Tracy Letts Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed recently.Steve Martin & Martin Short Set for Only Murders in the BuildingComedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short will star in and executive produce a new Hulu comedy series Only Murders in the Building. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show, which is produced by This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman and was created and written by Martin and John Hoffman, revolves around three strangers who share an obsession with true crime who suddenly find themselves wrapped up in one. Tony-nominated scribe Martin and Tony winner Short will lead the show alongside actress and recording artist Selena Gomez.Virtual Reading to Benefit NAACP Legal Defense & Educational FundOn August 12 at 7PM ET, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse and Rosalind Productions Inc. will present a virtual reading of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage’s Crumbs from the Table of Joy. The event will raise money for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. The reading will reunite the 2016 Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse production cast, including Dria Brown, Lawrence Evans, Danielle Hopkins, Elijah Jones, Abigail Rose Solomon and Nikki E. Walker with Adrienne D. Williams directing. A minimum donation of $10 is requested. Get more info here.Watch Sutton Foster on What Would You Do?Tony winner and Music Man-bound star Sutton Foster will appear behind-the-scenes in a new episode of ABC’s What Would You Do? for a scenario on age discrimination, an issue her character Liza faces in the TV Land series Younger. The episode will air on August 11 at 10PM ET. Want a sneak peek at Foster on the ep? Head here.French Exit to Close New York Film FestivalAzazel Jacobs’ film French Exit will have its world premiere on closing night of the 58th Annual New York Film Festival (NYFF) on October 11. Based on the novel by by Patrick deWitt, the movie stars Michelle Pfeiffer as Frances Price, a widowed New York socialite whose wealth has dwindled. As a result, she decides to escape the city by cruise ship and relocate to her friend’s empty Paris apartment with her son Malcolm (played by Broadway alum Lucas Hedges) and their mercurial cat Small Frank (voiced by Tracy Letts). There, Frances and Malcolm face their pasts and plan for an impossible future, all while their social circle expands in absurd ways. For COVID-19 updates regarding the NYFF, head here. View Comments Martin Short Sutton Foster Lucas Hedges Steve Martin & Martin Short(Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Turner Image) Star Files View All (4)
Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)On The Nomination Of Betsy DeVosTo Be Secretary Of The Department of EducationSenate FloorFebruary 6, 2017After a whirlwind confirmation hearing and committee vote, the Senate tomorrow will vote on the nomination of Betsy DeVos to lead the Department of Education. I will be blunt: I do not believe she has the qualifications to uphold the Department of Education’s primary goal – that of ensuring that all students have access to a quality, public education that allows them to succeed. As a father and grandfather, I understand well the impact of education on our children. When students have access to strong public education from the beginning, they are more likely to succeed in the long term. Our nation’s public schools hold the promise of student success through strong state accountability measures and legal protections regardless of one’s race, income, or learning ability. They offer nutritious meals for underserved students, many of whom receive their only meals of the day at school. Public education means strong teachers and school leaders, technology in the classroom, and assessments that test not just how well a student can memorize material for an exam on one particular day of the year, but on how much they have grown over the course of many months. It means that schools have counselors and nurses, and that they operate under a modern infrastructure that supports those with disabilities and in foster care. Public education also means that both the states and the federal government are held accountable for everyone having access to the same, excellent resources. In fact, just over one year ago, this body agreed with these protections and passed the Every Student Succeeds Act by a margin of 85 to 12. It was the firm agreement among the majority of the Senate that all students deserve access to critical public school resources in order to succeed. We made a promise that we would do better by our students; that public schools would be the premier standard for outstanding education for all. Unfortunately, the nominee before us does not share these same goals. Ms. DeVos has referred to public schools as a “dead end.” She has instead advocated for the privatization of education, and funneled millions into organizations and initiatives that promote private school vouchers and school choice. These efforts diverted public funds toward private schools that are not held to any anti-discrimination or accountability standards. At her confirmation hearing, she did not seem to understand that the Individuals with Disabilities Act – a landmark law – is a federal law that public schools in all states must follow. Lastly, Ms. DeVos and her family have contributed to anti-LGBT causes and anti-women’s health efforts, which are in direct conflict with her leadership role at the Department of Education. How can a nominee who disagrees with the Department of Education’s mission be fit to oversee that agency and promote the civil rights of schools and college campuses?Betsy DeVos also appears to oppose efforts to expand college access. In her testimony before the Senate HELP Committee in January, Ms. DeVos would not agree to work with states to offer free community college to eligible students, instead saying that, “nothing in life is truly free.” She also admitted to knowing little about the Pell Grant program and federal student loans, as neither she nor her children have ever had to use such resources. This is just out of touch with the real-life, kitchen table experiences of millions of students and families that rely on these funds to make college attainable.With college tuition rates having climbed more than 300 percent in the last decade, it is unacceptable to deny students federal financial resources. As it is, students are increasingly saddled by insurmountable student loan debt, and many forego starting a family or buying a house or a car. Many of these students have also fallen prey to for-profit institutions, many of which continue to offer the false promise of gainful employment upon graduation. In reality, many of these institutions offer non-transferrable credits or unaccredited degrees, and are increasingly shuttering their doors, leaving students with egregious debt, and nowhere to turn to finish their degrees.The Department of Education has an extremely important role to ensure all students — of every race, income level, or whether that student has disabilities or not — have access to the critical tools provided by public schools and by student financial aid programs. Thousands – thousands – of Vermonters have called or written to me worried that Ms. DeVos does not agree with these principles. I share their concerns, and I cannot support her confirmation. It is dangerous and short-sided to confirm someone who has so much to learn about our nation’s public schools and the challenges they face. Universal free public schools were a revolutionary American invention. Let’s strengthen public schools, not snub them. Ms. DeVos is the wrong choice for our children, and for our nation’s future. Our public schools need strong leadership, not someone who has made undermining their success her life’s work. I strongly oppose this nomination, and I urge my fellow Senators to vote no on this confirmation vote.
Daum Commercial Real Estate Services negotiated the $1.95 million sale of a 44-lot, single family home community in Prescott called Hillcrest at Forest Trails, located just north of Thumb Butte at the edge of Prescott National Forest.Daum Phoenix Executive Vice President, David Wilson represented both the buyer and seller in the transaction.The buyer was Nick Malouff, president of Legacy West Homes of Prescott.The seller was Donald D. Myers Co. of Prescott. The seller has a remaining 28-acre commercial site for sale, located just outside of the Forest Trails subdivision.Hillcrest at Forest Trails features semi-custom homes starting at $400,000 and will begin sales in April. The homes have been designed to take advantage of the hilltop views of northern Arizona and reflect the natural colors and elements of the wooded area.Daum Commercial Real Estate Services specializes in industrial and office properties throughout metro Phoenix. Daum Phoenix has successfully sold and leased millions of square feet in industrial and office buildings, and land.
MVD News:New Mexicans have a special opportunity for the next two weekends to obtain driver’s licenses and IDs and conduct any other MVD business as part of the state’s Standard License rollout. The Motor Vehicle Division will have special Saturday office hours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Oct. 12 and again Saturday Oct. 19 at the following eight offices: Albuquerque Montgomery Plaza Office, 4575 San Mateo NE, Suite G190;Albuquerque Eagle Vista Office, 9651 Eagle Ranch Road NW;Albuquerque Rio Bravo Office, 3211 Coors Boulevard SW, Suites D10 and 11;Las Cruces Main Street Office, 505 S. Main Street, Suite 357;Las Cruces Del Rey Office, 3291 Del Rey Boulevard, Suite 10;Santa Fe office, 2546 Camino Entrada;Gallup office, 1710 East Aztec Avenue; andHobbs municipal MVD Office, 4800 Jack Gomez Boulevard.The new Standard License is an alternative to the Real ID license. New Mexicans can obtain a Standard License with as little as one document proving identity and age and two documents proving New Mexico residency.The Standard Driver’s Licenses and IDs do not satisfy federal Real ID requirements and after Oct. 1, 2020 will not be valid for boarding commercial airline flights or for entering certain federal facilities. However, private establishments and state and local government agencies in New Mexico that accept REAL ID credentials as identification by law must also accept Standard Licenses and ID cards.The requirements for a Real ID license are established by federal law and have not changed. Other documents, such as a valid passport, also can be used for Real ID purposes. A complete list of Real ID credentials is available at TSA.gov.New Mexicans interested in obtaining either the Standard or the Real ID license should make sure they have the necessary documents before making the trip to an MVD office. Lists of acceptable documents for Standard and Real ID licenses are available at mvd.newmexico.gov. Use the pull-down menu titled Driver’s Licenses/ID’s to find the appropriate list.If your current license is valid or expired for less than one year, you may be able to obtain a Standard License on line at mvd.newmexico.gov.
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The Port of Oostende organised the BEPPo (Blue Energy Production in Ports) closing conference “Ports as hubs for marine renewable energy projects” at the Greenbridge Incubator centre. BEPPo is a transnational collaborative project between public and private organisations from Belgium, Denmark, Scotland and Norway, 50% co-funded by European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) within the Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme.During the event, led by the Port of Oostende and with various multi-sector participants from all over Europe, the results on the research carried out by the BEPPo partners were presented.The key point raised during the discussions is that Small and Medium sized Ports (SMPs) have a triple role to play in marine energy developments: they function not only as the backyard for the blue industry, offering relevant marine services, but they are also excellent sites for testing and monitoring new devices. Furthermore, the integration of wave and tidal energy in the port infrastructure can meet SMPs’ own need for electricity.An update was also provided on the latest Blue Energy (wave, tidal, offshore/floating wind) trends together with a summary of the case study of Orkney Islands, where the setting up of the European Marine Energy Centre in 2003 has had a major impact on the local economy during the last 10 years (an estimated £149m contributed to Orkney by activity at EMEC since its creation according to an economic impact evaluation carried out in 2012).Also, a number of MRE developers were given the opportunity to showcase their products and experience.Throughout the whole conference, speakers highlighted the significant part that ports can have both in the early developments of marine energy schemes, and in pre-commercial stages, by providing the infrastructure (for test and O&M), through political lobbying and acting as intermediary between the different concerned stakeholders.The BEPPo findings will be further debated at the European Maritime Day Conference in Athens on the 28th May.Image: Port of Oostende
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is introducing second draft restrictions effective April 29th, 2016 for all vessels transiting the canal amid dry weather conditions brought about by the El Niño.El Niño has triggered a drought in the Canal Watershed, causing the water level of Gatun Lake to fall substantially below its average for this time of the year.As a result, the maximum authorized transit draft will be set at 11.74 meters of Tropical Fresh Water (TFW).Based on the ACP’s announcement, vessels loaded after April 1, 2016 shall comply with the draft restriction. In addition, vessels arriving with drafts over 11.74 meters TFW may be allowed transit after April 29th depending on the level of Gatun Lake at the time of the transit.ACP said that the vessels already loaded to the prevailing draft limitation at the time of the announcement will have their restriction waived for transit, subject to safety considerations.The restriction follows the one announced in March when the maximum authorized transit draft was to be set at 11.89 m TFW effective April 18.
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Ferguson, who will join Metro Ports on January 5, 2015, will have national authority and responsibility for operations and business development of the companies operating under the Metro Ports banner, which includes port operations in the West, Gulf and East coasts, as well as at Prince Rupert in British Columbia, Canada.He will report to Nautilus International Holding’s chief operating officer Michael Giove, and will be based in Fair Play, South Carolina.Ferguson has held various management positions in the industry, including serving as vice president, cargo solutions at Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), where he developed dry bulk and breakbulk terminals in North America, Africa and southwest Asia. www.metroports.comwww.nautilusintl.com
The latest round of tariffs, which target the third list of Section 301, was originally scheduled for a two-phase implementation. The first phase, which went into effect during September, placed a 10 percent tariff on goods contained in the third list of section 301.The latest agreement between the USA and China has delayed the second phase of tariffs, which would have increased this rate to 25 percent.This phase has now been suspended for 90 days. In this time, it is expected that the two nations will continue to work on the details of a trade accord. If at the end of this period the parties are unable to reach an agreement, the 10 percent tariffs will be raised to 25 percent.The announcement has been welcomed by the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), which described the agreement as encouraging news that highlights the progress that is being made in trade negotiations.AAPA president and ceo Kurt Nagle said: “With today’s worldwide supply chain, American manufacturers, farmers and businesses rely on our nation’s ports to handle the raw materials and semi-finished components needed for domestic production of goods, including goods made here for export.“Not only do high import tariffs cost Americans more to purchase the things they need and want on a daily basis, reciprocal trade sanctions from our trading partners can increase the cost and thereby reduce demand for US exports, such as agricultural products, vehicles, machinery and mineral fuels.”www.aapa-ports.org