Vanessa Hudgens Is ‘Stoked’ About Leading the Broadway-Bound Gigi

first_img Directed by Eric Schaeffer, the re-imagined new production is written by Heidi Thomas. Based on the 1944 novel by Colette, Gigi was first adapted for the Broadway stage in 1951 by Anita Loos, with an unknown Audrey Hepburn in the title role. Subsequently Alan Jay Lerner (screenplay and lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music) adapted the material for the 1958 Oscar-winning movie musical. In 1973, the tuner played 103 performances on Broadway, earning a Tony Award for Best Original Score. Gigi features the memorable tunes “Thank Heaven For Little Girls,” “I Remember It Well,” “The Night They Invented Champagne,” “It’s a Bore,” “Say a Prayer for Me Tonight” and more. Hudgens is best known for playing Gabriella, love interest of Zac Efron’s Troy, in Disney’s High School Musical movies. Recent screen credits include Bandslam and Spring Breakers. She played Mimi in Rent at the Hollywood Bowl in 2010. The High School Musical star is set to begin performances in the tuner’s pre-Broadway engagement at the Kennedy Center opposite Howard McGillin and Corey Cott on January 16, 2015. Although Hudgens admitted “I’m terrified,” she’s remaining positive: “Do the things that scare you, though!” View Comments Vanessa Hudgens is thanking heaven that she’s landed the titular role in the Broadway-bound Gigi. “I’m stoked,” she revealed at a recent Global Green USA event. “I love the play so much! I love Gigi—she’s so adorable. She’s so much fun.”center_img Gigi Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015last_img read more

The Front Page Recoups Broadway Investment

first_imgJohn Slattery & Nathan Lane in ‘The Front Page'(Photo: Julieta Cervantes) Related Shows The star-packed revival of The Front Page has recouped its $4.9 million investment, making it the first production of the 2016-17 to reach this milestone. The classic Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur comedy, this time led by Nathan Lane, John Slattery and John Goodman, is set to play its final performance at the Broadhurst Theatre on January 29.In addition to Lane, Slattery and Goodman, the Jack O’Brien-helmed staging features Tony winner Jefferson Mays, Sherie Rene Scott, Christopher McDonald, Holland Taylor, Robert Morse, Dylan Baker, Patricia Conolly, Halley Feiffer, Dann Florek, John Magaro, Danny Mastrogiorgio, David Pittu, Joey Slotnick, Lewis J. Stadlen, Micah Stock and Clarke Thorell.The Front Page follows tabloid newspaper reporters on the police beat. When reporter Hildy Johnson (Slattery) and his editor Walter Burns (Lane) discover a runaway convict in the midst of a buzzing press room at Chicago’s Criminal Courts Building, they conspire to hide him—and keep the delicious scoop for themselves. The Front Pagecenter_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 29, 2017last_img read more

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont donates $150,000 to flood relief efforts

first_imgBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont,Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont announced today that it will contribute $150,000 to support relief activities for Vermonters who suffered losses as a result of flooding due to Hurricane Irene. ‘Our state has suffered a disaster of historic proportions, but Vermonters have responded with extraordinary compassion and support for those who have suffered the most because of the terrible flooding that occurred,’ said BCBSVT President and CEO Don George. ‘As the state’s only Vermont-based health plan, it is important to BCBSVT and to its more than 340 employees to do as much as we can to support our neighbors in the difficult weeks and months ahead.’ Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, a non-profit company located in the central Vermont community of Berlin, will donate $150,000 to the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund. The Fund, created by the United Ways of Vermont in cooperation with the executive board of the Vermont Voluntary Organizations Action in Disaster and Vermont Emergency Management, is earmarked to support the long term needs of those most affected by the flooding. George said the donation is unprecedented for BCBSVT, but was decided upon because of the breadth of the losses that occurred because of Hurricane Irene-related flooding and the unique challenges faced by those who lost their homes and belongings. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s only Vermont-based health insurer and is the largest private health plan in Vermont.  The non-profit company employs more than 340 people and provides health care benefits for more than 160,000 Vermonters.  More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external)   Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.last_img read more

Power plant closures are turning Westmoreland’s minemouth assets into liabilities

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Two lawyers who specialize in Chapter 11 restructuring see differing paths for Westmoreland Coal Co.: shedding debt and coming back as a leaner company with lenders in control or breaking up by selling most of its assets.Pending bankruptcy court approval, the company plans to sell its core assets, which includes its San Juan operations in New Mexico as well as its Rosebud mine in Montana, to the highest bidder. Its lenders would act as a stalking horse bidder and take the assets in exchange for the company’s debt if there are no higher offers.Steven Abramowitz, a partner with the law firm Vinson & Elkins LLP who focuses on restructuring and bankruptcy, said the lenders usually buy the assets in these sorts of cases, noting that the lenders probably know there’s little chance of another entity paying more than the value of Westmoreland’s debt.Westmoreland also intends to sell some of its noncore assets, which include the Absaloka and Savage mines in Montana; the Beulah mine in North Dakota; the Buckingham mine in Ohio; the Haystack mine in Wyoming; and the Jewett mine in Texas.Peter Morgan, senior attorney with the Sierra Club focusing on issues related to coal, including bankruptcies, said the company’s bankruptcy is taking “a very different form” than the recent Chapter 11 proceedings of other coal producers, such as Peabody Energy Corp., Alpha Natural Resources Inc. and Arch Coal Inc. While those companies’ restructuring plans helped them shed some debt while continuing normal operations throughout their proceedings, he said, “Westmoreland really seems like it’s just being split up and sold for parts.”Morgan questioned the value of the company’s core assets — minemouth operations that service coal-fired power plants with units that are scheduled to retire within a decade. Rosebud sells its coal to Colstrip, a plant that will shutter its two older units by 2022 and may close down the remaining two units in 2027. The San Juan mine sells to the San Juan plant, which is slated to retire after its existing coal contract expires in 2022. “When your crown jewels, when your most valuable assets are mines that are inextricably tied to power plants that are in the process of closing,” Morgan said, “that suggests that there’s very little value left in that company.”More ($): With few potential buyers for its mines, Westmoreland could be ‘sold for parts Power plant closures are turning Westmoreland’s minemouth assets into liabilitieslast_img read more

North Amityville Shooting Leaves 1 Dead, Another Wounded

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A shooting left a 21-year-old man dead in his hometown of North Amityville and injured another early Thursday morning, Suffolk County police saidFirst Precinct patrol officers responded to 911 calls reporting shots fired on Glenmalure Street, where they found Malik Abdullah and a second victim suffering from gunshot wounds in the street at 2:17 a.m., police said.Abdullah was pronounced dead at the scene. The other victim, also a 21-year-old North Amityville man, was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the shooting to call them at 631-852-6392 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

Where millennials go for financial advice

first_imgScarred by the Great Recession and laden with student debt, few millennials are in the mood, or in a position, to seek out a traditional financial adviser. But they need financial advice just the same.Hence the arrival of new and unconventional approaches that try to help 20- and 30-somethings start saving and investing. These range from largely free or inexpensive services offered by financial-services providers—including those the hipsters have tended to shun—to podcasts and blog posts hosted and written by financially savvy young people working hard to win over a generation of skeptics.Twentysomethings are “still going somewhere for the information,” says Stefanie O’Connell, 29, whose blog posts about personal finance from her perspective as a young actress getting by in New York led her to a book-publishing deal earlier this year. Ms. O’Connell has blogged for Northwestern Mutual, Barclaycard and hosted a “Millennials & Money Trivia Night” for Capital One. continue reading » 30SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

H5N1 outbreaks confirmed in Israel, Pakistan

first_imgMar 21, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Israel and Pakistan are the latest countries to join the lengthening list of nations dealing with outbreaks of H5N1 avian influenza in birds, while officials in Russia and Malaysia are worried about growing numbers of outbreaks, according to news services.Israeli officials yesterday confirmed several H5N1 outbreaks in poultry, about 4 days after a suspected outbreak was reported at a kibbutz in southern Israel. Today, Pakistan confirmed that outbreaks at two chicken farms, first reported in late February, involved the H5N1 virus.In a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), Israeli officials said H5N1 struck turkeys on three farms and in one village, killing 11,800 and prompting the culling of another 56,700. The report was dated Mar 17 but was posted by the OIE yesterday. Culling of the affected flocks began Mar 18, according to an Associated Press report yesterday.A Bloomberg News report yesterday quoted the Israeli agriculture ministry as saying, “As of now we have identified only four concentrations of the disease, which indicates that the situation is under control. Even if further concentrations are discovered we aren’t speaking about an uncontrolled spread.” The report said three outbreaks were in the Negev region in southern Israel and the other was about 16 miles from Jerusalem.The story said four people who had been suspected of having H5N1 infections tested negative.The agriculture ministry was hoping to destroy a total of 800,000 birds by the end of this week, according to a report in today’s Jerusalem Post.In Pakistan, officials said the European Union’s reference laboratory in Britain had confirmed H5N1 on two farms where an H5 virus was first detected last month, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. The government previously killed 25,000 birds and sealed off the farms in the North West Frontier province.Another outbreak was suspected in the southern city of Hyderabad, but tests were negative, AFP reported.The chairman of the Pakistan Poultry Association, Raza Mahmood Khursand, said the virus had not spread beyond the two farms where it was first found, according to AFP. He said the country had already vaccinated all its chicken flocks after importing vaccines at the beginning of March.The AFP story said Pakistan destroyed 3.5 million birds in 2003 after outbreaks of H7 and H9 strains of avian flu.In Russia, the nation’s chief veterinarian said the number of poultry killed by avian flu or culled in containment effort so far this year is already double the total for last year, according to another AFP report today.Speaking at a veterinary conference, Sergei Dankvert said Russia has lost 1.3 million birds to avian flu this year, compared with 662,000 for all of 2005, according to the story.Fifty-six towns in nine regions have been affected by the disease this year, compared with 62 towns in 10 regions last year, Dankvert said. The virus is still present in 40 towns and has affected some factory farms for the first time this year, he added.The virus has struck farms in the southern regions of Stavropol, Krasnodar, and Dagestan, where “health and veterinary rules were not respected,” Dankvert was quoted as saying.He said the government plans to vaccinate poultry in “particularly endangered regions.”In Malaysia, the deputy agriculture minister warned that the H5N1 virus could spread throughout the country after two more bird outbreaks were reported, raising the number in the past month to six, according to a separate AFP report today.An official in the northern state of Perak reported two new avian flu outbreaks there, the story said. A local official said no birds died in the two outbreaks, but veterinary officials planned to cull about 3,000 birds.Malaysia’s first H5N1 outbreak in more than a year was reported about Feb 20 in four villages near Kuala Lumpur. Last week authorities reported two more outbreaks, including one in an ecological park, and another was reported yesterday in a village in Penang state, which borders Perak, according to AFP.In other news:Yesterday Kazakhstan reported its first H5N1 case this year, in a swan found dead on the shore of the Caspian Sea, according to AFP. Northern Kazakhstan had an H5N1 outbreak in poultry in mid-2005, leading to the culling of thousands of poultry, the story noted. It said the government began vaccinating 8 million poultry last month to protect them from possible exposure to the virus from migratory birds.Afghanistan reported finding an H5 virus in dead chickens in the eastern province of Kunar, which borders Pakistan, according to AFP. The country’s first H5N1 outbreaks were confirmed last week in the capital, Kabul, and in Nangahar province, which adjoins Kunar. A health official said the new outbreak is very likely to be H5N1.See also:Israel’s report to the OIEhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2006_AI.phplast_img read more

Time to celebrate unsung heroes amid COVID-19 crisis

first_imgOn the other hand, nurses have received more attention from the public during the pandemic, Indonesian Nurses Association (PPNI) chairman Harif Fadhillah said on Monday.“Nurses have been overlooked for the longest time,” Harif said. “But during the pandemic, nurses have been on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19. We hope that this [awareness] continues.”Before COVID-19, nurses had complained about the lack of appreciation afforded to them, including low wages that are disproportionate to their workloads. There were just 113 nurses to care for every 100,000 people in the country in 2016, according to Health Ministry data, a far cry from the government’s target of 180 nurses per 100,000 people by 2019.PPNI data from 2017 also showed that around 82,000 out the country’s roughly 1 million nurses worked “voluntarily” in state-owned health facilities without any clear work contract or status. Many of these nurses also earn well below the provincial minimum wage at privately-owned health facilities. Last year, nurses took to the streets in Bandung, West Java and Gorontalo to demand fair pay and employment certainty. It took at least 27 protests before the government finally ratified the 2014 Nursing Law, which finally recognized the roles of nurses in the national healthcare system.Alongside International Nurses Day, Indonesia will also commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the May 1998 riots that cost so many lives and stoked fear among the Chinese-Indonesian community that saw hundreds of shops raided and many women allegedly raped.The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) and the May 1998 riots fact-finding team have respectively revealed their findings on the 1965 and 1998 tragedies, showing that gross human rights violations were committed, with military involvement in both cases. But there has been no punishment for the perpetrators nor any justice for the victims, survivors and their families.However, there in significant public support for resolving these cases. A 2019 poll conducted by Kompas daily for Komnas HAM found that 82.2 percent of respondents believed that cases of past human rights violations should be resolved; however, many did not believe the government would be able to do so.“We hope that with public pressure, the country can open its eyes and awaken the political will needed to bring those cases [to court], at least to the investigation phase,” said Dimas BA Saputra, the head of the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence’s (Kontras) impunity watch division, on Monday.Since the incident 22 years ago, survivors and families of victims of past human rights abuses have regularly participated in weekly silent protests known as Aksi Kamisan, where they call on the government to take responsibility. The movement has since shifted to social media after the COVID-19 outbreak.The global community also celebrated Mother’s Day on May 10 – distinct from Indonesia’s own Hari Ibu – at a time when the pandemic has placed a greater burden on the shoulders of women in the country.The threat of domestic violence haunts women forced to shelter in place, with 33 of the 97 reports of violence against women received between March 16 and April 19 in Greater Jakarta by the Legal Aid Foundation of the Indonesian Women’s Association for Justice (LBH Apik) concerning domestic abuse.The organization’s coordinator for legal reforms, Ratna B. Munti, said Monday that the figure was only the “tip of the iceberg”, with many cases going unreported.Women, including mothers, have long suffered from many of the country’s societal ills, with discrimination, systemic poverty and human rights abuses hitting them the hardest, activists have said.“More attention needs to be paid to how we treat mothers, who give birth to the next generation. We need to position them as full-fledged citizens who have rights, and those rights need to be protected and upheld by the state,” Ratna said.Topics : This week comes as a stark reminder for people to protect and uphold the rights of the country’s many unsung heroes amid the COVID-19 outbreak: nurses who are on the frontline treating patients, mothers who keep their households afloat and victims seeking justice after the 1998 May riots.The pandemic has cast a pall over International Nurses Day celebrations on May 12, with nurses dying of the disease while others continue to work overtime to treat COVID-19 patients despite inadequate personal protections.Additionally, nurses face public stigma for their constant contact with patients, with some even getting evicted by their landlords.last_img read more

More evidence against keeping electronics in kids’ bedrooms

first_imgInforum 5 January 2015Parents concerned about their children not getting enough sleep may want to remove televisions and other small electronics from the kids’ bedrooms, according to a new study.Children who slept with televisions or other small-screened devices in their bedrooms ended up getting less sleep than children without those electronics in the room, researchers found.“While more studies are needed to confirm our results, we know that too much screen time is bad for children’s health in multiple ways,” said Jennifer Falbe, the study’s lead author from the University of California, Berkley.Past studies found that having televisions in kids’ bedrooms is tied to less sleep (see Reuters Health story of April 14, 2014.) Less sleep is ultimately tied to other issues, including obesity and academic performance.But few studies have looked at the presence of other small electronics in bedrooms, the researchers write in the journal Pediatrics.For the new study, Falbe and colleagues used data from 2,048 fourth- and seventh-graders enrolled in an obesity study in Massachusetts.They found that kids with TVs in their rooms reported sleeping about 18 minutes less each night than kids without bedroom televisions.http://www.inforum.com/news/3648208-more-evidence-against-keeping-electronics-kids-bedroomslast_img read more

Mentally ill have reduced life expectancy, study finds

first_img Share Share HealthLifestyle Mentally ill have reduced life expectancy, study finds by: – May 18, 2011 Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet 20 Views   no discussions By Dominic Hughes Health correspondent,BBC NewsResearchers believe factors like social disadvantage and long-term drug use could be to blamePeople suffering from serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder can have a life expectancy 10 to 15 years lower than the UK average.Researchers tracked the lives of more than 30,000 patients through the use of electronic medical records.They found that many were dying early from heart attack, stroke and cancer rather than suicide or violence.Mental health groups say vulnerable people need to be offered better care to prevent premature deaths.The research was carried out at the Biomedical Research Centre for mental health at the Maudsley Hospital in London and published in the online journal PLoS ONE.The study examined life expectancy for people suffering from specific mental illnesses like schizophrenia, serious depression and bipolar disorder, or those being treated for substance misuse.Life expectancy across all the illnesses studied was well below the UK average of 77.4 years for men and 81.6 years for women.Those most affected were women with schizoaffective disorder – problems with mood or sometimes abnormal thoughts – whose average life expectancy was reduced by 17.5 years, and men with schizophrenia whose lives were shortened by about 14.6 years.The researchers believe a combination of factors – higher-risk lifestyles, long-term anti-psychotic drug use and social disadvantage – could be to blame.‘Grim statistics’Dr Rob Stewart, of the Biomedical Research Centre, said people with serious mental health conditions tended not to look after themselves as well.“These results show the enormous impact mental health conditions can have on general health and survival,” he said. “The effects we see here are stronger than well-known risk factors like smoking, obesity or diabetes.“We need to improve the general health of people suffering from mental disorders by making sure they have access to healthcare of the same standard, quality and range as other people, and by developing effective screening programmes.”Jane Harris, from the charity Rethink Mental Illness, said the physical health needs of people with mental illness had been ignored.“These grim statistics tell a depressingly familiar story. It is completely unacceptable that people with a mental illness are effectively living in the 1930s in terms of life expectancy.“Action must be taken; we cannot carry on tolerating the fact that people are dying from preventable illnesses, due to a health system which treats mental health patients as second class citizens.”‘Symptoms overlooked’The joint chief executive of the Centre for Mental Health, Professor Bob Grove, said urgent action was needed to implement the government’s mental health strategy objective of improving the physical health of all people with mental health problems, and to address “the stark inequality in health as part of the NHS reform process”.Sophie Corlett, of the mental health charity Mind, said: “Doctors need to be more proactive in helping patients make informed choices about long-term medications that can sometimes have negative side effects for their physical health.“There is also a danger that preventable illnesses can be missed by doctors who sometimes overlook physical health complaints and focus their attention on the mental health problem.“It’s vital that people with mental health problems have access to routine physical health checks and that they are helped to make healthy lifestyle choices. We cannot allow this inequality to continue.”Care Services Minister Paul Burstow said: “Our strategy, ‘No health without mental health’, aims to improve the physical health of people with mental health problems, reduce premature deaths, and ensure evidence-based mental health therapies are available for all who need them.”last_img read more