Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark On November 6, Simmons tweeted, “Thank you, Michael Cohl for offering me the role of the Green Goblin on the Broadway production of #spiderman.” Though a representative for the musical, which plays at Broadway’s Foxwoods Theatre, couldn’t confirm Simmons’ the offer, we think the singer would make a great Goblin. Think about it: he’s got the rock credentials, he loves to wear make-up, he’s has that terrifyingly long tongue and KISS’ 2013 Monster Tour wraps up on November 8. View Comments Related Shows Would you like to see Gene Simmons rock out as the gruesome and ominous Green Goblin in Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark? Let us know in the comments below! Will the Demon become the Goblin? Gene Simmons, co-founder/lead vocalist/bass guitarist of the band KISS, might be the next performer to play the Green Goblin role in Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark. According to Simmons himself, show producer Michael Cohl would like to see the legendary rocker portray Spider-Man’s menacing archnemesis. This is the second time in a month that a rocker has reportedly been considered for the villainous role. Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark follows the story of Peter Parker (Justin Matthew Sargent), whose life takes a turn for the extraordinary when he’s bitten by a genetically altered spider and finds himself endowed with superpowers. Parker quickly learns that with great power comes great responsibility as he tries to juggle the demands of high school and home life, while battling the Green Goblin (Robert Cuccioli) and his band of super villains. Peter must fight to save everything he holds dear, including the beautiful girl-next-door, Mary Jane Watson (Rebecca Faulkenberry). Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2014
Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence. The annual awards honor the actions taken by Vermonters to conserve and protect natural resources, prevent pollution and promote sustainability.Applications are encouraged from: Business, Industry and Trade or Professional Organizations Applications must be received electronically, no later than Monday, February 2, 2015. Applications materials are available for download here(link is external). For questions or to obtain email copies of the application, contact Gary Gulka at email@example.com(link sends e-mail), or by phone at: 802-522-0215. Teachers and Students Institutions (such as Schools, Hospitals and Municipalities) Public Agencies Individual Citizens Environmental, Community and Non-Profit Organizations
Related With 24 different items of Ironman-branded swim, bike and run apparel, TYR’s new Ironman Collection offers numerous training and racing options for triathletes of all levels. The Ironman Collection is now available at select Sports Authority stores across the US, along with a variety of other Ironman products.According to the latest release from Ironman brand owner World Triathlon Corp (WTC), in addition to the Ironman Collection, The Sports Authority is quickly becoming an ‘Ironman and triathlon headquarters’.The retailer offers many other Ironman branded training equipment including Foster Grant Sunglasses, Timex Watches, Nathan Hydration products and Yurbuds.Included in the new TYR Ironman Collection is an assortment of eye-catching styles. The collection features running and tri shorts, running tops and singlets, cycling shirts, one-piece tri suits and, of course, since TYR has long been a leader in the swimming industry, a number of different styles of swim suits.www.ironman.comwww.tyr.com www.sportsauthority.com
Vivitek has announced three new NovoTouch 4K resolution panels with both wireless collaborative touch and digital signage in one display. Aimed at both corporate and education users, the NovoTouch EK653i, NovoTouch EK753i and the NovoTouch EK863i give users the ability to choose between corporate or education modes and also include a switch between Wireless Collaboration and Signage; both modes allow for a touch as well as “non-touch” interactive experience during meetings.For educators, NovoTouch includes whiteboard, wireless presentation, screen recording and G-Suite integration. In addition, further education apps (such as Canvas, Blackboard etc.) can be installed through the built-in App Store or manually.For corporate users, videoconferencing apps (Zoom, Teams, Webex, etc.) are available and users can plug in a standard Windows OPS module to add the Windows environment (like Microsoft Office, Skype) natively to NovoTouch.Both users will benefit from the NovoTouch panel’s faster touch screen response, making for a more seamless experience, while the thinner annotation lines ensure improved accuracy when highlighting or writing notes. Meeting and class participants will also appreciate the latest IPS-ADS panel technology, designed to deliver brilliant image quality with an anti-glare durable surface and 178° Hyper-Viewing Angle. On top of this, the graphical user interface (GUI) is rendered at 4K resolution, delivering a crisp viewing experience.For hybrid meetings with on-site and remote participants are facilitated through videoconferencing and better audio performance from built-in 16-watt x2 speakers.In addition, NT LiveScreen/NT LiveReceiver Screen offers duplication of the main screen over the corporate network out to other receiving screens. This feature is designed for meetings or groups that need to be split across separate locations, like different meeting rooms, facilitating safety during COVID-19 times. The full NT software package includes mirroring, screen recording and NovoDS Digital Signage. Teachers and meeting hosts can also create a customized interface, which enables them to personalize their home screen.The new NovoTouch EK line includes Android 8.0 and Google G Suite, pre-installed, as well as multiple app options in the NT App store to cater to the education and corporate markets.Connection from any device to the new NovoTouch displays can be done via the LaunchNovo site — a web browser that establishes instant wireless mirroring to the NovoTouch. Additionally, the NovoConnect App & Software and the optional USB Launcher modules offer direct connection wirelessly to NovoTouch, or any other Novo Ecosystem product.IT managers will appreciate that the NovoTouch can integrate in the network using a dual network setting and can be managed centrally. Security is a priority with AES-256 encryption, and wireless security protocols, WEP, WAP, WAP2 to guarantee a user’s meeting is confidential, with options to facilitate even the highest Data Loss Prevention security standards. Further aiding installation, is NovoTouch’s built-in Novo OPS which is bundled with an 80 pin panel specified to the industry’s Intel standard, while there are increased I/O options with three HDMI-in 2.0 / 1 HDMI-Out and multiple USB2.0 and 3.0 connections.The NovoTouch EK653i is available from £1,790 excluding VAT. The NovoTouch EK753i is available from £2,990 excluding VAT. The NovoTouch EK863i is available from £4,290 excluding VAT. Here are more specs: www.vivitekcorp.com or www.vivitek.eu.
Canadian-based real estate services firm, Avison Young, acquired Phoenix-based GPE Management Services, and the newly merged firm is opening up offices here in Phoenix.Avison Young’s new Phoenix office is located in downtown Phoenix at 2777 E. Camelback Rd., Suite 230.The new offices will be Avison Young’s first location in Arizona, and 52nd office in the U.S., and is another step in the firm’s ongoing expansion efforts.Over the past seven years, Avison Young has grown from 11 to, now, 77 offices in 70 markets and from 300 to more than 2,200 real estate professionals in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and Europe.GPE Companies was a privately held, third-party real estate firm that has been serving a range of clients, from private individual investors to publicly traded corporations to international investment groups, for the past 43 years in Arizona.GPE offered services for all property types, including office, retail, flex/industrial and land. In addition, the firm had a division specializing in all areas of healthcare real estate. Over the past four decades, the company facilitated acquisitions and sales transactions exceeding $2.5 billion in real estate value. GPE also represents 6 million square feet of commercial space under management in the Phoenix metro area.Monday’s acquisition brings Avison Young’s total square feet of retail, industrial and office properties under management in North America to approximately 100 million square feet. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.Effective immediately, GPE is rebranded as Avison Young. The change in ownership adds 29 employees to Avison Young’s operations, including David Genovese, Julie Johnson and Alexandra Loye who become Principals of Avison Young. Genovese also becomes Managing Director of the company’s Phoenix office. He will focus on overseeing the growth and development of Avison Young’s presence in the Phoenix region, servicing new and existing clients, and managing the day-to-day operations of the office. Genovese brings to Avison Young 30 years of commercial real estate experience – all with GPE, where he was most recently President, designated broker and principal.“We are pleased to be opening our first office in Phoenix,” said Chair and CEO Mark E. Rose. “The acquisition of GPE provides Avison Young with a strong foundation, particularly in terms of brokerage and property management, in Arizona as we begin to roll out our expansion program in the state. With David and the rest of the GPE team on board, we are again adding individuals who are respected for their leadership, extensive industry experience and in-depth local market knowledge. More importantly, we also know that they will fit seamlessly into our Principal-led, collaborative culture and provide a superior level of service to clients.”Also joining Avison Young from GPE are: Nicholas Pelusio, Bret Isbell, Kevin Helland, Kristie Jones, Brooke Askew-Rossi, LeiAnne Oborne, Dominic Perry, Gail Brown, Jennifer Pliska, Laurie Sandau, Linda Robbins, Tracey Galligan, Tom Kimsey,Marion Chaney, Gregory Leverton, Becky Bishop, Esther Grabowsky, Gina Gringle, Jonathan Collins, Jason Gutierrez,Angela Williams, Jen Day, Amanda Knight, Rogelio Martinez, Jamie Svobodo and Ronald Genovese (company founder).“We think very highly of the GPE organization and the presence that it has established in Phoenix, which is a rapidly growing market that is gaining in importance to many of our occupier and investor clients,” said Earl Webb, Avison Young president, U.S. operations. “GPE has built a high-quality service platform, with dynamic leadership, and Avison Young looks forward to growing our company’s presence in this important U.S. market – through the acquisition of this firm as well as future additions to staff in all areas of our business. David Genovese is someone who has consistently provided excellent client service during his career while building a broad-based service platform at GPE. Additionally, the company has a number of senior managers and brokers who will fit the Avison Young culture perfectly and continue to enhance our client-service capabilities in the Phoenix market and beyond.”GPE was ranked the number one brokerage firm (24 brokers or fewer and medical categories) in AZ Big Media’s 2016 “Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business” list, and among the top five in the industrial, property management and best workplace culture categories, and among the top 10 in the retail and land categories.“With Phoenix, Avison Young now has a local presence in all major American markets,” adds Hiren Thakar, Avison Young Principal and Senior Vice-President of Corporate Strategy. “With this acquisition, we have quickly established a presence in one of the largest and fastest-growing metro markets in the U.S. Furthermore, GPE is a well-established player in the highly dynamic medical office market, which is becoming increasingly important to our clients across the country. David and his team will now be able to take advantage of Avison Young’s extensive resources to better serve the thriving medical office property sector inPhoenix. At the same time, his team will be able to collaborate with other Avison Young offices and provide multi-market medical office solutions for clients.” Today’s announcement comes on the heels of Avison Young acquiring North Rae Sanders and opening a new office in Coventry, U.K. on January 11, 2016; acquiring Toronto-based property appraisal company Metrix Realty Group (Ontario) Inc. on January 4, 2016; and opening new offices in Memphis, Tennessee on December 7, 2015 and in Mexico City on December 2, 2015.
The Vancouver Sun:Those who approve “enhanced interrogation techniques” probably have a flawed idea of whether this constitutes torture, because few have felt the pain these methods can cause, researchers report.A study that gave its subjects a mild taste of such interrogation methods as solitary confinement, sleep deprivation and extreme cold found most respondents characterized what they felt as torture. Those who did not experience these techniques but were told about them generally underestimated how much pain they might cause, the researchers found.“Because policy-makers do not subject themselves to interrogation before assessing its permissibility, those who evaluate interrogation policies must predominantly rely on their subjective intuitions about how painful the experience seems,” the authors wrote in the journal Psychological Science.Read the whole story: The Vancouver Sun More of our Members in the Media >
RESTAURANT News:There’s no better time to experience New Mexico’s diverse and authentic culinary scene than during the annual Restaurant Week, which spotlights Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico Sunday, March 1 to Sunday, March 8.This highly anticipated late-winter event brings together the finest restaurants in the region with once-a-year, value-priced, three-course dinners, priced at $15, $25, $35 or $45 per person. Several restaurants also offer special prix-fixe lunches.Visit nmrestaurantweek.com for participating restaurants, menus, lodging specials and events.
Share As with local governments across New York State, East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc and town board members have been battling the COVID-19 pandemic on many different fronts, from stocking food pantries to staffing newly opened beaches, while working to keep the public safe.On May 19, the board adopted a resolution naming Dr. Bruce Polsky to the post of medical consultant to the town. Dr. Polsky, who is a leading epidemiologist, as well as an associate dean and professor at NYU Long Island School of Medicine, will advise the town on the science involved as the town and businesses slowly reopen following the two-month shutdown caused by COVID-19.The Independent spoke with Dr. Polsky, who is providing his services to the town gratis, on May 22.“I consider it a civic duty,” he said. Dr. Polsky was asked to compare the battle against COVID-19 with the last great worldwide viral pandemic of 1918-1919, caused by the virus known then as Spanish influenza. While the two viruses are quite different, they share one grim trait: they are highly infectious. The 1918-1919 pandemic struck in three waves. After the first wave, late winter/early spring 1918, there was a lull of several months before the second, and deadliest wave struck, seemingly all at once across the country and around the world in September and October 1918. “A virus never really totally disappears,” Dr. Polsky said. “It is present at low levels. No one knows exactly what causes it to re-emerge with a vengeance like it did in the fall of 1918. I believe that wave of infection was responsible for most of the deaths in that pandemic.”But why did it become widespread at that time? “Some people believe that it caught fire because school went back into session, and people were congregating more. But it is not exactly known why. It’s very speculative.”Could COVID-19 be following the path of the 1918 influenza pandemic?“We could be looking at a repeat of that pattern. That is the fear. That is the concern and that is why when you hear over and over scientific experts comment on that, that is why the majority of us have favored a cautious relaxation of our restrictions.”If you have had COVID-19, will the antibodies developed in your system make you immune to reinfection?“We don’t know. If someone tests positive for antibodies, we don’t know what the role of those antibodies are at this stage.”The hope, Dr. Polsky said, is in developing a vaccine. “I can’t put a timeline on it, but there will be a vaccine, and there will be one or more medicines that treat this thing.”He explained his optimism. “There is enough known about this virus. We have the advantage of knowing its entire genome. And we know its close relatives, the first SARS virus, and the MERS virus. There is a fair amount of information on these viruses so that the idea of developing a direct-acting anti-viral vaccine is something that should be achievable.”As medical consultant to the town, Dr. Polsky will be weighing in on approaches various businesses should take as they begin to get the green light to reopen, like the restaurant business, as well as businesses already open, like hotels.A week before Memorial Day, the East Hampton Town Board sent the governor a letter asking that he bar East End hotels from booking tourists. Local hotel industry representatives blasted the letter. Paul Monte was one of many who said he felt his industry had been “blindsided” by the letter.How should these businesses conduct themselves going forward?“I don’t know what the answer is. The hospitality industry is an up-close and personal industry and that applies to restaurants as well. You go into a restaurant wearing a mask and pull it down each time you take a bite of food? How can that be pleasant?”However, Dr. Polsky believes outdoor dining in East Hampton this season can be a solution. Restaurants that have ample outdoor seating areas, and are willing to reduce capacity to ensure a safe distance between tables, and minimize contact between staff and guests, are likely to get a thumbs up from Dr. Polsky, if and when the industry gets a green light to operate later this summer season.Hotels present another challenge. Because guests must be treated as if they are potentially infectious, masks must be worn by staff and guests. Staff members should have little if any contact with guests. If protocol is followed, “I can’t imagine it is going to be a very pleasant experience for the guests.”Dr. Polsky’s name was first suggested as candidate for consultant by board member David Lys. Fellow councilman Jeffrey Bragman endorsed him as well.Dr. Polsky and his wife began coming out to East Hampton over 20 years ago. “We started as transients, then started renting a house for the season.” They found a year-round rental they liked and took it, with an option to buy. Five years ago, the owner told them he wanted to sell. Now, they split their time between Manhattan and Springs. The talk returned to COVID-19. One book is a must-read, Dr. Polsky said: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Laurie Garrett’s 1994 work, “The Coming Plague.” The book is sold out on Amazon, Dr. Polsky pointed out. “I have been at this a long time. When I say I have hope, it is not based on an emotional level. It is based on the fact that we have the tools to be able to solve this, if we, as we are doing in the scientific community, marshal our forces to do that, that we will prevail.”East Hampton Town Councilman Says More Science NeededBragman suggests two well-known doctors but board declines East Hampton Town Board member Jeff Bragman joined the unanimous vote by his fellow council members May 19 to appoint Dr. Bruce Polsky scientific consultant to the town regarding COVID-19 related issues. But, while he enthusiastically endorsed Dr. Polsky, Bragman feels the more, the merrier when it comes to the science of combatting the viral pandemic. Bragman asked the board to consider appointing two additional scientific consultants, who, like Dr. Polsky, reside in the town. The councilman said both expressed interest in lending their expertise to the many difficult choices the town will have to make in the coming weeks and months. Dr. Michael McDonald, whose resume states that he is “actively engaged in biosecurity, pandemic management, resilience and regeneration operations,” both in the United States and abroad, would bring expertise in battling disease. He also specializes in coping with and responding to natural disasters. Bragman’s other recommendation was Dr. George Dempsey, who practices medicine in the Town of East Hampton. “Dempsey is a well-respected local physician,” Bragman said on Monday. “He provided an early and emphatic warning to ramp up an immediate and energetic response.” At the May 19 meeting, town board members declined Bragman’s invitation to discuss adding the two additional consultants. Bragman said Monday that both could prove invaluable in a crisis that centers on science, along with Dr. Polsky. “Together, these three doctors provide a breadth of medical knowledge necessary to inform town board decisions.” He added that he did not understand why the board would not at least consider the offer of service from the two firstname.lastname@example.org
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Byron Energy, the operator of several blocks in the Gulf of Mexico, has mobilised Hercules Offshore’s drilling rig Hercules 205 to the SM-6 #2 well location in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The rig was recently released by its previous operator, Renaissance, and it will operate for Byron under a dayrate between $49,000 and $51,000.According to Otto Energy, a partner in the project, the rig was mobilized on Thursday and the move is expected to take one day. The well is expected to spud about 6 days after mobilisation, Otto said.Once on location, Otto added, the rig will install new 30” conductor guides on the existing 72” caisson, drive the 30” conductor pipe and then start drilling the SM-6 #2 well.The SM-6 #2 well is the first well to be drilled as part of Otto’s farm-in transaction with Byron announced in December 2015. The SMI-6 lease is part of a portfolio of low cost, high chance of success, conventional oil and gas opportunities located both onshore and offshore the Gulf of Mexico, which Otto has the option to participate in as part of the transaction.In order to earn a 50% working interest (equal to a 40.625% revenue interest) in the SMI-6 Lease, Otto will contribute 66.67% of the costs of the well (estimated at $5.3 million net to Otto). Any costs above this amount in respect of the SM-6 #2 well and all future expenditure on the license will be in accordance with Otto and Byron’s participating interest (Otto 50%).Otto’s Managing Director, Matthew Allen said: “We are very pleased to have commenced operations in respect of the SM-6 #2 well. The well location is situated in shallow water and surrounded by existing infrastructure. “In the success case, the well will be completed for production with development by way of low-cost tie in, meaning that the project is economically robust even in the current low oil price environment. With production likely to commence around mid-2017, any improvement in oil price conditions will yield significant further value.”