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first_imgPredator Oil & Gas is the operator of the Guercif Permits I, II, III and IV where it is partnered by ONHYM Predator Oil & Gas secures environmental approval for drilling in the Guercif permits. (Credit: Pixabay/skeeze) Predator Oil & Gas has secured environmental approval in Morocco for the drilling of exploration wells in the onshore Guercif permits in the North African country.The approval was granted by the National Committee of Environment for the Jersey-based company’s environmental impact assessment (EIA) filed by its subsidiary Predator Gas Ventures. The EIA approval, which is valid for five years, has been ratified by the Moroccan Ministry of Energy and Mines and Environment.Predator Oil & Gas is the operator of the Guercif Permits I, II, III and IV in the Guercif province with a stake of 75%. The company’s partner is the Moroccan state-owned Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM), which holds the remaining 25% stake.Predator Oil & Gas to target the Moulouya-1 prospectUnder the initial drilling campaign, Predator Oil & Gas will drill the Moulouya-1 prospect to a depth of 2,000m after getting regulatory consents and approvals. The company expects to take up to 30 days for the mobilisation of the drilling rig and for executing the drilling operations.Predator Oil & Gas holds the option to extend the drilling campaign by the drilling of an appraisal well, if needed, or a follow-up exploration well, which will be subject to ONHYM’s approval and receipt of all regulatory consents.Predator Oil & Gas CEO Paul Griffiths said: “The Company has achieved another important step in progressing its drilling plans in Guercif with the approval of the EIA. Importantly there is scope for further drilling to rapidly follow-up a potentially successful initial campaign.“Morocco represents an exciting opportunity for phased monetisation of gas combining near-term demand, supported by very attractive in-country gas prices, from large domestic industries desiring to switch to gas if available, and the medium-term ability to develop gas-to-power. New gas resources will carry a premium and may prove attractive to an acquirer.”Earlier this month, Predator Oil & Gas said that Predator Gas Ventures exercised a previously announced rig option with Star Valley Drilling for the latter’s Rig No. 101. Currently, Rig No. 101 is executing a drilling campaign for SDX Energy in the Rharb Basin west of the Guercif.last_img read more

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today HMS St Albans rescues two from sinking vessel HMS St Albans rescues two from sinking vessel Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate HMS St Albans has rescued two men trapped on a sinking vessel in the Gulf of Oman.Whilst carrying out maritime security operations the frigate was contacted by an Omani Air Force surveillance aircraft and asked to respond to a stricken dhow in the Gulf of Oman.The aircraft had spotted that the vessel’s engine hatch was open and that something was clearly wrong.St Albans changed course and headed straight towards the dhow finding that it had suffered engine failure and taking on a significant amount of water.The ship immediately sent a team of marine engineers on board with portable pumps and tools to help the two Pakistani crew members stabilise the situation.Unfortunately, after several hours of labour, it became apparent that the dhow’s engine was beyond repair and that the holes in the hull were too severe to tow the vessel without it sinking.Having rescued two Pakistani crew members it was decided to scuttle the dhow in order to prevent it from becoming a danger to other ships in the area.Working closely with Pakistani led Combined Task Force 151 (CTF151) HMS St Albans transferred the two Pakistani sailors to Pakistan Maritime Security Authority (PMSA) who repatriated them back to their home nation.The ‘Saint’, as HMS St Albans is known, then returned to the seas close to Oman to take part in a multinational maritime exercise.[mappress mapid=”17736″] View post tag: HMS St Albans View post tag: Royal Navy February 26, 2016 View post tag: combined maritime forces Share this article Authoritieslast_img read more

first_imgOcean City resident Corrie Poltorak, RN, was named Shore Medical Center’s November Guardian Angel of the Month. Shore Medical Center is proud to recognize Corrie Poltorak, RN, of Ocean City as its November 2016 Guardian Angel of the Month for providing passionate and exceptional care to Shore’s patients. Shore established the Guardian Angel Program to enable patients to say thank you to a special caregiver through a donation to Shore Medical Center.Corrie joined Shore’s Advanced Spine & Orthopedic (ASOI) and 4th Whitby units in 2012 after graduating with her nursing degree. In her role, she cares for patients recovering from back surgery, joint replacements and other surgeries and conditions.Stacy Ross, RN-BC, BSN, manager of ASOI, says Poltorak is not only funny, friendly and extremely kind, but she’s also a vital member of the ASOI team.“Corrie has built great relationships with all of her colleagues on the floor and many throughout the hospital as well. She takes a leadership role whenever possible, serving as our charge nurse on the unit as needed. When the hospital transitioned to a computerized system of patient order entry, she was a designated lead to educate other staff on the new system,” Ross said.A family member of a patient Poltorak assisted recently wrote to Shore to thank her for her efforts, saying, “Corrie was extremely patient with my wife and showed her nothing but compassion and respect. She is an outstanding nurse!”The Guardian Angel program recognizes anyone who works at Shore Medical Center and makes an impact and difference in a patient’s care. Guardian Angels are recognized amongst their peers and are presented with a special Guardian Angel pin at Shore Medical Center’s annual pinning ceremony. If you, a family member or friend would like to honor a Shore Medical Center Guardian Angel, please contact the Shore Medical Center Foundation at 609-653-3800.ABOUT SHORE MEDICAL CENTER At Shore Medical Center, located in Somers Point, NJ, kindness complements an extraordinary level of clinical sophistication. People are the foundation of this modern medical center where advanced technology harmonizes with compassionate care. Shore Medical Center attracts the area’s best physicians, nurses and clinicians, and is the first and only hospital in New Jersey and one of 80 healthcare organizations worldwide to earn Designation as a Planetree Patient-Centered Care Hospital®. Recognized for its dedication to patient safety, Shore has received five consecutive “A” grades in The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score since Fall 2014.  Shore Medical Center is home to six Centers of Excellence for Cancer, Cardiovascular, Neurosciences, Spine and Orthopedic, Emergency and Maternity and Pediatric care. Shore’s affiliations include Penn Medicine, Onsite Neonatal Partners, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Advanced ICU Care, Mayo Medical Laboratories, and Advanced Radiology Solutions. In addition, Shore is a member of the Jefferson Neuroscience Network and has physicians on staff from the Rothman Institute. In 2011, Shore opened its Pediatric Care Center, the first of its kind in New Jersey, and its state-of-the-art Surgical Pavilion and Campus Expansion. The Shore Medical Center Planned Giving & Development team ( creates and implements dynamic philanthropic programs that support the mission of Shore Medical Center.last_img read more

first_img Related Harvard serves up its own ‘Plate’ A trio of recent reports has shed new light on U.S. health, with mixed results on obesity, smoking, and blood pressure.Data on obesity show it continuing to climb among adults, though there are indications of a leveling-off among children. Thirty-eight percent of Americans were obese in 2013-2014, up 3 points from 2011-2012 and 6 points from 2003 and 2004. The news on smoking was more encouraging. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that smoking, which has been sliding for decades, reached a new low in 2014 — 16.8 percent, a 1 point decline from a year earlier.Findings from a study of adults over 50, meanwhile, showed that keeping blood pressure significantly lower than current guidelines can have a dramatic effect on health. The guidelines suggest keeping systolic pressure — the higher number — below 140. The new SPRINT study, backed by the National Institutes of Health, said that aiming for 120 resulted in 26 percent fewer deaths and 38 percent fewer cases of heart failure. To make sense of this snapshot of our national health, the Gazette spoke with Walter Willett, chair of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition and the Fredrick Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition. His short answer: There’s still work to do. GAZETTE: Is there a most significant finding about our nation’s health or lifestyle habits through these studies?WILLETT: On obesity, it does appear that the obesity rate in adults is continuing to go up — though not as fast as it had been — and that’s not good news.The somewhat encouraging news was that obesity rates in children have not gone up, but they’re still too high. There has been a lot of effort to bend the curve of the childhood obesity epidemic. It’s pretty clear that is happening. We’ve seen more detailed analyses from places like New York City and L.A. and Cambridge, where obesity rates in children do seem to have even turned down a little bit. So making a big and intensive effort does really make a difference — and I think that’s an important message: This is not a hopeless and inevitable trend upward.But we’re still very far from where we should be and where we were 40 or 50 years ago. For adults, we really need to be much more serious about controlling obesity. It’s pitiful what we’re doing to control obesity compared to the powerful trends pushing us toward more obesity.There’s massive encouragement everywhere in the media to eat more of everything. It’s mostly junk that’s being pushed: sugar-sweetened beverages, manufactured, highly processed sweets and things like that. When was the last time you saw a television ad for broccoli or apples?We published a paper [recently] in Health Affairs looking at trends in diet quality. We do see, over time, a modest improvement, again very far from where we should be. But what we also see is that the trends are very uneven by socioeconomic status. People with upper income are doing very well in terms of improving their diet and people with lower income and education really have hardly improved at all. Healthy Eating Plate shows shortcomings in government’s MyPlate GAZETTE: The smoking findings indicate we’re having more success on that side. Are there lessons to be learned for the fight against obesity from the anti-smoking campaigns?WILLETT: Absolutely. We’ve learned a lot from the anti-smoking campaign.It took large effort on the part of many people to turn that around. We had to pull a lot of levers that we’re not pulling for obesity, including a very substantial tax on smoking. It took mass awareness, education campaigns. We aren’t doing those things for obesity in the same way.Obesity is more complicated than smoking. Smoking is all bad and no good, and most food is not quite that simple — although sugar-sweetened beverages are all bad and no good.So we haven’t used all the means available to us. We also have a massive food program, almost $80 billion a year, called SNAP or food stamps. It is actually fueling the obesity epidemic and we are, at the same time, paying for the consequences for that.GAZETTE: Is that ripe for reform?WILLETT: The food industry does not want that touched at all because it’s basically a massive funnel of tens of billions of dollars into the processed food industry.The USDA says it’s putting healthy food on the table for Americans. But we’ve analyzed what SNAP participants are eating and it’s horrible food. It’s a diet designed to produce obesity and diabetes. If you wanted to make a population obese and diabetic, you would feed them a SNAP diet. This is a program that needs to be improved, but not cut because it is essential to millions of seriously stressed Americans.GAZETTE: Why have smoking numbers come down? Is it only because of the anti-smoking campaigns?WILLETT: Smoking rates were going up until 1964, when the surgeon general’s report on smoking was released. It said very clearly that smoking was a cause of cancer.Information and education, while not sufficient, have to be at the base of everything that we do in this area. We can see, just from that information, the upward trend turned around. Then it took layers and layers of programs, warning messages on television, banning advertising of smoking on television and other places. Taxation really made a difference. Economists will tell you it’s just taxation, but it started downward before taxation and I don’t think taxation could have been put into place until you had enough public support to do it.GAZETTE: Does that decades-long effort indicate that, as far as obesity goes, we may be at the beginning of a long road?WILLETT: It’s definitely a multi-decade process, and obesity is tougher than smoking. But it’s not impossible. Smoking is highly addictive and the fact that so many people quit [is encouraging]. It took a lot of effort on the part of a lot of people. We haven’t gotten nearly as serious about the obesity epidemic as we have about smoking.GAZETTE: What are we seeing as far as inequality in these two cases? Are we seeing the emergence of two Americas in health care?WILLETT: We’re definitely seeing the emergence of two Americas when it comes to health, as we see through other lenses. Look at income and we see a similar picture of an increasing gap.It’s not surprising that people who have more information important for their health and well-being and the means to act upon that information are going to be the first to take action. That’s what we are seeing, in terms of diet quality and obesity. Very broadly, there are two different Americas characterized by income and education, strongly associated with race, ethnicity. African-Americans generally had the worst diet quality, though when you adjust for income and education, those differences vanish. So it really is poverty that we’re talking about.GAZETTE: Why is healthier food more expensive?WILLETT: Really cheap food, unhealthy food, is mostly highly refined starch, sugar, and, until recently, partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. You can produce these things on a mass basis — especially refined starch and sugar — at a very low cost.The ingredients are very, very cheap and very stable. Refined starch and refined grains have a very long shelf life. They are shipped all over the country and can be stored for long periods. You can make them into all kinds of products that have basically the same ingredients. You add flavor, coloring, packaging, and marketing, and there can still be a big profit margin though they’re still relatively cheap.This is probably the worst part of the diet if you look at what SNAP participants are eating. Grocery store shelves are just lined with things like that. It’s cheap and people can fill their stomachs. In contrast, vegetables are more expensive, whether they’re fresh or frozen. They’re perishable … and there’s more labor to produce them. It’s more complicated than just taking grains and refining or mass-processing sugar, so there are reasons why unhealthy food is cheap.However, we have looked into this, and at any cost there’s a [potentially] large difference in healthfulness of the diet. For example, whole grains still are inexpensive compared to a lot of processed things. Legumes are inexpensive and some vegetables — cabbage, string beans, sweet potatoes — are really not very expensive.If you take a little time, you can make those into very healthy meals. But a lot of times people don’t have the knowledge, awareness, skills, and time to do that, so they end up getting the least-healthy things — ready-to-eat, packaged, and convenient.GAZETTE: You weren’t involved in the SPRINT blood pressure study, but blood pressure is linked to lifestyle, through diet and salt consumption. What did you think of the results that a significant decline to 120 from 140 in systolic pressure would save a lot of lives?WILLETT: Nobody’s saying why the blood pressure was so high in the beginning.The average BMI [body mass index] of participants was 30 [obese] and we know that overweight is the single most important factor driving blood pressure. But diet wasn’t even mentioned in the study or mentioned in any of the press reports that I saw. It was all about adding medication.We’ve known for a long time that, in people who have healthy diets, blood pressure does not go up with age and the blood pressure rates are much lower. This is mostly a problem of bad diets and inactivity, with obesity being the No. 1 driver.We know that salt is important too, inadequate potassium is important, and too much refined starch and sugar drives up blood pressure. The results of SPRINT are not surprising because we know there’s a straight-line relationship between blood pressure and mortality. So it’s not surprising that more treatment brought it down.But people do not have hypertension because of drug deficiencies, they have hypertension because of, with some exceptions, unhealthy lifestyles.GAZETTE: Is there an overall take-away message from these reports?WILLETT: The overall message is we really need to get serious about dealing with the unhealthy lifestyles we have in America. We’ve not dealt adequately with the obesity epidemic. If we deal with that — including diet quality — we can also have a very large impact bringing blood pressure down, as well as rates of diabetes and many other conditions. This is a signal that what we’re doing now is not adequate.And, I should add, on a positive note, we have done more for childhood obesity and we should feel good about seeing some benefits of that, even though there’s still much more to do.last_img read more

first_img[1] Principled Technologies (PT) report commissioned by Dell EMC, “Get flexible, feature-rich datacenter management at a lower cost” March 2018, comparing Dell EMC FX2 with OpenManage vs. HPE Synergy with OneView.[2] Ibid Principled Technologies performed a detailed look at “fast” in a few virtual environments using Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, Dell EMC Integrations and OpenManage suites. Testing with specific and popular environments was key, so Principled Technologies chose to test with Microsoft System Center and VMware vCenter.These environments are deployed globally across thousands of customers. While hardware can be easily deployed and placed into the infrastructure, without a complete solution that allows IT to configure, deploy and manage within those environments, you could easily waste significant time and effort trying to make it all work – and the premise of “fast” is lost.Getting to “fast” in your environmentsPrincipled Technologies put Dell EMC PowerEdge with OpenManage to the test against HPE Synergy with OneView, and showcased that ”fast” can profoundly impact your time-to-business results: Up to 97% faster and 20 fewer steps than HPE deploying three Microsoft Windows servers with Dell EMC PowerEdge and OpenManage Essentials!When they tested with Microsoft System Center[1], the results were still impressive:Up to 87% faster and 24 fewer steps than HPE deploying multiple servers with the Dell EMC PowerEdge FX2 with OpenManage Integration for Microsoft System Center Configuration ManagerUp to 46% faster than HPE deploying a single host with Dell EMC PowerEdge FX2 with OpenManage Integration for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine ManagerLeveraging the Dell EMC OpenManage Integration for Microsoft System Center enabled faster deployments for the business compared to a solution using HPE Synergy with OneView. Furthermore, no additional hardware such as a dedicated PXE server or deployment network was required, resulting in no lost time or additional expense. OpenManage integrates readily with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager to quickly expand a virtual infrastructure.Testing also revealed that configuring, deploying and maintaining Microsoft Windows servers with Dell EMC OpenManage Essentials made standard operations faster[2]:OpenManage Essentials saved over 22 minutes (up to 91% less time) to deploy a single Windows serverDell EMC PowerEdge FX2 with OpenManage Essentials can update firmware for three Windows Servers up to 27% faster than HPE Synergy solution with OneView6 fewer steps than HPE updating firmware for three Windows ServersSimilarly, OpenManage Integrations for VMware vCenter allows IT admins to manage servers directly from within vCenter. Tasks like creating profiles, templates to deploy and firmware updates can easily be done without leaving vCenter. Doing similar tasks with HPE Synergy requires users to exit from the vCenter console. This raises the risk of more user errors with extra steps and time to complete. With vCenter integration, typical tasks take less than 10 steps and under four minutes. Savings like these could shrink time and effort for IT admins compared to using HPE OneView for VMware vCenter with HPE Synergy.Along with Dell EMC Integrations, IT can scale management further with the Dell EMC OpenManage Enterprise suite. The powerful suite helps you simplify, automate and unify management tasks, across a data center with up to thousands of PowerEdge servers.Further, setting up the Dell EMC PowerEdge FX with 14th gen FC640 blades for this environment saved up to 36% on costs including deployment, or a savings of more than $140,000.With time and cost savings, IT can be “fast” and get much more done in Microsoft and VMware environments using Dell EMC FX2 servers, Integrations and OpenManage.The result is “fast” can really work to a company’s advantage, and get you the results you want.“Fast” time-to-business can be an overused term and hard to scope in terms of ROI, but ‘fast” can be achieved. Principled Technologies results show how systems, solutions, and suites that work all together can easily fit into your environment. And this combo can yield great gains. IT gets better control of management. Doing so lets IT quickly turn idle resources and newly installed equipment into working and managed workhorses for your businessWhile your IT and infrastructure may not be bullet-train fast, working with the right systems and solutions can enable your business to get “fast-er” results.To learn more, visit From deployment to management, Principled Technologies put Dell EMC PowerEdge with OpenManage to the test versus HPE Synergy with OneViewLike a bullet train, the term “fast” implies high speed and performance. The term also applies to how quickly a task can be accomplished – helping you stay ahead of your deadlines to meet your goals.The metrics that contribute to whether or not something is ”fast” can vary according to the end results. In business, it is all about expanding in the context of a competitive landscape. Delivering results and improving time-to-market applies to services and products. The engine delivering these metrics for the business is IT.Getting to “fast” IT often means expanding in order to serve existing and new business needs. For IT, speed is critical when buying new products to run business workloads. “Fast” also means managing the ever-growing infrastructure and data center. And now, IT has to get the most out of each resource for the next job, the next application, the next need, and so on. Lastly, ”fast” also helps you integrate new equipment into your specific environment without downtime, hassles, or losing time configuring and waiting.The end result is “fast”-er time-to-business.last_img read more

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) held its annual kickoff picnic to raise awareness of sexual assault and confidential resources available on campus through the organization, BAVO director Connie Adams said.The event was moved inside to the Noble Dining Hall due to weather Wednesday evening, but that didn’t lower the energy of the students, Adams said.“The dynamics of the event change with a new venue, but the integrity of the event remains the same,” Adams said.The BAVO office advocates for a culture free from violence through education, training and support, Adams said.“Our primary goal is to raise awareness and connect students with the office,” she said. We’re excited to debut the Clothespin Project. Students will have the opportunity to decorate a clothespin with paint and sequins and incorporate a positive message. Then, they take the clothespins and give them to others who either seem to need the positive message or exemplify what it shares. The concept is based on enhancing our community and empowering those who are a part of the community.”The kickoff included food services from SODEXO, a DJ, crafts and a photo booth, Adams said.“I hope students who come to the kickoff event have fun and gain a better understanding of BAVO,” she said. “Sometimes these issues can be difficult to talk about, but I hope they learn that we can approach them in a positive way. I hope they take a picture away from the photo booth and flyer from our awareness table and a fun craft to hang in their room or share with a friend.”BAVO Advisory Committee member and senior Payton Moore is in her second year as head of the Outreach and Awareness Committee, whose mission is to spread knowledge to students, faculty, and staff through educational events and discussions, Moore said.“It was interesting to have an event I have always seen outdoors inside the student center,” Moore said. “We were able to make the Student Center and the DH [dining hall] into BAVO Central. I’m really happy that a lot of Saint Mary’s women held up #yesallbelles signs in their pictures. It’s a hashtag that BAVO really wants to promote this year, and I think this kickoff was a great way of doing just that.”Adams said students often approach her with their stories of prevention.“Sometimes it’s after a student seeks support services for herself or her friend,” she said. “Sometimes it’s the Green Dot stories when someone feels empowered to take action and literally prevent violence. I just heard a story from a current first-year who heard about Green Dot when she visited campus last year from the student she stayed with, and it became one of the main reasons she chose Saint Mary’s because of what it represented for our wider community.“More than anything, I want students to know that violence is not inevitable, that prevention is possible, and that we, each of us, are a part of the solution. I hope BAVO helps each student discover what that means for her.”Student body president, senior McKenna Schuster, agreed to have Student Government Association (SGA) sponsor the event after Adams reached out to SGA over the summer, Schuster said.“SGA has offered to sponsor, because Student Government has a large pull on the student body and can really spread the word about events going on more effectively,” Schuster said. “Connie had reached out to me over the summer asking if SGA would want to sponsor the BAVO kickoff event. We’ve helped in the past, [and] we have so much woman power. We have about 35-40 girls in student government.”Understanding what on-campus confidential resources BAVO provides allows students to utilize the office after freshmen orientation, Schuster said.“I find that student government has a really good relationship with Connie in the BAVO office,” she said. “I think Connie has certain outreach in terms of the students she has on her advisory council. I believe she has one girl on the volleyball team, so now the volleyball team has reached out to student government. One of their games [is] raising awareness about sexual assault. I would hope that as student leaders, people would look to us to see what’s going on on campus [and] what are the relevant topics. I really emphasize that girls in student government really try to get the word out there about certain events that are going on.”BAVO organizes year-round events including self-defense classes and Green Dot training to maintain a constant on-campus presence, Adams said.“The first week of classes, we had a Green Dot training with an enthusiastic response,” Adams said. “We also have a … basic self-defense session on Monday, which was co-sponsored by Security, Women’s Health, BAVO, and Athletics.“[Tuesday], we hosted a presentation on Title IX and unveiled our new shirt with the back design of #YesAllBelles. Of course, we have a range of programming offered for incoming students including Sex Signals improvisation program, student-facilitated small groups and a Green Dot overview supported by Student Involvement and Multicultural Services (SIMS) and Student Government Association.”For women and as young adults, it is crucial to know how to prevent and handle uncomfortable situations, Schuster said.“Especially at an all-women’s college with co-ed colleges next door and across the street where a lot of our social scene comes from, it’s just really important to know what consent is [and] know the resources … if something were to happen and to keep yourself safe. You can’t control others, but you can control yourself. I just think it’s really important and pertinent information to carry with you,” Schuster said.The message of BAVO emphasizes how much the organization cares about students, Moore said.“To me, the message of BAVO is quite simple: We care. We know that Saint Mary’s students care about each other,” Moore said. “Thus, we strive to give Saint Mary’s students the skills to recognize and appropriately respond to violence against women which will in turn help decrease the very violence that impacts our community.”Adams said it is the strength of survivors of sexual and relationship violence that inspires her and other mentors to work with students and the Saint Mary’s community.“I feel a calling to do this work, to reduce violence and, more specifically, to do this here, at Saint Mary’s,” Adams said. “It’s a true blessing to work with such incredible, passionate and inspiring women.“When I hear stories of students who take initiative and educate their friends, when a student shares her excitement about intervening in a situation and helping a friend or someone she doesn’t even know [and] when I see the progress we’re making, I’m filled with great hope for the cultural change we’re working towards.”Tags: BAVO, Kickoff Picnic, Saint Mary’s Belles Against Violence Officelast_img read more

first_img Star Files Drew Moerlein as Bateman’s rival Paul Owen shows off his business card in the appropriately titled, “Cards.” Finally, the ladies of American Psycho, led by Helene Yorke and Morgan Weed, sing “You Are What You Wear.” Scenes from ‘American Psycho’ Related Shows Armed with a moisturized face, razor abs and the hottest Sony Walkman, Patrick Bateman is ready to slay Broadway as the anti-hero of the new electro-rock musical American Psycho. got a glimpse of the new show, starring Benjamin Walker as the Wall Street killer and written by Duncan Sheik and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, at a VIP rehearsal event at New 42nd Street Studios on February 18. Directed by hot Brit director Rupert Goold with dazzling choreography by Lynne Page, the show starts previews at the Schoenfeld Theatre on March 24. Enjoy the sneak peek below!Get to know Patrick Bateman (Benjamin Walker) in these clips from the opening number, “Selling Out.” Jennifer Damiano as Bateman’s secretary Jean sings “A Girl Before.” American Psycho Show Closed This production ended its run on June 5, 2016 View Comments Benjamin Walkerlast_img read more

first_imgThirty-five prosecutors, law enforcement officials, forensic tool developers, and computer forensics practitioners from around the country convened on the Champlain College campus on September 1 and 2, 2004, as part of a US Department of Justice project. Champlain College is an important partner in the National Institute of Justices (NIJ) Electronic Crime Partnership Initiative (ECPI). The ECPI is promoting Champlain’s Computer & Digital Forensics program as a model that can be replicated elsewhere in the country to help fight electronic crime and cyber terrorism.US Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Americas Cyber Senator, came to the Champlain College campus to meet the ECPI participants.Realizing that the United States is facing increasing incidents of electronic crime and terrorism and a lack of trained professionals to investigate these crimes, one of ECPIs tasks is to foster educational programs in this field. The ECPI noted there are very few college-level programs in existence, and they are looking to Champlain’s Computer & Digital Forensics program to be a model to replicate in the US.I want to congratulate Champlain College for being proactive and ahead of the field in the development of a digital forensics curriculum, said John Morgan, assistant director of the National Institute of Justice, during opening remarks. This will be groundbreaking for the field.I think digital forensics is the most pressing need in law enforcement, Morgan said. The intent is to take the bull by the horns and solve this problem. We must have a much stronger, proactive capacity in federal, state and local law enforcement to deal with this.While in Burlington, ECPI working groups addressed a variety of topics — from identity theft to child safety on the Internet to education and training. The Outreach and Education working group worked to further develop standards, technology, education, training and certification to increase the nation’s ability to combat electronic crime. The task group learned more details about Champlains program outcomes from faculty members, and discussed ways to expand the reach of Champlains program.Gary Kessler, director of Champlains Computer & Digital Forensics program, and Lt. Mike Schirling of the Burlington Police Department and the Vermont Internet Crimes Task Force are members of ECPI.”We are fortunate to have strong digital forensics expertise in the Vermont law enforcement community and that the College has a good relationship with that community, Kessler said. The advice and support from local experts has been critical in the success of the definition and rollout of this program.Champlain’s program was instituted a year ago and it includes professional certificate, associate’s and bachelor’s degree options. It was the first bachelor’s degree of its kind in New England. This fall Champlain is launching it online as an accelerated program, and it’s the first online degree of its kind in the nation.Today, computers often play a key role in the commission of crimes, as in financial fraud and identity theft, while at other times they serve as record-keepers of conversations and incriminating data. White-collar crooks, international terrorists and common criminals using computers to plan and execute crimes, and Champlain’s program trains professionals to apprehend these criminals. Adult students and traditional aged students learn how to examine computers and pull relevant evidence from them, which can then be used in court.last_img read more

first_imgVermont Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced Thursday that Vermont partnerships across the state have been awarded more than $1.2 million in Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program Continuation Grants.  The DFC grants are awarded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to local organizations in communities that are working to reduce youth alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug use.  Fourteen Vermont coalitions are among 565 communities nationwide to receive these grants for Fiscal Year 2009.The awards provide funding from September 30, 2009, through September 29, 2010.  To coalitions who qualify, the program offers matching grants of up to $625,000 over five years.  Local communities are required to provide one-to-one matching funds for every federal dollar awarded.  Earlier this year, Leahy, with strong support from Sanders, led congressional efforts to increase the funding for the DFC grant program for Fiscal Year 2010.  The Vermont coalitions awarded funding under the DFC program are within the five-year cycle. Vermont communities are working to apply practical approaches to address drug and substance abuse in our state, said Leahy, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.  When the Judiciary Committee came to Vermont last year, we heard from community leaders and organizations who are confronting these abuse problems head-on.  Community-wide efforts like these in Vermont are helping us make steady progress in addressing this issue, which affects rural areas just as it affects big cities.   This federal support for on-going efforts to encourage young people to steer clear of drugs is a significant step forward for Vermont, said Sanders.  It is essential that we help these young people to move forward into becoming responsible adults if we are to have a safe and productive society in the future.The DFC program was created by the Drug Free Communities Act of 1997 and was reauthorized by Congress in 2001 and 2006.  Vermont coalitions in Ludlow, Isle La Motte, Shelburne, St. Albans, Northfield, Milton, Manchester Center, Windsor, Hardwick, Bennington, Montpelier, Cabot, Wilmington were awarded grants.CoalitionAward AmountBlack River Area Community Coalition, Ludlow, Vt.$100,000Grand Isle County Community Coalition, Isle La Motte, Vt.$45,000Connecting Youth In Chittenden South, Shelburne, Vt.$100,000Franklin County Caring Communities, St Albans, Vt.$58,092Greater Northfield Coalition Council, Northfield, Vt.$94,370Milton Community Youth Coalition, Inc., Milton, Vt.$125,000The Collaborative, Manchester Center, Vt.$100,000Windsor Area Community Partnership, Windsor, Vt.$100,000Hardwick Area Community Coalition, Hardwick, Vt.$65,000Southshire Substance Abuse Coalition, Bennington, Vt.$100,000Central Vermont New Directions, Montpelier, Vt.$125,000Cabot Coalition, Cabot, Vt.$60,000Deerfield Valley Community Partnership, Wilmington, Vt.$89,000Franklin County Caring Communities, Inc., St Albans, Vt.$98,000Total For Vermont$1,259,462last_img read more

first_imgI think it will be Day Four of the Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage Race that I go out to visit the loony tune bikers who will sure to be suffering great consequences from relentlessly climbing these magical mountains of WNC.I will have my massage table with me and will give a free massage to whomever crosses the finish line first that day. I’m not talking about a little soothing rub down. I will work that person over in the infamous, Bettina Freese kind of way, so they start out their last day, of 43 miles, like it’s just another Saturday ride.Not only will it be an amazing experince for me to witness the specific aches, pains, deficiencies and miseries from being bitch-slappped by the ancient forest, but it will be a whole new bag of experiences to bring back to my sports massage students at the Asheville School of Massage and Yoga.Working on an athlete of that caliber, in that kind of race, is like a mechanic dropping into the Formula One race to crank a wrench on a Ferrari. The Toure De France would be another great massage and anatomy lesson, but I perefer mountain bikers. Hear that Mr. Hincapie? Yeah, I’m talking to you. Bring it. I’ll massage you anyway.The PMBSR starts on Tuesday, September 22nd at the Black Mountain Trail Head. Riders will start with the White Squirrel Loop, which is 39 miles and 6,200 feet of elevation gain. The day will end with an awards ceremony on the courthouse gazebo in Brevard.Day Two, dubbed the Land of Waterfalls Loop, begins at the Black Mountain Trail Head, sending riders out for 43 miles and 7,300 feet of elevation gain. The freaks will begin to feel the suffering on this evening as they gather for a happy hour at the Lobby. I wonder how many will go overboard and drink too much New Belgium? The thing is, I KNOW mountain bikers, and they will be hung over on Thursday morning. Those who didn’t drink are actually road bikers who have pure dites, nun-like habits, the stamina of cheetahs, and no technical skill. I say that because techinical skill is a byprodcut of high levels of yeast and hops in the system.The Carl Schenck Loop comprises Day Three and was designed for the hung over mountain biker with just 25 miles and 3,200 feet of elevation gain, but verrry technical. This one starts at the Wash Creek Campground. Schenck was a comrade of George W. Vanderbilt, who bestowed upon his the positioun of Biltmore Estate forester. He founded the first forestry school in the U.S. right here on th Biltmore Estate. His management theories influenced forestry education for generations therafter. People riding his trail will call his name out in their sleep. 1 2last_img read more