New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching, and music fans around the country will have a plethora of live music options to pick from to help bid the fairest of adieus to 2018. Popular jam acts like Phish, Umphrey’s McGee, The Disco Biscuits, and Oteil Burbridge & Friends are just a few of the notable bands who will close out their New Year’s runs with climactic performances on December 31st.Fans who won’t be attending those shows will still get the opportunity to enjoy some televised performances via CNN, which will air its annual New Year’s telecast led by hosts Anderson Cooper and notable Dead & Company supporter Andy Cohen. The telecast will feature a previously-confirmed performance from punk princess-turned-pop queen Gwen Stefani. Today, CNN announced that Stefani will now be joined by Keith Urban, Patti LaBelle, and music-loving comedic superstars Dave Chappelle and Jack Black.CNN is hoping the addition of the four notable performers will be enough to draw viewers away from Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve With Ryan Seacrest, which will air on ABC and scheduled to feature appearances from pop artists ranging from Camila Cabello, The Chainsmokers, Christina Aguilera, Foster the People, Halsey, Shawn Mendes, Weezer, and many more. The nationally-televised program should also make for a pretty interesting night of music, jokes, and all-around jubilee as the broadcast will be filmed from a location near Times Square to capture the big ball drop in New York City.Chappelle will be coming in from Las Vegas, where he and Dead & Company guitarist John Mayer will have hosted the latest edition of their Controlled Danger duo show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena the night prior. Fans should be on the lookout for Mayer to potentially show up and surprise his pals Andy and Dave, as he’s known to do from time to time.Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen – CNN New Year’s Eve – 12/31/2017[Video: TheWarmingStore]Fans can tune into CNN’s celebratory broadcast when it starts at 8 p.m. ET on Monday night.[H/T Billboard]
On their campus of old, Harvard Law School (HLS) students scrounged for meeting space, searching for quiet corners or tucked away nooks, occasionally sacrificing their bodies for the few coveted spaces available for group discussions.“People would throw themselves across the couches in Pound Hall to reserve them,” recalled third-year law student Ellen Wheeler. “Before, if you could find space, it was like the Holy Grail.”Some determined students braved the din of Harkness Commons and its busy lunchtime crowd, but the bustling dining hall didn’t lend itself to discussions about complicated cases or legal statutes. Others students settled for seats on the floor of a building’s hallway; some simply met off campus.Now, they don’t have to.Last fall the School opened its newest building, 250,000 square feet aimed at bringing faculty and students closer. Its design, developed in close collaboration with HLS community residents and neighbors and realized by the architectural firm Robert A.M. Stern Architects, grew out of a strategic plan crafted in 2000, with the primary goal of improving the overall student experience.“There was a real sense that the student environment could be improved,” said Story Professor of Law Daniel Meltzer, faculty chair of the 2000 planning committee. In the past, he said, some student-run journals were housed in converted basement closets, and the School’s student organizations and its clinical programs were scattered among HLS buildings. The campus was also missing an expansive space in which students could “hang out.”“The campus lacked a physical nucleus,” said Meltzer, “where students would run into each other, study together, and have fun together.”The new Wasserstein Hall, Caspersen Student Center, and Clinical Wing building includes new classrooms and learning spaces of varying sizes equipped with the latest technology, meeting spaces, a sizable lounge, and offices for the School’s student-led organizations, journals, and clinical programs. There’s even a pub. The project had a sustainable mandate, and the complex recently received LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.“The way the building is designed has made running into friends and bumping into people in organizations that you might want to collaborate with much more frequent,” said Abram Orlansky, a third-year student and a member of several student organizations.The effect of the new setup was evident on a warm spring afternoon that drew crowds of students to a courtyard on the building’s second floor, where tables were filled with study groups reviewing cases, or students were grabbing an outdoor lunch.The garden space is part of the building’s Milstein Conference Center, funded by HLS alumni Howard P. Milstein and his wife Abby, which includes an expansive, adjacent conference room.“The new center will facilitate gatherings and become a true focal point for the Harvard Law School community and the broader Harvard community, bringing together students, faculty and guests in an inspiring and beautiful space,” said Milstein.Downstairs, others relaxed in the student center’s vaulted Robert B. and Candice J. Haas Lounge, complete with comfortable chairs, couches, and two fireplaces, or next door in the building’s pub painted from floor to ceiling in a deep red hue and covered with pictures of famous HLS alumni.The complex’s student center unites the School’s 84 student-run organizations and 16 of its 17 student-operated law journals under one roof, affording them airy, open offices and the chance to interact in common spaces.“As opposed to just trying to send emails” to connect with people, said Wheeler, co-editor in chief of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, “if I come here during the week, I know everyone will be here.”The same is true for the Clinical Wing, which houses most of the School’s extensive clinical programs.“It integrates the clinics more into the daily operation of the School,” HLS Dean of Students Ellen Cosgrove said of the new wing. “Having them in the same building as many of the classrooms allows for interaction between the clinical and the teaching faculty, as well as interaction between students.”“The place is just hopping,” said Meltzer. “I have had any number of students say to me, ‘Where was everybody before this?’”The new complex also addresses a change in curriculum. In the same 2000 strategic plan, administrators agreed to reduce the first-year sections of 140 students each to 80 students. A curricular reform in 2005, led by Professor Martha Minow, now HLS dean, introduced a number of courses, electives, and workshops designed for smaller classes.The Wasserstein Hall classrooms resemble those of Harvard Business School, with a horseshoe shape with the teacher at the front, but some have an added feature. Two classrooms are equipped with swiveling chairs that allow students to face each other for breakout discussions in class.The move toward more interaction was done as with an eye to promoting team learning, something that will better prepare graduates for the changing nature of the profession, where team players rank high on the wish list of hiring firms. Practicing lawyers regularly complain that the notion of working in teams isn’t emphasized enough in current legal pedagogy, said Meltzer.“They want employees who can come to them knowing how to work with someone else to improve upon each other’s ideas, how to disagree, and how to generate a group product that is better than anything that could be produced individually, and we think the new complex will encourage that.”A crowd gathered in the complex’s Milstein Conference Center for an official dedication ceremony April 20. Speakers included Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow, Harvard President Drew Faust, and former HLS dean and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Elena Kagan.
The Catholic Church sees access to adequate health care as a human right, and this right is not provided affordably for graduate students’ spouses and children, graduate theology student Ricky Klee said.Klee, with others, has organized a “family-friendly petition” to ask University officials to change current University policies to better reflect a family atmosphere.“The University health care plan is not provided affordably,” Klee said. “Many spouses and children are not insured.”According to the University’s graduate student Web site, 75 percent of the premium cost for health insurance for the graduate student is subsidized. For the 2010-11 school year, the premium is $1,239. The student will pay $309, which only covers the graduate student.Spousal insurance costs $3,098 per year, Klee said. In comparison, similar plans cost $1,774 at the Catholic University of America and $1,024 at the University of Dayton. Sometimes spouses and children can go on state-funded health care, Klee said, but complications can surface.Michael Driessen, a fifth-year political science graduate student and Quality of Life chair on the Graduate Student Union (GSU), said the initial graduate student policies weren’t designed for students with spouses and children in mind.“I think the petition itself is a response to the fact that the larger student body at Notre Dame and many of the faculty and administration are really unaware of some of the specific difficulties Notre Dame married students encounter,” he said.Health care isn’t the only major point of the petition, Klee said.The final point of the nine recommendations, entitled “Gender Equity In Leadership At Notre Dame,” states, “Family concerns cannot be considered apart from the poor state of balance between genders at the top administrative, professorial and governance levels of the University.”“This situation is broadly recognized among Ivy League schools,” Klee said. “Female grad students need special support to finish degrees, even with families.”The petition aims to compare Notre Dame to other schools of its caliber, Klee said. For example, Notre Dame’s faculty is predominantly male.Peter Campbell, international graduate student and Village Representative to the GSU, said the University doesn’t extend a woman’s funding by the amount she takes off for maternity leave.“Women need that time,” Campbell said. “The University doesn’t pause funding while a woman is away from work.”Klee added: “There’s no true maternity leave for female graduate students. There’s also no paternity leave. It forces the mother to be the sole care giver.”In comparison, Yale and Princeton both provide paid leave for graduate students.Jamie O’Hare, Assistant Rector for University Village, recent graduate in the Theology Ph.D. program and mother of three, said Notre Dame’s growth out of an all-male school may be why most policies are aimed at the needs for single, non-childbearing students.“Grad students are the age at which many people get married and have children, and at a Catholic institution many of those people will be bearing children, or they’re not following church teaching,” O’Hare said. “I think that it fits with Notre Dame’s Catholic mission to not make following church teaching a burden.”O’Hare said the low University stipend for Arts and Letters graduate students causes difficulties for growing families. She said when she and her family arrived at Notre Dame, theology stipends were $11,700 a year, growing to $13,500. She worked a second job at University Park Mall until their second child was born.“I am a teacher by training, and I couldn’t put two babies in daycare, teach all day, grade all night and keep my life running smoothly enough to justify spending so much time away from my family,” O’Hare said. Now with a position on the housing staff at University Village, O’Hare said living on campus is difficult for Ph.D. student families.The current stipend for Arts and Letters graduate families is around $16,000, she said. The 2009 federal poverty rate for a family of three is $18,310, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.“This forces families to make tough decisions or risk financial ruin,” she said.Campbell said the University should support the graduate students because they are the examples of what Notre Dame would want the undergraduate students to become.“[The graduate students are] married people who have families, professional careers, who have families and are devout Catholics and doing what Catholicism tells them to do: have children,” Campbell said. “So when I get off the trolley at the Village, there are a lot young men and women on the trolley. Often, when parents get off the trolley their children will be running to them, leaping into their arms. I think to myself, isn’t that a perfect symbol of the kind of values that the University wants to instill in its undergrads?”O’Hare added: “[Graduate students] have different needs from the rest of the student population, and addressing these needs more adequately will benefit the school by attracting the best grad students and lowering the stress level of current students. “The group of graduate students will have a demonstration on April 20 from 11:30 a.m. to noon in front of the Main Building to formally submit the petition, Klee said.“It’s a chance for everyone to provide their own voice,” Klee said. “We’re hoping for lots of people.”
After an “A*” run in London of nearly five years, the Tony and Olivier-winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will shutter on June 3, 2017 at the Gielgud Theatre. A tour of the U.K. and Ireland is set to kick off in January 2017 and a North American tour will continue until September 2017.Directed by Marianne Elliott and adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling book by Simon Stephens, at time of closing the show will have played over 1,600 performances and been seen by over one million people in London, and almost two and a half million people worldwide. The original production opened at the National Theatre’s Cottesloe Theatre in September 2012, and transferred to the Apollo Theatre in March 2013 before moving to the Gielgud Theatre in July 2014. Curious Incident ran at Broadway’s Barrymore Theatre in New York from September 2014 until September 2016.The show tells the story of 15-year-old Christopher Boone, who has an extraordinary brain; and is exceptional at math while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He sets out to solve a mystery of who killed his neighbor’s dog, but his detective work takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.The West End cast currently includes Joseph Ayre as Christopher Boone, with Jo Castleton as his teacher Siobhan, Nicolas Tennant as Ed, Sarah Stanley as Judy, Jacqueline Clarke as Mrs Alexander, Amanda Posener as Mrs Shears, Ross Waiton as Roger Shears, Matthew Trevannion as Mr. Thompson, Gemma Knight Jones as No.40/Punk Girl, David Nellist as Reverend Peters and Thomas Dennis as the alternate Christopher. View Comments Jo Castleton & Joseph Ayre in ‘The Curious Incident'(Photo: Brinkhoff Mögenburg)
By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaPoultry litter usually draws attention for its smell. It’s now attracting more interest because of what it contains – cheaper vital nutrients for crops.Nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium are key fertilizers used to grow Georgia crops like cotton, corn, peanuts, soybeans, hay and wheat. All three are found in chicken litter, something Georgia – as the top U.S. poultry producer – has a lot of. Commercial nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium prices have skyrocketed in recent years.“It takes a lot of petroleum to manufacture these synthetic fertilizers,” said Jeff Mullen, an economist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “So that’s the big cost. The price of oil has gone up, and that’s been folded right into these costs.”China, India and Brazil have increased their demands for fertilizer and oil, which has also increased fertilizer prices, he said.Nitrogen cost between 32 cents and 63 cents per pound in 2006. It now costs between 50 cents and 93 cents per pound. That’s a 50 percent increase, said Mullen.Phosphorous costs around 92 cents per pound today. In 2006, it was 38 cents per pound. Over the last three years, potassium has jumped from 24 cents per pound to as high as 90 cents per pound.The amount of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium poultry litter contains depends on what the chicken ate prior to producing it. On average, a ton of litter has 38.5 pounds of available nitrogen, 50 pounds of available phosphorous and 48 pounds of available potassium.Poultry litter costs about $14 a ton in Georgia. “So you’re paying 36 cents per pound of available nitrogen, which is currently cheaper than other nitrogen sources,” Mullen said. “The phosphorous, potassium and other benefits of poultry litter are essentially free after that.” Chicken poop is not exactly the same as synthetic fertilizers, said Dave Kissel, head of the UGA Agricultural and Environmental Services Labs. It can smell bad and be harder to handle and to spread in fields than commercial fertilizers. Also, poultry litter can only be applied prior to crops being planted, Mullen said, not after they are growing. Farmers typically fertilize their crops twice during the growing season. Commercial fertilizer would be needed for the second application after crops are growing.But according to a recent farmer survey Mullen conducted, farmers aren’t just purchasing the litter in spring before planting time. About 15 percent buy it in late summer and 25 percent buy it in winter. Also, the average poultry-litter user in Georgia would pay as much as $21 a ton for it today. “I think what’s really happening here, especially with the recent rise in fertilizer prices, is producers are recognizing that poultry litter is more valuable than its historic price has been,” Mullen said. “It’s a substitute for many fertilizers.”UGA and the Georgia Poultry Federation set up a Web site for buyers and sellers of poultry litter. Visit www.galitter.org for more information.(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
Montpelier, VT Vermont business development projects totaling $21 million will receive $5.2 million in financing assistance from the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA). Principals of two of the manufacturing projects approved for VEDA financing estimate 100 new jobs will be created within three years of the investments. VEDA is especially excited and pleased to offer financing assistance that helps stimulate jobs creation in the manufacturing sector of Vermonts economy, said Jo Bradley, the Authoritys Chief Executive Officer. Among the projects approved by VEDA are:Revision Eyewear, Ltd., Essex Junction Financing of $1 million was approved as part of a $3 million capital expenditure project, enabling this highly-specialized military eyewear company to upgrade its plant, laboratory, and production facilities. TD Banknorth is also participating in the project, which aims to add 60 new jobs to the companys current payroll of 44 within three years. Based in Essex Junction since 2007, and in Williston for three years prior, Revision Eyewear is an ISO 9001:2000 registered company that has a diverse global supply chain, including custom made components from all over the United States, Europe and the Far East. With this equipment and leasehold investment, the company will be better able to service its most important customer the U.S. military by assuring advanced training, R&D, quality control, production flow, and protection of intellectual property. Vermont Composites, Inc., Bennington VEDA approved up to $1 million in mortgage insurance on a $4.5 million working capital line of credit extended to Vermont Composites, Inc. (VCI) by Chittenden Bank. VCI is a market leader in the design and fabrication of carbon fiber reinforced composite structures for the aerospace and medical industries. VCI projects adding 48 jobs to its current payroll of 195 within three years of the expansion project.Vermont Precision Woodworks, Morrisville VEDA agreed to insure $375,000 of a $500,000 working capital line of credit offered Vermont Precision Woodworks (VPW) by Union Bank. Based in Morrisville, VPW employs 37, and both produces and imports youth bedroom and home office furniture for independent furniture stores and high-volume national retailers.Grafton Village Cheese Company, Inc., Brattleboro – An additional $500,000 in industrial revenue bond financing was approved by VEDA, supplementing $8.2 million in financing given final approval by the Authority in August, 2007. The funds support the construction of a new cheese manufacturing and aging facility, now nearing completion, on land owned by the Windham Foundation in Brattleboro.Additional financings approved by the VEDA Board of Directors include:Over $1.1 million in farm ownership and operating loans through the Authoritys agricultural financing program, the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation;Business real estate development loans totaling $664,000 through the Authoritys Vermont 504 Corporation; and Small business loans totaling $578,668 through the Authoritys Vermont Small Business Development Corporation.VEDAs mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providing financial assistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, and travel and tourism enterprises. Since its inception in 1974, VEDA has made financing commitments totaling over $1.3 billion. For more information about VEDA, visit www.veda.org(link is external) or call 802-828-5627.
By Dialogo April 19, 2010 The Haitian parliament extended the quake-hit nation’s state of emergency for another 18 months as it set up a special committee to take charge of reconstruction. “This law confirms the creation of the (reconstruction committee) as well as the extension of the state of emergency called for by the president,” Senator Michel Clerier said. The text has already been sent to President Rene Preval to be signed. The new committee will oversee the rebuilding of the country ravaged by the January 12 quake, and will be chaired by former US president Bill Clinton and Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive. Its creation was one of the measures agreed at an international donors conference held in New York last month, when 138 states and organizations pledged some 5.3 billion dollars to help rebuild Haiti over the next two years. In total some 9.9 billion dollars was pledged for three years and beyond. “Now the international community must honor the promises it made in new York,” said another Senator Hector M. Amacacis. The 7.0-magnitude quake caused eight billion dollars worth of damage — about 120 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product.
Errata The caption accompanying a picture in the November 15 News, about the Lee County Women Lawyers and the Collier County Women Lawyers’ Voices For Kids Project identified those pictured — Judge Lauren Miller, Laurie Anton, Carolyn Delizia, and Jeanne Seewald — in reverse order. The News regrets the error. Errata December 1, 2003 Errata
4:00 A.M. UPDATE: DEPOSIT (WBNG) — According to 511 NY The roadway has since reopened. The section of Route 8 in Deposit between State Highway 20 and Michigan Hollow Road is still closed to traffic as of late Wednesday evening. 12 News has a crew on the way to the scene. —– DEPOSIT (WBNG) — New York State Police say the incident along Route 8 in Deposit has been resolved, yet portion of road remains closed. This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for updates. —– DEPOSIT (WBNG) — The New York State Police Department says Route 8 between State Highway 20 and Michigan Hollow Road is closed to traffic for an “active police investigation.” State Police say to “avoid the area.” Police could not confirm more details with 12 News. 10:40 P.M. UPDATE: New York State Police closed off a section of Route 8 for hours Wednesday evening, but would not explain what was happening. Shortly after 10 p.m., authorities stated there is no threat to the public.
Public transportation will continue to operate, Abe said, adding that the declaration will not lead to the kind of lockdown seen in some countries overseas. Unlike countries like France — where residents can be fined for leaving their homes — there is no legal power to enforce such requests.The package of economic measures, set to be Japan’s biggest ever, surpassed the 60 trillion yen ($550 billion) recommended by Abe’s ruling party last week. Details of the package are expected to be announced Tuesday.Japan to fight virus with two-stage stimulus planAn emergency declaration enables local officials to take measures such as ordering the cancellation of events, restricting use of facilities such as schools and movie theaters and appropriating land or buildings for temporary medical facilities. The announcement comes after pressure from the public and the medical community. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he will propose declaring a month-long state of emergency in seven prefectures including Tokyo and Osaka, after a renewed surge of coronavirus cases in some of the nation’s biggest cities.He also announced a much larger-than-expected stimulus package of 108 trillion yen ($988 billion) to support households and businesses struggling from the impact of the pandemic.The declaration, which will also include Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Hyogo and Fukuoka prefectures, will be made as soon as Tuesday, Abe said in Tokyo. The move hands powers to local governments to try to contain the spread of the virus that causes Covid-19, including by urging residents to stay at home. After last week saying the situation didn’t yet call for such a move, Abe changed course after cases in Tokyo surged over the weekend.As with many laws in Japan, there are no penalties associated with breaching instructions, except in the case of concealing supplies after the government orders them to be handed over. While much of the order will have no teeth, businesses are likely to further cooperate in closing shops and restaurants, while more residents are expected to stay indoors.A state of emergency can stay in place for as long as two years and can be extended by as much as one more year, under a law updated in March. The prime minister can make the call when the spread of the infection threatens serious damage to the lives and health of the people, as well as to the economy.The move also enables local governments to take steps such as:*. Controlling prices of daily essentials*. Providing loans through government-related financial institutions*. Making compulsory purchases of food and medicines Topics :