The Actors Fund to Honor Harvey Fierstein, John Gore, Rita Moreno & Matthew D. Loeb at 2019 Gala

first_imgThe Actors Fund, the national human services organization for everyone in performing arts and entertainment, will hold its annual gala on April 29, 2019. The evening will celebrate Tony-winning playwright and actor Harvey Fierstein; Chairman & CEO of the John Gore Organization, Tony-winning producer and acclaimed director John Gore; Emmy-, Grammy-, Oscar- and Tony-winning actress, singer and dancer Rita Moreno; and International President of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and International labor leader and community advocate Matthew D. Loeb; all of whom will be presented with The Actors Fund’s Medal of Honor.“Harvey, John, Matthew and Rita are legends in our community,” said Brian Stokes Mitchell, Chairman of The Actors Fund. “They are rightfully due this highest honor from The Actors Fund, both for their dedication to performing arts and entertainment and for the leadership they provide in guiding the way for the next generation of artists and arts workers.”The event will begin at 6:00pm with cocktails, followed by dinner at 7:00pm, followed by a tribute and special performances at the New York Marriott Marquis. The evening is a celebration of everyone who works in performing arts and entertainment coming together to support services that foster stability and resiliency and provide a safety net over the lifespan of members of this community. The Actors Fund serves everyone in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance with programs including social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing and secondary employment and training services.For further information on the 2019 gala, click here. View Commentslast_img read more

Strava reveals global best mile efforts ahead of the Strava Mile…

first_img Related Boston, Portland and San Francisco topped the list of fastest cities in the US with average best mile times of 7:54, 8:00, and 8:04, respectively. Female runners ran at an average pace of 9:03, while male runners ran at an average pace of 8:23. In the U.S. and globally, female and male runners ages 35 to 44 achieved the fastest pace of any age group, at 8:13 and 8:14, respectively.Globally, US runners ranked 18th, with an average mile best effort pace of 8:31/mile. UK runners ranked 16th, with an average mile best effort pace of 8:23/mile, and Germany ranked 9th with a pace of 8:16/mile. The fastest four nations included Sweden, France, Switzerland and Norway, which were significantly faster than the rest of the nations (8% quicker than the global average of 8:27/mile).The Strava Mile is positioned as a chance for everyone to experience how the mile is one of the most accessible sporting challenges. Strava will also be bringing the campaign to life at a series of global events throughout June in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London and Strava – fastest 1 mile runners overall by country, citycenter_img Strava, the social network for athletes, has released data from over 5.6 million runners showing the average best mile efforts from 25 countries. This is ahead of the Strava Mile – a new campaign to encourage all runners to try to run their fastest mile during June for a chance to win running shoes from Wiggle for themselves and up to ten of their Strava followers.Over 60 years after Sir Roger Bannister ran the first ever sub-four-minute-mile and Diane Leather ran the first-ever sub-five-minute-mile mile by a woman, Strava notes that the magic of the mile distance hasn’t been lost, nor has the prestige.A release from Strava adds that ‘Almost any runner can get through a mile, but it takes courage to toe the line and go for a new PR. The Strava Mile campaign is about bringing runners from all over the world together and encouraging them to run their best miles together.’Any runner who uploads a run at least one mile in distance on Strava and includes #MyMile in their activity title has the chance to win running shoes from Wiggle for themselves and up to ten of their Strava followers. The campaign will run until 30 June 2017.Strava’s data reveals how fast, on average, runners in different cities and countries can run a mile, giving athletes a goal to strive for.last_img read more

Wells is the first woman to lead the Third DCA

first_img August 15, 2011 Regular News Wells is the first woman to lead the Third DCA Wells is the first woman to lead the Third DCA Linda Ann Wells has become the first female chief judge in the 52-year history of the Third District Court of Appeal.A “Passing of the Gavel” ceremony honoring Chief Judge Wells was held at the court July 14, during which Chief Judge Wells recalled a time when few women were admitted to law school, interviewed for jobs by law firms, or promoted to professional leadership roles.Following a short reading from Bradwell v. Illinois, a 1872 United States Supreme Court decision affirming a lower court ruling refusing a woman’s admittance to the Illinois State Bar, Chief Judge Wells credited her selection as chief in substantial part to both her “sisters in the law” who refused to take no for an answer when denied admission to law schools and state bar associations and who persevered in becoming successful attorneys and leaders in the legal profession and to those men who encouraged, supported, and mentored them.Chief Judge Wells’ tenure will run through July 2013.last_img read more

Supreme Court pushes back appellate e-filing

first_imgSupreme Court pushes back appellate e-filing October 15, 2012 Regular News Supreme Court pushes back appellate e-filingcenter_img Citing delays in technology, the Florida Supreme Court has pushed back the mandatory deadlines for electronic filings for itself and the district courts of appeal. The court, in a September 19 order, also spelled out a procedure for circuit court clerks to seek delays in their e-filing implementation.In a June 21 order, the court had set October 1 as the deadline for mandatory electronic filing for all the appellate courts. In the new order, the court noted: “It is appearing that the technology is not in place for this court and some district courts of appeal to accept and process electronic filings by the October 1, 2012, effective date. . . the court, on its own motion, finds it necessary to postpone that effective date.”The court set December 1 as the date for mandatory e-filing for the Supreme Court and April 1, 2013, as the date for the district courts of appeal. If those courts are already accepting electronic documents, those clerks can continue to do so.Aside from the appellate deadlines, in the June 21 order the court set April 1, 2013, as the deadline for trial courts to electronically accept all civil filings and October 1, 2013, as the deadline for mandatory filing of all criminal matters. The September 19 order also acknowledged that trial courts may have trouble meeting those deadlines.“Any clerk may submit a request with this court to delay the effective date of the e-filing rules and procedures in any court or division of a court,” the latest order said. “If the request in granted, an Administrative Order will be issued, which will be published on the [Supreme] Court’s website and on the requesting court’s website.”The court also ordered the Florida Court E-Filing Authority, which oversees the Internet portal through which all Florida court e-filing will be accomplished, to file a report by October 5 on the readiness of each trial and appellate court for electronic filing.“The report must explain why the e-portal is not currently available for electronic filing at each trial and appellate court and the action being taken to make it available,” the court said.The Florida Courts Technology Commission, which is overseeing the transformation of state courts from paper to electronic documents, was ordered by the court to review the authority’s report and tell the court how that would affect the overall implementation of electronic filing. That response is due November 1.“Although the implementation dates for the new [e-filing] rules in the trial courts remain unchanged by this order, FCTC also may propose new implementation dates for the trial courts, if warranted,” the court said.last_img read more

Transitions, Controlling Your Narrative

first_imgWHYY Radio:What do you want for your life? Many of us choose one path, then want another. Perhaps something that’s more creative, altruistic, or legacy making. Making this switch can be scary and complex; but by digging deeply, we can gain clarity and confidence — and ultimately a new purpose. On the next Voices in the Family with Dan Gottlieb: transitioning…seriously looking at what’s next at any stage in life. Dan will be joined by Jonathan Adler, Ph.D., Nancy Schlossberg, Ph.D., and Vicki Solot.Listen to the story: WHYY Radio More of our Members in the Media >last_img

How to Maximize Your Vacation Happiness

first_imgNew York Magazine:The sad thing about vacations is that they end. However much fun you’re having at the beach or carving down a ski mountain or at your sustainable carbon-neutral ecolodge in the rainforest, the specter of your trip home and the resumption of normal day-to-day annoyances is always right there.And as Jennifer Senior pointed out last year, there is indeed a fair amount of research showing that shortly after you return from a vacation, your happiness level bounces back to where it was beforehand. Senior quoted psychologist and vacation researcher Jessica de Bloom, who along with some colleagues wrote in one paper that “Most vacations seem to have strong, but rather short-lived effects.”But that doesn’t mean one should despair or cancel that plane ticket. Happiness research and consumer psychology have advanced to the point where there are some clear recommendations that can help you maximize the amount of happiness you get from your vacation — even if that peak vacation high is inevitably going to dissipate.Read the whole story: New York Magazine More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

News Scan for Jun 30, 2016

first_imgWHO reports more than 350 new cases of yellow fever in Angola, DRCYellow fever continues to sweep across border areas between Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) weekly yellow fever situation report.The WHO said there was a total of 3,464 suspected cases in Angola, of which 868 are lab-confirmed. That’s 170 more cases than the organization reported last week. There were 6 more suspected deaths from the disease, bringing the total number of reported fatalities to 353 since the outbreak began in Luanda in January. Local transmission is occurring in 16 of the country’s 18 provinces, with all provinces reporting cases of the mosquito-borne disease.The report also notes that while yellow fever has mostly spread in urban areas in Angola, there’s a high risk of neighboring countries experiencing an outbreak in the coming months. Many of those countries, including Namibia and Zambia, have low vaccination rates.The DRC reports 201 new suspected cases and no new deaths. The total number of suspected cases is 1,307, with 68 confirmed cases and 75 reported deaths. Of the 68-lab confirmed cases, 59 were important from Angola.A massive vaccination campaign is under way in both countries, as the WHO and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance try to prevent an outbreak of yellow fever in Kinshasa, DRC, one of the biggest cities in Africa. On Jul 2, 3.3 million doses of yellow fever vaccine will be delivered in to the Kisenso district of Kinshasa.Jun 30 WHO report Related Jun 23 CIDRAP news story Saudi Arabia: MERS outside of Riyadh, more asymptomatic casesSaudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) reported two new MERS cases today, one of them fatal. The MOH described both patients as having primary exposure to the virus.The first patient is a 40-year-old Saudi man from Dammam. He had symptoms of MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) and is in critical condition.A 38-year-old man from Al Bahah died from his MERS-CoV infection. He was a non-national. Neither men were healthcare workers, nor connected to the current outbreak in Riyadh that began at King Khalid University hospital.On Jun 28 the MOH released its weekly MERS report and noted that, of the 28 patients linked to the King Khalid University hospital this month, 21 had no symptoms. This could mean that efforts to screen healthcare workers who’ve had contact with MERS patients are improving, or the disease is weakening, the report said.As of today, Saudi Arabia’s MERS-CoV total cases since 2012 are 1,408, including 598 deaths (42.3% of cases).Jun 30 daily MOH report Jun 26 weekly MOH report PAHO notes only 950 new chikungunya casesThe Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) late last week reported only 950 new chikungunya cases, bringing the 2016 total in the Americas to 149,403 infections.In the previous 2 updates the agency had reported increases of 9,424 and 21,200 suspected and confirmed cases, respectively. PAHO’s latest update was posted on Jun 24.Colombia reported the most new cases, 449, to bring it to 16,747 cases for the year. Ecuador was next, with 134 new cases and 1,351 for the year. Of note, many countries have not updated their numbers for weeks.PAHO reported no new chikungunya-related deaths, leaving that number at 17 for the year, 16 of which have been in Brazil.The outbreak began in December 2013 on St. Martin in the Caribbean with the first recorded cases of the disease in the Americas. Since then PAHO has reported 2,029,370 suspected or confirmed cases, including 285 deaths.Jun 24 PAHO update FDA emphasizes risks posed by eating raw doughIn the wake of a multistate Escherichia coli O121 outbreak, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a special consumer warning yesterday about the danger of eating raw dough, pointing out that flour can carry live bacteria.”People often understand the dangers of eating raw dough due to the presence of raw eggs and the associated risk with Salmonella,” the agency said. “However, consumers should be aware that there are additional risks associated with the consumption of raw dough, such as particularly harmful strains of E coli in a product like flour.”The grains used to make flour come directly from the field and typically are not treated to kill bacteria, said Leslie Smoot, PhD, a senior advisor in the FDA’s Office of Food Safety and a specialist in the microbiological safety of processed foods. “So if an animal heeds the call of nature in the field, bacteria from the animal waste could contaminate the grain, which is then harvested and milled into flour.”The agency warned against eating raw cookie dough or giving children raw dough or baking mixes that contain flour to play with.On May 31 General Mills recalled 10 million pounds of flour because of the recent E coli O121 outbreak, which involved 38 cases in 20 states. Ten people were hospitalized, but no one died or suffered hemolytic uremic syndrome. The flour was sold nationwide under the brand names Gold Medal, Signature Kitchens, and Gold Medal Wondra.The FDA said some of the recalled flours had been sold to restaurants that allow children to play with dough made from the raw flour while waiting for their meals. The agency added that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising restaurants not to give customers raw dough.Jun 29 FDA statement Two more poultry farms in Ghana hit by H5N1Two farms in Ghana have lost more than 5,700 poultry as a result of the latest H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks there, according to a report the country’s government filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on Jun 28.The larger of the two outbreaks started Jun 10 on a farm in south-central Ghana’s Ashanti region that housed 4,808 birds, including chickens of various ages, ducks, turkeys, geese, and quail chicks. Officials said 3,132 birds died of the infection, and the rest were destroyed to stop its spread.A farm in the area of Accra, the coastal capital, was the site of the other outbreak, which began Jun 11. The farm had 900 birds with the same mix of species as the other farm. Officials said 812 birds died, and the rest were culled as a precaution.The H5N1 virus has caused a number of outbreaks in Ghana since it re-emerged there in June 2015.Jun 28 OIE report FDA seeks more scientific data on hand sanitizersConsumer use of over-the-counter (OTC) topical antiseptic rubs (hand sanitizers) has increased faster than the data supporting their efficacy and safety, as reflected by a new FDA proposed rule seeking additional scientific data from manufacturers as to the products’ efficacy and their safety for repeated daily use, issued yesterday.No hand sanitizers are being removed from the market with the new rule, but companies marketing the products under the FDA’s OTC Drug Product Review Process must now provide data on the safety of the agents’ active ingredients, including absorption rates, and their effectiveness at removing bacteria from the skin, the FDA said in a press release. Of particular interest is the safety of daily long-term use and of use in particular populations, such as pregnant women and children, says the FDA.Topical antiseptics, in use since the 1970s, have become more and more common for hand cleaning in a variety of settings, such as homes, schools, work, and other public places, where soap and water are not available or where the sanitizers are deemed more convenient. “Millions of Americans use antiseptic rubs daily, sometimes multiple times a day,” says the release.The new rule, intended to make sure that FDA’s evaluations are “consistent, up-to-date and appropriately reflect current scientific knowledge and increasing use patterns,” is based on input from an independent advisory committee.Information is requested on three active ingredients—alcohol (ethanol or ethyl alcohol), isopropyl alcohol, and benzalkonium chloride, the FDA said. The rule will be open for public comment for 180 days, and companies will have 1 year to submit new data and information. Jun 29 FDA press release Jun 30 Federal Register proposed rule (with instructions for submission of comments)last_img read more

Permitted development rights: back door plan

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Saga goes gaga for Hastings office

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Weak trading at Premier Inn weighs on Whitbread

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