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first_img Aladdin Star Files Michael James Scott, a veteran of the Broadway, Australian and London productions of Disney’s Aladdin, steps back into the New York production of the Tony-nominated musical on February 28. Scott returns to the role of the Genie, replacing Major Attaway, who played his final performance at the New Amsterdam Theatre on February 16.A former Broadway.com vlogger, the recently married Scott heads back to Broadway’s Aladdin after having served as the Genie standby in the original company. His other main-stem credits include Something Rotten!, The Book of Mormon, Mamma Mia! and Hair.Based on the hit Disney animated film, Aladdin features a book by Chad Beguelin, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and additional lyrics by Beguelin. The production is directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw with music supervision by Michael Kosarin. Related Shows Major Attaway View Comments from $57.50 Michael James Scott(Photo: Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) Michael James Scottlast_img read more

first_imgAnyone who has ever sat in on a project meeting with end users, purchasers, IT, corporate, architects (and all the other professionals likely to be at the table) knows that perspectives are often significantly distorted. How? They’re distorted by either too much or too little understanding of the technologies involved.In this hypothetical project meeting, the AV folks would most likely fit into the “too much” category and everyone else into the “too little” category. This is because more often than not, consulting and design practicians see #AVtweeps differently than the individuals involved see themselves.I have lost count of the number of times skilled expert professionals from other disciplines have made substantial assumptions about what we can do and how we can do it.For example — the invisible speaker concept, i.e., the idea is that we can provide sound and intelligible speech to a space without having the ability to place loudspeakers in the correct positions to actually achieve that goal.There is, of course, the video version of that same idea — the magical display screen or device that can provide high-quality images and content while being located in a less-than-ideal place or position.The miscommunication and misunderstanding comes down to simple physics and immutable rules of visual perception at the end of the day. But how do you make the “pros” around the table recognize these issues without sounding either arrogant or condescending?Let’s look at options here. Over the years, our consulting and design practice has worked with just about every corner of the AV/IT world. While there is no universal truth out there, there are some reliable human factors to be considered.The most important of those is creating perspective with all the players. While one could take the approach of explaining in great detail why the specific request is not feasible (or practical), there is a more useful option. Position the request within the overall project matrix and explain how it could be achieved rather than why it can’t.You might be surprised at how quickly all the other players will understand the task at hand and how it affects their specific area or skill set. They’ll also understand how your needs could be integrated into the whole project flowchart/planning diagram if they know what you have to do, and most significantly, HOW you have to do it. Not WHY, but HOW.You can’t teach your years of hard-won, real-world experience, knowledge and understanding to the others at the meeting. What you can do is explain what you need, from whom and why.Instead, position your needs as a request from the other professionals. Wrap that request in a concise explanation of why you need that specific set of conditions; then, you are much more likely to get agreement and buy-in from everyone else. Therefore, you’ll all be much better positioned to achieve your original goals within the framework of the project as a whole.Here’s how it can work.Let’s use the invisible speakers scenario as an example. The customer has provided a very vague and amorphous requirement for “good paging, clean background music and good privacy” in the space. Now you know that’s mostly of little value to an AV integrator/consultant, since it does not define what they mean by “good” and says nothing about what would work for them either aesthetically, visually or budget-wise.The architect and interior design folks have a proposal in place for the client for how the space will look and feel, but they have NOT considered (in any way) your needs, space for your stuff or how you can get it to fit into their existing designs and plans.So… here’s where you start to ask — CAN I?Instead of bemoaning the lack of proper positions or options for your speakers and other gear, turn it around — look for possible solutions and avenues to achieve the needed coverage that don’t affect the accepted look and feel. Can we put speakers in the soffits or in the ceiling at these locations? Would it get the end user what they asked for and not impact the overall look of the space per the designer’s instructions?By approaching the problem from this different angle, you offer the solution while asking the other professionals to help you integrate it into their designs. This involves them in the eventual solution rather than positions them as adversaries.There is another side to the “Can I?” question. You can also use this idea to create user-generated specific information about actual needs, wants and desired outcomes by probing them for their wish lists. For example, “can I ask you to clarify what you want in this specific area?” By diving a little deeper into the problem, you can often obtain a beneficial perspective that can lead you to a better, more workable solution than the one you came up with based on limited initial information.In summary, there is always going to be misinformation, misunderstanding and skewed views of what we can do and how we can do it. The most efficient way around this stumbling block is to get into the process at a more specific problem/solution-oriented level and provide focused guidance to everyone who needs it.last_img read more

first_imgDowntown Phoenix has transformed over recent years with $4.6 billion dollars in public and private investments, including light rail, new hotel developments, restaurants, boutiques, Arizona State University and University of Arizona campus expansions, Phoenix Convention Center, and a growing number of residential developments.In concert with the downtown Phoenix renaissance, renovations have been completed at the midcentury modern 18-story office building, known as The Monroe Building. The improvements are already attracting and retaining highly coveted tenants, some of which have yet to be announced. The new occupants of The Monroe Building are a healthy mix of new to downtown office users like high growth technology and innovation businesses, along with traditional downtown office users like real estate, government and legal.Move-in ready creative offices on a single creative office floor, are the latest transformative and restorative improvements at The Monroe Building. The creative office build-out is, aiming to provide office space today for the businesses of tomorrow, catering to the increasing demand for highly specialized, modern, open and flexible office spaces designed for the way the knowledge base workers and businesses of the future want to work.“The Monroe Building continues to be an exemplar in our mission as a City to attract and retain companies in high growth industries,” said Christine Mackay, Economic Development Director with the City of Phoenix. “The vision and effort behind the renovation and repositioning of The Monroe Building as a highly forward-thinking office hub for these kinds of businesses has played a crucial role in our efforts to make Downtown Phoenix a great place to work,” she said.The Monroe Building is among the first towers in midtown and downtown to move forward with building out creative office suites at-risk without signed leases, and although other buildings may have remnant vacant space, any availability of creative office space is a byproduct after a previous tenant has moved out.“High growth, innovative and technology oriented businesses needing to attract the next generation of talent have a different set of needs than traditional office tenants,” said Mathew Avrhami, Vice President at Rialto Capital and part of the ownership team with The Monroe Building. “These niche businesses are often on the cusp of rapid growth with exciting and disruptive technologies and they need office space that reflects their culture and meets their needs,” he said.“We designed the Creative Offices to better reflect the trends shaping success in business today—inventive, team oriented, open, collaborative and flexible.”According to the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, the concept of a traditional office building is long gone, making way for the kind of creative spaces that cater to highly sought-after knowledge-based companies, many of which employ primarily millennial workers between the ages of 25-40.“The next generation of office workers want to be in a vibrant amenity-rich location with on-site retail, daylighting, indoor and outdoor breakout areas, and spaces for collaboration, all with hotel quality service. We have worked hard on our renovation of the building and development of our creative suites align with these key wants and needs,” Avrhami said.The building initially planned to construct a completely renovated 6th floor and two Creative Office Suites. The two suites were immediately pre-leased before construction began, demonstrating the significant level of demand of this kind of workspace. To date three suites have been leased, and ownership is adding two more for a total of five suites all on the 6th floor—promoting cross-pollination and networking amongst neighbors.Past improvements to The Monroe Building include renovations to the lobby with a wired community table, terrazzo floor restoration, resurfacing interior walls, addition of 24-7 news feed, water features and wi-fi. Surrounding the new lobby visitors will find a fully leased ground floor retail experience with coffee shop, wine shop, high end audio, artisan pizza, dental services and a fitness studio that opens Jan 1st. Accessing the property is easier, with garage valet service and the only building to offer pick-up and pay by text. Outside under the shaded overhang visitors can enjoy coffee in the newly landscaped exterior and take-in the museum quality vintage clothing window displays by Black Cat Vintage.Modern, shared building amenities are essential for companies that aspire to create collaborative and social office culture celebrated by companies like Google, Facebook and Apple.  Offering both an onsite coffee shop and wine shop, The Monroe Building has focused on creating a hip first-floor atmosphere that’s not only pedestrian friendly, but also only entirely comprised of local, boutique retailers. Other amenities include a number of conveniences and technologies like on-site property management, on-site security offering protection 24 hours per day-7 days per week, stylish conference facilities, free Wi-Fi common areas, high speed internet hookup, a parking structure beneath the building that features mobile app/text valet service and a convenient location near the Light Rail, providing numerous restaurants and hotels within walking distance. The high tech, modern aesthetic is the perfect atmosphere for entrepreneurial businesses that wish to encourage creativity and highly efficient business practices.Incoming Creative Office tenants include entrepreneurial tenants like Allbound, Inspire Data Solutions and Cannon Design in a fully remodeled, inspired, mid-century classic setting. The building vision is resonating with tenants and prospective tenants alike. The first floor of The Monroe building is home to an eclectic mix of locally-owned retail-oriented businesses including Hidden Track Bottle Shop, Mornin’ Moonshine, Esoteric Audio and Black Cat Vintage. A boutique dental office, a new fitness studio and a rebranded restaurant are set to be announced later this year.last_img read more

first_imgFDA announces more state support for FSMA produce safety ruleUS Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, yesterday announced the second year of funding to states—totaling $30.9 million—to support the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).In a press release, he said the funding will ensure that 43 states have the resources they need to formulate a multiyear plan to implement a food safety system and to develop education, outreach, and technical assistance. The programs prioritize farming operations that fall under the produce safety rule.The availability of funding was first announced in May 2016, and the bids were open to all states and territories. The first round of funding totaling $21.8 million was announced in September 2016 and involved 42 states.In the press release, Gottlieb said, “We look forward to continuing our work with states and all those who grow fruits and vegetables covered by the rule to improve produce safety, consistent with the mandate Congress gave the FDA under the new law. Working with the states, the FDA will also continue its vigorous outreach.”Jul 19 FDA press release Age, viral load may predict mortality in Ebola patientsBeing under the age of 5 years, over 45, and having high viral counts are all associated with an increased risk of death from Ebola, according to a study yesterday in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.The study used data collected from five Ebola Treatment Units in Liberia and Sierra Leone from September of 2014 to September of 2015. The prevalence of clinical symptoms in the 470 patients was matched with demographics and outcomes to gain a better understanding of the natural progression of Ebola virus disease.Patients between the ages of 15 and 24 years were most likely to survive infections, while those under 5 and those over 45 were more likely to die from the disease. There was no statistical significance for survival based on sex.In addition, higher viral loads in the blood at presentation to the clinic and over the course of the illness were both associated with higher mortality rates. Viral loads typical peaked after 3 to 5 days of illness.Among patients who died, over half experienced weakness on each day of illness, and diarrhea increased over the duration of illness. While survivors and non-survivors experienced similar symptoms, dyspnea and tachycardia were associated with increased mortality if present during the first week of illness.“Our study demonstrates that nearly all signs/symptoms increase to their own peak in the first week of illness, followed by a slow decline thereafter in survivors and remaining relatively steady until death in non-survivors,” the authors concluded.Jul 19 PLoS Negl Trop Dis study Study shows link between GBS, recent Zika infectionA prospective study published today in Clinical Infectious Diseases involving Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) and Zika on Martinique in 2016 found that, out of 34 suspected GBS cases, 23 patients had recent Zika virus infections.Thirty of the 34 cases had confirmed GBS, and the incidence rate ratio of GBS in 2016 was 4.52 times greater than in the previous decade. Thus, the authors concluded that testing for arboviruses such as Zika should be a standard part of GBS intake and treatment.In other Zika news, a team at the University of California-Riverside was awarded a $14.9 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to study genetic techniques that could control mosquito populations. Gene drive, which uses CRISPR gene editing techniques, could suppress disease-carrying mosquitoes in the wild.The researchers will initially focus on the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits Zika, yellow fever, and dengue, according to a UC-Riverside news release.Jul 20 Clin Infect Dis study Jul 19 UC-Riverside press releaselast_img read more

first_imgBow Wow Meow BallThe Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons will host its annual Bow Wow Meow Ball on Saturday, August 18, at the ARF adoption center in East Hampton. This year, the event introduces arfITECTURE, unique cat and dog houses created by top architects and builders that will be auctioned at the event.This year’s ball will honor event designer David Monn with the Champion of Animals Award. The festivities begin with cocktails at 6:30 PM, followed by dinner and dancing. Tickets start at $750. For more information, visit arfhamptons.org.A Mind Is . . .The United Negro College Fund will host its seventh annual “A Mind Is . . .” Hamptons Summer Benefit weekend on Saturday, August 18, and Sunday, August 19. The weekend will start on Saturday with a reception and program at a private residence in East Hampton. There will be a VIP reception at 5 PM, followed by dinner at 6 PM.On Sunday, there will be a brunch at Bay Kitchen Bar in East Hampton starting at 11 AM.UNCF is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. Funds raised at the Hamptons event will be used for student scholarships on the East End. For tickets to either event, visit uncf.org.Artist & WritersThe annual Artist & Writers celebrity softball game will be held in East Hampton’s Herrick Park on Saturday, August 18. The game starts at 4 PM.Prior to the game, there is a future artist and writers kid’s clinic at 10:30 AM, a home run challenge at 1 PM, and batting practice from 2 to 3 PM. There is a suggested $10 donation.Funds raised will support local charities like The Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center, Phoenix House Academy, The Retreat, and East End Hospice.Ellen’s RunThe 23rd annual Ellen’s Run 5K to benefit the Ellen Hermanson Breast Centers and Ellen’s Well will be held on Sunday, August 19, in Southampton starting at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. The 5K starts at 9 AM and will wrap up at noon.The Ellen Hermanson Foundation ensures that no breast cancer patient is turned away from the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center for lack of insurance or inability to pay for treatment. All services through Ellen’s Well are provided free of charge. For more information or to register, visit ellenhermanson.org.CTREE at SebonackHorses Changing Lives, the annual CTREE at Sebonack fundraiser, will be held on Thursday, August 23, at Sebonack Golf Course in Southampton. CTREE, the Center For Therapeutic Riding of the East End, provides therapeutic riding lessons and equine assisted activities to children, young adults, and veterans with disabilities.The event will be held from 6 to 9 PM. Event chairs are Tami Maines and Diana Shiel. Enjoy cocktails, silent and live auction, and Brazilian bossa nova by Ludmilla Brazil. For tickets and more info, visit ctreeny.org.Box Art AuctionThe annual Box Art Auction benefiting East End Hospice will be held on Saturday, August 25, at St. Luke’s Church Hoie Hall in East Hampton. Eighty-five artists take a small, unadorned box and create a unique work of art that is put up for auction. The silent auction will begin at 4:30 PM and the live auction at 5:45 PM. Wine and hors d’oeuvres are included in the $75 ticket price.Leading up to the benefit the boxes can be previewed at Hoie Hall on Wednesday, August 22 and Thursday, August 23, from 10 AM to 4 PM. On Wednesday, August 22, the public is invited to a meet the artists reception. For tickets and more, info visit eeh.org. Sharelast_img read more

first_imgMembers of the Southampton Town Board broke ground on the renovation of the pavilion at Ponquogue Beach on October 30. Independent/Courtesy Southampton TownSouthampton Town Board members broke ground last week on renovation construction at Ponquogue Beach.The $3.3 million Hampton Bays project includes new and expanded IPE wood decking and railings; updated siding, roofing, and cupolas; new interior hardware and finishes; an additional shower; completely renovated restrooms; a new main entrance with an attendance booth; and parking lot improvements.“I walked around the pavilion last summer, inspected it, and it wasn’t a matter of if, but when, it’s going to be replaced,” Councilman Tommy John Schiavoni said. “It needs to happen.”The construction contracts were awarded to three separate contractors: Construction Consultants, LLC for the general construction, Plumbwell Services for plumbing, and NY Trenchless for electrical work.Hundreds of residents provided input on the renovation process through polling and community meetings. The current beach pavilion, built in the 1960s, has weathered many storms but as one community member put it, the facility is “in need of some love.”“It’s one of the highest-used beaches in the town and the pavilion is in really bad shape,” Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said in a previous interview. “I think it’s something that will strengthen property values and is a good investment.” During the construction, there will be no public access to the facility or parking lot. The demolition, use and storage of construction equipment and materials, and parking lot work will require the entire site to be secured.desiree@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

first_imgLord Justice Goldring has been appointed senior presiding judge for England and Wales. Currently deputy senior presiding judge, Lord Justice Goldring will take on his new role from 1 January 2010. He will succeed Lord Justice Leveson, whose three-year term of office finishes at the end of this year. The senior presiding judge oversees the work of the presiding judges in each circuit in England and Wales. He provides a point of liaison between the judiciary, the courts and government departments. He also has overall responsibility for the deployment of work in the courts, dealing with personnel issues below High Court level and liaising with magistrates. Lord Justice Goldring was appointed a High Court judge in the Queens Bench Division in 1999 and served as presiding judge for the midland circuit from 2002-05. He was appointed commissioner of the Judicial Appointments Commission in 2006, leaving in 2008 to become a Lord Justice of Appeal. He also became deputy senior presiding judge in 2008.last_img read more

first_imgThe bridge was installed at a height of 120 m and will link the two towers of the La Luna hotel.Strand jacks were prepared on bespoke jacking beams, which were then mounted on each of the towers, 138 m above the ground. ALE’s method enabled the linkspan bridge, measuring 72 m x 20 m x 22 m, to be constructed entirely at ground level.Dan Kempin, business development manager – offshore services at ALE, explained: “Civil engineering projects often pose unique challenges. On this occasion, we brought across our offshore strand jacking expertise, allowing us to work in confined spaces, with restricted lifting options and using a micro-step-by-micro-step methodology.“This area can experience wind speeds of up to 80 km/h and therefore we knew our lift monitoring solution had to be optimised for immediate reporting on wind speed and load displacement. The bespoke design of our strand jack monitoring process ensured ALE could continue to operate within a greater window of wind speeds, as we could monitor the real-time wind effect.”ALE will be performing a further two lifts for the project.www.ale-heavylift.comlast_img read more

first_imgMap of Zimbabwe Map of ZimbabweZimbabwe is set to resume domestic flights from Thursday and international flights next month in a boost to tourism, however, travelers will be required to have COVID-19 clearance certificates, the government said.According to a statement released by the government, domestic flights would resume on Sept. 10, while international flights would start on Oct. 1.The Southern African nation suspended flights and shut its borders in March as it sought to curb the spread of the coronavirus, which has infected 7,388 people and resulted in 218 deaths.Related Direct flights between Kenya and Somalia resume Direct flights between Kenya and Somalia resumecenter_img Zimbabwe to host inaugural China-Africa Tourism Conferencelast_img read more

first_img Elijah Mooneyham has been a dedicated sports fan his whole life. Born and raised in Cleveland, he has his best days when his hometown teams are winning. Elijah is currently on-air talent/producer on two shows, The Main Event and The Moon Hour, where you can find on AllSportsCleveland.com. He also has an insane passion for professional wrestling, so catch his opinions on the world of professional wrestling. Related Topics Francisco Lindor has had some very interesting hairstyles over the last few months. After dying his hair platinum to honor his dad right before Spring Training, Lindor once again dyed his hair back to his natural blonde locks. But just through a few months of having his hair back to normal, Lindor has switched it up again.This time though, there’ll be no need for shampoo or hair products.Lindor had a bet with his high school’s baseball team where he laid down a challenge to the team. If the squad went undefeated, the Tribe’s shortstop would commit to shaving his head. It’s tough to go undefeated in any level of baseball, so he had to feel good about his bet.Wrong.The team rattled off 25 victories while never succumbing to defeat. As a result, Frankie’s hair is no more.When you loose a bet to your high school team and you gotta shave #25-0 #ShaveMyHead pic.twitter.com/WeCf8wi3z5— Francisco Lindor (@Lindor12BC) May 11, 2018Not a bad look, Frankie.Cleveland Indians SS Francisco Lindor loses bet (and his hair) with high school alma mater https://t.co/Qyx6GYwQz1 pic.twitter.com/L3HC4Pp1wY— WKYC Channel 3 News (@wkyc) May 11, 2018center_img Eli Mooneyhamlast_img read more