Gary Wilmot, Laura Pitt-Pulford & More to Lead Little Miss Sunshine Musical in London

first_imgGary Wilmot & Laura Pitt-Pulford(Photos: Getty Images) View Comments A talented cast has been assembled for the first European staging of Little Miss Sunshine, the quirky musical based on the Oscar-winning motion picture. The previously announced production will play London’s Arcola Theatre for a seven-week run beginning on March 21 and concluding on May 11, followed by a U.K. tour starting at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich, England beginning on May 20.Leading the cast will be Gary Wilmot (Dick Whittington) as Grandpa, Laura Pitt-Pulford (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers) as Sheryl, Paul Keating (Kenny Morgan) as Frank, Gabriel Vick (Manhattan Parisienne) as Richard, Sev Keoshgerian (The Musical of Musicals) as Dwayne, Ian Carlyle (Don’t Dress for Dinner) as Larry/Buddy, Imelda Warren-Green (The Little Mermaid) as Linda/Miss California and Matthew McDonald (Our House) as Joshua Rose/Kirby. The role of Olive will be shared by newcomers Sophie Hartley Booth, Evie Gibson and Lily Mae Denman.Little Miss Sunshine follows the Hoover family, who has more than a few troubles—but young Olive has her heart set on winning the Little Miss Sunshine beauty contest. When an invitation to compete comes out of the blue, the Hoovers must pile into their rickety, yellow VW camper van. Can it survive the 800-mile trip from New Mexico to California—and more important, can they?The Little Miss Sunshine ensemble will include Chloe Raphael, Ava Hurley, Ellicia Simondwood, Elodie Salmon, Summer Pelley, Ava Masters, Josselyn Ospina Escobar, Saffia Richards and Yvie Bent.Little Miss Sunshine features a book by James Lapine and a score by William Finn, the collaborators behind Falsettos and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The musical made its New York debut, directed by Lapine, in a 2013 production with Second Stage.The new staging of Little Miss Sunshine will feature design by David Woodhead, lighting design by Richard Williamson, choreography by Anthony Whiteman and musical supervision by Mark Crossland.last_img read more

Vermont Technology Council launches online tool to match employers and student interns

first_imgVermont Secretary of Commerce and Community Development Lawrence Miller, Commissioner of Labor Annie Noonan, and Commissioner of Economic Development Lisa Gosselin have joined leaders from the Vermont Technology Council in announcing the launch of an innovative web portal to match Vermont technology companies with open internships with students in higher education seeking experience in the field.The State of Vermont has articulated through legislation and the allocation of resources that workforce development is an integral part of economic development, and internships are a growing part of this evolving policy.”In my role as Secretary, I have significant contact with many Vermont companies whose growth is limited by the availability of a workforce with the skills and experience needed,” said Miller. “Creating solutions that address this issue is a top priority.”The new website, www.vermont.internships.com(link is external), is designed to address the workforce needs of the state’s diverse companies, in rural and urban areas alike. Offered as a free service, the dynamic, user-friendly interface consolidates exciting internship opportunities and employers creating their pipeline of new employees in one convenient location.Vermont employers can easily access the website to post new internship opportunities and browse for potential candidates, learn how to create an internship program, how to write an effective job description, find answers to legal questions about hiring interns, and more. Students worldwide can check the site for all available internships; take the “internship predictor” to help refine their search, find resume advice, and more. “At C2, internships are not only an essential recruiting tool but have also become an important part of our culture of continuous learning and mentoring where experienced employees, interns and  new graduates  learn from each other,”  said Carolyn  Edwards, CEO of Competitive Computing.We know that students rely on social media and the internet when pursuing internship opportunities and access to the most current content to guide their search is critical,” said John Evans, President of the Vermont Technology Council. “Internships are the best way for students to gain the work experience necessary to find a job after graduation. In fact, nearly 7 out of 10 internships culminate with a full time job offer after successful completion of the program.”Likewise, Vermont companies want a simple and efficient way to list internships and avail themselves of comprehensive educational tools to help build and grow thriving internship programs. Both the public and private sectors have asked for a central location to post and search for internship opportunities.C2, also known as Competitive Computing, is a Vermont-based technology services firm specializing in internet business solutions and enterprise technology infrastructure. With a focus on building strategic value, their industry-leading technology solutions are custom designed to help position their clients to compete in an increasingly fast-paced and highly connected world. For over 20 years, C2 has worked with brand-name businesses, as well as educational and governmental institutions, to deliver award-winning solutions while earning premiere status partnerships with vendors such as Microsoft, Dell, VMware and EMC. Serving clients throughout the northeast, their client list includes national and local brands. In 2013, C2 was once again recognized as one of the top 5 fastest growing tech companies in Vermont with extensive experience in IT Planning, Custom Multi-Channel Commerce, Email and Messaging Systems, Server Virtualization, Networking Solutions and 24/7 Managed Support Services. www.competitive.com(link is external)Vermont Internships is powered by Internships.com, a division of Career Arc Group. Internships.com is the same company that was selected to support the White House’s 2013 Youth Jobs+ initiative as a co-lead technology partner. Internships.com, part of CareerArc Group, is the world’s largest internship marketplace bringing students, employers and higher education together in one centralized location.  The innovative, Los Angeles-based company, named by Forbes as a “Top 10 Careers Website,” develops a wide variety of interactive, world-class tools and services to enable every student, employer, and educator to better understand and optimize internship opportunities.  For more information, please visit www.internships.com(link is external).SOURCE: COLCHESTER, Vt., Oct. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Competitive Computing; Vermont Technology Council www.vttechcouncil.org(link is external) www.vermont.internships.com(link is external)last_img read more

Will to Win: The Evolution of NAIOP Arizona

first_imgNAIOP Arizona’s events can draw a crowd. About 750 people attended the group’s signature Night at the Fights event in 2015. However, commercial success was an effort of dozens of chairmen, formerly referred to as presidents. In fact, one former chairman joked that all you had to do was miss the wrong meeting to be “awarded” the role. Now, the list of chairmen, even from the early days, are accomplished and recognized industry- wide for success.“It’s the preeminent national real estate development organization and I believe then and now that I needed to be involved in the organization,” says John Strittmatter, chairman of Ryan Companies US, Inc., whojoined NAIOP-AZ in 1994, when Ryan Companies opened an office in Arizona. “I got more involved as this office became more active.”John DiVall, senior vice president and city manager of Liberty Property Trust’s Arizona region, came from the Midwest to start business in a new region for the company.“Nobody knew me or my company. As much as I put into (NAIOP), it came nowhere near what I got out of it. I encourage people to get involved in our industry. As willing as you are to get involved, the more you get out of it. It helped me get integrated into the real estate community here.”With a continuing goal of expanding membership, the chapter imported events like Night at the Fights, borrowed from a successful Orange County chapter. The chapter was ona mission for a signature event that could raise resources for the group. Now, it has multiple signature events.“The goal wasn’t to make a lot of money, but to make a lot of friends,” Bob Mulhern says about the group’s first golf tournament, held at The Raven. “Over the next five years, we became the organization that offered bigger relationship-building events.”David Krumwiede was talked into joining by his then-employer and former NAIOP President Tom Roberts in 1986.When he eventually became president, akin to what’s now the role  of chairman, Phoenix was coming out of the savings and loan crisis and considered an up-and-coming market. It was time, Krumwiede says, for signature events. At the time, NAIOP had 40 members. Even Krumwiede’s secretary doubled as the organization’s admin during his presidency.“We didn’t have a big budget, so we rolled the dice by throwing a big, signature event,” he recalls. That event was the first Night at the Fights.The event was held at the Ritz and drew a crowd of 250 people. Many of which, Krumwiede says with some amusement, didn’t even know what to expect or had ever seen live boxing. At the 2015 Night at the Fights, the event capped out at 750 attendees.“It was such a big event, if it didn’t go well, we weren’t going to be a chapter anymore,” Mulhern says.“Some of us weren’t sure if it would be successful,” Strittmatter admits. “I was sort of on the fence about it and (Dave) Krumwiede always kids me on this … If you look at who is in the organization and who is in the events, it’s people I deal with daily. It’s an opportunity for me to create and find resources for Ryan (Companies) to use.”Events like Night at the Fights, that helped bring NAIOP-AZ into the black paved the way for a stronger legislative presence due to its ability to donate to PACs and lobby at the Legislature. The chapter has a legacy of bringing in more than just figurehead presidents, Mulhern says.“It’s like any business. It’s being seen a lot of places, doing a lot of stuff, volunteering. You become friends with all these people,” says Bolton. “When you call, they know who you are. Is there one person, is there one event? Nah.”Bolton also brought one more important thing to the table — a recommendation for Tim Lawless.Lawless has been the CEO for nearly 10 years.“They really go in there and pour a lot of time and energy into it,” Mulhern says. “It just amazes me how much each person adds.”The networking events are a gateway to NAIOP-AZ’s role as an advocate for commercial development.When Craig Coppola was chairman of NAIOP, Arizona’s commercial real estate taxes were among the top five most expensive in the nation.“We were at a distinct competitive disadvantage competing for new company relocations,” Coppola says. “Additionally, the entire commercial real estate industry was disjointed, with each segment looking out for its own specific interests. NAIOP was the group that could organize, coordinate, and advocate for commercial real estate. At the time, this was our sole focus because it had so much impact on the future.”Bolton recalls, in 2000, “the biggest, largest, most dreadful attack on commercial real estate in Arizona” was initiated by the Sierra Club. The group was attempting to put a development restriction ring around every municipality that had 2,500 or more citizens, akin to Portland.“That was a huge referendum that NAIOP, along with many others, were able to get the real information out to the market, to the citizens and they voted no,” Bolton says. “That was the legacy … (Arizona was the) only state in the country trying this. We beat them so handily, they dropped it in other places.”Bolton was also the member who brought Lawless to NAIOP, whose main focus has been property tax reform.“Our voice has adopted a consistent, focused, and reasoned approach to help make Arizona competitive in taxation and meaningful job creation,” Coppola says. “We have had some major wins for our industry, but those wins have really helped Arizona’s economy grow markedly. Within the organization, the average member knows that our collective efforts matter and are encouraged to be thoughtful business citizens. I think this results in a more effective and productive trade organization.”last_img read more

News Scan for Oct 19, 2017

first_imgMadagascar’s plague total climbs to 849The number of confirmed, probable, and suspected cases in Madagascar’s plague outbreak has climbed to 849, 67 of them fatal, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday in an update. The totals reflect increases of 165 cases and 10 deaths since the WHO’s last report on Oct 12.Of the country’s new plague cases, 94 are pneumonic, putting that total at 568. The case-fatality rate also decreased again, dropping from 8.3% to 7.9% over the past few days, the WHO said. Two more of Madagascar’s 114 districts reported plague cases, bringing the total to 37, though hardest hit is Antananarivo Renivohitra District, a large urban area surrounding the country’s capital.So far, 39 health workers have been infected with plague. Four plague treatment centers are in operation, and efforts are scaling up to train and equip medical teams with personal protective equipment. The WHO said the risk of spread within Madagascar is very high, while the threat to the region is moderate, and global risk low.Oct 18 WHO situation update Oct 13 CIDRAP News story “Plague total grows in Madagascar as response builds” Uganda reports fatal Marburg virus casesUganda’s health ministry is investigating as many as two deaths from Marburg hemorrhagic fever, according to media and official reports.A report from The Ugandan, a local news web site, said the health ministry sent a team of epidemiologists to Kween district in the eastern part of the country, based on reports that two people had recently died from the disease.In a related development, the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) said in a statement on its Facebook page that two deaths from Marburg had occurred.Meanwhile, Reuters, citing health minister comments at a media briefing, reported today that one fatal case has been confirmed, that of a 50-year-old woman who died on Oct 11 at a hospital in eastern Uganda. She had recently cared for her 42-year-old brother, who died on Sep 25 after having similar symptoms. She also helped prepare his body for burial, according to the report, which said the man was a hunter who had been near caves where bats, thought to harbor the virus, were present.A WHO spokesperson told Reuters that staff have been deployed to help Uganda curb the outbreak. Uganda’s last Marburg virus outbreak occurred in 2014.Oct 19 Ugandan story Oct 19 UVRI statement Oct 19 Reuters story CDC updates guidance for babies born to mothers with possible Zika exposureThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today that it has updated its clinical guidance for caring for babies born to mothers who may have been infected with Zika virus during pregnancy. The update, which appears today in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, includes the latest scientific information since the August 2016 release of earlier guidance.Though Zika illnesses have declined since 2016, cases are still being reported, and the CDC urged clinicians to remain alert to the threat and to closely monitor babies who had possible congenital exposure to the virus.CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, said in a statement today, “There’s a lot we still don’t know about Zika, so it’s very important for us to keep a close eye on these babies as they develop.”New guidance defines three groups of infants, based on their symptoms or lack of symptoms, plus the mother’s exposure and lab findings. The recommendations also contain new information on follow-up care. For example, some types of screening (ie, thyroid and hearing at 4 to 6 months) are no longer recommended, due to a lack of data on whether they are needed. On the other hand, guidance expands the list of potential problems in babies already known to have birth defects, to include breathing difficulty, swallowing difficulty, and hydrocephaly.The CDC emphasized that because complex services are needed to care for infants with Zika-related birth defects, care should be given by a multidisciplinary team and an established medical home.Oct 19 MMWR report Oct 19 CDC press release Blue Ribbon Panel tackles increasing animal agriculture threatsA privately funded bipartisan panel that provides expert analysis on biodefense issues yesterday warned of increasing threats to US animal agriculture and said more efforts are needed to reduce risks to the food and agricultural sectors.The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense said the rate of emerging and reemerging animal diseases is increasing, along with the threat of those intent on attacking food or agriculture. In a 62-page report, the team pointed to the 2015 avian influenza outbreak in the United States that affected 21 states and cost $3.3 billion in poultry losses and outbreak response.In a press release, Tom Daschle, panel member and former Senate majority leader, said every year there are new threats that could severely impact animal agriculture. “Whether these threats arise here or abroad, we need to ensure that both domestic and international agrodefense efforts occur in concert,” he added.The report emphasizes the broad range of US government agencies with responsibilities for agricultural biodefense. The panel recommends increased coordination between the US Department of Agriculture and the FBI.Though the nation has made great strides in biosurveillance, it still falls short on the development of new ways to detect wildlife diseases, the panel said. One of its suggestions for improving disease response is to increase funding for the National Veterinary Stockpile to boost countermeasure purchases, similar to what’s done on the human health side with Project BioShield. The panel included a list of proposals for the Executive Branch and for Congress.The panel, which was formed in 2014 and published an extensive biodefense blueprint the following year, said the new report is the first in a series of special-focus reports. The group is sponsored by the Hudson Institute, a think tank in Washington, DC.Oct 18 Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense press release Oct 18 Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense report WHO, CDC establish gonococcal antimicrobial surveillance systemGlobal surveillance of antimicrobial-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae is challenging, especially in countries that carry the greatest disease burden, but a new collaboration between the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may help, representatives of the two agencies reported yesterday in Emerging Infectious Diseases.The goal of the new Enhanced Gonococcal Antimicrobial Surveillance Program is to keep tabs on trends in antimicrobial susceptibilities in N gonorrhoeae through standard sampling and lab protocols and to improve the timeliness and comparability of data across multiple countries, they wrote. Also, the system is set up to assess resistance patterns in highest-risk populations to help shape country-specific guidance.Oct 18 Emerg Infect Dis reportIn a related development, Danish researchers writing in Eurosurveillance today described a single rare case detected this year of multidrug-resistant N gonorrhoeae infection that involved ceftriaxone resistance and intermediate resistance to azithromycin.The illness, treated successfully with dual antimicrobial therapy, was reported to national health authorities, but it didn’t lead to a wider public health response.Oct 19 Eurosurveill reportlast_img read more

Boese Brothers Brewery Opening In Los Alamos

first_imgSam Boese, co-owner and brewmaster of Boese Brothers Brewery in front of the new establishment Tuesday at 145 Central Park Square. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.comUpdate: Boese Brothers Brewery reported this morning that due to unexpected delays, the brewery is now anticipating an August opening rather than July.By BONNIE J. GORDONLos Alamos Daily [email protected] hasn’t sat around with a friend or family member and a couple of beers, talking about opening your own brewery, club or bar?Well the Boese brothers didn’t just talk. Flash forward about 10 years and Boese Brothers Brewery is coming to Los Alamos. The Boese brothers, Sam and George, also have a Northeast Heights taproom in addition to their downtown brewery in Albuquerque, which they founded in 2014. They partner with New Mexico Hard Cider in Desert Dogs, a Santa Fe pub near the plaza.Boese is pronounced with a long o as in bow and a long e on the end as in zebra.“Occasionally, someone gets it right on the first try,” Sam said.Once you get the name down, Boese Brothers Brewery is pretty catchy.The new bar at 145 Central Park Square is undergoing renovations in the space formerly occupied by UnQuarked Wine Bar. A new marble bar has been installed and new tables, sporting the letter B had just been delivered Tuesday when the Los Alamos Daily Post spoke with Sam at the brewery.“We’re hoping for an early July opening,” Boese said. “We’re waiting on approval from the state, so I can’t say exactly when. The renovations are really coming along.”The new venue will serve the Boese Brothers beer, as well as cider from the New Mexico Hard Cider’s brewery. The Los Alamos location also will serve New Mexico wines, Boese said.“We’ll feature all of our beers on tap,” he said. “We brew between eight and 12 beers at a time, including seasonal beers. For summer, we’re brewing a watermelon sour beer and we have a grapefruit IPA coming.”The new brew pub also will serve food.“We have a great sandwich menu,” Boese said. “We serve hot and cold sandwiches as well as paninis. We’ll have favorites like Ruebens and lots of really great vegetarian choices. We make our own sauces and I promise you, these are great sandwiches.”The plan is to open in the early afternoon and close around 11 p.m., but Boese is leaving the door open to serving lunch and staying open later. The venue also will offer live music.“We’re hoping people will go barhopping and take in the various places in town,” he said.Imagine that, barhopping in Los Alamos.Boese is a graduate of the American Brewers Guild School and worked in several breweries before the brothers started their business, including one in China!He’s also a brand new resident of Los Alamos. Sam and his wife moved to town two months ago. He’s really enjoying his new hometown so far, he said.Hiring is underway at Boese Brothers Los Alamos location. They’re conducting interviews now, so interested people should get in touch soon.Email the brothers at [email protected] to set up an interview. To get a peak at the beer menu and learn more about Boese Brothers Brewery, visit boesebrothersbrewery.com.last_img read more

Walker: Mental Health

first_imgBy AARON WALKERIndependent Candidate Los Alamos County CouncilThroughout my campaign I have stated the need for honesty and transparency in our government, and it’s time for me to honor that need by having a discussion regarding mental health. I have been running my campaign at full steam since late May when I was trying to get on the ballot. Since then, it has been a roller coaster of emotions with some highs, lows, and a ton of anticipation.At times, my mental health has suffered under the weight of the self-induced pressure. I’ve questioned some of my strategies and wondered if I’ve done enough. I have had tremendous support from my wife, friends, and family that have been very encouraging throughout this whole process. I’ve bounced back with renewed motivation and vigor each time, but only because I have learned the tools I’ve needed over the years.Mental health is a big issue within our community, and it’s time that people in the spotlight start talking about it so that people (especially our youth) understand that it is okay to talk about it. Struggling with mental health is not a sign of weakness, and there is nothing “wrong” with it. We must find a way to make people comfortable talking about their struggles, and it starts with having this conversation publicly. Again, it is okay to not be okay.Los Alamos County has a myriad of services at its disposal regarding health services, including the health council. I would like to see those services leveraged to provide better mental health services within the county, especially to our teens and youth. I want to see if we can provide better services at the schools, as well as the teen center. We need more providers for mental health services for children within our community as well. We need to foster an environment that gives our teens and youth the tools they need to better confront mental health issues when they come up. These tools will prove extremely valuable as they navigate the waters of stepping into adulthood, and throughout their lives.It’s not just our youth that need better services. We need more/better services for the adults within our community as well. Again, that would mean finding more providers for these services and having a discussion at multiple levels on how to increase their availability. I also want to look at the possibility of “traveling” providers that could assist our senior population at our senior centers in Los Alamos and White Rock, as well as our senior housing locations.If we are to continue to have a wonderful community, we need to address the hard topics. We need to have discussions that may be hard to talk about. Mental health is one of those discussions. I will say right now that I struggle with mental health sometimes, and that is OKAY. It doesn’t define me or make me a weak person. It makes me human being with real emotions and real feelings. I am willing to discuss this openly and honestly, and it’s time we start erasing the stigma of mental health.last_img read more