Dead & Company is getting ready to return to Riviera Maya, Mexico for their second annual Playing in the Sand destination event. Hosted by Dead & Company and partners CID Presents from January 17th–20th, 2019, Playing In The Sand will see band members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti perform for three nights on an intimate, white sandy Mexican beach, just feet away from the Caribbean.Joining Dead & Company for their beach extravaganza are legendary New Orleans-based funk act, Dumpstaphunk, and blues-rock sister act, Larkin Poe. The two bands will each play one set on the beach during the night that Dead & Company has off. The official schedule will be released closer to show.In addition to the music, the sold-out Playing in the Sand will offer guests an assortment of curated amenities such as all-inclusive food and drink, premium hotel accommodations, shuttle service to and from Cancun International Airport, an official Dead & Company Riviera Maya gift bag, and 24-hour concierge service. There will also be a slew of on-site activities such as yoga, tequila tasting, bowling and surfing, as well as a plethora of off-site adventures that allow guests to explore Mexico’s amazing natural treasures and sacred ancient history. For more information, or to start making your plans for Playing In The Sand, head to the event’s website.Beyond Playing In The Sand, Dead & Company have “off” until their summer 2019 tour, which includes multi-night runs at Mountain View, CA’s Shoreline Amphitheatre; Los Angeles, CA’s Hollywood Bowl; George, WA’s The Gorge; Chicago, IL’s Wrigley Field; Boulder, CO’s Folsom Field; and more. See below for the complete summer tour schedule, and head here for more information.Dead & Company 2019 Summer Tour Dates:FRI 31-May Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre*SAT 1-Jun Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre*MON 3-Jun Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl+TUE 4-Jun Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl+FRI 7-Jun George, WA The Gorge Amphitheatre*SAT 8-Jun George, WA The Gorge Amphitheatre*WED 12-Jun Noblesville, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center*FRI 14-Jun Chicago, IL Wrigley Field+SAT 15-Jun Chicago, IL Wrigley Field+TUE 18-Jun Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center*THU 20-Jun Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion*SAT 22-Jun Foxborough, MA Gillette Stadium+SUN 23-Jun New York, NY Citi Field+WED 26-Jun Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live*FRI 28-Jun Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion*SAT 29-Jun Atlanta, GA Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood*TUE 2-Jul Dallas, TX Dos Equis Pavilion*FRI 5-Jul Boulder, CO Folsom Field+SAT 6-Jul Boulder, CO Folsom Field+* American Express presale+ Citi presaleView All Tour Dates
Broadway.com wishes Cumming, Williams and all the Kit Kat Klub’s usual suspects a “perfectly marvelous” opening! In honor of the show’s Great White Way return, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned the above portrait. The whole cast is represented in the sketch, with the foreground depicting, from left to right, Linda Emond as Fraulein Schneider, Danny Burstein as Herr Schultz, Cumming as the Emcee, Aaron Krohn as Ernst Ludwig, Bill Heck as Clifford Bradshaw and Williams as Sally Bowles. Michelle Williams About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Related Shows View Comments Alan Cumming “Come hear the music play” once more at Studio 54! Roundabout’s revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb’s Cabaret opens officially on April 24, the last Broadway show to do so in the 2013-14 season. Director Sam Mendes and co-director/choreographer Rob Marshall have recreated their Tony nominated direction and choreography of the 1998 production, with Alan Cumming reprising his Tony-winning role as the Emcee and Oscar nominee Michelle Williams making her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles. Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 Cabaret Danny Burstein
A UVM alumnus and his family have pledged $1 million to support scholarships at the University of Vermont and are challenging others to join them in continuing to build a tradition of giving at UVM.Donald “Don” H. McCree, UVM class of 1983 and his wife, Gabrielle “Gabby” McCree, started their own family’s tradition in 2006 when they established the McCree Family Scholarship Fund with a half-million-dollar gift. The fund provides annual scholarships based on financial need, academic achievement, and involvement in community service. Their goal, they said then, was to “provide an opportunity to students to attend The University of Vermont to receive an educational experience that prepares them to be leaders in their professional pursuits as well as in their communities.”The couple has now decided to double that commitment with a $1 million gift to be divided equally between their named scholarship and UVM’s general scholarship fund. The latter will serve as a challenge to attract more scholarship gifts from like-minded alumni, parents and friends of the university. Donors will be able to increase the impact of their own general scholarship giving with a match from the McCrees.”Universities are the incubators of the effective leadership the world needs, and supporting students through scholarships is a very direct way to foster that process,” said Don McCree. “Gabby and I are pleased to do our part, and we hope the university will use our gift to continue to build a tradition of giving to scholarships at UVM.”As an executive at JPMorgan Chase, Don McCree has a key role on the leadership team of an organization with assets of more than $1 trillion and operations in more than 50 countries. Gabby McCree is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College in Virginia. She teaches English at Manhattanville College and is an active volunteer in Rye, New York, where she and Don reside with their three children.Leadership has been a consistent theme in Don McCree’s life going at least as far back as his student days at UVM. He held several leadership positions while attending UVM and has been involved with a number of philanthropic boards since graduation. McCree has continued his leadership at UVM as a founding member of the UVM Foundation Board of Directors and member of its Finance and Investment Committee. The couple’s gift will be received and invested by the UVM Foundation.”We are very grateful for Don and Gabby McCree’s generous support of scholarships at the university,” said O. Richard Bundy, III, UVM’s vice president for development and alumni relations. “This gift, and its challenge component, support one of the University’s top fundraising priorities and will significantly advance the university’s effort to keep a first-rate UVM education accessible and affordable.”UVM. 10.14.2011####
Alligators freeze with noses above water in North Carolina swampAmerican alligators at The Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. have turned themselves into ice statues to survive the cold weather. Eighteen alligators at the park have poked their noses through the ice and then frozen in place, entering a state of brumation, similar to hibernation. When in their frozen state, the alligators do not react when disturbed. A park employee says the animals seem to sense when a cold snap is coming and poke their noses above the water at just the right time. Last January, alligators at the same park made headlines when they froze with their noses above water for the first time. Those alligators thawed out a few days later with no observable impacts to their health. (More information on these clever gators to come to our website!) Virginia panel approves bill to halt construction of fossil fuel power plants after 2020Virginia’s House Commerce and Labor Committee narrowly approved a bill that will halt the construction of power plants that use fossil fuels and pipelines that carry the fuels after 2020. The bill also requires Virginia to develop a plan to rely totally on renewable energy for generating electricity by 2036, including all electricity sold by public utilities. The sponsor of the bill, Del. Sam Rosoul, D-Roanoke, says that there are more than 97,000 jobs in renewable energy industries in Virginia and the bill will create more jobs and boost the economy while also helping mitigate climate change. Opponents of the bill argue that the timetable to switch from fossil fuels to renewables is unrealistic. The bill must now pass the full House of Delegates, where it faces an uphill battle.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]T[/dropcap]he seed for Showtime’s provocative hit series, Masters of Sex, was first planted 20 years ago in the mind of Thomas Maier, a veteran Newsday investigative reporter, when he was assigned to interview the male half of the world-famous sex research team, Masters & Johnson, on the day of Dr. William Masters’ retirement in 1994.As Maier came to learn intimately years later, the highly regarded ob-gyn doctor in St. Louis would never have become a household name in America’s bedrooms had he not hired Virginia Johnson, a divorced mother and former jazz singer, to be his secretary. It turned out that Masters needed her as much as Johnson needed the job. From then on, their relationship only grew more and more complicated.“I got him on the telephone,” Maier recalled recently. “He was in St. Louis and I spoke with him for probably half an hour.”We reached Maier in Los Angeles, where he and his 21-year-old son were watching production wrap-up on the second season of the show—Maier is one of the show producers—and having “a blast!” The series, which had its season premier July 13, only takes us to 1961—Masters and Johnson’s partnership lasted another three decades.“I got off the telephone thinking about a man and a woman studying love and sex who are not married, then get married, become world famous because of their work, stay married for 20 years and then divorce and nobody knows why,” said Maier. “All of that had to make for a fascinating story.” Now, said Maier, “We live in the Age of Viagra.”Lizzy Caplan (left) and Thomas Maier (right), who wrote the book “Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love.” (thomasmaierbooks.com)Then Maier said something truly shocking: “This show really is in its own way kind of conservative—we underline the need for intimacy, for understanding, for people’s often desperate search for love.”Tellingly, Maier discovered that after Masters and Johnson got divorced in 1991, they both went looking for their lost loves.“Bill Masters marries his lost love from his youth and at the end of the book Virginia Johnson goes looking for the ‘boy with fiery red hair,’ with whom she lost her virginity to when she was 16,” Maier said. Johnson didn’t want to marry him because she wanted to leave the small farm community in Missouri, where she’d grown up.“I think that as much as they were masters of all the degrees of sexuality and such, they were kind of clueless about love,” he said. “A lot of their lives were spent searching for the right person.”Maier feels that Showtime’s executive producer Sarah Timberman and the showrunner Michele Ashford have certainly found the right people to play the key roles on this series. He believes that Lizzy Caplan’s portrayal of Virginia Johnson is “very accurate”—she’s nominated for an Emmy, and deservedly so, Maier says—and Michael Sheen, a “marvelous Shakespearean actor” who was doing Hamlet in London when they approached him to play Dr. William Masters, is doing a masterful job recreating the complex character of the man. Their chemistry is fascinating to watch as their relationship evolves. So far, critics and viewers seem to agree.As for liberties taken with his book, Maier admits there were a few but the results are terrific.“First of all the show is a drama, which by definition is a fictional vehicle, but as a fictional vehicle it uses my non-fiction book kind of like the chicken in a big pot of chicken soup,” he said with a laugh, praising Ashford’s adaptation. “What’s remarkable to me is how many things she’s been able to use in the show.”Barton Scully, the closeted gay character played by Beau Bridges, is “a combo plate of two characters in my book,” said Maier.And Dr. Lillian DePaul, played by Julianne Nicholson, is entirely a fictional creation, brought into the series to illustrate what professional women had to combat in a very sexist field. In the show, DePaul is struggling to be taken seriously, trying to get funding for her pap-smear research while coping with advanced cancer.As a Long Islander, Maier especially enjoyed watching them shoot the pilot at Sands Point. The Guggenheim’s mansion, Hempstead House, was a stand-in for Washington University in St. Louis. John Madden, who directed the Oscar-winning film, Shakespeare in Love, reportedly convinced Sheen to play Masters in the pilot. Once the show was “green-lighted,” the program has been produced in Los Angeles, where Sheen lives.The connection all makes sense to Maier.“There’s certainly a lot of comedy,” he said, “but ultimately it is a Shakespearean tragedy.” But the idea would have to gestate for a while. In his spare time, Maier was already working on Dr. Spock: An American Life, a book about the pioneering pediatrician, Benjamin Spock, which came out in 1998. And then he turned his attention to writing The Kennedys: America’s Emerald Kings, published in 2003.The cast of Showtime’s “Masters of Sex.” (Masters of Sex/Facebook)By the time he returned to this project, it was 2006. Masters had died in 2001. But Maier was able to convince Johnson to cooperate as well as Masters’ friends and family. He also found out that the doctor had written an unpublished autobiography.“It was not a particularly reflective memoir,” Maier said, “but it certainly provided a lot of the details, things about his childhood [and] his torturous relationship with his father…”From Johnson, who was then 80 years old, Maier learned how pivotal she had been to Masters’ success, helping to make his professional dreams come true—as well as her own.“Virginia always wanted to be on a stage,” Maier said. “She had been a singer in a band and had taken singing lessons. She hoped to be an opera singer at the Met… But the stage she found in life was the stage that Bill Masters provided.”In 2009 Maier’s book, Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love, was published. Maier believes that if Masters had still been alive, the project might never have gotten off the ground.“I think it would have been difficult,” said Maier. “He was a very secretive guy about their work.”But Maier understands what Masters and Johnson were up against because the nature of their work was so controversial.“It was like playing with nitroglycerin. It really was,” Maier said. “You couldn’t do that experiment today.”Maier is convinced that one reason their study has not been replicated, at least in America, is that “you couldn’t get past the ethics boards that would object to something like this.”By first documenting how the human body responds sexually, their pioneering work opened a lot of doors—and brought about what Maier calls “the medicalization of sex.”“Before they came along,” said Maier, “if married couples had sexual problems, they either went to a priest, a rabbi or a minister, or they went to a Freudian-trained psycho-analyst.”
Many credit union boards think the new director onboarding process starts when new board members have been elected to serve. But really, the key to building an effective onboarding program is not to wait for the election to take place. Just like board meetings run best when advance work is done to set them up for success, onboarding of new directors is greatly facilitated by steps boards can take before your members elect new directors.Consider taking the following key steps before the board election:Develop a matrix of your “ideal board” for achieving strategic goals. Create a skills matrix outlining the attributes and skills your board members currently have. Then, create a separate matrix showing those skills directors will need to carry your credit union successfully into the future. Be sure to do this with your strategic plan in mind.Identify board composition gaps. Compare your board’s current skills matrix with the skills matrix of your future, ideal board. What weaknesses do you see in your current board? Conduct a gap analysis. What attributes or skills are limited – or missing? continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Government Reform, Government That Works, Round-Up, The Blog Last week, Governor Wolf traveled to northwest PA to discuss his “Government That Works” Reform Plan which calls for the banning of gifts for public officials, increasing government transparency, state contract reform, increased oversight of lobbyist activity, and campaign finance reform.Since taking office, Governor Wolf has taken significant steps towards reforming Pennsylvania state government to combat the influence of special interests in Harrisburg. He has also called for state legislators to do the same and support legislation that encourages government reform. With reforms to increase transparency and accountability, Governor Wolf hopes to restore the trust of Pennsylvanians in their state government.Take a look at last week’s coverage below:Indiana Gazette: Wolf crafts plan for transparency“To restore interest, faith and trust in the system, Wolf is touring the state to push his package of ideas for opening government and holding elected officials more accountable to voters and taxpayers. His five-point ‘Government that Works’ reform plan would put a halt to officials accepting gifts, reform the campaign finance system, and have government workers own up to outside interests while they serve the public.“Wolf, the first-term Democratic governor from York County, said he began his transparency plan the day he took office, first prohibiting executive branch employees from accepting gifts from anyone who does business with the state or is regulated by the commonwealth. ‘I put my calendar online, and I put the expenses of my cabinet online,’ Wolf said. ‘I did what I thought was necessary to bring some level of trust to the executive branch. I don’t have control over the Legislature, but it was an invitation to join us.’ For Wolf, that was just the start.”Sharon Herald: Listicle: Wolf seeks to boost public confidence with “Government That Works”“With the public’s overall trust in government on the decline, Gov. Wolf is advocating a five-point plan, ‘Government That Works,’ to ensure public officials act as “stewards of the grand democratic tradition” to inspire greater confidence from citizens of the commonwealth.”New Castle News: Governor talks transparency initiative, schools and the budget“The governor stopped in New Castle Thursday afternoon and visited News offices to introduce his ‘Government that Works’ Reform Plan. The initiative is a five-pronged plan which includes: banning the acceptance of gifts in the Legislature; disclosing sources of outside income in their entirety; requiring the release of names of contract-seeking campaign contributors as well as their amounts; enforcing lobbying disclosure reviews; and enacting strong campaign financing limits.”Sharon Herald: Wolf touts reform plan to bridge ‘confidence gap’“Citing polls that show a declining public trust in elected officials, a general belief that politicians are serving special interests and not the public and falling voter turnout rates, Wolf is pushing for a five-prong ‘Government That Works’ reform plan that he hopes would help bridge a ‘confidence gap.’ The initiatives: institute a gift ban for all public officials; require disclosure of amounts of compensation earned by government employees with side jobs and ban paid service on public boards; require the disclosure of campaign contribution by parties seeking contracts; increase the Department of State’s ability to review lobbying disclosures; and enact campaign finance reform.”Meadville Tribune: In Edinboro University appearance, Gov. Wolf calls on state to focus on four areas“[Governor Wolf wants] to ‘rein in government.’ He would do that by banning all gifts to elected officials and staff. He also called for ‘real campaign reform’ in Pennsylvania and ‘make sure our elected representatives represent our (citizens’) interest, not the big donors.’ He also suggested full disclosure of all income from outside sources — such as those employed at a second job. He also suggests eliminating payment to members who serve on corporate boards.”Sharon Herald: Time for Pennsylvania to look at reforms“Current Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is touting a measure of reforms that he said will curb such abuses in the future. Wolf met with The Herald’s newspaper staff on Thursday to talk about his proposed ‘Government that Works’’ reform plan The measure calls for banning gifts, contracting reform, stiffer disclosure requirements on lobbying and increased transparency.” By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter BLOG: Governor Wolf Talks “Government That Works” Reform Plan During Northwest PA Tour (ROUND-UP) April 20, 2016
More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day agoGrange Residences.Grange locals Anne and Dave Maley were the first to purchase one of the luxury residences. The couple, who were looking to downsize, said they were sold on the northeast-facing aspect and the quiet location.“We’ve lived in cities all over the world, but this is ideal for us at this stage in our lives,” Mrs Maley said.The option to put in a lift and other age-related amenities were also attractive features for the couple. Just four properties are still available at Grange Residences.It is the tree change just 10 minutes from Brisbane’s bustling CBD. Forty-one “townhomes” have been constructed at Grange Residences, which sits alongside Kedron Brook. But just six weeks after its public launch, only four properties remain on the market – two three-bedroom townhomes and two four-bedroom houses.JGL Properties managing director John Livingstone said the suburb had been a strong performer in general, often outperforming the greater Brisbane market. He said the majority of buyers had come from within three kilometres of the luxury enclave.“They are mostly downsizers and young families,” Mr Livingstone said. “The northeast aspect overlooking the brook is truly unique. “It is an amazing site. Anne and Dave Maley, pictured with JGL Properties managing director, John Livingstone (right), have purchased a townhouse at the luxury Grange Residences development situated on Kedron Brook.The sold out two-bedroom townhomes, which started from $640,000, proved popular with first home buyers and professional couples alike.The remaining residences are also expected to sell quickly.The development’s proximity to sought-after local schools, restaurant and cafe precincts, public transport and walking tracks has also proven to be a major drawcard for buyers of all ages.The sales display centre will be removed on Monday, with Saturday (10am to 4pm) providing the last chance for the public to view the offerings.
The removal of the FPSO and FSO is part of the wider Banff and Kyle field decommissioning, which will be carried out in three distinct phases executed over a five-year period.The first phase includes removal of the FPSO and FSO vessels from the field, the second one decommissioning of subsea installations and pipelines, and the third phase includes well plug and abandonment.The decommissioning programs which have been submitted now address only phase 1 only, which is currently planned for summer 2020.It will involve flushing and cleaning of the subsea production system and FPSO and FSO; implementation of required isolations; removal of the FPSO and FSO vessels from the field; removal of buoyant flexible pipelines, and vessel mooring infrastructure.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit. CNR International (CNRI) has filed its Banff and Kyle fields decommissioning programs for an FPSO and FSO float-off with the UK authorities. Petrojarl Banff FPSO; Source: TeekayThe document submitted to the UK authorities contains the decommissioning programs for the removal of the Petrojarl Banff floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel and the Apollo Spirit floating storage and offloading vessel (FSO) and the associated risers and mooring systems from the Banff and Kyle fields.The Petrojarl Banff FPSO and Apollo Spirit FSO will be utilized for the initial decommissioning activities, namely the flushing/deoiling of the subsea infrastructure i.e. manifolds, risers, subsea pipelines and umbilicals, and to support with the implementation of isolations for the subsea wells.However, the floating units will then not be required to perform any further decommissioning related activities and it is proposed that the vessels are removed from their current locations. Activities associated with the subsequent decommissioning stages of the subsea pipelines, umbilicals, risers and other subsea infrastructure will require the services provided by other specialist vessels.The Banff field is located in blocks 29/2a and 22/27a in the UK Sector of the Central North Sea some 200km due east of Aberdeen in approximately 95m water depth.The Kyle field is located in block 29/2c and 29/2h in the UK Sector of the Central North Sea some 200km due east of Aberdeen in approximately 90m water depth.There is one drill center for the Banff and two drill centers for the Kyle field – North Kyle and South Kyle. The Banff wells and manifolds are located approximately 1.6km southeast of the Petrojarl Banff FPSO. The Kyle wells and manifolds are located between 13km and 16km south of the Petrojarl Banff FPSO.The Banff and Kyle fields are tied back to the Petrojarl Banff FPSO.The Apollo Spirit is an FSO vessel, which is moored via a Submerged Turret Loading (STL) system. The vessel receives processed oil from the Petrojarl Banff via a 12” flexible riser. Oil is stored in the vessel’s cargo tanks, and periodically offloaded to shuttle tankers. The Apollo Spirit has nine cargo tanks, with a total capacity of 910,000 bbl.Currently, alternative production strategies have been found to be uneconomic. A Cessation of Production application for the field was submitted to the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), with approval granted on March 2, 2020. Three phases of decom
Child abuse reaches five-year highNZ Herald 5 May 2015 Confirmed cases of abuse reported to Child Youth and Family hit a five-year high in Wanganui last year.Child, Youth and Family found evidence of abuse in more cases last year than in each of the previous four years, official figures reveal.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503426&objectid=11443321Wairarapa child abuse cases peakNZ Herald 4 May 2015Wairarapa has hit a five-year high for child abuse reporting — which could mean more people are seeking help.The number of notifications of abuse made to Child, Youth and Family’s Wairarapa office hit a five-year high last year, according to official figures.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wairarapa-times-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503414&objectid=11442867