Gloria Estefan Discusses On Your Feet! Bio-Musical, Ariana Grande & More

first_imgPop legend Gloria Estefan sat down with the ladies of The View to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and to talk up her upcoming bio-musical On Your Feet!. “It’s a love story between Emilio [her husband] and myself,” she says, “it’s a love story for music and it’s a love story for this country that gave us so many opportunities.” The tuner is slated to light up the Great White Way in October 2015, and casting is underway for the coveted role of the Latin sensation through a series of open calls. While the Grammy winner has reportedly expressed interest in getting Ariana Grande to return to Broadway in the role, she did say, “We’re really looking for somebody that can be more of a blank slate.” All we know for now is whoever books it will have large shoes to fill. Check out the clip below! Related Shows On Your Feet! Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 20, 2017 View Commentslast_img read more

Fridays on the Fly: The Three River Fly Fishing Festival

first_imgIf you want to win a fly fishing tournament, don’t go with me. Not only was this my first fly fishing tournament, this was my first time ever fly fishing.Highlands North Carolina is a special place to me. I’ve been coming here since I was a kid. My grandparents have a place here and this was my first taste of the mountains growing up. So when I was offered a spot in the Three River Fly Fishing Festival, I jumped at the opportunity. Fly fishing experience be damned. This will be fun one way or the other.The Three River Fly Fishing Festival is an eight-year running event put on by the folks at Highland Hiker. Regardless of your skill or age, you are welcome here. The fishing tournament covers seven counties, multiple rivers, and is limited to only 50 teams.Winners, Noah Pressler and Fisher DruffelIt got its name, “Three River,” because anglers need to fish one hatchery supported, one delayed harvest, and one native (wild) stream or river. Teams compete for most fish caught, total inches of fish caught, biggest fish, smallest fish, and of course, the ugliest fish. They also have a prize for the best story told and a casting competition. Teams can fish by themselves or with a guide. There are individual prizes and winners for both categories.Regardless of how you’re fishing, or where, it is all based on the honor system. Popular areas fished were the Tuckaseegee River, Davidson River, and French Broad River. In the wide span of the fishing area, there are limitless fishing possibilities.This year’s winners, Noah Pressler and Fisher Druffel, caught an astonishing 177 fish in 2 days totaling over 1,938 inches. That’s 161.5 feet of fish!Guided Team WinnersAll entry fees benefit the Town Of Highlands Scholarship Fund for Highlands School Graduates. This year, the tournament raised over $7,000 for the fund. The folks who run the tournament are fantastic and after eight years, it only gets better. On the final day, after check-in, the awards ceremony is held at the beautiful Cyprus Restaurant in Downtown Highlands. There were raffles for some incredible pieces of art and fly fishing gear. Cyprus Restaurant provided absolutely amazing food and of course, delicious beers.Awards Ceremoy At Cyprus RestaurantEven with my lack of fly fishing experience, I had an absolutely fantastic time. I met some great folks, explored some beautiful waterways, and fell in love with Highlands all over again. If you ever get a chance, plan a fishing trip to the area. You’ll be glad you did!The Highland Hiker CabinHuge thanks to David, Hilary, and Chris of Highland Hiker for putting on such an awesome event. Also, shout out to Mountain Fresh for the delicious lunch and Cyprus Restaurant for hosting the dinner and award ceremony.If you’re wondering how I did in the tournament, I caught zero fish with a total of zero inches. That’s alright though. I’ll be back next year, and god willing, catch a fish or two.Justin Forrest is an outdoor writer, fly fishing addict, and co-founder of Narrative North—based in Asheville, N.C. He posts pictures of cats and fishing on Instagram sometimes.last_img read more

Brazil Promotes New Phase of Operation Ágata

first_imgThe Brazilian Ministry of Defense launched a new phase ofOperation Ágata between June 13th-22nd to combat illegal trafficking of people,drugs, weapons, munitions, as well as contraband and environmental crimesacross the borders. Phase 11 covered nearly all 17,000 kilometers of thecountry’s borders across 11 Brazilian states. Throughout its 10 days inoperation, Ágata relied upon nearly 12,000 members of the Armed Forces and thecooperation of a number of neighboring countries. Approximately 10,000 Brazilian Army personnel, 600 Air Forcepersonnel, and 1,700 Navy personnel were directly involved in the operation.Another 2,000 worked on the support side, for a total of nearly 15,000servicemembers, according to Lieutenant General Hudson Potiguara, Deputy Chiefof Joint Operations of the Ministry of Defense. “This is a joint operation withcountries along our border. All of our neighbors were invited, and we had confirmedmonitors in Peru, Venezuela, Guyana, Argentina, Bolivia, and elsewhere. Theyall participated and have all reinforced their individual borders,” he said. Lt. Gen. Potiguara stated that this partnership wasessential for Operation Ágata’s strategy. If a criminal escapes Brazil andfinds his way into another country, Brazilian military personnel cannot goafter him or act across the border. However, because of new multilateralefforts, Brazil can now alert the neighboring country, which allows them to beprepared to act within their territory. “This partnership is very important. We don’t fight bordercrimes alone,” said Lt. Gen. Potiguara. “Fighting border crimes is ineveryone’s interest. This interaction with our neighbors is what ensuresoperational success.” In addition to military personnel, members of city, state,and federal law-enforcement agencies such as the Federal Highway Police, theFederal Police, the Brazilian Tax Authorities, and the Brazilian IntelligenceAgency (ABI) took part in the operation, as well as nearly 40 governmentinstitutions that worked together to combat border crimes. Operation Ágatainvolved highway inspection and monitoring as well as land, air, waterway, andsea patrols. Outcomes of Phase 11 of Operation Ágata Operation Ágata was established by decree in 2011 under theStrategic Border Plan (PEF, for its Portuguese acronym). The initiative isheaded by the Ministry of Defense and coordinated by the Joint Staff of theArmed Forces. Actions of Phase 11 of the operation were deployed simultaneouslyin the areas of the Amazon Military Command (CMA), based in Manaus (Amazonasstate); the Military Command of the West (CMO), based in Campo Grande (MatoGrosso do Sul state); and the Military Command of the South (CMS), based inPorto Alegre (Rio Grande do Sul state). According to the final report published on June 24th, Phase11 of Operation Ágata included 126,259 vehicle inspections and checks atcheckpoints on roads and highways in all of Brazil’s border regions. Shipboardinspections were conducted at 7,732 river checkpoints and 575 naval and riverpatrols were carried out. Teams from the National Civil Aviation Agencyinspected 62 aircraft and 13 airfields. The Brazilian Air Force carried out 40 air patrols andaerial reconnaissance of seven suspect areas, particularly in the southerntriple border between Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. It also intercepted 22unknown aircraft along the border. They had been flying over or near the areaof the operation without a flight plan and were identified by the military. The Brazilian Air Force carried approximately 40 tons ofcargo and 1.2 million passengers in support of the Army, particularly theborder platoons, along with police and federal agencies involved in the operation. In its 10-day tactic, Ágata resulted in the seizure of 5.7tons of explosives; 168 weapons; 22,865 munitions; 11 tons of marijuana; 123kilograms of cocaine; 122 kilograms of other illegal substances; and 4,400cubic meters of timber. A total of 71 people were taken into custody. “Each region has its own characteristics, and the materialsseized under the operation vary widely from one place to the next,” Lt. Gen.Potiguara said. “In the Amazon, for example, our operatives seized a lot ofillegal timber. In the south, there is more electrical and electroniccontraband.” A report published by the Institute for Social and EconomicDevelopment along the Borders (Idesf, for its Portuguese acronym), based out ofFoz do Iguaçu (Paraná state), shows that the apprehended contraband throughOperation Ágata has resulted in a direct increase in tax revenue for theaffected areas. The study took into account eight phases of Operation Ágata,carried out between 2011 and 2014. According to Idesf, a decrease in the supplyof contraband encourages consumption of goods legally manufactured in orlegally imported into Brazil. The report also shows that contraband goodsaccount for approximately US$7.5 billion in lost tax revenue along its borders. An estimated US$215,000 in goods, where taxes had not beenpaid, as well as approximately US$5,000 in contraband, were seized during Phase11 of Operation Ágata. Public officials also collected approximately US$191,300of funds from unknown sources. Social Support for Border Populations In addition to security measures, Operation Ágata providedmedical and social care to underserved populations in border cities throughcivil-military efforts known as Acisos for its Portuguese name. These includedfostering cultural activities and distributing medication to those in need. By the end of Ágata’s 11th version, 9,278 Braziliansreceived medical attention; 6,082 received dental care; and more than 34,000preventive health measures were adopted. Soldiers also provided maintenance andworked on renovations of 231 public buildings, mostly schools, and helpedrepair 68 roads. The services secured identification papers for 1,108undocumented citizens and promoted more than 26,000 social and culturalactivities. In a video message, Minister of Defense Raul Jungmannstressed the importance of Operation Ágata after a visit to the states ofParaná and Mato Grosso do Sul on June 17th and 18th. “This is an act of defense. The border is a sensitive zonefor national sovereignty and defense. And that is our primary mission.Secondly, this represents constructive action in terms of improving publicsecurity, especially in our big cities,” Minister Jungmann said. “And thirdly,these actions, in which the Ministry and Defense and the Armed Forces areengaged, are extremely important to ensure that everything goes safely andsmoothly during the Olympics.” Phase 11 of Ágata marked the beginning of a series ofactions to increase security of the Olympic Games, which will be held in Rio deJaneiro in August. Other phases of the operation also preceded major eventssuch as the Confederations Cup in 2013 and the World Cup in 2014. “In addition to doing the basics for public security –preventing criminal activity, seizing illegal substances and weapons and so on,– the Army, Navy and Air Force are working together on social issues other thanthe Acisos; namely combating Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that transmits dengue,chikungunya and Zika viruses,” Minister Jungmann added. By Nelza Oliveira/Diálogo July 15, 2016last_img read more

DARPA Doubles Down on Tern by Funding 2nd Test Vehicle

first_imgBy Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) December 30, 2016 Tern, a joint program between the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) and the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR), seeks to greatly increase the effectiveness of forward-deployed small-deck ships such as destroyers and frigates by enabling them to serve as mobile launch and recovery sites for specially designed unmanned air systems (UASs).In 2015, DARPA awarded Phase 3 of Tern to a team led by the Northrop Grumman Corporation to build a full-scale technology demonstration system. The program has since made significant advances on numerous fronts, including commencement of wing fabrication and completion of successful engine testing for its test vehicle, and DARPA has tasked Northrop Grumman with building a second test vehicle. “DARPA has been thinking about building a second Tern test vehicle for well over a year,” said Dan Patt, DARPA program manager. “Adding the second technology demonstrator enhances the robustness of the flight demonstration program and enables military partners to work with us on maturation, including testing different payloads and experimenting with different approaches to operational usage.” Tern envisions a new medium-altitude, long-endurance UAS that could operate from helicopter decks on smaller ships in rough seas or expeditionary settings while achieving efficient long-duration flights. To provide these and other previously unattainable capabilities, the Tern Phase 3 design is a tail-sitting, flying-wing aircraft with a twin contra-rotating, nose-mounted propulsion system. The aircraft would lift off like a helicopter and then perform a transition maneuver to orient it for wing-borne flight for the duration of a mission. Upon mission completion, the aircraft would return to base, transition back to a vertical orientation, and land. The system is sized to fit securely inside a ship hangar for maintenance operations and storage. Tern has accomplished the following technical milestones for its test vehicle in 2016: – Wing fabrication: Since Phase 3 work started at the beginning of 2016, Tern has finished fabricating major airframe components and anticipates final assembly in the first quarter of 2017. Once complete, the airframe will house propulsion, sensors, and other commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) systems to make up the full-scale technology demonstration vehicle. – Engine tests: In Phases 2 and 3, Tern has successfully tested numerous modifications to an existing General Electric engine to enable it to operate in both vertical and horizontal orientations. This type of engine was chosen because it is mature and powers multiple helicopter platforms currently in use. – Software integration: In the summer of 2016, Tern opened its Software Integration Test Station (SITS), part of the System Integration Lab that supports software development for the program. The test station includes vehicle management system hardware and software, and uses high-fidelity simulation tools to enable rapid testing of aircraft control software in all phases of flight. The SITS is helping ensure the technology demonstration vehicle could fly safely in challenging conditions such as launch, recovery, and transition between horizontal and vertical flight. Additional tests are about to start. A 1/5th-scale version of the approved vehicle model is in testing in the 80’ x 120’ wind tunnel at the NASA Ames Research Center’s National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex (NFAC). Data collected during this test will be used to better characterize aircraft aerodynamic performance and validate aerodynamic models. “We’re making substantial progress toward our scheduled flight tests, with much of the hardware already fabricated and software development and integration in full swing,” said Brad Tousley, director of DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office, which oversees Tern. “As we keep pressing into uncharted territory—no one has flown a large unmanned tail-sitter before—we remain excited about the future capabilities a successful Tern demonstration could enable: organic, persistent, long-range reconnaissance, targeting, and strike support from most U.S. Navy ships.” Tern is currently scheduled to start integrated propulsion system testing in the first part of 2017, move to ground-based testing in early 2018, and culminate in a series of at-sea flight tests in late 2018. DARPA and the U.S. Navy have a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to share responsibility for the development and testing of the Tern demonstrator system. The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL) has also expressed interest in Tern’s potential capabilities and is providing support to the program.last_img read more

TFM wins Noreste concession

first_imgON DECEMBER 5 the Mexican government accepted a US$1·4bn bid from Transportación Ferroviaria Mexicana for the 50 year concession to operate the Ferrocarril del Noreste (RG 12.96 p805). TFM will also pay 0·5% of net operating income in each of the first 15 years and 1·5% for the remainder. There is also an option for a 50 year extension.Three groups were shortlisted to submit final bids on November 29: the TFM joint venture of Kansas City Southern Industries (51%) and Transportaciónes Maritimas Mexicanas SA (49%); ICA, backed by Union Pacific; and Grupo Mexico with US short line South Orient. A fourth grouping of Grupo Olmeca, GEC Alsthom and SNCF was eliminated. TFM’s final bid was nearly three times that of its two rivals. KCSI President & CEO Landon Rowland described the 4000 km Noreste, which moves 40% of Mexico’s rail freight, as the ’premier railway property in the world to be privatised.’ It links Mexico City with the ports of Lazaro Cardenas, Veracruz and Tampico, and the US border towns of Matamoros and Laredo. He said ’it is a powerful link to the most essential railroad market’, whilst Veracruz alone handles 25% of Mexico’s total freight.TFM General Director Mario Mohar said the company plans to invest US$700m over the first five years of the concession, including US$200m in the first year. Most will go on locos, rolling stock and communications systems, and on expanding capacity to handle the projected traffic growth and create an intermodal network. TFM expects an annual rate of return of 18% to 20%.KCS is to take over neighbouring US regional Gateway Western, which links Kansas City and and Springfield, Illinois, and has trackage rights into Chicago. Along with joint ownership of the Texas-Mexican Railway, this gives KCS a corridor from Chicago to Mexico City. oKey facts:last_img read more

Tennis world’s number one, Djokovic receives death threats

first_img The 48-year-old Croatian, who won Wimbledon in 2001, said he felt “good” and did not have any symptoms. Djokovic posted an apology on Instagram after so many high-profile stars tested positive. He wrote: “I am so deeply sorry our tournament has caused harm. “Everything the organisers and I did the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions. “We believed the tournament met all health protocols and the health of our region seemed in good condition to finally unite people for philanthropic reasons. read also:Djokovic tests positive to covid-19 regrets Adria tour “We were wrong and it was too soon. I can’t express enough how sorry I am for this and every case of infection.” In April, Djokovic revealed he was an anti-vaxxer, explaining he would not take compulsory vaccination for coronavirus if required. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Tennis world No1, Novak Djokovic, has received death threats after hosting a tennis tournament that saw several stars contract coronavirus. Novak Djokovic apologised for organising the Adria Tour tennis exhibition series He was as slammed for his “boneheaded” decision to host the tour in Croatia – ignoring strict social-distancing rules and even dancing topless in a nightclub. Fellow pros Grigor Dimitrov, Viktor Troicki and Borna Coric have all tested positive for coronavirus after taking part in the Easter European event. Now chilling messages threatening Djokivic’s life have been sprayed onto walls in Croatia’s capital of Split. According to RT.com the translation reads: “Djokovic, die. Our wish is that you die. Greetings from Split. Die.” Djokovic’s coach Goran Ivanisevic has revealed that he too has tested positive for coronavirus. The news comes three days on from world number one Djokovic announcing he had tested positive himself. Ivanisevic wrote on Instagram: “Unfortunately after two negative tests in the last 10 days, I have just found out I have tested positive for Covid-19.” Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Absolutely Unique Facts About KanyeWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True33 Celebs Photos From Their Childhood: Will You Recognize Them?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The Ratingscenter_img Loading… last_img read more

West Florida Blanks the Bucs

first_img Share Oct. 8, 2007 Box Score  MEMPHIS, Tenn. – West Florida (8-2-0, 3-0-0 GSC) picked up two late first half goals and added three more after the break, as they held their fourth straight opponent to under ten shots in their 5-0 triumph over Christian Brothers Sunday afternoon at Signagio Field.Ten minutes before the half Dernelle Mascall cracked the score board when Jodi Galucci fed the ball down the side line to a streaking Mascall who carried the ball into box before beating the keeper.Three minutes before the end of the half Mascall punched a thru ball into leaving Brandi Adams with a one-on-one with the Buccaneers keeper giving the Argonauts a 2-0 lead after the first 45 minutes.In the 69th minute, Taylor Murphy added to West Florida lead when she deflected an attempted clearance by the Christian Brothers goal keeper before tucking away her first goal as an Argonaut.Adams picked up her third goal in the last two games when she finished a cross sent into the box by Jordan McKenzie at the 74:58 mark of the first half.Five minutes later, McKenzie also picked up her first goal as an Argonaut when Kaley Morris sent the ball down the field for Galucci who quickly cross the ball to the waiting freshman.The Argonauts have two more road matches, Friday against Alabama-Huntsville and Sunday versus Delta State, before returning to the friendly confines of the UWF Sports Complex. “Live Stats” will be available for both matches. Print Friendly Version West Florida Blanks the Bucslast_img read more

Margaret Mary Health implements visitor restrictions

first_imgBatesville, In. — Effective Jan. 3, Margaret Mary Health is implementing visitor restrictions to minimize the spread of respiratory illnesses, including the flu. The following precautionary restrictions apply to visitation at the hospital’s main campus located at 321 Mitchell Ave., Batesville:No visitation by anyone who is currently ill or has been ill within the last 48 hours with any respiratory symptoms, including but not limited to, cough, fever, muscle aches, runny nose, sore throat, etc.No visitation by anyone under the age of 14. Children in this age group are more likely to be carrying viral or other contagious illnesses even if they are not showing active symptoms. Even if they do not get sick themselves, they can pass these illnesses on to our patients.In our Maternity Services Unit, the hospital will make the exception of restrictions for a newborn’s sibling(s) who are well at the time of the visit, as deemed by the Maternity Services staff.“We have seen an increase in the number of patients diagnosed in our emergency room and physician offices with the flu and other respiratory illnesses, such as RSV,” said Deanna Youngman, Margaret Mary’s Infection Prevention Coordinator. “To keep both you and your family members safe, it’s important you cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue or use your sleeve, wash your hands often and stay home when you are sick. The CDC also recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protection against flu viruses.”During flu season, families should also limit the number of relatives and friends accompanying patients to the hospital and/or doctor visits.Margaret Mary is working to protect our patients as much as possible from exposure to respiratory illnesses by providing seasonal flu vaccines to staff and implementing “respiratory etiquette” practices. The hospital has also made hand sanitizer, tissues and facemasks available to both patients and visitors at the entrances of all hospital facilities.It’s not too late to get your flu shot. Call our Occupational Health & Wellness Center at 812.932.5105 for more information.last_img read more

Osimhen rejects EPL move

first_imgRelatedPosts Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Lille striker, Victor Osimhen, does not dream of moving to the Premier League this summer, according to his agent.Osimhen signed for Lille last summer and enjoyed a fruitful debut campaign, which saw him net 18 goals and grab six assists before the French league season was curtailed last month. The 21-year-old’s fine form in front of goal led to reports linking him with a move to England this summer, with Manchester United one side tipped to make a move.Suggestions of a move to United were amplified when fans’ favourite Odion Ighalo labelled his Nigerian compatriot as “the future of football” two months ago, but it seems as though they’ll have to wait if they are to sign the forward.Addressing rumours that a deal with Napoli is close, the player’s brother-in-law and agent, Osita Okolo, also shot down reports of a move to England.“I can say that, for now, Osimhen hasn’t agreed anything with Napoli or another club,” Okolo told Radio Marte.“I can also deny that he dreams of going to the Premier League, I don’t know why [the press] says certain things. “Naples is a fantastic city and Napoli are a very good team.“I’m always honoured whenever I hear these links, but for now there’s no deal in place, even if negotiations with them are ongoing.“He wants to play regularly.“We’re not going to repeat certain bad experiences from the past.“The Napoli fans are fantastic, their stadium is beautiful. “I can only speak well of Naples and its team.”Tags: Ligue 1LOSC LillePremier LeagueVictor Osimhenlast_img read more

Ireland recruit Mott and Hopkinson

first_img Former Queensland batsman Mott and Hopkinson, who played for Sussex and is currently their club coach, will join Ireland during their ongoing pre-World Cup tour of Australia and New Zealand. Mott, who has also been head coach at Glamorgan, will be Phil Simmons’ assistant for Ireland – while Hopkinson is a fielding specialist. Ireland have recruited Matthew Mott and Carl Hopkinson as coaches for their World Cup campaign. Press Associationlast_img read more