Show Closed This production ended its run on April 5, 2015 View Comments Related Shows Rehearsals are officially underway for the world premiere of Little Children Dream of God, starring Carra Patterson, Deirdre O’Connell, Gilbert Cruz, Maurice Jones, Crystal Lucas-Perry, Chris Myers and Carl Hendrick Lewis. Directed by Giovanna Sardelli, the world premiere play by Jeff Augustin tells the story of a soon-to-be-mother who escapes from Haiti floating on a car tire to search for a better life for her unborn sun. Check out this shot of the new company assembling on January 8 at their New York City rehearsal space, then see the Roundabout Underground production at the Steinberg Center for Theatre! Little Children Dream of God
Adult supervision is Bower’s main recommendation for keeping kids safe on a farm, whether at work or play.”Lack of supervision by adults is the No. 1 problem with kids getting in risky situations,” he said. “Adults tend to think that school-agers are more able to play and work unsupervised than they are. That’s when you see a spike in injuries.”Many farm accidents could be prevented if simple safety precautions were followed. To address the growing problem, Progressive Farmer magazine began a national farm safety camp.Safety Camp Can Help The Progressive Farmer Farm Safety Day Camp program is a one-day, hands-on workshop that teaches farm children and their parents safe farm practices. Each year more than 60,000 children and adults participate nationwide.Children divide into age groups in the camps to learn about animal safety, first aid, electrical safety, poison control, fire safety and tractor safety.Two camps are offered in Georgia this summer. The first is June 21 at the Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To register, call the Spalding County Farm Bureau at (770) 228-2341.Camps tailor their lesson plans to the type of farming or ranching in their area so each program best serves the needs of its community. That made the camp a good fit for Timothy Jennings, an Extension Service agent in Fannin and Union counties.”Our farming community here is small, so we wanted to focus more on the general safety aspects of the camp,” Jennings said.For the second year, Jennings and a local volunteer will host a camp Sept. 21 at the local elementary school for fifth graders. The camp there will focus on safety around small engines like lawn mowers, weed eaters and chain saws, plus fire, food, gun and hearing safety.”The kids responded very positively last year, and the school officials were pleased,” Jennings said. “So we hope to make it an annual event.”To find out about getting a Progressive Farmer Farm Safety Camp in your area, visit their Web site at http://www.progressivefarmer.com/safety. “The biggest problem is children around machinery,” said Don Bower, an Extension Service child development expert with the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.”They don’t have the experience or maturity,” he said, “to make the important decisions required when using machines.”Keeping children away from machinery isn’t just a problem on farms, but in homes as well. A lawn mower can be just as dangerous to a child as a tractor.”Whether children want to help or adults need them to help, it’s potentially dangerous,” Bower said. “Machinery is so much more complex today. And parents often have unrealistic expectations about a child’s ability to make good decisions in a trouble situation.”Parents often feel secure after teaching their children the proper way to run farm equipment. But that’s often not enough.”If they have to make a snap judgment, children often make a poor one,” Bower said.Always Supervise Children Each year thousands of farm workers, farm operators and their families suffer work-related injuries. Workshops around Georgia are designed to help children keep safe on the farm.In 1997, there were 705 fatal injuries and 50,544 nonfatal injuries on U.S. farms, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Operators and family members accounted for about 72 percent of the fatal injuries and 43 percent of the nonfatal ones.Farming has one of the highest fatality rates of all occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Farmers and farm workers generally get little formal safety training. They often work alone and are far from help if they get hurt. Many on-farm injuries happen to children.Keep Kids Away From Machines
Vermont’s congressional delegation today announced that the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) will begin accepting applications for federal assistance beginning August 1st, with the goal of awarding approximately $1.25 million by September 30th. Vermont’s delegation was influential in creating the NBRC, which directly invests federal resources for economic development and job creation in economically distressed regions of northern Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. In Vermont, eligible counties include Essex, Franklin, Lamoille, Orleans, Caledonia and Grand Isle. ‘We created the commission as a means of responding in practical ways to the common economic challenges throughout the border regions of the Northeast,’ Sen. Leahy, Sen. Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch said. ‘The available funding will provide a vital boost to parts of our state that need it most.’ Last year, NBRC awarded seven grants, totaling $1.3 million to the four states, including $234,000 for the Northern Vermont Fiber Optic Connection project and $141,150 for the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. The seven successful applicants indicated that at the completion of the projects, 700 jobs would be saved and/or created. Also, every $1 of NBRC funds would be matched by $11 of other public and private dollars. Eligible projects include those that develop regional infrastructure, support job creation and economic development, promote sustainable land use or develop renewable energy sources.
I spent a lot of time in my youth deriding 3.2% beer. Granted, this was well before the craft beer boom, so it’s not like we had a lot of options at the one gas station that would take our fake ID’s. Basically, we were choosing between Budweiser, MGD, and Busch Light. But in certain parts of the country, those same beers were watered down from the mighty 5ish% to a puny 3.2%. Same beer, less alcohol. It was like some sort of a state-sanctioned prank. We vowed never to visit the entire state of Utah, because of its state-wide 3.2% beer policy. On our occasional trips to Ole Miss for football games, we were careful to pack beer from Georgia, because Mississippi was also plagued by a 3.2 beer law.Some 20 years later, the craft beer boom has hit mushroom cloud proportions, and I’m now dying to find a 3.2% beer. Look through that fancy beer menu at your local brewery—chances are you won’t see much under 6%. I like big beers as much as the next guy, but every once in a while, I want to sit down and have a conversation over a couple of beers without getting so torn up that I make a terrible decision that ends with me in a field chasing a cow.Like tonight. I met a group of old friends I hadn’t seen in a while at one of my favorite local breweries, which is known for high-octane beers that tend to put me under the table. Three beers at this place, and I can pretty much kiss the next day goodbye. I’ll spend that workday trying to walk back from whatever cattle farm I wake up in.The brewery must’ve realized their beers were knocking people on their ass, because now, they have a 3.2% beer. Right there on the menu between double IPAs and imperial stouts. Plenty of breweries are now making sessionable ales, those 5% beers that you’re supposed to be able to drink all day long, but I’m not aware of many that make a legit 3.2%, easy drinking, “like sex in a canoe” (it’s fu$*ing near water) beer. And it worked. I could drink more than one beer, still hold a semi-coherent conversation, and still walk home in a relatively straight line. And the beer actually tasted good.Here’s hoping more breweries offer 3.2% beer for the lightweights in the world like myself who, occasionally, like on a weekday night, just want to have a few beers and not end up chasing cows in the middle of a field.
If you are still scrambling to get your systems updated and your members are experiencing delays in closing on their mortgage loans since the new TRID rules took effect on October 3, you are not alone. This is clear from the results of a survey released by the American Bankers Association yesterday, which surveyed banks ranging in size from under $50 million to over $20 billion in assets.Among the most surprising findings: the surveyed banks are still scrambling to make changes to their loan operating systems months after the regulations took effect. According to the American Banker, this reflects the fact that vendors are still trying to figure out what is required of lenders under these new regulations. According to the survey, 72% of respondents are still waiting because of vendor software problem defects.The CFPB would argue that these little bumps in the road are worth it to end up with a better consumer process. As of right now, the benefit to consumers is mixed at best. For example, 77% of the respondents reported delays in loan closings because of TRID, ranging anywhere from 1 to 20 days, with an approximate average of 8 days. In addition, 40% of respondents reported that the cost of obtaining a mortgage alone has increased. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Mar 31, 2009 Remote South Pacific islands hit hard by fluThe tiny islands of Tokelau, which lie about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand, have been hit by an epidemic of seasonal flu that has affected about a tenth of their residents, according to a BBC News story today. Health officials from New Zealand and the World Health Organization are en route with vaccine to the isolated three-island archipelago, which has no airport. Most of the 150 infected are children, and schools have been closed and public gatherings canceled.[Mar 31 BBC story] Multiple antivirals advised to treat seasonal fluWhen antiviral treatment is indicated for seasonal influenza, more than one agent should be used, according to a recent commentary in Clinical Infectious Diseases. Using just one antiviral may increase resistance to antiviral drugs like oseltamivir (Tamiflu), say virologist Gregory Poland, MD, and colleagues at the Mayo Clinic. They recommend that physicians prescribe at least two antiviral drugs with different mechanisms of action, consider point-of-care testing, and use better treatment algorithms that may reserve prescriptions for patients likely to develop life-threatening complications.[Clin Infect Dis abstract] FAO calls for urgent efforts to stop boundary-hopping animal diseasesThough countries have made significant steps to limit the spread of avian influenza, governments need to urgently address the international spread of animal diseases, especially those that can infect humans, a United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) official said today. Carolyn Benigno made her comments at the biennial FAO conference for Asia and the Pacific, according to the UN’s IRIN News. Over the past decade, Benigno said, new disease outbreaks such as avian flu have affected millions of impoverished households that depend on livestock. She added that more than 75% of infectious agents known to be emerging in human populations are considered zoonotic. Other “priority diseases” mentioned in an FAO report distributed at the meeting are foot-and-mouth disease, swine fever, and hemorrhagic septicemia.[Mar 31 IRIN News story] FDA approves vaccine for Japanese encephalitisThe US Food and Drug Administration yesterday announced its approval of a new vaccine against Japanese encephalitis, a mosquito-borne viral disease found mainly in Asia. There, the disease afflicts about 30,000 to 50,000 people a year, causing 10,000 to 15,000 deaths, the agency said. US cases are rare, but a few occur in Americans who travel to Asia. In clinical trials, the new vaccine, called Ixiaro, was found to be more tolerable than an older US-licensed vaccine, JE-Vax, which is no longer made, the FDA said. Xiaro is made by Intercell Biomedical of Livingston, United Kingdom.[Mar 30 FDA press release] Handwashing more important than isolation for hospital MRSA controlHospital patients who have been identified as carrying methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) need not be isolated or grouped if visitors and healthcare workers practice rigorous hand hygiene, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the Society for General Microbiology in Britain. In a year-long study in two intensive care units in which patients were checked weekly for MRSA colonization and hand hygiene was audited, researchers from University College Hospital, London found that transmission of MRSA within the units did not increase when colonized or infected patients were not moved into single rooms or housed together.[March 30 Eurekalert press release] Climate change blamed for spreading bluetongue in EuropeRising temperatures have led to increasing outbreaks of bluetongue, a potentially fatal viral disease of ruminants, by creating a climate more friendly to the biting midges that carry it, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the Society for General Microbiology in Britain. Some European countries vaccinate against one bluetongue serotype, but others have arrived in Europe since 1998 and have spread, thanks to greater midge activity and increased viral replication in the insects, according to researchers from the United Kingdoms Institute for Animal Health.[March 30 Eurekalert press release] Intestinal parasites leave victims more vulnerable to choleraCholera patients who are also infected with parasitic intestinal worms have a significantly reduced immune response to the cholera toxin, according to a report published today in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Results of the study suggest that parasitic infection could reduce immunity to future cholera infection and may compromise the effectiveness of cholera vaccines. Vibrio cholerae infections cause an estimated 5 million cases of cholera annually worldwide, primarily in impoverished areas with poor sanitation. Intestinal parasites are also common in these areas.[PLoS Negl Trop Dis study][Mar 30 press release] India adds four BSL-3 labs to fight avian fluIndia now has four biosafety-level 3 (BSL-3) labs, with two more on the way in the coming months, up from one such lab when the country faced its first avian flu outbreak in poultry in February 2006, according to a story today in The Times of India. The labs, meant to bolster India’s capability to diagnose avian flu quickly in humans, are each capable of testing 30 human samples a day, the story said. In addition, India, which has yet to register a human case of avian flu, has nine non-BSL-3 labs for preliminary testing of human samples, a health ministry official said.[Mar 31 Times of India story]
The Supervisory Board of Valamar Riviere dd has given its prior approval for the upcoming annual investment cycle in the amount of HRK 599 million, whereby Valamar continues its strategy of intensive investments in raising the quality of its portfolio and high value-added tourism services. The construction of this resort is the largest single investment in Croatian tourism, and the completion of the investment is planned for 2021. Valamar thus continues to invest in the Pical zone, which together with Valamar Collection Marea Suites 5 *, opened this year, to become the flagship of Poreč tourism and one of the most attractive tourist zones in Croatia. These days, the merger of Hotel Makarska with the Rab Imperial is expected to be completed after both companies have been successfully privatized in cooperation with Valamar and AZ pension funds. Also, the Supervisory Board of Valamar supported cooperation with pension funds in order to further invest in Croatian tourism and expand business. The newly established Imperial Riviera dd will be a joint venture for the investment and development of tourist property in the region, while Valamar will remain in charge of operating operations. Photo: Valamar Riviera Photo: Valamar Riviera Poreč hotel Pical 2 * will be totally transformed into a luxury year-round five-star resort with about 500 accommodation units. The resort, which will be able to accommodate as many as 1.700 guests, will have 7 bars and 7 restaurants, swimming pools with 2.200 m2 of water surface, and a beach with Sundance beach club, indoor pool and wellness center, Maro facilities for families and perhaps most importantly – build will be a convention center for 1.200 guests. Hotel Pical in Poreč is becoming a five-star resort and one of the largest congress centers in Croatia Total investments so far 5,8 billion But certainly, the main news hiding around the new investment cycle is the announced start of construction of the largest Croatian resort with a total value of 790 million kuna, which was presented today at the Investors’ Day in Porec. RELATED NEWS: By the end of this year, a new development strategy for the next three-year period will be presented and thus continue to realize the vision of a leader in holiday tourism that provides authentic experiences to guests in partnership with destinations, Valamar concludes. Although significant, the investment cycle for 2020 is smaller than in previous years, and as Valamar Riviera points out, the reason for this is the global slowdown in market demand and rising operating costs. “Valamar has successfully realized the investments and business goals set for the previous three-year period and is now entering a new phase of development. We plan to continue to develop our business in line with our formula for success, which is based on investments in employees, products and destinations, taking care of sustainable development and socially responsible business. However, it is still necessary to work on the general competitiveness of Croatian tourism compared to other destinations in the Mediterranean, if we want to strengthen the investment potential of the tourism sector and keep our employees in Croatian tourism.”, Said Željko Kukurin, President of the Management Board of Valamar Riviera. All this year’s investments worth HRK 793 million have been successfully realized in Valamar, which means that Valamar has so far invested a total of HRK 5,8 billion in Croatian tourism. Imperial Riviera dd – a new joint stock company in cooperation with pension funds Photo: Valamar Riviera VALAMAR OPENS TWO NEW FIVE-STAR RESORTS, INVESTMENTS WORTH ALMOST HALF A BILLION HRK
The home at 3 Shiraz Ct, Kippa-Ring.There is a large lounge room at the front of the home, along with an office and workshop area in what was a single-car garage. The open-plan kitchen and dining room opens to the deck, and there is an internal laundry and modern bathroom with separate shower and bath.The master bedroom has an ensuite, built-in robe and study nook, and the three other bedrooms have built-in robes. The home at 3 Shiraz Court Kippa-Ring.THIS lowset home has a swimming pool and plenty of entertaining space for those who like to live outdoors. The four-bedroom home at 3 Shiraz Ct, Kippa-Ring has been updated and extended to suit a growing family. Owner Karyn Wallis said she and her husband had owned the property for 10 years and had happily raised their two children there. “We love the pool and outdoor area — it’s quite spacious and lots of fun,” she said. “The kids are pretty much in the pool most afternoons as soon as it’s warm enough. The home at 3 Shiraz Ct, Kippa-Ring.Outside, the deck and the covered entertaining area overlook the in-ground swimming pool and low-maintenance yard. The home is close to the new Kippa-Ring train station, shops, schools and the Peninsula beaches. The property is being marketed by Brendan Philp, of Abode Properties, for offers over $549,000. The home at 3 Shiraz Ct, Kippa-Ring.“And the outside area is great for barbecues, and having friends and family over.”Ms Wallis said they had extended and renovated the home to include an extra bedroom and new main bathroom. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019They also rendered the exterior, painted inside, had the roof replaced and installed a new splashback in the kitchen. There is also a new hardwood timber fence with keyless entry. “The home is perfect for families and it’s on a quiet, friendly street,” Ms Wallis said.
The Scottish & Newcastle Pension Plan has agreed a £2.4bn (€3.3bn) longevity swap with UK insurer Friends Life to shift risk of pensioners exceeding longevity expectations.The scheme, now part of Heineken after its takeover of Scottish & Newcastle in 2009, has insured longevity risk for approximately 19,000 pensioners – almost half its membership.Heineken dealt with Friend Life, part of the Aviva Group, in an uncommon arrangement, with the primary insurer retaining some risk.Previously, pension schemes would arrange longevity swap transactions with reinsurers via primary insurers or banks, or directly transact using an insurance company cell. The scheme said it found previously unused capacity in the primary insurance market for longevity swaps and thus arranged a deal with Aviva.Aviva said it partnered with Swiss Re for it to take on some risk but retain some exposure.The scheme, which closed to future accrual in 2011, said the deal should help bring peace of mind to members.Ian Aley, head of pension transactions at Towers Watson, who advised the parties involved, said the move to transact directly with Aviva was another example of innovation in the longevity risk market.“Heineken has broken new ground with this transaction, identifying a new longevity counterparty in Aviva, which provided additional market capacity on this occasion,” he said.Aley added that it was unusual to see a primary insurer take on the risk directly.He said the trustees of the scheme realised a longevity swap would require a long-term relationship and, after approaching several insurance and reinsurance firms, felt comfortable using the newer deal structure with the UK-regulated firm.The £2.4bn deal comes as the UK longevity swap market takes off in 2015, after seeing record deals last year.The BT Pension Scheme created its own insurance company to transact directly with the reinsurance market in a £16bn arrangement.This was part of a wave of longevity swaps between UK pension schemes and global reinsurers, started by Aviva’s reinsuring its own pension scheme in a £5bn deal with three reinsurers.Four of the five longevity swaps in the £25.4bn market directly transacted with reinsurers.US reinsurer, Prudential Financial, said it expected the longevity risk market to grow significantly as appetite spread across Europe, and also that unmediated deals would become the new norm.
New Farm was one of the top performers.PROPERTY values have shot up in dozens of Brisbane suburbs with new figures revealing the best performer increased by more than $280,000 in just 12 months.While median house price increases have been slow and steady in many Brisbane suburbs, data from realestate.com.au showed many individual suburbs were outperforming the city wide average.New Farm was the suburb which earned more than any other in Brisbane in the past 12 months with its median house price up by a massive $283,500.Hamilton was also a high earner with its median house price increasing $275,000 as was Bulimba with the median house price up $242,500.Kylie Sturgeon at her home she is selling at Bulimba. Picture: Peter WallisAnd it wasn’t just inner city suburbs where price growth was strong, Carbrook in Logan recorded a median house price increase of $200,000 during the past 12 months and Kurwongbah in Moreton Bay was also a strong performer with the median house price up by $141,000.SUBURBS WITH DOUBLE DIGIT PRICE GROWTHREA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said many of the top performing suburbs were focused around lifestyle areas.Whether that was an inner city suburb with a restaurant and cafe culture, or outer suburban blocks with plenty of land.Ms Conisbee said the Brisbane market was performing a little differently to Sydney and Melbourne, with those two capitals experiencing a rapid decline in activity in the past few months.New Farm was a top performer for median house price growth.“We are seeing migration levels increasing into Brisbane and there has just been a State Budget announced that is a big spending budget,’’ she said.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:25Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p400p400p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenView from the top of Brisbane Skytower00:26That, she said made Brisbane more appealing because people could see that more infrastructure and services were going to be delivered here.Ms Conisbee said while some of the top suburbs, such as New Farm, had expensive median house prices, for buyers used to a Sydney or Melbourne market it wasn’t so bad.Place Estate Agents joint managing director Sarah Hackett agreed the demand for many of the top performing suburbs was driven by buyers wanted to be in lifestyle areas.“And I really think definitely that schools influence areas because the parents want their children to be as close as possible to particular private schools,’’ she said.Mrs Hackett said these suburbs with a great village atmosphere, combined with easy access to amenity made them very appealing and in demand.STARS ALIGN IN NOOSAMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago“They are able to walk to a coffee shop or restaurant from their house, access to the river and City Cats, give them a lot more things to do close by on weekends.’’Mrs Hackett said demand and prices would continue to drive forward in the top performing suburbs.“There is more growth (to come). I feel very confident that these stronger suburbs will just keep growing,’’ she said.Mrs Hackett meet potential buyers every week who had moved or were about to move from Sydney or Melbourne to Brisbane.She said for a ‘’couple of million’’ all they could afford in their home state was a townhouse or a terrace which would be run down and in a suburb you wouldn’t want your children to walk home in.Kylie and John Sturgeon bought their home at 51 Brisbane St, Bulimba 17 years ago. At the time it was split into two flats but they could see the potential of it being a big beautiful Queenslander again.51 Brisbane St, Bulimba. Picture: Peter Wallis“We spent about a year renovating it, taking it back to its former glory and then extended on the back. Originally both my husband and I had bought in the area before we were together and he is a property valuer I was studying property valuation at the time. We moved into Bulimba in the early nineties back when it wasn’t such a nice place to live in, you wouldn’t go walking at night, it wasn’t safe. But we could see the potential of being so close to the city being on the river, the ferry and it had that village feel, it was like a destination, not a go through suburb.“We could see it was going to go up in value.“Bulimba has got everything and it is a village feel, a little community, it’s got the shops, it has got movies, it has got coffee shops and restaurants.’’As someone who has worked in the valuation industry Mrs Sturgeon definitely thought values would continue to rise in the suburb.Brisbane’s ten growth suburbs graph“For sure, I mean it has to because it so close to the city you have got the buses and you have got the ferry, I actually don’t have to leave the area because everything is there.’’She said her favourite part of her home was the kitchen and family room which leads out to the back deck.The six-bedroom house, which is listed through Sarah Hackett, is on a 1010sq m block of land.Built in 1906, the two-level home has high ceilings on both levels and also has parking for six cars.The house has a gabled roof, wraparound veranda, and views of the city and across the river to Teneriffe.It has retained many of its original features including polished floors, leadlight glass and VJ walls.