Age: 28 Hometown: Menlo Park, CA Stage & Screen Cred: Before making his Broadway debut in Act One, Brill appeared in off-Broadway’s Tribes and Our Town, both directed by David Cromer. His film and TV credits include Girls Against Boys, Not Fade Away and a stint on Louie. You Can’t Take It With You View Comments “I didn’t think James Earl Jones would be as funny and charming and egoless as he is. Throughout rehearsals he would remind us that he was always open to line readings, which of course, nobody did—how do you give James Earl Jones a line reading?!” Current Role: A hilarious Broadway turn as Ed, the rubber-faced, xylophone-playing husband of aspiring ballerina Essie in You Can’t Take It With You. “At the beginning, I struggled with this show because so much of my energy was focused on learning the xylophone. But I had a bunch of lessons with [percussionist] Benny Koonyevsky. I think he would say too many lessons, but it was really helpful for me.” Related Shows “I was arrested when I was 15 for making fake IDs. A friend of mine started it as a business and passed it on to me—we had sold 200 IDs to kids throughout our school system when my house was raided by 11 police officers. They were really upset about it, as were my parents.” “Six months into the run of Tribes, David Cromer told me that he only let me audition because it would be easier than telling me there was no way I was going to get the part. He brought me in as a courtesy audition and somehow I changed his mind.” “Filming Louie, the biggest interaction I had with Louis C.K. was when I first walked in the door. He looked at me and said, ‘Oh, Will Brill, you f*cking guy, come stand here.’ That was it! It was pretty cool he knew my name when I walked in.” “When I was a kid I wanted to be a magician, but then I saw David Copperfield live. I had an existential crisis about how I would never be as good as David Copperfield, so I gave up and decided to focus my efforts on my backup plan: Being an actor.” Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 22, 2015
Jul 23, 2009British businesses lag on preparednessAbsenteeism in British workplaces is three times normal for this time of year, a consultant group told the British government this week, leading to fears that businesses will struggle when the H1N1 influenza pandemic peaks, the Financial Times reported today. Many companies have instituted hygiene steps, but an expert said most haven’t planned for absences, such as making telecommuting plans, boosting customer self-service systems, and identifying key workers.[Jul 23 Financial Times story]Neurologic complications arise in children with H1N1The US CDC reported today on four children who had neurologic complications of novel H1N1 flu. The four, aged 7 to 17, were hospitalized with flu-like illness and seizures or altered mental status, according to Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. All recovered fully. The complications were less severe than those described in two recent reports of cases related to seasonal flu. The CDC advises clinicians to be alert for such cases and use appropriate tests and antiviral treatment.[Jul 24 MMWR article]Muslim countries bar high-risk groups from hajjHealth ministers from Middle Eastern countries who met yesterday to discuss pandemic flu risks decided to ban children, the elderly, and those with chronic health conditions from attending the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia in late November, the Associated Press (AP) reported. The ban applies to children under 12 and adults over 65. Some Muslim clerics have opposed pilgrimage travel bans and have said flu risks are exaggerated.[Jul 23 AP story]Britain launches flu phone lineBritain launched its national influenza phone hotline today, staffed by more than 1,500 people, the London Telegraph reported. The system is designed to relieve pressure on England’s National Health Service. Patients experiencing novel H1N1 flu symptoms can call in to have their illness diagnosed and receive a code number that allows them to obtain oseltamivir (Tamiflu). Patients from high-risk groups will be referred to doctors.[Jul 23 Telegraph story]Southern hemisphere sees H3N2 seasonal flu variantLaboratory experts in the southern hemisphere are reporting the circulation of a drifted strain of the seasonal H3N2 flu virus, raising the threat of a vaccine mismatch for the northern hemisphere’s upcoming flu season, the Canadian Press reported today. Officials, overwhelmed by handling a deluge of pandemic H1N1 samples, aren’t sure how common the variant is. It was first identified in March by researchers in British Columbia.[Jul 23 Canadian Press story]
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It added that Gui, who was born in the mainland and became a Swedish citizen in 1996, had applied to restore his Chinese nationality in 2018. That could make it tougher for him to get help from European diplomats, as China doesn’t recognize dual citizenship.Patrick Poon, China researcher for Amnesty International, said it was “odd” that Gui would want to resume his Chinese nationality at this time.“It seems to be the Chinese government’s tactics to stop him from getting any more support from the Swedish government,” Poon said Tuesday by WhatsApp message. Diplomatic flareThe court said it guaranteed Gui’s rights according to the law, but human rights groups have long denounced his detention.Gui went missing in Thailand in 2015, one of five Hong Kong booksellers who disappeared around the same time in a crackdown for helping sell books in China that were banned by the ruling Communist Party. He and four other booksellers later surfaced in mainland China.Tensions over the case flared last year when Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven rejected China’s threats that Sweden would “suffer the consequences” of awarding Gui a freedom of speech prize.The bookseller’s sentencing comes the month after China’s ambassador to Stockholm, Gui Congyou, caused a diplomatic uproar during an interview with Sweden’s public broadcaster SVT in which he said the Nordic country’s media had “smeared” China. He also compared the relationship between Sweden’s media and China to one in which “a 48 kilogram-weight boxer keeps challenging an 86 kilogram-weight boxer to a fight.” His comments led three parties in Sweden’s parliament to call for his ouster.Gui was initially released from Chinese custody in October 2017, but remained in the mainland under what global rights watchdog Amnesty International said was police surveillance and restrictions on his movement.Months later, in January 2018, he was taken by plainclothes officers while traveling to Beijing by train in the company of two Swedish diplomats, according to Amnesty. Gui had been traveling to the Chinese capital to seek a diagnosis for what was feared to be Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS, an illness of the nervous system.At the time of his disappearance, Chinese state media said he had been jailed for a drunk-driving incident more than a decade earlier, in which a person was killed.Topics : Swedish publisher Gui Minhai was sentenced to 10 years in jail in China and will be stripped of his political rights for five years for “illegally providing intelligence overseas,” in a case that has triggered a diplomatic row between the two countries.China said it detained Gui on suspicion of illegally providing state secrets and intelligence to overseas parties and endangering state security, according to a Feb. 10 report by the state-run Xinhua news agency that cited police.Authorities in mainland Zhejiang province filed a case against Gui at a court in Ningbo this January. He pleaded guilty and will not appeal, according to a Monday statement on the court’s website.
GROUNDBREAKING ceremonies were held on January 21 for Denver’s 14 km Southwest Corridor light rail extension. Regional Transportation District Chairman Ben Klein said the event marked ’the culmination of a dozen years of studies, planning and preparation.’ Detailed engineering design is due to be finished by the end of this year, but construction will start in earnest during the spring for completion in 2000. The Southwest Corridor runs from the existing terminus at I-25 & Broadway to Mineral Avenue in the suburb of Littleton (RG 10.96 p649). RTD signed a full-funding grant agreement with the Federal Transit Administration last May, under which the FTA has promised $120m towards the $156m extension and 14 extra LRVs. A second tranche of money was released on January 15, providing $1·3m towards the purchase of railway right-of-way, and bringing the FTA contribution so far to $2·8m. o
The Raymond Smith Memorial Hunters Chase, won by Rodger Sweeney’s gelding last year, could see Salsify again pitting his wits against the up-and-coming Tammys Hill, who has defeated him twice already this season in events at Wexford and Down Royal. Sweeney, who was battling against snow at his stables near Castlelyons in County Cork on Tuesday, said: “He likes better ground, but he has to go this weekend as he needs to run before Cheltenham.” Salsify is to have his final prep run at Leopardstown on Saturday ahead of his defence of the CGA Foxhunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. He added: “It should be a good race. Tammys Hill beat him fair and square at Down Royal, but the ground was very soft that day. He likes nice ground and hopefully it will all go well at the weekend.” Salsify had just a one-length advantage over Chapoturgeon at Cheltenham and Sweeney identifies Richard Barber’s charge as the main danger. “I saw Chapoturgeon win the other day and he looks the one to beat,” he said. “It was close last year, and all you need to do is make one mistake.” Press Association
Who do you have your money on in Sunday’s Super Bowl? Kansas City or San Francisco?Bettors may want to consider the selection thrown up by Fiona, the hippopotamus at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.On Thursday, Fiona made her pick by throwing up on the Kansas City Chiefs toy.Fiona was born prematurely three years ago which drew international attention. This is her third year picking a team for the Super Bowl. In 2018 she correctly picked the Philadelphia Eagles to beat the New England Patriots. In 2019 she missed by picking the Los Angeles Rams over the Patriots.The Chiefs are favored by one point to win the Super Bowl.
Below are times and dates for local high school playoff games to be held later this week. A list of next week’s games will be posted Monday, Oct. 24. Road teams are listed first.Thursday, Oct. 20Boys’ soccer, Class C North: (9) George Stevens Academy vs. (8) Limestone, 4 p.m.Boys’ soccer, Class D North: (14) Deer Isle-Stonington vs. (3) Ashland, 4 p.m.Volleyball, Class A North: (12) Cape Elizabeth vs. (5) Mount Desert Island, 4:30 p.m.*Friday, Oct. 21Boys’ soccer, Class B North: (10) Old Town vs. (7) MDI, 3 p.m.Boys’ soccer, Class C North: (11) Sumner vs. (6) Piscataquis, 2 p.m.Saturday, Oct. 22Boys’ soccer, Class B North: (12) Foxcroft vs. (5) Ellsworth, 3 p.m.Girls’ soccer, Class B North: (12) MDI vs. (5) Presque Isle, 1 p.m.Girls’ soccer, Class C North: (8) GSA vs. (9) Washington Academy, 3 p.m.Volleyball, Class B: (5) Woodland vs. (4) Ellsworth, 1 p.m.Volleyball, Class B: (7) Bucksport vs. (2) Washington Academy, 5 p.m.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text*If MDI beats Cape Elizabeth, its next game will be against Falmouth or Kennebunk on Saturday, Oct. 22.
The Latest: Chelsea declared Women’s Super League champion Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Chelsea has been declared Women’s Super League champion after the season was stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic. June 5, 2020 The English Football Association’s board decided to determine the final standings on a points-per-game basis. Manchester City was a point ahead of Chelsea but had played an extra game when the season was suspended in March.Chelsea had seven games remaining.City will still qualify for the Champions League with Chelsea. Liverpool has been relegated.___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
By Stephan SookramIT was smooth sailing for several competitors as the first National Race of Champions got underway Sunday at the South Dakota Circuit, Timehri.Rameez Mohamed dominated the Starlet Class while Stefan Jeffrey dominated Group Three with Chet Singh leading the Group Two class when the event kick started.Chet Singh leads the packChet was the dominant force in Group Two, charging to three dominant wins in the class.In the Starlet Cup event, Mohamed, who was re-elected as president of the club last week, dominated the starlet cup after defending champion, Motilall Deodass, dropped out with mechanical issues.On the bike end of things, Kevin Persaud recovered from a massive fall in race one to take races two and three.Details in tomorrow’s edition