Tonight is the night that The Floozies take over Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado alongside electronic heroes Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics, SunSquabi, Russ Liquid, and DJ Chicken Sammich. The stage just expanded to an even greater bill, as Jason Hann confirms a special sit-in. The String Cheese Incident percussionist says all he needs are “2 congas, a stool, and a Djembe” to join for the first half of the show.This will be the second time that Hann partakes in The Floozies electro-madness, as he previously filled in for drummer Mark Hill this summer at Peach Fest. Now better acquainted with the material, and with the full band on stage, tonight’s performance is sure to be the recipe for some future-funk greatness!Tickets to the event are available here. Check out the text message exchange below!Jason Hann is currently in Colorado touring with his Rythmatronix world music project. He’s bringing the group to NYC later this month at Brooklyn Comes Alive, with Oteil Burbridge, virtuoso guitarist Fareed Haque (Sting, Joe Zawinul, Garaj Mahal), keyboardist Todd Stoops (RAQ, Electric Beethoven), and Afrocuban drummer Raul Pineda (Chucho Valdez, Sintesis) rounding out a complete bill of badasses. When we spoke to Hann about the new project, he excitedly described it as “global fusion music with a collection of badass musicians playing international grooves.” Learn more about the project here. Additional information about this year’s multi-venue, full-day event can be found here.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute will establish the Riney Family Multiple Myeloma Initiative to help improve outcomes and accelerate understanding of the underlying biology for the most challenging types of myelomas, cancers that form in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. The initiative is being established with a $16.5 million gift from Paula and Rodger Riney of St. Louis, Missouri.The gift from the couple’s foundation, the Paula and Rodger Riney Foundation, is their first gift to Dana-Farber, and is the largest single gift from a family to support multiple myeloma cancer research and care in Dana-Farber’s history. The Riney Family Multiple Myeloma Initiative at Dana-Farber will add to their legacy of multiple myeloma support, which includes gifts to Washington University School of Medicine and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), and will improve outcomes for myeloma patients everywhere.Rodger Riney was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2015 and treated at the Washington University School of Medicine and Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. In 2018, Ken Anderson, program director at Dana-Farber’s Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center and LeBow Institute for Myeloma Therapeutics and Kraft Family Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, joined as an advisor to Riney’s care team.“As a myeloma patient, you are very aware of the groundbreaking work being done at Dana-Farber in multiple myeloma. Dana-Farber is an institution we want to invest in given its impressive track record in improving myeloma treatment,” said Riney. “Our hope is that this gift will inspire others to support Dana-Farber’s researchers and clinicians to extend survivorship, and ultimately find a cure.”“We are deeply grateful to the Riney Family for this inspired gift that will quickly advance our knowledge of multiple myeloma. While we have made significant strides in treating multiple myeloma, this initiative provides an opportunity to accelerate the most promising strategies and meaningfully extend remissions,” said Laurie H. Glimcher, president and CEO, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.In the U.S., about four people per 100,000 are diagnosed with multiple myeloma each year. Because of the availability of new and more effective drugs for the treatment of multiple myeloma, the prognosis of some people diagnosed with this condition has improved significantly in recent years, but for other patients the disease remains challenging to treat.The Riney Family Multiple Myeloma Initiative will support three aims over the next two years:Identify and target genomic and epigenomic abnormalities, unraveling the biological determinants of disease behavior in general as well as in certain high-risk multiple myeloma sub groups;Develop novel therapeutics to target both tumor cells and the host immune microenvironment, bringing more durable, immune-based combination therapies to patients in the near-term; andCreate infrastructure for big data management and open access myeloma research resources, catalyzing new collaborations and providing access to novel technologies to improve the way multiple myeloma research is conducted in the future.“We send our heartfelt thanks to Paula and Rodger for their confidence in our team,” said Anderson. “With their tremendous gift, we have an unprecedented opportunity to develop highly personalized novel targeted and immune treatments for patients facing the most challenging forms of this disease. Their extraordinary support will foster collaborative efforts to benefit patients and their families world-wide.”
Notre Dame released admissions decisions to students around the world who applied Restrictive Early Action (REA) to the University on Dec. 13. While 7,295 students applied early, 1,540 were admitted — an admissions rate of approximately 21%.Cristina Interiano | The Observer Eight more students were admitted to this year than last year, Don Bishop, associate vice president for undergraduate enrollment, said. 24 more students applied last year than this year. Bishop said these numbers represent “less than a 1% decline, so it’s about the same applicant pool” as 2018.Bishop explained Restrictive Early Action is labeled restrictive because students who apply REA cannot apply Early Decision to another school, meaning they would have to attend the other institution should they be accepted.“You’re already declared that school is your top pick, and if you get in you don’t even get to consider any offer that we make you here,” he said. “And I felt when we made this change five, six years ago, that Notre Dame should feel that it is a first-choice school and act like it — and if a student’s heart is set at another school, let them apply there, but I don’t think we want to afford them the luxury of throwing away by requirement a Notre Dame offer of admission. I think we have more pride in ourselves and we should, and I think the country respects that and we expect that.”Bishop said the University has increased their number of QuestBridge scholars accepted from 42 in 2018 to 65 this year. QuestBridge, a program which allows high-achieving students who demonstrate high financial need, matches students with colleges according to preferences from both universities and applicants, and provides a full four-year scholarship for students accepted. This puts the University in the top eight in the nation for QuestBridge matches, Bishop said. “These are high-need students by definition,” he said. “They can’t be a QuestBridge applicant without qualifying by the QuestBridge process to verify that they’re high-need. [They are] disadvantaged in that usually a lot of them are first-gen students, so they don’t come from the normal, high-powered backgrounds that produce a lot of our top students.” The diversity among REA applicants to the class of 2024 has also increased, Bishop said. 135 first-generation college students were admitted, as compared to 116 to the class of 2023 — which accounts for a 14% increase. In addition, 34% of the REA admits were students of color or international students. The class is also geographically diverse, as 48 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and 50 different citizenships outside the United States are represented in this year’s cohort of early admits.Bishop said he believes the increase in QuestBridge scholars and first-generation college students in the class of 2024 will increase diversity at the University. “These are students who have outperformed their environments by large margin,” he said. “They’re very exciting. They are high-achieving, high-ability students and the fact that Notre Dame is getting involved with getting more of them to apply is very encouraging. I think it will benefit all the students, but most importantly we want it to benefit them.”Last year, Notre Dame had a 67% yield rate, or the percentage of admitted students who choose to attend Notre Dame, for students admitted early, and an overall yield rate of 58.4%, Bishop said. Additionally, 44% of all admitted students were from the early action pool in 2018, Bishop said.“Schools often get asked, ‘Are you concerned that you’re consuming too many offers early, leaving not enough spots later?’” he said. “Well, actually 56% of all the spots we offered, we offered in regular last year, and I think this year will be similar.”In addition to those accepted, 933 students — approximately 13% of the applicant pool — were deferred this year. However, Bishop said that 211 students who were deferred in 2018 were accepted in the regular decision round.“Being deferred, there really is still a chance,” Bishop said. Bishop said it is important for students who are deferred to continue to demonstrate interest in Notre Dame and to update their application with new information and accomplishments. “When students are deferred, it is a setback, and how they react to that setback is always interesting,” he said. “We’re always trying to see, how do students do not when everything is going perfectly for them, but … with some adversity, how do they respond? What sort of grit and determination do they have?”Bishop said in addition to grades and academic performance, the Office of Admissions looks for students who understand the value of a Notre Dame education. “How do they convey to us that they understand Notre Dame is different?” he asked. “And does that difference matter to them? … We’re looking for mission match. Do they get the value of an undergraduate-focused education that Notre Dame does? Do they get the value of doing research? Do they get the value of being a more active entrepreneur and social engineer of service and servant leadership? Do they seem to convey those things successfully in their application that this is the difference of Notre Dame?”Judging from the REA applications, this year will present an extremely competitive admissions pool for consideration, Bishop said. “Our students inspire us. I am extremely impressed with the quality of our applicants,” Bishop said. “I do believe it will be another year of being somewhat more selective than last year. … I think this will actually be a very similar year to last year, but somewhat harder to get in — and there’s more diversity in the pool and a little bit more of top, top talent in the pool.”Tags: class of 2024, Don Bishop, Office of Admissions, restrictive early action
Imelda Staunton has already won Olivier Awards for her Baker’s Wife in the London debut of Into the Woods and as Mrs. Lovett opposite Michael Ball in the 2012 West End revival of Sweeney Todd—but even by those illustrious standards, her current performance as the mother of all stage mothers, Rose, in Gypsy exists a league apart. A pint-sized dynamo of power and pathos, Staunton spoke to Broadway.com during her car ride to the Savoy Theatre, where the actress is giving it her formidable all—and then some—eight times a week.How do you give so much of yourself each time out? I saw the show on a Friday and couldn’t imagine you turning around and doing that again twice on Saturday.[Laughs.] I just take each day as it comes. You do have to put most of your life to one side so that after each performance you can regroup for the next one. The thing is, this isn’t like any other job and you sort of know that going in.Sure, but how do you find the stamina?You just try not to do too much. It’s not as if I feel that I’ve got to be silent all day; it’s more to do with self-discipline because I would be so pissed off with myself if I wasn’t absolutely at the top of my game every day.What does that mean in practice?Well, what it doesn’t mean is lying in bed all day—that hasn’t been the case! It’s more to do with no long phone calls or long lunches with friends. Those sorts of things I won’t do. This job takes up all my time but that’s fine; that is the gig.Is a lot of it about maintenance—not just of your voice but of the very fiber of the production?There might be moments technically that I change some nights or bits where I think, “Why don’t I try that?” But what’s important to me is to retain what I’ve found with Rose and to keep the integrity of her. Our director [Jonathan Kent] is great with that—he saw the first half two nights ago and he’s coming back again on Monday. This is literally the mother of all shows, so he wants to keep an eye on it just as I want to keep an eye on it.Was it moving having London’s last Rose, Angela Lansbury, at your opening night in April?I was so moved by her being there and by how gracious and generous she is as a woman. We had a very special half an hour or so after the performance where we shared a drink onstage with everyone.I know you saw Patti LuPone play Rose on Broadway but that was before you knew you would inherit the same role some years later.Well before! Patti did it in 2008 and I was so impressed that I saw her twice and thought to myself at the time, “That [performance] is so brilliant that no one needs to do [the role] again!” People had said to me, “Do Gypsy,” but it wasn’t until 2011 that it really entered my head.At which point, did you seek advice from her?In fact, we did meet in New York when she knew I was going to do it. I went to see her in the Mamet play [The Anarchist, in 2012] and we went for a drink and she said, “I hear you’re playing Rose.”Did she have any pointers?I remember Patti saying, “The only thing you need is vitamins,” and I took her at her word. She was right. That and things like the occasional throat massage and acupuncture. I have a warm-up I do before each performance and a cool-down afterwards.You had great success on the West End several years ago in another landmark musical, Sweeney Todd, but that must have felt altogether different.It really did. For one thing, Sweeney really is a shared assignment between the two leads [Mrs. Lovett and Sweeney] and it’s a different sing altogether. In a way what was far more helpful to me was doing Good People in between Sweeney and this: that’s another show about a mother who will do anything she can to help her child.What struck me watching the show was how many audience members clearly didn’t know the story and were responding to the narrative afresh.I think that’s right and it is nice to be performing to people who may have no idea what’s going to happen as opposed to an audience who’ve all seen the show many times before and know exactly what it is: you’re reminded all over again how well the piece works.The acting from everyone is so exacting—which pays enormous dividends in return.I think it’s fair to say for my part that I may have underestimated Gypsy as just a musical whereas it really does work as a play not just about Rose but about the journeys of six women—the three strippers, for instance, for whom time has stood still, June, who essentially says, “I’m outta here,” and Louise and Rose.Interestingly, this is the first major production of Gypsy to be done since the death in 2011 of its co-creator Arthur Laurents, who directed the LuPone revival.Yes, and I don’t know what [Laurents] would have made of it. In a funny way it feels as if our production has been released from him and from what’s gone before. The dance for Tulsa, for instance, has been re-choreographed. I’m not saying that’s good or bad; it just is.Is that your dog that you’re holding when you charge down the right-hand aisle at the very start?No, it’s a theater dog. We did have mine at Chichester [where the production was first seen last fall] but I didn’t want to keep that for London because I had found that I was handing my dog to three strangers each time and that didn’t really appeal. I’d much rather she have her own life so that I can relax.Does the production feel as if it’s moved to an altogether different level on the West End?I suppose it does, and I do think we’re starting from a better place. I’ve taken my own preparation pretty seriously, which is to say that I didn’t want people going, “Yeah, good actress, can’t sing” [laughs].Not much chance of that. One wonders what you could possibly do for an encore?Part of me thinks, “I’d like to never set foot in a theater again,” but that’s just because this feels so decisive. People ask me what’s next, but I have a pretty boring radar with not a lot on it.Besides, why worry about the future when you’ve got Rose to occupy your present?Precisely: I’ve done it. [Quoting Sondheim’s Follies] At least I was there. View Comments
10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Credit unions interested in participating in CUNA’s updated regulatory burden study are urged to register now, in time for an introductory webinar scheduled for next week.CUNA announced the updated study earlier this month, and CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle encouraged credit unions to participate so CUNA, leagues and credit unions have updated data to bring to policymakers about the costs of regulatory burden.“When we reported that regulations cost credit unions $7.2 billion in 2014, we generated a lot of attention here in Washington,” Nussle said when announcing the new study. “I’m convinced that this information, combined with the fierce advocacy of credit unions, leagues and CUNA, is a major reason behind the improved prospect for reducing your regulatory burden in the future.”CUNA, along with Cornerstone Advisors, conducted the study in 2015 looking at 2014 costs and finding that regulatory burden cost credit unions $7.2 billion that year. The updated study will again be conducted with Cornerstone Advisors.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Central Islip man has been accused of raping a 22-year-old woman after posing a taxi cab driver to lure the victim into his vehicle in Patchogue, Suffolk County police said.Adil Raja was charged with first-degree rape hours after the alleged attack occurred over the weekend.Police said the 22-year-old suspect was driving a green Lincoln when he approached the victim, who was walking at the corner of Bay Avenue and Main Street, indicated that he was a taxi driver and offered her a ride at 4 a.m.The woman accepted and asked the Raja to drive her to a nearby store, but Raja instead took the woman to a different location, flashed a bb gun and sexually assaulted her in the back of the vehicle, police said.Afterward, the woman got out of the vehicle and called 911, police said. Officers stopped a vehicle matching the description shortly later and the victim identified the driver, Raja, as her alleged attacker, police said.Suffolk County Judge Jennifer Henry set bail for Raja at $250,000 cash or $750,000 bond. He is due back in court on Thursday.Fifth Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have been a victim to a similar incident to call them at 631-854-8552.
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Limited traction So popular is TikTok among women like Joane that the hashtag #ofwhk — “overseas foreign worker Hong Kong” — has been viewed nearly 12 million times on the platform.Local recruitment specialist Mirian Sim said she began using the app herself to communicate with and recruit migrant workers when she noticed how big its user base had become. “I started using it as a way to bond with our existing helpers, to spread positive vibes and information for them,” said Sim, whose agency Garford describes itself as an “ethical employment agency” that specializes in hiring Filipino helpers. But enthusiasm for the platform from foreign workers — and teenagers around the world — stands in stark contrast to the rest of Hong Kong. TikTok has gained little traction in the city, reporting just 150,000 local users last August. By comparison, Facebook currently has 5.6 million local users and Instagram has 2.6 million, according to analytics company NapoleonCat.In a city rocked by anti-Beijing sentiment, few trust ByteDance’s repeated assurances that it does not share any user information with Chinese authorities. Online forums used by Hong Kong democracy protesters have long advised people against downloading it, echoing security fears raised by the US government.Joane said domestic workers could ultimately live without the app.”We find TikTok very entertaining, but I know even if TikTok will be pulled out of Hong Kong, a lot of Filipino domestic workers can still manage,” she said. “We always find ways to entertain ourselves.” Poorly paid domestic workers, primarily from the Philippines and Indonesia, are the cogs that keep Hong Kong’s economic engine running, enabling both parents of a family to hold down full-time jobs in the notoriously expensive city.Domestic workers must live with their employers in Hong Kong’s tiny flats, are only entitled to one day off a week and often grapple with stressful work environments.”When [your] employer makes you… non-stop do this and do that and do this and so on,” reads the text in a video Joane posted in May.”Breathe in, breathe out… And say ‘yes ma’am, yes sir’.” Topics : TikTok’s exit from Hong Kong was met with a shrug among many locals who distrust the Chinese social media platform, but the app had been embraced by many foreign domestic workers as a way to creatively escape the drudgery of their toil.The globally popular video-sharing app was used by many of the city’s 370,000 foreign helpers, as they are commonly known in the finance hub. In between cooking, cleaning and childcare duties in Hong Kong’s cramped family homes they filmed creative, witty and sometimes scathing insights into their daily lives. But this week TikTok, owned by China’s ByteDance, said it would no longer work in Hong Kong after a new security law imposed by Beijing gave authorities sweeping powers to police local users.Joane, a domestic worker from the Philippines, said she was “a bit sad” to see the app go.”It also helped me release some stress,” she told AFP. “Being away from family, financial problems, stress from work” are among the challenges faced by helpers in the city, she said, adding that the app’s popularity had taken off since the coronavirus pandemic meant workers like her were often stuck at home.
Relax in the tri-level Pintari penthouse. What a view!A soaring atrium over the living area allows floor to ceiling windows to capture the stunning ocean views. Standout pendants create a luxurious ambience while a raised platform with built-in lights only adds to the ambience.A built-in window seat overlooking the ocean provides yet another area to relax in this room.Outdoor stairs leads up to a terrace and pool — the perfect place to entertain guests or unwind after a long day. 71/3 Cunningham Ave, Main Beach. Pintari penthouse. See yourself relaxing in the rooftop pool? The Pintari penthouse is on the market at $5.25 million.AS far as penthouses go, this Main Beach beauty is up there with the best.Spanning three levels in the residential-only Pintari building on Cunningham Ave, the four-bedroom apartment offers unrivalled elegance with a rooftop pool, state-of-the-art finishes and million dollar views of the city, ocean and Broadwater. Robert Graham, of Ray White Prestige, is marketing the property and describes it as the “jewel of beachside living”. The new staircase. The kitchen.“This luxurious penthouse enjoys a commanding position blending inspiring contemporary design with unimaginable views,” Mr Graham said. Vendor Meryvn Butcher bought the property off entertainment power couple Jackie and Billy Cross in 2009. “(Our) favourite features were the north facing aspect of the penthouse and its panoramic views of the ocean and the Broadwater,” Mr Butcher said. There is no shortage of space. 71/3 Cunningham Ave, Main Beach. Pintari penthouse.Back inside and the second level offers three bedrooms including the main with its walk-in wardrobe, luxury ensuite with freestanding bath and private balcony. The Pintari building also offers its residents two pools, a tennis court, sauna, spa, and barbecue area.Main Beach is a peninsula north of Surfers Paradise. Enveloped by three bodies of water — the Nerang River, the Broadwater and 6km of beachfront, the suburb’s total land area is six square kilometres. Style abounds the penthouse.He spent big bucks on major renovations — the original staircase was removed and a new custom-made floating glass and stone staircase was installed. Now one of the standout features, the staircase immediately captures your attention on entry of the property.The wooden flooring was lime washed while the fourth bedroom on the lower level was converted into an office with an ensuite. The apartment was also painted and recarpeted while an interior stylist furnished the property. The first floor features the family and dining rooms, kitchen, office and living area. Pintari penthouse- 71/3 Cunningham Ave, Main Beach. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours agoThe lounge. Take in the sights of Main Beach.What it lacks in size, it makes up for in features — Main Beach boasts five parks, covering almost 23 per cent of its area, and is home to a number of resorts, including Australia’s premier marine animal park, Sea World. Robert Graham of Ray White Prestige is marketing the property at $5.25 million.