People / DB Schenker reorganises freight and logistics and appoints Reiner Heiken as Europe chief executive

first_imgBy Alexander Whiteman 09/12/2016 As part of the changes, the board will also be reduced from seven to six, with the aim of improving integrated transport product services. A new organisational unit, Global Land Transport, will standardise and promote the development of land transport outside Europe.“By reducing the number of members on the management board and reorganising divisions, we intend to satisfy market requirements for fast and consistent solutions for our customers and to serve as a role model for creating more efficient structures”, said Jochen Thewes, chief executive of DB Schenker.In addition, a new division called Commercial DB Schenker and Contract Logistics (CCO), headed by Tom Schmitt, will be created.Mr Schmitt joined Schenker as board member responsible for contract logistics last April from AquaTerra – a Canadian firm specialising in bottled water for coolers – where he served as its president and chief executive. DB Schenker has overhauled the management structure of its logistics operations, with the appointment of Reiner Heiken as its new chief executive for Europe, the formation of a contract logistics division and the consolidation of its air, land and sea boards.Mr Heiken was recruited from Kuehne & Nagel, where he served as chairman in Hamburg, and replaced Ewald Kaiser on 1 December.In a near 20-year career with KN, Mr Heiken served in various functions. He is a shipping industry veteran, having also served in various management roles at Senator Lines, which he joined in the late-80s after a six-month stint as a nautical officer at Reederei H Janssen.On 1 January, Mr Kaiser will join the new Freight board, comprising the previous separate air, land and sea divisions.last_img read more

Genetic ‘unicorns’ defy their own DNA — and could hint at new treatments

first_img Related: Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. Please enter a valid email address. Leave this field empty if you’re human: An alternative explanation for the finding is that the 13 are genetic mosaics, in whom different cells have different genotypes. That can happen in rare cases when two early embryos fuse. If so, then cheek cells sent to 23andMe, for instance, might have cystic fibrosis mutations, while lung cells didn’t, explaining why they did not develop CF; no “resilience” genes needed.The study couldn’t actually identify resilience genes because, for most of the individuals, full genome sequences aren’t available. 23andMe, for instance, tests for mutations at sites linked to diseases, a process called genotyping. Because customers and study volunteers did not consent to being recontacted or retested, the researchers hit a dead end.Still, though identifying resilience genes will require additional studies of millions of genomes, the basic approach is promising. Geneticist Craig Venter helped sequence the human genome. Now he wants yours Sharon Begley “If you want to find clues to prevention or treatment … you want to look at people who should have gotten sick” but didn’t, Stephen Friend, president of Sage Bionetworks and a co-leader of the study, told reporters.That’s the polar opposite of the prevailing approach, which targets (and attempts to reverse) the genes’ disease-causing effects. That strategy has largely failed. Few drugs have been developed for Mendelian disorders, mostly because it’s extremely difficult to replace a broken gene with a drug; gene therapy, too, has largely disappointed.advertisement Silvia Izquierdo/AP But learning how nature keeps people healthy when their genes are broken might lead to cures or prevention, say proponents of the resilience approach: in 2014, for instance, Friend and Eric Schadt of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, co-leaders of the new study, launched the Resilience Project to find mutations that override disease-causing mutations.The general idea of resilience genes isn’t crazy. For instance, a mutation that keeps babies from making adult hemoglobin also protects them from sickle cell disease, even if they have the gene for it, scientists reported last year.Outside scientists gave the study mixed reviews. Dr. Eric Topol of Scripps Health called it “a standout contribution.” Genomics researcher Daniel MacArthur of Massachusetts General Hospital, who wrote an accompanying commentary, called it “an ambitious first step” but warned that “some of their resilient cases may be mirages.” He and several other scientists pointed out that because Friend’s team could not resequence the genomes of the 13 people whose mutations should have caused Mendelian diseases they could not confirm the presence of disease mutations; DNA sequencing, notoriously inaccurate, always needs to be checked multiple times. In the LabGenetic ‘unicorns’ defy their own DNA — and could hint at new treatments center_img [email protected] About the Author Reprints They are the genetic equivalent of unicorns: 13 adults with genes for rare disorders that always strike in childhood, yet who never developed the disease. The genes are not for complex diseases, such as cancer where DNA variants merely raise the risk of developing a disease; these mutations cause the disease — cystic fibrosis or familial dysautonomia, for example — as surely as 22 makes you go bust in blackjack. Or so everyone thought.But a new study, published Monday in Nature Biotechnology, challenges that notion. Researchers searched genetic data from nearly 600,000 people in scientific studies or databases of DNA testing company 23andMe, looking for mutations in any of 874 genes known to cause one of 584 severe childhood disorders. The scientists identified 13 people with a mutation that should have made them very, very sick — or dead. Yet here they were, healthy adults.The mutations cause so-called Mendelian disorders, in which a single mutation is all it takes: carry the mutation, get the disease. If the 13 exceptions really managed to buck this rule, it could upend the way scientists seek treatments for genetic diseases.advertisement By Sharon Begley April 11, 2016 Reprints Privacy Policy Senior Writer, Science and Discovery (1956-2021) Sharon covered science and discovery. @sxbegle Tags genetic testinggeneticslast_img read more

One boy’s cure raises hopes and questions about gene therapy for sickle cell disease

first_img STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Tags biotechnologygeneticsresearchSTAT+ By Sharon Begley March 1, 2017 Reprints Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia/CDC Log In | Learn More One boy’s cure raises hopes and questions about gene therapy for sickle cell disease Unlock this article — and get additional analysis of the technologies disrupting health care — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Sharon Begley Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. What’s included?center_img @sxbegle What is it? Health About the Author Reprints GET STARTED Senior Writer, Science and Discovery (1956-2021) Sharon covered science and discovery. A closely watched study using gene therapy to treat sickle cell disease cured one patient, a boy in France, researchers reported on Wednesday, a glimmer of hope for a long-neglected disease but one that comes with several caveats.Results from the clinical trial, which is sponsored by Cambridge, Mass.-based Bluebird Bio, have been dribbling out at scientific meetings and in company announcements since soon after the boy received the gene therapy, in October 2014, when he was 13. The new paper, in the New England Journal of Medicine, provides a “deeper view” of the patient’s disease and recovery, said Bluebird CEO Nick Leschly. “It’s a bit of a megaphone, allowing us to say that gene therapy might lead to a dramatic outcome.” [email protected] last_img read more

Paulwell Proposes Additional Income Streams for JPS, Review of Operations and Licence

first_imgRelatedPaulwell Proposes Additional Income Streams for JPS, Review of Operations and Licence RelatedPaulwell Proposes Additional Income Streams for JPS, Review of Operations and Licence Paulwell Proposes Additional Income Streams for JPS, Review of Operations and Licence OppositionJune 24, 2009 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Opposition Spokesman on Energy, Phillip Paulwell, is proposing that the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) move to increase and enhance its revenue, by creating additional income streams, using available technologies in Broadband over Power Lines (BPL).This suggestion comes against the background of what Mr. Paulwell said, is the anticipated increase in electricity rates, which he contended, will be “another body blow to the productive sector, and will add greater pressure to the consumer,” if it materialises.“This (BPL) is a technology that is not new to the world. It is (however) going to be new to Jamaica, but the JPS can use its existing infrastructure to provide telecommunications services, broadband technology, and can use that to enhance its revenues, so that the consumer doesn’t have to pay the full brunt of an increase that is likely,” he argued, while making his contribution in the 2009/10 Sectoral Debate in Gordon House on Tuesday (June 23).The BPL technology, Mr. Paulwell explained, is a smart grid that will enable consumers to have up-to-the-minute information on their meters, enabling them to properly monitor and manage their electricity consumption.Mr. Paulwell also proposed a review of the operations of the JPS, and the licence governing their activities. While assuring that the Opposition is not advocating any “unilateral action in relation to the provisions of the (JPS) licence,” he noted the need for consideration of a “new approach” to the matter.“I believe that careful analysis should commence, followed by reasonable discussions and negotiations to review aspects of their operations and licence governing the operations of the Jamaica Public Service Company,” Mr. Paulwell stated.He outlined several areas for consideration including treatment of the electricity distribution network as an essential facility; and easy and reasonable access to competitors, who would be charged a fee, determined by the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), that will seek to recover the cost for the efficient maintenance of the network, with special emphasis on the reduction of technical and non-technical losses.The Opposition Spokesman also proposed the creation of a Universal Access Fund (UAF), to which electricity providers would contribute, to ensure that the “non-profitable areas of the country” can be “properly maintained and serviced.”He also suggested the implementation of a dual metering system that provides “real incentives to large and domestic producers of renewable sourced energy, so that, instead of the formula which we had proposed of JPS purchasing the energy generated at a price of US0.8 cent per kilowatt hour (KW/h), plus a mark-up of 25 per cent, it would now be purchased on the basis of the actual cost of generation by the various technologies, plus a 25 per cent mark up.”Mr. Paulwell further proposed active pursuit of the sale of carbon credits to realise returns and cash flow for renewable projects; Government allowing the energy sector to determine the various sources of fuel options; that the administration maintains its 20 per cent stake in the JPS; and that the new electricity law be passed.He further urged a review of the principle of guaranteeing a “reasonable return” on investments in the JPS, and how capital projects and insurance ought to be financed. He contended that in a competitive environment “the market should be allowed to determine these matters, not the OUR.”“I really want to commend these to the Government… and, perhaps, the Government should ask the OUR to contemplate these recommendations, with a view to seeing how they can be implemented, through dialogue and negotiation,” he stated.center_img RelatedPaulwell Proposes Additional Income Streams for JPS, Review of Operations and Licence Advertisementslast_img read more

UK’s carbon footprint down as pandemic prompts move to eco-friendly lifestyles, study shows

first_imgUK’s carbon footprint down as pandemic prompts move to eco-friendly lifestyles, study shows University of YorkThe UK’s overall carbon footprint has fallen by 17%, a major study involving the University of York has found.The results revealed a 25% increase in people adopting plant-based diets Researchers at environmental organisation WWF and the Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York say the impact of COVID-19 has undoubtedly played a large part in footprint reductions.Lifestyle The study, based on more than 300,000 responses to WWF’s carbon footprint calculator, also found a 25% increase in people adopting plant-based diets over the analysis period.The analysis, taken from 15 months of data between February 2019 and October 2020, showed the positive impact of lifestyle changes at home, with using renewable energy an important factor in people cutting their carbon footprints.The number of people who changed to 100% renewable energy almost doubled from 12% to 21%. That move alone could reduce each individual’s footprint by an average of 2.9 tonnes of greenhouse gases a year, a significant saving from an annual average of 13.9 tonnes.Travel is the largest contributor to the average footprint, making up 30%. The impact of COVID-19 has undoubtedly played a large part in footprint reductions, mainly due to the decrease in flights over part of the period analysed. However, average footprints decreased across all areas of lifestyle, which indicates an appetite for more sustainable living.TransportSwitching to lower-carbon transport – including cycling, public transport, and electric cars – helps reduce the travel footprint.The study shows people who adopt lifestyle changes in one area are more likely to have a smaller overall carbon footprint in other areas too.For example, people who always switch off appliances rather than leaving them on standby have an average footprint in other, unrelated, lifestyle areas (including food and travel) more than 2.5 tonnes less than those who don’t switch off.Similarly, if you don’t eat meat, you’re likely to have a smaller footprint in non-food-related areas – including home emissions, as well as from things they buy such as clothes and electrical goods – compared to meat eaters.Dr Chris West at the Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York, said: “The carbon calculator analysis showed people’s desire for a lower carbon future. Meeting our climate targets will require a combination of small and big changes, such as maintaining a reduction in international travel, which is needed to bring down personal footprints.“Changing consumer behaviours are a very important component of moving towards a low-carbon future, but these must also be complemented by a rapid transition towards renewable energy and a circular economy.”ChoicesDr Stephen Cornelius, Chief Climate Adviser at WWF, said: “This analysis shows an encouraging trend towards lower carbon footprints across the UK. The doubling in take-up of 100% renewable energy tariffs is particularly positive as this can be a cheap and easy way for people to make a real cut in their emissions.“Travel is another important area for carbon savings and as we come out of lockdown, making deliberate decisions to walk, cycle and safely use public transport are small choices that make a big difference.“In this critical year for environmental action, it’s vital that people also use their voices to ask businesses and government to commit to the scale of transformation needed to tackle climate change and limit warming to 1.5°C.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:carbon footprint, circular economy, climate change, electric car, environment, Government, public transport, renewable, renewable energy, Stockholm, sustainable, Transport, UK, university, University of York, Yorklast_img read more

Diaspora members urged to play a more strategic role in country’s development

first_imgRelatedDiaspora members urged to play a more strategic role in country’s development RelatedDiaspora members urged to play a more strategic role in country’s development RelatedDiaspora members urged to play a more strategic role in country’s development Diaspora members urged to play a more strategic role in country’s development Foreign AffairsNovember 2, 2010center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks has challenged members of the Jamaican Diaspora to play a more strategic role in Jamaica’s economic development.Delivering the keynote address at the 5th Trade and Investment Summit sponsored by the Caribbean Trade Council (CTC), at the State House in Hartford, Connecticut on October 28, Ambassador Marks emphasised that economic and business ventures are important areas in which members of the Jamaican Diaspora can invest.Ambassador Marks told the participants that Jamaica is ready and open for business, citing the country’s favourable macro-economic climate that is conducive to stimulating the productive sector, as well as the many fertile opportunities that are available for investment.She also outlined a range of initiatives taken to stabilise the country’s economic condition, including a stable foreign exchange rate, a successful debt exchange programme that has saved the government some $41 billion, and major investment projects that are underway or in the final stages of planning, such as the US$2.5 billion Kingston Redevelopment Project; the US$220 million Falmouth cruise ship terminal; the US$1.5 billion Harmony Cove Casino and Hotel development, and conversion to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).The Ambassador spoke of strong prospects for long-term economic development, even in the face of the challenges posed by the global economy, arguing that there is urgent need for the productive sector to improve its performance, in order to reduce the negative balance of trade.In addition to the policies of the government that are designed to stimulate production, she said venture capital will be the engine to drive renewed life into the economy.She commended the CTC for organising the event, noting that the Trade Council is perfectly placed to make an important contribution to the creation of business opportunities, promoting trade, and encouraging investment between the Caribbean and the Hartford metropolitan region.Ambassador Marks, who was on a four-day official visit to Hartford, participated in a number of events, including an address to the 1st Jamaica Diaspora Northeast conference; a courtesy call on the Mayor of Hartford, Pedro Segarra; meeting with members of the business community, state and congressional representatives, as well as delivering the keynote address at the Center for Urban Research, Education and Training, Education conference. Advertisementslast_img read more

Citywide – Assault arrest

first_imgHomeBriefsCitywide – Assault arrest May. 29, 2019 at 4:35 amBriefsCity CouncilCity WideCrimeGovernmentNewsCitywide – Assault arrestnews2 years agoJeffrey Wilson-BoykinSanta Monica Police DepartmentTaylor Simone Sims On May 10, at 11:40 p.m., Santa Monica Police officers responded to the 3000 block of Airport regarding an Assault that occurred in the street. The victim was followed by the suspects after an altercation. The suspects blocked the victim’s path with their vehicle preventing him from getting away. The suspects exited their car, assaulted the victim and vandalized his vehicle. The suspects then took the victim’s vehicle. The car was later recovered.The Santa Monica Police Department’s Criminal Investigation’s Division were able to identify the suspects after a lengthy follow up investigation.On May 24, 2019, both suspects were located in Los Angeles and arrested by Detectives for the Santa Monica Police Department. Jeffrey Wilson-Boykin and Taylor Simone Sims were booked for 215(a) PC – Carjacking, 245(a)(1) PC – Assault with a Deadly Weapon, 459 PC – Burglary and 530.5 (a) PC – Identity Theft.Submitted by the Santa Monica Police DepartmentTags :Jeffrey Wilson-BoykinSanta Monica Police DepartmentTaylor Simone Simsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentStudy suggests e-cigarette flavorings may pose heart riskLOS ANGELES – LA police arrest suspect after shooting, pursuit, standoffYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press12 hours agoBriefsCalifornia State Treasurer Fiona Ma to Speak at Online Santa Monica College Commencement Ceremony June 25Guest Author12 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agolast_img read more

Medina Spirit drug test confirmed; Baffert suspended 2 years

first_imgHomeFeaturedMedina Spirit drug test confirmed; Baffert suspended 2 years Jun. 03, 2021 at 6:00 amFeaturedNewsMedina Spirit drug test confirmed; Baffert suspended 2 yearsGuest Author1 week agofeaturedNews GARY B. GRAVES and STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports WritersBob Baffert is on track to have his record seventh Kentucky Derby victory taken away and won’t be able to run any horses in the prestigious race for the next two years.Churchill Downs on Wednesday suspended the Hall of Fame trainer for two years after an additional drug test of Medina Spirit confirmed the presence of the steroid betamethasone in the Kentucky Derby winner’s system. The next step could be the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission disqualifying Medina Spirit, and now Baffert won’t be able to enter any horses in the Derby or other races at the storied track through the spring of 2023.“Reckless practices and substance violations that jeopardize the safety of our equine and human athletes or compromise the integrity of our sport are not acceptable and as a company we must take measures to demonstrate that they will not be tolerated,” Churchill Downs Inc. CEO Bill Carstanjen said. “Mr. Baffert’s record of testing failures threatens public confidence in thoroughbred racing and the reputation of the Kentucky Derby. Given these repeated failures over the last year, including the increasingly extraordinary explanations, we firmly believe that asserting our rights to impose these measures is our duty and responsibility.”Churchill Downs initially suspended Baffert indefinitely pending the investigation and now said it reserves the right to extend Baffert’s suspension if he has any other violations in other states. Baffert has had five in the past 13 months.Maryland racing officials allowed Medina Spirit and Baffert-trained Concert Tour to run in the Preakness on May 15 only after undergoing three rounds of prerace testing. New York banned Baffert indefinitely and prevented him from entering any horses in the Belmont Stakes.The stunning ban by Churchill Downs could have a domino effect that takes the only trainer to win the Triple Crown since 1978 off the trail completely. It was not immediately clear if Preakness and Belmont officials will follow suit or wait until the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s investigation is complete.Earlier Wednesday, lawyers for Baffert and Medina Spirit owner Amr Zedan confirmed the split-sample test came back positive for betamethasone.Baffert’s attorney, Craig Robertson, said the second test showed 25 picograms of the steroid, after 21 picograms were found in the first sample. Even a trace amount of betamethasone — a picogram is a trillionth of one gram — is prohibited on race day in Kentucky, Maryland and New York, which are home to the sport’s Triple Crown races, and considered a violation.Robertson said additional testing is being conducted to try to trace the source of the drug to an ointment to treat a skin infection and not an injection. He and Zedan attorney Clark Brewster said they expect tests to show the ointment is responsible and not injections into one of the horse’s joints.“I think that will shed the light most prominently on the issue here for us,” Brewster told The Associated Press by phone. “The whole basis for listing betamethasone is because it’s injected into a joint and they want you not to inject the joints too close to the race, so the whole substantive basis is out the window if it’s a salve, and it can be proven scientifically and empirically to be the salve.”Rules in Kentucky do not differentiate punishment based on the source of the substance, which can be given to horses to help their joints and Baffert believes came from the dermatitis ointment. Churchill Downs said Medina Spirit would be disqualified if the split sample came back positive for betamethasone.A spokeswoman for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation. Sherelle Roberts-Pierre said the commission “values fairness and transparency and will provide information to the media and public at the close of an investigation.”Brewster said he hoped the additional tests would come back in a week to 10 days.“At the end of the day, we anticipate this case to be about the treatment of Medina Spirit’s skin rash with Otomax,” Robertson said. “We will have nothing further to say until the additional testing is complete.”If Medina Spirit is disqualified, Mandaloun would be elevated as the winner of the May 1 Kentucky Derby.“I can’t control the outcome of that, so it’s something I give very, very little thought to,” said Brad Cox, who trains Mandaloun and would be the first trainer from Louisville to win the race.Baffert initially denied wrongdoing in a May 9 news conference announcing the positive result, which he called “the biggest gut-punch in racing for something that I didn’t do.” He later cited the antifungal ointment as a potential cause.Asked if he thought tests showing evidence of the steroid coming from an ointment would change the outcome, Brewster said: “You’re asking me to predict the behavior and the decision-making of others, but if you ask me ‘should’ — absolutely.”This would be the second Derby disqualification in three years after 2019 winner Maximum Security was DQ’d for interference following the race and Country House declared the winner. The only previous time that a Derby winner was disqualified after the fact for failing a postrace drug test was 1968 with Dancer’s Image.Whyno reported from New York.Tags :featuredNewsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentChamber of Commerce InstallationMUSIC IS WORTH ITYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall4 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson15 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter15 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor15 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press15 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press15 hours agolast_img read more

‘Damnation and Redemption’ on FVCC Stage

first_imgStage Manager Karissa Brown makes notes in the scripts of “Pillowman,” a dark play opening at the Flathead Valley Community College Theatre in time for Halloween. While McDonagh’s characters go on an uncomfortable journey of self-discovery, Haptonstall believes the audience is also forced to face some uneasy realizations as well. Relationships form between the audience and these sometimes-repulsive characters that might surprise some in the crowd, he said. “The characters are so well developed you get caught up with a character you’re not supposed to like; you find redeeming value,” Haptonstall said. “At the end of this play you end up with just a tiny spark of hope.” Though the script and the subject matter make for a compelling play, Kelly noted that it is important for the cast to play the material without “over-cheesing” it. “It’s not a cheap horror film,” Kelly said. “It’s an emotional revelation.” The cast and crew at FVCC are up to the task, Kelly said, and their experience makes for a cohesive and polished production. He acknowledged that potential audience members could consider attending because it is so close to Halloween, but they might experience something deeper. It takes a careful actor to create a deep and meaningful experience out of the most repugnant human actions. And, as the cast and crew at Flathead Valley Community College’s theater found out, it helps to have a pretty good script. FVCC Theatre takes on one of its darkest productions yet in “The Pillowman,” opening on Oct. 22 and continuing on Oct. 23, 29 and 30. The play confronts the audience with the darkest recesses of the human experience, director Rich Haptonstall says, all the while providing a thin glimmer of hope to hold onto during the journey. “You find damnation and redemption,” Haptonstall said. Email Josh Kelly, left, and Greg Bortz rehearse as brothers Katurian and Michal in the play “Pillowman” presented by the Flathead Valley Community College Theatre. Director Rich Haptonstall watches the rehearsal of a scene from “Pillowman.” “The Pillowman” is a black comedy, written by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, whose work includes the movie “In Bruges.” The play follows Katurian, a fiction writer living in a totalitarian state who is viciously interrogated about the dark content of his stories and their similarities to the murders of several local children. A series of particularly gruesome events in his younger years shaped Katurian’s imagination and storytelling style, and also put his brother Michal under his care when they were teenagers. The brothers serve as each other’s lifeline, though that foundation is rocked as they face one of life’s most unsettling and terrible experiences: the brutal treatment and loss of children. McDonagh’s play earned the Laurence Olivier Award in London, as well as two Tony Awards here in the United States, among other honors. Greg Bortz plays Michal, a character that offers some comic relief but is also unable to form regular interpersonal relationships with people other than his brother after severe torture in his formative years. This character’s history is just one example of McDonagh’s intricate and celebrated script, which Bortz and Haptonstall both said is one of the best they’ve read. “This is a really dark play, it’s one of the darkest I’ve ever read,” Bortz said. “The writing is incredible. It’s an incredible script and it’s the perfect time of year for it.” The play contains disturbing images, including the torture of children and adults, as well as R-rated language, aspects that make “The Pillowman” a production for adult audiences only, Haptonstall said. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. “They will expect one thing and get everything they didn’t,” Kelly said. “There’s a natural human draw to go to a show where they know they will be scared or uncomfortable or hurt.” Audience members should come with an open mind and the reassurance that the play does not have a cliffhanger ending. Kelly noted “The Pillowman” has the only ending he has not been able to guess before reading it. Haptonstall said the play may be upsetting at times, but he is confident his cast can give depth to the many facets it presents. “It’s certainly the most compelling play I’ve worked on, especially with a college cast,” Haptonstall said. Tickets cost $10, $5 for senior citizens and free admission for FVCC students. Advance tickets may be purchased online at, at the FVCC bookstore or by calling 756-3814. last_img read more

News / SOLAS containership fire regulations ‘inadequate’, claims insurance union

first_img By Mike Wackett 13/02/2020 IUMI noted that between 2000 and 2015, there were 56 reported container fires in vessels, resulting in damage to over 8,000 teu and a total loss to insurers of over $1trn.More recent data covering hull damage from 2000 to 2019 has led to claims of some $189m.IUMI has called on IMO member states to endorse its proposal at the Maritime Safety Committee meeting in May.Elsewhere, classification society the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), has published a guide, aimed at designers, builders, owners and operators, addressing safety issues in the wake of a number of high-profile fires on containerships, entitled Guide for Fire-fighting Systems for Cargo Areas of Container Carriers.It said the development of the guide reflected “the fact that container vessels have grown ever larger in recent years and the volume – and nature – of the cargo they carry has expanded significantly”.The guide goes beyond the current SOLAS regulations and seeks to address early fire detection, more efficient fire suppression, better protection of crew and the safety considerations associated with cargo hold flooding as a means of fire-fighting.Meanwhile, supply chain insurer TT Club is continuing its quest to educate shippers and other supply chain stakeholders on cargo integrity in an endeavour to prevent container fires from happening.The first boxship fire of the year, on board the 10,062 teu Cosco Pacific on 4 January, originated in a container loaded with lithium batteries that were falsely declared as spare parts, evidencing how much work still needs to be done to mitigate risk in the industry.Speaking to Hazardous Cargo Bulletin, TT Club risk management director Peregrine Storrs-Fox outlined some of the initiatives that the insurer had taken in collaboration with others to promote the good practice cargo integrity message of the IMO-agreed CTU (cargo transport units) Code.“We’re looking to promote the CTU Code and help people not just to be aware of it but to learn how to comply with the elements that are appropriate to the commodity or packing that they are undertaking in order to give a good outcome to the supply chain,” said Mr Storrs-Fox. ID 133214720 © Denys Yelmanov | Dreamstime.comcenter_img The International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) claims the SOLAS [safety of life at sea] regulations for fighting a fire onboard a modern ULCV are inadequate.It calls for amendments to SOLAS Chapter 11-2 regulations regarding enhanced provisions for early fire detection and effective control of fires in containerised cargo stowed under and on deck, in a paper submitted on 10 February to the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee by IUMI and its co-sponsors, including the German Flag State and BIMCO.“It is clear that the current SOLAS regulations are not adequate in considering the size of the modern ultra-large ships and the complexities of fighting a fire aboard these vessels,” said IUMI.It warned that the growth, and larger average size, of container vessels would “inevitably lead to a further danger to crew and the environment and increased costs of damage to cargo and vessels in the event of a fire”.last_img read more