BC/EFA Easter Bonnet Competition Raises Record-Breaking $4.5 Million

first_img Off-Broadway Top Fundraiser: Avenue Q – $28,577 First Runner-up: Heathers – $24,363 Also joining in the celebration and competition were Rory O’Malley, Michael Riedel, Newsies kids Luca Padovan and Zachary Unger, Mothers and Sons playwright Terence McNally and star Tyne Daly, Kim Zimmer, Joe Carroll and fellow Cinderella cast members, Nathan Madden, Phoebe Pearl, Violet’s Sutton Foster, BC/EFA Producing Director Michael Graziano and Executive Director Tom Viola. This years’ judges included Gregg Barnes, Christopher J. Hanke, Carly Rae Jepsen, Michael McKean, Jim Norton, Patrick Page, Annie Potts and Anthony Rapp, in addition to Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction winners Eric Forst and Peg Wendlandt. The event, held at Minskoff Theatre on April 21 and 22, featured original presentations, songs, dances and bonnets designed by the companies of Broadway productions. 57 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies participated in six weeks of fundraising. Menzel, Washington, Cranston and Drescher, who were introduced by Of Mice and Men stars James Franco, Chris O’Dowd and Leighton Meester, announced the final tally of donations at the conclusion of the competition. The company of The Lion King took home the top honor of best presentation, with After Midnight securing the runner-up spot. The special award for bonnet design was presented to the company of Once. The top fundraising award went to Kinky Boots, which raised $284,170. The full totals are as follows: National Touring Shows Top Fundraiser: The Book of Mormon – Latter Day Company – $405,009 First Runner-up: Wicked – Munchkinland Company – $277,109 Second Runner-up: The Book of Mormon – Jumamosi Company – $209,023 Third Runner-up: Wicked – Emerald City Company- $182,704 Broadway Plays Top Fundraiser: All the Way – $186,424 First Runner-up: Mothers and Sons – $100,102 Broadway Musicals Top Fundraiser: Kinky Boots – $284,170 First Runner-up: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical – $208,697 Second Runner-up: Cinderella – $206,941 Third Runner-up: The Book of Mormon – $181,065 The 28th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition, which featured a host of stars including Idina Menzel, Denzel Washington, Bryan Cranston and Fran Drescher, raised a record-breaking $4,532,129 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The event has raised over $58 million for the organization since it began in 1987. View Commentslast_img read more

England reports first H5N1 poultry outbreak

first_imgFeb 5, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Government veterinarians confirmed an outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza at a large turkey farm in Suffolk, England, 2 days ago, marking the country’s first poultry outbreak and Europe’s second in 2007.A World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) report posted the day before yesterday said the outbreak began Jan 27 and affected 2,500 turkeys that were being raised for meat production. The farm, about 70 miles northeast of London, is owned by Bernard Matthews Holdings, Ltd., Europe’s largest poultry producer, Bloomberg News reported today. The farm is the largest plant operated by the company; only 1 of 22 turkey sheds was affected by the outbreak, the Bloomberg report said.The H5N1 strain found on the farm is similar to an Asian one detected on a goose farm in southeastern Hungary in late January, England’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said in a news release.Workers have been offered antiviral medications, Bloomberg reported, and all had been offered the seasonal flu vaccine last year.Authorities initially established a 3-km restricted zone and a 10-km surveillance zone around the farm but later widened the restricted zone after consulting with ornithologists, according to a DEFRA press release. The agency also banned all bird gatherings, including shows, markets, fairs, and pigeon races, until further notice.Agriculture authorities are culling 150,000 turkeys at the farm, Reuters reported today.The H5N1 outbreak is the first within English borders, though a series of avian flu events in the past few years have kept the country on high alert for the disease. In September 2005, H5N1 avian influenza was detected in a shipment of finches that was quarantined in Sussex upon import from Taiwan. In March 2006 a dead mute swan that tested positive for H5N1 washed up on a Scottish shore. In April 2006 a low pathogenic form of H7N3 avian influenza struck three English farms, which led to the culling of 50,000 poultry.Nigel Dimmock, a virologist at Warwick University, told Reuters today that the source of infection could be one of several possibilities. Though an infected wild bird seems likely, the turkeys struck by the outbreak were kept indoors and had limited contact with wild birds, he said. Dimmock told Reuters that other possibilities include human spread of the virus into Britain—for example, on footwear, or the birds may have been fed infected material that contained the virus.Europe may see more H5N1 outbreaks in poultry this year, but the situation is not as bad as in 2006, Bernard Vallat, head of the OIE, told Reuters today. “We’re not finding dead wild birds. The wild bird population may be infected, but in a way that is extremely different to last year,” he told the news service.In other avian flu news, Egypt’s health ministry announced today announced that a 17-year-old girl died of H5N1 avian influenza, Reuters reported today. The girl is from Fayyoum province about 60 miles south of Cairo, according to MENA, Egypt’s state news agency. Few details were available about the girl’s death. If her death is confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO), she will become Egypt’s 20th case and its 12th death. She is the country’s second avian flu case and death in 2007.Meanwhile, the WHO confirmed 2 days ago that a 22-year-old woman from Nigeria died of H5N1 avian flu. Her death from the disease, Nigeria’s first, had previously been confirmed by the Nigerian health ministry.The WHO said further investigations are under way to identify the source of her infection. Earlier reports said the woman, from Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city, had helped slaughter infected poultry and died on Jan 17. Samples from the woman’s contacts were negative, the WHO said.In Japan, agriculture ministry officials the day before yesterday confirmed another poultry outbreak in Miyazaki prefecture, Reuters reported. The outbreak is western Japan’s fourth such outbreak in recent weeks. Two other outbreaks had previously been reported in Miyazaki prefecture, while the third occurred at a farm in Okayama prefecture.See also:Feb 3 OIE reportFeb 3 WHO statementlast_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: USA on collision course with France after beating Sweden

first_imgUSA opened the scoring in the third minute, netting the fastest goal of the 2019 World Cup so far as Horan converted a corner with a neat finish.#SWEUSA pic.twitter.com/ILCOBativT— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) June 20, 2019Kosovare Asllani had a chance to draw her side level but she was denied by USA goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, then Abby Dahlkemper did well to block the Sweden attacker’s cross. The United States beat Sweden 2-0 to top Group F, meaning Jill Ellis’ side is now on track to meet Women’s World Cup hosts France in the quarterfinals.Lindsey Horan struck early to give USA the lead in Le Havre on Thursday, with an own goal by Jonna Andersson ensuring the reigning champions end the group stage with a perfect record. Women’s World Cup 2019: 3 takeaways from USA’s win over Sweden A 13-0 thumping of Thailand in its opening game of the tournament means USA also set a record after scoring 18 goals during the group stage.Up next for three-time world champions USA will be Spain on Monday, while Sweden will take on Canada on the same day. Related Newscenter_img Women’s World Cup 2019: Updated group stage results and standings Sweden had frustrated USA but it found a crucial breakthrough in the 50th minute, with its second goal also surviving lengthy VAR checks as the technology continues to cause delays.Tobin Heath lashed home a drive that took a vital deflection off defender Andersson, with referee Anastasia Pustovoytova ruling an offside in the build-up should not see the goal disallowed.Sweden thereafter appeared to have accepted their fate, but Nathalie Bjorn could have scored a consolation only to send a header over the crossbar from a Hanna Glas centre.last_img read more

Community Garden breaks ground

first_imgA launch event is set for Thursday, from 4-8 p.m., and the garden will be open to the public during posted hours, with benches and picnic tables to be installed next month.There are also plans for a number of musical and arts events, as well as composting and organic gardening workshops.The project was initiated with $20,000 in funding from the Early Childhood Development ‘Success by Six’ committee. By Dwight Ford A new Community Garden is soon to be built in downtown Fort St. John.- Advertisement -It will be located on 102nd avenue just behind the cemetary, on property made available by the church of the Resurrection, and it will be operated by the Fort St. John Community Food Security Committee.The garden brings together local non-profit groups, businesses and community members, and will be supervised and maintained by the agencies and volunteers.In its first year of operation, the garden will aim to give low-income families the opportunity to grow nutritious foods and learn gardening skills.All of the gardeners will be pre-registered through host agencies, and the harvested foods will be used by the participating families or donated to community meal programs.Advertisementlast_img read more