Known, new and proably snow petrel breeding locations in the Ross Dependency and Marie Byrd Land

first_imgSnow Petrels (Pagodroma nivea) breed circurnpolarly in Antarctica. Watson et al. (1971), Harper et al. (1984) and Marchant & Higgins (1990) list breeding sites in the Ross Dependency (160°E-150°W) and also in the unclaimed region of Antarctica (150°W-80°W), which comprises Marie Byrd Land and Ellsworth Highland. Much of the literature on Snow Petrels mentions that their nests are inaccessible on vertical cliffs (Kinsky 1965, Cowan 1981, Harper et al. 1984, Broady et al. 1989) and so are almost impossible to count accurately. The birds usually nest in holes and on ledges on exposed, snow-free cliff faces, although some nests have also been found on gentle slopes below (Strandtman 1978, Broady et al. 1989). Many more expeditions, predominantly geological, have been made to Northern Victoria Land in the Ross Dependency than to Marie Byrd Land, where only five expeditions with accompanying biologists have been made (Siple 1938, Perkins 1945, Rudolph 1967, Strandtman 1978, Broady et al. 1989). Consequently more Snow Petrel breeding sites are recorded for Victoria Land than for Marie Byrd Land. However, the literature reveals that there are sometimes uncertainties in the criteria used to assign breeding site status. The science, necessarily limited to broad-scale observation and collecting because of remoteness, logistics involved, and bad weather in the case of far-ranging deep field parties, suits many geological and botanical expeditions but hampers precise ornithological observations. Many expedition reports mention flocks (small (15 and large > 15 birds) of Snow Petrels near rock outcrops, but this is not strong evidence of breeding. In our updated list of breeding sites we have used the following criteria: (a) birds settling on ledges and disappearing inside cracks on steep cliff faces and birds flying off these ledges, (b) streaks of guano below these ledges, (c) presence of nearby nesting skuas with regurgitated Snow Petrel bones and feathers as evidence of feeding, and (d) the presence of large flocks of birds constantly wheeling around the same rock outcrop. Prolonged observation with binoculars of suspected nests in cliffs is desirable but largely impossible during wide-ranging trips. We have tried to use all the above criteria but for some colonies have had to use a minimum of two because of incomplete data in the literature. We regard several colonies listed by Harper et al. (1984) and Marchant & Higgins (1990) as needing confiiation because they do not satisfy these criteria. Figure 1 gives the locations of the main areas, and Table 1 is a list of Snow Petrel colonies in the region 160°E-80°W, together with locations for nine new colonies. As far as possible nest numbers are given but these, except for those on gentle slopes, should be regarded as estimates.last_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 1/3

first_img Brad James Written by Tags: Roundup January 3, 2020 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 1/3 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys BasketballRegion 14MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Treyson Langford posted 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists as the Juab Wasps pummeled North Sanpete 73-49 Friday in Region 14 boys basketball action. Zac Cowan added 13 points and 5 rebounds and Kai Taylor stepped up with 12 points and 7 rebounds on 6-9 from the field for the Wasps, who shot 52.7 percent from the field in improving to 4-6 on the season and 1-0 in Region 14 play.Landon Bowles had 11 points and 5 rebounds in the loss for the Hawks who fell to 5-7 and 2-2 in Region 14 play.LINDON, Utah-Derek Smith netted 37 points and 6 3-pointers as the Delta Rabbits beted Maeser Prep 65-55 in Region 14 boys basketball action Friday. Carson Bailey’s 15 points led the Lions in defeat.ROOSEVELT, Utah-Grady Thompson led the way with 19 points and the Manti Templars crushed Union 65-32 Friday in Region 14 boys basketball action. Jaden Gardner had 9 points for the Cougars in the loss.Non-RegionMT. PLEASANT, Utah-Richie Saunders amassed 17 points and 7 rebounds as the Wasatch Academy Tigers smacked the Roman Catholic (Pa.) Cahillites 72-52 in non-region boys basketball action Friday.ALTAMONT, Utah-Ky Brown’s 13 points led the Beaver Beavers to a 63-29 rout of Altamont Friday in non-region boys basketball action. Cordale Taylor had 8 points in the loss for the Longhorns.ST. GEORGE, Utah-Josh Thalman scored 26 points, including two 4-point plays as the Richfield Wildcats overpowered the Desert Hills Thunder 56-49 Friday in non-region boys basketball action. Morgan Albrecht added 11 points for the Wildcats in his first game back from a knee injury. Keegan Munson scored 14 points in the loss for the Thunder.Girls BasketballRegion 14DELTA, Utah-Jadee Dutson led the way with 12 points and the Delta Rabbits clobbered Maeser Prep 57-21 Friday in Region 14 girls basketball action at the Palladium. Emma Nelson and Kelsey Ortega had 8 points apiece for the Lions in defeat.NEPHI, Utah-Megan Robins netted 17 points and the Juab Wasps pounded North Sanpete 57-31 in Region 14 girls basketball action Friday. Eryn Briggs led the Hawks in the loss with 16 points and 5 rebounds.MANTI, Utah-Katie Larsen posted 9 points and 3 rebounds and the Manti Templars edged Union 40-37 Friday in Region 14 girls basketball action. Sammy Taylor had 11 points for the Cougars in the loss.Region 20BICKNELL, Utah-Hannah Williams stepped up with 14 points and the Wayne Badgers edged Bryce Valley 31-27  Friday in Region 20 girls basketball action. Brooklyn Syrett had 7 points in defeat for the Mustangs.ORDERVILLE, Utah-Esther Cox led the way with 16 points as the Valley Buffaloes got past Milford 48-45 in Region 20 girls basketball action Friday. Jaycee Rose had 12 points for the Tigers in defeat.PANGUITCH, Utah-Kassidy Westwood amassed 21 points and the Piute Thunderbirds surged past Panguitch 48-40 Friday in Region 20 girls basketball action. Mataya Barney led the Bobcats in the loss with 13 points.ESCALANTE, Utah-Melissa Jessop netted 28 points as the Water Canyon Wildcats smoked Escalante 54-40 in Region 20 girls basketball action Friday. Kenzie Lyman led the Moquis in the loss with 17 points.Non-RegionGRANTSVILLE, Utah-Jarica Steck and Passion Reitz had 13 points apiece and the Richfield Wildcats stonewalled Grantsville 50-38 Friday in non-region girls basketball action. Maison White’s game-high 22 points led Grantsville in defeat.GUNNISON, Utah-Avery Brown led the way with 17 points and the Beaver Beavers stymied Gunnison Valley 39-21 Friday in non-region girls basketball action. Kaylee Dyreng had 10 points to lead the Bulldogs in the loss.SALINA, Utah-Kobree Penney netted 20 points and the Millard Eagles humbled North Sevier 62-47 in non-region girls basketball action Friday. Brinley Mason had 13 points in defeat for the Wolves.last_img read more

Currell opens in Hackney Wick Fish Island

first_imgLondon-based residential and commercial agency Currell opened a new Hackney Wick Fish Island (HWFI) office in November. The office is centrally located in Hackney Wick at 61-63 Wallis Road, within the London Legacy Development Corporation area.In addition to selling and letting properties within Hackney Wick and Fish Island, the Currell HWFI office will also serve surrounding areas such as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP), Stratford and Leyton.The HWFI area, which lies directly to the west of the Olympic Park, is undergoing a metamorphosis into a vibrant mixed use neighbourhood; ex-industrial buildings and sites are being transformed into new homes and workspaces. It is predicted that by 2025, there will be over 5,000 new homes.Currell is the first established agent to open an office in the area. Group CEO Anne Currell said, “Our Hackney Wick Fish Island office is a natural extension of our very strong position in East London. In the nineties Hackney Wick and Fish Island had the largest number of artists’ studios in Europe, sitting alongside industrial buildings.“I have lived in Hackney for over 30 years and have a passion for art, so we want to be part of the story of Hackney Wick and Fish Island; to see new homes created whilst retaining the artistic fabric of the area.”Hackney Wick Fish Island HWFI Currell January 16, 2018The NegotiatorWhat’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 » Agencies & People » Currell opens in Hackney Wick Fish Island previous nextAgencies & PeopleCurrell opens in Hackney Wick Fish IslandThe Negotiator16th January 201801,195 Viewslast_img read more

Purplebricks launches in Canada but with directly-employed agents

first_imgPurplebricks has launched in Canada despite saying it would not be introducing its brand to the country following the purchase of local hybrid agency DuProprio in July last year for £29.3 million.But DuProprio’s Chief Operating officer Lukas Lhotsky appeared on Canadian TV over the weekend dressed in a purple branded shirt (see above) and was subtitled as its in-country CEO.During his interview with Canada’s CityNews TV channel, Lhotsky made familiar claims that Purplebricks would save vendors ‘tens of thousands’ of dollars via a flat upfront fee of $800 for a listing on Canada’s Rightmove equivalent includes taking photos and help with pricing, although it charges an extra $400 for viewings and $1,900 for a negotiation service.In Canada vendors traditionally pay a commission of 5% on the sale of a property.Flat feeLhotsky took the camera crew on a tour of Purplebricks’ new offices in Toronto and revealed that, unlike in the UK, its agents would be directly employed and be paid a flat fee for each sale achieved.The TV show also claimed that Purplebricks agents in Canada are expected to sell 280 homes a year.But it was also revealed that Purplebricks has been operating for some months under the radar; one property vendor interviewed said she has already sold two homes via the business.The site is live and it says the business covers four key Canadian provinces; Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba and British Columbia, offering vendors a $2,000 cash-back if they sign up to use its service. purpelbricks Lukas Lhotsky canada January 21, 2019Nigel 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 » Agencies & People » Purplebricks launches in Canada but with directly-employed agents previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks launches in Canada but with directly-employed agentsDespite initially saying it wouldn’t, Purplebricks has launched its brand in Canada although without the usual City investor update.Nigel Lewis21st January 201902,398 Viewslast_img read more

Preservation Hall Jazz Band Announces New Album, Shares First Track [Listen]

first_imgPreservation Hall Jazz Band have announced the release of their new album, So It Is, due out April 21 via Legacy Recordings. The record will mark the septet’s second release and will feature all-new original music, inspired by their 2015 life-changing trip to Cuba.Bandleader/composer/bassist Ben Jaffe details the influence in this statement, “In Cuba, all of a sudden we were face to face with our musical counterparts. There’s been a connection between Cuba and New Orleans since day one – we’re family. A gigantic light bulb went off and we realized that New Orleans music is not just a thing by itself; it’s part of something much bigger. It was almost like having a religious epiphany.”The music on So It Is, penned largely by Jaffe and 84 year-old saxophonist Charlie Gabriel in collaboration with the entire PHJB, stirs together that variety of influences like classic New Orleans cuisine. Longtime members Jaffe, Gabriel, Clint Maedgen and Ronell Johnson have been joined over the past 18 months by Walter Harris, Branden Lewis and Kyle Roussel, and the new blood has hastened the journey into new musical territory.Inspired by that journey and reinvigorated by the post-Katrina rebuilding of their beloved home city, PHJB are redefining what New Orleans music means in 2017 by tapping into a sonic continuum that stretches back to the city’s Afro-Cuban roots, through its common ancestry with the Afrobeat of Fela Kuti and the Fire Music of Pharoah Sanders and John Coltrane, and forward to cutting-edge artists with whom the PHJB have shared festival stages from Coachella to Newport, including legends like Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello and the Grateful Dead and modern giants like My Morning Jacket, Arcade Fire and the Black Keys.You can listen to the new track for free right here.So It Is Tracklist:1. So It Is2. Santiago3. Innocence4. La Malanga5. Convergence6. One Hundred Fires7. MadPreservation Hall Jazz Band Tour Dates:4/13 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern4/14 – Indio, CA – Coachella Music Festival4/17 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre4/18 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater4/21 – Indio, CA – Coachella Music Festival4/23 – Asbury Park, NJ – Paramount Theatre4/25 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom5/7 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival6/9 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo6/30-7/2 – Rothbury, MI – Electric Forest8/5 – Kaslo, BC – Kaslo Jazz Festivallast_img read more

Flying Lotus Releases Sprawling, Guest-Filled New Album, ‘Flamagra’ [Listen]

first_imgFlying Lotus – Flamagra – Track Listing01 Heroes02 Post Requisite03 Heroes in a Half Shell04 More [ft. Anderson .Paak]05 Capillaries06 Burning Down the House [ft. George Clinton]07 Spontaneous [ft. Little Dragon]08 Takashi09 Pilgrim Side Eye10 All Spies11 Yellow Belly [ft. Tierra Whack]12 Black Balloons Reprise [ft. Denzel Curry]13 Fire Is Coming [ft. David Lynch]14 Inside Your Home15 Actually Virtual [ft. Shabazz Palaces]16 Andromeda17 Remind U18 Say Something19 Debbie Is Depressed20 Find Your Own Way Home21 The Climb [ft. Thundercat]22 Pygmy23 9 Carrots [ft. Toro Y Moi]24 FF425 Land Of Honey [ft. Solange]26 Thank U Malcolm27 Hot Oct.View Track Listing Enigmatic electronic/hip-hop producer Flying Lotus has officially released his new album Flamagra, his first LP since 2014’s Grammy-nominated You’re Dead! The 27-track Flamagra features an all-star cast of guest contributors including George Clinton, Anderson .Paak, Solange, Tierra Whack, Thundercat, Little Dragon, Toro Y Moi, Shabazz Places, Denzel Curry, and more.The new album features two songs, “Thank U Malcolm” and “Find Your Own Way Home”, that pay tribute to the late Mac Miller. As Flying Lotus noted in a statement along with the album’s announcement in April,This album has been a refuge for pain and trying to make the most out of that pain. Music can heal and in the wake of that tragedy it reminded me what I’m here to do. As we get older, we start to figure out what our purpose is and embrace it and I want to do good things with my work. I want it to be able to help people through tough times and inspire them to be creative. Related: Flying Lotus And Anderson .Paak Get Animated In Sci-Fi-Themed Video For “More” [Watch]The album also features an unusual collaboration with lauded filmmaker David Lynch on the apocalyptic “Fire Is Coming“. As FlyLo explained,I’d been working on stuff for the past five years, but it was always all over the place. I’d always had this thematic idea in mind—a lingering concept about fire, an eternal flame sitting on a hill. … Some people love it, some people hate it. Some people would go on dates there and some people would burn love letters in the fire. Then I went to this party and heard David Lynch saying the words that he wound up saying on the record. And I was like, ‘that’s it, we’re just going to go in that direction.You can listen to Flamagra in full below. For more information, head to Flying Lotus’ website here.Flying Lotus – Flamagra – Full Albumlast_img read more

Student actress or acting student?

first_imgAcademics and acting are not all that keep her busy. She is a peer advising fellow, a leader for the Franklin Fellowship, and an admissions tour guide.“I have been so happy at Harvard. Very few people get to come here. Very few people get to do this, and I just feel so blessed,” said LaLonde. “It really was the right choice.” It may seem hard to beat a school vacation spent summiting one of the world’s most famous peaks, but for not Ashley LaLonde. The Harvard sophomore, who climbed Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro two years ago, competed with a mountain of talent during last summer’s break from classes.After auditioning for shows on Broadway, the New York City native is ready to consider some hard choices, including the possibility of taking a break from her studies. But now she is thriving on Harvard’s academic challenges and reveling in its robust acting scene.Aurie Ceylon (from left), Marquis Johnson, Ashley LaLonde, and AJ Rafael dance to the synth-pop score of “Burn All Night.” Photo by Evgenia EliseevaLaLonde has appeared in two Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club productions, an A.R.T. Institute show, and last spring’s tango-infused “Arrabal” at the A.R.T. She was asked to play the show’s newscaster by the director, who remembered her from a callback in a Broadway show.Traditional chorus lines were nowhere to be found in “Burn All Night,” a show by actor-turned-playwright Andy Mientus. Much of the action unfolded at a 20-something hangout, a pulsing nightclub complete with an edgy, synth-pop sound courtesy of the Brooklyn-based band Teen Commandments. Though the show featured a young cast, its message about how to live and love in a world of challenges and uncertainty could resonate with audiences of any age.“It’s a show about a group of young people in a chaotic world that feels like it’s about to end, which is not far from our current reality,” said LaLonde, who played Kayla, one of the young millennials in the ensemble. “We are in a chaotic world. There are lots of problems. We sometimes choose to ignore them; sometimes we don’t. The show, which had some seating on the edges but also had much of the audience on the floor with the swirling cast, wasn’t a “fantasy world,” LaLonde said. “It’s the grungy truth.”Ironically, a life on Broadway was not an early goal for LaLonde, who grew up nearby. Instead, she dreamed of becoming a pediatrician until her senior year in high school, when she started going out for bigger auditions and realized that acting “could be a potential career path.” She briefly considered a school for musical theater, but realized she didn’t want to limit her options. “I wanted a school where the people would be passionate and kind, a school where I would feel intellectually challenged.”Ashley LaLonde ’20 and the cast of “Burn All Night” warm up before rehearsal. Photo by Evgenia EliseevaHer mother suggested applying to Harvard. LaLonde was skeptical until a trip to campus to meet with friends and see a student show changed her mind. “That visit was when I really saw myself here,” she recalled.At Harvard, LaLonde has made important connections both on and off the stage. The A.R.T. has opened doors for her professionally and personally, she said, introducing her to a range of interesting artists and professionals. Her Harvard time opened up new worlds, too.“I would say the majority of my friends are interested in other things, and that’s really wonderful because I get to hang around people who are completely different from myself and whose lives are very divergent from my own. My roommate and best friend is actually on the varsity soccer team, and she is studying medicine, and she’s from the West Coast.”last_img read more

On the road to a fossil fuel-free future

first_imgIn 2018, Harvard set a goal to eliminate the use of fossil fuels on its campus by 2050 and to achieve fossil fuel-neutrality by 2026.  To achieve this, the University made a commitment that all Harvard-owned vehicles will operate without fossil fuels.Taking a major step toward that goal, the University recently purchased four 100 percent electric buses and electric infrastructure. The new buses will replace four, similarly sized bio-diesel powered vehicles representing more than 30 percent of Harvard’s fleet.“We’re always looking for ways to improve the efficiency and sustainability of our fleet,” said John Nolan, managing director for Transportation Services. “This is a transformational project that can have a tremendously positive impact in the community and significantly move the needle towards a more sustainable future.”Each year, the fleet transports approximately 600,000 students across Harvard’s campus and the transition to electric is expected to lower greenhouse gas emissions by more than 220,000 pounds annually. Harmful air pollutants will also be reduced providing health benefits to local communities.“Motor vehicles are a large source of NOx emissions, which lead to fine particulate matter (PM) pollution in the atmosphere,” said Elsie Sunderland, Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Chemistry at Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “These emissions are especially a problem in dense urban areas with lots of traffic. Exposure to fine PM has been directly associated with premature mortality and a suite of other adverse health effects.“I am thrilled to see Harvard modeling the pathway to electric bus fleets to improve public health and address climate change as part of the broader commitment to be fossil fuel-free by 2050,” added Sunderland, who is also a professor of environmental science and engineering at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.“Harvard takes its responsibility of being a good neighbor seriously,” added David Harris, director of Transit & Fleet Management. “One of the great things about this project is that the buses will produce much less noise and operate far more smoothly as they navigate the densely populated streets of Cambridge and Allston.” Faculty and staff save resources while setting an example for health and wellness A decade on, a goal met; now, next targets Leaders of task force explain how they arrived at ambitious energy goals for campus Electric motors are exceptionally quiet, provide stronger acceleration, and require far less maintenance than traditional engines. Electric vehicles can convert more than 77 percent of their electric energy into power at the wheels while typical gas-powered vehicles convert less than 30 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.“Investing in electric buses will have a positive impact on the health of people on our campus and in the Cambridge and Boston area,” said Heather Henriksen, managing director of the Harvard Office for Sustainability. “Harvard hopes to be a catalyst for other universities, businesses, and cities by piloting the transition to electric buses which contributes social, health, and climate benefits while being cost effective. This project was a success thanks to the collaboration between Transportation and Parking, Financial Administration and the Office for Sustainability.”The project was supported with a Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) grant program, which is funding nearly 100 projects across the commonwealth to help electrify the transportation sector. In addition, a loan from the Harvard Green Revolving Fund, a $12 million revolving loan fund that provides up-front capital for projects that reduce Harvard’s environmental impact, will enable investment in the charging system infrastructure necessary to support the new vehicles.Each Proterra battery-electric transit bus is 35 feet long (similar in size to the current buses), has a seating capacity of 29, and runs on a 450 kWh battery. The new 800-volt system architecture allows vehicles to accept high-power DC fast-charging. The shuttles will be charged during off-peak overnight hours when demand for electricity is typically lower using 150 kW charging stations located at 28 Travis St. in Allston. The vehicles can be fully charged in about three hours.“Massachusetts is working to transform the state’s transportation system from a diesel-based system to an electric one and, in doing so, will help the state attain the aggressive emissions reduction goals set forth under the Global Warming Solutions Act,” said Martin Suuberg, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), the agency distributing the grants.Harvard also recently joined MassEVolves, an initiative that recognizes and supports the work of organizations in Massachusetts that use zero emission vehicles for their operations, employees, and communities. As a participant in MassEVolves, Harvard supports opportunities to secure cleaner air and a stronger economy across the state. To help achieve these goals, Harvard pledges to create and implement a Zero Emission Vehicles Action Plan, which will include steps such as replacing bio-diesel powered buses with 100 percent electric buses.Harvard has already incorporated electric power into many campus operations, from electric leaf blowers to service and operation vehicles. Commuters can also access dozens of electric vehicle charging stations across the campus in Cambridge and Allston. Sustainability celebration marks Harvard’s accomplishments The path to sustainable commuting Related Sustainability report marks milestones Annual breakdown shows progress on many fronts Harvard makes climate pledge to end fossil fuel uselast_img read more

The Show Will Not Go On! A Man’s A Man Cancels Performance Off-Broadway Due to Injury

first_imgThe Classic Stage Company’s off-Broadway production of Bertolt Brecht’s A Man’s A Man has canceled its performance January 17 due to an injury sustained during last night’s show. Bill Buell, who plays Jeraiah Jip and has no understudy, fractured his ankle while off-stage due to a set malfunction. The remainder of the show was canceled on January 16. A Man’s A Man started preview performances on January 10, with opening night set for January 30. A replacement actor is currently being found. View Comments A Man’s A Man tells the story of Galy Gay, a simple man out shopping who, by the trickery of some soldiers, is turned into a soldier, enlisted into Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and, eventually, reassembled into a killing machine. The play is Brecht’s ode to the inhumanity of man.center_img Directed by Brian Kulick, A Man’s A Man’s cast also includes Justin Vivian Bond, Gibson Frazier, Martin Moran, Jason Babinsky, Steven Skybell, Stephen Spinella, Ching Valdes-Aran and Allan K. Washington. The production features new music by Grammy and Tony-winning singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik.last_img read more

Miles Wilkin to Receive 2016 Special Tony Award

first_imgMiles Wilkin(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Six-time Tony Winner Miles Wilkin and the National Endowment for the Arts will both be honored with the 2016 Special Tony Awards. The 70th Annual Tony Awards, hosted by James Corden, is scheduled to take place on June 12; nominations will be announced by Andrew Rannells and Nikki M. James on May 3.Wilkin is the COO and Executive Vice President of Key Brand Entertainment, the parent company of and Broadway Across America. At Key Brand, he provides the vision for theater and e-commerce, building on Broadway Across America’s significant touring network and’s vast e-commerce network. Wilkin, an original founder of Broadway Across America, is more broadly recognized as one of the founders of North American Touring Theater. During his most recent stint at Broadway Across America, he revitalized its North American Presenting and Theater operation. Prior to that, he was an executive with Clear Channel Entertainment and its predecessors (SFX Entertainment, PACE Entertainment and PACE Theatrical) responsible for company-wide operations and company-wide divisions, including, North American Music, North American Theater, Motorsports, Sports, International Music, International Theatre and Sports and Properties including Corporate Sponsorship and TV. Wilkin is the recipient of numerous awards including: six Tony Awards (Spamalot, Hairspray, The Producers, Fiddler on the Roof, Gypsy and Jerome Robbins’ Broadway), and a Theatre Lifetime Achievement Award from the Broadway League.“Miles paved ‘the road’ for the modern Broadway touring system, and his accomplishments have been monumental and central to the success and economic growth of our industry,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing, in a statement. “Because of his innovative and groundbreaking touring systems, theatre fans across the country have been able to experience the magic of Broadway.”Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America.“The National Endowment for the Arts’s contribution to the theater community is incalculable,” added Hitchens and St. Martin. “Over the past 50 years, since its inception, the agency has funded 18 Tony Award-winning plays and 15 Tony award-winning musicals, not to mention offering vital support to hundreds of theatre professionals. They are invaluable to our industry, and to our nation’s cultural legacy!” View Commentslast_img read more