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Broadway.com Culturalist Challenge! Rank Your Top 10 Favorite Roses in Gypsy

first_imgThe Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.Here she is, boys! Here she is, world! Now the question is: which one is your favorite? Gypsy opened on May 21,1959 at the Broadway Theatre, and 57 years later, there have been five Main Stem revivals, two film adaptations (three if you count the taped West End revival) and the possibility of a third starring Barbra Streisand. Audiences still beg Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim and Jule Styne’s tuner to entertain them, and that is in part due to the brassy, bossy, bombastic role of Rose. Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly and Patti LuPone have taken home Tonys for playing the iconic character, and Imelda Staunton nabbed an Olivier Award for leading 2015’s West End revival. Rosalind Russell and Bette Midler have portrayed her onscreen, and of course, we cannot forget Ethel Merman’s original take on the relentlessly ambitious stage mother. So which Rose performance can you truly never get away from? Everything’s coming up Roses, and Broadway.com News Reporter Ryan McPhee kicked off this challenge with his top 10!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and then click “rearrange list” (or, if you have nothing to rearrange, go right ahead and hit “publish”).STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! View Commentslast_img read more

Study: 1918-like pandemic now would kill 62 million

first_imgDec 22, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Scientists who analyzed mortality records from the 1918 influenza pandemic estimate that a similarly severe pandemic today would kill about 62 million people worldwide, the vast majority of them in the developing world.The authors, led by Christopher Murray, D Phil, MD, from the Harvard Initiative for Global Health, used data from areas that have reasonably complete statistics for the period from 1915 to 1923. They compared influenza mortality with per capita income and latitude in 27 countries, 24 US states, and 9 Indian provinces.The researchers used the data to estimate excess mortality for a hypothetical pandemic in 2004, the most recent year for which per capita gross domestic product data are available. The report appears in the Dec 23 issue of The Lancet.For the 1918 pandemic, the researchers found a 31-fold difference between areas that had the lowest and highest excess mortality rates. Wisconsin’s excess mortality was 0.25%, while India’s Central provinces and Berar had a rate of 7.8% (7.8 extra deaths per 100 people).The authors concluded that per capita income explained about half of the variance in pandemic mortality in the 1918 event. They determined that a 10% increase in income was associated with a 9% to 10% decrease in mortality. Latitude did not significantly affect mortality rates, so they did not use it to estimate 2004 mortality. Their examination of mortality rates by age and sex confirmed that flu deaths during the 1918 pandemic were concentrated in young adults, rather than elderly people.The study yielded estimates for a 2004 event ranging from 51 million to 81 million deaths worldwide, with a median of 62 million. Ninety-six percent of the deaths were in developing countries. Southeast Asia accounted for 30%; Sub-Saharan Africa, 29%; East Asia, 19%, and the Middle East, 10%. Latin America, Eastern Europe/Central Asia, and the remaining developed countries each accounted for 4%.The study’s median estimate for US deaths is 297,000—well below the 1.9 million that the Department of Health and Human Services has estimated would die in a 1918-like pandemic today.”Most of the strong relation that we observed between per-head income and pandemic mortality must be mediated through factors such as nutritional status, comorbidity, community characteristics associated with poverty, and the effect of supportive care,” the authors write.Acknowledging the difficulty and uncertainty in estimating mortality, the authors say that though many experts use the 1918 pandemic for their upper limit, the next event could be even more severe. On the other hand, they write that a severe pandemic today might be blunted by improvements in medical care among people in high- and middle-income groups.”Our results indicate that, irrespective of the lethality of the virus, the burden of the next influenza pandemic will be overwhelmingly focused on the developing world, as has been suggested for the 1918-20 pandemic,” the article states.A prudent approach would be to develop practical and affordable strategies for low-income countries, it says.The conclusion that a severe pandemic would take a heavy toll only in developing countries was disputed by Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of the CIDRAP Web site.Osterholm asserted that a pandemic that disrupted industrial production and international transportation would acutely affect developed countries, because their economies depend on just-in-time supply shipments, their healthcare systems have almost no excess capacity, and about 80% of pharmaceutical products are produced offshore.”We’ll be lucky to have 1918 medical care during a moderate-to-severe pandemic,” he said. “There’s no basis that we would be better off.”Crisis management requires more than just money, and people in developing countries might be more resilient than those in rich countries in some ways, Osterholm said. For example, they might be more adept at coping with food shortages in a pandemic because they are likely to be skilled at subsistence farming.Osterholm also noted that the estimate of 62 million deaths today is lower than some estimates of the death toll in the 1918 pandemic, when the world population was less than a third of what it is today. A 2002 study in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine estimated the 1918 toll at 50 million to 100 million.In a Lancet editorial that accompanies the Murray study, Neil Ferguson, D Phil, of the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College in London, says the study’s projections may be optimistic.Experts don’t know what effect an influenza pandemic would have on the 35 million people in the world who are infected with HIV, a virus that didn’t exist in 1918, Ferguson writes. In addition, he says, the relation between mortality and income that Murray and colleagues assume leads to a prediction of threefold lower mortality in the developed world than that seen in 1918, “perhaps a rather optimistic conclusion.”Ferguson writes that nonpharmaceutical public health measures such as school closures and mask-wearing might offer the best hope during a pandemic for countries lacking access to medical interventions.Murray CJL, Lopez AD, Chin B, et al. Estimation of potential global pandemic influenza mortality on the basis of vital registry data from the 1918-20 pandemic: a quantitative analysis. Lancet 2006;368:2211-8Ferguson N. Poverty, death, and a future influenza pandemic. (Commentary) Lancet 2006;368:2187-8last_img read more

Abbey adds Modified rookie awards to collection of IMCA honors

first_imgJeffrey Abbey motored to national IMCA Modified and Razor Chassis South Central Region rookie of the year honors this season. IMCA President Brett Root is at right. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)COMANCHE, Texas – A former national and Super Nationals champion was quick to find suc­cess in a new IMCA division this season.Jeffrey Abbey collected 11 feature wins on the way to earning IMCA Modified national and Razor Chassis South Central Region rookie of the year honors.“I went from a class where you couldn’t make a lot of changes to one where there were endless options,” said Abbey, who had won both national and IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod titles in 2016. “I really enjoyed the competition and the challenge of a Modified.”From Comanche, Texas, and a first-year precision machining student at Texas State Tech­nical College, Abbey earned his first feature win in the division in just his fifth night out as part of a Feb. 18-19 sweep at 281 Speedway.He’d register 24 top five finishes over the course of 49 starts at 10 speedplants, earning Southern Ok­lahoma Speedway and Oklahoma State crowns as well as the rookie prizes.“We had a lot of fun at Southern Oklahoma and always looked forward to racing there. I like the track configuration and surface,” said Abbey, a two-time winner at Ardmore. “It’s well promoted and you are treated like family every time you go there.”He was runner-up to Josh McGaha in the race for the regional crown.We had started the season racing for rookie of the year and midway through thought we’d give the regional championship a shot,” he said. “We had a lot of fun racing with Josh for the points championship.”Abbey’s national rookie award is the family’s third: Brothers Steven and Dean topped first-year standings for Southern SportMods in 2009 and the Modifieds in 2014, respectively. Younger brother Westin was champion of the EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars this season.Wins-11                  Top Five Finishes-24         Starts-49HIS CREW: Father Randy, brothers Dean and Westin, Payton Branch and Robert Scrivner.HIS SPONSORS: Abbey Racing of Comanche; Berta Built Bodies and JL Custom Technology, both of Waco; Abilene Powder Coating of Abilene; 517 Designs of Whitney; Swenson Shocks of San Antonio; Larry Shaw Race Cars of Batesville, Ark.; Brass Monkey Rac­ing Products of Ada, Okla.; Tumbleweed BarBQue of Stephenville; J & J Motorsports of Haynes­ville, La.; Dynamic Drivelines of Des Moines, Iowa; and KS Engineering of Albert Lea, Minn.last_img read more

Flying Eagles Confident of Reaching World Cup Q’finals

first_imgTwo-time silver medalists Flying Eagles of Nigeria believe they can overpower fellow African representatives Senegal this night and reach the FIFA Under-20 World Cup quarter finals in Poland.Monday’s encounter will kick off at 7.30pm Nigeria time.Senegal, second at Africa’s continental tournament in Niger Republic earlier in the year, where Nigeria finished fourth, topped Group A in Poland to reach the Round of 16, with Nigeria just squeezing through as one of the best four third-place finishers. Flying Eagles at training session in Poland. However, the good old cliché says football is no mathematics and anything can happen when eleven players oppose another set of eleven players. Even at the tournament in Poland, one can reflect on the group stage elimination of a skillful and cohesive Portuguese team after being forced to a draw by homeward-bound South Africa, just as Norway, who pounded Honduras 12-0, left the tournament on the same day as their victims.Coach Paul Aigbogun has close to a full squad to choose from meaning tall defender Valentine Ozornwafor would be back at the heart of defence to partner Aliu Salawudeen. But midfielder Jamil Muhammad, who picked up a knock in the loss to USA on Monday last week, is out of the tournament proper. Ayotomiwa Dele-Bashiru could return to link up with Kingsley Michael in midfield.All goal-scorers from the 4-0 thumping of Qatar on the opening day – Maxwell Effiom, Ikouwem Utin, Dele-Bashiru and Aliu Salawudeen – as well as striker Tijani Muhammed who restored parity from the spot against Ukraine on Thursday in Bielsko-Biala, are all fit to try and chisel Senegal to bits.On arrival in Lodz on Saturday, the Flying Eagles did an inspection of the Stadion Widzewa, before settling down for training. The team also trained on Sunday evening ahead of the clash with the Junior Lions of Teranga.The seven-time African champions are yet to truly impress in Poland since their opening day 4-0 lashing of Qatar in Tychy.A 0-2 loss to USA and 1-1 draw with Ukraine, both in Bielsko-Biala, meant the Flying Eagles had to sneak into the knockout rounds, but the spirit in camp is high following qualification, and the prospect of squaring up to another African team appears to be engendering unspoken steel determination in the playing body.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Clippers defeat Grizzlies 94-92 in Matt Barnes’ return

first_img“I shot it, I said, ‘Listen, if that doesn’t go in, go bury my head in a hole,’ “ Redick said. “Like, there’s no way that’s not going in.”It was a sloppy game, to be sure, with the Clippers committing 18 turnovers and the Grizzlies 14. But the Clippers emerged victorious, and that’s all Jordan cared about.“Being able to finish the game shows our maturity,” he said. “I don’t think we would have won this game a few years ago.”Barnes has been missed. Clippers guard Austin Rivers, for example, could not say enough about how Barnes made him feel when he (Rivers) was traded to the Clippers in January, becoming the first in NBA history to play for a head coach who was also his father. That alone was enormous pressure.The younger Rivers played poorly in his first game with the Clippers, going 0 for 4 from the field in a loss to Cleveland. Barnes was there for him.“After that game I was like, ‘Man, this is terrible,’” Rivers said. “Matt came up to me and is like, ‘Man, we’re with you, relax, you’re going to get it. It’ll take time.’ Matt was the first one to tell me that and was with me the whole way.“Once I got my rhythm and started playing well with the Clippers, he acted the same way, like, ‘I told you.’ He’s an emotional guy and he says things. But people don’t give Matt the credit he is as a person. Matt’s actually a really great guy, man. Great teammate.”Barnes smiled when reminded of that.“This is a cold world, man,” said Barnes, who received a nice ovation when he entered the game at 2:35 of the first quarter. “People think we’re blessed, but there is a lot of turmoil that comes with it. So being traded and moving teams, it’s difficult for us. Especially when you have family.“So it’s just to let guys know, you know, Austin was new to our team. We let him know last year we had his back and we had everything he needed and guys on this (Memphis) team have done that for me. It’s just stuff certain people do and certain people have in them to just try to make people feel comfortable.”Even coach Doc Rivers, who as president of basketball operations was the one responsible for Barnes’ departure, noticed.“Well, I thought that’s what Matt did well,” he said.The elder Rivers misses something else about Barnes, who was traded to Charlotte, which then traded Barnes to Memphis.“On the floor, I thought he was a great instigator,” the elder Rivers said. “And I still think that’s an underrated asset in our league. Not the dirty stuff, but he had an ability to get under people’s skin and that’s not a bad thing.“And I thought he was a great cutter. I think we do miss that a little bit. I thought, especially playing with the starters, Matt knew where to go.”Barnes, 35, admitted that both his career and life have been a roller-coaster ride. It was only last month he was in a physical altercation with New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher, who is in a relationship with Barnes’ estranged wife, Gloria Govan.But all and all, Barnes is good.“Considering this is the team the Clippers always used to go to war with in the playoffs, to be traded and end up in Memphis where I still have a chance to win, that was absolutely a blessing,” said Barnes, who smiled when he told reporters Clippers center DeAndre Jordan had been “talking trash” to him via text. “I’m still trying to find my way around the team a little bit and my way around the city. But besides that, I’m happy.” Up next for the Clippers are the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday in Dallas. The crowd there figures to be about as hostile as the Clippers will see this season because of Jordan reneging on a verbal agreement to sign with the Mavericks, then re-signing with the Clippers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Matt Barnes sat in a locker room at Staples Center on Monday evening. He was in enemy territory, wearing a Memphis Grizzlies uniform after having played the previous three seasons with the Clippers, who traded him away during the off-season.“It’s bittersweet,” Barnes said before his new team was defeated 94-92 by the Clippers before 19,060 at Staples Center. “I had a lot of good times here. L.A.’s home, but I’m in Memphis now, so I’m excited about getting the opportunity to play against my former teammates.”The teams were tied 46-46 at halftime, and the Clippers led 70-66 heading into the fourth quarter after a 3-pointer by Jamal Crawford at the third-quarter buzzer.Blake Griffin led the Clippers (5-2) with 24 points and 12 rebounds. J.J. Redick scored 16 points and made a huge 3-pointer to give the Clippers the lead for good at 87-86 with 55.1 seconds to play. Redick also made three free throws with 13.3 seconds left for a 90-86 L.A. cushion. Chris Paul scored 14 points and got both poked and smacked in the eye. DeAndre Jordan had 13 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks, and Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers scored 13 and nine off the bench, respectively.center_img Paul missed Saturday’s game against Houston with a strained groin. He played nearly 33 minutes Monday and afterward said, “It’s feeling a little bit better.”Zach Randolph led the Grizzlies (3-5) with 26 points and nine rebounds, Marc Gasol scored 18, Mike Conley had 16 and Barnes scored eight points — all in the fourth quarter. Barnes also had six rebounds, two steals and two blocks.Gasol could have tied the game with 3.5 seconds left, but he missed the second of two free throws.“It wasn’t a hard situation,” he said. “I just overthought the free throw.”Redick’s 3-pointer and free throws during a 42-second span after the Clippers had fallen behind were as big as they get. Redick was 1 of 5 from 3-point range prior to making the one that really counted.last_img read more

Verla Mae DeJarnett, 64, Wellington: Jan. 6, 1949 – Aug. 29, 2013

first_imgVerla Mae DeJarnettVerla Mae DeJarnett, age 64, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away Thursday evening, August 29, 2013 at the Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita, KS.Verla M. (Downing) DeJarnett was born on January 6, 1949 in Wellington to Harold P. Downing and Garnett M. Greaves Downing.  She was raised in the Mayfield area and was a 1967 graduate of Wellington High School.She married Bob DeJarnett on December 30, 1967 at the First Baptist Church in Wellington. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents; and an infant sister.Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Bob DeJarnett of Wellington; two sons, Shawn DeJarnett and his wife Kristan of Wellington and Jeff DeJarnett and his wife Brigitte of Wellington; nine grandchildren, Jaden, Ben, Addyson, Baylee, Graysen, Annika, True, Elly, and London; sisters, Joyce Bowen of Sitka, AL, Betty Seagraves and her husband Dick of Mayfield, KS and Patsy DiMauro and her husband Paul of Princeton, TX; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.Funeral Services will be held at First Baptist Church on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 10:00 A.M.  Pastor John Bliss will officiate.  Interment will follow the service at Osborne Cemetery in Mayfield, KS.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday, September 2, 2013 from 1 to 8 p.m. The family will be present to greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m.Memorials have been established with the First Baptist Church and the Mayfield Community Building Fund.  Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more