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Wendel To Update Public On COVID-19 At 4 p.m. Press Conference

first_imgWatch us LIVE at WNYNewsNow.com/live MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County Executive Paul Wendel, Jr. will update the public on the evolving COVID-19 situation at a press conference today, Sunday March 15, at 4 p.m.The press conference will be streamed live on WNYNewsNow Facebook page.Wendel will be joined by Commissioner of Health and Human Services Christine Schuyler, Sheriff James Quattrone, and Director of Emergency Services John Griffith. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),About time the sound of silence coming from mayville has been deafening.last_img read more

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The Glass Menagerie Revival, Starring Cherry Jones & Zachary Quinto, Recoups Broadway Investment

first_img Cherry Jones Star Files Zachary Quinto Directed by Tony winner John Tiffany, The Glass Menagerie follows the struggles of the Wingfield family. Jones stars as Amanda, a southern belle past her prime who lives with her two grown children in a small St. Louis apartment. While Amanda dreams of a better life for her shy daughter Laura (Keenan-Bolger), she coerces her son Tom (Quinto) into finding his sister a “gentleman caller.” When the caller (Smith) arrives, the family’s fantasies begin to crumble. Related Shows Brian J. Smith Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 23, 2014 It didn’t go to the moon, it went much further! The starry and critically-acclaimed revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie has recouped its initial $2.6 million investment, producers announced on January 7. Starring two-time Tony winner Cherry Jones, Zachary Quinto, Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger and Brian J. Smith, the show opened at the Booth Theatre on September 26, 2013 and will run through February 23. View Comments The Glass Menagerie Tiffany’s production of The Glass Menagerie premiered at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA in February 2013. The show features set design by Bob Crowley, lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Clive Goodwin, movement by Steven Hoggett and original music by Nico Muhly. Celia Keenan-Bolger View All (4)last_img read more

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Sienna Miller Begins Performances as Sally Bowles in Cabaret

first_img Miller made her Broadway debut in 2009 in Roundabout’s After Miss Julie; her other stage credits include As You Like It and Flare Path. She can currently be seen in movie theaters co-starring opposite Bradley Cooper in Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper. Additional screen credits include Layer Cake, Interview, The Edge of Love, Factory Girl, Casanova, GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, The Girl, Foxcatcher and the upcoming Unfinished Business and High Rise. Willkommen back to Broadway, Sienna Miller! The Brit stage and screen star will begin performances as Sally Bowles in Cabaret on February 17. Miller replaces Emma Stone, who completed her run in the Roundabout Theatre Company production on February 15. Miller will remain with the revival until it ends its limited engagement on March 29 at Studio 54. Cabaret Related Shows The musical currently stars Alan Cumming as the Emcee and features Linda Emond as Fraulein Schneider, Danny Burstein as Herr Schultz, Bill Heck as Cliff, Aaron Krohn as Ernst and Hani Furstenberg as Fraulein Kost. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015last_img read more

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Annette O’Toole Joins the Cast of Man From Nebraska

first_imgAnnette O’Toole(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Stage and screen alum Annette O’Toole has joined the cast of the New York premiere of Tracy Letts’ Man From Nebraska. The Oscar nominee will take on the role of Nancy Carpenter, stepping in for the previously announced J. Smith-Cameron, who has departed the off-Broadway staging due to scheduling conflicts. The Second Stage production, starring The Humans Tony winner Reed Birney, will begin performances at the Tony Kiser Theatre on January 26, 2017.O’Toole recently appeared on stage in Southern Comfort at the Public Theater and earned a Lucille Lortel Award for her perormance. She received an Oscar nomination in 2004 for the song “A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow” from A Mighty Wind. Additional credits include Hamlet in Bed, Third and Heresy on stage and A Stupid and Futile Gesture, Women Who Kill and Smallville on screen.The play, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2004, follows Ken, a middle aged man from Nebraska (as the title suggests), who embarks on a quest for a meaningful existence after losing his faith and sense of purpose.Joining Birney and O’Toole on stage will be Heidi Armbruster, Tom Bloom, Annika Boras, Nana Menash, Max Gordon Moore, Kathleen Peirce and William Ragsdale. Opening night is set for February 15. View Comments Related Showscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 26, 2017 Man From Nebraskalast_img read more

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Former President Aristide Will Return to Haiti After 7 Years In Exile

first_imgBy Dialogo March 17, 2011 Former president Jean Bertrand Aristide will return to Haiti on 17 March, after seven years in exile in South Africa and three days before the second round of elections to choose Haiti’s next president, an individual close to him told AFP. “Aristide is expected in Port-au-Prince on Thursday,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The former priest governed Haiti three times: in 1991, then between 1994 and 1996, and again between 2001 and 2004, when he affirms that he was forced to leave office under pressure from the United States and France, amid clashes between his administration and rebel militias. His spokesperson Maryse Narcisse confirmed that he is going to return to his country before 20 March and that preparations for the trip have already begun. “President Aristide’s return has nothing to do with the elections,” she added. The former president – who continues to have support in poor neighborhoods – first expressed his desire to return shortly after another former president, Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier, did so in January, claiming that he was “prepared” to return and contribute to the country’s rebuilding, particularly in the area of education. Just like Duvalier, Aristide, who is fifty-seven years old, insisted that he would stay out of politics, a statement received with skepticism by opponents and international observers. The former priest’s party, Fanmi Lavalas, did not take part in the recent presidential race, although his most faithful partisans have been putting up his portrait in the streets for weeks, in the hope that he will return to Haitian politics. On 14 March, the United States reiterated to the former president that he “should postpone his return” in order to avoid disturbing the second round of voting, planned for 20 March, which will decide who will be René Preval’s successor. Aristide entered Haitian politics in 1985 as an opponent of the dictator ‘Baby Doc,’ presenting himself as the savior of the Catholic poor – the great majority of the country’s population – and speaking Creole, ultimately becoming the first democratically elected president. The Haitian government has now opened the way for his return, granting him a new passport in February. South Africa, the country where he has been exiled all these years, said that it was not its “responsibility” to say whether the former president “should or should not” leave before the elections.last_img read more

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IOM affirms CDC guidance on N95 use in H1N1 setting

first_imgSep 3, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The Institute of Medicine (IOM) today affirmed existing federal guidance that healthcare workers caring for H1N1 influenza patients should wear fit-tested N95 respirators, not just surgical masks, to protect them from the virus.At the same time, the IOM called for additional research on flu transmission and the effectiveness of various respiratory protection tools in clinical settings, along with efforts to develop new respiratory protection technologies to enhance safety and comfort.”Based on what we currently know about influenza, well-fitted N95 respirators offer health care workers the best protection against inhalation of viral particles,” said Kenneth Shine, chair of the committee that wrote the report, in an IOM news release.”But there is a lot we still don’t know about these viruses, and it would be a mistake for anyone to rely on respirators alone as some sort of magic shield,” added Shine, who is executive vice chancellor for health affairs in the University of Texas System, Austin, and former president of the IOM.. “Health care organizations and their employees should establish and practice a number of strategies to guard against infection, such as innovative triage processes, hand washing, disinfection, gloves, vaccination, and antiviral drug use.”But the IOM report drew criticism today from a representative of the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (APIC), who said the recommendation to wear N95s fails to recognize the many practical and logistical problems related to N95 use, including discomfort, costs, shortages, and the difficulty of fit testing.In the face of unclear science concerning flu virus transmission, the IOM prepared the report at the request of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).The panel, which was given just 8 weeks to write the report, held a 4-day meeting, including a 1 1/2-day public workshop, in August. The panel’s assignment specifically excluded the economical and logistical considerations related to personal protective equipment (PPE).The report notes that the current CDC guidance on protection for health workers caring for H1N1 patients differs from guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Canadian guidance. The CDC recommends use of N95s for all healthcare workers who enter the rooms of patients in isolation with confirmed or suspected H1N1 infection. The same advice goes for emergency medical personnel who come in close contact with such patients.In contrast, the WHO recommends “standard and droplet precautions (including a medical mask, gown, gloves, eye protection, hand hygiene) for those working in direct contact with patients and additional precautions for aerosol-generating procedures including wearing a facial particulate respirator,” the report says. The recommendation allows for “the need for sustainability” in different countries.Similarly, recently released Canadian guidelines call for using N95s only during aerosol-generating procedures and recommend using medical (surgical) masks in other situations, according to the report.On the murky question of the extent to which flu viruses spread through the air, the IOM committee concluded that studies show that “airborne (inhalation) transmission is one of the potential routes of transmission.”The panel said it found few studies comparing the effectiveness of N95 respirators and medical masks in clinical settings, although several studies are under way. Hence the group based its decisions on comparisons of the two kinds of protection in controlled experiments. Those studies show that medical masks are unlikely to be effective in preventing aerosol transmission, the report says.In view of that evidence, the panel recommends that health workers in close contact with patients who have novel H1N1 flu or flu-like illness should wear fit-tested N95 respirators or respirators that are “demonstrably more effective.” The report specifically endorses the current CDC guidance and says it should be followed until there is evidence that other forms of protection work as well or better.In addition, the report advises that employers should make sure that N95 respirators are used and fit-tested in accordance with OSHA regulations.The panel further found that the need for more research on flu transmission and PPE is “striking.” It urges federal agencies and private organizations to support and undertake research to:Answer questions about the relative contribution of different routes of flu transmissionExplore the effectiveness of different respiratory protection tools in clinical settings through randomized trialsDesign and develop new respiratory protection technologies “to enhance safety, comfort, and ability to perform work-related tasks”The IOM’s recommendation to use fit-tested N95s drew criticism on practicality grounds today from Ruth Carrico, an infection control expert at the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences and a former APIC board member. Carrico was on a panel of experts who reviewed the IOM report in draft form.”I think the IOM has missed the mark,” Carrico told CIDRAP News.She acknowledged that the panel of authors was specifically charged with looking only at the science and not the logistical and economic issues. But she said it’s difficult to separate the scientific issues from the logistical matters, such as the ability of health workers to follow the guidance and its applicability in clinical settings.”As a human being, if you’re being told this is the best protection for your and you go to work and that protection is not available, how likely are you to go to work the next day?” she asked.Noting that the recommendation specifically calls for the use of fit-tested respirators, Carrico said there are “lots of gaps” in the information about fit testing. Given the cost and time requirements of fit testing, she said, “Does it really make sense and is it a valid point? We have to be concerned about that in our economic times.”More generally, she said, “Divorcing the recommendations from the practicality of implementation represents a serious problem for healthcare workers who are trying to figure out, ‘What do I do to provide care for my patients in a safe manner?'”Hospitals say they do fit testing as best they can, but “there’s no way to be fit tested for all the kinds of respirators used,” Carrico continued. For example, this past spring, some hospitals ran out of respirators and hence used respirators from the government’s Strategic National Stockpile. Those were a different type from what hospitals normally use, which created a need for additional fit testing, she said.Keeping respirators on hand is a continuing problem, she added. “There are back orders; there are constant calls about interruptions in supply. We simply do not have the supply line of these types of materials in order to apply these recommendations.” As a result, hospitals try to save their respirators for us in the highest-risk settings.The shortages and other problems lead to inconsistent and changing hospital policies, which confuse workers, she added. “We’re hearing about workers who will say ‘I refuse to care for this patient because I don’t feel safe,'” she said.Carrico also commented that most workers can wear N95s only a short time before they become hot and uncomfortable.”At some point you’ve got to peel the onion and say what’s really necessary, what’s really practical, and how are we going to enable our healthcare workers to do what needs to be done?” she said.She also expressed hope that the IOM’s appeal for new research will lead to some well-designed studies in clinical settings.At a press briefing today, CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said the CDC has just received the IOM report and is looking at it.CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said the agency is considering the recommendations from the IOM and other expert groups on the issue of respiratory protection for health workers. “We hope to have a plan that further addresses this issue very soon,” he told CIDRAP News.See also:Sep 3 National Academy of Sciences news release about the reporthttp://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=12748Table of contents page for full IOM report “Respiratory Protection for Healthcare Workers in the Workplace Against Novel H1N1 Influenza A”http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12748Aug 13 CIDRAP News story “Experts air practical PPE considerations to IOM”Aug 12 CIDRAP News story “IOM hears diverse findings on PPE for flu”last_img read more

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Imports of agricultural and food products are growing, and our agriculture is failing

first_imgIn parallel with the growth of exports, the growth trend of imports continuedCompared to 2016 last year, imports of agricultural and food products grew by 11,5 percent, and in the first six months of 2018 imports were at the level of one billion and 467 million euros, which is 6,4 percent more than in the same period last year. We exported the most chocolate and other products with cocoa, fresh and chilled fish and cigarettes, while we mostly imported pork, bread and bakery products and animal feed preparations.Among the 24 observed groups of agricultural and food products, we had a positive balance in trade in only seven groups of products: cereals, fish, sugar, oilseeds and herbs, tobacco, meat products and various food products. ‘Source: HGK”The total coverage of imports by exports of agri-food products of only 60% indicates a general low competitiveness and insufficient volume of domestic production of primary agricultural products and products of the food processing industry. We should be especially concerned about those categories in which the coverage of imports by exports is less than 50%, and these are precisely those categories in which we have insufficient production – meat, milk and dairy products, vegetables and fruits” concludes Dragan Kovacevic. We encourage imports through tourism. Crazy, funny, tragic… The meaning of tourism is the maximum use of local resources. If we connect everything into one complete tourist story, tourist consumption is dispersed to various industries in the tourist destination, because the greatest power of tourism is that it is not one industry, but connects, vertically and horizontally, all other industries and activities. The goal is to increase tourist consumption and to reduce that tourist consumption to the local or national economy.On the one hand, we have a great demand, ie consumption through tourism, we have agricultural resources from the interior of Istria, Dalmatian hinterland, Slavonia… and again the village and agriculture are declining, and we encourage imports through tourism. Crazy, funny, tragic…RELATED NEWS:THE COMBINATION OF “BLUE” AND “GREEN” CROATIA – DOES IT SOUND TO YOU?SMALL FAMILY TAVERNS KNOW HOW TO CONNECT BLUE AND GREEN CROATIA Croatian exports of agricultural and food products in the first six months of this year amounted to 884 million euros and were 4,25 percent higher than in the same period last year.”This is a continuation of many years of positive trends, although export growth is slowing down. In 2017, we recorded an increase in exports of agricultural and food products of 7,5 percent compared to 2016, which, in turn, compared to 2015, recorded an increase of almost 13 percent ”Explained the Vice President for Agriculture of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Draga Kovačević, and added that  despite the growth of exports in the first six months of this year, increased the negative balance of foreign trade of agri-food products compared to the same period last year by over 50 million euros.Source: HGKlast_img read more

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Amundi, Deutsche, ING and SSgA selected for ECB’s ABS spree

first_imgThe European Central Bank (ECB) has appointed four asset managers to execute its asset-backed securities (ABS) purchase programme – Amundi and Amundi Intermédiation, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management International, ING Investment Management and State Street Global Advisors (SSgA). The ECB said the appointments followed a competitive negotiated tender procedure. The asset managers will conduct the ABS buying transactions on instructions from, and on behalf of, the Eurosystem, the bank said.Buying decisions will remain the sole responsibility of the Eurosystem, and it will check prices and perform due diligence before approving the deals, the bank said. The buying activity is expected to start during November, after the legal act has been published.The ECB said contracts with the executing asset managers included provisions to mitigate conflicts of interest, such as the separation of teams working for the ECB and those engaged in other activities.Stan Beckers, chief executive at ING Investment Management – soon to become NN Investment Partners – said: “This mandate (…) allows us to put all our knowledge, resources and experience to support the proactive development of European monetary policy.”He said the company was proud to have been selected for the task.last_img read more

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NZ won’t introduce euthanasia Bill, says John Key

first_imgNewsHub 8 November 2016Family First Comment: It will be difficult for Seymour to push his assisted suicide obsession when he’s voted out at the next election No amount of public support for euthanasia will prompt the National Government to put forward legislation to allow medically assisted dying, Prime Minister John Key says.But if a member’s Bill were to be drawn on the issue, it’s highly likely he and more than half the National caucus would support it, he says.Parliament’s health select committee is currently hearing more than 1800 submissions to gauge public opinion on the issue.“There’s such a wide range of views within both the Government and across Parliament that there’s no question that people want to potentially have a debate about that, there’s no question that the law might change over time – but ultimately you’re dealing with a really sensitive issue and I think the process is best handled through a member’s Bill,” Mr Key said on Tuesday.National MPs would “definitely” be granted a conscience vote on the issue, he said.Labour leader Andrew Little says he is not opposed to a Labour Government putting forward legislation, but it would not be a priority.He would support a member’s Bill provided it offered the same safeguards as those put forward by former Labour MP Maryan Street in her End of Life Choices Bill, but has not asked his caucus their views on the topic because it’s a conscience issue.ACT leader David Seymour, who has a private member’s Bill to legalise euthanasia in the ballot, said Mr Little needed to make it clear now if he’d put forward legislation in Government, or if a member’s Bill would be the only way forward.He said it was a good sign that Mr Key supported medically assisted dying and that research into the views of other MPs indicated his bill would have a “pretty decent majority in the House”.“[Mr Key] knows that two thirds to three quarters of New Zealand are in favour of a law change,” Mr Seymour said.“What frustrates me is around a quarter to a half of my parliamentary colleagues haven’t figured that out, and I just wish they’d go back and talk to their electorates and start voting in line with the people they represent,” he said.http://www.newshub.co.nz/politics/nz-wont-introduce-euthanasia-bill-says-john-key-2016110815last_img read more

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Jamaica has US$1.967 billion in net international reserves

first_img Tweet Share Flag of Jamaica. Photo credit: eclacpos.orgKINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Jamaica’s net international reserves (NIR) as at the end December 2011 stood at US$1.967 billion, an increase of some US$5 million over the November 2011 figure of US$1.961 billion.According to the latest NIR update from the Bank of Jamaica (BoJ), the reserves as at December 31 represented over 19 weeks of goods and services imports, based on the estimated value of imports for the 2011/12 financial year.The country’s reserves remain comfortably above the international benchmark of 12 weeks coverage of projected imports of goods and services.During his recent presentation at the quarterly monetary policy report, Governor of the BoJ, Brian Wynter, explained the issues which determine what level of reserves could be considered adequate.“A central bank’s international reserve is considered to be adequate when it satisfies a minimum desired precautionary balance and the central bank, as in Jamaica’s case, is able to intervene in the foreign exchange market as the need arises,” he said.The literature on NIR adequacy has identified three common indicators of reserves adequacy, and according to the Central Bank Governor, these indicators compare the level of gross international reserves to imports, short-term external debt or a broad measure of money supply.However, he observed that more recent thinking suggests that the reserves should be adequate to cover potential outflows in times of stress from all three sources combined. “An assessment of the trajectory of the Bank’s reserves against all of these indicators suggests that the Bank’s reserves will be adequate into the medium term,” he asserted.The NIR is widely regarded as the “force that underwrites stability in the financial markets.”The reserves also serve to assure the convertibility of investments and the stock of blue chip assets that raises the international credit worthiness of residents, both corporate and private. The NIR is therefore seen as the “ultimate form of a contingency” arrangement for the country.Caribbean News Now Share Sharing is caring!center_img NewsRegional Jamaica has US$1.967 billion in net international reserves by: – January 11, 2012 8 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

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