This Week’s Picks! An Act of God, Zorba! and More

first_img View Comments Go Greek with John TurturroBegins May 6 at New York City CenterAny title featuring an exclamation point is 15 percent better. Any project starring John Turturro is 32 percent more entertaining. Both “facts” collide in the Encores! production of Zorba! This revival Kander & Ebb’s 1968 musical details the adventures of the titular jack-of-all trades (Turturro) and an American intellectual (Santino Fontana, y’all!) in Crete. Oh, and Marin Mazzie leads the Greek chorus! Nothing this good can last forever. You have until May 10. Click for tickets! Have “Some Enchanted Evening” with MomMay 10 at BirdlandMother’s Day follows the same dreary routine: Lukewarm brunch at an overcrowded restaurant, a card with tepid sentiments, and last-minute flowers bought at a gas station. Time to break the cycle! Daniel Reichard, Jersey Boys’ original Bob Gaudio, spends the evening singing selections from the best of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s immense catalogue. Even better, he’s joined by the awesome Laura Osnes, fresh from her run in Chicago’s Carousel. Get on this. Mom is counting on you. Click for tickets! Pick The FlickBegins May 5 at the Barrow Street TheatreWinning the Pulitzer Prize has big perks. You get 25 percent off potato skins at Applebee’s and you can refer to yourself as “prize-winning” without getting mocked. Also, your work gets a second life. That’s the case with Annie Baker’s The Flick, the 2014 Pulitzer winner for drama centered at a run-down Massachusetts movie theater. It begins another off-Broadway run directed by Sam Gold (Fun Home), featuring the whole cast reprising their roles. Click for tickets! Star Files See Jim Parsons’ God ComplexBegins May 7 at Studio 54Jim Parsons is a sitcom god. On the stage, however, the Broadway veteran and The Big Bang Theory star is the God. In An Act of God, scripted by former Daily Show writer David Javerbaum, the big man himself answers humanity’s biggest questions over a 90-minute conversation. Maybe we’ll finally learn why every packed subway car has at least one dude taking up three seats. Christopher Fitzgerald and SNL alum Tim Kazurinsky co-star. Click for tickets! Hey, you, getting for a run outside—stop it! Sunshine, cool breezes, and all that junk will last for months. Your time is much better spent taking in all the fun that Broadway has to offer. We’ve got shows headlined by Jim Parsons and John Turturro, the return of a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, and Kristin Chenoweth on morning TV. Brace yourself, guys. Here come this week’s picks! Rise & Shine with Kristin ChenowethMay 5, check local listingsIt’s been quite a stretch for Kristin Chenoweth with the announcement of her Tony nomination and co-hosting gig. Now, she gets to grab a complimentary coffee mug from Live with Kelly and Michael. Anyway, we expect the Oklahoma magpie to share some backstage stories from On the Twentieth Century and dish some Tony Awards gossip—while matching Kelly Ripa’s energy level. So, grab your own cup of coffee and start your morning off bright. Kristin Chenowethlast_img read more

How to keep your marketing services agreements off the naughty list

first_imgEarlier this year, the CFPB released a compliance bulletin warning mortgage lenders that marketing service agreements, or MSAs, present substantial risks involving illegal kickbacks and referral fees under RESPA, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. With these risks on the rise, here’s what you need to know from the compliance bulletin.First of all, the CFPB wants to make it clear that in releasing this compliance bulletin, it isn’t making any new requirements under RESPA. What it is doing is releasing a non-binding general statement of policy articulating considerations relevant to its supervisory and enforcement authority. Otherwise, it would have to go through the whole notice and rulemaking process.But what the CFPB IS doing is serving notice that it is going to be taking a much closer look at marketing service agreements to see if they are being used to skirt RESPA’s prohibitions against kickbacks and referral fees. Not all marketing services agreements are bad, but the CFPB asserts that making a determination about the legitimacy of an MSA will depend on the facts and circumstances surrounding the creation and implementation of each agreement, whether it is oral or written. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

What Tioga County residents need to know about trick or treating this year

first_imgStay at home if you’re feeling sickTrick or treat with people you live withWear a face mask that covers both your mouth and your noseUse hand sanitizer frequently They say if you are in mandatory quarantine or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, do not participate in parties or trick or treating. If you’re thinking of having a Halloween party, they ask you to limit the guest list to close friends and family and less than 50 people total. They ask that you hold the event outside if possible and everyone must practice social distancing and wear a face mask. Otherwise, they have a few guidelines for trick or treaters. OWEGO (WBNG) — With Halloween fast approaching, Tioga County Public Health has some tips for how you and your family can celebrate safely. The county has also released guidelines for homeowners who are planning to hand out candy: Parents who are heading out with children are asked to encourage this behavior and practice it themselves. They are also asked to encourage neighbors to organize alternate activities including drive by trick or treating or a car parade. Don’t hand out candy if you’re feeling sickWear a face covering when handing out candyWash your hands oftenUse tape or chalk to mark six feet from your front door and place a serving table between you and trick or treaters For a full list of guidelines, click here.last_img read more

Glaxo offers program to boost employer antiviral stockpiling

first_imgSep 3, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – GlaxoSmithKline, maker of the antiviral drug zanamivir (Relenza), today launched a program designed to help businesses stockpile the drug as a strategy to protect employees in the event of an influenza pandemic.In a press release, the company said its Pandemic Readiness for Employers Program (PREP)  is intended to remove some of the cost and storage barriers that make it difficult to stockpile zanamivir. Though oseltamivir (Tamiflu) is considered the first-line treatment in a pandemic, some health experts advise countries and businesses to diversify their stockpiles because of concern that viral mutations may cause resistance to antiviral medications.On Jun 26, Roche, the maker of Tamiflu, unveiled its program to support employer antiviral stockpiling. Both companies’ programs permit employers to reserve a supply of the antiviral, to be stored and maintained by the manufacturer and delivered only when needed. Roche said its program would not only help businesses prepare for a pandemic, but also bolster sagging demand for the drug, which could help maintain production capacity that would be needed in a global health emergency.Both antivirals are in the US government’s strategic national stockpile, which contains 80% oseltamivir and 20% zanamivir. Relenza is in a powder form that is inhaled from a breath-activated plastic device and is intended to be taken twice a day.Chris Viehbacher, president of Glaxo’s North American pharmaceuticals division, said in the press release, “We are committed to helping employers and other business leaders prepare for an influenza pandemic and its impact on the health of their employees and the operational integrity of their organization.”Experts urge diverse stockpilesIn the press release, Anne Moscona, MD, an antiviral expert and professor of pediatrics and microbiology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City, underscored the importance of keeping a diverse antiviral stockpile. “We are coming to understand that our concerns for the past few years about resistance of pandemic influenza viruses to antivirals were justified,” she said. “The recent article in Nature, further explaining the mechanism for this emerging resistance, reinforced the importance of diversifying your antiviral stockpiles in order to help protect the broadest number of employees.”In the May 14 issue of Nature, British researchers identified certain mutations in the H5N1 avian influenza virus that make it resistant to oseltamivir but leave it sensitive to zanamivir. They advised nations not to rely on oseltamivir alone when preparing for an influenza pandemic.In June the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released preliminary guidance on antiviral use and stockpiling, which recommended that businesses providing essential goods and services strongly consider antiviral prophylaxis for critical workers. Though HHS stopped short of establishing a requirement or expectation that employers stockpile antiviral drugs, it warned that employers shouldn’t depend on antivirals from the government’s limited stockpiles.Glaxo spells out two optionsGlaxo’s stockpiling program for employers offers two options. One is a preferred pricing plan that allows businesses to buy zanamivir at a discount price that includes free storage. Jeff McLaughlin, a senior manager in product communications at Glaxo, told CIDRAP News that the discount is 31% less than the wholesale price.After 5 years, companies that enroll in the program can buy replacement units for the expired drug units at the same 31% discount, he said. Each unit represents one treatment course, and the minimum order is 500 units. Repeat customers must buy the same number of units as the initial purchase.The second option—the reservation plan—is intended to reduce employers’ up-front expenditure and allow them to lock in a price for future zanamivir purchases, Glaxo said in its press release. An annual fee of $6 per unit reserves and stores the drug for the life of the contract, which can span up to 10 years and can be canceled without additional cost. Companies will receive their orders when they request them or when the World Health Organization (WHO) raises its pandemic alert level to stage 4 (sustained human-to-human transmission).Glaxo’s reservation plan is similar to Roche’s employer Tamiflu stockpiling plan. At $6 per treatment course, Roche’s annual fee is the same as Glaxo’s.Like the preferred pricing plan, the minimum order for the reservation plan is 500 units, McLaughlin said. Both of the plans, for now, are available only to US-based businesses, he said.Birch Holt, business continuation manager at Target Corp., based in Minneapolis, told CIDRAP News that Glaxo’s new stockpiling  is innovative. “That should help the pricing side, but there are many other consideration besides just price,” he said.See also:Jun 26 CIDRAP News story “Roche unveils plan to boost employer antiviral stockpiling”Collins PJ, Haire LF, Lin YP, et al. Crystal structures of oseltamivir-resistant influenza virus neuraminidase mutants. 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Overseas call

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Why the book is inappropriate – Radio Live

first_imgBob McCoskrie on “that” book – with Sean Plunket on Radio Livehttp://bobmccoskrie.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/0630-Radio-Live-re-book-award.mp3and on ZB Newshttp://bobmccoskrie.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/0630-Newstalk-ZB-re-book-award.mp3last_img

Four murder suspects fall

first_imgThe suspects were detained in the lockup facility of the municipal police station. Officers of the Moises Padilla municipal police station served the warrant issued by Judge Cyclamen Jison Fernandez of the Regional Trial Court Branch 63 in La Carlota City dated Feb. 26, 2020. No bail bond was recommended for their temporary liberty./PN BACOLOD City – Four murder suspects were arrested in Barangay Inolingan, Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental. Residents Julie Gelacio, 28; Romel Gelacio, 24; and Sandy Alvarez, 24, were caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 10:30 a.m. on June 21, a police report showed.The 29-year-old resident Lonie Jainar, meanwhile, was nabbed later that day, it added.last_img

Royal Flush Rush feature win pays Zoubek $1,000

first_imgBob Zoubek raced his way onto the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot by winning Saturday’s IMCA Modified feature at Eagle Raceway. (Photo by Joe Orth)By Greg SoukupEAGLE, Neb. (May 5) – Bob Zoubek put his name on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot with a $1,000 IMCA Modified win Saturday at Eagle Raceway’s Royal Flush Rush.Zoubek had started 10th and took the checkers ahead of Jeff Schroyer.“The track was really racy. There were two lines and they were both fast,” he said. “We just kind of came through there nice and slow and stayed out of trouble. Jeff kind of had the better line for awhile there, but I finally got around him and drove away a little.”Nate Thompson, Schroyer, Jaxon Saathoff and Justin Wulf had led the field after the initial lap. Chad Ander­sen cracked the top four on lap two before moving up to third the next time around.Zoubek advanced to fourth following a spin by Andersen. Wulf grabbed second on the restart as Zoubek moved to third and Johnny Saathoff took fourth. Zoubek and Saathoff passed Wulf with 12 to go, moving to second and third, respectively.Two laps later, Zoubek snagged the lead as Dan Nelson moved to fourth. With five to go, there was a caution for debris on the track, bunching the field. Saathoff advanced to second with three circuits remain­ing as Wulf fell to fourth. Wulf got back to second the next lap, but lost the spot to Schroyer who passed him on the last lap.Other feature winners Saturday at Eagle included 12th starting Trevor Grossenbacher in the IMCA Rac­eSaver Sprint Cars, Shawn Harker in the Purdue University IMCA Northern SportMods, Jeff Ware in the Valentino’s IMCA Hobby Stocks and Trenten Fugett in the ATV Motorsports IMCA Sport Compacts.last_img read more

Shafali Varma stars as India beat New Zealand to qualify for semis

first_imgMelbourne: India became the first team to sail through to the semi-finals of the Women’s T20 World Cup on Thursday as they beat New Zealand by three runs to register their third consecutive win. Chasing India’s total of 133/8, the Kiwis ended on 130/6 at the Junction Oval in Melbourne.Match nine was by far the toughest outing for the Indian eves as strike bowler Poonam Yadav was taken to the cleaners by Amelia Kerr in the death overs. But the Indians players kept their cool and even affected a run out of the last ball.Earlier, winning the toss, New Zealand sent India in and the Indian girls started well as they were comfortably placed at 75/2 at the end of the first ten overs. While Smriti Mandhana failed to do much and was sent back to the dugout for 11, Shafali Varma continued her swashbuckling run and along with Taniya Bhatia put up 51-run partnership.The day once again belonged to 16-year-old Shafali as she hit a 34-ball 46, with two 4s and three 6s. Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur failed again as she managed just 1. It was Radha Yadav (14 off 9) and Shikha Pandey (10 off 14) who ensured that the Indian bowlers had something to defend.The Kiwi batsmen failed to start well and with captain Sophie Devine (14) also failing to keep her rich vein of form going, it was all about keeping it tight for the Indian spinners. With New Zealand requiring 11 runs off the last 4 balls, it looked like a Super Over was in the offing, but the Kiwis fell short by three in the end even though Kerr played a brilliant knock (34* off 19 balls).With Deepti, Shikha, Rajeshwari, Poonam and Radha adding one wicket each to their tally, the Indian eves sealed their spot in the semi-finals with Shafali declared Player of the Match.Brief Scores: India 133/8 (Shafali 46; Kerr 2/21); New Zealand 130/6 (Kerr 34*, Shikha 1/21). IANSAlso Read: India, other emerging powers can fill space vacated by USAlso Watch: Rapido Captains become jobless from Satuday! Expressed their pain before THE SENTINEL DIGITALlast_img read more

Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish tests positive for COVID-19

first_imgLondon: Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish has tested positive for COVID-19 but is showing no symptoms, his family has announced. The Dalglish family released a statement on Friday saying the 69-year-old was admitted to hospital on Wednesday for treatment of an infection and received a routine test for coronavirus.”Unexpectedly, the test result was positive but he remains asymptomatic,” the statement read. “Prior to his admission to hospital, Sir Kenny had chosen to voluntarily self-isolate for longer than the advised period together with his family.” “He looks forward to being home soon. We will provide further updates as and when it is appropriate.” IANSAlso Read: No oxygen, endless minutes of fear: Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe ReinaAlso Watch: Sellers take advantage of helplessness of panic stricken citizens by overpricing commoditieslast_img read more