View Comments The acclaimed new musical The Band’s Visit swept the 72nd annual Tony Awards in a night led by perfectly matched emcees Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles. CBS’ telecast saw a slight ratings bump, with a 2.1% increase in viewership from last year’s awards, which were hosted by Kevin Spacey. Nielsen’s figures showed a modest 0.9/4 rating with adults aged 18-49 as 6.05 million viewers tuned in, Deadline reports. Along with Band’s Visit’s 10 Tony wins, major awards went to the two-part play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with six wins, the new staging of Angels in America with three, and the fresh productions of Carousel and Three Tall Women, which each took home two Tonys. Michael Arden’s immersive staging of Once On This Island triumphed with the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical.Check out all of our 2018 Tony Awards coverage here.
A Tony-nominated leading man has been selected for Roundabout Theatre Company’s upcoming Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate. Will Chase will star as Fred Graham/Petruchio in the hotly anticipated new production set to begin previews at Studio 54 on February 14, 2019 with an opening planned for March 14. Chase will be joined by the previously announced Tony winner Kelli O’Hara as Kate/Lilli Vanessi. The pair first played these roles in a 2016 Roundabout benefit concert directed by Scott Ellis and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, who will reprise their work for Broadway.Chase earned a Tony nomination for his comedic turn in Roundabout’s revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood. His other Broadway credits include Miss Saigon, Rent, Aida, The Full Monty, Lennon, High Fidelity, Billy Elliot, The Story of My Life, Something Rotten! and Nice Work If You Can Get It. Chase’s screen work includes Smash, American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Stranger Things and The Deuce.Kiss Me, Kate centers on a cast putting on a musical version of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and the conflict 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). Kiss Me, Kate features a book by Sam and Bella Spewack and music and lyrics by Cole Porter.The revival’s creative team will include David Rockwell (sets), Jeff Mahshie (costumes), Donald Holder (lighting) and Brian Ronan (sound). Additional casting is forthcoming.Kiss Me, Kate is scheduled to play a limited engagement through June 2, 2019. Will Chase Kiss Me, Kate Show Closed This production ended its run on June 30, 2019 Related Shows View Comments Star Files Kelli O’Hara
Public Assets Institute With 25 percent more Vermonters living in poverty than in the early 2000s, median household income stagnant, and high-quality child care still not affordable or even available to many Vermont families, the state’s elected officials need to focus on addressing these and other foundational issues in the next biennium. To move Vermont forward, policy makers need to zero in on three fundamental initiatives:Make work pay and ensure that all Vermonters can meet basic needs.Make smart, evidence-based investments in programs and infrastructure.Make state government more effective by increasing public engagement, fairness, and transparency.Those are the recommendations contained in A Framework for Progress: Investing in Vermont’s people, infrastructure, and good government(link is external), a report released today by Public Assets Institute in Montpelier.“To make progress for Vermonters, the Legislature and administration need to take strategic action this biennium,” said Paul Cillo, president and executive director of Public Assets. “Economic growth won’t be shared by all Vermonters without policy changes. State government has an important responsibility in improving Vermonters’ lives.”The report recommends that the minimum wage should be enough to support a family and keep up with rising costs, and that affordable, high-quality child care is available to all who need it.“Elected officials also need to make smart investments that benefit all the state’s residents and take steps to make state government more effective,” Cillo said.Public Assets Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Montpelier that believes Vermont should be a state where communities thrive and the economy works for all Vermonters. Toward that goal, it conducts research and analysis on state tax, budget, and economic policies.The recommendations in A Framework for Progress are offered to further the public debate this fall and into the next legislative biennium. They focus on actions elected officials can take to deploy public resources more effectively to serve the common good. The list is neither comprehensive nor exclusive. But these policy changes would provide a solid foundation for restoring our infrastructure, bettering the lives of low- and moderate-income Vermonters, and improving the policymaking process itself.Some of those include eliminating the education property tax on a primary residence and basing resident school taxes solely on income; institute a carbon pollution tax—necessary to combat climate change—which would reducegasoline and diesel consumption further; fully fund the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board; and make needed repairs to Vermont’s water and wastewater systems.A Framework for Progress is a companion document to Public Assets’ State of Working Vermont report, released each December, which provides the data and analysis behind these recommendations. Public Assets Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Montpelier that promotes sound state budget and tax policies that benefit all Vermonters. More information at www.publicassets.org(link is external)
Merriam Drive Live, a live music event on Oct. 3, 2020, includes children’s activities and yard games. Photo courtesy city of Merriam, from 2018 event.The city of Merriam’s 2020 event calendar is jam packed with family friendly activities for the community. Events include a little something for everyone, from park parties and a daddy-daughter dance to holiday-themed events and the annual downtown live music event Merriam Drive Live.Amidst gearing up for the opening of the new community center in summer 2020, the Parks and Recreation department is at the forefront of planning these family events — a few of which will be held at the new community center. Here’s what Parks and Recreation has in store for Merriam this year:Daddy Daughter Dance — A Night in ArendelleSaturday, Feb. 8Irene B. French Community Center, 5701 Merriam Drivehttps://www.merriam.org/319/Daddy-Daughter-Dance2020 Heartland Artist ExhibitionSaturday, March 7Tim Murphy Art Gallery, 5701 Merriam DriveBrunch with the BunnySaturday, April 4Irene B. French Community Center, 5701 Merriam Drivehttps://www.merriam.org/599/Brunch-with-the-BunnyTurkey Creek FestivalSaturday, May 16Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Roadhttps://www.merriam.org/320/Merriam-Turkey-Creek-FestivalParty in YOUR ParkFriday, June 19Quail Creek Park, 7024 Grandview StreetParty in YOUR ParkFriday, July 17Campbell Park, 9675 W. 61st StreetNational Night Out/Party in YOUR ParkTuesday, Aug. 4Waterfall Park, 5191 Merriam DriveCruise NightSaturday, Aug. 8Merriam Marketplace, 5740 Merriam DriveTurkey Creek Car & Motorcycle ShowSaturday, Sept. 12Merriam Marketplace, 5740 Merriam Drivehttps://www.merriam.org/459/Turkey-Creek-Car-Motorcycle-ShowMerriam Drive LiveSaturday, Oct. 3Merriam Marketplace, 5740 Merriam Drivehttps://www.merriam.org/435/Merriam-Drive-LiveHalloween HappeningsSaturday, Oct. 24Merriam Community Center, 6040 Slater Street24th Annual High School Visual Arts CompetitionThursday, Dec. 3Merriam Community Center, 6040 Slater StreetMayor’s Tree LightingFriday, Dec. 4Merriam Community Center, 6040 Slater StreetBreakfast with SantaSaturday, Dec. 5Merriam Community Center, 6040 Slater Street
Johnson County is reopening parts of the economy that were shuttered during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Phyllis Greenquist is worried. She has Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, a genetic lung condition that compromises her immune system. Born and raised in Kansas City Missouri, Greenquist always had breathing problems. She worked 34 years in the auto industry, but after a series of health complications, she eventually lost her job. Her condition qualifies her for disability and she’s on the lung transplant list, but her debilitation coupled with financial strains during the Great Recession sparked an onslaught of depression and suicidal thoughts. She credits her counselor at Johnson County Mental Health for saving her life and helping her find a new path forward in career and education. Now, she worries about herself and others like her in public housing who live in close quarters and could put each other at risk of infection. She lives in Olathe.Everybody that lives here has something going on. They’re on fixed incomes. We’re all vulnerable people, to some extent. Matter of fact, last Friday, one of the girls here committed suicide. Like I said, we’re all coping with this in different ways, the lockdown, COVID.We’re already limited on our independence as it is. What little independence we had left is now on lockdown. As if we weren’t already isolated enough, now we’re even more, if you ask me. And we’re scared to bring it back into our building. This is our little nest, our little community. We all care about each other here.All it’s going to take is one person to expose me, after everything that I’ve gone through to fight to live as long as I have with this disease. I would hate to think that that would be the thing that would take me out.I know this is going to sound really crazy. Before this whole COVID thing started, I ordered cheap presents from one of those websites that ships from China back at the end of November, and it was plastic, shrink-wrapped in plastic inside another bag of plastic inside the box. I didn’t think anything of it but in hindsight, I’m pretty sure that’s what unleashed it on me, anyway ‘cause I was sicker than I’ve ever been, and I’ve been sick a lot.It started off with a headache, sore throat. Then I was coughing up blood; blood was coming out of my tracheal hole. I couldn’t hardly stand up, and I had a fever about 102, I had muscle spasms, I had pains in my side. It was unreal. There were a couple nights where I was afraid to go to sleep because I didn’t think I’d be able to breathe at all, and even with my machine pumping into me. I did not think I was going to survive that.When I called my doctor, he told me that it sounds like since I already had my flu and pneumonia vaccine, he was convinced that wasn’t it. But he said that they’ve had some unusual RSV going around, respiratory syncytial virus, and called in a prescription.He said don’t come into the hospital, just drink lots of fluid, have somebody pick this prescription up for you, so I never went in. I was never tested for COVID, but I’m pretty sure I did because knock on wood, with all this stuff going around, I haven’t caught anything. I’ve gone to my pulmonologist for follow-up appointments, and I’ve got scarring on my lungs from this. He thinks it might be residual blood, but he says I’ve never seen this before. So that’s another red flag for me.My anxiety is through the roof. All we see is the nonstop deluge on the news on TV. It’s constant, 24/7 streaming news about it. It can be triggering to some people. I choose to stay informed, and I’ve learned coping mechanisms to turn it off, but there’s some friends here that just don’t.I want people to understand the importance of connectivity, whether it be reaching out to a peer or a professional. Talk about it. There should not be any judgment or stigma to express fears or anxiety because they’re real and they’re valid. Talking has got us through so much.I know that there are people that have been furloughed that are insecure and feeling worried and anxious about losing their home. I understand the need to support their families, feed themselves. What worries me is that we do it so quickly that we’re going to have another resurgence of this.I’ve actually had some people make snide comments on Facebook about it, like you don’t have to worry about it, your government check. I worked 34 years in the auto body industry, and on top of that, I worked for my education, so it’s not like I get a free ride.They’re telling me since I’m immuno-compromised, just stay home. I understand their right to feed their family trumps my rights to have any freedom. It’s not like I was going anywhere anyway. But to be told that my rights are less valuable than theirs is kind of offensive actually, because we’re struggling too, just in different ways.I hope to see people show more consideration and empathy. Try to be more understanding, because we’re all going through this. Whether we’re immunosuppressed or not, we’re all struggling. I think we should take this more seriously and treat everybody as if they have it. If they have it, you’re going to do everything that you can to prevent the spread.
by. Dan BergerI read about a book a week in the evenings and on weekends. Given the rapidly changing world we live in, my reading choices consist of books and blogs covering financial markets and trends, changes in consumer marketing as well as management and leadership development.I’ve found the more I learn, especially from industries different than my own, the more new ideas and perspectives I can bring to my organization.The Harvard Business Review blog sums up the importance of learning:“Today, the challenge for leaders at every level is no longer just to out-hustle, out-muscle, and out-maneuver the competition. It is to out-think the competition in ways big and small… Are you learning as fast as the world is changing?”The blog looks at three “habits of mind” that help keep leaders learning: continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
L ungstrum petitions for Bar reinstatementPursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Gregory F. Lungstrum of Shalimar has petitioned the Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Lungstrum’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Marsha Underwood, staff investigator for The Florida Bar, at (800) 342-8060, ext. 5845. or (850) 561-5845. Lungstrum petitions for Bar reinstatement July 1, 2008 Regular News
Share on Twitter ‘Both groups had advice and support and access to nicotine patches and nicotine replacement therapy, like nicotine gum or mouth spray.’Once quit day had passed, volunteers were assessed weekly for the next four weeks, and after six months. As well as asking them about how they were doing, the researchers measured the amount of carbon monoxide they were breathing out — an objective way to check whether people were actually sticking to their quit plan.At four weeks, 39% of the gradual cessation group had kept off tobacco, compared to 49% of the abrupt cessation group, meaning that the abrupt group were 25% more likely to quit. The difference between the groups began on quit day, when more of the abrupt group attempted to quit (defined as having at least 24 hours with no tobacco), compared to the gradual cessation group.Dr Lindson-Hawley said: ‘The difference in quit attempts seemed to arise because people struggled to cut down. It provided them with an extra thing to do, which may have put them off quitting altogether. If people actually made a quit attempt then the success rate was equal across groups. We also found that more people preferred the idea of quitting gradually than abruptly; however regardless of what they thought they were still more likely to quit in the abrupt group.‘It is important to note that these results were found in people who wanted to quit soon and who were receiving counselling support and using nicotine replacement therapy. For these people the best advice appears to be to pick a day and stop smoking completely on that day. However, as we found that at the start of the study many people cannot imagine being able to stop completely. For these people it is much better to attempt to cut down their smoking than do nothing at all and we should increase support for gradual cessation to increase their chances of succeeding.’ Pinterest Smokers who try to cut down the amount they smoke before stopping are less likely to quit than those who choose to quit all in one go, Oxford University researchers have found. Their study is published in journal Annals of Internal Medicine.Most experts say that people should give up in one go, but most people who smoke seem to try to stop by gradually reducing the amount they smoke before stopping. This research helps to answer the questions ‘Which approach is better?’, and ‘Are both as likely to help people quit in the short and long term?’.Dr Nicola Lindson-Hawley led the research. She explained: ‘We recruited 697 smokers who had chosen to stop smoking. They were split into two groups. One group — the ‘abrupt cessation’ group — set a quit day and stopped all smoking on that day. The second group — the ‘gradual cessation’ group — set a quit day but gradually reduced their tobacco use in the two weeks leading up to that date. Share Share on Facebook LinkedIn Email
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National Grid has confirmed that a record-breaking amount of clean electricity was generated by wind power in the UK on November 29 – achieving more than 6 gigawatts (over 6,000 megawatts) for the first time.From 2.30 till 3pm, wind power produced an average of 6,004 megawatts (MW), which accounted for 13.5% of the UK’s total electricity demand at that time – enough to power more than 3,410,000 British homes. National Grid measures electricity generation in half-hour periods.The previous record, set on 15th September this year, was 5,739MW. That particular record for a half-hour period was shattered several times on Friday, with wind regularly generating more than 13% of the UK’s total electricity demand, demonstrating a high consistency of supply.RenewableUK’s Director of External Affairs, Jennifer Webber said:“Wind energy is consistently setting new records and providing an ever-increasing amount of clean electricity for British homes and businesses. We’re generating from a home-grown source which gives us a secure supply of power at cost we can control, rather than leaving ourselves exposed to the global fluctuation in fossil fuel prices which have driven bills up. Wind gives us a way to make a smooth transition from old-fashioned fuels to a new low-carbon economy. We’re also generating tens of thousands of green-collar jobs for people now working in the fast-growing British wind energy industry.”[mappress]Press release, December 1, 2013; Image: Vattenfall