Odds & Ends: Angela Lansbury Isn’t Circling GOT & More

first_imgAngela Lansbury(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Star Files Lin-Manuel Miranda Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Angela Lansbury Isn’t Circling Game of ThronesApparently it won’t be a case of Dame of Thrones. After the interweb was set abuzz today with reports that Dame Angela Lansbury would appear in the seventh season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, her reps informed EW that this wasn’t the case. So, we’re back to eagerly awaiting confirmation that the five-time Tony winner will headline the first Broadway revival of The Chalk Garden in the 2017-18 season then. Unless this is all an elaborate ploy by HBO to put us off the scent…wouldn’t be the first time!Lin-Manuel Miranda Banished From Hamilton RehearsalDespite being a Tony, Grammy and Pulitzer winner, as well as a certified genius, it seems that Lin-Manuel Miranda still has to listen to Hamilton director Thomas Kail when it comes to rehearsals for the hit tuner in Chicago. “If Lin brings a new lyric, I just send him out of the room immediately,” Kail told Billboard. As we’re sure you’re already very much aware, performances of the show begin on September 27 at the PrivateBank Theatre in the Windy City; it continues playing to standing room only audiences at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre.Christian Borle & Laura Benanti Team UpThis is some lineup! Christian Borle, Laura Benanti, Skylar Astin, Carolee Carmello, Bryce Pinkham, Will Swenson and more Broadway favorites are joining forces for a one-night-only reading in aid of The Actors Fund. Proud of Us and Other Short Plays by Wesley Taylor will play on November 14 at New World Stages; buy tickets here!Brian Justin Crum Kills It on AGT (Again!)With this number, we could just picture Broadway alum Brian Justin Crum (Next to Normal) in the sadly departed tuner American Psycho. He continued his incredible run on this season’s America’s Got Talent with a passionate performance of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears on September 6. Check it out below. View Commentslast_img read more

PPE production soars but quality, distribution issues remain

first_imgTopics : Quantity does not equal quality for the Indonesian textile industry, which has contributed to a production surplus of personal protective equipment (PPE) to meet demand during the COVID-19 health crisis, despite complaints from users over quality and distribution.The country now has the monthly capacity to produce 394.82 million surgical masks, an increase from just 150 million masks prior to the pandemic. As a result, Industry Ministry data project a surplus of almost 2 billion surgical mask by the end of the year.The soaring production, which began in April, stemmed from the changing business in the textile industry during the pandemic and government demand due to prior supply shortages, Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang said on Tuesday. However, national demand would still be prioritized, he said.The nationally produced PPE include high-grade ISO 16604 standard coveralls for doctors and health workers at hospitals and AATCC 42 standard coveralls for test-site attendants, according to COVID-19 task force data.The ministry projected a deficit only for N95 masks by the end of the year, when demand for the product is expected to surpass the actual number of produced masks by 5.39 million units.Despite the industry’s success in avoiding PPE shortages, many health workers who are using the products are complaining about the quality of locally produced PPE.“While the majority of the products have already passed the medical standards, many doctors are complaining that the coveralls are too heavy and uncomfortable. This is the reason why we could not take in all the locally made PPE products,” Health Ministry crisis center head Budi Sylvana said during the same discussion.He added that many small hospitals and clinics also refused to use washable PPE and preferred instead to purchase disposable products, as they did not have the systems in place to disinfect PPE.“There are cases of COVID-19 infection among medical workers that are caused by unsterile PPE. Not all hospitals have the ability to sterilize the PPE correctly,” he said.Budi said small hospitals and clinics usually used a third-party laundry service that was not equipped with the tools for proper sterilization.Besides being uncomfortable, Indonesian Hospital Association (Persi) secretary-general Lia Gardenia Partakusuma also complained about the distribution process of PPE to hospitals.“Sometimes there’s a delay in PPE shipment due to a lack of supply, among other things. Hospitals need a steady supply of PPE to operate,” she said.Persi data show that, on average, medical workers at 800 COVID-19 referral hospitals in Indonesia require 20 PPE per COVID-19 inpatient per day.“As the PSBB are currently being relaxed, hospitals need more PPE to handle [additional cases],” she said.The country recorded more than 33,000 cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, with more than 1,900 deaths, government data show.center_img “The textile industry was trying to sustain its factories by diversifying its products, which include surgical masks, cloth masks and coveralls. It led to significant growth of PPE production,” he said during an online discussion.As demand dwindles, many textile industries are suffering from low factory utilization due to the government’s large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to contain COVID-19.As a result of the surplus, the Industry Ministry asked the Trade Ministry to revise a regulation that restricts the export of PPE so that it can begin exporting abroad.“The oversupply condition must be addressed with the right policy to capitalize on the huge export potential for PPE,” Agus said, referring to Ministerial Regulation (Permendag) No. 23/2020.last_img read more

Southwest Indiana Baseball

first_imgRecently, when Batesville High School lost its regional game to Gibson Southern in a game played at Jasper, Indiana,  it reminded me of some of the great major league ball players who grew up in that area.  For you old timers out there, we have Gil Hodges who grew up in Princeton and went on to star with the Dodgers.  His exceptional major league career needs no further explanations.More recently, Scott Rolen (who finished his career with the Reds) retired and returned to his home town of Jasper, Indiana.  It is debatable by the experts whether or not Scott will make the Hall of Fame, but he certainly has represented his home state of Indiana quite well.  As most of you know, the Reds have not been the same team since his retirement.The last member of this southwest Indiana area is Don Mattingly, the present manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Don still lives in Evansville, Indiana, during the off season.  The town has a street named after him.  His major league statistics take a back seat to no one.  His career was spent with the New York Yankees.last_img read more

NFF Grateful to Ambode for Redeeming N20m Pledge to CHAN EaglesÂ

first_imgThe Nigeria Football Federation, (NFF) has expressed its gratitude to the Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode, for fulfilling his N20 million pledge to the Super Eagles B team for finishing as runners-up during the last Championship of African Nation (CHAN) in Morocco early this year.The NFF, which was represented by its First Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi, who is also the Chairman of the Lagos State Football Association, described Ambode as an amiable Governor, who had done a lot for sports in his state and Nigeria.He stated that he was with the team in Morocco when the governor made the promise and expressed happiness that he had fulfilled the pledge.“We at the NFF are extremely happy that the governor has made good his promise,” he said.He thanked the governor on behalf of the NFF and urged others to emulate his kind gesture.The Lagos State Government on Tuesday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium fulfilled a pledge of N20 million to the Super Eagles B team that finished second at the Championship of African Nation (CHAN) in Morocco early this year.The Eagles lost 4-0 to Morocco in the finals but were deemed to have done enough to deserve N20million largesse from Lagos State.Receiving the cheque on behalf of his teammates, Ajiboye said the governor’s kind gesture would spur the players to do better in future.“I must commend Governor Ambode for the love he has shown to the team, though I am not surprised that he has redeemed his pledge because he is a sports-loving governor who is doing a lot to motivate athletes,” Ajiboye said. Speaking earlier, Chairman of the Lagos State Spots Commission (LSSC), Dr Kweku Tandoh, who presented the cheque on behalf of the Governor, commended the Eagles for finishing second in Morocco despite the odds.Tandoh stated that the gesture was to appreciate the players for their good run at the tournament and also encourage them to do better in future.“In line with Governor Ambode’s disposition, he made a pledge to the team in Morocco and he is finally releasing the money to the team through the LSSC,” Tandoh noted.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more