Date Set for 80th Annual Drama League Awards

first_img View Comments The Drama League has set the date for the 80th Annual Drama League Awards. The ceremony will take place on May 16 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. This year’s eligibility cut-off date will be on April 20, with the nominee announcement taking place April 23 at Sardi’s for Distinguished Play, Distinguished Revival of a Play, Distinguished Musical, Distinguished Revival of a Musical and the Distinguished Performance Award. Star Filescenter_img First awarded in 1922 and formalized in 1935, The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honors in America. They are the only major theatergoer awards chosen by audience members—specifically, by the thousands of Drama League members nationwide who attend Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. Last year Tony winner Nathan Lane took home the top honor, winning the Drama League Distinguished Performance Award for his performance as a veteran burlesque performer in Douglas Carter Beane’s The Nance. Nathan Lanelast_img read more

Signs to look out for in your children for possible COVID-19-related mystery illness

first_imgAs of Thursday, experts say about 180 children across the United States have shown symptoms of a new illness. 102 of those cases are in New York State alone. “New York State Department of Health released some guidelines to try to track active cases, so we can figure out some correlation and some pattern on what sometimes doesn’t look patterned,” said Lorraine. Dr. Eric Lorraine from Endwell Family Physicians says the symptoms can appear up to six weeks after a presumed exposure. He says luckily, they have not seen a patient in their office with any symptoms. While it can be a scary situation for parents, Lorraine says the best thing to do is not to panic and call your healthcare provider right away. “It always starts with fever, but it moves towards a rash and conjunctivitis,” said Lorraine. “Redness in the eyes is a big one. If they notice tongue swelling where a tongue may start to look like a strawberry, that’s a big one and another one we’re seeing is abdominal pain.” Lorraine says the abdominal pain may lead to vomiting or diarrhea, which can dehydrate children. He says his office just received the guidelines from the CDC and has been following protocol released by the state. (WBNG) — The CDC released guidelines Thursday for doctors to monitor children who have contracted an illness that is sounding the alarm once again for the spread of the coronavirus.last_img read more

Egypt declares two-week curfew to counter coronavirus

first_imgEgypt has declared a curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for two weeks starting on Wednesday to counter the spread of coronavirus and those who violate the measure will be penalised under the country’s emergency laws, the prime minister said.A closure of schools and universities, which were shut on March 14 for two weeks, will be extended for a further two weeks, Prime Minster Mostafa Madbouly said.Most public services and government offices will close their doors to the public during the curfew period and a measure to limit the number of government employees going to work will be prolonged until mid-April. The government has also allocated one billion Egyptian pounds ($63.69 million) to the health ministry to help it provide supplies, a statement from the cabinet office said.Egypt has confirmed 366 cases of coronavirus, including 19 deaths.It has taken a series of measures to prevent the spread of the illness, including ordering all cafes, shopping malls, sports clubs and nightclubs to shut from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. since March 19.It has also grounded commercial flights and shut mosques and churches. Topics :last_img read more

Virus layoffs top 45.7m as US economic distress persists

first_imgClaims ‘still so high’The wave of jobless claims peaked in late March and has been decreasing ever since. Yet it remains well above any single week reported during the global financial crisis in 2008, even as states move to reopen businesses and get consumers spending again.Those efforts have paid off in sectors such as retail sales, which the Commerce Department said spiked 17.7 percent in May, nearly double the gain analysts expected, while other data has shown growing optimism among consumers and businesses.Wall Street has also recovered much of its losses for the year after plunging as the virus arrived, though markets had an uneventful session Thursday, with traders holding back as they weighed the claims data.”It’s not clear why claims are still so high; is it the initial shock still working its way up through businesses away from the consumer-facing jobs lost in the first wave, or is it businesses which thought they could survive now throwing in the towel, or both?” said Ian Shepherdson of Pantheon Macroeconomics. “Either way, these are disappointing numbers and serve to emphasize that a full recovery is going to take a long time.”In congressional testimony earlier in the week, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said that unless consumers feel confident COVID-19 has been defeated, “a full recovery is unlikely.””The levels of output and employment remain far below their pre-pandemic levels, and significant uncertainty remains about the timing and strength of the recovery,” Powell told the Senate Banking Committee.The central bank chief has predicted the contraction of GDP in the April-June quarter “is likely to be the most severe on record,” and called for more support to the economy. But the Fed can only lend, not spend, and it will be up to Congress to decide whether to act ahead of the expiration of parts of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act stimulus package in the coming weeks.The United States has seen the world’s worst coronavirus outbreak with more than 117,000 deaths and 2.1 million cases diagnosed.The epicenter has shifted from New York and states in the northeast to the south and west of the country. Layoffs caused by the coronavirus pandemic in the United States have passed 45.7 million, raising fears that despite some positive signs, the economy faces a halting recovery from the downturn.Another 1.5 million US workers filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week, the Labor Department said Thursday, a decrease of only 58,000 from the prior week and higher overall than analysts expected.An additional 760,526 filed claims under a program for those who would not normally be eligible for benefits, while the insured unemployment rate showing people still receiving aid was unchanged as of the week ended June 6 at 14.1 percent, with 20.5 million people getting benefits. “Based on this side of the firing and hiring equation, labor market improvement is muted,” tweeted Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic adviser at Allianz.The world’s largest economy has seen a protacted downturn since businesses began closing in mid-March to stop the spread of the coronavirus, with the unemployment rate climbing to 13.3 percent in May and millions of layoffs reported each week. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, President Donald Trump reiterated his expectation that the economy would recover by the time voters decide whether to give him a second term.”We will have created a lot of jobs prior to November 3,” Trump told the newspaper on Wednesday. “I expect a tremendous increase in GDP. And we’ll be heading for the top. We’ll be back.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Six-axle car to power NS double-deck EMU

first_imgINTRO: Netherlands Railways unveiled its first Bo’Bo’Bo’ power car at Leidschendam on November 12; the 2·4MW vehicles will work with double-deck coaches in four or five car sets. Harry Hondius reportsBETWEEN 1992 and 1994, Netherlands Railways put into service 258 double-deck coaches for commuter operations in the Randstad region. Built by Talbot with SIG bogies, the DDM stock was formed into push-pull sets with 81 4·4MW B’B’ locos of Class 1700 from GEC Alsthom. The 79 driving trailers, 103 second class coaches and 76 composites formed 49 three-car and 27 four-car sets.Although equipped with BSI automatic couplers, the Class 1700s were really only a quick-fix engineering solution to get the DDMs running. They are a derivative of the 58 Class 1600s of 1981-85, which in turn were based on SNCF’s BB7200 design. From the outset, NS intended to develop a double-deck power car for the DDMs, which would cascade the 1700s to replace locos dating from the 1950s.NS Engineering began studies for the motor coach in 1990, leading to a call for tenders in autumn 1992. An order for 50, with an option for another 29, was awarded in January 1993 (RG 3.93 p227). After a further year of detailed engineering design, construction began in January 1995. According to project manager Joop Hertel, NS Engineering has paid the industry 50m guilders in development costs. An old EMU car was shortened to the length of the mDDM and fitted with three new bogies for extensive riding trials.Lead contractor De Dietrich is responsible for mechanical parts, with the bogies coming from Fiat-SIG Schienenfahrzeuge of Switzerland. Electrical equipment is the responsibility of Adtranz Netherlands, with the electronics coming from Mannheim and the traction motors from Wien. Two-thirds of the bogies were subcontracted by FSS to Stork-RMO of Amsterdam, whilst half of the traction motors are coming from Holec Ridderkerk. Electrical installation at Reichshoffen is being managed by Holec Projects. Final price is 5·5m guilders per car. The aim is to have three power cars available for tests during 1997, with series deliveries from October 1997 to the end of 1998.Innovative designNS Engineering has developed an interesting and practical vehicle, with the traction equipment on the lower deck and a passenger saloon above. To maintain a low entrance height with 2·4 MW installed power, NS opted for a three-bogie layout and six 400 kW traction motors. This also gives a very low axleload. A demonstration run on the Rotterdam Hofplein line showed good riding qualities at up to 100 km/h, and NS engineers say tests between Horst and Eindhoven have shown excellent riding up to 155 km/h, well above the 140 km/h design speed. The ambient noise level is also very good, with the electronics quite silent in full operation.Using mDDMs will give an extra 16 first and 32 second-class seats for a 3m increase in train length. The 50 power cars provide the equivalent capacity of 18 more double-deck trailers.The welded all-steel car has three modular bogies, with a rubber/air secondary suspension. The bogies are identical, apart from different bump stop locations giving extra lateral movement for the centre bogie. On each bogie there is a central pivot, and the bolster is linked to the bogie frame via two longitudinal traction rods. Two horizontal dampers and two longitudinal yaw dampers are mounted between bolster and bogie frame, and an anti-roll stabiliser. Coil springs and vertical shock absorbers make up the primary suspension.The ABB force-ventilated AC motors are fully-suspended, and drive through a BSI gear and Paket couplings. Four fans are used to cool the six motors.The nominal 1·5 kV DC traction supply, which actually ranges from 1·2 to 1·8 kV, is collected by two Faiveley pantographs. It is fed to the motors via a DC filter and two oil-cooled GTO PWM inverters able to work in the range 1·0 to 2·1 kV. Traction control uses Micas-S microprocessors and a vehicle databus linking all the sub-systems. Dynamic braking is regenerative up to a live voltage of 1·7 kV, after which GTO-chopper controlled rheostatic brakes are blended in to take over completely above 1·8 kV. The resistances are roof-mounted. Knorr-Oerlikon air brakes with direct actuation are fitted to the outer bogies, whilst the centre bogies use spring actuation which also provides a parking function.Auxiliaries are powered by two 78 kVA IGBT inverters which are fed by a chopper at 600V DC and supply 440V at up to 60Hz for motors, oil coolers and DC filter fans, or 380V 50Hz for the compressor and oil pump. There is a 110V DC supply to the 46Ah battery and 72V DC for the controls. The Hagenuk -Faiveley warm air heating and ventilation equipment is roof-mounted. Two Tebel electro-pneumatic plug doors with a net width of 900mm are fitted on each side. oCAPTION: The mDDM power car is carried on three identical Fiat-SIG bogies, with a 400 kW AC motor driving each axle. There are 16 first and 32 second class seats on the upper deckTechnical data for NSmDDM power carsLength over car body mm 20830Body width mm 2780Overall height mm 4600Doorway height above rail mm 1183Saloon floor height above rail mm 2030Interior height of saloon mm 2050Bogie wheelbase mm 2750Bogie centres mm 2 x 7250Wheel diameter (new) mm 920Maximum power rating kW 6 x 390Continuous rating kW 6 x 328Weight empty tonnes 76Maximum acceleration (4 car train: 1+3) m/s2 0·6Maximum braking rate m/s2 1·3Maximum service speed km/h 140Minimum curve radius m 135last_img read more

Mbappe nets hat-trick as PSG cruise to French Cup final

first_img Neymar returned for the visiting side after serving a one-match suspension over the weekend, while Karl Toko Ekambi replaced Bertrand Traore for the hosts. Lyon went in front against the run of play on 11 minutes when good work from Ekambi down the left ended with Martin Terrier, who ran onto the ball for a sliding finish past Keylor Navas.PSG needed just four minutes to hit back after Kylian Mbappe helped Layvin Kurzawa’s towering header from a corner into an unguarded net with the slightest of touches.The tie should’ve swung back into Lyon’s favour after the half-hour mark as Terrier failed to get the better of Navas after being sent clear by Moussa Dembele.Edinson Cavani, on the other hand, could’ve put his side ahead at halftime though his first-time strike found the woodwork following a combination with Neymar.The game turned 61 minutes gone with Marcal sent packing for an outstretched arm in the box, forcing the man in the middle to give a penalty which Neymar dispatched to put PSG ahead.Mbappe wasn’t to be outdone on 71 minutes as he skipped past a couple of players whilst running at the defence to beat Anthony Lopez with cool composure after venturing into the box. Loading… Read Also: Mbappe, Neymar clash with PSG chiefsPablo Sarabia sealed their fourth goal in the final nine minutes with a bottom-corner strike following a goal-mouth scramble.Mbappe had the final say deep in time added on with another scrappy finish to complete his hat-trick, as PSG cruise into final with a date against either Saint-Etienne or Rennes.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Paris Saint-Germain cruised into the French Cup final with a resounding 5-1 win over Olympique Lyon on Wednesday evening.Advertisement Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee40 Child Stars Who Look Incredibly Gorgeous As Adults5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot And Saved The Whole Movie7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Betterlast_img read more

Thornton is double winner, Becerra takes first IMCA Arizona Tour checkers at Tucson

first_imgBjella ended in second, Partain in third.  TUCSON, Ariz. (Feb. 14) – Ricky Thornton Jr. was a double winner while Austen Becerra col­lected his first IMCA Arizona Dirt Track Tour checkers Friday at USA Raceway. Taylor got past Stanford with five to go but neither could deny Thornton another $2,000, Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying victory. Chaz Baca started 12th and finished fourth.  Brendon LaBatte took up the chase from that point and was runner-up, a second and a half back at the finish. Third went to Chanse Hollatz.  Becerra had sandwiched fourth- and third-place finishes around a pair of 21st place showings in his four prior tour outings. His win was good for $750.  Stock Cars – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 2. Brendon LaBatte; 3. Chanse Hollatz; 4. Arron Hetrick; 5. Kevin Roberts; 6. Sean Gentry; 7. Craig Miller; 8. Andrew Mathers; 9. Larry Leetch; 10. Wayne Clink; 11. Zachary Madrid; 12. Rene Mares. In between those two features, Becerra rocketed from eighth starting to top the Karl Kustoms North­ern SportMod main. He passed Clay Erickson and Brady Bjella following a lap 14 restart, then led to the finish.  Bjella and Bo Partain were one-two in the early going. Erickson owned the second spot after a lap four restart while Becerra motored along in third from lap six to the second and final restart.  Northern SportMods – 1. Austen Becerra; 2. Brady Bjella; 3. Bo Partain; 4. Clay Erickson; 5. Cory Hemphill; 6. Taylor Kuehl; 7. Michael Egurola; 8. Ben Stockton; 9. David Pitt; 10. Ron Schreiner; 11. Eric Folstad; 12. Speedy Madrid; 13. Kyler Reynolds; 14. Rick Akers; 15. Slade Pitt; 16. Shelby Frye; 17. Dwayne Melvin; 18. Brandyn Johnson; 19. Tate Johnson; 20. Timothy Allerdings; 21. Rex Hasley; 22. Terry Bahr; 23. Scott Walker; 24. Justin Erickson. Feature Results “I thought I had a third place car ‘til I got to lapped traffic,” the Carthage, Ill., charger said post-race. “But it worked out pretty good for us. It was good to click one off here.”  A lap five caution in the Modified main opened the door for Thornton, who sped by Taylor and Stanford on the restart and then checked out before a series of yellows late in the contest.  Modifieds – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 2. Jeff Taylor; 3. Alex Stanford; 4. Chaz Baca; 5. Drew Arm­strong; 6. Tim Ward; 7. Jake O’Neil; 8. Zachary Madrid; 9. Casey Skyberg; 10. Bricen James; 11. Erick Thiesse; 12. Kelsie Foley; 13. Christy Barnett; 14. Ryan Roath; 15. Ryan Jenkins; 16. Jacob Price; 17. Jon DeBenedetti; 18. D.J. Shannon; 19. Grey Ferrando; 20. Lance Mari; 21. Rick Spen­cer; 22. Mark Norris; 23. Joey Price; 24. Casey Arneson. Thornton led all 20 laps of the $750 to win Stock Car feature. Challenger Zachary Madrid exited with mechanical issues between two cautions that came out before halfway.  Thornton won for the fourth time in five IMCA Sunoco Stock Car Tour starts, before outrunning Jeff Taylor and Alex Stanford for another IMCA Modified victory. last_img read more

No cutting corners – Ashworth

first_img With top-flight clubs set to pocket a mind-boggling £5billion windfall from the TV deal that starts next season, it gives even more financial muscle to buy the best players on the planet. It is against that backdrop that English players must compete. Ashworth added: “It’s all about building an education to get them through and that is a long process. The amount of revenue generated by the Premier League is not something we can control. “Our job at the Football Association, the Football League and the Premier League is to make sure is that our own home-grown players are at a world-class level to get into a world-class league.” Increasingly, the way forward has been for players to spend time on loan away from their parent clubs in order to complete their educations. In Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley’s case, that has meant spells at Leicester, Watford and Wigan. Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart had time out at Birmingham. But for those success stories, there are others such as Sunderland’s Connor Wickham, who made his first-team debut at Ipswich aged just 16, yet four years later owed a rare appearance at Chelsea on Sunday to the injury-enforced absence of Black Cats striker Steven Fletcher. “Let’s not forget, the Championship is the fifth biggest league in Europe,” Ashworth said. “Wilfried Zaha and Thomas Ince are in there, plying their trades very well. “I would say it is comparable with Dutch and Belgian leagues – maybe not technically, but certainly in terms of support. The Premier League is the wealthiest league in the world and therefore able to have a cheque-book philosophy and a here-and-now solution. It is an issue and it is a problem.” Press Association The Football Association’s new director of elite development Dan Ashworth has acknowledged there are no quick fixes to getting more English players into the Barclays Premier League.center_img Ashworth took up his new role at the beginning of last month after leaving West Brom. The 42-year-old has been tasked with overseeing the work done at the FA’s coaching hub at St George’s Park, and ensuring the standard increases to a level that will improve the overall output of players to the English game. Yet Ashworth concedes the task is not going to be straightforward and he knows there is no way of cutting corners to achieve it, saying: “Make no bones about it – there are no quick fixes in youth. There are no shortcuts.” last_img read more

2017 Limacol round robin knock-out football:

first_imgGT Beer signs as official sponsorFOOTBALL fans will have the added benefit of refreshing with Banks DIH beverages during this year’s Limacol round-robin knock-out football tournament, set to commence on Monday. The company, through its GT Beer brand yesterday at its Thirst Park office, signed onto the 2017 edition of the Petra-organised tournament which will feature sixteen different teams.Speaking on behalf of the company, Public Relations Officer Troy Peters contended that the company shares a longstanding relationship with the organisers adding, “We see this as a developmental phase of football in Guyana and we know that a lot of players will benefit from playing football and the involvement of Banks DIH Limited.“We know that teams from around the country would be participating and people will get an opportunity to see this tournament in their backyard so to speak,” Peters added.Meanwhile Petra Director Troy Mendonca thanked Banks for signing onto the tournament, adding “our mandate was to revitalise football at the school level and assist in areas where we see a gap”.“When the (STAG) Elite League would have started, I think just over a year ago we thought that it was wise to get the other teams involved (in playing football) and we got the blessing of the GFF and we are happy to continue this year.”He contended that the tournament, which features approximately fifteen playing dates will see the best of the various associations come together for exciting football action.On the tournament’s first playing date, Police clash with Mahaica Determinators from 18:30hrs at the GFC ground, while Riddim Squad and Camptown play the feature game of the night.last_img read more

`Flower Power’ Guyana Under-17s win Fair Play Award

first_img….Garrett &Ritch make Best XI; GFF Technical Department pleased with progress of squad in MartiniqueTHE “Flour Power” Guyana Under-17 Boys’ National Team won the Fair Play Award at the International Tournoi Paul Chillan in Martinique this weekend, with Jeremy Garrett and Raushan Ritch making the tournament’s select XI after the squad grabbed a memorable win over Haiti.The Guyana Football Federation’s Technical Department had worked with the players on team discipline and behaviour during the squad’s intensive camp preparations for the competition,with a special emphasis on the duties of representing Guyana, on and off the pitch.“This team has been a great advertisement for Guyana and its football this week, with eachplayer behaving like an ambassador for the country and for the sport,” said GFF TechnicalDirector Ian Greenwood.“We have worked hard together on building a squad that is extremely competitive on the field ofplay, but that also performs with great respect for the rules, the match officials and theopposition. The boys have also behaved impeccably off of the pitch in Martinique.”The Fair Play Award is given to the squad that stands out for its good behaviour andsportsmanship throughout the tournament.Fruta Conquerors’ versatile defender/midfielder Garrett and full-back Ritch were outstandingthrougout the tournament, alongside eye-catching displays from US-based Progressive Youthsattacking midfielder and captain Joshua Ferreira, Milerock’s goalkeeper Jonathan Copeland andPaiomak Warriors 14-year-old winger Orvil Daniels.“We couldn’t be more proud of the way this talented Under-17 group of players have behaved andperformed over the last couple of weeks, both in Martinique and during their training camp inBerbice,” said GFF President Wayne Forde.last_img read more