Jacob’s Pillow Theater, Site of Dance Festival, Destroyed in Fire

first_img– Advertisement – A theater at Jacob’s Pillow, a destination for dance performance in Massachusetts, was destroyed on Tuesday in an early morning fire.The fire was reported around 7 a.m. at the Doris Duke Theater in Becket, Mass., according to a statement from Jacob’s Pillow. Videos from the scene showed a collapsed building engulfed in smoke with firefighters blasting water onto heaps of charred wood. The damage to the theater was extensive, the statement said, but was contained to the one building.- Advertisement – The cause of the fire is not yet known. The theater that was destroyed is the newer one of the two on campus. It opened in 1990 as a smaller, more informal space compared to the main Ted Shawn theater, which opened in the 1940s. The Doris Duke Theater had about 230 seats and a back wall that could open to the surrounding wooded area. It was created as a space intended for up-and-coming companies to perform.center_img The performance space is one of two indoor theaters at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, an annual summer event that attracts some of the world’s leading companies. The festival was canceled this year because of the pandemic. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Anies hints at ‘pulling brake’ as Jakarta cases continue to surge

first_imgJakarta, the country’s first epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, is mulling whether to reimpose restrictions it previously eased as the daily number of new cases hits new records.Jakarta reported 281 new cases on Monday, making a total of 14,797 cases and 697 deaths so far. This figure was among the city’s record daily highs since the outbreak hit, the fifth-largest after 404 on Sunday, 378 on Saturday, 357 on Wednesday and 284 on Thursday.The latest daily records came a day after Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said the city might consider tightening its large-scale social restrictions (PSBB). Jakarta has gradually relaxed restrictions since June 4 in the hope of easing economic suffering, with businesses and offices reopening under new health protocols. It has also reopened public green spaces and outdoor tourist destinations. “If this continues, we may have to return to [social restrictions]. […] Do not let this situation reach the point where we have to pull the emergency brake,” Anies said on Sunday.The emergency brake policy would see a restoration of stricter PSBB, which had allowed only eight essential sectors to operate during the pandemic.“If that happens, we all have to go back home, and economic, religious and social activities will be halted,” Anies said.He acknowledged the persistent outbreak in Jakarta, saying that while most of the new cases were the result of the administration’s massive “active case finding” efforts, the city’s positivity rate — the number of people who test positive divided by the total number tested — has caused concern. Jakarta’s weekly positivity rate had consistently been below 5 percent since the beginning of June, in line with one of the World Health Organization’s requirements for regions seeking to enter the so-called “new normal”.However, the positivity rate on Saturday was recorded at 7.1 percent and 9.6 percent on Sunday, with a weekly average of 5.7 percent last week.“That is why I want to tell all Jakartans: do not take this lightly. Do not feel like we are free of the COVID-19 outbreak,” Anies said.Jakarta authorities said 45.2 percent of the total cases were patients taking tests in hospitals, 38.4 percent were people taking tests in residential areas, including people living in densely populated areas and areas with high incidence rates, and 6.8 percent in wet markets, including among vendors.With the outbreak showing no signs of abating, Anies warned the public to maintain their daily routines with extra caution in vulnerable hot spots: public transit and wet markets.The increasing number of daily cases in Jakarta, one out of eight provinces with similar trends, has gained the attention of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who, on Monday, reportedly said that reimposing restrictions had always been on the table.“The President has always reminded [authorities] to pull the brake proportionally,” national COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo said on Monday. “If cases surge, then pull the brake. But not all activities should be completely suspended. It needs to be limited in terms of timing of activities and number of people involved.”Hermawan Saputra from the Indonesian Public Health Expert Association (IAKMI) criticized Jakarta’s easing of restrictions on activities not directly related to fulfilling primary needs.”[A policy] has to be flexible to a certain degree. In terms of the pandemic, it can be applied to economic activities aimed at ensuring the fulfillment of basic necessities, efforts to encourage the informal sector and medium businesses, but not all activities,” he said.Jakarta’s recent move to reopen tourism spots and weekly events like the Car-Free Day was therefore unnecessary, Hermawan said.Hariadi Wibisono, the Indonesian Epidemiologists Association (PAEI) chairman, said the Jakarta administration should not hesitate to reimpose restrictions if necessary, saying such a U-turn “is part of decision making and not a display of inconsistency because every decision needs evaluation”.Epidemiologist Pandu Riono from the University of Indonesia’s School of Public Health said, however, returning to strict restrictions without stern enforcement of health protocols was not a solution to the new transmission problem.”If we go back [under the stricter PSBB] but people continue to fail to abide [by the restrictions], it would not change anything much,” he said.In addition, he called for cities in Greater Jakarta to implement strict health protocols as many commuters might carry the virus without symptoms.The experts said the government should also involve local figures in promoting the importance of implementing health protocols and in reaching out to the wider public to prevent misconceptions that mask-wearing and social distancing were no longer needed.Topics :last_img read more

Pay at Canadian pension managers ‘completely, utterly unacceptable’

first_imgIn a survey conducted for his book, Ambachtsheer found that, across 10 Canadian pension funds, more than 2,160 full-time employees responsible for $631bn (€476.1bn) in assets earned $448m at the end of 2010 – an average of $207,000 per person.In comparison, 10 US funds managing $902bn employed 1,469 full-time staff for $187m, or $127,800 on average, below the average $157,100 paid to 579 staff across eight funds in Northern Europe and the UK.Holmes said she was hopeful the UK had a sufficiently large number of pension funds against which to benchmark pay to avoid a situation similar to Canada.But she struck a cautious note due to the increasing number of international pension funds setting up London offices, saying there was no easy answers on the matter of pay.Canadian pension plans that have opened London offices have “a bunch of empty desks” and would look to institutions including the £49bn (€66.9bn) USS and £23bn Railpen Investments to hire private market staff, she said.“When we talk about [remuneration] at USS, we talk about it in a very different way than [they do at investment banks] because we believe people are privileged to work at USS, not least because they don’t have to go out and sell,” she said. For his part, Ambachtsheer argued that pension fund investment was a “high-compensation market” and that the model in Canada was often for base salaries of CAD500,000, with a performance-related element enabling a three or fourfold increase over the base.A similar approach is employed by the CAD282bn Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, where the six highest-paid executives, including chief executive and president Mark Wiseman, had a combined base salary of CAD2.5m in 2014 but total remuneration packages worth CAD19.5m.This compares with the highest-paid individual at USS IM earning £991,000 in 2014, according to the manager’s most recent accounts. Ambachtsheer noted the funds in Canada needed to balance staff ability to earn multiples of their income in the private market versus the comparatively lower pay of those contributing to many of the funds. Read a review of Ambachtsheer’s book ‘The Future of Pension Management’Some quotes have been modified since publication The chair of the Universities Superannuation Scheme’s (USS) in-house manager has criticised the “completely and utterly unacceptable” levels of pay at Canadian pension funds, warning of the impact on the UK pensions market.Virginia Holmes – who, in addition to chairing USS Investment Management (USS IM), is a board member of the CAD90bn (€61bn) Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) – said USS was questioning how to retain its staff with Canadian investors setting up London offices.“When I go across to Canada and [meet remuneration consultants], I am truly and genuinely shocked, and I take a lot of being shocked,” the former UK chief executive of AXA Investment Managers said.Speaking at the book launch of Keith Ambachtsheer’s ‘The Future of Pension Management’, she added: “You seem to have this classic scenario [in Canada] where seven funds have benchmarked themselves up and up and up to levels that are completely and utterly unacceptable in the public purpose world.”last_img read more

Teachers feel unsafe in own class

first_imgNZ Herald 3 July 2013The morale of teachers is dropping as they struggle under an ever-increasing workload because of NCEA and feel unsafe in their own classrooms, according to a report.…The Council for Educational Research’s report on the state of our schools also found 22 per cent of all secondary teachers have felt unsafe in their own classrooms and 33 per cent in the school grounds and public areas. The lower the school’s decile, the more unsafe teachers felt and the worse students’ behaviour became.Half of teachers from decile 1 and 2 schools who responded to the survey said they felt unsafe in their school grounds and buildings at least occasionally, compared with 34 per cent of those in mid-decile schools and 23 per cent in high-decile schools.These numbers are unchanged from the last survey in 2009.ACC figures show that last year teachers made 5714 workplace injury claims – of those 280 were struck by a person or animal, 136 were pushed or pulled, and 132 reported being struck by a tool or implement.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10894443last_img read more

Cherry Thing-A-Lings are back

first_img1 ton of cherries to be used in Thing-A-LingsBATESVILLE, Ind. — It’s that time of year again.President’s day is Monday, which means Schmidt’s Bakery annual Cherry Thing-A-Lings sale begins Friday (2/17)!Audio Playerhttp://wrbiradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Schmidt1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.That’s Bertie Schmidt.The Bakery will go through three tons of cherries to make the treats that are only available 5 days out of the year.Bertie says that even though the Thing-A-Lings are a treat for Batesville and the surrounding communities, people come from all over the country to get their hands on the sweet treat.Audio Playerhttp://wrbiradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Schmidt2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Thing-A-Lings sale starts tomorrow and runs through Tuesday.The bakery is open Friday, Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday from 4:00 AM until 5:00 PM and on Sunday from 6:00 AM until 4:00 PM.Call ahead to order at 934-4501.Even though the sale is supposed to last until Tuesday, they will serve them until they run out, which Bertie says could happen before Tuesday.last_img read more

‘Return of the saint’ as Robben makes emotional comeback to FC Groningen

first_img Loading… Arjen Robben has sensationally come out of retirement to make an emotional return to FC Groningen. Former Bayern Munich strikerArjen Robben The former Chelsea man retired last summer after ten trophy-laden seasons with Bayern Munich. Arjen Robben has sensationally revealed he is coming out of retirement to sign for boyhood club FC Groningen But the 36-year-old spoke in a video on Twitter to say he is making a shock return to his boyhood club. Robben came up through the youth teams at Groningen before playing two seasons from 2000-2002 in the first-team before joining Dutch giants PSV. In the clip shared by the Dutch team, Robben says: “Dear football friends and FC Groningen fans. “I was 12 years old when I started playing in FC Groningen’s youth academy. Arjen Robben started his career with FC Groningen before joining PSV in 2002 “I made my home debut against Feyenoord when I was 16.Advertisement “After two years I made a transfer to PSV Eindhoven. “After a wonderful adventure of 18 years, we’re coming home. “We’re coming home in this difficult time of crisis, one that also hits FC Groningen. “It’s great to see how everyone supporting the club, I’ve supported the club as well. “It made me think about what else I could do for our club. “These past few weeks I’ve had many conversations with club staff and maybe more than anything I’ve listen to the call of our supporters. read also:Ex-Bayern winger Arjen Robben considering retirement U-turn “A comeback as an FC Groningen player, I started to play with this idea and now I’ve made it my mission! “I want to make my comeback as a football player, a player of FC Groningen.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Penney wary of Perpignan return

first_img Munster outscored Perpignan by five tries to one in the first of the sides’ back-to-back matches, moving two points clear of Gloucester at the top of Heineken Cup Pool 6. Sean Dougall, David Kilcoyne and man-of-the-match Keith Earls touched down as the Irish province took a 22-0 half-time lead, and a penalty try and pushover effort from James Coughlan wrapped up the five points. Head coach Rob Penney insisted his Munster side will face a “massive challenge” in Perpignan next Saturday, despite their 36-8 bonus-point win at Thomond Park. Perpignan’s replacement out-half Tommy Allan, who made his Test debut for Italy last month, said the turnovers the visitors conceded had contributed to their downfall in Limerick. “Our gameplan was good. We need to focus more on keeping the ball,” admitted the former Scotland Under-20 international. “Thomond Park is a great stadium. I really enjoyed playing here. The crowd was incredible. The result did not go our way, but we have Munster at home in six days. We will get ready for that. “It will be a good game, I think. We need to hold onto the ball better next week. The turnover count hurt us as well as our discipline. We gave away too many penalties. “We need to work on our aggression a bit. Our tackling was good. Munster got over the gain-line a lot. “That is what got them go-forward and when they manage that, they are a top team.” Perpignan had a penalty from captain James Hook who put Joffrey Michel through for a late consolation try, but a much tighter affair is in prospect when two-time European champions Munster travel to the Stade Aime Giral for the return leg next Saturday. Looking for further improvements from his side, Penney said: “We are hamstrung to a degree. We have teams on the rack and then there is an errant pass or a poor decision being made. But we are a lot better than we were 12 months ago. “It is a massive challenge going to Perpignan next week, with the passion and fervour they have for the game down there. It is something we are used to here, but rather than be at our backs, it will be in our faces this time round. “That will be a big challenge for us, to be able to adjust, not to get caught up in the hype of the opposition’s venue. Discipline is going to be a key issue heading into next week in France. We will take learning from today.” Munster have a major injury concern over their Ireland and Lions scrum half Conor Murray ahead of their trip to France next weekend. Penney fears Murray will not be available for selection owing to the knee injury he sustained in the opening half against Perpignan. “Conor Murray is our main injury worry. Obviously we don’t know exactly how bad it is,” Penney said. “He is feeling a little better now than he was when he came off, but I suspect he won’t be around next week (for the return match in France).” Press Associationlast_img read more

Coates impressed by Hughes impact

first_img Press Association Stoke chairman Peter Coates admits he was not expecting manager Mark Hughes to make the progress he has in such a short time. Stoke are currently 10th on 42 points and with eight matches remaining look set to better last season’s points haul and Hughes has already been rewarded with a new contract taking him to 2019. Coates admits they had expected a short-term drop in performance following their decision to change the manager but it never materialised. “When you make a change you think it will put you back initially because people have got to get used to working under a different approach,” the chairman told stokecityfc.com. “I think he (Hughes) was surprised by the squad he inherited. “He’s done very well and the players have bought into him and the new style of play which has been very pleasing, exciting and encouraging. “I’ve long held the view that the critical appointment at any football club is the football manager, if you get that right then you will always have a chance. “Mark has done very well and we are very pleased with what he has achieved in his spell and we’re obviously pleased he wants to continue. “As ever we do want to get better and Mark has aspirations to get higher up the table and we want to support him in doing that. “It’s great to have him feel like he can achieve progression here and it’s nice to hear him say it, he is certainly someone who is confident in what he can and can’t do. “I am always cautious in football because things can easily go wrong, but we are really pleased with the progress we have made and we’re delighted with Mark’s attitude towards that.” center_img The former Wales boss took over from Tony Pulis for the 2013/14 season after the Potters decided they needed a change of direction. Hughes guided the club to ninth place, their highest finish since being promoted to the Premier League in 2008, with their biggest points tally of 50. last_img read more

Mom drives getaway car for son who robbed a store

first_imgA Florida woman has been arrested after she assisted her teenaged son in robbing a convenience store.The incident occurred at a Circle K in Winter Springs, Florida back in October, however, authorities did not catch up with the pair until later.Officials say Amanda Meador drove her 15-year-old son to the store and sent him inside with a ransom note.The teen handed the clerk a ransom note which prompted the clerk hand over the cash from the register. The teen then ran  back to his mother’s minivan and the pair began to drive off.  The mother then stopped the car and let the teen out after she realized that he dropped the money he just stole.The teen grabbed the money and then ran to the vehicle.Authorities say though the store had surveillance cameras, they could not get an ID on the car because the pair covered the license plate.Investigators were later able to identify the teen because he left fingerprints on the note he handed the attendant.It is unclear if the teen will face any charges, however, Meador has been charged with felony armed robbery and child neglect. She is currently being held without bond.last_img read more

Bailey optimistic Guyana can win U-17 title, as squad departs for T&T

first_imgHEAD Coach Orin Bailey is adamant that Guyana has the potential to win its first Regional Under-17 title when the competition bowls off on Tuesday in Trinidad and Tobago.The confident Bailey spoke to Chronicle Sport yesterday prior to the team’s departure, and was very optimistic about the team winning the title.“I am very confident, the team has good potential, and once we play to our full ability, we can definitely win the tournament,” Bailey said.Bailey noted that despite the potential possessed by the players, Guyana still has to go out and play for its success, and taking it “step by step” will be the strategy.The Under-17 trophy is the only title that has eluded Guyana at the Regional youth level.Guyana were favourites to win the title last year, but rain put a halt to their quest after their last game against host, Trinidad and Tobago was completely washed out.The Guyanese then had to settle for the runner-up spot behind the host nation who finished with 20.6 points, while Guyana ended on 20.3.Guyana played unbeaten throughout the tournament, but Trinidad and Tobago’s success was largely due to the 0.3 fast bowling bonus points they gained more than their closest rivals.However, Bailey pointed out that his team is a well-balanced unit, and once play is possible for all the rounds, Guyana can come out on top.“Looking at the squad, we have a well balance one, a squad, which can make Guyana proud,” he concluded.The team will commence their first game against the Windward Islands on Tuesday, the first of five rounds. Below is the 14-man squad along with manager/assistant coach Nazeer Mohamed and coach Orin Bailey.last_img read more