In addition to Russell, Umbers, Humbley and Gabrielle, Merrily features Clare Foster as Beth and Glyn Kerslake as Joe Josephson, as well as Zizi Strallen, Matthew Barrow, Martin Callaghan, Amanda Minihan, Kirk Patterson, Amy Ellen Richardson, Ashley Robinson, Robbie Scotcher, and Joanna Woodward. Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Merrily We Roll Along will hit the big screen on October 23. Director Maria Friedman’s award-winning production, which originated at the Menier Chocolate Factory, will be broadcast in movie theaters across the United States for one night only. The first production distributed as part of the West End Theater series, Merrily We Roll Along stars Olivier Award winner Jenna Russell, Mark Umbers, Damian Humbley and Josefina Gabrielle. American audiences eager to check out the West End production can find the closest screening here. Check out Broadway.com’s interview with the musical’s stars during its initial run at the Menier in the video below. Merrily We Roll Along moves backwards in time from 1980 to 1955 and examines the lives of three writers whose friendship is tested by time, events, ambition and fate. Popular songs include “Not a Day Goes By,” “Good Thing Going” and “Old Friends.” The Menier production received more five-star reviews than any other musical in West End history and picked up the London’s Critic’s Theatre Awards for Best Musical and was named by Broadway.com’s Matt Wolf as one of the top five London productions in 2012. View Comments
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) is encouraging members to conserve electricity this evening and tomorrow evening as demand for electricity is expected to spike because of high temperatures throughout New England. Specifically, VEC asks members to conserve electricity today (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday) from 5-10 pm.Here is what people can do to help “beat the peak” during those hours:• Turn off all unnecessary lights.• Delay the use of major appliances like dishwashers, washing machines, and clothes dryers until after the alert time has passed.• Reduce use of air conditioning as much as safely possible. “When VEC can reduce the cost to buy and transmit electricity when demand is high across the region, it helps control electricity rates for all co-op members over the long term,” said Jake Brown, VEC Energy Services Planner.For more information visit https://vermontelectric.coop/beat-the-peak(link is external) or call 800-832-2667.Burlington Electric Department (BED) issued a peak alert for today/Monday, July 27 as part of its Defeat the Peak program launched during summer 2017 (view news release(link is external)), encouraging members of the Burlington community to reduce their energy usage today from 4:00-7:00pm.Burlingtonians can lend a hand by taking the following steps on what is projected to be an unusually hot summer day:Raise thermostat temperatures or turn off air conditioners between the hours of 4:00 and 7:00pm before returning air conditioners to cooler settings (COVID-19 note: please be aware of minimum ventilation requirements and airflow patterns related to COVID-19 – more information is available on the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA) website at https://labor.vermont.gov/vermont-occupational-safety-and-health-administration-vosha(link is external));Wait until after 7:00pm or later to use washing machines, clothing dryers, dishwashers, and other appliances;Turn off non-essential lights until 7:00pm and later; andDelay other discretionary electric consumption until after 7:00pm.The New England region reaches peak demand for electricity during the summer. A significant portion of BED’s costs as a utility is determined by how much energy our community is using during the summer peak.“We are excited to continue Defeat the Peak for our fourth year, while recognizing that with COVID-19 many of our customers are using energy differently this summer than in previous years,” stated Darren Springer, BED General Manager. “We encourage our customers to participate knowing that even small, individual steps add to our community effort to reduce costs and protect our environment. During the peak, please consider unplugging phone and laptop charging cords, adjusting thermostats, and waiting until after the peak to run dishwashers and other appliances. With your help, we can continue to hit our peak reduction targets and support non-profits that are making a difference in Burlington through the Defeat the Peak program.”Two more traditional incentives for Burlingtonians who take peak day actions include: potential reductions in utility costs that help keep electric rates low and stable; and environmental benefits that come with reduced energy demand on the regional electric grid, which decreases the need for use of polluting oil and natural gas generators around New England. A more unique and innovative incentive introduced by BED based on customer input is a community reward opportunity through which a local nonprofit – in this case My Brother’s Keeper (MBK)/My Sister’s Keeper (MSK)(link is external) – will benefit from a $1,000 contribution from BED if our customers hit the targeted amount of load reduction on a peak day.Burlington’s My Brother’s Keeper program was launched in 2016 when Mayor Miro Weinberger answered President Barack Obama’s call to action to create initiatives all around the country designed to address and recognize the persistent opportunity gaps in employment and education faced by boys and young Black men. Burlington expanded the program to include young Black women and all youth of color. The City’s Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO) has developed targeted programming, facilitated accessible internships, and hosted numerous events to improve the delivery of resources between City departments, businesses, schools, and youth organizations for the youth of color in the Burlington community“My Brother’s Keeper/My Sister’s Keeper is excited to partner with Burlington Electric Department to help our community cut costs and save energy,” stated Luke McGowan, CEDO Director. “BED prides itself on leading in the areas of energy efficiency and other innovative programs that focus on ensuring that all Burlingtonians have opportunities to benefit from special rebates and incentives that help us in our fight against climate change. BED’s extra focus on the most marginalized members of our community is in line with our MBK/MSK mission to provide our young BIPOC community members with tools for future success.”BED also notifies customers by email blast about peak day alerts. Customers are invited to sign up for these email notifications, view a video explaining Defeat the Peak, and learn more about the program by visiting www.burlingtonelectric.com/peak(link is external). BED also shares information about peak day alerts with the community through social media channels, including Facebook(link is external) and Twitter(link is external). About Vermont Electric CooperativeVermont Electric Cooperative (VEC), established in 1938, is a non-profit, member-owned electric distribution utility that provides safe, affordable, and reliable electric service to approximately 32,000 members in 75 communities in northern Vermont. Nationally recognized for innovative and advanced use of technology, VEC is the largest locally-owned electric distribution utility in Vermont. www.vermontelectric.coop(link is external)Source: Johnson, VT- Vermont Electric Cooperative. Burlington, VT – Burlington Electric Department 7.27.2020
The Washington Post: The Yahoo no-work-from-home brouhaha had working moms up in arms last week. Professional women with children had been dealt a blow, they said. Oh, and as one writer reminded us, it’s an issue for working dads, too.Okay, but what about all the single people? And all the people without kids? We need to stop acting like they’re not part of the work-life conversation.Whether it’s our pets or our parents, our health or our education, there are many facets of our lives besides children that, thanks to work, get short shrift. Recent research found that work’s interference with family obligations explained less than 15 percent of the differences in participants’ responses about their job satisfaction and mental wellbeing. “Work interferes with your ability to form romantic relationships, it interferes with friendships, it interferes with your health,” says Ann Marie Ryan, a professor at Michigan State University and one of the study’s authors. “We make a value judgment on which is more important, but in the long term, managers need to talk about caring about everyone’s work-life balance.”Read the whole story: The Washington Post More of our Members in the Media >
May 18, 2010 (CIDRAP News) – An analysis of the H1N1 influenza pandemic in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, suggests that the government’s initial policy of screening incoming travelers might have delayed the start of widespread community transmission of the virus by a few weeks.In late April of 2009, shortly after the detection of the new virus, Vietnamese authorities began mandatory screening of arriving air travelers, including body temperature scanning and a symptom questionnaire. The virus was widespread in Ho Chi Minh City by the second half of July, according to the study, published today by the online journal PLoS Medicine.”The containment measures seemed to delay the onset of large-scale transmission by at least 3 weeks, said corresponding author Dr. Maciej Boni of the University of Oxford, in a press release from the Wellcome Trust, one of three organizations that sponsored the study.”This may not sound like a lot, but in a country like Vietnam this bought valuable time for the local health services, laboratories and travel authorities to understand what was happening and start logistical preparations for the pandemic response,” Boni said.The findings do not prove that the containment measures delayed the epidemic, and the authors say they are doing further research to confirm or exclude their tentative conclusion.Vietnam launched its airport screening program on Apr 27, 2009, when the World Health Organization moved its pandemic alert to stage 4, the report says. From then until Jul 9, 630,778 passengers arrived at Ho Chi Minh City on international flights. The screening procedures intercepted 967 of these (0.15%). They were hospitalized in isolation, tested for the virus, and treated with oseltamivir if positive.Diagnostic data were available for 450 of the 967 intercepted passengers, 200 of whom tested positive for H1N1 between Apr 27 and Jul 24. The researchers also gathered data on 169 Ho Chi Minh City residents who had not traveled but who, in the same time frame, were tested for H1N1 because of contact tracing or after presenting at city hospitals with flu-like symptoms. Of these 169 patients, 121 tested positive.The researchers calculated that in the first 9 weeks of the pandemic, H1N1 patients spent 79% of the days when they were infectious in isolation, which suggests a two-fold or greater reduction in their infectious capability, the report says. The team assumed patients became infectious when they got sick or tested positive; they acknowledge that an infected person can become infectious before having symptoms, but they had almost no data on the presymptomatic period.The authors say the outbreak response was more effective against travelers than nontravelers: the travelers spent 10.1% of their potentially infectious time out in the community, while the nontravelers spent 42.2% of their time at large.The first H1N1 case in Vietnam was reported on May 31, in a student who had returned from the United States on May 26. The first case of community transmission followed on Jun 5, and two large school outbreaks surfaced in the third week of July, signaling that community transmission was well under way.”The epidemic in [Ho Chi Minh City] was clearly not containable, a conclusion easily inferred from previous mahthematical anlyses,” the report says. However, “The containment program of screening, isolating, and treating suspected cases probably had a notable impact” on the virus’s spread in the period studied.To further test this hypothesis, the authors say they are currently following a group of healthy people to assess the frequency of asymptomatic H1N1 cases. “If the asymptomatic fraction turns out to be small or negligible, control measures may have delayed sustainable community transmission,” they write. “If the asymptomatic fraction is large, control measures likely had no effect.”They add that the costs and benefits of airport screening “must be evaluated in light of the relative risks of disease introduction as well as the opportunity cost of concentrating public health resources on slowing the inevitable importation of one disease,” which is difficult because the costs of the containment effort are unknown.Hien TT, Boni MF, Bryant JE, et al. Early pandemic influenza (2009 H1N1) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: a clinical virological and epidemiological analysis. PLoS Med 2010 May 18;7(5) [Full text]
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Lawyers in Venezuela have called for freedom to practise their profession. They protested after police blocked them from lobbying the country’s attorney-general, Luisa Ortega, over what they say are unconstitutional measures introduced by president Nicolás Maduro during four months of civil disturbances.Opposition sources say 3,102 protesters have been arrested since February.
Litigants in person and solicitors should go through the Legal Aid Agency, not the High Court, for public funding in civil contempt proceedings, a judge has said in a bid to clear up confusion over who has the power to grant legal aid.Mr Justice Chamberlain highlighted a lack of clarity over the correct procedure for determining legal aid applications for committal proceedings in a case stemming from the sale of Wimbledon tickets. After deciding last week not to make a representation order for the defendant in All England Lawn Tennis Club Ltd and All England Lawn Tennis Ground Plc v Luke McKay, the judge today handed down a written judgment explaining his reasons.Chamberlain J said he accepted the LAA’s assurance that McKay is entitled to legal aid without the need for his means or the merits of his case to be assessed, and that such applications are normally determined in 48 hours.The difficulty arose because of a 2015 decision in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk BC v Bunning, which Chamberlain J said has been followed or at least assumed to be correct in subsequent High Court and Court of Appeal decisions.He said: ‘That case was heard soon after LASPO [Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act] came into force. There was an application to commit for breach of an injunction made in civil proceedings in the High Court. The respondent had found it difficult to obtain legal aid because, at the time, the LAA had no established procedure by which applications could be made.’The practical concern behind the Bunning decision ‘was that, at that time, unless the court could make the determination, there was no established procedure by which legal aid could be secured for civil contempt proceedings’. That concern has since been addressed, Chamberlain J said, as the agency now has an ‘established procedure’.Chamberlain J confirmed that he declined to make a representation order because, as the LAA accepts, a respondent to High Court committal proceedings alleging breach of an order is entitled to legal aid ‘as of right’.The ‘relevant authority’ responsible for determining eligibility for the purposes of section 16 of LASPO is a separate question. Chamberlain J said: ‘In High Court committal proceedings alleging breach of an order, the “relevant authority” is the director of legal aid casework, not the court. Insofar as it reached the contrary conclusion, Bunning was wrongly decided.’This should have no practical effect on the availability of legal aid because the LAA has an established procedure for determining applications expeditiously in cases of this sort. Litigants and providers of legal services should be encouraged to use this procedure and should not now apply to the High Court for representation orders.’However, the position in the Court of Appeal is different, said Chamberlain J – the appeal court is the ‘relevant authority’ and the application should be made to that court.
UK: Two Hitachi Rail Europe Class 385 EMUs have been moved from Britain to a base at Minden in Germany for a series of unpowered dynamic tests on the DB Netz network.Hitachi is supplying 70 Class 385 EMUs in three- and four-car formations for ScotRail from its production facility at Newton Aycliffe in northeast England under a contract signed in 2015 for 46 three-car and 24 four-car EMUs from the manufacturer’s AT200 family. Initially the 160 km/h EMUs are to be deployed on Edinburgh – Glasgow services via Falkirk High. Electrification of this route is nearing completion under Network Rail’s EGIP enhancement programme.However, limited access to paths in the UK has led Hitachi to work with DB Systemtechnik to undertake a series of dynamic trials in Germany in September and October to accelerate the approval process for the Class 385 fleet. Two trains have been sent to Germany, while two more are undertaking tests in Scotland.In Germany, DB locomotives will be used to haul the trains at up to 160 km/h to confirm the dynamic performance and stability of each individual vehicle in accordance with the European EN14363 technical standard. These trials will be undertaken at both tare weight and in conditions simulating crush loading. The test runs are to be undertaken at various locations including Trier, Göppingen, Donauwörth, Chemnitz and Treuchtlingen.‘With testing taking place in Germany, the new trains coming to Scotland are one step closer to delivering faster journeys, more seats and better services’, said Chris Knape, New Trains Technical Manager at the ScotRail Alliance. The tests build upon previous approval runs undertaken at the Velim test circuit in the Czech Republic.A Hitachi Rail Europe spokesman told Railway Gazette International that while the primary reason for undertaking the Class 385 running trails in Germany was a lack of access to the UK network, the company retains its long-standing ambition of supplying vehicles to other European countries. As such it is ‘always helpful to have a greater knowledge of the German network and industry there’, he added.