The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank. We’re all excited that James Corden will host the 2016 Tony Awards. Corden is no stranger to the Tonys: he won a Best Leading Actor in a Play Tony Award in 2012 for One Man, Two Guvnors (and gave a lovely and emotional acceptance speech). But most Americans now know Corden as the host of The Late, Late Show on CBS, in which he does an amazing segment called carpool karaoke. We know you’ve probably watched (and rewatched) the talented host driving around and singing with Adele, One Direction, Stevie Wonder, Justin Bieber, Jennifer Hudson and many more. Now we’re wondering which Broadway star he should steer around NYC while belting out show tunes. Yes, we know Corden has not announced he will do this, but we’re hoping to convince him! Let’s start with a ranking, shall we? Broadway.com Senior Editor Imogen Lloyd Webber kicked off this new challenge with her top 10. Now it’s your turn!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and then click “rearrange list” (or, if you have nothing to rearrange, go right ahead and hit “publish”). STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! View Comments
“Preserving food at home may not save you money,” Harrison said. But it allows you tomake specialty foods such as strawberry-fig preserves or green tomato relish that aren’talways easy to find in the grocery store. Many people find it satisfying to have a pantry fullof homegrown foods. Even without all the graduations and weddings, spring and early summer would be aseason of gifts in Georgia. It’s when gardens and orchards offer a bounty of fruits andvegetables. “Careful attention to safety during preservation is vital,” Harrison said. “When canninglow-acid foods such as meat and vegetables, you must use a pressure canner to eliminatethe risk of botulism, a deadly type of food poisoning.” Some gardeners leave a bag of produce on a neighbor’s doorstep. Others have found away to enjoy fruits and veggies all year. What’s a fruit and veggie lover to do with all the strawberries, blueberries, blackberries,peaches, squash, corn, tomatoes, okra and dozens of other favorites? The cost of home preservation depends on the cost of the food and how it’s preserved.Now, during spring and summer harvest, farmers’ markets and pick-your-own farms havemany fruits and vegetables for less than supermarket prices. Harrison revised the third and most recent edition of “So Easy to Preserve.” This300-page book contains the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines on safelypreserving all types of foods. It has more than 150 tested recipes with detailed instructionsfor any home preserver. If you garden, your supply may be in the backyard. “Preserving food yourself means having an abundant supply of a variety of foods when thefresh products aren’t readily available,” said Judy Harrison, a foods specialist with theUniversity of Georgia. The book covers fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meats, seafood and even nuts. It tellshow to safely can, freeze, dry, jelly or pickle just about any food. It even tells how to storepreserved food to keep peak quality. Harrison said preserving foods stops or puts off the normal spoiling process. Bacteria,yeasts, molds, enzymes and physical damage all play a part in food spoilage. Correctlypreserving foods kills microorganisms or prevents changes in color, flavor and texturecaused by naturally present enzymes. Some foods are better suited to one preservation method than another. Others are tastywhen you use any safe, approved method. “Also consider which method you prefer to use and which produces a product your familylikes,” Harrison said. You can buy a copy of “So Easy to Preserve” through your county extension office.
Can a company’s publicly stated cybersecurity policy be so poorly implemented that it amounts to an unfair and deceptive practice that deceives consumers into handing over credit card information? The answer to this question may finally require merchants to be legally responsible for commercially reasonable cybersecurity practices.Late in August, the federal Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld the FTC’s right to sue Wyndham Corporation over its allegedly substandard cybersecurity practices. If the decision is upheld, the FTC will have the authority to mandate that corporations claiming to have commercially reasonable cybersecurity policies actually do. What a concept.First some background. Congress empowers the FTC to prevent “unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce.” What exactly satisfies this standard has always been open to interpretation. In 1994, Congress codified a 1980 Policy Statement at 15 U.S.C. § 45(n), which provides, in part, that the Commission has jurisdiction where 1) an act or practice causes a substantial harm to consumers, that 2) isn’t outweighed by any countervailing benefits to consumers or competition and 3) that consumers couldn’t have themselves avoided. continue reading » 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Fear of the disease could cause panic and chaos that might disrupt the food supply, basic services, financial services, and public order. “Under such circumstances, the economic costs imposed by an outbreak would be greater than what is estimated in this study,” the authors note. The report predicts that the economic impact on developing countries will be even larger than the effect on developed countries, because mortality rates in developing countries are expected to be higher. Quarantines, sickness, and death will be the major factors that reduce worker productivity and affect economies, according to ABARE, an Australian government research agency. Consumer confidence and investment also would suffer. In its analysis, ABARE assumed a medium-scale pandemic with a global death toll of around 80 million. The authors also assumed that healthy adults aged 19 to 45 would be particularly hard hit, as was true in the severe flu pandemic of 1918-19. Industries such as transportation and production would be most acutely affected by border closures. However, a pandemic could spur the growth of some other sectors, such as health care, communications, and information technology. Jun 28, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – An influenza pandemic would reduce the gross domestic products of the world’s major economies by amounts ranging from 9% in China to 3% in Canada, according to a recent report by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE). Predicted decreases in gross domestic product are as follows: China, 8.7%; Southeast Asia, 7.1%, Australia, 6.8%; Republic of Korea, 6.7%; Japan, 6.1%; United States, 3.5%; European Union, 3.7% and Canada, 3%. Regardless of where the initial outbreak occurs, all countries are vulnerable to a pandemic, the authors wrote. “It is more efficient for Australia and other countries to continue to be active in international efforts aimed at eradicating, preventing or containing the influenza virus at its source before it reaches international boundaries,” they concluded. “A collective approach in dealing with the spread of the virus may be more effective and efficient than individual or unilateral efforts.”
“Thus, these results do not disprove a role for cytokines in the pathogenesis of H5N1,” said the expert, though the data may support the argument that therapy to block a single cytokine may not be clinically beneficial. Infected mice that were treated with glucocorticoids didn’t lose as much weight, but the researchers found that the mortality rates were similar to those in the other groups. Anthony S. Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), told CIDRAP News that though the new study appears to create some doubt about the role of high cytokine levels in the pathogenesis of H5N1 infection, “It probably tells us a bit of truth about both hypotheses. When the researchers genetically manipulated the system, the mice still did badly,” he said. Though the findings are negative, they help guide the search for therapies for H5N1 infections, the authors write. “Any lab finding that is going to be meaningful has to match up with the clinical disease severity and distribution by age,” Osterholm said. They found that H5N1-infected mice deficient in TNF-alpha or its receptors had mortality rates and weight loss similar to infected wild-type mice. After H5N1 inoculation the IL-6deficient mice lost nearly the same amount of weight as the wild-type mice, and all died. Similar mortality and weight loss results were seen in the mice with the CCL2 defect. The study, to be published ahead of print this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), was conducted by Robert G. Webster, PhD, and colleagues at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. They report that groups of mice genetically programmed to lack one of three important inflammatory cytokines died after they were exposed to a Vietnamese H5N1 virus strain. Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), publisher of CIDRAP News, also disagreed with the study findings and said the clinical picture in human and animal models suggests that age distribution is a critical finding that supports a role for the cytokine cascade in the pathology of the disease. Mortality patterns in the mice are not unexpected, the expert said, noting that in mice the H5N1 virus primarily kills by neuroinvasion rather than by respiratory pathology. “These results refute the popular paradigm that the cytokine storm is the cause of death during H5N1 infection,” the authors state, adding that more research is needed to examine the contribution of each cytokine to factors other than weight loss and mortality. The researchers concluded that deficiency of any of the three key cytokines alone does not protect mammal hosts from H5N1 avian influenza death and that glucocorticoids do not reduce the lethality of the H5N1 infection. “In any event, these data cannot be ignored, nor can it be concluded that these results refute the role for cytokines in the pathogenesis of human H5N1 lung disease,” the virologist commented. “The role of inflammatory responses in the pathogenesis of influenza is still far from understood.” Salomon R, Hoffmann E, Webster RG. Inhibition of the cytokine response does not protect against lethal H5N1 influenza infection. Proc Natl Acad Sci 2007 (published online Jul 17) [Abstract] Cytokine cascades are pleiotropic and multiply redundant, and once one starts, it is unlikely that blocking a single cytokine will have a major effect, the virologist said. The virologist pointed out that mice with TNF receptor defects lost less weight than the wild-type mice (9.1% vs 17.1%), though the difference may not be statistically significant because there were only three mice in each study group. The scientist also said the glucocorticoid-treated mice lost less weight than the untreated group. “You have to be careful when interpreting mouse studies, but this leaves an open question,” Fauci commented. Jul 16, 2007 (CIDRAP News) Scientists have hoped that disabling the body’s destructive immune-system overreaction to the H5N1 avian influenza virus, known as “cytokine storm,” could lead to new lifesaving treatments, but according to a new study, trials testing the strategy didn’t protect mice infected with the disease. Scientists have suggested that the cytokine storm contributed to the high death rate in the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic and is playing a similar role in human cases of H5N1 infection today. Autopsies of some H5N1 avian flu victims in the current outbreaks have revealed lungs were choked with debris from excessive inflammation triggered by the virus. Similar severe lung damage was often reported in victims of the 1918 pandemic, which disproportionately killed young, healthy adultsthose with the strongest immune systems. The authors used mice that were genetically altered to lack one of three cytokines: TNF-alpha, a proinflammatory molecule that appears to direct lymphocyte-mediated lung injury during influenza infection; IL-6, which is known to be elevated during H5N1 virus infection; and CC chemokine ligand 2 (CCL2), a chemocytokine that recruits leukocytes to infection sites. A more promising therapeutic strategy may be early inhibition of H5N1 polymerase activity to decrease viral replication, they wrote. However, an internationally known virologist who discussed the study’s findings with CIDRAP News and asked not to be named disagreed with the authors’ conclusions, but said their data were important. “If inflammatory responses are not contributing to pathology, how is glucocorticoid therapy having such a strong effect on weight loss?” the virologist asked. Also, they found that mortality rates were high in nonaltered mice that were given glucocorticoids to suppress cytokine production after exposure to the H5N1 virus.
As part of the package of laws within the competence of the Ministry of Finance, the announcement of regulating the payment of contributions by members of the management board raised the most dust at the moment, and Minister of Finance Zdravko Marić said at today’s presentation of tax reform guidelines to businessmen and representatives of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. , but to expect concrete proposals from businessmen, not just criticism. “It is not our idea to go to those who are registered full-time, but we have to address this problem. “, said Maric. The President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Luka Burilović, proposed on behalf of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce that instead of increasing the burden for all raising the coefficient, it be applied only to companies that generate revenues above a certain amount or exempt new companies until a certain year. Maric emphasized that he would consider all proposals and take them into account when passing the final bill. “In the latest research of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, entrepreneurs confirmed that taxes are the area that has made the greatest progress in improving the business climate. This shows that the past tax reform has been well implemented. It also confirms that positive economic trends need to be further strengthened by further simplifying the tax system. Although part of the package of laws was met with public outcry and part with public approval, I would like to emphasize that everyone is at the table and open to discussion. The goal of today’s meeting is to find out first hand how the economy breathes”, Said Burilovic and added that further changes to the tax system are certainly needed, but they must be sustainable, which means that they must take into account the expenditure side of the budget and the rest of the system, such as health and pension system.”With regard to the income tax law, we welcome the increase in the tax base for the application of the 24 percent tax rate. By reducing the pressure on above-average wages, we can retain more value-added workers, such as doctors and IT professionals. We also believe that switching fresh meat and fish to a reduced rate of 13 percent will increase the competitiveness of domestic companies in relation to imported products. “, Burilovic emphasized.As expected, businessmen from all sectors, from small shipbuilding and tourism to the wood processing industry and egg production, appealed for a reduction in VAT, and the universal demand was to provide incentives for reinvested profits. Numerous other concrete proposals were made to the Minister and his associates. Jakov Ćorić from the company Gala complained that it was a huge omission that eggs are not a category involved in the reduction of VAT, along with meat, fruit, vegetables and fish, and asked for relief from investments, especially reinvested profits. President of the Association of Small Shipbuilding HGK Boris Vukusic also demanded a reduction in VAT on vessels, and on the same track were the appeals of Boris Zgomba, president of the Association of Travel Agencies HGK who complained about the high tax burden in tourism. Minister of Finance Zdravko Marić said that the reform was done with the best intention to relieve the economy, within the framework set for them. “Comprehensive and comprehensive tax reform is what we insist on, we want a fairer system that will also be more competitive. Without a strong economy, we cannot reach sustainable solutions in the pension and health care system, but also in demographic terms. “, said Marić, adding that it is important that changes in the tax system are made consistently and as predictably as possible. Marić presented the data according to which the tax pressure on work in Croatia with the aim of proving that it is not as great as it is presented in public. He also refuted the theory of “super-hiccup” reform, showing that the tax wedge on below-average wages is the smallest compared to competing countries (EU 10), and we are at the very top in terms of taxation of above-average wages. He reminded that the tax reform reduced VAT rates for the supply of electricity and garbage collection, and stated that with this reduction for housing and the planned reduction of the VAT rate for fresh fruit, meat and fish, the amount is almost three quarters. consumption of the average Croatian family with the lowest income. “Over HRK 6,3 billion in tax relief in three rounds of tax reform, this is our contribution to the economy, but it is not enough because the tax system cannot be the only solution to our economic problems. We want to be your service, we want to simplify your business, but it is process and we can’t get to that overnight”, Concluded Marić. Get involved in the public debate The Ministry of Finance has sent a package of nine laws related to tax reform to public discussion. The public hearing will last until 6.9.It is proposed to increase the tax base for the calculation of income tax at a rate of 24 percent from HRK 17.500 to HRK 30.000, the abolition of employment contributions and injuries at work in the total amount of 2,2 percent on salaries and increase health insurance contributions from 15 to 16,5 , 4 percent. The real estate sales tax will be reduced from 3 to 2020 percent, and the general VAT rate will be reduced from 25 to 24 percent in 1.1. From 13. a lower VAT rate of XNUMX percent will apply to fresh meat, fish, fruit, vegetables and baby diapers.It is also proposed to increase the flat tax on beds in camps and within households and farms – currently the flat rate is 350 kuna per bed, and in the future it would be determined by local governments in the range of 700 to 1500 kuna per bed.Get involved in public debate (e-consultation)
Remarks by Governor Wolf at the Flight 93 National Memorial Service Remarks Flight 93 National MemorialStoystown, PA TRANSCRIPT:What happened in this area on this day fourteen years ago changed our world. And it changed the way we Americans think about that world.It also reinforced some ways we think about each other. To this day it has made us think differently about who we are as a nation. And our place in our puzzled world and what we are capable of as human beings. Especially as a result of what the passengers and crew of Flight 93 did.First, the events of 9/11 changed our view of the world. It certainly changed the way we think about America’s place in the world. After 9/11 we recognized that we were not separate and apart from the troubled world. We learned on that tragic day that we were in fact connected in ways we never imagined possible. We learned that the world outside was no longer “outside.”What happened in New York City and right here on September 11, 2001 will forever be a part of who we are. There are few people whose hearts were not affected by what we saw on our television screens from New York City. The image of those twin towers burning seared us to our core.And there are equally few who can ever forget hearing or reading about what happened on Flight 93. What might have been had Flight 93 gone where the hijackers wanted it to go must continue to haunt us.And this brings us to the second thing we learned on September 11, 2001. It is that we are – each one of us – capable of doing remarkably selfless and heroic things. Because on September 11, 2001 a handful of people – passengers and crew – made a huge difference to the course of our history. What they did saved countless lives in Washington, DC.What they did averted a terrible tragedy that would have taken place there had they not acted as they did. And what they did told us all a great deal about the potential nobility that lies within each of us. Their actions – the actions of ordinary people – on this day ennobled us.It gave us a remarkable example of human behavior at its best.It showed us what each of us is capable of doing. And, it elicited swift and effective reactions from the people around here.From emergency responders. From area residents. From good leaders like Governor Tom Ridge who pledged the resources of the Commonwealth to provide what help it could. And from the folks at the National Park Service who understood that our nation needed to pay concrete tribute – in the form of this center – to the deeds of the passengers and crew of Flight 93.So today’s memorial service is a chance for us to reflect on what these good people did. And it’s a good day to reflect on what it all means.They acted nobly and bravely and voluntarily to a new world few of us were ready for. In doing what they did, they taught us something about what that new world might mean for us and what it might ask of us. And, in doing what they did, they showed each of us what good we are actually capable of doing.Today, we remember what they did on September 11, 2001.And we will be forever grateful. Thank you.### SHARE Email Facebook Twitter September 11, 2015
The €1.5bn Pensioenfonds Gasunie has announced that it expects to grant its workers an indexation of 1.5% this year.It warned, however, that maintaining this level of indexation over the coming years looked unlikely. The scheme’s active participants, based on the collective labour agreement, are entitled to an indexation based on the salary index, equating to approximately 2%. The pension fund, however, argues that the indexation reserve of €22.3m – set up by participating employers in 2013, with the introduction of new pension arrangements – is too small to achieve full inflation compensation. It said it will focus instead on the consumer index, although it warned that granting indexation on this basis in future would be “very difficult”.The board said deferred participants and pensioners would be ineligible for inflation compensation, as the pension fund’s funding of 105.5% at year-end was insufficient.In other news, the Dutch pension fund of energy giant Chevron, which transferred its accrued assets to insurer ASR at the end of 2014, has negotiated full indexation in arrears of up to 6.34%, drawn on its coverage ratio of 127%.ASR also agreed to increase the regular indexation of 80% “slightly”, according to the Chevron scheme’s website.The pension fund, which is now in liquidation, had assets of €370m and offered final salary arrangements.At ASR, pensions accrual follows the consumer index.Meanwhile, the €3bn pension fund of technical research institute TNO is to increase pension rights by 0.05% for all of its participants, based on a funding of 111.7% at year-end.The TNO scheme follows the consumer index, which does not take taxes or levies into account.Lastly, the new collective defined contribution schemes of ING Bank and NN Group are to grant an indexation of 0.19% and 0.20%, respectively, based on the consumer index.Earlier, the Pensioenfonds ING said participants and pensioners at ING Bank and NN Group would receive indexation of 1.25% and 0.5%, respectively, drawn on salary developments.It had already granted all deferred participants and pensioners at ING Bank and NN Group, who are subject to the consumer index, an indexation of 0.44%.
Bert RürupOn his panel – comprising delegates from the insurance association, the government, the employer federation, unions and an insurance customer advocacy group – no one seemed keen on the idea of a mandatory pillar for supplementary pensions.However, Alexander Gunkel, chairman of the board at the employer federation BDA, proposed a compromise.“We want for every company to be allowed to choose whether or not it wants to introduce mandatory ‘Entgeltumwandlung’ [deferred compensation],” he said. His suggestion was seconded by Peter Schwark, board member at the association of insurers GDV.“The government could allow auto-enrolment for all companies, not only the ones that are part of a collective bargaining agreement,” Schwark added.BRSG and collective bargainingGermany’s new pensions rulebook, the Betriebsrentenstärkungsgesetz (BRSG), took effect at the start of last year and gave auto-enrolment a legal basis for the first time.However, the BRSG limits the use of this element to the Tarifpläne, non-guaranteed industry-wide pension plans that can be set up as part of collective bargaining agreements between employers and unions.Under the old legal framework, a handful of companies set up auto-enrolment plans – more commonly referred to in Germany as ‘opting-out’ plans – by making use of a legal grey area.Since the introduction of the BRSG, no industry has done much more than discussed the new pension plans. Only a small number of German industries are part of a collective bargaining agreement. BDA’s Gunkel said auto-enrolment could “help create a nationwide pension provision – not just via the unions”.Third-pillar optionsTurning to the idea of mandatory third-pillar arrangements, Rürup accused the insurance industry of having “torpedoed a mandatory Riester-Rente” – a reference to state-subsidised individual pension plans introduced in 2002.Defending the insurance industry’s objections at the time, GDV’s Schwark cited the special nature of private supplementary retirement saving.“The third pillar is individual and has to remain voluntary, as people’s personal circumstances are very different,” he said.Professionals such as lawyers, notaries and doctors are covered by Versorgungswerke – industry-wide pension arrangements – but for other self-employed individuals there is no obligation to save for their retirement.Gunkel called for this to change, arguing that self-employed people were “at a higher risk” of old-age poverty, meaning they would be picked up by state-funded safety nets. “Mandatory systems are more efficient,” he added. The idea of introducing auto-enrolment for all Germans into company or private pensions did not find much support at a conference in Berlin yesterday. During a panel debate, moderator Bert Rürup, president of Handelsblatt Research and a long-time adviser to the government on supplementary pensions, said mandatory elements of pension systems were success factors in other countries.“All successful multi-pillar pension systems are mandatory,” Rürup argued. He cited mandatory sections of the second pillar in Switzerland and the Netherlands, as well as Norway and Sweden with a focus on the third pillar.
Image: Ripley County Sheriffs OfficeUpdate 11/20One of the three injured victims of an accident on U.S. 421 Monday afternoon has passed away.According to the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office, 83-year-old Maxine Young, of Osgood, died Tuesday at a Cincinnati hospital.She was originally transported to Margaret Mary Health following the accident but later transferred to University of Cincinnati Hospital.“Cause of death is not known at this time and will be determined by the Hamilton County Coroner,” explained Cpl. Rob Bradley with the Ripley County Sheriffs Office.The other injured occupants, including a minor in Young’s vehicle and the driver of the semi were reportedly sent to Margaret Mary Health with non-life threatening injuries.Posted 11/19A two vehicle crash sent three people to the hospital on Monday afternoon, and halted traffic for three hours.Authorities in Ripley County responded to an accident on U.S. Highway 421 at the intersection of C.R. 700N between Napoleon and Osgood around 3:30 p.m. Monday.The accident involved a vehicle driven by Maxine Young, 83, of Osgood and a semi tractor-trailer operated by Cleton Swann, 44, of Fort Wayne.Young was traveling with a child at the time of the collision.“Statements from drivers and witness indicate that Young and Swann were both traveling north on US 421,” said investigating officer Cpl. Rob Bradley of the Ripley County Sheriffs Office.According to a report released by Bradley, Young was preparing to turn left on C.R. 700N when her vehicle was struck from behind by Swann’s semi.“The driver and witness statements are conflicting,” said Cpl. Bradley. “It appears that Swann was attempting to pass Young’s vehicle believing it was turning right. Witnesses stated that Young activated her right turn signal and turned left into the path of the Semi operated by Swann.”Image: Ripley County Sheriffs OfficeBoth drivers and the passenger were originally transported to Margaret Mary Health.“There was considerable damage to both vehicles, State Highway property and a residential yard,” added Cpl. Bradley.U.S. Highway 421 and C.R. 700N were closed to traffic for approximately three hours.The Ripley County Sheriffs Office was assisted on the scene by Osgood Police, Napoleon Fire, Osgood Fire, and Ripley County EMS.Original Story (11/19/2013 at 11a.m.)WRBI is learning more information about a wreck that occurred Monday afternoon on U.S. Highway 421.According to eye-witness accounts, the accident occurred between Napoleon and Osgood during the afternoon drive. Commuters experienced traffic delays as emergency personnel worked on the scene.More than one vehicle may have been involved possibly including a semi tractor-trailer, according to sources.WRBI will have updates as soon as it is made available.