Newsx Adverts Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Previous articleDACC seek meeting with Health Minister and HSE bossNext articleThe Commission of Irish Dancing acts to prevent abuser from teaching News Highland Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Google+ Deputy Charlie Mc Conalogue urging Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton to meet with IDA Ireland with a view to keeping Letterkenny office open. he also wants the appointment of a new Regional Manager for Donegal.Last week, Deputy Mc Conalogue raised the issue in the Dail, after the current Regional Manager in Donegal was promoted to a new national position.He was told by Junior Minister Ciaran Cannon that the IDA is an autonomous body, and the management of offices and resources is an internal matter. MInister Cannon said the IDA has informed the government that it’s Letterkenny office is closing, and Sligo will be the North West regional headquarters.However, Deputy Mc Conalogue says that’s not good enough, and MInister Bruton should intervene as soon as possible…………….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/idacmcc.mp3[/podcast] Facebook Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Pinterest Twitter By News Highland – July 11, 2011 “Bruton should intervene to save Letterkenny IDA office” – Mc Conalogue Twitter Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Facebook
By News Highland – September 19, 2012 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Facebook Twitter Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Twitter Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released News Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Facebook Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Google+ Previous articleNorthwest MEP vows to fight tractor NCT plansNext articleTaoiseach confirms councils can’t withhold student grants News Highland Donegal Road safety group PARC’s campaign to have penalty points extended to learner drivers for a number of offences has progressed a step.The group want two points put on the license of a learner driver found driving unaccompanied by a fully licensed driver – they also want a two point penalty for those caught not displaying L plates.The government is said to be considering a report on the review of the current system.PARC spokesperson Susan Grey says they now have the support of the Road Safety Authority while the Transport Minister has also said he will look in to their request:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/susr530PARC.mp3[/podcast] PARC welcomes progress on ‘L’ driver penalty points campaign
Relationship Between Client & Foreign Law Firm Is Commercial In Nature For The Purpose Of Sections 44 & 45 Of Arbitration Act : Delhi HC [Read Order]
News UpdatesRelationship Between Client & Foreign Law Firm Is Commercial In Nature For The Purpose Of Sections 44 & 45 Of Arbitration Act : Delhi HC [Read Order] Karan Tripathi12 May 2020 8:46 PMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court has held that the relationship between a client and the foreign law firm engaged by it was commercial in nature in terms of Sections 45 and 46 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act. While disposing of an application under Order 7 Rule 11 of Civil Procedure Code, the Single Bench of Justice Jayant Nath noted that the plaintiff have failed to show or plead…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Delhi High Court has held that the relationship between a client and the foreign law firm engaged by it was commercial in nature in terms of Sections 45 and 46 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act. While disposing of an application under Order 7 Rule 11 of Civil Procedure Code, the Single Bench of Justice Jayant Nath noted that the plaintiff have failed to show or plead that the arbitration agreement is null and void, inoperative or incapable of being performed. Facts Certain disputes arose between the plaintiff and its subsidiary on one hand and the Republic of Uzbekistan on the other. The plaintiff expected a possible submission of disputes for resolution through an international arbitration. Accordingly, the plaintiff approached the defendant for its legal services in connection with the aforesaid possible future arbitration proceedings. The defendant issued a detailed common Engagement Letter dated 20.05.2013 in respect of possible arbitration proceedings. It is stated that the plaintiff and its subsidiary signed the Engagement Letter on 21.05.2013 at Delhi and returned a copy to the defendant. Hence, it is claimed that a concluded contract came into existence between the plaintiff and the defendant and its subsidiary at New Delhi on 21.05.2013. Some amendments in the Engagement Letter were executed on 28.05.2013. It is stated that the arbitration between the subsidiary of the plaintiff and Republic of Uzbekistan commenced on 03.09.2013. Thereafter, certain communications are said to have taken place between the defendant and the subsidiary in respect of the fee issues of the defendant. Thereafter the defendant raised a demand for an arbitration on 25.08.2017 in terms of Article 16 of the Letter of Engagement dated 20.05.2013 under the aegis of JAMS. On 01.09.2017 JAMS gave a notice for commencement of Tripartite Arbitration. Arguments Advanced by the Plaintiff The plaintiff submitted that the arbitration agreement entered into between the plaintiff and the defendant is null and void, inoperative and non-est. Reliance is placed on Section 44 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996. It was further argued that the relationship between the plaintiff-client and the defendant-firm of lawyers cannot be considered as „commercial‟ under the law in force in India. Hence, it is pleaded that Letter of Engagement seeking to resolve any possible future disputes/differences between the plaintiff and its lawyer is null and void, inoperative and non-est. Arguments Advanced by the Defendant The defendant argued that the plaintiff failed to pay the defendant‟s fee which includes fixed fees payable at specified milestones, costs and expenses incurred in relation to the ICSID Arbitration(International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes), and fees linked to the outcome of the ICSID Arbitration. that the Tribunal on 27.12.2016 issued the Award dismissing the plaintiff and the subsidiary‟s claim in the arbitration on the basis of its findings that the plaintiff and the subsidiary engaged in illegalities especially corruption in making investments in Uzbekistan. In terms of the contract between the parties, the plaintiff and the subsidiary became liable to pay the defendant unpaid fees based on the hours that the firm had invested in the case times as per regularly billed hourly rates. Observations of the Court Before entering into the merits of the application, the bench of Justice Jayant Nath analysed various judgements of the Supreme Court to observe that the courts have to be extremely circumspect and reluctant in any manner to interfere in arbitration proceedings. The mandate is to refer parties to arbitration unless the arbitration agreement is on the face of it null and void, inoperative or incapable of being performed. The court is not to examine the legality or validity of the substantive agreement. While holding that the plea of the plaintiff under section 45 of the Act has no merit, the court highlighted that: ‘the defendant has initiated arbitration proceedings for his outstanding fees. The defendant being a law firm was advising and acting for the plaintiff subsidiary. It was to be paid for the services as agreed upon. It cannot be urged that such an agreement was completely bereft of elements of commerce. The claim of the law firm is that the plaintiff have defaulted in paying its professional charges and other aspects. The claim does not relate to professional issues. As the proceedings are substantially for recovery of money, the same would tantamount to a commercial relationship as per section 45 of the Arbitration Act.’Click here to download the Order Next Story
Related posts:No related photos. The consumer goods giant behind brands as diverse as Marmite and Persiloutsourced its call centre operations to better serve its customers. NathalieTowner looks at the crucial role played by HR at Unilever and at serviceprovider MerchantsWhen it became clear that the in-house call centres at Unilever were unableto respond to business needs, management decided to have a rethink. The consumer goods giant behind brands as diverse as Marmite, Calvin Klein’sObsession and Persil wanted a more complete picture of the Unilever consumer,but under its existing system this proved to be impossible. The organisation’s three operating companies, Unilever Bestfoods UK, BirdsEye Wall’s and Lever Fabergé, are based at five sites across the UK and eachwas operating separate consumer care lines for their brands, with differentmanagement structures and separate overheads. Outsourcing the call centres would enable Unilever to create one team tomanage the hundreds of products, making it possible to build an accurateprofile of consumer shopping preferences across all of their brands. The initiative was called Consumer Link and Samantha Walker was appointed asbusiness manager to investigate the merits of outsourcing the scheme. Her 17years of working in various HR roles combined with her operationalresponsibilities made her ideal for this role. Although cost-cutting certainly played a role, Walker is emphatic that thekey driver was adding value to the brands. “We already felt we were giving excellent service to our consumers, butwe really needed to improve the business side,” explains Walker. “Wedidn’t have the expertise in IT functionality so we couldn’t make predictionsabout our consumers that we could feed back into the business.” Walker and her team drew up a shortlist of 11 call centre companies, and asit became increasingly clear that outsourcing would go ahead, Walker had todecide how and when to break the news to the in-house operations. “I had to consider how open to be with the teams as we were looking ata 12-month lead time. In the end, we decided to tell them what was going on. Bykeeping the communication channels open, we succeeded in keeping them onside.” All staff were offered an outplacement service to help them find new workand were also given loyalty bonuses for staying to a certain date. After narrowing down the options to three call centre operators, Unileverplumped for contact centre company, Merchants. Walker was attracted by the wayit managed its staff. “We really wanted to avoid outsourcing to a sweat shop and we saw somebad stuff when we were looking around. Merchants has a below industry attritionrate and this went very much in its favour.” The new call centre is based in Milton Keynes, which is a significantdistance from any of the in-house operations, so unsurprisingly none of theexisting staff took up the option of transferring to the new office. The Milton Keynes’ branch of Merchants is a multi-client site, but staff arededicated to one client and this is reflected in their contracts. However, according to Estelle England, group HR manager at Merchants, a keyrequirement for her HR team is to ensure all staff understand who they work forand, in particular, that the client is clear on staff ownership. “There are cases where the client believes that because the outsourceris carrying out work for them that the staffing issues are also their concern.This is not the case. The very nature of outsourcing means these concerns arealso passed over from the client,” she explains. However, this does not mean Merchants does not accept input from the clientwhen drawing up contracts, but this does have to be carefully managed. “It is crucial to ensure fairness and equality is balanced across theboard for all call centre agents. Individual agents from two separateoperations who sit side by side should not be exposed to different levels ofbenefits,” says England. “At the contract stage, negotiations around benefits and rewardsschemes need to be clearly defined and agreed with the client.” Unilever did want the option of extending staff shift patterns over aseven-day period, so although staff are currently working over five days, itwas made clear to recruits from the beginning that this could change. Unilever has also been able to extend certain benefits to the call centrestaff. “Unilever staff receive a home and car insurance scheme and they haveextended the reduced premiums to staff here working on Consumer Link. This isan excellent way of fostering the feeling of being part of a culture as opposedto just working on their behalf,” says Adrian Garton, call centre HRmanager. Merchants’ HR is also developing retention schemes that apply across thewhole organisation. In January, it set up a graduated benefit scheme to rewardlong service – for every year an employee stays, they receive an additional twodays of holiday up to a maximum of 10 days. Staff who were recruited to Consumer Link were a mixture of existingMerchants employees and new starters. As they were recruited specifically tothe programme, candidates had to offer not only the usual range ofcommunication skills, but had to be able to offer specific skills that would benefitthe Unilever operation. “We were looking for people with a background in customer care whowould be able to deal with a range of issues. Ideally, they would haveexperience of the retail industry or use the Unilever productsthemselves,” says Garton. As part of the recruitment process, candidates had to answer a lifestylesurvey on what products they bought and why. They also had to complete a testfeaturing brands, washing instructions and cooking ideas. This helped slot thesuccessful candidates into the right Unilever teams. Although staff do notspecialise in a product, they do concentrate on a sector such as frozen foodsor home care. Empathy with consumers was a key requirement, but one of the key concernsfor Unilever was the industry knowledge it would be losing with its out-goingstaff. Some had been with the company for more than 15 years and kneweverything about the products, but unfortunately none of their know-how wasdocumented. As part of the handover process, the outgoing staff actually helped approvesome of the new processes. They also went to Milton Keynes to help with thesimulation part of the training. Stephanie Bauer, Consumer Link business manager at Merchants, works directlywith the staff and oversees their training requirements. “The training is carried out in conjunction with Unilever. Brandmanagers explain who their target consumer is and we design the processes andsystem navigation side of the programme,” she explains. Training of staff for this project took an average of six weeks, compared tothe norm of two, and is one of the most challenging and complex operations thatMerchants has ever run. Development is on-going and the operations team leadersreview the training needs of the team on a weekly basis. “There is a level of multi-skilling so staff can develop and be giventhe opportunity to move if they wish,” explains Bauer. “The optionsare not just to become a team leader. Staff can focus on particular products,so if they worked on the Slim Fast range, they could specialise in nutritionand provide advice on a balanced diet.” Alongside the call centre is a fully-equipped kitchen, where staff cansimulate any of the queries they have received. This has resulted in sessionsto see how to remove deodorant stains out of clothes, and sometimes staff go onvisits to factories to see how a bone might end up in a fish finger so they canexplain to a consumer why it is unlikely to happen again. Unilever staff are not based permanently at the Milton Keynes site, but onany working day there will normally be a member of Unilever staff present.Milton Keynes was chosen as the location as it had to be within half a day’stravel of all the operating sites. Unilever employs three delivery managers who work for business managerSamantha Walker, and all of them are regular visitors to the call centre. Theymanage the relationship and information flow between the three Unileveroperating companies and Consumer Link. As a result, the communication channels between the two groups are strong,with frequent contact between Unilever operations and HR at Merchants. “My role is to work with Unilever’s head of operations,” explainsGarton. “So when they wanted to introduce a change to the shift patterns,we introduced this to the team.” The on-going partnership between the two companies has been essential to thesuccess of the handover. Unilever has succeeded in maintaining a level of control without gettinginvolved in the technical side of the operation. And by tapping into the specialistresources provided by Merchants and combining this with their in-house productknowledge, Unilever has made outsourcing a viable long-term solution. Company profilesUnilever – Unilever is an Anglo-Dutch group, specialising in consumergoods– Annual UK sales of more than £2.3bn– Headquarters: Unilever House, Blackfriars, London– Number of employees globally: 247,000– Number of UK employees: 12,500– Number of UK HR staff: 375Merchants – Merchants, established in 1981, is a contact centre partneringcompany– Clients include Edexcel, HBOS and National Australia Group– Turnover per year derived from contact centre activity in theUK is £20,749,000 and combined with overseas turnover the total turnover for2002 is £28,853,000– Merchants employs 823 staff across the three sites in MiltonKeynes, Kilmarnock and Cork (Ireland)– There are 15 staff within the Merchants HR team, of whichseven are employed in Milton KeynesAnatomy of the outsourcing dealIn 2001, Unilever decided to outsource its three call centres.Each call centre was dedicated to a different operation and Unilever wanted tochange this to create a shared service.A four-year contract worth around £8.5m was signed withMerchants in September 2002. All of the original staff were made redundant andMerchants recruited the new team for the centre based in Milton Keynes.The operation went live in December 2002, with the operatingcompanies rolling out until March 2003 when the centre became fully operationalwith a team of 50. The contract has saved Unilever money, but currently thesesavings are being reinvested into the programme.Lessons for HRSamantha Walker, Unilever businessmanager for Consumer Link‘I would have liked more lead-in time before we went live. Wehad a fixed deadline of 31 March 2003. We were running the old team next to thenew team and there was a real concern that the new recruits would not be ableto absorb all the information. The training was very intense’Estelle England, group HR managerfor Merchants‘The bigger the account, the greater the need for sufficienttime to ensure all statutory requirements are fully met for all employees, andthe needs of the client are also achieved. It is important to focus onbalancing commercial contracts between Merchants and its clients with statutoryregulation and requirements’Adrian Garton, call centre HRmanager at Merchants‘There is no reason the client’s HR staff can’t work with uswhen they outsource. People look at TUPE and see it as a minefield, but likeanything it is easy once you really understand it’ Previous Article Next Article Service on callOn 30 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed.
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Dear Editor:After reading the letter to the Editor about Jersey City’s contradictory housing policy in the last issue, I am prompted to ask about affordable housing in all of the new residential towers and low-rise housing developments. Was there not some affordable housing mandated along with the tax abatements? I believe that I would qualify, but I have called all over Jersey City government and was told that there are some, but “you have to go there in person, and ask”. But no one could even tell me which buildings have such apartments. How many units of affordable housing were created in the past 25 years, and where are they? In the interest of transparency and honesty I think that there should be an on-line database of all tax abatements, and what the terms were. Any apartments at affordable rates in those buildings should be in a separate database with income requirements and an on-line application. New York City has this. Over the years I have read about some abatement which had some affordable units as part of the deal, but what happened to them? I never had a chance to get one.Did they go to cronies, or friends of friends, or what? I do not qualify for Section 8 housing, but after 36 years in Jersey City, I am priced out of middle-income housing since landlords can ask for as much as they can get. It is literally an apartment auction where those who can pay the most get to stay in Jersey City. Sincerely,Laird Ehlert
New Hoboken mayor, council people take oath Jan. 1The Hoboken inauguration ceremony for Mayor-Elect Ravi Bhalla, Councilman Jim Doyle, Councilwoman-Elect Vanessa Falco, and Councilwoman-Elect Emily Jabbour will be held on Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 p.m.at Hoboken High School auditorium at 800 Clinton St. Those who wish to be seated in the main auditorium needed to get free tickets online, but there will be a room for people without tickets. Ticketed guests must be seated by 1:45 p.m. and seats that are unoccupied by that time will be made available to the general public. There is another room for guests who arrive late or who come without a ticket. The ceremony will be broadcast in that room.Sen. Cory Booker will deliver remarks and other unannounced special guests will also be in attendance.Those without tickets may register on a waitlist. On the day of the inauguration the waitlist will be voided and available seats will be given on a first come/first serve basis. The waitlist can be found at https://hoboken.booktix.com/view/3/529b6bed980d2bca/Secaucus councilwoman resignsSecaucus Councilwoman Susan Pirro handed in her official resignation letter at the Dec. 20 Town Council meeting, as she has been battling cancer. “It is with a heavy heart that I had to accept the resignation of Councilwoman Pirro,” Mayor Michael Gonnelli said at the meeting. “I would have preferred for her to remain on the council for many years to come.”Later on at the meeting, the council announced local resident Orietta Tringali as its nominee for Pirro’s replacement. The council will vote on Pirro’s official replacement at the Jan. 2 reorganization meeting. Whoever gets the seat will have to run next November.Tringali is a Harmon Cove resident. She is a current board trustee for the Secaucus Public Library, and is also on the school district’s PTA board.“We did a search; our search was simple. I said, ‘I want Orietta,’” Gonnelli said in response. “And everyone agreed here. We’re 100 percent behind you.”Three North Bergen officers make detectiveNorth Bergen continues to build and strengthen its police department, with three officers receiving their detective shields on Dec. 22.Constantino Apostolakos, Joseph Gorrin, and Antonio Tataranni took the oath of office at a ceremony in Town Hall chambers, presided over by Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Public Safety Commissioner Allen Pascual.“You couldn’t find three more worthy candidates” to be elevated to detective, stated Police Chief Robert Dowd.Tataranni has been with the force for more than 10 years and was a critical part of the staff in the chief’s office. Gorrin has been on the job for 23 years, assigned to patrol and then the courts. Apostolakos is the PBA president and worked in the record room in police headquarters.The new detective assignments follow three promotions to sergeant earlier this month, and nine new officers being sworn in.JC-based Goya gives food and toys to Catholic CharitiesGoya, located in Jersey City and Secaucus, donated 120,000 pounds of food, as well as $10,000 from employees to food banks, shelters, and Newark-based Catholic Charities during the Christmas season.Goya made its first installment of 10,000 pounds of food for the holiday season on Dec. 27 at Goya headquarters in Jersey City. Goya employees helped to load a Goya truck to transport Goya products to food banks and shelters throughout New Jersey. Goya also presented Catholic Charities with a check of $10,000 that will cover the costs of blankets and coats for the homeless.Outgoing Hoboken mayor vetoes runoff election ordinanceOn Friday, Dec. 22, Mayor Dawn Zimmer vetoed a council-approved ordinance to allow the city to host a referendum in November 2018 to possibly bring back runoff elections.Until 2012, if several candidates ran in a mayor or council election in Hoboken, and no one got more than 50 percent, the top two vote-getters would compete in a final runoff. Ultimately, Mayor Dawn Zimmer and her supporters said the system was too costly and led to too much political wrangling, and supported a public referendum that did away with runoffs that year.But after this year’s six-way mayoral election, in which Mayor-Elect Ravi Bhalla won with 32.7 percent of the vote, the majority of the council (who backed the other candidates) voted 7-2 on Wednesday Dec. 20 to hold a new referendum next November.In a veto statement from the mayor on the Friday before Christmas weekend, Zimmer wrote several reasons why she vetoed the ordinance. She said that the public voted to eliminate the runoff elections five year ago and the merits of the issue were publicly discussed and debated.Zimmer wrote, of the recent attempt at a change, “Every single councilperson who voted in support of this ordinance was either a losing candidate in the election, or actively supported a losing candidate. This hurried way this ordinance was handled reflect the personal frustrations of those dissatisfied with the election result. Indeed, it appears to be an attempt to de-legitimize the election of Mayor Elect Bhalla…the frustration of losing an election is not an appropriate basis for rushing to revisit a decision made by almost 9,200 voters five years ago.”She wrote that the issue needed a public discussion, should be vetted in subcommittee, the data from the past elections should be analyzed, and that the two newly elected councilwomen should be given the opportunity to participate in the discussion. They will take office Jan. 1.Councilman Michael DeFusco, who sponsored the ordinance, said he would reintroduce it in the new year. He said, “I plan to re-introduce this ordinance in 2018 and work to see it adopted by the new City Council and eventually passed at the ballot box, which is where it should be decided, not in a back room.” JC Board of Ed replaces its attorneyIn a dramatic change of policy, the Jersey City Board of Education voted against renewing the $100,000 contract with the legal firm Scarinci Hollenbeck at the Dec. 22 meeting.Ramon Rivera, a partner in the firm, served as legal counsel for the board. But he was often criticized for his legal opinions that appeared to side with one faction of the board over another in several conflicts over the last three years. This was particularly true in deciding votes that established president and vice president of the board, in which abstentions were counted as “no” votes.Critics claim some of his rulings sided with those board members who supported Superintendent Dr. Marcia Lyles.A shift in the balance of power on the board over the last two elections allowed anti-Lyle board members to discontinue the board’s contact with the board.Board members Amy DeGise, Luis Felipe Fernandez, and Vidya Gangadin voted against the move to discontinue services with the firm.Board President Joel Torres, who is being sworn in as a Hudson County freeholder in early January, abstained.The five remaining trustees voted to hire the firm Kenny Gross Kovats & Parton of Red Bank instead.FBI raids Heights homeMembers of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with Jersey City Police, raided a home on Oakland Avenue in Jersey City Heights on Dec. 26. Media sources said that threatening letters may have come from the home, although officials said it didn’t have to do with terrorism. No arrests were made during the raid. Residents rush to pay property taxes early, but state and IRS weigh inThe recently adopted federal tax plan includes a combined $10,000 deduction limit on property, state, and local income taxes. Previously, there was no limit on this deduction. Because of this significant change, taxpayers in certain towns began asking about pre-paying 2018 property taxes in 2017. Some towns reacted, extending tax office hours so their resident could pay early. Weehawken, Hoboken, and Jersey City did so. The payments had to be in by the end of the year.But at the end of the week, Gov. Chris Christie signed an executive order saying that all tax offices in the state had to accept and credit the early payments. Then, the IRS said the payments may not count in certain circumstances. The determining factor may be whether the real property taxes were “assessed” before 2018.“It is disappointing that so many residents in Hoboken and around the country will be directly impacted by the choice of national Republicans to give tax breaks to corporations and the wealthiest 1 percent in this country with no direct relief to middle class and working families,” said Hoboken Mayor Elect Bhalla in a Tuesday email. “This tax plan has the potential to affect Hoboken and New Jersey’s affordability for years to come.”He said he is already working with local and state officials to “determine how we may be able to help mitigate this latest assault from the president.”
For the better part of the last year, the gentlemen of The String Cheese Incident have been releasing various singles from their Sound Lab recording studio. Today, the Colorado-based band announced the release of their first full-length album since 2014’s A Song In My Head. The most recent post on their Facebook page states, “Dear Friends of Cheese, At last, our first full-length album from our new Sound Lab will be ready in Spring 2017! We are really proud of the new music we have been recording in our new building.”The album, titled Believe, is set for a Spring 2017 release date, and is currently available for pre-order here. The album pre-order comes with several different bundle options for fans to choose from, which include vinyl, CD’s, t-shirts, posters, beanies, and more. Check out the boys being their typical ridiculous selves in the album announcement video below:
Amy Brenneman ’87 knows what life is like in the spotlight. Famous for starring roles in the television series “Judging Amy” and “Private Practice,” the actress is well versed in the glamour, glitz, and red carpet “Kabuki ritual” that come with the Hollywood territory.Brenneman also knows about life under the gaze of the camera while in constant pain. Having suffered for years, she recently underwent surgery for ulcerative colitis when the illness reached a crisis point in 2010.But adversity spelled creativity for the Connecticut native who chose to bring her story to the stage.In her new autobiographical theater piece “Mouth Wide Open,” she reveals her personal struggle for balance and spirituality amid the pressures of celebrity and illness. The show is on a limited run at the American Repertory Theater’s (A.R.T.) Loeb Drama Center.“I love spiritual revelation and absurdity,” said Brenneman.A comparative religion major at Harvard, the actress said spirituality has been a constant theme of her life, one related directly to what she calls the “sacred art” of acting.“Directors yell ‘action,’ and I am doing my holy rite,” she said. “I just know that in my bones something really special happens.”Written by Brenneman and co-created and directed by her longtime collaborator Sabrina Peck ’84, “Mouth Wide Open” draws on Brenneman’s experiences, taking the audience to locales as diverse as an evangelical church, a Native American Indian reservation, a Buddhist monastery, a hospital room, and the red carpet. The work grew out of Brenneman’s writings and blog entries that “all had a certain theme of everyday transcendence — these personal ‘aha’ moments when your own personal heavens open up, and you learn something new.”Returning to the A.R.T. represents a type of homecoming for the show’s star and its director. “I had love affairs, l wrote papers, I lived on the Loeb stage,” recalledBrenneman, whose love for acting intensified while at Harvard. She performed in a number of productions as an undergraduate and co-founded the Cornerstone Theater Company, a touring production troupe that brings contemporary and classic plays to American towns and encourages the community to get involved.Peck’s interest in the arts also developed in tandem with a strong interest in community. While at Harvard, she created CityStep, a performing arts program that brings teams of undergraduates into public schools to teach and perform with kids.(When she was nearing graduation, Peck chose a young, energetic student to help lead the program: namely, Diane Paulus, the current artistic director of the A.R.T.)Brenneman and Peck forged a connection during Brenneman’s first semester of her freshman year, working on the musical “Working” at the Loeb, followed by collaborations on several productions for the Cornerstone Theater.They developed “Mouth Wide Open” during a residency at The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard last summer. The piece was updated for the A.R.T. production. Over the last year Brenneman added to the work, expanding on her experience with illness.But the physicality of the show hasn’t changed. Drawing on her training in dance, Peck wove elements of movement throughout the work to “convey what words cannot in certain moments.”“At one point, we use movement to explore [Amy’s] journey down the red carpet … and how distorted the body really has to be in those poses for her to achieve the seemingly relaxed and effortless look,” Peck said.As Brenneman’s illness progresses, the show revisits the red carpet and uses movement “as a metaphor,” said Peck, “for the torture that [Amy] is experiencing.”“As an actress — and a human being — Amy is always interested in what’s beneath the surface. She is one of those people who brings you instantly to the heart of an emotional issue. … She is so powerful with such a great sense of relaxation and command of the stage. She is just an extraordinary performer.”“Mouth Wide Open” will be performed at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge, Mass., May 24-29. For more information.