The Front Page’s Nathan Lane Talks Opening Night

first_img Related Shows Nathan Lane View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 29, 2017 The Front Pagecenter_img The Front Page opened on October 20 at the Broadhurst Theatre, and what a starry Broadway opening it was. Theater critics attended in order to get their reviews up for the next morning, and Tony winner Nathan Lane recently stopped by on Late Night with Seth Meyers to discuss what it was like having said critics at the after party. “You’re hoping that it’s gonna be sensational,” Lane said. “But everyone is so invested. And I thought ‘Well, we’re going to add 30 theater critics to this. It’ll be like looking at a room of undecided voters.'” Well, Lane’s always got our vote. Take a look at the clip below for the full scoop! Nathan Lane Star Fileslast_img read more

Tackling food safety

first_imgBy Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaMad cow disease has grabbed more headlines lately, but the germs that cause foodborne illnesses have a much greater impact on public health. Now a task force of U.S. scientists is proposing new ways to tackle food safety.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that each year foodborne illnesses make 76 million Americans sick, put more than 300,000 in hospitals and kill 5,000 people.An issue paper released by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology recommends new strategies to enhance food safety, specifically food derived from animals.“The bottom line is to come up with a strategic approach to reduce the incidence of foodborne illness,” said Michael Doyle, director of the University of Georgia Center for Food Safety and chair of the CAST task force.The task force is made up of scientists from around the United States. They found that the best approach to the problem was quantitative microbial risk assessment. Translation: a systems approach in which each food source is examined from the farm to your plate. “The idea is to determine where in the system we would have the greatest impact,” said Doyle, an international authority on foodborne bacterial pathogens. “From a public health and regulatory standpoint, we have limited resources, so the idea is to find the points where we can intervene and most greatly reduce the risk of human illness.”For example, take the case of listeriosis, a serious infection that mainly affects pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems. According to the CDC, 2,500 Americans become seriously ill with listeriosis each year and 500 die.Listeria is killed by pasteurization and cooking, but certain ready-to-eat foods like hot dogs and deli meats can be contaminated after cooking and before packaging. “In this case, the greatest impact for reducing listeriosis would be interventions in the meat processing plants,” Doyle said.However, in the case of Escherichia coli O157:H7, another foodborne illness that infects 73,000 people and kills 61 each year in the U.S., the place of greatest impact is most likely the farm.“Reducing E. coli O157:H7 carriage in cattle is likely to have a greater impact on reducing human illness than relying on cooking ground beef thoroughly,” Doyle said. That’s because E. coli is transmitted not only through eating undercooked, contaminated ground beef but also through cattle manure on the farm and in water that may be used for drinking, swimming or irrigation.Keeping the pathogen out of the cattle will not only protect the beef supply but also water, farms and produce.The CAST paper addresses not only the safety of foods during production but also food safety initiatives for consumers and retailers.The full text of the paper, “Intervention Strategies for the Microbial Safety of Foods of Animal Origin,” (Issue paper No. 25) is on the CAST Web site (www.cast-science.org).CAST is an international group of 38 scientific and professional societies. It gathers, interprets and communicates science-based information about food, fiber and natural resources.(Cat Holmes is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

The UN Reiterates Its Appeal To Consolidate Haiti’s Stabilization

first_imgBy Dialogo April 06, 2009 The United Nations (UN) reiterated its call to the international community to generously support the Haitian government’s economic development plans, by which this Antillean country seeks to consolidate the relative stability achieved in the last five years. The UN’s special envoy to Haiti, Hedi Annabi, said in a meeting of the Security Council that Haitian society is facing a “unique opportunity” to take the path to progress. “For the first time in many decades, the country has a good opportunity to escape the destructive cycles of the past and move toward a better future,” he said. Annabi noted that on April 14 the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will hold a donors’ conference in Washington in the hopes that “the international community will make an extra effort” to support the poorest country in the Americas. “We believe that Haiti truly has an opportunity to consolidate the stability for which so many have labored, but this will only be achieved if provided with continuous and coordinated care across all fronts,” he warned. The special envoy pointed out that Haiti desperately needs to strengthen its institutions, to deploy its own security force, to increase its respect for human rights, and to improve socio-economic conditions. UN and Haitian authorities fear that after a period of several years of relative calm supported by the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), the country might become politically unstable again. The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, visited Haiti on March 9-10 accompanied by former U.S. President Bill Clinton to call attention to the “crucial moment” that the country is going through. He was immediately followed by an UN Security Council delegation, which from March 11 to 14 evaluated the country’s situation. Rising food prices in April 2008 led to the outbreak of violent demonstrations that resulted in six deaths and the fall of then-Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis. On top of this, enormous damage caused by four hurricanes and storms between August and September 2008 left over 900 dead and 800,000 injured, and destroyed the country’s poor civil infrastructure. The U.S. ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, said that diplomats who traveled to the Caribbean country could see how delicate the situation was. “We saw evidence of how poverty and unemployment create the possibility of major unrest and disrupt Haiti’s progress,” she said. As did the other 14 members of the organization, the U.S. ambassador expressed his country’s support for the UN Secretary-General’s efforts on this matter. The UN has maintained its mission in Haiti for almost five years, with about 7,000 soldiers and 2,000 policemen who have been responsible for providing security and supporting the process of democratization in the country since former President Jean Bertrand Aristide was violently forced out of office.last_img read more

Sri Lanka’s Premadasa accepts defeat at presidential poll

first_imgHe also stepped down from the rulingUnited National Party deputy leader position with immediate effect.(Reuters) “It is my privilege to honor thedecision of the people and congratulate Gotabaya Rajapaksa on his election asthe seventh president of Sri Lanka,” Premadasa said on Sunday. Sajith Premadasa, Housing Minister and the presidential candidate of the United National Party, gestures at his supporters during his first election campaign rally in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Oct. 10. REUTERS/DINUKA LIYANAWATTEcenter_img COLOMBO – Sri Lanka’s ruling partypresidential candidate Sajith Premadasa accepted defeat in the presidentialpoll and congratulated his rival former wartime defense chief, GotabayaRajapaksa.  last_img

CBL/Lagos ‘May Madness’ Dunks off at Teslim Balogun Stadium

first_imgThe Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium in the Surulere area of Lagos will get very busy this night and for the next three weeks as Continental Basketball League (CBL) takes the jump ball. The opening game of the tournament will start at 7pm local time in the hall that has been totally reworked for the upscale basketball competition.The Basketball Challenge tagged the ‘May Madness’ has been put together in celebration of 50 years of Lagos State. But the ‘Madness’ will not be limited to Lagos as four other cities across Africa will play host to the six teams in the competition.The teams are Eko Kings, Lagos City Stars, and Lagos Warriors from Lagos; the other African teams are Libreville Izobe Dragons (Gabon); Abidjan Raiders from Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire) and Yaoundé Giants from Cameroon.The players largely based in the United States of America began arriving in Lagos on Monday as the countdown to the jump ball continued. Many who are visiting Lagos for the very first time say they are eager to play basketball and get off the court to know the Lagos City very well. Mohammed Guida from Egypt who is starring for Eko Kings told reporters yesterday: “I am already beginning to like Lagos even though it’s my first visit. I can see the people here are very friendly and love to play on the streets; I love things simple that way. It’s my first time but I believe I will have a great experience here in and out of the game.”His teammate Kelechi Akunna who lives in the USA believes CBL offers opportunities by far greater than quick cash.“Coming here to play is not all about getting paid highly or less. There’s money in sports but it’s not always about money all the time. Some of us finished last season without any trophy and so I am looking forward to grabbing the trophy. Winning a championship matters a lot for any real athlete and it is that opportunity I want here,” Akunna said.Senegalese-American Ndiaye Rawane of Lagos Warriors says he is proud to represent his country and continent in the CBL event.Ndiaye who spoke at the Teslim Stadium on Thursday said, “It’s a great opportunity to be here. It’s my first time here and I know I will have some good time here.”The tournament will hold from 12th of May to 4th of June and will tip off with the Lagos Challenge, as teams will go head-to-head against each other in one of the most anticipated basketball challenges ever in the history of Africa. Thereafter the teams will embark on a road trip to the capital of Cameroon, Yaoundé, for what has been tagged Yaoundé challenge from May 22 to 24.The best-of-the-best in basketball will hit the court on the 27th and 28th of May for the tournament’s All Star weekend, where favourite celebrities will play against basketball veterans, and youth players ,three pointers will flying, and the backboard may break during the Slam Dunk contest. This will hold in Lagos.And it all comes down to the top 4 teams who will meet in Libreville, Gabon, 3rd and 4th of June for the Final-Four and Championship game.Continental Basketball League is supported by the Lagos State Government, AFA Sports, SWIFT, PaddyBet, 360Nobs, Red Cheetah by SWIFT, Maison Fahrenheit, Cintron, Printivo, Bugaa Connect, Bobby Taylor Company, Domino’s Pizza, Selemedic, McErnest Events, Air Cote d’Ivoire and The Beat 99.9FM.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

UW grapples in Las Vegas

first_imgWith many UWstudents heading inside to warm up from the blistering winter cold, theninth-ranked Wisconsin wrestling team is off to the bright lights of Las Vegasto take part in the 26th annual Cliff Keen Invite.More than 40 teams will take part in the two-day tournamentto be held in the Las Vegas Convention Center. The field includes 12 teamsranked in the top 25, as well as four other Big Ten teams including Illinois,Michigan, Ohio State and Purdue.Head coach Barry Davis knows this will be another chance forhis team to see where they stand against the rest of the pack.”There’s going to be five of the top 10 teams in the countrythat’ll be there, so we’ll kind of see a little bit more where we’re really at,where we stand overall in the country,” Davis said in a press conferenceMonday. “And it’ll be a good chance for our guys to get some good matches inagainst some highly ranked guys, and so we’ll see where we stand overall as ateam, as well as individual-wise. It’ll be a good test for us.”The Badgers are coming off a big weekend two weeks ago whenthey defeated then-No. 8 Cornell 21-18. Wisconsin was down 15-18 heading intothe final match of the night at 197 pounds. Junior Dallas Herbst registered a pinin the last dual of the night to give UW the match and the upset win.Last year in Las Vegas, the cardinal and white appeared atthe invite and took fifth out of 47 teams. The Badgers were led by third-placefinishes from Craig Henning at 157 pounds and Kyle Ruschell at 141 pounds.Herbst also finished fifth at 197 pounds, while senior Matt Maciag placedseventh at 174 pounds at last year’s invite.The highlight of the tournament will be in the 157-pound weightclass, where the second-ranked Henning could meet up with either top-rankedGregor Gillespie from Edinboro or No. 3 Mike Poeta from Illinois. Poeta iscoming off a match where he pinned Henning a little more than a week ago at theNational Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Classic.”Henning was off to a good start right away until he gotpinned last week,” Davis said. “But I think it was a little bit of a wake-upcall for him. … I think he thinks he can turn it on and turn it off when he hasto, and it’s not the way you should look at things. You’ve got to prepare allyear long, and I think he thinks, Well, I took second last year, I’ll be in thefinals again this year.”While this weekend will be a great chance for Henning to getback to his winning ways, it will also be a good tune-up for an early-seasonBig Ten match at Ohio State in 10 days. As it often is, the Big Ten is one ofthe premier wrestling conferences in the nation this season.”It’s as tough as ever, I think,” Davis said. “We’re No.[9] in the country, but No. 6 overall in the Big Ten, so that tells you alittle bit about Big Ten wrestling. But it’s a physical conference, a very deepconference. I think you’ve got to be ready every time you step on the mat. Soit’s not going to be easy. We’ve got to take it one match at a time andcontinue to develop our skills.”last_img read more

George Boateng opens up on why he never played for Ghana

first_imgFormer Middlesborough captain, George Boateng, says he missed out on a chance to play for the Black Stars of Ghana because the Ghana Football Association made no attempts to convince him.Boateng, 44, was born in Ghana but moved to the Netherlands as a child to live with his father.He joined the Feyenoord academy and played for the Holland U-18 teams.But it wasn’t until he turned 25 that he made his full international debut for the Dutch national team.Boateng says the 7 year gap was a window the GFA missed to convince him to switch to Ghana.“As a young star, when I made my debut in the Feyenoord first team, nobody in the GFA ever came to me or sent a letter to express their interest, to say George Boateng is one of our players, he was born in Ghana, he is eligible to play for us.“Can we please ask him or invite him for a game? “Such a thing never took place.“When I was 18 and I debuted, the Dutch national team did that, they invited me to come and play for the under-18 team, which I did, he said on The Tracker on Citi TV.“The player is not the one who is supposed to make the initial approach to the GFA, to ask if I can play for the team,that is the unorthodox way.“The professional way is that the federation will send an invite because it is supposed to be an honor for you to be invited to play for your country.“So in that seven years, I could have made my mind up and played for Ghana,” he concluded.Boateng made his international debut for the Netherlands in a 1–1 draw with Denmark in November 2001 and earned a total of four caps.He currently works as the U-18 coach for Aston Villa.last_img read more

Mazembe are DRC champions following chaotic season

first_imgTP Mazembe will compete in next year’s African Champions League after being crowned champions of DR Congo in 2012.Even though AS Vita Club are contesting the league title in the courts, the country’s football federation has submitted Mazembe’s name as champions to the Confederation of African Football.Vita Club will go into the draw for the Champions League as runners-up.The Kinshasa-based club is demanding the implementation of a recent announcement by the country’s Sports Minister that the season would end early because of violence at several matches.Coached by former Senegal boss Lamine Ndiaye (pictured), Mazembe clinched the title by virtue of the fact that Vita Club refused to honour a fixture against them in Lubumbashi on 20 November.“There’s nothing more we can do, and we have referred clubs who feel they have been sidelined to the Football Federation’s Committee to handle their grievances,” Joseph Wombe, Deputy Secretary General of the League Organising Committee, said.In early November, Sports Minister Banza Mukalay decided that that the league would end prematurely because of crowd violence.“League matches have become a place for violence and dirty behaviour around the country and I can’t watch and not act,” he said at the time.His ruling came shortly after a game between Mazembe and St Eloi Lupopo was called off due to clashes between rival fans that left several people injured. At the time of the Minister’s decision, Vita Club were top of the table, seven points clear of Mazembe, who still had four matches to complete.DR Congo’s federation eventually persuaded the Minister to grant an extension that would allow the league to completed – and the federation’s secretary-general Badi Ediba is standing by the decision to award Mazembe the title.“We can’t see anything wrong with the report submitted by the League Organising Committee that declared Mazembe as the winners and naming the clubs that will represent our country in next year’s Caf competitions,” he told BBC sport.“The federation is not concerned by Vita Club’s lawsuit as it was addressed to the Sports Minister.”Both Mazembe and Vita Club are former African club champions, with Mazembe lifting the trophy four times, most recently in 2010, while Vita’s sole victory dates back to 1973.DC Motema Pembe, who finished third in the league, and cup winners CS Don Bosco will compete in next year’s Confederation Cup.last_img read more

Cycling race in Vrelo Bosne on Wednesday

first_imgTomorrow, 05 June, Sarajevo Canton Public Institution for Protected Areas will organise a cycling race from the parking at ‘Velika aleja’ near the carriage stop and then to ‘Vrelo Bosne’ in Sarajevo.The cycling race is being held as a part of marking the World Environment Day.Primary school students and high school students will participate, and apart from them all interested citizens can join as well, said the Sarajevo Canton Public Institution for Protected Areas(radiosarajevo)(photo: wikimedia)last_img

Neymar faces ‘at least six weeks out’, set to miss Real clash

first_imgIf his father’s estimate is correct, Neymar would not return before the semi-final stage of the Champions League in late April.On the possibility of rushing Neymar back for the Real second leg, experts say that PSG would be taking a huge risk, possibly even jeopardising Neymar’s participation at the World Cup in Russia in June and July.“It would be very risky as it’s a fragile bone in the foot which is difficult to protect,” Jean-Marcel Ferret, a former doctor with the French national team, told AFP.“(Playing against Real) could compromise the rest of his season.”In the meantime, PSG are preparing to do without Neymar for Wednesday’s French Cup quarter-final at home to Marseille, the second meeting of the clubs in four days.Argentine star Angel di Maria should replace the Brazilian at the Parc des Princes, with PSG hoping to stay on course to win the French Cup for the fourth season running.Neymar has scored 28 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions for PSG since his 222 million-euro ($264 million) move from Barcelona last August.Share on: WhatsApp Paris, France | AFP | Paris Saint-Germain’s hopes of getting Neymar back for their crunch Champions League clash against Real Madrid next week look to be over after the Brazilian’s father claimed the player would be out for “at least six weeks”.Speaking to ESPN in Brazil on Tuesday, Neymar Senior said: “PSG know that they will not be able to count on Neymar for the upcoming matches: his treatment will last six to eight weeks, whether there is an operation or not.”That was after PSG coach Unai Emery claimed earlier that “no decision” had been taken on whether Neymar would require surgery and that there remained a “small chance” of getting the world’s most expensive player back in time to face Real next Tuesday, March 6.Tests confirmed that Neymar suffered a hairline fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot as well as a twisted ankle late in PSG’s 3-0 win over Marseille in Ligue 1 on Sunday.He appeared to be in tears as he was stretchered off the field at the Parc des Princes, immediately raising fears that the 26-year-old could miss the Champions League last 16, second leg against Madrid.PSG lost 3-1 in the first leg in Spain two weeks ago and are in danger of being knocked out of the competition in the last 16 for the second season running.Brazilian newspaper Globo Esporte had claimed Neymar would undergo surgery, and that the former Barcelona player would be sidelined until May.last_img read more