School’s In! The Prom Arrives on Broadway

first_img Related Shows You’re invited! The highly anticipated new musical comedy The Prom begins preview performances at the Longacre Theatre on October 23. The Prom will celebrate an official opening night on November 15.In The Prom, when Broadway’s brassiest stars get word that a student is unceremoniously sidelined from a small-town Indiana prom—and that the press is involved—they gear up to save the day. Featuring a book by Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin, music by Matthew Sklar and lyrics by Beguelin, The Prom is based on an original concept by Jack Viertel. Casey Nicholaw is the musical’s director and choreographer.The talent-packed principal cast includes Tony winner Beth Leavel, Tony nominees Christopher Sieber and Brooks Ashmanskas, Caitlin Kinnunen, Angie Schworer, Courtenay Collins, Josh Lamon, Michael Potts and Isabelle McCalla. The ensemble will feature Courtney Balan, David Josefsberg, Mary Antonini, Josh Franklin, Teddy Toye, Kate Marilley, Drew Redington, Gabi Campo, Jerusha Cavazos, Shelby Finnie, Fernell Hogan, Joomin Hwang, Sheldon Henry, Becca Lee, Wayne Mackins, Anthony Norman, Jack Sippel, Kalyn West and Brittany Zeinstra.The Prom features scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth and Matthew Pachtman, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Brian Ronan, orchestrations by Larry Hochman and music direction by Mary-Mitchell Campbell. The Prom View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 11, 2019last_img read more

Woman killed early Sunday in wreck at 75th Street and Belinder

first_imgA woman driving in the early hours of Sunday morning lost control of her car in Prairie Village, crashing into a light pole in a wreck that killed her.Prairie Village police say the woman was driving westbound in the 2500 block of 75th Street in her Honda just before 1 a.m. Sunday when she veered into the concrete median that begins near the approach to the intersection with Belinder Avenue. The car veered across the eastbound lanes before striking the light post in the southeast corner of the 75th Street and Belinder intersection.The woman, aged 30, was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck.last_img read more

Former Johnson County Election Commissioner’s leadership of federal agency draws scrutiny

first_imgCounty leaders raised concerns about the management of the Johnson County Election Office prior to Brian Newby’s departure in 2015. Photo credit U.S. Election Assistance Commission.The former Johnson County Election Commissioner who left a string of financial and human resources scandals in his wake here after he accepted an appointment with the federal Election Assistance Commission is now drawing scrutiny for his direction of that agency.A lengthy investigative piece published by POLITICO this month details concerns with Brian Newby’s leadership of the EAC, which is charged with helping local voting operations across the country adhere to the requirements of the Help America Vote Act of 2002.According to the report, elections officials and federal employees have been disheartened by actions from Newby that have stymied efforts to address election security issues. From reporter Eric Geller’s story:…Newby has not only frustrated his own employees and helped create a staff exodus — nine EAC office directors have left since Newby arrived — but also angered cybersecurity experts, election integrity activists and state and local officials. His reputation in the elections community conjures up “the eye-roll emoji,” said one former election official. “Everybody kind of puts up with him.”POLITICO’s seven sources — all of whom requested anonymity to speak candidly — described Newby, a Republican, as too beholden to the EAC’s GOP chairwoman, Christy McCormick, who masterminded his appointment and later spent years denying the reality of Russian interference in the 2016 election. They also said that Newby alienated his agency almost immediately by wading into the issue of a citizenship requirement for voter eligibility — and that he has failed to regain their trust ever since.Newby served as Johnson County Election Commissioner from 2005 to 2015, when he left to accept the job as the EAC’s executive director. But in the year following his departure from the Johnson County Election Office, word broke that his tenure here had been marked by questionable practices. Newby was having an affair with an election office employee who he had given a promotion. He had found ways to avoid oversight of the use of Johnson County government credit cards. Those issues prompted Johnson County officials to push for more local control over the election office, which had been supervised primarily by the Kansas secretary of state.In the POLITICO story, Newby pushed back on the criticisms of his management style raised by EAC employees and people from other agencies who have dealt with him.last_img read more

Australia: Toondah Harbour Dredging About to Begin

first_imgEquipment is expected to be moved into place at Toondah Harbour next week in preparation for the commencement of dredging work.Mayor Karen Williams said the work, due for completion by 30 August (weather permitting), involved maintenance and capital dredging of a section of the Fison Channel and widening of the ‘swing basin’, allowing vessels to more easily manoeuvre and pass in the harbour and channel.“The dredging will benefit public and commercial users of Toondah Harbour,” Williams said.“Toondah Harbour is a vital access point for residents and visitors to North Stradbroke Island and an important part of our city’s economy.“I am delighted that these long-awaited dredging projects are finally happening. In the past we have had times when ferries grounded and could not use Toondah at low tide and had to operate from Raby Bay. The dredge will remove this problem.“Council has worked closely with the Queensland Transport and Main Roads, Brisbane Harbourmaster, commercial ferry operators, and the dredging contractor to ensure the work is managed to minimise disruption and achieves the best outcome for the community.”The State Government provided $6 million in 2011 for three dredging projects across the city.Funding included dredging at Coochiemudlo Island, completed in 2013, and at both Victoria Point and Toondah Harbour, scheduled for completion this year.“The State Government’s assistance has been invaluable to ensuring both the necessary funding and permits are available for this work to begin,” Williams said.“Dredging equipment is in high demand up and down the east coast of Australia so we are very pleased that we are now able to make a start on this important work.“Once the Toondah Harbour dredging is complete, the contractor will return to complete work already begun at Victoria Point in preparation for the planned improvements to the Victoria Point jetty and the construction of the new Coochiemudlo Island jetty.”Redland City Council is managing the contract for both the Victoria Point and Toondah Harbour dredging work.[mappress]Press Release, May 30, 2014last_img read more

A call to arms

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGINlast_img read more

Credit crunch advice: Shelter from the storm

first_imgSubscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGINlast_img read more

Sarens puts Terex to the test

first_imgFurther to the news posted by HLPFI on October 13, reporting that Sarens had equipped its CC 8800-1 fleet with the Terex Boom Booster, the new kit has been used for the first time in the erection of an Enercon wind turbine.The Terex Boom Booster kit is a lattice boom structure with a width of 10 m and a length of up to 72 m that is designed to increase the capacity of CC 8800-1 crawler cranes by up to 60 percent.”It’s as if the kit had been designed specifically for our project at Windpark Noordoostpolder,” said Sarens project manager Hendrik Sanders.The kit was delivered directly to the job site in the Netherlands from the factory in Zweibrücken with the frame pre-assembled, in order to allow Sarens to save time during assembly on site.A total of 12 trucks and a special permit were needed to get the Boom Booster kit to Noordoostpolder in a week. Meanwhile, Sarens used 48 trucks to transport the crane, and another 28 vehicles to take the superlift counterweight to its destination.Sanders explained that the work conditions on site were unique: it was necessary to set up an adequate supporting surface for the CC 8800-1, which meant that Enercon had to use track ballasts to create a platform, so that the crane would end up 3 m above ground level.”Sure, the Boom Booster kit is about 50 percent heavier than the CC 8800-1 crane’s standard boom, but the way it was designed made self-assembly possible with the superlift,” said Sanders.With a main boom length of 138 m – 72 m of which were contributed by the Boom Booster kit – and an 18 m LF extension, the CC 8800-1 crane reached a total boom system length of 156 m.This was enough to lift the wind turbine components to a hub height of 135 m, while using an angular offset of 20°. To do this, the superstructure was equipped with a counterweight of 295 tonnes, the central ballast amounted to 60 tonnes, and 400 tonnes of superlift counterweight were used.Once the two assist cranes had erected the Enercon E-126’s tower, the Terex crane lifted the last components to a height of 135 m: the 170-tonne nacelle using a working radius of 40 m; the 260-tonne generator using a working radius of 36.5 m; the 375-tonne hub using a working radius of 33 m; and the three fibreglass rotor blades, each weighing 40 tonnes, using a working radius of 23.5 m. This whole process will be repeated for another 37 wind turbines.  www.terex.comwww.sarens.comlast_img read more

Knife ASBOs to be piloted in London

first_imgThe Metropolitan Police is to test measures to prevent knife crime that could result in children as young as 12 being caught up in the criminal justice system for breaching civil orders.The Home Office announced today that legislation has been laid in parliament to pilot knife crime prevention orders, which were introduced through the Offensive Weapons Act 2019. Fatal stabbings in England and Wales were at their highest in 2018 since the Home Office Homicide Index began in 1946.The civil orders can be imposed by courts on anyone aged 12 or over who the police believe is regularly carrying a knife, or if they are convicted of a knife-related offence. Courts could impose geographical restrictions and curfews, as well as mandatory attendance in sports, drug rehabilitation and anger management classes.The pilot will begin on 6 April and run for 14 months.The Home Office said the orders are intended to be preventative rather than punitive.Crime and policing minister Kit Malthouse said: ‘We are doing all we can to tackle serious violence and make our streets safer. The police have our full support and these new orders are an example of us ensuring officers have the powers they need to bear down on violent crime.’Commander Jane Connors from the Metropolitan Police Service said the prevention orders ‘will no doubt be well received in protecting young vulnerable individuals, who get caught up in violence whilst also preventing further acts of violence and helping to keep our communities safe’.Last year the Gazette reported that the government had not consulted lawyers, magistrates, youth offending teams and social workers on the prevention orders.Linda Logan, chair of the Magistrates Association’s youth court committee, told the Gazette: ‘These orders have been introduced without proper consultation or a firm evidence base to rely on, so it is impossible to know whether they are what is needed to deal with the current problems. These pilots must therefore be a genuine test of whether they have any positive effect. If not, then they should not be rolled out further.’We are particularly concerned that their use may worsen existing overrepresentation of black, Asian and minority ethnic young people in the justice system and this issue must therefore be at the heart of the evaluation of the pilot.’last_img read more

Danish results

first_imgCOWI ended the 2002-03 financial year with operating profits of DKr43·1m, down DKr7·7m from last year. Pre-tax profits declined by DKr14·8m to DKr42m. Turnover outside Denmark was up 42%, and formed 56% of the company’s record total turnover of DKr2·29bn, up 33% from 2001-02. Turnover in Denmark was up 23%. The acquisition of Kampsax and Norwegian Interconsult increased the number of staff by 1230. ’The year has been marked by acquisition, integration and the reorganisation of COWI’s business units’, said CEO & Managing Director Klaus H Ostenfeld, who described the Kr42m profit as satisfactory. nlast_img read more

Alaska Railroad tenders Port MacKenzie extension works

first_imgUSA: Tenders are to be invited this month for construction work on the first section of Alaska Railroad’s 51 km Port MacKenzie Extension, following the publication of the final Environmental Impact Statement by the Surface Transportation Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis on March 25.The line is intended to connect the deepwater port facilities at Port MacKenzie with the ARR main line near Houston. Work on the project began four years ago, with consideration of various route options. The EIS report recommended the Mac East Variant and Houston South route for approval by STB.Completion of the EIS has cleared the way for ARR to advertise a contract for civil works on the first 8 km of the route, using funding appropriated by the Alaska state legislature last year. An additional $55m has been requested in this year’s budget to allow work on another 20·6 km to start next summer. The extension project is schedule for completion in 2014 at a total cost of $218m.ARR and officials from Matanuska-Susitna Borough will be providing further details of the project for local residents at an open house in Wasilla on April 7.last_img read more