Odds & Ends: Idina Menzel & Frozen Make Billboard Shortlist & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Idina Menzel & Frozen Make Billboard Awards ShortlistFinalists for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards have been announced and unsurprisingly those frozen fractals are still spiraling all around! “Let It Go,” sung by Broadway superstar Idina Menzel, made the shortlist for Top Streaming Song (Video) and Frozen received a Top Soundtrack nod. The ceremony airs live on ABC on May 17 from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, so there’s conceivably enough time for the Tony winner to stop by before she kicks off her world tour in South Korea on May 30…Roger Rees Needs to Call GhostbustersThe Lyceum Theatre, currently playing host to the Chita Rivera-led The Visit, apparently has a ghost—and co-star Roger Rees is convinced that it’s none other than the legendary Bob Fosse. The Tony winner exclusively told Broadway.com: “At the Wednesday night show, I heard a faint voice in the air say, ‘The greatest women on stage are differently beautiful—they’re completely truthful and at the same time, not quite real. They’re better than real. That’s Chita. Better than real.’ I recognized the voice. Fosse!” Rees should know—he was cast by Fosse in the cult film Star ’80. Time to call the Ghostbusters in?Cherry Jones & More Channel Stephen KingTwo-time Tony winner Cherry Jones and Broadway alum Chris Cooper will star alongside the previously announced stage and screen star James Franco in 11/22/63. According to Variety, the Hulu original nine-episode event series, from JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot and Stephen King’s novel about J.F.K.’s assassination, will be helmed by Kevin Macdonald. Franco will take on the role of Jake Epping, a teacher who travels back in time to try and stop the tragedy; Jones will play Lee Harvey Oswald’s mother and Cooper a pal and mentor to Epping.B’way Vet Bob Gaynor ‘Fighting For his Life’Bob Gaynor, who made his Broadway debut in Aida and has since been seen on the Main Stem in Taboo, Sweet Charity, Catch Me If You Can and Leap of Faith, is currently in ICU at a hospital in N.J., “fighting for his life.” Catherine Porter, who co-starred with Gaynor in a 2012 Alliance Theatre staging of Next to Normal, has established a fundraising page to help his fight here. We at Broadway.com wish him all the best and a speedy recovery.Brynn O’Malley & More Win Big at Helen Hayes AwardsShifting gears, the Helen Hayes Awards, which recognize excellence in theater in the Washington, D.C. area, took place on April 6 and we love the below picture posted by Brynn O’Malley of all the Lead Actress in a Musical nominees. Honeymoon in Vegas alum O’Malley ended up winning for Sunday in the Park with George but they are all winners to us! In total, the revival garnered four trophies including Outstanding Musical, a category it shared with Side Show, which picked up three. In the non-musical categories, the world premiere of Colossal dominated, winning four, including the prestigious Outstanding New Play or Musical Award. Star Filescenter_img Idina Menzellast_img read more

5 Things We Learned About Love From Steve Jobs

first_img Tweet Share Share 38 Views   no discussions LifestyleRelationships 5 Things We Learned About Love From Steve Jobs by: – October 11, 2011center_img Sharing is caring! Share Steve JobsMy first experience with an Apple product was in 2003, when my parents got me one of the old-school bulky iPods for Christmas. For a music lover, it was hard to believe that after years of carrying around tapes or CDs, you could haveall your songs in one little device — little did I know just how little it would get once the nano arrives. That Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who died today, Oct. 5, 2011, was a visionary on a large scale is undisputed, but it’s the small-scale personal ways in which he has affected all of our lives that really resonate. And not just by making our lives more convenient with his products, but by inspiring us to live better with his own life. Yes, Steve Jobs has made important contributions to the world of love and relationships. The 2005 Stanford University commencement address he made that everybody’s quoting on Twitter is full of proof. Here is what we’ve learned about love from Steve Jobs:1. Don’t give up on love. After getting fired from Apple when he was 30 years old, Jobs was clearly devastated. “But something slowly began to dawn on me — I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.” Don’t ever give up on love, even if things go wrong in one relationship.2. Love can come during times of greatest adversity. Being fired from Apple freed Jobs to enter “one of the most creative periods of my life.” During the next five years, he started two companies and “fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife.” He and Laurene had a wonderful family together.3. You have to find what — and who — you love. “I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”4. Don’t settle for second-best. “Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”5. The most satisfying relationships get better as time goes on. “And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.”So as I type this on a MacBook Pro, I try to imagine what life would be like without love and without my iPod. It would be unspeakably bleak and miserable. Thank you, Steve Jobs. Rest in peace.Written by Natalie Gontcharova for YourTango.last_img read more

Man shot to abdomen critical

first_imgThirty-year-old Charles Tobin of 15 Church Street, Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara was, in the wee hours of Thursday, shot once to his abdomen at Breda Street Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown, and is currently battling for his life at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC).A baker of Breda Street reportedly told the Police he had heard two loud explosions that sounded like gunshots, and he went to investigate. Upon so doing, he saw a large crowd observing a man lying on the roadway with blood oozing from his abdomen.The baker claimed to have run towards Hadfield Street and summoned a taxi to take the injured man to the hospital.Tobin was immediately admitted a patient at the GPHC, and underwent emergency surgery.The Police have checked for surveillance footage, but have come up empty-handed. Investigations into the shooting incident are nevertheless ongoing.last_img read more


first_imgSt Eunan’s GAA News:The Under-21 Footballers are back in action this Sunday, February 1st in the Ulster Club Semi Final at Kickhams Creggan G.A.C. taking on St. Joseph’s of Cavan. Throw in is provisionally set for 2pm.A hugely successful Dinner Dance took place on Friday evening last in the Mount Errigal Hotel. The event was hosted by Charlie Collins and special guests on the night were County Chairman Mr. Sean Dunnion, Rev. Stewart Wright and Fr. Eamonn Kelly.Our victorious Senior, Senior Reserve and Under-21 Footballers were presented with their Championship medals, and the other award winners on the evening were;Hall of Fame – Damien JudgeClub Person of the Year – Noel Mc Dermott Appreciation Award – Adrian ShieldsSenior Footballer of the Year – Conall DunneReserve Footballers – Sean Hume and Barry McGeehinU-21 Footballer – Conor ParkeYoung Footballer – Conor Morrison Junior Footballer – Ciaran McIntyreSenior Hurler – Eugene OrganYoung Hurler – Conor O’GradySenior Ladies Footballer – Eimhear Bradley Young Ladies Footballer – Naomi McMenaminPresentations were also made to recognise the following club members;County Footballers Rory Kavanagh and Eamonn Doherty.County Hurling Manager Ray Durcak.County Hurlers Sean McVeigh, Conor McVeigh, Eugene Organ, Kevin Meehan and Colm Flood.Club Referees Michael Mulhern (Football) and James Connors (Hurling).A special word of thanks also goes to The Mount Errigal Hotel, Arena 7 and Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure for their generous sponsorship of spot prizes on the night.A huge crowd was on hand for the Minor Board Presentation which took place on Sunday evening, also in the Mount Errigal Hotel. MC for the evening was Minor Board Chairperson Mr. Pauric Daly and Special Guests were Rory Kavanagh, Eamonn Doherty, Ray Durack and Geraldine McLaughlin.Presentations were made to recognise the achievements of the following.U-11 Footballers – Go Games – Carryduff, Bellaghy and Gary Doyle Cup Shield Winners.U-12 HurlersU-14 HurlersU-16 Girls FootballersU-13 Hurlers League WinnersMinor Hurlers League Winners6 Representatives on the U-16 C All Ireland Winning TeamU-13 Girls Football Co. ChampionsU-13 Boys Football Co. ChampionsU-16 Boys Football Regional League/Championship WinnersU-16 Hurling Co. ChampionsU-15 Boys Football Donegal and Ulster Óg Sport WinnersAppreciation Award – Michael Mulhern (Referee)Special Award – Niall O’Donnell, U16 Ulster Academy SquadDonegal Minor players Sean Daffan, Conall O’Boyle, Conor Morrison, Michael Miller and David Tyrrell.Special Award – Paul McGovern and Brian McGeehin – Managers Donegal/Ulster Óg Sport Winners.Minor Board Person of The Year – Eunan O’Donnell.Congratulations to all award winners over the two evenings and to those who organised and co-ordinated two hugely successful events.Lotto.This week’s winning numbers were – 2,4,5,18There were 4x match 3 winners, each getting €25.John Coleman, The FairwaysJohn McColgan, Hawthorn HeightsLeo Donnelly, Cathedral PlacePaul Carr, LoughnaginAll winners were direct debit subscribers.Next week’s jackpot is €1200.GAA NEWS: CONALL DUNNE CROWNED ST EUNAN’S SENIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR was last modified: January 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAANoticesSportSt Eunanslast_img read more

Meds on wheels for positive change

first_imgSizwe Nzima runs an innovative business that is helping to solve overcrowding at public health facilities, while also improving the lives of people who rely on chronic medication. (Image: http://www.facebook.com/RaymondAckermanAcademyCapeTown) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sizwe Nzima   +27 74 453 3633 RELATED ARTICLES • Meet a top social entrepreneur • SA’s second health train rolls out • SA, Cuba to train more doctors • New eye care unit for KZN children Wilma den HartighSizwe Nzima, a young entrepreneur from Khayelitsha in the Western Cape, has started an innovative business that is helping to solve overcrowding at public health facilities, while also improving the lives of people who rely on chronic medication.Instead of standing in long queues for hours, Nzima’s Iyeza Express collects chronic medication from local clinics and delivers them by bicycle to Khayelitsha residents, at their homes.Recognising a needHis idea to create the business came about after reading a newspaper article about clinics struggling to cope with patients queuing for hours to pick up chronic medication.“I used to collect medication for my grandma for three years and experienced first-hand what happens,” he says, adding that it isn’t only elderly people who are affected.The majority of people who queue for their medicine are able-bodied and waste time that could have been spent at work. “These were people who would happily pay for affordable delivery of their medicine, allowing them to save their sick leave – if they get any – for days when they are really ill,” he says.He was aware of non-profit charity organisations that collect medicine for bed-ridden and elderly people, but there wasn’t a similar service for working people.“I thought to myself that I must do something and that surely there must be a need for a service that would streamline the process,” he explains. “I realised it will also take the load off public health facility workers.”Solutions for South Africa’s challengesNzima and his two business partners are social entrepreneurs at heart, and his goal is to find solutions to the problems in his community, and in doing so make a contribution to improving the economy.“We are all about social change and we are coming up with business ideas that can change society, help our community and uplift the economy,” he says.“Business isn’t just about making money, but also about bringing about positive change.”Less overcrowding, better health, more jobsNzima decided to establish the Iyeza Express service, launching the pilot earlier this year in May. The business has only been up and running for a few months, but the response from residents has been positive.“The service encourages people to go to work and stay healthy as they aren’t tempted to stop taking their life- saving medication because they have run out,” he says. “What I’m doing is helping to improve people’s quality of life and life expectancy.”The business is saving time and money for his clients, but it is also creating much needed jobs for young people who know their way around Khayelitsha’s network of streets.The service operates within Khayelitsha, using bicycles to transport medicines. “This is the most cost effective way and keeps the service affordable, and it is environment-friendly,” Nzima says.Clients pay a small fee of R10 (US$1.1) per collection, and medicines are currently collected from Michael Mapongwane Hospital and the Site B District Hospital.Nzima has about 40 clients at the moment, but he anticipates that this number will increase as the community still needs build trust in his service. Next year he hopes to take the service to other parts of Cape Town, but his long term vision is to expand the business nationally.“For me, this is a national problem and it needs a national solution. The sky is the limit,” he says.Formalising the serviceNzima is working to get official approval from the authorities at Khayelitsha clinics to collect medicines for patients. The Department of Health in the province allowed him to conduct surveys at health facilities to find out what people think about his service, what they need and how he can improve it.“Hopefully, if I get permission, I can collect in bigger volumes,” he says. “People at the health facilities are starting to get to know me. Sometimes I’ve been chased away, but I am overcoming these barriers.”A call to South Africa’s youthNzima’s novel approach to finding solutions for South Africa’s problems is getting him noticed. He recently took part in a panel discussion on business training at the Youth Entrepreneurship Conference and Expo, held earlier this month at the Bellville Campus of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.The young entrepreneur, who also completed a six-month intensive business training course at the Raymond Ackerman Academy, was nominated as one of the seed funding winners in the South African Breweries Innovation Awards. Nzima was one of 24 finalists selected from over 200 applications, and one of six chosen to receive seed funding.“I couldn’t believe it. My business was only starting out; while others were going for at least two years already,” he says.He believes that young people have what it takes to be change makers in South Africa and the world, by developing economically viable business solutions that can also bring about positive change in society.“Young people should be the innovators. Every young person needs to decide how they are going to use their power for good,” he says.Nzima and his business partners are also involved in setting up other projects, such as a recycling business and an initiative to educate people about gangsterism.  “Making money is good, but you have to give something back. This is also what they taught us at the Academy,” he says.“I believe young people have the power to change the world, if the youth can understand this, they will stop focusing on things like drugs and crime. We can change the world, make it safer and improve our economy in this way.”last_img read more

Day 1 at Building Science Summer Camp

first_imgThe Best and the Brightest Meet Every Year to Talk Green BuildingWhat did I do for summer vacation? I went to camp, met with our advisory team, learned about physics, ate food from Alaska, Dallas, Miami, and Maine. And there were Cubans with cigars, too.Building science summer camp is an information and consumption festival hosted by Building Science Corporation during the first week of August each year. Officially called the Westford Symposium on Building Science, the by-invitation-only summer camp attracts the best and the brightest in the commercial and residential building fields. There is also very good food, beer, wine, and cigars.Classes are held during the day at the Westford (Mass.) Regency Hotel and Conference Center. Networking and feasting opportunities occur at the clubhouse each night. The classes are taught by whoever Joe Lstiburek, Ph.D., one of the founders of Building Science Corporation, wants to invite. Typically these teachers are among the best in their fields. This year was no different.Each day opens with a rundown of the menu by the chef, Pete Consigli.Summer camp participants do their best to out-do each other each year with their native cuisines. The Alaskans bring halibut and salmon, the Texans bring a steer and slow-roast the brisket, and then there’s the North Carolina barbeque, the Maine clams and mussels, etc. Consigli’s opening comments this year: “The food at summer camp can be summed up three ways: best quality, huge variety, and a hell of a lot of it.”Even smart people get confused.Lstiburek likes to say that he’s not a consultant, he’s an insultant. Anton TenWolde, Ph.D., added another layer to the title game: confusant.After recently retiring from the USDA Forest Products Lab, physicist TenWolde discovered that the stuff he thought he knew he may not know so well. His eyes lit up when someone raised a hand during his presentation and said, “I’m confused.”There’s a lot to learn from the stuff TenWolde doesn’t know. Here’s what I learned:A lot of water in houses comes from people, but it isn’t all from respiration (breathing). A lot can come from transpiration (sweating) too—up to 3 lb. of water per day per person. Coupled with respiration, a family of five dumps up to 33 gal. of water into a house every day.Foundations add a lot of water to a house, too: 0.4 kG per sq. m. per day (about a gal. per 44 sq. ft.) evaporate from bare soil in a crawl space.It takes six weeks for a sliver of wood to come to moisture equilibrium with its surroundings. And then Lew Harriman asked if we could all underline that in our notes: SIX WEEKS for a teeny piece of wood to come to equilibrium with its environment through ‘sorption. So the oak flooring probably ought to be in the room for more than a couple of days before installation.Houses can be a huge part of the solution to our energy problem. Ren Anderson works at the National Renewable Energy Lab and is interested in Net Zero Energy Houses. It’s pretty well known that we can use a lot less power in houses. On Day 1 at camp he talked a lot about the challenge of syncing up local power generation with grid demands. Many houses can generate a lot of power with photovoltaics (PV), but can they provide electricity to the grid when the grid needs it most—during the hot part of the day when everyone flips on the AC?I learned that:Today’s houses are much bigger than houses from the ’50s.Today’s houses use much more energy.While today’s big houses use less energy per square foot, it’s total energy use that’s important because we don’t make power by the square foot, but by the kilowatt.Small houses are more efficient at space heating than large houses; small houses use a smaller percentage of total energy for space heating.Large houses get better RESNET scores than small houses because RESNET is based on performance per square foot. For this reason, RESNET (and Energy Star) is biased toward larger houses (but the Energy Star bias may be changing).It is very cost effective to slash home energy use by 50%. The second 50%, to get to zero energy, is less cost effective at current energy prices. If energy prices go up (which they may), higher efficiencies will be very cost effective too.PV panels on houses can provide peak power to the grid if the panels are turned to face west rather than south, because their generation curve will be shifted an hour or two later in the day—just when the grid needs electricity.Eighty percent of the houses in America are built by 20% of the builders. Production builders risk going the way of GM if they don’t lead the world in energy efficiency.At the clubhouse, I learned that more and more regional green-building programs, such as Earth Craft House from Atlanta and Earth Advantage from Oregon, are expanding. Earth Craft is in six southeastern states and Earth Advantage is moving toward New England. This may mean that the big national programs need to get their acts together and start making sense.—Dan Morrison is managing editor of GreenBuildingAdvisor.com.last_img read more

Apple patents wearable battery charger for Watch 2

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#Apple Watch#battery#smartwatch#wearable Related Posts Apple might be looking for a new way to improve the Watch 2 battery life, if a patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this month is to be believed.The patent shows two possible designs for a wearable battery charger, one that is embedded into the wristband and another that sits underneath the chassis. The charger would provide Watch 2 users with a few hours extra, before it needs to be recharged.See Also: Apple confirms rumored interest in self-driving cars in letter to regulatorsFor the second design, which sits underneath the chassis, the company plans to use ‘heat-dissipating’ circuitry to ensure the battery doesn’t burn users.Promoted versus performance on battery lifeApple promotes 18 hours of battery life for the Watch 2, but users will know the results vary wildly depending on how much time you spend on the watch. Most reviewers of the Watch 2 said it managed 6-7 hours of screen-on time with heavy usage.The wearable charger looks to be a way for Apple to appeal to power users, while not making the Watch 2 (or Watch 3) any thicker. The Watch 2 is already thicker than the original smartwatch.Consumers have referenced the poor battery life over the two years as one of the main reasons they stopped using the smartwatch. Apple is looking to address these complaints with the next Watch series, set to come out sometime this year.Even with the patent published, it is still way too early to say if the iPhone maker intends to launch a wearable charger for the Watch. Apple publishes hundreds of patents every year, and many end up unused. Follow the Puckcenter_img David Curry Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…last_img read more

Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre to Be Opened Soon

first_img It is aimed at assessing, forecasting, mitigating and managing risks related to tourism resilience, caused by various disruptive factors. These disruptions may include climate change and natural disasters, cybercrime, cybersecurity, pandemics, terrorism, war, population and the changing funding models. The Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre is be opened soon at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus. Story Highlights The Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre is be opened soon at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus.It is aimed at assessing, forecasting, mitigating and managing risks related to tourism resilience, caused by various disruptive factors.These disruptions may include climate change and natural disasters, cybercrime, cybersecurity, pandemics, terrorism, war, population and the changing funding models.Come January 30, the official launch of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre will take place at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, with a host of local and international government leaders and officials, including Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, participating in the proceedings.First announced during the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Conference on Sustainable Tourism in St. James in November 2017, the centre, which is the first of its kind, will be tasked with creating, producing and generating toolkits, guidelines and policies to handle the recovery process following a disaster.The centre will also assist with preparedness, management and recovery from disruptions and/or crises that impact tourism and threaten economies and livelihoods.Addressing a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, explained that the centre is to provide a repository of knowledge, information and expertise to assist global communities in responding to, tracking and managing global disruptions.“These disruptions are growing fast and furious, so there is the need for resilience, the need to build capacity to respond to them, and to be able to manage, grow and thrive after they have happened,” the Minister said.Mr. Bartlett indicated that several universities have expressed an interest in the centre, with plans of forging partnerships.They include the University of the West Indies; Queensland University, Australia; Hong Kong Polytechnic; Bournemouth University, United Kingdom; and George Washington University, United States of America.“In the year, we have had relationships forged with a number of global and regional groupings, such as the Mediterranean Tourism Federation, which will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the launch to become an associate,” the Minister informed.He added that partnerships are also being explored with Harvard University; University of Waikato, New Zealand; University of Southhampton; Boston University, the United States of America and the International University of Japan, to look at global projects relating to tourism resilience and climate change.Major partners in the centre include United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO); World Travel and Tourism Council; Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association; Caribbean Tourism Organisation; and the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA).last_img read more

No parole for more than a decade for man who killed Winnipeg

first_imgWINNIPEG — The man convicted of killing a Winnipeg bus driver in what a judge described as a brutal and explosive stabbing will not be eligible for parole for 12 years.Irvine Jubal Fraser, who was 58, was stabbed 12 times during a fight with Brian Kyle Thomas in February 2017.Earlier this year, a jury found Thomas guilty of second-degree murder, which carries an automatic sentence of life in prison.The Crown and defence had asked that there be no parole eligibility for 12 years.Security camera video from the bus shows Fraser telling Thomas to leave the vehicle several times before the driver grabs the man by his sweater and shoves him off.The defence did not present evidence during the trial but argued that the bus driver provoked the attack.Fraser’s death prompted calls for increased safety measures on Winnipeg buses, including safety shields for drivers.The Canadian Presslast_img read more