Odds & Ends: Audra McDonald Circling EGOT & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. Audra McDonald Circling EGOTCongratulations to Mama Broadway herself, Audra McDonald, who co-won a Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Program for Sweeney Todd (Live From Lincoln Center) on September 12. And yes, this now means that the six-time Tony winner is one step closer to the EGOT—she’s just got the Oscar to go! Also honored were Great White Way alums Alan Alda and Jane Lynch, for their work on Alan Alda And The Actor Within You: A Young Arts Masterclass and Hollywood Game Night, respectively. FX Networks’ special tribute to The Producers mastermind Mel Brooks won for Outstanding Short-Format Nonfiction Program and Neil Meron and Craig Zadan’s production of the 87th Oscars won for Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Limited Series, Movie Or A Special.Hamilton Cast Heads to Ars NovaDaveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, Christopher Jackson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo and more have boarded the lineup of The Ars Nova Revolution. Why so many from the cast of Hamilton? Well, the event is celebrating the show’s creator Miranda, director Thomas Kail and producer Jill Furman. The benefit evening in aid of Ars Nova’s artistic development initiatives and programming will take place on September 21 at The Edison Ballroom.Tony-Winning Playwright Frank D. Gilroy Dead at 89Frank D. Gilroy, who won the 1965 Tony and the Pulitzer for The Subject Was Roses, died of natural causes on September 12, Time reports. He was 89. Gilroy later adapted the play for the screen—the 1968 movie version starred Martin Sheen, Patricia Neal and Jack Albertson. Gilroy’s last Broadway production was Any Given Day in 1992; his other Great White Way credits include Last Licks, The Only Game in Town and That Summer—That Fall. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ruth, and their three sons.NPH Gears Up for Best Time EverGot Neil Patrick Harris withdrawal symptoms? His new live NBC variety series, Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, will premiere on September 15. The Tony winner stopped by The Today Show on September 14 to chat about the new project, which will feature comedy sketches, musical numbers, mini game shows, hidden camera pranks on celebrities and appearances by A-list stars. “I’ve done enough live stuff,” he said, “that if something goes wrong I’m excited by that and it will be fun to comment on it.” Check out the interview below and then Best Time Ever tomorrow night!last_img read more

Satellite cities undecided about following Jakarta with strict virus curbs

first_imgLeaders of Jakarta’s satellite cities are still undecided on whether they should follow the capital city in reimposing stricter COVID-19 restrictions that will take effect on Monday.During a virtual meeting with Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan and other regional leaders, Bekasi Deputy Mayor Tri Adhianto said his administration would announce its decision on the matter on Monday.”We’ll decide on Monday after a meeting with relevant agencies. [In the meantime], we’ll continue to monitor the [COVID-19 outbreak] in the city,” Tri said on Thursday. He acknowledged that Bekasi had seen an increase in COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks that had put a strain on the city’s healthcare system.”We only have 180 [hospital] beds left, but we’ve prepared 55 additional beds in the Chandrabaga Stadium,” Tri said as quoted by kompas.com, “If we continue to see 40 new cases a day, in the next week we’ll have 280 more patients, our hospitals could only accommodate 180.”Meanwhile, Bogor Mayor Bima Arya Sugianto said the city would continue to enforce the current micro and community-based social restrictions (PSBMK) for the next three days while awaiting coordination among the Jakarta administration and the central government about the upcoming large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in the capital.”As of now, we are not able to decide whether to impose stricter PSBB. We’ll discuss this with the Regional Leadership Communication Forum [Forkopimda] on Monday,” Bima said after Thursday’s meeting. Read also: Jakarta lockdown aimed at preventing collapse of healthcare system”Governor [Anies] said he still needed to work out more detailed and clearer measures for the PSBB policy with the central government, so we’ll wait for that,” he added.Anies announced on Wednesday that Jakarta would reimpose the full PSBB measures starting Monday after months of a gradual relaxation of curbs since early June that has been blamed for the city’s soaring COVID-19 case number in the past few weeks.Under the reinstated PSBB — which Anies dubbed the “emergency brake” — Jakarta allows only 11 essential sectors to operate, while other businesses and offices will have to reimplement work-from-home policies. Public activities are generally banned.The isolation and intensive care unit (ICU) bed occupancy rates at the capital city reached 77 percent and 83 percent, respectively, on Wednesday. The city currently has 4,053 beds in isolation rooms and 528 beds in ICU rooms.The number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in Jakarta reached 51,287 as of Friday, with 11,696 active cases and 1,365 fatalities.Health and transportation experts, however, have noted that reimposing the PSBB in Jakarta would be pointless unless such restrictions were properly implemented also in other areas, given that mobility across regions remains high.According to official estimates, 200,000 Bogor residents travel to and from Jakarta daily using commuter lines. Meanwhile, more than 20,000 vehicles from Bogor pass through the Jagorawi toll road to go to the capital and home again every day. Around 700,000 residents of Tangerang municipality also commute to and from Jakarta every day,Meanwhile, South Tangerang Mayor Airin Rachmi Diany said the city would not follow in Jakarta’s footsteps for the time being.Read also: What you need to know about large-scale social restrictions in Jakarta”We have no plan for imposing stricter PSBB so far. We’re still following the Banten gubernatorial regulation on the Greater Tangerang PSBB [policy],” Airin said.She also claimed that the COVID-19 case number in Tangerang was still under control and that the city’s health facilities could still accommodate patients.”We previously had a plan to impose stricter measures as bed occupancy rates kept increasing and [hospitals] were overloaded. We had discussed whether it was necessary to set up a curfew, but the case number declined a few days later,” she said.Similarly, Depok COVID-19 task force spokesperson Dadang Wihana said the city would still follow the West Java gubernatorial regulation on proportional PSBB and Depok mayoral regulation until Sept. 29.”We’ll impose policies in accordance with Depok Mayoral Regulation No 59/2020 by restricting residential and business activities,” Dadang said.The city has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 patients in West Java with 2,613 confirmed cases and 723 active cases.  Dadang went on to say that the Depok administration would await the result of further coordination between Anies and the central government on the mechanism of the full PSBB. “We’ll wait and see,” he said. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Sport Minister, team visit Tiger Bay

first_imgAS a follow-up to the visit and commitment made by His Excellency, President Irfaan Ali, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Charles Ramson Jr MP, yesterday visited the community of Tiger Bay in Georgetown.Minister Ramson Jr was accompanied by National Security Adviser, Gerald Gouveia; president of Guyana Football Federation, Wayne Forde; president of Guyana Basketball Federation, Michael Singh; president of Georgetown Basketball Association, Jermaine Slater, and members of the private sector.During the visit, the team distributed footballs, basketballs, other sport gear and masks to aid in containing the spread of COVID-19 within the community.In addition, the Minister discussed with the community the possibility of clearing an area for sport to be played. The team also used the opportunity to engage with the community and listen to some of the major issues affecting them. (MCY&S)last_img read more

Bolstered BetterBetting board to support newly appointed CTO

first_img Related Articles Gaming Realms agrees on takeover of Bear Group February 22, 2019 Share Share News UK recruits Simon Collins to lead its revamped betting & gaming division November 5, 2019 BetterBetting (BETR) has prepared for the next phase of its development by appointing a new chief technical officer (CTO) and bolstering its supervisory board.Experienced IT software architect Steve Gray has been appointed as CTO, while David Vanrenen has been named as Chair of the Foundation. Simon Collins and Velvo Vaht have also joined this “energised” Supervisory Board.Gray joins the firm’s sportsbook architect Ian Sherrington and the rest of the development team at a critical time, with the soft launch of the BETR betting technology now well underway having launched successfully for the World Cup. “I’ve been involved with building the current BETR app for Android and the more I have become involved, the more excited I am by the potential for the BETR,” said Gray.Vanrenen, a veteran investment manager and stockbroker, has been chosen to chair the newly realigned supervisory board, which includes Gaming Realms founder Simon Collins.Collins, who also founded  Cashcade Ltd, an online bingo focused business which he sold for £96m in 2009, commented: “I’ve known Adriaan for many years and respect his track record in the industry.  When he came to me with the BETR proposition – peer-to-peer betting on the decentralised Blockchain – I immediately invested.  “I am delighted I have been invited to join the Foundation board and look forward to working with the team to chart new territory with the BETR token.”Velvo Vaht is a tax advisor, as well as an entrepreneur and partner at Finance Plus OŰ. He accepted the appointment by saying: “Estonia is becoming a ‘go-to’ destination for new and exciting crypto ventures and BETR, established in Estonia, is becoming a leading proponent of the use of Blockchain technologies to facilitate decentralised, escrow contracts.” “I believe we can expect great things from the technology that BETR are developing, with the uses for the BETR utility token potentially extending way beyond the current betting application.” BetterBetting CEO Adriaan Brink concluded: “I am excited and energised by the team I have around me. We look forward to enhancing the BETR products and adding further utility with the BETR token in the peer-to-peer betting space and potentially across other applications where peer-to-peer escrow functionality is required.” StumbleUpon Submit MannBenham forms ‘specific advisory’ for transforming global gambling marketplace August 27, 2019last_img read more