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Germany: Tognum Wins USD 46.26 Million MTU Engines and Automation Systems Contract

first_img April 19, 2011 View post tag: 46.26 View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Germany: Tognum Wins USD 46.26 Million MTU Engines and Automation Systems Contract “MTU has already sold more than 190 type 16V 4000 M90 engines to the Indian Coast Guard and Navy in recent years. They are highly valued for their proven reliability, outstanding power-to-weight ratio andalso the well-established MTU service network in India,” says Peter Kneipp, member of the executive board of Tognum and responsible for the business unit Engines. Share this article Germany: Tognum Wins USD 46.26 Million MTU Engines and Automation Systems Contract View post tag: contract View post tag: USD View post tag: Automation View post tag: Germany View post tag: engines View post tag: wins The Series 4000 engines produced in Friedrichshafen will be supplied to the Cochin Shipyard Ltd. in the southern-Chinese city of Kochi. The 20 new inshore fast patrol vessels are to be powered by triple type 16V 4000 M90 engines with an output of 2,720 kW (3,648 bhp) each. In combination with waterjet drives, they will propel the vessel at speeds up to 35 knots (65 km/h). The systems to be supplied for the 48-meter patrol vessels include the MTU “Callosum” ship automation system with an integrated solution for monitoring all ship’s services that also incorporates fire detection and extinguishing systems. The reliable, easy-to-maintain and low fuel consumption engines enable the patrol vessels to remain at sea for a prolong period of time without having to return to base to replenish supplies.The construction of the new ships is part of an expansion of the Indian Coast Guard. The varied duties of the Indian Coast Guard are fishery protection, combating smuggling and terrorism, prevention of illegalimmigration, search and rescue operations as well as marine environment protection.[mappress]Source: Tognum, April 19, 2011 View post tag: Systems View post tag: MTU View post tag: million View post tag: Tognum The specialist for propulsion and power solutions Tognum has received a substantial follow-up order for the delivery of MTU engines and automation systems for 20 new vessels of the Indian Coast Guard.The value of the contract, which has been signed by the Tognum subsidiary MTU Asia, is in the medium twodigit million euro range.The delivery of the total of 60 engines will be between 2011 and 2014. In 2009, Tognum has already signed two deals for engines and automation systems for the Indian Coast Guard with a total value of 32.5 million euro. View post tag: Navy View post tag: Navallast_img read more

AG Curtis Hill Asks Supreme Court To Protect Second Amendment Right To Carry Firearms

first_imgAttorney General Curtis Hill has joined attorneys general and governors from 22 other states in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case regarding the rights of law-abiding individuals to carry firearms outside their homes.In a brief filed this week, the states are asking the nation’s high court to review a recent lower court ruling in Rogers v. Grewal. In that case, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals failed to strike down a New Jersey law that restricts an individual’s right to carry a handgun in public for self-defense unless the person can demonstrate a “justifiable need” to do so.The Third Circuit ruling conflicts with other federal court decisions in similar cases. In July 2018, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a Hawaii law similar to New Jersey’s, determining that the Second Amendment protects the right to openly bear arms in public for self-defense purposes. In that case, the court stated that “the right to bear arms must guarantee some right to self-defense in public.” In addition, the D.C. Circuit overturned a District of Columbia law that limited the issuance of handgun carry licenses only to individuals who could demonstrate a specific threat or a danger to their lives.“The Constitution very plainly guarantees that all law-abiding citizens have the right to bear arms,” Attorney General Hill said. “Requiring individuals to prove special circumstances in order to ‘qualify’ for this right completely misconstrues the meaning of the Second Amendment. Under such an interpretation, in fact, carrying firearms becomes a privilege granted to a chosen few rather than a right enjoyed by all free people.”The case in New Jersey arises from an application filed in 2017 by Thomas R. Rogers for a handgun carry permit. Rogers services ATM machines and carries large amounts of cash as part of his job, often in high-crime areas. Despite passing the required background checks, completing a firearm training course, and meeting all of the other eligibility requirements necessary to obtain a public carry permit, Rogers was denied the exercise of his right to carry because his local police chief decided he did not have a “justifiable need” under New Jersey’s law. Indiana and the other states argue in their brief that New Jersey’s requirements for approving handgun carry permits infringe upon an individual’s ability to lawfully and effectively carry a firearm outside the home. The brief is led by the State of Arizona.There are 42 states that currently employ objective “shall-issue” firearm permitting standards that include qualifying requirements such as fingerprinting, background checks, review of mental health records, training in the safe operation of firearms, and/or knowledge of laws regarding the use of force. New Jersey, however, employs a “may-issue” standard that allows individuals within the government to subjectively restrict citizens from carrying firearms outside their homes – even if those citizens meet all of the other eligibility requirements of the law.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Today’s Military Appreciation Day At ELLIS PARK

first_imgMilitary Appreciation Day At ELLIS PARKJoin us this Sunday, July 31st, for Military Appreciation Day, brought to you by Old National Bank. We will recognize and honor Veterans and Active Duty members of our country’s Armed Forces! Old National Bank will be out to collect donations for the VFW’s Chaplain Relief Fund.If you are a Veteran or Active Duty, bring along Official Documentation to be entered to win great prizes! This includes:43″ LG flat screen TV2 – 19″ Proscan flat screen T 23″ Proscan flat screen TVAnd the Grand Prize:48″ Samsung TV with SoundbarSunday is also our first Dollar Day of the 2016 Season!Our Live Racing season will wrap up on Labor Day, Monday, September 5th, 2016. We will run Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Labor Day, September 5th. There will be no live racing on September 3rd. Grandstand opens at 9 AM, concessions & mutuels open at 11 AM, our first post begins at 12:50PM (Central Time).FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE that Echo Housing is finally starting to attempt to shed some light on the workings of the organization?…that newly appointed acting head of the organization Chris Metz has been appearing on the TV cameras with Evansville DMD Director Kelly Coures explaining that the alleged criminal activity at Echo will not impact the programs delivered to the people who depend on Echo Housing for a place to live?…its also obvious that no one will be losing a roof over their head as the Evansville City Council delays paying any funds to Echo until the police investigation and forensic audit is completed?… The City Council is doing exactly the right thing by holding back on the funding of ECHO Housing until the police investigation and forensic audit are completed?IS IT TRUE the last thing that should not be done by City Council is to fund an expansion of a dysfunctional (ECHO Housing) organization that is not on top of where some the money has been going?…another thing that needs to be a part of the police investigation and the forensic audit is that everyone associated with Echo Housing should be cleared of wrongdoing?…that anyone who is accused that is eventually convicted or plea bargains regarding the alleged theft of taxpayer dollars should be gone?IS IT TRUE we wonder why the management of Echo Housing isn’t releasing the names of the Board of Directors, this is just unfathomable? …the bottom line is that the Board Of Directors is responsible for the losses associated with failing to provide fiduciary oversight and keeping their names to the public is not acceptable?IS IT TRUE we have been contacted by several readers asking us what is the educational and professional background that qualifies one to be hired as the Executive Director of ECHO Housing?  …this seems like a very reasonable question and should be answered by the Chairmen of the Board of ECHO Housing Corporation?  …while he is providing us the answer to this question we would like for him to tell us who appoints members to serve on the ECHO board and for how long?IS IT TRUE that the City-County Observer has been made aware that there are numerous aquifers in greater Evansville that could be tapped to feed the new water treatment plant?…doing so would get the residents of Evansville out of the business of drinking from the polluted Ohio River?…this is a developing story and the powers that be would be well served to consider groundwater sources for future use as opposed to continuing to lap from the most polluted river in America?IS IT TRUE that the City of Evansville has moved forward with a property lien against the owner of the former McCurdy Hotel for a water bill of nearly $1.5 Million?…this is for the water and sewer charge for the 93 apartments for roughly one year?…this water bill amounts to $1,344 per apartment per month for the first year of operation and the apartments aren’t full of residents yet?…adding in another $878 per month to service the debt and other operating expenses like maintenance, management, electricity, taxes, etc. and it becomes obvious that the break even for any single apartment is going to be at least $2,500 per month?IS IT TRUE when using an 85% occupancy assumption the reality is that the McCurdy Apartments are going to need to charge around $3,000 per month to be a profitable enterprise?…there is no market for $3,000 per month apartments of these sizes in downtown Evansville?…given these truths one can only reach the conclusion that the McCurdy has been killed by government for the second time since former Mayor Weinzapfel marched the residents (senior citizens) of the place up the street to make way for a campaign supporter from Indianapolis to purchase the building?…that idiocy costs the City of Evansville taxpayers about $1.4 million?…if something isn’t done concerning the current water and sewer bill issue it may be the death knell of this historical building?IS IT TRUE that the City of Fishers, Ind has renewed a $240,000-per-year legal services contract with Jennifer Messer, who will again work from Washington, D.C.…Jennifer Messer is the wife of Congressmen Luke Messer, R Shelbyville and serves as the city’s general legal counsel with a focus on development?  … this is the eighth year she has been hired by the City of Fishers.IS IT TRUE that the hiring of the wife of Congressmen Luke Messer, R Shelbyville caused controversy last year when it was revealed she no longer lived in Indiana and was performing her job from the D.C. area, where she resides with her husband, U.S. Rep. Luke Messer, R-Shelbyville, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate?IS IT TRUE that United States candidate Mike Braun has publically stated that if elected he shall do the following things?  …Mr. Braun pledges if elected he will vote to enact strict term limits; pass a lifetime lobbying ban for members of Congress; eliminate the Congressional pension; make Congress follow the same laws as everyone else and ban pork barrel spending?  …as of today, we haven’t heard a word from Mr. Brauns opponents what they pledge to do if they are elected to the United States Senate?IS IT TRUE that our current “Readers Poll” is stating in large numbers that the current ECHO Housing Board Of Director must go?  …with the taxpayers donating around $500,000 to help funds the activities of ECHO it would make good sense that at least one Council member should be appointed to this board?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that the current ECHO Housing board members were not good stewards of the public trust and should be immediately replaced?Please take time and read our articles entitled “Statehouse Files, Channel 44 News, Law Enforcement, Readers Poll, Birthdays, Hot Jobs and “Local Sports.” You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected] LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Antiques & Collectibles Fair Showcases Ocean City History

first_imgJim Boice grew up near Philadelphia and currently lives in Amherst, Mass., but says he will always call Ocean City his home.His passion for the resort town is reflected by his collection of Ocean City memorabilia dating to the 1800s, as well as his more modern items that include beach tags from the 1970s.But after 15 to 20 years of collecting, Boice decided to sell off his keepsakes Saturday during the annual Antiques & Collectibles Fair organized by the Ocean City Historical Society.“All of my stuff was stored in boxes in the basement. My wife gave me an ultimatum to downsize,” Boice explained of the reason for selling.His mementos included old Ocean City-themed postcards, pottery, books, restaurant menus, a stock certificate from a long-gone local railroad and beach tags from 1976, the first year the town began charging for public access to the sand.The Ocean City Historical Society bought Boice’s collection of menus from a few local restaurants that have long since faded into history.The Antiques & Collectibles Fair, one of four major fundraisers during the year for the Historical Society, attracted 27 vendors Saturday at the Ocean City Community Center.Steve Gring, a trustee for the Historical Society and committee chairman for the fair, noted that some parts of the antiques and collectibles market remain strong, while others are relatively weak. Jim Boice, left, joined by Historical Society trustee John Loeper, sold his collection of Ocean City memorabilia. “Some things are hot, while others are on the decline,” Gring said. “For instance, being in Ocean City and at the shore, anything nautical or beach-related usually sells here.”Loretta Harris, an antiques and collectibles dealer who operated a shop called Eclectique until last year, was mainly selling fancy glass and old-fashioned kitchen utensils.“It’s been a mix of things. Someone even bought one of my Teddy bears,” Harris said.One buyer, Ingrid Hickman, of Ocean City, was searching through a bag of old, broken jewelry for some items she could craft into a necklace.Hickman, a songwriter, repurposes old jewelry into necklaces and bracelets for herself and as gifts for friends. Her hobby can be inspirational.“When I’m stuck trying to write a song, I find that making jewelry is a way to rechannel my energy,” she said.One interesting souvenir that graced Boice’s display table was a black-and-white photo from the 1800s of Ezra Lake, the son of Simon Lake, one of four Methodist ministers who founded Ocean City in 1879 as a religious resort.Like the Lakes, the Boice family also has longtime ties to Ocean City. Jim Boice said his family has been visiting the resort for five generations.As children in the 1950s, Boice and his sister would enjoy summer vacations in Ocean City with their grandparents, staying at the old Colonial Hotel.“No matter where I’ve lived, this is my home,” Boice said.John Loeper, a trustee of the Historical Society and an old friend of Boice’s, said the Boice family’s deep roots in Ocean City underscore the town’s pulling power for more than a century.“Ocean City has been a multigenerational resort. That’s what brings people here. It’s like that warm and fuzzy feeling you get when you eat Rice Krispies. But we’ll have to change that to Johnson’s Popcorn,” Loeper said with a smile, referring to one of Ocean City’s iconic businesses. By Donald Wittkowskilast_img read more

Cells that kill HIV-infected cells

first_imgA subpopulation of the immune cells targeted by HIV may play an important role in controlling viral loads after initial infection, potentially helping to determine how quickly infection will progress. In the Feb. 29 issue of Science Translational Medicine, a team of researchers from the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard describe finding a population of HIV-specific CD4 T cells — cells traditionally thought to direct and support activities of other immune cells — that can directly kill HIV-infected cells.“We observed the emergence of CD4 T cells able to kill HIV-infected cells in those patients who are able to control viral replication soon after acute infection,” says Harvard Medical School Assistant Professor of Medicine Hendrik Streeck, a Ragon Institute faculty member and senior author of the report. “These cells appear very early in HIV infection, and we believe they may set the stage for the course of the disease.”The primary role of CD4 T cells is to assist other cells of the immune system; and their importance is illustrated by how completely the immune response collapses after the cells, the main cellular targets of HIV, are destroyed. Ironically, CD4 cells that are specifically targeted against HIV are preferentially infected and depleted by the virus.However, although HIV-specific CD4 cells have not been a major focus of vaccine research, these cells may have an important role in controlling HIV infection. “Every successful licensed vaccine induces CD4 T cell responses to some extent,” Streeck explains, “and we know from many other viral infections that the success of the immune system in gaining control is best achieved in the presence of strong CD4 T cell responses.”To investigate whether CD4 T cell responses are important in the early control of HIV infection, the Ragon Institute team enrolled a group of 11 volunteers who were in the earliest stages of HIV infection, a time when viral levels are exceedingly high. A year into the study, participants were divided into two groups based on the level of HIV in their bodies — one group was able to keep HIV at low levels while the other group apparently had no immune control over HIV replication. Retrospective analysis of samples taken throughout the year showed striking differences in the CD4 T cell responses in both groups. While the HIV-specific CD4 responses in the group that did not control HIV replication quickly dropped and stayed low, the same response increased significantly in participants able to effectively control the virus, suggesting a role for HIV-specific CD4 cells in viral control.Additional experiments revealed that the HIV-specific CD4 T cell responses showed activity associated with cell-killing and could even destroy HIV-infected macrophages — an unusual function for CD4 T cells, which have traditionally been seen as helper cells. In addition, the researchers determined that the presence of a specific cell-death protein called granzyme A prominently distinguished HIV-specific CD4 cells of participants maintaining a lower “viral set point” from those less able to control viral levels.To validate these findings, the researchers examined a larger group of HIV-infected individuals and found that those with higher levels of granzyme A in their HIV-specific CD4 T cell response immediately after infection progressed more slowly to AIDS and did not require antiretroviral therapy as quickly as did those with lower levels of the protein. “The key baseline difference between these two groups has to do with the quality, not the quantity, of the HIV-specific CD4 T cell response,” explains Streeck. “In those who progressed to a lower viral set point, the early CD4 response was dominated by granzyme A expression, which was highly predictive of the rate of disease progression.”Associating a particular CD4 T cell activity with more successful suppression of viral levels suggests that inducing such responses with a vaccine may be beneficial, Streeck notes. In addition, the association of granzyme A expression with a more effective HIV-specific CD4 cell response suggests that measuring levels of the protein may allow prediction of disease outcome at the earliest stages of infection, something that is not currently possible. Future studies will need to explore the mechanisms underlying the cell-killing activities of the CD4 cell response and the functional and prognostic role of granzyme A.The lead author of the Science Translational Medicine report is Damien Soghoian of the Ragon Institute.The study was funded by the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health.last_img read more

Breaking down ‘Beowulf’

first_img ‘Beowulf,’ as it was told Oberon to host reading of the ancient epic poem about monsters, a dragon, and a hero You say John, I say Paul. But what does stylometry say? Using those metrics, Krieger said, the team combed through the “Beowulf” text, and found it to be consistent throughout — a result that supports the theory of single authorship.“Across many of the proposed breaks in the poem, we see that these measures are homogeneous,” Krieger said. “So as far as the actual text of Beowulf is concerned, it doesn’t act as though there is supposed to be a major stylistic change at these breaks. The absence of major stylistic shifts is an argument for unity.”The study is just the latest effort to pin down the poem’s mysterious background.“There are two big debates about ‘Beowulf,’” Krieger explained. “The first is when it was composed, because the date of composition affects our understanding of how ‘Beowulf’ is to be interpreted. For instance, whether it is a poem near or far in time from the conversion to Christianity is an important question.”The second debate among “Beowulf” academics, Krieger said, is the one he and his colleagues were considering.“The first edition that was widely available to the public was published in 1815, and the unity of the work was almost immediately attacked,” Krieger said. “From high school, everyone remembers the battle with Grendel and Grendel’s mother, and maybe the dragon, but if you go back and read the whole poem, there are weird sections about, for instance, how good Beowulf is at swimming, and other sections that go back hundreds of years and talk about hero kings that have ostensibly nothing to do with the story. So the way we read it now … seems very disjointed.”One piece of evidence that has factored into debates about unitary composition can be seen just by looking at the text.“The handwriting is different,” Krieger said. “At what I would call a random point in the poem, just mid-sentence, and not really an important sentence, the first scribe’s handwriting stops, and somebody else takes over. It’s clear that the second scribe also proofread the first scribe, so even though currently nobody really thinks that these two guys were different poets, or were joining together parts of a poem at this random midsentence location, it has helped contribute to a narrative according to which the writing of ‘Beowulf,’ and maybe its original composition, was a long and collaborative effort. “Arguments based on the poem’s content or its author’s supposed belief system are vital, of course, but equally important are arguments based on the nitty-gritty of stylistic details. The latter also have the merit of being testable, measurable.” — Madison Krieger In the 19th century, the prevailing view among academics was that the poem must be the work of multiple authors. It wasn’t until the early 20th century that another author — one whose name is all but synonymous with epic storytelling — began to challenge that idea.His name? J.R.R. Tolkien.“Tolkien was one of the greatest champions of single authorship,” Krieger said. “He was a very prominent ‘Beowulf’ scholar, and in 1936 he wrote a landmark piece, ‘Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics,’ that really revived the idea that it was the work of a single person.”At the heart of Tolkien’s argument, Krieger said, is the way in which Christianity is reflected in the text.“The Christianization of ‘Beowulf’ is very interesting, because every single character in it is a pagan, even in these odd digressions,” Krieger said. “Beowulf is from southern Sweden and goes to Denmark to help other pagan Germanic peoples fight monsters … but it’s overlaid throughout with a Christian perspective and infused with Christian language.” Computational evidence from the study supports Tolkien’s view from a new perspective. “Arguments based on the poem’s content or its author’s supposed belief system are vital, of course, but equally important are arguments based on the nitty-gritty of stylistic details. The latter also have the merit of being testable, measurable.”Though he acknowledged it’s unlikely the new study will end the debates about the poem’s authorship, Krieger believes it can shed important new light on English literary traditions.“If we really believe this is one coherent work by one person, what does it mean that it has these strange asides?” he asked. “Maybe one of the biggest takeaways from this is about how you structured a story back then. Maybe we have just lost the ability to read literature in the way people at the time would have understood it, and we should try to understand how these asides actually fit into the story.”Going forward, Krieger and his colleagues are hoping to apply the stylometry tools developed for the study to other literary traditions and other landmark works.“Even works as well-studied as ‘The Iliad’ and ‘The Odyssey’ have yet to be analyzed using a full array of computational tools,” Krieger said. “The fine-grained features that seem to matter most have never been examined in a lot of traditions, and we’re hoping to spread these techniques that we think could change the way similar problems are approached.” Krieger also hopes to use the techniques to understand the stylistic evolution of English across history.“Putting Old English in context is the springboard,” he said. “This is the birth of English literature. From here we can look at what aspects of style evolved — not just grammar, but at the cultural level, what features people enjoyed, and how they changed over time.”Aside from their ability to shed new light on works of literature, Krieger suggested the stylometry tools used in the study might also have some thoroughly modern uses — including spotting troll farms and fake news online.“In retrospect, we know many thousands posts on Facebook were written by the same Macedonian troll farm during the 2016 election,” he said. “If we had some way to identify that posts were likely written by the same author, that would obviously be very useful in deterring misinformation campaigns.”Ultimately, though, Krieger believes the study is a prime example of how ancient texts still hold secrets that can be uncovered through the use of modern tools.“This is the first step in taking an old debate and refreshing it with some new methodology,” he said. “It’s a new extension of the whole critical apparatus, and it’s exciting that an area probably assumed to be very traditional can in fact be at the cutting edge of work that spans the humanities and sciences.”This research was supported with funding from a Neukom Institute for Computational Science CompX Grant, a National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant, a New Directions Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and a Neukom Fellowship. Related A monstrous passion In ‘Beowulf’ and other dead-language texts, junior finds enduring inspiration It’s been a towering landmark in the world of English literature for nearly a millennium, but for two centuries “Beowulf” has also been the subject of fierce academic debate, much of it revolving around the question of whether the epic poem is the work of a single author or was stitched together from multiple sources.In an effort to resolve the dispute, a team of researchers led by Madison Krieger, a postdoctoral fellow at the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, and and Joseph Dexter, Ph.D. ’18, a Neukom Fellow at Dartmouth College, turned to a very modern tool — the computer.Using a statistical approach known as stylometry, which analyzes everything from the poem’s meter to the number of times various combinations of letters show up in the text, Krieger and his colleagues found new evidence that “Beowulf” is the work of a single author. The study is described in an April 8 paper published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour.In addition to Krieger and Dexter, the study was co-authored by English Professor Leonard Neidorf of Nanjing University, an expert on “Beowulf” whose numerous studies include a book on the poem’s transmission, as well as Michelle Yakubek, who worked on the project as a student at MIT’s Research Science Institute, and Pramit Chaudhuri, associate professor of classics at the University of Texas at Austin. Chaudhuri and Dexter are the co-directors of the Quantitative Criticism Lab, a multi-institutional group devoted to developing computational approaches for the study of literature and culture.“We looked at four broad categories of items in the text,” Krieger said. “Each line has a meter, and many lines have what we call a sense pause, which is a small pause between clauses and sentences similar to the pauses we typically mark with punctuation in modern English. We also looked at aspects of word choice.“But it turns out one of the best markers you can measure is not at the level of words, but at the level of letter combinations,” he continued. “So we counted all the times the author used the combination ‘ab,’ ‘ac,’ ‘ad,’ and so on.” Harvard lecturer helps provide research-backed answer on authorship of Beatles classic Related The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Follies on the Big Screen? Rob Marshall Looks to Next Sondheim Movie

first_img Proving to be adept with big showbiz numbers (Chicago), dreamy flashbacks (Nine) and Sondheim smarts (Into the Woods), this seems like a winning idea for Marshall. Cross your fingers and start dream-casting, Broadway fans! A true Broadway baby who got his start as a performer, choreographer and director on the Great White Way, Marshall has become Hollywood’s top director for modern movie musicals. Acclaimed past projects include the Oscar-winning Chicago (which earned him a Best Director Academy Award nomination), the 1999 TV redo of Annie and Nine, which received four 2010 Oscar nominations. While Broadway fans eagerly await the chance to go Into the Woods on Christmas Day with Disney’s all-star film version of the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical, director Rob Marshall might be looking ahead at another show that begs for a big screen adaptation. ‘I’d love to take a look at Follies,” Marshall told, when asked which other Sondheim musical he’d like to bring to the screen. Follies premiered on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre on April 4, 1971 under the direction of Hal Prince and Michael Bennett, running just over a year with 522 performances. A cult favorite, the show has enjoyed many notable rebirths including a starry 1985 concert at Avery Fisher Hall, a 1987 London premiere, a 2001 Roundabout Theater Company revival on Broadway, a 2007 concert staging at City Center Encores! and a 2011 Broadway revival that premiered at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. With a score by Sondheim and book by James Goldman, Follies follows a group of former performers who are reunited on the stage of a soon-to-be-demolished Broadway theater where they once starred in a lavish musical revue. Many Sondheim standards are featured in the Tony Award-winning score, including “Broadway Baby,” “I’m Still Here,” “Could I Leave You?,” “In Buddy’s Eyes” and “Losing My Mind.” View Commentslast_img read more

SOUTHCOM Fosters a Hurricane of Ideas on Climate Change and the Military

first_imgBy Dialogo August 22, 2012 With melting glaciers, furious hurricanes and implacable droughts under the magnifying glass, military, defense and civilian leaders from over 20 countries in the Western Hemisphere are gathering in Miami to brainstorm solutions to mitigate the impact climate changes might have in the military around the world. Organized by the United States Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Engineering Division, the “Environmental Variability and Sustainability: Challenges for Military Resiliency and Readiness” conference is focusing on topics such as how rising temperatures will impact cold-region installations, the pressure to reduce the size of the Air Force carbon footprint, and how more efficient military vehicles can save soldiers’ lives by reducing the need of fuel convoys that are such an easy target for the enemy. “While climate change alone does not cause conflict, it may act as accelerant of instability or conflict, placing a burden to respond on civilian institutions and militaries around the world. And when you get factors of instability, you are talking about security issues that could put our national interests at stake,” said Major General Joseph DiSalvo, USSOUTHCOM’s Chief of Staff, during his opening remarks. Maj. Gen. DiSalvo stressed that military forces should look at ways to adapt to changing missions that may require different expertise, training and equipment, protect their installations and training areas, and make investments in finding technology solutions to an inevitable problem. One of the highlights of the first day of the event was the presentation by keynote speaker Timothy K. Bridges, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Air Force for Environment and Occupational Health. Bridges spoke of the urgent need for action and collaboration across the board. “The scale of these international climate challenges will require regional and multilateral responses making use of regional and international organizations. In this sense, the All Partner Access Network (APAN) can foster information exchange between one country and another, with organizations and other agencies that may not have access to traditional Department of Defense systems and networks,” he insisted. As part of his presentation, Bridges also offered real live examples of what several military facilities in the United States are doing to respond to future and present climate changes. Among those, he mentioned the Langley Air Force Base, one of the oldest continuously working air bases in the U.S. According to estimates, by year 2100, 40 to 50 percent of the installation, including much of the runway, could be at risk for inundation. The air base is working closely with the Oak Ridge National Lab to prepare for this possibility. One of the most interesting sessions of the conference was the panel “Perspective from the Region”, where representatives from the Chilean Ministry of Defense, the Colombian Navy and Army, as well as El Salvador’s Armed Forces, explained what their countries are doing to prepare for and react to climate changes. “This conference offers us the opportunity to showcase what we are doing in Colombia and learn from what others are accomplishing in their own nations”, said Commander Silvia Rondón, who heads the environmental efforts by the Colombian Navy. On the last day of the conference, August 23, the discussions will move from SOUTHCOM’s Conference Center of the Americas to the field, at the Everglades National Park. There, among what seems to be a picture perfect wilderness paradise, the participants will have the opportunity to see, feel and smell an actual example of what climate change can do to the environment. The tour will include a briefing on the Everglades Restoration Project, an overview of how climate is affecting the Homestead Air Force Base, south of Miami, and closing remarks by Colonel Steve Williamson, SOUTHCOM’s Command Engineer. I write this comment when the event has not even reached half of the time, which will be the 23rd of the current month. I think that the contributions of countries such as Colombia, Chile and El Salvador will be of great benefit for those who continue the event in this way. I regret not having the pdf papers of the referred countrieslast_img read more

Program turns troubled kids on to the arts

first_imgProgram turns troubled kids on to the arts June 15, 2002 Assistant Editor Regular News Program turns troubled kids on to the artscenter_img Amy K. Brown Assistant Editor Gang members in tutus are not something you’d expect to see in a tough Tampa neighborhood—unless, that is, you’re visiting the Prodigy program.Created through a partnership among Bay Area Youth Services (BAYS), Hillsborough Community College, and the University Area Community Development Corporation (UACDC), Prodigy is a unique juvenile diversion program aimed at keeping troubled kids out of trouble by introducing them to the arts. The UACDC provides the building and grounds, and BAYS provides case management.“The university-area community, formerly known as ‘Suitcase City,’ is now the second largest depressed, blighted area in the state of Florida,” said state Sen. Victor Crist, R-Tampa, who was instrumental in creating the UACDC and now sits as the nonprofit group’s chair. “There are over 40,000 economically disadvantaged residents. There are over 12,000 children that are school-aged, plus infants and babies.”The area became known as “Suitcase City” because of the transience of the population.“Over 90 percent of this community changes over in a given year,” Crist said. “This area suffers from the highest crime, the largest concentration of poverty, and the list goes on and on. When you look at juvenile crime [in the Tampa area], the majority of the juvenile activity and juvenile crime comes from the zip codes we service here,” he said.Back in the early 1990s, several area organizations, including Hillsborough County government, the University of South Florida-area Community Civic Association, of which Crist is president, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, led by Janet Reno, and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office sought out a government “weed-and-seed” designation.Suitcase City received the Justice Department designation — one of the first 15 nationwide — thanks to the community’s efforts to weed out the area’s violent offenders and help plant the seeds of a healthy neighborhood through early intervention, drug treatment, and economic revitalization and stimulation.Through continuing needs assessments, it became apparent that the community needed a multipurpose facility “to provide a variety of services to an ever-changing community,” Crist said.Local businesses and community groups donated millions, and the money was combined with state and government grants to form the nonprofit University Area Community Development Corporation to build and manage the community center.“Unlike most public facilities, this is a public-private partnership,” said Crist. “We’re combining both private money and public money to provide public services.”And, the crown jewel of that partnership, according to Crist, is the Prodigy program.“What our vision is, is there are so many kids who have potential for talent, but they never realize it because they’re never given the opportunity,” he said.The program teaches neighborhood kids visual and performing arts in order to modify their behavior and to provide new skills to enhance their learning abilities, Crist said.More than a thousand kids between the ages of seven and 17 participate in Prodigy. Some are referred to the program from the state attorney’s office, and some are required to complete the 90-day program by other juvenile agencies — Teen Court, Drug Court, or the Department of Juvenile Justice. Others come directly from the neighborhood and attend on a volunteer basis.“We are always looking for ways to reduce the occurrence of major crimes being committed by juveniles,” wrote Hillsborough State Attorney Mark Ober in a message to his assistant state attorneys. “Juvenile offenders who reside within the designated service area can be referred to the program. . . . Their offenses must have been either misdemeanors or first-time nonviolent felonies. Siblings of referred juveniles are also welcome to participate.”Prodigy kids — whether required to be there or just attending for fun — register and attend classes in two major areas, said Larry Bukovey, Prodigy unit supervisor: visual arts like pottery, photography, painting, and drawing, and performing arts like dance, acting, improv, drumming, and guitar.“The kids have an opportunity to go to these programs, and when they’re finished, when they’ve successfully completed the programs, they will not have a record [of their offense],” said Bukovey.Most of the students have little or no artistic training, Crist said. For many, Prodigy is their first encounter with the arts.Shannon, a Prodigy student, said that, thanks to her involvement in the Prodigy program, she plans on becoming a graphic artist — something she never would have known about before.“They have a computer graphics class here, so I think it’s really good for me because I get to see more of what I’m going to be doing as a profession,” she said. “It helps me get some time under my belt for my job.”These are also kids “who wouldn’t have normally been caught dead standing on the grounds of a theater that had ballet, much less [danced in one],” Crist said.Last Christmas, 22 inner city children danced with the St. Petersburg Ballet Society in five performances of “The Nutcracker.” Sixteen of those children were adjudicated youth from Prodigy.“These kids say, ‘Send us to a boot camp, but don’t put me on no stage in dance tights. Forget it. I don’t want to be like that in front of the rival gang.’ But, you know, we do that,” said Crist. “And, at first, it’s a little bit of punishment and torture, but once they realize that the moves they learn in ballet improve their basketball game and improve their football game. . . then all of a sudden it becomes cool.“A lot of these guys and girls who are cut-ups in the classroom are natural performers. They’re looking for a venue. We give them that venue. When they realize they’ve got a talent and we’re able to help them channel it positively, then they move in that positive direction and they sit tight in school, they mind their teachers, they get through the class so they can come here and perform.”Crist and Bukovey estimate that the program affects more than a thousand neighborhood kids directly through participation in Prodigy, and at least a thousand more indirectly, through their interactions with siblings and peers.“It has been proven time and time again that children who are consistently involved with the study of music and musical instruments do better in math and sciences and have better focus in the classroom,” Crist said. “It’s also been proven that kids who are actively involved in theater and dance have better personal relationships with friends, with siblings, with peer groups, and with other races, genders, and diversities.”And statistics show the program is successful at keeping these kids out of trouble. As part of their contract to provide case management services, BAYS must show that at least 75 percent of kids referred by agencies like the state attorney’s office complete the program, and 80 percent of participating kids referred for crimes remain crime-free for six months after release from the program.“We’ve met that every time,” said John Burek, BAYS Circuit 13 supervisor. “National standards are much lower than that. [Prodigy] exceeds the national average for youth participating in a program like this.”The success of the program is also due in large part to the UACDC facility, Crist said.“In a community that has had nothing but pain and suffering and blight, we needed something to arise from the ashes of despair,” he said. “And, we thought of the beautiful phoenix, the bird who crashed and burned and rose from the ashes of despair. So does this building rise from the ashes of despair from the community here in Suitcase City.”The building itself is laid out in the shape of the phoenix — one wing pointing south, one pointing north, its beak facing west out into the community, and its head, a tower, rising to the heavens. Digital cameras monitor the exterior and interior of the building. Vulnerable windows are barred for protection, but they don’t appear jail-like. The walls are sprinkled with brightly colored tiles, derived from local gangs’ graffiti which “has helped provide security here,” Crist said.The phoenix provides a secure and nurturing atmosphere for Prodigy students to stay off the streets and become healthy and productive community members.“Some of these kids are adjudicated felons,” Crist said. “And, all of a sudden, their whole attitude and outlook on life have changed, because now they realize that if they screw up, and they go into their adulthood as a screw-up, the rest of their natural life will be screwed up. That is probably the toughest thing to help a kid identify — that life is a lot more than what is today, that there are going to be a lot more tomorrows than there were yesterdays, and if you want them to be good and happy and enjoyable ones, then you have to start making your change now.“Prodigy has been extremely effective in providing that kind of support and influencing and making those kinds of changes within a child’s mind. You’ll see kids who are still just as outspoken, who are still just as energetic, and still just as deviant, but you’ll see that energy being channeled in a positive direction, and being utilized in a positive way, so that they still get the satisfaction they need from their behavior, but they get it in a positive direction.”Recent graduates of Prodigy and other UACDC programs will be honored June 22 at a gala hosted by the UACDC. For more information, call 813/558-5212.last_img read more