Will KISS Frontman Gene Simmons (And His Superhero-Sized Tongue) Join Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark?

first_img Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark On November 6, Simmons tweeted, “Thank you, Michael Cohl for offering me the role of the Green Goblin on the Broadway production of ‪#spiderman.” Though a representative for the musical, which plays at Broadway’s Foxwoods Theatre, couldn’t confirm Simmons’ the offer, we think the singer would make a great Goblin. Think about it: he’s got the rock credentials, he loves to wear make-up, he’s has that terrifyingly long tongue and KISS’ 2013 Monster Tour wraps up on November 8. View Comments Related Shows Would you like to see Gene Simmons rock out as the gruesome and ominous Green Goblin in Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark? Let us know in the comments below!center_img Will the Demon become the Goblin? Gene Simmons, co-founder/lead vocalist/bass guitarist of the band KISS, might be the next performer to play the Green Goblin role in Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark. According to Simmons himself, show producer Michael Cohl would like to see the legendary rocker portray Spider-Man’s menacing archnemesis. This is the second time in a month that a rocker has reportedly been considered for the villainous role. Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark follows the story of Peter Parker (Justin Matthew Sargent), whose life takes a turn for the extraordinary when he’s bitten by a genetically altered spider and finds himself endowed with superpowers. Parker quickly learns that with great power comes great responsibility as he tries to juggle the demands of high school and home life, while battling the Green Goblin (Robert Cuccioli) and his band of super villains. Peter must fight to save everything he holds dear, including the beautiful girl-next-door, Mary Jane Watson (Rebecca Faulkenberry). Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2014last_img read more

Condos: Good government solutions and earned trust

first_imgby VT Secretary of State Jim Condos Smart, focused and efficient government helps Vermonters, so why does it seem that levels of frustration and distrust are at an all-time high? I believe that listening to your customers, cutting red tape, finding efficiencies, and increasing transparency are all keys to earning that trust. At the Secretary of State’s Office, we serve Vermonters in many ways, including: overseeing the state’s elections, registering its businesses, licensing its professionals, managing its records, providing information, assistance and educational materials related to municipal and open government laws. We balance these critical priorities with Vermonters’ ability to afford them – ensuring fee revenue is spent wisely.  Recent news about broken contracting practices, failed Information Technology (IT) projects, and budget deficits are discouraging and don’t inspire confidence.      In my time as a City Councilor (18 years), State Senator (8 years), and Secretary of State (5+ years), I’ve heard it all regarding government reforms and efficiency. I am encouraged by recent conversations about change and meaningful reform. However, experience tells me – be skeptical – good intentions often become superficial calls to action that do not translate to real structural, long-term solutions. The Secretary of State’s Office has worked hard to fulfill its mission while upholding high standards, increasing efficiency while providing quality customer service. Our talented staff works smart and implements creative and flexible solutions to business problems.We have successfully completed four technology projects by focusing on solutions meeting the needs of the customers and the agency while improving cohesiveness and integration, creating efficiencies and reducing redundancies. We have implemented a new website and major overhauls of IT systems for three Divisions – Professional Regulation, Corporations, and Elections. These projects reduce processing times, eliminate paper/postage, and increase the public’s access to information.  Our implementations succeed because we “measure twice and cut once.” Before we go out to bid on a project, we study and improve our business processes and focus on customer service, and public protection.Government must review its mission, strategy, and processes, then streamline as necessary to right-size its programs.  Regulation should be risk-based and implemented only when absolutely necessary.  It’s not acceptable to follow a process because “we’ve always done it that way.” With every existing practice, we must ask “Why?” and “What are we trying to accomplish?”More than 30 years’ experience in the business sector taught me the value of listening to customers and front-line staff to achieve excellence in customer service.  This instills confidence and trust, providing for stability and predictability. I’ve spent countless hours talking about transparency in towns across the state, aimed at improving openness and accountability. Transparency in government drives:·        Measurable results and outcomes – engaging in clear and respectful exchanges with external and internal customers and stakeholders;·        Breaking down government silos – ending the old entrenched ways which will allow us to pool resources;·        Public confidence – by letting the sun shine in, we achieve greater accountability, prevent overspending and inappropriate contracting; and·        An authentic culture of accountability in government – as the Vermont Constitution demands!There are many opportunities for the State to listen to Vermonters, streamline its programs, and open its doors to inspection, constructive criticism, and improvement. By focusing on our core functions and mission, we improve the essentials. Hard work, efficiency and common sense solutions are not Republican, Progressive or Democratic values; they are Vermont values. Here at the Secretary of State’s office, we work hard every day to uphold these values and strive to promote confidence in government through excellent customer service, innovation, and accountability.I believe if our government is transparent, accountable and focused, it can improve Vermonters’ lives and earn their trust and respect.last_img read more

Sandy coverage may cause PTSD in anxious children

first_imgCBS:The current media coverage on natural disasters like superstorm Sandy can show some devastating and frightening images, especially for young children. A new study shows that children who have anxiety may be more susceptible to developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) just by watching disaster coverage on TV.Previous research has suggested that there is a link between watching traumatic events on TV like 9/11 or Hurricane Katrina and PTSD. PTSD symptoms can include hyperarousal, feeling tense, anxious worrying that the significant event will happen again, re-experiencing the event and being “keyed-up” tense.Read the whole story: CBS More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

H7N9 cases pause; new report details reassortants

first_imgNo new H7N9 infections were reported out of China today, but the flow of new information about the virus continued, with a genetic analysis hinting that reassortants could be one factor fueling the second wave of infections, especially in southern provinces such as Guangdong.The apparent pause in disease activity follows a flurry of infections noted yesterday, including two imported cases reported from Hong Kong and Malaysia and seven new infections from the mainland.The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that an assessment it conducted on Feb 11 has not changed the public health risk regarding H7N9 since its last risk assessment on Jan 21. In that assessment the WHO said sporadic infections, primarily in people who have contact with poultry and their environments, are likely to continue, but so far the virus doesn’t appear to transmit easily among humans.The number of H7N9 cases reported in the second wave stands at 211, compared with 136 reported last spring. For both waves the total is 347, according to a running tally kept by FluTrackers, an infectious disease message board. The unofficial death count is 72.Details emerge about Malaysian caseHong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection (CHP) today revealed a few new details about the case-patient detected in Malaysia, the first to be identified outside of China. It said the 67-year-old woman from Guangdong province had symptoms and sought care on Jan 30 before departing for Malaysia with 16 family members on Feb 3.While in Malaysia her condition worsened, and on Feb 7 she was hospitalized. She is receiving treatment in the intensive care unit of a private hospital, and her specimens tested positive for H7N9 on Feb 11.Fourteen of the woman’s traveling companions flew to Hong Kong on Feb 8 on their way back to Shenzhen in Guangdong province. Hong Kong health officials boarded the plane to assess the 14 travelers, all who denied having symptoms or contact with birds over the past 10 days. Three of the people had a mild fever.The group had arranged to travel by private cars back to Shenzhen, where local authorities will follow up, the CHP said.Gene study raises concerns about H7N9 reassortantsIn other developments, a research team from China that analyzed H7N9 genetic sequences submitted by China last year and in January identified three reassortants of H7N9 with local H9N2 strains in poultry, which they say could be playing a role in the reemergence of the disease. The group reported its findings today in Eurosurveillance.After the virus first emerged last spring, experts found that the H7N9 virus is a triple reassortant, all from avian sources, that contains the internal genes from the H9N2 strain.The team looked at 72 gene sequences of H7N9 viruses collected from 11 Chinese provinces and cities that were deposited in the Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data (GISAID) database from March 2013 to January 2014. They also included the most recent isolates from Hong Kong.They conducted a phylogenetic analysis and DNA mutation analysis of the PB1 gene, finding four lineages and three new reassortants.The findings suggest that continuous H7N9 transmission in Chinese poultry has led to increased diversity and reassortment of H7N9 with local H9N2 strains, the group wrote, adding that the new reassortment strains, such as those found in a Guangdong/Hong Kong transmission cluster, could be triggering the reemergence of infections.Also, they said the reassortants may produce avian influenza strains that are more adapted to and pathogenic in humans, highlighting the importance of continuous monitoring.Researchers pointed out that areas in which new reassortant strains are being found—Shanghai, plus Zhejiang and Guangdong provinces—have been among the hardest hit in China so far this year.Though the case-fatality rate in January was lower than the first wave last spring, the quickly growing case totals in those regions raise concerns that there might be a link between circulation of the new reassortants and the accelerated transmission of H7N9 in humans, the group wrote.Expert weighs in on new findingsIan Mackay, PhD, a virologist from Australia, told CIDRAP News that the detailed analysis focuses on the PB1 segments of H7N9, mostly collected from 2013 strains. He said the concerning, but not unexpected, take-home message is that even in just one of H7N9’s eight segments, the researchers found consistent genetic changes.Mackay is with the Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre at the University of Queensland, and he authors the Virology Down Under blog.”The intermixing of early H7N9 with other flu viruses is continuing to create subtle variants thanks to the high influenza virus burden and diversity to be found among poultry in China,” he said.Since the number of human H7N9 cases this year has already topped last year’s total, there’s a need to extend the analysis to isolates from this year and to explore other genome segments, Mackay said.However, he said flu databases are noticeably lacking H7N9 sequence data from 2014. “Such data are essential for experts worldwide to keep track of the virus, seeking changes that may hint at changes to the way it spreads or the efficient of that spread among humans.”See also:Feb 13 WHO risk assessmentFeb 13 CHP statementFeb 13 Eurosurveill reportFluTrackers H7N9 human case listVirology Down Under bloglast_img read more

Bar watchdog cool on competing for ABS business

first_imgThe bar regulator is reporting ‘encouraging’ interest in alternative business structures, which it expects to begin licensing very soon.But the organisation is cautious about going toe to toe with the Solicitors Regulation Authority to attract registrants, stressing that the profile of the ABS the bar is seeking to regulate will be very different.The Bar Standards Board was approved as a licensing body for ABSs in March but is awaiting a parliamentary rubber stamp to begin doing so.At last Saturday’s Bar Conference, director general Dr Vanessa Davies (pictured) said this is ‘weeks away’, with the body last week completing an external ABS pilot project which raised ‘no major issues’. In the last 18 months the BSB has licensed 65 ‘entities’ – bodies owned and managed by lawyers. However, initial interest came mainly from single-person operations looking to exploit tax advantages that have now largely disappeared.More recently, said head of supervision and authorisation Cliodhna Judge, the profile of new bar entities has become larger and more sophisticated.Asked if the bar regulator will compete with the SRA for ABS business through cheaper fees, Davies was equivocal.She pointed out that the BSB’s policy on the businesses it will regulate is more tightly drawn, being based on the ‘traditional services’ offered by the bar. Differences relating to client money and indemnity insurance also distort the playing field.The board’s authorisation fees vary depending on the number of individuals practising through the entity.last_img read more

PFL targets 2020 season opener on Aug. 15

first_imgPFF have also conducted reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test on the players and only those who tested negative for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) will be allowed to join the training. He added that PFL clubs are to comply with the protocols set regarding club training where only 10 people, preferably a combination of eight players and two trainers, are allowed. Specimen is being extracted from a Kaya Futbol Club-Iloilo player for coronavirus disease 2019 testing. KAYA ILOILO PHOTO Araneta told Radyo Pilipinas 2 they are targeting to open the new season by Aug. 15, pointing out that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) recently allowed the start of football practices. After the training of the first batch of players, there will be a 30-minute break before another set of 10 people can enter the field. Close contact drills like tackling and set pieces are not yet allowed. MANILA – The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) plans to start the 2020 Philippines Football League (PFL) season by next month, PFF president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta said. “Ang [focus] namin ngayon is ‘yung testing muna, hindi ‘yung rapid test kundi ‘yung RT-PCR swab talaga para accurate kami. They say it is the gold standard for COVID-19 testing,” Araneta said. There are six teams which are set to compete in the PFL in defending champions Ceres-Negros FC, which could have a new ownership before the season start, Kaya Futbol Club-Iloilo, Global-Makati FC, Stallion Laguna FC, Mendiola 1991 FC and Azkals Developmental Team./PNlast_img read more

Hristo Stoichkov with a fierce attack on the leadership of Barcelona

first_imgThe legend of Barcelona and Bulgarian football – Hristo Stoichkov, seriously criticized the leadership of the “Catalans” for the decision to leave the team Kike Setien. The Catalans have lost the La Liga title, and the team’s game has been weak lately.“You fire Valverde when he became champion of Spain, but you don’t fire him when he loses to Roma 0-3 or Liverpool 0-4 – or against Valencia for the Cup,” Stoichkov said. Do you know what is even more disturbing? Bartomeu (former president of the club)? spends 1 billion euros and earns nothing. Look, that’s a billion … not two cents. You fired Valverde to get a mediocre coach, like his assistant, “added Kamata in a TV studio.Barcelona has a new favorite for the coaching postPatrick Kluivert can take over the Catalanslast_img read more

PBC’s annual Dark Sky Festival set for February 27

first_imgFestival will include stargazing with local astronomersOn Saturday, February 27, the Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management and Parks & Recreation departments will “celebrate the night and turn down the lights” by hosting the fourth annual Dark Sky Festival at Okeeheelee Nature Center from 6-10 p.m.The purpose of the Dark Sky Festival is to expose citizens to the marvels of astronomy and the importance of protecting dark skies, not just for astronomy purposes, but also for the effects on human health and the values that darkness provides to area wildlife. The festival will include stargazing with local astronomers, night time photography lectures, exhibits, vendors, nature walks, a children’s activity area, food trucks, a campfire and more.Additionally, American Medical Association councilmember Dr. Mario E. Motta will discuss light pollution and human health including the strengthening link between light pollution and breast cancer. Shari Blissett-Clark, a member of the Florida Bat Conservancy Board will lecture about the importance of bats in our environment and have live bats on exhibit. And new this year will be the premier of the short film, “Pitch Black Light, A Journey Through America’s Darkest Skies” featuring stunning night-sky time-lapse images captured across the country by local artist Max Jackson.The event is free, family friendly and enjoyable for all ages. Additional support for this event is provided by the International Dark Sky Association-South Florida.last_img read more

Where Eagles dare to fly, and the halftime show was weak! (Feb. 7)

first_img:10—Please…Do me a favor and for that matter do yourself a favor and stop lying. You did not   have the “Philly Dogs” winning the Super Bowl. Yea, you may have wanted them to win, but you, me and 75 percent of the country had “Tom Terrific” and “Super Bill” Belichick taking home Lombardi.  Admit it and life will be better for you, I promise.:09—However, I must confess it did give me a bit of trifecta.  #1, the Pats didn’t tie the Steelers for most Super Bowls. #2, James Harrison got to go to the dance and dance he did. #3, “Ding dong     the witch is dead. The wicked witch is dead!”:08—OK, so let’s have that conversation, and I hope my on-air colleague Kevin Cameron is reading this. Somebody, anybody, please tell me how James Harrison played the entire Super Bowl. And well, we know this because Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth talked about him all night. Look, there’s three things that are hard for a man to do. #1, watch a pretty woman turn and walk away.  #2, lose all your money at the tables. And #3, admit that I am right. Kevy–Kev, can you hear me? The Steelers made a mistake and they did him wrong.:07—Let’s give credit where credit is due. The Philadelphia Eagles truly didn’t live in their fears and played the game to win, not to not lose. Coach Peterson and quarterback Foles stepped into the spotlight and never got blinded by the light.:06—I’m truly glad that Brady and Belichick didn’t get their sixth Super Bowl win to tie the Steelers for the most in NFL history, but I am a little confused as to why it took them an entire half to find Gronkowski. The difference was clear when they did.:05—Justin Timberlake as the halftime show? Well, let’s put it this way, he may have thrown a tribute for “Prince,” but trust me, he’s no Prince. Tribute or not, halftime was weak. Man, where’s Bruno Mars when you need him?:04—Anybody paying a million dollars to show those commercials last night need to be slapped a million times with a two dollar bill. Other than the innocent babies and the now openly open Manning and Beckham commercial, there were no big winners. (Listen Madison Avenue, take it from me. Stick with dogs, Budweiser and Clydesdales if you want a winner.):03—As well as he played at the Bowl, will Nick Foles be the Eagles starting QB next year?  No.  If his leg is good, Carson Wentz will get his job back and you can take that to the bank.:02—The Western PA Pittsburgh Basketball Club Hall of Fame Inductions was a slam dunk. Check out the Courier’s paper edition from Feb. 7, or search for it here at newpittsburghcourier.com.:01—It’s now official. You can tune in every week for the latest and greatest sports information on Urban Media Today Sports on the Urban Media Today Network. It’s “Soul Take–Champions Live” Sports Talk Show with your hosts Kevin Cameron and Bill Neal. Tune in at urbanmedia.com.:00—GAME OVER.BILL NEALlast_img read more

Galway Hurlers Win Bord Na Mona Walsh Cup

first_imgGalway’s Senior Hurlers play Laois in the opening round of the Allianz National Hurling League next Sunday in Pearse Stadium at 12.30. Galway’s Senior hurlers can look to the start of the national league with optimism following their 1-23 to 0-20 over Wexford in the Walsh Cup Final played yesterday in Enniscorthy. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Galway’s Conor Cooney with Diarmuid O’Keeffe of Wexford (Image: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson) Sean also spoke to Galway Captain on the day, Padraig MannionAudio Playerhttps://galwaybayfmsports.podbean.com/mf/play/f88bfv/PADRAIG_MANNION_POST_WEXFORD.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img Joe Canning led the scoring with 13-points with Aidan Harte scoring the Tribesmen’s goal. Sean Walsh reportsAudio Playerhttps://galwaybayfmsports.podbean.com/mf/play/2bpp6u/WALSH_CUP_FINAL_FT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. After the game, Sean spoke to Galway manager Micheal DonoghueAudio Playerhttps://galwaybayfmsports.podbean.com/mf/play/u3xcxi/MICHEAL_DONOGHUE_POST_WEXFORD.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more