Hot Stuff! Squigs Enters the Disco Inferno of the Off-Broadway Musical Disaster!

first_imgBefore American Hustle became a holiday hit, Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick plundered the sounds of the 1970s in the hilarious off-Broadway musical Disaster! This wacky parody of disaster flicks is set on a floating disco/casino and features earthquakes, tidal waves and much more mayhem. resident artist Justin ‘Squigs’ Robertson headed to St. Luke’s Theatre to savor the ensemble cast led by Jennifer Simard, Mary Testa and Rudetsky, surrounded by Jonah Verdon (in dual roles), Jack Plotnick, Mary Birdsong, Charity Dawson, Tom Riis Farrell, Haven Burton and Matt Farcher. Heat up your winter by seeing this fabulously funny show! Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on April 11, 2014 Disaster!center_img View Comments About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home.last_img read more

This Year, Snowshoe Is Determined to Help You Mountain Better

first_imgPresenting our latest film in our Mountain Films series: Mountain Rule #8: sn_win_16_bro_sponsored_post2This year, Snowshoe is letting us in on a few of their tried and true mountain rules that help us get the most out of our winter. Here are a just a few of them. Mountain Rule No. 10: Every student is a favorite.sn_win_16_bro_sponsored_post3Learning to ski and snowboard should be a blast for all ages and levels. With Snowshoe’s unique terrain-based learning system, learning for beginners is simpler, more intuitive and a lot more fun. And for the intermediates and experts out there, Snowshoe’s friendly instructors know all about the secret stashes, glades, and groomers to fill your day from first chair to last. Learn more about Snowshoe’s ski school programs here.Mountain Rule No. 3: Post-ski hydration is compulsory.sn_win_16_bro_sponsored_post4When the lifts close, your entertainment possibilities burst wide open. Après-ski spots galore? Check. Live music venues? Check. A variety of dining options? Check. You’ll even find a dance floor or two for those looking to burn off any extra calories left over from the day. Check out Snowshoe’s event calendar here.Mountain Rules No. 5: The harder you play, the softer the down.sn_win_16_bro_sponsored_post5At Snowshoe, lodging options are spread across more than 30 properties ranging from rustic to remarkable. Many are even located just steps from the lifts. Most even include hot tub access, as well as balconies with astonishing views of the surrounding mountains. Sleeping easy is a given. Find your perfect fit here. To check out some other rules that may help you this winter, head here.last_img read more

State court system undergoes zero-based budget review

first_img February 1, 2002 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News State court system undergoes zero-based budget review State court system undergoes zero-based budget review Senior EditorAre five full-time positions really needed to help run Florida’s mediator certification program? Can 30 percent be cut out of the $1.4 million for judicial travel? How about from the $350,000 or so earmarked for “executive travel” in the judicial budget? And does the Office of the State Courts Administrator really need two deputy administrators?The state court system survived those questions in a zero-based budget review conducted by a joint legislative panel last month. The Joint Legislative Budget Commission finished its review of the judiciary, and some related agencies, with a series of subcommittee and committee meetings on January 7-10.When it was over, little had been recommended for OSCA, which got much of the scrutiny. The committee recommended that the agency provide more details about its travel requests and asked that new State Courts Administrator Robin Lubitz, who was scheduled to begin work a few days later, review OSCA’s administrative structure.“Let’s let the new man who’s reporting for work give it a look and hear back from him on whether we have the proper organizational layout for OSCA,” said Rep Randy Ball, R-Titusville, chair of the Zero-Based Budgeting Subcommittee on Public Safety.The initial questioning of the subcommittee left some members wondering what the panel was really trying to achieve.Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac, said he supports zero-based budgeting but wanted to see specific instances where the committee could cut waste instead of asking general questions about whether certain percentages could be cut from various budget lines. As an example, he cited the travel budget, and he added that travel for judges, especially for education seminars, is essential.“If you’re running a business, you don’t take your travel budget and say, ‘We’re going to cut 20 percent,’ if, in fact, you need 100 percent to run the business,” Campbell said. “I want someone to come in and say we’re not running at 100-percent efficiency, and I’m not seeing that tonight.”Sen. Anna Cowin, R-Leesburg, agreed, noting the legislature just cut the judiciary’s budget in the December special session.“Let’s look to what is really not working, what’s inefficient. Show us proof this is not working, show this can be done another way cheaper,” she said.“The testimony that I’ve been hearing just seems to be trying to get a dollar figure, to cut a dollar figure.. . . Let the dust settle [from the budget cuts] before we come into all these areas.”But Sen. Victor Crist, R-Tampa, said the purpose of the zero-based review was to “shake the trees.”“I view this exercise as a shaking of the tree, as going through looking at these various areas and seeing something that could be out of line, to shake that tree and have the agency come forward and justify that program,” he said. “Unless we shake that tree, we don’t know what will fall out.”And Ball said it was a little more difficult with the judicial budget because the accounting methods differed from other state programs that had been reviewed.Much of the questioning focused on whether the five full-time positions in the mediator certification program could be reduced or eliminated. That led to an impassioned defense by Seventh Circuit Court Judge Shawn Briese, chair of the Supreme Court’s Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules and a former chair of the committee on mediation and arbitration training. He said the employees verify that the private companies that do most of the circuit mediator training are meeting the court’s standards, do all of the training for the volunteer county court mediators, do the staff work when complaints are filed against mediators, assist the court committees that oversee certification and certification training, and many other tasks that are essential to the successful operation of the mediation program.“The five [employees] are the most effective and efficient staff I’ve had the privilege of dealing with in my professional and volunteer life,” Briese said.Other questions dealt with the travel budget, whether OSCA needed two deputy administrators, and whether the OSCA budget could be reduced since all circuits have their own administrative staffs.Chief Justice Charles Wells, among others, answered those questions.“We in Florida have a statewide court system, and it is absolutely necessary in a statewide court system to have some statewide administration,” Wells said. “We cannot assure that we can have a drug court program that is going to work. . . without some kind of support that brings those people together and helps develop that system.”He added the same is true for dependency courts and the unified family court system that is being worked on.“We ought to be able to bring all of those people together so in a uniform way we have the courts deal with all the problems people bring to a court. To do that sensibly, we have to do that on a statewide basis,” Wells said.He said OSCA has two deputy administrators because one, Lisa Goodner, oversees the budgeting and financial operations, and the other, Dee Beranek, oversees the attorneys on the staff and the support functions for the various court committees.Campbell noted that Beranek also functions as the Supreme Court’s general counsel, and if her position were eliminated, the court would have to ask the legislature for money to hire a designated general counsel — probably at a higher salary.The subcommittee’s review touched several other parts of the legal system.For example, it discussed but dropped consideration of charging costs to judges disciplined by the Judicial Qualifications Commission and the Supreme Court. Campbell noted if the state charged costs to disciplined judges, the state would have to pay costs to judges who were investigated and cleared.The subcommittee also agreed with First District Court of Appeal Judge and JQC Chair James Wolf that the commission does not need an on-staff general counsel, which would increase the JQC’s costs. Wolf said the commission has had excellent experience getting top-line attorneys to handle its cases.Capital Collateral Regional Counsel Offices were scrutinized, and the subcommittee recommended that the southern and northern regions follow the example of the middle region in scanning large quantities of records to make retrieval easier.The subcommittee also recommended a study to see if the use and practices of “registry” attorneys — hired when a CCRC has a conflict or too many cases — are as efficient as possible. Another suggested study will examine whether it would be cheaper to do away with the CCRC offices and directly hire private attorneys. Committee members noted the present system costs about $39,000 annually for each death row inmate.The reports from all of the zero-based subcommittees were accepted without change by the joint budget committee on January 10.“I feel very positive about the final outcome,” Goodner said after the committee acted, adding the courts and OSCA can point to the documents as proof they are operating efficiently.last_img read more

Respect and engagement

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Anthony DemangoneThink back to when you were truly engaged on a project.Time flies. Creativity flows. Your engagement likely drove wonderful results.Here’s a problem, though: Only 13 percent of employees are engaged at work.Now, that can depress you, or it can fill you with optimism. I’ll take the latter, as there’s so much room for improvement.Here’s an interesting finding from a study made by HRB. The more respect you get, the more engagement you enjoy with your work. continue reading »last_img read more

Tax-free weekend good for members, good for credit unions

first_imgThe fastest-growing card portfolios are managed by teams that take a proactive and strategic approach to marketing. Tough competitors in the race for walletshare, these promotion warriors know that annual shopping holidays present one of the best opportunities to engage cardholders.Aside from the usual suspects, like Black Friday, Cyber Monday (and increasingly, Amazon Prime Day), one particularly opportune spending holiday for credit card marketers is the tax-free weekend. Why? Because the average family with children in grades K-12 plans to spend about $675 on clothes, shoes, gadgets/devices and school supplies.With the right campaign, credit union cards marketers stand an excellent chance of both earning those transactions and helping members save even more during what can be a financially stressful time.Several U.S. states have hosted tax-free weekends for years. With school about to start, the idea is to ease the tax burden on residents while stimulating purchases on things like apparel, school supplies and similar items. Among the states that coordinated tax-free weekends this year was New Mexico, home to CO-OP client Nusenda Credit Union. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Millions to lose jobs, fall into poverty as Indonesia braces for recession

first_imgThe minister explained there would be “support for business activity from the informal sector to micro, small and medium enterprises and the business world. Because this is related to layoffs and social repercussions.”The IMF on Tuesday released its new World Economic Outlook titled “The Great Lockdown”, estimating Indonesia’s economic growth to plunge to 0.5 percent this year from a four-year low of 5.02 percent in 2019.The IMF also projects that the country’s unemployment rate will rise to 7.5 percent this year, from last year’s 5.3 percent as the pandemic has upended supply chains, forcing companies to lay off employees, and crushed demand for goods as consumers stay at home.Read also: Indonesia braces for recession, activates crisis protocol The government estimates that up to 3.78 million Indonesians will fall into poverty and 5.2 million lose their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, while the International Monetary Fund (IMF) projects the worst global recession since the Great Depression.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said Tuesday that, with economic growth projected at the lowest level since the 1998 financial crisis, 1.1 million to 3.78 million people could fall into poverty and 2.9 million to 5.2 million workers could lose their jobs.“COVID-19 has resulted in the global economy entering a recession,” Sri Mulyani said in a teleconferenced briefing, reiterating the government’s use of state funds to increase spending on health, social safety and support for businesses. As many as 2.8 million people have lost their jobs as of Monday, according to data from the Manpower Ministry and the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan). More than half were furloughed and placed on paid or unpaid leave.“The significant downward revision to the 2020 growth projection reflects large anticipated domestic disruptions to economic activity from COVID-19,” the report says. The IMF expects the virus to hit Indonesia’s economy as the country relies heavily on the export of commodities rather than finished goods.“Among developing economies, all countries face a health crisis, severe external demand shock, dramatic tightening in global financial conditions, and a plunge in commodity prices,” the report says. “They will have a severe impact on economic activity in commodity exporters.”However, the IMF expects that recovery will take place in 2021 as the country’s economy may expand by 8.2 percent, the highest since 1995 during former president Soeharto’s leadership.The global economy is projected to contract by 3 percent this year, but growth is expected to recover in 2021 with a projected rate of 5.8 percent.“It is very likely that this year the global economy will experience its worst recession since the Great Depression, surpassing that seen during the global financial crisis a decade ago,” IMF chief economist Gita Gopinath said. “Worse growth outcomes are possible and even likely.”“This would follow if the pandemic and containment measures last longer, emerging and developing economies are even more severely hit […] or if widespread scarring effects emerge due to firm closures and extended unemployment,” she added.Read also: Avoiding quarantine will inflict greater economic harm, says surveyThe highly contagious novel coronavirus has infected more than 1.9 million people and killed over 119,000. In Indonesia, more than 4,500 people have tested positive for COVID-19 so far, while at least 399 have died.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has declared a public health emergency and a national disaster as large-scale social restrictions are in place in several regions with high numbers of confirmed cases.“The economic growth target for 2020 will be corrected sharply, but this will not happen only in Indonesia but also in other countries,” Jokowi said on Tuesday. “We must prepare ourselves for every scenario and work very hard for public health recovery and economic recovery.”The government’s baseline scenario is for Indonesia’s economic growth to drop to 2.3 percent, the lowest in 21 years, with a worst-case scenario of an economic contraction of 0.4 percent.Topics :last_img read more

Smart home design sets new benchmark for tropical living

first_imgFROM recycled concrete to the latest in technology and droughtproof gardening design, North Shore’s new building innovation display home is hoped to set a new benchmark for smart and sustainable living in the tropics.With construction set to start in June, Innovation House 2.0 will become Townsville’s second 10-star energy efficiency rated home, with concept plans hoped to become the norm for future housing construction across North Queensland.Builder Darren Finlay, who owns and designed North Shore’s first Innovation House in 2014, will again spearhead the project.Director of Innovation House Darren Finlay and Stocklands Project Director Andrew Astorquia at the North Shore Innovation House project site. Picture: Shae Beplate.“A big part of this project is also to ensure the concept is affordable … so we’ve come up with a model that’s based on good solar principals,” Mr Finlay said.“We also want to ensure we implement healthy home design. Not a lot of people are aware of all the chemicals that go into a home.“That ‘new home’ smell you often hear about is actually the chemicals put into your home and to smell those isn’t a good thing.“We’re also considering disconnecting the house from the grid and instead run it over a battery system.”North Shore project director Andrew Astorquia said the project was also an opportunity for community groups, businesses and individuals to bring their ideas forward.Darren Finlay’s original Townsville Innovation House, which was completed three years ago, features a water tank, a chicken coop, vegetable beds and vertical gardens, a brick oven, an outdoor shower, compost bins, low watering grass, a patio and a basketball court.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“More than 10,000 people are expected to visit The Innovation Home Project when it is opens at North Shore early next year,” he said.“That is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who has innovative and sustainable building products, lifestyle applications or smart home technologies to generate local exposure.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:22Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:22 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAll aboard this floating abode 01:22 Related videos 01:22All aboard this floating abode 00:38Opod: the low-cost micro home01:09Indoor plants to clean the air00:29Multi award-winning treehouse00:53Eco-friendly Aussie buys00:53Mod PoolsMr Astorquia said North Shore was working with Innovation House Australia research institutions, suppliers and Townsville City Council.“We want to create the best possible model for not only innovation, but livability, style and function,” he said. “It is important that we continue to look for smarter ways to build and live.”Stockland North Shore is seeking expressions of interest from relevant researchers, suppliers, manufacturers or installers of innovative building products, home technology, furniture and homewares to be involved in the project.To get involved contact Andrew Astorquia on 0434 182 658 or Innovation House Australia on 0437 220 631.last_img read more

Diavaz Takes Oceanteam Stake in Mexican Joint Venture

first_imgOffshore services player Oceanteam and its Mexican partner Diavaz have reached an agreement to terminate the joint venture structure, DOT Group.DOT was set up by the two groups in 2014 in order to service the Mexican offshore market.Oceanteam held 40 percent which will be taken over by Diavaz.The decision is in line with the revised strategy of the company to divest non-controlled business. This transaction does not have a material impact on Oceanteam’s financial and market position, the company said.Following financial restructuring, Oceanteam said it is revisiting its portfolio of activities by positioning itself as an offshore services investment platform and will be pursuing new business opportunities in the subsea, renewables and oil & gas sectors.last_img read more

Lack of running water may fuel dengue fever in Bahamas, says PAHO

first_img Share 31 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle Lack of running water may fuel dengue fever in Bahamas, says PAHO by: – September 12, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Share Photo credit: topnews.inNASSAU, Bahamas — The lack of running water in some households in New Providence in The Bahamas could be fueling the dengue fever outbreak, according to a specialist with Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).However, Dr Homero Silva, PAHO’s environmental health engineer, said he was not certain if that was the case, as tests are still being conducted.The Ministry of Health in conjunction with the Ministry of the Environment held a press conference last week, where representatives from PAHO revealed their initial findings on the dengue fever outbreak in The Bahamas.One of the key long-term recommendations offered by PAHO is to ensure continuous water supply to all houses to prevent people from collecting water in their backyards.“Our experience in other countries relates dengue with the lack of water or non-continuous water service,” Silva told The Nassau Guardian on the sidelines of the press conference at the Ministry of Health.“So people tend to accumulate water in tanks and they become mosquito breeding sites. Septic tanks have been found as mosquito breeding sites.“We need to do a deeper analysis in the sewer system here in New Providence to see if there is any relationship, but at this moment we don’t draw any conclusion, but I think there may be.”PAHO officials have been in the country for several weeks now and Silva said he will remain until October 5.“We need to do some site visits, look at the map, look at the composite map in a way that would give a better picture. This to me is a medium-term activity. At this moment what we need to do is have some vector control now. This activity that we are doing is for vector prevention in the future,” Silva added.PAHO representative Dr Gerry Eijkemans also pointed out that the collection of water in buckets by residents who don’t have running water opens up a number of challenges in the prevention of dengue.Southern and eastern New Providence and Bain and Grants Town have been identified as the areas where the most cases of dengue fever have been found.Minister for the Environment Earl Deveaux noted that these areas have certain things in common.He noted that some residents in those communities store water in buckets.“[As a result of Hurricane Irene] you would have had certainly in the last two to three weeks considerable rationing of water and the stoppage of the Titus (the barge that delivers water to New Providence). That’s three million gallons of water per day lost,” Deveaux said.“So even in the higher income households where people have wells, they would have been storing water in buckets and within seven days we would have had a manifestation of the outbreak.“We also know from [preliminary] information that there are a number of popular swimming pools in abandoned homes. Now the extent to which those harbour mosquitoes, I don’t know.”He added that specialists are investigating those to determine if mosquitoes are harbouring in such areas.PAHO made several long-term recommendations: Review the dengue prevention and control program annually and involve the whole population in preventing mosquito breeding in their backyards.Eijkemans said it is important for the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Environment to continue to work closely together.In the short-term, she said PAHO also recommends that the government improve surveillance, data analysis and use of data to support the vector control response; embark on aggressive preventive measures in the Family Islands; assess effectiveness of insecticides in use and strengthen the monitoring of the impact of fogging activities by tracking mosquito populations.Health Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said he supports the recommendations and will work to ensure they are implemented.There have been nearly 4,000 confirmed cases of dengue fever in New Providence, according to health officials. However, officials said there has been a steady decline in the number of cases in the last two weeks.By Krystel RolleNassau Guardian Staff Reporterlast_img read more

Hiking with the Public Service

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Hikers leaving Bellevue ChopinOur reasons for participating may have varied – to view the scenery, for exercise, to be with friends, soul searching, to take up a challenge, to support the cause, for solitude, to experience nature, just for the walking…However on that overcast Saturday, June 16th, 2012 under the 2012 Public Service Day theme “Our Public Service: Transforming, Modernizing, Positively Changing!” 130 of us – Public Officers, NBD Associates, our family members and friends were united to face the challenges of Segment 2 of the Waitukubuli National Trail Soufriere Estate to Bellevue Chopin in reverse or “Back to Front” as coined by the Calypsonian, Vigilante. We began at Bellevue Chopin about twenty minutes to seven, with 260 feet eager to cover 13000 steps (11.7 km) towards Soufriere Estate and more specifically to reach and enjoy the warm sulphur springs. Clad with our hiking gear, water, bag packs, caps, cameras and yes, some cell phones, we traversed the hills and valleys of Morne Plat Pays, onto the village road ending at the Morpo junction. Then we meandered uphill through an old 200 year old slave route into the windy upper parts of the mountain community of Tete Morne and then descended into the slopes of the sulphuric valley of Soufriere. In the depth of the forest we were embraced by the mist that clothed us with oxygen and cooled our bodies. The trail provided a glimpse of Dominica’s thick rain forest and opportunities to view a variety of flora, fauna and farm lands producing vegetables, trees and root crops. Participants at the end of the hikeWe saw ferns, wild anthurium, birds, several cows, large pigs, fields of bay leaf trees, cacao trees, nutmeg trees, lots of pawpaw trees, calabash trees, banana and plantain fields. That walk was exciting and stimulating. It provided stunning views of our mountain ranges, views of parts of the southern coast against a hazy Atlantic Ocean and a panorama of the community of Soufriere and the Caribbean Sea at a height where the houses looked like toys – exquisite! Beautiful! Striking! The topics of discussions moved from stories of women fright of cows, to soukouyan, roads, agriculture, and also on how gutsy our ancestors were to traverse that hard long trail. Why they needed it? How they used it? All this on a walk, Yes! Participants varied in their abilities. There were the walkers, the runners, the joggers, the strollers and the slackers. There were slides and falls, water breaks and rest stops. There were groans and moans of pain, leg cramps and back aches, threats to stop and turn back. The trail was unkind to some foot wear and a few people abandoned the trail. The majority moved on with chants of encouragement that echoed through the trails, Let’s go.. keep moving.. we’ll make it, with each group helping its members to remember the final goal ‘that warm bath and the fish broth and fig and cod fish … key motivators’. The runners who got there first, clocked in at 9:45 a.m., followed by the walkers and then the joggers who clocked in at 10:25 and about 10:40 and then there were the others— the real hikers, the nature lovers, the picture takers, the cacao eaters, the plantain carriers who started filing in from 11:20 to 12:30 p.m. and then the last man reported “trail clear all accounted for”… six hours well spent! It culminated with a gathering of exhausted souls at Soufriere during which time some enjoyed a sulphur bath at the hot spring and lunch was eaten. I echo the sentiment of all “it was good we” the walk was good, the views were stunning and the camaraderie was great with a high level of participation and support for Public Service efforts towards creating opportunities to heighten awareness of the public sector’s role in the country’s national development and to forge greater linkage and relationships with stakeholders.See you on the next trail- next month maybe? Press Release LocalNews Hiking with the Public Service by: – June 19, 2012center_img Share 22 Views   one comment Sharelast_img read more