Denise van Outen Will Put on Her Jazz Shoes as Velma Kelly in London’s Chicago

first_imgDenise van Outen in a promotional photo for “Chicago”(Photo provided by Raw PR) Chicago alum Denise van Outen will re-join the West End cast of the hit musical revival on September 24, taking on the role of Velma Kelly for a limited engagement at the Phoenix Theatre through November 17. Van Outen replaces current Chicago star Josefina Gabrielle.New to the role of Velma, Van Outen was formerly seen as Roxie Hart in Chicago in London and on Broadway. Her other London stage credits include Tell Me on a Sunday, Legally Blonde, Rent and her solo show Some Girl I Used to Know. On TV, van Outen currently judges Ireland’s Got Talent, having previously judged BBC1’s Any Dream Will Do and I’d Do Anything alongside Andrew Lloyd Webber.Van Outen will join a Chicago cast that includes Alexandra Burke as Roxie Hart, Duncan James as Billy Flynn, Mazz Murray as Mama Morton and Paul Rider as Amos Hart.Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, Chicago features a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Ebb. The production features choreography by Ann Reinking in the style of Fosse and direction by Walter Bobbie. View Commentslast_img read more

Dozens feared dead after landslides hit Kenya’s West Pokot County

first_img16 people feared dead after massive landslides hit West Pokot County in Kenya 16 people are confirmed to be dead after massive landslides hit West Pokot County in KenyaOfficials confirm that 16 are confirmed dead after houses were swept away Saturday in landslides caused by heavy rain in West Pokot, local publication Daily Nation has reported.The death toll is expected to rise as more bodies are pulled from the morass.In an official Tweet, the Kenya Red Cross said its personnel have responded to the emergency.Massive landslides reported in various areas of West Pokot County following heavy downpour. Response teams activated. Details to follow.— Kenya Red Cross (@KenyaRedCross) November 23, 2019Local chief of the area, Joel Bulal, who spoke to Daily Nation, confirmed that at least 12 people were buried alive when the landslides hit.According to the local administrators, more people and animals could be trapped inside their homes after being buried by the landslide.Transport has been paralysed with many roads being cut off due to the rain.West Pokot region is currently experiencing heavy downpours, like many other arid and semi-arid areas.More to follow…Related West African dish, jollof rice, gains popularity in Kenya West African dish, Jollof rice, gaining popularity in Kenyacenter_img Kenya Assures Ebola Threat is Minimal by screening all Visitors from West Africalast_img read more

Drew Brees explains appearance in video produced by anti-LGBTQ group

first_imgSaints quarterback Drew Brees said Thursday he didn’t know a video he appeared in promoting the Bible was produced by a group that holds anti-LGBTQ views.Brees appeared in a video promoting “National Bring Your Bible To School Day.” Brees says in part, “I want to encourage you to live out your faith. Share God’s love with friends.” The video was produced and promoted by Focus on The Family, which has been criticized for being anti-LGBTQ, lobbying for “religious freedom” laws that would support businesses’ rights to discriminate based on sexuality and gender identity.Brees’ appearance in the video sparked controversy, with some criticizing him, and others defending him. Brees posted a video on Instagram complaining about the “negativity” that spread, but also stating that he doesn’t hold anti-LGBTQ views himself.Brees clarified his stance for reporters, explaining he did not realize Focus on The Family holds anti-LGBTQ views.”I was not aware of any of the things they said about them lobbying for anti-gay, any type of messaging, or inequality, or any type of hate-related stuff. I was not aware of that at all,” Brees said. “The video itself was just focused on ‘National Bring Your Bible To School Day.’ It was not promoting any group, certainly not promoting any group that is associated with that type of behavior.”Because I know that there are unfortunately Christian organizations out there that are involved in that kind of thing. To me, that is totally against what being a Christian is all about. Being a Christian is love, it’s forgiveness, it’s respecting all, accepting all. … What’s a shame is people will make headlines just to get hits, just to get views, all of a sudden these rumors spread that are completely untrue.” Drew Brees addresses his “National Bring Your Bible To School Day” video that appeared on Focus on The Family platforms.He said he was not aware of the group’s anti-LGBT views. He says hate goes against everything being a Christian is all about.— Amie Just (@Amie_Just) September 5, 2019Brees has a track record of support for LGBTQ issues, including an appearance on Ellen DeGeneres’ show to speak out against bullying of LGBTQ youth.Here’s Brees’ explanation of the situation on Instagram. Hopefully this sets the record straight with who I am and what I stand for. Love, Respect, and Accept ALL. I encourage you not to believe the negativity you read that says differently. It’s simply not true. Have a great day.A post shared by Drew Brees (@drewbrees) on Sep 5, 2019 at 12:58pm PDTAs far as distractions go, this is nowhere near the circus-like atmosphere the Antonio Brown saga has brought to Oakland. Yet it’s a distraction nonetheless, something the Saints don’t need heading into their regular season opener at home against the Texans on Monday. View this post on Instagramlast_img read more

Happening Now: The Second Safe Mothers and Newborns Leadership Workshop

first_imgPosted on July 12, 2016September 26, 2016By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This week the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF), with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has teamed up with The Aga Khan University and the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) to host the second annual Safe Mothers and Newborns Leadership Workshop. The goal of the workshop is to increase the capacity of key players in the field of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) from high burden countries to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality by upgrading their technical knowledge and leadership skills.The workshop will draw on the expertise of international faculty to offer participants useful lessons that they can bring back to their home countries. The 2016 participants represent 26 countries from around the globe and work in a number of sectors including ministries of health, nonprofit organizations and hospital systems.Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we post interviews with these global leaders on the MHTF Blog.Get live updates from the workshop by following the MHTF on Facebook and Twitter. Connect with us by using the hashtag #SMNLW2016!Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more