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Sheridan Smith Will Transfer to London’s West End in Funny Girl

first_img View Comments Hello, gorgeous! The London revival of Funny Girl, which will start previews on November 20 at the Menier Chocolate Factory, is already set to transfer to the West End, where it will begin performances on April 9, 2016 at the Savoy Theatre. Starring two-time Olivier winner Sheridan Smith, the musical, which catapulted Barbra Streisand to stardom on stage and screen, will be directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer and have a revised book by Tony winner Harvey Fierstein. Apparently our Broadway Mayor cut 40 pages from the script on his initial read-through!No word yet on whether the production has any intention of crossing the pond to play New York following the London run, but with Tony winners Mayer and Fierstein on board it looks like a distinct possibility. A Bartlett Sher-helmed revival of the musical—headlined by Lauren Ambrose—was set to play Los Angeles and Broadway in 2012 before being postponed indefinitely. And then there was Lea Michele…The tuner, which first played London in 1966, tracks the rise of Fanny Brice’s career as one of Broadway’s biggest stars by way of the Ziegfeld Follies, as well as her doomed romance with Nicky Arnstein. The score by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill features such iconic show tunes as “People,” “Don’t Rain on My Parade” and “I’m the Greatest Star” and a book by Isobel Lennart.Along with Smith, the cast at the Menier Chocolate Factory will include Maurice Lane, Darius Campbell, Marilyn Cutts, Valda Aviks and Gay Soper. The production will officially open on December 2 and play through March 5, 2016.last_img read more

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Lufthansa says up to 26,000 employees at risk of losing jobs

first_imgLufthansa admitted on Wednesday that the positions of up to 26,000 employees are surplus to requirements, suggesting many more jobs will be cut at the German carrier than a figure of more than 10,000 flagged a few weeks ago.Speaking after a meeting with trade unions, a Lufthansa spokeswoman said the airline estimates that it has a surplus of 22,000 full-time equivalent positions or 26,000 employees.Lufthansa last week pledged a wide-ranging restructuring, from thousands of job cuts to asset sales, as it seeks to repay a 9 billion euro (US$10.26 billion) state bailout and navigate deepening losses in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. It said then that job cuts would be “significantly more” than the 10,000 figure it had previously estimated.The company is trying to reach agreement with labour unions to make employees work part-time and other ways to cut personnel costs before it holds an extraordinary general meeting on June 25, when shareholders will vote on the bailout.Flight attendants union UFO demanded that Lufthansa commits to avoiding forced redundancies, but said it was working hard to reach a deal by the time of the meeting.Meanwhile, the union representing pilots said its members had offered to take a cut in pay of up to 45 percent, in total amounting to about 350 million euros, but in return it wants the company to try to secure as many jobs as possible.Topics :last_img read more

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Who Owns Science, Anyway?

first_imgJournal editors are freaking out over the rise of Open Science initiatives, worried their reign over the perception of science is doomed.Who owns science? In the old days, scientists were self-funded or supported by patrons. Nowadays, much of science is funded by governments. And yet the results of the research remain largely behind paywalls: journals that require subscription fees often beyond the reach of the common man. Universities and labs can afford site licenses that allow all or most employees of the institutions instant access to the latest published research. But again, citizens outside of those institutions stay outside the paywall. They only get open access to internet-based science news services (EurekAlert, Science Daily, Phys.org) which dish out predigested summaries of findings – and then, only after embargo dates expire. Often, however, those summaries are tainted with bias to make the researcher’s institution look good.The thinking behind Open Science is that people who fund the research ought to be able to see the results. Some journals compromise by making all their publications publicly-accessible after a time period. Sometimes that is a year or more. Journals worry not just about their bottom line, and big hits to their operating expenses of peer review, illustration and publication, but to the process of science itself. Doesn’t peer review require adequate time to complete, and offer protection to both reviewers and authors? In the meantime, open-science journals (where the researcher pays to get printed), and online services like arXiv and bioXiv have made pre-publication research available for comment before peer review.It’s a scientific revolution, and Big Media is running scared.Radical open-access plan could spell end to journal subscriptions (Nature News). A graph in this piece by Holly Else shows the steady rise of open-access publishing. Her use of the word “radical open-access” underscores the fear: “Eleven research funders in Europe announce ‘Plan S’ to make all scientific works free to read as soon as they are published.” There goes the hefty subscription price to Nature, Science, and other big-name journals that have comfortably ruled peer-reviewed publications for decades.Major research-funding agencies from across Europe have unveiled a radical open-access initiative that could change the face of science publishing in two years. The ‘Plan S’ pledge requires that scientists make papers free to read immediately upon publication, under an open licence. Publishers were immediately up in arms about the plan: Springer Nature said it “potentially undermines the whole research publishing system”. The initiative is spearheaded by Robert-Jan Smits, the European Commission’s special envoy on open access, who says the ‘S’ in Plan S can stand for “science, speed, solution, shock”.Proponents of open science argue that “Paywalls are not only hindering the scientific enterprise itself but also they are an obstacle [to] the uptake of research results by the wider public.”Every solution creates new problems. While the public might welcome the new transparency and access, free-world governments might worry about theft of intellectual property, or release of findings with dual-use potential (civilian and military). The situation might be compared to debates about free-speech rights to publish steps to making a gun with a 3-D printer. And what about free markets? But does the free market apply to dissemination of information paid for by OPM? (other people’s money). Subscription-paid access has dropped from 49.2% to 37.7% between 2012 and 2016, a graph in the article shows. Whatever happens, the Europeans are pushing a “bold access plan” that “could overturn science publishing as we know it” (Nature Briefing).Pirate paper website Sci-Hub dealt another blow by US courts (Nature News, Nov 2017). Last fall, Nature gloated that the courts prevented Sci-Hub from reprinting unauthorized papers from the American Chemical Society. ACS won a lawsuit, but the defendant Sci-Hub operates outside the United States. It may have been a pyrrhic victory. Nature acknowledges that thieves have workarounds to get past the paywalls on the internet.The smart trendmakers are trying to look more open and less selfish. Hoary old journals like Nature have initiated their own open-access journals (Nature Communications, Scientific Reports), and Science, published by the AAAS, has its open-access contender, Science Advances. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) offers some of its papers in open-access form. They’re all trying to join the bandwagon; they just don’t want to let go of their cash cows.Science without publication paywalls: Coalition S for the realisation of full and immediate Open Access (PLoS Biology). Here are the arguments by the crafters of Plan S for the “radical” open-access plan. And for anyone wishing to read it, the plan itself is published in one of the most successful open-access journals, Public Library of Science.Nobody knows what will happen, and we are not taking sides. People have a right to protect their intellectual property, and businesses have a right to compete in the free market, but there are gray areas here. Does the researcher own it, if it was taxpayer funded? Does the journal own it, because they provide a service to readers, including dressing up text for print and adding commentaries? Does the public own it, when they may have paid for the research, but not the work of formatting and dissemination? While we agree that “sunlight is the best disinfectant,” sunlight can also kill some beneficial things. The only clear lesson from this wild-west rampage is that scientific practices are not set in stone. Peer review, publication, and scientific methods must be adapted to changing circumstances. The internet is a huge recent circumstance. Raise your hand if you remember sitting in the library walking through stacks of journals after consulting the Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature. Are we better off now? Well, in some ways. Loss of control over intellectual property, particular information with dual-use potential, may have globally nefarious consequences. Navigating these rapids will require the best in human intelligent design. (Visited 459 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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World Cup off to colourful start

first_img12 June 2010More than 84 000 people witnessed the dawn of a new chapter in South Africa’s history when the 2010 Fifa World Cup kicked off in true African style at Johannesburg’s Soccer City Stadium on Friday.From as early as 09h00, excited Mexican and South African football supporters started making their way to the “football calabash” just outside Soweto in anticipation of what was to come.Despite the early morning cold, fans were in a festive mood as the Mexican “Matraca” (a wooden accessory that makes noise when rotated) met the South African vuvuzela in a test of noise.It wasn’t long, however, before these supporters got to see Africa’s most magnificent stadium when gates opened at 10h30.And following a magnificent opening ceremony which showcased the music and culture of Africa, fans were treated to an exciting opening encounter which ended 1-1 at full time.The atmosphere in the stadium matched that which has been seen on the streets of South African cities in the build-up to 11 June.Speaking Danny Jordaan, CEO of the Local Organising Committee, thanked South Africans and visitors to the country for their unbelievable support after the match.“We couldn’t have asked for more,” Jordaan said. “A capacity stadium, a host nation with a will to win, an incredible atmosphere and spectacular football. It is just fantastic that the first goal of Africa’s first World Cup went to South Africa, we really couldn’t have written a better script.”Before the first game of the tournament got going, South African president Jacob Zuma addressed the 84 490 strong crowd, conveying a message from former president Nelson Mandela, who tragically lost his great-granddaughter in a car accident on Thursday night.“Let me convey a message from Madiba, our icon, who wanted to come and greet you before the start of the match, but unfortunately his family was hit by a tragedy. He said: ‘The game must start, you must enjoy the game.’“We as a country, we are humbled by this opportunity,” Zuma said. “Africa is indeed happy. This is the African World Cup. The time for Africa has come, it has arrived, Ke Nako.”Zuma then officially opened the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Jordaan was not the only one who was impressed with the atmosphere inside Soccer City.Julio Mendez, who hails from Mexico City, said he was impressed by the number of Bafana Bafana supporters who had come out to support their team. “The stadium is very impressive and the atmosphere is perfect; it’s more yellow than we expected it to be!”Adina Neumann, also from Mexico City, said the din in Soccer City was nothing new to Mexican football supporters. “Everything is great, the people are very friendly and the game was very entertaining. The vuvuzelas are fine. You think Mexicans aren’t use to the noise? We are noisier!”Despite the draw, Bafana Bafana supporters were still happy.Johannesburg resident Nlandie Nel said: “It was an excellent day. The stadium is superb, and Bafana’s performance was very impessive.”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

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Living Without Electricity Bills

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Chuck Reiss, a builder in northwest Vermont, had a bold plan in 2007: he wanted to build a cluster of six superinsulated homes on a 24-arce site in Hinesburg. Reiss planned to install a roof-mounted PV array on each house, with the goal of making the homes net-zero energy, or close to it.The homes would occupy about 10 acres of the site; the remaining 14 acres would remain agricultural. For anyone interested in passive solar design, the acreage was extremely attractive; architect Rolf Kielman (TruexCullins Architects) describes the sloping site as “a south-facing bowl.” The site is within easy walking distance (via a pedestrian path) of the shops in Hinesburg village.The project, known as South Farm, now has five homes; the sixth will be built soon. It’s been five years since the first homeowners, David and Carrie Fenn, moved in, so it’s a good time to find out how well the homes have been performing.Each of the homes that Reiss built is a custom home; however, the homes share many similar characteristics and specifications:According to Reiss, the size of the PV arrays was a compromise. “I think people are willing to put money into PV, up to a point,” Reiss told me. “But we didn’t size the systems to be at net zero.” According to energy modeling projections, the owners were likely to use about 5,500 kWh of electricity per year — more than the 4,000 kWh per year that the 3.9-kW PV arrays were expected to produce.All of the homes sold for more than $425,000.Fortunately for the owners of homes at South Farm, the local utility, Green Mountain Power, has a very favorable rate schedule for homeowners with grid-tied PV systems:Here’s an example of how this works: Let’s say you use 500 kWh during the month… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

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The 7 Biggest Opportunities for HVAC Contractors

first_img5. Doing the mathMy friend John Barba, a trainer for hydronics manufacturer Taco, suggested this title, and I love it. HVAC contractors like rules of thumb. (See Image #3, below.) They also rely on what they think worked in the past. “Son, this is the way we’ve always done it around here, and we’ve been in business longer than you’ve been alive.”Well, guess what. Heating and cooling systems aren’t the same as they were 50 years ago. Nor are homes. Rules of thumb don’t work because every house is different. If you want to size a system properly, you’ve got to come up with some way of getting at the rate of heat loss and heat gain in the home you’re working on. Manual J is probably the best way for new homes, and timing the existing system’s runtime during design conditions is the best for existing homes (if you have that option).HVAC systems are complex technology. If you’re relying on rules of thumb or doing things the way you’ve always done them, then you’re not serving your customers well. 1. Looking for combustion safety problemsIf an HVAC contractor responds to a call about carbon monoxide, they’ll usually go straight to the furnace and look for cracks in the heat exchanger. When they find that it’s OK, they often assume it must have just been a false alarm, so they change the batteries in the CO alarm. David Richardson, a former HVAC contractor who now works fulltime for the National Comfort Institute training people in combustion safety and air flow, wrote a guest post for us here a couple of years ago about this very issue.The problem is that most HVAC contractors don’t know much about backdrafting of combustion appliances. Nor do they test for it. If you’re an HVAC contractor and not testing for flue gases and worst-case depressurization on these calls, you’re leaving a potentially dangerous situation. You never want to find out the next day that the people in the house you just visited are in the hospital with CO poisoning. 3. Expanding services to include home performanceIn the residential market, HVAC contractors go into people’s homes every single day. They go into attics, crawl spaces, and basements, where they can see the quality of the insulation and air sealing in the home’s building enclosure. Even if the HVAC contractor doesn’t do the insulation and air-sealing work, it’s a great complementary service to advise the homeowners on the other work their home could use to improve its overall performance.It seems a bit paradoxical that so many HVAC company names include the word “comfort” yet they don’t really address all the issues that affect comfort. Once you truly understand that naked people need building science, you know that mechanical systems aren’t the answer to all comfort problems.And if you walk out of a house without looking at all of the home performance issues, you’re leaving money on the table, as the saying goes. Would you rather walk out with a $7,000 contract or a $20,000 contract? 4. Putting the V back in HVACAh, yes, ventilation. The insulting way to state this is that any HVAC contractor who doesn’t address the V in HVAC is just a HAC (read: hack). New homes are tighter than ever because of energy codes that require higher levels of air-sealing and in some cases, blower door tests to verify the airtightness. Tight homes need mechanical ventilation. All homes need spot ventilation in kitchens and bathrooms.Are you really including the V in HVAC? Do you know what ASHRAE 62.2 is? Do you understand the three strategies for providing mechanical ventilation (positive pressure, negative pressure, and balanced)? Have you measured the air flow in your ventilation systems? The bottom lineIf you’re an HVAC contractor, which path will you choose? One path leads to problems. You constantly have to find new customers because it’s hard for the ones you have to feel any loyalty to you if your work isn’t remarkable. And if your customers are always looking for the low bid, you may get them one time, but the next time you follow up with them, you find that someone underbid you. Also, if you’re making the 7 mistakes above, you may find your work featured in the Energy Vanguard Blog…as an example of what NOT to do.The other path leads to greater profitability, happier and more loyal customers, more referrals, and peace of mind. The choice is yours, HVAC contractors. Heating and air conditioning contractors have a lot of opportunities to make homes better and to be profitable. The surprising thing is just how few HVAC companies take advantage of all the opportunities that are available to them.Although my company, Energy Vanguard, is not an HVAC contractor, we have a lot to do with heating and air conditioning systems. We train home energy raters (a.k.a. HERS raters) in the RESNET protocols and building analysts in the BPI protocols. We also do quality assurance for HERS raters, which requires us to enforce guidelines for programs like Energy Star New Homes. We may not be licensed to install and maintain equipment, but we know a thing or two about HVAC because we deal with it all the time.If you’ve been reading my articles for a while, you know that I write about HVAC a lot, and many of those articles point out problems. It turns out that these problems are very easy to find because so many HVAC contractors leave big messes in their customers’ homes. Not all HVAC contractors work this way, of course, but I’d wager that the majority do. The good ones have successful businesses not only because they do good work for their customers, but they make more money by coming in and cleaning up the messes left by the sloppy contractors.Here, then, are what I see as the top seven opportunities for HVAC contractors:center_img 6. Not trying to be the low bidderThe race to the bottom results in everyone being a loser. The ones who don’t get the contract lose. The one who gets the contract can’t do the work properly because they have to scrimp on labor and materials. And the homeowner loses because, as the saying goes, you get what you pay for.When contractors try to get low-bid work, they have to keep all their costs as low as possible. They hire poorly trained techs and then don’t do enough—or anything—to get them trained properly and keep them updated. They use equipment that won’t last. They do the least work they possibly can on the distribution system. (See #2 above.)This is no way to run a business. Because there are so many companies willing to do this, though, there will always be room for smart contractors to come in and do things right. 7. Using house-as-a-system thinkingFirst, you’ve got to get to HVAC-as-a-system thinking by getting past the sins described in numbers 1, 2, and 4 above. Once you include combustion safety and distribution and ventilation in your scope, you’re ready to go beyond and look at the whole house. This leads to the opportunities in mistake number 3 above, of course, but it’s bigger than that. When you understand the house-as-a-system concept, you become a problem solver. You know how to listen to homeowners and help fix things so their daughter’s cough goes away or the mildew in the bathroom stops growing or that one room they can’t stand to be in becomes part of their living space again. This is Building Science 101, and smart HVAC contractors know this stuff. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. 2. Focusing on air flow, not just “the box”This is the problem that I’ve probably written more articles about than any other. If the vast majority of HVAC contractors did professional quality work, I wouldn’t be able to go into house after house after house and find the kind of duct problem you see at the top of this page. If all HVAC contractors were pros, no one would know what a ductopus is (see Image #2, below). If HVAC contractors understood air flow, most duct systems would be larger than they are.Mike MacFarland of Energy Docs, a home performance contractor in California, told me last year at Building Science Summer Camp that he pretty much never does a system changeout without also doing a duct changeout. Why? Because he knows that the existing ductwork, even if it’s relatively new, probably wasn’t sized right, is too leaky, and would lead to more trouble and expense than just starting over. Not all customers will have the budget for that, but make sure they know about the cost of keeping the crappy system they have now.last_img read more

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Ateneo tightens grip on top spot; National U stuns UP

first_imgTrump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOn a day National University pulled off a huge stunner, Ateneo quietly locked up a fifth straight victory and tightened its hold on the top spot in UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball—and the Lady Eagles owe a lot of their success to the emergence of Bea de Leon as a team leader.The feisty team captain scored 14 points in her breakout game for the season as Ateneo demolished Adamson, 25-8, 22-25, 25-16, 25-10, on Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT The Lady Maroons, despite the 20 points from Tots Carlos and 15 from Justine Dorog, fell to their third defeat in six matches despite seemingly being in control for a majority of the match. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem The win did not generate as much thrills as the one later in the day, when the Lady Bulldogs chewed off three match points to shock University of the Philippines, 25-17, 14-25, 17-25, 25-23, 17-15.But it cemented Ateneo’s status as top title threat after that label was put in question by an opening weekend defeat to defending champion and fierce rival La Salle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesDe Leon received profuse praises from Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro, who said his senior player “always makes things easier for me on the bench.”Known for providing leadership and spunk rather than piling up points, De Leon said she got a boost when Almadro told her that he doesn’t “always need my points, he just wants my voice.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Especially since the points came from just about everybody in the Ateneo lineup, with Ponggay Gaston making 16, including six from the service area.Kat Tolentino added 15, while Jules Samonte and Maddie Madayag chipped in seven and six, respectively.“That’s the difference now, they are talking to each other. And they know what they want to do out there,” said Almadro.The Lady Eagles are now alone on top with a 5-1 card while inflicting on the Lady Falcons their fifth defeat in six games.Rookies Ivy Lacsina and Princess Robles combined for 31 points, while libero Jennifer Nierva had 29 excellent receptions and 26 excellent digs for the Lady Bulldogs, who snapped their three-game losing streak.ADVERTISEMENT PH clubs Ceres-Negros, Kaya-Iloilo lead their groups after big victories SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Commonwealth Youth Games – Team Bahamas Celebration Motorcade Through New Providence DH

Commonwealth Youth Games – Team Bahamas Celebration Motorcade Through New Providence DH

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 31, 2017 – Nassau – A number of members of Team Bahamas enjoyed a motorcade through parts of New Providence, on July 26, 2017, to celebrate their multi-medal-winning performance at the recent Commonwealth Youth Games that were held in The Bahamas, July 18-23.  The Bahamas won 13 medals, including one gold medal, and placed 16th in a field of 64 countries taking part in the event.(BIS Photos/Eric Rose) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

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