Reneé Rapp (Photos by Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com) Itty Bitty Living SpaceMoving from the South to the concrete jungle meant Rapp had to deal with maximizing a small space. “Moving to the city wasn’t something I necessarily thought about,” she said. “My first apartment was really strange because the kitchen is my bedroom…and my closet…and my laundry. I miss grass and trees.” Nevertheless, the young star is getting used to her new digs in the big city. “There was no other option for me, there’s no plan B. If this is my destiny, I’m going to feed into it.”Watch This SpaceOn top of making her Broadway debut in the hit musical comedy, Rapp has also been teasing fans with original music. “There’s a lot to expect and a lot of dates coming up to be on the lookout for,” she said. “Whether that be performances or music releases or both, there’s a lot happening.” One thing the newcomer is most eager about is merging her musical theater career with her original compositions. “I’m excited to share this part of me in this realm because it is very different. We’ve been working super hard on it, and I think you guys are going to to like it.”Where Do You BelongHaving to transport oneself back to high school every night is easier when high school was only months ago, but Rapp still isn’t quite sure who she would sit at the table with during lunch. “I’m definitely not a Plastic because I love wearing sweatpants,” she said. “I think middle school Reneé would have sat with the JV jocks, but Reneé now would sit with the Mathletes. I am not good at math and I would always wonder what it must feel like to be good with numbers. I would give it my best shot to sit with them.” Show Closed This production ended its run on March 11, 2020 Sporty SpiceRapp, a Charlotte native, never realized theater would be a part of her future. “I grew up playing a lot of sports and doing musical theater” she said. “I mostly just danced and put on concerts for my family and neighbors. We were really a sports-oriented family.” After seeing that Rapp needed some extra motivation, her parents switched her to a school that better suited her burgeoning performing talents. “My sophomore year, I transferred from a public high school to an arts school, and, obviously, it didn’t have any sports for me to do. I always liked art and music and it was what I wanted to do. It was a lot easier to transition into it when I didn’t have a choice. There was a lot of tough love, but it really prepared me for this.” View Comments While college freshman across the country are discovering their favorite dining halls, becoming friends with their roommates and breaking up with their high school sweethearts, Reneé Rapp is once again stepping into the bright pink shoes of Regina George in Mean Girls on Broadway. After winning at the 2018 Jimmy Awards, the North Carolina native took over the role from original cast member Taylor Louderman for a quick stint, but now Rapp is here to stay. She sat down with Broadway.com in honor of becoming the Queen Bee full-time to talk all about going from high school IRL to Broadway high school, original music and her affinity for sweatpants. Photos by Caitlin McNaney | Video directed and edited by Kyle Gaskell | Additional cameras by Mark Hayes Mean Girls Star Files Related Shows Reneé Rapp in Mean Girls (Photo by Joan Marcus) Watch Reneé Rapp in action at her Broadway.com photo shoot below!Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:29Loaded: 6.69%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:29 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Instead, she looked to her local theater scene to find inspiration. “Charlotte has a pretty alive and great theater community,” she said. “I love Eva Noblezada; we went to the same high school. Seeing her grow into this stardom has been incredible.” Rapp is always looking for acting mentors. “Everyone knows about my public love for Jenn Colella, and I do love Jessie Mueller. Waitress was my first Broadway show. I love seeing leading ladies. I saw them and thought, ‘Oh, yeah. I want to be in on that.'”From Jimmy to ReginaAfter being named Best Actress at the 2018 Jimmy Awards, Rapp’s future took an exciting turn. Instead of going to college after high school, she began visiting New York for auditions. “Going right from high school into this business was weird,” she said. “I definitely had those days where I wondered if this was really for me. I saw my friends following this expected path that is a societal thing that you feel like you need to do, and I wasn’t sure of my own choices. But I’ve really sunk into it now because if I can’t trust my own path, then I can’t do anything good for myself. It does get hard; you do feel like you’re missing out. You feel like you’re really stressed out to be this young, [Rapp is 19], but this is what I chose, and I wouldn’t have chosen it if it didn’t feel right.” Reneé Rapp
Skiers and riders rejoiced over major March snowstorm Vulcan last week, but they aren’t the only ones that benefit from snowfall and cold weather in Vermont’s green mountains. Even those that are dreaming of summer in Vermont reap the economic benefits of our official state sports, as they bring in major spenders from surrounding states and generate hundreds of millions of tax revenue dollars.Vermont’s ski and snowboard industry draws over $700 million in statewide spending each winter season. Think that money just gets spent at the mountains? Think again. Two-thirds of that spending occurs off-mountain in surrounding villages and towns, supporting many local businesses with the ski economy running deep throughout our communities. Those significant winter traveler expenditures generate another $700 million in indirect spending, totaling nearly $1.5 billion in economic benefit for Vermont’s economy.A substantial component of the visitor spending triggered by major snow accumulations is found in the rooms and meals tax revenues, with the influx of winter visitors booking lodging reservations in Vermont and excitedly seeking out a taste of our great local foods and brews. These tax revenues top $120 million annually, with the winter season generating a significant portion of that critical revenue stream.Vermont ski and snowboard resorts also spend over $200 million with nearly 3,000 Vermont companies to stay operational. They employ over 12,000 people seasonally and are responsible for 22,000 indirect jobs off-mountain. In addition, the seven ski areas on state land generate over $2.5 million in lease payments to the state, which pays for about half of the annual state parks operating budget.So whether a winter enthusiast or not, when you see those white flakes falling from the sky, know that there are dollar signs hidden in their complex structure and that all Vermonters benefit from the white gold of winter.Source: Ski Vermont 3.18.2014
Killington Pico Ski Resort Partners, LLC,Killington mountain biking photos by Chandler Burgess.Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Killington Resort(link is external), the largest mountain resort in Eastern North America, on Wednesday reported a successful US Open of Mountain Biking featuring 269 riders, representing 11 countries in Downhill, Enduro, Adaptive and kids races in front of a crowd of over 5,500. The event was held August 1-5. FOX US Open of Mountain Biking by the numbers:Spectators: 5,500+Total Racers: 269Local Racers: 11Grom Bomb Racers (kids): 62Adaptive Racers: 8Countries: 11Enduro Racers: 133 (first ever Enduro race at a US Open)RESULTS For a complete list of results, click here(link is external). BackgroundThe Fox US Open features a Pro/Am style format and offers the most challenging and competitive racing in the nation, setting the standard as a proving ground for up-and-coming and elite racers. Anyone can enter the Open Class and compete amongst the pros for the $40,000 cash purse. The Amateur Class, Grom Bomb Downhill and the US Open Adaptive DH races will give athletes of all abilities the chance to compete during the US Open weekend.“The US Open is more than just a race, it’s a big mountain bike party for the whole family featuring vendors, live music, a bonfire and races for all levels. The USO Best Whip contest on Saturday evening is sure to be a crowd favorite and will lead into a classic Killington after-party with free concerts sponsored by Long Trail Brewing Co.,” says Justin Pill, events & sponsorships manager at Killington Resort.“Killington Resort has built an impressive new downhill track coming off the the Killington Peak, the second highest peak in Vermont. The trail crew has also designed an Enduro course that will have racers competing on a combination of new trails and the classics. We are excited to partner with the resort to kick-off the US Open in Vermont,” says Clay Harper, event director at the US Open of Mountain Biking.Source: Killington
Countryman Associates has just introduced the portable Phantom Power Supply that can transmit DC electric power through microphone cables, making it a useful audio tool in both live and studio recording settings.The Countryman Phantom Power Supply offers flexible power options and selectable voltage settings and it can operate on one 9V battery, two 9V batteries for extended life or a 9V wall adapter. In addition, selectable 12V, 24V and 48V voltage output settings allow the Countryman Phantom Power Supply to extend battery life for microphones, which don’t require 48V power.Countryman also says they designed the unit can withstand adverse conditions typically encountered in live performance environments. The Phantom Power Supply’s portable, compact form factor consists of a rugged die-cast aluminum body and low-profile switches that make this unit ideally suited for life on the road.The new Countryman Phantom Power Supply is expected to be available Q1, 2020 and it’s here.
Share on Facebook Share The textbook “monogamy hypothesis” argues that monogamy favors the evolution of cooperation by increasing sibling relatedness, since helpers are as related to the full siblings that they care for as they are to their own offspring. So under certain circumstances helping can be as, or even more, successful in getting genes passed on as reproducing. But in an Opinion, published May 3 in Trends in Ecology & Evolution, two experts in social and reproductive behavior say that the proof isn’t all there.In their paper, Professor David Westneat and his graduate student Jacqueline Dillard–both at the University of Kentucky–present three alternative explanations:Monogamy and sibling cooperation co-evolved, so that one trait increased the benefits of the other.Ecological pressures selected for both monogamy and sibling cooperation simultaneously, so that one trait does not depend on the other.The evolution of monogamy created new physiological and behavioral adaptations that may also be useful in sibling cooperation.“This is a case study demonstrating the importance of not boiling organisms down to simple traits,” says Dillard, who studies a socially monogamous group of Bess Beetles. She notes that the classic monogamy hypothesis considers a single link between the high occurrences of sibling cooperation in monogamous species, when a number of factors could be in play. Share on Twitter Pinterest Email LinkedIn For example, from beetles to birds to humans, both monogamy and sibling cooperation tend to occur where the value of caring for young is high and the opportunities for mating are low, so environmental changes that increase the benefits of care, such as food scarcity, or reduce likelihood of reproducing, could promote both traits.Physical and social adaptations, such as increases in the hormones oxytocin and vasopressin, that enable monogamy could also pre-adapt species to cooperation. “If you are living with a social partner, evolving to live in that environment requires a lot of tolerance; these sorts of things can come in handy later on when you want to cooperate with another individual,” Dillard says.Dillard is now developing comparative and experimental studies that can measure the relative contributions of these variables. However, Dillard and Westneat believe that a more systems-level approach to studying monogamy and cooperation will be necessary to answer longstanding questions about the evolution of these traits.
Three SGs – Photo of the 36th CARICOM Heads MeetingThe Secretary-General, CARICOM was joined at this meeting by: the UN Secretary-General who was one of the Special Guests of the 36th CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting and addressed the Opening Ceremony,and the Commonwealth Secretary-General who was among presenters at the High Level Dialogue which preceded the Opening Ceremony of…July 5, 2015In “CARICOM”CARICOM-UN SG engagement to lead-up to CARICOM SummitA High-Level Strategic Dialogue between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government and the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon will help set the tone for the Thirty-Sixth CARICOM Summit from 2-4 July, in Bridgetown, Barbados. The engagement in the morning of Thursday 2 July will be guided by the theme,…July 1, 2015In “General”Stage set for CARICOM Summit in BarbadosThe theme Vibrant Societies, Resilient Economies, will guide Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government as they tackle a packed agenda at their Thirty-Sixth Summit that will be held 2-4 July, 2015, in Bridgetown, Barbados. Discussions will focus on issues including energy, in the context of a proposal for a new…July 1, 2015In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApp Aug 31, 2020 Finance Ministers Meet to Refine ‘Single Ambitious Menu’ for… Coronavirus Will Cost Global Tourism at Least $1.2 trillion Jul 2, 2020 New Guidelines aim to Dismantle Barriers Blocking People… United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon addresses the opening ceremony of the 36th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM Praising the Caribbean as a place of ideas, examples and solutions, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon on Thursday called on the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to be voices of the vulnerable in the Region and beyond. He was at the time delivering remarks at the opening ceremony of the 36th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the CARICOM now underway in Bridgetown, Barbados. I ask you to continue to be voices for vulnerable – not just in this Region but for the globe. I may not receive top marks in a geography course for saying this, but in today’s interdependent world, no country is an island. We need partnership and solidarity to achieve our goals in this big year for humanity,” he said. Address ‘Unprecedented’ Impact of Coronavirus on Latin… Remarks by UN Secretary-General Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Jul 9, 2020 The UN Secretary-General told the gathering that “we must always act for the shared interests of all humankind and leave no one behind”. That commitment must animate all we do – particularly in this crucial year of action in 2015 – a year that will shape development in your Region and our world for years to come,” he said. His remarks placed emphasis on major upcoming conferences that will focus on a framework for financing sustainable development; agreement on new sustainable development goals to guide development policy for the next 15 years; and the adoption of a new climate change agreement. We need your full engagement at the highest political level. Take ownership of these processes. Tell your negotiators to keep ambition high. These efforts will succeed or fall short on our watch; help us mark a turning point towards transformation,” the UN Secretary-General urged CARICOM Heads of Government. Read Remarks by UN Secretary-General You may be interested in… Sep 9, 2020
LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. SMYRNA, TN — Beck/Arnley has named Bob Anderson as its new director of marketing. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement In this role, Anderson will be responsible for coordinating the marketing communication activities for Beck/Arnley, including advertising, promotions, public relations and pricing, as well as working with the catalog group on e-commerce and catalog database issues. Anderson joined Clevite Engine Parts in 1984, and has served in a variety of product roles throughout his career. Most recently, he managed the Clevite Bearing Team. In addition to his extensive knowledge of the business, Anderson has also completed the aftermarket program at Northwood University and holds professional memberships with the Society of Automotive Engineers and the American Marketing Association. For more information about Beck/Arnely, go to: www.beckarnley.com. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.
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A troublesome outlook for heavy lift vessels within the market for topside and jacket installation, prompted by challenging market in recent years, has led contractors to seek out opportunities in less traditional markets.Two such bright spots are offshore wind and decommissioning, according to Douglas Westwood, an energy intelligence group, which claims that the former is becoming increasingly-attractive as the volume of installed turbines per year grows rapidly and the projects become larger and further from shore.The HLV contractors have seen a major decline in fixed platform installations and this year is expected to result in c.45% less fixed assets installed when compared to 2014 levels.As explained, the strategic advantage of HLVs is their cost effectiveness as both sectors seek out most economical solutions. As such, in a market where day rates are often driven by tonnage requirements, super heavy lift vessels may have a somewhat-limited market reach and vessels that are over specified will risk lower day rates, the intelligence group adds.For HLVs venturing into turbine installation market crane capacity in the range of 1,500-3,000T is suitable for most offshore wind installations and sufficient deck space with the ability to carry at least 4 monopiles typically preferred.For HLVs with lifting capacity >5,000T, decommissioning represents a significant opportunity, particularly within the North Sea which is characterized by large platforms – c.40% of platforms within the UK and c.85% of platforms within Norway have a combined substructure and topside weight >5,000T.Until recently the largest single lift decommissioning operation had been the removal of the Frigg TCP2 MSF, weighing in at 8,500T.However, “with the introduction of super heavy lift vessels such as Allsea’s Pioneering Spirit, Heerema’s Sleipnir (due for delivery in 2019) as well as recent orders from Shandong Twin Marine for two vessels with lifting capacity of 34,000T, it is hoped that the decommissioning of the North Sea’s heaviest platforms will become more efficient,” Douglas Westwood concludes.