Orchestra not the scapegoat for ballet

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Re Dec. 29 letter, “SPAC must support New York City Ballet,” by Sheila Parkert: Since I only attend the ballet once a year, and mainly because the admission comes with the season pass, I admit the announcement didn’t affect me greatly. But I empathized with the concern over something that affects the core group of ballet fans greatly. The NYCB has a passionate following, is an important part of the Saratoga experience and should be retained.Parkert lost me when out of the blue she decided to throw the Philadelphia Orchestra’s residency under the bus, declaring that they have never been threatened with a reduction in their dates. That’s not true, as both classical parts of the SPAC season have been under siege since the Herb Chesborough days. Why a seemingly passionate fan of the arts would think that a reduction in the orchestra’s schedule would translate to a restoration of the ballet residency is kidding herself. Those days of the classics dominating SPAC are long gone. If the orchestra was reduced, those dates would go to Live Nation concerts.The ballet fans were warned in a way when first the NYCB was threatened with outright elimination a couple decades ago, and then with cutting a week out a few years back. That should have caused the ballet fans to rally and attend the subsequently restored performances in greater numbers. But in reality, after a short boost in attendance, things went back to what they were. Those two weeks, consisting of 14 separate performance dates, have contained individual pieces done three or four times each. The repetition keeps patrons from attending more frequently. That is unlike the Philadelphia Orchestra where the 12 dates over three weeks contain different concerts of a wide variety that encourage attending frequently. And many of those dates contain programs like playing along with movies, circuses and Bernadette Peters that fall more under an umbrella of popular fare.I wish ballet fans well in their struggle, but I think that them trying to boost the attendance in the ballet week would be a more effective weapon than offering up the orchestra as the fall guy. Simply wishing for a return to the days of Balanchine and Ormandy and thinking because they were the reason the place was built everything should stay as it was is foolhardy, because that era will never come back.Jim EcclesSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

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PREMIUMPDI-P warns against ‘hasty deliberation’ of omnibus bill on job creation

first_imgFearing that several divisive articles in the omnibus bill on job creation may have triggered conflicting views among members of the government coalition, the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has urged lawmakers not to rush in their deliberations, citing the objections of several labor unions.Of the six political parties in the government coalition, the PDI-P has been the only one to suggest that the House of Representatives carefully review the bill, with PDI-P executive and House Speaker Puan Maharani saying that “a hasty deliberation may disadvantage the people”.The Golkar Party, meanwhile, is actively seeking support from other political factions at the House to deliberate the bill quickly. The government-initiated bill is one of the flagship programs of Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto, who is also Golkar Party chairman…. LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here omnibus omnibus-bill-on-job-creation Jokowi PDI-P puan-maharani Airlangga-Hartarto 2024 2024-presidential-election House Linkedin Log in with your social account Facebook Topics : Google Forgot Password ?last_img read more

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EU to restrict exports to Hong Kong over security law

first_imgBut following a proposal by France and Germany, the 27 member states on Tuesday agreed to limit exports to Hong Kong of technology that could be used for “internal repression, the interception of internal communications or cyber-surveillance”.”The EU considers the national security legislation for Hong Kong… to be a matter of grave concern,” said a statement from the EU council, where all member states’ leaders have a seat.”The EU is particularly concerned about the extensive erosion of rights and freedoms that were supposed to remain protected until at least 2047.”Along with the export restriction, the EU will also bring in measures to support the population of the former British colony, granting visas, scholarships and academic exchanges to make it easier for them to travel to Europe, diplomats said.  The European Union on Tuesday agreed to limit exports to Hong Kong of equipment that could be used for surveillance and repression after Beijing imposed a controversial new security law. The bloc voiced “grave concern” over the new law, saying it would severely erode freedoms in Hong Kong that were supposed to be protected under the terms of its handover from Britain to China.The EU has struggled to agree a united response to China. Member states deeply divided over whether to stand up to Beijing — a hugely important trading partner — or to try to cooperate with it. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that with the new security law in place, “It makes sense to treat Hong Kong no differently from mainland China” when it comes to the export of equipment that can be used for repression.Beijing on Tuesday announced the suspension of extradition treaties with Canada, Australia and Britain, following similar moves by those countries over the new law.Hong Kong’s former colonial ruler Britain suspended its extradition treaty last week saying the security law had “significantly changed key assumptions” including a provision to try certain cases in mainland China.Beijing insists the security law is needed to restore stability in the financial hub after prolonged political unrest.Topics :last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Gives Budget Briefing on Structural Deficit

first_img October 05, 2015 Government That Works,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – This morning, Governor Wolf gave a budget briefing on the structural deficit in Harrisburg. If we are not able to balance our budget without gimmicks, there will be further damaging cuts to basic and higher education, continued underfunding of human service needs and an expansion of waiting lists for services, increased property taxes, and additional credit downgrades leading to higher borrowing costs.To view video of the briefing, click here.To view a copy of the PowerPoint presentation, click here.# # # Governor Wolf Gives Budget Briefing on Structural Deficitcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img

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New figures reveal house prices are on the rise in this suburb

first_imgMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by 93 Gordon St, Gordon Park. Picture: realestate.com.auAll four bedrooms in the home are on the one level. The Queenslander has been renovated and is on a 600sq m block of land.There are open plan living and dining areas with polished timber floors and a rear deck.The kitchen has stone benchtops, Miele appliances, and a double sink. 93 Gordon St, Gordon Park, Picture: realestate.com.auNEW figures reveal prices are on the rise in Gordon Park with the median house price up by 4.5 per cent in the past year.According to CoreLogic data the suburb has been a solid performer in the past three years with the median house price increasing by 15.5 per cent during that period.There are only 12 houses listed for sale in the in-demand suburb on realestate.com.au.These include a house at 93 Gordon St, Gordon Park which is to be auctioned at 9am on November 11. 93 Gordon St, Gordon Park. Picture: realestate.com.auThere is a meals area/study nook off the kitchen which is next to the living an dining area. The property also has a swimming pool.The main bedroom has a parent’s retreat and an ensuite. It is listed through Ian Cuneo of Ray White Ascot.center_img 93 Gordon St, Gordon Park. Picture: realestate.com.auMr Cuneo said it was a house that had a lot of future potential.It had been fully renovated, rewired and restumped and lifted to legal height, so that meant a buyer could potentially build in underneath.last_img read more

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TechnipFMC posts smaller third quarter profit

first_imgOil and gas services company TechnipFMC has recorded a smaller profit and revenues for the third quarter 2017 compared to the prior-year period but the company is optimistic about the recovery in the subsea market. TechnipFMC’s net income for the third quarter 2017 was $121 million, a 63% decrease when compared to net income of $327 million in the third quarter 2016, according to its financial report on Wednesday.The merger between between Technip and FMC Technologies was completed in January 2017 and it is worth mentioning that all prior year quarter comparisons are to pro forma results for 2016 as if the merger had been completed on January 1, 2016.Total company revenue of $4.1 billion was down 17.8 percent from the same quarter in the prior year and revenues of $5.03 billion.Looking at the company’s business segments, the Subsea segment brought $1.5 billion in revenues, Onshore/Offshore brought $2.3 billion, and Surface Technologies segment contributed $354 million.Subsea revenues were down 37 percent from the prior year, primarily due to a reduction in project activity within Europe and Africa.Onshore/Offshore revenues declined 3.8 percent from the prior-year quarter due to the completion of several projects since the prior-year period, partially offset by increased activity in the Middle East region.Surface Technologies revenues increased 19.9 percent from the prior year quarter as a result of the robust increase in North American well completion activity, while international markets remained stable across our products and services portfolio.Doug Pferdehirt, CEO of TechnipFMC, stated: “Total inbound orders for the quarter were $2.5 billion, with Subsea at nearly $1 billion – reinforcing our conviction in the steady recovery of the subsea market. We believe that most major subsea projects can move forward at today’s oil prices, with delays in project sanctioning more a function of near-term price uncertainty than project returns.”Pferdehirt also expects the company’s 2018 Subsea inbound to exceed 2017 levels, driven by the current momentum in project bid activity and an acceleration of integrated project awards.Pferdehirt concluded, “As we look to 2018, we are managing revenue declines against the strategic investments needed to sustain our operational capabilities through the recovery. We see significant opportunities ahead, and these will be driven by internal initiatives as well as market fundamentals.”Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

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France to pass gay marriage, adoption law

first_imgReuters 29 June 2012France’s new Socialist government is to legalize marriage and adoption for same-sex couples, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Friday, reflecting a shift in public attitudes in the majority Catholic nation. President Francois Hollande, who took office last month, had pledged to legalize gay marriage and adoption during his election campaign but had given no time frame. Since Hollande’s Socialists won an absolute majority in parliamentary elections two weeks ago, the conservative UMP party, which had opposed the measure under former president Nicolas Sarkozy, can do little to stop it. “The government has made it an objective for the next few months to work on implementing its campaign commitments on the fight against discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity,” Ayrault’s office said in a statement.…A gay marriage law would boost Hollande’s credentials as an agent of social change in the tradition of late Socialist president Francois Mitterrand, who appointed France’s first female prime minister and scrapped the death penalty. Hollande fathered four children out of wedlock with his former partner, fellow Socialist Segolene Royal. A debate on gay rights might also draw some attention away from the economic woes weighing on his popularity.http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/29/us-france-homosexual-idUSBRE85S1DC20120629last_img read more

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Marcus Morris on current state of the Celtics: ‘It’s not fun’

first_img Celtics booed off home court after blowing 28-point lead in loss to Clippers “It’s not really about the loss,” Morris said. “It’s about the attitudes that we’re playing with.”The Celtics have lost their last two games and are fifth in the Eastern Conference. While Boston is still considered to be a championship contender, Morris spoke out about his problems with the franchise. Related News Boston’s faithful booed the Celtics off the court at the conclusion of the contest, signaling they weren’t pleased with the team’s effort. “Even though we’re winning, it’s still not fun,” Morris continued. “I watch all these other teams around the league and guys are up on the bench and jumping on the court. They’re doing all the stuff that looks like they’re enjoying their teammates.”Star point guard Kyrie Irving went down with a knee injury against Los Angeles. Rumors have swarmed concerning his long-term commitment to the franchise. center_img Marcus Morris isn’t enjoying playing in Boston right now.The Celtics forward is averaging career highs in points (14.6) and rebounds (6) in 2018-19. But he told the media “it’s not fun” after the Celtics blew a 28-point lead in a loss against the Clippers. Kyrie Irving ruled out for Saturday’s game with right knee sprainlast_img read more

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ISU research working on home coronavirus test

first_imgAMES — An Iowa State University researcher is working on a test you can take at home to find out if you have COVID-19.Robbyn Anand and the researchers won a 55-thousand dollar grant from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement to work on the test.  “One of the things that was very clear is that inexpensive at-home tests are needed for COVID-19 detection,” Anand says. “So that gave me the idea that we could use an existing technology that has been developed by our lab and modify that so it is capable of detecting COVID-19.”Anand is an assistant chemistry professor and says the test would indicate the presence of a protein linked to the virus. “Decided to design the test around detecting this protein in urine, but then on the advice of the panel that reviewed our proposal — we are also pursuing the detection in saliva,” she says.They are hoping to have the test ready by this fall when kids would be going back to school. The test would be similar to a home pregnancy test where a strip would turn a color to indicate you have the virus.  She says the difference is they use an electric field within a paper strip to accumulate that protein over time. “So, the test would take a little longer — closer to 10 to 20 minutes– we are optimizing the time now. And that allows time for us to accumulate what we are looking for over the test line. And that increases the sensitivity to what is needed for viral detection,” according to Anand.Anand says working with infectious material can raise many issues — but they are able to do the research without that risk. “The good thing is we are able to access this protein in a form of it that is know to not be infectious — so that we can do our tests by adding that to urine samples and saliva samples. At the very earliest stages we worked with artificial biofluids,” Anand says.She says the test would be used to let you know if you need to see a doctor. “We are aiming for accuracy that’s competitive with the existing swabbed-based tests,” Anand says.She says if you take the test and find it positive then you could know to take precautions to avoid spreading the virus and then make an appointment with a doctor. She says they want to find a company that can mass-produce the test and keep the cost affordable. “Because of the similarity to a pregnancy test — which runs about five dollars — I do think the components would be somewhat more expensive because of the power requirement and some added materials we have to put into the test,” Anand says. “But I still think that it would be somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 dollars. That’s our goal.”Anand says they also need someone who can produce millions of tests.last_img read more

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Hollas Named to CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team

first_imgNACOGDOCHES, Texas – In a release issued Thursday afternoon by the College Sports Information Director of America (CoSIDA), Stephen F. Austin sophomore Ann Hollas was selected as a CoSIDA Academic All-District® First Team member for her efforts both in the classroom and on the court. The only Southland Conference volleyball player to earn CoSIDA Academic All-District acclaim in 2017, Hollas is the owner of a perfect 4.0 GPA in biology while overseeing one of the nation’s most efficient offenses on the volleyball court. As a First-Team Academic All-District honoree, Hollas advances to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be announced in December.Coming into the 2017 campaign as the reigning Southland Conference Freshman of the Year, Hollas maintained her post as the squad’s primary setter and has since helped the Ladyjacks add another memorable chapter to the program’s storied history. So far in 2017, Hollas has dished out 885 assists – good for a per-set average of 7.76 which is the 10th-highest in the Southland Conference – while directing a Ladyjack attack that operates at a collective .261 hitting percentage. Not only is that hitting percentage the best in the Southland Conference, it’s also the 29th-best among all NCAA Division I volleyball squads.SFA’s top threat from the service line, Hollas has racked up 39 aces from there so far in 2017. That total is good for the fourth-best in the Southland Conference while her 0.34 aces per set average is the sixth-highest in the 13-team league. Also contributing in a big way to the Ladyjacks’ efforts on defense, Hollas leads the team with 12 double-doubles. Her digs per set average of 2.36 make her one of five SFA regulars who are averaging two or more digs per set. Because of that defense, the Ladyjacks have held opponent to a hitting percentage of just .164 throughout 2017 – the second-best figure in the Southland and the 30th-best nationally. With the aid of Hollas’ SFA has rolled up a 26-6 overall record so far in 2017 which included an 11-match winning streak as part of an 11-1 start to the campaign. That run represented the best start to a season in the history of the program and helped propel the squad to a 14-2 record in Southland Conference action. Hollas and the rest of the Ladyjacks are in the midst of preparing for the 2017 Southland Conference Tournament in Corpus Christi, Texas. By virtue of claiming the 2017 Southland Conference regular season title – the ninth in the history of the program – SFA earned the top seed for the league’s postseason tournament.The Ladyjacks begin their quest for an automatic NCAA Tournament berth at 11:00 a.m. Friday inside the Dugan WellnessCenter on the campus of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi when they take on eighth-seeded Abilene Christian in the first of four quarterfinal matches scheduled that day.Photo courtesy of Hardy Meredithlast_img read more

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