Press release: Sunshine lights up A38 in East Midlands

April 20, 2021

first_img We’re always looking for new ways to further improve journeys and safety for drivers and this is a great example of that. This section of carriageway has no street lighting so the solar road studs and improved lane markings make a real difference. At the same time the new technology is more durable, meaning less disruption for motorists in the long term thanks to fewer roadworks. Standard road studs require car headlights to illuminate their reflective surface – typically this means that the headlights can be seen up to 90 metres away, giving drivers travelling at 60mph around three seconds to react to conditions on the road.The new road studs are powered by solar energy, with a panel absorbing power during the day. Throughout the night they generate their own light through a battery powered LED and can be seen up to 900 metres away, giving drivers travelling at 60mph more than 30 seconds to react.The new studs are also more durable, lasting up to five years longer than standard studs, require less maintenance during their lifetime and at only 4mm in height means are they safer for motorcycles.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer. Highways England has installed more than 4,500 innovative solar road studs that harness sunlight in the daytime and light up the road at night, helping drivers stay safe.The beauty of these road studs is that they are also effective in heavy rain, mist or fog and a four-hour charge from daylight can power the devices for over 200 hours.The studs have been introduced as part of £8.5 million worth of improvements to journeys along the A38 between Ripley and junction 28 of the M1 near Mansfield – a stretch that is used by more than 23,000 vehicles every day.The improvements also include high visibility lane markings that make it easier for drivers at night or in adverse weather conditions, and coloured high friction surface that reduces the risk of skidding.Highways England project manager, Matthew Carruthers, said:last_img read more

Pink Talking Fish Announce Departure Of Guitarist Dave Brunyak

March 2, 2021

first_imgOn Friday, the Pink Floyd/Talking Heads/Phish-hybrid tribute band known as Pink Talking Phish announced they are parting ways with guitarist Dave Brunyak. The statement on the lineup change shared to their social media outlets on Friday morning comes just a few days after the band announced an upcoming two-night run at New York City’s Brooklyn Bowl scheduled for April 26th and 27th. News of the band’s lineup change also comes a little over a week after the band mysteriously canceled a pair of Florida concerts scheduled for March 1st and 2nd without explanation.A statement from the band shared on Friday regarding the departure of Brunyak reads,“Change is a part of life and we have some big changes happening in the world of Pink Talking Fish. As a band, the four of us have collectively decided that Dave Brunyak will be moving on from PTF. We are thankful for Dave’s friendship and his contribution to the band. We wish him well in his new project DB and any other new ventures on his horizon. We are thrilled to welcome Cal Kehoe as the new guitarist for Pink Talking Fish. Cal’s first show will be Thursday 3/14 in Harrisburg PA at Club XL Live. Please join us in welcoming him to the team and get ready for exciting adventures ahead in the next chapter of PTF!”In conjunction with the announcement, Brunyak also delivered the following statement to L4LM:After careful thought and consideration of my future as a musician and as a loving human being, it is through a bittersweet smile that I announce my time as a member of Pink Talking Fish has ended, indefinitely. Through my years with PTF, I have grown both personally and professionally and it is in the spirit of this continued metamorphosis that we separate at this fork in the stream. I place priceless value in the relationships that I have formed with Eric, Rick, Zack, and the rest of the PTF family and I have the utmost confidence that they will endure, no matter where the current takes us. In the wake of this change, I am very excited to commit myself to writing and performing new music with my family of friends in DB. We all have such limited time on Earth to follow our dreams and I feel now that I have never been more ready to bring new music into the world. For those of you that have come to know me as a faithful Trey Enthusiast, fear not! I will continue to express my appreciation for Phish, their culture, and their music by rendering love-filled renditions of Trey Anastasio Band songs on many occasions. It has been my life’s journey to spread joy through music and I have no intentions of stopping now. Transitions like this require time for adjustment so, while we all get our bearings, let me leave you with an anecdote that moors me in these times of turbulent water. Upon returning home from many a trip across the country, I would walk through the JFK display that shines before the exit to baggage claim at Logan Airport. I leave you with a quote from his speech that plays on repeat at this display which, time and time again, has served to bring me courage: “We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win…”The band’s 2019 spring tour is set to continue with the next performance scheduled for March 14th with a show at Club XL in Harrisburg PA. The show will be the first time in which fans will experience the band with their new guitarist in Cal Kehoe.Fans can head over to Pink Talking Fish’s website for ticketing and more information on their upcoming run of shows.last_img read more

Not-So-Royal Shakespeare Company Performance of ‘The Tempest’

January 26, 2021

first_imgThis Thursday, Friday and Saturday actors from Notre Dame’s own Not-So-Royal Shakespeare Company will be storming the local stage and bringing the classic Shakespeare play “The Tempest” to life. Part of the play’s popularity stems from the variability with which it can be performed, and the Not-So-Royal Shakespeare Company’s production promises to put a unique spin on an old classic focusing on making the show accessible to a modern viewer, Caitlin Crosby, senior and director of the production, said. “It’s a company that’s been around for close to two decades now, and in the past few years we’ve been working really hard to make Shakespeare more accessible,” Crosby said. “A lot of people’s only experience with Shakespeare is the kind of stiff English accent, ruffled neck, Elizabethan clothing. And with our mantra of ‘not-so-royal’ comes that dedication to exploring Shakespeare’s plays in ways that people might not have seen or expected.”This will be Crosby’s first experience directing a production solo with the company. She said she sees her job as the director as less the role of a boss and more the role of a collaborator with the actors and crew.“It’s a really collaborative experience, everyone is there because they want to be, everyone’s there because they have an enthusiasm for Shakespeare,” she said. “Rather than telling people how to make that happen its working with people to make that happen.”Another unique aspect of this production is the location, sophomore Mary Elsa Henrichs, who is playing Ariel said. While in the past the Not-So-Royal Shakespeare Company has performed in venues like Washington Hall’s main stage, this time they are performing in a much smaller space on the third floor of Washington Hall called the Lab Theater. The Lab is a black box theater with a maximum seating capacity of 100 people, so the play is taking place in a much more intimate space. The actors see the smaller setting as both a benefit to the performance. “I really enjoy the intimacy we have up in the black box,” Henrichs said. The actor playing Prospero, Michael Vaclav, said he also feels the location of the performance adds to it. Vaclav is a second-year graduate student who has been with the company since 2013. “For the Lab, it’s really fun because you can just sort of have a conversation with someone on stage and not have to worry about doing a 3/4 turn and projecting to the back of the house,” he said. “Unless you really whisper, people are going to hear what you’re saying. It’s a very real space.”For Vaclav in particular, this performance is more than just an extracurricular. It being his final performance with the Not-So-Royal Shakespeare Company, the role of Prospero gains a deeper meaning. “Prospero is kind of seen as Shakespeare’s farewell to the stage, especially his epilogue,” Vaclav said. “So for me being able to give the epilogue and also have that be my send-off is a really special moment.”While Not-So-Royal Shakespeare has performed other Shakespeare classics like “Hamlet,” “The Merchant of Venice” and “Macbeth” over the past couple of years, “The Tempest” is sure to stand out in part because of the themes and ideas it contains that makes it unlike Shakespeare’s other work in terms of the themes and ideas it deals with, Henrichs said.“I think it’s so unlike any other Shakespeare play, in that we’re all on this island stripped of any of the trappings of society or civilization,” Henrichs said. “It’s this sort of examination of what humanity is when were removed from society.”This examination of humanity is a theme central to the production, Vaclav said. “For a modern audience, it’s interesting to see what the characters do when society is stripped away,” Vaclav said. “It’s also interesting to see characters, like Prospero, grapple with what’s human and what’s not.” The performances will take place in the Washington Hall Lab Theater at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 4 p.m. Saturday. Tickets will be sold at the door but are also available for purchase at the LaFortune Box Office. Tags: Not-So-Royal Shakespeare, Not-So-Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare, the tempestlast_img read more

Jennifer Hudson & Harvey Fierstein to Lead Hairspray Live!

January 18, 2021

first_img Jennifer Hudson Star Files View Comments Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson and Tony winner Harvey Fierstein can’t stop the beat! The pair will headline NBC’s previously announced Hairspray Live!. Directed by Kenny Leon and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, this year’s live musical telecast from the peacock network is scheduled for December 7.Hudson, who will play Motormouth Maybelle, is currently completing a run in Broadway’s The Color Purple. She won an Oscar for Dreamgirls; other screen credits include Sex and the City, The Secret Life of Bees and Chi-Raq. Her first album, Jennifer Hudson, won the Grammy for best R&B album.Fierstein, who is also writing the teleplay, will play Edna Turnblad, a role he created and won a Tony Award for in the stage version; he additionally won a Tony for his performance in Torch Song Trilogy. As a writer, he has won Tonys for La Cage Aux Folles and Torch Song Trilogy. His adaptation of Kinky Boots is currently running on Broadway and in the West End.The tuner features music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan. Hairspray follows plus-sized teenager Tracy Turnblad in 1960s Baltimore as she attempts to become a cast member of The Corny Collins Show, a popular local dance TV series. Tracy soon finds herself leading a civil rights campaign to integrate the show.Hairspray opened on Broadway on August 15, 2002 and ran for 2,642 performances. The Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur-led show took home eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It was subsequently made into a movie, starring John Travolta and Nikki Blonsky, in 2007. To add to the meta aspect of it all, the tuner itself is based on the 1988 John Waters film.Television director Alex Rudzinski will also join the creative team; he recently helmed the acclaimed Grease Live!. Jennifer Hudson & Harvey Fierstein(Photos: Bruce Glikas & Caitlin McNaney)last_img read more

‘Get rid of the bad apple’: Broome County Sheriff details process for investigating police misconduct

December 8, 2020

first_img“Helping people bring guns and drugs into the county, we worked off of that, and we weren’t able to do much with that so we brought in the FBI, they followed up with it and we were able to get a conviction in federal court,” said Broome County Sheriff David Harder, who coordinated with the federal agency on the case. (WBNG) — The protests and riots that have erupted across our country, including here in the Southern Tier, all stem directly from allegations of police misconduct in the death of George Floyd. If an allegation of police misconduct is filed in Broome County, the process for investigating the complaint is straightforward. Depending on the severity of the allegation, different steps are taken. If it’s not as serious a case, such as accusations of police being unprofessional, all parties are interviewed by someone within the Broome County Sheriff’s Office and the evidence is reviewed.center_img If it’s a more serious matter however, outside agencies are brought in to review the complaint, like when one sheriff’s deputy was accused of participating in a major trafficking ring. Sheriff Harder said it would be nearly impossible to create one standard for police misconduct, such as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed because of the need to handle these allegations on a case-by-case basis.last_img read more

Marina Punat on the island of Krk declared the best Croatian marina

November 18, 2020

first_imgMARINA PUNAT on the island of Krk is the best Croatian marina according to guests and won first place at the Golden Anchor 2017. This award is the finale of the summer campaign “Nautical Patrol of Jutarnji list” which lasted from June 23 to August 18 this year.The action covered 32 marinas from Umag to Dubrovnik with a total of 11.500 berths. The aim of the action was to determine and compare the quality of services of Croatian marinas in order to improve the quality of Croatian nautical tourism.ACI MARINA SLANO won the award for second place while OLIVE ISLAND MARINA on the island of Ugljan won third place. According to boaters, the special award “My favorite marina” went to ACI MARINA CRES. A special award for exceptional contribution to the development of Croatian nautical tourism and wholehearted help and support to the organization of the Nautical Patrol of Jutarnji list 2017 was awarded to Adriatic Croatia International Club dd – ACI.Namely, the evaluation was performed on the basis of survey questionnaires filled out by guest sailors in each marina, answering 7 questions about the tidiness, organization and cleanliness of the marina, the kindness of staff, catering, entertainment and sports facilities, ratings from 1 to 5 for each category . This accounted for 70 percent of the marina’s overall rating, while 30 percent was made up of the patrol rating as a jury, also 1 to 5, but for the overall impression of the marina.In the first eight months, growth of 15 percent in nautical tourismAccording to data from the eVisitor system, which contains data from the eCrew system, in the first 8 months of this year 345.460 arrivals were recorded, which is an increase of 15% compared to the same period last year and 2,338.032 overnight stays, which is an increase of 16% more boaters in the charter segment.The highest number of overnight stays was recorded in the Split-Dalmatia County (approximately 1 million, which represents + 18%). All coastal counties recorded a double-digit increase in nautical tourism, and a particularly strong growth was recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County (+ 58%). The largest number of foreign tourists was recorded from Germany, Austria, Great Britain, while a remarkable shift was seen among guests from America, whose growth was almost 54%, and from Australia, which recorded an increase of 33%.last_img read more

SNS Reaal scheme faces uncertain future as insurer client mulls exit

September 29, 2020

first_imgThe €3.4bn Dutch Pensioenfonds SNS Reaal has raised concerns about its own sustainability after one of its main clients revealed it was considering a switch from a collective to an individual defined contribution (DC) plan.In its annual report for 2017, the scheme said that insurer Vivat had renewed its contract with the pension fund for only one year, until the end of 2018, as it was considering a change of model.However, the scheme’s other main client, the Volksbank, wanted to stick to the current collective DC arrangements and had extended its contract for three years, SNS Reaal said.The pension fund’s board said continuity of the scheme would be challenged if Vivat placed its pensions elsewhere. The Pensioenfonds SNS Reaal has already experienced a fall in active participants: last year, the scheme saw its active membership decrease by 800 to 5,523.It said that the number of employees at the Volksbank – the parent company of ASN Bank, SNS Bank, RegioBank and BLG Wonen – was also likely to fall as a consequence of reshuffles.The pension fund warned that it would lose half of its remaining active participants if Vivat were to leave, and that implementation costs would rise as a result. Costs per participant had already increased from €290 to €312, largely as a result of falling participant numbers, it said.The Pensioenfonds SNS Reaal reported combined asset management and transaction costs of 0.36%, which compared to 0.5% on average for comparable schemes, according to the Institutional Benchmarking Institute.The scheme attributed the relatively low costs to the fact that it hadn’t invested in expensive asset classes, such as commodities, hedge funds and private equity.Both Vivat and the Volksbank originated from bancassurer SNS Reaal, which was taken over by the Dutch government in 2013 after it ran into financial problems in the wake of the credit crisis.Vivat, the parent company of asset manager Actiam and insurers Zwitserleven and Reaal, was bought by by Chinese insurer Anbang in 2015. It employs 2,500 staff.last_img read more

Joseph Mariathasan: Rebuilding America’s middle class

September 29, 2020

first_imgElizabeth Warren addresses students in Washington in 2017Addressing the problem requires consideration of the causes, and not a superficial ‘cure’ for the symptoms of ailing democracy. It is not clear that Warren has addressed these, as her solutions appear to have a focus on “putting power back in the hands of workers and unions”.Her objective is to increase worker participation in decision making “by letting their workers elect at least 40% of the company’s board members to give them a powerful voice in decisions about wages and outsourcing”. This by itself will not create more middle-class jobs – even with, as she advocates, “a new era of strong antitrust enforcement so giant corporations can’t stifle competition, depress wages, and drive up the cost of everything from beef to internet access”.Middle-class problemsIn common with the middle classes in other developed economies, those in the US face two major structural challenges, both of which lead to rising inequality and the disappearance of middle-class jobs.The first is the rise of emerging markets, where educated workforces at lower wage levels than developed markets provide an economic arbitrage in whole sectors, particularly manufacturing.The second is the rise of automation, the internet and artificial intelligence (AI) in its widest forms. These are also serving to destroy large numbers of low-level and even mid-level service jobs in areas such as banking, law and insurance.The rise of emerging markets is something to celebrate, however, as their rising prosperity is also an enabler for rising prosperity in developed markets.The issue that has not been addressed is how rising prosperity in developed markets should be redistributed across the population. It is rising inequality within developed markets, rather than a narrowing of the gap with emerging markets, that politicians need to address.Automation and AI Providing a foreign policy for all argues for a reconsideration of Trump’s “NAFTA 2.0”, and bringing back US troops from overseas wars – important but perhaps of more significance to the rest of the world than for Americans themselves.The two remaining issues are to strengthen democracy and to rebuild the middle class. The two are related, but maybe not in the way that Warren has presented them. Regardless, they are crucial to ensuring that the US maintains its pre-eminence and leadership in the world.In the case of strengthening democracy, Warren has argued against the gerrymandering of voter districts and the influence of powerful lobbyists. She claims that “after decades of largely flat wages and exploding household costs, millions of families can barely breathe”.Studies such as those in Ganesh Sitaraman’s book The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution argue that a strong and sizeable middle class is a prerequisite for liberal democracy to flourish as in the US’s constitutional system. Economic inequality is not just a matter of fairness or economic efficiency, it is central to the survival of democracies.But the struggle of the middle classes is not just a US phenomenon. The McKinsey Global Institute in a recent study found that between 65% and 70% of the population in 25 advanced economies had total income that was flat or had fallen in 2014 compared with 2005. “Today’s younger generation is at risk of ending up poorer than their parents,” the report declared. The 2020 US presidential race has begun in earnest with a number of democratic contenders announcing their bids – including Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren.The key issues she intends to focus on are, according to her website: to end Washington corruption; rebuild the middle class; strengthen democracy; ensure equal justice for all under the law; and to provide a foreign policy for all.Few would argue that these are not worthwhile slogans, but do they mean much more? An end to Washington corruption is promised by every aspiring presidential candidate – most notably Donald Trump with his “drain the swamp” cries during his own path to the presidency.Ensuring equal justice for all is an understandable goal for a former Harvard law professor, but it is not clear whether it will have any significant impact on the US population or the world at large.center_img Capitol Building, Washington DCIn a recent paper by Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and Anton Korinek, the authors explore another challenge posed by automation and AI: income distribution. If redistribution is too costly, it may be impossible to compensate the losers of technological progress, and they will oppose progress – much as the famed Luddites who destroyed machinery at the dawn of the first industrial revolution.Presidential candidates such as Elizabeth Warren must understand and address these challenges. It is somewhat disappointing that Warren has so far only addressed them in a cursory manner.Both should be regarded as unambiguously positive, but as Korinek and Stiglitz warn, while individuals and economies more broadly may be able to adjust to slow changes, this may not be so when the pace is rapid. In an economy characterised by “winner takes all” economics it is not surprising that ideas such as a universal basic income have been promoted by tech leaders from Mark Zuckerberg to Elon Musk.Warren has made a start in addressing the issues through arguing for greater redistribution of wealth by stopping “giant tax giveaways to rich people and giant corporations”, instead declaring that she would “start asking the people who have gained the most from our country to pay their fair share”.Her proposals include an “ultra-millionaire tax” on the 75,000 richest families, the proceeds of which she pledges to use to build “an economy that works for everyone”, including universal childcare, student loan debt relief, and healthcare.Tackling inequality in the US is key to restoring the health of democracy and the middle classes in the US – perhaps this provides opportunities for the likes of Warren.last_img read more

UK firms break into Chinese renewable energy market

September 28, 2020

first_imgAnakata has created Tus-Aero, a 50:50 joint venture company with Tus-Wind, to develop and supply its performance improving aerodynamic blade add-ons. Aleron Group, Miros Scotland, ZOEX Wave Power, along with Logan Energy, REOptimize Systems, Anakata Wind Power and Blueprint Subsea signed memorandums of understanding during a virtual ceremony hosted in Yantai City, Shandong province. Dr. Stephen Wyatt, ORE Catapult director of research and disruptive innovation, said: REOptimize Systems will collaborate with TORC on bringing a wind turbine performance assessment and optimization service to market in China. “The ocean energy industry in China is growing at 20% per year and will be the largest such market in the world over the next 20 years. Prof. Lars Johanning leads the HEU Yantai research activities and a leading academic in marine renewables in the UK. Specifically, his team will collaborate on developing an international partnership to develop marine renewables. Eight UK organisations have signed new agreements to develop and provide renewable energy technologies, services and research in China. ZOEX Wave Power will work with TORC to identify manufacture as well as demonstration partners in Asia. They should consequently take their technology to the Chinese offshore wind market, set to be the biggest by 2030. “Through TORC, our unique partnership between ORE Catapult and Tus Wind, we can provide the necessary support to ensure these companies succeed in China.” Senior vice president, Tus Holdings and Chairman of TORC, Charlie Du, also said: Miros Scotland provides sensors and systems for environmental monitoring to the global offshore and maritime industry. Blueprint Subsea aims to deliver its expertise in design and manufacturing for the offshore, subsea and commercial diving markets. These innovators are supported by TORC, the joint venture between UK’s ORE Catapult and China’s Tus Wind. Logan Energy delivers expertise in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies across the UK and Europe. Aberdeen-based ROV specialists Aleron will bring their MultiRov product to the Chinese market. In addition, a new research partnership has also been formed, between TORC and Harbin Engineering University (HEU) /Exeter University. “Supporting, nurturing and developing the world’s leading marine science expertise and technology from both the UK and China will play an instrumental role in driving the world’s economic recovery from the Coronavirus.”last_img read more

ECCU economies remain in recession

September 26, 2020

first_img Sharing is caring! LocalNewsRegional ECCU economies remain in recession by: – February 24, 2012 Share Tweet Sir Dwight K Venner. Photo credit: nationnews.comGovernor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Sir Dwight K Venner has announced that the economies of the Eastern Caribbean Central Union (ECCU) have remained in recession for the last three years.In 2008-2009 the United States suffered a financial crisis which has impacted the United Kingdom, the European Union as well as the Caribbean region.In his 2011 Eastern Caribbean Central Union Economic Review address Sir Venner noted “although the performance of the ECCU economies over the past year has seen an easing in economic contraction, the fact remains that these economies have remained in recession over the last three years”.This recession he said contributed to a decline in economic activity in the areas of employment and poverty.“Economic activity contracted by 5.7 and 2.2 per cent in 2009 and 2010 respectively, followed by a decline of 0.6 per cent in 2011. Clearly, unemployment rates and poverty levels would have been negatively affected.”Two sectors which were severely impacted are the banana industry on which many Caribbean economies depend and the manufacturing sector Sir Venner explained.“Output in the banana industry was severely impacted by unfavourable weather conditions which resulted in a fall of 76.6 per cent in banana receipts in 2011. The performance of the manufacturing sector was also poor with a 1.0 per cent contraction in growth being recorded.”Construction activity remained low, contracting by 5.6 per cent, as public sector capital projects and private sector activity slowed.The tourism sector however managed to perform “slightly better than in the previous year with growth of 4.6 per cent being recorded but still remaining below pre-crisis levels” as well as the construction sector “contracting by 5.6 per cent as public sector capital projects and private sector activity slowed”.The banking sector was significantly challenged as the ABI Bank was “experiencing a severe liquidity situation” but was rescued by the ECCB on directives by the Monetary Council.Another sector affected by the financial crisis was the insurance sector as the issue of CLICO and BAICO remains in limbo.Sir Venner noted that a “fundamental restructuring of the ECCU economies at the individual and collective levels” is necessary.According to him most of the ECCU economies are “small, open, vulnerable and disaster-prone economies which are lagging in growth, competitiveness, macro variables such as fiscal and debt, the doing business index and other critical elements in the Global Competitiveness Index”.He proposed that a new strategy is required which could “address our structural challenges which is the opportunity that the current crisis presents” as well as a bold step to move from “single-country economies to a multi-country economy as provided for in the Revised Treaty of Basseterre”.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share 20 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more