Cole Escola(Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Writers Guild of America, East) We now have details regarding the previously announced Obie Awards! The 65th annual celebration of off and off-off Broadway theater will take place on the American Theatre Wing’s YouTube channel on June 4 at 8PM ET. The prerecorded ceremony will be hosted by comedian, actor and writer Cole Escola (Difficult People, Mozart in the Jungle), who will also perform with surprise special guests.Before the show, Patti LuPone and Marie’s Crisis accompanists Adam Michael Tilford and Kenney M. Green will join the American Theatre Wing in raising a glass to the theater season with a sing-a-long. The pre-show fundraiser, sponsored by Art Lab, will support the Wing’s efforts to sustain the theater community in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more and reserve your sing-a-long spot here.During the ceremony, which was originally scheduled to be held on May 18 at Terminal 5, awards will be handed out for shows that opened between May 1, 2019 and March 12, 2020, in addition to shining a light on the productions that were in rehearsal and performance at the time the theaters closed. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of its Obie Award wins, members of the York Theatre revival of Merrily We Roll Along will be joined by members of the original Broadway and 2019 Fiasco Theater revival casts for a special performance of “Our Time.” Songwriter and performer Shaina Taub will perform during the In Memoriam segment.Michael Feingold, longtime Village Voice theater critic, will receive a special citation for his work as a leading voice in theater criticism, his advocacy on behalf of off and off-off Broadway and his 43 years of dedication to the Obie Awards, including twelve as the Obie Chairman. The Obies will establish a special citation to be given annually in Feingold’s name. In addition, two Lifetime Achievement awards will be handed out to Vinie Burrows and Tim Sanford. The 2020 Obie Awards are co-chaired by Obie-winning scenic designer Rachel Hauck and choreographer Sam Pinkleton, with Feingold serving as an advisor in the role of Chairman Emeritus.”This year, the COVID-19 crisis has challenged our community in ways we could have never imagined, but the creativity and collaboration inherent within these artists will enable theater to ascend once again,” said American Theatre Wing President & CEO Heather Hitchens in a statement. “The American Theatre Wing honors theater that impacts the American experience. As the proud co-presenter of the Obie Awards, we are privileged to celebrate this incredible work.” Star Files View Comments Patti LuPone
Developmentally disabled children in the Florida Department of Children and Families’ care and custody are the most vulnerable children in Florida; however, often they have no one to advocate for their needs or argue in juvenile court on their behalf before governmental agencies.DCF has the apparatus to provide care, but this population often doesn’t get the attention it needs from DCF, its community-based care providers, and particularly from the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and the Agency for Health Care Administration.Tamiyah Audain, 12, paid the ultimate price for this lack of attention. The girl, who suffered from autism and a rare genetic disorder, was orphaned and became a ward of the state when her mother died and her father refused to care for her. She was sent to various family members. She suffered malnutrition and bedsores.Throughout her ordeal, child welfare agencies contracted by DCF debated who should pay for her care. Critical care and benefits that would have protected her were denied. Staffings and evaluations were cancelled. Late last month, Tamiyah became the 21st Florida child known to have recently died while under the watch of DCF.If only she had an attorney or attorney ad litem to represent her in the state dependency system and to obtain critical benefits before these other agencies, Tamiyah might have received the care and medical waiver benefits she needed to prevent her death.We must put an end to this needless and senseless wrongful death, personal injury, and physical abuse. Advocates have admonished DCF and its providers for not seeing that these citizens receive the critical and appropriate medical care and governmental benefits they need.Advocates have lauded the Legislature for providing funds this past session to make sure legal counsel is available for medically fragile children. Now it is time for them to similarly help other children who cannot protect themselves — developmentally disabled children in foster care.One child advocate attorney could have prevented her death. Instead, providers and governmental agencies collectively ignored her needs, and somewhere along the line, no advocate was there to make a difference to save Tamiyah’s life.Howard M. Talenfeld President of Florida’s Children First Ft. LauderdaleRethink the System November 15, 2013 Letters LettersThe Profession’s Future Thank you for publishing the October 15 front page piece on the future of our profession. It has renewed my interest in the reasons (if there are any) why anybody would voluntarily be a member of The Florida Bar.The Board of Governors, the courts, the profession as a whole understand and admit that there are serious flaws in how legal education and legal services are administered and now there is real debate as to how the profession is going to survive into the next decade, let alone the next century. The article focuses on the fact that we’re turning out substantially more lawyers than the market can absorb; that nobody wants new lawyers without experience (law students take note); that “for the first time lawyers have serious competition from nonlawyers;” and that they just better get used to it because they “should no longer count on ‘reflexive’ regulatory protection.” It goes further to say that really nothing at all can be done about the proliferation of technology so we had best just deal with that, too. If The Florida Bar can do nothing to protect us from the unlicensed practice of law from nonlawyers and can do nothing to protect us from the onslaught of new lawyers who are just now figuring out that the days of making money in this profession are slipping away fast and can offer no real benefit to the individual members of our profession, but instead concern themselves with such pressing issues as diversity and professionalism, what is the real raison d’etre of The Florida Bar? Why am I paying almost $300 per year for membership in an organization that isn’t protecting me from competition from people who are paying nothing? And why is diversity important to me? What do I care if there aren’t enough minorities in the profession if I’m worrying about making payroll next week? Somebody better take note. I speak for a lot of people who are thinking the same thing, but are afraid to write things like this because it’s not politically correct. I think The Florida Bar could be a powerful tool against the things that threaten our profession, but for whatever reason, like Neville Chamberlain at Munich in 1938, they choose not to step up.Ernest J. Mullins KissimmeeDCF November 15, 2013 Letters The adversarial system should be rethought, because this throwback to the medieval mode of trial by combat, also called wager of battle and judicial duel, no longer can be justified in a time when the public interest and the general welfare must be served.The public interest and the general welfare cannot be subsumed under the special or selfish interests of the client. Indeed, what is good for society must be good for the client.It is not the other way around. If it is pollution, for example, society must be the winner.If it is consumer fraud, society must be the winner. And, in other situations, the demands of the client at the expense of society must take second fiddle.But society and the general welfare are also not served because the adversarial system is not a level playing field.Generally, the party with the money to support a large legal team will win out over the party lacking in funds even for one lawyer.Lady Justice may be blind, but so much of the judiciary is not blind to ideological conditioning and a particular jurisprudence that serves one party well and another party poorly.As in the olden days, today’s adversarial trial is a judicially sanctioned duel, but so often the duelists are not of equal ability or capability. And this cannot be said of the jurors, so many of whom are not qualified by lack of education or experience or objectivity or plain common sense to serve justice well, if at all. This problem becomes ever more serious the more complex the facts and the legal issues of this or that case.Lawyers practically do rhetorical summersaults in their efforts to persuade or dissuade the jurors from this or that verdict, regardless of the truth of the case.The adversarial system becomes a modern day trial by ordeal where the witness or the defendant may be subject to the most egregious questioning. And the plaintiff or the defendant, in many cases, has to spend a life’s accumulated fortune to defend against claims of guilt or innocence. And then may come the appeal that will use up what money is left and more, the party being left many times in a veritable state of bankruptcy.What would replace the adversarial system that is a most imperfect method of determining the truth of the matter at hand? The answer is the scientific method in which adversarial combat is replaced with the objective search for the truth. Ask any medical research scientist or any astronomer what the objective search for truth is; and see their results that have served society well.The scientist seeks to let the reality of the situation speak for itself. The attorney, on the other hand, seeks a reality that suits the client. The scientist’s pursuit of experimental control and reproducibility diminishes the effects of cognitive biases. But the biases of the client are precisely that with which the attorney willingly works, if the attorney wishes to be paid or hired in the first place.The scientist needs to know all sides of the question, but the attorney is concerned — unless the attorney is a very good one — only with the client’s side. The scientist thus analyzes all the data, while the attorney is devoted only to the data that will prove his client’s case.True. An attorney cannot experiment as does a scientist. Cannot experiment. Cannot replicate. Cannot test hypotheses and thus cannot predict.But an attorney can have the objective mindset of the scientist, and instill in the client the essential need to be objective.In short, let justice be served not by the adversarial system that is not capable so often of doing so, but by the scientific method.Stephen Schoeman Westfield, NJ
US flu activity continues slow fade as season lingersNearly all measures of seasonal flu circulation in the United States continued their slow decline last week, but they stayed above baseline levels, making the season officially longer than average, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.Thirteen weeks has been the average span of flu seasons over the past 13 years, and last week marked this season’s 14th week, the CDC noted.Outpatient medical visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) dropped to 3.0% of all visits last week, down from 3.2% the week before, but that level remained well above the national baseline of 2.0%, the CDC reported. Twelve states reported high ILI activity, one less than a week earlier.Geographically widespread flu circulation was reported by 20 states, down sharply from 30 states the week before. The share of respiratory samples that tested positive for flu was down to 12.1% from 13.0% a week earlier, the CDC said.The fraction of deaths attributed to pneumonia and flu was 7.4% last week, compared with 8.4% a week earlier, but it still hovered above the epidemic threshold of 7.2%.The cumulative rate of flu-related hospitalizations continued to climb, reaching 51.7 per 100,000 population last week. For elderly people the hospitalization rate pushed further into record territory, reaching 258.0 per 100,000, far above the previous record of 183.0 in the 2012-13 season.Six more flu-related deaths in children were reported, bringing the season total to 92, the CDC said. Three deaths were linked to influenza A/H3N2 viruses, one involved an influenza B virus, and the other two involved type A viruses that were not subtyped.H3N2 viruses have been heavily dominant this season, but type B is staging a late-season surge, which is not unusual. Last week type B viruses accounted for 30.9% of specimens that were typed. For the season overall, only 6.9% of tested isolates have been type B. Feb 27 CDC FluView summary Feb 27 FluView report Two elderly men latest H7N9 cases in ChinaTwo more cases of H7N9 avian influenza have been diagnosed in China’s Guangdong province, according to a press release yesterday from Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection (CHP) and the machine translation of a report from the Ministry of Health and Family Planning Commission posted today by FluTrackers, an infectious disease news message board.The first case-patient is a 78-year-old man from the city of Zhaoqing who was hospitalized in serious condition. No other details are provided.The second is an 80-year-old man from the city of Shantou. He had preexisting medical disease including high blood pressure and heart failure and was hospitalized in critical condition.These cases bring the total since 2013 to 616, according to a case listing maintained by FluTrackers. Guangdong province has seen more cases of H7N9 flu than any other, with Zhejiang province running a close second and 14 others reporting cases as well. Feb 26 CHP press release Feb 27 FluTrackers post FluTrackers case listing CDC says human risk from H5 outbreaks in birds is lowThe CDC yesterday noted the recent detections of H5 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in domestic and wild birds in western states but said the disease risk to people is low.Since H5 was first detected in Washington state in December 2014, HPAI H5N2, H5N8, and a new H5N1 reassortant have been identified in California, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Nevada, the CDC said.The agency added, however, “The risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections in U.S. birds and poultry is believed to be low at this time because these viruses do not normally infect humans easily, and even if a person is infected, the viruses do not spread easily to other people.”The CDC said it is coordinating efforts with state health departments to ensure that human health measures are in place “and is working with animal health colleagues to evaluate and minimize public health risk.”The agency concluded, “Because avian influenza A viruses have the potential to change and gain the ability to spread easily among people, monitoring for human infection and person-to-person transmission is extremely important for public health.”Feb 26 CDC statement Evidence of H5N1 antibodies low in poultry workers: studyThe level of antibodies to H5N1 avian flu in poultry workers in Bangladesh is low, according to a seroprevalence study today in Emerging Infectious Diseases.Researchers from the CDC and Bangladesh analyzed blood samples from 404 Bangladeshi workers in live-poultry markets in which both hand washing after poultry handling and use of personal protective equipment were low. Nine of the workers (2%) were seropositive at baseline.Of the 284 workers who completed the study and were seronegative at baseline, 6 (2%) seroconverted, for a rate of seven cases per 100 poultry worker–years. The team also determined that workers who frequently fed poultry, cleaned feces from pens, cleaned food or water containers, and did not wash hands after touching sick poultry had a 7.6 times higher risk of infection compared with workers who infrequently engaged in these behaviors.The authors conclude, “The risk behaviors identified in our study may help public health officials explore interventions to interrupt poultry-to-human transmission of H5N1 virus and other avian influenza A viruses among the poultry workers.”Feb 27 Emerg Infect Dis study
Two important items: If I have not responded to you with a confirmation of your EMAILED lunch order within 24 hours, call me; andIf the school district calls a snow delay OR snow day, we will NOT have LWL. Your order will be canceled. Dist. 43 Rep. Christine ChandlerLWV News:The League of Women Voters invites the community to its monthly Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 in Mesa Public Library. The speaker is Dist. 43 Rep. Christine Chandler of Los Alamos. She is now a veteran of one legislative session and will be talking about that experience and share some ideas about what she is expecting in the upcoming 30 day session.Chandler graduated with a BA from Smith College, holds a LLM International Law, Comparative Law from Georgetown Law Center and a JD from Boston College Law School. She has worked as attorney manager at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County Probate Judge, Senior Analyst Senate Judiciary Committee, partner in Chandler Law of Los Alamos, Senior Counsel at Los Alamos National Security, and Practice Group Leader at LANL, Los Alamos County Councilor, and is a League member and past League president. Lunch orders, if you choose to order one, are $10 and come from the Co-op. To get the menu, email Karyl Ann Armbruster at email@example.com or call her at 505.231.8286 (be sure to leave a message if she does not answer). Orders must be to her by Saturday, Dec. 7.
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Tidal technology group, OpenHydro, a DCNS company, and its Canadian partner Emera Inc. have formally launched a new joint venture business, called Cape Sharp Tidal. The announcement was made at the fifth International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE), which is taking place 4-6th November in Halifax, Nova Scotia.The objective of Cape Sharp Tidal is to deploy a fully grid connected 4MW tidal array in the Bay of Fundy in 2015. Cape Sharp Tidal employs a local team of ten people based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.“I’m delighted that OpenHydro is partnering with Emera on the creation of this exciting energy initiative,” said Thierry Kalanquin, Chairman of OpenHydro and Senior Vice President of Energies & Marine Infrastructure at DCNS. “Cape Sharp Tidal has the potential in 2015 to deliver one of the first, multi MW, multi turbine tidal arrays in the world.”Chris Huskilson, President and CEO of Emera said, “We learned a lot from our inaugural tidal deployment in the Bay of Fundy back in 2009, and we’re looking forward to taking this next step. The incredible force of the Bay of Fundy gives us the potential to build a tidal industry here in Nova Scotia, and to take Nova Scotia experience and knowledge around the globe.”The turbines being deployed in the Bay of Fundy are the latest evolution of OpenHydro’s 16m, 2MW Open-Centre Turbines. They will be built locally in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia in partnership with Irving Shipbuilding, “Cape Sharp Tidal is committed to delivering a project in Nova Scotia, with Nova Scotian partners working together to create a tidal industry in the region,” said Jeremy Poste, Country Manager of OpenHydro Technology Canada.“We’re pleased to be working with Emera and OpenHydro in the highly promising field of tidal energy,” said Kevin McCoy, Irving Shipbuilding President. “We are now in the preparation stage, working closely with OpenHydro to firm up the plans for fabrication and mobilization. We hope to be able to announce these shortly.”The project will move forward in phases, subject to required approvals, with the ultimate goal of developing up to a 300MW commercial tidal array delivering clean, renewable energy to over 75,000 customers and leveraging that experience to create an industry.Press Release[mappress mapid=”10827″]
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Over the weekend we saw all 12 celebrities performing on The Masked Singer and social media has been busy trying to guess who is behind the masks.We already know two of them but that leaves 10 for us still to guess. The panel – Ken Jeong, Davina McCall, Rita Ora and Jonathan Ross – we’re way off on most of the guesses we think but there were a couple where they might have been at least in the right ballpark.We’ve analysed all of the clues and given our guesses for each masked singer below… MonsterThe clues: A big personality with big muscles that has come to the UK. He said he doesn’t want to blow his own trumpet but he’s won many awards. After his performance he revealed that his hero is Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley.Our guess: CeeLo Green. Rita Ora might have actually guessed this one correctly as vocally it did sound like CeeLo. Also Davina’s comments about the trumpets on the costume being Grammys would add further weight to that suggestion. OctopusThe clues: Bubbly, happy-go-lucky and always on the go. Octopus would like to be a role model and could possibly be a model. She always likes weight training.Our guess: Ashley Roberts. We’re not sure her voice is as strong as it Octopus’ sounded but the cat walk references suggest it could be a Pussycat Doll. The ‘weight’ or ‘wait’ training could refer to Ashley’s role in the musical Waitress too. Unicorn<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The clues: Unicorn claimed he’d always stood out and referenced his rainbow-coloured mane a few times, suggesting he was LGBTQ. With flair and labelling himself a show pony, Unicorn also revealed that he flew on a private jet for family holidays when he was young.Our guess: John Barrowman. He is a showman and always very flamboyant so the costume suits him down to the ground. We know he’s also in the UK working on Dancing on Ice, which is filmed in the same studio as The Masked Singer. TreeThe clues: Has played in front of big crowds before, likes to win and hinted he may be a sports star by saying ‘goal’ and ‘best shot’. He admitted he’s nervous but was going to grin and bear it. After the performance he said he’d never performed on stage before but was doing it for his kids.Our guess: Peter Crouch. The clues suggested that he’s a footballer and Peter is very tall, like tree. We could be wrong here but that’s out guess with the information at hand so far. HedgehogThe clues: A homely creature that’s most active at night who described himself as introverted but friendly. His natural habitat is being on stage, he’s a workaholic and he used to die at 8.30pm every night.Our guess: Jason Manford. He successfully moved into musical theatre and he’s proven to have a great singing voice. He also starred in Sweeney Todd, where he would have died on stage every night. Who has been unmaskedButterflyIn episode 1 Butterfly was unmasked and revealed to be former EastEnders actress Patsy Palmer.In episode 2 Pharaoh was unmasked and revealed to be ex-Labour MP Alan Johnson.The Masked Singer continues Saturday at 7pm on ITV. FoxThe clues: Street smart and nosy, can be a bit of a party animal and can be seen slinking around the East End from time-to-time. The additional clue was Fox has been collecting tea pots for 30 years.Our guess: Denise Van Outen. There were moments during the performance that the vocals sounded just like the TV presenter and actress. She’s also appeared in EastEnders and we know she has a musical theatre background too. DuckThe clues: Shy and quiet, Duck admitted she used to be a long distance runner. She’s not a singer by trade but has always been sporty, and apparently can sometimes be caught surfing.Our guess: Denise Lewis. We’re really not sure on this one but Denise seems a likely contender given the long distance running connection. Queen BeeThe clues: Queen Bee began her career young and said she was confined to one type of beehive. She considers herself a bit of a wildcard and revealed that she’s the joker of the pack among her friends.Our guess: Nicola Roberts. Thrust into the spotlight as part of Girls Aloud while still a teenager, Nicola had a rough ride with the public in the early days of the girl band. We’re pretty sure we recognised her signature vocal tics during the performance of Sia’s Alive too. DaisyThe clues: Real name is based on the seeds of the flower she grew from. Daisy has moved to the UK and plans to stay for a long time. She has a bright personality and blooms in the spotlight, and likes to relax by fishing.Our guess: Kelis. This would be quite a get for the show but it did sound an awful lot like Kelis didn’t it? She also has flower tattoos on her back but we can’t find anything to suggest that she’s come over to the UK. ChameleonThe clues: One of the vaguer sets of clues from the show, Chameleon hinted that he has a blend of talents but threw everyone by saying he was used to the tech of the 70s. His final clue could be the key to his identity though when he revealed he had provided the voice of a children’s cartoon character.Our guess: Will Mellor. Over his career he’s acted and sang, and he voiced the character of Georgie in children’s cartoon Barking! from 2004 to 2006.
Rubis Caribbean Completes Repair Works at Goodwill Primary School Auditorium – Hands Over Keys to Ministry of Education
Tweet 201 Views no discussions children at the Goodwill Primary School. (file photo)Press ReleaseRoseau, Dominica – January 9, 2018… The Goodwill Primary School has a newly refurbished auditorium temporarily housing seven classrooms. Rubis Caribbean completed the works to the tune of $65,000 USD which included the repair of the roof and ceiling, electrical fittings, plumbing, installation of doors and windows, floor tiling and painting of the building over a two month period. The keys to the building will be handed back to the Ministry of Education during a short ceremony on location Wednesday 10th, January, 2018 at 10:00 AM. The Ministry of Education will also take the opportunity to recognize the contribution of Rubis Caribbean to education in Dominica post-Hurricane Maria with a commemorative plaque.The media is invited to attend and provide coverage of the event. Share EducationHurricane MariaLocalNewsPrimaryRecovery Rubis Caribbean Completes Repair Works at Goodwill Primary School Auditorium – Hands Over Keys to Ministry of Education by: – January 9, 2018 Share Sharing is caring! Share