Load remaining images Last weekend marked the return of Thrival Innovation + Music Festival, bringing a series of interactive programming events and musical performances to the Pittsburgh area. The first three days of the festival, from September 20-22, featured keynote speeches, discussions, workshops, classes and more, as part of the festival’s focus on innovation. Over the weekend, the focus shifted to the music, as a series of performances were hosted throughout the city.Among the many artists playing Thrival were The Chainsmokers, CHVRCHES, Thievery Corporation, Metric, Ty Dolla $ign, Rubblebucket, and more. All of these musicians came to play, impressing fans with great performances throughout a great weekend!Photographer Ben Petchel was on the scene to capture the music. Check out the full gallery of images below.
Stephen GreenblattCogan University ProfessorIn recent years, humanities scholarship throughout the world has been transformed by the determined effort to interpret works of art in their historical, cultural, and anthropological contexts. This new practice came as a challenge to the entrenched method of analyzing these works in isolation, as if they had been created in a vacuum. To shift to a new perspective — one that grappled more directly with the lives of the makers and consumers — was the product of a generational insurgency, one in which I proudly played a part.But the ground for this insurgency had already been long prepared at Harvard in a remarkably innovative program created in 1906: the undergraduate concentration known as History and Literature. The concentration, Harvard’s first, was hardly meant to be intellectually radical; it was originally proposed by Professor of English Barrett Wendell as a conservative antidote to Harvard’s free-elective system.But institutional innovations often have unpredictable consequences. The pedagogical power of History and Literature lay in the touching together of two wires: canonical works of art and the documentary records of history. Art was not cordoned off from the traces of lived life, and those traces in turn could be subjected to the same interpretive pressure brought to bear on a poem or a play. The result was not only unusually lively classroom experience but also an intellectual ferment that helped inspire my generation’s literary and historical scholarship and continues to generate powerful insight.
In addition to Rockwell, Rock of Ages currently stars Aaron C. Finley, Randi Zuckerberg, Joey Calveri, Genson Blimline, Adam Dannheisser, Cody Scott Lancaster, Paul Schoeffler and Teresa Stanley. There’s a new “small town girl,” and she’s taking that “midnight train” directly to the Helen Hayes Theatre! Carrie St. Louis, who originated the role of Sherrie in the Las Vegas production of Rock of Ages, will make her Main Stem debut on April 21 when she reprises her performance on Broadway. She succeeds Kate Rockwell, who will rock out one last time in the jukebox musical on April 20. View Comments Featuring a score of classic rock hits including “Here I Go Again,” “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Rock of Ages tells the story of Drew, an aspiring rock star who moves to Los Angeles to make his dreams come true. The show celebrates its fifth anniversary this year. Rock of Ages Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 18, 2015
“Green Thumbs in the Green Mountains” is a cultural tourism marketing campaign sponsored by the Southern Vermont Regional Marketing Organization. The idea behind the campaign is to celebrate Windham County culture and the splendor of the landscape as the summer tourism season heats up.In honor of award-winning gardens and world-renown gardeners, the festivities will include garden tours and workshops, Iris and Daylily festivals, farmers markets, musical events, craft shows, puppeteers and all things Vermont.Statistics prove that cultural tourism is an important niche market for Vermont. This campaign highlights the region as one of taste, quality and culture and encourages visitors to discover the “undiscovered jewel” of summer in Southern Vermont.The promotion that packages over 50 summer events and venues, includes a press release and CD mailing to over 400 top travel media across the country, a special insert and editorial coverage in Southern Vermont Adventures magazine and an invitation to key travel media to experience the area and write about it.In addition, the campaign features a travel brochure ad in a special Vermont section of Better Homes & Gardens magazine, along with a print co-op campaign with the Vermont Department of Marketing & Tourism targeting the New York metropolitan market in regional additions of publications such as Bon Appetit, House & Garden and the New York Times. A calendar of over 50 events is available and downloadable on the southernvermont.com Web site.Nationally known local designer Skip Morrow created the “Green Thumbs” logo that will be featured in advertising and promotional materials.Other RMO marketing activities include desk side visits to key media in New York, development of a cultural heritage summit, enhancements to the southernvermont.com Web site, a special events outreach program, and enhancements to local tourism booths.The 2004 grants enhancement program has been developed by the Regional Marketing Organization’s roundtable board made up of the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce, the Mount Snow Area Chamber of Commerce, the Londonderry Area Chamber of Commerce, the Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, in addition to Brattleboro Development & Credit Corp, Windham Regional Commission, Bellows Falls Downtown Development Alliance, RAMP, Townshend Business Association, and the Holiday Inn Express. The grant is approved by the Vermont Department of Marketing & Tourism. The RMOs activities have been designed to leverage earned media and improve and enhance existing marketing tools.
Germany earmarks almost $45 billion to ease hardships of coal phaseout FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Xinhua:The German cabinet adopted plans on Wednesday to provide 40 billion euros (44.7 billion U.S. dollars) of financial support to federal states undergoing the structural changes needed for Germany to achieve its planned phase out of coal by 2038.According to the German government’s plans, detailed in a key issues paper, the government is aiming to develop the existing mining areas in East Germany as well as the Rhine region “into energy regions of the future”. Support would be provided to “particularly affected sites” of hard coal-fired power plants as well as the former lignite mining area of Helmstedt in Lower Saxony, according to the German government.“We are keeping our promise. The exit from coal must become an opportunity for the affected regions,” said German Minister of Economics and Energy Peter Altmaier, who presented the cornerstones.The German government “is ensuring clarity in the affected regions and creating long-term prospects with sustainable jobs for the local people,” Altmaier stated. “We are setting the course for the districts to develop into modern energy and economic regions. Now it is a matter of filling this concept with life together with the federal states, the municipalities and the local people,” the German economics minister emphasized.The German government will present a draft law implementing the energy policy recommendations of the coal commission in the second half of 2019. Around one third of Germany’s electricity is still generated from coal-fired power plants and at the end of January, a government commission agreed that Germany should phase out coal by 2038 at the latest.More: German gov’t to provide 40 bln euros to help finance structural change in coal regions
On the Move Nelda Lawrence joined the litigation department of Pathman Lewis in Miami. Christopher J.M. Collings, Grace M. Mora, and Joshua Charles Prever joined the Miami office of Morgan Lewis as associates. Anna Chesser Smith joined the Tampa office of Bush, Ross, Gardner, Warren & Rudy, P.A., as an associate. Smith practices in the areas of commercial litigation and general civil litigation. Maria C. Carantzas of the corporate practice group of Akerman Senterfitt in Jacksonville and Edward H. Trent of the labor and employment practice group were elected shareholders of the firm. Additionally, Benjamin H. Hill IV of the Tampa office also was elected shareholder. John Z. Lagrow joined the Maitland firm of Jay M. Fisher, P.A., as an associate. Ethan Kominsky joined Rosenthal & Levy, P.A., in West Palm Beach. Kominsky concentrates his practice on representing injured and disabled individuals in personal injury and Social Security disability law. Jeff Berman joined Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.A., as an associate practicing in the areas of products liability, premises liability, and asbestos defense litigation. Pamela Jo Hatley announces the opening of her law practice with offices located at 12909 N. 56th Street, Suite 209, Tampa 33617; phone (813) 984-1480; Web site www.pamelajohatley.com. The firm focuses on environmental, land use, real property, and animal law. Janet M. Saura of Office Depot was promoted to vice president, employment law and government compliance. Saura provides advice, counsel, and training to the company’s human resources and management team regarding employment and discrimination matters. Munch & Munch, P.A., announces the relocation of its offices to 212 S. Magnolia Ave., Tampa 33606; phone (813) 254-1557; fax (813) 254-5172; e-mail [email protected]; Web site www.munchandmunch.com. The firm continues its practice of personal injury and wrongful death litigation with an emphasis on admiralty and maritime claims. January 15, 2005 On the Move January 15, 2005 On the Move
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County officials announced Wednesday plans to build a new $40 million police academy at Nassau Community College four years after affiliates of the nonprofit group helping fund its construction were linked to a burglary cover-up.The Center for Training and Intelligence, as the planned facility is called, would replace the current academy in the retrofitted, half-century-old Hawthorne Elementary School in Massapequa Park that the department rents for $700,000 annually. Officials said they’ll pay for the project with a combination of $10 million in taxpayer funding, $25 million in asset forfeiture funds—money seized from suspects during investigations—and $5 million donated by the nonprofit Nassau County Police Department Foundation. Three ex-Nassau police commanders were convicted of quashing burglary charges for the son of a donor to that nonprofit, including one ex-cop who appealed.“Instead of putting capital improvements in a leased space that would be very hard to retrofit, to take advantage of today’s technologies, we’re moving ahead,” Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano told reporters during a press conference while flanked by legislators, police brass and members of the nonprofit.The 120,000-square foot facility planned for East Garden City would be the first of its kind for the department’s 80-year history and is slated to debut in two years. It would train new recruits as well as current members in addition to housing the department’s intelligence unit and contain mock “tactical villages,” where police can conduct simulated drug raids and hostage situations. It would be a big step up from the academy as it stands now, police said.“Our current facility, as built and designed, was a grammar school, not a police academy,” said Acting Nassau Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter, who noted that the building is ill-equipped for its current function. “There are significant differences.”Asked if Nassau—which County Comptroller George Maragos projected is facing a $52-million deficit next year—can afford to spend millions on the new venture, Mangano said the academy was worth the investment.“You really can’t measure it from the dollars of the building,” Mangano said. “It’s what goes on in that building, that’s our investment—that training, that national exposure, that intelligence-led policing model.“We are very, very mindful of the deficiencies here in our county,” he added. “We strive for efficiency…we do not sacrifice quality of life…we do not sacrifice the investment in our police department.”Nassau Police Benevolent Association President James Carver told the Press he’s “in favor of a more modernized facility that will assist in training our police officers, both the recruits that are coming on the job, and providing training for active members.” But, he’d also like to see the county update some of its antiquated precincts, and hire additional officers, given recent retirements, he said. “Building a police academy without hiring makes no sense,” he said.The county needs to cut through plenty of red tape before shovel hits dirt, which could happen as early as this fall, officials said. The county submitted a Request for Proposal seeking contractors to build the facility earlier this month with a deadline of Feb. 18. And federal authorities must provide written approval for the county to use asset forfeiture dollars on the project.A rendering of the planned Nassau Police Academy’s “tactical village,” where officers can simulate mock drug raids or hostage situations.“We are very confident that we’ll receive that approval,” Krumpter said, adding that the department could get the go ahead in the next couple of months.The NCPD Foundation was founded in 2008 by former Nassau police commissioner Lawrence Mulvey specifically to raise money to build the new police academy. In statements made at a June 2010 Long Island Real Estate Group event, Mulvey told attendees that the nonprofit hoped to raise $25 million in two years to build a future police academy, then estimated to cost $48 million for a 75,000-square foot facility, according to the New York Real Estate Journal. The foundation ultimately raised one fifth of that goal.Eric Blumencranz, chairman of the NCPD Foundation, said Mulvey, who retired in 2011, “deserves substantial credit” for his contribution in having the foundation’s dream of a new academy realized. As for the donation, Blumencranz said: “I don’t think we ever committed to $25 million in fundraising, but we committed to raising significant amount of funds.” The $25 million figure likely included a combination of fundraising and asset forfeiture dollars, he said.“The fundraising for this project isn’t over, it’s still in the beginning stages,” Blumencranz explained, adding that he has commitments from several donors who first wanted to see shovels on the ground. Additional donations could come from naming certain academy buildings after donors, he said.The foundation came under scrutiny in 2012 when three Nassau police commanders were charged with quashing the investigation of a 2009 burglary committed by then-police-intern Zachary Parker, of Merrick, who’s father, Gary, donated to and volunteered for the nonprofit.Former Second Deputy Nassau Police Commissioner William Flanagan, convicted of conspiring to cover up a burglary, faced a press swarm after his arrest in March 2012. (Photo by Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)The charges stemmed from a Press expose into the foundation and the covered-up burglary. All three commanders left the department following their arrest and the burglar was convicted after prosecutors picked up the case. Then-Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice cleared the police foundation of wrongdoing, although Gary Parker was named in court as an un-indicted co-conspirator. He resigned from the group.In February 2013, a jury convicted William Flanagan, an ex-deputy Nassau County police commissioner, of conspiracy and official misconduct, but he was acquitted of receiving reward for official misconduct. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail, but execution of that sentence was stayed pending the outcome of his appeal.John Hunter, the former deputy chief patrol, and ex-Det. Sgt. Alan Sharpe later pleaded guilty to misconduct. They were sentenced to probation and community service.Since the scandal, the foundation has donated funds to help authorities identify residents with cognitive disorders who go missing, donated police equipment and contributed reward money in high-profile cases, such as the recent homicide of a gas station attendant in Jericho.The scandal was not of concern this week when officials thanked each other for bringing the academy project to fruition. The foundation and the department are now hoping to put it all behind them and finally break ground on their original plan.“It’s a very exciting time in the department,” Krumpter said, speaking about the academy. “It’s a long time coming.”—With Timothy Bolger
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Reuters reported Monday that Canada and the United States were set to extend a ban imposed to fight the coronavirus outbreak.The rules, first issued in March, have been repeatedly extended in 30-day blocks.The restrictions do not cover trade across a US-Canada border that stretches 5,525 miles (8,891 km) or air travel.Passenger crossings have fallen by 90% or more at many border crossings and hit tourist destinations along US borders.In May, passenger traffic in Detroit fell to 45,000 people crossing, down from 502,000 passengers crossing in February.At San Ysidro, California, on the US-Mexico border, passenger and pedestrian traffic fell from more than 2.9 million people crossing in February to 1.3 million in May.The restrictions do not apply to travelers who are getting to work, or people travelling for family care, educational or humanitarian reasons. Topics : Restrictions on non-essential travel at US land borders with Canada and Mexico will be extended through Aug. 21, Canada and the United States announced on Thursday.”Canada and the United States have agreed to extend the current border measures by one month until August 21, and we’re going to keep working closely with our American neighbors to keep people safe on both sides of the border,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a news conference.Earlier, acting US Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf announced the 30-day extension on Twitter that “close collaboration with our neighbors has allowed us to respond to #COVID19 in a North American approach and slow the travel-related spread of the virus.”
However while the former Reading, West Ham, Charlton and Southampton manager is likely to face further action from the Football Association, the Magpies will not impose further punishment. Pardew’s latest touchline misdemeanour came with his side leading the Tigers 3-1 and well on their way to a 4-1 Barclays Premier League victory. Meyler brushed past him inside his technical area as he chased the ball as it ran out of play, and the Newcastle manager reacted angrily, confronting the player before moving his head towards him. After the ensuing melee had abated, referee Kevin Friend cautioned Meyler and then sent Pardew to the stands, from where he watched the remainder of the game. He made a swift apology in his post-match interviews, one which was accepted by opposite number Steve Bruce, but that did not prevent his club from taking a dim view of his behaviour. LMA boss Bevan was equally unimpressed, and told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme: “The buck stops with Alan. It’s unacceptable, it’s inappropriate and it’s insupportable from every perspective and Alan knows that. “He immediately realised the serious error, (made) sincere apologies to all parties and obviously (has) deep regret. “It was good to see (Hull boss) Steve Bruce’s reaction and Hull accepting (Pardew’s apology). “But Alan does need to think hard about how not to put himself in that position again.” Pardew said after the match he would have to “to sit down and stay out of the way” in future rather than roam his technical area to avoid getting embroiled in similar incidents. Bevan added: “I was pleased to see Newcastle in a very short period of time making a very swift, professional response that provided Alan with a very heavy fine and a formal warning.” Bevan also said the LMA was reviewing the technical area with a view to moving managers further away from the action. He added: “We did a technical report six or seven months ago, interviewing 40 referees and 40 managers, and we’re looking at the moment how the technical area works in America, for example, in other sports and seeing how we can look to improve several problems that occur because of the positioning.” Bevan admitted the tight confines of some of the old grounds would pose a problem, with the manager also needing to be kept out of the fans. He added: “But what we can do is make a serious effort to look at how the technical area should be placed.” Former FA executive director David Davies said a suspension for the remainder of the season was “conceivable” and described it as “a very serious matter which I suspect will be dealt with very severely”. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will not face the sack over his headbutt on Hull midfielder David Meyler. Press Association Sport understands that the 52-year-old’s job is safe despite calls for his head following the ugly incident at the KC Stadium on Saturday, which League Managers Association chief executive Richard Bevan branded “unacceptable and inappropriate”. Owner Mike Ashley is understood to be furious with Pardew’s conduct on the touchline and the club announced late on Saturday night that he has been fined £100,000 and been severely reprimanded. Press Association