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  • Odds & Ends: ‘Let It Go’ With Idina Menzel & More

    first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. ‘Let It Go’ With Idina MenzelGot Frozen fever? Can’t wait for the stage adaptation of the hit Disney movie to land on Broadway or for the sequel to make its way to movie theaters? Then Idina Menzel and Oscar-winning Frozen songwriters Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez can help. They will be teaming up at Stage 48 on April 17 for a sing-along to your favorite Frozen songs, a dance party, crafts and more…all in aid of the Broadway supernova’s A BroaderWay Foundation, which empowers inner city girls through arts education. Incidentally, flanked by President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and the Easter Bunny, Menzel performed the Star Spangled Banner at the White House Easter Egg Roll on March 28. Pay close attention to what the Bunny gets up to, below. Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Tread the BoardsSupreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will swap the courtroom for the stage this July in Venice, Italy! The renowned theater lover is set to make a cameo as a judge presiding over Shylock’s trial in a production of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. According to the Washington Post, the event is part of a commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Venice’s Jewish ghetto.Harriet Harris & More Tapped for New Joe DiPietro PlayTony winner Harriet Harris, Patrick Kerr, Jeff Marlow, Lee Sellars and more will star in the previously announced world premiere of Hollywood. Penned by Tony winner Joe DiPietro and directed by Christopher Ashley, the production will play May 10 through June 12 at La Jolla Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for May 18 and we’re keeping a close eye on this noir thriller…Next stop New York?Hugh Jackman Channels BaywatchHugh Jackman was a real-life superhero over the weekend at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. As you can see from the below video, several swimmers, including his 15-year-old son Oscar, got caught in a riptide. Cue the Tony winner and lifeguards going to the rescue—what a relief that nobody was seriously hurt. Idina Menzel(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Star Filescenter_img View Comments Idina Menzellast_img read more

  • Baby weight

    first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaBabies born with low weights are more prone to sickness and have a higher death rate than babies born with normal weights. But nobody knows exactly why some babies are born with low birth weights.Among industrialized nations, the United States has one of the highest rates of babies born with low birth weights, said Mary Alice Smith, an environmental health scientist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Small statsAccording to the National Center for Health Statistics, around 4 million babies are born each year in the United States. About 7.6 percent of them are born with low birth weights — less than 2,500 grams, or about 5.5 pounds.In Georgia, 8.6 percent of newborns are low-birth-weight babies. That’s one of the highest rates in the country.About 65 percent of all infant deaths in the United States can be attributed to low birth weights, Smith said.Infectious cluesIt’s a problem nobody can explain. But there are clues.”We know that women who have infections during pregnancy have a higher risk of delivering babies with lower birth weights,” she said.Smith focuses her research on understanding how different levels of bacteria and the infections they cause in the mother’s body might affect her baby’s development.During pregnancy, a woman’s immune system changes so her body won’t fight or reject the developing baby inside. This makes her more susceptible to infections.But in many cases, Smith said, the mother may never know she had an infection or that the infection threatened her baby.Campylobacters are microorganisms found in the mouth when a person has periodontal disease and in foods like poultry products. Exposure to Campylobacter can cause stillbirths in cattle and sheep and has been found in stillbirths in humans. Smith is using mice to investigate how this may occur.Mice infected with Campylobacter have an increased number of low birth-weights, she said.The microorganism was found in the placentas (the organ in pregnant mammals that feeds the fetus) of mouse fetuses with low birth weights but not in placentas of normal-weight fetuses.”This suggests that the bacteria, or the placenta’s immune responses to the bacteria, are affecting the growth of the fetus,” she said.Menacing microbesSmith is doing similar research with Salmonella and Listeria.Healthy adults and children can occasionally become infected with Listeria but rarely show signs of sickness.It can be deadly, though, for unborn babies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that Listeria causes 500 deaths in the United States each year. Of these, more than 100 are stillbirths.A pregnant woman can be exposed to Listeria and not know it. And if the pathogen has time to reach her unborn baby, it could kill it.Smith hopes her research leads to better ways to detect infections during pregnancy and to understand what levels of these pathogens cause problems during pregnancy.This could, in turn, lead to efficient treatments for infections and reduce the rate of low birth weights and the sickness and death associated with it.last_img read more

  • Greensburg Fire Causes Injury, $60K In Damage

    first_imgInvestigators hope to soon figure out what sparked a three-alarm blaze in Decatur County Friday night. The fire caused approximately $60,000 in damage and led to a firefighter suffering an injury.The incident occurred at a home in the 4000 block of Old Indiana 46 in western Greensburg.Firefighters from Burney-Clay Township, Letts and Greensburg were on the scene, according to the Greensburg Daily News.Crews battled the blaze that began in a second-story bedroom for approximately fifteen minutes. Occupants got out of the house safely but one firefighter injured a shoulder during the incident.The newspaper is reporting that the fire resulted in water and smoke damage inside the home.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.last_img read more

  • Wimmer reveals Spurs pride

    first_imgTottenham new boy Kevin Wimmer said he felt “very proud” after enjoying for his first day as a Spurs player on Monday. The 22-year-old Austria centre-back, who joined the north London club for £4million from Cologne in late May, underwent routine pre-season medical testing after arriving at Hotspur Way on Monday morning. Wimmer then trained with his new team-mates for the first time before speaking of his pride and his hopes for the future. “It was always a dream for me to play for a club like this and to play in the Premier League,” he said on www.tottenhamhotspur.com “Now I’m here, to start training at such an amazing training centre, it’s a very good feeling. For a footballer, it can’t be better. “It was such a good feeling to wear my new kit, with the Tottenham Hotspur logo, it makes me very proud. “My first training session was very tough, but this is what pre-season is about!” Despite finishing fifth and qualifying for the Europa League, Mauricio Pochettino’s side had the joint-fifth worst defensive record in the Barclays Premier League last term, conceding 53 goals in 38 matches. Wimmer added: “I’m really looking forward to the season because I’m enjoying it already on my first day. My team-mates have all welcomed me – they are all very nice and this is going to be a very good time for me.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

  • Packie Bonner teams up with Tourism Ireland to promote Donegal in Scotland

    first_imgInternational football legend Packie Bonner has teamed up with Tourism Ireland to promote the Coolest Place on the Planet as the perfect holiday destination for Scottish tourists.The Burtonport native took part in Tourism Ireland’s first promotion of 2018 in Scotland, a B2B workshop and networking event with Scottish travel professionals.Donegal Tourism, Abbey Hotel, The Central Hotel, The Nesbitt Arms Hotel, Mount Errigal Hotel, Arnolds Hotel, Villa Rose Hotel, Jackson’s Hotel and Redcastle Oceanfront Golf & Spa Hotel also made the trip to Glasgow this week. Caroline Mulligan, Tourism Ireland; Aisling O’Hara, Mount Errigal Hotel; Tracy McGill, Villa Rose Hotel; football legend Packie Bonner; Elaine McInaw, Abbey, Central and Nesbitt Arms Hotels; Sarah Cole, Mount Errigal Hotel; and Chris Hendrie, McKinlay Kidd, at the Celtic Connections workshop in Glasgow.Pic – Donald MacLeodIn all, 34 tourism businesses from Ireland – including hotels, visitor attractions, ferry companies and regional tourism organisations – had the opportunity to meet with influential Scottish tour operators and travel agents, as well as local travel and lifestyle journalists.Lonely Planet writer Fionn Davenport also joined Tourism Ireland at the event, helping to deliver the message about some of the many great reasons to visit Ireland in 2018.The annual event provides a valuable platform for the participating companies from Ireland to network and win business for the year ahead.“I am delighted that so many of our tourism partners from Ireland have joined us in Glasgow this week, highlighting our tourism offering to influential Scottish tour operators and travel agents,” said Julie Wakley, Tourism Ireland’s Head of Great Britain. “Since the UK referendum on Brexit, Tourism Ireland has been closely monitoring developments in the British outbound travel market. As our nearest neighbour and our largest market for overseas tourism, Britain remains a priority for us; it delivers 47% of all overseas visitors and around 30% of all overseas tourism revenue.“The depreciation of sterling against the euro means that value for money will continue to be a key message for us in Britain this year. Throughout 2018, Tourism Ireland will work with our industry partners to highlight the ease of getting to the island of Ireland.”Tourism Ireland’s workshop and networking event was timed to coincide with Celtic Connections, Scotland’s premier winter music festival, so it was also a good opportunity to highlight our music and culture, important components of the holiday experience in Ireland, particularly for our ‘culturally curious’ audience.Julie Wakley continued: “Music and culture are key components of the holiday experience in Ireland, so platforms like Celtic Connections help us to spread the word about the island of Ireland as a premier destination with an appealing cultural offering.“Our message is that there has never been a better time for Scottish holidaymakers to come and see that for themselves.” Packie Bonner teams up with Tourism Ireland to promote Donegal in Scotland was last modified: January 27th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GlasgowPackie BonnerScotlandTourism Irelandlast_img read more