The Wiz’s Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige & Amber Riley on Witchcraft, Wizardry & Nerves

first_img View Comments For a wizard and two witches, there’s a good amount of pressure when presenting The Wiz to millions of television viewers. Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige and Amber Riley take on the roles of the Wiz, the wicked Evillene and good witch Addaperle in the December 3 NBC telecast. At a recent press event, the trio opened up about expanding horizons—both for themselves and their audience—and whether Broadway is next in line.“It’s completely terrifying,” admitted Queen Latifah. “I’m so out of any comfort zone that I’ve been in.” While this is the closest the performer has gotten to live theater in her professional career, she’s no stranger to weaving singing and acting after Chicago, Hairspray and Bessie.But any fears are quickly resolved as she remembers the potential impact a live event like this has. “You think about how you see this play and kids are going to be doing these dances…This opens up a world. I hope that it touches someone. Not just someone African American, but anyone who feels like this could be [him or her].”A live theatrical event is also new to Blige: “I’m pulling every acting job I ever had.” But when The Wiz called, she had to accept. “The only reason I’m here is because of The Wiz and what it has done for me as a kid in my neighborhood. That’s why I’m here—so I can give someone else hope.”The musical has had an impact for all three; Queen Latifah even credits Stephanie Mills’ performance on Broadway as what made her want to perform. Riley is no stranger to singing and dancing (including on live TV), but the show makes it personal. “My mom has a special connection to [The Wiz], and now my four-year-old niece is going to sit down and watch.”After getting through the live telecast, Riley’s ready to bring her singing and dancing skills to the Great White Way. “I’ve always wanted to do Broadway,” she said with a grin. “I was locked down for seven years in the Glee vault! It’s something that I’ve always dreamed of doing. And I get to…all shall be revealed soon.”last_img read more

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Keep fighting WNV

first_imgBumper crop of bugsHeavy early-summer rains produced a bumper crop of mosquitoes in the low-lying swamp areas so common in south Georgia. Coastal areas typically have a greater variety of mosquitoes than upstate areas because there are more places with standing water. But even in these areas, the southern house mosquito is still the primary vector of West Nile virus. Many entomologists believe the heavy rains of earlier this summer helped to suppress this species by regularly flushing the storm drain systems. Empty all water containersFortunately for Georgians, the Asian tiger mosquito, which is very common in many neighborhoods, hasn’t proven a significant vector of West Nile virus. This mosquito prefers to breed in containers (buckets, tires, pet dishes and anything else that will hold a little water). It can best be controlled if homeowners are vigilant about emptying anything that can hold water around their homes. With the opening of hunting season, hunters should be vigilant when spending extended times in mosquito-infested areas. This species prefers to breed in polluted water and the storm drain systems of towns and cities. The recent drying trend makes conditions ideal for this species. These higher-than-usual populations of Culiseta melanura, the primary carrier of eastern equine encephalitis, produced an outbreak of this disease that hadn’t been seen in several years. To date, Georgia has had two human cases of EEE, one of which was fatal, and 14 cases of West Nile virus, one of which was fatal. The bottom line: stay vigilant a little longer. Avoid as many mosquito bites as possible, and eliminate any standing water around your home and neighborhood. Soon the leaves will be turning and mosquitoes will be a distant memory. Beat the biteThe best way to prevent any mosquito-borne diseases is to prevent bites. Avoid areas of intense mosquito activity if you can. Wear loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and pants. And use insect repellent containing DEET.center_img Adult mosquitoes often prefer to rest in low-lying areas, which have slightly higher humidity level and denser vegetation, during the heat of the day. Enlist neighbors in the fightHomeowners, particularly those living in neighborhoods, often face nuisance mosquito populations despite their best efforts to prevent mosquito breeding. Both of these diseases can cause encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain. Even if encephalitis isn’t fatal, it can have long-lasting health implications. By Elmer GrayUniversity of GeorgiaIn football season, most folks don’t think much about mosquitoes. But they should. They’re still active, and it’s important to remain vigilant against them and the West Nile virus they can carry.Many mosquito species have tested positive for West Nile virus nationwide. But the primary carrier in Georgia is the southern house mosquito (Culex quinquefasciatus). Make property less attractive to mosquitoes by trimming grass and plants as short as possible around your home. Mosquitoes like dense vegetation to rest in during the heat of the day and to break wind currents. So the more open your property is, the less suitable it is for mosquitoes. Most mosquitoes can easily fly a quarter-mile. So it takes only a few negligent people for an entire neighborhood to be infested. Communication and education are the best tools in these situations. Horses are also affected by both diseases, with 71 cases of EEE and 16 cases of WNV in horses in Georgia this year. Like other insects, mosquitoes typically survive longer if it’s more humid. The cooler days of early fall also extend their lives, since they don’t dry out as fast. However, they do develop slower when it’s cooler outside. Eastern equine encephalitis is much more deadly than West Nile virus with a case fatality rate near 50 percent as opposed to West Nile virus’s 3 percent to 15 percent.last_img read more

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Redlands gets by Pomona-Pitzer

first_imgKate Walker scored an unassisted goal, but Pomona-Pitzer was unable to score again as the Sagehens lost 2-1 Saturday to Redlands in a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference soccer match at Redlands. Goalkeeper Kelsyn Bevins made four saves for Pomona-Pitzer, which fell to 7-4-2 in SCIAC play. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Alexandre Wright made 11 saves for the Stags, who fell to 0-1 in SCIAC play. LA VERNE WOMEN’S SOCCER Rebecca Barry scored early and late to lead La Verne to a 2-1 victory over Cal State East Bay in a nonconference match at La Verne. Barry scored in the fourth minute and again in the 88th minute for the Leopards. CMS WATER POLO @BODY:Scott Raegen, Arik Look and J.P. Wright each scored goals, but it wasn’t enough as Claremont-Mudd-Scripps lost 9-3 to Redlands in a SCIAC match at Redlands. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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South African mom a world surf champ

first_img1 October 2013Simone Robb was crowned the 2013 ISA Women’s World Longboard Surfing Champion as South Africa claimed the silver medal in the team standings at the ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships in Huanchaco, Peru on the weekend.Robb, a multiple South African surfing champion and mother of two from Kommetjie, went undefeated throughout the entire event and posted the highest scores in the Women’s Division, including the final, where her long opening ride earned the heat’s highest score of 8.17 out of 10 and ultimately the gold medal.“I started up with a bang! I got the first wave of the heat, which was an eight, and I was really lucky to get that one,” said Robb in her post-heat interview.‘Really cool’“It’s really cool to be the first female ISA World Longboard champion. I’m really happy. My kids will wear my medal when I get back home.“This event was amazing and the other women were so nice to compete against. They were all are really friendly.”Robb’s victory, combined with copper medals (fourth place) by Thomas King and Ethan Pentz in their finals and a ninth place in the Men’s Division by Justin Bing, the fourth team member, were sufficient to earn Team South Africa the silver medal behind France whose Antoine Delpero won Men’s gold with Martin Coret taking silver in the Juniors (U18) and Justine Dupont bronze in the Women’s Division.King, attending his first ISA World Championship event, surfed flawlessly through the five rounds of the Men’s Division to advance directly into the Grand Final without dropping into the repecharge rounds.Outstanding startHe started the final with an outstanding 9.0 score on the first wave, but struggled to find a decent back-up score and was eventually overhauled by 2009 ISA World Longboard champ Delpero, European champ Ben Skinnner (GBR) and former ASP World Longboard champ Phil Rajzman (Bra).Pentz, the 2013 South African Junior Longboard champ, advanced to round three of the Junior Division, where he slipped to third place before winning the repecharge final to gain entry into the Grand Final.The teenager from Kalk Bay could not find a wave with scoring potential in the final despite recording 10 rides, five more than his opponents, but was no doubt elated with a medal in his first international event.Gender equalityIn a major success for gender equality, the Junior gold medal was won by Honolua Blomfeld, a 14 year-old girl from Hawaii, who totally dominated the division by winning every heat she contested to finish ahead of Martin Coret (Fra), Ciao Santana (Bra) and Pentz.Bing, a former South African champion and national team member in both longboard surfing and stand up paddling (SUP), slipped into the repecharge rounds on day one in Peru and despite progressing through five cutthroat rounds was ultimately eliminated in round six, to finish equal ninth overall.TEAM RESULTSFrance: 4 810, Gold MedalSouth Africa: 4 010, Silver MedalHawaii: 3 726, Bronze MedalBrazil: 3 618, Copper MedalGreat Britain: 3 478Peru: 3 441USA: 3 136Argentina: 2 993Venezuela: 2 783Australia: 2 636New Zealand: 2 500Ecuador: 2 425Uruguay: 1 855Dominican Republic: 1 745Japan: 1 735Mexico: 1 546Costa Rica: 1 380Puerto Rico: 1 320Italy: 1 170Canada: 875Chile: 660Panama: 600last_img read more

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Bomb explodes near police station in Manipur border town

first_imgA powerful bomb exploded near the police station at Moreh, a border town in Manipur, and there was no casualty as the incident occurred late on Saturday. Lekhohao Waiphei, station house officer of the Moreh police station, said that the explosion took place at 10 p.m.The blast left a crater on the road. Civil and police commandos, personnel of 43 Assam Rifles, led by commanding officer Col. Sumit Sood, rushed to the spot soon after the blast. No one has claimed responsibility for the explosion. Moreh police have registered a case and investigation is on.As the blast damaged the power supply system, the border town was plunged into darkness.Two days ago a bomb exploded at the Tamu market inside Myanmar. Tamu is about 10 km away from the international gate. No arrest has been made in this connection.Drugs seizedMeanwhile, a combined team of 43 Assam Rifles personnel and police commandos seized various narcotics drugs from a tribal woman in the border town on Saturday morning. The woman was identified as Hahat Haokip, 47, a resident of Moreh town. Officials said that the value of the seized drugs is about ₹28 crore in the international market. Sources said that the drug had been smuggled from Myanmar and it was meant for trafficking to other Northeast States.last_img read more

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Justice Mittal sworn in as Chief Justice of MP High Court

first_imgMadhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath congratulates Ajay Kumar Mittal after he took oath as the new Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court during a swearing-in ceremony at Raj Bhawan, in Bhopal, Sunday. Justice A.K. Mittal was on Sunday sworn in as the Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court. He was earlier Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, several state cabinet ministers, Chief Secretary S.R. Mohanty and senior members of the legal fraternity were present on the occasion. | Photo Credit: PTIlast_img read more

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