View Comments The fall season is in full swing, and November’s Save the Date picks will have us at the theater all month long! With epic replacement casting we simply have to catch, brand-new Broadway show openings and more, get ready for the Broadway.com staff’s two cents on which audiences you’ll want to be in this month.November 3 – Jason Mraz Begins in WaitressIt cannot wait—he’s yours, Broadway! Two-time Grammy winner Jason Mraz steps into his singer-songwriter BFF Sara Bareilles’ Waitress as the dreamy Dr. Pomatter. Fans may recall he lent his vocals to the role on Bareilles’ What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress. Mraz makes his Great White Way debut in the charming production alongside leading lady and former vlogger Betsy Wolfe.Content Producer Matt Rodin“There are not enough words in the English language to describe Jason Mraz’s influence on me as a performer and a human being. I’ll be there his first night in a puddle of happy tears.”November 9 – The Band’s Visit OpensAfter completing a sold-out run at off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company, Itamar Moses and David Yazbek’s The Band’s Visit is making its Broadway premiere at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Starring three-time Tony nominee and Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk, the musical follows an Egyptian police band stuck for one night in a remote village in the middle of the desert. Managing Editor Beth Stevens”I’m eager to revisit The Band’s Visit, David Yazbek and Itamar Moses’ mesmerizing musical in which ‘nothing happens’ and yet everyone is transformed.”November 13 – The Lion King’s 20th Anniversary on BroadwayBroadway’s king of the jungle celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. Upon its bow back in 1997, The Lion King nabbed Tony Awards for Julie Taymor’s direction and costume design, Donald Holder’s lighting design, Garth Fagan’s choreography, Richard Hudson’s scenic design and (unsurprisingly), the Tony Award for Best Musical. The Disney juggernaut still roars proudly eight times a week at the Minskoff Theatre. Social Media Manager Caitlyn Gallip“Seeing The Lion King on Broadway is a conversation starter for so many people. It’s amazing that the show is celebrating 20 years and manages to remain so fresh, epic and magical. Happy birthday, The Lion King!”November 16 – Brigadoon Starts at City CenterWhat a way to celebrate Brigadoon’s 70th anniversary since it opened on Broadway! Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s classic musical bows at City Center with a cast that boasts Kelli O’Hara, Patrick Wilson, Stephanie J. Block, Robert Fairchild, Aasif Mandvi and more. The production begins with a gala evening on November 15 and runs an additional six performances that will be held November 16 through 19.News Editor Andy Lefkowitz“Brigadoon’s original cast album is a favorite of mine. City Center’s pitch-perfect cast, led by Kelli O’Hara and Patrick Wilson (who is overdue for a stage musical return), will no doubt give this luminous score its due.”November 21 – Noah Galvin Steps into Dear Evan HansenDear Evan Hansen Tony winner Ben Platt will wave goodbye to the tear-jerking musical on November 19. But save the tissues for your visit to see the touching show at the Music Box Theatre—the young talent has big plans in the works. Audiences can look forward to The Real O’Neals breakout star Noah Galvin tugging at their heartstrings. We already know he has an amazing voice—and can effortlessly rock rollerskates and ’70s garb.National Editor Ryan Lee Gilbert“The outsize talent Noah Galvin exhibited over 29 episodes of ABC’s The Real O’Neals blew me away. So, I’m thankful the challenging role of Evan Hansen, in the Tony-winning musical, is in fantastic and fabulous hands.”November 22 – Jersey Boys Begins at New World StagesWe know big girls don’t cry, but we definitely did when this hit chronicling the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons shuttered on the Great White Way in January. The Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys arrives off-Broadway at New World Stages with Aaron De Jesus as Frankie Valli, Nicolas Dromard as Tommy DeVito, Mark Edwards as Nick Massie and Cory Jeacoma as Bob Gaudio. Oh what a night this will be! Site Producer Joanne Villani“Jersey Boys is one of my all-time favorite musicals, and I am so excited that it’s back! I’m looking forward to revisiting the show, its amazing music and the fantastic story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.”November 29 – Meteor Shower Opens on BroadwayTony nominee and comedy king Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower makes its Broadway premiere with comedy queen Amy Schumer in her Great White Way debut. Tony nominee Jeremy Shamos plays her husband; the two have another couple (played by Tony winner Laura Benanti and Emmy winner Keegan-Michael Key) over for dinner. Eventually, the two couples find themselves in a marital free-fall. Let the marvelous madness begin! Content Producer Lindsey Sullivan“Steve Martin, Amy Schumer, Keegan-Michael Key, Laura Benanti, Jeremy Shamos—this is both the comedy play and the Sunday brunch guest list of my wildest dreams. ”Other events to mark on your calendar this month:November 2 – Junk opensNovember 7 – Summer: The Donna Summer Musical begins at La JollaNovember 8 – What We’re Up Against opens off-BroadwayNovember 10 – Murder on the Orient Express hits theatersNovember 14 – Actually opens off-BroadwayNovember 15 – Latin History for Morons opensNovember 16 – Hot Mess opens off-BroadwayNovember 19 – School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play opens off-BroadwayNovember 20 – The Wolves opens off-BroadwayNovember 21 – Home for the Holidays opensNovember 28 – Who’s Holiday opens off-BroadwayNovember 30 – The Parisian Woman opens
National Life Group,Vermont Business Magazine National Life Group(link is external) has been recognized as one of “America’s Magnificent Eight Exceptional Companies” by CEO Forum, a media company that highlights the innovative work of chief executives from around the country. Additionally, Mehran Assadi, National Life’s chairman, CEO and president, was featured in a column on Forbes.com(link is external) in which seven CEOs shared their insights into building an exceptional business.Robert Reiss, the CEO of CEO Forum, said four criteria were used in determining who to include on the “Magnificent Eight” list. He included companies that had an incredible and aligned culture; provided exceptional customer experience; have strong financials; and have a higher purpose.Mehran Assadi, National Life’s chairman, CEO and president.“Through all my research, there are few companies who have all of these elements to the degree National Life does,” Reiss said. “After my first time visiting National Life Group in 2016 and again this year I was frankly blown away by the remarkable caring and focused culture. And not just one person. Every person I met had that same passion, and actually contributes to their own cause.”National Life’s Assadi was one of about 750 CEOs that Reiss interviewed and considered for inclusion among the “Magnificent Eight.”Assadi said the key to building and sustaining an exceptional business is “a clear strategy, a strong culture, a purpose-driven and performance-oriented team—resulting in exceptional execution. It all ties together: First, you dream it. If your dreams do not scare the heck out of you, then they are not big enough. Tie your dreams to a worthy cause and connect your team to the cause. Create a movement.”For the past 10 years National Life has recorded record growth in sales and earnings and is one of the fastest growing life insurance companies in the country.1 Since the founding of National Life Insurance Company in 1848, it holds true to its values to Do good. Be good. Make good.CEO Forum is rolling out the “Magnificent Eight” in a series of audio interviews(link is external) and in its magazine over the next several weeks. The print edition of the magazine is being mailed this week.Source: Montpelier, Vermont – National Life Group 3.28.2018
February 15, 2013 Regular News ST. JOHNS COUNTY LEGAL AID presented its annual pro bono awards to private attorneys who have donated the most hours of free service to the poor, elderly, and disabled in St. Johns County. “We hit financial hardships four to five years ago and asked the bar to step up and help those in need,” said Megan Wall managing attorney of St. Johns County Legal Aid. “A record number of winners this year — part of the centurion club — all did 100 hours or more.” Pictured from the left in the back row are Judge John Alexander, Jim Kowalski, Judge Clyde Wolfe, Virginia Morgan, Judge Scott DuPont, Jay Grife, Judge Howard Maltz, and Wall. In the front from the left are Cheryl McCray, Rusty Collins, Tania Schmidt-Alpers, and Howard McGillin. Honored but not pictured were Brandon Beardsley and Mina Bustamante. St. Johns County Legal Aid honors pro bono volunteers
Paper highlights promise of bacteriophage therapyA new paper in Open Forum Infectious Diseases lays out some of the lessons learned from cases of antibiotic-resistant infections treated with bacteriophage therapy.For the paper, researchers with the Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics (IPATH) at the University of California, San Diego, reviewed nearly 2 years of consult requests for bacteriophage therapy and examined outcomes from the first 10 cases at the center treated with intravenous (IV) bacteriophage therapy. IPATH was launched in 2018 to expand clinical use of the bacteria-killing viruses against multidrug-resistant infections.Of the 785 requests from patients and physicians, 82% were for treatment of bacterial infections, primarily those caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, and Mycobacterium abscessus. Bacteriophage therapy was administered to 17 of 119 patients in whom it was recommended, and the median time from request to administration was 170 days.Review of the first 10 cases, seven of which had successful outcomes, showed that administration of IV and nebulized bacteriophage therapy appears safe, may be safely administered by outpatients, and can be used to suppress infections. The review also found that bacterial resistance to bacteriophage therapy can develop but can be overcome with new phages, that combining phages and antibiotics can lead to successful outcomes despite the presence of in vitro antibiotic resistance, and that treatment failure can occur despite in vitro phage susceptibility.”In conclusion, our experience with BT [bacteriophage therapy] for a variety of indications highlights the promise of BT for multiple clinical indications,” the authors of the paper wrote. “Significant work is needed to identify predictors of success and for design of clinical trials that will lead to more widespread use.”Aug 27 Open Forum Infect Dis abstract European drug makers call for new reimbursement models for antibioticsThe BEAM (Biotech companies in Europe combating Antimicrobial Resistance) Alliance late last week urged the European Union (EU) and individual member states to adopt new reimbursement models for antibiotics.In a paper on its website, the alliance, which includes 70 small- and medium-sized European companies involved in antibiotic development, called on the European Commission to create a new pull incentive framework that would help make new antibiotics more commercially viable and to provide guidance to member states on the size of the incentives that would be required.The group also encouraged member states to champion and adopt a new EU legislative framework that would encourage the development of new antibiotics and to create new reimbursement models similar to those adopted in the United Kingdom and Sweden. “Because new antibiotics are (appropriately) held in reserve, developers of new medicines have struggled financially or have gone bankrupt,” the alliance said. “The BEAM Alliance and the co-signatories of this paper urge the EU and its member states to urgently act and fix the broken economics around investment into the development and commercialization of antimicrobials.”In another paper posted on its website last week, the alliance applauded the launch of the AMR Action Fund, a nearly $1 billion effort by pharmaceutical companies to support late-stage antibiotic development announced earlier this summer. But the group noted that the fund “must be matched by a commercial ecosystem that is supportive of innovation in the field, so that the antibacterial drugs developed as a result of this funding can be truly viable from a market as well as scientific and clinical perspective.”Aug 28 BEAM Alliance paper on new reimbursement models Aug 27 BEAM Alliance reflection paper on the AMR Action Fund
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The National Bank of Belgium (NBB) has published an annual update of the study on the economic importance of the Flemish maritime ports – Antwerp, Ghent, Ostend and Zeebrugge -, the Liège port complex and the port of Brussels.The contribution of each port to the national economy is estimated on the basis of the analysis of their economic, social and financial situation over the period 2007 – 2012. The three principal variables considered are value added, employment and investment. This study also highlights the indirect effects on value added and employment, as well as the main data from the social balance sheet.Analysis of the financial results involves a study of the return on equity, liquidity and solvency ratios and the financial health model developed by the Bank.The decline in direct value added in the six Belgian ports that had begun back in 2011 continued in the year 2012, albeit at a more moderate pace (-0.5 %). Value added generated directly by the maritime cluster was up 8.2 %, thanks mainly to cargo handling and port construction and dredging activities. In the non-maritime cluster, on the other hand, value added fell in both trade and industry, with the biggest reductions concentrated in the energy and chemicals industry segments.Individual port results were nevertheless quite divergent. The value added generated by the ports of Antwerp and Ostend enjoyed growth rates above 3 % in 2012. Over the same period, the port of Brussels’ value added remained stable. Conversely, it fell back by 1.5 % in the port of Zeebrugge. Lastly, value added produced by the port of Ghent and the Liège port complex slumped by 4.8 and 16.1 % respectively. Indirect value added grew by 0.4 %. The share of total value added in Belgium’s GDP was down by 0.2 of a percentage point to 7.9 %.More info[mappress]Press Release, June 26, 2014
OMV informed it has appointed Johann Pleininger as the Executive Board member responsible for Upstream as of September 1. He will succeed Jaap Huijskes, who decided to resign before the end of his mandate and leaves on the best of terms, the company said in a statement.Johann Pleininger joined OMV in 1977 and from 2007 to 2013 he was the Executive Board member responsible for E&P at OMV Petrom in Bucharest.Most recently he has been the Senior Vice President responsible for the core Upstream countries Romania and Austria.[mappress mapid=”17683″]
Hamburg Port Authority has just released this amazing dredging video named “Keep the Port on Depth” – XXL dredging ship in use.The video will give you an invaluable insight into the role of Jan De Nul’s trailing suction hopper dredger “Bartolomeu Dias” in keeping the Port of Hamburg regularly dredged and maintained.This TSHD has a hopper capacity of 14,000 m³, deadweight of 22,500 tonnes, length overall of 147.8 m, breadth of 30.0 m, draught loaded of 10.00 m, and maximum dredging depth of 52 m.“For the around 10,000 seagoing vessels annually calling at the Port of Hamburg, reliable water depths throughout the year are essential for handling shipping traffic in the port and on the Elbe properly,” said Ingo Egloff, CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing.Schleswig-Holstein recently granted Hamburg permission to continue to deposit dredged material near Buoy E3 in the North Sea.The new permission substantially increases the scope for action to continuously keep the water level deep in the Port of Hamburg.[mappress mapid=”22723″]
The Solicitors Regulation Authority has been criticised by the tribunal for charging too much to prosecute a ‘straightforward’ case, it emerged this week.The regulator had applied for £22,500 costs following a two-day Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal hearing in July, to run the case against Julian Critchlow, but ended up being awarded just £8,000. The tribunal was also critical of the SRA for employing external advisers when the case could have been handled in-house.Critchlow, 63, had admitted drunkenly touching a paralegal colleague inappropriately at a London pub, with colleagues and a client sitting at the same table. He was fined £10,000.But his lawyers contested the SRA’s claim for costs, pointing out Critchlow had self-reported the matter following an internal investigation by his firm. Papers were relatively short and not complicated, and his defence lawyers’ claimed-for hours were ‘nowhere near’ those of Capsticks, the SRA’s instructed firm.In an unusually strong assessment of the SRA’s fees, tribunal chair Andrew Spooner said the schedule of costs filed by the regulator was ‘of very little use’, and he noted this was the same in ‘numerous’ previous cases.Spooner added: ‘[The schedule] did not say what hourly rate was used by the different levels of fee earners. It contained no specific detail of the work done. Five fee earners were named and there was no breakdown of why there was so much partner involvement for such a straightforward case.’Capsticks’ Grace Hansen told the tribunal that a rate of £200 per hour was ‘proportionate’ and said it was ‘coincidence’ that the amount claimed in fees at 92.5 hours came out at exactly the same figure – £18,500 – agreed as a fixed fee for the case.Addressing each aspect of work claimed for, the tribunal almost halved the 9.5 hours for reviewing case papers and case planning, and reduced the 27 hours for producing a prosecution statement to 20. The SRA had claimed for 18.1 hours for answer and case management, and the tribunal noted Critchlow’s answer had amounted to five lines of text. This was reduced to 10 hours.The tribunal ruled that this was a case that ‘could and should’ have been dealt with by the SRA in-house at £130 per hour, and this figure should have been used as the base hourly rate. The case required 60 hours rather than the 92.5 suggested by the regulator.
Book review,Paris Carte des Réseaux FerrésFourth editionThis updated geographical map of railways in the Paris area encompasses all SNCF and RATP routes, plus other rail and tram lines including the Euro Disney Railroad and OrlyVAL. There is also a detailed track plan of the metro, showing all depots, sidings and platforms. £3·50 from Quail Map Company, 2 Lincoln Road, Exeter, EX4 2DZ, Great Britain.Tel: +44 1392 430277TrackJim PikeProviding a simple, non-technical introduction to the subject, illustrated with black-and-white photographs, this history of railway track stretches from early wooden wagonways to modern high speed lines. It covers manufacturing techniques, track designs, and unorthodox ideas such as the Lartigue monorail and atmospheric railways. Different types of rails, fixings, switches and crossings are explained.£19·99 from Sutton Publishing, Phoenix Mill, Thrupp, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 2BU, Great Britain.Tel: +44 1453 731114