Tony Award winner Ruthie Ann Miles took to social media on May 9 to announce the birth of her daughter, Hope Elizabeth. Miles and her husband, Jonathan Blumenstein, announced they were expecting a child in March.”Welcome to the world, Baby Hope Elizabeth,” she shared, written over a photo of baby’s feet. Although the date of birth was not revealed, Miles captioned the Instagam post, “3 generations of April Babies.” (Miles’ birthday is April 21.)Miles won a Tony in 2015 for her turn as Lady Thaing in Lincoln Center Theater’s production of The King and I. She later appeared on Broadway as Frieda/Betty in the 2017 revival of Sunday in the Park with George. In March 2018, Miles was injured when a driver struck her and her daughter on a crosswalk in Brooklyn. The collision killed Miles’ four-year-old daughter, Abigail, as well as one-year-old Joshua Lew, the son of Miles’ friend Lauren. Seven months’ pregnant, Miles lost her unborn child from complications of the accident two months later.No stranger to resilience, Miles returned to the stage in London less than six months later, reprising her Tony-winning performance in the West End transfer of The King and I and earning an Olivier Award nomination.Broadway.com sends love and congrats to Miles and Blumenstein on their new addition! View Comments Ruthie Ann Miles (right) and husband Jonathan Blumenstein (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Vermont Business Magazine Following up on previous guidance(link is external) provided to solar projects this past December, the Vermont Attorney General’s Office and Department of Public Service provided additional guidance(link is external) to all companies, including utilities, who market renewable energy projects in Vermont. “Today’s Guidance follows the earlier statement on solar energy projects and clarifies that all renewable energy projects must comply with the law and avoid deceptive marketing statements,” said Attorney General Sorrell. See Guidance below.The Guidance only applies to renewable energy projects in which the renewable energy certificates or credits (referred to as “RECs”) are sold to out-of-state entities. When the RECs are sold, only the purchaser of the RECs can claim the renewable attributes. The Guidance advises any marketer of renewable energy projects selling the RECs out-of-state to avoid public claims that state or imply that Vermonters are consuming renewable energy from those projects. The Guidance is based on the Federal Trade Commission’s established regulations and “green guides” prohibiting deceptive claims by renewable energy projects that sell RECs.Consumers or businesses may file a complaint(link is external) with the Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program regarding renewable energy deception, or contact AGO.ConsumerInfo@vermont.gov(link sends e-mail) for more information.Vermont AG: Apr 13, 2016
The ITU Edmonton 2014 Grand Final organising committee, in collaboration with the International Triathlon Union (ITU), recently awarded an eight-week coaching mentorship to a female coach from a developing National Federation, with the first scholarship having gone to Paraguay’s Carolina Rodriguez.The scholarship was created to encourage emerging female coaches to continue their pursuit of coaching careers, an area that has traditionally lacked female representation across sport. While the committee considered a number of standout candidates, Roriguez was chosen for her ability to strongly impact the sport of triathlon in her native country.“This is a phenomenal example of women empowering women in sports, and of the triathlon community coming together to grow our sport across the world in a spirit of cooperation and teamwork,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado.She continued, “We need to continue to offer female coaches, athletes, administrators and officials the opportunity to succeed. I am very thankful to the Edmonton LOC for fostering this concept and proud of the ITU Women’s Committee for supporting this opportunity.”Over the course of two months, Rodriguez lived in Edmonton to work with renowned triathlon coach Kevin Clark of the Edmonton Triathlon Academy to gain valuable insight on training elite triathletes. The scholarship was made possible by a fundraising event held during the Edmonton 2014 Grand Final Breakfast, which was hosted by the ITU Women’s Committee, and raised in excess of US$10,000.“I learned lot and there is still so much more to learn,” said Carolina Rodriguez. “I learned to plan workouts, as it is completely different to other sports, as well as more about high performance, technical operations and specialization of the three disciplines.”She added, “I think this time spent in Canada will mark my life in a very positive way. This new knowledge will help me reach my goals, which are to continue training athletes, attract more athletes to compete in this beautiful sport – especially women – and to share these lessons with other trainers in my country.”Antonio Alarco, President of the Americas Triathlon Confederation (CAMTRI) said “There is no limit to what women can achieve when given the chance to fulfill their dreams. This project should be copied in different countries and confederations with one objective: gender equity.”www.triathlon.org Related
Federal panel to ponder using Ebola drugs; FDA eases hold on oneThe Obama administration is setting up an Ebola working group to consider making policy for the possible use of experimental drugs in West Africa’s Ebola epidemic, Reuters reported yesterday, while the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lifted a barrier to the potential use of an unlicensed drug made by a Canadian company. There are no licensed drugs for Ebola, but several companies have experimental drugs. Two infected American medical workers were recently treated with one of them, ZMapp, and some are advocating broader emergency use of candidate drugs.An unnamed Obama administration official told Reuters the working group is being formed under Nicole Lurie, assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the Department of Health and Human Services.The group will include officials from such agencies as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).Fauci told Reuters he was unsure when the group would meet or who would be there, but said, “I’m sure they’ll tap people from NIAID with competence in clinical trials. . . . You need to balance compassion with the need to figure out if something actually works.”Aug 7 Reuters storyMeanwhile, the FDA has loosened its “full clinical hold” on TKM-Ebola, an experimental drug made by Tekmira Pharmaceuticals of Vancouver, B.C, permitting its potential use in Ebola patients, the company announced yesterday.In a press release, Tekmira President and CEO Mark Murray, PhD, commented, “We are pleased that the FDA has considered the risk-reward of TKM-Ebola for infected patients. We have been closely watching the Ebola virus outbreak and its consequences, and we are willing to assist with any responsible use of TKM-Ebola.”Tekmira said the FDA’s hold on clinical use of the drug still applies to the “multi-ascending dose portion” of a phase 1 clinical trial.TKM-Ebola is being developed under a $140 million contract with the US Department of Defense. In an earlier study, the drug protected monkeys from an otherwise lethal dose of Ebola Zaire virus. Aug 7 Tekmira press release CDC issues guidance on case definitions, contact monitoringThe CDC yesterday posted two more Ebola virus disease (EVD) resources for clinicians: an updated case definition and interim guidance for monitoring and movement of people who have been exposed to the virus.The medical evacuation of two American missionaries infected with the virus from Liberia to Atlanta and the evolving situation in West Africa prompted the CDC to increase its response to the highest level, which has included a steady flow of resources for clinicians.The case definition update briefly spells out definition for persons under investigation, probable cases, and confirmed cases. It also defines contacts of EVD cases, stratifying those by level of exposure risk.For example, a high-risk exposure contact would be someone with a needlestick injury or mucous membrane exposure to body fluids of an EVD patient, a lab worker exposed to body fluids without wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), or a person who participated in funeral rites in an outbreak country without wearing appropriate PPE.The monitoring and movement guidance walks health professionals through the exposure risk tiers, with recommendations for medical evaluation, infection control considerations, and travel decision guidance at each level. For example, for an afebrile medical worker in an outbreak country who didn’t provide high-risk care, the CDC recommends conditional release and controlled movement until 21 days after the last known exposure.Aug 7 CDC updated EVD case definition Aug 7 CDC interim guidance for monitoring and movement of people exposed to Ebola Nigeria declares emergency, screens travelersNigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency today in view of Ebola cases in the country, says a Reuters report, and Minister of Health Onyebuchi Chukwu announced yesterday that the country would be screening all outbound travelers for the disease.Emergency funds amounting to the equivalent of $11.6 million were approved by Jonathan to help contain the Ebola virus.Outbound travelers showing symptoms will not be allowed to leave Nigeria, according to a posting yesterday on the online version of Nigeria’s This Day newspaper. Non-Nigerians found to be symptomatic at screening will be allowed to leave the country only if their home country is able to provide proper evacuation and treatment, the story says.Nigeria reported its first case of Ebola Jul 25, in a man who flew in from Liberia and died of the disease, and has since had at least 13 more confirmed or suspected cases, all or most of them in health workers who had contact with the man, including a nurse who has died. A story in The Guardian says some 70 people who had contact with him are under observation, and Vanguard, a Nigerian news outlet, reports that 139 people are being monitored.The country is the most populous in Africa; cases so far have all been in Lagos, the capital. Aug 8 Reuters story Aug 7 This Day posting Aug 7 Guardian article Aug 8 Vanguard article Ebola cases suspected in Greece, BeninOne patient in Greece and two in Benin are being tested for possible Ebola virus disease, according to separate Agence France-Presse (AFP) stories.The Greek patient, a man who recently traveled to Nigeria, is in an Athens hospital, AFP reported today. Few details were available, but a health ministry spokesperson said the man likely checked himself in at the hospital.The man was mistakenly identified as Nigerian earlier by the health ministry. Another Greek who had traveled to Nigeria was suspected earlier this week of having Ebola but now has been diagnosed with malaria.Airport and port staff in Greece have been warned to remain vigilant for the disease.Aug 8 AFP storyThe other story said Benin, a tiny country that borders Nigeria, has placed two people in isolation with possible Ebola infections, pending test results.One patient is hospitalized in Porto-Novo, the capital, and the other in Cotonou. The latter city is only a few hours’ drive from Lagos, Nigeria, and traffic between the two cities is heavy, according to AFP. Nigeria has reported one fatal imported case of Ebola and several cases in contacts of the index case.Moufalilou Aboubaker, of the country’s health ministry, advised journalists that blood samples from the two patients have been sent to foreign labs, says the story. Aug 7 AFP story
Alison AttenboroughWho: Chef, food stylist, and author Alison AttenboroughInstagram: @AAFoodStylistChef Attenborough’s Guest-Worthy Recipe:Wild Alaska Pollock Fish Pie with puff pastry, leeks, and peasWhy? “This is perfect for guests as they can make the whole pie ahead of time and pop it in the oven an hour before dinner. Serving with a big salad is great because that can be ready too — just add dressing last minute. That way they can have a cocktail or two and be stress free! The beauty of Trident Wild Alaska Pollock Skillet Cuts is that they come in bite-sized pieces if you don’t want to skin and chop the fish. Super simple to poach and add to your sauce!”Ingredients:3 leeks1/4 c butter1/2 c dry white wine or dry vermouth1 c frozen peas2 Tbsp flour2 c chicken stock4 (three-ounce) fillets Wild Alaska Pollock, cut into one-inch chunks1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawedDirections:Preheat oven to 425°F. Slice the leeks in half the long way, and then slice into quarter-inch half-moons. Rinse the sliced leeks in cold water and drain to remove any silt. Melt two tablespoons butter in a sauté pan, and cook the leeks over medium heat until they become soft and fragrant, about seven minutes. Add white wine and bring to boil to burn off the alcohol. Remove from heat, add the peas, and set aside.Melt the remaining two tablespoons of butter in a saucepan or skillet. Stir in the flour and cook for two to three minutes. Slowly whisk in the chicken stock, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens, about three minutes. Add the pea and leek mixture and Wild Alaska Pollock, and simmer for one minute.Spoon the mixture into a greased eight-inch casserole dish. Remove the pastry from freezer and gently unfold onto a floured work surface just enough to smooth out creases. The pastry may take a minute or two to soften. Roll the pastry gently so that it is large enough to fit over dish with some overhang. Drape the puff pastry sheet over the filling and crimp the edges under the side of the dish to create a seal. Cut two or more vents in the center of the crust.Set the casserole dish on a baking sheet and cook on center rack for 25 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown. Share
The ACCSEAS Second Annual Conference takes place next week in Edinburgh, Scotland, with an array of maritime organisations from around the globe convening to discuss the work of ACCSEAS in developing a test-bed of e-navigation solutions to help keep mariners safe when navigating the increasingly busy shipping waters of the North Sea Region.Organisations confirmed as attending the ACCSEAS Conference include the International Chamber of Shipping, Danish Maritime Authority, Inmarsat, Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners, Kongsberg Seatex AS, Swedish Maritime Administration, Saga Shipping and the European Commission, to name just a few of the navigation authorities, service providers and end users that will be present. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Evolving Navigation in the North Sea Region’.The Conference will be officially opened by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal and will be chaired by Rear Admiral Nick Lambert, previous Hydrographer of the Royal Navy.Dr Alwyn Williams, ACCSEAS Project Manager said: “The waters of the North Sea Region are forecast to become increasingly congested, with an estimated 50% increase on the number of ship movements by 2020+. Likewise, the navigable space taken up by wind farms could increase from 440km2 to 23,500 km2 in just a few years. This poses significant safety concerns for vessels in the North Sea, which already has some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.“The Conference offers an excellent opportunity to explore what is being done by ACCSEAS to develop a test-bed of services to support the mariner and unlock the potential for sustainable and effective e-navigation solutions in the North Sea Region. This year’s event includes a wealth of expert speakers and I am confident that this event will be of enormous value to all participants.”The Conference will also host a series of workshops that will discuss the future of e-navigation training, the future provision of e-navigation services, including the concept of the Maritime Cloud, and the impact of e-navigation on the wider logistics chain.The ACCSEAS Conference is taking place over three days from 4th to 6th March at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is free to attend.[mappress]ACCSEAS, February 27, 2014
PPG general manager Kevin Stephens said it was timely to hold the meeting in Rio with Brazil gearing up for major international events including the 2014 World Cup and the Olympics Games in 2016.Stephens said: “PPG members have also been successfully working on project cargos in the region for some time, particularly in regard to supporting the renewable energy industry.”PPG member for Brazil, Lisboa Despachos Internacionais, will be the local host assisting with the organisation of the conference.Managing director Dominik Keller said: “Hosting the PPG conference in Rio provides the opportunity to showcase the business opportunities and partnerships that are available in Brazil and throughout South America.”PPG members, represented in over 100 countries, voted for the Brazilian venue at the conclusion of this year’s annual conference in Antwerp.
Nearly 100 Crown court centres across the country have been thrown into ‘chaos’ after an IT system designed to transform court procedures stopped working this morning.The system, XHIBIT, provides real-time information on the progress of hearings to interested parties outside the courtroom and records the outcome of court proceedings, including any sentence.HM Courts & Tribunals Service said the XHIBIT system was currently down due to a failure at supplier CGI’s data centre. The system has been down since 8am but the Gazette was told the outage was not affecting court business and that the company is working to get the problem fixed as soon as possible.XHIBIT, introduced in 2006, was described by HMCTS as the ‘first step in joining up the criminal justice system’.It sends vital hearing information from the courtroom to police, victims and witnesses, probation, Crown Prosecution Service, prisons, magistrates’ courts and youth offending teams.HMCTS states on the Ministry of Justice’s website that ‘paper records and handwritten logs will be a thing of the past as court clerks record Crown court events as they happen using new technology in every court’.Potential benefits, it says, include increased visibility of hearing progression and reduced solicitor waiting times.However, a National Audit Office report from 2009 into the administration of the Crown court highlighted concerns expressed by almost all court staff interviewed over XHIBIT’s reliability and speed.Over half of court managers and judges, in their 2007-8 annual court reports, raised issues about XHIBIT, in particular that the system ran too slowly or ‘crashed’, especially on Mondays and Fridays when the courts were processing a significantly higher number of cases.London’s Doughty Street Chambers said that, apart from today’s inconvenience, there could now be other problems on the horizon.’For example, when we submit bills to the Legal Aid Agency for work done today, they will be using court records to verify those claims,’ said Maurice MacSweeney, business development director of Doughty Street Chambers’ crime team. ‘So it’s only some way down the line that all the ramifications of today’s IT problems will be fully known.’
POLAND: Warszawa regional operator Koleje Mazowieckie announced that Bombardier Transportation had been selected to supply 11 electric locomotives on February 12, beating low bidder CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive.Bombardier’s bid to supply Traxx locomotives for €41m undercut Siemens Mobility’s offer of €44m. CSR Zhuzhou had been the lowest bidder at €35m, but its offer was rejected for contractual reasons. The twin-cab locomotives will be delivered by the end of 2011 to work push-pull trains formed from 37 double-deck coaches supplied by Bombardier in 2008-09. David Shipley, Managing Director of CSR Zhuzhou’s European representative CSRE Ltd, told Railway Gazette International that the company was now ‘reviewing its options’, but remains committed to entering the European market.
LifestyleLocalNews Reparations Committee Wants Reparations to Pay for Education by: – December 31, 2019 Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweet 226 Views no discussions Share Franklyn Georges of Dominica Reparations CommitteeThe Dominica Reparations Committee says it hopes to re-educate Dominican youth in 2020.The purpose of the nine-member committee is to establish the moral, ethical and legal case for the payment of reparations by the former colonial European countries, to the native and people of the Caribbean community, for native genocide, the transatlantic slave trade and a racialized system of chattel slavery.In an interview with Dominica Vibes, Franklyn Georges of the Dominica Reparations Committee, says that he hopes to see the committee’s funds channeled into the re-education of youth.“I’m talking about education where our children could go to university, get educated also, get re-educated that they can carry on the work that we are doing. We want to re-educate our children that one day they will take their rightful place,” Georges pleaded.He also believes that the youth are misinformed about reparations, stating that, “Our children are miseducated, they don’t really understand the word ‘reparation’, and they think it’s just to give them money. I hope that in the coming years and in the coming time, we educate our people and we get more committed people on the Reparations Committee to do the work and also to work with the rest of the world.”