Who wants to get sappy with a Tony winner…just in time for Valentine’s Day?! Tony and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Alan Cumming will head to Carnegie Hall for Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs with Friends on February 8, 2016. Who are said friends, you ask? None other than Darren Criss, Chita Rivera, the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and Ricki Lake.Cumming won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for playing the Emcee in 1998’s Cabaret; he reprised his performance in 2014. His other Broadway credits include Design For Living, The Threepenny Opera and his (almost) one-man performance of Macbeth in 2013. His film and TV resume includes The Good Wife, X2, Spy Kids, Web Therapy, Burlesque, Spice World, Josie and the Pussycats, Annie and The Anniversary Party.The event, presented by Daniel Nardicio, will be musically directed by Lance Horne. Also on tap for Carnegie Hall in the coming months is the New York Pops’ It’s Christmas Time in the City with Stephanie J. Block and Brian d’Arcy James. View Comments Darren Criss Star Files
The Post said the Bureau of Prisons rejected Madoff’s petition for compassionate release in December, with a lawyer for the federal agency saying “in light of the nature and circumstances of his offense, his release at this time would minimize the severity of his offense.”Madoff is appealing that ruling under the terms of a criminal justice reform law passed in 2018.A pyramid, or Ponzi, scheme is a form of fraud in which returns on investments are generated only by bringing in fresh investments from new victims. Cash from new clients is used to pay existing clients until the scheme eventually collapses.Madoff’s fraud was revealed during the financial crisis in 2008 when he was unable to satisfy growing client demands to withdraw their investments, and many lost their savings or were unable to retire.US authorities have seized about $4 billion related to Madoff and aim to return it to tens of thousands of his victims around the world.”I never got a break, why should he get a break? He’s terminally ill? I’m terminally broke,” Gregg Felsen, a 72-year-old who came out of retirement to work as a photographer after his savings were wiped out in the scam and has not received restitution, told the Post.Topics : “The Bureau of Prisons concluded in September 2019 that Madoff has less than 18 months to live because of the terminal nature of his kidney failure,” Sample wrote.The Washington Post reported that Madoff needs a wheelchair and 24-hour care, and is asking for compassionate release so he can mend fences with his grandchildren and die at home.”I’ve served 11 years already, and, quite frankly, I’ve suffered through it,” Madoff told the paper in an interview.”You know, there hasn’t been a day in prison that I haven’t felt the guilt for the pain I caused on the victims and for my family,” he said. Bernie Madoff, jailed in the United States for perpetrating the world’s largest fraud, is terminally ill and wants to leave prison to die, his attorney said Wednesday.Madoff is serving a 150-year prison sentence after being convicted in 2009 of orchestrating a Ponzi scheme that saw investors bilked out of an estimated $65 billion.In a letter to a US federal judge, attorney Brandon Sample petitioned for his early release, saying Madoff suffers from “terminal kidney disease, among other serious medical conditions.”
Virus highlights inequalities Paradoxically, even as the federal government faces accusations of under-funding the public health system, it indirectly finances the private health system via tax breaks for those who can afford private health insurance.”No other country with a universal health care system funds the private sector like that,” said Lima.”That money could be spent on financing the SUS instead,” said Werneck, who has a doctorate in public health and epidemiology from Harvard.More than 70 percent of Brazil’s 212 million people depend exclusively on the SUS.Its track record has not been good during the pandemic: the rate of recovery for COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the private system is 50 percent higher than for those in the public system.”The pandemic has deepened inequality: the poorest are most exposed, because they often live in inadequate sanitation conditions, have more chronic illnesses and have more problems getting a hospital bed,” said Werneck.”If the SUS were better-funded, the response to COVID-19 would have been much better,” he added.”But if the public system didn’t exist, the tragedy would have been even bigger.” Chronic condition But corruption alone, though a “serious problem,” does not explain the cruel lack of resources for the public health system, said Guilherme Werneck, vice president of the Brazilian Collective Health Association (ABRASCO).”The constitution says the state has a duty to guarantee access to health care, but funding for the SUS is extremely, chronically insufficient,” he said.A 2019 report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found Brazil was among the countries making the least public investment in health care, with per-capita spending 30 percent below the average for developed and emerging countries.Brazil spends just four percent of gross domestic product (GDP) on public health, less than half the level in countries such as Germany, France and Britain.”Since the SUS was created 30 years ago, health has never been a strategic priority on the national agenda,” said Luciana Dias Lima, a researcher at leading public health institute Fiocruz.Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s administration “is not engaged enough” in coordinating the public health services, she said. “We need more hospital beds, staff and a wider range of medicines,” he told AFP.Several of his colleagues have been infected with the virus, taking them out of commission for two weeks — sometimes without being replaced.”The health care professionals on the front line are demotivated, underpaid and feel undervalued,” he said.He also noted that systemic corruption is another major problem.”It stretches all the way from political leaders embezzling funds for supplies to patients pretending to be sick so they can get a doctor’s note for work,” he said.Brazil has been rocked by numerous scandals related to the pandemic, including over-billing for emergency ventilator purchases and field hospitals that were budgeted for but never built. It was created when Brazil adopted a new constitution to steer it out of its 1964-1985 military dictatorship.The constitution states that “health is a universal right and a duty of the state.”The SUS is one of the only systems in Latin America to offer universal coverage, meaning free access to health care for the entire population — in theory, at least.”On paper, the SUS is a perfect system. But in reality, we have a lot of problems,” said Fred Nicacio, an emergency room physician in the southeastern city of Bauro. Topics : Brazil’s public health care system, considered among the world’s most advanced when it was launched, is being pushed to the brink by the coronavirus pandemic, which has exposed the impact of years of under-funding and mismanagement.As Brazil closes in on 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 — the second country in the world to reach that bleak milestone, after the United States — the public health care system is struggling to care for those who depend on it.Launched in 1988, the so-called SUS — for Sistema Unico de Saude, or Single Health System — was modeled on Britain’s National Health Service (NHS).
RISING tennis star Sachia Vickery arrived in Guyana last evening for a five-day stay – her first visit to the place she calls ‘home’, for the first time since December 2015.“Even though I wasn’t born in Guyana, I still consider myself Guyanese. I embrace the whole culture and I always love going back, so I do consider myself Guyanese,” said the 22-year-old who was born to Guyanese parents Paula Liverpool and Rawle Vickery, both of whom are from Linden.Today, Vickery is expected to pay a courtesy call on Minister of Social Cohesion, George Norton, and meet with president Juman-Yassin and other executives of the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) after signalling her intentions to represent Guyana at the Olympics.“Of course, I’m open to representing Guyana at the Olympics. It’s my home country and that would be something that’s a dream of mine in the future,” Vickery said, speaking exclusively to Chronicle Sport last Thursday. Vickery is also expected to make some contribution to the Guyana Lawn Tennis Association (GLTA).Vickery is still relishing her well-deserved climb in the latest World Rankings and is on the verge of breaking the WTA’s Top 100 for the first time after she had the best week of her career in Auckland, New Zealand, where she not only reached the first WTA semi-final of her career, but also set a brand new career-high of No. 106 in the world.Before this year, Vickery’s best showings at the WTA level were four quarterfinals, one per year in the last four years – Stanford in 2014, Nottingham in 2015, Bogota in 2016 and Quebec City in 2017.But in the very first week of the 2018 season, the 22-year-old Hollywood, Florida native surpassed all of those at the International-level ASB Classic, not dropping a set through three rounds of qualifying and another three rounds in the main draw – including upsets over No. 5 seed Lauren Davis and No. 4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska. She’d fallen to No. 1 seed Caroline Wozniacki in the semi-finals 6-4, 6-4.Vickery’s win over the No.28-ranked Radwanska was the best victory of her career. Her previous-best win in terms of ranking came against No.30-ranked Zhang Shuai at Stanford back in 2014.The run pushed Vickery from No.122 to No.106 on the new rankings, leapfrogging her previous career-high of No.108 in the world, which she had originally set the week of July 20, 2015.Looking ahead, Vickery told Chronicle Sport, “I just want to keep improving my game, improving my strengths on the court and just becoming a better player so I can reach my goal, to be in the top 50. My goals for 2018 are to break into the top 100 and to be the main draw at the grand slams.”Vickery is on the verge of becoming the 15th American woman in the Top 100 – the 14 that are currently in the Elite are led by Top 10 players Venus Williams (ranked No.5) and CoCo Vandeweghe (ranked No.9).
GUYANA roared to an impressive 2–1 win over Puerto Rico yesterday in the Dominican Republic, to remain unbeaten in the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship.The tournament which also serves as a qualifier for this year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, saw Guyana, after playing to a scoreless first half, got their first score on the board, compliments of an own goal from Christina Rogue in the 54th minute.Dr Ivan Joseph, coach of the Lady Jags, saw his ladies getting the go-ahead in the 81st minute from Audrey Narine.Puerto Rico, who were resilient in their effort to get back into the game, saw Gabrielle Cimino find the back of the net in the 87th minute, but, it was not enough for a comeback, as Guyana defended well to hold on to victory.With the win, Guyana are already assured a place in the tournament’s knockout stage which begins on February 29, but, Lady Jags will want to end the Group-stage on a flawless note, and will look to do so tomorrow, when they face Mexico in their final Group D game. (Rawle Toney)