[Video: The Met Philadelphia][H/T Philly.com] As reported at Philly.com, Philadelphia’s Metropolitan Opera House on North Broad Street will be converted into a new 3,500-capacity Live Nation concert venue, with plans for the site to open to the public as early as December of this year. To complete the massive renovation project, Live Nation entered into a partnership with well-known Philly real estate developer Eric Blumenfeld. As detailed in the article, the cost of the renovation is now projected at $56 million, which comes in over $10 million dollars more than the projected total cost of $45 million announced in May of last year.Notably, Bob Weir and other members of the Grateful Dead are investors in the project. This investment is not necessarily too surprising, given Weir’s and Live Nation head Geoff Gordon’s close relationship. In 2016, Weir officiated Gordon’s wedding to Sayeeda Gordon during a performance at The Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. As Live For Live Music has previously reported, the wedding took place during the set break of the show, which was a stop on Weir’s “Campfire Tour” promoting his solo album, Blue Mountain—in addition to the private nuptuals, the show itself saw sit-ins by Joe Russo and Tom Hamilton.The Metropolitan Opera House is a large 3,500-person venue that takes up a full city block at Broad and Poplar Streets. For the renovation, the main theater will be converted for seated and standing-only general-admission concerts; however, the opera house also contains a number of smaller rooms that could be converted into lounges and additional performances spaces. With the venue’s opening anticipated for the end of 2018, no acts have been announced for The Met’s opening. However, in addition to concerts and, likely, comedy shows, Holy Ghost Church, a partner and former full owner of the space, will host services at the venue after its reopening.As noted by Philly.com, in contrast to other mid-size concert venues around Philadelphia, The Met will be larger and “a good deal more posh” than venues like The Fillmore, Electric Factory, Academy of Music, and Tower, which house a capacity of around 2,500 people. The Met could also be a good fit for artists like Arcade Fire, Lorde, and Lana Del Ray who could easily sell out the renovated space and that have recently performed at a half-full Wells Fargo Center, which has a capacity of around 20,000 people.The Metropolitan Opera House was formerly a historic world-class opera house, which was built in 1908 by the well-known theater impresario Oscar Hammerstein I—also the grandfather of the famed musical librettist Oscar Hammerstein II of the critically acclaimed composing duo, Rodgers and Hammerstein. While the venue was used as an opera house through to 1934, the renovation will mark the next evolution of the building, which has formerly been used as a movie theater, ballroom, sports venue, and church.However, the renovation project will likely be a difficult one. The building was unused and vacant from 1988 to 1995, eventually being saved from demolition in 1996 by a different church group after the city declared the site was imminently dangerous. However, after Holy Ghost Headquarters Revival Center bought the church and spent $5 million dollars stabilizing the venue, the church group tapped Eric Blumenfeld for a development partnership and sold the building to him for $1. In 2015, the church filed a lawsuit against Blumenfeld for the lack of progress, though in 2017, the Holy Ghost Church and Blumenfeld reached a joint ownership agreement.As Blumenthal stated last year about the Metropolitan Opera House, “It’s a glorious old building that had been neglected that anyone with any intelligence would tell you to tear down.”With Holy Ghost Church, Blumenfeld, and Live Nation all on board and full steam ahead, the crew is hopeful that the renovation will be completed by December 2018, though already the expected renovation date has been pushed back from September 2018. You can watch the promo video for Live Nation’s new, renovated concert venue at The Met in Philadephia below.
The Independent 5 June 2014Whatever the intention of the promoters of the new “Cinderella Law”, its main accomplishment will be to turn the emotional landscape of family life into a dangerous battlefield.The aim of this law is to change existing legislation on child neglect by expanding the meaning of criminal abuse to encompass the complicated domain of the emotion. The Conservative MP Robert Buckland, who is the principal Parliamentary campaigner for a law that would criminalise the emotional abuse of children, claims that without such legislation “the wicked stepmother of Cinderella” gets “away scot-free”. However, once the emotional behaviour of parents becomes a target for policing, every mother and father is at risk of being labelled an abuser.The call for the Cinderella Law represents the latest phase of a campaign to continually expand the range of parental behaviour that can be condemned as abusive. These days, parents who smoke or drink alcohol in front of children risk being characterised as child-abusers. Opponents of the tradition of male circumcision condemn Jewish and Muslim parents as abusers of children. Health activists denounce parents of overweight children for the same offence. Mothers and fathers who educate their children to embrace the family’s religion have been characterised as child abusers by anti-faith campaigners. Precisely because the abuse of children is regarded as such a terrible crime, advocates of a variety of different causes frame their campaign in the language of child protection.The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children offers a definition of emotional abuse that includes some very real and unambiguous acts of harm, such as “conveying to a child that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate”, but it also includes forms of behaviour that, depending on the context, may or may not be harmful to a child.For example, the NSPCC includes in its definition of emotional abuse the “making of fun” of what a child says or how they communicate. I am not sure what universe the NSPCC inhabits, but in the real world, the making fun of one another is the stuff of family life. When parents and children interact, they are likely to make jokes at each others’ expense.http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/the-cinderella-law-emotional-correctness-gone-mad-9231233.html
The transport sector which is beingoverseen by the LTFRB is the latest to take preemptive steps to protect itsstakeholders from this new viral infection. Operators of transport terminalswere directed to ensure the proper sanitation and cleanliness of theirfacilities as well as provide facemasks and disinfectants to passengers forfree. For its part, Vallacar Transit,operator of Ceres buses, confirmed having disseminated the LTFRB order to itsdrivers and conductors. Non-compliance would be a violation oftheir jeepney franchises, explained Parcon. It seems to start with a fever,followed by a dry cough and then, after a week, leads to shortness of breath. In Memorandum Circular 2020-005, LTFRBrequired the drivers and conductors “to properly wear facemasks at all timeswhile on duty, and for all franchise holders to ensure their compliance.” But even prior to LTFRB’s order, saidJade Seballos, the legal and media relations officer of Vallacar Transit, theywere already orienting their people about the importance of personal hygiene,especially hand washing. FAITH IN THE TIME OF A VIRUS OUTBREAK. Masked devotees of Nuestra Señora dela Candelaria (Our Lady of Candles) light candles at the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral in Jaro, Iloilo City. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Coronaviruses are common, andtypically cause mild respiratory conditions, such as a cough or runny nose. ILOILO City – Public utility vehicledrivers and conductors here have been ordered to wear facemasks by the LandTransportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) as the government stepsup precautionary measures to deter a possible spread of the novel coronavirus(2019-nCoV). Meanwhile, the Iloilo City Alliance ofOperators and Drivers Transport Cooperative (ICAODTC) had a meeting over theweekend with member drivers, operators and public assistant officers(conductors) about the LTFRB order. All drivers and public utility vehicleoperators must comply with the LTFRB order or they would be meted withsanctions, according to Raymundo Parcon, president of the Iloilo City LoopAlliance of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association (ICLAJODA). The company would be distributing handsanitizers to its drivers although it is having a hard time procuring a bigvolume of facemasks, added Seballos. Avoiding eating raw or undercookedanimal products is also advised. But some are more serious – such asthe deadly SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and Middle East RespiratorySyndrome (Mers). Seballos also assured the ridingpublic that Vallar Transit is fastidious about the cleanliness of their Ceresbuses. But in more severe cases, infectioncan cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and evendeath. People are advised to avoid closecontact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections; wash handsregularly, especially after direct contact with ill people or theirenvironment; and avoid unprotected contact with farm or wild animals. This current outbreak – known as novelcoronavirus (nCoV) – is a new strain that has not been previously identified inhumans. “Bisanmagasto sa part namon, para man ini sa amon safety,” said Parcon. ICAODTC board secretary Rizal Alidosaid they were all cooperative. Most victims have been elderly people,suffering from other chronic diseases. The World Health Organization isadvising people in affected areas to follow standard procedures to reduce thechance of catching the virus. They include hand and respiratory hygiene as wellas safe food practices. He will also be distributingfacemasks, said Parcon, and would further direct drivers to bring with themdisinfectants (alcohol or hand sanitizers). Parcon would be calling for a meetingtoday with ICLAJODA chapter presidents and discuss the LTFRB order. Theassociation has around 3,000 members. Those with symptoms of coronavirusshould practice “cough etiquette”, including maintaining distance, coveringcoughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or the inside of an elbow, andwashing hands. (With a report from theBBC/PN)
Mumbai, Apr 19 (PTI) Century-old iconic British supercar brand Aston Martin today launched a souped up version of its four-door sports car Rapide at Rs 3.29 crore (ex-showroom Thane).The new 2016 Aston Martin Rapide will be sold through Performance Cars, a division of Infinity Cars, Aston Martin said in a release.”The new 6-litre Rapide offers unprecedented power and comfort at an extremely attractive price. India has been a market of strategic importance for Aston Martin,” said Neil Slade, General Manager, Aston Martin.Powered by a V12 engine, the four-door Rapide can propel from 0-100 kmph in just 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 306 kmph.The existing Aston Martin Rapide is the highest selling four-door sports car in the country accounting for over 50 per cent of the Aston Martin cars sold here, he said.Founded way back in 1914, Aston Martin has created some of the worlds most iconic sports cars such as the DB5, famously associated with James Bond, to modern classics such as the Vantage, DB9, DBS and the four-door Rapide. PTI BEN NP ABM