Culturalist Challenge! Rank the Top 10 Girl Groups That Should Lend Their Music to Broadway

first_imgThe Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.It’s Friday, and we’ve got the beat, Broadway fans! Fresh off the news that the Go-Go’s musical Head Over Heels is heading to the Great White Way, we’ve been feeling the girl-power vibes and thinking about our favorite musical girl gangs. Their catalogs make for amazing musicals—The Shirelles and the Spice Girls have already inspired productions. And who doesn’t love Dreamgirls, which is based on the Supremes’ rise to stardom? There are so many incredible musical girl groups, so we wanted to ask: Which one should take a page from Head Over Heels’ book and lend its musical catalog to a full-out Broadway production? Broadway.com Social Media Manager Caitlyn Gallip got this challenge going with her top 10. You’re up!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites.STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! View Commentslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Idina Menzel Sings ‘Christmas Just Ain’t Christmas’ on The Late Show & More

first_img Idina Menzel Lucas Hnath’s The Thin Place Extends RunOff-Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons has extended the New York-debut run of Lucas Hnath’s The Thin Place through January 26, 2020. The new play by the Tony-nominated playwright of A Doll’s House, Part 2 was originally scheduled to conclude its limited run on January 5. Directed by Les Waters, The Thin Place centers on two women: one who’s recently experienced a strange loss and another who communicates with the dead. The cast includes Randy Danson as Linda, Kelly McAndrew as Sylvia, Emily Cass McDonnell as Hilda and Triney Sandoval as Jerry.TCG to Honor David Henry Hwang & National Black Theatre Festival at 2020 GalaTheatre Communications Group has announced Tony-winning playwright David Henry Hwang and the National Black Theatre Festival as honorees at the company’s annual gala. The event will be held at the Edison Ballroom on February 3, 2020 at 6:00pm. Hwang is a Tony winner and Pulitzer finalist for M. Butterfly; he was also Tony-nominated for Golden Child and Flower Drum Song and received an additional Pulitzer nod for Yellow Face. His new musical Soft Power recently made its New York premiere at the Public Theater. The National Black Theatre Festival, which hosts upwards of 120 performances every other year, has attracted nearly 65,000 visitors to Winston-Salem, NC since its inception in 1989.P.S. The Aussie cast of School of Rock lends their skills to a holiday performance! View Comments Star Files Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed today. Idina Menzel Sings “Christmas Just Ain’t Christmas” on The Late ShowIdina Menzel is getting into the holiday spirit. The strong-voiced Tony winner, who recently released the new album Christmas: A Season of Love, took to the small screen last night for a performance from her fresh holiday tome. The Wicked and Frozen film star visited The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to sing “Christmas Just Ain’t Christmas” for a lucky audience of TV viewers. Take a look at Menzel’s performance below and download her album today.last_img read more

Justice Teaching in Jacksonville

first_img IT SHOULD COME AS no surprise that, as a member of the judiciary, Duval County Court Judge Pauline Drake has a very busy schedule. Nonetheless, Judge Drake always makes time to visit the two Jacksonville schools that she volunteers with through Justice Teaching: Brentwood Elementary School of the Arts and Arlington Heights Elementary School. Recently, Judge Drake visited fifth-grade students in two classrooms at Brentwood and presented a session that addressed the United States Constitution. Judge Drake reported a phenomenon not uncommon in Justice Teaching. While the students were initially nervous, they grew more comfortable and became quite engaged and animated as the session progressed. She was especially pleased to note that the students listened carefully and were respectful whenever a fellow classmate spoke. Students who excelled during the session received a pen in the shape of a gavel donated by the Clerk’s Office of the Fourth Judicial Circuit. Judge Drake said Justice Teaching is an “excellent opportunity to develop good relationships with the community.” To learn more about becoming a Justice Teaching volunteer, visit www.justiceteaching.org . February 1, 2014 Regular News Justice Teaching in Jacksonvillelast_img read more

How the brain sees the world in 3-D: Scientists record visual cortex combining 2-D and depth info

first_imgLinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share Emailcenter_img Pinterest We live in a three-dimensional world, but everything we see is first recorded on our retinas in only two dimensions.So how does the brain represent 3-D information? In a new study, researchers for the first time have shown how different parts of the brain represent an object’s location in depth compared to its 2-D location.Researchers at The Ohio State University had volunteers view simple images with 3-D glasses while they were in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner. The fMRI showed what was happening in the participants’ brains while they looked at the three-dimensional images. The results showed that as an image first enters our visual cortex, the brain mostly codes the two dimensional location. But as the processing continues, the emphasis shifts to decoding the depth information as well.“As we move to later and later visual areas, the representations care more and more about depth in addition to 2-D location. It’s as if the representations are being gradually inflated from flat to 3-D,” said Julie Golomb, senior author of the study and assistant professor of psychology at Ohio State.“The results are surprising because a lot of people assumed we might find depth information in early visual areas. What we found is that even though there might be individual neurons that have some depth information, they don’t seem to be organized into any map or pattern for 3-D space perception.”Golomb said many scientists have investigated where and how the brain decodes two-dimensional information. Others had looked at how the brain perceives depth. Researchers have found that depth information must be inferred in our brain by comparing the slightly different views from the two eyes (what is called binocular disparity) or from other visual cues.But this is the first study to directly compare both 2-D and depth information at one time to see how 3-D representations (2-D plus depth) emerge and interact in the brain, she said.The study was led by Nonie Finlayson, a former postdoctoral researcher at Ohio State, who is now at University College London. Golomb and Xiaoli Zhang, a graduate student at Ohio State, are the other co-authors. The study was published recently in the journal NeuroImage.Participants in the study viewed a screen in the fMRI while wearing 3-D glasses. They were told to focus on a dot in the middle of the screen. While they were watching the dot, objects would appear in different peripheral locations: to the left, right, top, or bottom of the dot (horizontal and vertical dimensions). Each object would also appear to be at a different depth relative to the dot: behind or in front (visible to participants wearing the 3-D glasses).The fMRI data allowed the researchers to see what was happening in the brains of the participants when the various objects appeared on the screen. In this way, the scientists could compare how activity patterns in the visual cortex differed when participants saw objects in different locations.“The pattern of activity we saw in the early visual cortex allowed us to tell if someone was seeing an object that was to the left, right, above or below the fixation dot,” Golomb said. “But we couldn’t tell from the early visual cortex if they were seeing something in front of or behind the dot.“In the later areas of visual cortex, there was a bit less information about the objects’ two dimensional locations. But the tradeoff was that we could also decode what position they were perceiving in depth.”Golomb said future studies will look to more closely quantify and model the nature of three-dimensional visual representations in the brain.“This is an important step in understanding how we perceive our rich three-dimensional environment,” she said.last_img read more

All property prime yields fall to 1993 levels says CBRE

first_imgCBRE’s Prime Rent and Yield Monitor published today said that the all property yield is now 170 basis points higher than the start of 2008 and 254 basis points up from the summer of 2007. It said all sectors underwent significant price correction in the last quarter with investor activity stalling and occupier demand receding. Retail warehouses recorded the largest correction, with yields moving by 160 basis points in the three months to December 2008. This shift was largely due to bulky warehouses seeing exceptional price corrections. The office, retail and industrial sectors all saw yields rise 70 basis points. All property average prime rents fell by 2.7% in the fourth quarter taking the annual figure to -3.5% for 2008. CBRE said the paralysis in credit markets has contributed to the mood of uncertainty, with the central London business districts of the City and the west-end seeing a large fall off in demand in the fourth quarter, with rents down by 9% and 13% respectively. The significant lowering of base rates in the final quarter of last year saw gilt yields fall by 145 basis points to 3.0% meaning property now has a positive yield gap of 440 basis points over government bonds. Peter Damesick, executive director of UK Research at CBRE, said: ‘These latest figures confirm the scale of re-pricing since the upheavals in the financial markets in the fourth quarter. Average prime yields are now at a 15-year high, which is certainly bringing the property sector to the attention of a range of investors. ‘The scale of the re-pricing could help to close the gap between buyer and seller pricing expectations and is likely to present attractive buying opportunities for equity-rich investors targeting the commercial real estate market. With interest rates and government bond yields at unappealingly low levels, the attraction of property income returns looks set to grow in 2009.’last_img read more

DWF profits fall as firm reveals ‘modest restructuring’ of staff

first_imgProfits at top-25 firm DWF fell by 7% in 2014/15 as the firm sought to plan for its long-term future.Managing partner Andrew Leaitherland (pictured) said the firm is ‘ahead of the game’, despite pre-tax profits available for division among members dropping to £46.7m, down from £50.4m in 2013/14.Financial statements for the year to 30 April published today showed DWF shed almost 200 full-time staff during the year to end with a headcount of around 2,160. The firm attributed this to a ‘careful balance of natural attrition and modest restructurings’.The firm had already reported earlier this year that turnover climbed by 1% on 2014, from £189m to £191m. It had also disclosed that profit per equity partner was down 16% to £325,000.The report noted that ‘fundamental changes’ in the insurance market have led the firm to make ‘strategic and wise economic withdrawals’ from certain books of insurance business.Leaitherland said the reduced profits were due to spending commitments as part of the firm’s new strategy, which included investments in technology, 22 lateral partner hires and bringing all London staff into the ‘Walkie Talkie’ building.‘We know it takes more than one year to see these investments pay back and we are already seeing these returns this year,’ he added.‘So our plans for growth and investments are not denuded despite operating within markets such as insurance where our clients are experiencing profit challenges, and where we can we have responded with cost-saving changes.’While current assets of the firm stayed relatively unchanged at £102.3m, amounts owed to creditors due within one year rose from £50.7m to £74m.Bank loans and overdrafts increased from £13m to £32m, caused by a banking facility being refinanced to a revolving credit facility due to end in July 2018.The highest-paid member saw their remuneration fall from £1.14m in 2014 to £925,416 in 2015.last_img read more

Philippine Main Line South upgrade

first_imgWORK IS expected to start this month on upgrading of a 60?km section of Philippine National Railways’ Main Line South, permitting the expansion of suburban services to the south of Manila.PNR General Manager Jose Maria Sarasola announced on May 2 that track strengthening, bridge reconstruction, station works and the installation of new signalling and communications systems between Manila and Calamba is due to be completed by early 2009. Total cost of the work is put at US$314m, which is largely being funded by loans from China.PNR is already working with the National Housing Authority to clear squatters from the route, and has started work on the US$50m first phase covering the section of line between Caloocan in Manila and Alabang. A contract for the Stage II works between Alabang and Calamba was awarded to China National Technical Import & Export Corp at the end of April.According to Sarasola, the completion of Phase I will allow trains from Calamba to be extended through Manila to connect with Northrail services running north from the capital.nlast_img read more

This Day in History: Jamaican Olympian George Rhoden was born

first_imgOn this day in history, December 13, 1926, Jamaican Olympics runner George Vincent Rhoden winner of two Olympic gold medals in 1952 was born.Rhoden, who lived in San Francisco, was one of the successful long sprinters from Jamaica in the late 1940s and early 1950s, along with Arthur Wintand Herb McKenley. He competed in the 1948 Summer Olympics, but did not win a medal, being eliminated in the heats of the 100 m and the semi-final of the 400 m. He was also a member of the heavily favoured Jamaican 4 × 400 m relay team, but when Wint pulled a muscle in the final, their chances at a medal were gone. On 22 August 1950 at Eskilstuna, Sweden, Rhoden set a new world record in 400 m of 45.8 s. He also won the AAUchampionships in 400 m from 1949 to 1951 and as a Morgan State University student, won the NCAA championships in 220 yd (200 m) in 1951 and in 440 yd (400 m) from 1950 to 1952. He was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.At the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, George Rhoden was more successful. He was one of the pre-race favourites in the 400 m as a world record holder. He won a close battle with his compatriot McKenley, who had also been second in the 1948 Olympic 400 m. As the anchor runner of the Jamaican relay team, Rhoden added a second Olympic gold, edging the United States by a tenth of a second, and setting a new world record of 3:03.9.last_img read more

New Cuban vaccine developed against chronic hepatitis B

first_img Share 181 Views   no discussions Tweet HAVANA, Cuba (CMC) – The new Cuban vaccine for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B is currently undergoing clinical trials in Cuba and eight Asian countries, with the cooperation of the French company Abivax.Researchers say the new product – HeberNasvac, developed by researchers of the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), has proved to be more effective and safer than the rest of those existing in the world against the illness.Studies of clinical evaluation have been approved by regulatory authorities in Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong , the Philippines and Thailand.According to the World Health Organization, chronic liver disease caused by the hepatitis B virus is one of the main causes of liver cancer, liver cirrhosis, and other complications such as esophageal varicose veins.Each year about one million deaths have been attributed to infection by the virus. Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! HealthInternationalLifestyleNewsPrintRegional New Cuban vaccine developed against chronic hepatitis B by: Caribbean Media Corporation – August 13, 2015last_img read more

HFW assists Abu Dhabi Ports on Ship Purchase with Remote Closing

first_imgSea News, April 17 It represents the full spectrum of those involved in the industry, including shipowners and charterers, P&I Clubs, banks, international agencies, shipyards, marine insurance underwriters, governments and brokers across the entire shipping life cycle, from design to recycling. HFW was recently named by Lloyd’s List as the world’s leading shipping and maritime law firm, and has been serving clients in the industry for more than 135 years. Global, sector-focused law firm assisted Abu Dhabi Ports on its purchase of bulk carrier Mv NIKI. HFW also provided completion services to all parties on the transaction, which was closed remotely via video conference due to Covid-19. The HFW team was led in Piraeus by Kalliopi Karaiskaki and included Anna Papadopoulou, Ben Partridge and Lila Zerva. The firm has over 200 shipping lawyers and Master Mariners across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, specialising in dry shipping, admiralty and crisis management, and transactional work. Participants logged in from 11 different locations in Greece and Abu Dhabi, and all documents were signed electronically, presented and exchanged by video and email. (Image Courtesy: HFW/Twitter) Author: Baibhav Mishralast_img read more