Closing Time! Last Chance to See Hello, Dolly! & More

first_imgAUGUST 5: A Final Cruise Down Belmont AvenueChazz Palminterri’s A Bronx Tale went from a solo play to a 1993 movie to a 2016 Broadway musical. The show, which follows a young man torn between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be, features music from Alan Menken, direction from Jerry Zaks and Robert De Niro, choreography by Sergio Trujilio and even an appearance from Palmineterri himself.  AUGUST 11: Party’s OverAfter 50 years, The Boys in the Band finally made its Broadway debut. As Mart Crowley’s landmark 1968 play winds down its limited engagement, you have only a few more chances to witness this all-star, all-gay cast including Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Robin De Jesus, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells and more. AUGUST 5: So Big, So Small, So Long!Heidi Hansen, the caring but overworked mom of Evan in Dear Evan Hansen, is the role that won Rachel Bay Jones a Tony Award. After being with the show through its out-of-town tryout, off-Broadway run at Second Stage and all the way to its current home at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway, Jones has been stunning audiences with her performance for three years.  AUGUST 19: It’s Not Over ‘Til Carmen SingsTony winner Anika Noni Rose stars in the Classic Stage Company revival of Carmen Jones, the adaptation of George Bizet’s famous opera Carmen from Oscar Hammerstein II. The production marks the first New York revival of the piece in 75 years, so make sure you check it out, because who knows when it will be back.  Rachel Bay Jones and Ben Platt in Dear Evan Hansen (Photo: Julieta Cervantes) Anika Noni Rose and Trammell Tillman in Carmen Jones (Photo: Joan Marcus)  The cast of A Bronx Tale (Photo: Joan Marcus) Bette Midler & David Hyde Pierce in “Hello, Dolly!,” Adam Kaplan in “A Bronx Tale” and Charlie Carver, Matt Bomer, Andrew Rannells, Robin De Jesus & Michael Benjamin Washington from “The Boys in the Band”(Composite: Ryan Casey) Charlie Carver, Andrew Rannells, Tuc Watkins, Jim Parsons, Robin De Jesus, Matt Bomer and Zachary Quinto in The Boys in the Band (Photo: Joan Marcus) In August, New York theater audiences will say “So long, dearie!” to a beloved revival, plays old and new, star turns from TV faves and more. Here are the performances and productions to catch this month before it’s too late. Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! (Photo: Julieta-Cervantes) AUGUST 25: Catch Dolly Before It Passes ByBernadette Peters and Victor Garber left Hello, Dolly! in July to make room for original stars David Hyde Pierce and Bette Midler, who will close out the run of the smashing revival. The Jerry Zaks-directed production nabbed four Tony Awards in 2017, including Best Revival of a Musical and Midler’s Best Leading Actress in a Musical win. Catch it before closing for a once-in-a-lifetime thrill!ALSOAUGUST 4: Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist departs Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Sardi’s portrait in hand. Abby Mueller returns to the role August 7.AUGUST 5: Fire in Dreamland, starring Rebecca Naomi Jones, ends at The Public Theater.AUGUST 12: The polyamorous gay play Afterglow breaks up.AUGUST 18: Black Sparta, by Layon Gray, closes off-Broadway. AUGUST 19: Tracy Letts’ Mary Page Marlowe, starring Tatianna Maslany, finishes its extended run. AUGUST 19: Merle Dandridge plays Papa Ge in Once on This Island once more. Tamyra Grey returns to the role August 20. AUGUST 26: Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd at the Barrow Street Theatre before the pie shop closes.  View Commentslast_img read more

UVM study links opioid abuse to childhood emotional trauma

first_imgUniversity of Vermont,New UVM study links opioid abuse, childhood emotional trauma. Photo: Brian JenkinsVermont Business Magazine A study by researchers at the University of Vermont has revealed a link between adult opioid misuse and childhood emotional abuse, a new finding that suggests a rethinking of treatment approaches for opioid abusers. To uncover the link to emotional abuse, the study, published in the current issue of Addictive Behaviors, analyzed and cross referenced the results of a series of psychological tests administered to a sample of 84 individuals with a history of problem opioid use who had also suffered trauma during their lives.Earlier research has found that a high percentage of adults who abuse substances were maltreated in a variety of ways as children. But few previous studies have investigated the causes of opioid addiction specifically, and no earlier ones narrowed the link among opioid users to emotional abuse.Emotional abuse was much more strongly correlated with survey participants’ problem opioid use than childhood sexual and physical abuse or other kinds of maltreatment such as neglect.  The study found that children who had been emotionally abused were more likely to engage in rash, risky behavior in adolescence and to suffer posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as adults. Opioid use offered a refuge from PTSD for this group – while causing a host of new problems. The severity of the PTSD was directly linked to the severity of their opioid-related problems.“If a person is being physically or sexually abused, it’s easier to put the blame on the person doing the abuse,” said Matthew Price, assistant professor in Department of Psychological Science at the University of Vermont, and the paper’s senior author.“With emotional abuse, the abuser is saying ‘You are the problem.’ Being called names, being told you’re not good enough, being told no one cares about you undermines your ability to cope with difficult emotions. To protect themselves from strong emotions and from trauma cues that can bring on PTSD symptoms, people with this kind of childhood experience frequently adopt a strategy of avoidance, which can include opioid use.”New treatment approachesThe findings suggest why some opioid abusers don’t respond to substance abuse counseling or PTSD treatment and point the way toward potentially more productive therapies.Drug addiction and mental health issues are often treated separately by different kinds of specialists, Price said. “Mental health counselors will frequently say, ‘Deal with your drug issues first, then come to see me.’”The study suggests “we should really start to explore more integrated treatment,” Price said. “If a patient has had severe emotional abuse and they have a tendency to act out when they’re feeling upset, and then they turn to opioids to deal with the resulting PTSD, it makes sense to address the emotional component and the drug problems at the same time.”In the study, participants were interviewed about their childhood experiences and then given a battery of psychological tests that measured the type and extent of any maltreatment they had experienced as children, the extent to which their opioid use was causing life problems, the severity of their addiction, the extent of their impulsive behavior, and the extent and severity of their PTSD.The researchers used a sophisticated statistical method known as structural equation modeling, or SEM, to make connections between the data sets each of the individual tests brought to light, which illuminated the pathway from childhood emotional abuse to rash adolescent behavior to PTSD to opioid abuse.The paper’s other authors include Rebecca Mirhashem, Holley C. Allen, Katherine van Stolk-Cooke and Alison Legrand of the University of Vermont Department of Psychological Science and Zachary W. Adams of the Indiana University School of Medicine.Source: UVM 3.21.2017last_img read more

Riders at Prudential RideLondon raise £11.5 million for charity in 2019

first_img Related Participants in 2019 Prudential RideLondon events raised a significant £11.5 million (US$15.1 million) for charity. This brings the total raised for good causes to more than £77 million (US$101.2 million) in the first seven years of the event – billed as ‘the world’s greatest festival of cycling’.The 2019 total is revealed in early January just ahead of the close of the ballot for the 2020 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, which takes place on Sunday 16 August.The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said “My congratulations go to everyone who helped raise this fantastic sum for charity at the 2019 edition of Prudential RideLondon. Their efforts will help some great causes make a real difference to people’s lives.”Denise Turner-Stewart, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Fire and Resilience, said “Once again it was great to see such a fantastic fundraising effort from all the riders that took part in 2019 raising money for some wonderful charitable causes.”Mike Wells, Group Chief Executive of Prudential, said “I would like to thank all the riders who took part and helped make this another fantastic year for fundraising. Prudential RideLondon is the world’s greatest festival of cycling, and to raise more than £77 million in seven years for good causes is an incredible achievement.”British Olympic champion Dani Rowe, who was raising money for the event’s 2019 Charity of the Year the British Heart Foundation, rode side by side with thousands of cyclists of all ages and abilities in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 sportive. She said, “It was absolutely amazing, riding on such iconic roads, and safe roads, with so many fans out on the road, cheering us. I was just buzzing all the way round.”Liam O’Reilly, Fundraising Events Programme Lead, British Heart Foundation, said “Our partnership saw 440 British Heart Foundation (BHF) riders take on 100 miles raising just under £300,000 for the Miles Frost Fund. This money will help the BHF roll-out even more genetic testing for families at risk of inherited heart conditions and support vital research into improving diagnosis and treatments of deadly inherited heart conditions.“To date, the Miles Frost Fund has raised an incredible £1.5m, which funds genetic nurses and counsellors to identify and treat more families with inherited heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). The BHF now have a total of 13 sites delivering cascade genetic testing, and have identified 517 patients with HCM; helping save lives and keep hearts beating.”Nikki Barraclough, Executive Director Prevent Breast Cancer, Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 Charity of the Year, said “It was a huge honour for Prevent Breast Cancer to be chosen as the first official charity partner for Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46. It gave the charity a wonderful platform to raise awareness on a national level, while raising funds for our ground-breaking research into the prediction and prevention of breast cancer. It was also a fantastic experience for everyone involved and we cannot thank our cyclists enough. The event raised over £122,000 for our research, which will take us one step closer to a future free from breast cancer.”Alzheimer’s Society raised more than £450,000, making the charity the most successful fundraiser at the 2019 event. Macmillan Cancer Support and Prostate Cancer UK were among the many other charities that raised six-figure sums.Kiera Ridge, Senior Events Fundraising Manager, Alzheimer’s Society, said “We’ve had another successful year with nearly 550 Alzheimer’s Society riders taking on the challenge and raising over £450,000. Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 is a hugely popular event with our supporters and has been a great vehicle for us to raise huge sums to fund our work, with 2019 being no exception.“With almost a million people living with the condition, dementia is the biggest health challenge society faces today. We urgently need to find a cure, improve care and offer help and understanding for people affected. Our team of riders and their generosity have played a huge role in this and we look forward to another successful year in 2020.” read more

In annual advocacy tour, KASB leaders tout efficiency of Kansas schools

first_imgKASB’s Mark Tallman presented to members of the Shawnee Mission School Board and other district officials — as well as several area legislators — Thursday.Kansas’s public education system continues to produce outcomes far better than many states that spend much more per pupil, said representatives of the Kansas Association of School Boards Thursday.Each summer, KASB leaders tour Kansas and highlight the state of public education here. In a presentation at the Shawnee Mission School District’s Center for Academic Achievement, KASB associate executive director Mark Tallman told a group of Shawnee Mission board members, administrators and legislators representing the area that Kansas continues to generate above-average outcomes while spending less than average per pupil.KASB’s Comparing Kansas report ranked all 50 states on a scale that takes 15 educational outcomes — including graduation rates, college entrance exam scores, and National Assessment of Education Progress benchmarks — into account. Those rankings found that Kansas came in 10th among the 50 states in outcomes. No state in the top 10 spent less per pupil than Kansas.Meanwhile, Kansas’s spending rate of $12,055 per pupil puts it at 31st out of the 50 states.Among other highlights from the KASB presentation:Kansas educational attainment has improved to an all time high, with more than 30 percent of all adults 25 and older now holding a four-year college degree. In recent years, though, the percent of Kansans who hold four-year degrees has fallen behind the U.S. average for the first time since the 1950s.Demographic shifts are being seen across the state. The number of white students enrolled in Kansas public schools has been steadily declining since 1993. At the same time, the number of black students has remained about the same, and the number of Hispanic students has risen steadily. Schools have also seen a marked increase in multi-ethnic students and students from other backgrounds.The percent of Kansas income that goes to the K-12 system has hovered around 4.5 percent since 1990, despite all of the changes to school funding levels and the funding formula.The booklet summarizing KASB’s major points is embedded below:[gview file=””]last_img read more

Gophers dominate Wisconsin 37-3

first_imgâÄú[YohnâÄôs] actually wrestling better and doing some things good, but heâÄôs just got to keep his head in the game and not let it get to him,âÄù Robinson said. âÄúJust keep improving a little bit each week.âÄùMinnesota won the last four matches to close out the dual, including a 15-0 technical fall by freshman Logan Storley (174).âÄúStorley is learning what college wrestling is all about,âÄù Robinson said. âÄúHeâÄôs learning how to go forward and put pressure on people. When he learns that and gets a really hard shot heâÄôs going to be really hard to beat.âÄùTony Nelson (heavyweight) closed out the match with a 6-1 victory.âÄúTony Nelson wrestled a good match,âÄù Robinson said. âÄúHe shot a lot, something that weâÄôre trying to get him to do, be more aggressive.âÄùWisconsin had a rough go on the weekend, scoring only six points in two duals. The Badgers fell 41-3 to Purdue on Friday.Minnesota returns to a two-match slate next weekend when it takes on Michigan at home and then travels to Iowa.âÄúThe last couple teams weâÄôve wrestled havenâÄôt been the toughest,âÄù Sanders said. âÄúI think itâÄôs good for our confidence and setting the tone for other guys when they go out there and compete that theyâÄôre scoring more points and going after guys.âÄùWith two top-10 opponents looming next weekend, Robinson said there is work to be done if the Gophers want to have success.âÄúWe just have to keep working on the same things,âÄù Robinson said. âÄúWeâÄôre aggressive, but we still can be more aggressive. We need to ride people better. WeâÄôve got to be more dominant when we get on top. WeâÄôve got to keep them down and make sure we keep pressure on them.âÄù Gophers dominate Wisconsin 37-3Minnesota won nine matches Sunday.Marisa WojcikMinnesota’s Dylan Ness (149) gets tangled with Wisconsin’s Cole Schmidt on Sunday at the Sports Pavilion. Ness pinned No. 14 Schmidt in the first period. Drew ClaussenJanuary 23, 2012Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintZach Sanders picked up a technical fall at 125 pounds to start the GophersâÄô 37-3 victory against Wisconsin on Sunday, and his teammates followed suit.âÄúI knew the kid wasnâÄôt that highly ranked. I just wanted to go out there and set the tone for the rest of the team and the rest of the dual meet,âÄù Sanders said. Minnesota (8-2 overall, 5-0 Big Ten) won the first four matches of the dual by technical fall, two major decisions and a pin by Dylan Ness (149 pounds).âÄúIf we look at each individual match we can break some things down and see where our improvement is going and thatâÄôs what we want to do,âÄù head coach J Robinson said.No. 11 Ness pinned No. 14 Cole Schmitt with 35 seconds left in the first period.âÄúOnce I got a reversal and had the half nelson in, I heard the crowd going crazy and it just got me going,âÄù Ness said. âÄúI knew I wasnâÄôt going to let that go.âÄùAlec Ortiz (157) followed NessâÄô pin with an entertaining 11-9 victory.âÄúAlec Ortiz is making some progress, heâÄôs getting some confidence and thatâÄôs super positive,âÄù Robinson said.The Gophers took a 22-0 lead into the intermission âÄî a lead that wasnâÄôt relinquished.Cody Yohn (165) started the second half of the dual with the GophersâÄô only loss of the day. No. 11 Yohn fell to No. 14 Ben Jordan 3-5 in the final 165 pound weight class of the day that featured two ranked wrestlers.last_img read more

Investor buys Scottsdale office building for $5.18M

first_imgBuilt in 2006, the two-story building features high-end fi nishes, 4.6/1,000 parking, nearby amenities such as Whole Foods, Gordon Biersch and Lifetime Fitness. The property enjoys an excellent North Scottsdale location adjacent as is two blocks to the Loop 101 Freeway. A 30,120 SF office building at 6910 E. Chauncey Ln., in the North Scottsdale Corporate Center in Scottsdale sold for $5,180,640 or $172.00 per SF. The transaction closed on Nov. 19. Lee & Associates principals Colton Trauter and Bill Blake representedthe seller, CM & PM Acquisitions, LLC of Phoenix. The buyer, Garland’s Oak Creek Lodge, Inc. was represented by Francis Marotta of MarCor Commercial Real Estate of Scottsdale.last_img

Is your toddler ready to read? Knowing how words differ from drawings is first step

first_imgShare on Twitter Forthcoming in the journal Child Development, the study is based on two experiments with 114 children ages 3-to-5 years who had not yet received any formal instruction in reading or writing.The children were tested to see how well they understood that a written word, such as dog, has one specific pronunciation (“dog”) as compared with a simple drawing of a dog, which could be correctly labeled as the image of a dog, a puppy or even a pet named Spot.In the first test, researchers read the written word “dog” to the children.Later, when a puppet employed in the experiment read the word “dog” as “puppy,” many children picked up on the mistake. In a similar task with drawings, children were more likely to say that the puppet was correct in using the alternative label.The different results in the writing and drawing conditions indicate that even young pre-readers have some understanding that a written word stands for one specific linguistic unit in a way that a drawing does not. While a written word should be read the same way each time, it is sometimes appropriate to use different labels for a drawing, the researchers explain.Most children don’t begin formal instruction in reading and writing until they turn 5 and enter kindergarten, but these findings suggest that children as young as 3 may be tested to see how well their understanding of basic language concepts is progressing.“Our finding that preschool-age children who cannot yet read have some understanding that written words represent specific words in a way that drawings do not indicates that young children’s knowledge about the inner structure of writing — how it functions as a symbol — is more sophisticated than previously thought,” said study co-author Lori Markson, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences in Arts & Sciences.The results are surprising given that some literacy development theories have suggested that pre-readers treat written words as representing meanings directly, as pictures do.More recent research, however, shows that parents often speak differently about pictures than they do about letters and words, helping even very small children begin to understand the writing something is in many ways similar to saying it.“Such experiences may help children to learn, even before they can read, that writing conveys meaning in a different way than drawing does,” Markson said.While dozens of research studies have shown that reading to young children helps them build a stronger cognitive foundation for later reading and writing, this study is one of the first to offer a simple method for benchmarking how well children are progressing in their understanding of basic concepts about how writing works as a symbol.This understanding may be crucial to later success in formal reading and writing instruction. LinkedIn Share Share on Facebookcenter_img Email Even before they can read, children as young as 3 years of age are beginning to understand how a written word is different than a simple drawing — a nuance that could provide an important early indicator for children who may need extra help with reading lessons, suggests new research from Washington University in St. Louis.“Our results show that children have some knowledge about the fundamental properties of writing from a surprisingly early age,” said study co-author Rebecca Treiman, PhD, the Burke & Elizabeth High Baker Professor of Child Developmental Psychology in Arts & Sciences.“Based on the results, it may be possible to determine at an early age which children are progressing well in the learning of emergent literacy skills and which children may need extra attention,” Treiman said. Pinterestlast_img read more

Opinion: The value of partnerships

first_img LIAT to Resume Operations in November? – CARICOM… Find Way for Private Sector to Assume Role as Jobs Generator… Related Posts Oct 2, 2020 Aug 31, 2020 We have also explored new opportunities linked to our economic cooperation. Millions of people from our continents live and work across the Atlantic. The European Union is the top foreign investor in Latin America and the Caribbean, accounting for one third of overall investment in the region. We are now raising by 400 million euros the European Investment Bank’s engagement in your continent. Our trade agreements have not only brought economic benefits to our firms: they have also guaranteed our traditional products, raised standards for workers and protected our environment. We want our trade to be free and fair at the same time. We are now modernising our trade and political agreements with Mexico, Chile and Mercosur: we want to expand their benefits to a larger number of people, and particularly to small and medium enterprises, but also to cooperate more on energy and infrastructure projects, on culture and creative sectors, on research and education – including through our Erasmus+ programme. We have opened an entirely new phase in our relations with Cuba, based on frank dialogue and effective cooperation to the benefit of all our people. Our partnership is also one for peace and security. In recent years, the European Union has mobilised unprecedented support to accompany the peace process in Colombia – helping with rural development, reconciliation and the reintegration of former fighters. We will continue to support dialogue towards negotiated political solutions to the crises in Nicaragua and Venezuela. And we are now mobilising a new package in support of Venezuelan refugees across the region. When Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean, we immediately sent support – from humanitarian aid to satellite imagery to help the rescue teams. We know from our European experience that regional integration is a powerful engine for growth, peace and security. Cooperation within Latin America and the Caribbean is proving particularly vital, and we look at it with interest and hope. It is only natural to create new bridges between the European Union and regional cooperation projects such as Mercosur or the Pacific Alliance. In a world where multilateralism and international cooperation are under pressure, we are showing the value of partnership – inside and between our continents. It is a partnership for jobs and social justice, for inclusive democracies and human rights, for peace and security. It is an antidote to the current global confusion, towards a more just and cooperative world order. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… center_img by Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative Strong, deep, inalienable: there are no better words to describe the relationship between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean. We saw it clearly once again on Monday and Tuesday, when the Foreign Ministers from the 28 countries of European Union and the 33 of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States met in Brussels, to invest in the partnership between our two continents. Though far apart geographically, Europe and Latin America are closer than any other continents. We stand on the same side. We believe that international disputes should only be addressed through diplomacy and international cooperation. We believe in the United Nations as the centre of gravity of the international system. We believe that a globalised world can only be governed together – building partnerships to address our shared interests, from sustainable development to climate action. Today, the cooperative world order we believe in is being questioned: the UN system has come under attack, there is a threat of new trade wars, and the most basic rules of our international system are violated. Our democracies are also facing challenges that are similar in our two continents – more similar than many of us realise. Latin America and the Caribbean is the only part of the world where inequalities have constantly decreased since the beginning of this century, but it remains the world’s most unequal region. There is a growing demand for good jobs, better education, and good governance to deliver on our people’s rising expectations. Many of these requests are the same that European people are also raising to their governments. Our democracies have a duty to listen to this call. Cooperation between our continents has a huge potential to address these issues: for instance, we are launching a European facility to support development in transition in Latin America and the Caribbean – moving beyond the old donor-recipient mentality towards a partnership among equals, in cooperation with the OECD and the UN’s Economic Commission for Latina America and the Caribbean. A stronger partnership can help us protect our citizens’ interests, create new opportunities for economic and human growth, and advance a more cooperative world order. At our meeting in Brussels, we have discussed first and foremost our common global agenda: how to continue turning into reality the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate, which we built together in years of coordinated work. Belize economy contracts by 23.3% – CARICOM Business… Oct 12, 2020 Europe, a unique partner for CaribbeanOp-Ed by Federica Mogherini High Representative of the Union for Foreign and Security Policy / Vice-President To mark the celebration of Europe Day on 9 May 2019 I have always thought of Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe as two sister regions, united by history and culture. We are…May 8, 2019In “CARICOM”Region to get new funding from the European Union CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and European Union HR for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini sign a  €346 million new regional funding programme for the Caribbean region until 2020.  This amount represents more than a doubling of the funds that were available in previous years (€165 million…June 12, 2015In “CARICOM”International trade policy issues involving Jamaica and Caribbean partnersBy Elizabeth Morgan As we come to the end of 2018, I wish to provide an update on the international trade policy issues involving Jamaica and Caribbean partners:   1. CARICOM/Caribbean Single Market and Economy The special meeting of  heads of government held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, December…December 19, 2018In “Jamaica”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

ODPM housing review

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Government should encourage councils to create innovative ways to deliver affordable homes

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