By Alexander Whiteman 26/03/2019 “However, what the implementation highlights is the calamitous lack of long-term parking options for lorries, which is something we’ve been pressing government on for some time“With the possibility of long-term delays caused by a no deal-Brexit, and the increased red tape this will bring, freight operators must have safe, secure parking for their drivers.”Changes to the plan allow for the rerouting of lorries to Manston Airfield, as well as closure of the M26 also for use as HGV parking, if necessary.To accommodate these changes, there will be roadworks on the M20 and M26 over the next week as the final preparations and adjustments are made.Highways England project director John Kerner said: “Since Operation Stack in summer 2015, we have been working tirelessly to improve resilience to disruption.“Operation Brock strengthens this resilience and offers a safe, scalable response to disruption.“It can be used to queue up to 11,000 lorries heading for mainland Europe, while keeping traffic flowing for people living, working and travelling in and around Kent.”The contraflow is in effect from Junction 8 to Junction 9 at Ashford, with Europe-bound lorries routed down the coastbound carriageway, under a 30mph speed limit.All other traffic is routed down the London-bound carriageway, with two lanes in each direction operating at 50mph.Highways England added: “The deployment will help to demonstrate Kent’s preparedness for disruption and allow the contraflow to be in place for any traffic disruption in the coming weeks.“Three lanes in each direction could be restored, with a 50mph limit, if Operation Brock is assessed as unlikely to be required in the following weeks.”However, reports of its launch brought confusion as several papers reported it as merely a trial.This was refuted by Highways England: “Reports of a one-week test are false, it is not being tested and has been rolled out per our commitments to having it in place by the end of March,” a spokesperson told The Loadstar.“Brexit may be a moveable situation, but it is not easy to put Brock in place, it took about three weeks to erect the steel barriers delineating the contraflow.“This will remain in place for six months, per our instructions from government, but it is reviewable and if there is a delay in Brexit it may be in place longer.” Highways England has launched Operation Brock, in preparation for the UK’s departure from the EU, as uncertainty continues to hang over Brexit.The plan, which reserves coastbound lanes of the M20 at junctions 8 and 9 for HGV traffic and keeps the middle lane clear for emergency vehicles, kicked into operation yesterday.FTA policy manager for the south-east Heidi Skinner told The Loadstar she was hopeful the scheme would not have a “detrimental” impact on traffic movements across Kent.“Importantly, it must not be viewed as a long-term solution,” she said.
(Thanks again to my good friend Cody Silay for all his help at the show. It is greatly appreciated.) Having never been privy to seeing the Grateful Dead live in concert, I’m only left with several alternatives. There’s nothing wrong with a Phil & Friends performance or an appearance by the Rhythm Devils, but it’s not quite in the same vein as the Dead, whether it be Weir’s jazzier takes on Dead tunes in RatDog or Lesh’s blending of musicians and song arrangements in Phil & Friends. For what some may call a “pure” approach to the Dead’s legacy, Dark Star Orchestra might be the most straight forward representation of the music being played today. The band revels in Grateful Dead lore and thrives on finding their own voice through the vehicle of the Dead’s well-documented catalog. This past Friday night DSO treated the Stage AE crowd in Pittsburgh, PA to a healthy dose of some classic Dead material, electing to play the San Francisco syndicate’s first set from the night of April 3, 1990 at the Omni in Atlanta, GA (this show will appear as a part of Dead.net’s new Spring 1990 (The Other One) box set), followed by a set filled with selections of their own. Opening up with the powerful strums to “Shakedown Street,” the audience knew right away they would be in store for a real Friday throwdown. From the outset, the band was very focused, leaving little time for crowd interaction, only pausing to tune in between numbers. They came to take care of business, and business was good.After moving through a rousing “Hell in a Bucket” the band moved into the sultry tones of “Sugaree.” In my opinion, this is where lead guitarist Jeff Mattson shines most. He has a wonderful knack for channelling Jerry in these slow moving blues numbers, moving patiently and precisely, expending no more energy on notes than necessary. It is a thing of beauty.Following “Sugaree,” DSO called on keyboard player Rob Barraco’s number for Brent Mydland’s “We Can Run,” and he did not dissapoint. From the few times I have seen DSO play I have always been amazed at Barraco’s ability to change styles between the Dead’s Pigpen in the 60s and early 70s to Mydland in the 80s and early 90s. He is a true virtuoso.Moving towards the end of the first set, and having already figured out what show DSO was playing, I was really looking forward to hearing the band’s take on Chuck Berry‘s “Promised Land.” This version sizzled, with Rob Eaton doing his best Bobby impression. His manerisms and playing are eerily similar to Weir’s. With that, the first stanza ended on a high note, leaving the Stage AE crowd anticipating what would come next.Although we had been expecting the band to come out with an “Estimated Prophet” as the Dead did to open their second set on 4-3-90, DSO threw a curveball and launched into a beautiful rendition of “Terrapin Station”. It was around this time that the band and crowd became one, chanting in unison the classic lyrics, “INSPIRATION, MOVE ME BRIGHTLY!” It is in these euphoric moments where one gets a brief taste of the a Grateful Dead concert experience. Dark Star Orchestra is a great facilitator of these moments.The biggest highlight of the night though was the large sandwich of songs DSO threw out at the crowd second set, beginning with “Scarlet Begonias.” An instant mover and shaker, this “Scarlet” gave the good people of Pittsburgh a chance to put on their best dancing shoes and cut a rug. However, “Scarlet” did not segue into it’s usual pairing of “Fire On The Mountain,” but rather made a departure into “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad,” a punchy version that once again conjoined band and audience to one another.From there the band morphed their set into a sleek “Drums > Space” section feauturing drummers/percussionists, Rob Koritz and Dino English, that kept most of the crowd in a trance. I have come to really enjoy DSO’s “Drums > Space” sections. They’re more precise and fluid than you might encounter when listening to a random Dead show, and at times have more direction which makes them a little more listenable, per se.After rounding out “Space,” DSO launched into a great home stretch of songs, playing a sequence of “Uncle John’s Band”, a cover of Traffic‘s “Dear Mr. Fantasy” that had the crowd dangling in the band’s palm, and finishing up with “Comes A Time > China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider.” The “China Cat > Rider” combo is always a crowd favorite and can fit anywhere into a set, as is evident by the placement on this particular night. So what else was left to do?Dark Star decided to play what I would consider one of the most fitting encore/closing songs in the Grateful Dead’s repetoire, “Brokedown Palace.” It’s slow tempo and lyrical sentiments are an appropriate note to end any show on.Here are the full set list details, via Dark Star Orchestra’s website: Set One: Shakedown Street ; Hell In The Bucket > Sugaree ; We Can Run ; When I Paint My Masterpiece ; Row Jimmy ; Picasso Moon > Tennessee Jed > The Promised Land Set Two: Terrapin Station > Blow Away ; Scarlet Begonias > Going Down The Road Feeling Bad > drums > space > Uncle John’s Band > Dear Mr. Fantasy > Comes A Time > China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider Encore: Brokedown Palace
Bebe Neuwirth, James Naughton, Ann Reinking & Joel Grey(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Bebe Neuwirth, Joel Grey & More to Pay Tribute to Ann ReinkingA jazzy lineup of Fosse veterans will hat-tip Tony-winning Chicago choreographer Ann Reinking in Bright Lights Shining Stars, a gala for the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation. Reinking will serve as the guest of honor at the event taking place at NYU’s Skirball Center on October 1 at 6:00pm. The evening’s special gala performance will feature Reinking’s Chicago co-stars Bebe Neuwirth and Joel Grey along with Chicago vets Charlotte d’Amboise and Amra-Faye Wright. Others set to pay tribute to Reinking include Valerie Pettiford, Dylis Croman and Patricia Birch, Brittany Pollack and Daniel of the New York City Ballet, along with original cast members of the Tony-winning musical Fosse.Sam Shepard Tribute Set for NYC’s La MamaOff-Broadway company La Mama will honor the memory of late playwright/actor Sam Shepard with a memorial set for October 7 at 3:00pm at the Ellen Stewart Theatre. Shepard, known for his plays True West, Fool for Love and the Pulitzer-winning Buried Child, as well as his 1984 Oscar-nominated performance in The Right Stuff, died on July 27 at the age of 73.Beyoncé Choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui Tapped for Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill MusicalYou oughta know…that the Alanis Morissette musical is just one degree away from Queen Bey. Olivier-winning choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, who notably lent his talents to Beyoncé’s stirring 2017 Grammy performance, is set for the new musical Jagged Little Pill. The previously announced Alanis Morissette show is scheduled to make its world premiere at the American Repertory Theater in spring 2018. Fingers crossed that Bey and Jay book their tickets for the same night as us!Broadway’s The Lion King Shines in Epic 360° VideoCompany members of Broadway’s long-running hit The Lion King teamed up in the rehearsal studio to show off Garth Fagan’s Tony-winning choreography—from every angle! Put your fingers to your mouse and give a look at Disney’s acclaimed show like you’ve never seen it before, then head on over to the Minskoff Theatre to see the magical sensation in person. View Comments
The Vermont Department of Health has awarded a grant to Idle-Free VT Inc., Bristol, VT, to implement Idle-Free for Fleet$, a vehicle fleet operators educational effort. The grant award supports the Vermont Asthma Program’s efforts to reduce the burden of asthma and improve air quality through the reduction of vehicle idling. The Idle-Free for Fleet$ project, under the direction of Wayne Michaud, Idle-Free VT director, will invite up to 90 business and municipal fleet operators in Addison, Orange and Washington counties to join in the benefits of idling reduction and adopting policies to reduce idling. The project will be in effect from July 1 to October 1, 2013. Idle-Free for Fleet$ will offer fleet operators resources ‘including an information flyer, dedicated webpage, and 30 minute PowerPoint and video presentation ‘that explain the technical facts on diesel and gasoline idling, myths and realities, health and economic impact, and model policies. Wayne Michaud will offer to give the on-location presentations at no cost to business fleet or operations managers, and town department of public works supervisors or highway department road commissioners and foreman. Their drivers/operators will be encouraged to attend. Business and municipal fleets will learn how idling reduction and adopting formal policies benefit them and their communities. Drivers and operators will better comply with an official policy, the company’s social responsibility and “green” image will be enhanced, and the resulting avoidance in fuel use and engine wear will increase company profit. For municipal fleets, town residents will benefit in savings of taxpayer dollars, improved health, conserved energy and lessening of the town’s carbon footprint. Idle-Free VT Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a primary goal to raise awareness of unnecessary vehicle idling (idling when parked) in Vermont by encouraging adoption of policies, practices, resolutions and curricula to reduce vehicle idling. It also advocates the enactment of local and state laws, regulations, and rules to limit vehicle idling.Burlington, Vermont, June 10, 2013 ‘ idlefreevt.org
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMBLos Alamos“Knives Out” seems at first a simple ‘whodunit’ murder mystery. But, over its 2 hours and 10 minutes, the initial, simple explanation of who is to blame gets increasingly complex. An ensemble cast of many familiar faces (and a few new ones) adds fun to the drama. Happily, this story about a mysterious death turns into a dark comedy with laugh out loud twists.The story opens with an old gothic mansion, set above a lake, somewhere in a New England autumn. Black dogs run from the house and a tray is carried to an upper study. The study door opens to reveal an old man lying on a sofa with his throat slit, dead. There are no preliminaries to introduce the man or his family. The film gives that task to the detectives (and the consulting private investigator) who interview each household member in turn.The story goes from a loving family gathered to celebrate the old man’s birthday dinner, to numerous chinks in their armor: which family member might be on the outs; who may have yelled something at the old man; what he may have said to each of them about his new will. The members of this pleasant group of supportive offspring, who consider the nurse “a part of the family,” begin to show their true colors, recalling events and conversations that took place the night of his death.Director Rian Johnson (, Star Wars VIII: ) has assembled a compelling cast for this film. Christopher Plummer plays Harlan Thrombley, a successful mystery writer with his own publishing empire. Jamie Lee Curtis is Linda Thrombley Drysdale, Harlan’s daughter, who built her own business with daddy’s help. Her husband, Richard Drysdale, is played by Don Johnson, and their entitled son, Ransom, is played by Chris Evans. Toni Collette plays the widowed Joni Thrombley, daughter-in-law to Harlan, and mother of college student Meg (Katherine Langford). Harlan’s other son, Walt Thrombley (Michael Shannon) runs Harlan’s publishing company. He is married to Donna (Riki Lindhome) and they have a son, the alt-right leaning Jacob (Jaeden Martell). Somewhat peripheral to the action is Harlan’s mother, Greatnana Wanetta Thrombley, played with quiet comic wisdom by K Callan.Also key to the story is Harlan’s nurse, Marta Cabrera played by Ana de Armas. Rounding out the ensemble are the detectives. Lieutenant Elliott (LaKeith Stanfield) takes the lead, asking questions of each household member, backed up by a Thrombley novel fan, State Trooper Wagner (Noah Segan). Present in the background, and eventually taking over the questioning, is a private investigator, Benoit Blanc, played by Daniel Craig with a broad southern accent.There are wonderful details in this film: the strange items displayed around the house; Harlan’s research into methods of murder to write his books; Harlan’s touching friendship with Marta; Harlan’s family members as they reveal the poison that their wealth has become; Marta’s immigrant family and her own special gift for sensing the truth.Knives Out may not win any awards, but it is a lot of fun to watch. Understandably, it is “Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including brief violence, some strong language, sexual references, and drug material.” But there is not much of any of that. Instead, the film will keep you guessing, and should keep you smiling, with occasional outbursts of laughter.
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Update 21/05/20: The ’99’ featured on the back of EG jerseys is a placeholder and will be adjusted pending individual assignment to players.Just six months after announcing a controversial rebrand that included a drastically new logo, North American organisation Evil Geniuses has taken a step back and tried again.Esports Insider sat down with Nicole LaPointe Jameson, CEO of Evil Geniuses, to discuss the need to change the logo, as well as learnings that have been implemented into this “final phase” of the organisation’s rebrand.Photo via: Nicole LaPointe JamesonRELATED: Evil Geniuses reveals ‘final phase’ of rebrand and LG UltraGear deal“Rebrands are tough,” said Jameson. “Everyone has opinions but we’re pleased that our community has been excited for us to listen and integrate their feedback.”When Evil Geniuses changed its original monogram logo to a wordmark in December 2019, it was originally part of a month-long effort to establish the organisation’s identity under new Peak6 Investments ownership.“It’s no secret to anyone that knows how to use social media that the reception of the first wordmark phase was not great,” Jameson said. “We had a lot of learnings. We didn’t roll it out in a tasteful way [and] we didn’t give the right preface to all the pieces to come. We heard a lot of feedback that was really important for us to listen to and integrate. “The first time around with the wordmark, it was too far away from the legacy and history component, and it took people by a very jarring surprise. [With the latest branding reveal] we made sure that the rollout was thoughtful and inclusive of all the elements that people really cared about,” she added. “A lot of that was making sure we were leaning into our legacy – remembering and paying homage to a lot of the history of EG when presenting a visual identity going forward.”The new logo is more similar to the original, with a few minor changes to give it a modern look that translates onto digital platforms. The jerseys feature ’99’ on the back on honour of when Evil Geniuses was founded, in 1999.Source: Evil GeniusesRELATED: North CMO reflects on rebrand: ‘We definitely needed it’Hardcore fans of Evil Geniuses might wonder why the logo had to change at all, Jameson explained that a change was necessary for two major reasons. The first is that the original logo was only associated with Dota 2 but the organisation was ready to expand into other ventures. The second reason was that non-endemic partners “didn’t get it,” and the logo didn’t translate to different digital mediums.“There were very functional design reasons why the old logo didn’t work,” she said, “but we needed something that tied into the legacy more than just the wordmark, so people could still recognise it. [We also needed it to] help us open doors that we needed to open so we can continue to be dominant for years to come.”Alongside the new rebrand, Evil Geniuses announced a hardware partnership with LG UltraGear while “they had a lot of eyeballs on them,” Jameson said, adding that teasing the partnership directly with a new jersey reveal made sense.“A monitor partner is obviously functionally helpful for an esports organisation but a partner like LG is exciting because it also encapsulates a lot of what our brand identity is trying to define. ‘Cutting edge, clean, and classic’ – those sentiments that we describe with our new visual identity – mirror what they look for as they expand in the esports space.”Find out about the ESI Digital Summit
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