Watch the Premiere of Broadway Balances America & Find Out Which Little Girl Will Star in the Tour of Annie

first_img View Comments It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here! Broadway Balances America, the special six-part series airing on Lifetime Television’s The Balancing Act, premiered on August 12 with an exclusive casting announcement and a sneak peek at the new national tour of Annie. Correspondent Amber Milt is on location in NYC as the show looks for its new leading young lady. Director Martin Charnin, choreographer Liza Gennaro and more speak about finding that special little girl, and we hear from the hopefuls who would love to step onto a stage and belt out, “Tomorrow.” Click play and watch the full segment now! Broadway Balances Americalast_img read more

Uruguay Seizes 173 Kilos of Cocaine

first_img The drugs “were hidden under the false bottom of a light truck that was inside the container.” By Dialogo April 10, 2012 Around 173 kilos of cocaine hidden in a shipping container destined for Europe were seized at the port of Montevideo, the Uruguayan Interior Ministry announced on 7 April. Gil explained that, at the time of the seizure, an arrest warrant was also issued for a Spanish citizen who after “dispatching the container in Montevideo, travelled to Spain, where he was arrested” in the last few hours, Gil explained. “The seizure took place at the port of Montevideo following court-authorized proceedings that culminated in the confiscation of approximately 173 kilos of cocaine,” Fernando Gil, in charge of the ministry’s communications unit, told AFP. The drugs seized are estimated to have a market value of over 4 million Euros, according to police.last_img read more

Foundation seeks help funding fellowship program

first_img November 1, 2002 Managing Editor Regular News Foundation seeks help funding fellowship program Foundation seeks help funding fellowship program Mark D. Killian Managing EditorIn an effort to help fund its Legal Aid Advocates Fellowship Program, The Florida Bar Foundation is asking the state’s law firms and corporations to provide matching grants to help support its two-year public interest fellowships for recent law graduates at IOTA-funded legal assistance organizations.Gifts ranging from $6,500 to $26,000 will be paired with IOTA program funds to generate matches of $52,000 for each Legal Aid Advocates fellow. These gifts from the firms and corporations are needed to offset cuts in matching funds beginning with the Fellows class of 2003-05 from the program’s national funding partner, the Washington, D.C., based Equal Justice Works, according to Foundation President Bill Thompson of Jacksonville.“These grants will enable fine young lawyers to provide legal service to our most vulnerable citizens who otherwise could not afford it,” Thompson said. “It is a way for Florida law firms and corporations to give back to the community, to touch the lives of others, lift the spirit of our profession, and make our country stronger.”Thompson said the Legal Aid Advocates Fellowship Program addresses several aspects of the Foundation’s chief mission of expanding and improving representation and advocacy on behalf of the poor in civil legal matters by placing law graduates where they can make a difference in the community and improving lives of low-income individuals and families in Florida through legal effort and community lawyering. The fellowships also mobilize the next generation of public interest lawyers to work for those who otherwise would be denied access to the justice system, Thompson said.Examples of projects undertaken by Legal Aid Advocates fellows include:• Laverne Largie, from Nova Southeastern University, who works through Legal Aid of Broward County to enhance the Welfare-to-Work program and help low-income residents obtain jobs with suitable pay and education to achieve a higher standard of living. Her work focuses on establishing alliances with other service providers, including job training, domestic violence support, shelters, and consumer and financial agencies to provide a network of services that will help individuals remove employment barriers.• Merribeth Bohanen from Boston University who works through Legal Services of North Florida to secure safe, efficient, and affordable housing for the poor in Franklin, Gulf, and Gadsden counties.• Barbara Stallings from Stetson University College of Law who works through Bay Area Legal Services to provide community based legal advocacy for the relative caregiver community to enhance the goals of family preservation and protection of children.• Cathleen Caron from American University who works through the Florida Legal Services Migrant Farmworker Project in Belle Glade to provide outreach to the workers in the tomato industry throughout the state to enforce their rights under federal labor laws to fair compensation and safe working conditions.• Melissa Zelniker from Florida State University who works through Legal Aid Service of Broward County to bridge the gap between the juvenile delinquency and dependency systems for children who are grossly underrepresented.Costs supported by the program include an annual salary of $37,500, an annual loan forgiveness stipend of $5,500, fellowship support and training per year of $6,000, and $3,000 to the EJW for program administration costs.Nearly $900,000 in IOTA funds have been awarded for fellowships since Foundation funding began in 1999. Several key Florida law firms and The Florida Bar are funding partners with the Foundation along with a number of other Florida law firms which contribute directly to the local legal aid program hosting the fellow. Fellows are currently working at 14 legal aid and legal assistance programs across the state in public interest projects ranging from environmental justice to bridging the gap between the juvenile delinquency and dependency systems.The Foundation launched the Legal Aid Advocates Fellowship fundraising campaign in September and it will run through early December. The drive is spearheaded by the Foundation’s Development Committee, chaired by Miami attorney John Thornton, Jr. Other Foundation development committee members include Georgie Angones, Jim Baxter, Bruce Blackwell, Darryl Bloodworth, Howard Coker, Ham Cooke, Bruce Culpepper, Abe Fischler, Bill Henry, Co-chair Kathy McLeroy, Miles McGrane, Roosevelt Randolph, Skip Smith, Neal Sonnet, Mike Stafford, and Thompson.For more information about the Foundation’s Legal Aid Advocates Fellowship Program and the fundraising campaign, contact: Jane Curran, The Florida Bar Foundation, 109 East Church Street, Suite 405, P.O. Box 1553, Orlando 32802-1553, telephone (407) 843-0045, e-mail e-mail: read more

OIE chief says H5N1 still has pandemic potential

first_imgJan 16, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Dr. Bernard Vallat, head of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), believes the H5N1 avian influenza virus still has the potential to cause a human flu pandemic, the OIE said today in an effort to clarify news reports of comments Vallat made last week.At a meeting with reporters Jan 10, Vallat described the H5N1 virus as extremely stable and said the risk of a pandemic associated with it had been “overestimated” in the past, according to news service reports published the same day.Vallat’s reported comments drew criticism from preparedness proponents and infectious disease experts, including some quoted in a CIDRAP News article (see link below).Today’s OIE statement says Vallat’s comments came at an informal meeting with reporters, during which he discussed OIE activities and reporters asked about the H5N1 situation. The statement does not specifically criticize any of the reports of Vallat’s comments, but it says he made clear that the H5N1 virus still could evolve into a pandemic strain.”Dr Vallat said—as he has said in the past—that although the H5N1 virus is extremely virulent, it has shown to be quite stable over the last few years and its epidemiologic behaviour remained the same from the beginning of the crisis in 2003,” the OIE said.”He added that this observed stable behaviour of the H5N1 strain of the virus does not allow ruling out the risk of a mutation into a new dangerous form for humans, thus becoming a potential candidate for an avian influenza pandemic,” the statement continues.Vallat also told reporters that no one can predict when or how the next flu pandemic will occur and that H5N1 is just one of many flu viruses that could spark a pandemic, according to the statement.”Bird flu will always remain a risk, be it H5N1 or another [virus] and for that reason pandemic preparedness as well as permanent control of the pathogen at the animal source are important,” the statement quotes Vallat as saying.At the meeting, Vallat also reemphasized the need to strengthen the capability to detect and respond to emerging diseases in animals, especially those that can spread to humans, the OIE said.”He regretted that such capacities were not in place at the very beginning of the H5N1 avian influenza crisis, which delayed the reaction of countries, especially the poorest ones, first hit in South East Asia,” the statement said. “He welcomed today’s much better preparedness of countries to detect and control the disease.”See also: Jan 16 OIE statement 11 CIDRAP News story “OIE chief’s downplaying of pandemic risk draws fire”last_img read more

Swiss 1e pension plans spark appetite for younger generations

first_imgThe 1e pension plan market in Switzerland is expected to continue widening, as appetite is likely to increase, especially among younger generations.“From the point of view of the employees, 1e plans give an option to reduce large redistributions within a fund,” Hansruedi Scherer, a partner at Zurich-based PPCmetrics, told IPE.These pension products can be highly desireable for the younger insured in Pensionskassen with high technical interest rates and high conversion rates, he added.Patrick Spuhler, founding partner of pension consultancy Prevanto, told IPE that the volume of 1e plans will continue to increase because of the opportunities and benefits these products provide. “The main benefit of 1e solutions is that the account of the insured person is credited with the entire return on assets without dilution, redistribution, or use of funds to build up fluctuation reserves,” he explained.Listed companies also benefit from 1e plans that are based on IFRS Defined Contribution Plans, he said, adding that large companies with 1e solutions include CS and Novartis; others may follow.Many 1e plans were introduced because employers wanted to reduce its implicit pension fund obligations, Scherer said, noting tnat this trend is likely to continue.According to a recent PwC survey, assets under management of Swiss providers of second pillar 1e plans grew by 31% year-on-year to reach CHF5bn (€4.6bn) at the beginning of 2020.Providers of 1e products expect assets to grow 15% annually to CHF10.1bn in 2025, a smaller growth rate compared to the 20% that a previous PwC survey predicted, estimating assets to reach CHF12.7bn by 2024.The market for 1e plans, which give the option to choose up to 10 investment strategies, is limited to people with a minimum annual salary of CHF126,900.PPCMetrics expects the wide spectrum of investment strategies offered to remain unchanged.“From a tax point of view, it is also not at all optimal for many insured to choose particularly risky strategies within the framework of the second pillar,” Scherer said.1e plans have been a source of controversy in Switzerland for more than a decade, since the inception of a reform package for the second pillar was introduced in 2006 under the article 1e.“From the perspective of the insured, 1e plans offer opportunities but also high risks, for example if losses are “realized” at the time of retirement or when changing jobs,” Spuhler said.1e plans usually do not provide for an old-age pension, only a capital payment. The number of possible insured people is very limited and thus the plans are not an alternative, but a supplement to the basic pension, he added.Based on their own risk capacity, insured people – which are usually relatively close to retirement age – are potentially more susceptible to investment risks, but can hopefully get higher returns through the 1e plans rather than through Pensionskassen, which may have a limited risk capacity, Scherer said.“The requirement of higher risk capacity compared to Pensionskassen is not always met for a long time,” Scherer concluded.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

I’m a Pediatrician. Here’s What I Did When a Little Boy Patient Said He Was a Girl.

first_imgThe Daily Signal 11 December 2017Family First Comment: To indoctrinate all children from preschool forward with the lie that they could be trapped in the wrong body disrupts the very foundation of a child’s reality testing. If they can’t trust the reality of their physical bodies, who or what can they trust? Transgender ideology in schools is psychological abuse that often leads to chemical castration, sterilization, and surgical mutilation.“Congratulations, it’s a boy!” Or, “Congratulations, it’s a girl!”As a pediatrician for nearly 20 years, that’s how many of my patient relationships began. Our bodies declare our sex.Biological sex is not assigned. Sex is determined at conception by our DNA and is stamped into every cell of our bodies. Human sexuality is binary. You either have a normal Y chromosome, and develop into a male, or you don’t, and you will develop into a female. There are at least 6,500 genetic differences between men and women. Hormones and surgery cannot change this.An identity is not biological, it is psychological. It has to do with thinking and feeling. Thoughts and feelings are not biologically hardwired. Our thinking and feeling may be factually right or factually wrong.Americans need an alternative to the mainstream media. But this can’t be done alone.If I walk into my doctor’s office today and say, “Hi, I’m Margaret Thatcher,” my physician will say I am delusional and give me an anti-psychotic. Yet, if instead, I walked in and said, “I’m a man,” he would say, “Congratulations, you’re transgender.”If I were to say, “Doc, I am suicidal because I’m an amputee trapped in a normal body, please cut off my leg,” I will be diagnosed with body identity integrity disorder. But if I walk into that doctor’s office and say, “I am a man, sign me up for a double mastectomy,” my physician will. See, if you want to cut off a leg or an arm you’re mentally ill, but if you want to cut off healthy breasts or a penis, you’re transgender.No one is born transgender. If gender identity were hardwired in the brain before birth, identical twins would have the same gender identity 100 percent of the time. But they don’t.I had one patient we’ll call Andy. Between the ages of 3 and 5, he increasingly played with girls and “girl toys” and said he was a girl. I referred the parents and Andy to a therapist. Sometimes mental illness of a parent or abuse of the child are factors, but more commonly, the child has misperceived family dynamics and internalized a false belief.In the middle of one session, Andy put down the toy truck, held onto a Barbie, and said, “Mommy and Daddy, you don’t love me when I’m a boy.” When Andy was 3, his sister with special needs was born, and required significantly more of his parents’ attention. Andy misperceived this as “Mommy and Daddy love girls. If I want them to love me, I have to be a girl.” With family therapy Andy got better.Today, Andy’s parents would be told, “This is who Andy really is. You must ensure that everyone treats him as a girl, or else he will commit suicide.”As Andy approaches puberty, the experts would put him on puberty blockers so he can continue to impersonate a girl.It doesn’t matter that we’ve never tested puberty blockers in biologically normal children. It doesn’t matter that when blockers are used to treat prostate cancer in men, and gynecological problems in women, they cause problems with memory. We don’t need testing. We need to arrest his physical development now, or he will kill himself.But this is not true. Instead, when supported in their biological sex through natural puberty, the vast majority of gender-confused children get better. Yet, we chemically castrate gender-confused children with puberty blockers. Then we permanently sterilize many of them by adding cross-sex hormones, which also put them at risk for heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancers, and even the very emotional problems that the gender experts claim to be treating.READ MORE: read more

IMCA announces amendment to rules for Northern SportMod rear suspension

first_imgVINTON, Iowa (May 4) – IMCA officials have announced an amendment to rules for the rear suspension of Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, which takes effect immediately.Wording has been added to rules posted on the IMCA website allowing the use of solid safety chains securely mounted to the axle housing. Chains cannot be mounted to any floating device.“From our standpoint, allowing this chain gets back to how the division and its rules have evolved over the past 10 years,” said IMCA President Brett Root, citing maximum free standing spring height and the upper spring perch. “Short of us writing more rules, this amendment makes the most sense.”Two factors figured in the decision allowing safety chains.“We were concerned with springs falling out of the back of cars and the amount of excessive force the rear suspension is putting on rear shocks,” Root explained. “It’s our opinion that shocks shouldn’t be used as a limiting device. Shocks can be used in that manner but it can be destructive and an expense to the racer.”Questions about the rule amendment can be directed to Competition Director Tom Gutowski at 402 350-6120 or Director of Division Development Dave Brenn at 785 307-8482.last_img read more

Cricket News Ashes 2019: Josh Hazlewood takes five as England bundled out for 67 in 3rd Test

first_imgNew Delhi: Josh Hazlewood took five as Australia bundled out England for 67 on the second day of the third Ashes Test at Headingley in Leeds on Friday. Chasing Australia paltry first innings total of 179, England had a disastrous start and lost two wickets on 10 runs. While opener Jason Roy (9 runs) edged a drive off Hazlewood to David Warner, England captain Joe Root fell for his second successive duck as his side slumped to 54-6 at lunch.It was Root’s second straight nought after he was out for a golden duck in the second innings of the drawn second Test at Lord’s. England were almost 10-3 when new batsman Joe Denly was given out lbw to Hazlewood on nought by umpire Joel Wilson.But Denly reviewed and with replays showing the ball would have gone well over the top of the stumps West Indian official Wilson, who had a record-equalling eight overturned decisions in a Test in the series opener at Edgbaston, had to reverse his original verdict. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Stokes was out for eight and England were 34-4. Denly fought hard for 12 — the top score of the innings so far. But having done so, his 49-ball stay ended when he was caught behind following an inexplicably extravagant drive off Pattinson.Soon after lunch, Pat Cummins struck twice to trash all the hopes of some revival by the lower order. However, it was Hazlewood, who put the final nail in the coffin by removing Jack Leach, bowling out the hosts on just 67.Earlier on day one, fast bowler Jofra Archer had taken a Test best 6-45 as England, looking to level the five-match series at 1-1, dismissed Ashes-holders Australia for 179 on Thursday’s opening day after Root won the toss in overcast conditions. last_img read more

AITEO Cup: Rangers/Lobi Clash Headlines Round of 32

first_imgThe pairing of 2018/2019 CAF Champions League campaigners Lobi Stars of Makurdi and CAF Confederation Cup contenders Rangers International of Enugu is the pick of the Round of 32 fixtures of this year’s AITEO Cup men’s competition. Both heavyweights lock horns at the Bako Kontagora Stadium, Minna on Wednesday.There is another all-NPFL tie, between Rivers United and Akwa United (in Enugu), as well as mouth-watering encounters between Gombe United and Niger Tornadoes (Lafia), Katsina United and Shooting Stars (Abuja) and Kogi United and Plateau United (Abuja).A total of 14 matches in the men’s competition are up across the Federation on Wednesday, while there will be two men’s games on Thursday alongside all the eight matches in the women’s Round of 16. In the women’s event, Cup holders Rivers Angels tackle Adamawa Queens in Makurdi, FC Robo are up against Sunshine Queens in Osogbo and Nasarawa Amazons will contend with Pelican Stars in Enugu.Fortress Ladies must negotiate matters with Confluence Queens in Ado-Ekiti, just as Osun Babes must against Delta Queens in Ijebu-Ode and Abia Angels have to against Ibom Angels in Abakaliki.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Kinder tweets that he will transfer to Stony Brook

first_img Published on January 8, 2014 at 10:13 pm Contact Stephen: | @Stephen_Bailey1 Syracuse junior quarterback-turned-wide receiver John Kinder will transfer to Stony Brook, he tweeted on Wednesday night.Kinder, who switched from signal caller to pass catcher after losing out on the starting quarterback job last spring, saw time only against Wagner this season. He’ll be able to play right away for the Seawolves, as they are members of the Football Championship Subdivision.With the Orange bringing back rising fifth-year senior Jarrod West, rising junior Ashton Broyld and rising sophomore Brisly Estime among other returners, and adding four-star wide receiver K.J. Williams and three-star wide receiver Corey Cooper, both verbal commits, it’s likely there would not be many more reps for Kinder next season.Kinder is the third Syracuse player to transfer since the end of the regular season. Redshirt freshman defensive end Josh Manley announced his transfer to Charlotte on Dec. 18, and redshirt freshman linebacker James Washington announced his transfer two days later, though he did not share his potential destinations. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more