Rebecca Romijn & More Cheer on American Hero’s Jerry O’Connell

first_imgThe sandwich artists have arrived! Bess Wohl’s new play American Hero is serving up lettuce, cheese, mustard and a big helping of comedy at off-Broadway’s McGinn/Cazale Theatre, starring Jerry O’Connell and Ari Graynor. O’Connell’s wife Rebecca Romijn and her The Librarians co-stars Noah Wyle and Christian Kane were some of the first audience members to check out the new comedy! Directed by Leigh Silverman, American Hero tells the story of three sandwich shop employees at a local mall who become unlikely friends in a post-recession world. Check out these photos of the stars hanging out with O’Connell and Graynor after the show, then see American Hero off-Broadway! Star Files View Comments Ari Graynor Jerry O’Connelllast_img read more

Alistair Brammer Will Play Chris in Miss Saigon on Broadway

first_img Related Shows Miss Saigon Eva Noblezada & Alistair Brammer in ‘Miss Saigon'(Photo: Matt Dunham) The heat is on for Alistair Brammer, who will reprise his West End performance as the young American GI Chris in the Miss Saigon revival. Directed by Laurence Connor, Boublil and Schönberg’s musical is set to begin performances on March 1, 2017 at the Broadway Theatre and officially open on March 23. The limited engagement will run on the Main Stem through January 14, 2018 before launching a North American tour later in the year.Brammer also starred in the West End as Marius in Les Misérables, and in the film version of the musical as Jean Prouvaire. Other theater credits include War Horse, Follies, Taboo, Hair and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. On screen he’s been seen in Vicious, Casualty and Episodes.Based on Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon, the Boublil and Schönberg musical follows the relationship between an American GI and a young Vietnamese woman. Orphaned by war, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work as a bar girl in a sleazy Saigon nightclub run by “The Engineer.” John, an American GI, buys his friend Chris the services of Kim for the night, igniting a doomed trans-Pacific relationship.Brammer will join his previously announced two West End co-stars, Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer and Eva Noblezada as Kim, on Broadway. The cast also includes Katie Rosie Clarke as Ellen, Nicholas Christopher as John, Devin Ilaw as Thuy and Rachelle Ann Go (also from the London production) as Gigi.  The original production premiered in the West End in 1989; it transferred to the Broadway Theatre two years later and ran for nearly ten years in New York. The revival opened at the West End’s Prince Edward Theatre in May 2014 and closed in February.The Broadway Theatre is currently the home of the revival of Fiddler on the Roof; the Bartlett Sher-helmed production will close on December 31.center_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 14, 2018last_img read more

Mastic Man Drowned in Hamptons Pool

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 28-year-old Mastic man drowned in a backyard pool at a Remsenberg home he was painting over the weekend.Southampton Town Police said that one of the other three house painters found the victim floating in the pool at the South Country Road home, pulled him from the water, called 911 and started CPR before first responders arrived at about 2:45 p.m. Saturday.Authorities said they are still investigation why the victim had entered the pool and lost consciousness.The victim was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.His identity was not immediately released.last_img read more

Five issues that will shape your credit union week

first_imgI haven’t done  of these in a while but I saw so many important issues to bring to your attention that here is a quick rundown. As longtime readers of the blog know any one of these issues could be the basis for an expanded blog in the future.How Do You Protect Your At Rest Data?I’m more than a little surprised that there isn’t more outrage out there stemming from the disclosure that hundreds of millions of Facebook users had their account passwords stored “in plain text and searchable” format  as far back as 2012. This information could be accessed by thousands of Facebook employees.When New York implemented its cybersecurity regulations, one of the most hotly debated issues was what measures  institutions holding personally identifiable information had to take to make sure it was protected.  While there was broad agreement that information in transit – such as an attachment to an email – should be encrypted,  many institutions argued that it wasn’t necessary or cost-effective to mandate the encryption of data “at rest” provided it was protected by a firewall. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

CDC retires one old smallpox vaccine, keeps another

first_img The CDC recently removed the last 7 million doses of Dryvax from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), CDC spokesman Von Roebuck told CIDRAP News. Wyeth intends to withdraw the Dryvax license and recently asked that all remaining doses be set aside for disposal, the CDC reported last week. The CDC said all programs that have Dryvax supplies, such as state health departments and the military, must present the CDC with documentation of the vaccine’s destruction by Mar 31. The agency said it would provide ACAM2000 to states for use by responders in public health emergency preparedness programs and by laboratory workers who risk exposure to orthopoxviruses. Similar safety profilesAlthough ACAM2000 is produced with modern cell culture technology instead of the antique method involving calves, clinical studies have shown that the new and old vaccines have similar safety profiles, DoD officials said when they announced the switch to ACAM2000. The vaccines can cause swollen lymph nodes, sore arm, fever, headache, body aches, a mild rash, and fatigue. Kris Ehresmann, RN, MPH, manager of immunization for the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) in St. Paul, said the MDH has some doses of Dryvax left over from the 2003 vaccination effort and would be destroying them. She said other states may also have some leftover doses. Feb 8 CIDRAP News story “US military switching to new smallpox vaccine” As of Feb 11, the SNS contained 195.2 million doses of ACAM2000 and 425 million doses of an older smallpox vaccine made by Aventis Pasteur (now Sanofi Pasteur), Roebuck reported. The Aventis vaccine was made before smallpox vaccination in the United States ended in the early 1970s, according to online information from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Inflammation of the heart muscle and lining (myopericarditis) occurs in about 1 in 175 first-time smallpox vaccine recipients, according to the FDA. A DoD safety summary says 140 cases had occurred in the military vaccination program as of last May. Smallpox vaccination can also cause several other serious adverse reactions in rare cases, including localized or systemic spread of the vaccinia virus (eczema vaccinatum) and encephalitis. Impelled by these concerns, the CDC in September 2000 awarded Acambis a contract to make 40 million doses of its second-generation smallpox vaccine, to add to the 15 million doses of Dryvax the agency still had at the time. After Sep 11 and the subsequent anthrax attacks, the government ordered another 155 million doses from Acambis. In May 2002 Aventis Pasteur revealed it had between 75 million and 90 million doses of smallpox vaccine in storage and was turning the whole amount over to the government. Later that year, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson said the Aventis vaccine totaled 85 million doses and could be diluted to yield five to ten times as many. ACAM2000, which is derived from Dryvax, was licensed by the FDA in August 2007. The Aventis vaccine was approved until 1997, when the manufacturer asked for revocation of the license, since routine vaccination had ended decades before, according to the FDA. But the product could be used in an emergency under the “investigational new drug” (IND) process. Ehresmann said the MDH currently has no ACAM2000, but the department may ask the CDC for some doses for use by laboratory workers. The vaccine was also given to a few people who had potential exposure to monkeypox in the US outbreak in the summer of 2003. About 70 people contracted the illness after it spread to the United States via Gambian giant rats imported from Africa. Deadline for destroying vaccineIn the Feb 29 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the CDC announced Wyeth’s intention to withdraw the Dryvax license. “This withdrawal is not necessitated by any safety, purity, or quality concerns with the product but rather is consistent with a contract agreement between CDC and Wyeth,” the notice said.center_img See also: Dryvax, which was made by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and whose active ingredient is vaccinia virus grown on the skin of calves, is being replaced by ACAM2000, made by Acambis and grown in laboratory cell cultures. However, the national stockpile still contains, as a backup, hundreds of millions of doses of another old smallpox vaccine similar to Dryvax, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition to the DoD program, Dryvax was used in an HHS campaign in 2003 that aimed to vaccinate 450,000 healthcare workers because of the perceived threat of a biological attack. But health workers had concerns about the vaccine’s safety and questioned the seriousness of the threat, and the effort largely fizzled, reaching only about 38,000 workers in its first 7 months. Vaccine buildup began in 2000Smallpox was eradicated in the 1970s, but the Soviet Union made large amounts of the virus in its Cold War biological weapons program. Public health experts have been concerned for years that terrorists might obtain a supply of the virus and try to use it as a weapon. Dryvax has been used by the Department of Defense (DoD) to vaccinate more than 1.4 million military personnel since late 2002. Last month the DoD announced it was switching to ACAM2000. The vaccine is required mainly for personnel who serve in the Middle East and South Korea. “The AP [Aventis Pasteur vaccine] is in the SNS for use as an investigative new drug but is approved for use in an emergency,” Roebuck said via e-mail. “We would use the licensed ACAM2000 first, then move to the AP in an outbreak.” May 29, 2002, CIDRAP News story “Aventis to give millions of smallpox vaccine doses to US government” In June 2007 US officials awarded a $500 million contract to Bavarian Nordic A/S for 20 million doses of a smallpox vaccine that is expected to be safer for people with weakened immune systems. The vaccine uses a weakened form of the vaccinia virus. “We got the vaccine for the vaccination process [in 2003] and then we were able to store it, and the CDC continued to send updates about extending the shelf life,” she said, adding that other states may have done the same. Mar 7, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials recently announced plans to get rid of their last remaining stocks of the decades-old smallpox vaccine Dryvax, as a newer vaccine takes its place in the national stockpile of emergency medical supplies. Nov 29, 2001, CIDRAP News story on Acambis contract to supply vaccine to HHSlast_img read more

What happens when we have too many arrivals at a destination or too much water in a container and we want to prevent overflow?

first_imgPrecisely on the topic of “Overtourism and management” through the video Small School of Tourism, he dealt with the alpha and omega of family accommodation in Croatia and an excellent expert in tourism – Nedo Pinezić. In the video, Pinezić explains the phenomenon of excessive tourism in a simple and practical way through the display of overflowing a vessel. There are various solutions and suggestions, and one of the solutions to fight this big problem is – Less is more, or focus on quality, not quantity. This is certainly not the only solution, nor can the whole circle be closed with just one measure. As we know, tourism is not one industry, but connects and influences various industries vertically and horizontally. It is therefore imperative to look at the bigger picture and engage in strategic management and development. What happens when we have too many arrivals at a destination or too much water in a container and we want to prevent overflow? The solution is very simple and logical. Find out in this great short and practical video that best explains the term Overtourism or excessive tourism. Cover photo: pierrelaurentdurantin, Pixabay.com And the root of the problem is the result of poor management or not dealing with the strategic and sustainable development of tourist destinations. A topic that is the subject of great debate on the global scene, but not enough in Croatia. We are more concerned with numbers and statistics, and least with solutions and real topics. Overtourism is a word that has dominated the global tourism scene for the last couple of years and creates major problems and challenges for tourist destinations. last_img read more

Experts warn of COVID-19 quackery, false cures

first_imgRead also: Preventing misleading claim of COVID-19 cureAt the same event, Indonesian Doctors Council (KKI) chairman Sukman Tulus Putra supported Pandu’s opinion, saying that the public should err on the side of caution and remain skeptical of any claims of a COVID-19 cure as there was currently no medicine proven to cure the disease.He said pharmaceutical companies and researchers should be objective when advertising their products and refrain from issuing false claims that could potentially harm consumers.“Don’t simply claim that you have discovered the cure for COVID-19. Going straight into production without having passed clinical trials is an ethical violation,” Sukman said.There have been numerous claims of supposed COVID-19 remedies in Indonesia since the country reported its first confirmed cases in March.Several weeks after the country’s outbreak began, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced that the government had prepared medicines, including three million doses of chloroquine phosphate – an antimalarial drug – which he described as “having been proven to cure COVID-19 in other countries”.However, health experts have warned the public against consuming chloroquine without proper medical supervision, citing a number of potentially debilitating side effects, such as weakened muscles and mental disorders.Earlier this month, experts advised against using dexamethasone, an inexpensive and widely used medication, which had previously been hailed as a “major breakthrough” in COVID-19 treatment.Topics : Strict testing is required for the slew of supposed coronavirus remedies that have garnered public attention in recent months, experts say.For people seeking to mitigate the impact of the outbreak on their health, alternative medical practices claiming to be cures for COVID-19 have become increasingly appealing.However, health experts have cautioned against taking these claims at face value and have called on the government to bolster the screening process for new medicines to ensure that they are safe for public consumption. Epidemiologist Pandu Riono from the University of Indonesia’s Public Health Faculty urged all stakeholders to comply with existing laws on the production of medicine to ensure public safety.“Although we’re in the middle of an emergency, we still have to keep public safety in mind,” Pandu said during an online discussion held by the Indonesian Consumers’ Foundation (YLKI) on Sunday.He went on to urge the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) to play a more active role during the pandemic to prevent the market from being saturated with questionable products that could exacerbate existing health hazards.“There are no shortcuts when it comes to [medicine]. Every stakeholder must abide by the law,” he said.last_img read more

QE sees deficit at Bank of Ireland pension fund increase by €700m

first_imgThe deficit in one of Ireland’s largest pension funds has increased by €700m in the wake of the European Central Bank’s programme of quantitative easing (QE).Bank of Ireland (BoI) said that, despite a 10% increase in asset value, up from the €6.5bn reported at the end of December last year, the fund’s deficit nevertheless increased.According to the company’s most recent annual report, liabilities for the Bank of Ireland Staff Pension Fund (BSPF) – employing a discount rate of 2.2% and inflation assumptions of 1.5% – stood at €7.5bn at the end of last year.In an interim management statement, BoI said the impact of the central bank’s QE programme had resulted in a €700m increase, to €1.7bn, in the IAS 19 deficit. However, the 80-basis-point drop in discount rates should have resulted in a nearly €1.3bn increase in liabilities.The impact of QE would have been offset by lower than expected inflation.The bank calculated in its 2014 annual report that, for every 10bps decrease in inflation, it would see liabilities fall €101m, compared with a €407m increase per 25bps decrease in the discount rate.Industry association PensionsEurope recently warned that pension funds risked being “collateral damage” as further monetary easing policies were launched, and urged regulators to consider postponing valuations or being more lenient as deficits increased.It echoed calls from the Irish Association of Pension Funds that pension regulation should be reviewed in light of the “artificial and unprecedented conditions” in bond markets.However, the Pensions Authority has since insisted that it would not relax the funding standard applied to pension schemes in Ireland as it could give members and schemes a “false impression” the situation could be easily resolved.last_img read more

Buxton Beach Update: Repairing McCaskill’s Swing Arm

first_imgImage source: Weeks MarineDare County has just released the latest update on their Buxton Beach nourishment project, saying that the Weeks Marine’s cutterhead dredger C.R. McCaskill broke a swing arm while riding out high waves over the last weekend. Due to the approaching storm, the McCaskill is now in Norfolk and repairs will be completed there.The hopper dredger R.N. Weeks has pumped approximately 23,000 cubic yards of sand at the northern landing point since it arrived last week.This week, the R.N. Weeks will also seek shelter in Norfolk until the rough sea conditions have passed.Upon completion of this coastal project, the widened shoreline will provide increased defense from coastal storms and beach erosion protecting property, communities and infrastructure located along the shoreline.[mappress mapid=”24506″]last_img read more

Talos to bring fresh Tornado well online by early 2Q

first_imgU.S.-based Talos Energy will start up the Tornado 3 well located in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico by early second quarter of 2019.Helix Producer 1; Image by: Helix ESG; Source: Wikimedia – under the CC BY-SA 2.0 licenseThe Green Canyon block 281 SS003 ST1 well, known as Tornado 3, was drilled to a total depth of 21,600 feet in December 2018 and logged approximately 200 feet gross and 130 feet net of true vertical pay.Talos said on Wednesday that when the well goes online the expected gross production rate would be between 10.0 and 15 mboed.Talos is the operator and owns a 65% working interest, with Kosmos Energy owning the remaining 35% working interest in the block.The company added that it would have 2019 capital expenditures in the range of $465 million to $485 million, which is expected to be funded with cash flow from operations.The Tornado 3 well hook-up, as well as the drilling and potential hook-up of three additional projects in the Green Canyon area, would be financed from the 2019 capex.The company confirmed that the Helix Producer 1 vessel, which is used to produce from the Phoenix complex in Talos’ Green Canyon core, would undergo regulatory required dry-dock period and as a result production would be shut down between 45 to 60 days. The Phoenix complex includes the Tornado, Boris, and Typhoon fields.The company estimated that the impact of the shut-in would be between 9.0 – 13.0 mboed. In the current commodity price environment, the shut-in represents an estimated cash flow impact of $35 million to $55 million, primarily in the first quarter of 2019.Talos also stated that the Noble Don Taylor rig, which drilled Tornado 3, was currently on location drilling the Boris 3 development well.Upon completion of drilling operations, Boris 3 will be tied-back to the Helix Producer 1 upon its return from dry dock along with Tornado 3. Boris 3 is expected to be online in the second quarter with an expected gross production rate between 3.0 mboed and 5.0 mboed. Talos is the operator and owns a 100% working interest.last_img read more