View Comments The Obamas Think Raisin’s LaTanya Richardson Jackson Steals The Show This is some fan mail. LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Tony nominated for her performance in A Raisin in the Sun, recently received high praise from none other than the First Lady of the United States, after the Obamas saw the classic play. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michelle Obama’s missive included the phrase: “Barack and I both agree that your portrayal of Mama stole the show.” The production plays through June 15 at the Ethel Barrymore. Norm Lewis Jane Lynch Channels Her Dark Side, Again Broadway alums Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk and Kevin Shinick will appear in an upcoming Team Unicorn pilot. Deadline reports that the episode, inspired by the Team Unicorn cartoons, is a modern take on cartoon/live-action hybrid shows, but aimed at adults. Lynch will voice the evil Dark Puba, Tudyk her sidekick Chummy Cherub and Shinick will be the show’s announcer. The Black Stars of the Great White Way Will Align at Carnegie Hall Tony winners Billy Porter, Hinton Battle, Chuck Cooper and Ben Vereen, along with Clifton Davis, Brandon Victor Dixon, Andre De Shields and more will join the previously reported Norm Lewis in The Black Stars of The Great White Way on June 23 at Carnegie Hall. One of the evening’s highlights will be the inaugural presentation of The Black Stars of The Great White Way Award by Phylicia Rashad, Chita Rivera and Cicely Tyson to honorees including the first African American to play the Phantom, Robert Guillaume. Lewis is currently playing the role on Broadway, the first African American to do so in New York. Surely a duet is on the cards? Tony Winner Steve Kazee’s Shameless We’re shamelessly excited about this. Broadway favorite Steve Kazee (Once, To Be Or Not To Be, 110 in the Shade, Spamalot) will join the cast of Showtime’s Shameless in a big recurring role. Deadline reports that the Tony winner will play a rock musician who crosses paths with Emmy Rossum’s character. Star Files Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn to Rewrite Shakespeare Gone Girl bestselling author Gillian Flynn is going to write a new version of Hamlet. According to The New York Times, the idea of the project is to make Shakespeare more accessible in today’s world. Before that, of course, we have the film adaptation of Gone Girl to look forward to, which along with Ben Affleck features stage vets including Tony nominee Neil Patrick Harris and Rosamund Pike. Chuck Cooper Chita Rivera Brandon Victor Dixon Jane Lynch Steve Kazee Billy Porter Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Cicely Tyson View All (8)
Vermont to Implement Mobile Polling Pilot ProjectSecretary of State Deb Markowitz to conduct initial training sessionfor municipal clerks in MontpelierMontpelier. On Tuesday, September 16th, Secretary of State Deb Markowitz will conduct a training to help town clerks implement Vermont’s new mobile polling law. Mobile polling allows election workers to bring absentee ballots to a long term care facility, senior housing, low income housing, school or other facility, to offer early voting to people who are eligible to vote in the town. The Secretary of States office will be reporting on the project to the legislature during the next legislative session. The law was passed as a pilot project and it will expire July 2009 unless the legislature decides to extend it.Markowitz said, “We are excited about this pilot project and hope that it will show us whether we can better serve hard to reach Vermonters. Mobile polling will not only increase access to voting but it will decrease the risk of fraud or abuse because it will be implemented by bipartisan groups of trained election workers.”In order to implement this new mobile polling law Secretary Markowitz is conducting a training session for municipal clerks who are interested in participating in the pilot project. The training will occur on Tuesday, September 16, beginning at noon, at the Capitol Plaza in Montpelier. In addition, in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and the American Bar Association, the Secretary of State’s Office will be participating in a study that is looking at whether mobile polling is an effective way to address the voting needs of nursing home residents. “As our population ages, we expect that an increasingly large percentage of our voters will be living, at some point, in a long term care setting,” says Markowitz. “It is the goal of this project to ensure that residents of long term care facilities are provided meaningful opportunities to vote while minimizing the risk of fraud or abuse.”Joining Secretary Markowitz in the training session on the 16th are Jason Karlawish, M.D. of the University of Pennsylvania’s Division of Geriatric Medicine, and Ellen Klem of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging. Additional workshops will be held around the state in October.###
Steep Canyon Rangers host the tenth annual Mountain Song Festival this weekend.The Steep Canyon Rangers have come a long way since the first time I saw them at The Prism Coffeehouse in Charlottesville in 2003. Over the ensuing twelve years, the band has gone on to win a Grammy Award and a host of IBMA awards while garnering critical acclaim for both their own recordings and live performances and the work they have done with comic legend (and wicked good banjoist) Steve Martin.Fresh off the release of Radio, which the band celebrated with a rousing show at the Paramount Theater in Bristol, Tennessee, the Steep Canyon Rangers are poised to host the tenth edition of their very own Mountain Song Festival in Brevard, North Carolina, this weekend.I recently chatted with guitarist and lead singer Woody Platt about the new record and this weekend’s festivities.BRO – You just released Radio, your newest record. What did it mean to you to have the release party in Bristol, a city well known for its musical history?WP – With Bristol being the birthplace of country music, and with the addition of Tony Lawson and WBCM, it was a natural fit. There is so much great musical history there, starting with the Bristol Sessions. We were honored to release Radio in Bristol. The audience was wonderful!BRO – This marks the tenth anniversary of your Mountain Song Festival. What do you know now that you wish you had known in year one?WP – That it really makes sense to hire someone to clean the bathrooms after the festival instead of doing it ourselves! But seriously, having a great team and plenty of volunteers makes the festival run so much more efficiently.BRO – In five words or less, finish this statement – “The best part of hosting a music festival is . . . “WP – . . . . bringing a community together for a great cause.BRO – Any performances over the first nine years that really stick out in your memory?WP – Doc Watson playing to a full house as the headliner of our first festival. Also, Steve Martin coming out as a total surprise guest at the fourth Mountain Song Festival. That was the first time we played with Steve and the audience went nuts!BRO – Come Sunday evening, what will be your measuring stick for the success of Mountain Song?WP – We always hope to raise as much money as we can for the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County. If we can break the $500,000 mark this year, it will feel like a huge success. But just having three days of great music in our wonderful small mountain community will be a success in itself.The tenth annual Mountain Song Festival kicks off on Friday, September 11th, and the line up includes Del McCoury Band, Ricky Skaggs, Larry Keel, and more. For information and times, please check out the festival’s website.And if you would like to win a pair of lawn seats for the weekend, you have come to the right place! Take a shot at the trivia question down below and email your answer to email@example.com. A winner of two passes to Mountain Song will be chosen from all of the correct responses received by 2:00 P.M. tomorrow (Wednesday, September 9th). Remember – please email your responses. Don’t post answers don’t below in the comments section. That’s no fun for anyone!While you wait to find out if you have won, make sure to take a listen to “Radio” on this month’s Trail Mix and to check out the band’s website for more information on how to get your copy of the new record or when the band might take to a stage near you.Question . . . . The Steep Canyon Rangers formed on the campus of what university?Good luck! Photo by Sandlin Gaither.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Lincoln nominated in 12 Oscar categories.It’s that time of the year again. You know, when the Academy nominates a plethora of movies for Best Picture so the public can go out and spend 12 bucks—$15 for 3D!—at their local theater and support the movie industry.We’re onto you! (But we’ll gladly throw away some money anyway.)Even the most ardent movie fans probably haven’t heard of some of these films nominated in the prestigious category.But it does include notable films that have already garnered plenty of Oscar buzz for Best Picture. And they are: Argo, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty. (Full list of nominees below).Lincoln led the way with 12 nominations.For best actor (sorry, Actor in a Leading Role) the Academy nominated Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix and Denzel Washington.The ladies who shined the brightest this movie season and received nominations for Actress in a Leading Role were Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Emmanuella Riva, Quvenzhane Wallis and Naomi Watts.And if you’re interested, our pick for the Short Film (Live Action) category is Curfew. Don’t ask us why.As long as Wreck-It Ralph wins Animated Featured Film we’ll be happy.And if the Academy is listening, please give the nod to Amour. Our boss really likes the trailer.The full Oscars list (for the categories you care about):BEST PICTUREAmourArgoBeAsts of the southern WildDjAngo UnchAinedLes MisérABlesLife of PiLincolnSilver Linings PlaybookZero Dark ThirtyACTOR IN A LEADING ROLEBradley cooper — Silver Linings PlaybookDaniel Day-Lewis — Lincoln Hugh Jackman — Les MiserablesJoaquin Phoenix — The MasterDenzel Washington — FlightACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLEJessica Chastain — Zero Dark ThirtyJennifer Lawrence — Silver Linings PlaybookEmmanuelle Riva — AmourQuvenzhane Wallis — Beasts of the Southern WildNaomi Watts — The ImpossibleDIRECTINGMichael Haneke — AmourBenh Zeitlin — Beasts of the Southern WildAng Lee — Life of PiSteven Spielberg — LincolnDavid O. Russell — Silver Linings PlaybookSOUND MIXINGArgoLes MiserablesLife of PiLincolnSkyfallClick here for the full list of nominees.
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Sundeep KapurA friend of mine runs marketing for a financial institution. They used to host a quarterly financial best practices workshop to enhance relationships with existing members and also attract a few new consumers. Their marketing process was simple; they would do a direct mail drop, following it up with some online advertising, an ad in the paper a few days before the event, and some desperate last minute calls to fill the final seats. They ended up with reasonable success – 60-70 attendees, a few empty seats, and about 12 people signing up for their offerings.Two summers ago, their printer missed the direct mail drop and we (I joined them) were panicked into using social media. Our panicked approach resulted in more than 300 consumers showing up (standing room only), lots of pre-event questions, and confirmed appointments with our experts even before the main event started.What was our end result? We spent $4500 less per event in the advertising with a 400 – 500% boost in attendance. Our conversion rate improved to 30% and almost everyone who came to the event had something positive to say about the event.We documented our approach into an effective process. We write an article about the next event on our blog and promote it via Facebook, Twitter, & LinkedIn. We even get our speakers to record a short video about the event and the first 20 people to sign up are invited to interact with the speaker in a smaller setting. Every attendee is encouraged to complete a two-question survey on social media that keeps adding to our testimonial library. continue reading »
Apr 21, 2009WHO confirms two Egyptian H5N1 casesThe World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed Egypt’s two recently reported H5N1 avian influenza cases, involving a 25-year-old pregnant woman and an 18-month-old girl. The woman, from Cairo governorate, got sick on Apr 6, was hospitalized on Apr 11, and remains in critical condition. An investigation found the woman had close contact with sick poultry before she became ill. In the other case, the WHO reported that the 18-month-old girl from Kafr el-Sheikh governorate became sick on Apr 15 and was hospitalized and started on oseltamivir (Tamiflu) 3 days later. She is in stable condition. An investigation revealed she had close contact with sick and dead poultry before she became ill. The two latest case confirmations raise Egypt’s H5N1 total to 66 cases, of which 23 have been fatal. The global H5N1 case count now stands at 420, which includes 257 deaths.[Apr 21 WHO statement]Egypt finds H5N1 in backyard birdsAnimal health officials in Egypt reported a new H5N1 avian influenza outbreak in backyard birds at a village in Menofia governorate, according to a report today from Egypt-based Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR). The outbreak, which involved 17 mixed poultry, was detected during active surveillance. The vaccination status of the birds was not available.New findings reported on human immune response to H5N1An international team of researchers used serum samples from Vietnamese patients who survived H5N1 avian influenza infection to generate new information about the immune response to the H5N1 virus, according to a report in PLoS Medicine. The researchers used bacterial viruses (phages) to make numerous fragments of the genome of a 2004 strain of H5N1 from Vietnam and then studied which fragments were recognized by antibodies in the samples from the five Vietnamese patients. The antibodies recognized sites (epitopes) in several viral proteins: hemagglutinin, neuraminidase, M2, and PB1-F2. Further, the researchers identified certain sites, called “noncontinuous conformation-dependent epitopes,” that were recognized by two broadly neutralizing monoclonal antibodies generated from the Vietnamese patients. Several of the epitopes were not recognized by antibodies from people who had been infected with other influenza subtypes (H1N1 and H3N2) but not H5N1. The findings “show that people recovering from H5N1 infection make a diverse range of antibodies against several viral proteins,” and they also identify parts of the H5N1 virus that may be most likely to stimulate an immune response, according to the editors’ summary of the report. The findings can be used to help develop H5N1 vaccines and diagnostic tools, the report says.[PLoS Medicine report]South Carolina launches pandemic flu ethics forums South Carolina’s Pandemic Influenza Ethics Task Force hosted the first of four forums last night in Myrtle Beach to encourage public dialogue on the group’s proposed ethical response plan, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC). Additional sessions will be held tomorrow in Greenville, Apr 27 in Charleston, and Apr 29 in Columbia. The state’s pandemic ethics task force includes members of state agencies, healthcare providers, and legal professionals.Indonesian airport installs illness-screening toolsIn an effort to curb the spread of communicable diseases such as avian influenza, hand-foot-and-mouth disease, and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), authorities at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bandung, Indonesia, yesterday installed two thermal scanners and “body cleaners” at international arrival gates, the Jakarta Post reported today. The airport had used the thermal scanners during the 2003 SARS outbreak, but repairs were needed before yesterday’s installation. The airport obtained the body cleaners, which apply a 70% alcohol solution spray, from Indonesia’s health ministry. The airport also has an x-ray machine in its quarantine room.[Apr 21 Jakarta Post story]
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Robbie Keane is already looking towards September’s crucial World Cup qualifiers as he targets a trip to another major tournament. “All we have to do now is just concentrate on ourselves and not worry too much about Austria or Sweden. “These games give you confidence. It’s always good coming into the next qualifier when you have just come off a good win and after getting three points. “We will certainly look forward to those two games. They are two games that we have to win to stay in contention. “We have got a good chance, there’s no question. We have got Sweden at home and Austria away, and we are quite capable of going to Austria and getting three points.” Friday night’s win extended Ireland’s impressive end-of-season form after a draw in England and last Sunday’s demolition of Georgia. They have now played eight times since they were humbled 6-1 by the Germans on their own pitch in October last year and lost only once, and that is a source of some encouragement for their captain. Keane said: “I don’t think anyone had any doubt about it, to be totally honest with you. People forget, we played against probably one of the top three teams in the world in Germany. “The manner in which we were beaten, it wasn’t good because of the way we set ourselves out and the pride we have, and it wasn’t good enough. But the good thing about football is there’s always another game and it’s about bouncing back and not being a baby sitting in a corner and crying about it.” Press Association The 32-year-old Ireland skipper helped to maintain his country’s bid for a ticket to Brazil next summer with a hat-trick in Friday night’s Group C victory over the Faroe Islands at the Aviva Stadium. That, coupled with Austria’s win over Sweden, left the pair locked together on 11 points behind leaders Germany. It has always looked like a three-way battle for second place, and that means Sweden’s trip to Dublin in September and Ireland’s visit to Austria four days later are likely to have a decisive say in the outcome, and Keane said: “We know what we have to do: we have to play those two in September, so those two games are very, very crucial and will probably make or break us.
Rodgers revealed wants to bring in competition for Jose Enrique as he seeks to bolster an area he had difficulties with last season. With Enrique out of favour 12 months ago Rodgers began the campaign by switching Glen Johnson to the opposite flank and blooding youngster Andre Wisdom, although the Spaniard eventually regained his place and enjoyed a good second half of the season. “There are obviously certain areas of the squad where we’re a bit thinner than others,” he said. “We probably need a bit more support – that extra bit of quality – at the top end of the field and that’s something we’ll look out for. “That’ll be mixed with needing cover in the left-back position – that’s something we’re looking at. “It’s not really about numbers, it’s about quality. “If we can do that over the next number of weeks we’ll be happy.” Press Association Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has identified left-back as an area he wants to strengthen amid speculation he is set to secure a deal for Valencia’s Aly Cissokho. Reports in Spain suggest an agreement is close to sign the 25-year-old on a season-long loan with a view to making the move permanent next summer. Liverpool are currently preparing for the middle game of their pre-season tour to Asia and Australia as they face Melbourne Victory on Wednesday.