Broadway Grosses: Those Mormon Boys Show No Signs of Slowing Down

first_imgThat’s a lot of “hello”s! The Book of Mormon continues to bring in Broadway audiences, reaching a capacity of 102.6% for the eleventh consecutive week. That’s a consistent 8,528 sitting and 224 standing audience members every week. The Tony-winning musical joined perennial box office hits The Lion King, Wicked, Aladdin and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical in the top five grossing shows. Andrew Rannells kicked off performances in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on August 20, with fans eager to catch his first week in the wig and fishnets at 87.60% capacity. The newest addition to the Great White Way, Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth, had a quiet first week with seven preview performances; we expect numbers to grow as buzz develops. Meanwhile, two tuners that posted closing notices earlier this summer, Newsies and Bullets Over Broadway, took their final bow this past Sunday. Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending August 24: FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%) 2. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (101.05%) 3. The Lion King (100.06%) 4. Matilda (99.97%) 5. Aladdin (99.95%) Source: The Broadway League View Comments UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. Rock of Ages (78.60%) 4. This is Our Youth (77.72%)** 3. Bullets Over Broadway (68.98%) 2. Once (66.32%) 1. Cinderella (59.29%) *Number based on seven regular performances **Number based on seven preview performances UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Chicago ($569,511) 4. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill ($511,741)* 3. Once ($425,535) 2. This is Our Youth ($365,614)** 1. Rock of Ages ($315,426) FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Lion King ($1,955,396) 2. Wicked ($1,795,268) 3. The Book of Mormon ($1,606,698) 4. Aladdin ($1,512,983) 5. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical ($1,282,410)last_img read more

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Storm Ciara disrupts more than 100 flights at Amsterdam’s Schiphol

first_imgAround 120 flights to and from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, one of Europe’s largest, were cancelled or delayed on Sunday as a powerful storm blew in off the Atlantic Ocean with gusts of more than 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour).The Netherlands Meteorological Institute issued an amber alert for Sunday afternoon as storm Ciara began to batter the Dutch coast after crossing Britain overnight.All professional Dutch soccer matches were cancelled, along with most outdoor sporting events. Winds of 100 km per hour were registered just after midday in the Netherlands and gusts were expected to pick up to 140 km later Sunday.Public transportation and road traffic could be disrupted by local flooding and downed trees, authorities warned, advising people to stay indoors.Topics :last_img read more

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Three infants abandoned at the same Florida apartment complex in separate years, turned out to be related

first_imgPolice have discovered that three infants who were all abandoned at the same apartment complex in Orlando, Florida in three separate years are related.Orlando Police say last summer, an infant was found on a doorstep in the apartment complex with a note: The mother feared her baby’s father and the harm he could cause them both.In 2016, and in 2017 two infants were also left at the same apartments.Detective Ghena Luker requested DNA testing for the newborn found in July of 2019. Luker said she then learned of the two infants who were abandoned in similar cases, one born in 2016, and another in 2017, and that’s when she believed the cases were all related.“I submitted DNA from all three children and learned they shared the same mother and father,” Luker wrote in the memo, submitted in March and made public this month. “Several additional familial matches were also discovered through the DNA testing.”Police are currently working to identify the parents of the infants. Officials say the safety of the mother is their top priority.last_img read more

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Healthy People Live With Trees

first_imgRay Tretheway has been in the tree business for more than three decades in Sacramento – a city notorious for ambitious city tree planting.He talks of successful programs with energy suppliers and multiple schools. The Sacramento Tree Foundation, where Tretheway works as Executive Director, has a lofty goal of planting five million trees.But even a veteran like Tretheway and his tree-loving city struggle with one of the major issues of urban tree planting: higher income areas just seem to end up with more trees.“Income is one of the strongest indicators we have of tree cover,” Tretheway said.Sacramento is not alone: residents in major U.S. cities are more likely to have tree-filled neighborhoods if they have higher household incomes, which could lead to both environmental and health disparities, experts warn.It’s not just a matter of good-looking neighborhoods — trees provide a number of benefits for people such as cleaner air, shade and temperature regulation.“Cities are patchy places and the good and bad things aren’t equally distributed across the city,” said Kirsten Schwarz, assistant professor in the department of biological sciences at Northern Kentucky University. Green Landscapes NRDC: Burning Trees to Make Electricity is an ‘Environmental Disaster’Cutting Down Trees and Milling Lumber “Income inequality can perpetuate these patterns.” RELATED ARTICLES Brian Bienkowsky is editor of Environmental Health News, where this post was originally posted, and its sister site, The Daily Climate. He was part of the reporting team that won an Oakes Award honorable mention for the 2012 series, Pollution, Poverty, People of Color. He also won awards for environmental reporting in 2013 and 2014 from the Society of Environmental Journalists.center_img Trees “grow on money,” bolster healthSchwarz and researchers from multiple universities reported last month that the distribution of tree canopy cover in Baltimore, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh, Sacramento and Washington D.C., is tied to median household incomes.“Money may not grow on trees, but this study suggests that in a way, trees grow on money,” the authors wrote in the study published in this month’s PLOS ONE journal.Sure, trees look cool against a backdrop of brownstones. But they also “have a profound impact on public health,” said Geoffrey Donovan of the U.S. Forest Service who studies urban tree cover.Trees have been associated with reduced child obesity, stress, anxiety and fatigue. In addition, Donovan and others have found that areas with more tree canopy have fewer babies born underweight.U.S. counties that have suffered from Emerald ash borer infestations, which decimate ash trees, had an uptick in heart and respiratory-related deaths, according to a 2013 study. Donovan also has found that heart and respiratory health seem to benefit from tree cover.Donovan cited four main reasons trees are linked to improved health: air quality benefits, psychological effects (such as stress reduction), more parks and healthful behaviors such as exercise, and improved social connections. Social isolation is one “of the most significant risk factors for disease,” Donovan said.In addition to human health, studies suggest trees also can reduce noise, spur more neighborly behavior and increase housing prices. Donovan has found some of the more unique benefits of trees appear to be reduced crime and better grades in schools.“Trees can be low on the hierarchy of community needs, but they can be a real tool to improve health and address everyday needs,” said Ian Leahy, director of American Forests’ urban forest programs. Signs of hopeSchwarz said her study is a “call to the larger community to think about equity when developing tree planting goals.”Increasing tree cover is a common goal for cities nowadays, given the environmental and health benefits, and climate change implications such as capture carbon, shade on hot days and regulating water cycles.Leahy said, for the most part, cities across the country have taken great strides in improving tree cover over the past couple decades.All of the cities studied have tree-planting programs underway. Philadelphia has pledged to increase tree canopy cover to 30 percent by 2025.Perhaps the most ambitious plan comes from Tretheway’s Sacramento Tree Foundation: The five million trees by the year 2025 pledge would double the region’s current canopy cover.Leahy said American Forests tries to “make it about more than a tree in the ground” when addressing tree cover disparities. “We try to make sure there’s people requesting, signing up and committing to caring for them [trees],” he said.Tretheway said during the Foundation’s 30-year anniversary, one of their main goals moving forward was to “plant trees where the trees aren’t.”“The program we have, it attracts likeminded people that trust us and join our program to get trees for parks, homes and schools,” he said. That’s not the case in low-income areas.”So, after 30 years in the business, has Tretheway found a way out of this impasse?“You simply have to build the trust. And build the understanding,” he said.“It’s more about behaviors than planting trees.” Why the disparity?There are a few possible reasons higher incomes are associated with more trees.First the obvious – money.“Planting, maintaining trees … this costs money and can be expensive,” Donovan said.There are also neighborhood differences.Schwarz and colleagues also examined whether there were racial differences in tree cover, and found that to be true in the California cities — Sacramento and Los Angeles.According to a Sacramento, California, survey, urban residents are more likely to plant trees soon after they move into a home than those who have lived somewhere for a long time.Many lower income areas have higher rental rates, Donovan said. “If you’re going to live somewhere for a year, why plant a tree?” he said.When canvassers asked Portland, Oregon, residents to participate in a tree-planting program, blocks with low high school graduation rates were less likely to sign on.And in some places, trees might not be desirable.“Think about a wealthy neighborhood, being near a park may be a good thing that increases the prices of a home,” Donovan said. “But in a poor neighborhood it might decrease the price of a home.“In the rich neighborhood park, you go there to play Frisbee with your dog. 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Be Like The NSA With These Extreme Mac Security Measures

first_imgnicole nguyen Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Editor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugar Tech. Related Posts Why You Love Online Quizzes Tags:#Mac#nsa#PopSugar Tech 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… After spying on our personal online data from social networks to Internet providers, the National Security Agency might not currently be seen as the most trustworthy group, but when it comes to securing the privacy of personal computers, you bet the NSA knows what they are talking about.The Atlantic highlighted a tip from an NSA document urging their employees to put tape over their iSight camera or just remove it entirely. The suggestion came from a document titled “Hardening Tips For Mac OS X”, which definitely piqued our interest — if the agency tapping into our phones is taking these security precautions, maybe we should too!If you intend on keeping the data on your computer confidential, heed this advice straight from the NSA for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard users to “harden” your system against hackers.Safari—Select Safari > Preferences. Under the General tab, uncheck “Open safe files after downloading.” This means that you will have to manually open newly downloaded files.AirPort—If WiFi is not necessary, open System Preferences, click Network, and select “Turn Airport off.” Then head to “Advanced” and click on the TCP/IP tab. Set “Configure IPv6” to “Off.”Software Update—According the NSA, “regularly applying system updates is extremely important.” From System Preferences, open Software Update, click “Check for updates” and make sure it is set to “daily.”System Accounts—In System Preferences, select Accounts. Click on “Login options” and disable Automatic Login. Set login to display name and password. Disable the guest account and sharing by selecting “Guest Account” and unchecking “Allow Guest to log into this computer.” However, if the Guest account is necessary, deslect “Allow guests to connect to select folders.”Security—In System Preferences, open the Security pane. In General, check the following: “Require password to wake this computer from sleep or screen saver”; “Disable automatic login”; “Use secure virtual memory”; “Disable remote control infrared receiver” for added peace of mind.FileVault—Consider activating FireVault for your laptop, which can protect data if the computer is stolen. But be careful to read the warnings first! To enable FireVault, head to System Preferences > Security > Filevault.Firewall—In System Preferences > Security > Firewall, select “Allow only essential services,” click on “Advanced” and enable “Firewall Logging” and “Stealth Mode.”                        Image courtesy of Corbis Images More stories from PopSugar Tech:The Tesla Model S Is the Safest-Rated Car EverInternet.org Makes Digital Connection a Human RightMarissa Mayer Strikes a Sultry Pose in Vogue — and Riles Up CriticsSpace Mission? That’s No Reason to Stop Pinning!6 Fictional Characters the Internet Wants to Make a Better Batmanlast_img read more

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Punjab delegation meets Sikhs in Meghalaya

first_imgA four-member delegation from Punjab on Wednesdaymet members of the Sikh community in Meghalaya after reports emerged that they have been told to leave the State by the authorities there. The delegation assured full support of Punjab government to them. The delegation is scheduled to meet Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Thursday, an official release stated here. The delegation, led by Punjab Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, included MP Jasbir Singh Dimpa and MLAs Kulbir Singh Zira and Kuldeep Singh Vaid. ‘Infringement of rights’“The Punjab government will take all possible steps to bring the current dispute to an amicable settlement,” said Mr. Randhawa, adding that the “infringement” of the civil rights of the Sikhs who lived in Shillong for over 200 years would not be allowed at any cost. An official release quoting the Minister said that Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh was fully seized of the matter and was personally in touch with his counterpart in Meghalaya on this issue. ‘Serious view’Mr. Randhawa appreciated Mr. Sangma for his efforts to diffuse the tension, maintaining that the Punjab CM had taken a serious view of the media reports regarding threats being issued to Sikhs in Shillong. The members of the Sikh community in Meghalaya told the delegation that the administration there had dubbed the area where they lived as “slum” and wanted their eviction. The delegation said they were for a peaceful solution to the problem and would discuss the matter with the Meghalaya Chief Minister. The delegation also visited Gurdwara Nanak Darbar in Shillong, whose president Gurjeet Singh complained that they were being forcibly evicted by the Meghalaya government.last_img read more

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2009 ACT Super League

first_imgFour teams will take to the fields in both the Men’s and the Women’s divisions as they aim to take out the 2009 ACT Super League title.The teams competing in 2009 are the Canberra City Bears, Tuggeranong Valley Vikings, UC Otters and Woden Eagles. The competition will run over four weeks, with a double header to be played in the final round on Sunday, 22 November 2009. Finals will be played on Thursday, 10 December 2009. The Men’s competition will commence at 6.50pm, with the Bears up against the Vikings, while the Otters will play the Eagles. The Women’s round one games will be played at 7.40pm, with the same team’s playing each other as in the Men’s division. The Eagles will be out to put back to back titles together in the Men’s Open division, after last year’s grand final win over the Vikings. The Eagles again have a team full of talent, and will remain favourites, with Matt Curran, Scott Naughton and Chris Rawlinson among their best players. The Vikings are also fielding a strong side, with the likes of Nick Keech, Liam Taylor and Dean Taylor, as well as up and coming players Nick Tankey, Rob McCarthy and Joe Powell.Canberra City and UC will also be competitive in the Men’s division, with the Canberra City side including the likes of Steve Callander and Tim Spence as well as Canberra Raiders players Josh Dugan and Josh McCrone. The Otters are seeing some of their hard work over the last few years pay off in developing their younger players. Chris Tarlinton and Dee Prendergast are two of the more experienced players on the team, and will help develop the team’s younger players including Ben Hughes, Steve Meikle, Josh Wilkinson and Matt Atkins. In the Women’s Open division, the Bears will be looking for consecutive premierships in 2009, after defeating the Eagles by one touchdown in last year’s decider. Lining up for the Canberra City team in 2009 include sisters Kelly and Danielle Goodwin, Ash Kara, Carly Hill and Courtney Hinchcliffe. The Eagles will once again have a strong side, including Kate Bradley, Gen Netting, Rohanna Price and Erin Taylor.The Tuggeranong Vikings are beginning to see the benefits of their strong junior program and with players like Amanda and Mel Ingram, Amelia Kent and Shannon Frazer as well as younger players including Bec Beath, Jacinta Williams and Silvia Gonzalez, the Vikings are expected to be the surprise packet of the competition. The UC Otters are back this year after their absence in 2008 and include the likes of Kath Finn, Angi Donaldson and Donna Fraser, along with up and coming talent including Sarah and Jess O’Rourke, Lauren Bersinic and Pip Langford. For more information, please visit the ACT Touch website:www.acttouch.com.aulast_img read more

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The Top 10 Colleges With The Most Ashley Madison Accounts

first_imgIt’s been a big year for the Big Ten. The conference took home its first college football national championship in more than a decade, saw its top basketball team defeat then-undefeated Kentucky in the Final Four and, now, it’s dominating the cheat-on-your-spouse game. According to data gathered by Inside Higher Ed, the Big Ten dominates a top 10 list of Ashley Madison profiles by college. Ashley Madison, the site that makes it easy to cheat on your significant other, had a significant data leak earlier this week. Inside Higher Ed searched the leaked data by .edu email addresses. The Big Ten does cheating better than every other conference. Michigan State, Penn State, Ohio State, Minnesota and Michigan all have spots in the top 10.  Inside Higher EdInside Higher EdThese Big Ten schools have massive enrollments and a huge alumni base, so this really isn’t that surprising. Alabama, meanwhile, topped the state list. [The Big Lead]last_img read more

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