Odds & Ends: Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Practice Shakespeare & More

first_img View Comments Christopher Sieber & More Will Star in Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol Christopher Sieber (Matilda), Don Darryl Rivera (Aladdin), Betsy Wolfe (Bullets Over Broadway) and more will star in Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol. The one-night benefit concert in aid of the Actor’s Fund will take place on December 15 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theatre at John Jay College. Based on the prime-time animated holiday special, Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol features a score by Funny Girl’s songwriting team, composer Jule Styne and lyricist Bob Merrill. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a retelling of a Dickens classic! Darlene Love Ends Christmas Tradition Broadway vet Darlene Love, who since 1986 has sung on the last episode before Christmas of The Late Show With David Letterman, will be ending the tradition when the host retires this year. Billboard reports that she won’t be performing her 1963 girl group classic “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” for another TV show. Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Practice Shakespeare Benedict Cumberbatch has been working on his Shakespeare before he headlines Hamlet in London next year. Check out the BBC drama trailer below, in which he recites the “seven ages of man” monologue from the Bard’s As You Like It. While your ears listen to the Sherlock star’s dulcet tones, keep an eye out for Great White Way vets including Tony winner Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman, along with a glimpse of the television adaptation of Wolf Hall, starring Tony winner Mark Rylance and Broadway alum Damian Lewis. Not to be confused with the Main Stem-bound Wolf Hall, of course, which Ben Miles and Nathaniel Parker will lead.center_img Josh Gad Sings About Frozen’s Olaf We’re not letting go of the fact that what we really want is for former Mormon star Josh Gad to return to Broadway and headline Forum. However, we’ll never turn down the opportunity of watching the Tony nominee do a number. Take a look below as Gad attempts to convince Jimmy Kimmel through song that he should be his Frozen character Olaf for Halloween. Now we want to be Olaf for Halloween, even if Kimmel doesn’t. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.last_img read more

The Top 10 Belters That Deserve the Gold Medal

first_imgThe Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.Let the games begin! The 2016 Olympics start August 5 in Rio de Janeiro, and viewers all over the world are pretty psyched: some for the viewing party snacks, some for the thrill of the competition, some for the universal love of sport and most of us for checking out the super cute outfits (read: sporty short-shorts and swim trunks). Belting is definitely a demonstration of athletic skill in the Great White Way community. From Tony winner Cynthia Erivo’s show-stopping performance of “I’m Here” in The Color Purple to Sierra Boggess busting out some straight up opera in School of Rock, there are definitely contenders for that gold medal. Which Broadway belters do you think should place? Broadway.com News Reporter Ryan McPhee kicked things off with his top 10. Now it’s your turn! Make it a clean game!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites.STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! View Commentslast_img read more

Birthday Beers

first_imgYou’re probably well aware that we’re in the midst of a massive birthday celebration for the National Park Service. We’ve had this unique park system for 100 years, which is amazing when you consider the pressure on our natural resources. Other notable birthdays for this year: Star Trek turns 50. Queen Elizabeth II is 90 this year. And 100 years ago, the first modern grocery store, called “The Piggly Wiggly,” opened its doors in Memphis, Tennessee. I love me a Piggly Wiggly, but you can’t ride your bike or hike in the Wiggly’s produce aisle, so I’ll choose to spend my time celebrating those national parks. And where I come from, you celebrate a birthday with a beer. Actually, a lot of beers. Luckily, a bunch of breweries around Asheville are stepping up to the occasion and brewing special birthday beers for the Blue Ridge Parkway, the South’s most unique national park. Sixteen different breweries created tribute beers for the Parkway, many naming their beers after their favorite spots along the long road, others using ingredients sourced from the Parkway’s open space. Beers have been released throughout August with more releases to come throughout September. The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation created a Passport book where you can visit the participating breweries and get your book stamped as you drink the tribute beers. Naturally, if you’re in the area, you should try to drink at all the participating breweries. Pace yourself and make sure you’re in good standing with Uber. I’ve had the chance to drink a handful of them already, because I’m a go-getter. Consider starting with Highland’s Cranberry Ridge Wheat, which uses fresh cranberries to add a level of tartness. It’s also named after a particularly pretty spot on the Parkway. Also, keep an eye out for Wicked Weed’s tribute beer, a wheat that uses blackberries, dandelion root and yarrow leaves, all of which grow wild along the Parkway. It’s scheduled for release this weekend.last_img read more

Panama Boost Investments in Security

first_img PANAMA CITY, Panama – International cooperation has been a major factor in Panama’s surge in narcotics seizures, Public Safety Minister José Raúl Mulino said. “Thanks to cooperation from the United States and Colombia, Panama has gained international recognition for the huge quantities of drugs seized,” Mulino said during a hearing before the Panamanian Congress. In 2010, Panama seized 90 tons of narcotics, Mulino said, up from 59 tons in 2009. And the amount could be even higher this year, as the country’s security forces have seized 35 tons of narcotics through March 31. The narcotics had a street value of about US$543 million, according to Panama’s National System of Criminal Statistics (SIEC). “We expect to invest US$300 million for the purchase of air drones that will detect narco-trafficking routes and guerrilla groups who operate along the border between Panama and Colombia,” Mulino said. In April, Panama’s National Border Service (SENAFRON) raided two camps allegedly occupied by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on the islands of Isaías and Embarcadero, in the eastern province of Darién, on the Colombian border. Congress also approved US$13.6 million to purchase weapons and a helicopter to support the fight against narcotics trafficking and terrorist groups. Meantime, the Panamanian police continue to crack down on networks used to traffic narcotics, highlighted by a June 18 operation that dismantled a ring specializing in narco-trafficking and prostitution in Panama City. During the raid, police apprehended 35 suspects on narcotics-trafficking charges and 52 in connection with running the prostitution ring. Law enforcement agents also seized an array of narcotics, including ecstasy, marijuana, cocaine, LSD and “crispy,” a new type of marijuana-based synthetic drug. The amount of seized narcotics was not made public. But Panama must continue to strengthen its ties with other countries if it’s to continue its success in the fight against narcotics, said Ezequiel Vargas, president of local security NGO Fundación Seguridad Ciudadana Pro Orden y Disciplina Nacional (Foundation of Citizen Security pro National Order and Discipline). “Panama must sign international treaties with other countries in the area to avoid the entry of drugs into its territory,” Vargas said. “We need to strengthen and educate security personnel at the airport on narco-trafficking issues and create special security groups to tend to those types of cases.” The government also is seeking to enhance overall security and narcotics-detection technology at the country’s Tocumen International Airport, one of the busiest in Latin America, with 250 daily flights that served about five million passengers in 2010, said Juan Carlos Pino, the airport’s general manager. The security investments are part of a US$95 million airport expansion project that’s expected to be completed in August, said Pino, who added airport officials are studying the feasibility of an additional US$300 million upgrade. The airport’s security officials purchased state-of-the-art X-ray machines that are able to detect narcotics and explosives. “The airport has a lot of foreign traffic because it is a hub, and we need more modern [security] equipment,” said Rogelio Lombardo, the airport’s security chief. “The equipment we have now only allows us to detect explosives.” The government also plans to buy several portable X-ray machines for the airport, Lombardo added. “These types of equipment can determine whether passengers’ bags have been in contact with drugs and explosives,” he said. By Dialogo July 08, 2011last_img read more

Claude Pepper Award nominees needed

first_img Claude Pepper Award nominees needed The Government Lawyer Section is now accepting nominations for its Claude Pepper Outstanding Government Lawyer Award, which recognizes “an outstanding lawyer who has made an extraordinary and exemplary contribution as a practicing government lawyer.”The nominee must be a member of the Bar in good standing and a practicing government lawyer, who has provided legal services at least 10 years in full-time government employment. The nominee also should exemplify the highest ideals of dedication, professionalism, and ethics in service to the public. Elected officials or judges currently serving in that capacity are not eligible.Completed nomination forms for each nominee and four copies of materials should be submitted by May 15.For more information, or to obtain a nomination form, contact Arlee Coleman at The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street; Tallahassee, 32399-2300; (850) 561-5625, acoleman@flabar.org. Claude Pepper Award nominees needed March 1, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

Extended exam cycle eyed for many well-run credit unions in 2017

first_imgWell-run, healthy credit unions with assets of less than $1 billion could be moved to an extended examination cycle beginning next year, pending board approval, NCUA said Thursday. NAFCU will meanwhile continue to press for such relief for all well-run credit unions.“NAFCU believes it’s time for NCUA to fully acknowledge the substantial exam burden experienced by all well-run, healthy credit unions,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “That is why we have long advocated for all healthy credit unions, not just credit unions less than $1 billion in assets, to be returned to an extended exam cycle.“The exam flexibility report contains some positive improvements, which we appreciate and should be swiftly adopted by the agency, but NCUA can do more to provide relief and still protect the share insurance fund,” Berger added. “We will continue to work with NCUA to ensure credit unions get the best changes possible on this front.” continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Broome County Health Department says they are hopeful that they won’t cross into the Orange zone

first_imgThe Broome County Health Department said a few weeks ago they were worried some areas were trending orange, but now report that the numbers have decreased and the Health Department remains hopeful that they will continue to decline. But what exactly do the colors “red,” “orange,” and “yellow” mean? Instead, they say they believe they could exit the yellow zone altogether soon, as long as residents remain cautious. (WBNG) — As a part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s coronavirus cluster zone initiative, parts of Broome County are still in the yellow zone, but the Broome County Health Department says they remain hopeful that they won’t cross into the orange zone anytime soon.center_img New York State says that in yellow zones, restaurants with indoor and outdoor dining and schools can still operate. But if the areas turn to orange or red, then schools are remote only and businesses can only operate if they are essential or not high risk.last_img read more

Indonesia confirms H5N1 case; more suspected

first_imgMar 31, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia has confirmed a case of H5N1 avian influenza in a 1-year-old girl who died last week, and the illness is suspected in another Indonesian and in a teenager in Azerbaijan, according to news services.An Indonesian official said testing by the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that H5N1 caused the death of the baby girl, who lived in Jakarta, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. She had had contact with sick chickens.Previous local tests in the girl’s case were positive, and samples had been sent to the WHO reference laboratory in Hong Kong for confirmatory testing. Counting the 1-year-old, Indonesia has had 30 human cases with 23 deaths. The WHO has not yet added the girl’s case to its official count, which stands at 186 cases with 105 deaths.I Nyoman Kandun of the Indonesian health ministry said a 23-year-old man in West Sumatra province has tested positive for avian flu in a local lab, AFP reported. “He’s still alive and being treated in Padang,” the provincial capital, Kandun said. The story provided no other details.In Azerbaijan, a 16-year-old girl from Daikyand, the same settlement where six previous avian flu cases occurred, is suspected of having the illness, according to an AFP report published yesterday.Afghan Deputy Health Minister Abbas Velibekov said the girl was hospitalized and had tested positive for an H5 virus, AFP reported. Samples were sent to Britain for confirmatory testing.Earlier this month, seven Azerbaijanis tested positive for avian flu. The WHO said six of them were from Daikyand in the southeast and one was from the western area of Tarter. AFP reported that five of the cases in Daikyand were fatal, though the WHO previously had reported only four deaths there.The WHO earlier said it was suspected that the victims had caught the virus by collecting feathers from dead swans.In Afghanistan, officials were investigating the possibility of avian flu in the cases of three children who recently died of a respiratory disease, according to a Reuters report yesterday.The three children lived in the central province of Ghor, where no bird outbreaks of avian flu have been reported or suspected, the story said. It didn’t say when the children died.Abdullah Fahim, a health ministry official, said no samples had been taken for testing before the children were buried, Reuters reported. He also said he didn’t believe they had bird flu and that pneumonia is common in the Afghan mountains at this time of year.In Cambodia, H5N1 infection was found in a chicken on the family farm of the 3-year-old girl who died of avian flu Mar 22, according to an AFP report today. The girl reportedly had played with sick chickens, but poultry testing in the girl’s village hadn’t identified any cases until now. The infected chicken was among 95 birds recently tested, according to the report.The 3-year-old was Cambodia’s fifth avian flu case-patient and the first in close to a year.Elsewhere, European Union (EU) officials said the EU is “reasonably well prepared” for the threat of a major human outbreak of avian flu, AFP reported yesterday. The comment came from John Simpson, a British public health official, as the EU released an evaluation of an avian flu simulation exercise called “Common Ground,” conducted last November.Philip Tod, the EU’s spokesman for health issues, said there had been “tremendous improvement since the beginning of 2005” in preparations for a pandemic, AFP reported.An EU news release said the evaluation report showed considerable improvement since a previous simulation exercise but also identified some problems. One was that Europe’s Early Warning and Response System, though a “robust” tool for its original purpose, became overloaded when it was used for crisis management.Meanwhile, several new avian flu cases or outbreaks in birds have been reported in recent days:Cameroon has reported its second discovery of the virus, in a wild duck found on Lake Malape, near the Nigerian border, according to a report yesterday by the United Nations Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN). An Italian lab confirmed the case. Cameroon reported its first bird outbreak to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on Mar 12.In Israel, authorities began killing 20,000 chickens on a collective farm near the border with the Gaza Strip and Egypt after H5N1 was found there, according to a Reuters report today. The story said Israel has culled more than 1.2 million turkeys and chickens since avian flu was discovered about 2 weeks ago.Officials in the former Soviet republic of Georgia found 10 wild swans infected with avian flu, according to a report filed with the OIE on Mar 27. The discovery prompted the culling of 1,700 poultry within 5 kilometers of the small lake where the swans were found.Avian flu was confirmed in dead poultry on a farm in Russia’s southern province of Volgograd, northwest of the Caspian Sea, according to an AFP report published yesterday. Provincial officials said they were expecting a shipment of 2 million doses of avian flu vaccine from Moscow.See also:Mar 30 European Commission statement on the November 2005 avian flu response simulationlast_img read more

Mansion breaks property record after waiting a year for a buyer

first_img61 Jefferson Lane, Palm Beach.The home features a collection of balconies and alfresco entertaining areas with views from Surfers Paradise to Currumbin. An elevator and grand staircase accesses all levels while the main bedroom also doubles as a self-contained apartment.Mr Natoli said Palm Beach had experienced a “massive resurgence” over the past four years with new development throughout the beachside suburb.“This sale confirms the progressive nature of Palm Beach at the moment as a desired place for residential living and new business,” Mr Natoli said.“It really cements what we’ve always thought and that is Palm Beach has been undervalued for many years.” 61 Jefferson Lane, Palm Beach.PATIENCE has paid off for sellers of a four-level mansion which broke property records after waiting a year for the right buyer.The blue mansion in Gold Coast suburb Palm Beach has sold for almost $6 million in what CoreLogic records show is a record for the suburb.The six-bedroom, six-bathroom beach house at 61 Jefferson Lane had been on the market a year before a Gold Coast buyer bought it last week.The property had failed to sell at auction last April and was then listed at $6.25 million through McGrath agents John Natoli, James Ledgerwood and Tony Holland.Mr Ledgerwood would not disclose the sale price but said it was a property record for Palm Beach.“What appealed to the buyers was not only the land size (856sq m) and the 14m beachfront but the overall quality of the construction and design of the property,” Mr Ledgerwood said.“Sometimes when you get a unique and substantial property and you’re breaking ground in a rising market a sale doesn’t happen overnight,” he said. 61 Jefferson Lane, Palm Beach.It was the first time the beach house had hit the market since it was built in 1993.Records show the mansion was linked to Claybar Pty Ltd and the late Ian Barclay. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoMr Barclay, a builder, had owned a smaller holiday home on the same street before building his holiday home.From the outside its striking blue and white facade stands out while inside a marble entry reveals a four-storey high-glass atrium. 61 Jefferson Lane, Palm Beach.The previous record of $5.4 million for Palm Beach was the sale of a five-bedroom house at 2A Twenty First Ave in 2007. The highest sale on Jefferson Lane was $4.5 million in 2003 for No. 91.The median house price in Palm Beach is $712,500, up 1.8 per cent over the past year and up 34 per cent over the past three years. 61 Jefferson Lane, Palm Beach.last_img read more