Melinda Page Hamilton & More Will Join Kevin Bacon in Rear Window

first_imgWe’re keeping an extremely close eye on this show—it has Broadway-bound written all over it. Melinda Page Hamilton, McKinley Belcher III and more will join the previously reported Kevin Bacon in Rear Window. Directed by A Gentleman’s Guide’s Tony winner Darko Tresnjak, the production has been adapted for the stage by Keith Reddin, and will play a limited engagement October 22 through November 15. Opening night is set for October 30 at Hartford Stage.Hamilton will play Mrs. Thorwald and Gloria. Her screen credits include Sleeping Dogs Lie, Devious Maids, Desperate Housewives, Mad Men and Big Love. She appeared on stage in Bell, Book and Candle and Cornelia at The Old Globe. Belcher will take on the role of Sam. His credits include the HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero, the upcoming PBS series Mercy Street, Twelfth Night at Hartford Stage and Romeo and Juliet at Classic Stage Company.The play is based on the same short story—Rear Window by Cornell Woolrich—that inspired the Alfred Hitchcock film. It is the classic tale of a man confined to his apartment who thinks he may have witnessed a murder in a nearby building.Also boarding the cast will be John Bedford Lloyd as Boyne (Tartuffe) and Robert Stanton as Thorwald (A Free Man of Color). Rounding out the company will be Dan Bender, Erik Bloomquist, Ashley Croce, Roy Donnelly, Barbara Gallow, Caitlin Harrity, William Squier and Quinn Warren.Rear Window will feature scenic design by Alexander Dodge, costume design by Linda Cho, lighting design by York Kennedy, sound design by Jane Shaw, projection design by Sean Nieuwenhuis and fight choreography by Steve Rankin. View Commentslast_img read more

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European parliamentarians decide on IORP Directive rapporteur

first_imgEuropean parliamentarians have named the MEPs to oversee negotiations for the passage of the IORP Directive, with a former Irish government minister to lead efforts.Despite the appointment of Brian Hayes, who joined the European Parliament following last May’s elections, there will be a strong Dutch presence among the rapporteurs and shadow rapporteurs.A former junior minister in the current Irish coalition government, Hayes spent three years in the Department of Finance. He will act as rapporteur for the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON).As a Fine Gael MEP, he is a member of the European People’s Party (EPP) and was appointed to ECON after joining parliament in July. He is also vice-chair of the parliamentary delegation for relations with Iraq. His appointment comes after several months of uncertainty over the appointment of a rapporteur, who facilitates the passage of legislation and leads negotiations between Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission.Several people with knowledge of the situation told IPE last year that the EPP was behind schedule in naming the rapporteur.Many were hopeful that German Christian Democrat MEP Thomas Mann, an ECON substitute member and former rapporteur for a report on demographic challenges, would be appointed.Jeroen Lenaers, a Dutch member of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee, has been named its rapporteur,The other main political factions have appointed rapporteurs to shadow Hayes, with a further three Dutch MEPs among them.Paul Tang, a member of the Dutch Labour Party, will represent the Socialists & Democrats (S&D), Bas Eickhout will represent the Green parliamentary faction. Eickhout was previously a member of ECON and was appointed as a substitute late last year.Sophie in ‘t Veld, the third Dutch MEP, will represent the interests of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats. She is also a former member of ECON and has acted as rapporteur and shadow rapporteur on a number of matters relating to civil liberties.The European Conservatives and Reformists Group will be represented by Ashley Fox, in his first term as a UK MEP and an ECON substitute, and Spanish MEP Teresa Rodríguez-Rubio will represent the European United Left.last_img read more

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Betting on transfers in January – Rumour has it…

first_img PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Share ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Share Will Rooney be joining Oscar in China? Is Depay set to depart Old Trafford too? Has Gerard Deulofeu had enough of life at Goodison Park? Rumours, rumours, rumours. We’ve no idea but if you think you do, whether it’s gut feeling or you know something we don’t, you can be rest assured you bet on it.With rumours and transfer ‘news’ intensifying in January, bookmakers are never far behind and ‘Next Club’ type markets are now commonplace. We spoke to the bookies about the popularity of transfers betting, and how they price and promote them.Sky Bet’s Head of PR Sandro di Michele, BetVictor Head of Comms Charlie McCann and Betway’s Alan Alger were kind enough to give us their thoughts.Sandro di Michele, Sky BetSBC: How much betting volume does the transfer window bring in…are there more or less wagers than in the past with the impact of online rumours and ‘fake news’? Sandro: The volume of business brought in during transfer windows is directly related to the amount of activity by clubs in the window. If we see a lot of clubs signing players this quite often create a chain reaction and we then see an increase in customer interest and in turn stakes.Charlie: The volume is not particularly high; these markets are not meant to bring in huge volumes but they are meant to meet the needs of our customers, we need to be flexible but we also need to keep abreast of all online rumours and differentiate between sources. Some of these markets are fascinating e.g. (at the time of writing) Jose Fonte has handed in a transfer request at St Mary’s – he is 12/1 to join the Chinese exodus, Memphis Depay is 5/2 to join fellow Dutchman Ronald Koeman at Everton.They are fun markets that the new breed of football bettor, often fuelled by social media, expects from their bookmaker of choice – but it would be naive to think they bring in high volumes.Alan: Wagers placed on transfers to take place can be lumpy. We’ve had a number of telling bets over the years from notable accounts and our traders have to be on red alert during the windows. The number of sources pumping out transfer talk has risen significantly over the past few years, and we’ve certainly seen the betting on our markets rise too.Whilst they don’t rival your big weekend football matches, punters seem to always be sniffing around for big odds and they’re certainly available in transfer betting.SBC: How much impact does social media chatter have on the odds? Charlie McCann, BetVictorSandro: We have an awareness of what is happening on social media and pay attention to what we deem to be informed accounts. We are however a bookmaker and we will always pay far more attention to weight of money, volume of bets and informed business.Charlie: I would suggest that local and national media reports fuel social media chatter. We all like to think our own club are on the brink of signing the next Messi so when a media agency speculates that a particular club is keen on signing a player social media is awash and we get inundated with enquiries asking to create a market for X to join Y.Media outlets must fill pages/websites and their own social media handles; the majority is hot air but you will often find a gem. We must of course keep abreast of all social media chatter and other legitimate media outlets such as the transfer news feature on Sky Sports News is closely monitored. We often get requests from customers asking for a particular market; our job is to make sure there is sufficient demand for the market and competition for the signature. For example, if we get a request to add a market we must first decide that a deal hasn’t already been done. In many instances the customer or potential customer knows more than we do. In other instances they think they know more than we do; why else would you have the bet? Alan: There are certain sources that could be deemed more reliable than others, but we’d still be likely to see if the money pours in before acting rashly on rumours.Of course, when punters start to believe the hype then it feeds through to us. The Antonio Conte story was a particularly good example. We were forced to suspend betting on the Italian being sacked back in October, after media leaks led to a string of solid bets forced us to review our offerings. As it turned out, the cash was kept in our satchel thanks to Alan Pardew settling the market by getting the boot before Christmas!SBC: What way can you best promote these markets? Alan Alger, BetwaySandro: We generally provide a service with our transfer markets and allow the public to talk about our prices which sometimes organically promotes them. Journalists and broadcasters will sometimes quote our prices on very high profile transfers, but the key thing to remember is that we offer all possible outcomes including the player to stay at their current club which isn’t the case with all bookmakers.Alan: We are regularly updating the media with the latest betting news on our transfer markets, as well as flagging any newsworthy markets with our followers across the social platforms.SBC: Biggest hit you’ve taken or heard of on a transfer?Alan: Ibrahimovic moving to Manchester United was a bit of stinger. The big Swede was well rumoured for many months in the build up to the transfer and we maybe kept his price a little too big for too long.One particular customer seems to have a good insight into the goings on at Arsenal and has hit us on three of their recent high-profile transfers. He was even on Jamie Vardy to join the club before the rumours surfaced and if sources are to be believed only narrowly missed out on a payday there too.last_img read more

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Ghanaian Andre Ayew named top African player in France

first_imgGhana and Marseille midfielder Andre Ayew has been named best African player in France’s Ligue 1.The 25-year-old beat Ivory Coast’s Max-Alain Gradel (Saint-Etienne)and Tunisia’s Aymen Abdennour (Monaco) to the Marc-Vivien Foe Trophy.It is set to be the last thing he will achieve as a Marseille players as he has stated he is leaving the club at the end of the season.Ayew scored 10 goals in 27 appearances for the French giants this campaign.Previous winners of Marc-Vivien Foe Trophy2014: Vincent Enyeama (Nigeria/Lille)2013: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon/Saint-Étienne) 2012: Younès Belhanda (Morocco/Montpellier Hérault SC)2011: Gervinho (Ivory Coast/Lille)2010: Gervinho (Ivory Coast/Lille)2009: Marouane Chamakh (Morocco/Bordeaux)He joined the club in 2007, going out on loan to L’Orient and then Arles-Avignon in the early part of his career before becoming a key member of the team. “The president (Vincent Labrune) has spoken thus everything has been brought out into the open more or less,” said Ayew, who has played 158 games and scored 43 goals for Marseille.”I am going to leave the club and it is a page turned.”There are lots of things behind the decision. We tried to find a solution which would enable me to stay but for both parties it was complicated, whether it be for sporting or financial reasons.”I was expecting more, I hoped the club would have a more competitive team for next year that could be title contenders and that’s not certain.”Also the club cannot offer me the same salary that I’m on at the moment.” Ayew, whose younger brother Jordan was also at Marseille before leaving for Lorient at the beginning of the season, has attracted interest from several English Premier League clubs.last_img read more

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