Odds & Ends: Ben Platt Joins Starry Lineup for Stephen Schwartz’s 70th Birthday Concert & More

first_imgBen Platt, Stephen Schwartz & Benj Pasek(Photo: Bruce Glikas) P.S. Broadway Backwards 2018 raised a record-breaking $680,273 for BC/EFA and The Center! Check out video highlights from the incredible event below. Check Out the Rocking Trailer for the New Musical GirlfriendWe’re counting down the days till the D.C. premiere of the coming-of-age musical Girlfriend, inspired by Matthew Sweet’s 1991 alternative-rock album of the same name. Kicking off performances at Arlington, Virginia’s Signature Theatre on April 17, Girlfriend follows college-bound jock Mike (Lukas James Miller) and self-assured but aimless Will (Jimmy Mavrikes) who find themselves drawn to each other. Matthew Gardiner directs the tuner featuring a book by Todd Almond and the music of Sweet. Get a sample of the show with the first official trailer below. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Ben Platt & More Join Starry Lineup for Stephen Schwartz’s 70th Birthday ConcertThese stars have magic to do! A new group of performers have been announced for the Dramatists Guild Foundation’s April 23 7:00pm benefit concert toasting the 70th birthday of beloved composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz. Ben Platt, Rachel Bay Jones, Laura Benanti, Alan Menken, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez and Renée Fleming will pay tribute to acclaimed Wicked and Pippin songwriter Schwartz at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre. They join a previously announced lineup that includes Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Patina Miller, Darren Criss, Lindsay Mendez, Alex Newell, Michael McCorry Rose, Corey Cott and Casey Cott. Scott Schwartz will direct the special evening honoring his dad and collaborator.Katrina Lenk Lands Recurring Role on The Good FightThe Band’s Visit star Katrina Lenk is headed to the small screen. The stage talent has booked a recurring role on season two of the CBS All Access drama The Good Fight, according to Deadline. Lenk will take on the role of Nafatali Amado, fiancée to Colin Sweeney, played by stage vet Dylan Baker. Season two of The Good Fight is scheduled to premiere on March 4.Take a Look at Tony Winner Alex Sharp in the New Film How to Talk to Girls at PartiesThe first official trailer is here for How to Talk to Girls at Parties, a new feature film starring Tony winner Alex Sharp (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time). Co-written and directed by Hedwig and the Angry Inch creator John Cameron Mitchell, How to Talk to Girls at Parties takes place in 1970s London, where a teenage boy who is into punk music gets involved with a tourist who wants to escape from her group. The film also stars Oscar winner Nicole Kidman, Tony nominee Ruth Wilson, Elle Fanning and Matt Lucas. Gear up for the film’s May 18 release with a first look below. View Commentslast_img read more

Fusion gets behind the Corley Cycles-Body Limits Trade Team

first_img Related Tri, run and cycling apparel specialist Fusion is to support the Corley Cycles-Body Limits Trade Team in 2010. The Trade Team is a concept that seeks to join some of the leading brands in the multisport industry for the purposes of athlete development, product innovation and brand awareness.Corley Cycles (one of the UK’s leading specialist bike and triathlon stores) and Body Limits (sports injury clinic & gym) have partnered with the brands that form part of the Multisport Distribution Group (Blue, Fusion, ekoi, Nineteen and Velomotion) to support the team of athletes as they seek to progress from national and international standard to world-class performance.The ethos of the Corley Cycles-Body Limits Trade Team is create a “test team” concept where high performance triathletes receive access to world class technology and equipment allowing the brands associated in the project to test new products and enhancements in a live environment.The 2010 trade team consists of four members, Joel Jameson (2009 Vitruvian winner), Eimear Mullan (2010 British Duathlon Champion and elite triathlete), Richie Nicholls (ITU Triathlete on British Triathlon’s World Performance Scheme) and Georgie Rutherford (70.3 Age Group World Champion).www.fusionsportsuk.co.uklast_img read more

Pacific Sports energizes US Open Triathlon in Texas

first_imgPacific Sports, the premier lifestyle and endurance sports management and consulting firm, has unveiled the renewed, energized US Open Triathlon (USOT) in the cities of Rockwall and Heath, Texas. In addition to Olympic, Sprint and Super Sprint distances; relays in the Olympic and Sprint distances; and two youth courses; the event will also launch the US Open Triathlon Collegiate Cup.It will be a big weekend in the Metroplex with the USOT Expo on Saturday 11 October and the race on Sunday 12 October. USOT competitors can make a weekend of it and also take in the Texas/Oklahoma football game at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday and the Texas State Fair in Fair Park.“Rockwall and Heath will provide us a tremendous venue for the U.S. Open Triathlon,” said Pacific Sports President Jack Caress. “We want to engage college, university and junior college triathletes, as well as the numerous cycling and triathlon clubs in the region, youth 7 to 14 years old, and all the weekend warrior/recreational triathletes in the state.“It is important for the future of this event to bring a triathlon that the Dallas Metroplex area can be proud of and that we can build on.”The event starts with a swim in the calm waters of Lake Ray Hubbard in the marina at Rockwall Harbor. The bike course will travel through rolling terrain incorporating the roads of Rockwall and Heath, and the run course will be in the Rockwall Harbor area with the finish immediately adjacent to host hotel, Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront.The Texas Triathlon Collegiate Cup is open to current students, alumni, faculty and staff of any college, university, junior college or community college. It is a race-within-a-race and will start within a solely-designated wave. Points toward the Cup will be assigned to the top five finishers for each gender and race category.Registration is now open for the October US Open Triathlon event.Founded in 1983 and based in Orange, California, Pacific Sports is a premier sports consultation firm, specializing in event production, management, and corporate sports marketing development. Having produced more than 300 sports events in the United States, including the 1996 Triathlon World Championships and 12 US Championships, Pacific Sports is dedicated to helping participants in all its events live an active lifestyle.In 2014, the firm will produce 10 events around the US including the longest running triathlon in the US (37 years), the Newport Beach Triathlon and two 2014 inaugural events, the Brooklyn Triathlon on iconic Coney Island and the US Open Triathlon in Texas. Pacific Sports’ largest event, the Herbalife Triathlon Los Angeles, has seen more than 40,000 competitors swim, bike and run in its 14 year history.www.pacificsportsllc.comwww.usopen-triathlon.com Relatedlast_img read more

Leawood cancels Fourth of July fireworks celebration citing COVID-19 distancing requirements, cost concerns

first_imgThe Leawood City Council voted Monday night to cancel the city’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration but will consider whether to have one on Labor Day.After about an hour of discussion among councilmembers and city staff, the council voted 6 to 2 to cancel Fourth of July fireworks. Ward 2 Councilmember Mary Larson and Ward 3 Councilmember Lisa Harrison voted against canceling the celebration. At its Aug. 3 meeting, the council will discuss the possibility of having Labor Day fireworks and will continue that discussion to its Aug. 17 meeting if necessary, Mayor Peggy Dunn said.Prairie Village, Roeland Park, Fairway and Westwood have also canceled their annual fireworks shows.Leawood tests alternative locationsThe city’s fireworks vendor tested some fireworks of various sizes at several locations last Wednesday, Dunn said. Most councilmembers and City Administrator Scott Lambers watched the tests. Parks and Recreation Director Chris Claxton said the best visibility was at Two Hallbrook Place, at 11161 Overbrook Road. Dunn said that she had watched a test at One Hallbrook Place, at 11150 Overbrook, and that she had seen about half the shells fired, “but it was also like a silent movie because you couldn’t hear anything.”The council and staff discussed whether to have people watch the display from designated parking locations with permission from businesses or to park and then walk to the park; social distancing requirements; fire department access to respond to medical emergencies; increased police department staffing; and whether the $35,000 cost for the display was justified.Parking on Leawood City Park’s grass is prohibited because of the park’s sprinkler system, Dunn said. Larson suggested possibly allowing people to walk into City Park to watch the fireworks but having no organized festival. Harrison suggested exploring a collaboration with adjacent municipalities to share the cost of a fireworks display and positioning it so their residents would also be able to see it; working with Ascend Learning or Hallbrook Place for parking; and having music on a radio station to accompany the fireworks.Ward 3 Councilmember Chuck Sipple said that he had worked with the American Academy of Family Physicians for the Leawood Labor Day Run and that parking there involved a lot of red tape regarding indemnification against damages to the parking lot, responding to distressed motorists and cleaning up trash.‘Magic of the Fourth of July Celebration will not be there’Ward 2 Councilmember Jim Rawlings said the problem “kind of reminds me of the story of Cinderella.”“I feel like the ugly sister trying to shoehorn a big foot into the glass slipper,” Rawlings said. “Being good stewards of our budget, I just cannot see spending $35,000 for this fireworks display when half the shells you couldn’t even see. Part of the thrill for me was to walk down to the park and feel the boom and smell the powder and listen to the music and maybe have a hotdog and that kind of thing. That’s all not going to happen. And I just think the magic of the Fourth of July celebration will not be there.”Another complication is that Lee Boulevard off Mission Road is planned for closure in about three weeks for construction, eliminating that access to City Park, Public Works Director David Ley said. Weather permitting, the road should reopen by Labor Day or the second week of September. Meanwhile, emergency access would be off 103rd Street and along Lee Boulevard.Ward 4 Councilmember Julie Cain said that she had received a lot of compliments from residents about the council’s May 18 decision to open the aquatic center and that having a fireworks display, either on the Fourth of July or Labor Day, was important as a show of unity, “especially with this super-volatile week we’re having.”last_img read more

Federal Bar sets judicial reception

first_img February 1, 2011 Regular News Federal Bar sets judicial reception The Federal Bar Association has set its 30th Annual Federal Judicial Reception for February 10 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Miami from 5:30 to 8 p.m.The purpose of the event is to honor the federal judiciary and afford an opportunity for judges and attorneys to meet in an informal atmosphere.Tickets may be purchased in advance by mailing a check payable to the Federal Bar Association, South Florida Chapter along with a stamped, self-addressed return envelope to: The Federal Bar Association, c/o Brett A. Barfield, Holland & Knight, 701 Brickell Avenue, Suite 3000, Miami 33131, phone (305) 789-7614.The cost is $25 for government lawyers and $45 for nongovernment lawyers. Tickets at the door are $30 for government lawyers and $50 for nongovernment lawyers. Federal Bar sets judicial receptionlast_img read more

Gophers making strong showing in Tulsa

first_imgGophers making strong showing in TulsaOctober 5, 2008Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintSophomore Sebastian Gallego is making his mark at the prestigious ITA All-American Invitational in Tulsa, Okla. Over the weekend, Gallego had beat out opponents from Oral Roberts and Florida before losing to Jorge Vazquez of Memphis on Sunday afternoon. But Gallego caught a break after hearing of a drop in the tournament; this landed him a spot in the qualifier level of play. Junior Dino Bilankov also defeated two opponents over the weekend in the singles pre-qualifier level. He looked bound to join his teammate in the qualifiers before falling to Matt Brewer of Tennessee in the third round of play. Despite BilankovâÄôs hopes of competing in the main draw of the ITA, he has been realistic and reasonable about his ITA debut. âÄúItâÄôs a great accomplishment to even compete in this tournamen t,âÄù he said. Sophomore Tobias Wernet joins his Gophers teammates today in Tulsa, playing his first singles match this morning against an opponent yet to be determined. The path to the main draw of the ITA might be a little less rocky for Tobias, as he has already been placed in the qualifier level of play. Gallego and Bilankov were also placed in the qualifiers of the ITA, but this time together playing doubles. Both played doubles together last year, going 10-19 overall. They will start competition against the team of Joe Koebele and Carlo Pangilinan of Drexel on Tuesday. Doubles, coach Geoff Young stressed, is what will make the team successful this year. âÄúThey need to make a big jump in doubles,âÄù Young said. The ITA seems to be the right place for the experienced team of Gallego and Bilankov to make this jump and improve upon past struggles. This is all to be seen for Minnesota, as they still have a week in Tulsa.last_img read more

Researchers create algorithm to improve antibiotic UTI treatment

first_imgUsing machine learning, researchers have developed a treatment algorithm that could help improve antibiotic prescribing for uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTIs), according to a study today in Science Translational Medicine.UTIs are one of most common conditions for which antibiotics are prescribed in the United States, resulting in 4.7 million prescriptions annually. But in more than 40% of cases of uncomplicated UTI, clinicians prescribe fluoroquinolones, which are the second-line therapy according to guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). The first-line antibiotics are the narrow-spectrum nitrofurantoin and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole.The decision to use broader-spectrum fluoroquinolones is likely related to concerns about rising antibiotic resistance to first-line treatment for UTIs. And in emergency rooms and other outpatient settings where UTIs are diagnosed and patients are sent home with an antibiotic, clinicians may favor empiric treatment with agents like ciprofloxacin or levofloxacin to minimize the risk of first-line therapy failure.But this is problematic, because fluoroquinolones are associated with adverse events like tendon rupture and peripheral neuropathy, and increased use of fluoroquinolones can increase the risk of Clostridioides difficile infections in patients and promote the emergence of multidrug-resistant organisms.Predicting the probability of resistanceTo address this problem and provide outpatient clinicians with a tool to help identify the appropriate antibiotic for UTI patients, a team led by researchers from Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology developed a clinical decision support tool that takes data from electronic health records to predict the probability of antibiotic resistance to first- and second-line antibiotics for UTIs. They then developed an algorithm that translates those probabilities into recommendations designed to select the narrowest-spectrum antibiotic that would still be effective.”The key tension faced by all healthcare providers faced with having to treat an infection is how to choose the narrowest-possible antibiotic, without overdoing it by selecting one to which the microorganism may be resistant, thus risking treatment failure,” lead author Sanjat Kanjilal, MD, MPH, an infectious diseases physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and a lecturer at Harvard Medical School, said in a video.Kanjilal and his colleagues built the machine learning model using data from 10,053 women treated for uncomplicated UTIs at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital from 2007 through 2013 and trained it to predict the probability of antibiotic resistance to nitrofurantoin, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, ciprofloxacin, and levofloxacin.Next, they tested the algorithm on data from a cohort of 3,629 women treated for uncomplicated UTIs at the two hospitals from 2014 through 2016 and compared the performance with empiric treatment decisions made by clinicians.The results showed that the algorithm recommended ciprofloxacin or levofloxacin in 11% of specimens from the women, a 67% reduction in the use of those antibiotics compared with recommendations from the clinicians. The algorithm recommended inappropriate antibiotic therapy—defined as an antibiotic to which a specimen is resistant—in 9.8% of cases, an 18% reduction compared with clinicians.Compared with best-case implementation of the IDSA treatment guidelines, the algorithm had a similar rate of inappropriate antibiotic recommendations (10.7%).Kanjilal and his colleagues say they hope that the algorithm could ultimately be embedded in the electronic health record and used at the point of care by clinicians. They also want to see if they can apply the algorithm to other bacterial infections to optimize antibiotic treatment.”This study is one of the first to show that machine learning models can be used for antimicrobial stewardship, and our hope is to expand on this work by trying this approach with other infectious syndromes, such as bloodstream infection and pneumonia,” he said.last_img read more

Atlas Copco releases Q3 results

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HHI to Build Five 18,000 TEU Ships for UASC (South Korea)

first_imgHyundai Heavy Industries, Korea (HHI) is to build five 18,000 TEU ships. In addition, there will be an option for one more. The contracts between UASC and HHI also include 5 + 6 ships of 14,000 TEU, also to DNV class.“I’m pleased and proud that DNV has been selected as the preferred class for these huge and advanced ships,” says Henrik O. Madsen, DNV Group CEO. “We have actively supported the owner and yard up to the contract signing. Through our expertise and technology, we have been able to aid in the development of these new ships, which represent a major leap forward in terms of size and operational excellence.”The ships will be designed according to the latest cutting-edge technology. In line with UASC’s vision of being an environmentally focused ship owner, the vessels will also be designed ‘LNG ready’. Accordingly, they will be prepared for easy retrofitting for using LNG fuel in the future, when the related infrastructure is in place.The vessels will be optimised for an Asia – Middle East – North Europe trade. Their optimal speed window will be 16 – 18 knots. In addition to hull optimisation and advanced propulsion arrangements, cargo securement has been improved through new lashing bridges.“DNV’s long-term focus on research, innovation and new concepts for improved ships, its high standards and extremely competent people has convinced UASC. I’m sure DNV is the right partner when UASC is to take this major leap for the container shipping industry,” says Jørn Hinge, UASC CEO. “These are complex ships. Complexity requires competence and DNV has been preferred due to its long-lasting focus on and development of expertise.”Mr Madsen adds: “These new ships will break new barriers. The lessons learned from this project will have an effect on other newbuilding projects too. Size matters and technology improvements to secure leaps like this will also have an impact on and ensure improvements in most vessel sizes.”DNV has a long track record when it comes to ultra-large ships. In addition to these ultra large container ships and the world’s largest ore carriers, many of the very largest product tankers, chemical tankers, cruise ships, car/truck carriers and anchor handlers are all classed by DNV.[mappress]DNV, September 2, 2013last_img read more

Scorpio Tankers to Sell Two Product Tankers (USA)

first_imgScorpio Tankers Inc. has entered into agreements to sell its two, 2004 built, LR1 product tankers, Noemi and Senatore, for approximately $44.0 million en bloc. The sales are expected to close in March and April 2014. The Company also announced the delivery of a MR product tanker newbuilding, STI Duchessa, from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co., Ltd. of South Korea. The vessel will be time chartered-out for up to 120 days at approximately $19,000 per day.[mappress]Scorpio Tankers, January 27, 2014last_img read more