Weekend Poll: Who Should Star in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas?

first_imgIt’s time to dance a little sidestep because the The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is coming back to Broadway! We’re thrilled that all of our pals from the Chicken Ranch are coming back for the first time in over three decades in a new production directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford. But this begs one question: Of all the powerhouse ladies who could take on the role of Chicken Ranch proprietor Miss Mona Stangley, who would you like to see catch that bus from Amarillo? We’ve listed our top picks below—vote for your favorite! View Commentslast_img read more

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Brazilian Armed Forces Develop Technology to Help Fight Novel Coronavirus Pandemic

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo June 19, 2020 The Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese), in partnership with the University of São Paulo (USP), is developing a ventilator that may save the lives of people infected with COVID-19.A group of engineers belonging to the Nuclear Power Plant Development Project of the first Brazilian submarine with nuclear propulsion designed the technical project and manufactured ventilator prototypes.The handwashing station created by the team from the Technological Institute of Aeronautics responds to the urgent need for hand sanitation. (Photo: Institute of Aeronautics Technology)The production phase of 10 prototypes and the final ventilator model are complete. “With support from MB, USP now focuses its efforts on acquiring the last critical components and supplies, and works with experts to test and evaluate the equipment,” MB’s Public Affairs Office said.Once approved, mass production will begin at the facilities of the Navy’s Technological Center in São Paulo (CTMSP, in Portuguese), a military organization on the USP campus. This location also houses MB’s nuclear program. According to initial estimates, CTMSP will be able to produce 25 to 50 ventilators per day.The emergency ventilator, named Inspire, uses only Brazilian technology at a cost of about $402, which is considerably lower than the price of ventilators sold in Brazil. Another advantage is that it may take as little as two hours to produce a unit.“The opportunity to participate in this project makes us proud because the Navy’s mission is to protect the Brazilian people,” said MB Vice Admiral Noriaki Wada, CTMSP director. “USP and the Navy have had a successful partnership for 64 years. This milestone is even more special due to the critical times we are living in,” said the officer.The partnership between MB and USP’s Polytechnic School during the pandemic also includes the  production, by the university, of face masks, used as personal protective equipment. MB is responsible for taking protective equipment to health care professionals. So far, MB has distributed 3,000 face masks to public hospitals.Other innovationsThe Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA, in Portuguese), a university linked to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese), is developing other technology to combat the pandemic, including equipment to identify the novel coronavirus in the air. The equipment has a filter that operates within a 50-square-meter area. The air samples collected are analyzed by a lab, which identifies the virus and other microorganisms. This project is based on existing technology used to monitor radiological clouds to detect radiation.While developing the new equipment, ITA designed a portable handwashing station. The structure, built on wheels, has a water tank, four sinks, and a liquid soap dispenser. The water is pumped by a foot pedal and the soap is dispensed when the lever is activated by the elbow.The handwashing station was created for emergency use in places where handwashing is difficult, but the goal is to implement it with other innovations. “As an extension of the project, we will study technologies to create a water recycling system to increase the capacity of the handwashing station,” said FAB First Lieutenant Dafne de Brito Cruz, instructor for the ITA’s Department of Water Resources and Environmental Sanitation.last_img read more

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Brentwood Man Charged With Fatal Hit-and-run

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An accused hit-and-run driver was arrested after allegedly fleeing a crash that killed a 31-year-old pedestrian in Brentwood on Saturday night, Suffolk County police said.Santos Amaya of Central Islip was walking across Islip Avenue when he was struck by a Toyota Corolla driven by Fredy Pavon, 47, of Brentwood, at 10 p.m., police said.Amaya was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was pronounced dead.Pavon was apprehended a few hours later after his damaged vehicle was located.  He was charged with leaving the scene of an incident without reporting involving a fatality and will be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about the crash to contact them at 631-852-6555 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

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Data-driven strategies wake sleeping credit card accounts

first_imgPockets of opportunity exist within nearly every credit union’s credit card portfolio. To find them, cards teams must turn over even the most lackluster of stones. In credit card terrain, these stones are those accounts still open but rarely, if ever, used.The key to success is identifying which of a portfolio’s dormant accounts offers the greatest potential for reactivation. Like every segment within a credit card portfolio, the dormant segment is composed of a variety of subsegments. The subsegment with the most potential is the one composed of inactive cardholders who are still actively engaged in other areas of the credit union.First, identify those cardholders who are currently taking advantage of other credit union products, such as mortgage or auto loans, perhaps even business accounts. With the right offer, these individuals are much more likely to reengage with the credit card product than their less active counterparts.Next, filter out accounts with the least revenue potential. A good place to start is by excluding cardholders who only take advantage of promotional periods, such as free interest for 12 months.After you have established this core group of dormant accounts, analyze as much internal and external data as you can. Your objective now is to gain an understanding of how these customers stand to benefit from reactivation of their credit cards. Are they actively using other credit cards? What has happened to their FICO scores in recent months? Where are they on the customer or life-stage journey?The answers to these questions help segment cardholders into groups that can be targeted with specific offers. Our analysts find dormant credit card account owners generally fall into one of four basic categories:They need a different product: Customers may be using a variety of credit union products to meet their financial needs, even though a credit card may be more sensible when coupled with a competitive, even below-market, APR.They need a higher credit line: Cardholders may be inactive simply because their credit union hasn’t extended as much credit as has another issuer.They need a different APR: If the APR is too high to be competitive, customers will naturally turn to other issuers for a better option.They have multiple needs: A combination of the above keeps customers from using their cards.With a clearer picture of your cardholders’ needs, you can more effectively mine the gold that could be hiding within your dormant account segment. A few ideas:Execute an upgrade campaign – Offering basic card account holders an opportunity to own a rewards card, for instance, can breathe new life into a portfolio (not to mention, customer relationships).Provide credit line increases – Cardholders rarely consider asking their issuers to change what many of them perceive to be set-in-stone limits. Instead of charging up four different cards with small balances, cardholders may prefer to use a single card with a higher limit. Be that card!Set a down pricing strategy – With the right data and a good analytics partner with knowledge of the current competitive landscape, your pricing can better align with more of your customers’ expectations.Give them cash back – The primary reason credit card accounts go dormant is their owners lack truly valuable incentives to use their cards. This is especially true among high-income cardholders. Cash back rewards are one of the best ways to incentivize these cardholders.Beyond optimizing the credit card portfolio, the exercise above will provide countless insights into the habits, behaviors and preferences of the consumers who have already chosen to align with your credit union in some way or another. Talk about a high-target audience. The customer intelligence gathered by the cards team can be helpful to any number of leaders within the financial institution, each working to know more about the consumers they serve. 67SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Zarana Shah Zarana Shah is Manager of Analytics at IQR Consulting, a provider of data analytics solutions to retail and financial services firms. With more than six years of analytics and consulting … Web: www.iqrdataanalytics.com Detailslast_img read more

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Protests Over Vote Count Sweep Through Minneapolis, Portland and Other Cities

first_imgThe city has seen persistent protests since May, and many of the demonstrators have vowed to continue their actions to support racial justice and oppose police brutality no matter who wins the election.More than a dozen protests against Mr. Trump’s efforts to stop votes from being counted were organized by Refuse Fascism. At the one in Seattle, a group of protesters moved through the streets, yelling, “Every city, every town, Trump-Pence out now,” and “count every single vote.”At the pro-Trump event in Phoenix, at least 150 people gathered in front of the State Capitol before marching to the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office. In Phoenix, about 150 pro-Trump protesters, some of them armed, gathered outside the county recorder’s office where a closely watched count of votes that could help determine the outcome of the election was being conducted.At several points, protesters contended that Adrian Fontes, the county official who oversees elections in Maricopa County, was improperly failing to count some ballots and costing Mr. Trump votes in Arizona’s most populous county — although there was no evidence that any ballots had been improperly tossed. Updated Nov. 5, 2020, 1:17 a.m. ET Mr. Trump claimed early on Wednesday that he had won the election long before key states had counted all their ballots. He spent much of the day asserting, without evidence, that people were trying to “steal” the election from him and cast doubt on the legitimacy of the many ballots sent through the mail because of the coronavirus pandemic.Early on Thursday, Joseph R. Biden Jr. was only a handful of electoral votes from winning the election, and Mr. Trump’s campaign was mounting an aggressive legal effort to challenge the tally, filing lawsuits in Michigan, Georgia and Pennsylvania. In Portland, hundreds of people marched through downtown. “The Vote Is Over. The Fight Goes On,” one sign read. The crowd later stopped at a separate “Count Every Vote” rally along the waterfront, where speakers expressed fears that Mr. Trump, who lost decisively in Oregon, was trying to sabotage the election and prevent votes from being counted in other states.A portion of the crowd proceeded through downtown, where some people smashed windows. At that point, dozens of police officers began chasing the crowd through the streets and declared a riot. Gov. Kate Brown had extended an emergency declaration earlier in the day, allowing her to activate the National Guard that joined Wednesday night’s operations. “The only way Biden can win Arizona is through fraud,” said Jim Williams, 67, a welder who attended the protest. “I won’t accept a Biden victory. I don’t want to live under Communist rule.”Some in the crowd chanted “Down With Fox,” reflecting the protesters’ ire at Fox News’s decision on Tuesday to call Arizona for Mr. Biden, a move that some other news outlets later followed.Mike Baker reported from Portland, Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs from New York, and Simon Romero from Phoenix. Reporting was contributed by Christiaan Triebert and Ed Shanahan in New York, Kaitlin Gillespie in Portland, and Hallie Golden in Seattle. – Advertisement – The Minnesota State Patrol said on Twitter that it was arresting protesters and that demonstrating on the freeway “is illegal and very dangerous for pedestrians and motorists.” Keely Varvel, Mr. Fontes’s chief deputy, said there were no plans to halt counting of the ballots because of the protest in front of the building. “We are still planning to finish up our scheduled ballot processing work and report out more results tonight,” Ms. Varvel said.- Advertisement – PORTLAND, Ore. — Calling on election officials to “count every vote,” protesters marched through the streets of several American cities on Wednesday in response to President Trump’s aggressive effort to challenge the vote count in Tuesday’s presidential election.In Minneapolis, protesters blocked a freeway, prompting arrests. In Portland, hundreds gathered on the waterfront to protest the president’s attempted interventions in the vote count as a separate group protesting the police and urging racial justice surged through downtown, smashing shop windows and confronting police officers and National Guard troops.- Advertisement – In Detroit, another group of pro-Trump poll watchers gathered earlier in the day outside a ballot-counting center in Detroit, demanding that officials “stop the count” of ballots after the Trump campaign filed suit to halt the count in Michigan. “It’s such a dangerous moment,” said Carol Carmick, 59, who said she joined the protests in Portland out of fears that Mr. Trump would try to stay in power even if he lost the election. Protesters also gathered in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago and elsewhere, some of them continuing the protests over racial justice and policing that have rocked the country since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May. More demonstrations were scheduled for the coming days.In Minneapolis, several hundred protesters angered over the president’s declarations marched onto Interstate 94, prompting the police to clear the roadway.“Our focus is on not allowing Donald Trump to steal this election from the American people,” Nekima Levy Armstrong, a lawyer who was part of the protest, said in a phone interview from the freeway. She said that the protesters had halted traffic and that the police, some on horses, had begun to make arrests and were not allowing protesters to leave. In New York, protesters held a peaceful demonstration in Manhattan earlier on Wednesday calling for every vote to be counted and for racial equality, but hostile clashes between protesters and the police developed later on when protesters briefly shut down traffic in the West Village, and officers pushed protesters to the sidewalks and arrested at least 20 people. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Airlines demand rapid adoption of standard health pass format and testing protocols to reopen borders

first_imgMeanwhile, testing on COVID-19 has become an important part of the overall solution, enabling the safe reintroduction of international travel by potentially reducing reliance on complete quarantines. / / / Activation of air traffic is crucial for the recovery of tourism, and three prerequisites are needed for this Photo: Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum Government restrictions on travel and entry to individual countries continue to significantly affect global travel market demand. / / / A big step forward in activating global tourism: United Airlines embarked on a pilot program to test all passengers on its flights On behalf of their 58 airlines, which before the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic covered more than 60 percent of the world’s total airline capacity and transported 1,87 billion passengers a year, the three alliances call for harmonized approach to testing which will be the basic framework of trust, as recommended by the ICAO guidelines. Recent tests of digital “health passes”, such as Common Pass, provide compelling arguments for the use of digital technology in harmonizing standards for the verification of passenger health data. RELATED NEWS: SkyTeam CEO Kristin Colvile said digital health pass testing and testing regimes have been identified as effective means of restoring confidence and reopening borders. “Aviation provides millions of jobs around the world and drives international trade and tourism. Urgent measures are needed to adopt testing and technology to mitigate the risk of coronavirus and to restart international air travel safely and quickly.Said Colvile.center_img / / / IATA: The chance of a passenger getting a virus on a plane is the same as being struck by lightning “We welcome the publication of the updated CART report, which, among other things, calls for serious consideration of screening and testing as a means of easing passenger and border restrictions and revitalizing the tourism and travel industry, as well as the global economy. A strong and effective testing protocol will provide further evidence, showing that air transport is not a key cause of infections, and will pave the way for establishing a framework of trust between countries.Said Star Alliance CEO Jeffrey Goh. Alliances support technical solutions that provide a consistent, scalable, and affordable way to report passenger health data, which is easy to apply as part of the trip and includes pre-trip procedures to reduce passenger inconvenience at airports. Three World Aviation Federations – oneworld, SkyTeam and Star Alliance – fully support the report of the second phase of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Aviation Recovery Working Group Council (CART), on the joint efforts of airlines asking governments to implement the report’s guidelines for testing protocols passengers, as well as adoption digital health pass technologies so that air traffic can continue safely. / / / WTTC: An incredible 174 million jobs in travel and tourism could be lost this year “Given that extensive travel restrictions create considerable uncertainty for passengers, testing may play a role in restarting travel safely. Any solution used to report passenger health data should be consistent, scalable and cost-effective – this will give passengers, airlines and other stakeholders a clear view and confidence in the continuation of international travel.”Concluded the Executive Director oneworlda Rob Gurney. The World Aviation Alliances have teamed up to call on international governments to act swiftly to adopt a standard format for health passes and testing protocols to reopen borders.last_img read more

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Former Lions skipper Michael Voss sells massive vacant block of land

first_imgFormer Brisbane Lions skipper Michael Voss has sold his block of land at Mt Gravatt East. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)Former Brisbane Lions great Michael Voss has made a motser on his vacant block of land at Mt Gravatt East, selling it for $803,000.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoRay White – Holland Park selling agents Piers Crawford and Joseph Leong said the pre-auction sale of 68 Panorama Place was assisted by fellow agent Isa Kural.Voss, who joined the Port Adelaide Football club as midfield coach in 2014, has made the permanent move to South Australia.He bought the 1138sq m block in 2002 for $235,000.Mr Crawford said the already split property (450sq m and 688sq m) was in a highly prized, front row position on the hilltop of prestigious Panorama Place.He said the block was in a quiet cul-de-sac and flowed down the back corner of Mt Thompson.last_img read more

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Developers embracing ‘green’ technology to entice cash-savvy buyers

first_imgBCM Property Home liftout. Mirvac’s Ascot Green residential apartment projectDevelopers are seeking ways to protect the environment and buyers’ hip pockets, as cost of living pressures continue to cause financial pain. One developer is trialling solar panels on its new apartment complex, another is using Tesla-technology. And EnviroDevelopment certification, issued by the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA), has also become a major selling point, as potential buyers look towards a more sustainable and cost-effective lifestyle.Drift by Mosaic at Coolum recently secured a “six-leaf” EnviroDevelopment certification after meeting the requirements in all six categories — ecosystems, waste, energy, materials, water and community. Drift by MosaicOther developments to have achieved full certification include, but are not limited to, The Hamilton by Shayher Group, Botanica Residences by ARIA Property Group, Stockland North Shore in Townsville, Defence Housing Australia’s Warner Lakes development, Halcyon Glades and Halcyon Landing and Harmony Sunshine Coast by AVID Property Group.UDIA Queensland CEO Marina Vit said they had seen a steady increase in the number of developers seeking certification.“The program itself has been running for about 11 or 12 years but it has definitely grown in popularity in recent years,” she said.“Developers and consumers are more attuned to the importance of sustainability.”But while the environment is one factor influencing developers and buyers, the potential savings on utilities’ bills is another major drawcard.The most recent ABS Household Expenditure Survey revealed that housing and power costs jumped by more than 25 per cent between 2009/10 and 2015/16, while the 2017 Worldwide Cost of Living survey by The Economist Intelligence Unit ranked Brisbane in 31st spot – the fifth highest jump in world rankings. Recently, Mirvac announced a partnership with energy provider, Evergen, in a bid to address the rising costs of power. The partnership will see solar offered to a limited number of residents at Ascot Green, Mirvac’s $950 million joint development with the Brisbane Racing Club at the Eagle Farm Racecourse. The trial will see solar panels and batteries installed on the rooftop recreation deck, and Mirvac general manager of residential in Queensland, Warwick Bible, said it could reduce bills by up to 70 per cent. Another developer embracing green technology is Halcyon, which is constructing Tesla-powered homes at its retirement villages. Bob and Pam Jones became the first to own a Tesla Powerwall battery-powered home in an over 50s community, moving to Vision by Halcyon late last year. The difference in their power bills was immediately noticeable. Mirvac’s Ascot Green residential apartment projectFARMER and grazier Russell Reed and his family have a long history with the Brisbane Racing Club.So it was only natural that when the Ascot Green development was launched, an apartment overlooking the straight and the winning post would be his ‘downsizers dream’ come true. “The whole family is into the racing scene,” he said.“We can watch a race from our balcony if we want to.”Mr Reed and his wife Janette ‘Jenny’ Reed bought their three-bedroom apartment off-the-plan after deciding it was time to ‘scale down’ from their home. When they were presented with the option to purchase the solar upgrade, they jumped at the chance.“We are like the guinea pigs for what might be the future of apartment living,” Mr Reed laughed, likening himself to a ‘pioneer’.“But with the rising cost of electricity and gas, we were grateful to be offered the option as it is limited.“Everyone is looking for ways to save money and I just can’t see how prices will drop unless the government puts money in to more coal-fired power stations.” The couple hope to move in to their apartment mid-next year. Mr Reed said they may be downsizing but he would never hang up his Akubra.“The farm at Kingaroy has been in the family for over 120 years,” he said. “It is a very dear and necessary part of our lives.“We will just have the best of both worlds — rural and the city, with the kids close by.”center_img Robert and Pam Jones at Vision by Halcyon“We are now looking at putting in another power wall to get it down to zero,” he said.Meanwhile, houses at AVID Property Group’s Brentwood Forest development have been designed with a six-star energy rating and to allow for “optimal solar orientation”. “It’s impossible to ignore the fact that the costs of utilities is rising for households. At the same time people are trying to reduce their carbon footprints l,” AVID development manager Peter McLeod said. “By producing energy efficient designs we can help people control their bills, and meet the demand for more sustainable housing products.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoWater efficient fixtures, LED lighting, rainwater harvesting for irrigation and site- specific landscaping are also among features being embraced by developers. ***CASE STUDYWHO: Russell ReedWHERE: Ascot Green, Eagle FarmDEVELOPER: Mirvaclast_img read more

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DA-6 hopeful on reaching rice production target

first_imgTHE Department of Agriculture (DA) in Western Visayas is optimistic that the region will be able to attain the target that more than 300,000 hectares of rice areas will be planted by August. “While we pray for everyone’s safety against COVID-19, we likewise pray for good weather, to ensure the increase in food production especially our staple food,” she said, adding that the region’s planting for the wet season has been delayed due to late onset of the rainy season. DA-6 Regional Executive Director Remelyn Recoter said that distribution of seeds and fertilizers to various local government units is ongoing. Recoter said that the department has allotted P1.06-billion assistance for farmers in Region 6 under the “Bayanihan We Heal as One Act.” Around 210,000 farmers in the region are expected to be the beneficiaries of these three projects. She said that their expectation is 10 percent additional production for the wet season.center_img Three sub-projects of the Rice Resiliency Project (RRP) have been implemented in the region including the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF), Expanded Inbred Rice Production and Expanded Hybrid Rice Production in Suitable Areas. Meanwhile, Recoter said that they are expecting around 200,000 metric tons of additional production this year, from last year’s 2.077 million metric tons, if the weather cooperates. She added that the increased production would also contribute to greater regional share to the national output. (PIA6 Iloilo) PHOTO COURTESY OF REMELYN RECOTERlast_img read more

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Interviews

first_imgEach year at this time the rounds of interviews go on for new NFL coaches.  This year there are more than the usual openings for head coaches.  The Bengals J. Gruden has already been hired by Washington, and Mike Zimmer is rumored to be going to Minnesota as their head coach.  I don’t mind seeing Gruden go, but I would hate to see the Bengals do without Zimmer.  His defense has been the saving grace for the Bengals for the past several seasons.  The offensive play calling of Gruden leaves a lot to be desired.  I am sure it is not all Gruden’s fault, but he has not meshed with Lewis or Dalton very often.  As you will probably see again this year when all the dust has cleared, the same names will show up as head coaches but just with different teams.  This is a very tight knit fraternity and seldom do many new names pop up as head coaches in the same year.  Once you make it in as a head coach, you are like a tenured teacher.  However, to get into this fraternity, it sometimes seems as if it will take an act by Congress; and we all know how fast that happens.last_img read more

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