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The City of Conversation Extends Again Off-Broadway

first_img In addition to Maxwell, the cast includes John Aylward, Kristen Bush, Beth Dixon, Barbara Garrick, Luke Niehaus, Kevin O’Rourke, Michael Simpson and Phillip James Brannon. Beginning July 8, Andy Lucien will take over the role of Donald Logan, currently played by Brannon. Star Files Jan Maxwell Directed by Tony winner Doug Hughes, The City of Conversation tells the story of political hostess Hester Ferris (Maxwell), a behind-the-scenes mover and shaker in the nation’s capital, and of the political gains and personal losses that her choices inflict on her family over a period of 30 years, from the waning days of the Carter administration to the beginning of the Obama presidency.center_img Lincoln Center Theater’s production of The City of Conversation will now play off-Broadway through July 26. Starring five-time Tony nominee Jan Maxwell, the political drama by Anthony Giardina had already previously extended through July 6. The play celebrated its opening night on May 5. View Commentslast_img read more

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Week long sidewalk art contest to raise awareness for suicide prevention

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Broome County Suicide Awareness for Everyone (B.C. SAFE) and the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier (MHAST) will co-host a week of action to raise awareness for suicide prevention. If you or someone you know needs emotional support or help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline available 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text “Got5” to the Crisis Test Line at 741741. Entries will be accepted through the MHAST website. Anyone can make a difference simply by self educating, reaching out and having conversations and knowing where to turn when in need of help. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and is the second leading cause among 10 to 34-year-olds. Sept. 10 is world suicide prevention day, the day was designed to instill worldwide commitment and action for the prevention of suicides. During the week long call to action, residents may enter their sidewalk art into a contest for a chance to win prizes. For more information and resources visit here. “We all have a role to play in raising awareness, reducing stigma, and starting conversations reguarding mental health and suicide. In doing so mental wellness and resiliency will become apart of our overall health and well being.” said Cara Tilton with the Binghamton Vet Center and Southern Tier Veterans Support Group. Categories for the contest are Most Thoughful Message, Most “Likes” on Facebook, and Most Creative. “Chalk the Walk & Have the Talk” encourages both organizations and residents to beautify sidewalks and pavement with messages and images of hope, resilience, suicide awareness and prevention.last_img read more

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H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Case count, new deaths, phase 6 on hold, vaccine news, jump in Aussie cases, asthma as risk factor

first_imgJun 4, 2009US sees steady rise in novel H1N1 casesThe nation’s number of novel H1N1 cases rose to 11,468 today, up 414 from yesterday, an official from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today at a media briefing. The number of deaths reported by states to the CDC grew by 2 to 19. The number of hospitalizations climbed to 770, about 2.5% of the cases. Rates were highest in the 5 to 24 age-group and among children younger than 5.[CDC press briefings]Five states report new novel flu deathsConnecticut, Illinois, Michigan, New York, and Wisconsin are reporting new novel H1N1 deaths, according to media reports and health departments. The ones in Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin were adults who had underlying conditions. In Illinois, the patient was a 20-year-old Chicago woman who died after giving birth. New York reported its first outstate death, an adult with an underlying condition, and New York City reported two deaths in patients who were in their 40s and had risk factors.Chan says no final decision on alert level changeMargaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), told Bloomberg News yesterday that a final decision has not been made about raising the pandemic alert from phase 5 to 6. Sources close to the WHO have told Bloomberg that the WHO would raise the level within the next 10 days. Chan advised countries to review their pandemic plans and make revisions as needed based on the novel flu strain that appears much less lethal than the H5N1 strain upon which many plans are based.[Jun 4 Bloomberg News story]Novavax, NIAID to test novel flu VLP vaccineNovavax, a biotechnology company based in Rockville, Md., announced today that it has signed an agreement with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to evaluate the company’s virus-like particle (VLP) vaccine against the novel H1N1 virus. Novavax scientists produced the first batch of novel flu VLPs in May from an isolate from a California patient. VLPs are nearly identical to viruses but lack replication genes. The new method is designed to speed production.[Jun 4 Novavax press release]Novel flu cases rise quickly in AustraliaThe number of novel H1N1 cases is Australia climbed to 876 today, 243 more than reported yesterday, the country’s Department of Health and Ageing reported. The high concentration of cases (752) in the state of Victoria has led other states to impose quarantine rules on those traveling from Victoria, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. New South Wales, for example, is barring children who traveled to Melbourne from attending school for a week after their return.[Jun 4 Sydney Morning Herald story]Asthma leads risk factors in NYC novel flu hospitalizationsThe New York City Department of Health (NYCDH) yesterday detailed risk factors that were present among the 152 residents who were hospitalized for novel influenza. At least 85% had one or more underlying health condition. The most common ones were asthma (41%), being younger than 2 years old (18%), having a compromised immune system (13%), and heart disease (12%). Pregnancy, diabetes, and chronic organ system disorders were also reported among those who were hospitalized.[Jun 3 NYCDH press release]Barbados, Trinidad report first novel flu casesThe Caribbean countries of Barbados and Trinidad reported their first novel flu cases, according to media reports today. The patient in Barbados is a 19-year-old with no recent travel history, according to the Associated Press (AP). The patient in Trinidad is a woman who had recently traveled to other countries where the virus was reported. No other details were available about her illness or exposure.[Jun 4 AP story]last_img read more

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Why the fuss over Sinclair statement?

first_imgSinclair’s statement mentions “… the troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories …” and adds, “The sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social media.” Continuing, the Sinclair statement notes that some media outlets publish fake stories without checking facts first, which gives a platform to some media members to espouse personal bias. Sinclair emphasizes that it’s their responsibility to pursue and report the truth and that they believe “… truth is neither politically ‘left nor right.’ ” So, where’s the controversy? Even a group of 16 political scientists and legal scholars in an essay published in the March 2018 edition of “Science” magazine (as referenced in the March 8issue of “The Atlantic”) acknowledges, “The rise of fake news highlights the erosion of long-standing institutional bulwarks against misinformation in the internet age.” Their research underscores Sinclair’s stated commitment to factual, responsible reporting.Finally, the writer uses his correspondence as a partisan departure to attack President Trump’s tweets. Yet, nowhere in Sinclair’s apolitical statement are conservative or liberal beliefs addressed.Neither WRGB nor Liz Bishop are deserving of the writer’s criticism. Could it be that the writer’s tirade is in search of a controversy?Jim RogersNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Re April 20 letter, “Shame on WRGB for selling out,” chastised WRGB and anchor Liz Bishop for reading an on-air statement from station owner Sinclair Broadcast Group. This letter captured my attention and led me to look up Sinclair’s supposedly objectionable statement, which subsequently left me perplexed as to the writer’s outrage.last_img read more

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EFAMA, ICMA: ‘no systemic risk’ from leverage in EU-based funds

first_imgLevels of leverage have remained constant in recent years and there has been no systemic risk related to the use of leverage in EU-domiciled funds, according to the associations.The Financial Stability Board has been investigating whether the asset management sector could pose a danger to financial stability, with leverage forming part of its concern about systemic risk in investment funds.Earlier this year it set out policy recommendations for tackling “structural vulnerabilities” of asset managers, with leverage one of the risks covered. The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) has been charged with evaluating the recommendations and considering next steps.Peter de Proft, EFAMA director general, said European regulation was “a cutting-edge framework at global level and [we] hope that IOSCO and the FSB use it as the benchmark and starting point for their work”.“This will allow them to deliver their mandate and propose a consistent matrix of different measures that can capture the broad universe of fund vehicles and investment strategies,” he said.Martin Scheck, chief executive of ICMA, said there was an “advanced technical framework already in place in Europe”.“We believe this work should help the ongoing debate on systemic risk in investment funds and should promote sensible solutions based on existing rules and practices,” he said.The associations recommended that existing EU regulatory standards should be the basis for developing a “matrix” of different measures of leverage and risk.“No single measure can capture all the risk in nature, size and characteristics associated with a fund’s underlying assets and strategies,” the associations argued.EFAMA and ICMA added: “Not all funds are relevant from a systemic point of view. In fact, very few of them present characteristics that need a more detailed scrutiny… Second, we should not forget that – at least in Europe – the risk that investment funds represent for their counterparts is already addressed by reporting requirements to national regulators. In addition, such risk is also addressed by prudential requirements in other existing regulatory frameworks that apply in combination with the regulation on leverage.”They also recommended that the existing EU framework guide any further streamlining of global calculation methodologies for leverage and risk.The paper can be found here. Global regulators’ work on leverage and systemic risk in investment funds should use the existing European regulatory framework when addressing these issues, according to two European industry associations.In a joint report, the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) and the asset management and investors council of the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) argued that the European legislative regime “offers a robust framework” to address risks related to leverage in investment funds.The associations said EU rules for alternative investment fund managers and UCITS funds had “allowed regulators to ascertain that leverage levels remained relatively low and constant over time and that wider regulatory framework governing European investment funds has not led to potential systemic risk occurring in EU-domiciled investment funds since the crisis”.Citing rules and legislation for UCITS, alternative investment funds, and derivatives, EFAMA and ICMA said European regulators were already able to assess levels of leverage in funds and “take appropriate supervisory actions”.last_img read more

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Chris Grayling: No plan to allow nude weddings

first_imgBBC News 18 January 2015Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has dismissed reports the government is planning to allow nude weddings.He was asked if a change in the law was being considered as part of a review of marriage laws.“Not as far as I’m aware and I’ve certainly no intention of doing so,” he told the BBC’s Sunday Politics show.The government was looking into humanist marriages in England and Wales, he said.Humanism is a secular philosophy. Humanist weddings are not legally recognised in England, Wales and Northern Ireland – but they are legal in Scotland.The Daily Mail reported on Tuesday that ministers had ordered a rethink of wedding laws, which could allow naturists to conduct weddings if the rules were changed.http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-30871092last_img read more

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ORVC 2013 Girls Golf Meet & Awards

first_imgThe 2013 ORVC Girls Golf meet was held at The Sunrise Golf Course in Madison.The Southwestern Lady Rebels were the team champions with a score of 476.David Bright of Southwestern was named ORVC Coach of the Year.Sydney Keane of Jac-Cen-Del was the Medalist with a score of 91 and also selected as The ORVC Mental Attitude Award Winner.Team scores and All-ORVC Team are available on this link.ORVC 2013 Girls Golf Meet & AwardsSubmitted by ORVC Correspondent Travis Calvert.last_img

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Berry tops IMCA Modified feature at Durbin Memorial

first_imgBrian Osantowski made his move to the front of the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod field with two circuits to go and was chased to the checkers by Brayton Carter and Dusty Masolini.  One hundred and six cars packed the pits for the second annual Durbin Memorial. next Thursday is the 21st annual Ron Little Memorial/Midwest Madness Tour event. Berry had some challenges but stayed tough out front as he went on to the win. Tom Berry Jr. took the $1,000 IMCA Modified feature win at Stuart Speedway’s Jake Durbin Memorial Wednesday night. (Photo by Jim Zimmerline) By Josh Reynolds Buck Schafroth cruised to the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers ahead of Dallon Murty and Damon Murty. Chuck Madden Jr. sailed to the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock win with Dylan Nelson second with Brandon Cox third.  Dylan Thornton and Jordy Nelson were on the front row for Wednesday’s main event. Nelson led early with Todd Shute waiting in the wings. A lap six caution slowed the field and when flagman Jamie Schirm waved the green it was Berry powering to the lead with Richie Gustin in tow. STUART, Iowa (June 24) – Tom Berry Jr. turned away all challengers and went home with both the IMCA Modified feature win and a $1,000 check from Stuart Speedway’s Jake Durbin Memorial. Owen Richards led the distance of the Mach-1 Sport Compact main event. Hunter Patrick and Tyler Fiebelkorn rounded out the top three. Already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, Berry crossed the stripe ahead of Gustin with Cayden Carter third. Tim Ward was fourth and Shute fifth. Modified feature results – 1. Tom Berry Jr.; 2. Richie Gustin; 3. Cayden Carter; 4. Tim Ward; 5. Todd Shute; 6. Nick Roberts; 7. Ethan Braaksma; 8. Josh Gilman; 9. Dylan Thornton; 10. Tony Cox; 11. Chase Rudolf; 12. Jesse Dennis; 13. Jeff James; 14. Anthony Hofbauer; 15. Kyle Brown; 16. Colton Horner; 17. Scott Simatovich; 18. Zack Rawlins; 19. Cory Sauerman; 20. Martin Bennett; 21. Mike Albertsen; 22. Jordy Nelson; 23. Matthew Meinecke; 24. John Davis.last_img read more

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Fear factor fuels Lambert

first_img Press Association Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert admits fear is a big spur in making him a better manager. “Aye, train without goalkeepers,” Lambert joked when asked if Villa could do anything differently to end their goalless run. “We do finishing and crossing every day. You can’t put everything on Christian (Benteke)’s doorstep as he’s just coming back and he’s getting better every game. “There are goalscorers here. We will score. We have to get the creativity firing, but we’re doing everything we can. “Once a player is over the line they are the ones who play the game.” Monday’s 2-0 defeat at QPR put more pressure on Lambert from fans but he insisted he relishes the challenge. He said: “I know what the game is like. I have never felt comfortable as a manager. I always live in fear. That’s what I like. I was like that as a player. It’s professionalism, nothing other than your own professionalism. “I’ve been in this position loads of times, even as a player. But you can’t wilt under the pressure. “I’m not one to sit on my backside doing nothing. It’s not about monetary things or anything like that, I just want to do my best for this football club. I want to drive it on. I’m not one for sitting comfortably, never. “I enjoy living on the edge. There are two ways of going about it – you can come in fighting or wilt and I’m never going to do that. I was never like that as a player so I won’t do that now. I love being here and want to do my best. I know the expectancy level of it. “If you live under fear you perform better. Criticism is part of the game, if you’re not getting criticised or praised then people are not talking about you so you may as well get one of the two.” Villa have not scored in 531 minutes since Gabriel Agbonlahor’s winner in their 1-0 victory at Liverpool in September. They are the lowest scorers in all four divisions but Lambert is adamant the goals will come. The Scot has come under fire after Villa’s run of five straight defeats without scoring ahead of the visit of Tottenham on Sunday. Lambert signed a new four-year contract in September but has not seen his side win in the Barclays Premier League since. last_img read more

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Cricket News BCCI acting president finally opens up about Delhi and Mohali encounter

first_imghighlights He also confirmed that there has never been any discussion on shifting of venues.”As far as a backup venue is concerned, the BCCI always has alternate arrangements in place in case a venue expresses its inability to hold a game.It was nice of Saurashtra to put their hand up but as of now, it will not be necessary,” Khanna said.Meanwhile, the series between two teams is expected to be full of enthusiasm and should be a delight to watch. The first of five-match ODI series is scheduled to start on March 2 at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. Series against Australia will also be India’s last assignment before the forthcoming World cup. However, this remains to be seen, if India can fix their 15 member squad post this series. (With Inputs: PTI) Acting President cleared the air surrounded the game in Delhi and Mohali. The series opener will be played at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. Saurashtra has put their case forward to host the game in case of an emergency.  New Delhi: The BCCI has “no plans to shift” India’s final two ODIs against Australia in Mohali and Delhi, the cricket board’s acting president CK Khanna said Friday. There were reports that in the wake of increased tensions between India and Pakistan after the neighbouring country violated the Indian airspace in Jammu and Kashmir, the BCCI was considering taking the last two ODIs out of the northern region. The fourth ODI in Mohali is scheduled on March 10 while the fifth game at Delhi will be held on March 13. Saurashtra had reportedly offered to host one of the games.”There is certainly no such plan to shift any of the games from their original venues. I can confirm that both ODIs in Mohali and Delhi, is happening as per schedule,” Khanna told PTI. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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