Broadway performances suspended for the rest of the year

first_imgBecause of Covid-19, the industry is weighing how to implement “screening and testing, cleaning and sanitizing, wayfinding inside theaters, backstage protocols and much more.”Charlotte St. Martin, the League’s president, told the Times she was “cautiously optimistic” about protocols the industry was developing.“As long as they hold up, I do think that after the first of the year, a rolling rollout of shows reopening is possible,” she said.Broadway shows were halted on March 12, before the state shutdown was implemented on March 22.Of the 31 shows that were running, the Disney musical, “Frozen,” Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” and the Martin McDonagh play, “Hangmen,” have all said they will not return to the stage after Broadway reopens.The pandemic has frozen New York City’s travel industry, leading hotels and other tourism-dependent businesses to suffer. The loss of tourism alone could drain the city of $1.8 billion in tax revenue from hotels, according to a recent report. [NYT] — Sylvia Varnham O’Regan This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Broadway’s Imperial Theatre (Getty)For theatre lovers waiting to get tickets to Broadway’s most in-demand shows, the wait just got even longer.The Broadway League announced Monday that theatres will remain closed until at least the end of 2020, with some uncertainty over when shows will reopen. People who have tickets for performances up to January 3 will receive refunds, according to the New York Times.“Returning productions are currently projected to resume performances over a series of rolling dates in early 2021,” the League, a national trade association, said in a statement.The news comes after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week that gyms, malls and movie theaters would remain closed past the state’s fourth phase of reopening. New York City is currently in phase 2, which allows for outdoor dining and real estate services to resume.Read moreHere’s what won’t reopen in New York’s phase 4Hotel distress could strip NYC of $1.8B in tax revenuelast_img read more

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Battle for hearts and minds begins

first_imgEnlargement Commissioner Gunter Verheugen denies that the information strategy is designed to combat a wave of anti-enlargement tub-thumping by populists across the EU such as Austria’s Jorg Haider and his xenophobic Freedom Party.Verheugen insists the information campaign was a priority even before the far-right’s electoral success in Austria. But concern about the negative impact of taking in up to 13 new countries with a combined population of around 170 million and where the average income is less than half current Union levels is not confined to the Union’s right-wing parties.Even Germany and Austria’s centre-left Social Democrats want protective measures to stem the potential flow of workers from countries bordering the EU after enlargement. Given Germany’s own experience as it struggled to absorb former east German citizens, winning the political argument in favour of enlargement will be a tough task. Success will depend as much as on what sort of concrete safeguards the Union can provide to those living in border areas, who will be most affected by expansion, as to the warm words used in the information campaign.To ensure the positive message about expansion gets across, the Commission is planning the biggest media campaign since its 200-million euro publicity drive for the single currency. But the money will be shared between the 15 current EU member states and the 13 applicant countries. Spreading the cash over seven years means there will only be an average of 4 euro a year per person to spend. As a result, a small country such as Latvia with a population of 2.5 million will get under 100,000 euro annually, while Poland will receive 1.5 million euro.The Commission has already indicated that the funds will be targeted at key countries and groups in society to achieve maximum impact for the money available. It intends to focus the campaign on key opinion formers such as business executives, parliamentarians, trade unionists and educationalists, although special attention will have to be paid to those with the most to lose from enlargement like people in border regions, farmers and workers in industries being restructured.The Commission’s strategy involves taking a strongly decentralised approach to the campaign, allowing each country to decide which aspects of the enlargement debate it wants to emphasise to ensure that it tackles the most pressing issues in each particular situation. This is particularly important given that the campaign will not only be aimed at overcoming suspicions in existing EU member states about the effects of enlargement. Levels of support for joining the Union in the applicant countries themselves are a more sensitive issue and, in some countries, the majority is favour of membership is perilously slim.While in existing EU member states, the decision to take in a new country has to be approved by national parliaments, most of the candidate countries have committed themselves to holding a referendum on entering the Union. As close votes in the EU have shown, the views of groups with the most to fear from joining the Union could be crucial in deciding the result.last_img read more

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Healthy Bartnik looks to contribute to young team

first_imgHealthy Bartnik looks to contribute to young teamAaron Bartnik finished first in his college debut, the 2013 Fall Finale. Aidan ColemanSeptember 11, 2014Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintFor most high school runners, making it to cross country state competition is a feat they’ll never achieve.Then there’s Gophers junior Aaron Bartnik.Not only did Bartnik make the state tournament three times, but he won it his junior year and placed third his senior year.Bartnik may have had a lot of success running for Eden Prairie High School, but he doesn’t dwell on those accomplishments.He had success in high school, but his collegiate path didn’t begin quite as smoothly.Bartnik, who won the 2013 Fall Finale in his first college race, has dealt with several different stress fractures that have delayed his career.He redshirted in 2011 and had to sit out the entire 2012 season due to injury. These setbacks forced him to change his running tactics in an attempt to make himself less susceptible to injuries.“I’m still developing as an athlete. … I had to go through stride training,” Bartnik said. “That has kept me healthy ever since. My mechanics allow me to stay healthy as a runner, which I’m really excited for.”Bartnik is a crucial piece for the Gophers this year, after the team graduated some very prominent runners from last season. Bartnik has shown that he can be a big contributor when he’s healthy, senior Blayne Dulian said.“He’s a hard worker,” Dulian said. “He’s doing what he’s supposed to be doing every day.”Dulian said he has high praise for Bartnik, especially as a locker room figure.“He’s a good overall locker room presence,” Dulian said. “He keeps people in the right direction.”Head coach Steve Plasencia said he expected Bartnik to take on a leadership position on the team.Bartnik, who has never competed in the Big Ten championship, said winning the Big Ten is his goal for this season.“I’m most excited for the Big Ten cross country meet,” Bartnik said. “I’ve never [gotten] to compete in [the Big Ten meet] before.”Though there might be extra pressure on Bartnik — now more than ever before in his collegiate career — he doesn’t seem to be letting the nerves get the best of him this season.“I’m a lot more confident with myself as a runner,” Bartnik said. “I’m a lot more efficient in my stride.”last_img read more

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Yager, Powers announce $315,000 grant for ambulance purchase

first_img(NASHVILLE)- State Sen.Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and Rep. Dennis Powers (R-Jacksboro) have announced Campbell County will receive $315,000 through a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).   Yager and Powers made the announcement after receiving the information from the Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD). The grant will be used to purchase two ambulances to serve Campbell County.“Having access to ambulance services can be a matter of life or death,” said  Yager, who strongly supported the grant application.  “I am pleased this grant will support emergency response efforts.  Both grants reflect a greater investment in the infrastructure of our community, making it a safer place to live and work. Congratulations to the local officials who submitted an outstanding application.”“The safety and security of our communities is a top priority for myself and our local elected officials,” said Powers. “With this much-deserved funding, Campbell County will be able to provide more resources for our EMS responders so they can continue to keep our citizens safe. Congratulations to our local leaders for securing this grant funding, and I will continue to provide assistance as needed.”The funds were allocated under a procedure authorized by the Tennessee General Assembly.  ECD administers the grant program based on priorities set at the local level where community needs are best known. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/14/2019 6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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