We need leaders, not just managers

first_imgTheseskills are needed for all areas of a company, hence the potential power of HR,which  can look across an organisation.HR can turn that around by changing the way we run them, by appointing leadersinstead of managers, and by giving them freedom to do what they have to do toget the projects in. We need leaders, not just managersOn 5 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today DavidTaylor offers guidance on how to succeed with the projects that are essentialfor taking us into the new business age If we areto deliver in the next business age, when speed, complexity and virtual workingwill increase, something big has to happen. And this is where HR leaders can,and are, playing a huge part, because the key to successful projects comes downto one thing – people. Given the choice of an outstanding team on a project indifficulty, or an average group on a project on-track, I would take the formeranytime. As Iwrite, I have a marketing flyer for a project management course next month – itis a sad document. Before I share my thoughts on this with you, please do me a favour.Close your eyes and think about someone in your team or department who deliversevery time. Think of a person who you always call when the going gets tough, inthe times of crisis; someone you know who will never let you down, ever. One yearago, I wrote about how, when I first came into IT, four out of 10 projectsfailed to happen on time, did not meet the needs of the company, or cost toomuch. Business and IT leaders were unanimous that this figure had to change –and it has. It is now eight out of 10, and that does not include those projectsthat we have brushed under the carpet or declared a success despite the factthey have delivered very little. Now thinkabout the skills they have and the attitudes and behaviour they display. Iwould imagine you are thinking of the following: Over thepast two years, I have had the good fortune to work across a wide range ofcompanies and e-projects and I am now convinced that we need to alter ourapproach to projects at a fundamental level. DavidTaylor is president of the association of IT directors, Certus [email protected] Whenrecruiting a project manager, look for: And thismismatch between what people think is important and what works continues whenwe recruit. Too many companies advertise for project managers with specificexperience, “who have consistently delivered quality systems”. Radicalthinking:  Remember, if we do what wehave always done, nothing will change. Forget “out of the box”, doesthe candidate think as if they were on a different planet? If yes, hire them.center_img This isthe reason we are in the state we are. To me, it comes down to one thing – theneed for project leadership, not project management. Now Iglance at the flyer – it talks about: Communication: Forget the project, are they lookingdirectly in your eyes when they speak, are they confident, is their head heldhigh? Scars:  I ask people for the biggest mistake theyhave ever made in a project. If they say none, it is goodbye. The deeper thescars, the better. The secondlist is important, but not as key as the first. It comes down to the characterand talent of the person you select, over and above “traditional”views on how to deliver projects. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article – Communication,Leadership, Persistence, Inspiration, Motivation, Focus, Action – Process,Internet, Technology, Prince2, Risk reporting, Project management meetings Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

USS Porter Wraps Up Breeze 2015

first_img View post tag: USS Porter View post tag: europe View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Breeze USS Porter Wraps Up Breeze 2015 The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) departed Varna, Bulgaria July 13, following the conclusion of the Bulgarian naval exercise Breeze 2015.The annual Black Sea naval exercise involved 30 ships and 1,700 personnel including units from the Bulgarian, Greek, Turkish and Romanian navies.U.S. assets participating included the USS Porter (DDG 78) and a U.S. Navy P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft.USS Porter (DDG 78), forward deployed to Rota, Spain, is on a routine patrol conducting naval operations with allies and partners in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in order to advance security and stability in the Black Sea region.[mappress mapid=”16472″]Image: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Porter Wraps Up Breeze 2015 View post tag: News by topic Share this article Authorities July 13, 2015 View post tag: 2015last_img read more

Somerville College to divest from fossil fuels

first_imgFinally, Somerville outlined how it will continue to support climate change research including hosting a conference looking at the development of sustainable agriculture in partnership with UPL in September. Image Credit: Philip Allfrey/CC BY-SA 3.0 “This announcement follows other divestment announcements this week from Cambridge including from Pembroke College Cambridge and Trinity College Cambridge. People power is turning the tide against the fossil fuel industry. But too many Oxford colleges, such as St John’s, are still investing millions in the fossil fuel industry, risking our shared future. We won’t stop campaigning until every college has committed to divest.” This forms part of a wider series of initiatives as well as a Sustainability Working Group that is comprised of representatives from Somerville including undergraduates, postgraduates, academics, and support staff who are going to be working towards helping Somerville become a “carbon-neutral college as fast as possible, but by 2050 at the very latest”.  They are also making changes to lighting, heating, managing waste, food and biodiversity across the college – from replacing the lights that expire with efficient LEDs to implementing a comprehensive waste management strategy.  The Oxford University Climate Justice Campaign responded to the news, saying: “We are incredibly pleased to mark the Fossil Free National Day of Action by announcing that, after years of campaigning, Somerville College has committed to fully divest theirendowment fund, worth just shy of £100 million, from fossil fuels by July 2021 and re-invest the income in new green investments! They have also announced that the College will aim to be carbon neutral as fast as possible, and by 2050 at the latest. “Today’s National Day of Action theme is Solidarity Across Borders. Divesting is the greatest statement Somerville can make to show its solidarity with frontline communities and Indigenous Peoples who are suffering the worst of the climate crisis. We are pleased to note that Somerville offers scholarships to refugee students. But as forced climate migrancy becomes increasingly unavoidable, it would have been hypocritical for Somerville to offer these scholarships while still invested in fossil fuel companies. We are delighted that Somerville’s stance is now more consistent and holistic. Climate justice cannot be separated from migrant justice. Somerville College has committed to fully divesting from fossil fuels by July 2021. The update on their website stated that Somerville has already divested from £400,000 of investments in coal, and from a “significant proportion of our holdings in oil and gas companies”. Their plan is to “re-invest this income in new green investments.” Somerville’s new College Climate Change Champion, Professore Renier van der Hoorn, will chair the efforts of this group. last_img read more

Channel 44 News

first_imgOld National Bank Releases Q2 ReportA stronger net income and the closing of a major partnership are among the highlights of Old National Bank’s 2nd Quarter report.It shows earnings of $39.1 million this quarter, compared to $27 million last quarter.Old National also saw the closing of its partnership with Anchor BanCorp of Wisconsin and the sale of the ONB Insurance Group.The company reported organic loan growth of more than 11% and its tangible book value went up more than 5%.Bank officials say their focus is on growing organic revenue, improving operating leverage and better use of capital. NATIONAL NIGHT OUT IN EVANSVILLE FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILYNational Night Out, an evening dedicated to getting the public interacting with law enforcement, is just around the corner.The event is tomorrow evening from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Wesselman Park.This morning members of law enforcement and city leaders came out for a kick-off breakfast to get the community excited about the event.Organizers said it is a positive thing to be doing here in Evansville, especially with all that is happening around the nation lately.“This is a way for them to talk to their crime prevention officers… anyone in the police department… to talk about things that they’re concerned about and also to get to know they’re real people just like everyone else is,” Linda Jones, a coordinator with the Evansville Police Department, said.However, the event is more than just a way to start community discussions. Organizers said it is a family-friendly evening full of games, food and entertainment.Jones said shuttle buses will take the public from the YMCA to Wesselman Park for the event. Attendees are asked to park at the old Roberts Stadium.In addition to the shuttle service, METS will provide its own free shuttle from the downtown bus terminal to Wesselman Park tomorrow evening.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Harvard project to track personal data wins Knight News Challenge award

first_img“All the Places Personal Data Goes,” a project based out of Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science, was among the 17 winners of the Knight News Challenge, receiving $440,000.In total, $3.2 million in grants was awarded by the Knight Foundation.“The winning projects reveal new ways to shape and deliver information through data — showing how it can be used to build stronger, more informed communities, while inviting people to explore and innovate,” John Bracken, Knight’s vice president for media innovation, said in a statement.“With funding from the Knight Foundation, we will enlist the help of the public to document all the places personal data goes,” project lead and Harvard Professor Latanya Sweeney said in an email. “Consumers bear the risks, but have no way of knowing when they are harmed. Regulators, advocates, and journalists, who are the groups that would normally help, have no way of knowing either. With funding from the Knight Foundation, we can help the helpers.”In describing Harvard’s winning project, the Knight News Challenge said, “People share details of their lives widely — whether they are buying an app or providing information to their doctor — often trusting companies and others with intimate facts. But where does that data end up? In many cases, once an organization acquires this information, it can legally share it with others without clear notice — whether the information be medical history, or a name and GPS location. This project aims to create a crowd-sourced resource that documents how data is being shared by companies and organizations. Through a game-like portal, members of the public will become ‘data detectives,’ earning points for locating and reporting evidence of data-sharing arrangements. The result will be a detailed database of personal data-sharing arrangements that can be visualized, and help the public spot potential risks, benefits, and opportunities.“In order to restore past protections, we need more transparency so we can know where personal data goes. Our project seeks to make data sharing transparent,” added Sweeney, who is a professor of government and technology in residence at Harvard.This iteration of the News Challenge focused on how data can be used to improve communities, and many of the projects — such as efforts to track policing, make Freedom of Information Act requests easier, or follow legislation — have the potential to aid journalists. The winners were announced last week at an event in New York. Eight projects will receive grants between $237,589 and $470,000. The other nine winners will be presented $35,000 through the Prototype Fund, which provides structured funding and support for early stage projects. Knight has funded 190 projects, totaling $47 million, through the News Challenge since it launched in 2007.Note: Nieman Lab also receives funding from Knight, though not through the News Challenge. To read Joseph Lichterman’s full story in Nieman Lab, visit its website.last_img read more

Harvard’s metalens technology enters commercial development

first_imgA startup company founded by applied physicists at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) intends to transform consumer electronics by introducing a powerful technology for imaging and illumination that could replace conventional lenses with an ultrathin, flat optical microchip.Harvard’s Office of Technology Development (OTD), which cultivates the University’s industrial research collaborations and oversees technology commercialization, has granted Boston-based Metalenz, Inc. an exclusive, worldwide license to a portfolio of innovations in flat optics developed in the Harvard lab of Federico Capasso. Metalenz made its plans public today and announced $10 million in investment from Intel Capital, 3M Ventures, Applied Ventures, and TDK Ventures, among others. The funding and semiconductor manufacturing expertise will enable the further engineering of metalenses toward large-scale fabrication for consumer, healthcare, and automotive applications, using the established technology of semiconductor chip manufacturing.The metalens technology exploits the interactions of light and matter at the nanometer scale to achieve unprecedented control of the behavior of light. Conventional optics refract, reflect, and polarize light as it passes through the bulk of a material, while the Capasso Lab’s innovations use minuscule patterns and structures at the surface to redirect light at will. The resulting technology is a wafer-thin chip not only capable of disrupting the field of digital imaging, but also poised to enable new types of ultracompact devices for 3D sensing, augmented reality, virtual reality, and more.“It has been rewarding to see Metalenz successfully emerge as a startup following a decade of research in my group that has ranged from generalizing the centuries-old Snell’s law of refractive optics to the realization of flat lenses that outperform conventional ones,” said Capasso, who is the Robert L. Wallace Professor of Applied Physics and Vinton Hayes Senior Research Fellow in Electrical Engineering at Harvard SEAS. Capasso is a co-founder of Metalenz and a board member of the company.Over the years, dozens of researchers in Capasso’s lab have contributed to the innovations. In leaps and bounds, with a vision of what might be possible, they developed a richer understanding of the fundamental physics, demonstrated new methods of fabrication, incorporated advanced materials, and computationally designed metasurface architectures that produce the desired optical effects across broadband wavelengths. Their work was supported largely by federal funding from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the National Science Foundation, as well as by OTD’s Physical Sciences and Engineering Accelerator as the technology approached commercial readiness.“The metalens platform has the potential to drive a revolution in imaging and sensing, from the ubiquitous cameras in cell phones, cars, and self-driving vehicles to AR/VR, and in the future to widespread use in drones and CubeSats,” said Capasso. “I am grateful to Harvard OTD for encouraging and supporting, all along, the creation of Metalenz.”“The Capasso Lab has created a robust and exciting technology platform that really challenges the status quo in optical physics,” said Alan Gordon, director of business development in OTD. “These researchers have had the vision and conviction to direct their ingenuity toward overcoming a major challenge that impacts numerous industries. The Metalenz team carries forward that technical expertise and entrepreneurial instinct.”Robert Devlin, Ph.D. ’17, is co-founder and CEO of Metalenz. Pawel Latawiec, S.M. ’16, Ph.D. ’18, is the company’s director of design and computation. Both are SEAS alumni.last_img read more

Jamestown High School Honors Students With $1.2 Million In Awards

first_imgJHS Stock ImageJAMESTOWN — More than $1.2 Million was awarded to various Jamestown High School students during the annaul awards night held recently.The winners are as follows:Betty Barresi Memorial Scholarship Nichole Trusso;Clarkson Scholar Award John Carlson, Maisy Chang; Keuka College Junior Award Elizabeth Gatenbein-Beidel, Olivia Pincaro, Abigail Roof, Ella Smith, Jenna Stockwell, Lorena Bogey; Doctorate Scholarship Karley Kennedy, Alexis Salvaggio;Lorena Bogey Education Scholarship Allyson Buck, Karlie Blodien, Alexa SwansonRensslear Polytechnic Institute Award Rennsslear Medal Ryan Malarkey;Rensslear Medal Rochester Institute of Technology omputing Medal Cyrus Morano, Allison Tilburg;Rochester Institute of Technology Innovation and Creativity Award Kyle Christensen, Claire Pumford;University of Rochester Bausch & Lomb Science Award Owen Maggio;University of Rochester Frederick Douglas & Susan B. Anthony Award Madison Douglas;University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leaders Award Alyssa ShimmelWells College 21 st Century Leaders Award Vanessa DeStevens, Taye Rice;Alumni Scholarship Connor FloresEthel Davis Award Ayah QadriJaqueline Lanphere Award Berit Abers, Aden Clark, Courtney Graham, Dylan Lydell, Isabella Palermo, Malaka Slaughter, Vanessa Sanfilippo, Nathan Roehrig;JHS PTSA Scholarship Karley Kennedy, Harrison Monfort;Margaret Ayers Award Grace McMillan;Oscar Price Award Abigail Beach;Jamestown Teachers Association Scholarship Sierra Owles;Milton J. Fletcher Debate Award Grace McMillan, Ayah Qadri;Melville Jackson Memorial Scholarship Lillian Ingrao;National Honor Society Award Jonah Tonkin;2020 JHS National Honor Society Inductees Taylor Austin, Brianna Bagley, Sara Beebe, Jacob Blackmar, Zachary Breeding, Adam Chang, Aden Clark, Caleb Cordner, Preston Crooks, Caleb Erickson, Mystique Gomez, Courtney Graham, Veronica Hansen, Alexander Larson, Rome McBride, Eden McGrath, Grace McMillan, Sierra Owles, Kaytlyn Rasmussen, Nathan Roehrig, Emily Ryberg, Vanessa Sanfilippo, Chloe Short, Erica Sobczak, Matthew Southwick, Brianna Stone, Shelby Swindell, Jennifer Toledo Gaines;100 Member Club Harrison Monfort, Ayah Qadri;Michelle Kay Reynolds Memorial Leukemia Fund Ayla Gray;Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union Scholarship Masen Maggio, Cayla Overbeck, Gabriella Rosario Negron;Rolland Taft Athletic Scholarship Josh Tonkin, Giovana Calamunci;Alison Ney and Christa Stineman Memorial Scholarship Karley Kennedy;Jamestown School Forest Award Karley Kennedy, Emma Martin, Ayah Qadri, Alexis Salvaggio;New Century Art Award Shelby SwindellConnie Gould Poetry Award Karlie Blodien;English Dept. and Cattaraugus Bank Excellence in English Award Masen Maggio;Jamestown Kiwanis JHS Key Club Scholarship Alexis Salvaggio,  Nolan ScomaMilton J. Fletcher Award for English  Andrew Laurin, Emma Martin;Norman Tinkham Award John Carlson;Broadcast & Communication Club Award Jacob Blackmar, Katie Falkowski, Dylan Lydell, Lilly Melquist, Ayah Qadri, Alexa SwansonJHS Class of 1978 Scholarship Karlie Allen,Bradley A. Proctor Memorial Wrestling Scholarship Michael Houghton;Barbara B. Quackenbush Scholarship Jacob Blackmar;Dempsey Lewis Knight Memorial Scholarship Courtney Grey;Ernest & Alice Levin Memorial Scholarship Maxwell Bollman;Gale Gokey Brown Memorial Scholarship Giovana Calamunci;Gladys M. Steele Scholarship Brianna Bagley;Italian Heritage Award Masen Maggio;Jamestown High School Class of 1965 Scholarship Ajiah Mouio;Jamestown High School Class of 1969 Fund Eylessa Stilson;Jasmine Cantor Scholarship Abigail Beach, Ayah Qadri, Masen Maggio, Harrison Monfort, Alexis Salvaggio, Isabella Palermo, Grace McMillan, Andrew Laurin, Tanisha Smith, Berit Abers;A Memorial Scholarship in honor of Mr.and Mrs.J. H. Stohlbrost, Ebba Goranson, Marilyn Carlson McLain, and Alberta Sandberg Morse Deanna Huntington, Cayla Overbeck;JHS Class of 1950 Scholarship Andrew Laurin, Chloe Short;Class of 1966 Scholarship Madison Christ;John &Elaine E. Cali Memorial Scholarship Connor Flores;Katherine K. Burch Memorial Scholarship Allyson Buck;Larry Green Calculus Award Tanisha Smith;Minority Education Scholarship Gabriella Rosario Negron;Rita A. Dunn & Mollie Dunn McKee Award Giocanda Calamunci, Courtney Hays, Caleb Kindberg, Lilly Melquist, Meridith Rohlin, Shelby SwindellSamuel B. Robbins & Janet R. Robbins Scholarship Alexa Swanson;Senator Jess J. Present Scholarship Harrison Monfort;Thomas E. Kiddoo, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Nichole Trusso;Wyman Ansley Scholarship Patience Glatt;Chautauqua Educational Opportunity Scholarship Dimitrianna Anderson, Karlie Blodien, Jordan Crofoot, Shakira Cuevas, Aaliyah Golden, Avante Hicks, Michael Houghton, Jose Irizarry, Leighann Kuzmunich, Kamille LaMountain, Abigail Maloney, Jaiden McKoy, Giovann Anillo Melendez, Erik Mettler, Jalyn Packer, Angelica Alers Rosario, Jordan Russo, Hope Smith, Alexis Spoon, Matthew Wilson;Jamestown Business College Scholar of Excellence Alexis Spoon;Jamestown Business College/College Access Award Angelica Alers Rosario, Sarai Ayala Torres, Shakira Cuevas, Maria Davila, Ivan DeJesus, Nayaril DeJesus, Vanessa Fredette, Kristina Hernandez, Jahnah Johnson, Nicholas Kelley, Leighann Kuzmunich, Cloe Lister, Mollie Lundberg, Laylani Matta Martinez, Morgan Olson, Jineyshka Pena, Mykenzie Ramsey, Jamal Rogers, Jasmine Torres;Jamestown Business College Senior Academic Progress Award Mason Harmon;Jamestown Business College Junior Academic Progress Award Taryn Caldwell, Emily Johnson;Jamestown Community College USA Scholarship Evan Anderson, Taylor Austin, Jacob Blackmar, Aidan Brumbaugh, Aden Clark, Preston Crooks, Caleb Erickson, Janea Fiorella, Courtney Graham, Veronica Hansen, Savannah Hazelton, Clayton Hitchcock, Nevan Kearney, Abigail Maloney, Rome McBride, Eden McGrath, Macey Monaghan, Harrison Monfort, Sierra Owles, Ayah Qadri, Nathan Roehrig, Meridith Rohlin, Olivia Ruiz, Alayne Schobey, Benjamin Schrader, Sophie Schweiger, Kianna Smith, Tanisha Smith, Erica Sobczak;Jamestown Community College Holmberg Scholarship Alice Moffatt;Jamestown Community College Workforce Readiness Scholarship Ryan LemkeDr. Harold M. & Joyce S. Childress Scholarship Savannah Hazelton, Rome McBride;Allen Ayers Award Masen Maggio, Grace McMillan;Harry E. Kline Scholarship (Chemistry) Maisy Chang, Siena DeAngelo;Ronald Stahlman Memorial Fund Ryan Lemke;Theodore Peterson Awards in Chemistry John Carlson, Cecelia Eklum;Triple C Award Abigail Beach, Gabriella Rosario NegronSuperintendent’s Scholarship Gabriella Rosario Negron Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

What the Devil? Tickets Are On Sale Now for MCC Theater’s Hand to God Off-Broadway

first_img In Hand to God, the good children of Cypress, Texas, are taught to obey the Bible in order to evade Satan’s hand. But when students at the Christian Puppet Ministry put those teachings into practice, one devout young man’s puppet takes on a shocking personality that no one could have expected. View Comments Hand To God Related Shows Opening night is set for March 10 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, but you should probably leave your sock puppet at home.center_img Avenue Q meets Scandalous? Tickets are now available for the new MCC Theater mounting of Hand to God. The offbeat comedy by Robert Askins will be directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, who also helmed the original Ensemble Studio Theatre production in 2011. Hand to God begins off-Broadway performances February 20. Along with Steven Boyer reprising his role as Jason and his alter-ego sock puppet Tyrone, Hand to God will star Tony nominee Marc Kudisch as Pastor Greg, Sarah Stiles as Jessica, Geneva Carr reprising her role as Margery and Michael Oberholtzer as Timmy. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 30, 2014last_img read more

Harry Potter Ties Olivier Noms Record; Groundhog Day Nabs 8 Nods

first_img View Comments ‘Harry Potter & the Cursed Child'(Photo: Manuel Harlan) These nominees are pure magic! London’s Broadway-bound production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child nabbed 11 nods when the 2017 Olivier Awards nominations were revealed on March 6. Groundhog Day, which begins Broadway performances on March 16, garnered eight nominations. The Olivier Awards ceremony will take place on April 9 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.Harry Potter and The Cursed Child’s 11 nominations ties with the current record-holder for the most-nominated production, which was Hairspray in 2008. The play, which sees J.K. Rowling’s magical world brought to life, is nominated in the following categories: Best Actor, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best New Play, Best Set Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Design, Best Director, Best Theatre Choreographer and Outstanding Achievement in Music. Jamie Parker received his first nomination for his portrayal of Harry Potter.In addition, Andrew Lloyd Webber received nominations for three separate productions: Sunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ Superstar and School of Rock; he currently has four shows running on the Great White Way. Glenn Close, who is currently reprising her Tony-winning role as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard was nominated for her performance in the London production of the show. Cherry Jones, who was nominated for the 2014 Tony Award for her performance in The Glass Menagerie received a nomination for reprising her role in the West End.Six-time Olivier Award winner Sir Ian McKellen received his tenth Olivier Award nomination for his performance in No Man’s Land.As previously announced, Kenneth Branagh is set to receive this year’s Special Award at the ceremony. Take a look at the full list of nominees below!Best New MusicalDreamgirlsThe GirlsGroundhog DaySchool of Rock the MusicalBest Musical RevivalFunny GirlJesus Christ SuperstarShow BoatSunset BoulevardBest New PlayElegyThe FlickHarry Potter and the Cursed ChildOne Night In Miami…Best RevivalThe Glass MenagerieThis HouseTravestiesYermaBest New ComedyThe Comedy About a Bank RobberyNice FishOur Ladies of Perpetual SuccourThe TruthBest Actor in a MusicalDavid Fynn for School of Rock the MusicalTyrone Huntley for Jesus Christ SuperstarAndy Karl for Groundhog DayCharlie Stemp for Half a SixpenceJamie Parker for Guys and DollsBest Actress in a MusicalGlenn Close for Sunset BoulevardDebbie Chazen, Sophie-Louise Dann, Michele Dotrice, Claire Machin, Claire Moore and Joanna Riding for The GirlsAmber Riley for DreamgirlsSheridan Smith for Funny GirlBest Actor in a Supporting Role in a MusicalIan Bartholomew for Half a SixpenceAdam J. Bernard for DreamgirlsBen Hunter for The GirlsAndrew Langtree for Groundhog DayBest Actress in a Supporting Role in a MusicalHaydn Gwynne for The Threepenny OperaVictoria Hamilton-Barritt for Murder BalladRebecca Trehearn for Show BoatEmma Williams for Half a SixpenceBest Actor Anthony Boyle for Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildFreddie Fox for TravestiesBrian J. Smith for The Glass MenagerieRafe Spall for Hedda GablerBest ActressGlenda Jackson for King LearCherry Jones for The Glass MenagerieBillie Piper for YermaRuth Wilson for Hedda GablerBest Actor in a Supporting RoleEd Harris for Buried ChildTom Hollander for TravestiesIan McKellen for No Man’s LandJamie Parker for Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildBest Actress in a Supporting RoleMelissa Allan, Caroline Deyga, Kirsty Findlay, Karen Fishwick, Kirsty MacLaren, Frances Mayli McCann, Joanne McGuinness and Dawn Sievewright for Our Ladies of Perpetual SuccourNoma Dumezweni for Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildClare Foster for TravestiesKate O’Flynn for The Glass MenagerieBest DirectorSimon Stone for YermaJohn Tiffany for Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildJohn Tiffany for The Glass MenagerieMatthew Warchus for Groundhog DayBest Theatre ChoreographerMatthew Bourne for The Red ShoesPeter Darling and Ellen Kane for Groundhog DaySteven Hoggett for Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildDrew McOnie for Jesus Christ SuperstarBest Costume DesignGregg Barnes for DreamgirlsHugh Durrant for CinderellaRob Howell for Groundhog DayKatrina Lindsay for Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildBest Set DesignBob Crowley for AladdinBob Crowley for The Glass MenagerieRob Howell for Groundhog DayChristine Jones for Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildBest Lighting DesignNeil Austin for Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildLee Curran for Jesus Christ SuperstarNatasha Katz for The Glass MenagerieHugh Vanstone for Groundhog DayBest Sound DesignPaul Arditti for AmadeusAdam Cork for TravestiesGareth Fry for Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildNick Lidster for Autograph for Jesus Christ SuperstarSound Award for Outstanding Achievement in MusicDreamgirls – Music by Henry KriegerHarry Potter and the Cursed Child – Composer and Arranger: Imogen HeapJesus Christ Superstar – The band and company creating the gig-like rock vibe of the original concept album of Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air TheatreSchool of Rock the Musical – Three children’s bands who play instruments live every night at New London TheatreOutstanding Achievement in an Affiliate TheatreCuttin’ It at The MariaThe Government Inspector at Theatre Royal Stratford EastThe Invisible Hand at Tricycle TheatreIt Is Easy To Be Dead at Trafalgar Studios 2Rotterdam at Trafalgar Studios 2Best Entertainment and FamilyCinderellaDavid Baddiel – My Family: Not The SitcomPeter PanThe Red ShoesBest New Opera Production4.48 PsychosisAkhnatenCosì Fan TutteLuluOutstanding Achievement in OperaRenée Fleming for her performance in Der RosenkavalierStuart Skelton for his performance in Tristan And IsoldeMark Wigglesworth for his conducting of Don Giovanni and LuluBest New Dance ProductionBetroffenheit by Crystal Pite and Jonathon YoungBlak Whyte Gray by Boy Blue EntertainmentGiselle by Akram Khan and English National BalletMy Mother, My Dog and CLOWNS! by Michael ClarkOutstanding Achievement in DanceAlvin Ailey American Dance Theater for their London seasonLuke Ahmet for The Creation by RambertEnglish National Ballet for expanding the variety of their repertoire with Giselle and She Saidlast_img read more

Restoration complete to all VEC members

first_img‘By far this is the worst storm that we’ve ever seen,’ said Dave Hallquist, Chief Executive Officer. ‘At the height of storm there were verified reports of wind gusts of up to 94 mph in some parts of VEC’s service territory which resulted in power outages to more than one-third of our member-owners.’Several utility poles were felled along this stretch of Oak Hill Road in Williston. A crew from New Hampshire fixes this one. Photo: Vermont Business Magazine.Restoration outlooks began to look dismal by late Friday afternoon as damage assessments for some of the hardest hit areas came in. Numerous downed trees and power lines and over 80 broken poles in VEC’s system hindered restoration efforts. The further crews progressed the more apparent it was that they were not just repairing damage – they were actually rebuilding parts of the Co-op’s system. By temporarily adding approximately 300 trained line worker and tree removal personnel, VEC’s restoration was successfully completed within five days.‘It is currently estimated that storm restoration costs will reach $2 million,’ added Hallquist. ‘There is no doubt in my mind that this storm will go down as one of the most extensive and costly power outages in VEC’s history.’VEC crews with assistance from Burlington Electric Department, Central Vermont Public Service, Green Mountain Power, New Hampshire Electric Coop, Stowe Electric, the Village of Johnson, Bemis Construction, Charles Curtis LLC, Energized Line and numerous tree crews, worked around the clock for five days restoring power to Co-op members. Some members had been in the dark since the onset of the storm early Wednesday morning, December 1st. In addition, support staff worked continuously to provide 24 hour communication support to members including regular website and Facebook updates.‘Even though power is fully restored to all VEC members, clean-up work for VEC crews is far from done,’ said Jeffrey Wright, Chief Operating Officer. ‘This week crews will continue to replace broken poles that were temporarily repaired, re-assess damage to right-of-ways, respond to partial power issues and repair low hanging services to members’ homes. All of us at VEC appreciate the demonstrated patience of our members during this difficult restoration process,’ added Wright. Vermont Electric Cooperative, Inc,After five days of round the clock work, crews restored power to the last VEC member at approximately 10:30 pm Sunday night. Strong winds that pounded Vermont on Wednesday resulted in extensive damage to VEC’s system, which executives there called the worst in the company’s history, which will cost it about $2 million. At the height of the storm VEC had approximately 12,500 members without power, this equates to one-third of its member’owners. ‘In the midst of the storm we had no idea how severe the damage was,’ Wright said. ‘The further into the restoration process we got, the more we realized the magnitude of devastation to our system which was best illustrated by the abundant number of broken utility poles we had. In some of the hardest hit areas we were actually rebuilding our system rather than repairing it.’Utility crews and support staff have been working between 16 and 18 hour shifts around the clock to restore power and answer member calls. At daybreak on Sunday, VEC had a total of 60 line crews and 80 tree crews available to make the final push to get power restored to VEC members in the hardest hit areas of Williston, Hinesburg and Underhill.Preliminary reports had more than 35,000 Vermont customers losing power as VEC, Central Vermont Public Service and Green Mountain Power scrambled to restore service after hurricane force winds swept in from the east, causing significant damage in parts of Chittenden, Franklin and Lamoille counties.last_img read more