Preston Truman Boyd Says Playing Javert in the Les Misérables National Tour Was ‘Written in the Stars’

first_imgNow returning to the classic musical as an adult, Boyd has come to terms that he truly is a Javert. “I’ve always loved singing the music and I’ve spent time thinking, ‘Am I a Javert?’,” he said. “I put all my eggs in one basket and spent a lot of time getting ready for the audition and it all paid off. It’s a new dream role I can check off, which feels great. I did the Music Man lab, which will be on Broadway next year, and I had time off and this lined up perfectly. It was written in the stars for sure.”Most recently, Boyd was seen on Broadway in comedies, which are a far departure from Les Mis. “Comedy has been my bread and butter lately and it’s what comes easier to me because I’m such an energetic person,” he said. “Tackling this role is going to be the biggest challenge. To let the stillness lead me in how I take this role on is going to be new.”Other than getting to perform in this juggernaut of a musical, Boyd is especially excited to make his way back to small towns across the country. “It’s always the cities that you haven’t heard of that you love,” he said. “I love food and eating weird stuff and exploring. Don’t get me wrong, I love New York, but I’m so excited to get out of here and to bring this show across the country.”Catch Boyd in Les Misérables when it comes to a city near you!Watch the full #LiveatFive episode below! View Comments Preston Truman Boyd is getting ready to go across the country by joining the national tour of Les Misérables as the newest Javert. Known for his roles in Broadway’s Kiss Me, Kate, The Play that Goes Wrong, Sunset Boulevard and more, this marks Boyd’s return to the touring world since appearing in Jersey Boys almost ten years ago. Before hitting the road, Boyd stopped by Broadway.com’s #LiveatFive to talk to Ryan Lee Gilbert about realizing he’s a true Javert, comedy being his “bread and butter” and more.Boyd may be one of the new faces joining the long-running tour, but this is not his first time joining the revolution. “I played Jean Valjean when I was 17 years old in the high school production of Les Mis,” he said. “Then I played Grantaire at The Muny two years ago. It’s kind of full circle to be there playing for the grace and now I’m here for the law.”  Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 28:31Loaded: 0%00:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -28:31 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Preston Truman Boyd (Photos: Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com)last_img read more

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Kristin Chenoweth Delights Broadway Audiences in New Concert Engagement For the Girls

first_imgIllustration by Justin “Squigs” Robertson for Broadway.com View Comments Kristin Chenoweth Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 17, 2019 Related Shows Kristin Chenoweth: For the Girls Star Files Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth returned to Broadway on November 8 with a star-packed concert engagement titled For the Girls. The production will continue for a limited engagement through November 17 at the Nederlander Theatre.Based on her new album, For the Girls acts as Chenoweth’s personal tribute to music’s most passionate women, who have influenced her into becoming the accomplished Broadway star she is today. Chenoweth is expected to wow audiences with songs such as “The Way We Were,” “When I Fall in Love” and “The Man That Got Away” from the beloved artists Barbra Streisand, Dolly Parton and Judy Garland.In celebration of Chenoweth’s return to the Great White Way, Broadway.com Resident Artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson sketched a portrait featuring the Wicked original singing out, giving her all to a crowd of adoring fans. About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home.last_img read more

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Ability to recognize and recall odors may identify those at risk for Alzheimer’s disease

first_imgA non-invasive protocol testing the ability to recognize, remember and distinguish between odors was able to identify older individuals who – according to genetic, imaging and more detailed memory tests – were at increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The report of a study by a team of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has been published online in Annals of Neurology.“There is increasing evidence that the neurodegeneration behind Alzheimer’s disease starts at least 10 years before the onset of memory symptoms,” says Mark Albers, MD, PhD, of the MGH Department of Neurology, the principal investigator and corresponding author of the report. “The development of a digitally-enabled, affordable, accessible and non-invasive means to identify healthy individuals who are at risk is a critical step to developing therapies that slow down or halt Alzheimer’s disease progression.”It is well known that brain circuits that process olfactory information can be affected by Alzheimer’s disease, and several studies have documented a diminished ability to identify odors in affected individuals. Other studies have associated deficits in odor identification with established Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers and with greater rates of cognitive decline, but the most commonly used test of olfactory ability – the University of Pennsylvania Smell Identification Test – has a number of limitations and does not take into account the great variation in olfactory ability among healthy individuals. Pinterest Email Share on Facebook LinkedIncenter_img Share Share on Twitter The battery of four tests developed by the MGH team addresses both olfactory and cognitive functions:In the OPID (Odor Percept IDentification)-10 test, participants are presented with a battery of 10 odors – menthol, clove, leather, strawberry, lilac, pineapple, smoke, soap, grape or lemon. After experiencing each odor for two seconds, they are asked whether the scent is familiar and then asked to choose among four words – from the names listed above – for the one that best describes the odor.Participants then complete the Odor Awareness Scale (OAS), a previously validated questionnaire that assesses their overall attention to environmental odors and how they are affected emotionally and behaviorally by scents.The OPID-20 test includes the 10 odors previously presented and an additional 10 – banana, garlic, cherry, baby powder, grass, fruit punch, peach, chocolate, dirt and orange. Participants are first asked whether a presented odor was included in the OPID-10 test and then asked which word best describes the odor. Their ability to remember odors from the first test determines their POEM (Percepts of Odor Episodic Memory) score.In the Odor Discrimination (OD) test, participants are presented with two consecutive odors and asked whether they were different or the same, a process that is repeated 12 times with different paired scents.The study recruited 183 participants, most of whom were enrolled in ongoing studies at the MGH-based Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. At the time of the olfactory testing, 70 were cognitively normal, 74 tested normal on cognitive tests but were personally concerned about their cognitive abilities, 29 had mild cognitive impairment and 10 had been diagnosed with possible or probable Alzheimer’s disease. As part of the studies they were enrolled in, all of them had comprehensive medical and neurological examinations – including annual tests of their memory and cognitive abilities – and several had brain imaging studies of Alzheimer’s-associated factors.Results of the OPID-20 test significantly differentiated among the four groups of participants, and those results correlated with the thinning of two brain regions – the hippocampus and the entorhinal cortex – previously associated with Alzheimer’s risk. Participants’ ability to remember a previously presented aroma, as reflected in the POEM score, also showed significant differences between the two cognitively normal groups and participants with Alzheimer’s disease, whose results were no better than chance.Because the ability of normal individuals to recognize and discriminate between odors can vary by as much as 40 times, the POEM scores of the two cognitively normal groups were compared with what would have been predicted based on their ability to identify and differentiate between odors, as reflected in the OAS and OD tests. That comparison determined whether each individual was a good or poor POEM performer, and poor POEM performers were more likely to have the variant of the APOE gene associated with increased Alzheimer’s risk. While results of an annual test of short-term memory improved year-to-year for the good POEM performers, no such improvement was seen among the poor performers, who also showed thinning of the entorhinal cortex.Albers and his colleagues are currently recruiting participants for a larger-scale study to validate these results. “It is well recognized that early diagnosis and intervention are likely to produce the most effective therapeutic strategy for Alzheimer’s disease – preventing the onset or the progression of symptoms,” he says. “If these results hold up, this sort of inexpensive, noninvasive screening could help us identify the best candidates for novel therapies to prevent the development of symptoms of this tragic disease.”last_img read more

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Yilport to Invest $750 Million in Ecuador’s Puerto Bolivar Port

first_imgYilport Holding, a Yildirim Group’s subsidiary, has secured a 50-year concession to run Puerto Bolivar Port in Machala City, Ecuador.This deal, signed on 8 August, marks the largest ever Turkish investment in Ecuador.Puerto Bolivar Port will be developed in five phases, worth $750 million, creating Latin America’s largest container terminal.During the first phase of the development activities, set to last 3 years, Yilport plans to spend $230 million, according to the company’s announcement.Under the contract, the dredging works will deepen the draft from 10m to 17m and a new 450-meter long quay will be built.The terminal will also be equipped with modern infrastructure and cranes.Upon completion of this capital development project, the annual container handling capacity of Puerto Bolivar Port will reach 2.5 million TEU.[mappress mapid=”22837″]last_img read more

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IOG gears up for Blythe field development

first_imgIndependent Oil and Gas (IOG) has submitted the Blythe Field Development Plan (FDP) in draft format to the UK’s Oil and Gas Authority (OGA).The Blythe gas field, which is 100% owned and operated by IOG, is located in the Southern North Sea close to existing infrastructure and other IOG-owned licenses.Last week, IOG got an extension for the license for Blocks 48/22b and 48/23a, which contains the Blythe discovery.According to the company, the discovery contains independently verified 2P reserves of 34.3 billion cubic feet (BCF) (6.1 million barrels of oil equivalent, (MMBoe)) and needs no further appraisal. First gas is expected in the second half of 2018, subject to completion of the development funding, IOG said on Monday.Submission of the draft FDP by the end of 2016 was a requirement of the recent license extension.IOG noted that the Blythe discovery is important because it is expected to produce first revenues from its current portfolio of assets. Furthermore, the planned gas hub around Blythe is expected to include the nearby Elgood discovery as a tie-back to the same infrastructure, the company added.The company is in exclusive talks to secure the main export route for all of its SNS fields, including the 100%-owned and operated Vulcan Satellite fields, which the company recently acquired from Verus Petroleum.Mark Routh, CEO of IOG commented: “We are pleased to deliver on our commitment to submit the draft Blythe FDP by year end. Blythe is at the heart of our first gas hub and is therefore of great strategic value to us.“We continue to work hard to maximize the gas that can be commercially developed from our core Southern North Sea area, including the Blythe and Vulcan Satellites hubs. We are working with some well-established parties on the financing of these hubs and are pleased with progress to date.”last_img read more

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Linklaters pushes ahead with revenues increase

first_imgMagic circle firm Linklaters today reported a slight increase in revenues to £1.30bn, placing it ahead of fellow magic circle firms Clifford Chance and Freshfields. Linklaters profits per equity partner (PEP) stood at £1.30m for the year to 30 April 2009, a fall of 9.6% on last year. The firm also reported a 9% fall in profits to £514m. On Wednesday, Clifford Chance, formerly the largest firm in the world by turnover, reported revenues down 5%, from £1.33bn to £1.26bn. On Thursday, Freshfields reported revenues of £1.29bn, up 9% from £1.18bn in 2007/08. US firm Skadden billed £1.33bn in 2008, making it the top earner in the world. Linklaters managing partner Simon Davies said: ‘Our results reflect exceptional circumstances. Clients have turned to us in the crisis to resolve issues of great magnitude and complexity. Often we have fielded substantial teams from many jurisdictions and with expertise in many areas of law. ‘The results are a credit to our people and their outstanding teamwork, creativity and commitment. This will stand us in good stead to work closely with our clients as together we face a challenging year ahead.’ Magic circle firm Allen & Overy is expected to report its results next week. The fifth magic circle firm, Slaughter and May, does not publish financial results.last_img read more

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Trinidad cop and brother cheat death

first_imgCop shot in face, brother in neckA Trinidad and Tobago cop and his brother cheated death recently after  they were both attacked and shot in a club.The cop, Constable Larry Legendre and his brother Lawrence Legendre werewas shot in the face and neck respectively but both have since been discharged form hospital.The brothers were shot during attack at a club in New Grant in the early hours of last Saturday.Legendre, 35, has been a police officer for the past 15 years and was stationed at the Mon Repos police station but was on vacation leave.The bullet that hit him entered his nose and exited through the right ear. His brother’s injuries were also not life threatening.Hours later both brothers were listed in stable condition at the San Fernando General Hospital. They were both discharged from hospital earlier this week..At 1.30 a.m. last Saturday, three masked men entered Country Cabin Sports Bar at Torrib Trace, New Grant. Two of the assailants had guns and the third brandished a cutlass. The attack was caught of closed circuit television.last_img read more

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90 pct of Ebola cases vaccinated in DRC: minister

first_imgAt least 90 percent of reported cases of Ebola have been vaccinated since the operation began in Equateur Province in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Minister of Health Oly Ilunga said Saturday here.Ilunga told a press conference that vaccination and free healthcare and sensitization of the population in the health zones of Bikoro territory affected by the epidemic have had a positive impact in the response to Ebola virus disease in Equateur Province.“These measures and many others have helped to have fewer reported cases. Vaccination has changed the attitude of the population and avoided stigmatization, both in Bikoro, Itipo and Iboko,” said the minister.Since the declaration of the epidemic in May, at least 38 cases have been confirmed in the laboratory in the health zone of Bikoro, with a total number of deaths that is 27 with 13 confirmed by the Ebola virus.The DRC is at its ninth Ebola outbreak since 1976. The last outbreak took place in May 2017 in the province of Bas-Uele.last_img read more

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World Water Day 2017

first_imgPress ReleaseWorld Water Day has been celebrated annually on March 22nd. The United Nations General Assembly designated 22nd March 1993 as the first World Water Day, to focus global attention on the importance of water and advocating for the sustainable management of water resources. This year’s World Water Day theme is “Water and wastewater”.The Commonwealth of Dominica is gifted with lush and magnificent forests established on its mountainous terrain, where in the interior the average annual rainfall reaches over in excess of 300 inches.The Government of Dominica has implemented extensive legislation pertaining to sustainable management and conservation of its forest and fresh water resources. Dominica’s protected area system consist of National Parks and Forest Reserves to include: Morne Trois Pitons National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site – 16,898 ac); Cabrits National Park (13,313 ac); Morne Diablotin National Park (8,242 ac); Northern Forest Reserve (13,528 ac); andCentral Forest Reserve (1,013 ac).Some of Dominica’s major watersheds stem from these protected areas which include (1) Layou River; (2) Roseau River; (3) Clyde River; (4) Pagua River; (5) Castle Bruce River and (6) Rosalie River. Dominica’s fresh water resources is being utilized for a variety of reasons including production of portable water, tourism development, hydroelectricity and industrial production, cultivation of crops, habitats for various species of wildlife, proper sanitation and hygiene. Hence, the need for prudent management of this vital renewable resource so as to ensure use for future generations. The Forestry, Wildlife and National Parks Division seeks to encourage the citizenry of Dominica to join the rest of the international community in observing World Water Day 2017. Share Tweet Share 28 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews World Water Day 2017 by: – March 22, 2017last_img read more

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Wisata “Kapal Hantu,” Lepas Pantai Christchurch di Inggris Jadi Kuburan Kapal Pesiar

first_imgTur ini akan membawa pelancong melihat semua kapal pesiar kosong yang telah berlabuh di lepas pantai selama tidak berlayar. Mudeford Ferry yang berbasis di Christchurch, Inggris menawarkan tamasya selama dua setengah jam pada hari ketika cuaca tidak terlalu berangin.Perjalanan tamasya ini dimulai dari Mudeford Quay di Christchurch yang menggunakan kapal dengan kapasitas angkut 20 orang yang biasanya digunakan untuk layanan ferry di daerah tersebut. Kapal-kapal pesiar ini sudah berlabuh di lepas pantai Christchurch dalam beberapa bulan terakhir di tempat yang dikenal sebagai Poole Bay.Ini beberapa kapal pesiar yang berlabuh, Queen Mary 2 Cunard Line, Ratu Elizabeth dan Ratu Victoria, dan P&O Cruises ‘Britannia, Aurora, Arcadia dan Ventura. Pada minggu ini, ada juga tiga kapal Marella Cruises dalam campuran dan bahkan sebuah kapal Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Valor.Bahkan Carnival Valor sendiri berada jauh dari tempat asalnya dan biasanya berlayar dari New Orleans. Carnival sendiri selama Covid-19 sudah mengirim beberapa kapalnya dalam pelayaran panjang ke seluruh dunia untuk memulangkan awak mereka ke negara asal. Sedangkan beberapa kapal lainnya berlabuh di negeri yang jauh.Dua kapal Royal Caribbean yakni Anthem of the Seas dan Allure of the Seas juga berlabuh hanya beberapa mil dari kapal lain di lepas pantai Bournemouth, Inggris. Sebuah kapal Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Star pun berlabuh tidak jauh di sepanjang tepi pantai Southampton.Mudeford Ferry mengatakan penumpang dalam turnya mendapatkan pemandangan tanpa halangan dari kapal raksasa itu dari jarak yang sangat dekat. Perusahaan mengatakan diizinkan untuk mendekati dalam jarak 50 meter (sekitar 164 kaki) dari kapal. Sebuah foto yang diposting perusahaan di Facebook minggu ini menunjukkan turis kapal hantu memandangi salah satu kapal P&O Cruises hanya dari depan haluannya.Untuk biaya tur 2,5 jam ini, Anda akan mengocek 20 poundsterling atau sekitar Rp387 ribu untuk dewasa dan sepuluh poundsterling atau Rp193 ribu untuk anak-anak. Dalam tur ini tidak dilengkapi makanan atau minuman dan pelancong bisa membawa sendiri bekal mereka.Untuk diketahui, kapal-kapal pesiar yang tengah berlabuh di lepas pantai Inggris ini tak lagi berlayar sejak Maret lalu ketika seluruh industri pelayaran ditutup karena Covid-19. Meski begitu, beberapa pelayaran telah dilanjutkan di beberapa bagian Eropa, kapal-kapal yang masih belum berlayar keluar dari Inggris Cruising juga masih ditahan di pelabuhan Amerika Utara.Baca juga: Kapal Pesiar Asuka II Terbakar Saat Bersandar di Pelabuhan YokohamaKapal yang berlabuh di lepas pantai Inggris bukanlah kapal hantu yang lengkap. Meskipun tidak ada penumpang di dalamnya dan sebagian besar awak telah dipulangkan, kapal-kapal tersebut masih diawaki oleh sedikit staf yang memelihara mesin dan memantau peralatan keselamatan.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedTak Hanya Pesawat dan Kereta Api, Penumpang Kapal Pesiar Juga Punya Tipe Tersendiri09/01/2018In “Destinasi”10 Kapal Misterius Ini Ditemukan Tanpa Awak19/04/2017In “Featured”Sebaiknya Anda Tahu, Kapal Ferry Bukan Hanya Jenis Ro-Ro Saja01/10/2019In “Angkutan Ferry” Kapal-kapal pesiar berlabuh di lepas pantai Christchurch (thepointsguy.com) Bagaimana nasib kapal-kapal pesiar yang kini tak bisa berlayar karena pandemi Covid-19 dan dimanakah mereka berlabuh? Pertanyaan seperti ini hadir karena kapal pesiar saat ini belum kembali beroperasi seperti maskapai penerbangan, kereta atau moda transportasi lainnya.Baca juga: Empat Kuburan Kereta di Indonesia, Padukan Nilai Estetik Tanpa Kesampingkan Nuansa MistikTernyata kapal-kapal pesiar ini berlabuh di lepas pantai di Eropa tepatnya Christchurch yang berjarak 24 mil atau sekitar 40 km dari Southampton yang merupakan salah satu pelabuhan keberangkatan kapal pesiar di Eropa. Dilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari thepointsguy.com (23/8/2020), berlabuhnya kapal-kapal pesiar ini kemudian membuat sebuah perusahaan ferry yang berbasis di dekat pusat pelayaran Southampon, Inggris memulai ‘tur kapal hantu’.pelancong yang ikut tur kapal pesiar (thepointsguy.com)last_img read more

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