Fan Girl – Fiftysix http://fiftysix.net/ Thu, 19 May 2022 14:14:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://fiftysix.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-3-150x150.png Fan Girl – Fiftysix http://fiftysix.net/ 32 32 Robredo Sisters Fangirl on Taylor Swift at NYU Graduation https://fiftysix.net/robredo-sisters-fangirl-on-taylor-swift-at-nyu-graduation/ Thu, 19 May 2022 13:43:00 +0000 https://fiftysix.net/robredo-sisters-fangirl-on-taylor-swift-at-nyu-graduation/ Screenshot of Leni Robredo’s Facebook page MANILA — It was a dream come true for the Robredo sisters when they finally got a close look at Grammy Award-winning artist Taylor Swift at Jillian’s New York University graduation ceremonies. Vice President Leni Robredo didn’t miss the moment and recorded her daughters: “I documented the moment on […]]]>
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MANILA — It was a dream come true for the Robredo sisters when they finally got a close look at Grammy Award-winning artist Taylor Swift at Jillian’s New York University graduation ceremonies.

Vice President Leni Robredo didn’t miss the moment and recorded her daughters: “I documented the moment on video. Sorry for my unsteady hands.”

His daughter Jillian double majored in economics and math while Swift received an honorary doctorate of fine arts.

In the 3+ minute clip, the Robredo sisters couldn’t contain their emotions as they clapped their hands at Swift.

At one point, elder Aika noticed Swift crying while revealing her accomplishments as an artist, “Oh my god! Umiiyak siya.”

Swift has 11 Grammys to her credit, including three Album of the Year awards for: “Fearless,” “1989” and “Folklore.”

“Swifties that we all are, having Taylor Swift as our graduate speaker was the greatest gift. So when she was about to receive her honorary doctorate of fine arts, Jillian left her seat to go to where we were. seated to savor moment with us,” Vice President Robredo said.

“We were lucky to have good seats. Still very far from the stage but quite a good vantage point.”

Last week, Robredo announced that she would be setting up the Angat Buhay Foundation to continue reaching out to those in need and took a break to focus on getting Jillian to graduate.

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Starbucks plans to open a new drive-thru near downtown Stockport https://fiftysix.net/starbucks-plans-to-open-a-new-drive-thru-near-downtown-stockport/ Tue, 17 May 2022 17:50:53 +0000 https://fiftysix.net/starbucks-plans-to-open-a-new-drive-thru-near-downtown-stockport/ Starbucks plans to open a new drive-thru near downtown Stockport. The coffee giant has submitted proposals for a new outlet to replace Pizza Hut, in Garfield Court near Great Portwood Street. The application seeks permission to install a new drive-thru lane at the restaurant – located opposite the Peel Center – which currently offers dine-in […]]]>

Starbucks plans to open a new drive-thru near downtown Stockport. The coffee giant has submitted proposals for a new outlet to replace Pizza Hut, in Garfield Court near Great Portwood Street.

The application seeks permission to install a new drive-thru lane at the restaurant – located opposite the Peel Center – which currently offers dine-in and take-out options. Documents filed with the council confirm the planned ‘Pizza Hut restaurant removal’, as opposed to a drive-thru that runs alongside it.

Some demolition will be required to allow construction of the new lane, although part of the building will be retained to provide a covered area above the drive-thru facility. The proposal would create 20 full-time equivalent jobs.

READ MORE : The old post office could get a new lease of life as a take-out burger and grill

A transport report submitted with the application indicates that the proposal would bring a number of benefits to the region, without significantly increasing traffic.

It reads: ‘The proposed redevelopment of the existing restaurant to provide a drive-thru cafe would provide updated and more convenient facilities for users in the surrounding retail areas and in itself would not result in a significant amount of movement additional vehicles on the local motorway network.

In conclusion, he adds: “There are no exceptional reasons why the proposed redevelopment should not be granted planning permission for transportation reasons.”



Pizza Hut, Garfield Court, near Great Portwood Street, Stockport.

As part of the redevelopment, 12 parking spaces will be removed in Garfield Court, leaving 52 spaces. According to the transport report, this would be “sufficient” to meet the demands of the drive-thru and adjacent business units.

Another assessment is said to demonstrate “that the largest planned service vehicle as well as a large family car can be comfortably accommodated at the site”.

He adds that the site is “very accessible” by public transport and on foot “which would help encourage access by sustainable modes for staff and customers”.

A Starbucks spokesperson said: “We are always looking for new locations and opportunities to bring the Starbucks experience to UK customers, but at this time we do not have any updates to share on the plans in Stockport.”

Pizza Hut declined to comment.

Stockport Council will decide whether to grant planning permission for the project.

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Athena Clendaniel, a senior at Anchorage’s West High, is a star on the baseball field and in the classroom https://fiftysix.net/athena-clendaniel-a-senior-at-anchorages-west-high-is-a-star-on-the-baseball-field-and-in-the-classroom/ Sun, 15 May 2022 22:14:30 +0000 https://fiftysix.net/athena-clendaniel-a-senior-at-anchorages-west-high-is-a-star-on-the-baseball-field-and-in-the-classroom/ West Anchorage’s Athena Clendaniel throws the ball to an Eagle River batter during their game at Bartlett High School in Anchorage on April 22. (Emily Mesner/DNA) Athena Clendaniel managed to do what few student-athletes are able to do. Balancing athletics and academics can be quite a difficult task. Excelling in both areas is an even […]]]>

Athena Clendaniel managed to do what few student-athletes are able to do.

Balancing athletics and academics can be quite a difficult task. Excelling in both areas is an even greater challenge.

Not only has Clendaniel broken barriers as a baseball pitcher for West High, but she’s also one of the school’s most decorated students.

She started playing baseball in her youth and became one of the few girls to compete at the college level in Alaska. Although the senior is not giving up the sport completely after graduating this month, academics will be her main focus going forward.

“I love baseball and sports are a huge part of my life, but I won’t be playing it much longer and the academic part is even more important,” Clendaniel said. “The student comes first in the student-athlete.”

Her passion for baseball ignited when she was 5 years old, after her father signed her up for T-ball.

“I just fell in love with it on the spot,” Clendaniel said. “Since then, baseball is what I’ve done every summer and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”

His dedication is evident from his long list of accolades in both fields. Besides being the the team’s top relief pitcher and starting first baseman, Clendaniel graduated summa cum laude with a 4.37 GPA, is president of the National Honor Society, and will attend Princeton University, a prestigious institution in the Ivy League.

“She’s the first in, the last out, leading by example, leading the class, everything,” West baseball head coach Dane Kreischer said.

“She has been successful in everything she has done and will be successful in everything she does,” he added.

Developing a love of the game

Growing up, Clendaniel didn’t know any girl playing baseball at any level until she heard about Lauren Frost.

“She’s a few years older than me and she played baseball at Eagle River High School,” Clendaniel said. “My dad saw an article about him in the newspaper, and then he realized that I could keep playing baseball through high school if I wanted to and just kept pushing myself. .”

Unlike most young girls who shown an interest in baseball, Clendaniel never turned to softball as an alternative. Although it might have provided her with an easier path to playing time and maybe even a college scholarship, she decided to play the sport she was most passionate about.

“I get those questions a lot, especially as I’ve grown and continued to play with the guys and they’ve gotten bigger and stronger, but when I prove myself on the pitch, the questions seem to stop coming,” Clendaniel said. “When people ask that question, I tell them I love baseball and I think it’s the best game on earth and there’s nothing I’d rather do.”

She’s been a lifelong Seattle Mariners fan, and her all-time favorite player is former Mariners ace pitcher Felix Hernandez. Clendaniel witnessed Hernandez’s legendary perfect match in person in 2012.

She is one of only two seniors on the team this season and is captain. It’s a group she’s been playing with since Little League.

“I fell naturally into that leadership role as captain, and this year I know we have the talent to win games, do well and hopefully be successful,” Clendaniel said. “Hopefully I can inspire greatness in these guys and get us Ws on the pitch.”

She feels like she’s had quite an unusual journey as a girl playing baseball, with nothing but support and nagging her teammates.

“For the most part I was super lucky,” Clendaniel said. “All of my teammates, I’ve been playing with most of these guys since little league when we were 9 and 10 and they’ve all been very supportive of me.”

Fans and other parents are generally encouraging as well. Clendaniel said she encountered no hostility or negativity, and even when she was heckled it was playful and, she said, generally welcomed.

“Just some friendly heckling, and I actually appreciate that because I think it means guys respect me,” Clendaniel said. “Some teams heckle other pitchers and not me, and that’s fine too, but when they heckle me, I really appreciate it. I really haven’t been faced with any negative comments from opposing teams and coaches.

A focus on academics

Founded in 1746 and the fourth oldest institution of higher learning in the nation, Princeton has very rigorous admissions standards with an acceptance rate of approximately 6%.

“I’m super excited,” Clendaniel said last month. “I just visited the campus last week and it’s amazing. It’s nice. I am so excited to meet all these new people and continue my studies there.

West’s principal, Sven Gustafson, has known Clendaniel since she was in seventh grade and he was the principal of Romig Middle School then.

“Athena is an amazing student,” Gustafson said. “She is top, Russian immersion, all higher level courses. She is the epitome of an incredible student and an all-around student-athlete.

Despite her love for the game, she never really considered making it a priority when she left high school.

“I’ve always outdone myself in the classroom and I know baseball is fun and a great way to relieve stress and I love being on the field. But I know my future has to be strong in academia, and that will help me later in life,” Clendaniel said.

But she might try to mix her passion for baseball into a career. She said she was considering majoring in psychology and was interested in kinesiology.

“I’m really curious and want to know more about the physical and mental side of the sport,” Clendaniel said. “My dream job would be with a professional sports team like (in) MLB.”

As a left-handed pitcher, she’s interested in the mental approach to her own game. After games, she spends time thinking about what worked, what didn’t, and which specific hitters were successful. well with some throws.

“I don’t throw that fast, so I rely on my off-speed throws and whereabouts,” she added. “My pitching mindset is I have to hammer strikes into the zone, hopefully keep the hitters off balance with my few different off-speed pitches.”

Creating opportunities in sports and around the state

She has championed girls and women’s baseball with her work as an ambassador for Baseball For All, which is a non-profit organization focused on building gender equity by creating “opportunities for girls of to play, coach and direct in sport”.

Clendaniel organized and ran local young girls’ camps in the Anchorage area for girls interested in playing with boys. As many colleges begin to implement women’s baseball programs, Kreischer says it’s encouraging to see work like hers paying off. He was an assistant for West last year and first met Clendaniel when she invited him to help the coach at one of the camps she organised.

“There were 25 to 30 girls there, and some of them had never played baseball before — they were going the softball route and were pretty excited,” Kreischer said. “At the time they left, Anchorage Little League had more girls signed up than in the past five years, so the impact is immediate for what they do.”

According to Kreischer, Clendaniel is one of two girls playing varsity in Alaska and the only pitcher. He said the other varsity player is Monroe’s second Catholic student, Nadia Chernich.

Clendaniel is the first girl to play baseball at West, but she hopes to inspire the next generation to follow in her footsteps, even though she only has a general interest in the sport.

“Obviously there aren’t enough girls playing this sport right now,” Clendaniel said. “What I’m trying to do is just get more girls into the game and let them know baseball is an option.”

She plans to hold more camps in the future over the summers to let young women know that there is a realistic avenue for them if they want to take up the sport. Her hope is that one day there will be full women’s baseball leagues and teams.

Collegiate athletic aspirations

Clendaniel is also the two-time defending Alaska State Women’s Singles Tennis Champion. She plans to join club baseball and tennis teams at Princeton.

“I’m hoping that once I get settled in Princeton, I can start a women’s baseball team there, and I think that could be very successful considering they already have a DI softball team,” he said. she declared.

She’s sure that at least a few young women on the softball team come from baseball, and even if that’s not the case, “A lot of the girls who play in a women’s club don’t already have any baseball experience and it’s about having more women out on the pitch.”

Clendaniel is excited to move to the East Coast, where there are more opportunities for her to continue playing the sport, even if it’s not for an NCAA-sanctioned program through college. The first female University Club Baseball Tournament took place in March and most of the teams were from the west coast. Montclair State University in New Jersey was the only exception.

“There are many girls’ baseball programs across the country,” Clendaniel said. “We unfortunately don’t have one here in Alaska, but there are several programs in the New Jersey area – and I hope to get involved in those.”

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aespa K-pop’s 2nd issue on TIME’s “Next Generation Leaders”, fans ask “btw comeback when” https://fiftysix.net/aespa-k-pops-2nd-issue-on-times-next-generation-leaders-fans-ask-btw-comeback-when/ Fri, 13 May 2022 07:58:00 +0000 https://fiftysix.net/aespa-k-pops-2nd-issue-on-times-next-generation-leaders-fans-ask-btw-comeback-when/ With the globalization of K-pop, the West has repeatedly recognized its impact on music and pop culture. We’ve had icons like EXO’s Baekhyun and Chungha, as well as rookies like STAYC and aespa on magazine lists like TIME. Well, they have once again honored the aespa of “monster rookies” by including them in the list […]]]>

With the globalization of K-pop, the West has repeatedly recognized its impact on music and pop culture. We’ve had icons like EXO’s Baekhyun and Chungha, as well as rookies like STAYC and aespa on magazine lists like TIME. Well, they have once again honored the aespa of “monster rookies” by including them in the list of “Next Generation Leaders 2022”.

In 2018, BTS became the first K-pop group to be selected for TIME’s “Next Generation Leaders” list. It took four years, but now aespa has become the second K-pop act and the first K-pop girl group to be added to this list. Among the 10 influencers selected for the “Next Generation Leaders 2022” list, we have beauty influencer Deepica Mutyala, “Bridgerton” actor Jonathan Bailey, viral singer CKay and Mongolian tech leader Bolor Erdene Battsengel.

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TIME selects aespa for ‘Next Generation Leaders 2022’

South Korea and K-pop fans have been impressed that just two years into their music career, as they are about to transition from rookie artists to a K-group -pop in its own right, aespa has managed to secure a spot on TIME’s “2022 Next-Gen Leaders” list. As the only K-pop group on the list, aespa was chosen as a future global trendsetter for their potential contribution to improving the culture.

Having just wrapped up their stint at Coachella 2022 and becoming the third K-pop girl group to perform at the music festival, aespa had the chance to speak to WEATHER about their goals, as well as their qualms like the concept of AI which first received a lot of backlash when it was introduced in their early days. Karina shared that they wanted to push the boundaries of the imagination with their metaverse storyline and connect reality and virtual space while Ningning was happy that their fans embraced the concept and they embraced it with open arms.

“Congratulations to my daughters”

One fan adored the TIME shoot, “the aespas are really all-consuming every Magazine shoot.” Another was proud, “‘Metaverse Icon’ ‘Next Generation Leaders’ Yes, aespa is aespa and these are the 4th Generation Leaders.” A fan added: “Aespa has literally gone from rookie of the year to leader of the next generation. and “Congratulations, when are you coming back when?” One fan shared, “ANOTHER DAY ANOTHER SLAY.” Another fan added, “The next generation leaders are so real! aespa bigger than anything.” One fan joked, “I can bet gigi is already tired of explaining the concept in every interview lol.”









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BC girl airlifted to hockey game by NHL players, fundraiser https://fiftysix.net/bc-girl-airlifted-to-hockey-game-by-nhl-players-fundraiser/ Wed, 11 May 2022 18:04:58 +0000 https://fiftysix.net/bc-girl-airlifted-to-hockey-game-by-nhl-players-fundraiser/ The friendship between Vancouver Island girl Elsie Simard and Colorado Avalanche forward Alex Newhook is making waves on social media. Newhook, who is currently in the Stanley Cup playoffs, played junior hockey for the Victoria Grizzlies. It was in the capital of British Columbia that the duo first met. “I saw her the first time […]]]>

The friendship between Vancouver Island girl Elsie Simard and Colorado Avalanche forward Alex Newhook is making waves on social media.

Newhook, who is currently in the Stanley Cup playoffs, played junior hockey for the Victoria Grizzlies.

It was in the capital of British Columbia that the duo first met.

“I saw her the first time she was there,” Newhook said. “I just came down and gave him a little punch.”

Elsie was born premature and spent much of her life in hospital. But while she was there, she could always count on a visit from Newhook.

According to Elsie’s family, the hockey rink would help her tie.

“Inside, there are no restrictions. She can be like anyone else,” said her mother, Christie Simard.

Unfortunately, Elsie and Newhook’s friendship changed in 2019, when Newhook’s junior hockey career ended and Elsie and her mother moved from Victoria to Battleford, Saskatchewan.

The pair reunited in March when Elsie’s family drove four hours to Edmonton to watch her first NHL game.

The Colorado Avalanche won that game and Newhook and Elsie had the chance to meet again. Soon after, word of their friendship took center stage.

“My phone exploded,” the girl’s mother said.

LET’S GO FOR THE PLAYOFFS

An online fundraiser was quickly set up, with the goal of sending Elsie to her first NHL playoff game.

The campaign was a success and Elsie flew to Denver last week, along with other Avalanche players.

“Erik Johnson helped with tickets and accommodations,” Simard said.

The team won both its games to advance to the second round of the playoffs, and the Simard family say they were treated like royalty.

But Elsie didn’t come to Denver empty-handed.

She brought the team handmade bars of soap since Newhook is her original “stinky boy”.

“We brought stinky soap for the hockey boys,” Simard said.

Elsie has had a positive impact from her roots in Victoria to Colorado.

“She makes everyone’s world a better place around her,” said Sheryl Williams with the Victoria Grizzlies. “She is a force.”

And Newhook agrees.

“She was always a light in my life,” he said.

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Get Tickets to ‘MJ the Musical’, ‘SIX’ and More – Billboard https://fiftysix.net/get-tickets-to-mj-the-musical-six-and-more-billboard/ Mon, 09 May 2022 22:24:22 +0000 https://fiftysix.net/get-tickets-to-mj-the-musical-six-and-more-billboard/ All featured products and services are independently chosen by the editors. However, Billboard may receive a commission on orders placed through its retail links, and the retailer may receive certain verifiable data for accounting purposes. Nominations for the 2022 Tony Awards were announced Monday, May 9, and the music category is packed with productions loved […]]]>

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Nominations for the 2022 Tony Awards were announced Monday, May 9, and the music category is packed with productions loved by fans and critics alike.

MJ the musical, North country girl, Mr Saturday night, SIX: The Musical, place of paradise and A strange loop will compete in the Best Musical category at the 75th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12.

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With the weather ultimately improves on the East Coast and travel restrictions ease, now is a great time to start planning to see one of this year’s Tony-nominated musicals on Broadway.

Tickets for musicals and other productions can be purchased from sites like Broadway.com and Telecharge, but we’ve also rounded up other ticketing sites for you to use.

Keep reading for a breakdown of each of the top music nominees for 2022 and where to buy tickets.

A strange loop

Leading the pack as the most Tony Award-nominated show of the year, A strange loop premiered in 2019 but like many other shows, production was forced to shut down at the start of the pandemic. The Pulitzer Prize-winning production, written and composed by Michael R. Jackson, is an invigorating story about a young queer writer named Usher struggling with his desires and his identity. Jaquel Spivey, L. Morgan Lee, James Jackson Jr. and John-Michael Lyles are among the cast.

A strange loop plays at the Lyceum Theatre. Tickets for this week’s shows start at $103 on StubHubbut you can find cheaper tickets ($84) for future shows, or you can purchase passes through Download.

“A strange loop” tickets

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MJ the musical

Behind the glitz and glamor and inside the “creative and collaborative spirit” that helped make Michael Jackson a legend, MJ the Musical — created by Tony-winning director/choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Lynn Nottage, garnered 10 Tony Award nominations this year. The electrifying musical to focus on the making of the King of Pop’s Dangerous World Tour in 1992.

Myles Frost stars as an older MJ and Walter Russell III plays him as a child. The rest of the cast includes Quentin Earl Darrington and Ayana George as Joseph and Katherine Jackson, Antoine L. Smith as Berry Gordy, and Apollo Levin as Quincy Jones.

MJ the musical is at the Neil Simon Theater the rest of the year. Depending on the date, ticket prices start around $59 to $90 at ticket master, lively seats and End hub.

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North country girl

If you are a Bob Dylan fan, North country girl offers a unforgettable reinvention of 20 of the music legend’s songs, including ‘Hurricane’, ‘Slow Train Coming’, ‘Forever Young’ and ‘I Want You’. Written and directed by Conor McPherson, the musical is set in 1934 and follows a group of wanderers whose lives intersect at a musical house in Duluth, Minn. North country girl landed seven Tony nominations this year. The musical is playing at the Belasco Theater until July 11.

Tickets start at $56 on SeatGeek and StubHub. You can also find passes at ticket master.

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Mr Saturday night

billy crystal resumes his role as Buddy Young Jr. in Mr Saturday night, the stage adaptation of his 1992 film of the same name. The play follows the washed-up comedian’s attempt to take one last shot at the top. Mr Saturday night is written by Crystal, Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel and is directed by Tony winner John Rando, with music by Tony winner Jason Robert Brown, lyrics by Tony nominee Amanda Green and choreography by Ellenore Scott.

Mr Saturday night performs at the Nederlander Theater. Tickets range from around $74 and up on SeatGeek, as well as ticket master and StubHub.

‘M. Saturday night tickets

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SIX: The Musical

The many wives of Henry VIII grab the mic in SIX: The Musical. An exuberant reversal of history, SIX transforms 500 years of heartbreak into a modernized celebration of girl power. The cast includes Adrianna Hicks as Catherine of Aragon, Andrea Macasaet as Anne Boleyn, Keri Rene Fuller as Jane Seymour, Brittany Mack as Anna of Cleves, Joy Woods as Catherine Parr, and Samantha Pauly as Katherine Howard. SIX was written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. The musical takes place at the Brooks Atkinson Theater and ticket from $65 for the Broadway show depending on the date. Find tickets for additional dates and locations here.

place of paradise

Located in New York, place of paradise is a Civil War era musical on the conflict between Irish immigrants and free black Americans that led to the deadly riots of July 1863, place of paradise plays at the Barrymore Theater until November. Tickets start at $58.

The cast of place of paradise includes Joaquina Kalukango, Chilina Kennedy, John Dossett, Sidney DuPont, AJ Shively, Matt Bogart, Nathaniel Stampley and Gabrielle McClinton.

Find tickets at Download, lively seats and StubHub.

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Two people charged in 2018 death of six-year-old boy in Port Alberni, B.C.: RCMP https://fiftysix.net/two-people-charged-in-2018-death-of-six-year-old-boy-in-port-alberni-b-c-rcmp/ Sun, 08 May 2022 06:19:46 +0000 https://fiftysix.net/two-people-charged-in-2018-death-of-six-year-old-boy-in-port-alberni-b-c-rcmp/ PORT ALBERNI, B.C. — Police say two people are charged with first-degree murder in the 2018 death of a six-year-old boy in Port Alberni, B.C. RCMP said they arrested 28-year-old Rykel Frank and 29-year-old Mitchell Frank on Friday. Six-year-old Dontay Lucas was found dead on March 13, 2018, according to police. Insp. Eric Rochette said […]]]>

PORT ALBERNI, B.C. — Police say two people are charged with first-degree murder in the 2018 death of a six-year-old boy in Port Alberni, B.C.

RCMP said they arrested 28-year-old Rykel Frank and 29-year-old Mitchell Frank on Friday.

Six-year-old Dontay Lucas was found dead on March 13, 2018, according to police.

Insp. Eric Rochette said in a press release Saturday that such investigations are difficult for everyone involved, and he understands that the time it took to get to this point in the case has been difficult for the community.

The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council identified Rykel Frank as Dontay’s mother and Mitchell Frank as his stepfather, and thanked the RCMP for their work, saying it’s a “huge relief” that charges have been laid. litters.

Council chair Judith Sayers, however, called on the justice system saying it needed to do better and the family had a long wait before the trial began.

“The death of any person is very sad, but it’s even sadder when it’s a young child with their whole life ahead of them,” she said in a statement.

Police gave no further details, but said the investigation is continuing and a press conference will be held on Monday.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 7, 2022.

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Grade 13 may be making a comeback for a limited time https://fiftysix.net/grade-13-may-be-making-a-comeback-for-a-limited-time/ Fri, 06 May 2022 17:02:29 +0000 https://fiftysix.net/grade-13-may-be-making-a-comeback-for-a-limited-time/ KITCHENER, Ont.—Grade 13 may be making a comeback, for a limited time. Students who feel the need to catch up after missing months of in-class learning throughout the pandemic could opt for an additional final year of high school under a $295 million plan unveiled Friday by the Liberal leader Steven Del Duca in the […]]]>

KITCHENER, Ont.—Grade 13 may be making a comeback, for a limited time.

Students who feel the need to catch up after missing months of in-class learning throughout the pandemic could opt for an additional final year of high school under a $295 million plan unveiled Friday by the Liberal leader Steven Del Duca in the June 2 election campaign.

The proposal is aimed at students who don’t feel ready for higher education and is meant to be more than the “victory lap” some teens take to improve their grades or get extra credits, Del Duca said Friday.

“A lot of our kids fell backwards,” he told reporters at a skateboard park next to a high school in the west.

“For children who need time and who need extra instruction and extra attention before they go to college or university, take up a trade or their future career, I want to make sure that they have the opportunity to get support in a structured way. »

The additional grade, with a wider course selection yet to be decided, would be offered for four years and then reassessed to determine whether it should continue, said Del Duca, who follows Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford in polls.

According to The Signal, the Star’s provincial election prediction tool based on various polls, the Conservatives have 36.5% support, followed by the Liberals at 27.6%, the New Democrats at 24.5% and the Greens. at 5.7%.

The Liberal pledge comes after Ontario students endured the longest online-only class periods in North America due to strict public health measures here.

In fact, teenagers graduating from Grade 11 across the province next month have yet to have an uninterrupted year of high school.

A 9th grader who watched Del Duca’s ad as she ran endorsed it after her own experience with repeated periods of learning at home over the past three school years.

“I feel like 13th grade would be like a closure for me to get four full, normal years,” Tessa Jagellowicz of Resurrection High School said, fingers crossed.

After many years of debate, Ontario ended a fifth year of high school in 2003 because it was the only jurisdiction in North America to offer one.

Ford, himself a Grade 13 graduate, did not respond directly to Del Duca’s proposal when asked about it during a campaign stop in Bowmanville, but criticized the previous Liberal government.

“When I took office, 50% of students were failing math. They failed students, they closed 600 schools, and they had tripled the number of pending repairs,” Ford added. “We build schools.

In Burlington, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath falsely accused the Liberals of scrapping grade 13 after they took office in 2003.

It was the previous PC governments of Mike Harris and Ernie Eves from 1995 to 2003 that made and followed the decision – which was recommended to the previous NDP government of Bob Rae by the Royal Commission on Learning.

“It’s interesting that the Liberals are trying to fix something they broke in the first place,” Horwath said.

The January 1995 royal commission report found “no evidence” that Grade 13 provided “a superior return to university compared to students who spend only four years in secondary school”.

A number of studies have pointed to the phenomenon of “learning loss” in the pandemic, with the Toronto District School Board, for example, noting steep drops in reading levels. In February, Education Minister Stephen Lecce earmarked an additional $35 million for student support.

Del Duca opened up about the challenges facing his two daughters, one in elementary school, the other now in high school, since the pandemic began in March 2020.

“I have watched with pain as our daughters struggle with remote learning and the lockdowns that have set them back both academically and socially,” he said.

A return to Grade 13 would mark one of the biggest changes to the school system in two decades and is one of many new boards in the Liberal Education Platform released on Friday.

It includes hiring 1,000 more mental health professionals for students and staff, hiring another 5,000 special education workers to reduce wait times for students with autism, expanding the nutrition program students to provide free “grown in Ontario” breakfasts to children in need; and replacing EQAO Tests with a new assessment strategy.

“We will work with parents, teachers and education experts to develop it,” a liberal source told The Star.

Del Duca has already proposed building 200 new schools and repairing or upgrading another 4,500, and a hard cap of 20 students per class in all grades, a move that would require hiring 10,000 more teachers, but raised concerns about more split-grade classes. and whether enough educators can be found in the current shortage.

He said the $10 billion saved by killing Ford’s plan to build Highway 413 and the Bradford Bypass on Highway 400 would be used to improve public education.

Under the Grade 13 proposal, school boards would get full funding for every student and the province would ‘pause’ the current policy of reducing funding for students who take a ‘victory lap’ after earning all 34 credits now. required for graduation.

New courses for grade 13 would include personal finance, civics, mental health and wellbeing. Del Duca said others would be developed in consultation with educators and admitted it would be “a little difficult” to get the extra year in place in time for school next September.

Worries about learning loss in the pandemic are widespread among educators, who worry that students aren’t regularly logging on for remote learning, don’t have reliable internet, a quiet place to study or a relative at home to help them.

The end of a fifth year of high school has created a surge in college and university enrollment, a phenomenon known as the “double cohort” that has forced post-secondary schools to add capacity as students 12th and 13th graders arrived on campus at the same time. weather.

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Watch Carrie Underwood and Axl Rose transform Stagecoach into Paradise City https://fiftysix.net/watch-carrie-underwood-and-axl-rose-transform-stagecoach-into-paradise-city/ Sun, 01 May 2022 17:42:00 +0000 https://fiftysix.net/watch-carrie-underwood-and-axl-rose-transform-stagecoach-into-paradise-city/ When Carrie Underwood’s band burst into the opening strains of “Sweet Child o’ Mine” at the Stagecoach Festival on Saturday, it felt like business as usual. The country superstar’s Guns N’ Roses fangirl-ism is well known, and she’s already regularly incorporated GNR numbers into her set, even showing an aptitude for appropriating frontman Axl Rose’s […]]]>

When Carrie Underwood’s band burst into the opening strains of “Sweet Child o’ Mine” at the Stagecoach Festival on Saturday, it felt like business as usual. The country superstar’s Guns N’ Roses fangirl-ism is well known, and she’s already regularly incorporated GNR numbers into her set, even showing an aptitude for appropriating frontman Axl Rose’s sneaky moves. But in a few bars, she let slip the well-kept secret that, tonight, heaven would be a shared experience. “Welcome to the best night of my life,” Underwood shouted. “Give it up for Axl Rose!”

His rock god wasn’t limited to just one song. The telling absence of a hug at the end of “Sweet Child” was a hint that more were on the way. “Did you think we were done?” Underwood bellowed, as her band then burst into a powerful, pitch-perfect arrangement of the GNR number she sang even more often on the road, “Paradise City.”

And that was it — no reciprocal Rose-co-front version of “Jesus, Take the Wheel” or “How Great Thou Art,” sadly, to name just two Underwood setlist staples that had already come together. produced earlier in the set. “I can’t believe we thought we should have more songs after this,” Underwood joked, after Rose walked off stage and had to wrap up her headlining sets with three more solo numbers. filled with a little less gunpowder.

Underwood may have only spoken a little hyperbolically when claiming the biggest night: Her history with “Paradise City” goes back far enough for it to be recorded that she performed the song when she headlined Stagecoach all the way back in 2008.

Underwood was coming off a residency at Resorts World Las Vegas that ended — for now, at least — on April 1. The Stagecoach show was noticeably different, and not just because of the 10-minute Rose List cameo. Gone, of course, are the aerial rope tricks and getting drenched while singing in a waterfall. Plus, there were a lot more fireworks and pyros than the enclosed space of a casino theater could handle…but also the live premieres of two previously unreleased songs, “Denim and Rhinestones” and ” Crazy Angels”. These and the previously released “Ghost Story” are teasers for an upcoming album, “Denim and Rhinestones,” which will arrive on June 10.

Carrie Underwood and Axl Rose at the Stagecoach Festival
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Underwood also sang an old one from the “Blown Away” album that hasn’t been revived much in concert, “See You Again,” a ballad about anticipation of reuniting with deceased loved ones in the other. beyond — and she invoked Naomi Judd, who was reported to have died earlier in the day, in the intro.

While Underwood did mention Judd, the act that preceded her on the main stage, Brothers Osborne, took their tribute one step further. Without even saying a word about Naomi Judd, they simply burst into a touching acoustic version of one of the Judds’ signature songs, “Why Not Me,” that was heartbreaking in its simplicity and what went unsaid.

The Osborne brothers also had a highlight when they compared their last experience at Stagecoach with the present, both technically and very personally.

“Four years ago we had a terrible, terrible set,” said TJ Osborne. “I came home and thought, ‘I don’t think we can do this again. And we’ve had to wait a long time, and a lot of things has changed since then, but tonight we’re here to redeem ourselves. And part of that redemption was not just living the moment better musically, but coming back after TJ came out and owning it.

“There are a lot of preconceptions about country music fans,” the singer said. “But thousands of you are here watching a gay man perform tonight. This is the change I want to see. Thank you so much. It’s incredible. This is country music.

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The Osborne Brothers perform at the Stagecoach Festival
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Midnight of Stagecoach 2022 ended as another openly gay performer, Orville Peck, closed things out with an afternoon in the Palomino tent.

Earlier in the Palomino, traditionalist Cody Jinks filled the tent, then others, with a crowd as large as could have been seen at this Stagecoach end, and Margo Price brought a more alternative version of country to the venue, joking, “I make country music for people who do psychedelics.

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Margo Price performs at Stagecoach
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Stagecoach wraps up Sunday with a headliner from Luke Combs and additional performances from Smokey Robinson, Yola, Locash, the Black Crowes, Rhiannon Giddens, Cody Johnson, the Mavericks, Diplo, Lindsay Ell, Nikki Lane, Waylon Payne, Hayes Carl and others. Most performances are streamed live on Stagecoach’s YouTube channel; see the broadcast schedule here. (Read our Stagecoach 2022 opening day coverage here.)

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Orville Peck performs at the Stagecoach Festival
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The cast of “Our Town” brings the community to life on stage https://fiftysix.net/the-cast-of-our-town-brings-the-community-to-life-on-stage/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 13:16:07 +0000 https://fiftysix.net/the-cast-of-our-town-brings-the-community-to-life-on-stage/ This is what the community looks like. I’m on a Zoom call with five DC actors: four are sitting together in a Shakespeare Theater Company (STC) in Barracks Row, and one of them phones during her bus ride. As I reflect on STC’s next production of “Our city,opening on May 12, they finish each other’s […]]]>

This is what the community looks like.

I’m on a Zoom call with five DC actors: four are sitting together in a Shakespeare Theater Company (STC) in Barracks Row, and one of them phones during her bus ride. As I reflect on STC’s next production of “Our city,opening on May 12, they finish each other’s sentences, continually make each other laugh, and listen intently to each response. It’s the equivalent of hitting the gold mine in feature journalism: when the conversation essentially carries itself and the writer manages to ride the wave as the story unfolds. takes place.

This particular version of Pulitzer Prize-winning “Our Town,” delivering a meta-script about the cyclical nature of humanity, has been highly anticipated by the DC theater community. An eclectic group of cast stalwarts and newcomers to the local scene have banded together for what STC bills as a reunion for DC actors. From Susie Richard (Joe Stoddard) speaking openly about her career as a disabled actress at Eric Hisson (Dr. Gibbs) applauding STC for its varied casting choices, my hour with the cast members covered a lot of ground.

Chinna Palmer (Emily Webb) Christopher Michael Richardson (Howie Newsome) and Larry Redmond (Simon Stimson) brought just as much candor and intentionality to the conversation. Although the age range and experience level of the actors spans decades, they remain aligned on all fronts – from their appreciation of STC’s Associate Artistic Director Alain Paulfrom the collaborative style of the mirror that this piece offers the public to invite introspection.

And while not all viewers will be as geeky as me for this homecoming, audiences will feel the vibes of joy from this group of actors who can’t wait to tTake the stage with their peers and make their city our city for just a few hours.

District Fray: What drew you to this production of “Our Town”? Why did you know you had to?
China Palmer: It’s beautiful for so many different reasons, but it also has a big purpose in terms of its message: “Live your life and appreciate those people and things around you while you can.” It spoke to me a lot. Performing in front of a live audience is like nothing else – no matter where you do it or what you’re working on. Feeling this synergy of people in the same room sharing an experience is one of a kind. I’m thrilled to be back, and with such a cast of veterans who have already taught me so much. I can not wait.

Susie Richard: I’m so excited to do this show. I haven’t had much success getting equity roles in this town, but that’s also because I don’t go out and audition. I’m used to people who have nothing to do with fairness calling me up and getting me in and reading me or offering me roles. I got really lazy, so now I’m like, “Why isn’t anyone throwing me?” [Now] I’m lucky to work with the actors I’ve always loved in this city.

Larry Redmond: I came late to this company. The truth is, when I saw the company as it was listed, I was like, “God, I want to be with them, but I’m going to ruin it. If I was in this band, I would ruin this perfect band as it is right now. So now I’m here to ruin the band. [Richard laughs]

Eric Hissom: This show and this cast and the fact that we’ve already had difficulty rescheduling the start – there’s a lot of goodwill and resilience here. It’s an amazing piece that can feel over the top or sentimental. It’s a play that high schools and community theaters do a lot, and most of us have played or seen one. But it’s really quite deep and difficult. Every day it’s like trying to figure out the puzzle of this room. It’s a bit elusive for all its simplicity. It’s deceptively difficult in a good way, and I look forward to it.

Palm : I think we’d be remiss if we didn’t bring up the scheduling issue and that’s such a huge part of why I continued on the show. The way this cast stuck together to make sure we stayed in this unit — because we were so uniquely cast on the show — I was just in awe and amazement. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so connected in the theater community. We hadn’t even started rehearsals, but I already felt like such a family with this city – our city.

Alan Paul has an excellent reputation for his innovative interpretations of classical works and his collaborative approach. How has it been working with him so far?
Hissom: He’s just a passionate, smart, funny, self-deprecating presence in the room. It’s very collaborative, which is what this show needs to be.

Richard: He keeps saying, “I just have to take a step back and drop this cast because you know what you’re doing.” And then he has very specific ideas, which is wonderful. He lets us play with this stuff, but I feel very protected.

Redmond: He is quite collaborative and very intelligent. And he trusts us, which is even better.

How will the proximity of the actors to each other translate on stage? Do you think the public will be able to feel this energy?
Richard: As soon as Alan posted the casting, I think I had 40 or 50 comments on my Facebook page. I got emails from people like, “Oh my god, I can’t wait. I’m such a fan of you. I’m like, ‘I have fans?’ shows, they’re like, “Oh my God, that’s amazing. I always feed off the energy of the audience.”

Redmond: And we’re going to face them on this show. We won’t be able to hide because it will be in the trick – you know, a lot of backting, a lot of butts in their faces. We will be in three dimensions. They will surround us and we will surround them.

Richard: I feel like audiences are going to feel like they’re part of the show, and that’s pretty cool.

What makes this production accessible to all audiences?
Palm : The message hit me because of the timing. It’s such a flawless game to make right now. It is a profound reflection of the past two years. We are always grateful to be able to do the show and for the audience members to come out. Plus, if anyone loves production value like me, this is definitely a show — especially for a show that’s so straightforward and written to be stripped down. It’s so imaginative. It’s great to be part of it. I can’t wait to invite my friends.

Richard: There is something about this show and the sweetness it gives to death. It’s really about examining what it is, and I think it appeals to everyone. We’ve all been trapped inside – and maybe lost someone – and we’re trying to figure out what that means. It’s just this period of upheaval, and people are behaving badly towards each other. “Our Town” is such a great way to bring in all the perspectives because this show is about a dying young man. I just think it’s a nice metaphor for that.

Hissom: It’s a racially diverse cast. I did a production of it in 2008, and we had a colorblind cast. This is more color sensitive as one of the families is African American and the other is Caucasian. There are other racial depictions throughout the play, but the two main families are two different races. I think it speaks to our moment and it’s something that we’re just starting to tap into in terms of what it means to us in this production.

Christopher Michael Richardson: Alan’s approach – it’s not super sentimental, it’s not super noble, it’s not something that’s put on a pedestal. We let these people be very real people with real lives and real questions about what it means to live and die – and do something with your life. I think these are questions we have right now: what are we doing? Is it worth it? There’s a microcosm of that in this little town, which is really great.

What makes you proud of DC’s theater scene and commits you to performing in our city?
Richard: DC theater is, from the bottom up, increasingly inclusive. That was a huge thing for me, having Alan call me and know that I’m going to be part of this diverse cast. I really appreciate that, and I think DC is an amazing petri dish for that. I was called by friends [who are] like, “I just auditioned, but I think you’d be perfect for the part.” That’s how our city works when it comes to theater, and I think Equity Theaters reflects that. I’m excited to be here and trying to start raising awareness in my community. I can’t even explain what magic is about here, but it’s an extended family to all of us and we support each other. By the way, I need the money. [Everyone laughs]

Palm : I am okay. DC was an amazing place to land in terms of starting my career and branching out from here. It’s really sleepy in terms of theatrical community because it’s so well balanced.

What aspect of “Our Town” made you excited to be part of the cast?
Richard: I fan girl from time to time in this production. It would be nice if I calm this down. [Laughs]

Redmond: It’s in awe of all the people I don’t know, like Chinna – the actors I haven’t had the opportunity to work with.

Hissom: I have a lot of excitement for my first show at Shakespeare. It’s written to be stripped down and minimalistic, but the design is impeccable. I love my costumes and I love the way the costume design looks. So come see him for that, if nothing else.

Redmond: And you will see all parts of Eric – front and back.

Palm : I am very excited by the reaction of the public. This will probably be my last show in DC for a bit after college, so I cherish this time with these people.

Richardson: The specific section of the DC theatrical community that is represented in this show is especially powerful, because not only are we DC actors, but [some of us] are also teachers. We really get a cross section of people who have been doing theater their whole lives, bringing that excellence to the stage and also bringing that community with them. [This production] can hopefully be a homecoming for theater patrons who can see themselves and the things they missed in this very fine, all-American genre of play with very good acting. I can’t wait for the audience to have the chance to experience what the community is like on stage in a very intentional way.

“Our Town” runs from May 12 to June 11. Tickets start at $49. Get tickets here.

Sidney Harman Room: 610 F St. NW, DC; 202-547-1122; shakespearetheatre.org // @shakespeareindc

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