Chuck Cooper(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Comments Tony winner Chuck Cooper, a handful of fellow Broadway alums, 14 high schoolers and more will join the previously announced Skylar Astin, Bianca Marroquín and Morgan Hernandez for Carnegie Hall’s presentation of West Side Story. Cooper takes on the role of Doc/Krupke, with Astin as Tony, Marroquín as Anita, Hernandez as Maria, Donald Jones Jr. as Bernardo, Manuel Stark as Riff and Peter Gerety as Schrank.Performances are set for March 4 through March 6 at the Knockdown Center, a restored factory in Queens. Amanda Dehnert directs the production, which is the culmination of Carnegie Hall’s Somewhere Project, a citywide exploration of the musical by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents.Cooper won a Tony Award for The Life. His additional Broadway credits include Amazing Grace, Romeo and Juliet, Finian’s Rainbow, Lennon and Caroline, or Change; he recently appeared in Cabin in the Sky with City Center Encores!. Jones can currently be seen on Broadway in Aladdin, where he is making his Broadway debut. Stark made his Main Stem debut last season in Gigi; his additional credits include The Most Happy Fella and Little Me with Encores!. Gerety’s Great White Way credits include Lucky Guy, The Lieutenant of Inishmore and Never Gonna Dance.The ensemble will include Alex Aquilino, Angel Blanco, Olutayo Bosede, Ariana Crowder, Karli Dinardo, Zack Everhart, Hannah Florence, Damon J. Gillespie, Sam Lips, Robin Masella, Raymond Joel Matsamura, Melissa Hunter McCann, Dashi Mitchell, Emilio Ramos, Julian Ramos, Alex Ringler, Sherisse Springer, Clay Thomson, James Tolbert, Jessica Walker, Michelle West and Ricardo Zayas. Additionally, 14 high school students from New York and New Jersey will join: Kaitlyn Benzant, Kendall Carter, Emanuel Figueroa, Alexis Garcia, Fabian Garcia, Sebastian Garcia, Reyna Guerra, Anijah Lezama, Alexa Maetta, Hallie Richardson, Sydney Richardson, Jillian Schear, Martina Viadana and Daniella Zunic.
___The U.S. track federation added its name to a growing chorus of calls to postpone the Tokyo Games because of the coronavirus. In a letter to the CEO of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel urged the federation to advocate for the postponement of the Games, which are to start July 24. USATF joins USA Swimming, which sent a similar letter to the USOPC on Thursday. The USOPC leadership has been in agreement with the IOC, that it’s too soon to make any decisions regarding postponing the games. In all, Gulfstream’s stakes purses that day will be $1.55 million, down from $1.95 million as originally planned.Gulfstream was dark Friday while updating its safety protocols in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The track in Hallandale Beach, Florida resumed live racing on Saturday even while several top jockeys were choosing not to race because of health concerns.Gulfstream has closed live racing to all fans since March 13. It closed its casino on March 16.___The president of Mexico’s Liga MX soccer league has tested positive for coronavirus. Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton says he has been self-isolating for more than a week after meeting people who later tested positive for the new coronavirus.Hamilton was at a charity event in London on March 4 also attended by actor Idris Elba and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of the Canadian prime minister. Both were later found to have the virus.In a message on social media, Hamilton says he’s shown “zero symptoms” but has been isolating himself from other people ever since March 13, when the Australian Grand Prix was called off.Hamilton said that “I did speak to my doctor and double checked if I needed to take a test but, the truth is there is a limited amount of tests available and there are people who need it more than I do.”___ On Monday, the NHL announced it will wait 45 days before it can provide guidance on when teams can potential reopen practice.“It’s really scary,” said Fasel, who lives in Switzerland. “Europe is just collapsed. It’s really a strange feeling. Our neighbors yesterday, the federal counsel decided to close all the restaurants and everything. It’s like war.”___The owners of the Boston Bruins say they have established a $1.5 million fund for employees of the team and TD Garden who have lost work because of the suspension of the NHL season.The Bruins were the last team in the league to commit to taking care of part-time and game-day employees. More than a dozen Serie A players have tested positive.___Paulo Dybala is the third Juventus player to test positive for COVID-19.Juventus says that the Argentina soccer playmaker is in “voluntary home isolation (in Italy) and he is asymptomatic and fine.”Dybala tweets that both he and his girlfriend Oriana Sabatini both tested positive but that “luckily we are in perfect conditions.” “If we want to save the (French) league we must absolutely finish before June 30,” Aulas told RTL radio. “You have to make choices, be brave. Drop the Champions League, the (domestic) cup finals and international matches. Concentrate only on the (French) league.”Aulas added: “I want the league to finish. Even in empty stadiums.”Lyon leads Italian champion Juventus 1-0 from the first leg of their last-16 match in the Champions League on Feb. 26. The return leg in Turin has not been played because of the outbreak.___Marseille President Frank McCourt wrote to reassure the French soccer club’s employees after they were put on temporary, technical layoffs. Milan says that the 51-year-old Maldini, who is the Italian club’s technical director, “became aware of contact with a person who subsequently tested positive for coronavirus and began to display symptoms of the virus himself.”Milan adds that Maldini was “administered with a swab test” on Friday and the result came back positive.Paolo Maldini retired from playing in 2009 after helping Milan to five European Cup and Champions League titles and seven Serie A championships.The club says that Maldini’s 18-year-old son, Daniel, who recently made his Serie A debut for Milan, also tested positive.Milan says that Paolo and Daniel Maldini “are both well and have already completed two weeks at home without contact with others. They will now remain in quarantine until clinically recovered, as per the medical protocols outlined by the health authorities.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___AC Milan great Paolo Maldini has tested positive for COVID-19. Juventus previously announced that defender Daniele Rugani and midfielder Blaise Matuidi tested positive for the coronavirus.___A second Ottawa Senators player has tested positive for COVID-19. The player was part of the recent road trip that included NHL games in San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles.The total number of people on the trip was 52, including players, staff, media, guests and flight crew. Of those on the trip, 44 have shown no symptoms, eight have been tested, and two positive results were received. The team is awaiting more results from tests given over the past three days. The team says the employee was last at club headquarters on March 13. The team remains in constant communication with doctors to determine the best course of action for ensuring the safety of other employees who have been in contact with the infected person.___The IIHF Council has confirmed that the 2020 Ice Hockey World Championship scheduled to take place in Zurich and Lausanne has been cancelled because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.The decision to cancel the tournament didn’t come as a surprise after IIHF President René Fasel acknowledged the likelihood of that happening following an IIHF executive committee conference call Tuesday.Fasel cited numerous challenges facing officials, ranging from health directives in place limiting attendance to travel bans making it difficult for nations to send their teams. Another issue was players lacking practice time, with most of world’s hockey leagues having either indefinitely suspended or canceled their seasons. “I am taking a few minutes to make sure you and your families are well,” McCourt said. “We are going through this difficult time together and we’re seeing governments getting better and better organized.”Marseille and other top-tier clubs have started putting players on temporary, technical layoffs, which translates to a cut in pay of 16 percent with the state picking up a portion of that to a monthly maximum of 5,400 euros ($5,810). A player earning 40,000 euros ($43,000) net per month would receive 39,000 (about $42,000).Therefore its impact is greater on those on the highest salaries, in terms of lost revenue. A player earning 300,000 euros net per month will only get 252,000 euros from the club plus 5,400 euros from the state for a monthly loss of around 42,600 euros per month. If the suspension lasts a year, this would add up to about half a million euros per year. Everyone on the California trip was instructed to self-quarantine on March 13. The team says it is actively monitoring the situation and following all appropriate and professional guidelines.___Gulfstream Park has dropped purses for its seven stakes races on Florida Derby day by 20.5%, saying the changes were necessitated by the loss of on-track handle and revenue from the track’s casino.The biggest hit went to the Florida Derby itself, which was to have a $1 million purse and now will be run next Saturday for $750,000. Purses for the Gulfstream Park Oaks and the Kitten’s Joy were trimmed by $50,000 apiece, now set to be run for $200,000.A pair of smaller stakes — the Cutler Bay and the Sanibel Island — will be run for $100,000 each, down from the originally planned purse of $125,000. The Orchid and the Sand Springs were unchanged, both offering $100,000 purses. March 21, 2020 League President Enrique Bonilla said in a statement Friday that he doesn’t have serious symptoms but will remain in isolation and keep up with the situation of Mexican first-division soccer. League matches were suspended this week until further notice to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Mexico has yet to declare legal bans on public gatherings but has encouraged citizens to maintain a healthy distance in crowded places.___A member of the Canadian Football League’s B.C. Lions operations department has tested positive for COVID-19. The Lions issued a statement Friday night announcing they were made aware of an employee who has the coronavirus. The person, who has not been named, is currently at home in isolation. Associated Press The Latest: Milan’s Paolo Maldini, son Daniel test positive According to a statement from the team, the Jacobs family would help workers “who will be financially burdened if the six remaining regular season Bruins games are not played.”The NHL suspended its season on March 12 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.___Even though his side could potentially reach the Champions League quarterfinals, Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas wants the French league to take priority.Matches in both competitions are currently suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. ___Brazil’s Olympic Committee has called for the Tokyo Olympic Games to be postponed until 2021. The Brazilian body said in a statement published on Saturday that the decision is a necessity due to the seriousness of the pandemic and “the consequent difficulty for athletes to keep their best competitive level.”It also said that it continues to “trust in the International Olympic Committee.” Brazil organized the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, the first in South America.___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
Raketech names Karlsten as new COO May 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Raketech boosts global network with Lead Republik acquisition March 11, 2020 Share Share Submit Online affiliate and content marketing company Raketech has maximised a period of strong acquisitions reporting a revenue increase of 41.3% to €6m, in Q2 of 2018. The results close a strong period for the firm, as overall it enjoyed a strong half to the year with its total H1 revenues for the period being recorded at €10.9m, a 43.1% increase on the corresponding period. Over this period, the company’s adjusted EBITDA also increased by 25.4%, as the firm continued its strategy of growth through acquisitions, purchasing assets such as Shogun Media Limited, as well as Mediaclever Sverige AB, which operates high-profile casino affiliates.CEO Michael Holmberg spoke highly of the company’s performance. He said: “I am pleased to present a quarter with high activity levels and a continued good return from our operating model with growth within Core, Lab and M&A. Revenues for the second quarter amounted to €6.0 million, an increase of 41.3%, of which 24.5% was organic, compared with 7.7% in the corresponding period last year. “Adjusted EBITDA amounted to €3.2 million, with an adjusted EBITDA margin of 53.7%. In June, Raketech was listed on Nasdaq First North Premier. This was a very exciting process, in which we encountered great interest in our business model and strategy. As a public company, our operations are further professionalised, and we are already seeing positive effects in conversations with both business partners and potential acquisition candidates. “From a stock market perspective, our focus is on generating long-term shareholder value by delivering on our strategy and financial objectives. I have great faith in the continued development of Raketech’s role in the value chain, and our capabilities to be a driving force within the gaming industry. Our agenda is busy in this regard and I look forward to an intensive remainder of 2018.” Oskar Mühlbach chosen as Raketech CEO December 12, 2019