Tony Poll Top Three: Idina Menzel’s 11:00 Number is Fans’ Favorite

first_img Star Files The 2014 Tony Awards came and went, but not before dazzling us with a bevy of live performances. Audiences were treated with tunes not only from this year’s musical nominees, but also hits from other new tuners of the season, glimpses of upcoming shows and of course, numbers from the song and dance man himself, our emcee Hugh Jackman. We asked fans which performance from Broadway’s biggest night they thought was the biggest showstopper. The votes are in, and here’s what you had to say! Want to go back and revisit your favorite? Check them all out here!1. If/Then — 26%Wait, Idina Menzel won a poll? Who saw that one coming?!  The Tony winner, who was nominated for her performance as Elizabeth in the Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey tuner, single-handedly brought down the house with her big 11:00 number, “Always Starting Over.” With her powerful anthem receiving an impressive 26% of the vote, maybe that’s enough incentive for Menzel to rock Radio City with this number again on June 16. 3. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder— 11%The charming trio of Bryce Pinkham, Lauren Worsham and Lisa O’Hare performed “I’ve Decided to Marry You,” the refrain of which will likely linger in your head for weeks to come. A hysterical introduction from fellow costar Jefferson Mays as three of the D’Ysquiths made the performance from this year’s Best Musical victor all the more rewind-worthy. View Commentscenter_img 2. Hedwig & the Angry Inch — 23%Tony winners Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall broke all sorts of rules with their energetic performance of “Sugar Daddy.” For instance, licking Samuel L. Jackson’s glasses is usually a no-no. But that doesn’t stop Hedwig, who also leapt from the stage to carwash Orlando Bloom, give Sting a lapdance and make out with David Burtka (shh, don’t tell Harris!). Idina Menzellast_img read more

Spring Awakening’s Ali Stroker Recreates Kylie Jenner Shoot

first_img Star Files Ali Stroker View Comments Related Shows When Kylie Jenner appeared in a controversial Interview photo shoot in a wheelchair, Spring Awakening’s Ali Stroker’s immediate response was not anger or offense. Instead, the actor—the first in a wheelchair on Broadway—saw opportunity for enlightenment. Now, Stroker is in the spotlight in a shoot of her own, with the help of and photographer Kristiina Wilson. “What people’s anger showed was the absence of authentic representations of our community,” Stroker explained to the site of the response to Jenner’s original shoot, echoing a sentiment she shared with during her appearance on #LiveatFive. “I didn’t know how to express my sexuality because there was no one representing it for me.” As evident, that is no obstacle for Stroker, who aims to increase visibility of the lives—sexuality included—of those who are differently abled. Check out additional photos below, and catch Stroker sing, sign and dance as Anna in Spring Awakening at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre through January 24. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2016 Spring Awakening last_img read more

Binghamton schools to push back in-person learning again

first_imgSchool districts in the yellow zone are required to mandate weekly testing of students, teachers and staff for COVID-19. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton City School District has pushed back in-person instruction until Oct. 26 due to elevated COVID-19 cases in Broome County. The move will align the district with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 14-day New Cluster Action Initiative, which begins Oct. 9. Here is the map of the Broome County cluster — with a yellow zone — along with the guidance:— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) October 6, 2020 On Tuesday, Governor Cuomo declared parts of Broome County to be a “yellow zone.” You can read the school’s full statement on the delay by clicking here. However, according to the school district, the state has not provided details regarding the specifics of the testing.last_img read more

In nod to grim US outlook, Fed’s Powell calls for more fiscal support

first_imgThe head of the Federal Reserve warned on Wednesday of an “extended period” of weak economic growth, vowed to use the United States central bank’s power as needed, and called for additional fiscal spending to stem the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Fed Chair Jerome Powell issued his sober review of an economy slammed by a record pace of job losses and bracing for worse ahead as most US states moved toward reopening after weeks of shutdowns aimed at slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus.The pandemic has killed more than 82,000 people in the United States so far, and many epidemiological models now point to a death toll that will surpass 100,000 in a matter of weeks. Congress, for its part, has allocated nearly US$3 trillion for economic relief during the crisis.The US response to date “has been particularly swift and forceful,” Powell said. But the longer those health risks persist, he said, the more likely businesses will fail and households will be strapped for income in a downturn that he noted has fallen most heavily on those least able to cope. A recent Fed survey, Powell said, estimated that 40 percent of households with less than $40,000 in income included someone who has lost a job since February.The worst-case outcome leaves the economy mired in “an extended period of low productivity growth and stagnant incomes … Additional fiscal support could be costly but worth it if it helps avoid long-term economic damage and leaves us with a stronger recovery,” Powell said in what amounted to a direct call for Congress to ramp up its aid during the crisis.“This trade-off is one for our elected representatives, who wield powers of taxation and spending,” he said.Negative ratesThe Fed, for its part, will continue to “use our tools to their fullest until the crisis has passed and the economic recovery is well under way,” Powell said. But those tools, he made clear, don’t include pushing interest rates below zero, as some other central banks did fighting the global financial crisis more than a decade ago. Negative interest rates, he said, are “not something that we are considering.”Major US stock indexes were sharply lower in midday trading, with the benchmark S&P 500 index down about 1.6 percent. Yields on Treasury securities fell, and some contracts in interest rate futures markets continued to price in a small chance the Fed might resort to a negative-rates policy within the year.The US House of Representatives and Senate are deliberating further responses to the pandemic. White House officials have said they want to assess how an initial round of economic reopenings by states goes before deciding what to do.An increasing number of US governors have lifted restrictions, moves that in other countries have preceded new outbreaks and increases in cases, and that epidemiologists here fear will do the same.But with the US economy having lost a staggering 20.5 million jobs in April alone and some 33 million Americans applying for jobless benefits since late March, many state and local leaders have begun to see the economic risks of continued lockdowns as too high.In a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke of the risk the country could “paradoxically” end up worse off if it reopens too haphazardly and ends up with not just new rounds of infections, but a second wave of restrictions on who can go to work and what businesses can stay open.Topics : Powell pointed to uncertainty over how well future outbreaks of the virus can be controlled and how quickly a vaccine or therapy can be developed, and said policymakers needed to be ready address “a range” of possible outcomes.“It will take some time to get back to where we were,” Powell said in a webcast interview with Adam Posen, the director of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. “There is a sense, growing sense I think, that the recovery may come more slowly than we would like. But it will come, and that may mean that it’s necessary for us to do more.”For a central banker who spent part of his career as a deficit hawk and has tried to avoid giving advice to elected officials, the remarks marked an extraordinary nod to the risks the US economy is facing from the combined health and economic crisis brought on by the pandemic.The US central bank has slashed interest rates to near zero and set up a broad network of programs to ensure financial markets continue to function during the pandemic. It has also established precedent-setting lending facilities for companies and the first-ever corporate bond purchases.last_img read more

Palliative sedation a ‘peaceful way to die’

first_imgChristchurch Press 17 Sep 2012Within 10 minutes of having her first dose of sedative, Col Pieper’s terminally-ill mother drifts to sleep. A medication pump is set up to continuously give her the sedative midazolam to ensure she stays asleep until she dies. Three and a half days later, she dies peacefully, as she had chosen. Pieper, a West Coast-based registered nurse, says her mother had originally wanted to be euthanised, but switched her thinking only weeks from death once she learned about palliative sedation. She could choose because she lived in the Netherlands, one of a few countries in the world to legalise euthanasia. The euthanasia debate has reignited in New Zealand with Labour MP Maryan Street’s End of Life Choice private member’s bill, which she lodged in the ballot box in July. It must be selected before it can be considered by Parliament. Late last month, Prime Minister John Key faced strong criticism from the medical profession after claiming euthanasia was happening in our hospitals and that he would consider it if terminally ill. Hospice New Zealand’s clinical director, Associate Professor Sandy Macleod, says Key was incorrectly informed but agrees the public has little knowledge of other end-of-life options, such as palliative sedation. “In euthanasia, you are trying to kill the person. In palliative sedation, you are trying to kill the intractable symptoms,” Macleod says. “There are plenty of options other than killing people that we have at our disposal.” Palliative sedation is quite common practice in New Zealand hospices when someone is within days of death and suffering distressing, uncontrollable symptoms, such as delirium or extreme breathlessness, he says. A Christchurch study found a quarter of people dying at the city’s hospice had palliative sedation, he says. In the Netherlands, medical guidelines state a terminally-ill person must be within two weeks of death and suffering unbearable symptoms that are unrelieved by treatment to qualify for palliative sedation. While no such formal guidelines exist in New Zealand, it is discussed in the Palliative Care Handbook. read more

‘Battle far from over’ Full justice sought for Maguindanao massacre victims

first_img“Bagama’thindi lahat ng akusado ay nahatulan ng pagkakakulong, kami ay nagagalak pa rindahil ang mga dapat masakdal ay nakatakda ng makulong pang habang-buhay,” Mangudadatu said.  “Maituturingnating moving forward. Wala pang closure eto eh,”Mangudadatu said. “Kung may guiltyverdict, pupunta silang Court ofAppeals, Supreme Court. Matagal naproseso ‘yan. Long fight pa ito.” Relatives wait as police recover dead bodies along a hillside grave in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao on Nov. 24, 2009. AARON FAVILA/AP/FILE The lawyers of the Ampatuans onThursday made the manifestation to file motions for reconsideration and therelevant pleadings within 15 days after their clients were convicted of 57counts of murder.  “Natatakotdin kami… Nakaya nga nilang patayin ang isa sa mga magulang namin, paano pakami? Pwede rin nila kaming balikan,”a member of the Maravilla family said.   Just like the other relatives of themassacre victims, Mangudadatu wanted full justice for those behind what wasconsidered the country’s worst case of election-related violence. He said he will appeal the acquittalof Sajid Islam Ampatuan, currently the mayor of Shariff Saydona Mustapha town,and Akmad “Tato” Ampatuan Sr. before the Court of Appeals and even to theSupreme Court, if necessary.  center_img Second District Rep. Esmael “Toto”Mangudadatu of Maguindanao said the fight is “far from over” with theconvicted, mostly from the Ampatuan clan, planning to appeal the decision ofQuezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes.  Aside from the two acquitted Ampatuans,there are still 50 suspects who were up for a verdict in the second phase ofpromulgations in the case – 80 suspects are still at large. Meanwhile, other kin of the massacrevictims feared for their safety following the acquittal of the two Ampatuansand other police officers previously linked to the massacre. MANILA – Despite the guilty verdicthanded out to majority of the primary suspects in the 2009 Maguindanaomassacre, relatives of the victims did not feel the closure yet. The Maguindanao massacre has beentagged as the single deadliest attack on journalists in history and the worstcase of election-related violence in the country./PNlast_img read more

Juventus fire manager Maurizio Sarri

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Juventus sacked coach Maurizio Sarri on Saturday after the Italian club’s Champions League last night.Despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s double in a 2-1 home win on Friday, Juve fell 2-2 on aggregate to the French club, ending their quest for a title they last won in 1996. “Maurizio Sarri has been relieved of his post as coach of the first team,” the nine-time reigning Serie A champions said in a statement.Sarri, 61, replaced Massimiliano Allegri last season, after leading Chelsea to success in the Europa League.“The club would like to thank the coach for having written a new page in Juventus’ history with the victory of the ninth-consecutive championship, the culmination of a personal journey that led him to climb all the divisions of Italian football,” the team said.Despite leading Juve to a ninth straight Scudetto, his first as a coach, Sarri paid for the club’s failure on the European stage.Juve also lost in two finals this season, the Italian Cup and the Italian Super Cup. Tags: JuventusMaurizio SarriUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more