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The Great Comet’s Denee Benton on Josh Groban’s Nerves & More

first_img Age: 24Hometown: Orlando, FloridaCurrent Role: Denée Benton plays Natasha, a naive ingénue navigating love and lust in aristocratic Russia while her fiancé is away at war, in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.Stage & Screen Cred: Benton makes her Broadway debut in The Great Comet, reprising her performance from the American Repertory Theater’s 2015 production. Her additional stage credits include The Book of Mormon in the West End and on tour, as well as regional productions of Annie, Sunset Boulevard and Fiddler on the Roof. Fans can catch her on screen in Lifetime’s ultra-addicting UnReal. Star Files View Comments Denée Benton photographed at The Brill Building(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Related Showscenter_img Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 3, 2017 Denée Bentonlast_img read more

Stalled Jesus statue project dismantled in North Sumatra because of construction flaws

first_imgFurther investigation also revealed that the steel frame tilted 4 centimetre’s forward, which would cause the statue to be unbalanced when completed, Horas added.North Tapanuli regent Nikson Nababan apologized to residents for the demolition and asked them to understand that it was in accordance with the court’s ruling on the safety of the construction.The regency administration began the project in 2013 during the term of previous regent Torang Lumbantobing. However, the project was stalled because of legal issues.The deputy head of economic affairs in the administration, Osmas Silalahi, said the administration decided to dismantle the statue’s frame in late December over fears it could harm residents visiting the area. The administration is considering whether to build a replacement statue of Jesus in another location. (vny) The frame of a 45-meter-tall statue of Jesus in North Tapanuli regency, North Sumatra, was dismantled Thursday following a court order that declared that the stalled project had constructions faults.The North Tapanuli Prosecutor’s Office oversaw the dismantling of the project in Perbukitan Pea Tolong, Siatas district, on Thursday following a ruling by the Medan District Court on Aug. 8, 2017. The court ordered that the statue be demolished because construction flaws had be detected.North Tapanuli Police Chief Adj. Sr. Cmr. Horas Marasi Silaen explained that an investigation into the construction of the statue had uncovered a number of structural flaws, such as a cracked altar floor, welding and pipework that was not to standard and low quality concrete. Topics :last_img read more

West Java extends PSBB in Jakarta’s satellite cities until July 2

first_imgThe West Java administration has extended large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Bogor, Depok and Bekasi (Bodebek) until July 2.West Java COVID-19 task force secretary Daud Achmad said the 28-day extension of the policy in Jakarta’s satellite cities had become effective on Saturday. West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has issued a circular on the province’s plan to prepare for the so-called “new normal” to resume certain activities under health protocols. The letter was distributed to regents and mayors across the province.In the circular, Ridwan asked regents and mayors to set PSBB policies that were proportional to the level of emergency in their respective areas. The governor also asked regional leaders to give leeway for religious activities in houses of worship.The provincial administration has urged mayors and regents to be consistent in sanctioning people found in violation of PSBB.“Regency and city administrations are required to submit a proposal to revoke PSBB and implement the new normal policy to the Health Minister through the governor. They must attach a study showing their preparedness to implement the new normal policy,” Daud said.As of Saturday, health authorities had confirmed 2,376 cases of COVID-19 in West Java, with 158 deaths and 779 recoveries. Nationwide, there have been 30,514 cases and 1,801 deaths.Topics : He said polices would be adjusted to each district, village and sub-district based on the level of emergency. The policy would also be adjusted to Jakarta’s plan to gradually ease restrictions in several sectors in June.Daud added that Bodebek residents were required to follow PSBB and continue wearing masks, washing their hands and maintaining physical distance.“The key to the success of PSBB in Bodebek is the public’s adherence to the rules, which could help break the COVID-19 transmission chain,” said Daud.Read also: Indonesia records unprecedented daily spike in COVID-19 caseslast_img read more

Govt criticized for forming COVID-19 response team late in the game

first_imgThe government’s move to establish a new COVID-19 response team to handle the impact the pandemic has had on health and the economy has come too late, as the coronavirus has spread rapidly and paralyzed economic activity, experts have said.Airlangga University (Unair) public policy expert Agie Nugroho Soegiono said the government’s decision to only now establish an integrated team was a consequence of its previous lack of urgency in dealing with the virus when it first spread across the country earlier this year.“The government also lacked transparency and was indecisive in terms of health protocols,” he said on Tuesday. “With this integrated team, all the planning and execution of programs regarding the handling of COVID-19 and economic recovery could go hand in hand as both will be handled under the same institutions with good coordination,” Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto, who acts as the response team’s chairperson, said in a press briefing.Head of the economic recovery task force Budi Gunadi Sadikin and head of the COVID-19 response task force Doni Monardo joined the team to coordinate and integrate the country’s policies on handling the pandemic. They will report to State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir, the team’s executive chairperson.The response team comes as coronavirus infections continue to rise at a rapid rate nationwide. Indonesia recorded 1,906 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, putting the total number of infections at over 93,600 from only two in early March, according to official data. The death toll jumped to 4,576 with 117 new fatalities on Thursday.The pandemic has battered economic activity as shops, offices and factories are forced to close or limit operations to contain the virus. The Indonesian economy grew 2.97 percent in the first quarter from 5.02 percent in 2019 and is expected to shrink by over 5 percent in the second quarter due to the pandemic.The government has allocated Rp 695.2 trillion (US$47.55 billion) in state budget funds to strengthen the healthcare system and boost economic recovery.Latif said he expected the government to have better coordination now that there was a clear order of command.When the virus began spreading in the country, government officials had shown a lack of coordination in handling the pandemic. When the Jakarta administration was planning to suspend intercity and interprovincial buses services in late March to curb contagion, for instance, then-acting transportation minister Luhut Pandjaitan blocked the plan.In another case, the Industry Ministry issued its own coronavirus guidelines that allowed factories to open even though the Quarantine Law stipulated a suspension of workplace activities.A member of the House of Representatives Commission IX overseeing health care and manpower, Netty Prasetiyani, asked the government to create more robust health policy on handling the virus.The government, she said, had been favoring the economy over public health.“It’s not surprising at all. The budget for the country’s COVID-19 response is being [allocated] half-heartedly. As a result, hospitals are overwhelmed and health workers are dying,” she said on Tuesday.Read also: Don’t ‘misinterpret new normal’: Govt expects new team to meet health, economic goalsInstitute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) economist Enny Sri Hartati said on Monday that Indonesia needed better leadership, not just a new government team, as the main problem hindering the country’s COVID-19 response was poor coordination between government ministries and regional administrations.University of Indonesia rector Ari Kuncoro, however, expressed optimism that the team would be effective in handling the outbreak and the economic recovery as it would have more power, a greater budget and better planning compared to the previous COVID-19 task force.“This team is putting both health and economy as the top priority, not one over the other, because if the economic wheels are not running, we can’t fund the health efforts to handle this pandemic,” he said.Topics : Although neighboring countries like Singapore and Thailand reported their first coronavirus cases in February, Indonesia denied suspicions that the virus had also spread into the country despite the millions of Chinese tourists who were coming in.Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) economist Latif Adam said on Tuesday that Indonesia was way behind other countries that had quickly reacted when the outbreak began.“Maybe the government is of the view that it is better late than never,” he told The Jakarta Post over the phone.The government launched on Monday a new team to tackle both the public health and economic aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic under the National Economic Recovery and COVID-19 Response Team.last_img read more

City aim to catch Liverpool napping

first_imgManchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini thinks Liverpool’s draining European exploits could give his side an advantage for Sunday’s crucial Barclays Premier League clash. He said: “We must play very good because they also have a strong squad. I don’t think they will play the same starting 11 as yesterday night. They are a strong team and it is a difficult stadium.” City were outplayed on Tuesday as they lost the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie to Barcelona 2-1. But on the home front they have been much more fluent in their last two games after difficulties early in the new year, beating Stoke and Newcastle 4-1 and 5-0 respectively. Chelsea remain strong title favourites but City did claw two points back last week and Pellegrini wants to take advantage of their cup distraction this Sunday. He said: “Of course it is important, and more than psychologically it is important mathematically. “If we are going to have three points more, we are going to go two points behind Chelsea. It is very important to beat Liverpool and to continue winning in the Premier League, and continue fighting until the end to retain the title. As soon as we close the gap it is better for us.” The defeats of City and Liverpool this week came amid a difficult spell for English sides in Europe. Arsenal and Tottenham were also beaten while Chelsea still face a sizeable task against Paris Saint-Germain to guarantee Champions League progress. Pellegrini said: “I don’t think it is about the level of English football but I think there are a lot of things that maybe are important reasons why the results have happened. “The Premier League is very strong and every game you must play 95 minutes at 100 per cent intensity. Maybe in other leagues it is not so hard every game. “In December and January, especially in December, you have to play nine games. Last year we played 18 games in two months. Maybe it is not the best way to prepare for the knockout stages in Europe. “But there are a lot of things and also this year was not a good performance of the teams.” City should go into the game much fresher, having not played since Tuesday while Liverpool only returned from their Europa League game at Besiktas at approximately 4.30am on Friday. Pellegrini said: “I think that of course it is an advantage, (but) not a decisive one because I always think the decisive thing is the performance on the day of the game. “If we think we are going to win that game because Liverpool arrived yesterday night late, that is not the reason. “But I have played in the Europa League and when you arrive on Friday it is not the best way to prepare for a game on Sunday – but that is the rules. They are playing Europa League. “Maybe another time we (will) prepare worse for the game.” Pellegrini could open himself up for criticism given that last month his team only returned from a winter training camp in Abu Dhabi the night before their FA Cup loss to Middlesbrough. But there are differences given that City tried to time their journey to allow optimum rest while Liverpool effectively lost a night’s sleep after their match went to penalties and their return flight was delayed. The disrupted preparation could blunt Liverpool’s edge just as they seem to be building momentum for a top-four charge, but Pellegrini is not attaching too much significance to it. But the Chilean does not believe it will be a major factor and has warned that his side still have an important job to do at Anfield. With Chelsea involved in the Capital One Cup final, City can cut the London side’s lead at the top of the table to two points with a victory in the noon kick-off on Merseyside. Press Associationlast_img read more

Miller’s five for 22 condemns Volcanoes to defeat

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Champion left-arm spinner Nikita Miller snatched his 24th five-wicket haul in first class cricket to fire Jamaica Scorpions to a stunning come-from-behind 41-run victory over hapless Windward Islands Volcanoes here yesterday.With the visitors set a mere 106 to win at Sabina Park, captain Miller scythed through their innings with five for 22 to send them tumbling for 64 all out on the final day of the second round game in the Regional Four-Day Championship, in which 18 wickets fall.He was well supported by leg-spinner Damion Jacobs who finished with three for 17, as Scorpions picked up their first win of the season following their defeat to Guyana Jaguars in Georgetown last week.For Volcanoes, it was their second straight loss, coming on the backs of their nine-wicket defeat to Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in Port of Spain in the last round.No such result for Scorpions seemed possible when they slumped from their overnight 92 for two to 159 all out, with opener John Campbell top-scoring with 67 and Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood getting 27.The pair extended their overnight third-wicket partnership to 46 before being separated, when Blackwood departed in the day’s sixth over after adding 11 to his overnight score.His dismissal triggered a terminal decline for Scorpions as they lost their last seven wickets for just 31 runs in quick time, as 21-year-old left-arm spinner Larry Edward picked up career-best figures of six for 20.Campbell, unbeaten on 43 overnight, completed his seventh first-class half-century, striking six fours off 141 balls in three hours at the crease.Then, what should have been a straightforward run chase quickly turned into a nightmare for Volcanoes as they lost wickets steadily, with only opener Devon Smith (19) and all-rounder Kyle Mayers (15 not out) reaching double figures.Scorpions claimed 16.2 points while Volcanoes picked up 5.2.SCORPIONS 1st innings 151VOLCANOES 1st innings 205SCORPIONS 2nd innings (o/n 92 for two)J. Campbell lbw b Edward 67T. Griffith lbw b Mayers 22D. Thomas b Mayers 9J. Blackwood c Johnson b Edward 27A. McCarthy c Sebastien b Edward 1C. Walton c Johnson b Edward 14D. Green c wkp. Robinson b Matthew 2D. Jacobs c Johnson b Edward 3N. Miller c Johnson b Edward 4O. Thomas c Smith b Johnson 0R. Leveridge not out 2Extras: (b-4, lb-2, nb-2)Total: (all out, 61.1 overs) 159Fall of wickets: 1-53, 2-75, 3-121, 4-126, 5-138, 6-144, 7-149, 8-153, 9-157.Bowling: Shillingford 11-0-52-0 (nb-1), Johnson 6.1-2-14-1, Matthew 13-5-22-1, Mayers 16-2-45-2, Edward 15-3-20-6.VOLCANOES 2nd innings (target: 106 runs)D. Smith c Griffith b Miller 19T. Theophile c Thomas b Leveridge 0J. Robinson c Griffith b Miller 5K. Hodge lbw b Jacobs 9L. Sebastien lbw b Miller 0K. Mayers not out 15S. Shillingford c Leveridge b Miller 0M. Matthew lbw b Miller 8D. Johnson c wkp. Walton b Jacobs 5L. Edward c Griffith b Jacobs 1S. Ambris ret. out 0Extras: (w-2) 2Total: (all out, 27 overs) 64Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-21, 3-31, 4-35, 5-35, 6-36, 7-51, 8-58, 9-64.Bowling: Thomas 5-2-9-0, Leveridge 4-1-11-0, Miller 9-2-22-5, Green 1-0-5-0, Jacobs 8-2-17-3.last_img read more