A Night With Janis Joplin, starring Main Stem Fresh Face Mary Bridget Davies, will end its Broadway run on February 9, a week earlier than previously announced. The musical, written and directed by Randy Johnson, will have played 22 previews and 141 regular performances at the Lyceum Theatre at the time of closing. The rockin’ show will move to a new home in New York City this March. In addition to Davies, the cast features De’Adre Aziza, NaTasha Yvette Williams, Nikki Kimbrough and Taprena Michelle Augustine as The Joplinaires and as the influential singers who came before and inspired Joplin, including Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Nina Simone, Bessie Smith and Odetta. The cast also includes Kacee Clanton, Allison Blackwell and Alison Cusano. View Comments NaTasha Yvette Williams A Night With Janis Joplin features choreography by Patricia Wilcox, set and lighting by Justin Townsend, costumes by Amy Clark and sound design by Carl Casella. Star Files A Night with Janis Joplin celebrates the inspirations of one of rock ‘n roll’s greatest legends and takes audiences on a musical journey with Joplin as her unforgettable voice made her a must-see headliner all across the country when she exploded onto the music scene in 1967. The show features many of Joplin’s hit songs, including “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Down on Me”, “Summertime”, “Piece of My Heart”, “Ball ‘n’ Chain”, “Maybe”, “Kozmic Blues”, “Cry Baby” and “Mercedes Benz.” Mary Bridget Davies
Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 14, 2016 Related Shows Bruce Willis will begin previews on October 22 opposite his number one fan, three-time Emmy winner and two-time Tony nominee Laurie Metcalf, in the stage adaptation of Stephen King’s Misery. The production is scheduled to play a 16-week limited engagement at the Broadhurst Theatre and will officially open on November 15.Directed by Will Frears, the play is penned by two-time Oscar winner William Goldman. Misery follows successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon (Willis), who is rescued from a car crash by his “Number One Fan,” Annie Wilkes (Metcalf), and wakes up captive in her secluded home. While Paul is convalescing, Annie reads the manuscript to his newest novel and becomes enraged when she discovers the author has killed off her favorite character, Misery Chastain. Annie forces Paul to write a new “Misery” novel, and he quickly realizes Annie has no intention of letting him go anywhere. The irate Annie has Paul writing as if his life depends on it, and if he does not make her deadline, it will.Goldman also adapted the best-selling 1987 book for film. The 1990 movie starred James Caan as Sheldon and Kathy Bates in an Oscar-winning performance as Wilkes. The Frears-helmed stage adaptation received its world premiere at Pennsylvania’s Bucks County Playhouse in November 2012, starring Daniel Gerroll and Tony nominee Johanna Day. View Comments Laurie Metcalf Star Files Misery
There are just oodles of reasons why the “Great Girl Scout Hike” was created. Barbara Duerk of the Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council concocted it to invite scouts and their mentors to tackle sections of her beloved Appalachian Trail this year. Sure, it’s to celebrate the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary.It was a butterfly that helped inspire the Great Girl Scout Hike. Jennifer Pfister, an organizer for he Girl Scouts of Virginia, vividly remembers taking a little Roanoke girl hiking for the first time. The girl belted out a blood-curdling scream when an innocuous butterfly landed on her because she feared it was going to bite her. The girl had never seen a butterfly except in a book.“Kids aren’t getting outside enough,” says Pfister. “They’re very much glued to their computer screens inside. We’d like to get back to the basics of Girl Scouting.”So she and her colleague Barbara Duerk created the Great Girl Scout Hike, inviting scouts and their mentors to tackle sections of the Appalachian Trail in 2012. The hike also celebrates the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary, and it was inspired by Honorary Chair Mary “Mama Boots” Sands, who trekked the iconic footpath’s 2,181-miles over two decades with her scouts.“The idea is to get girls outside, to get girls on the move and to appreciate our natural resources,” says Duerk, a long-time scout leader and A.T. trekker.That’s a huge part of what scouts did back when Juliette Gordon Low founded the girls’ leadership group in Savannah, Ga. on March 12, 1912 – before American women even secured their right to vote. The hike officially began on the scouts’ March 12 anniversary and ends on Low’s birthday, Oct. 31.So far, girls from 137 troops in Virginia, Maryland, Florida, New Jersey and other states, have registered to hike legs of the A.T. One group of alumnae dubbed the Eaglet Express is even staging a northbound thru-hike.Seeing the scouts hit the trail makes Mama Boots beam. “It gets them back into the importance of physical fitness,” says the Louisville, Ky. octogenarian. “There are a lot of girls out there who aren’t athletes and ballet dancers, but they can hike on the Appalachian Trail and they feel like they’ve accomplished something.”In Burke, Va., Aly Kliem, of Troop 6115 wasn’t thinking about building muscles when she signed on. “It’s fun. You get to be outside,” says the 13-year-old. And, she added, “I’d like to see a black bear.”Kliem’s troop leader Sandy Latta is prepping her scouts for an overnight backpacking trip on the A.T. near Front Royal with neighborhood training hikes and expert speakers. Latta “felt there was a need for older Girl Scout high-adventure activities.” But even Daisies, Brownies, and other pint-sized scouts can join in by taking mini-hikes.“For some, this is the first time they are going to step on a hiking trail,” says Duerk. “We want the girls to go outside and think, ‘We’re having fun.’ That will carry on to the next generation.”This generation of high-tech hikers and their leaders will be texting, tweeting, shooting videos, and tapping their smart phones to update their Facebook pages on the trail–during rest breaks. They’ll also be adding their own voices to the storied trail at gshike.org.
Jul 29, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The top US advisory panel on immunizations recommended today that groups totaling up to 159 million people be targeted for vaccination against the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus but that a narrower population of about 41 million have priority if initial supplies are short.The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) picked five target groups for initial immunization because of their increased risk of H1N1 infection or complications or their contact with vulnerable people:Pregnant womenHousehold contacts of babies under 6 months of ageHealthcare and emergency medical services (EMS) workersChildren and young people aged 6 months through 24 yearsPeople between 25 and 64 years who have chronic medical conditionsBut if the demand for vaccine outstrips supplies, said Dr.Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the five groups would be as follows:Pregnant womenHealthcare and EMS workers who have direct contact with patients or infectious substancesHousehold contacts of babies younger than 6 monthsChildren aged 6 months through 4 yearsChildren and adolescents from 5 through 18 years who have risk factors for flu complicationsHealthy people between the ages of 25 and 64 can be immunized after the demand from the target groups has been met, said the committee, which advises the CDC. Because people 65 and older seem to have a lower risk of H1N1 infection than younger people, they can be vaccinated as supplies permit and other groups are served, the panel advised.”The H1N1 outbreak so far has to large extent spared that [elderly] population . . . so the idea was that if supply is adequate and global circumstances permit, vaccine could be offered at that time, said Schuchat, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.Speaking at a press conference after today’s ACIP meeting, Schuchat said the broader target groups total roughly 159 million people, adding, “But there’s a lot of overlap in some of the groups, so it’s probably lower than that.”Schuchat said the smaller set of target groups, or what she called the “just-in-case prioritization group,” numbers about 41 million people.The committee issued its recommendations as five vaccine manufacturers race to make H1N1 vaccines ordered by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Federal officials have been saying they hope to have the first doses ready to use by mid-October, but some doubt about that date was expressed at today’s meeting.Guidance assumes no adjuvantsThe ACIP recommendations assume that the H1N1 vaccines to be used will not contain adjuvants, because using an adjuvant would create regulatory complications that would delay vaccine availability. Adjuvants have not been used with flu vaccines in the United States, but HHS has ordered a supply of adjuvants for possible use in the pandemic.Early in today’s meeting, Dr. Robin Robinson, director of HHS’s Biological Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), predicted that about 120 million doses of vaccine could become available in October and another 80 million per month after that. He said the manufacturers so far have made the bulk equivalent of about 20 million doses of injectable vaccine and 12.8 million doses of nasal spray vaccine.However, he said that one manufacturer, which he didn’t name, is having trouble finishing its production of this year’s seasonal flu vaccine. “We’ll see what impact that has on H1N1. We’re working with them,” he said.On the other hand, Robinson said the manufacturers are seeing some improvements in the production yields of the vaccines, which are grown in eggs. Yields have been reported to be only 25% to 50% as high as typical yields for seasonal flu vaccines.”I’m happy to say that we’re starting to see increases in the production yield this week,” he said, without offering details.One or two doses?A big question mark in the vaccine effort is whether one or two doses will be needed. Federal officials are awaiting early results from clinical trials to find out if one dose will generate a potentially protective immune response, but the general expectation is that two are likely to be necessary, because the virus is new.In that regard, the ACIP recommended that if supplies are short, providers not turn vaccine seekers away in order to save supplies for second doses.Even if supplies initially run short, “supply and availability will continue, so the committee stressed that programs and providers continue to vaccinate unimmunized patients and not keep vaccine in reserve for later administration of the second dose,” the CDC said in a press release.Schuchat said the demand for the vaccine is likely to be well below the number of people in the targeted groups.”We think it’s important to differentiate the size of the populations from the number of doses we have and the number we need,” she said. Seasonal flu vaccination is recommended for 83% of the population, but actual uptake is less than 40%, she observed, adding, “If we use this as our expectation, we may have plenty of vaccine right away.”Obesity as a potential risk factorIn other comments, Schuchat said obesity by itself may not be a risk factor for serious H1N1 disease, despite some recent evidence to the contrary.”The information is incomplete,” she said. Morbidly obese people seem to have worse complications than normal-weight people, but obese people in general have more health conditions that increase their risk of complications. “When we looked at those who had only obesity or morbid obesity, it’s not so clear,” she said.Concerning the vaccination target groups, the new ACIP recommendations call for using the same list of risk factors as are used for seasonal flu, Schuchat said in response to questions. Those include things like chronic respiratory, heart, liver, or kidney disease; diabetes; suppressed immunity, and pregnancy, but not obesity by itself, she said.Schuchat was asked what she would tell an elderly person about the H1N1 vaccine, given the potential for confusion with different recommendations for seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccination.”As a provider with the elderly, I’d strongly recommend seasonal flu vaccine, and say that from what we’ve seen so far with this [H1N1] virus, you’re probably going to be spared,” she replied.ACIP recommendations are routinely approved and issued by the CDC. “These recommendations will be reviewed quickly by CDC and we expect them to be rapidly disseminated to state and local health departments,” which are actively planning their vaccination programs, Schuchat said.In response to a question, she said HHS has ordered some thimerosal-free vaccine, both injectable and the nasal spray, but she did not specify quantities. Thimerosal is a mercury-containing compound still used as a preservative in some flu vaccines.Need for revised guidanceAt the meeting, CDC medical epidemiologist Anthony Fiore, MD, MPH, told the committee that though HHS released pandemic vaccine guidance in 2008, new recommendations are needed because the previous ones focused on a more severe scenario. Current evidence suggesting a more moderate pandemic warrants revisions, he said.Members of the committee struggled over how high to set the age boundary for vaccine prioritization. The initial recommendation presented to the members today from ACIP’s Influenza Working Group stipulated that children aged 6 months to 18 years be included among the priority groups. Federal and state officials are eyeing administering the vaccine at schools as an efficient way to reach this group.One problem that led to the uncertainty over where to place the age cutoff is a lack of clear data on infection rates within the subgroups. During the morning session of the meeting, Fiore said early reporting on confirmed cases revealed an infection rate of 2.56 in 100,000 among 12- to 18-year olds, which decreased to 1.26 per 100,000 among 19- to 24-year-olds.However, several members spoke in favor of pushing the age cutoff to 24 as a way to include college students. James Turner, MD, a liaison representative from the American College Health Association (ACHA), told the group that college students in dormitory settings have the same risk factors that appear to have played a role in the spread of the virus this summer at camps and military schools. He said flu transmission on college campuses probably would have been higher in the spring, but many students were leaving for the year in May when the virus was gaining a foothold.Turner said the ACHA’s data suggest that the seasonal vaccine immunization rate in college students is about 32%, which he said suggests good uptake in the age-group.Other members of the group pushed for including the broader age-group as a way to simplify the message about who should be vaccinated. Also, William Schaffner, MD, liaison representative from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, warned that vaccine prioritization schemes that are too narrow could result in unused vaccine. Schaffner is chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville.The committee’s decision to expand the upper age limit from 18 to 24 adds 24 million people to the priority group, CDC officials said.See also:CDC ACIP pageJul 29 CDC press release
Kenneth also confirmed the fund hoped to move to in-house the management of parts of its LDI portfolio by the end of the year.But, despite the change in approach, he signalled the fund would not rapidly switch to in-house management for other parts of its portfolio.“This is a long-term plan, focused on managing funds in a considered and sustainable way,” he said.“We will take the time we need to make this work for the long-term interests of our members.”Andy McKinnon, the fund’s CFO, echoed Kenneth’s upbeat tone and said 2015-16 had been successful despite the “challenging economic backdrop”.“Our robust strategy has put us in a strong position to manage the uncertainties ahead, and our long-term risk model predicts we will achieve financial self-sufficiency by 2030 in 93% of scenarios,” he said.The PPF’s likelihood of achieving its self-sufficiency target by 2030 – at which point it would no longer be reliant on levy income – has significantly increased since 2014-15, but the fund’s CRO Hans den Boer admitted the 5-percentage-point improvement over the previous year was down to changes to the way the self-sufficiency target was calculated rather than changes in the market environment.In addition to already paying compensation to members of BHS schemes, the fund also acknowledged the potential impact of a second potential insolvency event – the entry of the British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS) into the PPF.The PPF said an allowance had been made for the potential future claim by the BSPS, and that, based on information it had to hand, it would possess “sufficient reserves should this scheme come to [the PPF] during the coming year”.The future of BSPS is being debated by government.The PPF has argued that, if the fund is allowed to sever the link to its sponsor, it should be barred from entering the lifeboat fund in future. Taking into account expected insolvency events, also known as type II liabilities, the PPF’s board calculated that its funding level would have declined from 115% to 108% over the course of the financial year.McKinnon confirmed the 108% funding ratio reflected BSPS’ potential entry into the fund. The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has seen its funding ratio improve over the last financial year, despite a marked slump in investment performance following 2015’s record return of nearly 26%.The UK’s lifeboat scheme said its funding ratio had risen by more than 1 percentage point, to 116.3%, despite the impact of the schemes for insolvent retailer BHS entering the PPF, and investments only returning 1.7%.CIO Barry Kenneth said the £23.4bn (€29.7bn) fund had intentionally taken on less risk over the course of the year but nevertheless managed to outperform liabilities.It generated £200m in income from both its liability driven investment (LDI) portfolio and its growth portfolio, with the fund’s surplus increasing by around £500m to £4.1bn at the end of March.
More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoRiccardo Rizzi took on the challenge of completing the build. Picture Mike BatterhamNo expense has been spared by Mr Rizzi who has risen to the challenge of bringing the vision for a grand Mediterranean masterpiece to fruition.The six-bedroom pad has a billiard room, cinema, wine cellar, 25m outdoor pool, a gymnasium with spa, chiller pool, steam room and sauna.Mr Mian said it was impossible to put a price on the property, taking into account the value of land, years of trade labour and materials imported from around the globe. MORE: Hollywood Hills comes to Oxenford The Mediterranean masterpiece will go to auction on October 17.Amir Mian, principal of Amir Prestige, said it was the first time a property of this calibre would go under the hammer on the Gold Coast. “The final touches were made two weeks ago so the home will go to auction as new,” he said. “The strength of the prestige market on the Gold Coast right now is the best it could be.“There has never been a better time to put a property of this standing to auction.” Top 10 eye-popping Gold Coast houses Manpower founder lists Broadbeach Waters mansion The property boasts 106m of water frontage on the best five north-facing blocks on Sovereign Islands. The unfinished mansion in 2013. Picture: Luke MarsdenThe previous owners, accountant Clare Marks and her lawyer husband Scott Tyne, are reported to have outlaid $21.44 million on the initial construction and four blocks of land.Perth-based Mr Rizzi later acquired an adjoining 777 sqm block for $1.2 million, increasing the total holding to 4254 sqm. A 4m high, 1500kg bronze statue is among the more ostentatious features.The auction campaign is expected to attract worldwide interest, with overseas residents without an Australian visa eligible to buy. “The campaign will target buyers Australia wide as well as China, Hong Kong and Singapore,” said Mr Mian. “There are plenty of billionaires who are looking through a post-pandemic lens and seeing the Gold Coast as a safe place to be.” Amir Mian, principal of Amir Prestige, with sales agent Faith Liu. Picture: Tertius PickardThe auction date comes hot on the heels of Mr Mian’s $22.5 million sale on 187-191 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach last month, the latest in a string of record real estate deals.The Sovereign Islands estate was put to market with a $45 million price tag a year ago in a move designed to “test the waters” while construction continued. The property famously sold in an unfinished state to civil engineer Riccardo Rizzi for $5.3 million at a mortgagee auction in 2013. The extraordinary estate at 26-34 Knightsbridge Parade East, Sovereign Islands.They say Rome wasn’t built in a day and nor was the Gold Coast’s most extravagant house. The final touches on a grand Sovereign Islands trophy mansion – previously listed with a price tag of $45 million – have been made more than a decade after work first began.Built across five north-facing waterfront blocks on Knightsbridge Parade East, the keys to the completed mansion are up for grabs with an auction set down for October 17.
LocalNews RGSM for Dominica timely says Information Minister by: – February 24, 2012 Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring! Hon. Ambrose George. Photo credit: GIS NewsInformation Minister Ambrose George has described as “timely”, a proposal for Dominica to become the sixth OECS Government to issue securities on the Regional Government Securities Market (RGSM).George told Parliament this week, that the current global environment has brought to the fore several challenges for developed and developing countries.He said one of the challenges is that of identifying sources of financing for development activities.“We have been the beneficiary of grant resources and we thank all our benefactors who have and continue to assist us. We have also been the beneficiary of highly concessionary loans and from time to time we have made use of the overdraft facilities at the commercial bank.”He said in the current environment, “we must continue to examine the options available to government.George said further that government has major plans for the RGSM.“Government has made significant progress over the past decade in improving debt management. The debt management function falls under the purview of the ministry of finance and a unit has been established to manage the debt portfolio and to ensure the objectives set out in the debt strategy are met,” he said.The RGSM is expected to take effect today.Dominica Vibes News 5 Views no discussions Share
The Batesville Lady Bulldogs improved to 9-0 on Saturday and 5-0 in the EIAC with a 7-0 victory over the Connersville Lady Spartans. The Lady Bulldogs got off to a hot start as Denise Davalos took a shot from 30 yards out that the keeper could not keep out of the back of the net despite getting a hand on the shot. Batesville would add 2 more in the first half, as it was Carlie Werner who finished a beautiful cross from Hailey Mohr for the 2nd score. Davalos would add her second of the match with 3 minutes to play in the half on a direct kick from 25 yards out. Davalos bent the shot into the near post as the Lady Spartan goalkeeper watched it hit the back of the net. Batesville outshot Connersville 19-0 in the first stanza.In the second half, Batesville would add 4 more goals. Mohr found the back of the net after hitting the crossbar several times before the score. Abbey Prickel was moved up from defense for the last 10 minutes of the match and she utlized her time well. After getting the assist on the Mohr goal, she would add two of her own within a 3 minute span. Rounding out the scoring was Lauren Gutzwiller as Georgia Gratz got free on the right wing and played the ball into the box to Gutzwiller to score on an empty net. The Lady Bulldogs outshot the Lady Spartans 37 – 2 for the match. Ellie Waechter recorded her 6th shutout of the season alongside the solid defense made up of Abbey Prickel, Liz Heidlage, Ella Gutzwiller, Lily Meyer, and Olive Cerniglia.Batesville is back in action on Monday as they face the Mount Vernon (Fortville) Lady Marauders at Mt. Vernon.JV match: Saturday morning the JV girls soccer team took on the Connersville Spartans. The ladies only played a half of a game and gave it their all for the full 40 minutes, which was shown at the end of the half. The Bulldogs emphasize their strength in set plays by finishing on not only one corner kick but two leaving Ashley Nobbe with both assists. The first goal came from Caroline Kellerman cleaning up a loose corner kick ball on the back post of the goal. The second goal came from Chloe Saler pushing high and supporting the offense in a later corner kick. The ladies finished the half in the lead with a score of 2-0.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Laker.
It was a display that fully justified his recent recall to the side after a spell out but by full time the wound had swollen considerably. But the 26-year-old has recovered well since and is not in any danger of missing City’s next Barclays Premier League outing. Pellegrini said: “Joe Hart has a cut beneath his eye but nothing important. It is not dangerous and he can play without any risk.” On the issue of Hart’s form, after he was dropped in November and replaced by Costel Pantilimon for seven Premier League games, Pellegrini is convinced it is returning. He said: “I hope, of course – everyone knows why Joe Hart is the first goalkeeper here in England. “He had played two or three years at a very high (level of) performance (before being dropped). “He can do it and we hope he will continue in the same way.” City, second in the table at the end of the year, will also continue without star striker Sergio Aguero at the Liberty Stadium. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini claims it would not be a risk to play goalkeeper Joe Hart at Swansea on New Year’s Day. Press Association The Argentinian was ruled out for up to eight weeks after suffering a calf injury in the win over Arsenal on December 14. Pellegrini believes the 19-goal forward is making good progress and should return in the next month. He said: “Sergio is recovering from his calf injury. I suppose in January he will be okay.” Playmaker David Silva is also not available on Wednesday after collecting his fifth booking of the season in the Palace game. Defender Pablo Zabaleta – recently recovered from a hamstring injury – midfielder Yaya Toure and striker Alvaro Negredo, all rested at the weekend, are back in contention. Pellegrini said: “Pablo played against Liverpool at the limit, so it was a risk of massive injury for him to play two games in 44 hours. “Yaya Toure and Negredo were a little tired and will be fresh.” Striker Stevan Jovetic and defenders Martin Demichelis and Micah Richards are the other players sidelined. City are well placed at the halfway stage of the season, a point off the top and through to the last 16 of the Champions League and Capital One Cup semi-finals. With the transfer window to reopen, Pellegrini will consider whether to strengthen his squad. Pellegrini said: “No, for the moment, we are not talking about that but we are always analysing what we need and what we don’t need. “We will see what we are going to do in the next days.” Hart required five stitches in a gash under his left eye following a collision with Cameron Jerome in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat of Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium. Hart received lengthy treatment at the time but continued and went on to earn the man-of-the-match award after a number of fine saves frustrated battling Palace in the second half.
The highest rated staying chaser in training, Don Cossack has been almost imperious for the last 18 months, with his only defeat coming in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham in March. He has won eight of his last nine races, with four of those at Grade One level, and in any other year he would probably be an odds-on shot – but the strength in depth of this year’s race means he can still be backed at bigger than 2-1. Press Association Gordon Elliott feels “lucky” to be training a horse as good as Don Cossack for a race as mouthwatering as the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton on Saturday. The fact there are so many dangers abound is not lost on Elliott, who in some ways wishes Don Cossack was able to race in a different generation. “I got excited talking about him as a younger horse, and Michael (O’Leary, owner) gave me a bit of a telling-off,” said Elliott. “He won a Grade One as a novice, but he is the finished article now. “It’s a very strong division at the moment. There’s no hiding place. “It’s great for the game, but unfortunate for me I’ve got such a good horse in this day and age. I would love to have had him three years ago. “I’m very lucky to have him. The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the ultimate plan.”