View Comments Fun Home It all comes back! Fun Home favorites Emily Skeggs and Judy Kuhn will return to the Circle in the Square Theatre on May 24. Both nabbed 2015 Tony Award nominations for their respective roles in the Tony Award-winning tuner.Skeggs was on hiatus from playing Medium Alison to film ABC’s forthcoming LGBT civil rights drama When We Rise; Lauren Patten temporarily filled in until her final performance on May 22. Kuhn received hip surgery during her scheduled leave, with Rebecca Luker appearing as Helen for days and days in her absence.Fun Home marks Skeggs’ Main Stem debut. Kuhn received additional Tony nominations for her performances as Cosette in Les Miserables, Florence in Chess and Amalia in She Loves Me. Other Broadway credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Rags and King David. She also provided the singing voice of Pocahontas in the 1995 Disney animated film of the same name.Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, Fun Home charts a girl’s quest to come to terms with her father’s unexpected death. As she moves between past and present, Alison dives into the story of her volatile, brilliant father and relives her unique childhood at her family’s funeral home.The current cast of Fun Home also features Tony winner Michael Cerveris, Beth Malone, Gabriella Pizzolo, Roberta Colindrez, Zell Steele Morrow, Joel Perez and Cole Grey. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 10, 2016 Emily Skeggs & Judy Kuhn(Photos: Bruce Glikas)
A piece of history is on display at the newly dedicated Centennial Garden on the University of Georgia Tifton campus.On May 3, 1919, a steam whistle was blown to let the citizens of Tifton, Georgia, know that its city was chosen as the home of the Coastal Plain Experiment Station. More than 100 years of agricultural impact later, a replica of the whistle now stands in the garden located behind the Tift Building in the center of the UGA-Tifton campus.UGA-Tifton Assistant Dean Joe West says the whistle was a perfect complement to the centennial celebration held on campus on Friday, May 3. As a crowd of UGA-Tifton faculty, staff, students and supporters celebrated the dedication of the Centennial Garden, Catherine Tift Porter, a granddaughter of Captain H.H. Tift, blew the whistle to celebrate the occasion.“We really wanted something we could use to reflect our history and the significance of being here in Tifton, Georgia, for 100 years. The whistle was a perfect choice,” West said.Stormy Sparks, UGA Cooperative Extension vegetable entomologist and member of the centennial committee at UGA-Tifton, pitched the idea of the whistle early in the planning process. Its significance can be traced to August 1918, when the Georgia General Assembly authorized the Coastal Plain Experiment Station. Tifton was one of at least five cities competing to be its home.Sparks spoke to Tifton’s fire department and discovered that the whistle used to notify the city’s citizens was likely a steam whistle.“That’s where we got the idea from,” he said. “Hopefully it will become a tradition and something that sets us apart from other campuses.”UGA-Tifton established the new tradition for graduates to blow the whistle at graduation after its installation. Akin to ringing the bell upon graduating from the UGA Athens campus, the 18 UGA-Tifton students recognized as spring and summer graduates blew the whistle at a special graduation reception on Saturday, May 4.“This is their rite of passage,” West said. “This will be now be a tradition tied to our history, as we begin our second century of service.”For more information on UGA-Tifton’s centennial, visit http://tifton.caes.uga.edu.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By Alure Home ImprovementsThe holiday season is special for a reason. People go out of their way to make their homes sparkle with strings of colorful lights and beautifully decorated Christmas trees—and that’s just for starters. To get any home Hanukkah-ready, there’s an array of delightful decorating ideas at your fingertips. You can do a lot to bring the festive spirit to the forefront.It’s something that Alure Home Improvements’ interior designer Elizabeth Clemens knows well. Not only did she decorate Alure’s showroom, this custom kitchen and bath designer has specialized in holiday decorating for almost two decades.The principle is relatively straightforward in her eyes. You want the holiday décor to match the color palette of the interiors.For traditional homes, she recommends traditional Christmas colors like gold, red and green—and plenty of green garlands around the main entrance. She’d also put large green ornamental balls in the planters by the door, too, if there’s room.“You don’t want anything garish or something that will clash,” Clemens says. “You want to tie it into the theme.” If the doorknobs are gold or brushed nickel, then the colors should match the metals. The same goes with the bows and balls. “You don’t want them to clash with the furniture or the window treatments.” Kitsch and clutter are a no-no.As Clemens points out, blue, silver and white are the predominant colors used in decorating for the Jewish Festival of Lights. Of course, the centerpiece of this holiday is the menorah, so many people place it in the front window for all to see. Window decorations could include blue and white lights, the Star of David and dreidels.“One of my favorite decorating tips is purchasing cobalt blue stemware to set the table for when company comes,” says Clemens. “It makes a very elegant statement.”“Just pick a focal point,” she advises. “If you’re decorating the tree, make the tree the focal point. If you have a huge mantel, make that the focal point. If you have a larger foyer area, you wouldn’t have stuffed Santas in every corner—it just gets too much.”As for a Christmas decorating trend, she says, “Plaid is back big time!” Ribbons and little ornaments, all have a plaid theme for that traditional appearance.Home holidays decoration tips from Alure Home Improvements.She’s especially fond of the latest in LED lighting. “They’re doing a very warm LED light, which is very, very pleasing to the eye,” Clemens says, adding that these new lights not only last much longer than the traditional Christmas tree bulbs, they also come in colors. Plus, with the new technology you can change the patterns at will. You could have the reds and the greens alternately flash. The options are tantalizing.These days, pre-lit trees come wrapped in LED lights. All you have to do is assemble the sections—sometimes there are two or three—plug the chords in, and you’re done. Just add ornaments, and don’t forget the presents underneath. These trees also look a lot more realistic than artificial trees of old. Their branches have realistic tips at the ends and they’re bendable. On the other hand, they don’t exude that fresh pine scent, and they can be rather pricey than a natural fir.Another trend is the flocked tree, when the branches come sprayed with white powder that looks like snow has just fallen on them. Clemens says these kinds of artificial trees are popular for non-traditional Christmases that may have a woodland creature theme or a winter theme.“The flocked trees are great for that,” she says. “You don’t even have to put balls on them. It’s a very wintry look and the trees have minimal green underneath.”If your home or your living room has a mid-century modern style, something from the 1950s or 1960s—or that’s the look you’re going for—then she recommends adding tinsel to the tree.“If you wanted to be true to that time period, then tinsel would be cool,” she says. “Real trees look really good with tinsel and colored lights.”Clemens offers special holiday advice for families with young children. It starts with a traditional look with red and green balls.“As the children grow up and go to school, you can hang up their little art projects on the tree,” she says. “And you can collect ornaments from places you’ve visited. So, from far away, the tree looks beautiful with red and green ornaments on it, but as you approach it and look closer, there’s all these little treasures of places that you’ve been or little arts and crafts projects that your kids have done.”It’s a traditional pretty look but with a family memories hanging on every branch.By adding to the tree every year, Clemens says, the ornaments evoke sentiments like: “Oh, I remember when we went on this trip!” or “I remember when you were in kindergarten and you did this little craft for me!”“That’s a really nice way to go,” she says.Learn More About Alure Home ImprovementsFor homes celebrating the Festival of Lights, Clemens has a great suggestion.“Since the main focal point of Hanukkah is the menorah, why not make a table-scape centerpiece?” she says. “Purchase some blue and white organza, and grab some books you are not using. Place the stacked books in the center of the table, and drape the blue and white organza over them to hide them. Next, place the beautiful menorah in the center. Then add dreidels, gold coins, and small presents wrapped in blue and silver wrapping paper. My favorite new trick is to tuck small strings of fairy lights that are battery-operated through the beautiful display.”Too bad our homes only begin to look like the holidays once a year.
The owner or agent in charge of the food can appeal a detention order and request an informal hearing, the FDA said. The agency then must hold a hearing within 2 days and issue a written report of the hearing. Participants in the hearing will have 4 hours to review the report and comment on it, Fraser said. The FDA must issue a decision within 5 days after the hearing. The Bioterrorism Act of 2002 authorized the FDA to detain food for up to 30 days if the agency has evidence that it poses a serious threat to humans or animals. That authority began when the act was passed, but the agency’s procedures for using the power were not established until now. In the past, the FDA generally relied on the states to detain hazardous food temporarily until the FDA could get court authority to deal with it, FDA officials said in a telephone news conference today. The bioterrorism law gives the agency authority to act immediately on its own, officials said. The administrative detention rule is one of four major pieces of the 2002 bioterrorism law that pertain to the FDA. Last October the agency published final rules requiring food firms and facilities to register with the government and to provide advance notice of shipments of imported food. The FDA said it will soon issue a fourth rule, dealing with record-keeping requirements designed to help the FDA track contaminated food. The FDA first proposed its “administrative detention” rule a year ago, and it generated more than 100 comments from the public, according to Crawford. Fraser said the agency made minor changes in the rule in response to the comments. One change was to add the requirement that the FDA hearing officer issue a written report of any appeal hearing, she said. In response to a question, Fraser said the FDA does not have authority to reimburse the owner if the food goes bad while it is being detained. “We have to have credible evidence or information that we have a serious health threat here, so we want to make sure we err on the side of consumer safety while we hold the food to investigate whether there is a health threat,” she said. The bioterrorism law doesn’t provide for reimbursement, she added. May 27, 2004 (CIDRAP News) The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued a final rule spelling out its procedures for detaining food suspected of being hazardous because of intentional or accidental contamination. The rule applies to all foods under FDA jurisdiction and to nonfood items that touch food, said Leslye M. Fraser, associate director for regulations at the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. (The FDA does not regulate meat, poultry, and eggs, which are under the US Department of Agriculture’s jurisdiction.) The standard for detaining a food item is “credible evidence” that it poses a threat of “serious adverse health consequences.” Crawford said the agency will soon announce how it defines “serous adverse health consequences.” “This rule describes how FDA can hold food in place while it initiates legal action in court to seize it and permanently remove it from commerce,” Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Lester M. Crawford stated in a news release. “Alternately, our experts can determine that the food is safe, and the detention order may be terminated.” See also:May 27 FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2004/ucm108305.htm
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Japanese authorities were preparing Friday to move some older passengers who test negative for new coronavirus off a quarantined cruise ship and into government-designated lodging.The move comes a day after the number of infections diagnosed on the Diamond Princess rose to 218, with fears growing for the health of some of the several hundred people on the ship aged 80 or over.Health Minister Katsunobu Kato told reporters that the first passengers who want to leave the ship would be taken off later Friday, though details of how many will come off and where they will go remain unclear. Ten of those hospitalised are now in serious condition, Kato said on Friday.Excluding the cases on the ship, and an infected quarantine officer, Japanese authorities have so far diagnosed 33 people with the newly named COVID-19, including a man in Chiba, east of Tokyo.The newly diagnosed cases include a woman in her 80s whose positive test result emerged after she died in hospital.The woman was reportedly the mother-in-law of a taxi driver in Tokyo who has also been diagnosed with the virus. Doctor, patient infected A doctor in Wakayama prefecture and a patient who was treated in the hospital where the doctor worked have also been diagnosed.Officials in the region said they were still not sure if the doctor had infected the patient.”It is difficult to trace the route of the infection”, governor Yoshinobu Nisaka told reporters.He said officials were asking people in the area “to report suspicious cases of pneumonia so that we can immediately conduct tests”.The hospital has been closed to visitors and medical staff are now being tested for the virus, Nisaka added.Despite the new infections, government officials sought to play down concerns about the spread of the virus in Japan.”There is not enough epidemiological evidence to suggest that the epidemic is spreading inside Japan,” government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters.”We will keep collecting epidemiological information including on the routes of infection.”The Diamond Princess has been quarantined off Japan since early February after it emerged a former passenger who got off the boat in Hong Kong had tested positive for the virus. The quarantine is due to end on February 19 and those on the ship have been mostly confined to their cabins and asked to wear masks and keep their distance from other passengers during brief outings on open deck.Crew on board have expressed concern that their conditions — including shared cabins, bathrooms and workspaces — put them at greater risk of contracting the virus.Topics : Senior health ministry official Gaku Hashimoto boarded the ship Friday morning to announce that all passengers “who are considered to be high risk in general health” would now be tested for the virus.”Those who test positive will be transferred to the hospital. Those who test negative will — at the request of the individual — disembark and be transferred to accommodation provided by the government,” he said in a statement in English read out by the ship’s captain in a public broadcast.”We are aware that many people are worried and concerned about the situation. However, to improve the situation as much as possible, the government is making its best efforts,” the statement said.There were more than 3,700 people on the ship when it arrived off the Japanese coast last week, but those diagnosed with the virus have been taken off the boat, along with some people suffering other health conditions requiring medical attention.
The state-run news organizations will be required to report details on their US-based staff and real estate transactions to the State Department. Their reporting will not be restricted, officials said.”These four outlets are not media outlets; they are propaganda outlets,” David Stilwell, the top US diplomat for East Asia, told reporters.He declined to say if the four outlets would be asked to reduce their US-based staff — action taken against the five organizations that were earlier designated.The announcement was further evidence that a closed-door meeting last week in Hawaii between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and senior Chinese official Yang Jiechi did little to ease tensions. Topics : Pompeo said later that he considered China a “rogue” player and said he was “very frank” in expressing his concerns to Yang including over Beijing’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and its proposed security law in Hong Kong.The state news outlets earlier designated as foreign missions were the Xinhua news agency, the China Global Television Network, China Radio International and the US distributor of the People’s Daily.After the United States ordered them to cut by nearly half the Chinese nationals working for them, Beijing hit back by expelling US citizens working for three major newspapers — The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.Beijing said at the time it was taking reciprocal action against the “oppression” of its reporters. Media rights advocates have voiced misgivings about the approach of President Donald Trump’s administration, saying it gave China a pretext to kick out journalists who have fearlessly reported on the coronavirus pandemic and the mass incarceration of Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims. The United States on Monday changed the status of four more Chinese state media organizations, denouncing them as propaganda outlets, renewing a feud with Beijing.The State Department said it was reclassifying four outlets — China Central Television, the China News Service, the People’s Daily and the Global Times — as foreign missions rather than media outlets in the United States, adding to five others designated in February.All nine outlets “are effectively controlled by the government of the People’s Republic of China,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said.
Efficiency, GO-TIME, Government That Works, Innovation, Press Release Harrisburg, PA — A new management tool, developed in partnership with the P.C. Rossin School of Engineering and Applied Science at Lehigh University, is revolutionizing the way the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections assigns inmates in its 25 institutions.The Inmate Assignment Decision Support System (IADSS) is streamlining the assignment of tens of thousands of inmates within the DOC and has so far saved the state $2.9 million in staff time and other costs. But the application also has provided a far more efficient way to assign the roughly 10,000 new inmates entering the system each year and the 50,000 currently incarcerated inmates who seek prison transfers.“This application has transformed the way we assign inmates throughout our system,” said Corrections Secretary John Wetzel. “Not only is it saving a significant amount of money, but we believe by better managing the population we can improve outcomes for inmates.”“In a big prison system like ours, being able to optimize decision-making around where to place inmates brings incredible gains in efficiency,” said Bret Bucklen, director of the Bureau of Research and Planning. “Already this model has saved the Department of Corrections in lower staff costs, fewer inmate assaults, less transportation and streamlining of treatment waiting lists and prison releases.”All inmates are eligible to be released based on the discretion of the Parole Board no earlier than their minimum sentence date. Before the IADSS was in place, inefficiencies in inmate assignments and transfers led to significant delays in release times, which came at a substantial cost to taxpayers and held up an inmate’s transition back to the community.The application, developed over five years by a team of Lehigh University industrial engineering students, was recently awarded the prestigious Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice for 2017. This international prize is awarded by the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS), the world’s premier professional association for analysts and operations research.“This award is a tremendous accomplishment for the Lehigh University team and their work has led to a vast improvement in a key facet of DOC operations,” said Bucklen. “We see this as a model for other states and other countries.”The IADSS has led to cost savings in four specific areas:Reduced wait lists for programming, which shortens the length of stay for inmates past their minimum sentence date.Fewer prison assaults, based on more properly assigning the right combination of inmates to the right prisons.Staff savings, by requiring fewer staff in the Office of Population Management to oversee inmate assignments and transfers.Transportation savings, by placing inmates in the most appropriate prison the first time and thus requiring fewer transfers between prisons later.The IADSS has saved the commonwealth approximately $2.9 million during the first year. The projected savings over the next five years is approximately $19.2 million.In 2016-17, state agencies achieved over $217 million in savings while also improving efficiency and customer service as part of the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME). To learn more about GO-TIME, visit https://www.governor.pa.gov/go-time/. November 03, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter GO-TIME: Department of Corrections Unveils First-of-Its-Kind Management System
LifestyleRelationships 7 Burning Questions Guys Want to Ask. by: – June 20, 2011 Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring! 453 Views no discussions Share One of the most fascinating and fun aspects of this job is fielding the multitude of passionate responses. Whether it’s to something mentioned in the Straight Male Friend Podcast, a comment I’ve made on a panel discussion or to something in print like this post regarding myths about men, the feedback is rarely lukewarm — very little grey area in peoples’ opinions.I also find it interesting that often, the most vehement debates surrounding this subject matter are had with women. Meanwhile the guys sit on the other side of the room, silently nodding their heads in support, “You go SMF!”Folks are quick to assume that the Straight Male Friend perspective is meant purely to titillate. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I’ve got two daughters so each and everything I say here, I’d say to them because, as a guy, I know the games dudes play –and I’ve played them all! And I desperately want them to be ready for the myriad challenges of love, sex, dating and relationships. So, yes, discussing these subjects is fun, but I do take the topics pretty seriously.Now normally, I’m in the position of “answer man”, but I love to have conversations, open communication between men and women. Hopefully ladies gain some new insight on guys, and guys can learn a new thing or two about ladies. So, with permission from my pals at Galtime, I’d like to turn the tables. As a guy, I’ve got some deep questions for the women, so here we go…1. In virtually every romantic comedy, there’s some dorky guy who’s chasing the woman of his dreams, popping up unexpectedly at her apartment, following her around, making up excuses to come to her workplace, maybe singing some song outside her window at two o’clock in the morning, busting into her wedding at the last minute to proclaim his love Why is this romantic? Isn’t that behavior usually grounds for a restraining order?2. Is “courting” still important? If so, then why? Is it a two-way street? Do women court men? Do people still say “courting?”3. Which would you least prefer in a partner – a guy who made significantly less than you or a guy significantly shorter than you?4. Why do you always want to have the, “Honey we need to talk” conversation when the game is on or when it’s time to go to sleep?5. Why do you always say you want a nice guy with a sense of humor, but only go out with the a-hole with the bad temper? Additionally, as much as women say they love a guy with a sense of humor, guys love it times two! A funny lady? Hot! And even better than a funny woman is a lady who can laugh! Double HOT! Laugh at our crappy jokes? Triple HOT!6. When you ask a guy, “What are you thinking about?” and he responds, “Nothing.” Believe him. Seriously. We are absolutely capable of thinking about nothing. We try to think about nothing at least 5 times a day….but it always turns into some daydream about Halle Berry, peanut butter, and a bag of Chee-tos.Ok, maybe that’s just me.7. Why are you so incapable of being objective about a person’s physical appearance even if you find that person’s personality objectionable? Don’t get me wrong, I know that attractiveness is very subjective. But if one more lady tells me Kim Kardashian isn’t “all that pretty” because she “has no talent” or because “she made a sex tape” or “she wears so much make-up” I just might lose it. All the make-up in the world won’t make me or anyone else hot if they don’t already have the raw goods. And by the way, I saw the sex tape….the lady’s got some talent.What do you wish men know about you? Got any advice for our guy friends?by GALTime.com