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Oxford Playhouse performed to empty audience

first_imgThe Government’s current ruling has left theatres able to open, but without the ability to put on live performances. The show was aid of ‘The Playhouse Plays On’ appeal, aiming to help support the Oxford based theatre which is struggling financially after a 3 month closure.  The Government’s £1.57 billion support package for the arts industry meant the Playhouse recently received £150,000 from Arts Council England.  The show, written by Kevin Day from an original idea by Harry Househam, was directed by Oxford actor and director Simon Evans. Evans directed the BBC 1 show Staged, which has proved popular during the lockdown. The show was introduced by Marcus Brigstocke, Stephen Fry appeared via video link, and the live line-up included talent such as Lucy Porter and Rachel Parris. Image credit to OxfordPlayhouse, CC BY-SA 3.0 “Theatre, comedy, music and even panto are all under threat. The whole theatre industry is waiting on tenterhooks for a decision on extended government aid to mitigate the reduced capacities and nervous audiences to come. Many of our producing partners have cancelled tours, meaning we may have gaps in the programme for some time.” The show was live-streamed on Wednesday 8th July at 8pm, with tickets charged at £25 for each device or household and available up until 6pm. Theatre director Louise Chantal told the Bicester Advertiser: “The COVID-19 crisis has affected every aspect of our lives, but for the thousands of artists, creatives, producers, technicians and venue staff who work in the performing arts, this closure could mark the end of their careers in the sector. “Following the announcement that ‘theatres can open on the 4 July, but without live performances’, all of us at the Playhouse got a bit cross. Then Jericho Comedy Club asked if we wanted to livestream a comedy gig with no audience to demonstrate how hard the government have made it for theatres to open without live audiences.” The Oxford Playhouse performed the play ‘A Theatre Near You’, with Jericho Comedy Club and Macrocosmic, to highlight their disapproval of the Government’s current regulations for theatres. The play was performed in the theatre to an empty auditorium and tickets were sold for access to an online stream.  The Oxford Playhouse’s website, in its advert for the show, also alludes to a similar scenario: “The COVID-19 crisis has affected every aspect of our lives, but for the thousands of artists, creatives, producers, technicians and venue staff who work in the performing arts, this closure could mark the end of their careers in the cultural sector. Theatre, comedy, music and even panto are all under threat (oh yes they are!).last_img read more

Ray Parlour sends message to Arsenal over Bukayo Saka amid Manchester United and Liverpool links

first_img Arsenal 4-0 Newcastle: Mikel Arteta press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:05FullscreenArsenal 4-0 Newcastle: Mikel Arteta press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-4-0-newcastle-mikel-arteta-press-conference-2112002/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Saka was excellent again on the left-hand side, he had another really good game. I think he has to get tied down now on a new contract. I think they are trying to organise it at the moment.‘At the moment Arsenal are 10th in the table, which isn’t good enough, but Lacazette’s goal and how the players celebrated, they knew he needed that.‘There are a lot of changes that need to be made at Arsenal but there is a feel-good factor again.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I think the supporters are getting behind the team and suddenly they are thinking: next season, could we really have a go?‘I think fifth place is still wide open for quite a few clubs, so big game Sunday against Everton.’Arsenal are seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with 12 league matches of the 2019-20 season remaining.MORE: Bukayo Saka refuses to commit to Arsenal future as contract talks rumble onMORE: Arsene Wenger hits back at Unai Emery and denies Arsenal were in decline Ray Parlour sends message to Arsenal over Bukayo Saka amid Manchester United and Liverpool links Comment Arsenal starlet Bukayo Saka is attracting interest from Man Utd and Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Ray Parlour has urged Arsenal to tie Bukayo Saka down to a long-term contract as the teenage sensation continues to be linked with Premier League rivals Manchester United and Liverpool.Saka made his Arsenal debut last season under former Gunners boss Unai Emery and has already played 24 games for his boyhood club this term.The 18-year-old has received rave reviews for his performances over the past month or so and Arsenal legend Parlour says he was ‘excellent’ in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Newcastle United.But the former Gunners star is concerned about Saka’s future, with Arsenal struggling to tie him down to a new deal and Manchester United and Liverpool both circling.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTReflecting on Arsenal’s emphatic victory over Newcastle and the Gunners’ form under Mikel Arteta, Parlour told talkSPORT: ‘He [Nketiah] struggled a bit first half – holding the ball up, and that’s what Lacazette does so well.‘He holds the ball up and brings other players into play, while Eddie was a little bit of a struggle first half. Second half, he did much better, he had a couple of opportunities.‘That is where managers have to make big decisions. At least he is showing that he will give the youngsters a go. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 18 Feb 2020 11:02 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link734Shares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

NBA free agency rumors: Derrick Rose agrees to terms with Pistons

first_imgFree agent guard Derrick Rose has agreed to a two-year, $15M deal to join the Detroit Pistons, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019Detroit emerged as the favorite to land 2010-11 NBA MVP Derrick Rose, according to an early report from The Athletic.Detroit Pistons are emerging as the favorite to sign Derrick Rose, according to a league source.— Frank Isola (@TheFrankIsola) June 29, 2019Rose saw a career resurgence in 2018-19 with the Timberwolves averaging 18 points on 48.2 percent shooting from the floor. It was the highest shooting percentage he has posted since his second year in the league when he shot 48.9 percent for Chicago. Related News The Pistons landed a big-name point guard.Derrick Rose agreed to terms with Detroit and will sign a two-year, $15 million dollar deal, according to an ESPN report, which cited unidentified league sources. NBA free agency rumors: Celtics pursuing Kevon Looney, Enes Kanter NBA free agency rumors: Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard discuss playing together He did once again miss a good portion of the season with an injury, but after being out most of the previous year, the 51 games played was a great bounce back for him. NBA free agency 2019: Kevin Durant to go? Kawhi Leonard to stay? What will Lakers do? Detroit does return Reggie Jackson to the team next season and a few other guards as well, but if Rose is healthy again he can be productive.The Pistons made the playoffs last year but saw an early exit after they were swept by the Bucks in the first round.last_img read more

Italian football emerges from virus crisis with cup semis in balance

first_img“We can focus on our targets one at a time, and this could be an advantage for us,” he said.“But we’ll only know once we’re out on the pitch because this is a very odd situation. After such a long break we’ve not even been able to play proper matches in training.”Sarri is reportedly wary of risking players who are not 100 percent fit, and will leave out Gonzalo Higuain for his starting line-up.However with Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa likely to start, goals should not be a problem.Whoever comes out on top will face either Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan or Napoli, who hold a 1-0 lead ahead of Saturday’s second leg in Naples.The cup is Napoli’s best chance of European football next season following a tumultuous campaign that has featured dressing room disputes and the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti.Inter are off the pace in the title race and in search of their first trophy since winning the cup in 2011.Fixtures (pending government approval) (All times GMT)Semi-final, second legsFridayJuventus v AC Milan (2000) (first leg 1-1)SaturdayNapoli v Inter Milan (2000) (first leg 1-0) Cristiano Ronaldo’s late first-leg penalty gives Juventus the advantage going into Friday’s second leg of the cup semi-finalRome, Italy | AFP |  This week’s Italian Cup semi-final, second leg matches were set to bring football back to a nation emerging from the coronavirus crisis, but with two days until the scheduled kick-off the two matches are still awaiting government approval.Juventus’ home clash with AC Milan on Friday was supposed be the first competitive match played in Italy since the country became Europe’s COVID-19 epicentre, and the start of what the football authorities hope will be a return to normality.More than 34,000 people on the peninsula have died because of the virus since the start of the crisis, with the vast majority in northern regions like Piedmont and Lombardy which host Juve and Milan.However, although the virus still persists, Italy began to gradually emerge from a stringent lockdown last month and has been slowly moving back towards regular life since, with the return of football pitched as the latest sign that the worst should be over.Public broadcaster RAI has already announced its coverage of the two last four encounters, with Napoli v Inter Milan scheduled for Saturday.However. while Health Minister Roberto Speranza on Wednesday confirmed the dates for the semis and the June 17 final in Rome, he only said that the government was “leaning towards authorising” the last three matches of the competition.Speranza’s comments at the Italian Senate come just as it appeared that weeks of squabbling between Italy’s football authorities and the government had been left behind, with what will likely be a large, sport-starved TV audience ready for the two matches behind closed doors.Should, as expected, Friday’s match take place fans will see a tie delicately poised at 1-1 following February’s entertaining first leg at the San Siro, which saw the ‘Rossoneri’ leading until Cristiano Ronaldo scored a stoppage time penalty to take a draw and an away goal back to Turin.– ‘Very odd situation’ –Milan will be without injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who had sparked the seven-time European champions into life after returning in December, as they attempt to beat Juve in Turin for the first time since 2011.Forward Samu Castillejo, who said he was robbed at gunpoint in Milan on Tuesday, and defender Theo Hernandez are suspended.Milan coach Stefano Pioli will likely point to Ante Rebic, who had scored seven goals in nine games before football succumbed to the virus, as the goal threat.They will be helped by Wednesday’s ruling which eliminates extra-time in the event of deadlock after 90 minutes for both last-four second legs and next week’s final.The cup is more of a priority for fallen giants Milan, whose last major honour came nine years ago, than for Juventus, who later this month resume a tight Serie A title tussle with Lazio.However Juve coach Maurizio Sarri told Sky on Wednesday that Juve were “lucky” to have the cup, Serie A and Champions League seasons played at separate intervals as they chase European glory to go with their domestic dominance. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

More Traffic Equals More Tickets in Sea Bright

first_imgThe closure of the Oceanic Bridge has made for more traffic and more tickets in Sea Bright.SEA SEA BRIGHT — With the closure of the Oceanic Bridge last month Sea Bright has seen more traffic making its way through the borough. And more traffic means more traffic violations.Police Chief John Sorrentino this week said his officers have issued more traffic summons in the last few months over the same time last year.According to the numbers Sorrentino provided, in Sept. 2011 the department issued 176 motor vehicle violations, compared to 83 in Sept. 2010; in Oct. 2010 the number was 113, and a year later it rose to 128. And from Oct. 17, when the bridge closed for repair work, until Nov. 18, police gave out 184 tickets; while during the same time last year the number was 130.“There’s more traffic coming over,” Sorrentino said this week, explaining the increase. “There are so many people who use that Oceanic Bridge that it is just a higher volume of traffic on Ocean Avenue.”The Oceanic Bridge spans the Navesink River, connecting Rumson to the Locust section of Middletown. The bridge was closed last month for repair work and is expected to remain closed until next May.With the bridge closed, vehicles heading to Middletown, Highlands and Atlantic Highlands must travel over Coopers Bridge in Red Bank or follow the detour signs through Rumson over the Sea Bright and travel north along Ocean Avenue(State Highway 36), to their destination. And as Sorrentino pointed out, “More cars, obviously more tickets.”The majority of tickets the department issued were for speeding and improper use of a handheld cell phone while driving, according to Sorrentino.As for the rise in ticketing, the chief noted, “Sea Bright is basically one street, a state highway,” and “We’re always out there.”“We’re always going to be aggressive when it comes to people who are speeding and on their cell phones,” he said, making it clear violators would be stopped and issued tickets.And that is all right with Mayor Maria Fernandes. “The residents have been complaining that there is a lot of speeding going through town,” especially in the north beach area, where Fernandes lives.Fernandes suspects it is commuters coming over the Sea Bright Bridge on their way to ferry terminals in Highlands and Atlantic Highlands who account for the majority of the speeders.“They step on the pedal to the metal and they’re chatting away on their cell phones,” Fernades said. “I don’t think they realize how fast they’re going; they’re too involved in their conversations.”The speed limit along Ocean Avenue is 40 miles per hour for most of the year, with the state Department of Transportation giving the borough permission to lower it to 35 during the summer months, Fernandes said.A ticket using a cell phone while driving carries a $130 penalty upon conviction, according to Stephanie Seyr, deputy court clerk for the combined Municipal Court for Sea Bright and Oceanport.Fines for speeding range from $85 to $260 and can include the loss of a driver’s license and the issuance of motor vehicle points, starting at two, Seyr said. And while the municipality does earn revenue from summonses, it does not get to keep it all as some of it is distributed to a variety of state agencies and programs.last_img read more

Saints captain earns second player-of-the-week award

first_imgThe Selkirk Saints, and B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League voters know a good thing when they see one.So it comes as no surprise that for the second time this season Selkirk captain Jordan Wood has been selected BCIHL Player of the Week.Wood led all BCIHL scorers last week with four goals and seven points, and helped the Saints to wins over Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops and Simon Fraser University on home ice in Castlegar. Friday against TRU, Wood scored shorthanded late in the first period and assisted on three other goals, including Kam Crawford’s overtime winner, to lead Selkirk to a 5-4 overtime win against the WolfPack. The next night with the Saints and SFU tied at 2-2 late in the third period, Wood scored a natural hat trick in the final 6:43 of regulation to propel his team to a 5-2 victory.The 22-year old leads all BCIHL scorers with 19 goals and 37 points on the season and currently holds a six-point lead over SFU’s Ben Van Lare in his bid for the league scoring title. Honourable mentions for the weekly award included Shawn Mueller (University of Victoria), Nick Babich (University of Victoria) and Nick Sandor (Simon Fraser University). Wood and the Saints (16-1-0) currently hold a five-point lead over SFU (13-4-1) for top spot in the league standings. The team’s magic number to clinch their first-ever BCIHL regular season title currently sits at 7 points. Selkirk hosts the University of Victoria on Saturday night at the Castlegar Rec Complex. Faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m.last_img read more

Brown elected to Ohio Farm Bureau board of trustees

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Nathan Brown of Hillsboro has been elected District 20 Trustee for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. He will help govern the state’s largest and most inclusive farm and food organization and represent Farm Bureau members from Adams, Brown, Clermont and Highland counties.He was elected in a special election to fill the unexpired term of Craig Adams, who recently retired to accept a position on the board of directors for Nationwide.Brown is a first-generation farmer. He and his wife, Jennifer, grow corn and soybeans and operate a cow/calf herd. They are the parents of three young children.Brown is a member of Highland County Farm Bureau and has served as its president. He also was on Farm Bureau’s state Young Ag Professionals committee and was its chairman and served on the state policy development committee. Brown was OFBF’s Outstanding Young Farmer award recipient in 2013.He is a township trustee and is a member of Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers, Ohio Soybean Association, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and Ohio Township Trustees Association. The Browns attend Rainsboro United Methodist Church.last_img read more

The Perks of a PremiumBeat Member Account

first_imgBesides being free and easy to make, there are a ton of benefits to creating a PremiumBeat member account. Let me show you a few.Image via ShutterstockA lot of us here at PremiumBeat are video professionals just like you. That’s why we’re always looking for ways to make your job easier. Not just by throwing daily video tips up on the blog… It carries over to the “royalty free music marketplace” part of our job, too. We’re constantly testing ways to improve your experience on the site, and we get a real kick out of finding little ways to improve your workflow and make your process more efficient.And that’s why I can’t stress this enough: You absolutely should have an official PremiumBeat member account. It’s a simple move that can save you a lot of time and speed up the way you work. A PremiumBeat member account is packed with features that were designed with one goal in mind: making your life easier. Let’s take a quick tour of some of the great benefits that come with signing up.1. Easily Download Your Licenses and InvoicesAlthough it’s an option to purchase licenses on our website as a guest, we always recommend creating a member account for myriad reasons. For one, your account allows you to log in from any computer in the world and access your order history. If you need a copy of your license on the go or while traveling, you can rest assured that your member account has your back.For a PDF invoice or license, log in to your PremiumBeat account. Place your pointer over your email address (top right of your screen) and select Orders & Downloads from the drop-down menu. In the Order History area, click on the appropriate Order ID or the Order Details button. Once in the order, you’ll see a Download Invoice/License PDF button. This will generate a PDF invoice or license.2. Faster CheckoutPurchasing new licenses as a member is a time-saver because you can choose to store your credit card or PayPal information in your account. Skip the step of manually entering your payment information for every purchase and put that time towards your project instead.3. Edit Past InvoicesBesides merely accessing your documentation, you can also edit the information in it. If you need your invoice to show a different address or name, you can simply modify or add the information in your account’s Info & Billing tab and immediately download an updated invoice.4.Playlists and FavoritesImage via ShutterstockAs a member, you can save your favorite tracks or organize them into playlists. Save a track to your favorites list by clicking the heart icon to the right of the track title. If you need to make a list of potential tracks for your project to present to a colleague or client, the playlist feature is perfect. Use the Share button to send a shortened link or an email. If a track works, the listener can purchase a license directly after listening.5. Upgrading LicensesWe recently rolled out an exciting new feature for our members: license upgrades. Did your online-only spot get picked up for TV broadcast? Now you can add extended coverage to your Standard License through your member account by hovering over your email address at the top of the page and selecting Orders & Downloads from the drop-down menu. Select the order containing the license you wish to upgrade, then click Upgrade License from the order details page. Finally, simply select the license(s) you wish to purchase and proceed through checkout.If you have any questions about making a PremiumBeat member account or any of our license offerings, we are only an email away. Happy listening!last_img read more

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Why New Zealand are wary of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah ahead of T20I series

first_imgNew Zealand batsman Colin Munro on Tuesday called the Indian pace duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah the “best” new ball bowlers in sub-continental conditions.Munro was in great form in the series-deciding third and final ODI against India, scoring a fluent half century, but he is aware his aggressive approach would not always get him runs.”The big challenge for me was just actually finding a good tempo to bat at. I’d like to say that I want to go and blast off in the first 10 overs but it’s not always going to be the case, especially when you are playing against Bhuvi and Bumrah, the two best opening bowlers in these conditions,” Munro said on the eve of the first T20I against India.(Also read: Jasprit Bumrah No.1 bowler in ICC’s T20 International rankings)New Zealand lost the three-match ODI series against India 1-2 but will look to win the T20I series as they are the number one team in the world in this shortest format and have never lost a game against India earlier. New Zealand have a 100 percent record against India in this format, winning all their five matches so far.”We have been lucky enough for the last couple of years to be successful. We are looking forward to the series and it should be a good one,” Munro said.Reuters Photo “I play aggressively, sometimes it comes off and you look good, sometimes it doesn’t and you don’t look good. Obviously, there is plenty to play for and we have got a good record against India. Hopefully, we will get off to a good start.”advertisementMitchell McClenaghan and Luke Ronchi are out with injuries and their absence did hurt the team. “Their absence has been felt but (Tom) Latham has done really well this season. We have got an experienced bowling attack,” said Munro.Ross Taylor’s impressive performance in the ODI series earned him a recall to the New Zealand T20I side and asked if the senior player is a certainty in the playing XI on Wednesday, Munro said he was not sure.Taylor has not played a T20I since New Zealand’s semi-final loss to England in the World T20 in 2016.last_img read more