Broadway in the House! Frankie James Grande to Compete on Big Brother

Posted On Jan 18 2021 by

first_img Grande has appeared on the Broadway stage in Mamma Mia!, and served as a producer for the revivals of Hamlet, La Bete and Born Yesterday. He also played a drag queen pageant hopeful in the benefit production of Pageant: The Musical. He was originally scheduled to appear in the tuner’s upcoming off-Broadway production, but has since left the project, presumably due to scheduling conflicts with the TV competition. Grande revealed part of his strategy to the magazine, saying, “I’m going to drop Grande and just use my father’s last name, Marchione…I plan on flying under the radar the first few weeks.” And what was his sister’s advice? “Go make them fall in love with you…but don’t show them all of you.” Who’s watching you, Frankie? We are, and soon, the rest of America! According to People, Broadway actor and producer Frankie James Grande, who also happens to be the older half-brother of TV star and Broadway alum Ariana Grande, will appear on the new season of Big Brother. With cameras following him around a house 24/7, Grande will compete against 15 other hopefuls for $500,000. The new season of Big Brother will premiere on CBS beginning June 25. View Commentslast_img read more

4 ways to minimize employee fraud and theft

Posted On Dec 18 2020 by

first_imgUnfortunately, we live in a world where businesses, and people in general, have to be prepared for the possibility of a robbery or theft. For a business owner, it can be hard to think about your trusted employees engaging in dishonest or fraudulent activities that could harm your company, but the fact of the matter is, it happens more often than you think. Here are some of the cold hard facts from the 2016 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse:Typical organization loses 5% of revenues in a given year as a result of fraud.The median loss for all cases in the study was $150,000, with 23.2% of cases causing losses of $1 million or moreThe median loss suffered by small organizations (those with fewer than 100 employees) was the same as that incurred by the largest organizations (those with more than 10,000 employees)More than three-fourths of the frauds analyzed were committed by individuals working in seven key departments: accounting, operations, sales, executive/upper management, customer service, purchasing, and finance continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Decline in US flu activity accelerates

Posted On Nov 18 2020 by

first_imgApr 10, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The spring decline of US influenza activity picked up speed last week, when only four states still reported widespread flu activity, down from 13 a week earlier, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.Eighteen states reported regional flu activity for the week that ended Apr 4, while another 20 had only local activity, the agency said. The rest of the states had only sporadic cases or didn’t report. The states still dealing with widespread flu were Alabama, New York, Virginia, and Washington.Despite some problems with antiviral resistance, this season appears to have been a fairly mild one, at least in comparison with last year, when two of the three flu strains in the vaccine didn’t match up well with the viruses making people sick.Medical visits to the CDC’s network of sentinel providers for treatment of influenza-like illness (ILI) this season have run well below last season. A chart in the CDC report shows that the proportion of visits for ILI this season peaked in February at about 3.5% of all visits, whereas at last year’s peak, also in February, ILI accounted for about 6% of all medical visits. Last week the proportion of visits ascribed to ILI was 1.6%, well below the epidemic threshold of 2.4%.Two flu-related deaths in children were reported last week, one each in Illinois and Virginia, the CDC reported. That brings the seasonal total to 45 deaths, which is well below the overall toll of 88 for the 2007-08 season and 78 for 2006-07.Of the 45 children who died, 27 were tested for secondary bacterial infections, and 12 tested positive. Eight of these had Staphylococcus aureus infections, three of which involved methicillin-resistant (MRSA) strains.In another sign of a fairly mild season, flu-related hospitalization rates for children under age 4 this season have been well below those of last season, the CDC report shows. Through Mar 21, data from the New Vaccine Surveillance Network show the rate for this season was 1.46 hospitalizations per 10,000 children.Flu-related hospitalization rates for adults this season also were well below last season’s level, according to data from the CDC’s Emerging Infections Program (EIP). Rates for adults this year were fairly close to those recorded in 2006-07, a chart based on EIP data shows.As for overall flu-related deaths, 7.4% of deaths reported through the CDC’s 122-city mortality surveillance system last week were attributed to pneumonia and influenza, which is below the epidemic threshold of 7.8%, the CDC said. A chart shows that the percentage of deaths attributed to pneumonia and flu never surpassed the epidemic threshold this season, whereas it hovered above that level for several weeks last season.Continuing a trend of the past several weeks, influenza B viruses were the most common type identified last week, though type A viruses have been predominant in the season overall. Of 348 viruses that were typed, 203 (58.3%) were type B. For the whole season, 67.9% of isolates have been type A and 32.1% type B.Most of the type B viruses tested this year have not been a good match for the B strain in this year’s vaccine. The latest numbers show that of 263 type B viruses that have been antigenically characterized, 50 belonged to the Yamagata lineage used in the vaccine, while 213 belonged to the Victoria lineage and were not related to the vaccine strain.However, all influenza A isolates that the CDC has studied have been well matched to the strains in this year’s vaccine. These include 594 A/H1N1 viruses and 88 A/H3N2 isolates, the CDC reports.Among influenza A viruses, the H1N1 subtype has predominated over H3N2 this season. That may be a factor in the relatively mild season, as experts say that seasons tend to be more severe when H3N2 viruses dominate.Today’s report shows a continuation of the season-long pattern of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) resistance in H1N1 viruses. It says 694 of 699 (99.3%) tested H1N1 isolates showed resistance to the drug, while all tested H3N2 and B viruses have been sensitive to oseltamivir and the other neuraminidase inhibitor, zanamivir (Relenza). The resistance findings prompted the CDC to revise its recommendations for antiviral treatment in December.Nearly all H1N1 isolates tested this season have been sensitive to the older antiviral drugs, amantadine and rimantadine. However, all tested H3N2 viruses have shown resistance to those drugs.See also: CDC flu update read more

Iran says 77 now dead from coronavirus

Posted On Oct 19 2020 by

first_imgIran’s health ministry announced on Tuesday that 11 more people had died from the new coronavirus in the past day, bringing the Islamic republic’s overall death toll to 77.In all, 2,336 people have been infected, including 835 new cases — the biggest increase in a single day since the COVID-19 outbreak began in the country nearly two weeks ago.”According to the latest figures, 835 new patients have been added” to the overall number of infections, Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi said in remarks aired live on state television. Topics : “The health care guidelines for preventing infection from this virus should be observed,” Khamenei, who was wearing gloves as he planted a tree, said on state television.The supreme leader said Iran was being transparent with its figures on the outbreak and accused other countries of trying to conceal them.”The #Coronavirus has affected many countries,” he was quoted as saying on his official Twitter account.”Our officials have reported with sincerity and transparency since day one.”However, some countries where the outbreak has been more serious have tried to hide it.”Of course, we ask God to heal the sick in those countries too,” he added.Iran on Saturday dismissed a BBC Persian report that the real number of coronavirus deaths in the country was more than 200.The United States and Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders have accused Iran of concealing information about the outbreak.center_img “Unfortunately, we have 11 new deaths, and with this amount we have reached 2,336 new confirmed cases and a total of 77 dead.”Iran announced on Feb. 19 its first two deaths from the coronavirus in Qom, a center for Islamic studies and pilgrims from abroad.It now has the highest death toll for any country outside China, where the virus has killed more than 2,900 people since late December.Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on Iranians to stick to hygiene guidelines to prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading.last_img read more

Millennial farmers weather COVID-19 storm

Posted On Oct 19 2020 by

first_imgThe country’s emerging millennial farmers are striving to weather the COVID-19 outbreak that has impacted the agriculture sector, with many relying on innovations in technology.Safari Munjin, a farmer and a Javanese literature graduate from the University of Indonesia, said on Friday that he had been able to boost his farming business, called Sayuran Pagi, during the health crisis, by maximizing promotion on social media.“We do not use complicated advertisements other than maximizing the potential of Sayuran Pagi’s Instagram account” Safari said in a virtual talk on Friday. At the same time, the agriculture sector has proven to be resilient during the pandemic, growing 2.19 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the second quarter this year, while Indonesia’s economy shrank 5.32 percent yoy.Meanwhile, Ardiansyah, also a millennial farmer, suffered Rp 150 million in losses during the pandemic from the death of 12 of his cows, as the tofu factory on which he relied for feed was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.“The biggest risk in cattle [business] is death,” said Ardiansyah. “The difficulty came only during the COVID-19 pandemic. There were no difficulties prior to that because the demand for milk exceeded our available stocks.”Ardiansyah said he had followed in his parents’ footsteps by breeding cows and selling milk since 2011 after trying to develop other businesses.When he inherited the business from his father, they only had two cows because his father had gone bankrupt. It took Ardiansyah eight years to rebuild the business.Despite the impact of the pandemic on his business, he still has 80 cows and makes around Rp 45 million every month.Vicky Shu, a celebrity-cum-business woman, said she expected the agriculture sector to keep growing amid the pandemic because it provided for people’s basic needs.Vicky runs a grocery store in Jakarta, and hopes to sell agricultural products at affordable prices. She now plans to buy a field, expand her grocery store and start a poultry farm to sell chicken eggs.“I am interested in buying a field because it will create jobs for people,” said Vicky, who took her pre-wedding photos in a field.“I ran for office last year and engaged with a lot of farmers, socializing and listening to their stories. I was inspired,” she added.Topics : With the effort, he has booked a 50 percent increase in monthly revenue to Rp 7 million (US$473.97) since the beginning of 2020.Safari and his seven friends – with the help of their former lecturer who has provided them with a house – have been running Sayuran Pagi for two years in Depok, West Java, selling various kinds of vegetables to more than 150 customers.With harvests on Saturdays, they produce between 15 to 17 kilograms of vegetables each month.“The key is maintaining our customers’ confidence,” said Safari. “After we place ads, there is usually one person who makes an order and they will tell their friends to buy vegetables from us without us having to ask for it. Hence, we believe that maintaining quality automatically boosts our customer base.”Fewer young people are pursuing farming as a profession compared with previous generations. Only 23 percent of the country’s 14.2 million people aged between 15 and 24 worked in the agriculture, forestry and fishery sectors in 2019, data from the National Labor Force Survey showed.Despite being an agriculture powerhouse, the country lost 5.1 million farmers between 2003 and 2013, with their numbers falling to 26 million, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS).One of the reasons is the lack of income, with farmers earning just around Rp 55,613 on average per day in July this year, up slightly by 0.2 percent from June, BPS data showed.Read also: Investment, financing key to sustaining agriculturelast_img read more

IPE Views: Freedom, choice and rewriting later life

Posted On Sep 29 2020 by

first_imgPensions and investments are only one aspect of the retirement challenge. Many people are keen to explore how other strands of well-being can be integrated into financial planning for later life. Old-age care provision, for example, is seen as fundamental to any coherent strategy for well-being in retirement. As a result of such factors, will a broad consensus emerge that endorses a full-blown national savings strategy? And, as is already practised in countries like New Zealand, will an independent figure emerge who sits in or alongside the Cabinet as a Retirement Commissioner?Given that the guidance guarantee steers clear of product recommendation, many consumers will still need to seek out regulated advice. Innovation in multichannel, at-retirement advice is seen as one of the most exciting developments that could come out of the new pension freedoms.At the same time, encouraging the mass market to become closely engaged with its retirement planning brings a new set of challenges. If the new pension freedoms are to be used effectively, both guidance and advice will need to be delivered actively to the consumer, both before and throughout retirement.As the characters in Cocoon found out, the nature of later life can change in surprising and positive ways. The percentage of over 65 year olds participating in the UK workforce has approximately doubled over the past decade, and earned income could be a key source of improved income for older age groups in the future. But work needs to continue to narrow the disparity in wealth levels between the UK’s richest and poorest retirement cohorts.Notwithstanding, greater life expectancy and longer working lives mean retirement planning solutions need to be increasingly flexible and capable of working around the different needs of the individual. For this version of Cocoon to end well, the industry needs to ensure those on more modest incomes receive a similar level of flexibility to those already taken care of in the workplace.Benjie Fraser is global pensions executive for Investor Services at JP Morgan JP Morgan’s Benjie Fraser calls for greater flexibility in retirement planning solutionsThere was a film made in the 1980s called Cocoon about a group of elderly people – in today’s parlance, we would describe them as ‘silver surfers’ – who are rejuvenated by aliens. The changes to the UK pensions landscape in 2014 heralded a similar extra-terrestrial experience for many in and outside the industry.Defined contribution pension holders, from April, will have previously unheard-of freedom in how they can choose to use their accumulated pension funds, from age 55 onwards – as well as the ability to pass on unused pension funds on death, free of tax. The UK government points to the beneficial impact these changes have already had on people’s pension intentions. Given the modest size of the average pension pot, how will these changes affect how people make financial decisions?The impact of the changes on the UK annuity market is already evident. Yet, given the unique ability of annuities to deliver a guaranteed income, many people believe they must continue to be promoted as a core element of the retirement income mix. The key to optimising retirement income, some believe, is not to walk away from traditional annuities but to encourage savers to exercise an open market option and to drive greater competition among providers. In a nutshell, many retirees simply want to replace their regular wage. But to do so without an annuity offers a different set of challenges.last_img read more

Court strikes down Canada’s ban on assisted suicide

Posted On Sep 27 2020 by

first_imgLifesite News 15 June 2012The B.C. Supreme Court has ruled that Canada’s ban on assisted suicide is unconstitutional. Justice Lynn Smith issued a 395-page ruling in the Carter v. Canada case Friday morning, determining that the ban discriminates against the disabled. The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, which intervened in the case, immediately urged the Crown to appeal Smith’s decision to the BC Court of Appeal and to seek an order that stays the effect of the decision until such time as that appeal is heard. Given that suicide is legal in Canada, Justice Smith argues that the ban violates the equality provision in section 15 of Canada’s Charter because it prevents the disabled from getting the help they may need to kill themselves. The case centres on Gloria Taylor, who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS in 2009. Taylor says she does not currently wish to kill herself, but wants to have assurance that she could receive help to commit suicide in future. Justice Smith argues that the ban “perpetuates disadvantage” because it “is felt particularly acutely by persons such as Ms. Taylor, who are grievously and irremediably ill, physically disabled or soon to become so, mentally competent and who wish to have some control over their circumstances at the end of their lives.” Ironically, Justice Smith also argues that the ban violates the right to life under section 7 of the Charter because it could lead someone to commit suicide earlier than they might otherwise, while they are still physically able to do it themselves. read more

Leo Schep: Ecstasy not a safe party drug

Posted On Sep 27 2020 by

first_imgNZ Herald 23 June 2015 – Dr Leo Schep is a toxicologist at the National Poisons CentreIn May 2010, 12 people attending a rave party at a venue called the Cow Palace in Daly City, California, experienced life-threatening complications requiring immediate medical attention; symptoms included seizures and hyperthermia with resultant muscle breakdown and kidney failure.Two died and four had permanent brain and muscle damage and/or kidney injury. Blood samples from those affected and confiscated tablets from the event identified Ecstasy without evidence of other recreational drugs.Ecstasy, also known as methylenedioxymethamphetamine or MDMA, is a recreational drug that is widely used in the party scene in part because of its perceived low toxicity and its recognised euphoric properties. It is an amphetamine-like drug in the same class as methamphetamine, amphetamine and the various “bath salts”. Most of the drugs within this class cause similar adverse effects, though the intensity and risk of injury may vary.While the majority of people who use Ecstasy may not experience obvious complications, described effects that have developed after use include agitation, hallucinations, increased heart rate and high blood-pressure, clenching or grinding of the teeth, and sweating. Although these effects are transient and may not require medical attention, complications of severe toxicity have occurred; these include psychosis, seizure, hyperthermia, muscle breakdown, acute kidney failure, liver injury, adult respiratory distress syndrome, cardiovascular collapse, and death. A further complication resulting from profuse sweating and excessive water consumption can lead to seizure, swelling of the brain and death.More insidious, and less obvious to the users, is the risk of changes within the brain following long-term recreational use of Ecstasy. Animal studies and investigations of human volunteers have consistently shown evidence of such changes, reflected in measurable deficits on some tests of attention, executive function and memory.Many would argue the risk of adverse events following Ecstasy use is low and, in light of other more dangerous amphetamines, it could be regarded as a legitimate alternative to other recreational drugs. read more

Niger president:”Boko Haram is ‘Islam’s worst enemy”

Posted On Sep 27 2020 by

first_img(Reuters) – Militant group Boko Haram is “the worst enemy of Islam” and will be defeated because West African Muslims reject its violent actions and harsh interpretation of the Koran, Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou said on Friday.“There is nothing Islamic about Boko Haram,” Issoufou told students and faculty at the Harvard Institute of Politics John F. Kennedy Forum in Cambridge, Massachusetts, during a trip to the United States.“Abducting and raping women, killing innocent people, drinking human blood … these are not the most efficient ways of spreading Islam,” he said. “Boko Haram has no future, Boko Haram will be defeated, God willing.”Niger is taking part in a regional operation against Boko Haram in northern Nigeria, a militant group which has launched repeated bloody attacks and abductions in Nigeria and an increasing number of raids into neighboring countries. The military alliance includes troops from West African countries Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad and Benin.Issoufou said Niger’s mostly Muslim population broadly supported the alliance, which he said had notched recent successes fighting Boko Haram, and rejected Boko Haram’s attempts to carve out its own state in the border region.“The successes of this multinational force … can be explained not only by the fact that they are coordinating their information systems and operational forces, but more importantly by the fact that they are supported by the population,” he said.“It shows the population of our countries reject terrorism, reject extremism. The population of our countries reject Boko Haram as a Muslim organization,” he said.Niger, which is also stepping up security against traffickers and jihadi groups bolstered by weapons and fighters from Libya’s conflict to the north, is ranked at the bottom of the U.N. Human Development Index for 2013.Issoufou said he saw poverty as an important reason some people join militant ranks, but he said efforts to combat it have been hindered by fluctuations in donor support, rapid population growth and climate shocks.He said he had held meetings with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank during his trip to discuss financing.Issoufou won election in 2011 in the uranium-producing country following a military coup that removed the previous president, Mamadou Tandja, widely criticized for overseeing rampant state-level corruption.Issoufou touts advances in transparency and press freedoms since coming to power, and is expected to seek re-election in mid-2016.last_img read more

Namibia Minimum Wage: Domestic Workers Monthly Wages Doubled

Posted On Sep 27 2020 by

first_imgMozambique increases minimum wages despite IMF Warning Related Namibia’s government has introduced a minimum wage for this sector for domestic workers: doubling their monthly wages and providing for overtime, leave and transport fees. The move has however been met with mixed reactions. Some say it is unsustainable, while the union representing the workers argues it is still too little. CCTV’s Susan Mwongeli reports. Workers in Nigeria rally to demand minimum wage increases South Africa’s minimum wage set at $240last_img