View Comments Ivo van Hove(Photo: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images) Tony-winning director Ivo van Hove has signed on to direct an upcoming stage adaptation of Hanya Yanagihara’s 2015 novel A Little Life. Koen Tachelet has crafted the script of the new play, scheduled to appear at Amsterdam’s Stadsschouwburg Theatre beginning on September 20 with an opening set for September 23.A Little Life follows four men over a period of more than 30 years: lawyer Jude, actor Willem, visual artist JB and architect Malcolm. The story is the history of their friendship, as they remain closely connected with each other during the rest of their lives.The cast of A Little Life will include Ramsey Nasr as Jude, Maarten Heijmans as Willem, Majd Mardo as JB, Mandela Wee Wee as Malcolm, Marieke Heebink as Ana and Steven van Watermeulen as Harry. The company will also include Hans Kesting.Van Hove is a 2016 Tony winner for his acclaimed revival of Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge. His other credits include a Broadway production of Miller’s The Crucible and the stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning film Network, which recently concluded its run with London’s National Theatre. Van Hove is expected to direct a 2019 stage adaptation of All About Eve in London. Book cover art for A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara(Penguin Random House)
Darn Tough Vermont,Vermont Business Magazine Darn Tough Vermont(link is external), the fastest growing American manufacturer of premium performance outdoor and lifestyle socks, announced today that its multi-quarter growth run continues with first quarter revenue up 28 percent year-over-year. Company performance increased across all categories, the company said in a press release, indicating that the brand’s unconditional lifetime guarantee and Vermont, USA-based manufacturing continues to resonate with consumers demanding quality socks.“From day one we refused to cut corners, building socks in Northfield, Vermont with a maniacal focus on uncompromised comfort, durability and fit. 13 years ago, people told us that the world didn’t need another premium sock brand but Darn Tough’s continued double-digit, year-over-year growth speaks for itself. And that’s because our socks speak for themselves. Every one of our socks is created with the specific needs of the end consumer in mind and with each design we continue to evolve, building on the same focus that launched the Darn Tough brand,” said Ric Cabot, Darn Tough Vermont and Cabot Hosiery Mills president and CEO.Darn Tough’s famous factory store sock sale in November. VBM photoCategory GrowthDarn Tough Vermont’s outstanding growth reflects the brand’s dedication to crafting end-use specific socks that not only exceed consumer expectations, but also redefine what socks can and should offer. The brand’s Hike collection – up 47% – has long been recognized for its ability to effortlessly take on any adventure, from the grit of a 2,200 mile thru-hike to the everyday grind. Equally at home on the trail or in town, Darn Tough’s legendary performance makes any Hike style an incredibly worthy and comfortable go-to sock.This methodic approach to end-use specific design is also brought to life in the company’s Vertical Ski/Ride category – up 21%. With an emphasis on unrivaled fit and season-after-season durability, Darn Tough Vermont’s Ski/Ride socks have been met with equal excitement from retailers and consumers who are tired of their socks failing after one winter.The Lifestyle category – driven by the men’s collection, up 21% – leads with fresh colorways and patterns that continue to outperform and outlast the competition. Coupled with the Juniors offering – up 89% – Darn Tough’s Hike and Lifestyle collection offer socks for every activity and every family member. Personnel and Infrastructure GrowthDarn Tough Vermont welcomed Lance Pitcher as the new Marketing Campaign Manager. As the former point person for content at Burton, Pitcher brings 20 years of agency, editorial and brand experience developing compelling content for, and driving engagement around, in-store, social media and e-commerce platforms for outdoor, lifestyle brands. “Coming out of a wildly successful year, we’re excited to have Lance with us to lead campaign development and activations across all dealer and consumer touchpoints. His talent will continue to help us raise awareness around Darn Tough’s one-of-a-kind story while driving sell-through,” Brian Brand, marketing director at Darn Tough Vermont.In addition, the Vermont-based sock company continues ramping up infrastructure and operational improvements in manufacturing and logistics as well as improved customer service and supply chain leadership. This growth is driving faster DC turnaround, ensuring that Darn Tough is leading in retail delivery and turn times in order to be the strongest possible partner for retailers, distributors and consumers. About Darn Tough Vermont:Darn Tough Vermont is an American manufacturer of premium, all-weather outdoor and lifestyle socks for every activity and every day. The company offers both Specialty and Tactical product lines. Darn Tough Vermont’s Specialty line offers footwear in several activewear categories including Lifestyle, Hike, Run, Endurance, Vertical Ski/Ride, Bike, Hunt, Work and Kid’s styles – all of which carry the industry’s only unconditional lifetime guarantee.Darn Tough’s product is distinguished from industry competitors by 100 percent USA manufacturing; exceptional comfort, durability and fit; True-Seamless™ technology; and an exclusive blend of either ultra-fine, premium Merino wool or Coolmax®/Thermolite®. Founded by Ric Cabot in 2004, a third-generation sock maker, Darn Tough Vermont operates out of Cabot Hosiery Mills. For more information about Darn Tough Vermont socks, please visit: www.DarnTough.com(link is external). Source: Northfield, VT. (April 20, 2017) – Darn Tough Vermont(link is external)
Cinionic announced an exclusive long-term strategic laser agreement with Cinemark Holdings, one of the world’s largest movie exhibitors, operating more than 6,000 screens. During the 10-year deal, Cinionic will upgrade Cinemark’s chain with arco Series 4 laser projectors and integrated Barco Alchemy media servers. The transformation of Cinemark’s fleet in the United States and Latin America into state-of-the-art, laser-powered entertainment destinations further solidifies both companies’ commitment to elevating the movie-going experience.Following the digital cinema revolution, the companies enabled an enhanced visual experience on thousands of screens. More than seven years ago, Barco pioneered laser technology for the cinema industry and has continually invested in the solution, building to more than 20,000 laser-powered screens around the world. Today, Cinionic and Cinemark renew their commitment to the future of cinema, their partnership and laser to power the next generation.“We are extremely pleased to continue our decade-long relationship with Cinionic, a trusted and valued business partner,” stated Damian Wardle, EVP of technology operations and presentation at Cinemark. “Key considerations in the selection of Cinionic’s and Barco’s laser technology included the quality of the presentation, as well as the best overall cost of ownership and maintenance over the long-run.”Since its debut at CinemaCon 2019, Series 4 has powered the laser renewal in the cinema industry with patented technologies and stunning 4K image experiences. Harnessing the power of laser projection from Cinionic, Cinemark benefits from significant cost-savings and a reduced carbon footprint with 80% less power consumption and no more waste from lamps. The laser transition offers millions of moviegoers a greener way to go to the cinema.Wim Buyens, CEO of Cinionic, said, “This landmark partnership marks the single largest circuit upgrade to laser, setting a new visual standard for moviegoers. Honoring our joint achievements, we are spearheading the renewal wave in cinema. This is a watershed moment for the industry, 2019 is the year laser became the new norm for cinemas around the world.”Cinemark consistently reports the highest attendance per screen among leading exhibitors due to its continuous efforts to enhance its in-theater quality, services and amenities, including stunning and consistent visual experiences. The fully integrated Cinionic solution for Cinemark will deliver vivid colors, sharp focus and brighter cinema projection for a future film slate that includes highly anticipated Hollywood titles in 2020. These include: “Wonder Woman 1984,” Disney’s “Mulan,” Marvel’s “Eternals” and Pixar releases “Onward” and “Soul.”
Study: Inadequate drug-susceptibility tests linked to poor TB treatmentThe accuracy of tuberculosis (TB) drug-susceptibility testing in high-burden countries was inadequate, and inaccurate test results led to inadequate treatment that contributed to higher mortality in patients with drug-resistant forms of the disease, an international team of researchers reported yesterday in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.In a multicenter cohort study conducted in seven high-burden countries (Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Peru, and Thailand), researchers collected tuberculosis isolates from patients aged 16 years and older and compared the results of drug-susceptibility testing done locally with results from gold-standard phenotypic drug-susceptibility testing conducted in a Swiss reference laboratory. They then examined mortality in patients who had concordant and discordant test results.Drug-susceptibility tests of isolates from 634 patients at the reference lab found that 394 isolates (62%) were pan-susceptible, 45 (7%) were resistant to one drug, 163 (26%) were multidrug-resistant (MDR), and 30 (5%) were pre-extensively or extensively drug-resistant (pre-XDR or XDR). A comparison of the results from the local and reference laboratories showed that they were concordant for 513 (81%) of 634 patients and discordant for 121 (19%) of 634, resulting in an overall sensitivity of 90.8% (95% confidence interval [CI], 86.5 to 94.2) and specificity of 84.3% (95% CI, 80.3 to 87.7).Mortality ranged from 6% (20 of 336) in patients with pan-susceptible strains and concordant test results who were treated according to World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines to 57% (8 of 14) in patients with resistant strains who were under-treated. More than half the people with misdiagnosed drug-resistant tuberculosis who received inadequate therapy died. In logistic regression models, compared with concordant drug-susceptibility test results, the adjusted odds ratio of death was 7.33 (95% CI, 2.70 to 19.95) for patients with discordant results who were under-treated.The authors of the study say the results support the idea that rapid molecular drug-susceptibility testing at treatment initiation, preferably using whole-genome sequencing, is required to improve outcomes in patients with MDR and pre-XDR/XDR TB, though they acknowledge that much work is required to make that approach feasible and affordable in lower-income countries.They conclude, “In the meantime, the capacity for the phenotypic and molecular drug-susceptibility testing recommended by WHO should be increased to ensure the most adequate treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis in these settings.”Feb 7 Lancet Infect Dis study UK releases new guidance on antibiotic prescribing for acute coughThe UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) yesterday issued new clinical guidance aimed at reducing antibiotic prescribing for adults and children with acute cough.The guidance advises against offering antibiotics to treat patients with acute cough associated with either an upper respiratory tract infection or with acute bronchitis who are not systematically unwell. Clinicians are also advised to explain to patients why an antibiotic is not necessary, how long acute coughs lasts, how to manage symptoms with self-care (honey, herbal remedies, and over-the-counter cough medicine), and when to seek further medical help.For patients who appear systematically unwell at a face-to-face examination, the guidance recommends an antibiotic be offered immediately. For patients with a higher risk of complications, the guidance suggests clinicians consider offering an antibiotic.The guidance recommends doxycycline as the first-choice antibiotic for adult patients, and amoxicillin as the first-choice agent in children under the age of 18. Feb 7 UK NICE acute cough guidance
Thailand’s oil and gas company PTT has reportedly shown interest in buying Petronas’ stake in the SK316 block offshore Sarawak. Earlier this week, Reuters reported that Malaysia’s Petronas was aiming to sell as much as 49 percent in the gas project off Sarawak for up to $1 billion. If undertaken, the move would be one of Petronas’ first major recent sales as the company is grappling with the lower oil price.On Wednesday, Reuters reported that Thailand’s PTT was interested in buying the stake from the Malaysian state-owned oil and gas company.“Petronas are interested in selling SK316 and we are interested because this is an upstream business,” Reuters quoted PTT Chief Executive, Thewin Wongwanich, as saying.The Thai-state-owned PTT is a parent company of PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP).Offshore Energy Today Staff
Peter S Hughes, Hughes & Company, Tring I write to comment on Michael R Moore’s letter about referral fees. I qualified in 1976 and can relate to and empathise with all that he recounts – with the exception of his final paragraph. My firm has always refused to accept or pay referral fees. In my mind, to do so wholly compromises the independence and integrity of the profession. I was appalled when the Law Society first approved the practice and I have fought against it ever since. Yes, my firm has lost introductions from local estate agents and others who worship on the ‘altar of profit’. Few of my clients who have followed their recommendations have had the appetite to repeat the process and have returned to the fold. My response has always been to refuse to make introductions to those who will introduce work only upon the payment of a ‘bung’. My clients know that my firm has always jealously protected its independence and will act only in its clients’ best interests, and will not accept or pay financial or other inducements. We rely entirely on our reputation, the quality of our service and upon recommendation. While my firm does not aspire to Lexcel accreditation, we do keep a register of ‘approved suppliers’ and will only recommend those who have similar ‘professional standards’. Despite the apparent disadvantage of ‘fighting with one hand tied behind our back’ as suggested by Mr Moore, we have turned this apparent disadvantage to our benefit by gaining the reputation of being one of the few firms (if not the only one) in the locality with unquestionable integrity and independence. As a result, our practice proudly flourishes. I delight in the fact that our regulators appear, at last, to be discharging their duties of seeking to protect the integrity and independence of the profession.
Jordan Rasinski (Photo by Bill Stockland) PENSACOLA, Fla. – After taking the opening series at Flagler College the no. 4 West Florida baseball team with play its home opener Saturday February 11 against Rollins at Jim Spooner Field in double header action. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. with game two following. For the complete 2012 baseball schedule and for information of all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.GAME NOTES2/1: Flagler2/11-12: RollinsRoad to the National Championship: The Argos started the 2011 season outside the top 20 in the national rankings but quickly made their climb to the top. UWF won their first five games before falling to Flagler 7-2 at Jim Spooner Field. West Florida wasn’t phased rattling off an eight game winning streak before dropping back-to-back games to North Georgia. The Argos bounced back and went on a 22 game winning streak, the longest in school history, before UAH snapped the streak. The Argos continued their dominance throughout the remainder of the regular season grabbing the program’s fourth GSC East Division championship. The Argos then struggled in the GSC tournament, 2-2, and were eliminated by Harding 6-2 in the semi-final round. West Florida wasn’t done yet though as UWF was picked to host the programs first NCAA South Regional. The Argos sailed through the tournament and defeated Barry 7-4 to grab West Florida’s first NCAA South Regional championship, writing the team’s ticket to the program’s first national championship. At the 2011 NCAA Baseball Championships West Florida did not disappoint. The Argos won the opening game in blowout fashion defeating Southern Connecticut 13-0. In the second and third rounds UWF had to fight to stay alive. The Argos withstood the test eliminating Sonoma State 5-4 and Mount Olive 5-3, sending UWF to the national championship. The Argos wasted no time in the national chapionship, jumping on top of Winona State 4-0 in the first inning. West Florida controlled the game throughout and was able to capture the program’s first NCAA national championship by defeating Winona State 12-2.Eight Argos go pro: After last year’s historical season eight Argonauts found themselves on Major League scout’s radars. Five Argos heard their name called in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft in Brandon Brewer (L.A. Angels), Daniel Vargas-Vila (L.A. Angels), Ben Hawkins (Washington Nationals), Dustin Lawley (N.Y. Mets) and Greg Pron (N.Y. Mets). Three other West Florida players were signed as free agents in the off season in Jason Postill (Arizona Diamondbacks), Shane Waller (L.A. Angels) and Zach Jadofsky (Atlanta Braves). The big task for West Florida this season will be replacing these eight pros.Rollins: The Argonauts will play their home opener this weekend at Jim Spooner Field against Rollins. The Argos are 6-6 all time against the Tars and took both games last year, 8-3 and 9-3. Argos Win Opening Series: West Florida took their opening series on the the road against the Flagler Saints. The Argos fell in game on 4-3 but were able to bounce back and take the next to games 4-2 and 7-3.Florida Blue Call To the Pen:The UWF bullpen showed its depth in the opening series at Flagler. Each pitcher that traveled with the team saw time on the hill. Both of West Florida’s wins went to relievers; Freshamn Jordan DeLorenzo picked up the win in game two and Brian Ellington earned the win in game three. Tino Martinez Award Watch List:Three Argonauts were named to the Tino Martinez Award watch list in Juniors Andrew Rodriguez, Max St. Hilaire and Jake Stephens. The TIno Martinez Award is presented to the most outstanding player in D-II college baseball.Print Friendly Version Share GAME NOTES: Rollins
AN INTERVIEWThe introductory round of Fortuna: leagues brought very wild results, which offered an interesting statement about the form of individual teams. What is the opinion of the former excellent stopper and currently an expert of O2 TV Sport Jan Rajnoch on the first matches of the new year?