StumbleUpon Share Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Share Related Articles Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season August 21, 2020 Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 John PettitUpdating the market, Playtech Plc sports betting division Playtech BGT Sports (PBS) has confirmed that it has extended its multi-year contract with Irish bookmaker Paddy Power.Confirming the extension PBS management stated that the partnership would reflect the industry’s ongoing ‘trend towards self-service’ products within betting shops.Paddy Power is a customer of PBS and Racing Post’s content driven betting terminals, allowing for its retail customer base to access Spotlight tips, key stats and trainer/jockey information integrated within BGT estate terminals.David Newton, Managing Director Retail at Paddy Power, said: “Extending our contract with Playtech BGT Sports was a straightforward decision after seeing the value provided to our retail shops over recent years.“Enhancing the customer experience through market leading technology is key to our retail strategy and PBS’ innovative, revenue-driving terminals provide the perfect platform to help us achieve our aims.“These include being able to leverage our own intellectual property with the Paddy Power Cash Card and our unique Onside app allowing customers to track and cash out their SSBT bets.”John Pettit, PBS’ UK, Ireland, Australia, and Asia managing director, said: “We are very pleased to extend our contract with Paddy Power and look forward to building upon our already successful partnership over the coming years.“The backing of such a reputable retail operator emphasises the value of PBS, and SSBTs in general, to the betting shop and we look forward to further consolidating our position in the market, as we continue to improve existing products and develop new technologies aimed at digitising the retail space.”
10 Jun 2016 England quartet set for Irish boys’ championship Teenagers Jack Ainscough, Jake Benson, Callum Farr and Arrun Singh-Brar will represent England in the Irish boys’ open amateur championship. The 72-hole championship takes place at Castle Golf Club, Dublin, from 28 June to 1 July. There will be a cut after 54 holes with the top 50 players and ties contesting the final 18 holes. The players: Jack Ainscough, 16, (Hartlepool, Durham) was runner-up in the Peter McEvoy Trophy. Last year he reached the last 32 in the British boys’ championship and had top tens in the McGregor Trophy and the Scottish U16 championship. (Image © Leaderboard Photography). Jake Benson, 17, (Beeston Fields, Nottinghamshire) tied for the U16 Hazards Trophy at last year’s English U18 boys’ championship, where he was 10th overall. He also helped England U16s to their clean sweep in their autumn home internationals. Callum Farr, 17, (Priors Hall, Northamptonshire) shared seventh place in the Peter McEvoy Trophy and last year reached last 32 in British boys’ championship. He has helped Northamptonshire reach the Boys’ County Finals last year and this. Arrun Singh-Brar, 17, (Foxhills, Surrey) had top ten finishes in last season’s Peter McEvoy Trophy, the German Junior Masters and in qualifying for the British boys’ championship. This season he reached the matchplay stages of the French boys’ international championship.
Facebook66Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Rebekah Finn for Harlequin ProductionsFrom May 4 through May 25, 2017, Harlequin Productions is offering a satirical glimpse into the behind-the-scenes life of a famous actor in the play Present Laughter by Noël Coward. The play is set in 1938 London, but the struggles and triumphs of a famous personality are relevant in any decade.“Essentially, when you boil it down, it’s a problem of celebrity,” explains Harlequin’s Linda Whitney, who is directing the production. “Imagine being Brad or Angelina,” Whitney continues. (She’s referring to Pitt and Jolie, respectively, of course.) At that level of fame, everyday tasks become multi-staffed affairs, and everyday decisions and relationships become the subject of public scrutiny. Whitney describes that complexity and scrutiny as the “high price of celebrity, even though there are a great many things to enjoy about it.”Present Laughter centers on the character of Garry Essendine, a successful actor who certainly enjoys the perks and pays the high price of celebrity, especially in his relationships.“He is separated from his wife because he’s a philanderer, and she can’t take it anymore, yet she remains his best friend and business partner,” Whitney explains. Rather than continue a romantic relationship, the Essendines have figured out “a more viable, less painful arrangement.” Although she lives in her own separate house, Liz Essendine is still close with her husband and his staff. Liz’s relationship with Garry’s secretary is a compelling look at the connection between two mid-life women who share a deep care for and devotion to the same man.Kate Burton, whom you might recognize from ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, plays Liz Essendine in a currently running Broadway production of the play. Burton’s description appears in a Playbill article by Olivia Clement: “I thought Present Laughter was sweet, fun, and frolicsome,” says the actor. “But now I realize what a brilliantly written play it is with such complex characters.”Laura Hanson and Ann Flannigan. Photo courtesy: Harlequin ProductionsAnd what a broad range of characters there is, all interacting with each other, orbiting around the star, and getting themselves into complicated, hilarious situations. One of those characters is a young man who is fascinated with Garry but can’t always keep up with social cues. When the play was first staged in 1942, they couldn’t make the homosexual overtones of that fascination overt, but that aspect of the relationship definitely plays a part in the comedy and humanity of the situation.Throw into the mix a maid who is a spiritualist exploring the occult, an infatuated debutante, a “barracuda” of a producer’s wife who is on the seduction path, and an impending trip to Africa with only a week to prepare!Aaron Lamb as Garry Essendine. Photo courtesy: Harlequin ProductionsPresent Laughter is what is considered a classic “comedy of manners,” defined by Merriam-Webster as “a comedy that satirically portrays the manners and fashions of a particular class or set.” In this case, the leisure-class of show business artists and administrators in wealthy 1930s London gets the satirical treatment. Playwright Noël Coward is a paragon of the genre, which includes dialogue that runs to the edge of the page.Unlike other styles, where communication happens in interruptions and with long breaks for action and body language, each actor in a Noël Coward play is allowed to speak in full sentences and set up a joke completely before delivering the punch line. With so many words to pass back and forth, the actors must be able to grasp the style, rhythm, and wit of the dialogue in order to perfect the comedic timing and keep the play moving. Fortunately for Harlequin Productions, actor Aaron Lamb has mastered the mannerisms of this style of comedy and leads an excellent cast as Garry Essendine. Other cast members include Helen Harvester, Ann Flannigan, Dennis Rolly, Bruce Haasl, Maggie Ferguson-Wagstaffe, Marianna de Fazio, Laura Hanson, Xander Layden and Gabe McClelland.Cast of Present Laughter. Photo courtesy: Harlequin ProductionsAs for the set, costumes and technical aspects that go into the play, “it’s astonishing what our team can do,” says Whitney. One of her original attractions to the play was the opportunity to create a beautiful picture with the sophisticated art-deco style of the 1930s. The set, props, and costumes practically (and sometimes literally) sparkle with elegance. Deep royal colors, graceful florals and chic hats characterize the outfits. One dressing gown (gentleman’s bathrobe) is even printed with a peacock feather design in lush velvet.The peacock feathers show up elsewhere in some of the ladies’ dresses and hats and even more prominently in a painted accent of the luxury apartment set. Along with other tropical scenes, an intricate, plumed peacock adorns the gorgeous woodwork onstage, which includes a built-in bookshelf and fireplace, sweeping grand staircase, alternating light and dark chevron wood paneling (all paint, but it looks so real!), and at least five doors inviting a bevy of comedic entrances and exits.In Present Laughter, we are invited into the personal home of a famous actor with a chance to see the hilarity and the real struggles of the “backstage life,” reminding us all that celebrities are also real people. And yet, we continue to idolize them constantly. Some celebrities play into that role and fully capitalize on imagery of spiritual deities, which seems to satisfy some sort of desire for divine royalty among fans. (Beyoncé’s 2017 Grammy’s performance comes to mind.)Aaron Lamb and Helen Harvester. Photo courtesy: Harlequin Productions “Some things never change,” Whitney points out. “Celebrities may have Twitter accounts and send selfies around the world now. But there’s that same human need for heroes, for immortals. And we deem them superhuman.” But at some point, those superhuman expectations come face-to-face with the human reality. In Present Laughter, Garry Essendine is confronted with the limitations of his own humanity, and the expectations that surround him are put to the test. Whitney: “Garry is an idolized man who was a big star and continues to be a big star. But he’s having a mid-life crisis; he’s ready to not have to keep up that front.”To experience this delightful dive into the deep (and hilarious) waters of human relationships for yourself, call the Box Office at 360-786-0151 or stop by at 202 4th Ave. E in downtown Olympia to subscribe, and visit the Harlequin Productions’ website for more information.
Dan Berschauer, class of 1962, retired from the Thurston Superior Court bench in 2005 after 20 years, previously serving four years as a judge in District Court and as a court commissioner for three years. In retirement, Berschauer serves as a private mediator, assisting in more than 1,500 cases.Dan Berschauer is retired from the Thurston Superior Court bench. Photo courtesy: Charlie Kirry Jim Brown, class of 1941, served as city superintendent for the City of Tumwater and on the Tumwater School Board for many years. Jim Brown was active in community service and was renowned for his recounting of history of the Tumwater area. He grew up on Deschutes Parkway before the freeway bisected Tumwater’s pioneer neighborhood. Brown’s award is posthumous, with his passing in 2014.Jim Brown erved as city superintendent for the City of Tumwater and on the Tumwater School Board for many years. Photo courtesy: Charlie Kirry Elliott Sohn s a founding member of the Institute for Vision Research at the University of Iowa department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Photo courtesy: Charlie Kirry Facebook235Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Charlie KirryAn innovative professor in ophthalmology, a retired Thurston County Superior Court judge and a Tumwater leader and historian will be honored by the Olympia High School Alumni Association at the high school’s Performing Arts Center, June 4. The recognition event is free, open to the public, and begins at 6:00 p.m. with a reception, followed by the awards ceremony at 7:00 p.m. Alumni, family and friends are encouraged to attend.Elliott Sohn, class of 1994, is a founding member of the Institute for Vision Research at the University of Iowa department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences where he seres as an associate professor, and director of Retina Fellowships. Sohn focuses on causes and treatments for retinal diseases, and is helping develop gene therapy and stem cell treatments for those blinded by retinal disease.
Break up the team.Fire the coaching staff.Sell the . . . wait, wait just one minute.Has anyone looked at the schedule?That’s game two of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, not game 52 of the regular season for the Green and White from Nelson.Check back at Christmas, or even at the end of September to get a better read on the 2015-16 edition of the Nelson Leafs.“We’re young and this being the first two games of the season we’re still shaking off the nerves and rust,” Jo Davies, one of the veterans brought in by the Leaf coaching staff to provide leadership, said after Nelson lost another nail biter — 4-3 to the Fernie Ghostriders Saturday at the NDCC Arena.The loss is the second in as many nights at home by the Leafs.Kelowna Chiefs rained on the home-opening parade by scoring three unanswered goals en route to a 3-0 victory Friday in Nelson.Saturday, a couple of gift-wrapped goals by the Leafs may have turned this KIJHL game from a win and into a loss.Fernie captain Cole Kebler and Ty Carron scored less than two minutes apart in the first period to lead the Riders to the win.The two goals snapped a 1-1 tie and gave the Ghostriders some much-needed momentum going into the second period. “We just made some very simple, young mistakes that will be changed within the first month of the season,” Davie explained.“We need more practice, obviously, but this is something we can fix by the end of September.”Ty Carron opened the scoring for the Ghostriders five minutes into the contest before Andy Fitzpatrick tied the game two minutes later. But goals by Keebler and Caron stunned the Leafs.Nelson struggled to get any pressure on Fernie netminder Jeff Orser in the second frame and paid dearly for the lack of shots as Keebler scored his second of the game in the middle frame.In the third Tanner Costa and Davie scored to bring the Leafs to within a goal.However, Orser stood tall in the nets to secure the road victory for the Ghostriders.“There’s a lot of things we liked about the weekend,” said Leaf head coach Dave McLellan.“We held two good teams to low shot totals,” McLellan added.“ Our penalty kill was very good . . . last night (Kelowna) was 0-for-6 and tonight we were able to battle back against a very good team.“The defence is still pretty young, a little green still. We had five goals scored this weekend on bad pinches so there’s little things we still need to work on.”Nelson outshot the Riders 28-19 in the contest, including a 13-4 count in the third period.Orser rebounded from a 3-2 loss Friday to Castlegar to even his season record to 1-1.Everett Yasinski registered a loss for the second night in a row in goal for Nelson.The Leafs host Spokane Friday at the NDCC Arena before heading out on the road for five game road trip beginning Sunday, September 20 in Grand Forks.LEAF NOTES: Leaf coach Dave McLellan was coy when asked if he expects any changes to the lineup this week. The second year skipper said it all depends on what happens at the BC Hockey and Alberta Junior Hockey Leagues. . . . Leafs were missing three key players from the roster due to injury. Forward Rayce Miller and defencemen Brendan Smith and Davis Andrews were all missing from the lineup due to injury. . . . Nelson has only four 20-year-olds and three 19-year-olds on the roster. The bulk of the team — 13 players — are 17-18 years of age. . . . Beaver Valley won its second straight game, edging Kelowna 3-2 while Grand Forks Border Bruins are 1-1 after falling 7-2 to Summerland Steam.