Star Files Idina Menzel is working on a pop album and has a possible new Great White Way tuner in development! Grammy-winning record producer and songwriter Walter Afanasieff, who has long been associated with Mariah Carey, has teamed up on the endeavors with the Broadway supernova.“I’m doing a couple of Idina Menzel projects. Her pop album, which we just finished writing all the songs—12 songs—for,” Afanasieff revealed in a recent interview. He went on to say: “We’re also writing a Broadway musical…for hopefully her next big Broadway show. That’s just been a huge challenge. Being a songwriter is one thing, but writing for Broadway or for film is entirely different. It really pulls you into that, ‘Am I good enough? Do I have what it takes?’ It’s so hard.”Afanasieff is additionally collaborating on Barbra Streisand’s latest venture, so we’re going to be keeping a close eye on him moving forward!Menzel was last seen on Broadway in If/Then and is currently letting it go on a world tour. Afanasieff won the 1999 Grammy in the Record of the Year category for producing Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” and the 2000 Grammy Award for Non-Classical Producer of the Year. Idina Menzel View Comments
Microcheck has announced that it is working with scientists at Applied Biosystems, a division of Life Technologies Corporation, to further enhance Applied Biosystems validated libraries that provide the most complete information for microbial identification in pharmaceutical manufacturing. These libraries contain information about bacteria and fungi, enabling users of Applied Biosystems MicroSEQ® Microbial Identification System to perform accurate identifications. Microcheck is an independent contract cGMP microbiology laboratory, with expertise in fungal, yeast, actinomycete and bacterial identification, environmental monitoring, and microbiology testing.Microbial identification is important because pharmaceutical companies need to monitor their manufacturing environment for the presence of bacteria and fungi. A molecular approach to microbial identification has significantly improved identifying these microorganisms. Part of effective molecular analysis is having comprehensive information in databases that are used to compare the molecular properties of microorganisms.Michael Sinclair, M.S., Ph.D., and postdoctoral fellowship, has applied his 30 years of experience as a mycologist specializing in fungal identification and classification to lead Microcheck with a vision of helping laboratories improve the way they conduct microbial identification. Microcheck has been at the forefront of expanding information about bacteria and fungi, enabling scientists to eliminate unknowns that could adversely affect the pharmaceutical manufacturing process. Many scientists are increasingly adopting molecular analysis to increase overall accuracy in microbial identification, said Dr. Sinclair. This is a critical time to give these microbiologists the most comprehensive information about fungal, yeast, actinomycete and bacterial identification. Our work with Applied Biosystems will ensure that pharmaceutical companies will continue to have access to the most comprehensive libraries for microbial identification.About MicrocheckMicrocheck is an independent full service microbiology laboratory specializing in microbial identification of bacteria, fungi, yeasts, and actinomycetes. The company supports quality control programs for the pharmaceutical, medical device, personal health, sterile manufacturing and packaging, agriculture/food, raw materials, water testing, research, bioremediation, and other related industries. Well over 220,000 isolates have been identified to species at Microcheck since 1988. Microcheck s scientific teams are experts in bacterial identification, fungal identification, gene sequencing, environmental monitoring, and microbiology testing. For more information, call (866) 709-6600 or visit www.microcheck.com(link is external).For additional information about Microcheck s full service microbiology laboratory please visit www.microcheck.com(link is external).Source: Microcheck. Northfield, VT April 13, 2009 read more
By Dialogo April 01, 2013 The Cooperative Situational Information Integration system (CSII) is an ambitious project that integrates radar and sensor feeds to show the movement of vessels and airplanes. This technological tool developed by the U.S. Southern Command is a nonproprietary, open-standard system, with the following capabilities: So far, CSII creates a unique operational image from radar signals that reach JIATF-S through an unclassified network. Among these signals are those from the Tethered Aerostat Radar System at Cudjoe Key, Florida, and the Maritime Safety & Security Information System, a U.S. Department of Transportation data collection and distribution network. Participating nations exchange feeds from maritime transponders installed on cargo and passenger boats, and the Dominican Republic has made the signals of three air radars available to the group. Lieutenant Colonel Gregory Harmon, who was in charge of coordinating the CSII project from SOUTHCOM, said the command expects to add feeds from the Relocatable Over-the-Horizon Radar (ROTHR), a U.S. Navy radar mainly used to combat drug trafficking, and plane tracks received from Federal Aviation Administration radars in the Caribbean. Additional national radar feeds and other sensors from CSII participants will also be integrated. Harmon explained that the current system is based at SOUTHCOM and protected by strict physical and cyber security measures. In terms of effectiveness, he added, one of the main advantages of the transition from CNIES to CSII is that the latter does not require either specialized software or a dedicated computer, just an Internet connection. In the near future, this will make it possible for the U.S. Coast Guard and partner nations’ ships with Internet connections to access CSII information. For Demier, who knows perfectly well the expectations and needs of the operators’ community, the capacity to grant usage privileges in accordance with the role of each operator is one of the most significant characteristics of the new technological tool. “The administrator assigns roles to each user and determines what information each one can see. The participating nations can determine with which countries they want to share the feeds from their radars,” he said. At the moment, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines have already signed Memorandums of Understanding and Aerial Intercept Assistance Agreements. These legally binding bilateral documents prohibit the use of U.S. information to disable, damage, destroy or threaten civil aircraft in service, which would violate U.S. law and international civil aviation conventions. These countries have started the transition toward CSII, and it is only a matter of time until the rest of the nations already using CNIES take the leap into the new technology, Harmon said. Like Demier, he agreed that beyond its value to capture criminals, CSII has broader potential. “The primary purpose of CSII is to support U.S. government and partner nation efforts to counter illicit trafficking, but it will also support other missions, such as search and rescue, monitoring of fishing waters, exercise support and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief,” he concluded. For more than a decade, in the JIATF-S operation center in Key West, and in similar centers in 20 nations of the Western Hemisphere, CNIES operators have closely followed the movement of vessels and planes that, in the system display, are represented by dots and lines. To the trained eye, these dots and lines symbolize radar and sensor signals that are fundamental for quickly detecting the presence of drug trafficking boats and planes, as well as prompting coordination of international efforts to go after them, arresting the operators and seizing their illegal cargo. “Any time you see in the news there is a partner nation either interdicting an illicit trafficking movement at sea or an aircraft that illegally flies into a country carrying out an illicit movement, coordination takes place between U.S. and partner nations’ operation centers allowing those interdictions to happen,” said Cal Demier, SOUTHCOM’s JIATF-S operation center’s chief and coordinator of the individual country centers in the Western Hemisphere. “The great thing about this system is that it is not just one person in the U.S. operation center looking at that information, but also partner nations’ operation centers looking at the same information. They are experts on activities that should be moving in their countries, so when they look at those dots and see a surface vessel or an aircraft and realize that they should not be moving this way, they can take coordinated action with us and among themselves,” he said. Thanks to that information exchange, air, maritime and land forces from nations taking part in the system can coordinate interdictions that start in international waters, continue along the maritime borders of a certain nation, and end up on the coast of another one. CSII, the new system created by SOUTHCOM, integrates live feeds from sensors, radars and identification systems into a platform using Internet-based software and social media tools available worldwide. “In 1998, when we started, the users of CNIES had never seen the Internet, [they] had no idea of what a chat was,” Demier said. “But by now, all of them are used to Facebook, Google, Twitter … and they are looking at new capabilities to do more.” Several technologies have been tried over the years, but CSII really showed the promise to build on what the community had developed through CNIES, according to Demier. With the recent emergence of the CSII, that community of operators now has a system that considers the needs they have identified in practice and incorporates the technological advances from the past decade. For instance, integration with Google Maps provides geomapping to visualize air and maritime tracks. And an easy-to-use alert system allows the community to know what an operator recognizes as a suspicious activity. A Leap into the Future More Flexible, More Secure CSII in Brief CS-I I on the Internet is an open invitation to hackers working for our enemies – clearly a mistake. As long as the efforts are focused on fighting drug trafficking and other illegal activities, I think it’s good, and we congratulate Southcom, for improving and practically replacing CNIES with CSII, which makes things more difficult for the transnational criminals. Alerting of suspicious activities by marking them on the map with geolocalization data. Chatting between users and translating messages from English into Spanish and vice versa. In the future, other languages of the Western Hemisphere, including Portuguese, French and German, will be added. Secured access through double-factor authentication (user name and password), as well as using a smart card with public key infrastructure certification or a VeriSign RSA token. Choosing who will have access to the signals from certain radars or sensors. Assigning visualization privileges in accordance with roles assigned to each operator. Sandra Marina/Diálogo Staff In Key West, where the Florida Peninsula overlooks some of the islands of the Caribbean, the Cooperating Nations Information Exchange System (CNIES) has been carrying out a backstage role since 1998 in the regional battle against drug trafficking and transnational organized crime. But now a revolutionary new information exchange platform – the Cooperative Situational Information Integration system (CSII) – is using state-of-the-art technology to make multinational cooperation faster, easier and more seamless for participating nations. Financed by a partnership between the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of State, and coordinated by the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), the CSII project responds to the need to reinforce the multilateral exchange of counternarcotics information among partner nations, and to take better advantage of each country’s resources to fight illicit trafficking and transnational organized crime. “Agreements like the CSII one are the developmental foundation that regional domain awareness and Caribbean security are built upon,” said Rear Admiral Charles Michel, Joint Interagency Task Force-South (JIATF-S) director, during his presentation at the Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC). The conference, organized by SOUTHCOM, was held December 11-12, 2012. read more
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man who investigators described as a victim of violence was found dead at the taxi company where he worked in Bohemia on Tuesday morning, Suffolk County police said.William Donahue was found dead by a co-worker at McCab’s Taxi Company on Johnson Avenue just south of Corporate Drive at 6:42 a.m., police said.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The personal details of more than 10.6 million users who stayed at MGM Resorts hotels have been published on a hacking forum this week.Besides details for regular tourists and travelers, included in the leaked files are also personal and contact details for celebrities, tech CEOs, reporters, government officials, and employees at some of the world’s largest tech companies.ZDNet verified the authenticity of the data today, together with a security researcher from Under the Breach, a soon-to-be-launched data breach monitoring service.A spokesperson for MGM Resorts confirmed the incident via email.
– Advertisement – When will we know the results?This will probably vary significantly from state to state. Let’s take them one at a time.AlaskaAlaska may well be the last state to be called, because officials there won’t even begin counting mail ballots, or early in-person ballots cast after Oct. 29, for another week. That being said, it’s a red state and isn’t really competitive. Mr. Trump will probably win here pretty easily, and Senator Dan Sullivan, a Republican, probably will too.Arizona- Advertisement – In the presidential race, as of 11 a.m. Eastern, we did not yet know who won Alaska (3 electoral votes), Arizona (11), Georgia (16), Nevada (6), North Carolina (15) or Pennsylvania (20).With the three calls made on Wednesday — Michigan and Wisconsin for Joseph R. Biden Jr., and Maine’s Second Congressional District for President Trump — Mr. Biden has 253 confirmed electoral votes and would need 17 more to win. President Trump has 214 confirmed electoral votes and would need 56 more to win. As of 11 a.m. Eastern time on Thursday, six states that will decide the next president remained uncalled, as did a handful of Senate races that will determine who controls the chamber.Here’s where things stand on Day 3, when you can expect final results, and how to follow along as this extraordinary election unfolds.What are we waiting for?- Advertisement – Georgia has two races involving Republican incumbents whom Democrats hope to unseat. One, between Senator David Perdue and Jon Ossoff, is very likely to go to a runoff in January. The other race will definitely require a runoff between the incumbent, Kelly Loeffler, and Raphael Warnock, a Democrat. Officials in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix and where many votes are still uncounted, said they would release an update on the results after 9 p.m. Eastern.GeorgiaElections officials in Georgia said they aimed to finish counting by noon on Thursday.The state might have been called already if not for a burst pipe at a site in Fulton County where election officials were counting absentee ballots, which delayed the counting process in and around Atlanta.Mr. Trump was ahead in Georgia by less than half a percentage point with 96 percent of the estimated vote counted, but Mr. Biden has been steadily closing the gap, and the uncounted ballots are mostly in Democratic areas. The race could end up close enough for a recount.NevadaMr. Biden has a slim lead in Nevada, but it’s much closer than experts expected going in, and the state will accept mail ballots received through Nov. 10 as long as they were postmarked by Election Day.The state is expected to release more results around noon on Thursday.North CarolinaMr. Trump is narrowly ahead in North Carolina with 95 percent of estimated votes counted. But North Carolina will accept mail-in ballots that arrive through Nov. 12, and it’s possible that the race won’t be called until then.PennsylvaniaThere are a lot of uncounted votes in major metropolitan areas of Pennsylvania — mostly in Philadelphia, but some in Pittsburgh too — and while Mr. Trump remains ahead by about two percentage points, Mr. Biden has been steadily making up ground. The vote tally is being continually updated.The Trump campaign is also fiercely contesting Pennsylvania ballots in the courts, which could drag the process out.Reporting was contributed by Nick Corasaniti, Reid J. Epstein, Trip Gabriel, Kathleen Gray, Jennifer Medina and Stephanie Saul. Arizona could be called on Thursday, but probably not until late in the day. Mr. Biden is leading by a little over two percentage points with about 86 percent of the estimated vote counted, and some news outlets, including The Associated Press and Fox News, have already called it for him. The New York Times and others have not done so. Four Senate races were uncalled in three states: Alaska, Georgia and North Carolina. Two other races were called on Wednesday: The Republican incumbent in Maine, Senator Susan Collins, and the Democratic incumbent in Michigan, Senator Gary Peters, both won re-election.- Advertisement – read more
Topics : Adib said public ignorance would not only prolong the health crisis but also create a long-term negative effect on the economy, which observers said was already on the brink of recession.“Indonesia has not even reached the peak of the pandemic’s first wave due to the massive indiscipline [in implementing] health protocols. If this continues, Indonesia will become the COVID-19 epicenter for the world.”According to the IDI’s data, 62 out of the 117 Indonesian doctors who died from the coronavirus were general practitioners, 53 were specialists, while the remaining two were hospital residents. East Java recorded the highest COVID-19 doctor fatalities with 30, followed by North Sumatra with 21, Jakarta (16), West Java (11) and Central Java (8).IDI mitigation team’s protocol unit head, Eka Ginanjar, claimed that Indonesia had recorded the highest number of fatalities among doctors and the general public compared to other Asian countries. Indonesia logged 9,222 total deaths from COVID-19 as of Thursday, nearly doubled the 4,785 fatalities recorded in the Philippines, though far behind 84,404 coronavirus-linked deaths in India, according to worldometer.info. The Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) has urged people to increase their adherence to health protocols as the number of doctors who have died from COVID-19 has increased to 171.IDI mitigation team chief Adib Khumaidi said the rising number of doctor fatalities showed that the public was still ignoring the advised COVID-19 prevention measures, including wearing masks, washing hands regularly and physical distancing.“We understand that there are economic needs being considered. However, as the front liners in handling the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask the public to be more disciplined in following health protocols in their daily activities,” Adib said in a statement on Friday. read more
60 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Chief Environmental Health Officer, Tassie ThomasDominicans are reminded that dengue fever is still classified as an epidemic on island.In October 2019, Chief Medical Officer, Dr David Johnson had reported an increase in the number of incidents and admissions associated with dengue since September.He also announced that five patients had been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit within that period.Chief Environmental Health Officer, Tassie Thomas is again urging residents to take environmental sanitation seriously and curb the high cases of the disease.She says the work of environmental sanitation is “not just for the Ministry of Health or health inspectors who come to your home to check for mosquito breeding.”Thomas insists, “We can stop dengue but it takes action from you, your children, your mother, the fathers, neighbours and me.Every one of us must play our roles. Empty the stagnant water in the drums, buckets, cans, coconut shells; cut the grass and pour some waste oil in the breeding areas and drains,” she lists. “Go to the abandoned building next to you and empty the pots, pans, cups, plates; put a little waste oil in the toilet bowl and tank. Discard the old tires and white goods.Thomas advises, “Call us at the Environmental Health Department at 2663468.“People in the region are dying from dying from dengue and I don’t want that for Dominica. It is very serious and the constant rain lately is not helping. The Ministry of Health will fog but this is just to destroy the adult mosquitoes. The key to destroying mosquitos and being dengue-free is finding where the mosquitoes lay their eggs and destroying or treating that receptacle so that you don’t have little ones coming out of them and growing into adults transmitting dengue.” Share Share Tweet Share LifestyleLocalNews Environmental Health Office: We Can Stop Dengue by: – December 20, 2019 read more
Russia is Syria’s most powerful allyand helped it turn the tables in the country’s civil war by retaking much ofthe country from rebels since 2015. The Turkish-Russian deal last week allowedSyrian government forces to move back into border regions from which they hadbeen absent for years.(Reuters) Turkey and allied Syrian rebelslaunched a cross-border offensive on Oct. 9 against the Kurdish YPG militia,seizing control of the 120 km (75 miles) of land along the frontier. A television footage showed Turkisharmored vehicles on Friday drove across the border to join their Russiancounterparts. Turkish military vehicles are seen on the Turkish-Syrian border before a joint Turkish-Russian patrol in northeast Syria, near Kiziltepe town in Mardin province, Turkey on Nov. 1. TURKISH DEFENCE MINISTRY/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS SEVIMLI – Turkish and Russian troopsin armored vehicles held their first joint ground patrols in northeast Syriaunder a deal between the two countries that forced a Kurdish militia away fromterritory near Turkey’s border. read more
Ireland’s destiny is still in their hands though, as they will win the tri-series title if they beat Scotland on Monday. They won the toss and put in Afghanistan, who lost their openers early on. Usman Ghani departed for six after edging to second slip off Young, who also accounted for Javed Ahmadi as he edged behind for 13. But a battling 50 from Shamiullah Shenwari settled Afghan nerves and laid the platform for Zadran to change the course of the game. Zadran smacked his first one-day international half-century, an innings which included six sixes and seven fours, as his team tucked into the Irish bowlers, scoring 119 runs from the last 13 overs and setting their opponents a victory target of 247. Ireland’s reply began well before captain William Porterfield edged behind off Hamid Hassan with the score on 40 and the fielding side seized their chance. Porterfield’s fellow opener Paul Stirling fell lbw to the same bowler on 36, and Mirwais Ashraf dismissed Gary Wilson and Niall O’Brien in quick succession to give the Afghans their advantage. With the Irish teetering, Aftab Alam picked up a couple of lower order wickets before Hassan – who finished with figures of three for 24 – wrapped up victory by bowling Young. Ireland will play their final match against Scotland on Monday before heading to the World Cup at the end of the month. Despite Craig Young and Kevin O’Brien each taking three wickets for the Irish, Najbullah Zadran thumped 83 off 50 balls to lift Afghanistan to a competitive 246 for eight at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Despite most of their top order getting starts, no-one in the Irish batting line-up could go on as they collapsed to 175 all out and their first defeat of the new year. Press Association Najbullah Zadran produced a standout performance as Afghanistan bounced back from their heavy defeat to Scotland with a 71-run win over Ireland in the Dubai tri-series. read more