Broadway’s Macbeth, Starring Ethan Hawke, Delays First Preview

first_img View Comments In addition to Hawke and Duff, the cast features Bianca Amato as Lady Macduff, Richard Easton as Duncan, Brian d’Arcy James as Banquo, Jonny Orsini as Malcolm, Daniel Sunjata as Macduff, with Malcolm Gets, John Glover and Byron Jennings as the Three Witches. The ensemble includes Shirine Babb, John Patrick Doherty, Austin Durant, Francesca Faridany, Stephanie Fieger,  Ben Horner, Ruy Iskandar,  Paul Kite, Aaron Krohn, Jeremiah Maestas, Christopher McHale, Sam Poon, Triney Sandoval, Nathan Stark, Patrick Vaill, Tyler Lansing Weaks and Derek Wilson. Lincoln Center Theater’s production of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth has delayed its first preview by a day to give the show more onstage rehearsal time.  The Jack O’Brien-helmed play will now begin performances on October 25, with opening night set for November 21 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Ethan Hawke Macbeth stars Ethan Hawke and Anne-Marie Duff as the central power-hungry couple. The tragedy follows the title Scottish general (Hawke), who receives a prophecy from three witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne. He soon becomes a tyrannical ruler and commits several murders to protect himself. The bloodbath takes Macbeth and Lady Macbeth (Duff) into realms of arrogance, madness and death. Star Files Macbeth features sets by Scott Pask, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Japhy Weideman and original music and sound design by Mark Bennett.last_img read more

UVM names winners of SPARK-VT faculty pitch competition

first_imgRyan McDevitt, left and Darren Hitt. UVM photo.Vermont Business Magazine Two University of Vermont-affiliated research teams have been awarded SPARK-VT grants by the university to help commercialize their work and move it a step closer to the marketplace. UVM PhD alumnus Ryan McDevitt; his doctoral adviser, Darren Hitt, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences; and Patrick Lee, an assistant professor in the department, won for the cost-effective propulsion system for small satellites they have developed, which is poised to address the coming revolution in the miniaturized satellite market. A second team, led by Jason Botten, an assistant professor of medicine in UVM’s Larner College of Medicine, was recognized for its work to create the first therapeutic for preventing and treating a life-threatening disease caused by hantaviruses.At UVM’s annual SPARK-VT competition, faculty pitch their commercialization ideas to a panel of experts who challenge them with questions, then deliberate in private before announcing the winning teams, who each receive a $50,000 award.  “Congratulations to both teams for submitting high quality entries that have a great deal of promise,” said Richard Galbraith, UVM’s vice president for research. “This year, as in past years, the winning projects show a high degree of sophistication, both in their underlying science and in their grasp of the realities of the marketplace.”   “The growth of SPARK-VT from one participating department in 2012 to 14 today is evidence that a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship is taking root at UVM,” said UVM provost David Rosowsky. “Each year, we see a growing number of faculty interested in commercialization of their work. By providing strong support mechanisms for translating their work into commercial application, we will continue to be able to attract outstanding faculty working in areas with the greatest potential for commercialization and societal impact. This year’s winners, and our previous SPARK-VT winners, demonstrate the power and the potential of this important element of our academic ecosystem.”The project proposed by McDevitt, Hitt and Lee outlines their plan to develop a precision, cost-effective microthruster for small satellites that will enable them to make small adjustments to their position and orientation in orbit. The work complements a project the team received a SPARK-VT award for last year. That proposal was focused on a high-performance thruster for small satellites that would allow them to transfer into new orbits (or de-orbit at end-of-life). Both microthruster projects are being developed by a company co-founded by McDevitt called Benchmark Space Systems (formerly GreenScale Technologies(link is external)). One of the largest technical challenges facing constellations of small satellites is the ability to maintain relative orientation, a $1 billion market opportunity within the emerging $6 billion small satellite market.UVM Larner College of Medicine associate professor Jason Botten won a SPARK-VT award for his team’s work to create the first therapeutic for treating a life-threatening disease caused by hantaviruses. The computer displays cells infected with a similar virus. A second SPARK award was granted to a team that has developed a cost-effective propulsion system for small satellites. (Photo: Erin Post)Botten, who has studied hantaviruses for more than 20 years, has assembled an international multidisciplinary team of virologists, clinicians, immunologists and industry partners to develop an effective therapeutic against cardiopulmonary syndrome caused by hantaviruses (HCPS), for which there are no FDA-approved treatment options or vaccines. Their therapy has the potential to be a first-line antiviral for the treatment or prevention of hantavirus disease in the Americas.  Climate change has brought rodent populations into closer contact with humans, increasing the risk of infection with hantavirus. HCPS is responsible for killing roughly 40 percent of afflicted patients.SPARK-VT is designed to help bridge the divide between research and the marketplace by bringing promising researchers together with business innovators and biotech leaders. The program offers frequent workshops to faculty interested in commercializing their research on topics ranging from intellectual property to market analysis to the art of the pitch. A select group of faculty who’ve submitted SPARK proposals are invited to make presentations to a panel of 12 leaders from biotech, pharmaceutical, business, engineering, finance and legal fields. Panel members ask questions, challenge presenters on the details of their plans and offer suggestions. The $50,000 seed funding comes from UVM’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Office of the Provost.Since its launch in 2012, SPARK-VT has funded 16 faculty proposals. It has spawned two start-up companies with three more in development and has been a factor in prompting faculty to submit 18 grant applications in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs of the federal government. Half of the proposals were funded, a high rate of success. Source: UVM 7.7.2017VBM vermontbiz.comlast_img read more

Epson Pro L20000UNL Projector Ships

first_imgThe Epson Pro L20000UNL, its new WUXGA (1920×1200) large-venue laser projector with 20,000 lumens brightness, is now shipping. The Epson Pro L20000UNL is expanding Epson’s large venue Pro L laser projector lineup. The Pro L20000UNL features interchangeable interface boards, a sealed light engine and optical unit and compatibility with Epson’s current lens family to allow easy integration with existing lens fleets.The large-venue Pro L20000UNL laser projector is spec’d at 20,000 lumens of white and color brightness and maintenance-free operation for up to 20,000 hours. The new projector comes equipped with frame interpolation for fast-moving images, along with a wide lens shift and support for a range of optional lenses (sold separately), including a zero-offset ultra short-throw lens. The new projector also features a robust stainless-steel frame body structure for added durability.The new projector is also available in white — the Pro L20002UNL — and combines advanced projection tools and flexible installation features to deliver reliable, premium projection that blends discreetly into most environments. Additional features include:Advanced connectivity – two interchangeable interface boards as well as onboard HDMI, DisplayPort and HDBaseTEquipped with tools like automated tiling assist, edge blending and auto-color adjustment for fast installation, plus free software for multi-projector setupSupports High Dynamic Range (HDR) via HDR10 (PQ) and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) with a BT.709 color spaceThe Epson Pro L20000UNL and Pro L20002UNL projectors are available now and all the specs are here.last_img read more

UM opens immigration clinic

first_img UM opens immigration clinic The University of Miami law school has launched an immigration clinic in which students will represent low-income immigrants in South Florida.Starting this fall semester, eight law students will represent immigrants of all nationalities in court before immigration authorities and work on projects aimed at systemically improving the lives of immigrants.“Our goal is for our students to make a lasting contribution to South Florida’s diverse and dynamic immigrant community,” said Assistant Professor Rebecca Sharpless, who previously worked at Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center before joining the law school faculty and who directs the new clinic. “We look forward to working together with existing immigrant advocacy organizations.”Students will be the primary advocates of the clinic’s clients, taking responsibility for cases from start to finish. The clinic will accept a full range of immigration matters, including asylum claims and deportation defense of longtime permanent residents. In addition to individual cases, students will collaborate with local and national legal and community organizations on projects that advance the cause of immigrant rights. increasing opportunities for practical training, the school hopes to increase the marketability of its students.“This clinic is extremely important in advancing the rights of immigrants and in protecting the rule of law,” said Irwin Stotzky, who teaches and writes in areas of immigration and human rights law and who will be collaborating with Sharpless.“It demonstrates the law school’s unyielding commitment to public service.”David Abraham, who teaches immigration law and writes about concepts of citizenship, is equally enthusiastic: “With the inauguration of our immigration clinic under Becky Sharpless, one of the nation’s leading immigrant advocates, UM joins the ranks of Georgetown, Harvard, and Boston University in offering maximum breadth and depth in this growing and exceedingly important field.” October 15, 2009 Regular Newscenter_img UM opens immigration cliniclast_img read more

Florida Registered Paralegal Corner

first_img F lorida Registered Paralegal Corner Lori S. Holcomb FRP CounselThe Florida Bar offers several free or low cost webinars you may use toward your CE requirement.To find available courses go to the Bar’s website at, and click CLE on the top. From there click on Online Courses. Then click on Catalog of Courses. Scroll down until you see Discounted or Reduced Price CLE Programs. That link will take you to the programs.You may also watch DVDs your attorneys have ordered. You need to make sure the course has not expired. The expiration date is on the program. Florida Registered Paralegal Corner October 15, 2011 Regular Newslast_img read more

Fleck victorious in first game as head coach with win over Buffalo

first_imgFleck victorious in first game as head coach with win over BuffaloQuarterbacks Conor Rhoda and Demry Croft combined for 239 passing yards and one touchdown.Easton GreenQuarterback Demry Croft hands the ball to running back Rodney Smith at TCF Bank Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. The Gophers beat Buffalo 17-7. Jack WarrickSeptember 1, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintShannon Brooks’ 1-yard touchdown with under a minute left in the first quarter proved to be the dagger Thursday night at TCF Bank Stadium.That score gave the Gophers a one-touchdown lead, and Minnesota added a field goal later on to make it 17-7, giving head coach P.J. Fleck a win in his first game as the Gophers new head coach.“It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t necessarily what I wanted to see,” Fleck said. “That doesn’t matter to me. What matters to me [is] they found a way to win.”Fleck played both Conor Rhoda and Demry Croft at quarterback Thursday night. Rhoda played more than Croft and completed 12-21 passes with 176 yards with no rushing yards. Croft went 7-11 with 63 passing yards and 32 rushing.The Gophers defense held Buffalo to seven points. They allowed one receiving touchdown and 211 passing yards with 51 yards on the ground.Defensive back Antonio Shenault led the Gophers defense with 10 tackles.“Our defense was playing phenomenal,” Fleck said. “They kept us in the game.”Wide receiver Tyler Johnson helped the Gophers earn the victory with his breakout performance.Johnson matched his stats in the first game of his sophomore year on Thursday night with exactly 141 yards and a touchdown.“I would say I’m very comfortable,” Johnson said. “I have a good understanding about what I need to do, what release I need to do, what break point I need to make coming off of the line and things like that.” On the second drive for the Gophers, Rhoda threw a deep ball to Johnson for a 61-yard touchdown and the first score of the game. “[Johnson] comes to play when the lights are on,” Rhoda said. “He’s just a gamer, a smart kid, comes to work every day and he’s gotten a ton better since he first got here.”Running backs Rodney Smith and Brooks were expected to carry the Gophers but were limited against the Bulls. Smith had 77 yards and Brooks was held to 71.Last year, the Gophers put up 183.6 yards per game rushing and 173.6 yards per game in receiving. This game, the Gophers rushed for 169 yards and passed for 239.Both kickers missed two field goals each. Buffalo’s kicker, Adam Mitcheson, missed a 40-yard kick in the first quarter that would have put them on the board. In the second quarter, he had a kick blocked that would have put his team ahead.Minnesota kicker Emmit Carpenter missed a 50-yard kick and a 36-yard kick before sealing the victory for the Gophers with a 43-yard field goal near the end of the fourth quarter.“He had to come in to seal the game with 1:40 left from 40 yards,” Fleck said. “It just shows his resiliency and response. You can see the culture working inside him.”The 6-foot-7-inch, 245-pound Buffalo quarterback Tyree Jackson put up 211 passing yards and kept the Bulls within two possessions of the Gophers for the whole game.“I’ve learned in my short career you never not enjoy a win,” Fleck said. “We have make sure that we continue to do all the right things.”last_img read more

Homeownership among Hispanics sees surge

first_imgThe Hispanic Wealth Project and the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) recent report on the State of Hispanic Homeownership shows an increase in Hispanic homeownership rates while overall U.S. homeownership rates have declined for the twelfth consecutive year.According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Hispanic homeownership rate averaged 45.6 percent in 2015, two-tenths of a percent higher than in 2014. In 2015 the increase was much more dramatic surging from 44.5 percent to 46.7 percent – the largest one year spike in more than a decade.“The Hispanic homeownership numbers were very encouraging and all leading indicators strongly suggest that the trend will continue,” said Joseph Nery, NAHREP 2016 president. “Policy makers and the housing industry need to recognize that the face of homeownership in America has changed and it is in everyone’s interest to ensure that these new consumers have access to relevant lending products, affordable housing stock and culturally competent service providers in the coming years.”In addition, the report showed that Latinos also led the nation in workforce participation and household formation growth which indicates that Hispanics will likely be the primary driver of new homeowners for the next decade and beyond.Industry leaders recognize the significance of Hispanic homebuyers to the nation’s economy:“The State of Hispanic Homeownership should be required reading by everyone in housing, especially lenders and realtors,” said David Stevens, president and CEO Mortgage Bankers Association. “The Latino community is massive, it’s ready to own, and it’s now. The significance of Hispanics to housing and the economy will only grow, creating opportunity for all who focus on this vibrant, dynamic, and impactful part of the U.S. economy.”“The State of Hispanic Homeownership Report highlights how important the Hispanic population has become in driving overall housing demand in the US, and how this influence will only continue to grow as their share of the population increases,” said Chris Herbert, managing director Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, “Crafting housing policies that are attuned to meeting the needs of this important demographic group is essential to ensure they have access to decent and affordable housing.”The State of Hispanic Homeownership Report highlights data that provides a comparative analysis of the past year and since 2000. It specifically analyzes the demographic and economic trends that shape the homeownership market, including the cultural nuances and purchase habits of Latino home buyers.The State of Hispanic Homeownership Report also identifies major barriers to Latino homeownership such as the need for improved access to affordable mortgage credit, the need to substantially increase the number of culturally competent professionals in the industry and policies that address the shortage of housing inventory in many major markets.As a result of the report’s findings, NAHREP issues its 2016 policy priorities which it will share with legislators during Congressional Hill visits at its policy conference on Thursday, March 17.last_img read more

Avian Flu Scan for Jul 25, 2016

first_imgH5N1 sickens 3 more in EgyptEgypt recently reported three new H5N1 avian flu cases, all in people who had been exposed to poultry or their environments, according to a monthly update from the World Health Organization (WHO) on animal-to-human flu transmission events for the middle of June through the middle of July.One of the patients is a 2-year-old boy from Cairo who got sick on May 30 and whose H5N1 illness was detected as part of flulike illness surveillance. He was hospitalized, treated with antivirals for pneumonia, and recovered. Before he became ill the boy had visited a family member who raised birds.The other two are a 30-year-old woman from Menia governorate whose symptoms began on Jun 11 and an 8-year-old girl from Cairo governorate who got sick on Jun 18. Both had been exposed to poultry or their environments, were hospitalized with pneumonia, and recovered after antiviral treatment.The WHO said no other cases were detected in any of the patients’ contact and that H5N1 is endemic in Egyptian poultry.So far, eight H5N1 cases have been reported globally this year, all of them in Egypt. The WHO said since 2003, 854 cases have been reported, 450 of them fatal, from 16 countries.Jul 19 WHO monthly flu at the human-animal interface reportIn related developments, the WHO recently noted seven more H7N9 avian flu cases reported from China on Jul 12, four of them fatal. In a Jul 22 statement, the WHO said onset dates range from May 26 to Jun 23, with ages spanning 52 to 68 years.The patients were from six provinces and cities. Four of the patients are men, and five reported exposure to poultry or their environments before they became ill. One worked a market where live poultry is sold. None of the cases reflect human-to-human transmission, the agency said.Most of the cases had been noted earlier in other official reports from Chinese government agencies, according to FluTrackers, an infectious disease news message board. It put the global total at 800 cases since the first human cases were detected in 2012.Jul 22 WHO statement on H7N9 in China FluTrackers H7N9 case listIraq reports 11 H5 outbreaks affecting almost 3 million poultryIraqi officials today reported 11 outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5 avian flu outbreaks last month and this month that affected farm poultry numbering almost 3 million birds, while the government announced steps to combat the problem.In a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the country’s Ministry of Agriculture reported that 11 farms in and around Baghdad were affected beginning on Jun 15, with the most recent one beginning on Jul 13. Seven were in Baghdad governorate, with the other 4 in Wasit governorate to the southeast of Baghdad.The farms range in size from 17,000 to 914,000 birds. In total the farms housed 2,823,035 poultry, 512,948 of which died from the virus. The remaining 2.3 million birds were culled to prevent disease spread.Officials are implementing control measures like disinfection of the premises and control poultry movement, the OIE report said.In related news, Iraq’s General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers ordered steps to combat the recent outbreaks, including limits on shipping animals, increased funding for containment, and reporting of sick birds. The statement was translated and posted by Avian Flu Diary, an infectious disease blog.Jul 25 OIE report Jul 25 Avian Flu Diary postlast_img read more

One new positive case

first_imgThe Caribbean Public Health Agency today (April 21, 2020) reported six (6) more negative COVID-19 and one (1) new positive result for St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Oct 16, 2020 One of the negative results provided medical clearance and confirms this country’s third recovered COVID-19 case. You may be interested in… The Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines will continue to keep the public informed as we manage this public health challenge together. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… COVID -19 Update SVG: One more positive, six negative, one more recoveredSt. Vincent and the Grenadines has recorded its fourteenth (14) positive COVID -19 case. Today’s new case is closely associated with the one which was reported on Tuesday, April 21, by the Caribbean Public Health Agency CARPHA, the first since April 9, 2020. Chief Medical Officer, Dr Simone Keizer Beache,…April 23, 2020In “General”No new positives, 3 negative results – COVID -19, SVGThe Caribbean Public Health Agency on Sunday reported another three (3) negative COVID-19 results for St. Vincent and the Grenadines. One (1) of these negative tests was for an isolated patient who had previously tested positive, and is part of the medical clearance process to determine whether the patient had…April 20, 2020In “General”Additional COVID-19 Results for SVG: Three Negative and One PositiveAPI, SVG, 7 April – The Caribbean Public Health Agency has reported results on an additional 4 samples that were sent for testing – three were negative for COVID-19 and one was positive for COVID-19. These results bring the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 in St. Vincent and…April 7, 2020In “General”Share this on WhatsApp Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC This new case of COVID-19 serves as a reminder about the importance of maintaining the public health measures currently in place, which include hand hygiene, cough etiquette, physical distancing of at least 3-6 ft in public spaces, and strict adherence to quarantine and isolation. More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… St. Lucia records more cases of COVID CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak These measures are vital, if we are to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Oct 15, 2020 The new positive COVID-19 case, which remains under investigation, brings the total number of confirmed cases in St. Vincent and the Grenadines to thirteen (13). Oct 15, 2020 There are therefore three (3) recovered COVID-19 cases in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Oct 16, 2020last_img read more

Former Toyota Executive Leads Supplier Into New Era

first_imgIn the world of global auto suppliers, Toyota-affiliated brake manufacturer ADVICS Co. Ltd. is a relative newcomer. Despite being the “go to” brake company for the world’s biggest automaker, ADVICS is less than 15 years old and only began running its first factory in its home country in 2010.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementHowever, braking technology has come a long way in that time. Toyota sees braking as so critical to its next generation vehicles, that it has sent one of its highest-profile executives to run ADVICS. This marks the first time Toyota has installed a leader at the brake maker, though it routinely does so at other suppliers in its vast stable of affiliates.ADVICS was founded in 2001 as a joint venture of Toyota and three brake related suppliers: Aisin Seiki Co., Denso Corp. and Sumitomo Electric Industries. Today, Aisin holds a 55 percent stake, while Denso and Sumitomo Electric have 18 percent each.ADVICS’ new chief is Satoshi Ogiso, 54, a former Toyota global product planning guru and longtime development leader for its Prius family of hybrid vehicles. He took the wheel at ADVICS on June 24.According to ADVICS, Ogiso’s mission is to guide ADVICS into the new era by integrating old school mechanical braking technology with the new high tech digital controls that run everything from hybrid battery recharging and pre-crash emergency stopping to four wheel drive traction features and adaptive cruise control.The former Toyota managing officer also will oversee the expansion of ADVICS with a technical center opening this month in Kariya, Japan, and its first factory in Mexico scheduled to start production in March. That plant, in Lagos de Moreno in the state of Jalisco, initially will employ 130 workers and will manufacture drum brakes.AdvertisementIn 2001, ADVICS had only a sales and engineering staff. Manufacturing was outsourced to its shareholder companies. ADVICS acquired its first domestic factory in 2010 after buying its Kariya brake plant from Aisin Seiki. Today, ADVICS has 6,790 employees worldwide and factories around the globe, including plants in Ohio, Georgia and Indiana.last_img read more