‘Godfather’ of sheds Cutts’ empire folds

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Jazz-Inspired Judy Celebrates 20 Years

first_imgWhen looking around for a new podcast, how about an oldie but goodie?“Jazz Inspired,” independently produced by Sag Harbor’s jazz pianist/raconteur/author/chanteuse Judy Carmichael, is celebrating 20 years on National Public Radio, and Carmichael — who has tickled the ivories for rock stars and rulers — has had a plethora of diversely interesting people on her show, from show biz types like Robert Redford and Seth MacFarlane to architect Frank Gehry and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.The show is not about jazz musicians, said Carmichael this week. “I wanted something that would keep me interested, frankly, doing a show where I could bring in all kinds of different artists and come at it differently in terms of inspiration and creativity. That’s a broader subject,” she said. “I mean, Redford — he’s been at this awhile. He’s been asked pretty much every question about his career that anyone could ask. But when I say, ‘I think of your process as a jazz process,’ it’s a whole new subject.”Carmichael said she studies up on her guests, “and I really think, ‘What about them is different? What will have a bigger meaning for my audience: What will inspire them to find their own creativity?’ That’s what I’m really interested in.”Her most recent episode, taped toward the beginning of March but airing on 140 NPR affiliates across the country (including Southampton’s 88.3 WPPB-FM) the week of May 2 through May 8, is an interview with horror film legend Roger Corman, best known for the original “Little Shop of Horrors,” which he filmed in two days and one night.“Roger, who just turned 94, is one of the most engaged human beings I’ve ever met,” Carmichael said. “He really listens, and answers your questions with thought and passion. I was initially surprised,” she said.Corman, who is sometimes referred to as “the Pope of Pop Cinema,” wasn’t always taken seriously during his career, when he made scads of low-budget films, like the Edgar Allan Poe series with Vincent Price, “Frankenstein Unbound,” “Galaxy of Terror,” or “The Trip,” penned by Jack Nicholson and starring Peter Fonda.It was said in Hollywood that Corman could negotiate a movie deal over a pay phone, finance it with money from the change slot, and shoot it in the phone booth.But he managed to jumpstart the show biz careers of names like Nicholson, Diane Ladd, and William Shatner, and mentored other directors like Francis Ford Coppola, James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, and many more.It is detailed in his book, “How I Made 100 Films in Hollywood and Never Lost A Dime.”In his later years, Corman has finally received appreciation for his efforts, heaped with lifetime achievement awards and the subject of a documentary film, “Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel.”Meeting him at a party in Los Angeles a few months ago brought Carmichael to invite him on the show. Then she found herself woodshedding — watching some of his movies that she hadn’t seen in decades.“It was funny to watch a bunch of those ‘B’ horror movies again,” she said. “And he’s famous for very short shoots, low budget, and what I thought was, ‘This wasn’t just to save money. What was he getting out of this creatively, to do this, this way?’ And it’s a very jazz process,” she said.“He has a great sense of humor,” she recounted of her interview. Acknowledging, with gratitude, the many illustrious folks she’s been lucky enough to interview, Carmichael said, “Even in that circle, Roger’s mind is so interesting. And the connections he makes, where we went in the conversation — I’m really proud of it. When we finished, Roger’s assistant said she had never seen him that happy,” Carmichael said with a laugh.“I think it’s more important than ever for people to tap into their creativity right now,” urged Carmichael. “Artists have an unusually high tolerance for uncertainty and delayed gratification. So, this is our time to learn things, to create things.”For more about Carmichael, her website is www.judycarmichael.com. To listen to her dozens of previous interviews and learn more about “Jazz Inspired,” the site is www.jazzinspired.com.bridget@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

Screen Talks live Q&A: How indie distributors are creating virtual cinema models

first_imgScreen Talk: the challenges and opportunities for film festivals during Covid-19 Click here to register Richard Lorber, president and CEO of New York-based Kino Lorber, Michael Rosenberg, president of New York-based Film Movement, and Eve Gabereau, managing director of UK-based Modern Films, join Screen’s Americas editor Jeremy Kay in a free live discussion exploring the challenges and opportunities of taking releases into the virtual realm.Gabereau’s Modern Films is presently streaming three independent titles: Nora Fingscheidt’s German arthouse hit System Crasher, Julian Jarrold’s true life triumph-over-adversity story Sulphur And White, starring Emily Beecham, and Haifaa Al Mansour’s The Perfect Candidate, the third feature from Saudi’s leading female filmmaker. Film Movement’s current virtual release include Jan Komasa’s Oscar-nominated Polish submission and Venice Days 2019 award winner Corpus Christi, Diao Yinan’s Chinese gangland thriller and Cannes 2019 Competition selection The Wild Goose Lake, and Hlynur Pálmason’s Icelandic Oscar submission A White, White Day.Among Kino Lorber current releases are Kleber Mendonca Filho’s Brazilian mystery and Cannes 2019 joint jury prize winner Bacurau, as well as Kantemir Balagov’s Cannes Un Certain Regard best director prize-winner Beanpole, and Ken Loach’s Cannes 2019 selection Sorry We Missed You.The 30-minute discussion will be followed by a live Q&A in which the audience will be able to ask questions to the panellists; we can also take advance questions at orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com.The Screen Talk will be available to watch on Screendaily after it has taken place.PanellistsRichard Lorber is president and CEO of Kino Lorber, an independent arthouse distributor that releases films under labels Kino Lorber, Kino Classics, Zeitgeist Films, and Alive Mind Cinema. The theatrical release roster includes five of the recent Berlin Golden Bear winners including Mohammad Rasoulof’s 2020 recipient There is No Evil. In 2019, the company launched art house digital channel Kino Now. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Lorber launched Kino Marquee earlier this year.Michael Rosenberg is president of Film Movement, the New York-based distributor that launched in 2002. After stints as president of eOne Films USA, and executive vice-president at Koch Lorber Films, among others, Rosenberg joined Film Movement in March 2014. He oversaw the creation of Film Movement Classics, and the launch in 2018 of online streaming service, Film Movement Plus. Recent theatrical releases have championed auteurs such as Hirokazu Kore-eda, Bertrand Bonello, and Andrei Konchalovsky. The Virtual Cinema initiative launched earlier this year in partnership with Art House Convergence.Eve Gabereau is managing director of Modern Films, a London-based, female-led, social issues-driven film production, distribution and event cinema company. Its slate includes Haifaa Al Mansour’s The Perfect Candidate and Rubika Shah’s White Riot. At the end of March, the company invites audiences who stream films through the Modern Films website to select an independent cinema at the point of purchase. An undisclosed percentage of the proceeds will go directly to the cinema, with 22 venues initially signing up to the initiative.center_img Source: Film Movement/Julie CunnahMichael Rosenberg, Richard Lorber, Eve GabereauThe second in our Screen Talks webinar series is taking place on Thursday, April 23 at 16:00 BST, and will look at how arthouse distributors and exhibitors are partnering in various revenue-sharing “virtual cinema” models in response to theatre closures during the Covid-19 pandemic.last_img read more

iGAS awarded major CO2 project

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Senior VP leaves Bristow ‘for personal reasons’

first_imgBristow Group, a provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, has announced that the company’s Senior Vice President (VP) and Chief Administration Officer, Hilary Ware, has left the company for personal reasons.Bristow said on Tuesday that Ware left the company following a brief leave of absence.The company stated that the Senior Management and the Board of Directors are already taking actions in reorganizing the chief administrative officer role and responsibilities. An announcement regarding these changes will come by the end of August, Bristow added.In the meantime, the company said that Mary Wersebe will serve in the role of acting Chief Administrative Officer on an interim basis.Jonathan Baliff, Bristow Group CEO, said: “Hilary has played an important role in Bristow’s exceptional accomplishments for almost nine years and has developed and managed many of Bristow’s key administrative functions, including human resources, communications, government affairs and information technology.”Baliff further added: “Her insights in development and training have contributed significantly to Bristow’s success, especially in the creation of our Leadership and Management Development Training Programs. Her championing of these areas, along with Bristow Uplift and the company’s charitable and community affairs, has been integral in developing the Bristow culture.”last_img read more

Solicitor wants forum for ‘isolated’ NHS lawyers

first_imgA solicitor working in the National Health Service wants to create a forum for NHS lawyers, to reduce the sense of ‘isolation’ they may feel. Justin Day, commercial legal adviser at Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals Foundation Trust, wants the group to provide a setting where NHS lawyers can exchange ideas and ways of working. He said many trusts employ only one solicitor, leading to a sense of ‘isolation’ for those who are the only practitioner in a trust. He added: ‘NHS lawyers’ terms of reference are increasingly varied, and include: representing trusts at public enquiries; dealing with complaints; Freedom of Information Act requests and data protection issues; commercial property work; landlord and tenant disputes; EU procurement regulations; employment law; shared-service agreements; joint ventures; and commercial contract work. It would help to be able to interact with others on an informal basis.’Interested parties should contact justin.day@rbch.nhs.uk.last_img read more

Force majeure: Use with caution

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Boy Scouts will allow transgender children into programs

first_img Author: Associated Press Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Boy Scouts will allow transgender children into programs SHAREcenter_img Published: January 30, 2017 7:28 PM EST Updated: January 30, 2017 7:59 PM EST DALLAS (AP) – The Boy Scouts of America announced Monday that it will allow transgender children who identify as boys to enroll in its boys only programs.The organization announced it had made the decision to begin basing enrollment in its boys-only programs on the gender a child or parent lists on the application to become a scout. The organization had previously held a policy that relied on the gender listed on a child’s birth certificate for those programs.Rebecca Rausch, a spokeswoman for the organization, emailed a statement Monday. She said the organization’s leadership had considered a recent case in Secaucus, New Jersey, where an 8-year-old transgender child had been asked to leave his Scout troop after parents and leaders found out he is transgender, but the change was made because of the larger conversation about gender identity going on around the country.“For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America, along with schools, youth sports and other youth organizations, have ultimately deferred to the information on an individual’s birth certificate to determine eligibility for our single-gender programs,” the statement said. “However, that approach is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state.”Rausch said the enrollment decision goes into effect immediately.“Our organization’s local councils will help find units that can provide for the best interest of the child,” the statement said.Boy Scouts of America leaders lifted a blanket ban on gay troop leaders and employees in July 2015.last_img read more

Siemens bets on Desiro Main Line

first_imgDesiro Main Line in figures ProfileUIC 505-1 CrashworthinessprEN 15227:2005 Fire protectionprEN45545 Platform heights mm550, 760, 900 Minimum radius m110 Operating temperature range íC-25 to +40 Car width mm2840 Car height mm4250 End couplersScharfenberg Buffing load kN1500 Bogie centres end cars m16·2 centre cars m15·5 Wheelbase mm2 300 Wheel diameter (new/used) mm850/760 Tare weight, tonnes for 15 kV power car46 for driving trailer35 for intermediate trailer33·5 Maximum axleload tonnes16·5 Weight kg/m2 two-car577 three-car561 four-car600 Power-to-weight kW/t two-car16·35 three-car11·5 four-car16·35 Two new EMU designs are being developed for use by independent operators bidding to run regional concessions in Europe. Harry Hondius reports,PLANS TO DEVELOP a new modular platform for regional EMUs were announced by Siemens Transportation Systems at Uerdingen on June 23.STS expects to see operating contracts put out to tender for 90% of regional routes in Germany, triggering a substantial demand for new rolling stock that could match the bulge of investment seen on regional services tendered over the past decade. However, DB will not permit the three big manufacturers to sell EMUs to its domestic competitors based on the successful ET 423-426 family. As a result, Stadler Pankow has taken orders from various German operators for 61 Flirt articulated EMUs, ranging from two-car to five-car sets. FTD of Dessau is also moving into the market with its Protos design.After a thorough analysis, Siemens has decided to develop a new EMU family, known as Desiro Main Line. It will offer two, three and four-car sets with between 120 and 384 seats. Articulation is out; each car will be carried on two separate air-sprung bogies. End cars of 24m and 22m intermediate vehicles will be coupled to form units of 48·5, 70·9 or 93·3m.Depending upon the interior configurations, these will accommodate 120 to 184, 184 to 284 or 248 to 384 seats respectively. There will be a driving motor car, driving trailer and intermediate trailer; four or five-car sets would have two motor cars.The cars will have integral welded modular aluminium bodyshells, meeting the current TSI requirements for buffing loads, crashworthiness and accessibility. The trains will be offered with floor heights of 600, 800 or 1000mm above rail to suit variations in platform height. A retractable step will be provided for stations with 380mm high platforms. Cars with 600 and 800mm floor heights can have two 1300mm wide doorways per side, the higher version can have four. Inter-car gangways will be 875mm above rail.Each motor car will have four semi-suspended 325 kW asynchronous motors, giving a typical acceleration of 1m/s2. Regenerative braking will also be offered as standard, together with disc brakes and magnetic track brakes. The air-conditioning equipment will be roof-mounted. The traction package has been designed to work on all four European voltages and the units can be fitted with various signalling and ATP systems. Provision has been made for the installation of ETCS equipment and video monitoring systems if required.last_img read more

Attorney Natasha Mayne creates success through spirituality, visionary mindset and vibrant…

first_imgNatasha D. Mayne, an attorney with Jamaican roots, is the owner of The Mayne Law Firm, P.A. with offices in Davie and Miramar, Florida. A family/marital and commercial/business litigation attorney, and also a certified family law mediator and Guardian Ad Litem, Mayne’s unprecedented style and witty personality make her stand out in the legal arena. She takes her clients’ matters personally, which fuels her passion to provide top-notch and innovative lawyering.Highly regarded for her ability to assist clients in addressing and extricating themselves from difficult and potentially costly situations, throughout her career Mayne has achieved favorable results for a diverse group of clients in cases related to commercial litigation, business law, contract law and family law. As a commercial/business lawyer, she has assisted prominent hospitals and businesses throughout Florida with day-to-day legal guidance on how to protect themselves from lawsuits, and has also litigated complex matters successfully.For family law, Mayne is a firm believer in using mediation and collaborative law whenever possible, and is most often able to settle cases out of court. She understands the emotional and financial difficulty of divorce and works hard to settle cases calmly and quickly. She considers compassion a primary focus of her work as an  attorney, and has used it to help her settle and litigate all aspects of family law, including contested and uncontested divorces, paternity suits, adoptions, child support, temporary and permanent child custody and support issues, spousal support matters, division of property, both civil and domestic violence restraining orders, name changes, guardianships, as well as modification and enforcement of family law orders and judgments.However, if litigation is necessary to protect the best interest of her clients, Mayne is known to not back down and aggressively litigate. In addition to growing a successful law practice, Mayne serves on boards for numerous professional and charity organizations. She is also a radio and television personality, and hosts various community events throughout South Florida. Mayne shares how and why she takes a unique mix of spirituality, style and a visionary mindset to her work. CNW: What’s the essence of your spiritual belief system, and how has it helped you on your journey to success as a lawyer? NM: The essence of my spiritual belief system is built on two simple principles: Everlasting Love and Grace. The embodiment of these two words is Jesus, who I recognize as God-in-the-Flesh, the nucleus of my being.  My spiritual connection to God gives me the strength to know that no matter what I may experience in life, I will overcome. Accordingly, every time I overcome a situation my faith is fortified a billion times more. At this point in my life, I am a solid rock built on everlasting love and grace which is my vehicle to success. I fellowship with God EVERY DAY through prayer and he responds always, whether it is through our spiritual connection or another human being. The beauty in having a rich relationship with God is that he always answers and he is always right on time. CNW: Your vibrant sense of style isn’t typical in the legal world. What inspires you to go outside the box, and what message, if any, would you like to world to receive from your sense of style? NM: Truly, my sense of style comes from my big personality. My style is very bold, authentic, and opinionated, just like my personality. I wear what I like, and I refuse to be boxed into any category. If I feel like a lawyer, I will dress like one, and if I feel like a queen or model, I will dress like one. My message is for people to dress the way they want the world to address them.CNW: What are the challenges for Caribbean Americans within the legal field, and what would advice would you give navigating these challenges?  NM: No matter where you are from, as a minority woman lawyer, there are serious challenges in the practice of law. First, according to the Bureau of Labor statistics, law is one of the least racially diverse professions in the nation, and 88% of lawyers are white. This is one of the principal challenges. Women are treated with double standards and biases. Second, women and minorities are often left out of the networks of mentoring and sponsorship that are critical to career development. With that said, I have learned to overcome the challenges by consistently researching my competitors and making sure I stay above the game with technological sophistication, continuing legal education, placing myself in advantageous networks and branding myself like a revolution all by myself.  It takes a lot of work, and I am willing to do it as winning in this field is all about evolving and making your practice legendary.last_img read more