Shirley Jones Gets Happy at Cafe Carlyle!

first_img View Comments It’s been ten years since Shirley Jones last walked the Broadway boards in 42nd Street, but the Oscar-winning stage and screen star made a triumphant return to New York City on March 4, when she made her Cafe Carlyle debut in An Evening With Shirley Jones. The Partridge Family momma is teaming up with music director John McDaniel and actor and composer Ron Abel to sing a few of her favorite songs at the swanky Manhattan hotel. Check out this Hot Shot of Jones looking glamorous at Cafe Carlyle, then see her sing the songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein and more through March 15!last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Benedict Cumberbatch Talks Hamlet & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Dates Announced for Olive Kitteridge, Starring Tony Winner Frances McDormand We now have debut dates for when we can see Tony winners Frances McDormand and John Gallagher, Jr., along with Broadway vet Zoe Kazan, in Olive Kitteridge. The HBO miniseries will initially air on November 2 and November 3. Based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, Olive Kitteridge centers on a straight-talking woman whose harsh judgments don’t endear her to others in her small New England hometown. First Look at Irish Superstar Ronan Keating in Once We now have our first image, below, of Ronan Keating (think Irish Justin Timberlake) in the West End production of Once. Trust us, there will be some very excited audience members at the Phoenix Theatre when he starts performances as Guy in the Olivier-winning musical on November 17. View Commentscenter_img Sandy Wilson Dead at 90 A spokesperson for Sandy Wilson has confirmed to that he died on August 27 in Taunton, England, at the age of 90. The author, composer and lyricist was best known for penning The Boy Friend; the original 1954 Broadway production starred Julie Andrews. Wilson is survived by his partner Chak Yui. Benedict Cumberbatch Talks Hamlet Benedict Cumberbatch has been opening up about his upcoming turn as the Prince of Denmark at London’s Barbican Theatre next year. The Sherlock star says that his Hamlet will be as “fresh” as possible, “like a new play that just landed as a pdf in someone’s computer inbox at the Royal Court.” Devastated that you haven’t managed to get your hands on a ticket for the already sold-out run? Never fear, according to the Daily Mail, the production will most likely be filmed through the U.K.’s National Theatre Live and shown in movie theaters. While you wait, you’ll just have to content yourselves with this. You’re welcome, Cumberb*tches.last_img read more

What Are the Top 10 Best Broadway Halloween Costumes of the Year?

first_img View Comments The staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.Happy Halloweekend, Broadway fans! Before you carve those pumpkins, dance the night away at your friend’s party or chow down on a family-size bag of peanut butter cups (just us?), you’ll need to pick out the perfect costume. Luckily, the past year of Great White Way productions has included a slew of characters that can inspire your look. (Tweet us, and we’ll RT our faves!) We’re sure you’re going to look boo-tiful (or delightfully creepy, whatever you’re aiming for). Last year, Hamilton’s Schuyler sisters were your favorite. Werk! Check out Social Media Manager Caitlyn Gallip’s top 10, share yours with us and have a happy Broadway Halloween!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites.STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on!last_img read more

Top Trout Hikes

first_imgWhat are some of the top trout hikes available to readers of Blue Ridge Outdoors? Here are a few of my favorites.Bath County, Va.The Native Americans took advantage of western Virginia’s warm and aromatic springs as a tonic for various illnesses long before the European colonists stumbled upon them. Since then, folks from every walk of life—including Thomas Jefferson—have come to aptly named Bath County’s springs to “take the waters.” I head to Bath County to take the waters, too—to fish, rather than to soak.A series of waterfalls called The Cascades, located on property owned by the Omni Homestead Resort, is ideal for fly anglers, with both a solid population of fish and easy access. The lower end of the stream is stocked with large Kamloops rainbows; this area allows for fairly long casts and room for the feisty fish to run. Anglers can wade out here and attempt to cast into some of the deeper pools or try their hand at very technical casts near downed trees and other structures. The slow, clear waters give the trout a distinct advantage here, so move carefully and avoid too many false casts.As fly anglers climb to the top of the stream, they are rewarded with a rich view of moss-covered rocks and one beautiful waterfall after another. Best of all, visiting anglers can cast small flies and test their skills against wild naturally reproducing rainbows, which seem to inhabit the bottom of every waterfall. Guide Matt Thomas says that he consistently has to remind anglers to watch their step: “It’s not that it’s dangerous to fish here, but it’s just so darn pretty that people are looking everywhere around them except where they’re placing their feet.”Guests of the Omni Homestead Resort can fish the area for free; outside guests can fish for a nominal fee.©kamiswingle_meadowlane-491Carter County, Tenn.Hampton Creek, a public fishery in the eastern end of the Volunteer State, is ideal for hiking and small-stream fishing. Mike Adams, a hard-core fly angler whose easy manner and quiet confidence makes him the perfect fishing partner, has fished the waters of Tennessee for decades. He usually fishes this water with his trusty Tenkara rod and only a handful of flies. While Adams takes on this moderately difficult hike with the steel and grit of a mountain man, he’s as gentle as a lamb when it comes to landing and releasing the native trout.Hampton Creek borders a hiking trail, which in turn links up to the famed Appalachian Trail. Hampton Creek is a wild brook trout stream with significant canopy cover and lots of moss-covered rocks. Though you’ll wish you were part billy goat by the time you reach the creek, the natural beauty and the fishing will make the trek worthwhile.Pocahontas County, W.Va Rightly called the “Birthplace of Rivers,” Pocahontas County seems to have an endless supply of good trout water. Among the best known rivers here is the Elk, which goes underground in some places during the summer months as a result of low flows. Though I love to fish the famed Elk, I often focus on the Williams and Cherry Rivers instead because both see less pressure and have easy access. Camping is also available at designated areas near both rivers should you wish to take along your tent.My introduction to West Virginia trout waters came courtesy of native Mountain State resident and fly fishing guide Gil Willis, a committed skier and snowboarder who puts his winter gear away once the snows have gone. “While West Virginia is seen as a playground for winter sports,” Willis says, “our trout fisheries are often overlooked.”Large in-stream boulders mark both the Cherry and Williams Rivers. Fishing all the nooks and crannies of these two rivers could easily take the methodical angler a couple of weeks. While climbing in and around the banks of the rivers is a challenge, a great little hike is just around the corner.The Falls of Hill Creek Trail lies directly between the Williams and the Cherry and offers a beautiful diversion surrounded by lush canopy cover—and no fewer than three waterfalls. The middle falls on this hike spans an impressive 70 feet and is one of the highest in West Virginia. Though the first 1,700 feet or so of the hiking trail is paved, the rest isn’t. A boardwalk combined with a series of metal stairways leads you down and around a mountain stream.Swain County, N.C.The Oconaluftee River, running through parts of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and onto lands that belong to the Cherokee Nation, is home to both healthy rainbows and feisty brown trout. You will find easy access to the river from multiple road pull-offs, and you can wade the river with ease—but high banks can make getting in and out of the river a challenge. Inside the park, the narrowness of the water means the Oconaluftee is more of a creek than a river; in other places, however, the river is so wide that casting from one bank to the other is beyond the average angler’s ability. The river is strewn with large rocks and features undercut banks and a good tree canopy, giving local trout the edge over visiting anglers.Eugene Shuler, longtime guide and owner of Fly Fishing the Smokies, knows the Oconaluftee—and nearby Tuckasegee and Little Tennessee—like the back of his hand. He brings beginners to the Oconaluftee, he says, because “there are lots of fish in this river, and they tend to be cooperative if you wade carefully and present your flies the right way.” Unfortunately, when it comes to Oconaluftee trout, “their strikes are so fast and so subtle that some anglers don’t even know they’ve gotten a bite before the trout is gone.”You’ll need a regular state fishing license and a trout stamp to fish in the national park, but fishing on tribal lands requires a special permit that is issued solely by the Cherokee nation. A fly-fishing-only section on tribal lands is surely worth a look because they have their own hatchery from which they frequently stock the river.While you’re in the area, hop on the Oconaluftee River Trail that runs alongside the river. The trail begins at the Mountain Farm Museum at the Oconaluftee Visitors Center and travels 1.5 miles to the outskirts of Cherokee, N.C. This trail is one of the two paths in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on which visitors can walk dogs and ride their bikes. (The other is the Gatlinburg Trail). The Oconaluftee River Trail hike is more like a stroll because it’s relatively flat; nevertheless, a handful of hills keep things interesting. If you arrive in Cherokee after May 1, you can check out the newly opened Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians, which houses all manner of fly fishing memorabilia.twofistedheart_orvis_kami_sTrout without TrailsSt. Marys River, Va.The St. Marys River is not for rank beginners and can be intimidating even for the more experienced angler. At first blush, the St. Mary’s is much more like a creek than a river, and low water conditions here can make fishing tough. Second, the river can’t seem to make up its mind which way it wants to run—sometimes east, sometimes west, sometimes seemingly in both directions simultaneously, branching around small islands that cause you to lose sight of the main river.Third, this constant changing of course is illustrated by the large amounts of stone on each side of the river banks, which make walking up or downstream quite difficult at times. Finally, the water is gin clear, making a stealthy, cautious approach a must for those who hope to bring the St. Mary’s sly mountain trout to hand. The river is easily accessed off of Fire Road 41—but that’s where the easy part ends.Gunpowder Falls, Md.Although Maryland’s Gunpowder Falls is nearly 53 miles long, most fly anglers concentrate on three sections covering about 17 miles. The first section, stretching from Prettyboy Dam to Falls Road, is entirely catch-and-release and may be fished by traditional anglers as well as fly rodders. Hiking into and around the river here is a must. Despite the nearby parking lot, this section’s grading is best left to people with good knees who take their time making their way to the water.The second section of the river, which runs from Falls Road to York Road, is that classic trout river of which purists dream—runs, riffles, the occasional long pool—and yet one needn’t be part billy goat to move around. Yes, the walking is easier—but there is also a bit less cover, which means that the fish can be easy to spook. You’ll still find plentiful undergrowth and ferns, so take your time and watch your step.The third frequently fished section of the river, which is deeper and much slower than the other two, stretches from York Road to Bluemont Road. The last two sections of the river are popular with canoeists, though you’ll probably only spot canoes on weekends.last_img read more

This week: NAFCU celebrates 50 years, in Hawaii; TCPA, patent hearings ahead

first_img continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU this week is celebrating its 50th anniversary with credit unions during its Annual Conference and Solutions Expo in Honolulu. The association will also be monitoring hearings reviewing lawsuit abuse related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and patents, and a mark-up of flood insurance legislation.NAFCU’s Annual Conference kicks off on Tuesday and runs through Friday. For live updates on the conference, follow NAFCU Today and Twitter with #NAFCUAnnual.The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice on Tuesday will review lawsuit abuse in connection with the TCPA. NAFCU has repeatedly shared with Congress and the Federal Communications Commission how the interpretation of the TCPA makes it more difficult for credit unions to contact members about potentially fraudulent activity, identity theft and data breaches.Also on Tuesday, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet will examine a recent Supreme Court decision that now limits patent holders’ ability to concentrate their infringement lawsuits in plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions. NAFCU said this decision is a win for credit unions because it will now be harder for patent trolls to come after them with frivolous claims.last_img read more

ERG session helps caregivers conduct “critical conversations”

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Caregivers are people helping people, who often find themselves confronted with extra expenses that affect their financial future. By revealing the growing magnitude and financial implications of this typically silent population and dispelling common myths about caregivers in the workplace, caregivers’ insights and experiences are able to inform customer and employee experience strategies.CUNA Mutual Group’s Caregivers’ Engagement Resource Group (ERG) was established this year to provide a forum for employee caregivers to relate, educate each other through individual experience and knowledge, and celebrate successes personally and as a community. To date, the ERG has grown to 112 members.On May 20, the ERG hosted an educational session titled, “Critical Conversations.” This virtual event focused on approaching difficult conversations with others, such as the need to consider assisted living; power of attorney or other legal paperwork; and sorting out role and responsibilities with other family members.The session featured ERG members who shared their personal experiences of what has worked well, what didn’t, and what they might do differently today. The session included a Q&A segment and an opportunity for others to share their personal stories, learn from one another and make connections. Here are some lessons learned and recommendations presenters offered in preparing for and conducting difficult conversations:last_img read more

Big Dipper says pandemic couldn’t ruin the 2020 barbecue season

first_imgBig Dipper Barbecue in Apalachin is closing for the winter next Sunday, September 27. 12 News spoke with the restaurant when it opened back in March about the concerns they had during the pandemic. On Tuesday, staff explained while people learned the social distancing rules quickly, not everything was smooth sailing. Bennett said she decided to keep her outdoor seating section closed this year. As a seasonal business, she said she couldn’t risk being shut down for two weeks. However, they say the lessons learned will help prepare her for next year. APALACHIN (WBNG) — A Southern Tier barbecue staple is preparing to serve some of its final customers of the season.center_img “Financially we’re okay, because we already purchased all the tools that we can use, and right off the bat having everything marked, the way we have had the concrete marked, have the signs up, have the pylons up and have 6 foot to keep people safe from one another,” said Jennifer Bennett. For restaurants that will remain open throughout the winter, she recommended finding any way to do outdoor seating. She suggested a large tent or gazebo, and heat lamps to help avoid the cold.last_img read more

North American pandemic plan takes shape

first_imgAug 23, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Leaders of Canada, Mexico, and the United States who met at a security summit in Montebello, Quebec, on Aug 21 unveiled a North American pandemic influenza plan designed to share expertise, coordinate public health messages, and overcome anticipated obstacles at national borders.The plan evolved from the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, a trilateral effort launched in 2006 to enhance collaboration on security and economic issues. At the 2006 summit, leaders vowed to develop a pandemic plan and establish a senior-level coordinating body to work on preparedness issues, according to a US State Department fact sheet.Though the plan covers traditional areas such as information sharing, surveillance, and medical resources, it emphasizes preserving the three countries’ economies in the event of an influenza pandemic.”Although influenza will not physically damage critical infrastructure, systems may be weakened by the absence of essential personnel in the workplace or the diversion of resources,” the 44-page report states. “The Plan, therefore, extends beyond health and medical sectors to include provisions in relation to critical infrastructure and the movement of goods and services across our borders.”Kim Elliott, deputy director of Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit public health advocacy group based in Washington, DC, said TFAH welcomes the release of the pandemic flu plan. “The flu virus doesn’t respect borders, so it’s incumbent upon every country to plan for coordination,” she told CIDRAP News.A pandemic plan is meaningless unless it stipulates that participants hold exercises to test it, Elliott said. The North American plan includes provisions for bilateral and trilateral pandemic response exercises, with a target date of December 2008.Among the challenges North American pandemic planners will face, Elliott said, is vastly different healthcare systems—particularly Canada with its more centralized approach, and the United States with a more privatized healthcare model. “So it’s good to test operations and different strategies,” she said.The plan spells out the triggers that would prompt one of the three countries to request assistance from its neighbors: when human or material resources are scarce, when a pandemic event in one country threatens the others, and when an outbreak requires robust coordination of responses by all three countries.In several areas, the plan calls on the countries to address obstacles that could hamper outbreak containment. For example, authorities should ensure rapid cross-border movement of diagnostic materials and reagents, as well as specimens, isolates, and vaccines. Also, the document specifies that countries should ease the way for veterinary and medical personnel to respond to emergencies in other countries.Sharing information and best practices is another theme of the plan. For example, it says countries should share information about how they plan to use nonpharmaceutical interventions and communicate public health messages to their citizens.Regarding stockpiling of vaccines and drugs, planners acknowledge that though the countries have different goals, it is useful for them to share their strategies for shelf-life extension, vaccine and antiviral allocation, and mass distribution.Though border restrictions are not a centerpiece of the plan, the document does address international arrivals. The three countries will share and coordinate triggers, criteria, and protocols for screening international travelers, the report says. “These . . . should be balanced against the necessity to maintain the flow of persons, cargo, and trade across North American borders,” it states.The plan advises countries to adopt a layered passenger-screening approach consisting of predeparture, en route, and arrival checks.Because the infrastructures of the three countries are highly interrelated, the plan suggests that infrastructure sectors in each country, such as agriculture, transportation, and utilities, join with their counterparts in the other countries to assess their risks and share their resiliency strategies. The United States has already identified how it would protect critical infrastructure and key resource sectors, and Canada and Mexico are both finalizing similar plans, the report says.Greg Dworkin, MD, one of the editors of the FluWiki, an interactive pandemic planning Web site, told CIDRAP News that one element that seems missing from the North American plan is a strategy to inform citizens of the countries about, and involve them in, for example, community mitigation plans.Dworkin, who is chief of pediatric pulmonology at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Conn., said a recent study from the Irish Council for Bioethics suggests that global pandemic planners need to do more to teach citizens about their pandemic risks. The study found that 7 in 10 Irish people were unaware of the flu pandemic risk and that three-fourths weren’t fully aware of avian flu risks.last_img read more

Arsenal still working on £60m Wilfried Zaha transfer despite record-breaking Nicolas Pepe deal

first_imgPepe is expected to be confirmed as an Arsenal player this week (Picture: Getty)The Gunners, despite the lengthy negotiations, felt they were making progress on a move for Zaha and they know the winger remains keen on a move to the Emirates.AdvertisementAdvertisementWith just nine days left of the window, Zaha remains intent on leaving Selhurst Park and it’s claimed that the Gunners are prepared to revive their move to test Palace’s resolve.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal’s opening bid of around £40m was rejected immediately by Palace, who value the winger at closer to £70m.Everton have since entered the bidding for Zaha and are willing to use Cenk Tosun as a makeweight in the deal.MORE: Arsenal technical director Edu basically confirms signing of his son Luigi Gaspar from Corinthians Arsenal still working on £60m Wilfried Zaha transfer despite record-breaking Nicolas Pepe deal by Metro Top articles Read More Coming Next Skip Video Settings Full Screen Read More 1/1 Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Wilfried Zaha remains a target for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal remain in talks with Crystal Palace over the signing of Wilfried Zaha and have not given up hope of signing the Ivory Coast international.The Gunners are set to announce the £72m capture of Nicolas Pepe this week after deciding to make the Lille winger the club’s record signing.Pepe’s arrival looked certain to end Arsenal’s protracted negotiations with Palace, which started over six weeks ago.However, iNews claim Arsenal are persisting with a move for Zaha and hope to sign the 26-year-old alongside their move for Pepe.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Read Morecenter_img Comment Read More PLAY / 1 min. story Read More SPONSORED Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Skip Ad About Connatix V67539 Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 31 Jul 2019 2:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.1kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Birth tests ‘can predict obesity’

first_img Tweet 12 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img HealthLifestyle Birth tests ‘can predict obesity’ by: – November 30, 2012 Share Researchers say a baby’s chance of being obese in childhood can be predicted at birth using a simple formula.The formula combines several known factors to estimate the risk of obesity.The authors of the study, published in PLos One, hope it will be used to identify babies at risk.Childhood obesity can lead to many health problems, including Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.Researchers from Imperial College London looked at 4,032 Finnish children born in 1986 and at data from two further studies of 1,503 Italian children and 1,032 US children. They found that looking at a few simple measurements, such as a child’s birthweight and whether the mother smoked, was enough to predict obesity.Previously it had been thought that genetic factors would give bigger clues to later weight problems, but only about one in 10 cases of obesity is the result of a rare gene mutation that affects appetite.Obesity in children is rising, with the NHS estimating that 17% of boys and 15% of girls in England are now obese.The risk factors for obesity are already well known, but this is the first time these factors have been put together in a formula.Prof Philippe Froguel from Imperial College London, who led the study, said that prevention was the best strategy. Once obese, a child can find it difficult to lose weight.“The equation is based on data everyone can obtain from a newborn, and we found it can predict around 80% of obese children.“Unfortunately, public prevention campaigns have been rather ineffective at preventing obesity in school-age children. Teaching parents about the dangers of overfeeding and bad nutritional habits at a young age would be much more effective.“The message is simple. All at-risk children should be identified, monitored and given good advice, but this costs money.”Prof Paul Gately, a specialist in childhood obesity at Leeds Metropolitan University, said a tool like this would help the NHS target specific people at risk rather than the “scattergun one-size-fits-all approach, which we know does not work”. “Rather than spending money on a huge number of people, we can be more specific and spend appropriately. We may not save money in the short-term but it will be spent more wisely and could reduce [obesity-related] NHS bills in the future. “We’ve done a great job of outlining that obesity is a serious issue but we have made the general public paranoid that everyone is at risk. “Tools like this will help change that attitude. Once we use the tool, we need intervention programmes for children at a greater risk.”BBC Newslast_img read more