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Once and Doctor Who Star Arthur Darvill Is Taking Your Questions!

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Star Files Arthur Darvill is going from the Irish pub of Once to Broadway.com’s illustrious Ask a Star couch! Find out what Darvill loves about playing down-on his-luck-guitarist Guy in the hit Broadway musical, what it was like performing at the Tony Awards, his favorite pint to order at pub or his most cherished memory from his time on the hit BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who. Submit your questions for Arthur Darvill below, and check back on Broadway.com in the coming weeks for his responses. View Comments Related Showscenter_img Once <a data-cke-saved-href="https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/z7w5k1/" href="https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/z7w5k1/">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a> Arthur Darvilllast_img read more

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Tony Nominee Jamie Parker on Playing Harry Potter: ‘I’ve Gone Full Geek Since Getting the Job’

first_imgJamie Parker(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Comments Harry Potter and the Cursed Child from $40.00center_img Jamie Parker is having quite the spring. The London theater veteran and Broadway alum is currently reprising his acclaimed West End turn as Harry Potter in the main-stem premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The current Tony Award and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award nominee paid a visit to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on May 10 to spread the word about the two-part epic and talk about embodying one of the most iconic roles in literature. “I’ve gone full geek since getting the job,” said the delightful Parker, who admitted to being a Harry Potter newbie of sorts before booking the gig in the West End. He also offered up a sample of his magic skills for Fallon and the TV audience. Watch below and don’t miss the chance to experience Parker’s acclaimed performance at the Lyric Theatre. Related Showslast_img read more

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Balance

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Anthony DemangoneA reader sent me a great email the other day. He said that while he enjoys my columns, I can get a bit “touchy-feely” in my topics.Managing and leading, he argued, involves being tough in many situations. Empowerment and freedom is great, but there needs to be direction and control.He is 100% right. But I’m not 100% wrong either.I think it gets down to to this: Balance.Throwing out employee handbook, rules and processes in the name of employee freedom and empowerment is silly.  But any more silly than excessive micro-managing?Always giving encouragement with never a thought given about accountability? Not good. But is that worse than the other extreme? continue reading »last_img read more

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Attorneys not very concerned about lawyer-to-lawyer ads

first_imgAttorneys not very concerned about lawyer-to-lawyer ads January 1, 2009 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Attorneys not very concerned about lawyer-to-lawyer adscenter_img ‘Attorneys don’t need protection from each other’ Senior EditorMost attorneys do not use them, although most do get them. But, overwhelmingly, attorneys don’t think the Bar needs to do anything about them.The “them” in this case is lawyer-to-lawyer advertisements.A Bar survey on that subject, as well as communications sent by lawyers to current and former clients, indicates most lawyers do not see such missives as a problem or an issue the Bar should be concerned about.As one survey participant put it, “Keep out of it! Who are you anyway?! The Florida Bar already has too much power and gets too much involved with ads. The money spent on this could be put to a better use!”The report was presented to the Bar Board of Governors at its December 12 meeting in Orlando.No action from the board was required on this issue, because the board has previously approved a rule change that will be re-filed with the Supreme Court by the end of January 2009 using the survey as support.The survey came about as the board dealt with the implications of the Supreme Court’s 2007 approval of amendments to the advertising rules.The Bar had proposed that attorney-to-attorney communications, as well as communications to current or former clients, be exempted from advertising rules. But the court rejected that proposal (although communications with family members were exempt). That meant such communications were subject to advertising restrictions which prevent referring to past results, using testimonials, and characterizing the quality of the sender’s legal services.When the issue came before the board on an advertising appeal, following the ruling, the board voted that the rules as approved meant that such communications were subject to the advertising rules. But the board also voted to suspend enforcement of the rule while it studied the issue further. That decision led to the survey, conducted by the Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics, which oversees the advertising rules and handles advertising appeals.Fifty-two percent of those surveyed, including 44 percent of those in private practice, said they had not initiated any communications with other attorneys to solicit business for themselves or their legal firm. Those who had were asked how they had made such contacts and were allowed to include more than one method. Forty-four percent said it was done in face-to-face encounters; 31 percent said by telephone or fax; 25 percent by e-mail; and 18 percent by cell phone. Twenty percent said they did so by letters, pamphlets, or other written media. (Those percentages were slightly higher for poll participants who said they were in private practice, including 23 percent who said they used written communications.)Overall, 72 percent of poll participants and 78 percent in private practice said they had received written communications from other attorneys seeking work, with smaller percentages saying such requests were done face-to-face or electronically. Eighteen percent overall and 12 percent of the private attorneys said they had received no such solicitations.Ninety-one percent of surveyed attorneys said communications received from other lawyers did not contain false or incorrect information; 9 percent said it did.That result may explain why when asked if the Bar should regulate attorney-to-attorney advertising, 69 percent — more than two-thirds — said “no.” An even higher 80 percent opposed having such communications reviewed before they are disseminated. For those who favored some sort of regulation, oversight of written communications and e-mails were the most popular choices.Likewise, 69 percent of all participants opposed the Bar regulating communications with past or current clients.Survey participants who said they had received false or misleading information from an attorney were asked to detail what they did about it.Responses ranged from nothing to talking it over with the sending attorney. Instances cited ranged from attorneys having employees say they were out of the office when they weren’t to barraging attorneys with e-mails containing inflated claims. Some of the responses appeared to deal with routine legal matters rather than solicitation issues.“Thousands of e-mails from a specific litigious attorney that contain so many false statements, I don’t know where to begin,” one respondent wrote. “I just ignore them because engaging him just makes things worse.”Another said, “There is currently an onslaught of ‘Best Lawyers in Florida’ articles. I don’t know who selects these ‘best lawyers,’ but the articles are probably misleading.”As for comments on whether the Bar should regulate attorney-to-attorney communications and communications between attorneys and current and former clients, most comments were direct.“Attorneys don’t need protection from each other,” one poll participant said. “More emphasis on protecting the public from improper advertising should be the focus of the Bar.”Another responded, “Don’t see how the Bar can effectively regulate verbal communications between attorney and client, nor should it.”One participant contented that, “Attorneys should be prohibited from engaging in mass text messaging advertisements and soliciting business via cellular phones.”And one argued, “The Bar should not ‘big-brother’ communications between professionals or between attorneys and their clients.”The survey was sent to 2,627 Bar members in early July, and 504 responded. The response gives the survey an accuracy of plus or minus 4 percent at a confidence level of 95 percent.last_img read more

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The late effects of stress: New insights into how the brain responds to trauma

first_imgShare Share on Facebook Email Share on Twitter Mrs. M would never forget that day. She was walking along a busy road next to the vegetable market when two goons zipped past on a bike. One man’s hand shot out and grabbed the chain around her neck. The next instant, she had stumbled to her knees, and was dragged along in the wake of the bike. Thankfully, the chain snapped, and she got away with a mildly bruised neck. Though dazed by the incident, Mrs. M was fine until a week after the incident.Then, the nightmares began.She would struggle and yell and fight in her sleep every night with phantom chain snatchers. Every bout left her charged with anger and often left her depressed. The episodes continued for several months until they finally stopped. How could a single stressful event have such extended consequences?center_img Pinterest A new study by Indian scientists has gained insights into how a single instance of severe stress can lead to delayed and long-term psychological trauma. The work pinpoints key molecular and physiological processes that could be driving changes in brain architecture.The team, led by Sumantra Chattarji from the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) and the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem), Bangalore, have shown that a single stressful incident can lead to increased electrical activity in a brain region known as the amygdala. This activity sets in late, occurring ten days after a single stressful episode, and is dependent on a molecule known as the N-Methyl-D-Aspartate Receptor (NMDA-R), an ion channel protein on nerve cells known to be crucial for memory functions.The amygdala is a small, almond-shaped groups of nerve cells that is located deep within the temporal lobe of the brain. This region of the brain is known to play key roles in emotional reactions, memory and making decisions. Changes in the amygdala are linked to the development of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a mental condition that develops in a delayed fashion after a harrowing experience.Previously, Chattarji’s group had shown that a single instance of acute stress had no immediate effects on the amygdala of rats. But ten days later, these animals began to show increased anxiety, and delayed changes in the architecture of their brains, especially the amygdala. “We showed that our study system is applicable to PTSD. This delayed effect after a single episode of stress was reminiscent of what happens in PTSD patients,” says Chattarji. “We know that the amygdala is hyperactive in PTSD patients. But no one knows as of now, what is going on in there,” he adds.Investigations revealed major changes in the microscopic structure of the nerve cells in the amygdala. Stress seems to have caused the formation of new nerve connections called synapses in this region of the brain. However, until now, the physiological effects of these new connections were unknown.In their recent study, Chattarji’s team has established that the new nerve connections in the amygdala lead to heightened electrical activity in this region of the brain.“Most studies on stress are done on a chronic stress paradigm with repeated stress, or with a single stress episode where changes are looked at immediately afterwards – like a day after the stress,” says Farhana Yasmin, one of the Chattarji’s students. “So, our work is unique in that we show a reaction to a single instance of stress, but at a delayed time point,” she adds.Furthermore, a well-known protein involved in memory and learning, called NMDA-R has been recognised as one of the agents that bring about these changes. Blocking the NMDA-R during the stressful period not only stopped the formation of new synapses, it also blocked the increase in electrical activity at these synapses. “So we have for the first time, a molecular mechanism that shows what is required for the culmination of events ten days after a single stress,” says Chattarji. “In this study, we have blocked the NMDA Receptor during stress. But we would like to know if blocking the molecule after stress can also block the delayed effects of the stress. And if so, how long after the stress can we block the receptor to define a window for therapy,” he adds.Chattarji’s group first began their investigations into how stress affects the amygdala and other regions of the brain around ten years ago. The work has required the team to employ an array of highly specialised and diverse procedures that range from observing behaviour to recording electrical signals from single brain cells and using an assortment of microscopy techniques. “To do this, we have needed to use a variety of techniques, for which we required collaborations with people who have expertise in such techniques,” says Chattarji. “And the glue for such collaborations especially in terms of training is vital. We are very grateful to the Wadhwani Foundation that supports our collaborative efforts and to the DBT and DAE for funding this work,” he adds. LinkedInlast_img read more

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WHO reports UAE MERS case, confirms 5 Saudi cases

first_imgThe wife of a United Arab Emirates (UAE) man who contracted Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is now infected but has no symptoms, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today as it confirmed the latest five cases reported in Saudi Arabia.The six cases raise the WHO’s MERS-CoV tally to 176 cases, including 74 deaths.The new UAE case is in a 59-year-old woman from Sharjah who is married to a 68-year-old man whose case was reported earlier, the WHO noted. Despite having no symptoms, the woman is in isolation in a hospital.She is reported to have no history of contact with animals or recent travel, the agency said. It also said other contacts of the couple have tested negative for the virus.The woman’s husband, who had been treated in an intensive care unit (ICU), has died, the WHO said. His illness was reported by the media on Dec 20 and noted by the WHO on Dec 22. He had diabetes and chronic kidney failure.In confirming the five latest cases reported by Saudi Arabian authorities, the WHO added a little additional information. The Saudi Ministry of Health (MOH) said all five people are from Riyadh.The cases involve a 73-year-old Saudi man, a 57-year-old Saudi man, and three healthcare workers—two women and a man—who are asymptomatic, the WHO said.The 73-year-old was hospitalized in an ICU on Nov 25 and died Dec 17, the agency said. His MERS-CoV infection was confirmed posthumously on Dec 19. He had no known exposures to animals or other MERS patients and no history of travel outside Riyadh.The 57-year-old was hospitalized on Dec 17 and remains in an ICU, the WHO said. Like the 73-year-old, he has no history of recent travel or exposure to animals or other case-patients.The WHO gave no new information about the three healthcare workers. The Saudi MOH earlier said they were a 27-year-old Saudi, a 43-year-old resident, and a 35-year-old resident (implying that the last two are foreign nationals), all of whom were exposed to MERS patients.See also: Dec 31 WHO statementRelated Dec 30 CIDRAP News storylast_img read more

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The UWI appoints Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor, Principal of new Five Islands Campus…

first_imgUWI Five Islands Boasts Lowest Tuition in RegionTuition for Bachelor’s degree programmes at UWI Five Islands is the lowest among all the landed campuses, according to Principal of the Five Islands Campus, Professor Stafford A. Griffith. He also announced the latest enrollment figures in an exclusive interview with ABS news. Listen:September 24, 2019In “Antigua & Barbuda”A UWI campus could possibly be established in China – BecklesA RECIPROCAL agreement has been forged following a recent trip by officials from the University of the West Indies to the People’s Republic of China which could see the establishment of a UWI campus in Suzhou China and the Global Institute for Software Technology establishing a campus in Barbados. This…April 21, 2015In “Barbados”New UWI Chancellor begins term as The UWI’s 6th ChancellorThe UWI Regional Headquarters, Jamaica W.I.  –  The University of the West Indies (The UWI)  on 17 July, 2017, marked a change in its leadership, as it welcomed a new Chancellor, the highest officeholder in The UWI system. Trinidad and Tobago national, Mr. Robert Bermudez assumed duties as the 6th Chancellor…July 19, 2017In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp Aug 17, 2020 The UWI, University of St Martin Sign MOU, Marking Historic… Oct 12, 2020 In addition to academia, Professor Griffith’s career spans multiple roles, among them: Director of the USAID-funded Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Teacher Training (CCETT) headquartered at The UWI Mona Campus, Pro-Registrar of the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC), having previously served the Council as Assistant Registrar as well as Head of a Project Unit; Consultant/National Coordinator of a World Bank and Ministry of Education Reform of Secondary Education (ROSE) Project, Jamaica; Director of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and The UWI Institutional Strengthening Project; and Senior Education Project Manager of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Regional Development Office/Caribbean. Read more at: The UWI Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… ‘The Wehby Report’ Distributed to CWI Stakeholders Sep 11, 2020center_img UWI Signs MOU with European University Institute You may be interested in… The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has appointed Professor Stafford A. Griffith as Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of its Five Islands Campus located in Antigua and Barbuda with effect from August 15, 2019 until July 31, 2020. Professor Griffith will lead the Campus for its initial year of operation, which is expected to welcome its first cohort of students in September. An official launch of the Campus with The UWI Executive Management team is also planned in that month. Established to provide a development platform for Antigua and Barbuda, the new Five Islands Campus will also function as a hub for the OECS and serve to expand The UWI’s regional capacity in the delivery of higher education for the 21st century. It will begin with three schools—the School of Health and Behavioural Sciences, the School of Management, Sciences and Technology, and the School of Humanities and Education. Approval of the regional university’s newest campus was announced by Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, during a media conference held on Wednesday, 26 June, 2019. Professor Griffith previously served as Regional Director of the University’s Office of Online Learning (OOL) since October 2017, Director of The UWI’s School of Education and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Education at the Mona Campus from August 2012 to September 2017. He has spent more than 35 years of his career at the professional and senior management levels in fields covering educational measurement and evaluation, programme planning and management, curriculum development, and teaching. The holder of a Professorial Chair in Research, Measurement and Evaluation, Professor Griffith’s postgraduate qualifications consist of specialised study in research, measurement and evaluation, and curriculum development. He also holds an LLB degree and has completed graduate studies in the areas of Political Science and Development Studies. Jul 24, 2020 UWI Vice Chancellor Says Caribbean in Need of Special,… last_img read more

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Gentherm Chairman Francoise Castaing Retires

first_img“It has been a great privilege to serve Gentherm for the past 19 years. The company’s ingenuity, passion and commitment to its customers are what make Gentherm such an extraordinary company,” said Castaing. “I am very proud of what we have accomplished and to have been part of its history. I have tremendous confidence in Ron, the board and the company’s leadership, and believe that Gentherm’s best days are yet to come.”Advertisement “It has been a privilege to serve on the Board of Directors with Francois and I am honored to have been chosen to succeed him as the chairman of the board for Gentherm,” said Hundzinski. “Driven by our vision to create and deliver extraordinary thermal solutions, Gentherm is well-positioned for success.” Gentherm, a global provider of thermal management technologies, has announced that Chairman of the Board, Francois Castaing, has informed the company’s board of directors of his intention to retire at the end of his current term and will not be standing for re-election at the company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders that is expected to be held in May 2020.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Francois for the lasting impact he has made on the automotive industry, our community and his contributions to Gentherm, where he has served our company with great distinction,” said Phil Eyler, president and CEO of Gentherm. “We are grateful for his unwavering dedication, vision and leadership. Personally, I have benefitted greatly from Francois’ mentorship and guidance. We wish Francois well as he embarks on his next adventure.” His passion extended outside of the automotive industry, where he dedicated his time to serve his community and was a strong advocate of promoting diversity. A few examples of his lasting legacy include being the chairman of the New Detroit Science Center, where under his leadership the Center was able to reopen to the public in 2001. He also led the launch of the Michigan chapter of FIRST: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, the robotics competition for high school students, which now includes more than 2,800 teams and 31,000 student participants. Over his more than 30-year career, Castaing is recognized as a visionary change-agent who helped transform the automotive industry. As an executive with Chrysler, American Motors and Renault, his passion for cars was built on his love to create and to help make a difference in the lives of others. Using his engineering education, he began his career with Gordini designing engines for the 24 Hours of Le Mans races. When Gordini was taken over by Renault his career continued to advance as Renault’s Sport Technical Director. He then joined American Motors (AMC), where in his roles of vice president of engineering and group vice president product and quality, his product engineering leadership resulted in him being widely known as the “father of the Jeep Cherokee.” In 1987, after Chrysler acquired AMC, Castaing continued to transform Chrysler’s vehicle line-up as vice president of vehicle engineering and president of Chrysler International where he propelled Chrysler’s growth during the 1990s. Advertisement “Gentherm is in a strong position for future growth, and with an outstanding Board with Ron as chairman, I am confident in our continued success to reach our goals,” said Eyler. Hundzinski has served as a director of the company since 2016 and the chair of the Audit committee and member of the Nominating committee. He is the CFO and an executive director of TI Fluid Systems, a global supplier of automotive fluid systems technology. Prior to that he was the executive vice president of finance for Tenneco. From 2012 to 2018, Hundzinski served as the CFO and executive vice president of BorgWarner Inc. Hundzinski holds a BBA from Western Michigan University and an MBA from the University of Colorado. The board of directors unanimously agreed to appoint Ronald Hundzinski as the new chairman of the board, effective as of the 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, subject to Hundzinski’s re-election. Castaing finished his distinguished career with Chrysler in 2000 as technical adviser to Chairman Bob Eaton. As a result of his impressive number of accomplishments in motorsports and automotive product development, Castaing was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2010. Castaing has served as a director of the company since 2001 and as chairman since 2016. He also held positions as chair of the Nominating Committee, member of the Compensation and Technology Committees and was the former Lead Independent Director.last_img read more

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Obliterated by obsession

first_imgSubscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGINlast_img read more

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Nordana Sea now in service

first_imgUnder charter to shipping line, Nordana, the ship is the third unit in a series of six newbuilds of Ferus Smit’s DP2 Ecobox design.The ship is 122 m long, 17 m wide and has a single box-shaped hold and a tweendeck that is completely manoeuvrable.Equipped with two 85-tonne capacity cranes, Nordana Sea features a forward deckhouse, which affords better protection of deck cargo and enables the ship to load oversized items over the stern.HLPFI reported in June 2015 that the second vessel, Nordana Star, was being launched in Leer in July 2015; while the first ship – Nordana Sky – was launched in February 2015.HLPFI understands that the final three vessels – Nordana Sun, Nordana Spirit and Nordana Space – are scheduled for delivery in July 2016, October 2017 and June 2018 respectively.The photo below shows the ship leaving the river Ems on its maiden voyage in ballast to Esbjerg, where she will pick up large windmill components to be delivered in Greece. www.ferus-smit.nlwww.nordana.comwww.symphonyshipping.comlast_img read more

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