Tony and Olivier winner Roger Rees has died at the age of 71. His death was confirmed by his spokesperson Rick Miramontez, who said that he had passed away tonight at his home in New York City, after a brief illness. He was surrounded by his husband, the playwright Rick Elice, and family. The stage and screen actor recently appeared in the Broadway production of The Visit. He left the show about a month after opening to undergo treatment for a medical condition.Rees was born on May 5, 1944 in Wales to Doris and William Rees. He initially studied painting at the Camberwell College of Arts and Slade School of Fine Art. He began his career as a performer in 1968 with the Royal Shakespeare Company, which led to his Broadway debut in the 1974 revival of London Assurance. He went on to play Malcolm in Trevor Nunn’s production of Macbeth at the company’s The Other Place black box space. The staging and his performance were preserved on screen in a 1978 recording.Rees (and Nunn) returned to the Main Stem in 1981 in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, reprising his Olivier-winning performance from the West End production. The eight and a half hour-long epic earned him a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play, and was then adapted into a four-part miniseries, which brought him an Emmy nomination. In 1982, he went back to London to star in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing.His next Broadway appearance was short-lived; he was originally cast in the 1993 musical adaptation of The Red Shoes but was replaced in previews (along with numerous other performers). He returned to the New York stage the following seasons in Indiscretions, for which he was again Tony-nominated.Rees went on to star in Broadway revivals of The Rehearsal and Uncle Vanya and The Winslow Boy. In 2011, he took over for Nathan Lane as Gomez Addams in The Addams Family. A year prior, he starred in the London and Australian touring production of Waiting for Godot opposite Ian McKellen.His third and final Tony nomination, however, did not come from performing, but rather from directing in 2012, for Peter and the Starcatcher, written by his husband Rick Elice. He shared the nomination with co-director Alex Timbers. His additional directorial credits included Mud, River, Stone, Arms and the Man and Treemonisha.Rees also served as the artistic director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival from 2004 to 2007. Seven years after his departure as artistic director, he returned to the Massachusetts organization to appear opposite Chita Rivera in The Visit; the Kander and Ebb musical marked his final bow on the Broadway stage.In addition to the Nicholas Nickleby series, Rees’ numerous screen credits included recurring roles on The West Wing and Cheers, as well as the films Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Frida and The Scorpion King.Rees is survived by Elice; in an interview with The New Yorker, the pair revealed that they met outside the stage door of the Winter Garden Theatre after the dress rehearsal of Cats (Elice handled the production’s advertising, and Rees was a guest of Nunn). In addition to Peter and the Starcatcher, the two collaborated on the play Double Double. The two wed in 2011, days after New York’s Marriage Equality Act was passed. View Comments
By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaWhen University of Georgia entomology professor Wayne Berisford travels to the north Georgia mountains for research these days, he’s got a lot less shade to hide under when he steps beneath a hemlock tree.The damage isn’t due to clear cutting or development. One tiny insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid, is to blame. The aphid-like pest is quickly killing hemlocks in the South.“The hemlock is a pretty unique tree,” Berisford said. “It will grow in dense shade. It grows well in poor soil by mountain streams and cools the streams for trout. They’re just really beautiful trees and a really important component of the mountains.”A hemlock’s death isn’t spectacular. The first evidence that it’s even infested with adelgids is that it doesn’t get much annual growth. It starts to lose its needles, its crown thins, and it looks gray.Hemlock woolly adelgids “eat the tree’s starch found in its needles and twigs,” Berisford said. The insect first appeared in the eastern United States in Roanoke, Va., in the 1950s. It stayed around there until the late 1980s, when it started north.In the northern U.S., mature hemlocks live seven to 10 years after they’ve been infested. But in the South, death comes more quickly.“The adelgid crossed the river from South Carolina in 2003,” Berisford said, “and we’ve seen a lot of tree mortality already.”Combating adelgidsHe and other scientists in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the U. S. Forest Service are working to stop the mass destruction. They’re conducting two studies now to see if different control approaches are effective.The first involves releasing predacious ladybird beetles into infested hemlock stands. This type of beetle has one specific food source: the woolly adelgid. The only problem is that they must be mature enough to both eat the adelgids and reproduce to sustain the beetle population.“As soon as ladybird beetle eggs hatch, the larvae feed on the eggs and young of the adelgids,” Berisford said. “For adult beetles, the eggs are a particularly high nutrient source.”In the second study, the researchers are injecting insecticide into the soil around the hemlocks. The trees then take up the insecticide through its roots, killing the adelgids. This experiment is being conducted specifically along streams to see if any chemical residue is harming delicate aquatic organisms.“Treatments took place on Nov. 1, 2005, and as of July 2006, we haven’t detected any major changes in the aquatic invertebrate community,” said Missy Churchel, an aquatic entomologist at UGA. She travels to the forest every two weeks to collect samples.At the UGA Mountain Research and Education Center in Blairsville, entomologist Kris Braman is researching ways to chemically control adelgids in commercial and home landscapes.“We want to find the safest, quickest control method,” she said. “Hemlocks are found more in home landscapes in north Georgia, but a lot of Georgians in the metro area are interested in our work because they own property in North Carolina near the Smoky Mountains where there are older, huge hemlocks.”This fall Berisford plans to begin a project revolving around rearing predacious beetles, especially ones native to the western U.S.A hemlock’s valueIn the past, hemlock was used for lumber, or the bark was used to tan skins. Its aesthetic value far outweighs any other value now. Berisford said many homeowners deeply treasure the trees.In fact, one couple approached him at a meeting about the problem and donated $20,000 toward adelgid research.The interest doesn’t stop with landowners. Support for UGA’s effort comes from Georgia Power Company, two divisions of the U.S. Forest Service, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Georgia Forestry Commission and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Several conservation groups, particularly Georgia Forestwatch and the Georgia Wildlife Federation, are raising funds for the project.“It’s a big deal because nobody wants to see the hemlocks die,” Berisford said.
Governor Announces Vermont Castings and New England Precision ExpansionsVT Castings is second ‘Green VEGI’ applicantMontpelier, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas was at Vermont Castings in Bethel Monday to announce that the wood stove manufacturer and another Vermont-grown company, New England Precision, will be expanding and could earn more than $700,000 worth of Vermont Employment Growth Incentives (VEGI) that could produce 88 new jobs in the Bethel and Randolph area over the next several years.VERMONT CASTINGS EXPANSIONGovernor Douglas highlighted a decision by Vermont Casting’s parent company, Monessen Hearth Systems Corporation, to send its Kentucky operations to Vermont.Governor Douglas said the Green VEGI incentives-a program offering increased incentives for businesses in sectors such as energy efficiency, energy conservation, and biomass to grow here and create good paying jobs-helped ensure that certain lines of manufacturing are relocated to Vermont Castings’ facilities instead of existing Monessen operations in Kentucky.”The type and quality of manufacturing done by Vermont castings qualifies their expansion for the enhanced Green VEGI initiative I included in the 15-point economic stimulus package we pushed through the Legislature this spring,” said Governor Douglas. “It is a great example of how innovative, pro-growth policies can strengthen our economy and help Vermont emerge from this national economic downturn with a stronger and more resilient economy.””With the incentive support the State of Vermont is offering our company we will be able to effectively relocate steel stove production to Vermont Castings along with adding automation to support new non-stove customers,” said Dale Trombley, General Manager of Vermont Castings. “This is exciting as it helps Vermont Castings diversify and provides growth opportunities for our current employees as well as adding many new jobs to our operation.”Vermont Castings, formerly a subsidiary of CFM Inc., has manufactured wood stoves in Bethel and Randolph since 1975. Monessen Hearth Systems Corporation recently acquired Vermont Castings and other CFM, Inc. assets. Monessen is consolidating all former CFM, Inc. operations and business lines and has closed plants in Indiana and Canada.NEW ENGLAND PRECISION EXPANSIONGovernor Douglas said VEGI incentives also helped to ensure that the jobs created by New England Precision are in Vermont.New England Precision is a full-service metal stamping contract manufacturer in Randolph. NEP makes small metal pieces for the automotive, medical, security, architectural hardware and other industries. The company was considering relocation to other locations like Pennsylvania and South Carolina. New England Precision was also considering a partnership with another Vermont company who recently expanded in Mexico.”New England Precision, Inc. is grateful to the Vermont Economic Progress Council for the authorization of incentives to expand our operations, and work force, at home in Vermont,” said Joe Holland, Treasurer of New England Precision, Inc. “As a result, we are now committed to growing and creating jobs in Vermont, and have declined similar offers from other states.”ABOUT THE INCENTIVESThe Vermont Economic Progress Council has given final approval for Vermont Castings of Bethel and Randolph to earn up to $488,000 worth of incentives if they add new employees and makes investments in the Vermont facilities. In addition, the Council gave final approval to an application from New England Precision to earn up to $241,236 of incentives to ensure an expansion of their manufacturing operation in Randolph instead of other possible locations under consideration.The Council approved the applications after reviewing nine guidelines and applying a rigorous cost-benefit analysis which showed that because of the economic activity that will be generated by these projects, even after payment of the incentives the State will realize a minimum net increase in revenues of $454,038.”These projects will create good new jobs in an area that has seen a substantial loss of employment recently,” said Karen L. Marshall, Chairwoman of the Vermont Economic Progress Council. “These approvals are examples of the kind of leverage this program can have on today’s business decisions, which are more and more about global competition, even for Vermont companies.The Council also determined that these projects would not occur or would occur in a significantly different and less desirable manner if not for the incentives being authorized.The Vermont Economic Progress Council is an independent board consisting of nine Vermont citizens appointed by the governor that considers applications to the state’s economic incentive programs. The Council is attached to the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, whose mission is to help Vermonters improve their quality of life and build strong communities.For more information, visit:www.thinkvermont.com/vepc(link is external)www.newenglandprecision.com(link is external)www.vermontcastings.com(link is external)###
My CPAP machine needs to be plugged in and I don’t want to go camping without it. It’s no fun to have zero energy after a sleepless night. But when I was diagnosed with sleep apnea, my overnight outdoor activities dwindled, and I found myself missing out on a lot of weekend camping trips and adventures. No mo’ FOMO—literally “No More Fear Of Missing Out—due to sleep apnea. Ever since I started using a CPAP machine while sleeping at night, I feel so much better, and the thought of a night without it is certainly unappealing. Thanks to the ResMed Power Station II, there is no more missing out. River rafting with a CPAP sounds crazy, right? It was easy. While on the river, the CPAP and batteries were in dry bags, and both stored in a drybox, which kept everything very protected and completely dry. Setup of the ResMed Power Station was super easy, and when I needed to recharge the batteries, it took less than 2 hours for a full charge. I’ve always loved outdoor adventure travel, backpacking, camping out, weekend music festivals, multi-day backcountry trips, sleeping under the stars, and spending several days and nights in the backcountry. It’s all so magical and beautiful. I just returned from an epic off-the-grid adventure: eight days rafting down the Colorado River through Marble Canyon and the Grand Canyon. I slept under the stars for seven nights in a row. The best part was that I woke up well rested everyday, thanks to this awesome portable power solution.
Free distribution began on Friday the 3rd for tickets to attend the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the competitions in the twenty sports that will be part of the 5th CISM Military World Games. The largest military sports event in the world is happening from the 16th to the 24th of July this year, in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Requests may be made exclusively via the official website (http://www.rio2011.mil.br). Fifty percent of tickets will be allocated to the public in each of the sports arenas. Another 40% will be allocated to members of the military, and 10% to special guests. A preregistration process previously gathered 4,405 registered CPFs (Brazilian identity documents). “Everyone can register, and each CPF gives the right to two tickets. Therefore, if someone wants to take the family to attend the swimming competition, for instance, he will have to register two or more CPFs,” explained Col. Rogério Franca, ticket manager for the Operational Planning Committee for the Rio 2011 Games. For some competitions, tickets will not be needed. This applies to the marathon (from Recreio to Aterro do Flamengo), the triathlon (in Copacabana), and the orienteering competition (in the cities of Paty do Alferes and Seropédica). Tickets may be picked up from June 24th to July 13th, in four different locations, three of which are in the city of Rio de Janeiro: in the southern part of the city (Copacabana Fort), downtown (kiosk located at the side of Duque de Caixas Palace), and in the western part of the city (Vila Militar). The municipality of Resende will have a ticket pickup location at the Resende shopping mall, located at Avenida Saturnino Braga, 369. The hours will be Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. By Dialogo June 08, 2011 Damm it! We will still get to host the World Cup, I canâ€™t get any information on how to get tickets for the opening ceremonies, if it is a paid or a free event. How can I get tickets? This is awful. I want tickets
In use in other U.S. Defense Department aircraft for years, fly-by-wire now replaces the conventional manual flight controls in some Black Hawk helicopters with an electronic interface. In older aircraft, cables run from the pilot’s controls to various control systems such as rudders, ailerons and, in the case of helicopters, the pitch controls on the rotor blades. With fly-by-wire technology, the flight-control movements are converted to electronic signals and sent to flight control computers that use them to determine how to move the aircraft. This technology can automatically perform functions without input from the pilot. “The fly-by-wire variant of the UH-60M Black Hawk offers increased handling capability, lower maintenance burden, decreased pilot work load, and full-authority digital engine control,” Maj. Jeffrey Stvan, assistant program manager UH-60 Modernization, said. This technology greatly decreases the workload of the pilots, allowing them to focus on their surroundings and reduce fatigue, by permitting them to better control the loads. “One aim of the fly-by-wire system is to allow the pilot to keep more of his concentration outside the cockpit and on his surrounding environment,” Stvan said. Maj. Carl Ott, an Army experimental test pilot for the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center’s Aeroflightdyanmics Directorate at Moffett Field, California, has done testing for the Utility Project Office and Sikorsky, involving fly-by-wire technology. He said fly-by-wire technology is geared toward making the aircraft highly stable and more predictable. This technology will also help troops on the ground, when a pilot can focus more on the surroundings and efficiently making deliveries and place payloads that will be a great advantage, officials added. “The fly-by-wire is an enabling technology that will allow for more advanced, adaptive, flight controls and sensors to be integrated into a helicopter making them easier and safer to fly,” Ott said. By Dialogo August 30, 2011
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUES President/CEO John Pembroke discusses the latest group of 2015 Golden Mirror Award winners. We chat with John about how each year the winning entries seem to get more and more sophisticated — and even fun. This increasing quality bodes well for the industry and its growing image. Check it out — and go look at the winners for inspiration.
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Conference “Šibenik-Knin County as a creative cluster of nautical, culture, enogastrotourism and innovative experiences” was held
The total number of charter vessels in Croatia increased to 4.375, making Croatia the leading charter destination in the world, and over half a million nautical guests realized almost 3,5 million overnight stays. In the period from 2010 to 2017, the number of active travel agencies increased by 44 percent, from 870 to 1.254, and revenues by 54 percent, from 3,3 billion to 5,1 billion kuna. The number of employees in Croatian agencies in 2017 reached a total of 5.540, which is 20 percent more than in 2010. As the daily consumption of sailors on charter vessels in 2017 was 183 euros per day, which is significantly more than the consumption of the average tourist with 79 euros per day, it is clear that there is huge potential in connecting nautical tourism with other tourism products such as eno-gastro and cultural, and travel agencies are the creators of such complex high value-added packages. DAILY CONSUMPTION OF BOATERS IS 40 PERCENT MORE THAN THE DAILY CONSUMPTION OF THE AVERAGE CROATIAN TOURIST Photo: Pixabay.com PROPOSAL OF LAW ON MARITIME PROPERTY AND SEAPORTS PRESENTED The President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the Professional Group of Travel Agencies of the Šibenik-Knin County, Ivana Šišara, expressed her satisfaction with the interest of agencies and charters from the rest of Croatia for the conference. “Every year, local agencies design new packages and tours to enrich their offer, and with this conference we want to connect our local agencies and other participants in tourism who offer Šibenik and the region in their offer, and we hope that their cooperation will take place.”, Said Šišara. Paško Klisović, President of the Association of Accommodation Providers on Boats – Charter HGK stressed that the initiative of the Association to connect with travel agencies caused by changing the profile of guests in the charter to which we must adapt given that there are fewer “real” sailors and more “general” “Guests who consume nautical in addition to other tourist products. “Therefore, cooperation with agencies is very important and necessary for us to deliver a quality experience and jointly extend the tourist season in Croatia. We chose Šibenik-Knin County as a meeting place because it has everything, from historical and cultural sites, through two national parks to top gastronomy, music and a unique sea story. All this is packed into excellent transport connections and extremely developed nautical infrastructure”, Klisović emphasized. Photo: Pixabay.com RESEARCH RESULTS PRESENTED “ATTITUDES AND CONSUMPTION OF NAUTICIANS IN CROATIA – TOMAS NAUTIKA YACHTING 2017.” That is one of the conclusions B2B conference “Šibenik-Knin County as a creative cluster” held in Šibenik, organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the Šibenik Fortress of Culture and with the support of the Šibenik Port Authority. The space of the Šibenik City Hall was filled to the brim with representatives of renowned travel agencies, charter and shipping companies from all over Croatia, as well as various stakeholders in the tourist offer of Šibenik-Knin County, which this time focused on. “I am extremely glad to see that the reflections and strategies of Ban Tours fit into the official policies of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and other entities. Regarding yacht charter, we have been offering culture along the routes for a long time. Of all things, I am most happy when we can include local DMKs and manufacturers in our programs, or tasting local products, because that way we can directly support someone’s small business. We started from literally zero and I know how important every, even the smallest job is “, emphasized the president of the Cultural Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Suzana Markovic. New projects in the Šibenik-Knin County were also presented at the conference: the project of the Šibenik Diocese to restore the Galbiani Palace and the Interpretation Center of the Cathedral of St. Jakov “Civitas sacra – Holy City”, themed costumed tour of the city “Dark side of medieval Sibenik” conducted by guides Sibenik Association of Tourist Guides Mihovil, as well as the project HGK ŽK Zadar 4helix +: Creative innovation for blue Mediterranean companies and cluster growth. The Fortress of Culture Šibenik presented the possibilities of using the space and special experiences of the Fortress of St. Mihovil and Fortress Barone, where after business meetings between the participants, the second part of the conference was held, intended for informal connection with the county’s eno-gastronomic offer. “Today’s meetings among the participants will certainly contribute to the further development of innovative and creative tourism products in the city and the county. Šibenik Fortress has been successfully cooperating with numerous tourist organizations and private entrepreneurs in the tourism sector since the beginning of its activities, and together we are an example of how synergies are created through partnerships and cultural, tourist and eno-gastronomic offer is improved for the benefit of all stakeholders.”Said Gorana Barišić Bačelić, director of the Šibenik Fortress of Culture RELATED NEWS: The joint work of agencies and charter companies would benefit the entire local community because guests of higher purchasing power are looking for special and innovative experiences, eno-gastro, nautical, cultural, adventure and all other products of special topics and interests. Also, these forms of tourism move Croatia away from the image of a sun and sea destination, full accommodation capacities out of season and enable year-round tourism.