Does Watching Jonathan Groff Have Gay Sex Make You Want to Have Gay Sex? Russia Investigates.

first_img Jonathan Groff Star Files View Commentscenter_img Does watching Broadway cutie Jonathan Groff looking for sex make you want to actually have gay sex? That’s the big question on the table as Russian officials decide whether or not to let the new HBO series Looking air in their notably homophobic country.According to Queerty, Russian officials are reviewing the new show about gay buds in San Francisco to decide if it “promotes non-traditional sexual relations among minors,” which could make viewing the show illegal under the country’s Administrative Code, the same law that outlaws “gay propaganda.”We’re guessing the very first scene of the pilot episode, which finds Groff’s Patrick getting a handjob in a park from a stranger, does the trick of keeping Looking out of Russia.Although ratings are low for the new show, here’s hoping the info above gets you to turn it on. Looking airs Sundays at 10:30PM on HBO.last_img read more

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Employees of Otter Creek Awnings Awarded for Excellence

first_imgJosette Noll of Otter Creek Awnings & Patio Rooms in Williston, VT has been awarded a Betterliving Excellence Award-Gold Certificate from Craft-Bilt Manufacturing. As a Gold Certificate winner, Noll was recognized as being in the top 15% of sunroom designers in the nation. Noll specializes in 3- season patio rooms and year round sunroom design throughout Vermont and has been with Otter Creek Awnings & Patio Rooms for the past 4 years.Otter Creek Awnings & Patio Rooms of Williston, VT is pleased to announce that Cindy Chittenden has been awarded a Betterliving Excellence Award-Silver Certificate from Craft-Bilt Manufacturing. The award places Chittenden in the top 25% of all Sunroom designers nationwide. Chittenden has been with Otter Creek awning for the past 3 years and specializes in 3-season patio rooms and sunroom design throughout Vermont.Jim Lyman, sunroom production manager for Otter Creek Awnings & Patio Rooms of Williston, VT, has been awarded a Betterliving Excellence Award-Gold Certificate from Craft-Bilt Manufacturing. In order to be awarded the Gold Certificate, Lyman performed in the top 10% of project managers nationwide, as measured by total projects completed and customer satisfaction. Lyman supervises the installation of sunrooms throughout Vermont, New Hampshire and upstate New York. Lyman has managed the sunroom installation team at Otter Creek Awnings & Patio Rooms for the past 3 years.last_img read more

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Governor Douglas orders cuts on state travel expenses

first_img“The Governor has asked us to be sure the executive branch ofstate government is taking responsible steps to reduce expenses and be certainthat every taxpayer dollar is being invested in programs to protect the mostvulnerable or encourage economic growth,” Smith said. Douglas Administration toReduce State Employee TravelLimits will save about $1 Million “Our ultimate goal is to reduce out of state travel by at least25 percent between now and July 1, 2009.  We expect this to save nearly $1million dollars,” said Secretary of Administration Michael Smith.  ### Montpelier, Vt. – (April 12, 2008) The Douglasadministration Friday notified state managers that effective immediately allout of state travel requiring overnight stays must be approved by the Secretaryof Administration.  This authority had previously been delegated to mostagency and department headslast_img read more

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Mount Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Under “Review”

first_imgThe Department of the Interior is considering removing protections for 27 national monuments covering 11 million acres of land and 760 million acres of ocean. Bears Ears National Monument in Utah has been the headline-grabbing national monument at the center of the debate, and last month, Interior Secretary Zinke recommended substantially shrinking Bears Ears.Another one of the monuments under threat—and the only one in the East that’s currently on the list—is Katahdin Woods and Waters, an 87,600-acre swath of forest in Maine’s North Woods at the terminus of the Appalachian Trail. The monument protects 30 miles of pristine rivers and streams, important wildlife habitat, spruce-fir forests, and unbroken shorelines. Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument also protects territory used by Penobscot and Wabanaki Native American tribes.Yet some groups want national monument protections removed from this landscape. Ann Mitchell, president of the Maine Woods Coalition, a logging industry organization, argues that the federal government is using private rights-of-way (which she admits came with the land that comprises the monument) to allow access to the monument, even though the roads were “intended” for logging. She also says there’s “nothing distinctive” about the KWW, that unnamed people she knows were “barred” from public hearings and otherwise not allowed to express their opposition to it, and that the monument is costing the timber industry money. “Maine has had open access to the timberlands for hundreds of years. It’s a unique situation up here,” she says “We don’t need the federal government taking over.”Maine Governor Paul LePage is also vociferously opposed to the Katahdin monument, fearing it could lead to the creation of a national park and limit extractive uses of the land. “There is no need for this intrusive land grab from the federal government,” he said. “Make no mistake, the creation of another national park will diminish the ability of Mainers to use the land and Great Ponds in Northern Maine for the traditional activities they have enjoyed for nearly 200 years.”Opponents have also griped about a lack of public participation in national monument designation, but the truth appears to be just the opposite. There actually was a robust public vetting process that lasted for more than five years. This included the largest public meeting on a conservation issue ever held in Maine, convened in May 2016 and hosted by Sen. Angus King (I-ME) and then-Director of the National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis. Nearly 1400 people attended.“The suggestion that there wasn’t enough local input is ludicrous,” says Cathy Johnson of the Natural Resources Council of Maine. “There was nothing short of tireless public input and engagement in this process.” More than 72 percent of Maine residents say they support the monument.As for the purported danger to the state’s logging industry, this too seems like mostly hand-waving. “The land that makes up the monument was sold to us by logging companies,” says Lucas St. Claire of the Elliotsville Plantation, the Portland-based nonprofit foundation that transferred the land to the Department of the Interior. “If they needed it so badly, why would they sell it? It was very clear what our objectives were prior to the sale.” And if the logging trucks are slightly inconvenienced by tourists, St. Claire pointed out that those people bring money, and lots of it; pulp and paper currently contribute 4.1 percent to Maine’s gross state product, while tourism contributes nearly 21 percent. “There is not one shred of evidence that even a single timber-related job has been lost as a result of the establishment of the monument,” Johnson says.On the other hand, myriad recreation-oriented businesses in the area stand to lose a lot. Take, for example, Three Rivers, which offers whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, skydiving and other outdoor activities at four different locations in the area of the KWW. “Business has already begun to improve since the monument was created, and real-estate values are increasing,” says owner Joseph Cristopher. “The paper industry has left this area, and this is our best opportunity for a turn-around.  It also represents a massive ecological improvement going from timber harvest to conservation.”The ill effects of revoking the monument could even extend tangentially beyond America’s borders. That’s because access to Maine’s part of the International Appalachian Trail, which runs from Mount Katahdin in Maine all the way to the northern-easternmost point of the Appalachian Mountains in Canada, would be imperiled. “The land would still be federally owned, but we’d have to start all over at square one” to route the IAT, says Don Hudson, a founding member of ITA and president of the IAT Maine Chapter.Although no president has reversed a national monument designation, President Trump has broken the mold before. So anything’s possible, and much is at stake. Meanwhile, Johnson and others would like to see the monument become a national park with even higher levels of environmental protection and greater recreational opportunities to benefit local economies.That binary choice—whether to use federal land for lesser short-term economic gain from resource extraction, or preserve it for its natural beauty and greater long-term economic potential from recreation and tourism—is, of course, at the heart of many land-management decisions in the United States. St. Claire believes the pro-logging and drilling folks in his state simply don’t appreciate what nature has provided, and thus are all too eager to sell it off to the highest bidder. In other words, literally and figuratively, they can’t see the forest for the trees.last_img read more

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United States Sanctions FARC Front Operating On Border With Ecuador And Peru

first_img Thursday’s sanctions targeted Olidem Romel Solarte Cerón, the finance chief of Front 48, which operates on Colombia’s border with Peru and Ecuador; leaders of the Jefferson Ostaiza Amay drug-trafficking organization; and FARC arms trafficker Gilma Montenegros Vallejos. A real estate firm in the Ecuadorean capital and two agricultural firms in San José, Costa Rica, operated by the drug traffickers, were also designated. The United States formally designated a financial network of the FARC Colombian guerrilla group’s Front 48 as a drug-trafficking organization, a move that bars any economic activity with the network and permits the seizure of its assets, the Treasury Department announced. This is Treasury’s fourteenth action against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a Marxist guerrilla group that was designated as a drug-trafficking organization by the United States in 2003, according to a statement. By Dialogo June 21, 2010 “Today’s designation builds on Treasury’s longstanding campaign against the FARC by exposing their key support networks in Ecuador and Costa Rica,” said the director of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, Adam Szubin. Since June 2000, Treasury has designated more than 750 businesses and individuals as associates of 87 drug kingpins around the world, the statement recalled.last_img read more

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Would you call yourself creative?

first_imgby: Justin Brady, Test of Time DesignI hear the word “creativity” used so much, sometimes it makes me squint my eyes, fighting the gag reflex. That may sound harsh, but these days, the word has been freely tossed around and abused to the point it has almost completely lost its meaning. Yes, leaders make it the number one focus for their teams and new hires, but an alarming number completely misunderstand what creativity is and where it comes from. So, where does it come from?The Iowa Creativity Summit is May 28 at Drake University in Des Moines, and TMG is one of our sponsors who has stepped up to help Iowans find that answer. This is no elitist event for the self-labeled “creative” industry. Sure, they are welcome, but if there is one theme that has developed during my time involved in the last two Iowa Creativity Summits, it’s that we have incorrectly labeled some people or ideas creative, and others as not creative.I was reminded of this when I took a survey from Apple after purchasing something from the store. When asked to select my industry, there was no option for marketing, but instead “creative.” Is “creative” really an industry? Why have we labeled certain fields this way, namely marketers, designers, artists, architects or interior designers? It seems like an innocent thing, but the damage this does to our teams, companies and even community is troubling.During our first Iowa Creativity Summit, we did on-the-street interviews to ask people a simple question: “Are you creative?” Overwhelmingly the answer was, “No” or, “I’m not that creative.” Person after person said something similar, but occasionally someone would pipe up and say they are creative. When asking why, they would site some art project they were working on, or perhaps they were in the marketing industry. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Social Council for Tourism: Employers and unions in tourism jointly call for urgent measures to help tourism

first_imgIt is estimated that there are a total of about 10.000 such workers, both locals and mostly seasonal workers from the continent and Slavonia. “Although the workers do not currently have an established employment relationship, they have counted on employment in tourism and are equally affected by this situation, without social security and it is uncertain how long they will be able to start working.”Emphasize from the Social Council for Tourism. Photo: Lika destination _ Education of employees in tourism 1. Exemption from the obligation to pay taxes and contributions on salaries for workers who are currently out of work and / or working at a significantly reduced intensity, with the aim of preserving jobs and liquidity; 4. Reduction of VAT and deferral of tax payment; reduction of other fiscal and parafiscal obligations, concession fees and public levies to local governments  3. Favorable liquidity lending and / or elaboration of models for payment of existing and future liabilities (interest payments, principal deferral) and / or complete moratorium on credit liabilities for a certain period of time depending on the degree of threat  “Due to extraordinary circumstances, it is necessary to adopt extraordinary measures, which must enable that after the crisis, which will, we hope, end soon, we can continue to work as if it never existed. This means that all of us together must do everything to save jobs, ensure regular payment of workers’ salaries, but also compensation of salaries to those workers who, unfortunately, could not start working due to this situation. Measures must be taken immediately, so that the consequences of the lack of adequate measures do not ultimately deepen the chronic shortage of workers after the crisis caused by the coronavirus”, Said Marina Cvitić, president of the Trade Union of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia. The measures will depend on the duration and extent of the damage caused by the impact of the coronavirus on the economy, and in the situation of practically stopped or significantly reduced operation of catering facilities, urgent decisions are needed to ensure workers’ incomes. Therefore, for workers scheduled to work in the season with whom the employer has agreed employment, and will realize it with a greater delay, we propose the following measures: Priority measures are given to ensure liquidity in the next two months in the function of preserving jobs and to ensure business conditions for the continuation of the tourist year and the normalization of business, point out the Social Council for Tourism at HUP. “Urgent solutions are needed and it is important that all employers and trade unions and the Government of the Republic of Croatia, ie the public and state sector, give their contribution, because as employers lose part of their revenues, the public sector will have to make urgent decisions to reduce overall operating costs” said Natali Komen Bujas, director of HUP – Association of Hospitality and Tourism. Employers and unions in tourism are jointly appealing to urgently adopt measures to help tourism. “Preservation of employment and existing jobs in the situation of already present labor shortage in tourism is of key interest for the entire economy of the Republic of Croatia, since tourism in the Republic of Croatia is a fundamental driver of the entire economy and development of other closely related activities, transport, trade, agriculture, construction , culture, sports, etc.” said Eduard Andrić, President of the Trade Union of Tourism and Services of Croatia and President of the Social Council for Tourism We are also aware that if this situation persists, not only the employment of permanent workers is endangered and we also take special care of seasonal workers with whom employment has already been agreed, but due to this situation they failed to start work as planned, according to the Social Tourism Council. 1. Introduction of a job waiting fee in the amount of 70% of the average salary in the Republic of Croatia Through our role as a responsible social partner, we are talking as signatories of the Collective Agreement on Hospitality, considering the possibility of temporarily invalidating the agreement reached on increasing the minimum basic salaries in hospitality for 2020, the Social Council for Tourism points out. 5. Active approach of the Republic of Croatia and use of planned measures to help the tourism sector from EU funds Photo: Pixabay.com Preserving employment and existing jobs is key The social partners in tourism expect urgent support from the Government of the Republic of Croatia for companies and workers and propose the following “Measures to help tourism and preserve jobs in the hospitality industry” due to the impact of the corona virus: 2. Expansion and adjustment of the measure Permanent seasonal – reduction of the obligation to engage this year; that seasonal workers who were supposed to start work, but have not been so far, may also be included in the measure; relaxation of conditions for the implementation of measures related to the minimum maintenance of the number of employed persons; 2. Extension of the permanent seasonal measure to all those who were supposed to be employed for the period of waiting for employment from 1 April onwardslast_img read more

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Parts of North Jakarta at risk of tidal floods as heavy rainfall hits Jakarta

first_img“Beware of the potential rainfall accompanied by lightning in the South and East Jakarta areas in the afternoon until late at night, and in the Thousand Islands regency at night until early morning,” the agency tweeted on Thursday morning.Read also: High intensity rain triggers flooding in parts of Aceh, Central KalimantanBPBD Jakarta said areas that were at risk of tidal flooding included Kamal Muara, Kapuk Muara, Penjaringan, Pluit, Ancol, Marunda, Cilincing and Kalibaru in North Jakarta, as well as Kamal in West Jakarta.The agency has disseminated information on the water level increase and potential rainfall to residents living on the coast of North Jakarta and the Thousand Islands in order for them to anticipate flooding. Several parts in North Jakarta are at risk of tidal flooding as the water level at a nearby floodgate rose following hours of heavy rainfall on Wednesday afternoon, inundating at least 20 community units (RW) across the capital.The Jakarta Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) recorded an increase in water level at the Pasar Ikan floodgate in North Jakarta to 210 centimeters, raising the standby alert status early on Thursday.Although the water level receded later in the morning, the agency warned that there might be more heavy rainfall in several parts of Jakarta on Thursday. Topics :center_img Following heavy rainfall on Wednesday afternoon, at least 20 community units in Jakarta were flooded, according to the BPBD Data and Information Center.“Data showed that at 3 p.m., 20 community units were inundated,” center chief Insyaf told tribunnews.com on Wednesday.The affected community units were spread across 10 subdistricts in East and South Jakarta, consisting of Bangka, Kebon Baru, Duren Tiga, Rawa Jati, Batu Ampar, Cililitan, Cipinang Cempedak, Jati Padang, Pejaten Timur and Bintaro.Water levels in residential areas ranged from 10 to 90 cm deep.After the heavy rainfall, Mampang and Pulo Rivers in South Jakarta overflowed and caused flooding in some areas, including Bangka and Jati Padang. (syk)last_img read more

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Government to allow public transportation to operate, but still bans ‘mudik’

first_imgThe ministerial regulation indeed sets out several exceptions, in which the transportation of supplies, medicines and medical equipment, as well as fire trucks, ambulances and hearses are still allowed to travel. Operational vehicles for specific missions, such as the repatriation flights and for transporting high-ranking officials, COVID-19 task force officials, government officials, the Indonesian Army and the National Police are also allowed to travel. However, exemptions for businesspeople or others with “essential urgencies” are not stipulated in the regulation.Read also: Most Indonesians concerned about overcapacity at health facilities during pandemic: Survey“Official like you [lawmakers] have the right to travel. Our ministerial colleagues in Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Papua and Sumatra are allowed to travel if they have to do their jobs, but not for mudik,” Budi said.   “I myself cannot go to Palembang in South Sumatra for mudik, but I can go to Palembang to check the LRT there.“People with specific needs, such as those who have sick parents or those whose children will get married will be allowed to travel. There are also 10,000 seasonal workers in Jakarta to whom we can give recommendation letters [for traveling].” Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said on Wednesday that it was possible for the government to allow all means of public transportation to start operations on Thursday to accommodate particular individuals while insisting on banning this year’s Idul Fitri mudik (exodus).His ministry, he added, would issue a circular letter as a derivative regulation of the currently issued Transportation Ministerial Regulation No. 25/2020, which restricts all forms of passenger travel as part of the mudik ban, as the government scrambles to contain COVID-19.“The point [of the letter] is to further describe [what’s allowed and what’s not allowed in the ban] and not to relax the regulation,” he said during a hearing with the House of Representatives Commission VI overseeing transportation, among other things, on Wednesday.  “It means that it is possible to allow all types of transportation to operate again with one condition: They must comply with health protocols,” Budi added.Read also: Explainer: What’s allowed and what’s not in Indonesia’s ‘mudik’ banThe ministerial regulation restricts all passenger travel in and out of COVID-19 red zones, areas that implement large scale social restrictions (PSBB) and agglomeration areas, such as Greater Jakarta and Greater Bandung in West Java, during the period of April 24 to 31. The ban applies to all domestic travel using private cars and motorcycles and public transportation. Budi Karya, who got back to work earlier this month after contracting COVID-19, said state officials and lawmakers on duty and businesspeople with “essential urgencies” would be allowed to travel. Another group of people with “specific urgencies” that require them to travel somewhere, except for mudik, would also be cleared to travel. center_img Topics :last_img read more

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‘Trump Death Clock’ counts preventable US coronavirus deaths

first_imgA newly erected billboard in New York’s Times Square shows the number of US coronavirus deaths that its creator says could have been avoided if President Donald Trump had acted sooner — and it’s called the “Trump Death Clock.”Created by filmmaker Eugene Jarecki, the “clock” was installed on the roof of a Times Square building, empty due to the pandemic. As of Monday, the counter showed more than 48,000 deaths out of a total of more than 80,000, by far the highest tally in the world.The “clock” ticks on the assumption that 60 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the United States could have been prevented had the Trump administration implemented mandatory social distancing and school closures just a week earlier than it did, on March 9 instead of March 16, Jarecki explained in a post on Medium. The New York-based filmmaker, who has twice won awards at the Sundance Film Festival, explained that 60 percent was a conservative estimate calculated by specialists following remarks made in mid-April by leading US infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci.Fauci, who has become the trusted face of the government’s virus response, had said that if “you had started mitigation earlier, you could have saved lives.””The lives already unnecessarily lost demand we seek more responsible crisis leadership,” Jarecki wrote in his Medium post.”Just as the names of fallen soldiers are etched on memorials to remind us of the cost of war, quantifying the lives lost to the president’s delayed coronavirus response would serve a vital public function.”Topics :last_img read more

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