The milk quota was introduced in the 1980s in response to surplus production and acts to maintain dairy prices plummeting. The measure is crucial to famers in poorer regions of Europe who rely on the market stability the quota brings. In 2015, the European Union will abolish the milk quota, sparking concerns that the move would open the door to market instability. “After the quota, there will be a tremendous impact in market. The volatility of milk price is high already, but when the quota ends, the volatility will increase further,” Paolo de Castro, chair of the European Parliament’s agriculture committee told CNBC. But five member states including Germany and Cyprus were fined a total of 46 million euros on Tuesday for exceeding their milk quotas, casting doubts over the Commission’s hopes of calm in the dairy market after the quota rules end. Agricultural experts said that the quota could be holding back production in some countries and a boost in milk production is possible after it has ended. Removing the quota in countries that have already exceeded the cap is going to help increase the supply of milk, Professor Jeremy Franks from Newcastle University’s School of Agriculture told CNBC, adding that it is “holding back production”. The scrapping of the milk production limit comes as the Common Agricultural Policy, which provides help to farmers across the continent, undergoes sweeping reform. “Areas of higher costs and more disadvantaged places, are likely to reduce production, therefore there will be winners and loser across EU,” he told CNBC. Renwick said milk prices are likely to fall with the boost in milk production after the 2015 quota lift, but global prices will play a big role. ) “What has been happening in recent years is that EU price has been closely linked to world price.
Allied World Europe Acquires Renewal Rights to Markel’s Aviation Business
Most of the federal government is closed Tuesday in Washington. Alex Brandon/AP Enlarge Paris European leaders, mired in economic woe, have garnered thinly veiled and sometimes overt criticism from across the Atlantic for how they’ve navigated their domestic crises. Governments have fallen across Europe in recent years. Just today Italy is yet again on the brink, facing its own political collapse. The Christian Science Monitor Weekly Digital Edition But it is with incomprehension that Europe views the US this week, after a congressional dispute over President Obama’s healthcare plan led to a US government shutdown. So far European markets have reacted calmly to America’s political gridlock. And the shutdown has little direct impact on specific transatlantic relations. But it does add to a sense in Europe that the US is bogged down and focused elsewhere, even as discontent over governance is equallydiscernible on both sides of the Atlantic. RECOMMENDED: Think you know Europe? Take our geography quiz. It fuels an already confused debate when it comes to the future of transatlantic relations, says Ian Lesser, senior director for foreign and security policy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Brussels. Europe is already worried that the US is pivoting to Asia, and what this would mean for European strategic interests….
Markets closed Allied World Europe Acquires Renewal Rights to Markels Aviation Business Press Release: Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG 3 hours ago +1.3900 ZUG, Switzerland–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG ( AWH ) and Markel International announced today that Allied World Europe and Markel International have entered into an agreement whereby Allied World Europe will acquire the renewal rights to a book of aviation business written by Lloyds Syndicate 1400 and Markel Europe plc. This business encompasses airline, aerospace and general aviation classes. In addition, the former Markel underwriting team led by Olivier Marre has joined Allied World Europe, ensuring continuity of service and coverage to clients and brokers. Markel acquired the aviation book of business in May this year as part of its acquisition of Alterra Capital. Required regulatory approvals for this transaction have been received from the Central Bank of Ireland and Lloyds. Julian James, President, Allied World Europe, said, We are delighted to secure such a high calibre team of individuals. By expanding into this market, we are taking another step in the strategy of building out our European business in areas where we believe we can make a meaningful impact. Having underwritten the quota share for the entire account through our Bermuda operation, we have knowledge and experience of the class, and with Olivier and his teams impressive track record, I am confident that we can continue to build on the teams previous success. William Stovin, President and Chief Operating Officer, Markel International, commented, This is a good deal for all of us which allows Markel to focus on its core lines of business while Olivier and his team can continue to look after a book of business it knows well. Olivier Marre, added, I am pleased that our underwriting team has joined Allied World. We have spent considerable time managing this handover and I am confident that there will be a seamless transition for our clients during this process. The aviation market remains a challenging environment and continuing to implement our underwriting discipline will be a critical factor to our success. About Allied World Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG, through its subsidiaries and brand known as Allied World, is a global provider of innovative property, casualty and specialty insurance and reinsurance solutions. Allied World offers superior client service through a global network of offices and branches. All of Allied World’s rated insurance and reinsurance subsidiaries are rated A by A.M. Best Company, A by Standard & Poor’s, and A2 by Moody’s, and our Lloyd’s Syndicate 2232 is rated A+ by Standard & Poor’s and Fitch.
(Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times / September 30, 2013) Also By David Ng September 30, 2013, 1:26 p.m. When renowned tenor Placido Domingo was still a relatively unknown singer from Spain, he made his Los Angeles-area debut at the Music Center in 1967 in a touring series by the New York City Opera. His local debut included performances in “Don Rodrigo,” “La Traviata” and “Madama Butterfly.” “My early performances with New York City Opera were what really kicked off my international career, and I look back on those days with enormous pride,” Domingo said in a recent statement sent to The Times. New York’s second largest opera company currently faces imminent bankruptcy as an emergency fundraising campaign to raise $7 million by the end of September has fallen significantly short of its goal. The company is expected to declare bankruptcy early this week, cutting short its 2013-14 season. PHOTOS: LA Opera through the years The expected closure of City Opera — whether it be temporary or permanent — is seen as a major blow to New York’s cultural community. Earlier this month the company launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $1 million toward its $7 million goal. But the online campaign has brought in less than $300,000 in pledges as of Monday. City Opera, which was formerly located at Lincoln Center , has faced serious financial problems for the past several years and has recently presented scaled-back seasons at venues around New York. During its heyday it nurtured the early careers of such notable singers as Domingo and the late Beverly Sills . “It would be an absolute tragedy for that legacy to come to an end,” said Domingo,in statements sent by his spokeswoman. The tenor is currently conducting performances of Bizet’s “Carmen” at Los Angeles Opera, where he is general director. Here are Domingo’s full statements about City Opera: “I have strong personal feelings about New York City Opera. I had my first really important New York engagements with City Opera in the mid-1960s, I sang the U.S. premiere of Ginasteras ‘Don Rodrigo’ there, and I even toured with City Opera — in fact I made my debut in Los Angeles, which has played such an important part in my life, with City Opera, before LA had a major company of its own.
Why the New York Knicks Made a Big Mistake with Grunwald Demotion
The government branches and services affected by the shutdown. Slideshow New York City Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio speaks after receiving the endorsement of former mayoral candidate and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn during a press conference at City Hall in New York September 17, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton NEW YORK | Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:38pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio revealed on Monday that his father took his own life in 1979 after a long struggle with alcoholism and late-stage cancer. Speaking about a difficult personal situation weeks before the November 5 general election, de Blasio, who has a wide lead in the race to follow Mayor Michael Bloomberg in City Hall, said he had learned “very powerful personal lessons” from his father’s demise but that it was “tough stuff to make sense of to this day.” De Blasio, the city’s public advocate, issued a statement about his father’s death to pre-empt a New York Post article about the suicide, which was published soon after. He gave a long interview to New York’s public radio station afterwards. “We knew his life was going to come to an end. We didn’t expect it to be this way,” he said. “And there had been such sorrow around it.” De Blasio said he did not intend to discuss it further. “I think some things still need to be respected about families and I think it’s fair that I that I would answer these questions for one person and explain the situation for one person,” he said. “But after that I don’t have any intention to talk about it any more.” “This particular piece is just particularly painful and difficult and wasn’t something I felt real comfortable talking about,” he said. De Blasio is due to face Republican Joe Lhota, a former deputy under Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Recent polls show that de Blasio is favored by about two-thirds of city voters. De Blasio’s father, Warren Wilhelm, volunteered to fight in World War Two and was at Okinawa, one of the war’s bloodiest episodes. De Blasio said he saw little of his father after his parents separated and described his father’s drunkenness as a “consistent reality.” Wilhelm, 61 and sick with late-stage cancer, shot himself in a Connecticut hotel in 1979. De Blasio was 18 and had just finished high school. (Reporting by Edith Honan; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
New York mayoral hopeful discusses father’s suicide
Malik – 2013-10-01T19:06:36Z Spot wholesale electricity jumped to a three-week high on the New York grid, sending the premium of Western region to a record over New York City , as unusually warm weather boosted demand while supplies near Buffalo dropped. Prices topped $400 a megawatt-hour in Manhattan and more than $1,300 in the western most part of the grid operated by the New York Independent System Operator Inc. Power demand in the state rose 4.6 percent at 2:35 p.m. from a day earlier amid transmission bottlenecks. Spot on-peak prices in the West traded at an average premium of $135.03 to New York City at 2 p.m., the most in grid data compiled by Bloomberg going back to 2005. The high temperature in Midtown Manhattan today may be 79 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius), 10 above normal, and Buffalo may be 7 higher than average at 65 degrees, according to ACcuWeather Inc. in State College , Pennsylvania. Things are always kind of odd this time of the year when you get warmer-than-normal weather, said Kate Trischitta, director of trading at Consolidated Edison Inc.s wholesale energy trading unit in Valhalla, New York. You have a lot of generators taking their annual outages for maintenance as well as transmission outages. Spot power for New York City jumped $163.71 to average $196.67 a megawatt-hour during the hour ended at 2 p.m. from the same time yesterday, the grid data show. The NYISOs West zone, which includes Buffalo, prices surged $484.93 to $515.23 a megawatt-hour. Coal Plant A 650-megawatt coal-fired unit at the Homer City Generating Station in Indiana County, Pennsylvania , is offline for planned maintenance, said Matthew Oatway, a Boston-based analyst with Genscape Inc., which tracks power data. The plant is operated and maintained by NRG Energy Corp., according to its website . Reduced supplies from Homer City, which sends power into the NYISOs West zone via the Stolle Road high-voltage line, and the outage of a small-area generating unit, are curtailing imports at times, Oatway said. Its a very local issue thats spilling over to the rest of the grid. West zone prices started to swing to a premium to New York City at times this year after NRG mothballed its Dunkirk coal-fired units late last year.
He has done a fantastic job tooling together a contending team despite the cap-limits the Knicks have been forced to deal with. This offseason alone proves Grunwalds worth to New York. Despite financial restrictions, the former general manager brought in seven new players and re-signed three. While some of Grunwalds moves can be considered risky, such as the acquisition of Andrea Bargnani in a deal centered around a 2014 first-round pick , most of his decisions seem to be low-risk, high-reward. Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports Glen Grunwald was demoted after putting together New York’s 2013-14 roster. He decided to bring in Metta World Peace to serve as a defensive stopper alongside Iman Shumpert. Grunwalds decision to sign point guard Beno Udrih to back up Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni gives New York a proven ball-handler and game manager. He also signed two big men in Jeremy Tyler and, more recently, Cole Aldrich to increase New Yorks frontcourt depth. Aside from the Bargnani trade, Grunwald made smart, savvy decisions to improve a Knicks roster that was ousted in the second round of the playoffs against a more physical Indiana Pacers team. He did what he needed to do to make the Knicks a more physical team capable of matching up against big, strong teams such as Indiana and the Chicago Bulls . Not only has Grunwald improved the Knicks roster during his tenure with New York, but he has also helped the team advance to the second round of the playoffs, which no general manager had done in New York in over a decade, as Frank Isola of the New York Daily News said via twitter. Glen Grunwald did a lot with the little he had to work with. Knicks snapped a 13-year streak of not winning a playoff series…and he’s out Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) September 26, 2013 And what is Grunwalds reward for his efforts? A demotion to an advisory role.
Now, singers engaged for one can also perform for the other. Opera Delaware will present a staged version of “L’elisir” next week; cast and conductor, in effect, got the advantage of having a couple extra run-throughs of the piece in Baltimore. The singers had the score in their heads (no music stands for this performance, as has often been the case). And, having been through some of the staging rehearsals for Wilmington, the cast easily tossed in a lot of acting (and inter-acting) here. The performance was anything but a mere concert. I was especially interested to hear William Davenport again. The tenor showed unusual promise when he was a Peabody Conservatory student not that long ago. Judging by the confidence he demonstrated in his portrayal of lovesick Nemorino in “L’elisir,” it seems that Davenport is settling into the profession nicely. In terms of styling, the singer is a natural, attentive to text and the shape of phrases; “Una furtiva lagrima” was elegantly molded. I was a little disappointed, however, in Davenport’s tone. I often wanted to hear more warmth and evenness to complement fully the admirable musicality. Still, this guy clearly has something. So does Trevor Scheunemann, whose hearty baritone and delectably colorful phrasing fleshed out the role of the pompous Belcore. A classy performance all around. Sharin Apostolou encountered some technical inconsistencies, but was an engaging Adina. Stephen Eisenhard compensated for upper-register thinness with lots of vitality as Dulcamara.
Livermore concert aims to help Valley wounded
Actor Joe Mantegna, who met Ross at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, rearranged his “Criminal Minds” shooting schedule to emcee, and American Idol finalist Lacey Brown will perform. The concert is the brainchild of George Bowen, who met Ross through his son, a fellow Marine. He originally proposed a small concert, but four local groups — VFW 6298, American Legion Post 235, Valley Veterans Foundation of Livermore and Pleasanton Military Families — decided to collaborate, and it grew into a larger effort. “This idea was a magnet,” Bowen said. “The community coalesced around it.” The Stand Up and Play Foundation a nationwide organization that assists people with impaired mobility is partnering with the local groups to present the event. The Gary Sinise Foundation provided a sizable donation, and numerous other people and groups, from the San Francisco 49′ers and Giants to corporate sponsors Chevron and Safeway to the Wente Vineyards staff members and Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department medics who will donate their time, are also contributing. “We’ve been really happy people responded,” said Pat Frizzell, chairwoman of Pleasanton Military Families. “We’re excited it just took off. We just hope people attend so it’s a big success for our wounded.” Bowen said the aim is to provide local wounded warriors with assistance for peripheral expenses, such as the higher utility bills amputees might incur because their body temperature is more difficult to regulate and they must either run the air or heat constantly. “The key thing we’re financing are needs not met through government benefits,” he said. Wounded warriors who currently live, or who once lived in the Tri-Valley for at least five years, are eligible to apply for the grant money generated from the net proceeds of ticket sales.
Get Walt Disney Concert Hall News and alerts free to your inbox At Sept. 30s gala under a tent on Grand Avenue in downtown L.A., Dudamel said he was fed turkey jerky for the first time on a plane ride and it gave him ideas. This wonderful party for music is a good thing, he said, praising his orchestra and when there was a smattering of applause, added, But louder, please. Deborah Borda, prexy of the L.A. Phil, said: Gustavo had a crazy, amazing idea for tonight. We told him it couldnt be done and then we found a videographer, Netia Jones, who could do it. The concert included screens suspended from the ceiling, which showed the development of the hall from sketches to models to the finished building, all set to music played by the L.A. Phil. Interspersed were interviews from architect Frank Gehry as well as newspaper articles that criticized and praised the facility. The program ranged from music by Bach and Tchaikovsky to tunes from Disney films with solo perfs by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Gehry himself came up to the podium and pretended to conduct but didnt speak to the audience, which included Mayor Eric Garcetti, Julie Andrews, John Williams, Albert Brooks, Sherry Lansing and William Friedkin, Michael Eisner, Alan Horn, Jane Fonda, Herbie Hancock, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Cheyenne Jackson, Chris ODonnell, Emmy Rossum, Jane Seymour and William Shatner. About $5 million was raised from the gala for the Phils education programs.
Alabama Rising concert series bringing some of state’s most-promising young bands to Huntsville (photos)
So they got him a job in the studio. And I was home for the summer farm-handing, which is a job I used to do, and I got home for lunch and this guy calls and he’s like, ‘You want a job?’ And I was like, ‘Mom, I’m out of here.’” Eventually, Bennett moved into sound and lighting, including work at the New Orleans Convention Center and Huntsville’s Theatrical Lighting Systems. When Bennett brought the Alabama Rising idea to Flying Monkey manager Anna Sue Courtney, she thought it sounded like an ideal fit for the venue, known for its superb acoustics and warm, intimate vibe. “We try to support local and regional musicians and artists as much as we can,” Courtney says. “And I’ve known Doug for a while and he has really perfect taste in music.” Pretty much a classic-rock and singer/songwriter fan, Bennett says to do Alabama Rising justice he, “had to kind of step out of what I like, and think about what everybody likes.” If shows already scheduled through late-January go well, Bennett can see the series continuing further. “I’m just having a ball with it. It’s the best thing I’ve taken on in years.” Oct. 5: The Great Book of John/ Shaheed and DJ Supreme (Birmingham) “The Great Book of John is Wilco-y, Radiohead-ish … sort of dreamy,” Bennett says. “And they suggested they bring this hip-hop duo from Birmingham, Shaheed and DJ Supreme. I was real skeptical, but I listened to these guys and it’s old-school, socially conscious, positive. And I’m real excited about it.” Nov. 9: St Paul and the Broken Bones (Birmingham) “I love R&B and soul, and here are these and I don’t know how else to say it white kids that are playing it as well as anybody,” Bennett says.
Furloughed workers were told to spend four hours of paid time in an orderly shutdown after receiving furlough notice. They were expected to finish outstanding work, hand files over to coworkers exempted from the furloughs and post automatic out-of-office replies on email and phone accounts. Workers were told not to check government cell phones or email during the shutdown but that they would still be allowed on base to use commissaries and exchanges. According to government regulations, furloughed civilians will not receive pay and can only be compensated for back pay by an act of Congress. More than 1,400 civilians working for U.S. Air Forces in Europe-U.S. Air Forces Africa more than 80 percent of the commands appropriated-fund civilian workforce were to be furloughed, according to USAFE officials. This will certainly put undue stress on all of our Airmen as we adjust to this significant loss of manpower and professional expertise, Gen. Frank Gorenc, USAFE-AFAFRICA commander said in a message posted on the commands Facebook page Tuesday. U.S. Army Europe and U.S.
Tescos performance abroad is raising questions whether management will move to exit other markets such as Poland and Turkey, John Kershaw, an analyst at Exane BNP Paribas, said in a note previewing todays results. The grocer today said it would pay $558 million to fold its Chinese hypermarkets into a joint venture with China Resources Enterprise Ltd. (291) Chief Financial Officer Laurie McIlwee insisted that Tesco is committed to all the countries it operates in. We have great market positions in the majority of those markets, McIlwee said on a conference call. Well fight our way through a difficult macro environment. Stagnant U.K. Tesco said it expects to show an improved trading performance in the second half, noting that investments in Europe are already having an effect after a challenging retail environment in the first half. The company repeated its goal of mid-single digit trading profit growth in the medium-term. U.K. same-store sales, excluding petrol and value-added taxes, were unchanged in the second quarter, matching analyst estimates for that measure. That was an improvement from the 1 percent decline in the first quarter. After its first profit annual drop in almost two decades last year, Tesco has been investing in improving the quality of its own-brand products and is revamping its hypermarkets with bakeries, gourmet coffee and tapas while adding outlets like Harris & Hoole coffee shops and Giraffe restaurants to the premises to make them more desirable destinations.
GEORGE SOROS: Europe’s Nightmare Is Getting Worse, And Only Germany Can Make It Stop
This divergence was not envisioned by the Maastricht Treaty, which assumed that only the public sector produces disequilibrium. Then came the Crash of 2008. After the Lehman bankruptcy European finance ministers declared that no other systemically important financial institution would be allowed to fail but Chancellor Merkel insisted that the obligation should fall on each country individually, not on the European Union or the Eurozone collectively. That was the onset of the euro crisis but it took markets more than a year to react to it. Only when Greece revealed a much larger than expected fiscal deficit did markets realize that Greece may actually default on its debt but then they raised risk premiums with a vengeance not only on Greek bonds but on the bonds of all the so-called periphery countries. By then those countries became saddled with much more debt than a third world country would have been able to accumulate. The outbreak of the crisis put the European financial authorities in a bind. They had to deal with the crisis in accordance with rules that were patently inappropriate to prevailing conditions; yet they couldnt change the Maastricht and Lisbon Treaties because public opinion especially in France and Germany was opposed to any further steps towards European integration. Consequently, the authorities had to resort to all kinds of legal subterfuges to prevent the euro from collapsing. This made the rules governing the euro much more complicated than they would have been if they had been designed de novo. At the same time some of the changes that arose in practice, notably the risk of default and the bail-in of bondholders were gradually given legal recognition. This has put heavily indebted countries at a large and recurrent disadvantage, which has not been properly acknowledged.
Windows Phone gains ground in Europe
September 30, 2013 10:55 AM PDT (Credit: Josh Miller/CNET) As you might expect, new research out today shows that Android is Europe’s favorite smartphone OS by a wide mile. But Windows Phone is turning into a serious contender. According to figures out Monday from researchers Kantar WorldPanel ComTech, Android featured on just over 70 percent of smartphones sold in the three months up to August across Europe’s five biggest markets: Great Britain, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy. Equally unsurprisingly, iOS is in second position with 16 percent of the smartphone market in Europe — a year over year rise of around two percentage points for both operating systems. Windows Phone, meanwhile, continues to grow its share in the five countries, hitting 9.2 percent — around double its 5.1 percent share for the same period last year. The jump has been fueled by significant gains in the three major European markets: France, Germany, and Great Britain. In the latter, its share has risen from 4.5 percent a year ago to 12 percent today, while in Germany it’s grown from 3.8 percent to 8.8 percent — the first time it’s hit double-digit share in either country. In Germany, that puts Windows Phone only one percentage point behind iOS in market share. Related posts Apple revives in-store pickup for iPhone 5S “Windows Phone’s latest wave of growth is being driven by Nokia’s expansion into the low- and midrange market with the Lumia 520 and 620 handsets. These models are hitting the sweet spot with 16- to 24-year-olds and 35- to 49-year-olds, two key groups that look for a balance of price and functionality in their smartphone,” Dominic Sunnebo, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, said in a statement. And despite recent turbulence and a proposed $7.2 billion takeover by Microsoft, Nokia, Windows Phone’s main hardware champion, is growing its own market share across some of Europe’s biggest markets. (Nokia accounted for four in five of all Windows Phone device sales across the five markets.) For the three months to the end of August, Nokia bagged 7.8 percent of all smartphone sales, up from 6.9 percent a year ago, inching up on third-place Sony, whose share stands at 8.2 percent, a slight rise over a year ago. LG is also seeing something of a comeback, increasing its European share to 6.1 percent from 2.1 percent a year ago. Following its recent troubles , BlackBerry’s share has seen the biggest dip in Europe, falling from 5.8 percent of all smartphones sold in the five markets to 2.4 percent today.
Hollywood Casino Promotes Play for a Cause and Goes Pink to Benefit Woman’s Hospital Foundation
What’s your favorite drink? What should you drink? I’m a really simple guy. I like Long Island Iced Teas. Where should you sit? It’s about comfort and finding your own little area. No matter where you sit you’re in your own zone, you’re with your friends, you’re having a great time. Certain people like certain areas. Like Miley’s favorite area is the birdcage. What should you not leave the house without? Never leave the house without your iPhone, so you can Instagram all the amazing performances. And when you’re snapping those selfies or shows on Instagram, which filter should you use?
The new mom, in France for Fashion Week, showcased her cleavage in an double denim ensemble to meet friends at La Societe restaurant on Tuesday. Cleavage is all the rage in the City of Light earlier this week Miranda Kerr showed up at the Stella McCartney show in Paris wearing a deep-plunging dress that showed off her lady lumps. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images Carol Alt, above at Septembers Fashion Week, will catch the bus for Gray Lines Ride of Fame. YOU, TOO, CAN BE SITTING PRETTY Some celebs are immortalized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Model Carol Alt is getting a bus seat. On Monday, the former supe will be inducted into Gray Line New Yorks Ride of Fame after she cuts a ribbon unveiling a double-decker bus. A press release states the 52-year-old Queens-born beauty will be honored with a permanent seat. In years to come, that tour bus seat will be honored with thousands of big Midwestern bottoms. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images Nur Khan (right, with One Management chief Scott Lipps) at the TAO downtown opening over the weekend THE TAO SHOWS GOOD GAINS TAO downtown is wasting no time in establishing itself as a New York nightlife game-changer, by recruiting nightlife impresario Nur Khan to join as creative director. Khan, who counts Sway, Hiro and Kenmare among his successes, will oversee the impressive downtown lounge of the new Meatpacking District restaurant as well as continue his duties at Electric Room next door. The downtown lounge was the place to be Saturday as Noah Tepperberg, Jason Strauss, Marc Packer and Rich Wolf hosted the grand opening. Jemal Countess/Getty Images Elizabeth Hurley launched Breast Cancer Awareness Month in a campaign backed by Estee Lauder.
Britney Spears has issues with small stage size for her Las Vegas shows at Planet Hollywood
After thoroughly searching the car, the officer removed the handcuffs and let the couple go. “No apology, no nothing,” White wrote. White says he won’t stop talking about the incident until “that racist cop” is reprimanded and punished. “We’ve been conditioned to just think that it’s OK — that we have to just sweep it under the rug,” White told HLN. “But we’re not doing that no more. We’re fighting.” By Monday morning, the story had received nearly 700,000 views — making it the fourth most-viewed iReport of all time — and hundreds of comments about racial profiling and law enforcement in South Carolina and elsewhere. Many readers said they had experienced similar situations. Actress Kinnik Sky was among those who shared the story on her Facebook page. Sky, who was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, said she knew White and Johnson’s account “to be absolutely true.” “I was like, ‘Wow, boy can I relate,’ because I am fearful of the cops as a whole, especially in South Carolina. My experiences have always been horrible.” The former “American Idol” finalist said whenever she returns from Los Angeles to her hometown she gets stopped by police “80% of the time” and questioned about drugs. On a recent trip she was “stopped, pulled over and questioned about every drug known to man,” she said.
During the month of October, in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Hollywood Casino will have a dedicated Pink Ribbon Blackjack table from which 5% of the winnings will be donated to support Womans Hospital Foundation with a minimum donation of $1,000 and a maximum of $5,000. Dealers on the casino floor will be wearing pink promotion t-shirts and other employees will wear pink ribbons in honor of this cause. Along with the Pink Ribbon Blackjack table, Hollywood Casino will be hosting the Womans Hospital Mobile Mammography Coach on Monday, October 14 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Womans Mobile Coach provides convenience to women in the Baton Rouge area making it easier to get screenings. The Mobile Coach makes mammography more accessible than ever before. Anyone who would like to take advantage of the convenience will need to present their insurance card and a doctors order for screening. Hollywood Casino General Manager Jim Rigot said, Helping out our local community and being a good community partner is something Hollywood Casino is committed to. By donating to the Womans Hospital Foundation, our donation will stay local and directly impact the Baton Rouge community. Turning one of our blackjack tables pink for the month is just a fun and unique way that we can support the cause. For more information about Play for a Cause, please visit http://www.hollywoodbr.com . About Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge The more than 95,000-square-foot Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge opened for business downtown as Casino Rouge in 1994 and currently employs 600 local residents.
UK retailers remove ‘staggeringly offensive’ mental health costumes from sale
The issues that surround of Cyber Security, an item from The IET and BIS, will also form a part of the agenda. NICC is considered by Ofcom to be the UK Telecommunications Network Design Authority and is a source of advice to Ofcom and Government departments on the harmonisation of technical interconnection arrangements. Since its establishment, NICC has been instrumental in developing standards to enable end-to-end new and existing telecoms services to operate successfully. In the past twelve months alone it has spearheaded work in: – SIP NNI Basic Voice Architecture and the supporting protocol specifications which involved the Cabinet Office – The development of a nuisance call tracing process document at the request of Ofcom – The formulation of a suite of ALA specifications, including VDSL2 wires only – The creation of a NGA-T specifications suite – The development of a standardised approach to Security, Connectivity and Authentication within Wi-Fi networks in the UK – Exchange based VDSL2 for UK copper access networks – Dynamic Spectrum Management (DSM) – Vectored VDSL performance David Hendon, Senior Advisor at Ofcom, says: “The NICC is a very special place where the communications industry looks at the intersection between technology, network standards and regulation and agree how current and future UK networks will co-exist and interconnect in a changing world. The NICC Open Forum is your best opportunity to lift your gaze from today’s work and think about what is coming down the line. You can’t afford to miss it.” The NICC Open Forum provides the perfect platform where contributors from member organisations and other sectors come together to discuss proposed work for the next year, while providing updates on new and exciting topics. The event also provides unique networking opportunities throughout the day. Gavin Young, representing The IET Communications Policy Panel, adds: “For many years the NICC had played a key role in the evolution of the UK telecoms network infrastructure, facilitating deployment of the interoperable services that underpin our digital economy. The NICC Open Forum is a great opportunity to get an insight into current work and forthcoming technologies as well as an excellent opportunity to network with industry peers.” Looking ahead to 2014, the NICC plans to focus on key areas including dial through fraud in SIP; enhancements to the SIP NNI Basic specifications; interworking specifications to permit SIP NNI; corporate SIP access; emergency location information from SIP Enterprise locations; and updates to the CLI specifications to cater for nuisance calls as requested by Ofcom. As a basis for its work on standards, NICC adopts where possible and adapts when necessary existing ETSI and International standards where possible. NICC will endorse existing ETSI and International standards with changes to meet the requirements that exist as a result of the UK historical and current regulatory environments. NICC publishes its standards on the NICC public web site – http://www.niccstandards.org.uk/ . The NICC Open Forum will take place on 28 November at the Godfrey Mitchell Theatre, One Great George Street, Westminster, London. To view the full programme, please visit http://www.niccstandards.org.uk/meetings/forum-2013.cfm . NICC members and non-members can register to attend by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
CountryFocus: Healthcare, Regulatory and Reimbursement Landscape – UK
The major factors contributing to the growth in the population are increase in net migration and decrease in death rate. The UK policymakers are now presented with the problems of a Eurozone crisis, a declining population of the working age group and an increasing elderly population. The pharmaceutical market in the UK was estimated at $24.1 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach approximately $31.7 billion by 2020 with a projected Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 3.5%. The medical devices market size was approximately $12 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach approximately $17.5 billion by 2020 with a projected CAGR of 4.8%. The positive trends in the UK healthcare market can be attributed primarily to – - Increasing elderly population – High degree of access to healthcare facilities Scope The report provides information on the healthcare, regulatory and reimbursement landscape of the UK. The scope includes – - Overview of the pharmaceutical and medical devices market of the UK including the market size, market segmentation, key drivers and barriers. – Profile and SWOT analysis of the major players in the pharmaceutical and medical devices market. The key players covered for the pharmaceutical market are Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, Sanofi and AstraZeneca. The key players covered for the medical devices market are Medtronic, Siemens Healthcare, Essilor Internaltional, Hoffmann-La Roche, and Coloplast. – Insightful review on the reimbursement and regulatory landscape. Analysis includes details of the healthcare reimbursement process, the regulatory agencies and the approval processes for new drugs and medical devices. – A detailed analysis of the political and economic environment of the UK including the economic indicators, demographics, healthcare infrastructure and healthcare expenditure. – An overview of the opportunities and challenges for growth that exist in the healthcare market of the UK Reasons to buy The report on the UK comprehensively covers both the pharmaceutical and the medical devices markets of the UK.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS Walmart subsidiary Asda and retailer Tesco were selling mental health themed costumes The British retailers apologized and withdrew them from sale after a social media outcry Mental health charity Mind said the sale of the costumes had been “extremely misguided” Soccer player Stan Collymore tweeted about the effect of mental health stereotypes (CNN) — British retailers have removed “psycho ward” and “mental patient” Halloween costumes from their online stores after criticism that they were offensive to people with mental health conditions. Walmart subsidiary Asda showed a man in a blood-stained white coat brandishing a meat cleaver to advertise its “Mental Patient Fancy Dress Costume.” Tesco’s advertisement for its “Psycho Ward Costume” showed a man in an orange boiler suit branded “PSYCHO WARD” brandishing a hypodermic needle and wearing a mask similar to that of Hannibal Lecter in the film, “The Silence of the Lambs.” An Asda spokeswoman offered the company’s “sincere apologies for the offense” the costumes had caused. “This was an unacceptable error and the product was withdrawn immediately,” she said in a statement. “We take our responsibilities very seriously which is why we will make a sizable donation to Mind.” Tesco also issued an apology, saying in a statement: “We’re really sorry for any offense this has caused and we are removing this product from sale.” Mental health charity Mind welcomed the withdrawal of the costumes, saying the retailers had shown themselves to be “extremely misguided” by offering them for sale. Slept in. Have @asda withdrawn their ‘mental patient fancy dress’ costume or are we going to organise a protest at HQ? #timetochange Alastair Campbell (@campbellclaret) September 26, 2013 Alastair Campbell “It is staggeringly offensive to the one in four of us affected by mental health problems and our families and friends, and troubling that some businesses are still so out of touch with the public mood,” spokeswoman Sue Baker said in a statement . However, Baker said the outcry the costumes provoked on the social media site Twitter was encouraging. “We hope this will urge Asda, Tesco and other retailers and manufacturers to review their processes and consider taste and decency on mental health grounds, to avoid fueling stigma and discrimination that are so damaging for large numbers of the population,” she said. Mind and the group Rethink Mental Illness run the Time to Change campaign to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination. One of the campaign’s supporters is Alastair Campbell, who was former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair’s media chief and who has publicly spoken of his battle with depression . Campbell was among those who tweeted his displeasure at the “brutally stigmatizing outfits.” “@asda and @tesco should sign up for one of the @mindcharity @Rethink_ @TimetoChange mental health training courses,” he tweeted . Campbell alleged that Amazon still carried mental health patient costumes and called for people to tweet the company, asking it to withdraw them. But in response to an inquiry from CNN, an Amazon spokesperson said: “The item you refer to is not available on Amazon.co.uk.” Soccer player and broadcaster Stan Collymore who has also spoken out on depression, also took to Twitter to criticize the stereotype he said Asda and Tesco’s costumes had promoted. Collymore tweeted: “Do you actually realise how many people are hanging themselves because of being frightened of the stigma?
‘Funniest Celebrity in Washington’: VIPs still rally to fundraiser despite little aid to charity
Congratulations to them for staying under the radar for so long. Unfortunately now we know about them so well be hanging on their every intimate lunch date for the remainder of their relationship. Sorry not sorry. 5. Carey Mulligan & Marcus Mumford (Photo: PacificCoastNews.Com) This is one of those couples where I read about them and go, Oh yeah, I think I knew about them? Maybe? Did I? Am I thinking of someone else? But Daisy Buchanan and the frontman for Mumford and Sons are an item. And not only that; theyve been married since last year. Im still coming to terms with the fact that Carey dated Shia LaBeouf. This is just too much. 6.
Celebrity Marriage Proposal Features Lots And Lots Of TV And Reality Stars (VIDEO)
Then check out the slideshow below to see our picks for the best proposals of all time. Loading Slideshow Downtown Disney Flash Mob Jamin brought a little Disney magic to his proposal when he organized a flash mob in Downtown Disney in 2011. “Julie Will You Marry Me” Website In 2011, Jim worked with an artist to create a comic strip-like history of his and Julie’s relationship, which ended with a marriage proposal. He posted the drawing on a website and filmed Julie’s reaction as she read it. Click here to see the adorable website, and watch the video at left to see Julie’s reaction. Romantic Proposal On A Dock Do proposals get any more romantic than this? In 2011, Tyson led his girlfriend, Michelle, to a picturesque dock in Oregon, where their friends were waiting with flowers. They were serenaded by a guitarist as the groom-to-be popped the question. Buzzfeed Meme Proposal Len Kendall has the entire internet to thank for helping him pop the question to his girlfriend, Katie, in 2012. Kendall posted a meme-like photo of himself (look left) proposing to Katie on Buzzfeed, and started a Facebook group, Pinterest page and Twitter hashtag #SayYesKatie to urge others to create their own memes asking Katie to marry him. Click here to see some of the best memes created for Len and Katie. Madison Square Park Proposal One man pulled out all the stops for his proposal in a park in 2010, including dancers, huge signs, a unicycle, and streamers.
Thats not all that has stayed the same. Four years after The Washington Post exposed a pattern of sky-high expenses for the nonprofit organization , it is still delivering little or no funds to its charity beneficiaries, according to tax records and interviews. We caught up with organizer Richard Siegel after Wednesdays show at D.C.s Improv where anti-tax activist Grover Norquist triumphed with a comic riff on his French vacation (but headlines were stolen by pro comedian Dan Nainans arrest for punching a journalist who dissed his act on Twitter). As he did in 2009 , Siegel said the events beneficiaries have fallen short in promoting Funniest Celebritys sale of tickets (which cost $200 this year) or tables ($2,500). Were really a pass-through charity, he said. We create the event, we sell a little bit more and we give a vehicle for the charity to make some money. Yet under tax law, Funniest Celebrity is no mere event planner: Its an official tax-exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit. But to the eye of charity experts, its ratio of expenses vs. donations is out of whack. In 2009, when White House economist Austan Goolsbee was crowned the Funniest , the show netted more than $14,000, after some $12,000 in event costs, according to the groups tax filings for that year which cite $0 in charitable donations. (Reps for the events beneficiary, Stand Up for Kids, did not respond to a request for comment.) Jon Lovett in 2011. (Marvin Joseph / The Washington Post) In 2010, when President Obamas speechwriter Jon Lovett bested ABC reporter John Hendren, the show also cost about $12,000 but netted nearly $19,000. Tax records indicate that Fisher House, which provides lodging for wounded vets and their families, saw $1,710 of that. (The charitys reps confirmed that they received a donation but would not disclose the amount.) And in 2011, when then-Sen. Scott Brown and then-Rep.
Photo Release — Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) Partners With Entertainment One Music to Release the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Live 2013 CD
3 on YouTube, of course. While there’s no immediate threat to the venerable Grammys and cheeky MTV Video Music Awards, the Google-owned company has brought out a few big guns for the inaugural 90-minute show, which will hand out seven awards to nominees who over the past year garnered the biggest slice of YouTube views, shares and other metrics of online love. Violinist Lindsey Stirling has a strong YouTube and gamer following. (Photo: Shore Fire Media) Actor Jason Schwartzman will host the program, which will unfold live at Pier 36 in New York; details will be shared later this month on how fans can apply for tickets. Spike Jonze is the show’s creative director. Guests include Eminem, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire and YouTube-fueled phenomenons such as the music-video collective CDZA and violinist Lindsey Stirling. Other as-yet-unannounced acts will provide taped performances from cities as far-flung as Seoul and Moscow, YouTube’s way of emphasizing the global nature of its audience. “Our point is to celebrate YouTube’s role in the music ecosystem,” says Danielle Tiedt, the San Bruno, Calif.-based company’s vice president of marketing. “If you think about how most of us encounter music, it’s usually on YouTube, whether it’s stars like Miley Cyrus and her VMA performance or her new Wrecking Ball video, or musicians like Lindsey (Stirling), who broke thanks to our site.” Nominees for the seven awards will be announced Oct. 17. Winners will be chosen by fans vote. And just what will a YouTube Music Award statuette look like? Let’s see, the gramophone and spaceman are taken, so how about a smartphone etched with a YouTube logo?
1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Broadcast Music, Inc.(R) (BMI(R)), a global leader in music rights management, in partnership with Entertainment One Music (eOne Music), is set to release the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Live 2013 album on October 22. Recorded live on January 18 at the 14th annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon in Nashville, the album features performances from Pastor Shirley Caesar, Le’Andria Johnson, Donald Lawrence & Company, Yolanda Adams, Kierra Sheard and many more. Each performer – including Anaysha Figueroa whose interpretation of “Holy One” leads the release of the album – delivered a rousing tribute to gospel leaders Edwin Hawkins, Lady Tramaine Hawkins and Kurt Carr, who were honored at the fete. The album can be pre-ordered now at iTunes and Amazon . A photo accompanying this release is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=21297 The release of the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Live 2013 album marks the first-ever recording from the performing rights organization. This new initiative is a milestone among performing rights organizations and signals BMI’s continued dynamic growth. In celebration of the accomplishment, BMI will host an invitation-only album release party with performances by Anaysha Figueroa, Jason Nelson, Jonathan Nelson and Lisa Knowles on October 22 in Atlanta. “Releasing a live recording of the performances from the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon allows a wider audience to experience our salute to the legends of gospel music,” said Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, and Executive Producer of the album. “This project pairs some of the brightest stars in gospel music with iconic songs written and performed by trailblazers of the genre.” “eOne Music is proud to partner with BMI to release a monumental project that captures so many award-winning and beloved artists on one album,” said Phil Thornton, eOne Music Vice President of Marketing & New Business Development. “From the pairings of award-winning icons Pastor Shirley Caesar and Bishop Paul Morton, to the sounds of Donald Lawrence & Company, this one-of-a-kind album is filled with legendary performances and the distinctive voices that they are known for, which continue to inspire and command gospel today.” “Having served as musical director for the BMI Trailblazers event for the past several years, with the help of my singers The Company, I cannot express how excited I am that this once-a-year experience will now be shared with the public,” commented songwriter Donald Lawrence. ” This year’s event was a special one, where some of today’s best artists, such as Yolanda Adams, CeCe Winans, Kierra Sheard, Le’Andria Johnson and others, paid tribute to some of gospel music’s legends, who happen to be personal favorites of mine, Edwin and Tramaine Hawkins and Kurt Carr. It was an incredible concert filled with many uplifting moments, and I cannot wait for the public to be able to listen in on this unique musical experience!” Produced by music director Joe “Flip” Wilson and songwriter Donald Lawrence – with BMI’s Catherine Brewton and BMI Executive Director, Writer/Publisher Relations Wardell Malloy serving as executive producers – the album captures the essence of the Trailblazers Luncheon. The annual fete, which is part industry celebration and part awe-inspiring worship service, attracts gospel music’s premier songwriters, brightest stars and leading industry executives. The BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Live 2013 album’s track listing features the following artists and songs: 1. “In The Sanctuary” — Donald Lawrence & Company 2.
The Georgia-born singer likes to start off country but emphatically refuses to stay there. ( Josh Sisk / For The Washington Post ) – Billy Currington ranged as far afield as The Jeffersons theme song and Robin Thickes Blurred Lines. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas By the close of his 80-minute set at the Fillmore on Friday night, Currington and his versatile, energetic quintet had unearthed the Jeffersons TV theme song Movin On Up and, with stabs at Robin Thickes Blurred Lines and Daft Punks Get Lucky , turned the Silver Spring rock hall into a beat-heavy nightclub. Which is hardly to say that he held back the hard stuff. After opening with the happy-go-lucky I Got a Feelin , Currington dug into the honky-tonk rockers I Wanna Be a Hillbilly and Thats How Country Boys Roll . The traditional-sounding country-western ballad Pretty Good at Drinkin Beer and the mid-tempo Love Done Gone , with its charming Neil Diamondesque ba-bada singalong hook, lifted spirits even higher. It was at this point that Currington introduced the audience to his real-live chocolate labrador retriever, Paco the honorary subject of the mock-misogynistic Like My Dog (He dont get mad at me and throw a major fit / When I say his sister is a bitch / I want you to love me like my dog does, baby / When I come home, want you to just go crazy). Currington escaped the doghouse with a pair of heartfelt ballads: Let Me Down Easy and Dont. Indeed its easy to picture Currington having attempted to rise up the ranks of modern R&B singers. Occasionally, though, Curringtons expansive range led him too far afield. The slick pulsating pop of Hey Girl and We Are Tonight (the title track of his recently dropped new album) sounded forced and flat on Friday. Yet no matter how strenuously he stretches his repertoire, Currington remains centered in songs like Good Directions and People Are Crazy , the latter a worthy contribution to county musics corpus of wisdom literature: God is great, beer is good and people are crazy. Galupo is a freelance writer.
Music Review: Justin Timberlake’s 2nd album this year doesn’t match his previous efforts
The album starts on the wrong note with Gimme What I Dont Know (I Want) and the nine-minute True Blood, both up-tempo songs that lack that Timberlake-esque spark and swag. The lead single, the disco number Take Back the Night, might be good for mere mortal pop stars, but compared to Timberlakes own lofty standards, disappoints. A better choice would have been the Drake-assisted Cabaret, which is smooth and has an addictive hook. Not all of 2 of 2 should be dismissed: You Got It On is soft slow jam listen and youll feel like youre on a cloud. And the midtempo Drink You Away is the discs most adventurous offering. It doesnt sound like anything else on the album: Its guitar driven with a strong backbeat, with a raw quality that makes it a bit indescribable and exhilarating. The multitalented Timberlake, one of a few who could get away with releasing two albums in a year (were still mad at One Direction for trying that that), is releasing dense music when most Top 40 listeners have short attention spans. The album runs 74 minutes, and the average song is six minutes. Thats not to say Timberlake shouldnt challenge listeners with his music he did it magically with the electro-pop flavor of FutureSex before dance music made its comeback, and 20/20 did not conform to radio standards either. But even for those people who can deal with more than 140 characters and three-minute songs that includes me 2 of 2 doesnt challenge enough, and we want and expect more from one of musics best all-around entertainers, especially when the original 20/20 Experience still has more so much more to offer. ___ Follow Mesfin Fekadu at http://twitter.com/MusicMesfin Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
London Science Museum’s First 3D Printing Exhibition Features 150 Stratasys 3D Printed Miniature Models
Earlier this year the Mayors London Finance Commission put forward a number of proposals which, if enacted by Government, would give the capital greater control over taxes raised within it. The Commissions proposals include devolving control of all property taxes to City Hall and councils, with a pound-for-pound reduction in Government grant. While the change would not give London more cash in the first year, the move from grant settlements would bring greater freedom and flexibility on how to spend the cash. It would also enable the Mayor and borough leaders to commit to long-term projects such as Crossrail 2 in the knowledge that they had a predictable income stream from which to fund them. Investing in such schemes would then boost receipts from some of the retained property taxes, increasing the amounts available to invest in future projects. When the Commissions report was published, Chair Tony Travers said the proposals could also apply to other cities. Professor Travers has since suggested their adoption could depend on backing from other parts of England. The Mayor and London Councils, the body which represents all local authorities in London, have now joined forces with Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield to make the case for greater financial freedom. The group believe that properly funded local government is best placed to tackle unemployment and contribute to the nations economic recovery. It is also suggested that greater autonomy for regions and cities could be the answer to calls for English devolution following the establishment of regional Governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: That Londons government is joining with Englands largest cities to call for change is an historic and significant move. My aim is for the capital to win fiscal reforms in line with those presented by Professor Tony Travers excellent London Finance Commission report, namely those that give residents and businesses a closer say over where their hard-earned taxes are spent. This will enable politicians elected by Londoners to plan and finance the infrastructure we need to prosper in the face of a decade of expansion. By the same token, this formula can be applied to cities across England, ending stop-start finance settlements and instead providing a reliable stream of funding to enable investment, jobs and growth. Sir Richard Leese, Chair of the Core Cities cabinet which represents Citiies outside London, said: Englands great cities have a proud tradition of independence and ambition. Yet our ability to act on that ambition has been eroded as central state control of our finances has increased year on year.
London Mayor Johnson Makes Joke of Tory Leadership Speculation
“It is gratifying to see 3D printing featured so prominently by one of the world’s great science museums. Everyday we are discovering exciting new applications for 3D printing, touching virtually every discipline and industry, from art and fashion to medicine, architecture and manufacturing,” concluded Arita Mattsoff, VP Marketing, Stratasys. “We hope that many visitors will take advantage of this opportunity to experience this amazing technology which is not yet leveraged to its full potential.” The exhibition is free to visitors and open to the public from Wednesday, October 9th. More information about the exhibitions is available on: http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum/plan_your_visit/exhibitions/3d_printing_the_future.aspx . About the Science Museum As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum’s world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Welcoming over 3 million visitors a year, the Museum aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives, inspiring visitors with iconic objects, award-winning exhibitions and incredible stories of scientific achievement. Stratasys Ltd. ( SSYS ), headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. and Rehovot, Israel, manufactures 3D printers and materials for prototyping and production. The company’s patented FDM and PolyJet processes produce prototypes and manufactured goods directly from 3D CAD files or other 3D content. Systems include 3D printers for idea development, prototyping and direct digital manufacturing.
Now the article will say New CEO cant even answer his own phone. Related: Londons Jewish community buries time capsule With his credentials, Simonson can afford to be self-deprecating. The former director of the Jewish learning fest Limmud, Simonson steered the organization through the 2008 financial crisis, helping it to emerge as a vibrant global brand with an annual budget of $1.6 million that scholars of British Jewry call the flagship of a communal renaissance. Now he wants to do something similar with the new community center, a centrally located four-story behemoth called JW3 a play on the local postcode, NW3 which was built with a one-time $56 million grant by a single donor, the philanthropist Vivien Duffield. But with Duffield now stepping back from the organization, Simonson has to build a constituency among Londoners for a kind of Jewish institution with which they are largely unfamiliar. This is now for the community to decide if they truly want to keep the gift, Simonson told JTA. Duffield, the daughter of the late business magnate Charles Clore, initiated the project after visiting the JCC in Manhattan a decade ago and deciding that Londons approximately 200,000 Jews also should have a one-stop shop for all things Jewish. The London center has space for a kindergarten, movie theater, sports facilities, kosher restaurant and a library. All that space requires a paying customer base, and for the past two years, JW3s staff of 45 has been working to build one. A huge banner that says JW3 The New Postcode for Jewish Life hangs from the buildings facade. Simonson, a chummy Londoner who takes pride in his ginger facial hair (his Twitter handle is FatSideburns), aims to enroll 60,000 members the first year at a cost of $72 annually. JW3 has limited cash reserves, so if JW3 fails to attract a significant amount of paying members, Simonson says the organization will run out of money in about two years.
Cameron is currently trailing the opposition Labour Party in opinion polls and there is speculation he may face a leadership challenge if the Tories lose the 2015 general election. Johnsons second four-year term as mayor of London ends in 2016. Cameron said today he would give Johnson a warm welcome if he decides to return to Parliament in the 2015 election. I think hes got an enormous amount to give to public life, and I dont think hes given up on that idea either, Cameron told BBC Radio 4s Today program. All I know that hes a massive asset to the country, a massive asset to the Conservative Party . We could make a very strong team together, we do today. Members Poll A poll of 852 Conservative Party members carried out in June by YouGov Plc on behalf of Tim Bale, who teaches politics at Queen Mary, University of London, found 38 percent would vote for Johnson as their first preference, with Home Secretary Theresa May second with 18 percent. The reason Cameron is endorsing Boriss return is that he feels secure enough to do it, Bale said in an interview in Manchester today. Cameron also recognizes Boriss comeback to Parliament is going to happen anyway so he is much better off facilitating it. In an interview in June, Cameron praised the talents of other senior members of his party, including May, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne , and Education Secretary Michael Gove. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond ruled himself out as a future leader on Sept. 30. In an interview near Manchester yesterday, Johnson said hes not intending to make a bid to become Tory leader. I have no such plans, he said. Ever, now, whenever. After winning re-election in London last year against the national anti-Conservative trend, Johnson was given a rock star-style reception when he arrived in Birmingham for the 2012 Tory conference, being greeted by ranks of photographers and crowds chanting Boris, Boris when he got off a train at New Street station.