View Comments Andy Mientus(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Broadway.com) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed today and this weekend. Andy Mientus to Sing Joni Mitchell in New CabaretStage star Andy Mientus will lend his powerful voice to Joni Mitchell’s iconic 1970 album Ladies of the Canyon in a new series of concerts, debuting later this month. Music director Benjamin Rauhala will join Mientus for the shows, running from November 29-30 at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Smash alum Mientus will sing from Mitchell’s third studio recording, covering the album in full, including such beloved songs as “Big Yellow Taxi,” “Woodstock” and “The Circle Game.” In addition to his memorable turn as Kyle Bishop on Smash, Mientus has been seen on Broadway in Spring Awakening and Les Misérables and off-Broadway in Carrie.Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me Will Transfer to Greenwich House TheaterOn the heels of an acclaimed New York Theatre Workshop run, Obie winner Heidi Schreck’s new solo work What the Constitution Means to Me will move to the Greenwich House Theater later this month for an extended run. Oliver Butler will repeat his work as director for the engagement, running from November 27 through December 30 at the downtown off-Broadway venue. The play follows fifteen-year-old Schreck, who later put herself through college by giving speeches about the U.S. Constitution. Now, she resurrects her teenage self in order to trace the document’s profound impact on women’s bodies—starting with her great-great-grandmother, a mail-order bride who died under mysterious circumstances. Joining Schreck in the cast is Mike Iveson (The Sound and the Fury) and New York City high school students Rosdely Ciprian and Thursday Williams.Nick Blaemire, Christy Altomare & Isaac Powell to Perform Bright Lights, Big City in ConcertA talented group of stage stars have signed on for a 20th-anniversary concert production of Paul Scott Goodman’s influential 1999 rock musical Bright Lights, Big City. Alex Tobey will direct the event, with music direction by Ben Caplan, slated to take place at Feinstein’s/54 Below on February 4, 2019, at 7:00pm and 9:30pm. The cast will include Nick Blaemire (Tick, Tick…BOOM!), Christy Altomare (Anastasia), Isaac Powell (Once On This Island), Annie Golden (Xanadu) and Julia Murney (Wicked). Based on the novel by on Jay McInerney, Bright Lights, Big City follows a week in the life of Jamie (Blaemire), a successful young writer who loses himself in the chaos of 1980s New York City. The Bright Lights, Big City concert is being produced by Jen Sandler.New York Stage and Film to Honor Patricia Wettig & Ken Olin at Winter GalaNew York Stage and Film has announced Emmy winner Patricia Wettig and her husband, Emmy nominee Ken Olin, as honorees at its upcoming winter gala, a fundraising event to support year-round theater and film development initiatives. The event will be held on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at The Plaza Hotel. Wettig is a three-time Emmy winner for Thirtysomething whose stage credits include off-Broadway turns in Threads, The Diviners, A Tale Told and The Woolgatherer. Olin was Golden Globe-nominated for Thirtysomething and Emmy-nommed for This Is Us; he was seen on Broadway in Taxi Tales.
Vermont Business Magazine Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senate Rules Committee Ranking Member Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) today released a report(link is external) summarizing for the American people what to expect on Election Day and reinforcing the Democrats’ call to encourage everyone to vote.The report follows the months-long effort by President Trump to undermine the election and his repeated refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. With the general election already well underway in every state across the country, Sanders and Senate Democrats have a clear message for the American people: Vote and cast your ballot as early as possible. While expressing optimism that Election Day will go smoothly around the country, the jointly authored report outlines the possibility that in some states, the outcome might not be known on November 3. The last message from the report is to make absolutely clear that voter intimidation is illegal and that federal law prohibits coercing or threatening anyone in order to interfere with their right to vote.”The American people must be prepared for an election that is unprecedented in our history due to the enormous increase in mail-in ballots that have been, and will be, cast as a result of the pandemic,” said Senator Sanders. No one should have to risk their health or their lives in order to vote, and that is why many millions are voting through mail-in ballots. One of the worst lies that Donald Trump is spreading is that there is a massive amount of voter fraud in this country. That is a total lie which no election official, Republican or Democrat, can support. What we are doing with this effort is ensuring that the American people understand that if American democracy means anything, it means that every vote must be counted—no matter how long it takes.””President Trump has for months now been laying the foundation to undermine the election and he has repeatedly refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses. Senate Democrats want to be clear to the American people that the most powerful defense against this type of autocratic behavior in our country is the will of the American people and that is why we are encouraging every American to vote and vote early,” said Leader Schumer.“The election is well underway, and Americans are voting in droves because they know what is at stake. We must do everything we can to protect the right to vote, and uphold the integrity of the election process. That means pushing back on President Trump’s lies about mail-in ballots and his efforts to sow chaos. It also means making sure that Americans know that a record number of people are voting by mail this year, which could slow the reporting in some states. We should be prepared to reject misinformation and be patient about results in places where counting ballots may take longer. Americans should keep making their voices heard at the ballot box, the earlier the better,” said Senator Klobuchar.”Despite what Donald Trump wants you to believe, the integrity of our election system is strong,” said Senator Murphy. Every American must vote—and vote early—in the upcoming presidential election, so we can make it clear to Trump and the world that America remains a democracy, the will of the people will always win out, and that any form of voter intimidation is illegal and will not be tolerated.””President Trump’s dangerous rhetoric threatens to further divide our country and sow real potential for violence. The most important thing each of us can do to combat disinformation and fear is to vote and vote early. There is little doubt that this is the most important election we will participate in in our lives. Our elections are the foundation of American democracy. Protecting them should be the top priority for everyone who cares about the future of our country. Election officials, courts, and elected leaders must be accountable for upholding that principle,” said Senator Heinrich.”Despite Donald Trump’s lies and misinformation about nonexistent widespread voter fraud, the integrity of the American election system—our entire election process from voting by mail to voting in person—is strong. If voting by mail is safe and effective for our troops overseas and good enough for Trump and his family to use, then it’s safe, effective and good enough for the rest of America too,” said Senator Duckworth. No matter what Trump says—or even what he might prefer—Senate Democrats will never allow the greatest democracy the world has ever known to descend into authoritarianism. We will always be a government of, by and for the people.”A copy of the report can be found here(link is external).Source: WASHINGTON, October 18 – Sanders
The Run for Peace Virtual Marathon established by Running Coach and Writer, Jenny Hadfield – specifically to support children affected by the Boston Marathon attacks – has raised US$33,500 for the One Step Ahead Foundation, a beneficiary that will provide patients with prosthetics and support.Jenny Hadfield, a renowned running and fitness expert, ‘adventure-preneur’, author, editor and coach, launched the 2013 Run for Peace Marathon to support those affected by the Boston Marathon attacks. Throughout the one-month campaign that asked registrants to run or walk a total of 26.2 miles within the time frame, over 1,000 participants including 55 children, toed the line for Peace and surpassed the fundraising goal of US$25,000 by raising US$33,500 for the One Step Ahead Foundation.Hadfield wanted to focus specifically on the children affected, especially those who endured severe lower limb injuries and lost limbs. Together with her advisory board, Hadfield selected the One Step Ahead Foundation, founded by ultra athlete and amputee Amy Palmiero-Winters, as the beneficiary for The Peace Virtual Marathon.“I was touched to see the miles, love and support that were donated to the Peace Marathon,” said Hadfield. We had fifteen countries represented and to not only achieve the goal, but surpass it, was wonderful.”The One Step Ahead Foundation was started on the principle that participation in athletics provides opportunities for children to grow and learn through hard work, teamwork and dealing with losses. As a result, Palmiero-Winters, ultra athlete, amputee and Founder of the Foundation, seeks to provide counselling and mentoring to help children with disabilities find healthy and rewarding experiences in sport.“We are working with the crime victim’s fund to see where we can use the funds immediately,” said Palmiero-Winters. “It’s imperative to keep these kids active so that their self-esteem and self-confidence remain strong through camaraderie and accomplishing goals. The support of the Peace Marathon will help us achieve this.”“The Peace Marathon took on a life of its own within hours of its inception and will continue to serve as a means for runners to support those who need help in the future,” added Hadfield.www.ThePeaceMarathon.comwww.onestepaheadfoundation.org Related
Chinese health officials reported 2,892 new novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) cases and 57 more deaths, while Hong Kong reported its first instance of local spread and India reported its third case.In other developments today, the World Health Organization (WHO) unveiled two new key resources, an online Q and A to answer some of the most common questions and knock down some myths, and two groups announced more support for vaccine development.China deaths reach 361With the addition of the new cases, China’s total now stands at 17,205 confirmed cases and 361 related deaths, according to a statement today from the country’s National Health Commission (NHC). The number of serious cases rose by 186, putting that total at 2,296.More than 11,000 of the cases are reported from Hubei province, home of Wuhan, the outbreak’s epicenter. Four provinces have more than 500 cases: Zhejiang (724), Guangdong (683), Henan (566), and Hunan (521). Of the major cities that aren’t part of provinces, Chonqqing has 300, Beijing 212, and Shanghai 193.In other China developments, not much is known about the impact of the disease on pregnancy and newborns, but China’s media today reported that an infected mother gave birth to a healthy baby girl who tested negative twice for the virus.Tweets from China Global Television Network (CGTN), a state media outlet, showed the medical team in full protective gear cradling the baby following delivery by Caesarean section. CGTN said the mother and baby are in good condition and are being kept in separate rooms.Hong Kong, India confirm new casesThe WHO said no new countries have reported cases over the last 24 hours, but some already-affected areas have confirmed more infections.In announcing its first case of local spread yesterday, Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said the patient, a 72-year-old woman with underlying health conditions who is the mother of a woman confirmed as an earlier case. As one of her daughter’s contacts, she was placed in quarantine on Feb 1, the same day her symptoms began. Four of her household contacts are still in quarantine but are asymptomatic.Hong Kong has now reported 15 2019-nCoV cases.Elsewhere, India’s health ministry today reported the country’s third case, which—like the previous two—involves a patient from Kerala who had traveled to Wuhan. The patient is isolated in the hospital and is in stable condition, according to a health ministry statement.The WHO said today that 153 cases so far have been reported in 23 countries.Symptoms, protection, other common questionsThe WHO’s new online 2019-nCoV dashboard is similar to the one that it uses to display the latest totals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Ebola outbreak,In its Q and A today, the WHO addressed many common questions it has received from groups and individuals. For example, the document answers many questions about transmission, clarifying that there’s no evidence that cats and dogs transmit the virus to people and that it’s safe to receive packages from China or other places where the virus is present.It also described clinical symptoms and treatment. In addressing asymptomatic transmission, it said recent reports suggest it may be possible to transmit the virus before showing significant symptoms, but current data suggest symptomatic people are fueling most of the virus spread.The group also said it is working with experts to develop and prepare “2019-nCoV kits,” similar to treatment kits used in earlier outbreaks. The WHO said it developed the kits with expert input and will be putting them together in the coming days. The concept appears to be similar to cholera kits distributed to responders in cholera outbreaks.Vaccine supportThe Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) today announced a new collaboration to develop a vaccine against 2019-nCoV, which will leverage GSK’s pandemic vaccine adjuvant technology, GSK said in a press release today. The adjuvant is designed to reduce the amount of antigen needed per patient and can help stretch vaccine supplies.The company said access to its adjuvant technology will support early-stage research into a “molecular clamp” vaccine platform under development by the University of Queensland in Australia, which inked an earlier 2019-nCoV vaccine development agreement with CEPI.In a separate development today, the United Kingdom today announced £20 million ($26 million) in additional funding for CEPI.In a statement from CEPI, Richard Hatchett, MD, its chief executive officer, said, the extra UK support comes at a crucial time as the world races to respond to a new coronavirus. “The rapid global spread and unique epidemiological characteristics of the virus are deeply concerning. Our hope is that, with our partners, we can get an investigational vaccine from gene sequencing of the pathogen through to clinical testing in 16 weeks.”See also:Feb 3 China NHC updateFeb 2 Hong Kong CHP statementFeb 3 Indian health ministry statementFeb 3 WHO daily situation reportWHO 2019-nCoV online dashboardFeb 2 WHO Q and AFeb 3 CGTN TweetFeb 3 GSK press releaseFeb 3 CEPI press release
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The Demag brand will cover 11 all-terrain crane models, ranging in capacity from 100 to 1,200 tonnes, and seven lattice boom crawler crane models, with capacities from 400 to 3,200 tonnes.Terex Cranes president Ken Lousberg commented on the reintroduction of the Demag brand: “We’re doing it because our customers asked us to bring the Demag brand back. It is as simple as that.”He added that the manufacturer would continue to operate as one organisation representing two brands, with customers of Terex or Demag branded products receiving the same value-added services. www.terex.com
The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal today published the long-awaited judgment on human rights firm Leigh Day and three of its lawyers.In a 214-page ruling, the tribunal outlines the reasons for clearing senior partner Martyn Day and solicitors Sapna Malik and Anna Crowther of all charges. The three had been charged with misconduct relating to their handling of historic allegations of torture and unlawful killing by British soldiers in Iraq.The tribunal found that Day, Malik and Crowther actively investigated regulatory requirements and tried to act in accordance with the rules.The judgment adds: ‘They were open in evidence about things they did, and why they did them, and were prepared to acknowledge where they would, with hindsight, have done things differently. ‘The tribunal rejected the [SRA’s] general contention that [they] were the kind of people who put financial advantage above professional duty.’But the judgment also reveals for the first time the level of doubt expressed by Richard Hegarty, a solicitor member of the three-person panel. Hegarty did not find Martyn Day to be a ‘credible, honest or convincing witness’, and on numerous occasions Day was said to have ‘failed to give clear and succinct answers to straightforward questions’.Hegarty found Malik far more credible, saying she came across as a solicitor ‘intent on fighting for her clients and trying, but at times not succeeding, in staying within her professional rules’.On Crowther, who was alleged to have destroyed a key document linking Iraqi clients with insurgent forces, Hegarty finds it ‘unfortunate’ that she changed the evidence given at interview and he notes her answers ‘did not sit well’ with the lawyers’ defence.The SRA, which brought the prosecution, has 21 days from the conclusion of the case – including the costs hearing – to decide whether to bring an appeal. A hearing to determine costs will be arranged at the earliest opportunity 35 days after publication.An SRA spokesperson said: ‘We will be reviewing the judgment in detail and considering next steps.’The firm, senior partner Martyn Day, equity partner Sapna Malik and solicitor Anna Crowther had denied 19 charges. The case took seven weeks to conclude, with members of the tribunal spending a week considering their decision.Leigh Day’s costs were said to be £7m earlier in this hearing, while the SRA’s costs will also run to seven figures. Any adverse costs order against the SRA would leave the profession footing the bill for the prosecution.
SNCF has deployed two Eurostar sets on domestic services. From March 15 the units, redesignated TGV TM, began operating from Dunkerque and Valenciennes to Paris. SNCF plans to diagram them for the Brussels – Nice service during the summerSNCF is planning to open the first phase of the Eole cross-Paris route on July 14. Services from Chelles will be extended via Magenta to terminate at Condorcet St LazareNew York MTA is considering an ’adopt-a-station’ scheme to share the cost of routine maintenance. Private companies would contribute $60000 per year in return for a sign advertising their involvement. The money would allow extra staff to be employedOn April 16 Amtrak opened a US$9m multi-modal interchange station at Champagne in Illinois, providing a hub for coaches and buses feeding the City of New Orleans and Illini services
Singer-songwriters Kristy Osmusson and Jon Stone – AKA American Young – have been rapidly gaining in popularity over here since the release of their first album, AY, back in 2016. They’ve become a regular fixture at many festivals in the UK country scene, including Nashville Meets London, C2C: Country to Country and Buckle & Boots, which they headlined earlier this year. Now, following the release of their latest EP Soundtrack Of Your Life, they’re back for a short tour which kicked off last night at Bush Hall in London.Accompanied by their two band members, Kristy and Jon opened their set with American Dream, from their debut album. Right from the off they showed off their incredible musicianship, with Kristy in particular shining on the atmospheric, fiddle-led intro as her fingers flew over the instrument’s neck. Jon encouraged the crowd to clap along to the sharp, driving rhythm before he and Kristy began to sing, and their harmonies were on point as usual. It was a great start to the show and definitely set the bar for the next hour and 40 minutes.Throughout the set the band drew on material from both their album and the new EP, as well as mixing in several covers. These ran the gamut from the traditional Cotton-Eyed Joe (which they paired with a soaring acoustic rendition of Love Is War) to a mash-up of the lush, heartstring-tugging Die Another Day with the Disney classic Can You Feel The Love Tonight, via a jazzy take on Just The Two Of Us and Jon’s funky, powerful rendition of the Rolling Stones’ Beast Of Burden. For me the standouts were the pair’s version of Keith Whitley’s When You Say Nothing At All, which featured a simple arrangement and gorgeous vocals that made the song incredibly moving, and a shouldn’t-work-but-did sparse spin on The Thunder Rolls and The Boys Of Summer, which saw Kristy and Jon rocking out with their band in a fiery and powerful performance.Whilst the diverse selection of covers showed off the duo’s versatility, their original material was where they really shone for me. Whether it was the emotional, piano-led Better On You or a lively, playful track like Point Of View or Something To You, which undercut its bright melody with bittersweet lyrics, their effortless vocals were absolutely stellar and they had fantastic chemistry throughout, frequently cracking jokes and telling stories. I also liked that both Kristy and Jon got their chances to stand out – Kristy on the quickfire Cheater, Cheater (which she wrote for Joey + Rory) where her sweet vocals counterbalanced the sassy lyrics, and Jon on a heartfelt rendition of A Woman Like You that highlighted the edge and depth in his voice.I was also really impressed with the new material, particularly the laid-back, rock-influenced Falling Star, which saw Kristy pacing the stage as she jammed with the band. Seminole Wind, meanwhile, is rapidly becoming a fan favourite (as evidenced by the numerous requests from the audience) with its slow, lingering intro, dramatic storytelling, thumping rhythm and vivid imagery. It showed that the band are willing to experiment and push themselves, and I’m keen to see where this takes them on their next record.Kristy and Jon closed the main part of their set with Soundtrack Of Your Life, the title track from their new EP. For me it summed up everything I loved about their performance – tons of energy, hopeful lyrics packed full of details and a joyous singalong chorus. Kristy could be seen holding her bow aloft in triumph as the song drew to a close and the crowd responded with thunderous applause.After loud demands for an encore, the band returned to the stage to perform their final three songs, beginning with Kenny Rogers’ The Gambler. Kristy’s spiky fiddle was the perfect accompaniment to Jon’s soulful vocals and I also really liked how they built the layers of instruments, as well as encouraging the audience to join in. They then followed that with a beautiful version of Soldier’s Wife, which saw Kristy hit some huge notes and deliver an incredibly convincing, passionate performance, as well as a stunning a capella section at the end. Finally, they finished on Wake Me Up, which had the crowd singing and dancing along to the stomping rhythm and twangy guitars before rattling to the finish at breakneck speed.Overall I came away feeling really impressed by American Young. The connection between Kristy and Jon on stage is absolutely electric and they show it off to perfection through their outstanding musicianship and relaxed, easygoing stage presence which makes it incredibly easy for audiences to warm to them. Throw in a high-energy performance which looks like they’re having the time of their lives and those incredible harmonies, and it’s not hard to see why they’re so beloved here in the UK. They get better every time I see them and based on the new music they’re set for even bigger things in the future.Set list: 1. American Dream 2. Better On You 3. Point Of View 4. Cheater, Cheater (made famous by Joey + Rory) 5. A Woman Like You (made famous by Lee Brice) 6. Beast Of Burden (Rolling Stones cover) 7. Cotton-Eyed Joe (traditional cover)/Love Is War 8. When You Say Nothing At All (Keith Whitley cover) 9. Falling Star 10. The Thunder Rolls/The Boys Of Summer (Garth Brooks/Don Henley cover) 11. Something To You 12. Just The Two Of Us (Bill Withers cover) 13. Die Another Day/Can You Feel The Love Tonight (Elton John cover) 14. Seminole Wind 15. Soundtrack Of Your Life 16. The Gambler (Kenny Rogers cover) 17. Soldier’s Wife 18. Wake Me Up (Avicii cover) Performance date: 29th August 2019