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News story: Defence Minister visits Imperial College Translation and Innovation Hub

first_img This is a wonderful example of how we are utilising DASA to reach out to partners not traditionally associated with Defence, ensuring we find and fund the best innovations for UK defence and security and keep ahead of our adversaries. Stuart Andrew MP visited the world top ten university’s Translation and Innovation Hub (I-HUB) to meet with Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) officials and Professor Neil Alford and Dr Deeph Chana from Imperial College London.The Defence Minister was shown Imperial’s Incubator facility, which contains lab space for a variety of young start-up companies focused on science and technology, as well as the College’s Invention Rooms, home to the Advanced Hackspace. The Hackspace provides a facility for 3D printing, digital manufacturing, woodwork and metalwork and a bio-lab which is now available for DASA to use for hackathon type events and competitions.DASA took up residency at Central Working White City’s I-HUB and established a partnership with Imperial College London in July 2018. The partnership allows DASA to access new and innovative start-ups and academics from a variety of disciplines, and promotes collaborative working between the Government, academia and the private sector.Defence Minister Stuart Andrew said: Professor Alford and Dr Chana explained to the Minister the plans for a defence and security floor at the I-HUB, aimed at co-locating defence and security industry with academia and other partners.last_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band Announces Performance On Historic Delta Blues Site

first_imgOn April 24th, the Tedeschi Trucks Band will perform an outdoor show at an incredibly historic location, Dockery Farms. Located just east of Cleveland, Miss., it was the home of blues pioneer Charley Patton, who taught locals including Howlin’ Wolf and Pops Staples. Dockery Farms is considered one of the holy sites of the Delta Blues and draws visitors from all over the world. The non-profit Dockery Farms Foundation is focused on preserving the historic property and facilitating public interest in its musical and agricultural heritage, and TTB’s visit is highly anticipated among fans.TTB is touring on the heels of their new album Let Me Get By, which was released in January. The Dockery show provides a rare example to catch the band in an intimate and historical setting. “This couldn’t come at a better time, soon after the release of the band’s latest album and at a time when they are playing to sold-out venues in Nashville, Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C.” said Carolyn Powers, co-chair of the Dockery Farms Foundation.Bill Lester, executive director of the Dockery Farms Foundation, added, “The Tedeschi Trucks Band is just on fire right now, and we expect a high level of excitement that they will be coming here to play.”More information and tickets are available on the Dockery Farms website.last_img read more

B’way Grosses: Audiences Are Dancing & Jiving to Mamma Mia!

first_imgAudiences are once again thanking Mamma Mia! for the music as the long-running tuner’s closing date of September 12 approaches. For the sixth week running the show played at above 100% capacity, making the Broadhurst Theatre the fourth most packed house on Broadway. No surprises in frontrunners by terms of gross, with perennial box office favorites The Lion King, Wicked, Aladdin and The Book of Mormon, along with newcomer Hamilton in the top five. On the other end of the spectrum, Hand to God and Amazing Grace remain the lowest grossing shows on the Great White Way. They will need to improve their numbers soon as demand on theaters intensifies for circling shows as the 2015-16 season gets underway.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending August 23:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($1,986,190)2. Wicked ($1,751,974)3. Aladdin ($1,720,395)4. Hamilton ($1,456,753)5. The Book of Mormon ($1,443,333)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder ($511,816)4. Hedwig and the Angry Inch ($409,679)*3. On the Town ($395,379)2. Amazing Grace ($308,474)1. Hand to God ($255,020)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.43%)2. Hamilton (101.32%)3. Fun Home (101.00%)4. Mamma Mia! (100.32%)5. The Lion King (100.06%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (75.17%)*4. Jersey Boys (65.35%)3. Hand to God (57.76%)2. Amazing Grace (54.45%)1. On the Town (52.17%)* Number based on seven regular performancesSource: The Broadway League View Commentslast_img read more

Lakers’ Pau Gasol deals with being on trade block again

first_imgGasol did that last month, lamenting that D’Antoni’s offense featured him outside of the post. D’Antoni then questioned Gasol’s work ethic and reluctance to dive toward the basket off pick-and-rolls. But with Gasol fielding criticism for sitting out during his recent illness, D’Antoni defended him. A source familiar with D’Antoni’s thinking, though, said he also remained frustrated with Gasol for sitting out instead of trying to contribute. But in the past two games since his return, Gasol has averaged 24 points, 11.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.5 blocks. “He should almost average a triple-double every night,” said D’Antoni, noting Gasol reached those numbers in three of the Lakers’ final seven games last season. “That’s also a product of the team. You can’t just blame one guy. It’s all connected on how the ball moves.”D’Antoni also cited Gasol’s improved health, which he credited toward recently taking antibiotics and a nasal spray to clear up congestion. Gasol plans to take those medications for the following two weeks.“The respiratory thing is not a joke,” Gasol said. “I feel good and, luckily I was able to recover well. On those days I couldn’t play, if I decided to play through that, I probably would still be hurting.”D’Antoni argued Gasol’s defensive weaknesses go beyond his medical reports.“If you’re happy on offense and you’re happy with the team, it comes through on your defense,” D’Antoni said. “It shouldn’t be that way, but it is that way. It’s human nature.”That changed in the Lakers’ win Friday against Utah. Gasol collected three blocks and helped the Lakers hold the Jazz to a season-low 12 points in the first quarter. D’Antoni also believes Robert Sacre’s presence at center made it easier for Gasol, who could use his length to stop opposing power forwards instead of his muscle to stop centers.“I just want to play hard and play well and give it as much as I can to this team now that we’re so short-handed,” Gasol said. “I owe it to myself and I owe it to my teammates. I just want to be that guy for our team.”It remains to be seen if the Lakers’ front office feels the same way. The Lakers have until the Feb. 20 trade deadline to deal Gasol and his $19.3 million contract that expires after this offseason. It also appears unlikely the Lakers will re-sign Gasol this offseason once he becomes a free agent. “You see flashes of Pau and other times you realize he’s carrying an injury or has a lot of miles,” Lakers guard Steve Nash said. “But I wouldn’t want to give up on a guy like Pau.”Gasol has no assurances the Lakers will operate the same way. Yet, he vows he won’t give up, either.“You just stay focused on the game as much as you can and stay positive,” Gasol said. “It’s not easy sometimes. But at the same time, you try to do your best.” Pau Gasol walked out of the Lakers’ locker room, fully aware it could mark the last week he’d put on a purple and gold uniform.Sound familiar? It should. Ever since the Lakers unsuccessfully traded Gasol just over two years ago in a deal that would’ve landed them Chris Paul, Gasol has become linked in deals that have never materialized.But the latest one might just happen. The Lakers have talked for the past week about a possible deal that would entail Gasol going to the Cleveland Cavaliers, while Andrew Bynum returns to the Lakers. According to a source familiar with the situation, the Lakers remain weary of the proposal. The Lakers would never keep Bynum. His bulky knees and behavior issues that contributed toward Cleveland suspending him have overshadowed his efforts that led to the Lakers winning two NBA championships during his seven seasons here. The Lakers also want assets beyond the ability to waive Bynum, rid themselves of half of his $12.5 million contract and save nearly $20 million in luxury taxes. Such a deal would have to happen by Jan. 7 so Bynum could clear waivers by Jan. 10, when his contract becomes guaranteed. So how does Gasol process what could be the 1,000th trade scenario ever since NBA Commissioner David Stern determined Paul wouldn’t become a Laker?“I’m ready for it,” Gasol told this newspaper. “I can’t control what they’re going to do as a team. But I’m going to try to play as well as I can for as long as I’m here. If I’m somewhere else, I’ll try to continue to do that.”Gasol wasn’t envisioning reliving such uncertainty again. With Dwight Howard in Houston, coach Mike D’Antoni featuring Gasol more on offense and an offseason procedure to heal the tendonitis in both of his knees, the Lakers (14-19) widely expected Gasol would earn his fifth All-Star appearance. Gasol hoped so, too. Yet, Gasol enters the Lakers’ game tonight against the Denver Nuggets (15-17) at Staples Center hardly averaging 15.3 points on a career-low 44.9 percent shooting. “There were certain things that affected that,” said Gasol, citing the Lakers’ persisting injuries and a recent upper respiratory issue that kept him out for three games last month. “I don’t really dwell on expectations. I wished things would work out better. But at the same time, I can’t complain.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more