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Sutton Foster Will Headline Sweet Charity Off-Broadway

first_imgSutton Foster(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster will headline a 50th anniversary revival of Sweet Charity this fall. The production will kick off the New Group’s 2016-17 off-Broadway season. Also on the lineup is the U.S. premiere of Wallace Shawn’s Evening at the Talk House and world premieres by Erica Schmidt and Hamish Linklater.Sweet Charity will begin performances in November. Leigh Silverman, who directed Foster in the recent revival of Violet, is set to helm the production; Joshua Bergasse will choreograph. The Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields and Neil Simon musical follows the romantic ups and downs of Charity, a dance hall performer in Times Square. The tuner premiered on Broadway in 1966 and was last revived in New York in 2005.Foster’s stage credits include Tony-winning turns in Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie, as well as Violet, Shrek, Young Frankenstein and The Drowsy Chaperone. Fans can catch her as 40-year-old-but-pretending-to-be-26 Liza Miller on TV Land’s Younger, which is set to return for a third season next year, as well as the upcoming Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls.Beginning January 2017, the New Group will present Shawn’s Evening at the Talk House, helmed by artistic director Scott Elliott. The play explores the reunion of a group of actors and a playwright on the tenth anniversary of their flop. It first premiered at the U.K.’s National Theatre in 2015.Next, Schmidt will helm the world premiere of her play All the Fine Boys. The show is set in a South Carolina suburb in the late ‘80s and follows fourteen-year-old best friends Jenny and Emily as they contemplate their sexual awakening. Performances will start in February 2017.The season concludes with Linklater’s The Whirligig, featuring Girls star and off-Broadway alum Zosia Mamet and recent Golden Globe winner Maura Tierney. Elliott will direct the production, which begins previews in May 2017. Tierney will star as Kristina, who heads back to Berkshire County to care for her estranged daughter alongside her ex-husband. As word of her return travels, several familiar faces, including her childhood best friend Trish (Mamet), attempt to reconnect.Performances of the four productions are set for the Pershing Square Signature Center. Additional casting and creative team members will be announced at a later date. View Commentslast_img read more

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Vermont’s largest solar installation to be commissioned tomorrow in South Burlington

first_imgAllEarth Renewables, Inc.,Just four miles from where they were designed and manufactured, 382 solar trackers composed of more than 9,000 individual panels make up Vermont’s largest solar installation — which will be commissioned tomorrow, July 27 with the touch of an iPhone. The project is the largest solar farm of its kind in all of North America.Joined by Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, Lt. Governor Phil Scott, and House Speaker Shap Smith, the Williston-based AllEarth Renewables will host the businesses and partners that had a hand in building the 2.2 MW solar farm. The project, part of the state’s innovative Standard Offer program, uses the Vermont-made AllSun Tracker ‘ pole-mounted solar energy systems that use GPS and wireless technology to orient with the sun throughout the day to produce more energy than fixed solar.Featured guests include more than 75 suppliers, electricians, engineers, contractors and other workers that helped make the project happen.What: Commissioning of Vermont’s largest solar installation, a 2.2 MW solar tracker farmWhen: TOMORROW, Wednesday, July 27 at 2pmWhere: 350 Dubois Lane, South Burlington (just off of Route 116)last_img read more

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President Obama signs Leahy-Smith America Invents Act on patent reform

first_imgVermont Senator Patrick Leahy witnessed the signing of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act at an event in Alexandria, Virginia, today.  President Barack Obama signed the bill into law, capping a six-year bipartisan effort led by Leahy to enact the first comprehensive reforms to the nation’s patent system in nearly six decades. Vermont has the highest number of patents per capita in the nation.‘Vermonters have a long legacy of innovation and creativity.  With the improvements included in the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, that legacy is sure to continue. ‘Few efforts in Washington enjoy the broad, bipartisan support that this law has received.   I thank President Obama, former Secretary Locke and Director Kappos, for their leadership and their support of American innovation.  The America Invents Act is a bipartisan jobs initiative at a time when we need it the most.  It is an example of what Democrats and Republicans can do when we work together for the American people.  ‘The reforms included in this law will have a meaningful impact on American entrepreneurs and inventors for generations to come.  The America Invents Act will promote job creation and innovation, in the Green Mountains of Vermont and across the country, and I thank the President for signing it into law today.’ September 16, 2011last_img read more

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The Brazilian Air Force’s First Female Fighter Jet Pilot Flies Presidential Airplane

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo March 31, 2017 Aircraft Pilot Captain Carla Alexandre Borges is a symbol of female presence in the Brazilian Air Force (FAB, per its Portuguese acronym). A member of the first class of women at the Air Force Academy (AFA, per its Portuguese acronym) in 2003, her career has continued to be a series of firsts. She was the first female Brazilian pilot to fly an A-1 jet fighter, and since the end of 2016, she has become the first woman to fly Brazil’s presidential aircraft. “It’s both an honor and a responsibility to transport the president of Brazil, our country’s highest authority,” said Capt. Carla. Flying an Airbus A-319 is very different from flying fighter aircraft. “While transporting public officials, the goal is to ensure a calm, careful flight, avoiding all types of disturbances or turbulence, since the official is often working on board,” she explained. Capt. Carla earned her wings on this aircraft after 150 hours of training flights, and 60 hours on simulator missions. She was selected by a council made up of members of the Special Transport Group to fly the presidential aircraft. “Whenever an opening comes up, applicants apply and go before the council,” she added. A girl’s childhood dream Being a military pilot was her childhood dream. Growing up in Jundiaí, a town in upstate São Paulo, Capt. Carla loved going to the city’s flying club to watch flights, and she had a room full of posters and miniature airplanes. “I’ve always loved aviation, but what I wanted the most was to be a fighter pilot. Back in the day, there weren’t any female pilots in FAB, but when the first class of women was admitted, I was right there with them,” she recalled. It took many years of dedication and study to make her fighter pilot dream a reality. Capt. Carla studied for four years at AFA in Pirassununga, where she piloted the T-25 and T-27. She went on to Natal in Rio Grande do Norte, spending one year completing the basic fighter pilot course. Only then was she assigned to the First Squadron of the Third Aviation Group (1º/3º GAv, per its Portuguese acronym) in Boa Vista, in the north of Brazil, where she began flying a Super Tucano turboprop. “The mission of the 1º/3º GAv is to protect Brazil’s airspace along the border. I took part in all kinds of air defense operations in the squadron, like Ágata and Cruzex. But my focus was to progress as a fighter pilot,” she said. The goal was to pilot a front-line aircraft. In her case, the A-1, with speeds of up to 900 km/hour, missile-carrying capacity, and 30-mm ammunition. To get there, then-Lieutenant Carla had to complete a two-year squadron leadership course. “It’s a prerequisite being part of a front-line squadron, leading up to four fighter aircraft,” Capt. Carla explained. After completing the course, she was transferred to the First Squadron of the 16th Aviation Group (1º/16º GAv per its Portuguese acronym) at the Santa Cruz Air Base in Rio de Janeiro, to enroll in the A-1 aircraft course. The 1º/16º GAv required even more of the captain’s dedication, with physical preparation and lots of studying. “Powerful aircraft like the A-1 require detailed planning before every flight since the speed demands their pilots to make quick decisions,” she explained. The pilots have to deal with G-forces (caused by the aircraft’s acceleration) up to six times their body weight. Eight years after graduation, in May of 2011, Capt. Carla made her dream a reality by taking her first solo flight on a FAB A-1 jet. Even now, she still recalls the thrill of that flight, which departed from the Santa Cruz Air Base in Rio de Janeiro. “I made my lifelong dream come true of piloting the most modern fighter jet in operation in my country. Flying a fighter jet is a unique sensation of freedom and power. It was a really important stage that I completed in my life,” she emphasized. Capt. Carla’s career path has served as an example, as well as encouragement for other women who have decided to follow in her footsteps. She is proud to know that she has contributed to the solidification of women’s roles in FAB. “A lot of barriers have been brought down since 2003 when the path was opened for women in aviation within FAB. A lot of women are on this path and others will continue to follow. It’s an enthralling profession but it takes a lot of focus and dedication,” she noted. Women in the Brazilian Armed Forces FAB leads the way in female personnel in comparison to the other services. Women make up 16 percent of the Air Force; 10 percent of the Navy; and 4.2 percent of the Army. According to Ministry of Defense data, there are 28,512 women serving in the Armed Forces. To address these differences and expand policy for women in military professions, the ministry set up the Ministry of Defense Gender Commission (CGMD per its Portuguese acronym) in 2014. The commission has direct ties to UN Women – an entity created by the United Nations to encourage gender equality and empower women – in Brasilia and actively promotes expansion and gender equality in the Armed Forces. According to R1 Brigadier General Antônio Carlos Alves Coutinho, the head of the CGMD, Brazil is still one of the last countries in the world, in all areas of operation, to open opportunities for women. “In the three Americas, Brazil is the country with the most restrictions on female participation in the Armed Forces, especially with regard to ‘combat-related’ tasks. In almost every other country, the condition for entry and progress in a career is determined by individual skill and merit,” he said. In 2017, the top two military academies of the Brazilian Air Force and Army began accepting women: the Preparatory School of Air Cadets in Barbacena, in the state of Minas Gerais, and the Army Cadet Preparatory School (EsPCEx, per its Portuguese acronym), in Resende, Rio de Janeiro. Brig. Gen. Coutinho emphasized that opening new ways for women to be admitted represents a step in the right direction but there is still much to improve upon. “The Armed Forces set quotas for women at the institution, keeping more women from joining. For example, at EsPCEx, of the 440 spots available, only 40 were set aside for women,” he said. Brig. Gen. Coutinho explained that CGMD tries to combat prejudice with scientific approaches and demonstrations of positive results in other countries. He noted that the number of women in the Armed Forces has increased but the commission’s goal is to knock down all barriers to female entry. “A woman’s place is wherever she wants to be. If a woman wants to be in the infantry, to lead a warship, or to fly combat aircraft, then that possibility should be allowed,” he said. He thinks that, regardless of gender, whoever passes the selection process established by the service branch to perform a task is qualified to join. “The day we accomplish that, the CGMD can be shut down because it will be proof that women are no longer being discriminated against in the military.”last_img read more

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How using social media can save you money

first_imgIt likely comes at no surprise that Americans spend a lot of time on social media. Engaging with social platforms represents close to 20 percent of all time spent online in the U.S., with Facebook taking an overwhelming share of our collective attention, according to a report from comScore, a company that measures audiences, brands and consumer behavior. In fact, digital consumer insight company GlobalWebIndex found the average adult spends nearly two hours each day on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and social messaging platforms.What was once a fun way to interact with friends and family has launched into a primary source of news, media and brand engagement for millions of Americans. Advertising has become a cornerstone of the revenue-building strategies for most social platforms, with Facebook reporting $6.24 billion in ad sales last quarter alone.Since advertisements are customized to appeal to individual users, it seems more likely that social media can help you spend money rather than save it. However, the following strategies demonstrate how platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, can actually help users spend less on everything from fashion to home furnishings. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Skelos Corruption Trial: State Pol’s Reluctance on Reform Aired

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) laughed when asked if campaign finance reform might pass the state legislature, a billionaire developer’s lawyer testified at the senator’s corruption trial.The anecdote was just one of many heard at the trial that showed the way ethics reforms are treated behind the scenes in corruption-prone Albany. In another, the former chair of the state Senate ethics committee, Tony Avella, recalled on the stand that in his role he found it impossible to make real change.But the real estate industry was most concerned that the state might pass legislation to close the so-called LLC loophole, which allows businesses to skirt campaign donation limits by issuing checks from various limited liability corporations to disguise their source.“That’s how we get our voice out,” said Charles Durego, general counsel and Senior Vice President at New Hyde Park-based developer Glenwood Management Corp., the biggest political donor statewide, last week during Skelos’ trial at Manhattan federal court.Glenwood, owned by billionaire Leonard Litwin, is one of three companies that Skelos, the former state Senate Majority Leader, allegedly coerced to get $300,000 in bribes. They took the form of no-show jobs that his son, Adam, was unqualified for in exchange for illegally manipulating legislation. Both men deny the accusations.Durego said he asked Skelos the LLC loophole question on behalf of the Real Estate Board of New York, a group representing landlords and developers, which was also concerned about the possibility it would pass.In general, Democrats favor closing the LLC loophole because Republicans mostly benefit from those donations, prosecutors noted, adding that the GOP would rather make illegal other types of donations that Democrats mostly receive. As a result, the reform effort ends in a legislative stalemate.State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Queens), one of the witnesses to testify at the Skelos trial, said that when he joined the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), a small group of senate Democrats who caucused with the Republicans in a power-sharing agreement, he was named chair of the Senate ethics committee. First elected in 2011, Avella said that as chair of that committee he quickly learned that talk of ethical reforms in Albany did not see any follow through.“No bills had ever been referred to that committee, and no bills ever came out of [that] committee,” he said on the stand. When Avella decided to hold a hearing on the issue instead, he was told it had to be postponed.Even now, with both Skelos and his former counterpart, ex-Speaker of the Assembly Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), on trial for similar but unrelated corruption charges in the same courthouse at the same time, state lawmakers remain reluctant to pass any additional proposed reforms, such as enacting term limits or stripping convicted lawmakers of their pensions, beyond making a few changes to disclosing outside income which passed earlier this year.Last week, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx), Silver’s replacement, told reporters that further reforms are unlikely, according to Capital New York.Skelos’ replacement as state Senate Majority Leader, Sen. John Flanagan (R-Northport), reportedly shares Heastie’s view.One reason why the sentiment prevails may be found in phone calls between the senator and his son that the FBI recorded. In one exchange played in court, Adam criticized his father for working with the Democrats in the IDC, but Dean reminded his son to take the long view.“I have to think about the next election,” the senator reminded him.In between the push-pull of prosecutors and defense lawyers making their cases, the corruption trail of New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) details how much money and politics remain intertwined.last_img read more

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More avian flu confirmed in Vietnam

first_imgFeb 28, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Three more cases of H5N1 avian influenza in Vietnam, one of them fatal, were confirmed over the weekend and today, sparking concern over a more widespread outbreak, according to numerous news service reports.Health officials in Vietnam said today that the 14-year-old sister of a young Vietnamese man confirmed last Friday as having H5N1 has also tested positive for the disease. The two, from the northern Thai Binh province, ate a traditional chicken meal at a friend’s home during Lunar New Year celebrations recently.The young man and his sister are hospitalized at Hanoi’s Bach Mai Hospital, the former in critical condition. Their family does not raise chickens, but outbreaks of avian influenza in poultry have occurred in their community.Vietnamese officials have also confirmed that a 69-year-old man from Thai Binh province who died last Wednesday had H5N1 influenza, according to numerous news reports. He, like the siblings above, had eaten chicken over the Lunar New Year. No others in his family have exhibited symptoms.Still another H5N1 infection from the Thai Binh province, this one involving a 36-year-old man, has also been confirmed, according to an item in ProMED-mail citing a Xinhuanet News Agency story yesterday. The patient is reportedly being treated in Hanoi.These cases bring the number of patients in Vietnam with confirmed H5N1 disease since mid-December 2004 to 20, with 13 fatalities.See also:CIDRAP’s case count tableslast_img read more

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Sharing of hate posts is what’s reprehensible

first_imgWith regard to your Oct. 19 editorial, we are genuinely surprised that the Daily Gazette Editorial Board seems to be more offended by a flyer that reveals the social media posts of the Niskayuna Republican Party than the social media posts of the local party itself. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion We believe the only thing that is “reprehensible” is to share social media posts from extreme outlets such as Alex Jones, Breitbart News and Rush Limbaugh. The flyer stated that these outlets have been linked to anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, climate change denial and conspiracy theories revolving around the Sandy Hook school shooting.Normalizing these extreme groups by regularly sharing their content helps them promote their views. We, as Niskayuna residents, continue to denounce these outlets and the ideologies they espouse, as they run directly counter to what makes our diverse community such a great place to live. We believe our neighbors will reject this, too.The sole intention of the flyer was to inform voters of the extreme social media postings of the Niskayuna Republican Committee.The Niskayuna Republican Committee and its endorsed candidates have yet to disavow the Facebook posts featuring Jones, Breitbart News and Limbaugh. The residents of Niskayuna have a right to know that the Niskayuna Republican Party is normalizing these extremist voices.Geoff HallNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

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Tightening the belt

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Zoom says China demanded shutting activists’ accounts over Tiananmen events

first_imgTopics : US-based Humanitarian China founder Zhou Fengsuo said his account was suspended after holding a Zoom event to commemorate the 31st anniversary of China’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protests at Tiananmen Square. The event was joined by viewers based in mainland China.Zoom said the Chinese government had notified it about four large planned commemoration meetings that were being publicized on social media. The authorities demanded they terminate the events and linked accounts, it added.Zoom decided to end three of those meetings and temporarily suspend the host accounts as it is currently unable to remove specific participants from a meeting or block participants from a certain country from joining a meeting, the company said.California-based Zoom, said it left the last meeting “undisturbed” as it did not have any participants from mainland China. It has now reinstated the accounts. The company said it was developing technology to enable it to remove or block at the participant level based on geography, and would publish an updated global policy on June 30..”This will enable us to comply with requests from local authorities when they determine activity on our platform is illegal within their borders,” it said.”However, we will also be able to protect these conversations for participants outside of those borders where the activity is allowed.”Reuters was not immediately able to contact China’s internet watchdog, the Cyberspace Administration of China.The anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown is a highly sensitive matter in China and content related to it is regularly blocked or censored by authorities.China’s cyberspace is tightly controlled, with Western social media and chat platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp blocked. Microsoft’s Skype was removed from China’s Apple and Android stores in 2017 though a Skype for Business option remains available.Zoom, which said in its SEC filings it has many research and development personnel in China, is not blocked and has become a popular tool for Chinese users told to stay home during the COVID-19 outbreak.Wang Dan, a US-based dissident and exiled Tiananmen Square student leader whose account was also shut down, said he was shocked to hear Zoom admit it had interrupted their meetings. His June 3 event with about 200 participants was deactivated midstream, he said.”Zoom compiled with China’s request, preventing us from going about our lives smoothly. It cannot get away with just a statement. We shall continue to use legal means and public opinion to ask Zoom to take responsibility for its mistake,” he said. center_img Zoom Video Communications Inc said on Thursday it suspended user accounts and ended meetings linked to the anniversary of China’s Tiananmen Square crackdown on its platform after the Chinese government demanded it do so.Zoom, which has seen its global popularity as a video conferencing tool soar during the COVID-19 pandemic, said it did not provide any user information or meeting content to the Chinese government, adding it would not allow further requests from China to impact users outside the country in the future.The company’s statement https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/06/11/improving-our-policies-as-we-continue-to-enable-global-collaboration comes after it temporarily shut three accounts belonging to activists, one of whom is based in Hong Kong and two in the United States.last_img read more

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