The University and Colleges Union (UCU) has announced a further 14 days of strike action which will hit 74 universities across the country including Oxford. A statement released by the UCEA expressed dismay at the strike action: “We are dismayed, and many HE institutions will be so too, to see UCU’s HEC decide to ask the union’s members to once again use damaging strike action over last year’s national pay demands. Strike action should always be a last resort and we believe that UCU’s 70,000 members in the 147 institutions should now be given a say. There are new ways forward being offered by HE employers – UCEA has made available significant positive proposals on key issues in UCU’s dispute – contractual arrangements, workload / mental health and gender pay gaps / ethnicity pay – developed following two months of talks with UCU. Strikes in less than half the universities in the multi-employer negotiations are not the answer and are in real danger of undermining the national collective pay bargaining arrangements. “Universities will put in place a series of measures to minimise the impact of industrial action on students, other staff and the wider community.” The UCU is also encouraging its members to carry out “action short of a strike,” which involves working strictly to contract, not covering for striking colleagues, and not catching up on work missed due to industrial action. A USS spokesperson said: “We recognise the difficulties in levying higher contributions but USS, along with all similar pension schemes, faces a challenging environment in which the costs of funding high-quality defined benefits have increased. Renewed action follows months of negotiations between the UCU, Universities UK, who are representing universities in dispute negotiations, the USS, and the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA). While the UCU and UCEA say that progress has been made on working conditions, the organisations have been unable to make headway with pay negotiations. “We have been clear from the outset that we would take serious and sustained industrial action if that was what was needed. As well as the strikes starting later this month, we are going to ballot members to ensure that we have a fresh mandate for further action to cover the rest of the academic year if these disputes are not resolved.” While academics at Oxford will strike over both disputes, 27 universities will only be taking action over one of the two disputes, since union members must be balloted for industrial action regarding each dispute individually. If progress is not made, the UCU has threatened to continue strike action until the end of the academic year, although members will need to be re-balloted in this case, since mandates for industrial action expire every six months. “By law, pension costs had to rise to maintain current benefits. Employers have agreed to cover 65% of these increased costs, taking their contribution to 21.1% of salaries from October 2019 – together committing £250m more a year. Members have been asked to make a fair contribution too. UCU general secretary Jo Grady said: “We have seen more members back strikes since the winter walkouts and this next wave of action will affect even more universities and students. If universities want to avoid further disruption they need to deal with rising pension costs, and address the problems over pay and conditions. “The best way forward is to work collectively to secure a pension scheme that is highly valued and affordable for all. The current tripartite talks between UCU, USS, and UUK, which are set to continue at least until March, are building a shared understanding on the future of the scheme, jointly developing governance reforms and considering alternative pathways for the 2020 valuation. A spokesperson for Oxford University told Cherwell: “The University is disappointed with the outcome of the Oxford UCU ballot in favour of industrial action over USS pensions. We understand the concerns many staff have on pensions, as well as on pay. We also have a duty to ensure our education and research activities continue as far as possible and will therefore have contingency plans in place to minimise the impact of any industrial action on staff, students and visitors.” A spokesperson for Oxford’s UCU branch said: “UCU has just announced 14 days of strike action, starting on the 20th of February, for both the USS pensions and the pay & equality disputes. Oxford will now also be joining the USS action after a successful re-ballot, in addition to the pay & equality dispute which we took part in last term. While we have seen important steps in engagement, with employers being prepared to discuss issues that were previously off the table as a result of the first round of strike action, they have failed to make serious commitments in either dispute so far. We have 17 days between now and then, and very much hope that UUK and UCEA will at last come to us with a serious offers on the two disputes. UCUs HEC will meet on the 14th of February to consider any offers that may be on the table between now and then, and we will of course be following developments closely. We do not want to resort to strike action but we are prepared and determined to do so if necessary” The action follows earlier strikes which were carried out between the 25th November and the 4th December, during which striking UCU members picketed outside many university buildings. At the time Oxford’s branch of the UCU could only strike over pay and working conditions after its ballot over the USS narrowly missed the required turnout of 50%. Following a re-balloting of members in January which met the 50% threshold, the strikes in February will now also concern the USS dispute. Members of the Union have raised two disputes with universities and the university pension provider which remain unresolved. The first concerns the sustainability of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), while the second concerns pay, casualisation, workloads, and equality. “UCEA has proactively and formally consulted its members in developing our significant new proposals as we can only move with the consensus of our members. UCU members deserve a chance to have their voices heard as to how they feel about the progress that has been made and whether they want to choose an alternative to further disruptive action.” “We regret that UCU are planning further strike action at a time when positive talks on the future of the scheme are making significant progress and are ongoing. Despite this, UCU continue to request that employers pay still higher contributions at unaffordable levels. Responding to the news a spokesperson for Universities UK, representing USS employers, said: Action will begin on Thursday 20th February with a two-day walkout, during which striking lecturers, researchers and service staff will not carry out their university duties. Strikes will escalate over the proceeding four weeks, culminating in a week-long strike between the 9th and 13th March. “We will be revisiting these issues over the coming months under the 2020 valuation and are committed to working with Higher Education employers to build a secure financial future for our members and their families.”
By TIM KELLY“We are in a war. It is a war against an invisible enemy,” said Mike Morrissey, VFW Post 6650 commander. “We’re in combat. When you go into combat, it helps to have men on your side who are combat veterans.”With that, the membership of Ocean City Ferguson-Foglio VFW Post 6650 dove headfirst into combatting the worldwide coronavirus pandemic by helping those around town.Over the past few days, members of the post have been cooking fresh, large-portion quality meals and getting them into the hands of the less fortunate and first responders.The donations are being distributed through the efforts of OCNJ CARE, the non-profit organization charged with raising funds, recruiting volunteers and seeing to the distribution of the help.Post 6650 members have also been donating their time and money.“We put the call out,” said Drew Fasy, OCNJ CARE chairman, “and the VFW answered the call. These are people who are passionate about their love for the community and giving back.”Fret not, Ocean City.In preparing the meals, no more than two members work in the kitchen at a time and social distancing practices are strictly observed.The post received a large donation of meats and other sustenance from U.S. Foods, which Morrissey, who has a food service background, whipped into platters of roast pork, mashed potatoes and green veggies. Earlier, it was pork and macaroni and cheese.“These are high-quality meals and big portions,” Morrissey noted. “To be honest, each individual meal is more like two meals.”Mayor Jay Gillian is an ardent supporter of Post 6650.With the post, headquartered at 1501 Bay Ave., serving as the base of operations, the meals are finding their way onto the plates of shut-ins, those needing transportation or folks who are simply struggling financially as a result of the crisis.“Drew (Fasy) tells us where the meals should go and we get them there,” Morrissey explained.It’s just the latest give-back, according to Post Adjutant Joe Walters.“Mike (Morrissey) is really the force behind this,” said Walters, a decorated veteran of both the Army and Marine Corps, who lost a leg while serving his country and who was awarded the Silver Star.“Mike does so many things to help people that go unrecognized,” Walters added. “He is a big part of the Run for the Fallen, Operation Wounded Warrior, the Boy Scouts, scholarships and so much more. He really deserves a lot of the credit. Helping others is his thing. It’s who he is and what he does.”Morrissey deflected the praise and laid it at the doorstep of Ocean City government, starting with Mayor Jay Gillian.“I tell people all the time. We couldn’t do anything without the support of the city and the mayor,” Morrissey said. “We probably wouldn’t even exist as we do today without his help, the police, fire and EMS and all of the other city departments.”He continued, “They are right there for us. We’re proud to show our appreciation, and the best way we can do that is to help the most vulnerable.”Morrissey was quick to add that the members of his own post also deserve praise.“The (members) kept asking me what they could do. Because of (social distancing) we can’t really have a bunch of people in the kitchen helping with the food prep. I just told them, what we really need is money.”After challenging the members to open their wallets, $8,025 poured in almost immediately.“That was as of (Tuesday), and I guarantee you many more checks came in today,” Morrissey remarked. “Eight thousand bucks is a pretty big number. I am proud these men elected me as their commander.”VFW Post 6650 is a landmark at 15th Street and Bay Avenue. (Photo Credit: Post 6650)The funds will be used to purchase more fresh food to keep the OCNJ CARE list of the needy supplied with nourishment to make it through the day, he said.So what’s next?“I think that next week we’re going to make a quantity of box lunches and hand them out to people,” Morrissey said.“Everybody is in need in some way,” he added. “If we can make somebody’s day a little easier and a little less stressful by providing a lunch, we’re going to do it. “
Pinterest Elkhart’s Josh Shattuck named Colt’s coach of the week Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Google+ This season marks the 21st year the Colts are recognizing outstanding high school football coaches throughout the state. Each week following a high school football weekend, one coach will be announced as the honoree.All high school head coaches in the state are eligible regardless of their school size, league or division. Coaches are evaluated on various factors including the coach’s impact on the team, school and community, as well as the team’s performance. The honorees are selected by a panel of football media, former athletic directors and other football representatives from across the state.At the conclusion of the high school season, each winning coach will receive a $1,000 donation from the NFL Foundation, as well as a commemorative plaque. What’s more, Anthem will contribute an additional $1,000 to the school’s athletic fund, as well as a donation of about 2,000 meals to a food shelter of the coach’s choice. Region 3: Josh Gerber – NorwellRegion 8: Jake Gilbert – Westfield Photo from Elkhart Community Schools Below is the release from the Indianapolis Colts announcing Elkhart Head Coach Josh Shattuck as their coach of the week:ELKHART’S JOSH SHATTUCKNAMED FIFTH 2020 ‘COACH OF THE WEEK’ Region 5: Jon Kirschner – Hamilton HeightsRegion 10: James Bragg – Floyd Central Previous articleSouth Bend VPA annual Holiday Ornament Contest underwayNext articleWoman killed in off-road vehicle crash in Starke County Carl Stutsman For more information, visit Colts.com/HighSchoolFootball. Region 4: Troy Burgess – FrontierRegion 9: Scott Buening – Southridge Region 6: Mike Gillin – Mooresville Region 1: Joe O’Connell – River ForestRegion 7: Jason Simmons – Ben Davis Facebook IndianaLocalNewsSports Twitter By Carl Stutsman – September 21, 2020 0 318 Google+ Indianapolis – Josh Shattuck of Elkhart High School has been named the Colts/NFL Coach of the Week, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the Indianapolis Colts said today.Shattuck, who is 4-0 in his first year at the school, was nominated and selected for the award after his Class 6A, eighth-ranked Lions defeated Penn 20-19. It was the first time Penn has ever lost to Elkhart at Rice Field in Elkhart.The following coaches were recognized as honorable mentions for Week 5: Pinterest WhatsApp
Bakeries across the globe are celebrating additive-free loaves and the good baking can do as Real Bread Week, organised by the Real Bread Campaign, gets underway.Running from 22 February to 1 March, the 2020 initiative is highlighting enterprises and projects that help people benefit from the therapeutic, social and employment opportunities of baking.Bakeries, schools, mills and more are getting involved in the annual celebration by hosting events and activities and sharing them on social media with the hashtag #RealBreadWeek.Among the organisations taking part are:Bad Boys Bakery and Freedom Bakery, London and Glasgow: Employment and life skills training for inside and beyond the prison gateBetter Health Bakery, London: Training placements for adults distanced from employment by mental ill-healthThe Bread & Butter Project, Marrickville, Australia: Helping people seeking refuge and asylum to shape their livesThe Good Loaf, Northampton: Employment opportunities to help vulnerable local women break the cycle of poverty, unemployment and offendingHot Bread Kitchen, New York, US: Creating economic opportunity for women through careers in foodKnead Good Bread, East Midlands: Baking in ways that can contribute to a mindful and coping approach to lifeThe Lantern Community, Ringwood: Work and learning opportunities for people with different abilitiesLuminary Bakery, London: Empowering women at social and economic disadvantage to build a future for themselvesPlanet Leicester Bakers, Leicestershire: A range of community-focused projects, around mental wellbeing, growing old gracefullyStoneham Bakehouse, Hove: Projects include BreadShed, helping older people to tackle isolation through getting together to chat and bake breadYangon Bakehouse, Yangon, Myanmar: Empowering women with work and life skills.“The Real Bread Campaign has long believed that baking Real Bread can, and does, help to change people’s lives. That’s why, as part of the Together We Rise initiative, a key activity of this year’s Real Bread Week (22 February to 1 March) is throwing the spotlight on the bready brilliance that’s going on already,” said the Real Bread Campaign’s coordinator Chris Young.To find out more about how your bakery can give back to local communities, work with charities or start up a charitable initiative, read our latest piece ‘Bake well: how bakeries can give back in 2020’.Let us know how you are celebrating Real Bread Week by getting in touch with us via Twitter (@BritishBaker) or dropping us an email: [email protected]
The Lettuce-hosted Fool’s Paradise will return to St. Augustine on March 31 & April 1 for a funk-fueled destination event taking place in the heart of one of America’s most historic cities. Returning to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, the two-day extravaganza will feature performances from Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Floozies, a special Manic Science set featuring Manic Focus and Break Science, The Main Squeeze, Organ Freeman, two explosive sets from Lettuce, and Oteil Burbridge as an Artist at Large. The event promises additional special guests to be announced soon, and several cross-collaborations amongst bands are to be expected.For two days under the Florida sun, there will be genre-bending music, artist-led excursions, and plenty of time for nautical activities just steps away from the ocean. A number of late night shows at the Elk’s Lodge (next door to the venue) will be announced in the coming weeks. Once in a lifetime artist-led excursions will also soon be announced, allowing you to embark on a water adventure, participate in a local activity, and immerse yourself with some of your favorite musicians in an intimate setting.The entire venue is General Admission, with the exception of minimal reserved seating. VIP packages will include reserved seating in front of the soundboard, priority access to the pit area, artist happy hour, discount alcoholic beverages, event poster and t-shirt, and a ticket to the late night concerts at Elk’s Lodge. Hotel packages include lodging, transportation, and VIP tickets to the event.Tickets for two-day passes go on Friday, January 20 at 10AM ET. For more information, visit the website.Fool’s Paradise Lineup 2017:Lettuce x2Joe Russo’s Almost DeadThe FlooziesManic Science (Manic Focus x Break Science)The Main SqueezeOrgan Freeman…and more TBA!Oteil Burbridge (Artist At Large)
When Cambridge Rindge and Latin School art teacher Melissa Chaney brought her students to the nearby Harvard Art Museums this spring, the teenagers weren’t the only ones learning something new. As part of a Graduate Student Teacher internship, seven master’s students at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (GSE) gained hands-on experience by designing lesson plans for a series of class visits to the museums.“One of the big draws of the program for me was the opportunity to connect with young people in the community,” said Jessica Magyar, GSE ’17, who partnered with Chaney’s intermediate-level painting class during the spring. “I’ve been interested in developing programs for and alongside youth. It’s not just about creating lessons, but about how to incorporate youth voices to produce programs that are meaningful and relevant to them.”Like the other student teachers in her cohort, Magyar completed an intensive, year-long internship at the Art Museums during the last academic year. The grad students were selected for their experience in working with high school students — either in museums or in classrooms — and their interest in exploring innovative approaches to object-based teaching. They were assigned to classes that ranged in subject from American and world history to English to studio art. Five Rindge and Latin teachers also participated in this year’s program.The grad students made a number of visits to CRLS to introduce themselves and the Harvard Art Museums and get to know the students in their classrooms. They also planned lessons and led a series of visits to the museums that complemented the students’ classroom work, which added the crucial dimension of deep engagement with original artworks.“Because Rindge and Latin classes visit multiple times over the course of the semester, the students are able to build the museum literacy skills they need to make those visits more than just field trips,” said Correna Cohen, a fellow in the museums’ Division of Academic and Public Programs, who oversees the program alongside David Odo, director of student programs and research curator for University collections initiatives. “Rather than simply coming to look at art, students are analyzing it and incorporating it into their learning in an active way,” Cohen said. A CRLS student stands before Camille Pissarro’s “Mardi Gras on the Boulevards,” which inspired her pieces. Ruth Albert-Lyons (center), a CRLS junior, displays her piece inspired by environmental issues. Seeds of inspiration Concentrating on object-based teaching under Odo and Cohen and student-guided pedagogy (sparked in part by the GSE courses “Partnering with Youth in Educational Research and Practice” and “Learning, Teaching, and Technology”), Magyar tailored her lessons to the Rindge and Latin students’ passions and curiosities. By polling the class early in the semester, she learned that the students wanted to explore gender relations, social justice, and environmental issues, and she kept those topics in mind as she planned their museum visits.“I tried to create frameworks for each lesson, but to allow students the freedom to explore, find things that interested them, and create their own work and understanding,” Magyar said. “Students had said early on that they didn’t necessarily want to come into a museum and hear four mini-lectures on four objects or gain a lot of information through a more traditional pedagogy or method.”Although they studied a diverse selection of objects, works in the Modern and Contemporary Art galleries and East Asian Art galleries proved especially meaningful to the students, Magyar said. Each visit was different, with activities that engaged technical and critical thinking skills. During one visit, Magyar gave the students an “object remix” assignment: Find a work of art that speaks to social justice, and then remix it in a sketch that put it into the context of 2017.“I’ve never had an art class like this before,” said Zane Goodnow, a Rindge and Latin senior. “We had a lot more freedom to do what we wanted.”The final assignment was to reinterpret a work in the museums’ collection. Caroline Daley, a junior, used the opportunity to explore representation. The museum visits had made her realize that historically people of color weren’t well represented in portraits or other forms of Western art.“That was not something I wanted to complain about, but something I wanted to shift,” Daley said. For her final project, she filled a large canvas with Samoan tattoo designs, to reflect her mother’s heritage, and a portrait of a Polynesian woman. Like the work she was interpreting, a painting by Jasper Johns made up of two canvases, her piece was split down the middle.Exhibition-ready worksAs the semester came to an end, the students made one last visit to present their final projects near some of the original art that inspired them. Their projects are now receiving a public reception: They’ll be on display in the Gutman Library gallery in an exhibition titled “Wall to Wall” until Aug. 30.Chaney said the formal display of the students’ art “made the learning so authentic for the students. It took it beyond the classroom and connected it to the art world at large. Jessie’s lessons engaged the students in some deeper thinking and concepts, and I think our minds have been opened in new ways from our visits.”Another, more practical takeaway for the Rindge and Latin students, she said, has been learning that they can use the Art Museums as a resource. (Cambridge residents, as well as those under 18, are admitted for free.) “I really love that a couple of students have already visited on their own. It’s there for them to access if they need inspiration. They can sit down with a sketchbook and look at a work more carefully, or go there to decompress.”Odo said he was impressed by how both sets of students became “empowered to, in effect, co-create the program. It has been tremendous to see the museums function equally well for students of all levels as a place of creative exploration and learning.” Caroline Daley (right), a CRLS junior, explored her heritage with a portrait of a Polynesian woman overlain by Samoan tattoos. A CRLS student presents his final project in front of its inspiration: Albert Bierstadt’s “Rocky Mountains, ‘Lander’s Peak.’” For their final projects, the CRLS students presented their pieces in front of the artwork that inspired them. All photos by Matthew Monteith
First the building housed a hospital for women and children in the early 20th century. Then it was a gloomy, dilapidated building in the background of a Sherlock Holmes film. Now it is home to more than 130 Notre Dame students studying abroad in London during the spring semester. University President Fr. John Jenkins and University administrators officially dedicated Conway Hall during a ceremony in London on Friday. The dedication marked the beginning of the building’s second semester as the new residential space for students studying abroad in the capital of the United Kingdom. Since the building officially opened in August 2011, London Program Director Greg Kucich said it has been “a major center for Notre Dame’s international operations in London.” The building had been abandoned and was “an eyesore” when Notre Dame began its renovations, Kucich said. When its first residents moved into the flats last fall, that eyesore was completely transformed. “There was an incredible process of renovating the building over less than a year period actually, a major renovation project to turn it into the very efficient and elegant building that it is now,” Kucich said. “I think you get the impression when you go in there that it looks like a four-star hotel.” The University previously rented accommodations for its students in London, but Kucich said owning a unique property was financially beneficial because of high rental costs in London. Conway Hall’s location set the building apart from other properties, he said. The building is located near Waterloo Station in the middle of the South Bank neighborhood, and students only need to walk about 15 minutes to reach the London Center in Trafalgar Square for their classes. “That not only provides students with a wonderful walk across the bridge every day, but it also integrates the two facilities really nicely so we can do academic events and cultural events at Conway Hall, as well as in the London Center,” he said. “Notre Dame becomes like a colossus with one foot in Trafalgar Square and another foot in South Bank, striding the Thames.” Conway Hall is also located next to one of the campuses of King’s College in London, and students have access to the college’s student union, gym and library facilities. “One of the challenges of the London program traditionally has been for students to move outside of the Notre Dame friend-work of living together, taking classes together, which has its benefits but has its limitations too because as an international student, one really wants to become immersed in local contacts and meet new people,” Kucich said. This opportunity to link with King’s College in this way is accomplishing or fulfilling one of the principle goals for this program, which has been a challenge for many years now. So we are overjoyed at the connection we have now with a British university and its environment.” Students living in Conway Hall are equipped with kitchen and living spaces, and the building also includes small study areas, a chapel and a student activities center for larger gatherings. “You develop community within individual flats and among different flats as well when students get together through meals,” Kucich said. “Along with that … arranging for dinners in your flats means going out in London and shopping in London and going to markets and engaging with London life, rather than just going to a dining hall the way you would at Notre Dame.” Junior Dylan Tramontin said the apartment-style living in Conway Hall helped her get to know the other members of her study abroad program. “I love how it encourages a sense of community, even more so than the dorms,” Tramontin said. Tramontin and junior Kailey Grant, who live together in a flat with eight other girls, said they especially enjoy cooking with their roommates and gathering for meals around their large dinner table. “I love our weekly flat dinners,” Grant said. Conway Hall accommodates a total of 268 students, according to a University press release. Kucich said 132 of those students are Notre Dame undergraduates participating in the London program, six are Notre Dame undergraduates studying at the School of Oriental and African Studies through the University of London and 22 are Notre Dame law students. Students from other universities occupy the remaining spots. At the dedication ceremony, Jenkins said the building strengthens Notre Dame’s historical ties to London. “Notre Dame has had a presence in London since 1968, when our first students came here to study law,” Jenkins said. “Since that time, we have been able to expand our international presence here, enabling the Colleges of Arts and Letters, Business Administration and Engineering to develop their own programs in London as well.” Kucich said the building opens new doors for the expanding international programs at Notre Dame. “The number one issue is Notre Dame’s commitment to expanding and strengthening its international centers, in London in particular because this is the flagship international study abroad program, but also around the world,” he said.
A Boston College professor connected Saint Thomas Aquinas’ themes of solidarity, justice and natural law with contemporary global feminism in a lecture at Saint Mary’s on Thursday. Dr. Lisa Sowle Cahill’s talk, titled “Aquinas and Natural Law: Resources for Women’s Equality,” was part of the College’s 16th Annual Symposium on Aquinas. It took place in the Student Center Lounge. Although Aquinas did not participate in the modern women’s movement, his ideas directly relate to contemporary Catholic social teaching, Cahill said. She said bringing Aquinas’ theory of natural law, which takes a ‘do good, avoid evil’ approach, into modern dialogue aids discussion about feminist theology. “This natural law theory, applied equitably with a 20th century lens, results in a basic notion of justice for all,” Cahill said. “Ethics of natural law offer modern Catholic feminists a solid base to seek equality and combat global problems.” Cahill said human beings must be responsible for each other. Solidarity should extend farther than a neighborhood or community and should cross cultures and religions, she said. Modern-day slavery, also known as human trafficking, is an important issue facing contemporary feminism, Cahill said. “We have all this public rhetoric, but at the concrete level, there are more slaves in the world today than ever before,” she said. In order to increase gender equality, Cahill said the world must value four themes: lifting up women through empowerment and allowing them to prove their own capabilities, focusing on the preferential option for the poor and vulnerable, creating cross-cultural dialogue and calling men and women to seek human flourishing for all persons. “Justice is a virtue that governs right relationships in society,” Cahill said. “Human laws and practices should be based on justice. Justice is rooted in Aquinas’ natural law theory.” Dr. Joseph Incandela, the Joyce McMahon Hank Aquinas Chair in Catholic Theology, sponsored the symposium. “Having Aquinas lectures at a Catholic college is a very significant way of calling attention to the ultimate harmony between faith and reason,” Incandela said. “Catholics colleges are founded on that harmony and work on the convergence of this approach with a significant emphasis on education.”
Love and Information marks Churchill’s seventh American premiere at New York Theatre Workshop. The play is a theatrical kaleidoscope exploring more than a hundred characters using wit, candor and nimble use of language as they try to make sense of what they find out. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 6, 2014 Love and Information Related Shows The cast includes Phillip James Brannon, Randy Danson, Susannah Flood, Noah Galvin, Jennifer Ikeda, Karen Kandel, Irene Sofia Lucio, Nate Miller, Kellie Overbey, Adante Power, John Procaccino, Lucas Caleb Rooney, Maria Tucci, James Waterston and Zoë Winters. Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information opens February 19 at the Minetta Lane Theatre. Directed by James Macdonald, the off-Broadway show, which was first produced at London’s Royal Court, will run through March 23. View Comments
n Turkish Transport Minister Necdet Menzir has announced proposals to restructure and privatise TCDD. The government is to initiate a review of railway operations and start modernisation of TCDD workshops ready for their sale to the private sector. n September 30 is the closing date for bids to supply nine 7-car tilting inter-city trainsets to Polish State Railways, with an option for seven more (RG 1.97 p8). Tenders were invited on July 7, and PKP Passenger Director Grzegorz Uklejewski hopes to start negotiations with a preferred bidder this month. Destined to operate between Gdynia, Gdansk, Warszawa, Krakow and Katowice, the trains must be able to run at 320 km/h on new alignments and 240 km/h on existing tracks.n Tracklaying on the private-sector section of the Stockholm airport rail link began last month. Arlanda Link Consortium partner John Mowlem & Co has started laying the 20 km double-track loop through the underground airport station from the southern junction with Banverket’s Stockholm – Uppsala main line at Rosersberg. Up to 700m a day will be laid until December 1998. n Iranian President Rafsanjani has formally inaugurated a 280 km new line between Bud and Meybud in central Iran, built at a cost of 235m rials. Shortening the Tehran – Yazd – Bafgh route by 100 km to 635 km, the cut-off is aligned for passenger trains to run at 160 km/h and freight trains at 120 km/h. n Italian State Railways has started trials of two experimental bogies with independent wheels developed by Firema’s Caserta works. Fitted to Type Z inter-city coaches, they are being tested at up to 155 km/h on the old line between Firenze and Arezzo.n The Association of American Railroads is to restructure its Transportation Technology Centre in Pueblo, Colorado, as an independent subsidiary company, TTC Inc, from January 1 1998. The 21·7 km high-speed test track at Pueblo has been upgraded ready for trials of American Flyer trains at up to 266 km/h.n A legal challenge by the minority shareholders association Adacte seeking renegotiation of Eurotunnel’s debt restructuring proposals to boost the residual value for shareholders was rejected by the French court of appeal on September 16.n Russia is to build a 57 km rail link to serve a new port at Olya, 45 km up the Volga river from the Caspian Sea. To be built by Tidewater Construction for opening in 2000, the port will handle traffic to and from the Iranian port of Bandar Anzali, bypassing the railway through Azerbaijan.n Philippines Transport & Communications Secretary Arturo Enrile issued a formal go-ahead in August for the 102 km electrified rail link between Manila and Clark Air Base; construction is expected to start at the beginning of next year. On September 4 Enrile ruled out proposals that Northrail be built to 1067mm for compatibility with Philippine National Railways, insisting that standard gauge is needed for fast operation.n German locomotive builder Krauss Maffei has won a contract from Patentes Talgo to develop a 200 km/h diesel power car for the next generation of Talgo articulated trainsets. It will have a 1500 kW MTU engine driving through a new Voith hydraulic transmission. Krauss Maffei is also to develop a convertible power bogie which can run through an automatic gauge change point with the rest of a Talgo trainset, avoiding the need to change locos.