Watch Alisan Porter Perform ‘Somewhere’ on The Voice

first_img There’s a place for her in the finals! Broadway alum Alisan Porter returned to her musical theater roots on May 23 in the first part of The Voice’s season 10 finale. Porter, who made her Great White Way debut as Bebe in the 2006 revival of A Chorus Line, performed “Somewhere” from West Side Story, as well as Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend” opposite her coach Christina Aguilera. Take a look below at both performances to see why Porter earned a spot in the top four. The second part of the finale airs on NBC on May 24; we hope she gets it! View Comments Alisan Porter on ‘The Voice’last_img

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Report: GDI, Seadrill in West Tucana rig deal

first_imgIllustration only: West Tucana aboard a Dockwise vessel. Image source: Maasmond Maritime/Flickr under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 licenseQatar’s Gulf Drilling International and Norway’s Seadrill have signed an agreement for the utilization of the jack-up drilling rig “West Tucana.”According to a statement sent to Offshore Energy Today, the West Tucana will be contracted to work in Qatar offshore for a firm period of 440 days with options in place for further extensions.GDI also, reportedly, announced that it has signed a Strategic Cooperation Agreement with Seadrill “that provides the foundation for future synergies in Qatar’s offshore market between GDI & Seadrill,” the statement, sent by a GDI marketing manager, reads.Mubarak A. Al-Hajri, GDI Chief Executive Officer, said: “This partnership with Seadrill will lead to greater strategic and competitive advantage strengthening our position as the leader in Qatar Offshore drilling market. By bringing together Seadrill’s high-specification jack-up fleet, GDI’s diverse customer base, and our combined experience, we plan to continue delivering market-leading level of operational and safety performance to our clients.”Seadrill Chief Executive Officer  Anton Dibowitz said, “We are delighted to have signed a Strategic Cooperation Agreement and an initial contract for the West Tucana with GDI. We have the scale and high specification fleet required for work now and into the future in such an important growing market as Qatar.”Built in Singapore in 2013, West Tucana previously worked for Cabinda Gulf Oil Company Limited (CABGOC) – a Chevron company in Angola on a two-year deal.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s new car costs Shs11bn

first_imgThe Bugatti Chiron shifts from 0-400kph in just 42 secondsKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Cristiano Ronaldo has a new car in his already stunning collection. The latest addition to his collection is a Bugatti Chiron. The Real Madrid football star shelled out $3 million (Approx.Shs11 billion or over half of the US$18 million all MPs got for new cars in 2016) for his new supercar. This is not the first Bugatti that the footballer owns. He already has a Bugatti that costs $2.28m. But, the Bugatti Chiron may well be the costliest of the lot.The Portugese footballer already own a Lamborghini, a Rolls Royce, an Aston Martin DB9 and a Porsche Cayene Turbo among others that he is proud owner of.Ronaldo revealed his new car through an Instagram video on Sept.28 which shows him driving the car with his son in the passenger seat. He also described the car as “animal” in the caption with the video. “New animal in the building Bugatti Chiron,” he wrote.Earlier this year, Ronaldo was given the chance to test drive Bugatti Chiron and guess shelling out some money for the beast. He also got a ‘CR7’ personalised on the headrest of his seats.The Bugatti Chiron has a world record of reaching a top speed of 261mph/400kph in just 42 seconds which makes the car one of the quickest in his collection.The Bugatti Chiron takes the Veyron’s already impressive specs, to another level: four huge turbochargers and a total power output of 1103kW/1600Nm.The 8-litre W16 engine from the Veyron has been completely redesigned, propelling the new hypercar to limited top speed of 420km/h for ‘road use’. To keep it on the tar, its tyres have been specially developed courtesy of a Bugatti-Michelin partnership.The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission has also been improved, and like its predecessor, sends power to both axles. The Chiron is larger than the Veyron (82mm longer, 40mm wider and 53mm higher) and 155kg heavier for total of weight of 1995kg.It appears a brand new supercar is what you buy a man who already seems to have everything.Ronaldo looked very pleased with himself as he drove his new toy out of an underground garage with Cristiano Jr in the passenger seat.Writing on Instagram, Ronaldo said: ‘New animal in the building Bugatti Chiron.’The careven has personalised ‘CR7’ headrests. It seems no expense was spared.According to one review, if there’s any doubt about the Bugatti Chiron’s raison d’être, it’s written right on the steering wheel, on a large blue button emblazoned with one word: ENGINE. It is a marriage of modern technology to the ancient human craving to express vanity and wealth.Design director Etienne Salomé, a Parisian who is as Bugatti as Bugatti gets, explained that he didn’t want an all-TFT instrument cluster that is just a dark hole when the car is off.“When a Chiron goes to Pebble Beach in 50 years and children look in the window, I want them to see something,” he said, referring to the large analog speedometer in the center of two color screens that, when on, present car and trip data (it said we averaged 20 mpg) plus a navigation map.****Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Doctors’ Prescription: A Dose of Music for Charity

first_imgBy Mary Ann BourbeauRED BANK – It’s common for kids to take music lessons and dream of becoming a rock star. Then reality sets in and most of those kids become adults with so-called “real jobs.” Most abandon their instruments because of time and family constraints. But some continue to play and sharpen their skills.That is the case with Dr. Lawrence Sykoff, Ed.D., the former headmaster at the Ranney School in Tinton Falls. When he was young, Sykoff used to practice his guitar every day after school, before he did his homework.“I used to follow The Beatles, Bob Dylan and other artists of the time,” he said. “I thought I was going to grow up and become a great folk singer.”Instead, Sykoff earned a doctorate in education and spent 20 years at Ranney before retiring in 2013 to start a management consultant practice. But he never gave up the guitar, and even sat in at times with Ranney’s jazz band.“It’s great for a school leader to be musical,” said the Freehold resident. “We developed an outstanding performing arts program. We even brought the school orchestra and chorus to perform at Carnegie Hall. I love music, but I never had that kind of opportunity. These kids were so inspired by being there. It was something they will remember forever.”Sykoff found his own opportunity about five years ago during a Ranney School trip to Paris, where he met a parent chaperone named David Lessing. He discovered that Lessing, an orthopedic surgeon, was a bass player. The men realized they had a friend in common, dermatologist Kenneth Grossman, who played drums.“We decided to get together and jam,” Sykoff said. “It was great fun.”This went on for about a year. One day, interventional pain management specialist Scott Woska sat in on keyboards, and that was the tipping point.“He was a professionally trained musician and he was excellent,” Sykoff said. “He had even written a symphony. With his guidance and direction, we really had the makings of a band.”They brought in a friend, vocalist Erin Patrick, and named themselves the Docs of Rock. When veterinarian Kristin Scott joined in on vocals, they realized they had all the components they needed. Their first gig was at a friend’s house, and not only did they get a huge turnout, but they gained enough confidence to book a show at The Downtown in Red Bank. Inspired by the charitable works of Tim McLoone and his Holiday Express band, they decided the proceeds would be given to a local organizations that help the needy.“From the very beginning, we have approached our music with a benevolent spirit,” Sykoff said. “Our primary objective is to give back to the community, and to have fun while we’re doing it.”Brian Incremona, M.D., an internist, is the latest doc to join the band, which plays a variety of music including the Four Seasons, Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi, One Republic and a Motown medley.“There’s something for everyone,” Sykoff said. “We want to get people out on the dance floor.”To date, the Docs of Rock have raised more than $50,000 for area charities such as Lunch Break and the Parker Family Health Center.“I feel like we’re making a difference,” Sykoff said. “There are a lot of charities with limited budgets and they need as much help as they can get. If we can combine our passion for music and help the community at the same time, it’s a win-win. I feel like my dream has been fulfilled because I’m a musician and I’m also helping others.”The Docs of Rock will play a benefit performance at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 24 at The Downtown in Red Bank to raise money for Family & Children’s Service (FCS), the oldest nonprofit social service agency in Monmouth County. Vocalist Nicole Cocco will join in for this performance.“I used to be on the Board of Trustees (at FCS) and I got a close look at the services they provide, particularly in counseling families and isolated seniors,” Sykoff said. “It’s an organization that has a broad reach. They help people of all ages. I really admire the work they do.”In its 106-year history, FCS has provided support to multiple at-risk populations, including Adult Protective Services, Statewide Respite Care, Home Care Services and Homecare Grant Assistance.“FCS has been around for more than a century, but some people may not be aware of the types of programs and services we offer,” said FCS Board Member Debbie O’Donoghue. “This is a great way for people to get to know us in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We invite the community to join us for what promises to be a fun and entertaining night.”Funds raised at this performance will benefit Operation Sleighbells, FCS’s holiday gift-giving program, which last year served more than 1,600 area children and their families.A $20 donation is suggested at the door. The evening will also include a 50/50 raffle and a live auction. For more information, call Diane Gribbon at 732-222-9111 ext. 134 or visit www.fcsmonmouth.org.Arts and entertainment writer Mary Ann Bourbeau can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @MaryAnnBourbeau.last_img read more

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