Government to bring in ‘self-assessment’ for business rates

first_imgThe 400-year old £26 billion business rates system is about to be turned on its head for the UK two million business premises owners, according to property consultancy Colliers.It says that following consultations on how to improve the creaking and out-dated system, the government favours a self-assessment system akin to the ‘tax return’ one used for income tax.Business rates for the UK’s 15,000 or more estate agency branches are based on rental valuations calculated every five years and, many agent owners often complain, are wildly inaccurate.In response to this the government launched a ‘Business rates: delivering more frequent revaluations’consultation in March last year.If Colliers’ prediction is true, a self-assessment style system will turn a 400-year-old tax regime on its head, although Colliers notes that it will place ‘the burden of red tape on to the ratepayer to make a correct assessment or face significant penalties’.“The official line is that the Government is looking at all the options,” says John Webber, Head of Rating, Colliers International (pictured).“However, my sources have confirmed that the ‘Big Four’ accountancy firms have been consulted on how to make self-assessment work and what lessons could be learned from personal taxation.“I now understand the Government favours self-assessment not only as a way of delivering more frequent revaluations, but also as a quick-fire method of cutting the backlog of over 300,000 business rates appeals.“We are calling on the Government to delay no longer. Ratepayers – many of whom are about to experience rates’ increases not seen for a generation – should not be used as a political football.”business rates colliers international January 30, 2017Nigel 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Government to bring in ‘self-assessment’ for business rates previous nextRegulation & LawGovernment to bring in ‘self-assessment’ for business ratesDecision will turn 400 years of history on its head and radically change £26 billion tax30th January 201701,611 Viewslast_img read more

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HMAS Sirius Replenishes Ballarat at Sea in the Pitch Dark

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Sirius Replenishes Ballarat at Sea in the Pitch Dark View post tag: Navy August 13, 2013 View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Night View post tag: dark View post tag: fuelling View post tag: Mastex View post tag: Sirius View post tag: Naval “Distance two cables, bearing seven degrees,” reported HMAS Ballarat’s Navigating Office, Lieutenant Tom Geraghty to his Commanding Officer, Commander Matthew Doornbos.“140 feet displaced sir,” he said, as Ballarat made her final approach on HMAS Sirius to conduct a replenishment at sea operation (RAS), 120 nautical miles south-east of Cairns, early on the morning of 12 August.Sirius started pumping fuel to Ballarat at 0540, providing a top up for Ballarat’s transit north.Ballarat’s crew closed up at 0430 to make last minute preparations for the RAS, carefully running out lines and preparing the fuelling point.It was a very new experience for Seaman Communications and Information Systems sailor, Tim Jensen and Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems sailor Robert Ayre. “This is my first night RAS,” SMN Jensen said. “We have previously conducted a RAS during work-ups, but meeting up with another ship in the middle of the ocean in the pitch dark is a whole different ball game.”The night RAS presented an interesting challenge for Able Seaman Electronics Technician Ben Allot. “It was hard work. Setting up in the dark and watching the sun rise as we conducted the RAS was an amazing sight!” he said.Ballarat completed the RAS just before 0700 and broke away from Sirius with a turn to starboard, after a very successful evolution.Ballarat is currently on a three month deployment to South East Asia and Operation Resolute.During this trip Ballarat will visit ports in Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia, and will participate in the bilateral Exercise MASTEX with the Royal Malaysian Navy.[mappress]Press Release, August 13, 2013; Image: Royal Australian Navycenter_img View post tag: Exercise Share this article View post tag: HMAS HMAS Sirius Replenishes Ballarat at Sea in the Pitch Dark View post tag: sea Training & Education View post tag: Defense View post tag: Replenishes View post tag: pitch View post tag: Ballaratlast_img read more

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CNIC, USFF Conduct Annual Hurricane Preparedness Exercise

first_img View post tag: Naval The purpose of HURREX/Citadel Gale 2014 is to prepare the Navy to respond to weather threats to U.S. coastal regions, and to maintain the ability to deploy forces even under the most adverse weather conditions. Tropical storms have the potential to cause great damage to areas they pass over, and the Navy prepares every year to mitigate that damage. “HURREX/Citadel Gale 2014 provides Navy regions and installations the opportunity to exercise and assess their ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from the threats from severe weather events, in this case we’re exercising our response to a large category hurricane event,” said Cmdr. Neil T. Smith, executive officer of Fleet Weather Center Norfolk.This year’s exercise will consist of two simulated tropical cyclones that will develop and intensify to hurricane strength, and will threaten the Eastern Coast of the U.S., the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean coastal regions. The exercise requires a great deal of coordination. USFF and CNIC work closely with the Fleet Weather Center, Military Sealift Command, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, U.S. Northern Command, Marine Forces Command, Marine Forces North, Army North and Federal Emergency Management Agency. “As we’ve seen in recent history, large scale weather events can cover enormous areas and impact huge population centers, so training opportunities like this are vital to an effective response plan,” said Smith. “But more importantly it allows us to work with a number of other agencies and to develop relationships with our counterparts in city, state, federal and non-governmental organizations (NGO).”The exercise includes all Atlantic-based ships, submarines and aircraft. All ship movements during the exercise are simulated.HURREX 14 will include accounting for Sailors and their families through the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS). NFAAS also allows leaders to identify medical, housing, transportation, counseling, and other disaster-related needs.The destruction and devastation caused by storms such as Hurricanes Sandy, Irene, and Katrina reinforce the need for proper training and preparedness prior to the threat of a real world natural disaster. There were 13 named storms in 2013, and with the onset of the Atlantic hurricane season June 1, 2014, the Navy remains committed to the safety, security, and wellbeing of its Sailors, civilians, and their family members.[mappress]Press Release, May 5, 2014; Image: US Navy Training & Education View post tag: conduct CNIC, USFF Conduct Annual Hurricane Preparedness Exercise View post tag: Preparedness View post tag: Hurricane Back to overview,Home naval-today CNIC, USFF Conduct Annual Hurricane Preparedness Exercise View post tag: Annual View post tag: Navy View post tag: USFF The U.S. Navy’s Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) and U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) are jointly conducting the annual hurricane preparedness exercise, HURREX/Citadel Gale 2014, from May 5 – 15 in preparation for the upcoming Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean area hurricane season. May 5, 2014 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Exercise View post tag: CNIC Share this articlelast_img read more

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Man suspected of numerous burglaries arrested, stolen items recovered

first_imgEvansville Police have made an arrest in a string of home burglaries. Police believe the suspect, Destin Svestka, committed as many as 28 burglaries in recent weeks. The crimes happened on the east and northeast sides of Evansville.Svestka was identified by a relative who caught him burglarizing her home. Based on the details of that burglary, police developed Svestka as a potential suspect in numerous other cases.Svestka had an active warrant for his arrest and officer began trying to locate him. Based on a tip, police determined Svestka was at a home on E Morgan Ave. Svestka tried to run from the house as officers arrived, but was unable to do so. He went back into the residence and attempted to hide.He was apprehended inside the home by a Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s K-9 team. Police located items stolen in several of the burglaries at the home on Morgan and another home on Old Boonville Hwy.Svestka is facing numerous charges including Bur glary, Resisting Law Enforcement, and a Parole Violation.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Would You Know If Some of Your Medicine Was Missing?

first_imgIf you have a medical emergency please call 9-1-1More InformationRecovery Centers and Support Groups | Support for Parents and Families | For Young Adults/College Students |Recovery Centers and Support Groups:NJ Narcotics AnonymousNJ Narcotics Anonymous allows for peer-to-peer support and interaction between those that are in recovery. This link provides the ability to search for Narcotics Anonymous meetings coming up near you via a ZIP code search.County Alcohol and Drug DirectorsThe County Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Authority is the agency or individual designated by the County Board of Chosen Freeholders to plan, develop and establish alcoholism and drug abuse programs for county residents. On this site, the contact information for each county’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Director is provided along with the Mental Health Administrators.Recovery and Self Help CentersThis list provides information and contacts of Recovery Centers for each county in the state.NJ Substance Abuse Treatment DirectoryThe Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services provides a county-by-county directory on Addiction Service Treatment facilities. These facilities are licensed agencies only that provide substance abuse treatment.City of AngelsCity of Angels NJ, Inc. (COA) understands and compassionately provide a full range of services to assist and support individuals and their families for the continuum. From interventions, referrals to treatment, support groups, and recovery coach support at no charge regardless of insurance status. COA performs community outreach by providing assemblies at schools and events to educate the public and professional sectors not only about addiction, but also about the healthy lifestyle of recovery. Visit this site to see the full range of services, events and Recovery Coach Academy. Support for Parents and Families:Al-Anon Family SupportAl-Anon is a family support group of health care professionals who treat families of alcoholics. Through this fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics, experiences are shared, strength and hope are provided in order to solve their challenging problems. This service is to specifically help families of alcoholics, guiding families through the Twelve Steps.Nar-Anon of New JerseyThe Family Group is primarily for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of someone very near to them. Their program, which is not a religious one but a spiritual way of life, is based on the 12 suggested steps of Nar-Anon. Nar-Anon has found that the working of these steps will bring the solution to practically any problem. Meetings are held in New Jersey seven days a week.Parent-To-ParentParent-To-Parent offers strength, hope, guidance, empowerment, and resources for families and children suffering the ravaging effects of drug and alcohol addiction. The purpose is to provide quality and affordable services so that no one person is denied recovery.National Institute of Health – What Is AddictionThe National Institute of Health (NIH) provides an overview of addiction and the impacts it can have on one’s health. NIH outlines reasons why a person might be susceptible to addiction and offers guidance on how one can prevent or cure an addiction.   National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Enforcement – How to Recognize a Drug OverdoseThe National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Enforcement (NCADD) provides insight on how one should approach a situation where a friend or loved one is overdosing. They detail the symptoms involved in an overdose and list the step by step instructions one should follow if they encounter someone who is overdosing, such as whether or not contact emergency services.For Parents, What to Look ForThis site displays general information on warning signs of drug abuse, from the physical and health signs to behavioral signs of potential drug abuse. This is good assistance for parents who need help in what to look for in their children and to see potential early warning signs.Get Smart About DrugsGet Smart About Drugs is a DEA Resource for Parents, Educators, and Caregivers, informing people on the various dangers of opioid abuse and where it can lead. GSAD also provides video containing facts asbout drugs, the dangers of prescription drugs, as well as information on prevention.New Jersey Prevention NetworkThis site provides each Regional Coalition Contact for the NJPN which prioritizes substance abuse prevention, with four statewide priorities: 1. Underage drinking, 2. Illegal drug use/misuse, 3. Prescription drug abuse, and 4. New and emerging drugs.Naloxone/Narcan (Opioid Antidote) TrainingThe New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services provides an instructional video on Narcan for those looking to learn how to help overdose victims. The site also provides regional lists of training centers for those interested in becoming certified to use Narcan.For Young Adults/College Students:National Institute on Drug Abuse for TeensThis website is intended for teens to show the dangers and how drugs can affect the brain and body. Through various videos, interactive games, and blog posts the NIDA provides fun and easy ways to inform teens about the dangers of drugs.Young People in RecoveryYoung People in Recovery is a national organization that aims at changing public policy on the local and state levels to provide better access to services and recovery resources.Rutgers Recovery HousingRutgers Recovery Housing provides residence halls and housing options for college students in recovery. This 12 month housing option gives those in recovery easy access to on-campus health services, counseling, and other drug assistance services. It also provides a Recovery Counselor who advises students on academic and career support.last_img read more

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Miss America Visits Schools in Somers Point

first_imgStudents at Saint Joseph Regional School in Somers Point enjoy a presentation by Miss America Cara Mund Wednesday afternoon. By Maddy VitaleStudents at Saint Joseph Regional School in Somers Point had an exciting guest Wednesday afternoon. Miss America 2018 Cara Mund visited the school and spoke to students about their dreams and how to make them come true with hard work and determination.Mund, 23, who was Miss North Dakota before capturing the crown, told students that it took her four tries, but the most important thing was she never gave up. With her achievement came, travel, opportunities and mostly importantly, she said, scholarship money. “If you are afraid of failure you are never going to accomplish anything,” she told the students.  Miss America Cara Mund listens to a question from Tori Toner.She told the students, who waved flags they made with her photo on them, that she was told that she didn’t fit the mold to win Miss America. She was told to cut her hair, dye her hair, change the color of her gown, not to tell people what school she went to.Mund did not listen. Instead, she went for it and won the title, without changing herself into the person she was told she should be.“It took me four years to win. There is no set mold. You don’t ever have to change to get there,” Mund said.Mund, 23, whose platform is A Make-A-Wish Passion with Fashion, is an Ivy League Honors Graduate from Brown University with plans to go to law school. She told students that she enjoys going to visit children’s hospitals to try and brighten their days.  Students at Saint Joseph Regional School in Somers Point listen to Miss America talking about making your dreams come true Wednesday afternoon.“The legacy you leave is the impact you have made on others,” Miss America told the students.Then students had a chance to ask Miss America questions. Many students waved their hands in hopes that they would be selected.One student asked Mund who her role model was growing up. “My mom,” she said.Another student asked if she went to school with Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.Not only did she go to school with him, but told the students that in their yearbook, he was voted most likely to become a quarterback, and she was voted most likely to become Miss America. The children ahhed.Another student asked Mund her favorite sports. She said she likes dancing, figure skating and gymnastics.Miss America Cara Mund greets students at Saint Joseph Regional School in Somers Point.At the end of the presentation third grade teacher Sylvia Mary McFadden, founder of the Book Project, told Miss America that students in third to sixth grade had a special surprise for her.She presented Mund with a book and explained that each year the children in the Book Project make a book for charity and wanted to give her a copy. Mund thanked the students and with a big smile, posed with the students holding her gift.She left the children with one final thought.“I always wanted to be Miss North Dakota, but I never thought I’d be Miss America,” Mund told the students. “The sky is the limit for you.” Earlier in the day Mund visited with the students at Jordan Road Elementary School in Somers Point. Miss America 2018 Cara Mund enjoys a visit at Saint Joseph School in Somers Point Wednesday.last_img read more

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String Cheese Teams With Hot Rize, Plays Double Encore In Red Rocks Finale [Watch]

first_imgThe String Cheese Incident returned to the beautiful Red Rocks Amphitheatre last night, wrapping up a three night run with support from bluegrass idols, Hot Rize. Cheese not only welcomed Hot Rize to open the show, but the two bands collaborated in full for a four-song run to kick off the SCI show in style. The Sunday show truly got people on their feet, whether it was the collaboration or great jams on the band’s classic originals.Check out some excellent video highlights from the performance below, including a rocking cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Ramble On” as a second encore to end the show!On The Road Again w/ Hot Rize – courtesy of SCI:Rosie – courtesy of Matt Spady:Down The River / Round The Wheel (Encore 1) – courtesy of Matt Spady:Ramble On – courtesy of Matt Spady:The band’s full setlist can be seen below. After last night’s show, SCI will head to the Big Sky Brewing Company in Missoula, MT for two nights of music on Wednesday and Thursday of this week, July 20-21.Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO – 7/17/16S1: On the Road Again*, Land’s End*, Panama Red*, Nine Pound Hammer*, These Waves > Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance, Falling Through the Cracks, Rhum ‘n’ Zouc > CollidingS2: Rosie, Turn This Around > Breathe > Turn This Around, Windy Mountain, Stop Drop Roll, Love Is Like a Train, Joyful Sound > RumbleE: Down a River, Round the WheelE2: Ramble On* w/ Hot Rizelast_img read more

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Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Sets The Pageant Ablaze Over 2-Night Run [Photos]

first_imgPhoto: Daniel Ojeda Photo: Daniel Ojeda Load remaining images Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | The Pageant | St. Louis, MO | 2/16/19 | Photos: Daniel Ojeda On Friday and Saturday, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead treated The Pageant in St. Louis, MO to a two-night run chock-full of their creative and crafty takes on Grateful Dead tunes and much more.On Friday, Joe Russo and his compadres opened their show with a jam before moving into Jerry Garcia’s “Cats Under The Stars”. The five-piece then worked through a take on Bob Weir’s “Gonesville” off of his 2016 Blue Mountain solo release. Moving out of “Gonesville”, the band picked up the pace with a ripping take on “Cumberland Blues”, which included teases of “Black Throated Wind” and “Cats Under The Stars”. JRAD continued with the upbeat tempo as they smoothly segued into “Viola Lee Blues”. A soul rendition of “Crazy Fingers” came next, before Joe Russo’s Almost Dead brought the first set to a close with an electric “Let It Grow”, which featured a special “Duo” jam between Joe Russo and Marco Benevento.Following a brief setbreak, JRAD opened up their second set with “Althea”, which was followed up by “I Need A Miracle”. Following “Ramble On Rose”, the JRAD boys jammed through the remainder of their set sans any pause, as they tore through “Jack Straw”, “Estimated Prophet”, and a set-closing take on “Tennessee Jed”. Friday night’s “Jed” contained a “Black Throated Wind” tease, as well as a jam on Duke Ellington’s “Take The A Train” initiated by Benevento. A cover of Three Dogs Night’s “Never Been To Spain” served as Friday night’s encore.On Saturday, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead opened their first set with “Man Smart, Woman Smarter”, with Joe Russo quickly settling into a hard-hitting groove behind the kit. An exploratory take on “Eyes Of The World” was next before Russo and company moved forward with “The Wheel” and “Uncle John’s Band”. A smoking hot segue of “China Cat Sunflower” into “I Know You Rider” brought Saturday’s first set to a close.JRAD opened up their second set with “Easy Wind” before working through “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo”. “Mississippi Hal-Step” eventually made way for a larger-than-life rendition of “Terrapin Station”, which was followed up by “The Other One”. “Morning Dew” brought the five-song second set to a halt. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead delivered a two-song encore on Saturday with “Brokedown Palace” and “Not Fade Away”.Tonight, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead is closing out their weekend run with a show at Madison, WI’s The Sylvee.For ticketing information and a full list of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | The Pageant | St. Louis, MO | 2/15/19Set One: Jam -> Cats Under The Stars -> Gonesville -> Cumberland Blues @ > Viola Lee Blues, Crazy Fingers > Let It Grow #Set Two: Althea, I Need A Miracle > Ramble On Rose $, Jack Straw % -> Estimated Prophet > Tennessee Jed ^Encore: Never Been To [email protected] – With a Black Throated Wind Tease (SM) and a Cats Under The Stars Tease (TH)# – With a Duo Jam$ – With a I Need A Miracle Tease (TH)% – With a Black Throated Wind Tease (MB)^ – With a Black Throated Wind Tease (SM), a “Take The A Train” (Duke Ellington) Jam (MB) and a Marco SoloSetlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | The Pageant | St. Louis, MO | 2/16/19Set One: Man Smart, Woman Smarter, Eyes of the World, The Wheel, Uncle John’s Band, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You RiderSet Two: Easy Wind, Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, Terrapin Station, The Other One, Morning DewEncore: Brokedown Palace, Not Fade Away Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | The Pageant | St. Louis, MO | 2/15/19 | Photos: Daniel Ojedacenter_img Load remaining images Photo: Daniel Ojeda Photo: Daniel Ojedalast_img read more

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Calvert Ward Watkins

first_imgCalvert Watkins, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Linguistics and the Classics, Emeritus, died in Los Angeles on March 20, 2013, a week after his eightieth birthday. At the time of his death he was Distinguished Professor in Residence of the Department of Classics and the Program in Indo-European Studies at UCLA, where he continued his scholarly career after retiring from Harvard in 2003.Cal Watkins started out as a prodigy and always remained one. After finding that he liked Latin and Greek in school, he decided at fifteen to become an Indo-Europeanist, delving into Sanskrit, Avestan, Hittite, Old Irish, and the other early languages of the Indo- European family. It was an unusual turn for an American teenager, but languages came easily to Cal. Once, when he changed schools and had to catch up in French, the transition was smoothed by his being taken to see French movies, making sure he always got seated behind a lady in a fancy hat so he would be unable to see the subtitles. As a Harvard undergraduate, he concentrated in Linguistics and the Classics, graduating summa cum laude in 1954 with a thesis on a dialect of ancient Gaulish. His graduate career, likewise at Harvard, was spent partly in the Society of Fellows and partly abroad in Paris, Dublin, and Cracow. He received his Ph.D. in Linguistics in 1959 and, after an accelerated rise through the junior ranks, found himself, at the age of twenty-nine, Associate Professor of Linguistics and the Classics. This made him, a year later, Chairman and the only tenured member of the Department of Linguistics.The Linguistics Department grew rapidly under Cal’s leadership, and still bears his mark strongly. The sixties and seventies were the period of his greatest productivity as a linguist, with brilliant books on the history of the Celtic verb and on the verb in Proto-Indo- European, as well as seminal articles on language-particular problems and general topics such as the methodology of syntactic reconstruction. Not much of this output is accessible to a general audience. A striking exception, however, is his contribution to the American Heritage Dictionary, the first edition of which contained a Watkins-edited “Appendix of Indo-European Roots” and two essays on the Indo-Europeans and the Indo-European heritage of English. The blend of clarity, authority, and elegance in these little pieces epitomizes what made Cal’s scholarship so compelling. His role models were mostly French or French-trained; he was particularly attached to his former teachers Émile Benveniste and Jerzy Kuryłowicz, both academic “grandchildren” of Ferdinand de Saussure. In what was still disproportionately a German field, he preferred the broad, culturally embedded French way of doing linguistics to the prevailing Teutonic heaviness, which he made it his business to combat.As his career advanced, Cal’s work tended to focus less on individual grammatical facts and increasingly on poetics and the reconstruction of poetic language. On top of his immense learning, he seemed never to forget anything he had ever read in any text in any language, so that when he looked at, say, a newly published text in Hittite, he would come upon a passage that reminded him of something he had seen in Greek, Vedic Sanskrit, or Old Irish thirty years earlier. The parallel might be in some detail of phrasing, or some twist in a narrative, or some seemingly meaningless step in the description of a ritual. His magnum opus in this domain, organized around the theme of the Indo-European dragon-slaying myth, was the magisterial How to Kill a Dragon in Indo-European: Aspects of Indo-European Poetics, which won the 1998 Goodwin Prize from the American Philological Association. Over his long scholarly lifetime he was the recipient of countless other honors as well, including the presidency of his “other” professional society, the Linguistic Society of America.Cal was an inspirational teacher. Class time was not for imparting cut and dried factual knowledge, which was something books could do after hours. Classes for Cal were an occasion for object lessons in how knowledge could be used to generate more knowledge. What he most enjoyed was to demonstrate to a roomful of students, with immense flair, how a word, phrase, or motif in one Indo-European cultural tradition was historically the same, after secondary developments were stripped away, as a word, phrase, or motif in another. Those on the receiving end of this kind of teaching not only got invaluable training in how to build an argument, but also acquired an almost esthetic sense of what kinds of problems were worth working on and what kinds of solutions were worth looking for. Today Cal’s students, and the students of his students, are to be found in classics and linguistics departments everywhere, and dominate every aspect of Indo-European studies in the United States.Outside the classroom too, Cal was larger than life. Although mostly raised in New York, he was proud of his Texas roots, and carefully cultivated his hint of a Texas drawl. His love of good times — good food, good drink, good friends — was legendary. So was his sense of humor; one of the ways a student or junior colleague got to feel at ease with the redoubtable Professor Watkins was by making a remark that he found funny, or, better, that made him crack up, as happened rather often. The annual “Dead-of-Winter” parties at the Watkins home on Locke Street in Cambridge were for many years a treasured institution at which a huge circle of friends, relatives, colleagues, and students joined in conviviality around a table that, in addition to other refreshments, invariably included a large pot of black-eyed peas, prepared by the master’s own hand. Although he had recently gone through a period of poor health, Cal’s death came as a shock, leaving a void that for the many whose lives he touched can never be filled. He is survived by his wife of thirty-two years, the eminent Sanskritist Stephanie Jamison, four children, Cynthia Watkins, David Cushman, Catherine Cushman, and Nicholas Watkins, and eight grandchildren.Respectfully submitted,Kathleen M. ColemanJoseph C. HarrisRichard F. ThomasJay H. Jasanoff, Chairlast_img read more

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London’s The Scottsboro Boys Sets West End Closing Date

first_imgFresh off the news that it picked up the London Evening Standard Award for Best Musical, the West End production of The Scottsboro Boys has set its closing date. Kander and Ebb’s tuner will end its run at the Garrick Theatre on February 21, 2015. Directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, the show officially opened on October 20.The musical is based on the notorious “Scottsboro” case of the 1930s, in which nine African-American men were unjustly accused of attacking two white women on a train in Alabama. The young men were convicted by an all-white jury and spent years in jail while the case was tried and retried.The Scottsboro Boys first played off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre and the Guthrie Theatre prior to opening on Broadway in 2010, earning 12 Tony nominations, including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical. The tuner received its London premiere at the Young Vic in 2013 before transferring to the West End.The production currently stars Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon, who originated the role of Haywood Patterson in the first US production of The Scottsboro Boys, along with Joshua Da Costa, Colman Domingo, Julian Glover, Dawn Hope and Emanuel Kojo. View Comments Star Filescenter_img Brandon Victor Dixonlast_img read more

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