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Vote for the Broadway.com Star of the Year!

first_imgIt’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yep, it’s your turn to choose Broadway.com’s 2014 Star of the Year! We’ve expanded the list this year to a dirty dozen of talented powerhouses that can act and/or sing and/or dance and/or box and/or rock a blazer/gardenia/head full of glitter/tattoo/peasant skirt/pair of fishnets with style. KELLI O’HARA For pouring her heart and soul into playing a lovestruck farmer’s wife in The Bridges of Madison County, showing off her pipes in Peter Pan Live!, earning her fifth Tony nom and lining up her next gig fast. View Comments NEIL PATRICK HARRIS For quickly losing his HIMYM persona to take Broadway by storm as the title East German transgender rock goddess in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and always having fun despite a very busy schedule. IDINA MENZEL For conquering the world with her mega-hit “Let It Go” from Frozen while playing dual roles in If/Then, putting out a holiday album, selling out Radio City, being everywhere at once and answering to a new name. Cast your vote by 11:59 PM (EST) on December 21 and crown one of the following nominees with the coveted title of Broadway.com Star of the Year! Vote below! AUDRA MCDONALD For earning her sixth Tony Award (!) for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day, making everyone cry with her acceptance speech, killing it on Twitter and being game for almost anything. BRADLEY COOPER For skipping a post-Oscar nom diva act in favor of fulfilling his long-standing dream of playing the challenging role of John Merrick, the deformed yet charming Englishman, in The Elephant Man. TONY YAZBECK For being a helluva triple threat in On the Town, reminding us what a debonair leading man is like, getting married on his day off and filling out his sailor suit quite well. SUTTON FOSTER For digging deep (and going makeup-free!) to play a scarred young woman in Violet, for which the Tony winner nabbed her sixth nom (and for getting married and landing a new TV show to boot!). RAMIN KARIMLOO For bringing home Les Miserables with his masterful performance as Jean Valjean all while keeping himself fit, keeping fans happy and keeping a musical instrument (and video camera) at the ready. JESSIE MUELLER For winning a Tony Award for her killer portrayal of Carole King, which won raves and enthusiastic support from King herself all while staying humble, funny and lovable. ANDY KARL For bulking up and wowing crowds as the knockout headliner in Rocky, which earned him his first Tony nomination and a stamp of approval from Sly himself. BRYAN CRANSTON For winning just about everyone’s vote—and a Tony Award—for his portrayal of LBJ in All the Way, all while fielding endless questions about Breaking Bad and keeping his wicked sense of humor intact. JAMES MONROE IGLEHART For reinventing the beloved Genie role on stage in the new Disney musical blockbuster Aladdin, and for being an all-around sweet vlogger/Tony winner/guy.last_img read more

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UN names global coordinator for flu threats

first_img At a news conference, Nabarro, 56, said he was nearly certain that a pandemic will erupt soon and predicted it could kill anywhere from 5 million to 150 million people, according to a Reuters report. Dr. David Nabarro, a British public health expert with the World Health Organization (WHO), was named to the new job of “UN system coordinator for avian and human influenza.” The WHO said today that, because of increased surveillance in the country, “growing numbers of people with respiratory symptoms or possible exposure to the virus are being admitted to hospital for observation and, when appropriate, treatment.” Many of the patients don’t have symptoms compatible with H5N1 infection, the agency said. See also: Testing at the WHO reference laboratory in Hong Kong confirmed the woman’s case, the WHO said. The agency said she had had contact with sick and dying chickens in her household shortly before she fell ill. He said that if the virus starts to spread, the nature of the world’s response will determine whether it ultimately kills as few as 5 million or as many as 150 million, Reuters reported. At the news conference, Nabarro warned it is “very likely” that the H5N1 virus will soon acquire the ability to spread readily from person to person, according to the Reuters report. “I am almost certain there will be another pandemic soon,” he was quoted as saying. Nabarro said he would run a new UN office in New York that will begin working with governments, international agencies, health workers, and the drug industry, Reuters reported. Sep 29, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The United Nations today signaled a new level of concern about avian influenza and the risk of a flu pandemic by naming a special coordinator of all UN responses to the situation. According to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report, Nabarro warned that the world will have only “a matter of weeks” to respond after a pandemic begins to erupt and before it gets out of control. He said health agencies will have to fight the virus with the antiviral drug oseltamivir and the most potent vaccines available. The story said he expressed particular concern about the possibility that migratory birds will spread avian flu to the Middle East and Africa. An outbreak in poor, war-torn parts of Africa, such as Sudan, could lead to “a nightmare scenario,” he commented. Meanwhile, an AFP report today quoted an Indonesian health official as saying the country has had a total of 63 confirmed and suspected avian flu cases so far this year. But the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said only 5 of the 63 cases were confirmed, while 9 were probable and the rest were suspected. News of Nabarro’s appointment came as the WHO said further tests had confirmed earlier reports that a 27-year-old Indonesian woman who died Sep 26 had H5N1 avian flu. In the WHO announcement, WHO Director-General Dr. Lee Jong-Wook stated, “The world is responding [to the pandemic threat], and is moving quickly to get prepared. However, coordination of these efforts is critical to ensure all stakeholders are giving the best of what they have to offer, and that countries receive the support they urgently require.” Indonesian officials said on Sept 26 that the Jakarta woman and a 5-year-old girl who died last week both had tested positive, though test results for the girl were inconsistent. The WHO statement today didn’t mention the girl. Indonesian casesIn Indonesia, the 27-year-old Jakarta woman represents the fourth avian flu case that the WHO has recognized as confirmed. The government has cited a few other cases as confirmed or probable, including those of the 5-year-old girl and two young daughters of a 38-year-old man who died of avian flu in July. Nabarro calls pandemic very likelyNabarro was appointed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. In announcing the news, the WHO said, “The appointment is critical as the world is fast recognizing the risk of an imminent human influenza pandemic, and is taking steps to reduce the risk and to get prepared.” Nabarro was described as one of the agency’s most senior public health experts. A Reuters report today quoted Indonesian health officials as saying the country has more than 50 suspected avian flu cases. Three days ago officials had put the number of suspected cases at 34. The country has been on high alert for avian flu since Sep 19, when the government said the growing number of suspected cases represented an “extraordinary incident.” Nabarro has held WHO leadership jobs dealing with malaria, environmental health, food safety and, most recently, crisis operations, the WHO said. His 30 years of experience includes work in community-level and government health programs, particularly in Asia, and in administering development assistance, managing scientific research, building development partnerships, and working with nongovernmental organizations. WHO statement on new coordinatorhttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2005/pr45/en/index.html WHO update on Indonesian caseshttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_09_29/en/index.htmllast_img read more

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Experts consider 4-strain flu vaccine to fight B viruses

first_imgJan 16, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Picking the influenza strains to put in the flu vaccine each year is always a gamble, given the unpredictable prevalence of different strains, but choosing the influenza B strain has become particularly vexing in recent years.Since the 2001-02 flu season, two distinct lineages of influenza B—Victoria and Yamagata—have been circulating in the United States, and experts have found it impossible to predict which one would dominate in any winter.Because a vaccine against one lineage offers little protection against the other, the government’s flu vaccine advisors have been discussing for several years the possibility of putting both lineages in the seasonal vaccine. That would turn the standard three-strain, or trivalent, vaccine into a quadrivalent vaccine. Trivalent vaccine contains two subtypes of influenza A—H3N2 and H1N1—and one of influenza B.”It looks like we’re stuck with two lineages for the time being,” says Dr. Anthony Fiore, a medical epidemiologist in the Influenza Division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “So we can either ignore the one lineage or try to make another strain to protect against that lineage. There’s just not much cross-protection.”Putting both B families into the vaccine would offer protection against both B strains, which is regarded as particularly important for children. But the idea raises questions about the effects on vaccine manufacture and supply, cost, and side effects. Some vaccine producers are studying the possibility, but they will need a formal government recommendation before they would proceed.Vaccine often missesThe problem with B viruses is nicely illustrated by events of the past couple of years. For the 2007-08 flu season in the United States, the government’s experts picked a Victoria strain for the vaccine. But by the end of the season, 98% of the 350 B viruses that were antigenically characterized by the CDC belonged to the Yamagata family.With Yamagata viruses dominant last winter, the government’s advisors, meeting last February, recommended a Yamagata virus for the B component of this season’s vaccine. But the early returns this season suggest that Victoria strains may be back on top: 35 of 52 B viruses analyzed by the CDC through Jan 10 belonged to the Victoria clan. (But 30 of those 35 came from only two states.)Looking further back, CDC records show the B strain in the vaccine missed the dominant B lineage in circulation in 4 of the 7 seasons from 2001-02 through 2007-08.The spotty record has led to what Melinda Wharton, MD, MPH, of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Vaccines and Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC), called “the annual agony of trying to flip the coin” to pick a B strain for the vaccine, according to a transcript of the panel’s Feb 21, 2008, meeting.The FDA committee is expected to consider the issue again when it meets in February to select flu strains for the 2009-10 US season. Fiore said the VRBPAC has asked the CDC’s flu experts to make a presentation on the question at the Feb 18 session.How much harm?How much harm results when the vaccine misses the predominant B strain is not very clear, but experts say children are likely to get little protection against B viruses when this happens. The CDC now recommends that all children from age 6 months on up receive annual flu vaccination.In general, B viruses cause less severe disease than influenza A, and they seem to be associated with smaller clusters or outbreaks, according to William Schaffner, MD, president-elect of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville.Fiore agreed, then added, “But there are definitely deaths and severe outcomes caused by influenza B. It’s generally thought of as being more a disease that circulates in children, but adults do get it and have hospitalizations and deaths from it. . . . For any given person you can have a severe illness with B and a mild illness with A. On a population level, A is more severe.”Schaffner said he himself had a nasty case of what he believed to be influenza B not covered by the vaccine last winter, when it was circulating in Nashville. “I was laid low for about 48 hours last year. I’m a poster child for the importance of doing this,” he said, referring to putting both lineages in the vaccine.Robert B. Couch, MD, a flu expert at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, analyzed the influenza B issue and reported his findings to the VRBPAC at its February 2007 meeting.Calling B viruses “the major cause” of an epidemic about every 2 to 4 years, he said, according to the transcript, “Infections occur in all age-groups. Illness is most prominent among older children and young adults. Illness in infants and young children appears to be more common among the low-income groups. Infections are prominent in the elderly in some epidemics, with excess mortality, but not in all epidemics. Overall impact is less than H3N2, but greater than H1N1.”Couch also examined research findings on how much protection the vaccine for one B lineage offers against the other lineage. He reported that protection is reduced in adults and more so in children. “By and large, very young children get very negligible benefit from the opposite lineage of the influenza B that’s in the vaccine,” he told the committee.However, some experts suggest that more data are needed on the effects of B mismatches. “Evidence of the actual effect of mismatches on the flu B vaccine performance is still being gathered,” John Treanor, MD, a flu vaccine expert at the University of Rochester in New York, told CIDRAP News. “Last year, it did look like the mismatch resulted in very little efficacy against B, but to make a major decision it may be necessary to accumulate more information from additional years of experience.”Why issue is heating upThe VRBPAC has been talking about the problem of the two B lineages for years. What seems to be heating up the issue now is the belief that both viruses are likely to keep on co-circulating indefinitely, plus an increase in the supply of flu vaccine.All US-licensed flu vaccines are grown in chicken eggs, supplies of which are finite. But production has increased substantially in recent years with more producers entering the market.Fiore said the surpluses of flu vaccine in recent years—millions of doses have gone unused in the last few seasons—make the possibility of a quadrivalent vaccine look more practical.Donna Cary, a spokeswoman for vaccine manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur, agreed. “From a supply perspective, the increase in influenza vaccine capacity in recent years has made this option viable,” she told CIDRAP News.When the CDC’s flu experts appear at the Feb 18 VRBPAC session, they expect to give an assessment of the potential impact of including both B lineages in the vaccine, according to Fiore.”We have to weigh in the idea that there might be less vaccine available, against the fact that the extra strain might be preventing some extra amount of infection or hospitalizations or death,” he said.The CDC team looked at data from the past 10 years and tried to estimate the effects of having a quadrivalent vaccine in those years, Fiore explained.”We haven’t reached any conclusions about it yet,” he said. “There are differences by year. In some years when we were in relatively tight supply, reducing the supply was a problem. Having a better vaccine didn’t make up for the loss of supply.”Now that we have an oversupply, the calculation may be changing,” he added. “But as far as actual numbers of hospitalizations prevented, it’s hard to come up with numbers.”Disadvantages and uncertainties Adding a second B strain would not be without disadvantages, experts say.”It would be more complex for the manufacturers, and it would probably cost more,” said Fiore. And given that a producer can grow only so much vaccine, switching from three strains to four will mean fewer doses in the end.Cary, of Sanofi Pasteur, acknowledged that going to a quadrivalent vaccine would reduce overall production. “But we do not anticipate any supply issue in transitioning to a quadrivalent influenza vaccine,” she said. “This is due to the global increase in influenza vaccine supply, as illustrated by the opening of our new influenza manufacturing facility in the US in 2009,” she added, referring to Sanofi’s Swiftwater, Pa., plant.Fiore said he doesn’t expect the manufacturers would face major technical challenges in making vaccine with the two B lineages: “The manufacturers know how to make both of these lineages and have done it in recent years, so it’s not a big manufacturing challenge.”Cary said Sanofi Pasteur is evaluating a possible transition to a vaccine with two B strains, including both technical and regulatory hurdles, but she declined to specify what they might be.A spokesperson for MedImmune, maker of FluMist, the nasal spray vaccine, said the company is studying the possibility of making a vaccine with two B strains, but likewise declined to offer further details.Other questions the prospect raises include the chance of increased side effects and whether clinical trials of a quadrivalent vaccine would be necessary.The trivalent vaccine contains 15 micrograms (mcg) of each strain, or 45 mcg total. Assuming that the same dosage would be used for a second B strain, the total amount of antigen in a dose of a four-strain vaccine would be 60 mcg.Fiore noted that the licensed prepandemic H5N1 vaccine in the US stockpile has been tested in 90-mcg doses. “So it’s not that much of an increase in volume that we’d expect to see a lot more reactogenicity,” he said. “But the FDA might require some studies about that.”There has been discussion of using just 7.5 mcg of each B strain, leaving the total B content in the vaccine at 15 mcg. But some experts doubt that the reduced amount would generate an adequate immune response.Schaffner said another question is whether adding a fourth strain to the vaccine will leave the immune response to the other three unimpaired. “That’s what we anticipate, but it’ll have to be formally tested,” he said.Still another question is what the World Health Organization (WHO) will do. Experts convened by the WHO make recommendations for the flu vaccine strains for the northern and southern hemispheres each season, and the VRBPAC normally follows the WHO’s lead.The WHO’s position is that much more information is needed, according to Gregory Hartl, the agency’s infectious-disease spokesman in Geneva. “There’s been a lot of discussion, but all the possibilities require safety and immune-response data which are not yet available, and after that there’s regulatory approval which would be needed. So any change is not going to happen tomorrow,” he said.Couch said the FDA needs more input from vaccine makers to help sort out the issue. “Thus far, VRBPAC has only heard informal and ‘soft’ comments by industry,” he told CIDRAP News.Other ways to cover both strainsOffering a quadrivalent vaccine to everyone is not the only way to provide some protection against both B lineages. Several other options have been proposed, including alternating lineages from year to year, making a quadrivalent vaccine intended only for children and the elderly, and offering a supplemental B vaccine to cover the strain not in the trivalent vaccine. Couch described these in his VRBPAC presentation in 2007.The idea of alternating lineages would be that people who get vaccinated each year might have some residual cross-protection in case the dominant strain in a given year is not in the vaccine, said Fiore. “But there’s really no way to predict what the impact of that would be,” he said.See also: Feb 14, 2008, CIDRAP News story “WHO advises total makeover for 2008-09 flu vaccine”CDC’s weekly flu surveillance reporthttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/CDC summary of 2007-08 seasonhttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/weeklyarchives2007-2008/07-08summary.htmTranscript of Feb 21, 2008, VRBPAC meeting:http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/ac/08/transcripts/2008-4348T2.DOCTranscript of Feb 28, 2007, VRBPAC meeting with discussion of influenza B strains and vaccinehttp://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/ac/07/transcripts/2007-4282t2-03.pdfVRBPAC meeting documents sitehttp://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/ac/cber07.htm#VaccinesandRelatedBiologicallast_img read more

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Collins Stewart in £63m CNC bid

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Deloitte leans towards JLL

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ABS FC gets interim Technical Adviser

first_imgRelatedPosts Edo 2020: Obaseki’s victory has several implications — Saraki Saraki’s Commissioner, others defect to APC Saraki asks UK, EU to join US in placing visa restrictions on Nigerian politicians Abubakar Bukola Saraki of Ilorin FC has appointed Coach Shuaib Abdulkadir as acting Technical Adviser.The club’s Director of Football, Alloy Chukwuemeka, made the announcement on Friday in Ilorin after a management meeting. He said the appointment became imperative after the team’s Technical Adviser, Yomi Elijah, informed the club that he was leaving for an unnamed Nigeria Professional Football League side, after the expiration of his contract.Chukwuemeka said Abdulkadir will remain in acting capacity until a decision to appoint a substantive Technical Adviser is taken.Elijah told newsmen after the meeting that he was grateful for the opportunity given to him by the management, staff and players of the team.He solicited for the same support for coach Abdulkadir, alias No Fear, who he described as a loyal servant.In his comment, Abdulkadir thanked the club management for the confidence reposed in him to handle the team till a decision to appoint a new Technical Adviser is taken. He promised to justify the confidence reposed in him and assured of his unalloyed commitment to the project to move the club forward.Until his appointment, Abdulkadir, who joined the team at the beginning of last season, was assistant to Elijah.—Tags: Abubakar Bukola SarakiAlloy ChukwuemekaShuaib AbdulkadirYomi Elijahlast_img read more

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Sumner boys’ soccer team beats Calais, Machias to reach 8-0

first_imgSULLIVAN — The Sumner boys’ soccer team’s unbeaten start to the 2018 season is now at eight games after the Tigers posted recent blowout wins over Calais and Machias.Sumner hosted Calais on Thursday with a perfect start to the first half of the season in sight, and the Tigers didn’t disappoint. Scoring early and often, the home team breezed past the Blue Devils to secure a 12-1 win.Junior Damon Warren scored five goals for Sumner in the victory, and senior Orlando Herrera added three goals and three assists. Silas Goldfarb, Eduardo Figueroa, Caelan Billings and Collin Piper also scored for the Tigers, who got four saves from junior goalkeeper Alex Rumill.On Tuesday, Sumner traveled to Washington County to face off against Machias. The Tigers received three goals and an assist from Warren and a goal and two assists from Herrera en route to a 7-2 victory over the Bulldogs (0-7-1).This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWith a record of 8-0, Sumner is currently the only undefeated and untied team in Class C North. The Tigers have outscored their opponents by a combined margin of 72-13 so far this season and are in fourth place in the standings behind Fort Kent, Houlton and Orono.Sumner will look to continue its quest for an undefeated regular season when it hosts Lee Academy (3-3-1) at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27.last_img read more

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Charles Leclerc beats Michael Schumacher with $10m, 5-yr deal with Ferrari; here is how

first_img LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE First Published: 30th December, 2019 12:42 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc on Monday signed a 5-year contract extension with the Italian giants after performing impressively in the first season with them in 2019. Leclerc won 2 races and had 10 podium finishes in the very first season and also outscored his teammate and four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel. The deal signed by Leclerc until 2022 is the longest on the grid, but his new agreement will keep him with the Italian team until 2025.Also Read: Charles Leclerc Signs Five-year Contract Extension With FerrariFI: Charles Leclerc contract and his salary In a sport where contracts are handed from season to season, a driver signing a 5-year deal is the rarest. The great Michael Schumacher himself did not sign one particular deal with Ferrari for more than 3 years. According to Corriere dello Sport, Charles Leclerc’s salary has tripled to €9 million, closing the gap to Sebastian Vettel, although he remains on a deal worth much more per year. The 22-year-old’s extension also arrives amid rumours that Lewis Hamilton could be his team-mate in 2021, with Mercedes’ 6-time world champion having met Ferrari president John Elkann in 2019.Also Read: Charles Leclerc Praises Sebastian Vettel, Reveals Favourite Ferrari Moment On DebutLewis Hamilton to move to Ferrari?Lewis Hamilton is committed to Mercedes until the end of the 2020 campaign. However, according to leading Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport, discussions have already taken place between Hamilton and Ferrari. The rumours picked up after Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto said that he was ‘happy’ that someone of Lewis Hamilton’s quality is available post-2020. The report stated that there have been two meetings between Ferrari President Elkann and Hamilton in 2019. It is believed that the Mercedes driver expressed his disappointment with Ferrari when they signed up German rival Sebastian Vettel with a 3-year deal back in 2017. Both Vettel and Hamilton fit the bill, but it remains to be seen if the German can convince Ferrari that he remains at the peak of his powers.Also Read: Michael Schumacher’s Wife Corinna Is Hiding F1 Legend’s Condition, Claims Ex-managerF1: Charles Leclerc on the potential arrival of Lewis HamiltonSebastian Vettel’s deal will be expiring at the end of next season and Hamilton would be a major asset to Ferrari, according to Charles Leclerc in a recent interview with The Guardian. The 22-year-old driver would relish the chance to have Hamilton drive alongside him. He said that in F1, he wants to fight against the best. He added that he had a big opportunity to have had Vettel next to him, who is a 4-time World Champion and he has learned a lot from him.Also Read: Lewis Hamilton Vs Michael Schumacher: In A League Of Their Own COMMENTcenter_img Written By Last Updated: 30th December, 2019 12:49 IST Charles Leclerc Beats Michael Schumacher With $10m, 5-yr Deal With Ferrari; Here Is How Charles Leclerc’s salary has tripled to €9 million, closing the gap to four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, although he remains on a deal much more per year. FOLLOW US Suraj Alva last_img read more

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Colts pin playoff hopes on Rivers’ ability to avoid mistakes

first_imgLast Updated: 28th August, 2020 07:49 IST Colts Pin Playoff Hopes On Rivers’ Ability To Avoid Mistakes Philip Rivers promises he’ll continue making some risky throws on Sunday afternoons. He also understands the need to avoid big mistakes WATCH US LIVE Written By COMMENT Associated Press Television News Philip Rivers promises he’ll continue making some risky throws on Sunday afternoons. He also understands the need to avoid big mistakes.So after 16 seasons with the Chargers, Rivers has come to Indianapolis seeking to find that sweet spot. Here, the Colts’ new starting quarterback will be protected by one of the league’s top offensive lines, will work with a deep group of talented receivers including Pro Bowler T.Y. Hilton and will rely on a strong ground game.The Colts believe it’s a winning combination, one that can help Rivers regain his old form and one that can get Indianapolis back to the playoffs.“I think there’s a fine line there between aggressive and stupid,” he said. “As long as we keep it right there, in the certain window to keep it in, I think we’ll be in good shape.”The critics contended Rivers was finished after throwing 20 interceptions and posting one of the worst seasons of his career in 2019.Colts coach Frank Reich saw something else — a gutsy veteran trying to help his team come back late in games.So Reich convinced the Colts to bet big on Rivers, pinning their title hopes on the arm of a 38-year-old quarterback who starts this season ranked sixth all-time in completions, yards passing and touchdown passes.It seems to be working out.“He’s totally where we need him to be,” Reich said after Monday’s intrasquad scrimmage. “The more live it gets and the more real it gets, the better the best players look and we are going to see that with Philip. The faster it goes and the more real it gets, the better he’s going to look.”Of course the Colts won’t know for sure until they visit Jacksonville on Sept. 13.But after missing the playoffs four of the past five seasons, Rivers finds himself getting adapted to this new, improved offense while testing himself against an upgraded defense that now includes 2018 Pro Bowl defensive tackle DeForest Buckner and 2017 All-Pro cornerback Xavier Rhodes.And Rivers knows if he does his part with a reduction in turnovers, he could be in line, similar to John Elway in 1997, to earn his first Super Bowl ring late in his career.“It fires me up. It sounds like the type of group you want to play quarterback with and for,” Rivers said. “The biggest thing for me is — be myself but also find that sweet spot between aggressiveness and stupid. Certainly, I’ve done that throughout my career in different years and don’t see any reason I can’t do that again.”BACK TO BACKRunning back Marlon Mack produced his first 1,000-yard season last year and has an expiring contract after this season.So when the Colts took a running back in the second round of the draft, Mack could have complained.Instead he embraced the opportunity to divvy up carries with Jonathan Taylor, the first Football Bowl Subdivision player to rush for more than 6,000 yards in three seasons. Mack figures the pairing serves two purposes — making the Colts stronger and keeping both player’s legs fresh.“It just motivates you,” he said. “I know we can be great together. I’m more of a team guy so we can come together as a team, go out there and just put in work. Everybody has the same goal on this team.”PHILLY SPECIALWhen the Colts needed to find a replacement for tight end Eric Ebron in free agency, Reich encouraged the Colts to add another familiar face — Trey Burton.Burton played the past two seasons in Chicago after spending his first four in Philadelphia, where Reich was the offensive coordinator. And Burton, best known for throwing a touchdown pass to Nick Foles in the Eagles’ Super Bowl 52 victory, could play a key role opposite two-time Pro Bowler Jack Doyle.“It’s something I feel like suits me really well,” Burton said when asked about the Colts’ offense.PANDEMIC WRINKLEIndianapolis has kept an undrafted rookie on its initial 53-man roster for a league-high 21 consecutive years.The COVID-19 pandemic threatens that streak.Reich acknowledges players fighting for the final roster spots will get fewer snaps in training camp and fewer opportunities to impress coaches after the in-person offseason workouts and preseason games were canceled. To get a better look, Reich compensated by scheduling two scrimmage games at Lucas Oil Stadium though he’s also noted it will be tougher for a long-shot player to make the roster.“Certainly guys that have been around the league a little bit, that degree of experience means a lot,” Reich said. “That factors into it, but I still believe that there is time for the ‘unproven guy’ to show we can trust him.”Image credits: AP center_img SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 28th August, 2020 07:49 IST LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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Miramar new amphitheater, a world class venue and entertainment destination

first_imgThe City of Miramar celebrates the grand opening of a new, world-class Amphitheater at Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway on July 4th with a free community concert starting at 3:00 pm.The amphitheater is a part of the plan for Miramar to become a premier entertainment destination and the city’s welcoming and inclusive approach to multicultural entertainment professionals and audiences.  The City ofMiramar and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Conventions and Visitor’s Bureau has partnered on an initiative to position Miramar as a place for multicultural tourism in South Florida with an emphasis on the African Diaspora. The Miramar Amphitheater will serve as a catalyst to attract multicultural family gatherings, concerts, festivals, arts and more.The Miramar Amphitheater is a 5,000 capacity (3,000 covered under a 28,000 sq ft column supported tensile canopy and 2,000 located behind the canopy on promenades) and is designed with a large elevated stage, theatrical lighting, projection screens and refined sound system that is well suited for live concerts, film and television production, theater, corporate and social gatherings, and more.The Miramar Amphitheater includes ticket distribution set up, electronic signage and is surrounded by beautiful fountains, wetlands, and greenery. The amphitheater and promenade adorns 4.1 acres of green space with a total project cost of $7.4 Million to construct including amenities.The Miramar Amphitheater at Regional Park is a great winning addition to the entertainment cast of Miramar. The City of Miramar is a destination of choice for sports, theatre, arts, and recreation with award-winning facilities including the Ansin Sports Complex, Shirley Branca Memorial Park, Miramar Cultural Center and Miramar Regional Park. All of Miramar’s entertainment assets are easy to reach from Miami to Palm Beach and draws from over 6.7 million people across the region.last_img read more

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