View Comments Ryan Murphy (Photo: Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) Acclaimed producer/director Ryan Murphy is on a quest to bring theater adaptations to the small screen. After the recent The Boys in the Band and the highly-anticipated movie adaptation of The Prom, Murphy has revealed his next project will be producing Matthew Lopez’s The Legend of Georgia McBride for Netflix, according to Deadline. Playwright Lopez recently earned a 2020 Tony nomination for penning The Inheritance.”I’m doing another musical called The Legend of Georgia McBride, also for Netflix, which is written by Matthew Lopez, who just wrote The Inheritance,” Murphy said in an interview. “I’m producing that with Jim Parsons. So I have a passion for it, and I think people love musicals.”The Legend of Georgia McBride played at off-Broadway’s MCC Theatre in 2014 and tells the story Casey, a young and broke expectant father, who is fired from his gig as an Elvis impersonator in a run-down, small town Florida bar. When the bar owner brings in a B-level drag show to replace his act, Casey finds that he has a whole lot to learn about show business—and himself. According to Deadline, Parsons is set to play Miss Tracy Mills, a veteran drag queen who coaches Casey in the art of drag.Murphy also provided an update to his previously-announced A Chorus Line miniseries: he’s received the rights to the interviews done by Michael Bennett that inspired the hit musical. “[Bennett] took out a little office in Times Square, and he took gypsies into those rooms and said, ‘Tell me about your lives,’ and from those interview sessions came the music,” Murphy said. “I got the rights to all of those interviews. I have all of those tapes. I have all of that material about how was ‘What I Did For Love,’ what is that about? How was ‘Dance: Ten; Looks: Three?’ So that’s a very interesting process that I’m going to start working on next year.”While Broadway fans wait for more information on The Legend of Georgia McBride and A Chorus Line, they can count down the days until Murphy’s starry The Prom premieres on Netflix on December 11.
Rural US Post Offices across the country, including 145 across Vermont, will have their hours cut as part of an effort to save the nation’s mail service billions of dollars. The USPS, which announced this new proposal Wednesday, had considered closing many mailing centers as well, but widespread opposition to that and the outright closing of rural post offices forced it to come up with a different plan. In Cambridgeport (Windham County), McIndoe Falls (Caledonia County) and North Thetford (Orange County), the window will be open for only two hours a day. See complete Vermont list below. The proposed plan would keep the existing post office in place, but with modified retail window hours to match customer use. Access to the retail lobby and to PO Boxes would remain unchanged, and the townâ s ZIP Code and community identity would be retained, according to a USPS statement.â Meeting the needs of postal customers is, and will always be, a top priority. We continue to balance that by better aligning service options with customer demand and reducing the cost to serve,’said Postmaster General and CEO Patrick R. Donahoe. â With that said, weâ ve listened to our customers in rural America and weâ ve heard them loud and clear ‘they want to keep their Post Office open. We believe todayâ s announcement will serve our customers’needs and allow us to achieve real savings to help the Postal Service return to long-term financial stability.âThe new strategy would be implemented over a two-year, multi-phased approach and would not be completed until September 2014. Once implementation is completed, the Postal Service estimates savings of a half billion dollars annually. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who has led the effort in Congress to keep the offices open, said he welcomed Postmaster General Patrick Donahoeâ s decision to abandon plans to close 3,600 rural post offices, including 15 in Vermont, but voiced reservations about a new plan to cut hours of operation. Sanders called on the House to pass a Postal Service reform bill that a bipartisan majority of senators approved on April 25. He said he is increasingly confident that many postal sorting facilities once slated for shutdowns will be spared, including one at White River Junction, Vt. But he questioned aspects of Donahoeâ s new plan to cut hours of operation at 13,000 post offices, including 145 in Vermont.â The good news is that all 15 rural post offices slated to be shut down in Vermont will remain open. The bad news is that dozens of post offices in Vermont and around the country will see their hours cut. I will continue to fight to keep as many of these post offices open for as long as possible,’Sanders said. â While I have no doubt that some rural post offices could see hours cut, I am concerned about the impact of reduced hours on many communities. The truth is that reducing hours in rural post offices will not save significant amounts compared to the Postal Serviceâ s overall budget,’Sanders added. The plan to cut post office hours comes at a time when Congress is working on legislation that would maintain mail delivery standards, keep postal facilities open and create a new business model for the Postal Service ‘all without any cost to taxpayers. The Senate-passed bill addresses the major reason for the Postal Serviceâ s financial troubles ‘a $5.5 billion annual mandate to pre-fund 75 years of future retiree health benefits in just 10 years. This onerous requirement, unparalleled by any entity in the private sector or government, is responsible for more than 80 percent of the Postal Serviceâ s debt. Without that obligation, the Postal Service would have posted a profit of $700 million from 2007-2010, and a $200 million profit in the first quarter of this fiscal year. The Senate-passed bill also addresses the reality that the Postal Service overpaid $11 billion into the Federal Employees Retirement System. The measure now awaiting action by the House also includes a Sanders provision to let the Postal Service become more entrepreneurial. He wants the Postal Service to explore new opportunities to increase business, such as expanding digital services, selling hunting and fishing licenses, making copies, notarizing documents, and cashing checks. â The Postal Service does need a new business model in order to be successful in the 21stcentury. Rather than cutting services, Congress should lift restrictions so the Postal Service can become more entrepreneurial and earn new revenue,’Sanders said. The USPS said the plan would better position the Postal Service to pursue vital and promising revenue opportunities and also achieve a cost reduction of $22.5 billion by the year 2016. The Postal Service will provide an opportunity for the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) to review this plan prior to making any changes. The Postal Service intends to file a request for an advisory opinion on the plan with the PRC later this month. Community meetings would then be conducted to review options in greater detail. Communities will be notified by mail of the date, time and location of these meetings.This new option complements existing alternatives, which include:Providing mail delivery service to residents and businesses in the affected community by either rural carrier or highway contract route;Contracting with a local business to create a Village Post Office; andOffering service from a nearby Post Office.A voluntary early retirement incentive for the nationâ s more than 21,000 non-executive postmasters was also announced. Since 2000, the workforce has been reduced by more than 250,000 people without the use of layoffs.Survey research conducted by the respected Opinion Research Corporation (ORC) in February, showed 54 percent of rural customers would prefer the new solution to maintain a local Post Office. Forty-six percent prefer one of the previously announced solutions (20% prefer Village Post Office, 15% prefer providing services at a nearby Post Office, 11% prefer expanded rural delivery). This strategy would enable a town to possibly have a Post Office with modified hours, as well as a Village Post Office.The Postal Service has implemented a voluntary moratorium on all postal facility closings through May 15, 2012. No closings or changes to Post Office operations will occur until after that time.In addition to maintaining a retail network of more than 31,000 Post Offices, the Postal Service also provides online access to postal products and services through usps.com and more than 70,000 alternate access locations. Nearly 40-percent of postal retail revenue comes from purchases on usps.com and through approved postal providers such as Wal-Mart, Staples, Office Depot, Walgreens, Samâ s Club, Costco, and many others.Vermont Post Offices Hours to be reduced under proposed USPS plan (by Zip Code): CURRENT PROPOSED ZIP CODE POST OFFICE HOURS HOURS
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Headquartered in Kriftel, Germany, Castolin Eutectic provides the full range of consumables, equipment and services in welding, brazing and coating technologies to more than 40,000 customers around the globe.Active for more than 100 years in the maintenance and repair business, the Castolin Eutectic brand is well known for outstanding technical competence and quality.John Kirkwood, CEO of Castolin Eutectic, said, “We are looking forward to working with Paragon Partners and are convinced that, together, we can further capitalise on the group’s strengths and strong market positioning.” “Fresh capital will allow us to invest in various strategic initiatives and continue to pursue M&A opportunities.”Dr. Edin Hadzic, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Paragon Partners, added, “Castolin Eutectic is the go-to place for industrial wear protection and repair.”“We are enthusiastic to welcome this industry champion to the Paragon family and are looking forward to supporting it through the next phase of development”.Stefan Messer, owner of Messer Group and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of MEC Group, said, “In Paragon Partners, we have found a professional shareholder with a strong entrepreneurial spirit to whom we can entrust our internationally positioned Castolin Eutectic Group.”“I am sure that Castolin Eutectic will be in very good hands and that, under the leadership of Paragon, it will continue its successful path of profitable sales growth.”“Messer will now focus on further strengthening its global industrial, medical and specialty gases business.”
Burglars will face tougher sentences with the impact on their victims at the heart of the process under proposals published today by the Sentencing Council. The draft guidelines, which cover the offences of domestic burglary, non-domestic burglary and aggravated burglary, introduce a single framework for Crown and magistrates’ courts to increase consistency of sentencing. The guidance says that the victim should be the primary concern in the sentencing process, asking judges to focus on the harm to the victim as well as the culpability of the offender. For example, if a victim is at home when a burglary takes place, or if significant trauma is experienced by the victim, judges are directed towards a more severe sentence. Under the guidelines, those who commit domestic burglaries can still expect a custodial sentence, but community orders may be appropriate for the lowest level of offenders. The statutory maximum sentences for burglary offences remain unchanged. The guidance reinforces the particularly serious nature of aggravated burglary, and proposes that custodial sentences should always be given, with a range of up to 13 years. The guidance increases the recommended sentence for domestic burglary from four to six years, but the sentences for non-domestic burglaries remain in line with those currently being given, with a range of up to four years. The chairman of the Sentencing Council Lord Justice Leveson said: ‘Burglary can have a very serious impact on victims – it is very far from being only a crime against property. ‘As a result, we have ensured that the impact on victims is at the centre of considerations about what sentence should be passed on a burglar.’ He said: ‘The guideline does not reduce the severity of sentences being given to those convicted of burglary. Rather, it reinforces current sentencing practice that burglars targeting people’s homes can expect a custodial sentence.’ The three-month consultation closes on 4 August 2011. The consultation document can be read on the Sentencing Council site. See also Rachel Rothwell’s blog.
The latest Economic Outlook from the OECD states that whilst the global economy will strengthen over the coming two years, urgent action is still required to further reduce unemployment and address other legacies from the global economic crisis.OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría stated that advanced economies are gaining momentum and driving the pick-up in global growth, while once-stalled cylinders of the economic engine, like investment and trade, are starting to fire again.According to the Outlook, GDP growth across the 34-member OECD is projected to accelerate to a 2.2 percent rate in 2014 and 2.8 percent in 2015, whilst the world economy will grow at a 3.4 percent rate in 2014 and 3.9 percent in 2015.With the cylinders of the world’s economic engine apparently starting to fire again, this leaves the project forwarding industry ready to provide the freight and logistics services that oil the wheels of the global economy and international trade.This week’s Friday Flyer is sponsored by KOG Transport. Established in 1981, project specialist KOG now has 23 own offices in the USA, Canada, Switzerland, Holland, Germany, the UK, Spain, Ukraine, Abu Dhabi, India, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, China and Japan. It also has a strong focus on Russia, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Angola and Nigeria. KOG specialises in project shipments mainly for the oil and gas, power generation and industrial plants industry. KOG: big enough to handle – small enough to care!In the corporate worldUniversal Transport acquired a majority stake in German transport specialist Messingschlager.Despite a stable top line, Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding ASA posted a decline in operating profit in the first quarter of 2014.Agility posted a net profit increase of 11 percent year-on-year in Q1 2014 at KD11.24 million (USD40 million).The Logwin Group reported revenues of EUR278.5 million (USD386.5 million) for the first quarter of 2014.Capacity developmentsGrimaldi Group added two vessels to its Savona-Valencia ro-ro service and now offers daily departures from each of the gateways.Boskalis announced that it had started a study into a new ultra-large V-class heavy marine transport vessel to rival the Dockwise Vanguard.Following an agreement with Cobelfret of Luxembourg, Nordana can now present the complete fleet that will replace its current tonnage in the Mediterranean/Latin America – USA service.Nordana is also set to commence operations for its new Mediterranean service in the middle of June, 2014.Shipments of the weekR&B Global Projects chartered a multipurpose tramp vessel to transport 5,000 cu m of earthmoving machinery and equipment (pictured top right) from Papua New Guinea to Dunkerque.Kübler Spedition transported a passenger ship’s upper deck and hull, weighing 200 tonnes, to the Markkleeberg Lake in Germany on 21 axle lines of Scheuerle InterCombi platform trailers.Van der Vlist transported a 41-tonne bearing frame from Hamburg to a hydroelectric power station in the extreme north of Norway – 150 km into the Arctic Circle (pictured second right).SAL Heavy Lift carried a 257-tonne cryogenic heat exchanger on board its vessel Annagret (pictured bottom right) from Fairless Hills to Malaysia, for use in the LNG Train 9 project in Bintulu.Other notable projects reported by HLPFI this week can be seen on the archive news area of our website.Got some shipment news of your own? Send it in to [email protected] projects and contractsGE Power & Water has agreed terms with HongHua to supply GE gas engines to power new rigs that will be used for shale gas projects in China.Jacobs Engineering Group received a contract from Borealis to provide engineering, procurement, project management and construction management services for a project at its manufacturing site in Stenungsund, Sweden.Gamesa signed an agreement to supply 24 wind turbines to Fujian Energy for a wind farm being built in Dahanshan, China.For a fuller round up of capital projects and contracts announced this week please visit the HLPFI website or contact David Kershaw.On the moveThe FREJA Group opened a new office for FREJA Transport & Logistics AS in Kristiansand, Norway, while Spanish freight forwarding group Transitex established a new division in Genoa – Transitex Italia. The Famous Pacific Shipping (FPS) network agent for Dubai, Jebel Ali and Abu Dhabi – Reliance Freight Systems – opened a new office in Doha, Qatar.Network newsChina’s Ginter Logistics Service joined the Global Project Logistics Network (GPLN), while BigMove AG welcomed Mammoet Road Cargo to its European heavy transport network. The CLC Projects network added Trans Sahara Shipping Ltd as a member for Sierra Leone and Liberia, and AGIL Freight Logistics SPC as a member for Bahrain. Elsewhere, the XLProjects (XLP) network gained Concargo as a new member in South Africa, while the Project Cargo Network (PCN) added Denmark’s Fairplay Shipping, Colombia’s HT Line and Mozambique’s PowerVia Moçambique to its ranks. The Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA) presented Ben Forster of Rigging Gear Sales with the President’s Award and James Lomma of J.F. Lomma Inc. with its Golden Achievement Award.All about EvieEvie was interested to hear this week that German football champion FC Bayern Munich would be celebrating its 24th title with a triumphal procession on a customised MAN vehicle.The converted truck features a bar, DJ equipment and a toilet, so the football pros and their entourage will be riding in style. Evie will be showing her support on the streets of Munich.HLPFI’s Oliver Ward, who attended the WCA Projects Network’s eighth annual conference this week, told Evie about the success of event which saw 116 delegates come together in Abu Dhabi.
SHARE Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: May 17, 2017 9:56 AM EDT Updated: May 17, 2017 12:29 PM EDT McDonald’s expands delivery partnership with UberEats NEW YORK (AP) Is the convenience of having a Quarter Pounder and fries delivered to your home or office worth a $5 fee? McDonald’s is hoping it will be.The fast-food chain says it’s expanding its partnership with UberEats to offer delivery in Chicago, Columbus, Los Angeles and Phoenix. The two had already teamed up to offer McDonald’s delivery in Miami, Orlando and Tampa, Florida earlier this year.In all, McDonald’s says “McDelivery” is now available from more than 1,000 U.S. locations, though none are in Southwest Florida.McDonald’s is hoping delivery can help turn around its U.S. business, which has seen customer visits decline. Uber says its delivery fee varies depending on the city, but that it is generally a flat $4.99. There could also be a “busy area” fee of $1 to $2 where demand is high. Author: Associated Press
Transport & Travel Research Ltd is undertaking the European Commission funded GENESYS research and development project to reduce energy consumption on urban rail services through better driver training. A spreadsheet model is used to calculate energy consumption, and this is used to encourage staff to drive in a more energy conscious manner. Amongst the routes modelled are parts of Dublin’s DART suburban network, the Tyne & Wear Metro, Central Trains’ Birmingham Cross-City line and the Bilbao metro.EWS is to provide maintenance, driver training and lease 14 diesel locomotives to the Continental Rail consortium to haul construction trains on the Madrid – Barcelona high speed line. Under a four-year contract, the ex-BR Class 37 locos will be based at Sallilas and Calatayud, but will be transferred to other bases as work progresses. The standard gauge line is due to be completed through to the French border in 2006 (p58). Continental Rail is jointly owned by Spanish civil engineering group Vias y Construcciones and bus operator Continental Auto.Interfleet Technology and Pickersgill-Kaye are co-operating to field test on a Class 165 diesel multiple-unit a door lock which interfaces directly with the toilet waste tank. Once the tank is full, the door automatically locks, shutting the toilet out of use. Staff are provided with an over-ride key for use in emergencies.Universal Power Systems has been awarded a contract for the installation of Uninterruptible Power Supplies at four locations on Railtrack’s Great Western zone. The UPS protects signalling equipment from transient power disturbances. A ’Plug & Play’ concept and standard proven technology has been used throughout, and the hardware is housed in portable location cases. The four sites were selected because of local difficulties in maintaining a continuous power supply, or where a signal pased at danger risked causing a significant collision. The equipment has recently been tested at Dorchester South on the Southern zone. IAD Rail Systems has received Railtrack certification for a new generation of electric point motor, which was installed at Nunhead in south London during October. The High Performance Switch System was developed over seven years by the Industrial Actuation Division of Claverham Group with Balfour Beatty, Railtrack and ERA Technology. Offering reliable actuation and enhanced locking and detection technologies, HPSS combines a proven switch actuation mechanism with sleeper-mounted torsional back-drives. Long life, low maintenance, and high reliability are claimed, together with the ability to tamp the whole turnout.Corus Rail Consultancy has launched a 3D computer simulation system to provide route familiarisation for drivers. Designed to run on a Pentium III (or equivalent) machine on a Windows 95/98 platform, the animation package gives drivers a realistic three-dimensional view of track layouts and infrastructure. It was developed for Railtrack as part of the ’Leeds 1st’ station upgrading project. Simulations will be used to train 1300 drivers for Northern Spirit, Virgin, GNER, Midland Mainline EWS and Freightliner as the layout at Leeds is progressively remodelled. Reader Enquiry Numbers:Transport & Travel Research Ltd 143English Welsh & Scottish Railway 144Pickersgill-Kaye 145Universal Power Systems 146Claverham IAD Rail Systems 147Corus Rail Consultancy 148
MEXICO: Electro-Motive Diesel of the USA is to supply 19 SD70ACe locomotives to freight operator Ferromex and 15 of the same type to its sister company Ferrosur, EMD’s parent Progress Rail Services announced on September 24. The locomotives are due to enter service by June 2015 under contracts which both include an 11-year maintenance agreement.While Ferromex already operates the 4 300 hp SD70ACe, this is the first order that Ferrosur has placed with EMD. Its 15 locomotives are to be built to a special design to improve operation in tunnels.‘The 97 SD70ACe locomotives we have received have achieved very high and consistent performance and fuel efficiency’, said Rogelio Vélez, CEO of Ferromex and Ferrosur. ‘The 34 new additions will be key to our plans for 2015 and beyond, where Ferromex will continue to grow at higher levels than the average of the North American railroad industry’.