Darren Criss Rolls Out of Bed, Kristin Chenoweth Sings & More at the NewNowNext Awards

first_img View Comments Star Files The 2014 NewNowNext Awards were presented live on Logo TV on December 7, and a whole host of Broadway faves were on hand having a gay ol’ time. Take a look at a few clips below, including: Criss (sans clothing) getting ready to host, Chenoweth delivering a particularly growly rendition of “Maybe This Time” from her album Coming Home (including, of course, a high B), Billy Porter reflecting on the progression of transgender equality and Criss presenting Cheno with the 2014 NewNowNext Forever Award. He has some ridiculously sweet words to say about his pint-sized Glee costar, and she has a plea for everyone to “continue to inspire and live authentically.” Congratulations to Chenoweth and all the honorees! Kristin Chenoweth Darren Crisslast_img read more

Tix Now Available to See Justin Bartha & Elizabeth Reaser in Permission

first_img Related Shows View Comments Permission Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2015 Tickets are now on sale to see stage and screen favorite Justin Bartha and Emmy nominee Elizabeth Reaser in the world premiere of Permission. Alex Timbers will direct the Robert Askins comedy, which will begin performances at off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Theatre on April 29 and run through June 7. The MCC production will officially open on May 20, not the previously announced May 19.Permission tells the story of Eric and Cyndy, a couple who decide to follow the leads of their friends and make Christian Domestic Discipline the foundation of their marriage. The new moral code upends everything they knew about one another, their friends and more importantly, who really holds the paddle.The cast will also include Nicole Lowrance, Talene Monahon and Lucas Near-Verbrugghe.last_img read more

Winter Storm Preparedness

first_imgIt’s a Southern tradition. Whenever the forecast calls for snow, folks dash to the store and deplete the supply of bread and milk. But if you’re iced in for a few days, bread and milk won’t keep your family going for long or do much to maintain the morale of snowbound children and adults.So how do you make the average home a fully-stocked winter weather shelter? It doesn’t take much, but the key is to prepare before winter storms arrive.Before the stormEmergencies don’t call ahead for reservations. Preparing for disruptive weather in advance means you’ll be ready whenever it comes. During good weather, University of Georgia Extension experts recommend winterizing your home by:Insulating walls and atticsSealing air leaks around windows and doors with caulk or weather-strippingInstalling storm doors and windows, or covering windows with plastic UGA Extension specialists encourage Georgians to build an emergency food supply for emergencies ranging from winter storms to spring floods. As you routinely grocery shop, purchase one or two extra shelf-stable, ready-to-eat canned goods, like non-condensed soup, canned chicken breast and tuna, pasta meals and vegetables. This will build an emergency food supply without adding too much to your grocery bill each week. Unlike frozen foods, canned foods won’t be damaged by a long power outage. Make sure you have a manual can opener, too. Avoid dry foods like pasta and rice. They are stable, but they require water and cooking, luxuries that may be in short supply during a storm.The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends stocking at least a three-day supply of adequate nutrition, water and prescription medications for each family member, including pets and livestock. Why three days? That’s how long it may take to restore electricity and clear roads of ice, fallen trees and other hazards. In recent U.S. natural disasters, actual restoration of electricity, water and transportation can take much longer.To get through disruptive storms or other emergencies, also store the following items:Water – one gallon per person per day for drinking and hygieneAn alternate heat source and fuel, like a hefty supply of firewood for the fireplace or wood-burning stoveFlashlights with extra batteriesNOAA weather radioEntertainment – There’s a lot of idle waiting time when you’re storm-stuck. Books, cards, board games and energy-releasing activities (besides hauling firewood) can keep cabin fever at bay.During the stormUse foods from the refrigerator first, then frozen foods, then canned foods. If the oven isn’t working, use coals from the fireplace to heat food or cook outside on your grill. Don’t bring the grill indoors as this can cause deadly carbon monoxide to build up inside.Long term food storageCanned foods keep for months, but oxygen inside the packaging causes food quality to decline over time. Working with a grant from NASA, food scientists at the University of Georgia are working on a process that squeezes so much oxygen out of food it can retain just-picked quality for years. The idea is to make comfort foods like macaroni and cheese available to astronauts on multi-year journeys to Mars, but it’s also applicable to long-term food storage here on Earth. The researchers have brought oxygen levels down to parts-per-million, but they’re aiming for parts-per-billion. Until then, it’s best to periodically use and replace items in your emergency food supply to keep them fresh.Car kitsWhile most Southerners avoid driving whenever ice and snow threatens, it’s also prudent to store a few supplies in you car. Collect the following items for your vehicle’s emergency supply kit:Ready-to-eat foodsBottled waterBlanketCandles and matchesWhistleHand-crank flashlight and radioWarm clothes and bootsHeavy work glovesToiletry itemsIt’s a good idea to have a similar kit in your work place in case conditions prevent you from getting home.For more information on emergency preparedness, download UGA Extension’s Home Emergency Preparedness Handbook from www.fcs.uga.edu/ext/pubs/hace/HACE-E-86.pdf or visit www.ready.gov/.last_img read more

Southeast Steals the Show at ICF World Championships

first_imgPaddlers hailing from the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic represented the USA in a big way at this year’s International Canoe Freestyle World Championship in San Juan, Argentina.In all, 13 members of Team USA, over half the team, came from states within the Blue Ridge Outdoors coverage area, and with so many top notch white water destinations at our finger tips, it’s easy to see why.That includes Tennessee native Eric Jackson, founder of event sponsor Jackson Kayak, and his children Dane and Emily, Bennet Smith and Hunter Katich of Alabama, Western Carolina University grad Matt Anger, Anna Bruno (originally fromm Pennsylvania), Rowan Stuart of North Carolina, Olivia McGinnis and Tad Dennis of Georgia, Jordan Poffenberger of Virginia, Clay Wright of Tennessee, and Seth Chapelle of Maryland.The event, which wrapped up on Saturday December 2, saw Team USA place second overall with a total of six metals: 2 gold, 2 silver and two bronze. Great Britain took the overall title with seven metals, while France took third with a total of four.23-year-old Dane Jackson took first in the canoe men’s finals, breaking the record for the highest score in a single run in process, while Seth Chapelle and Jordan Poffenberger took third and fourth respectively.Olivia McGinnis of Georgia took third overall in the women’s junior kayak finals.Dane Jackson also earned a second place in the men’s kayak finals, while 50-year-old Clay Wright of Tennessee took first place in in the men’s squirt finals.Anna Bruno came away with third overall in the women’s squirt finals.All in all, it was a terrific showing for Team USA and the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions in particular. For a complete list of results, click here!last_img read more

SOCSOUTH, U.S. Embassy support Paraguayan National Forces Civic Action Mission

first_img After several months of planning and with support from the Office of Defense Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Paraguay and Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH) Civil Affairs, based in Homestead, Florida, a two-day Medical Civic Action Program (MEDCAP), was held June 1 and 2 in the area’s largest school. Life in the small farming district of Yasy Cany in Canindeyú department, Paraguay is tough, and it shows on the faces of its 30,000 residents. Paraguayan officials also felt that Canindeyú department was an important area to provide these services due to the poverty of the region and in the wake of the June 12 massacres in nearby Marina Cue following a land dispute between land squatters and police, leaving 11 peasants and 6 police officers dead, and 80 wounded. The event shook many residents’ confidence and trust in the nation’s security forces, a misperception that authorities want to change. Its towns like these where members of the Paraguayan military and its Civil Affairs elements thrive and love to work in. This is their purpose since it was established eight years ago. By Dialogo June 10, 2013 Located in the vast internal countryside 160 miles outside the capital of Asunción and bordering Brazil, the town lacks many basic services and its infrastructure needs to be revamped. In order to provide these essential services to residents living in the country’s rural districts, the Paraguayan Military works closely with a number of different government agencies such as the Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Justice and various other agencies and civic groups to provide the support and personnel for such a complex operation. It truly reflects Paraguayan’s ‘whole-of-government’ approach. The donation was a symbolic gesture by U.S. officials in Paraguay for continued cooperation between the allies for the people of Paraguay. More than 3,000 residents received social and medical services to include pediatrics, gynecology general medicine, optometry, ophthalmology, dentistry, immunizations, identification registration and family planning. In addition, laboratory and pharmacy services were also provided. Along with support for the MEDCAP, the U.S. Embassy in Paraguay donated $15,000 worth of medicine and medical equipment to the town’s public clinic, as well as an assortment of school supplies such as backpacks, coloring pencils, dry-erase boards among other items for two local schools. “The United States is committed to assist Paraguay and help improve the quality of life for all Paraguayans and build a lasting friendship based of mutual respect and cooperation between our great nations,” said Marine Col. Michael D. Flynn, the Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché for the U.S. Embassy in Paraguay, during a small ceremony celebrating the event and donation. In order to ensure access to the services to as many people as possible, the Paraguayan Military also provided transportation to the MEDCAP by using its fleet of five-ton trucks to run a shuttle service to reach citizens living in rural areas with no or limited road access. Sitting outside one of several classrooms used as makeshift clinics during the two-day event, 74-year-old resident Anadeto Furrez, a father of eight children, patiently waited for his prescription for free medicine. Anadeto, who also suffers from cataracts was also given a new pair of glasses to help him improve his sight. “This day is a miracle and a blessing,” said the grandfather of 35 grandchildren. “These are services we truly need, and I am very grateful to our military and the support from the U.S. We hope things start to get better and more jobs come to our town. This is a start!” “We plan and execute these missions because we understand the needs of the people in places like this; these services are important to their livelihood,” said Paraguayan Col. Leonardo Ibarrola, the operations officer for Paraguay’s Civil Affairs team. “This is a very poor area, and we understand our role as part of the government is to make sure our presence is felt and help those in the country who don’t have much and need our assistance.” Since 2008, the Paraguayan Civil Affairs section, which also teams up with the country’s national police during the planning and execution of these events, have averaged four MEDCAPs a year in ungoverned and under resourced areas across the country. This event marked the 22nd time this type of operation was accomplished. Despite a rainy, cool weekend in the area, word of the event spread quickly throughout town. Some residents walked three and four miles to arrive at the school and others packed themselves in pick-up trucks. last_img read more

Man sentenced for stealing credit union auto loans

first_img continue reading » An Atlanta man was sentenced to two years in prison for setting up a fake business to steal car loans that cost more than $167,000 in losses for three Virginia credit unions.U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen also ordered Sheldon Franklin last month to pay $167,529 in restitution and serve five years of supervised release following his prison sentence.For nearly two years, the 31-year-old Franklin fraudulently obtained car loans from the $81 billion Navy Federal Credit Union in Vienna,  the $2.3 billion Langley Federal Credit Union in Newport News, and the $365 million NSWC Federal Credit Union in Dahlgren.To carry out his scheme, Franklin opened a business bank account at the $1.5 billion Bayport Credit Union in Newport News. In the account application, he listed himself as the sole owner of a car dealership and provided the credit union with a false document from the IRS that purportedly assigned his employer identification number, according to federal prosecutors. 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The annual conference of the HORECA Group was held in Zadar

first_imgThe fourth annual conference of the HORECA Group in Zadar brought together leading Croatian distributors and producers of beverages and beverages, to analyze trends and predict trends in the coming year, especially in the context of continuous tourism growth and current tax reform. The conference was organized by the HORECA Group, whose members are four domestic distributors Apfel doo from Makarska, Ba-com trgovina doo from Split, Bijelić Co doo from Osijek and Stridon promet doo from Zagreb.As part of the conference, which brought together more than a hundred participants from industry, representatives of companies in the field of distribution in the HoReCa channel and manufacturers and caterers, three panels were held with key topics for the future development of HoReCa channels in Croatia. Among the conclusions of the conference is the optimism of the participants, with moderate expectations of the positive effects of the Government’s tax reform on the sector and the growing problem with the lack of quality workforce in tourism and hospitality.Changes in consumer trends in the coffee industryThe first panel, entitled Hot Drinks: New Trends in the Coffee Distribution Market, concluded that a quality product is the key to success in the coffee market, and its quality also depends on the expertise of the barista who prepares it.”When we talk about consumer expectations, quality simply has no alternative and this is in our favor because we invest significant resources in the quality of the final beverage served to the guest in the facility. This is confirmed by the impressive figure of 1,6 billion Franck drinks consumed in the region annually. Along with quality, the backbone of our business strategy is innovation, and our development prepares novelties with which we will be the first to present ourselves to the market next year.”, Said Ivan Artuković on behalf of the Franck group.He introduced the conference participants to a number of interesting facts, so he discovered that Dalmatians prefer espresso, while Slavonians prefer products based on instant cappuccino.Hrvoje Stakor, Director of Sales for the Coca-Cola HBC Adria business unit, emphasized the importance of the synergy of quality marketing and a good product on the market, offering the Romerquelle brand as an example.Andrej Bele, General Manager of Atlantic Grupa’s strategic coffee area, spoke about the change in consumer trends: “Four or five years ago, the emphasis was on instant products, and today the biggest growth is recorded in coffee capsules. ‘To go’ consumption is also on the rise, and as a result of the accelerated lifestyle, it is no longer a trend but a normal way of consuming coffee.”Critique of Government Tax ReformThe effects of the tax reform and Croatia’s expected entry into the eurozone were the focus of the HoReCa channel panel – between cheaper loans and the approach of the euro. Marko Krajina, director of the Sberbank’s SME sector, said that historically low interest rates had not resulted in significantly higher demand for loans, but stressed that the introduction of the euro would drastically lower banks’ required reserves and make capital even more accessible to entrepreneurs.Martina Sopta, a professor at the Department of Business Economics at the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb, warned that the positive aspects of joining the eurozone would only be seen after a few years, but stressed that we should not be afraid of the introduction of the euro. Ivan Idžojtić said that he was generally optimistic about the Government’s reform moves in the field of tax policy because we are already very close to the flat tax model, while reducing the VAT rate by one percentage point next year is still a significant relief. He considers excessive public spending to be a much bigger problem, and only after its reduction will it be possible to talk about a comprehensive tax reform.Problems of professional staff in tourismAt the panel entitled Tourism: market challenges facing labor shortages and high taxes, the participants were addressed by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism Tonči Glavina: “Man is the key to success in tourism. Vocational occupations are lucrative and conditions need to be created for young people to opt for such careers without hesitation. It is a misconception that everyone has to graduate from college to be successful, because today a good chef earns significantly more than the average manager. ”President of the Board of Badel 1862 Darko Knez commented on the need to develop top and authentic Croatian products that will be recognizable around the world, noting that drinks from the range of his company were present in European capitals and courts in the 19th century.Croatia deserves to have at least one top drink that will represent it in the world, just as Italy has lemoncello and Greece metaxa. I think that pelinkovac could take over that role. “A member of the Management Board of the Lošinj-based Jadranka Group, Goran Filipović, emphasized that his company is fighting against the problem of the outflow of professional staff with millions in investments in employee education, but also by improving their working and living conditions. He pointed out the example of a four-star hotel for employees, which Jadranka will soon open in Veli Lošinj as a positive example to employers in industry.last_img read more

El Gobernador Wolf describe planes para crear un cuerpo civil estatal contra el coronavirus para apoyar los esfuerzos de recuperación de la COVID-19 este otoño

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter El Gobernador Wolf describe planes para crear un cuerpo civil estatal contra el coronavirus para apoyar los esfuerzos de recuperación de la COVID-19 este otoño May 06, 2020center_img Press Release,  Public Health A medida que Pennsylvania planea reabrir la economía de manera segura y recuperarse de la COVID-19, el Gobernador Tom Wolf anunció la creación de un cuerpo civil estatal contra el coronavirus, una iniciativa de servicio público que apoyará los esfuerzos este otoño para aumentar las pruebas y el rastreo de contactos y brindar nuevas oportunidades cruciales de trabajo en el sector de la salud pública.“Nuestra mayor prioridad sigue siendo proteger la salud y la seguridad públicas, pero también debemos prever la manera de abordar las necesidades futuras. Para poder reabrir nuestra economía en su máximo potencial, necesitaremos aumentar nuestra capacidad de contener este virus altamente transmisible”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “El cuerpo civil estatal contra el coronavirus servirá como un programa de servicio público que ampliará nuestra capacidad de realizar el rastreo de contactos y las pruebas, y movilizará a los residentes de Pennsylvania para contener la COVID-19”.Los constantes esfuerzos medidos y prudentes de la Administración Wolf para reabrir Pennsylvania dependerán de nuestra capacidad de ampliar la disponibilidad de las pruebas de COVID-19 y desarrollar una infraestructura robusta para realizar la vigilancia y el rastreo de contactos. Este trabajo permitirá a los residentes de Pennsylvania supervisar y responder eficazmente a los nuevos casos y cuantificar los esfuerzos de mitigación. Ayudará a nuestros esfuerzos de reapertura por etapas al tiempo que asegurará que el sistema sanitario no se vea saturado y que la transmisión de la enfermedad continúe disminuyendo.Dado que Pennsylvania planea incrementar estos esfuerzos en los próximos meses, el cuerpo civil estatal contra el coronavirus llevará estos esfuerzos a la práctica al realizar lo siguiente:Asociarse con agencias locales de salud pública, entidades comunitarias y la comunidad sin fines de lucro para expandir las pruebas existentes en Pennsylvania y las iniciativas de rastreo de contactos;Aprovechar los recursos adicionales para financiar iniciativas de pruebas y rastreo de contactos;Explorar maneras creativas de reclutar a residentes de Pennsylvania con experiencia en atención médica y salud pública para apoyar esta iniciativa; yCoordinar los recursos existentes desplegados por la comunidad, que incluyen a los enfermeros de salud comunitaria y los departamentos de salud de los condados que actualmente realizan pruebas y rastreo de contactos en todo el estado.El cuerpo civil estatal contra el coronavirus también ofrecerá una oportunidad única para que Pennsylvania reclute y capacite a los trabajadores desplazados y desempleados a causa de la COVID-19 en el servicio público con la función de rastrear contactos, lo que abordaría las necesidades económicas y de salud de Pennsylvania.Con el fin de fomentar esta nueva fuerza laboral, el cuerpo civil estatal contra el coronavirus hará lo siguiente:Involucrará a los socios en el sistema de desarrollo de la fuerza laboral, los programas actuales asociados de capacitación sanitaria y los programas de AmeriCorps para desarrollar y fortalecer una fuerza laboral de salud pública en todo el estado;Aprovechará los recursos existentes de desarrollo de la fuerza laboral para reclutar, capacitar y conectar a la fuerza laboral de salud pública con oportunidades laborales; yInvolucrará a los empleadores de salud pública y atención médica para conectar a los trabajadores capacitados con oportunidades profesionales a largo plazo.“Todos hemos hecho muchos sacrificios durante esta crisis y todos compartimos el deseo de avanzar hacia un futuro más saludable, más seguro y más próspero”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “A través de esta iniciativa de servicio público, en los próximos meses los residentes de Pennsylvania tendrán oportunidades de unirse a un esfuerzo colectivo para garantizar que resurgiremos de esta pandemia como una comunidad más fuerte”.Ver esta página en inglés.last_img read more

Experts say the technology behind Bitcoin will change the way we buy and sell property

first_imgThe technology behind Bitcoin is transforming the future of business and property dealings. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty ImagesACCORDING to a recent survey of experts, the technology behind Bitcoin will soon be widely adopted, transforming the way we trade real estate.The survey, conducted by comparison website Finder.com.au, sought comment from a selection of economists and analysts.93 per cent of respondents did not expect digital currencies like Bitcoin to be adopted for widespread use.However, 94 per cent of respondents believed blockchain technology, the instantaneous ledger system used by digital currencies, will soon have widespread adoption in the financial sector and economy.Finder.com.au insights manager Graham Cooke, said their study showed experts believe blockchain is the future of business.“While you may never pay for your daily coffee using Bitcoin, the blockchain system that backs the currency is here to stay,” said Mr Cooke.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoBlockchain is a ‘distributed ledger’ which is a ledger stored and replicated across thousands of databases.Under the blockchain, when a transaction is logged and verified, the ledger is updates across all databases.“The blockchain allows transactions to be recorded instantly and simultaneously across the globe, which proves who owns what at any point in time,” Mr Cooke said. BEGINNERS GUIDE TO BLOCKCHAIN “Once you send an asset to someone by blockchain, you no longer have that asset yourself, and this is recorded simultaneously across thousands of computers, making the transaction record undisputed and unhackable,” Mr Cooke said.Mr Cooke said the system is set to redefine business and finance transactions, including those of real estate.“Both businesses and consumers can benefit from faster transaction processing and fewer transfer fees that would normally be charged by an intermediary — it’s a massive game-changer,” he said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

Pirates Boys Track Results At EC

first_imgA limited number of the boys track and field team participated at East Central Tuesday evening and performed well against the host squad and Batesville.In a reserve format, the Pirates defeated the Bulldogs but came up short to the Trojans. Final team scores were: East Central 70, Greensburg 43, Batesville 39.EC, Batesville, & Greensburg Boys Track (4-18)Placing 1st for the Pirates were: Luke Lozier, High Jump, 5’4″ and Shawn Partlow, 110 Hurdles, 20.4.2nd place finishers: Joseph Pacilio, 110Hurdles, 22.3 PR; 300 Hurdles 48.2 PR; Dylan Brown, 1600m Run, 5:41.0; 800m run, 2:29.0; Bryan Bockover, 3200 m Run, 13:03 PR.3rd place finishers: Jesse Hunter, Shot Put, 36′ 2 1/2″; Matthew Myer, Pole Vault, 9′; Partlow, 400m Dash, 1:00.3, 200m Dash 25.8;Collin Springmeyer, 300 Hurdles, 49.9.4th place finishers: Jackson Jones, Discus, 71′ 4″ PR; Hunter, Long Jump, 14’11”; Eric Lowe, Pole Vault, 9′; Blaine Schroeder, 1600m Run, 5:42.0; Devin Imel, 400m Dash, 1:00.4; Logan Woodruff, 800m Run, 2:34.0.PR performances that did not place: Ryan Fisse, Pole Vault, 7’6″ and Jesse Hull, 800m Run, 3:06.The entire squad will be in action Thursday when they host Connersville.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Mike Myers.last_img read more