For emerging adults, pandemic serves up unique challenges

first_imgCONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The pandemic has been hard on both kids and adults, but it’s also been challenging for those who are in between. Demographic shifts during the last century have given rise to a distinct developmental stage called “emerging adulthood” that spans the late teens and early twenties. With the pandemic causing major disruptions in education, employment, housing and more, young people who are no longer adolescents but not quite adults are struggling to find their footing. Some experts worry that could have long-term negative effects, though the psychologist who coined the phrase “emerging adulthood” said this age group is resilient and likely will bounce back.last_img read more

Jake Gyllenhaal & Annaleigh Ashford to Lead Sunday in the Park on B’way

first_img Related Shows Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford are going to give us more to see! After the sad news that Gyllenhaal wouldn’t be reopening the Hudson Theatre with Burn This from February 2017, comes the happier announcement that the Oscar nominee will launch the venue by reprising his City Center performance in Sunday in the Park with George. Once again co-starring Tony winner Ashford, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s classic tuner will play a limited engagement February 11, 2017 through April 23. Opening night is set for February 23 and tickets are now available to the production. Sarna Lapine directs.Gyllenhaal made his Broadway debut in Constellations. Other theater credits include Little Shop of Horrors at City Center, If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet off-Broadway and This Is Our Youth in the West End. His numerous screen credits include Brokeback Mountain, for which he received an Oscar nod, Prisoners, Enemy, Source Code and Nightcrawler.Ashford won the Tony for You Can’t Take It With You. Additional Broadway performances include Sylvia, Kinky Boots, Wicked, Hair and Legally Blonde. She was a series regular on Masters of Sex and recently starred in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Sunday in the Park with George follows painter Georges Seurat (Gyllenhaal) in the months leading up to the completion of his most famous painting, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” Consumed by his need to “finish the hat,” Seurat alienates the French bourgeoisie, spurns his fellow artists, and neglects his lover Dot (Ashford), not realizing that his actions will reverberate over the next 100 years.No word yet on further casting, but the fall concert performances included Tony nominees Carmen Cusack (Bright Star) as Yvonne, Tony nominee Zachary Levi (She Loves Me) as Jules, Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles (The King and I) as Frieda, Tony winner Phylicia Rashad (A Raisin in the Sun) as Old Lady, Tony nominee Brooks Ashmanskas (Shuffle Along) as Mr., Tony nominee Phillip Boykin (The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess) as Boatman, Tony winner Gabriel Ebert (Matilda) as Franz, Claybourne Elder (Bonnie and Clyde) as Soldier, Lisa Howard (It Shoulda Been You) as Nurse, Liz McCartney (Les Misérables) as Mrs., Solea Pfeiffer (West Side Story) as Celeste #1, Gabriella Pizzolo (Fun Home) as Louise and Tony nominee Lauren Worsham (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) as Celeste #2. The cast was rounded out by Max Chernin, Michael McElroy, Stephanie Jae Park and Jaime Rosenstein.The Hudson Theatre, which played its last Broadway performance on April 20, 1968, has been undergoing a multi-million dollar project, restoring the landmark venue to its former glory as a Broadway playhouse. It is owned by Millennium & Copthorne Hotels PLC and operated by the Ambassador Theatre Group, which recently secured Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for their other Main Stem venue, the Lyric Theatre. View Comments Annaleigh Ashford & Jake Gyllenhaal in City Center’s ‘Sunday in the Park with George'(Photo: Stephanie Berger)center_img Sunday in the Park With George Show Closed This production ended its run on April 23, 2017last_img read more

Share Your Favorite Blue Ridge Adventures

first_imgPhoto by: Leslie Restivo While we’re all staying home, we can still celebrate what we love about the Blue Ridge. We’d like you to join us by sharing some of your favorite photos from past adventures. Let’s inspire each other with images highlighting our scenic destinations and moments made in our mountains, while looking forward to returning to these places in the not too distant future. With each pic, please include a brief caption telling us about your adventure. We’ll share them all in an online gallery and select a few favorites to be published in an upcoming print issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors.center_img [contest-menu id=”2″][contest-page id=”2″]last_img read more

Police boss issues warning

first_img There were 29 arrests following violence after Sunderland’s 3-0 win at Newcastle and 14 arrests after Millwall fans became involved in fighting during the FA Cup semi-final defeat by Wigan at Wembley. British Transport Police made 33 other football-related arrests including for violence and racist abuse over the weekend. British Transport Police chief constable Andrew Trotter said: “The scenes at Wembley Stadium on Saturday and in Newcastle on Sunday serve as a firm and sobering reminder that there is still much more to be done in tackling football-related disorder.” Sports minister Hugh Robertson on Monday branded the weekend’s football-related violence as inexcusable but insisted the game has not returned to the “bad old days” of hooliganism. Newcastle have vowed to ban for life any fans caught causing trouble in the wake of the 3-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at St James’ Park. A Magpies statement said: “We were embarrassed and appalled by the behaviour of a minority of so-called fans who last night were involved in disturbances and disorder in Newcastle city centre after the match. “Newcastle United have been working with Northumbria Police, and will continue to do so, in order to identify all of the individuals concerned. The club will take the strongest possible action against those involved in the disturbances and will impose immediate lifetime bans on all those found guilty. “These deplorable individuals have no place at Newcastle United and bring shame on the club and the vast majority of its proper, law-abiding fans.” Robertson said the incidents showed that the authorities could not relax their vigilance. He added: “This never goes away and we tend to go through phases when we’ve cracked it, but you need to keep on it the whole time. “That said, any suggestion that this is a return to the bad old days of the 1970s and 1980s is wide of the mark. The early indications are this was caused by a combination of too much drink, warm weather and an enormous amount of stupidity from the fans involved. It is absolutely inexcusable and I will be looking for the authorities to take tough action.” A senior police officer has warned that more needs to be done to tackle fan disorder in English football after the violent scenes that erupted after Newcastle’s derby defeat by Sunderland.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

GTU’s books not audited since 1989 – AG

first_img…“We have nothing to hide” – Union’s PresidentAs the countrywide teachers’ strike over wage increases enters its fourth straight day, attention is simultaneously being placed on the financial status of the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU), after a request was made for Auditor General Deodat Sharma to conduct an audit of the union’s finances.Auditor General Deodat SharmaThis request was made after the union announced that it cannot pay full strike relief to all teachers.While the probe has not started, Auditor General Sharma told Guyana Times on Wednesday that, based on the information obtained so far, the GTU’s books have not been audited in almost 30 years. He pointed out that his office had written the GTU in the past to submit its records.“The last audit was since 1989. We had written them to submit their records. I don’t think they’ve got it for those years, but I have to double-check my records. Normally, based of financial statement audits, unless we get the financial statement, we don’t really go in, unless there is some inquiry or accusation,” Sharma observed.GTU President Mark Lyte speaking after the breakdown on talks in salary increasesSharma cautioned that the audit would move forward once the records are present. On those grounds, he pointed out that at this point he could not say how long a probe would last.“I don’t know. First of all, it’s due to the availability of the records. Once we get the records, within two to three weeks we should be able to have something,” the official surmised.GTU not afraidMeanwhile, at least two executives of the GTU, while responding to disclosure of the possible probe, questioned the timing of the request and pondered if the letter has truly come from a concerned teacher. GTU President Mark Lyte told this newspaper that the union is focused on advancing improved wages.“It (the letter) says it’s coming from a teacher, but I believe it’s coming from a certain office that everyone knows where,” Lyte said.He told this newspaper the GTU’s books were audited, and maintained that the union has no issue with being re-audited.“Why does the media have to be tracking us down for this? The issue at hand is teachers’ livable wages and salary, and that is the focus right now. If the books have to be audited, the people who have to audit, come and audit; we don’t have anything to hide,” Lyte disclosed.Even as the possibility of an audit probe looms, the union President stressed that the teachers’ 50 percent strike relief would not be affected.“It affects nothing; we’ve already said to the teachers that strike relief would be provided,” he asserted.No distractionLyte’s fellow executive, GTU General Secretary Coretta McDonald, declared that the union has been a transparent one, having suggested that there continues to be regular internal audits.“We have no difficulty with [an audit]. Our books are always opened. Our teachers at any time can come and peruse our books. At every General Council meeting, we have a report from the treasurer, with audited statements coming from our auditors,” McDonald declared.“If you check history, every time a union decides to call industrial action, whichever Government in power always wants to threaten you that your books are not audited; so we will not be distracted by them,” she added.Guyana Times, in trying to ascertain when the last audit was done, the executive stressed that the GTU auditing is ongoing.“Auditing is a process, so our process is ongoing. In 2016, we had our elections, and we had audited statements that were issued.Our focus is to move this matter to arbitration, end this fiasco and ensure that our nation’s children are being taking care of before we fight to see if our books are up to date,” she noted.In the August 23, 2018 letter, the “concerned” teacher requested that an audit be conducted in the management of funds paid to the Guyana Teachers Union. It related union President Mark Lyte initially saying that the union could not provide relief benefits as the union had other financial commitments, such as bursaries, death benefits, and buildings to maintain.Teachers had been concerned that there would be cuts to their salaries, and were not sure if the union would provide strike relief; but the GTU General Council held a meeting on Tuesday and decided to offer partial strike relief to teachers amounting to 50 percent of their salaries. However, Lyte also cautioned that the relief fund could cover teachers for up to one month. Teachers are seeking increases of some 40%. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more