ABC News(NEW YORK) — When an entire family showed off their musical talents for what started out as a Mother’s Day gift, their “Les Mis” number went viral before they could say “One More Day.”Jordon, Landon, Heidi, Spencer, Andrea, Caitlyn, Juston, Karina and Jayson Lebaron joined “Good Morning America” from their home in Utah and said the video that has already racked up more than 9 million views on Facebook in less than a week was conceptualized as a gift for their mom.“This was my mom’s idea actually. She loves hearing us sing [and] she really really wanted a Mother’s Day present so we just all decided we’d throw together a little group recording,” Jayson Lebaron said.The family said they “always sing around the piano” performing a variety of songs, but perhaps the most amazing part of this viral video is the fact that it was filmed on the first take.“Jayson and Karina decided we have all the parts for ‘One Day More’ and mom requested it so we sang through it once or twice and recorded it and that’s what you see,” Angela Lebaron explained.The siblings, who are all musically inclined, said they figured out early on in their relationships if — and how — their partners and now spouses would fit in their family’s harmony.“There’s probably not a formal audition process,” Jordon Lebaron said, “but it’s something we get to the bottom of early on in the relationship.”And to top off the musical family affair — Jayson said the group’s accompanist isn’t actually a sibling — it’s their dad!Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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Written by December 16, 2019 /Sports News – National James ‘Radio’ Kennedy, man who inspired award-winning movie starring Cuba Gooding Jr., dies at 73 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailinga/iStock(NEW YORK) — James “Radio” Kennedy, the man with an intellectual disability who inspired the award-winning movie starring Cuba Gooding Jr., has died at 73 years old.Kennedy became a nationwide icon after a Sports Illustrated article, which highlighted his friendship with Harold Jones, the former head coach of the football program of T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, S.C., was published in 1996.Gooding Jr. later won the NAACP Image Award for Best Actor and was nominated for the award for Best Actor in the Black Reel Awards for the 2003 movie Radio based on Kennedy’s life. The movie was also nominated for an ESPY.Kennedy died Sunday morning while in hospice care after battling health problems for some time, ESPN confirmed with Jones. He had been living with his niece, Jackie Kennedy, and younger brother, George Kennedy, Jones told the sports station.Kennedy was given his nickname after showing up to football practices in the 1960s and 1970s while holding a transistor radio to his ear.Jones and other coaches befriended him after he would mimic them on the sideline.“It’s sad. It’s very sad for us,” Jones told ESPN. “Everybody loved him at the school and anybody he met loved him. He was just so outgoing and loved to hug you.Kennedy was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016, and a life-sized bronze statue was unveiled of him a decade earlier.“Generations of Hanna students and faculty have had an opportunity to know Radio,” a description on the school’s website reads. “Everyone has a story to tell, some of them priceless.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund
By John BurtonMonmouth Beach students celebrate reopening of Sandy-damaged schoolMONMOUTH BEACH – The hope was to have the borough’s Sandy-damaged elementary school opened by the beginning of June. They made it.Teachers aide Ms. Carol Brady greets third graders Sade White (left), Paige Show, Grace Decker, Abigail Mansfield and Tony Macaluso (right) during Monday morning’s opening of the Monmouth Beach School, seven months after Super Storm Sandy.“As a parent, it is gratifying to see my eighth-grader graduate from this school,” said Parent Teacher Organization President Homeria Walter, during the official ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday, June 3, marking the school’s reopening seven months after being damaged by Super Storm Sandy.The difficulties parents, students and teachers had during the time the structure was being refurbished appeared all but forgotten as they returned to the school. Many were wearing brightly colored T-shirts proclaiming “MB Strong” and smiles.The school, which has about 300 students, was flooded when about 2 feet of water swept through it, ruining books and supplies, carpet and furniture and school records. It also wrecked the heating and electrical systems. The work to restore the structure cost approximately $2 million, according to Superintendent Brian Farrell.Sofie Bilancia (4th grade), Max Avrillon (3rd grade) and Rory Maher (3rd grade) at the school’s bake sale opening day.In the interim, Monmouth Beach students, faculty and staff went to the West Long Branch and Oceanport school districts and Shore Regional High School for instruction.“It was a tough time being out of the building,” said Nancy Pietz, a fifth-grade teacher who has 20 years in the district. “It’s great to be back.”Pietz insisted the remainder of the school year would be productive.“I’m going right back to the books,” she said. “The summer’s not here yet.”The school was reopened with not quite three weeks left in the school year so students and faculty could regain a sense of normalcy and to allow the eighth-graders to graduate from the school.“In the long run it worked out OK,” teacher Tina Freglette said. “It looks great.”The school was officially open as Superintendent Brian Farrell (left) cuts the ribbon with Homeria Walters (right), PTO president, and Board of Education Vice President Kirk Ruoff.For parent Maureen Somers having two of her three children in the school “was very chaotic.” She had to juggle the schedules of her entire family to accommodate everyone. Somers said Monmouth Beach students didn’t have lockers at their temporary schools and they had to carry around their books and other items each day.Danny Mendillo, a seventh-grader, felt the two toughest parts of dealing with being in another school were transportation and sports. When they overlapped, he and his fellow students had to maneuver to get to and from practices. The bright side was he “got to meet a lot of new friends.”“It was kind of hard for us,” agreed seventh-grader John Salerno. “We weren’t familiar with that school,” which was Shore Regional High School.Parent Maureen Sommers (left) and teacher Nancy Pietz.Their classmate Zach Berman said getting out of school later than usual at Shore Regional made “it tough getting us to everything,” including sports and extracurricular activities. “Just the feeling of being back and seeing everyone back together is really great,” he said.Tony Macaluso, a third-grader, was also glad to be back in his own school. “It’s really great to be back,” said Tony, who has been attending West Long Branch’s Betty McElmon Elementary School. He missed the Monmouth Beach school gym and some of his friends who wound up going to another school. “I’ll be glad to see them again,” he said with a shy smile.After the storm, about 50 schools across the country started collecting funds to help the Monmouth Beach district and raised about $78,000, according to the PTO’s Walter.The Two River Theater, in Red Bank, also conducted its own fundraising effort for the district and collected $10,000, Walter said.Teacher Tina Freglette (left) and Jen Loxton, library personnel.The funds were used to offset the cost of replacing lost equipment, supplies and furniture, Superintendent Brian Farrell said. “Some good does come out something like this.”The school’s reopening brings about a change in the district leadership. Board of Education Vice President Kirk Ruoff announced Farrell, who has been with the district for 1½ years, is leaving. Replacing him in July will be Michael Ettore, who has 25 years in education, including working as a principal in the Marlboro district and teaching in Little Silver.Farrell said he will be leaving to enter business in the private sector.
By Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily Sports EditorIf the Nelson Leafs didn’t have bad luck the team would have no luck at all.Already icing one of the youngest rosters in the entire Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, the Leafs played most of last weekend without the services of three veteran players — forwards Gavin Currie and Cody Abbey and defenceman Tyler Parfeniuk.The result had the Leafs losing two of three, including a 6-2 pasting at the hands of the lowly Grand Forks Border Bruins.On the positive side, the 2010 KIJHL finalists did manage to get its first win of the season, a 3-2 win against an ever-improving Penticton Lakers squad, to right the ship, a little.“We haven’t been healthy since the beginning of the season,” Leaf coach and GM, Chris Shaw told The Nelson Daily Tuesday.“We have such a young club that the impact of losing three veterans is huge and changes the dynamics of the team.”Currie did manage to get in a few shifts during the loss to Beaver Valley and Sunday’s win over the Lakers, but did not look at full strength fighting a nagging upper body injury.Abbey spent Sunday’s encounter sitting in the stands. The Leafs definitely missed the 6’2”, 200-pound winger huge body in front of the net.As for Parfeniuk, the rugged Kelowna defenceman has played in just one game this season thanks to a shoulder injury.Shaw expects Abbey and Currie back in the lineup in the return match Saturday against the Bruins in Grand Forks.However, Parfeniuk will remain on the disabled list. “The game last week was a weird one,” Shaw explained when asked about the loss to the Bruins. “Grand Forks scored six power play goals, which is almost unheard of in junior hockey.”“Still there are no excuses the way we played in Grand Forks,” he added.Shaw did add a fresh face to the Leaf lineup Sunday in the form of Marcus Dhal, a speedy, but small, 17-year-old forward from the Calgary Royals of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.At 5’8”, 165-pounds, Dahl adds some speed to the Leafs front line.“He’s a skilled forward who played last season for the Okanagan Hockey Association Major Midget team,” Shaw said.The road doesn’t get any easier for the Leafs. After playing Grand Forks Friday, Nelson plays host to the always-tough Fernie Ghostriders Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.STAT LINE: Nelson, 1-4, is not only last in the Murdoch Division, but the Green and White hold down the bottom spot in the league in goals scored this season at 1.80 per game. Fernie Ghostriders are tops with 4.70 goals per game. Nelson has also allowed 4.40 goals per game, second worst in the KIJHL behind Princeton Posse. . . . Connor McLaughlin leads the team in scoring with four points, including three goals. In contrast, Thierry Martine of Osoyoos Coyotes and Duncan Schulz of Kamloops Storm lead the league, each with nine points. Martine has six goals in four [email protected]
Oh, and somewhere amidst the festivities, a new smartphone made an appearance. There was some very limited hands-on time after the show, er… keynote. Here it is: Tags:#Galaxy S4#Samsung#smartphones If there is one thing you can say about Samsung, it sure knows how to throw an extravagant party.After the showstopping launch event at Radio City Music Hall in New York City for the new Samsung Galaxy S4, there’s only one question left to answer… is this smartphone any damn good?During the event, at least, Samsung’s theatrics overshadowed the phone itself? Really. We had Jeremy Freaking Maxwell, Samsung’s “secret messenger” doing a tap dance routine. We had skits of adolescents traveling the world taking pictures, women sharing music over cocktails and something about an actor and his agent. Oh, and somewhere amidst the festivities, a new smartphone made an appearance. Samsung Hub is the center of Samsung’s media experienceBut it wasn’t just the phone, Samsung showed off some gadgets that will go with the Galaxy S4, including this cool-looking controller that appears torn out of an Xbox. The Galaxy S4 fits into the controller, which is powered by its own AAA batteries. Instead of using the touchscreen to navigate, you use the controller. In this case, the demo was a Sonic The Hedgehog game. dan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … President Samsung Mobile JK Shin rises from the floor at Radio CityOverall, it is hard to tell with a just quick impression exactly what the experience of using the Galaxy S4 will be like. There are so many new features that could be terrific – if they actually work as advertised. The danger is that Samsung’s Galaxy S4 smartphone could turn out to resemble its own launch event: overblown, overproduced and visually appealing – but more annoying than pleasant.Photos by Dan Rowinski. First ImpressionsThe body of the Galaxy S4 is thin and light. If you are familiar with a Galaxy S3, that light, almost cheap-feeling plastic body, is reprised in the S4. From a shape perspective, the S4 is more squared-off (like the Galaxy S2) than rounded (like the Galaxy S3). It is thinner than both.The screen is totally beautiful, at least from my initial look, and highly responsive. This matches what users have come to expect from Galaxy S devices – the S3 was an extremely smooth touchscreen.It is bloated with all the “S” apps and everything else that Samsung has thrown into its new flagship smartphone. On the one hand, all the new and unique features Samsung definitely bring some real benefits. On the other hand, the “S” apps and all the stuff in the S4 add up to a very busy user experience.(See also Samsung Galaxy 4S Unveiled: Spectacular Specs & Innovative Features.) Related Posts The Galaxy S4 is expected to be shipped with a quad-core processor in the United States. An enterprising reporter ran a test on the processor during his demo time (not me, and I did not get his name) and confirmed that the test devices at Radio City were running quad-core processors. When putting that processor to the test, we looked at the Fast & Furious 6 game coming to the phone from Kabam. It played smooth and fast.But what about the phone itself? Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Foton coach Moro Brasnilav. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMoro Branislav didn’t take long to admit that his Foton team will have a tough time defending its title in the Chooks To Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix, which starts Saturday at FilOil Flying V Centre.After glancing at the present crop of imports, the Serbian coach said the league has become a lot more competitive compared to the previous seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Rio Olympic head Nuzman formally charged with corruption BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Powerhouse Petron, which will pose a huge threat to Foton’s bid, will field Lindsay Stalzer—who helped the Tornadoes win their title last year. Stalzer will be supported by Hillary Hurley of the United States and Yuri Fukuda of Japan. View comments MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES “Normally I will say that my team is good for championships,” said Branislav during Wednesday’s launch. “But I have too much respect for these teams who are also building up.”“But we are prepared to win another title, that’s for sure,” said the mentor of the Tornadoes, who have won this conference the past two seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFoton will parade Serbians Sara Klisura and Katarina Vukamanovic and Montenegrin Dragana Perunicnic.Nine teams will see action in the tournament, the biggest field so far for the PSL, which will each be allowed three foreign players. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:10PNP-HPG to field 695 personnel to secure ‘Undas’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City
LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion United States’ Frances Tiafoe celebrates after defeating Italy’s Andreas Seppi during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)If Frances Tiafoe keeps on winning matches at the Australian Open, he’ll keep on channeling LeBron James.Tiafoe, who grew up in Maryland, paid homage to James by copying the four-time NBA MVP’s “Silencer” — raising his knees and pushing his palm-down hands toward the ground after beating Italy’s Andreas Seppi in five sets. Oh, and Tiafoe had yanked off his shirt before doing that move.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? San Miguel calls out Alaska’s Alex Compton for ‘kawawa ang liga’ remark LATEST STORIES After his previous victory, a second-round upset of two-time major finalist Kevin Anderson, Tiafoe mimicked another LBJ celebration by flexing his right biceps and slapping it five times with his left hand.“Be interesting to see if (other players) want to try them. Just trying to bring something to tennis,” said Tiafoe, who turns 21 on Sunday.Frances Tiafoe tops Seppi, celebrates with the @KingJames Silencer pic.twitter.com/ODrUAJDkfb— CJ Fogler (@cjzer0) January 18, 2019ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Frances Tiafoe’s LeBron impression gets better and better with each win! Big Foe is on to the next round at the #AUSOpen pic.twitter.com/3xF9YKiYWp— SI Tennis (@SI_Tennis) January 18, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ He said his post-match choreography is not premeditated. It just sort of happens.“If I get a chance to do it on a big court, big situation, you’ve got to bring it up,” he said. “I don’t know what celebration I’m going to do. I got a lot of them that I know.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño And why not? He reached the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening
Congratulations to the winners from the 2014 Queensland State Championships, held at Redlands on the weekend. Men’s OpenSouth Queensland 8 defeated North Queensland 6Player of the Final – #3 Peter Norman (South Queensland)Women’s OpenSunshine Coast 7 defeated Brisbane City 2Player of the Final – #4 Catherine Sargent (Sunshine Coast)Mixed OpenBrisbane City 13 defeated Central Queensland 12Player of the Final – Female #1 Renee Fraser (Brisbane) Male #3 Cody Green (Brisbane)Men’s 20’sNorth Queensland 8 defeated Central Queensland 5Player of the Final – #22 Andrew Searle (North Queensland)Women’s 20’sBrisbane City 6 defeated Sunshine Coast 4Player of the Final – #23 Brytten Reynolds (Brisbane)Women’s 27’sBrisbane City 4 defeated North Queensland 2Player of the Final – #10 Davina Galetto (Brisbane)Men’s 30’sNorth Queensland 9 defeated Brisbane City 5Player of the Final – #22 Riki Best (North Queensland)Women’s 35’sCentral Queensland 8 defeated South West Queensland 3Player of the Final – #9 Tracy Williamson (Central Queensland)Men’s 40’sSouth Queensland 8 defeated Central Queensland 3Player of the Final – #9 Craig Scharer (South Queensland)Women’s 40’sBrisbane City 4 defeated South Queensland 3Player of the Final – #18 Lisa Miller (Brisbane)Men’s 45’sSouth Queensland 7 defeated South West Queensland 6Player of the Final – #38 Scott Pierce (South West Queensland)Men’s 50’sSunshine Coast 3 defeated Brisbane 2Player of the Final – #8 Peter Feldman (Sunshine Coast)Men’s 55’sNorth Queensland 6 defeated Sunshine Coast 4Player of the Final – #3 John Pattison (North Queensland)Regional Champions – Brisbane City For more news and results on the Queensland State Championships, please visit www.qldtouch.com.au.Related LinksQLD State Champs Results
OTTAWA – The country’s annual inflation rate accelerated to 2.1 per cent last month to reach its highest mark in nearly a year and signal that the stronger economy has started pushing up consumer prices.Statistics Canada said Thursday that its inflation reading for November came in hotter than the 1.4 per cent number for October, boosted by higher costs for gasoline and air transportation, compared with a year earlier.The result means the annual pace of inflation, which had slowed to a two-year low of one per cent in June, has now climbed above the Bank of Canada’s ideal target of two per cent. The central bank scrutinizes inflation data ahead of its interest-rate decisions — the next one is scheduled for Jan. 17.Economists said the inflation reading reinforced their expectations that Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz will resume raising rates over the coming months.Some also noted the robust economy showed further progress in a separate Statistics Canada report Thursday on retail trade. It said retail sales in October expanded by a healthy 1.5 per cent, thanks in large part to a boost in new car sales.“With economic momentum appearing to hold up into the fourth quarter … the case for the Bank of Canada to follow the Federal Reserve in hiking interest rates is building — don’t be surprised if it comes sooner rather than later,” TD senior economist James Marple wrote in a research note to clients.“Inflation suddenly doesn’t feel so soft in Canada.”Inflation had remained below two per cent for almost all of 2017 and the rate hadn’t been as high as 2.1 per cent since last January.The report showed that pump prices delivered a major lift to last month’s overall inflation number after rising 19.6 per cent compared with the year before.But the data also contained signs the price pressure was a little more broad-based. Excluding gasoline, November’s inflation rate was 1.5 per cent, an increase from 1.3 per cent in October.Two of the Bank of Canada’s three preferred measures of core inflation, designed to look through the noise of more-volatile items like gasoline, strengthened last month.CPI-trim rose to 1.8 per cent from 1.5 per cent and CPI-median reached 1.9 per cent compared to 1.7 per cent in October, while CPI-common cooled to 1.5 per cent from 1.6 per cent.By region, annual inflation was higher in every province last month with Manitoba, at 3.2 per cent, and Saskatchewan, at 3.7 per cent, seeing the biggest changes.The retail sales numbers for October showed greater growth in every province, with higher numbers in Ontario, Quebec and B.C. accounting for the bulk of the increase, the agency said.The report showed that retail e-commerce sales increased 19.4 per cent in October, compared to a year earlier. However, it accounted for just 2.6 per cent of overall retail sales.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – Two First Nations in Saskatchewan have filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against an energy company responsible for an oil spill that fouled the drinking water supply of thousands of people two years ago.The James Smith Cree Nation and the Cumberland House Cree Nation are seeking reparations from Husky Energy for the spill in July 2016 that polluted the North Saskatchewan River.They cite damage caused by the spill and allege Husky hasn’t been willing to work with them to make things right.The James Smith Cree Nation alleges in a prepared statement of facts that Husky was advised to take remediation steps after about 40 per cent of roughly 250,000 litres of oil mixture leaked into the river.The statement obtained by Prince Albert radio station CKBI claims Husky “failed or refused to perform remediation steps to mitigate, limit or remove the adverse impact” of the spill.None of the allegations by either First Nation has been proven in court.The spill forced the cities of Prince Albert, North Battleford and Melfort to shut off their water intakes for almost two months. Wildlife was also harmed.James Smith’s statement of facts alleges Husky repeatedly failed to provide the community with updates regarding the cleanup, didn’t provide updated technical data such as studies or reports or any other information related to the oil spill.The statement of facts also alleges Calgary-based Husky failed to inform the community as to when the company would be on reserve land to obtain samples, perform remediation or undertake other activities related to the spill response.The band is asking for damages to make up for its members’ lost ability to hunt, fish, trap, gather and otherwise enjoy the river.It also seeks an order requiring Husky to cover the costs of remediating the water, riverbanks and vegetation.The band, based about 60 kilometres east of Prince Albert, wants out-of-pocket expenses accrued during the oil spill cleanup period covered as well.It is asking for punitive damages, legal costs and interest on any compensation.The Cumberland House Cree Nation, located about 300 kilometres east of Prince Albert, has also filed legal paperwork against Husky Energy.Many of the allegations in its statement of facts mirror those submitted by the James Smith band.The Cumberland House Cree are also seeking a judge’s order requiring Husky Energy to “immediately and fully, and at their own expense, remove or remediate oil in the water, soil, vegetation, and debris on the reserve lands.”Husky has said that more than 90 per cent of the oil was recovered.The company concluded that the spill which originated near Maidstone, Sask., was caused when ground underneath a submerged section of pipe shifted.(CKBI, The Canadian Press)(Companies in the story: TSX:HSE)