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Odds & Ends: See Inside Sutton Foster’s House & More!

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first_img View Comments Watch Hugh Jackman Tease the Tonys Have we mentioned recently that we can’t stop bouncing in our office chairs in anticipation of the Tony awards on June 8? Stoking our excitement still further is the below video of the cermony’s host Hugh Jackman teasing us (and Jimmy Fallon) about what we’ll be seeing at Radio City Music Hall. Seriously, how can it not be June 8 already? Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Star Files Sutton Foster The Vagina Monologues in English, Via Spanish Los Monólogos de la Vagina, the Spanish language version of Eve Ensler’s notorious show, will make complimentary English translation headsets available to audience members from June 3. The production is playing at the Westside Theatre, where it opened on May 18. It is the first time that a mainstream off-Broadway theater has hosted an ongoing run of a commercial Spanish language play. Our Town Will Have London Premiere The Almeida Theatre’s fall season will include the London premiere of David Cromer’s acclaimed production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, which played off-Broadway 2009-10. The intimate, stripped back version of the classic play will run October 9 through November 29, with opening night set for October 17. The venue has a strong track record for transferring shows to the West End, most recently King Charles III. See Inside Sutton Foster’s House! Violet Tony nominee Sutton Foster has opened the doors of her getaway cottage on Greenwood Lake to the Wall Street Journal. Her big worry about spending time at the idyllic spot? “I’m afraid a bear is going to open the front door, come upstairs in the middle of the night and get me.” Hugh Jackmanlast_img read more

Race Ahead: Middle Mountain Momma, Douthat State Park, Virginia

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first_imgMiddle Mountain Momma Mountain (M3) Bike Race, May 4, 2014 — Douthat State Park, Millboro, Va.The Middle Mountain Momma mountain bike races (County of Bath and Alleghany) include an XC (21 miles), XXC (40 miles), Beginner, Kids, and High School events in one of the most popular off-road  bike races in the region.sponsored-event-1Race Registration: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The XXC race begins at 9:30 a.m. and the kids race is at 10:30. Main races begin at Noon.Race distances range from 40 miles, to 21 miles, to 11 miles (beginner), to 5 miles for the kids race. XC Classes: All remaining classes begin on one-two minute staggers starting at 12:00 p.m.; 1) Pro/Semi-Pro Men/Expert Men, 2) Junior Expert  3)Masters/Veterans (sport & expert)  4) Pro/Semi-Pro/Expert Women  5) Sport men 6) Sport women 7) Junior sport 8) All Beginners.According to organizers, “The course provides mass-quantities of singletrack and it’s almost entirely unduplicated trail. There’s so much singletrack you might actually seek something wider after a while. Moreover, about the only non-singletrack sections of the 21-mile-one-lap race are the short start road, a few yards of asphalt, and that is it. And not only is it singletrack, it is majestic singletrack.”MMMfinal2 (2)Visit mountainbikevirginia.com for all the details and lodging information you need to know on Sunday, May 4! Claim points toward the WVMBA Ultra Series. Register on-site or online.Race Contact: Kyle InmanEmail: [email protected]; Phone: (540) 529-0462The M3 was rated one of the top Mountain Bike events in the region by Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine in 2010.To get there: Douthat State Park is located 50 minutes north of Roanoke and 45 minutes west of Lexington. From Lexington, take I-64 west to first Clifton Forge exit (220 south and 629). Take 629 straight into Douthat State Park. From the south, take Daleville exit 150 off I-81 to 220 north. Proceed north on 220 until reaching Clifton Forge, and the end of 220. Take right towards 64. Go straight under 64 (the road turns into 629). Continue straight for 4 miles into Douthat State Park.Find them on Twitter @VirginiaMTB.raceaheadmtnbike02last_img read more

Race Ahead: Mad Mountain Mud Run

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first_imgMad Mountain Mud RunSaturday, May 31, 2014Berkeley Park, Hendersonville, NCThe Mad Mountain Mud Run is an obstacle course race and family festival, held in Hendersonville’s Berkeley Park and surrounding forests. Come for the mud race, stay for the festival — full of live music, games, food and craft beer.The course is approximately three miles and all ability levels are encouraged to enter in one of three categories.Start Time: All participants can expect to begin between 12:45 p.m. and 4:30 and the event ends at 7 p.m.Cost: $200/teamsponsored-event-1Visit MadMountainMudRun.com for all the information you’ll need to spectate or participate!MMMR2Family members, friends and others are invited for the day to cheer on their muddy loved ones and enjoy a festival atmosphere with food, beverages, and live music. No pets will be allowed at this event.The event will proceed unless under extremely bad weather conditions and yes, prizes will be awarded!All Mad Mountain Mud Run proceeds benefit Hendersonville’s non-profit children’s museum, “Hands On! A Child’s Gallery.”The Mad Mountain Mud Run welcomes racers and friends from all of western North Carolina, upstate South Carolina, and beyond. Our Hendersonville NC location is about 15 miles south of Asheville, NC and 30 miles north of Greenville, SC. We are also an easy drive from Charlotte, NC and eastern Tennessee.Race Contact: Heather Boeke; [email protected]; (828) 697-8333Contact Beth Bockoven at [email protected] if you would like more information on volunteering.MMMR_4c_logolast_img read more

Brentwood Fatal Hit-and-run Suspect Charged

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An alleged hit-and-run driver was arrested for leaving the scene of a crash that left a 41-year-old man dead in Brentwood over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.Cesar Velasquez, 54, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.Major Case Unit detectives alleged the suspect was driving an SUV southbound on Washington Avenue when he struck Jose Reinerio Salinas at the corner of Rutledge Street at 11:20 p.m. Friday.The victim was then hit by a Ford Expedition that stayed at the scene, police said. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Both the suspect and the victim are from Brentwood.Velasquez was arrested Saturday. A judge set his bail at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond. He is due back in Suffolk County court Friday.last_img read more

Vaccine protects ferrets against 3 H5N1 strains

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first_imgJun 13, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – An avian influenza vaccine made through reverse genetics produced an immune response not only to the target H5N1 virus strain but to two other H5N1 strains in a study in ferrets, according to a report published by the Journal of Infectious Diseases.The findings, according to the study’s authors and an accompanying editorial, signal that an H5N1 vaccine may be protective even when the vaccine strain does not precisely match the strain of H5N1 challenge virus. This bolsters the strategy of stockpiling such a vaccine to prepare for a pandemic.The study was done by a team from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, with Elena A. Govorkova as first author. The investigators used reverse genetics to produce an inactivated, whole-virus vaccine that combined the hemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase genes of the H5N1 strain A/HK/203/03 with the remaining genes of a strain of H1N1 virus called A/PR/8/34.The researchers vaccinated groups of three or four ferrets with either a single dose (7 or 15 micrograms [mcg]) of HA with aluminum hydroxide adjuvant or two doses of HA (7 mcg each, 3 weeks apart) without adjuvant.The ferrets studied were healthy young adults that tested negative for H5N1 and H1N1 viruses, though 90% tested positive for H3N2 virus obtained through natural infection, according to the report. Four control ferrets received phosphate-buffered saline instead of vaccine.The researchers tested serum antibody responses after vaccination. The single-dose ferrets had a mean anti-HA titer of 1:107 and 1:120 for the 7-mcg and 15-mcg doses, respectively. The mean anti-HA titer for animals receiving two doses were 1:115 after one dose and 1:982 after two.Controls and ferrets that received the single dose of vaccine were inoculated intranasally 4 weeks later with the target subtype of H5N1 virus. Those receiving two doses were challenged 1 week after the booster dose.After viral challenge, all control ferrets exhibited fever and weight loss, while two had respiratory signs and two showed lethargy. Six days after viral challenge, controls had lost 4% to 12% of their weight. In contrast, 1 of 3 ferrets that received a single dose of 7 mcg of HA had an elevated body temperature and weight loss, but none of the other vaccinated animals had either.Ferrets that received a single 7-mcg dose of vaccine had significantly (P<.05) lower virus titers than did controls on day 3, and only 1 of 3 shed virus 5 days after viral challenge. Among those receiving a single 15-mcg dose, 2 of 3 animals were shedding virus on day 3, and none by day 5.The authors state, "All vaccinated ferrets were protected against systemic spread of homologous virus [the vaccine strain]," which was not detected in the lung, brain, or olfactory bulb. In addition, they said, all vaccine regimens effectively reduced replication of the target H5N1 virus subtype in the upper respiratory tract.When tested against different H5N1 strains, the vaccine also proved effective, according to the article. Separate groups of ferrets were tested against both the HK/156/97 and Vietnam/1203/04 strains of H5N1.The vaccine provided protection against the HK/156/97 subtype, although those receiving a single 7-mcg dose showed minor clinical signs. Also, greater protection was noted for ferrets receiving two doses of the vaccine. All four control ferrets showed signs of disease but survived.The vaccine similarly protected against the Vietnam/1203/04 subtype, which killed the three control animals. Again, the two-dose regimen provided the greatest benefit.The authors report, "Our findings confirmed that a two-dose regimen is preferable for vaccination of an immunologically naïve population against a novel H5N1 strain. The second dose of vaccine significantly increased serum antibody production and conferred complete protection against challenge with a high dose of the homologous H5N1 virus."They conclude, "The results of our study show that protection can be gained even when the vaccine strain does not match the challenge virus. . . . Therefore, the strategy of stockpiling pandemic vaccines for administration to groups at high risk offers promise. Reverse-genetics technology allows for the rapid generation of a broad spectrum of vaccine virus libraries."In an accompanying editorial, Alan W. Hampson, Msc, deputy director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza in Melbourne, Australia, concurs. "Possibly the greatest significance of Govorkova et al's study," he writes, "is the demonstration of a significant cross-strain protective effect even in the presence of minimal antibody levels. This, together with human serological data generated with an H5N3 vaccine, strengthens the argument for stockpiling vaccine prepared from currently available H5N1 vaccine strains."Govorkova EA, Webby RJ, Humberd J, et al. Immunization with reverse-genetics-produced H5N1 influenza vaccine protects ferrets against homologous and heterologous challenge. J Infect Dis 2006 Jul 15;194(2):159-67 [Full text]Hampson AW. Ferrets and the challenges of H5N1 vaccine formulation (editorial). J Infect Dis 2006 Jul 15;194(2):143-5 [Full text]last_img read more

The rise of the German REIT

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first_imgTo access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week. Would you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletterslast_img

Lucas Torreira ‘very close’ to joining Atletico Madrid from Arsenal

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first_imgLucas Torreira ‘very close’ to joining Atletico Madrid from Arsenal Advertisement Comment Lucas Torreira is on the verge of swapping Arsenal for Atletico Madrid (Getty Images)Lucas Torreira is very close to joining Atletico Madrid from Arsenal, according to reports in Uruguay.The Gunners have been willing to offload the midfielder this summer in order to bolster their transfer budget to fund moves for Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar.Torreira, who was signed from Sampdoria for £26 million in 2018, has attracted interest from several Serie A clubs this summer.But according to ESPN Uruguay, a source close to Torreira has confirmed that the midfielder is on the verge of moving to Atletico.ADVERTISEMENTThe report claims that Torreira is keen on joining up with Diego Simeone at Atletico and the Uruguay international has rejected the chance to move to Fiorentina or Torino.AdvertisementAdvertisementIt’s reported that negotiations between Arsenal and Atletico are ‘advanced’ but not yet complete. Lucas Torreira has not yet made an appearance for Arsenal this season (Getty Images)On Monday, reports in Spain claimed that Simeone has personally contacted Torreira in order to persuade him to make the move to the Spanish capital.Torreira is yet to feature for Arsenal this season and Mikel Arteta has left the midfielder out of his side’s two Premier League games so far.Atletico are hoping to agree a loan deal with Arsenal which will include an option to buy.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMeanwhile, Lazio remain in talks with Arsenal over a deal for Shkodran Mustafi. The Serie A club are willing to offer €10 million (£9.1m) for the German defender.West Ham and Newcastle United are also interesting in signing Callum ChambersFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 22 Sep 2020 9:30 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link13kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Gobernador Wolf: La solicitud del programa de reaseguro recibe la aprobación federal

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first_img July 24, 2020 Gobernador Wolf: La solicitud del programa de reaseguro recibe la aprobación federal Español,  Healthcare,  Press Release En el día de la fecha, el Gobernador Tom Wolf anunció que el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de los Estados Unidos y el Departamento del Tesoro de los Estados Unidos aprobaron la solicitud de exención de la Sección 1332 de Pennsylvania para un programa de reaseguro. El Programa de Reaseguro de Pennsylvania (PA Re) está autorizado a operar según la sección 1332 de la Ley de Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio (ACA, por sus siglas en inglés) desde 2021 hasta 2025.“Si contamos con un fondo de reaseguro que paga directamente algunos de los costos de la atención médica a las personas de alto costo, podemos reducir las primas de otros residentes de Pennsylvania asegurados en el mercado individual y reducir el costo de los subsidios para ayudar a las personas de bajos ingresos”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Estos ahorros promueven en mayor medida nuestro objetivo de asegurarnos de que el seguro médico sea económico y eficaz para todos los residentes de Pennsylvania”.PA Re fortalecerá el mercado de seguros médicos individuales de Pennsylvania a través de la innovación con base en el estado. El programa de reaseguro reembolsará parcialmente los reclamos de alto costo a las aseguradoras del mercado individual. Minimizar la brecha de riesgo para las aseguradoras ayudará a reducir el costo que las primas hubieran tenido sin PA Re, y aumentará el acceso a una cobertura privada de bajo costo para el mercado individual. También se espera que el programa de reaseguro impulse a las aseguradoras a mantener y posiblemente expandir las áreas de cobertura geográfica, y la posibilidad de atraer otras aseguradoras adicionales al estado.La Comisionada de Seguros Jessica Altman dijo: “Este paso histórico hacia una Pennsylvania más saludable ampliará el acceso a una cobertura de atención médica integral y de bajo costo, beneficiando a los consumidores de seguros médicos de Pennsylvania. Producto de la aprobación de la exención, más residentes de Pennsylvania pueden acceder a la cobertura y los consumidores podrán pagar primas moderadas”.Pennsylvania está en transición para llegar a administrar su propio mercado de seguros médicos a partir de este otoño. La cuota de usuario que las aseguradoras pagan para que sus productos se ofrezcan a través del mercado estatal aportará la cuota del estado de los fondos para PA Re. Los fondos de “traspaso” que el gobierno federal ahorra como resultado de que PA Re reduzca las primas y, por lo tanto, disminuya el gasto federal en subsidios del mercado, financiarán la mayor parte de los costos de reaseguro.Zachary W. Sherman, Director Ejecutivo del nuevo mercado estatal, agregó: “Estamos felices de asociarnos con PA Re y por lo que esta alianza significa para nuestro estado. Particularmente en este momento, en medio de una crisis de la salud pública, el acceso a una cobertura de alta calidad es vital. En la actualidad, el mercado está abierto todo el año para las personas que sufren un cambio en las circunstancias de la vida, como la pérdida de la cobertura aportada por el empleador. Seguimos recomendando a todos los residentes de Pennsylvania que visiten www.healthcare.gov para que vean si algún cambio en su situación de empleo o salario puede afectar los recursos disponibles para ayudar a comprar la cobertura para el resto de 2020. Anhelamos poder servir a los residentes de Pennsylvania más adelante este año cuando hayamos realizado la transición total, pero hasta entonces esperamos que todos tengan y mantengan la cobertura médica”.PA Re será un programa de reaseguro con franquicia basado en reclamos que reembolsará parcialmente a las aseguradoras de salud los costos de los reclamos de los afiliados individuales que cumplen con los requisitos de ACA, donde se reembolsará un porcentaje de los costos de los reclamos que exceden un umbral específico (franquicia) y hasta un monto máximo determinado (límite de reaseguro).Para el primer año del programa, a partir del 1 de enero de 2021, los parámetros adoptados tienen una franquicia de $60,000, un límite de $100,000 y una tasa de coseguro del 60%. PA Re proyecta que según la exención 1332, las primas serán aproximadamente un 5% más bajas en 2021 de lo que hubieran sido sin la exención, lo que significa que la cobertura será más económica en el mercado individual.Al otorgar la exención, los departamentos federales determinaron que la solicitud Pennsylvania 1332 cumplía los requisitos para:Brindar una cobertura que al menos sea tan completa como la cobertura definida en la sección 1302(b),Brindar una cobertura tan económica como la que se proporcionaría de otra manera,Brindar cobertura a un número de personas al menos comparable al que estaría cubierto de otro modo, yNo aumentar el déficit.Para obtener información adicional, visite la página de Internet sobre la exención 1332 del Departamento de Seguros de Pennsylvania.View this information in English.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Coast dominates Queensland’s most expensive house sales this week

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first_imgNow that’s an entrance. Location, location, location is the buzzword here. 12 Admiralty Drive, Paradise Waters (first house from the left)/ The central courtyard links various arms of the home.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day ago 22 The Anchorage, Noosa Waters Qld 4566. Picture: Realestate.com.auTHE Queensland coast blitzed Brisbane to bring in the most expensive sales this week off some absolutely stunning waterfront homes. A home in one of Noosa’s best streets was the highest priced house to change hands during the week, fetching $3.27 million, according to a CoreLogic list. What a mesmerising pool.center_img Even from the street it feels luxurious.He said there was a good mix of locals, Brisbane dwellers and southern buyers looking in the area.“I think it’s very steady,” he said of the spring season. “If you’re priced right, you will sell.”The other coastal home to fetch a strong price was 12 Admiralty Drive, Surfers Paradise which sold for $3.102m, according to CoreLogic.The four bedroom, three bathroom, double car garage house was described as “a refined luxury haven” by agents Ryan Ward and Gabel Stathis of McGrath Surfers Paradise. In a street of multimillion-dollar homes, this one holds its own. Louvres below the ceiling ensure the home stays cool.The five bedroom, five bathroom, double car garage home at 22 The Anchorage in Noosa Waters had sold under the hammer a month ago but officially changed hands over the weekend.Agent Petar Markanovic of One Agency in Noosa said there were four registered bidders for the home which ended up going to a local buyer. Nice spot to watch the world go by.last_img read more

German institutions willing to increase risk but feel hindered, survey shows

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first_imgIn his welcome speech for his company’s eighth annual risk management conference, Alexander Schindler, board member at Union, said: “We have lived in an age of regulation since 2008, which has killed some return opportunities.”Just over half of the delegates at the conference, when asked in a TED survey, think the 12 months ahead will provide more opportunities than risks.Roughly 5% of respondents classified themselves as “speculative/opportunity orientated” – a box no investor ticked in the 2012 survey.The share of institutions saying they remained “absolutely safety orientated” dropped from 37% to 30%.Thorsten Neumann, managing director at Union, claimed that regulations were “significantly limiting the room for manoeuvring for institutional investors”.All in all, institutions are more pessimistic regarding their own financial situation than in 2012, with none of the respondents believing their situation would “significantly improve” over the next year.In last year’s survey, 7% of respondents ticked this box.In another TED survey at the conference in Mainz, two-thirds of delegates said they did not believe in a recovery of returns after a major interest rate change – which is not expected any time soon.This fear was also mirrored in the Union survey, where many more respondents than in last year’s survey feared they would not generate a minimum return.Union predicted a change in institutional investors’ asset allocation approach, with more looking into scenario-based allocation methods.Both in the survey done together with University Siegen and another TED survey at the conference, almost half of all respondents said this approach would become “very important” or “important” in the near future.Currently, the vast majority of German investors use a return/risk-optimised approach to asset allocation. More than half of German institutional investors surveyed by Union Investment believe that fewer regulatory hurdles would allow them to improve their returns by at least 100 basis points.In Union’s annual risk management survey, only 11% of respondents – compared with 16% in 2012 – said they would be unlikely to improve returns with fewer internal or external restrictions.Approximately 70% of respondents said such restrictions, including regulations, were hindering them, while half said they could outperform their current performance by 100-500bps.This year, Union surveyed 104 German institutional investors, 18% being Pensionskassen or Versorgungswerke, 26% insurers, 13% foundations and 25% banks. The remainder were largely companies and churches.last_img read more

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