Ready for Sex Talk with a German Accent? Becoming Dr. Ruth, Starring Debra Jo Rupp, Begins Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments Becoming Dr. Ruth Originally titled Dr. Ruth, All the Way, the show premiered at the Barrington Stage Company (where Boyd is the artistic director) in Pittsfield, MA, in 2012, then transferred to TheaterWorks in Hartford, CT, in May 2013. Becoming Dr. Ruth features set design by Brian Prather, costume design by Jen Moeller, lighting design by Scott Pinkney and sound design by Jessica Paz. Find out what Rupp and Dr. Ruth herself had to say about this frisky bio-play in our video below! Everyone knows Dr. Ruth from her career as a pioneering radio and television sex therapist. Few, however, are aware of the incredible journey that preceded it. From fleeing the Nazis in the Kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout and sniper, to her struggles to succeed as a single mother coming to America, Becoming Dr. Ruth is filled with humor, honesty and the life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became “Dr. Ruth.”center_img We’re positive you’ll get a rise (wink wink nudge nudge) out of this one: Mark St. Germain’s comedy Becoming Dr. Ruth, starring Debra Jo Rupp (That ’70s Show) as real-life sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer begins performances at off-Broadway’s Westside Theatre on October 11. Directed by Julianne Boyd, the show is scheduled to play a limited engagement through January 12, 2014. Opening night is set for October 29. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 22, 2013last_img read more

Specialized Launches New Rider First Engineered 2015 Tarmac Disc and Rim Brake Models

first_imgGoing forward, each size will have it’s own specific carbon layup to achieve the desired ride characteristics. There will three different headset bearing sizes and fork steer tubes to help dial in steering characteristics, and dedicated seat stays for each frame size, which will allow Specialized to tune rear triangle stiffness for optimized power and handling. For those familiar with the Roubaix SL4, many of these concepts will already sound familiar.To help determine exactly what those stiffness and handling goals where, Specialized turned to their partners at McLaren. Using F1 inspired technology and techniques, they looked at rider feedback systems, and dynamic testing instrumentation to measure performance in real time.They used these sensors to determine load at the stem, seatpost, fork, and frame, so they could learn how riders transmitted forces into the frame, onto the road, and from the road , back onto the rider.Aside from the major charges to the carbon layup, there were no changes made to the geometry. There will be three versions available of the bike, either with discs or rim brakes, but the S-Works model will use a higher grade carbon to shed nearly a quarter pound. The Pro and Expert models will share the same frame. The Comp and Elite bikes will continue to utilize the existing Tarmac SL4 frame.In addition to the development of new size specific construction, Specialized has also been hard at work developing a new disc model. The frame weighs aprx 80 gm more than it’s rim braking brethren, and utilizes a pretty unique system to keep shifting performance crisp.While the majority of disc equipped road bikes utilize the 135mm hub standard popularized by mountain bikes, the Big S has instead built its platform around a special 135mm with a cassette that sits further inboard, where it would normally sit on a 130mm hub. This, in conjunction with a custom hanger that pushes the derailleur in an additional 2.5mm, keeps shifting performance on par with the rim brake model.Photo by Jakob Kristian SørensenThe last major change is the new internal seat binder, which was first spotted under Roman Kreuziger a few weeks ago. By ditching the seat collar, not only did the frame shed a small amount of weight, but it allows the round 27.2mm seat post to flex slightly for increased comfort.As with every new bike launched, this one also promises improved vertical compliance, reduced aerodynamic drag, a double digit increase in power transfer, and it’s awesome.You can learn more at Specialized and stay tuned for more details! For the new redesigned Specialized Tarmac, the big story isn’t about the disc brakes or a new geometry, it’s about size specific optimization. On the outside, not much has changed except the paint, but what makes this new model worthy of the version 5 moniker is the completely new carbon layup.In the past, engineers have always developed a 54 or 56 cm size frame, then tweaked that formula to work for the full spectrum of sizes. On the road, this has translated into riders of different sizes having decidedly different ride experiences. For example, smaller riders found that the Tarmac SL4 exhibited understeer through hard cornering, while larger riders often gave the opposite feedback – and wished that the bicycle would feel more responsive.So one of the major design goals for the new Tarmac was to create a bike that was stiffer and more responsive for larger riders, yet introduced flex for smaller riders, and maintaining agility across the board.So how did Specialized achieve these lofty objectives?last_img read more

Jillian Mueller & Rent Live’s Brennin Hunt to Take Over Lead Roles in Pretty Woman

first_img Star Files Jillian Mueller Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 18, 2019 Related Shows Pretty Woman: The Musical The celebrated Broadway musical Pretty Woman is adding a pair of new stars. Jillian Mueller, a current understudy in the show, and Brennin Hunt, who starred as Roger Davis in Fox’s Rent Live, will step into the central roles of Vivian Ward and Edward Lewis, respectively, on July 22. They will replace original cast members Samantha Barks and 2019 Audience Choice Award winner Andy Karl, who will take their final bow on July 21.In addition to Pretty Woman, Mueller has been seen on Broadway in Bye Bye Birdie and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and on tour in Dirty Dancing, Flashdance the Musical and American Idiot. Following his turn in Rent Live, Hunt wrapped the indie feature Walking with Herb, set for premiere in 2020; he previously guest-starred on Nashville and X Factor. Pretty Woman will mark Hunt’s Broadway debut.Based on the hit 1990 film, Pretty Woman features a book by Garry Marshall and J.F. Lawton with music and lyrics by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. The production is directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell with orchestrations and musical arrangements by Will Van Dyke. View Comments Jillian Mueller & Brennin Hunt(Photos provided by Polk & Co.) Brennin Huntlast_img read more

Belinder Girl Scout troop tackles plastic pollution for Bronze Award project

first_imgGirl Scouts Troop 249, which meets at Belinder Elementary and the Prairie Village Community Center, has been working on their Bronze Award by raising awareness in the Shawnee Mission area of single-use plastic items.During the past school year, the troop created and distributed signs to restaurants and cafes in the Shawnee Mission area to help promote the reduction of single-use plastic straws.“This is one of the things that they all felt passionate about,” said Amber Sexton, one of the troop leaders.Lindsey Welch, a troop member and rising sixth grader at Belinder, said her troop’s project is important because it helps other people in the community learn about the damaging effects of plastic on the environment.Lindsey Welch hung up her handmade poster to discourage single-use straw use in a Chipotle restaurant in fall 2019. Photo courtesy Julie Welch.“We were thinking, since the ocean’s been, like, really bad over these past few months, we felt we could try to help,” Welch said. “We can’t help with everything, every little piece, but we thought we could at least help with the straw problem, because people are using a lot of plastic straws in the world.”Sexton said the girls started the project with grand ideas, but after the leaders refocused them, they began researching the problems with plastic and ultimately came up with their own solutions.Belinder Girl Scouts Troop 249 do other projects around the Shawnee Mission area. For instance, they planted flowers in their school garden in May 2019. Photo courtesy Amber Sexton.“As fifth graders and incoming sixth graders, they have grown so much from the little kindergarteners that we took on six years ago,” she said. “It’s been exciting to see them change and grow.”To lead by example, the 22 troop members stopped using single-use straws and instead used troop funds to purchase two reusable straws each — one for personal use and the other to give away to promote their efforts. The project also sparked interest in some of the troop members on other ways to reduce plastic and practice more sustainable habits.Tessa Brasel, a troop member and rising sixth grader who previously went to Community School #1, said she’s particularly interested in the benefits of plastic reduction for marine wildlife, especially sea turtles.“There’s a lot of plastic in our oceans — one million marine animals die each year from plastic,” Brasel said. “And turtles are awesome, super cool, and they’re endangered as is. I really love animals and have always had an interest in marine biology. I actually kind of want to be a marine biologist when I’m older.”Completing this project earns the troop their Bronze Award. Troop members became cadets in August.last_img read more

Meta-analysis fails to find evidence that medical marijuana influences quality of life

first_imgLinkedIn Share on Facebook Email Pinterest PsyPost: Why were you interested in this topic?Danovitch: Many cannabis users report that cannabis makes them feel better, that it improves their sense of wellbeing. One good scientific measure of wellbeing is “Quality of Life,” a person-centered indicator that measures perceptions about physical and mental health. We were interested to learn whether people using cannabis for medical conditions experienced significant changes in Quality of Life.What should the average person take away from your study?We did not find a clear association between cannabis use and Quality of Life. There were some indications of a positive association among studies that evaluated the effects of cannabis on pain, and other studies that failed to find any association. So, while cannabis may help alleviate symptoms of several medical conditions, at this point in time there is not convincing evidence that those effects lead to significant improvements in Quality of Life.Are there any major caveats? What questions still need to be addressed?Well, our study was a “meta-analysis,” which means it was a study of other studies. Only eleven studies met the standards we set, which limited our ability to make broad inferences about the effects of cannabis and Quality of Life. The studies had a great deal of variability, and since they were mostly designed to evaluate the effect of cannabis on medical conditions, it was difficult to disentangle whether changes in Quality of Life were attributable to those medical conditions, or to the cannabis itself. However, as more and more people are using cannabis on a regular basis to help with medical conditions, it is incumbent on us to understand the objective and subjective effects of cannabis over time.Is there anything else you would like to add?Cannabis is a complex herb that has many active constituents and exciting therapeutic potential. However, use of cannabis for medical indications is growing faster than the supporting evidence. And because cannabis can cause mild euphoria, it is difficult to separate its pleasurable effects from its therapeutic effects. It is important to scrutinize any medication, supplement or herb that is taken on a long-term basis for a health condition. And measuring Quality of Life is a particularly important way to evaluate the factors people care about most.The study, “The impact of cannabis and cannabinoids for medical conditions on health-related quality of life: A systematic review and meta-analysis“, was also co-authored by Matthew Goldenberg, Mark William Reid, and Waguih William IsHak.center_img Share Share on Twitter New research indicates that marijuana has no impact on quality of life when used for many medical conditions. The findings appear in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.The researchers conducted a meta-analysis — a method of statistically examining previous research — of eleven scientific studies on cannabis or cannabinoids and quality of life. The meta-analysis failed to find a significant association between use of cannabis or cannabinoids and quality of life among those with medical conditions.PsyPost interviewed one of the study’s authors, Itai Danovitch of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Read his responses below:last_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Flu-stricken health workers, guide for mass gatherings, Hispanics hit hard, vaccine news

first_imgNov 13, 2009Most flu-stricken health workers not infected at workMost healthcare workers who have contracted H1N1 influenza were exposed to the flu in their households and community, not in their healthcare institutions, according to testimony Friday before the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB). The board, chartered by the Department of Health and Human Services, was meeting to discuss mental health, healthcare strain and vaccine supply in the H1N1 pandemic, including how much personal protective equipment health workers require.WHO unveils pandemic guide for mass gatheringsThe World Health Organization (WHO) today issued an interim guide for mass gatherings during a pandemic. Among risk-assessment points, it urges planners to pay close attention to local virus circulation, length of the event, age of participants, and healthcare capacity. To reduce transmission, advising sick people to stay away from the event is a key task, along with isolating ill people, avoiding travel when sick, and reducing crowding in areas such as dining halls, the WHO said. guidanceCanada OKs one vaccine dose for 3- to 9-year-oldsThe Public Health Agency of Canada said yesterday that one dose of adjuvanted H1N1 vaccine is sufficient for healthy children ages 3 through 9 years. The agency called for two doses 21 days apart for children from 6 months through 2 years old and for those 3 through 9 years who have chronic health problems. The recommendations are based on clinical trial findings from Europe. In October, WHO experts suggested one dose is enough for children under 10, but US health officials recommend two doses.Hispanics in Texas hit hard by H1N1An analysis by Texas health officials finds that the state’s Hispanics are being hit disproportionately hard by H1N1 flu, the Houston Chronicle reported. Hispanics make up 37% of the population but accounted for 52% of the 95 H1N1-rlelated deaths through Oct 17. Several risk factors for severe H1N1 disease, including pregnancy, diabetes, and possibly obesity, are more common among Hispanics, said Dr. Joseph McCormick of the University of Texas School of Public Health in Brownsville. 13 Houston Chronicle reportFrance reports GBS in vaccinated health workerFrance’s health ministry said yesterday that a young female healthcare worker was diagnosed with mild Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) 6 days after she received a pandemic flu vaccine, Deutsche Presse-Argentur (DPA) reported today. Hers is one of very few cases that have been reported in H1N1 vaccine recipients. The DPA report said 1,700 GBS cases are reported in France each year and that an October poll showed 17% of French respondents planned to get vaccinated against the pandemic virus.last_img read more

Chart 16: COVID-19 Daily Cases By County In New Mexico

first_imgChart shows the cumulative cases of COVID-19 by county in New Mexico. Created by Eli Ben-Naim Chart shows total cumulative counts for tests, diagnoses, and deaths, as well as the number of hospitalizations per day of COVID-19 statewide in New Mexico. Created by Eli Ben-Naimlast_img

LANL, NM Building And Construction Trades Council, Taos Municipal Schools Announce New Job Training Collaboration

first_imgCSF warehouse Construction Progress April 30 on the west side of the TA55 campus. Photo by Carlos TrujilloLANL News:Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Director Thom Mason, New Mexico Building and Construction Trades Council (NMBCTC) Executive Director Brian Condit, and Taos Municipal Schools Superintendent Lillian Torrez announce a collaboration creating a building-trades course for Taos High School students.“The Laboratory is pleased to partner with the New Mexico Building and Construction Trades Council and Taos High School to offer options to the emerging workforce who are interested in trade careers,” LANL Director Thom Mason said. “These are stable, good-paying positions that are vital to the Laboratory. Building the regional workforce benefits both Northern New Mexico and the Laboratory while supporting our communities over the long term.”Mason added that the Laboratory projects it will hire more than 1,200 craft, or specialized building trade, workers in the next five years. “The union is very excited to move forward with this collaboration with the Laboratory and Taos High School,” NMBCTC President Courtenay Eichhorst said. “We’re glad to respond to the growing demand at the Lab and in Northern New Mexico for skilled builders.” Beginning in the fall of 2020, Taos High School students will be able to take a course specially designed to meet union standards. The course, paired with a high-school diploma, allows students direct entry into union apprenticeship programs at age 18. As apprentices, they will work full time at the Laboratory or with other employers at the starting salary of $16/hour while receiving additional classroom and on-the-job training.Upon completion of the apprenticeship, trainees will be journeymen with starting salaries as high as $72,000/year plus benefits. Participation in the course is free to students and paid for by the Laboratory. “This approachable training program starts students down a well-paid career path with New Mexico employers,” Superintendent Lillian Torrez said. “Training students for high-demand jobs is a top priority for Taos High School.”To learn more about the upcoming building-trades course, contact Taos High School Principal CJ Grace at (575).751.8000.To start a similar training course at your local high school, contact NMBCTC President Brian Condit (505).268.1000 or Rebecca Estrada, higher education and workforce, at the Laboratory, (505).695.4974.About Los Alamos National Laboratory Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is managed by Triad, a public service oriented, national security science organization equally owned by its three founding members: Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle), the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), and the Regents of the University of California (UC) for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.About New Mexico Building and Construction Trades Council The New Mexico Building and Construction Trades Council (NMBCTC) is an alliance of craft labor unions. NMBCTC and its affiliated member unions demonstrate a concerted commitment to world-class skills development and training; coupled with a 21st century labor/management model that is founded upon the principles of performance, pride, cooperation, and partnership. About Taos Municipal SchoolsTaos Municipal Schools educates more than 3,000 students at Arroyos del Norte Elementary, Enos Garcia Elementary, Ranchos Elementary, Taos Middle School, Taos High School, and Taos Cyber Magnet School. The district recognizes that education is a life-long process, everyone has a right to a meaningful education, and that technology has a major impact on society. Beginning in fall 2020, Taos High School will be training the next generation of building trades workers for jobs with the NMBCTC and the Laboratory with starting salaries as high as $72,000 annually. Courtesy photolast_img read more

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Londonmetric on cusp on £32m of deals

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