Tix Now Available for Paula Vogel’s Indecent on B’way

first_img Tickets are now on sale for Pulitzer winner Paula Vogel’s Indecent, which will begin Broadway previews on April 4. The new play with music is scheduled to officially open on April 18 at the Cort Theatre.Directed by Rebecca Taichman and choreographed by David Dorfman, the show played off-Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre earlier this year; the cast included Katrina Lenk, Mimi Lieber, Max Gordon Moore, Tom Nelis, Steven Rattazzi, Richard Topol and Adina Verson. No word yet on who will be starring in the production on the Main Stem.Indecent, created by Vogel and Taichman, features music by Lisa Gutkin and Aaron Halva and follows the events surrounding the premiere of the controversial 1923 play God of Vengeance, considered an important work of Jewish culture by some and libel by others.Indecent will be the first work of Vogel’s on Broadway; she won a Pulitzer in 1998 for How I Learned to Drive. ‘Indecent'(Photo: Carol Rosegg) Related Shows View Commentscenter_img Indecent Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 6, 2017last_img read more

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North Country Hospital raises $160,000 to fight cancer

first_imgNorth Country Hospital,As an oncologist at the Oncology and Hematology Clinic at North Country Hospital in Newport, Les Lockridge MD knows all too well the impact cancer has on patients, their families, and the community. So when about 600 people took part in this year’s Relay for Life in Newport on June 25 and 26 his heart was warmed by the region’s dedication to battling cancer.The event, which included 60 teams, raised almost $160,000, beating out last year’s $143,000.Les Lockridge M.D. and Evelyn Page, a cancer survivor, were two of the several hundred people who attended this year’s relay for life.‘Anytime you have the community rally to fight cancer that is a good thing,’ Dr Lockridge said. ‘A portion of the money goes toward cancer research and remainder goes towards helping patients cover expenses not covered by health insurance.‘At Relay we celebrate the lives of survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back so that one day no one hears the words, “You have Cancer”. The Fight Back Ceremony itself is designed to keep people thinking about the ways they can fight back the other 364 days a year,’ explained Dr. Lockridge. ‘Wearing sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, and getting pre-screening treatments like mammograms, colonoscopies, and pap tests are all ways we can be pro-active in our fight against cancer.’For a number of years North Country Hospital’s Oncology and Hematology Clinic has sponsored the Fight Back Ceremony at the relay. This is appropriate since the clinic has been helping patients fight cancer for over 20 years.While nobody wants to get the news they have cancer, Dr. Lockridge said a growing number of people are surviving it.”The future is undeniably bright for cancer care,’ he said.  ‘We’ve made so much progress in the way of non-chemo/non-toxic therapeutics and supportive care (anti-nausea drugs, blood growth factors, etc.) that the face of oncology has changed dramatically from even ten years ago. Treatment is much gentler, our understanding of side effects is greater now, and oncology is still the fastest developing field in medicine. As far as outcomes, cancer is more curable and much more manageable.  Myeloma, for instance, is now more like diabetes in terms of being something you live with rather than die from.’last_img read more

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Nicaraguan Police Seize $220,000 And A Small Plane From Drug Traffickers

first_imgBy Dialogo July 07, 2010 The Nicaraguan police seized $220,000 dollars in cash on a bus in the department of Chinandega (in northwestern Nicaragua), the local press reported Monday. The authorities found the money in three boxes that were being transported in a bag and a backpack on a bus on the route between Palo Grande and Somotillo, on the border with Honduras, the Chinandega police chief, Douglas Pichardo, declared. The seizure took place Sunday, and the bus was traveling without plates, according to the police report. None of the forty passengers on board was detained. Separately, in the municipality of El Viejo, 140 km northwest of Managua, the authorities found a small plane that had landed along the Pacific coast, in the area known as Los Clavos, the police chief indicated. The plane was abandoned, and no documents were found in its interior, which contained only the pilot’s seat; tests for drug residue were performed, Pichardo specified. “We are investigating whether there are links” between the plane and the 220,000 dollars, he noted.last_img read more

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How to succeed when you’re overcommitted and overwhelmed

first_img 116SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Laurie Maddalena Laurie Maddalena is a dynamic and engaging keynote speaker and leadership consultant. She writes a monthly online column for next generation leaders for CUES and has published articles in Credit … Web: www.envisionexcellence.net Details Have you ever felt so overwhelmed that you want to crawl back under the covers, eat a pint of ice cream, and watch reruns of Friends all day? I had a moment like this last month when I overextended myself and felt swamped with all my commitments.I was flying back from California after traveling for business, and felt a wave of panic as I thought about the week ahead.  I had a week full of clients, a speech to present that Friday, and my kids had a slew of activities. I had also volunteered to be Vice President of the Parent Association at my children’s school earlier that year, and I was in charge of the spring fair event that was to take place the next weekend. We were getting ready to have pictures taken to put our house on the market, and on top of all that, I had volunteered to lead the new website project at the school as well. I was overcommitted, overwhelmed, and completely stressed. I’ve always prided myself on being able to balance so many projects and commitments. I’m great at managing my time and juggling multiple responsibilities. But there was a precise moment that week when I reached a breaking point. I had no balance. I stopped exercising, I was staying up late, and wasn’t eating healthy. I felt anxious all the time, and didn’t feel like I had a moment to even breathe. My mind was so overwhelmed with what I had to do, that I felt paralyzed and couldn’t think straight. I had no space in my schedule for at least three weeks, and felt depleted and exhausted. My husband gently reminded me that perhaps I couldn’t do it all, and needed to make some choices about what I could reasonably do. The answer was clear to me in that moment: I needed to resign from Vice President of the Parent Association.  Saying no is hard for me, but I realized I needed to put boundaries in place to gain my time and energy back. That one decision took a huge weight off of my shoulders.Although on some level it felt good to be a part of so many things, it was at the expense of the bigger picture. Being overtaxed was in direct conflict of my values. Particularly the time I was investing in my children’s school.  I was making a big impact for the school, but at the expense of my own personal impact. The time and energy I was spending volunteering could be channeled into my family, my business, and my health and make a bigger impact in my own life.I’m sure you’ve had an experience like this. You say yes to so many things because you are a leader. You are a leader at work, in your life, and in your family. You want to serve; to be involved, make a contribution, and get things done. And maybe you feel a little bit obligated to contribute your best effort all the time. It was tough for me to admit that I couldn’t do everything, and that I had overcommitted myself. At first, I felt like I had failed and that I should be able to handle everything with ease and balance my life perfectly. This experience got me reflecting: why do we feel like we have to do it all? And, is there such a thing as work life balance?There has been a significant change in our society and how we live over the past 30 years. More women are in the workforce and contributing in broader ways. While this is a positive shift, for many women, these changes have added an additional layer of stress since most of us still have responsibilities and commitments outside of work. Even if you have a great partner who shares the responsibilities, there is still a lot to balance with raising children, running the household, getting involved in the community, and working a full-time job. And that doesn’t even take into account time for yourself. Simply put: we’ve added several more roles in our lives, and we have the same amount of time to perform them. I often have to remind myself that I have two jobs: running my business, and running my home life. The responsibilities of home life don’t diminish for women who are working outside the home. Most of us walk around each day in a state of stress, and look outside ourselves to place the blame. We blame our boss. We blame our kids. We blame our spouse. We even blame time. But busy is a choice. Overwhelm is a choice. Stress is a choice. It was hard for me to accept that, but I realized that I have choices in how to spend my time. I don’t have to say yes to everything, and I am ultimately responsible for my life experience. One of my mentors, Marie Forleo, so brilliantly said, “You can have it all, but you can’t do it all.”Although we may want to do everything, and do it all well, when there is an abundance of things to do and only so much time, there has to be tradeoffs. It’s just not possible to do everything and do it well. This creates an enormous amount of stress that bleeds into our work. Leaders who value achievement and impact often have a hard time saying no. We load up on our commitments and fear we may be perceived negatively if we can’t handle it all. And if you are a leader at work, juggling the responsibilities of coaching, developing, and mentoring employees can add to the stress. In her article, Stressed, Tired, Rushed: A Portrait of the Modern Family (https://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/05/upshot/stressed-tired-rushed-a-portrait-of-the-modern-family.html), Claire Cain Miller cites research from a Pew survey that indicates women still do the majority of the housework and childcare. As one woman put it, “you feel like you’re doing a horrible job at everything.”So what ‘s the solution? I’m not sure this challenge will be solved anytime soon. Most organizations still operate in a bureaucratic manner and struggle to embrace a more modern approach of work life integration. And most women struggle to find a balance between work and home with all their competing roles.But there are small steps that can make a difference. I am much more deliberate about how I schedule my time. I am pausing to consider opportunities and commitments before I say yes. I have hired more help with managing the home because I realize I can’t do it all. I put boundaries in place and don’t accept weeknight commitments that will keep me out past 8:30 p.m. so that I can keep to my 9:30 p.m. bedtime. I am saying no more often. No, I don’t need to accept every play date or have my children attend every birthday party. No, I choose not to volunteer any more time outside of my family. And no, I will not feel guilty for going to yoga on Saturdays.These small steps make a difference, yet I’m experienced enough in life to know that it doesn’t solve the problem. There will be times where I start to feel stressed and overcommitted. I may fall off the wagon and say yes too much. I am a work in progress. I may never manage this life perfectly.But for now: I choose space. I choose calm. I choose to say no.last_img read more

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Indonesia logs 4 H5N1 cases; death toll reaches 100

first_imgJan 28, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesian authorities have reported four new human cases of H5N1 avian influenza, two of them fatal, raising the country’s death toll from the virus to 100.A 23-year-old woman from East Jakarta died of avian flu yesterday, and a 9-year-old boy from Jakarta’s outskirts succumbed to the disease today, according to a Reuters report.News reports offered no details about the woman. The health ministry said the boy died at Sulianto Saroso Hospital after 4 days of treatment, according to a Bloomberg News report. Joko Suyono, a health ministry official, said investigators were heading for the boy’s neighborhood to try to find out how he was infected, the story said.The other two new cases are in a 31-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man, both of whom are in Jakarta’s Persahabatan Hospital, according to the Reuters and Bloomberg reports.The woman lives near a poultry slaughterhouse in East Jakarta, Reuters reported. The man is from Tangerang, a western suburb of Jakarta, and is believed to have contracted the virus from a neighbor’s pet doves, the story said.If all four cases are recognized by the World Health Organization, the count for Indonesia will rise to 124 cases with 100 deaths. The four cases bring the country’s total this month to seven, including five deaths. Indonesia has had more cases than any other country; Vietnam is second, with 102 cases and 48 deaths.The WHO’s global H5N1 count is 353 cases with 221 deaths.Suyono told Reuters there was no obvious explanation for the recent surge of cases in Indonesia. “We need to carry more tests and investigation first to be really sure,” he said.last_img read more

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The Bregovita Hrvatska Association of Winemakers brings together 1.900 producers with almost 5 hectares of vineyards

first_img“Bregovita Hrvatska is in line with the new Wine Act, which forces Europe to unite with a regional character. There will no longer be small enclaves. To simplify things, Croatia is divided into four large regions, the largest of which is our Hilly Croatia. The area produces about 20 percent of total wine production and has slightly more vineyards. We have 1.900 registered manufacturers”, Miklaužić pointed out and added that in the area covered by the association there are almost five thousand hectares of vineyards that produce up to five thousand liters of wine per hectare. “This continental part has certain specifics, certain common regional features in terms of winemaking and winemaking. I believe that both your and our president are recognized as a good winemaker and I believe that this association will be led by raising the production of wine even more significantly, to create even better conditions for even greater production and marketing of wine.”, Said Prefect Žinić at a meeting with the president and members of the newly established winemakers’ association Bregovita Hrvatska.za Lokalni.hr. “Bregovita Hrvatska will represent all producers through one institution. We no longer need so many associations of a local character, production remains the same, it is likely to increase with the introduction of new varieties. That is why it is important to introduce our somewhat forgotten škrlet variety through the work of this association, because the fact is that we have no problems with the sale of wine and grapes, while others are choking on millions of Grasevina, Riesling and similar varieties.”, Concluded Miklaužić. Marko Miklaužić, a winemaker from Moslavina, was elected the first president of the newly founded association. He also thanked the County on behalf of all present winemakers for the reception and support that the County provides to all winemakers. According to the new Wine Act, four wine regions have been defined: Slavonia and the Croatian Danube region, Croatia Istria and Kvarner, Dalmatia and the Central Bregovira Croatia.  “In the last 20 years, wine production, vine growing, viticulture and winemaking in this county, but also in the whole of Croatia, have made significant progress and we can be proud of our winemakers. At every opportunity, I am always happy to be proud of the success of our winemakers, and especially our variety škrlet. From 2000 until today, almost 1,5 million kuna has been invested in cloning and clone selection. The result is that today we have three recognized clones, and more than 3,1 million kuna has been invested in the procurement of vine cuttings of this variety.”, Added Žinić. Precisely with the aim of developing and strengthening winemaking in Croatia, the fourth regional viticultural organization was established, provided by the new Law on Wine Bregovita Croatia which brings together winemakers and winegrowers from Bjelovar-Bilogora, Karlovac, Koprivnica-Križevci, Krapina-Zagorje, Međimurje, Sisak-Moslavina, Varaždin and Zagreb counties and the City of Zagreb, and which should grow into a regional organization of winemakers and winegrowers of the Central Hilly region. The prefect reminded of the importance of viticulture in the County and the number of incentives and assistance that winemakers can get and pointed out that the project “Croatian Wine House” is being prepared, which will be a kind of promotion of winemaking. Source / photo: Sisak-Moslavina County; Lokalni.hrlast_img read more

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Thousands leave virus-hit Wuhan as outbound travel ban lifted

first_img“Now that the lockdown has been lifted, I think we’re all pretty happy.”Government estimates have said that as many as 55,000 people are expected to flow out on Wednesday by train from the city, which was placed under an unprecedented quarantine lockdown on January 23.Some could barely contain their happiness.”I’ve been stuck for 77 days! I’ve been stuck for 77 days!” shouted one man from the neighboring province of Hunan, who was in Wuhan when it was sealed off. Long time, no see Chinese media outlets hailed the removal of the travel ban, with headlines posted on their websites after midnight saying: “Wuhan, long time, no see.”Hubei and the provincial capital Wuhan have suffered the majority of China’s officially claimed tally of more than 81,000 overall infections and more than 3,300 deaths.An announcement blaring over the train station PA system said: “Wuhan deserves to be called the city of heroes. Wuhan people deserve to be called heroes.”Despite the measures taken in Hubei, the pathogen spread across China and the world.But Communist Party authorities — who are accused of a slow-footed response and an initial attempt to cover up the outbreak — have claimed recent success in bringing the virus to heel, though questions over the accuracy of its reported case numbers persist.Its official national tally of coronavirus deaths and overall cases has plummeted in recent weeks, with the National Health Commission saying Tuesday that no new deaths had been logged in the preceding 24 hours.That was the first fatality-free day since China began publishing figures in January.Relief over China’s falling virus numbers has been tempered, however, by caution over new risks: rising numbers of infected people arriving from abroad — primarily returning Chinese citizens — and the invisible threat of asymptomatic cases.Hubei residents had been confined to their homes until about two weeks ago, when restrictions began to be eased, triggering a resumption of inbound travel from other parts of China.Authorities, however, had waited until Wednesday to allow normal traffic out of Wuhan amid continued fears in the rest of the country that people from the city pose a risk.Chinese disease-control officials said in January that the virus likely leapt from wildlife to humans at a Wuhan market that sold a wide range of wild animals for food.Wuhan authorities said at the weekend that various restrictions on movement would remain in place to guard against a second wave of infections, arguing that “even greater vigilance is needed” now that the travel ban has been dismantled.People from Wuhan also face hurdles getting out. They must show proof that their area of origin has been declared safe from the virus, and many face the likelihood of two-week quarantines in their destination provinces. The lockdown made Wuhan the first place in the world subjected to draconian containment steps now seen in many countries.It was quickly followed by the rest of surrounding Hubei province, confining tens of millions of people to their homes and cutting the province off from the rest of the world as transport in and out was halted to prevent transmission of the virus. Topics : Thousands of Chinese travellers flocked to catch trains leaving coronavirus-ravaged Wuhan early Wednesday as authorities lifted a more than two-month ban on outbound travel from the city where the global pandemic first emerged.As the ban was lifted on schedule at midnight (1600 GMT Tuesday), many passengers expressed joy and relief as they filed into Wuhan’s Wuchang station, leaping at the chance to board overnight trains heading out of town.”Wuhan has lost a lot in this epidemic, and Wuhan people have paid a big price,” said a 21-year-old man surnamed Yao, who was heading back to his restaurant job in Shanghai.last_img read more

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Donaldson’s P.R.O.M.I.S.E. camp develops youth on and off court

first_imgby Malik VincentOne of the ways that Jakim Donaldson, a former basketball standout at Edinboro University, gives back to his North Side community is his annual summer basketball camp.The 6-foot-8 former Division II All-American currently competes overseas in Spain’s top professional league. The Oliver grad and his father, Jay, organized the camp that had more than 70 kids, this year. STAR POWER—Former UConn star Ashley Battle (right) drives on two campers. Battle was one of the instructors at the Jakim Donaldson P.R.O.M.I.S.E. Basketball Camp held July 25-27 at Perry High School. (Courier Photos/William McBride) “Just to see the twinkle in the kids’ eyes when you say ‘free camp’ motivates us,” Jay said.The annual camp is in its second year and was held July 25-27 at Perry High School.“I think it’s so instrumental to have these types of things for the development of young players,” Jakim said. “They didn’t have very many free camps when I was coming up, so for them to have a chance to take advantage of one makes it a worthwhile cause.”With both offensive and defensive drills as well as ball handling technique training, the camp focused on what to do on the court, but Donaldson said that’s not its sole teaching.“We had several people come in and mentor the participants,” Jay added. “We want them to understand the importance of how to conduct themselves off the court. It’s equally important.Several entities, throughout the North Side and beyond, served as the camp’s sponsors. Some included: the Northside Leadership Conference, Mark Anthony Salon in Oakland, Quik-it Chicken on Brighton Road, and City of Pittsburgh District 6 City Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle.“We’re in our second year and it’s great to see how some the kids have grown mentally, in their game, and physically,” Jakim added.His father pointed out the Pittsburgh Pirates as a major sponsor. His other son, Jehru—18 at the time—was murdered on his way to one of their games.The team has donated 150 to 200 tickets to their P.R.O.M.I.S.E. (Protecting and Restoring the Order of Mankind with the Initiative of Serving Elders) organization, which is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit.“We at P.R.O.M.I.S.E. are very appreciative to the Pirates’ generosity, not only with this camp, but with everything that this organization does,” he said.In addition to the camp, they also hold an annual ‘Gathering of Loved Ones’ event that is held in Northside’s West Park that provides food and games, in an effort to stop the violence.“The community’s role in this is essential for our growth,” Jay said. “We need its continued support in order for us to keep this going.”(Malik Vincent can be reached at mvincent@newpittsburghcourier.com or on Twitter @malikvincent.)last_img read more

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