Robert H. Jackson Center’s Co-Founder To Retire From Board Of Directors

first_imgGreg Peterson interivews Bob Woodward in Summer 2018. Image by the Robert H. Jackson Center.JAMESTOWN – After 20 years at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, one of the center’s co-founders will retire from his position on Monday.Center President Kristan McMahon announced on Friday that Gregory Peterson is retiring from the center’s board of directors.Peterson co-founded the Robert H. Jackson Center in 2001, along with Elizabeth S. Lenna and Carl Cappa. He has served on the Board since the Center’s inception.“We are grateful for Greg’s leadership and legacy of outstanding community service,” said McMahon in a statement. “I want to publicly thank Greg for his Board service and for his dedication to Robert H. Jackson and his legacy. We would not be where we are today without his commitment to the dream of what the Jackson Center could be, his drive and enormous heart to make that a reality, and his heroically-scaled video documentation of everything we have ever done.” In addition to Peterson’s work as a Jackson Center Board member, he serves on numerous boards and committees, including The Resource Center Foundation, Jamestown Professional Baseball Executive Committee, of which he is Chairman, and the Business Council of New York State.“It has been an amazing 20 years of serving at the Robert H. Jackson Center,” Mr. Peterson reflected. “I look forward to watching the Center’s growth under its current leadership.”He has also served as a member and former President of the Jamestown Chamber of Commerce, former member and Past President of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, and former Board member of the Fredonia College Foundation.A lifelong resident of Jamestown, Peterson received his undergraduate degree from Allegheny College and his J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University.Currently, he is a partner at Phillips Lytle LLP. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Old Hats Stars David Shiner & Bill Irwin on Clowning Around Together for 25 Years

first_imgDavid Shiner & Bill Irwin (Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Q: Bill, you’ve acted in Beckett plays, won a Tony for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and done clown shows like Old Hats and Fool Moon. How would you compare them? BILL: They’re very different, but there’s a kind of kinship. Edward Albee, the premier dark playwright of the American theater, would show up at rehearsal and quote his favorite lines from Auntie Mame. He would stand at the back of the theater, not facing the stage, and sort of conduct the music of his play. He grew up in a vaudeville family, and it’s not so far from Edward Albee to the vaudeville roots David and I celebrate.Q: The show is called Old Hats, but a 25-year-old would have a hard time keeping up with the physical comedy you do. What’s your secret? DAVID: You just take care of yourself. I’ve never seen Bill drink alcohol, ever. I don’t drink either. The passion for the work keeps you fit. Of course it’s exhausting, and everything aches when you get out of bed, but that’s gone in 10 minutes after a coffee.BILL: The show itself is kind of a structured workout, and we love what we do. We’re holding on for dear life because we want to keep doing it. Q: Do you remember your first impressions of each other?DAVID: My first impression was that he was the god of clowning.BILL: He always says this!DAVID: No, it’s true. I saw a video of him in [the 1982 solo piece] The Regard of Flight, and I thought, “That is the best clown in the world. Period.” Nobody was doing what he did, [combining] dance, theater, mime, music and clowning.BILL: That touches my heart. But do you remember when we first met? We were like two dogs sniffing each other.DAVID: I was just overwhelmed. When he came to see Cirque du Soleil, I was spying from behind the curtain, going, “Holy shit! Bill Irwin is here. I’ve got to be good tonight.”BILL: Here’s my story: My mother and I were at Cirque du Soleil, looking down on Shiner doing his act. She was always tolerant of my being a clown, but I don’t remember her rolling with laughter. But with Shiner, she could not sit up straight! I’ve been watching him from the wings for 25 years now, thinking, “How does he do that?” People laugh; they don’t get mad. Related Shows When the sublime clowns Bill Irwin and David Shiner saunter on stage in baggy tailcoats, loose ties and top hats, it’s impossible not to smile. Within seconds, that smile turns into nonstop laughter as Irwin and Shiner wordlessly engage in a comically violent political debate, play a hobo on a park bench (Shiner) or a businessman wrestling with his iPad selfie (Irwin). These are just three of many highlights in Old Hats, the funniest show in New York and a rare chance to see two masters in top form, aided by sly singer/songwriter Shaina Taub and her band. Sitting together at Signature Theater before a recent evening performance, Irwin and Shiner look like accountants, but don’t be fooled: Shiner will soon morph into a lascivious, ponytailed magician alongside Irwin as his sexy female assistant. How do they keep a straight face amid the mayhem? It isn’t easy.Q: You two have known each other for 25 years. What makes this such a special partnership?BILL: I’m dying to hear what he will say.DAVID: I think it’s because we love and respect each other so much, artistically and personally.BILL: …which is not the same thing as saying we understand each other! Old Hats Q: David can be hilariously abrupt when he pulls strangers from the audience for a silent movie segment, but they love it. DAVID: There’s a secret to that: You have to like people a lot. When I bring someone on stage, I want to make sure they have fun. I’m not there to make them look stupid—although I do that! But they end up having fun watching me make fun of them. It helps that they’ve already seen Bill and me do all kinds of crazy things. By the time I pull them on stage, they’ve begun to trust us because they can see we know what we’re doing. The key is to make them feel they’re not being… what would you say, Bill?BILL: …misused. At this point in our long history, that [ability] is less mysterious to me than how you crawl through the audience.DAVID: Oh, that’s fun. It looks like I’m manhandling them, but I’m light on my feet. Q: What’s your favorite part of the show?DAVID: All the numbers with Bill. I’m always biting my lip [to avoid laughing]. During the magic act, I can’t look at him because the faces he makes are so ridiculous. And he’s really invested in his character.BILL: People ask me, “Have you done much drag?” And I say, “I don’t think of it as drag. I’m playing a woman!” My favorite part is when we play the two [pompous] guys waiting for a train.DAVID: They’re such losers. It’s existential because those two guys missed the train a long time ago.Q: You’re great dancers, and you’ve both had short runs in Broadway musicals [Shiner in 2000’s Seussical; Irwin in the 2009 revival of Bye Bye Birdie]. Is that something you would want to do again?DAVID: Never! Even if I come back in my next life as an actor, I will never do a Broadway musical again. If I’ve made any mistake in my career, that was it.BILL: I don’t see any huge demand for me, so it’s not a question I need to ponder too deeply. I do love the musical form, although it’s often disappointing.DAVID: For me, it was terrifying to be around so many talented singers. I was just a clown! The Cat in the Hat, OK, I looked the part, but when I started singing, I wouldn’t be surprised if they turned my microphone off. I would like to do a play. It would be fun to play a character who is evil incarnate, someone aligned with the devil.BILL: I’ve gotta say, playing a serial killer on CSI was fun for a while, but I was glad when he died. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 3, 2016 View Commentslast_img read more

Insects at the farmers market shouldn’t bug you out.

first_imgFarmers markets offer the best of local, fresh produce throughout Georgia. But all those mouth-watering vegetables straight from the field sometimes come with slimy little surprises — bugs. Sustainable farmers marketsFinding insects on produce is usually more common at sustainable farmers markets, where growers steer away from pesticides or opt for those with limited potency.Louise Estabrook manages the Riverside Farmers Market in Roswell, Ga. She says the farmers at her market, which averages 2,000 customers per Saturday, don’t use pesticides and try to operate according to organic standards, although they are not certified.Corn earwormsEstabrook often sees problems with corn and corn earworms, which commonly only feed on the tips of the corn ear.In the past, customers who are not accustomed to buying fresh vegetables or shopping at a farmers market have complained saying, “I’m never buying that corn again because there are worms in it!”But Estabrook, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent in Fulton County, sees this as an educational opportunity.A chance to learn“It’s kind of gross, and people who are used to shopping at supermarkets are not used to coming face-to-face with a big, fat, greasy corn earworm until they shop local and nonpesticide,” Estabrook said. “It’s a learning opportunity for them, and they have to understand there’s that balance.”Specifically, she tries to teach customers that if they don’t want pesticides, then they might have to deal with a worm or two. Even then, it normally only stays on the top and doesn’t go through the rest of the kernels.What’s more, she reminds them that the corn they buy at the supermarket has been cleaned, stripped of the husk, packaged in plastic and the tips removed.“They just cut the worm off for you, and you pay more for that,” Estabrook said.After their brief education, she says customers tend to go back and buy the corn.Standards of qualityOverall, the chances of finding bugs or extensive bug damage at farmers markets are slim, whether the market is sustainable or conventional.“These farmers take pride in their harvest and only bring their best to market. The farmers I know also follow rigorous post-harvest procedures to ensure their produce is clean and safe for their customers,” said Amanda Tedrow, who is an ex-officio member of the board of directors of the Athens Farmers Market in Athens, Ga. Tedrow is also the UGA Extension agent in Athens-Clarke County.Tempest Coney sells mustard greens for her grandparents at the more conventional downtown farmers market in Tifton, Ga.She says that customers don’t have to worry about bugs from their 10-acre farm in Fitzgerald, Ga.Tempie and Harold Coney, who make up TC Coney Vegetables, have a wealth of experience from growing vegetables all of their lives, and they’ve been selling to a grocery store in Sylvester, Ga. for almost a dozen years, said Coney. On the farm, their produce receives a thorough soaking before harvest. It’s then washed three times after harvest to remove all insects and dirt, before being placed in the cooler. If a customer does find a bug, Coney offers refunds and replacement orders. Another vendor at the Tifton market, Phaustine Powell-Marshall of Powell Farms in Irwin County, has the same commitment to customer satisfaction. But she also cautions that folks shouldn’t be shocked if they do come across a six-legged stowaway. “On fresh vegetables,” she said, “you’re going to find bugs.”To locate a farmers market near you, visit the Georgia Market Maker website at read more

Have millennials changed referral marketing?

first_imgAsk any marketer which demographic is most sought after by their brand and more often than not, you will receive the answer “Millennials”. For any business or company, acquiring Millennials as new customers could have a significant impact on their revenue and economics. Millennials, relatively recent departures from their family nest, are on the lookout for the brands, companies and organizations that are going to be large and stable influencers in their independent adult life, which translates as a potential goldmine for marketers.In the ecommerce space, the power of Millennials has long been known. Not only are Millennials more likely than other demographics to shop online, they also have the highest yearly spend on online purchases. Sales are obviously an indicator of a successful business but they generally don’t just happen unaided. Brands rely on advertising and marketing to sell their products and referral marketing consistently proves to be the most effective of all marketing channels. Over the past ten to fifteen years, the world has changed quickly and, in some areas, drastically. Millennials have been behind many of these alterations and disruptions: from perceived notions of what education, jobs and careers should be to how we use technology and, of course, the marketing and retail industries. So, have Millennials left their mark on referral marketing too and what effect has this had on ecommerce?Millennials: Online Referral ChampionsRewardStream recently conducted some consumer surveys to get a sense of how people engage with referrals and how important reviews and referrals are to people. It isn’t too surprising that the age group most likely to have taken to the internet to share their views on a product or a service is the 18 to 34 bracket, the grouping loosely used to define Millennials. We asked those surveyed: continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Akeler pre-lets Lisbon campus

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Peer pressure

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£1 sale of Laing contracting arm approved

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Italy shuts stores across country to fight virus

first_img“I can’t even recognise Rome now,” 30-year-old Muscovite Yekaterina said while posing alone for a photo by the usually bustling Trevi Fountain in the heart of Rome.Conte said the closure of nearly everything that had remained open would run for at least two weeks.How Italians will get by in the meantime is not entirely clear.”All shops will be closed except for basic necessities, such as pharmacies and food stores,” said Conte.”Bars, pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and canteen services will close. Home delivery is allowed.””No need to rush to buy groceries,” he stressed.Cash injection Conte’s announcement came hours after his government promised to spend up to 25 billion euros ($28 billion) to fight a disease that has put hospitals and the economy under intense strain.The size of Rome’s rescue was the same as one the European Union announced for the entire 27-nation bloc Monday.Italy’s Economy Minister Roberto Gualtieri said half the money would be used immediately and the other half stowed away and tapped should the health crisis spiral out of control.Part of the government’s cash injection is meant to help small businesses that are suffering the brunt of an implosion in the number of tourists who visit Italy’s art-filled churches and achingly beautiful hills.The government also put more meat on the bones of an emerging plan to let families temporarily suspend some mortgage and social tax payments.Gualtieri said “partial state guarantees” were being discussed to help Italy’s creaking banks survive a resulting cash crunch.Total shutdown Italy has witnessed nearly 60 percent of the deaths recorded outside China since the epidemic first started spreading from the Asian giant’s central Wuhan province in January.The government responded to the outbreak last month by quarantining 50,000 people in 11 villages that were worst affected in the north.That was followed on Sunday with social distancing measures in Milan’s Lombardy region and surrounding areas in which more than 15 million live and 40 percent of the nation’s economic activity occurs.The Lombardy measures were extended to all Italy on Tuesday morning.Conte’s announcement Wednesday ratcheted the restrictions up another notch.The multitude of measures have had a profound and slightly surreal effect on Italian life.The central streets of Rome were deserted on Wednesday evening and buses that are usually crammed with commuters ran almost empty.Tourists have essentially disappeared and the Vatican’s Saint Peter’s Square has closed to all but those who want to enter the basilica to pray under its soaring dome overlooking Rome.People have been told to keep at least a metre (three feet) from each other and handshakes are frowned upon. Italians have found themselves starting to talk to each other a few steps apart — while often laughing about the regulations along the way.”As soon as the emergency has passed, we will organise a free carbonara day for doctors, nurses and healthcare workers,” a closing note by a restaurant in Rome’s popular Trastevere neighbourhood said.Topics : Italy on Wednesday shut all stores except for pharmacies and food shops in a desperate bid to halt the spread of a coronavirus that has killed 827 in the the country in just over two weeks.Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced the latest wave of restrictions in a dramatic appeal to the nation that came with the country of 60 million battling its biggest crisis in generations.”Thank you to all Italians who make sacrifices. We are proving to be a great nation,” Conte said in his nine-minute evening prime time address to the nation. Italians have watched ever tighter restrictions slowly eat away at the very fabric of everyday life.An existing clampdown on public gathering and basic travel had already emptied streets and shuttered everything from churches to restaurants.AFP photographers spotted masked sanitation workers in white nylon suits and rubber gloves spraying Florence’s deserted Saint Mark’s Square with disinfectant through a long hose.Cathedrals posted hand-written notes cancelling mass and cafes apologised to their regulars for having to turn them away.last_img read more

Arsenal gear up for Manchester City by losing to Brentford in friendly at the Emirates

first_img Read More About Connatix V67539 1/1 Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 10 Jun 2020 9:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.7kShares Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read More Read More Arsenal’s team for the first hour was an experienced one: Leno; Bellerín, Mustafi, Mari, Tierney; Ceballos, Willock; Saka, Pepe, Aubameyang; Nketiah. AdvertisementAdvertisementThe likes of Rob Holdin, Sead Kolasinac and Sokrtais came on at the hour mark but they Gunners couldn’t hold on.Arsenal take on City at the Etihad next Wednesday, which will see Arteta come up against tutor Pep Guardiola for the first time since he left the club in December. The Gunners have little room for error in their pursuit of Champions League football as they’re currently five points off fifth – which could provide Champions League football given Manchester City’s ban. MORE: Manchester United open talks to sign Corentin Tolisso for £31m Top articles SPONSORED Read More by Metro Manchester United captain Harry Maguire / PLAY 1 min. story Arsenal gear up for Manchester City by losing to Brentford in friendly at the Emirates Full Screen Skip Ad Alexandre Lacazette restored Arsenal’s lead with a swivel and shot across the ‘keeper but Arteta will be concerned at his side’s defending as Brentford scored twice to leave the Emirates with a win. Read More Skip Mikel Arteta’s side twice had the lead (Picture: Getty)An experienced Arsenal side that included the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette lost 3-2 to Brentford in a friendly at the Emirates on Wednesday. Mikel Arteta’s side are gearing up for the return of the Premier League next week, when they’ll take on champions Manchester City at the Etihad,The Gunners thumped Charlton in a friendly on the weekend but they came undone against Championship side Brentford today. Arsenal took the lead with a neat finish from Joe Willock but Brentford equalled after the break with a fantastic finish from an acute angle. ADVERTISEMENT Comment Coming Next Video Settings Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

PensionsEurope calls for clarity on post-Brexit supervisory structure

first_img“Without implying anything on the potential benefits of a ‘twin peak’ structure for the ESAs” – a reference to a proposed merger of EIOPA with the European Banking Authority (EBA) – “we nevertheless would like to stress that the specific nature of IORPs has to be duly recognised and taken into account,” PensionsEurope said.The trade association said “a clear separation” between the banking, insurance, and occupational pension sectors was most important. The unequal development of EU supervision across these sectors should be reflected in the ESAs’ work, it said.However, “this does not have to preclude a different set-up from the present one”, PensionsEurope added.It said consumer protection supervision was not needed for occupational pensions as members and beneficiaries were mainly protected by national-level social and labour laws. InsuranceEurope, PensionsEurope’s counterpart for the insurance industry, has come out against the Commission’s idea of EIOPA merging with or transferring some of its responsibilities to another ESA. It said splitting responsibilities or losing a dedicated insurance supervisor would damage the quality of supervision.The EBA is currently based in London, but it is expected that EU member states would require it to relocate, given the UK’s pending exit from the EU.Away from the question of a twin peaks structure, PensionsEurope advocated the creation of an internal committee on occupational pension issues within EIOPA, to ensure that decisions about IORP supervision were made by those with relevant expertise and experience.PensionsEurope also used its submission to the Commission consultation to reiterate concerns about EIOPA interfering too much in occupational pensions. It told the Commission that EIOPA’s mandate should set clear limits on the authority’s tasks and powers. EIOPA rules should be amended, PensionsEurope argued, as its current objective – to ensure convergence of supervisory practices – was not appropriate for workplace pensions.It said the ESAs had more than enough powers and tools with regard to pension funds, and these should mainly be supervised by national authorities.PensionsEurope’s full response is available here. PensionsEurope has raised concerns about the implications of Brexit for the representation of pension funds at a European level.Responding to the European Commission’s consultation on the operation of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs), PensionsEurope said occupational pensions experience was lacking on the board of supervisors of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA).“We see that most members have an insurance-only background, whereas they are also involved in decision making with respect to IORPs, which differ substantially from insurance companies (and banks),” said the industry association.It said this “lack of hands-on experience and expertise” with pension funds could get worse after Brexit.last_img read more