Watch Wicked Pals Alexandra Billings & Bret Shuford’s Epic ‘Anything You Can Do’

first_img@bretshuford##duet with @therealalexandrabillings I can do it better! ##fyp ##duet ##mtboy ##anniegetyourgun ##lgbtqoriginal sound – vintagewhistle Star Files Bret Shuford & Alexandra Billings View Commentscenter_img It’s good to see them, isn’t it? Here’s your feel-good click of the day: Bret Shuford and Alexandra Billings, who became pals during Billings’ run as Madame Morrible in the Emerald City-set Broadway smash Wicked, teamed up on TikTok to perform a hilarious lip-sync rendition of one of musical theater’s most iconic face-off anthems, “Anything You Can Do” from Annie Get Your Gun. Enjoy the shenanigans below! Alexandra Billingslast_img read more

Vermont bank robbers arrested in Florida, Maine

Vermont State Police The Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations for the Middlesex Barracks have concluded a lengthy investigation into the two armed robberies that occurred at the Northfield savings bank in the town of Waitsfield on 4/28/15 and 5/5/15. Investigators have identified Andrew Place (dob: 1/1/86) and James McCausland (dob:7/2/88) as being responsible for both armed robberies.  Investigators learned that Place entered the bank with a handgun during both incidents while McCausland waited outside and drove the getaway vehicle.Andrew Place, left, and James McCausland. Courtesy VSPArrest warrants were issued by the Washington County Superior Court on 7/10/15 for both subjects.  Place has been charged with two felony counts of assault and robbery and McCausland has been charged with two felony counts of accessory to assault and robbery.Based on information gleaned relative to both subjects being homeless and transient the Vermont State Police requested and was granted assistance by the Us Marshal’s in locating and arresting Place and McCausland for the armed robberies.  Andrew Place was arrested by the US Marshals in Florida and is currently being housed at the Broward County Corrections awaiting extradition back to Vermont.  James McCausland was arrested in the State of Maine on unrelated charges and is also awaiting extradition back to Vermont.Background information from May 5, 2015 VSP Press Release:  http://vtstatepolice.blogspot.com/2015/05/enhance-suspect-picture-55-waitsfield.html(link is external) read more

New Balance runs with Sebastian Kienle and Mirinda Carfrae at Kona

first_img Related New Balance has congratulated Team New Balance triathletes Sebastian Kienle and Mirinda Carfrae who were crowned 2014 Ironman World Champions in Kona this month. The company notes that the ‘focus for New Balance Triathlon is signing the fastest runners and best all-around athletes in the world.’New Balance has worked with Sebastian Kienle for several years and in 2014 added Australia’s Mirinda Carfrae, American Lukas Verzbicas and Britain’s Non Stanford to its athlete roster.At the 2014 Kona Ironman World Championships, on Saturday 11 October, Sebastian Kienle took the lead on the bike and held that lead during his run, not giving up much to his competitors to take first place with a marathon time of 2:54:37. Sebastian (‘Sebi’) wore the New Balance 1500 shoes, which will launch in January 2015 with a suggested retail price of US$110.After working with Sebi for several years, New Balance wanted to create a shoe that spoke to his specific needs and the demands of his sport. Therefore the New Balance 1500 was built on a Revlite platform with a dual density post and Tbeam for light stability, a soft but supportive upper and a pull ring on the back of the shoe to help Sebi get the shoe on quickly and save precious time in the transition area. Mirinda Carfrae was down 14 minutes from the lead female when starting the final run portion at Kona. Setting a blistering run pace, Mirinda (‘Rinny’) made up those minutes during her run to take the title with a marathon time of 2:50:26. With this win at Kona, Rinny took her third Ironman World Championship title and became only the fourth woman in history to do so, while breaking her own record in the female run portion of the race.During Rinny’s impressive run she wore the New Balance 1600v2, which launched in July 2014 with the suggested retail price of US$110. New Balance launched the 1600 series to be ‘one of the best-in-class marathon racing shoes’ with a lightweight, secure fit and a responsive sole. The 1600v2 continues with Revlite RC cushioning in the faceted midsole, giving medial and lateral support without compromising cushioning.New Balance notes that it… ‘Takes great pride in the collaborative process between designers and Team New Balance athletes. The performances by Sebi and Rinny in Kona are shining examples of how this process helps New Balance create the best in innovative footwear and therefore helps Team New Balance athletes achieve excellence.’www.newbalance.comlast_img read more

Half a century ago, The Who rocked SM South’s gymnasium

first_imgA spread from the SM South yearbook documenting The Who’s 1967 performance.It was 1967, and things were looking bright at Shawnee Mission South.The school had just opened the previous year, and students were busy establishing the building’s culture — a culture that owed a debt to rock and roll from the very beginning. Students selected the Raiders as their mascot in homage to the band “Paul Revere & the Raiders,” which had a chart-topping hit with “Kick” on its 1966 album “Midnight Ride.”So it wasn’t too surprising that the school’s new student council set about trying to organize some blockbuster events to boost the burgeoning school’s spirit. Fifty years later, it’s almost impossible to imagine just how impressive their booking prowess was.On Nov. 17, 1967, SM South welcomed a pair of rock bands for the opening performance of their U.S. tour: Headlining were “The Buckinghams,” a Chicago-based “sunshine pop” act. And the opening act? The Who. That’s right: Peter Townsend, Keith Moon, Roger Daltrey and John Entwhistle played a nine-song set in the SM South gymnasium that still stands today. Here’s the setlist:I Can’t ExplainSubstituteA Quick One (While He’s Away)Run Run RunMary Ann With the Shaky HandsI Can See for MilesSummertime BluesMy GenerationThe Who commemorated the performance on their Facebook page on Friday.last_img read more

Psychology’s Replication Crisis Has Made The Field Better

first_imgIn 2012, psychologists Will Gervais and Ara Norenzayan published a paper in the journal Science reporting a series of experiments that suggested engaging in analytical thinking could reduce someone’s religious belief. It sounded vaguely plausible, but five years later, another group of researchers attempted to replicate the finding. They used a sample size about two and a half times larger and found no evidence that analytic thinking caused a decrease in religious belief. “Is it fun to find out that a study you published in a high profile outlet back in the day does not hold up well to more rigorous scrutiny? Oh hell no,” Gervais wrote in a blog post. He recommended that other researchers avoid the experience by using rigorous methods upfront. “CHECK YOURSELF BEFORE YOU WRECK YOURSELF while being open to REVISING YOUR BELIEFS.” The replication crisis arose from a series of events that began around 2011, the year that social scientists Uri Simonsohn, Leif Nelson and Joseph Simmons published a paper, “False-Positive Psychology,” that used then-standard methods to show that simply listening to the Beatles song “When I’m Sixty-Four” could make someone younger. It was an absurd finding, and that was the point. The paper highlighted the dangers of p-hacking — adjusting the parameters of an analysis until you get a statistically significant p-value (a difficult-to-understand number often misused to imply a finding couldn’t have happened by chance) — and other subtle or not-so-subtle ways that researchers could tip the scales to produce a favorable result. Around the same time, other researchers were reporting that some of psychology’s most famous findings, such as the idea that “priming” people by presenting them with stereotypes about elderly people made them walk at a slower pace, were not reproducible. Read the whole story: FiveThirtyEight More of our Members in the Media >center_img Being open to revising beliefs in the face of new evidence is, of course, a central tenet of the scientific enterprise. But research is done by fallible human beings who don’t always live up to scientific principles. When psychology first entered a period of upheaval commonly referred to as the “replication crisis,” not everyone in the field shared Gervais’s openness to updating. But as the field has reckoned with replication issues, it has been forced to follow its own rules more closely.last_img read more

Double delight for Manchester offices

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MENA Conference Day 1 – Live Update

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Conval publishes new brochure on API-602 Globe Valves

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Plexus Raises Cash to Support Further Growth

first_imgPlexus Holdings PLC, the AIM quoted oil and gas engineering services business and owner of the proprietary POS-GRIP® friction-grip method of wellhead engineering, announces that it has conducted a placing to raise, in aggregate, approximately £6.83 million before expenses by way of a placing of 2,787,624 ordinary shares of 1 penny each at a price of 245p per share (the ‘Placing Price’).This comprises 1,020,408 new ordinary shares of 1 penny each which are being issued by the Company and 1,067,216 new ordinary shares of 1 penny each which are being sold following the exercise of share options by certain optionholders of the Company as described further below (together ‘New Ordinary Shares’). In addition, conditional on admission of the New Ordinary Shares to trading on AIM (“Admission”), an existing shareholder of the Company as detailed below has sold 700,000 ordinary shares (‘Existing Ordinary Shares’) of 1 penny each to meet demand from new and existing institutional investors (the placing of New Ordinary Shares and Existing Ordinary Shares being collectively referred to as ‘the Placing’). The Company’s Nomad and Broker, Cenkos Securities plc conducted the Placing.Plexus intends to use the net proceeds of the Placing of the New Ordinary Shares which are being issued by the Company to support the Company’s growth strategy, which continues to be focused on expanding both the international reach and the range of applications of its innovative POS-GRIP friction-grip oil and gas wellhead technology, known for its superior safety, time and cost saving attributes. Specifically, the net proceeds raised for the Company will be used to provide:• Financing of the second half of the HGSS™ subsea wellhead Joint Industry Project (‘JIP’) estimated to cost up to a further £1.5m to £2m to complete over the next 18 months. The funds raised for the HGSS project will enable existing working capital to be directed towards the on-going development and future implementation of a range of growth strategy initiatives over the next three years which include the following:– Completion of up to 20,000 psi Tie-back product JIP, and the commencement of sales initiatives to run alongside the running of a prototype in the field– Possible establishment of an additional JIP to accelerate the design and development of subsea annulus management and monitoring technology and capability that would then be able to be transferred to the new HGSS subsea wellhead design and development process so as to accelerate the delivery of this target feature– Financing of additional capex for ongoing expansion of rental wellhead exploration inventory fleet stationed in Aberdeen• The balance of the new funds raised will be used to support the planned Asian sales strategy from Singapore and in particular:– Establishing a local rental wellhead inventory permanently based in Singapore which will form the new Plexus ‘Asian Hub’– Building out of the Asian hub and addressing additional infrastructure costs such as warehouse, offices, personnel and marketing.Ben van Bilderbeek, CEO of Plexus said, “I am delighted by the strong support received from both existing shareholders and new institutional investors for this £6.83 million placing. I believe this shows that the investment community recognises the substantial progress we have made to date as a leading oil and gas wellhead service company. Most importantly, it shows the significant growth potential, both organically and via future licencing and joint venture agreements, of our unique and proprietary POS-GRIP wellhead technology which I believe is capable of transforming the oil and gas wellhead services landscape across exploration, production and subsea drilling applications.“Our POS-GRIP equipment has proved itself in terms of safety, reliability and performance especially for high pressure/high temperature, in over 300 wells worldwide operated by major oil and gas companies. For this reason, I believe its best in class capabilities place us in an ideal position to continue to win new business for our surface exploration wellhead rental business, particularly as exploration activity opportunities increase and drilling environments become ever more technically challenging.“The new equity finance will in turn help to accelerate our pursuit of new business opportunities, whilst increasing our global reach. We are currently strengthening Plexus’ presence and marketing activities in the important Asian growth region, particularly Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, and Australia. In addition we are making excellent progress with our JIP where we are working alongside six major oil and gas companies to develop and commercialise a new and safer subsea wellhead, HGSS, utilising Plexus’ patented POS-GRIP technology. We believe our planned entry into the fast growing and sizeable subsea market will be a major milestone for the Company, and it is particularly beneficial to have a number of global oil and gas operators such as ENI, Maersk, Shell, and Total working alongside our own design engineers as consulting partners to the project.“We look forward to reporting on these developments in the coming months as we continue to promote POS-GRIP friction grip technology as the wellhead and technology of choice and indeed necessity due to its superior safety and operational benefits.”Details of the PlacingAs part of the Placing, Thrall Enterprises, Inc (in which J Jeffrey Thrall, Chairman, is beneficially interested), an existing shareholder of the Company has also agreed to sell 700,000 Existing Ordinary Shares at the Placing Price to, inter alia, meet institutional demand and improve liquidity.Separately, certain option holders have conditional on Admission exercised share options and agreed to sell 1,067,216 New Ordinary Shares. Included in the foregoing, Ben van Bilderbeek, CEO, has conditionally exercised 194,152 options over ordinary shares of 1 penny each in the Company (‘Ordinary Shares’) at an exercise price of 59p per Ordinary Share and Graham Stevens, CFO, has conditionally exercised 116,000 options over Ordinary Shares at an exercise price of 59p per Ordinary Share. All such Ordinary Shares will be sold as part of the Placing at the Placing Price of 245p per Ordinary Share.Application has been made for the New Ordinary Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM and it is expected that dealings will commence on 5 December 2013.The New Ordinary Shares will rank pari passu with the existing Ordinary Shares in the Company from Admission.Following Admission, Plexus will have 84,892,673 Ordinary Shares in issue and each share has the right to one vote. Therefore, for the purposes of the Financial Conduct Authority (‘FCA’) Disclosure and Transparency Rules, the total number of voting rights in the Company is 84,892,673. The above figure may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine whether they are required to notify the Company of their interests in, or change to their interests in, the Company under the FCA’s Disclosure and Transparency Rules.[mappress]Press Release, December 03, 2013last_img read more

DP World Gathers Experts to Discuss Somali Piracy Issues (UAE)

first_imgDP World brought together public and private sector experts to a meeting aimed at initiating support to Somalia.During the meeting experts shared ideas on how to support Somalia to build its economy, attract international investment and create jobs and a future for its young people as an alternative to taking to sea as piratesThe panel discussion, themed “The Business Environment, Regulatory Reform and Key Economic Sectors for Investment in Somalia”, is the first of three DP World is convening with knowledge partner, the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA), this year focused on supporting the development of Somalia as part of the port operator’s on-going counter-piracy efforts.For the past three years, DP World and the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs have co-convened an annual international Counter-Piracy Conference in Dubai that brings together more than 750 industry and government leaders to seek solutions to piracy, both at sea and on land. Piracy originating in Somalia has fallen dramatically over that time. Attention is now turning to building the economic capacity of that country.Included in those attending the discussion were H.E. Yusuf Moallim Amin, Minister of Ports, Federal Republic of Somalia, H.E. Prof. Ali Mohamed Gedi, Former Prime Minister, Federal Republic of Somalia, H.E. Ambassador Mahash Saeed Alhameli, Director of International Security Cooperation Department, UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and DP World Group CEO Mohammed Sharaf.In his welcoming remarks, DP World Group CEO Mohammed Sharaf said: “Marine piracy grew directly out of the twenty years of turmoil in Somalia and it will only disappear once Somalia’s young people have an alternative future – one that allows them to not just survive but thrive in safety, to feed themselves, to raise a family, to participate in the community.“Somalia has a huge diaspora of people who are proudly Somali and in these discussions we are tapping into that talent to generate ideas and actions to help Somalia once more be a strong trading nation connected to the world.”Panel moderator Dr. Theodore Karasik, INEGMA Director of Research and Consultancy, said: “Our more than 30 panelists included representatives from the shipping, financial, telecom and trade sectors, who were unanimous in their optimism for the sustainable long term future of Somalia.“The discussion identified the strengths that currently exist in Somalia, the opportunities for business both for those in Somalia and those who would like to invest in Somalia, and where the gaps are and how they can be filled.”During the discussion, the panel stressed that the economic landscape of Somalia had changed radically over the past five years and the time had come for action to attract investment, particularly in agriculture and fishing, and in building the capabilities, scope and scale of supporting financial and other institutions. The panel also highlighted the important contribution of the returning diaspora of young, well-educated Somalis who are working hard to build economic capacity in their homeland.The panel discussions will feed into white papers that will be made publicly available. The first is due for release mid-May.[mappress]DP World, April 9, 2014last_img read more