NFL announces plans to move forward with 2021 draft in Cleveland while following COVID-19 protocols

Actors’ Equity Plans Town Hall To Address Member Petition Demanding Work Return Details

Actors’ Equity Association will hold a town hall event to address issues about safety protocols and get-back-to-work efforts raised in a petition from more than 2,000 union members last week.

Details about the town hall, including location and date, will be announced shortly, the union writes.

The petition, organized by Hadestown actor Timothy Hughes and signed by such Broadway stars such as Karen Olivo, Aaron Tveit, Stephanie J. Block, Rachel Bay Jones, Eva Noblezada, Rob McClure, Ato Blankson-Wood, Robyn Hurder and Emily Skinner, among many others, expressed concern that “while many aspects of our lives are moving forward towards a new sense of normalcy, our Union is not.”

Many Equity members, the petition states, “have grown deeply frustrated and increasingly concerned about the lack of practical details in how to return to work.” The petition also criticized “the increasingly problematic lack of communication” on the issue from Equity.

In its response, posted on Medium, Equity writes, “Some of you have asked for more information about what the path forward looks like in the theatre. We see you and we hear you. Watch for more in the days ahead on a town hall that will allow you to learn more about our safety protocols, and make your voice heard, especially as vaccines are becoming more widely available.”

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Predictably, Huskies freshman guard Paige Bueckers stuffed the stat sheet. Her performance was also historic. 

With 24 points, Bueckers set a school record for most points in a tournament debut and the fourth-most points for a freshman in the program's vaunted postseason history. She also grabbed nine rebounds, dished out six assists and had four steals as the Huskies navigate the beginning stages of the tournament without coach Geno Auriemma, who tested positive for COVID-19 last week. 

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Shares of Summer Infant Inc. (SUMR) are soaring over 30% Monday morning, despite no recent company-specific news that could be attributed to today’s stock movement.

The stock, which has been trading between $1.75 and $24.00 for the past one year, is currently trading at $17.00, up $4.00 or 30.77%, with trading volume rising over 627K versus an average volume of $10K shares.

Elon Musk Declares Himself TechnoKing Of Tesla

Luxury electric car maker Tesla Inc.’s (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk has changed his job title to “TechnoKing of Tesla”.

Musk will continue to retain his position of CEO of the company, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing said.

“Effective as of March 15, 2021, the titles of Elon Musk and Zach Kirkhorn have changed to Technoking of Tesla and Master of Coin, respectively. Elon and Zach will also maintain their respective positions as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer,” the filing reads.

Tesla’s Chief Financial Officer, Zach Kirkhorn, has the new title of Master of Coin, a reference to the company’s $1.5 billion purchase of Bitcoin this year.

The company did not reveal any details about the new titles, or whether Musk and Kirkhorn would have any additional duties.

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Currently, shares are at $4.31, up 58.81 percent from the previous close of $2.72 on a volume of 13,043,966. For the 52-week period, the shares have traded in a range of $0.46-$5.36 on average volume of 224,313.

NFL announces plans to move forward with 2021 draft in Cleveland while following COVID-19 protocols

Cleveland, you rock. Also – you're on the clock.

The NFL's foray into the virtual draft environment will apparently be a one-and-done endeavor, the league announcing Monday that it will move forward – as scheduled – by staging the 2021 draft in Cleveland from April 29 to May 1.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the 2020 NFL draft out of Las Vegas and into the homes of Commissioner Roger Goodell and draft-eligible prospects. But the league plans a return to its recent modus operandi by holding the event – this year will mark the 86th draft – throughout one of its club's markets.

A degree of uncertainty had loomed over the proceedings prior to Monday’s announcement, which revealed this draft will occur across downtown Cleveland locations that include FirstEngergy Stadium, the Great Lakes Science Center and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – yes, meaning headline musical acts will also be integrated into the show.