Liven Up Your Lunch Break with Broadway in Bryant Park; Complete Lineup Set

first_imgThe 2015 lineup for 106.7 LITE FM’s annual Broadway in Bryant Park series has been announced, and several tuners from on and off-Broadway are ready to add some musical theater to your lunch break. The (free!) festivities kick off on July 9 with the long-running favorite Wicked, Broadway’s It Shoulda Been You, as well as Stomp and Fuerza Bruta from downtown. Later in the summer, you can catch performances from the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning Finding Neverland, new musicals Amazing Grace and Allegiance, long running hits The Phantom of the Opera and Chicago and more. Check out the full schedule below.July 9:StompWickedIt Shoulda Been YouFuerza BrutaJuly 16:Finding NeverlandChicagoSistasMamma Mia! July 23:Kinky BootsBeautiful: The Carole King MusicalThe Phantom of the OperaSayonaraJuly 30:MatildaOn The TownLes Miserables The Fantasticks August 6:Amazing Grace Something Rotten!Ruthless! AllegianceA Gentleman’s Guide to Love and MurderAugust 13:Mrs. Smith’s Broadway Cat-TacularOnce Upon a MattressThe King and IDames at Sea View Commentslast_img read more

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Michael C. Hall to Headline London’s Lazarus

first_img As expected, Michael C. Hall will reprise his role in the London incarnation of David Bowie’s Lazarus. Directed by 2016 Tony winner Ivo van Hove and created by Bowie and Once book writer Enda Walsh, the production will play a limited engagement October 25 through January 22, 2017. Opening night is set for November 8 at the Kings Cross Theatre.Hall’s Broadway credits include Hedwig, The Realistic Joneses, Cabaret and Chicago. He is best known for playing serial killer Dexter Morgan in Showtime’s Dexter, earning one Golden Globe Award from five nominations and six Emmy Award nods. Other screen credits include HBO’s Six Feet Under and the films Cold in July and Kill Your Darlings.Lazarus had a sold out run off-Broadway at the end of last year. Also reprising their roles from the original production will be Michael Esper and Sophia Anne Caruso. Full casting will be announced later.Inspired by Walter Tevis’ 1963 novel The Man Who Fell to Earth, Lazarus follows Thomas Newton (Hall), the alcoholic alien-turned-inventor portrayed by Bowie in the 1976 screen adaptation. The show features original tunes by Bowie, as well as new arrangements of his known hits.Lazarus will feature scenic and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld, costume design by An D’Huys, video design by Tal Yarden, sound deisgn by Brian Ronan and Tony Gayle, music direction by Henry Hey and choreography by Annie-B Parson. Michael C. Hall in ‘Lazarus'(Photo: Jan Versweyveld) View Commentslast_img read more

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Weekend Pick: Charlottesville Ten Miler

first_imgAs anyone in the Virginia area likely knows, the Charlottesville Ten Miler has become one of the most popular races in the Commonwealth. The event’s middle distance milage, calm urban setting, and challenging course all combine to create a great race for any level runner. This Saturday, March 21, join the crowd for a perfect spring run. Charlottesville 10 MilerThe Charlottesville Ten Miler, or C10M, follows a traditional course through the University of Virginia area and around the Downtown Mall. Racers will line up on Massie Road, beside the John Paul Jones Arena, and take to the University’s community streets. After circuiting the Downtown Mall, the race finishes right outside the UVA Track, where collegiate athletes will be running their first meet of the season. Grab some water, take a breather, and stick around to cheer on your fellow runners as you celebrate your own job well done!The starting gun will sound bright and early at 7:15 a.m. Roads will remain closed for the race throughout the morning. There will be limited packet pick-up before the race on Saturday from 6:15 to 6:45 for out of town runners, but most participants should plan on heading to the John Paul Jones Arena on Friday evening from 5 to 8 to gather their race items. All participants will receive a special technical t-shirt (in both unisex and women’s cut!) in that packet, as well as a commemorative medal after the run.Online registration will remain open through Wednesday, March 18. There will also be limited registration available during Friday evening’s packet pick-up session. Proceeds from the race benefit Hope House and Steps to Success, local programs to support family stability, safety, and health.For a chance to explore a unique city, to enjoy a budding spring morning, and to get your blood pumping with an exciting group of local runners, get on board with the Charlottesville Ten Miler this weekend.last_img read more

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Outdoor Updates: Earthquakes in NC and TN on Sunday

first_imgDid you feel the earth move beneath your feet in WNC last weekend? You may have experienced one of two small earthquakes that struck the region on Sunday. The first was a 2.2-magnitude quake near Greenville, TN, which struck about 3:30 a.m. Saturday night/ Sunday morning. The second quake, a 2.5-magnitude shakeup, struck the Mars Hill and Weaverville area around 12:23 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Disorder detected in FL panthers and bobcats Quakes below 2.5-magnitude generally are not felt by people, though they do show up on a seismograph, and those below 4.0-magnitude typically cause no damage. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that the Eastern Tennessee seismic zone is one of the most active in the Southeast. The zone runs across Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.  Small earthquakes shook the ground in NC and TN on Sunday Join Litter Sweep and help clean up NC roadways Volunteers and NCDOT maintenance crews will devote an entire week to picking up litter on the roadside. If you’d like to participate, NCDOT will provide orange and blue trash bags, gloves and safety vests from your local NCDOT county maintenance yard. Contact a local litter coordinator to learn more: https://www.ncdot.gov/initiatives-policies/environmental/adoptahighway/Pages/coordinators.aspx. A definitive cause has not yet been determined. The FWC is testing for potential toxins, including rat pesticide, as well as infectious diseases and nutritional deficiencies. The public can help by submitting trail footage that captures animals that have problems with their hind legs to Panther.Sightings@MyFWC.com.  Does the trash along the roadways take away from your enjoyment of the surrounding natural beauty as you drive down the road to your favorite trailhead? If you want to help make a dent in the litter, join the NC Department of Transportation’s biannual statewide road cleanup, which takes place twice a year in April and September. This year, Litter Sweep will be held September 14-28. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has detected a disorder in some Florida panthers and bobcats that impacts the animal’s ability to walk normally or the degree to which they can control their back legs. As of this month, one bobcat and one panther have been confirmed to have the disorder, but wildlife cameras have caught eight panthers (mostly kittens) and one adult bobcat with the same symptoms on video. last_img read more

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Bolivia to Increase Counterdrug Budget

first_img Next year, the budget for the fight against drug trafficking in Bolivia will be increased from $26 million to $34 million, the government stated on December 19, claiming that there is little support from the international community to the Bolivian counterdrug efforts. “In 2013, the national government must allocate at least 34 million dollars. In 2012, the unit in charge assigned 26 million, which includes the U.S. funding of 11 million,” said Felipe Cáceres, operational head of the fight against drug trafficking, in a press conference. The official confirmed that the fight against drugs will be mostly carried out with national funds, since aid from the United States will be reduced. “This year, we have been told that the United States has less resources, like five million dollars,” he added. Bolivia highlighted its achievements in the coca producing town of Chimoré, located in the center of the country, where the results of the fight against drug trafficking and coca crop eradications were revealed. The South American nation reported that 11,043 hectares of coca crops were eradicated in 2012, the largest area in the last decade, where 36 tons of cocaine paste and hydrochloride were seized. “These are very positive achievements. I hope it continues,” Ross Denny, U.K. representative who participated in the government report, told the press. On the other hand, Bolivian counter drug chief, Colonel Gonzalo Quezada, said that a program of air control, led by the Air Force, will be implemented in 2013 aimed at disrupting air bridges, especially with Peru. He stated that aircrafts, pilots, and flight plans will be registered, an attempt that has been unsuccessful so far. Besides being a coca and cocaine producing nation, Bolivia is a transit point for drugs sent to neighboring Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Chile, with final destinations in Europe and Africa. By Dialogo December 21, 2012last_img read more

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Fujifilm says COVID-19 drug research may drag on into July

first_imgFujifilm Holdings Corp’s research on Avigan as a potential treatment for COVID-19 may drag on until July, the company said on Sunday, a further setback for the Japanese firm’s effort to prove the drug’s effectiveness against the virus.”There is a possibility that clinical trials will continue in July,” a Fujifilm spokesman said, responding to a Nikkei report that any approval will be delayed until July or later, due to a lack of patients for trials.After the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave up on getting approval for the drug by the end of May, the aim was to complete clinical trials this month. But researchers have only been able to get around 70% of the patients needed for the trials, and because it takes 28 days to get results, the process will continue until at least July, the Nikkei business daily said, citing an unnamed source.The spokesman said Fujifilm does not make public details of the progress of clinical trials but it has expanded the number of medical institutions that are cooperating in the trials. “We aim to complete clinical trials as soon as possible.”Drugmakers around the world are scrambling to develop treatments and vaccines for the new coronavirus, which has infected 7 million people globally, while the disease it causes, COVID-19, has killed nearly 400,000.Many countries are focusing on drugs like Gilead Sciences Inc’s antiviral remdesivir and some are using the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, touted by US President Donald Trump. Abe’s government has championed Japanese candidate Avigan, also known as Favipiravir.Countries that have succeeded in curbing infections have sometimes paradoxically found it difficult to sustain clinical trials because of dwindling sample sizes for patients.Japan has avoided the explosive outbreaks seen in some other nations, with about 17,000 infections, and the number of daily infection has been falling, according to public broadcaster NHK and the health ministry. Topics :last_img read more

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Some countries using virus curbs to ‘silence critics’, ex-leaders warn

first_img“There are legitimate reasons to invoke emergency powers. However, it is always problematic when a government uses emergency powers to clamp down on independent media and other fundamental rights,” said Kevin Casas-Zamora, also a former vice-president and government minister in Costa Rica.”We want to draw attention to the plight of democracy in the midst of this crisis. It’s not protecting democracy for its own sake; it’s that democracy has an inherent value in dealing with this pandemic and preparing for the next one.”The outbreak has already led to the postponement or cancellation of 66 elections worldwide, a third of them national polls, according to IDEA. Nearly 50 countries have imposed some form of restriction on press freedom, 21 of them democracies.For the signatories, including Fernando Henrique Cardoso, the former president of Brazil, and Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, a fundamental concern is that citizens begin to accept more authoritarian behavior.”Democracy is under threat, and people who care about it must summon the will, the discipline, and the solidarity to defend it. At stake are the freedom, health, and dignity of people everywhere,” they wrote. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge in authoritarian behavior by governments around the world, posing a growing threat to democracy, hundreds of former prime ministers, presidents, Nobel laureates and lawmakers have warned.The virus was first identified in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December and has since spread around the world, prompting countries across Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa to step in, many limiting free movement, free speech, public assembly and other civic rights.”Authoritarian regimes, not surprisingly, are using the crisis to silence critics and tighten their political grip,” wrote some 500 signatories, including more than 60 former leaders, in an open letter organized by the Stockholm-based Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA). Topics :center_img “Even some democratically elected governments are fighting the pandemic by amassing emergency powers that restrict human rights and enhance state surveillance without regard to legal constraints (or) parliamentary oversight.”More than 80 countries have enacted emergency measures, according to the U.S.-based International Center for Non-Profit Law, ranging from curfews and fines for those who breach the rules to extra surveillance, censorship and increased executive powers.The overall impact has been a dilution of democratic norms, which has implications for political freedom as well as the ability of governments to handle the crisis and future health emergencies, said IDEA’s secretary-general.Among the countries he cited as having introduced authoritarian measures or having fallen short on accountability were the Philippines, Hungary, El Salvador and Turkey.last_img read more

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Government set to operate sections of toll roads in Aceh, Manado amid pandemic

first_imgPublic Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono has approved the operation of 35 kilometers of two strategic toll roads, namely the Banda Aceh-Sigli in Aceh and the Manado-Bitung in North Sulawesi, to boost economic recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic.In Aceh, a 14-km section has been opened connecting Indrapuri and Blang Bintang, where Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport is located. Meanwhile, two toll road sections in North Sulawesi, spanning 21 km, which will connect Manado, Airmadidi, and a part of Kauditan, are also set to operate soon.“The toll roads connecting productive regions will reduce logistics costs and improve the competitiveness of local products. They will also boost regional economic growth and establish new economic centers,” Basuki said in a statement released on Sunday. COVID-19 restrictions, which are now being phased out in some places, have caused logistical disruptions along the supply chain by limiting mobility. Meanwhile, the economy grew 2.97 percent in the first quarter of this year, the lowest in 19 years.However, the government is committed to continuing the development of strategic national projects during the COVID-19 health crisis with the addition of 89 projects with an estimated investment value of Rp 1.42 quadrillion (US$96.8 billion).Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto stated recently that the new projects were an addition to the existing 223 strategic national projects and were expected to employ about 4 million additional workers each year from 2020 to 2024.The Banda Aceh-Sigli toll road, stretching for 74 km in total, is the first-ever toll road in Aceh. Construction started in 2018 by state-owned construction firm Hutama Karya. The investment in the project, with a total of six road sections, is estimated at Rp 12.35 trillion, with a construction cost of Rp 9 trillion.It is expected to cut the journey between provincial capital Banda Aceh and Sigli to one hour from the previous three hours.Meanwhile, the 46-km Manado-Bitung toll road is estimated to cost Rp 6.19 trillion. The government is set to build the first section, while the second section will be constructed using a public-private partnership (PPP) scheme with PT Jasa Marga Manado Bitung.The toll road will provide a boost for the region’s tourism, especially the Manado-Bitung-Likupang area, which has been listed as one of the five priority tourism areas to be developed this year.Topics :last_img read more

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Mr. Kenneth D. “Sonny” Chatham, Jr.

first_imgMr. Kenneth D. “Sonny” Chatham, Jr., age 86, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on March 4, 1932, in Jefferson County, Indiana, the son of the late, Kenneth Chatham, Sr. and Edna G. (Moore) Chatham. He was raised in Jefferson County, Indiana where he attended Central High School. Sonny was inducted into the Army National Guard of Indiana on March 15, 1949 to November 5, 1957. Sonny was united in marriage to Ruth Evelyn Leach and to this union arrived a daughter, Valerie and three sons, Kenneth, Jerry and David to bless their home. He was later united in marriage to Nina K. (Peak) Scudder and to this union arrived a son, Shane to bless their home. Sonny owned and operated the Vevay Body Shop where he enjoyed auto body repair and working on cars for several years. He also was a truck driver for Grote Manufacturing in Madison, Indiana and for Baylor Trucking in Milan, Indiana, for several years. Sonny was a member of the Jefferson Post #9 of the American Legion and was a former member of the Vevay American Legion Post #185. He was also a member of the Ryker’s Ridge Baptist Church in Madison, Indiana. Sonny resided in the Vevay community since 1964. Sonny enjoyed playing card games, especially euchre and solitaire, guns, race cars and sports of all kinds. Sonny passed away at 8:34 p.m., Friday, April 27, 2018, at the King’s Daughter’s Hospital in Madison, Indiana. Sonny is survived by his daughter, Valerie Chatham of Hanover, IN; his sons, Kenneth L. “Kenny” Chatham of Vevay, IN, Jerry Chatham and his wife: Betty of Florence, IN, Shane Chatham of Vevay, IN and David Keith Chatham of Indianapolis, IN; his step-children, Gene Ray Scudder of Florence, IN, Sherry Wainscott of Vevay, IN, Randy Paul Scudder and his wife, Peggy of Vevay, IN, Harlan Dale Scudder of Vevay, IN and Monte Scudder of Vevay, IN; his grandchildren, Travis Chatham, Lilly Chatham, Kobe Chatham, Rachel Chatham, Jillian Gregory and Scotti Sullivan; his great-grandchildren, Wyatt Chatham, Natalie Sullivan and Jessica Dickey; his several step-grandchildren; his great-great-grandchild, Bentley Kiser; his several step-great-grandchildren; his sisters, Mary Shaw of Madison, IN and Kathleen Roberts and her husband: Billie of Frankfort, KY; his brother, Jon “Ted” Chatham and his wife: Lynda of Lexington, IN and his several nieces, nephews and cousins.He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth Chatham, Sr. and Edna G. (Moore) Chatham; his grandson, John Paul Jewell; his companions, Anna Jean Harsin Baker and Juanita Scudder.Funeral services will be conducted Friday, May 4, 2018, at 11:00 am, by Bro. Anthony Wilks at the Truth Apostolic Church, 6160 Highway 56 Vevay, Indiana 47043. Full military rites and interment will be conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 3, 2018, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bennington United Methodist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

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Chelsea’s Willian move news to AVB

first_img Press Association Mourinho claimed earlier this summer that Wayne Rooney was his only remaining transfer target, but the Chelsea boss now appears to have had a change of mind. Villas-Boas, speaking just after Tottenham’s 5-0 Europa League play-off win over Dinamo Tbilisi, said he knew nothing about Chelsea’s apparent approach for Willian, but he conceded anything was possible regarding the transfer. “We were just involved in a game so unfortunately I can’t give you further information,” the Tottenham manager said. “I confirmed our interest in the player. Everything is possible, but I’m not aware of the circumstances because of our involvement in the (Dinamo) game. I don’t want it to be a distraction over what we achieved here.” Madrid, meanwhile, seem so confident they are going to sign Bale that they appear to already be stocking replica shirts bearing the Tottenham forward’s name. The Spanish giants kept the number 11 free when they announced their squad numbers in pre-season and screen grabs of the club’s official online shop appeared to show the option to buy a Bale replica shirt for 73 euro (£62). Shortly after the screen grabs went viral, the site was down for maintenance. Andre Villas-Boas admits he is in the dark over reports that Chelsea are set to pip Tottenham to the signing of Willian.center_img Willian is the club’s top target to replace Gareth Bale, who was edging closer to a world-record move to Real Madrid on Thursday after Franco Baldini held discussions with the nine-time European champions. Willian underwent a medical at Spurs earlier this week, but reports on Thursday night claimed that Jose Mourinho has attempted to gazump his former protege by bidding for the Brazil international. last_img read more

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