Colorado’s electronic music duo Break Science—comprised of keyboardist, producer, and jazz pianist, Borahm Lee (Pretty Lights Live Band) and funk, hip-hop drummer, Adam Deitch (Lettuce)—has announced a brief run of shows throughout the southeast in August. Guitarist and producer Marvel Years will offer support throughout the run.Break Science will open up their run at The Orpheum in Tampa, Florida on August 21st, followed by a performance at Jacksonville, FL’s 1904 Music Hall the following night on Thursday, August 22nd. Deitch and Lee will then head to Atlanta, GA’s Terminal West on Friday, August 23rd before wrapping their brief southeast run with a festival appearance at Tuscaloosa, AL’s Druid City Music Festival on Saturday, August 24th.The duo recently released a new single, “Coded Theory”, marking the group’s first new music of 2019. “Coded Theory” encompasses different elements of experimental electronic, hip-hop, pop, and other worldly genres, as Lee and Deitch navigate through a dream-like soundscape. The duo’s live instrumentation, on top of EDM-centric loops, adds an entirely different dynamic to the music, and deviates Break Science from the majority of the electronic scene’s favorite artists.Break Science – “Coded Theory”[Audio: BreakScienceMusic]Next up for Break Science is a festival appearance at Chillicothe, IL’s Summer Camp Music Festival on Sunday, May 26th.See below for a full list of Break Science’s upcoming tour dates. Head to Break Science’s website for ticketing and more information.Break Science 2019 Tour Dates:5/23 – 5/26 – Chillicothe, IL – Summer Camp Music Festival8/1 – 8/4 – Darrington, WA – Summer Meltdown8/21 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum8/22 – Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall8/23 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West8/24 – Tuscaloosa, AL – Druid City Music FestivalView Tour Dates
Stock Image.ALBANY — New York’s never-enforced ban on single-use plastic bags has survived a lawsuit lodged by a plastic bag manufacturer and convenience store owners, but a state judge ruled Thursday that state regulators went too far by allowing stores to hand out thicker plastic bags.A state law effective March 1 bans many types of businesses from distributing the thin plastic bags that have been clogging up landfills, getting tangled in trees and accumulating in lakes and seas. Single-use paper bags are still allowed, but counties have the option of imposing a 5 cent fee.But the Department of Environmental Conservation agreed to delay enforcement of the law as the state fought to get a court to toss the lawsuit. And amid the COVID-19 pandemic, some retailers have prohibited customers from bringing in reusable bags that New York lawmakers hope to promote.State Supreme Court Justice Gerald Connolly ordered New York in a decision released Thursday to strike a part of the plastic bag ban regulations that some environmental activists worried would allow retailers to eventually hand out a bag several times thicker than the kind provided at Macy’s and shopping malls. The law itself says stores can still provide customers certain kinds of plastic bags, including produce bags or “bags prepackaged for sale to a customer.” But only the rules drawn up by state regulators specified that retailers can provide a customer a reusable bag made with plastic that’s at least 10 mils thick — as thick as about ten pieces of paper.Now, Justice Connolly says the state can’t enforce that part of the regulations.State environmental officials are reviewing the justice’s decision and plan to soon notify stores and businesses about when and how New York will start enforcing the law.For now, it’s unclear how exactly New York will enforce its single-use plastic bag ban. Justice Connolly said it’s “clear” the state’s plastic bag ban law would override New York’s existing recycling law that requires large retailers to make reusable bags available for purchase.State environmental conservation commissioner Basil Seggos has defended the regulations as making sense of the two laws. And his agency has said the plastic industry probably lacks the machinery to produce thicker plastic bags that could meet New York’s proposed standard and still be cost-effective.“The court’s decision is a victory and a vindication of New York state’s efforts to end the scourge of single-use plastic bags and a direct rebuke to the plastic bag manufacturers who tried to stop our law,” Seggos said in a statement.Justice Connolly said New York’s law “enacts a far broader ban of plastic bags” than first proposed in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s original proposal to ban single-use plastic bags.The justice said that state regulators’ exemption for certain reusable plastic bags was in “plain contradiction” of the state law.“It remains, of course, within the province of the Legislature to enact legislation to the extent it seeks to expand the list of ‘exempt bags,’” he wrote.Justice Connolly said opponents failed in their arguments to strike down New York’s plastic bag ban in light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.Plastic bag manufacturers and convenience store owners had argued New York’s plastic bag ban would bankrupt their industries. And they argued the court should discard the entire ban because state regulators needed legislative permission for their exemption for thicker plastic bags.Zachary Taylor, director of the American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance, said New York’s law is still “unworkable” and warned that small retailers will struggle to get paper bags amid the pandemic.The advocacy group, which represents the U.S. plastic bag manufacturing industry, has reported spending $145,000 on lobbying New York lawmakers who pushed for single-use bag regulations over the last two years, according to state lobbying records.“Unfortunately, we are back where we started, and New York’s bag ban is still broken,” Taylor said.Supporters of New York’s ban who had criticized the exemption for thicker bags said New York’s plastic bag ban is now a model for other states.“Once fully implemented, New Yorkers will see the benefits of this law almost immediately with less plastic bag litter in neighborhoods, parks and rivers,” Judith Enck, president of advocacy group Beyond Plastics and former EPA Regional Administrator, said. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Laura Osnes & More Pay Tribute to O’Hara & SherA host of Broadway favorites will pay tribute to Tony winners Kelli O’Hara and Bartlett Sher at Carnegie Hall this spring. The lineup for the previously announced New York Pops’ 34th birthday gala, honoring O’Hara and Sher, will be O’Hara’s co-stars from the Sher-helmed South Pacific: Danny Burstein and Paulo Szot and Laura Osnes, who replaced her in the revival, as well as fellow The King and I Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles. Also making appearances will be composers Jason Robert Brown and Nico Muhly. The event is set for May 1.Broadway Favorites to Sing for the Oscar Hammerstein MuseumBefore singing the praises of O’Hara, Bandstand star Osnes, as well as In Transit’s Telly Leung and James Snyder, will come together to raise money for the Oscar Hammerstein Museum & Theater Education Center. The special fundraising event will take place on March 13 at the Player’s Club and will feature performances by Osnes, Leung, Snyder, Liz Larsen, Erich Bergen, Ann Harada, Alexandra Silber, Sal Viviano and Betsy Wolfe. Proceeds will go toward acquiring the Highland Farm in Doylestown, PA, when Hammerstein lived and worked, restoring the property and developing a museum to celebrate the lyricist’s legacy. For more information and tickets, click here.Mandy Gonzalez Lets Loose on More Lin-Manuel TunesThey don’t call her “The Beast” for nothing! Check out this clip from Mandy Gonzalez’s Feinstein’s/54 Below show on February 12, in which the Hamilton star belts out a mashup of two songs from her pal Lin-Manuel Miranda: “Fire Escape” (cut from In the Heights) and Moana’s Oscar-nominated “How Far I’ll Go.” It even made Lin himself sob over in London! Once we got to that key change at the four-minute mark, we were in tears, too. Laura Osnes(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Comments Kenneth Lonergan to Bring Howards End to the Small ScrenPlaywright Kenneth Lonergan, who is up for an Oscar this year for his Manchester by the Sea screenplay, will pen the TV adaptation of Howards End for BBC and Starz. According to Deadline, the limited series, based on the E.M. Forster novel, will be directed by Hettie Macdonald and star Broadway alum Tracey Ullman, Hayley Atwell and Matthew Macfadyen.
The Vermont Council for Quality is now accepting applications for the Excellence in Action Award.The Excellence in Action Award was established to generate performanceexcellence among all Vermont organizations and drive higher levels ofquality in Vermont services and products. a.. Receive a comprehensive review and a written feedback report giving you expert insight into the strengths of the practice or process. b.. Receive recognition at the VCQ Annual Awards Conference on February 18, 2004 by presenting your innovation at the Best Practice Spotlight.Any Vermont organization is eligible to submit their practice, process, orinnovation that was implemented in the last three years.For more information:1) Contact VCQ at 802-655-19102) Email [email protected](link sends e-mail)3) Download the attached Pre-Application form or4) Visit the VCQ website at www.VermontQuality.org(link is external)
The Jakarta Post received two awards at the 2020 Indonesia Print Media Awards (IPMA) from the Union of Print Media Companies (SPS) in a National Press Day event in Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan, on Friday.The Post brought home the gold award for the Best of Investigation Reporting for its Oct. 29, 2019 edition. The publication featured a special report written by reporters Victor Mambor and Syofiardi Bachyul titled “Wamena investigation: What the government is not telling us”.The report was a collaboration among journalists of the Post, Jakarta-based Tirto.id and Jayapura-based Jubi. They conducted an investigation in the field in Wamena, Jayawijaya regency, from Oct. 3 to 10 and discovered what the government had failed to reveal.Wamena investigation: What the government is not telling us #jakpost https://t.co/UgW7jtHeTc pic.twitter.com/CugssFMAIs— The Jakarta Post (@jakpost) November 26, 2019 The lead reporters covering the story had dedicated their time to monitoring the presidential election even before the campaign season began. They are Karina Tehusijarana, Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Nurul Fitri Ramadhani, Made Anthony Iswara and Ghina Ghaliya.IPMA is an annual award sponsored by the SPS to recognize the best in Indonesian print publications. The SPS was established on June 8, 1946, as a union for news publishers in Indonesia.The union said it received 679 entries for the IPMA award during the nomination process between Nov. 4, 2019 and Jan. 8.This is the second time the Post has won a gold IPMA award. The newspaper received the gold award in the category of Best National Newspaper in 2015 for its July 23, 2014 edition.Topics : At least 33 people were killed during a deadly unrest in Wamena on Sept. 23.One of the most important findings of the report was that the government did not reveal to the public that more than eight native Papuans died of gunshot wounds inflicted by who locals called “security officers.” The government deployed a joint security force comprising members of the National Police and the Indonesian Military to its easternmost provinces during days of riots.The investigative report is important as the world had not been aware of what was taking place in the region, as the government had blocked internet access across the island during the unrest.The Post also won the bronze prize for the Best of National Newspaper for its April 18, 2019 edition, in which the story “Five More Years” was featured. The story was about how incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo secured his second term following the 2019 presidential election.Today’s paper: April 18, 2019 #jakpost https://t.co/F7Z3s0Mzty pic.twitter.com/EjpTwugsVE— The Jakarta Post (@jakpost) April 18, 2019
The COVID-19 pandemic has severely disrupted the global supply chains. The World Trade Organization (WTO) has estimated that global trade will fall 18.5 percent year-on-year (yoy) in this year’s second quarter. Meanwhile, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has projected the volume of goods and services trade to shrink by 12 percent in 2020.The pandemic has also made some companies question their heavy reliance on China, while China’s ongoing trade war with the US has also burdened the industries with additional tariffs.Indonesia has taken measures to take advantage of the situation, with the government establishing a special task force to attract businesses leaving China and facilitate their relocation to Indonesia.On June 30, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced that seven foreign companies had confirmed plans to relocate production facilities, mostly from China, to Indonesia. He added that 17 more were looking into opening facilities in the country. The relocation of the seven companies is projected to bring US$850 million to Indonesia while potentially employing around 30,000 workers, based on the Investment Coordinating Board’s (BKPM) estimates. “I’ve ordered the ministers and the BKPM head to provide the best services for the industries relocating from China to Indonesia,” Jokowi said on June 30 during a visit to the Batang Industrial Park in Central Java.In a report titled “CIO Insights 3Q20” released on June 29, DBS explained that the pandemic had exposed the risk of over-concentration in the supply chain. According to data from the World Bank that the report cited, as of 2017, China accounts for 27 percent of the global manufacturing output, far exceeding the United States and Japan which account for 17 and 8 percent respectively. “The black swan event of COVID-19 exposed the vulnerabilities that companies with high dependence on China faced for their manufacturing needs,” the report reads.“The disruptions have since sparked a major rethink among companies if their heavy reliance on China for manufacturing is viable in the long run,” it adds. China became a destination for many companies because the country offered low labor cost, a moderate tax rate and a strong business ecosystem, the DBS report states, adding that despite the trend of diversification, China will remain the “World’s Factory”.In a separate survey conducted by the American Chamber of Commerce in China and Shanghai in collaboration with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) China, 84 percent of respondents said they had no plans to move production or supply chain operations away from China as a result of the pandemic.Topics : Indonesia will benefit from the diversification of the global supply chain as multinational companies are looking into ways to reduce reliance on China to manufacture their supplies following the outbreak of COVID-19, Southeast Asia’s largest bank DBS has said.During a virtual media briefing on Monday, DBS group head of global transaction services John Laurens explained that the shift of major supply chains into ASEAN countries would be part of the “new normal” for businesses.“Diversification will continue on and markets like Vietnam, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, benefit from that diversification,” Laurens said, listing the ASEAN countries and other low-cost markets as beneficiaries of the shift.
Thames Trains has awarded a £5·4m contract to Racal-BRT to install, manage and maintain a real-time passenger information system at 72 stations on its network, which links London Paddington, Reading, Oxford, Worcester and Gatwick Airport. Information from train describers, timetable and train reporting systems will be supplied automatically to all stations, each of which will extract relevant data for visual display or audio broadcast. Real-time information will also appear on the Thames Trains web site.Controlled from Reading, the system is due to go live by May 1998. In addition to platform monitors, information will be presented on new indicator boards at Oxford and Slough, and map displays at seven other principal stations showing the location of services. Screens displaying the time remaining before the next train arrives will be installed at stations between and London and Reading.Public address equipment will use infra-red sensors to detect the presence of passengers before announcements are made, volume controls to avoid disturbing local residents and induction loops for customers wearing hearing aids. Help points will be installed at some locations. o
“In this way our investment will ensure a good, stable return for members over many years,” he said.Jan Østergaard, director of investments at Industriens Pension, said his pension fund was in favour of investing in projects such as this that benefited Danes directly.“In a time when yields are on the floor, and there is uncertainty on the financial markets, this type of investment also fits in well with our ambition to expand our alternative investment activity,” he said.The finished building will be owned by the four pension funds, while MT Højgaard — the design and construction contractor — and DEAS will provide facility management services.MT Højgaard said that in the call for tenders, the Region of Zealand and Slagelse Hospital had emphasised project finance, the quality of construction and related services as well as the financial strength of the partners selected.The new three-storey building will have 16,000m2 of space, and comprise a maternity unit on the ground floor, and beds on the first and second floors.It will provide 140 extra hospital beds, and is expected to be ready for use in January 2018.The partnership has applied for permission to add a fourth floor to the building, but is still awaiting approval for this.In March last year, PensionDanmark, PKA and Sampension announced they were investing DKK430m in a PPP deal to build a new psychiatric hospital in the Jutland town of Vejle.Möger Pedersen said he hoped that this PPP project, together with the one in Vejle and those in other places, would signify a real breakthrough in the PPP model in Denmark.PensionDanmark, PKA and Sampension have made big efforts to promote PPPs in Denmark as a financing and investment model for public works.Back in 2012, the three pension funds created a “one-stop shop” to help public authorities plan such projects. Four Danish pension funds have clubbed together to invest DKK520m (€69.7m) in a hospital building project in the Danish town of Slagelse, in a public-private partnership (PPP) deal that will provide income for the investors over at least 20 years.Labour-market pension funds PensionDanmark, Industriens Pension, PKA and Sampension have formed a consortium with contractor MT Højgaard and property administrator DEAS to build, own and run the new building which will form part of Slagelse Hospital in west Zealand.The contract has been awarded by the Region of Zealand (Region Sjælland), and the deal is still awaiting final official approval.Torben Möger Pedersen, chief executive of PensionDanmark said: “The Region of Zealand will provide security for the economy of the hospital over a long period.
Langlois joins along with Cyrus Azamgin, who has also worked on the strategy for seven years and is a senior analyst. The new fund will launch in the second quarter of this year with $100m in seed capital, Lombard Odier said.Amundi Asset Management – Cristina Matti has been named sole head of European small- and mid-cap equities and country strategies. It follows the departure of Caroline Gauthier, who was previously co-head of the team alongside Matti. Matti joined Amundi as part of its acquisition of Pioneer last year, while Gauthier had worked at Amundi since joining from ING in 2000.Separately, Amundi has appointed Stéphane Taillepied as corporate engagement manager. Most recently Taillepied was head of equity financial analysis for the company, and has also worked at Crédit Lyonnais Asset Management and Crédit Agricole.MJ Hudson – The asset management consultancy firm has hired Sean Scott as a partner in its hedge fund practice. He was previously a partner at international offshore law firm Harneys. In a press release, MJ Hudson said the appointment was part of its aim “to provide a single, comprehensive solution for clients operating within asset management”.DC Investment Forum (DCIF) – Annabel Tonry has been named chair of the DCIF, a UK body made up of asset managers working in the defined contribution (DC) sector. She is a client and consultant adviser in the UK DC team at JPMorgan Asset Management. Vivek Roy, who heads business development for pensions at AXA Investment Managers, has been appointed vice chair.Gresham House – The UK specialist asset manager has appointed Rachel Beagles to its board as a non-executive director, effective from today. She is on the board of several UK-listed investment companies and was elected chair of the Association of Investment Companies in October last year. She is also a former managing director at Deutsche Bank Securities. Invesco, Mirabaud Asset Management, Lombard Odier Investment Managers, Amundi, MJ Hudson, DCIF, Gresham HouseInvesco – The $973bn (€798bn) asset manager has appointed two people to senior institutional sales roles. Alex Millar is now head of UK institutional, having previously led the group’s sovereign, Middle East and Africa institutional business. He will retain responsibility for Invesco’s work with sovereign investors, the company said. Zainab Kufaishi has been promoted to head of institutional sales for the Middle East and Africa.Mirabaud Asset Management – The Swiss asset manager has hired Elena Villalba to lead business development in Spain, Portugal and Latin America. She joins from Merchbanc, a Spanish mutual fund provider, where she also led business development. She was previously a deputy general manager at Banco Madrid for five years. Villalba replaces Raimundo Martin who helped set up Mirabaud’s operations in the Iberian region.Lombard Odier Investment Managers – Arnaud Langlois has joined the French asset manager to launch a global equity long/short investment strategy with a sustainability focus. He has run the strategy for seven years, launching it while at UBS O’Connor before taking it first to Millennium Management and then to his own company, Terrenueve Capital.
Honda Marine Science Foundation (HMSF) has awarded grants to fund four research projects that address the impact of climate change on the ocean and intertidal areas. Honda Marine Science Foundation supports “living shoreline” projects that implement natural approaches to protecting coastal habitats and communities while promoting harmonious interaction between humans and the ocean.According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a living shoreline is a protected and stabilized shoreline that is comprised of natural materials such as plants, sand, or rock. In contrast to “hard” shoreline stabilization methods like concrete seawalls, which impede the growth of plants and animals, living shorelines grow over time.“Honda Marine Science Foundation is committed to supporting living shoreline projects that address the impact of climate change,” said Raminta Jautokas, Honda Marine Science Foundation board member.“When considering options for coastal protection, historically we’ve chosen to construct hardscapes such as concrete walls. Living shorelines are an ideal solution for coastal protection because they improve water quality, help to protect against erosion, and provide habitat for marine species.”The projects focus on building “living shorelines” to restore marine habitats bordering the Pacific Ocean and include:Smithsonian Living Shorelines Project in San Francisco, California;Los Angeles Living Shoreline Project in Los Angeles, California;Zedler Marsh Living Shoreline Project in Long Beach, California;Living Shoreline Multipurpose Area on West Maui, Hawaii.