Andy Karl on opening night of ‘Groundhog Day'(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Following a knee injury sustained at a performance of the new musical Groundhog Day on April 14, lead actor Andy Karl, who stars as Phil Connors, was physically unable to perform in the production over the weekend and returned to the show on April 17 for the production’s official opening night. Karl also performed in the show on April 18.On the instruction of his doctors, Karl will take off four performances this week to rest and continue the process of recuperating from the injury.This week Andy Karl will perform on Friday, April 21 at 8:00pm and Saturday, April 22 at 8:00pm. Andrew Call is scheduled to play the role of Phil Connors on Wednesday, April 19 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm, Thursday, April 20 at 7:00pm and Saturday, April 22 at 2:00pm.Groundhog Day, the Olivier Award-winning new musical featuring music and lyrics by Tim Minchin and a book by Danny Rubin, and directed by Matthew Warchus, began performances on March 16 at the August Wilson Theatre. View Comments
Roundabout Theatre Company has announced a lineup of three new works set to appear during its 2020-2021 season at the Harold & Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. The trio of off-Broadway plays include a world premiere at Roundabout Underground and a pair of New York premieres slated for the Laura Pels Theatre.The first production is titled English, a new play by Sanaz Toossi (Wish You Were Here) set to make its world premiere at Roundabout’s Black Box Theatre in fall of 2020. The play centers on four adult students in an Iran classroom ruled by two words, “English Only,” as the students prepare to take the TOEFL—Test of English as a Foreign Language. Chasing fluency through a maze of word games, listening exercises and show-and-tell sessions, they hope that one day English will make them whole.Planned for the Laura Pels Theatre in the fall of 2020 is the New York premiere The Year to Come by Lindsey Ferrentino (Amy and the Orphans), to be directed by Justin Martin. Set on New Year’s Eve, the play explores the various backgrounds and perspectives of an American family who clash even more than they did the previous year. But gathered in their backyard swimming pool, they are safe from the world they fight about.Closing out Roundabout’s off-Broadway season, in winter of 2021, will be The Wanderers, a New York premiere penned by Anna Ziegler (Actually), directed by Barry Edelstein. The play follows newly married Orthodox Jews Esther and Schmuli, whose future is written in the laws of the Torah. Secular Jew Abe is a famous novelist who believes he can write his own future until an unexpected email from a movie star puts his marriage to the test and threatens to prove him wrong.Casting and additional creative team for the newly announced productions are forthcoming. Sanaz Toosi, Lindsey Ferrentino & Anna Ziegler View Comments
The University of Vermont Health Network made significant progress overnight to restore behind-the-scenes components that will aid in the restoration of additional patient-facing systems.Our IT team has now accessed patient schedules for all Network hospitals through next weekend. This will improve our efficiency and the overall experience for patients as we continue to restore systems from last week’s cyberattack event.We have also developed plans to ensure patients receive needed cancer treatments for the next several days. Patients are receiving treatment and we are urgently working to expand our capacity to provide chemotherapy at UVM Medical Center to seven days per week and three evenings per week. Meanwhile, we are also scheduling some patients for treatment at Central Vermont Medical Center, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital and other facilities when appropriate.We are unable to accommodate breast imaging on Monday, November 9, at UVM Medical Center. This includes every type of mammogram, breast ultrasound screening and biopsies. Our Breast Imaging staff have limited access to patient data, and therefore will not be able to inform all patients that their appointments have been cancelled in advance. We deeply apologize for the inconvenience this will cause patients.Today, with the help of the Vermont National Guard, we are continuing a major effort to review thousands of end-user computers and devices. This massive undertaking, to ensure devices are free of any malware or virus, will continue into next week.The UVM Health Network will continue to provide systems and patient service updates when they are available. The latest updates and information can be found at www.uvmhealth.org/cyberattack(link is external). All media inquiries regarding the investigation should be directed to FBI Public Affairs Specialist Sarah Ruane at email@example.com(link sends e-mail).
Related American Bicycle Group (ABG), manufacturer of Quintana Roo (QR), Litespeed (LS) and Ocoee, has today announced the debut of the Quintana Roo SR series of road bikes. The new model SRfive aero road bike has been designed, engineered and manufactured under the Tennessee-based QR brand.ABG notes that the SRfive is UCI legal, making for legal use in draft-legal triathlons and sanctioned road races.A release from the company adds that ‘The SRfive benefits from Quintana Roo’s long history in aerodynamics-focused performance, resulting in an aero road bike that meets ABG’s high benchmarks in aerodynamics and stiffness, while also delivering practical advances, including room for tyres up to 32mm in width and a fully-adjustable cockpit.’“Engineering a new race bike is not new territory for us,” said ABG President Peter Hurley. “The SRfive is a case-in-point. Our engineers have worked toward a goal of creating a bike that solved many aero road bike problems. We’re proud to debut not just a proven fast aero road bike, but one that, starting at US$3,100 complete, represents incredible value. You can’t find a better dollar-for-speed aero road bike.”Features of the SRfive include:Aero carbon frame design: wind tunnel testing has yielded claimed drag numbers 20-40g faster than a standard round-tubed bike.Wide tyre ready: capacity to run tyre sizes up to 32mmInvisible cable routing: with the use of FSA’s fully adjustable ACR cockpit, all cables are contained completely inside the cockpit, frame and fork making for a clean aero presentation, free of cables.Performance specifications: a threaded T47 bottom bracket shell features ‘no squeaks, creaks or rattles’, as well as direct-mount hydraulic brakes, with 12mm thru-axles.Fit capable: the QR system allows a fitter to choose stem length, bar width and saddle setback.Full colour and upgrade options: riders can customize their bike with up to 24 different paint and graphic combinations, as well as selecting component options to fit their budget.Trickle up technology: the SRfive debuts ‘not at a halo pricing, but with a complete range of builds, beginning with a cost-conscious Shimano 105 build.’The SRfive is available in 11 base colours including Black/Stealth, Matte Green, Electric Blue, Rosso Corsa, Neutron, Cool Mint, White, Jet, Matte Red, Matte Blue and Matte Violet.Four component kit options include Shimano 105, Ultegra mechanical, Ultegra Di2 and Dura-Ace Di2. Six wheelset options include Shimano RS370, DT Swiss E1800 Disc, HED Vanquish RC4 Performance, HED Vanquish RC6 Performance, ENVE SES 7.8 with ENVE Hubs and Zipp 404 NSW.Customers can build their SRfive online with QR’s Bike Builder functionality. As options are selected – colour, graphics, components, wheels and accessories – the SRfive image is automatically updated and customers can see what they are building, option-by-option, in real-time online.The final bike image goes into the customer’s online shopping cart along with the purchase details. Once a purchase is made, the customer can download the finished image and print it out, if required. QR notes that the customized bike will arrive on the customer’s doorstep in approximately 14 days.When shipped, the bike comes 90% assembled and takes just a few minutes to assemble. All a rider needs is a basic knowledge of bike mechanics and two sizes of Allen wrenches. At the bottom of the SRfive webpage, there is a shipping and FAQ guide.The SRfive is painted and assembled at ABG’s 48,000 sq ft facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The fully customizable SRfive starts at US$3,099.www.quintanarootri.com
Extensive X2 line-array and MFX multi-functional loudspeakers deliver powerful sound at Offenburg’s “shopping cart festival” bringing back well-known German artists to the stageDante audio delivered via complete Dynacord electronics/software solutionNew MXE5 matrix mix engine will “revolutionize the business” according to Badensound event company owner Johannes MoeckOffenburg, Germany, October 2020 – Badensound event company has worked out a new concert concept that uses existing infrastructure to host performances complying with the local COVID regulations. This concept led to a partnership with Edeka Südwest supermarkets to create the “shopping cart festival.” Taking place from August 31 until September 5 in Offenburg, Germany, the festival featured famous German artists performing in front of 500 people, the maximum number of people currently allowed for large gatherings, in the parking lot of an Edeka supermarket. Shopping carts were used as social distancing tools to adhere to the COVID regulations. On the technical side, Badensound used the festival to give Dynacord’s new MXE5 matrix mix engine its German debut.“Now is exactly the right time to organize an attractive festival in the region, to offer artists a platform and to support the Corona-impacted event industry,” says Rainer Huber of Edeka Südwest, describing the idea behind the new festival.Badensound deployed an Electro-Voice X2 line-array system to ensure powerful main PA sound for the festival, featuring two hangs of 12 X2-212 elements per side, with low-frequency support from 16 X12-128 subwoofers. 12 Electro-Voice MFX multi-functional loudspeakers were used as stage fills and stage monitors, complemented by Dynacord V17 subs and Cobra cabinets as drum fills. Near and out fills consisted of an additional 24 Electro-Voice XLE compact line-array elements.State-of-the-art Dynacord amplifiers powered the entire sound system. A dozen TGX20 four- channel and three IPX 10:8 eight-channel amps delivered a stunning total of 270 kW. The MXE5 matrix mix engine served as the system head. All electronics have OMNEO IP architecture on board, allowing the entire sound system to be run flawlessly on Dante audio without the need of retrofitting. System setup, tuning and monitoring was handled by SONICUE sound system software.The line-up of well-known German artists included among others Michael Schulte, Christina Stürmer, Kelvin Jones & Jeremias, Glasperlenspiel and Laith Al-Deen. All performers were very keen to return to performing live on stage, and after the budget was released by EDEKA, it took Badensound’s company owner Johannes Moeck only four weeks to make the whole event happen.“We are extremely pleased with the positive response to the idea of the Edeka shopping cart festival. The success proves to us that we have hit the right tone with this event,” adds Florian Heinzmann of Edeka Southwest.“In hindsight, the event turned out to be a blast,” reflects Moeck. “I’m very thankful to be back to work, even limited by the current restrictions. Everyone had a wonderful time, the audience, the artists and the Edeka officials. Our sound equipment from EV and Dynacord proved once again to be the best choice to guarantee a flawless event. I have already been approached regarding a repeat of this event. Thanks to Dynacord’s support, I was privileged to work with the MXE5 for the very first time and I can only tell you that it will revolutionize the business!”
Florida Government Bar recognizes Lannon, Venz Florida Government Bar recognizes Lannon, Venz The Florida Government Bar Association has honored M. Catherine Lannon and Gregory Venz for their “considerable contributions to the citizens of Florida.”Lannon was awarded the Outstanding Assistant Attorney General of 2009 for her service as chief of the Administrative Law Bureau since September 1987. Venz took home the award for Outstanding Assistant General Counsel of 2009.“I hope that the citizens realize that our two award winners are not alone in their excellent efforts on behalf of the state,” said Warren James Pearson, president of the Florida Government Bar Association. “Having personally reviewed each nomination from many state agencies for the award and having worked side-by-side with colleagues from those same state agencies, the winners of our awards, while exemplary in all facets, are by no means the exceptions. Instead, they are just the best examples out of a bright and hardworking group.”As bureau chief, Lannon supervises 18 attorneys and support staff who serve all of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and Department of Health various boards, councils, commissions, and other entities. Lannon and her attorneys draft and promulgate rules, represent the boards and other entities in court cases and licensure hearings, and give legal advice on boards and other entities’ duties and authority.“The state of Florida and the Office of the Attorney General have been most fortunate to have a public servant of Catherine Lannon’s caliber for over 27 years,” said Attorney General Bill McCollum. “She has been a bountiful source of legal knowledge to five attorneys general and countless state agencies. When someone in Florida government has a difficult administrative law question, the first person on the list for consultation is Catherine Lannon.”Venz has been at the forefront of identifying barriers faced by persons with disabilities and the elderly in the state of Florida, and has worked to develop recommendations to overcome those barriers faced statewide by many Floridians, according to John Slye, deputy general counsel for the Department of Children and Families.“Greg Venz represents the most admirable traits of a government lawyer: bright, industrious, unselfish with his time for colleagues and clients alike, and extremely effective in explaining the law and solutions to issues in a way that educates and supports management decisionmaking,” said Mary Ann Stiles, interim general counsel for the Department of Children and Families. October 15, 2009 Regular News
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Follow Rachel on Twitter Solicitors offering wills are quite rightly worried about how they will compete with new providers, both on- and off-line, as they increasingly enter the market. If matching these interlopers on price isn’t an option because of the higher regulatory costs faced by law firms, then the obvious approach is to outclass them by emphasising quality over cost; to highlight the fact that wills written by solicitors are more legally sound, and less risky, than those drawn up by non-solicitors. That argument was dealt a serious blow this week. As part of its research project into whether will-writers should be regulated, the Legal Services Consumer Panel took on a panel of experts, including solicitors, to assess a sample of 101 wills. The experts judging the wills had no idea whether they had been drafted by solicitors, will-writers, or indeed a chap who had just stepped off the Clapham Omnibus. But solicitors firms should be aware of what they found. One in four of the wills was ‘failed’ by the panel, and more than one in three was scored as either ‘poor’, or ‘very poor’. The worrying aspect for the profession is that just as many of the failed wills were drawn up by solicitors as by will-writers. And it was not just the difficult ones; simple wills were almost as likely to fail the test as those covering more complex circumstances. So what were the problems? To quote the report itself: ‘Key problems where the will was not legally valid or did not meet the client’s stated requirements, were: inadequate treatment of the client’s needs; the client’s requests not being met; potentially illegal actions; inconsistent or contradictory language; insufficient detail; and poor presentation. ‘Key problems relating to poor advice include: cutting and pasting of precedents; unnecessary complexity; and use of outdated terminology.’ No doubt many readers will feel safe in the knowledge that this does not apply to their firm. But would it do any harm to take a sample of recent wills and check them against those points? Particularly the problem of over-complexity. The report adds that the evidence suggests a need to raise standards ‘across the market’, as the quality of wills prepared by solicitors is ‘disappointing’. It proposes tacking this by strengthening the will-writing elements of the legal practice course, and introducing re-accreditation in the sector. Re-accreditation would, of course, ladle even greater costs on an already heavily burdened profession; and in doing so would make the need to compete on quality rather than price even greater than ever.
Mayor Dan Plato hands out food. 1 of 2 Shamiel Hoosain, of the District Six Working Committee, mayor Dan Plato; consultant Karen Breytenbach and Andre Viljoen of Woodstock Brewery. Mayor Dan Plato joined volunteers from the District Six Working Committee in Hanover Park on Wednesday April 22, to feed hundreds of children in the community. The children made a line around the block and each had their hands sanitised before receiving a hot cooked meal from Mr Plato and members of the committee.The mayor met with consultant Karen Breytenbach, District Six Working Committee chairperson, Shahied Ajam, and Andre Viljoen, owner of Woodstock Brewery, to discuss a plan to bring large volumes of food to poor communities around Cape Town daily. “The plan involves bridging the gap between our farmers, who are producing more than enough food, but are not able to supply to their regular restaurant buyers at present, and the hungry people in the city and the volunteers who are ready to serve them. It is all about getting to scale fast,” Ms Breytenbach said.Mr Ajam thanked all the donors and volunteers that made it possible to feed the children, and encouraged more people to donate towards the cause.“Despite the challenges, there is a sense of ubuntu — a sense of love and harmony among the people. After lockdown, there will be a new normal and we must make that paradigm shift,” Mr Ajam said.Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town announced that sub-councils are revisiting ward-allocation budgets, looking for savings and projects affected by lockdown, which might not be completed by June, so that this money can be re-prioritised to the Mayoral Fund for food security.“The City is committed to working in tandem with collective efforts of the national and Western Cape governments to ensure that residents have food on their tables,” said a City statement.“In actioning the City’s commitment, councillors are playing their part and making sure they can contribute and support their different communities. “This inevitable and necessary lockdown, is having devastating effects on the economy and household incomes — leaving a lot of families in dire need of food and insecure of their next meal. Many households have been pushed into hunger and starvation which is very concerning to the City. “The City’s food-relief programme will be rolled through all 24 sub-councils and recognised NGOs as soon as the budget re-prioritisation is completed.” Shamiel Hoosain, of the District Six Working Committee, mayor Dan Plato; consultant Karen Breytenbach and Andre Viljoen of Woodstock Brewery.
Palace of Westminster clock tower.zoom inzoom outRevenue allocationOne insider explained to Rail Business UK that the government ‘has already nationalised revenue, which gives a lot more scope to change stuff without worrying so much’. As all income would initially go to DfT, one likely change could be the ending of the ORCATS system for revenue allocation. Observers note that this ‘encourages operators to run lots of little trains very often’, resulting in congestion on key routes. Running fewer but longer trains would improve performance and boost passenger confidence while retaining the same number of seats per hour.Asking ‘why are three operators all fighting for passengers between York and Edinburgh?’, one insider suggested that TPE might be vulnerable to any decisions to reduce excess capacity from May 2022. The operator only has contingent paths against the firm track access rights held by LNER and CrossCountry.Industry insiders also confirm that despite the Covid-19 situation the Transport Secretary is keen to bring in reforms quickly, and that there is support for this position within the industry. Noting that ‘the Secretary of State is very enthusiastic to reform commercial structures’, one warned that ‘if in six months’ time we’re still sitting with an industry that is bleeding revenue and a message saying “don’t use it” then we’re in deep trouble.’ #*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#zoom inzoom outUK: Several owning groups holding passenger franchises are understood to be considering their future in the light of emerging government thinking about future industry structures and concession models.With the six month Emergency Measures Agreements set to end on September 20, Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps explained to the Transport Select Committee on June 24 that the current situation, where DfT is taking all revenue and paying the operators to run the services, had made it easier to implement changes. ‘There is now the opportunity to move things along a little bit faster than might otherwise have been the case’, he told MPs.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#zoom inzoom outShapps had been indicating for some time that a concession model could replace the current franchising structure; this is understood to be a recommendation from the unpublished Williams Review. ‘Without revealing too much we are already moving to a different type of railway and different types of contracts’, he explained. ‘We’ve got these emergency measure agreements and we need to put in place what will replace them or what will continue from September 20. Although I can’t tell you exactly what will be happening right at this moment, there is a changed future that is coming.’Some insiders have suggested that the Williams review findings might never be released in full. Shapps told the committee that ‘circumstances have ended up superseding a lot of what Keith was doing’. Adding that ‘had it not been for coronavirus we would have released the white paper already’, he explained that ‘coronavirus has changed the picture because we’ve now ended up holding the entire network in our hands. We think that means we can do things more quickly overall, but we will need more time to put these plans in place. Before the end of the year we will have more to say about the way forward.’Contract variationsAccording to industry sources, the Department for Transport has put forward several contract variations for consideration, including an Emergency Recovery Management Agreement, a Direct Award Operating Contract, a Passenger Train Operating Contract, or a Passenger Service Contract. One industry insider described them all as ‘different ways of stumbling towards a concession model’.A senior insider told Rail Business UK ‘we know the default position in September [reinstating the pre-coronavirus franchise agreements] isn’t sustainable’. Early indications suggest that DfT wants to progress from EMA to ERMA contracts from September 20, starting a gradual transition of revenue risk back to the train operating companies. Reaching agreement with the owning groups may prove challenging, as there is little consensus over how quickly passenger numbers and revenue will ramp up again. There is a strong view that recovery will take between 12 and 18 months from September and any transfer of risk back to the TOCs may be too early.One observer commented ‘quite how you get an owning group to sign up to a glide path back to revenue risk, I really don’t know. The outlook is that one or two TOCs may fall over in the next six months; the ones that were weak before Covid are still weak. Then there might be one or two where the owning group won’t sign up to an ERMA, in which case they may transfer to the Operator of Last Resort.’#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#zoom inzoom outPreparations for this eventuality are reportedly in hand, following establishment of additional OLR companies. Prior to the move to EMAs, the most vulnerable franchises were widely understood to be TransPennine Express and South Western Railway, while Rail Business UK also understands that there are concerns over the future of KeolisAmey’s agreement to run Transport for Wales Rail Services.Complex structuresIt is also clear that Shapps wants to remove some of the complex contractual structures to give what he described as ‘a railway that is brought back together a lot more, which has a central guiding mind’, avoiding ‘a situation that the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing’. He told MPs that he envisages a system similar to the way Transport for London appoints a concessionaire to operate London Overground ‘on the basis of the fare being collected centrally, and investment cases being made by the central organisation’.While the government insists that it has no plans for re-nationalisation, industry insiders suggest that whichever model is chosen for the long term, it will facilitate wide ranging changes to ticketing and the fares structure, timetable planning and industrial relations issues. The Treasury is reportedly concerned over the rising costs of running a near-empty railway.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#