A bus highlighting the symptoms of ovarian cancer has been launched by Lothian Buses, following campaigning by Lothian engineering worker Colin Barclay – who lost his wife Jill to ovarian cancer.He was voted Lothian’s Unsung Hero at the company’s People Awards, and part of his award was to receive his very own bus to help his campaign to raise awareness of ovarian cancer symptoms.The operator launched the “ovarian cancer bus” in partnership with the charity, Target Ovarian Cancer.
First Manchester is selling its Bolton depot to Rotala for £5.3 million.The sale, of the depot and associated business, will make Rotala the second largest operator in Manchester.The business runs 18 commercial bus routes in Bolton and Bury and into central Manchester.Rotala will initially lease 125 buses from First, returning them as it buys new ones over the next two years.The sale is expected to complete in August, with 500 staff transferring to Rotala.The Bolton depot will become Rotala’s headquarters in the North West.First Manchester will retain a presence in the city, operating the premium brand Vantage on the Leigh guided busway, Yellow School Bus services, and tendered routes. It will also retain its training school function, and its depot in Oldham.These services and staff will be re-located to the former Rusholme depot site, previously the Finglands depot. It was retained by First Manchester after its closure and will be re-opened.First has decided to sell thanks to ‘current uncertainties’ in Manchester, including franchising plans pursued by Mayor Andy Burnham.It has already sold its Queens Road depot to Go-Ahead, which has formed Go North West.Giles Fearnley, MD of First Bus, says: “I’d like to thank our employees for their continued hard work to deliver the best experience possible for our customers in Greater Manchester.“Today’s announcement does not reflect on the effort, commitment or individual performance of our Bolton employees and we will be supporting them fully as they transfer to their new employer.”
“I have ordered to stop construction until the procedure is agreed with Brussels,” Oresharski said after meeting three US senators in Sofia.The European Commission has a number of objections to the way that the tenders for South Stream projects were carried out. On Friday the European Court of Justice ruled that gas transmission rules passed in 2009 did not violate EU law. But there are a number of other challenges open. The Commission gave written notice to Bulgaria on 2 June that it was initiating an infringement procedure in connection with the award of a contract to Stroytransgaz to build the land section of the pipeline. Stroytransgaz is a company majority-owned by a Russian businessman who is on the US sanctions list.José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, said at the G7 summit in Brussels last week that Bulgaria should stop construction.Oresharski initially refused to halt construction which caused tension within the Bulgarian government. The Movement for Rights and Freedoms party, a junior coalition partner, has called for early elections and, while the centre-left coalition has agreed to call elections two years earlier than scheduled, it has not given an exact date. Elections are not due until 2016.The suspension of work in Bulgaria has prompted speculation that Serbia will also halt construction. However, Aleksandar Vučić, Serbia’s prime minister, said yesterday that the construction there will proceed as planned. Update 10/6 16:20: Sergei Stanishev, the leader of the largest party in Bulgaria’s coalition government, has called for the government to resign. He said early elections should be held in July.Bulgaria’s government remains in a precarious situation despite an announcement that it will stop work on the South Stream pipeline, as ordered by the European Commission.Plamen Oresharski, Bulgaria’s prime minister, announced on Sunday (8 June) that the government would respond to the European Commission’s request that it halt work on the pipeline until legal issues are resolved.
After an extremely successful fall tour which we were honored to be involved in, Lettuce has announced plans for a winter run that begins in Florida after Jam Cruise, hits the previously neglected West Coast and Colorado region and dabbles a bit in the midwest. The tour will be called “Lettuce 2015, A Funk Odyssey.” Check out the full dates below:1/6-10 – Miami, FL @ Jam Cruise 131/11 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live 1/13 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live1/14 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues1/16 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre1/17 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm1/18 – Winston Salem, NC @ Ziggys Music Park2/3 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern2/4 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre2/5 – Crystal Bay, NV @ Crystal Bay Club2/6 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom2/7 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre2/8 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory2/10 – Missoula, MT @ Top Hat2/11 – Park City, UT @ Park City Live2/12 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Aspen2/13 – Telluride, CO @ Clubred2/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave2/18 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre 2/19 – Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club2/20 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall2/21 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music HallThe funk powerhouse also recently announced a return to Red Rocks on June 5 with The Motet.
View Comments Erik Lochtefeld(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 27, 2017 Meghan Kennedy’s new play Napoli, Brooklyn has announced full casting for its off-Broadway run at the Laura Pels Theatre. The cast will include Erik Lochtefeld as Albert Duffy, Shirine Babb as Celia Jones, Alyssa Bresnahan as Luda, Juliet Brett as Connie Duffy, Jordyn DiNatale as Francesca Muscolino, Lilli Kay as Tina Muscolino, Elise Kibler as Vita Muscolino and Michael Rispoli as Nic Muscolino.The previously announced work, directed by Gordon Edelstein, will now begin previews on June 9 with an opening date slated for June 27. The limited engagement will run through September 3.The play takes place in 1960 Brooklyn, when the Muscolinos have raised three proud and passionate daughters. As the girls come of age in a rapidly changing world, their paths diverge—in drastic and devastating ways—from their parents’ deeply traditional values. Despite their fierce love, each young woman harbors a secret longing that, if revealed, could tear the family apart. When an earth-shattering event rocks their Park Slope neighborhood, life comes to a screeching halt and the Muscolino sisters are forced to confront their conflicting visions for the future.The creative team for Napoli, Brooklyn will include Eugene Lee (sets), Jane Greenwood (costumes), Ben Stanton (lights) and Fitz Patton (sound). The Laura Pels Theatre is located inside the Miriam and Harold Steinberg Center for Theatre. Napoli, Brooklyn Related Shows
Related According to the BBC, despite the ever present credit crunch and current squeeze on household finances, British shoppers were busier than anticipated in August and exercised their wallets to buy sports and fitness goods.Citing data from Experian’s national retail footfall index, the success of the British Olympic team helped boost British retail activity and reversed three consecutive months of falling shopper numbers.Experian’s footfall index saw a 3.9% rise in August when compared with July. This also helped to support the year on year trend. Meanwhile, online retail activity was up 3.5% year on year. Here the Olympics effect was most pronounced. Web traffic to sports and fitness retailers peaked during the opening weekend of Olympics competition. By the end of the Olympics, traffic was still up 36% year on year.”It is likely that shopping visits to out of town locations were helped by the resurgent interest in sports and fitness products and services, since many sports retailers are located in out-of-town destinations,” says Robin Goad, Director of Research at Experian’s web tracking service Hitwise. Experian’s Hitwise data suggested that bicycle retailers received a notable boost, following the success of the GB cycling team.The BBC report noted that data from the Nationwide Building Society had suggested that consumer confidence held steady in August, but was propped up by lower oil prices and the Olympics. “Lower petrol prices and more competitive new mortgage rates will be good news for the public. Team GB’s Olympic performance in Beijing may even have helped lift the nation’s spirits slightly,” said Fionnuala Earley, Nationwide’s Chief Economist.However, while the wider impact of the credit crunch is unlikely to have peaked, there are warnings that retail sales as a whole are likely to be hit by the general economic climate over the next 12 months.www.bbc.co.uk
Joern Watzke, Director Global B2B Sales at Garmin, said “Speedo is a leading authority when it comes to swimming, so we couldn’t be happier to be working together on this exciting new venture. Garmin’s users always want to be better and beat yesterday, so being able to help them unlock even more analysis plus have access to training plans and expert tips and advice creates an incredibly exciting new proposition. We’re looking forward to exploring what we can achieve together.”Speedo introduced the swimming platform Speedo On in June 2017 to provide swimmers with a unique online experience to support their swim training, providing detailed analysis and personalised recommendations to help users reach their goals. The motivational web platform aims to provide users with access to training programmes developed by the some of world’s best coaches and athletes, complete with expert tips and advice, personalised swim recommendations based on performance, drill and technique videos and more.on.speedo.comwww.garmin.com Speedo, the world’s leading swimwear brand, has partnered with global technology brand Garmin to enhance consumers swimming experience through Speedo On.The partnership will enable swimmers to sync their swim sessions logged on their Garmin fitness devices to Garmin Connect with Speedo On, providing detailed swim analysis, tips and personalised advice, plus access to Speedo’s swim training plan and content library. Speedo will also be introducing a swim focused watch face for Garmin, which will allow users to view data such as total swim distance and time.The integration between Speedo and Garmin will be compatible across Garmin’s wide range of swim-enabled devices including Garmin Swim, Forerunner 735XT, Forerunner 935, vívoactive HR and f?nix series. Select Garmin devices will also will be available for purchase from speedo.com.Rob Hicking, Brand Director at Speedo International, said “Through our exciting collaboration with Garmin we hope to be able to provide a richer swimming experience to a community of fitness enthusiasts. Our combined effort provides users with an enhanced swimming experience through the most in depth training plans and advice available, and our seamless integration with a technology brand like Garmin enables Speedo to keep on innovating and pushing boundaries.” Related
RUTLEDGE: Well, anxiety plays a role because of the uncertainty that it makes us much needier of comfort. It makes us already sort of used up. Our – you know, our energy’s a little bit used up from the stress. And so we’re really looking for something that we can enjoy that isn’t going to use more of our energy, that’s going to actually reinforce or relax or allow us to escape and give us a little bit of a vacation rather than tax our brains to figure out what’s going on in a very complex plot. LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: GARCIA-NAVARRO: And we get to spend time with Joey and Rachel (laughter). … Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media > PAMELA RUTLEDGE: Thank you. It’s lovely to be here. GARCIA-NAVARRO: It’s lovely to have you. So old shows like “Friends” and “The Office” are seeing enormous streaming rates now. Why is that, in your view? RUTLEDGE: Yes, they are actually the most downloaded shows right now, the most streamed, and it’s because these shows are shows that we’re familiar with. And when you’re familiar with a show, you actually develop a sense of a relationship with the characters, so they do feel like friends – no pun intended to the name. RUTLEDGE: And you know, they make you feel more comfortable. And right now, we’re socially isolated. We actually are craving time with our friends, and so these become kind of a proxy for that experience. And we know the plots. They’re funny. We get the neural reward of a little chuckle. * You may be finding yourself watching and re-watching and then re-watching the same TV shows during your quarantine. They’re cozy. They’re familiar. They’re predictable and usually always happy. It turns out our brain science has something to do with why we’re not venturing far from our favorite shows. Dr. Pamela Rutledge is a media psychologist and the director of the Media Psychology Center, and she joins us now from Orange County. GARCIA-NAVARRO: What role do you think anxiety plays in this? GARCIA-NAVARRO: Does the format of these shows contribute? RUTLEDGE: Exactly. Welcome. GARCIA-NAVARRO: What’s happening in our brains when we sit down to pick a TV show, especially now during the pandemic? RUTLEDGE: Well, I think any number of things, and it really depends on the emotions at the moment. And so I think that’s really an important thing for people to recognize – is, how am I feeling right now? What do I want to watch? But shows like this – so we sit down. It’s like, I’m tired from the stress. I mean, we’re basically exhausted all the time because we’re under the stress of uncertainty. So what do I want to watch that will give me some comfort and some rewards that’s easy, that doesn’t drain my energy but gives me some back? And that makes shows like “The Office” or “Friends” a very good choice. RUTLEDGE: Right. GARCIA-NAVARRO: (Laughter). GARCIA-NAVARRO: I have to say, when you say that, it just reminds me – the thing that I find so comforting about it is that they even have laugh tracks, right? So you’re even cued to know when you’re supposed… RUTLEDGE: Well, you know, the format contributes in the sense that they’re short periods of time. So it’s a half-hour increment, so there’s not a big cognitive drain to follow something that’s complex and long. But it’s really the structure and the predictability of the television shows and the plots that allow it to be so easily consumed. NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks to media psychologist Pamela Rutledge about how our brains are responding to the pandemic and driving our TV viewing choices. Hint: We’re craving predicability.
U.S. Sen. Martin HeinrichFrom the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:The Data Care Act will stop websites and apps from using personal data to harm users, protect user information from hacks, and hold companies accountable for misuse. WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has joined 15 senators in reintroducing legislation to protect people’s personal data online. The Data Care Act would require websites, apps, and other online providers to take responsible steps to safeguard personal information and stop the misuse of users’ data.“Private and sensitive information about health, family, religious views, and finances collected online through websites and apps should not be exploited due to online provider negligence,” Heinrich said. “This bill will put in place reasonable measures to protect users’ personal information and ensure that every American’s fundamental right to privacy remains intact.”Doctors, lawyers, and bankers are legally required to exercise special care to protect their clients and not misuse their information. While online companies also hold personal and sensitive information about the people they serve, they are not required to protect consumers’ data.This leaves users in a vulnerable position; they are expected to understand the information they give to providers and how it is being used – an unreasonable expectation for even the most tech-savvy consumer. By establishing an explicit duty for online providers, Americans can trust that their online data is protected and used in a responsible way.The Data Care Act establishes reasonable duties that will require providers to protect user data and will prohibit providers from using user data to their detriment:Duty of Care – Must reasonably secure individual identifying data and promptly inform users of data breaches that involve sensitive information; Duty of Loyalty – May not use individual identifying data in ways that harm users; Duty of Confidentiality – Must ensure that the duties of care and loyalty extend to third parties when disclosing, selling, or sharing individual identifying data; Federal and State Enforcement – A violation of the duties will be treated as a violation of an FTC rule with fine authority. States may also bring civil enforcement actions, but the FTC can intervene. States and the FTC may go after both first- and third-party data collectors. Rulemaking Authority – FTC is granted rulemaking authority to implement the Act.The Data Care Act is sponsored by U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai’i) and in addition to Heinrich is co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).
I saw the letter from Edwin Lee, reminding us of that splendid idea of setting up a solicitors’ building society. It was a good idea in 1984 and it is still a good idea. The loss of so many building societies has been catastrophic. This country was the envy of the world in having organisations set up with the sole purpose of lending money to people to help them buy their own homes. What could be better than a building society set up and run by the solicitors branch of the legal profession to assist their clients? Lloyd M Groves, past president and secretary, West London Law Society, Northwood, Middlesex