first_img Jeremy Secomb, Siobhán McCarthy, Duncan Smith and Joseph Taylor will reprise their performances from London in the off-Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Among the New York names joining them in the Barrow Street Theatre production are Matt Doyle, Alex Finke, Betsy Morgan and Brad Oscar. Performances will begin on February 14, 2017.The staging, directed by Bill Buckhurst, premiered in 2014 at the site-specific location of Harrington’s Pie and Mash Shop before transferring to the West End. The off-Broadway production will recreate the working pie shop environment. It’s set to open officially on March 1.Secomb, who stars as the title demon barber, is currently playing Javert in the West End production of Les Miserables. McCarthy takes on the role of Mrs. Lovett; she earned an Olivier nomination for her performance in Mamma Mia! Smith’s U.K. stage credits include The Sound of Music, The Phantom of the Opera and La Cage Aux Folles; he is set to play Judge Turpin. Taylor, who takes on the role of Tobias, recently starred in Scott Mills: The Musical at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.Doyle is set to play Anthony; he last appeared on the New York stage in The Book of Mormon. Finke, who will play Johanna, recently appeared as Cosette in Les Miserables on Broadway. Morgan takes on the dual roles of Pirelli and the Beggar Woman; her recent Broadway credits include The King and I, Les Miz and A Little Night Music. Oscar, who has been tapped to play the Beadle, earned Tony nominations for Something Rotten! and The Producers.Rounding out the cast are Colin Anderson, Liz Pearce and Monet Sabel. The production features set and costume design by Simon Kenny, lighting design by Amy Mae Smith and sound design by Matt Stine. Related Shows Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Siobhan McCarthy & Jeremy Secomb(Photo: Bronwen Sharp) Star Filescenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 26, 2018 View Comments Brad Oscarlast_img read more

first_imgFor sports fans, the month of February can be a fairly lackluster time.With football taking a mini-hiatus, baseball still on the back burner and the NBA dragging on in the 10th circle of hell (its regular season), the second month of the year can create quite a deficiency for those addicted to sports. With only college basketball (and college hockey, if you are into that) producing any real drama or intrigue, those of us who watch ESPN or read Sports Illustrated are usually left wanting more.Thankfully, President Obama’s message of change has enveloped the entire country, including the sports figures we so desperately crave. With few actual games to create big headlines this month (relatively speaking of course), individuals took it upon themselves to give us something to talk about, read about, and most importantly, laugh about.This February, athletes of all ages and across every sport have been participating in a perverse game of who can screw up the most.First, we have Michael Phelps and his innovative breathing exercises. Phelps’ picture was released right at the end of January, starting this month off with a scandalous bang. I certainly won’t throw stones from my glass apartment, but I have to question Phelps’ judgment of smoking what may or may not have been marijuana at a crowded house party. Although the punishment itself was minimal — USA Swimming suspended him for three months to “send a strong message to Michael” — the hit to his reputation and self-esteem couldn’t have been fun. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t enjoy being the butt of constant jokes on a national scale. Still, given all the off-the-field headlines this month, Phelps’ bong rip rates last on the scale of dumb decisions.Next up, we have the man who has made the biggest splash recently, the baseball player formerly known as Alex Rodriguez. While A-Fraud’s decision to use steroids is certainly disappointing, nothing in baseball should really surprise the fans anymore. And A-Roid did eventually come clean, so he deserves some credit for that (especially compared to how Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens have handled their public floggings). Perhaps most embarrassing about the whole situation was how ESPN’s Peter Gammons handled the interview. Instead of grilling the Yankee third baseman after weak answers, Gammons moved on to another line of questions, letting the former Texas Ranger off easy. While this saga is certainly far from over, the three-time MVP currently only ranks in the middle of this dumb decision list.Getting to the meat of this list, Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin has made headlines lately for some very questionable decisions. First, the precocious first-year coach bragged that, “I love the fact that Urban [Meyer] had to cheat and still didn’t get [Nu’Keese Richardson].” Several things are wrong about this statement. For one, Meyer didn’t cheat, and he didn’t commit any recruiting violations. Most importantly though, Kiffin pissed off a coach who has won two national championships in the past four years and has a history of holding grudges (see: calling timeouts to run up the score at Georgia this year). Always a smart thing to do before you have coached your first game. The most incredible part of this whole scenario, however, is that Tennessee fired Phillip Fulmer to hire Kiffin. To put it another way, UT fired a guy who had won a national championship and only experienced one losing season in 16 years to hire someone Al Davis once hired to coach his football team. For these moves, Tennessee and Lane Kiffin come in second for dumbest decisions of the month.Finally, this brings us to the winner of our cynical game, the legendary COO of the MLB players union, Gene Orza. The man behind the most powerful union in sports, Orza allowed for the entire A-Fraud debacle with his arrogant decision-making. Instead of destroying the anonymous list that exposed the New York slugger, Orza decided to try and fight it to prevent drug testing in 2004. Orza lost his fight, and the resulting mess with the BALCO names kept the 2003 list alive. Basically, Orza’s blunder exposed the most prolific player in the game. So has Orza apologized? Owned up to his mistake? Hardly. Instead, arrogant as usual, Orza has refused to discuss the list or the allegations that he has tipped off players about forthcoming steroid tests.So, thank you players, coaches and even the head of a union. Without laughing at your pain, we would have nothing else to laugh at.Michael is a junior majoring in journalism. Think others should have made the list? Think Michael’s brand of cynicism is nauseating? Let him know at [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#search#web Microsoft is so confident that its search engine Bing outperforms Google that is has created the Bing It On Challenge. But an academic study released earlier this year suggests that the best engine for you depends on the terms you’re searching.The marketing campaign (tag line: “Break The Google Habit”) was announced Thursday on the Microsoft blog, and it is modeled on the 1980s Pepsi Challenge.Like the Pepsi Challenge, this challenge pits two market leaders in a blind, head-to-head test. Then it was Pepsi and Coke, now it’s Bing and Google.You can go to a special site to conduct five searches and get two blind lists of results. You rate each list for how it satisfied your search. Microsoft is wagering that a lot of Google users will be surprised to find out they like Bing results best.When I took the challenge, Google won 3-1 with one draw.I half-suspect that I picked Google’s results because I habitually use Google, and its results somehow feel more familiar to me when they are presented alongside Bing results.More comprehensive tests done by Microsoft, results of which were announced yesterday on the Bing blog, found that people preferred Bing results over Google by a margin of two-to-one in a blind test.But recent research indicates that I preferred Google results more because of the actual search terms I used than any other factor. The study, by Indian researchers and published in January in the journal International Journal on Computer Science and Engineering suggests Bing and Google have complementary strengths based on search terms themselves.For example, I used simple and short terms: Dave Copeland, Boston restaurants, social media in the classroom.The study by Tauqeer Ahmad Usmani of Kumaun University, Durgesh Pant of Uttarakhand Open University and Dr. Ashutosh Kumar Bhatt of the Birla Institute of Applied Science, found that Google outperforms Bing on simple one-word queries. Bing generally delivered more precise results for simple, multi-word queries and complex multi-word queries.Google Remains More RelativeIn addition to measuring the precision of simple one-word, simple multi-word and complex multi-word search queries in both Google and Bing, the researchers measured the relative recall of each — that is, how many of the sites returned were relevant.In all three categories of search terms, Google returned more-relative results than Bing.That means that in simple multi-word and complex multi-word queries, Bing may give the site you’re looking for as a top result, but Google will more often give a wider range of relevant results to your search. center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… dave copeland 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgThe impact of soldiers reporting positive experiences in seeking assistance and the positive impact of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Dr. Britt discusses research on civilian employees which found that CBT was related to decreased time away from work to acquire mental health treatment. This has good implications for soldiers who may feel that they are letting down their unit by being away to receive treatment. Furthermore, exposure to positive experiences with CBT may work to lessen the stigma associated with mental health treatment seeking.Research now shows that getting help early on will improve resilience. Some may get the idea that if they require and seek out mental health treatment, it means they have failed to be resilient. Consider this counterargument: if military personnel get treatment early when the problems are not severe, then getting early mental health treatment can be seen as a contributor to resilience rather than a failure to be resilient. One of the problems is that the culture we’ve talked about highlights mental health treatment as a last resort. If it could be emphasized that the early treatment for these problems is a contributor to resilience and if leaders create a climate within the unit where this is encouraged, then perhaps we can begin to view mental health treatment as an asset rather than an indicator of failure.Misconceptions military members have about mental health medications, and how participating in therapy will influence their ability to remain in the military. In each focus group, there was an example of one of the NCOs who basically said that one of their soldiers went to Behavioral Health, got put on medication, and came back as a “zombie”. That one highly visible case study can create a whole perception within the unit that psychotropic medication is addictive and it can harm your performance. Misinformation can be put within the units.The military’s efforts to improve mental health care and reduce stigma. While there is still progress to be made, it is important to note that leadership in the military is working hard to combat stigma associated with mental health treatment seeking. By: Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT & David Lee Sexton, Jr.Beyond Staying Strong by Seeking HelpOn Thursday, April 19, 2018, Dr. Thomas Britt from Clemson University facilitated a webinar capturing the barriers and facilitators to military mental health treatment-seeking.Dr. Britt started the webinar off with this: “It probably doesn’t take much to convince everyone that we have a situation here, where because of the nature of their work, military personnel get exposed to traumatic events and these traumatic events have been linked to the experience of mental health problems… at the same time, there are effective mental health treatments that are available to service members if they would go and get them. If they would go and get them early, there’s evidence to suggest that their problems would not get severe and interfere with their family life as well as their personal life.”Why Don’t Service Members Seek Help? Stigma! Stigma is the primary factor that has frequently been discussed as a deterrent to treatment seeking. Stigma surrounding mental health is problematic even for civilians, but for military service members who are expected to endure hardships most of us can’t even imagine, stigma can be even more burdensome.Why Dr. Britt Got InterestedDr. Britt became interested in mental health treatment seeking among service members and stigma due to an experience he had in 1996. During that time, the military wanted to screen service members coming back from the peacekeeping deployment to Bosnia by assessing their medical and psychological health and proactively intervening to address any problems that were emerging before they became severe.When involved in the screening, service members completed medical questionnaires and then they completed mental health questionnaires. If they screened positive for a medical issue, they stood in one line to be seen by a medical provider and if they screened positive for a mental health issue, they stood in another line to be treated by a behavioral health provider. The service members soon figured out which line was associated with mental health and which one was associated with medical problems. There were jokes about soldiers having to go to the “loony line” and it was common to hear “I’m gonna have to take your weapon before you talk to the person”.  This conveyed to Dr. Britt a visible stigma associated with having a mental health problem which led him to the initial study.This led Britt to a startling revelation, but one that is seen over and over again: those service members MOST in need of help are those who perceive the highest level of stigma associated with getting mental health treatment.High risk occupations like the military have a culture that deters getting help for mental health problems. Resilience is highlighted over and over in the military and there’s an expectation that soldiers will show resilience. Any sign that you’re not resilient is perceived as a mark on your record.Insights from the webinar:Stigma prevents military members from receiving needed mental health services. “The association of stigma as a determinant of why military personnel don’t get treatment has, at times, proved elusive to document. But, certainly, that is the primary factor that has frequently been discussed as a deterrent to treatment seeking.” Britt shares terminologies associated with the stigma of getting help: Public Stigma, Self- Stigma, and Label Avoidance. In addition, it is important to note the significance of having support from family, leaders, and peers when seeking mental health treatment.Need for increased visibility of mental health professionals. This was a recommendation that came out across the different studies that Britt and colleagues have conducted. Greater visibility and accessibility of behavioral health providers may help to encourage reaching out for help.Ways in which unit leaders can be trained which may increase support of their members. Unit leaders are very influential in a service members inclination to get help if they have a problem. If the leader is supportive, then service members are much more likely to get treatment than if the leader views treatment as a waste of time.Video training resources are available. Dr. Britt shared information about the unit training they developed in order to increase the support that soldiers would show towards fellow unit members who needed mental health treatment. They knew they needed to target the smallest unit in which the soldier was embedded. The training delivered to squads was designed based on the qualitative and quantitative research described earlier in the webinar. The training developed is heavily populated with the unique organizational culture of the military. Areas of training and the format of the training are described on slide 25 of the presentation.Link to YouTube playlistlast_img read more

first_imgJoshna Chinappa on Sunday scripted history by becoming the first Indian to clinch the Asian Squash title with a thrilling win over compatriot Dipika Pallikal Karthik in the women’s final in Chennai.In the men’s final, however, Saurav Ghosal went down fighting against No.1 seed Max Lee to finish second best.In a clash between two players who train together at the Indian Squash Academy in Chennai, Chinappa held off a fighting Pallikal 13-15, 12-10, 11-13, 11-4, 11-4 in 78 minutes to win probably her biggest title.The first game saw the two Indians go toe-to-toe as they mixed aggression with strong defence. Pallikal squeezed out the opener as her rival faltered at the end.The second game was another long one and went to the extra points again as neither gave away an inch. However, in a reversal of fortunes, Chinappa saved a game point to level the match.The third game was another close affair as the Indians sought to forge ahead. It was even-steven as both the players had to work hard to win every point. Pallikal saved two game points to take a crucial lead.Chinappa, however, wasn’t shaken after falling behind and came out all guns blazing to run away with the fourth game as Pallikal made too many errors for her own comfort.At the start of the decider, Pallikal suffered a mild injury scare as she slipped and fell on the court. But Chinappa kept her cool and stormed to a big lead.Pallikal fought back, but only briefly as the world No.14 Chinappa sealed a memorable triumph in front of a cheering crowd.advertisementEarlier, Ghosal faded after a bright start, which saw him win the opening game, dropping just five points, to go down 11-5, 4- 11, 8-11, 7-11 in 61 minutes against Lee, ranked 17 in the world.The Indian, cheered by a holiday crowd at the Express Avenue mall, was quickly off the blocks and hit some delectable shots to take the opening game.Undeterred by the loss of the first game, Lee roared back and ran away to win the second to level the match.The third game was a long one as both gave nothing away. Ghosal played well but his rival always had the answers to whatever was thrown at him. He hit some superb winners of his own to take the third game and gain an edge.The fourth game appeared to be heading to a rout as Lee surged to a 8-2 lead before Ghosal fought back. He saved two championship points before handing the no.1 seed his maiden Asian title.last_img read more

first_imgThe Vision 2030 Jamaica Secretariat has completed work to develop the fourth Medium Term Socio-Economic Policy Framework (MTF), which underpins implementation of the country’s long-term National Development Plan.Programme Director for the Secretariat, which is based in the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Elizabeth Emanuel, says the document, which covers 2018 to 2021, has been reviewed by a wide range of stakeholders and will shortly be presented to Cabinet for review and approval.The Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan seeks to position the island to attain developed country status within 12 years and, in the process, make it the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.Speaking at the PIOJ’s quarterly media briefing at the Institute’s New Kingston head office on Wednesday (November  20), Mrs. Emanuel noted that the progress of Vision 2030 Jamaica’s implementation under successive three-year MTFs, between 2009 and 2018, was “mixed”.She pointed out that while there were challenges with crime and environmental sustainability, among other issues, there were improvements in key social and economic indicators.These, she informed, include: life expectancy at birth; the annual inflation rate; literacy rates; government effectiveness; and sustainable development planning.The Programme Director said Jamaica recorded gains in several notable areas between 2015 and 2018.These relate to human capital development; macroeconomic stability; a reduction in unemployment; increased use of renewable energy options; improved governance, particularly in relation to control of corruption, and government effectiveness; key economic sectors, particularly agriculture and tourism; and infrastructural development.“Of a total of 67 indicators that were monitored against medium-term targets under Vision 2030 Jamaica, 56 per cent have shown improvement over the baseline year 2007, based on results to 2017/18, while 36 per cent showed no improvement or worsened relative to the baseline year,” Mrs. Emanuel said, while noting that no up-to-date information/data was available for the remaining eight per cent.She advised that eight national strategic priorities have been shortlisted under the 2018-2021 MTF, in keeping with Vision 2030 Jamaica’s four Goals.These priorities are human capital development; social protection and social inclusion; values and attitudes; rule of law and timely justice; public-sector efficiency and effectiveness; economic stability, growth and employment; international competitiveness of industry structures; and environmental sustainability and climate change response.“These strategic priorities, along with their associated projects, programmes and activities, will assist in moving Jamaica towards a secure and prosperous future for our people,” Mrs. Emanuel said.The National Goals aim to ensure ‘Jamaicans are Empowered’; ‘The Jamaican Society is Secure, Cohesive and Just’; ‘Jamaica’s Economy is Prosperous’; and that ‘Jamaica has a Healthy and Natural Environment’.last_img read more

first_imgAgat (US): Long after clergy sex abuse erupted into scandal in the United States, it remained a secret on the American island of Guam, spanning generations and reaching to the very top of the Catholic hierarchy. For decades, abusers held the power in a culture of impunity led by an archbishop who was among those accused. Anthony Sablan Apuron was convicted in a secret Vatican trial and suspended in 2016, after which restrictions he supported on the reporting of abuse were eased. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USMore than 220 former altar boys, students and Boy Scouts are now suing the U.S. territory’s Catholic archdiocese over sexual assaults by 35 clergy, teachers and scoutmasters, hoping to finally see justice. The archdiocese filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year, estimating at least 45 million in liabilities, and survivors have until Aug. 15 to file for a financial settlement. Thousands of pages of court documents reviewed by The Associated Press, along with extensive interviews, tell a story of systemic abuse going back to the 1950s and of repeated collusion by predator priests. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSeven men have publicly accused Apuron of sexual assaults they endured as children, including his own nephew. The archbishop, now 73, denies the allegations, but in April the Vatican revealed that Pope Francis had upheld the findings of a secret church trial that he was guilty of sex crimes against children. “He believed he was untouchable, more powerful than the governor,” said Water Denton, a former U.S. Army sergeant who alleges he was raped by Apuron 40 years ago as an altar boy. “But it was me against him, and I had nothing to lose.” Though Apuron has been removed from public ministry and effectively exiled from Guam, he remains a bishop and receives a monthly USD 1,500 stipend from the church. The Guam archdiocese said it did not know where Apuron is, and his lawyer declined repeated requests for comment. The AP found he recently registered to vote in New Jersey, but residents at the address he listed said he doesn’t live there and they don’t know him. To this day, no member of the Catholic clergy on Guam has ever been prosecuted for a sex crime, including Apuron. Secret church files that could have helped provide evidence for prosecutions are alleged to have been burned. And unlike dozens of archdioceses on the U.S. mainland, Guam has yet to issue a list of priests whom the church deems credibly accused of sexual assault. Despite church law that requires bishops and archbishops to maintain records on sex abuse allegations, the new archbishop, Michael Jude Byrnes, said his predecessor left him nothing. He couldn’t explain why, but said he had heard rumors of “a big bonfire” outside the chancery before Apuron left. “It’s horrific,” Byrnes said. “The sins of the fathers are left to the children. … It’s important for the Church of Guam to confront, in a good way, the evil that we found, and to acknowledge it, and to own it.” Catholicism is deeply engrained in the culture of Guam’s indigenous people, known as Chamorros. Four out of five Guamanians are Catholic. Many streets on this former Spanish colony of 165,000 are named for bishops and priests including some now accused of sexual abuse. Brothers Tomas and Ramon De Plata have filed suit alleging abuse by more than one priest. In March 1964, the brothers say, Apuron then a seminarian in his late teens was at a sleepover in the rectory. Around midnight, Ramon says, he walked into the priest’s bedroom looking for the bathroom and saw Apuron and another priest engaged in sex acts with a boy from his school. Ramon says the future archbishop got up from the bed and placed a hand on his shoulder. “He was calling me to join them,” recounted Ramon De Plata, now 65 and retired from the U.S. Army. “I said, ‘Don’t touch me!'” Denton says he dreamed as a 13-year-old altar boy of becoming a priest, just like Father Tony. So he felt privileged when in the spring of 1977, Father Tony invited him to spend the night before Sunday mass in the squat concrete block rectory. He says he woke up face down on bed, his legs spread, and the priest on top of him. “I yelled, I screamed, and I begged Father Tony, ‘Please stop! Please stop!'” Denton, now 55, recounted.last_img read more