Mario Cantone to Star in World Premiere of Musical Fantasy Bliss at 5th Avenue Theatre

first_img Tony-nominated actor Mario Cantone has been announced to star as Sir Pincus Glimmermore in the brand-new musical Bliss, slated to make its world premiere at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre in 2020. The previously announced tuner, directed by Tony nominee Sheryl Kaller (Mothers and Sons) and choreographed by Josh Prince (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), will run from January 31 through February 23.Cantone is a veteran actor who has appeared on Broadway in Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Tempest, The Violet Hour, Assassins and his Tony-nominated solo show Laugh Whore. TV viewers know him for his comedic turn as Anthony Marentino on Sex and the City.Featuring a book, music and lyrics by Tyler Beattie and Emma Lively (Blue, Candyland), Bliss is a fantasy adventure that flips the traditional princess narrative upside down. Hidden away for years by an overprotective father, four wildly distinctive and lovably awkward princesses dream of the world beyond the castle walls. When at last they escape, they encounter adventures beyond their wildest imaginations—and a world that judges them based on appearance. In the end, they must each decide what is worth sacrificing for a “happily ever after.”In advance of Bliss, 5th Avenue Theatre will present the world premiere stage adaptation of Mrs. Doubtfire, starring Tony nominee Rob McClure in the title role. Mario Cantone(Photo: Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) View Commentslast_img read more

Everything you wanted to know about Intelligent Mail for your credit union—and need to ask!

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Harry Stephens Harry is President/CEO and founder of DATAMATX, one of the nation’s largest, privately held full-service providers of printed and electronic billing solutions. As an advocate for business mailers … Web: www.datamatx.com Details We all know that webinars, podcasts and videos can be an excellent way to get the information you need to increase your knowledge base on a topic. When the topic is about Intelligent Mail, having access to materials that educate, answer questions and guide you down a solid path is extremely valuable. Implementing the facets of Intelligent Mail can be confusing, but if you mail in volume, highly profitable. So even though the actual date of mandating the use of the Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) is still not known, it would be smart to have an understanding of the scope of Full-Service Intelligent Mail® —or better yet, have things already in motion.The United States Postal Service offers a plethora of educational resources on Intelligent Mail and encourages business mailers to migrate to the use of Full-Service Intelligent Mail when mailing First-Class Mail® postcards, letters and flats, Standard Mail® letters and flats, Periodicals letters and flats and bound printed matter flats.The beauty of Intelligent Mail barcodes is that they are information-rich. For example, the POSTNET barcode only includes delivery point routing information. In contrast, the Intelligent Mail barcode holds significantly more data, feeding back information about the mail piece, making it possible to use the mail in a much smarter, more efficient manner.To answer questions you may have on the topic, a series of four webinars are available to assist mailers in transitioning to Full-Service Intelligent Mail. The webinars are designed to walk you through the process and help you get the most out of using Full-Service Intelligent Mail.And if you have even more questions, the USPS most likely has the answers. Check out the frequently asked questions and answers (FAQs) available on both RIBBS under Intelligent Mail Services and PostalOne! as well as videos and DVDs that focus on Intelligent Mail barcode implementation specifically.All of these educational materials mentioned—and a host of other resources—can be found on RIBBS – Intelligent Mail Services and PostalOne!Even though the actual date to implement Full-Service IMb in order to get the best automated discounts has been pushed off, your best bet is to push on, stay on track and get Full-Service IMb in place. You can’t lose.Benefits of the Intelligent Mail barcode include:A greater overall data capacity than existing postal barcodesProviding business  mailers with more digits for their use, allowing for unique identification of up to one billion mailpieces per mailingMore accurate and detailed information about mailings, which can enable better decision makingIncreases mailpiece “real estate” by eliminating the need for multiple barcodesAllows for participation in multiple USPS service programsImplementing IMb does demand a little more forethought and planning for optimal utilization. However, it makes mailing procedures quicker and more efficient for every business seeking to achieve the best possible rates. The Full-Service Intelligent mail system not only helps the USPS  streamline its own operations, it also delivers significant benefits by providing more accurate and detailed information for improved efficiency and accountability when it comes to your business mail. It is simply a win-win for everyone.last_img read more

UF’s Dean Jerry to step down

first_imgUniversity of Florida Levin College of Law Dean Robert H. Jerry II has announced his intention to step down as dean, effective June 30, 2014. Dean Jerry has led the law school since 2003 and plans to stay on as a member of the faculty.“I hope you agree that our college is stronger today than it has ever been; this has resulted from the dedicated efforts of the outstanding administrative team with which I have been privileged to work, the dedication the faculty has shown to providing a high-quality program for our students, the efforts of a very strong staff, and the seemingly unbounded willingness of our alumni to give both time and financial resources to make us better,” Jerry said.Dean Jerry became the Levin College of Law’s 15th dean in 2003, and will have led the college for 11 years, which will tie him for service as the second-longest serving law dean since the school was founded in 1909 and one of the longest-serving law deans nationwide.“Under his thoughtful and inspired leadership, the college has continued to thrive despite tough economic conditions and today’s highly challenging environment for legal education,” said Joseph Glover, UF provost and senior vice president. “Dean Jerry assembled an administrative team that during this 10-year period transformed many of the college’s functions and programs, including admissions, placement, and student services.”In 2009, Glover said, the college commenced a three-year program that reduced the size of the student body by 25 percent, a transformative change that improved student-faculty ratios, access to the curriculum, and student services, which presaged reductions that occurred in 90 percent of the nation’s law schools in 2011 and 2012.“A detail-oriented administrator and a favorite with the college’s 22,000-plus alumni, he helped build its private endowment into one of the largest among public law schools in the country,” Glover said. “Annual giving increased during his deanship, exceeded $830,000 in each of the last three years, and set a new record in 2012-13.”During his tenure, the school’s major reconstruction project that constructed or renovated all of the classrooms and the library was started and completed, and a freestanding legal advocacy center with a new courtroom and advocacy education suite was planned, designed, funded, and constructed.Five permanent lecture series were created during Jerry’s tenure, bringing top legal leaders to campus, including eight visits from U.S. Supreme Court justices in the past eight years.“Dean Jerry has been a tireless advocate for students, and he has placed great emphasis on the value of and support for diversity in the law school community,” Glover said. “To help students in a difficult employment market, he created a post-graduate fellowship program, supported expansion of the pre-graduate summer externship program, and initiated a new program to aid students seeking judicial clerkships, which last year enabled UF Law to rank 26th in the nation in the number of graduates obtaining federal judicial clerkships.” UF’s Dean Jerry to step down UF’s Dean Jerry to step downcenter_img September 1, 2013 Regular Newslast_img read more

Avian Flu Scan for Jan 15, 2015

first_imgH5N2 found in wild Oregon mallardIn the latest detection of avian flu in wild and domestic birds in Western states, Oregon officials have confirmed the H5N2 strain in a hunter-killed mallard near Eugene, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) said in a news release yesterday.The female duck was sampled Dec 20 as part of routine ODFW surveillance. Results of confirmatory testing at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, were relayed to the ODFW on Jan 13. The mallard, which was shot at the Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, showed no signs of sickness.The release also said there have been no recent reports of waterfowl die-offs in North America. The last one appears to have been in December. On Dec 17, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed that H5N2 was found in northern pintail ducks after a die-off at Wiser Lake in northwestern Washington.H5N2 has also affected several backyard poultry flocks in Washington in recent weeks and a number of commercial farms across the border in British Columbia since early December.Another avian flu strain—H5N8—has been confirmed in recent weeks in wild birds in Utah and California, a captive gyrfalcon in Washington, and a backyard flock in southwestern Oregon. That strain was also responsible for a series of outbreaks in Europe since November and in more recent ones in South Korea and Taiwan (see item below).Jan 14 ODFW news release Dec 17 USDA press release on avian flu in pintails, gyrfalcon Taiwan reports 4 more H5N8 outbreaksTaiwan agriculture officials have confirmed 4 new H5N8 avian flu outbreaks on geese farms, bringing to 10 the number of such outbreaks in the past 5 days, according to a report posted today by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).Two of the outbreaks are in Chiayi County, and two are in Yunlin County in the western part of Taiwan. Four of the previous outbreaks have been in Chiayi County, with one each in Yunlin and Pingtung counties, the latter being in the south.The new outbreaks have affected farms ranging in size from 1,400 to 10,000 geese. From 4 to 3,180 birds have contracted H5N8, with all affected birds dying. The report said plans call for destroying all the birds on the affected farms to prevent disease spread.All told, 3,298 of 21,600 geese have been infected.Jan 15 OIE report Study: H10 evolution in China highlights threat to public healthTwelve years of surveillance of H10 avian flu viruses in poultry and migratory birds in southern China—tracing the origins of the H10N8 and H10N6 strains—demonstrate the severe threat to public health posed by the viruses as they reassort in the fertile influenza ecosystem of China, according to findings of a study yesterday in the Journal of Virology.The researchers, from several Chinese institutions as well as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., carried out systematic surveillance at live-poultry markets (LPMs) and sentinel duck farms in six provinces of southern China as well as in uninhabited areas of Poyang Lake and at farms adjacent to the lake from 2002 to 2014.They say H10 viruses that began appearing at LPMs in Jiangxi in August 2013 originated from over-wintering migratory ducks sharing the Poyang Lake area with domestic ducks, with shared viruses then transferring to LPMs, where they further reassorted with enzootic avian flu strains.The authors state that they have isolated 124 H10N8 and H10N6 strains from local LPMs. Phylogenetic analysis has shown that H10N8 in chickens was generated through multiple reassortments between H10 and N8 viruses from domestic ducks and enzootic H9N2 viruses in chickens.H10N8 has caused at least three human cases in recent months, two fatal.The more recently seen H10N6 variant may have stemmed from the reassortment of the continually present H10 viruses at LPMs with H5N6 viruses, they add. No human cases have been associated with this strain.The influenza ecosystem of China, explain the authors, is unique in its huge population of aquatic birds and terrestrial poultry and in the multiple subtypes of flu viruses existent in them, the combination of industrial and mixed-animal backyard farming, and the widespread system of LPMs.They conclude, “All these factors make China a unique influenza epicentre for generating novel viruses with pandemic potential,” and that to reduce the emergence of novel viruses and control current enzootic influenza viruses and the potential emergence of pandemic flu in China, “Revolutionary changes to the entire structure of poultry farming practices, LPMs, and the poultry distribution system are needed.”Jan 14 J Virol study abstractlast_img read more

News Scan for Nov 02, 2020

first_imgStudy highlights role of hospital floors in spread of healthcare pathogensHospital room floors could be an underappreciated source of healthcare-associated pathogen spread, including those resistant to antibiotics, according to a study today in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.In the abstract from the March 2020 Decennial International Conference on Healthcare-Associated Infection, researchers from the Northeast Ohio Veterans Administration (VA) Healthcare System and Cleveland VA Medical Center observed the interactions of patients, hospital workers, and portable equipment in thoroughly cleaned hospital rooms of 17 newly admitted patients who had tested negative for carriage of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). They then collected cultures from patient skin and room surfaces, including the floors, one to three times a day, focusing on surfaces in contact with personnel and portable equipment.One or more environmental cultures were found to be MRSA-positive in the rooms of 10 patients (59%), while Clostridioides difficile and vancomycin-resistant Enterococci were each found in the rooms of two patients. Patients interacted with an average of 2.4 hospital workers and 0.6 portable devices per hour of observation. In a subset of patients, MRSA appeared on the hospital room floors within hours of admission, and was subsequently found on patient beds, high-touch surfaces, and patient socks within 24 hours.Molecular typing conducted in several patient rooms found that the spa type of the MRSA isolates on the floors was the same as isolates recovered from other sites, but the direct transfer of pathogens to personnel or equipment to high-touch surfaces was not detected.”Hand hygiene is critical, but we need to develop practical approaches to reduce under-appreciated sources of pathogens to protect patients,” senior author Curtis Donskey, MD, an epidemiologist at the Cleveland VA Medical Center, said in a press release from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), which sponsors the journal.Nov 2 Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol abstract Nov 2 SHEA press release Avian flu detected in Russia, Israel, Germany, and UKIn the latest avian flu outbreak developments, Russia and Israel reported more highly pathogenic H5N8 outbreaks in poultry, German detected H5N8 and H5N8 in a few wild birds, and the United Kingdom reported an event involving low-pathogenic H5N2 in poultry.A small but steady stream of H5N8 outbreaks have been occurring in Russia and Kazakhstan over the past few months, and officials have feared that migratory birds would spread to virus to other locations in Europe.Russia’s latest outbreak began on Oct 19 at a commercial poultry farm in Rostov oblast in the far southwestern part of the country, killing 1,011 and sickening 52,179 of more than 1.1 million susceptible birds. The survivors were slated for culling as part of the outbreak response measures.Meanwhile, Israel reported two H5N8 outbreaks at turkey farms, one in Hazafon and the other in Haifa. The events began on Oct 29 and Oct 30, respectively, killing 170 of 18,870 birds at the locations. The rest were destroyed.erman government veterinary officials said avian flu has been detected in wild birds, apparently found dead, in three different states. They include a wild duck in Hamburg, a buzzard in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, and various wild birds in Schleswig-Holstein. The virus types included H5N8 and H5N5.Also, the UK Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) today said low-pathogenic H5N2 has been identified in an outbreak at a small commercial poultry farm near the city of Deal in Kent. All 480 birds will be euthanized to curb the spread of the virus. An investigation is under way into the source of the virus, and DEFRA said wild birds migrating from mainland Europe during the winter pose a risk of spreading the disease to poultry and other captive birds.Nov 2 OIE report on H5N8 in Russia Nov 1 OIE report on H5N8 in Israel Oct 31 German government statement Nov 2 DEFRA updatelast_img read more

THAW Fest Kick-off

first_imgOn Friday evening at Southampton Arts Center, the Hamptons Arts Network held its kick-off party and announced the start of THAW Fest (The Hamptons Arts Weekend Festival). SAC director of programs Amy Kirwin welcomed the guests, including East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc and Southampton Town Councilman Tommy John Schiavone, who presented HAN with town proclamations. Sharelast_img

Praxair Electronics opens new facility in New York

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Hansom: Stage whispers

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Gantry moves with Gebr

first_imgThe crane, which had the dimensions 18.75 m x 5 m x 6.9 m, was first shipped as deck cargo on a chartered coaster vessel from Tallinn to Hamburg, explained Franco Ravazzolo, project logistics and breakbulk manager at Gebrüder Weiss.The crane was discharged in Hamburg using shore cranes, and stored on a river vessel for around ten days, before being loaded as breakbulk cargo onto CMA CGM’s containership Aquila using a floating crane. The crane was loaded using an artificial tweendeck of four 40 ft flatracks, said Ravazzolo.Gebrüder Weiss is a member of the Project Cargo Network (PCN) in Austria and Taiwan.   www.gw-world.comwww.projectcargonetwork.comwww.cma-cgm.comlast_img read more

Family judges backing court welfare reports

first_imgFamily judges follow the recommendation of court welfare reports in nine out of 10 cases, research has revealed. A study commissioned by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) shows that the reports of family court advisers were accepted in just over 75% of cases. That figure rises to 90% if cases in which there was to be a further review by the court are included. The findings will bolster the reputation of Cafcass at a time of growing demand. In 2011/12 the number of care applications rose by 11%. In the sample of 170 randomly selected private law residence and/or contact cases there was full congruence between the report recommendations and the final order in 107 cases (63%). In a further 20 cases (12%) there was congruence subject to court review. Eight cases were partially congruent and in five cases the court did not follow the recommendations of the report. Thirty cases were found not to be applicable because either the application was withdrawn, dismissed or adjourned, or a report was not completed. The removal of the ‘not applicable’ cases reveals that reports were fully congruent in 76% of cases and congruent subject to court review in 14% of cases, showing a 90% acceptance by the court of Cafcass reports. Cafcass child protection manager Richard Green said: ‘The fact that our reports are followed in nine out of 10 cases suggests that the courts attach a high degree of merit to them.’ Green said there is a great deal of pressure on Cafcass and the family courts because of coming changes in both public and private law cases. But he said: ‘We have good structures in place to produce high-quality work and we are well placed to respond to the challenges ahead.’last_img read more