Queen Latifah & Mary J. Blige Set for The Wiz Telecast

first_imgNo bad news here! Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige have been tapped for the live telecast of The Wiz. The musical will air on NBC on December 3, with plans to bring it to Broadway in the 2016-17 season.Latifah is set to take on the role of the titular Wiz, the mysterious and powerful wizard who holds the keys to the Emerald City. The Grammy Award-winning singer-turned-actress received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in Chicago and also appeared on screen in Hairspray. Nine-time Grammy winner Blige will play Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West, who holds sway over the Winkies and the Winged Monkeys that do her bidding. Blige’s acting credits include The Jamie Foxx Show, Entourage, Empire, Blackish and Rock of Ages.The duo join the previously reported Stephanie Mills, who is set to play Aunt Em in the TV production. Casting for Dorothy will be announced at a later date, although we have some suggestions. No word yet either on who will play Glinda, but we’re thinking a Broadway vet has to be a shoo-in for that character…Tony Award winner Kenny Leon will stage both the television production and Great White Way revival of The Wiz in collaboration with Tony winner and Broadway icon Harvey Fierstein, who will contribute new material to the original Broadway book by William F. Brown. The show follows the familiar L. Frank Baum story of Dorothy and her adventures in Oz, but with a rock-filled revamp. Charlie Smalls’ soulful score includes show tunes that have transcended the divide between theater and mainstream pop culture, including “Ease on Down the Road,” “No Bad News” and “Home.” View Commentslast_img read more

Economic Development Department Names New Recruitment Chief

first_imgMONTPELIER, Vt. – The Vermont Department of Economic Development has promoted one of its own to lead the program responsible for recruiting businesses to come to Vermont.Brennan Duffy has been named to the position of Director of Recruitment for the Vermont Department of Economic Development, according to Commissioner Mike Quinn.”Brennan has been a great addition to our team, and will continue his leadership in the recruitment post,” Quinn said. “By attracting and assisting out-of-state companies to expand in or relocate to Vermont he will to help grow the state’s economic base and create jobs for our citizens.””Having grown up in Vermont, I am very excited about working in this new capacity,” Duffy said. “I’m looking forward to working with the state’s many partners in our efforts to attract quality businesses to the Green Mountains.”Duffy, 35, had previously served in the Department as an Economic Development Specialist focusing on existing business retention and expansion; and working with Vermont manufacturers through the Vermont Training Program.After graduating from the University of Vermont with B.A. and from the University of Rhode Island with an M.B.A., Duffy worked as a Business Development Coordinator in Southern California for Infinity Property and Casualty Corporation.Upon returning to Vermont in 2002 he served as president and co-founder of a Vermont company, Over the Edge Products, LLC, where he worked to develop an innovative idea into a line of patented and nationally distributed kitchenware products.Duffy replaces JoAnn Hollis, who left the position to become the Rutland Economic Development Corporation’s Executive Director.The Department of Economic Development is part of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.For more information, visit www.thinkvermont.com(link is external)last_img read more

Students entering college get a ‘D’ in financial literacy

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Two-year college students are smarter about money than those in four-year universities.by: Erik ShermanReading, writing, and arithmetic are fine, but there’s a life basic that many college lack: financial literacy, according to “Money Matters on Campus,” a report from financial aid company Higher One and education technology company EverFi. That’s a growing problem, as the trend of increased levels of loans taken to pay for college means that graduating students will face greater financial pressures without necessarily having the skills to manage them.The survey of 42,000 first-year college students in four-year and two-year schools across the U.S. covered such topics as banking, savings, credit cards and school loans. It was the latest in an annual series that started in 2012.Although respondents have increased experience with credit cards, bank accounts and student loans compared to previous years, such “responsible planning behaviors” as budgeting and reviewing accounts decreased. In addition, increased levels of loans were matched by fewer plans of how to pay them back. Students entering two-year colleges typically had more responsible financial behaviors than those going into four-year colleges. On the whole, the percentage of students reporting responsible behaviors declined from 2012 to 2014, whether paying bills on time, reviewing bills, paying off credit cards, following budgets to limit spending or balancing checkbooks. continue reading »last_img read more

PREMIUMJakarta floods hit street vendors hard despite minor impact on city’s growth

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here floods Jakarta-flood disaster Jakarta-administration bank-indonesia Statistics-Indonesia economy economic-growth Facebook Forgot Password ? Topics : Log in with your social account Linkedin Google Rosuli, the owner of a small kiosk in flood-stricken Kayu Putih in East Jakarta, had to move the goods from the shelves to the loft as water inundated his shop on Feb. 25, forcing him to close for the whole day.“The rain was too strong. It did not stop overnight”, the 68-year-old, who has been running the kiosk together with his wife Fatimah for five years, said on Wednesday.He said closing his shop that day had cost him Rp 300,000 (US$21.19) as that was what he usually made a day by selling daily necessities such as snacks, bottled beverages and cigarettes.The floods also forced him to make a bulk purchase worth around Rp 5 million to replace goods ruined by floodwater, said Fatimah. They were also forced to replace their refrigerator twice, as it broke in the New Year’s Day flood and then again in late February.”I could not eat and sleep f…last_img read more

Study panning anti-malaria drug Trump took against COVID faces new questions

first_imgNearly 150 doctors signed an open letter to the Lancet last week calling the article’s conclusions into question and asking to make public the peer review comments that preceded publication.”This is not some sideshow or minor issue,” said Dr. Walid Gellad, a professor at University of Pittsburgh’s medical school, who was not a signatory of the letter but has been critical of the study.”We’re in an unprecedented pandemic. We’ve organized these enormous clinical trials to figure out if something works. And this study stopped or paused a couple of those trials, and changed the narrative around a drug that no one knows if it works or not,” he said.The observational study published in the Lancet on May 22 looked at 96,000 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, some treated with the decades-old malaria drug that Trump said he took and has urged others to use. Several clinical trials were put on hold after the study was published.The study, using data provided by healthcare data analytics firm Surgisphere, was not a traditional clinical trial that would have compared hydroxychloroquine to a placebo or other medicine.The Lancet’s editors said in a note that serious scientific questions about the study were brought to their attention and an independent audit of the data has already been commissioned.Surgisphere said in a statement that the audit “will bring further transparency to our work (and) further highlight the quality of our work.”Earlier on Tuesday, the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) said it was concerned about the quality of the data behind a different study it published in May that also used data from Surgisphere and had the same lead author.Dr. Mandeep Mehra, the lead author and a professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, defended the use of the Surgisphere dataset as an intermediary step until clinical data is available.”I eagerly await word from the independent audits, the results of which will inform any further action,” Mehra said in a statement after the Lancet note.The World Health Organization (WHO) suspended hydroxychloroquine’s use in a large trial on COVID-19 patients after the Lancet study. Following the WHO trial suspension, the governments of France, Italy and Belgium halted the use of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 patients.Among the critics of the study to sign the letter last week were several academics from the University of Oxford and Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) in Bangkok, which had been conducting the global “COPCOV” trial of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment of COVID-19.The trial was paused last week, after the Lancet article.In March, Trump, with little scientific evidence, said hydroxychloroquine used in combination with the antibiotic azithromycin had “a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine.” He later said he took the drugs preventively after two people who worked at the White House were diagnosed with COVID-19.Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro discussed a joint research effort on using hydroxychloroquine as both a prophylaxis and treatment for the coronavirus, the White House said on Tuesday.  British medical journal the Lancet on Tuesday said it had concerns about data behind an influential article that found hydroxychloroquine increased the risk of death in COVID-19 patients, a conclusion that undercut scientific interest in the medicine championed by US President Donald Trump.Hydroxychloroquine – which has anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties – inhibited the coronavirus in laboratory experiments but has not been proven effective in humans, particularly in placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trials considered the gold standard for data.The debate has become highly politicized, and many scientists have voiced concern.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Air Products to build Saudi Arabia tech center

first_imgAir ProductsUS-based LNG equipment maker, Air Products signed an agreement with Dhahran Techno Valley Company to build and develop a technology center to serve Saudi Arabia and the Middle East region.Air Products’ new technology center is currently being designed and is expected to be fully operational by 2019.As the company’s new technology center and primary base for technology support in Saudi Arabia the center will ultimately become a base for collaboration with regional universities, as well as for supporting all of Air Products’ technical activities in the region, the company said in a statement.During design and construction of the new center, Air Products will base its operations from offices in Al Khobar.last_img read more

Bob McCoskrie: Due diligence on today’s cannabis—a response

first_imgA response to “What we know, and don’t know, about cannabis, psychosis and violence”,1 Boden and Spittlehouse (26 July 2019).In May 2019, as calls for the legalisation of cannabis grew ever louder, and with the upcoming referendum on legalisation in 2020, Family First launched a petition asking the government to first investigate the possible link between cannabis and violence. Emphasis on ‘possible’. We raised the issue for good reason.Over the past couple of decades, studies around the globe have found that higher levels of THC—the active compound in cannabis—is strongly linked to psychosis, schizophrenia, and violence.And with increasing THC levels being found in marijuana products consumed via edibles, vaping and dabbing, the risk is growing. In Colorado the average THC content of all tested flower in 2017 was 19.6%, and for concentrated extract products, 68.6%.2 Potency rates can now be as high as 99.9%.3Researchers have studied alcohol and violence for generations, proving that alcohol is a risk factor for domestic abuse and assault. Far less work has been done on cannabis. And that’s effectively the work that we’d like to see done—before we move to legalise it. We would argue that the evidence is already building.A recent study in The Lancet concluded that “people who smoked marijuana on a daily basis were three times more likely to be diagnosed with psychosis… For those who used high-potency marijuana daily, the risk jumped to nearly five times.”4,5This follows research last year which found that frequent marijuana use was associated with intimate partner violence,6 similar to a 2011 study.7Research published in 2016 in the journal Psychological Medicine concluded that continued cannabis use is associated with seven-fold greater odds for subsequent commission of violent crimes.8As with all research, there are limitations in the studies mentioned above. But those same limitations also apply to studies which say there is no association.The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) summed up the issue in their 2012 report, saying that the increasing potency of cannabis can increase psychotic symptoms in regular users.9The new paper “Cannabis use and violence in patients with severe mental illnesses: A meta-analytical investigation” is the most comprehensive survey yet on the issue.10 Findings showed a moderate cannabis-violence association in severe mental illness. What’s also striking is how recent most of the papers examined are—10 of the 12 papers are in the last decade, and 7 of the 12 since 2016.Just this year, more than 40 clinicians, researchers and scientists from Massachusetts, including many from Harvard Medical School, released a Statement of Concern, highlighting negative effects of THC—“Increased risk of serious mental health problems including acute psychosis (eg, hallucinations, delusions), paranoia, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety and suicide, with growing scientific evidence that daily use of high THC products bring greater risk”.11They highlighted 2018 research from the Copenhagen University Hospital which found that “41% of those who experience cannabis-induced psychosis later convert to schizophrenia.”12Recently in Vermont, the Department of Mental Health warned legislators, stating, “…multiple studies have linked regular cannabis use to an estimated doubling of the risk of a psychotic illness… Violent behaviour as a result of cannabis-induced paranoia and other psychotic symptoms is also an increasing concern”.13In Maryland, neuroscientist Christine Miller warned legislators, “The causal link between marijuana use and the development of psychosis is quite simply the most well-replicated, high-impact finding in schizophrenia research today. Given current use rates and the strong potency of the drug available, it stands to be responsible for a larger proportion of schizophrenia cases than any other established factor…”14In the same way that there is some real evidence that components of marijuana can be made into medicine, there is building scientific evidence suggesting that components of the plant can at times lead to mental illness, at times severe, that can lead to violence.It is interesting that Boden and Spittlehouse agree with Family First that “more research is needed on the possible linkages between cannabis exposure and violence.”We are simply asking for research and scientific consensus, before moving forward as a country with a change this massive. We believe this to be a responsible and thoughtful way to move forward.https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal-articles/due-diligence-on-todays-cannabis-a-response The New Zealand Medical Journal 25th October 2019, Volume 132 Number 1504Family First Comment: In a first for us, we had a letter published in the New Zealand Medical Journal It explains the reason for our calls for an investigation into the possible link between cannabis, psychosis and violence. Emphasis on ‘possible’. Drug proponents like Alison Mau, Chloe Swarbrick, the Drug Foundation and even members of the Prime Minister’s ‘expert’ panel investigating legal cannabis hate even the mention of this topic. Why are they so opposed? Read our letter.last_img read more

Fifth Circuit Denies Standford Appeal

first_imgNewsRegional Fifth Circuit Denies Standford Appeal by: – March 15, 2011 34 Views   no discussions Share A federal appeals court has ruled that it will not allow R Allen Stanford to be granted bail pending his trial. News on Monday said the New Orleans-based 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals announced on Monday that it does not have jurisdiction.The embattled financier’s lawyers told the court two weeks ago that Stanford should be allowed his freedom to assist in his own defense.They also argued that the charges should be dropped since he has been denied his right to a speedy trial following his arrest in 2009.Prosecutors have however noted that some of the delays in the case have been requested by Stanford.Source: Caribarena Antigua Sharecenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Juventus plot high-profile swap bid for Man Utd star Pogba

first_imgJuventus are ready to make a high-profile swap offer for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. Paul Pogba’s Man Utd future is unclear Tuttosport says Juve management are determined to bring Pogba back to Turin this summer – though are reluctant to pay straight cash. Given the suspension of Europe’s season and the uncertainty around the finances of clubs, Juve believe their best option to re-sign Pogba would be to set up a swap arrangement with United.Advertisement Promoted ContentHere Are The Best Movies Since 1982 You Should Definitely SeeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Unusual Facts About Bollywood, Pollywood And Tollywood11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too SoonA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way As such, the Bianconeri would be willing to offer one of Paulo Dybala or Miralem Pjanic in exchange for United’s No6. Read Also:COVID-19: New-look Pogba provides update from quarantine (Video) And it would be a deal that tempts United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who had approved the signing of Dybala last summer before the Argentine pulled out of the transfer at the last minute. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

Business as usual for O’Neill

first_img However, as O’Neill prepared to cross the Atlantic ahead of friendlies against Costa Rica and Portugal, he was a happy man. Asked about Keane’s decision, he said: “I’m naturally very pleased and delighted that he’s done so. Maybe we might just get on with things now. “It’s obviously good news for us, for everyone concerned, I think. The players in particular are delighted, and so are the rest of us. “I think that he has enjoyed it here immensely – that obviously plays a part in his thinking. I’m sure there were quite a number of factors, but that was pretty important too. “At this minute, he is enjoying it – he has just got started – and hopefully that might continue.” O’Neill is well aware that Celtic’s interest – he revealed last week that the 42-year-old had held informal talks with the Scottish champions – is unlikely to be the last approach for Keane. O’Neill said: “Celtic is a great club, it’s a fantastic club. In the future, he will have loads of offers, as he has had in the past and in the immediate past. “Things like this here will crop up again, with a wee bit of luck. I’m not saying Celtic will, but that type of job will.” Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill jetted out to the United States on Wednesday insisting it was business as usual after holding on to assistant Roy Keane. The 62-year-old Ulsterman was delighted at Keane’s decision not to pursue Celtic’s interest in him as their new manager, which he revealed on Monday after days of speculation that he was bound for Parkhead. Keane has since been linked with a role at Aston Villa, working alongside Paul Lambert in conjunction with his Republic duties. Indeed, the link with Villa is evidence that Keane remains a man in demand. That said, O’Neill for one is drawing a line under that particular topic until after he and his assistant have run the rule over the players in the Republic’s remaining summer friendlies. The former Celtic and Sunderland manager said: “I wish I could predict the future – I might be in better shape than I am. “But everything now at this minute is on the back-burner in terms of all speculation, all that type of stuff. I don’t really want to continue on with this until we come back from the United States.” Keane’s presence within the Ireland set-up was designed to give them a higher profile, but the former Manchester United captain has found himself in the headlines repeatedly since accepting O’Neill’s offer of work in November last year. But the manager insists he can handle the interest his number two has sparked. O’Neill said: “Actually, it isn’t really a problem to me. It will happen again, there’s no doubt at all about it, and I will deal with it accordingly at that time, or Roy will deal with it accordingly.” In the meantime, the pair will attempt to put together teams to face the Costa Ricans in Philadelphia on Friday night and the Portuguese in New Jersey four days later, having been hit by a series of withdrawals. Ciaran Clark has a niggling knee problem and has not travelled, and the same applies for fellow defenders John O’Shea, Seamus Coleman and Damien Delaney, while striker Jon Walters is recovering from a virus which at one point left him on a drip in hospital. Walters’ condition has improved markedly since and he, like full-back Stephen Ward, who is nursing a knock, could join up with the squad ahead of the Portugal game. Press Associationlast_img read more