Portugal vaccine rollout gets new chief after unsteady start

first_imgLISBON, Portugal (AP) — The new head of Portugal’s COVID-19 vaccination task force is due to start work Thursday. He takes charge a day after his predecessor resigned amid scandals over vaccine queue-jumping and frustration over a sluggish rollout similar to that seen in other European Union countries. At the current rate of vaccination, Portugal will reach its target of 70% of vaccinated adults only in 2023. Its goal was to reach that milestone in late summer this year. Portuguese officials note that they have received fewer vaccines than promised from manufacturers and say EU authorization of more vaccines will help accelerate the program.last_img

Odds & Ends: Frances Ruffelle to Lead Wild Party & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Frances Ruffelle to Lead The Wild Party in LondonTony winner Frances Ruffelle will headline Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party in London. Directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie, it will be the inaugural production at The Other Palace, formerly the St. James Theatre, when it reopens in February 2017 as the newest addition to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Theatres Group and a home for new musical theatre. The composer was inspired to purchase the venue after the experience he had premiering his Broadway hit School of Rock at New York’s Gramercy Theatre. Set against a backdrop of Manhattan decadence and 1920’s excess, The Wild Party is scheduled to run February 11, 2017 through April 1 and will officially open on February 20.Legal Drama Over Hamilton MerchandiseIt’s a case of say no to this. A lawsuit was filed on October 7 regarding unofficial Hamilton merchandise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, HamiltonCo, the hit’s production entity, is suing GearLaunch and SunFrog claiming that they are retailing unauthorized merchandise. We will keep you posted.Main Stem Alum Gerry McIntyre Fights DeportationBroadway vet Gerry McIntyre, whose Great White Way credits include Anything Goes and Once on This Island, is facing deportation. A GoFundMe post reveals that he may be forced to return to Grenada, where he hasn’t been since he was four-years-old, despite the fact he is gay and homosexuality in the country is punishable by up to a 10-year jail sentence. Renowned law firm Wildes and Weinberg, which has represented clients including Melania Trump and John Lennon, has taken on the case. McIntyre’s trial is currently scheduled for September 2017.Jessie Mueller & Harry Connick Jr.’s On Stage MishapBack in 2011, Tony winner Jessie Mueller starred alongside Harry Connick Jr. in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. Check out below as the pair talk about an awkward Broadway moment they shared on his new talk show, Harry. Mueller is currently headlining Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Frances Ruffelle in ‘The Wild Party.'(Photo: Fern Berresford ) P.S. Watch as stage and screen star Sarah Paulson gets put on the spot by Jimmy Fallon and reveals her hidden love of Salt-N-Pepa songs by rattling off a verse of “Shoop” with The Roots on The Tonight Show.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

A freshman’s guide to 2009 USC storylines

first_imgLet’s cut to the chase, freshmen.You’re here, and you’re excited for football season.You’re especially eager to cheer for the No. 4-ranked college football team in the nation, after you just spent four years’ worth of Friday nights supporting what was probably a mediocre high school team.If you’re reading this, I’ll assume you’re more than familiar with the likes of head coach Pete Carroll and senior safety Taylor Mays.So let’s dig into stories of some of the lesser-known players and stories that you’ll likely come across this fall.Read up. There are 13 notes, one for each of the games USC is likely to play.l First of all, one of your kind has already played a big role this preseason. Freshman quarterback Matt Barkley, still just 18, became the starting signal caller for the two weeks that Aaron Corp was out of fall camp with a cracked fibula. He has impressed teammates and coaches alike: Carroll called him “unusually gifted;” Garrett Green, a senior quarterback/wide receiver, said that Barkley has made “amazing mental progress.”l Fall camp took place between Aug. 8 to 22, and, after a two-day break, actual fall practice started Tuesday. To briefly recap the noteworthy events, visitors to Howard Jones Field and Heritage Hall included Magic Johnson and Bill Withers of “Lean on Me” fame. Carroll also took the players on two surprise trips: an advance screening of District 9 at the University Village Theatres and bowling night at Lucky Strike Lanes at LA Live.l The highlight of camp was probably a prank brawl staged by junior running back Joe McKnight and carried out by nearly the entire team. The coaches rushed to separate the players, and redshirt junior running back Allen Bradford and junior defensive end Everson Griffen were kicked out of practice for starting the fight. Then McKnight told Carroll he’d been punked. The 57-year-old coach promised revenge.l The first scheduled game is against San Jose State on Sept. 5 at the Coliseum, but the first real one is Sept. 12 in Columbus against Ohio State. Expect the Trojans to be favored by about 35 points in the home opener.l USC’s schedule is tougher than it was in 2008. The month of October, in particular, looks brutal: trips to No. 12 Cal and No. 23 Notre Dame followed by a home matchup with Oregon State. No. 16 Oregon will host the Trojans on Halloween in raucous Autzen Stadium.l As far as the Coliseum goes, you’ll often hear “Big Balls Pete” chanted by a grinning student section, but don’t be alarmed. It’s the student body’s way of persuading Carroll to take the plunge in high-risk situations. Think fourth-and-one on the opponent’s 35-yard line.l Also, don’t be alarmed when you look over in your general education classes this week and see a football player. It happens. If you see a bunch of them, it’s a good bet your class is going to be pretty easy.l USC has five running backs who would likely start at the majority of Football Bowl Subdivision schools: senior Stafon Johnson, juniors Allen Bradford, C.J. Gable, and McKnight, and redshirt sophomore Marc Tyler. The sad part is that at least one of them will get lost in the shuffle.l There are new offensive and defensive coordinators, but they both come from within the system. Rocky Seto has ascended from secondary coach to the coordinator on defense, and John Morton moves up from passing game coordinator to offensive coordinator. But neither of them will call plays, as those duties will fall — on offense — on new quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates, a transplant from the NFL, and to Carroll on defense.l The four team captains: senior offensive guard Jeff Byers, senior safety Josh Pinkard, redshirt junior receiver Damian Williams, and Mays. Byers is the only repeat captain as he returns for his sixth year of eligibility.l Another note on Byers: Aside from being the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year upon graduating high school in 2003 — the only lineman in history to win the award — he’s also a remarkable five years and one day older than Barkley. Incidentally, Barkley earned the same accolade in 2008 and third-string quarterback Mitch Mustain was the 2006 award winner.l The quote of the offseason, thus far: “I don’t want my teammates to see me at a party, because then they might think it’s cool for them to be at a party,” Mays said to laughter at Pac-10 media day last month. “I have no problem sitting in my room looking at the wall. I’ll do that all day long if that’s what it takes for my teammates to see it.”l For the first time since 2003, USC will not face UCLA in its final regular season contest. The Trojans will instead play Arizona to conclude the pre-bowl season on Dec. 5. What does that mean? Nothing, really.“Looking Past the X’s & O’s” runs Wednesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Pedro at pmoura@usc.edu.last_img read more