9. Swings Love the “Fansies” (and Vice Versa). I have to include a special shout out to the “Fansies,” a.k.a. our show’s biggest supporters. A swing can sometimes feel, for lack of a better phrase, stuck in the wings when it comes to audience recognition. The “Fansies” have embraced us and been just as supportive of our careers, and I am so very appreciative. Thanks, you guys! 4. Swings Have a Secret Language. The swings of Newsies have a vernacular all our own that we’ve basically created to talk through sections very quickly. If you ever hear one of us saying, “You get the goods from Nun 1 at the corner of T2B,” we’re not being secret agents, I promise. Most of the company has no idea what we’re talking about, so you aren’t alone! 2. Swings Are Verrrry Versatile. What could be better than playing TWO roles on Broadway in a single day? On a two-show day, sometimes a swing has to play a different part in each performance. Your mind can become a little cloudy after that second one… 8. Swings Put Their Stamp on Each Performance. Newsies’ choreography is built for each specific dancer in the show. When we swing on, there are certain solo moments in which we are able to throw in our own favorite trick, something that really shows off our abilities. Nothing feels better than throwing a trick you feel amazing doing. When you see the word “Swing” after a Broadway cast member’s name, have you ever wondered exactly what the job involves? Broadway.com asked Michael Fatica, an original cast member (and now Dance Captain) at the hit musical Newsies, to tell us everything a fan needs to know about these do-it-all cast members. Below, the tireless young pro shares 10 fascinating facts about a job that’s crucial to the success of any musical. 1. Swings Are Always Ready to Go. In a show like Newsies, the job of a swing is to arrive at the theater every day, ready to perform at a moment’s notice any of the tracks (roles) that he or she covers. A swing is offstage unless he or she is filling in for one of the assigned tracks. We have three swings, plus our amazing vacation swing, who share the load. Oh, and the Newsies swings cover 14 tracks each! 5. Swings Pursue Interesting Hobbies. As a Dance Captain, it is my job to watch the show and make sure it is staying true to our creative team’s vision. However, swings tend to take on some interesting side projects to keep our minds working when not onstage. Offstage hobbies include, but are not limited to: crochet, drawing, building clocks and occasionally buying shoes. 6. Swings Know Everybody in the Cast. One of the cool perks of being a Dance Captain is helping teach new additions to the show. We get three weeks to get to know these new guys one on one, as well as see them grow into Newsies in front of our eyes. It is an amazing transformation to witness. 3. Swings Can Do Tricks. We had a day in rehearsals called Fireworks, or Circus McGurkus, where each guy got to show the dance team their best “tricks” (a.k.a. tumbling, leaps and turns). While as a swing that was a daunting day, I learned so many AWESOME things from these freakishly talented guys. 7. Swings Get to Watch! Have you ever acted in a show and wished you could see it from the audience? Swings get to see it from every angle. If you’re at the Nederlander Theatre and see someone in the back of the house with a notepad, it’s probably one of us. It’s so invigorating to watch the audience, especially an aspiring actor or really little tyke, experience Newsies for the first time. It recharges me and gets me excited to go on again. 10. Swings Are a Brotherhood. Having swung this show, knowing every detail involved in these tracks, I can no longer watch any Broadway musical and not appreciate what its swings have to do. It really is a Brotherhood (or Sisterhood) of Swingdom! I applaud anyone who is privileged enough to do it, and I know that I am a smarter and better performer because of my experience as a swing. Related Shows Newsies View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 24, 2014
The Army Continuing Education System is composed of the Army Education Center with five partner schools offering a variety of educational programs and services for Soldiers, Family members, employees and local civilians. The central phone number for ACES is (502) 624-2427. ACES includes three facilities: the Army Education Center in Building 65 and annex buildings 1174 and 1055. You may also like their Facebook page at Fort Knox Education Center.PROGRAMS AND SERVICESEducation Counseling Services are available to everyone and include academic planning and information on college course and program requirements, online degree options, financial aid, scholarships, the GI Bill and college programs throughout the country.The Army Tuition Assistance program pays 100 percent of a Soldier’s tuition cost up to the annual established DOD caps. Schools must be regionally or nationally accredited. TA pays for associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees and one certification. Soldiers must apply for benefits in advance through the GoArmyEd portal at www.goarmyed.com.The five ACES Partner Schools include Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, Western Kentucky University, University of Louisville, Sullivan University and Central Texas College. ACES maintains offices and staff at the Army Education Center in Building 65. College participation is open to everyone.The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support testing program provides many college credit exams free to Soldiers. Tests are administered through a National Testing Center at the University of Louisville office, and tests scores are available immediately. For more information, call (502) 942-8060.The Army Education Center manages the Army Personnel Testing program, offering AFCT, DLPT, DLAB and other military tests. Also available through the education center are college entrance exams such as the SAT and ACT, as well as Pearson VUE’s certification exams. The Army Learning Center, in Building 65, is an 18-classroom facility used for military and civilian training in the daytime and college classes at night.The Basic Skills Education Program assists Soldiers to raise GT scores and college readiness.
The award winning Triathlon Relays are now open for entries, with the event set for the Bank Holiday weekend of 27-28 August in Nottingham. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Relays, there will be plenty of activity on site to make it a great weekend of racing in a festival style atmosphere.Back when the relays were first launched, there were just 40 teams taking part, a lot of skimpy lycra and Iain Hamilton, the race director, was 18 years old and running the event as a college project.This year’s event features men’s, women’s, mixed and open teams as well as the new elite style team relays on Sunday. The elite style relay format and team time trial finals were a massive hit last year, contributing to the event winning Triathlon England’s Event of the Year award.As usual there is on site camping, catering and an event expo, as well as some new entertainments at the National Water Sports Centre to mark the event anniversary. There are various other activities including rafting, wake boarding, the sky trail, mini golf and segways.The relays are aimed at any group of four people who want to compete as a team. It is not necessary to be a club member, anyone can compete as long as they can complete a 500m open water swim, 15km flat and fast bike ride and 5km flat run.In order to compete for Triathlon England national titles, all four members of the team need to be Home Nations members and registered to the same club.Saturday’s standard relay format will see each member of the team individually completing each discipline before tagging their teammate, until all four people have completed each section and can cross the finishing line.Sunday will see the elite style triathlon relays followed by team time trial finals. Live music via DJs and crazy race commentary will make this all the more exciting to watch.Entries are open now via onestepbeyond.org.uk.www.onestepbeyond.org.uk Related
Superintendent Jim Hinson. File photo.In interviews with statewide media last week, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said he hopes that aspects of the block grant school finance bill passed by the legislature last session — namely the ability for districts to have more freedom to allocate funds where they see fit — will be carried over into a permanent funding formula, a signal that the block grant approach may be more than just the temporary plan it was initially touted to be.That news is likely to rankle public education advocates who point to Kansas’s impressive return for investment under the school finance formula that had been in place since 1992. But even as Johnson County districts prepare for the possibility of allotments — reductions in the amount of funds they had been promised under the block grant bill — the approach is still preferable to the old formula to some administrators.At a roundtable with local press earlier this month, Shawnee Mission Superintendent Jim Hinson said that even if he had known this spring that the district might get less than it was promised under the block grant bill, he would still have publicly supported it.“I think it makes our support of the block grant bill even more imperative because of what’s going on with school finance,” Hinson said of the possibility of allotments. “If the allotments occur, every district gets a reduction. If the formula would have continued to operate, with the reduction in the amount of money going into the formula, the impact on the Shawnee Mission School District would have been much greater.”Hinson broke ranks with the district’s traditional public education allies ahead of the vote on the block grant bill in March by lending the district’s support for the measure. The main rationale, Hinson argued, was that richer district like Shawnee Mission, end up having funds raised through local taxpayers shipped to other, less affluent districts.Still, Hinson acknowledges that the block grant has posed its challenges. Though the two-year funding cycle provides the district with a semblance of surety about how much it should receive from the state, it provides no mechanism for increasing funds when district enrollment goes up. As Shawnee Mission sees more students in its classrooms, its funding from the state remains the same.“Under the current block grant system, we have increased in enrollment, as you know, and we think that increase in student enrollment will be even greater next year. There is no new revenue for that,” Hinson said.
Share Narcissistic individuals are more likely to try to enhance their popularity on Instagram with deceptive or manipulative tactics, according to research published in Computers in Human Behavior.The study, which surveyed a total of 463 emerging adults who use Instagram, found that deceptive like-seeking behavior occurred among 12-55% of the sample. Deceptive like-seeking behaviors include dishonest methods of obtaining likes, such as buying likes/followers or changing one’s physical appearance with editing software.Emerging adults who scored higher on a measure of narcissism or reported weaker feelings of peer belonging were more likely to engage in these deceptive like-seeking behaviors. Share on Twitter LinkedIn Pinterest Email Share on Facebook PsyPost interviewed the study’s corresponding author, Tara M. Dumas of Huron University College at Western University. Read her responses below:PsyPost: Why were you interested in this topic?Dumas: I am a Professor at a liberal arts school in Ontario, Canada (Huron University College) and work closely with undergraduate students. It was during discussions with my students that I had first learned of the great lengths that some young people go to secure likes from other people on Instagram. I learned that a subset of these behaviors involve an element of deception such as buying followers or changing one’s physical appearance in photos using software before uploading them to Instagram. I found this surprising and also interesting from a social comparison and self-validation perspective. I discussed this with my colleague, Dr. Maxwell-Smith at Western University, who is also interested in how online consumption activities are affected by processes related to social comparison, and we both agreed that there appeared to be a great need for more research in this area.What should the average person take away from your study?This study is correlational in nature and thus we cannot assess causality. That being said, it is noteworthy that we found no apparent benefits of engaging in more dishonest forms of like-seeking behavior on Instagram. Instead, deceptive like-seeking was associated with narcissism and weaker feelings of peer belonging, while more normative forms of like-seeking (e.g., using a filter or hashtag) were associated with stronger feelings of peer belonging (i.e., the extent to which people feel connected to and valued by their peers). Further, there was no clear trend with one type of like-seeking behavior being associated with a greater number of likes received more than the other.Are there any major caveats? What questions still need to be addressed?I think it will be important for future research to adopt a longitudinal design, over time. This would allow researchers to examine if different types of like-seeking behavior on Instagram (and other social networking sites) actually serve to alter the number of likes received and to what degree this has an impact on how young people feel about themselves. Further, I think we can conduct more research to gain a better perspective of the types of young adults who are most likely to engage in deceptive and normative like-seeking behaviors and the resulting personal and social consequences/outcomes. For our part, my colleague Dr. Maxwell-Smith and I are currently examining how social dynamics within young people’s friend groups predict their like-seeking behavior on Instagram.The study, “Lying or Longing for Likes? Narcissism, Peer Belonging, Loneliness and Normative versus Deceptive Like-seeking on Instagram in Emerging Adulthood“, was also co-authored by Matthew Maxwell-Smith, Jordan P. Davis, and Paul A. Giulietti.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released interim guidance on Zika virus for clinicians with pregnant patients returning from or considering visiting countries where it is circulating, a move that comes on the heels of its Jan 15 travel advice for pregnant women and those trying to conceive.The CDC’s warning a few days ago—urging pregnant women and those planning pregnancies to temporarily shelve their travel plans—was underscored by an announcement only hours later of a microcephaly case in a baby born in Hawaii.Today’s guidance for clinicians and the stepped-up travel advisory from a few days ago come during the winter vacation travel season to tropical climates and ahead of Brazil’s pre-Lenten Carnival celebrations next month and the Summer Olympics that get under way in August.Meanwhile, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said the mosquito-borne virus has expanded its reach, which came with a request for countries to look for unusual rises in cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), and officials in Brazil announced funding to fast-forward vaccine development.Health provider guidanceThe CDC published its interim guidance today in an early-release report in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Health providers should ask all pregnant women about recent travel, and test those with a history of travel to the affected areas who have two or more symptoms consistent with Zika virus infection within 2 weeks of travel or who have ultrasound findings suggesting fetal microcephaly (small head size) or intracranial calcification.So far no commercially available test for Zika virus is available, with tests needing to be performed by the CDC and several state health departments.For pregnant women with positive Zika virus tests, clinicians should consider serial ultrasound to monitor fetal growth and referral to an obstetrics or infectious disease specialist with expertise in pregnancy management.Several questions remain about the Zika-microcephaly connection, as well as the range of outcomes for pregnant women infected with the virus, the CDC said.The CDC specified testing steps for babies with known intrauterine Zika virus exposure, and it said it is developing guidance for treating infected infants.Because there are no vaccines or treatments for the illness, all pregnant women should consider postponing travel to areas reporting ongoing Zika virus transmission, the CDC said. Those who must travel to the areas should take extra precautions to avoid mosquitoes during the entire day. The CDC said insect repellent use is safe for pregnant women when used according to label directions.Travel warningsThe CDC’s level 2 travel warning—to practice enhanced precautions—that was initiated on Jan 15 applies to those traveling to 14 regions or countries where Zika virus transmission is occurring. The advisory is thought to be the CDC’s first to recommend pregnant women avoid travel to a specific part of the world.Spread by Aedes mosquitoes, Zika virus causes a relative mild illness that resembles dengue fever, but it has been linked to a surge in microcephaly cases in Brazil. Recent lab studies have strengthened the link between maternal Zika virus infections and microcephaly, but health officials have said more evidence is needed to show a definitive connection.Until more is known and out of an abundance of caution, the CDC said pregnant women in any trimester should consider postponing travel to Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico. The CDC urged pregnant women who must travel, as well as those trying to get pregnant, to talk to their health providers in advance and strictly follow recommended steps to avoid mosquito bites.Because of the rapidly evolving situation and unknowns about the transmission area, the CDC said it will update the travel advisory when it has more information. Travelers should follow the CDC’s Web site closely for updated recommendations, the agency said. The CDC had already issued a level 1 travel notice for the affected areas, which urged pregnant travelers to take extra precautions to avoid mosquito bites.The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) on Jan 15 also issued a level 2 Zika virus travel notice, which encouraged pregnant women and those considering becoming pregnant to talk to their health providers about any plans to travel to the affected areas and to consider postponing their trips.Hawaii microcephaly caseShortly after the travel announcements, the Hawaii State Department of Health (HDOH) announced a Zika-linked microcephaly case, in a baby born to a mother who was likely infected with Zika virus while she lived in Brazil in 2015. State officials said CDC tests on samples from the baby, born at an Oahu hospital, and the mother suggest that both had been exposed to the virus, and that the baby was probably infected while in the womb.The case is the first known Zika-linked microcephaly case in the United States.Hawaii officials added that neither the mother nor the baby is currently infectious and that there was never a risk of transmission in Hawaii. No local transmission has been reported in Hawaii, though since 2014 the state has recorded six cases linked to travel in other countries. Infected returning travelers can transmit the virus to local Aedes mosquito populations.Sarah Park, MD, Hawaii’s state epidemiologist, said authorities are saddened by the infections in the mother and baby.”This case further emphasizes the importance of the CDC travel recommendations released today. Mosquitos can carry serious diseases, as we know too well with our current dengue outbreak,” she said, adding that an astute physician recognized the possible Zika link to the microcephaly case and immediately notified the HDOH.PAHO: Zika in 18 countries, GBS riseMeanwhile, PAHO said in a Jan 17 update that Zika virus is now circulating in 18 countries and territories in the Americas. In addition to the 14 locations noted by the CDC, PAHO said local transmission has also been reported in Barbados, Ecuador, Guyana, and St. Martin.The agency also said it is investigating an unusual rise in GBS in some of the affected countries. A possible link between GBS and Zika virus infection was reported in the wake of an outbreak in French Polynesia in 2014.PAHO said that since last July Brazil has been reporting neurologic complications in some patients who had recent Zika infection. Authorities in El Salvador this month reported an unusual increase in GBS since early December, according to PAHO. Typically the country reports 14 GBS cases per month, but from Dec 1 to Jan 6 it recorded 46 cases, 2 of them fatal. Of 22 patients with available information, 12 had been sick with a febrile rashlike illness 7 to 15 days before the onset of GBS symptoms.Other countries in the Americas are reporting similar patterns, and investigations are under way, PAHO said. It also urged countries to look for other neurologic conditions reported by French Polynesia in its outbreak, which included meningitis, meningoencephalitis, and myelitis.Also, PAHO described ocular problems affecting the macular area with loss of foveal reflex in three microcephalic babies from Brazil who had presumed intrauterine Zika virus exposure. One had well-defined macular neuroretinal atrophy.Brazil to speed up vaccine developmentIn its latest step in the Zika battle, Brazil’s health ministry on Jan 15 announced funding to develop a vaccine against Zika virus “in record time,” according to a Jan 16 Associated Press (AP) story.Jorge Kalil, MD, PhD, director of the Butantan Institute, which received the funding, predicted that it could take 3 to 5 years to develop a vaccine, the AP said.In other developments, a program to control Aedes populations through the release of genetically modified mosquitoes is expanding in a part of Brazil, after showing promising results. Oxitec, based in Oxford, England and Germantown, Md., said in a press release today that, because of increased demand based on results from a project in Piracicaba, Brazil, it will launch a new mosquito production facility in that southern city that has the potential to protect as many as 300,000 people. The city is in Sao Paulo state.The country’s government has already approved release of the genetically modified mosquitoes, and a project to reduce A aegypti mosquito populations began in part of the city in April 2015, Oxitec said.See also:Jan 19 MMWR reportJan 15 CDC press releaseJan 15 PHAC travel health noticeJan 15 HDOH press releaseJan 17 PAHO epidemiologic updateJan 16 AP storyJan 19 Oxitec press release
Since the onset of a property downturn in mid-2007, capital values have plummeted 25%. RICS expects a further drop of 25% over the next two years.Analysts said commercial property had entered a “double dip”. This is where falling rents from struggling occupiers lend unwanted momentum to the decline in prices caused by a cyclical market downturn that began before the recession.RICS warning about a further fall in values will shock the sector’s ravaged investors hoping for respite after a damaging 18-month slide in prices that has already seen many bank debt covenants breached or renegotiated because of the drop in the value of their collateral.Oliver Gilmartin, senior economist, said: ‘We are only halfway through the price correction in the commercial property market, with values set to fall through 2009 and 2010 as rental declines gather pace.’A slowdown in rental growth, as the UK enters recession, underpins RICS’ assessment. It expects rents to fall 10% in 2009, 4% in 2010 and 3% in 2011.Financial Times, The Guardian
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Major oil and gas companies, BG Group, BP, Eni, Royal Dutch Shell, Statoil and Total sent a call to the governments around the world and to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to introduce carbon pricing systems.The companies urge the governments to create clear, stable, ambitious policy frameworks that could eventually connect national systems.These would reduce uncertainty and encourage the most cost-effective ways of reducing carbon emissions widely, the companies said.The six companies set out their position in a joint letter from their chief executives to the UNFCCC Executive Secretary and the President of the COP21. This comes ahead of the UNFCCC’s COP21 climate meetings in Paris this December.With this unprecedented joint initiative, the companies recognize both the importance of the climate challenge and the importance of energy to human life and well-being. They acknowledge the current trend of greenhouse gas emissions is in excess of what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says is needed to limit global temperature rise to no more than 2 degrees Centigrade, and say they are ready to contribute solutions.In their letter the CEOs write, “Our industry faces a challenge: we need to meet greater energy demand with less CO2. We are ready to meet that challenge and we are prepared to play our part. We firmly believe that carbon pricing will discourage high carbon options and reduce uncertainty that will help stimulate investments in the right low carbon technologies and the right resources at the right pace. We now need governments around the world to provide us with this framework and we believe our presence at the table will be helpful in designing an approach that will be both practical and deliverable.”In their letter, the CEOs highlighted the role natural gas can play in addressing climate change.“We believe the pragmatic step of implementing a widespread and effective pricing of carbon emissions is critical to realising the full and positive impact natural gas can have,” they said in the letter.For natural gas, the case is simple: when burned to make electricity, it typically generates around half the carbon emissions of coal. In addition, gas can provide the electricity base load that is required and can be a flexible partner to renewable as efforts continue to improve the storage of electricity produced by intermittent solar or wind. This benefit is enhanced when natural gas emissions all along the value chain are controlled and reduced, stands in the letter.The letter has been signed by Helge Lund of BG Group, Bob Dudley of BP, Claudio Descalzi of Eni, Royal Dutch Shell’s Ben van Beurden, Statoil’s Eldar Sætre and Patrick Pouyanné of Total.[mappress mapid=”17368″]LNG World News Staff; Image: BG Group