Homepage BannerNews Previous articleMc Elhinneys in Ballybofey is poised to become one of Ireland’s leading online retailersNext articleO’Driscoll calls for Schmidt extension News Highland By News Highland – December 18, 2014 Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly A bookmakers shop in Derry, which was robbed on boxing day last year, has been robbed again.The Ladbrokes shop at the cross lanes between Elmwood Street and Beechwood Street in the Bogside was robbed yesterday evening.A masked man entered the premises at around 530pm, he got away with a small sum of money.Local Cllr Colly Kelly says staff were left badly shaken:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/colly.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Derry bookmakers robbed for second time in a year Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme News, Sport and Obituaries on Wednesday May 26th Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Twitter Google+ Facebook Facebook Google+ WhatsApp
View Comments After 4,600 performances, this feels like a somewhat seismic shift in London’s Theatreland—Billy Elliot is departing the West End. The musical will play its final performance at the Victoria Palace Theatre on April 9, 2016 as the production celebrates its eleventh birthday; it has been seen to date by over 5.25 million people in London and nearly 11 million people worldwide. We did already know that mega-producer Cameron Mackintosh plans to refurbish the venue next fall, however it had previously been unclear whether Billy would transfer to a new home in the U.K.’s capital or not.Directed by Stephen Daldry and featuring music by Elton John and a book and lyrics by Lee Hall, Billy Elliot is based on the Oscar nominated film and is an inspiring story of one boy’s dream to know his ambitions against the odds. Set in the North East of England alongside the backdrop of the historic 1984-85 miners’ strike, Billy follows his passion for dance in secret to evade disapproval from his struggling family.Ruthie Henshall and Deka Walmsley currently lead the adult cast in the West End as Mrs. Wilkinson and Dad, respectively. They are joined by Matthew Seadon-Young as Tony, Gillian Elisa as Grandma, Howard Crossley as George, Claudia Bradley as Dead Mum, Phil Snowden as Mr Braithwaite and James Butcher as Older Billy. Ensemble members are Craig Armstrong, Richard Ashton, James Ballanger, David Bardsley, Paul Basleigh, Rachel Bingham, Lucinda Collins, Peter Cork, Scott Cripps, Robbie Durham, Ross Finnie, Lee Hoy, Ruri James, Ben Redfern, Charlotte Riby, Mike Scott, Sharon Sexton, Wendy Somerville, Spencer Stafford, David Stoller and Kerry Washington.Brodie Donougher, Euan Garrett, Thomas Hazelby and Nat Sweeney alternate the title role of Billy Elliot. Ben Robinson, Nathan Jones and Bradley Mayfield play the role of Billy’s best friend Michael. Beatrice Bartley, Hollie Jayne Creighton and Connie Fisher alternate the role of Debbie.Billy Elliot officially opened on Broadway on November 13, 2008 at the Imperial Theatre, where it ran for 1312 performances. It won ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The forecast is mostly calling for more spring-like weather on Long Island this weekend now that Monday’s snow storm has moved passed the region.Temperatures will hit the high 40s under cloudy skies Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with wind gusts expected today and temps dropping into the 30s after sundown all week, according to National Weather Service meteorologists.After a slight chance of snow showers Thursday morning, weather is expected to warm up under sunny skies to the low 50s on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Announcing the signing on their official Twitter page, the Eagles posted: “BREAKING: #CPFC are delighted to announce the signing of @Patrick_Bamford on a season-long loan from @ChelseaFC.” Bamford is highly regarded at Chelsea, with the Blues announcing he has signed a new three-year contract with the Premier League champions as he heads out on loan. “I’m delighted to sign a new contract with Chelsea,” he told the club’s official website. “My dream has always been to be part of this club for the long term. Chelsea have been fantastic with my development and joining Crystal Palace for this season on loan is the next step for me in my career.” He missed England’s Under-21 European Championship campaign through injury but Bamford is now raring to go at Selhurst Park, stressing he was looking to stay in and around the capital for the upcoming season. He told cpfc.co.uk: “I was quite keen to stay close to London this time and Palace were actually my first choice, but I didn’t realise they were keen to start with. Then, when I met with the manager (Alan Pardew), he put forward his plans and it was an easy decision. “I do like to score goals, so hopefully I’ll be able to do that a lot here. I want to try to establish myself in a Premier League team and if I can do that here then it would be great for me and great for the club.” Pardew, who adds the signing of Bamford to the high-profile capture of France midfielder Yohan Cabaye, was delighted to tempt the player to the club and hopes to play a major part in honing his talent. “It’s a coup for Crystal Palace ahead of a host of rivals,” Pardew said after landing the sought-after striker. “I’m so pleased he chose us over others to help develop his game. Hopefully he will be a star for us, Chelsea and – of course – England. “Patrick is one of England’s brightest prospects and I will liaise with (Cheslea boss) Jose Mourinho, (England Under-21 coach) Gareth Southgate and Dan Ashworth (director of elite development at the FA) on his progress during this important year in his career.” Press Association The 21-year-old won the Championship Player of the Year award for his displays whilst at Middlesbrough last season, scoring 17 goals before the Teessiders lost the play-off final to Norwich – and he will now look to prove he can replicate such form in the top-flight. Bamford, an England Under-21 international, has also spent time away from Stamford Bridge with temporary spells at MK Dons and Derby having originally signed for Chelsea from the Nottingham Forest academy. Chelsea forward Patrick Bamford has completed a season-long loan move to Crystal Palace.
USC coach Lane Kiffin is arguably one of the most polarizing figures in college football. So, it’s no surprise after the Trojans home-opening win against Minnesota he received scrutiny going for two points rather than kicking the extra point.Defending the uprights · USC junior offensive tackle Matt Kalil (center), a cornerstone player on an inexperienced offensive line, has also found a niche for himself on special teams, blocking three field goal attempts in Lane Kiffin’s first 15 games as head coach. – Daily Trojan file photoPerhaps the most interesting facet of the recent debates regarding the merits of going for two, however, is how they have managed to detract from a veritable special teams renaissance under this new coaching regime.And associate head coach John Baxter is at the forefront of the movement.Since Baxter was hired, USC has devoted a significant amount of time to practice special teams.“You do drills to help get better and to isolate areas for improvement,” said Baxter, who coached Kiffin at Fresno State. “The drills are the techniques, the techniques are the plays, the plays are the game. All the drills are there to develop the techniques.”For a stretch, USC did not have to concern itself with improving at the margins, as the team had a stranglehold on recruiting the best Southern California high school athletes and often nabbed high profile out-of-state players as well. As the parity of the Pac-12 increases, however, and the age of powerhouse conferences draws near, special teams and the battle for field position can no longer be neglected during in-week game preparation.“The best player plays [on special teams],” Baxter said. “It has nothing to do with what position they play on offense or defense. If they’re the best player for the [second return] position on punt return or the best player for the offensive guard on extra point, they play. What position they play on the depth chart means nothing.”Excluding a middling 5-for-11 success rate on two-point conversion attempts during Kiffin’s tenure, there is ample statistical evidence to suggest USC’s newfound emphasis on special teams has paid enormous dividends.One need look no further than junior offensive tackle Matt Kalil’s forearm that deflected the last-minute Utah field goal attempt Saturday.Kalil, a projected first-round NFL draft pick this spring, has blocked two field goals this year, both of which proved to be deciding factors in each of USC’s victories.That now brings the running total to nine blocked kicks in 15 games for Baxter’s special teams unit. Compare that to a combined eight blocked kicks from 2007 to 2009.True to Baxter’s words, the position a player regularly plays is irrelevant, as three offensive linemen — Tyron Smith (now a rookie in the NFL) — Michael Reardon, who left the program before the season, and Kalil, have accounted for two-thirds of these blocked kicks, a specialty usually reserved for defensive pass rushers.Therein lies Baxter’s innovation: He allots practice time to determine whose combination of wingspan, grit and athleticism is best suited to wreaking havoc on kicking teams. No regular offensive player blocked a field goal from 2006 to 2009 under former coach Pete Carroll.Baxter’s mentality of playing the best player for the position extends to other special teams units as well. Freshman linebacker Tre Madden, originally expected to redshirt this season, played in the first two games of the season on special teams, recording two tackles.At the beginning of training camp, there were rumblings USC might find another primary kick returner to save sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods from additional wear and tear as he is already the focal point of the USC offense.As many as five other players have practiced at the position. However, Woods remains USC’s primary kick returner; he is simply the best option, according to Baxter.“What’s one con [to Robert Woods returning kick-offs]?” Baxter asked. “If you’re afraid of getting injured, don’t play football. Why would you even play this game then? I don’t see anything out there that’s different from playing receiver in terms of contact.”USC’s kicking game, which was a glaring issue last season, is already off to a positive start. Freshman kicker Andre Heidari showed he has a capable leg after connecting on a field goal from 47 yards. Heidari has range that extends beyond 50 yards, according to the coaching staff. Junior punter Kyle Negrete has also placed six of his nine punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.What was a decided weakness for the Trojans these past couple of seasons might turn out to be a definitive strength.“Negrete played a good first game — four balls inside the 20 [yard line],” Baxter said. “Heidari’s also off to a good start. Once he shows consistency in a game setting, we will probably rely on him more and more.”