Michael Flatley’s Dangerous Games Will Transfer to London’s West End

first_img Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games stars James Keegan, Morgan Comer and Mathew Smith as the Lords Of The Dance, alongside an ensemble of 40. The production is an updated staging of Flatley’s original shows Lord Of The Dance, Feet of Flames and Celtic Tiger.  Dangerous Games features holographic-effect projections, along with new costumes, choreography and music by Gerard Fahy. View Commentscenter_img Michael Flatley’s Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games, which previously ran at the London Palladium, will transfer to the West End’s Dominion Theatre next year. The production, directed and choreographed by Flatley, will begin performances on March 9, 2015 and run through September 5.last_img read more

Preventing flu at the fair

first_imgAs Georgia’s fair season cranks into high gear, people will be in closer proximity to livestock — increasing their chances of contracting the zoonotic swine flu H3N2v. H3N2 first appeared in swine in 1998, but the first cases of H3N2v were seen in humans in 2011 after the virus picked up a gene common in human flu strains, said Corrie Brown, a veterinary pathologist with the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine who specializes in diseases that can jump from animals to humans. The “v” in H3N2v indicates that it’s a variant of the H3N2 swine virus that affects people. Experts with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension are asking people to remember to wash their hands after handling pigs, and recommend that people with compromised immune systems avoid petting zoos and livestock shows where pigs are present. “The symptoms and severity are the same as regular flu, but the regular flu is very serious for some people,” said Ronnie Silcox, an Extension specialist with the UGA Department of Animal and Dairy Science. “If you are in a high-risk group you may not want to visit swine exhibits if you go to the fair this fall.” There have been no cases of H3N2v identified in Georgia so far, but Silcox urges people to be cautious. “The fair season starts in the Midwest in the late summer and moves further south as fall progresses and the temperatures cool down,” Silcox said. “Our fair season is really ahead of us, so it’s quite possible that this will move south, and we just haven’t seen any cases yet because we haven’t had any fairs.” As of Sept. 10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had tracked 297 human cases of H2N3v this year. Out of these nearly 300 cases, 16 people were hospitalized and one died from flu complications. This summer public health officials in Indiana, Ohio and a handful of other states started to see dozens of summer flu cases as their county and state fair seasons got underway, Silcox said. Almost all of people diagnosed with H3N2v either exhibited pigs at a fair or attended a pig exhibit. The new flu strain is not passed easily from person to person, and there is no chance of contracting the flu from eating pork, Silcox said. There’s nothing about fair season in general or show pigs that contributes to H3N2v, but fairs are a time when pigs — who are usually isolated on their own farms — are around new pigs from other farms and a lot of new people. This increased contact means there are more chances for the virus to spread from pig to pig and from pigs to people. H3N2 is related to H1N1 — the pandemic flu that spread so quickly in 2008 and 2009 — but it is a different virus that has been primarily associated with swine herds until now. In contrast, Brown noted that the H1N1 “swine flu” virus was not actually prevalent in swine during the 2008 and 2009 flu season, but it has since become more common in pigs. The H3N2 virus was able to infect people because it picked up a segment of the DNA of the H1N1 virus while it was being transmitted from pig to pig. While it is not any more virulent than the annual flu, people who are at risk of complications from flu — those over 65, children under 5, pregnant women and people with diabetes, asthma, weakened immune systems or heart disease — are at risk for complications of H3N2v. They should avoid pigs and swine barns, according to the CDC. Education and preparation are keyGeorgia 4-H program leaders are busy teaching their students how to avoid getting sick from being in contact with their or their friends’ show pigs, Silcox said. 4-H National Headquarters and the CDC distributed a factsheet this August with some basic precautions that students and their families should take to stay well. These included common sense recommendations like: wash your hands often if you are working with or petting pigs, do not eat or drink anything inside the pig barn, and do not take small children’s toys, strollers or pacifiers inside the pig barn. The recommendations also remind families that individuals at risk for developing complications from the flu should avoid pigs entirely. Silcox, who advises Georgia 4-H’s livestock showing program, has helped disseminate this message and has also worked with some of the larger fairs — like the Georgia National Fair in Perry — to provide hand washing or sanitizing stations in their livestock show barns. Fair goers will also notice more signage this year advising them to wash their hands and avoid the swine barns if they are in a high-risk category. Parents should keep a close eye on their children to make sure they wash their hands after petting pigs, Silcox said. For more information about how to avoid the H3N2v flu visit www.cdc.gov/flu/swineflu/h3n2v-outbreak.htmlast_img read more

Vestal firefighter participates in virus vaccine trial, says he’s always ‘taking chances’

first_img(WBNG) — A Southern Tier resident has volunteered himself to be a participant in a COVID-19 vaccine trial. “John F. Kennedy once said, ‘ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country,’ Fortier quotes. While any trial has its risks, Fortier says he takes a chance every time he responds to a fire. He says volunteering himself for the vaccine trial is something he needed to do. Fortier is not new to vaccine trials. In 2016, he participated in another trial for a respiratory system attacking virus called “RSV.” “I think this is what he meant and you know if this study or any study that come prove and it saves someones’ family or loved one, that they have to lose, its a great accomplishment,” he told 12 News. Volunteer firefighter Ken Fortier started the trial with two injections and will be checked over the next two weeks. He says the trial need people as they are only at half-capacity.last_img read more

Taylor vs Gutierrez: Terri Harper stops Katharina Thanderz in ninth round to retain WBC super-featherweight belt | Boxing News

first_imgTerri Harper retains her WBC super-featherweight belt with a ninth round stoppage victory over Katharina Thanderz at The SSE Arena, Wembley. By Richard DamerellLast Updated: 14/11/20 10:50pm Harper forced Thanderz onto the back foot in the early rounds Terri Harper halted Katharina Thanderz in the ninth round – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Harper forced Thanderz onto the back foot in the early rounds Harper forced Thanderz onto the back foot in the early rounds

Japan’s little-known Nikkei 500 hits record high, outperforms US S&P 500

first_imgJapanese equities in general lag behind their Wall Street peers, with many foreign investors staying away from the market because of a perception of lacklustre performance.But the Nikkei 500 looks much different, and trails only the likes of tech indexes, such as the Nasdaq.The 500-company index includes many firms that are popular with investors and have solid earnings growth – such as game company Nintendo, motor maker Nidec, electronic parts maker Murata, factory automation product company Keyence and furniture store chain operator Nitori.Comgest’s Kaye says the index is “biased towards good companies” and tends to include companies that are innovative, have high return-on-equity (ROE) and a high percentage of overseas sales. Some fund managers say it may be a superior benchmark compared with the better-known Nikkei average.“It might be the best index that reflects the Japanese market,” said Yasuo Sakuma, chief investment officer at Libra Investments.Compared to the Nikkei 225, which still includes a lot of old economy firms, the 500 index better reflects changes in Japan’s industrial structure and the economy’s shift to the service industry.The strong performance of the Nikkei 500 shows the market is now driven by companies that can grow profits without a weaker yen, rather than by exporters such as carmakers, Sakuma said.“Looking ahead, I think the Nikkei 500’s outperformance will continue because its advantage could grow even bigger if regulation reforms and digitalisation progresses under Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.”Topics : The Nikkei 225 share average, Japan’s best-known stock benchmark, on Monday still stood 40 percent below its historic peak hit three decades ago, while its lesser-known sibling, the Nikkei 500, surged past its previous peak to a record high.The Nikkei 500 has gained 7.7 percent so far this year, compared with a 0.6 percent fall in the Nikkei 225. In dollar terms, the 500 has risen more than 11 percent, handily beating 2.1 percent gains in the US S&P 500.“The Nikkei 500 is showing one of the greatest performances among the world’s major stock indexes. Its chart shows that if you invest carefully in Japanese stocks, you can actually outperform the S&P 500,” said Richard Kaye, portfolio manager at French asset management firm Comgest.last_img read more

These four locations are the best bet for property investors this year

first_imgTerry Ryder“Four of the core suburbs of this region have each sold over 390 houses in the past 12 months. Three of the four have median house prices below $370,000. The Moreton Bay Region, which covers the Brisbane metropolitan area’s urban sprawl in the northern growth corridor heading to the Sunshine Coast, offers affordable housing as well as good rail and road links to Brisbane to the south and the Sunshine Coast (and beyond) to the north.The Sunshine Coast was on the list for its strong population growth, billions in infrastructure development including the university hospital, light rail proposal and the airport upgrade “Having previously been hampered by a struggling tourism economy, an over-supply of dwellings and poor affordability, the coast moved into a strong growth phase, which continued in 2015 and 2016,’’ Mr Ryder said.“The tourism industry is stronger; the market is more balanced in terms of supply–demand; previous price decline has made property more affordable; apartments are increasing in popularity with both home-buyers and investors; and some serious infrastructure is being built in the area. ‘’He said the Redcliffe Peninsula was still affordable for houses and units, it had big infrastructure spending, including the new Moreton Bay regional University Precinct.Mr Ryder said it was one of the fastest developing places in Australia. “The Peninsula offers affordable dwellings, proximity to Brisbane and the laid-back atmosphere of a bayside village,’’ he said. Queensland has plenty of good investment options according to Terry Ryder.Queensland has more locations than any other state in Australia for property investors chasing potential price growth.The latest Hotspotting National Top Ten Best Buys for 2017 nominated four Queensland locations, Moreton, Sunshine Coast, Redcliffe and Townsville as being among the ten places nationally that were the “pick of the crop’’.Each was selected, according to report author, Terry Ryder, because they were locations with growth drivers that would achieve capital growth above the norm in the future.“They are places on the cusp of a phase of good capital growth,’’ he said.“They’re locations with identifiable drivers of demand for real estate, which will placepressure on prices and rents. Mr Ryder was not surprised to see so many Queensland locations in his top ten.“I think it’s an evolution of the market from the situation that predominated for the last few years when we were talking all about Sydney and then Melbourne. Sydney is very much past its peak and is winding down, Melbourne is still producing good figures but it’s past its peak as well, I think,’’ he said.As a result people had started to look for alternatives and one of the big factors was affordability.“There is lots of evidence of people looking toward Brisbane and south east Queensland for affordable alternatives and better rental yields. I think that’s where people are expecting is where they are going to find the growth moving forward.Mr Ryder also included Townsville in that category. “If you look at the current and recent number you wouldn’t buy there, buy we always look to the future and Townsville is shaping up for a very strong recovery from maybe three years where it was affected by locally felt factors – the impact of the downturn in the resources sector, the closure of Clive Palmer’s Nickel refinery and all of those things.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours ago“But it is really starting to fight back strongly and I think 12 months from now its numbers will start to look a lot more positive. Smart investors will buy while markets are down, knowing that they will improve in the near future.’’ Mr Ryder selected the Moreton Bay region because it had affordable housing and there was $980 million in spending on new infrastructure destined for the area.“The sales volumes in the suburbs of the Moreton Bay region show the importance of affordability in residential real estate,’’ he said.last_img read more

Entertaining easy in family home with big decks

first_img This family home with parking for 12 vehicles could be your castle The front deck at 6 Sarah St, Loganlea. Picture: supplied.This private highset home has cathedral ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace and huge decks for indoor-outdoor living. Owner Margaret Lemon built the house at 6 Sarah St, Loganlea and has loved calling it home for the past 39 years.Ms Lemon said the property was a private sanctuary with plenty of space to entertain and relax. “It’s like paradise,” she said. “You get home from work, open the back doors and all you can hear is birds singing.” The home at 6 Sarah St, Loganlea. Picture: supplied. MORE NEWS: Take a peek inside a $1.5M renovation Ms Lemon said her favourite parts of the home were the spacious front and back decks. “I live on the back deck. Even when I’m entertaining, it’s out on the back deck,” she said. The home sits on an 809sq m block with established gardens and trees, two sheds and even a cubby house for the kids. Downstairs there is covered parking for four cars, a combined bathroom and laundry and a potential living space opening to the back patio.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago The backyard overlooks the private backyard. Picture: supplied.Upstairs there is a living area with fireplace opening to the front deck and an open-plan dining and kitchen area flowing out to the back deck. A hallway leads to the family bathroom and three bedrooms. Ms Lemon said she had renovated the master bedroom, which is now 6m long and has a built-in wardrobe and living space. “It’s an absolutely stunning room,” she said. The property is on the market through Mukhtaar Hashim of Ray White Logan City.center_img Would you swim in a skip bin?last_img read more

DTU Developing Underwater Offshore Wind Robot

first_imgThe Technical University of Denmark (DTU) has inaugurated a laboratory where researchers will complete a modular underwater robot for use on offshore wind farms.The robot will be used for inspection, and the long-term vision is that it will be able to carry out underwater repairs on wind turbine and oil rig foundations.“We have a vision of creating a modular robot that is simple to operate—without the need for technical experts. Initially, it will be able to inspect and monitor, for example, the condition of the foundation of a wind turbine under water—or an ocean fish farming plant. In the long term, the intention is for the modular robot—which comprises several independent robots (modules) that can both work coupled together and individually—to also carry out repairs on the foundation,” said Associate Professor Roberto Galeazzi, DTU Electrical Engineering.Denmark’s robot researchers have developed the first prototypes of such an underwater robot at DTU’s REMORA laboratory.“Others are working on similar projects, but our robot differs in one key area. It is modular—which means that each individual part of the robot is able to work alone—or together with other modules. Working in unison, the robots can draw on each other’s functions, thereby becoming fully autonomous. For example, if a robot has problems with his propeller, it can connect with a second module and move using its propeller. The same applies to many other areas—for example in relation to having sufficient battery performance,” said Galeazzi.Using just a single module, the modular robot can install and replace sensors in a subsea docking station placed on the foundations of a wind turbine to provide continuous monitoring, DTU said.“The underwater robot will have the great advantage that it can be permanently installed on an underwater foundation where it can monitor and operate independently of the weather conditions. It can function autonomously and with a high degree of flexible and reliability—qualities that are much sought-after by both the offshore industry and fish farming. We therefore look forward in the near future to present the first prototype of an underwater robot,” said Professor Mogens Blanke from DTU Electrical Engineering—acting supervisor for a few of the PhD students participating in the research.last_img read more

Bomin to Exit Singapore and Antwerp Bunker Markets

first_imgSupplier of marine fuels, the Bomin Group, has decided to exit the bunker markets in Singapore and Antwerp ahead of the 2020 sulphur cap.Following this move, the company will operate from Houston and Hamburg offices, serving its customers in all German ports, the US Gulf Coast, Panama, Norfolk, and Ecuador.“The Bomin Group is in a transformation and restructuring process and intense competition and low margins characterize the situation in all major ports,” Jan Christensen, Managing Director of Bomin Group, said.“We see many bunker companies making major adjustments to their operating models in preparation for IMO 2020.”The company informed that the closure of operations in Singapore and Antwerp are scheduled to take place this year.last_img read more

JAXPORT Receives Cruise Ships Displaced by COVID-19

first_imgFour cruise ships will dock at JAXPORT and remain at the port during the cruise industry’s voluntary suspension of US cruise operations due to coronavirus, the Jacksonville Port Authority said.On Friday, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) said its ocean-going cruise lines will be voluntarily and temporarily suspending cruise ship operations from and to US ports of call for 30 days while the authorities are addressing the pandemic.One of the four cruise ships is Carnival Ecstasy, which is regularly homeported in Jacksonville and is already in port.The additional three ships — Norwegian Sky, Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Gem — are not regularly homeported at JAXPORT. They will arrive in Jacksonville with only crew members on board and then lay idle due to berth capacity constraints at PortMiami, where all three vessels are regularly homeported.As informed, the crew will remain on the vessels while the ships are in Jacksonville unless an exception is deemed necessary by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).Carnival Ecstasy arrived at JAXPORT on March 13. Following passenger debarkation, the vessel and its crew will remain docked at the ship’s regular location at the JAXPORT Cruise Terminal.Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Sky arrived at JAXPORT’s Talleyrand Marine Terminal during the weekend, and Norwegian Pearl is scheduled to dock at the port’s Dames Point Marine Terminal later this week.An additional vessel, Norwegian Gem, will dock at JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal. The arrival date for that vessel is still being determined.The vessels and their crew must be cleared by the U.S. Coast Guard and CBP upon their arrivals in Jacksonville, which is standard procedure, according to the port authority.“We are committed to doing our part to support our fellow Florida ports and our partners in the cruise industry during this time,” said Eric Green, JAXPORT CEO, commented.“We will continue to work closely with our federal, state, and local agencies to monitor the situation and adjust operations as needed.”Idling at a port rather than at sea increases fuel efficiencies and provides easy access to necessary provisions for crew members and ships.last_img read more