first_imgHere’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending December 27:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($2,588,075)2. Wicked ($2,400,920)3. Aladdin ($2,095,364)4. The Book of Mormon ($1,891,356)5. Hamilton ($1,844,837)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Hand to God ($288,113)4. Noises Off ($285,682)*3. Sylvia ($271,395)***2. The Gin Game ($250,914)1. Dames at Sea ($123,725)***FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.57%)2. School of Rock (101.80%)3. Hamilton (101.69%)4. The Lion King (100.01%)5. Aladdin (99.25%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Hand to God (63.42%)4. Thérèse Raquin (58.95%)***3. Misery (58.78%)***2. Dames at Sea (57.49%)***1. Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games (45.02%)*** Number based on seven preview performances** Number based on nine regular performances*** Number based on seven regular performancesSource: The Broadway League View Comments The holiday week brought plenty of cheer to the Great White Way, as several shows celebrated personal bests and box office records. The Lion King claimed the top spot on the charts, breaking the Minskoff Theatre’s eight-show record for the 25th time since moving there in 2006. Another Disney musical, Aladdin, broke the house record at the New Amsterdam Theatre, surpassing even the nine-performance best week it played earlier this summer. Meanwhile, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock ended 2015 with a (head)bang, playing to 101.8% capacity and breaking the Winter Garden Theatre’s box office record. By bringing in $1,506,236 over eight performances, it claimed the landmark previously held by Mamma Mia!; the ABBA tuner grossed nearly $1.48 million in the final week of 2006. A total of 18 shows reached seven figures over Christmas; only one (The Illusionists) played more than the standard eight performances. Expect numbers to remain in the rafters for one more week as crowds flock to the Big Apple for New Year’s, then be on the lookout for a winter-induced plunge during the Main Stem’s tough months.last_img read more

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January 17, 2021

Helping Haiti

first_imgSoon after the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake shocked Haiti, crumbling its capitol and killing an estimated 250,000 people, a team of experts from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences traveled there to assess how the college could help foster sustainable agriculture.Next month, a team of CAES farm and technology experts will return to install a web-based system to connect Haitian farmers with UGA agricultural experts. They aim to continue helping farmers grow more, higher-quality crops in the impoverished Caribbean country.Graham Huff, executive director of the Atlanta-based League of Hope, initiated and funded the first trip. Ed Kanemasu, CAES director of global programs, led the team.“We decided that we could make the biggest impact by developing a technical-assistance team to address agricultural questions asked by some of the thousand or so (non-governmental organizations) and the producer groups in Haiti,” Kanemasu said.That assistance will come in the form of laboratories equipped with a technology called Distance Diagnostics through Digital Imaging, or DDDI.DDDI The UGA Consortium for Internet Imaging and Database Systems developed and hosts DDDI systems for a dozen U.S. land-grant universities, including CAES. Honduras became the first international client in 2005.The DDDI system includes a dissecting scope, a compound microscope, a camera that mounts on either microscope, a digital camera for field use, a computer and software. Almost every county in Georgia is equipped with the system. Over the past decade, UGA Cooperative Extension agents have submitted more than 23,000 samples through the system to quickly diagnose insect and disease problems. “The (Haitian) stations provide access to a wide network of U.S.-based experts in many aspects of agriculture with the hope to rapidly increase crop yields in Haiti so that Haitians are enabled to feed themselves once again,” Huff said.Haiti hungerStatistical numbers vary, but most Haitians live on less than $2 a day. One in five children suffers severe malnutrition, but many more don’t get the proper nourishment needed for healthy immune systems. Disease is widespread. Life expectancy is just over 50 years. Haitian farmers produce only half of the food the country needs annually.The first DDDI system will be installed next month near Cange in partnership with Zanmi Agricol, the agricultural arm of the Boston-based Partners in Health. The group has provided extensive medical care for Haitians for 25 years. Later this year, a second system will be installed at the University of Limbe near Cap-Haitien on the northern coast.“Everyone is excited to get these two stations running and make an impact on the spring planting season in Haiti,” Huff said.So far, Huff’s League of Hope has raised $60,000 for DDDI in Haiti. They hope to raise $110,000 to offer the system in other parts of the country. Eventually, Huff said, partners in Haiti will assume costs to keep the labs and systems running smoothly. CAES will provide technical training, support and quick access to agricultural experts.Right now, Haiti is in political unrest following a disputed presidential election. When this is resolved, Kanemasu said, the UGA team plans to meet with the newly appointed Haitian Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resource and Rural Development to ensure the success of the DDDI project.Peanut medicineThis is not the first CAES project to aid Haitian farmers. For four years, CAES peanut specialists have lead a team of U.S. agricultural experts helping Haitian farmers grow more, better-quality peanuts to fight childhood malnutrition. That project is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.They have partnered with the American-founded Meds & Foods for Kids, an NGO that makes and distributes Medika Mamba, a peanut-based, ready-to-eat food considered the best weapon in the battle against malnutrition.“Crop yields are very low and they have serious quality problems,” said CAES plant pathologist Tim Brenneman. “We are working with the farmers in Haiti to provide basic inputs such as improved cultivars and soil fertility data, but also to increase their knowledge of production and processing. The farmers love to talk about peanuts, and it has been a learning process on both sides.”last_img read more

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first_imgFor more information on the district’s reopening plan, click here. The district says they will be following all CDC guidelines and will be amping up cleaning procedures to keep students and staff safe and healthy. Students will be required to wear masks, but District Superintendent Corey Green says the district is taking steps to make sure students will be comfortable. The plan includes two staggered start times for elementary school students in order to allow room in the building for social distancing. If they decide to take classes at the school, Kindergarten through sixth grade students will be fully in person Monday-Friday to accommodate the needs of working parents. He also told 12 News that students will be asked to bring masks that will be comfortable to them, but if they don’t have a mask, the school will provide one. OWEGO (WBNG) — The Owego-Apalachin school district has spent the early part of the week holding virtual Q&A sessions with parents over zoom to discuss the district’s reopening plan. “We are going to use outdoor learning as frequently as possible for the first few months of school, we’re renting some tents to be able to some instruction and potentially some feeding as well,” he said. High School Students will have the choice of full remote learning or a hybrid option, with students split into teams. Each team will take classes in person twice a week and remotely three days per week. Students who are scheduled to come into school will begin the day online before arriving later in the morning. He says any cases of COVID-19 within the district will be handled in conjunction with the Tioga County Health Department. He stresses that while the district will be as transparent as they can be, due to privacy laws they are limited in what information they’ll be allowed to share with the school community. According to the plan all students will have the option of taking classes completely online, or choosing an in person or hybrid option. last_img read more

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first_imgJul 2, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials released their influenza vaccine advisory Friday for the upcoming flu season, and though they did not extend the vaccine recommendations beyond current age groups, they strongly recommended vaccination of all healthcare workers and urged providers to schedule later immunization clinics.The recommendations, published in an early-release article in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).In effort to boost the rates of immunized healthcare workers, a group that has lagged behind desired levels, the CDC recommended that healthcare administrators consider vaccination coverage levels as a measure of patient safety quality programs. The CDC also recommends that administrators obtain signed declinations from workers who opt out of seasonal influenza vaccination for reasons other than medical contraindications.In response to past distribution problems that have hampered vaccination clinics in the earlier part of the fall, the CDC urged providers to schedule vaccination clinics throughout the season.”Vaccine administered in December or later, even if influenza activity has already begun, is likely to be beneficial in the majority of influenza seasons,” the CDC report said.The CDC reiterated that children aged 6 months to 8 years who have not been vaccinated previously receive two doses, on the basis of research showing that two doses are required in this age-group to optimize protection. Children in this age-group who have only one dose in their first year of vaccination should receive two doses the following year,Also, the CDC emphasized that all people, including school-age children, who want to reduce their risk of contracting seasonal flu be vaccinated.The report does not contain updated recommendations about the use of the live, attenuated influenza vaccine (the FluMist intranasal vaccine) for children under age 5, as many healthcare practitioners had hoped. Though a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel in May recommended the vaccine for use in younger children, except those with wheezing history, production problems at MedImmune’s Liverpool, England, plant have delayed final FDA approval of FluMist for children younger than 5.On May 24, the FDA sent MedImmune a warning letter after inspectors found that bulk monovalent lots contained amounts of bacteria and mold that exceeded the manufacturer’s limits, according to an FDA background report.Healthcare experts have hoped that the availability of a needle-free vaccine might boost seasonal flu vaccination rates in young children.Curtis Allen, a CDC spokesperson, told CIDRAP News it’s possible that ACIP could vote on the recommendation before October when the vaccination season starts. However, he said steps are required before the next ACIP vote: MedImmune would need to resolve the production problem before the FDA could issue its licensing recommendation to extend FluMist use in the younger age-group.CDC. Prevention and control of influenza: recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2007. MMWR 2007 Jun 29 (early release) [Full text]See also:May 17 CIDRAP News article “FDA advisory panel recommends FluMist approval for young children”last_img read more

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first_img Win a block of units worth $6M MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS There were obvious jitters among bidders and the 30-strong crowds at both auctions and a young couple, Morgan and Hannah from The Gap, pulled out of the Kelvin Grove auction after it was announced on the market at $850,000.“I’m concerned about the timing given there’s so many unknowns with coronavirus,” Morgan said afterwards.“The economy is slowing but businesses haven’t reported so there’s some unknown there. We’re a bit risk-averse.”There were no jitters from first-time bidders Michael Cockerill and Vanessa Wowchuk of nearby Bowen Hills who bid aggressively for the four-bedroom Kelvin Grove home on 304sq m. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK SEE WHAT’S GOING TO AUCTION ON WEDNESDAY With their backs to the crowd, the couple stood directly in front of Place chief auctioneer Peter Burgin whose ‘educational heartland’ speech for the property was cut short by their opening bid of $813,000.“You can tell who’s going to be the buyer when they’ve got that stance,” Mr Sultana said afterwards.The five registered bidders immediately dwindled to two with the couple from The Gap working hard to stay in front of the bidding despite standing behind the Bowen Hills couple. The underbidders from The Gap, standing behind the lead bidders at 53 Rusden St, Kelvin Grove.There were nine bids before the auction paused for 10 minutes while a revised offer of $850,000 was made by the Bowen Hills couple.The bid was unchallenged and when the hammer fell, the couple were greeted not with virtual handshakes but with champagne flutes from the next door neighbours.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago The home at 53 Rusden St, Kelvin Grove had been rented out prior to being placed on the market.“This comes with a wave of financial commitment,” Ms Wowchuk said. “This is the first house we looked at and by accident. The next door neighbours are our really good friends. They alerted us before the house officially went on the market and it’s a good area for our first home.” The master bedroom at 53 Rusden St, Kelvin Grove.Mr Sultana said the property sold for its reserve price.It was one of 50 properties listed to go to auction across Brisbane on Saturday.A four-bedroom art deco house at 404 Bowen Tce, New Farm sold for $2.23 million when five registered bidders took the property to auction through Place Bulimba and a crowd of 40 gathered to see 29 Gailey St, Ashgrove sell for $1.43 million with three registered bidders at the Ray White Ashgrove auction.Ray White figures from Saturday’s auctions showed there was an average of 3.9 registered bidders per auction which translated to 2.3 active bidders with crowds still attending auctions.“Cast your gaze toward the sky you will all note it hasn’t fallen this morning,” Mr Cush said at his first auction of the day on Saturday.“Word in from Sydney this morning is that open numbers are still in line with where they have been leading up to today.”Ray White real estate agents are waiting on a delivery of around 40 litres of hand sanitiser to make available at all public open homes and auctions.“We’ve all got them in our pockets and we’ve got the signs but the reality is the order has been backlogged,” Mr Cush said.“But it’s an interesting time.”center_img Toilet rolls were not locked away at auctions on the weekend.THERE was no shortage of toilet paper in homes that went to auction in Brisbane’s inner north on Saturday but auction bidders were greeted with a new ‘conscious contact’ approach by some agencies as Australia’s response to coronavirus escalated. New signage at Ray White auctions.“It’s not a fearful thing, it’s a hygiene thing and a bit of social awareness is actually a great thing,” Ray White auctioneer Haesley Cush said at the auction of a three-bedroom house at 25 Aberleigh Rd, Herston. Half an hour earlier, Place Newmarket estate agent Mario Sultana was warmly shaking hands with the five registered bidders who came to help 53 Rusden St, Kelvin Grove sell under the hammer for $850,000. Place Newmarket took 53 Rusden St, Kelvin Grove to auction for sellers who are living in Sydney and London.“I’m doing virtual handshakes,” Mr Sultana said. “But if people want to shake hands I’m shaking hands. Place Newmarket agent Mario Sultana (left) surveys the crowd as the auction of 53 Rusden St, Kelvin Grove starts.“I think this is a flash in the pan and the government is doing a great job to get on top of it all.“The next three to four weeks will be tightly held and everyone will be talking about it, but once we get on top of this particular situation, things will get back to normal.” No coronavirus price drop for househunters Ray White auctioneer Haesley Cush in action at the auction of 25 Aberleigh Rd, Herston.The property passed in at $750,000 but sold to the lead bidder in the high $700,000s soon afterwards.last_img read more

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first_imgMLive 26 October 2018Family First Comment: Still think nobody has died as a result of smoking marijuana? Think again.#PeopleBeforeProfits www.VoteNo.nzA man who admitted to smoking “half a bowl”  of marijuana daily and causing a fatal crash has been sentenced to prison.Cody Lawrence Willett, 22, was sentenced Thursday, Oct. 25 to four to 15 years in prison on a charge of operating under the influence causing death.Willett caused a Jan. 2 rear-end crash on Cascade Road SE at Spaulding Road that killed 66-year-old Wilma Jean Debruin, the driver of another vehicle.In court Thursday, Judge Dennis Leiber asked Willett about his history with marijuana.Willett conceded that he started smoking marijuana when he was 15 or 16, then started using it at least once a month when he was 17. More recently, in the year before the fatal crash, he was smoking “half a bowl” (smoking pipe) each day.When the Jan. 2 crash happened, Willett told police he became sleepy while driving and that his eyes closed. He said he could not avoid a collision once he opened them again.Police later determined that Willett’s truck was going 77 mph one second prior to the crash.A blood test showed 1 ng/ml of THC — the active chemical in marijuana — in Willett’s systemREAD MORE: https://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2018/10/man_who_smoked_half_bowl_of_ma.htmllast_img read more

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first_img Share 28 Views   no discussions LocalNews Police Chief reports on successes in solving crimes by: – May 11, 2012 Police Chief Cyril CaretteDespite an increase in reports of crime for 2011, Police Chief Cyril Carette has announced that the police force has made significant inroads in investigating and solving crimes.At a press conference on Friday Carette reported that although the number of crime reports increased in 2011 compared to that of 2010; reports on murder, robbery and rape have decreased.“The record shows that in 2011 marginal increases were realized in indictable and summary crimes however, there was a significant decrease in reports of murder from 15 to 6, that’s a 60% decrease; rape from 21 to 16 that’s a 23.8% decrease and robbery from 75 to 69, 8% increase”.According to Carette, police officers “continue to work tirelessly to ensure that Dominica remains a safe place for its citizens and visitors alike”.He reported on “successes” which the police have achieved in solving a number of cases; some of which were against visitors to the island.Three individuals have been arrested for robbery, rape and aggravated burglary of a United States citizen on April 21st, 2012 in the Calibishie area and are all on remand at the Dominica States Prison.Five men who robbed a Canadian couple of their rental jeep and other belongings at the Batibou Beach in Calibishie on 9th March, 2012 and later used that rental to rob the Marigot Credit Union at gunpoint have been charged and are remanded at the prison. One of the robbers who was shot during gunfire exchange with the police has also been charged and is remanded at the prison.Three men have been jointly charged and are remanded for robbing a French family at Batibou Beach in Calibishie on February 14th, 2012.Two men who robbed the Western Union Roseau branch on February 2nd, 2012 have also been charged and are on remand. Carette also noted that a significant amount of the money stolen has been recovered.Carette explained further that reports of robbery in the Botanical Gardens and the vicinity of Roseau has subsided since the arrest of two individuals.Meanwhile Superintendant of police with responsibility for the southern division Yvonne Alexander told reporters that a robbery incident involving two British tourists in the Layou area is still under investigations.On Wednesday March 28th, 2012 two masked men with a firearm assaulted and robbed two British tourists in the Layou Park area. The men assaulted the tourists after having robbed them of their money.The Police Chief however reassured the public that they have implemented several “crime reduction measures” to ensure that Dominica remains a safe place for its citizens and visitors.These measures include; the re-activation of community policing initiative which is headed by acting superintendent Ainsworth Irish, the introduction of a hotline 1 800 HINT; that is 1 800 4468, intensification of robust patrols by the Task Force, Criminal investigations department and district officers, greater collaboration with other agencies; locally, regionally and internationally and the marking of a number of police vehicles for easier identification.Carette commended police officers for the “tireless dedication to duty,” the Canine Unit of the Customs Department and the public for their support in providing tips and hints.Dominica Vibes News Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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September 24, 2020

Wendell Kim

first_imgWendell Kim passed away recently at the age of 60.  He was a coach with the Red Sox, Cubs, and Giants in his MLB career.  Most of that career he served as a third base coach.  He was the first Korean-American to wear a major league uniform.  Kim was well liked by all of those who played under his leadership.From 1989 to 1996 he was with the San Francisco Giants.  From there he spent 4 seasons with the Boston Red Sox before spending 2003-04 with the Chicago Cubs.  His major league career was cut short by the onset of Alzheimer’s.  Today the Korean baseball program is producing many young talented players, and it won’t be long before several of them reach the major league level.When the Little League World Series opened its doors to the national teams, the Asian baseball world made a quick impact on the baseball scene.  Both Korea and Japan have been well represented in the last several years.  Wendell Kim was one the first!last_img read more

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first_imgFor a long while, it didn’t appear that the Warriors would have to worry about any late stress.Forcing turnovers and controlling the boards, Liverpool steadily worked its way to a 27-20 lead by halftime. Only the hot shooting of Proctor’s Cam Johnson (13 first-half points, nine of them in the second quarter) kept things close.So it came down to Liverpool, clinging to a 52-51 lead, needing to make one more stop as the clock wound down. But Johnson worked his way open and, from 3-point land, found the net as time ran out. Liverpool’s regular season had concluded last Monday with a 66-59 defeat to Nottingham, a result nearly identical to the 69-63 loss it took to the Bulldogs on Jan. 10.Christian Otis and Aiden Wroblewski each had 10 points, with Jacob Works adding seven points. Nottingham was led by 27 points from Jaden Ezomo and 22 points from Mazi Jackson.With his last basket, Jackson reached 1,000 career points, just like his mother, Sameerah Aiken, and father, Derek Jackson, did in their high school careers at Corcoran. It’s the only time in Section III history that a mother, father and son has each earned 1,000 points.That same night, Liverpool’s girls basketball team saw its post-season dreams dashed when it lost 74-67 to Nottingham.An 18-7 second-quarter surge had erased an early deficit and put the Warriors in front 35-27 at halftime. And it still led until the fourth quarter, when the Bulldogs moved back in front and stayed there.Naveah Wingate did all she could for Liverpool, amassing 32 points and 16 rebounds, while Karlyssa Shifflett had 17 points and Sarah Miles added 10 points.Nottingham had four players hit double figures as Amaya Williams led with 24 points, helped by Zyohna Glen (14 points), Nazjae Howard (13 points) and Lauryn Withrow (11 points).Liverpool was out but Cicero-North Syracuse held down the no. 2 seed, waiting for Tuesday’s quarterfinal with no. 7 seed Auburn, the winner advancing to the semifinal Sunday at SRC Arena against West Genesee or Fayetteville-Manlius.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: basketballliverpoolcenter_img Given all of the drama that surrounded its 2019-20 season – no home games, a string of contests decided on last-second shots or in overtime – the Liverpool boys basketball team almost had to count on the pattern to hold up all the way to a very bitter end.The Warriors plunged into the Section III Class AA playoffs, holding the no. 9 seed and heading east to face no. 8 seed Utica Proctor in last Friday’s opening round.With a berth in the quarterfinals against no. 2 seed Corcoran (whom it beat twice this winter) at stake, Liverpool was mere moments from advancing – only to get burned at the end in a 55-53 defeat to the Raiders.last_img read more

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