Dames at Sea’s Lesli Margherita Sets Sail with New Vlog

first_imgDid you miss her? We did! Lesli Margherita is moving across the street from Matilda to Dames at Sea, and she’s bringing her vlogging camera with her! Get all hands on deck for Ship Happens: Backstage at Dames at Sea with Lesli Margherita.The Looks Not Books queen, stripped of her blonde curly wig and thrown into tap shoes, will once again give us a glimpse of behind-the-scenes life, this time at the Helen Hayes Theatre. Expect appearances from her nautical co-stars Eloise Kropp, Mara Davi, John Bolton, Cary Tedder and Danny Gardner. Let’s hope they know the Q&A theme song.Margherita, who plays Mona Kent in the musical, won an Olivier Award for her performance in Zorro in the West End. In addition to her “Loud” Broadway debut in Matilda, her previous stage credits include Man of La Mancha, Showboat and Little Shop of Horrors.Ship Happens sets sail on September 23 and will run every Wednesday for eight weeks. Dames at Sea Related Shows Lesli Margherita Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 View Comments Star Fileslast_img read more

Tallulah Fest + Chattooga River Clean Up

first_imgWe did it! We fit everything we need to live for eight months in the back of a truck to haul across the country to the Blue Ridge Outdoors headquarters to meet our new home, Live Outside and Play Van (yet to be named). Among our adventure gear, I’ve hidden logic puzzles, homemade sunscreen, and a color changing LED light string, I think we’re set. After we swing by the BRO headquarters, we make way for our first festival, Tallulah Fest!With only five opportunities to dip and dive through the currents of Tallulah River this year, missing this rowdy party and classic rapid run would be a grave mistake. Come join us at Tallulah Fest on April 1st, for boats, brews, bluegrass, and boogying. Emphasis on the boogying, especially by Ben. Boaters from all over come to play in the fresh currents, as well as camp, hike, and celebrate general merriment. There’s even a film festival for the more cultured among us. It will be our first festival of the Live Outside and Play 2017 tour, and Tallulah Fest’s last year (for now), so we need to make it the best year.This is a perfect opportunity to meet us in person and find out what Roxy’s favorite animal is. Stop by our tent, say howdy (it is Georgia after all), and ask us how we managed to fit our entire lives in a van, plus a guitar and a didgeridoo.Once you’ve enjoyed the four B’s of Tallulah Fest, come back to the Live Outside and Play tent Sunday morning (April 2nd) to partake in a Chattooga River clean up. We will be meeting at 10AM to make the world a better place, one piece of litter at a time. We will caravan to the parking lot at the Bull Sluice rapid on the Chattooga and clean up between the US-76 bridge and the flowing Chattooga. As an added bonus, we will have giveaways from our sponsors, as well as dad jokes, and impromptu didgeridoo performances.Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook or Instagram to see when we will be close by!last_img read more

Haiti: One Year after the Earthquake, Priority Is to Speed Up Recovery

first_imgBy Dialogo January 12, 2011 The solution for Haiti is to have a Government of a different nationality, because all of the former Haitians have been corrupt and dictatorial and they only talk about Port Au Prince. The problems of Haiti are not only in Port AU Prince but throughout the entire country. For example in Hinche there is a lot of poverty and more than 500 people have died of cholera. There is no potable water and only one hospital that serves a population of 500,000 people. One year after the earthquake that caused 225,550 deaths in Haiti and displaced 2.3 million people, the “absolute priority” of UN humanitarian agencies in 2011 will be speeding up the country’s recovery, the organization indicated on 11 January. “We need to hit the accelerator on recovery efforts. This will be the absolute priority in 2011,” the spokesperson of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Elisabeth Byrs, explained to AFP. The process is expected to last “months and even years,” given the magnitude of the task on the ground, Byrs admitted, in particular the rebuilding of 180,000 damaged or destroyed homes, the removal of tons of debris, and the reestablishment of basic services for hundreds of thousands of people still waiting to be rehoused. “With 800,000 people still in camps, we should be realistic about the time that will be needed to rehouse all of them,” the spokesperson insisted. The humanitarian agencies again defended their overall handling of an unprecedented disaster that annihilated the structures of an entire state, which lost around 30% of its officials in the 12 January 2010 earthquake. The UN itself mourned the death of two hundred of its employees in the collapse of the building housing its Haitian mission.last_img read more

NAFCU urges lawmakers on MBL relief

first_imgNAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler urged lawmakers to support legislation to provide credit unions relief from the statutory member business lending cap in a letter ahead of today’s House Small Business Committee hearing on entrepreneurship.The committee will receive testimony from various business owners on how they achieve success and the challenges they face in today’s economy in recognition of National Entrepreneur’s Day. The hearing begins at 11 a.m. Eastern.In his letter to committee Chairman Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, and Ranking Member Nydia Velázquez, D-N.Y., Thaler urged support for H.R. 1188, the “Credit Union Small Business Jobs Creation Act,” and H.R. 1422, the “Credit Union Residential Loan Parity Act.”NAFCU today will also monitor a House oversight hearing on the Federal Communications Commission, which is being challenged by NAFCU and others over it ruling on autodialed calls to account holders. The hearing, set for 10:15 a.m. Eastern, will be held by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Facility solutions: Designing smart spaces at your credit union

first_imgThe financial services industry is realizing that brand is more important than commodities in initiating, building and maintaining relationships. Most banks and credit unions offer very similar products and services. Today it is how we deliver those products and services that makes us unique.This concept of spaces that work exceedingly well has a history that goes back 6,000 years ago to the establishment of the principles of feng shui (a Chinese system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment). Even today, spaces affect not just what we do (and what we can do), but how we feel.Think about the places you go in your daily life. Are there spaces you enter and feel good about the experience while you’re there and after you leave?If designing high performance space is about creating both high function and strong positive feelings, why is “vibe” often overlooked in the creative process? I am talking about driving specific positive responses rather than decorating a space to gets wows for aesthetics alone. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

HUD v. Facebook

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Last week I watched a webinar (additional cost) that is available on the NAFCU Online Training Center titled Red Flags for Fair Lending. The webinar was presented live in March of this year on the same day that the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) charged Facebook with violating the Fair Housing Act. Despite the brief warning, the presenters did a great job of explaining what was at issue in the charge against Facebook and what that might mean for credit unions and other financial institutions attempting to comply with the Fair Housing Act’s requirements. The Fair Housing Act prohibits discriminating against any person with respect to the terms and conditions of the sale or rental of a dwelling or in providing any services in conjunction with a sale or rental on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, or disability. When a dwelling is involved, NCUA’s nondiscrimination in lending rule prohibits discrimination against any person in the lending context on similar bases.The HUD Charge of Discrimination against Facebook followed a Housing Discrimination Complaint HUD filed against Facebook in August 2018. In the Housing Discrimination Complaint, HUD alleged that:Facebook unlawfully discriminates by enabling advertisers to restrict which Facebook users receive housing-related ads based on race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin and disability. Facebook mines extensive user data and classifies its users based on protected characteristics. Facebook’s ad targeting tools then invite advertisers to express unlawful preferences by suggesting discriminatory options, and Facebook effectuates the delivery of housing-related ads to certain users and not others based on those users’ actual or imputed protected traits. continue reading »last_img read more

Binghamton Red Cross volunteer stationed in Texas for Hurricane Laura

first_img(WBNG) — As the Gulf Coast prepares for Hurricane Laura, one American Red Cross volunteer from the Southern Tier is in Texas preparing to help. While he’s deployed in the Gulf Coast, he said he’ll work on shelter setup, food distribution and helping people through the expected difficult and emotional times. “I was brought up middle-class morality, duty to others, and that was reinforced in the army with duty, honor, country.” Binghamton’s Bruce Ressner recently joined the Red Cross as a volunteer, now deployed on his first mission to Houston, Texas. Finishing off a career in the army of more than 30 years, rather than relaxing in retirement, he continued helping others as his hobby.center_img “A lot of what I did in the army my last ten years was essentially dealing with amelioration of human suffering and trying, preventing that and that’s essentially the Red Cross mission,” Ressner explained. It’s a job he says isn’t for everyone, but for him, runs in his blood. Ressner is expected to stay down South for at least 2-3 weeks.last_img read more

Kaitlyn Bristowe, Artem Question Carrie Ann’s ‘DWTS’ Judging

first_imgBristowe added that she just wants to know more about the intentions behind Inaba’s commentary.“I would love to have her on the podcast, ask her a few questions. I don’t know!” the “Off the Vine” podcast host explained. “It’s always reassuring to talk to other people and have them asking those same questions because we come back and we’re like, ‘Huh?’ We’re good at accepting constructive criticism. We’re like, ‘OK, great, now let’s apply it. Thank you for the wonderful feedback.’ With this one, it’s like, ‘Huh? OK?’”Bristowe noted that the judge was also tough on season 15 Bachelorette Hannah Brown, who went on to win the mirrorball trophy in 2019.- Advertisement – Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev Question Carrie Ann Inaba Dancing With The Stars DWTS JudgingKaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev ABC/Kelsey McNealJudging for the wrong reasons? Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev are questioning whether Carrie Ann Inaba’s criticism of their Dancing With the Stars performances is strictly about the dance floor.“At this point, it starts being a little personal,” the 38-year-old professional dancer told Entertainment Tonight during a joint interview with the 35-year-old former Bachelorette after the Monday, November 2, episode. “I feel it’s definitely, maybe not a different standard, but I feel like it’s different expectations. I don’t know. I’m watching back the dance itself, it’s like, ‘Oh, you can kick sharper!’ Well, I can say that about everybody who dances on the show today. I don’t know. It’s really odd.”Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev Question Carrie Ann Inaba Dancing With The Stars DWTS JudgingCarrie Ann Inaba arrives at night one of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater on September 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP/Shutterstock- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “I just want to know where it comes from. Is it from a place where you believe in us and you want us to do better? Is it coming from a place of, ‘I was hard on Hannah and you’re another Bachelor girl?’” she asked. “Where is it coming from and how are we supposed to take it and bring it into our next rehearsal? What do you want us to channel and use from it? It’s very hard to understand that.”Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev Question Carrie Ann Inaba Dancing With The Stars DWTS JudgingArtem Chigvintsev and Kaitlyn Bristowe perform on ‘Dancing With The Stars.’ ABC/Eric McCandlessBristowe, who received an eight from Inaba for her jive to “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen, added that judges Derek Hough and Bruno Tonioli give more helpful feedback.- Advertisement – “Derek says things and I’m like, ‘Great! Oh my gosh, I could work on that. Let’s use that next time.’ Same with Bruno,” she said. “And when Carrie says things, I’m like, ‘What do you want us to do with that?’”During Monday’s episode, Bristowe and Chigvintsev escaped the bottom two again despite Inaba arguing that the reality TV personality performed a “lift” with Chigvintsev vs. doing her own jump during her jive. (Chrishell Stause was ultimately eliminated over Skai Jackson.) On the October 26 episode of the ABC show, Inaba suggested that Bristowe “gave up” and lost her “spirit” during her Halloween paso doble.“At this point right now, we just feel like we’re never going to make her happy. It feels really discouraging, in a sense, to come back next week,” Chigvintsev concluded after Monday’s episode. “I was literally wanting to have earmuffs and put it on top of [Kaitlyn’s] head.”Dancing With the Stars airs on ABC Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news!last_img read more

Pigeon message found over a century after sent by German soldier

first_imgDominique Jardy, curator of the Linge Museum, near where the discovery was made, thinks 1910 is more likely, Le Parisien reports (in French). – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img

German government to host flu database

first_imgOct 20, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The German Ministry of Food, Agriculture & Consumer Protection (BMELV) today announced that it has agreed to host the influenza gene sequence database of the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID), putting its future on a more solid footing as the world enters the second wave of the H1N1 flu pandemic. Jun 25 CIDRAP News story “Pandemic reveals strengths of new flu database” GISAID was formed in 2006 when international researchers sough a more open way to share H5N1 and other influenza virus gene sequences. Members of the science community have praised the database for what they say is a more complete collection of flu virus data; for example, those who upload sequences can include clinical data, which researchers say has been useful, especially during the H1N1 pandemic. The agreement to host the database on a German government site was signed in Bonn on Oct 14, about a week after GISAID held a database workshop for its international users in Saarbruecken, Germany. The agreement between Germany and GISAID acknowledges that the database contributes to the rapid development of flu vaccines for humans and animals and stipulates that a division of Germany’s BMELV will become the permanent home of the database starting in 2011. The agreement also provides that GISAID will continue its work of developing and promoting the EpiFlu database. GISAID, a nonprofit organization, relaunched its widely used EpiFlu database in mid September after its former contractor blocked access to the database from the GISAID site. Despite the speed bump, the World Health Organization’s collaborating centers used GISAID’s new database in September to select the seasonal flu strains for the Southern Hemisphere’s 2010 flu vaccine. According to an ongoing tally on GISAID’s Web portal, the database will soon contain 30,000 influenza isolates. See also: Dr. Iqbal Survé, a physician from South Africa who is a member of GISAID’s Board of Trustees, said in a statement released to CIDRAP News, “We are truly humbled by the support and commitment of the GISAID community during these recent weeks, and indeed grateful to have found a permanent home for our EpiFlu database with the government of the Federal Republic of Germany as its host.”center_img At the GISAID workshop in Saarbruecken a new database technical committee was formed to provide a transparent and efficient way to route feedback from scientists who use the database to its developers. Though one of GISAID’s hallmarks has been its user-friendly interface, the new committee will help in that it will ensure that all user feedback is considered, GISAID officials told CIDRAP News. After the legal and contractual spat with its former database contractor, the Geneva-based Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, GISAID administrators developed a new version with the Max Planck Institute and A3 Systems in Germany. Jul 27 CIDRAP News Scan “Legal conflict erupts over flu database” GISAID EpiFlu database platform BMELV press announcement (in German)last_img read more