Tickets Now On Sale for Come From Away on B’way

first_img from $49.00 Related Shows View Comments Come From Awaycenter_img Tickets are now available for the much-anticipated Come From Away, which will begin performances on February 18, 2017 at Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Opening night for the new musical, which follows a group of travelers stranded on 9/11, is scheduled for March 12.With a book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away will be directed by Christopher Ashley and choreographed by Kelly Devine. In a heartbeat, 38 planes and 6,579 passengers were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, doubling the population of one small town on the edge of the world. On September 11, 2001 the world stopped. On September 12, their stories moved us all.The cast will include Chad Kimball, Jenn Colella, Petrina Bromley, Geno Carr, Joel Hatch, Rodney Hicks, Kendra Kassebaum, Lee MacDougall, Caesar Samayoa, Q. Smith, Astrid Van Wieren, Sharon Wheatley, Josh Breckenridge, Susan Dunstan, Tamika Lawrence and Tony LePage.After acclaimed engagements at La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre and Washington D.C.’s Ford’s Theatre, the new tuner will now head to Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre (November 15 through January 8). The Broadway company is also set to play Toronto. ‘Come From Away'(Photo: Mathew Murphy)last_img read more

HHS awards $102 million for new flu drug

first_imgJan 5, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – In an effort to expand the pool of antiviral drugs for influenza, the US government yesterday awarded a $102.6 million contract to BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Birmingham, Ala., to develop peramivir, a new neuraminidase inhibitor.The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in a press release, said peramivir has been effective against several influenza strains in laboratory studies. HHS said the contract will cover production of the investigational drug, phase 2 and 3 clinical studies, and validation of manufacturing processes.Research under the contract will include tests involving the deadly H5N1 avian flu virus and may include research on the possible preventive use of the drug, according to HHS. BioCryst officials said the drug has been shown to help animals survive H5N1 infection.”Antivirals are an important element of our pandemic influenza preparedness efforts,” said HHS secretary Mike Leavitt in the press release. “Our antiviral strategy includes not only stockpiling existing antiviral drugs but also seeking out new antiviral medications to further broaden our capabilities to treat and prevent all forms of influenza.”Licensed drugs in the neuraminidase inhibitor class are taken orally (oseltamivir) or by an inhaler (zanamivir). However, peramivir is under development as a parenterally administered drug, meaning it can be given through intramuscular and intravenous routes.HHS said a parenteral neuraminidase inhibitor may be particularly useful in hospital emergency departments for treatment of patients who have life-threatening flu. Parenteral injection could permit rapid buildup of peramivir to high levels throughout the body and allow treatment of people too ill to take medications by mouth, the agency said.In a news release, BioCryst said its laboratory tests have shown that peramivir, an inhibitor of influenza A and B neuraminidases, is more potent than currently available drugs in its class and is active against antiviral-resistant flu strains. The company said high doses of injectable formulations have been safely administered to healthy people, and the drug has been found to promote survival in animals infected with the H5N1 virus.At a BioCryst teleconference that followed the HHS announcement, Charles Bugg, PhD, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer, said the contract allows the company to move peramivir as quickly as possible through clinical development.HHS said awarding the contract to BioCryst is part of a larger initiative to support the development of new treatments and vaccines that would allow the United States to respond quickly to a flu pandemic.Bugg said both the intramuscular and intravenous formulations of peramivir will go through phase 2 and 3 clinical trials. The intramuscular formulation will be tested against a placebo in outpatients, and the intravenous trial will likely test peramivir against oseltamivir in hospitals.Enrollment of patients for the phase 2 trials will begin this flu season in the United States, Canada, and Europe, Bugg said, adding that the company has identified sites in the southern hemisphere that could be used to fill this year’s phase 2 study groups or facilitate an early start on phase 3 studies. He said BioCryst is also identifying sites in Southeast Asia, where flu outbreaks occur year-round, that might be added to the study.Bugg said the HHS contract to develop peramivir is subject to an emergency use authorization that would allow the department to stockpile the drug before approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) if clinical data show it to be beneficial.Jonathan Nugent, vice president of corporate communications at BioCryst, told CIDRAP News that the company hasn’t ruled out developing oral or inhalational formulations of peramivir in the future. He said the company couldn’t speculate on how long it might take for the drug to win FDA approval. HHS said the FDA has given peramivir “fast track” status, which would expedite the agency’s review of BioCryst’s application.See also:Jan 4 HHS press releasehttp://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2007pres/01/20070104a.htmlJan 4 BioCryst press releasehttp://investor.shareholder.com/biocryst/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=224367last_img read more

Poll shows many unready for public health crisis

first_imgMay 8, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A recent survey sponsored by the American Public Health Association (APHA) indicates that about a third of Americans have made no preparations for a public health emergency and nearly 90% have prepared less than they think they should.The APHA survey, released in April at an expert roundtable discussion during National Public Health Week, was recently posted on the association’s Web site. The online survey was conducted in February by Peter D. Hart Research Associates, based in Washington, DC. It included 925 adults and sought the input of several specific groups, including mothers with children younger than 5, hourly wage workers, and adults who have chronic medical conditions.The survey group also polled 120 employers and 150 school superintendents and interviewed a small group of regional food bank administrators and local food panty and soup kitchen managers.Among the survey’s key findings:Thirty-two percent of the public have taken no special steps to prepare for a public health emergency that could leave them short of food, water, or medication.An 87% majority said they knew they had not done enough and could do more to prepare for a public health emergency.Forty percent of respondents said they had taken steps to prepare in the past, such as after the Sep 11 terrorist attacks, but had since let their plans lapse.More than a quarter (27%) said they were prepared for an emergency, but only about half (14%) had the 3-day supply of food, water, and medication currently recommended by the American Red Cross for general disaster planning.Close to half—46%—of respondents had not assembled a disaster supply kit.Georges C. Benjamin, MD, executive director of the APHA, said in a press release that the survey findings show public health officials have a long way to go to prepare the nation for public health emergencies.”No one can predict where the next natural disaster, major storm, or disease outbreak will strike, but when it does, it is likely to disrupt basic services, leaving people without electricity, water, food or needed medications,” he added.In the press release, the APHA said the survey shows that several vulnerable subgroups are lagging in their emergency preparedness efforts. For example, 58% of mothers with young children said they did not have a 3-day supply of water for their families, and only 61% of people with chronic health conditions had at least a 2-week supply of medication.The 17-page survey report says the term “public health crisis” does not resonate with people, though respondents reported being are concerned about specific events, such as natural disasters, that might lead to one. Only 26% thought that a public health crisis would affect their family in the next year or two, but 57% thought a severe storm might strike their area in the next few years, 47% thought an infectious disease outbreak such as the flu is likely, and 43% believed a foodborne disease outbreak is likely.In other findings, researchers reported that only 37% of employers believed that a public health crisis would affect their business during the next few years, and only 18% said they could continue paying their employees if business operations were interrupted. Though 63% of employees realized they might not be paid during a public health crisis, only 15% had saved enough money to provide for their families if such an event occurs.School administrators generally reported a high level of preparedness in the form of evacuation, communication, and community sheltering plans, but few said they had enough drinking water or food to last students for 3 days.Representatives of regional food distribution centers said they had devoted a lot of time and resources to preparedness planning, but those from local pantries or food shelves reported they were not prepared for public health emergencies, according to the APHA.All groups that were surveyed said cost was a major barrier to their preparedness actions.Greg Dworkin, MD, one of the editors of the FluWiki, an interactive pandemic planning Web site, told CIDRAP News he commends the APHA for commissioning the survey and said it’s important to gauge the public’s preparedness opinions from time to time, rather than making assumptions.The survey results suggest that preparedness messages are getting through to the public, but that people are not following through with action, said Dworkin, who is chief of pediatric pulmonology at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Conn. “That’s a real problem: the public hears the information, but the next question is how they process it,” he said.Some public health officials are overly concerned that the public will overreact or panic if they use specific terms when referring to public health threats, but not using specific terms represents a missed opportunity, Dworkin asserted. “The message has to be crystal clear. Say ‘pandemic’ if that’s what you mean,” he said.Also, it likely takes sustained, high-profile, and consistent messages to successfully persuade the public to prepare for public health emergencies, Dworkin said. “It’s a marathon, rather than a sprint,” he added.See also:APHA press releaselast_img read more

Six Nigerians extradited to US over alleged Internet scams

first_imgGermany charges six over alleged links to Al Shabaab Six Nigerian nationals have been extradited from South Africa for their alleged role in Internet scams involving datingSix Nigerian nationals have been extradited from South Africa for their alleged role in Internet scams involving dating websites and work-at-home schemes, the US Department of Justice said Monday.A total of 20 defendants are charged in the case, for their alleged involvement in a variety of schemes such as fake online relationships with victims who were asked to ship and receive merchandise purchased with stolen credit cards and banking information.The six extradited defendants face nine charges in the US state of Mississippi for the alleged activities which began as early as 2001.“The defendants identified and solicited potential victims through online dating websites and work-at-home opportunities,” the department said in a statement.They were additionally involved in check scams as well as bank, financial and credit card account fraud.They are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, conspiracy to commit identity theft, use of unauthorized account access devices, theft of US government funds and conspiracy to commit money laundering.Three defendants have already been convicted for their roles while six await trial and two remain on the run. The United States is working to extradite three other Nigerians involved in the case.-AFPRelated Ethiopia shuts down mobile internetcenter_img Nigerians demand prosecutions over alleged air force killingslast_img read more

Border Patrol responding to ‘possible immigrant landing’ in Palm Beach

first_imgBreaking right now, Multiple police units along with customs and border patrol are responding to 2345 South Ocean Blvd. due to a “possible immigrant landing.”Their country of origin is not known at this time.BREAKING— immigrants have possibly come ashore on Palm Beach. Police have issued an alert saying they’re investigating on S Ocean Blvd. We are on top of it at the @WPTV Live Desk. @Chopper5WPTV on the way. pic.twitter.com/NryS0Jzqup— Erica Rakow (@EricaRakow) June 25, 2020last_img read more

Hockey India invites Glenn Turner for women’s strikers camp

first_imgNew Delhi: As part of their preparations for the Olympic Qualifiers, Hockey India has invited former Australian striker Glenn Turner to work with the women’s hockey team strikers in a special camp starting December 1 at the Sports Authority of India (SAI), Bengaluru, it was announced on Friday. The Canberra Hockey star who was part of the World Cup-winning Australian squad in 2010 and 2014, will arrive in Bengaluru on Friday night for the eight-day national camp.Speaking about the camp, coach Sjoerd Marijne said: “It is good for our strikers to use the experience of Glenn Turner. As a striker, his positioning in the circle was critical for his team scoring goals and the positioning of strikers is one of the key areas we want to improve on.”Marijne further emphasised that the camp will also help build leadership among the players.”Glenn is someone who has experienced the pressure of performing top level hockey and he was part of the Australia’s leadership group and often worked with younger players in his team. We will ask him to share his experience as a leader too and I am sure our strikers can benefit immensely from this camp,” added Marijne.The players named for the strikers camp include Skipper Rani, Youth Olympic Games silver medallist Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur, Navjot Kaur, Rajwinder Kaur, Vandana Katariya, Anupa Barla, Priyanka Wankhede, Preeti Dubey, Mumtaz Khan, Jyoti, Poonam Rani and Leelavathy Mallamada. IANS Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

Football: Wisconsin heads to BYU for final non-conference game

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin football team is closing their non-conference season this weekend when they head to Provo, Utah to take on BYU.Bringham Young is in a difficult place right now, with a 1-2 record currently this season. The Cougars star quarterback Tanner Mangnum took a hit during their most recent game against Utah and left the game with an ankle injury. As of Wednesday morning, it is has not been confirmed that he will start against the Badgers.His backup, Beau Hoge, might seem intimidating at first glance, as the 6-foot-11, 205-pound sophomore is the son of former NFL running back Merril Hoge, but Hoge gets much less intimidating the closer you look at him. While Hoge is certainly better off physically than Mangnum, and he is more capable of running than his predecessor, his throwing arm leaves much to be desired.Football: With Cichy out, Orr helps bring momentum to Wisconsin defenseThis season looked like it was going to be an easy one for the University of Wisconsin defense, until inside Read…Hoge has only played in three games during his collegiate career, during which he threw for 137 yards, completing 10 out of 17 passes and managing to score a touchdown. However, that was back in 2015, and Hoge has not been on the field for BYU since then because he decided to red-shirt his 2016 season.This level of inexperience could be the biggest disadvantage that BYU has Saturday, and it could lead to the Cougars relying heavily on their running game. So far this season, BYU has managed to net a grand total 229 yards and two touchdowns from their running game, and they have also managed to lose a grand total of 55 yards because of their running game.In comparison, the Badgers have managed to gain a grand total of 591 yards and seven touchdowns from their running game, and they have only managed to give up 28 yards. It should be easy for the Wisconsin defense to stop the BYU running backs, and to easily take control of this game.Schreter: What we learned from Wisconsin’s opening win against Utah StateAfter coming out of the gate slow and falling behind 10-0 in the first quarter, Wisconsin began hitting on all Read…The Badgers have managed to squeeze out two wins during their tenure at Camp Randall, but there are still many things that UW can improve on during their battle against the Cougars.Communication needs to improveIt seems as though one of the biggest issues with this Wisconsin team thus far has been communication, or lack thereof. The defense has stumbled over themselves due to a miscommunication as to what diagram they’re running.The offense has the same issue, with quarterback Alex Hornibrook accidentally throwing three interceptions within the first two games of the year due to a misplacement of receivers. If this team can nail down their communication and all get on the same page of the playbook, they should be able to out skill the Cougars easily.The Badgers need to keep their momentum goingWisconsin has been having an issue with keeping up any momentum that they manage to gain, especially during the first half of the game. Their game against BYU is going to be a close game, and UW will need to be on their toes the whole time.There can’t be a second quarter lull like there has been in the last two games of the season. If Wisconsin wants to be victorious this season, they need to come out of the gates strong and continue to build momentum throughout the game, not lose it.Football: Wisconsin starts game strong, fails to continue momentumWhen the NCAA scheduled the University of Wisconsin football team to take on the Florida Atlantic Owls, everyone thought that Read…The safeties need to keep doing what they’ve been doingWisconsin has had some truly stellar moments this season thanks to their safeties. From Joe Ferguson’s 99 yard-interception, to D’Cota Dixon earning an interception during the Utah State game, Wisconsin’s safeties have been managing to create waves in the secondary.It is clear that this Wisconsin secondary is on their way to becoming one of the most dangerous secondaries the Badgers have ever possessed. If they keep this momentum up, BYU is going to have a hard time getting the ball into the end zone.While Saturday’s game will still be a challenge for Wisconsin, it is clear they have all of the tools they need to produce a win. The best chance they have to succeed is to ensure their communication lines stay open and they continue to play the quality game they are capable of playing.last_img read more

Everton Sack Their Manager After Arsenal Thrashing

first_imgEverton have sacked their Dutch manager, Ronald Koeman, less than 24 hours after the Merseyside club were thrashed 5-2 at home in their English Premier League (EPL) clash.The new development was confirmed via a statement which said the club “would like to express their gratitude to Ronald for the service he has given to the club over the past 16 months”.The former Southampton and Valencia manager leaves the club in 18th position on the Premier League table after winning just two of the first nine league games of this season.Ronald Koeman becomes the third managerial casualty of the season after Frank De Boer (Crystal Palace) and Craig Shakespeare (Leicester City).Relatedlast_img read more

SPFL agrees international media rights deal with Swiss agency

first_img Rangers FC and Ladbrokes end betting partnership  April 14, 2020 Submit Related Articles Highlight Games secures IIHF deal with Infront April 6, 2020 Share SPFL concludes Ladbrokes Championship with COVID crisis plan April 16, 2020 StumbleUpon Share The Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) has moved swiftly to secure an international media rights agreement with media and marketing agency Infront, following the recent termination of the league’s agreement with MP & Silva.Based in Switzerland, Infront will look to establish new agreements with overseas broadcasters that will allow matches from the Ladbrokes Premiership, Ladbrokes Championship, Ladbrokes League One and Ladbrokes League Two, as well as Irn-Bru Cup and Betfred Cup ties, to be shown all around the world.There will be a  particular emphasis on territories where supporters of Scottish clubs, and those with an interest in watching high-end Scottish football, have not previously been able to enjoy SPFL match coverage.SPFL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster said: “Infront are a highly respected and experienced global rights agency. They emerged from a number of different companies each of which was keen to represent us overseas.“We will be working with Infront over the coming weeks to agree deals in those territories where SPFL football is not currently shown.”Infront Senior Vice President Football Stephan Herth added: “Infront has a long and successful history within the football industry and we are delighted to begin working with the SPFL to bring matches to fans of Scottish football around the world.“The SPFL has its own unique legacy. As the second oldest league in the world, it has welcomed many top players and managers over the past few decades. That history will almost certainly be added to in the next seasons. Infront looks forward to building on that legacy and taking the league to a new level on the international stage during that time.”last_img read more

Boakye Yiadom ruled out for two-weeks

first_imgSpain-based Ghana striker Richmond Boakye-Yiadom will be out of action for two weeks after a collision with Granada goalkeeper Roberto in their La Liga game played last Saturday.The 20-year-old who has been on blistering form for Elche in the La Liga was rushed to the Hospital after laying still and unconscious on the pitch.Boakye-Yiadom who was discharged from the Hospital yesterday is said to be fine now and responding to treatment according to his agent Oliver Arthur”Richmond is recovering and he is ok now, the information gathered from the doctors is that he had a slight back injury but luckily for us he didn’t secure any more damages to his bone,” he told Joy sports.”Now he has been discharged from the hospital and can do things on his own and if I want to estimate it shouldn’t be more than two weeks for him to return to action.”last_img read more