So, It Turns Out Barbra Streisand’s 2 Dogs, Miss Scarlett & Miss Violet, Are Clones Of A Past Pet…

first_imgIn a recent interview, Barbra Streisand, the famed singer, actress, and filmmaker who is one of few entertainers in the industry whose won Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Awards, sat down with Variety to discuss her lengthy career. However, perhaps one of the standout (and most bizarre) moments of the interview was when Streisand dropped this bomb on the interviewer: that two of her three Coton de Tulear dogs were actually cloned from the stomach and mouth cells of her former pet Samantha, who died in 2017 at 14-years-old. The cloned animals, Miss Scarlett and Miss Violet, got their names after “Streisand dressed the two dogs in red and lavender to tell them apart.”However, despite being genetically identical to Samantha, the dogs are not identical to Samantha, let alone each other. “They have different personalities,” Streisand told Variety. “I’m waiting for them to get older so I can see if they have her brown eyes and her seriousness.”In addition to the carbon-copy twins, Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett, Streisand also has a third dog, Miss Fanny, who she picked up from a breeder while waiting for the clones. As Variety explains, “While Streisand was waiting for the clones, her breeder brought another dog, whose mother had been named Funny Girl. Streisand was smitten. She adopted the new dog and called her Miss Fanny, which is how Fanny Brice’s dresser refers to the character in the movie.”As other outlets have picked up the story, more information about the world of pet cloning has been uncovered. Per the New York Times, multiple companies offer the process, with its price at minimum costing $50,000 and taking on average 60 days.last_img read more

Group anticipates gameday

first_imgStudent body president Brett Rocheleau began this week’s Student Senate meeting by reminding students to be especially safe this weekend, especially for Saturday’s night football game. “Tell everyone who is underage in your halls that they are really not allowed to drink,” Rocheleau said. “The Excise Police will be out this weekend, and hopefully nothing major happens.” Rocheleau also discussed a Campus Life Council meeting he attended earlier this week. “We had a really good discussion focusing on consistency across dorms,” Rocheleau said. “Our first meeting defined these inconsistencies, and next time we plan to delve into solutions.” Student body vice president Katie Rose continued by thanking Senate members for attending last Friday’s Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC) picnic. “The RCLC picnic was a blast,” Rose said. “It was the highest attendance of students and community members we’ve ever seen.” Rose attended a Community Campus Action Coalition meeting in Rocheleau’s absence this week and heard from community members about off-campus student interactions. “Overall things are okay, although property crimes are still pretty consistent. Off-campus parties are still a problem. Make sure you remind your friends living off-campus to be respectful of their neighbors,” Rose said. “Also, to reinforce what Brett said earlier, be safe this weekend. Excise Police have doubled their force for the night game to make sure everything is under control.” Chief of staff Katie Baker informed the Senate of a new Student Union Board committee being formed for diversity in residence halls.   “The purpose of the new committee is to make sure everyone feels welcome in their dorms from the minute they step foot on campus to the minute they leave four years later,” Baker said. “The group is specifically for transfer students, international students … anyone who needs help adjusting and feeling at home.” Next the Senate voted in favor of a resolution thanking the Office of Housing for funding hydration stations in each residence hall, brought in by Parker Dwyer, director of residence life for Senate. The final order of business was the approval of a resolution brought forth by Matt Devine, director of gender studies for Senate. The resolution recognized the establishment of gender issues subcommittees. Pangborn senator Emily Pollard described further what this resolution involves. “Having subcommittees just breaks [the committee of gender studies] down so people can look at things more specifically,” Pollard said. “It allows everybody to focus in on certain issues so we can help to the best of our abilities.” Baker said the cabinet discussed this resolution Tuesday and described it as more of public relations move than a final resolution. “The point is really to keep the Senate and the student body informed so everyone knows where to go if they need help,” Baker said. The meeting ended with several dorm-specific announcements from the senators.   Walsh Hall senator Veronica Guerrero reminded all the male dorms to enter one contestant for the Mr. ND Pageant happening next Thursday. Hall Presidents’ Council co-chair Matt Lynch reminded Senate of a student initiative to wear leis during Saturday’s football game in solidarity with senior linebacker Manti Te’o.   “In addition to the leis, make sure to tell everyone to hold up a ‘five’ from the minute Manti walks onto the field for the coin toss to the minute he leaves,” Lynch said. “We are doing it as a sign of respect for everything that’s happened to him in the past week.”last_img read more

Burt Bacharach Musical Close to You Will Transfer to West End

first_img View Comments What’s new pussycat? Well, Close to You, a new tuner featuring the songs of Burt Bacharach, will transfer to the West End’s Criterion Theatre. Led by Kyle Riabko, the production will begin previews on October 3 and is set to play a limited engagement through January 10, 2016. Opening night is scheduled for October 15.Directed by The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’s choreographer Steven Hoggett, Close to You reinterprets more than 30 Bacharach melodies including “Alfie,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Walk on By,” “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” and “What’s New Pussycat.” Initially a hit at New York Theatre Workshop (where it was called What’s It All About: Bacharach Reimagined), the show recently had an acclaimed run at the Menier Chocolate Factory.The production will feature music by Bacharach and lyrics by Hal David and others, with musical arrangements by Riabko, who also conceived the show with David Lane Seltzer, with set design by Christine Jones and Brett Banakis, costume design by Matthew Wright, lighting design by Tim Lutkin and sound design by Richard Brooker.last_img read more

On the Blogs: The Fossil-Fuel Risk to Insurance Companies

first_imgOn the Blogs: The Fossil-Fuel Risk to Insurance Companies FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Dan Gocher for RenewEconomy.com:Climate change goes beyond a question of ethics, or lack thereof. It cuts to the heart of insurance business, because, like general insurers the world over, QBE Group is having to adjust to more frequent and more costly natural disasters, many of which are driven by climate change.Large risk and catastrophe claims cost the firm US$1.35 billion, a significant drop from the US$2.35 billion paid out in disaster-ridden 2011, but well above QBE’s long term average prior to 2010. These included a “spate of large individual energy risk claims” suffered by its European Operations in the first half of 2015.Major payouts for recent weather events include US$144 million for UK storms Desmond, Eva and Frank in late 2015, US$108 million for Cyclone Pam in March 2016 and US$76 million for NSW east coast storms in April.Shareholders will have the opportunity to interrogate this information at the company’s AGM this week. And before long, it won’t just be shareholders. QBE subsidiaries will soon be required to disclose their investments in fossil fuels to the Bank of England and the California Insurance Commissioner.APRA, who regulate the Australian insurance industry, have proven themselves slow off the mark in addressing climate risk, having so far not produced any research, nor spoken publicly on the systemic impacts of climate change on the insurance industry.Unlike its peers IAG and Suncorp, QBE will be forced by foreign regulators to consider and act on the implications of climate change. APRA should demand the same level of disclosure QBE will soon provide in the UK and the US, and extend it to other major insurers.In general, Australian insurers are lagging behind their European peers. AXA and Allianz have already divested their investment portfolios from thermal coal. Reinsurers Swiss Re and Munich Re have published extensive research on the impacts of climate change, and are attempting to shift the industry in the right direction.At its AGM in Sydney, QBE will be confronted head on with its high-wire hypocrisy. And simply rolling out the old drug-dealers defence that ‘if we don’t do it, someone else will,’ just won’t cut the mustard. We need leadership from firms that can exert as much influence over the fossil fuel industry as QBE.No amount of greenwash will sufficiently address climate change or the inherent risk it poses to their investment portfolios.The reality is, should QBE choose to act, it is in a unique and powerful position to genuinely combat climate change and safeguard its own business. But to do so, it must take serious action internally, come clean on its investments, and advocate publicly for comprehensive policy change.Full article: QBE to be held to account for fossil fuel investmentslast_img read more

ABA presents merit award to Clearwater’s Rose

first_imgABA presents merit award to Clearwater’s Rose ABA presents merit award to Clearwater’s Rose The ABA honored Clearwater attorney Donna K. Rose with the annual Sole Practitioner Merit Award August 8 in San Francisco in conjunction with the 2003 ABA Annual Meeting.The annual award, sponsored by the ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section, recognizes practitioners throughout the country who through their leadership and service to the local and legal communities have shown outstanding dedication to the practice of law.Rose, whose practice centers on family law and federal criminal law, is community outreach chair for the Clearwater Bar and past president of the Pinellas County chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Rose is actively involved through many and varied volunteer efforts since joining The Florida Bar in 1998. During that time, Rose initiated both the Clearwater Bar community outreach reading program and the PCFAWL scholarship program.Rose has served on the board of directors for the Young Lawyers Division of the Clearwater Bar, PCFAWL, and the Clearwater Bar Foundation. She served on the Civil Advisory Group as liaison to the chief judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit. Rose serves as an assistant editor of the Clearwater Bar’s Res Ipsa, is Civil Practice chair for the Clearwater Bar and co-chaired the Silent Auction for the Clearwater Bar Foundation/Young Lawyers Division. She also participates regularly as a speaker in the Great American Teach In and for Law Day, as a legal services volunteer at the Tampa Campus of University of South Florida, as proctor for the Florida bar exam, in various mock trial competitions, and with Judgment House Halloween activities at Calvary Baptist Church. August 15, 2003 Regular Newslast_img read more

New IRS Rules on Dark Money Likely Won’t Be Ready Before 2016 Election

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Internal Revenue Service says it won’t come out with new proposed rules for so-called dark money groups until late spring at the earliest, increasing the likelihood that no changes will take effect before the 2016 elections.These groups—social welfare nonprofits that can engage in politics, but do not have to disclose their donors—have become a major force in elections, pouring at least $257 million into the 2012 elections. The Wesleyan Media Project estimates that dark money paid for almost half the TV ads aired in the 2014 Senate races.The IRS originally issued a draft version of the rules for dark money groups more than a year ago, but withdrew them for revisions after receiving intense criticism from both ends of the political spectrum.Some advocates of campaign finance reform have touted tighter IRS controls as the best shot of reining in the influence of such groups ahead of the 2016 presidential race.Under the current IRS rules, social welfare nonprofits are allowed to spend money on politics as long as they are “primarily engaged in promoting in some way the common good and general welfare of the people of the community.” But it’s unclear exactly how much revenue groups can put toward politics, and which activities count as political.As ProPublica has reported, social welfare nonprofits have sworn under penalty of perjury that they would not engage in politics and then spent heavily to influence campaigns. Some have spent much or all of the money they raised on elections. Others have reported campaign expenditures to the Federal Election Commission, then told the IRS that the spending was not political.IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in June that the agency expected to have revamped draft rules out early next year, but spokeswoman Julianne Breitbeil now says it will take longer. Even the late spring deadline is hardly firm: Marcus Owens, a Washington lawyer who used to run the IRS’ exempt organizations division, said the agency “regularly misses its self-appointed deadlines” for releasing new rules.If the IRS issues a proposal in late spring, it’s possible new rules could be finalized before the 2016 election, said Lloyd Hitoshi Mayer, a law professor and associate dean at the University of Notre Dame who is an expert in nonprofit tax law.But the agency needs to clear several hurdles to pull this off.Once the new draft comes out, the agency will accept comments from the public—figure 60 to 90 days for that. The IRS is also required to hold a public hearing, which typically follows the comment period. After that, the agency will revise the rules again or move to finalize them, said Nancy Ortmeyer Kuhn, a former senior attorney for the exempt organizations division in the IRS chief counsel’s office.“I would guess at a minimum it would be a year before they’d be finalized, but that’s optimistic,” she said.John Pomeranz, a Washington lawyer who has advised politically active social welfare nonprofits, said he thought it would be “almost impossible” for the IRS to have the rules in place in 2016.“I would buy you lunch if these rules go into effect before Jan. 1, 2017,” he said.Even if the IRS manages to finish the rules next year, there may be other roadblocks.Republicans, who will control both the Senate and the House next year, could propose legislation blocking or postponing any new strictures on dark money. The House passed a bill introduced by Rep. Dave Camp, a Michigan Republican, earlier this year that would have delayed the implementation of new IRS rules on nonprofits, but the measure didn’t make it out of the Senate. A spokeswoman for Camp declined to comment on whether he would introduce a similar bill next year.“This is going to be a bitter battle,” said Gary Bass, the executive director of the Bauman Foundation, who has called for clearer regulations. Lawsuits filed by those who think the rules don’t go far enough or those who think they go too far could delay the rules further, he added.It’s unknown how aggressive the IRS’ new proposal will be in attempting to rein in political activity by social welfare nonprofits. Some observers expect the agency to set a hard limit on how much of groups’ spending can be devoted to politics, perhaps 40 percent or less. Others think the limit will be higher—close to 50 percent—or that there won’t be a numerical limit at all.David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics, which has called for less restrictive campaign finance regulations, said he doubted the rules would significantly affect the social welfare nonprofits that spend the most on elections, such as Crossroads GPS on the right and Patriot Majority USA on the left.“For the people who are pinning their hopes on IRS rules changing how these groups operate, I think they’re kidding themselves,” he said. “I don’t think it’s going to happen.”Kuhn, the former IRS senior attorney, said she expected the agency to come up with rules that are “bland and hard to attack.”“The whole controversy of dark money—I really don’t think that’s going to be solved through the IRS regulatory process,” she said.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.last_img read more

Bellmore Woman Killed in Westchester Car Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 22-year-old Bellmore woman was among two people fatally struck by a car while they stood on the side of Interstate-95 to report an earlier car crash in Westchester County this week.New York State police said Kayla Ann Donnelly-Smith and 61-year-old Winter Krzysztof had pulled over and called 911 after their vehicles collided before a third vehicle lost control and struck them both, killing them instantly in the City of Rye at 1:14 p.m. Monday.“We are deeply saddened by the loss,” the Southern Connecticut State University cheerleading team, which she coached, posted on their Facebook page Tuesday. “Her motivation and drive brought this team together and we will continue to fight in honor of her for the rest of the season. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of Kayla’s friends and family during this difficult time.”The third driver, 46-year-old Tai Zhoa of Queens, was driving northbound when he struck both victims and their vehicles near exit 22 of I-95, police said. Zhao’s vehicle then veered back into traffic, where it struck a commercial bus that then sideswiped another northbound vehicle, causing minor damage, police said.Zhao was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries. No other injuries were reported. Troopers are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash.Donnelly-Smith was a W.C. Mepham High School graduate.last_img read more

Kristian Šustar is the new director of development of Uniline

first_imgKristian Šustar, former member of the Management Board of the hotel company HUP-Zagreb dd and President of the Management Board of the Hotel Dubrovačka rivijera dd, from 1.7.2018. took over the position of development director of Uniline, the largest Croatian tour operator.Shustar has more than 20 years of experience in leading positions in the hotel industry. He started his career at the Bonavia Hotel, continued at the Adriatic Luxury Hotels, then at Adria Resorts, Maistra, Dubrovnik Riviera Hotels and HUP-Zagreb, where he held leading positions and managed key projects aimed at the growth and development of companies and destinations. do business.”We expect that Kristian Šustar, with his acquired knowledge and experience in domestic and international projects, will provide a significant contribution and encouragement to further development and diversification of business processes and activities of Uniline.”, Boris Žgomba, President of the Management Board and co-owner of Uniline, emphasized on this occasion.By the way, Kristian Šustar has been active in the work and activities of tourist boards at the local, county and national level for many years. In the Croatian National Tourist Board, he was a member of the Tourist Board for two terms, while since April 2016 he has been the President of the Supervisory Board of the Croatian National Tourist Board. From December 2009 to April 2016, he chaired the Croatian Hotel Employers ‘Association (UPUHH), the national hoteliers’ association. Related news:UNILINE OPENS NEW BUSINESS HEADQUARTERS AND PRESENTS NEW BUSINESS PHILOSOPHYlast_img read more

Get ready for a hangover when the retail party ends

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Garlic prices soar in Central Java as coronavirus hampers imports from China

first_imgAs a result, garlic prices in Central Java jumped to the current Rp 50,000 (US$3.65) per kilogram from the usual Rp 35,000 per kg.Arief said the local administration is also looking for other options to help lower garlic prices by seeking supplies from local farms in Parakan, Temanggung and Bumijawa, Tegal in Central Java.”But the supplies from these two regions will be very limited,” he said, adding that garlic usually grows in subtropical mountainous areas within a certain temperature range.Read also: Coronavirus drags down commodity prices as demand from China drops The coronavirus outbreak originating in the Chinese city of Wuhan has affected imports of garlic from China, causing the commodity’s prices to rocket by more than 40 percent as stocks plummet in Central Java. Central Java Industry and Trade Agency head Arief Sambodo said on Wednesday the garlic stocks in some of the province’s regions are declining as the virus has held up imports from mainland China.“About 95 percent of the garlic supplies here are imported straight from China and the virus is hampering it. We hope there will be import options from other countries soon,” he said, as quoted by kompas.com. The coronavirus, which has killed hundreds of people in China and spread to more than 20 countries, has begun to take a toll not only on Indonesia’s commodity imports, but also on exports.The price of rubber, a key Indonesian export commodity, has dropped sharply in the wake of the outbreak, falling from Rp 9,200 to Rp 7,200 per kg in South Sumatra over the past few weeks as the virus affects trade between Indonesia and China.Indonesia has also decided to ban imports of live animals from mainland China amid fears of the coronavirus spreading into the Southeast Asian nation, which to date has still recorded no confirmed cases. As of Feb. 6, the virus has killed at least 563 people and infected more than 28,000 people worldwide, AFP reported. The majority of those cases were within China and concentrated in Hubei province, but two deaths have been confirmed in the Philippines and Hong Kong.Analysts predict that the virus could reduce China’s economic growth by 1 to 2 percent this year as it hampers economic activities in the country. (ris)Topics :last_img read more