Billy Porter Tony nominee Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon, TV’s Girls), Tony winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots), Tony winner Debra Monk (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, TV’s Girls) and more have boarded the lineup for the previously announced ninth annual Broadway Backwards. Directed and choreographed by Robert Bartley, the one-night-only show is set for March 24 at the Al Hirschfield Theatre. Proceeds for the event, which already had stars including Jonathan Groff, Jessie Mueller and Krysta Rodriguez on board, will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. 2013’s sold-out show raised a record-breaking $347,060 for the two organizations. Debra Monk Star Files Other new additions to the event include Tony nominee Michael Berresse (Kiss Me, Kate, A Chorus Line), Tony winner Beth Leavel (Elf, The Drowsy Chaperone), Ken Page (Ain’t Misbehavin’, Cats), Tony nominee John Tartaglia (Avenue Q, TV’s Johnny and the Sprites) and the men of the web series Submissions Only, including co-creator Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies), Stephen Bienskie (Cats), Colin Hanlon (Rent, TV’s Modern Family) and Max von Essen (Evita). View Comments Andrew Rannells
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the government would raise the funds through regular auctions in the domestic market, private placements and foreign-exchange-denominated bonds and retail bonds issuances.“We need to upsize the bonds issuance to finance the deficit,” Sri Mulyani told the House of Representatives Commission XI overseeing financial affairs on Wednesday. “We will prioritize credibility and transparency to maintain a good track record in order to capitalize on the market when the opportunity arises.”Read also: Government debt issuance to triple to $62b as Indonesia fights COVID-19The government is hoping to raise Rp 132 trillion from the global bonds, Rp 60 trillion from retail bonds and the remainder from weekly auctions of government debt papers and sharia bonds.The government needed to raise at least Rp 35 trillion to Rp 45 trillion every two weeks to meet the financing needs, Luky said.The government recently unveiled Rp 436.1 trillion worth of stimulus packages to boost healthcare spending, social spending and tax incentives amid the pandemic.Topics : The Finance Ministry has decided to cancel its plan to issue “pandemic bonds”, which were initially prepared as a part of the country’s efforts to fund the COVID-19 response.The Finance Ministry’s financing and risk management director general, Luky Alfirman, said on Friday that the government would now rather issue debt papers through regular auctions, adding that it could rely on Bank Indonesia (BI) as a last resort to absorb the offered bonds if the market response was cool.Regulation in Lieu of Law No. 1/2020 allows the central bank to purchase government bonds directly from auctions. Previously, BI could only buy the bonds through the secondary market. “We will not issue specific bonds, including the pandemic bonds or others,” Luky told reporters in a media briefing. “BI has been allowed to buy bonds through the primary market as a last resort, so we will issue bonds with a regular series instead.”Read also: Explainer: Indonesia to finance coronavirus battle mostly through debtThe government planned in early April to raise Rp 450 trillion (US$30.05 billion) in “pandemic bonds” on top of issuing Rp 549.6 trillion worth of sovereign debt papers, according to Presidential Regulation No. 54/2020 on the state budget revision. BI was likely to dominate the bonds’ purchases.However, in a new strategy unveiled on Friday, it would instead issue Rp 856.8 trillion worth of government bonds from the second quarter through to the end of year to finance the widening budget deficit, which is expected to reach 5 percent of GDP this year. The Finance Ministry raised Rp 221.4 trillion worth of bonds in the first quarter of this year.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Ninth-ranked Maryland has taken over sole possession of first place in the Big Ten without a comeback win at Illinois.Anthony Cowan scored 20 points and the Terrapins improved to 19-4 by downing the Illinois, 75-66. Illinois led by as many as 14 points midway through the first half, but the Terrapins fought back and pulled to within 42-40 on a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer.The Terps opened the second half with an 11-0 to go ahead for good.Darryl Morsell (mohr-SEHL’) finished with 18 points and Eric Ayala added 12 as Maryland improved to 9-3 in the conference.MLB-NEWS February 7, 2020 Korkmaz poured in a career-high 34 points on 13 of 17 shooting as the 76ers downed the Grizzlies, 119-107. The Sixers were 14 of 25 from 3-point range, with Korkmaz hitting seven of his nine attempts from downtown.Ben Simmons added 22 points and 10 assists for the 76ers, who finished the game without Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) because of a stiff neck. Embiid finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds in 16 minutes for Philadelphia, which improved to an NBA-best 23-2 at home.Checking out Friday’s other NBA action:— Jayson Tatum nailed seven 3-pointers and scored 32 points in the Celtics’ sixth straight win, 112-107 against the Hawks. Enes Kanter added 16 points and 15 rebounds to help Boston win without injured starters Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward and Daniel Theis (tys). Atlanta was within 110-107 with 18.3 seconds left before Kevin Huerter (HUR’-tur) and Brandon Goodwin both came up empty from beyond the arc.— Bradley Beal capped his 29-point performance by hitting a layup with 0.2 seconds left to give the Wizards a 119-118 victory over the Mavericks. Washington made 19 of 38 3-pointers, with Davis Bertans responsible for five of them while scoring 20 points. Seth Curry scored a team-high 20 points for the Mavs, who have dropped three of five without Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch). Jackets stay hot, blank WingsUNDATED (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets were expected to struggle after losing Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHF’-skee), Artemi Panarin (ahr-TEH’-mee pah-NAH’-rihn) and Matt Duchene (doo-SHAYN’) through free agency. Instead, they’ve surged up the NHL’s Metropolitan Division standings following a 5-7-3 start.Elvis Merzlikins (murz-LEE’-kihnz) stopped 16 shots and the Blue Jackets passed the New York Islanders for third place in their division by blanking the lowly Red Wings, 2-0. He is the first rookie goaltender to record five shutouts in an eight-game stretch since Boston’s Frank Brimsek in 1938.Merzlikins is 12-2-0 as a starter since Joonas Korpisalo (YOH’-nuhs kohr-pih-SAH’-loh) went down with a knee injury.Zach Werenski’s second-period goal was his 17th of the season, breaking a single-season team record for defensemen. Boone Jenner added an empty-netter for the Jackets, who outshot Detroit, 44-16 and improved to 9-0-1 in their last 10 games. Associated Press Dodgers work out extension with TaylorUNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers and utilityman Chris Taylor have avoided salary arbitration by working out a two-year, $13.4 million contract.Taylor batted .262 with 12 homers and 52 RBIs in 366 at-bats last season, overcoming a slow start in which he missed over a month with a broken wrist. He played every position last year except first baseman, pitcher and catcher.In other MLB news:— Major league teams are 3-0 in arbitration this winter after the Dodgers beat outfielder Joc Pederson. Pederson will be paid $7.75 million instead of the $9.5 million he sought. Pederson made $5 million last season while batting .249 with career highs of 36 home runs and 74 RBIs. He improved his defense and established personal bests in slugging and OPS. WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor has issued two-game suspensions to 14 baseball players over an unspecified hazing incident that occurred last February.The school said the number of suspensions would be staggered over the first three weeks of the season. The Bears open at home against Nebraska next Friday.Athletic administrators became aware of the incident last May, and an investigation by Baylor’s general counsel office and Division of Student Life followed. The school said drugs and alcohol were not involved in the hazing incident. The names of the players weren’t released.PGA-PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AMTaylor keeps lead Update on the latest sports PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Canadian Nick Taylor is the leader through two rounds of the PGA’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am.Taylor birdied four of his last five holes at Pebble Beach for a 66 to take his first 36-hole lead on the PGA Tour. He is at 14-under 129.Jason Day is two shots back after an 8-under 64. Day made two long birdie putts across the green, holed a 40-yard wedge for eagle on the dangerous par-5 14th and made a couple of big par saves to move into contention.Defending champion Phil Mickelson also got in the mix with a burst of four straight birdies after the turn at Monterey Peninsula. He made bogey on the long par-3 ninth to finish his round of 7-under. He was three shots behind.OBIT-ROGER KAHN — Hunter Pence is returning to the Giants after accepting a package that will give the young club a veteran presence in both the outfield and clubhouse in a season of big change ahead. A person with direct knowledge of the deal said Friday that Pence had reached agreement pending a physical. He batted .297 with 18 homers, 17 doubles and 59 RBIs over 83 games for the Rangers last year.— The Rangers have worked out a minor league deal with former Cleveland closer Cody Allen. The 31-year-old right-hander was 0-2 with four saves and a 6.26 ERA in 25 appearances for the Angels last season. Allen had at least 30 saves in three straight seasons with the Indians from 2015-17.— Jessica Mendoza will no longer be on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” or work for the Mets’ front office after signing a contract extension with the network. Commissioner Rob Manfred said during this week’s owners meetings that he was not comfortable with Mendoza and former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez being both team employees and broadcasters.— Brian Schneider has been shifted to major league quality control coach by the Mets, filling the opening created when Luis Rojas replaced Carlos Beltrán as manager. Schneider was Miami’s catching coach for the past four seasons and had been hired by the Mets as manager of Triple-A Syracuse.NHL-SCHEDULE KOBE BRYANT-HELICOPTER CRASHInvestigators: No sign of engine failure for Bryant copterLOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal investigators say wreckage from the helicopter that crashed last month, killing Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others did not show any evidence of engine failure. That’s according to a report by the National Transportation Safety Board. The helicopter crashed into a hillside outside Los Angeles on Jan. 26.The NTSB is investigating the accident, including any role heavy fog played, and a final report isn’t expected for at least a year. A witness told the NTSB that the helicopter was flying forward and downward through the fog before it crashed into the hill.KOBE BRYANT-MEMORIAL Elsewhere on NHL ice:— John Tavares scored a power-play goal with 6.2 seconds showing in overtime to lift the Maple Leafs past the Ducks, 5-4. Auston Matthews buried his 40th goal of the season to tie Alex Ovechkin for the NHL lead, while Jason Spezza and Andreas Johnsson provided the rest of the offense for Toronto. Matthews and Mitch Marner each had three assists to back Jack Campbell, who made 26 saves in his first start for the Leafs.— Jimmy Vesey (VEE’-see) had a goal and an assist against his former team to help the Sabres down the Rangers, 3-2. Carter Hutton made 21 of his 37 saves in the third period while trying to protect Buffalo’s 3-0 lead. Zemgus Girgensons (ZEHM’-guhs) GUR’-gehn-suhnz) and Sam Reinhart also scored in the Sabres’ second win in seven games.BAYLOR SUSPENSIONSBaylor suspends 14 baseball players 2/24: Bryant memorial reflects dad and daughter’s uniformsLOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant’s widow says there will be a “celebration of life” memorial on Feb. 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to honor her late husband and 13-year-old daughter Gianna. Vanessa Bryant posted a graphic on Instagram Friday morning to announce the event. Her post only said the event will occur at 10 a.m. and there are “details to come.”The arena is where Bryant starred for the Lakers for most of his two-decade career and the date 2/24 corresponds with the No. 24 jersey he wore and the No. 2 worn by Gianna. They and seven others died in a helicopter crash last month.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULETerps take conference lead Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULESixers beat Grizzlies to end skidUNDATED (AP) — Furkan Korkmaz (FUR’-kahn KORHK’-mas) helped the Philadelphia 76ers end a four-game losing streak as they cooled off the Memphis Grizzlies in the process. ‘Boys of Summer’ author dies at 92MAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) — The author of “The Boys of Summer” has died.Roger Kahn wrote 20 books and hundreds of articles, but he was particularly noted for the 1972 best-seller that looked at his relationship with his father through their shared love of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Kahn’s writing hit on social issues, particularly race. He wrote at length about Jackie Robinson and his struggles in breaking baseball’s color line, and the two formed a long friendship.Son Gordon Kahn said his father died Thursday at a nursing facility in in Mamaroneck (muh-MA’-ruh-nek), New York. He was 92.NHL-OBIT-GLENNIE Ex-Leafs blueliner Glennie diesTORONTO (AP) — Former Toronto Maple Leafs hard-hitting defenseman Brian Glennie has died at age 73.Glennie played nine of his 10 NHL seasons with the Leafs and scored 14 goals and 114 points in 572 career games. He was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 and helped the national team win Olympic bronze at the 1968 Winter Games in Grenoble, France, under Father David Bauer.