Rock N Roll Resort Announces Lineup: Dumpstaphunk, Motet, Everyone Orchestra

first_imgSpringtime festival Rock N Roll Resort v4 has just announced their jamtastic lineup, which includes Dumpstaphunk, two nights of Motet, and an Everyone Orchestra performance featuring Steve Kimock, John Kimock, Reed Mathis, Jennifer Hartswick, and Natalie Cressman.The festival takes place from April 4-6, at the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa in Kerhonkson, NY.Rock N Roll Resort v4 also includes two nights of Turkuaz, who recently announced a new album, Cabinet, Conehead Buddha, and many, many more. You can get the festival’s full lineup through their official website.-David Melamed (@DMelamz)last_img read more

Spencer Davis to miss Michigan Gander Trucks race after positive COVID-19 test

first_imgDavis is required to meet three criteria — established by NASCAR officials since the sport returned to action in May after the coronavirus outbreak — in order to return. The requirements include two negative COVID-19 tests at least 24 hours apart, an absence of symptoms and medical clearance from a physician.Davis has made nine Gander Trucks starts in the series this year with a best finish of 12th in his first start of the season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The 21-year-old has 18 career Gander Trucks starts over the past three years.Seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson became the first NASCAR driver to report a positive coronavirus test on July 3. Xfinity Series regular Justin Allgaier served as his substitute in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet. Johnson missed one race before being cleared to return. NASCAR driver Spencer Davis revealed Thursday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Davis will miss Friday’s NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Henry Ford Health System 200 at Michigan International Speedway. He was set to field the No. 11 truck for his Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series team but the team has withdrawn from the event.last_img read more

EMS Chief Resigns Amid Medstar Controversy

first_imgClick here to continue reading the story. ESTERO, Fla. — NBC2 has confirmed EMS Chief Kim Dickerson has resigned one week after she was placed on administrative leave amid the MEDSTAR meltdown. Dickerson’s resignation was announced in an email to EMS employees. It comes on the heels of a County Manager report which states top EMS administrators knew about personnel problems within MEDSTAR which were never relayed to county administration.last_img

Broadway Grosses: Chicago Celebrates Best Grossing Week in 21-Year History

first_img Related Shows The week just leading up to the new year was a lucrative one for Broadway. As tourists poured into town, new productions as well as old favorites set records on the Great White Way. The long-running hit Chicago saw its best grossing week in its 21-year Broadway history, taking in $1,261,237, also setting a house record at the Ambassador Theatre. The musical sensation Wicked reported a gross of $3,301,067—the show’s highest ever—also a house record for the Gershwin Theatre. The celebrated new musical The Band’s Visit took in a box office gross of $1,564,647, the highest for any nine-show week in the Barrymore Theatre’s 90-year history, while fellow new tuner SpongeBob SquarePants reported its highest gross yet: $1,456,764.20. Wintertime is surely here, and while the digits outside might be dropping, Broadway is seeing its highest numbers ever.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending December 31:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. Hamilton ($3,854,874.00)2. Wicked ($3,301,067.00)*3. The Lion King ($3,099,930.00)4. Hello, Dolly! ($2,464,573.13)5. Springsteen on Broadway ($2,410,757.50)**UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. The Parisian Woman ($646,792.00)4. Junk ($457,473.50)3. John Lithgow: Stories by Heart ($291,612.80)***2. The Children ($236,201.50)***1. Home for the Holidays ($79,124.80)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.54%)*2. Come From Away  (101.99%)*3. Hamilton (101.76%)4. Dear Evan Hansen (101.52%)5. Hello, Dolly! (101.09%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. The Parisian Woman (87.49%)4. The Children (85.65%)***3. Miss Saigon (84.95%)*2. Junk (72.42%)1. Home for the Holidays (30.25%)*Number based on nine performances**Number based on five performances**Number based on seven performancesSource: The Broadway League View Comments from $49.50center_img Chicago R. Lowe, Todrick Hall & Charlotte d’Amboise(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser)last_img read more

Coventry landfill site to host Vermont’s largest solar array

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Coventry landfill buffer zone will soon be home to the state’s largest solar development. Borrego Solar Systems Inc(link is external), a leading designer, developer, installer and financier of grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, today announced that it has partnered with Soltage Greenwood, a joint venture between Greenwood Energy and Soltage LLC to develop a solar project, launched by Casella Waste Systems(link is external) on its Coventry, Vt. landfill site, which would be the largest project of its kind in Vermont.The 2.7 megawatt (MW) project will sell power to Vermont Electric Power Producers Inc (VEPP Inc), a purchasing agent appointed by the Vermont Public Service Board, under Vermont’s Sustainably Priced Energy Development (SPEED) Standard Offer Program—one of the nation’s first feed-in-tariff programs. The project, initiated by Casella Waste Systems with ownership transferred to Borrego Solar in November 2013, is being designed and built by Borrego Solar and financed by Greenwood Energy. The energy produced by the system is expected to generate approximately 3,199 megawatt-hours annually, enough to power 261 homes for an entire year.“I am very proud that in three years we have more than tripled the amount of solar energy in Vermont, leading to our number one ranking nationally in solar jobs per capita,” said Gov. Peter Shumlin. “Coventry is already home to a successful landfill gas energy project, and now the Coventry landfill solar array will add another 2.7 megawatts of renewable energy to the grid. This project is making productive use of this site, and is another example of how solar benefits Vermont’s economy and our environment.”Now in its construction phase, the 9,018-panel ground-mount solar array will be installed on the site’s buffer zone, which is not slated for waste. The site currently hosts the only active landfill in the state, as well as an 8 MW gas-to-energy generating facility that utilizes the methane captured from both the active and capped sections of the landfill.key details:2.7 megawatt (MW) project capacity across 9,018 ground-mounted solar panelsSystem is expected to produce 3,199 megawatt-hours annually, enough to power 261 homes for an entire yearLargest landfill-to-solar project in VermontSolar array will join an 8MW gas-to-energy generating facility in operation at the siteThis project will sell its power to Vermont Electric Power Producers, Inc through the state’s Sustainably Priced Energy Development (SPEED) program, one of the nation’s foremost solar feed-in tariff programs. By comparison, the 1 megawatt, 3,806 solar panel system, installed by REV Corporate Member Alteris Renewables at the corner of Route 7 and Monkton Road, will generate enough electricity to power approximately 170 homes per year. The solar array visible from I-89 in Sharon is a 2.2 MW facility.“Greenwood Energy has been a strong partner in solar energy development in the region. This is our third project together and we’re very proud to install Vermont’s first landfill solar project, especially as we’ve seen landfill solar installations become a rising trend across the country,” said Joe Harrison, project developer at Borrego Solar. “The site’s vacant buffer distance offers the perfect opportunity to put otherwise unused land to productive, clean energy-generating use. With our proven track record of solar project development around the country, this project is the first of many installations Borrego Solar hopes to bring to Vermont.”This is Borrego Solar’s sixth wholesale distributed generation (WDG) project, and to date, the company has developed and installed a total of 17.3 MW of solar energy capacity on seven active and capped landfills in the United States. Landfills and their buffer lands make especially compelling locations for solar energy systems as they are generally close to interconnection systems and are built on already disrupted and cleared land, as in the typical case of a capped landfill, or in vacant buffer zones, such as in the case of the Coventry site. Demand for financing landfill installations through power purchase agreements (PPAs)—a mechanism that allows landfill owners to go solar without paying any upfront costs—is also rising.“We’re pleased to once again partner with Borrego Solar, and are excited to help add new solar power capacity in Vermont,” said Camilo Patrignani, CEO of Greenwood Energy. “Access to upfront capital, long-term project financing through power purchase agreements, and our turnkey approach to development is critical for projects like this one to become a reality while requiring zero upfront costs from Casella Waste Systems.”“We were pleased to offer our landfill site in Coventry as an asset for a solar energy system,” said John Casella, CEO chairman of Casella Waste Systems. “The installation will allow us to utilize the entire property for energy generation, as the rest of the site is already doing so through methane capture and conversion. We’re proud to be a company that is looking at renewing and sustaining resources in an integrative way.”About Borrego SolarEstablished in 1980, Borrego Solar Systems Inc. is one of the nation’s leading financiers, designers, developers and installers of commercial and utility solar power(link is external) systems. Borrego Solar’s photovoltaic systems are efficient, reliable and cost-effective. With more than three decades of experience and more than 1,000 solar power installations completed—totaling close to 90 MW—Borrego Solar offers a complete line of solar systems design and installation services throughout the country. For more information, visit www.borregosolar.com(link is external).About Greenwood EnergyGreenwood Energy (www.gwenergy.com(link is external)) is the North American clean energy division of the Libra Group (www.libra.com(link is external)), a privately owned international business group comprising 30 subsidiaries operating across four continents. Greenwood’s clean energy interests span the manufacture of sustainable fuels that replace coal; ownership of clean power generation plants such as fuel cell and combined heat and power (CHP); solar energy investment and development; and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the solar sector. The Libra Group is predominantly focused on five core sectors: shipping, aviation, real estate, hospitality and energy. In addition to Greenwood’s clean energy interests in the U.S., Libra Group companies own and operate solar and wind parks and biogas facilities throughout the Mediterranean and Northern Europe.About Casella Waste Systems, Inc.Casella Waste Systems, Inc., headquartered in Rutland, Vermont, provides solid waste management services consisting of collection, transfer, disposal, and recycling services in the northeastern United States. For further information, visit the company’s website at www.casella.com(link is external).COVENTRY, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE(link is external))–Borrego Solar Systems Inc(link is external)Photo: Pile driving at the Coventry site for the solar panel installation. April 2014last_img read more

NBSB unveils situational awareness, SNS recommendations

first_imgApr 3, 2013 (CIDRAP News) – The National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) today forwarded two sets of recommendations to federal departments that oversee emergency preparedness, one focused on enhancing situational awareness in health emergencies and the other on improving the nation’s Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) by 2020.The group took on the tasks in June 2012, based on a request from Nicole Lurie, MD, MPH, assistant secretary for preparedness and response (ASPR). The NBSB is a 13-member group that advises the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on medical countermeasures and other issues that address public health emergencies like pandemics and bioterror attacks.An NBSB working group on situational awareness presented its draft report and recommendations to the NBSB yesterday, and the full board voted in favor of forwarding it to ASPR.During today’s session, Lurie told the group that new health threats underscore the importance of the group’s work. “Watching H7N9 [avian influenza] come on the scene is why situational awareness is so critical,” she said.Authors of the SNS report, which they unveiled today, included members of the NBSB as well as the Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR). The full NBSB today voted to forward the SNS recommendations to ASPR and the CDC’s OPHPR.Last June, Lurie told the group that the committee’s input would help federal officials craft a common national approach to situational awareness capabilities. She also noted that the two requests went hand in hand, noting that situational awareness isn’t useful unless health officials are equipped to do something about it with countermeasures.In its draft of the situational awareness report, the NBSB’s key recommendation was that the HHS secretary designate a central situational awareness authority to coordinate all public health and healthcare situational awareness that has been collected, processed, and analyzed by agencies at the national level. It added that the authority would also be responsible for recommending ways to improve situational awareness and standardize operating procedures.HHS reviews its countermeasure strategy and progress each year, but it asked the NBSB and BSC to help ASPR anticipate what the responsibilities of the SNS will be in 2020, recommend approaches for efficiently meeting the responsibilities, and propose new ways to measure SNS capabilities and improvements. The group wasn’t asked to make recommendations about specific countermeasures.Representatives from the joint working group said today that the efficiency goal was more important than ever, given federal budget constraints and looming sequestration cuts.Among the working group’s 10 recommendations was using science as a key strategy and management tool. They noted that some countermeasures are costly, and incorporating the latest information about optimal vaccine and medication duration and dosing into SNS planning may help make the best use of resources.John Parker, MD, NBSB chairman and retired Army major general, said, “We believe the best tool to tone and shape the SNS is science.”Another recommendation was to move to a single appropriation model to boost fiscal management of the SNS—for example, moving toward a single-line budget item that would cover SNS funding for 5-year intervals.Other recommendations included:Articulate an SNS vision for 2020.Tailor surge capacity.Enhance critical review processes.Use cost-benefit decisions as management components.Make greater use of computational modeling and simulation.Recognize SNS and BARDA as the sole purchaser and SNS as sole distributor of certain countermeasures.Improve coordination among federal, state, and local public health partners.Apply lab science and animal models to guide SNS requirements.During discussions today, some NBSB members voiced concerns about “mission creep,” noting that the scope of the SNS has grown well beyond its original mission to include all-hazards. Others noted that the NBSB recommendations could help federal officials make difficult decisions in the face of shrinking budget resources.With the approval of the two reports and nonbinding recommendations, the documents will be forwarded to the ASPR and the BSC.See also:Apr 2 and 3 NBSB meeting materialsNBSB/BSC working group draft report on situational awarenessJun 26, 2012, CIDRAP News story “Biodefense board takes on situational awareness, SNS tasks”last_img read more

Full free movement in 3 years – CARICOM – CARICOM Business News

first_imgCaribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act gets US Senate nod – CARICOM Business NewsPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices. CARICOM-Business-2-October-2020DownloadOctober 5, 2020In “Agriculture”CARICOM Heads at G7 – see CARICOM Business NewsPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices. CARICOM Business 8 JuneJune 11, 2018In “Barbados”New regional agriculture strategy – CARICOM Business NewsPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices. CARICOM Business 24 May 2019May 27, 2019In “Agriculture”Share this on WhatsApp Please see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices.CARICOM Business 7 December, 2018CARICOM Business 7 December, 2018 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

NWS: Today’s High Near 76, Tonight’s Low Around 53

first_imgThe National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 76 with sunny skies and tonight’s low around 53. Courtesy/NWSlast_img

Are KPIs useful when managing lawyers?

first_img LCS complaints HO service concerns for that lawyer by number Client testimonials You can set targets for each of the above if you wish. We do, and find this useful to chart progress and difference between lawyers. On the face of it, if one lawyer can achieve a certain target then another could with the right input or information. If someone has reached a certain performance figure in the past, it is very useful to be able to point that out to them when they are struggling a little and starting to doubt themselves. I think these are the main KPIs. What others do you think should be used? Finally, I would stress that ‘paralysis by analysis’ is to be avoided. It is a course of improvement over many months that we seek to see, and I think it is important not to concentrate on a short-term change of performance. I think KPIs give a structure to a background supervision of your lawyers, underlying a trusting and coaching management style. Lawyers will know what is expected of them and what they need to do to be the ‘right’ lawyer for your firm. The above stats can be relatively easily produced by a basic software system if there is proper input to it. Personally, I have a spreadsheet which produces a graph showing the monthly changes, which I find easier to read. Financial Leads obtained from own activity Total leads handled Conversion rate versus their history versus firm’s average Leads from recommendation Marketing Customer care Billing per month versus their history, versus firm average Fees paid in month Fees past 30 days overdue In my last blog on the role of coaching in law firms, I argued that a coaching style of management was appropriate when managing lawyers, most especially those who are senior and experienced. The blog attracted comments making the fair point that we should ensure we have the ‘right’ people in the firm in the first place. In my defence, I rather thought that was implicit. But how do we take a view on who are the ‘right’ people?I think that key performance indicators (KPIs) are of great use, especially to a busy management team. And, I hope, to the lawyers themselves. It cannot be a fair management system if those being managed don’t know the measures applied to them and have no input. I will refer to issues of motivation in a later blog, but the subject of ensuring you have the right lawyers is a subject in itself, and I do not attempt to cover if here. For now, suffice it to say that some lawyers are motivated by having stretch targets, and some are demotivated by having targets they see as tough. Of course you will choose the KPIs that are important to your firm, but there are some I suggest will be universally useful. What is important? I suggest billing, allied to client care, but bearing in mind the behaviours that lead to those two. I think the KPIs can be broken down into these headings:last_img read more

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first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more