Side Show’s Erin Davie & Emily Padgett Bond at a Starry Cocktail Party

first_img Side Show Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Related Shows Star Files Emily Padgett Can you see the resemblance? Side Show stars Erin Davie and Emily Padgett will play conjoined twins in the new revival of Henry Krieger and Bill Russell’s beloved musical Side Show—and on September 9, the stars got into character at a cocktail reception at Joe’s Pub! Dressed in identical outfits by Rachel Antonoff, the duo spent some quality time together at the New York City hotspot’s swanky Library bar while honoring Side Show director Bill Condon. Check out this Hot Shot of the pair bonding at the party hosted by scenic designer David Rockwell, then see them joined at the hip in Side Show, beginning October 28 at the St. James Theatre. View Commentslast_img read more

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of VT receives highest accreditations

first_imgA national quality review organization has awarded Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) its highest level of accreditation for both its managed care and preferred provider organization (PPO) product lines, the company announced today.The awards position BCBSVT as the only health plan serving Vermont that has received the highest level of accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for both managed care and PPO products. NCQA is an independent, non-profit organization that assesses and reports on the quality of the nations managed care plans. Accreditation status — the highest possible level — is based on a voluntary review of how a health plan ensures that its members are receiving high quality care.BCBSVT received an Excellent rating for its VHP and TVHP managed care benefit plans, and Full Accreditation for its Freedom Plan PPO benefit plans. A PPO offers more flexibility than HMO style managed care plans by allowing visits to out-of-network professionals at a greater expense to the member.Achieving an accreditation status of Excellent is a significant achievement for a health plan, said Margaret E. OKane, president of NCQA. It is only awarded to those plans that both meet or exceed NCQAs rigorous requirements for consumer protection and quality improvement and have HEDISâ results in the highest range of national performance.The NCQA Accreditation survey process includes on and off-site evaluations of over 60 standards and selected HEDIS performance measures conducted by a team of physicians and managed care experts. A committee of physicians analyzes the teams finding and assigns an accreditation level based on the performance level of the plan being evaluated to NCQAs standards.We are an organization committed to continuous quality improvement, and I believe that has been validated by NCQA, said William R. Milnes, Jr., President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. Each of our employees, providers and management contributed to the NCQA Accreditation process in some way, so we are extremely proud of this achievement.This Accreditation tells our members that the care they receive and the physicians who provide that care meet or exceed the industrys highest standards of quality, said Don George, Vice President of Managed Health Systems. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont and The Vermont Health Plan have a long and proud tradition of providing high-quality care. Receiving objective recognition of that is rewarding for all of us.The NCQA Accreditation process evaluates how well a health plan manages quality throughout every part of its delivery system — physicians, hospitals, affiliated providers, and administrative services — to continuously improve health care for its members.More than three-quarters of Americans enrolled in HMOs are in plans that have been reviewed by NCQA and many employers are now mandating accreditation of the plans they offer their employees. No comparable evaluation exists for fee-for-service health care.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.(End)last_img read more

Renewable energy will supply 46.3% of Germany’s electricity this year—utility group

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Renewable sources met 46.3% of Germany’s power consumption in 2020, 3.8 percentage points more than in 2019, utility industry association BDEW said on Monday, adding that parts of the increase came from a drop in usage in the coronavirus crisis.“The share of renewables has risen yet again this year,” said BDEW managing director Kerstin Andreae. “But lower usage masks the fact that the expansion of renewables is not fast enough.”This year’s green share within domestic power consumption which totaled 543.6 terawatt hours (TWh) compared with 42.5% in 2019. Consumption itself was down 4.4% year-on-year.The high share reflects efforts by Europe’s biggest economy to curb climate-warming emissions from thermal power stations by expanding generation from wind and sunshine.Germany wants to raise the share of renewable in its power mix to 65% by 2030 and is just finalising a green law reform bill this week to step up its efforts.BDEW also offered power production totals for 2020 – some 564.5 TWh were produced, 6.5% less than 2019. Out of the total, generation from solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, hydroelectric and waste plants amounted to 251.7 TWh, up from 241.6 TWh a year earlier, it said.[Vera Eckert]More: Renewables meet 46.3% of Germany’s 2020 power consumption, up 3.8 pts Renewable energy will supply 46.3% of Germany’s electricity this year—utility grouplast_img read more

LMC: Beech Mountain Classroom Dedication

first_imgDr. Brigham is often referred to as “The Father of Southern Skiing” and was instrumental in developing some of the area’s most beloved ski areas of Beech and Sugar Mountain in North Carolina and Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia. He was a bit of a renaissance man who worked professionally as a dentist while enjoying the outdoors and painting, who certainly collaborated with others in making his dream of southern skiing a reality. Collaboration is one of those catchy terms marketers and speakers like to throw out a lot these days. In an age where all we hear is how divided our country is it’s encouraging to see this term gaining traction on a national and local stage. A great example of this on a local level is the working relationship that Lees-McRae College and Beech Mountain Resort have nurtured.   These classrooms will undoubtedly be a great resource for students to get real-life experience and will help to groom the future outdoor leaders in our region’s ever-growing outdoor recreation sector.  Photo by Jason Els Class of 2015 (Lees-McRae College) at Beech Mountain Ski Resort Lees-McRae dedicated the Dr. Thomas Brigham Classroom in partnership with Beech Mountain Resort where students will be able to receive onsite tutelage in LMC’s programs in Ski Industry and Business Instruction and Outdoor Recreation Management.  The classroom will also serve as the base for the college’s ski and snowboard team. last_img read more

Nassau Cop Shot, Wounded; Suspects Nabbed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Nassau County police officer was shot and wounded in New Hyde Park on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.Two suspects have been arrested after a Nassau County police officer was shot and wounded while responding to a home invasion in New Hyde Park early Wednesday morning, authorities said.Third Precinct Officer Mohit Arora, 32, was shot on Lakeville Road after 1 a.m. and was taken to a local hospital, where he is listed in stable condition after undergoing surgery for the bullet wound, according to a police spokesman. He also suffered a broken hip.“I commend Officer Arora and responding officers who swiftly arrested the perpetrators while protecting our residents,” said Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, adding that he met with the officer in the hospital.The identities of the suspects were not immediately released.Officers responded to the burglary on Campbell Street at 1:49 a.m. after someone from inside the house called 911, said Det. Vincent Garcia, a police spokesman.Responding officers “thought they would surrender,” Garcia said of the two assailants, but “instead they fled.”The gunman fired under under his shoulder as he ran, striking Arora, a six-year veteran of the department, in the right hip, Garcia added. It is unclear how many shots were fired, but the officers returned fire.Officers followed the gunman through a nearby school yard before they took him into custody and recovered his semi-automatic handgun. The other suspect was nabbed in close proximity to where the shooting took place, police said.The motive for the home invasion is still under investigation but police “believe this wasn’t random, that they were targeted,” Garcia said.Two people were inside the house at the time of the incident. The suspects did not steal anything.Detectives are continuing the investigation.The incident stunned residents in the quiet North Shore community.“This area is supposed to be one of the safest,” said Tom Li, as he gathered with neighbors to discuss the early-morning shootout. “To have this kind of thing happen in our own backyard, unbelievable.”Joe Owens, who lives on nearby Nugent Street, was awakened by the gunfire, but initially thought the loud bangs were from people lighting firecrackers.“Bang, bang, bang, bang, bang,” said the 80-year-old who has lived in the area for 50 years, describing what he heard. “Never in a million years [are you]  thinking they were gunshots.”“I think that as safe as you think you really are…if somebody is desperate, they might want to break into your home,” he added.last_img read more

Bay Shore Man Gets 2-6 Years for Fatal DWI Hit-and-run

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Alejandro PadillaA Bay Shore man was sentenced Tuesday to two-to-six years in prison for driving drunk, causing the crash that killed a 47-year-old woman and fleeing the scene more than a year ago.Alejandro Padilla had pleaded guilty in October at Suffolk County court to manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of an incident without reporting and driving while intoxicated.Prosecutors said the 25-year-old was driving his Honda Civic on Carleton Avenue when his car rear-ended of Zenaida Falcon’s Hyundai, propelling the victim’s into a utility pole on Dec. 22, 2012. Falcon died the next day.“Fortunately, an eye witness to the crash saw the defendant’s license plate and reported it to police,” District Attorney Thomas Spota said. “Officers were waiting for Padilla when he arrived home.”He was found to have a blood-alcohol level of .09 percent two hours after the crash, authorities said.last_img read more

Joe Biden is projected to win

first_imgPolling averages had indicated Biden held a lead in the state.The state voted for Republican presidential candidates from 1972 to1988 before flipping to Democratic winners from 1992 to 2012. Then in 2016, Trump narrowly defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Michigan by just 0.2% — the closest popular vote margin of any state that election.This is breaking news. Check back for updates. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden delivers remarks about health care at Beech Woods Recreation Center October 16, 2020 in Southfield,m Michigan.Chip Somodevilla | Getty Imagescenter_img Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is projected to win the state of Michigan, NBC News reported Wednesday.The projected victory for the former vice president comes in yet another state that incumbent President Donald Trump had won in 2016.Michigan has 16 Electoral College votes. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

FDA panel endorses overhaul for 2008-09 flu vaccine

first_imgFeb 22, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – With many of the influenza viruses now infecting people not matched well by this year’s flu vaccine, a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee recommended yesterday that producers use three new flu strains in next season’s vaccine, replacing all three components of this year’s version.FDA officials reported that the agency’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted unanimously to follow the lead of the World Health Organization (WHO), which recommended last week that all three strains of this year’s vaccine for the northern hemisphere be replaced for next season.”FDA will now take the recommendation and make a final decision quickly,” FDA spokeswoman Peper Long told CIDRAP News.Changing one or two strains in the vaccine is not unusual, but Dr. Nancy Cox, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) influenza division, said changing all three is unprecedented.”This sounds like a major change, because this really hasn’t occurred before,” Cox said at a news briefing this afternoon. She said the change may not be as difficult for vaccine manufacturers as it might seem, because they have already had some experience with two of the strains, but how well the strains will grow is unpredictable.The flu vaccine is reformulated each year to try to keep pace with the fast-evolving viruses. The WHO and FDA recommend the strains for the vaccine in February to give manufacturers time to grow the viruses in chicken eggs and process them into vaccine doses. The choice of strains is an annual gamble, since the predominant viruses may differ from those in the vaccine, but most years the vaccine is reasonably on target.The three flu virus varieties in the vaccine include a type A/H1N1, type A/H3N2, and a type B. Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that most of the H3N2 and B viruses it has analyzed this winter differed from the corresponding strains in the vaccine, but most of the H1N1 viruses tested so far continue to match up well with the vaccine.However, the WHO recommended replacing all three strains for next year’s vaccine, saying that the majority of recent H1N1 isolates differ from the H1N1 strain in the vaccine. At today’s briefing, Cox explained that in Europe, where H1N1 viruses are predominant this winter, they are “not so well matched with the vaccine.”The three strains recommended by the WHO and now by the FDA committee are:For the H1N1 component, a strain similar to A/Brisbane/59/2007, replacing A/Solomon Islands/3/2006For H3N2, an A/Brisbane/10/2007-like strain, replacing A/Wisconsin/67/2005For the B component, a B/Florida/4/2006-like strain, replacing B/Malaysia 2506/2004The Brisbane strains of H1N1 and H3N2 will be used in this year’s vaccine for the southern hemisphere, where the flu season runs from May through October, according to the WHO.Cox said that because the Brisbane H1N1 and H3N2 strains were picked for this year’s southern hemisphere vaccine, vaccine manufacturers already have had a chance to obtain and work with them, which should help them produce the new northern hemisphere vaccine.Experts were concerned about the Brisbane H3N2 strain a year ago, but it was not possible to add it to the vaccine at that point, Cox said. “Unfortunately, we did not have a viable egg isolate that could be used by the manufacturers, so it was necessary to continue to use the Wisconsin/67 strain in the vaccine,” she said.An Associated Press (AP) report published yesterday said producers of the southern hemisphere vaccine have found that the Brisbane H3N2 strain doesn’t grow very quickly in the laboratory. Cox said scientists are working on possible solutions to the problem of growing the strain, such as using a very similar virus found in Uruguay, the story said.At today’s briefing, Cox said, “One of the great limiting factors [in vaccine production] is how well the virus strains grow, and of course when you change strains, the growth properties are inherently unpredictable.”Of the flu viruses analyzed by the CDC so far this season, about 83% have been type A and about 16% have been type B, which tends to cause milder illness than type A, Cox said.Of the type A viruses, 63% have been H3N2 and 37% have been H1N1, she reported. H1N1 viruses—which in the United States have been well matched by the vaccine—predominated until early January, but since then the situation has reversed. Seasons in which H3N2 viruses are predominant tend to be more severe than those in which H1N1 strains predominate, experts say.See also: Feb 14 CIDRAP News story “WHO advises total makeover for 2008-09 flu vaccine”CDC’s weekly flu surveillance report read more

Report ranks cities’ terrorist attack risks

first_img They calculated a place-based vulnerability index (PVI), which includes measures of social and built-in vulnerabilities, as well as a community’s experience in responding to extreme events. Mar 11, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Researchers who specialize in geography and environmental risk recently assessed the vulnerability of the nation’s major urban areas to terrorism events and found that the highest risk areas were broadly located across the eastern and southern seaboards. The researchers, led by Walter Piegorsch, PhD, an environmental risk expert from the University of Arizona, based their benchmark risk assessment on data from past terrorist incidents and several environmental factors. For example, when considering infrastructure vulnerability, they considered bridges, tunnels, and water and sewer systems, along with the robustness of buildings and skyscrapers to sudden shocks. They also factored the age of roads and housing into their risk analysis, according to the report. Piegorsch WW, Cutter SL, Hardisty F. Benchmark analysis for quantifying urban vulnerability. Risk Analysis 2007;27(6):1411-25 [Abstract] The findings of the study contain useful information for cities that seek to lower their risk of a terrorist attack, the authors said. They also said the results may help officials prioritize national and regional funding for homeland security preparedness and response. Cities that were assessed as having the highest terrorist attack risks exceeded the authors’ statistical benchmarks for casualties and incidence. Locations that were ranked as moderate risks exceeded only the incidence benchmark. Those that scored lowest on the risk assessment did not exceed either benchmark. Locations with the greatest risks had PVIs higher than 0.917, and 19 cities exceeded that measure. Some of the cities that scored highest include New Orleans, Baton Rouge, La., New York City/Newark, Charleston, S.C, Norfolk, Va., and Washington, D.C. The authors pointed out that the cities with the highest risk are port cities. A national map showing the color-coded risk assessment for each of the 132 towns is available on a press release link on the University of Arizona’s Web site.center_img See also: The study, published in the December issue of Risk Analysis, was funded by the US Department of Homeland Security, according to a Mar 3 press release from the University of Arizona. Researchers focused on 132 cities that the US government believes are at highest risk to terrorism incidents, ranging from Albany, N.Y., to Youngstown, Ohio. “Our capacity to adequately prepare for and respond to these vulnerabilities varies widely across the country, especially in urban areas,” they wrote. “We see that ‘place matters,’ and so anyone-size-fits-all strategy of resource allocation and training will ignore the reality of geographic differences.” Mar 3 University of Arizona press release read more

Penthouses still hot property despite inner-city apartment glut

first_imgThis penthouse at 1302/218 Vulture St, South Bank, has sold for $2.825m. Picture: brand new property at 1302/218 Vulture Street, South Bank, spans 275 sqm, including a massive 51 sqm entertainer’s balcony offering 360 degree views.The penthouse has four bedrooms, each with their own ensuite, a powder room and a media room. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Even the bathroom has city views at 1302/218 Vulture St, South Bank. Picture: penthouse in the Rive development at 81/32 Agnes Street, Albion, has just been snapped up for $2.4 million.Simon Caulfield of Place Estate Agents Kangaroo Point negotiated the transaction to a well-known local family who are downsizing from a house Hamilton.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoMr Caulfield said he had three more penthouses with offers on them, ranging in price from $3 million to $6 million.“It’s those people selling out of big homes that are going into these penthouses,” he said.“It’s real money and its local money.” The penthouse at 1302/218 Vulture St, South Bank. Picture: Apartments features 46 units which begin at level nine atop a hotel.There are three floors of penthouses, with two to a floor, featuring a separate lift and its own car park level. One of the bedrooms in the penthouse at 81/21 Agnes St, Albion. Picture: occupies an entire floor, accessed from the lockup four car garage by lift into a private lobby entrance.Other features include marble flooring, custom joinery, a cinema room with retractable projection screen and an integrated home automation system.Mr Caulfield is marketing another penthouse at 14/100 Macquarie Street, St Lucia, which is attracting plenty of interest. The view from the penthouse at 1302/218 Vulture St, South Bank. Picture: with deep pockets and a taste for the high life are fuelling a surge in penthouse sales in Brisbane, defying the inner-city apartment slowdown. The last penthouse available in the city’s newest residential building, Peak Apartments, in South Bank has sold for $2.825 million to a local owner-occupier.Sherrie Storor of McGrath New Farm negotiated the sale offmarket with the buyer signing a cash contract and allowing a 14 day settlement.center_img This penthouse at 81/21 Agnes St, Albion, has sold for $2.4m. Picture: four-bedroom, three-bathroom property offers panoramic views from Hamilton across to Bulimba and beyond. Where the under-30s want to buy Suburb hiding untapped city views Family violence victims black-listed The cinema room at 81/21 Agnes St, Albion. Picture:“The reality is there’s not much supply in the marketplace, so if you want a beautiful property with gorgeous views along the river, there’s not that much that’s been built,” she said.“It makes sense for a lot of people — particularly owner occupiers — because for a long time they’ve loved living in the family home and seeing their children grown up there, but there’s a lot of maintenance and they get to a point where they want a different lifestyle.” @liztilley84 The view from the penthouse at 81/21 Agnes St, Albion. Picture: Storer said offmarket sales were becoming more popular among prestige property hunters, which was why she had a database of 35,000 potential buyers.“That is definitely a growing trend for prestige property,” she said.Ms Storer said there was plenty of demand in the marketplace for high-end, inner-city apartments, despite oversupply concerns.last_img read more