The SummerStage schedule is here! Every year, New York hosts the SummerStage series, bringing hundreds of artists to Central Park and various outdoor venues for a series of concerts; a majority of which are free.Today, SummerStage revealed their schedule for the coming months. Spanning May 16th through September 23rd, a number of great artists are scheduled to perform! Check out some of our highlights below:SummerStage Concert Schedule Highlight5/16-17: Cage The Elephant, Portugal. The Man, and Broncho5/18: Rudimental and Gorgon City6/13: Barenaked Ladies, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Howard Jones6/18: Kamasi Washington6/21: Public Enemy and DJ Tedsmooth (Free)6/27: Indigo Girls (Free)7/20: Ryan Adams & The Shining7/24: Flight of the Conchords sing Flight of the Conchords7/28: Lyfe Jennings (Free)7/30: Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Empress Of (Free)8/5: Terence Blanchard ft. The E-Collective (Free)8/8: Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration ft. Warren Haynes8/13: The Go-Go’s Farewell Tour9/23: Lucius, JD McPheron and Big ThiefYou can see the full schedule of events here.
Related Shows The King and I Former Here Lies Love stars Ruthie Ann Miles and Conrad Ricamora will join Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe in the previously announced The King and I on Broadway. Directed by Bartlett Sher, the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic tuner will begin previews on March 12, 2015 and officially open on April 16 at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre.Along with Miles as Lady Thiang and Ricamora as Lun Tha, the cast will feature Ashley Park (Mamma Mia!) as Tuptim, Edward Baker-Duly (Peter and the Starcatcher) as Sir Edward Ramsey, Jon Viktor Corpuz (Godspell) as Prince Chulalongkorn, Murphy Guyer (South Pacific) as Captain Orton, Jake Lucas (Newsies) as Louis, Paul Nakauchi (Chu Chem) as Kralahome and Marc Oka (Flower Drum Song) as Phra Alack.The 51-member ensemble will include Aaron Albano, Adriana Braganza, Amaya Braganza, Billy Bustamante, LaMae Caparas, Hsin-Ping Chang, Andrew Cheng, Lynn Masako Cheng, Olivia Chun, Ali Ewoldt, Ethan Halford Holder, Cole Horibe, MaryAnn Hu, James Ignacio, Christie Kim, Kelvin Moon Loh, Sumie Maeda, Paul HeeSang Miller, Rommel Pierre O’Choa, Kristen Faith Oei, Autumn Ogawa, Yuki Ozeki, Stephanie Jae Park, Diane Phelan, Sam Poon, William Poon, Brian Rivera, Bennyroyce Royon, Lainie Sakakura, Ann Sanders, Ian Saraceni, Atsuhisa Shinomiya, Michiko Takemasa, Kei Tsuruharatani, Christopher Vo, Rocco Wu and Timothy Yang.The King and I is set in 1860’s Bangkok and tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the imperious King brings to Siam to tutor his many wives and children. The musical’s score includes Getting To Know You, Hello Young Lovers, Shall We Dance, I Have Dreamed and Something Wonderful. Ken Watanabe View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016 Star Files
By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaA new grant will help University of Georgia and Clemson University scientists show farmers a new technology that will help them conserve water and improve the yields of their crops.The scientists will use a three-year, $500,000 Natural Resource Conservation Service grant to install on farms and conduct field days for variable-rate irrigation systems.Five center-pivot irrigation systems in Georgia and one in South Carolina will be retrofitted with VRI technology each year for the next three years, said Calvin Perry, a researcher with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”The goal of this project is to take an innovative product like VRI to farmers,” said Perry, who is also an engineer with the UGA department of biological and agricultural engineering, “and let them test it and see it working and get them interested in using it.”Crops have to have water from rain or irrigation to grow properly. The center pivot is commonly used for irrigation in Georgia.A center pivot is a pipe that can be as long as several football fields. It’s attached to a water pump in the center or at the edge of a field. Small nozzle sprayers dangle from the pipe, which can stand 15 feet above the ground. It’s supported by triangular steel ribs on wheels. The entire system pivots in a full or half circle in the field.Farmers don’t have much control over how much water the nozzles spray as they pass over crops like peanuts, cotton or corn.Fields, even small ones, can vary widely in topography and soil types. Some places can be wetter or drier than other places in the same field.The concept behind VRI technology is simple: Apply water when and where crops need it. Don’t apply it where they don’t. VRI technology uses computer maps, sensors and software to control where and how much water the nozzles on a center pivot spray on crops.The VRI technology for this project was developed at UGA’s National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory in Tifton, Ga. UGA is in the process of getting a patent for the technology, Perry said.UGA scientists have tested the water efficiency of VRI systems on one farmer-owned field in east Georgia and two in south Georgia. The VRI systems allowed the farmers to place the right amount of water on their crops for optimal yields and reduce the water used by 8 percent to 20 percent in each year.”In most cases,” Perry said, “VRI conserves water.”There are about 10,000 center pivots in Georgia, said Kerry Harrison, an irrigation specialist with the UGA Extension Service. They’re used to water about 75 percent of Georgia’s 1.5 million acres of irrigated cropland.The grant funds will be used to identify VRI-suitable pivots in Georgia and South Carolina, Perry said. Web sites and other educational materials will be created to inform and educate stakeholders and policymakers in both states on VRI systems’ benefits for communities.To find out more about VRI, call (229) 386-3377. Or go to the Web site (www.nespal.org/vri).
Most anglers can trace the earliest days of their fly fishing journey back to one single outing, and often times that outing was made possible by none other than dear old Dad. Dads tend to be the primary reason why most fishermen and women take a liking to and ultimately develop a passion for the sport of fishing. But that’s not always the case.This time last year, the outdoor brand YETI, turned this assumption on its head with a moving video series titled “My Old Man”. The series follows several prominent outdoorsmen and women, and highlights the role—or lack thereof— that their respective fathers played in bringing the joy of the outdoors into their lives, as well the way in which they choose to share the power of the outdoors with their own children.One of the videos profiles Hilary Hutcheson, who I interviewed for an article on women in fly fishing just last year. Hutcheson, who grew up in Glacier, Montana where her father worked as a ranger for the National Park Service, had a unique story to tell.Though her father’s family lineage was heavily steeped in fly fishing culture and tradition, he himself had never taken it up as a passion, instead opting for the thrills of mountain climbing and other pursuits more closely associated with his high stakes job as a search and rescue ranger for NPS. The video below, titled “The Last Best Man”, follows Hilary and her father Dave as they embark on his very first fly fishing adventure on home waters in stunning Northwest Montana.It’s a touching short video that shows a rare role reversal where a fishing obsessed daughter gets to teach the art of fly fishing to her novice father, instead of the other way around. It gets particularly exciting when Dave hooks his first trout the fly somewhere around the five minute mark.To check out the rest of the videos in the YETI “My Old Man” series, including a great short film on the fishing guide son of legendary songwriter Townes Van Zandt, J.T. Van Zandt and a video profiling big wave surfer and avid hunter Shane Dorian, click here.
He said he has no suspicion that the rash of dead birds is related to the human outbreak. Keel said his lab tests birds that people find dead around their feeders and send in. The lab has tested “a couple hundred” since Januaryfar more than the four or five that are sent in for testing in a typical year. To reduce the spread of Salmonella, the NWHC recommends cleaning feeders with a 10% solution of bleach in water, changing feeder locations regularly, and adding more feeders to reduce crowding. “We did do some strain typing, and our preliminary data indicate no relation” to the strain involved in the human outbreak, said Keel, who supervises the diagnostic service for the ongoing wildlife study. Burkmann Feeds recall news releasehttp://www.burkmannfeeds.com/index.php?tpl=recall Western Trade Group Inc. of Port Angeles, Wash., recalled roasted peanuts in February because they contained peanuts from Peanut Corp. of America, the firm blamed for the nationwide outbreak. The firm’s recall notice said the feed-grade peanuts had been sold to makers of livestock and bird feed in Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, and North Dakota. Mar 18, 2009 (CIDRAP News) Salmonella infections have been killing more wild birds than usual in the US Southeast this winter, but the increase does not seem related to the nationwide human disease outbreak tied to tainted peanut products, according to federal wildlife scientists. Western Trade Group Inc. recall noticehttp://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/westerntrade02_09.html “We don’t regularly get pine siskins; they’re typically a more northerly bird. Periodically they come down here. They move down in extremely dense flocks. It’s not uncommon to see Salmonella outbreaks among them,” he said. Like Keel, Ramsay said the reasons are unclear. “It seems like it’s a cyclical thing. Back in 1998 we had a large peak also, not only on the East Coast but also in the Midwest. It seems like every once in a while we get outbreaks that occur over a large area and in large numbers. We’re not exactly sure what causes that as yet.” M. Kevin Keel, DVM, PhD, of the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study at the University of Georgia in Athens said testing so far has shown that the birds have been dying of a different Salmonella strain than the one in the human outbreak. Pine siskins predominateKeel said most of the Salmonella-infected dead birds have been pine siskins and goldfinches, though some cardinals and other birds have died of salmonellosis as well. Salmonella is not uncommon in birds found dead around feeders. But this year it’s “really widespread,” and it’s not clear why, Keel said. In a Mar 11 press release about the recall, Wild Birds Unlimited said, “Initial tests have found no correlation between any bird deaths and the recalled food; a different strain of Salmonella was found in deceased birds in North Carolina than what we detected in the recalled food.” “We really don’t know why this year has been much more extreme,” he said. “If it hadn’t occurred till the pine siskins arrived, we’d have thought it was them, but some cases occurred before they got here. They certainly are the dominant species affected now.” See also: “It seems from probably around Maryland down through Appalachia we’ve been seeing an increase in Salmonella,” he said. “It is Salmonella Typhimurium, and we see outbreaks of this type in birds every year, but usually not to this extent,” Keel told CIDRAP News. Salmonella Typhimurium is also the serotype involved in the human outbreak, but the bird strain does not match genetically with the human cases, he said. He said he was not aware of an unusual level of Salmonella-related bird deaths in regions other than the Southeast, with the possible exception of Washington state. A cyclical phenomenon?Nathan Ramsay of the US Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) in Madison, Wis., said his center also has been seeing an increase in bird deaths related to Salmonella in the Southeast. Bird feed recallBurkmann Feeds, a Kentucky company, recently recalled 150 bags of bird feed after the North Carolina Department of Agriculture found Salmonella in one sample. In a statement, Burkmann said one of its peanut suppliers had sold the company some peanuts that were subject to a recall and had not informed the company. Ramsay, who is the lead necropsy technician at the NWHC, said the center has not run genetic tests on Salmonella isolates from birds this winter, but said “there doesn’t seem to be any connection” with the human outbreak. Salmonellosis is a common cause of death in birds at bird feeders, according to the NWHC. The pathogen can spread from bird to bird through direct contact or through food or water contaminated with feces from an infected bird or mammal. Infected birds may appear healthy but can shed the organism in their feces. Burkmann makes bird feed for Wild Birds Unlimited (WBU) franchise stores in the Southeast. The recalled peanuts were used in certain lots of Burkmann’s WBU Wildlife Blend and WBU Woodpecker Blend, the company said. The firm said it had recalled those lots and informed all the customers who bought the products. Mar 11 Wild Birds Unlimited recall news releasehttp://www.wbu.com/news/pressreleases/2009_0311_recall.pdf NWHC information on salmonellosis in birdshttp://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/disease_information/other_diseases/salmonellosis.jsp
What is your opinion: The Gold Coast project as a bright future for the island of Pag or just an investor? The Golden Coast project was presented at the Mimara Museum in Zagreb Ede Marzic, an investment that envisages the construction of an entire new town on Pag in which, according to the investor’s plan, more than 10.000 people would live, reports Jutarnji list. The whole project also has its own promotional bus which promotes the investor’s vision of the development of Pag. The psychology and play on words behind the whole project is interesting, and it best reveals the front image of the bus (above) and the rear image of the bus (below). Of course, the attachment points out that no one is against the whole project. An interesting idea, perhaps to give the investor the entire island of Pag on a 100-year concession, and to make it a new “Cote d’Azur”? We do not need such investments. Especially the story of how to create a paradise on earth and great benefits for the locals. A paradise on earth that would be empty for most of the year and a ghost town, of the closed type, probably with cheap foreign labor, all using the main natural resource for a small concession fee. Of course, the intentions of investors are earnings and that is legitimate, in fact, earnings are the meaning of every business. Of course this is just my opinion, without any bad intentions. Rather, the investor has his own vision and wants to make money, which is absolutely legitimate. He offered his project and vision and put it on the table. Maybe the project is realized, and maybe not, like any other investment. But it is my opinion that we do not need such investments, in the context of closed resorts for the elite. From the music, the statements of the locals, the arguments and counter-arguments, the visuals, etc.… everything is nicely connected from frame to frame. What I’m sure of, no shots are random in this video. Watch the promotional video describing the entire investment and the project “Pag – Gold Coast” Comment: How about giving the whole island of Pag to investors for a concession? Of course from the perspective of investors this story could not be better, something similar to the theme of concessions on the beaches, to close and put a fence only for hotel guests. For the investor “golden coca”. The city for 10.000 people who would come to Pag a couple of times a year and would never go out of the “resort” makes no sense. Zlatna obala Hrvatske – reportage by Goran Milic / YouTube.com Promotional video Gold Coast When you look at the whole article, one of the conclusions that can certainly be drawn is that in fact the whole project is not in the interest of the investor, nor his earnings. No, the investor does all this exclusively for the prosperity of the island of Pag and its local population. Good marketing and a story that has been read for a long time. Also, I am fascinated by the fact that the desire to help the local population has been repeatedly emphasized. Everything is very nicely packaged through both videos. Everything has already been invented – it is one of the slogans of the whole project. That already closed resorts have long been invented and long ago proved to be bad for the whole local community in other countries, such as Spain, Turkey, Greece… Indeed, and Spain realized that this was the wrong direction of development, today they see it on their skin and they are now trying to develop tourism in a slightly different way (a little late when the coast as a major resource was destroyed). Croatia has the most valuable resource, and that is nature, ie the sea coast, which, fortunately for us or unfortunately (incompetence), is not completely destroyed, and therefore very attractive to large investors. This artificially dug canal would be the heart of the Pag residential project, the moment with which the island would gain access to the open sea for the first time and naturally connect to the existing Pag canal, concludes the Jutarnji list supplement. The golden coast of Croatia, as the whole project is called, would be golden only for the investor, and at least for the local population of the island of Pag. Looking for information about the project, I found this interesting article where the investor talks a little more about the whole vision of the project. The well-known journalist Goran Milić leads us through the entire article, whose credibility I assume should give credibility to the whole project? But I have to admit that the promotional video of the whole project is very cleverly put together, of course in the interest of investors. It’s as if the video director is Hollywood director Oliver Stone or Steven Spielberg with the support of top marketing and communication experts. The owner of the Hotel Pag and Camp Šimuni announced earlier that the realization of the project would cost between 500 and 700 million euros, and on Tuesday the first simulations of the settlement in the Pag bay Dinjiška were presented. Maržić’s plan is to dig a canal that would connect Dinjiška Bay with the town of Pag and whose entire course would be built and inhabited residential, luxury real estate, apartments and villas equipped with the best and most expensive furniture, but also a complete service that would include daily restaurant services and delivery of three meals daily to the doorstep, garage spaces for cars, hotel accommodation for residents and service staff, obligatory with knowledge of the mother tongue of the residents and with the manners of the best European and world catering workers. The dream of the generation of the island of Pag, everyone will sell to the country and give everything just to realize the project, sadness and grief, there is no future, the Government is praying, everyone is for the project, everyone is interested in this project, great future, rebirth are some slogans that are pulled through the video. As if there is no alternative, and the investor is the only savior. According to Maržić, it should be a luxury closed city, the most elite sea oasis in the world, with a complete service and other infrastructure adapted to the elderly who will be able to buy residential real estate on the island of Pag, each with its own berth or luxury yacht, and with access to the open sea, which Pažani, Maržić claims, will get precisely thanks to his vision.
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Terawan said the new benefits package would contain a list of what the JKN could and could not cover, as well as what it could cover with restrictions.The ministry will further discuss the package with the Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan), which manages the JKN, to take into account the social security fund managed by the agency and to avoid “aggravating” its deficit further.As deficits continue to batter the agency, totaling Rp 13 trillion (US$920 million) last year alone, the government issued in early May a presidential regulation to almost double JKN premiums roughly two months after the Supreme Court annulled an earlier regulation on similar premium increases.The new regulation will take effect in July but to the opposition of lawmakers and experts who not only accused the government of undermining the rule of law but also criticized its timing, as millions of people had been badly hit by the pandemic.Read also: Government accused of undermining rule of law in JKN premium hikeBPJS Kesehatan president director Fahmi Idris said that with the premium hikes, the agency would still see a deficit of Rp 185 million by the end of 2020 — but this was better than the Rp 3.9 trillion deficit projected if it maintained the old premiums.However, relying only on the increases would not be enough, Fahmi said, as they were still below the actuarial estimates for premiums, ranging between Rp 137,221 and Rp 286,085. Thus, managing the agency’s spending by defining primary health needs and classes of JKN services, among other measures, was necessary and also mandated by the new presidential regulation.Achmad Choesni, the head of the National Social Security Council (DJSN) overseeing the BPJS, said the council was still mulling over the criteria for JKN hospitalization classes, which was expected to be gradually implemented starting at the end of this year before coming into full force by 2022.Read also: Can BPJS Kesehatan survive? An assessment after drastic premium hikesIt remained to be seen whether there would be only one service class for all policyholders or two, such as by separating the recipients of contribution assistance (PBI) — low-income patients whose premiums are fully paid by the state — from non-PBI participants. What is certain is that those willing to upgrade their plans could do so by paying the remaining fees on their own or by other insurances.Currently, there are three types of JKN plans, with the third-class service also covering a large number of PBI recipients. Non-PBI policyholders can choose to pay the premiums by themselves or have them partly paid by their employers.”Some of the output will be to […] reduce the potential of INA-CBG [diagnostic rate] claim fraud,” Achmad said.Much of the concern, however, was directed toward whether the country’s hospitals would be able to adjust their wards to the planned JKN service class.If the prevailing third-class JKN service was to be used as the baseline for the new categorization, then the number of hospital beds for the third-class service should also be increased to accommodate 270 million Indonesians, said National Mandate Party (PAN) lawmaker Saleh Daulay.JKN now covers some 220 million participants, but the government is aiming for all its citizens to join the program to help close the gap between claims and benefits.“We need a review of our hospital beds, especially now that the COVID-19 pandemic is taking up many of them,” Saleh said.Read also: Experts warn about impact of premium hike on low-class JKN holdersThe Health Ministry’s director general for health services, Bambang Wibowo, said his office had requested that hospitals add third-class beds even before the pandemic struck to anticipate policyholders downgrading their insurance plans following the previous premium hikes.Some 127,000 beds, or 47 percent of the country’s 270,000 hospital beds, are available for third-class policyholders, which is more than the mandatory 30 percent. Following the previous premium hikes, the ministry targeted to have 60 percent of hospital beds for this category by 2021.Activist Timboel Siregar from BPJS Watch said the government must first ensure that the planned categorization would not lead to a shortage of hospital beds because even “with the current three insurance classes”, many hospitals still do not have enough beds for inpatient care. He doubted that hospitals would be able to renovate their wards as that would be costly.The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) found in a recent study that the BPJS could save as much Rp 12.2 trillion through stricter insurance claim management, including by limiting claims for noncommunicable diseases, which puts the heaviest burden on the JKN. It found that readjusting hospital classes could also help the BPJS avoid making unnecessary payments. Topics : The government is redefining primary healthcare needs and the standards of service at hospitals eligible for the National Health Insurance (JKN) to ensure the deficit-stricken program’s sustainability.Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto said the ministry was working on finishing a benefits package for policyholders that was based on primary health needs, as mandated by a 2004 law on the national social security system (SJSN), and was expecting to realize it by the end of June.He also presented the plan on Thursday before a hearing with the House of Representatives’ Commission IX overseeing health care and manpower. “The benefits package, which is based on primary health needs, will not reduce the benefits received by the people but rather optimize the benefits principles by reducing unnecessary treatments […],” Terawan told the hearing.He said such excessive services were in contrast to the principles of social insurance, which aims at providing basic health care for all eligible Indonesians.Unnecessary treatments have reportedly inflated medical bills under the JKN.Read also: Activists demand better services after drastic JKN premium hike
Share Share FaithLifestyle Pope to visit US in September by: BBC News – November 17, 2014 Tweet Sharing is caring! Pope Francis announced his plans at a meeting of Protestant, Muslim and Jewish religious leadersThe Pope has announced plans to visit the US next September, his first trip there since his election last year.Pope Francis said he would attend an international Catholic conference on marriage in Philadelphia.He is also expected to address the UN General Assembly in New York and meet President Barack Obama in Washington.The announcement, at an interreligious conference on family values in the Vatican, was eagerly awaited after months of speculation.Speaking at the Vatican on Monday, the pontiff said he would travel to Philadelphia for the “World Meeting of Families”, a gathering sponsored by the Roman Catholic Church which takes place every three years.The website of the conference said in a statement that Pope Francis would most likely travel there from 25 to 27 September, although dates are yet to be finalised.Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, who had personally invited the Pope, said he was “overjoyed” by the announcement, adding: “A hallmark of his papacy has been a keen focus on the many challenges that families face today globally.“His charisma, presence and voice will electrify the gathering.”Pope Francis will become the fourth pope to visit the US, in a visit that Catholic officials say could draw up to a million people.According to AP news agency, he had received invitations from President Obama, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Congress, as well as letters from more than 10,000 school children in Philadelphia, encouraging him to make the trip. Share 446 Views no discussions