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Britain faces rise in bread prices from dire wheat crop

first_imgSource: Getty ImagesThis year’s dire wheat crop in the UK has left farmers and millers with concerns that bread prices may rise. Farmers have faced heavy rain during winter and one of the driest springs on record, according to Tom Bradshaw, vice president of the National Farmers Union (NFU). Establishing crops was difficult and winter drilled crops lacked any spring growth.“The combined weather pattern has resulted in the UK’s lowest wheat crop area in 40 years this summer and we expect yields to strike a similar multi-decade low. This demonstrates the volatility that can be experienced across a farming year and why food production and food security must be taken seriously,” he added.Millers have started to import a greater volume of wheat from Germany in recent weeks to cover the domestic shortfall, adds David Eudall, head of arable market specialists at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).Coronavirus distancing measures have meant that sample taking and analysis from farms is proceeding more slowly than usual. Therefore, a clear picture of the harvest has not yet emerged.“We know that it will be small with many predictions around 10 million tonnes – down from 16 million tonnes last year. A crop of 10 million tonnes would represent the largest season-on-season drop –percentage and actual tonnage- in UK wheat production since records began in 1892,” said Alex Waugh, director general of the National Association of British and Irish Millers (Nabim).The smaller UK crop and lack of farmer selling have pushed delivered prices for bread wheat in the benchmark region of North West England up by nearly £50 per tonne (30%) compared with 2019, he said.However, Eudall notes that wheat only accounts for 11% of the cost of a loaf of bread.“There is no direct relationship between the price of wheat and the price of bread, so even though prices of wheat have risen in light of the lower UK harvest this year, this doesn’t mean that bread prices will rise as well. Bread prices have lowered slightly during the year and retail prices are lowering in light of the coronavirus created recession,” he said.Waugh believes that a no-deal Brexit may increase the possibility of an import duty of £79 per tonne being applied to wheat from the EU from January 1 2021. This will add further pressure to the market, and a big import programme this autumn will seem inevitable, he added.“Wheat prices only make up a fraction of the final cost of a loaf of bread, therefore a rise in the cost of wheat is unlikely to have much impact on store prices of bakery products. Furthermore, in a competitive market where consumers demand the best value, especially on staple items, retailers will do everything possible to prevent price rises,” said Andrew Opie, director of food & sustainability at the British Retail Consortium.last_img read more

Anita Hill looks back, and ahead

first_imgShe was at Harvard to discuss the themes in her new book, but audience members couldn’t resist the chance to engage with the author about her time at the center of a national political firestorm.Several thanked her for her efforts. One said she “spoke truth to power.”When asked whether she would consider a position on the U.S. Supreme Court, instead of sidestepping the question, Anita Hill offered a refreshingly candid response. “Wouldn’t that be awkward,” she told the full house at the Radcliffe Gymnasium on Nov. 17, later adding, “It would be hard for me to give up the opportunity to do the work I am doing now.”During the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991, Hill, a young law professor at the time, accused Thomas of sexual harassment. He eventually was confirmed to the office. But her testimony sparked a national dialogue, created a “new awareness of gender discrimination in the workplace,” and brought the topic “sensationally into the open,” said Nancy Cott, Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library.Now a professor of social policy, law, and women’s studies at Brandeis University, Hill said her current work has been largely shaped by what followed her earlier experience. In the years after the hearings, she received thousands of letters from people detailing their own experiences with discrimination or harassment. Those stories in large part encouraged her to redirect her approach to civil rights work “through the lens of people who had experienced profound inequality.”Her new book, “Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home,” does just that, probing the importance of the concept of home as a central element for the search for gender and racial equality through personal stories and anecdotes. In the work, she traces a 100-year search for the American Dream, beginning with her own family (her great-grandparents and her maternal grandfather were born into slavery), and ending with the subprime mortgage meltdown.A dominant notion of freedom for African-American women in the late 19th century was embodied in their desire to have a physical home beyond the shadows of slavery — to move, Hill said, “from being property to owning property.”That desire was later transferred to the developing urban areas of the 1930s, as African-American men and women pursued jobs, greater equality, and freedom within city limits. Later, the search for equality involved an attempt to move to the suburbs in the 1950s, and transitions into larger homes in the 1980s and beyond.But along the way, policies and perceptions have hampered the search for true equality in the home, said Hill. Even as women were breaking the bonds of slavery, they were still unable to own property in their name. After migrating to cities, African Americans lived in cramped spaces referred to by author Isabel Wilkerson as “virtual slave cabins stacked on top of one another,” and many worked in service jobs in the upscale homes of whites. In the 1950s, most suburbs, said Hill, were racially restricted, in large part owing to government policies.Popular culture of the 1980s began to symbolize equality through television shows like the sitcom ‘The Jeffersons,’ ” said Hill. But instead of offering a notion of equality as represented by a move toward community, a struggle to understand each others’ differences, and a final coming together — like the story told in Lorraine Hansberry’s famous play “A Raisin in the Sun,” about a black family’s experience in a subdivision of Chicago — “equality for the Jeffersons was achieving opulence. It was sort of setting yourself apart from others.”Today, Hill argued, equality in the home requires a close examination of the decisions that need to be made to ensure people can enjoy a dwelling where they can “safely view the world … and enjoy all the opportunities that society has to offer,” including access to good schools, healthy food, and safe streets.It also requires the type of public engagement that followed the explosive 1991 hearing.“What moved things, what changed harassment in the workplace, was the public engagement with it and the public reaction,” Hill said. “If we begin to start to engage with some of these issues around home … then I believe we could start to change.”Hill’s presentation was the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study’s 2011–2012 Maurine and Robert Rothschild Lecture.last_img read more

Human stem cells model the kidney’s filtration barrier

first_imgThe kidney, made up of about a million tiny units that work to filter blood, constantly rids the body of undesired waste products to form urine. During the process, it also holds back blood cells and valuable proteins and controls the body’s fluid content.Key to each of these units is a structure known as the glomerulus, in which so-called podocyte cells wrap themselves tightly around a tuft of capillaries. Separated by a thin membrane composed of extracellular matrix, slits are left between them to build an actual filtration barrier. The podocytes are also the target of congenital or acquired kidney diseases, however, they are often harmed by drugs.In order to build an in vitro model of the human glomerulus that could allow better understanding of its function, vulnerabilities to disease, and drug toxicities, researchers have been attempting to engineer human stem cells — which in theory can give rise to any mature cell type — to form into functional podocytes. These cell culture efforts, however, so far have failed to produce populations of mature podocytes pure enough to be useful for modeling glomerular filtration.A team led by Donald Ingber at Harvard’s Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering now reports a solution to this challenge in Nature Biomedical Engineering. Their process enables differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells into mature podocytes with more than 90 percent efficiency. Linking the differentiation process with organ-on-a-chip technology pioneered by Ingber’s team, the researchers went on to engineer the first in vitro model of the human glomerulus, demonstrating effective and selective filtration of blood proteins and podocyte toxicity induced by a chemotherapy drug in vitro.“The development of a functional human kidney glomerulus chip opens up an entire new experimental path to investigate kidney biology, carry out highly personalized modeling of kidney diseases and drug toxicities, and the stem cell-derived kidney podocytes we developed could even offer a new injectable cell therapy approach for regenerative medicine in patients with life-threatening glomerulopathies in the future,” said Ingber, who is director of the Wyss Institute.Ingber’s team has engineered multiple organs-on-chips that accurately mimic human tissue and organ-level physiology and are currently being evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration as tools to study the effects of potential chemical and biological hazards found in foods, cosmetics, or dietary supplements more effectively than in existing culture systems or animal models. In 2013, his team developed an organ-on-a-chip microfluidic culture device that modeled the human kidney’s proximal tubule, which is anatomically connected to the glomerulus and salvages ions from urinary fluid. Now, with the glomerulus-on-a-chip, researchers also can get in vitro access to core filtration mechanisms in the kidney that are critical for drug clearance and pharmacokinetics, in addition to studying human podocytes at work.To generate almost pure populations of human podocytes in cell culture, Samira Musah, the study’s first author and Harvard Medical School (HMS) Dean’s Postdoc, leveraged pieces of the stem cell biologists’ arsenal and merged them with snippets taken from Ingber’s past research on how cells in the body respond to adhesive factors and physical forces in their tissue environments.“Our method not only uses soluble factors that guide kidney development in the embryo, but, by growing and differentiating stem cells on extracellular matrix components that are also contained in the membrane separating the glomerular blood and urinary systems, we more closely mimic the natural environment in which podocytes are induced and mature,” said Musah. “We even succeeded in inducing much of this differentiation process within a channel of the microfluidic chip, where, by applying cyclical motions that mimic the rhythmic deformations living glomeruli experience due to pressure pulses generated by each heartbeat, we achieve even greater maturation efficiencies.”The complete microfluidic system closely resembles a living, 3-D cross-section of the human glomerular wall. It consists of an optically clear, flexible, polymeric material the size of a computer memory chip in which two closely opposed microchannels are separated by a porous, extracellular matrix-coated membrane that corresponds to the kidney’s glomerular basement membrane. In one of the membrane-facing channels, the researchers grow glomerular endothelial cells to mimic the blood microvessel compartment of glomeruli. The iPS cells are cultured on the opposite side of the membrane in the other channel that represents the glomerulus’ urinary compartment, where they are induced to form a layer of mature podocytes that extend long cellular processes through the pores in the membrane and contact the underlying endothelial cells. In addition, the device’s channels are rhythmically stretched and relaxed at a rate of one heartbeat per second by applying cyclic suction to hollow chambers placed on either side of the cell-lined microchannels to mimic physiological deformations of the glomerular wall.“This in vitro system allows us to effectively recapitulate the filtration of small substances contained in blood into the urinary compartment while retaining large proteins in the blood compartment just like in our bodies, and we can visualize and monitor the damage inflicted by drugs that cause breakdown of the filtration barrier in the kidney,” said Musah.Other authors include Akiko Mammoto and Tadanori Mammoto, who at the time of the study were instructors in the Vascular Biology Program and Department of Surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital, as well as present or past Wyss Institute researchers including Thomas Ferrante, Sauveur Jeanty, Kristen Roberts, Seyoon Chung, Richard Novak, Miles Ingram, Tohid Fatanat-Didar, Sandeep Koshy, and James Weaver. Ingber is the Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at Harvard Medical School and the Vascular Biology Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, as well as professor of bioengineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.Funding for the study was provided by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Musah was supported by a HMS Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, Postdoctoral Enrichment Program Award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, UNCF-Merck Postdoctoral Fellowship, and an NIH/NIDDK Nephrology Training Grant.last_img read more

Dinner celebrates women

first_imgShades of Ebony held its second annual Celebration of Women Dinner, the culminating event of Women’s Week, on Thursday night in McKenna Hall. The event focused on the Women’s History Month theme “Character, Courage and Commitment” and featured three speakers and small-group discussions.The first speaker, freshman Grace Watkins, discussed her experience of sexual assault and subsequent activism, including her participation in the TEDx conference in January.“In my interactions with my peers following the [TED] conference, I received a wide range of reactions,” Watkins said. “Many of them were positive.“Unfortunately, however, some comments were wildly misinformed and insensitive, and it was in those reactions that I needed to remind myself of people’s humanity and my own humanity.”The second speaker was Frances Shavers, University President Fr. John Jenkins’s former chief of staff who resigned after debilitating pain seizures caused by trigeminal neuralgia prevented her from working. Shavers spoke about her disease, various attempts at treatment, consideration of suicide and courage in the face of pain and adversity.Emily McConville “Something will happen in your life, where you will be tested to be courageous,” Shavers said. “Where moving forward collides with running away, where our faith will meet our uncertainty, where our hope will meet our despondency, where our self-confidence will meet our self-despair.“On that bridge we have to respond. You have to respond. You must choose courage … to override our own internal doubts – perhaps the most damning – our own voice that says, I can’t.”The third speaker was Katie Washington, the first black valedictorian of Notre Dame who did medical research and service until her graduation in 2010 before entering a combined MD/PhD program at Johns Hopkins University. Washington referenced her own academic, professional and personal experiences in her talk.“Here’s my perspective: whatever you should commit to requires conscious reflection and self-examination,” Washington said. “Our commitment should come from a place of self-love.“It should also provide a love for others, especially those who appear unlovable by some criteria or certain standards. Ultimately the commitments that you choose are yours and yours alone.”The dinner was organized by Shades of Ebony and the Gender Relations Center and funded by a variety of clubs, residence halls, alumni clubs and individual alumnae.Sophomore Chizo Ekechukwu, diversity council representative and historian for Shades of Ebony, said the speakers exceeded her expectations.“Frances – I was in tears, and Katie is my inspiration because I want to be a doctor, so her being the first black valedictorian and her doing an MD/PhD program is something I aspire to do,” Ekechukwu said. “Grace, telling her story was so brave and courageous. The theme of character, courage and commitment was embodied throughout this whole dinner.”Christine Caron Gebhardt, director of the Gender Relations Center, said the event organizers were pleased with the outcome.“I think the speakers were wonderful in capturing what we were hoping for tonight, with the different ways in which women and men both past and present help shape the future,” Gebhardt said. “We had a very engaging discussion at our table, and other folks were really engaged.“Each year we’re hoping to build, and I think it’s becoming stronger. And it’s encouraging that our campus is really uplifting women.” Tags: Shades of Ebony, Women’s Weeklast_img read more

Notre Dame to host fourth annual Run Forrest Run 5/10k race

first_imgFour years ago, then-incoming freshman Lauren McKee sent an email to the Gary Sinise Foundation (GSF), a charity dedicated to serving veterans, active military and first responders, explaining that she was a freshman at Notre Dame and hoping to be added to a volunteer list. Two hours later, she got a call from the foundation’s director of outreach, Billy Wagasy.“[Wagasy] was a former Navy SEAL before he became the director of outreach at the Gary Sinise Foundation, but he also played football here under Lou Holtz for four years, so because of that Notre Dame connection it got passed to his desk,” McKee said. “While we were talking, we kind of came up with this idea for a charity run that would benefit the Gary Sinise Foundation.”A few weeks later, McKee said she happened to meet a member of the Notre Dame Air Force ROTC, and she mentioned the idea to him, asking whether ROTC would want to get involved. The student said yes, and then began to work with both McKee and other members of the ROTC service groups to plan the first annual Run Forrest Run 5/10k race on Notre Dame’s campus, she said. “From there this crazy idea took off, and it’s been four years where it’s just kind of grown exponentially. We now have a virtual race, and we have people who have run across the country, and this year we actually have people running internationally,” McKee said. “It’s just absolutely incredible to see the support that we’ve had.”Gary Sinise, who played Lt. Dan in the beloved movie “Forrest Gump,” created the charity in 2011 after years of supporting veterans and active military through his Lt. Dan Band at military bases and benefit concerts. While the charity provides support in many different ways to servicemen and women and their families, its main program is called R.I.S.E., or Restoring Independence, Supporting Empowerment, which provides specially built homes, modified vehicles and mobility devices for wounded veterans.“A lot of times when veterans come back who are severely injured, it’s not just a case of having limited mobility outside their homes. There’s also a lot of things that go into limiting their independence in their homes,” McKee said. “They’re unable to reach things in the house, the bathrooms are usually too small, there’s just a lot of things that go into making their lives a lot more difficult. So the R.I.S.E. program works to support empowerment and make sure they can be independent.”By the end of this year, GSF will have built 65 adapted smart homes for wounded veterans. During its first year, McKee said the race raised money to build one such home for Sgt. Michael Frazier, a marine who lost both legs and much of the use of his right arm while deployed in Afghanistan in 2011. His wife, McKee said, credited the home with his ability to fully participate in his life.“It’s allowed him to be a better father and a better husband … because the house is specially adapted so that he can access it, so that it’s specifically designed for his needs,” McKee said.The Notre Dame ROTC service groups have played a large role in planning the race each year, with at least one representative from each branch on the planning committee and many more students volunteering and participating.“The ROTC kids were fully in, and this wouldn’t have been possible without them,” McKee said. “Every single person who has worked on the race committee or even just volunteering and spreading the word about it — every single one of them has made sure that this has been possible.”To date, the Run Forrest Run race has raised over $35,000 to benefit GSF in the past three years, and McKee said she predicts that this year’s total may exceed $20,000, far surpassing her original expectations. McKee said over 450 runners will be on campus, with another 70 running nationally and internationally. She said she points to Notre Dame’s guiding statement, “God, Country, Notre Dame,” as the reason the race has been so successful.“I think immediately there was that easy pairing between the mission of the Gary Sinise Foundation, and the incredible willingness to serve that the people of Notre Dame have,” McKee said.This year, McKee said, the race is excited to honor U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Chad Watson, a GSF smart home recipient and 2016 MBA graduate of Notre Dame. While she is sad this is her last time on the race committee, McKee said she is confident in the abilities of next year’s committee.“Every year I’m blown away by the people I get to meet and all the stories I get to hear,” McKee said. “None of it would have happened without any of the people who were there. I just really lucked out that I got to meet so many incredible people who were so supportive and so willing to throw everything into this crazy idea.”Tags: Air Force ROTC, Billy Wagasy, Chad Watson, Gary Sinise Foundation, Michael Frazier, R.I.S.E., ROTC, Run Forrest Runlast_img read more

Doctor Zhivago Musical Expected on Broadway in 2015

first_img Doctor Zhivago A long-brewing musical adaptation of Doctor Zhivago is expected to arrive on Broadway in the spring of 2015, according to The New York Times. The musical would play the Broadway Theatre following the closing of Cinderella on January 3. Based on the 1957 novel by Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago details the life of Yuri Zhivago, a physician and poet, during the Russian Revolution of 1905 and World War II. The story is best known from the hit 1965 film starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie. The new staging of Miss Saigon, currently a hit in London’s West End, and another musical from down under, the stage adaptation of King Kong, are also possible future tenants for the theater, according to the Times. View Commentscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on May 10, 2015 Related Shows The musical adaptation, featuring a book by Lucy Simon and lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Powers, premiered in 2006 at La Jolla Playhouse. A heavily revised version opened at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney, Australia with Annie star Anthony Warlow in the lead role under the direction of Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (The Who’s Tommy, Jersey Boys).last_img read more

The 85 Best Songs of Birthday Boy Stephen Sondheim

first_imgLoving Sondheim is not a choice. It’s who we are. And no matter what age he was turning on March 22, we could easily fill up a list of his best songs to match the number. But the musical maestro is turning 85, so we created our own very-opinionated list of the 85 greatest tunes that have come out of his brilliant mind (songs with collaborators were left off—sorry “Tonight” and “Rose’s Turn”!). What a tough task, but we focused on the songs that wow us with their lyrical genius, push the boundaries of the musical theater form or just make us want to curl up in a ball and cry. Here’s to many more birthdays and stunning scores, Steve!85. “Children Will Listen” from Into the WoodsCareful the spell you cast. / Not just on children. / Sometimes the spell may last / Past what you can see / And turn against you.84. “The Story of Lucy and Jessie” from FolliesLucy wants to be dressy. / Jessie wants to be juicy. / Lucy wants to be Jessie. / And Jessie, Lucy.83. “It Takes Two” from Into the WoodsWe’ve got three. / We need one. / It takes two.82. “Happiness” from PassionI didn’t know what love was / But now I do. / It’s what I feel with you. / The happiness I feel with you.81. “The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened” from Road ShowWho knew? / Who dreamed? / Beats me.80. “It’s Hot Up Here” from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeThe outward show / Of bliss up here / Is disappearing dot by dot. / And it’s hot!79. “Someone in a Tree” from Pacific OverturesOnly cups of tea. / And history. / And someone in a tree.78. “The Little Things You Do Together” from CompanyIt’s the people that you hate together. / Bait together. / Date together. / That make marriage a joy.77. “Putting It Together” from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeEvery time I start to feel defensive / I remember lasers are expensive.76. “More” from Dick TracyAnd if you like two / You might as well have four. / And if you like four / Why not a few? / Why not a slew? / More!75. “Agony” from Into the WoodsAlways ten steps behind. / Always ten feet below. / And she’s just out of reach.74. “Sunday in the Park with George” from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeBut most of all / I love your painting. / I think I’m fainting.73. “The God-Why-Don’t-You-Love-Me Blues” from FolliesThe things that I want / I don’t seem to get. / The things that I get… / You know what I mean!72. “I Wish I Could Forget You” from PassionAnd though I cannot love you / I wish that I could love you.71. “Unworthy of Your Love” from AssassinsYou would be queen to me, not wife. / I would crawl belly deep through hell.70. “Liaisons” from A Little Night MusicLiaisons today. / Disgraceful! / What’s become of them? / Some of them / Hardly pay their shoddy way.69. “Last Midnight” from Into the WoodsI’m not good. / I’m not nice. / I’m just right. / I’m the Witch. / You’re the world.68. “The Glamorous Life” from A Little Night MusicOrdinary mothers needn’t meet committees. / But ordinary mothers don’t get keys to cities.67. “Kiss Me!” from Sweeney ToddKiss me! / Of course! / Quickly!66. “I Never Do Anything Twice” from The Seven-Per-Cent SolutionOnce is delicious. / But twice would be vicious. / Or just repetitious.65. “Barcelona” from CompanyWhere you going? / Barcelona! / So you said. / And Madrid. / Bon voyage. / On a Boeing.64. “Pretty Lady” from Pacific OverturesPretty lady with a flower. / Give a lonely sailor half an hour.63. “Sooner or Later” from Dick TracyWhen I get a yen / Then baby, Amen. / I’m counting to ten. / And then…62. “Beautiful” from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeAll trees, all towers, beautiful. / That tower, beautiful mother. / See? / A perfect tree.61. “I Remember” from Evening PrimroseI remember sky. / It was blue as ink. / Or at least I think.60. “Children and Art” from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeThe child is so sweet. / And the girls are so rapturous. / Isn’t it lovely how artists can capture us?59. “Another National Anthem” from AssassinsFor those who never win. / For the suckers. / For the pikers. / For the ones who might have been.58. “Every Day a Little Death” from A Little Night MusicEvery day a little sting. / Every day a little dies. / In the heart and in the head. / In the looks and in the lies.57. “Our Time” from Merrily We Roll AlongLong ago / All we had was that funny feeling. / Saying someday we’d send ’em reeling / Now it looks like we can.56. “Marry Me a Little” from CompanyOh, how softly we’ll tread. / All the stings, the ugly things / We’ll keep unsaid.55. “There Won’t Be Trumpets” from Anyone Can WhistleThere won’t be trumpets / But sure as shooting / You’ll know him when you see him!54. “My Friends” from Sweeney ToddTill now your shine / Was merely silver. / Friends, you shall drip rubies. / You’ll soon drip precoius rubies…53. “You Could Drive a Person Crazy” from CompanySo single and attentive and attractive a man / Is everything a person could wish. / But turning off a person is the act of a man / Who likes to pull the hooks out of fish.52. “On the Steps of the Palace” from Into the WoodsBetter stop and take stock / While you’re standing here stuck / On the steps of the palace!51. “Old Friends” from Merrily We Roll AlongOld friends do / Tend to become old habit. / Never knew / How much I missed you till now.50. “The Worst Pies in London” from Sweeney ToddThe worst pies in London. / Even that’s polite! / The worst pies in London. / If you doubt it, take a bite!49. “Now/Later/Soon” from A Little Night MusicRemoving her clothing / Would take me all day. / And her subsequent loathing / Would turn me away. / Which eliminates B. / And which leaves us with A.48. “Comedy Tonight” from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ForumFrenzy and frolic. / Strictly symbolic. / Something for everyone. / A comedy tonight!47. “Merrily We Roll Along” from Merrily We Roll AlongMaking you feel merrily, merrily. / What can go wrong? / Rolling along.46. “Waiting for the Girls Upstairs” from FolliesLife was fun but oh, so intense. / Everything was possible and nothing made sense. / Back there when one of the major events / Was waiting for the girls…45. “No One is Alone” from Into the WoodsWitches can be right. / Giants can be good. / You decide what’s right. / You decide what’s good.44. “With So Little To Be Sure Of” from Anyone Can WhistleCrazy business this / This life we live in. / Can’t complain about / The time we’re given. / With so little to be sure of / In this world.43. “Pretty Women” from Sweeney ToddBlowing out their candles / Or combing out their hair. / Even when they leave / They still are there. / They’re there.42. “What Can You Lose” from Dick TracyOnce the words are spoken / Something may be broken. / Still, you love her. / What can you lose?41. “Everybody Says Don’t” from Anyone Can WhistleSometimes you have to start small. / Climbing the tiniest wall. / Maybe you’re going to fall / But it’s better than not starting at all.40. “No More” from Into the WoodsHave to take care. / Unless there’s a “where” / You’ll only be wandering blind. / Just more questions. / Different kind.39. “Epiphany” from Sweeney ToddDon’t we all deserve to die? / Even you, Mrs. Lovett. / Even I. / Because the lives of the wicked / Should be made brief. / For the rest of us / Death will be a relief.38. “Good Thing Going” from Merrily We Roll AlongIt could have kept on growing / Instead of just kept on. / We had a good thing going. / Going. / Gone.37. “Color and Light” from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeDot Dot waiting to go. / Out out out. / No no no George. / Finish the hat. / Finish the hat. / Have to finish the hat first.36. “Broadway Baby” from FolliesA spark. / To pierce the dark. / From Battery Park / To Washington Heights.35. “Not While I’m Around” from Sweeney ToddDemons’ll charm you / With a smile. / For a while. / But in time / Nothing can harm you. / Not while I’m around.34. “The Miller’s Son” from A Little Night MusicIt’s a very short road / From the pinch and the punch / To the paunch and the pouch / And the pension.33. “Sorry/Grateful” from CompanyYou don’t live for her. / You do live with her. / You’re scared she’s starting / To drift away. / And scared she’ll stay.32. “Giants in the Sky” from Into the WoodsAnd she gives you food. / And she gives you rest. / And she draws you close / To her giant breast. / And you know things now / That you never knew before.31. “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd” from Sweeney ToddSweeney pondered / And Sweeney planned. / Like a perfect machine / He planned. / Sweeney was smooth. / Sweeney was subtle. / Sweeney would blink / And rats would scuttle.30. “Franklin Shepard Inc.” from Merrily We Roll AlongVery sneaky how it happens. / Much more sneaky than you think. / Start with nothing but a song to sing / Next you’re Franklin Shepard.29. “Johanna” from Sweeney ToddI’ll steal you, Johanna. / I’ll steal you. / Do they think that walls could hide you? / Even now, I’m at your window.28. “I’m Still Here” from FolliesFirst you’re another slow-eyed vamp. / Then someone’s mother. / Then you’re camp.27. “Getting Married Today” from CompanyI telephoned my analyst about it / And he said to see him Monday / But by Monday I’ll be floating / In the Hudson with the other garbage.26. “Gun Song” from AssassinsWhy should you be blue / When you’ve your little finger? / Prove how just a little finger / Can change the world.25. “Your Fault” from Into the WoodsIt’s your father’s fault / That the curse got placed / And the place got cursed / In the first place!24. “Send in the Clowns” from A Little Night MusicIsn’t it rich? / Isn’t it queer? / Losing my timing this late / In my career.23. “Not a Day Goes By” from Merrily We Roll AlongSo there’s hell to pay. / And until I die / I’ll die day after day. / After day / After day / After day / After day / After day…22. “Could I Leave You?” from FolliesPutting thoughts of you aside / In the south of France. / Would I think of suicide? / Darling, shall we dance?21. “We Do Not Belong Together” from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeTell me that you’re hurt. / Tell me you’re relieved. / Tell me that you’re bored. / Anything. / But don’t assume I know.20. “Like It Was” from Merrily We Roll AlongThat’s what everyone does. / Blames the way it is / On the way it was. / On the way it never ever was.19. “Move On” from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeStop worrying if your vision is new. / Let others make that decision. / They usually do. / You keep moving on.18. “Company” from Company”With love.” / “With love” filling the days. / “With love” seventy ways. / “To Bobby with love” / From all those / Good and crazy people, your friends!17. “Sunday” from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeSunday. / By the blue, purple, yellow, red water. / On the green, purple, yellow, red grass. / Let us pass / Through our perfect park.16. “Too Many Mornings” from FolliesSally standing at the door. / Sally moving to the bed. / Sally resting in my arms. / With her head against my head.15. “The Ladies Who Lunch” from CompanyLook into their eyes / And you’ll see what they know. / Everybody dies!14. “Take Me to the World” from Evening PrimroseTake me to the world that’s real. / Show me how it’s done. / Teach me how to laugh, to feel. / Move me to the sun.13. “Anyone Can Whistle” from Anyone Can WhistleIt’s all so simple. / Relax, let go, let fly. / So someone tell me / Why can’t I?12. “A Weekend in the Country” from A Little Night MusicWhat a horrible plot! / A weekend in the country. / I’m excited! / No, you’re not.11. “Loving You” from PassionLoving you is not a choice. / It’s who I am. View Comments 10. “Losing My Mind” from FolliesYou said you loved me. / Or were you just being kind? / Or am I losing my mind?9. “Opening Doors” from Merrily We Roll AlongWe’re being evicted. / I’m having a breakdown. / We’ll all get together on Sunday!8. “Moments in the Woods” from Into the WoodsJust remembering you had an “and” / When you’re back to “or” / Makes the “or” mean more / Than it did before.center_img 7. “A Little Priest” from Sweeney ToddHaven’t you got poet / Or something like that? / No, y’see the trouble with poet / Is ‘ow do you know it’s deceased? / Try the priest.6. “In Buddy’s Eyes” from FolliesI’m still the princess. / Still the prize. / In Buddy’s eyes.5. “Another Hundred People” from CompanyA city of strangers. / Some come to stare. / Some to stay.4. “Now You Know” from Merrily We Roll AlongYou should burn them every now and then / Or you’ll never grow.3. “The Ballad of Booth” from AssassinsLeave it to history to tell. / What I did, I did well. / And I did it for my country.2. “Being Alive” from CompanySomebody sit in my chair. / And ruin my sleep. / And make me aware / Of being alive.1. “Finishing the Hat” from Sunday in the Park with GeorgeHow the kind of woman / Willing to wait’s / Not the kind that / You want to find waiting. / To return you to the light. / Dizzy from the height. / Coming from the hat.What do you think are Sondheim’s best songs?! 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Division for Historic Preservation announces $190,000 in grants

first_imgEast Corinth$15,000Corliss Prescott HouseOwned by the Corinth Historical Society, the building will be moved onto a new foundation, sills/joists will be repaired as needed and drainage will be installed. Middlebury$15,000Middlebury Community HouseAn 1815 Federal style painted brick building that was the residence of four generations before it became a community center will undergo roof and foundation repairs. Jericho$14,400Community Center in JerichoFormerly a church that was built in the 1840s, the center will have masonry and footings repaired/installed, drainage installed, and 14 windows conserved. Montpelier$2,752Vermont Land Trust/George Washington Reed HouseInstall new porch roofs on this building, which was originally constructed as a single family residence and is now the headquarters for the Vermont Land Trust. Ripton$15,000Ripton Community ChurchLocated on Route 125, the church is located in the Ripton Historic District. A new roof will be installed and plaster will be repaired. Johnson$15,000Vermont Studio Center/Lowe Lecture HallInstall new roof on Greek Revival style building built in 1832. The building was originally constructed as a Congregational church and is now used as reading and lecture hall, and for community events. TownGrant AwardProjectBrief Description State grants totaling $186,193 to help restore and repair historic properties have been awarded to more than a dozen Vermont communities and non-profit organizations. The state Division for Historic Preservation and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation today announced matching grant awards to 16 recipients at a Vermont State House ceremony. Projects awarded funding include the Bennington Free Library, Alexander Twilight House in Brownington, Community Center in Jericho, United Baptist Church in East Poultney, and the Vermont Studio Center’s Lowe Lecture Hall in Johnson. ‘Town halls, cultural centers and local churches are the heart of every Vermont community,’ said Governor Peter Shumlin. ‘The local effort to preserve these historic buildings demonstrates a strong sense of community and a commitment to a vibrant Vermont economy.’Grant projects range from roof replacements to porch and chimney repairs. More than 40 applications were submitted this year.‘The process was incredibly competitive, and we received a variety of excellent grant applications from across the state,’ said State Historic Preservation Officer Giovanna Peebles of the Division for Historic Preservation. ‘Vermont is fortunate to have so many communities that are committed to preserving their local history for future generations.’Established in 1987, the state-funded grant program annually awards matching grants for building improvement projects that promote the public enjoyment of Vermont’s heritage. Properties must be listed on or be eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places in Vermont.For more information, visit www.historicvermont.org(link is external).  Hyde Park$6,500Hyde Park Opera HouseRepair s to the stage roof and flooring will be made to this early 20th century Colonial/Georgian Revival opera house.  Westford$15,000United Church of WestfordA new roof and gutters will be installed on the building. Also, the interior of the steeple will be cleaned and the chimney repointed. Hardwick$7,500Hardwick Town HousePrimarily used for performance and community meeting space, the building will have exterior doors and tripartite window on façade restored.center_img Total: $186,193 East Poultney$7,310United Baptist ChurchLocated on the Poultney Town Green, the 19th century church will undergo repairs to the roof, tower and front entrance. Brownington$7,000Alexander Twilight HouseInstall new standing seam roof on building at the Old Stone Museum, which is owned by the Orleans County Historical Society.  Bennington$10,000Bennington Free LibraryRepair deteriorated chimneys and reconstruct to match original design, including brick and mortar. Repair and repaint ceilings damaged from leaks around chimneys. Royalton$12,375First Congregational Church of RoyaltonThe church is undergoing a four-phase historic preservation project. The grant will be used to fund phase II of the project, which includes a  new roof. Strafford$13,206Strafford Municipal BuildingThe building was designed and built by former Vermont Representative and Senator Justin Morrill and given to the town as a public library. Now used as the town offices, the grant fund will be used to install a new slate roof, repair plaster and paint. East Hardwick$15,000Caledonia #9 Grange HallThe building, which has been in continuous use as a Grange Hall since it was built in 1909, will undergo drainage improvements and repairs on sills, foundation, retaining wall, porch and front steps. Pawlet$15,000Pawlet Town HallThe town hall, constructed in 1881, will undergo repairs to the plaster ceiling in the building’s auditorium. The repairs will allow town meetings and community activities to be held in the building again. ##last_img read more

SOUTHCOM Helps Rural Salvadoran Communities

first_imgBy Lorena Baires/Diálogo May 17, 2019 Units of U.S. Army South (ARSOUTH) and the Salvadoran Armed Force (FAES, in Spanish), will work jointly to provide free specialized medical services to rural communities besieged by crime in El Salvador. The first Medical Readiness Training Exercise (MEDRETE), part of U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Together Forward initiative, took place March 25-April 8, 2019, in the coastal area of Conchagua municipality, La Unión department. The objective of the mission is to assist different Salvadoran populations twice a year for five years. “We thank SOUTHCOM for joining efforts to assist people with limited resources — many suffering from chronic diseases — and bringing them the medication they need,” said Honduran Army Colonel Juan Guardado, head of Civil Affairs for FAES General Staff. “This exercise will train personnel from both countries to offer medical assistance and health education to communities with limited resources in remote locations.” In Conchagua, which faces the Gulf of Fonseca, health services are limited and medical personnel lack specialization. “Most beneficiaries don’t have the financial means to go to a hospital or pay a private clinic and keep their conditions under control,” said Conchagua Mayor Jesús Medina. “That’s why we are grateful to SOUTHCOM and FAES. Our people received top-notch medical assistance, and even patients with serious chronic conditions were cared for.” The challenges The organizers installed a campsite at the Ministry of Health’s Family Health Community Unit to assist residents from Loma Larga, El Volcancillo, and Condadillo districts, as well as Valle Nuevo, Monares, San Ramón, and La Brea villages. About 7,200 people received medical care. “We had a common goal from the beginning: help the poorest in the country. That helped us work together,” said U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Héctor Nieves, ARSOUTH’s medical team coordinator. “Everyone had a partner from the other country, so we complemented each other with the knowledge we both had.” During the first days, the combined team conducted a general assessment of both medical and logistics needs. Some of the challenges to overcome were educational barriers and teaching people about hygiene habits to prevent illnesses. “As days passed, more people signed up for a medical checkup. They couldn’t believe that it was all free,” said Loyda Reyes, head of the Municipal Development Unit of Conchagua. “This serves as a pilot test to identify illnesses that exist in the area, so they can be treated every six months for five years.” Diagnoses Military specialists identified the main diseases in the area: respiratory tract infections, fungal infections, dermatitis, and bronchitis. “Some 40 percent of the population also suffers from urinary tract infections, due to low hydration and the high temperatures recorded in the village,” said Army Major Humberto Hernández, doctor and head of FAES Military Health Battalion. The team also identified chronic degenerative diseases such as high blood pressure, chronic gastritis, and diabetes. “The main issue is education, because people don’t know how to maintain a balanced diet or keep hygiene routines that would prevent illnesses or infections,” Sgt. Nieves said. “It was rewarding to assist people who hadn’t seen a doctor in more than a year and treat their illnesses.” Carlos Morales came from El Jagüey district with his youngest child. The boy had a strong fever, had stopped eating, and drank little water. The family tried to treat him with home remedies to no avail. “Doctors explained that the child had a severe ear infection. Hence the fever and headaches,” said Morales as he waited for medication. “I am relieved that a doctor examined my son, because we didn’t know what to do to ease his pain.” Military doctors, 15 from ARSOUTH and 25 from FAES, took part in Together Forward’s first mission. The second exercise will be held in August 2019 in Zacatecoluca municipality in the south. The military will continue to exchange experiences to offer joint humanitarian assistance to communities of hard-to-reach and disadvantaged areas.last_img read more

4th Fleet Commander Hosts Partner Nations For Senior Leadership Discussion

first_imgBy U.S. Navy Petty Officer Second Class Anna Liesa Hussey January 10, 2020 U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Don Gabrielson, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/4th Fleet (NAVSO), hosted partner nation fleet commanders for a round table leadership discussion and luncheon, December 9.For the second time this year NAVSO has hosted these commanders to support strengthening partnerships among the U.S. and partner nations by building trust through face-to-face meetings.“The primary purpose of being able to bring people together and collaborate to solve problems is indicative of the partnerships we share. Every navy has similar goals, common regional interests and threats that bring us together as a team, said Rear Adm. Gabrielson. “Our navies need to remember why we exist to maximize how we work together.”Senior leadership from Argentina; Brazil; Canada; Colombia; Ecuador; Peru; U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South; and Joint Interagency Task Force South all participated in the leadership discussion. Throughout the day, leaders discussed topics influencing the region such as various regional threats, exercises, interoperability, and maritime domain awareness.“The roundtable was very successful,” said U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Windsor Frinell, Strategy and Policy officer and Regional Engagement desk officer. “The main objective was an open discussion on interoperability challenges, and how we can approach common threats throughout the region. Secondly, it was a unique opportunity for partner fleet-level commanders to meet their peers and have an open dialogue. Establishing common ground and developing trust is vital to maintaining and strengthening partnerships.”Participants were able to provide insight into their countries’ maritime issues while also highlighting best practices and new ways to further collaborate in future exercises.The capstone of the day was a tour of the USS Billings (LCS-15). While onboard, the leaders were able to see firsthand the capabilities of the LCS and talk to sailors.NAVSO employs maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations to maintain access, fortify the ability of U.S. forces to work together with partner nations, and build enduring partnerships with the ultimate goal of enhancing regional security and promoting peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.last_img read more