Odds & Ends: Go Behind-the-Scenes of La La Land & More

first_img View Comments ‘La La Land'(Photo: Dale Robinette) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Go Behind-the-Scenes of La La LandLa La Land gorgeousness keeps on coming. Here we have a behind-the-scenes look at the new movie musical, starring Broadway alum Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Featuring lyrics by Main Stem favorites Pasek and Paul (Dear Evan Hansen), and written and directed by Damien Chazelle, the film is set in modern day Los Angeles and explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams. La La Land hits movie theaters on December 9, comfortably making the Oscar submission deadline—we can’t wait to check it out! They’re purrfect even when it’s fureezing cold! #CatsBroadway #MacysParade #Rehearsal #Thanksgiving @Macys pic.twitter.com/zz9CRJ7gA8— CATS on Broadway (@CatsBroadway) November 23, 2016center_img Apply for a Lloyd Webber University ScholarshipThe latest component of the American Theatre Wing’s Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative has been announced—the first annual application period for 4-Year Partial University Scholarships is now open. “I have always been a passionate supporter of young talent. It is crucial that proper training is available for the performers of the future and it fills me with great joy that my Foundation can help in this way,” said the composer in a statement. High school students in grade 12 who demonstrate talent and ability in the theater arts, but have a lack of resources to attend a four-year university program are eligible to apply; for more information click here.Patti LuPone Takes on Robert De NiroBroadway legend (and former Lloyd Webber leading lady) Patti LuPone, who will soon return to the Great White Way in War Paint, can also be seen in the upcoming Robert De Niro movie The Comedian. Following an aging comic icon, the film is slated to land in movie theaters on February 1, 2017; check out the trailer below. P.S. Here’s the composer’s purrfect Cats cast rehearsing for tomorrow’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Happy Turkey Day one and all!last_img read more

Pedestrian Killed in Hempstead Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York One male died and another was injured when they were struck by a car in Hempstead Saturday, Nassau County police said. The two males, who weren’t immediately identified, were crossing Clinton Street at Dartmouth Street from west to east at 1:16 a.m. when they were struck by a 2013 Dodge Challenger, police said. One of males suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The other victim was taken to a local hospital with unspecified injuries. In the case of the victim who suffered fatal injuries, police said identification is being withheld pending family notification.The vehicle was impounded at the scene, police said. The investigation into the crash is ongoing.last_img read more

Arsenal fans go wild as Serge Gnabry proves he’s still a Gunner at heart on Instagram

first_imgGnabry joining arsenal confirmed? pic.twitter.com/8iu5poUnzC— Leon ⁹ (@leonfcb) April 1, 2020 Hey @Arsenal if you can pay 80 million for pepe. I think you bid in 90 million for serge gnabry— kevin (@Tobaryafeelme) April 2, 2020 Advertisement Arsenal fans go wild as Serge Gnabry proves he’s still a Gunner at heart on Instagram Metro Sport ReporterThursday 2 Apr 2020 7:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.7kShares I fell for it 😭 he was repping arsenal— MoGnabry🇴🇲 (@MoGnabry) April 1, 2020MORE: Gary Lineker slams Tottenham as club furlough staff during coronavirus hiatus Serge Gnabry still has a place for Arsenal in his heart (Picture: Getty)Few Arsenal fans expected Serge Gnabry to become the superstar that he is today but that doesn’t make it any easier to see German tearing it up at Bayern Munich.The winger left the Emirates for Werder Bremen in 2016 after failing to impress on a loan spell with West Brom, where he was dropped by Tony Pulis for being overweight.However, Gnabry’s career has gone from strength to strength since leaving the Gunners and he was snapped up by Bayern Munich in 2018. Commentcenter_img Serge Gnabry really loves Arsenal. Scored against Spurs tweets NLD is red scores against Chelsea tweets London is red. He is now wearing this season’s Arsenal away shirt during a conference call between the Bayern players. Once a Gunner always A Gunner. pic.twitter.com/EQtBdCefoV— Gooner_Eurychus🇰🇪✪™ (@Gooner_Eurychus) April 2, 2020 Serge Gnabry in an Arsenal shirt earlier today. 😍Once a gunner, always a gunner. #afc pic.twitter.com/bkdZI0Lw5P— ArsenalLatest (@ArsenalLatest) April 2, 2020 Serve Gnabry still wears Arsenal kits while he’s home? He really does seem to love the club, it’s a shame for all involved that things didn’t work out.— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) April 2, 2020 Advertisement Gnabry wore Arsenal’s latest away kit (Picture: Instagram)The German’s bagged 31 goals in 75 appearances for the Bundesliga giants and he scored four goals earlier this season against Arsenal’s rivals Tottenham in the Champions League.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTGnabry declared that ‘North London is Red’ after the match and he’s continued his love affair with his former club by wearing Arsenal’s latest strip during a Bayern Munich video call today.All players are, of course, in self-isolation and therefore have to train alone in their houses until it is safe to continue with the season again.But that didn’t stop hopeful Gooners begging Gnabry to return to the club. Gnabry training with an Arsenal jersey although he’s left us four years ago. Everytime he scores against our rivals he tweets “London is red”. @Arsenal do everything to get him back I’m on my knees please, he wants to play for us again. FUCK I’M SO HYPED 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/Q8N6yDCZCr— Bes 🤝🏼 (@misterbayern_) April 1, 2020last_img read more

Joseph Mariathasan: Politics, markets and long-term challenges

first_imgThe start of 2018 sees the global economy looking in healthy shape, but the dynamics of populist politics in Europe and the US should still raise concerns over what the long-term future holds.Karen Ward at JPMorgan Asset Management (JPMAM) in a recent presentation highlighted key questions for 2018.First, can the global economy sustain momentum in 2018? To which JPMAM’s answer was ‘yes’, particularly if there is a revival in productivity.Second, how much should we worry about central banks normalising policy? The asset manager’s view was ‘not too much’ – normalisation is likely to be gradual, but beware of duration and liquidity risk. Third, are equity valuations now stretched meaning it is time to derisk? JPMAM’s view was ‘no’. Macro-economic factors matter more than valuations over a one- to two-year timeframe. The main risk is inflation, so derisking to cash or fixed income does not make much sense.If 2018 looks fine, what lies beyond?Unemployment rates in the US are now below 5%, having been around 10% following the financial crisis. UK figures have shown a similar fall. In the euro-zone, levels are still high at not much below 9%, but they are down from peak levels seen a couple of years ago. However, what has been increasing – and is clearly evident in the US – is a huge rise in inequality. The new jobs that are being created are not of the same quality and wage levels of the middle-income jobs that have disappeared.Over periods of 10 or 20 years, the developed world faces two major structural challenges that are becoming the driving forces of populist politics. They both lead to rising inequality and the disappearance of middle-class jobs.The first appears to be the rise of emerging markets, where educated workforces at lower wage levels than developed markets provide an economic arbitrage in whole sectors, particularly manufacturing. The rise of automation, internet and artificial intelligence (AI) in their widest forms is also serving to destroy large numbers of low-level and even mid-level service jobs in areas such as banking, law and insurance.Trump’s ‘America First’ policy is an attempt to roll back globalisation and the export of middle-class jobs to emerging markets. Some 400 years ago, the per-capita income in China and India was higher than that of Europe. Within one or two generations, the same could be true again.Trying to stop that realignment smacks of King Canute trying to hold back the tide (he was actually making the point to his courtiers that the powers of a ruler are limited – something that perhaps President Trump has yet to learn).The rise of emerging markets is something to celebrate. Their rising prosperity is also an enabler for rising prosperity in developed markets. However, the issue that has not been addressed is how rising prosperity in developed markets should be redistributed across the population. It is rising inequality within developed markets, rather than a narrowing of the gap with emerging markets, that politicians need to be addressing.The second key challenge has to some extent, been explored in a recent paper by Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz (together with Anton Korinek). Korinek and Stiglitz point out that, while some commentators propose that advances in AI are merely the latest wave in a long process of automation, others emphasise that AI critically differs from past inventions.“As artificial intelligence draws closer and closer to human general intelligence, much of human labour runs the risk of becoming obsolete and being replaced by AI in all domains,” they say.They argue that the primary economic challenge posed by the proliferation of AI will also be one of income distribution. If redistribution is too costly, it may be impossible to compensate the losers of technological progress, and they will rationally oppose progress, much as the famed Luddites who destroyed machinery at the dawn of the first industrial revolution.Korinek and Stiglitz argue that inequality rises because innovators earn a surplus: “Unless markets for innovation are fully contestable, the surplus earned by innovators is generally in excess of the costs of innovation.”In addition, innovations change the demand for factors such as different types of labour and capital, which affects their prices and generates redistributions. AI, for example, may reduce wages and generate a redistribution to entrepreneurs.Understanding and dealing with these two challenges should be a long-term priority of political parties throughout developed markets. Both should be regarded as unambiguously positive.But, as Korinek and Stiglitz warn, while individuals and economies may be able to adjust to slow changes, they may struggle when the pace is rapid. The more willing society is to support the necessary transition and to provide support to those who are ‘left behind’, the faster the pace of innovation that society can accommodate.“A society that is not willing to engage in such actions should expect resistance to innovation, with uncertain political and economic consequences,” declare the authors. Politicians should take note.Korinek and Stiglitz’s paper is available here.last_img read more

Bullying students tell of racism in study of how they view the education system

first_imgStuff co.nz 31 January 2018School children are reporting “consistent” racism in a major report into how students view the education system.“Some teachers are racist,” a student in alternative education told the report Education matters to me: Key insights, published on Wednesday.“They tell you that you are not going to achieve … this makes me feel angry because it hurts. Then we do stupid things and we get blamed … I don’t want to get blamed … I don’t.”A primary student said: “The racist bastards that call us brown kids, pieces of poo and baa baa black sheeps – schools need to get this stuff improved.”A secondary student said: “Just ’cause we are Māori doesn’t mean we are stupid.”The report, by Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft and the New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA), includes online interviews with 1534 students, and face-to-face interviews with 144 from schools in Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington and Christchurch.Most conclude school is “OK”, but want more from their education, and for their voices to be heard when it comes to ideas for improving it.The report says there are “six key insights” to be drawn from what interviewees said: understand me in my whole world; people at school are racist towards me; relationships mean everything to me; teach me the way I learn best; I need to be comfortable before I can learn; and it’s my life – let me have a say.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/101007218/students-tell-of-racism-in-study-of-how-they-view-the-education-systemlast_img read more

Revealed: What drugs have Kiwi festival-goers been taking?

first_imgNZ Herald 29 June 2020 The study also found that a portable hand-held device used for rapid on-site testing, called a Raman spectrometer, failed to correctly identify components in nearly half the seized samples.(Only) 62% of people said they wouldn’t take a substance that wasn’t what they expected it to be.The confiscated drugs included 30 different types. The bulk of them were either MDMA and cannabis – making up 204 and 44 of them respectively – but the mix also included nine samples of LSD, five of cocaine, and 19 cathinones, a family of psychostimulants better known as bath salts.Of 20 samples that turned out to be mixtures, the most common was Blue Crown – a combination of MDMA and N-ethylpentylone and sold as blue tablets marked with a distinctive blue crown. N-ethylpentylone, a type of cathinone, was known to trigger a short-lived high, followed by a long period of over-stimulation that could include a racing heart, high blood pressure, anxiety, overheating and sleeplessness for up to 36 hours. In large doses, it’s been linked to deaths overseas and hospitalisations in New ZealandThat MDMA proved the most common drug wasn’t surprising to the researchers – and was consistent with findings from festivals overseas.Scientists have offered a fresh snapshot of what drugs Kiwis are taking at summer festivals – with MDMA or ecstasy, sometimes at triple-dose levels, making up two-thirds of those seized.A just-published survey of more than 300 samples seized by police at the Homegrown, Rhythm & Vines and Electric Avenue festivals over the 2018-19 summer also revealed potentially harmful drug mixtures dubbed Pink Porsche, Red Maple Leaf and Blue Crown.The ESR-led study comes as the Government has just launched a new website aimed at alerting Kiwis to dangerous drugs circulating around the country.The confiscated drugs included 30 different types. The bulk of them were either MDMA and cannabis – making up 204 and 44 of them respectively – but the mix also included nine samples of LSD, five of cocaine, and 19 cathinones, a family of psychostimulants better known as bath salts.Of 20 samples that turned out to be mixtures, the most common was Blue Crown – a combination of MDMA and N-ethylpentylone and sold as blue tablets marked with a distinctive blue crown.N-ethylpentylone, a type of cathinone, was known to trigger a short-lived high, followed by a long period of over-stimulation that could include a racing heart, high blood pressure, anxiety, overheating and sleeplessness for up to 36 hours.In large doses, it’s been linked to deaths overseas and hospitalisations in New Zealand – and its detection here prompted volunteer group Know Your Stuff NZ to issue an alert.That MDMA proved the most common drug wasn’t surprising to the researchers – and was consistent with findings from festivals overseas.But lead author Cameron Johnson, an ESR senior scientist, said it was important to keep up to date with drug trends, to help educate potential users and event organisers.“Knowledge of substances in use – especially new psychoactive substances – may assist in treating users who are experiencing unusual or adverse effects, or in issuing health warnings at such events.”Johnson said the survey suggested users might be misinformed about what they were taking, thinking the substance was MDMA rather than a compound, and amounts of drugs could vary from one dose to the next.NZ Drug Foundation senior health promotion adviser Anna Tonks said it was worrying to see more evidence of high-dose MDMA among the survey, with some pills weighing more than 120mg.“This is two to five times the normal dose and can be very, very harmful for someone who doesn’t have the right harm reduction information and doesn’t know what a normal dose is,” she said.“The fact that synthetic cathinones have popped up again is also highly concerning. N-ethylpentylone has been associated with at least two deaths overseas, has put dozens of Kiwis in hospital, and is often mis-sold as MDMA.“This is why we would advocate that drug-checking is a really important service, because if people find out it’s synthetic cathinone and not MDMA, they might decide to discard it.”The study also found that a portable hand-held device used for rapid on-site testing, called a Raman spectrometer, failed to correctly identify components in nearly half the seized samples.Johnson and colleagues concluded that a collaboration of on-site testing services and lab-based testing could improve accuracy.Tonks agreed having access to lab testing would be a “great addition” to festival drug-checking services, like Know Your Stuff NZ – but for that to happen, a law change would be needed.“For example, volunteers can’t hold on to substances to be tested later in laboratories, so there are obviously big legal barriers around harm reduction activities.”The Government recently launched an independent evaluation of festival drug checking services, which polling had suggested three-quarters of Kiwis favoured.Know Your Stuff managing director Wendy Allison said awareness of her group was clearly growing, with 1300 samples tested last summer, compared with 805 the summer before that, and 445 in 2017-18.“I think we’re making a difference every year – and certainly since last year, when [the issue] became very topical in the media and among politicians, we have been sought more and more outside of people just bringing us substances.”Allison also wasn’t surprised by ESR’s results. Her group’s data from the 2018-19 summer showed the most common substance detected was MDMA, followed by indoles, usually LSD, and dissociatives, usually ketamine.“We’ve seen a slight increase in the amount of samples that turn out to be ketamine but it’s not a massive spike that would make your grandma faint,” she said.“We have, alongside that, received more enquiries about harms associated with ketamine. So there is perhaps an association there that might point to an increasing trend but it’s too early to tell how it will play out.”About 87 per cent of the samples were what people thought they were, and 62 per cent of people said they wouldn’t take a substance that wasn’t what they expected it to be.Her group also found seven mixtures of MDMA and N-ethylpentylone. Of those samples that weren’t MDMA, more than half contained N-ethylpentylone.She said the vast majority of people who bought cathinones were under the impression they were MDMA.When her volunteers discovered the Blue Crown tablets, the group put out an alert that reached about 80,000 people within days.“To me, this highlights the importance of on-site festival drug checking. The work we do has an immediacy.”Detective Inspector Blair Macdonald, manager of the New Zealand Police’s National Drug Intelligence Bureau, said high-strength MDMA, or MDMA cut or blended with other substances, were routinely seen at both the border and in public.As purity tests on the drugs weren’t carried out regularly carried out, it was difficult to tell how available they were across the country.“Organised criminal groups distribute these substances for strictly profit purposes and have no regard for the wellbeing of the people consuming them,” Macdonald said.“It is important to remember that illicit drugs are generally manufactured and/or imported by people who put profit above all else and do not consider the health and wellbeing of users.”Today, Drug Information and Alert New Zealand also launched a new website, High Alert, which helps people identify drugs and issues alerts.https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12343926Keep up with family issues in NZ. 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UEFA reveal date Premier League must end after shifting Euro 2020

first_img Loading… The Premier League and other top-flight European football leagues have been told by UEFA that they want the current season finished by June 30. Leagues across the continent have been suspended amid the worldwide coronavirus pandemic which has led to huge disruption in daily lives across the globe. Clubs are to present their plan for fulfilling all remaining games at Thursday’s Premier League meeting Read Also: Liverpool star Mane donates £41,000 to fight coronavirus “That is not sure for now but we should now think about the health of the fans and the players.“We also have to think about football as a whole, the whole ecosystem of football. “That is why we have decided today to postpone the Euros and we have full, 100 per cent support of all 55 national associations, the European leagues, the European Club Association and FIFPro.” However, European football’s governing body are aware that the situation is fluid, and that if the pandemic worsens, then certain dates simply won’t be achievable. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “We think postponing the Euros was the only way to give a chance to all the national leagues and all the club competitions to finish their competitions.center_img Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human Being18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Untold Truth Of Sasha Obama At a meeting on Tuesday, UEFA agreed to postpone next summer’s Euro 2020 finals by a year in order to free up space for leagues across Europe to finish their domestic campaigns. That remains the overwhelming priority of both the leagues and the vast majority of their clubs, although time is of the essence due to the severity of COVID-19 and the fact that many contracts and transfer deals are tied into that June 30 date. UEFA have also agreed to move the Champions League and Europa League finals back to late June on Tuesday, while the Premier League have agreed to meet on Thursday in order to thrash out what they plan to do next. “We all know that this terrible virus that is all across Europe made football and all life in Europe quite impossible. We knew we had to stop the competitions,” said UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.last_img read more

Aklan guv mulls modified ECQ

first_imgThe governor said that he is happy aboutthe fact that five out of six (COVID-19) patients in this province have alreadybeen considered as free from the virus based on the retesting procedures doneby the Provincial Health Office here.  “I still have to conform this toour mayors during one of our meetings soon,” he said yesterday. Ibajay mayor Jose Enrique Miraflores,who chairs the Municipal Mayors League of Aklan, said that the 17 mayors willsupport whatever the governor intends to do. This province is currently under the state of ECQ until April 30 to fight thespread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “I hope the sixth COVID-19 case inthis province would soon be tested negative,” he added. KALIBO, Aklan – In order to balance thehealth and interest of his folks, Gov. Florencio Miraflores is mulling theimplementation of a modified enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in thisprovince which is expected to start on May 1. center_img Medical frontliners of the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbukon Memorial Hospital (DRSTMH) in Kalibo, Aklan congratulate the 81-year-old coronavirus disease 2019 survivor who got discharged on April 22. He was sent to his residence in Libacao, Aklan for a 14-day mandatory quarantine. JUN AGUIRRE/PN The modified ECQ will allow publictransport within this province to operate provided that people will observeproper social distancing. Earlier, the Philippine Chamber ofCommerce and Industry in Aklan passed a resolution asking the governor to liftthe ECQ./PNlast_img read more

Steering Failure Blamed In U.S. 52 Crash

first_imgA Metamora driver was taken to a hospital after suffering minor injuries in a single vehicle crash Monday morning.Emergency crews responded to U.S. 52, just west of Cummins Rd., in Brookville Township around 11:39 a.m.Responding officers say the vehicle, a 1998 Ford Explorer, was traveling west on U.S. 52 when it traveled off the south side of the road, over an embankment, and rolled over before coming to an upright rest.The driver, Sarah Bulmer, 25, told police it felt as if something in the steering failed causing her to lose control.She was rushed to McCollough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford for treatment of minor injuries.last_img

Henshaw gets help from O’Driscoll

first_img The 21-year-old midfielder then revealed Ireland’s record caps holder O’Driscoll is doubling as a personal analysis coach to help him realise his rich potential. “Brian and I stay in contact by text and a couple of phone-calls here and there,” said Henshaw. “He gives me a couple of things to work on, he has a look and studies my games. “He is really helping me a lot and I have a lot of respect for him. He hasn’t been in camp, but he has been on the phone. “He has been studying the matches, having a look at them himself, giving me things to work on and telling me what I’m doing well. “I made sure to ask for him to keep helping me after last season. I kind of said to him ‘don’t leave me now!’ I said ‘give me a dig-out when you go and help me to improve’.” Ireland boss Joe Schmidt is yet to reveal his hand on exactly who will prove O’Driscoll’s long-term replacement, and Henshaw may ultimately wind up at inside centre. Gordon D’Arcy’s absence from the 29-15 victory over South Africa led Schmidt to pair direct outside-centre rivals Henshaw and Jared Payne in midfield. Former British and Irish Lions captain O’Driscoll anointed Connacht battering ram Henshaw as his great successor on his retirement at the end of last season. Henshaw held firm at outside centre as Ireland edged out Australia 26-23 in Dublin on Saturday to complete their first autumn Test series clean sweep in eight years. Press Association Henshaw’s physical presence helped Ireland subdue the Springboks, while Payne’s foot sprain ushered fit-again D’Arcy back into action for Saturday’s Australia battle. Schmidt can keep his midfield cards shielded until the Six Nations then, with Henshaw simply happy to be featuring. “I’m trying to grow into it now and keep improving,” said Henshaw. “I’ll keep the head down and work away down in Connacht, staying in touch with Joe (Schmidt) and Brian (O’Driscoll) to try to improve my game. “No doubt Mils Muliaina will give me a hand at the club as well, as he played a little bit of 13. “I’ll have a nice team around me so I’ll just try to keep improving. “There are a lot of serious contenders so nothing’s settled: Darren Cave had a good game for Ulster at the weekend and Jared Payne, as you saw against South Africa, he was amazing there as well. “There is serious competition, which will only make me want to improve even more.” Brian O’Driscoll is pulling out all the stops to mentor Robbie Henshaw through his bid to claim Ireland’s vacant 13 shirt.last_img read more