Odds & Ends: Barbra Streisand Eyes John Travolta for Gypsy & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. John Travolta for Gypsy?John Travolta has revealed that fellow entertainment icon Barbra Streisand wants him in the remake of Gypsy…and that Lady Gaga’s name is still in the frame! “I think she always visualized Gaga as Louise and maybe me as Herbie,” Travolta told EXTRA. Last we heard about Streisand’s long-gestating film project was that Universal Pictures had hired Oscar-nominated screenwriter Richard LaGravenese to pen the musical adaptation. Here’s hoping it truly is Rose’s turn (again) sometime soon!Obama Will Return to HamiltonPresident Obama is going back to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton! The cast will perform an extra show for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser on November 2 attended by the President and the First Lady. Of course, the Obamas were in the original room where it happened back in 2009, when Miranda performed part of an early incarnation of the musical at the White House.Mary Poppins Team to Take on WillowsFollowing in the footsteps of the successful Royal Opera House production of The Wind in the Willows, School of Rock’s Julian Fellowes will turn his talents to a new musical theater adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic. Co-created by Fellowes’ Mary Poppins collaborators George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the production will open in the U.K.’s Plymouth in the fall of 2016 before heading to London’s West End. Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, with design by Peter McKintosh and lighting design by Howard Harrison, this incarnation of the wild tale about the thrill-seeking, lovable menace Mr. Toad, will feature a company of over fifty. We say, “poop-poop!”Laura Osnes & Corey Cott Head to BirdlandBroadway faves Laura Osnes and Corey Cott have been tapped to be the inaugural guests for the new theater-based live talk show, Show Biz After Hours With Frank DiLella, at Birdland. The talented pair will discuss their latest project, The Bandstand, with NY1 theater journalist DiLella at the Big Apple hotspot on October 26. The Bandstand is scheduled to run through November 8 at Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey.Miscast Will Pay Tribute to Marisa TomeiMarisa Tomei is set to be honored at MCC Theater’s annual Miscast gala on April 4, 2016 at The Hammerstein Ballroom. The actress won an Oscar for My Cousin Vinny and will next be seen on Empire; she most recently appeared on Broadway in The Realistic Joneses, and performed at MCC in their inaugural season production of Alan Bowne’s Beirut. The all-star lineup of performers for Miscast, where big Main Stem names perform songs from roles in which they would never be cast, will be announced later. However, just because it’s Friday and well, why not, we’ll leave you with Jeremy Jordan and Jonathan Groff screlting (can men screlt?!) “Let Me Star” at the event back in 2013. Have a great weekend!last_img read more

Kelly Brush Century Ride raises $275,000

first_imgThe Kelly Brush Century Ride raised a record amount and drew the largest turnout in the six year history of the annual event held in Middlebury, Vermont. The 100-mile ride held on Sept. 10, raised over $275,000 for spinal cord injury prevention, adaptive sports and ski racing safety. A total of 721 riders participated in the scenic ride through the Champlain Valley. ‘With blue skies and comfortable temperatures, we could not have ordered a better day for the Kelly Brush Ride,’ said Charlie Brush, president of the Kelly Brush Foundation. ‘I’d like to send out a huge thank you to all who rode and raised money. Thanks to the efforts of our many supporters, the foundation will be able to do more than ever to help people face the challenges of paralysis through the love of sport and improve ski racing safety.’   The largest fundraising ride in the state, the Kelly Brush Century Ride is also one of the best attended rides in the Northeast for handcyclists. This year 24 participants rode the course on handcycles.  The 100-mile ride raises money to support the Kelly Brush Foundation’s multi-faceted mission including:  improving ski racing safety, enhancing the quality of life for those with SCI through adaptive sports equipment grants, advancing scientific research on SCI and supporting the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team.  For every $5,000 raised, the foundation donates adaptive sports equipment in the name of the team or individual who raised the money. In addition, funds raised support ski racing safety grants awarded to clubs and racing organizations across the country for safety equipment such as netting to line race courses and protective gear for racers.  The Kelly Brush Century Ride was started by the Middlebury College Ski Team as a way to raise money to buy an adaptive mono-ski for team member Kelly Brush, who was paralyzed as the result of a ski racing crash. Brush and her family later founded a non-profit, and the ride was opened to the public.  The Kelly Brush Century Ride is made possible thanks to the generosity of participants and sponsors including: VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, Shearer Audi, Sugarbush Resort, Earthlogic and many others. About the foundation: The Kelly Brush Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving ski racing safety, enhancing the quality of life for those with spinal cord injury(SCI) through providing adaptive sports equipment, advancing scientific research on SCI and supporting the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team.  Kelly Brush, together with her family, started the foundation in 2006 after she sustained a severe spinal cord injury while racing in NCAA Div. 1 competition as a member of the Middlebury College Ski Team in Vermont. The Kelly Brush Foundation affirms Kelly’s ongoing commitment to live life on her own terms and better the lives of others living with SCI. www.kellybrushfoundation.org(link is external) IMAGE CAPTIONS:Kelly Brush, on right, lines up with other handcyclists and bicyclists at the start of the sixth annual Kelly Brush Century Ride. The ride, which started and finished in Middlebury, Vt., drew 721 participants, the highest in the event’s history, and raised a record amount for the foundation.Bicyclists in the Kelly Brush Century Ride pedal past a cornfield with Camel’s Hump in the background. The ride, which started and finished in Middlebury, Vt., drew 721 participants, the highest in the event’s history, and raised a record amount for the foundation.  BURLINGTON, Vt. (Sept. 15, 2011)last_img read more

Valamar Riviera continues the practice of rewarding employees with the payment of Christmas bonuses

first_imgIn accordance with the agreement between the Management Board of Valamar Riviera and the social partners, Valamar Riviera employees will be paid Christmas bonuses and gifts in kind for 2017.In accordance with the practice of previous years, Christmas bonuses are paid in cash, and this year’s Christmas will cover 18% more employees compared to 2016, or more than 4.300 employees. The amount of the Christmas bonus is determined by the number of working hours in the company and the net amounts range from 400 to 1.700 kuna. “The success of Valamar is the success of all our employees and together with the unions we continue a quality and positive dialogue to improve the conditions of all employees, taking care to adequately reward as many employees as possible. As one of the largest and most desirable employers in Croatia, Valamar Riviera continuously stimulates and rewards its employees not only at the end, but also throughout the year. ” stand out from Valamar.Also, it was agreed to pay gifts in kind (gift voucher of HRK 400 for local stores where Valamar Riviera operates) which will receive 16% more employees than last year, and – according to current practice – a gift will be paid to a child under 15 years of age in the amount of HRK 600, which included about 930 employees.

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Home quarantine for repatriated Antique OFWs, LSIs starting today

first_imgThe kits will be used by their respective municipal health offices to test OFWs, LSIs and constituents. A total of 1,625 LSIs, particularly sugar migrants, and 188 OFWs have returned in this province after being stranded in different parts of the country due to travel restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19.Each municipality in this province has one virus quarantine facility.Cadiao, meanwhile, distributed 50 rapid diagnostic test kits each to all the mayors after the meeting. “We have purchased P15 million worth of test kits,” the governor stressed. This was announced by Gov. Rhodora Cadiao during a meeting with the League of Municipalities in the Philippines-Antique chapter and the Antique Inter-Agency Task force on COVID-19 at the Binirayan Gymnasium here on May 29.  The repatriates, however, should prove first that they do not exhibit signs and symptoms of the virus such as fever and dry cough before they will be allowed to do so. Another batch of Antiqueño overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) return home on May 31 after being stranded in Metro Manila due to travel restrictions imposed to suppress the spread of coronavirus disease 2019. Gov. Rhodora Cadiao said OFWs and locally stranded individuals are allowed to finish their mandatory 14-day isolation in their homes starting today if they do not show symptoms of the virus. PDRRMO-ANTIQUEcenter_img “The Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT) would also monitor them daily,” he added. Provincial health officer Dr. Leoncio Abiera, for his part, said those who will undergo home quarantine should make sure that they stay inside their rooms to avoid spreading COVID-19 to their family members. SAN JOSE, Antique – Antiqueño overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and locally stranded individuals (LSIs) who were repatriated and are currently undergoing mandatory 14-day isolation at coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) quarantine centers in their respective towns would be allowed to complete their isolation in their own houses starting today. She added that the fund for the purchase of the test kits was taken from the Bayanihan Grant provided by the national government.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Team Nigeria win gold, silver, bronze at African Track Championship

first_imgRelatedPosts Igali praises Team Nigeria’s performance in Rome tournament Team Nigeria wins 11 medals at African Track Championship Tokyo 2020: Team Nigeria to participate in 11 sports Team Nigeria at the ongoing African Track Cycling Championship in Cairo, Egypt have won one gold, one silver and a bronze. The championship, organised by the African Cycling Confederation, began on Thursday and will end on Sunday. According to the competition’s website, Grace Ayuba won gold in the junior category from the scratch 7.5km event. Former world number five on track cycling in the junior category, Mary Samuel, led the Nigeria team to win silver in team pursuit women elite. Others in the team are Tawakalt Yekeem, Ese Ukpesersye and Rita Oven. Team Nigeria also won a bronze in the team sprint women elite as the championship continues.Tags: Africa Track ChampionshipsAfrican Cycling ConfederationGrace AyubaTeam Nigerialast_img read more

Rodgers asked to explain comments

first_img Press Association Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been asked for “his observations” following his recent comments about referee Lee Mason, the Football Association has confirmed. An FA spokesman said: “We have contacted Brendan Rodgers to seek his observations in relation to his post-match comments made following the game at Manchester City.” Rodgers has until January 2 to respond to the FA’s request. The FA will then consider whether any further action is necessary. Rodgers could be warned as to his future conduct or hit with a financial penalty if found guilty of any charge. Rodgers has insisted his remarks were not intended as an attack on Mason’s integrity. The Northern Irishman feels he was making a valid point about where Mason is from and indicated, as he met the press to preview Sunday’s game at Chelsea, that he would stress that to the FA. He said: “I was only speaking honestly after the game. “I think the FA and the Referees’ Association know perfectly well I am someone who engages in supporting the referees. Rodgers questioned the decision to appoint Mason to his side’s Boxing Day Barclays Premier League defeat at Manchester City because he is from the Greater Manchester area. The Reds boss had been frustrated by a number of decisions made by Bolton official Mason and his assistants during the 2-1 loss at the Etihad Stadium. “I am not on that berates referees at all after games, I always respect them. I ask my staff to be respectful. “In terms of geography, I certainly wasn’t questioning the integrity of referees. “It was more the logic of it in terms of having a referee from that part of the world refereeing a game in Manchester. “I wouldn’t suspect that Mike Dean, from the Wirral, has refereed many games for Liverpool over the years.” Dean, incidentally, was dropped from officiating at the 2006 FA Cup final between Liverpool and West Ham for geographical reasons. Rodgers, formerly manager of Watford, Reading and Swansea, believes he has maintained high standards of behaviour throughout his career and his post-match comments were delivered in a calm, considered manner. He said: “I think if you look at my record since I have been a manager, I have never had any indiscretions whatsoever. “I never get involved in that way of working, I don’t play games. “I am sure that is something they will look at but I will always fight my corner. “That is the type I am, and always will be, but I respect the authorities. We will see what happens.” Rodgers was certainly not willing to backtrack on any of his complaints about the decisions he had issues with. Liverpool’s primary source of frustration was an incorrect offside call in the first half when Raheem Sterling was clean through. Luis Suarez was also denied a free-kick on the edge of the area and a penalty after clashes with Joleon Lescott later in the game. Rodgers said: “I think it was continuous throughout the game – the decision-making being poor. I think there was evidence of that. “I have to speak on behalf of the supporters of this club – this club is an emotional investment for many millions of people throughout the world. As the manager I represent them. “I am sure wherever they were throughout the world they would have been asking questions on the decision-making. I repeat, I didn’t think it was so good. “My team was brilliant, confident, creative and consistent in their attitude in the game but we had no help whatsoever.” City’s victory knocked Liverpool from the top of the table down to fourth. But the Reds more than matched the title favourites and threatened their 100 per cent home record more than any other side this season. Philippe Coutinho gave them a 24th-minute lead before Vincent Kompany and Alvaro Negredo replied before half-time. Aside from the controversies, Liverpool had other chances to respond, most notably when Joe Hart saved well from Coutinho and Sterling blazed over from close range. Rodgers said: “We went toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in Europe. We take great confidence from that. “When you miss the chances we missed, and play as well as we did, it is disappointing not to get a result. “That was a big statement from us.” The task is now to maintain those standards against another title challenger at Stamford Bridge. Rodgers said: “At this moment in time we are just focusing on the next game and that is all we have done during the course of this calendar year. “That has served us well. Let’s see where it takes us.” last_img read more

Bruce rues decisions against Hull

first_imgSteve Bruce felt two controversial decisions cost his Hull side the chance of easing their relegation worries at Swansea. Hull remain three points above the Barclays Premier League drop zone after losing 3-1 at the Liberty Stadium, but Tigers boss Bruce was upset with the nature of Swansea’s second goal from Bafetimbi Gomis and the 53rd minute red card shown to Tigers midfielder David Meyler. “We were nowhere near good enough in the first half but two big decisions have gone against us,” Bruce said. Press Association “We did that in the second half, we showed far more urgency but you don’t usually get something out of a game when you go down to 10 men.” Swansea manager Garry Monk confirmed Naughton had gone to hospital to have his swollen ankle assessed. “We hope it’s not a serious injury and Naughton is the only negative on the day,” Monk said. “It was a genuine 50-50 ball for both players to have and my initial reaction was that it was bad challenge. “I don’t think there was any malice from the player but you always run that risk when your foot goes over the ball.” Swansea’s win took them to within a point of their best Premier League points total of 47 with seven games of the season remaining and Monk said beating that mark continues to drive his players on. “Everyone has said we’re not fighting relegation, we’re not fighting for Europe – what are we fighting for?” Monk said. “But we’ve got our own targets and our plan is to surpass that points total. “I warned the players at half-time that Hull were fighting for their lives and they would throw caution to the wind but the commitment and desire was there from my team and ultimately we go that deserved third goal.” “Gomis’ goal is a fantastic piece of individual skill but he is five yards offside. “When the ball comes back into the box we’ve had a collision between two of our players because they are worried about Gomis’ whereabouts.” Gomis’ acrobatic scissors kick gave Swansea a 2-0 cushion close to half-time but Paul McShane pulled one back five minutes after the break and Bruce felt his side could get something from the game. But Meyler was sent off three minutes later for clattering into Swansea full-back Kyle Naughton, who took no further part in the game and was later sent to hospital for x-rays on his damaged ankle. “I’m sure half of you press lads will say it’s harsh and the other half will say it deserves a red card,” Bruce said. “I’ve now seen it six times from three angles and three of them I think it’s a perfectly decent challenge and the other three he takes part of the ball but his leg collides with the player. “The referee’s given the decision by what he sees, and from his angle he might see it as reckless, but you may as well say in these grey areas you’re not allowed to tackle on the floor. “We all want our team to fight and compete because that’s what the Premier League is, and I’m ranting and raving at my team at half-time to make sure there are a few challenges and we make a fist of it. last_img read more

Berghuis inspired by Van Persie

first_img Press Association Watford forward Steven Berghuis has revealed that Robin van Persie inspired him to join the Barclays Premier League. Berghuis became one of many summer recruits to the club’s ever-growing multi-national squad when he arrived from AZ Alkmaar for £4.6million in July. Van Persie, the sole survivor of an influential generation of Dutch Premier League footballers that included Dennis Bergkamp, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Arjen Robben and Dirk Kuyt, left Manchester United for Fenerbahce only days earlier but his influence on the 23-year-old winger remains. center_img “Of course (I’d like to emulate them),” said Berghuis. “I followed Van Persie the most in my youth, Bergkamp a little bit and Van Nistelrooy. I think Van Persie is my favourite of the three. “He is left-footed, creative and always tries to show nice things, he’s nice to watch. “I like to play with my left (foot) from the right, and try to create chances. Always playing forward. “I like to play from the right. At AZ (Alkmaar) when I was playing good it was always from there.” Nathan Ake, who has joined Watford on loan from Chelsea, is another Dutchman in the Hornets’ squad. While at present there are concerns about the limited opportunities available to young Premier League footballers, Berghuis felt he had to seize the opportunity to move to England while the option remained because of a belief that Dutch football is in decline. “I spoke with (QPR’s) Leroy Fer (about the Premier League),” he said. “I spoke with (Middlesbrough’s) Dwight Tiendalli also. They all told me I have to (join the Premier League) because it is an amazing competition. And also with my age I think I had to do it. “In Holland the level is going down and the clubs in other countries don’t look a lot at Holland anymore because the level is going down, I think. “I had an injury last year where I broke my foot, you never know if that can happen again. So I had to take this chance and it is a beautiful club.” last_img read more

Olivero: Poor early play from SU illustrates lingering weaknesses

first_img Published on September 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm You are right, Doug Marrone. It was not ‘Here we go again.’ This Syracuse football team did not melt down against Maine for the entirety of its 38-14 win Saturday. It wasn’t Akron 2008, part deux. It did not become what could have been a loss worse than any of Greg Robinson’s 37. And, boy, were there some bad ones. The Orange roared back Saturday night –– albeit against a team that failed to score against Albany –– to the tune of 31 unanswered points against the Black Bears. In the second half, SU played the part of the BCS conference team bullying a second-division foe, playing in its biggest game of the year. Yes, SU got the job done. And the win. But what the Orange did not show is the swagger the team has so openly spoken of thus far this season. That mentality of punching not Maine’s Warren Smith, but Jake Locker, in the mouth. The first half Saturday couldn’t have been the furthest thing from it. The Orange coddled the Black Bears. Maine punched Syracuse in the mouth — again. Against the team that failed to score against Albany, the Orange outgained the Black Bears by only one yard in the first half (129-128).AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Easy catches were dropped (hello, Alec Lemon). Coverage assignments were blown wide open (hello, Mike Holmes), only to have a Maine wide receiver do what wide receivers from Maine do: Drop surefire touchdown passes in the biggest moment of their careers (hello, Derek Session). Punt returns were muffed (hello, Steve Rene). And clear, immature penalties were committed (hello, Phillip Thomas). Many. All, against Maine. SU did what it needed to do. But in a young season in which not a single Big East team is capitalizing on, seemingly, everyone else’s empty performances (hello, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Cincinnati and Louisville), the Orange failed to capitalize on an opportunity to prove to the rest of the fledgling conference that it should be considered a contender. ‘I am disappointed with the way we played offensively,’ Marrone said. ‘I don’t think we looked like we were ready to take that field. That’s not how we have been in the last two games.’ Syracuse in no way, shape or form played with that swagger in a complete sense Saturday. They couldn’t have, and a 14-10 deficit to Maine with 35 seconds left in the first half is proof of that. SU looked like the Orange of the Robinson days. To SU fans, that first 29:25 felt exactly like ‘Here we go again.’ And simply because of that reason — because the Orange failed to show up in the first half of its home opener after 40 days of swag-talking since practices opened on Aug. 9 — the Orange can’t peddle that it has swagger moving forward at this point in the season. After being blitzed by Jake Locker and Washington, SU followed it up by being blitzed by Warren Smith and Maine in the first half Saturday. Sure, those 10 true freshmen are still getting their feet wet. Sure, Ryan Nassib set a school record with five touchdown passes. Sure, the entire offense had to adjust to game planning the passing attack without Aaron Weaver. Sure, the second half was exactly what Doug Marrone was expecting. But the first half wasn’t. It was a 30-minute bear trap for the Orange. And in the middle of that bear trap in the second quarter, wrestling Maine offensive tackle Joseph Hook was SU defensive tackle Andrew Lewis. With his team down, Lewis was down as well, pinned to the Carrier Dome turf by Hook like an opponent of Iowa wrestling. It wasn’t quite a punch in the mouth, but with the bear trap came a shove from Hook. All Lewis could do was flail his arm hopelessly in response. No jab. No cross. No hook. It was ‘Here we go again.’ And with a little bit of that sentiment still lingering, that swagger can’t be taken seriously. Said Marrone: ‘Are there things to clean up? Absolutely.’ Tony Olivero is an assistant sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at aolivero@syr.edu. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more