Jake Shears at Work with Elton John on New Musical

first_img View Comments Jake Shears, who can currently be seen on the Los Angeles stage in Bent, is at work with another musical theater-inclined rock star! In a recent interview with The Advocate, the Scissor Sisters front man revealed that he is collaborating with Elton John on a new musical, the details of which he can’t yet reveal.Bent, currently playing at the Mark Taper Forum, marks Shears’ stage debut. He previously penned the score for the musical adaptation of Tales of the City. He also wrote songs for the upcoming P.T. Barnum movie musical The Greatest Showman on Earth, starring Hugh Jackman.John, whose life will be told on stage in a forthcoming bio-musical, won a Tony Award for the score of Aida. In addition to his numerous classic rock hits, his film and stage credits include The Lion King (which won him an Oscar for “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”), Billy Elliot and Lestat.In the interview, Shears referred to a certain East German transgender rock goddess when discussing writing for theater: “It’s like Hedwig. There’s a character that’s just fleshed out over an entire show…everyone’s got their own Hedwig inside of them.” If he needs a break from songwriting, we wouldn’t mind seeing him in pumps and fishnets after Taye Diggs.last_img read more

First Trailer For Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ Film Is Here

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The first trailer for Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden biopic “Snowden” was released online Tuesday.The teaser offers very little in the way of substance. Instead, we get dramatic music, varied shots of a weathered American flag hovering upside down, and a very brief synopsis of the NSA whistleblower’s career. There’s no sighting of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays Snowden, or Shailene Woodley, who plays Snowden’s girlfriend Lindsay Mills. The trailer ends with Stone providing his own edited version of the “Star Spangled Banner,” which reads: “One Nation/Under Surveillance/For Liberty/And Justice for All.”When it debuts on Christmas, “Snowden” will be the first fictional account of Snowden’s life and eventual rise from NSA contractor to famed whistleblower and world fugitive to hit theaters. Last year, Laura Poitras’ “Citizenfour,” claimed the Oscar for Best Documentary. The riveting story followed Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald to Hong Kong, where they first met Snowden two years ago. Check it out:last_img read more

Take steps to curb flooding problems

first_imgThe National Environmental Policy Act was never intended to be a club to beat down every major construction project; it was meant to balance the environment versus other needs. The only negative environmental effect of the Prattsville Pumped Storage Project might have been more turbid water entering the Esopus Creek trout fishery.However, this could have been mitigated with a release of hypolimnion water at the base of Gilboa Dam. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion This would support a renewed trout fishery between Gilboa Dam and the Blenheim-Gilboa lower reservoir. Water leaving Blenheim-Gilboa would support a warm water bass fishery, water for recreation, for irrigation and for purity.If the PPSP had been built in the ‘70s with a flood gate, they could have drawn down Gilboa reservoir some 30,000-40,000 acre feet of water ahead of the major storm in 1996 because there was six inches of water in the snow pack. When the storm hit, the reservoir could have impounded water during the worst part of the storm, reducing peak flow from 80,000 cfs [cubic feet per second] to 40,000 cfs. Seventy-five percent to 90 percent of the flood damage would not have occurred and the two man who died during the flood would not have died.The PPSP would have required only five miles of new rights-of-way to connect to the existing Blenheim-Gilboa r.o.w.I suggest that the Power Authority pay New York City $300 million towards the cost of rehabbing Gilboa Dam and pay the city, as a large industrial user, how much it takes to keep water in Gilboa Reservoir during droughts to keep its project running effectively.Richard Moody Jr.SchoharieMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Alchemy goes for gold with £250m hotel sell-off

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Five killed, 90 hurt in violence in Indian capital, hospital official

first_imgOne police constable was among those killed in the violence that erupted just ahead of US  President Donald Trump’s maiden visit to the capital city. Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are set to meet for talks on Tuesday at a venue located a few miles away from where the clashes occurred.Tension in parts of the city remained high on Tuesday with schools remaining shut in some areas, amid news reports of fresh clashes. At least five metro stations in the city were closed.Monday’s clashes were among the worst seen in Delhi since the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) began in early December. India’s capital has been a hotbed of protests against the law, which eases the path of non-Muslims from three neighboring Muslim-dominated countries to gain Indian citizenship.This has led to accusations that Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are undermining India’s secular traditions. The BJP denies any bias against India’s more than 180 million-strong Muslim minority, but objectors have been holding protests and camping out in parts of New Delhi for two months.Topics : At least five people were killed and about 90 were injured in clashes in the Indian capital during protests over a new citizenship law, a senior hospital official told Reuters on Tuesday.”Some of the people brought in had gunshot wounds,” Dr Rajesh Kalra, additional medical superintendent at the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, said of Monday’s clashes.The clashes erupted between thousands demonstrating for and against the new citizenship law. Police used tear gas and smoke grenades, but struggled to disperse the stone-throwing crowds.last_img read more

Indonesian woman in Netherlands writes to long-lost biological mother in viral open letter

first_imgFor years, Widya Wisata – a Dutch citizen – has struggled to reconcile her present self with her elusive past.Her legal documents, including birth certificate, have made it clear that she was adopted by a family in the Netherlands when she was 5 years old. However, questions about her past have always lingered in the back of her mind.Glimpses of Widya’s earliest memories have recently resurfaced – vague impressions of the Keraton and a sultan convinced her that she was born in Yogyakarta and that she had spent a period of her life in Indonesia. She also fondly remembers a familiar, maternal figure that she believes is her mother. In the letter, Widya recalled a time in her early childhood when she and her mother knelt before the sultan. She distinctly described the pineapple fields surrounding their home somewhere in Lampung.She also recalled the day when her life was turned upside down.“I remember being in prison together, sleeping under bridges and on the streets of Jakarta,” Widya wrote in the letter.“I was aware that you had a hard time making a living, but you gave it your all. Sometimes you left me with a nanny, but I always knew you would come and pick me up at the end of the day.”After some time, she said, her mother had left her with a “Chinese lady” and had never come back. Three weeks later, Widya found herself adopted by a Dutch couple who brought her to a hospital in the Netherlands, as she was sick with typhoid.“Here I was in a strange country, where I did not understand the language and was appointed to brand-new parents. But even here, I waited years for you to come and get me,” Widya wrote in the letter to her mother.Read also: Reunion of Indonesian nanny and Taiwanese woman inspires man’s search for his former nannyIn an accompanying thread, Tazia said that Widya had since confided in her and told her further details regarding her recollections.For instance, Widya recalled that the Chinese woman who had taken her in after her own mother had left her was called Utari and that she was a staff member of an orphanage called Kasih Bunda.She lived in the orphanage until August of 1979, when she flew to the Netherlands alongside her foster parents, according to Tazia.In 1991, Widya returned to Indonesia and paid a visit to Kasih Bunda with her foster parents. There, she asked whether she could see her biological mother. The orphanage then arranged a meeting with a woman claiming to be her mother, three stepsiblings and a woman claiming to be her aunt at a private residence in Bandung, West Java.To this day, Widya is skeptical that they are her biological relatives, Tazia said.Her doubts only grew when Utari revealed to her that her legal documents had been falsified.Di akte lahir, disebutkan dia lahir tanggal 6 November 1975.Di surat adopsi, nama orang tuanya adalah Sunarti dan (alm.) Kartono.Widya ga tau apa semua ini benar? pic.twitter.com/A6DRPRBdgS— Tazia (@taziateresa) June 15, 2020 How did she end up with another family halfway around the world? Where is her biological mother?Who is she?Widya’s quest to recover lost fragments of her past has attracted public attention, since she chronicled her story in an open letter to her biological mother, which was published on Twitter by her colleague Tazia Teresia on Monday.TWITTER PLEASE DO YOUR MIRACLE 💫Widyastuti @Widyastuti2020, WN Belanda, mencari ibu kandungnya di Indonesia.- Sekaligus mencoba membongkar perdagangan anak berkedok adopsi di Indonesia. -[a thread] pic.twitter.com/iIubiDq5cC— Tazia (@taziateresa) June 15, 2020center_img “Her birth certificate says that she was born on Nov. 6, 1975. Her adoption paper says that her biological parents are Sunarti and Kartono. Widya never knew whether any of it was true,” @taziateresa tweeted.The thread has since gone viral, garnering more than 15,000 retweets and nearly 16,000 likes as of Wednesday afternoon.Widya’s story has since struck an emotional chord with fellow Twitter users. Some netizens have even engaged in their own investigation and shared tips regarding Widya’s situation on the platform.“As a person whose own mother left him when he was a child, I am saddened by this story. The biological mother must have wanted her child to have a better life,” @praztDR tweeted.Topics :last_img read more

Activists, survivors step up campaign for sexual violence bill after another delay

first_imgOn Tuesday, Marwan Dasopang, the deputy chairman of House Commission VIII, which oversees social affairs, said there was a plan to exclude the bill from the priority list, because its deliberation was “too complicated”.The plan became official on Wednesday, as the coordination meeting of the House Legislation Body decided to exclude the bill from the priority list.Marwan said lawmakers were still divided over the bill, just like in the previous sitting period. Therefore, the commission needed more time to lobby the leaders of party factions at the House.To meet the House’s target, Marwan said, the commission must pass the bills on its priority list by October 2020. “However, it still a long way for the sexual violence bill, as we need to hold many hearings with members of the public. We wouldn’t make it by October,” he said. Marwan went on to say that the commission would propose the bill again for the 2021 priority list, citing it was still on the House’s list of unfinished bills.Read also: House to yet again delay sexual violence bill, citing scheduling difficultyThe decision has angered women’s rights activists and sexual abuse victims who have been fighting for years for the bill.“You know what’s hard? Healing from trauma of being a victim of sexual assault. #SahkanRUUPKS,” the user of Twitter account @NurulDwiAstari tweeted on Wednesday. Nurul used the hashtag #SahkanRUUPKS (pass the sexual violence eradication bill) along with thousands of people on social media to criticize the House’s decision.Yknow what’s hard?Healing from trauma of being a victim of sexual assault.0 DPRRUU PKS#SahkanRUUPKS #SahkanRUUPenghapusanKekerasanSeksual pic.twitter.com/3C27RA8D1x— Nurul Dwi Astari (@NurulDwiAstari) July 1, 2020Under the current law, victims of sexual abuse in Indonesia are not entitled to any help from the government. They have to use their own money if they want to go through legal proceedings or rehabilitation. Therefore, the bill, is pivotal for the victim’s protection and well-being.“This data is not a joke. Women lives matter. There is no exception. #SahkanRUUPKS,” Twitter user @aisyahirr said on Twitter, attaching gruesome statistics on sexual violence in Indonesia recorded by The National Commission for Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan). The data show that the recorded cases of violence against women has increased from 348,446 in 2017 to 406,178 in 2018 and 431,471 in 2019.This data isn’t just a joke. Women lives matter. No exceptions #SahkanRUUPKS pic.twitter.com/ylMnKRAmAj— Aisyah Indah R (@aisyahirr) June 30, 2020The Legal Aid Foundation of the Indonesian Women’s Association for Justice (LBH APIK) found that fewer than 5 percent of the recorded sexual violence cases have been legally processed.Organizations with the Coalition for Safe Public Spaces (KRPA), which is part of the RUU PKS campaign team, created memes and videos to protest the House’s decision.“Data on sexual violence are available everywhere, there is an increasing in sexual violence; are the House members not embarrassed to say that it’s ‘difficult’ to the victims?” reads one of the memes by the KRPA.PerEMPUan founder Rika Rosvianti, a member of the KRPA coalition said she hoped the campaign could raise awareness on the fact that the fight for the bill has been going on for years.“This decision made by the House is insensitive. […] The sexual violence issue must be a priority right now, because during the COVID-19 pandemic, sexual violence victims become more vulnerable during quarantine,” Rika told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.On Wednesday afternoon, the House of Representatives Instagram presence @dpr-ri was showing a livestreamed online press conference of the House’s rejection of Israel’s move to annex part of Palestine. However, during the livestream, the account was flooded with messages and comments from activists and survivors of sexual violence.Hundreds of the messages using the hashtag #SahkanRUUPKS spammed the House’s Instagram account, demanding the members focus first on what is happening in the country and seriously fight for the rights of victims of sexual violence.Topics : Activists and victims supporting the sexual violence eradication bill (RUU PKS) have stepped up their online campaign to push for the bill’s passage after the House of Representatives announced yet another delay in the deliberation of the draft that has been in limbo for about four years.The hashtag #SahkanRUUPKS (pass the sexual violence eradication bill) is trending on Twitter and has taken over discussions on social media since Tuesday.last_img read more

Quran teacher accused of molesting student released after victim’s family decides not to press charges

first_imgHe said the Sako Police had handed him over to the Palembang Police as they did not have a child and women protection (PPA) unit.“However, the victim’s family did not file a report when WH was moved to Palembang,” he added. Read also: Quran teacher in Makassar accused of sexually abusing studentsThe police dropped the case after the victim’s family decided not to file a report.  A Quran teacher who allegedly molested a teenage student in Palembang, South Sumatra, has been released from police detention after the victim’s family decided not to press charges.The man, identified as WH, was released on Friday after being detained for several days at the Sako Police headquarters in Sako district, Palembang, South Sumatra Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Supriadi said. “His was released because the two parties had made peace. Therefore, we closed the case,” he said.WH, 28, was previously reported to the Sako Police on Tuesday for allegedly molesting a 14-year-old girl. WH allegedly texted the girl to come to his house to study the Quran.Sako Police chief Adj. Comr. Rian Suhendi said WH had allegedly groped the victim while pretending to teach her proper breathing techniques for Quran reading.Traumatized, the victim recounted the incident to her parents, who then sought out WH. WH was beaten by locals before being taken to the police, Rian said. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Unai Emery told to sell ‘frustrated’ Arsenal star Henrikh Mkhitaryan

first_imgGunners boss Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)‘No doubt, Mkhitaryan is a talented player but he’s going to struggle to hold down a regular position when everybody’s fit.’Winterburn also claimed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be Arsenal’s ‘most important’ player during the 2019-20 campaign.The Gabon striker opened his account for the season with the winner at St James’ Park last Sunday.‘Without a shadow of a doubt, Aubameyang will be Arsenal’s most important player this season,’ Winterburn added.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘You saw from the Newcastle game, he had very few opportunities to score but the one real opportunity that he got, his composure and finishing was perfect.‘If he stays fit, he’s going to have a huge season again for Arsenal, and will certainly be challenging for the Golden Boot again.‘It gives the team a huge lift when you know you’ve got a goal-scorer in your team. He is similar to Ian Wright in that sense.‘As a team, we knew that if you can keep a clean sheet, then Wrighty will usually pop up with a goal. Aubameyang is looking like that at the moment for this current side, which is great for the club.’MORE: Nigel Winterburn names the player Unai Emery should appoint as Arsenal’s captain Unai Emery told to sell ‘frustrated’ Arsenal star Henrikh Mkhitaryan Metro Sport ReporterThursday 15 Aug 2019 12:58 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link669Shares Arsenal have been urged to sell Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery should look to offload ‘frustrated’ Arsenal forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan before the European transfer window closes, according to Nigel Winterburn.Armenia international Mkhitaryan has endured a mixed spell at the Emirates since being involved in a swap deal with Alexis Sanchez from Manchester United last year.The 30-year-old has struggled to perform consistently for the Gunners although was offered a start by Emery last weekend as Arsenal beat Newcastle United.Despite this, Winterburn believes Mkhitaryan will drop out of first-team contention once key players return and says his former club should sanction his departure this month.ADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityHe told sportingbet: ‘Arsenal should look to sell Mkhitaryan to a European team this transfer window.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘When everyone is back fit for Arsenal, Mkhitaryan is going to struggle to get any game time at all during the season.‘Mkhitaryan looks a frustrated figure, nothing seems to be working out for him on the pitch – his passes are misplaced, his shooting is off and he can’t beat his man.‘His performance against Newcastle on the opening game of the season wasn’t good enough, especially when you’re playing at the highest level. Advertisement Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Mikel Arteta outlines three key responsibilities to Arsenal squad during coronavirus lockdown

first_img Arteta on coronavirus recovery and how Arsenal are adapting in a crisisTo 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 1:07FullscreenArteta on coronavirus recovery and how Arsenal are adapting in a crisishttps://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-coronavirus-recovery-arsenal-adapting-crisis-2139558/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.‘The second one is the physical aspect. They all have programmes and they all have individual work to do that they are really doing and really trying to maintain themselves so they can prepare themselves for when we have to get back playing.‘The third one is the mind. There is the psychological support that they need, which we are giving them, and as well I’m giving them a lot of homework to do because I’ve been reviewing everything that we’ve been doing since I joined. ‘There are things we have to maintain doing, improve and develop, and individually they are really enjoying the challenge. ‘‘We might get a few coaches after this virus, or at least a few players that are willing to go down that path because I think they are really enjoying the process.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalTop-flight clubs are set to meet early next month to plan how the rest of the season will pan out. One option is to declare the campaign null and void, which was the fate decided on Thursday for all levels below the National League.MORE: Mikel Arteta sanctions Arsenal transfer move for Valencia midfielder Carlos SolerMORE: Ian Wright slams Arsenal over ‘ridiculous’ Luis Suarez bidFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Mikel Arteta outlines three key responsibilities to Arsenal squad during coronavirus lockdown Arteta says he has fully recovered from the coronavirus (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has laid out three key areas his squad need to focus on to maintain fitness during the coronavirus lockdown.The entire Gunners first team and staff have been in self-isolation since the Spaniard tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, but the 38-year-old revealed on Thursday he has now made a full recovery.Arteta’s diagnosis played a part in prompting the Premier League to postpone all matches until at least April 30, and has meant Arsenal have been unable to return to their London Colney training ground.The club has devised home workout programmes for the squad, and the Gunners boss admitted that there are three main responsibilities for his players to keep in mind.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe told the club’s official website: ‘There are different aspects that we have to try to maintain. One is health and that’s the most important one for sure. We’re just trying to cover all the necessities that players, staff and employees need to try to sustain the club with healthy people. That’s the first one and that’s our responsibility. Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news liveRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Metro Sport ReporterFriday 27 Mar 2020 12:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link257Shares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more