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first_imgSharyn Rothstein’s By the Water will receive its world premiere as part of the Manhattan Theatre Club and Ars Nova’s commissioning partnership, The Writer’s Room. The play, under the direction of Hal Brooks, will begin off-Broadway performances on November 4 at New York City Center—Stage II as part of The Studio at Stage II—Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series. Opening night is set for November 18. Further information, including casting and creative team, will be announced at a later date. By the Water takes place after Hurricane Sandy has ravaged the lifelong home of Marty and Mary Murphy. The storm has ripped apart more than just the walls: with their neighbors too devastated to stay, the couple’s beloved Staten Island community is in danger of disappearing forever. Determined to rebuild, Marty wages a campaign to save his neighborhood and his home, but when the Murphys’ sons arrive to help their parents dig out, past betrayals come rushing to the surface. The Writer’s Room is designed to commission, develop and support playwrights in the process of creating new work. By the Water marks the first world premiere production from the program.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

first_imgPut Something Back program celebrates 10th anniversary The Put Something Back program recently celebrated 10 years of putting something back into the Dade County community. The pro bono project celebrated its 10th anniversary October 1, and thanks to the help of more than 7,000 individual attorneys and 200 law firms, PSB has handled 33,000 cases since its inception for people who couldn’t otherwise afford legal services. They won’t stop there, though. “Our goal is 100 percent participation in Miami-Dade County,” said 11th Circuit Chief Judge Eugene J. Fierro, who administers the PSB project. “We need all 11,400 attorneys in Miami-Dade County to participate.” The joint project of the Dade County Bar Association and 11th Judicial Circuit has expanded over the years to bring clients in through four different locations. The cases are then distributed to participating attorneys. Cases are also referred to PSB from homeless and battered women’s shelters, other legal aid agencies, and organizations serving economically disadvantaged people. Karen Ladis, project coordinator for PSB, said leadership from The Florida Bar Foundation and enthusiasm from local bar associations and law firms have been instrumental to the project’s success. “The leadership from the Dade County Bar Association and the courts has launched us as one of the most well-known programs in the country,” she said. “It takes the courts and private bar working together to address the issues facing the poor. “The court’s partnership with the bar also added a new dimension [to pro bono work] that we never had seen before,” she said. “Now, clients can go to a courthouse and apply for legal aid throughout Miami-Dade County.. . . Having the court’s backing has also helped recruitment efforts.” And PSB is always looking for help. Participating attorneys can attend PSB-sponsored CLE seminars designed to train them in areas necessary for the type of pro bono cases they handle, such as consumer/finance, employment, probate, health, housing, and most importantly, family law. The courses are free for attorneys who agree to accept one case from Put Something Back. Lawyers in Miami-Dade County can also get involved in a variety of ways, she added. Many attorneys who can’t devote time to cases contribute by making an annual $350 “buy-in,” and attorneys can provide services at the program’s clinics without necessarily accepting cases. In conjunction with their anniversary, Fierro and Dade County Bar President William Aaron recently honored members of the program’s oversight committee for their dedication and service to the organization. The committee meets regularly to discuss trends in client needs, community outreach, and attorney participation. The honorees include: Ladis, Florida Bar Board of Governors member Sharon Langer, Ted Bayer, Ruben Carrerou, Rebecca Cox, Marcia Cypen, Carlos Del Amo, 11th Circuit Judge Joseph Farina, Veronica Herral-James, Laurel Isicoff, Dennis Kainen, Mort Lucoff, Carolina Lombardi, Evan Marks, Mike Neimand, Jay Mussman, Ira Pozen, Greg Prebish, Johnnie Ridgely, and Sara Zabel. For more information about participating in the program, contact Put Something Back at (305)579-5733, ext. 2252. a Put Something Back program celebrates 10th anniversarycenter_img November 1, 2001 Regular Newslast_img read more

first_imgSep 18, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A study conducted in Bangladesh suggests that an influenza shot during pregnancy lowers the risk of influenza both for the woman and for the baby in the first 6 months of life.The study by a team from Bangladesh and the United States showed that vaccination lowered the risk of lab-confirmed flu in babies up to the age of 24 weeks by 63%, according to the report, published online yesterday by the New England Journal of Medicine. The immunization also appeared to reduce the risk of febrile respiratory illness by 29% in the infants and 36% in their mothers.”Our data show that a single dose of maternal influenza vaccine provides a considerable two-for-one benefit to both mothers and their young infants,” says the report by K. Zaman of the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and colleagues from that center and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.”The study is the first to demonstrate that the inactivated influenza vaccine provides protection to both mother and newborn,” Johns Hopkins Bloomberg officials said in a news release.In the United States, pregnant women have been advised to get an annual flu shot since 1997, but a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that only about 13% did so in 2007. The shots are not recommended or approved for babies younger than 6 months, who have a high risk of hospitalization if they contract flu. The CDC has recommended flu vaccination for 6- to 23-month-olds since 2003.63% flu reduction in babiesIn the randomized, blinded trial, the researchers recruited 340 healthy, unvaccinated pregnant women who had no history of pregnancy complications. The women were randomly assigned to receive either inactivated flu vaccine or a 23-valent pneumococcal vaccine. After the women gave birth, their babies were assigned to receive either a pneumococcal conjugate vaccine or a haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine.The mothers and infants were observed from August 2004 though October 2005. Most of the women were followed from 2 weeks after immunization through delivery, and all were interviewed weekly to check for illnesses from the time of childbirth until the babies were 24 weeks old. Of the 340 women recruited, 316 mother-infant pairs completed the 24 weeks of surveillance.Among the 159 infants whose mothers received flu shots, 6 had lab-confirmed flu, versus 16 of the 157 infants whose mothers were in the control (pneumococcal vaccine) group. That signified a 63% reduction in risk of flu (95% confidence interval [CI], 5% to 85%), the report says.In addition, febrile respiratory illnesses occurred in 110 infants in the flu-vaccine group and 153 infants in the control group, signaling a 29% reduction in risk (95% CI, 7% to 46%). Similarly, 50 of the immunized mothers had a febrile respiratory illness, compared with 77 of those in the control group, indicating a 36% lower risk (95% CI, 4% to 57%).Further, flu vaccination was associated with improvements in other clinical outcomes in the infants, including a 42% reduction in clinic visits for respiratory illness with fever and a 49% reduction clinician testing for influenza, the report states.Although the confidence intervals were wide, the estimated reductions in confirmed flu and other clinical outcomes were similar to those reported in flu-immunization trials in infants older than 6 months, the authors write.They observe that the pneumococcal vaccination of control-group mothers might have reduced the rate of pneumococcus-related respiratory illness in the babies, which would have reduced the apparent effectiveness of maternal flu vaccination in preventing overall febrile respiratory ailments.The authors conclude that every 100 flu shots in pregnant women prevented febrile respiratory illness in 14 infants and 7 mothers. “In other words, five pregnant women would need to be vaccinated to prevent a single case of respiratory illness with fever in a mother or infant,” they write. The results also indicate that it took fewer than 16 maternal flu shots to prevent one confirmed flu case in their babies.Applicable to temperate climes?Janet Englund, MD, an associate professor in pediatric infectious disease, allergy, and rheumatology at the University of Washington in Seattle, called the study “an interesting paper with an expected outcome” and one that “shows the potential utility of flu vaccine in pregnant women.” She expressed a hope that it will spur efforts to increase the vaccination rate among pregnant women.Englund, who serves on the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, said one caveat is that the study was conducted in a tropical country where flu circulates year-round, unlike the United States, with its winter flu season.”The fact that this shows a potential benefit could potentially be related to the fact that the study was conducted year-round and the flu virus was there year-round,” she told CIDRAP News. She suggested it might be difficult to demonstrate the same benefits in a US study: “You’d have to have a bigger study that was restricted in time, which would be potentially difficult to do.”Zaman K, Roy E, Arifeen SE et al. Effectiveness of maternal influenza immunization in mothers and infants. N Engl J Med 2008 (early online publication) [Full text]last_img read more

first_imgTopics : ‘No second wave’ Top officials from the administration of President Donald Trump, meanwhile, continued to downplay the severity of the pandemic, a nearly constant theme since the virus was first reported in the United States in January.”There is no second wave coming,” White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow told CNBC, adding that lawmakers will likely present another stimulus package by the end of next month. Kudlow claimed in late February that the virus had been “contained” and an economic tragedy avoided.At a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday, President Trump said he wanted to slow down testing, on grounds it was making the United States look bad.Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, however, told CBS News on Sunday: “We’re seeing the positivity rates go up. “That’s a clear indication that there’s now community spread underway. And this isn’t just a function of testing more.” But all the barbers in his shop took online courses on how to be safe, which included using special gowns, wearing masks, and no blow-drying.”I’m slightly nervous, like it’s the first day I come to work, the first day somebody hired me,” he laughed.In Manhattan, Sam Karalis, owner of The Windsor Florist, said his business was one of the lucky ones to have survived with the help of the government and his landlord.He was relieved to be able to open his doors to paying customers.Allowing people inside the shop “makes a big difference because people like to look at the stuff,” he said. “If you can’t look at the stuff, you can’t really buy it.” Nationwide cases rising Statewide, Governor Andrew Cuomo reported 10 new deaths Sunday while the rate of positive test results has fallen to one percent — which has paved the way for incremental lifting of restrictions.New York City is now in the second of its four-phase reopening, which began two weeks ago when construction and industries were allowed to resume working.But the picture is far less positive in other parts of the United States, with the virus spiking in several states despite predictions that summer heat, humidity and bright sunlight would limit its spread.Cases were skyrocketing in California, Texas, Arizona and Florida and in the Midwestern state of Missouri.In Florida, which reopened bars and restaurants earlier this month, emergency physician Rajiv Bahl said cases were rising across age groups. “Personally, I am seeing more patients who are in their 20s, 30s, and 40s with upper respiratory symptoms than I did before,” he told AFP.”While it is not exactly known why this is the case, it may be because of the opening of bars and restaurants,” he added, with those working in the service industry accounting for a high volume of the cases.The Sunshine State saw more than 4,000 cases on Friday and Saturday, according to official data, and Bahl urged would-be tourists to think carefully about their plans.”You may want to rethink mass gatherings and opt for more isolated adventures such as national parks, isolated beaches, or enjoying a pool with more strict distancing rules,” he said.center_img New York businesses opened their doors to returning waves of workers Monday as the city that was once the epicenter of the global pandemic marked an important milestone in its return to normalcy, even as other US states were seeing an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases.Nationwide, cases have been on the rise for the past two weeks following a long plateau in the spring, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, with California hitting levels of new infections not seen since March.But for many in hard-hit New York, where more than 20,000 people succumbed to the disease, the return to normal meant resuming their small every day rituals. For some, that meant getting a haircut.”I’ve been cutting it myself and doing a very bad job, so I was very excited to see [the barber],” said Jeremiah Zinn, a man in his 50s who was the first client to walk through the door at Benny’s Barbershop in Brooklyn.Yury Ykubov, the owner, told AFP he had opened the shop six months prior, and negotiated with the landlord to make rent during the lockdown.Ybkov himself contracted COVID-19 but, like the city itself, has recovered and has antibodies for protection.last_img read more

first_imgHome Minister Tito Karnavian has responded to public criticism of a video contest run by the ministry to promote the so-called new normal, saying the initiative costing Rp 168 billion (US$11.8 million) sourced from the state budget was not a waste of money.“It’s not a waste of money. This is after all in the form of existing regional incentive funds, but we ask the regions to compete in embracing the new normal,” Tito said on Wednesday in a hearing with House of Representatives Commission II, which oversees home affairs.He explained that he had consulted with the Finance Ministry before running the contest, noting that the purpose was to push the regional administrations to collaborate with their stakeholders in entering the new normal. The prize money would not go to the region head but to the regional budget (APBD) to support its programs in the form of the regional incentive funds (DID) as well as for COVID-19 handling, Tito stated.Finance Ministry Regulation No. 19/2020 on regional cash transfers during the COVID-19 pandemic mandates that the DID should be prioritized for COVID-19 handling. The funds allocated to the DID total Rp 13.5 trillion.“The prize money can be used for programs in the regional budget. The spending is at the regional leader’s discretion, but it should be included in the regional budget. It can also be used for COVID-19 handling, including to provide [economic] stimulus,” Tito said.Lawmakers and members of the public have lambasted Tito’s initiative, saying such a competition was unnecessary.Commission II deputy chairman Yaqut Cholil Qoumas said the government seemed to have lost its creativity in making policies, noting that each region would have different measures in implementing the new normal, and that was not for a competition.”There are many experts. The government can look at the data in making policies. Don’t make it like idol competition shows,” the Nation Awakening Party (PKB) politician said.Read also: Most Indonesians dissatisfied with administration’s COVID-19 response, survey findsHidayatullah, a member of House Commission XI overseeing finance, deplored the initiative, saying the government had to have a sense of crisis and that the DID should be an award for regions that perform well in budget management, governance and public services.“Such incentives should be distributed proportionally by also prioritizing the worst-affected areas […]. The experts say we should resolve the health emergency first and then the economy, and move to the new normal,” said the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) politician.Topics : “To encourage them, we ran a competition in simulating the new normal protocol through a short video. By making the video, they will inevitably collaborate with all stakeholders, such as markets, hotels, tourist destinations, restaurants and transportation [service providers],” he said.The competition was divided into seven categories: traditional markets, modern markets, hotels, restaurants, tourism spots, public transportation and one-stop integrated service (PTSP).The Home Ministry picked 84 winners consisting of the first, second and third place for the seven categories and four clusters. The winners get Rp 3 billion in prize money, while those coming second and third get Rp 2 billion and Rp 1 billion respectively.Read also: Indonesia increases COVID-19 budget again amid soaring deficitlast_img read more

first_imgThe Swedish Public Health Agency’s introduction of restrictions had a major impact on the AGM season, it said, with many companies postponing their meetings to a later date in the hope that the restrictions would be eased by then.To make it easier for companies, AP4 said the Swedish parliament (Riksdag) introduced two temporary amendments to the law regarding general meetings.One of these meant that all companies gave shareholders the opportunity to vote by post in advance, so they did not have to physically attend the meeting, and the second made it possible to conduct general meetings entirely by postal vote, without the physical presence of shareholders, according to the pension fund.In its report, AP4 said that while postal voting allowed shareholders who could not attend to vote, at the same time, they lost the chance to ask the company questions directly.“One way forward that combines physical presence with postal voting is the form of hybrid meetings that some companies have conducted,” it said.In this way, the Stockholm-based buffer fund said, owners could participate without being physically present and have the opportunity to vote remotely in real time.“It is becoming clear that general meetings need to be conducted with the board in place when the notice convening the general meeting contains shareholder proposals,” AP4 said.In order to have a solid basis for their decisions, the buffer fund said shareholders depended on company boards giving their view and preferably a recommendation on proposals.“Unfortunately, Swedish company boards generally fail to give their views on these proposals in advance, which makes it difficult for shareholders to make their own assessment of the proposal,” AP4 said in the report.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. Shareholders in Sweden are now having a tougher time forming opinions about proposals being put to the vote at company annual general meetings (AGMs) – because of pandemic-linked emergency changes to the way meetings are held, according to Swedish national pensions buffer fund AP4.Commenting after last week’s release of its 2020 AGM report, the SEK403bn (€38.7bn) fund said COVID 19 restrictions on public gatherings and temporary legislation allowing postal voting in advance had entailed challenges for shareholders wanting to participate actively, and for the company boards.Arne Lööw, AP4’s head of corporate governance, said: “One example is that it has been more difficult to ask questions and have a dialogue with the board about shareholder proposals, and thus more difficult for other owners to make their own assessment of the proposals.”AGMs in the first half of this year had been characterised by the pandemic, the pension fund said, with meetings having largely been conducted by postal voting in advance, and in a few cases also providing the opportunity to vote in real time but at a distance.last_img read more

first_imgAustralian energy company Woodside has brought online its Persephone project offshore Western Australia. The Persephone gas field is located in production license WA-1-L, some 135 km north west of Karratha, in a water depth of around 126 meters.The project was completed six months ahead of schedule. Woodside is the operator of the project with BP, BHP, Chevron, Shell, Woodside and Mitsubishi-Mitsui as partners, each with 16.67% interest.BP confirmed on Monday the start of production from another two of the seven upstream major projects that it expected to come online in 2017, Juniper offshore Trinidad and Persephone offshore Australia. Five of these seven projects have now started up, BP said.According to BP, the Persephone project came on-stream on July 30.Juniper and Persephone follow the start-ups earlier this year of the first phase of the West Nile Delta development in Egypt, the Trinidad Onshore Compression project and the Quad 204 redevelopment in the UK. A further two projects – the first phase of the Khazzan tight gas development in Oman and development of the Zohr gas field offshore Egypt – are expected to begin production before the end of the year, BP said.The A$1.2 billion Persephone project, approved in 2014, consists of two wells tied into a subsea production manifold via a seven-kilometer subsea tie-back with production fluids transported to the existing North Rankin Complex (NRC), part of the large North West Shelf project.The field was discovered in 2006 via exploration well Persephone-1, located 8 kilometers northeast of the North Rankin Complex.The NRC, which will take gas from the Persephone, consists of the interconnected North Rankin A (NRA) and North Rankin B (NRB) platforms and associated subsea infrastructure, including two export trunklines which run between NRC and the onshore Karratha Gas Plant (KGP).At peak production the project is expected to produce around 48 mmscfd of gas net for BP.last_img read more

first_imgStuff 2 October 2017Family First Comment: Lock up your children!!!Lizzie is the LAST person you want teaching your children values.See some of her ideology… Lizzie Marvelly: It’s her body, it should be her choice #deadwrong Lizzie Marvelly: The toilet has become the new conservative battleground. It sounds ridiculous, and it is. our response Rachel McKenzie: Toilets are based on biology, not ‘identity’ #ParentsNotIdealoguesWithAgenda Lizzie Marvelly wants to talk sex with teenagers.The online web series The Real Sex Talk is aimed at 13 to 18 year olds, and discusses all things sex, including the effects of porn, masturbation, consent, same sex relationships and transgender people.It will include embarrassing, funny or insightful stories shared by celebrities, sports stars, radio DJs and actors.The 12 nine-minute web series, produced by Villainesse, a “no bullsh** no filter” website aimed at young people online, was granted $164,554 by NZ On Air, one of nine new programmes to benefit from the broadcasting funding. .Marvelly, the web series editor and her deputy, Jo Raj, came up with the idea because they felt there was a lack of sex education provided by schools.Raj said it was not compulsory for schools to teach many aspects of sex education.“Different schools can choose to omit things based on whether it be religious beliefs or ethical decisions that the school might decide as an individual,” she said.“We thought we would create something free and online for teenagers to watch and look at.”The idea follows Marvelly’s popular campaign two years ago, #mybodymyterms, that aimed to highlight sexual violence, revenge porn and victim blaming.READ MORE: read more

first_imgWhile most of it has remained in Rome,the return of the small fragment was widely celebrated by Christians in theregion.(BBC) The relic had been in Rome since the7th Century. A fragment of a wooden relic, reputed to be from Jesus’ manger, is displayed ahead of its transfer to Jesus’ birthplace in Bethlehem for the official launch of Christmas season on Nov. 29. REUTERS/AMMAR AWAD Officials said it would now be kept inthe Franciscan Church of St. Catherine, next to the Church of the Nativity,where tradition says Jesus was born. VATICAN City – A fragment of woodbelieved to have formed part of Jesus’ manger is set to be returned toBethlehem after over 1,000 years in Europe. It was briefly put on display inJerusalem before continuing its journey to Bethlehem to coincide with the startof Christmas celebrations there. Pope Francis ordered the return of thethumb-sized relic from Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore as a gift.  last_img read more

first_imgThe training, which will be done percluster, will first benefit the locals in the villages of Bolo, Dagami,Trangka, Nagba, and Daja. The upcoming road development project inTrangka village will also allow more government agencies that will aid bamboogrowers./PN Amboy bared the cooperative has a P11-billionasset which some can be allocated for a “One town, one product” program. Starting May this year, Amboy saidbamboo growers and the locals will receive product development training fromthe local government unit and the partner academe, the Iloilo Science andTechnology University. “We will conduct training to the localsand we will develop the skills for them to produce marketable products and notsettle on raw materials only,” he said. The town’s bamboo production, accordingAmboy, can reach more heights through tapping the help of the academe andcooperatives. The mayor said the Department ofAgriculture Secretary William Dar has also declared bamboo as a high-valuecrop.Amboy is planning to approach Dar for any possible help to bamboo farmers. The local government unit has allotedaround P4 million for the training. With 4,000 hectares of land areadedicated to naturally growing bamboo, Amboy said the Department of Environmentand Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu has proposed making the island asthe country’s bamboo capital. “For how many years, we saw that wesettle in the raw materials. It’s just the basics of cutting off the bamboo andselling it at low prices,” Maasin mayor Francis Amboy said Friday. “We will start here because we see thatthe people in these villages still have interest in bamboo production,” hesaid. ILOILO City – As the top producer of bamboo in Panay Island, the localgovernment of Maasin in Iloilo will further boost its bamboo industry throughproduct development training for villagers. The finished bamboo products that willinclude souvenirs and furniture, among others, will be marketed through thehelp of the Maasin Kawayan Cooperative.last_img read more