Farmington Board of Selectmen met Tuesday night to confirm the hiring of Ken Charles (left) as the town’s new Chief of Police.FARMINGTON – Former Detective Kenneth Charles was unanimously confirmed as Farmington’s new Chief of Police during Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Selectmen. Each member welcomed him personally after approving his new position.“I’ve grown to love and appreciate what we have to offer in our community. I have a lot of pride in the law enforcement community that we have serving our area. I hope that as we move forward we’re increasingly responsive to the community’s needs. I don’t think there’s ever been a more trying time to be in the law enforcement career,” said Charles upon accepting his confirmation.Charles, who has a well-established past with Farmington’s police department, also thanked Shane Cote for stepping in as interim chief while the search for a permanent candidate was active.“These are unprecedented times and I think the department has performed really admirably,” said Charles.He will officially begin his position on Feb. 15.The board also revisited the proposition to place the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act on the upcoming ballot for Farmington’s town meeting in April. Fen Fowler had previously requested that the warrant be placed on the ballot for the town’s vote, but the board desired more clarification and did not approve the request. Community member Sherry Jenckes and University of Maine Professor of Geology Doug Reusch presented the warrant for the second time at Tuesday night’s meeting. Jenckes began by addressing the board’s previous question about all businesses receiving dividends if the act were to be voted through by the public.“The answer to that is no. It’s the consumer that we’re concerned about. Where do you draw the line? Does Amazon need a dividend? We’re just asking that the community has the opportunity to have their voice heard at the federal level,” said Jenckes.Board members shared concerns about how much the public would be invested in the issue of climate change without the opportunity for a traditional town meeting to educate them on the bill. Similarly, Representative Scott Landry saw further complications with the bill’s stipulations.“In my experience in the last few years, any time you say ‘tax’, it’s not pretty,” said Landry.The warrant was approved with a 2:1 vote and will be placed on the ballot for the public’s consideration.In other news, current University of Maine at Farmington student and volunteer firefighter David Ballard was unanimously approved to join the zoning board as an alternative member for a one-year term.“It’ll be good to see someone young,” said board member Michael Fogg.
In celebration of their 50th anniversary, pioneering English prog-rockers King Crimson has added a batch of upcoming tour dates to their already extensive 2019 world tour.The newly added dates will see the band play a two-night run at Warsaw, Poland’s Teatr Roma on June 26th and 27th, as well as three shows at Mexico City’s Teatro Metropolitan on August 23rd 24th, and 29th, with a show at Guadalajara’s Teatro Diana in between on August 27th. King Crimson also added an additional U.S. show at Denver, CO’s Paramount Theater on September 8th. The only other dates the band announced are three performances at the Doctor Music Festival in Escalarre, Spain on the July 12th, 13th, and 14th.An exclusive presale for the shows in Mexico starts on January 24th via Ticketmaster with the code KCMX19.The 2018-2019 iteration of King Crimson features guitarist Robert Fripp as the only original member in the band, along with saxophonist Mel Collins, bassist Tony Levin, drummer Pat Mastelotto, drummer Gavin Harrison, singer Jakko Jakszyk, drummer Bill Rieflin, and drummer Jeremy Stacey. For more information on upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s official website here.King Crimson 2019 Tour Dates (newly added dates bolded):10 JUN 2019 HAUS AUENSEE Leipzig12 JUN 2019 JAHRHUNDERTHALLE Frankfurt13 JUN 2019 JAHRHUNDERTHALLE Frankfurt15 JUN 2019 LIEDERHALLE Stuttgart16 JUN 2019 LIEDERHALLE Stuttgart18 JUN 2019 ROYAL ALBERT HALL London19 JUN 2019 ROYAL ALBERT HALL London20 JUN 2019 ROYAL ALBERT HALL London26 JUN 2019 TEATR ROMA Warsaw27 JUN 2019 TEATR ROMA Warsaw29 JUN 2019 ZITADELLE Berlin04 JUL 2019 ROMISCHES THEATER AUGUSTA RAURICA Basel08 JUL 2019 ARENA DI VERONA Verona12 JUL 2019 DOCTOR MUSIC FESTIVAL Escallare13 JUL 2019 DOCTOR MUSIC FESTIVAL Escallare14 JUL 2019 DOCTOR MUSIC FESTIVAL Escallare10 STUPINIGI SONIC PARK Torino18 ARENA SANTA GIULIANA Perugia23 AUG 2019 TEATRO METROPOLITAN Mexico City24 AUG 2019 TEATRO METROPOLITAN Mexico City27 AUG 2019 TEATRO DIANA Guadalajara29 AUG 2019 TEATRO METROPOLITAN Mexico City03 SEP 2019 GREEK THEATRE Los Angeles08 SEP 2019 PARAMOUNT THEATER Denver10 SEP 2019 AUDITORIUM THEATRE OF ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY Chicago21 SEP 2019 RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL New York CityView All Tour Dates
In the darkest, cruelest depth of winter, a frozen landscape accosts your splintered heart that was broken by a maiden who found love in the arms of another. Misery is your only companion as you wander aimlessly in the cold. So what do you do?Naturally, you break into song about it.Or so decided Franz Schubert, the 19th-century Austrian composer who set his bleak and moving 24-song cycle “Winterreise” (“Winter Journey”) to poems about lost love by German poet Wilhelm Müller. The words and music add up to an unabashed, unrelenting tribute to grief.But the forlorn and sufferers from seasonal affective disorder can take heart. The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) is offering a bright twist on Schubert’s solemn composition with its production of “Three Pianos.”In the hands of a trio of talented actor-musicians, Schubert’s work is transformed into both a silly and soul-searching house party with, as its title suggests, three pianos, and the audience as guests. With the songs sung in English, German, and occasionally a “bad English translation of German,” according to co-creator Rick Burkhardt, the production captures a passion for the music and connects to its melancholy message using both humor and heartache.“We were tempted to do the things we normally do, which is be amusing and sometimes lighthearted,” said Burkhardt. “But the piece also insists that we hold on to the mood — it’s a radical piece even for today. We kept getting pushed by the music in directions that were sometimes uncomfortable … it made us think about our own histories of heartbreak.”Schubert, who died at age 31, found little critical success during his short life. Much of the buzz generated around his work was the result of a committed cadre of friends who attended regular “Schubertiads,” festive events held in private homes to celebrate, perform, and promote Schubert’s music.It was in the spirit of those informal soirees that Burkhardt and collaborators Alec Duffy and Dave Malloy began to envision “Three Pianos” on a bitter February evening in New York City. During a party in a church, the three stumbled across copies of the somber Schubert song cycle in the choir loft. The accomplished musicians took turns singing and playing the first songs in the series on a nearby grand piano. Soon, others at the party joined in to harmonize or listen and enjoy. Before the night was out they had played through the entire work.“We realized when we were done that we had just enacted inadvertently a Schubertiad,” said Burkhardt. “And we realized we had the potential to give that extraordinary experience to an audience.”Throughout “Three Pianos,” the actors adopt the personas of Schubert’s friends and of the composer. They also play themselves, re-enacting their own arguments about the music and discussing the history of the work. The show comes complete with wine for interested audience members, and imaginative jazz, rock, and other interpretations of Schubert’s songs, in an effort, said Burkhardt “to give people access to this music.”The group spent time in Vienna in 2009, visiting the homes where the composer was born and died, and some of the halls where his music was played. Later, they read his diaries and letters and those of his contemporaries.They found that “Winterreise” was in direct opposition to the popular romantic music of the day. Instead of being “florid and beautiful,” Schubert’s sparse and slow-paced composition was written largely in minor keys. But the poets whose work he set to music loved it.“In our research, we came across several examples of poets saying ‘I only learned what my poem meant when I heard the setting of it,’ ” said Burkhardt. “That is a rather remarkable thing.”With their new interpretation, Burkhardt and his co-creators hope to accomplish something similar by helping audiences connect with the work on a deeper emotional level.“There is a history of using art and song in particular to access emotions within you that are difficult to deal with … that’s a rich history and a history that I think all of us have tapped into at some point, and I think it’s good to see what comes from publicly acknowledging that.”“Three Pianos” runs from Dec. 7 through Jan. 8. For more information, visit the A.R.T. website.
A View From the Bridge Mark Strong Related Shows Mark Strong and the company of A View From the Bridge will begin Broadway previews on October 21. Directed by Ivo van Hove, the Olivier-winning revival is scheduled to officially open on November 12 at the Lyceum Theatre.In Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge, described as one of Miller’s most passionate dramas, Eddie Carbone (Strong) is a Brooklyn longshoreman obsessed with his 17-year-old niece Catherine. When Catherine falls in love with a newly arrived immigrant, Eddie’s jealousy erupts in a rage that consumes him, his family, and his world.The play debuted on Broadway in 1955 and was most recently seen on the Great White Way in 2010, starring Scarlett Johansson and Liev Schreiber. This latest production began life at the Young Vic, before transferring to the West End where it won three Olivier Awards earlier this year, including Best Revival, Best Director for Van Hove and Best Actor for Strong.The cast will also include Emun Elliott, Phoebe Fox, Michael Gould, Nicola Walker, Russell Tovey and Richard Hansell. View Comments Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 21, 2016
The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) has ranked second on the 2021 list of Best Colleges for Agricultural Sciences in America, up one spot from the 2020 ranking. Released this month, Niche’s ranking is based on data from the U.S. Department of Education. According to the platform, the ranking “compares the top agricultural science degree programs including animal sciences, horticulture, aquaculture, agronomy, crop science and turf management.”Other factors include test scores, the percentage of college majors, program demand, student and alumni surveys, expenditures per student, research expenditures and the percentage of total annual agricultural sciences graduates nationally that come from each program. CAES has a fall 2020 undergraduate enrollment of 1,456, and a graduate/professional student enrollment of 624, its highest graduate enrollment to date. Since 2017, graduate enrollment at CAES has increased 20.7%, and the college has 20,790 living alumni worldwide. CAES has nine academic departments with 21 majors and leads the nation in research in poultry science, food safety, entomology, plant breeding and cultivar development. Cornell University captured the top spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Agricultural Sciences list, and the University of Florida came in at No. 3.Overall, UGA is ranked No. 11 on Niche’s 2021 list of Top Public Universities in America. About the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Founded in 1859, UGA CAES plays an integral role in UGA’s land-grant mission through its instruction, research and extension programs. Today CAES has campuses in Athens, Griffin and Tifton, seven research and education centers, five 4-H centers, and Cooperative Extension offices that serve each of Georgia’s 159 counties. For more information, see caes.uga.edu.
Loyalty programs have multiple factors going for them in terms of engaging consumers, but the fundamental one is this: consumers want more value.In exchange for handing over their hard-earned dollars, customers want something more in return than just the products or services they’re paying for. They want added value, and loyalty programs excel at delivering exactly that.Some loyalty programs and some industries, however, are doing a better job than others at providing added value. The banking industry definitely has room for improvement, and a great deal of incentive to get better at providing value.“Banks are at a tipping point,” Accenture proclaims in its 2015 North America Digital Banking Survey. “Their historically stable customer base could erode steadily if banks cannot deliver the service proposition that customers demand.” continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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“I did not sleep and worked because I did not want to be beaten. It was excruciating to a level that I even attempted to commit suicide,” one woman was quoted as saying.North Korea did not immediately react to the report but it has previously called criticism over its human rights record a “plot to overthrow” its regime.Another woman recalled one of her first nights in detention in 2010 when she was raped by an officer.”He threatened that … I would be humiliated if I rejected him. He even told me he could help me to be released sooner if I did as he said,” she said.Gathering information in isolated North Korea is notoriously difficult, and the report acknowledged the lack of access to the country limited the agency’s ability to verify the interviewees’ accounts.Daniel Collinge, a UN human rights officer who co-authored the report, said the project was aimed at putting pressure on Pyongyang to improve the situation, while urging other countries not to deport defectors who risk their lives to achieve freedom and prosperity.South Korea’s Moon Jae-in government, which is trying to improve ties with the North, recently came under criticism after revoking the licenses of defector groups and banning their campaigns to send anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets across the border. Topics : North Korean women detained in prison camps suffered from torture, rape and other forms of “multiple and serious” violence by security and police officials, a UN human rights report said on Tuesday, citing accounts from over 100 women.The women, detained between 2009 and 2019 after failing to flee the country, recounted in interviews with UN investigators in Seoul after their release, how they were deprived of food, sleep, daylight and fresh air while in the detention centers and prison camps.Many also said in the report titled “I Still Feel The Pain” that they were subjected to torture, invasive body searches, forced abortions and even rape by authorities there. All of the women eventually managed to defect to South Korea.
The Oldenburg Academy Twisters got a 7-6 win against The Trinity Lutheran Cougars in Varsity Baseball action to improve to 3-9 on the season.OA Batting: Nick Bischoff 0-4, 3 runs, reached by error twice; Sam Gast 2-2, 2 runs, 2 bb, double, rbi; Tanner Alley 1-3, bb; Aaron Huber 1-4, run; Tyler Hesselbrock 1-3, 2 rbi, sac fly; Dalton Mooney 1-4; Zach Pottschmidt 1-3; and Bryce Ahaus 0-3, sb.OA Pitching. Tyler Hesselbrock 7 IP, 6 runs, 2 earned, 6 hits, 1 bb, 7 k. Win.“Tyler pitched an absolute gem tonight!” OA Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.OA’s next game will be Thursday, May 5th, at Milan.Courtesy of Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.