Star Files Jeremy Jordan(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Comments Danielle Brooks Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. Jeremy Jordan Workshops Bat Boy: The MusicalBroadway favorites Jeremy Jordan, Kerry Butler, James Monroe Iglehart and more recently teamed up for a reading of Bat Boy: The Musical. The show features music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and a book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, and tells the story of a half boy/half bat creature that is discovered in a cave and changes the lives of the townspeople who grow to love him. Bat Boy premiered at California’s Actors Gang Theatre in 1997, before going on to play off-Broadway and the West End; interestingly, Butler originally played the daughter off-Broadway and this time took on the mom role. Bat Boy has never run on the Main Stem, but with this cast, the sky’s the limit!Broadway Honors Alan AldaWicked alums Jenni Barber and Kara Lindsay, along with Waitress’ Drew Gehling and more, will perform in a tribute to three-time Tony nominee Alan Alda at the World Science Festival gala. Alda has long dedicated himself to widening the public’s understanding of science; the May 23 event is set to take place at Jazz at Lincoln Center.Ready the Barricades! Students Head to Les MizDo you hear the people sing? Thousands of NYC public school students will visit the Great White Way’s Imperial Theatre on June 2 courtesy of Inside Broadway’s Creating the Magic program. Featuring the cast and production crew of Les Miserables, the 80-minute program will be offered at 10:45AM and 1:15PM.Danielle Brooks is Every WomanThe Color Purple’s Danielle Brooks is on fire right now! The 2016 Tony nominee recently appeared at the Highline Ballroom for Broadway Sings Whitney Houston: the Encore Show. Brooks tackled “I’m Every Woman” and killed it. Of course she did. Check out the video below.
Shareholders of Denmark-based shipping company Hafnia Tankers are to decide on the proposed merger with BW Tankers, part of BW Group, in January, the company informed.On January 10, 2019, an extraordinary general meeting will be held in Malmö, Sweden, during which Hafnia shareholders will consider, and if thought fit, approve, a plan of merger.Hafnia Tankers signed a merger agreement with BW Tankers on December 21, 2018.Under the plan, BW Tankers intends to acquire Hafnia’s assets and liabilities, contracts, rights and obligations. The shareholders of Hafnia will in the merger receive consideration for their Hafnia shares in the form of common shares of BW Tankers Limited.The merger agreement follows the BW Group’s acquisition of an additional 36.3 pct stake in Hafnia Tankers back in July 2018, bringing the company’s total ownership stake in Hafnia to 43.5 pct.Related: Hafnia Tankers, BW Tankers Looking into MergerExplaining reasons for the potential merger, Hafnia Tankers said: “The management team and board believe in a future rise in freight rates across the markets in which Hafnia operates, which will in turn lead to an uplift in both valuation and institutional investor interest in the business… the combination of Hafnia and BW Tankers is the best way to meet the future developments in the market.”“The management team expects that there will be a number of important synergies to be achieved with the combined platform, including improved terms for financing, global commercial platform with chartering teams in Singapore, Houston and Copenhagen and increased efficiency with both in-house technical (from BW Tankers) and use of third party providers,” the company added.The combined company will have a fleet active across all relevant segments and will be one of the largest pure-play product tanker businesses in the world with a fleet of 86 vessels (including newbuilds and excluding sale and leaseback vessels).
Liverpool also had its boys cross country team at the Federation meet, and the Warriors finished 13th out of 27 teams with 304 points, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (151 points) finishing on top.Jake McGowan had an impressive race for Liverpool, getting 16th place among team runners and 26th overall in a clocking of 16:42.7, while Ryan Cartwright got 26th place in the team standings (40th overall) in 16:53.9.Carter Rodriguez, part of Section III’s winning effort at the NYSPHSAA Class A meet a week earlier, posted 17:39 flat, with Ryan Hagan finishing in 17:43.8, ahead of Charlie Praschunus (17:53.9) and Ethan Glashauser (18:13.2).Rodriguez and Schulz are both expected to race at Bowdoin Park in next Saturday’s Nike New York/Northeast Regionals, the qualifier for this weekend’s Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Cross country teams from Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool made their way to Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls last Saturdau to take part in the New York State Federation championships, where the girls Northstars and Warriors both had strong efforts.Of the 27 teams in the girls field, C-NS, with 248 points, found itself in seventh place. Liverpool, even without its top runner (Jenna Schulz) in the lineup, rose to 11th place with 295 points. Saratoga Springs easily took the team title with 37 points.On the individual side, Northstars freshman Kate Putman, fresh off her appearance in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class A meet a week earlier (where she finished 27th), finished 18th among team runners and 30th overall, covering the Bowdoin Park course in 19 minutes, 30.8 seconds. Tags: C-NScross countryliverpool To lead the Warriors, Sydney Carlson, who also ran at the NYSPHSAA meet and got 36th place, gained 28th place among Federation team runners and 45th overall, finishing in 19:51.8.Following Putman for C-NS, Marissa Navarra was 42nd among team runners in 20:16.6. Allison Newton, in 20:45.2, was two spots ahead of Gaby Putman (20:46.9) as Hannah Reichard finished in 20:51.6. Marissa Doty (20:59.2) beat out Morgan Kingdeski, who finished in 21:09.8.Two other Liverpool runners had top-50 team finishes behind Carlson. Eva Woodworth was 44th in 20:17.7, with Gabby McCarthy 48th in 20:28.2. Kaleigh Buck, in 21:01.8, was ahead of Charlotte Warner’s 21:16.8 as Kara Nash posted 21:23.5 and Addyson Graham finished in 22:46.9.
Facebook2Tweet0Pin1Submitted by Kaiser PermanenteWelcome to the time of year when people cram things into boxes and give them to each other in the name of love. Chances are at some time in your life, your body has felt like you were the one crammed in one of those boxes.Chronic pain is a terrible reality for many people. Most people experience it at some time in their lives. There was a time when doctors thought these meds were the best thing to treat severe non-traumatic chronic pain. Headaches, toothaches, fibromyalgia, joint pain, spine pain…you name it, they all got hit with narcotics. These days, we’ve realized there’s a ton of problems with that way of thinking (caption: From the National Institute on Drug Abuse)Photo courtesy: Kaiser PermenanteBy narcotics, I mean: Percocet, Vicodin, Fentanyl, Dilaudid, Codeine, Darvocet, Hydrocodone, Tramadol, Morphine, Methadone, Oxycodone, mickeymouseodone, tyrannosarusocet, hydrojustinbeiberdin…the list is nearly endless. But in the end they’re all essentially the same thing.Let’s talk about some of the problems with these meds:First, most people develop a dependence on narcotics. Once that happens, the usual dose doesn’t help as much with the pain but ironically, stopping the drug causes more pain. So people end up trapped by a drug that doesn’t really work, but they have to keep taking it to avoid worsening the pain they do have. Kinda like the experience of being a Denver Broncos fan this year. You’re stuck in it, but it brings you no joy.Narcotics can lower a person’s pain threshold, getting you stuck in a painful cycle. Photo courtesy: Kaiser PermanenteSecond, narcotics can lower a person’s pain threshold. This means that the painful sensation one person can tolerate easily (a pinprick), a chronic narcotic user interprets as excruciating. This also is a terrible conundrum since things you could once tough out now debilitate you.Third, over time, your body’s ability to utilize the narcotics decreases. Imagine 10 drug molecules and 10 receptors for that drug located in your central nervous system. All 10 molecules have a place to go, so at that point the drug can reach its maximum effect.Then imagine your infinitely-rational body thinking, “Heck, why do we need all these receptors? There’s drug molecules everywhere.” So, it “downregulates” those receptors to 5. This may sound strange, but it’s a natural reaction to an environment of “plenty.”To you, that downregulation feels like the drug just doesn’t work as well as it did. So the natural reaction is to take more to try to boost the effect. But what will 20 molecules do, when you still only have 5 receptors? Nothing, at best. At worst, those extra molecules will go sit on receptors that cause you to forget important things. Like breathing.Talk to your physician about alternative to narcotics. Photo courtesy: Kaiser PermananteSome people think narcotics are the ONLY way to deal with severe chronic pain, but that’s just not true. The U.S. uses more than double the daily doses of morphine than the next country (Germany). Our use of narcotics is more than 2000 times greater than that of India. And all those people have spines, and heads, and joints that can hurt just like an average American.Turns out there are lots of ways to address chronic pain, completely free of the dangers of narcotics, like stretching, staying active, and mindful breathing. More on that in my next column. But for now, in this season of giving and joy, be reassured that although chronic pain is a reality for most people in life it doesn’t have to ruin that life. Around the world, people live with chronic pain every day. They manage it relatively well, without dependence on dangerous drugs, and still find happiness.
Facebook2Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Intercity TransitIntercity Transit invites public comment on potential federally funded transit projects proposed in its draft 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The comment period will be from May 7 – June 3, 2020. Intercity Transit will follow the public meetings guidance of “Safe Start Washington: A Phased Approach to Recovery.” If allowable, the comment period will culminate with a public hearing on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. at Intercity Transit’s business office located at 526 Pattison Street SE in Olympia. If an in-person public meeting is not permitted, opportunities to give public comment by telephone or remote means will be made available. Further details concerning how to provide comment at the public hearing will be posted at the Intercity Transit website.The draft TIP details Intercity Transit’s complete program of potentially federally funded projects for 2021-2024. It includes projects also programmed through the Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) and the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC).Once the Intercity Transit Authority approves the projects outlined in the TIP, TRPC and PSRC will review them. Regional planning organizations must integrate projects specific to their respective areas into the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which is subject to federal and state transportation agency review.The draft TIP projects could total more than $65 million in combined federal and local funds for projects planned in 2021-2024. The draft TIP and a complete list of programmed projects for potential funding are available online at the Intercity Transit website or by contacting Intercity Transit’s grants program administrator at 360-705-5808 or [email protected] public may comment by emailing [email protected] or by mailing comments to Intercity Transit, Attn: Grants Program Administrator, P.O. Box 659, Olympia, WA 98507-0659. Written comments must be received by 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, 2020, to be considered. Email questions or comments to [email protected] or call 360-705-5808.