The Triumph of Emotion

first_imgEmotion is not only the new standard for labeling food, but is also the way to get anything done in Washington.  Take the sit on the floor and have a tantrum that Democrats employed over gun control. So, next time the EPA publishes a rule on dust or when some urban lawmaker proposes cutting funding for crop insurance, let’s get our righteous anger going and yell, scream, stamp our boots, and get angry. Forget the science, the economics, or the logical arguments. Just tell them it makes us feel bad and that will be enough. By Gary Truitt SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE A compromise was announced by Senate Ag committee leadership late last week, but it came too late to stop the implementation of the Vermont mandatory GMO labeling law. Since the compromise does not have the support of many in agriculture, it stands little or any chance of being passed.  The Senate measure is drastically different from the bill passed by the House; so, even it if gets passed, a conference with the House will have to be held to work out the differences and then be passed by both bodies again.  In other words, a national labeling bill stands about as much chance of becoming law as Donald Trump picking Bernie Sanders as his running mate. By Gary Truitt – Jun 26, 2016 center_img Food labels used to inform. Those who reject sound science and lawmakers who are unwilling to compromise in the name of political posturing have actually done a dis-service to consumers.  Labels are now marketing tools designed to give some products an advantage over others as well as a slick sales pitch. Shoppers will have no objective way to compare products or make informed buying decisions. When food must be labeled with information that is not related to nutrition or food safety, the label becomes meaningless. Home Commentary The Triumph of Emotion The Triumph of Emotion Previous articleConservation Efforts Reducing Mississippi River Basin RunoffNext articleBrexit Impact on Agriculture, Markets, Immediate Gary Truitt So if the new standard for labeling our food is emotion or, in other words, what makes people feel good, then what else do we need to put on our labels? Perhaps given the current obsession with Islamic terrorists, we need to put “ISIS Free“ on products indicating that none of the producers, processors, or distributors have ties to terrorist organizations.   Perhaps Trump supporters would feel more emotionally comforted if fresh fruit and vegetables were labeled “picked by documented workers.”    To help the self-esteem of those battling obesity, ice cream may start being labeled as “recommended for weight reduction.” When you can’t get what you want, cry, scream, throw yourself on the floor, wail about the unfairness of life and the injustice of your situation.  This is what my 1 and 2-year-old grandkids do when grandpa has the audacity to use the N world: “no.” It is also the tactic used by those who oppose biotechnology and are demanding mandatory labels on all food and fiber products. Their temper tantrum on Capitol Hill effectively derailed an effort to produce a practical, science-based, national standard for food labels. Instead, we now have a patchwork of drastically different state regulations based on emotion and political expediency.last_img read more

Editorial – Home help cuts a false economy

first_imgPrint Email AS hundreds of home help care workers, supporters, trade unions and political representatives march on Dail Eireann to demand the Government and HSE reverse the cuts to home help hours, it begs the question yet again – what is a false economy? The people who have home help are in a position where they can have a much better quality of life with minimal cost to the taxpayer. Small things, which most of us take for granted but which are impossible for people with reduced mobility, are the very things that are being taken away.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The difference between being able to stay in the home which the elderly or infirm have loved all their lives and going into care could be as little as being able to wash the dishes.Cuts to an already sparse home-help service will leave many clients in a position where they have no choice but to go into institutionalised care. And it is well known that the cost of paying for a person in nursing home care runs to thousands each month.Compare that to the €14 per hour it costs to have a home help come in and make a house livable.  With clients getting between ten and twelve hours home-help a week, it’s not rocket science to choose the most cost-effective solution.Already at the start of this year, 500,000 hours were taken out of the home-help system, which has huge ramifications for both the clients and the home-helps who were on a part-time footing already.And that’s just the economics. Personal security and the knowledge that someone will be calling during the day is an integral part of the home-help system. The friendly housekeepers bring much more than a clean sweep.They bring company, conversation and human contact to people who may be otherwise isolated and alone. Facebook Linkedin Twittercenter_img Advertisement WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsEditorial – Home help cuts a false economyBy admin – October 22, 2012 549 Previous article“Munster are not contenders” – Donal LenihanNext articleJanesboro takes Gold adminlast_img read more

Shannon Airport soar as they experience busiest weekend of 2018

first_imgLinkedin Brother and sister in arms…….Mary and Connell Hogan from O’Gonnelloe, Co. Clare taking a walk down the Shannon Airport departures loungePicture: Arthur Ellis.Brother and sister in arms…….Mary and Connell Hogan from O’Gonnelloe, Co. Clare taking a walk down the Shannon Airport departures lounge as the summer season kicked off in earnest at the weekend – it’s busiest summer in ten years.Pic Arthur Ellis.The summer is officially underway and was duly reflected at Shannon Airport as its busiest weekend of the year so far kicked-off what will be its best season in a decade.With almost 150 weekly departures, Shannon’s expanded summer schedule for 2018 includes new transatlantic, European and UK services and is set to deliver more passengers at the airport since it separated as an independent.This weekend alone saw Delta Air Lines recommence its daily JFK service and with Air Canada to kick off its new Toronto service in four weeks’ time, Shannon will have its busiest transatlantic schedule for 17 years, with eight services operated to seven destinations.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Taking a rest……Mary Hogan and her brother Connell from O’Gonelloe, Co. Clare take time out at Shannon Airport’s departures loungePicture: Arthur Ellis.With passenger numbers already up by 5% in the first quarter, the gains are being felt across all markets. The UK, also up in the first quarter, is showing its resilience despite Brexit concerns and is set to grow further as Ryanair launches Liverpool and Bristol services, as well as increase its Manchester frequencies, later this month.The big new addition this year on European services is Barcelona-Reus – the twice weekly service bringing passengers into a region that not alone offers the excitement of Europe’s third most visited city, Bareclona, but also the stunning Costa Dorada region, including Salou and Cambrils, as well as one of the continent’s top theme parks, Port Aventura.Said Shannon Airport Managing Director Andrew Murphy:  “The May Bank Holiday weekend is one we look forward to for different reasons than most people as it really signals the start of the summer holiday season, our busiest time of the year. This year it’s going to be the busiest in a decade thanks to the additional services.“We’ve worked very hard to get these new services. It’s a priority for us to enable people use Shannon to get to all these destinations rather than having to travel long distances for their flights. What we need now is to spread the word about these services. The more Shannon services are supported, the more services we get.” Mr. Murphy concluded.More about transport here. Advertisement Twitter Print WhatsApp Previous articleLimerick to Cork Public Transport morning services very poor says Limerick TDNext articleLimerick teen hospitalised over assault at wildlife sanctuary Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Aer Lingus opt for Shannon New York winter route over Boston Liverpool and Bristol take-off as new services launched at Shannon TAGSAir CanadaBristolDelta AirlinesEuropeanJFKLiverpoolRyanairShannon AirporsummerTorontoUK center_img New York winter flights welcomed Seven years on a motorbike A bronzed JFK comes home to Bruff Email NewsTransportShannon Airport soar as they experience busiest weekend of 2018By Staff Reporter – May 8, 2018 1310 JFK had more ancestral links to Limerick than anywhere else Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Bush paintings on show in Midland

first_imgOn the net:George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum:It’s a rare opportunity to see the handiwork of a former leader of the world – in a show that pays tribute to America’s warriors.Growing out of President George W. Bush’s own outreach and the ongoing work of the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, “Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors” brings together 66 full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush of members of the United States military who have served the nation with honor since 9/11—and whom he has come to know personally.The traveling exhibit’s permanent home is the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. The show opens Jan. 20 at the Museum of the Southwest in Midland – a fitting spot as Bush has lived in both Midland and Odessa. An opening reception is scheduled Jan. 19.Bush officials said the opportunity to show the portraits around the country is valuable.Bush Institute’s Col. Matthew Amidon:While the exhibit was open at the Bush Center, thousands of people had the opportunity to come through and learn first-hand about the stories of the men and women who serve our nation. We’re excited that more and more people will have that opportunity as this artwork travels the country, helping raise awareness of the issues facing our warriors as they transition to civilian life.“While the exhibit was open at the Bush Center, thousands of people had the opportunity to come through and learn first-hand about the stories of the men and women who serve our nation. We’re excited that more and more people will have that opportunity as this artwork travels the country, helping raise awareness of the issues facing our warriors as they transition to civilian life,”The Bush Institute’s Col. Matthew Amidon said via email.In an interview last year with VOA (www.voanews.com), the former president himself spoke about veterans who were the inspiration behind the effort to paint their portraits for an exhibit and book, titled “Portraits of Courage: A Commander-in-Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors.”He told Voice of America that he hopes the art speaks for itself, but Portraits of Courage is also a fundraiser for veterans.All proceeds from the sale of the Portraits of Courage book, including a more expensive, limited edition signed by the former president, will help fund programs of the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, which aims to help military members transition to civilian life, help veterans find employment if needed, and address ways to treat both the visible and invisible injuries of war.The show opens Jan. 20 at the Museum of the Southwest in Midland.Museum officials, in a press release, stated “our men and women in uniform have faced down enemies, liberated millions, and in doing so showed the true compassion of our nation. Often, they return home with injuries—both visible and invisible—that intensify the challenges of transitioning into civilian life. “The release also detailed that research shows a civilian-military divide with 71 percent of Americans say they have little understanding of the issues facing veterans, and veterans agree: 84 percent say that the public has “little awareness” of the issues facing them and their families.It is President Bush’s desire that their stories of courage and resilience will honor our men and women in uniform, highlight their family and caregivers who bear the burden of their sacrifice, and help Americans understand how we can support our veterans and empower them to succeed.This exhibition is generously sponsored by Robert E. and Donna Landreth Family Fund at Permian Basin Area Foundation, Roni and Wes Perry/PBEX Resources, LLC, the Rea Charitable Trust, OGX Resources and Lois and Richard Folger.To become a sponsor or to learn more about supporting this exhibition, please contact Megan Buck, development director at 432-683-2882or [email protected] New York Times bestselling book that goes with the exhibit has forewords by former First Lady Laura Bush and General Peter Pace, 16th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.The review of the book by the New York Times offered praise.“After staring at the haunting close-up portraits of wounded warriors and reading the searing accounts of their suffering, I’m beginning to understand why this beautifully published book went to No. 1 on The Times’s nonfiction best-seller list……The success of “Portraits of Courage” (with the proceeds to help vets) is something more than just another “Thank you for your service.” It testifies to our genuine, bipartisan determination to do it better this time — to support healing in all of its forms…”If You GoIf you goWhat: Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors.When: Jan. 20 to March 25 with an opening cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19.Where: Museum of the Southwest, 1705 W. Missouri Ave., Midland.More: https://www.museumsw.org/https://www.georgewbushlibrary.smu.edu/ Former President George W. Bush works on his painting series “Portraits of Courage.” The exhibit will show at the Museum of the Southwest in Midland Jan. 20 to March 25. Local NewsEntertainment Bush paintings on show in Midland Previous articleRODEO: Canyon’s Lowe gets another season underway in the Permian BasinNext articleTEXAS VIEW: Direct impact to RGV admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter Home Local News Entertainment Bush paintings on show in Midland Pinterest Twitter By admin – January 12, 2018 center_img Facebook Midessa Music Fest is in July Country crooner featured at Rolling 7’s Erica Lane part of Fandango celebration Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Fruit Salad to Die ForFoolproof Roasted Pork TenderloinVirgin Coco MojitoPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay last_img read more

A Committed Judge In A Constitutional Democracy!

first_imgColumnsA Committed Judge In A Constitutional Democracy! Dr. Yogesh Pratap Singh3 Sep 2020 9:07 PMShare This – xWhat should be the role of a judge in a constitutional democracy? Aharon Barak, former Chief Justice of Israel visualised that a judge besides dispute resolution must aim to accomplish two objectives: ‘bridging the gap between law and society’ and ‘protecting the constitution and democracy.’ Thus when interpreting a constitution or a statute, the judge must give the text a dynamic…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?LoginWhat should be the role of a judge in a constitutional democracy? Aharon Barak, former Chief Justice of Israel visualised that a judge besides dispute resolution must aim to accomplish two objectives: ‘bridging the gap between law and society’ and ‘protecting the constitution and democracy.’ Thus when interpreting a constitution or a statute, the judge must give the text a dynamic meaning, one that endeavours to bridge the gap between law and life’s changing reality without changing the text itself. In order to achieve second objective i.e. preserving democracy, he observed that we cannot take its existence for granted or assumption that it will exist forever rather we must constantly strive for it. If democracy was precluded and wrecked in the Germany of Kant, Beethoven, and Goethe, it can happen anywhere. If we do not protect democracy, democracy will not protect us. He further writes that “I do not know whether the judges in Germany could have prevented Hitler from coming to power in the 1930s, but I do know that the lessons of the Holocaust and of the World War II era, helped promote the idea of judicial review of legislative action and made human rights crucial” [See Aharon Barak: On Society, Law and Judging]. These acrimonious experiences steered civilized world to recognize the concept of defensive or militant democracy which prescribes adequate defensive mechanisms to protect its democratic constitutional order in case it is threatened by anti-democratic forces. This also sculpted our belief that primary role of a judge in the democracy is to uphold and protect the constitution and democracy. In this context let us examine the tenure of Justice Arun Mishra, perhaps the most contentious judge who received maximum media coverage after two preceding CJIs. He is perceived as a judge to whom all important matters were assigned (whether he was a junior judge or senior judge) where the Government had major stake. His verdict on Section 24 of the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 was far from bridging the gap between law and society. While trying to reconcile two conflicting judgements Pune Municipalc Corp. & Anr vs. Harakchand Misirimal Solanki (2014) decided by Justice R.M. Lodha led Bench in favour of landowners and Indore Development Authority vs. Shailendra (2018) decided by Justice Mishra led bench that overruled a judgment passed by another three-judge bench of apex court in 2014 on the question whether land acquired by the government would lapse if it fails to deposit the compensation within five years in the bank account of the landowners, held that landowners cannot contend that the amount should be deposited in court. Justice Mishra led bench passed an erroneous order (2019) for the eviction of approximately one million Adivasis and forest dwellers under Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, which was later stayed by the SC after resilient responses and anxiety. There are allegations that cases related to Adani group were listed before the bench of Justice Arun Mishra in violation of the SC roster, and that some of them got out-of-turn hearing. Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave had raised these allegations in a letter sent to the CJI last year. However, no action has ensued on Dave’s complaint.  Four senior judges of the Supreme Court including forthcoming CJI held an unprecedented press conference against the then CJI principally against the assignment of all important matters to Justice Arun Misra. Surprisingly, Chief Justice, Ranjan Gogoi who strongly raised voice during press conference against his predecessor’s master of roster prerogative too constituted a bench comprising of himself, Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna in alleged sexual harassment case. The practice of assigning all important matters to Justice Arun Misra’s bench continued even during the current regime.Justice Arun Mishra’s Controversial Tenure Leaves Questions On Public Confidence In Judiciary Justice Arun Mishra headed a division bench that dismissed a petition demanding enquiry into the “Sahara-Birla papers” which allegedly exposed payment of large amount at different point of times to several public officials including Mr. Narendra Modi when he was the CM of Gujrat. Justice Mishra doubted the evidentiary value of these documents and labelled as “loose pages,” and denied investigation. Earlier in 2015, he was part of a bench led by the then Chief Justice of India H. L. Dattu, that discarded Sanjiv Bhatt’s allegations about the role of top Gujarat government functionaries in the Gujarat riots of 2002. Justice Arun Mishra was part of the bench that heard the “Prasad Education Trust Case” popularly known as the Medical college bribery scam involving alleged payment of bribe to get a “favourable verdict” from the Supreme Court. Considering FIR filed by CBI, two petitions filed in the SC demanded a court-monitored investigation and also requested for a constitution bench of five senior-most judges of the court excluding the then CJI Justice Dipak Misra. The petitions, were originally put up on urgent basis before a two-judge bench, but, it took an unprecedented twist when CJI Dipak Misra cancelled the bench and posted it before another bench presided by himself. The petitioners fervently opposed this action of the CJI and demanded his recusal from the bench precisely on the ground that the FIR contained allegations against a bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra. CJI Misra threatened the petitioners with contempt but finally, the petitions were listed before a three-judge bench including Justice Arun Mishra (2017), which dismissed both petitions for scandalising the SC. Justice Mishra was also a part of initial bench constituted to hear the sensational death case of Judge Loya who apparently died of a heart attack in Nagpur days after he issued summon to Union Home Minister Amit Shah to appear before him in an alleged extra-judicial liquidations proceedings by the Gujarat police. Assigning this sensitive case to Justice Arun Mishra’s bench was one of the prime factors that prompted an unprecedented press conference by four SC judges. This finally led to assign Judge Loya case to a different bench but Justice Mishra remained in news constantly. Justice Arun Mishra led bench was assigned the contentious suo motu contempt case against activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan in spite of knowing the fact that Prashant has been a strong critique of Justice Mishra. Justice Mishra reprimanded Bhushan in his court and threatened him not to file PIL seeking re-investigation of the Haren Pandya Murder Case (2003), where Justice Mishra going against the standard practice laid down in Ghurey Lal vs State Of UP (2008) reversed all the acquittals made by the High Court and convicted all the accused and finally ensured that case is not reopened again. The Bench of Justice Mishra convicted Prashant Bhushan by scripting 108 pages long judgement without any material legal reasoning and contemptuous fine of Rs. 1/-. Even as the chief justice of Calcutta high court, Justice Arun Mishra had decided a suo motu contempt case against CM of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee (2012) for her remarks that corruption had made inroads into the judiciary and democracy as a whole. In 2016, he appeared in news for his proximity with the government when he organised his nephew’s marriage functions in Gwalior and New Delhi which was attended by senior BJPleaders. While the Madhya Pradesh CM Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan attended the wedding in Gwalior, Union ministers Rajnath Singh, late Arun Jaitley and former Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje joined function in New Delhi. This closeness was exposed once again early this year when Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and other top BJP leaders joined a family event of his son-in-law. His likeness for ruling party was further substantiated when Justice Mishra while delivering vote of thanks in International Conference where PM Modi was the chief guest, applauded PM as a “versatile genius” who “thinks globally and act locally and addressed him as an “internationally acclaimed visionary.” The statement of justice Mishra was against judicial ethics and attracted severe criticisms from legal circles. Since inception, successive governments have desired and attempted to restrain the role of judges. Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister while explaining the confined role of judges cautioned that judges cannot go against the sovereign will of the entire community. The desire to have a committed Judiciary amplified during Indira Gandhi’s regime when she appointed judges like Justice A. N. Ray who during his entire tenure tried to protect the governmental interest. Justice Arun Mishra has failed on two broad indicators of Justice Barak. For political systems that aspire to rule of law, judicial independence is indispensable and at the heart of judicial independence lies the construct of ‘insularity’ which refers to a state or condition of being an island or like an island. An independent judiciary enclosed by dominant executive forces must remain insulated from it at every cost and in all the situations.  Views are personal only.(Author is a Professor of Law at NLU Odisha) Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Is the housing market walking into stamp duty deadline disaster?

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Is the housing market walking into stamp duty deadline disaster? previous nextHousing MarketIs the housing market walking into stamp duty deadline disaster?Property search firm claims too many agents and home movers don’t realise the urgency of the situation despite the cut-off date being five months away.Nigel Lewis27th October 202002,697 Views The housing market sleep-walking into a potential disaster as many home movers realise they could miss Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s stamp duty holiday deadline, despite it being five months away.That is the view of former estate agency and property search specialist Mike Stainsby, who says that unless the industry acts quickly thousands of sales will miss the March 31st cut-off deadline to complete before the stamp duty holiday ends.His comments follow calls from the UK’s two key conveyancing organisations last week for agents and home movers to be ‘patient’ as their Covid-weakened members struggle to handle the sales boom that followed the re-opening of the housing market.DucksStainsby, who works for Property Searches Direct, says agents need to urge their buyers and vendors to be more proactive and line up their ducks as early as possible to be ready to complete in time.“We are mindful that the Conveyancing Association now believe 50% of people will be disappointed by the stamp duty holiday and want to make strides to help prevent this happening,” he says.His company has now made several key conveyancing forms available online for free to agents and home buyers to download via its website, in a bid to help movers be one step ahead.Possibly for the first time in the UK, this includes the Property Information Form (PIF TA6), Fixtures & Content Form (FFQ TA10) and Leasehold Information Form (TA7).“Also, we are enabling agents to get their vendors to buy searches and complete these forms as they go onto the market not weeks, sometimes months later,” says Stainsby (left).“We believe that estate agents are the key to this process and need to be more proactive in helping to avert what is going to be a serious threat to pipelines and dash the hopes of tens of thousands of home movers.”Read more about conveyancing blockages.Property Searches Direct Stamp Duty holiday Conveyancing Association October 27, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

In Short

first_img== Sweeteners debated ==In April, the EU is to consider allowing the use of artificial sweeteners in confectionery, biscuits and cake. Confectioners have been lobbying in Europe to get laws changed in light of the pressure on the food industry to reformulate products to reduce sugar. Chocolate, biscuit and confectionery trade bodies say that aspartame, saccharin and its salts, sucralose and aspartame- acesulfame salt are safe to use – even for children.== Fox’s decision delay ==Workers at two Fox’s biscuit plants are to face continued job uncertainty after parent company Northern Foods decided to delay the decision over the location of its super-site until next year. Northern Foods plans to merge its Fox’s biscuits plants in Batley and Uttoxeter in Staffordshire, and build a new £40m super-factory at one of those sites.== FoB conference ==The Federation of Bakers’ annual conference takes place on Wednesday 20 May, 2009, at the Dorchester Hotel, London. Speakers include Scott Clarke, bakery category director at Tesco. Tim Smith, chief executive of the Food Standards Agency will be the guest speaker. For details visit bakersfederation.org.uk, contact Julie Pierce on 020 7420 7190 or email: [email protected]== Organic guide ==A new free 24-page guide has been launched to help food manufacturers looking to achieve organic status for new or existing product lines. The Guide to Organic Certification: Food Processing, produced by Organic Farmers & Growers (OF&G), is available as a free download from the OF&G website: organicfarmers.org.uk/guide, or call 0845 3305122 or email [email protected]last_img read more

Herbert W. Levi, 93

first_imgPortions of this Minute are indebted to the work of Laura Leibensperger, “Herbert Walter Levi (1921–2014) and Lorna Levi (1928–2014),” Breviora 551 (Dec. 2016): 1–37, doi: 10.3099/MCZ28.1. At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on Feb. 7, 2017, the following Minute was placed upon the records.Spider biology has fascinated scientists and laymen alike and has even inspired the inception of a superhero. Consider a shy young student fleeing the Nazis and arriving to the New World, a young man studying chemistry though fascinated by spiders, an idealist trying to enlist in the U.S. Army but instead being classified as a German enemy alien, a young scientist who in later years would become a professor at an Ivy League university. Marvel needn’t have invented their character; he was already a reality. Indeed, Herbert W. Levi was a superhero, a giant among a new generation of zoologists, who at the Museum of Comparative Zoology trained some of the most brilliant and prolific zoologists of the twentieth century. Today, few young spider biologists lack a connection with Herb in their pedigree. His respect among the arachnological community was immense, with proof not only in his written legacy and the numerous awards he received but also in the ultimate gift for any taxonomist—the more than 40 species, and two genera, named after him.Herbert W. Levi was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on Jan. 3, 1921, and spent part of his childhood at his grandparents’ mountain house in Eppenhain, where he developed his love for the outdoors. In 1937, during the Nazi ascendancy, he was sent to a boarding school in London as Jews were no longer allowed to attend school in Germany. There, he became known for his artistic skills. In 1938, he was reunited with his family and sailed across the Atlantic. He repeated a year of high school in New York, allowing him to improve his English. His high school art teacher recommended he apply to the Art Students League of New York, where he received a full scholarship. He worked for his sponsoring relative, his uncle, in the dye plant of a textile mill.When the United States entered World War II, Herb registered for the draft but was rejected, instead classified as a German enemy alien and prevented from leaving Shelton, Connecticut. During that time, he both obtained a copy of American Spiders and their Spinning Work from Yale University’s library and made his first acquaintance with Willis J. Gertsch, Curator of Arachnids at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.By 1943, Herb was enrolled at the University of Connecticut, majoring in chemistry. After completing his degree and becoming a naturalized American in 1946, he illustrated a book on Connecticut insects. It was then that he recognized his future field, choosing spiders because few others were actively working on the subject. Herb entered a zoology program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he received his doctorate in 1949. That year, he married fellow student Lorna Rose, his partner in life and early career, with whom he published almost 20 scientific papers and the popular book Spiders and Their Kin, first published in 1968. Lorna continued to edit his scientific writing for life. For five years after receiving his Ph.D., Herb taught different zoology courses, first as Assistant Professor and then Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin.Herb came to Harvard in the summer of 1955 to work at the MCZ and then assumed the position of Assistant Curator of Arachnology in 1956. He started his Harvard teaching career at the School of Education. He was promoted to Associate Curator in 1961 and to full Curator in 1966, and in 1964 he held a position as Lecturer on Biology. In 1970, several MCZ curators, including Herb, joined the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as full Professors of Biology. In 1972, he was appointed Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, a title he held until his retirement in 1991.Herb documented spiders incessantly until his death. He published more than 200 scientific papers and described 1,254 new spider species, 1,204 of which are still considered valid to date. Herb’s holistic view of spiders led him to produce detailed species descriptions, beautifully illustrated and incorporating multiple views of their genitalia, a practice that has become standard in descriptions not only of spiders but also of many other arthropods. Herb’s superb drawing skills enabled the interpretation of highly complex structures such as the spiders’ copulatory bulb—one of the main characteristics for identifying species of spiders.Herb spent quite a lot of time in the field collecting spiders all over the world, from the Americas to Papua New Guinea, with a great deal of time near his home in Pepperell, Massachusetts, and in Gothic, Colorado, where he spent many summers at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in the 1960s.Herb was a founding member of the American Arachnological Society, serving as president for two terms (1979–1981) and hosting its annual meeting in 1987. He was also an active member in the International Society of Arachnology (ISA; originally the Centre International de Documentation Arachnologique), serving as president from 1980 to 1983. In addition, he was a member of the editorial boards of several zoological journals and, in 2007, was the first recipient of the ISA Eugène Simon Award for Lifetime Achievement. He was an honorary lifetime member of both the AAS and ISA. After his death, the AAS established the Herb Levi Memorial Fund for Arachnological Research.Herb graduated 14 Ph.D. students while at Harvard and assembled for the MCZ one of the best arachnological collections in the world. His students hold or have held many prominent positions in great American institutions and he mentored many others in a more or less formal capacity, adding vast numbers of visitors to his “collection.”Herb Levi died on Nov. 3, 2014, at the age of 93. Sadly, Herb’s death was shortly followed by that of his beloved wife of 65 years and research partner, Lorna Rose Levi, on Nov. 15. They are survived by daughter Frances Levi, who lives with her husband in Townsend, Massachusetts, next to her parents’ home of 60 years.Respectfully submitted,James J. McCarthyWayne Maddison (University of British Columbia)Gonzalo Giribet, Chairlast_img read more

Brian Stokes Mitchell & Laura Osnes Hop on The Band Wagon at Encores!

first_img Laura Osnes There’s a whole slew of stars jumping on The Band Wagon! The Encores! production begins a limited engagement November 6, and we’ve got a first look at the new cast, who took a break from rehearsal to take this gorgoeus snapshot. Featuring music by Arthur Schwartz and lyrics by Howard Dietz, The Band Wagon stars Brian Stokes Mitchell, Roger Rees, Tracey Ullman, Michael McKean, Don Stephenson, Michael Berresse and Laura Osnes. The new revival also features a book by Douglas Carter Beane, adapted from the screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Get a sneak peek of the cast, then hop on The Band Wagon at New York City Center! Star Files Brian Stokes Mitchell View Commentslast_img

John Kander’s Kid Victory Sets Off-Broadway Dates

first_img View Comments Dates are now set for the previously reported New York premiere of Kid Victory at the Vineyard Theatre. Directed by Tony nominee Liesl Tommy and featuring music by the legendary John Kander and a book and lyrics by Greg Pierce, the new musical will begin previews at the off-Broadway venue on February 1, 2017; opening night is set for February 22.The play follows seventeen-year old Luke, who returns to his small Kansas town after a wrenching one-year absence. As his friendship grows with the town misfit, Emily, his parents realize that in order to truly find their son, they must confront some unnerving truths about his disappearance.Kid Victory will feature choreography by Chrisotpher Windom, orchestrations by Michael Starobin, scenic design by Tony winner Clint Ramos, sound design by Peter Hylenski, costumes by Jacob Climer and lighting by David Weiner. Casting will be announced at a later date. Kid Victory John Kander(Photo: Bruce Glikas)center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 19, 2017 Related Showslast_img read more