Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020 View Comments Waitress Kimiko Glenn photographed at Ellen’s Stardust Diner(Photo by Caitlin McNaney) Age: 26Hometown: Phoenix, AZCurrent Role: Wallflower waitress Dawn, who finds friendship (and maybe even love) working at Joe’s Pie Diner in the Sara Bareilles musical Waitress.Stage & Screen Cred: Glenn got a big break when she landed the role of Thea in the first national tour of Spring Awakening, but she’s best known for playing Brook Soso on the Nexflix prison smash Orange is the New Black.
The BBC’s African football expert, Isaac Fanin, believes Asamoah Gyan’s legacy in African football should not be tainted by his infamous penalty miss against Uruguay at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.Thursday July 2, 2020, marked ten years since the unforgettable night in Johannesburg.With renewed conversation around the game, Gyan’s status in Ghana football has come under scrutiny again.Now 35, the former Sunderland striker is Ghana’s record goalscorer with 51 goals, and Africa’s top scorer at the world cup with 6 goals.However, the penalty miss in South Africa has remained an episode his critics reference to question his status in the game.Fanin, who published an article where Ghanaian players, Hans Adu Sarpei and John Painstil, said they would never be able to forgive Suarez for the handball incident, contends that Gyan’s consistent top performances for the Black Stars over the years have cemented his legacy.“Asamoah Gyan was the main man for the Ghanaian team every time he went to the world cup and represented the country. I think his legacy is set,” Fanin told Citi Sports.“This is a really sad way for him to be remembered but even at that world cup, in the Round of 16, he scored an amazing goal against the United States.“He had a track record of coming up big for Ghana. His legacy should not be tainted by this difficult momen,” Fanin continued.“He tweeted that his family is proud of him and I think as Africans, we should be proud of him because he may have given us a difficult moment in African football history, but he also gave us amazing moments,” Fanin concluded.Background With the game heading for extra time, a goal bound short from Dominic Adiyiah was scooped out of goal by Uruguay’s Luis Suarez.The then Ajax striker was shown a red card and Ghana awarded the penalty.Asamoah Gyan stepped up, and missed, breaking Ghanaian and African hearts.The game went into extra time and then a penalty shoot out which Ghana subsequently lost.
Luis Suarez claims his World Cup handball “could have happened to anyone” as he prepares to face three Ghana players when Liverpool visit Sunderland on Sunday.Speaking exclusively to Goal.com UK, Suarez revealed he has no intention of mentioning the incident when he comes up against Sulley Muntari, Asamoah Gyan and John Mensah at the Stadium of Light.The Uruguay striker controversially handled the ball on the goalline in the quarter-final of the tournament in South Africa to deny Ghana a dramatic late winner.Suarez was sent off for the offence but Gyan missed the resulting penalty before Uruguay won the shootout to claim a place in the semi-finals.Suarez, 24, insists any player would have done the same in his position and says he feels more guilty about biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal while playing for Ajax in November, for which he was banned for seven matches by the Dutch Football Federation.“What happened at the World Cup could have happened to anyone and it’s something I want to leave behind me,” Suarez told Goal.com UK. “I feel much worse about the bite. The worst thing that can happen is to hurt someone else and I have apologised for what happened in Holland. It’s something I do regret but it’s in the past, it’s one of those things.“I won’t say anything to Gyan. For me, he is just another player. Maybe it’s still a big problem for others, but as far as I’m concerned it must stay in the past.“I’m not playing against one or two people. I’m playing against the Sunderland team as a whole. For me, what’s important is the result of the match. All I want is to win for Liverpool.”Suarez, who signed for Liverpool in a £22.8 million deal in January, admits that he has been working on controlling his emotions as he adapts to his new life in England.Source: Ghanasoccernet.com
“Rewriting the Rural Narrative” is subject of presentation to North-Central Iowa economic development officials
MASON CITY — A senior research fellow for the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality is telling north-central Iowa economic development officials today about development in rural communities.Benjamin Winchester says in many ways rural areas get a bad rap when it comes to economic development, as detailed in his report entitled “Rewriting the Rural Narrative”. “The key message is here is that, kind of the narrative we used to describe our small towns, ultimately they shoot ourselves in the foot. We talk about what we used to have, or what we should have had, or what we could have had, and yes things have changed, but that does not mean in our small towns took a right turn into the ditch. In many ways, our small towns are still here, they’re surviving, and in many ways thriving. We’ve got a diverse economy, we’ve got really a thriving nonprofit sector, so we’ve got the number of groups almost astound you, the number groups of in these small counties we’ve got go up by 10 to 15%.”Winchester says more people are moving into and not away from rural areas. “We call that the ‘Brain Gain’. There are people in their thirties, forties, and fifties, moving into just about every rural county, not just in Iowa but across the United States. These folks are bringing with them their education, their skills, their kids and helping in many ways to reinvigorate our rural communities.”Winchester says many Midwesterners use a population number incorrectly as a barometer for a community’s success. “What I have found out really is that we cannot be infatuated with total population. Ultimately some of the trends point away from even growing our population for a number of years, especially as our seniors age, and we had no longer have kids in her household. I call this the ‘Demographic Destiny’, there are some things we cannot control.”Winchester is the guest speaker at the annual meeting of the North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corporation today in Mason City. You can see a copy of his presentation by clicking here