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Eric Idle Will Lead Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Hollywood Bowl

first_imgCalifornia will soon be looking on the bright side of life! Eric Idle will headline his Tony-winning musical comedy Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Hollywood Bowl this summer. According to the L.A. Times, the previously reported production will also star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Craig Robinson, Merle Dandridge and Warwick Davis, and run July 31 through August 2. B.T. McNicholl will direct.Idle wrote the book and lyrics to Spamalot but never appeared in the Broadway production; he will take on the role of the Historian. In a statement the Python member said he is “proud to join a hand-picked cast of seriously funny people for three nights of fun at my favorite venue: The Bollywood Hole.”Ferguson (Modern Family) will appear as Sir Robin, with Robinson (The Office) as King Arthur, Dandridge (Rent) as the Lady of the Lake and Davis (Return of the Jedi) as Patsy.The musical comedy also features music by John Du Prez and Idle, and is based on the screenplay of Monty Python and the Holy Grail by Monty Python creators Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. The score includes the Python classic “Always Look On The Bright Side of Life.”Spamalot opened on Broadway on March 17, 2005 and went on to win three Tonys and run for four years. The original production starred Tim Curry as King Arthur, Michael McGrath as Patsy, David Hyde Pierce as Sir Robin and Christian Borle as the Historian and other roles. View Comments Star Filescenter_img Jesse Tyler Fergusonlast_img read more

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Task Force on Healthcare Professional Liability Insurance to meet in Orlando

first_img Task Force on Healthcare Professional Liability Insurance to meet in Orlando The Governor’s Select Task Force on Healthcare Professional Liability Insurance has set its first meeting for October 21 from 9 to 5 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport.Gov. Jeb Bush created the task force to address “the impact of skyrocketing liability insurance premiums on healthcare in Florida.” The task force will make recommendations to prevent a future rapid decline in accessibility and affordability of healthcare, according to Bush.“It is imperative that we find a way to address this crisis before it adversely affects patient access to medical care in our state,” Gov. Bush said. “The highly-respected and educated members of this task force have demonstrated leadership skills and a proven record in problem solving. I know they will give this issue the thoughtful consideration it deserves, recognizing that input from all affected parties must be part of the solution.”The task force will be chaired by John C. Hitt, Ph.D., president of the University of Central Florida, and includes: Marshall Criser, Jr., president emeritus, University of Florida; Richard Beard, trustee, University of South Florida; Donna E. Shalala, president of the University of Miami; and Fred Gainous, president of Florida A & M University. October 1, 2002 Regular News Task Force on Healthcare Professional Liability Insurance to meet in Orlandolast_img read more

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CDC expects 100 million doses of flu vaccine this season

first_imgSep 6, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Influenza vaccine manufacturers expect to make and distribute more than 100 million doses in the next few months, millions more than in any previous flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.The predicted total is about 17 million more than the current record for doses distributed—83.1 million in 2003, the CDC said. Last year about 81.2 million doses were distributed.Although the flow of vaccine is always hard to predict, CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding said in a news release, “If the manufacturers’ estimates hold, more people than ever before will be able to protect themselves and their loved ones from influenza this year.”Manufacturers expect that about 75 million doses will be distributed by the end of October, followed by most of the rest in November, the CDC said. Remaining doses should reach clinics by early January. Last year about 60 million doses were distributed by the end of October, officials said.Producers and major distributors intend to “provide some influenza vaccine by the end of October to all providers who ordered it,” the statement said.”We expect that some healthcare providers and clinics may get or have more influenza vaccine than others in the first month or so, but people will have plenty of opportunities to be vaccinated during October and November, as well as December or later,” Dr. Lance Rodewald, director of the CDC’s Immunization Services Division, said in the news release.CDC officials told CIDRAP News the US vaccine supply could reach as high as 115 million doses this season if a vaccine made by the Canadian firm ID Biomedical, now part of GlaxoSmithKline, wins Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval soon.”We’re hoping it’ll be licensed in September, but we don’t know,” said Rodewald.Curtis Allen, spokesman for the CDC’s National Immunization Program, said ID Biomedical might contribute 10 million to 15 million doses to the US supply if the vaccine is licensed. Some of those doses wouldn’t be available until after December, he said.Last week Bloomberg News reported that a slow-growing strain of virus used in this year’s vaccine could delay delivery of some of the doses destined for Americans by up to 3 weeks. The report said the three biggest suppliers to the US market—Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, and Sanofi Pasteur—have had trouble growing the influenza A(H3N2) strain in this year’s vaccine.But Rodewald told CIDRAP News he does not expect that problem to affect the US supply this season.”I think some of the European manufacturers were using a different strain, but all the vaccine made for the American market used a strain that was not the slow grower, so we haven’t seen problems with the slow-growing strain here in the US,” he said.The CDC recommends getting flu shots in October or November, before the flu season usually begins, but says vaccination is still worthwhile in December or later, because the season typically doesn’t peak until February.This year the agency recommended for the first time that 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds and their household contacts and caregivers receive flu shots. The recommendation added an estimated 16 million people to the population for whom the shots are advised. Children between 6 and 23 months and their close contacts were included in the flu immunization recommendations 2 years ago.Other groups advised to get flu shots, according to the CDC, include:Children and adolescents (6 months through 18 years) on long-term aspirin therapyWomen who will be pregnant during the flu seasonAdults and children who have asthma, other chronic respiratory or cardiovascular conditions, or any condition that can impair respiratory functionAdults and children under treatment for chronic metabolic disorders, kidney problems, hemoglobinopathies, or immunodeficiencyResidents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilitiesPeople age 50 and olderHealthcare workersClose contacts of people at high risk for severe flu complications.See also:Sep 6 CDC news release on projected flu vaccine supplyhttp://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/r060906b.htmJun 29 CIDRAP News story “CDC recommends flu shots for more toddlers”http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/general/news/jun2906fluvaccine.htmllast_img read more

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Government braces for increasing medical waste during pandemic

first_imgAs medical workers treat more and more COVID-19 patients, concerns are growing over how to deal with the medical waste that is expected to pile up.The virus spreads from people to people through droplets from infected persons. It is unclear how long the virus from the droplets survives on surfaces, but various studies suggest it may persist up to 72 hours on hard shiny surfaces and up to 24 hours on porous surfaces depending on the temperature and humidity.According to data from the Health Ministry, 2,820 hospitals and 9,884 community health centers (Puskesmas) in Indonesia produce up to 290 tons of medical waste every day. There are 10 licensed medical waste processing plants in Indonesia with a total combined capacity of 170 tons of waste per day, meanwhile only 87 hospitals have incinerators to process waste on site, with a combined daily capacity of up to 60 tons. It recommends methods to dispose of waste from health centers, waste from people under surveillance (ODP) under home care and regular household waste with disposable face masks and other protective gear.It says that “infectious waste” from health facilities must be collected from closed containers at least once every two days. The waste must later be destroyed using an incinerator or autoclave with a shredder function. The residue left after the processing must be labeled as hazardous waste (B3) to be later transported to a hazardous waste processing plant.Activists have warned that excessive use of incinerators might contribute to air pollution, but the ministry said it was the most efficient technology so far to process the potentially infectious medical waste.“Therefore, the incinerators must also be equipped with air pollution control devices so the emissions produced are still in accordance with prevailing standards,” Rosa said.The Environment and Forestry Ministry is assisting the Health Ministry in preparing hospitals for better disposal of COVID-19 medical waste.It has also urged people to take care of their own waste, especially single-use face masks, which should be disposed of properly by tearing or cutting them before throwing them into a closed container to prevent them from being reused.Read also: No licenses needed to import medical equipment, protective gear until June: Trade MinistryJakarta, which has recorded the most cases of COVID-19 to date, has placed special bins for used masks in temporary disposal sites (TPS) across the city, in line with the environment ministry’s recommendation.“As for residents using disposable face masks, they should place the used masks in a separate container — which would then be collected by sanitation workers and then processed or demolished by a third party hazardous waste processor,” the Jakarta Environment Agency’s hazardous waste division head, Rosa Ambarwati, said.In West Java, authorities have enlisted PT Jasa Medivest, a company specializing in medical waste disposal and a subsidiary of province-owned PT Jasa Sarana, to process medical waste produced across the province.West Java Health Agency head Berli Hamdani Gelung Sakti has also called on residents to properly dispose of face masks and gloves to prevent infection.Read also: Two hospital directors die of COVID-19 as Indonesian doctors call for transparencyBut activists are adamant that burning medical waste could harm the environment.“Not all medical waste should be burned in incinerators, and it could increase dioxin and furan air pollutants that can cause cancer,” Daru Setyorini of the Environmental Conservation Organization (ECOTON) said. “The Health Ministry could increase use of autoclaves for medical waste like gloves, hazmat suits, IV [intravenous solution] bottles and face masks.”Yuyun Ismawati of environmental health NGO the Bali Fokus/Nexus3 Foundation said “misconceptions” about methods of onsite waste processing at healthcare centers were rampant, with many people assuming that all medical waste must be burned immediately.The organization found that only 69 hospitals in 19 provinces had permits to process hazardous waste. Of the number, 23 hospitals are in East Java, followed by West Java, Central Java and Jakarta with five hospitals each. North Sumatra, East Kalimantan, South Kalimantan and South Sulawesi each have four, and the remaining provinces have one to three such hospitals each. Although they have the permits to process hazardous medical waste, not all of them have incinerators.The organization also found that most medical waste management companies were actually waste transporters.“Waste processing facilities are still concentrated on Java. A lack of commitment from local administrations, poor oversight and a lack of funds contribute to this problem,” Yuyun said.There is no evidence so far that direct, unprotected human contact during the handling of healthcare waste has resulted in the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its interim guidelines. The WHO guidelines recommend all medical waste produced during the care of COVID 19 patients be collected safely in designated containers and bags, to be later safely disposed of or treated, preferably onsite. It also recommends that people handling healthcare waste wear appropriate personal protective equipment such as a long-sleeved gown, thick gloves, a mask, goggles and an apron.Topics : There is no data on how much medical waste is being produced as a result of COVID-19, but the Environment and Forestry Ministry predicted that medical waste would increase during the pandemic, particularly from the use of protective gear and other single-use medical equipment. Not to mention the medical waste from the 132 referral hospitals for COVID-19 patients and the increasing public use of face masks and gloves.“This pandemic is still developing,” the ministry’s waste management director general Rosa Vivien Ratnawati said.Read also: Bappenas, UI modeling shows grim projection of COVID-19 spread in IndonesiaIn response, the ministry issued on March 24 a circular on infectious waste and household waste management during the pandemic, detailing mechanisms for central government and regional administrations to prevent COVID-19 waste buildup.last_img read more

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Stunning Queenslander in the heart of the inner-city fit for family life

first_img11 Bardsley Ave, Greenslopes.Not far from the hub of Stones Corner is this beautifully appointed home.Owner Nicole bought the property at 11 Bardsley Ave, Greenslopes in 2005 and later renovated the home with her husband, Shane Stephensen in 2011.The home at 11 Bardsley Ave, Greenslopes.“My husband is a builder by trade, so he renovated it to be exactly what we wanted,” Mrs Stephensen said.The two-level home sits on a 405sq m, corner block and features high ceilings, VJ walls and polished timber floors.Inside 11 Bardsley Ave, Greenslopes.On the first level, the entrance leads to a living and dining area, kitchen, bathroom, family room and covered deck.Inside 11 Bardsley Ave, Greenslopes.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoMrs Stephensen said this was the heart of the home.“As a family, we spend a lot of time on the deck. We close the doors in winter to keep it cosy, and open them in summer to let the breeze and sunlight in,” she said.There is also a master suite with a balcony, walk-in robe and an ensuite.Inside 11 Bardsley Ave, Greenslopes.The ground floor hosts three bedrooms, a bathroom, separate toilet, laundry and media room.At the back of the home is a self-contained guesthouse, pavilion and pool.Mrs Stephensen said the new owners would enjoy living so close to amenities.Inside 11 Bardsley Ave, Greenslopes.“There’s a wonderful little hive of activity happening just down the road. But then you come home and it’s so peaceful and quiet,” she said.“The convenience is unrivalled.”Inside 11 Bardsley Ave, Greenslopes.She said many homes in the area were undergoing gentrification.“It’s nice to see other properties undergoing renovations,” she said.“Soon the street will be full of grand, immaculate homes.”She said Greenslopes was a great alternative to the popular prestigious suburbs.“There’s beautiful homes here, without the hefty price tag,” she said.last_img read more

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Nordic pension fund tenders €100m global equity mandate

first_imgA Scandinavian pension fund is tendering a €100m global equity mandate, using IPE-Quest.The fund behind search QN 1479, from an undisclosed Scandinavian country, said it would consider managers investing in global large and mid-cap equity products.Actively managed, long-only products, excluding enhanced index funds, are possible vehicles for the mandate, as long as these are not minimum volatility funds.Additionally, leveraged products or those employing derivatives will not be considered. The pension fund added that it would appoint up to two managers it believed were capable of outperforming the MSCI All Country World Index, with capability assessed against a historical outperformance of 2-4% over a track record of five years or more.Any shortlisted product must also be able to offer the fund segregated accounts that can cater to the pension investor’s requirement to blacklist certain companies.Interested managers must apply by 27 January, stating performance to the end of December.The IPE.com news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE-Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE-Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 7261 4630 or email jayna.vishram@ipe-quest.com.last_img read more

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Venice Dredging Underway

first_imgImage source: USACEA U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District’s maintenance dredging project to maintain the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in Venice, Florida, is currently underway, the City of Venice reports. The project involves removal of shoaled sediment and use of the dredged material on the beach and nearshore area to take advantage of ecosystem restoration opportunities.According to USACE, the dredging operations are scheduled to run for several months and be completed before the end of the calendar year.Work near Venice involves maintenance dredging within an approximately 5-mile stretch of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.USACE said that, over time, coastal processes have resulted in significant shoaling and deposition of sediment within the waterway, and maintaining long-term navigation requires the removal of these sediments.The morning of Monday, November 4, the South Jetty walkway will be temporarily closed so USACE’s contractor can place the dredging pipe across the Jetty. A bridge span will be put in place to allow pedestrian traffic over the pipe while construction takes place, the city said in their project update.last_img read more

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Study casts doubt on the link between childhood spanking and dating violence in adulthood

first_imgPsyPost 12 June 2020Family First Comment: Interesting new study which debunks the myth that non-abusive smacking leads to violence:“[T]he study found that childhood physical abuse, but not spanking, was linked to adult dating violence. While spanking as a form of child discipline is condemned by both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Ass’n, the literature on non-abusive spanking remains inconsistent. While some studies have linked spanking to harmful outcomes, other studies have found limited evidence for the negative effects of spanking. Study author Christopher J. Ferguson explains that this lack of consensus might have to do with whether or not past studies have properly differentiated between the effects of spanking and the effects of more serious physical abuse.“Exactly! Not all parental correction is child abuse.New research published in Psychiatric Quarterly provides insight into the relationship between child abuse and aggression in adulthood. Specifically, the study found that childhood physical abuse, but not spanking, was linked to adult dating violence.While spanking as a form of child discipline is condemned by both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Association, the literature on non-abusive spanking remains inconsistent. While some studies have linked spanking to harmful outcomes, other studies have found limited evidence for the negative effects of spanking.Study author Christopher J. Ferguson explains that this lack of consensus might have to do with whether or not past studies have properly differentiated between the effects of spanking and the effects of more serious physical abuse. Ferguson was particularly interested in one study that produced perplexing results. The study by Temple and associates (2018) found that spanking, but not exposure to physical child abuse, predicted adult dating violence.“This puzzling finding is difficult to fully explain,” Ferguson muses, “Why would children be more inclined to learn violence from less serious physical discipline than more serious, abusive physical discipline?”Ferguson sought to replicate the 2018 study with a new sample while following similar methodology and data analysis. Ferguson’s sample included 509 young adults with an average age of 21 years old, who were either currently in a relationship or had been in a relationship within the past year. As in the Temple et. al study, subjects responded to a questionnaire that had them answer questions about their childhood experiences and about their current relationship.READ MORE: https://www.psypost.org/2020/06/study-casts-doubt-on-the-link-between-childhood-spanking-and-dating-violence-in-adulthood-57024last_img read more

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The “hidden exodus” of Catholics from the Catholic Church, Part I

first_img Share LocalNews The “hidden exodus” of Catholics from the Catholic Church, Part I by: – June 27, 2011 Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! 77 Views   no discussions The Vatican. Photo credit: telegraph.co.ukThe American Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan “fact tank” that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It does so by conducting public opinion polling and social science research; by analyzing news coverage; and by holding forums and briefings. It does not take positions on policy issues.The preceding paragraph is a literal description taken from the Center’s webpage. The webpagedoesn’t advertise the Center’s reputation, which is considerable, or its authority in providing trend information on religion generally and special religious issues in particular.The recent Religious Landscape Survey conducted by the Center’s forum on Religion and Public Life, in the words of Thomas Reese, a former editor of the Jesuit monthly magazine AMERICA,  “put hard numbers on the anecdotal evidence” regarding people leaving the Catholic Church.The “hidden exodus” (the terms are Reese’s) that the Center corroborates is a subject that has preoccupied me for some time regarding our own situation. We were told in the results of a survey, admittedly not the most careful or comprehensive of surveys, that only 17% of Catholics in the diocese attend weekend Masses. In an article sent to me by a friend recently, the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, said the percentage in Dublin was 18%, in some parts of the city between 2 and 5%.  He attributed this not mainly to the priest scandals that has rocked the Church in Ireland in recent times, but to the progressive secularization of a once notably religious society.We ourselves have learnt anecdotally that in islands like Grenada and St. Lucia, where the Catholic population once stood in the 90 percentile or thereabouts, a progressive diminution in numbers continues to be the case. In other words, what we read about as referred to other parts of the world, notably Europe and parts of North America, seems to be also true of the Caribbean.The Pew Center research showed that “one out of every 10 Americans is an ex-Catholic. If they were a separate denomination, they would be the third-largest denomination in the United States, after Catholics and Baptists. One of three people who were raised Catholic no longer identifies as Catholic.”  “Any other institution,” Reese concludes, “that lost one-third of its members would want to know why.”Indeed.  It’s difficult to understand why we ourselves pay such indifferent attention to the data  we have so far established about our own situation.  Whenever I am asked what pressing situations the Church of the future faces in Trinidad, one of the more obvious things I say is: people are leaving us.We choose instead to spend time and resources on issues like Catholic identity. Catholic identity  is elsewhere a topic of interest today almost entirely in the field of education. It was historically contrasted with Protestant identity, and the form of the contrast itself indicated the source of the difference – the Protestant Reformation.From the Reformation emerged two divergent ways of thinking (theologically and spiritually), and of looking at the world as a whole, based on two divergent interpretations of the Fall. Luther and Calvin, the architects of Protestantism, thought the Fall represented the ruin of human nature; Catholics felt that the effects were bad but not catastrophic.In the light of the difference, catholic identity has traditionally been viewed as humanistic, sacramental, and positive in its valuation of the contributions of culture; Protestant identity was non-sacramental, puritan, and if not world-denying, at least world-distancing.That was the history. Today the divergence is nowhere as sharp as it once was. Indeed, while traditionally Protestant cultures continue to display vestiges of their ancient heritage, the marks of Catholic identity and their impress on society and culture continue to disappear.It has been showed, for instance, in survey after survey conducted in the US that Catholics think no differently from the rest of Americans on any number of significant public (social and moral) issues. In other words, being Catholic makes for no distinctive outlook or perspective on the part of Catholics.This weakness in the difference made by features of identity stems in great part, I think, from the progressive secularization we witness everywhere. And I agree with Dublin’s Archbishop that this fact contributes significantly to the exodus or the haemorrhaging we witness ourselves today here and in our own backyard.I still think along these lines for the most part. But the Pew Center Research surprisingly presents food for thought along quite different lines. The data show (according to Reese) “that those leaving the church…can be divided into two major groups: those who become unaffiliated and those who become Protestant.”  Only a fraction (10%) joins non-Christian religions.It does not surprise me that ‘unaffiliated’ functions so prominently as a feature of the situation. I suspect many ex-catholics here fall under the same heading.  What’s surprising is the turn to Protestantism (more evangelical than mainstream Protestantism). The principal reasons given by those who have left for this preference are that their “spiritual needs were not being met” in the Catholic Church (71 percent), and they “found a religion they like more” (70 percent). Eighty-one percent of respondents say they joined their new church because they enjoy the religious service and style of worship of their new faith.In other words, Reese concludes, the Catholic Church has failed to deliver what many consider ‘fundamental products of religion’: spiritual sustenance and a good worship service.Other results of the study are equally interesting, but of that more in Part II.By: Father Henry Charles Ph.dlast_img read more

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Barotac Viejo’s No. 2 most wanted person nabbed

first_imgThe 50-year-old Jove Causing was caughtin Barangay City Heights, General Santos City, a police report showed. ILOILO City – He was listed as the No. 2most wanted person in the municipal police station of Barotac Viejo, Iloilo. His apprehension on Tuesday was stagedon the strength of an arrest warrant in relation to a murder charge he faces. The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of the General Santos City Police Office Station 4 and set to betransferred to the Barotac Viejo police station this week. center_img Causing – resident of Barangay Ugasan,Barotac Viejo – had been hiding from the police for about four years, thereport added.   No bail bond was recommended forCausing’s temporary liberty./PNlast_img read more

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