A brand new labor battle opens on Broadway as omicron closes exhibits

A sign indicating canceled performances of “Mrs. Doubtfire” due to Covid is displayed in the window of the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on December 16, 2021 in New York City.

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After over a year of industry-wide closures, Broadway theaters finally reopened in September, but 2021 did not end the way theater professionals hoped it would. The late 2021 comeback had largely bucked London’s touch-and-go reopening earlier that summer: only a handful of Broadway productions temporarily closed due to delta infections. But omicron outbreaks late in the year stalled live theater. Before Christmas, 18 productions canceled performances. Five shows closed permanently in December, citing extreme uncertainty ahead this winter and increased challenges from the pandemic.

If some shows can’t go on under these conditions, how Broadway producers are choosing to close is creating a new labor controversy involving artists already among the hardest-hit by the pandemic.

Kevin McCollum, a prominent producer of numerous Broadway shows including the Tony Award-winning productions of “In the Heights,” “Avenue Q,” and “Rent” says he remains “very bullish on the theatre business,” but he just made a decision that has theater unions alarmed.

McCollum has multiple shows currently running on Broadway, including “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Six,” but as omicron surged in New York City, “Mrs. Doubtfire” had yet to find its footing.

“Mrs. Doubtfire was especially vulnerable because [it] just opened,” McCollum said.

With no cast album (unlike the wildly popular show “Six”), he says opening the show as cases spiked was “like planting a sapling, but there’s a hurricane.”

Doubtfire was open for seven days before an omicron outbreak in the cast forced McCollum to cancel Sunday’s matinee performance on December 12. Due to infections, the show did not reopen until December 22. During the 11-show shutdown in December, McCollum says the production swung $3 million: $1.5 million in expenses and another $1.5 million in ticket sales refunded to customers. But the larger issue was the shutdown’s impact on advance ticket sales, coupled with negative to lukewarm reviews.

Prior to the shutdown, the show sold around $175,000 in ticket sales per day, a relatively decent figure compared to gross weekly ticket sales during the same period in 2019. After the shutdown, that number dropped to $50,000. “When a show cancels a performance due to Covid, we see an increased cancellation rate for all performances,” McCollum said.

The Broadway League suspended their publication of gross-ticket sales during the pandemic, making it impossible to verify box office performance. The Broadway League declined to comment.

The decrease in box office sales and increase in ticket cancellations was particularly concerning to McCollum as the holiday season is the most profitable, bolstering Broadway productions through the slower winter months. Family-oriented musicals, such as “Mrs. Doubtfire,” in particular benefit from the busy season.

“Especially for a family show, there are younger people who are not vaccinated, and with a family of four, none of them can come in because they’re not going to let their child wait outside,” McCollum said.

He remains optimistic that family-oriented productions will have a greater chance of survival later this spring, benefitting from rising vaccination rates among kids and FDA approval of booster shots for younger children.

But in the meantime, McCollum has made a move that has attracted controversy: the show must be suspended, with a plan to return, but no guarantee for any of the artists involved.

An unprecedented ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ suspension

In a move described by unions as unprecedented for the Great White Way, McCollum decided to temporarily suspend performances until March 15. Soon after announcing the hiatus, two other productions followed in McCollum’s footsteps. “To Kill A Mockingbird,” the hit play based on Harper Lee’s novel of the same name, announced Wednesday that it would suspend performances until June (temporarily laying off the cast and crew), and reopen the show in a smaller theater. “Girl from the North Country,” a jukebox musical featuring the work of Bob Dylan, will also end its run this month, but the production is currently in “advanced talks” with the Shubert Organization to reopen at another Broadway theater later this spring.

McCollum says he’s “not just throwing in the towel.”

According to the producer, the cost of the shutdown will be between $750,000 and $1 million. However, if the show were to remain open and experience additional closures as infections permeate the cast and crew, the production would lose around half a million each week. Between a decrease in ticket sales, mounting last-minute ticket cancelations and refunds, the evaporation of group sales (which account for a large portion of box office sales), and a plethora of costs associated with Covid testing (which average $30,000 per week), McCollum says the show would be forced to close permanently if it attempted a January run.

Other producers have made the final curtain call. Among Broadway shows that have closed for good: “Thoughts of a Colored Man”, “Waitress”, “Jagged Little Pill” and “Diana.”

The Temptations’ jukebox musical “Ain’t Too Proud” is closing later this month. “Caroline, or Change” also recently closed, though it was scheduled as a limited run.

Theater unions push back

McCollum says the nine-week hiatus is the only viable option to keep the production open.

“I have to figure out a way to extend my operation,” he said. “Because with the 14 unions … we don’t have a mechanism to hibernate. We do have a mechanism to open and close. Therefore, using that binary mentality of opening and closing, I had to turn the show off … preserve my capital, and use it when the environment is more friendly towards a family show.”

But according to the NYC Musicians Union, who represents musicians on Broadway, there is a mechanism for a production to hibernate. Provisions in the union’s contract with Broadway productions allow producers to temporarily close for a maximum of eight weeks during the months of January, February, and September. To do so, producers must get permission from the union and open their books to prove the show is losing money. McCollum declined, forcing the production to officially shut down — albeit temporarily, if all goes according to plan.

The union claims the producers of “Mrs. Doubtfire” intentionally chose to close the production (rather than enter an official, union-sanctioned hiatus) to hide their finances. “Our Broadway contract does allow a show to go on hiatus in a way that protects everyone’s jobs and gives audiences the promise that the show will return. But some producers choose not to follow this route so they can hide their finances from us. Instead, they simply close down their shows completely, with a vague promise of re-opening,” Tino Gagliardi, the President of the NYC Musicians Union Local 802, said in a statement to CNBC.

A spokesperson for McCollum’s “Doubtfire” production said the producer’s decision to shut down rather than follow the procedure for a union-sanctioned hiatus was due to difficulties in coordinating a unified deal between multiple unions, who presented the producer with different terms.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 05: Producer Kevin McCollum poses at the opening night of the new musical based on the film “Mr. Doubtfire” on Broadway at The Stephen Sondheim Theatre on December 5, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)

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Actor’s Equity Association – the union that represents Broadway actors and stage managers – says their contract with the Broadway League includes language from the last century that permits a show to close for at least six weeks.

According to Mary McColl, the union’s executive director, the archaic provision was meant to prevent producers from closing a show, laying off the entire cast, and re-opening shortly after (often in a new city) to “revitalize” the production, potentially with a new cast. McColl, whose last day as executive director of AEA was Friday, told CNBC that “it was never contemplated that it was made to create a layoff circumstance, which is what it is being used for now.”

“Even though it might completely comport with that specific article in our contract, it was never contemplated that it would be used in this way. And I don’t believe that any producer, up until now, has actually put it out in the public realm as ‘this is just a hiatus,'” she said.

While omicron has put shows in a challenging financial position, she says producers like McCollum are using that as an excuse to engineer a new cost-cutting tool: producers suspend productions during the winter months when shows struggle to sell seats, a challenge facing the industry even before the pandemic.

“I think this producer really looks at this as a layoff that’s necessary in the winter,” McColl said. “I don’t think it’s just exclusive in their mind to the Covid situation we’re in, but to create a layoff provision in the production contract, which we do not have.”

She says the move to go on hiatus should have been bargained between the union and The Broadway League (which represents shows in negotiations with artist unions). The union attempted to negotiate, but The Broadway League refused. The League recently came under fire for its disparaging comments against understudies, in which president Charlotte St. Martin blamed show closures on “understudies that aren’t as efficient in delivering their role as the lead is.”

In declining to comment, The Broadway League added to CNBC that it “would refrain from commenting on an individual show’s business model.”

As a result of McCollum’s decision, 115 people will be laid off for at least nine weeks while the show is shuttered; an especially difficult prospect for theater artists who have been out of work for over a year. One of those workers losing her job is LaQuet Sharnell Pringle, who is a swing, understudy, and assistant dance captain for “Mrs. Doubtfire.” Pringle says she had to find additional streams of income while Broadway was closed for 18 months. Now, she is leaning on those side hustles again – entrepreneurial opportunities that include teaching, writing, and editing.

While McCollum argues the temporary closure will ensure “long-term employment,” others are not as optimistic about the show’s future.

“This is either going to be a wonderful idea that helps to keep live theater going during a global pandemic, or it is just prolonging us actually being closed,” Pringle said. “There’s the actor side of me that wants to believe in this [but there is also] the actor who has lived through this for going on two years now [that] says it might be too soon for theater to be back.”

Will the cast return?

It remains unclear whether the cast, crew, and musicians will return if the show re-opens in March, as many are still recovering from the significant financial blow of 18 months of unemployment and may look for work elsewhere.

Pringle is pondering another career, like many on Broadway, looking for work in less volatile sectors of the entertainment industry. “I’m auditioning for as much television and film as I can to get work that way,” she said. While she doesn’t think ongoing closures will dry up Broadway’s pool of talent, she says it will “severely injure it.”

She wants to continue with “Mrs. Doubtfire” but said, “I have to be smart, business-wise, and keep all my options open. … Actors care about the projects we’re attached to, but we also have to think about our livelihoods.”

“It’s been painful,” McCollum said. “There’s nothing harder than working in the theater.”

McCollum says Broadway’s need for mask-less employees coupled with a live performance poses a unique challenge to the theatre industry, in which Covid is more likely to spread and interfere with operations.

Another issue hitting many Broadway productions is the absence of older patrons, which theater heavily relies on. For the 2018-2019 season, the Broadway theatergoer was on average 42.3 years old. Conversely, film audiences skew younger. According to PostTrak’s Motion Picture Industry Survey, those aged 18-24 represent the largest demographic among moviegoers.

Despite the challenges, he insists that his team is “ready to do whatever we have to do to re-open the show in March” and he says those who want to return to the production can have their jobs back.

No guarantees

However, according to both unions, McCollum has not guaranteed that “Mrs. Doubtfire” will return in March, nor has he contractually guaranteed that the current workers will remain with the show when it is scheduled to re-open. If he had closed the show temporarily under the musicians’ union’s contractual provisions, he would be obligated to re-hire all musicians, according to their union, when the show resumes performances.

“Stopping a show abruptly and firing everyone creates a financial shock to our musicians and the other hardworking theater professionals,” Gagliardi said. “When a show closes like this, none of the artists have a guarantee of being re-hired when, or if, the show reopens. Artists deserve a written guarantee that they will be re-hired.”

The unions are collectively perplexed by McCollum’s resistance to working out a deal.

“If in fact, they’re saying we have to do this because we don’t have enough money to keep the show running, and we want to save enough money to reopen the show at a time when we think people will buy tickets, why would they not put that in writing so that the actors, and all the other workers, have some security, because everybody’s laid off,” McColl said.

Producers are also not obligated to re-hire the cast under the same terms of their original contract. In other words, the union will have to renegotiate the contracts when the show re-opens, and the actors could be paid less as a result.

The spokesman for the Doubtfire production said there are no guarantees to anyone who works on the show that it will re-open. “The show has closed. Kevin has said he will be offering everyone on the show their jobs back on March 15, if they want to come back,” the spokesman said. But he said anyone associated with the production has “no obligation to come back to the show if we don’t want to and we are free to take other employment if we wish.”

“When a show closes, their contract ends. Their contract is just negated regardless of how long it was supposed to run for,” outgoing AEA executive director McColl said, who added the union will be taking up issues related to the McCollum decision in its next negotiations, though she will no longer be leading it. “If they are an actor or stage manager who earns above the union minimum, which a lot of actors and stage managers do, they’re able to negotiate over scale. Without a guarantee that they’ll come back at that dollar amount, it’s possible that that producer would offer them less money to come back.”

McColl says that in negotiations with McCollum, the producer refused to put his words in writing. Although he has made a verbal “promise,” McColl says, “there is no guarantee that that’s going to happen,” and that is a difficult position for all of the workers, including actors, stage managers, musicians, stagehands and wardrobe workers on “Mrs. Doubtfire.”

To make matters worse, equity members’ health insurance is based on the number of weeks they work, and many workers will be unable to gain access to unemployment benefits, as some have not worked long enough since the 18-month shutdown to qualify.

Union officials are concerned that other shows, like “Mockingbird” and “Girl from North Country” have done, will enter similar hiatuses during slow months, dealing a significant blow to workers in the entertainment industry who will be without pay and health insurance while productions wait to open in a more fiscally advantageous environment.

The situations are different. Mockingbird is downsizing and moving to a new theater, while the Dylan musical is working on a new reopening plan. Unlike Doubtfire, they were not in negotiations with unions that fell apart. Neither union commented on these shows to CNBC, but expressed concerns about the general trend of going on hiatus.

Producers for “Mockingbird” and “Girl from North Country” could not be immediately reached for comment.

“It’s just a terrible circumstance that our members find themselves in, and the fact that it is now being picked up by other shows is a really terrible situation,” McColl said. “If an employer wants something, usually the negotiation provides something in return for the worker. I see that coming for The Broadway League and their members. I see that coming.”

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Crosstown rivalry, collegiate fashion: McMurry, HSU soccer battle

The Hardin-Simmons vs. McMurry football series has been one-sided in recent years.

Well, for many years.

Since the founding of the Wilford Moore Trophy in 1998, presented to the winner, the Cowboys have beaten the Indians / War Hawks 19 times to defeat. That was 2011, 24-14 at Wilford Moore Stadium.

Overall, HSU owned the series 30-4.

For those who didn’t know, Moore of Littlefield played soccer at HSU and graduated in 1941. But after World War II he trained with McMurry, first as an assistant and then as head coach from 1947-54. Moore trained the Indians to a 49-29-5 record.

The teams met for the second time on Saturday in 2021 after playing a spring schedule for both schools for the first time. The Cowboys won 49-7.

McMurry came into play with a win, while HSU, ranked 7th nationwide, suffered a narrow 30-24 defeat at Mary Hardin-Baylor in 3rd place in Belton.

The fans of both teams were excited for a fall matchup at Shelton Stadium.

McMurry fired, ran back the opening kick, and led until the beginning of the third quarter. The War Hawks rallied a fumble in the end zone late in the game to score a touchdown, but HSU ran out of time for a 24-21 win, their closest game in years.

Brady’s Battle: 22-year-old Peoria man raises cash for coronary heart, liver transplant

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – A Peoria man is raising money for a new heart and liver.

“My name is Brady Weaver, I am 22 years old and have hypoplastic left heart syndrome and a disease called protein loss enteropathy,” said Weaver.

It’s a fight that lasts 22 years, but a new heart and liver could change Brady Weaver’s life forever.

“I’ve been waiting on the transplant list for a heart and a liver for seven and a half months,” said Weaver.

Despite his condition, he never stopped doing what he loved, which was exercising.

“I’ve played baseball, basketball, soccer. I always asked my cardiologist, can I do this, can I play this, or can I hang out for an hour or two to play this, ”said Weaver.

At the moment he is waiting for the call for a new heart and liver. Weaver is just under 100 on the transplant list.

“What do this heart and liver mean to you?” Asked WMBD reporter Nina McFarlane.

“It honestly means everything I’ve been on the waiting list for almost eight months, but it feels like I’ve been on it for 22 years. My goal is to feel normal. I think just for a day I want to know how it feels, how everyone else is feeling, ”said Weaver.

His father Greg Weaver said Brady inspires him every day.

“I’m overwhelmed with his level of maturity and the way he accepts things and his attitude is just phenomenal,” said Weaver.

When asked what was the first thing Brady wanted to do after his surgery, he said he has a long list of things he can’t do again.

“I just want to do a lot of things, for example I haven’t been in a pool for almost a year and couldn’t shower properly, haha, I have to wear this huge sleeve on my arm to shower,” said Weber.

His father also designed shirts for a Saturday golf trip to raise funds for the transplant. One draft featured the Chicago Cubs, while the second draft was in favor of the St. Louis Cardinals. Weaver said it was a struggle to see how many jerseys were bought by each team. Brady is a Cardinals fan and Greg, his father, is a Cubs fan.

Brady’s Transplant Battle Golf Outing, Saturday, August 28, 2021

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Brookings Register | Tears, politics and cash: Faculty boards turn out to be battle zones

RAPID CITY (AP) – Local school authorities across the country are increasingly becoming cauldrons of anger and political division, simmering disputes over issues such as COVID-19 mask rules, the treatment of transgender students, and the teaching of the history of racism and slavery in America.

Meetings that were once neat, even boring, have become ugly. School board elections, once unchallenged, have drawn a list of candidates who have been stimulated by one issue or another.

A school committee meeting in Loudoun County, Virginia in June that looked at transgender students and teaching “critical racial theory” became so unruly that one person was arrested for misconduct and another charged with trespassing.

In Rapid City, South Dakota and Kalispell, Montana, non-partisan school board races turned into political warfare when Conservative candidates, angry at school mask requirements, tried to take control.

In Pennsylvania, a Republican donor plans to invest $ 500,000 in school board races.

“We are in a culture war,” said Jeff Holbrook, director of the Rapid City GOP in Pennington County.

In the South Carolina’s school system in Lexington-Richland, a new majority of board members angry at pandemic restrictions forced headmistress Christina Melton, who had urged maintaining mask compulsory through the end of the academic year. Just a few weeks earlier, she had been named State Inspector of the Year.

Melton burst into tears at a meeting in June when she offered to resign. A board member also resigned that day, complaining that behind closed doors the corporation had decided to oust Melton from office and avoid a public vote. The board reprimanded the resigned member in its next meeting.

“Now we are known as the district with the crazy school board,” says Tifani Moore, mother of three and husband who teaches in the district.

Moore is running for the vacant board seat and pledges to bridge the political divide that she believes has crippled the board.

“It’s so thick, even the kids can feel it,” she said.

School boards are typically made up of former educators and parents whose job, at least until recently, was mainly to iron out budgets, discuss the lunch menu, or hire superintendents.

But online meetings during the pandemic made it easier for parents to get into the mood. And the crisis gave new weight to the decisions of the school board. Parents feared their children would fall behind because of distance learning or argued about the seriousness of the health risks.

“I kept seeing frustrated parents, thousands of parents calling their board meetings, writing letters, and getting no response,” said Clarice Schillinger, a Pennsylvania parent who started a group called Keeping Kids in School.

She recruited nearly 100 parents to run for school councils across Pennsylvania in November. While the group banded together to push for schools to be fully opened, its candidates have also tried to ban the teaching of critical racial theory, which, among other things, states that racism is anchored in American laws and institutions

Schillinger said the group was 70-30 split between Republicans and Democrats. But its priorities are unmistakably conservative. She said she was trying to counter the influence of teachers’ unions on school authorities: “It’s really less government – that’s what matters.”

Paul Martino, a venture capitalist who donates to Republican candidates and has pledged half a million dollars to the movement and the creation of a statewide political action committee, said the new PAC will support candidates who are committed to keeping schools open no matter what , “Even if” there will be the dreaded increase in COVID in autumn. “

Conservative lists of candidates from other parts of the country are also targeting school authorities.

In Rapid City, four newly elected school board members will hold a majority vote on the seven-member body that oversees the education of around 14,000 students. In an area where Trump flags are still flying, the four candidates for the normally impartial board of directors in the June elections have secured support from the local GOP.

In previous elections, the seats on the board of directors were often filled in unchallenged elections. But this year the campaigns turned into political battles with personal attacks.

Critical racial theory is not part of the Rapid City school curriculum. But that didn’t stop the candidates from making it a central theme of the campaign.

“I believe with all my heart that this is how they will bring socialism and Marxism into our schools,” said newly elected member Deb Baker at a campaign rally.

Curt Pochardt, who was deposed as school council president in the election, said he feared the new partisan dynamic will affect the education of students.

“It doesn’t help children when there is tension in a school board,” he said.

Education experts warn that school authorities are wasting time addressing issues such as hiring teachers, ensuring internet access for students at home, or improving opportunities for youth with disabilities.

“Every time we don’t talk about these issues and we talk about something else that divides and maybe doesn’t happen at all – or at least not to the extent that it’s portrayed – a missed opportunity is focused on what we really need said Chip Slaven, chief advocacy officer for the National School Boards Association.

In Kalispell, a defeated school authority candidate who campaigned against mask mandates made it clear that he is not finished yet.

“I am the barbed thorn of the jumping cholla cactus,” Sean Pandina told the board in May. “I am the cholla in your flesh that you cannot remove. I feel good about losing the election because I’m tied up and not leaving. “


Associate press reporters Jeffrey Collins in Columbia, South Carolina and Iris Samuels in Helena, Montana contributed. Samuels is a corps member of the Associated Press / Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a not-for-profit national utility that places journalists on local newsrooms to cover undercover issues.

Michelle Heaton: I used to be on a suicide mission throughout alcohol battle | Leisure

Michelle Heaton found herself on a “suicide mission” during a three year battle against alcohol and cocaine addiction.

The Liberty X singer was recently in rehab to face her demons, having drank two bottles of wine and one bottle of vodka almost a day since 2018 after being rescued by an intervention by showbiz friends.

Katie Price led the mission to help Michelle and, along with her other friends, not only insisted that Michelle, 41, enroll in the priory, but also paid for her four-week stay to help defeat her drug and alcohol addiction.

Talking about her trip to rehab less than 48 hours after leaving the facility, Michelle burst into tears when she said, “I texted Katie while I was at the priory, ‘You saved my life’ . Because the priory saved my life.

“What I did was a suicide mission. I never thought I wanted to kill myself, but I ended up killing myself.

“I screamed for help when I couldn’t really ask for help. But when you are addicted it feels like there is no way out. “

The singer wouldn’t accept how bad her addiction had gotten until she went into rehab and couldn’t be more grateful now for her caring friends.

She added, “There was a moment when I said, ‘I’m not going.’ My best friend went out and said, “Michelle – you are dying.”

“It was a joint effort from all of my very dear friends who wanted me to live.”

And now Michelle – who has Faith (nine) and AJ (seven) with husband Hugh Hanley – has vowed to “never touch drugs or alcohol again” as she says she is “the happiest woman in the world” who still is gives alive.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, she said, “I will never touch drugs or alcohol again because I will die.

“If I picked up a drink, it would have expired. Who should say that one drink wouldn’t lead to another?

“I just feel like the happiest woman in the world because I’m here. I can tell my story in my words and I am still alive. I have the best family and friends.

“And I really feel like I deserve a second chance. I won’t give up dreams now “

Musk says he helps crypto in battle with fiat cash

(This May 22 story corrects paragraph 6 to make it clear that Musk “Dogecoin” is a hustle and bustle, not Bitcoin.)

Tesla Inc. (TSLA.O) Board chairman Elon Musk tweeted on Saturday that he supports crypto in a battle between fiat and cryptocurrencies.

“The real battle is between Fiat and Crypto. All in all, I support the latter,” he said said on Twitter in response to a user who asked him what he thought of people who were angry with him about crypto.

Musk has previously compared Bitcoin to fiat money and tweeted frequently about cryptocurrencies that have sent values ​​up and down for Bitcoin and the meme digital currency Dogecoin.

In February, Bitcoin shot higher after Tesla announced it had bought $ 1.5 billion of the cryptocurrency and would soon accept it as payment for cars. Continue reading

Bitcoin plunged, however, after the billionaire announced in May that Tesla would no longer accept bitcoin for car purchases, citing long-standing environmental concerns over a rapid reversal of the company’s position on cryptocurrency. Continue reading

Earlier this month, he also dubbed Dogecoin a “hustle” during its guest-host spot on the comedy sketch TV show “Saturday Night Live,” which led to a drop in prices. Continue reading

Two days ago, Musk assured that he had not sold any of his Dogecoin holdings and would not sell any. https://bit.ly/3hLz6LN

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Ronnie Wooden saved optimistic all through most cancers battle | Leisure

Ronnie Wood refused to “look into any negatives” while battling cancer for the second time.

The Rolling Stones legend revealed last month that he had been secretly battling small cell cancer last year, and his wife, Sally, shared how the couple did their best to be as positive as possible while treating the 73-year-old star stay.

Sally – who has four year old twins Alice and Gracie with Ronnie – told the British HELLO! Magazine: “We tried to stay as positive as possible and put our trust in the doctors and follow their instructions and advice.

“We cannot thank the doctors enough for all they have done and for all the support they have given us.”

The 43-year-old producer shared how Ronnie turned to his favorite mantra, “If I take care of myself, I can achieve anything” to get him through his ordeal.

She added, “It got us both through one hundred percent.

“You have to be as positive as possible and believe that everything will be fine. Ronnie is an amazing person with incredible strength and determination. He has read his meditation books and we have focused on his treatment, his sobriety and calmness as much as possible focused. You I just have to keep going and not deal with negatives for too long. “

Ronnie battled lung cancer back in 2017 and underwent successful keyhole surgery before the all-clear.

The ‘Start Me Up’ hitmaker, who quit smoking before his twins were born, let go of his lung cancer fear because he’d always counted on how much he’d smoked before.

He said, “I let go right away. I knew it would be there because I had smoked for England for 54 years. It was, ‘God, of course I have lung cancer. But I don’t have it anywhere else.’ I knew that I was strong enough not to have it anywhere else in my body. “

Battle of the Platforms’ Mega Boxing and Leisure Occasion That includes The World’s Largest Social Media Stars from TikTok and YouTube to Take Place in June 2021

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Further details on Social Gloves: Battle of the Platforms, including ticket and PPV information, will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Headquarters in Los Angeles, California, LiveXLive Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIVX) (the “Company”) (pronounced “Live” by “Live”) is a leading global all-in-one platform for streaming artists, providing world-class music and entertainment content as well as live streams from the world’s leading and professional artists curated streaming radio stations, podcasts and original video and audio-on-demand content, as well as personalized merchandise that connects artists with millions of fans every day. The company has streamed over 1,800 artists since then January 2020 and has created a valuable link between bands, fans and brands by building long-term franchises in audio, video, podcasting, pay-per-view (PPV), live streaming and specialty goods. LiveXLive is available for iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire as well as OTT, Samsung TV, STIRR, Sling and XUMO, in addition to its own app, online website and social channels. The wholly owned subsidiary of the company PodcastOnegenerates more than 2.25 billion downloads per year with more than 400 episodes per week spread across a stall of hundreds of top podcasts. The company’s other major wholly owned subsidiaries are LiveXLive, Slacker radio, Gifts respondand custom personalization solutions. For more information, visit www.livexlive.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter at @livexlive.

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SOURCE LiveXLive Media, Inc.

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Olivia Newton-John feels “great” in her battle with breast cancer.

The “Fat” star was diagnosed with stage four metastatic breast cancer in 2017 – her third battle against disease – but despite her health battle, she feels “very blessed” because she can still work and support her family.

Olivia is releasing a new duet album and will soon see her daughter Chloe Lattanzi tie the knot with her 10-year-old fiancé James Driskill. She said she couldn’t be happier with her life now.

She said, “I am so happy to still be doing all of these things. I don’t think I imagined living that long! I feel very blessed.”

The 72-year-old singer and actress also feels “lucky” to be married to John Easterling, as he has helped her throughout her health journey by growing medical cannabis to alleviate her symptoms.

She added to People magazine, “I am very happy to be married to a wonderful man who is a herbalist and he has great knowledge. Now he is growing medicinal cannabis for me and it was just wonderful. It helps me in every area. “

Meanwhile, Olivia recently said she found a new determination to end cancer after the death of her close friend Kelly Preston, who was the wife of Olivia’s “Grease” co-star John Travolta, in July.

The star said Kelly’s death had intensified [her] Determination ”to help those seeking a cure for the disease through her Olivia Newton John Foundation.

She said, “Kelly was a beautiful woman and an incredibly tragic loss. It only strengthened my determination to find an end to cancer.

“When I lose friends and lose people who are important to you, I am even more determined to do this research.”

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017 after battling the disease twice, Olivia said that “maintaining a positive attitude” helped her get through each day.

She said, “I’m very well, thank you. Thanks to my husband [John Easterling] and its herbal medicine. I’m really fine.

“I think it’s just about keeping a positive attitude and believing that I’ll be fine. And talk to my body and do everything possible to support me emotionally and mentally. “

EU publishes AstraZeneca vaccine contract as battle over provides heats up

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will give a lecture at the end of a video conference of the members of the European Council that dealt with the Covid 19 pandemic in Brussels on January 21, 2021.


LONDON – The European Union co-published an edited version of the treaty on Friday AstraZenecaas the bloc is putting pressure on the drug maker to deliver the promised Covid vaccine.

The EU, which has been criticized for its slow adoption of vaccinations, was hit with a blow by AstraZeneca last week when the company said it could only deliver a fraction of the shots it agreed to for the first quarter.

AstraZeneca has denied it failed to deliver on its commitments, stating that shipments to the 27-nation bloc were targets rather than promises. The company also cited production problems at its European plants for the delays.

The European Medicines Agency is expected to make a decision on Friday on whether the AstraZeneca vaccine will actually be approved for use.

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said on Friday morning on German radio: “There are binding orders and the contract is crystal clear.”

“AstraZeneca also explicitly assured us in this contract that no other obligations would prevent the fulfillment of the contract,” she said, according to Reuters.

The head of the EU executive alleged the deal included clear delivery amounts for December and the first three quarters of 2021.

AstraZeneca wasn’t immediately available for comment when CNBC reached out on Friday.

International Competition Concerns

Earlier this week, Pascal Soriot, CEO of AstraZeneca, said the EU contract was based on what is known as a “best effort” clause and did not officially oblige the drug maker to a specific delivery schedule.

The EU von der Leyen rejected this proposal on Friday, adding that the clause would only apply if it was unclear whether AstraZeneca could develop a safe and effective vaccine. She also claimed that the contract specifically mentioned four manufacturing facilities that would supply the vaccine to Europe, two of which are in the UK.

EU officials have indicated that deliveries from the UK to Europe could be rerouted if delays in European production persist.

The EU of around 450 million people is struggling to get its vaccinations up and running as it is insufficiently supplied and is currently lagging far behind countries like Israel and the UK in delivering vaccines to its citizens.

A look at the headquarters of the British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca as a Covid-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and inspected in Brussels, Belgium on January 28, 2021.

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Vaccine maker Pfizer-BioNTech initially delivered a blow, announcing it would temporarily cut production to improve its production capacity in Belgium. This was followed by AstraZeneca last Friday, which reduced its delivery estimates for the region.

An unnamed senior EU official said Reuters The bloc expected around 80 million doses by March, but had learned it would only receive 31 million doses instead. The company has not confirmed the quantities concerned.

A deepening dispute between the EU and AstraZeneca has raised concerns about international competition for limited vaccine supplies. Hopefully the vaccinations can help end the coronavirus pandemic.

– CNBC’s Holly Ellyatt contributed to this report.