On Your Feet! Stars Ana Villafane & Josh Segarra Are Taking Your Questions!

first_img Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 20, 2017 On Your Feet! Josh Segarra & Ana Villefane in ‘On Your Feet!'(Photo: Matthew Murphy) Ana Villafañe and Josh Segarra, the stars of Broadway’s On Your Feet!, are taking a breather from doing the conga to answer your questions. That’s right; we’re letting them take a break from being on their feet to plop down on the Broadway.com couch for a round of Ask a Star. What did the real Gloria and Emilio say when they auditioned in front of them? How do you say “I love you” five-six-seven times without it getting repetitive? Exactly how much (or how little) fabric is used in those Emilio shorts? Ask away below, and tune in later as the caliente couple interview each other!<a data-cke-saved-href="https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/mjz1h4d1obz8d8/" href="https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/mjz1h4d1obz8d8/">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a>center_img Related Shows View Comments Ana Villafañelast_img read more

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Early Spring Mistake

first_imgBut with the soil ideal for planting, Beasley was telling farmers to wait. “Weather is veryfickle,” he said. “Don’t let it lull you into a false sense of security.” Wait until fields havethose same soil conditions, he said, between April 15 and May 20. Unusually warm days and nights in early March warmed the soil to temperatures ideal forplanting peanuts. And early spring rains provided the moisture seeds need to germinate. “Yes, we do normally recommend that farmers plant their peanut crop when soiltemperatures rise above 65 degrees for three or more days. But early March is just tooearly,” said John Beasley, a peanut agronomist with the University of Georgia ExtensionService. But the temptation is there. Farmers have to carefully schedule their planting based onweather, soil conditions and other tasks on the farm. The virus stunts young plants’ growth so they often don’t even produce peanut pods.Plants infected after pods form may not produce any more pods, but there are at leastsome nuts on the plant for harvest. “There’s a lot at stake here,” Beasley said. Sunny, breezy days. Trees budding into a thousand shades of green and flowers flauntingall the colors they can create. It feels like spring, when a man’s thoughts turn naturally toplanting. “More and more farming operations work more land with fewer workers,” he said. “Thatputs a lot of stress on farmers to get everything done in a timely manner.” Beasley said peanut seeds are extremely sensitive to temperature changes. “Once the seed germinates and sprouts leaves, it’s a little more cold hardy,” he said. “But ifthe farmer plants and a cold front moves through, he’s running the risk that the seed won’tgerminate and will just sit there prone to disease organisms and rot.”center_img That alone is enough to convince many farmers to wait, he said. Beasley and UGA plant pathologists and entomologists figured this virus cost Georgiafarmers about 10 percent of their 1996 crop, or $38.8 million. If a cold front moves into the area after soil preparation but before planting, it may forcethe farmer to wait to plant. That can undo all he’s done to get the soil ready. “All our research on TSWV,” he said, “shows the heaviest losses in peanuts planted beforeApril 10.” “Georgia’s $388.5 million peanut crop is at stake,” he said. Planting peanuts too early cancost farmers dearly. “Herbicides and insecticides can dissipate — the farmer may have to reapply those,”Beasley said. “Heavy rainfall can pack the soil and form a crust — he may have toreharrow the field. A lot of money and time go into land preparation.” Farmers may face a bigger problem if they plant early. Beasley said tomato spotted wilt,caused by a virus, inflicts the most damage on peanuts planted early in the season. “I’m encouraging farmers to not be the first one in their neighborhood to plant,” he said.”It’s just not worth the risks to be able to say you’re first.”last_img read more

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U.S. offshore wind set to provide 12 percent of electricity demand in Massachusetts

first_imgU.S. offshore wind set to provide 12 percent of electricity demand in Massachusetts FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享GreenTech Media:Massachusetts on Wednesday selected an 804-megawatt project backed by Mayflower Wind, a joint venture of Shell and EDP Renewables, as the winner of its second offshore wind procurement.The announcement brings another major project into focus in the rapidly evolving U.S. market. Mayflower will build the offshore wind farm 20 miles south of Nantucket, with an anticipated start-up date in 2025.Mayflower beat out two other development groups in the solicitation: Vineyard Wind (comprising Avangrid and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners) and Bay State Wind (Ørsted and Eversource). It will now negotiate a final contract with the state’s distribution utilities, a process expected to wrap up in December.EDP Renewables, a unit of Portuguese utility EDP, is among the world’s leading renewables developers, with a major presence in U.S. onshore wind.Mayflower’s win comes a year and a half after Massachusetts awarded an 800-megawatt project in its first solicitation to Vineyard Wind. Put together, the 1,600 megawatts of capacity from Vineyard and Mayflower’s projects are expected to generate the equivalent of 12 percent of Massachusetts’ annual electricity demand.The state is likely to procure another 1,600 megawatts in the early 2020s, helping to maintain momentum for the supply chain. Some analysts believe Massachusetts will eventually expand its offshore wind target even further as it competes for jobs with states like New York and Connecticut.More: Massachusetts to hit 1.6 GW offshore wind requirement with 804 MW from Mayflower Wind projectlast_img read more

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Strategies to reduce the potential data breaches by sophisticated ATM skimmer technology

first_imgby: Victoria DakaOn Monday, Bernadette blogged about the understanding risks in electronic payment systems article from the latest NCUA Report.  Today, I’d like to take a look at another article from the NCUA Report, which focuses on the sophistication of ATM skimmer technology and what credit unions should be doing to prepare for this type of attack and potential breach of member information.Did you know that “22% of all data breaches reported in the financial services sector were credit card skimming attacks and that nearly 87% of skimming attacks were carried out on ATM’s?” Sophisticated ATM skimming attacks are now ubiquitous because of the ease in obtaining and cheapness of skimmer technology. As such, credit unions should take steps necessary to reduce the potential for card skimming. Here’s a snippet from the article, with steps credit unions can take to reduce the potential of card skimming:Use tamper-resistant terminals: ATMs are increasingly designed with this in mind. Credit unions should consider replacing older machines with newer and better protected terminals.Use tamper-evident controls. Automated video monitoring can detect any potential signs of tampering or damage.Encourage users and members to be vigilant. Educate members about the potential for card skimming and encourage them to report anything out of the ordinary immediately. For example, a photo of the card readers and keypads a credit union uses could be posted on its website. This would let members know not to use the ATM if it has been altered in any way.Inspect ATMs frequently. Have staff inspect ATMs as often as possible to reduce the potential that a skimmer could be in place. Scratches or other signs of excess wear could be signs of tampering. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Indonesia rules out H5N1 case cluster in Sumatra

first_imgAug 13, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – In an online statement posted yesterday, the Indonesian government said 12 villagers from North Sumatra who were hospitalized for suspected avian influenza symptoms had tested negative for the disease, dampening speculation about a possible case cluster.The statement from the health ministry’s avian flu committee, known as KOMNAS FBPI, was dated Aug 9, but appeared on the group’s Web site yesterday. It said 12 villagers from Air Batu village tested negative for the H5N1 virus. All were being treated at Kisaran Hospital, except for a 7-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy who were at Adam Malik Hospital in Medan, the provincial capital, where they were reported to be in stable condition.The ministry’s statement did not mention three deaths from suspicious symptoms that have been mentioned along with accounts of up to 13 sick patients in recent media reports. Yesterday, however, Chandra Syafei, an official from North Sumatra’s health office, acknowledged that three people had died and said his office was on “extraordinary occurrence” alert status, according to a Jakarta Post report.”The three people died following the discovery of dead poultry, but we don’t know whether or not it [avian influenza] was the cause,” Chandra told the Post. He said his office had not received autopsy reports from the health ministry.The suspected cases were identified by provincial and local health officials between Aug 5 and 7, and the patients were given oseltamivir when they were hospitalized, the health ministry’s statement said. Also, it said the ministry was conducting surveillance in the area for more patients with suspicious symptoms.The ministry’s message, its first since Jun 19, said the tests were conducted by its Health Research and Development Center. Official news out of Indonesia about H5N1 developments has been scarce since early June, when Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said the country would stop reporting human cases as they occur and instead announce them at longer intervals, perhaps as long as 6 months.Syafei said several health workers, including a team from the World Health Organization (WHO), were in Asahan to investigate the illnesses and monitor developments, according to the Post report.He said animal health officials had destroyed 276 infected birds, and an official from nearby Labuhan Ratu regency said local veterinary workers culled 1,126 birds after hundreds of recent poultry deaths, the Post reported.The health ministry statement said tests conducted by North Sumatra’s livestock office on 15 poultry that died suddenly on Jul 28 were positive for avian influenza. (The statement did not specify the subtype.)Meanwhile, flu blogs and message boards have been following developments in what some fear could represent an H5N1 case cluster, an event that suggests the possibility of human-to-human transmission and an increased risk of a pandemic. For example, members of Flu Trackers and Flu Wiki have been translating foreign-language media reports for clues and developments, though the translations are often difficult to interpret and can be unreliable.ProMED-mail, the Internet based reporting system of the International Society for Infectious Diseases, has also been posting media reports on the suspected case cluster and has appealed for more information on the cases and deaths. On Aug 10, after noting conflicting reports about the cases, ProMED said it would no longer report suspected avian flu cases in Indonesia until they have been confirmed by the nation’s health ministry. But a protest from a reader prompted the service to say yesterday it would reconsider the decision.See also:ProMed-mail report (Aug 10)ProMed-mail report (Aug 12)last_img read more

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South Africa rolls out continent’s first trials for COVID-19 vaccine

first_imgOxford University rolled out Africa’s first human trials for a potential vaccine against the new coronavirus in South Africa on Wednesday, as cases continue to rise and concerns grow over potential access to life-saving treatments.The trial, conducted with local partner University of the Witwatersrand, will consist of 2,000 volunteers from 18 to 65 years of age, including some HIV positive patients, who will be monitored for 12 months after vaccination to asses how well the vaccine guards against COVID-19.”Once 60% of the population, especially the adult population, becomes immune, we expect that effective reproductive rate to go under 1, which basically means the virus will still be around, it will still circulate, but its chain of transmission has been interrupted,” said Shabir Madhi, professor of vaccinology at Wits University and leader of the trial. Hopes are that South Africa’s involvement in vaccine trials will ensure the continent will have access to an affordable vaccine and not be left at the back of the queue.South Africa is the second country outside of the United Kingdom to take part in the Oxford trial after Brazil launched its study on Wednesday. The ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine, also known as AZD1222, was originally developed by Oxford University scientists, who are now working with AstraZeneca on development and production.There are over 4,000 participants enrolled in the UK, with enrollment of an additional 10,000 participants planned, the university said in a statement on Wednesday.A larger study of the same vaccine in up to 30,000 participants is planned in the United States. South Africa, which last month began a phased easing of its coronavirus lockdown, has the highest rate of infections on the continent, with confirmed cases at over 100,000 and deaths at more than 2,000.The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned Africa could be the next epicenter of the pandemic.Trying out a new medical intervention in Africa always rings alarm bells because of a history of big pharmaceutical companies using Africans as guinea pigs.”I feel a little bit scared, but I want to know what is going on with this vaccine so that I can tell my friends and others,” said Junior Mhlongo, a volunteer who received the vaccine at a hospital in Johannesburg.There are currently no approved vaccines or treatments for the illness caused by the new coronavirus, but more than a dozen vaccines from more than 100 candidates globally are being tested in humans.Topics :last_img read more

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Dashboard Data Shows Weekly COVID Case Increases Statewide, Multiple Counties with High Percent-Positives

first_img July 31, 2020 Dashboard Data Shows Weekly COVID Case Increases Statewide, Multiple Counties with High Percent-Positives Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf today released a weekly status update detailing the state’s mitigation efforts based on the COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard comparing the seven-day period of July 24 – July 30 to the previous seven days, July 17 – July 23.The dashboard is designed to provide early warning signs of factors that affect the state’s mitigation efforts. The data available on the dashboard includes week-over-week case differences, incidence rates, test percent-positivity, and rates of hospitalizations, ventilations and emergency room visits tied to COVID-19.“The mitigation efforts we took on July 15 were a proactive step to get in front of the rise of cases that we continue to see,” Gov. Wolf said. “Our percent positivity decreased this week, which is a positive sign, but in order to continue to see numbers decrease, we must continue to wear masks and practice social distancing.“Going out without a mask and congregating at a bar or in a crowded backyard party where social distancing isn’t being practiced continues to lead to spikes in cases. We need to recommit to these simple measures to stop the spread and go back to more freedoms.”As of Thursday, July 30, the state has seen a seven-day case increase of 6,228, the previous seven-day increase was 6,010, alerting that cases are continuing to rise throughout the state.The statewide percent-positivity went down to 4.6% from 4.7% last week. Counties with concerning percent-positivity include Lawrence (7.4%), Franklin (7.2%), Indiana (7.2%), Fayette (7.1%), Armstrong (7.0%), Beaver (6.5%), Delaware (6.5%), Allegheny (6.4%), Lancaster (5.8%), Berks (5.6%), Philadelphia (5.4%) and Chester (5.3%). Each of these counties bear watching as the state continues to monitor all available data.Today, the Department of Health updated its travel recommendations, originally announced on July 2, to remove Wyoming from the list of states recommended for domestic travelers returning from to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania.It is important that people understand that this recommendation is in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. A significant number of recent cases have been linked to travel, and if people are going to travel, we need them to take steps to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community, and that involves quarantining.Gov. Wolf continues to prioritize the health and safety of Pennsylvanians through the COVID-19 pandemic. Pennsylvanians should continue to take actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, regardless of the status of their county. This includes wearing a mask or face covering anytime they are in public. COVID-19 has been shown to spread easily in the air and contagious carriers can be asymptomatic.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Nani makes United exit

first_img Portugal international Nani leaves Old Trafford permanently after spending last season on loan with former club Sporting Lisbon. The 28-year-old underwent a medical in Istanbul at the weekend ahead of the move worth a reported £4.25million. Press Association Manchester United winger Nani has completed a move to Turkish side Fenerbahce, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.center_img Nani won four Premier League titles and the Champions League after joining United in 2007 and scored 41 goals in 230 appearances. He signed a five-year contract in 2013 but then began to fall out of favour and returned to Sporting as part of the deal that took Marcos Rojo in the opposite direction last summer. He could be back at Old Trafford as early as next month with Fenerbahce potential Champions League qualifying opponents for United. last_img read more

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The Latest: Cycling body struggling through pandemic

first_imgMore AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts says “the global cricket calendar is very busy but we will do everything we can to honor our commitment to Bangladesh and will continue to work with the BCB on an agreed date.”The Bangladesh-Australia series is the second in the world championship to be postponed. England returned home from Sri Lanka last month at the start of the outbreak.___Southampton has become the first Premier League club to announce its players will defer some of their salaries amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Premier League had wanted all squads to take a 30% pay cut but the move led to a standoff with the players’ union. The UCI has received more than 650 requests for postponements or cancellations from organizers because of the coronavirus pandemic. That represents 30% of its international calendar.The UCI says it is reimbursing all registration fees of canceled events to help organizers.The UCI will take a considerable financial hit from paying those fees and it also expects its Olympic revenue payment from the delayed Tokyo Games to be postponed and likely reduced.The UCI says its leadership has agreed to reduce salaries or allowances and furloughed all 130 employees of the UCI and the world cycling center.___ Associated Press Australia’s rugby league championship plans to restart on May 28.The NRL has been suspended since March 23.The governing ARL Commission also says it intends to play a full three-game State of Origin series.Commissioner Wayne Pearce says they wanted to set a date and then work on finalizing a competition. It will depend on border restrictions in New South Wales and Victoria states and New Zealand opening up.Pearce says “a date is to give certainty to players and their schedules, clubs and thousands of people who are out of work through clubs and millions of fans.” He says “the situation is changing dramatically and we need to get moving. It is in the best interests of our clubs, our players, our stakeholders and importantly our fans that the competition resumes as quickly and as safely as possible.”___Australia’s two-test cricket tour of Bangladesh in June has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The first test was to start on June 11 in Chattogram. The second from June 19 in Dhaka.Both were part of the world test championship. The final of that tournament is scheduled for next June. Trying to find a new slot for the tests will be a challenge.center_img The Latest: Cycling body struggling through pandemic Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The International Cycling Union says it can get through its greatest crisis since World War II with limited damage “as long as the situation does not last longer than current predictions.” April 9, 2020 The league has been indefinitely suspended.Southampton says players will defer part of their salaries in April, May and June “to help protect the future of the club, the staff that work within it and the community we serve.”Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl, his coaching staff and directors will also defer some pay over three months.Southampton says it has “put measures in place to ensure that all staff not deferring part of their salaries will continue to receive 100% of their pay, paid in the normal way until 30th June.”___last_img read more

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The Latest: Nebraska head coaches giving back some salary

first_img Associated Press Norwich is in last place in the league and hosts Southampton on Friday in their first Premier League game back after the three-month suspension.One person has tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest round of checks. The Premier League announced that 1,541 tests had been conducted on players and club staff on June 15 and 16.___The Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Basel wants to cancel its 50th anniversary edition in October because of the coronavirus pandemic.Organizers say they told tour officials they would “prefer to cancel this year’s edition of the tournament in light of the current situation.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Nebraska football coach Scott Frost and men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg will donate a portion of their salaries to the athletic department’s general operating fund to help offset revenue shortfalls because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: Nebraska head coaches giving back some salary The NCAA on Wednesday approved plans for an extended preseason to give teams more time to hold walk-throughs. With the coronavirus pandemic wiping out spring practice for most teams, along with the usual required summer activities for players such as weight training and film study, schools want to make up for lost preparation time.___Club rugby in Europe is set to resume on Aug. 22 after a five-month suspension because of the coronavirus outbreak with matches in the PRO14 league that contains teams Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Italy and South Africa.A truncated regular season will be concluded by two rounds of matches where teams from the same nation play each other home and away to avoid cross-border travel.Semifinal matches will take place on Sept. 5 and the final on Sept. 12. Tournament head Roger Brennwald says playing the event with no fans or with social distancing “have to be ruled out for us in Basel on economic grounds.”The ATP is expected to decide on its end-of-season indoor schedule in mid-July.Brennwald says “it looks like coronavirus is on match point and is set for victory.”Hometown great Roger Federer was already set to miss the tournament where he worked as a ballboy and is the record 10-time champion. He ended his season this month to recover from knee surgery.___ “When I took this job, one of the things that stood out to me most about Nebraska was its complete commitment to the student-athlete, not just in football or men’s basketball, but in all sports,” Hoiberg said. “After a little more than a year here, I am even more impressed with the resources available to our young men and women. It is important to me to contribute to keeping Nebraska a leader in student-athlete support and services.”___The University of Texas announced that 13 football players tested positive for COVID-19 or are presumed positive, and contact tracing has 10 more in isolation.Texas started bringing football players back to campus for workouts on June 8. The school has also identified four other players who tested positive for the COVID-19 antibody.Kansas State officials reported Wednesday night that eight Wildcats athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 out of 130 tested. center_img The athletic department said in a statement Thursday the amount of the donations would be determined when the 2021 budget is closer to being finalized.Frost’s salary is $5 million this year. Hoiberg is set to earn $3 million.Frost is in his third year as head coach. He grew up in Wood River and was Cornhuskers quarterback in 1996-97. His father played football for the Huskers, his mother was a standout on the track team and is in the school’s athletic hall of fame.“These are difficult times across our country and in college athletics, and Nebraska athletics is not immune to the financial crunch,” Frost said. “This athletic department has been so important to my family for several decades. Before I ever played or coached here, I was a Nebraska Cornhusker fan first. I wanted to do my small part to help ensure our athletic department and all of our teams have the necessary resources to compete for championships moving forward.”Hoiberg is entering his second season at Nebraska. His parents are Nebraska graduates and his grandfather, Jerry Bush, was the Huskers’ men’s basketball coach from 1954-63. All 10 FBS conferences have now announced that their media days will be altered because of the pandemic, with most going virtual. The Big Ten has not made a final decision on its media days.___Norwich midfielder Marco Stiepermann has returned to training after self-isolating at home following a positive test for COVID-19.The English club was informed of the positive test on Friday. That was the same day Norwich played Tottenham in a friendly ahead of the resumption of the Premier League.Norwich says Stiepermann has remained asymptomatic and has since taken two further tests that returned negative results. June 18, 2020 PRO14 tournament director David Jordan says “we are very fortunate to be in a position where everyone involved is confident that we can conclude the season on the field of play.”The league has two conferences. Leinster and Ulster are the current top two in Conference A while Edinburgh and Munster are the top two in Conference B.___The Atlantic Coast Conference is moving its football media days online because of concerns about COVID-19.The ACC Football Kickoff was originally scheduled to be held at The Westin in Charlotte, North Carolina. It has been rescheduled for July 21-23 with coverage on the ACC Network. Commissioner John Swofford, each of the conference’s 14 head coaches and selected players will be featured. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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