Patti LuPone to Bring Expanded Two-Act Far Away Places Concert to Carnegie Hall

first_img Far Away Places features a five-piece band and a set list including contemporary songs, Broadway tunes and popular cabaret songs from the ’30s and ’40s. LuPone opened the Times Square supper club 54 Below with a one-act concert version in June 2012. The show was brought back for multiple encore engagements and then recorded live and released by Broadway Records. Patti LuPone Star Files Two-time Tony winner and four-time Audience Choice Award winner Patti LuPone is bringing an expanded, two-act version of her acclaimed 54 Below show Far Away Places to New York’s Carnegie Hall on November 7, according to her website. A Best Actress Tony winner for Evita and Gypsy, LuPone has received additional Tony nominations for The Robber Bridegroom, Anything Goes, Sweeney Todd and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Her most recent Broadway appearance was in David Mamet’s The Anarchist. This fall, LuPone will co-star on the FX series American Horror Story: Coven.center_img Get a sampling of Far Away Places in the video below. In addition to the Carnegie Hall engagement, LuPone is launching an extended concert tour that includes Far Away Places, Acts 1 & 2, Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda…Played That Part, Gypsy in My Soul and An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin. View Commentslast_img read more

Cannondale Quick flat bar road hybrid gets leaner & faster

first_imgThe Quick will be available in eight models from a starting price of just $400 for the Shimano Acer 3×7 Quick 8 build with the base frame, all the way up to $1,200 for the top end Quick 1 Disc with a 105 double. In between there are mostly Shimano double and triple drivetrains, with the exception of the 1×11 SRAM Apex 1 on the Quick 2. The new Quick aims to be the lightest bike in its class. All of the bikes in the line-up use shaped and butted 6061 aluminum frames, with the top four versions getting an even lighter SL edition of the frame that sheds and extra 200g and includes a tapered steerer fork with carbon legged forks to keep them light and agile.The bikes use what Cannondale calls OutFront Steering Geometry, which they developed on the latest Scalpel platform. The slacker head angle and longer front end gives these bikes the same mix of stable, yet agile handling of their higher-end bikes. Add to that a comfortable, upright position and the Quick is both fast and easy to ride in town.To keep cyclists safe zipping around the city all models include subtle reflective graphic detailing all around the frame for visibility from all sides. All of the bikes get fast rolling 30-35mm tires with puncture protection, most of which also have reflective sidewall detailing. There are also women’s models of each build, with slightly different (but not pink!) color schemes and one smaller size per bike. Only the lowest level Quick Women’s 8 gets a step through frame. All of the bikes will be available through Cannondale dealers by mid While most traditional hybrids blend the durability and upright ride of mountain bikes with the smooth, narrower tires of a road bike, there tends to be a lot of compromise getting something in between. The result is often an overbuilt bike that can stand up to almost any riding abuse, but ends up being rather heavy and with a harsh ride.The latest Cannondale Quick tries to solve all of those concerns in a light, fast moving bike that they think will help motivate those cyclists who just want to get out and improve their fitness. As more folks take up cycling to improve their health, or even just see a bike as a more rational way to get back and forth from the gym, a bike like the Quick offers a lot of promise. Jump past the break to get a look at the details, and some of the many build options Cannondale has at every price level, from really low-cost up to a Shimano 105 build with hydraulic disc brakes…center_img Besides just starting with a light frame, to boost comfort the Quick frames use Cannondale’s SAVE Micro-Suspension system, a series of designed-in flex points in the rear end to lessen impacts and deaden road vibration. On top of that, the bikes get ergonomic grips and a saddle with a deep channel to keep riders’ contact points comfy. Depending on which model you pick, there are hydraulic disc brake options at a few different price points for those looking for the best all-weather braking. All of the bikes also feature full rack and fender mounts, to keep them versatile for all seasons, as well as integrated kickstand mounts on the chainstay.last_img read more

Shawnee says businesses are still struggling in pandemic, but $400,000 in federal aid remains untapped

first_imgShawnee has received more than $400,000 in federal coronavirus relief funds in recent months, but none of it has been distributed to businesses that could benefit from the extra money amid the economic fallout caused by the pandemic.To date, city officials say none of the businesses that have applied for coronavirus relief funding have met the strict federal requirements for reimbursement.Instead, Shawnee has awarded nearly $90,000 in city matching funds to more than a dozen businesses. None of the federal dollars intended for small businesses and nonprofits has actually been sent to those organizations.That’s frustrating to city councilmember Eric Jenkins.“This just seemed like a pretty darn narrow focus, and I think we kind of let our folks down with that,” Jenkins said during Monday’s city council meeting. He argued there should be more flexibility in the federal criteria to allow funds to flow more easily to businesses.At the same time, some of the city’s federal coronavirus relief dollars have also been earmarked for local public service providers — primarily nonprofits — but none of that money has been distributed either. Organizations eligible for that money have yet to request reimbursements because they have not exhausted alternative funding sources, as is required by the federal government.Two rounds of federal dollars, plus city matching fundsShawnee has received two rounds of federal coronavirus relief funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the pandemic.At the start of the pandemic in March, the city received roughly $168,000 in federal aid through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus, or CDBG-CV, program. The city later agreed to match those funds 100%, bringing the total pot of money available to businesses and public service providers at that time to nearly $338,000.Of that total, roughly two-thirds — about $224,000 — was set aside to pay for grants to small businesses to help them with mortgage/rent assistance. The other roughly one-third — or $113,000 — was set aside for or public service providers, mostly nonprofits.Then, in September, Shawnee received a second round of federal relief totaling slightly more than $245,000.With federal dollars and city matching funds combined, more than $580,000 has been on the table for economic relief for businesses and public service providers in Shawnee.But on Monday, city staff reported to the city council that Shawnee has awarded a total of just $87,354.98 in grants, all of that from the city matching funds. None of the federal money has yet been tapped into, either by businesses or public service providers.City staff said 18 of 31 businesses that applied for relief through the Shawnee Economic Recovery Assistance program, ended up receiving money. The city deemed the remaining 13 businesses ineligible.City staff estimate the remaining unused money could help up to 27 more businesses, if they’re deemed eligible.“While I think we all realize that there are gaps in systems in funding at this point, there is only so much capacity available to administer these funds, and there are a lot of other funds out there, currently, that organizations are trying to work through,” said city neighborhood planner Lauren Grashoff.She also noted that city staff has “the desire to remain versatile, as we know that the needs based on this pandemic continue to change and will likely change, here coming up as the vaccine gets released.”Requirements to get fundsAs part of the federal Community Development Block program, businesses must meet the following criteria in order to receive federal coronavirus relief dollars distributed to Shawnee:Must benefit low- and moderate-income residentsAid in the prevention or elimination of blightMeet an urgent need which poses a threat to the communityRespond to, prepare for, or prevent the coronavirus pandemicShawnee has earmarked $17,500 in federal funds to three local public service providers, but none of that money has actually been spent. Here’s how the city allotted those funds:Salvation Army — $7,500Shawnee Community Services — $5,000Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas — $5,000The city says it still has about $96,000 left to designate for public service providers.Some councilmembers expressed their wishes for versatility in allotment of the new and remaining funds, particularly to help families and businesses still struggling this year.Councilmember Lindsey Constance, who is a teacher in the Shawnee Mission School District, said she wanted the city to connect with the SMSD and other organizations to help out students and families with things like utility assistance, groceries and related items.“I just know from my day job that there’s a lot of need,” she said. “I know there’s a lot of need for many of our families, so if we have some funding and we can help, it feels like a great fit. The schools already know which families are struggling, so we’d hopefully be able to get in and help.”Friends of JCDS is set to get reimbursed for house projectsFriends of JCDS may get reimbursed $18,850 for some projects in Shawnee. The local nonprofit is planning renovations of one home on West 69th Terrace to improve accessibility, as well as installation of air purifiers to remove mold from the ventilation systems in three other homes. Photo courtesy Friends of JCDS.There is one Shawnee organization that appears to set to utilize some of the federal coronavirus relief funds allocated to the city.The city council on Monday unanimously recommended approval of city staff’s plan to direct $18,850 of aid s to Friends of Johnson County Developmental Supports, a local nonprofit, for projects on some of its homes in Shawnee for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.Friends of JCDS is planning renovations of one home on West 69th Terrace to improve accessibility, as well as installation of air purifiers to remove mold from the ventilation systems in three other homes. City staff said these projects meet federal and city requirements for coronavirus relief reimbursement.Once the city officially approves the request from Friends of JCDS at a future council meeting, then $226,947 of the $245,797 from the pool of federal money allotted in September will remain for future allocation.Grashoff, the neighborhood planner, said Shawnee may begin another round of its own small business assistance grant funding in the first quarter of 2021. In addition, she noted, $13.5 million is also available through Johnson County for small business assistance through Dec. 30.Shawnee has six years to spend the federal coronavirus relief funds.Below is a video recording of the committee meeting. The staff presentation begins at 17:35, and council discussion begins at 38:16.last_img read more

Brand-conscious consumers see brand failure as a threat to their self-image

first_imgThe Economic Times:WASHINGTON: A new study by a University of Illinois marketing expert has indicated that consumers with close ties to a brand respond to negative information about the beloved brand as they do to personal failure – they experience it as a threat to their self-image.Tiffany Barnett White, a professor of business administration, said consumers with a high self-brand connection maintained favourable brand evaluations even when presented with negative brand information, suggesting that the reluctance of brand-conscious consumers to lower their opinion of a brand might be driven more by a motivation to protect the self.“When companies get consumers motivated about their products, they are just as motivated to protect the brand as they are themselves,” White said. Read the whole story: The Economic Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Lonely Planet named Zagreb the most exciting and best European destination in 2017

first_imgLonely Planet, the world’s leading publisher of tourist guides, named Zagreb the most exciting and best European destination in 2017.Zagreb is the first on the list of destinations for which Lonely Planet he believes that they should definitely be visited because they offer something new, exciting and undiscovered.Stating why Zagreb ranks at the top in choosing the European destination of the year, it is pointed out that this is a city that is experiencing its heyday and should not be neglected in favor of the long Adriatic coast as visitors often do. Zagreb is at the same time cosmopolitan and unconventional, a real combination of sunny Austro-Hungarian squares filled with cafes, a mixture of “socialist” architecture, street art and urban renewal, a city with a rich cultural offer and a lively gastro scene that has never been easier and more convenient to reach after getting its long-awaited new airport this year.”From cultural events to beautiful landscapes, Europe has something to offer every traveler. For the most desirable destination in Europe 2017, we have prepared a list of destinations across the continent that you should visit this summer because they all offer something new, exciting or undiscovered, which is why it is worth exploring them immediately. Zagreb is at the top of the list because it meets all of the above”, Said Tom Hall, spokesman for Lonely Planet.The company Zagreb in the list of top European destinations includes Sweden’s Gotland, Galicia in Spain, Leeds in the United Kingdom, Paphos in Cyprus…last_img read more

U.S. Sen. Udall Presses Energy Secretary Brouillette On Massive Cut For Los Alamos Environmental Cleanup

first_imgU.S. Sen. Tom Udall U.S. SENATE News:WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, pressed U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette Wednesday on the Trump administration’s attempt to slash funding for environmental cleanup at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fiscal Year 2021 budget request and failure to request funding for road infrastructure critical to safe transport of material to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in southeastern New Mexico.Udall began his questioning by holding Brouillette to account for failing to recognize DOE’s responsibility to New Mexico communities. “I think your budget proposal for environmental cleanup at Los Alamos … is the worst number I have seen in over 20 years in Congress,” Udall said. “[Congress] provided last year $220 million and you are proposing a $100 million cut. We all know the job is far from finished. Clearly, these kinds of budgets will not stand through Congress, but it is a reflection of the Administration’s attitude toward the valuable role that New Mexico plays. “Right now the [Trump] administration is asking more and more of New Mexico, but prioritizing it less and less,” Udall continued. “People in our state—including our governor and local leaders in northern New Mexico—have noticed and they are not happy. I cannot overstate how disappointed I am with this. The Trump administration is asking Congress to increase nuclear weapons work while slashing cleanup funding for the legacy waste. It sends the wrong signal to the communities in places like New Mexico who have worked so hard on these projects, often at the expense of their health, as you know. … We’re talking about cleanup of radioactive waste.“I’m not going to ask you to justify that cut for Los Alamos because it cannot be justified. I just want you and the Chairman and Ranking Member to hear how we feel about it in New Mexico.”Udall turned his questioning to state road and infrastructure funding tied to WIPP. “As you are aware, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is located in a very busy part of the state – right in the middle of an oil boom – with tremendous impacts to our roads,” Udall said. “You can imagine that sending trucks full of radioactive waste to WIPP deserves a great deal more investment in the safety and security of our roads. While we thought there would be some promise to see assistance in the budget, we were disappointed to see nothing there.“Will DOE work to allocate economic assistance funds in lieu of a budget line item? And will DOE work with Congress to fund this program, perhaps in a way that helps other states like Tennessee, to avoid this misguided earmark problem?” Udall asked.“I would be happy to work with you, to work with the chairman, to work with the Ranking Member, and others to find an appropriate way forward,” Brouillette responded. “If this is something that the committee chooses to fund and something that you see as a priority, you have my assurance that I’ll work closely with you to appropriately fund the effort.”Udall then asked Brouillette to detail how DOE plans to reverse a misguided effort to undermine independent oversight of nuclear waste by restricting access of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) to nuclear waste facilities.The DOE order to strip DNFSB access to nuclear facilities, issued in February 2019, would have severely limited the body’s oversight capabilities held for nearly two decades. In last year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Udall helped secure language directing the DOE to reverse the damaging policy and restore effective oversight to the DNFSB.“I know you are aware that Congress included legislation in last year’s defense authorization act that reversed DOE efforts to limit the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board’s access to people, information and facilities … Do you have a meeting set to convene with the Safety Board and discuss next steps?” Udall asked.“Yes sir, I am very much aware of the NDAA language,” Brouillette responded. “…the NDAA language is very clear, we are in the process of revising the order, and I will be meeting with the DNFSB and we will have this resolved within the next two weeks.”The full exchange is available HERE, with Udall’s questioning beginning at 1 hour and 23 minutes.last_img read more

Air Products Canada officially inaugurates hydrogen production facility

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Sonardyne’s Fusion 6G to Support Egina Subsea Construction

first_imgTotal, operator for the Egina oil field offshore Nigeria, together with its construction and survey partners, has successfully installed a Fusion 6G subsea positioning network to support its development of the $15 billion project. Supplied by Sonardyne UK, the acoustic technology specified for Egina, which is still ongoing, included a field-wide array of Compatt 6 seabed transponders.Fusion 6G is Sonardyne’s Long BaseLine (LBL) acoustic positioning system, used for subsea construction and surveys.Planning for Fusion’s deployment at Egina had begun several months earlier and involved senior project managers and surveyors from Total and its sub-contractors, working closely with personnel from Sonardyne’s own Survey Support Group (SSG).The work undertaken by the SGG for Egina included analysing the proposed location for each of the Compatt transponders in the seabed network, and in doing so, verify that there was clear line of sight between each transponder in order that they can reliably range to each other. In addition, the SSG team mapped out seabed coverage and the expected positioning performance of the Compatts at all points of interest. This process involves specialist software and also helps to identify the optimum quantity of transponders that are needed to meet a project’s positioning specification.Frederic Auger, Chief Surveyor at Total E&P, said: “The array installation and subsequent UFR campaign performed at the Egina field, has proven to be an extremely successful demonstration of Fusion’s capabilities. Off the back of it, we will be using it to support ongoing field construction activities throughout the rest of this year and into the 2016 season.”  “The system’s quick setup and deployment, meant that the savings in vessel time alone has more than justified our decision to trust in Sonardyne’s low-risk digital technology platform.”“The successful results we’ve seen at Egina, echo those from similar projects around the world. Fusion 6G saves time, lowers risk and delivers operational cost savings – something that is on every ones’ minds more than ever at the moment,” said Aude Kuchly, Sales Manager for Sonardyne in France. “Egina serves as another great example of how planning, rehearsal and training leads to operational success.”Engina FieldLocated 150 kilometres off the coast of Nigera, in water depths of up to 1,750 metres, the Egina field covers an area of around 500 square miles. Infrastructure will include an FPSO, an oil offloading terminal and subsea production systems that will include 52 kilometres of oil and water injection flowlines, 12 flexible jumpers, 20 kilometres of gas export pipelines, 80 kilometres of umbilicals, and subsea manifolds. Production at the field is expected to reach 200,000 barrels per day at its peak.last_img read more

The faults of a few

first_imgSubscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

Spurs’ lost chance?

first_imgSubscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited accesslast_img read more