Carr’s contest

first_imgCarr’s Milling Industries is to sponsor the World Marmalade Festival, held in February. This will mark Paddington Bear’s 50th birthday and is designed to give “the traditional marmalade sandwich a make-over”, said Caroline Dale of Carrs Breadmaker.Bakers have been asked to design a new sandwich filling incorporating marmalade. The top three sandwich fillings will be taste-tested by visitors to the festival at Dalemain Country House, Ullswater, on 7-10 February.The winner, as voted by the public, will win a weekend break for two in the Lake District.last_img read more

The doctor gets a doctorate

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Neither Wirun Limsawart’s knowledge as a doctor nor his work as a hospital manager could help him resolve Thailand’s national crisis over health care malpractice.“I had experience as a physician, medical administrator, and medical activist, but all of that couldn’t solve this kind of problem,” Limsawart recalled. “I decided I should have another professional skill.”But his path to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, which culminates in his receiving his Ph.D. in medical anthropology this May, gave him more than additional technical expertise and a double-meaning title to his name.“I have a particular set of knowledge I made myself. This acumen is useful not only for people in Thailand, but many other places,” he said last month, days before defending his dissertation on universal health care coverage and tuberculosis control.Limsawart, who is married and has three young children, will return to Thailand to work as a policy researcher for the Ministry of Public Health. In Bangkok, he will join the ministry’s Society and Health Institute, the institution dedicated to bringing medical anthropology into practical applications and policy discussions.“I’m excited to begin to implement my work. My team in Thailand has begun to write a project to continue working on tuberculosis control, and why we [haven’t been able to] control this epidemic. Even though we have knowledge and technology, we’re stuck,” he said.The challenging nature of Limsawart’s academic work was matched by a difficult personal journey, one that affected his entire family. Three months before finishing medical school in 2001, he suffered a seizure for what would eventually be diagnosed as a brain tumor. It would return during his Ph.D. studies in the U.S., forcing him to undergo a second surgery, in 2013, and to be hospitalized after another seizure last December. Additionally, Limsawart’s wife has suffered endometriosis and complications caused by delayed care. The chronic pain once left her bedridden for an extended time, and it required the removal of her uterus last year during Limsawart’s fieldwork in the borderland between Thailand and Myanmar.,“It has been a very intense experience,” he said. “Sometimes it was hard to continue with my studies, but I did. My advisers Byron Good and Arthur Kleinman — without them I not only couldn’t have finished my Ph.D., but I could not have survived.”Kleinman, Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology and professor of medical anthropology in global health and social medicine and of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, called Limsawart’s work and his humanity “remarkable.”“What’s most impressive about Wirun is that he belongs to a lineage of deeply morally and politically committed Thai physicians who have brought very high health standards of care to especially very poor Thais living in rural parts of the country. This movement isn’t just admirable; it’s one that needs a fuller understanding,” Kleinman said. “It’s generation by generation of doctors who have gone out to do good in the world. He’s been the chronicler both of this movement and its fruits.”All the more remarkable for completing his Ph.D. while facing his family’s ongoing health challenges, the 42-year-old has plans to use the lessons learned from their own illnesses, particularly his wife’s, to inform his future work.“When I speak to people, especially to medical doctors — I’m a doctor myself — sometimes it’s difficult to make them listen to you, especially when you talk about something they don’t believe. In Boston, we met a good gynecologist who did one thing — she listened and believed my wife’s story and her pain,” he said. “When I return home, I will work on tuberculosis for the next decades, but also endometriosis. My wife still suffers as do many women around the world. I think I am now in a good position to pursue study and make change.”last_img read more

Pride Pool Party! Get Wet and Wild with Six Out Stage Stars

first_imgCHRISTOPHER SIEBERMiss Trunchbull in MatildaWhich three gay icons living or dead would you invite to your fabulous Pride pool party?Harvey Fierstein has to be there because that would be fun, Peter Allen because he could entertain us and Tammy Faye Bakker. Can you imagine?Which Broadway character needs to get over it and come out of the closet already?J. M. Barrie in Finding Neverland. Just come on out. Tell us about the little boys. Come on.Who’s your favorite LGBT Broadway musical character?Albin in La Cage. So deep, so funny. Hands down my favorite.Who was the first musical theater character you found yourself strangely attracted to?Robert Preston in The Music Man movie. He was charismatic and amazing. it wasn’t necessary like a crush but I was like, “I wanna be that guy.”What childhood obsession should have been a clear indicator to your family?I sang along to every Broadway cast recording my parents had and I put on these shows in the living room. My brother Mark was the stage manager. We had floor-to-ceiling curtains in front of a big window that you could open with a drawstring like a theater curtain. The lawn was my audience, the sun was my spotlight, the window frame was my proscenium. My parents would be like, “What are you doing?!” and I’d be like, “I’M DOING A SHOW.”Which LGBT icon needs their own Broadway bio-musical?Liza’s an opera waiting to happen. She’s wonderful but so many epic things have happened in her life including two gay husbands! That’s totally gonna be an opera one day. ROBIN DE JESUSBoq in WickedWho’s your favorite LGBT Broadway musical character?I’m gonna have to say Angel in Rent.Who was the first musical theater character you found yourself strangely attracted to?The Judge in Sweeney Todd? Kidding! I mean, the guys in West Side Story kind of turned me on as a kid going to see the musical. The Sharks and the Jets. I’m like the UN. Equal opportunist.What childhood obsession should have been a clear indicator to your family?Telenovelas. I loved them so. You couldn’t speak during telenovelas in my house! I’d be like, “Shhhhhhhhh!” You were liable to get an ass-whooping just for talking.Which LGBT icon needs their own Broadway bio-musical?There was that Andy Warhol musical happening a while ago. That would be fascinating.Which three gay icons living or dead would you invite to your fabulous Pride pool party?I would have RuPaul, Elizabeth Gilbert—even though she doesn’t pretend to be a gay icon, she is to me!—and Karen Olivo!What’s your Pride 2015 hashtag?#whenyourereadycomeandgetitWhich Broadway character needs to get over it and come out of the closet already?Maybe Usnavi in In the Heights? Whenever we were rehearsing the opening number, Lin-Manuel Miranda would change the lyrics “And one day I’ll be on a beach with Sonny writing checks to me” to “With Sonny having sex with me.” I mean, it would have been weird ’cause we were cousins, but if you removed that, it might be OK! Robin De Jesus JAY ARMSTRONG JOHNSONChip in On the TownWhat’s your Pride 2015 hashtag?#gayjay2015. Everyone called me Gay Jay in the third grade, even though I didn’t know I was gay. Apparently everyone else did. So I’m now gonna own it.Which LGBT icon needs their own Broadway bio-musical?Caitlyn Jenner? I mean, that’d be a pretty rich.What childhood obsession should have been a clear indicator to your family?Reba McEntire. Picture me chasseing around my living room to Reba McEntire as an eight year old Southern boy.Who was the first musical theater character you found yourself strangely attracted to?Gavin Creel. I don’t even remember the name of the character. All I remember it was Thoroughly Modern Millie and it was Gavin Creel.Which three gay icons living or dead would you invite to your fabulous Pride pool party?Judy Garland, Lady Gaga and Harvey Fierstein, just for some masculinity.When did you feel the most loud and proud onstage?At the National Equality March in 2009 performing with the cast of Hair. We sang “Let the Sunshine In” to 30,000 people marching on Washington.Which Broadway character needs to get over it and come out of the closet already?Judge Pitkin from On the Town. He’s supposed to be marrying Claire de Loon but come on. Let’s be real about it. MAX VON ESSENHenri Baurel in An American in ParisWhen did you feel the most loud and proud onstage?When I was in Jerry Springer: The Opera playing a transsexual named Tremont. It was such a huge challenge and I had to take a big leap to play someone going through this experience But it was so freeing to just jump out there and live this person.What childhood obsession should have been a clear indicator to your family?I was obsessed super early on with Liza Minnelli. I remember buying the album to The Act when I was in the fourth grade. I had the entire thing memorized. Nobody told me she was a gay icon. I just discovered it on my own in the record store.Who was the first musical theater character you found yourself strangely attracted to?Omar Sharif as Nicky Arnstein in Funny Girl. He was just so cool and romantic and such a gentleman. I loved it.Which LGBT icon needs their own Broadway bio-musical?This is so expected but Judy Garland. She needs like a La Vie en Rose kind of stage musical.Which three gay icons living or dead would you invite to your fabulous Pride pool party?You’d think for a pool party I’d want people who are really beautiful but I’d pick Oscar Wilde, Judy Garland and Shirley Bassey. I don’t need them in bathing suits. I just need to talk to them.Who’s your favorite LGBT Broadway musical character?Henri Baurel in An American in Paris. Even though he’s not quite there yet, I know he is ultimately. And he’s my favorite. View Comments Jay Armstrong Johnson Beth Malone, Robin de Jesus, Michael Urie, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Max von Essen & Christopher Sieber Photographed by Caitlin McNaney for at The Empire Hotel. MICHAEL URIECar in Shows for DaysWhich Broadway character needs to get over it and come out of the closet already?Max from The Sound of Music. Totally gay.Who was the first musical theater character you found yourself strangely attracted to?Does Bernadette Peters count? There was a lot going on when I first discovered her. A lot of confusion, a lot of excitement. But also Billy Bigelow. He’s not my type in life but there’s something about him.Which LGBT icon needs their own Broadway bio-musical?A Barry Manilow musical would be pretty fabulous.When did you feel the most loud and proud onstage?When I was in The Temperamentals, a beautiful play about the Mattachine Society, the first political group for gay people in the ’50s. The older generation of gay people who came to see that play were so moved. It was just really special to get to tell their story.What childhood obsession should have been a clear indicator to your family?I was really into film production design when I was a kid—Dick Tracy, Beetlejuice, Batman… Really into style. And when I was 15 or so, I discovered cast albums. One Christmas, I got the album to Miss Saigon and later in the day, I was in my room listening to it and my parents were like, “What are you doing?” and I was like, “I’m FALLING IN LOVE with Miss Saigon!” Even then, I was like, “Wow, that sounded really gay.”Which three gay icons living or dead would you invite to your fabulous Pride pool party?Peter Allen at the jukebox, Charles Nelson Reilly at the grill and Greg Louganis on the diving board. Max von Essen Michael Urie Beth Malone Star Files BETH MALONEAlison in Fun HomeWhich Broadway character needs to get over it and come out of the closet already?The Genie from Aladdin. He’s super gay! Super. Gay.Who was the first musical theater character you found yourself strangely attracted to?Donald O’Connor in Singin’ in the Rain! I wanted to be him. If you think about it he’s kind of like a scrappy little lesbian in that movie. I wasn’t attracted to him, but I wanted to be him! And of course, Debbie Reynolds in movies like The Unsinkable Molly Brown. So scrappy.What childhood obsession should have been a clear indicator to your family?Kristy McNichol. I was obsessed with Little Darlings. I wore that VHS tape out. And Jodie Foster in the Disney movie Candleshoe. When I was very young I saw that and it literally was my “Ring of Keys” moment. It was like DING! I like her… I’m like her.. You know what I mean?Who’s your favorite LGBT Broadway musical character?When I was in high school I saw La Cage aux Folles and fell in love with Albin. He’s all love and just the mother you wish you had.Which three gay icons living or dead would you invite to your fabulous Pride pool party?Judy Garland, Divine and Mary Martin. Can I say that out loud? I really think Mary Martin was gay and I’d love to have her come to my pool party!Which LGBT icon needs their own Broadway bio-musical?It would be interesting to hear the genesis of Tom Cruise! That would be a good musical! It’s Pride Week in New York City, and the Big Apple is buzzing with tons of fun events to celebrate LGBT rights, from parades to festivals to sweaty dance parties. got in on the action and threw a Pride pool party on the roof of the Empire Hotel for a crew of awesome out Broadway stars. We snapped sexy shots of the stars and asked them about their gay icons, Pride hashtags, childhood obsessions and tons more. Jump in! Christopher Sieber View All (6)last_img read more

Great slice of city living without the high price tag

first_imgThe home at 47 Merton Rd, Woolloongabba.BUYERS seeking an inner-city lifestyle without the hefty price tag have snapped up a home in Woolloongabba before it even hit the market.The three-bedroom, one-bathroom house on 410 sqm at 35 Taylor St sold for $761,000 in an off-market deal negotiated by John Kalaja of Harcourts Proactive Results — West End.Mr Kalaja said the buyers planned to renovate and extend the property to live in themselves.The house is ready to move in but is in need of a makeover.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020He said the market for houses under $1 million in Brisbane’s inner-city was very strong, but stock was scarce. The home at 47 Merton Rd, Woolloongabba.As a result, he was selling more homes through off-market transactions.Mr Kalaja said the suburbs of Woolloongabba and Dutton Park were still affordable compared to homes in Highgate Hill and West End. He has also sold a cute colonial cottage at 47 Merton Rd, Woolloongabba, for $875,000.The four-bedroom home on 506 sqm is a short walk from The Gabba and Mater Hospital.Woolloongabba is 3km from the CBD and has a median house price of $762,000.last_img read more

Hoornstra: For two former major leaguers, retiring at age 30 beckoned in different ways

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Usually, it’s a lot more real. For a baseball player, “retire at 30” is a sobering thought, not a sales pitch. It’s something Segedin and Anderson contemplated out of necessity for a time. Now that it’s here, it doesn’t always look the way they imagined. It announces itself like a mockingbird with a series of sophisticated whistles, making the monotonous life of a baseball player sound like a one-note chirp.This is how two former Major League Baseball players are transitioning into retirement.ARTHRITIS TO ANALYTICSRobinson Segedin’s birth announcement descended to Earth on a cloud from the baseball gods. It was delivered by Vin Scully in the sixth inning of a game between the Giants and Dodgers on Aug. 24, 2016, while Chase Utley batted against Johnny Cueto.Tuesday afternoon, as his dad paused preparations for the family move to Philadelphia, Robinson napped.The respite was well-earned. It’s been a busy few months since arthritis ended Segedin’s playing career. The build-up to the end was as predictable as it was painful. He’d had surgery to fuse two joints in his right hand after the 2017 season, but it never healed according to plan. During spring training last year, Segedin tried reaching the various thresholds the Dodgers’ medical staff laid out for him, each time to no avail. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Retirement can announce its presence in different ways. It might be a toddler waking from an afternoon nap. It might be a digitized Steinway piano dropping in on Bar 73 of a working track titled “changing my ways.” It might be the thwack of a golf club rippling down a fairway lined with gout-friendly condominiums, though probably not if you’re in your early thirties.For Rob Segedin and Lars Anderson, retirement means there’s still work to do.Segedin and Anderson were teammates less than three years ago. They hung their jerseys in the clubhouse of the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers, a phone call away from the major leagues. Now they live about as far apart as two men can – Segedin in Florida, Anderson in Australia – chasing the first dream that materialized after the final season of their playing careers.“Retirement” is the universally understood term for what Segedin and Anderson are doing. It’s the blank space after the final line on their baseball cards. We adulate an athlete’s retirement if it comes with a formal announcement and an emotional press conference and a discussion of their Hall of Fame credentials. That’s memorable, but that isn’t usually how it works. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“It got to the point where I couldn’t grip a bat and make contact without any pain, regardless of whether I squared it up or not,” Segedin said.At first, he resolved to play through it. When the minor league season began, Segedin reported to Oklahoma City and spent a month on the active roster, batting .217. Next, he tried resting for a month. But in eight games after returning from the disabled list, Segedin batted .182.“When Andrew Friedman was in town, I told him, ‘I’m not helping the Dodgers right now in my current state. It’s not getting better’,” he said. After an 0-for-3 night against Las Vegas on June 18, Segedin went on the disabled list for the final time.The following months were filled with frustration. Segedin traveled to New York to see a hand specialist, Dr. Robert Hotchkiss. He received multiple cortisone shots. He tried swinging a bat. Each time, the pain was a morass on the road to recovery. The Dodgers released him in August. When he met with Hotchkiss again in October, Segedin received the message he expected: “You’re done. Move on with your life.”There was no time to mourn the news. Segedin has a wife, two young children and a third, a boy, due in May. With little more than a year of major league service time to his credit, Segedin’s career earnings in baseball did not amount to a life-changing cushion. Recently Segedin earned a Master’s degree in Business Analytics through the Kelley School of Business. He completed the coursework online between games over a two-year span, culminating last March. Quickly, the degree became an asset.While his spring training teammates marched to the World Series, Segedin picked up his phone.First, he called Gabe Kapler, the Dodgers’ former farm director who had just completed his first season managing the Phillies. He called Farhan Zaidi, the former Dodgers general manager who had just left for San Francisco. He called Tim Hyers, the former Dodgers assistant in his first season as the Red Sox’s hitting coach. He called the Astros and the Yankees. Ultimately it was the Phillies who called back to offer an unusual job: Player Information Assistant.“It was exactly what I wanted to do,” Segedin said. “Since I’ve been hired (in December), we’ve sat in on minor league free agent meetings, gave recommendations on that. Developed player information plans – the strengths and weaknesses of each player, how to utilize them. Listened to the coordinator presentations, what they want to teach at each level. Working closely with R&D, figuring out how data is best used. You have your hands in a lot of different departments.”When you’re not used to feeling useful, retiring means working more.BATS TO BEATSAnderson’s gut tells him that his playing career is over. He hasn’t appeared in a game since September. He’s getting ready for spring training, but not as a player. Committing to retirement just isn’t his forte.“I thought I was going to retire for like the last five years, honestly,” Anderson said via Skype. “Ever since I got released by the White Sox and I went through the (2013) offseason, where I was a free agent – I didn’t sign with the Cubs until the end of January 2014. Ever since then I was kind of like, ‘this might be it.’ Then you get a second wind, a sixth wind, a 12th wind.”Committing to retirement might be the only thing Anderson can’t do. He writes, sometimes a lot. He produces electronic music and uploads it to his Soundcloud account. He co-owns a startup bat manufacturer, Birdman Bats, which counts Cincinnati Reds right fielder Yasiel Puig among its disciples. That’s why he’s getting ready for spring training; Anderson is planning to fly to meet with Birdman clients in various Arizona clubhouses in March.For some retirees, the path from Point A to Point B is a straight line. Segedin’s last major league at-bat was in October 2017, and it might have been more recent if his health allowed. Anderson’s was in May 2012 for the Boston Red Sox. Since then he’s played for franchises based in five countries on four continents. He was part of the trade that sent Trevor Bauer to the Cleveland Indians in 2012. He was teammates with a 45-year-old Manny Ramirez in a Japanese independent league in 2015. He’s made friends, drank exotic coffee, found a girlfriend in Sydney – that’s why he’s there now – and helped spread the Birdman gospel from Adelaide to Solingen. He’s thinking about writing all of this down someday.“I’m in a fortunate position (financially) where I don’t have to decide what the next step is right away,” he said. “It is unsettling, to be honest. I feel like I’m going through this death process that has been my life. Baseball, other than my parents and my family, has been there longer than anything. As long as I knew what baseball was, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I’m under no illusions that this process will be easy. But that’s how it is. It should be difficult.”Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error January is prospect ranking season in baseball. This used to be Anderson’s playground. From 2008-10, he was a fixture in the national Top 100 lists, the consensus first baseman on Boston’s next championship roster, until suddenly it was Adrian Gonzalez and the list-makers dropped Anderson’s name like a hot potato. The number-17 prospect of 2009 will retire with 53 days of major league service time.For Anderson, a funny thing happened as his baseball career began to die: He enjoyed it more.“Once I kind of made this transition from prospect to suspect at the minor-league level, it was almost a relief,” he said. “I was happy to have a team, make some money, work on my game. Then it came to a point in 2016 with the Dodgers, I got to the point where I was the old veteran guy. It didn’t matter how well I played; the young guys were going to play. If Cody Bellinger needed a rest, I was going to play. I understood. It made sense to me. It’s one thing to play every day. It’s another to be sitting on the bench. If I’m going to keep playing I’m going to (have to) go elsewhere.”So he did. “Changing My Ways,” one of Anderson’s Soundcloud tracks, might make for a good book title someday. When he asked about the writer’s life, I told him about the paychecks (meager) and the joy of drinking coffee (subtle), and maybe that was enough to conjure a 13th wind.last_img read more