Idina and Taye Sing Karaoke, Shakespeare Goes into Labour & Bette Davis Returns in This Week’s Datebook

first_img ALSO: Hugh Jackman returns to his mutant roots in The Wolverine; Matilda’s extraordinary ensemble performs on Live with Kelly and Michael; Matt Doyle stars in a concert reading of a new musical inspired by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman’s The Brooklyn Hero Supply Company at Vassar College. SATURDAY, JULY 27 ENCORES! GETS ITS ACT TOGETHER Rent and One Life to Live alum Renee Elise Goldsberry is hitting the highway (well, not really) in Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford’s beloved feminist tuner I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road. Goldsberry stars in the Encores! Off-Center production, which ends its brief run on July 27. You’ve got one last shot to get your own act together and take it to New York City Center. ALSO: Patti LuPone continues her run at 54 Below; dark comedy Handbook for an American Revolutionary opens at the Gym at Judson; the acrobatic cast of Pippin tumbles on Live with Kelly and Michael. Another week is about to begin on the Great White Way, and Broadway.com has done the digging to fill up your calendar with don’t-miss events! Up ahead, we’ve got two outrageous off-Broadway openings, a final Encores! presentation and a fond farewell to Lilla Crawford. Check out our listing of events for July 22 through July 28. ALSO: Beatles tribute Let It Be opens at Broadway’s St. James Theatre; Dancing on Nails opens downtown at Theatre 80; Cirque du Soleil presents the Brooklyn premiere of Quidam; Cinderella has a magical morning on Live with Kelly and Michael; Imaginary Friends hits the Clurman Theatre as part of the 38th annual Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival. View Comments Idina Menzel TUESDAY, JULY 23 SHAKESPEARE GOES INTO LABOUR The word of the Bard lives again in the Public Theater’s Central Park staging of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost—only this time, it’s musical! Visionary director Alex Timbers is behind the new song-and-dance adaptation of the comic classic, with a talented cast (including Colin Donnell and Patti Murin) leading the summer’s second Shakespeare in the Park offering, through August 18. Hark, get tickets! View All (6) MONDAY, JULY 22 RENT VETS FIND ONE SONG KARAOKE Original Rent stars Idina Menzel, Taye Diggs, Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal and Daphne Rubin-Vega are among the performers headlining a night of celebrity karaoke benefitting Menzel and Diggs’ children’s charity A Broader Way. Whoopi Goldberg hosts the starry evening at the Cutting Room, where additional stage faves (including Megan Hilty and Matthew Morrison) will sing the audience’s picks! Matthew Morrison THURSDAY, JULY 25 MURDER! MAYHEM! MUSIC! MORE MURDER! Musical comedy gets a dose of Agatha Christie intrigue in the lethal new musical Murder for Two. Everyone is a suspect in Second Stage Uptown’s wacky whodunit, starring Brett Ryback as a detective and Jeff Blumenkrantz as thirteen kooky suspects. The show has already extended through August 17, so catch this Murder before it catches you. FRIDAY, JULY 26 AND ALL THAT JASMINE  Stage actors abound in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, which is appropriate since the film was inspired by A Streetcar Named Desire. Cate Blanchett (a fabulous former stage Blanche DuBois) co-stars with Bobby Cannavale, Sally Hawkins, Alec Baldwin and Michael Stuhlbarg in this story of a fashionable New York housewife’s midlife crisis. Count us in, Woody! Patti LuPone Megan Hilty Star Files ALSO: The Awesome ’80s Prom celebrates a whopping ninth anniversary off-Broadway; Zachary Levi returns to First Date after his weeklong leave; Motown The Musical spreads the soul on Live with Kelly and Michael. WEDNESDAY, JULY 24 KNOCK KNOCK, WHO’S THERE, OMG IT’S BETTE DAVIS It’s opening night for Elizabeth Fuller’s Me and Jezebel’s 20th anniversary revival at the Snapple Theater Center. The show is based on a true story, which found legendary actress Bette Davis spending a month in the home of the starstruck Fuller. The little New England cottage may have been cramped, but don’t worry—there’s plenty of room for the audience, too. Adam Pascal SUNDAY, JULY 28 ANNIE ALERT: LILLA GOES OFF THE GRID Golly, we’re sure going to miss our adorable video blogger Lilla Crawford when she plays her final performance as the title star in the hit revival of Annie. We fell in love with Crawford this year, and we know she’s going to go on to more big successes. But gee, can’t you stay just a Lilla longer? ALSO: Kinky Boots raises you up on Live with Kelly and Michael. Daphne Rubin-Vega ALSO: The Assembled Parties ends its acclaimed Broadway run; Motown The Musical performs for the Actors Fund; Here Lies Love closes at the Public Theater after four extensions; 54 Below enjoys Sondheim Unplugged; Gilberto Santa Rosa sings his last solo in Forever Tango; Tony winner John Lloyd Young departs Jersey Boys.last_img read more

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VSECU: 2015 Holiday spending not resulting in significant debt for Vermonters

first_imgVermont Business Magazine VSECU, a statewide credit union based in Montpelier, today released new data detailing 2015 holiday spending trends amongst Vermonters, finding that Vermont consumers were more likely to finance holiday spending with cash than with credit. VSECU’s analysis showed that 2015 holiday spending via cash and debit increased compared to 2014, while credit card spending decreased by 8.8 percent. Analyzing more than 5.6 million anonymized account transactions in 2015, VSECU also found that both number of purchases and average monthly spending increased in the months of November and December, compared to all other months. However, the majority of those spending increases were financed with consumers’ cash on hand, rather than amassing greater debt on credit cards. Average monthly debit spending increased nearly 10 percent in November and December, while average credit card spending rose only 5.9 percent for those same months.“At VSECU we’re always working to help members and Vermont communities improve financial literacy, from debt management to proper budgeting, so we’re glad to see a decline in holiday debt this year,” said Yvonne Garand, Senior Vice President Marketing & Business Development for VSECU. “But with holiday gifting, charitable giving, college tuition, and property taxes, the end of the year continues to pose a significant budgeting challenge for most consumers.”Though credit card spending was down this year, paying off any end-of-the-year debt is a critical step for financial health, and VSECU is offering the following tips to help Vermonters manage debt in the new year.Assess the damage – Determine your collective debt across credit cards and what you can afford to pay on a monthly basis. Personal finance calculators are available online, including one from VSECU(link is external), and can help you determine how long it will take to pay off your balance.  Develop a plan – It’s always easier to accomplish goals when you have a plan in place, and written plans are even more effective. Write down a list of actions you can take to pay down your debt, from payment schedules to enlisting a professional financial planner, and reference the plan frequently.Set milestones – Set milestones to help you achieve your goals, and think positively, believing you can achieve those goals. When you achieve a goal, recognize your accomplishment and set a new one. With every achievement, you will feel more and more confident, which will give you energy to continue.Pay off your balance before your savings account – Regularly adding to your savings account is financially smart, but if you’re carrying credit card debt, paying that off before putting money into a savings account often results in higher savings. Current interest rates on savings are typically less than 1 percent, compared to the average variable credit card rate of 15 percent. By paying off your credit card balance, you are essentially earning a 15x greater return on your money.Learn and adapt – As your 2015 holiday debt dwindles, acknowledge the holiday spending habits that put you in debt and how you can plan for 2016. Using credit can cause you to overspend and result in costly interest charges. By saving for holiday expenditures throughout the year, you will have the funds available to you and can avoid credit card spending over the holidays. This approach will start you off on strong financial footing for 2017.For more budgeting strategies and financial tips, visit the VSECU Blog at http://blog.vsecu.com/(link is external).  MONTPELIER, VT, JANUARY 13, 2016 – VSECUlast_img read more

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Consistency Of A Mother’s Psychological State Vital To Child Development, New Study Shows

first_imgThe Huffington Post: Developing infants can sense what their mothers are feeling, but in an unusual twist, authors of a new study suggest it isn’t necessarily a woman’s mental state that matters — i.e. whether or not she’s depressed — but rather the consistency of the woman’s psychological state before and after she gives birth.The new study, slated for publication in the December issue of Psychological Science, examines how maternal depression impacts babies’ mental health and motor skills. Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, followed 221 pregnant women through pregnancy and for a year following birth. They split the moms into several groups: women with no depressive symptoms, women with depressive symptoms both before and after pregnancy, and women with no symptoms either before or after pregnancy.The researchers found that what mattered most was consistency. Development was best among babies whose moms experienced either no depressive symptoms, or who were depressed both before and after birth.Read the whole story: The Huffington Postlast_img read more

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Study links porn use to lower sexual and relationship satisfaction — but only among men

first_imgNew research suggests that pornography can adversely affect men’s satisfaction with their romantic relationships.The researchers conducted a meta-analysis — a method of statistically summarizing previous research — of 50 studies conducted between 1973 and 2014, with a combined total of 50,000 participants.The meta-analysis found higher levels of pornography use were associated with lower levels of sexual and relational satisfaction — but only among men. In other words, the more often men viewed pornography, the more likely they were to say they were dissatisfied with their sex life or their romantic relationship. However, pornography consumption was not positively or negatively linked to body satisfaction or self-esteem among either men or women. LinkedIn Share Share on Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Share on Facebook Email The study was published in the peer-reviewed journal Human Communication Research on March 2, 2017.PsyPost interviewed the study’s corresponding author, Paul J. Wright of Indiana University, Bloomington. Read his responses below:PsyPost: Why were you interested in this topic?Wright: We became interested in this topic because the questions of whether consuming pornography has any discernible impact on consumers’ satisfaction, and if so, whether the impact is negative or positive, have stimulated a large number of studies, but uncertainty about their answers had remained among communication scholars.What should the average person take away from your study?Contrary to the statements of consumers when asked directly about how pornography has positively impacted them, it seems unlikely that an increase in the frequency and intensity of consumption would, on the average, lead to a corresponding increase in satisfaction with oneself or one’s sexual or romantic relationships. The results of the studies analyzed in our paper, whose designs seem less likely to trigger defensive and rationalizing responses, suggest that women’s satisfaction would on the average be unaffected while men’s sexual and relational satisfaction would on the average be adversely affected.Are there any major caveats? What questions still need to be addressed?There are many important questions that remain unaddressed by the extant literature. As one example, too few studies included mechanism tests for any type of mediational meta-analysis. Mediation tests are needed to evaluate the appropriateness of the theories that have been proposed. Additional moderation analysis is also needed. That the average associations between women’s satisfaction and pornography consumption were not significant does not mean that certain subsets of women less frequently studied are not impacted, for example.Is there anything else you would like to add?While there may be a reciprocal element to these dynamics (i.e., lower sexual and relational satisfaction leading to pornography consumption), the convergence of results across cross-sectional survey, longitudinal survey, and experimental results points to an overall negative effect of pornography on men’s sexual and relational satisfaction.The study, “Pornography Consumption and Satisfaction: A Meta-Analysis“, was also co-authored by Robert S. Tokunaga, Ashley Kraus, and Elyssa Klann.last_img read more

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Four weeks of pranayama breathing exercises reduces anxiety and negative affect and is linked to changes in the brain

first_imgPinterest Share A study published in Frontiers in Psychiatry found evidence to suggest that yoga breathing exercises can lead to improvements in emotional regulation. After pranayama training, participants showed decreased anxiety and negative affect, and changes in areas of the brain related to emotional processing.Pranayama refers to a set of techniques for controlling the breath and involves the practice of regulating inhalation, retention, and exhalation. These breathing exercises have been linked to positive physiological changes in the body, including cardiovascular improvements. There is evidence to suggest that the practice may have positive psychological effects, too.While some studies have suggested that yogic breathing leads to improvements in emotional regulation, little empirical study has considered how these changes may be presented in the brain. Study authors Morgana M. Novaes and her team wanted to explore how pranayama training would influence subjects’ self-reported mood and anxiety within a randomized, controlled study. Additionally, the researchers investigated activity in the brain network implicated in the processing of emotions, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).Thirty young people with an average age of 25 were assigned to one of two conditions. The experimental group took part in a 5-day pranayama training, followed by four weeks of regular pranayama practice. The four weeks involved three supervised 30-minute practices a week and two at-home practices. The control group also attended supervised meet-ups but took part in nonrelated activities such as crosswords and card games.Both groups completed measures of state and trait affect and anxiety, and fMRI assessments. The fMRI assessments were taken during an emotional regulation task and at resting state. All participants were assessed at baseline, and again immediately after the four-week training.After analyzing the data, the researchers uncovered significant differences between the two groups. The pranayama group showed decreased state anxiety, decreased negative affect, and increased positive affect following the yoga breathing intervention.Moreover, the two groups showed differences in fMRI activity. The group who practiced pranayama breathing exercises showed changes in areas of the brain implicated in emotion processing, including the amygdala, anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), anterior insula, dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, ventromedial prefrontal cortex, and ventrolateral prefrontal cortex.“The amygdala has been the most cited brain region in studies related to emotion processing. This structure is part of the limbic system and has been particularly associated with negative emotions . . . We found that changes in the amygdala activity were correlated with changes in negative affect,” Novaes and colleagues report.The authors discuss several possible mechanisms through which pranayama might affect emotional regulation. As they point out, research suggests that attention and awareness can affect emotional regulation and that brain activity in the insula, ACC, and amygdala determines the emotional impact of a stimulus.“In line with this hypothesis,” the researchers say, “it has been suggested that the practice of meditation is associated with decreased activity in the amygdala in response to emotional stimuli, besides suggesting the influence of meditation particularly in the insula, ACC, and thalamus. Therefore, bottom-up models of emotion regulation seem to better fit the observed brain changes related to contemplative practices, such as meditation and pranayama.”Although preliminary and exploratory, these findings pave the way for future studies, by suggesting for the first time that pranayama breathing techniques are linked to reduced anxiety and increased positive affect, accompanied by changes in the brain network involved in emotion processing.The study, “Effects of Yoga Respiratory Practice (Bhastrika pranayama) on Anxiety, Affect, and Brain Functional Connectivity and Activity: A Randomized Controlled Trial”, was authored by Morgana M. Novaes, Fernanda Palhano-Fontes, Heloisa Onias, Katia C. Andrade, Bruno Lobão-Soares, Tiago Arruda-Sanchez, Elisa H. Kozasa, Danilo F. Santaella, and Draulio Barros de Araujo.(Image by feelgoodjunkie from Pixabay) Share on Facebookcenter_img LinkedIn Email Share on Twitterlast_img read more

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Consortium Commercial Developments Limited v ABB Limited (30 July 2015)

first_imgEven though the lease expired over 4 years ago, the disrepair and failure to re-instate that existed at lease expiry has not been remedied and the case concerned the amount that should be awarded to the landlord in relation to such breaches of covenant. Such damages being limited by S.18 (1) of the landlord and Tenant Act 1927 to the diminution in value caused by the disrepair.By the time of the trial, the parties’ surveyors had agreed that the total costs of remedying the breaches of covenant came to £315,258.77 and that these works would take 12 weeks to undertake. The landlord claimed a further sum of £45,666.24 in relation to loss of rent and rates during this 12 weeks period based upon the previously passing rent of £160,000 per annum and rates at £728.60 per week.The expert valuers for the landlord and the tenant valued the premises in repair at £1.15millon and £775,000 respectively and, in disrepair, at £600,000 and £700,000 respectively.  Accordingly, it was the landlord’s case that the diminution in value was £550,000 whereas the tenant claimed that the diminution in value was only £75,000.Capella House was built in the early 1990s.  It is a detached single-storey glass-fronted building of just under 15,000 sq.ft.  It is a typical B1 hybrid business unit of its era and it is located on a business park on the fringe of the central business district of Milton Keynes. Buildings in the immediate vicinity are primarily used for warehousing or office purposes, whereas buildings somewhat closer to the Town Centre have been redeveloped for out-of-town retail purposes.The property was sublet in 2003 and, when the sub-tenant vacated about 4 years later, it paid the tenant a sum of £160,000 in relation to its dilapidations liabilities. The tenant then sought to relet the property in its unrepaired condition but it remained vacant for the remainder of the term and ever since.  When the lease expired in 2011, the market was weak and the property had very little prospect of being re-let whilst out of repair. However, the landlord did not want to fund the costs of the works without having first recovered the same from the tenant.  Furthermore, it took the view that it would make better sense to wait until the market improved and a better rent was achievable, rather than to incur the costs at this stage and then having to offer the premises at a low rent.In valuing the property, both valuers considered that the best price that would be obtainable would be by way of a sale to an intending owner/occupier rather than to an investor. Based upon what they considered to be relevant comparables, the valuers considered that the property had a rental value of £77.12 psf. (so far as the landlord’s valuer was concerned), and just over £52.00 psf. so far as the tenant’s valuer was concerned.  However, the Judge was critical of the approach of the landlord’s valuer and his lack of proper analysis. He also considered that the tenant’s valuer had not made appropriate adjustments to comparables to reflect the true rental value. The judge based his view of the correct value of the property in repair upon what he considered to be the best comparable. This had a rental value of £54.44 psf.  The judge adjusted this upwards to take account of the advantages that Capella House had over this comparable and he reached a value of just over £60.00 psf. which resulted in Capella House being valued in repair at £900,000.The judge then went on to consider the out of repair value and he accepted that it was not appropriate to approach this on a pound for pound basis i.e. he held a purchaser would not deduct from the sum of £900,000 the full cost of the repairs.The judge approached the calculation of the deduction for disrepair based on the amount a likely purchaser would factor in for works that it would want to undertake and, having considered comparable evidence, the judge considered that a purchaser would seek a reduction based upon £15.00 psf. which would equate to £225,000.  Accordingly, the judge concluded that the value of the property in disrepair was £675,000 and the diminution in value was £225,000.The judge then considered the claim for costs of some £15,000 for re-instatement works that had not yet been undertaken.  The judge concluded that these items did need to be carried out and would be undertaken eventually to help re-let the premises in good condition. Accordingly, the Judge allowed this claim in full. However, the judge was not sympathetic to the claim for loss of  rent and rates.  The Judge did not think it was correct to simply award rent and rates for 12 weeks just because the works would take that long.  The simple fact of the matter is that the property would have been extremely difficult to relet in 2011 in repair and the claimant could not prove that the disrepair had caused it any loss of rent and rates.Finally, the judge went on to consider the rate of interest the tenant should pay on the damages awarded.  The landlord claimed interest at 6% on the basis that the tenant should be penalised for having retained the sum of £160,000 from its sub-tenant and not having paid any sum at all to the landlord.  The Jjdge, though, considered it inappropriate to penalise the tenant and he awarded interest at what he regarded as a commercial rate of 2.5% above base rate i.e. 3% per annum.In conclusion, the landlord recovered approximately 40% of the amount it was claiming and the tenant paid just over three times the amount that it considered it was liable for.  It would seem likely that the parties’ total legal costs exceeded the amount of the damages awarded and it would be interesting to know who has to pay such costs i.e. whether either party successfully protected their position by way of a Part 36 Offer?Jonathan Ross is head of commercial property litigation at Forsters LLPlast_img read more

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Inbox: Credit where it’s due

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Subscribe now for unlimited accesslast_img read more

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Barrus handles wind shipment

first_imgThe components were manufactured by LM Wind Power in Bangalore, India. In total, 252 wind turbine blades were required the project, which is being developed by NovaWind.The units were moved from the port of Novorossiysk to a storage site in Nevinnomyssk – a distance of 500 km. barrusprojectlogistics.comlast_img

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Players injured at shooting during soccer match in Barbados

first_imgPresident of the Barbados Football Association (BFA), Randy Harris, has described the Wednesday night football game shooting as “unfortunate”.Two Barbadian soccer players, Jason White of Fairview Christ Church, and Kaymar Holligan of Eden Lodge, St. Michael are currently nursing gunshot wounds.The incident occurred on the Belfield Pasture around 8:30 p.m., during the match White became involved in an altercation with a player from the opposing team.Two fans in support of the opposing team ran onto the pitch and opened fired on White, which resulted in White receiving two injuries to his left food and Holligan also received a gunshot injury to his left foot.“We are going to meet with police to discuss the issue and to look at safety and security at games going forward…We are not specialists in security so we are going to have a meeting with police sometime this morning to get some counsel, advice on how to move forward” Harris said at a press meeting.Harris admitted the incident would “set back” football in Barbados, but with hopes in a growing fan base, spectator crowds, and sponsorship, that in the long run “football would survive”.last_img read more

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Jeremy Hunt confirms he’s been sacked as foreign secretary

first_imgJeremy Hunt has been sacked as foreign secretary.Hunt says he was offered another job (reportedly defence) but decided to return to the backbenches.1/4 I would have been honoured to carry on my work at the FCO but understand the need for a new PM to choose his team. BJ kindly offered me another role but after 9 yrs in Cabinet & over 300 cab mtgs now is the time to return 2 backbenches from where PM will have my full support— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) July 24, 2019Announcing his departure on Twitter, Mr Hunt said: “I would have been honoured to carry on my work at the FCO but understand the need for a new PM to choose his team. BJ kindly offered me another role but after 9 yrs in Cabinet & over 300 cab mtgs now is the time to return 2 backbenches from where PM will have my full support.”The Foreign Secretary – who was comprehensively beaten by Boris Johnson in the Tory leadership race – left the Government after turning down the chance to become Defence Secretary.Johnson also axed a number of Mr Hunt’s supporters in a dramatic Cabinet clear-out within two hours of becoming Prime Minister.Hunt who said that he has been cabinet minister for every hour that his three children have been alive, went on to say that it was ‘time for the biggest challenge of all – to be a good dad’.2/4 I’ve been a cabinet minister for every hour my 3 gorgeous children have been alive. So whilst it may seem strange for someone who just tried to become PM (& is a terrible cliche) I have decided now is the time for the biggest challenge of all – to be a GOOD DAD!— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) July 24, 2019 Related British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in Egypt UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigns UK foreign secretary compares Trump to president Mugabelast_img read more

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