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  • Nicole Kidman Will Return to Broadway in Photograph 51

    first_imgNicole Kidman in ‘Photograph 51′(Photo: Johan Persson) We have been telling you for quite some time that this had Broadway transfer written all over it! Nicole Kidman, who headlined Anna Ziegler’s new play Photograph 51 in the West End last year, will reprise her performance on the Great White Way. According to the New York Post, the production is set to open at either the Lyceum or the Broadhurst theaters this fall, where Fully Committed and Tuck Everlasting, respectively, are about to open. Fully has a limited engagement (ending July 24); Tuck’s is open-ended…Kidman was labeled theatrical Viagra for her last foray on the boards, The Blue Room. Her performance in the show at London’s Donmar Warehouse earned her an Olivier nod in 1999, and she went on to reprise the role on Broadway. Kidman’s extensive film credits include her Oscar-winning performance in The Hours; she additionally received Academy Award nods for Moulin Rouge! and Rabbit Hole. The actress has also been seen on screen in To Die For, The Others, Cold Mountain, Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus, Stoker, The Paperboy and Paddington. Kidman would also reportedly like to headline a film adaptation of Photograph 51.Photograph 51 follows Rosalind Franklin (Kidman). Does she know how precious her photograph is? In the race to unlock the secret of life it could be the one to hold the key. With rival scientists looking everywhere for the answer, who will be first to see it and more importantly, understand it? Ziegler’s play looks at the woman who cracked DNA and asks what is sacrificed in the pursuit of science, love and a place in history.Directed by Michael Grandage, Photograph 51 played a limited engagement at the Noel Coward Theatre and co-starred Will Attenborough, Edward Bennett, Stephen Campbell Moore, Patrick Kennedy and Joshua Silver. View Commentslast_img read more

  • Water Supply Debate: To Divert or Not Divert

    first_imgDr. Amanda Maxham researches public policy issues at the Ayn Rand Institute. KEEP WATER IN THE RIVERS Save people and snails Rivers are the lifeblood of our communities, our economies, and the natural areas all around us. It’s been said that if a river is like the body’s circulatory system, water flow is its heartbeat, driving major ecological processes like fish reproduction and migration, and forest health. Healthy flows are critical for a vibrant river and all of the benefits it provides—recreation, biodiversity, productive fisheries, and a clean water supply.Southeastern U.S. rivers and streams are a global hotspot for aquatic biodiversity—they’re home to an incredible array of native fish, mussels, snails, and other wildlife. Many of our rivers have already lost native species, often due to reductions in water flow from dams and other water diversions. When a river or stream swings unnaturally from flood-like conditions to drought-like conditions—or worse, is dried up completely—the consequences are usually dire for endangered species and the ecosystem as a whole.We must do a far better job of protecting and restoring healthy flows, especially as the region grows, but this doesn’t have to happen at the expense of thriving economies. With smart water management policies and practices, we can ensure sustainable water supplies for our communities and for our rivers.Often, natural ecosystems and endangered species function as warning flags for our species. If a river is so strained that it no longer supports native fish, mussels, and other critters, then it’s sending a signal that sooner or later at this rate, it may not be able to support us.The solutions lie in optimizing our existing infrastructure through water efficiency. Raleigh, N.C., is one of many cities that has seen overall water use drop even while its population has grown, meaning that it never needs to carry out its proposal to build a new dam on the Little River. Strategies like this preserve rivers and secure water supplies for communities while saving bundles of money.Asking whether we should tap our rivers for growth or leave the water for nature presents a false choice. If we’re smart about managing water, and efficient in using it, we can do both. In fact, we probably have to.Ben Emanuel is associate director in the Clean Water Supply Program at American Rivers.DRINKING WATERSave People, Not Mollusks!The quickest way to crush a development, water, engineering, or other similar project is to find an endangered species there.It doesn’t matter if you are rebuilding your home after a devastating hurricane, breaking ground for a new hospital, using desert land for outdoor recreation, or diverting river water to help alleviate the effects of a drought. If a sand crab, flower-loving fly, fringe-toed lizard, or sheepnose mussel is found nearby, the “keep out” signs go up and human activity is stopped in its tracks.In Atlanta in 2007, in the midst of a devastating drought, billions of gallons of much needed lake water were deemed off limits. That water was instead sent downstream, for the sake of a particular species of mussel. In another case, concern over the heelsplitter mussel led to a moratorium on river water extraction in Mint Hill, North Carolina, leaving residents without access to clean water for eleven years.These examples aren’t anomalies. They are an expression of the ideas animating the environmentalist movement: That it is wrong for human beings to impact nature, especially if our actions affect endangered species. They consistently prioritize other species above human beings, regardless of what that means for human welfare.The goal is not to protect nature for human enjoyment—it’s to protect nature from human beings. Forget about enjoying canoeing, swimming or contemplating a tranquil creek. Environmentalists regularly use the Endangered Species Act to limit or ban such activities. Nature, on their view, is intrinsically valuable and even in the process of enjoying it, human beings inevitably stamp their “footprint” on it.But limiting human beings’ impact on nature harms human beings. Extracting water, for example, is just one of the many feats of engineering that make our lives happier, longer and better. We no longer have to worry about living near to a supply of freshwater such as a river or a lake, because we have the technology to bring that water to where people need it. But if the environmentalist idea that it is wrong to impact nature had been in vogue a century ago, cities such as Phoenix and Las Vegas would have never become anything more than desert outposts.Human life and happiness requires that we use and transform the world around us. Sometimes that means building flood walls, dams, or extracting water for use in urban areas, other times it means maintaining waterways to enjoy the wildlife naturally found there. But it certainly doesn’t mean sacrificing people to mollusks.last_img read more

  • Pull!

    first_imgI’ve always been a big fan of throwing rocks at things. It’s a simple pleasure—take a small rock and throw it at something big, like a street sign or pine cone or maybe even a bigger rock on the other side of the trail…the possibilities are endless and I’ve used the fine art of throwing rocks at things to entertain myself and other bikers while taking breaks on long rides. It passes the time and introduces an element of competition to the otherwise lame “break session” of a bike ride.I took the fine art of throwing rocks at things to the next level on a recent road ride by bringing a slingshot. If you haven’t handled a slingshot since you were a kid, drop what you’re doing right now and buy one. The minute you take aim and let a rock or acorn fly through the “goal posts” you’ll be transported back to your youth. To a time when your back never hurt and you collected baseball cards and spent most of your free time riding your bike around the neighborhood looking for targets to hit with your slingshot that might cause a mild explosion but wouldn’t get you in much trouble.The ride itself was great. We chose a long, somewhat brutal gravel climb up to the edge of the Parkway and then a meandering downhill past million dollar homes and the occasional black bear to get cocktails at The Grove Park Inn. We drank on the patio overlooking downtown and surrounding mountains. It was incredibly fancy.But easily the best part of the ride was the break we took at the top of the climb where we emptied a few beer cans and used them as targets. First, we set the cans on a set of stairs, but soon we were throwing the cans in the air and yelling “Pull!” like skeet shooters. It’s incredibly hard to hit a flying beer can with a slingshot—at least for amateurs like us. But for a few minutes, my back didn’t hurt. And we didn’t break any windows and nobody got in trouble. So, all said, that’s a pretty good Whiskey Wednesday.last_img read more

  • Mentoring program aimed at new appellate attorneys

    first_imgMentoring program aimed at new appellate attorneys Mentoring program aimed at new appellate attorneys The Appellate Practice Section has launched its mentoring program, aimed at assisting young lawyers, occasional practitioners, and experienced appellate lawyers venturing in new areas, as well as promoting interaction among section members.The section will provide match-ups for telephone or e-mail consultations with experienced appellate lawyers in the following appellate subject areas: administrative, civil, criminal, family, juvenile, workers’ compensation, or federal practice.Here’s how the program works: The inquiring attorney first identifies a legal problem or issue and determines which of the categories would encompass such a problem or issue. The inquiring attorney then sends an e-mail to mentor@flabarappellate.org. The e-mail must include the inquiring attorney’s name, e-mail address, and phone number, and indicate the category or areas of law in which assistance is sought. The e-mail should then give a brief summary of the question, and identify all known adverse or probable adverse parties and counsel.The e-mail will then be forwarded to a volunteer mentor attorney who has indicated experience in the requested category. The panel attorney checks for conflicts as to the listed adverse parties, then (if finding none) responds by telephone or e-mail within three to five days. After the response from the panel attorney, the inquiring attorney should exercise his or her own independent judgment to resolve the legal issue or problem. Panel members serve on a volunteer basis; an inquiring attorney should refrain from involving a panel member in a prolonged dialogue.The Appellate Practice Section makes no representations as to the knowledge or experience of any panel attorney and disclaims any liability or responsibility regarding any inquiry made pursuant to the program. The program does not contemplate and is not intended to create a formal association between the inquiring attorney and the panel attorney, or any attorney-client relationship between the panel attorney and the ultimate client, and care should be taken not to reveal confidences or key strategic information. November 15, 2003 Regular Newslast_img read more

  • Pol Proposes Reforms to Ease Common Core Controversy

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Long Island lawmaker is urging New York State Education Department to delay for a year a plan to store students’ information on cloud-based network linked to the controversial Common Core State Standards.That is one of the nine proposed reforms—five policy recommendations and four bills—that State Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport) unveiled to address concerns with the roll out of the new state tests, privacy issues with planned data storage and implementation of the curriculum.“We are listening and we get it,” Flanagan, chairman of the state Senate education committee, told the Press following a news conference announcing the proposed package of reforms Thursday. “The public is beyond frustrated.”Flanagan proposed the measures after hearing more than 30 hours of testimony in five hearings and reviewing more than 1,000 pages of written testimony detailing problems with the roll out of the Common Core standards that were implemented this year.Parents, teachers and administrators have been extremely vocal about the stress and anxiety this education reform has caused in educators and students alike. But, Flanagan said the problem lies with the overall implementation of the standards and not with the standards themselves.“While there was certainly no consensus on Common Core itself, there was a consistent and coherent theme that Common Core standards are laudable and accomplish many positive things for our students,” he said.Aside from delaying the Education Data Portal to ensure student data protection, his policy recommendations to the education department include: expediting federal waivers from mandates on various testing restrictions including those for children with learning disabilities and English language learners; producing missing modules—packets that guide teachers on the curriculum; aligning assessments proportionally to curriculum already implemented; and increasing funding for professional development so that teachers would be more prepared to teach the new curriculum.Flanagan’s proposed legislation includes: a bill that would ban all standardized testing in children from preschool until second grade; an “Unnecessary Testing” bill that would require the state commissioner of education to expedite a review Annual Professional Performance Review plans to eliminate unnecessary assessments; a bill establishing civil and criminal penalties for privacy breaches to the student data portal; and a “Truth-in-Testing” bill that would require an audit and evaluate the testing program and require the state education commissioner to report the effectiveness on the Common Core state tests.These measures are designed to streamline an overwhelmingly complicated system while reducing testing for the children and holding those in charge of implementing the tests accountable, according to Flanagan. But the proposals did not pacify critics.“I was expecting a full meal and I got a Ritz cracker,” said a disappointed Dr. Joe Rella, superintendent of Comsewogue School District and fierce critic of the Regents Reform Agenda.Assemb. Al Graf  (R-Holbrook), who proposed a bill that would completely withdraw the state from the national Common Core and Race to the Top programs, was similarly unimpressed.“The ones we have are garbage,” Graf  said of Flanagan’s proposal to expedite the Common Core curriculum modules for teachers. “Why do we want more?”Rella agreed that nothing short of pausing the education reform full stop to examine each problem and address it properly is acceptable.“Stop it. Fix it,” he said. “And if it can’t be fixed, throw it out.”last_img read more

  • Why using data to understand membership trends is important

    first_imgMany credit unions are struggling to retain members and capture the wave of increased credit union membership the industry is experiencing despite paying out a record level of membership dividends, helping members affected by the recent government shut down, maintaining lower rates and fees, and providing stellar member experience.5M new members joined credit unions Y/Y September 2017 to September 2018, but why aren’t consumers flocking to more credit unions in larger numbers? There are nearly 5,000 credit unions with assets of $500M or less, and some think these are the most vulnerable credit unions who may not survive to serve their membership.  Year over year, credit unions with less than $50M in assets (58% of all U.S. credit unions) have reported negative membership growth, while the top 552 credit unions with assets above $500M have experienced strong membership growth. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

  • DTZ continues recovery

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  • WHO expects hydroxychloroquine safety findings by mid-June

    first_imgNovartis said The Lancet study, while covering 100,000 people, was “observational” and could not demonstrate a causal link between hydroxychloroquine and side effects.”We need randomized, controlled clinical trials to clearly understand efficacy and safety,” a Novartis spokesman said.The WHO said its safety-board review would examine not just Solidarity patients, but other hydroxychloroquine studies too, to determine if a pattern emerges similar to problems described in The Lancet.Dr. Oriol Manuel, infectious disease expert and national coordinator of the Solidarity study in Switzerland, said hitting pause now made sense.”There are several thousand patients already enrolled, some randomized to receive hydroxychloroquine, some who did not receive any drug,” Manuel told Reuters. “They can do a comparison of the use of hydroxychloroquine … to see whether there is a signal of some kind of adverse events.” Those already in a 17-country study, called Solidarity, of thousands of patients who have started hydroxychloroquine can finish their treatment, the WHO said.Newly enrolled patients will get other treatments being evaluated, including Gilead Science’s remdesivir and AbbVie’s Kaletra/Aluvia.Separate hydroxychloroquine trials, including a 440-patient US study by Swiss drugmaker Novartis, are continuing enrollment.Novartis and rival Sanofi have pledged donations of tens of millions of doses of the drug, also used in rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, for COVID-19. Topics :center_img The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday promised a swift review of data on hydroxychloroquine, probably by mid-June, after safety concerns prompted the group to suspend the malaria drug’s use in a large trial on COVID-19 patients.US President Donald Trump and others have pushed hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment, but the WHO on Monday called time after the British journal The Lancet reported patients getting hydroxychloroquine had increased death rates and irregular heartbeats.”A final decision on the harm, benefit or lack of benefit of hydroxychloroquine will be made once the evidence has been reviewed,” the body said. “It is expected by mid-June.”last_img read more

  • Austrian finance minister warns of pension fund ‘oligopoly’

    first_imgFurther consolidation in Austria’s second-pillar pension system could lead to an “oligopoly”, finance minister Hans Jörg Schelling has warned.Speaking at the 25th anniversary celebration of Austrian Pensionskassen, he argued that competition was vital in the second pillar and “must be allowed”.“There must be no further consolidation that might hinder competition,” he told IPE.Since the law that established Pensionskassen came into effect in July 1990, many company pension plans in Austria have been outsourced to multi-employer funds. A year ago, figures released by supervisory authority FMA showed that the three largest Austrian Pensionskassen accounted for 73% of the market.Overall, the number of company and multi-employer pension funds has now come down to 14, with the Victoria Volksbanken Pensionskasse currently still on the market.A decision on that sale is expected in the coming weeks.Schelling also called on the pensions industry to “offer more attractive products” but added that he was aware Pensionskassen were “restricted by a tight regulatory framework” set by the FMA and European regulators.Speaking with IPE, the minister said “people needed to have trust in the system” and might need “more flexibility” regarding products.Schelling called for a “combined product” as a hybrid between a Pensionskasse and an insurance-based “Betriebliche Kollektivversicherung”, offered in the second pillar by various Austrian insurers.He said he was convinced that only a combination of solutions would help increase participation in the second pillar and indirectly waived the industry’s demand for tax incentives such as the full introduction of the EET-model in Austria.“Currently, there is no room for tax incentives, but, over the next 25 years, the topic will certainly come up again,” he told IPE.last_img read more