Draghi brings market savvy, gravitas to tame Italy’s crises

first_imgMILAN (AP) — The former European Central Bank chief credited with helping to save the euro has now been tapped to lead Italy out of the pandemic and the worst recession since World War II.  Draghi gained global respect as the head of the European Central Bank for eight years, managing monetary policy for the 19 countries that use the euro, with an economy worth 12 trillion euros, or $14.4 trillion. He not only has an insider’s grasp of the financial rule book that Italy must follow, but he has the respect of those whose forbearance Italy may require during the difficult months and years ahead.last_img read more

Meet Tony-Nominated Hand to God Star Geneva Carr!

first_img Hand to God View Comments Age: 44Hometown: Jackson, MSCurrent Role: A Tony-nominated Broadway debut as Margery, a barely-keeping-it-together widowed mother whose son’s sock puppet might be possessed by the devil in Robert Askins’ Hand to God.Stage & Screen Cred: Carr has starred in Hand to God since the play’s first reading. She’s appeared off-Broadway in Rose’s Dilemma and The Vagina Monolgues and on screen in Love and Other Drugs, It’s Complicated, Younger and The Leftovers.”The Tony nomination is crazy! Talk about an underdog. The night before, I said to my husband, ‘These are gossip columns and wish lists. It’s not going to happen. Let’s go to bed. The dream is over.’ The next morning, we were watching and screaming!””I’ve lived in 11 states, but I’m not an Army brat. My father couldn’t hold a job, so every six months, we’d move. I’m sort of a Southerner because those are my roots, but my parents are from Iowa. So, I kind of sound Midwestern, but if I have a drink I sound southern.””My husband and I met on OKCupid. We went out on our little coffee date and I knew right away he was my husband. He’s a handsome, smarty-pants architect from Tokyo. On our first date, I said, ‘I wake up like this. I’m Pollyanna Sunshine and I’m not for everyone.’””I don’t come from an artistic family, so I didn’t know what theater was. I was working on Wall Street in the ’90s, and I went to see Appointment With a High-Wire Lady at Ensemble Studio Theatre, and it affected me so deeply. It changed everything I thought about the arts. I quit banking and became an actor.””The best thing about being the ‘Rollover Mom’ from the AT&T commercials is that no one recognizes me! I’ve been in a hundred commercials and no one ever recognizes me. Listen, I live in the apartment that AT&T built—let’s not lie.””I’ve had more sex with underage boys on stage and film in the last five years than most women do in a lifetime [laughs]. Rob [Askins] has let me run in this role and he’s written every secret fantasy I have. I get to be angry and speak my mind and go all out. Luckily, our teen is played by a 30-year-old.” Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 Related Showslast_img read more

Carlini setting up for strong sophomore campaign

first_imgFor sophomore setter Lauren Carlini, it will be rather difficult to top her freshman year in Madison. The anchor of the Wisconsin volleyball team established herself as a leader and integral part of the team in her first year, and she played a pivotal role in the Badgers’ postseason run and appearance in the National Title game.Carlini facilitated the offense for the Badgers as the only freshman of the Top 25-ranked teams nationally to serve as the primary setter. She averaged 11.5 assists per game, good enough for third in the Big Ten and 31st in the country.“I’m not concerned with my numbers though,” Carlini said. “I like looking at my teammates’ stats better because I like to see what their hitting [percentages are] and who I should be feeding the ball to more.”She was also active on defense, finishing second on UW with 2.82 digs per set. Lauren recorded double-digit digs in 22 matches, and led Wisconsin in double-doubles with 22.Those numbers earned her 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors, the third Badger ever to claim the award. She was also the first Badger to be named to the All-Big Ten team in six years.It didn’t stop there for Carlini, who managed to elevate her game come postseason time.Her performance in the regional round earned her Champaign Regional Most Valuable Player honors. After a heartbreaking defeat to rival Penn State in the National Championship Game, Carlini earned all-tournament and all-American honors.Following a monstrous 2013 campaign, expectations for the Aurora, Illinois, native are high during the 2014 season. She is used to dealing with lofty expectations and exceeding them. For example, she was named the National Gatorade Player of the Year after her senior year of high school, then came to Madison and failed to disappoint.“She’s the kind of player who is always looking to make herself and her teammates better,” head coach Kelly Sheffield said. “That’s just the kind of kid she is.”So what did Carlini do to take her game to the next level?She spent three weeks of her summer training with the U.S. Women’s National Team, one of only two collegiate players selected to do so.“I’m really glad I got to have this experience at such a young age and start my dreams early,” Carlini said. “I would listen to their stories and what they had to say and see what work I’d have to go through because they are where I want to be in a few years. It was great to make some connections.”Carlini not only improved as a player, but as a teammate as well, she said.“I did a lot of observing,” she said. “I took things and ideas away from it as far as leadership goes and communicating.”Those are valuable intangibles that Carlini must command as the floor general of a mobile offense and synchronized attack.The biggest challenge for Carlini at that level was the speed of the game. However, when she returned to training with her teammates, games seemed a lot slower, “which can really help me set up the attack,” Carlini said.“It could go one of two ways for a player,” Sheffield said. “She can either get her confidence shaken up by the caliber of play, or she can use it as a learning tool. I think she put her head down and got through it and left a better player.”The Badgers will experience a bit of a role reversal entering the 2014 season, because the target is now on their backs, which Carlini said is just something the team has to deal with.Sheffield said his team will have to adjust to that role, and would like to see his team string together quality wins in Big Ten play.But Carlini, the feisty leader of a “Why not us?” crew, had a much more clear goal in her mind, and just like her expectations and her level of play, she reached for the sky:“It would be a huge disappointment and failure if we didn’t win a national title and a Big Ten championship.”last_img read more

Taylor targets Rio after latest title success

first_imgIreland’s hero of London 2012 beat Azerbaijan’s Yana Alekseevna with a unanimous points decision in Korea this morning to retain her lightweight title.The Bray native now says that she will turn her focus towards preparing for the defence of her Olympic medal at Rio de Janeiro in two years time.Taylor and the rest of the Irish women’s boxing squad will return home from Korea tomorrow evening, with their flight scheduled to land at Dublin Airport at 5:40pm.last_img

LeBron James ‘happy as hell’ for Markelle Fultz after Magic guard’s triple-double vs. Lakers

first_imgTriple-Double & The Clutch [email protected] | #MagicAboveAll pic.twitter.com/PtGSfB9WOl— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) January 16, 2020Fultz is averaging 11.7 points and 4.6 assists in 27.0 minutes per game this season and is pleased his perseverance is paying off.”What I’ve been through, it just gives me more fire to keep going,” Fultz told ESPN. “I put in a lot of hard work to be where I’m at. I’ve been through a lot, but I never gave up. So, it just shows for people out there, whoever is doubting you, whoever is doing something [to you], put something on your mind and if you have something on your mind, go do it.”Don’t ever let somebody tell you that you can’t and I’m never going to stop. I’m going to keep working until I can’t play no more.” The former No. 1 overall pick struggled with his shooting motion after entering the NBA and made just 33 appearances across his first two seasons in the league with the 76ers. Fultz was eventually diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome and last February got traded to Orlando, where he continued his rehabilitation.𝓘𝓷𝓬𝓻𝓮𝓭𝓲𝓫𝓵𝓮 𝓕𝓲𝓷𝓲𝓼𝓱@MarkelleF | #MagicAboveAll pic.twitter.com/3ts45C3kio— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) January 16, 2020MORE: Three ways the 76ers can survive without Joel EmbiidThe 21-year-old revealed before the game that James had been a “mentor” to him, and the four-time MVP was impressed by his latest display.Asked how Fultz has been able to turn his career around, James replied: “Confidence and opportunity. They’re confident in him, he’s confident in himself, and he’s given an opportunity to go out and play the game how he grew up playing. I think everything else takes care of itself.”I’ve been supportive of him ever since he was in high school, when he was a rookie in Philly. Been supportive of his situation and still [am] to this day. I’m happy as hell for him.” LeBron James was “happy as hell” for Markelle Fultz after the Magic guard posted a triple-double in a 119-118 victory over the Lakers.Fultz had 21 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists at Staples Center for his second career triple-double as the Magic ended the Lakers’ nine-game winning streak on Wednesday.last_img read more