AFTRA president steps down, takes new role at Actors’ Equity

first_img(818) 713-3758 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Actors’ Equity represents actors and stage managers in theaters within the United States. Connolly was first elected in 2001 as national president of AFTRA – the 70,000-member union that represents actors, newscasters, announcers, singers, dancers, comedians and other professionals who work across the media and entertainment industries in television, radio, sound recordings, music videos, commercials and new media. AFTRA National Executive Director Kim Roberts Hedgpeth praised Connolly’s efforts Tuesday. “The energy and passion John demonstrated as AFTRA national president on behalf of actors, recording artists, journalists, and broadcasters working in the media and entertainment industries – combined with his commitment to the principles of organized labor – will serve him well in his new role,” Hedgpeth said. greg.hernandez@dailynews.com John Connolly, longtime president of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, will step down from the post next month. He will be replaced by radio host Bob Edwards, the union announced Tuesday. Connolly is leaving to become national executive director of Actors’ Equity Association. Edwards, AFTRA’s first national vice president and the former longtime host of National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition,” takes over at least until the union’s next national board meeting at the end of April. Connolly, elected AFTRA president three times, described the decision to step down as “difficult and heart-wrenching.” “I am humbled by the confidence and responsibility bestowed upon me by Equity’s National Council and I pledge to serve our members with all my heart and soul,” said Connolly, who will begin his new job March 19. last_img read more

Former Punjab BJP chief Kamal Sharma dies

first_imgFormer Punjab BJP president and senior party leader Kamal Sharma passed away on the morning of October 27 after suffering a heart attack in Ferozepur district.Mr. Sharma, 48, went for a morning walk when he suffered a heart attack, a close aide of Mr. Sharma saidHe was taken to a local hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead, he said.Mr. Sharma is survived by his wife and two children.Two hours back, Mr. Sharma had greeted people on Deepavali through his Twitter handle.last_img

Yuvraj Singh’s surprise comeback to T20 squad

first_imgFlamboyant left-hander Yuvraj Singh, who has recovered from cancer, made a surprise comeback on Wednesday to India’s 30-member preliminary squad for the Twenty20 World Cup beginning in Sri Lanka September 18.The Man of the Series of the ODI World Cup in India was diagnosed with a rare germ cell cancer and underwent chemotherapy treatment at the Cancer Research Institute in Boston.Since then Yuvraj has made giant strides towards regaining full fitness by training at Bangalore’s National Cricket Academy.”I think a guy who has won the World Cup for us deserves to come back,” chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth had stated.Out of favour off-spinner Harbhajan Singh too makes a comeback to the side. Another surprise pick was medium-pacer Lakshmipathy Balaji, who last played an international match in 2009 against Sri Lanka.Balaji, who has not played any T20 for the national squad, was rewarded for his consistent performance for the Kolkata Knight Riders in fifth edition of the Indian Premier League.Mandeep Singh, former captain of the India under-19 team too received a call-up for his good showing for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL.Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Naman Ojha and Ambati Rayudu too have been included owing to their good performance this season in the IPL. Regulars like Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli are all in the squad.Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, R. Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Umesh Yadav, Ashok Dinda, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary, Rahul Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Robin Uthappa, Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, Mandeep Singh, Piyush Chawla, Ravindra Jadeja, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Munaf Patel, Naman Ojha, Dinesh Karthik, Praveen Kumar, Lakshmipathy Balajiadvertisementlast_img read more