Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams to Announce Outer Critics Circle Nominations

first_img Tyson and Williams recently starred together on Broadway in The Trip to Bountiful, which marked Tyson’s return to the Great White Way after 30 years and brought the actress her first Tony award. The two reprised their roles in a Lifetime TV adaption of Horton Foote’s play. Tyson’s additional Broadway credits include The Corn Is Green and Trumpets of the Lord. Williams, who will take the Cotton Club stage in After Midnight beginning April 1, received a Tony nomination for her performance as the Witch in the 2002 revival of Into the Woods. She has also appeared in Sondheim on Sondheim and Kiss of the Spider Woman. Tony Award winner Cicely Tyson and Tony nominee Vanessa Williams will announce the nominees for the 64th annual Outer Critics Circle awards on April 22 at the Friars Club. Nominations will be given in 24 categories that recognize achievements in Broadway and off-Broadway productions. The winners will be announced on May 12 prior to the May 22 presentation of awards at Broadway hotspot Sardi’s Restaurant. The Outer Critics Circle is an organization of writers covering New York theater—its members are affiliated with more than 90 newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, Internet and theater publications across America and abroad. Star Files Vanessa Williams Cicely Tyson View Commentslast_img read more

Maersk Supply Service enters Mexican market with new long-term gig

first_imgMaersk Supply Service has secured a long-term contract with Subtec S.A de C.V. of Mexico, a subsidiary of Blue Marine Group, for one of its Stingray newbuild vessels.Maersk Supply Service will enter the Mexican market for the very first time with a long-term contract award with Blue Marine Group, the company informed on Tuesday.According to the vessel provider, this contract secures utilization of one of its four Stingray subsea support vessel newbuilds, none of which have been delivered to date.To remind, Maersk Supply last month postponed the delivery of five anchor handling vessels under construction at Kleven Yard in Norway and four Stingray vessels under construction at Cosco, Dalian in China. Under this new agreement, delivery dates for the Stingray vessels range from summer 2017 to spring 2018.“This contract is the result of two companies working together to provide a superior integrated service offering and we look forward to building a strong partnership with Blue Marine Group going forward. We are excited to commence our activities in the Mexico region and offer the exclusive capabilities and operational efficiencies of our Stingray new-building to Blue Marine Group and their clients,” says Chief Executive Officer Steen S. Karstensen.The Stingray vessel will be operating in the Bay of Campeche performing general support duties for Blue Marine and its clients, including IRM and maintenance of Pemex’s platforms as well as enhancement and well stimulation.The contract will start in autumn 2018 with a firm duration until June 2020.Juan Reynoso Durand, Executive Chairman of Blue Marine, said: “Despite the challenging market, we are confident that this vessel will be a valuable tool for our Group in order to provide integrated services to oil companies in the region in the years to come. It is also an opportunity to create synergies between Maersk Supply Service and Blue Marine for the oil & gas market.”last_img read more

Blue Angels to fly over Miami, and Jacksonville on Friday in honor of frontline workers

first_imgThe Blue Angels are coming to Florida!The Navy’s flight demonstration squadron has already flown over Philadelphia, New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and other cities to honor health care workers and first responders.On Wednesday The Blue Angels announced that they will issue the routes and overhead times on Thursday.They are set to fly over Jacksonville and Miami on Friday.last_img

Future of Postal Service Shaky After Financial Hit, Employee Deaths

first_imgDebbie Fetterly, a USPS spokesperson for the South Florida District, released this statement to our news partner, WPTV NewsChannel 5: The way we get our mail could soon change yet again.The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant financial impacts on the U.S. Postal Service, which some fear may have to shut down after more than 200 years.“They’re saying the end of September we will be out of money to go ahead and keep the payroll going as it is today,” says Al Friedman, the President of the Florida State Association of Letter Carriers.Friedman adds that the USPS is losing between $2 million and $5 million a day across the country. “Letters are down 42% because companies and a lot of business are not mailing,”USPS is predicting even more significant financial impacts over the next 18 months.During a Zoom call last Thursday, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel said the HEROES Act appropriates $25 billion to the Postal Service for lost revenue. She added that money would also help to purchase personal protective equipment for employees. The bill is now waiting on Senate approval.“If the Post Office does not get its funding by Fall, not only is our vote by mail threatened many Americans get their medicine by mail, certainly getting their unemployment checks by mail,” says Rep. Frankel.Friedman explains that two mail carriers in Florida, one in Sunrise and another in Fort Lauderdale, died because of COVID-19. In addition, more than 100 other postal workers are currently home after testing positive for the virus. “The Postal Service is proud of the work our more than 600,000 employees play in processing, transporting, and delivering mail and packages for the American public. We provide a vital public service that is a part of this nation’s critical infrastructure. Our employees deliver much needed medications and Social Security checks, and we are the leading delivery service for online purchases.The Postal Service has a dedicated Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Command Response leadership team that is focusing on employee and customer safety in conjunction with operational and business continuity during this unprecedented epidemic. We continue to follow the strategies and measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health departments. The CDC has information available on its website at https://www.coronavirus.gov that provides the latest information about COVID-19. For more specific information on USPS actions to protect our employees and our customers during this pandemic: https://about.usps.com/newsroom/statements/usps-statement-on-coronavirus.htm.The Postal Service is deeply saddened by the passing of two of our postal family members (Fort Lauderdale, FL and Sunrise, FL) These employees were dedicated public servants, and we extend our deepest condolences to their families during this difficult time. As you may know, under the Rehabilitation Act and the Privacy Act, specific employee medical information must be kept confidential and may only be shared in very limited circumstances. Therefore, the Postal Service cannot share the names of the employees.The COVID-19 pandemic, which has severely affected the U.S. economy, began to negatively affect the Postal Service during late March with declining mail volume, and the impact has continued to worsen since then. On May 8, the U.S. Postal Service reported total revenue of $17.8 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2020 (January 1, 2020 – March 31, 2020), an increase of $348 million, compared to the same period last year. It is estimated that the COVID-19 pandemic will substantially increase the Postal Service’s net operating loss over the next eighteen months, threatening the Postal Service’s ability to operate. However, since the Postal Service began experiencing the impacts of the pandemic in mid-March, the pandemic did not have a material impact on its second quarter results, although significant impacts are expected for the remainder of the year. For additional information: https://about.usps.com/newsroom/national-releases/2020/0508-usps-reports-second-quarter-fiscal-2020-results.htm.Here is a link to a “Delivering the Facts” document which explains our current situation beyond the pandemic issues: https://about.usps.com/news/delivers-facts/usps-delivers-the-facts.pdf.”last_img read more

City Officials Ask PBC Mayor for CARES Act Reimbursements

first_imgLeaders from several municipalities sent sent a letter Wednesday to the mayor of Palm Beach County, in an effort to recoup costs spent so far this year battling the coronavirus.The group who signed the letter includes officials from various positions from Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Jupiter and West Palm Beach. The letter explains that on June 10, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that Florida counties that have already received payment from the U.S. Treasury should provide funds to their municipalities “on a reimbursement basis for expenditures eligible under the CARES Act.”The CARES Act is a $2 trillion economic relief package that was passed by Congress in March. A portion of that money established the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund, which was designed to help state and local governments.In May, Palm Beach County officials said they were given $261 million in funds related to the CARES Act.Boca Raton Councilman Andy Thomson states in the letter to Mayor Dave Kerner that Palm Beach County has “already received direct payment from the U.S. Department of Treasury…” and the county “should be reimbursing municipalities for their eligible expenditures.”In the letter, Boca Raton Councilman Andy Thomson said his city spent more than $2 million on supplies and personal protective equipment related to COVID-19.Thomson said “we have not received any indication as to when Palm Beach County will be issuing these critical reimbursements” and “how such reimbursements will be processed.”In addition, the letter was signed by Democratic U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch, Lois Frankel and Alcee Hastings.last_img read more

Talented youngsters win Skills Challenge national final

first_img4 Oct 2012 Talented youngsters win Skills Challenge national final Eight talented youngsters have been crowned 2012 champions of England Golf’s National Skills Challenge, supported by FootJoy, the #1 Shoe and Glove in Golf. They won their titles at the grand final at The National Golf Centre, Woodhalll Spa, on Saturday, 29 September 2012. The event was contested by 30 young golfers from all over the country who had won through regional finals. They demonstrated some fantastic skills and will no doubt continue to be great golfers in the future.   The National Skills Challenge is now in its seventh year and continues to progress with nearly 800 clubs registered and 6,200 juniors involved nationwide.  England Golf are delighted that FootJoy, the #1 Shoe and Glove in Golf, has continued to support the National Skills Challenge in 2012 and have kindly donated products and prizes to the qualifiers and winners. The 2012 champions (image © John Thompson) are: Rookie 8 years & under Boys’ winner – Drew Mackinnon, Southampton GC Girls’ Winner – Rio Everitt, Stowmarket GC   Rookie 9 to 11 years Boys’ winner – Harry Fricker, Ufford Park GC Girls’ winner – Bethany Fletcher, Heysham GC   Tour 12 to 14 years Boys’ winner – James Swash, Ingleby Barwick Golf Academy Girls’ winner – Georgina Hirst, Flamborough Head GC   Tour 15 to 17 years Boys’ winner- Josh McMahon, Bromsgrove Golf Centre Girls’ winner – Megan Cullen, Heysham Golf Club They were among the 30 finalists listed below, who had all won their respective age categories at regional finals around the country. They all demonstrated impressive putting, chipping, bunker, pitching and long game skills, with some great scores achieved on the particularly challenging set-up on the famous short game academy. Richard Flint, England Golf Development Manager, said: “It is great to see youngsters with such golfing talent taking part in our Skills Challenge National Final and this can be credited to the coaching they receive from their home clubs.   “The Skills Challenge continues to grow each year and England Golf would like to see even more clubs represented, giving their juniors an opportunity to take part and potentially qualify for the regional and national final”. Following this year’s final, England Golf ran a fun, Ryder Cup Challenge for the participants, over five holes at the short game academy with Team USA winning the event. Russell Lawes, FootJoy’s European Marketing Manager, is delighted to have once again supported the initiative, “Grass roots golf is immensely important and we are committed to supporting the stars of tomorrow. “This is a fantastic initiative that provides a fun and easy way for junior golfers to improve all aspects of their game in an enjoyable and relaxed environment. “This year’s event has once again proved extremely successful and we at FootJoy would like to congratulate not only just the winners but all junior golfers who participated in this event. We look forward to continue to support this event further next year” The National Skills Challenge is an initiative provided by England Golf via the England Golf Partnership’s Whole Sport Plan for golf and is an integral part of the partnership’s vision to grow the game.  For more information on the National Skills Challenge visit www.getintogolf.org/skills   The following players qualified for the 2012 National Final: Rookie 8 yrs & under Callum McManus, Cuddington Golf Club Drew Mackinnon, Southampton Golf Club Sam Haynes-Coote, Kilworth Springs Golf Club CJ Linfoot, Blackpool Park Golf Club Rio Everitt, Stowmarket Golf Club Maisie Coward, Weymouth Golf Club Georgia d’Araujo, Wharton Park Golf Club Grace Worth, Blackpool Park Golf Club Rookie 9 to 11 years Harry Fricker, Ufford Park Golf Club Sebastian James, North Wilts Golf Club Hugo Kedzlie, Spalding Golf Club Robert Hillier, Ingleby Barwick Golf Academy Lily Rendell, Clacton on Sea Golf Club Shannon Parfitt, Weymouth Golf Club Charlotte Voysey, Wharton Park Golf Club Bethany Fletcher, Heysham Golf Club Tour 12 to 14 years Ben Rendell, Clacton on Sea Golf Club Sam Keyte, Royal North Devon Golf Club James Weaver, Sherwood Forest Golf Club James Swash, Ingleby Barwick Golf Club Chloe Rose, Clacton on Sea Golf Club Emma Anderson, Sherwood Forest Golf Club Georgina Hirst, Flamborough Head Golf Club Tour 15 to 17 years Jonathan Hewett, Clacton on Sea Golf Club Liam Walker, Southwick Park Golf Club Josh McMahon, Bromsgrove Golf Club Connor Marriott, Ingleby Barwick Golf Academy Khadeejar Khan, Fairlop Waters Golf Club Jasmine Skinner, Droitwich Golf Club Megan Cullen, Heysham Golf Clublast_img read more

Lunch Break Celebrates Summer

first_imgRED BANK – Lunch Break, the community organization that freely provides food, clothing, life skills and fellowship to those in need in Monmouth County and beyond, held its annual picnic and backpack giveaway Aug. 17 at Count Basie Field. Photos by Patrick Olivero Over 40 volunteers and staff were on hand manning the grill, games, activities and handing out approximately 270 backpacks to families who had registered earlier in the summer.center_img Although the day started out with darkened skies and spots of rain, it quickly improved and residents came out to enjoy the many fun activities and food Lunch Break had available free of charge. A softball tournament was one of the highlights of the day, as teams from several nearby businesses assembled to compete for the champion’s trophy. The crowd also enjoyed live music while eating cheeseburgers, hot dogs and more.last_img read more

Mars Annually Pops Its Polar Cork

first_imgA unique geological phenomenon has been found on Mars.  Every year, when the southern polar cap heats up, carbon dioxide gas forms underneath a layer of translucent ice.  This gas levitates large portions of the ice cap until it finds weaknesses, and bursts out at over a hundred miles an hour in spectacular fumaroles (see artist’s rendition at Jet Propulsion Laboratory).  The escaping gas carries fine particles of soil and sand upward, that get splayed outward in fan-shaped deposits hundreds of meters long, all pointing in the direction of the prevailing wind.    Planetary scientists studying the images from the THEMIS infrared camera aboard the 2001 Mars Odyssey had long been puzzled by the dark spots, fans and spider-shaped markings around the vents till they came up with this model.  The findings were published in Nature this week.1  The authors noted that this model will have an impact on the way polar cap deposits are interpreted:The erosion and vertical stirring of surface materials under seasonal slab ice may have significantly altered the metre-scale sedimentary structures in the polar-layered deposits in a manner similar to bioturbation on the Earth.  This erosion and redeposition of the surface material on vertical scales of a few metres may have produced sedimentary structures that reflect this modification process, rather than the initial depositional environment.  If so, this process may present major complications to the interpretation of the sedimentary record observed in upcoming Polar Lander observations, and must be considered in relating this record to the climate history of Mars.What this means is that in this case, layering does not represent a time sequence.  Since every year the same layers are eroded and redeposited, they cannot be used to infer either geological or atmospheric history.1Kieffer, Christensen and Titus, “CO2 jets formed by sublimation beneath translucent slab ice in Mars’ seasonal south polar ice cap,” Nature 442, 793-796(17 August 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature04945; Received 4 April 2006; Accepted 30 May 2006.Yellowstone, eat your heart out.  What a sight it must be to look out over the south polar cap and see jets of dirty gas roaring upward hundreds of feet into the atmosphere every few hundred yards.  It might be even more dramatic to see the geysers of Enceladus, discovered last year (see 11/28/2005).    Imagine if scientists for the upcoming polar lander mission measured these layers carefully, correlated them with other Martian strata, and came up with a detailed model of the climate history of Mars.  They would be wrong, according to this model.  Interpretations of data are not the same as data.  Sometimes, weird processes can be at work to scramble the data, misleading humans that were not present when the formations were made.  These authors mentioned bioturbation on earth, wherein underground organisms, with their burrowing and tunneling, carry fossil material upward or downward from its initial location (see 05/21/2004).    Many times, scientists can recognize these effects and account for them in their models.  This new Martian process, apparently unique in the solar system, however, was unrecognized till now.  In this case, the effects take place in the present and can be observed.  (One wonders, offhand, whether this process could continue for billions of years.)  On Earth, much of the history cannot be reconstructed except by fallible inference from complicated data.  Peter Sadler said in the aforementioned 2004 article that cryptic signatures of bioturbation or reworking can go unrecognized by scientists, yet have significant effects on deposits – and by extension, on their interpretations.    Undoubtedly different physical effects take place on Earth deposits used to infer past geological and climate history.  But by definition, one cannot know all the unknowns.  Let this instance be a lesson that new discoveries can blow holes in the best of scientific models.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Revenue from beneficiation

first_imgMandise Skele creates a copper and silver bracelet as part of Mintek’s Kgabane jewellery training programme, which focuses on the manufacture of jewellery in South Africa using indigenous skills and traditional designs. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free images, visit the image library.) German Pikhoya, the CEO of Russian gold producer Polyus, has great respect for the South African mining industry. (Image: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa   +27 11 483 0122 RELATED ARTICLES • Brics summit in the spotlight • South Africa at 2011 BRICS summit • Zuma: shared prosperity for all • Brics journos get to know SA Janine ErasmusBeneficiation was not an obstacle in Africa, but rather an opportunity, Bridgette Radebe, chair of the South African Mining Development Association, told delegates at the fifth BRICS summit at Durban’s International Convention Centre on Tuesday.Radebe said Africa was missing an opportunity when it exported minerals to other countries without first creating a finished product. “South Africa is a mining leader in terms of the life of mines as well as production ­ but we are missing an opportunity to add value to our operations.”Top-level delegations from all five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) are in Durban for the summit to talk about co-operation, development and economic growth. South Africa has been a BRICS member since 2010. World’s richestSouth Africa holds an estimated US$2.5-trillion (R23-trillion) of mineral resources, making it the world’s richest country in this regard, according to a 2010 report commissioned by US banking group Citigroup.The country also has the world’s largest reported reserves of gold, platinum group metals, chrome ore and manganese ore, and the second-largest reserves of zirconium, vanadium and titanium.Despite these assets, South Africa – along with other African countries – lags in mineral beneficiation, exporting its minerals as unprocessed ore rather than higher-value finished products.“Many countries that are resource-rich seek to improve their revenue through taxation. They should consider that beneficiation may be a more effective option,” said Abiel Mngomezulu, the chief executive and president of Johannesburg-based mineral processing company Mintek, and moderator of the panel discussion on beneficiation.According to Deloitte, the gross revenue from sales of all minerals in South Africa for the 2010 financial year amounted to $24.5-billion (R227-billion). But only $9-billion (R86-billion) was generated from processing base metals, precious metals and other minerals. Job creationSouth Africa’s government has named beneficiation as a priority for job creation and economic growth. In 2011 it released a strategy that identified policies, legislation and incentives that could be put in place to grow the industry and give the country a greater competitive edge. Beneficiation is one of six focus areas in the New Growth Path, which aims to create five-million new jobs by 2020.Beneficiation lends itself to helping countries move ahead through job creation, technology advancement, skills transfer, and research and development, Sipho Nkosi, the chief executive of JSE-listed mining group Exxaro, said.“Under colonialism or imperialism, BRICS nations were not viewed as countries that should industrialise – instead the powers took what commodities they could and shipped them home. Now the world realises that we have to develop our own industries.”To successfully meet the challenge of building a beneficiation industry, he said South Africa needed to invest in resources – capital, power, infrastructure, skills and education. South-South co-operationCo-operation between BRICS countries could help this along. “Investment in Africa is one of our top priorities, and South-South co-operation will improve the African economy,” said Jiang Huicheng, the president of China’s First Investment Holding Group.Jiang said investment in mining would have the added effect of boosting crucial infrastructure such as rail networks. “We strongly support local industry,” he said.Jiang dismissed rumours that China planned to strip Africa of its mineral resources. “Our long-term target is to help African countries and also give small and medium enterprises a hand, and we are committed to this. We have been investing in Africa for over a decade.”China’s African investment was around $15-billion (R139-billion) in 2011, he said. In 2010, the country had more than 10 projects with an investment of more than $100-million (R926-million).Jiang cautioned that the environment for this kind of investment in Africa was not yet optimal. “Governments must show support for the mineral industry to attract more foreign investment.” Available incentivesThe South African government has singled out 10 minerals which it believes have the greatest potential for value through beneficiation: chromium, manganese, coal and uranium, nickel, diamonds, platinum, gold, titanium, iron ore and vanadium.There are five value chains associated with these commodities, namely:•          Energy commodities (coal, uranium and thorium)•          Iron and steel (iron ore, chromium and manganese)•          Pigment and titanium production (titanium and vanadium)•          Autocatalytic converters and diesel particulate filters (platinum)•          Jewellery fabrication (diamonds, gold and platinum)Radebe said there are tremendous opportunities in hydrogen fuel cell production.“This is part of the green revolution, and the future of energy supply,” she said. “The energy production process is silent, combustion-free and better for the environment. There are implications for residential, automotive and other sectors, and we expect that by 2015 the technology will be commercialised.”Radebe, who is founder of Mmakau Mining, said there were a range of government-driven incentives available to beneficiation companies and to both greenfield and brownfield initiatives. Incentives and benefits included tax reductions, the development of transport corridors and special economic zones, as well as training allowances.The Department of Science and Technology also offered incentives for research and development, she said. Mining’s superpowerOther countries are quick to tap into South African mining expertise.“Many of our recent improvements have been led by people with a South African background,” said German Pikhoya, the chief executive of Russia’s Polyus, one of the world’s biggest gold producers with the third-biggest reserves on earth.The company’s chief operating officer is James Nieuwenhuys, who learned his trade at the Gencor Pomfret Mine and then De Beers, where he was project engineer for the development of the Venetia open-pit diamond mine in Limpopo.“His input helped us to increase our gold output,” said Pikhoya, “and it has been so positive that we will probably internationalise our team even more.”Polyus is also co-operating with Mintek, he said. “We view South Africa as a mining superpower.”last_img read more