2019 Wrap-Up: Broadway.com Picks the Best Shows of 2019

first_img4. The InheritanceInspired by E.M. Forster’s Howards End, Matthew Lopez’s engrossing two-part play grapples with the long shadow of the AIDS epidemic and (as the play puts it) “the responsibility between gay men from one generation to another.” Sprawling yet intimate, The Inheritance is a fast seven hours of theater; its humanity lingers for far longer. View Comments (Photo: Matthew Murphy) (Photos: Matthew Murphy and Joan Marcus; Graphics by Ryan Casey for Broadway.com) Joaquina Kalukango and Paul Alexander Nolan (Photo: Matthew Murphy) 3. Moulin Rouge!The stunning stage adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 film Moulin Rouge! is a treat for audience members from the moment they enter the tricked-out Al Hirschfeld Theatre (there’s an elephant!). In the hands of director Alex Timbers, this age-old love story—told through freshly arranged pop songs, dazzling choreography and pitch-perfect performances—feels brand-spanking new. We are privileged to see the abundance of Broadway offerings every year, so choosing five favorites out of dozens can be daunting. After much consideration, vote tallying and hardly any bickering at all, we are pleased to reveal the Broadway.com picks for the best shows of 2019. 1. HadestownAnaïs Mitchell’s haunting musical weaves the Greek mythological characters Orpheus, Eurydice, Persephone and Hades into a meditation about how to sustain hope in a cold world. With Rachel Chavkin’s electric direction, the show’s New Orleans-infused vibe, and the raw appeal of the performers (ranging from puckish to poetic), Hadestown could make anyone want to go to hell. 5. Slave PlayJeremy O. Harris’ gleefully outrageous play explores the legacy of slavery through three modern interracial couples as they engage in “antebellum sexual performance therapy.” The provocative piece showcases Harris’ sharp eye for both controversy and comedy. Slave Play takes risks, breaks taboos and sparks conversation. If that isn’t exciting theater, what is? Reeve Carney and Eva Noblezada (Photo: Matthew Murphy) 2. What the Constitution Means to MeEver been a debate club nerd or—oh, I don’t know—functioning member of American society? Heidi Schreck’s take on the 230-year-old document is for you. In fact, it’s for everyone. Whether recounting autobiographical details or drawing parallels from the 14th Amendment to her own grandmother, Schreck powerfully reminds us the political is personal and vice versa. Heidi Schreck (Photo: Joan Marcus) Karen Olivo and Aaron Tveit (Photo: Matthew Murphy)last_img read more

DCF curtails motel voucher program for homeless, advocates object

by Alicia Freese July 2, 2013 vtdigger.org It’s going to be much tougher for homeless people to get motel rooms on the state’s dime starting in mid-July. The Department for Children and Families (DCF) is hoping a new set of rules will save several million dollars, but advocates are calling the changes ‘draconian.’The state shelled out $4 million in motel bills for its homeless residents during fiscal year 2013. The Legislature wants that tab cut by more than half, to $1.5 million, and to comply with that order, DCF has devised a point system to determine who is ‘vulnerable’enough to get a room.When shelters fill up, the state relies on motels to house people who have lost their housing. Homeless advocates, lawmakers and state officials are all eager to scale back the state’s reliance on the pricey stopgap measure, but there’s no consensus on how that should be done.‘They’ve put the cart before the horse,’said Erhard Mahnke, coordinator for the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition. ‘Nobody thinks living in a one-room motel with a hotplate is a good solution to homelessness. It’s a Band-Aid.’The problem, according to Mahnke and other advocates, is that DCF has stripped that Band-Aid before they’ve put other supports ‘such as more transitional housing ‘in place. And they are doing it at a time when shelters are ill-equipped to pick up the slack.Shelter capacity in Chittenden County is particularly strained. COTS (Committee on Temporary Shelter) runs a shelter in Burlington with space for 36 individuals and 15 families. It’s been at full capacity for five years running, and there are typically 25 families on the waiting list, according to Becky Holt, communications director for COTS.DCF asked the Legislature for $2 million to fund the program in FY 2014; the Legislature shaved half a million off that request. Agency of Human Services Secretary Doug Racine. Josh Larkin/VTDiggerDoug Racine, secretary of Human Services, said he is concerned about shelter capacity, too, but DCF has a finite amount of money to work with. ‘I understand the concern that not enough supports are in place at this point, but we can’t do what some advocates want us to do, which is spend more money than we have.’Racine contends the department has programs that will help some of the people displaced by the new rules. He pointed to rental subsidies, which benefits about 70 families and a recent $2.1 million investment in a program that helps people avoid eviction by helping with back rent. Racine said DCF is also working to expand shelter capacity in Chittenden County.The new rules take effect July 15, but they have a short shelf life. DCF has to develop permanent rules within 120 days.The temporary system calculates vulnerability based on 11 categories ‘people have to score at least six points among the different categories to qualify for a motel voucher. Previously, anyone claiming to be homeless was deemed eligible, as long as shelters were full. Stories of abuse and ballooning costs prompted department officials and lawmakers to pursue changes in the program.Now, families with children 6 years old or younger and people receiving disability benefits are the priority ‘they get three points apiece. People on welfare and probation and parole also get points. For a complete list of the categories and the points that accompany them, see the attached document at the end of the story.The system sets a very high bar for homeless people to clear, advocates say.‘I don’t know what they are thinking,’Mahnke said. ‘No one is going to qualify.’Holt said, ‘From our perspective, it will be very difficult to reach the six points on the new scale. Even a frail elderly woman would no longer qualify.’People 65 and older get one point on DCF’s new scale. A woman in her third trimester of pregnancy who is on welfare and has other kids would qualify only if at least one of her children were 6 years old or younger. A disabled veteran on welfare would be one point short of qualifying.People who don’t fit into multiple categories will fall through the cracks, Mahnke said. ‘The problem with the point system is it’s rigid.’Racine doesn’t deny that very few people will qualify under the new system. But the rules have to be rigid, according to Racine, because DCF anticipates spending the bulk of its allotted $1.5 million on the people who do qualify.The point system doesn’t apply to people who are displaced due to a flood, fire, hurricane or other ‘catastrophic’events. The rules are also waived in periods of extremely cold weather. Department officials say they don’t know exactly how much they spend on these exceptions, but rough estimates indicate the cold weather exemption, put in place January 2012 at Gov. Peter Shumlin’s behest, cost $900,000 in FY 2013.Richard Giddings, deputy commissioner for DCF, said he doesn’t know how many people will become ineligible for motel stays come July 15, but since the budget was cut by 60 percent, it’s safe to estimate there will be a corresponding decline in the number of people they can serve.Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Addison, who chairs the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, said she’s confident the department will come up with an appropriately nuanced approach.‘I think they are fairly blunt instruments, but they are emergency rules and I think by going through the permanent rulemaking process, they [DCF] will fine tune them,’she said.In response to blowback from advocates, Shumlin pushed back the implementation date for the emergency rules from July 1 to July 15.‘We asked for a short delay in the effective date for the new criteria in the emergency rule to allow for more time for input into the proposal and consideration of any further warranted changes,’Shumlin said in a statement. Racine is holding a meeting in his office Tuesday to get input from advocates, but some of them say the gesture is belated.Chris Curtis, an attorney with Vermont Legal Aid who hadn’t heard about the meeting, said, ‘The horse is out of the barn now. The rules have already been filed. That process seems backward.’ read more

NEJC city halls closing for two days to mark Thanksgiving holiday

first_imgIf you have business that requires you to stop by city hall, better hustle out this afternoon – no matter where you live in northeast Johnson County.All of the city hall offices across the region – Westwood, Roeland Park, Mission, Fairway, Merriam, Prairie Village, Mission Hills and Leawood – will be closed both Thursday and Friday. The Sylvester Powell Community Center in Mission will be closed Thursday, but back open again on Friday for normal hours. The Irene French Community Center in Merriam also will close on Thursday only, but shuts down at 5 p.m. today.If you have Deffenbaugh trash service scheduled for Thursday or Friday, it will be pushed back by one day.Enjoy Thanksgiving – next week brings a full schedule of holiday tree lighting ceremonies (we’ll remind you when and where). Here at shawneemissionpost.com, we will be posting a slightly abbreviated Thursday edition, which will include the Spaces For Life column, and then back at it again on Friday. And don’t forget, there’s an important SM East football game on Saturday that you can follow right here on shawneemissionpost.com.last_img read more

JoCo driver’s license offices extending weekday hours, seeking new online check-in system

first_imgThe state has opened the Mission and Olathe Driver’s License stations for Monday hours in hopes of addressing the long wait times.While Johnson County drivers continue to grapple with long lines at local driver’s license stations this summer, the Kansas Department of Revenue has temporarily expanded hours to accommodate built up demand from customers.Besides that, the department of revenue is also looking for a better online check-in system — the source of many customers’ frustrations, said Rachel Whitten, director of public relations for the department.“Effective today, we are moving to end our relationship with QFlow and will replace them with a more effective line management system that better meets our expectations and those of the people it serves,” said Governor Jeff Colyer in an announcement Friday, July 20. “I look forward to getting a new system in place quickly that will offer Kansas credential holders a more effective way to get into offices across the state.”Whitten said “there have been so many issues” with the current online check-in system, which is still in use until the department finds a new vendor to “provide a better queuing system.” She added that KDR is “going to be moving to another system soon,” although a timeline for that transition isn’t confirmed yet.“In the meantime, people should check in online and then get to the office as soon as possible,” Whitten said. “That will be their best bet for getting into the offices.”Through Aug. 20, the offices in Olathe and Mission will be open weekdays at 7 a.m. and close at 5:45 p.m. — staying open an additional hour from normal business hours. KDR has opened those two offices on Mondays as well.“These are completely new hours, and it’s extended beyond normal business hours to try to alleviate the traffic that’s been backing up Johnson County driver’s license offices,” Whitten said. “We are still evaluating what’s going to happen after Labor Day with the hours and trying to figure out what’s going to work best for the customers.”Saturday hours will stay the same, from 7:30 to 11:15 a.m.The Johnson County driver license offices, especially in Mission and Olathe, have been reaching capacity by the time residents check in at the office — even if they checked in online first.“That’s why a lot of people are frustrated — because they weren’t able to get served, even though they were checked in online — because it’s a two-step check-in process,” Whitten said. “They couldn’t complete the check-in because the office is filled to capacity.”Until the Kansas Department of Revenue kills the old online check-in system and implements a new one, residents should still use it, Whitten said. Otherwise, they only check in as a walk-in customer who gets queued after all of the customers who checked in online before arrival.“You’re in a better position if you check in online and then go to the office [right away],” she said.KDR is also arranging a temporary setup at the new tax office in the Rosana Square shopping center at 7600 W. 119th St. Suite A in Overland Park. That space should be available in the next two weeks.last_img read more

Ebola Scan for Nov 05, 2014

first_imgWork on Ebola being thwarted by difficulties getting virus samplesUS scientists don’t lack motivation to track changes that might be occurring in the Ebola virus and to develop new drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics, but obtaining a steady supply of fresh samples of the virus for study and testing is proving problematic, Reuters reported today.The shortage of samples stems from two general problems: limited resources in the areas from which the samples are sought as the countries struggle to manage patients, and growing caution on the part of regulators and transport companies for the actual handling of specimens even when they are made available.”All the companies working on vaccines, diagnostics and treatment are complaining about lack of access to viral samples,” Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, said.Garrett points out that safe transport of samples is an especially sensitive issue in view of mismanagement of anthrax and H5N1 avian flu specimens by high-containment US laboratories this past summer.Since Ebola mutates as it spreads, experimental pharmaceuticals need to be tested against the current strains circulating to make sure any changes in the virus do not render them ineffective, the story points out.Importing the virus into the United States has become more difficult since Thomas Duncan brought the first case of Ebola to Dallas in early October and safety concerns skyrocketed. “You can divide the outbreak into pre-Dallas and post-Dallas,” remarked John Schieffelin, MD, a Tulane University physician who has treated patients in West Africa.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims to have agreements with Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia to obtain live samples in “a matter of weeks,” says the story, and plans to share them with other institutions.Given the bottleneck in importing African samples of Ebola virus, US patients who have recovered from the infection, such as two nurses who treated Duncan, are being sought after for blood samples.Nov 5 Reuters story Most recent (Aug 15) CIDRAP News story on mishandling of lethal agents Guinea case series: Younger Ebola patients fared betterEbola patients who were 40 and older had 3.5 times the risk of death compared with those under 40, according to a case series published today on 37 patients in Conakry, Guinea’s capital.The 37 patients had lab-confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD), out of 80 who had Ebola-like symptoms from Mar 25 to Apr 26 of this year. The median age of confirmed case-patients was 38; 24 (65%) were men and 14 (38%) were healthcare workers, 12 of whom contracted the disease in a healthcare setting.Those with confirmed EVD sought medical care a median of 5 days after symptom onset. The most common symptoms were fever (84%), fatigue (65%), and diarrhea (62%). All of the patients received antibiotics, and 28 (76%) were treated with intravenous fluids.Sixteen (43%) of the patients died. The risk of death was 3.49 in those 40 and older compared with the younger patients.The authors conclude, “Greater capacity to deliver supportive care and monitor the response to therapy may improve clinical outcomes.”Nov 5 N Engl J Med study Ebola outbreak overwhelms West African economiesThe ongoing West African outbreak of Ebola is projected to cause massive losses in gross domestic product (GDP), rising food costs, and increased hunger in the region, according to a recent United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report.The UNDP projects that the three nations primarily affected by the outbreak—Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia—will lose a combined $1.17 billion in GDP due to the effects of Ebola.Many of the socioeconomic consequences of the disease are being felt in the agricultural sector. The price of cassava, a food staple in much of West Africa, has increased 150% since the outbreak began in March. High food prices and loss of livelihood because of disease or lack of investment may lead to rising hunger in West Africa, the UNDP said.In addition to agricultural-sector disruptions, the Ebola outbreak has also caused declines in economic growth in the tourism industry. The UNDP reported that government costs associated with keeping the disease contained with quarantine, border control, and effective personal protective equipment have also drained national funds in West Africa.The UNDP is deploying an additional 130 staff to the affected countries to assist in disease containment and mitigate economic effects. Proposed UNDP projects include engaging communities to help with Ebola disease containment and security in Guinea, training and providing telecommunications equipment to security personnel in Liberia, and providing basic goods to Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone.The UNDP also plans to facilitate cash transfers and other programs to rebuild the affected economies.Nov 5 UNDP Ebola updatelast_img read more

New cost-effective devices from Witt

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CMN, Hydroquest Join Forces

first_imgFrench shipyard CMN situated in the Port of Cherbourg and turbine developer  HydroQuest have signed a partnership agreement on turbine construction.This step follows the call for expression of interest for the French pilot tidal farms, to which the two companies will jointly apply.The announcement was made at the “Thetis EMR” International Convention on Marine Renewable Energies, being held on 9 and 10 April in Cherbourg.Besides CMN and HydroQuest, Valorem and the University of Caen are members of the Searieus consortium, which plans to deploy ten 1.3MW double vertical axis tidal turbines at the Raz Blanchard site off Normandy.This French consortium has a deadline until 25 April to submit their application.Offshore WIND staff, April 10, 2014; Image: offshorewindlast_img

‘Greedy’ solicitor jailed for theft

first_imgA Lincolnshire firm has been praised by a judge for the ‘exemplary’ way it investigated a series of thefts by a solicitor, who was jailed last week. Jacquelina Laverick, who was head of the wills and probate department at the 200-year-old firm, stole cash from estates she was administering and from the accounts of vulnerable clients for whom she was acting as a deputy appointed by the Court of Protection. Jailing Laverick for three years after she admitted stealing more than £200,000, the judge said she had been motivated by ‘pure greed’. Laverick, who practised under her maiden name of Jacqui Johns, even deceived her own grandmother, who was due to benefit by more than £50,000 from a legacy left to her in 2007, but received just £342. Laverick stole from 11 client accounts over a three-year period and shredded paper files in a bid to cover her tracks. She admitted 10 charges of theft involving a total of £214,870, and two charges of converting criminal property. The offences took place between December 2005 and June 2009. Judge Michael Heath said: ‘It was done out of pure greed… The solicitors’ profession is an honourable profession. The vast majority of solicitors up and down the country practise diligently and honestly. Among them are Chattertons, which is a long-established and highly regarded Lincolnshire firm. ‘As a result of what you did, a great deal of investigation work had to be carried out by the company. Chattertons has dealt with this in an exemplary fashion. It must have been a nightmare for them to discover that a trusted employee had behaved as you did.’ Patrick Cordingley, a senior partner at Chattertons, said after the case that the stolen money has been refunded by insurers. ‘We have ensured that no client has suffered any financial loss through this woman’s dishonesty, but the effect of what she has done has been devastating for our employees,’ he said. Meanwhile, Leeds solicitor Simon Morgan, 50, who was senior partner at Milners in Leeds, was convicted of six counts of theft, amounting to a total of £1.4m, at Leeds Crown Court last week. The Solicitors Regulation Authority said proceedings against Morgan have been lodged with the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal, and a hearing is inevitable in relation to Laverick.last_img read more

Broadwind sells off transport unit

first_imgProceeds of the sale include USD1 million cash, a USD1.5 million secured promissory note and 100,000 shares ofBroadwind common stock held by the buyer. In addition BTI assumed about USD2.9 million of debt and capital leases, plus about USD1.6 million of operating lease obligations.”In late 2010 we determined that owning a captive logistics company was not core to our operating and growth strategies,” said Peter C. Duprey, Broadwind’s president and chief executive officer.”BTI will continue to provide logistics and transport services to our customers from time to time,” he added. “The sale of this business will reduce our financial obligations and enable us to focus more closely on our tower, gearing and service offerings for customers in the energy and infrastructure markets.”last_img read more

Altius handles transformer transport

first_imgKoncar manufactured the transformers for a project in Dubai.As part of the project, Altius had to coordinate the transport of the transformers from Zagreb to Rijeka by rail. From there, they were shipped to Jebel Ali. www.grupoaltius.comlast_img