Broadway Grosses: Beautiful Celebrates One Fine Valentine’s Day

first_imgChilina Kennedy in ‘Beautiful’ (Photo: Joan Marcus) They haven’t lost that lovin’ feeling quite yet. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical finished Valentine’s Day Week with a noteworthy $920,024, making it one of 17 shows to increase its total gross by over $100,000 since the previous week. The Book of Mormon once again took the top spot by capacity, because nothing says “romance” like spooky Mormon hell dreams. It took the fifth spot on the boards by gross, joining Aladdin, Wicked, The Lion King and Hamilton, which topped the list over Presidents Day Weekend (if Alexander Hamilton was never president, is this irony? Thoughts, Alanis?). There simply aren’t enough tickets for Hamilton’s televised Grammy win to affect the numbers immediately, but expect the megahit to remain at the top all the longer. Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending February 14:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. Hamilton ($1,792,099)2. The Lion King ($1,717,043)3. Wicked ($1,695,453)4. Aladdin ($1,493,306)5. The Book of Mormon ($1,472,569)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Noises Off ($432,543)4. Disaster! ($364,575)*3. Hughie ($330,298)**2. The Humans ($224,521)*1. Our Mother’s Brief Affair ($187,877)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (101.78%)2. Hamilton (101.73%)3. Aladdin (99.96%)4. The Lion King (99.92%)5. Wicked (97.26%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. An American in Paris (68.66%)4. Disaster! (68.23%)*3. Our Mother’s Brief Affair (66.35%)2. Jersey Boys (65.64%)1. Finding Neverland (65.47%)**** Number based on eight preview performances** Number based on seven preview performances***Number based on nine regular performancesSource: The Broadway League View Commentslast_img read more

Egypt reports 13th avian flu death plus new case

first_imgFeb 16, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed a fatal H5N1 avian influenza case in a 37-year-old woman in Egypt, as the country’s health ministry announced that a 5-year-old boy had tested positive for the virus.Egyptian officials announced the case in the woman, from Fayyoum governorate about 60 miles south of Cairo, 2 days ago. The WHO, in a statement yesterday confirming her illness as the country’s 21st case, said she was hospitalized Feb 12 and had helped slaughter and defeather sick birds a week before she became ill. She is the 13th Egyptian to die of the virus and the third in 2007.Meanwhile, Egypt’s health ministry said the boy, from Sharqiya governorate, about 60 miles northeast of Cairo, tested positive for H5N1 after experiencing a high fever 2 days ago, Reuters reported today. The ministry said he was in stable condition and undergoing treatment.WHO confirmation of the boy’s case would increase the agency’s case count for Egypt to 22.John Jabbour, a WHO representative in Cairo, told Reuters that a delay in reporting symptoms is contributing to a high fatality rate in Egypt. He said many people keep birds at their homes but hesitate to disclose that to health officials because they fear sanctions.In other avian flu news, agriculture officials in Laos on Feb 13 reported two H5N1 outbreaks in poultry, according to a report today in the Vientiane Times. The outbreaks reportedly occurred in two Vientiane prefecture villages, one on a duck farm in Phonpapao-thong and one among backyard ducks in Dongsavath.Health officials held an emergency meeting yesterday to discuss how to handle the outbreak, the Times reported. They have already restricted poultry movement in the affected areas and surveyed 83,000 people in 50 villages near the area for suspicious symptoms, the Times report said. Authorities also plan to cull ducks at the two outbreak locations.The last poultry outbreak in Laos occurred in July 2006, when the H5N1 virus killed 2,500 chickens on a farm just south of Vientiane near the Thai border. It was the first major H5N1 outbreak in the country since 2004. No human cases or deaths have been reported.Officials in Turkey, in a report submitted to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) 3 days ago, announced H5N1 outbreaks in two more villages, one in Batman province, where the first outbreak of the 2007 season was reported recently, and one in Diyarbakir province. All are in southeast Turkey, about 460 miles from Ankara.Turkish officials suspect that the disease has spread to poultry in two more villages in Diyarbakir but are awaiting test results, Reuters reported today. The two villages were quarantined, and 340 birds were destroyed, the report said. There have been no WHO-confirmed human cases in Turkey in 2007.See also:Feb 16 WHO statementFeb 15 WHO statementNov 22, 2006, FAO avian flu bulletin with chart of H5N1 outbreaks by country reports on Turkish outbreak read more

Letters to the Editor for Saturday, June 29

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump compares to LBJ, Clintons bestI’ve found several books about Lyndon Johnson’s dark side, including his massive corruption. Without looking very far, I’ve found three books about the Clintons’ corruption. Authors include Joachim Joesten, Roger Stone and Peter Schweizer.Trump comparisons to Obama make some sense, but having read one of those books about Johnson and the Clintons, they’re clearly more similar to Trump than Nixon was. It makes sense to me that Trump should be compared more to LBJ and the Clintons, and less to Richard Nixon.Colin YunickCharltonIsrael is far better than its neighborsRegarding Mr. Van Dijk’s rants in his June 15 letter directed to a position of Bruce Trackenburg’s letter of May 23:Mr. Van Dijk spews forth his version of the situation in the Middle East area. However, his view does come across as being somewhat anti-Semitic. In fact, his writing could be used for a poster for these types of organizations.Is Israel lily white in its dealings with its neighbors? Not by a long shot. However, it’s far better than any of its tyrannical neighbors by having a democratically elected government, duly elected, by its people, since 1948. Also it’s probably more lily white than the United States is and has been in many of its dealings. However, I’d rather have Israel take out Iraq’s nuclear reactor, as it did in 1989, than us sitting by with North Korea and Iran in 2019.Constantly being attacked on all sides, having your neighbors only want to see your death and destruction — if that doesn’t give you some moral leeway in your dealings, then maybe 6-plus-million voices of the past do.Sorry, but the world isn’t perfect. And for these people to survive, anything goes. Never again should anyone attempt to wipe them off the face of the Earth.PS: The last time I read the Bible and attended classes in ancient history, this land was theirs long before any of its neighbors. Bob NicolellaScotiaChristians shouldn’t show self-interest Beware forces seeking U.S.-Europe mergerIt’s time United States citizens were informed of activity of a little-known non-government organization that has been working to advance plans for the merger of the United States and Europe. ‘ The Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN), the organization which anticipates such a merger, is made up of many powerful and well-known corporations, think tanks and legislators on both sides of the Atlantic.I’d think such a movement that would effect all citizens would warrant coverage by mainstream news media. But no. Complete silence.It’s urgent for Congress to reject the US.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The Deep State globalists prefer small incremental advances to their goal, therefore they hide the adverse portions of an agreement under advantages, which nobody can oppose. But once approved, the adverse items hold sway and USMCA would be a step toward this proposed merger.The USMCA contains such adverse conditions causing us to surrender sovereignty to that organization. Chapter 30, entitled “Administrative and Institutional Provisions,” establishes a governing “Free Trade Commission,” a supernational governing body, which would have power to revise the USMCA without congressional approval. Loss of sovereignty is in the heart of the agreement. The Free Trade Commission would oversee a bureaucracy of at least 16 subordinate committees, each related to a particular chapter in the agreement. There’s much that’s covered in the proposed agreement which would effect the sovereignty of the greatest nation on Earth. USMCA is one step toward One World Government.Please contact your congressional representative and instruct them to vote against the USMCA.George Van SchaickRotterdamSupport getting rid of Trump, McConnellIn response to Jane Pauze’s June 22 letter (“Enough effort wasted investigating Trump”), as a resident of Niskayuna and Schenectady County, I do support Paul Tonko’s efforts including investigating Donald Trump further with respect to the Mueller report.If you read the Mueller report fully, you will see clear evidence that Mr. Trump did try hard to obstruct justice. Only because he is president has he avoided being indicted so far. Hopefully once his one term is over, he will be pursued for his efforts to obstruct justice. One other note is that the House has been trying to get legislation through which addresses the items Ms. Pauze’s letter recited. But the “grim reaper,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has been blocking all efforts to get meaningful laws passed. Hopefully, this will be his last term, too.Douglas McFaddenNiskayunaBecome citizen before reaping U.S. benefitsI woke up this morning to find that immigrants here illegally can now obtain a driver’s license from the state of New York.This is supposed to keep their families from being torn apart and to allow them to go to and from their jobs that they hold illegally. Allowing them to have driver’s license is also going to prod them to get insurance on the vehicles that they drive on the roads that our tax dollars pay for. Next, their right to vote will be pushed through in the middle of the night. There will be people left in this state to vote for Andrew Cuomo next election.You can sit around, get stoned (It’s only a matter of time.), watch the immigrants drive by and dream up what you can do to make their lives easier. Maybe some health insurance. Why do we not want the immigrants to go through the proper channels to become legal citizens in this country? Does anyone remember Ellis Island? My family has their names in the books from when they arrived in this great country to pursue the opportunities that were being offered. No one gave them anything but a chance. I believe you should have to be a legal citizen in order to enjoy any benefits that may come from being in this country. Otherwise, what is the incentive for them to do so?Kathleen LamphereCanajoharieMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18 To address Audrey Saltsman’s question in her June 12 letter about Schenectady High School changing the date of the prom to accommodate our many students of Muslim faith, I have three thoughts:1. Most school districts have never been and likely never will be in the position to do the same for Christians, as the academic school calendar (aside from and agrarian summers-off schedule) is planned entirely around Christian holidays.2. As Christians, we are taught humility and never to put ourselves before others; especially if they are suffering in any way. If there are others who cease suffering by having a special request met, it isn’t truly Christ-like to adopt a “What about me?” point of view. To do so when it’s always about us is something to step back from and reflect upon and potentially grow from as a Christian.3. The students are to be commended for following the protocol and doing everything they were supposed to do to effect change. The superintendent and district are to be commended for taking responsibility for the ignorance of privilege. For either to be questioned undermines the constitutional rights of the students and people of Muslim faith. Implicit bias often goes completely unseen to oneself, but can appear as racism and prejudice to others. Lisa RussoSchenectadyTaxpayers not hurt by horsemen cutbackCasinos should not be immune from criticism. But the criticism should at least be accurate.Today’s editorial gives the impression that Rivers is seeking a tax break and to pay less money to the state. That’s just not true.The horseman do not lose $1 under the bill I introduced. Instead of the casino making 100 percent of the contribution to the horseman and breeder’s funds, the racino would make 50 percent and the casino would make 50 percent. Prior to the advent of the casino, the racino paid 100 percent. It’s not the job of the casino to subsidize the racino, as is currently the case.The marketing credit sought by Rivers would not decrease the amount Rivers pays to the state. The credit only applies after Rivers makes the same contribution to the state as it makes now.Your readers can judge whether either proposal is unreasonable.Phil SteckLoudonvilleThe writer represents the 110th Assembly District in the state Legislature.eWIC program makes going shopping easierThere is an exciting new development in the New York State Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program called eWIC. With eWIC, benefits are now provided electronically, making shopping with WIC easier and more convenient.Anyone who has shopped with WIC paper checks will appreciate the convenience of eWIC. WIC benefits are loaded onto the eWIC card at the WIC clinic appointment. The eWIC card is used just like a debit card at the grocery store, letting participants buy food when it works best for them rather than all at once.Another benefit of eWIC is a new app called WIC2Go that lets participants check their WIC benefit balance right from their phone. This app also allows participants to scan foods to see if they are WIC-approved, look up WIC-approved stores and local WIC clinics and see their next WIC appointment.WIC may be able to help those who are pregnant, a new mom or have children under age 5, or are fathers, grandparents or caregivers of children under age 5. WIC provides nutritious food, breastfeeding support, nutrition education and referrals to other services.To learn more about WIC eligibility, contact the local WIC Help Specialist. WIC Help Specialists provide one-on-one services to help connect eligible pregnant women and families with young children to WIC. These services are free and confidential.Vanessa GeeAlbanyThe writer is a WIC help specialist, Catholic Charities Tri-County Services serving Albany and Schenectady Counties.Get politics out of Nisky school boardThe Niskayuna school board has failed the taxpayers. A disgraceful campaign was conducted slandering a board candidate. They extended the superintendent’s contract for 5 years despite staff outcry of low morale in the district. He does not need to even rent a place in the town but  travels to Herkimer daily.He’s not contributing one penny to the district’s tax base.In addition, they and the superintendent are proposing a $50 million to $80 million bond for building renovations etc. The taxpayers have to pay for this enormous bond, since previous boards and administrations didn’t make building upkeep their priority. In essence, we are paying for neglect.School boards are supposed to be non-political, but this isn’t the case. Why would a school board election take on the appearance of a political campaign when members don’t receive compensation? The simple answer is board members are using it as a stepping stone for political office. A school board member is running for the town board in November. School boards are supposed to be a selfless act of service. There should be a policy that school board members wait a year after they leave office before running for a paid political office. Political aspirations carry with them political decisions that are often self-serving. This is horrendous for the town, students, staff and taxpayers.Taxpayers and staff need to take back their district. One way to accomplish this is to speak out and vote.Linda RizzoNiskayunalast_img read more

Many student tickets going unused

first_imgTake a quick glance at the results of Wisconsin’s big three sports and you would likely chalk up this year as one of the more successful years in recent memory.The football team appeared in its third Rose Bowl in as many years after winning the Big Ten Championship against Nebraska.The men’s basketball team held its own in the nation’s toughest basketball conference and earned a 5-seed in the NCAA Tournament.Meanwhile, the men’s hockey team stunned fans by mounting an unexpected comeback in the second half of the season on it’s way to the WCHA Tournament Championship and a surprise appearance in the NCAA Tournament.But if you take your eyes off the field, court or rink for just a moment and look up to the UW student section, the scenery you would find might not fit what you expected for a set of programs known for its success year in and year out.While the attendance figures on the official stats sheet at the end of the game may have shown yet another sellout – the Athletic Department releases the number of tickets sold each game, not the number of tickets scanned – for Wisconsin football or basketball, the reality is that hundreds of student tickets go unused each game.A Badger Herald open records request found nearly 30 percent of the student season tickets purchased at the beginning of the basketball and hockey seasons never make it to the Kohl Center.Even the back-to-back-to-back Big Ten champion Wisconsin football team – which sells out its student season tickets in less than 30 minutes with regularity – had an average of nearly 1,000 student tickets out of its 13,000-plus student section go unused for each game in 2012.Still, while Associate Athletic Director Justin Doherty said the ultimate goal is to fill every seat, he added that there are a number of issues at play when it comes to lower student attendance – some of which he said are out of the Athletic Department’s control.“From our standpoint, I think there are a lot of factors that go into the difference between [tickets bought and tickets scanned],” Doherty said. “It could be the day of the week, whether the game is over Winter break or not, could be game times.“Ultimately, it is an individual choice or an individual circumstance.”Identifying the problemGrowing up in Stevens Point, fifth-year senior Joe Dewitt said he has been a Badger fan most of his life.As a result, since he began attending UW, Dewitt has taken full advantage of the student season tickets the Athletic Department has offered in his time at the University – having had season tickets to football, basketball and hockey for at least one season each.A testament to his dedication to UW athletics, Dewitt said he could only remember one time in his last few years as a football season ticket holder where he was unable to use his ticket.For Dewitt, attending games allows him to play his part in contributing to the intimidation factor of Camp Randall or the Kohl Center.“It’s half the reason why I make sure I’m there,” Dewitt said. “I want the Badgers to win and I think a big part of that is making sure that the student section is there and is trying to get in the head of the other team.“You would be hard pressed to tell me that having a roaring crowd behind the Badgers didn’t help them get a close win.”Unfortunately, the large numbers of unused tickets seem to indicate that student fans like Dewitt are slowly becoming the exception, not the rule.As technology improves and new methods of consuming games continue to emerge, going to the game is no longer the only way to consume a game.For many students, following the game remotely has become a more effective way to cover Wisconsin sports while also dealing with the many other commitments that come with the college lifestyle.Combine the rigors of college with huge ticket packages and weeknight games for the basketball and hockey seasons and the decision to go to a game becomes a difficult one for students, Dewitt said.“It is a huge commitment to get those tickets,” Dewitt said. “If you’re someone like me you’re not going to get the tickets unless you think you can go to a lot of the games. If you have a busy academic semester, it is a lot harder to go to a basketball game on a Tuesday or Wednesday night.”Finding the solutionFor Doherty and the Athletic Department, the key to bringing students to the stadium cannot rest on the marketing of the team or the game alone.Instead, Doherty believes the only way to combat unused tickets is to continue to work on engaging student fans and making them more involved in the game.“If you’re having a good experience going to the game, hopefully your overall experience is something you like and that you want to continue to take part in,” Doherty said.Beginning in the fall of 2012, UW Athletics launched a Twitter campaign to integrate students into the Wisconsin football conversation. Handing out free shirts with “#Badgers” printed across the back and building a new video board along the rim of the upper deck at Camp Randall to display student and fan tweets about the game gave students a new way to participate in Badger Gameday.While marketing techniques like this have proved successful for the Athletic Department in the past few years, Doherty said he knows it will take a culture shift to bring the student sections closer to 100 percent attendance.“I think our initiative going forward is to try to keep pace with [the students],” Doherty said. “Keep doing things that keep people interested in addition to the actual game itself.”Predicting the futureEven though expectations for all three teams will likely continue to be just as high, if not higher, than they have been the past few years when next fall rolls around, this does not mean student attendance can be expected to suddenly improve.In fact, in some cases the Athletic Department is predicting exactly the opposite.Doherty confirmed a report from the Wisconsin State Journal that the Athletic Department has budgeted for a $470,000 drop in ticket revenue for the men’s hockey team next year when they join the newly-created Big Ten hockey conference.Some have pointed out the move to a new conference means many of Wisconsin’s closest hockey rivals will no longer be on the schedule each year – such as North Dakota, Colorado College and St. Cloud State – which in turn could lead some fans to forgo buying ticket packages.However, others – including the players on the Wisconsin hockey team – think the move could have the opposite effect.“I’ve had some conversations with a couple of different guys in the past few weeks and I think some students aren’t really educated about hockey – they didn’t grow up with it – but they might be football or basketball people,” sophomore defenseman Jake McCabe said.“When they see the men’s hockey team is playing a two-game series versus Michigan or Ohio State, they know these teams and understand the rivalries from basketball and football and hopefully that carries over to hockey.”Still, whatever effect the new conference has on men’s hockey, the players know no matter how well the Athletic Department markets the games, it is ultimately up to them and their performances to sell tickets each year.“We always have our own pressure on ourselves to win games,” junior forward Michael Mersch said. “People want to come and watch good hockey. We represent the school and we want to represent it well.”last_img read more