Watch Ethan Hawke Talk About Tackling Shakespeare’s Macbeth: ‘It’s More Intimidating Than Playing an Elf’

first_img Star Files View Comments Ethan Hawke is having a very interesting holiday season: he stalks around the Vivian Beaumont Theatre slaying adversaries as the titular king in Lincoln Center Theater’s revival of Macbeth at night and he goes toy shopping as a regular father of four by day. On December 20, the Tony and Oscar nominee stopped by The Today Show and dished about why the Scottish general is a physically demanding role. “Shakespeare writes all of these really long plays that end with you having to recite all of these lines and then have a sword fight,” he joked. Hawke also discussed why he doesn’t play dead very well, what his favorite Christmas movie is and why you might see him at FAO Schwarz at 2:00AM. Watch the clip below and go see Hawke in Macbeth!center_img Ethan Hawkelast_img read more

December 1, 2012 Letters

first_imgLetters Aging Lawyers I was still enjoying the honors and recognition bestowed on us veterans of World War II this week when I was shocked, shocked by the November 15 headline urging intervention before it becomes “a real catastrophe.”Really, fellas, such hyperbole concerning the natural and desirable alternative of “aging?”Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. (I was 75 when Supreme Court Justice Major Harding invited me to his home on January 1, 2000, to take the oath.)I really expected better of our learned profession than to relate competence to any measure of chronological age.Joseph C. D’Annunzio Tallahassee_____________________It was bad enough to have Romney include me in his 47 percent deadbeat lineup, but now the “Aging Lawyers Working Group” includes me in the feebleminded 11 percent.Most of you who have read my letters would not disagree with my inclusion. Rather than let the free market cleanse the business of the dementia-challenged like myself, we will soon have a mandated group with a highly paid director forcing us to do crossword puzzles and recite the preamble to the Declaration of Independence or is it the Constitution? In the past few years I can’t remember which.Before I take a Bar-ordered competency test, the U.S. Supreme Court will be forced to undergo what more than 350 juries have had to do — listen to my inane jibberish and slashing repartee. This year is the 40th anniversary of my having an “esq.” after my name. I’ve dug more dry holes than a regiment of gophers. If this becomes a requirement for renewal, I’ll be happy to get my pick and shovel out of the shed.Charles B. Tiffany Kissimmee December 1, 2012 Letters December 1, 2012 Letterslast_img read more

Gophers hire new diving coach

first_img“I have been working with coach Huber since I was 7 years old,” Baumann said. “He was very happy that I was given this opportunity, and I’m sure he is looking forward to the competition.”Baumann will begin his duties July 25, but he said he has been anxious to get started with the Gophers diving program since he first heard about the job.And that’s exactly why coach Dennis Dale and Athletics Director Joel Maturi selected Baumann.“Indiana might be the top diving program in the nation, let alone the Big Ten,” Maturi said. “His pedigree is great as well. Those were the factors in the decision.”Dale said any time one is able to get someone of Baumann’s caliber, it’s a victory for the program.“If we want to compete with Indiana diving, we are going to have to do more, because they aren’t going to do less,” Dale said. Gophers hire new diving coach Matt PerkinsJuly 12, 2005Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMinnesota’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams might be a man up on their competition now – literally.Jason Baumann, a former assistant coach at Indiana, was hired last week as the Gophers’ diving coach. Baumann will replace former diving coach Mike Martens, who will return to his native Australia to continue his coaching career.The diving events have not been the Gophers’ best during the years, but Baumann hopes to make it into one of their stronger points.“The Gophers already have a lot of talent in their diving program between (Shaun) Kennedy and others,” Baumann said. “I’m just hoping that I can come in there and do what I was hired to do – help them get better.”At the 2005 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships, held February 19-21 at the University Aquatic Center, the Hoosiers dominated the diving events. After the wakes cleared, three Indiana divers earned first-team All-Big Ten honors, and much of the praise for the success was given to Baumann.Baumann’s coaching career started in 1999 when he became the diving coach at Wyoming. He capped his tenure at Wyoming off by qualifying all but one of his divers for the 2001 Mountain West Conference Championship finals in all three diving events.But he said it was his coaches when he was a child who prepared him for a coaching career – specifically Indiana diving coach Jeff Huber.last_img read more

Men’s Hockey wins DQ Cup with 4-1 win over UMD

first_imgThe move worked out pretty well as the trio came out and gave the Gophers a 2-0 lead in the first period while Wheeler added a long-range, empty-netter in the third.Gordon and Howe set up Wheeler 37 seconds into the game for the junior’s team-high 14th goal of the year.“Once the puck got to me, it was a pretty easy goal,” Wheeler said. “Ben had to get it over a couple guys’ sticks, and he put it right on my tape ñ I couldn’t have missed. That felt really good to tap one into the open net, Ben made a great pass.”Later in the period, Wheeler and freshman forward Mike Hoeffel set up Gordon’s 13th goal of the year during a Minnesota power-play ñ a scoring chance started by Howe.“Blake, Ben and Mike had a great start to the game, they were firing on all cylinders,” senior forward Evan Kaufmann said.Kaufmann added a second period goal before Bulldogs junior forward Michael Gergen broke up freshman goalie Alex Kangas’ attempt at his first career shutout.Lucia said after the game that Barriball will also sit out of tomorrow’s regular season finale as a precautionary measure.“Had we lost, I would have played Jay tomorrow,” Lucia said. “But since we won, it’s not worth the risk.” Men’s Hockey wins DQ Cup with 4-1 win over UMDThe Gophers also locked up at least a 7th place finish in the WCHA. Brian DeutschMarch 7, 2008Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintWhile the MacNaughton Cup will elude the Minnesota men’s hockey team this year, the Gophers earned a distinctly more delicious prize Friday night in a 4-1 win over Minnesota-Duluth.The Dairy Queen Cup ñ given to the Minnesota-based Western Collegiate Hockey Association team that has the best record against in-state conference foes.So is the Cup important to coach Don Lucia?“Only if the coaches get gift certificates,” Lucia said. “We play for it and you want to try and get as many trophies as you can. The byproduct of that was staying ahead of UMD, and that was obviously important tonight.”Minnesota (15-13-9 overall, 8-11-7 WCHA) owns a 4-1-2 record in the DQ Cup standings, which includes St. Cloud State and Minnesota State in addition to Friday’s competitors.The Cup, which is in its third year of existence, will go to the Gophers for the second time ñ they also won it in 2005-2006 the inaugural season.And like that season, the Gophers clinched the Cup tonight (as well as at least seventh place in the WCHA) without sophomore forward Jay Barriball, who missed his third game in the last six with a recurring ankle injury.With Barriball out, Lucia switched up the lineup ñ putting senior forward Mike Howe up on the top-line with junior Blake Wheeler and senior Ben Gordon.last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Avian flu cleanup efforts, West Nile in Texas, farm antibiotic use

first_imgJul 30, 2012Indonesia targets live markets in disease-fighting effortIn a move to curb avian flu and other diseases, Indonesia’s health ministry is improving sanitation in live-bird markets, the Jakarta Post reported today. Under a cooperative venture between the country’s health ministry and trade ministry, the government has opened eight new live-bird markets with improved plumbing, sewer, and waste-treatment facilities at a cost of $105,000. Health official Wilfried H. Purba said, “Traditional markets play roles in the spreading of hygiene-related health problems, including bird flu.” In 2011, 10 traditional live-bird markets were selected for the European Union–funded “healthy market” program. The health ministry plans to increase the budget for the program by 50% for 2013. The archipelago nation houses thousands of live-bird markets, a large percentage of which are old, with unsanitary conditions, the story said.Jul 30 Jakarta Post storyTexas confirms 111 West Nile casesTexas has confirmed 111 West Nile virus (WNV) infections so far this year, compared with only 3 at this time last year and 49 as a 10-year average, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) reported late last week. Of the 111 cases, 71 (64%) are neuroinvasive, the agency said. In 2006 the state confirmed 171 cases by this time of year, a 10-year high. Of the state’s 2012 total, 82 cases are in Dallas County, according to the Dallas County Health and Human Services’s (DCHHS’s) latest West Nile Watch report. The DCHHS also reported the county’s third WNV death on Jul 27. It didn’t provide specifics on any of the fatal cases. In a news release the Texas DSHS urged people to take precautions to reduce the risk of infection from the mosquito-borne disease, including using insect repellent and avoiding going outside at dusk and dawn.Jul 27 Texas DSHS news releaseJul 27 DCHHS press releaseFDA seeks advice on how to get more data on animal antibiotic useAs part of its efforts to fight antimicrobial drug resistance, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking comments on how it can collect more, and more specific, data on sales of antimicrobial drugs used in animals. The request for comments is partially in response to new data collection requirements in the Animal Drug User Fee Amendments of 2008, the agency announced last week. Specifically, for drugs approved for use in more than one kind of animal, including food and nonfood animals, the FDA is seeking comments on how drug sponsors can provide sales and distribution information for each species. The agency also invited comments on how, using its existing authority, it can gather more information about the extent of antimicrobial use in food animals, to support the analysis of factors in the development and spread of resistance to the drugs. In addition, the FDA is seeking advice on the best ways to present annual summaries of its findings while protecting confidential business information as required by law. The agency said it believes that having more information about the use of medically important antimicrobial drugs in farm animals will support the FDA’s strategy for promoting “judicious use” of the drugs. The strategy, announced in April, calls for drug manufacturers to voluntarily change the marketing status of certain animal drugs to permit their use only under veterinary oversight.Jul 26 FDA statementJul 27 FDA Federal Register noticelast_img read more

Goodyear Names Chief Procurement Officer

first_imgLSI 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 AKRON, OH — The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has appointed Mark Purtilar as chief procurement officer, effective Sept. 17. He replaces Gary Miller, who is retiring after 40 years as a Goodyear associate. Purtilar, formerly a procurement executive for ArvinMeritor Automotive Inc., will oversee Goodyear’s global procurement strategy and be responsible for the company’s approximately $10 billion in annual purchases. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “An innovative and aggressive procurement plan is a key element of Goodyear’s growth strategy,” said Christopher Clark, senior vice president of global sourcing. “In Mark, we found an individual with a successful history of developing global procurement strategies to reduce costs, maximize efficiency and maintain quality. Moreover, he has done it in a very competitive marketplace.” Prior to his Goodyear appointment, Purtilar was vice president of global procurement for commercial vehicle systems for ArvinMeritor, a global supplier of automotive parts based in Troy, MI. Responsible for $3 billion annually in company purchases, he developed the company’s global supplier strategy, initiated a low-cost country strategy and routinely exceeded purchasing performance targets. Purtilar first joined ArvinMeritor in 1994 as manager of purchasing and inventory planning and held several other positions until being named vice president and general manager of the Americas Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket Distributions division in 2000. He left ArvinMeritor from 2002-2004 to serve as the chief executive officer of Auto Body Panels Inc. in Cincinnati, OH. He returned to ArvinMeritor in 2004 as the vice president of global procurement. Purtilar also worked for the Sara Lee Corp. from 1983-1994 as a manager in purchasing, production and capacity planning. “This is an exciting time to join Goodyear’s leadership team,” said Purtilar. “Through procurement strategies, we have the opportunity to significantly impact the company and benefit its customers and its shareholders.” Advertisement Purtilar received his bachelor’s degree and a master of business administration degree in international business from Northern Kentucky University.,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 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.  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.  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.last_img read more

BPU Approves Partnership To Bring Solar And Wind Renewable Energy To Los Alamos

first_imgAn example of what the wind farm will be in Eastern New Mexico will look like. Courtesy photoThe solar panels located on the former landfill site in Los Alamos. The solar field being constructed by Uniper is in Central New Mexico. Courtesy/DPUBy KIRSTEN LASKEYLos Alamos Daily Postkirsten@ladailypost.comThe Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has been negotiating a contract for renewable power that appears to be an all-around win.A Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Uniper Global Commodities for 15 megawatts of energy from wind and solar projects in New Mexico was unanimously passed Wednesday night during the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) meeting.The PPA offers numerous perks. First, the energy received would be firm; meaning that during periods of time when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing, Los Alamos County would still receive the energy. Uniper would purchase power from the market, which is assumed to be from nonrenewable sources, to account for the intermittent nature of renewables.“The bottom line is that the County would get 15 megawatts around the clock for a total of 131,400 megawatt hours annually.  Based on the wind and solar generation profiles, approximately 80 percent would be renewable and 20 percent from market purchases,” DPU Deputy Utilities Manager Steve Cummins said.From an operational perspective, Uniper assuming this responsibility saves DPU time and resources, he added.The advantage of a combined wind and solar contract is that they tend to complement each other, Cummins said, meaning when there is no sunshine there is often wind and when there is no wind there is often sunshine.Another plus is the price. The rate per megawatt hour would be $36.67, which would not change during the 15-year term of the PPA.Cummins said this would allow the DPU to save money; it is estimated during the 15-year term, there would be more than $11 million in savings when compared against today’s best forecast on market power prices.He explained that the PPA would replace a significant amount of power that is currently being purchased from the market. According to the BPU agenda documents, the $36.67 per megawatt hour rate also is less than the County’s blended cost of power in FY2019, which was $48.66 per megawatt hour. It also was reported in the agenda documents that the average price for market power purchases in FY2019, was $40.89 per megawatt hour.Cummins noted that while the DPU can expect a savings, staff does not anticipate that customer electric rates will be reduced. He said the power the County will receive from this project will only account for approximately 20 percent of the total demand. The County has contracts with other energy generating facilities such as the San Juan Power Plant and the Laramie River Station.Plus, DPU still needs to address its aging infrastructure. Cummins points out that what the PPA does is help DPU maintain competitive rates as it moves toward its carbon neutral goal and future replacement resources.The wind and solar fields will be in the state. Cummins said the solar field is expected to be constructed in Central New Mexico and the wind farm in Eastern New Mexico.Once the projects are finalized, and approved by the County, the generator name, identification number, location and type of resource will be included in the contract as an exhibit.Cummins said the County could start receiving energy from the solar and wind projects no later than the fall of 2021.Partnering with Uniper Global Commodities, which has 36 gigawatts of generation capacity worldwide, provides opportunities like this, Cummins said.Since Los Alamos County energy demands are relatively small compared to the large investor-owned utilities, it is difficult to get into these types of projects, Cummins said.Wind and solar developers are not interested in building smaller projects because they need to spread the cost of interconnecting to the transmission grid over more units of energy to get the economies of scale.“We’re trying to have just enough to meet our load,” he said.Uniper, on the other hand, is a global company with 11,000 employees in 40 countries. It is headquartered in Germany and has two offices in the U.S.Cummins said DPU staff learned about this project through its networking with different organizations such as the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS), the Western System Power Pool (WSPP) and others.Because the power industry is changing so quickly as it moves away from carbon-based fuels, Cummins emphasized the need for industry partners to work together.“We’re always working with our industry partners,” he said.Adding that opportunities like this PPA with Uniper, “really comes down to partnerships and timing.”last_img read more

Streamlight Increases International Sales Presence

first_imgEAGLEVILLE, Pa. – Streamlight Inc., a manufacturer of high-performance lighting equipment for automotive, safety, military, industrial and outdoor applications, has announced two newly created leadership positions, reflecting the growth of the company’s global business operations.     As the new director of international business development, Streamlight veteran Allen Lance will lead the company’s global operations, with responsibility for developing and executing market-focused strategies to enhance the company’s position worldwide.  Anthony “Tony” Iannozzi will serve as international sales director, working closely with Lance, and managing distribution, as well as overseeing independent sales agencies to generate product sales.   “Global demand for Streamlight’s products has prompted us to expand our international division and put in place leadership that can meet those demands,” said Streamlight President and CEO Ray Sharrah. “Allen’s success as the leader of Streamlight’s Fire and Rescue Division domestically and abroad, and Tony’s international sales experience make them each uniquely qualified to oversee all aspects of the company’s operations overseas.”   Lance joined Streamlight in 2001. He most recently was the director of sales for the company’s Fire and Rescue markets, where he led a team of managers and independent sales agencies to implement market-focused strategies to generate sales among municipal fire agencies.  Before joining Streamlight, Lance was the central regional sales manager for the Technical Products Division of Bacou-Dalloz, a worldwide manufacturer of personal protective equipment.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.   Iannozzi comes to Streamlight with 17 years of extensive international sales experience. He most recently was senior international regional business manager for the Dial Corp., a Henkel Company subsidiary, and also served as a regional manager for the company’s operations in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Latin America. Prior to joining Dial, he was a business manager for The Hershey Co.’s International Division. He holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s University and an MBA degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.     AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

‘The Tories have made terrible mistakes’: Vince Cable big interview

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Key court decisions of 2018: the year’s top 10 legal cases in property

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