Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen to Welcome Phoenix Best to the Cast

first_img Tony-winning Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen is adding stage alum Phoenix Best to the cast. The talented actress will take over the role of Alana Beck beginning on March 13, replacing original cast member Kristolyn Lloyd, who will play her final performance on March 11.”I’m so thankful to be a part of this show, to tell this story and to work with so many amazing artists!,” Best told in an exclusive statement.Best made her Broadway debut in the Tony-winning revival of The Color Purple. She was also seen as Eponine on the North American tour of Les Misérables.The current Dear Evan Hansen cast also includes Taylor Trensch, 2017 Tony winner Rachel Bay Jones, 2017 Tony nominee Mike Faist, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Michael Park, Laura Dreyfuss and Will Roland.The winner of six 2017 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen features a Tony-winning book by Steven Levenson, a Tony-winning score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and direction by four-time Tony nominee Greif. Phoenix Best(Photo: Nathan Johnson) from $89.00 View Comments Star Filescenter_img Dear Evan Hansen Related Shows Phoenix Bestlast_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims fall nearly 300

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims as expected fell dramatically last week as holiday hiring picked up. Volatility is typical this time of year. Claims also remain lower than at the same time last year, as they have been for most weeks in 2017. Holiday hiring will see a reverse after Christmas, when claims typically spike again. For the week of December 9, 2017, there were 586 claims, 293 fewer than than they were last week and 80 fewer than they were a year ago. Altogether 4,161 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 766 from a week ago, and 940 fewer than a year ago.For UI claims last week, by industry Construction accounted for the most claims (39 percent of the total), while Manufacturing claims increased and Service claims, usually the highest, fell to only 37 percent, with a big decrease in total claims (from 404 the previous week to only 217 last week).The Department processed 0 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08).Vermont’s unemployment rate for October was 2.9 percent. This reflects no change from the revised September rate (2.9 percent), as all the major indicators improved. SEE STORY.The Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, which is a state savings account to pay for unemployment insurance claims, fell by $751,087 last week, but is up $81,240,824 from the same time last year, as claims have fallen. It now stands at $386,119,133. During the Great Recession, the Trust Fund fell into deficit and the state had to borrow money from the federal government to cover claims.On July 1, 2017, the state reduced taxable rates for individual employers according to their experience rating. The rate reduction cut the highest UI tax rate from 8.4 percent to 7.7 percent, and the lowest rate from 1.3 percent to 1.1 percent. Additionally, July 1 marked the sunset of a provision that required claimants to wait one week between the time they were determined eligible for benefits to when they could collect those benefits.The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: is external)NOTE: Employment (nonfarm payroll) – A count of all persons who worked full- or part-time or received pay from a nonagricultural employer for any part of the pay period which included the 12th of the month. Because this count comes from a survey of employers, persons who work for two different companies would be counted twice. Therefore, nonfarm payroll employment is really a count of the number of jobs, rather than the number of persons employed. Persons may receive pay from a job if they are temporarily absent due to illness, bad weather, vacation, or labor-management dispute. This count is based on where the jobs are located, regardless of where the workers reside, and is therefore sometimes referred to as employment “by place of work.” Nonfarm payroll employment data are collected and compiled based on the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey, conducted by the Vermont Department of Labor. This count was formerly referred to as nonagricultural wage and salary employment.last_img read more

Banks at Walmart are ‘exploiting the poor’

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Alexander C. KaufmanA Wall Street investor told Bloomberg TV Tuesday that Walmart is renting out space to banks that “exploit” the working poor.The investor, Christopher Grisanti, co-founder of Grisanti Capital Management, said many of the independently-operated banks located in the retailer’s stores take advantage of cash-strapped consumers with nowhere else to turn. They allow poor Americans to overdraw their checking accounts and then subsequently charge overdraft fees.“What’s happening in Walmart is you have these independently-owned branches that are exploiting a niche that’s been exploited for the last 100 years… the working poor, frankly, that can’t get credit elsewhere and can’t cash their checks,” he told Bloomberg TV’s Tom Keene.Grisanti was discussing an investigation published Sunday in Wall Street Journal that the five banks with the most Walmart branches all crack the same top 10 list: banks that earn the most off overdraft fees in total. The five banks are Fort Sill National, First Convenience, Academy, Woodforest National and City National Bank and Trust Company. continue reading »last_img read more

The Perils of ‘Bite Size’ Science

first_imgThe New York Times: In recent years, a trend has emerged in the behavioral sciences toward shorter and more rapidly published journal articles. These articles are often only a third the length of a standard paper, often describe only a single study and tend to include smaller data sets. Shorter formats are promoted by many journals, and limits on article length are stringent — in many cases as low as 2,000 words.This shift is partly a result of the pressure that academics now feel to generate measurable output. According to the cold calculus of “publish or perish,” in which success is often gauged by counting citations, three short articles can be preferable to a single longer one.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Researchers solve longtime puzzle about how we learn

first_imgMore than a century ago, Pavlov figured out that dogs fed after hearing a bell eventually began to salivate when they heard the ring. A Johns Hopkins University-led research team has now figured out a key aspect of why.In the current issue of the journal Neuron, neuroscientist Alfredo Kirkwood settles a long-running debate in neurology: Precisely what happens in the brain when we learn? In other words, neurologically speaking, how did Pavlov’s dogs learn to associate a ringing bell with the delayed reward that followed? For decades, scientists have had a working theory, but Kirkwood’s team is now the first to prove it.“If you’re trying to train a dog to sit, the initial neural stimuli, the command, is gone almost instantly — it lasts as long as the word ‘Sit,’” said Kirkwood, a professor with the university’s Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute. “Before the reward comes, the dog’s brain has already turned to other things. The mystery was, ‘How does the brain link an action that’s over in a fraction of a second with a reward that doesn’t come until much later?’” LinkedIn Share on Facebook Email The working theory — which Kirkwood’s team has validated — is that invisible “eligibility traces” effectively tag the neural synapses activated by the stimuli so that it can be cemented as true learning with the eventual arrival of a reward.In the case of a dog learning to sit, when the dog gets a treat or a reward, neuromodulators like dopamine flood the dog’s brain with “good feelings.” Though the brain has long since processed the “Sit” command, eligibility traces respond to the neuromodulators, prompting a lasting synaptic change: learning.The team was able to prove the theory by isolating cells in the visual cortex of a mouse. When they stimulated the axon of one cell with an electrical impulse, they sparked a response in another cell. By doing this repeatedly, they mimicked the synaptic response between two cells as they process a stimulus and create an eligibility trace. When the researchers later flooded the cells with neuromodulators, simulating the arrival of a delayed reward, the response between the cells strengthened or weakened, showing the cells had “learned” and were able to do so because of the eligibility trace.“This is the basis of how we learn things through reward,” Kirkwood said, “a fundamental aspect of learning.”In addition to a greater understanding of the mechanics of learning, these findings could enhance teaching methods and lead to treatments for cognitive problems.center_img Pinterest Share Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Watching the movie Joker linked to an increase in prejudicial attitudes toward those with mental illness

first_imgShare Email Share on Facebook “This prompted me to start investigating why, and media portrayals of mental illness seemed like a good place to start. Most people learn about mental illness through the media, whether it be news stories or fictional portrayals in movies, and it seems many of these portrayals are harmful. ‘Joker’ represented the perfect opportunity to investigate the impact of fictional portrayals,” explained Scarf, who is a senior lecturer at the University of Otago.The researchers randomly assigned 164 adults to watch either “Joker” or the movie “Terminator: Dark Fate.” Before and after watching their assigned movie, the participants completed an assessment of prejudice towards people with mental illness. The assessment asked the participants how much they agreed with statements such as “I would feel unsafe being around someone who is mentally ill” and “The behaviour of people with mental illness is unpredictable.”After controlling for age, sex, and history of mental illness, Scarf and his colleagues found that watching “Joker” was associated with an increase in prejudice towards those with mental illness. Scarf hopes the study highlights that “news stories and fictional portrayals of people with mental illness are typically negative and can impact how we view people with mental illness.”“One question I have been thinking about is whether we can reduce the impact of movies like the ‘Joker.’ I don’t favour banning these types of movies so methods to mitigate the impact could be really important,” Scarf told PsyPost.“I am not sure what form these might take but could involve presenting viewers with some facts following the movie (e.g., that most people with mental illness are not violent), making it clear that the portrayal in the movie is a work of fiction, etc. Another option would be for Hollywood to balance out how they portray mental illness, making sure they also put out movies that provide a more positive and realistic depiction of people struggling with mental illness.”The study, “Association of Viewing the Films Joker or Terminator: Dark Fate With Prejudice Toward Individuals With Mental Illness“, was authored by Damian Scarf, Hannah Zimmerman, Taylor Winter, Hannah Boden, Sarah Graham, Benjamin C. Riordan, and John A. Hunter. Share on Twittercenter_img LinkedIn Pinterest New research provides evidence that watching the 2019 movie “Joker” is associated with an increase in prejudice toward people with mental illness. The findings have been published in JAMA Network Open.“A couple of years ago I was looking at some social survey data collected in New Zealand, where I am based,” said study author Damian Scarf. “One of the questions people were asked was ‘how would you feel if you had a new neighbour who…’ followed by things like ‘was a different ethnicity to you’, ‘was a different religion to you’, etc.”“The question was also asked with respect to having a neighbour with a mental illness. While most people were comfortable living next to someone who was a different ethnicity or religion, only about 50% of people were comfortable living next to someone with a mental illness.”last_img read more

Foster Wheeler reports third quarter results

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Meriaura adds ship and staff

first_imgMeanwhile, Meriaura and UPM Logistics have signed a time charter agreement for the multipurpose ro-ro vessel Polaris VG, which Meriaura Group acquired from Reederei Lehmann in June 2015.From January 2016, Polaris VG will trade mainly between Finland and Germany, carrying paper reels and other forestry products.The Meriaura Group has also made a number staff changes, including the appointment of Hannu Laivoniemi as chartering manager. Laivoniemi previously served as country manager for Tschudi Logistics Finland.Back in May, Meriaura project manager Xavier de Meulder left the company and has since founded his own company – Extramare – which aims to provide consultancy and project management services in the marine offshore, shipping and logistics sectors.At VG Shipping – Meriaura’s ship management arm – Thomas Friis has been appointed new crewing manager, while Ville Koskinen was named director of ship management. “Despite the gloomy economic forecasts in our trading area, heavy project cargoes keep on moving,” commented Meriaura vice managing director, Beppe Rosin in its quarterly newsletter.”Although the market for bulk transports, as usual, was weak during the summer period, our project department has been very busy. Not only has Meri, our open deck carrier, had more business than in a long time, but the number of smaller project transports has also shown growth.”  www.meriaura.filast_img read more

Shoplifter pepper sprays security guard

first_imgA shoplifter pepper-sprayed a security guard at a store at The Palms at Town and Country, authorities said.The incident was reported at Forever 21’s even cheaper F21 RED store. According to an incident report, a woman saw the thief putting clothes into a shopping bag without paying for the items and notified the store’s security guard.Miami-Dade police recently released surveillance video that shows the shoplifter pepper-spraying the security guard before taking off with a bag full of stolen merchandise.It’s unclear how much the merchandise was worth. According to an incident report, the store was evacuated because of the chemicals in the air.last_img read more

Man remanded for allegedly stealing a scooter

first_imgLocalNews Man remanded for allegedly stealing a scooter by: Dominica Vibes News – May 19, 2016 Tweet Share Photo credit: forum.cloudmedianews.comA male adult of Mahaut has been remanded at the State Prison in Stockfarm for allegedly taking conveyance, which means taking something without the owner’s consent.According to the Police Public Relations Officer, Danny Toussaint has been arrested and charged for the offence of taking conveyance.“It is alleged that Danny Toussaint stole one Typhoon scooter registration number PN 321 belonging to Bronson Prosper, male adult of Stockfarm,” Mr Jno Baptiste said.The incident reportedly occurred on 19 February 2016 at Mahaut.“Toussaint, who was arrested on Saturday 14 May 2016, has since been taken before the Magistrate’s court at St Joseph and was remanded at the Dominica State Prison,” Mr Jno Baptiste added. 792 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more