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Tony & Olivier Winner Roger Rees Dead at 71

first_imgTony and Olivier winner Roger Rees has died at the age of 71. His death was confirmed by his spokesperson Rick Miramontez, who said that he had passed away tonight at his home in New York City, after a brief illness. He was surrounded by his husband, the playwright Rick Elice, and family. The stage and screen actor recently appeared in the Broadway production of The Visit. He left the show about a month after opening to undergo treatment for a medical condition.Rees was born on May 5, 1944 in Wales to Doris and William Rees. He initially studied painting at the Camberwell College of Arts and Slade School of Fine Art. He began his career as a performer in 1968 with the Royal Shakespeare Company, which led to his Broadway debut in the 1974 revival of London Assurance. He went on to play Malcolm in Trevor Nunn’s production of Macbeth at the company’s The Other Place black box space. The staging and his performance were preserved on screen in a 1978 recording.Rees (and Nunn) returned to the Main Stem in 1981 in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, reprising his Olivier-winning performance from the West End production. The eight and a half hour-long epic earned him a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play, and was then adapted into a four-part miniseries, which brought him an Emmy nomination. In 1982, he went back to London to star in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing.His next Broadway appearance was short-lived; he was originally cast in the 1993 musical adaptation of The Red Shoes but was replaced in previews (along with numerous other performers). He returned to the New York stage the following seasons in Indiscretions, for which he was again Tony-nominated.Rees went on to star in Broadway revivals of The Rehearsal and Uncle Vanya and The Winslow Boy. In 2011, he took over for Nathan Lane as Gomez Addams in The Addams Family. A year prior, he starred in the London and Australian touring production of Waiting for Godot opposite Ian McKellen.His third and final Tony nomination, however, did not come from performing, but rather from directing in 2012, for Peter and the Starcatcher, written by his husband Rick Elice. He shared the nomination with co-director Alex Timbers. His additional directorial credits included Mud, River, Stone, Arms and the Man and Treemonisha.Rees also served as the artistic director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival from 2004 to 2007. Seven years after his departure as artistic director, he returned to the Massachusetts organization to appear opposite Chita Rivera in The Visit; the Kander and Ebb musical marked his final bow on the Broadway stage.In addition to the Nicholas Nickleby series, Rees’ numerous screen credits included recurring roles on The West Wing and Cheers, as well as the films Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Frida and The Scorpion King.Rees is survived by Elice; in an interview with The New Yorker, the pair revealed that they met outside the stage door of the Winter Garden Theatre after the dress rehearsal of Cats (Elice handled the production’s advertising, and Rees was a guest of Nunn). In addition to Peter and the Starcatcher, the two collaborated on the play Double Double. The two wed in 2011, days after New York’s Marriage Equality Act was passed. View Commentslast_img read more

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73 Days After Summer Started Long Island May Finally Hit 90

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island could see its first 90-degree day on Tuesday—73 days after the 2014 summer solstice.This summer hasn’t been nearly as brutal as last year, when 10 90-degree days were recorded, according to the National Weather Service.The closest LI got to hitting the 90-degree mark this year was June 18—three days before the official start to summer—when the mercury peaked at 89.And the Island hasn’t seen a 90-degree day since July 20 of last year, according to the weather service.That means there’s been very little to complain about, at least weather-wise, until now.Hot and humid weather arrived just in time for Labor Day weekend, and it has carried over to Tuesday.As of 11 a.m., the temperature at MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma was 85 degrees.With the heat rising, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an air quality alert for both Nassau and Suffolk counties until 10 p.m. Tuesday. The agency has also advised people to limit strenuous activities outdoors and said those most sensitive to the effects of elevated pollutants are the very young and those with such respiratory problems as asthma or heart disease.Why the sustained heat all of a sudden?“Heat has been building in southern US and is being transported up this way,” said National Weather Service meteorologist David Stark.He noted that areas inland, such as New York City, have been hit with steamier temperatures this summer but LI has been spared by a constant sea breeze, which has helped prevent the mercury from rising. That hasn’t been the case the last several days.“The jet stream hasn’t supported heat getting transported up this way, but it’s shifted,” he said.The forecast through Friday calls for temperatures in the low to mid-80s, with the temperature cooling down Sunday and Monday.That’s more like it.last_img read more

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Column: A glimpse of the NBA’s future in Las Vegas

first_imgLAS VEGAS (AP) — There was LeBron James, still somewhat of a startling sight in purple and gold. And there were Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, still very much the champions of basketball for now and the foreseeable future. Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James reacts after a play against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Playing each other Wednesday night in a game that meant nothing — except for those looking for a glimpse into the future of the NBA.Basketball’s biggest stars on stage in a city full of stars. An exhibition game, yes, but that didn’t stop fans from packing T-Mobile Arena on the Strip, where in a few years there almost surely will be a team they can call their own.And maybe the best thing? Anyone in the arena with a betting account could pull out their phone and bet a few dollars during the game.The gambling stigma is gone, thanks largely to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s progressive attitude and a Supreme Court decision that allowed sports betting in other states. The Vegas Golden Knights showed in their inaugural season that professional sports not only work in Sin City — it seems to be a perfect fit.And nothing fits the city better than the NBA. The fans love it in Las Vegas, and so do the players.“There’s a different energy here when you come, whether you’re from here or you’re just visiting,” Curry said. “We enjoy coming to play, it’s always fun.”Fun was a key word on a night when Lonzo Ball played for the first time with James and the Warriors looked to sharpen their focus with just one more game before the regular season begins. The score mattered mostly only to bettors (the Lakers covered as four-point underdogs), but the effort — at least in the first half — seemed a bit more regular season than it did preseason.Still, if there’s a budding rivalry between the California teams now that James has come out west, he wasn’t letting on.“What’s the rivalry?” he said when asked after the morning shootaround.Indeed, there hasn’t been a rivalry in recent years as the Warriors dominated the NBA and the Lakers struggled getting used to life without Kobe Bryant. The arrival of James will surely change that at some point, though for now just seeing the best player of his era in a Lakers uniform seems special enough.“It’s pretty cool for Lakers fans, and West Coast fans, to see LeBron out here on the west side,” Durant said.Even cooler for Lakers fans was watching James with a behind-the-back pass to Ball, or a lob for a dunk to former Warrior JaVale McGee. The Lakers may be one more big acquisition away from really starting a rivalry with Golden State, but the sight of James already making his teammates better had to make them believe good times are coming in Los Angeles.Even as James is becoming more comfortable in the purple and gold, though, he always been has comfortable in Las Vegas. He played in the city in AAU tournaments while growing up, spends a few weeks most summers in training camp here with USA Basketball, and is a fan of the NBA’s Las Vegas summer league.It didn’t hurt when fans started chanting “MVP, MVP” during the first half and gave him a standing ovation when he hit a 30-footer at the buzzer to give the Lakers a halftime lead before posing for the crowd. James, who didn’t play in the Lakers’ last exhibition game, had 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a dominating half.“It just feels like the NBA is always flowing through Las Vegas, feels almost like our second home base,” Durant said. “Basketball around here has been really booming since I’ve been in the league.”That showed during halftime when Magic Johnson, who heads basketball operations for the Lakers, was given a key to the city by Mayor Carolyn Goodman. Johnson talked about coming to Las Vegas for 40 years and his love for the city.“I hope one day Las Vegas gets an NBA team,” he told the crowd.Just when that day will be is anyone’s guess, though the head of giant casino operator MGM Resorts said last year he hoped to get a team on the Strip within five years. The company bought a WNBA team as part of its plan to land the NBA, with the Aces playing at the smaller Mandalay Bay arena.For now, though, the NBA was here for just a day. James bowed out after playing 17 minutes in the first half, and the second half was more about getting court time for the reserves than it was determining which team was best.A meaningless game, yes.Look closer, though, and the future of the NBA comes a little more into focus.___W.G. Ramirez contributed to this story in Las Vegas.___Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] or http://twitter.com/timdahlberglast_img read more

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Roethlisberger guides Steelers past Ravens 23-16

first_imgThe Ravens (4-5) scored only one touchdown in their third straight defeat, managing two field goals in the first half while falling behind 14-6. Baltimore had converted 72.4 percent of its red zone opportunities into TDs — the fourth-best percentage in the NFL — but on this day it was a struggle.“To hold those guys to field goals in the first half when they were down there was significant,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.Pittsburgh opened the second half with a drive that lasted nearly seven minutes and ended with a 1-yard plunge by Roethlisberger. The conversion sailed wide to the right, keeping the score at 20-6.Down by two touchdowns and facing a potential two-game deficit in the AFC North, the Ravens reacted. Flacco completed six passes in a 75-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown run by Alex Collins.The defense followed by forcing the game’s first three-and-out, but the Baltimore offense failed to sustain the momentum.After the Ravens punted. Roethlisberger was collared from behind by Za’Darius Smith and remained on the ground for several minutes. Joshua Dobbs came in, completed a 22-yard pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster, then gave way to Roethlisberger.“That was a huge play,” Roethlisberger said of Dobbs’ first-down toss.The drive led to a field goal for a 10-point cushion with 8:26 remaining.Baltimore got another field goal to get within a touchdown with 5:23 to go, but never threatened thereafter. It was not at all the way the Ravens wanted to enter their long-awaited bye week.“We’ll go into our bye week trying to get rested up, trying to get healthy,” coach John Harbaugh said. “We’ll try to come out swinging the last seven games and find a way to make the playoffs.”In the first half, Roethlisberger threw 29 passes and showed his kicking prowess as Pittsburgh took control.With the Steelers facing a fourth down from the Baltimore 38, Roethlisberger lined up in shotgun formation and popped up a 27-yard punt — his seventh career kick.The Ravens then settled for a field goal one play after Flacco failed to see wide-open Lamar Jackson on the right side near the end zone. Jackson, a rookie quarterback who’s been used in a variety of ways, went in motion on the play and was left uncovered.Roethlisberger put Pittsburgh ahead with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Conner, and the Steelers made it 14-3 when Roethlisberger capped a 75-yard drive with a 6-yard TD pass to Antonio Brown.INJURIESSteelers: None reported.Ravens: Starting offensive tackles Ronnie Stanley (ankle) and James Hurst (back) were on the inactive list. … CB Tavon Young hurt his right ankle in the fourth quarter and did not return. … Also inactive, though not injured, was Ty Montgomery, obtained Tuesday in a trade with Packers.TRIBUTE TO SYNAGOGUE VICTIMSRoethlisberger wore cleats emblazoned with a Star of David in response to the late-October shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. The Star of David was in yellow and served as the upper part of the Steelers logo. There were also the words, “Stronger Than Hate” on each shoe.Roethlisberger and his wife are friends of Michele Rosenthal, a former team employee. Two of Rosenthal’s brothers were among the 11 killed in the attack that stunned the Squirrel Hill neighborhood.Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner, left, scores a touchdown in front of Baltimore Ravens free safety Eric Weddle in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)MR. TOUCHDOWNSConner has 10 touchdowns, most by a Steelers player through eight games since 1950. Brown has nine TD catches, a team record through eight games.UP NEXTSteelers: Host Carolina on Thursday night.Ravens: Bye, followed by home game vs Cincinnati on Nov. 18.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL By 19 minutes ago BALTIMORE (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes, ran for a score and put up an unexpected left-footed punt to help the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Baltimore Ravens 23-16 Sunday.James Conner rushed for 107 yards and caught a TD pass for the Steelers (5-2-1), who have won four straight since falling to the Ravens at home on Sept. 30.Roethlisberger went 28 for 47 for 270 yards. His 1-yard run put Pittsburgh up 20-6 in the third quarter, and the 36-year-old showed his grit by missing only one play after being flattened during a sprint from the pocket with just over 13 minutes left.last_img read more

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Graduating Garcia, Generals aim to end season on a high

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College is determined to end its season on a winning note despite missing another trip to the Final Four.And so far, the Generals have been on a mini resurgence after racking up two straight victories over Final Four contender College of St. Benilde on Friday and Arellano University on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Kevin Durant ‘at home’ with Warriors, but undecided on future Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “From the start of the season my goal is to help the team win as many games as possible,” said Garcia, who also aims to end his NCAA playing career on a high.“We lost many games to begin the season but giving up is not a option for me and I will do my best to help us win.”Garcia did just that against the Chiefs, firing 25 points, 17 coming in the first half where the Generals built a 48-30 halftime lead.He also collected six rebounds and five assists as EAC improved to 4-11, just half a game behind Arellano and San Sebastian, who are currently tied for sixth place.“We already won two straight but I’m sure every practice we’re going to give more than 100 percent because we want to keep winning,” Garcia said. “Our confidence is really high right now.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments “I’m already seeing my players’ desire to win,” said EAC head coach Ariel Sison in Filipino after his team’s 78-70 win over the Chiefs. “Hopefully, we can keep winning, we still have three games left.”READ: Generals post back-to-back wins, oust ChiefsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Generals wrap up their season against Mapua, University of Perpetual Help and Jose Rizal University and they’re eyeing no less than a three-game sweep.Guard Jerome Garcia, who is in his final year, said Emilio Aguinaldo College is upbeat with momentum on its side heading into the final stretch.last_img read more

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Governor Makes Official Visit to South Caicos

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 12, 2017 – South Caicos – H.E. the Governor, Dr John Freeman, and Mrs Freeman made an official visit to South Caicos on 6th December.   The Deputy Governor, H.E. Anya Williams, was also part of his delegation.   Following his visit H.E. the Governor commented:“It was a great pleasure to visit South Caicos again.   I was able to see for myself the damage still evident from the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria over the island. Making repairs to homes and public buildings remains a real challenge for the local community.I also visited two local conch and lobster processing plants and witnessed the determination of both businesses to get back to normal.   I saw for myself the efforts being made by Sailrock, not only to repair damage to their own resort buildings but also to provide assistance to the local community.And I saw once again the real promise of local young people during my time at the Iris Stubbs Primary and at the Marjorie Basden High School.   South Caicos is a great island with huge potential and I and my wife were grateful for the opportunity once more to see that potential for ourselves.”Press Release: TCIG Related Items:last_img read more

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Painting Hope

first_imgArtist Ekta Jain is soon going to display her solo painting exhibition with the theme of her exhibition titled Hope and Never Despair. The exhibition which will begin on 9 May will display her abstracts which are reflective of hope and faith and of assurance and conviction. Ekta Jain is a promising star on the horizon of art and artistry. Ekta’s artwork is autobiographical and bears a close resemblance to her never-say-die spirit and cheerful demeanour, finding vivid translation in her aesthetically pleasing formations and fabrications on the canvas.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The core theme of Ekta Jain’s portrayals remain Hope and never to despair which cannot escape the on-lookers attention. The illuminated niches , ray of dance lighting in the dark crevices; beam of radiance dispelling the gloom- are subtle statements occupying the focal point in her creations.There is a symmetrical oneness in her apparently diversified expressions like her name which implies unity, uniformity, solidarity and  homogeneity. Her interplay with splashing colours started at a tender age till it metamorphosed into emphatic narrations.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHer journey to urban spaces is punctuated by her desire to discover layers upon layers of soul’s responses to civility or lack of it. The innate desire led her to formulate and execute her concept without any formal exercise in art.Her arches link urban space to traditional architecture. Her paintings are like palimpsest. Elusive at times and evasive too, one thing that is sure is that Ekta Jain’s work never fails to impact, impress and inspire.last_img read more

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SAP acquires Qualtrics to leverage onceinageneration opportunity to power the experience economy

first_imgYesterday, SAP announced that it is planning to acquire Qualtrics, that had been expected to go public this week, for a sum of $8 billion, in cash. Qualtrics is the global pioneer of the experience management (XM) software category that enables organizations to build a phenomenal employee culture and also to build iconic brands. SAP has secured financing in the amount of €7 billion to cover purchase price and acquisition-related costs, which the company said in a statement that is expected to close in the first half of 2019. Qualtrics would be SAP’s largest-ever purchase of a VC-backed enterprise software company, and the third-largest sale of any SaaS company. Post this acquisition the company will continue to be led by co-founder and CEO Ryan Smith and will retain its dual headquarters in Provo, Utah, and Seattle. SAP + Qualtrics: The benefits ahead SAP CEO, Bill McDermott said he was attracted to Qualtrics’ culture and its software’s ability to add customer sentiment and voice to the different applications SAP offers across its suite. Bringing together SAP’s experience data (X-Data) and Qualtrics’ Operational Data (O-Data) will help customers to better manage supply chains, networks, employees and core processes. McDermott, said “Together, SAP and Qualtrics represent a new paradigm, similar to market-making shifts in personal operating systems, smart devices and social networks. SAP already touches 77 percent of the world’s transactions. For Qualtrics, this introduces a dynamic new partner with the belief, passion and scale to bring experience management to millions of customers around the world.” SAP will enable Qualtrics to scale rapidly around the world with the help of SAP’s more than 413,000 customers and global sales force of around 15,000. “With this acquisition, Qualtrics expects full-year 2018 revenue to exceed US$400 million and projects a forward growth rate of greater than 40 percent, not including potential synergies of being part of SAP”, said SAP in their press release. Ryan Smith, CEO of Qualtrics, said “Our mission is to help organizations deliver the experiences that turn their customers into fanatics, employees into ambassadors, products into obsessions and brands into religions. Supported by a global team of over 95,000, SAP will help us scale faster and achieve our mission on a broader stage. This will put the XM Platform everywhere overnight. We could not be more excited to join forces with Bill and the SAP team in this once-in-a-generation opportunity to power the experience economy.” To know more about this news in detail, head over to SAP official website. Read Next Discussing SAP: Past, present and future with Rehan Zaidi, senior SAP ABAP consultant [Interview] Microsoft, Adobe and SAP announce Open Data Initiative, a joint vision to reimagine customer experience, at Ignite 2018 SAP creates AI ethics guidelines and forms an advisory panellast_img read more

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