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Arnold Abramson, Adrian Bryan-Brown & Gene O’Donovan Will Receive Tony Honors

first_img View Comments The Tony Awards will award three Broadway industry stalwarts with the 2015 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater. This year’s honorees are scenic artist Arnold Abramson, theatrical publicist Adrian Bryan-Brown and technician Gene O’Donovan. The trio will accept their awards at a reception on June 1 prior to the June 7 telecast.Abramson has painted sets for over 600 Broadway productions. His many credits include the original production of The King and I, My Fair Lady, Sunday in the Park with George and 42nd Street. He retired in 2012.Bryan-Brown launched the press office Boneau/Bryan-Brown with Chris Boneau in 1991. The season, he has served as the chief press representative for Something Rotten, Gigi, The Audience, The Elephant Man, The Illusionists, Disgraced, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Holler If Ya Hear Me. His wife, photographer Joan Marcus, received a Tony Honor last year.O’Donovan, through Aurora Productions, which he founded in 1993, has supervised over 200 Broadway productions as either production manager or technical supervisor. Current shows he has worked on include The Phantom of the Opera, The Book of Mormon and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.Nominations for the competitive Tony Award categories will be announced on April 28.last_img read more

Milton’s Ascension Technology gets $2.4 million USAF contract

first_imgUS Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) today announced Ascension Technology Corporation (Milton, VT) has been awarded a $2,359,000 USAF contract for additional development of its phasorBIRDTM optical tracker.  phasorBIRD instantly tracks a pilot’s head movements (using emitters on a helmet or headset) for target acquisition and reception of mission-critical information.Under the direction of the Air Force Research Laboratory, Ascension will focus R&D on both military and commercial applications of the tracking technology.  The program will continue work, enabling phasorBIRD to meet rigorous flight safety, logistical support, and performance demands of new tactical aircraft.  It will also jumpstart development of cost-effective phasorBIRD variants for use in commercial aircraft, flight simulators, virtual reality, and medical devices.Ascension project engineer Vlad Kogan, right, explains the operation of the phasorBIRD helmet tracker to US Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont.In announcing the contract, Senator Patrick Leahy cited Ascension’s continued leadership in developing cutting-edge 3D tracking technology for a wide range of applications. “The hard-working scientists and engineers at Ascension are developing technologies that will help pilots operate more safely and more efficiently as part of a state-of-the-art defense system,” said Leahy, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee.  Leahy previously secured two separate contracts for the development of the phasorBIRD totaling $2.3 million.  “This type of contract is critical to keeping Vermonters employed and developing Vermont’s high tech industries.” Earlier phasorBIRD developments funded, in part, by Department of Defense contracts have advanced phasorBIRD from a laboratory prototype to a ruggedized system that will be flight-tested this summer in an F-16 VISTA aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base.  The new round of work will notably expand phasorBIRD’s utility in multiple markets.  Jack Scully, Ascension’s Vice President for New Product Development, states:  “Thanks to Senator Leahy, Ascension will now develop ‘dual purpose’ uses for the phasorBIRD tracker.  Its small form factor, low cost, and scalability lend itself to varied military and commercial uses, which we will fully exploit with this funding.”Ascension Technology Corporation, based in Burlington, Vermont, USA, makes magnetic, optical, and hybrid location and angle tracking devices for a wide range of military, commercial, and medical applications. For more information, visit www.ascension-tech.com(link is external).Source: Ascensionlast_img read more

ETA Fugitive Arrested in Brazil

first_imgBy Dialogo January 22, 2013 The Brazilian Police arrested an activist of the Basque separatist organization ETA, in Rio de Janeiro on January 18. Joseba Gotzon Visan González had been a fugitive since 1991, the Spanish Ministry of Interior reported. Visan González had escaped after the Vizcaya Command, responsible for several ETA attacks, was dismantled in 1991, the Ministry added in a statement. This capture was made after a European arrest warrant was issued by the National Court, the Spanish court in charge of terrorism cases. On October 20, 2011, a severely weakened ETA announced that they were leaving the armed struggle behind, but that they refused to dissolve and disarm, as requested by the French and Spanish governments. ETA, whose last attack was dated August 2009, is responsible for the killing of 829 people in 40 years of armed struggle for the Basque Country’s independence.last_img read more

It’s so easy (to cause an IT security breach), even an examiner could do it!

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Matt WilhelmA client forwarded an article to me about an NCUA Examiner losing an extrernal flash drive during an exam that contained the names, addresses, Social Security Numbers, and account numbers of members of a California Credit Union.  The examiner lost the flash drive! Ouch!  (View article NCUA Examiner Blamed for Data Breach)The comment by our client was “All the more reason for stopping data download unauthorized by controls set in the network.”  I could not agree more!Twice I had to assist a credit union whose data was compromised when their examiner’s laptop was stolen from a restaurant!If an examiner can download such sensitive data and then lose the flashdrive (or their laptop), you can bet that anyone on your staff could do the same.  It is time to consider a service such as what we use – Device Control from Kaspersky Labs.Using Device Control enables the administrator to monitor various devices in the corporate network and, if necessary, prohibit using some of them. View the video to learn more. continue reading »last_img read more

Julianne Hough, Brooks Laich Couldn’t ‘Get Past Their Problems’

first_imgAccording to the first source, Hough and Laich stayed in contact during the summer because of their mutual friends and business deals.“When they took time apart, Julianne was heavily involved with Kinrgy, and because Brooks helped her develop it, they continued to stay in touch and also were connected because they share the same friend group. They missed each other and ended up hooking up a few times during their breakup and have tried to sort out their marriage and business commitments,” the source tells Us.- Advertisement – Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich have “had a lot of back-and-forth moments” since they initially call it quits, but according to a source, their marriage is over for good.“Julianne and Brooks just can’t get past their problems,” the source exclusively tells Us Weekly. “Julianne had a dinner party with friends a few months ago, which Brooks came to. They were trying to be lovey-dovey with each other and have a good night with a few friends, but Brooks ended up bringing up some of their issues in front of everyone and it became a big fight.”- Advertisement – Hough, 32, and Laich, 37, announced their split in May after months of speculation.Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich Couldn’t Get Past Their ProblemsJulianne Hough and Brooks Laich Tonya Wise/Invision/AP/Shutterstock“We have lovingly and carefully taken the time we have needed to arrive at our decision to separate,” the duo said in a joint statement at the time. “We share an abundance of love and respect for one another and will continue to lead with our hearts from that place. We kindly request your compassion and respect for our privacy moving forward.”The Dancing With the Stars alum was subsequently seen with Westworld alum Ben Barnes. Three months later, Hough and Laich, who wed in 2017, were spotted at lunch, sparking reunion speculation. A second source told Us in September that they were “giving things another shot.”- Advertisement – After being seen together on multiple occasions, Hough filed for divorce on Monday, November 2. The Footloose alum’s decision to take legal action came after her brother, Derek Hough, exclusively told Us that he wants both his sister and brother-in-law to be happy.“For anybody that you love and that you care about, that’s all you want. You just want people around you to be happy and to support them in any way you possibly can and to serve them,” Derek, 35, told Us on October 2. “And that’s really the key. … We just want all of our family, we want all of our friends and everybody to be happy. And then if we can help that, then we’re happy to do it.”The same day Julianne filed for divorce, she shared a cryptic quote via Instagram that read, “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! – Advertisement –last_img read more

Kamark departs as Etihad restructures operations | News

first_img– Advertisement – “That is why we are taking definitive and decisive action to adjust our business and position ourselves proudly as a mid-sized carrier. “The first stage of this is an operational model change that will see us restructure our senior leadership team and our organisation to allow us to continue delivering on our mandate, ensuring long-term sustainability, and contributing to the growth and prominence of Abu Dhabi.” OlderLight at the end of the tunnel for Marriott Terry Daly will also assume the role of executive director guest experience, brand and marketing.The restructuring is part of a winder transformation as Etihad seeks to turn itself into a mid-sized, full-service carrier concentrating on its fleet of widebody aircraft.Etihad hopes – which once maintained hopes of challenging Emirates as a global super-connector – to emerge with a leaner, flatter and scaleable organisational structure.- Advertisement –center_img Tony Douglas, group chief executive officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “After our best-ever first quarter performance, none of us could have predicted the challenges that lay ahead in the remainder of this year.“I am extremely proud of the way my leadership team and the whole Etihad family have navigated the Covid-19 crisis so far, and I must express my gratitude to each member of the team for continually proving our adaptability to the most unexpected of circumstances.”He added: “As a responsible business, we can no longer continue to incrementally adapt to a marketplace that we believe has changed for the foreseeable future. – Advertisement – Robin Kamark has stepped down from his role as chief commercial officer with Etihad Airways as the carrier restructures in the wake of the Covid-19 travel slump. Following his departure, the business units within the commercial department will be separated and transferred to the leadership of Mohammad Al Bulooki, chief operating officer, and Adam Boukadida, chief financial officer. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Michelin awards presented to Zagreb restaurants

first_imgAgava, Apetit City, Bistro Apetit, Boban, Dubravkin put, Gallo, Le Bistro Esplanade, Mano, Mundoaka, Takenoko and Zinfandel’s have entered the selection of MICHELIN’s gastro guide for 2017 and now operate with the prestigious recommendation of one of the most important restaurant guides in the world.The awards of the MICHELIN guide, the so-called MICHELIN plates, were earned by 34 Croatian restaurants which, according to anonymous inspectors, serve good and simple food, while the Monte restaurant from Rovinj was awarded the first and, for now, only MICHELIN star in Croatia. ”Jeleven Zagreb restaurants with the recommendation of MICHELINA are long-term partners of METRO with whom we share the philosophy and passion for culinary perfection and top quality products. We are extremely pleased that MICHELIN inspectors have recognized their quality and we are proud that the cooperation with MICHELIN’s guide has enabled METRO to be a part of the success of top Croatian restaurants and caterers in this way as well.”  said Roberto Mancuso, CEO of METRO, who presented awards and plaques to restaurants.With more than 100 years of experience in restaurant selection, the MICHELIN guide today recommends more than 20.000 restaurants in 30 countries around the world. Whether it is Europe, Asia or America, MICHELIN inspectors apply the same criteria in assessing the quality of every restaurant they visit anonymously. Using a unique process perfected over the decades, the MICHELIN guide has become an international reference for fine-dining, and the plaque of the MICHELIN guide is the official recognition that the restaurant is part of the selection for 2017.Related news:ISTRIA GOT ITS MICHELIN GUIDElast_img read more

The city of Vukovar first bought the Danube Hotel and is now selling it

first_imgBringing Hilton to Vukovar was one of the unofficial information as an investor’s plan. As could be heard on the sidelines of Vukovar, the building of the old hotel would collapse and a second of 36 floors would be built in its place, which would also house numerous business premises, offices, but also the Hilton hotel on five floors. For the uninitiated, the light would immediately come on and the question, what does a hotel owned by the city do, and the matter becomes more bizarre when we know that the same hotel was bought by the city of Vukovar at the beginning of 2018 from EURCO doo, for 10.360.000,00 kn. Side dish: PUBLIC COLLECTION OF BIDS FOR SALE OF REAL ESTATE OF SPECIAL IMPORTANCE OWNED BY THE CITY OF VUKOVAR In the middle of last year, the City Council of the City of Vukovar passed a Decision on the sale of the Danube Hotel, and these days a public invitation for the sale of the Danube has been published on the official website of the City of Vukovar. However, after a bad “episode” with the purchase of Club Adriatic, the question is whether the mentioned investors are still interested in investments in Croatia, as well as possible investments in Vukovar. As it turned out later, it was the Swiss company Immo Invest Pertner AG, owned by Jack and Frank Djordic. The same investors had bought “Club Adriatic” in Baška Voda, but before signing the purchase agreement, Immo Invest did not pay the funds within 30 days after signing the contract because the presented debt of 172 creditors with 130 million kuna almost overnight “jumped” at 180 million. So the whole story fell apart, and the agony of Club Adriatic continues. By the way, Immo Invest Pertner AG is a construction company that owns three hotels in Switzerland, which are managed by Hilton through a franchise model. center_img As it was announced from the city of Vukovar at that time, the plan was to reconstruct, equip and convert the Hotel Danube into the Social Education Center “Danube” through the Intervention Plan of the City of Vukovar in the amount of a total of 35.000.000,00 kn. As much as 5.959,40 m2 of gross construction area (ground floor and eight floors) would contain multifunctional halls, public spaces, classrooms, cabinets, restaurant, cafe, business premises and accommodation units. In any case, a public invitation for the sale of the Danube Hotel in Vukovar has been published and we are continuing to monitor the development of the situation. The starting price is HRK 10.700.000,00, and interested investors must send their offer by February 22, 2019. However, the allegedly interested potential investor who would buy the Danube Hotel got involved in the whole story, so the city of Vukovar decided to announce a public tender for the sale of the same. “We have interested buyers for the former Hotel Dunav. We will stipulate that the price is not lower than the 10 million kuna we paid for the property. Interested customers are from abroad and are engaged in the hotel industry, and by bringing the purpose of the facility to work, new jobs will be provided.Said the mayor of Vukovar, Ivan Penava, last year.last_img read more

Paper didn’t do its job on police DWI

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWhen the May 19 editorial came out about Officer Coppola’s arrest and The Gazette insinuated that something shady was going on, I reached out to one of my good friends in the Schenectady Police Department. Needless to say, this person knows what’s going on and this was his response. Coincidence? Ever wonder why the print news industry is failing? Ever wonder why the president of the United States has coined the phrase “fake news?” Ever wonder why, despite a complete turnover of police officers, The Daily Gazette still claims that the Schenectady Police Department is corrupt, can’t be trusted, does things “illegal,” as they claim for a recent DWI? Maybe it’s the media that can’t be trusted. Maybe there are reporters who ask questions and don’t report accurately, but rather in a manner that will keep their liberal-agenda-driven editors happy. Maybe the coincidence and common denominator here is the media blasting the police and failing to take that leap of faith to trust them. Couple that with reporters not doing their job thoroughly and editors and managing editors trusting them so much that they decide to write opinions on the matter. Maybe a mistake was made and a group of arrest records didn’t make the media log from the weekend. Maybe a new judge didn’t follow past precedence that the court followed and made her own decision (entirely her choice, but not to be seen as critical of the police department). Maybe the time taken to administer the blood alcohol test wasn’t too long. If a reporter did his homework, he would have called the district attorney and quoted him properly, called the court, called the state, checked with the state police, checked with other agencies, listened to the chief of police when questioned. But no. A reporter and editor, they know it all. We, the public, are expected to believe that. OK, fake news media, OK.Bill MarincicSchenectady More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Family of Chinese fishing vessel crewman demands investigation into son’s death

first_imgKelentina said the last time she made a video call with her son she saw his face swollen.Read also: Sailors’ deaths highlight lack of legal protections for migrant workers”He did not say much, other than saying that he was sick.”Two days later, she said, EP informed her that he was going home and was preparing the required documents to return to Indonesia. But it turned out to be the last phone call she had with her son.”The next thing I knew, my son was dead.”EP worked on the Long Xing 629 for one year and two months, after four months of training in Jakarta, Kalentina said. She went on to express her hope for the Indonesian government to investigate the death of her son.Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi previously confirmed the death of four Indonesian sailors registered to the Chinese fishing vessel, one of whom was EP.“On April 26, the Indonesian Embassy [in Seoul] was informed that a citizen with the initials EP was sick. When they contacted him, he said that he had long suffered from difficulty breathing and had coughed up blood,” Retno said. “The Busan Medical Center said he died from pneumonia.”Investigations are underway to determine whether the Indonesian sailors were treated well or exploited while they were on board. (vny)Topics : “This [case] must be thoroughly investigated. I want to know what really happened to my son,” EP’s mother, Kelentina Silaban, said after the funeral of the 21-year-old on Monday at the Desa Pahieme public cemetery in Central Tapanuli, North Sumatra.A viral video, which was first featured on South Korea’s Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation’s (MBC) news segment last week, shows what appears to be an orange body bag being thrown off a fishing vessel by a group of men. The bag is believed to contain a dead Indonesian crew member.Two unidentified Indonesian sailors who worked on the vessel told MBC that those aboard the ship had endured poor living conditions, as they were only allowed to take short breaks every six hours and had almost no time to sleep.They were also made to drink filtered seawater during work, which eventually took a toll on their health as they became nauseated and to some extend experienced breathing difficulties. The mourning family of EP, an Indonesian crew member of a Chinese fishing vessel who died after receiving treatment in South Korea, has called on the government to probe his death after findings some bruises on his body.EP was among four Indonesian sailors registered to Chinese fishing vessel Long Xin 629 who died between December 2019 and April this year after allegedly enduring poor working conditions aboard the ship.He died on April 27 at the Busan Medical Center in South Korea after days of treatment. Another sailor, identified as AR, died after being moved to Chinese fishing vessel Tian Yu 8 on March 30, while two other sailors died on Long Xin 629 in December 2019.last_img read more