Broadway Grosses: The King and I Whistles a Happy Tune

first_imgAfter across-the-board raves, The King and I has no reason to feel afraid. The Lincoln Center revival, which opened officially on April 16, saw its fourth consecutive week of audiences at full capacity. We will keep an eye on the production’s grosses as Tony nominations approach—we suspect its numbers will only grow. The April 28 announcement may also deliver a box office bump to two eligible plays that opened in the fall: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and It’s Only a Play. Meanwhile, four Broadway mainstays and a new comedy led the pack by gross: The Lion King, Wicked, Aladdin, The Book of Mormon and Fish in the Dark.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending April 19:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($1,842,463)2. Wicked ($1,655,749)3. Aladdin ($1,534,574)4. The Book of Mormon ($1,467,290)5. Fish in the Dark ($1,180,983)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Hand to God ($319,194)4. The Heidi Chronicles ($311,933)3. The Visit ($212,750)*2. Living on Love ($170,833)*1. Airline Highway ($144,334)*FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.20%)2. Fish in the Dark (101.35%)3. The Audience (101.10%)**4. The King and I (100.00%)***5. Aladdin (99.41%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Chicago (66.85%)4. Jersey Boys (66.62%)3. Gigi (64.89%)2. On the Town (55.04%)1. The Heidi Chronicles (50.25%)* Number based on eight preview performances** Number based on seven regular performances*** Number based on three preview performances and five regular performancesSource: The Broadway League View Commentslast_img read more

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Exclusive! Producer John Leguizamo & the Cast of Othello: The Remix

first_imgDJ Supernova, GQ, JQ, John Leguizamo, Jackson Doran & Postell Pringle(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Othello: The Remix has had audiences buzzing about the Bard all over the place, and now the John Leguizamo-produced hip-hop musical has hit New York. Stars DJ Supernova, GQ, JQ, producer and two-time Tony nominee Leguizamo, Jackson Doran and Postell Pringle recently filmed a segment of NBC’s 1st Look with host Ashley Roberts (see below), and Broadway.com got in on the action. Othello: The Remix is currently giving Shakespeare his cool cred at off-Broadway’s Westside Theatre. Take a look at our hot shots of producer John Leguizamo and the talented cast! Othello: The Remix Related Showscenter_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 15, 2017last_img read more

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Bob Achemire, 76, Wellington: April 20, 1939 – April 6, 2016

first_imgBob AchemireBobby Achemire, 76, of Wellington died on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family in Wellington.Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Hillside Baptist Church in Wellington. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 8, 2016 from 12 until 8 p.m. with the family present from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington.Graveside services will be at 2 p.m., Monday, April 11, 2016 at the Alva Municipal Cemetery in Alva, Okla. Memorials have been established with the Wellington Fire Department and the Sumner County Sheriff’s Department and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. Arrangements are pending with Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. For further information please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.Bobby Lee Achemire was born on April 20, 1939 the son of Lester and Leota (Lyons) Achemire in Alva, OK. He graduated from Alva High School and attending Northwester College. On October 13, 1987 Bob was united in marriage to Elaine Gamble in Wellington. He worked for Booth Plumbing and Chew Plumbing. Bob enjoyed woodworking, reading, genealogy and spending time with his family.Bob is survived by his loving wife, Elaine of the home; children: Lester Achemire, Charles Achemire, Bertha White and husband Luke, Ruby Achemire, Ruby Klick and Lucy “Dink” Brewer, stepsons: Virgil Giddings Jr. and wife Linda and Albert Giddings; 29 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Tommy Phil Achemire, and two grandchildren: Coltin White and Houston Giddings.last_img read more

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49ers apologize for excluding Kaepernick from photo gallery

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Where’s Colin Kaepernick? He’s not in the NFL, and he initially was not in a 49ers photo gallery rekindling great memories of their rivalry with the Green Bay Packers.For that, the 49ers apologized Friday and hastened to make amends.“We’re looking into right now how that happened and were trying to rectify it,” general manager John Lynch said on KNBR 680-AM. “I just learned of it. Not something I’m proud of. It’s a glaring omission and we’re working to get it fixed.”San …last_img

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Why A’s reluctance to bring back Jonathan Lucroy isn’t a bad thing

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Bringing back Jonathan Lucroy would make a lot of sense for the A’s, but that may not be the direction general manager David Forst is heading.According to The Chronicle, the A’s and Lucroy remain at odds in contract negotiations. Both parties are open to a one-year deal, but the A’s are reportedly offering under $5 million, which falls below the number Lucroy is seeking. The chances of Lucroy returning took another hit Tuesday afternoon after the A’s offseason of what is expected …last_img

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A Bad Kind of Sexual Selection

first_img51; Darwin taught a kind of sexual selection that presumed mate choice can lead to extravagant sexual differences.  There is a kind of sexual selection going on among humans that is by intelligent design – with bad consequences.  In this case, the selections are not being made by potential mates, but by parents.    According to PhysOrg, “In the next 20 years in large parts of China and India, there will be a 10% to 20% excess of young men because of sex selection and this imbalance will have societal repercussions, states an analysis in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).”    What has led to this harmful imbalance?  For one, it is Asian preference for sons, based on cultural traditions with long histories.  For another it is abortion law: “A preference for sons in China, India and South Korea combined with easy access to sex-selective abortions has led to a significant imbalance between the number of males and females born in these countries.”  Finally, in China, the 30-year-old one-child policy has pressured many parents to make sure their one child is a boy (09/18/2010).    What is the cost of this deliberate sex selection?  “The societal implications mean that a significant percentage of the male population will not be able to marry or have children because of a scarcity of women,” the article stated.  “In China, 94% of unmarried people aged 28 to 49 are male, 97% of whom have not completed high school, and there are worries the inability to marry will result in psychological issues and possibly increased violence and crime.”Where are the feminists?  Where is the outrage about baby girls being selectively aborted?  Is this an evolutionary trait of human beings that forces dictators and parents to make irrational decisions, or are human beings morally responsible for their actions and the consequences?  We all know the answer.  Evil choices are especially egregious when they affect the next generation.(Visited 45 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Cells Teach Humans About Design

first_imgBiomimetics extends to the cellular level, where extraordinary processes show engineers the right way to do things.Locks and keys. We all know man-made locks on our doors, but cells use lock-and-key mechanisms to regulate their own processes. Phys.org says that “Copying nature’s lock-and-key system could improve rapid medical diagnostics.” Researchers at Imperial College London looked at the secrets of receptors on proteins to fashion a new kind of transistor.Receptors recognise molecules with particular shapes and bind to them in a lock-and-key mechanism. In this study, the nanoscale transistor was made from a polymer material that could be imprinted with a binding site – ‘the lock’. This allows the system to detect the only matching ‘key’ – a specific target molecule.To test that the system works as expected, the team used it to detect the antibody that binds to insulin, a mechanism important in the diagnosis of diabetes. However, the team say that the system design can also be readily applied in the detection to a much broader range of biological molecules.Co-author of the study Professor Joshua Edel, from the Department of Chemistry at Imperial, said: “We have shown that we can imprint a polymer at the entrance to the nanopore with the shape of the natural ‘lock’ to the ‘key’ molecule we are looking for, mimicking biological receptors.“What’s a ‘photonic melanin supraball’? Whatever it is, it must be good, because it was the product of ‘bioinspiration’ to a team desiring to mimic structural colors – those ‘photonic crystals’ that give butterflies their iridescent wings and birds their flashing feathers. To achieve their design, they looked to the molecular components behind those animal wonders:We demonstrate a feasible solution for producing structural colors inspired by bird feathers. We have designed core-shell nanoparticles using high–refractive index (RI) (~1.74) melanin cores and low-RI (~1.45) silica shells. The design of these nanoparticles was guided by finite-difference time-domain simulations. These nanoparticles were self-assembled using a one-pot reverse emulsion process, which resulted in bright and noniridescent supraballs. With the combination of only two ingredients, synthetic melanin and silica, we can generate a full spectrum of colors. These supraballs could be directly added to paints, plastics, and coatings and also used as ultraviolet-resistant inks or cosmetics.Think of the lipstick shades that could come from this technology. Even pigs might look charming with it.Selective passage for smart membranes. Cell membranes have the amazing capacity to let certain items in and block others. Called active transport, this capacity (unlike unguided osmosis, a natural law that only follows the concentration gradient), allows cells to use natural law to ‘violate’ natural law by design, going against natural concentration gradients through the use of highly-sophisticated ‘gates’ in the membrane. One of those is the aquaporin family of membrane channels, which let water in or out but can block other molecules. Nature Scientific Reports published a new paper about this, “Quantification of Aquaporin-Z reconstituted into vesicles for biomimetic membrane fabrication.” This is important, they say, because “Aquaporin incorporated biomimetic membranes are anticipated to offer unprecedented desalination capabilities” such as reverse osmosis.Quantifying the reconstituted aquaporins in synthetic membranes, however, represents a “huge hurdle” to progress in this field. The team in Singapore came up with a new method to determine how many channels make it into production:These methods allow more accurate determination of Aquaporin-Z reconstituted and loss during reconstitution, with relatively commonly available equipment and without complex sample handling, or lengthy data analysis. These would allow them to be widely applicable to scientific studies of protein function in the biomimetic environment and engineering studies on biomimetic membrane fabrication.In this series of three CEH articles, we have shown that biomimetics is still a very hot topic in science. Engineers are getting inspired everywhere in nature: from animals, from plants, and even from the tiny molecular machines in cells.Go bioneers! (5/13/06). In the 15 years we have been reporting on progress in biomimetics, interest in the subject has grown steadily around the world. The time is ripe to oust the Darwin Party totalitarian regime and send them into exile. Design is the word for the 21st century! (Visited 303 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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I Am an Entrepreneur highlights women in business

first_imgThe panel at I Am an Entrepreneur in Tshwane includes Khanyi Dhlomo of Ndalo Media as well as soft services entrepreneurs, Cynthia Mkhombo of Masana Hygiene and Lindiwe Shibambo of Maid 4 U. (Image: I am an Entrepreneur) The latest instalment of the I Am an Entrepreneur series takes place in Tshwane on Saturday, 10 September with a special focus on the role of women in entrepreneurship.Hosted by My Start Up SA and Ignite SA, the project’s facilitators invite members of the public to join the conversation and share their thoughts with esteemed members of the panel. Topics include the opportunities and challenges faced by female entrepreneurs in both South African and global economies.With a growing awareness of the role women play in the country’s economy, it is understood that there is still a lot to be done in order to fully harness their potential.Lynette Ntuli, chief executive of Innate Investment Solutions and founder of Ignite SA, will host the programme. Joining her as guest speakers will be Khanyi Dhlomo of Ndalo Media, Cynthia Mkhombo of Masana Hygiene and Lindiwe Shibambo of Maid 4 U.The workshop aims to provide crucial insights for leaders, policymakers and aspiring female entrepreneurs, and help them find strategies to enable women-owned businesses to thrive.Media partner Power FM 98.7 will join other partners MTN Business, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), Brand South Africa and Renault South Africa in Tshwane.MORE ABOUT I AM AN ENTREPRENEURSince 2013, I Am an Entrepreneur has hosted events in nine cities across eight of South Africa’s provinces.To date the project has brought more than 6 000 young entrepreneurs into contact with well-established business leaders, giving them an opportunity to learn more from those who have already managed to succeed in business.Additionally, the project introduced exciting mentorship sessions that help entrepreneurs with funding, market access and other industry-related developments.MORE ABOUT THE GUEST SPEAKERSDhlomo began her media career as an award-winning television news and lifestyle anchor. She later had an eight-year stint as editor of the women’s magazine True Love where she doubled the publication’s readership and circulation.In 2003, she was named one of the most influential women in South African media by The Media magazine.Following this, she spent the best part of two years in Paris, France, as head of South African Tourism before completing an MBA at Harvard Business School in the US.Upon her return to South Africa she launched Ndalo Media, a multi-platform company that publishes Destiny and Destiny Man magazines, websites and social media platforms with the aim of producing compelling, unique and useful business and lifestyle content.In 2010, she was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and was later named one of Forbes magazine’s 20 Most Powerful Women in Africa aged under 40.Mkhombo is the founder and current chief executive of Masana, a contract cleaning company that she founded in 2004.Since then she has managed to grow the business from only seven employees to more than 2 000 today.However, Mkhombo’s true brilliance shines through in the way she has prioritised the satisfaction of her employees in an industry where there can be exploitation.Through various empowerment initiatives, some of the employees who started out as cleaners at Masana now hold managerial positions in the business.She has also offered bursaries to ten children of staff members to further their education at South African universities.In May 2016 Mkhombo invested in a new start-up called SiCy Accessories after recognising the potential of a young designer she crossed paths with.Shibambo could not further her studies after completing matric and had to find employment to raise funds to pay for her own studies. She started as a domestic worker and managed to amass the funds she needed to further her studies.Having experienced her own struggles she realised the need for skills development and job creation in her own community.She believed that through empowerment and training of others she could impact positively on the economy at large, and so founded Maids 4 U, a company focused on recruitment, training, placement and compliance of domestic workers, cleaners, au pairs and home-based workers.Maids 4 U is now a franchised business, impacting communities across South Africa.JOIN THE CONVERSATIONI Am an Entrepreneur in Tshwane will be held at the Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History. Registration starts at 8am and tickets are available at Computicket and Shoprite/ Checkers at R100 each. Seats are limited.last_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — December 15, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 171215High pressure drifts across the state from NW to SE today, ending up in central WV tonight. That track for high pressure also means we see colder air holding over the north. With west winds, developing, we can’t rule out some lake effect snow in NE Ohio later today, and then going into tomorrow, that can stretch back west to include the entire south shore of Lake Erie for Saturday morning. While all that is going on in the north (no lake snow makes it south of US 30, and may even stay farther north than that in many places), southwest winds begin to moderate temperatures later today and especially tomorrow. This moderation continues through Sunday, as our next system arrives.Rains do not move into the state until late Sunday afternoon and evening. They work through from west to east rather quickly, and all action will be done by Sunrise Monday morning. With the timing of the precipitation’s move across the state, we can see some mix of rain and wet snow in northern areas and particularly eastern areas. Snow will not be able to accumulate substantially because of the high water content…but there will be some sloppy wet snow to deal with. Farther south, we look for all rain. Liquid equivalent precipitation will from .2”-.4” over the entire state. Clouds linger overnight through the rest of Monday, though, and that will lead to a somewhat damp feel, even a bit of drizzle in there behind the system.Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday look dry, with a good deal of sun in for Tuesday and Wednesday. Temps will be normal to above normal for the period, as southwest winds hold through the period. Thursday will feature some cloud increase, particularly in the afternoon ahead of a front for overnight Friday the 22nd. That front is not loaded with moisture, but still will be worth a few hundredths to .25” of rain over 70% of the state. It will all be liquid (rain) We will see very, very strong winds develop as the front passes and behind it. Those winds behind the front will be out of the west-northwest and will average 20-40 mph. This is a very strong circulation that so far, has looked to be unable to tap into any moisture source. That is what we will be watching through the week next week, because if it is able to gain access to any moisture, say – off of the Gulf – it will be a much wetter event. For now, just wind and a little rain.Much, much, much colder air is in behind that system for the balance of Friday night into the 23rd. This cold air holds through Christmas Eve too. Northwest winds may create some lake effect snows in northeast Ohio, but generally, we are not looking for as significant of spread of lake snows and lake clouds as what we have seen over the past week. The map above shows total precipitation combined from today through Christmas Eve. Even though its still an active pattern, there is not a lot of true moisture coming.There’s a significant storm complex developing in and around Christmas. Right now, models suggest it waits to make its grand entry into the state until Christmas night and the day after Christmas. This storm comes out of the southern plains, skims the gulf coast and then heads northeast through the mid and lower Mississippi valley around the 25th. That track allows for ample moisture to be available. Cold air should solidly be in place too, meaning this could be a recipe for some significant winter weather for that week in-between Christmas and New Year’s. However, at this time, we think the track is too far south for us to be in the main firing line of heaviest moisture. That being said…there is plenty of time for the track to move and change, so it is definitely worth keeping an eye on. The rest of the 11-16 day forecast window has two strong, cold high pressure domes moving in from NW to SE right on through the turn of the year, meaning we finish 2017 cold…perhaps well below normal.last_img read more

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Booed by PH crowd, Standhardinger delivers for Hong Kong

first_imgStandhardinger said that he likes what he sees with his new team, which is aiming back-to-back titles.“It’s good. We’re a great team and you see them fighting hard. They’re good guys and we just have to improve even more and work hard. I hope we come out of this season with more victories,” he said.Standhardinger also commended Alab and his former Gilas Pilipinas teammate Bobby Ray Parks, who led the late game rally and almost stole the win.“They really got everything in us. And Ray was a killer,” he said.“Luckily, we just stuck together because it was really hard. You can lose your focus, you can lose in your emotions. We got frustrated, but we kept going. We kept working hard and in the end, we came out with a victory as good as they are. I was just happy it was us who got the win.”ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Standhardinger hopes to hear cheers from the Filipino crowd next time he plays in the country.“I hope someday I can hear the cheers again. But today, it’s all good. It’s all love. I was so excited because the gym is full. What a great atmosphere,” he said. “This is what I love about the Philippines. They’re a great basketball country. We have a great basketball country. That’s why I love coming back here.“ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CONTRIBUTED PHOTOWith Christian Standhardinger playing for the enemy on Sunday, there was a handful of fans who booed the Fil-German big man inside Mall of Asia Arena.But that was the least of Standhardinger’s concerns.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments His focus was to lead Hong Kong to victory and he delivered at the expense of Tanduay Alab Pilipinas to open their campaign in the 2018 Asean Basketball League.“I didn’t hear the booing. I think I just love the Filipino fans so if they cheer for me or boo me, it’s okay,” He said after the Eastern Long Lions’ 92-89 win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMaking his Philippine debut on Sunday, Standhardinger made his ABL debut in front of Filipino fans and passed his first test with flying colors with 26 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, and two steals.His presence in the endgame was also crucial in Hong Kong holding off the home team with two crucial buckets in the final 20 seconds. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Survivor Series: Brand supremacy goes to Raw PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

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