Romeo and Juliet, Starring Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad, Will Hit Movie Theaters Nationwide in February

first_img In addition to Bloom and Rashad, the cast of Romeo and Juliet featured two-time Tony nominee Jayne Houdyshell as the Nurse, Tony winner Brent Carver as Friar Laurence, Tony winner Chuck Cooper as Lord Capulet, Christian Camargo as Mercutio, Justin Guarini as Paris, Roslyn Ruff as Lady Capulet, Conrad Kemp as Benvolio, Corey Hawkins as Tybalt and Geoffrey Owens as Prince Escalus. Justin Guarini View All (6) Condola Rashad View Comments Chuck Cooper Jayne Houdyshell Before the show closed on December 8, 2013, nine high definition cameras recorded the November 27 performance at the Richard Rodgers Theatre under the direction of Emmy Award winner Don Roy King. “It gives it a certain intimacy and urgency,” said producer Stewart F. Lane, in a statement. “What we’ve done here is create a whole new art form.” Orlando Bloom The first Broadway staging in 36 years, Romeo and Juliet is set in Verona, Italy, and tells the story of two young lovers whose noble families are locked in a bitter feud. They try to defy the circumstances that forbid their love, with heartbreaking results. Star Files Maybe Romeo and Juliet would have worked out if they’d just gone to the movies together? Just a little bit of dating advice. And now here’s some entertainment advice: This winter, Screenvision and newly formed company BroadwayHD will bring director David Leveaux’s Broadway revival of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to movie theatres nationwide. Starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad, the film will run from February 13 through 19. Your Valentine’s Day plans are set! Brent Carverlast_img read more

Gardening In Georgia

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaThistle flowers are beautiful. But the damage the invasive plant can do in a pasture or landscape is not. Find out how to thwart its takeover on “Gardening in Georgia with Walter Reeves” July 11 and 15. “Gardening in Georgia” airs on Georgia Public Broadcasting stations across the state each Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., and repeats Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Many architects say to plant vines to hide mistakes. Show host Walter Reeves doesn’t agree, nor does his guest Hank Bruno. The pair will showcase several favorite vines that decorate a large building and talk about how vines can enhance the beauty of a building.It’s heartbreaking to harvest the first few squash and then have the vine collapse, it seems, overnight. The squash vine borer is hurting plants throughout Georgia right now. Watch to find out how to stop it.Beautiful but deadly might describe a pitcher plant bog. Jenny Cruse-Sanders takes Reeves to a bog and opens up a pitcher plant to see what it had for breakfast.“Gardening in Georgia” is produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and is supported by a gift from McCorkle Nurseries. Learn more about the show and download useful publications at the Web site read more

7​ Simple Outside joys for Summer in West Virginia

first_imgSummer nostalgia is closer than you think in West Virginia. Treat your family. Go outside and relive those carefree days with old­ fashioned explorations. Your ticket to bliss starts here:1. Camp Under the StarsEver heard someone reminisce about seeing the Milky Way? Turns out, the clearest night skies on the East Coastare right here!Here’s where you can find the brightest constellations:Spruce Knob:Spend the night on West Virginia’s highest peak, where stars seem close enough to scoop into a jar. Sleep at Spruce Knob Lake Campground!Calhoun County Park: During summer, an astronomer can introduce you to countless planets and stars.Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 11.35.21 AM2. Tube the RiverIt’s easy to combine good ol’ relaxation with adventure in West Virginia. How? Tubing!Harpers Ferry:Take it easy on the Shenandoah or spice things up on the Potomac, drifting past wild landscapes dotted with Civil War­era houses.GreenbrierRiver:Float through miles of nothing but forested banks and mountains.3. Dance with FirefliesNothing greets summer with more joy than a firefly. Pack a camp chair and catch the show!Lost River State Park: This resort is rife with nostalgic ambience: 1930s cabins, woods and, of course, plenty of those twinkling fireflies!NewRiverGorge:These forests, rivers and waterfalls attract hundreds of animals and plants— including fireflies. Count ‘em from a cabin porch!4. Skip RocksHow many times can you make a rock bounce over the water? Try your luck here:Pipestem Resort State Park: Take an aerial tram down into the canyon and settle bythe Bluestone River. Stay at Mountain Creek Lodge on the banks and skip rocks — justlike old times.Pinnacle Rock State Park: Broad, flat Jimmy Lewis Lake is made for rock skippin’.Pack a picnic, too!5.Pick BerriesExplore acres of mountain farms and bag your own fruit:Blueberry Hill: West Virginia’s largest pick­your­own berry farm in Flat Top has more than 15 acres for you to roam.Orr’s Farm Market: Pluck ripe produce all season long! Cherries, grapes, blackberries and raspberries are perfect for salads or snacking on the porch.Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 11.35.58 AM6. Hike & Wish on a WeedLocal lore says dandelions grant wishes if you completely blow ‘em out. Here’s where you can find some luck while you’re out hiking:Sandstone Falls:Besides having the New River’s widest waterfall, Sandstone boasts miles of pristine wilderness and dandelions by the dozens!LaurelLake: Hike12,500+acres of groves and rippling mountains. The humble dandelion is bound to be hiding there somewhere!7. Ride a HorseWhen you saddle up, it’s easy to leave your cares on the ground.Wheeling: Amble through miles of hushed hardwood forests or ride along Oglebay Resort’s groomed trails.Canaan Valley: Take a leisurely ride up the slopes for endless mountain views.Discover more at read more

Remembering Stone Mountain’s Climbing Pioneers

first_img This year, the Carolina Climbers Coalition is celebrating more than 50 years of rock climbing on Stone Mountain in North Carolina. Over the past few months, we’ve been digging through interview footage with some of Stone’s earliest climbers who were scaling that behemoth granite dome back in the 1960s and ’70s. Check out part one of this mini documentary series on Stone, and if you’re interested in seeing more North Carolina climbing history, be sure to watch our piece on the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of Looking Glass Rock’s most iconic route, the Nose. Stone Mountain climbing images circa 1970s, courtesy of Mike Fischesser. center_img last_img read more

SOUTHCOM Donates Equipment to El Salvador Fire Department

first_imgBy Lorena Baires/Diálogo August 14, 2020 Through U.S. Southern Command’s Humanitarian Assistance Program, the United States donated 96 AirHawk II self-contained breathing apparatus valued at $717,868.80, to re-equip El Salvador Fire Department (CBES, in Spanish), the U.S. Embassy told the press on June 25. The equipment will be distributed to 18 fire stations that do not have enough self-contained breathing equipment, a vital resource to respond to structural and industrial fires, Major Edwin Mauricio Chavarría, CBES general director, told Diálogo on July 18.U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador Ronald Johnson (foreground, second from L) delivered self-contained breathing apparatus to Salvadoran Minister of the Interior Mario Durán (C) and to the general director of the Fire Department, Major Edwin Mauricio Chavarría (foreground, fourth from L), in San Salvador, on June 25. (Photo: Salvadoran Ministry of the Interior)“We also use this equipment to respond to emergencies involving hazardous materials,” Maj. Chavarría said. “For example, when there is a traffic accident and there are pipes with propane gas or fuel […] with cracks due to impact and pollutants leak, or to carry out rescue maneuvers and help people.”Maj. Chavarría added that the masks in this equipment have a hermetic seal around the face, with a compressed-air cylinder that provides oxygen for about 40 minutes, enabling firefighters to breathe without the risk of collapsing and losing consciousness during the fire due to polluting gases.“In my 27 years of service to this institution, this is the first time that I put on brand-new equipment,” Second Lieutenant Carlos Carreño, CBES chief of operations, told Diálogo on July 18. “We use this equipment every day in fires […]; it’s been one of the best donations that we’ve ever had, from a country that has always supported us.”One of the projects that will benefit the El Salvador Fire Department is the construction of a training tower, worth $704,000. Other initiatives include the acquisition of four oxygen-charging stations worth $300,000 and personal protective equipment for 250 structural firefighters, valued at $500,000, the U.S. Embassy added.last_img read more

Nominations open for the 2020 CU Hero of the Year award

first_imgThe credit union movement is full of unsung professionals who devote their talent to shaping a brighter future for members and their community. Credit Union Magazine’s Credit Union Hero Award honors these credit union leaders who demonstrate their commitment to the longstanding people-helping-people credit union philosophy.“The Credit Union Hero program recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the credit union movement,” says Ann Hayes Peterson, CUNA vice president of publishing and Credit Union Magazine’s editor-in-chief. “We want to hear about those unsung heroes who, with their passion and dedication, have made a lasting impact at their credit union, and on behalf of all credit unions.”“I love to share the knowledge and blessings I have with others,” says Harlene Johnson, president of Light Commerce CU in Houston and 2019 Credit Union Hero of the Year.What makes a Credit Union Hero? Qualified individuals: continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Why local economic expert says stock market, unemployment rate don’t tell whole story

first_imgMcKeever says only with this added context can we truly understand how the economy is doing. “When you seen an unemployment rate at 13, or 15 percent, that’s extremely high but you wanna make sure you have it in context,” McKeever told 12 News Friday. “Is it structural unemployment, meaning that there’s a reason this is going to persist indefinitely, or is this temporary unemployment caused by disruptions with the coronavirus?” (WBNG) — While the job market might be turning around the question has become what does that mean for the entire economy? Binghamton University Professor Dan Mckeever says while these numbers are a good sign, they don’t tell the whole story. He says much like the stock market, statistics can be misleading, which is why you have to look at several factors as a whole.center_img McKeever said he expects the unemployment numbers to continue to drop because he said most of the lost jobs will return as the economy reopens. He also said he doesn’t foresee the nationwide protests having an impact on the economy.last_img read more

Foodborne disease rates changed little in 2007

first_img Hedberg said Salmonella was the main target of the “hazard analysis/critical control point” (HACCP) program launched by the USDA for the meat and poultry industry in the 1990s, and yet the overall rates of Salmonella infections have changed little. “That doesn’t mean that the pathogen reduction programs have failed, but it probably means the epidemiology of this disease is much more complex than would be implied by our focus on the primary food animals as the source of exposure,” he added. “If you compare where we are with the various diseases in relation to the national objectives, the one we clearly have the biggest problem with is Salmonella,” he said. “We haven’t really started to close the gap at all with Salmonella. That probably reflects the range of animal reservoirs that exist for Salmonella and the multiple transmission pathways that occur.” The one exception to the static picture was the parasite Cryptosporidium, for which the estimated incidence of infections was up 44% compared with the 2004-06 period, the CDC said. Officials said the reason may be that a new treatment for the infection is spurring more testing for it. Although some foodborne infections have declined significantly since surveillance began in 1996, the declines all occurred before 2004, the CDC said in a news release. “The results show that prevention efforts have been partly successful, but there has been little further progress in the most recent years,” Dr. Robert Tauxe, deputy director of the CDC’s Division of Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, said in the release. CDC. Preliminary FoodNet data on the incidence of infection with pathogens transmitted commonly through food—10 states, 2007. MMWR 2008 Apr 11;57(14):366-70 [Full text] Specifically, E coli triggered 21 ground beef recalls last year, 10 of which were linked to illnesses, according to the MMWR report. The recalls prompted the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to launch some new initiatives last fall and to hold a public meeting in Washington this week to review the situation. Regional variabilityIn other comments on the CDC report, Hedberg observed that the case rates for some of the foodborne pathogens vary widely by state or region, a fact that he said warrants more attention. For example, the incidence of Campylobacter ranged from fewer than 8 cases per 100,000 in Georgia, Tennessee, and Maryland to more than 28 cases per 100,000 in California. Apr 10, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The rates of the most common foodborne illnesses in the United States have remained about the same since 2004, pointing to a need for increased efforts to ensure food safety, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. In 2007, rates of infection with Campylobacter, Listeria, Salmonella, Shigella, E coli O157, and Yersinia did not decline significantly compared with the previous 3 years, according to data from the CDC’s 10-state FoodNet surveillance system, the agency said. The USDA launched an initiative to improve control of Salmonella in 2006 and added more efforts this year, the report notes. In the USDA’s Salmonella testing program, the proportion of broiler chickens that had Salmonella dropped from 16.3% in 2005 to 11.4% in 2006 and 8.5% in 2007, it says. The increase in Cryptosporidium cases may reflect increased diagnostic testing triggered by the licensing of a new treatment, nitazoxanide, the CDC reported. Said Tauxe, “There wasn’t a compelling reason to get a test done in the past. Now it’s something they [physicians] can treat.” See also: In addition to contaminated food from animal sources, other routes of Salmonella infection that deserve attention include contaminated produce, contaminated drinking water, and infected restaurant workers, Hedberg said.center_img Salmonella led the list, with 6,790 confirmed cases (38% of the total), or 14.92 cases per 100,000 population. Case totals and rates per 100,000 population for the other pathogens were: Campylobacter, 5,818, 12.79; Shigella, 2,848, 6.26; Cryptosporidium, 1,216, 2.67; E coli O157:H7, 545, 1.20; Shiga toxin–producing E coli (STEC) non-O157:H7, 260, 0.57; Yersinia, 163, 0.36; Listeria, 122, 0.27; Vibrio, 108, 0.24; and Cyclospora, 13, 0.03. In addition, FoodNet identified 82 cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure associated with E coli infections, in children (younger than 18 years), for a rate of 0.78 cases per 100,000 children. Fifty-eight of the 82 cases were in children under age 5, for a population rate of 2.01 per 100,000. “You see this pattern where the highest rates are in the western part of the country and the lowest rates are in the southeastern US,” he said. “It’s not clear why that would be, particularly since we so strongly associate Campylobacter with chicken, and the southeastern US is a big chicken-producing and chicken-consuming area. I don’t know what the implications of that are, but when we start looking at the idea of developing new [disease-prevention] strategies, part of those strategies really need to focus on what the regional patterns of disease and risk are.” Apr 12, 2007, CIDRAP News story “CDC says some foodborne illnesses rose in 2006” Battling SalmonellaThe federal government has set specific targets for reducing rates of four foodborne infections by 2010. Of those, the Salmonella level is furthest from the target, with a 2007 incidence of 14.92 cases per 100,000, more than twice the target of 6.8 per 100,000, the CDC says. Salmonella live in the intestines of most food animals and can infect humans by various routes, including food from animal sources, raw produce contaminated with animal waste, and contaminated water, the MMWR report notes. In 2007, salmonellosis outbreaks were linked to contaminated peanut butter, frozen pot pies, and a puffed vegetable snack. The FoodNet system compiles data on laboratory-confirmed foodborne illness cases from Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, and Tennessee, plus parts of California, Colorado, and New York. The system’s coverage area includes 45 million people, or about 15% of the US population. “E coli O157 actually reached a low point in 2003 and 2004 and then increased again in 2005 and 2006,” Tauxe said at the news conference. “Now it’s 1.2 per 100,000, and that’s a bit lower than 2006, but if you compare that to the 3 previous years, the difference is not a significant one.” He noted that 2006 was marked by E coli outbreaks linked to fresh spinach and shredded lettuce, and 2007 saw an increased in ground beef recalls related to E coli. Total cases increasedA total of 17,883 foodborne infections were reported in 2007, up slightly from the 17,252 reported in 2006, according to the full FoodNet report published today in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 2006 FoodNet report in MMWR “That indicates that further measures are needed to keep prevention on a downward track,” Tauxe said at a news teleconference today. “The incidence of Salmonella actually has changed very little since those early years.” Craig Hedberg, a foodborne disease epidemiologist and associate professor of occupational and environmental health at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, said Salmonella seems to be the toughest foodborne pathogen to address.last_img read more

Businesses share lessons from spring H1N1 outbreak

first_imgSep 24, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – On the final day of a business preparedness summit in Minneapolis, a panel of experts emphasized having clear, open communication with employees as well as having flexible plans—lessons they learned from being on the frontlines in Mexico and the Southern Hemisphere during the spring novel H1N1 outbreak.Other critical lessons shared by the panelists were the need to build strong relationships between corporations and national and local governments and recognizing the importance of promoting prevention measures both in and outside of the workplace.The 2-day summit, “Keeping the World Working during the H1N1 Pandemic,” was sponsored by the CIDRAP Business Source, part of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.Building strong relationships”The single most important thing that we learned is that government trumps everything,” said Fred Palensky, PhD, chief technology officer with the 3M Company in St. Paul.Despite the fact that 3M had planning policies in place for crises, such as a flu outbreak, that could disrupt their businesses, these didn’t matter once the government mandated policies to shut down schools and prohibit people from going to work.Given how events unfolded, Palensky said, the key is flexibility and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances. “We were surprised at every single minute of every single day,” he said.One critical lesson Palensky learned from his company’s experience is the importance for businesses to develop a strong relationship with national and local governments, particularly when there is a lot of conflicting information about what is occurring. It is important, he said, to try to have access to the highest levels of government to get a consensus of what is going on.Developing a strong relationship with government also helps to leverage a company’s position in a country during such a crisis. Palensky said that the experience of 3M during the spring H1N1 outbreak diverged from other countries because, as a supplier of N-95 respirators, the company was deemed to be a critical supplier and had access to government. This preferred position also allowed its management team to assemble and factories to stay open.”The reason we were able to do that is that we had relationships to government so that we could identify ourselves and offer ourselves as a critical supplier,” he said, “and that very quickly changed the tenor of our relationship with the government.”Other critical relationships to form are with people who have expertise in pandemic preparedness. Palensky said that, along with having a corporate medical director with pandemic planning expertise, the company also works with local medical experts.This is particularly important in situations, like the spring outbreak, that involve a lot of conflicting information.Maintaining good communicationThis often-conflicting information in the spring highlighted the need for developing and maintaining good communication with employees. “Everyone had a different story, and there was no reliable data,” said B. Rodrigo Cabanilla, MD, corporate medical director of occupational medicine with the Monsanto Company, St. Louis. As a result, his company is now trying to implement a way to obtain and disseminate information to its employees as quickly as possible.Dr. Irene Lai, MB, BS, deputy medical director of International SOS in Sydney, Australia, also spoke of the need to provide good information to people, particularly when government actions create a situation in which people may be affected by different, and sometimes contradictory policies.Citing varying responses to the spring outbreak among different states in Australia, she said that one major lesson was the need to inform people of the ramifications of traveling between states that have different response policies.One important aspect of developing good communication with employees is to identify high-risk patients, according to Cabanilla. Highlighting that 99.5% of employees who get sick will only be mildly affected and return to work, he stressed the importance of “attending to and identifying as soon as possible high-risk people and provide interventions.”Palensky agreed about both good communication and identifying high-risk patients.After discovering this spring that 3M’s communication needed improvement, Palensky said the company is enhancing communication with workers, both onsite and offsite, through phone, e-mail, and company postings, as well as in person. “We have significantly increased our communication to employees when they are not at work,” he said.In identifying high-risk patients, he also emphasized the need to provide protective measures, like hand sanitizers and respirators, to employees at work and at home.Taking care of familiesLai also highlighted the importance of taking care of employees’ families. She said that, particularly with the expatriate population, employees are concerned about protection of their families. Therefore, early on International SOS communication efforts and decisions included how employee behavior is modified by families.For CIDRAP Director Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, who moderated the session, focusing on protecting workers at home as well as at work demands that the old model of occupational safety be tweaked to more accurately reflect the 24/7 communication model needed to protect workers. “This is one area we can work on,” he said.last_img read more

Hummingbird cancels all passenger flights

first_imgLifestyleLocalNewsRegionalTravel Hummingbird cancels all passenger flights by: Dominica Vibes News – November 9, 2015 Tweet Sharing is caring! Photograph compliments Caribbean News ServiceHummingbird Air, owned by Dominican businessman Sam Raphael, has announced a decision to cancel all passenger flights until further notice.This decision, communicated via a press release issued on Sunday 8 November 2015, follows an incident involving one of its aircrafts on landing at the George F. L. Charles airport in Castries, St. Lucia on Sunday morning.“The only soul on board was the pilot who was unharmed. The company has launched an internal investigation to determine the cause of this incident,” the statement notes. “Hummingbird Air has taken the decision to cancel all passenger flights until further notice. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available,” the statement adds.Earlier this year, August 2015, Hummingbird Air experienced its first accident at the Codrington Airport in Barbuda, where one of its planes veered of the runway and crashed into a nearby field. The plane, which was traveling from Antigua to Barbuda, had six passengers aboard, including Mr Raphael.While attempting to land, the right main landing gear collapsed, causing the plane to veer off the runway. Sharecenter_img 496 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more