After 37 summers, the Vermont Mozart Festival will be closing its doors on or before January 15th. Since 1974, the Festival featured world-class performances in beautiful and historic locations around the state. Countless generations of family and friends came together for three weeks each summer to enjoy enchanting classical music under the stars. In recent years, though, the organization began to incur debt from which it simply could not recover.‘In spite of the fact that public support has increased dramatically over the past six years, we have not seen a continuing interest in programming,’ said Executive Director Timothy R. Riddle. ‘The audience has been steadily decreasing. We engaged a wonderful new artistic director to revamp programming, in the hopes of increasing ticket sales. Unfortunately, due to lack of financing, the Festival was unable to continue to move forward with these plans long enough to allow these changes to have an impact.’Riddle was hired on as Development Director in 2005 and promoted to Executive Director in 2007, leading efforts to increase individual and corporate donations and put the organization back into the black.But as fundraising improved, ticket sales dropped. After two years of heavy rain and economic recession, the Festival’s ticket sales had sunk well below expected revenues. Riddle and Board President Richard Parlato announced during August 2009’s Grand Finale concert that the Festival was running a deficit of greater than $400,000.The announcement prompted a swift response from Festival supporters, which helped reduce the deficit by half. The Festival aimed to further reduce debt in 2010 through increased publicity and accompanying ticket sales, by ramping up media coverage and announcing a talented new artistic director, Israeli pianist and composer Gil Shohat. Even the notoriously unpredictable Vermont weather cooperated, with Festival patrons enjoying some of the nicest midsummer evenings in recent memory.However, 2010 ticket sales still remained lower than expected. The Festival was left with a deficit that had crept back up to more than $325,000. Several months were spent pursuing financing with longtime presenting sponsor, People’s United Bank. Vendors patiently waited for payment, but when it became evident that the bank loan request was declined, the organization had no choice but to cease operations.‘I want to thank all our friends and partners for their years of support. The music played a major role in my life and I know in yours. I can assure you this has been neither a simple nor easy decision for the Vermont Mozart Festival board. I will miss all the wonderful summer nights and the magic of the music in our beautiful state,’ said Parlato.The Festival consistently had been named by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce as one of Vermont’s Top Ten Summer Events, and was regarded by its attendees as one of their favorite summer rituals. The Festival was also voted 2010 Best Outdoor Concert Series by Seven Days Magazine and was listed as a Top-Rated Arts Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits.org earlier this year.
RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Chelsea ace Tammy Abraham is reportedly attracting interest from Manchester City. Manchester City are reportedly interested in Tammy Abraham with the Chelsea star having impressed this season. Abraham’s contract at Stamford Bridge does not run out until June 2022 though reports suggest he is stalling over signing a new deal. Abraham is believed to be demanding a £180,000 per week contract from the Blues, which would represent a significant rise. And Le10Sport claimed that Manchester City have been alerted to the difficulties that Abraham is facing in his negotiations with Chelsea. It’s reported that the Etihad outfit have expressed their interest and could open discussions in the coming months. Abraham has scored 12 Premier League goals this season having been trusted by Blues boss Frank Lampard to lead the line at Stamford Bridge. And Lampard recently praised his striker following his impressive start to the season. “He’s a personality that’s growing in our dressing room every day with his enthusiasm and his will to win,” said Lampard. “Tammy is a striker that’s near the top of the goalscoring charts in the league, he’s showing his all-round game, stretches defences, and he starts our press. “And of course if a player’s on such a good run it’s normal that if they go out of the team that you can miss them, and today he came straight back in as he left off.” And when asked if he will challenge Abraham to hit a specific goal tally, Lampard said: “No, I don’t think I need to, he’s a hungry boy. “I never set targets, it’s too much jumping into the future. “All you say is, as they come, game after game, can you keep scoring, can you stay hungry and what can you do for the team. At the minute he’s doing it and he’s scoring goals.” And Abraham has spoken about how he prepares for matches. The striker himself said: “For me in my spare time I go on Youtube and watch all the best strikers in the world play in this competition, stealing their ideas and adding it to my game. “I watch so many players. Harry Kane, (Sergio) Aguero, (Roberto) Firmino, these are Premier League strikers obviously but also (Robert) Lewandowski and all sorts and players who have played in this competition before.”Tags: EtihadFrank LampardLe10SportManchester CityStamford BridgeTammy Abraham
Police in Terre Haute, Indiana are reporting that they have arrested a man with “Crime Pays” tattooed across his forehead.Donald Murray was arrested Monday after leading authorities on a short car chase in a stolen vehicle.He has since been charged with resisting law enforcement, possession of methamphetamine, and auto theft.This is Murray’s second arrest since December. In December he was arrested for criminal recklessness and resisting law enforcement.
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– tripartite committee examining draft bill to establish courtBy Jarryl BryanGovernment is assessing the possibility of establishing a labour court in a bid to ensure quicker resolution of industrial disputes. This is according to Junior Social Protection Minister Keith Scott, who in his contribution to the Budget debates, also disclosed plans to revamp the Ministry’s operations.Junior Social Protection Minister Keith ScottThe Minister was optimistic of the impact a labour court or tribunal would make on labour relations. According to Scott, stakeholders were brought on board with the intention of fine-tuning such a plan.“We have undertaken the establishment of either an industrial relations court or tribunal. The Ministry has engaged major stakeholders who comprise the National Tripartite Committee which is examining a proposed bill which should bring to existence a court or tribunal… the object of which would be to enhance labour relations and the quality of life of all workers.”Besides considering the introduction of a labour court or tribunal, Scott also announced impending amendments to the various labour laws. He noted that with the oil and gas sector, there is likely to be an increase in businesses, especially from overseas.“These laws include the Labour Act, the Legal Pay Act, the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Cooperative Societies Act, the Friendly Society Act and the School’s Thrift Chapter 36:04,” Scott said.In particular, Scott noted that the Labour Act can be used against employees in its current form. For instance, the Minister stated that the Labour Act would be amended to make submission of records mandatory when complaints from workers are being handled.“The need for an employer to produce the requisite employment records at the Ministry to facilitate the reasonable resolution of differences between themselves and an aggrieved worker is not provided for on a compulsory basis, making a thorough and complete investigation protracted and at times almost impossible.”“The Labour Act will be amended to provide the compulsory submission of the necessary records to aid in the resolution of complaints for the benefit of the ordinary worker,” Scott related.Scott also acknowledged that the Labour Department has not been investigating labour related deaths in a timely manner. He was optimistic that this will change, with monies the Social Protection Ministry received from the 2019 Budget.The Labour Department’s relations with the various unions have not been the smoothest over the past few months. These relations hit a major low when the Department was accused of unilaterally imposing an arbitrator on the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) during its wage negotiations with the Government.Besides the GTU, the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) had criticised the decision. FITUG had also noted that the Labour Department should engage in damage control and correct its missteps.There have been calls for some time for Government to establish a court specifically for labour issues. Some stakeholders have previously cited the backlog of industrial type cases, as well as insufficient court awarded damages to aggrieved employees.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Not for Floyd, USC’s new basketball coach. Those are his friends and family suffering. His hometown of Hattiesburg, Miss., his adopted home of New Orleans, cracking from the weight of this horrendous storm. Floyd grew up in Hattiesburg, 60 miles north of the Gulf Coast. Spent six summers in his youth in New Orleans working for the Saints at their training camp. He first made a name for himself as a basketball coach at the University of New Orleans. Later returned to coach the New Orleans Hornets into the playoffs. Has lived in New Orleans for 10 years. Floyd, 51, still owns a condo there a block and half from the Convention Center, a condo his wife and family just moved from to Los Angeles only two months ago. The pictures and footage of the wreckage, of the human loss and misery speak directly to Floyd. Every phone call can seem to bring another tale of anguish, another moment to cause pause, to fathom what at once seems both inevitable and unbelievable. From homes in the Los Angeles area, the images from New Orleans and south Mississippi in the wake of Hurricane Katrina are so horrifying, so disturbing as to feel almost foreign. “These people lost their jobs,” he said. “They lost their homes. They lost everything they’re familiar with. And in some cases we’re watching people lose their dignity as well, and that’s something we should all hold onto. “It’s just horrific the implications of this. Kids don’t have schools, have to relocate. People in these hospitals that can’t be treated. I never thought I’d see anything like it.” Much of his family still lives in the Hattiesburg area, which despite being inland, was hardly spared the veracity of Katrina. “My sister lost two homes,” he said. “And that’s 60 miles north of the Gulfport, which tells you how devastating these winds were in Hattiesburg, Miss. “That’s one of the communities the media hasn’t even covered yet, but there’s devastation in that community as well. Not nearly as bad as what we’re seeing down to the coast, but everybody we’ve talked to.” His voice trailed. So much destruction. So much continued suffering. One of his former assistants, Mike Giorlando, is now the coach at Loyola University of New Orleans. Giorlando’s father had open heart surgery 10 days ago. “They had to transport him out of the city and they’re extremely concerned about his ability to make it at this point as a result,” Floyd said. “He was doing fine until they had to move him. “His father lost two homes. Mike’s five brothers and sisters all lost their homes. His other relatives, his extended family, all lost their homes – it was 100 percent in his family.” Floyd said Giorlando’s brother is a physician who was one of the few to get to his boat in St. Bernard parish, or county, another community under water. “He spent the first three days rescuing people and saw over 100 bodies in the water he could not pull out,” Floyd said. “There just weren’t any other boats down there rescuing, because nobody could get to them.” Floyd is so fond of New Orleans, has such a deep affection for this unique city, that he had planned to keep his condo. “We thought one day we might retire to it, but there’s going to be so little housing down there for all these people who are trying to relocate, that we’ll probably sell it and give somebody an opportunity to get in it,” he said. “We’re all devastated by this. My hope is they get the money and the resources to rebuild. These people don’t need canned goods, they need money. This country has to step up. We all have to step up and do our part.” Floyd is trying to rebuild a basketball program, something now left in unwanted perspective by an entire region that has to rebuild, once the water finally recedes and the bloated bodies and the stench is removed and the fires fade and the desperate find some calm. Days after it moved out, Katrina still batters New Orleans. “Everybody who’s ever lived there knew this was going to happen at some point,” he said. “Every single citizen. The state authorities, local government has pleaded forever for the restoration of the marsh land and the federal funding to help with the levies. “We all knew it was an inevitability that it was going to happen, but I was hoping I would never have to see it.” Floyd has a new recruit to show around, to tour the Trojans’ new arena now under construction, to sell on something special being built at USC. And 1,600 miles away, a city with friends and family, tries to start anew. “My hope is that the city returns and the country rallies behind everybody,” he said. “That we don’t forget about it, and continue to help these people get back on their feet. “It’s a proud city with a lot of charm. One of the three or four unique cities in this country – from the architecture to the music to the food to the people. I’m just hopeful that some of the charm can be returned one day.” Steve Dilbeck’s column appears in the Daily News four times a week. He can be reached at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tim Floyd is not sure where to begin. Which story to draw on, which loss to touch upon. “We know so many people that have been affected,” Floyd said. “Family and every friend I’ve talked to have their own personal tragedy.”
The commentary of this entry from 9/30/07, “Evolutionists Say Parasites Made Humans Successful,” included an arresting cop episode with the Baloney Detector dog.Evolutionists Say Parasites Made Humans Successful by David Coppedge, reprinted from 09/30/2007“If cooperation has been the secret to our evolutionary success, we may have our parasites to thank for that.” That’s a pretty big If, but that’s what two evolutionary biologists claimed this month Current Biology.1 The cooperative behaviors naturally selected in evolutionary host-parasite wars, by implication, are what gave human beings the ability to build cities, governments and scientific laboratories – like the Institute of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Edinburgh, where Andy Gardner and Stuart A. West work.Surprisingly, their claim came at the end of an article that discussed primarily the downfall of one of the leading theories for social cooperation: the kin selection theory of W. D. Hamilton. Their first paragraph explained why this theory fails: Cooperation abounds in the natural world, and biologists are faced with the difficulty of reconciling this fact with the principle of the ‘survival of the fittest’. A fundamental step in our understanding of cooperation was provided by W. D. Hamilton’s theory of inclusive fitness. This reveals that altruistic behaviour, where an individual pays a direct fitness cost in order to enhance the fitness of others, can be favoured by selection if individuals tend to promote the reproductive success of their genetic relatives. This raises the question of how altruists ensure that their selfless behaviour is directed primarily towards their kin. One possibility is genetic kin recognition, where individuals identify close kin on the basis of physical similarity because relatives look more similar than unrelated individuals. Despite the apparent incentive for such kin recognition, however, there is relatively poor empirical support for this mechanism in nature. A new theoretical study of genetic kin recognition by Francois Rousset and Denis Roze reveals that, left to its own evolutionary devices, this mechanism will drive itself to ruin. They proceeded to demonstrate that theoretical and observational evidence for Hamilton’s celebrated theory for the origin of cooperation is rare in nature, if it works at all. There was only one example they could provide: parasitism. But all is not lost for genetic kin recognition. As Crozier suggested, the mechanism could be stabilised by extrinsic processes that maintain marker diversity. Rousset and Roze have confirmed this by incorporating an ad hoc advantage to rare markers into their model and found that, provided this was sufficiently strong relative to the fitness consequences of altruism, genetic kin recognition is maintained and selflessness prevails. This could explain why, when genetic kin recognition does occur, it often involves genes that are implicated in host-parasite interactions, a potent source of strong balancing selection. The paragon of genetic kin recognition is the detection of major histocompatibility (MHC) genes, involved in immune function, upon which rodents and humans appear to decide their social and sexual relationships. And that was the context for their ending sentence quoted earlier: “If cooperation has been the secret to our evolutionary success, we may have our parasites to thank for that.”This statement clearly implies far more than a desire to uncover a mechanism for evolutionary behavior. It is implying that our deepest relationships and longings, even to the point of self-sacrifice for one we love, is rooted in blind, uncaring processes of evolution at the genetic level. Ultimately, it is a claim that selflessness is an illusion, arising from Darwinian selfishness.With the downfall of Hamilton’s popular theory, there may be no current working model for the origin of human love, cooperation and reasoning. Of one thing Gardner and West are sure, however: they came about by Darwinian survival of the fittest.1Andy Gardner and Stuart A. West, “Social Evolution: The Decline and Fall of Genetic Kin Recognition,” Current Biology, Volume 17, Issue 18, 18 September 2007, pages R810-R812, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2007.07.030. Scene: a university science lab. Excuse me, sir. May I help you, officers? We’re looking for a Dr. Darwinlover. That’s me; what is this about? I’m afraid we’ll have to take you into custody. You’re under arrest. Wha…? On what grounds? What’s going on here? According to our warrant, you are being charged with impersonating a scientist, violating established laws, and using academic resources to promote a narrow religious agenda. What are you talking about? Who are you? The CEH Police. I’ve never heard of you. We are a non-governmental agency of trained volunteers authorized by the court to conduct citizen’s arrests. What court? The court of public opinion.You can’t do this to me. I’m a scientist. So you say. We hear that one all the time. Please don’t cause a disturbance, sir. We’re just doing our job. And violating the laws… what laws? The laws of logic, sir. What are you talking about? I told you I’m a scientist. According to the warrant, you claimed, in writing, that human behavior evolved by a material process of evolution, but then reasoned as if this represented a true account of human origins. So? Truth cannot evolve, sir. According to the prosecutor, this represents a contradiction. According to the law of non-contradiction, this is punishable by demotion to the realm of the irrational – in other words, losing your license to practice science.And I’m not promoting any religious agenda! I’m an atheist! According to the federal courts, atheistic humanism is a religion. The prosecutor said you went far beyond the empirical evidence and taught your own personal beliefs using academic resources. But lots of scientists are atheists! What you believe in your private life is protected free speech, sir, but scientists are not supposed to use their academic positions to promote a narrow religious agenda, according to your own writings. This is another one of the counts of violating the laws of logic being charged against you. In fact, the count alleges that you yourself used this very argument to convince the dean to deprive a colleague of tenure because of his private religious beliefs.This is outrageous. Nobody has ever accused me of such things. Ignorance of the law is no excuse, sir. Scientists have a position of high trust in our culture. Presumably, when you took this position, you committed to abide by the laws of logic and should have received the proper instruction in the law. But I’ve written things like that paper all my professional life. And so have all my colleagues! Are you confessing to collusion, sir?For crying out loud, I haven’t done anything that isn’t common practice among all my peers. I realize that, sir. The chief recognizes this is a widespread problem. He has decided it’s time to start cracking down. The only way to make progress is by tackling one case at a time. Why me? He decided to make you an example, so that others would hear, and fear, and commit no more such abomination in the land.What will they do to me? Most likely, you will be given an opportunity to confess your crimes, then cease and desist. For a probationary period, your speaking and writing will be under surveillance. However, if you persist in irrational behavior, repeat offenses will lead to your being stripped of your credibility. Hardened criminals might even be pilloried in public.And if I fail to cooperate? You have the right to remain silent. But remember, anything you speak or write can and will be used against you in the court of public opinion. What’s with the dog? That’s our K9 unit; Apollos here is trained to sniff out contraband. [Barking and a brief scuffle ensues.]Tune in tomorrow for the next exciting episode of: Creation-Evolution Headlines, the top-rated science investigative reporting show, featuring Apollos, the wonder dog. Brought to you by Master Plan, the universal leader in information management design technology, and by Moral Support, a global network of encouragement. (Visited 42 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
There is no doubt that one of the world’s great aviation photographers is Sam Chui. That skill is brought to life in his latest book Air3. And what makes his aviation photography all the more exciting is the lengths that Sam will go to get the perfect picture or more importantly, the most unusual photograph. Unusual? Well what about a North Korean Air Koryo IL-62 or TU134B? Perhaps it’s the pictures flying around the mountains of Pakistan, an Iranian Saha Air 707 or flying on the last DC-10 passenger flight. But it’s more than stunning pictures of planes. Sam has combined with colleague and writer Charles Kennedy to bring the photographic adventures to life, telling the story of the region they are flying and the crew taking them on the magic carpet ride. And the combination is magic! The 144-page Air3 brings you 11 unique flight experiences with 11 aviation photo galleries which take you from the North Pole to Mogadishu. Air3 starts off with photo galleries showcasing Sam’s trademark stunning air to air photography. For this book he was able to get permission to position a helicopter very close to Heathrow, the world’s busiest international airport, and the results are breathtaking and truly unique. Air3 is far more than just a superb aircraft photographic book – it’s a spectacular and fascinating travel log of air travel today in all its forms, whether first class on Lufthansa’s latest 747-8I or transporting workers around Africa in 29-year old DC-9s. Sam has travelled to 50 countries, flown on over 1000 flights and logged more than 3.6 million kms to pursue his passion. The book, which costs just US$26.99 is a must for anyone remotely interested in aviation or travel.To order a copy click here.
2 October 2015Following the critical success earlier this year of The Endless River, the feature film from Cape Town director Oliver Hermanus, at festivals in Venice and Toronto, two new South African movies are making their marks on international film festivals in the US and Europe.For Love And Broken Bones, directed by Tebogo Malope, and Ayanda, by Sara Blecher, are small, independent films that tell local stories in interesting and unusual ways. They both have a strong South African identity that is winning fans around the world.At home, this is a boost for the local film industry. Such recognition helps to grow the professional reputation of the film and television industry, which does much to create new job opportunities for South African talent, both in front of and behind the cameras. Outside the country, it also positions South Africa as a growing cultural brand in a global context, as per the Chapter 7 outcome of the National Development Programme.For Love and Broken BonesFor Love and Broken Bones won the Portland Film Festival’s flagship Best Film award, and beat 220 entrants for the US independent festival’s Jury Narrative Feature award. The festival ran from 1 to 7 September in the American city, and the awards were announced on the last night.The film has now been selected to be screened at the esteemed New York City Independent Film Festival, which starts on 12 October.Produced for the Mzansi Magic television channel by The Bomb Shelter, For Love and Broken Bones is directed by Tebogo Malope, based on his screenplay with talented storyteller Libby Dougherty. It is the latest success for The Bomb Shelter, the company responsible for the highly acclaimed, ground-breaking Yizo Yizo television series.This is Malope’s first feature film, following the success of his documentary The Pavement Bookworm. He is considered one of South Africa’s rising creative talents, with a storytelling flair that may help to change the landscape of local filmmaking.Malope on his filmmaking processThe film tells the story of a lonely and ruthless debt collector who falls in love with a feisty and passionate wedding planner, who also happens to be his latest assignment. It features stand-out performances from leads Lerato Mvelase and Mduduzi Mabaso.“We are so delighted that (the film) has been recognised with such a prestigious award,” producer Desiree Markgraaff said this week. “All credit to (director) Tebogo who really poured his heart and soul into this project to deliver a stunning debut. (with great support from) cinematographer Zeno Petersen and art director Dylan Lloyd, a very passionate filmmaking trio.”Film critic Chris Lambert from Film Colossus.com calls For Love and Broken Bones “an immersive and hypnotic experience. This is why it has the potential to be a seminal film in what could be a golden age of South African filmmaking.”AyandaAyanda is the highly anticipated new film by award-winning director Sara Blecher, who is currently riding high from the critically acclaimed Afrikaans-language feature Dis Ek, Anna. It was co-produced by actress and producer Terry Pheto, the star of the 2005 Oscar-winning Tsotsi.International film festivals have been snapping up the local movie, which tells the poignant story of a determined South African millennial attempting the heady transition to adulthood on her own terms.In June, the film won the Special Jury Prize at the prestigious Los Angeles Film Festival, following its debut screening at the World Fiction Competition, where it received rave reviews.Ayanda opened the 36th Durban International Film Festival, the most prestigious international film event in South Africa, in July.The film is currently being shown at the Vancouver International Film Festival, joining 375 films from 70 countries seeking expansive international distribution for small, independent movies made outside the usual Hollywood and European industries.In October, it will be screened at two British film festivals. At the BFI London Film Festival, Britain’s leading film event, Ayanda will join a select group of films from 57 countries for competition.It will also be screened at the Cambridge African Film Festival at the end of October, joining the best of contemporary African films, before returning for wide release in South Africa and the rest of the continent.Blecher calls her film “an African Juno“.“The international attention from audiences around the world demonstrates that Ayanda is a high-quality title,” says Helen Kuun, the chief executive of the film’s distributor, Indigenous Film Distribution.“Local media have responded extremely enthusiastically to the film, and we are looking forward to seeing how local movie fans react. In terms of plot, character, and production values, Ayanda represents an exciting new direction in local filmmaking.”Source: News24Wire
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest National Farmers hosted their 2018 National Convention at Great Wolf Lodge near Cincinnati earlier this week. The event kicked off with a program known as FarmStarts – an agricultural speaker series with a special focus on informing young and beginning farmers. FarmStarts has an emphasis on organic dairy and grain production. Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood was there and talked to a number of the speakers and guests in attendance on the latest trends in organic production and what has been top of mind for those in National Farmers.