October 25, 2019 /Sports News – National MLB umpire apologizes for threatening tweet over Trump impeachment inquiry Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailcmannphoto/iStock(NEW YORK) — A Major League Baseball umpire apologized for threatening to buy an AR-15 if President Trump is impeached.Rob Drake said in a statement to ESPN on Thursday he especially wanted to apologize “to every person who has been affected by gun violence in our country… I never intended to diminish the threat of violence from assault weapons, or violence of any kind.”Drake tweeted Tuesday he “will be buying an AR-15 tomorrow, because if you impeach MY PRESIDENT this way, YOU WILL HAVE ANOTHER CIVAL (sic) WAR!!! #MAGA2020.”In his apology, he said he was “going to learn from this.”The tweet and the ump’s Twitter account have since been deleted.The MLB said they were looking into the incident, while the umpire’s association appeared to stand by Drake.“Rob is a passionate individual and an outstanding umpire. He chose the wrong way to convey his opinion about our great country. His posting does not represent the view of the MLBUA or reflect those of the umpires we represent,” the statement by the umpire’s association statement read. “The MLBUA supports all of the umpires who ensure fair play in the greatest game on earth. We are a group of individuals with diverse opinions and beliefs, united in our desire to continue our excellence officiating MLB games.”Drake has been with the Major Leagues since 2010, according to his umpire profile.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by
The government has announced this morning that 100 councils across England are to share in a £4 million fund to crack down on rogue letting agents and landlords.This new funding will be used by the ‘hotspot’ councils to take enforcement action against rogue elements within the lettings industry and will include installing ‘snooping’ devices in rented accommodation that councils suspect are being run poorly.These will monitor heat and damp levels and are being trialled in the London Borough of Greenwich.But the cash will also be used to finance a wide range of projects including training more enforcement officers, setting up specialist ‘operations units’ and bolstering care services for the most vulnerable tenants.“This government will deliver a better deal for renters,” says Secretary of State for Housing Robert Jenrick (pictured, above).“It’s completely unacceptable that a minority of unscrupulous landlords continue to break the law and provide homes which fall short of the standards we rightly expect – making lives difficult for hard-working tenants who just want to get on with their lives.“Everyone deserves to live in a home that is safe and secure and the funding announced today will strengthen councils’ powers to crack down on poor landlords and drive up standards in the private rented sector for renters across the country.”Industry responseThe Guild’s in-house Compliance Officer, Paul Offley, says: “We fully support this initiative as it will ensure that rogue landlords and letting agents are punished for breaking the law and it will also ensure that more tenants are treated fairly.“With the funding providing councils with a means to crack down on illegal activity in the lettings market, tenants will have more protection and the standards of the rental sector will be raised.“An environment where exploitative landlords are stamped out will enable good landlords and letting agents to thrive. The Guild has a very strict Code of Conduct to ensure its Members provide a full regulatory service to both landlords and tenants.”Robert Jenrick rogue landlords rogue letting agents January 3, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 3rd January 2020 at 6:21 pm£40,000 per council, what exactly would that fund? A member of staff and a car, for 12-months. Lets say there are 20,000 rented properties per county council area, and some will be council owned and may themselves fall short of the ‘standard required’ so best to include them.If a person could visit 5 a day, that is 35 a week x 48 weeks = 1,680 properties that can be inspected in a year, of course no time to do the paperwork or follow up on anything.So, I think maybe 4M is not going to help the situation greatly, but maybe a small step in the right direction, sometimes it worries me who dreams up the funding for these initiatives, surely 20M would be getting closer to the figure required.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Minister reveals £4m fighting fund to tackle rogue agents and landlords previous nextRegulation & LawMinister reveals £4m fighting fund to tackle rogue agents and landlordsNew cash will include trial scheme to install snooping devices in homes where landlords or agents are suspected of managing the property poorly.Nigel Lewis3rd January 20201 Comment1,237 Views
IndianaLocalNews Facebook Facebook Pinterest Twitter South Bend man on probation faces new sexual misconduct charges Google+ By Jon Zimney – March 23, 2021 0 386 Previous articleBoy, 14, faces murder and child molestation charges connected to death of New Carlisle girlNext articleElkhart man accused of offering meth to hotel maid, is arrested Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. WhatsApp Twitter (“Jail cells at the Southborough Police Station” by my_southborough, CC BY-ND 2.0) A South Bend man faces sexual misconduct charges after police posed as an underage girl and convinced him to bring them a pregnancy test.Police arrested Otis Cassell, 20, after borrowing the Snapchat account of a girl under age 18 who he had a relationship with, telling him she was pregnant and getting him to agree to meet. This, after the victim’s father contacted the sheriff’s office after learning his daughter invited Cassell to their home, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at The Elkhart Truth.The father turned to the internet to find information about Cassell and learned he had a previous child molestation charge.The Elkhart Truth reports at the time of his arrest, Cassell was out on bond for that charge in St. Joseph County. He was booked in the Elkhart County Jail on $200,000 bond on five counts of sexual misconduct with a minor. Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp
Ladies and gentlemen, it is a pleasure to be here.The last time I spoke to the BritishAmerican Business group was actually back in 2013. It was in Reading, you were on a roadshow and I was thinking what did we talk about because that was before Brexit.But I did look through the agenda and the agenda was trade – all about trade between the UK and the US. And TTIP. So it was current then and it is current now.Anyway, I probably shouldn’t digress from my speech so let me deliver the speech and then I am very happy to take questions on Brexit or anything else you would like.So let me start by saying there are 3.4 million more people in work today than in 2010, and around three quarters of all the jobs created over the last 8 years have been full-time, permanent roles and in what we refer to as higher level occupations which ultimately attract higher wages.All the increase in employment in the last year has been driven by full-time and permanent jobs. And I think from my perspective I want to thank all of you here because you are very much the people who have made this happen – so a huge thank you from me and the rest of the government.Actually people have been benefiting across every region of the country.Employment growth has been strongest in regions where it has historically been low. And this point was reinforced in the Resolution Foundation’s report which I helped launch last month as it set out how record employment has changed the United Kingdom.Across society, all groups are benefitting as well.In fact, it is those who previously found it harder to find jobs who are benefitting most from the jobs growth we have seen over the last 8 years.More women are in work than ever before; the ethnic minority employment rate is at a record high; youth unemployment has almost halved since 2010; a million more people with disabilities have entered the jobs market since 2013; and there are more than 10 million people over the age of 50 still in work.Now I’m not going to ask how many of you are over 50 – you all look very young to me. But I have just got over 50 so I am now an older worker, as we class it.And this is the group that we are going to be looking at today.As we live longer, healthier lives many people are extending their working life.But it may surprise many to know that, despite our increased longevity, men are actually leaving the labour market at an earlier age than in 1950, with women leaving at the same age.Whilst there are those who have planned and saved to retire early, there are lots of people exiting the labour market before they would really want to.Analysis of the British Social Attitudes survey which looked at working later in life showed that just 39% of those who had already retired did so because they wanted to.So that means 61% of people who retired did so not wanting to but wanting to work longer, or indeed because they had health conditions or were unable to work. And that’s quite a powerful statistic in my view.And while employers have long been making arrangements to enable parents to look after their children – which of course is a very good thing – there is also an increasing need to support their older workers who are caring for parents or partners. And I will return to this theme.It is widely accepted of course that boosting the number of older workers in employment has benefits.I want to focus on 3 in particular.The first are the rewards for an individual who enjoys a fuller working life; second is the boost for employers; and third is the benefit to the national economy.So firstly, I do think we are too quick to forget the impact that the routine and social nature of work has on our individual health and wellbeing. For most people, being in what they consider to be good work can be good for their health, both physical and mental.Secondly, at an employer level, I know from my conversations with businesses that you yourselves recognise the value of keeping hold of your talent or bringing their experience into your workforce.And not only that: we are all familiar with the productivity challenge we face in this country. Armed with more experience, the efficiency of older workers could be part of that solution.And thirdly at the national level, according to PwC analysis, if the UK could reach the employment rate for 55 to 64 year olds that Sweden currently enjoys, it would boost our GDP by £80 billion. This of course would mean boosting our employment rate for this co-hort to around 76%. This will take effort from all us – but we have made progress. Since 1984 we’ve lifted the employment rate for 55 to 59 year olds from around 60% to just over 74%.And it is with those 3 benefits in mind that I am convinced that improving employment rates for older workers is a collaborative process – requiring business, government and individual action.Around 2 years ago we launched our Fuller Working Lives strategy which was written by business, for businesses.It made recommendations about how businesses can retain, retrain and recruit older workers – with a strong business case alongside each.I won’t repeat the detail of it – you will have read that – but we have made progress since we set out that plan.As part of the recommendations there were a number of ideas around engaging with workers to support them on changing their working pattern and reshaping the end of their careers.Since then, much work has gone into what we are calling mid-life MOTs – a moment to take stock of your career and your finances, and to plan for the future with support from your employer.Last summer a number of organisations including Aviva, L&G and the Pensions Advisory Service ran pilots with their employees.And as we advocate for mid-life MOTs amongst business it is important that we in government set the pace on this.So last year my department ran our own pilots with just under 300 staff. It was voluntary and involved a personal review with their line manager and the opportunity to sit down with the Civil Service pension team.The initial feedback that we have got is that people found it a really useful exercise. What we are evaluating now is what impact those conversations have had on changing behaviour.And as the results of all the pilots are shared, ours as well as the private sector pilots, we will start to see how the midlife MOT can be used to ignite a cultural shift in how people plan for their later career.We now also have the Flexible Working Taskforce, and there may well be people here who are represented on that, which includes a range of government departments and business stakeholders.The theme of flexible working is also something that comes through in the government’s Good Work plan. I have to say that often flexible working is seen as a response to working parents, which I’ve said is a very good thing.But flexible working must also be seen through the prism of older workers.They are group who so often carry a range of responsibilities – caring for grandchildren, parents or indeed for their partners.They are often woefully undervalued in these roles, and their needs have not been voiced loudly enough in the debate about flexible working.Bringing their cause to the fore is something that we can make sure is achieved through this taskforce.While action has been taken and progress is happening, older workers are continuing to take on employment, there is more to do.And there are 2 areas in particular that I am looking at to boost the employment rates for older works. The first do with our jobcentres.Almost all are already paired with the National Careers Service and our Older Worker Champions are working actively on behalf of the older jobseekers we support.But on a recent visit to the jobcentre in Birkenhead I met a jobseeker in his fifties and a jobseeker in her twenties – and they sparked an interesting thought.While the older jobseeker had navigated the working world – with all its workplace politics – the way that employers recruit today was very new to him.Conversely, the younger jobseeker was far more comfortable with rigorous recruitment processes, detailed application forms and online testing, but actually welcome real-life insight into how to get-on once she had the she job wanted.At the moment, our jobcentres often working with jobseekers in clusters – young people, ethnic minority jobseekers, older workers and so on.To me it makes sense that in many ways to bring people with a shared experience together – building up their confidence and addressing specific barriers.But if we take down the divides between these groups, rather than just supporting each through shared experience they can help one another by sharing their different experiences.Just as employers value older workers as mentors, jobcentres should too – with the added benefit that the mentoring can be mutual.And of course it’s interesting in the context of the discussion we have just had about reverse mentoring – this is something that is as applicable in jobcentres as it is in the workplace more widely.The second area I am looking at is enrolment in our Work Experience Programme and Sector Based Work Academies.Currently, over fifties are in the minority of the people who start these programmes making up around just 10% of those who have taken up the opportunities since we launched these initiatives in 2011.But for those who have been out of work for a while or who are looking to change their job as they grow older, these are the bridges to the work that they are looking for.There needs to be a cultural shift in the opportunities we think older workers are open to. For example, apprentices are often thought of as fresh-faced, inexperienced workers.But increasingly employers are successfully opening up their schemes to older applicants, in some cases specifically targeting older workers.Jobcentres should be doing just the same with the opportunities they have on offer.So I have my to-do list on improving the employment prospects for older workers – I hope as you leave this conference later on today you will have your own.But before I conclude, I want to make the point that whilst the interventions I’ve talked about today focus on the over fifties, we must also get on the front foot with the young generation of workers coming in.There needs to be a resetting of the dial when it comes to how people plan their careers.A job for life is no longer a certainty – nor is it what many people want today.That does not need to be alarming – there is a sense of freedom in that.But to make the most of it, people setting out in their working life must be prepared to adapt.Adapt to how their job needs will change as their personal circumstances change over time.And, particularly for the new generations, how they adapt as the world of work changes as technology is replacing as well as creating jobs.People coming into the workplace now have a different attitude to their parents.They are starting to understand that lifelong learning is more crucial than ever. And that one’s legacy can be in 2 or 3 careers, not just in one.And I will repeat myself here. This doesn’t need to be alarming.Much has been said about concerns for the future of work – particularly in the face of automation.But each industrial revolution has created more jobs than there were before.So I am confident that we will continue to see a strong labour market. Bringing more people into the workplace – for our collective and individual benefit.
Limitations in the Commission’s powers at the time meant it was not able to disqualify trustees B and C because their trusteeships had lapsed by this point. The Commission successfully fought for new powers to address this, which were granted under the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016, putting the Commission in a stronger position to disrupt and stop the abuse and mismanagement of charities.The Commission worked closely with the interim manager and newly appointed trustees to ensure that the recovered and remaining funds could be put to good use. The new trustees selected Nottingham Miners Welfare Trust Scheme (NMWTFS) as their preferred recipient charity. Following due diligence checks by the inquiry £1,142,573 was transferred to NMWTFS to support people connected with the Nottinghamshire area coal field, including vulnerable beneficiaries.NMH was wound up and removed from the register of charities in January 2017. A full report of the inquiry is available on GOV.UK.Ends.Notes to Editors The inquiry highlights risks that can arise from charities being closely linked to a non-charitable organisation. No charity should ever use or be used by non-charitable organisations to pursue uncharitable interests. Newly published guidance from the Commission helps equip trustees to manage these types of risks. The guidance is available on GOV.UK *As the term of Trustee B’s trusteeship had lapsed under the provisions of the charity’s governing document, it was not necessary for the inquiry to take action to remove him. Email [email protected] Press office Press mobile – out of hours only 07785 748787 Trustees that benefitted from the use of charity funds for private building works were guilty of serious misconduct and mismanagement in the running of the charity, a Charity Commission inquiry has found. A trustee is now disqualified and was ordered to repay funds, resulting in over £200,000 being recovered.The regulator opened a statutory inquiry into Nottinghamshire Miners Home in August 2007 after the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) raised concerns that the charity’s trading subsidiary, Phoenix Nursing and Residential Home Ltd (PNRHL), may be being misused for the private benefit of trustees A and B and their families. This also brought up wider concerns about Trustees A, B and C’s management and oversight of the charity.The inquiry liaised closely with the SFO and South Yorkshire Police. Commission investigators used powers to obtain information from the banks of NMH, PNRHL, the trustees and the charity’s accountant, which revealed that trustees A and B benefitted from £150,000 of charitable funds, through fraudulent invoicing, which were spent on building works carried out at private properties connected to the two trustees.The Commission provided witness statements to support the prosecution, and gave evidence at the hearing in 2012, which resulted in trustee A being convicted of 14 counts of theft and automatically disqualified from trusteeship. Trustee B was found not guilty, however the Commission maintained that they were responsible for misconduct and/or mismanagement.*A claim was made under the Proceeds of Crime Act, and Trustee A was ordered to pay over £200,000 compensation to the charity, including over £50,000 in interest.Protective actionAt the time of opening the inquiry, the charity had informed the Commission that it intended to sell a care home in Lincolnshire which it leased to PNRHL, claiming that it was failing as a result of the decline of the mining industry. Concerned that c. £1.5 million in sale proceeds could be at risk, the inquiry placed legal restrictions on the charity’s bank accounts, those of its trading subsidiary and on the charity’s solicitor. Both trustees A and B were suspended from their roles, and the Commission appointed an interim manager to take over the management of the charity in 2008.Serious misconduct and mismanagementFollowing interviews and further examination of evidence, the inquiry concluded that all three trustees failed to adequately discharge their legal duties as trustees. They also failed in their responsibility to review the performance of the trading subsidiary in administering the care home.Trustee A and B’s use of charitable funds for private building works and unauthorised personal benefit clearly amounted to serious misconduct and mismanagement in the administration of the charity.Harvey Grenville, Head of Investigation and Enforcement at the Charity Commission said: This case involved an appalling and cynical misuse of funds intended for deserving people. Through the diversion of money for personal comfort, vital resources were taken from those they were there to help. Charities exist to improve lives and strengthen society, but the actions of these individuals meant that a community was badly let down. Our intervention provided vital support to prosecutors, ensured that those responsible faced the consequences of their actions and enabled the sizeable recovery of charity funds. This should send a strong signal that this type of abuse will not be tolerated. This inquiry protected important charitable assets and ensured that funds could be put to good use for mining communities in Nottinghamshire.
As we come up on yet another three-night Phish extravaganza at Dick’s Sporting Good Park to close out the summer, the inevitable question of where to get in some late-night jams begs to be answered. Following the first night of Phish’s annual Labor Day run in Colorado, Denver’s Knew Conscious Collective previously announced a special DJ Logic + Phriends late-night (get tickets here). For the late-night show on Friday, September 1st, the innovative turntablist, DJ Logic, will be joined by bassist Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), guitarist Eddie Roberts (The New Mastersounds), and keyboardist/programmer Borahm Lee (Break Science / Pretty Lights Live Band). While this is already quite the crew, today, it was announced that drummer Congo Sanchez (aka Jeff Franca) of Thievery Corporation will be joining the powerhouse collaborative group for the special set. What this collection of musical masterminds has planned is anybody’s guess, but you can be sure that the night will stretch deep into early Saturday morning, presenting funky, dance-driven rhythm and beats for the post-Phish crowd.Watch DJ Logic And Bob Weir Jam Together At LOCKN’It has also been confirmed that J2G Live Destination Dick’s Phish Party Bus riders will get a $5 discount on tickets to the DJ Logic + Phriends after-party. The bus provides a ride to Knew Conscious from Cervantes after Phish’s Friday performance, plus riders get to skip the line upon arrival. J2G Live Destination Dicks’s Phish Party Bus packages include round-trip bus coach rides from Cervantes to Dick’s, FREE BEER from Boulder Beer Co. in the lots before and after the show, Free Yazoo BBQ at the pre-party, deals from Denver Kush Club , and more. A limited amount of passes are still available HERE. This event will sell out so get your passes before it’s too late.Tickets for the DJ Logic + Phriends show are now on sale and can be purchased here. For show updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page. This is a 21+ ONLY event, with complimentary open bar beverages and refreshments included with the donation price of each ticket and membership until the end of the show.– SHOW INFO –Artist/s: DJ Logic + Phriends ft. DJ Logic, Marc Brownstein, Eddie Roberts, Borahm Lee, and Jeff Franca w/ DJ Russo as supportDate: Friday – September 1st, 2017Venue: Knew Conscious Gallery (2041 Lawrence Street – Denver, CO)Time: 11:45pm Doors / 4:30am CurfewTickets: $25adv / $30dos (purchase tickets here)The DJ Logic + Phriends Phish after party is a members-only event, so you will need to be a member of Knew Conscious Collective to enter. However, Knew Conscious will be signing up new members at the door and on the J2G Live buses, so no need to sweat it if you’re not a member yet. To pre-register for a membership, sign-up online here or send an email to [email protected] and put “MEMBERSHIP” in the subject line. Admission to the show requires attendees to register as a member and give a $25 donation to the Knew Conscious Gallery. Once inside, Knew Conscious features a complimentary open bar with beverages and refreshments from the time doors open at 11:45 pm until the show ends at 4:30 am. This is a 21+ ONLY event.
Expanding their efforts to address sexual assault, the Notre Dame Security Police is partnering with RecSports to offer the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) program to female students, faculty, staff and other members of the Notre Dame community.R.A.D. is a nationally certified program in self-defense for women with an emphasis on instruction in physical resistance and educational components including awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance strategies. It has a presence on many college campuses across America and is regularly offered by gyms and martial arts instructors certified by R.A.D.Program Coordinator Margaret Dawson said NDSP decided to offer the program through RecSports because it was an opportunity to expand accessibility.“I see students very eager to learn at the beginning of the classes and then the sense of empowerment they feel at the end of it,” she said.According to Dawson, NDSP hosted R.A.D. for the last 15 years and ran at least three programs every year. The average class size has roughly been six to 12 students, but Dawson said the new RecSports offering hopes to increase turnout and participation.“The class is designed to give students options when put in dangerous situations,” she said.According to NDSP’s website, the R.A.D. program requires no special equipment, skills or previous experience and is open to females age 13 and older. The new RecSports class will consist of six two-hour sessions running from Wednesday to March 4. Those interested in attending should contact RecSports or NDSP.Tags: NDSP, R.A.D., Rape Aggression Defense, RecSports, self-defense
Ann Curtis | The Observer Professor Mary Kearney, left, and Stanford Hall rector Justin McDevitt speak on a panel about violence in the media today.The discussion began with a montage of scenes of violence from television shows and movies such as “Gone Girl,” “Safe Haven,” “Precious,” “Oliver,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Game of Thrones” and “Gossip Girl.” These clips depicted dating violence as well as familial violence, many portraying both physical and verbal abuse. Kearney said the clip from “Safe Haven” specifically stood out, not just because of the severity of the violent struggle which occurred between the couple in the scene, but also because the girlfriend at first aims to appease the angered boyfriend.“One of the things that I find disturbing in that is the kind of gratuity of the violence up to that point,” Kearney said. “So there’s a way in which we can walk away and say, ‘Oh, but she fought back,’ and yet we as viewers were just subjected to her being brutally abused.”McDevitt also noted how the culture in violence in media has evolved over time, saying how what was once acceptable decades ago would not be appropriate today.“Our idea of what’s appropriate and what’s not has changed over time,” McDevitt said. “‘The Honeymooners’ was a black-and-white sitcom in the ’50s, and any time this character’s wife does something wrong he always says, ‘Alice, I’m gonna send you to the moon.’ And it’s funny then, but today — oh my gosh. At some point, someone ran that and thought, ‘There’s no problem with this.’”The panel also discussed how the way in which films are produced affects the viewers’ perception of violence. Specifically, the camera angles and closeness in some clips amplify the intensity of the violence on screen.“We have a handheld camera,” Kearney said. “Think about how weird it would be in this situation, to be the person behind the camera that is actually like the third member of the fight that’s going on. That puts us right in the moment as opposed to a camera shooting the scene from a distance.”Kearney revisited the clip from “Safe Haven,” noting that while it was one of the shorter videos, the violent struggle felt long and heavy for the viewer. McDevitt, on the other hand, said he was most impacted by the scene in “Oliver” because Oliver — a child — is forced to be the helpless bystander as Bill Sykes murders Nancy.Kearney said one of the reasons she enjoys teaching media is because it acts as a daily textbook and shows changes in how society displays cultures.“One question that’s kind of hanging over all of this is how, then, should we be depicting violence?” Kearney said. “I have no good answers for this. What would be an accurate, authentic, respectful and non-traumatizing way to show violence?”Tags: domestic violence, Film, Gender Relations Center, media, Television, violence The Gender Relations Center presented a panel discussion about “Violence in Media” in LaFortune Student Center on Thursday night.The panel explored the portrayal of violence in scenes from both television and film, and included Mary Kearney, an associate professor in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre, as well as director of the gender studies program. Kearney’s primary areas of study are girls’ media culture and gender and identity. The other panelist, Stanford Hall rector Justin McDevitt, has researched gender-based violence in tribal societies and modernizing societies in Tanzania and Kenya.
David Bowie is co-writing a stage adaptation of The Man Who Fell to Earth called Lazarus. The icon is working with Tony winner Enda Walsh (Once) on the new piece, which will be directed by Ivo van Hove. It will receive its world premiere later this year as part of New York Theater Workshop’s upcoming season.Lazurus is inspired by the 1963 novel The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis and centers on the character of Thomas Newton, the alcoholic alien-turned-inventor portrayed by Bowie in the 1976 cult screen adaptation directed by Nicolas Roeg. The play will feature a mix of old and new songs by Bowie.Bowie will not appear in the production, although he is no stranger to the theater—he made his Broadway debut in The Elephant Man in 1980. Lazarus has reportedly been in development for a number of years. View Comments
CCTA Announces Fiscal Year 2004 Ridership Increase of 8.5%Streamlining of Routes and New Ridership Initiatives Attributed to Ridership IncreaseBurlington, Vermont: The Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) has announced that Fiscal Year 2004 bus boardings are up 8.5% from the previous year, recording almost 1.8 million rides for the year. This is the highest ridership increase that CCTA has seen in more than two decades, continuing the upward trend that started two years ago. Some key ridership highlights from FY04:” University Mall/Airport is up 10.6%;” PARC Shuttle is up 24.2%;” Williston is up 28.9%;” Neighborhood Special routes are up 21.6%.Offering better public transportation to residents while still able to hold down the cost of bus services to our member communities has been a challenge for CCTA but one that we have embraced and have been successful at, says Chris Cole, General Manager of CCTA. We have successfully created public transportation linkages that benefit Vermonts economy as a whole by implementing transportation services that provide opportunities for both businesses and commuters by giving residents increased access to jobs. These bus services have been implemented without increasing the CCTA property tax assessment to our member communities, a funding source that does not support growth of our transportation system, added Cole.Many innovative projects can be attributed to the ridership increase. In FY03 and FY04, CCTA has analyzed its routes and have made route and time point modifications to increase on-time performance and efficiency. Extra passenger amenities have also been added to the CCTA system, such as new shelters, bus stop signs and schedule boxes at major stops also help residents navigate the bus system and make it easier to use. University and employee transit programs are also a factor in the increase:” CCTA and the University of Vermont have partnered up to provide free bus rides to all University of Vermont students, faculty and staff members, on all CCTA bus routes by showing bus drivers their University identification card. UVM then reimburses CCTA for the rides, making a large investment in public transportation, which helps out the community as a whole. This program, called Ride CCTA Free, reduces the number of cars that are used to commute to UVM, reduces parking demand, increases students access to the campus, aids in recruiting and retaining staff and students, and reduces the students costs of attending college, all large benefits of the University joining this program.” Through a partnership with the City of Burlington and the Campus Area Transportation Management Association (CATMA), CCTA operates public transportation shuttle services for Fletcher Allen and Vermont Red Cross employees, and students, faculty and staff from Champlain College. These high frequency shuttle routes are also available to the general public and visitors to the CATMA institutions and create a transit link from the South End of Burlington to Champlain College, the University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen Health Care.” CCTAs newest route, the LINK Express, has exceeded ridership projections in the first year of service. This commuter route runs Monday through Friday during peak commuting times and connects Montpelier to Burlington, giving Vermonters greater access to jobs and larger opportunities for employment. The success of this route has allowed CCTA to expand the LINK program in this Fiscal Year; a Middlebury to Burlington LINK will start in mid-October and a Swanton to Burlington LINK will begin operating next spring.The Chittenden County Transportation Authority operates the regions public transit buses and provides 1.8 million rides per year in the Burlington area. CCTA has a forty-seven bus fleet, which services Burlington, Essex, Shelburne, South Burlington, Williston, Winooski and a portion of Colchester. The mission of CCTA is to make efficient transportation services available to all residents of and visitors to the Chittenden County region that are safe, accessible, reliable, clean, affordable and sustainable, thereby enhancing the quality of life for all. For CCTA route and schedule information, please call (802) 864-CCTA or log onto www.cctaride.org(link is external).