Hot Shot! Kristin Chenoweth Visits Clever Little Lies

first_img Clever Little Lies Kristin Chenoweth Related Shows Star Files Can Kristin Chenoweth handle the truth? You betcha! The Tony winner checked out the cheaters, liars and secret-keepers of Joe DiPietro’s off-Broadway comedy Clever Little Lies at the Westside Theatre. In the play, Marlo Thomas plays a matriarch trying to piece together just what the heck is going on in her family. After the performance, Chenoweth and Thomas shared a laugh and posed for these pics with the whole cast. It’s good to see KC, isn’t it? View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2016last_img read more

Board deals with ethics and advertising issues

first_img May 1, 2001 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Board deals with ethics and advertising issues Senior Editor A revised policy to allow the Professional Ethics Committee to address important questions even if not posed by a Bar member has been approved by the Board of Governors. The board, in reviewing proposals from the Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics last month, also is recommending to the Supreme Court an expansion of what lawyers can include in their print ads without triggering a required Bar review. And the board acted on an ethics and an advertising appeal. The BRCPE was asked to look at what issues the Professional Ethics Committee can consider after the board had considered three PEC proposed ethics advisory opinions dealing with lawyers hired by insurance companies to represent policyholders. The board declined to take action on any of the opinions after expressing concerns the opinions were not the result of an inquiry by a Bar member as required by the Bar procedures. It then asked the BRCPE to look at the issue. “In essence we’re setting up a specific procedure for the PEC to issue opinions without having a particular lawyer ask a question,” said BRCPE Chair Manny Morales. “This will codify the procedure on what to do when there’s an issue of great public importance [and no lawyer has asked the PEC that specific question].” Bar Ethics Counsel Elizabeth Tarbert said like other proposed advisory opinions considered by PEC, any brought up under the new policy would be advertised in the Bar News before final committee action. They would be advertised again if appealed to the Board of Governors. The change to the board’s Procedures for Ruling on Questions of Ethics will come back to the board for final approval at its May 11 meeting in Key West. On printed lawyers ads, the board approved proposed amendments to Rule 4-7.2 of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. Those will now go to the Supreme Court as part of this year’s rule amendment package. Under the current rule, advertising attorneys or law firms do not have to file ads with the Bar for review if they are limited to giving the names of attorneys in the firm, their office locations, telephone numbers, website and e-mail addresses, disability accommodations, professional certifications, participation in group legal insurance plans, years of experience, and similar information. The new rule would allow lawyers to avoid the review if the ads also included information about positions the lawyers held in The Florida Bar, its sections and committees, former Bar memberships and former jobs held in the legal profession, together with the dates of those employments. Lawyers would also be able to use a depiction of the scales of justice as long as they are not deceptively similar to the scales in the Bar’s certification logo, and a “traditional” rendition of Lady Justice, or a head and shoulders photograph of firm members against a plain or law book background. Board member Robert Rush said the changes codify things that are automatically approved in ads anyway and will make things easier both for Bar members and the Bar. The board approved the changes by a voice vote. On the ethics appeal, the board agreed with PEC and BRCPE that a lawyer could not associate with a private investigator who finds the owners of unclaimed funds held by government. The investigator typically charges the fund owners 40 percent of the fund. Morales said the PEC and BRCPE found several problems, including the potential conflict between working for the investigator and the fund owners, sharing fees with a nonlawyer, and possibly assisting in UPL. The board approved the PEC’s opinion. On the advertising appeal, the board reviewed three television ads from a law firm, and agreed with the BRCPE and the Standing Committee on Advertising that the promotions violated several Bar rules. Those included that ads on insurance and drinking and driving included promotional information about the firm and, therefore, could not be considered public service ads, and the ads showed prohibited images including a logo and a cocktail glass. Board deals with ethics and advertising issueslast_img read more

Honor Band 6 With 24-Hour Heart Rate Monitoring, 10 Sports Modes, 14-Day Battery Life Launched

first_imgHonor Band 6 has been launched in China as a median between a smart band and a smartwatch. It is not as sleek as a smart band but not as big as a typical smartwatch. Honor Band 6 comes with a rectangular 1.47-inch colour display with touch support. It is offered in three colour options and boasts of features like 24-hour hear rate monitoring, tracking for 10 sports modes, and women’s health management. Honor Band 6 also offers up to 14 days of battery life on typical usage.Honor Band 6 priceHonor Band 6 is priced at CNY 249 (roughly Rs. 2,800) for the standard variant and the NFC variant is priced at CNY 289 (roughly Rs. 3,300). It is currently up for pre-orders in China and will go on sale starting November 11. It is offered in three colour options – Coral Powder, Meteorite Black, and Seagull Grey. As of now, it is unclear if and when Honor Band 6 will come to the Indian market.Honor Band 6 specifications, features- Advertisement – Is OnePlus 8T the best ‘value flagship’ of 2020? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement –center_img Honor Band 6 comes with a 1.47-inch colour display with 2.5D curved glass. It offers more than 100 dial faces to choose from. Honor Band 6 boasts of up to 14 days of battery life with typical use and up to 10 days with heavy use with its 180mAh battery. The smart band can last for two days with just a five-minute charge. It is also water resistant up to 50 metres.Honor Band 6 has 24-hour hear rate monitoring that uses Huawei’s TruSeen 4.0 tech. It also features sleep tracking, blood oxygen level sensor, and women’s health management including ovulation tracking, menstrual cycle tracking, and more. Honor Band 6 comes with 10 sports modes including running, treadmill, cycling, swimming, and more. It also has automatic activity tracking. You get voice control support to activate digital assistants and the NFC variant supports digital payments.It works with Android 5.0 and above using Bluetooth 5.0, and being a smart band, it can show notifications, alarms, reminders, and more.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Democrats’ hopes of a blowout in New York fade as incumbents and candidates fall to Republicans.

first_imgBut the results, particularly in the suburbs, seemed to validate the message of Republican candidates who campaigned on “law and order” and who tied Democrats to progressive radicalism and efforts to defund the police.The results showed a widening political divide between New York City and other urban areas and the rest of the state. And they also reflected a shift back toward Republicans after Democrats had made inroads in swing districts in 2018. – Advertisement – In Central New York, Claudia Tenney, a former Republican congresswoman and close ally of Mr. Trump, was leading against Anthony Brindisi, a moderate Democrat who defeated Ms. Tenney in 2018 in a narrow upset.And on Long Island, Andrew Garbarino, a Republican, declared victory over Jackie Gordon, a veteran of the Army Reserve, in a race to replace Representative Peter King, the 14-term congressman who was retiring.Lee Zeldin, a Republican incumbent on Long Island, had a sizable lead over Nancy Goroff, a chemist and a professor at Stony Brook University.- Advertisement – In one swing district encompassing Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican state assemblywoman endorsed by President Trump, was leading Representative Max Rose, a first-term Democrat, by about 37,000 votes. While she had already delivered a victory speech, Mr. Rose has not conceded and about 52,000 absentee ballots still need to be counted.- Advertisement –center_img Thomas Suozzi, a Democrat incumbent on Long Island, was losing to George Santos, a Republican private equity executive, by a small margin. Democrats in New York who had hoped to capitalize on anti-Trump sentiment and pick up several congressional seats across the state were delivered sobering news this week, with two first-term Democratic congressmen in danger of losing and candidates far behind in three other districts the party had hoped to flip.Millions of mail-in ballots are still uncounted and over all the state remains a Democratic stronghold — the party predictably faired well in urban areas with heavy Democratic representation.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Irvin Baxter, Who Preached the End Was Near, Dies at 75

first_imgMr. Baxter had spent decades finding signs of an impending final judgment in an amalgam of Bible verses and current events. His April prediction was based on, among other things, his reading of developments in the Israeli-Palestinian accord being pushed by the Trump administration.“The way it appears to me that it’s coming down,” he told his listeners, “it is very likely that you and me and the entire world will enter the final seven years to Armageddon yet in 2020.” – Advertisement – He became a traveling evangelist at 19, and by 1973 he was pastor of the Oak Park Church, a position he held for more than 30 years. But he found himself devoting an increasing amount of energy to what he saw as a calling: to alert the world to prophecies that he thought were soon to be fulfilled.In 1991, he founded Endtime Magazine. He also began a radio program and started marketing DVDs and other materials to sell his vision of the future. He left Richmond and the Oak Park Church and moved his Endtime business to Texas in 2005.Mr. Baxter’s broadcasts were carried by various outlets, including the Trinity Broadcasting Network. He was quoted in news articles whenever end-times fears surged — in 2003 as the United States prepared to invade Iraq, in 2018 during a celestial phenomenon known as a blood moon.His reach was moderate compared with that of famous televangelists like Billy Graham. One of Mr. Baxter’s regular “prophecy conferences” in Texas drew 2,500 people; Mr. Graham routinely filled stadiums. The Endtime Ministries Facebook page shows 211,000 followers; the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has 2.5 million.Mr. Baxter was an ardent supporter of President Trump and his policies. That included Mr. Trump’s playing down of the severity of the Covid-19 pandemic.“When you talk about the coronavirus, the choice is this: We either open back up as far as we can as fast as we can, or we close everything down,” he said in a program broadcast on Oct. 23. “If you close everything down like we did once — it had disastrous effects. President Trump is rightly saying we can’t do that again. The cure is worse than the disease.”Mr. Baxter was hospitalized four days later, the ministry said.He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Judith; three daughters, Karla Denise Sistrunk, Kara Michelle McPeak and Jana Gayle Robbins; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. One night in his teens, when listening to a traveling preacher at a revival meeting, Irvin Baxter was overcome.- Advertisement – “I heard someone speaking in tongues over the microphone system,” he said, and realized that the voice was his. He had found his calling.center_img Mr. Baxter, who was 75, died on Nov. 3. An announcement by Endtime Ministries said the cause was complications of Covid-19, a disease that, in other broadcasts, Mr. Baxter had implied was a punishment from God for the world’s sins, which to him included homosexuality, abortion and unmarried couples living together.- Advertisement – The announcement did not say where he died. The ministry’s headquarters is in Plano, Tex.Irvin Lee Baxter Jr. was born on July 8, 1945, and grew up in Richmond, Ind., in the east-central part of the state near the Ohio border. His father was a Pentecostal minister and pastor of the Oak Park Church there. This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here.“We are on the brink of the greatest prophetic fulfillment in 2,000 years,” the Rev. Irvin Baxter Jr., the founder of Endtime Ministries, told listeners as he opened an April episode of “End of the Age,” his television program. “It appears that all the pieces of the puzzle are in place for the final seven years to Armageddon to begin yet this year.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Electricity trade unions oppose omnibus bill revisions over privatization concerns

first_imgThe union’s most prominent association, the PLN Workers’ Association (SP PLN), is planning to coordinate fellow power unions in resistance the bill, said union leader Abrar Ali.“That [resistance] can be in the form of public protest or a work strike,” he told reporters during an online conference on July 9.The omnibus bill on job creation seeks to revise 79 laws simultaneously, including the 2009 Electricification Law. It supporters say it will boost investment, cut red tape and make it easier to do business in Indonesia.Lawmakers have said the bill’s ultimate aim is to create more job opportunities, but civil society organizations and trade unions have contested the bill over a myriad of issues related to transparency, labor rights and environmental protection, among other concerns. The electricity trade unions issued a formal statement on on July 9, signed by six organizations, including SP PLN, the Indonesia Power Workers’ Union (PP Indonesia Power) and the Pembangkit Jawa Bali Workers’ Union (SP PJB). The latter two unions represent workers under two of Indonesia’s largest power producers, Indonesia Power and Pembangkit Jawa Bali, both of which are PLN subsidiaries.The unions criticized the lack of transparency in the bill’s deliberation, as well as its apparent effort to centralize power.The two contested articles were originally added to the 2009 Electrification Law but were declared unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court in 2015. SP PLN filed the lawsuit.“The way we see it, lawmakers are revising a zombie article,” said PP Indonesia Power secretary general Andy Wijaya.He added that the unions’ respective companies, as state-owned businesses, were powerless to oppose government wishes, and therefore, the unions had not had talks with their boards of directors.“PLN’s management is more of an executor. They cannot do anything. But we know there is disquiet,” he said.The Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ministry directorate for electricity, which has overseen the drafting of the omnibus bill’s electricity-related revisions, declined to comment on the unions’ privatization concerns.“The bill is currently being discussed with the House [of Representatives] in relation to the problem inventory list [DIM] and has not yet [been discussed] with the Energy Ministry,” ministry secretary general Munir Ahmad told The Jakarta Post on Monday.Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said on June 2 that the government was expecting the House of Representatives to conclude deliberation on the omnibus bill on job creation in July and that the government expected the bill, if passed, to speed up Indonesia’s economic recovery.The government previously delayed deliberation on the labor-related provisions of the bill following strong objections from members of the public, especially workers’ organizations.Topics : Major electricity industry trade unions are considering public protests and strikes to opposite revisions to the 2009 Electrification Law in the controversial omnibus bill on job creation, mainly over concerns that the country’s electricity supply chain will be privatized.The unions are particularly opposed to the addition of Article 10 (2) and Article 11 (1) to the omnibus bill, which appear to give more room for private enterprises to enter Indonesia’s electricity industry. Article 11 (1) of the bill states that electricity for the public interest can be provided by state enterprises, municipally owned firms, private enterprises, cooperatives and the community.Under existing regulations, private entities can only act as power producers, which entails building power plants, while state-owned electricity firm PLN has a monopoly on the transmission, distribution and sale of electricity, which involves the construction of significant amounts of electricity infrastructure.last_img read more

The Carbon Trust to Launch Wind Farm Control Trials Project

first_imgThe Carbon Trust has announced Wind Farm Control Trials (WFCT), a new project designed to demonstrate how effective implementation of control strategies can reduce the cost of offshore wind.The WFCT, a part of the Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) programme, will investigate the impact of focusing on strategies that aim to improve energy generation across an entire wind farm rather than individual turbines.The EUR 2.3 million project is supported by EnBW, E.ON, innogy, Statoil and Vattenfall incorporating know-how from DTU, ECN, Frazer-Nash Consultancy and Windar Photonics.According to The Carbon Trust, optimising control strategies to reduce wake effects will lower the levelised cost of energy (LCoE) by increasing the total wind energy yield and reducing fatigue, thus saving operational and maintenance costs. Additionally, the introduction of control strategies can also increase availability and extend the lifetime of existing and future assets.During the project, different methods of control will be used to optimise power production for the whole wind farm rather than maximising production of individual turbines, while the turbine control will be altered by adjusting the blade angle of attack (pitch) and rotation of the nacelle (yaw).The WFCT study will be the largest and most comprehensive real-life demonstration of the impact of Wind Farm Control (WFC) strategies on the overall performance of a wind farm, The Carbon Trust said. The project aims to build on previous simulation-based studies, expecting that adopting blade pitch or yaw-based WFC strategies would result in increase in energy yield of between 0.5 and 3.5 percent. It is also expected to possibly enable load reductions of up to 50 percent for some wind turbine components meaning increased component life therefore reduced operation and maintenance costs.The project will seek to verify and validate these theories by implementing WFC strategies at an operational wind farm. The first stage involves analysis to determine the most suitable wind farm test site for the trials and an optimisation of the control strategies. The selected wind farm will have extensive measurement equipment installed as part of the validation process for the simulations, including eight nacelle mounted Windar Photonics LiDARs, a scanning LiDAR and load measurements installed on individual turbines, The Carbon Trust said.The Carbon Trust emphasises that despite evidence showing the potential benefits of this technology exists, technical and economic risks pose a challenge for bringing it to market. The OWA WFCT project has been set up with the aim to demonstrate the effectiveness of WFC strategies in an operational setting, and once proven, the concept can be rolled out to operational offshore wind farms across the wider industry.The trials are expected to be undertaken in 2018, with full results expected in 2019.last_img read more

Spotted: Windstar Cruises’ Star Breeze Cut in Half for Stretch Treatment

first_imgItalian shipbuilder Fincantieri has cut Windstar Cruises’ Star Breeze in half as part of a process that will see the cruise ship lengthened by a total of 25.6 meters.Fincantieri is expected to complete work on the transformation by early 2020, with Star Breeze scheduled to sail from Barcelona to Lisbon on February 20, 2020, and celebrate re-inaugural activities in North America at the Port of Miami on March 19, 2020.In addition to being “stretched,” as it is referred to in the cruise industry, Star Breeze (and sister ships Star Legend and Star Pride) will also receive new engines to ensure a cleaner, more environmentally-friendly operation.“The USD 250 Million Star Plus Initiative is the most complex and comprehensive small ship lengthening, engine replacement, and renovation project undertaken in cruising, and we are very proud to be working with Fincantieri, the leader in major cruise ship renovations,” John Delaney, Windstar Cruises President, commented.This is the first of three new mid-ship sections to be constructed and inserted as part of Windstar’s Star Plus Initiative, which is committed to the expansion and transformation of the cruise line’s three Star-class vessels.The mid-section will also welcome most of the 50 new suites. This means that Star Breeze will now be able to accommodate 312 passengers, having previously been capable of accommodating 212 guests.All three Star-class ships are expected to be lengthened at Fincantieri’s Shipyard in Palermo, Sicily, by late 2020.Image Courtesy: Fincantierilast_img read more

World’s first successful penis transplant performed in South Africa: doctors

first_img Share 249 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint World’s first successful penis transplant performed in South Africa: doctors by: Associated Free Press – March 14, 2015 Stellenbosch University doctors perform the world’s first successful penis transplant in Cape Town, South Africa.JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) – South African doctors announced Friday that they had performed the world’s first successful penis transplant, three months after the ground-breaking operation.The 21-year-old patient had his penis amputated three years ago after a botched circumcision at a traditional initiation ceremony.In a nine-hour operation at the Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, he received his new penis from a deceased donor, whose family were praised by doctors.“We’ve proved that it can be done, we can give someone an organ that is just as good as the one that he had,” said Professor Frank Graewe, head of plastic reconstructive surgery at Stellenbosch University.“It was a privilege to be part of this first successful penis transplant in the world.”Doctors say the man, whose identity has not been disclosed, has made a full recovery since the operation on December 11 and has regained all urinary and reproductive functions.“Our goal was that he would be fully functional at two years and we are very surprised by his rapid recovery,” said Professor Andre van der Merwe, head of Stellenbosch’s urology division.In 2006, a Chinese man had a penis transplant but his doctors removed the organ after two weeks due to “a severe psychological problem of the recipient and his wife”.Scores of South African teenage boys and young men have their penises amputated each year after botched circumcisions during rite-of-passage ceremonies.“There is a greater need in South Africa for this type of procedure than elsewhere in the world,” Van der Merwe said in a statement.African teenagers from some ethnic groups spend about a month in secluded bush or mountain regions as part of their initiation to manhood.The experience includes circumcision as well as lessons on masculine courage and discipline.A commission last year found 486 boys had died at the winter initiation schools between 2008 and 2013, with a major cause being complications such as infection after circumcision.“For a young man of 18 or 19 years, the loss of his penis can be deeply traumatic,” said Van der Merwe.“He doesn’t necessarily have the psychological capability to process this. There are even reports of suicide among these young men.”Van der Merwe described the anonymous donor and his family as “the heroes” of the story.“They saved the lives of many people because they donated the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, skin, corneas and then the penis,” he said.The South African team included three senior doctors, transplant coordinators, anaesthetists, theatre nurses, a psychologist and an ethicist.Surgeons from Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital had searched extensively for a suitable donor as part of a pilot study to develop penis transplants in Africa.Some techniques were developed from the first facial transplant in France in 2005.They now plan to perform nine more similar operations.South Africa has long been a pioneer of transplant surgery.In 1967, Chris Barnard performed the world’s first heart transplant at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.The Chinese man who rejected his new penis in 2006 received his transplant after parents of a brain-dead man agreed to donate their son’s organ.last_img read more

Felix Henderson and Capuchin Cultural Group among Golden Drum awardees

first_img Share Share LocalNews Felix Henderson and Capuchin Cultural Group among Golden Drum awardees by: – July 20, 2012 312 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet Capuchin Cultural Group in performance. Photo credit: GIS NewsThe National Cultural Council and the Cultural Division have announced the awardees for this year’s Golden Drum Awards and also the Special Recognition Awards. The Golden Drum Award will be presented to DBS Radio, the Capuchin Cultural Group, Freddie Nicholas and Felix Henderson.The Special Recognition Awards will be received by the Sisserou Singers, Alex Bruno, Flamboyant Dancers, Michel Raffoul and the Genesis Steel Orchestra.The awards will be presented at the Golden Drum Awards ceremony scheduled to be held on Wednesday August 1st from 8 p.m. at the Arawak House of Culture.Felix Henderson. Photo credit: Facebook This year’s Emancipation Celebrations scheduled from July 31 to August 12 will also have a special African culture theme. A grand exposition dubbed African Showcase is carded for Tuesday July 31st at the Old Mill Cultural Centre and will feature authentic African art and craft, fashion, food, music and dance. The fashion aspect will include a modeling component for both men and women and prizes will be awarded. African nationals resident here and Dominican nationals are teaming up to put on a fantastic array of exhibits and fashion. According to Chief Cultural Officer Raymond Lawrence, the show is intended to focus attention on our African heritage at a time of great historical significance to people of African descent here – that is emancipation from slavery. August 1st, 2012 marks the 178th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Dominica and other countries of the Commonwealth Caribbean. Alex Bruno will receive a Special Recognition Award. Photo credit: Other activities planned for this year’s celebrations are the Traditional Culture Night at the Mahaut Market on Friday August 3rd in collaboration with the Mahaut Reunion Committee featuring drumming, bele and steel pan. There will also be an Emancipation hike along segment 5 of the Waitukubuli National Trail on Saturday August 4th. The hike is being held in collaboration with WEF and the Waitukubuli National Trail. The Emancipation Celebration will culminate with the Nature Island Literary Festival and Book Fair to be held from August 10th to 12th at the UWI Open Campus. The Literary Festival will feature a range of Dominican and regional authors and poets including George Lamming of Barbados and Mervin Morris of Jamaica. Press Releaselast_img read more