Odds & Ends: One Direction Will Hit the West End Stage (Sort Of) & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. West End Goes in One DirectionFor all you directioners out there, we’ve got the Best Song News Ever! One Direction are heading to the West End…Sort of. Only One Direction: The One Direction Story, which bills itself as a concert celebrating the music of the biggest boyband in history (what about Take That?) is set to play the Lyric Theatre October 26 through October 28. The tribute act will put on a fully interactive show that features songs from all four of One Direction’s smash hit albums. Probably best if you know all the words to “What Makes You Beautiful” if you’re thinking about taking a trip to this one…The Most-Produced Plays for 2014-15 Are…Interesting little nugget of information here. Courtesy of American Theatre, the top five most-produced plays of 2014-15 were as follows: 1. Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced, 2. Peter and the Starcatcher, adapted by Rick Elice from Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, 3. John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar, 4. To Kill a Mockingbird, adapted by Christopher Sergel from Harper Lee, 5. Jonathan Tolins’ Buyer & Cellar. You can check out the full list here.Casting Set for Bertie Carvel’s ApeFrom Miss Trunchbull to Hairy Ape?! Adam Burton, Buffy Davis, Callum Dixon, Steffan Rhodri, Rosie Sheehy and Nicholas Karimi will join the previously reported Matilda Tony nominee Bertie Carvel in The Hairy Ape. Directed by Richard Jones, the Eugene O’Neill classic is scheduled to begin previews on October 17 and officially open on October 29 at London’s Old Vic Theatre.Shows to Keep an Eye On? A couple of industry-only readings are on our radar. Farah Alvin (It Shoulda Been You) and Jarrod Spector (Beautiful) will headline new musical Date of a Lifetime on September 17. Featuring a book and lyrics by Carl Kissin and music by Rob Baumgartner, Jr., Tony winner Jerry Zaks has been tapped as creative consultant. Meanwhile, Tony winner Adriane Lenox (Doubt), along with Jill Paice (An American in Paris) and more, will star in a re-conceptualization of The Testament of Mary on October 1. Conceived and directed by Michael Rader, this new adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s work will feature five different women sharing the title role of Mary, each representing how different cultures around the world view Mary.NPH’s Best Time Ever’s Solid StartTony winner Neil Patrick Harris’ new NBC series, Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, premiered on September 15 to a respectable 6.8 million total viewers. According to Deadline, the show had a decent 1.9 rating among the all-important (to advertisers) adults 18-49 demographic. Check out below last night’s finale; eagle-eyed U.K. viewers will be able to spot British national treasures Ant and Dec (Best Time Ever is based on their show Saturday Night Takeaway), along with Harris’ sidekick, Olivier nominee and the potentially Broadway-bound Nicole Scherzinger.last_img read more

Vermont hospitals show low infection rate in national report

first_imgThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) has released its “First State-Specific Healthcare-Associated Infections Summary Data Report”, which gives an overview of where the country stands in efforts to prevent central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI). The report is based on both national and state-specific CLABSI data collected by NHSN.The NHSN report looked at CLABSI data from January – June 2009. During that time, Vermont hospitals reported CLABSI rates that were among the lowest of the seventeen states that were included in the report, and that were significantly lower than the report’s standardized infection ratio baseline of 1.0. Vermont’s ratio for the period reported was 0.27.“This report is good news for Vermonters who depend on Vermont hospitals to provide quality health care services and treatment,” said Paulette J. Thabault, Commissioner of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration. “Vermont’s leadership in this area has been the result of extraordinary collaboration between consumer advocates, the Legislature, hospital infection preventionists, the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care, and state agencies.”Jill Olson, Vice President of Policy and Operations at the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, echoed Thabault’s sentiment about the dedication and effort responsible for the positive results reported by NHSN. “Vermont’s results are a credit to the physicians and nurses who take care of Vermonters every day, and to the dedicated hospital infection preventionists who help bring medical evidence into practice at the bedside.” “This is real health care reform: quality and safety improvements for patients. Vermont’s excellent performance demonstrates the importance of transparency and public reporting in spurring quality improvement. It’s a proud day for consumer advocates, hospitals and BISHCA here in Vermont,” said Jeanne Keller, who represents a small business association, Business Resource Services, on the Hospital Report Card Advisory Panel.Vermont was the third state in the country to publicly report hospital-specific CLABSI rates, beginning in 2007, as part of health care quality improvement efforts overseen by BISHCA. Vermont hospitals have participated in the NHSN system since 2006, and Vermont was the first state to utilize the system for public reporting. The CLABSI report is part of BISHCA’s annual Hospital Report Card, which can be found on the BISHCA website. A copy of the NHSN report is also available on BISHCA’s site.According to the CDC, an estimated 248,000 bloodstream infections occur in U.S. hospitals each year. It is believed that a large proportion of these are associated with the presence of a central line – a flexible tube inserted near the heart or into one of the large veins or arteries, and used to administer medication or fluids, obtain blood tests, and directly obtain cardiovascular measurements. Because of where central lines are located, they can cause potentially dangerous bloodstream infections. Bloodstream infections can cause longer hospital stays, increased costs and increased risk of mortality. CLABSI can be prevented through proper management of central lines.About BISHCAThe Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration touches most Vermonters in some fashion, through its regulation and monitoring of a broad spectrum of financial and health industry activities. Regulated entities/areas include, for example: banks, licensed lenders, credit unions, insurance companies and their products, agents, securities firms, broker/dealers and investment advisors, HMO’s and hospital finances.Source: BISHCA. 5.27.2010last_img read more

LIRR Train Hits, Kills Man in Seaford

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A westbound Long Island Rail Road train fatally struck a man at the Seaford station on Easter Sunday.The 11:58 a.m. train from Babylon due in Penn Station at 1:12 p.m. hit the victim shortly after noon, according to the LIRR.The victim was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene. His identity was not immediately available.MTA Police are investigating the cause of the incident. There were delays on the Babylon Branch throughout the afternoon.It was the third time a person was struck and killed by an LIRR train in the past week following incidents in Syosset on Monday and Bay Shore on Thursday.last_img

CDC: vaccine deliveries set record, but will strains match?

first_imgNov 9, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Deliveries of seasonal influenza vaccine have already outpaced the number of doses ever distributed in a single season, officials from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today, but they voiced concerns about a possible mismatch of one of the strains.So far 103 million doses of the vaccine have been distributed to clinics and other providers, the most ever delivered, said Jeanne Santoli, MD, MPH, deputy director of the CDC’s immunization services division, at a CDC press conference today. By the end of the season, 132 million doses of the vaccine will be shipped, which is 10 million more than ever produced before in the United States, she added.Some providers may not have received their complete order yet, but all should have enough of the vaccine to launch their annual flu vaccine campaigns, Santoli said.Despite the plentiful supply of the vaccine early in the season, she said the CDC is working to raise awareness that flu vaccination in December or later still offers protection in advance of the flu season’s January-February peak. Santoli announced that the CDC will sponsor its second annual National Influenza Vaccination Week after Thanksgiving, from Nov 26 to Dec 2.So far, the CDC has noted low levels of flu activity in the United States, which is normal for the start of a new flu season, said Joe Bresee, MD, chief of epidemiology and prevention for the CDC’s immunization services division. Only 2.5% of specimens tested have been positive for influenza, and of those, 90% were influenza A, he said. Outpatient visits for influenza-like illnesses are low in all parts of the country except for the mountain region, where the number is slightly higher.Only two areas are reporting local activity, Bresee said. According to the CDC’s most recent influenza update, only Hawaii and Florida reported local influenza activity. Seventeen states have reported sporadic activity. No pediatric deaths have been reported, he said.”The take-home message is that flu activity remains low and that people should get their vaccinations,” Bresee said. “The supply is at an all-time high, and we should make the most of this opportunity.”Though CDC officials haven’t seen enough isolates yet to determine if this year’s vaccine is a good match against influenza strains circulating in the United States, Bresee said the agency is concerned about reports from last season and this summer of possible drift in the H3N2 A strain.Canada’s Public Health Agency said the Wisconsin H3N2 strain has mutated from the one used in the vaccine, according to an Oct 24 report from CTV, Canada’s largest television network. The agency said the Malaysia influenza B strain also showed signs of change, the CTV report said.Bresee said reports from Latin America this summer suggested a drifted H3N2 strain, and he said a US Department of Defense report estimated that the flu vaccine in its European population last season was only 52% effective, which suggests a mismatch between the circulating strains and the vaccine.”It’s too early to tell-we don’t know what that will mean for the United States,” he said. “Vaccination is still the best way to prevent influenza complications, and this year should be no exception,” he noted, pointing out that even without a perfect match, the flu vaccine can reduce illness severity.See also:Nov 9 CDC press releaselast_img read more

Influencers from Great Britain and Germany visit Croatian continental destinations

first_imgRELATED NEWS: BOOKING.COM GUEST REVIEW AWARDS 2018: CROATIA WITH THE HIGHEST AVERAGE GUEST RATING IN THE WORLD “In the Croatian National Tourist Board, we continue to implement projects like this because our goal is to bring Croatian destinations and the Croatian tourist offer closer to as many potential young tourists as possible. We targeted select Instagram users from the UK and Germany markets, and the first feedback from influencers has been very positive. They are delighted with the diversity of the Croatian continent and I am sure that they will share only positive experiences and recommendations with their numerous fans.”, said the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić, adding that this project promotes cultural and historical heritage and eno-gastronomy.  This is a project implemented in cooperation with the tourist boards of the city of Zagreb and the city of Slunj, which is Booking.com declared one of the most hospitable cities in the world and the tourist boards of Krapina-Zagorje and Varaždin counties. The program includes a tour of Zagreb and Medvednica Nature Park, Veliki Tabor Palace, Museum “Staro selo” Kumrovec, Museum of Krapina Neanderthals, the Old Town of Varaždin, Trakošćan Castle and Plitvice Lakes National Park. They are among the influencers Mike Will i Luke Clark from Great Britain for whom this is not their first visit to Croatia. From this market come and Kennan Lam, which produces photo and video materials dedicated to travel, and which it publishes on its website as well Ella Parsonss, which, in addition to publications dedicated to travel, also deals with fashion. Among the influencers is also Julian Herbrig from Germany, a lover of photography and travel who has more than 70.000 fans on Instagram.    center_img Organized by the Croatian National Tourist Board, five well-known and popular influencers from Great Britain and Germany are staying in Croatia from 4 to 7 February. “Although this is not my first visit to Croatia because I stayed on your beautiful coast, this is my first time touring the continental part of the country. I can say that this part delighted me because it shows how diverse, rich, but also preserved the natural environment is in your country. You also have a top eno-gastronomic offer, rich cultural and historical heritage and what is most important for us photographers, a lot of attractive localities for creating top photos”, said Herbrig. Mike Will agreed with him, for whom this is the third visit to Croatia, but the first in the winter. “Croatia is very beautiful even in winter! I am amazed by your castles, national parks and numerous other sites that simply leave you breathless. I receive a lot of inquiries from my fans asking me for advice and recommendations for Croatia, and one couple has already chosen your country for their honeymoon”, Will concluded.  last_img read more

The Iron Lady still has a lot to teach us about the battle of the sexes

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China virus death toll surges past 300

first_img“Foreign nationals, other than immediate family of US citizens and permanent residents… will be denied entry into the United States Health Secretary Alex Azar had announced.Australia said it was barring entry to non-citizens arriving from China, while Australian citizens who had travelled there would be required to go into “self-isolation” for two weeks.Vietnam suspended all flights from mainland China effective Saturday, while Russia announced it would halt visa-free tourism for Chinese nationals and stop issuing them work visas.Similar expansive restrictions have been announced by countries including Italy, Singapore, and China’s northern neighbour Mongolia. The death toll from China’s coronavirus epidemic soared to 304 on Sunday, as an increasing number of countries imposed extraordinary Chinese travel bans to combat the spread of the disease.With Britain, Russia and Sweden among the countries confirming their first infections, the virus has now spread to more than two dozen nations, sending governments scurrying to limit their exposure.The United States and Australia are leading a growing list of countries that are putting temporary but sweeping travel restrictions on Chinese nationals or those who have travelled to China within the last two weeks. The United States, Japan, Britain, Germany and other nations had already advised their citizens not to travel to China.Thousands of Hong Kong medical workers voted to commence a four-day strike from Monday to push the government to close its border with mainland China to stop the virus, which has already spread to the financial hub.Britain said Saturday it was temporarily withdrawing some diplomatic staff and their families from across China, a day after the US State Department ordered embassy employees to send home family members under the age of 21.- ‘Unkind’ -Beijing insists it can contain the virus and called Washington’s advice against travel to China “unkind”.The US emergency declaration also requires Americans returning from Hubei province to be placed in mandatory 14-day quarantine, and health screening for American citizens coming from other parts of China.The virus emerged in early December and has been traced to a market in Hubei’s capital Wuhan that sold wild animals.It spread globally on the wings of a Lunar New Year holiday rush that sees hundreds of millions of Chinese people travel domestically and overseas.The economic fallout continued as Apple announced that all its China stores would be closed until February 9.China’s central bank said it would offer financial support to businesses hit by the public health emergency. Mea culpa With public anger mounting in China, Wuhan’s top official admitted late Friday that authorities there had acted too slowly.”If strict control measures had been taken earlier the result would have been better than now,” said Ma Guoqiang, the Communist Party chief for Wuhan.Wuhan officials have been criticised online for withholding information about the outbreak until late December despite knowing of it weeks earlier.China finally lurched into action last week, effectively quarantining whole cities in Hubei and tens of millions of people.Unprecedented safeguards imposed nationwide include postponing the return to school, cutting bus and train routes, and tightening health screening on travellers nationwide.Authorities in Hubei have extended the new year holiday until February 13 and suspended marriage registrations from Monday to discourage public gatherings.The city of Huanggang, east of Wuhan, said only one member of each household would be permitted to leave the house every two days to buy necessities. But the toll keeps mounting, with health authorities in Hubei on Sunday reporting 45 more deaths in the preceding 24 hours.The number of confirmed infections across China passed 14,300 on Sunday, the National Health Commission announced — far higher than the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome outbreak of 2002-03.SARS, which is caused by a pathogen similar to the new coronavirus and also originated in China, killed 774 people worldwide — most of them in mainland China and Hong Kong.The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a global emergency on Thursday but later warned that closing borders was probably ineffective in halting transmission and could accelerate the virus’s spread.But authorities around the world pressed ahead with preventive measures.- ‘Latent racism’ -Thai health officials on Friday said a taxi driver became the kingdom’s first case of human-to-human transmission.Thailand joins China, Vietnam, Germany, Japan, France and the United States with confirmed domestic infections.The health crisis has dented China’s international image and put Chinese nationals in difficult positions abroad, with complaints of racism.China flew overseas Hubei residents back to the centre of the outbreak in Wuhan on chartered planes from Thailand and Malaysia, citing “practical difficulties” the passengers had encountered overseas.Countries including Japan, Britain, France and the US have scrambled to evacuate their nationals from Wuhan, with more governments planning airlifts.Topics :last_img read more

Tycoon and a tea-seller’s son: Trump, Modi forge bonhomie

first_imgIn Gujarat’s capital Ahmedabad, large billboards with the words “two dynamic personalities, one momentous occasion” and “two strong nations, one great friendship” have gone up across the city.”There’s a lot that Trump and Modi share in common, and not surprisingly these convergences have translated into a warm chemistry between the two,” Michael Kugelman of the Washington-based Wilson Center told AFP.”Personality politics are a major part of international diplomacy today. The idea of closed-door dialogue between top leaders has often taken a backseat to very public and spectacle-laden summitry.”Since assuming the top political office in their respective countries — Modi in 2014 and Trump in 2017 — the two men have been regularly compared to each other. They hail from vastly different backgrounds — Donald Trump is the son of a property tycoon while Narendra Modi is a descendant of a poor tea-seller.Yet the two teetotallers, loved by right-wing nationalists in their home countries, share striking similarities that have seen them forge a close personal bond, analysts say.Ahead of the American leader’s first official visit to India, which begins in Modi’s home state of Gujarat on Monday, the world’s biggest democracy has gone out of its way to showcase the chemistry between them. Trump, 73, and Modi, 69, both command crowds of adoring flag-waving supporters at rallies. A virtual cult of personality has emerged around them, with their faces and names at the centre of their political parties’ campaigns.Nationalist, protectionist A focus of Trump’s administration has been his crackdown on migrants, including a travel ban that affects several Muslim-majority nations, among others, while critics charge that Modi has sought to differentiate Muslims from other immigrants through a contentious citizenship law that has sparked protests.Both promote their countries’ nationalist and trade protectionist movements — Trump with his “America First” clarion call and Modi with his “Make in India” mantra.And while they head the world’s largest democracies, critics have described the pair as part of a global club of strongmen that includes Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro.”There are many qualities that Trump and Modi share — a love for political grandstanding and an unshakable conviction that they can achieve the best solutions or deals,” former Indian diplomat Rakesh Sood told AFP.Modi and Trump have sought to use their friendship to forge closer bonds between the two nations, even as they grapple with ongoing tensions over trade and defence.Despite sharing many similarities in style and substance, analysts say there are some notable differences between the pair.Modi is an insider who rose through the ranks of the Bharatiya Janata Party after starting out as a cadre in the militaristic hardline Hindu group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.Trump is a businessman and a political outsider who has in some sense taken over the Republican Party.”Modi is a more conventional leader than is Trump in that he hasn’t sought to revolutionise the office he holds in the way that Trump has,” said Kugelman, a longtime observer of South Asian politics.He added that genuine personal connections between leaders of both countries have helped to grow the partnership. “George Bush and Manmohan Singh, Barack Obama and Singh, Obama and Modi, now Modi and Trump — there has been a strong chemistry in all these pairings that has clearly helped the relationship move forward,” he added.Trump has also stood by the Indian leader during controversial decisions, including his revocation of autonomy for Muslim-majority Kashmir and his order for jets to enter Pakistani territory following a suicide bombing.Analysts said the leaders would use the visit to bolster their image with voters. A mega “Namaste Trump” rally in Ahmedabad on Monday will be modelled after the “Howdy, Modi” Houston extravaganza last year when the Indian leader visited the US and the two leaders appeared before tens of thousands of Indian-Americans at a football stadium.”The success of this visit… will have a positive impact on his (Trump’s) re-election campaign and the people of Indian origin who are voters in the US — a majority of them are from Gujarat,” former Indian diplomat Surendra Kumar told AFP.”On the Indian side, the fact that Prime Minister Modi… (shares) such warmth, bonhomie and informality with the most powerful man on Earth adds to his stature… as well as with hardcore supporters.”Topics :last_img read more

Dutch minister wants pension funds to increase local investments

first_imgThe Netherlands’ economic affairs minister Henk Kamp has said he will consult Dutch pension funds about increasing their local investments.Answering questions from Martin van Rooijen, MP for 50Plus, the Dutch political party for the elderly, Kamp suggested that such a change wouldn’t have to come at the expense of returns.According to the minister, pension funds invest just 2% in the Netherlands at the moment, whereas insurers invest 30% locally.He emphasised the importance of a strong economic structure for society, “as pension funds’ participants will also benefit from this”. He added that he wanted to engage with pension funds “without rules, pressure, or threat”.Van Rooijen’s questions were triggered by a recent TV appearance by Kamp, during which the minister talked about pension funds’ position in the Dutch economy.In Kamp’s opinion, pension schemes could play a “stabilising role in the volatile international economy” through investing in Dutch multinational companies.“It would make me feel very comfortable if pension funds would not only focus on returns but at the same time take into account results that would also benefit the Netherlands,” the minister explained.However, Van Rooijen said the comments sounded like an encouragement to pension funds to deviate from their main goal of investing in the interest of their participants and pensioners.The economic affairs minister also made the comparison between pension funds’ and insurers’ domestic allocations when the Dutch Investment Institute (NLII) was established in 2014.At the time, he suggested that pension funds should be able to increase their investments in the Netherlands by “more than one percentage point”.In the past, Dutch investment professionals have not been enthusiastic about increasing local investments.For example, speaking during the Pension Federation’s congress in 2013, Toine van der Stee, chief executive of the €20bn asset manager Blue Sky Group, said that his company would not change its carefully designed investment policy “because politics deem it necessary”.“We are not a philantropic institution. Our task is to offer purchasing power for the participants of our clients,” he said.last_img read more

Men ‘biologically wired’ to care for children

first_imgFrom the Telegraphin the UKA study found that men’s testosterone levels fell by around a third in the days and months after their partner gave birth. The more caring side of a man’s character emerged as levels of the hormones fell, said scientists, who believe that the process is nature’s way of trying to ensure that fathers stay for the long haul of child–rearing.They found that men with higher testosterone levels – associated with dominant and aggressive behaviour – were both more likely to secure a partner and father children. But after the birth itself testosterone levels in these men dropped.“Humans are unusual among mammals in that our offspring are dependent upon older individuals for feeding and protection for more than a decade,” said Christopher Kuzawa, a faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University in Chicago, and a coauthor of the study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Raising human offspring is such an effort that it is cooperative by necessity, and our study shows that human fathers are biologically wired to help with the job.”last_img read more