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Wicked Welcomes Jennifer DiNoia & More to Oz!

first_img© Justin “Squigs” Robertson Star Files View Comments Related Shows Wicked Fellow Ozians! Wicked’s current cast members have got us dancing through life! Jennifer DiNoia, Carrie St. Louis, Judy Kaye and Peter Scolari are currently starring in the incredibly popular production as Elphaba, Glinda, Madame Morrible and The Wizard, respectively. To celebrate their wonderful performances in Broadway’s Emerald City, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson gave them the ink treatment. It just goes to show that Elphaba isn’t the only Great White Way fave with magical powers—bravo, Squigs! Take a look at the rainbow bright sketch, and see the gravity-defying musical at the Gershwin Theatre! from $95.00 About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Judy Kayelast_img read more

Catch the Wave

first_imgAdam Masters gets a face full of fun riding his bellyak, a body boat for whitewater and flatwater adventure.Body boating is the next big evolution in river adventure.What’s the most memorable and exciting part of whitewater rafting? Falling in. It’s what we tell stories about, what gets photographed, what gets our heart thumping. It’s why spectators set up lawn chairs beside Sweets or Nanny Falls. It’s quite simple: we want to get wet. We secretly—and safely—want to end up in the drink.We may not necessarily want to fall out in a thundering class-V rapid, but there is an instinctive draw to the river—not just floating on top of it in a giant inflatable raft or plastic kayak—but being drenched in it, feeling its power, being a part of it.That instinctive longing for immersion in the river is behind body boating, a new river sport that places you at face level with the fearsome water. Body boating pioneer Adam Masters has designed the bellyak to grow the sport.The bellyak is basically an eight-foot plastic board, indented with a body cavity, that is ridden horizontally, belly-down. The body boater holds on to grips on the front of the board and uses hand paddles to maneuver through the water.“You’re totally one with the water,” says Masters. “It’s like flying through the river.”I had to try it.Last month, I met Masters to body boat some easy rapids on the French Broad River. I strapped on some webbed gloves and hand-paddled out into the current. It was like swimming with a board beneath me. I felt fast, fluid, and free on the river. I could glide and guide with my arms rather than with a clunky paddle.Unlike kayaking, there were no straps or skirts to confine me. There was no fear of being trapped underwater in an upside down kayak. I didn’t have to worry about emptying the water out of my waterlogged canoe. When I flipped on the bellyak, I just climbed back on. Since it’s at water level, it’s easy to get on and off. And unlike riverboarding, my legs and lower torso didn’t get banged to hell.I got a face full of water plunging down class-II ledges, but the bellyak’s hull still floated me over and through the water like a traditional boat and allowed quick direction changes. I could literally reach out and grab an eddy with my arms. I could quickly pull myself behind a rock in the middle of the river or peel out of an eddy along the shore.“Anyone can do this,” Masters explains. “It requires no special skills. It’s a high-reward, low-risk way to explore rivers,” says Masters.Best of all, the bellyak completely changed my perspective of the river. A relatively tame stretch of the French Broad suddenly became an exciting new challenge. Small waves became surf spots; mini-rapids became more riveting, close-up encounters with the water. Surfing a small hole on the French Broad was an in-your-face thrill—without the worry of flipping your boat, losing your paddle, or getting stuck underwater.A wet exit in a kayak or canoe is an ordeal. But on the bellyak, it was part of the fun. I wiped out several times, washed downstream, and hopped back on the board. It took less than ten seconds.At a slim 30 pounds, the bellyak weighs less than most kayaks and is much easier to carry, making for an easy portage back up to the top of the rapids for another run. It’s cheaper than a kayak, too, retailing at $795.Adam Masters has devoted the past five years of his life to the bellyak, chopping up his old kayaks to hone the design of prototypes. Boat innovation is in his blood. His father, Bill Masters, founded Perception Kayaks in 1975 and grew it into one of the most successful companies in the outdoor industry.Designed and hand-built in Asheville, the bellyak is ready to launch a new wave of watersport. Just as stand-up paddleboarding has attracted new enthusiasts to the water, bellyaking provies an intense and intimate river adventure accessible to anyone.Says Masters, “It’s a more simple, pure, and exciting way to experience the river.”For another great August paddling article, check out The Waterman by Chris Gragtmanslast_img read more

Cyberattacks target mobile banking

first_imgby: Roy UrricoReports of 2.2 billion malicious attacks on computers and mobile devices in 2015’s first quarter and an evolving Dyre Wolf malware threat are reminders of the continuing need for financial institutions to remain vigilant.In an epic quarter, Moscow-based security firm Kaspersky Lab released the “IT Threat Evolution Report for Q1 of 2015.” It discovered 2.2 billion malicious attacks blocked during the quarter on computers and mobile devices. That doubles the amount detected in Q1 of 2014. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The Šibenik Convention Center received a certificate from the prestigious British platform Healthcare Venues

first_img1ND HEALTH TOURISM CONFERENCE OF PANNONIAN HEALTH CLUSTER AND OSIJEK-BARANJA COUNTY ANNOUNCED “We are proud that our Convention Center Šibenik is recognized as an ideal location for events in the field of health sector and that we have become part of the world-famous platform Healthcare Venues. During the opening of the center, our goal was to provide a modern, high-tech location for business meetings and events and to position the city of Šibenik and the Dalmatian coast as a year-round destination for business tourism. We will continue to follow global trends and connect with the professional and business community around the world”, Said Ivan Sarajlić, executive marketing coordinator of Amadria Park.  OGNJEN BAGATIN, POLYCLINIC BAGATIN: HEALTH TOURISM CAN AND MUST BE ONE OF THE SOLUTIONS ON SEASONALITY Using the Healthcare Venues platform, the organizers have confirmation and a promise that their event will have full logistical and organizational support. When we talk about the more serious development of congress tourism, we just need large capacities of halls, to be able to host large global congresses, as well as of course the level of service at a high level following all the latest world trends. It was the Šibenik Convention Center, with its opening a few years ago, that put Croatia on the global map of destinations for congresses. Along with the city of Šibenik, which has experienced its tourist boom in the last few years through the revitalization of its fortresses, as well as the city that boasts two UNESCO sites, a Michelin-starred restaurant, excellent hotel infrastructure and facilities, and all other tourist facilities in the area, from NP Krke to NP Kornati, it is certainly a great location for large congresses that offers a quality, different and complete product for the development of congress tourism. From now on, the Šibenik Convention Center officially carries the certificate of the prestigious British platform Healthcare Venues.  This recognition is awarded exclusively to facilities that meet strict selection criteria and conditions for the implementation of events in the health sector. By the way, in addition to the Šibenik Convention Center, 7 other congress halls have the Healthcare Venues certificate in Croatia. The Healthcare Venues platform brings a list of top hotels and conference rooms around the world, which are suitable for education and other events within the health sector. RELATED NEWS: Health tourism The Šibenik Convention Center is the first and largest convention center in Croatia and on the Adriatic, and contains 11 state-of-the-art multifunctional meeting rooms on three floors, while the capacity of the main hall can accommodate as many as 1.500 participants.  FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF HEALTH TOURISM, IT IS NECESSARY TO START ACTION last_img read more

We bring you a new calendar of holidays in Croatia

first_imgThis morning, the 183rd session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia was held in Banski dvori, where the Government of the Republic of Croatia sent amendments to the Holidays Act for public consultation. Croats are known for combining holidays with extended weekends. According to the proposal, almost all holidays fall during the week, so we can certainly count on the fact that this year, fortunately for all tourism workers, it will be popular to combine holidays for an extended weekend. It is now up to you to prepare interesting offers and motives for coming, in order to attract citizens to visit your tourist destination as part of an extended weekend. We bring you a new list of holidays as well as commemorations. If someone was looking forward to having more non-working days in a year, they will unfortunately be disappointed. There is no increase in the number of working days, but it is still a total of 13 non-working days. According to the proposal, Statehood Day should again be celebrated on May 30, and the current Independence Day, October 8, should be a commemorative and working day in the future. Source: Government of the Republic of Croatialast_img read more

In the family way

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Pennsylvania Launches New Policies to Increase Diversity Among State Contractors

first_img June 15, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Pennsylvania Launches New Policies to Increase Diversity Among State Contractorscenter_img Economy,  Equality,  Press Release Continuing his commitment to small businesses (SBs) and small diverse businesses (SBDs), Governor Tom Wolf announced new procurement changes to improve opportunities for minority-, women-, LGBT-, veteran- and disabled-owned businesses ¬– to compete for state government contracts and succeed in the commonwealth’s economy.“This is another important step forward in the ambitious project my administration launched five years ago to open doors for small and diverse businesses in state contracting and to make the process more inclusive and diverse,” said Governor Wolf. “We have made progress, but there is more work to do. We cannot allow some people to be shut out of a chance to get a state contract. Our economy and our communities work best when everyone has a fair chance of success.”Today’s actions are the direct result of the governor’s Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities in Commonwealth Procurement and in Pennsylvania’s Economy executive order signed in 2015. The order created the Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities (BDISBO) within the Department of General Services, the Governor’s Advisory Council on Diversity Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities and led to the 2018 Statewide Disparity Study which examined disparities in the commonwealth’s contracting system and made recommendations for improvement.“These policy and program changes will allow us to increase opportunities for small diverse businesses in state contracts,” said Department of General Services Secretary Curt Topper. “Historically, the state contracting process has been uneven, inconsistent and unfair in providing opportunities for SBs and SDBs to do business with the commonwealth.”There are three new changes taking effect.First, each competitive state procurement will use goal setting for SDB participation on each solicitation with the intent to achieve a 26.3 percent state contract spending with SDBs .The goals are determined using an analysis and calculation of the percentage of DGS verified SDBs available to do the specific work as determined by the Disparity Study and other factors. Goal setting replaces the previous scoring process used to evaluate proposals and starts today for construction solicitations over $300,000 and on August 17, 2020 for goods and services solicitations over $250,000.Second, the department has set a goal of 4.6 percent of state contract spend to veteran-owned businesses through the new Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE) program as recommended by the Commonwealth Disparity Study. To increase the availability of VBEs, the commonwealth will now consider a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprises as both an SDB firm and a VBE firm. This consideration is granted providing the applicant holds approved third-party certification from the Veterans Affairs Vets First Verification Program and eliminates the need to go through an additional third-party SDB certification process. The department will consider contract-specific goals for VBE participation on each individual solicitation over the dollar thresholds identified for SDB goal setting, and the VBE contract specific goals will be calculated based upon availability of VBE firms.Third, the administration has tasked all state agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction to have at least 15 percent of their contract spending go to eligible, state-certified small businesses through the Small Business Reserve (SBR) Program. The program helps all DGS-certified small businesses to compete as prime contractors on state contracting opportunities. Each agency has an executive-level employee responsible for ensuring the goal is achieved.“We are committed to achieving the commonwealth’s goal to do 26 percent of our business with small diverse businesses has truly been a group effort,” said Deputy Secretary for Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities Kerry Kirkland. “Through the hard work of the Bureau of Diversity Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities staff along with the Advisory council and our legislative supports, we are positioning our small and small diverse businesses for success and sustainability in our economy.”Kirkland praised the hard work of the BDISBO staff and involvement of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Diversity, Inclusion and Small Businesses Opportunities has led to the implementation of key policy and program changes such as: using the best value contracting method to increase SDB participation in contracting opportunities; creating the Agency liaison Program to ensure that SB/SDB contracting opportunities are part of all annual commonwealth agency purchasing plans; and creating the Mentor-Protégé Program that pairs prime contractors and/or suppliers with DGS-verified SDBs to provide developmental assistance and help them successfully solicit and perform on commonwealth contracting opportunities.Visit the Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion, and Small Business Opportunity for more detailed information on the new policies and programs as well as the Wolf Administration’s efforts to diversity state contracting and opportunities for small and diverse businesses.Ver esta página en español.last_img read more

Garins: Why the whole of Guimbal?

first_img“It’snot something nga makatilingala sa amon,”she said, noting that the persons who tested positive for the disease in herhometown were relatives. Datafrom the Iloilo Provincial Population Office showed Guimbal having a populationof 35,601 as of 2018. Colada,on the other, urged the people of Guimbal not to panic. TheGarin sisters’ father, Oscar, is the mayor of Guimbal. He could not be reachedfor comment as of this writing. Thefirst Guimbal resident – a 59-year-old male – to test positive for COVID-19 andbecame Region 6’s Patient No. 2 apparently infected his househelp, a51-year-old woman (now the region’s Patient No. 18). Garinwondered if the DOH guidelines on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic includemaking all residents of a town PUMs if local disease transmission has beenconfirmed. Sheappealed for help from DOH-6, the provincial government and other concernedgovernment agencies. The local government of Guimbal could not possiblyshoulder all the food requirements of its residents, she said. “Kon PUMs ang tanan nga taga-Guimbal, indina sila ka gwa. Paano sila makabakal bulong, pagkaon,” asked Garin. Garinplayed down the local transmission of COVID-19 in Guimbal. “Ano ang basis? Can they show to us properdocuments kon ano ang protocol,” saidColada over DyOK Aksyon Radyo Iloilo. “Gaannila kami sina, ukon halin man kay governor kay masunod kami.” Iloilo’s Vice Gov. Christine Garin. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN ILOILO– Impractical. This was how the Garins, the political kingpins in the 1stDistrict, described the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6’s decision toclassify as persons under monitoring (PUMs) all of Guimbal town’s residents. Hersister, Vice Mayor Jennifer Garin-Colada, expressed a similar sentiment. “Kon practicability ang hambalan, ang mga barangays sangGuimbal layu-anay ang distansya. Kon may PUMskita that’s understandable. But tani kon diin nga barangay lang ang(COVID-19) case, not the whole town,” said Garin yesterday. Whilethere is an ongoing quarantine, she said, essential goods and basic necessitiesremain accessible in establishments that are allowed to continue operating./PN Themore practicable thing to do, according to Vice Gov. Christine Garin who wasformerly a mayor of Guimbal, was to consider as PUMs only the residents of thebarangay where Guimbal’s two confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19) hailed. “Thoseundergoing home quarantine shall be prohibited to leave their rooms/homes wherethey are quarantined until they have been certified by the local healthofficial to have finished the 14-day requirement for quarantine procedures,”read part of the guidelines (II. Guidelines, C) issued on Feb. 17, 2020(Department Memorandum No. 2020-0090). Coladalamented that the 14-day (March 13 to March 26) home quarantine of people whohad close contact with Patient No. 2 had just ended but now they have toundergo another two-week quarantine because of DOH-6’s latest PUM declaration. UnderDOH’s interim guidelines on the management of PUMs, these people must besubject to home quarantine for 14 days. Guimbalhas over 4,000 households, she added. ViceGovernor Garin assured DOH-6 the municipality of Guimbal would abide by thelatter’s decision, including what the regional health office said was an“automatic” home quarantining of the municipality’s residents for 14 days.last_img read more

Is Customer Choice Right Choice For Indiana

first_imgCustomer choice” may sound like a good thing, but according to some experts, Hoosiers need to be aware of the risks of deregulation. Efforts are underway to develop a new energy plan, and one idea being tossed around is the “customer choice” option, where retail customers choose their own electric supplier. While executive director Kerwin Olson of the Citizens Action Coalition agrees new energy policies are needed, he said basic necessities like home heating must remain affordable.“As we move forward with this discussion about regulatory reform in the state of Indiana (it is important) that we are mindful of the dangers inherent in deregulation and customer choice programs with respect to costs, especially the impact that deregulation has on the most vulnerable among us: senior citizens, disabled, and folks on fixed incomes.”Olson said that with deregulation it’s crucial that proper safeguards are in place to protect consumers. Indiana was once among states with the lowest electric rates in the nation, but now ranks 23rd, up into the top half.Those in favor of deregulation claim competitive electricity markets keep prices down and provide consumers more options. But according to Tyson Slocum, director of the Public Citizens Energy Program, which advocates for affordable energy policies, it can actually result in higher prices because of hidden fees and deceptive marketing.“These retail providers often do not advertise well ‘balloon payments,’ they will market (to) you that you will save money in the first couple of months while failing to mention that rates will increase significantly after that period.”Slocum said that if Indiana decides to move forward with a customer choice option, there have to be clear prohibitions on unscrupulous practices and a consumer bill of rights needs to be written into the contract.“There has to be rights by the household if they have a complaint with this retail provider to exit that contractual agreement and return to the incumbent utility without facing a penalty,” he declared.The state’s current energy blueprint was developed in 2006 and costs have risen since then. The Indiana Office of Energy Development is crafting new energy policy recommendations and will submit them to Governor Mike Pence in June of 2014.last_img read more

Support Groups Help Others Cope with Grief

first_imgVALPARAISO, Ind. — Sooner or later, each of us will experience that dagger in the heart called grief, but learning how to pick up the pieces and move on is the goal of several Indiana support groups.Amy Kowalisyn of Valparaiso lost a baby, Emma, in 2014, and founded an online charity with her husband. “Emma’s Footprints” helps others cope with grief.They then teamed up with another mom from Florida, to start an online support group.Kowalisyn says #OnComingAlive began as a way to let people blog about the loss of a loved one, but now includes thoughts about all kinds of personal pain.She says writing about what she was feeling helped her, and she knew it could help others, too.“I started to find more joy in the world,” says Kowalisyn. “And I think sharing that and letting people know that it can start to mend your heart and you can live life again is just so important for people to know.”She adds since Emma’s death, the couple has been partnering with the Merrillville-based Legacy Foundation to raise funds and provide care packages to parents whose premature babies require extended stays in neonatal intensive care units.Lori Ann Keiling is a certified yoga instructor, who teaches classes and workshops on how to deal with grief. She says people have been healing through yoga for centuries.“Grief gets kind of lodged in the lungs and the heart and so, a lot of times when we start to gently, gently open up that area and get the energy flowing through there, people start to see some really dramatic results,” says Keiling.The Indiana Youth Institute says just over four percent of the state’s kids are dealing with the loss of a loved one, and often lack the coping skills to properly process what has happened.The institute hosts workshops to teach parents, youth workers and educators how to help children and teens grieve.last_img read more