Happy Opening to Off-Broadway’s Every Brilliant Thing

first_img View Comments The 16-week limited engagement, directed by George Perrin, will run through March 29, 2015. Every Brilliant Thing previously played London and Edinburgh, as well as a U.K. tour. The North American premiere of Duncan Macmillan’s Every Brilliant Thing opens officially on December 14 at the Barrow Street Theatre. Jonny Donahoe, who co-wrote the play, stars in the off-Broadway production. 1. Ice cream, 2. Water fights, 3. Things with stripes, 4. Christopher Walken’s voice, 5. Rollercoasters. In Every Brilliant Thing, a young boy attempts to ease his mother’s depression by creating a list of all the best things in the world—everything worth living for. Through adulthood, as the list grows, he learns the deep significance it has on his own life. Related Shows Every Brilliant Thing Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015last_img read more

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Market Turmoil: What It Means for Vermont

first_img“Market Turmoil: What It Means for Vermont”Panelists Phil Daniels, CEO, TD Banknorth, Burlington; Tom Torti, President, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Art Woolf, Vermont Economy Newsletter; Jack McMullen, Cambridge Meridian Investors; George Ewins Sr, Merrill Lynch-Burlington (retired)discuss the Wall Street turmoil and the economy.Wednesday, October 22, 2008 Program from 5-6:30pmSheraton Burlington Conference Center – Emerald BallroomDiscussants: Phil Daniels, President and CEO, TD Banknorth, Burlington Tom Torti, President, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce Dr. Art Woolf, Vermont Economy Newsletter Jack McMullen, Cambridge Meridian Investors George Ewins Sr. , Merrill Lynch-Burlington (retired)Sponsored byThe Ethan Allen InstituteThe Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of CommerceVermont Business MagazineVermont Economy NewsletterPublic invited – $10 contribution requestedlast_img read more

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Fluence rolls out latest battery storage product, with signed orders for 800MW

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Fluence is launching the sixth generation of its integrated grid storage product and has already signed orders for 800 megawatts/2,300 megawatt-hours.The new version comes in a 10-foot cube shape, which the company plans to use as the building block for storage plants small and large, in place of the long rectangular containers from previous iterations. The first installations will happen by the end of the year, COO John Zahurancik said in an interview.The 800-megawatt roster of orders, which amounts to considerably more than all the grid storage installed in the U.S. in 2019, comes from Enel, LS Power, sPower and Siemens. Fluence declined to specify where these projects are located, other than that they span North America, Europe and Asia. The new purchases bring Fluence’s tally of built or contracted storage capacity to 2.1 gigawatts.The new product marks the first new addition since Fluence formed as a joint venture between AES and Siemens in 2018; AES Energy Storage had previously developed the Advancion product. It follows similar product updates from other leading storage integrators, including Tesla’s Megapack and Powin Energy’s BESS.The sizing of Fluence’s new product is such that a commercial or industrial customer could buy just one cube to meet its needs, while a major front-of-meter project could fill a field with them. That flexibility foreshadows an expanding addressable market for Fluence, which previously focused on supplying some of the largest battery projects in the world.The design shifts labor from the field to the factory, where more systems and quality checks will take place than with previous generations. Fluence used to install batteries into enclosures onsite; the cube will ship with batteries already assembled, eliminating the variables that arise from installation in the field.[Julian Spector]More: Fluence launches next-generation battery storage product with 800MW of orders Fluence rolls out latest battery storage product, with signed orders for 800MWlast_img read more

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Trauma Tuesday: What’s a Whipper?

first_imgFalling while climbing isn’t funny. But there’s nothing that gets the adrenaline flowing more than a solid whipper where no one is actually injured. Here’s a few that will make you glad you are solidly planted on terra firma.Whipper Therapy: Katie’s scary Tombstone fall Extreme Climbing Fall Compilation (some explicit language)last_img

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It’s All In The Numbers For Military World Games

first_imgBy Dialogo July 25, 2011 The 5th Military World Games in Rio de Janeiro ended with great numbers, both in the events and in their organization. According to organizers, 4174 military athletes from 110 countries competed in the event, which also featured 281 referees from around the world. All who competed hoped to win at least one of the disputed 1421 medals: 459 gold, 459 silver, and 503 bronze (the combat sports award two bronze medals per category). To receive and house all these athletes, organizers of the Military World Games also had to prepare on a grand scale. Three villages were built with a total of 1,036 rooms. The cafeterias served 257,832 meals. Additionally, the buses that were used to transport the delegations and members of the organization, made 400 trips a day to Rio de Janeiro, the second most populated city in Brazil. Numbers aside, the athletes were very appreciative with the effort that the hosts put forth. “I felt very good and capable of competing in the best conditions. I liked the way we were treated, both in the training venues and the food,” said Cesar Reyes of Peru, who competed in judo. “Our country is very large and, with these Military World Games, demonstrated that we can receive any grand event type of competition. We showed a sense organization that must be repeated for all the events that are to follow,” said Sergeant Anderson Rodrigues, of the Brazilian Army, who competed in volleyball. From now until 2016, when the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be held, Brazil will host the FIFA Confederations Cup (2013), the FIFA World Cup (2014), and the Copa America (2015). Hosts dominate the medal count Brazil topped the medal count with a total of 114 Brazilian athletes grabbing medals (45 gold, 33 silver and 36 bronze). The hosts outscored China, which came in second with 37 gold medals, 28 silver and 34 bronze. Another South American country that stood out was Chile, which won two gold medals, all on horseback. On Sunday, July 24, the last day of competition, the Chileans were crowned champions in Eventing category of Equestrian. Suriname, the smallest country in South America, managed to returned home with one medal – a bronze – won by Corporal Ronnie Jackson in taekwondo. “It was a historic moment for taekwondo in Suriname and also for our sport,” said Kenneth Slijngard Surinamese. 1. Brazil: 45 gold, 33 silver and 36 bronze 14. Chile: 2 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze 22. Venezuela: 1 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze 30. United States: 1 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze 37. Ecuador: 1 gold 42. Dominican Republic: 1 silver and 2 bronze 47. Uruguay: 2 bronze 51. Argentina: 1 bronze 51. Suriname: 1 bronzelast_img read more

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Is your document imaging system holding you back?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr How do credit unions create value for their members? The answers are not always apparent on the surface. By examining your employees’ every day activities, deeper insight into value creation begins to emerge, and the hidden areas that need improvement are revealed.Creating value means, for example, investing in products and services, originating loans, boosting member service levels through hiring and training, and expanding member relationships by offering new products and services they want. And all of these require employees to be productive and member-focused. When their time is monopolized instead by low-level administrative tasks or manual, repetitive processes, opportunities to create value are squandered.According to the most recent CUNA Technology Spending Survey, 50% of credit unions have increased their technology budgets. These credit unions have a perfect opportunity to evaluate the systems, technologies and tools their employees use to do their jobs.This white paper examines the activities that destroy value for members. It then identifies the underlying causes. It details five incredibly common pain points and shows how they hamstring member service delivery, curtail productivity, and, ultimately cause significant value loss. Finally, the paper highlights technology solutions and alternatives that can produce significant turnarounds in efficiency and accuracy. continue reading »last_img read more

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Biden’s Team Steps Up Transition Plans, Mapping Out a White House

first_imgMr. Biden, 77, has told associates that he considers his two terms as vice president and his knowledge of how a White House operates from the inside as crucial advantages in building out a government. And he has made it plain in public and private that a diverse team is central to his mission.“Men, women, gay, straight, center, across the board, Black, white, Asian,” Mr. Biden said this spring when talking about his prospective cabinet. “It really matters that you look like the country, because everyone brings a slightly different perspective.”Though Mr. Biden and Democrats had aggressively pushed to take control of the Senate, the party fell short in hotly contested races this week. Now Senate Republicans are likely to hold veto power over his most senior appointments, a reality that looms large over conversations, even if Democrats could still conceivably control the Senate if they win two runoff elections in Georgia in January. Lael Brainard, who sits on the Federal Reserve’s board of governors and served in the Treasury Department under Mr. Obama, is the most talked-about candidate to run the department, especially if the Senate is controlled by Republicans, which would make it harder to confirm a more progressive choice like Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Mr. Biden’s team quietly began raising money for his transition operation in May and has raised at least $7 million to pay for its efforts. The Biden camp has prepared for multiple scenarios in case Mr. Trump refused to concede and his administration would not participate in a transition.- Advertisement – So far, officials in Mr. Trump’s government have worked in good faith, according to Biden officials, who said they hoped and expected that cooperation to continue.As coronavirus infections hit new highs, Mr. Biden’s aides are planning for the first critical transition decisions to focus on health care and addressing the pandemic, the central theme of his campaign in the final months. They have assembled an internal group of roughly two dozen health policy and technology experts to look at the development and delivery of a vaccine, improving health data and securing supply chains, among other issues.Among those expected to play a key health care role in a Biden administration is Vivek Murthy, a former surgeon general under President Barack Obama, who has privately advised Mr. Biden for months on the pandemic and is expected to play a large public role as a face of the potential Democratic administration’s response to the virus, dispensing advice on mask-wearing and social distancing.- Advertisement – Like Mr. Biden, Mr. Kaufman is seen as an institutionalist, and he in fact wrote the law devoting additional government resources to transition teams. Yohannes Abraham, who worked in the Obama White House as a top aide to Valerie Jarrett and the National Economic Council, is overseeing the day-to-day operation.Given his decades-long career in Washington, Mr. Biden has numerous relationships from his time in the Senate and the White House with people across various policy areas. That history also means that his transition team has faced a crush of outside advice and former Biden associates jockeying for jobs and influence.Parts of the cast that had Mr. Biden’s ear throughout the presidential campaign — Anita Dunn, a senior adviser; Steve Ricchetti, another former vice-presidential chief of staff; and Mr. Klain — are among those guiding the formation of a would-be government. Senator Kamala Harris of California, his running mate, is generating names and speaks regularly to Mr. Biden. In Mr. Biden’s policy orbit on the campaign, Jake Sullivan and Antony J. Blinken are widely seen as the most influential figures, and both are expected to hold senior posts in a potential administration. Even before it was clear that Democrats would not win a clear majority in the Senate, Mr. Biden’s advisers began gearing up for bruising cabinet confirmation battles, bringing in top Obama veterans to run what is informally being called a transition war room. If Mr. Biden wins, he is expected to initially focus on filling top posts at the White House, including chief of staff, the most powerful single staff position. Ron Klain, his former chief of staff as vice president, who served as the White House Ebola response coordinator under Mr. Obama, is seen to have the inside track for that job, though others are still reportedly under serious consideration.At the center of Mr. Biden’s transition planning is Ted Kaufman, his former chief of staff in the Senate, who was appointed to replace Mr. Biden as a senator after he became vice president, as well as Jeff Zients, a former Obama administration official. The behind-the-scenes activity underscored that even as Mr. Biden publicly offered a disciplined message about counting every vote and refrained from claiming victory, he was already mapping out a quick start in office as the nation faces a worsening pandemic and a damaged economy.Mr. Biden, who ran from Day 1 on a message of bringing the country together, is said to be interested in making a bipartisan gesture as he plans a prospective government after a divisive election whose results President Trump has tried to undermine. Mr. Biden is looking to fill out his possible White House staff first, with cabinet posts not expected to be announced until around Thanksgiving, according to more than a half-dozen people familiar with the planning process who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the transition. Some Democratic House members who endorsed Mr. Biden early, such as Representative Filemon B. Vela Jr. of Texas and Representative Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania, could be in line for administration positions if they wanted them.“We have an expression where I come from: You never forget those who brung you to the dance,” Mr. Biden said at a stop with Mr. Boyle in Philadelphia this week.The Biden operation is preparing for Mr. Trump to potentially put up transition roadblocks. The transition team has already assembled a staff of more than 75 officials, with plans for that number to balloon to roughly 300 transition staff members by Inauguration Day in January. The administrator for the General Services Administration has the legal authority to release about $6.6 million in federal funding to Mr. Biden’s transition, and in past years has done that soon after the race is called.Pamela Pennington, a spokeswoman for the G.S.A., said in a statement that Emily W. Murphy, Mr. Trump’s appointee as the agency’s administrator, would start the official transition when it was clear that the race was over.“The G.S.A. administrator does not pick the winner in the presidential election,” Ms. Pennington said. “The G.S.A. administrator ascertains the apparent successful candidate once a winner is clear based on the process laid out in the Constitution.”Reporting was contributed by Jonathan Martin, Jim Tankersley, David E. Sanger and Katie Glueck. Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s advisers accelerated their transition planning on Friday as election results showed him with an advantage in battleground states that could hand him the presidency, with the first senior officials in a potential Biden White House possibly named as early as next week.In Wilmington and Washington, Mr. Biden’s advisers and allies are ramping up their conversations about who might fill critical posts, both in the West Wing and across the agencies, guided heavily by Mr. Biden’s plan to assemble what would be the most diverse cabinet in history.- Advertisement – Where they land is considered one of the early decisions that would help determine other appointments. Mr. Sullivan, a former adviser to Hillary Clinton, is lined up for one of a number of posts, while Mr. Blinken, who served as national security adviser to the vice president, is considered the leading candidate for national security adviser.Some of the most powerful cabinet positions in a possible Biden administration already have perceived front-runners.The top candidate to lead the Defense Department is Michèle Flournoy, a former under secretary of defense for policy who worked with Biden officials during the campaign. She would be the first woman ever to be appointed to the job. Susan Rice, a former national security adviser during the Obama administration whom Mr. Biden vetted for vice president, has been considered a leading choice for secretary of state, but the threat of Senate Republicans blocking her from becoming the nation’s chief diplomat in 2012 led to her withdrawal, and her nomination now would surely set off a fight.Mr. Blinken, a former deputy secretary of state, has been discussed among Biden allies as a possible choice, along with Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, a top Biden supporter who in October wrote an article in Foreign Affairs magazine on his worldviews.Representative Cedric Richmond of Louisiana, one of Mr. Biden’s campaign co-chairs and an adviser, is widely expected to take some role in the White House if the Democratic nominee wins. Another campaign co-chair, Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, who also served on Mr. Biden’s search committee for vice president, could join a prospective administration, though it was not clear what post might lure him to Washington.Leaders of the Biden transition are aware that many civil servants throughout the federal bureaucracy have become demoralized and have felt marginalized during the Trump administration. In a small gesture, they are calling their potential first arrivals at agencies “agency review teams,” as opposed to what the Trump operation called “landing teams” in 2016. Updated Nov. 6, 2020, 10:06 p.m. ET – Advertisement – Transition officials are also looking at what types of economic actions could be taken almost immediately, including rolling back some of Mr. Trump’s executive orders, part of a tradition in which new presidents move quickly to change or reverse regulations across federal agencies. Already hanging over the discussions are the midterm elections, in 2022, which have traditionally been a struggle for whichever party holds the White House and which could be especially complicated for Democrats during an era of increasingly common progressive primary challenges.last_img read more

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Gateway to the Eastside

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Rare 1885 city cottage has potential for more in hot Brisbane suburb

first_imgSome of the historic door features were found in New York City. Picture: SuppliedThe cast iron and marble fireplace was from a demolished terrace house in Redfern, Sydney, while the Queensland Red Cedar mantle came off an 1890s Highgate Hill home. “There is even a signature on a board in the lounge room from the original builder of the home, Nicholas Cain,” according to agent Mr Caulfield. The property goes to auction at 12.30pm on Thursday September 21 at 33 Lytton Rd, East Brisbane. The owners looked all over the world to find true Victorian fixtures including gas lights. Picture: Supplied BEFORE RENOVATION: The kitchen needed reconfiguring. Picture: CoreLogic BEFORE RENOVATION: The back area had a gazebo for shelter. Picture: CoreLogic AFTER RESTORATION: The passageway has historic lights sourced from the USA. Picture: Supplied“There’s a lot of amazing history in the Kangaroo Point area. It was one of the first suburbs in Brisbane and the Kangaroo Point peninsula was one of the first privately owned land sales around the 1830s.” AFTER RENOVATION: The kitchen is modern luxury. Picture: SuppliedThe hard work on the historic element of the property was done, he said.“We restored it, did some of the work ourselves, got builders in, and sourced as many original items as we could from all over the world – America, England, around Australia and Brisbane. None of it’s reproduction, (the historic fittings) are all genuine Victorian items.”Victorian features the couple sourced included window hardware with latches from a property in the UK, circa 1800s, Queensland red Cedar original architraves and skirts, restored gas lights from the USA, two of which were previously used in a school house in Maine, a door knocker from a terrace house in London UK, hinges from New York City, and door stoppers from various parts of the USA.center_img AFTER RESTORATION: The front veranda with the Story Bridge in the background. Picture: SuppliedOwners Darren Litzow and Amanda Daly began restoring the home soon after picking it up four years ago.Mr Litzow said it was a passion project: “I’ve always liked that sort of thing, to me it was just love.”The property was the last remaining house on the historic Kangaroo Point peninsula, he said, and through the turn of the previous century had four ship’s captains’ families live in them including 1900s Brisbane harbourmaster John McKay.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoBEFORE RESTORATION: 36 Wharf Street, Kangaroo Point Qld 4169. Picture: CoreLogic BEFORE RESTORATION: 36 Wharf Street, Kangaroo Point Qld 4169. Picture: CoreLogic AFTER RENOVATION: The entertainment space was built out and now has historic pictures and plans. Picture: SuppliedHe said the property also had strong development potential given its location.“There is potential to add to it. Because of high residential in the area, there can be up to three levels put on the back of it and that’s where you get bridge, city and river views. You could put a massive three storey modern home on the back.” AFTER RESTORATION: How 36 Wharf Street, Kangaroo Point, looks today. Picture: SuppliedAN “exceptionally rare” 1885 city cottage already restored to former glory has hit the market, with potential to build up for better river, city and bridge views.Transmere, a three bedroom, single bathroom, single garage home at 36 Wharf Street, Kangaroo Point, was the last house standing in the peninsula area which covers properties from the Story Bridge Hotel down to the river.According to agent Simon Caulfield of Place Kangaroo Point, it was “an exceptionally rare opportunity to own a piece of Kangaroo Point’s past” with strong potential for the future.“People really need to look at not only the existing heritage structure but there is also so much variety you could add to the existing dwelling just because the existing house is positioned right at the front of the block. Back in 1880s they wouldn’t have been thinking of redeveloping the back yard but fortunately the positioning gives someone the opportunity now.”Mr Caulfied said among the options to consider were “to develop, build up and obtain river, bridge and city views, add an extension to the existing house, build apartments or commercial space”.last_img read more

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Assisted suicide is not a progressive issue

first_imgPundit 21 January 2016The statistics from Oregon are clear: the people who have the “choice” of assisted dying are disproportionately white, wealthy and well-educated. Who pays the price for their choice?So who wants assisted suicide?In Oregon, the poster child for New Zealand advocates of euthanasia and assisted suicide, the statistics after 17 years of the Death With Dignity Act are emphatic:White                                                               97.1%Bachelor degree or higher                               45.9%Private medical insurance                                60.2%Concerned about being “less able toengage in activities making life enjoyable”       88.7%That is, the people who are doing the choosing are disproportionately white, wealthy, and well-educated. Having had a good life they want control of how they would face a terminal illness.Fair enough, you might think, but who pays the price for their ‘choice’?People like 64-year-old Barbara Wagner, who received a letter from the Oregon state health insurer helpfully advising her that they wouldn’t pay for the chemotherapy drugs she needed, but they would pay $50 for her assisted suicide.And let’s not forget that the general suicide rate in Oregon has been increasing since 2000, and at last count was 41% above the United States average. That’s a fair warning that when you assist suicide for one group, you are endorsing it as an appropriate response to suffering for everybody.It is also disabled people who pay the price.  Not Dead Yet, an American disability rights group says: “In a society that prizes physical ability and stigmatizes impairments, it’s no surprise that previously able-bodied people may tend to equate disability with loss of dignity. This reflects the prevalent but insulting societal judgment that people who deal with incontinence and other losses in bodily function are lacking dignity.”David Seymour’s private members bill would allow terminally ill people and those with a “grievous and irremediable medical condition” to ask a health professional to supply and/or administer a lethal dose of drugs.What’s “grievous” and what’s “irremediable”?Multiple sclerosis? Paraplegia? Autism? Impaired sight or hearing? Depression?Such words matter supremely in this issue because it is, literally, a matter of life and death.Assisted suicide advocates like to talk of ‘assisted dying’, ‘physician-assisted dying’ and ‘rational suicide’.George Orwell warned us why they do this:political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness. Such phraseology is needed if one wants to name things without calling up mental pictures of them.Exactly. The advocates do not want the public to have accurate mental pictures of the reality. That is why Mr Seymour’s bill would ensure that the actual cause of death is not recorded on the death certificate.Last year the Scottish and UK parliaments rejected assisted suicide bills by large margins.  The Scottish select committee report, in particular, is a must-read overview of all the competing issues at stake.  (For the record, the committee had 5 SNP, 3 Labour and 1 Conservative members.)The Guardian columnist Giles Fraser recently wrote “let us not pretend that this ‘personal choice’ is unaffected by wider economic realities.”“by eroding the long-term mutual obligations we have to each other, in sickness and in health, we have arrived at the existential equivalent of a zero-hours contract with life, a contract that can be terminated at will.”Euthanasia and assisted suicide – or whatever your euphemism of choice – is not a progressive issue.by Matthew Jansen – Care Alliancehttp://pundit.co.nz/content/assisted-suicide-is-not-a-progressive-issueKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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