Kiss Me, Kate Wunderbar! The celebrated new Broadway staging of Kiss Me, Kate has received a four-week extension at Studio 54. Originally announced to run through June 2, the Roundabout Theatre Company production will now wrap up its engagement on June 30.With a score by Cole Porter and a book by Sam and Bella Spewack, newly revised by Amanda Green, Kiss Me, Kate follows a cast putting on a musical version of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and the conflicts on- and off-stage between Fred Graham (played by Will Chase), the show’s director, producer and star, and the leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi (Kelli O’Hara).Joining Chase and O’Hara in the cast is Corbin Bleu as Lucentio/Bill Calhoun, Stephanie Styles as Lois Lane/Bianca, Terence Archie as Harrison Howell, Mel Johnson Jr. as Harry Trevor/Baptista, Adrienne Walker as Hattie, James T. Lane as Paul, John Pankow as Gangster (First Man) and Lance Coadie Williams as Gangster (Second Man).The ensemble features Darius Barnes, Preston Truman Boyd, Will Burton, Derrick Cobey, Jesmille Darbouze, Rick Faugno, Haley Fish, Tanya Haglund, Erica Mansfield, Marissa McGowan, Sarah Meahl, Justin Prescott, Christine Cornish Smith, Sherisse Springer, Sam Strasfeld and Travis Waldschmidt.Directed by Scott Ellis, choreographed by Warren Carlyle and music-directed by Paul Gemignani, the production began previews on February 14 and officially opened on March 14. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 30, 2019 Kelli O’Hara & Will Chase in “Kiss Me, Kate”(Photo: Joan Marcus) View Comments
Vermont Business Magazine City Market, a Member-owned cooperative, has declared their annual Patronage Refund to Members, one of the tangible benefits of Co-op Membership. Member purchases totaled almost 68% of Co-op sales in fiscal year 2015, and the City Market Board of Directors has voted to return over $926,000 in cash to Members as this year’s Patronage Refund. On November 6, the Co-op mailed checks to 11,280 Members, with an average check of $82. Almost four cents of every dollar eligible Members spent is being refunded.John Tashiro, City Market’s General Manager, is proud of the Co-op’s ability to offer a Patronage Refund to Members. “The Co-op’s success is entirely because of the support of our Membership and community. Our cooperative structure continues to allow us to give back to our local community and the Patronage Refund is an integral part of that contribution.” Members have options to cash or donate their Patronage Refunds. Through donations, shared resources, and Member Worker volunteers, City Market partners with local non-profits to enhance our local food system and meet the needs of our community’s most food insecure families.As in years past, City Market will facilitate donations of Members’ Patronage Refund checks to Hunger Free Vermont. Hunger Free Vermont(link is external) is an education and advocacy organization with the mission to end the injustice of hunger and malnutrition for all Vermonters. “City Market has been a valuable partner for Hunger Free Vermont and we’re grateful for the support of their Members and staff,” says Marissa Parisi, Hunger Free Vermont’s Executive Director. “City Market’s Members donated $6,755 through their Patronage Refunds last year, which goes directly to helping alleviate food insecurity in our state. In Vermont, one in five children experiences hunger or food hardship and more than 84,000 Vermonters live in food insecure households. The donations we receive from City Market Members are integral to our efforts of helping all Vermonters access healthy food.”Members also have the option to not cash their Patronage Refund checks in order to support non-profits working to build our local food system. Starting last year, the Co-op distributed the funds from uncashed Patronage Refunds to organizations who have been awarded Co-op Patronage Seedling Grants(link is external). During the summer, City Market solicited grant proposals from organizations working on strengthening our local food system. A Member Grants Committee met to discuss the proposals and to recommend to the Board of Directors which projects to fund with uncashed Patronage Refund checks. Six projects totaling just over $40,000 were selected: Burlington Children’s Space(link is external), Champlain Elementary School(link is external), Helping and Nurturing Diverse Seniors (HANDS)(link is external), Milton Town School District(link is external), Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL)(link is external), and Vermont Vegetable and Berry Grower’s Association(link is external). Throughout the year, we’ll be sharing stories and updates of these projects.“The Patronage Refund is really like our own economic stimulus package,” stated John Tashiro. “Returning cash to our Members, which they then invest in local businesses and non-profits, is a unique aspect of the cooperative economy. It’s a great feeling being able to provide our Members and our community with this exciting benefit!” Since 2008, City Market has recirculated just over $5.5 million in Cooperative profits (from sales to Members) back into the community. About City Market/Onion River Co-opThe Onion River Co-op is a consumer cooperative, with over 11,000 Members, selling wholesome food and other products while building a vibrant, empowered community and a healthier world, all in a sustainable manner. Located in downtown Burlington, Vermont, City Market provides a large selection of local, organic and conventional foods, and thousands of Vermont-made products. Visit City Market, Onion River Co-op online at www.citymarket.coop(link is external) or call 802-861-9700.Burlington, VT – City Market 11.11.15
USA Triathlon has announced a new multiyear partnership with BOCO Gear, a leader in technical performance headwear, designating the company as the Exclusive Headwear Partner and an Official Supplier of the National Governing Body.Through the partnership, BOCO Gear will offer an exclusive USA Triathlon line of headwear as well as customized product for members’ various segments of business – spanning race directors, teams, clubs, retailers, coaches and athletes.Additionally, BOCO Gear will be included in the goody bag for USA Triathlon’s four owned National Championships — Age Group Nationals, Collegiate Club Nationals, Duathlon Nationals and Youth & Junior Nationals.“We are excited to partner with USA Triathlon to help its members bring their brands to life through headwear,” said Kay Martin, President of BOCO Gear.“Our attention to detail, the unique product we create and the abilities of our factory partners make us the leader in custom headwear. As passionate athletes and competitors ourselves, we ensure the headwear we create works hard for the athlete wearing it by consulting with event organizers, athletes and other industry influencers to address their needs and preferences.”BOCO Gear offers a 35-piece minimum and a 35-40 day turnaround time to ‘provide the opportunity for everyone to experience a truly custom headwear option’. Worn by professional athletes and weekend warriors alike, BOCO Gear is c’onstantly testing new innovations to offer customizable performance gear for active lifestyle and fitness brands, teams and individuals worldwide.’USA Triathlon serves as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with nearly 500,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world.In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).www.teamusa.org/USA-Triathlonwww.bocogear.com Related
IHSE today announced the launch of the MV42 Series MultiViewer for DisplayPort 4K60. The MV42 is a four-port multiview display processor that combines a 4K60 multi-image video processor with remote keyboard/mouse control. Two models are offered, supporting either a single-head 4K DisplayPort output or dual-head 4K Display outputs. The units can display and control up to four computer sources at a time on a single 4K60 monitor.The MV42 multiviewer provides connections for up to full 3840x2160p60 inputs and outputs. On the MV42-DPSH model there are four input ports for DisplayPort 1.2 and two output ports. On the MV42-DPDH there are four dual-head input ports and two dual-head outputs ports. For dual-head applications, the MV42-DPDH allows users to split up to four dual-head 4K60 PCs across two monitors and control both with a single keyboard and mouse.IHSE’s MV42 can provide immediate access to thousands of endpoints when combined with a Draco compact XV or Draco enterprise XV KVM (keyboard, video, and mouse) matrix system. Through keyboard hot-keys or on-screen display menus from a unit connected to the KVM matrix system, users can quickly access up to 32 hot-key PC sources per quadrant. Hot-key macros per input source can be configured by the KVM control system allowing instant preview of different computers or cameras, perfect for command and control environments. With IHSE’s Grid Card option for Draco enterprise systems, multiple MV42 multiviewers can be utilized to share information from up to 24 KVM matrix systems.Other features of the MV42 include support for Picture-in-Picture mode, full-screen mode, de-embedded audio, USB-HID and USB 2.0. The embedded audio signals can be connected to a loudspeaker (analog or digital) via a built-in audio interface to ensure that users never miss important audio alerts. Either the audio track of the currently active monitor or a combination of various audio signals can be output so that relevant audio alerts can be heard at all times, regardless of the source. Additionally, each unit supports scaling and cropping capabilities to offer layouts for sizing display images to fit multiple-screen layouts. The MV42 series is provided with a GPIO interface for either tally lights or remote contact closure control. There is also an open-API and network connection for interfacing with third-party control systems. For 24/7 operation, a redundant power supply is provided.IHSE offers the MV42 in two configurations. The MV42-DPSH offers a single-head DisplayPort 1.2 supporting resolutions up to 4K60@4:4:4 and the MV42-DPDH offers a dual-head DisplayPort 1.2 supporting 4K60@4:4:4. Both units come standard in a 1RU chassis with redundant power, SNMP support and GPIO interfaces.IHSE is here.
Large, bright-toned ripples in the sand within Proctor Crater on Mars. Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of ArizonaAGU News:Scientists show for the first time that large sand ripples known as megaripples are migrating on Mars, according to a new study. The findings suggest Mars’s dusty surface might be much more active than previously suspected, offering clues about the Red Planet’s poorly understood atmosphere.Sand dunes and ripples are typical features of deserts on both Earth and Mars. Megaripples are distinguished from smaller ripples by the coarser sand grains that gather at their crests, as well as by their larger size: Megaripples range from 30 centimeters (1 foot) to tens of meters across. Megaripples develop taller crests and migrate more slowly because their coarser grains are more difficult for wind to move.Until now, scientists thought megaripples were relics of Mars’s more geologically active past. Many thought it was impossible for the Red Planet’s thin atmosphere—100 times less dense than Earth’s—to conjure up winds powerful enough to move the coarser crests. But the new study by Silvestro et al. shows that wind can blow hard enough to move megaripples, suggesting the Martian atmosphere is more dynamic than previously thought.“The implications are global in terms of climate,” said Simone Silvestro, lead author of the new study and a staff research scientist at the National Institute for Astrophysics in Naples, Italy. “If you see these features are moving now, it means you don’t need the past climate to explain them.”Studying Ripple MovementMegaripples are apparent in high-resolution images of Mars’s surface, but researchers considered them a now-static fixture formed long ago when the planet’s atmosphere was thicker.Scientists had once thought the same of even small ripples in the sand, Silvestro said. “Since the 80s and 90s, Mars was considered kind of dead from a geological point of view,” he said.Ten years ago, Silvestro and his colleagues used high-resolution images of Mars’s surface to prove that wind was moving the planet’s smaller ripples, publishing the findings in Geophysical Research Letters. Silvestro’s ripples study showed dynamic winds did exist on Mars, capable of changing the patterns of sand on the planet’s surface.For his latest study, Silvestro and his colleagues looked at images of megaripples from HiRISE, the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter that has been taking pictures of the planet’s surface since 2006. They focused on two dune-associated locations, Nili Fossae and McLaughlin Crater, comparing images of megaripples at each site that were taken 5 Martian years apart. The team found that the megaripples moved an average of 1.2 meters (4 feet) at Nili Fossae and 0.9 meter (3 feet) at McLaughlin Crater over the roughly 5-year period.“Now, 10 years later, we are seeing also the megaripples are moving,” Silvestro said. They are “the last thing you would expect to see moving, [but] they are also moving.”Ripples Bright and DarkThe researchers noted that a previously known trait of Martian megaripples could also hold clues about the Martian atmosphere: Their crests are bright toned. Most of the sand covering Mars’s surface comes from basaltic rocks, giving dunes a dark color in HiRISE images, but megaripples buck this trend.There are a couple of potential reasons for the megaripples’ crests’ lighter color scheme, Silvestro said. They are bright either because their slow movement relative to the dunes allows fine dust from the atmosphere to settle and accumulate or because the coarse sand that makes up the crests is itself composed of a different material. Either possibility could tell researchers more about the dynamics of the Martian atmosphere.“If you want to understand the climate of Mars and the geology of Mars—present and past—and if you want to continue exploration by sending robots and one day sending humans, we want to know much more about the circulation of Mars and how the winds interact with the surface material,” Silvestro said.Interest in megaripples on Mars has sparked renewed interest in the phenomenon back on Earth. Past studies on Earth megaripples and research grants Silvestro received to study megaripples in Morocco provided crucial information for his Mars megaripple research. It’s a reminder that as scientists strive to learn more about the Red Planet, sometimes the answers can be found closer to home, he said.“These waves in sand have been studied for 150 years,” Silvestro said of terrestrial megaripples. “They probably thought that they were studying stuff that nobody would be interested in. But actually, many years later, we are using them to wonder how the atmosphere could work on other planets.” (Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, https://doi.org/10.1029/2020JE006446, 2020)
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Apparently we are all living in the era of “fake news”, or perhaps in actual fact it is real news that politicians just like to claim is fake when it shows their promises to be lies.This was no more evident than during the three political party conferences that we have just witnessed. I must admit to having only travelled to the Liberal Democrats’ jamboree in Bournemouth, although for those of us working in the built environment the real fireworks seemed to be at the other two.Labour in particular seems to have a vision for construction that has a certain Life on Mars quality. By which I mean it was not only reminiscent of a scene from the television programme that travelled back in time but it was also beamed in from another planet.Nationalising construction, banning PFI, rent controls. Come on, Mr Corbyn. I thought the idea was to get things built, not totally alienate the few private investors left who don’t think the UK is a complete basket case post Brexit? What I found disappointing about each party’s general approach to the three big topics of the day – housing, infrastructure and skills shortages – was a general lack of strategic vision. It was all sound bite politics designed for the Twitter feed.Come on, Mr Corbyn. I thought the idea was to get things built, not totally alienate the few private investors left who don’t think the UK is a complete basket case post Brexit?I may be biased but it seemed to me that the Liberal Democrats are the only ones consulting widely in our industry and forming a measured view on things like skills training.However, with Vince Cable’s party currently polling a paltry 6%, it is the other two political parties that most key opinion leaders in our sector will be listening to. They want to try and get some inkling of what a future government might offer in the way of legislative changes – changes that could affect their business investment decisions for the next two to three years.In this respect, the Conservatives were inward-focused, engaged in some sort of political incest, or suicide pact, totally and exclusively bogged down in Brexit. There has been a flourish or two from Sajid Javid, the secretary of state for the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), but we are all still awaiting the primary legislation on housing/planning that was postponed at the time of the last election. One area that has come into stark focus has been the paucity of social housing. Recent figures from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) show that the provision of this accommodation model still has a long way to go. Its latest report says that between now and 2021 the government will spend 79% of its housing-related budget, equivalent to £32bn, on programmes such as Help To Buy, while the remaining 21%, or £8bn, will go toward the likes of shared ownership and affordable housing schemes.As the Conservative Party conference began in Manchester last Sunday, prime minister Theresa May announced a further £10bn injection into the Help to Buy scheme, a surefire way to add demand without improving the supply of housing, making homes even more unaffordable. Between 2010/11 and 2016/17 the number of affordable homes funded by the government halved to 28,000 units, according to CIH analysis of figures from the DCLG. The number of homes built for what the CIH calls “the cheapest social rents” and funded by government, has slumped from 36,000 to around 1,000 units.It is no wonder then that when Jeremy Corbyn says he will introduce rent controls and compulsorily purchase land banked space to build for the poor, it strikes a chord with voters. This could be the most important and most popular policy from Labour for the next election. The government’s riposte is much more woolly, probably because they know that while still in power they have to be seen to deliver on what they promise.What is most depressing about the whole political landscape at the moment is the scapegoating of our sectorIn a speech before conference, given to the National Housing Federation, Javid said a green paper will be published on the future of social housing and announced it would be a “wide-ranging, top-to-bottom review of the issues facing the sector […] the most substantial report of its kind for a generation”.What he did not give was any timeline for its publication. The aim apparently is to “kick off a nationwide conversation on social housing, focusing on ‘what works and what doesn’t’.” With a report published a few months ago from the housing charity Shelter arguing that more than a million households living in private rented accommodation are at risk of becoming homeless by 2020 because of rising rents, benefit freezes and a lack of social housing, I suspect the electorate will find the Labour pledge more persuasive than the Conservatives’ ruminations.What is most depressing about the whole political landscape at the moment is the scapegoating of our sector. The Grenfell tragedy was immediately, even before the inquiries began their work, alleged to be the fault of subcontractors. The housing crisis is caused by profiteering developers who sit on land, and those who bid for PFI contracts are crooked and charge £300 to change a lightbulb. It is the worst kind of fake news – untrue and dangerous.We have enough trouble attracting young talent into our industry and this vilification of those who create the built environment by power-hungry politicians, desperate to create a controversial headline or two at conference, has the potential to turn off a whole generation from joining us. When that happens, who will build?
Under terms of the deal, Areva Wind will use the CTW facility to store the oversize wind turbine components. Areva will use an area in the northern part of the CTW site that is not currently used for container handling, and accounts for roughly five percent of the entire terminal area.The large amount of area available and its direct position onto the open sea qualified CTW for this project. The deal will initially run until April 2014.The individual components that make up the rotor stars – the blades and hubs – will be transported on barges by sea to the quayside in Wilhelmshaven from Areva Wind’s manufacturing facilities in Bremerhaven and Stade. The 56.5 m rotor blades and hubs, which have a combined weight of 115 tonnes, will be assembled on the CTW site and loaded directly onto the installation vessel Vidar and delivered to the Global Tech I wind farm.Andreas Wellbrock, member of the BLG management board, commented: “Having already been responsible for the transport, handling and intermediate storage of the foundations and final assembly at WeserWind, we are pleased to have won the contract for the logistics of the wind turbines.”Emanuel Schiffer, chairman of the Eurogate Group management board, added: “Eurogate already successfully handles heavy wind energy components in Bremerhaven. Our staff are qualified experts. Wilhelmshaven is ideally suited as a location for further project business as there are very few natural restrictions. The direct location on the open sea and the extensive areas are ideal for storing and assembling wind turbines.”www.eurogate.euwww.areva.com
Elements of the lord chancellor’s guidance for granting legal aid in exceptional circumstances for immigration cases are ‘unlawful’, the High Court ruled today.Giving judgment in six linked cases – Gudanaviciene & Others v director of legal aid casework and the lord chancellor  EWHC 1840 (Admin) – Mr Justice Collins said the guidance issued by the lord chancellor is in ‘certain respects unlawful’ in that it is ‘too restrictive’ and ‘not in accordance with the law’.Collins ruled that the guidance misstates the test for the circumstances in which legal aid should be granted: in order to comply with Articles 6 and 47 of the European Convention on Human Rights; the circumstances in which Article 8 requires legal aid to be granted; and the circumstances under Section 10 (3) of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 in which legal aid should be made available.Collins said the guidance ‘sets too high a threshold’ and ‘produces unfairness’ by denying publicly funded legal advice to applicants in ‘exceptional cases’.He said it was ‘a fundamental principle that anyone in the UK is subject to its laws and is entitled to their protection’.‘Thus there must be a fair and effective hearing available and the guidance, as the facts of some of the cases I have dealt with show, produce unfairness,’ he said.Collins quashed all six decisions made by the director of casework at the Legal Aid Agency to refuse legal aid.He said that in some of the six cases legal aid ought to be granted and in others the decision to refuse legal aid should be reconsidered.He said it was not necessary to make any formal declaration of relief and said it would be ‘wrong’ to quash the guidance, as it was only part of it that he found to be unlawful.The cases concern the circumstances in which legal aid should be granted in those cases not normally eligible, but where a refusal to grant public funding would lead to a breach of the claimant’s convention or EU rights.Two of the claimants, Teresa Gudanaviciene and Cleon Reis, are EU nationals appealing against the decision to deport them following convictions for criminal offences. A third claimant, S, is a Nigerian citizen and the victim of trafficking and argues he has the right to legal assistance to establish that he is such a victim.IS is a 59-year-old Nigerian who is blind and has a mental condition and is unable to say when he entered the UK. The Official Solicitor has acted as his litigation friend.He was evicted from his private rented accommodation and has had to bring community care proceedings against his local authority.B is an Iranian national who arrived in the UK in March 2013. She claimed asylum fearing persecution for her political activities. She was granted refugees status and given five years leave to remain. She made an application for family reunion to enable her husband and son to join her in the UK.Jacqueline Elizabeth Edgehill is a Jamaican national admitted to the UK in September 1998 as a visitor. She was granted leave to remain as a student and then applied for leave to remain on the ground of ancestry, asserting that she had been born in the UK but sent to Jamaica where she was brought up.The application was refused and Edgehill became an overstayer. She applied for a certificate that she was entitled to remain here, which was refused and has sought leave to take the case to the Court of Appeal.The ground-breaking decision will be seen by many as a blow to the government’s flagship LASPO legislation, introduced to reform the legal aid system in order to cut the legal aid bill by £350m a year by 2015.The act made wide-ranging changes to the provision and scope of legal aid, including for immigration cases, and most of the reforms came into force on April 1 2013.Law Society head of legal aid Richard Miller said: ‘The Law Society is delighted that in a case we supported to challenge the exceptional funding test under LASPO, the court has ruled that the lord chancellor’s guidance is unlawful because it is too restrictive.‘This vindicates our view that the LAA has been applying an unreasonably narrow interpretation to the test, and we hope this case will lead to a more reasonable approach.’A Ministry of Justice spokesman said the ministry is ‘disappointed’ with the judgment and is pursuing an appeal. He said: ‘Legal aid is a vital part of our justice system but resources are not limitless and must be targeted at the cases that need it most. The system must be fair for those who use it and the taxpayers who pay for it. ‘This government brought forward legislation to remove legal aid for most immigration cases, except asylum claims, but agreed an exceptional funding scheme to make sure we also meet our international obligations.’