Odds & Ends: Brynn O’Malley & Claybourne Elder For Sunday in the Park & More

first_img Lea Michele Brynn O’Malley Jeremy Jordan Reveals Bryan Cranston’s Dressing Room Antics We didn’t think we could love Tony winner Bryan Cranston more than we do already, but Jeremy Jordan’s Instagram on July 9 proved us wrong. Jordan, who is about to begin performances as J.M. Barrie in the American Repertory Theater production of Finding Neverland, found the below missive from Cranston (who did a pre-Broadway run of All the Way in Cambridge) in his dressing room. Time will tell if Cranston’s lucky space works the same wonders for Jordan and Neverland.  View Comments Tony Winners Frances McDormand & John Gallagher Jr. Board New HBO Series Tony winners Frances McDormand and John Gallagher Jr., along with Broadway vet Zoe Kazan, will star in HBO’s forthcoming miniseries Olive Kitteridge. Debuting this winter, the show tells the story of a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy. Kelli O’Hara Kelli O’Hara’s King and I Sneak Peek We can’t imagine an evening with Kelli O’Hara would be anything but enchanting. The five-time Tony nominee will perform in An Enchanted Evening with Kelli O’Hara at the Williamstown Theatre Festival on the Main Stage. The one-night-only benefit concert on August 11 will trace the star’s journey to becoming one of Broadway’s most sought-after leading ladies and will include songs from musicals including The Light in the Piazza, The Pajama Game, South Pacific, Far From Heaven, The Bridges of Madison County and The King and I, which of course she will headline on the Great White Way next year. Star Filescenter_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Funny Girl Revival Could Be Sooner Rather Than Later There’s a silver lining in this cloud for Glee fans. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the final season of the musical series will only be made up of 13 episodes, instead of the usual 22. The good news?Lea Michele could therefore be back on the Great White Way in that rumored Funny Girl revival even sooner… Jeremy Jordan Brynn O’Malley & Claybourne Elder to Headline Sunday in the Park With George Brynn O’Malley (soon to star in Honeymoon in Vegas) and Claybourne Elder (Bonnie and Clyde) will headline Sunday in the Park with George in Arlington, VA. The first production of Signature Theatre’s 25th Anniversary season, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s classic will run August 15 through September 21. Bryan Cranston View All (5)last_img read more

Broadway Grosses: Five Plays on the Great White Way Gear Up for Opening Night

first_img FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.50%) 2. It’s Only a Play (100.20%)**** 3. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (100.09%) 4. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (100.01%) 5. Wicked (99.17%) View Comments The new Broadway season is in full swing! James Earl Jones, Rose Byrne and the starry cast of You Can’t Take It With You played their third full week of preview performances last week, bringing in its highest gross so far ($542,918). Another star-studded comedy, It’s Only a Play, exceeded capacity and continued to hit the seven-figure mark. Three additional plays, The Country House, Love Letters and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, began preview performances last week. Meanwhile Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which recently announced its Broadway recoupment, found its way back into the top five grossing shows, rejoining perennial box office faves The Lion King, The Book of Mormon, Wicked and Aladdin. It should also be noted that This Is Our Youth opened to rave reviews last week; we will continue to monitor the impact the positive press brings in the coming weeks. UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. This Is Our Youth ($372,793)***** 4. Rock of Ages ($360,561) 3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ($288,614)** 2.The Country House ($198,383)*** 1. Love Letters ($54,749)* FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Lion King ($1,725,567) 2. The Book of Mormon ($1,555,886) 3. Wicked ($1,462,840) 4. Aladdin ($1,312,257) 5. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical ($1,300,961) UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. The Country House (81.41%)*** 4. Once (72.34%) 3. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (70.82%) 2. Love Letters (64.37%)* 1. Cinderella (60.72%) *Number based on two preview performances **Number based on four preview performances ***Number based on seven preview performances ****Number based on eight preview performances *****Number based on three preview performances and five regular performances Source: The Broadway League Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending September 14:last_img read more

Slovakia to convert coal plant to combined heat and power unit using natural gas

first_imgSlovakia to convert coal plant to combined heat and power unit using natural gas FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Power Engineering International:A coal-fired district heating plant in Slovakia is to be upgraded to a CHP facility running on gas engines.Rolls-Royce has signed a contract with EPC contractor TTS Martin to supply the engines to the plant, which is operated by state-owned utility Martinska teplarenska. The plant will be equipped with three Rolls-Royce Bergen natural gas engines and four hot water boilers, replacing the entire existing coal operation.As well as electricity, the engines and boilers will supply over 28 MW of heat to most of the 60,000 population of the cities of Martin and Vrutky.The upgrade of the district heating plant is part of Martinska teplarenska’s strategy towards sustainable power supplies instead of coal operations. The company made a strategic decision to replace its coal plants with gas-fueled reciprocating engines and gas boilers.The Martinska teplarenska plant is due to be operational in 2020 and will be Rolls-Royce’s second plant using B35:40 Bergen gas engines in Slovakia. The first – for district heating company Teplaren Kosice – will be commissioned later this month, generating a total of 37 MWe of heat and power.More: Slovakia coal plant refitted with gas engines for CHPlast_img read more

Altoona, Blair County is proud to be a Small Destination with Big Adventures!

first_imgOne major event in the area during the month of May is the annual Blair County Arts Festival. For over 50 years visitors have been enjoying museum-quality art exhibits, a wide variety of live music and dance, children’s art projects and activities, handmade crafts and delicious food at the festival.There is a full schedule of events during the two-day event. You can watch a variety of performances that take place both outside and indoors. This year’s festival is on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20. The festival takes place on the beautiful park-like campus of Penn State Altoona. New for 2018, Explore Altoona invites you to stop by the Tourism Expo at the festival to get information on other adventures to explore during your stay in Blair County!This is the only place in the world where you can watch a train wrap around you as it travels through the Allegheny Mountains! The Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark is an engineering marvel that was built using only hand tools. The track was built in the shape of a horseshoe to keep the tracks gliding along the natural formation of the mountains. It is documented that it was on the top 10 hit list during WWII. The Horseshoe Curve is open for the season. Hours during the weekend of the Blair County Arts Festival are Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.If you enjoy taking a train ride, The Everett Railroad Company offers scenic train excursions on a steam locomotive! The excursions begin at a newly constructed old-fashioned train station. The train travels through Pennsylvania’s countryside along the banks of the Juniata River. On Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 the schedule includes a Family Train Ride and an Ice Cream Special. The Everett Railroad operates a variety of excursions, most of which are an hour and a half long.DelGrosso’s Park recently expanded and now has an extensive Italian Themed Water Park! Cool off during a hot summer day floating past a replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa in the Lazy River or if you enjoy a water adventure spend some time in the Wave Pool. The entire water park includes various interactive water features. With an Italian theme, of course there are Italian foods on the menu. You can create your own pasta dish using the park’s own pasta sauces at Pasta Fresca located inside the water park. The ride park is open weekends in May and the water park opens Memorial Day Weekend. The park is open daily starting Saturday, June 2nd. In the beautiful countryside of Altoona, you’ll find Fort Roberdeau, a Revolutionary War lead mine fort that is the westernmost Revolutionary War site in America. It is Pennsylvania’s only maintained Frontier Revolutionary War Fort that is open for tours. Fort Roberdeau opens for the season on May 1. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The site hosts numerous events throughout the summer season.For more information about these Big Adventures, seasonal events and more in Blair County, Pennsylvania visit explorealtoona.com or call 1-800-842-5866.last_img read more

Chilean Army Creates System to Mitigate Natural Disaster Damage

first_imgBy Carolina Contreras/ Diálogo March 28, 2017 The consequences of the forest fires that erupted in central and southern Chile last January were impossible to foresee, but thanks to the Integrated Emergency Information System (SIIE, per its Spanish acronym) the authorities responsible for managing the emergency were able to mitigate the damage. The system was developed by the Chilean Army’s Military Geographic Institute (IGM, per its Spanish acronym) in collaboration with the Interior Ministry’s National Office of Emergency (ONEMI, per its Spanish acronym). It is coordinated by the Ministry of Defense. “[The SIIE] uses up-to-date information to visualize, analyze and identify at-risk areas during an emergency in order to protect the population and support decision-making,” said Lieutenant Colonel Cristian Carrasco, head of the Research and Development Department of the IGM. The system is a geo-referenced multisector land information platform covering 4,300 kilometers of Chilean territory. It allows for virtual identification and analysis of vulnerabilities of a specific area of a country affected by a natural disaster such as a volcanic eruption, earthquake, tsunami, flood or forest fire. This analysis helps determine the at-risk population, evacuation routes, essential infrastructure, and passable roads, among other critical emergency information. “The tool was devised so that the authorities could address the three stages of an emergency: preparation, response, and recovery. It is not a solution in and of itself, but it provides support for planning,” Lt. Col. Carrasco said. The system consists of a base digital map of the country, on top of which a series of physical maps is displayed, along with maps of roads, cities, services, images, etc., created from information provided by the Air Force Air Photographic Surveying Service, the Navy Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service, the IGM, the Meteorological Service, the National Seismological Center, the National Geology and Mining Service (SERNAGEOMIN, per its Spanish acronym), the National Statistics Institute, as well as the ministries of Energy, Public Works, and Health, and the ONEMI. The IGM began working on the SIIE platform in 2010, after the February 27th earthquake, when it determined that there was no unified national geographic information system that could allow ONEMI to make decisions immediately after a natural disaster. “At that time, the IGM was the only institution that could move forward with this challenge,” said Leonardo Espinoza, who is in charge of the Land Information Management Unit of ONEMI. “It had geo-referencing technology, which was the basis for the initial work, and the knowledge to gather all the information and put it together in one single system,” he stated. The information contained in the SIIE is detailed enough to allow users to identify street names anywhere in the country; to estimate the population in an area and categorize it by sex and age range; and to determine the number of schools and hospitals as well as the energy infrastructure in a given area. The SIIE was designed in stages. First, they put together geographic maps of the country’s northern regions, and later of all Chile’s 15 regions. The system has been in use since the end of 2016. The initial investment was approximately $700,000, and it has yearly operating costs of $140,000. Operability The SIIE is at the disposal of ONEMI, which manages emergencies throughout the country. It is accessible via internet to all relevant technical organizations during a natural disaster. The Chilean Army headquarters, which has taken an active role in supporting the population during disasters in recent years, also has access to the SIIE. The digital system has the capacity to make projections or display different virtual maps, in accordance with the threat. For example, during the December 25, 2016 earthquake in the city of Chiloé, at the southern tip of the country, the SIIE allowed ONEMI authorities to analyze the area and its possible risks. They established evacuation zones in a short amount of time and set up links with regional authorities to determine the extent of damage to infrastructure. During the forest fires that occurred in January, “the system allowed the authorities and organizations working with it to analyze the phenomenon, how it might evolve, and to establish evacuation plans and protective measures,” Espinoza explained. The SIIE was also designed for disaster prevention. In a volcanic threat, for example, the system has information from 90 active volcanoes categorized according to threat: high, moderate, and low. SERNAGEOMIN constantly monitors and uploads images to the system. It can make projections regarding the likelihood of an eruption, determine areas of possible lava flow, the severity and breadth of damage, as well as make time-lapse projections. If an air evacuation is necessary during a volcanic eruption, the system “displays the aeronautical map showing available routes and airports or airfields adequate to such purposes,” Espinoza said. The SIIE operates online with two independent servers, one owned by the IGM, the other by the ONEMI, so every database update or new subject is incorporated into the platform, which is then backed up on both servers. The redundancy in the system also ensures greater operational security in an emergency. If one connection were to fail, the second server maintains access to the platform. “The ONEMI has kept close ties with the IGM; they work jointly to maintain the system’s operability in emergency situations,” Lt. Col. Carrasco said. “We now give very high-value information to the regional and central authorities,” Espinoza concluded.last_img read more

Why Suffolk’s Water Protection Program Ruling Is A Win For Voters

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Environmentalists cheered recently when the New York State Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that former Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy had illegally raided $30 million from Suffolk’s landmark Drinking Water Protection Program to plug a hole in the county’s budget. They called the decision a victory for the environment and for an important legal principle.“This is a huge win for taxpayers and for good government,” said Richard Amper, the Long Island Pine Barrens Society’s executive director.The problem is that Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, a Democrat, has to restore the money his Republican predecessor raided just as he’s introducing his 2016 budget, which so far calls for no hike in the general fund property tax, which has been frozen since he took office four years ago, but does raise police district taxes for the fourth time in a row.According to Bellone’s spokesman, Justin Meyers, the court decision “is not a budget buster in 2016,” because the county can pay the fund back over time, not in one fell swoop, at least that’s what the county executive is hoping to work out with the environmentalists once the details are ironed out in court.What Bellone can’t do is bend the rules the way Levy did because the highest Court in New York State has affirmed that once the people have voted their preference in a public referendum, its stipulation can’t be arbitrarily nullified on a whim when the coffers run dry—or the budget falls short.“The politicians can’t rewrite those laws or repeal them without going back to the public,” explained Paul Sabatino, one of the authors of more than two dozen public referenda in Suffolk County when he was the legislature’s counsel. The key legal principle, he explained, is the equivalency clause inserted in the referendum’s wording—a doctrine he introduced in 1983.“The public’s right to determine the outcome of a public referendum was carefully calibrated,” Sabatino said.In this case involving the water fund, Suffolk County voters agreed to tax themselves about $2.2 billion over 41 years and ensure that the money was allocated “according to a very specific formula,” he added. Explicitly part of the deal the public made by passing the referendum, Sabatino added, “was that nobody could come back and change that formula—or repeal it or modify it or whatever—without getting public approval.”Cynicism may have been part of his reasoning for making the equivalency clause binding.“I realized that you can’t trust the politicians,” Sabatino said. “They say one thing publicly and another thing privately.”Ironically, by the time Sabatino left Suffolk County government, he was chief deputy to County Executive Steve Levy with whom, it’s fair to say, he did not always see eye to eye. As soon as Levy became county executive in 2004, Sabatino recently told the Press, he “started to argue that the referendum was non-binding,” and he eventually persuaded the legislature that he could “change the drinking water protection program…and simply redirect the ways the money was going to be spent.”Apparently, Levy is still thinking that way, despite the Court of Appeals ruling on Aug. 27. In a letter he wrote to Newsday last week, the former county executive denied that the Suffolk water program was what Amper said it was: “Not true. It was a depository only for funds to stabilize sewer rates,” Levy wrote. “I discovered that the fund had been overtaxing the public for decades, leading to the point in which we had hundreds of millions of surplus dollars in the fund. So why not return at least part of that to the public as tax relief?”Not surprisingly, the Pine Barrens’ Amper disagrees with Levy’s interpretation.“Long Islanders are paying twice the national average in taxes but they always go to the polls to vote to give government more money if it’s for water protection,” said Amper. “The Levy administration raided $30 million from the Suffolk Drinking Water Protection Program, which was funded by a quarter of a penny sales tax that the public approved at referendum.”Responding to Levy’s action, the Pine Barrens Society and the Environmental Voters Forum sued in New York State Supreme Court, saying that the government could not take money earmarked by the public for water and use it for the general fund. A lower court dismissed the case but the environmentalists appealed, citing the equivalency cause, and the Appellate Court sided with them unanimously. The Bellone administration, which took office in 2012, fought that ruling, first in the Appellate Division, and, when that effort failed, before the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest judicial body, which just recently declined to consider Suffolk’s motion. So now the county has to put $30 million back into water protection as it faces a structural deficit and a decline in sales tax revenue.“Now it would be unfair to make Bellone responsible for Levy’s crime,” Amper told the Press, “so we need to sit down and agree upon the terms of the return of the money that Levy took with a more responsible Bellone administration.” The Pine Barrens Society will be joined by the Environmental Voters Forum in pressing for the fund’s full restitution before state Supreme Court Justice Joseph Farneti, who had sided against them in the first go-round.Speaking for the Bellone administration, Meyers told the Press that “we’re on the same page” with the environmentalists because water protection is one of the county executive’s most important priorities, and they hope to come to a restitution agreement soon.Sabatino, one of the three pro bono attorneys managing the litigation on behalf of the Pine Barrens—Jennifer Juengst and Regina Seltzer were the others—praised Amper for maintaining the integrity of the program created in 1987. It has been revised three times since then—all by public referendum.“He made a lot of compromises over the years,” said Sabatino, referring to Amper. “I give him a lot of credit.”The appreciation is mutual: The three attorneys will be honored for their public service work at the Pine Barrens Society’s 38th anniversary environmental awards gala in October.“This is a really important principle,” Sabatino reiterated. “On Long Island the voters have gradually lost their right to elect judges, to elect county-wide officials, to elect local officials, because there’s either cross endorsements or non-aggression pacts that increasingly take away the public’s right to decide. I think this is a huge victory for voter participation at a time of limited voter opportunities.”The Drinking Water Protection Program’s complicated details, for example, earmarking 11.75 percent for land, 25 percent for sewers, could boggle the layperson or the legislator perhaps, but Sabatino said the stipulations spelled out in the referendum had their purpose.“Why go to the trouble to write in all these specific percentages if politicians could then wipe them off the face of the Earth with just about a roll of toilet paper?” he exclaimed.As for the principle of using public referenda to resolve pressing issues facing New Yorkers, Sabatino acknowledged that Suffolk has “led the way” among the state’s counties.“Nassau doesn’t know how to do it,” he said, chuckling as he recounted the “totally illegal” referendum Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano put together in the summer of 2011 to see if the residents would approve a $400 million bond to renovate the Coliseum and thereby keep Charles Wang’s New York Islanders playing there. Though the county spent an estimated $2 million to hold the vote on Aug. 1st—not to mention how much time and money the Long Island Federation of Labor deployed to get the word out on behalf of the building trade unions—it was resoundingly rejected, 56-43, as roughly 17 percent of the county’s eligible voters trekked to the polls.But the effort was pointless, observed Sabatino, because the county executive’s administration had drafted an “advisory referendum” for the election, which, the Suffolk attorney said, “had absolutely no binding effect… Even if they [the voters] had adopted it, it would have been of no consequence.”So while the ice has melted in Nassau—at least for the Islanders and their hockey fans here—money may soon start flowing back into Suffolk’s water protection fund, at least until the next budget freezes over.last_img read more

How to get your share of this year’s mortgage market

first_imgThe 2016 summer home buying season promises to be robust. And credit unions are in an excellent position to capture a greater portion of the mortgage market—if we’re ready to handle the volume, coach members through the process and help them protect their biggest investment.Here are three key drivers that spark optimism for the upcoming spring and summer mortgage activity, gleaned from the February 2016 Credit Union Trends Report1: The housing market rebound continuesCredit union mortgage loan balances increased more than 8% in 2015, the fastest increase since 2008. First mortgages comprised 28.2% of all credit union loans at year-end 2015, up from 22.6% in December 2007. Members are saving moreCredit union members’ total savings balances rose to 6.8% during 2015—the fastest pace since the Great Recession of 2008-2009. More prospective homebuyers are likely to have the capital to cover the down payment necessary for traditional mortgages. The job market continues to improveCUNA Mutual Group Economist Steven Rick expects the U.S. economy to reach full employment by the second quarter, encouraging potential homebuyers to jump into the housing market.FEAR: A Roadblock to Mortgage GrowthEven with the improving economy and continued low interest rates, some members may be reluctant to buy a first home or upgrade to a more valuable home. For many, the housing market crash of 2007-2008 may still be fresh in their minds.Address this challenge head-on by proactively reaching out to potential homebuyers more assertively in 2016. Show them your mortgage operation is the antithesis of lending practices that triggered the crisis nine years ago.For example, host homebuyer seminars that focus on guiding homebuyers to make informed decisions.Use multiple forms of media—including social—to reach your members online and in traditional channels. Develop your mortgage staff’s skill set on engaging mortgage applicants in consultative discussions. Rather than simply processing their applications and documentation, have an open discussion about their financial situation, their monthly budget, and the true costs of home ownership.Well-trained staff members who are willing to spend more time up front with members may discover opportunities to refinance auto loans, transfer or consolidate credit card debt, and offer protection solutions. In doing so, they can save members considerable money down the road, while giving them more monthly breathing room for a house payment.Help Mortgage Applicants Protect Their InvestmentInsurance is another area prospective homebuyers may need help understanding. Don’t assume they truly know the difference between private mortgage insurance (PMI), homeowners insurance and mortgage payment protection.Knowing how each of these products work is essential. Some homebuyers may believe, for example, that PMI will pay their monthly mortgage payment if they become disabled or unemployed. They may believe that if a breadwinner dies, PMI will allow a surviving spouse to stay in the home.Be sure prospective homebuyers who are required to have PMI know that PMI protects the lender while mortgage payment protection protects the borrower.If your credit union allies with mortgage payment protection and/or homeowners insurance providers, your lending staff should be educated about these products so they can inform members. This could differentiate your credit union in the mortgage lending marketplace. It could also create a non-interest income stream to bolster your credit union’s bottom line.Traditionally, credit unions are a trusted source for financial products. Trust has never been more important in the mortgage market than it is now. Use that. It’s a built-in advantage, and it could really get this summer moving season moving in the right direction—yours.1 “Credit Union Trends Report,” February 2016, CUNA Mutual Group. Data source: CUNA Economics & Statistics and CUNA Mutual Group – Economics. 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ben Weismer Ben Weismer is the product manager for mortgage payment protection at CUNA Mutual Group. In this role, he is responsible for leading the development and commercialization of mortgage payment protection. … Web: https://www.cunamutual.com Detailslast_img read more

PPP gets more funds as Trump signs package into law

first_imgPresident Donald Trump today signed into law legislation to provide the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) paycheck protection program (PPP) with more than $300 billion in additional funds. In a win for credit unions, a portion of the funds have been set aside for smaller lenders to help them serve small businesses in their communities.The Office of Management and Budget will next make the PPP funds available to the SBA; the SBA has yet to officially announce when it will re-start approving loan applications, but Senate Small Business Committee Chairman Marco Rubio, R-Fla., indicated the program will reopen Monday.“NAFCU thanks President Trump for signing legislation that will deliver additional funding to the SBA’s payment protection program to provide needed resources to American small businesses and local communities,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “With many pending SBA loan applications, credit unions will now be able to distribute additional funds to their small business members in need of assistance. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Sports leagues tighten their belts as COVID-19 sweeps through the nation

first_imgFor the past few weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the sporting world to cancel some of the world’s most anticipated competitions. From the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics – the sports world’s biggest stage – to July 2021, to the first cancellation of the Wimbledon Grand Slam after World War II, sporting events are not immune to the effects of the virus outbreak.The effects of the coronavirus are not lost on the Indonesian national sporting scene, having forced the country to freeze its top tier soccer tournaments Liga 1 and Liga 2, which fans have not seen since last month. The Indonesian Basketball League (IBL) was one of the first to postpone its competitions, leaving only two more series and playoff rounds for the entire 2020 season.The coronavirus outbreak has particularly highlighted the vulnerability of finances in the sporting world, with a whole roster of teams deprived of valuable time on the pitch, where most of their income comes from. The postponements have raised questions about keeping players and coaches on a reduced payroll, part of wider austerity measures for dealing with the coronavirus outbreak in the country.Iriawan said that clubs participating in Liga 1 and Liga 2 would be permitted to make some changes to the working contracts of their respective rosters, particularly as it relates to their salaries for March, April, May and June, so long as they are agreed upon between the two sides.The association said that players, coaches and officials could receive up to a quarter of the full amount written in their respective contracts during those four months.Some clubs have already implemented this measure.The Persita Tangerang soccer club announced on Saturday that it would be paying its players, coaches and officials just 10 percent of their “normal wages for April, May and June, after deciding to pay the roster in full for March, according to a statement released by the club.“However you see it, the postponement of the competition will negatively affect the club’s finances. We are forced to adapt to ensure the team remains operational,” said I Nyoman Suryanthara, the manager of Persita. “We’ve thought long and hard for this.”Annas Fitranto, who plays in goal for Persita, previously told The Jakarta Post about his concerns about his monthly wage. He said he was quite shocked with the PSSI’s decision to allow clubs to negotiate a pay cut with their players, coaches and officials, considering the uncertainty of the situation.“If the league is only postponed for two weeks, […] it would barely affect us. But if it takes much longer, like three to four months, it definitely will hit us [badly],” Annas said on Thursday.“I hope this pandemic will end soon.”Separately, organizers of the Indonesian Basketball League will soon meet with the basketball clubs to determine the action they will take regarding changes to the players’ remuneration following the postponement of the league.“We plan to meet with club managers [this] week to inform them of our stance regarding salaries. We’ve communicated the matter to the Indonesian Basketball Association (Perbasi) and next we will inform the clubs,” said IBL director Junas Miradiarsyah.The IBL has said it would decide after May 29 whether or not to continue the league, pending the latest situation on the COVID-19 pandemic.“If the situation is conducive to continuing and we are allowed to run the competition by then, we will immediately prepare for commencement as soon as June. If it doesn’t, however, we will tolerate a postponement until September or October,” he said recently.“If we can’t continue the competition [by then], we will have to end the season. But we’ll try our best to continue because we have an obligation to the sponsors.”The Youth and Sports Ministry previously declared that it would not financially support the sporting leagues during this COVID-19 pandemic, arguing that they are professional bodies in their own right that don’t require government funding.“Professional sports bodies should not put a burden on the government with more subsidies. Since they are professionals, they should already have some sort of risk management [strategy] in place,” ministry spokesman Gatot S. Dewa Broto said, noting that his office already has allocated funds to mitigate the spread of the virus.But sporting industry expert Djoko Pekik Irianto of Yogyakarta State University said the government should still be lending a hand to the industry, just as it is doing with other sectors.“Professional sports can be categorized as an industry [in this country]. The government should not have to assist [stakeholders] with something like the distribution of funds, but instead think about postponing installment payments, for instance,” Djoko told the Post recently.Topics : The Indonesian Professional Sports Body (BOPI) said late last month that the government should step in to assist the professional sporting leagues during this pandemic, but their demands have largely fallen on deaf ears.The Soccer Association of Indonesia (PSSI) has decided to halt all competitions until May 29, pending further action by the government.In a letter released by the association on March 27, PSSI organizers announced a state of emergency for three months beginning in April, effectively freezing all games for the period.“If the government chooses not to extend the state of emergency, the PSSI will instruct Liga Indonesia Baru [as the league operator] to continue the first and second leagues on July 1,” said PSSI chief Mochamad Iriawan last week.last_img read more

Unai Emery has already identified Christopher Nkunku as Denis Saurez’s replacement

first_imgUnai Emery has already identified Christopher Nkunku as Denis Saurez’s replacement Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 21 Mar 2019 12:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Christopher Nkunku played 43 times for PSG under Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)center_img Comment Denis Suarez has made just six substitute appearances since his January loan move from Barcelona (Picture: Getty)The 21-year-old, by contrast, played 43 times under Emery during the former Sevilla manager’s two seasons at Parc des Princes and scored seven goals.PSG are said to value the player, whose contract expires in just over a year’s time, at around £18 million.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Christopher Nkunku has struggled to make an impact under Thomas Tuchel at PSG (Picture: Getty)Arsenal will make a renewed effort to sign Christopher Nkunku in the January transfer window and are ready to dispense with Denis Suarez.The Spaniard was signed on loan from Barcelona in January but has struggled to force his way into Emery’s side.Suarez’s arrival coincided with Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s return to form and fitness and has been restricted to just six substitute appearances.Arsenal have the option to sign the 25-year-old on a permanent basis when the transfer window reopens at the end of the season but are unlikely to do so at a cost of £18million.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityThe Sun claims Arsenal only turned their attentions to Suarez after failing to agree a deal with PSG for Nkunku in January but maintain a strong interest in the versatile winger.Nkunku has made only five appearances since the start of February and, despite scoring twice in his four most recent appearances, was not used in the high-profile Champions League last 16 tie against Manchester United and Ligue 1 win over Marseille.last_img read more