LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 Back row (from left): T Grey, A Lutton, J Lennon, T Mitchell, T Salisbury, M Miller, R Simpson. Middle row: J Haining, Z Muir, R Orr, G Brown, A Swan, J Bredin, J Brackenridge. Front row: F Smith, J Maclean, C Simpson, C Dean (capt), A Glashan, C Thomson, R SeydakEdinburgh Academy held off the challenges of Gower College, Woodhouse Grove, Tregib CS and Sedbergh after beating George Watson’s 12-11 in the Brewin Dolphin U18 Scottish Schools Cup final. It crowned a wonderful term’s rugby for the XV and their No 8 Chris Dean, who led his side to their 14th successive win.Hugely impressive wins over Robert Gordon’s and Merchiston Castle – wing Freddie Smith grabbing four tries in the latter tie – took them to Murrayfield.In front of a big Saturday crowd, they beat their old Edinburgh rivals by the smallest of margins after trailing 3-0 at half-time. The critical spell came when Smith and full-back Rory Orr crossed for tries when Watson’s had a man in the sin-bin, centre Alex Swan adding a vital conversion.Winners and runners-up in the past two U18 finals, the Academy had eight old colours and five players from last year’s winning U16 side and the experience gained proved important in the frenetic exchanges in the final.The Academy possessed strength all over the pitch but it was the pack’s back five of Chris Thomson, Jamie Maclean, Cameron and Rory Simpson, and Dean that was the key to success.Half-backs Alex Glashan and Alexander Muir combined wonderfully whilst the backs were not only quick in attack but defended extremely well.Click here to see October’s School Team of the Month This article appeared in the February 2012 issue of Rugby World Magazine. Back row (from left): T Grey, A Lutton, J Lennon, T Mitchell, T Salisbury, M Miller, R Simpson. Middle row: J Haining, Z Muir, R Orr, G Brown, A Swan, J Bredin, J Brackenridge. Front row: F Smith, J Maclean, C Simpson, C Dean (capt), A Glashan, C Thomson, R Seydak Would you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click here. Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad.
ION announces new regional 3D multi-client program in Argentina . Photo: courtesy of John R Perry from Pixabay. ION Geophysical Corporation (NYSE: IO) today announced a new 3D multi-client program in Argentina’s Neuquén Basin. ION is nearly tripling the size of its Vaca Muerta program to 25,000 sq km over one of the most prospective unconventional plays in the world, which is estimated to hold 16 billion barrels of recoverable hydrocarbons. The first phase of the program is complete with twenty-five seamlessly merged 3D data sets comprising a single 9,000 sq km depth volume. The second phase of the program is in progress and will increase the project size to 25,000 sq km by merging an additional 60+ surveys and incorporating 150+ wells. Future interpretation studies derived from this information will provide the framework for a basin-wide understanding of all major intervals in addition to the Vaca Muerta Formation.“Oil and gas companies are investing billions of dollars to explore and develop this world-class unconventional resource,” said Joe Gagliardi, Senior Vice President of ION’s Ventures group. “Many operators are active in the area and our project underwriters agree that a large-scale program will improve understanding of the basin architecture as a whole, and how the Vaca Muerta fits into the larger exploration picture. ION has repeatedly demonstrated its unique ability to rapidly and cost-effectively provide a cohesive view of basin-wide systems using existing 3D seismic and well data.” Source: Company Press Release The first phase of the program is complete with twenty-five seamlessly merged 3D data sets comprising a single 9,000 sq km depth volume
34th Street Bridge Construction All lanes of the 34th Street Bridge will be closed from 10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, through 5 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, to allow work crews to switch traffic to the north side of the bridge.Please seek alternative routes during this time period. The road will reopen in an alternating, single-lane traffic pattern at 5 a.m. Jan 17.The work is part of a two-year project to redeck the bridge.
Image courtesy: City of Salamanca Fire DepartmentApp users, tap here to watch video report.SALAMANCA – Two men were seriously hurt, and several others injured after Sheriff’s Deputies say an elderly man from Salamanca caused a crash on I-86 in Cattaraugus County on Wednesday.The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office says a Dodge Dakota pickup truck operated by the elderly man rear ended a 2020 Ford Edge that was stopped on the eastbound right shoulder of the highway for a mechanical issue just after 12:40 p.m. near Salamanca.Deputies say the pickup truck spun out of control before crashing to a stop, while the Ford SUV was forced off the shoulder, going through the grass and into a wooded area nearby. The elderly man and two occupants of the SUV were taken by Ambulance to Olean General Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, deputies say.Image courtesy: City of Salamanca Fire DepartmentThe other two of the four occupants of the SUV were taken via medical helicopter to Erie County Medical Center with serious injuries.I-86 between exit 15, School House Road, to exit 20, in Salamanca was closed for several hours while crews worked the scene.New York State Police, NYS Park Police, Salamanca City Fire, Seneca Nation Fire and EMS, Randolph Fire, East Randolph Fire and Mercy Flight assisted the Sheriff’s Deputies.The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office says their investigation into the crash is still ongoing.This crash is separate from a fatal collision that happened on the highway just hours later. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Cedric Neal’s Broadway credits include After Midnight and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, but the Texas-born performer is now U.K.-based, to the benefit of audiences that can see him starring as Berry Gordy in the West End premiere of Motown the Musical, which opened this week at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Broadway.com caught up with the charming Neal to talk living legends and hitting that top B-flat.How are you feeling as you make your West End debut?Let me tell you, the whole thing has been a whirlwind experience! I got called into audition for Motown when it was in New York three times, and three times something came up. So it’s divine timing that my husband and I moved over to London and the opportunity came up here.Was the offer always to play Berry Gordy?In New York, I’d had one audition for Stevie Wonder and another for someone else, so I was sure in London that they were going to call me in for Stevie Wonder or Marvin Gaye but they said, no, it’s Berry Gordy!Has Mr. Gordy seen your performance yet?He came to previews and [was there] opening night. The night he was in, he came by my dressing room before the show basically to tell us, “You guys have this” and not to be nervous because he’s notorious for having notes. There’s even a line in the show where Diana Ross says, “Notes, notes, always notes!”In which case, what were his notes?He came backstage after the curtain call and—I call him Pops—I said to him, “So, Pops, are we getting our notes tonight or in the morning?” And he said, “I have no notes at all.” When I posted that on Facebook, a friend responded, “See? Miracles do happen!”It must be daunting playing a figure who is also a producer and the writer on this show.True, but I’m in an interesting position as against Charl Brown [2013 Tony nominee, who plays Smokey Robinson] or Lucy St. Louis [who plays Diana Ross] in that they are playing living legends who are recognizable by face and body, whereas nobody knows the temperament or physicality of Berry Gordy. They only know the artist. So I get to play what Berry Gordy thinks he sounds like when he’s singing.Are you a good fit physically?There’s definitely a resemblance! His longtime assistant Mario said at the last dress rehearsal that I was the one of this show’s various Berry Gordys who looks the most like him.How would you describe the part if you had to do a character breakdown of it?A charismatic, charming, vision-driven male who can sing up to a B-flat—and who happens to be Berry Gordy!You’ve got easily the biggest part in the show—is it a tough sing?The first song he sings in act one is “To Be Loved” which is an emotional roller-coaster right off the bat, and then more than two-and-a-half hours later I’m singing, “Can I Close the Door (On Love),” which is one of the two songs Berry wrote for the show. I call it my Jennifer Holliday moment.What about that inimitable Motown sound: was that part of your DNA?Definitely! My parents had three boys and my younger sister and all of us sang. My dad would be singing The Temptations with me and my brothers as the background singers, while my mom was singing Gladys Knight. It was a very loud household.The music is so infectious that it must be hard to shake off.It is a part of my life, yes. Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life is one of my favorite albums of all time and is always in rotation in my iPad—but one thing I do when I get to the theater is to refuse to listen to any of the music from the show so that it’s fresh when I am in the show.So many of the same musicals are running here and on Broadway: do you feel as you never left home?In a way yes, but in a totally opposite way, I’m very well aware that I’m not in New York anymore. London has been nothing but receptive to my talents and the gifts I have to offer. I’m well aware of divine positioning and believe that I am exactly where I am supposed to be.And in a bigger role than you have so far got to play on Broadway.Well, it’s no secret in New York when casting agents and directors see you as a certain thing that it can be hard to get past that. I was getting wonderful featured ensemble roles in New York, but I don’t think it was easy for them to see me as the leading man because they didn’t know me as one.You’ve been in Dreamgirls before in the U.S., and the show is now coming to London at the end of the year. Any interest in reprising it here?I’ll just say this: I’ve done Dreamgirls three times in the States, twice as James “Thunder” Early and once as C.C., and I think I’ve had my fill of Dreamgirls. I love that show and wish the London production nothing but success, but there are some other roles out there.Do you miss New York?The thing I miss about New York is that I can’t celebrate all the things happening this season with the Shuffle Along cast and The Color Purple cast and the On Your Feet cast. I miss not being able to celebrate with them.But this part surely represents ample compensation.I don’t know how this is going to sound but London is keeping me from missing New York. Cedric Neal in ‘Motown'(Photo: Alastair Muir) View Comments
Wpd today filed a complaint with the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe against the provisions of the German offshore wind energy law (WindSeeG), which exclude wpd’s offshore wind project Kaikas from future tenders without indemnification. The Kaikas offshore wind farm in the North Sea was approved by the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) in 2013 and is the only approved German offshore wind project to be excluded from future tenders by the WindSeeG, which entered into force on 1 January 2017, according to wpd.A 150-page constitutional complaint, put together by Prof. Dr. Marcus Dannecker from the law firm Gleiss Lutz, sees this as a violation of the principle of equality, occupational freedom and of the right of ownership, in line with articles 3, 12 and 14 of the German Constitution, respectively.“For years, we have put faith in the legal situation which has urged developers – with a number of incentives – to develop projects. To meet the statutory requirements we have invested a two-digit million amount, just to lose all possibilities for the realization of the project through a change in the system shortly before implementation. There is no worse way to deal with investors and there is no way to more clearly undermine investment reliability,” said Achim Berge Olsen, Managing Director of wpd offshore GmbH.The Kaikas project consists of 80 wind turbines with a total capacity of up to 580MW. The offshore wind farm is planned to be installed some 110km off the German North Sea coast in water depths of 40-41m.Offshore WIND Staff