Operators are hurriedly re-arranging their 2014/15 brochures after the shock announcement that DFDS Seaways is to stop its Harwich to Esbjerg, Denmark, route on 29 September, with the loss of 130 jobs. .It is the last UK passenger ferry to Scandinavia, and means that coach tour operators will either have to fly passengers to the region, or drive from Amsterdam.It will mark the end of an era for the historic ferry route that opened in 1875 with the inauguration of the port of Esbjerg.DFDS says that the route has been struggling for a long time with high costs, loss of passengers and freight being switched to road transport. It is therefore unable to bear the extra 2m a year that a new environmental law will entail, that requires low-sulphur fuel oil to be used.The loss of tax-free sales and increasing competition from low-cost airlines mean that passenger numbers have fallen from 300,000 to around 80,000. Transport of industrial cargo between the UK and Denmark has also declined.DFDS says it has worked hard to cut costs on the route, changing it into a combined freight and passenger service, reducing the number of crew on board, slow steaming to save fuel, decreasing the number of departures and trying to increase passenger numbers with aggressive marketing from centralised sales.DFDS Seaways continues to operate up to 44 daily sailings on the short crossing to and from Dover, has two Western Channel routes (Newhaven-Dieppe and Portsmouth-Le Havre) and daily sailings in each direction linking Newcastle and Amsterdam.Sirena Seaways, the vessel on the route since 2003, will be moved to other duties.
“Raging Bullshit”Can you do better? Email [email protected] or on Twitter @pdallison74Last week we gave you this photo:Thanks for all the entries. Here’s the best from our post bag (there’s no prize except for the gift of laughter, which I think we can all agree is far more valuable than cash or booze).“So what do you think of our new animatronic chancellor mannequin?” by Adam Lewis Paul Dallison is POLITICO‘s slot news editor. Andrew is now clearly going to be the winner of the coveted “Worst Royal” award — rumors that the makers of TV’s “The Crown” and “Prison Break” are discussing plans to make “The Crown: The Prince Andrew Years” were unconfirmed at the time of going to press — but there are other European contenders.Here are a few (from recent history or we’d be here all day).King Juan Carlos I of Spain: The former Spanish king was pictured in 2012 standing proudly in front of a dead elephant while on a safari in Botswana (there were also photos of him with two dead African buffaloes). Juan Carlos is no stranger to hunting scandals. Six years before the Africa photos, officials were forced to dismiss allegations that he had shot a drunken Russian bear that had been plied with honey and vodka.Prince Laurent of Belgium: The younger brother of King Philippe, Laurent has been feuding with the country’s government since at least 2017, when it docked his yearly allowance. The 15 percent cut in his royal salary was punishment for having appeared in naval uniform without government permission alongside Chinese military officials. And on Belgian National Day on July 21, he was caught on camera fiddling on his phone during the national anthem and seemed to snub then Prime Minister Charles Michel by not shaking his hand.Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia of Italy: The heir to the Italian crown announced the “return of the royal family” on Twitter this month, more than seven decades after his grandfather was dethroned at the end of World War II. Di Savoia, a reality TV star who along with the rest of his family was banned from the country until 2002, posted a video with the announcement but later admitted he was advertising for Netflix.CAPTION COMPETITION Welcome to Declassified, a weekly column looking at the lighter side of politics. You can find it in POLITICO‘s weekly print edition and online on Fridays.Back in the early ’80s Adam and the Ants sang: “Prince Charming, Prince Charming, ridicule is nothing to be scared of.” Jail, on the other hand, is absolutely terrifying.Yes, stepping back from public life is Prince Andrew, the queen’s least-bright child (and it’s a high bar), in the wake of that BBC interview, which could only have been worse if he had borrowed the Nazi uniform that Prince Harry wore to a party in 2005.
One thing certain about the flu is uncertainty, according toMarcLipsitch, a professor of epidemiology at the HarvardSchool of Public Health and a prominent authority on the spread ofinfectious disease.The rise and rapid spread of H1N1 flu virus, known as swine flu,has kept Lipsitch busy in recent months. An expert in computer modeling ofdisease dynamics, Lipsitch has been part of a team advising federal officialson swine flu’s likely behavior and the government’s response to it.In April, shortly after the flu hit the headlines, Lipsitchwas called to Atlanta as an adviser to the U.S. Centersfor Disease Control and Prevention. For a week, he worked intensively withother advisers and officials there to provide analysis and perspective. Heappreciated, he said, how difficult the job of health policymakers is in theearly stages of a pandemic, when difficult decisions are being made on thebasis of still-sketchy information about how dangerous and contagious apathogen is.“Academics have the ability to spend more time thinkingabout these questions than people who provide valuable services,” Lipsitchsaid. “I felt frantic the whole time, but not nearly as frantic as the peoplewho had to [make decisions] each day.” Lipsitch kept in touch with officials in Atlanta after hereturned to Boston through conference calls, at first daily and now weekly.Last summer, as a member of the 2009 H1N1 Working Group ofthe President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, he helped draftan assessment of the federal government’s handling of the swine flu outbreak sofar. He gave it high marks, particularly for its flexibility.Flexibility is key in handling an outbreak’s beginning, hesaid. Because officials didn’t know how dangerous H1N1 was, the initialresponse included fairly dramatic steps, such as closing schools if a case werediagnosed there. Those responses were dialed back as officials began tounderstand that, while contagious, H1N1 wasn’t as deadly as past pandemic flushave been — at least so far.“People took it seriously and then scaled back as the natureof it was shown,” Lipsitch said. “The response was well-tailored to cover therange of possibilities at any one time.”Lipsitch was recently named the head of a new center at theHarvard School of Public Health designed to provide better information aboutdisease outbreaks to public health officials and policymakers. The Center forCommunicable Disease Dynamics, which received a $10 million grant from theNational Institutes of Health, will focus on mathematical modeling of seasonalinfectious diseases such as the flu, on drug resistance, and on the best waysto allocate resources in interventions.Lipsitch said that more people with such public healthexpertise are needed in the United States, so part of the center’s mission willalso be to educate a new generation of students in the discipline.Lipsitch, who received his doctorate from Oxford University in 1995, has considerableexperience to lend to the effort. Much of his study has focused on the pathogenthat causes pneumonia, childhood ear infections, and meningitis, Streptococcuspneumoniae. He has evaluated how itspreads, how it is affected by interventions, and what the patterns of drugresistance are. He also worked on the 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratorysyndrome, or SARS, and has worked to better understand the 1918 Spanish fluthat killed millions around the world.With the Northern Hemisphere flu season looming with thepending of winter, Lipsitch said uncertainty remains about the nature of theflu’s coming second round. Though H1N1 is so far not as severe as past fluepidemics, it is clear that some will die from the ailment, Lipsitch said.Vaccines, which are being rushed through development and distribution, will beavailable in October, but it takes time to administer the dose and more timefor the body to develop immunity.
The Union of Musicians and Allied Workers has announced a new campaign aimed at taking on Spotify. Revealed on Tuesday, the Justice At Spotify campaign has issued a list of demands to the streaming giant that has already been signed by upwards of 13,000 musicians.Chief among the negotiation points is increased royalty payment for artists, “transparency in their practices, and to stop fighting artists.” The proposed amendments to the world’s largest streaming platform would include per-stream royalty rates of at least one cent per stream, a user-centric payment model, publishing all contracts with labels and artists, revealing and ending any arrangements that “resemble payola” (pay-to-play), crediting all labor behind recordings, and an end to legal battles “intended to further impoverish artists.”Related: Spotify CEO Says Artists Need To Make More Music To Make Money, As Company’s Profits Rise“Spotify is the most dominant platform on the music streaming market,” the petition said. “The company behind the streaming platform continues to accrue value, yet music workers everywhere see little more than pennies in compensation for the work they make.”According to UMAW, the average streaming royalty sits at $.0038 per stream, meaning it would take about 263 streams to earn a dollar, 786 streams for a cup of coffee, 283,684 streams to pay the median U.S. rent ($1,078), and 657,895 monthly streams to hit $15 an hour.The current Spotify model is based on a pro-rata system, where money generated by users is placed into a pool and divvied up between artists based on streams. A 2017 study by the Finnish Music Publishers Association found that, among Spotify premium users in Finland, the top 0.4 percent of artists get 10 percent of all the revenue. Meanwhile, the same study found that a “user-centric” (aka per-stream payment) would reduce their share to 5.6 percent.“Many claim that [increased] wages are not compatible with Spotify’s current economic system,” the UMAW platform states. “Our demand is that this model be adjusted so that artists can be paid fairly. If Spotify’s model can’t pay artists fairly, it shouldn’t exist.”This also brings up the heart of the other demands from UMAW, whose claims of unfair practices also targets Spotify’s algorithm, artist recommendations, and custom playlists. While Spotify insists that playlist placement is not for sale, an investigation by the Daily Dot in August found a bustling black market for spots on the service’s official playlists.The union also raises the issue of Spotify’s banner ads and other promotional tools. In 2019, documents obtained by Rolling Stone found that labels were able to purchase pop-up ads prompting listeners to select a specific work. Each time a user clicked on one of those ads, the label would pay Spotify 55 cents. According to UMAW, this constitutes the illegal practice of payola which was outlawed during the early days of rock n’ roll. In Spotify’s pitch documents sent to artists, they encourage them to spend at least $5,000 which would “bring more than 9,000 potential listeners over a seven-day period.”“Spotify encourages labels and management companies to pay for plays on the platform. In many cases, the artists don’t even know this is happening,” the UMAW’s demands state. “The practice amounts to payola, and it is unacceptable and must be stopped.”The issue of technical credits is also part of the Justice At Spotify campaign, which desires the platform to implement full credits for every recording on mobile and desktop applications. This would in turn allow users to search for every musicians, producer, technician, audio engineer, and more who contributed to the recording. Lastly, UMAW wants an end to lawsuits that “further impoverish artists.” The union has accused Spotify of “continu[ing] to fight in court to lower royalty rates for songwriters” and should instead, per the terms of the Justice At Spotify campaign, “not fight artists, songwriters, and other music workers.”For more information on the Justice At Spotify campaign, and to sign onto their demands, click here.[H/T Vice]
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA healthcare revolution is sweeping Russia. Both Russia’s federal and regional governments — enriched by energy and commodity exports over the last decade — have poured money into the country’s healthcare system, which crumbled after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin have made improving the health of Russians central to their policies and pledged billions of dollars to boost healthcare. We are sorry. The content item you requested needs to be replaced since the sydicator has abruptly ended this news service. The Good News Network is committed to finding another version of this news story elsewhere and adding the replacement link by mid-January, 2009. Please check back!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Ann Curtis | The Observer A student talks with a recruiter at the 2017 Fall Career Fair. The 2018 event will take place Wednesday in the Duncan Student Center and will feature a wide range of employers from various different sectors.Julie Gray, associate director of operations and event services at the Career Center, noted that the fair also offers students a chance to build rapport with businesses, as well as offering students an additional opportunity to interact with these companies in a casual, low-pressure environment, she added.Ryan Willerton, associate vice president of career and professional development, believes the career fair’s new location in the Duncan Student Center will provide a more hospitable experience to its visitors. In addition to its other amenities, the student center houses the Career Center on the fifth floor. For Willerton, this feature will showcase students’ “holistic development.”The Career Center will provide employers with tours of the student center throughout the day, Willerton said.Edinborough said she recommends that all students attend the fair, even if they are not currently seeking employment opportunities.Kate Cover, events manager at the Career Center, added that while upperclassmen will benefit from the exposure to recruiters, freshmen will also find the event worthwhile because they can gain valuable experience engaging with employers.Willerton believes that exploration plays a central role in the career development process.“There is no better exploratory activity than seeing a variety of organizations, within a short period of time, within one facility,” Willerton said.There are opportunities for students of all grade levels, Edinborough said.“[From] first years to seniors, there’s something there for everybody,” she said.To prepare for the fair, Gray said students should consult “Go IRISH”, a database hosting information about jobs and internships available for Notre Dame students. There, students can find useful information about the fair, including what companies will be attending as well as the positions employers are seeking to fill.Before attending the fair, Gray said she recommends students be comfortable introducing themselves, discussing their major and extracurricular activities and demonstrating interest in the companies they engage with. The fair will also feature a counselor table for students should they need tips on how to best connect with employers.“Ask a question,” Gray said. “The conversation will flow from there.”Tags: Career Center, duncan student center, employers, professional development, Winter Career Fair The Notre Dame Career Center will host its annual Winter Career and Internship Fair on Wednesday afternoon on the seventh and eighth floors of the Duncan Student Center. The fair features representatives from hundreds of companies from across the country.LoriAnn Edinborough, director of employer engagement at the Career Center, explained that the main purpose of the fair is to provide an “opportunity for employers and students to meet face to face.”The fair is a unique chance for employers to share information about their organization and discuss employment opportunities, Edinborough said. Likewise, she added, it allows students to familiarize themselves with the businesses they’re interested in.
DECEMBER 23: Glenn Closes In Mother of the Maid, Tony winner Glenn Close takes on the story of Joan of Arc, but not from the martyr’s perspective. In this telling, she plays Joan’s mother, Isabelle. The actress has plenty of Oscar campaigning to do for her role in the new movie The Wife, so catch her before the play wraps up December 23 at the Public Theater. DECEMBER 23: Heading North? With a starry cast including Mare Winningham, Marc Kudisch and more and a score straight from the catalog of Bob Dylan, Girl from the North Country made waves downtown this season as off-Broadway’s hottest ticket. Conor McPherson’s work (which he also directed) focuses on a small Minnesota community at the height of the Great Depression. The twice-extended off-Broadway run is slated to close at the end of December, but Broadway transfer buzz suggests it could be headed uptown. New York theater audiences are preparing to say goodbye to two fabulous leading ladies, a mega rockstar in his Broadway debut, a disco diva’s bio musical, several buzzy off-Broadway shows and more. Broadway.com rounded up the hit stagings and notable performances you need to catch before it’s too late. Nicolette Robinson in Waitress (Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) DECEMBER 16: Taking Stock, No Apologies Stage and screen great Stockard Channing returned to the New York stage in Apologia, the London transfer of Alexi K. Campbell’s play. The story follows Kristin, a former radical activist, whose new memoir threatens to tear her family apart. Catch it before it ends at off-Broadway’s Laura Pels Theatre on December 16. Bruce Springsteen in Springsteen on Broadway (Photo: Rob DeMartin) DECEMBER 9: Will She Extend Again?Nicolette Robinson has extended her run in Waitress twice since taking over the role in September. Notably the first woman of color to play the leading character of pie-maker Jenna, Robinson currently has a scheduled end date of December 9 with no replacemnet announced. Watch this spot… DECEMBER 9: School’s OutJocelyn Bioh’s acclaimed work School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play has also extended twice in its off-Broadway reprise engagement at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. The hilarious and powerful play, helmed by Tony winner Rebecca Taichman, follows five hive-minded friends at Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school, a mysterious new student and a pageant that reveals more than just schoolyard jealousy. LeChanze, Ariana DeBose and Storm Lever in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (Photo: Matthew Murphy) LaChanze, Ariana DeBose and Storm Lever in “Summer,” Colton Ryan in “Girl from the North Country” and Bruce Springsteen in “Springsteen on Broadway” (Composite: Ryan Casey for Broadway.com) Grace Van Patten and Glenn Close in Mother of the Maid (Photo: Joan Marcus) Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Mirirai Sithole, Paige Gilbert, Joanna A. Jones, MaameYaa Boafo and Latoya Edwards in School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play (Photo: Craig Schwartz) DECEMBER 9: Pop the BubblyAmanda Jane Cooper signs off every episode of her Broadway.com vlog with “Leave a little sparkle wherever you go.” She’ll definitely leave sparkle (and more than a few sequins) at the Gershwin Theatre when she steps out of the role of Glinda in Wicked. Katie Rose Clarke, who’s resume boasts two turns playing the Good Witch on Broadway, takes over December 11. DECEMBER 15: Et Tu, Bruce? Springsteen on Broadway is coming to an end, three extensions and a special Tony Award later. We’re including the The Boss’s Broadway debut and autobiographical concert on this list just to remind you that it’s closing December 15—because if you haven’t seen the sold-out show yet, well, there’s really not much you can do about it now. Fear not, though: You can watch the whole show from the comfort of your Netflix account the very next day (December 16) when the previously announced filmed performance launches on the streaming service. Hugh Dancy and Stockard Channing in Apologia (Photo: Joan Marcus) Jeanette Bayardelle and the cast of Girl From North Country (Photo: Joan Marcus) View Comments DECEMBER 30: Last Dance, Last ChanceThree actresses bring the disco diva to life on Broadway in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. LaChanze, Ariana DeBose and Storm Lever play Donna Summer at different stages in her life, performances that netted LaChanze and DeBose 2018 Tony nominations. The jukebox musical recently announced it will close at the end of December, but make sure to look for it on the road. ALSO DECEMBER 9: Will Eno’s one-man show Thom Pain (based on nothing), starring Michael C. Hall, closes at The Pershing Square Signature Center.DECEMBER 9: Patricia Ione Lloyd’s dark dramedy Eve’s Song ends at the Public Theater.DECEMBER 16: The New York premiere of Hansol Jung’s play Wild Goose Dreams, directed by Leigh Silverman, ends at the Public Theater.DECEMBER 17: Celebrity Autobiography goes out with a bang at the Marquis Theatre, with readings from Mario Cantone, Rachel Dratch, Antoni Porowski and more. DECEMBER 22: The Resitable Rise of Arturio Ui, starring Raúl Esparza, closes at Classic Stage Company.DECEMBER 23: Ming Peiffer‘s world premiere play Usual Girls finishes its second extension at Roundabout Underground.DECEMBER 30: Mini-American Idol reunion Ruben & Clay’s First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacular Reunion Show ends at the Imperial Theatre. DECEMBER 30: The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays disappears from the Marquis Theatre.DECEMBER 30: Joel Grey’s Yiddish-language Fiddler on the Roof ends at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. (Look for its uptown transfer, starting at Stage 42 on February 11.) Amanda Jane Cooper as Glinda in Wicked (Photo: Caitlin McNaney)
Vermont Business Magazine The members of the Vermont State Police and Department of Public Safety Commissioner Michael Schirling said in a statement Friday afternoon that they unequivocally condemn the actions of police officers in Minneapolis that led to the death of George Floyd.“What I have seen on video from the mishandled attempt to arrest George Floyd is beyond disturbing,” said Col. Matthew T. Birmingham, director of the Vermont State Police. “This kind of conduct has no place in policing. It goes against everything we are taught from our earliest days in training academies. It goes against our mission to protect and serve the public. It goes against our oath and our badge. It goes against human decency.”In Vermont, the state police is committed to fair and impartial policing and has developed and implemented a comprehensive program to ensure equitable, just policing practices at all levels of the agency. These efforts include building relationships of trust with communities of color and other minority communities, diversifying our workforce and improving our cultural awareness as the state of Vermont continues to grow more diverse.The Vermont State Police also trains to de-escalate all potential confrontations, use the least amount of force required when absolutely necessary, and render aid quickly to anyone in medical distress.Additionally, state police leadership is explicitly clear that no law enforcement officer should ever stand idly by in the face of violence, misconduct or other inappropriate actions from their peers.“Mr. Floyd’s death is a heartbreaking tragedy. My heart goes out to his family and the Minneapolis community, which is suffering greatly right now,” Governor Phil Scott said. “I join the Vermont State Police in their condemnation of the officers’ actions, and I appreciate that they’ve called attention to it, as well as their commitment to serving and protecting all Vermonters. I hope to see justice served and that we can move toward healing as a nation.”The Vermont State Police is in the process of reviewing all policies and training procedures regarding use of force to ensure they are in line with best practices and account for the safety and well-being of the public and of the police.“The public has every right to expect that the police will treat them with fairness, with respect, with compassion,” said Capt. Garry Scott, the Vermont State Police’s director of fair and impartial policing and community affairs. “We have worked for years to forge relationships of trust with all communities we serve. We do this through openness and robust examinations of our data and our practices; by developing and implementing strong training programs to address bias in policing; and by ensuring continual, ongoing, honest communications. The public needs to know we stand with them.”The members of the Vermont State Police send their deepest condolences the family, loved ones and friends of George Floyd and to people everywhere who are aggrieved by his death.Source: WATERBURY, Vt. (Friday, May 29, 2020) — Vermont State Police
Strava, the online network connecting the global community of athletes, has announced Running Races, a new feature on strava.com that unites race participants in an online community focused on specific races around the world. The feature connects runners in advance of race day to help them train and meet their race performance goals.“Some of the common challenges in running a race are finding inspiration for your training routine and connecting with other people who share the same goal that you do,” said Alex Mather, Vice President of Product and User Experience at Strava.“This new feature creates a virtual community of athletes who are planning to run the same race, helping them train and find extra motivation in the weeks and months leading up to a race.”Each race-specific page sorts runners into groups based on their finish time goals, connecting them to the training activities of other race participants most like themselves. The new Running Races feature also provides a forum for discussing race-related topics such as workouts, race day strategy and travel plans.Each race page has an interactive course map with elevation profile allowing runners to study the racecourse in detail.Strava Running Races already has over 20 race pages that include iconic races in cities such as Boston, New York City, Paris and London. More races will be added in the coming months.Pricing & availabilityRunning Races is a free feature available on strava.com. Strava’s website and mobile apps are free and come with the option of Premium membership that provides in-depth analytics, motivational tools like instant results, and member-only rewards and benefits. Strava Premium membership is available for US$6 per month or US$59 per year.Founded in 2009, millions of athletes have joined Strava for the competition and camaraderie found in tracking and sharing their fitness activities. The company’s free mobile apps and website help members discover and plan workouts, record and share activities, and analyze and compare performance. Strava’s ability to connect athletes around the world ‘makes fitness a more social experience, providing extra motivation even when training alone.’www.strava.com Related