Be Prepared! Gareth Saxe Returns to Pride Rock as Scar in Broadway’s The Lion King

first_img Related Shows Saxe has been playing the role of Scar on and off since 2010. During his latest hiatus from the Tony-winning musical, Saxe has appeared in the off-Broadway dramas Harper Regan and Nikolai and the Others. His additional New York credits include The Homecoming, Heartbreak House, Richard III, The Winter’s Tale and The Duchess of Malfi. Saxe joins current cast members Alton Fitzgerald White as Mufasa, Andile Gumbi as Simba, Chantel Riley as Nala, Buyi Zama as Rafiki, Jeff Binder as Zazu, Ben Jeffrey as Pumbaa and Fred Berman as Timon. Based on the popular Disney film, The Lion King opened on Broadway on November 13, 1997 and won six Tony Awards in 1998, including Best Musical. The show has spawned 19 productions worldwide and has been translated into seven different languages. The Lion King reigns supreme as the fifth longest-running show and the highest grossing show in Broadway history. View Comments Gareth Saxe will play the villainous Scar once again in Disney’s long-running hit The Lion King. Saxe takes over the role of the evil lion from Derek Smith beginning July 2. The Lion King continues to play at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre.center_img The Lion King from $75.00 Star Files Gareth Saxelast_img read more

$260k in grants to increase transpo options, improve water quality, support city centers

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) and the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) today announced that the Better Connections program is accepting applications for grants totaling approximately $260,000 bi-annually in planning funds to help cities and towns build stronger communities that are more livable and walkable.“Transportation is critical to the economic vitality and overall health of our communities.” said Transportation Secretary Joe Flynn. “This program provides communities with resources to plan for resilient transportation systems and sets them on a path toward implementation.”The program was on hold for the past year as the partner agencies worked to re-evaluate and improve the program. Interested parties outside of Chittenden County may apply by submitting a pre-application letter of intent by January 15, 2021. Grant applications are due February 19, 2021.“The design of streets has a direct impact on whether Vermonters choose to use a car to meet their daily needs,” said Josh Hanford, Commissioner of Housing and Community Development. “This program empowers local leaders to design safe and plesant streets that invite Vermonters of all ages to walk or bike to work, take a child to school, buy groceries, or meet a friend for lunch.”In 2019, Better Connections funded three projects that are in progress:The Town of Fairlee created a Route 5 corridor plan to improve walking and biking infrastructure, better connecting the village and the Connecticut River and its recreational assets.The Town of Middlebury developed a downtown master plan to enhance the streetscape through green stormwater infrastructure, identify steps to improve the connection to Otter Creek, and revitalize the designated downtown.The Town of Northfield created a master plan to better connect Northfield’s villages to one another, Norwich University, and their respective recreational centers by enhancing the streetscape and improving the water quality of the Dog River.For more information, contact Jackie Cassino or Richard Amore (contact information listed above) and visit the Better Connections website(link is external).Source: Barre, Vt.— Vermont Agency of Transportation 12.3.2020last_img read more

YLD releases practice development program

first_img May 1, 2012 Regular News YLD releases practice development program YLD releases practice development programcenter_img After introducing its revamped Practicing with Professionalism program in January, The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division has decided to release a basic practice development CLE to address issues relevant to young attorneys interested in starting their own practices.This winter’s changes to the PWP program (see December 15 edition of the News ) resulted in a greater emphasis on professionalism, and that change, said YLD President Sean Desmond, took some time away from presentations given by the Bar’s Law Office Management Assistance Service. The basic skills course is designed to fix that problem. Once launched, it will address many of the issues LOMAS previously presented during the PWP program.“When I first opened my practice in 2004 (after serving as an assistant state attorney), I quickly realized that I did not know what I needed to know to run a small law practice,” said Desmond. “I was not ready for the diversity of knowledge that was required. While I had learned how to try a case as a prosecutor, I had no idea what type of entity I should form for the practice, how to market myself, how to balance my operating and trust accounts, or properly manage my time. All of the CLEs offered at that time focused on substantive areas of the law but did not help me when I need to know how to process a credit card payment and make sure the money properly transmitted to the bank.”The new CLE will include a segment by certified practice advisor Nora Bergman on time management, followed by a discussion on technology and a session on advertising rules and social media by a member of the Bar’s General Practice, Solo & Small Firm section. LOMAS Director Judith Equels will deliver a presentation on behalf of LOMAS, educating attorneys on trust accounts, practice finances, firm expenses, insurance, and more. The basic practice development CLE will also include discussions on law firm culture and generational differences that may exist among partners and firm members.“With the ever-increasing number of young lawyers entering the profession, I felt that such a resource would be greatly needed,” said Desmond. “In addition, I have also observed many more seasoned lawyers, who are transitioning their practices as a result of the economic downturn that we have recently been through, are in need of this type of CLE. Many lawyers are not yet proficient with social media and new technology such as tablet computers and the growing numbers of apps available to assist a practice.“For all of these reasons, the YLD is excited to offer a resource for young lawyers and transitioning lawyers to complement the vast resources also available through LOMAS.”The basic practice development course will debut May 16 in Tampa.last_img read more

Texas issues Ebola home isolation court order

first_imgTexas health officials have issued a control order to make sure that public health workers can conduct fever checks on close family contacts of a man from Liberia who was recently hospitalized as the nation’s first Ebola case.So far no other infections have been detected in connection with the case, the first real test of guidance and systems put in place across the nation to prepare for travel-related cases from West Africa. At a media briefing today hosted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, said the agency will hold daily joint press briefings with Texas health officials to provide updates.Court order to help with health monitoringDavid Lakey, MD, commissioner with the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS), told reporters that he signed the court order to ensure that the individuals can be monitored twice a day and that law enforcement is monitoring the apartment. So far none of the household members have fever or other symptoms, he said.Clay Jenkins, Dallas County judge, said the decision to put a confinement order in place for family members requires a delicate balance, but public health officials need to know they can monitor the patients’ health and that it’s in the public’s best interest to know that exposed people aren’t leaving the location against medical advice. According to Dallas media reports, the residents didn’t follow an earlier request to stay home.Food and groceries are being delivered to the group, which will be monitored for 21 days.Lakey said public health workers have gone into the household to see that the man’s personal belongings are bagged, assess environmental risks, and ensure that the family knows how to minimize their contamination risk. He said, however, that health officials are grappling with how to dispose of waste and other contaminated items but have identified a company that will clean and decontaminate the home.Frieden said hospitals have questions about how to handle contaminated medical waste, especially larger items, and that CDC officials are in discussions today with US Department of Transportation counterparts about the issue.Health officials said they don’t yet have an exact number for the people designated as contacts who will be monitored for 21 days, other than that so far it is a “handful” of people. Contact-tracing interviews are under way with about 100 people to gauge the type of contact they had with the patient, but so far authorities don’t believe any exposures occurred at community locations.Hospital, airport screening issuesLakey and Frieden said the communication breakdown at the Texas hospital—when the patient’s travel history was not adequately communicated when he seen 2 days before he was admitted—is a teachable moment for other facilities. Frieden added that the CDC has refreshed its patient screening information for hospitals and is sending a Health Alert Network notice on the topic to providers.Frieden said the man was screened by a CDC-trained worker as he was departing Liberia and that he didn’t have a fever at that point. He said that records show the patient’s temperature was 97.3°F as measured with a Food and Drug Administration–approved thermometer.He added that an investigation is under way into Ebola exposure the man may have had while in Liberia and that exit forms have questions on whether patients cared for or helped bury people infected with Ebola. He added, however, that individuals often don’t know what their exposures have been, and sometimes they don’t disclose them.According to a New York Times report yesterday, 4 days before the man left Liberia for the United States he had direct contact with a woman infected with the virus, according to the man’s neighbors in Liberia and the woman’s parents.The patient had reportedly helped the woman’s family take her by taxi to a hospital in Monrovia, where she was turned away over a lack of treatment beds. He helped carry the woman back into the family’s home, where she died later that evening, according to the Times.”Can we make the risk zero?” Frieden asked. “The plain truth is we can’t make the risk zero until the outbreak is controlled in West Africa.”Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital today said the patient is in serious condition, and Frieden said discussions are ongoing between the man’s doctors and the patient and his family about the possibility of receiving experimental Ebola treatment.Global and drug developmentsIn other developments today:Germany’s Frankfurt University Hospital said it is expecting to receive a patient tomorrow who was infected with Ebola in West Africa, Reuters reported. According to German media reports, the patient is a Belgian doctor who got sick while working in Sierra Leone, but the hospital didn’t confirm the information. The patient would be the second health worker to be airlifted into Germany from the outbreak region.Federal government officials are in advanced discussions about two different strategies for ramping up the production of ZMapp, an experimental drug that has been used to treat some infected health workers, the New York Times reported yesterday. Quoting unnamed sources, the Times said talks have been held with Caliber Biotherapeutics, a Texas company that can produce the drug in tobacco plants. Also, the government, along with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust, are exploring boosting production in animal cells, which would take longer but yield larger amounts because of much greater production capacity.See also:Oct 2 Dallas Morning News storyOct 1 New York Times story on patient’s historyOct 2 Texas Health Resources statementOct 1 CDC guidance on Ebola questioning for returning travelersOct 1 CDC checklist for patients being evaluated for Ebola in the United StatesOct 2 Reuters storyOct 1 New York Times story on ZMapplast_img read more

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Mar 15, 2019

first_imgPenicillin allergy intervention cuts down on restricted antibiotic useAustralian researchers reported yesterday in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy that a novel, pharmacist-led penicillin allergy de-labeling intervention at a tertiary hospital led to a significant decrease in the prescribing of restricted antibiotics.The single-center study evaluated the impact of a weekly ward round that was implemented at the hospital in March 2018 and was led by an infectious disease physician, an allergy nurse, and an antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) pharmacist. Using electronic health records, the team identified patients with a documented penicillin allergy who were receiving an antibiotic, then reviewed their allergy history and phenotype to determine whether the allergy label was a type A (non-immune-mediated) reaction or the patient required a direct oral rechallenge or skin test, and whether he or she could be transitioned from a restricted antibiotic. The 5-month audit looked at how many penicillin allergies were de-labeled, and the resulting impact on restricted antibiotics.Over the 5-month period, 309 patients were identified during 19 ward rounds, and 106 met the inclusion criteria for the study. Of those 106 patients, 40 (37.7%) had their penicillin allergy de-labeled. The highest rate of penicillin allergy de-labeling was among patients who were referred for a direct oral rechallenge, with 95.2% (20 of 21) having their allergy label removed. Of the 22 patients with a type A reaction, 14 (63.6%) were de-labeled, and 4 of 4 patients who underwent a skin test were found to tolerate penicillin. Prescribing of restricted antibiotics in the 106 patients fell from 42.5% pre–ward round to 17.9% post–ward round.The authors of the study conclude, “We have illustrated a successful model for a pharmacist-led AMS, a penicillin allergy de-labelling ward round, targeting non-immune-mediated and low-risk allergy phenotypes. Similar models should be encouraged in other hospitals with established AMS programmes.”Mar 14 J Antimicrob Chemother study Survey finds significant prophylactic antibiotic use in Irish long-term carePoint-prevalence surveys conducted in Irish long-term care facilities (LTCFs) have a found a high rate of prophylactic antibiotic prescribing, according to a paper yesterday in Eurosurveillance.The Healthcare-Associated Infections in Long-Term Care Facilities (HALT) surveys were conducted in 2013 and 2016. Researchers collected and analyzed data on the type of facility, resident characteristics, and systemic antimicrobial prescriptions for healthcare-associated infections, including whether the antimicrobial was for prophylactic or therapeutic purposes.A total of 190 LTCFs participated in the 2013 HALT survey, and 224 participated in the 2016 survey; 119 participated in both surveys. Most were nursing homes and mixed care, intellectual disability, and psychiatric LTCFs. The overall prevalence of antimicrobial prescribing was similar in both surveys (9% to 10%). The proportion of prophylactic prescribing was higher in 2016 (42.5%) than it was in 2013 (38.3%), but among the 119 LTCFs that took both surveys, prophylactic prescribing was the same (40%). In both surveys, urinary tract infections (UTIs) accounted for most of the prophylactic antibiotics prescribed, followed by respiratory tract infections (RTIs), skin or wound infections, and infections at other sites.The analysis of all the LTCFs in both surveys found that the main prophylactic agents were nitrofurantoin (39%) and trimethoprim (41%) for UTIs; macrolides (47%) for RTIs, and macrolides and tetracycline (56%) for skin or wounds. More than 50% of the prophylactic antibiotics were prescribed in intellectual disability facilities and around 40% in nursing homes. Prophylaxis was recorded more often for female patients, residents living in LTCFs for more than 1 year, and residents with a urinary catheter.The authors of the study note that while antimicrobial prophylaxis is appropriate for selected indications—such as surgery—much of the prophylactic prescribing they identified does not appear to follow guidelines or be evidence-based.”The high prevalence of antimicrobial use in Irish LTCFs, particularly antimicrobial prophylaxis, indicates an urgent need to develop and implement education and stewardship programmes specifically targeted towards residential care settings,” the authors write. “While participation in repeated HALT surveys is a valuable surveillance method, it must be supplemented by local quality improvement initiatives, based on each LTCF’s survey results.”Mar 14 Eurosurveill study Canadian investigation finds resistant bacteria in imported shrimpAn investigation by CBC News has found troubling levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in imported shrimp bought at Canadian grocery chains.In a report today, CBC News Marketplace found that 9 of 51 frozen shrimp products (17%) bought from major grocery stores in Calgary, Toronto, Saskatoon, and Montreal were carrying bacteria—including Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus—that were resistant to at least one antibiotic, and bacteria in three of the shrimp products were harboring extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) genes. Two of the shrimp products were carrying methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.According to the report, Canada imports about $700 million worth of shrimp each year, mainly from India, Vietnam, China, and Thailand, and much of it from shrimp farms that commonly use antibiotics. Five of the contaminated products were from India. Marketplace notes that while the Canadian Food Inspection Agency inspects 5% of imported shrimp for antibiotic residues, it does not test for antibiotic-resistant bacteria.Gerry Wright, PhD, an infectious disease expert at McMaster University, told Marketplace that the lack of testing for resistant bacteria in imported food is a gap that needs to be addressed.”Once these organisms are here, once these genes are in Canada, then there’s no good way to keep them from spreading around. So what would be a really good idea is to prevent them from getting in in the first place,” he said.Mar 15 CBC News storylast_img read more

JLL-King Sturge merger is a good deal for all

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Schumer To Army Corps: Use Your Power On Dune Road

first_img State Senator Chuck Schumer discusses the erosion of the beach along Dune Road in Hampton Bays following the destruction from several storms. Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman is thankful for one thing this holiday: sand.After declaring four states of emergency over the past two months following a storm surge and breach along Dune Road in Hampton Bays last month, town and Suffolk County resources have been deployed to mitigate the problem, but state and federal help is needed. Scheiderman, along with Senator Chuck Schumer and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, gathered at Dune Road on Tuesday, November 26 to discuss the continuing concerns.According to Schumer, after speaking with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Commander and District Engineer for New York Colonel Thomas Asbery November 25, a dredge should soon be on the way.“They don’t need new money and they don’t need new legislation, because the law that we passed — public law 8499 — says the Army Corps has the right to step up and dig in and undo the damage that occurred last month,” he said on Dune Road Tuesday. “We are asking the Army Corps and I asked Colonel Asbery last night to use the law to fix what has happened — to fix things here in the Town of Southampton . . . We can’t wait for next year’s federal budget.”Under the law the Army Corps can send a dredger currently in operation replenishing the Fire Island to Moriches Inlet Stabilization Project to repair the West Shinnecock Inlet’s Interim Storm Damage Reduction Project.State Senator Chuck Schumer holds up a copy of public law 8499 enabling the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help repair the beach Dune Road. Independent/Desirée KeeganSchneiderman issued his first local state of emergency September 10 citing an imminent breach. Heavy duty Suffolk County Department of Public Works equipment was hauled in to shore up and essentially rebuild the 750-foot dune across the street from the Shinnecock Commercial Fishing Dock. Subtropical storm Melissa had battered the barrier island and almost washed away the entire dune with its high tide. Schneiderman said two weeks ago, following yet another storm, he couldn’t believe what he saw.“This beach was as flat as the road was, and we had wind and waves moving right across Dune Road into the Shinnecock Commercial Fishing Dock right across the street,” the supervisor said. “We were struggling to prevent a breach.”At that time, Suffolk County moved 200 truckloads of sand overnight in the dark and rain. At 3000 cubic yards, it got the town through several storm high tides. But it washed out again and again as more storms continue to wallop the south shore and erode any protections put in place.“The creation of that manmade dune was almost a Herculean effort,” Schneiderman added. “But it’s all gone now.”Earlier in the day November 26, Congressman Lee Zeldin and Suffolk County Department of Public Works Chief Engineer William Hillman carried out a site visit of Dune Road, and Zeldin said his office has been in frequent contact with the Army Corps regarding the county’s reimbursement request for prior and ongoing work.Commercial fisherman operate out of the Shinnecock Commercial Fishing Dock across Dune Road from where the damage was done.Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said it’s not common, and not often that work like that’s been done happens on such a local level.“We prevented a disaster from occurring, but that is not sustainable and it’s not something we can continue to handle,” he said. “That is why the partnership with our federal government is so important.”“It’s been a project for all of us for decades to get the kind of protection we need to preserve the dunes, preserve the south bay, all of the inlets, and the south shore mainland,” Schumer added. “When Superstorm Sandy hit we worked hard to get lots of help to not just restore what was lost, but provide resilience. And we did. But when storms come and undo some of the work that was done we can’t just sit there and twiddle our thumbs — we’ve got to get to work.”This has actually been a recurring issue since 1938, when the Shinnecock Inlet was created to stabilize the area as a result of a breach. The federal inlet was protected with jetties, but sand is trapped on the far side where the beach is much wider, which has resulted in the loss of 600 feet of beach.Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman discusses the effort that went into replacing the dune after declare a local state of emergency four times in the last two months. Independent/Desirée KeeganThis month 90,000 yards have been moved with the help of the Suffolk County Department of Transportation, Department of Environmental Conservation, and Town of Southampton. The efforts are still ongoing.“We are united, we are together when it comes to protecting our coastline and all that we love and cherish about living on Long Island,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said. “This is about our quality of life, but it’s also about our economy. You have the commercial fishing dock, you have businesses here, you have residents here that are impacted by this. It’s important that this emergency replenishment project happens.”Schneiderman said the work completed this week will not get the town through the winter. He said more in the ballpark of 800,000 yards of sand is needed.Congressmen Lee Zeldin was with Suffolk County Department of Public Works Chief Engineer William Hillman to assess the damage. Independent/Courtesy U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin“We’re in a desperate situation trying to prevent another breach,” Schneiderman said. “And it’s not just a commercial dock that sits here, we’ve got a commercial fish-packing operation, three restaurants, a county park at the end of the street. This is way beyond the resources of the Town of Southampton and this is beyond the resources of Suffolk County.”That’s why the supervisor is grateful to be talking turkey with state and federal agencies to prevent further deterioration.  While the dredger will most likely not get to Hampton Bays in time for the Thanksgiving Day storm, he said the dredger could protect the beach for years if not decades.“We have been pleading and our prayers are answered by the fact that Senator Chuck Schumer is making the request that the Army Corps brings in the dredge,” Schneiderman said. “This Thanksgiving I’m particularly thankful for all the partners the town has at the county, the state, and the federal level. I’m cautiously optimistic that the news is good, that we’ll see the dredge appear and get out of this very precarious situation we’ve found ourselves in.”desiree@indyeastend.comState Senator Chuck Schumer call on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to bring a dredger to Shinnecock Inlet. Independent/Desirée Keegan State Senator Chuck Schumer holds up a copy of public law 8499 enabling the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help repair the beach Dune Road. Independent/Desirée Keegan Local officials applaud state Senator Chuck Schumer for his help to repair the dune in Hampton Bays. Sand is being dug to help replenish the dune barrier along the beach on the south side of Dune Road. Sand is being dug to help replenish the dune barrier along the beach on the south side of Dune Road. Village of Ocean Beach Mayor James Mallott shakes hands with state Senator Chuck Schumer and thanks him for his call for action. Village of Quogue Mayor Peter Sartorius discusses the effects the storm has had on his village. Saltaire Mayor John Zaccaro Jr. thanks the politicians involved for playing their part while saying his village is also doing its part to rebuild infrastructure of his barrier island to ensure coastal resiliency. State Senator Chuck Schumer calls for help from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said he does not know what the governor is referring to exactly. Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine talks about the effect the storms have had in Center Moriches. center_img Satet Senator Chuck Schumer calls for help from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Work is still ongoing to repair the dune along the beach in Hampton Bays. State Senator Chuck Schumer calls on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from Dune Road in Hampton Bays to send a dredger as soon as possible to repair south shore damage sustained by recent severe storms. Commercial fisherman operate out of the Shinnecock Commercial Fishing Dock across Dune Road from where the damage was done. Work is still ongoing to repair the dune along the beach in Hampton Bays. Village of Ocean Beach Mayor James Mallott talks about the issues he’s had on Fire Island as a result of the storms. Work is still ongoing to repair the dune along the beach in Hampton Bays. State Senator Chuck Schumer discusses the erosion of the beach along Dune Road in Hampton Bays following the destruction from several storms. Congressmen Lee Zeldin was with Suffolk County Department of Public Works Chief Engineer William Hillman to assess the damage. Independent/Courtesy U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin Sharelast_img read more

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Kotug Chooses Alphatron for Its Newbuilding Rotortugs

first_imgKotug, based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands has selected the Alphatron AlphaBridge as the standard wheelhouse fit for their new building Rotortugs ART80.After a careful and time consuming evaluation procedure the management of Kotug selected the standard ergonomically friendly AlphaBridge Tugboat design for their upcoming new build program. Unlike in the aerospace industry, every ship’s bridge differs from the other. Items such as the vessel’s controls and displays are always different and on a different location.As navigation, communication and control systems are devices and systems the ships’ crews have to deal with on a daily basis, a standardisation like AlphaBridge is the solution that will make life easier and operation safer. Since its introduction in 2007, more than 280 AlphaBridge wheelhouse concepts have been put into service, ranging from small pilot tenders to large rescue gear support vessels for the Australian Defence Force.The Rotortugs will be build at Damen Shipyards and Cheoy Lee Hong Kong.[mappress]Source: Holland Shipbuilding Association, May 30, 2013last_img read more