Video! See Sierra Boggess & Tyne Daly Sing from It Shoulda Been You

first_img“Perfect” View Comments Sierra Boggess Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 9, 2015 It Shoulda Been You The new musical comedy It Shoulda Been You explores the hilarity and hijinx over a 24-hour period before a big wedding. In these two songs by composer Barbara Anselmi from a press event for the show, you’ll meet two onstage pair-ups: siblings Sierra Boggess and Lisa Howard, and mother-of-the-bride Tyne Daly and mother-of-the-groom Harriet Harris. Also featured is Tony nominee Montego Glover as one of Boggess’ maids of honor. Related Shows “Nice”last_img

New SOUTHCOM-Sponsored Mapping Capability Software to be Tested in Honduras

first_img The development of ROGUE is part of a two-year JCTD program funded by the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Rapid Fielding. It allows the U.S. Department of Defense to try out transformational technologies for acquisition decisions. During this two-year period, ROGUE will go through two operational demonstrations. This demonstration will allow COPECO to use ROGUE’s information sharing and decision support capabilities to exercise its management and coordination of emergency response, first in a simulated scenario, and then in support of Honduras’s Independence Day parade. One of the biggest problems faced by troops and other crisis responders deployed to Haiti following the devastating earthquake that hit the capital, Port-au-Prince, in January 2010, was not the lack of humanitarian aid, but the lack of understanding of the situation, the particulars of the various actors involved, their capabilities and the status of their efforts. Tons and tons of rice, bottled water, and other goods were occasionally sent to regions of the country that did not need it. To complete the task at hand, SOUTHCOM’s J72 teamed up with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Mississippi, and the Pacific Disaster Center in Hawaii to develop the technology, while Honduras’s Permanent Contingency Commission (COPECO) agreed to facilitate the evaluation of the tool’s utility during the first operational demonstration of ROGUE. It quickly became apparent to the United States and its Partner Nations that current, complete and reliable information was necessary in order to improve the collective response to natural disasters. “Western Hemisphere nations worked together to provide much-needed help, but lacked an effective way to collaborate in real-time and focus efforts where they were most needed,” declared then U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta during the X Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas in Punta del Este, Uruguay, on October 8, 2012. The software was built so that anybody can find the information. If you download the mobile application then you can individually snip that information to a service somewhere. “Anybody can submit information much like social media, or you can restrict it to avoid unwanted participants, who are there just to play. You develop those trees of interest and a relationship, then you can open or close it to the folks who are allowed to participate based on your ability to trust their data,” said Donald Jones, Operational Manager of the ROGUE program at SOUTHCOM. By Dialogo September 12, 2013 “The ability to have good maps at the tactical level is very important, and we have limited capability in some geographical areas right now,” says Juan Hurtado, SOUTHCOM’s Science Advisor and head of the Command’s Science, Technology and Experimentation Division. “What ROGUE will do is give you the capability to see the conditions of a road, a bridge or a hospital, for instance, immediately after a disaster happens, almost in real time, via a mobile device. Think about the new mapping capability available for identifying where everybody is, where logistic, medical and food distribution centers are…You will be able to see all these locations popping up in a coordinated manner on the Internet, via the Pacific Disaster Center.” For the first one, which will take place in Tegucigalpa and Soto Cano Air Base from 12 to 15 September, SOUTHCOM partnered with COPECO. Both organizations have worked together before in other successful projects, such as PEAK, a modular system designed to provide disaster response teams with sustainable, essential services, such as potable water, communications and electricity. ROGUE is a Web-based application that allows information sharing of geospatial data (mapped information) by geographically dispersed participants for the purpose of improved shared situational awareness and decision making. ROGUE’s capabilities have direct applications in the coordination of activities during complex operations. ROGUE was built on open source, open standard software, which ensures utmost compatibility with other systems and facilitates data sharing among a wide array of potential users. To that end, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, through its Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) Program, invested to create a software tool known as Rapid Open Geospatial User-driven Enterprise (ROGUE). The Science, Technology and Experimentation Division (J72) at the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) became partner in this endeavor. The global response following the Haiti earthquake can be best characterized as a “complex operation”, one involving many types of needs, suffered by a very large number of people, spread out over a vast region, and being responded to by a wide range of organizations and individual actors. Upon the completion of the program, ROGUE will be integrated with the existing Pacific Disaster Center’s map-based situational awareness platform and the U.S. Department of State’s Humanitarian Information Unit. This integration will allow governmental and non-governmental partners to plan, analyze and collaborate during foreign humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations by using dynamic map data. Another key participant in this demonstration is Joint Task Force-Bravo, which will connect to the ROGUE server remotely to collaborate with COPECO during the response to a simulated stadium collapse in which, hypothetically, Honduran and American citizens become injured as a result of the accident. Every year, COPECO supports this event by working with emergency management centers, police stations, fire departments and medical facilities. This time, the company will use ROGUE to capture and share geospatially-tagged data and pictures that will be sent from mobile devices to the command center at COPECO. This information will facilitate the decision-making process based on a clear view of the situation in the field. last_img read more

Lawyer’s dream to build a camp for kids nears reality

first_imgLawyer’s dream to build a camp for kids nears reality July 15, 2000 Regular News Lawyer’s dream to build a camp for kids nears reality It won’t be long before sick and disabled children in Manatee County will have an opportunity to fish, hike and tell ghost stories around the camp fire, thanks the efforts of Bradenton lawyer Edwin T. Mulock. Mulock is on pace to open his not-for-profit Dream Oaks S.W.A.M.P. campground in eastern Manatee County next summer. Building a camp for terminally ill and disabled children has been a dream of Mulock’s since he met many seriously ill children while he was preparing to receive a heart transplant in 1995. “Right now we are planning a program that will provide a day camp with afternoon therapy programs and a sleepover camp for children with special needs,” said Mulock, a former member of the Bar’s Board of Governors. “The camp will be designed to serve children who are chronically ill, both mentally or physically challenged, and those who are disabled and at-risk.” The goal of Dream Oaks S.W.A.M.P. (Special Wishes and Magical Play) is simply to provide the children with a normal camping experience, Mulock said. “We hope that by allowing children with special needs to participate in a camping experience surrounded by their peers and supportive staff, the children’s personal and emotional growth and development will be aided,” he said. “We will encourage self-acceptance and appreciation for the inherent wholeness in all individuals regardless of disability and promote an understanding between the disabled and nondisabled populations.” Personal and emotional growth of the campers will be fostered through arts and crafts, association with animals, and various outdoor activities. “Interaction with animals and nature is an essential component of a child’s development,” Mulock said. “Aquatic therapy, art therapy, equestrian therapy, humor therapy, music therapy, nutritional therapy, pet therapy, and recreational therapy will also be included to address the specific needs of particular children being served in the camp. “In short, this will be good old fashioned camping fun.” All activities will be detailed and altered for the capabilities of each attending group. The camp also will continually be investigating new programs and concepts to assist the children to better cope with their disabilities or diseases by bonding and blending them with others, and by building steps to a greater self-confidence and strengthening life skills, Mulock said. While the Manatee County Commission has already agreed to allow the nonprofit Foundation for Dreams, Inc., to build and operate the youth camp on 16 vacant acres at the county’s Rye Wilderness Park, Mulock said negotiations are almost complete that will allow for the use of an already existing camp in Manatee County consisting of 385 acres. Mulock said community support for the project also has been overwhelming. “I have been able to secure from dear friends of mine and to children in this community the help of Zoller, Najjar & Shroyer engineering, Fawley Bryant architects, Bruce Williams Homes, and Gigliotti Construction, and others,” he said, adding plans are already drawn up to build the cabins, a recreational hall and all other buildings necessary to complete the camp. Mulock anticipates the summer program will run from June through August and have four sessions serving 32 campers or more per session per month beginning on Thursday and ending on Sunday. “When I was growing up my dad used to refer to us kids as you little critters, and I thought Florida is a swamp, so swamp critters,” Mulock said. “That’s how we came up with swamp critters and we have a song written about the camp which includes the theme `Swamp Critters and the Dream Oaks Gang.’” While support for the project has been incredible, Mulock said the only difficult part is raising the money to construct the camp. “I found the raising of money is very competitive,” Mulock said. “There are a lot of needy causes out there.” He said the local legal community has been instrumental in helping to raise money and providing donations, and he has received “a lot of real positive feedback” from people commending him, as a lawyer, for spearheading the effort. “I’m excited about it and can’t wait to go out there and see these little kids and see the smiles on their faces,” Mulock said. “It is going to be a thrill for me, and I think it is going to say a lot for what we try to do as lawyers. We give back a lot to the community, and I’m proud of that fact and always have been.” For more information contact the Foundation for Dreams, Inc., at (941) 748-2104.last_img

WHO issues definitions for human H5N1 cases

first_imgAug 29, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today released a list of case definitions for human H5N1 avian influenza infection to improve reporting and tracking of the disease.The WHO said the use of standard definitions will help national and international authorities report and classify human cases, promote better communication, and allow the comparison of data across time and between places. The agency worked with several partners to develop the definitions.Officials listed several caveats about using the terminology. The case definitions apply only to the current phase of pandemic alert (phase 3, no or very limited human-to-human transmission) and may change as new information emerges about the disease or its epidemiology. National authorities should notify the WHO only about probable or confirmed H5N1 cases. The definitions are not intended to provide complete case descriptions, but to standardize case reporting.Clinical decisions about the care of patients who may have H5N1 infection should be based on clinical judgment and epidemiologic reasoning, not on the case definitions, the WHO said. The agency said that although most patients with H5N1 infection have had fever and lower respiratory symptoms, the clinical spectrum is broad.The case definitions include:Person under investigation: A person whom public health authorities are investigating for possible H5N1 infection.Suspected H5N1 case: A patient who has unexplained acute lower respiratory illness with a fever greater than 38°C (100.4°F) and cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulty, and one or more of the following exposures 7 days before symptom onset:Close contact within 1 meter (eg, caring for, speaking with, or touching) with a person who is a suspected, probable, or confirmed H5N1 caseExposure to (eg, handling, slaughtering, defeathering, butchering, or preparing for consumption) poultry or wild birds, their remains, or their feces where H5N1 infections in animals or humans have been suspected or confirmed in the last monthConsumption of raw or undercooked poultry where H5N1 infections in animals or humans have been suspected or confirmed in the last monthClose contact with a confirmed H5N1-infected animal other than poultry or wild birds (eg, cat or pig)Handling human or animal samples suspected of containing the H5N1 virus in a laboratory or other setting.Probable H5N1 case (notify WHO):Definition 1: A person who meets the criteria for a suspected case and has either (1) evidence of acute pneumonia on a chest radiograph plus respiratory failure (hypoxemia, severe tachypnea) or (2) laboratory confirmation of influenza A but insufficient laboratory evidence for H5N1Definition 2: A person dying of an unexplained respiratory illness who is epidemiologically linked by time, place, and exposure to a probable or confirmed H5N1 case.Confirmed H5N1 case (notify WHO): A patient who meets the criteria for a suspected or probable case and has had one of the following test results from a national, regional, or international influenza laboratory whose H5N1 test results are accepted by the WHO:Isolation of an H5N1 virusPositive H5 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) results from tests using two different PCR targets (eg, primers specific for influenza A and H5 hemagglutinin)A fourfold or greater rise in neutralization antibody titer for H5N1 based on testing of an acute serum specimen (collected 7 days or less after symptom onset) and a convalescent serum specimen. The convalescent neutralizing antibody titer must be 1:80 or higherA microneutralization antibody titer for H5N1 of 1:80 or greater in a single serum specimen collected at day 14 or later after symptom onset and a positive result using a different serologic assay, such as a horse red blood cell hemagglutination inhibition titer of 1:160 or more or an H5-specific Western blot positive result.See also:Aug 29 WHO statement on case definitions for human H5N1 infectionslast_img read more

Breaking with tradition

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COVID-19: Halodoc, Gojek to offer some Jakartans free drive-through rapid testing

first_imgHealthcare platform Halodoc and ride-hailing app Gojek in cooperation with Mitra Keluarga Hospital and Kemayoran Complex Management Center (PPKK) plan to offer free rapid COVID-19 testing to some Jakartans from April 10 to 17.The platforms will use drive-through testing to minimize the risk of transmission.”Massive rapid testing is important to curb the spread of COVID-19. Halodoc wants to give the public access to easy and accurate screenings while still obeying the physical distancing policy,” Halodoc CEO Jonathan Sudharta said in a written statement.The testing facility will use blood samples to detect the presence of immunoglobulin in the blood, which is a type of antibody formed when someone gets the virus.According to the Halodoc statement, rapid testing will only be available to people with a moderate or high risk of having contracted COVID-19. Read also: Anies wants ‘ojek’ drivers to keep picking up passengers despite govt restrictionsTo get tested, first, residents must consult with doctors through the Halodoc app. If the doctor thinks a user should be tested, the user can click the “book appointment” button on the app to get an exact time and location for testing. The consultation will be free.Users are advised to go to the facility by vehicle.”You could use motorcycles, cars or take online ride-hailing services. You will receive the results a day after the rapid tests via SMS or via the Halodoc app,” the statement said.Residents who test positive for COVID-19 will receive further instructions from doctors regarding self-isolation or hospitalization. “Patients who practice self-isolation could have consultations via the Halodoc app. Their medicine could be delivered to their homes by Gojek drivers.”Topics :last_img read more

Gold Coast acreage home sells, blitzing street record

first_img23 Imfeld Court, Tallai 23 Imfeld Court, TallaiMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago23 Imfeld Court, TallaiMarketing agent Belinda Walker, of RE/MAX Regency, said the family was downsizing from their Clear Island Waters property.She said they had been looking for a while for the perfect home that was private and would accommodate their horses.“It’s a lifestyle change for them,” Ms Walker said.She said the home’s elegant style was the selling point.“They fell in love with it as soon as they saw it,” Ms Walker said. 23 Imfeld Court, Tallai 23 Imfeld Court, TallaiA LUXURY acreage home has sold at Tallai for more than $1 million, blitzing the street record.A Gold Coast family bought the resort-style property at 23 Imfeld Court for $1.285 last week.It marks the highest recorded sale on Imfeld Court, according to CoreLogic data.center_img 23 Imfeld Court, Tallai 23 Imfeld Court, Tallai“For them, it seemed like it was very private — their own little oasis I think was their words when they first saw it.”The two-storey home, which was build about a decade ago, sits on 5644sq m property.It has an open floorplan with five bedrooms and four bathrooms.The theatre room, pool and eight-person spa with build-in ice buckets, an integrated sound system throughout the home and video intercom front door security are standout features.last_img read more

AV Jenning’s latest project fast tracked due to popularity

first_imgAVJennings’ Arbor community at Rochedale has lots ranging up to 480sq m starting from just $369,000.Half of the 34 homesites in stage one of AVJennings’ Arbor project have been snapped up, prompting the developer to fast-track the release of stage two.A further 26 homesites have been released in the second stage of AVJennings’ Arbor community at Rochedale with lots ranging up to 480sq m starting from $369,000.AVJennings national developments manager Angus Johnson said Arbor was all about location.“Arbor is just 17km from the Brisbane CBD, 5km from Sunnybank Plaza and 7km from Griffith University,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago“Locally, it is within easy reach of Rochedale Shopping Village and Rochedale Town Centre, which are two retail hubs being developed, with the latter to include a Coles supermarket.“It’s a short walk to Rochedale State School and Redeemer Lutheran College, which is convenient as we are anticipating young families will be among the first to call Arbor home due to the value on offer when you consider our pricing.”Townhomes will be delivered in future stages and they expect these will also appeal to families and downsizers, and perhaps this will lead to multiple generations of families living together in the community.Construction on the first stage of Arbor is expected to start this month allowing purchasers to start building in December.Arbor will feature 60 homesites and 20 townhomes.Visit: read more

Former prostitutes call for ban to industry

first_imgNZ Herald 8 April 2016Family First Comment: “A growing group of survivors and abolitionists say they are disturbed at pro-sex trade lobbyists painting the industry as a profession, chosen by autonomous women because it makes them feel empowered.”Exactly! Which is why prosecuting the buyer is the most efficient and effective way to proceed. Time for NZ to change their flawed and failed law which Helen Clark promoted.At Rhiannon’s* lowest point, she agreed to sex for money with a man who found her drunk, high on prescription drugs and crying on the street outside the strip club where she worked….  Her story is just one of the graphic first-person testimonies in Prostitution Narratives: Stories of Survival in the Sex Trade, a shocking book that will be launched at an anti-sex trade conference at RMIT University in Melbourne this weekend. Former prostitutes and other women across Australia are coming together to talk about the “oldest profession in the world” in a different way. They don’t use the words escort, call girl or sex worker, because they say these legitimise men paying women for sex as a service or a career. Instead, they call it abuse….A growing group of survivors and abolitionists say they are disturbed at pro-sex trade lobbyists painting the industry as a profession, chosen by autonomous women because it makes them feel empowered.…Simone, 48, is now national director for the Nordic Model Australia Commission. The model, which has been successful in Sweden and was introduced in France this week, sees prostitutes decriminalised and those who pay for sex criminalised.She said many of the prostitutes she has met have been single mothers or students looking for money. More than half of sex workers have been sexually abused as children or teenagers. Others have been raped, neglected or harassed. “Many women are trying to escape abuse or domestic violence,” said Simone. “They have nowhere else to go.”Simone has been left with PTSD, anxiety and agoraphobia, so her advocacy work and travel has been challenging, but she’s desperate to create change.Since the Nordic Model was introduced in Sweden, she says, there’s been a cultural shift. “Young people grow up thinking the idea of buying sex is abhorrent.”READ MORE: read more

Nat’l gov’t blinks: WV still on quarantine but ‘modified’

first_img* repatriates – 29 COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. MANILA – The national government reversed its decision to lift the community quarantine in Western Visayas and other “low-risk” areas following the appeal of governors and mayors who expressed fear that easing restrictions at this time could spark a surge in cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “Hindi po tayo pupuwedeng bumalik sa normal bago dumating ang COVID-19 habang walang bakuna, habang walang gamot sa COVID-19,” he stressed. Here’s the breakdown of cases: * Iloilo City – 16 * Guimaras – zero “Wala na po tayong areas sa buong Pilipinas na hindi under community quarantine. Iba-iba lang pong level,” said Año. As of yesterday, Western Visayas’ confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) stood at 99, with 10 deaths. * Iloilo Province – 18 Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell./PN * Capiz – five * Bacolod City – nine Under a modified GCQ, socioeconomic activities will be allowed but minimum public health standards must be followed. * Aklan – six * Antique – 14 * Negros Occidental – two Aside from Western Visayas, other regions to be placed under a modified GCQ are Region 1, Region 4-B, Region 5, Region 8, Region 10, Region 12, and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao covering 37 provinces and 11 cities. On Tuesday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced that the ECQ in Western Visayas was to be lifted by May 16 because the region was considered a low-risk area for COVID-19 transmission. “Marami pong governors and mayors na nagsagawa ng petitions and requests. Sinasabi nila na hindi pa sila handa para tanggalin ang community quarantine,” said Año in a virtual press conference in Malacañang . Specific guidelines will be issued before the end of the enhanced and/or general community quarantine of various provinces, cities and towns in several regions on May 15, Año said. Western Visayas is to be shifted to modified general community quarantine (GCQ) by May 16, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Eduardo Año announced yesterday. Possible vaccines and some specific drug treatments are under investigation. They are being tested through clinical trials. The World Health Organization is coordinating efforts to develop vaccines and medicines to prevent and treat COVID-19.  People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. These droplets also land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. “Provinces and cities under the low-risk category are in containment preparation phase which means empowering communities in enforcing minimum health standards and making investments to meet health capacity targets,” Roque had said.He warned that the threat of the virus still existed, “Kaya kinakailangan pong mag-ingat tayo.”last_img read more