first_imgNick Payne photographed at Culture Espresso(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Incognito British playwright Nick Payne made a splash on Broadway in 2015 with Constellations, an entertaining piece about quantum physics that starred Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson. The scribe, who is also known for his plays If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, One Day When We Were Young, Lay Down Your Cross, The Same Deep Water as Me, Elegy and more, is back at MTC (where Constellations also played) with Incognito. The piece features four actors playing multiple characters grappling with memory, questions about selfhood and mysteries of the brain. Payne met up with at one of his favorite places to write in New York (Midtown’s Culture Espresso) to talk science, structure and what he sticks on his wall.What’s the first thing you do when you’re getting ready to write?I make a coffee. This is really nerdy, but I have an AeroPress; I grind the beans and everything. It takes about 15 minutes and that wakes me up. I like the routine of it. Then I sit down at my desk, and I start straight away.Do you procrastinate before you get going?Not when I have something I’m working on. I don’t have a smartphone—just an old Nokia, so I try not to look at emails in the morning. I just start. I just write…but then I waste the afternoons.What inspired Incognito?The honest answer is a bit like the play—a mishmash of things. The way in which I came to the stories was almost random. During Constellations, I read a biography of Einstein; I was trying to understand relativity and that sort of thing. There was either a footnote or reference towards the end about Thomas Harvey, who took [Einstein’s] brain. It stuck with me, so I did a bit more reading about him, and I ended up reading a great book by Suzanne Corkin called Permanent Present Tense [about Patient HM, Henry Molaison]. At the end of the book, she talks about when Henry was in his late 80s and was very ill. They could see that he was going to die and wanted to secure his brain for research. I found a weird link between those two stories and thought maybe they could overlap in some way. How do you synthesize your research?I read a lot and then I laboriously type up quotes that I think might be of use to me. Then highlight all the bits I want to remember. I’m not copying from the book because I’m going to literally put that stuff in the play; it’s so I have a map of everything. Then I stick that on the wall, so if I’m writing—funnily enough my memory actually isn’t that good—I will be able to quickly refer to something and check a date or a place or an idea. Do you create an outline or jump right in?I do have a sort of plan, but it’s really just a basic sentence for each scene.What plays changed your life?Why do you write in such an unusual structure?I’m led by the ideas: In Constellations, the idea was everything that can happen does happen and is happening right now. So I thought if I want to deliver that idea as clearly as I can, I’m not sure a linear way could do that. I hoped that was the best way to communicate that amazing idea, which is both brilliant and beautiful but also really horrifying. In this play, likewise, the idea is there is no continuous self, so you have four performers and you don’t have a continuum between how and when and who they play. It’s never about a game or experiment, I honestly go in thinking it’s the best way to try and deliver the material.You are obviously inspired by science. Where does that come from?I don’t know. I’d be a very bad scientist. I think it’s because I had written a few plays that were naturalistic in their form, and I found something unsatisfying about it. I hadn’t quite cracked those plays. And then just by sheer chance, I read a few books on physics—just because I was interested and didn’t know anything about it. I came across the multiverse thing and thought I could tell a story in a nonlinear way. I found that really freeing. It’s funny; it’s less about the science and more that the science freed me from having to worry about doorknobs and bedroom suitcases. You don’t need any of that stuff—you just need some people in a room. Do you think you’ll ever write another naturalistic play?I don’t know. I fear I’m starting to get accused of repeating myself or being Mr. Science Playwright, so maybe I should. ​Which playwrights inspire you?What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received about writing?My agent years ago said, “Get a job that’s not writing so you don’t have to worry about making money from writing.” You should just try to do the things you want to do because when it comes time for it to be a job, you’ll have to do stuff to make money. That’s why I worked in bars or the bookshop or ushering. The only other thing that occurs to me is a quote from Ronald Harwood, where he says of writing: “Only stop when it’s going well.” It’s true if I stop when I’m stuck on something or struggling, then I don’t want to go back to it and it has a fog of dread about it. Whereas when you stop when it’s going really well and leave it for 24 hours you come back to it and you’re raring to go. It’s quite basic but quite useful. What’s the nitty, gritty hard work of being a playwright no one ever told you?Well, production meetings. There’s a really boring answer. You’re suddenly faced with the reality of people have to make this thing that was just in your head. Sometimes if you’ve written something that’s a bit challenging, you have to sit in a room full of people, who are like: “This is going to be hard.” And you start to think: “God, what have I done?” There’s that. What’s something you think all aspiring playwrights should do or see or know about?I think not just to be interested in theater is really good; it’s healthy. I don’t necessarily think seeing plays and reading them is the best way to figure out how to do it. Like actually go and wander around a gallery or go and meet someone who doesn’t like theater, who works in a completely different field and find out why they hate it or why they find it boring.Where did the title come from?A book by David Eagleman called Incognito. I just stole it. There is almost nothing in the play from that book. Actors are incognito, it’s what they do. In my head, the four people come on, put on sunglasses and can be anyone. What’s your favorite line in Incognito? 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first_imgBarrett Doss(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Groundhog Day The Citizens of Punxsutawney have been announced! Barrett Doss and more will appear alongside Andy Karl in Broadway’s Groundhog Day. The much-buzzed about tuner is set to begin performances on March 16, 2017 at the August Wilson Theatre and officially open on April 17.Newcomer Doss (You Can’t Take It With You) will star as Rita Hanson. The ensemble company will feature Rebecca Faulkenberry (Rock of Ages), John Sanders (Matilda), Andrew Call (Found), Raymond J. Lee (Honeymoon in Vegas), Heather Ayers (Young Frankenstein), Kevin Bernard (Billy Elliot), Gerard Canonico (Spring Awakening), Rheaume Crenshaw (Amazing Grace), Michael Fatica (She Loves Me), Katy Geraghty (Shrek), Camden Gonzales (Matilda), Jordan Grubb (Mary Poppins), Taylor Iman Jones (American Idiot), Tari Kelly (Something Rotten!), Josh Lamon (Finding Neverland), Joseph Medeiros (Matilda), Sean Montgomery (Matilda), William Parry (Sunday in the Park with George), Jenna Rubaii (American Idiot), Vishal Vaidya (1776 at Encores!), Travis Waldschmidt (Wicked) and Natalie Wisdom (Billy Elliot).Directed by Matthew Warchus, the musical features a score by Matilda scribe Tim Minchin and a book by Danny Rubin (who co-wrote the original 1993 film). Karl originated the role of Phil in the world premiere at London’s Old Vic opposite Carlyss Peer as Rita.Groundhog Day follows TV weather man Phil (played by Bill Murray on screen), who reluctantly goes to cover the story of Punxsutawney Phil for the third year in a row. Making no effort to hide his frustration, he covers the story and moves on, expecting his job to be finished. However, he awakes the “following” day and discovers that it’s Groundhog Day again, and the fun happens again and again and again. He soon realizes he must take advantage of it in order to secure the love of a coworker. View Commentscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 17, 2017 Related Showslast_img read more

first_imgIs it time to look at Vermont s transportation system or the lack of one? That is a question being explored by AARP and a number of other groups around Vermont. An AARP report released today shows that significant groups of Vermonters are unable to get where they need to go particularly older and lower income residents. As a strong consumer advocate, AARP is committed to supporting efforts that foster independence and livable communities or communities that have affordable and accessible housing, community engagement opportunities, and offer a range of mobility options.The report reveals that a substantial number of residents (54%) do not believe there are enough driving alternatives in their community and would like to see more. In addition, some 73% of Vermonters are concerned about the impact of vehicle emissions on global warming. Survey respondents said they were also concerned about gas costs and change their driving habits when prices are high. About 90% of residents believe the State should play a role in helping non-driving residents get where they are going.A convergence of factors changing demographics, environmental impacts, volatile gas prices, and transportation funding shortfalls make this an opportune time to rethink the way we transport the public, concluded the report. Vermont s rural nature also presents a host of challenges to traditional public transit. The study shows that a significant percent of residents are motivated by a variety of reasons to consider alternatives to driving their own car. The report, based on a survey of 800 residents over age 18, covers current driving habits, transportation alternatives, public transit and what motivates Vermonters to change driving behaviors.The AARP study is intended to inform a public discussion on the subject and help begin the process of putting this important issue on the state s policy agenda. AARP is convening a group of stakeholder groups to explore transporting the public. Initially, they will work to identify principles and create a vision for a statewide system while engaging a broad cross-section of Vermont agencies, institutions and organizations in the transformation process. We re working with several organizations that believe some action is needed in this area and the survey findings show that Vermonters support that view as well, said Greg Marchildon, AARP Vermont state director. This is a complex subject that seems to have been overlooked to date by policymakers and others. As a convener of this process, AARP ultimately aims to engage policymakers, legislators and the Governor s administration as we put together a roadmap to better serve the transportation needs of Vermonters.Selected Data & Findings:-Nearly all Vermont residents rely on a car to get around. However, a number of respondents traveled to their destinations in other ways most frequently, walking or sharing rides. -Older, lower income, and unemployed residents are more likely to have problems with transportation and get out less frequently.-Some 90% of respondents believe the State should help people get where they need to go if they are no longer able to drive.- Vermonters are motivated to change their driving habits by rising gas prices and a desire to protect the environment.-73% of Vermonters are concerned about vehicle emissions contributing to global warming. In addition, most Vermonters are concerned about the cost of gas and change their driving habits to lessen the economic burden when prices are high.- 54% do not believe there are adequate driving alternatives in their community and a majority of these people would like to see more alternatives. Interest in these alternatives is strong in communities where they are not available.The key refers to residents who live within or beyond five miles of services. Residents who live within five miles of services would be more likely to walk on sidewalks and use bike paths if these options were available, whereas those living farther away are more inclined to carpool and use park and rides should they become available in their communities.-Two-thirds of Vermonters believe the State has a role in providing personal car driving alternatives if gas prices continue to rise and to reduce vehicle emissions.AARP Vermont commissioned Pacific Market Research to conduct telephone interviews with 800 Vermont residents age 18 and older in December, 2008. The results of the survey are detailed in the final report. For a full copy of the report go to: is external).AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization with 138,000 members in Vermont and 35 million members nationally. Through a wide array of special benefits, services, and information resources, we help our members make important choices, reach their goals and dreams, and make the most of life after 50.Source: AARP. BURLINGTON, VT, April 23, 2009last_img read more

first_img UM honors Judge Hoeveler May 15, 2002 Regular News The University of Miami School of Law’s Center for Ethics and Public Service recently honored U.S. District Judge William M. Hoeveler with its First Annual William M. Hoeveler Award.The award was created to honor those who exemplify ethics and leadership in the legal profession. Judge Hoeveler received the inaugural award named in his honor at a special reception at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Miami.“The Hoeveler Award is being established by the center to honor devotion to ethics and leadership not only in bar and bench, but also in the civic community,” said UM Law Professor Anthony Alfieri, director of the law school’s Center for Ethics and Public Service. Recently honored with the Miami-Dade County Commission for Ethics and Public Trust’s ARETE award, the center also recognizes the contributions of those in the legal profession with its Lawyers in Leadership Award.An adjunct professor at UM’s Law School since 1995, Judge Hoeveler serves on the Advisory Board of the school’s Center for Ethics and Public Service. He was appointed to the federal bench in 1977, and chaired the Standing Committee on Professionalism for The Florida Bar from 1992-94.He was named best district judge in the 11th Circuit by The American Lawyer in 1983, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Miami Jewish Federation in 1991.center_img UM honors Judge Hoevelerlast_img read more

first_imgJudge Grube honored nationally March 15, 2003 Judge Peter Evans Regular News Judge Grube honored nationally Special to the NewsFlorida had a right to be proud when the governor of Nevada proclaimed it “Judge Karl Grube Day” in the state of Nevada.A “Legacy of Quality” became the key phrase as judges and judicial educators from across the country gathered in November in Reno to honor Pinellas County Judge Grube for his 20 years of service as a member of the faculty of the National Judicial College. Since 1983, Judge Grube has taught courses in both civil and criminal law, served as a course coordinator, and provided leadership as chair of the college’s faculty counsel.The NJC was founded in 1963, and is celebrating 40 years of service to the nation’s judiciary this year.Since its inception, the NJC has awarded more than 61,000 professional judicial education certificates. The NJC, located on the historic 255-acre Reno campus of the University of Nevada, is the country’s leading judicial education and training institution.The surprise celebration brought colleagues to honor Judge Grube from across the country. National Judicial College President William Dressel was the first presenter who lauded the judge as a “devoted judicial educator of the highest caliber.”Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice-elect Deborah Agosti presented Judge Grube with a special order and commendation signed by all the justices of the Nevada Supreme Court, thanking him for his contribution in providing the highest quality judicial education to judges of Nevada and the nation. Justice Agosti also delivered a proclamation from the governor of Nevada declaring a day in celebration of Judge Grube’s accomplishments in the field of judicial education.On behalf of the ABA, Rhode Island District Court Judge Robert Pirraglia also recognized Judge Grube for his service in the annual education programs of the ABA Judicial Division’s National Conference of Specialized Court Judges.From the U.S. Department of Transportation, Brian Chodrow brought greetings from the Outreach Division of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Judge Grube was presented with a distinguished service award for his development and presentation of judicial education programs in the areas of impaired driving and judicial outreach.Palm Beach Judge Peter Evans, representing the Florida Conference of County Court Judges, also presented Judge Grube an award for the “Lifetime Contributions” he made to all the judges of Florida. In recognizing the “legacy of quality” left by Judge Grube, the award quoted Aristotle in stating: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”“It is a privilege and an honor to be selected to teach judges and see some of the knowledge that one imparts actually improving the delivery of justice in our courts,” Judge Grube said in accepting the honors.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Brittany Ozarowski (Suffolk DA Office)A 21-year-old woman has been indicted for falsely claiming she had cancer to allegedly use donations to support her drug habit, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.Brittany Ozarowski, formerly of Selden, was arrested on April 1 and will be arraigned Wednesday on the sealed indictment in Central Islip.Over the last 13 months, Ozarowski allegedly told prospective donors that she was suffering from different forms of cancer, including bone and brain cancer, stomach cancer, thyroid cancer and ovarian cancer, according to prosecutors. Ozarowski, who would plead for help outside supermarkets, “convinced store owners in this county and in Nassau to allow her to place donor jars in their place of business,” Spota said.Prosecutors also said that she established a PayPal account and a website that read, “Brittany Ozarowski – Help Save My Life.”“This was a despicable scam,” the district attorney said. “There was no cancer, no chemotherapy, no radiation, and no medical bills. There was just heroin.”“The truth is she is a 21 year old drug addict with four open narcotics cases, and we have strong evidence she forged doctors’ notes to avoid court appearances,” he added.A spokesman for the Nassau County district attorney’s office confirmed that investigators are also looking into whether the alleged scheme took place in Nassau.Spota will hold a press conference Wednesday afternoon displaying Ozarowski’s donor jar, shirts purchased by a store owner who held a fundraiser to support her and gift certificates donated by local business owners.last_img read more

first_imgThe €424bn Dutch asset manager APG and the €131bn Chinese asset management company E Fund Management have agreed to explore a long-term strategic alliance.In a joint statement, they said they wanted to use each other’s expertise “by exchanging information about pensions administration, asset management and ICT to increase mutual insight into various pension systems and supporting technologies”.The partners, who signed a letter of intent, said they also sought to enhance their access to local and global investment markets.Speaking to IPE, Eduard van Gelderen, CIO at APG, said his organisation was excited about the co-operation, “given that China, as the world’s second-largest economy, is continuously opening its market – both inbound and outbound”. Although he stressed that the co-operation would focus initially on knowledge-sharing, he made clear APG wanted to be prepared for increased access to the Chinese market.“Our co-operation with E Fund, as China’s largest asset manager and local partner, will help us to get the answers we need,” he said.Van Gelderen said APG would apply for a licence to invest in China and that it was already liaising with local supervisors.He noted that Chinese equity markets could be part of the MSCI World Index within a year and that APG’s investments in the country were likely to increase quickly as a result.APG has invested more than €5bn in Chinese equity through the Hong Kong-Shanghai Connect, logistics and infrastructure, through local partners and listed companies.It might also be involved in the establishment of a second-pillar pensions system in China, according to Van Gelderen.He said China was just beginning to develop a second-pillar system as part of a new five-year development plan, approved last year.“The Chinese see us as a sounding board and have shown great interest in our experiences with the Dutch pensions system,” he said.“They want to know much more about asset-liability management and long-term investments.”Van Gelderen said both players believed there were “many initiatives” they could take together.“Because E Fund has a strategic partnership with technology-driven internet firms – such as Alibaba and Tencent, for example – it could help to employ technology for investment, communications and robo advice, as well as machine learning,” he said. APG is Europe’s largest pensions manager and one of the largest fiduciary managers worldwide.In addition to two offices in the Netherlands, it also has a presence in Hong Kong and New York.Guangzhou-based E Fund provides a “full spectrum of services” and claims to be the leader in mutual funds, pension funds and segregated-account businesses in China.It also has offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, as well as other major cities across the country.last_img read more

first_imgWFS Technologies has appointed Jim Darroch as a new chief technology officer to drive its evolving product portfolio and software development roadmap.Jim Darroch has been appointed CTO to own the company’s product vision and roadmap, and to expand the product engineering team to meet growing client demands for its existing product range.Jim brings with him a wealth of experience in leading engineering teams and the development of Internet of Things product strategies, most recently where he was globally accountable for the delivery of an Intelligent IoT Edge ecosystem in Honeywell’s ‘Connected Enterprise’ organisation.Prior to Honeywell, Jim spent several years at Artesyn (formerly Emerson) as senior director and vice president of Engineering, leading the planning and execution of the company’s global software and product engineering strategies.“WFS impressed me as a clear thought leader in developing subsea wireless and compute technology to solve customers’ problems in some of the world’s harshest operating environments,” Jim said.“While there is a great deal of synergy with other emerging IoT use cases, Subsea IoT presents enough challenges and opportunities to make WFS a fascinating place to work.“With a solid technology foundation and a talented development team already in place, I am incredibly excited to join the team at this time to help drive, and deliver, our product vision.”last_img read more

first_imgDeseret News 17 March 2018Family First Comment: “Utah lawmakers said they were prompted to pass the law after seeing other states where parents had been investigated and in some cases had their children temporarily removed when people reported seeing kids playing basketball in their yards or walking to school alone. Headline-grabbing cases have included a Maryland couple investigated after allowing their 10- and-6-year-old children to walk home alone from a park in 2015. Republican Sen. Lincoln Fillmore of South Jordan has said allowing kids to try things alone helps prepare them for the future, though some have raised concerns the law could be used as defenses in child-abuse cases if not carefully deployed.”We may need a “Let Parents Be Parents” law in NZ….So-called free-range parenting will soon be the law of the land in Utah after the governor signed what appears to be the country’s first measure to formally legalize allowing kids to do things on their own to foster self-sufficiency.The bill, which Gov. Gary Herbert announced Friday that he’d signed, specifies that it isn’t neglectful to let kids do things alone like travel to school, explore a playground or stay in the car. The law takes effect May 8.Utah’s law is the first in the country, said Lenore Skenazy, who coined the term free-range parent. A records search by the National Conference of State Legislatures didn’t turn up any similar legislation in other states.Utah lawmakers said they were prompted to pass the law after seeing other states where parents had been investigated and in some cases had their children temporarily removed when people reported seeing kids playing basketball in their yards or walking to school alone.Headline-grabbing cases have included a Maryland couple investigated after allowing their 10- and-6-year-old children to walk home alone from a park in 2015.Republican Sen. Lincoln Fillmore of South Jordan has said allowing kids to try things alone helps prepare them for the future, though some have raised concerns the law could be used as defenses in child-abuse cases if not carefully deployed.The law states the child must be mature enough to handle those things but leaves the age purposely open-ended so police and prosecutors can work on a case-by-case basis, Fillmore has said.READ MORE: read more

first_img Loading… FIFA is considering postponing the Asian World Cup qualifiers due to be played this month because of the coronavirus outbreak, the global football body said on Thursday China’s matches against Maldives at home and Guam away have already been moved Buriram, Thailand, and will be played behind closed doors FIFA said it would provide an update following consultations with the national associations and would continue to monitor the situation in co-operation with the World Health Organisation However, more than two dozen other matches are scheduled to be played around the continent over two match days on 26 and 31 March.Advertisement “A formal proposal to postpone upcoming matches in the Asian FIFA World Cup 2022 and the Asian Cup 2023 qualifiers will now be shared with the relevant member associations,” said FIFA in a statement. “For both FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), the well-being and health of all individuals involved in football matches remains the highest priority,” it added. read also: Top Swiss prosecutor has salary cut over FIFA case lies FIFA said it would provide an update following consultations with the national associations and would continue to monitor the situation in co-operation with the World Health Organisation (WHO). FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBest Car Manufacturers In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Wondering What And When Will Finally Be The Undoing Of Us?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?last_img read more