Perfect Arrangement Rounds Out New Primary Stages Season


first_img View Comments The New York Premiere of Perfect Arrangement, written by Topher Payne, will play Primary Stages off-Broadway this fall. The comedy joins the previously announced Informed Consent, The Body of an American and Exit Strategy. Performances will begin on a September date to be announced. Michael Barakiva will direct.The play takes place in the midst of the Red Scare, in which the worlds of I Love Lucy and Edward R. Murrow clash as a U.S. State Department worker disrupts the corny and complacent lives of the Martindales and the Baxters. The play received th 2014 American Critics Association Osborn New Play Award.The season begins in August with Deborah Zoe Laufer’s Informed Consent, directed by Liesl Tommy. Jo Bonney will direct Dan O’Brien’s The Body of an American in February 2016, and Ike Holter’s Exit Strategy will begin the following month under the direction of Kip Fagan.last_img read more

This Week’s Picks: Lesli Margherita, Hamilton & more!


first_imgSet Sail with Dames at Sea Begins September 24 at Helen Hayes TheatreWho doesn’t like tap dancing? Who doesn’t like Busby Berkeley-style musicals? Who doesn’t like Lesli Marghertia? If only there were a musical that met all three needs. Well, we have one! Dames at Sea, which opened with Bernadette Peters back in 1968, returns. This time, Eloise Kropp plays the young lady who lands a role in her first Broadway show—only to find the stage is about to be demolished. Click for tickets! See Singing Songwriters and Stars September 21 at 54 BelowAn evening with singer-songwriters conjures images of mugs of herbal tea and talks about life’s grand adventure. Well, not this time. Will Van Dyke and Jeff Talbott, the duo behind Imagine Harry and the upcoming Wintersong will perform highlights from those shows and songs from their upcoming EP A View of the River supported by stars galore—including Annaleigh Ashford and Kate Baldwin! Sit in on The Gin Game Begins September 24 at John Golden TheatreCicely Tyson and James Earl Jones starring in The Gin Game is an idea that makes too much sense. We can only hope that the producers don’t ruin the revival of D.L. Coburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning gem by inserting a rapping dinosaur or an Elvis impersonator or some other atrocity in the name of creative enhancement. The achingly personal dialogue and powerhouse performances are all you need. Click for tickets! View Comments Take Hamilton with You Available September 25Lin Manuel-Miranda’s Hamilton has transfixed New York audiences—and various celebrities—for months. Now you can take a bit of the show with you as the original Broadway cast recording (executive produced by the Roots’ Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter) becomes available digitally. The bad news is that one idea-deprived aunt won’t have a CD to buy you for the holidays. We’re sure you’ll come up with other ideas. Lesli Margherita Pope Up the Jam with Gloria, JHud & More September 25 at Madison Square GardenIt’s good to be the Pope. You get your own city, a flock of followers and there’s that whole infallibility thing. Plus, when you tour the U.S., people throw concerts for you. Before Pope Francis’ mass at MSG, there’s a two-hour pre-show featuring prayer and devotional music. And it’s no joke. Scheduled to appear: Norm Lewis, Gloria Estefan, Kelli O’Hara, Harry Connick Jr. and Jennifer Hudson. If you want tickets, head to your local parish. Star Files Hey, you, still bawling that Hedwig and Mamma Mia! are in that big wrap party in the sky. It’s going to be OK. You just need some time to mourn, which ends now. Only a dope would mope. There’s so much great stuff happening this week, including two star-studded concerts and two new plays. Dry your eyes—and get ready for this week’s picks!last_img read more

Paraguay’s Joint Task Force on Alert Against the EPP


first_imgThe EPP has continued to commit kidnappings for ransom. Paraguay’s Joint Task Force (FTC), a team consisting of Military and police personnel, is in a state of high alert in its fight against the Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP), a terrorist group responsible for kidnappings for ransom and killings. “The knowledge we have gained about their behavior, their management methods, their food supply, the type of equipment, and other data provides a lot of material for analysts to design more effective strategies to locate them,” Urdapilleta said. The Military and police are continuing to work hard to secure the release of Police Master Sergeant Edelio Morínigo, who was kidnapped by the EPP on July 5, 2014. The EPP has not demanded a ransom, but instead proposed a trade, offering to free Morínigo in exchange for the release of 46 EPP members who had been sentenced to prison. In addition to battling the EPP, the FTC is also confronting an offshoot of the terrorist group, an organization which calls itself the Armed Peasant Association (ACA). This group, which arose in 2014, operates in the northern region of the country. The FTC is confronting a terrorist group that is comprised of family-based gangs, such as the Bernal Maíz, Larrea and Villalba organized crime groups, according to Urdapilleta. The FTC has compiled intelligence about the ACA that will help it fight the terrorist group. “The knowledge we have gained about their behavior, their management methods, their food supply, the type of equipment, and other data provides a lot of material for analysts to design more effective strategies to locate them,” Urdapilleta said. On January 6, FTC Troops and police were on patrol in the district of Horqueta, in the Department of Concepción, when they tried to capture ACA leader Albino Ramón Jara Larrea. He resisted arrest, and the FTC killed him, as well as another ACA leader, Rosalba Moraez. The two ACA members were carrying cash in local currency worth the equivalent of about $12,000. Kidnappings for ransom Paraguay’s Joint Task Force (FTC), a team consisting of Military and police personnel, is in a state of high alert in its fight against the Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP), a terrorist group responsible for kidnappings for ransom and killings. “The fight is constant and the work does not cease. There are things we do not make public due to the security of the operations,” said Lieutenant Colonel Víctor Urdapilleta, an FTC spokesman. “This does not mean we are not working on it.” The FTC is confronting a terrorist group that is comprised of family-based gangs, such as the Bernal Maíz, Larrea and Villalba organized crime groups, according to Urdapilleta. In addition to battling the EPP, the FTC is also confronting an offshoot of the terrorist group, an organization which calls itself the Armed Peasant Association (ACA). This group, which arose in 2014, operates in the northern region of the country. By 2008, the outlaw group had changed its name to the Ejército del Pueblo Paraguayo, or Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP). The EPP has continued to commit kidnappings for ransom. “We cannot take credit for the release of Arlan Fick, but we can say that, thanks to actions that we undertook and other extreme actions we refrained from taking, he was released,” according to Urdapilleta. Security forces have also made great advances in fighting the EPP, according to Colonel Jorge Mieres, director of the Army’s Social Communications Division (DICOSO). In recent years, the Prosecutor’s Office has obtained convictions against 46 individuals who confessed to being members of the EPP. By Dialogo January 29, 2015 The terrorist group continued to use kidnapping for ransom. In September 2004, the outlaw group kidnapped Cecilia Cubas, daughter of former Paraguayan President Raúl Cubas Grau and current Senator Mirta Gusinky. Law enforcement authorities eventually found Cubas’ body in a grave outside Asunción, despite the payment of a $350,000 ransom. The kidnappers justified the killing by claiming that the payment was not a ransom, but a “fine against Cubas’ parents.” By 2008, the outlaw group had changed its name to the Ejército del Pueblo Paraguayo, or Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP). Paraguayan security forces have been battling the EPP since 2001, when the organization was the armed wing of the Marxist and anti-imperialist political party Patria Libre (Free Homeland). The first of six kidnappings committed by the illegal group took place against María Edith Bordón de Debenardi, the wife of a prominent businessman in November 2001 for whom they demanded a ransom of $1 million for her release. The ransom was paid, and the terrorist group released her after two months in captivity. “The fight is constant and the work does not cease. There are things we do not make public due to the security of the operations,” said Lieutenant Colonel Víctor Urdapilleta, an FTC spokesman. “This does not mean we are not working on it.” On January 6, FTC Troops and police were on patrol in the district of Horqueta, in the Department of Concepción, when they tried to capture ACA leader Albino Ramón Jara Larrea. He resisted arrest, and the FTC killed him, as well as another ACA leader, Rosalba Moraez. The two ACA members were carrying cash in local currency worth the equivalent of about $12,000. Paraguayan security forces have been battling the EPP since 2001, when the organization was the armed wing of the Marxist and anti-imperialist political party Patria Libre (Free Homeland). The first of six kidnappings committed by the illegal group took place against María Edith Bordón de Debenardi, the wife of a prominent businessman in November 2001 for whom they demanded a ransom of $1 million for her release. The ransom was paid, and the terrorist group released her after two months in captivity. “We cannot take credit for the release of Arlan Fick, but we can say that, thanks to actions that we undertook and other extreme actions we refrained from taking, he was released,” according to Urdapilleta. The FTC confronts the ACA The FTC has compiled intelligence about the ACA that will help it fight the terrorist group. That year, the EPP kidnapped rancher Luis Lindstron, who remained in captivity from June 21 until September 12, when his family paid a ransom. But in 2013, Lindstron was killed, allegedly by the EPP. Law enforcement authorities suspected the EPP killed Lindstron because he was not willing to pay a “toll” to the terrorist group. The government rejected the idea. “The government will not negotiate with terrorists,” Minister of Interior Francisco De Vargas said on December 25 in a telephone conversation with Telefuturo (Channel 4). The terrorist group continued to use kidnapping for ransom. In September 2004, the outlaw group kidnapped Cecilia Cubas, daughter of former Paraguayan President Raúl Cubas Grau and current Senator Mirta Gusinky. Law enforcement authorities eventually found Cubas’ body in a grave outside Asunción, despite the payment of a $350,000 ransom. The kidnappers justified the killing by claiming that the payment was not a ransom, but a “fine against Cubas’ parents.” That year, the EPP kidnapped rancher Luis Lindstron, who remained in captivity from June 21 until September 12, when his family paid a ransom. But in 2013, Lindstron was killed, allegedly by the EPP. Law enforcement authorities suspected the EPP killed Lindstron because he was not willing to pay a “toll” to the terrorist group. Kidnappings for ransom The Military and police are continuing to work hard to secure the release of Police Master Sergeant Edelio Morínigo, who was kidnapped by the EPP on July 5, 2014. The EPP has not demanded a ransom, but instead proposed a trade, offering to free Morínigo in exchange for the release of 46 EPP members who had been sentenced to prison. The FTC confronts the ACA On April 2, 2014, the EPP kidnapped Arlan Fick, 16. His father, Alcido Fick, paid $500,000 for his release. The terrorist group held Fick for 267 days before releasing him on Christmas Day. While the FTC did not rescue him, it helped make sure he was released safely. Security forces have also made great advances in fighting the EPP, according to Colonel Jorge Mieres, director of the Army’s Social Communications Division (DICOSO). In recent years, the Prosecutor’s Office has obtained convictions against 46 individuals who confessed to being members of the EPP. On April 2, 2014, the EPP kidnapped Arlan Fick, 16. His father, Alcido Fick, paid $500,000 for his release. The terrorist group held Fick for 267 days before releasing him on Christmas Day. While the FTC did not rescue him, it helped make sure he was released safely. The government rejected the idea. “The government will not negotiate with terrorists,” Minister of Interior Francisco De Vargas said on December 25 in a telephone conversation with Telefuturo (Channel 4).last_img read more

Fernandes lifts Man Utd as Wolves, Arsenal boost Euro hopes


first_img“I am very pleased for him. He has done something to the crowd. He shows the attributes of a Manchester United player. He is a great addition to the squad.”Portugal midfielder Fernandes is under no illusions over his task as United look to return to the lucrative Champions League after a season away.”Everyone knows we want to get into the Champions League places. I am here to help the team conquer this place and keep winning games,” he told the BBC.Wolves, in eighth place, are just two points behind United after a convincing 3-0 win against bottom-club Norwich at Molineux.Diogo Jota scored twice and Raul Jimenez poached his 21st goal in all competitions during the current campaign early in the second period to leave Norwich seven points adrift of safety and looking doomed.Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo said his side had managed the game well.When asked about challenging for a Champions League spot, he said: “We’re going to stay focused because the difficulty is to sustain your performances through the season.”After that, we’ll see, but it’s about building your team and getting them ready to compete whenever, wherever.”Arsenal comeback In the day’s late kick-off, Arsenal recovered from a terrible start to hand Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton their first Premier League defeat since New Year’s Day.Dominic Calvert-Lewin finished acrobatically after Arsenal failed to deal with a free-kick in the first minute but Eddie Nketiah levelled in the 27th minute and six minutes later the home side were ahead when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang raced clear and finished coolly.Richarlison equalised for Everton in first-half stoppage time but Arsenal retook the lead moments after the restart through Aubameyang, who is now the joint leading scorer in the Premier League with 17 goals.Arsenal are unbeaten in seven league matches and Sunday’s win lifted them to ninth in the table.Manager Mikel Arteta said it had been his best week since taking charge at the Emirates in December.”The best thing is the spirit we showed after coming back from Europe — three games in seven days,” he told Sky Sports. “And coming back after we went behind. The resilience they showed after they were absolutely shattered.”As it stands, fifth place could be enough to earn a Champions League spot because second-placed Manchester City have been banned from Europe’s elite competition for two seasons, pending an appeal.On Saturday, Chelsea strengthened their grip on a top-four place by beating London rivals Tottenham 2-1 on a day overshadowed by controversial VAR decisions.Officials ruled that Spurs midfielder Giovani Lo Celso did not deserve to be sent off for a stamp on Cesar Azpilicueta that Chelsea boss Frank Lampard called a “leg-breaker”.There were also incidents involving the technology in Bournemouth’s defeat at Burnley and Manchester City’s win at Leicester.Elsewhere, there were wins for Crystal Palace and Southampton while high-flying Sheffield United drew 1-1 with Brighton.Liverpool host struggling West Ham at Anfield on Monday.Topics : It means United, who have struggled to find consistency all season, are now in fifth place on 41 points, just three adrift of Chelsea.United paid tribute to the late Harry Gregg, hero of the 1958 Munich air disaster, before kick-off at Old Trafford.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised his new signing, who picked up the man-of-the-match award for his display against Watford, languishing second from bottom of the table.”He has done fantastic,” said the Norwegian boss. “He has given everyone a boost. He wants the ball all the time, he wants to conduct the play.  Manchester United moved onto the shoulder of fourth-placed Chelsea on Sunday after brushing aside lowly Watford as Wolves and Arsenal also staked their claims for Champions League football next season.With runaway leaders Liverpool looking certain to win the Premier League, attention has switched to the race for European places, with just 10 points separating Chelsea from Southampton, in 12th spot.New signing Bruno Fernandes opened his goalscoring account for United at Old Trafford from the penalty spot before impressive second-half goals from Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood sealed a 3-0 win.last_img read more

World Athletics says ready to shift 2021 world champs for Olympics


first_imgWorld Athletics said Monday it was prepared to shift the world championships in 2021 in order to accommodate a potential move of this year’s coronavirus-threatened Tokyo Olympic Games.The world championships are scheduled to be held in Oregon on August 6-15 next year, but talks are underway now that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics may be moved over the COVID-19 pandemic.”World Athletics welcomes discussions with the IOC to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and has written to the IOC [International Olympics Committee] to share this feedback from the sport,” track and field’s global governing body said in a statement. “We stand ready to work with the IOC and all sport on an alternative date including dates in 2021.”World Athletics said it had already been in discussion with the Oregon 21 Organising Committee “regarding the possibility the Olympic Games may move to next year”.”They in turn have held discussions with their key stakeholders and have reassured us they will work with all of their partners and stakeholders to ensure that Oregon is able to host the World Athletics Championships on alternative dates should that prove necessary.”The IOC said Sunday it would take up to four weeks to consider what steps to take regarding the Tokyo Games.World Athletics chief Sebastian Coe said in a letter sent to IOC president Thomas Bach on Sunday that he supported the Olympics being delayed.”No one wants to see the Olympic Games postponed but as I have said publicly, we cannot hold the event at all costs, certainly not at the cost of athlete safety,” Coe said.Topics :last_img read more

Jose gears up for transfer revolution as Spurs enter make-or-break week


first_imgJOSE MOURINHO has accepted defeat in his quest to prioritise one competition this season.But Tottenham’s boss is getting ready to revolutionise his squad this summer.2 Jose set for transfer warCredit: EPASpurs’ crippling injury list has hit the club hard and exposed Mourinho to criticism over his methods.Heading into today’s teatime clash at Burnley, embattled Spurs are on a four- match losing run.After the FA Cup KO on penalties against Norwich, Mourinho vowed to talk to the club and decide whether he should prioritise today’s clash  or  Tuesday’s Champions League second leg  with RB Leipzig.No such showdown  has   taken place with chairman Daniel Levy, as Mourinho accepts they have no choice but to go full tilt in both matches despite his threadbare squad showing signs of running on empty.But the Special One has made it clear Spurs must spend big in the summer because they simply cannot be caught short by injuries again.Mourinho said: “I know the priority, I do not need a specific day to have a specific discussion with the boss.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at Ladbrokes“We are together every day. I don’t need to have a discussion, we just need to share our ideas.“We feel the same. We know that the players are tired, the injured players. We know we have to build a squad more balanced for next season.“You have to be ready to cope with these unpredictable things.“We need to have a different shape to the squad to be ready for these unexpected things that happen to us.“But we all know we have to try to win tomorrow and try to win on Tuesday.“If we don’t then we leave, like we did in the last match against Norwich. We leave, we sleep in peace, sad, but we sleep in peace then the next day, we go again.”Mourinho has never suffered a run of four successive defeats, and with Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Moussa Sissoko still absent he has few options to make any changes.It is putting huge pressure on the remaining players, who have all been consulted by the management team to see if they have the energy to go again against the Clarets.To a man, the entire squad have stood up to be counted — but some have admitted they are close to running on empty.They include new signing Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura, who are having to shoulder a huge workload.2 Crocked Spurs star Harry KaneCredit: ReutersMourinho added: “Some people are critical of me because I am repeating the same comments all the time so I don’t want to repeat the same things.“Obviously people are tired to listen to it but the run of injuries this club had this season, starting with Hugo Lloris and ending with Sonny, is something really crazy.“But again we have to prepare ourselves for something similar to happen again and we have to build a squad that protects against this kind of situation.“We are in a situation where I think it is very hard to prioritise. But it is a discussion to have internally. The communication with the players is always the most important thing.“Some players over the last 120 minutes have run more than 15km.TottenhamRACE OFFBoston Marathon CANCELED due to coronavirus pandemicWHO’S THE DADDYCamilla Thurlow holds Jamie Jewitt’s ‘baby bump’ in hilarious pic’hold firm’Stern warning for businesses using loopholes to flout restrictions and reopenPLOT TWISTThe Walking Dead boss tried to kill off Negan in season 8 with Maggie shootingWhy yo-oh-oh-oh-oh-gaaaaa is good for youMAKE A HOUSE A HOMEHabitat announces 25% off EVERYTHING for Bank Holiday weekendHELPING HANDGenerous Northern Ireland YouTuber Adam B buys his parents a houseSpoilerANDREA’S RAGEEmmerdale’s Andrea vows revenge on Jamie after realising he is leaving herSpoilerDAD IN DISGUISEEmmerdale’s Vinny horrified as he discovers Alex is really his dad PaulSpoilerLOVE RATHarriet agrees to marry Will on Emmerdale despite affair with Malone“We know we are going to play against players who have had a week preparing for the match.“We have decisions to make. Of course we want to win tomorrow and the tie on Tuesday but we have to find a way where we give some players a better chance to perform.“I love the player who says ‘I am available for everything you want and everything you need.’“But there comes a ‘but’ and after the but comes: ‘I need a rest’.“We have to analyse the but. But it is fantastic for me.“I am so happy to be here — it is fantastic to work with boys like them.“It’s not like I’m saying our squad is not good. The squad is good. At this moment we are in trouble. It’s so simple as that.”Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says he was a lazy football player in his youthlast_img read more

‘I am happy here’ – Spurs star quashes quit rumours


first_img Hugo Lloris 1 Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris insists he is happy to remain at White Hart Lane.The France international was linked with a move away from Spurs in the summer after Mauricio Pochettino’s side failed to qualify for the Champions League.Manchester United were said to be eyeing the 28-year-old amid doubts over David De Gea’s future.But Lloris insists he has never looked to leave the club, and has pledged his future to Spurs.“Of course I am happy here with Tottenham,” said Lloris.“I already replied to that type of question so the only thing I can say today is that I am happy at Tottenham.“I will do my best to get the best result possible for Tottenham.”last_img read more