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Tickets Now On Sale for Kingdom Come Off-Broadway

first_imgStephanie Styles Tickets are now available for the world premiere of Kingdom Come off-Broadway. Directed by Kip Fagan, penned by Jenny Rachel Weiner and starring Stephanie Styles and more, the production will play a limited engagement October 7 through December 18. Opening night is set for November 2 at Roundabout Underground’s Black Box Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.Along with Styles as Suz, the cast will feature Brooke Bloom as Layne, Carmen M. Herlihy as Samantha Carlin, Alex Hernandez as Dominick Aquendo and Socorro Santiago as Delores Aquendo.Samantha is lonely and confined to her bed. Layne is shy and too afraid of the world to journey into it. When both women decide that online dating might be the outlet they need, they venture into the wilds of the Internet and find deep connection in each other. The only problem: they’re each pretending to be someone else. What happens when the feelings are real but the people are not? Kingdom Come View Commentscenter_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 18, 2016last_img read more

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Georgia bioenergy

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaGrowers, entrepreneurs, investors, educators, economic developers and researchers can all learn about alternative fuel development in Georgia at the Georgia Bioenergy Conference August 1–3 in Tifton, Ga.Information regarding the current state of bioenergy as well as developments on the horizon, how growers in Georgia are key to the success of bioenergy companies and the nuts and bolts of starting or investing in a bioenergy company are all part of the conference. Federal and state legislators also will hold a roundtable discussion.Primary sponsors of the event are the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the Agriculture Innovation Center in Tifton and Georgia Institute of Technology. For more information, call 229/386-7274. Or visit the Website www.gabioenergy.org.last_img read more

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Colombian House of Representatives Passes “Victims Act”

first_imgBy Dialogo June 18, 2009 Bogotá, June 16 (EFE). – Today the Colombian House of Representatives passed the “Victims Act” (Ley de Víctimas), which seeks to economically compensate the thousands of people affected by violence in that country. The Minister of Internal Affairs and Justice, Fabio Valencia Cossio, said that by approving this act “the balance between the respect for international standards and the Colombian Constitution and laws will be achieved regarding fiscal feasibility and political responsibility.” According to the Press Service from Casa de Nariño, the headquarters of the Executive power, Valencia Cossio emphasized that “the Act takes responsibility for the thousands of families that have been affected by more that 50 years of violence in Colombia.” According to Valencia, Colombian President Álvaro Uribe has made the country a pioneer in the enforcement of transitional justice “despite how, throughout the world, it is normally enforced at the end of a confrontation or a peace process.” He also said, regarding this project of parliamentary origin, that “fundamental elements have been added to allow not only the current decree in force for the compensation by administrative proceedings in Colombia, but also an act to compensate the people both economically and integrally.” Now the project will pass to the Conciliatory Commission, since there are discrepancies with the Senate’s approval. Uribe praised the project’s approval, and said that “in the past (the victims) did not make claims because they were afraid or they thought it would be useless. Today we have more that 220 thousand victims registered in the waiting list for compensation.” He explained that these economic compensations presuppose “a high-cost measure for the Treasury in years to come, but it is necessary to eliminate the seeds of revenge.” Meanwhile, the deponent of the Act, Congressman Guillermo Rivera, told the press that by passing this law “the government and the Uribist coalition committed an atrocity toward the victims of this country.” He explained that the way this Act had been laid out, only after a judiciary sentence is passed would the victims of state agents be compensated and receive benefits. He added that the government did not consider the multiple observations that the opposing party made. He remarked that “what is worse is that, according to the Act’s layout, victims such as the mothers of the Soacha youngsters missing and murdered by the military will not receive any benefits. This conveys a terrible image to the international community.” He announced that, jointly with Senator Juan Fernando Cristo of the Liberal Party, he will present a lawsuit against the approved Act based on several unconstitutionality errors. On the other hand, the National Bureau of Victims, which gathers human rights defenders, reported in a press release that the approval of the “Victims Act does not meet the minimum international and constitutional standards regarding the rights of victims of human rights violations and infractions of international human rights.” Furthermore, they state that “the observations made by Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to the Colombian government and Congress were disregarded.” They also state that the initiative considered neither the suggestions expressed by more than 4,000 victims in 9 regional hearings nor the requests expressed in more than 12,000 letters sent to the House of Representatives.last_img read more

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United States Declares Central America Area Free of Land Mines

first_imgBy Dialogo January 09, 2012 A U.S. State Department report has declared Central America a region free of land mines. According to the annual report To Walk the Earth in Safety, made public by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Central America is the first area of the world to be free of armaments of this kind. According to the official statement, thousands of land mines and unexploded munitions remain buried in former conflict zones throughout the world, making it unsafe and unusable and causing 4,000 deaths a year. In the Central American region, mines were left buried following the internal armed conflicts in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, which took place from the mid-1960s to the early 1990s. Clinton said that the annual number of victims “is still an unacceptably high figure,” but she noted, “Over the last decade, we have helped decrease the worldwide number of landmine casualties from around 15,000 to 20,000 annually to approximately 4,000 in each of the last two years.”last_img read more

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Zombie Movie Filmed on Long Island Debuts in July

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Robert Clohessy plays the lead role in The Last Taxi Driver shot in Eisenhower Park last month.Maybe your leisurely walks through Long Island’s beautiful parks don’t turn into the budding concepts of zombie movies. But then you aren’t Debra Markowitz, whose idea for a horror/comedy film was sparked at Mill Pond two years ago.The president of the Long Island International Film Expo, director of the Nassau County Film Office, novelist and filmmaker was so inspired by the current crop of contributions to the zombie genre that she came up with her own. Filmed in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, The Last Taxi Driver, about a disgruntled taxi driver who refuses to give up his taxi when most of the inhabitants left are zombies, is Markowitz’s answer to the legendary DeNiro/Scorsese film and AMC’s The Walking Dead. (EDIT: Changed from HBO to AMC. Thanks Janine JustJanine)“Working with this incredible team of actors and crew on The Last Taxi Driver just renewed my faith in all that is good,” Markowitz wrote on her Facebook page. “All the filmmakers who stepped in just to help, to create, to collaborate—and all without egos. People who LOVE what they do, and loving nothing better then ‘set life.’ I’m very thankful and appreciative—and I can’t wait to do it again.”Written and produced with her partner John Marean of Rapier Wit Films, the Majors Productions, and Steve Page Productions, they hope to premiere the film this July at the LI film expo. The cast features tons of local talent that came together to form what Markowitz calls her “film family.” In addition to Robert Clohessy (of the CBS series Blue Bloods) and Emily Jackson (of the Fox series Fringe and the film Incarnate), there was a zombie played by Raj Mehta, the president of Infosys in Plainview and author Judy San Roman from Huntington who wrote They’re Fake and They’re Fabulous about surviving breast cancer and two children’s books, and Deborah Twiss from Kick-Ass.Debra Markowitz, head of the Nassau County Film Office, on the set directing The Last Taxi Driver.Through the wind, rain, sleet, and snow that pummeled LI in the last week of February, the cast of The Last Taxi Driver showed up ready to get to work.“It was crazy!” Markowitz laughed, considering the weather conditions.It took three days to complete the filming. The first day of shooting was in frigid February weather. The second day: snow. The third day saw rain, but it tapered off in the afternoon, allowing them to wrap up, the gray skies keeping with the continuity of the film despite the ever-changing weather.February turned out to be the perfect time to film in Eisenhower Park, with the polar-vortex-induced weather keeping anyone who wasn’t involved in the production far away from the set, leaving them with the entirety of the park to themselves.A snowstorm complicated filming when a snow bank limited access to a spot they had scouted to film. The team of professionals quickly improvised, and with slight variations, they were able to continue.A grassroots indiegogo fundraising page created with the help of Majors Productions that raised over $11,000 in less than a month financed the production.With filming completed, the film is now in the editing process. What footage doesn’t end up on the cutting room floor, as they say, will be ripe for flesh-eating zombies.last_img read more

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Assessing corporate executives on pandemic preparedness engagement

first_img(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – Michael Evangelides, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP, extracted the following information from three surveys of corporate preparedness conducted in 2005 and 2006 by Deloitte’s Center for Health Solutions and Deloitte Consulting with guidance from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP). Among the executives he surveyed, Evangelides found:Human resource executivesUnderstand the threatHave been involved in the preparedness processBelieve that their organizations have made significant progress in preparednessRisk management executivesUnderstand the threatHave been involved in the preparedness processDon’t believe their companies are well preparedFinancial executivesHave some understanding of the threatAren’t involved in the preparedness processDon’t believe their companies are well preparedBelieve pandemic preparedness should be a higher prioritySource: “Corporate Pandemic Preparedness from Multiple Perspectives: Insights from National Surveys of Chief Financial, Human Resource and Risk Officers,” a PowerPoint presentation delivered Feb 5, 2007, at CIDRAP’s Business Preparedness for Pandemic Influenza: Second National Summit in Orlando, FL.last_img read more

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Another Thai province reports H5N1 outbreak

first_imgNov 13, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Officials in Thailand said today that H5N1 avian influenza struck poultry in Uthai Thani, the second province to report the virus in less than a week.Sakchai Sriboonsue, director-general of the province’s livestock department, said laboratory tests detected the H5N1 virus in chickens from a backyard farm after several of the birds died, according to a report today from the Associated Press. Uthai Thani is in northern Thailand.On Nov 11, Thai officials reported an outbreak in Sukhothai province, the country’s first in about 10 months. Sukhothai is located north of Uthai Thani.In their report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) detailing that outbreak, Thai authorities said five birds at the affected household were first thought to have died from Escherichia coli infections and intestinal parasites. However, samples submitted to the National Veterinary Laboratory in Bangkok revealed the H5N1 virus. The report said authorities were still investigating the source of the virus.Yesterday media outlets in Thailand reported more potential outbreaks in Sukothai province. The Bangkok Post reported that livestock officials discovered the virus on a fighting cock farm in Sawankhalok in the northern part of the province. Initial tests confirmed the birds were infected with an avian influenza virus, but officials were awaiting the results of tests to identify the strain. The Post report said no bird deaths were reported at the farm.Also, The Nation, a Bangkok newspaper, reported that the virus had spread to another farm in Sawankhalok district, killing 30 chickens. Public health officials buried the dead birds, sent samples for testing, disinfected the village, and targeted 385 chickens from nearby farms for culling, according to the report.In other developments, Thailand’s public health ministry today put nine northern provinces under special watch for avian influenza, according to Xinhua, China’s state news agency. The Post listed the provinces as Phitsanulok, Tak, Phetchabun, Sukhothai, Uttaradit, Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Kamphaeng Phet, and Phichit.Officials also told hospitals in the provinces not to wait for lab test results before treating patients who have suspected H5N1 infections or who live in areas where birds have died, Xinhua reported.Elsewhere, a local newspaper in Vietnam, Liberty Saigon, reported that the People’s Committee in Nghe An province, in the central part of the country, confirmed that H5N1 struck about 1,000 birds at the Dien Hong commune, according to a report yesterday from Xinhua.In early October the same province reported that the virus hit about 300 ducks at a small farm, according to earlier reports.See also: Nov 10 OIE reportNov 10 CIDRAP News story “H5N1 hits poultry in Thailand”last_img read more

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Trump’s actions are no laughing matter

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The May 16 letter, “Anti-Trump letters to paper are laughable,”: “Rare and enjoyable forms of humor” is provocative and offensive.Donald Trump is the greatest threat to our Democratic institutions in modern history. This corrupt demagogue has shamelessly lied to Americans more than 3,000 times since the inauguration. This is a mental illness, a pathology, way beyond a character flaw. But this is only the “opening act” of his horrifying reality show. His blatant loyalty to, and intimidation by, Putin is treasonous. He has dismissed, and even encouraged Russia’s attack upon the cornerstone of our democracy, free elections. He’s clearly in Putin’s pocket; we have yet to discover exactly why.His sickening assault upon the pillars of our democracy i.e., the free press,  justice system and the media has been relentless and destructive. He calls the free press “the enemy of the people.” He has compared the FBI to Nazis. But his most vicious tirade is aimed at the media, whom he describes as “among the most dishonest beings on earth.” These are Trump’s enemies — the shining beacons of light, the source of truth and enlightenment, which expose Trump’s corruption and lies.Trump is the same con man who was fined $25 million for defrauding innocent Americans with his fake Trump University, the same serial adulterer who proudly bragged about sexually assaulting women, the same thief who has 200 pending lawsuits by contractors whom he “stiffed” for services.So, John Osterlitz, your reference to Gazette letter writers as “clowns’ and “lefty losers” is seriously flawed. Vince DacquistoNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

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Striking streetscape attracts the perfect buyer

first_img70 Ontario Cr Parkinson stands out from its neighboursWHEN builders construct their own homes, you know they won’t skimp on quality fixtures and finishes.So it is with 70 Ontario Cr, Parkinson, which sold on April 20 for $725,888.Sales agent at LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills, Kosma Comino, said the 20-year-old, five-bedroom, Cape Cod-inspired masterpiece had the right pedigree. “The builder who built all the homes in Parkinson actually built the home for himself,” he said.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“He styled it how he wanted and liked. He spent a lot of money on that build — back then it would have cost huge money to build something like that.” Mr Comino said the very precise sale price resulted from tough negotiations with the Chinese buyer.“We got down to the hundred-dollar mark and obviously we pushed them up to get that little extra — triple eight is good luck for the Chinese,” he said.Mr Comino said large homes with multiple rooms are performing well in Parkinson.“There aren’t many big two-storeys on the market that can cater for bigger families — especially the younger Chinese (buyers) who can’t afford Sunnybank, Macgregor and Robinson — so they’re venturing out to Calamvale and Parkinson,’’ he said. “I’ve got buyers calling saying, ‘Have you got anything?’ so if I had another right now I would have 10 registered bidders and would absolutely smash the reserve even if the expectation of the sellers is quite high.”last_img read more

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Jeanne G. Conway, 86

first_imgJeanne G. Conway, 86, Greensburg, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at the Aspen Place Health Campus in Greensburg. Born November 26, 1932 in Sarasota, Florida, she was the daughter of John and Gabrielle (Reigel) Martini.  Jeanne worked for several years at KCL in Shelbyville, Indiana.  She was married to James P. Conway on November 22, 1952 and he preceded her in death on April 24, 1999. She is survived by one daughter, Sandy (Mike) Wenning, Greensburg; one granddaughter, Michelle (Jesse) Herbert; four great grandchildren, David Moralez, Wesley Moralez, Israel Moralez, Lucy Herbert. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; four brothers, Albert, Lucien, Gaston, and Marcel Martini; two sisters, Mary Rushing, Yvonne Pugliese. Memorial Services will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg with Rev. John Meyer officiating.  Memorials may be made to the Greensburg Animal Shelter.  Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

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