Idina Menzel, Mark Ballas & Leona Lewis Stop the Show on DWTS

first_img Mark Ballas Star Files Dancing with the Stars was all about Broadway on its November 7 Showstoppers telecast. Tony winner Idina Menzel was a guest judge and also performed “Queen of Swords” from her album idina. Also on tap was two-time champion Mark Ballas—the Broadway.com vlogger and Jersey Boys headliner returned to the show to sing “December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)” while Derek Hough and Marilu Henner did the samba. Other notable moments included recent Grizabella, Leona Lewis, singing Cats’ “Memory” for a waltzing Lindsay Arnold and Calvin Johnson. Check out the videos below. Idina Menzel View Commentslast_img

Summer’s Not Over: Add These Swimming Holes to Your List

first_imgSliding Rock- Pisgah NationalForest, North Carolina (60-foot slide) Kinlock Falls– Grayson, Alabama (.3 miles) Easiest Hikes: KinlockFalls in William B. Bankhead National Forest may be fairly heavily traffickedby swimmers, but don’t let that deter you. This beautiful natural waterslideleads into a deep pool that has low ledges for jumping and a rope swing. Ifyou continue down the trail another .8 miles to the bottom of the falls, theview is incredible. Two separate waterfalls plunge to the pool at the bottom,which is a perfect place to take a break and swim. All Day Affairs: Emerald Pond- Massanutten, Virginia(8-Mile Hike) Photo by MaryGrace Morrow-Johnson South River Falls– Stanardsville, Virginia (83 feet tall, 4.4-mile loop hike) Howard’s Creek at John Holder Trail, Ky. Photo by Ravi Shah Photography, @_shahravi TheJohn Holder Trail has it all: a waterfall, a swimming hole, and the remains ofa historic plantation home and cabins. This popular day hike is perfect forfamilies as it isn’t too difficult but has enough interesting scenery to keepkids engaged. To access the falls, follow the John Holder trail until you crossHoward’s Creek. When you come to the split in the trail, head right to accessthe swimming hole. Go a little further past the hole and you will reach thefalls, which also have a large swimming hole at their base. This natural water slide has become sopopular that you can even find it on Google Maps. The actual slide is a mere .5mile from Wilderness Voyageurs, a family-run outdoor adventure guide inOhiopyle State Park. Amap of the trail or written directions, which are both available online athikingupward.com, are definitely recommended as the route to the pond can be alittle confusing and requires a couple trail changes. Photo by C.S. (Shawn) Miller, @csm777 If you’re looking for more of a hike, youcan start at Cucumber Falls which is the main trail head. Once you get on thistrail, the waterslide is located 2.8 miles from the slide. The slide itself is 100-feet long andrelatively calm, but can it become choppier at higher water levels. During thesummer, the speed and aggression of the slide are perfect for all ages. Theslide carves the sandstone rock and spits you out into a swimming hole at thebottom. Hungryafter an afternoon of hiking and swimming? The trail to Howard’s Creek swimminghole and falls is conveniently located right next to Hall’s On The River, ariverside eatery that is popular with locals. Warning- no dogs are allowed onthis trail! Pauls Creek Waterslide- Wintergreen,Virginia (1.2 Miles Out/Back) Meadow Run- Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania (100-foot slide)center_img With summer halfway over, there’s still time to check off all the unmarked boxes on your bucket list. With the help of our swimming hole guide, you can explore a handful of water-filled adventures across the Blue Ridge! Theswimming hole is located 40 miles from downtown Asheville in Pisgah National Forest.Additionally, it is minutes away from other swimming holes and trails off ofthe Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway including Looking Glass Hike andFalls. This allows for a day full of fun adventures. SlidingRock is not your average swimming hole. This North Carolina attraction is a60-foot natural slip and slide into 7-foot deep pool. Though there is anadmission fee of $2 per person, the experience makes it absolutely worth it.The swimming hole and water slide have lifeguards on duty year-round duringdaylight hours, ensuring the safety of young children. Best Natural Water Slide: Thishike is moderate in difficulty, lasting roughly 2 hours depending on how muchtime you spend at the waterfall. Located in the beautiful Shenandoah NationalPark, this trail gradually descends for most of the hike and can be rocky attimes. The overlook lies 1.4 miles from the trailhead. Thefalls and swimming hole are located less than half a mile from the park road,making them easily accessible to people of all ages and fitness levels. Justdrive down Kinlock Road until it turns into a gravel road, then park rightbefore the bridge. Most sites recommend life jackets for kids, since the poolcan be deeper than it appears and has invisible currents at times. As always,check the water to make sure it is safe before using the swing or jumping! Best Waterfalls: Foundin the Nantahala National Forest, this hike is perfect for young children,families, and even pets. You’ll find the trailhead right off US 64-N. After amere .3 miles and 88 feet of elevation gain, you will reach the waterfall. DryFalls cascades onto an extended rock that forms multiple streams. Once youreach the falls, the trail loops around the back, allowing you to standunderneath its shower. Thewaterslides at Paul’s Creek are much more pleasant during periods after a lotof rain. Try to avoid hiking this trail during dry spells because the waterslides will be less slippery and the pools will be shallower, making for a lesscomfortable sliding experience. Also, as always, be careful not to slip on theslick, moss-covered rocks around the falls. Thisshort hike is a perfect way to spend a summer afternoon in Nelson County, Virginia.The trail leads to a series of waterfalls that have carved smooth natural waterslides out of the rocks and end in pools deep enough to cushion your landing.Either hit it to cool off after exploring the nearby Crawford’s Knob area orbring a lunch and some towels and hang by the creek for the whole day. Kids andadults alike will love sliding down the falls into the refreshing pools. Dry Falls- Highlands, North Carolina(75 feet tall, .3-mile hike) Althoughthe eight-mile hike to Emerald Pond is long, the Bird Knob trail isn’t toostrenuous, making for a fairly leisurely all-day excursion. The first mile anda half is a little steep, but after that, the trail flattens out and offers twodramatic overlooks. Photo by Emily Haverkamp Thisswimming hole and waterfall is one of Georgia’s top hiking destinations. Thetrail itself actually begins in Tennessee at the Beech Bottom trailhead butthen descends through the Georgia border .25 miles into the hike. Once reachingthe trails highest elevation at 2.3 miles, you can begin to hear the roaringsound of the falls approaching. At 4.5 miles, you reach the upper cascades ofthe waterfall and the trail descends adjacent to the falls until you reach itsbase. At the bottom of the fall sits a beautiful swimming hole, which isperfect for cooling off after the long hike. The trail retraces its steps andreaches the trailhead at 9 miles, making it a moderately difficult hike. Howard’s Creek- Lexington, Kentucky(2.5 miles) Thehole’s shockingly blue-green water lives up to the name “Emerald Pond.” It isspring fed and extremely clear with a rocky bottom, perfect for taking a swimafter the long hike up. Pack a lunch and bring plenty of water so you can takeyour time enjoying the pool. Jack River Falls- Blue Ridge,Georgia (80 feet tall, 9-mile loop hike) last_img read more

Air Forces of the Americas: Ready for Disaster Response

first_imgBy Juan Delgado/Diálogo May 02, 2019 From April 3-12, the Argentine Air Force’s (FAA, in Spanish) 4th Air Brigade, located in Mendoza province, hosted the humanitarian assistance exercise Cooperation VI (Cooperación VI). Thirteen member nations of the System of Cooperation among the American Air Forces (SICOFAA, in Spanish) participated in the international virtual training event. The objective was to standardize air forces’ procedures in case of a natural disaster in the region. The exercise also integrated participants’ capabilities and reinforced planning and execution of air operations. Ai force delegations of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, the United States, and Uruguay coordinated efforts during Cooperation VI. A total of 120 officers took part in the exercise, which simulated an earthquake in the central Colombian region of Magdalena Medio. “The importance of Cooperation VI is that the air forces of the Americas are committed to helping a nation in case of a natural disaster,” said FAA Major General Alejandro Maroni, exercise director. “Aerial assets are first to arrive; they’re the quickest and most efficient way to reach an area in case of disaster.” Strengthening capabilities To carry out the simulated event, participants formed a combined general staff that enabled them to use SICOFAA doctrines and assess their coordination and interoperability. Planning and execution procedures included search-and-rescue operations, ground observation, and victim evacuation and transport, among others. “The exercise focused purely on humanitarian assistance, and the objective was to put our capabilities to the test by using aerial assets from all countries,” said Dominican Republic Air Force Colonel Mario Rivas Días, SICOFAA’s secretary general. “This way, we can strengthen our operational capabilities in case of an event or disaster in a country. We are pleased to be able to carry out this exercise in Mendoza, always ready to respond when we are most needed.” In addition to establishing a combined general staff, participants implemented a legal division to have the support of lawyers and military advisers when developing complex operations. Another division consisted of civil-military cooperation to connect different military institutions, non-governmental organizations, and the civil population. “Civil-military relations are very important, because [all] organizations must be connected to be able to address every requirement and direct it through the general staff that was implemented,” said Uruguayan Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Juan Pereyra, who was part of the civil-military cooperation team. United, Allied To carry out their tasks, officers used computer programs such as the Aerial Logistics Unified Module (MULA, in Spanish), a humanitarian assistance software developed by FAA. The program is used to plan flight missions and assign loads and transport of materials needed in combined air operations in case of natural or man-made disasters. SICOFAA adopted MULA to plan exercises and real operations. Cooperation VI allowed participants to prepare for the real exercise of the same name, which will be conducted with aerial assets of SICOFAA countries in Rionegro, Colombia, in 2020. Exercise Cooperation has been carried out since 2010 and represents SICOFAA’s new operational approach for humanitarian assistance in case of disaster. The institution has 21 member nations from the Americas. Training enables them to refine their combined response capabilities in real events. In 2017, exercise Cooperation V was expected to take place in Puerto Montt, Chile, but was suspended to redirect aerial resources and provide humanitarian assistance following the earthquake in Mexico. That same year, SICOFAA took part in humanitarian response operations for the floods in northern Peru. In 2018, SICOFAA also supported Guatemalan efforts after the Fuego Volcano eruption. According to participants, the virtual exercise was a great success. “It’s been an amazing experience, as we worked hard to share lessons learned that will help us keep improving the system, such as our doctrine levels in manuals, and be somehow prepared and ready to provide an efficient response when needed,” said Ecuadorean Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Xavier Coral. Col. Díaz praised the camaraderie shown during Cooperation VI. “It’s a fundamental element, because it reinforces bonds of fraternity, friendship, and cooperation,” the officer concluded. “We showed work synergy, all as a team, a single mechanism, a united front that makes operations easier to perform, and always bearing in mind our motto: United, Allied.”last_img read more

In Reading and Lackawanna County, Governor Wolf Discusses 2016-2017 Budget Investment in Battling the Opioid Epidemic

first_imgIn Reading and Lackawanna County, Governor Wolf Discusses 2016-2017 Budget Investment in Battling the Opioid Epidemic SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas visited the Reading Health System and the Wright Center for Primary Care to discuss the significant strides made in the 2016-17 budget to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic in Pennsylvania. Earlier this week, Governor Wolf announced that his administration will implement an additional 25 Centers of Excellence (COE) locations throughout the state by January 1, 2017. The COEs will offer treatment to Pennsylvanians with opioid-related substance use disorder.“I am thrilled that by working with Republicans and Democrats, we have achieved this level of funding for our fight against this public health crisis,” said Governor Wolf. “As we all know, the opioid epidemic does not discriminate – it affects Pennsylvanians from all walks of life. With these additional locations, my administration is continuing its commitment to expanding high-quality treatment across Pennsylvania. While the budget allows us to expand treatment for individuals suffering from addiction, we can and should do more to address this matter that is plaguing all of our communities.”The 2016-2017 budget included $10 million in behavioral health funding and $5 million in medical assistance funding, totaling $15 million. This will allow DHS to draw down $5.4 million in federal funding for an overall total of $20.4 million.During phase one, the Department of Human Services implemented 20 Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Centers of Excellence by utilizing the $10 million in behavioral health funding. After working with its actuaries to analyze the impact of adding medication assisted treatment on Medicaid managed care rates and subsequently negotiating 2017 rates with managed care organizations, DHS has determined that they can implement 25 additional centers with the $5 million in state Medicaid funds and $5.4 million in federal funds. The additional 25 COEs announced will serve at least 5,600 additional individuals.“The Centers for Excellence will provide vital, potentially life-saving coordination of care for Pennsylvanians struggling with the disease of addiction,” said Secretary Dallas. “Rather than just treating a person’s addiction, DHS will treat the entire patient through team-based treatment, with the explicit goal of integrating behavioral health and primary care and, when necessary, evidence-based medication assisted treatment. As our strategy involves both behavioral therapy and FDA-approved medication that individuals take to help curb cravings and manage withdrawal symptoms, it can improve the odds of recovery.”“Reading Health is proud to be designated a Center of Excellence (COE) in the fight against opioid abuse,” said Reading Health President & CEO Clint Matthews. “Our interdisciplinary team of providers is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to all members of our community and our designation as a COE will help provide the necessary treatment and resources to those in need.”“The profession of medicine must humbly recognize that, although unintentionally, our pain prescribing patterns in a fragmented, ineffective care delivery system have contributed to our national opiate public health crisis,” Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak, President and CEO of The Wright Center.   “We must acknowledge our role in this devastating debacle not with shame, fear or discouragement but with intentional, passionate commitment to responsively and responsibly help generate and lead collective solutions. Every stakeholder needs to get involved in America’s ‘Turn the Tide’ initiative lead by Secretary Burwell. We need to build our care delivery and IT infrastructure and our community resource networks to be more effective, while we deliberately change culture and develop skillsets of current and future workforce to promote recovery and resilience. The Wright Center is privileged to be selected as a Pennsylvania Center of Excellence and we are absolutely committed to coming out of our organizational comfort zone to learn and best steward the allotted public dollars to ensure more effective care for the patients, families and communities we serve that are struggling with addiction.”The Centers of Excellence are a central, efficient hub around which treatment revolves. These centers will have navigators to assist people with opioid-related substance use disorders though the medical system, and ensure they receive behavioral and physical health care, as well as any evidence-based medication-assisted treatment needed.The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs will license the COEs as drug and alcohol providers that provide one of the three FDA-approved medications.For more information about the Centers of Excellence, visit www.dhs.pa.gov.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img September 01, 2016last_img read more

Industry

first_imgAustria: Knorr-Bremse is taking a 49% shareholding in door specialist IFE.Great Britain: GEC Alsthom Signalling Ltd has moved to new offices at Trafford Park, Manchester.India: Konkan Railway Corp plans to establish a subsidiary to tender for railway construction projects overseas; revenue from this business will help with international loans taken out to fund construction of the Konkan line.Iran: Wagon Pars Co is seeking to build under licence 60 trainsets and 80 trams.Latvia: The government has sold a 50·1% stake in Riga Carriage Works to Latek, a joint venture of Latvian and Ukranian companies for US$4·67m. Other shares are to be offered to staff and the public. USA: On June 12 Tenera Technologies signed an agreement for Halcrow Transmark to market internationally its MCP¨ maintenance management software.last_img read more

Character filled Queenslander ripe for restoration

first_img Your very own castle on the sand “I really like the lounge room with the fireplace, old cedar cupboards, high ceiling and sash windows.” The house has two generously sized bedrooms off the main hallway as well as a large living space with fireplace. There is a second living area at the end of the hallway with a third bedroom, bathroom and utility room with toilet opening off the space. The big eat-in kitchen features an original brick fireplace.Ms Muller said from what she has been able to work out, the home was one of the original houses in the area. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoThe original fireplaces are still in the home. Picture: supplied.“The property was originally 50 acres when it was purchased from the crown in 1863,” she said. “It has been owned by seven lots of people including the Jacksons and Buchbachs and it was a Methodist Manse for a while. “I’ve spoken to some locals who used to attend Sunday school there at one point. “Everyone seems to know the home but there seems to be conflicting stories.” Ms Muller said while the time had come to sell the home, she was still working with local historians to find out the true history of the home. “It would be great if we could at least get an old photo of the house,” she said.The property is on the market through Tony Pennisi of The Property Hub. Character home with sea breezes and dual livingcenter_img The Queenslander at 41 City Rd, Beenleigh. Picture: supplied. This heritage listed home is one for those keen to undertake a restoration project. The circa 1910 Queenslander sits on a 1012sq m block at 41 City Rd, Beenleigh and has plenty of character features including a wraparound veranda, high ceilings, original fretwork, Australian cedar cupboards, VJ walls and an original double-sided fireplace. Owners Juanita Muller and Matt Horan are hoping to pass the home on to someone who will appreciate its history. “I’d love to see it restored into a beautiful grand house,” Ms Muller said. “Most of the house is in pretty good condition. The actual structure of the home is pretty solid and it has such a nice feel to it. Inside the living room at 41 City Rd, Beenleigh. Picture: supplied. RELATED: Rare seaside estate hits the market last_img read more

Gallery: 20,000 TEU COSCO Shipping Virgo Delivered

first_imgChinese container shipping major COSCO Shipping Corporation has taken delivery of its fifth 20,000 TEU containership, COSCO Shipping Virgo.Built by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding, the ship is 399.8 meters long and 58.6 meters wide. It boasts a deck area equivalent to almost four standard football fields and can achieve a speed of 22.5 nautical miles per hour.COSCO Shipping Virgo has a maximum carrying capacity of 20,119 TEU, and it is equipped with 1,000 reefer sockets.The giant boxship was classed by both DNV GL and China Classification Society.According to COSCO, the ship’s fuel consumption and energy-efficiency have been optimized through latest energy-saving rudder and propulsion systems.  In addition, the ship is equipped with intelligent ship management systems and allows for one-man bridge operation.It is worth USD 122.95 million, based on the valuation from VesselsValue.The delivery of COSCO Shipping Virgo comes on the back of four 20,000 TEU boxships delivered since the beginning of this year.COSCO Shipping Taurus, also built by SWS, and COSCO Shipping Aries, built by Nantong COSCO KHI Ship Engineering (NACKS) were delivered in January this year.COSCO Shipping Leo and COSCO Shipping Gemini followed suit in March and April respectively.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Cosco Shippinglast_img read more

Small Business Association of Dominica focuses on Agricultural Entrepreneurship

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! 54 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img LocalNews Small Business Association of Dominica focuses on Agricultural Entrepreneurship by: – September 12, 2011 Share President of the Small Business Association, Mr. Oliver Joseph.Cassava production, manufacturing, processing and marketing will be one of the targets of the Small Business Association of Dominica.President of the Association, Mr Oliver Joseph says the Directors have taken a decision to subdivide their members into seven key sectors, to ensure that too much focus is not being placed on one particular sector.The Association is now made of the cooperatives, manufacturing, agriculture, tourism and hospitality, arts and craft and micro entrepreneur sectors.The Association is currently facilitating programmes for cassava farmers.“We have evidence that the majority of the private sector small business is involved in agriculture. For this agricultural sector, we are going to be focusing on one particular program which is Cassava production. We have been working the Ministry of Agriculture for some time on a program aimed at facilitating the production and processing of this commodity”, he said.Mr Joseph says the Association is also working with the Ministry of Agriculture to integrate rural and urban sub-sector groups into their private sector national agenda.“We are now trying to establish contact with some of the main producers, hoping that we can establish a sector that can be the representatives for this area. We are hoping that we will be able to have this to be a part of a bigger cassava program that we hope to center in the north and the east”.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Ma, son nabbed over slight physical injury rap

first_imgMelanie Delos Reyes, 41, and her18-year-old son Kevin face a slight physical injury charge. The suspects were detained in the lockupcell of the Sara police station. ILOILO City – A mother and her son werearrested in Barangay San Antonio Yusay, Sara, Iloilo. They were nabbed on the strength of anarrest warrant around 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, a police report showed. The court recommended a P5,000 bail bondeach for their temporary liberty./PNlast_img

FA studies Fellaini ‘spit’

first_img Footage on YouTube has emerged appearing to show Manchester United midfielder Fellaini spitting near to Zabaleta’s head while the City defender lay on the floor following a clash between the pair. The FA is aware of the clip and is now considering whether it should charge Fellaini for misconduct. Press Association The Football Association has confirmed it will look into claims that Marouane Fellaini spat at Pablo Zabaleta during the Manchester derby on Tuesday.center_img It is understood referee Michael Oliver did not mention the alleged spit in his match report, but the FA can retrospectively punish Fellaini if it thinks he is guilty. The FA will request clearer footage of the incident from broadcasters Sky before making a decision on the matter early next week. The FA banned Hull’s George Boyd for three matches after he spat at Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart earlier this month. Oliver booked Fellaini moments before the alleged spit towards Zabaleta for an elbow on the Argentinian full-back. After the 3-0 win, Zabaleta claimed Fellaini was lucky to stay on the pitch. “I was elbowed by Fellaini. It was a red card,” he said last_img read more