicopter parents, Fraser noted.And in fact, there’s no evidence to suggest that this type of domineering coaching is what wins championships.Instead, coaches who use positive methods have a better track record of keeping kids from dropping out of youth sports, increasing player engagement and developing skills and character, which in turn help teams win.The nonprofit Positive Coaching Alliance, based in Mountain View, California, and featuring an all-star advisory board lineup that includes winning coaches, such as Phil Jackson, Bruce Bochy and Steve Mariucci, calls this double-goal coaching, which focuses on winning and even more so on teaching life lessons. Similarly, experts believe the best way to combat old-school coaching is through education. Coaches often get frustrated and resort to dictatorial techniques because they lack other tools.Requirements for high school coaches vary by state – in Illinois , for example, prospective coaches only need coaching certification if they don’t already have an Illinois teaching, school counseling or similar certificate.And in Hawaii , the governing body for high school sports only requires that coaches participating in state championship events take a “Fundamentals of Coaching” course and allows them two years to do so, even though they’re coaching players in the interim.center_img The course is offered by the National Federation of State High School Associations, which oversees interscholastic sports federations in each state and the District of Columbia and is one of the main groups offering courses to meet these varying state requirements.Dan Schuster, who oversees educational services for the association, noted that the fundamentals course addresses bullying in the context of providing a safe and respectful environment and refers coaches to additional optional resources on the topic.In addition to educating coaches, though, we need to look at the broader culture that’s made these bullying behaviors seem acceptable.Rationalizing it through a “win at all costs” mind-set or accepting that it’s embedded in competitive sports – particularly in aggressive ones like football – only perpetuates it.We need to make sure that when we talk about bullying, we’re clear about exactly what that means.In a paper published last month in the Sport Journal, Charles Bachand noted that being able to determine whether bullying in sports is increasing or decreasing depends on having a standard definition.Some of the research to date doesn’t even include key components such as the imbalance of power inherent in the coach-player dynamic, Bachand pointed out. In one study of 800 youth athletes, more than a third of the respondents said their coaches had yelled at a kid angrily for making a mistake, and 4 percent said the coach had hit, kicked or slapped someone on the team.(The authors note that if their sample is seen as representative of the larger population of youth athletes, this equates to close to 2 million kids being on the receiving end of this type of physical bullying each year.)In any other setting, that behavior would immediately be recognized as physical abuse, noted Jennifer Fraser, the author of “Teaching Bullies: Zero Tolerance on the Court or in the Classroom.”“Imagine two women in a staff meeting,” she suggested. “Would this be seen as motivating? Would she (the victim) be a better employee as a result?” In many cases, coaches are simply replicating what was done to them or may be taking out their frustration on their players.For kids and adolescents, the impact of being yelled at and belittled — or having a coach slap kick or even punch them — is long-lasting.(Even though the majority of the research looks at peer-to-peer bullying, the dynamic in coach-player bullying is consistent with the imbalance of power that’s generally used in definitions of bullying.)last_img read more

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2020-10-20

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Adopt Olympic spirit in promoting peace

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe whole world is watching Pyeongchang. The Olympic games are a powerful symbol of international cooperation and goodwill, while the spirit of the games represents the possibility of peace and progress in our time. Hope like that, especially on the Korean peninsula, is something sorely needed in these dark times. Despite the clear possibility for shared progress towards peace, President Trump and his administration seem to be doing all they can to stifle it. From disparaging other nations as s-holes, to spurning international agreements, to seeking to make nuclear war easier to wage, Trump has done all he can to trample on the international goodwill. In short, Donald Trump and his team are the antithesis of the Olympic spirit.As disheartening as outbursts from the president are, it is within our power to reverse the damage he has done; Congress has a wealth of options to do just that. I’m calling on our members of Congress to demand the administration focus on diplomacy rather than military bluster, to oppose the nuclear agenda set forth by Trump at every dangerous turn, and to censure his derogatory rhetoric. Perhaps if we learned from the Olympic spirit rather than spat on it, we would find ourselves in a much less scary world. Sylvia BarnardAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFeds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamlast_img read more

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2020-10-20

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Shareholder pressure fails to promote sustainable practices – survey

first_imgBarely one in 10 companies feel compelled to improve their sustainability record, despite pressure from institutional investors, a study by the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has found.The study, which saw the PRI work with Accenture on its annual CEO survey on sustainability, also found that fewer than one-quarter of responding firms saw large shareholders as key to guiding their approach on the matter.“In the context of a rising focus on sustainability as an essential part of core business, and a driver of future success, the continued absence of the investor as an influential stakeholder is a surprise,” the report said.“The lack of movement in the influence of investors could be best described as ‘the dog that didn’t bark’.” However, the report noted that longer-term, more concentrated investment mandates could be one way of improving their ability to be heard.Fiona Reynolds, managing director at the PRI, told IPE such an approach would allow for “deeper engagement”.“Rather than trying to have a broad engagement with hundreds and hundreds of companies, you can have very meaningful dialogue with fewer companies and really get into the issues,” she said.She added that the PRI would be putting out its discussion paper on such mandates in the coming months, but said the organisation had been looking at the role of long-term mandates not only in improving engagement but also in driving long-term behaviour for managers, pension funds “and ultimately companies, as well”.The report argued that, with 80% of chief executives considering sustainable practices as a key competitive advantage, it should be viewed as a cause for concern that the issue is not yet part of analyst calls and engagement with investors.However, despite 80% of chief executives viewing sustainability as key to the competitive advantage, only 14% of investors questioned by the PRI said they viewed investee companies as being boosted by said advantage.Respondents to the survey included the UK’s Pension Protection Fund, Dutch pension manager PGGM, Allianz Global Investors, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and several large Australian superannuation funds, including AustralianSuper.Neither did shareholders and chief executives agree on the importance of sustainability to various sectors, such as banking, mining, utilities and infrastructure and transportation.While only 57% investors thought sustainability was an important issue for the chemicals industry, 97% of company executives saw it has important.Only three-quarters of investors, meanwhile, saw sustainability of infrastructure and transport as key, compared with 98% of chief executives.In fact, across the 11 sectors chief executives were questioned on, only in one – electronics and high tech – did fewer than 90% agree that sustainability was vital, compared with seven areas that saw 90% or more of investors agree.Reynolds suggested the relative lack of concern for sustainability in the chemicals sector stemmed from its highly regulated nature, such as the safety framework required when moving chemicals.“That’s not to say people don’t want to engage with those companies,” she said. “But, by the nature of the work, it does have to be highly regulated.”The survey also found that investors often only approached sustainability through the prism of risk mitigation.It quoted the PPF’s CIO, Barry Kenneth, as arguing that sustainability was “one of a number of risks” examined by the fund.“If a company falls south on sustainability, there can be an impact on value and investment,” he said.For more from Fiona Reynolds on the PRI and its impending governance restructure, see the current issue of IPE,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to UN Global Compact-Accenture CEO Study on Sustainabilitylast_img read more

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2020-09-29

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Ronaldo using rugby studs to get extra advantage on the pitch

first_img Loading… read also:Ronaldo tops chart for highest-earning athlete on Instagram during lockdown They seem to be working, as Delort set a record for this season in Ligue 1 by sprinting at 36.8km/h. These are likely to be rubber studs more than metal, allowing for greater flexibility and speed. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 According to Tuttosport and Sport Mediaset, CR7 believes the change to his boots will get a stronger grip on the turf and enable him to run faster. It’s not entirely a new idea, as Montpellier forward Andy Delort has already been using these studs since February 19.Advertisementcenter_img Juventus star, Cristiano Ronaldo, is reportedly using new studs inspired by rugby to get an extra advantage on the pitch.last_img read more

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2020-09-24

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Jail officer sought in Ripley County

first_imgVersailles, In. —The Ripley County Sheriff’s Department is hiring jail officers.Applicants must be at least 18-years-old, have a high school diploma or equal and pass a background check. The position pays $29,432 per year.Apply in person at the Ripley County Sheriff’s Department at 210 N. Monroe Street in Versailles between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, apply online or if there are questions call 812-689-5558.last_img

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2020-09-23

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The Latest: Jaguars starting QB Minshew off coronavirus list

first_img August 4, 2020 The French league is to start on Aug. 21.___The German men’s ice hockey league will start its new season in November, more than eight months after the coronavirus stopped play. The league says its clubs agreed on the Nov. 13 date to begin the 2020-21 season and they’re drawing up plans to have fans in the arenas, subject to approval from German authorities.The league played its last games on March 8 and was suspended with the regular season complete and the playoffs due to begin. The season was canceled and no champion was declared. Associated Press The club says Amiri reported the “short-term” contact in his private life himself and is isolating at home for a week as a precaution.Leverkusen managing director sport Rudi Völler says in a statement that “Nadiem’s behavior is exemplary and important. Precisely because infection numbers are rising again in Germany, it’s an example of a serious and responsible approach to the pandemic.”Leverkusen takes a 3-1 lead from the first leg in March when it hosts Rangers on Thursday.Amiri has played 41 games for Leverkusen this season across all competitions.___ A referee can only red card a player when they are certain the cough is intentional. A yellow card is also optional.The new rule falls under “using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures.”IFAB said in a statement: “As with all offenses, the referee has to make a judgment about the true nature of the offense.“If it were clearly accidental, then the referee would not take action nor if the ‘cough’ took place with a large distance between the players.“However, where it is close enough to be clearly offensive, then the referee can take action.” Hockey has been slow to return in Germany because the league and clubs rejected the option of playing in empty arenas. They argued that they would lose money by hosting games without fans.The league says there will be a “preparation tournament with all 14 clubs in the lead-up to the season” but dates and locations are yet to be confirmed.___A soccer player who deliberately coughs close to another player or match official can be issued a red card.The International Football Association Board, the game’s lawmaker, updated its guidelines while the pandemic perseveres. A preseason friendly between French soccer clubs Marseille and Montpellier has been canceled due to a suspected case of coronavirus.The clubs said in a joint statement that Wednesday’s match at Stade Velodrome in Marseille was scrapped as a measure of precaution.According to regional newspaper Midi Libre, a Montpellier player whose identity was not revealed is suspected to have caught the virus. The player, who was tested with the whole team on Monday, will undergo another test this week, the newspaper said.Montpellier had been forced to cancel another preparation match last month after a player from local rival club Sete was diagnosed with the virus.Midi Libre said four young players from Montpellier academy also tested positive for the virus last week. center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Jacksonville Jaguars have cleared starting quarterback Gardner Minshew from the COVID-19 list. Minshew spent the last two days in mandatory quarantine after being in close contact with someone infected. Safety Andrew Wingard also was activated from the COVID-19 list Tuesday. Minshew, Wingard and receiver Michael Walker are roommates in Jacksonville and have been for more than a year. Walker remains on the list.Jacksonville had an NFL-leading dozen players on the COVID-19 list Monday, with most of them being rookies and second-year players like Minshew, Wingard and Walker.The Jaguars are expected to hold their first training camp practice next Wednesday.___Bayer Leverkusen says midfielder Nadiem Amiri will miss its Europa League last-16 game against Rangers on Thursday after he had contact with someone believed to have the coronavirus. ___Cricket Australia has postponed a Twenty20 series against the West Indies scheduled for October.Australia and the West Indies were set to play games in Queensland state from Oct. 4-9 as warm-ups for the Twenty20 World Cup in October and November. But the International Cricket Council has already pushed the men’s T20 World Cup back by a year — to be held either in Australia or India. Cricket Australia says, “In light of this development, and given the preference to host the warm-up three-match T20 series against the West Indies to coincide with the rescheduled T20 World Cup in Australia, it has been agreed to postpone the matches.”The series also would have overlapped with the Indian Premier League which has been rescheduled to be in the United Arab Emirates from Sept. 19-Nov. 10, pending government approval. The lucrative IPL usually attracts players from all over the world, including many stars from the Caribbean and Australia. The Latest: Jaguars starting QB Minshew off coronavirus list ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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2020-09-18

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Freshman Brosnan slides into expected starting spot after injury

first_img Published on October 1, 2014 at 12:10 am Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Courtney Brosnan rose to the occasion in the 22nd minute. After barely touching the ball early on against Pittsburgh, Syracuse’s freshman goalie saved a goal.The Panthers’ Roosa Arvas unloaded a free kick toward the top right corner of the net. Brosnan shuffled to her left, jumped up and tipped the ball above the crossbar to stop Pittsburgh’s most threatening chance of the first half.“Her ability to make key saves is exceptional,” Orange head coach Phil Wheddon said.The start of the game against Pittsburgh reflected the freshman’s season. After sitting out for a month due to a right knee injury, she’s now SU’s starting goalie and is being called on to perform.Now fully healthy — with a brace on her right knee — Brosnan has started the past four games for SU (4-5-3, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) and has allowed five goals while saving 16-of-21 shots. In her first collegiate season, Brosnan’s learning the increased pace, becoming more comfortable with her defenders and developing the leadership required for the position.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“If I just keep talking, it just makes that even better,” Brosnan said of her communication with the defense.Entering 2014, Syracuse needed a new goalie to replace Brittany Anghel, the school’s all-time leader in wins, with 28, and shutouts, with 21. The four-year starter graduated last year. Wheddon planned to start Brosnan at the beginning of the season, but she got injured during warm-ups of a preseason scrimmage against Binghamton on Aug. 16. On the sideline, Brosnan still communicated with the defense to help the team. She also encouraged Mackienze Moranz — who started the first eight games and allowed nine goals on 26 shots — to keep her confidence up, even though she was frustrated by not playing.“You can’t have progress everyday so it’s hard on those days when you just like feel the same as you did the day before,” Brosnan said. “But other than that, you just have to keep moving forward.”And as soon as Brosnan was healthy, Wheddon put her in goal.Brosnan enrolled at SU in January and has a longer-lasting relationship with returning players than most freshmen. But Wheddon said there is no substitute for game action.“Becoming a unit with the back four,” Wheddon said of what Brosnan is working on. “Identifying strengths and weaknesses of all the players. It becomes very, very challenging to find the flow of the game quickly.”Erin Simon, who has played defense in the past four games, said she feels comfortable with Brosnan in goal. Simon added that Brosnan’s communication and ability to make saves in key spots have kept Syracuse competitive in recent games. Brosnan’s willingness to attack the ball on set pieces and crosses is another strength of hers, Wheddon said, but Syracuse has allowed three goals off corner kicks in the last five games. Yet Michael Hogan, Brosnan’s high school coach at Millburn (New Jersey), described an attribute that could prove useful in those situations as Brosnan continues to develop. “She had the athleticism to get there before anybody else. She has no fear, which is the best part about being a goalkeeper,” Hogan said. “… She is aggressive. She definitely makes the 18 her box and that’s her territory.”There’s still room to progress, but Wheddon thinks Brosnan has begun to prove herself.Said Wheddon: “I think she’s one of the best goalkeepers in the league.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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2020-09-17

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Payback in mind as USC hosts Huskies

first_imgPodcast: Sports editors James Bianchi and Kenny Legan size up the Huskies.Last time USC faced Washington, it was the beginning of the end.Taking charge · Sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley did not play in last season’s upset loss to the Huskies because of a shoulder injury, but will be ready to go in this season’s rematch. He is leading the nation with 12 touchdown passes in four games. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanThe Huskies’ shocking 16-13 upset victory over then-No. 3 USC started the Trojans on a downward spiral that culminated in a fifth-place Pac-10 finish, their worst in eight years.The No. 18 Trojans (4-0) will be out to avenge that embarrassing loss Saturday when Washington (1-2) visits the Coliseum. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.The revenge story line is the most pervasive. Returning players didn’t hide that they wanted to give the Huskies a little payback.“We’ve had 365 days to think about this,” redshirt junior linebacker Chris Galippo said.Any hopes for redemption must start with stopping Washington quarterback Jake Locker, who orchestrated a last-minute drive to get into field goal range and seal last year’s upset. Locker had been projected by some to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, yet he has not lived up to expectations this season (see a particularly bad 4-of-20, 71-yard, two-interception outing against No. 6 Nebraska).Still, USC coach Lane Kiffin and the Trojans are not comforted.“I think his passing and his scrambling are what really concern me,” Kiffin said. “The called runs they’re going to run with him are tough to defend, but it’s when a play breaks down and now you’re not in your normal fits and everybody is back in man or zone 20 yards downfield and he takes off and runs.”Besides the vengeance angle, USC enters Saturday a much different team than the one it was a year ago. For one, sophomore Matt Barkley will be the starting quarterback. Barkley was suffering from a shoulder injury this time last season, so former Trojan Aaron Corp made his only start of the year with underwhelming results.“It was tearing me up at the hotel when they put Aaron in that little walk-through as the starter,” Barkley said. “I was trying my best to get out there, and it just didn’t happen.”Barkley won’t have to worry about that this time around, which will be key if USC’s offense is to avoid the same miscues. Barkley leads the nation in touchdown passes with 12, and despite four interceptions, has been a major reason the offense has been explosive at times.Senior receiver Ronald Johnson is another key player available this time who sat out because of injury. The last time these two teams met, Johnson was still recovering from a broken clavicle.The new USC coaching staff will likely change the flavor of this game as well.Washington coach (and former USC offensive coordinator) Steve Sarkisian knew USC inside and out last year. It doesn’t hurt that he also brought along former USC defensive coordinator Nick Holt  either.Last year, Holt’s defense held the Trojans to just 13 points and forced three turnovers in the process. In addition, Washington only allowed three USC points in the latter three quarters of the game.Sarkisian might still have the edge, however, because USC hasn’t changed all that much under Kiffin.“I think it’s an advantage to them because they were here,” Kiffin said.But Kiffin is equally familiar with Sarkisian. The two came up together as assistant coaches under Pete Carroll and even co-coordinated the offense together in 2005.The two have kept their friendship intact over the years and said they still talk about once a week. Now they are set to coach against each other for the first time.“It’s a unique experience, this early in our careers, to be facing each other in such a pivotal ball game in the Pac-10 race,” Sarkisian said.last_img read more

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2020-09-17

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