Watch Idina Menzel Sing, Talk Frozen 2 & If/Then

first_imgTony winner Idina Menzel is certainly making it the most wonderful time of year for us with all these TV appearances! Wearing Wicked Green, the original Elphaba stopped by The View and addressed those Frozen 2 rumors (she’s in Disney prison, apparently), talked If/Then, her world tour—and revealed the one person in the world who doesn’t like her singing. Check out the interview below and also her performance of the original song “December Prayer” off her album Holiday Wishes. Related Shows View Comments If/Then Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 Star Files Idina Menzellast_img read more

Car manufacturers eye export market amid bleak domestic sales

first_imgThe COVID-19 crisis has battered car sales this year with declining purchasing power of consumers and the temporary closure of showrooms. The association has slashed its domestic car wholesales target by 40 percent to 600,000 units this year.Gaikindo recorded around 323,400 cars sold between January and August, down more than 50 percent from 661,000 sold during the same period last year.Kukuh said that reallocating car production orders from the domestic to the international market could boost the utilization rates of factories, which were currently running far below capacity as carmakers have slashed production in response to plummeting demand.According to Gaikindo data, Indonesian car production from January to August plummeted 48.5 percent year-on-year (yoy) to 427,600 units, far below Indonesia’s annual car production capacity of around 2.3 million units. “Domestic [production] cannot reach an optimal level when there are no sales. Therefore, what we could do is [focus] on exports,” Kukuh said.Exports of completely built-up (CBU) amounted to 133,860 units from January to August, down 34.9 percent from around 205,800 units in the same period of last year, Gaikindo data show. Meanwhile, completely knocked-down (CKD) car exports also fell significantly, dropping to 25,142 units as of August this year from around 333,800 units in the same period last year.Read also: Gaikindo to cut car sales target even further as pandemic lingersStatistics Indonesia (BPS) cited the decline in four-wheel vehicle exports as a contributor to the 1.18 percent decrease in non-oil and gas export in the January-August period, as overall exports fell by 4.62 percent to US$13.07 billion.Gaikindo now expects to export 175,000 cars in 2020, down from the initial target of around 350,000 to 400,000.Fitch Solutions on Tuesday released an analysis regarding Indonesia’s domestic car demand, which portrays a picture similar to Gaikindo’s projection.The rating agency projects continued subdued demand in Indonesia’s car market due to renewed large-scale social distancing measures in Jakarta and cities across Java in September amid the persistent rise in COVID-19 cases in the country. The total COVID-19 tally reached 257,300 cases on Wednesday.Fitch expects car retail sales to drop by more than 40 percent in 2020 and the recovery to the 2019 sales level to take at least 18 months.“The possible renewal of movement restrictions in other provinces with high COVID-19 [case numbers] presents further downside risk. These provinces are mostly in the Java area, which contributes around 80 percent to Indonesia’s car market,” the analysis reads.RHB Sekuritas analyst Andrey Wijaya told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday that export market expansion seemed to be car companies’ long-term strategy but was now sought to offset the steep fall in domestic sales.“The export expansion is more of a long-term strategy, alongside the construction of new industrial zones intended for the automotive industry. This is the right strategy, because the automotive sector’s prospects in Indonesia are still great,” he said.Furthermore, he said, the principals were likely to grant Indonesian carmakers’ requests regarding the reallocation of the car production for the export market, if they saw potential in global market demand.Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in early June forecast that automotive sales would nosedive between 14 to 22 percent in the markets of China, the US and Europe in 2020.Under BCG’s two most likely scenarios, car sales in the three major global markets would remain below the 2019 number of 62.5 million units until 2023 or 2024. Topics :center_img Indonesian carmakers are looking at the export market to boost sales and increase factory utilization rates as the COVID-19 pandemic is projected to continue wreaking havoc on the domestic car market.Association of Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers (Gaikindo) secretary-general Kukuh Kumara said on Monday that the country’s carmakers were working with the Trade Ministry, Industry Ministry and Foreign Ministry to lobby car brands, also known as “principals”, to reallocate domestic car production to international orders.“The principals have to agree for Indonesian-made car to be exported to other countries, and authorizing additional car variants for export from Indonesia,” Kukuh said during an online discussion organized by marketing consulting firm Markplus.last_img read more

Pittsburgh’s Jeter returns to court after not playing last season

first_img Published on February 5, 2015 at 12:15 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ Sheldon Jeter had no school to play for.After confiding in a friend that he had decided to leave Vanderbilt after his freshman year, it somehow ended up on a blog that Jeter wanted to attend the University of Pittsburgh.Angry that Jeter wouldn’t first tell his coach of his plan, Kevin Stallings, the Vanderbilt headcoach, denied Jeter’s request for transfer papers to Pitt, forcing Jeter to look for other options, Carliss Jeter, Jeter’s father said.“I think he came back to Pitt because was homesick,” his mother, Laurie Odum said. After being denied his transfer from Vanderbilt, he sat out a season while attending Polk State, a junior college in Florida. He transferred to Pittsburgh this fall, where he is now a redshirt sophomore. With the Panthers, Jeter now averages 2.9 points per game while shooting 42.3 percent from the field. The 6-foot-8, 225-pound small forward is adjusting to playing Division I basketball again after taking a difficult year away from the game. He’ll play a bench role as the Panthers (15-8, 4-5 Atlantic Coast) host Syracuse (15-7, 6-3) on Saturday at 4 p.m.Jeter didn’t always want to play for Pitt. Coming out of Beaver Falls High School in Pennsylvania, he was hardly recruited by the school.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I was like, ‘I’m right here in your backyard,’” he said. “When I didn’t get the scholarship offer, I took it offensively. There was a lot of resentment toward them.”The day after Jeter signed with Vanderbilt, Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon called Carliss.“If Sheldon ever needs a home,” Dixon said. “He can come back home.”Those words stuck in Carliss’ mind. When Sheldon left Vanderbilt, Carliss knew his son could play at Pitt, but the NCAA mandated he’d have to sit out a season.That’s when he called Matt Furjanic, his old friend and the head coach at Polk State, a junior college. He accepted Jeter and gave him a scholarship, a fortunate gesture because the family couldn’t afford school. Carliss had lost his job as a supervisor at a Youth Detention Center after the governor closed the facility. Even though Jeter was a scholarship athlete, he decided not to expend a year of his eligibility at a JUCO. He only practiced with the team. To transfer into Pitt as an academic junior, Jeter took six or seven classes per semester. The workload, combined with the girls’ volleyball team using the gym for four hours per night, left little on-court time for Jeter.Schoolwork and practice consumed his daily schedule, but he’d try to sneak in a 45-minute lift as often as possible.He attended Polk’s home games to see the team play.“It was hard to watch. It wasn’t fun at all,” he said. “But it was a light at the end of the tunnel type thing. It never killed me to sit on the bench.” At Vanderbilt, his parents were only able to see him play two or three times because of the 9-hour drive. His grandmother, with whom he’s very close, caught one game. It disappointed Jeter; he had grown accustomed to seeing his whole family at his high school games. His mother Laurie would text him before each game, “Good luck, love you” as she had before every game during high school. But there was something special about seeing her there, too.“It’s heaven for me … to be able to go up there and watch him play,” she said. “Every time his foot touches the floor of the Pete Center we’re there watching. That’s why Vanderbilt was really hard.”Jeter’s focused on reacclimating to the pace of Division I basketball. He texts his dad daily about his playing time frustrations — Jeter averages 10.3 minutes per game this season.When he was at Vanderbilt there was a distance between him and his family. Now, if he wants to, he vents to his dad at home. He can visit his baby niece. He can watch his younger brother play football.“At Vanderbilt, it was basketball, basketball, basketball, basketball, basketball. At Polk, it was all basketball and school. (At Pitt), if I get overloaded, I can go home for an hour or two just to clear my head and come back to school ready,” Jeter said. “It’s better now that I’m balanced.” Commentslast_img read more

Police unearth more ganja, ammunition

first_imgDrug eradicationMore marijuana camps were destroyed and a quantity of ammunition retrieved at 7 Miles, Millie’s Hideout, Upper Demerara on Wednesday as Police ranks in E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) continued a mass drug eradication exercise.One of the ganja farms, which were unearthed by the PoliceOne person has since been arrested and taken into Police custody following the exercise, which was conducted between 06:00h and 13:00h. The Police destroyed eight fields totalling 13 acres, which contained some 15,000 marijuana plants ranging from two to seven-and-a-half feet.A camp that Police found during their drug eradication exercise in Upper Demerara RiverA nursery containing about 3000 seedlings and 1500 kilograms of dried cannabis, which was already processed, was also discovered. A total of five camps were discovered at the location. Additionally, Police found five live 12-gauge cartridges, three 12-gauge empty casings and a 1.45 spent shell.A farmer of Kuru Kuru, Linden-Soesdyke Highway, who was discovered on the first farm, has since been arrested. The farmer, who was allegedly tending to the marijuana plants at the time of the discovery, reportedly took ranks to the other farms. He has since been processed for court.last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL: STRAMORE NS IS ALIVE WITH ‘THE SOUND OF MUSIC’

first_imgPaddy, Amy, Lauren, Ellie, Jenn, Celina and Casper as The Von Trapp children.Patrick Gallagher as Captain Von Trapp and Blathnait Gallagher as Maria. The Van Heinm singers Michaela, Ciara, Mulvina, Sarah and Ann. Above are a selection of pictures taken from the fantastic show put on by the pupils of Stramore NS in Glendowan Churchill on Sunday evening in front of a large crowd in Glenswilly GAA hall.The classes performed individually before commencing the play ‘The Sound of Music’.A great evening was had by all.Well done to all involved. 🙂PICTURE SPECIAL: STRAMORE NS IS ALIVE WITH ‘THE SOUND OF MUSIC’ was last modified: December 17th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more