Related Shows Kiss Me, Kate View Comments Illustration by Justin “Squigs” Robertson for Broadway.com About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Another op’nin’, another show! The hotly anticipated new Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate officially opens at Studio 54 on March 14. Directed by Scott Ellis, choreographed by Warren Carlyle and music-directed Paul Gemignani, the Roundabout Theatre Company production began previews on February 14. Kelli O’Hara and Will Chase lead the company as the sparring couple at the show’s center.Featuring a score by Cole Porter and a book by Sam and Bella Spewack, newly revised by Amanda Green, Kiss Me, Kate follows a cast putting on a musical version of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and the conflicts on- and off-stage between Fred Graham (Chase), the show’s director, producer and star, and the leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi (O’Hara).The principal cast also includes Corbin Bleu as Lucentio/Bill Calhoun, Stephanie Styles as Lois Lane/Bianca, Terence Archie as Harrison Howell, Mel Johnson Jr. as Harry Trevor/Baptista, Adrienne Walker as Hattie, James T. Lane as Paul, John Pankow as Gangster (First Man) and Lance Coadie Williams as Gangster (Second Man).The ensemble features Darius Barnes, Preston Truman Boyd, Will Burton, Derrick Cobey, Jesmille Darbouze, Rick Faugno, Haley Fish, Tanya Haglund, Erica Mansfield, Marissa McGowan, Sarah Meahl, Justin Prescott, Christine Cornish Smith, Sherisse Springer, Sam Strasfeld and Travis Waldschmidt.In celebration of opening night, Broadway.com Resident Artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson sketched a portrait featuring a crackerjack company of stars reintroducing a classic musical comedy to Broadway crowds. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 30, 2019
Cameron Dyshaun LeslieA 21-year-old is in Johnson County jail facing charges of pre-meditated attempted first degree murder from a stabbing incident that took place in Shawnee Saturday.Cameron Dyshaun Leslie was arrested early Saturday after Shawnee police responded to a call with a report that a man had been stabbed in the 4900 block of Nieman Road. Officers found a victim with stabbing wounds on his face.When one of the officers arrived in the vicinity, he located a suspect who matched the description of the assailant given by the caller. The suspect “immediately attacked the officer and a struggle ensued,” according to the Shawnee Police Department.The officer broke free of the suspect’s grip and deployed his Taser, subduing the suspect in the process. The suspect was then arrested and taken to the Johnson County Adult Detention Center.Police said the stabbing victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, though he was listed in critical condition upon hospitalization. The officer involved in the altercation with the suspect was treated at the hospital for non-life threatening injuries and released.Leslie has been charged with attempted first degree murder and battery of a law enforcement officer, both felonies.He is scheduled to be arraigned in Johnson County District Court at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 26.
Susan Ruiz, above, and Brandon Woodard will be the first two openly gay member of the legislature when they are sworn in.Washington Post looks at “mini-rainbow wave” of incoming gay legislators in NEJC. The Washington Post on Friday published a feature profiling the victories of three northeast Johnson County candidates who are openly gay. Incoming state Reps. Susan Ruiz and Brandon Woodard and U.S. Rep Sharice Davids were part of a “mini-rainbow wave” in a state traditionally known for conservative politics. [In conservative Kansas, newly elected gay legislators try to make history — Washington Post]
Just before that, Penn State’s Morgan McIntosh upset Scott Schiller.Schiller was on a 24-bout winning streak going into the dual against Penn State, but McIntosh defeated Schiller outright with a 7-1 decision.“I was pretty upset about losing,” Schiller said. “That was the first loss of the year, and I was disappointed about that. I’m looking forward to [wrestling] [McIntosh] again because I did not have the opportunity to wrestle him after that last meet.”Eggum said Schiller and some of his wrestlers have asked how they’re going to prepare for a tough Penn State team.But his answer is the typical one that he gives for every upcoming opponent: sticking with the same routine.“There is no doubt that we key on certain individuals as far as certain strategies,” Eggum said. “But the most important thing is that our guys go out there and wrestle their match, and make sure they go out there and score, to get to the position that they are strong at. That’s the way that we have always taught our guys.” Minnesota set for top-10 matchupMinnesota finished behind Penn State at last year’s NCAA championships. Danny ChenJanuary 22, 2015Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers had the national championship in their grasps last season, leading Penn State 104 to 101.5.But as the final session unfolded, the Nittany Lions came back and took the title from the Gophers, ending the championship performance with 109.5 points.No. 2 Minnesota will have its shot at revenge against No. 10 Penn State this Sunday in Pennsylvania.Head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said he is excited to see the teams face off.“It should be a great dual,” Eggum said. “Wrestling at the [Lorenzo Wrestling Complex] is always an exciting place to compete. They also have a great fan base, so from a team standpoint, we are excited to dual against Penn State. I think all Big Ten duals are exciting, but having programs like Penn State and Iowa that have been dominant for the past four or five years, it makes it … exciting to go back.”In last year’s regular season, the Gophers trailed Penn State 17-15 before senior Tony Nelson won his heavyweight competition by a 6-0 decision, giving the Gophers three team points and an 18-17 victory.
DRC Ebola total grows by 6 cases, to 2,983Six more Ebola cases were confirmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Ebola outbreak, raising the overall total to 2,983, according to numbers reflected today on the World Health Organization (WHO) online Ebola dashboard.Health officials are still investigating 397 suspected infections. Four more people died from their infections, bringing the fatality count to 1,990.In other developments, the DRC’s multisector Ebola response committee (CMRE) said in an update that one of yesterday’s eight case involved a health worker, raising the total number infected in the outbreak to 156, which includes 41 deaths. The report said the worker was vaccinated, but it’s not clear how long ago he or she was immunized.Meanwhile, the WHO’s African regional office said in its weekly outbreak and health emergencies update today that the small declining trend in the outbreak seen over the past 3 weeks should be interpreted with caution, amid persistent security challenges and recent disease spread to new areas. The agency added, however, that the lack of new cases in Goma shows how effective proven health measures can be if deployed quickly and effectively.WHO online Ebola dashboard Aug 27 WHO African regional office report FDA calls on papaya industry to improve food safety practicesCiting concerns about recurring Salmonella outbreak linked to imported fresh papayas, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials yesterday sent a letter to the papaya industry asking it to take steps to prevent future outbreaks.In a statement, Acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless, MD, and Frank Yiannas, MPH, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for food policy and response, said that, since 2011 there have been eight Salmonella outbreaks linked to contaminated papayas. One announced in June—linked to Mexican papayas—is still ongoing, with 71 sick from eight states. The other seven events resulted in nearly 500 known illnesses, more than 100 hospitalizations, and 2 deaths.The FDA officials said the recurring nature of the outbreaks is a clear signal that more needs to be done within all papaya industry sectors to protect customers, including growers, importers, and retailers. “We are urging growers, packers, shippers and retailers in the papaya industry to review their operations and make all necessary changes to strengthen public health safeguards,” Sharpless and Yiannas said.Growers, for example, should assess factors that make their crops vulnerable to contamination, find root causes if a pathogen is found, and implement procedures to minimize contamination. The FDA letter also called on the industry to examine the use and monitoring of water used to grow, spray, move, rinse, or wax crops to identify possible hazards. Also, more steps are needed to improve traceability and rapidly remove potentially contaminated papayas from the marketplace.The papaya industry should also fund and conduct food safety research to identify possible contamination sources and routes and develop science- and risk-based preventive controls, the officials said.An investigation into the latest outbreak is still under way, and findings will be released when the probe is complete, the FDA said, adding that officials have stepped up papaya sampling and screening at the border with Mexico.Aug 26 FDA statement Jul 8 CIDRAP News scan “CDC notes 9 new Salmonella cases, links outbreak to Cavi brand papayas” Review finds smokers 5 times more likely to contract fluSmokers are more than five times more likely than nonsmokers to get sick with lab-confirmed flu, according to a systematic review of nine studies. A research team based at the University of Nottingham published its findings yesterday in the Journal of Infection.The investigators narrowed their literature search of randomized controlled, cohort, and case-control studies on smoking and flu published through 2017 to nine, of which three were based on lab-confirmed illness with the other six based on influenza-like illness (ILI) symptoms.Current smokers had an increased risk for flu, and the team found the association was stronger in studies that used lab-confirmed flu, with a pooled odds ratio of 5.69 (95% confidence interval [CI], 2.70 to 11.60). Studies using ILI occurrence found that smokers were 34% more likely to get sick, with a pooled odds ratio of 1.34 (95% CI, 1.13 to 1.59).The authros note that an earlier study found that, compared with nonsmokers, smoke exposure may suppress innate respiratory mucosal host defense to flu, and that studies on flu severity in smokers have shown inconsistent findings.The researchers said, however, that the strong association they found between flu infection and smoking raises questions about whether current smoking should be considered an indication for flu vaccination. They also note that an investigation into flu effects on ex-smokers and those who smoke newer electronic cigarettes is warranted.Aug 26 J Infect abstract Study shows modest pertussis vaccine protection in older adultsA case-control study in Australia found that the acellular pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine provided only modest protection against the disease among middle-aged and older adults, according to a study yesterday in Clinical Infectious Diseases.The study included 333 cases and 506 controls aged 46 to 81 years, with an average age of 61. Vaccine effectiveness (VE) against pertussis confirmed by polymerase chain reaction was 52% (95% confidence interval [CI], 15% to 73%). For those who had received the vaccine within 2 years, VE rose to 63%, but the difference was not statistically significant, the authors noted (95% CI, -5% to 87%).Adjusted VE was similar in adults born before 1950, who would presumably been primed by natural pertussis infection. In that age-group, VE was 51% (95% CE, -8% to 77%).In a commentary on the study in the same journal Natasha S. Crowcroft, MD, of the University of Toronto, wrote, “This study provides one piece of the 5000-piece pertussis puzzle that will help us decide where adult vaccination fits into the picture.”She adds, “While clinicians and adult patients need to know that pertussis vaccination will halve their own risk of pertussis, what works for individuals does not necessary translate directly into good policy. Currently a regularly scheduled adult pertussis booster is not part of any country’s recommendations (although many recommend a single adult pertussis booster and vaccination during pregnancy).” She also points out that adults have about a 1% risk of contracting the disease in any given year.Aug 26 Clin Infect Dis study Aug 26 Clin Infect Dis commentary Graphene-based fabric shows promise as shield from mosquito bitesA graphene-based clothing layer could help shield people from mosquito bites, according to a study yesterday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”Graphene-based materials are being developed for a variety of wearable technologies to provide advanced functions that include sensing; temperature regulation; chemical, mechanical, or radiative protection; or energy storage,” the study authors, from Brown University wrote. “We hypothesized that graphene films may also offer an additional unanticipated function: mosquito bite protection for light, fiber-based fabrics.”Through a combination of experiments involving live Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, needle penetration force measurements, and mathematical modeling of mechanical puncture phenomena, the investigators that multilayer graphene films completely inhibited biting by preventing mosquitos from sensing skin- or sweat-associated chemicals used to locate blood meals. The insects landed much less frequently on graphene than on bare skin.The graphene layer also prevented mosquitoes from penetrating their fascicle, or feeding apparatus, into the skin, except when the fabric was wet. The study was funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the US National Institutes of Health.”These findings could lead to new protective methods against mosquitos, without the environmental or human health effects of other chemical-based repellants,” said Heather Henry, PhD, a health scientist administrator with the NIEHS Superfund Research Program, in a NIEHS news release.William Suk, PhD, director of the NIEHS Superfund Research Program, said, “New material such as this one should be assessed in the field to determine full public health implications.”Aug 26 Proc Natl Acad Sci abstract Aug 26 NIEHS news release
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Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) has selected Kongsberg Maritime’s K-Sim Offshore simulation platform to enhance crane operator training and the safe, efficient implementation of heavy lift operations. With the contract signed on May 21st 2014, delivery of what will become the world’s most advanced offshore heavy lift crane simulator is planned for September 2015.Artists impression of the offshore crane operator domeIt will be installed at a new simulation centre in the HMC Academy at the company’s HQ in Leiden, the Netherlands.As one of major international offshore oil and gas marine contractors specialising in transporting, installing and removing offshore facilities, HMC’s requirement when selecting its simulation partner was to develop a system that could train the most competent crane operators and conduct detailed pre-mission training for heavy-lift projects.To meet these requirements, Kongsberg Maritime will develop a unique simulator based on the K-Sim Offshore platform, which is already in use at several high-profile offshore training facilities worldwide.Artists impression of the view from the crane operator cabinThe Kongsberg Maritime scope of supply includes two offshore crane operator domes and a DNV Class A bridge with K-Sim DP simulator, which is based on the same Kongsberg Maritime K-Pos DP systems used on Heerema’s vessels.To achieve highly realistic training, the K-Sim Offshore simulator will feature detailed models of three HMC deepwater construction vessels; Thialf (Semi-Sub), Balder (Semi-Sub) and Aegir, in addition to several barges (including H-851) and a supply vessel.[mappress]Press Release, July 9th, 2014; Image: Kongsberg
New Zealand-based diving company The Dive Spot Limited has been fined NZD 50,000 and its co-director and skipper Mark Andrew Barnes fined NZD 25,000 for the death of diver Bruce Porter on 7 February 2014, Maritime New Zealand reports.Reparations of NZD 50,000 and NZD 30,000 are also to be paid by The Dive Spot Limited and Barnes, respectively.Porter died after being struck by a propeller while on a diving trip to the Poor Knights Islands. The incident occurred after the anchor of the vessel Pacific Hideaway became snagged on the third dive of the trip. Barnes asked Porter to dive down to unsnag the anchor, but a crewman on board the vessel then freed the anchor using the winch.Barnes believed Porter understood there was no need to dive, but due to a miscommunication between the two, Porter had entered the water and was struck by the propeller when the vessel’s engines were put into gear.Maritime New Zealand prosecuted the company and Barnes for failing to take all practicable steps to ensure that no action or inaction at work caused harm to any person.Both parties pleaded guilty to the charges and were sentenced in Whangarei District Court.Maritime New Zealand Deputy Director Lindsay Sturt said the tragic incident was entirely avoidable. The risk from propellers was not included in the vessel’s hazard register, nor was it mentioned in the briefing for divers on the day of the accident.In addition, the company did not have a clear system of communicating with divers about their entry into the water, nor did it have a clear policy that passenger divers were never asked to dive to free anchors.