Mallory Bechtel to Make Broadway Debut in Dear Evan Hansen; Laura Dreyfuss Sets Final Performance Date

first_img Dear Evan Hansen View Comments Star Files Mallory Bechtel(Photo: Grapevine PR) The Tony-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen will welcome Mallory Bechtel in the role of Zoe Murphy beginning on July 31. The newcomer will make her Broadway debut, replacing original cast member Laura Dreyfuss, who will play her final performance during the July 15 evening Actors Fund benefit performance. Olivia Puckett will play the role of Zoe Murphy from July 17-29.Bechtel is a 2018 high school graduate who will relocate to New York to join Dear Evan Hansen. Currently, she can be seen in the A24 hit Hereditary; she was also seen this season in an episode of Law & Order: SVU.The current Dear Evan Hansen cast also includes Taylor Trensch, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Michael Park, Phoenix Best, Sky Lakota-Lynch, Alex Boniello and 2017 Tony winner Rachel Bay Jones, who will play her final performance on August 5, with the announcement of a replacement to come.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 Michael Greif.center_img from $89.00 Mallory Bechtel Related Showslast_img read more

UVM Health Network, Dartmouth-Hitchcock enter air transport agreement

first_imgThe University of Vermont Medical Center,Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center,Two DHART choppers fly over the West Lebanon, NH, hospital. D-H photo.Vermont Business Magazine Hospitalized patients who need lifesaving care available only at another hospital in the region will benefit from a new collaboration between the University of Vermont Health Network and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. As part of an ongoing commitment to provide access to high-quality care for patients through stronger connections between the region’s hospitals, UVM Health Network has signed a contract to staff a helicopter provided by the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DHART)’s air ambulance program. Dartmouth-Hitchcock will oversee the program, leveraging its over two decades of experience operating a premier air ambulance program in northern New England. This is the latest step in the development by UVM Health Network of a comprehensive Regional Transport System (RTS), and will allow medical experts to better respond when minutes matter.“Our service area covers 40,000 square miles, so it’s vital that we have consistently available transportation for patients who need the right care quickly,” said Ryan Clouser, DO, medical officer for the UVM Health Network’s Regional Transport System. “When a patient needs services that cannot be delivered where they are hospitalized, physicians will be able to arrange for critical care transportation to get them to a hospital with highly trained and expert teams who can provide the necessary care.”“For patients suffering from trauma, heart attack or stroke, and who require a higher level of care, time is vital,” said Kent Hall, MD, chief medical officer at the University of Vermont Health Network’s Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, New York.Currently, hospitals in the region rely mainly on ground ambulance service for critical care transportation between facilities, which can mean hundreds of miles of travel and a prolonged time to lifesaving care. For example, patients experiencing a heart attack or stroke can sometimes receive clot-busting drugs at a rural hospital, but time is of the essence for those who need more advanced procedures within a limited window of time for the best outcomes.“This approach is exciting because it values partnership over ownership,” said Eileen Whalen, MHA, RN, president and chief operating officer at the UVM Medical Center. “All of our region’s hospitals believe that our number one responsibility is to the patients and families we serve, and we are working together to create the best system to meet their needs.”“We’re pleased to be able to collaborate with our colleagues at the UVM Health Network in expanding this important Regional Transport and Transfer System,” said Kyle Madigan, RN, MSN, CMTE, DHART Director. “Dartmouth-Hitchcock has provided air and ground ambulance services through DHART for more than 20 years, and we’re proud of our reputation for excellence in service. We look forward to providing an expanded reach of air medical services to the patients of Vermont and Northern New York.”It is anticipated that the helicopter service will be operational as part of the Regional Transport System in July 2018.“Regional collaborations such as this are increasingly important in rural areas like Vermont and Northern New York,” noted Joanne M. Conroy, MD, Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO and president. “Working with DHART, The University of Vermont Health Network’s regional transport capabilities will improve the ability to get acutely ill patients timely, appropriate care in a tertiary care center and be a significant step in improving the health of the region. We’re delighted to be able to partner in this effort.”The University of Vermont Health Network is an integrated system serving the residents of Vermont and northern New York.The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team(link is external) (DHART) is based in Lebanon, NH, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, New Hampshire’s only American College of Surgeons-verified Level 1 Trauma Center. The DHART team, consisting of medical personnel from Dartmouth-Hitchcock and aviation personnel employed by Metro Aviation, Inc. provides both ground and air medical transportation services to the medical communities of Northern New England. The DHART team also responds to public safety agency requests for evacuation of trauma patients from scenes of accident and injury, and will transport to the closest Trauma Center in the region’s five states. Operating 24 hours a day and seven days a week, the DHART team transports adult, pediatric and neonatal patients to any appropriate medical facility in New England.Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) is a nonprofit academic health system serving communities in northern New England.Source: UVM Medical Center 12.20.2017last_img read more

Are you avoiding this employment pitfall?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Henry MeierI understand why some of you can’t stand compliance.  After all, a successful compliance program often depends on strict adherence to mind-numbing regulations, which can seem divorced from reality, let alone common sense.  Well, like it or not, the  better your compliance program the less you’ll have to deal with something you probably dislike even more, which is a lawsuit.A great case in point was highlighted by a recent blog posted by Bond, Schoeneck and King highlighting a recent employment litigation trend that could ensnare your credit union if you are not careful.  I haven’t seen any cases on this issue popping up yet in New York, but I am sure we will see them in the near future.  In it’s labor report blog, BSK reports on a case in California in which the plaintiffs are seeking to bring a class-action lawsuit against an employer for an alleged violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (15 USC 1681).  This statute is doubly important to credit unions because it not only regulates the use of credit reports in making lending decisions, but also impacts the way they go about making employment decisions.I’m sure many of you already know that the Act requires employers to give job applicants notice whenever a credit report is going to be accessed as part of the employment process.  The statute requires a written ”clear and conspicuous” disclosure,  The tricky part is that the statute mandates that this disclosure be “in a document that consist solely of the disclosure that a consumer report may be obtained for employment purposes.”Employment litigators are beginning to go after employers who provide the necessary pre-employment disclosures, but couple the notice requirement with language in which the applicant agrees to waive any legal action against the employer for accessing the credit reports.  For instance, earlier this year, a federal district court in Pennsylvania ruled that an employer violated the Act by not putting the pre-employment disclosure on a separate document without liability waivers.  See Reardon v. Closetmaid Corp. continue reading »last_img read more

Expressions of fear and disgust aided human survival, study says

first_imgLos Angeles Times:Why do our eyes open wide when we feel fear or narrow to slits when we express disgust? According to new research, it has to do with survival.In a paper published Thursday in the journal Psychological Science, researchers concluded that expressions of fear and disgust altered the way human eyes gather and focus light.They argued that these changes were the result of evolutionary development and were intended to help humans survive, or at least detect, very different threats.To test their hypothesis, study authors examined two dozen volunteer undergraduate students with standard eye-exam equipment, and asked them to mimic expressions of fear and revulsion.Read the whole story: Los Angeles Timeslast_img read more

‘Religiously integrated’ psychotherapy is effective for depression

first_imgThe researchers evaluated a religiously integrated CBT approach “that takes into account and utilizes the religious beliefs of clients.” The study included 132 patients with major depression and chronic illness. All patients said that religion or spirituality was “at least somewhat important” to them.Patients were randomly assigned to conventional or religious CBT. Both approaches included broadly spiritual content, focusing on “forgiveness, gratefulness, altruistic behaviors, and engagement in social activities.” What made religiously integrated CBT unique was “its explicit use of the client’s religious beliefs to identify and replace unhelpful thoughts and behaviors,” Dr Koenig and coauthors write.Religious CBT was performed by therapists experienced in integrating religion into psychotherapy. Most of the patients were Christian, but some received religious CBT adapted to other faiths (Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist). Both groups received ten therapy sessions, mainly by telephone.At the end of therapy, religious and conventional CBT produced similar improvement in depression scores. Other outcomes were also similar between the two types of therapy–for example, about half of patients in both groups had remission of their depression symptoms.Better Response in Highly Religious PatientsPatients who identified themselves as highly religious had somewhat greater improvement in depression scores with religious CBT, compared to conventional CBT. The highly religious also tended to complete more psychotherapy sessions if assigned to religious CBT, compared to those receiving conventional CBT.“Historically, there has been little common ground between religious and psychological concepts of mental health,” Dr Koenig and coauthors write. Mental health professionals may have negative attitudes toward religion, while religious patients may view psychological treatments as “unsympathetic to their religious beliefs and values.”Depression is very common among patients with serious illnesses, many of whom rely on their faith to help cope with their disease. The authors thought that psychotherapy incorporating patients’ religious beliefs might be particularly effective for such patients.The authors note that their small study can’t show whether religious and conventional CBT are truly equivalent treatments. However, the results suggest that religiously integrated CBT is effective for treatment of major depression in chronically ill patients “who are at least somewhat religious.”The study also suggests that religiously integrated CBT may be more effective for people who are highly religious. Religious CBT “may increase the access of religious persons with depression and chronic medical illness to a psychotherapeutic treatment that they might otherwise not seek, and those who are highly religious may be more likely to adhere to this type of therapy and benefit from it,” Dr Koenig and colleagues conclude. For chronically ill patients with major depression, an approach to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that incorporates patients’ religious beliefs is at least as effective as conventional CBT, suggests a study in the April issue of The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.“Integrating religious clients’ beliefs into CBT does not appear to significantly reduce its effectiveness, especially in religious clients,” write Dr Harold Koenig of Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C., and colleagues. They believe that this approach might help to make psychotherapy more acceptable to religious patients with depression and chronic illness.Incorporating Religious Beliefs into Depression Therapy Pinterest Share on Facebook Sharecenter_img LinkedIn Email Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Udall Promotes New Mexico Space Economy, Peaceful Use Of Space In Senate Hearing With NASA Administrator

first_imgU.S. Sen. Tom UdallU.S. SENATE News:WASHINGTON, D.C. — At a hearing of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) progress on major missions, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) secured commitments from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on the agency’s continued collaboration with key stakeholders in New Mexico’s growing space economy, and on U.S. leadership in international cooperation to maintain the peaceful use of outer space. Udall is the author of S.Res.386, a resolution to support implementation of international guidelines for the peaceful use of space. “Satellite servicing and debris removal will become an increasingly important part of space operations as Low Earth Orbit and other heavily populated orbits become increasingly congested by small satellites,” Udall said. “Last October, I introduced Senate Resolution 386 – a resolution supporting improvements in space situational awareness and advances in technology and calling for international cooperation to address the increasing dangers of space debris.“Do you support the kind of improvements to and advancements in situational awareness technology called for in my resolution?” Udall asked. “Yes sir, without question, the challenge that we have as an agency, as a federal government, is data,” Birdenstine replied. “We need the ability to get as much information on the debris that is in Low Earth Orbit as possible to keep our missions safe. We need new, more, and better technology and data.”“How important is it to ensure international cooperation on this issue and implement the 21 guidelines for space sustainability agreed to by the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space?” Udall asked. “Without international support, we end up not getting the results that we’re going to need,” Bridenstine responded. “Without question, the United States of America is the preeminent space nation, but others are very rapidly developing and deploying space assets and creating debris that need to be dealt with. I am very supportive of international agreements that mitigate the debris and of course, international agreements that allow us to see and respond to the debris as well.”Udall moved to address NASA’s role in supporting New Mexico’s growing space economy. “New Mexico’s space industry is growing rapidly. Companies such as Virgin Galactic, Spin Launch, and Up Aerospace call New Mexico home. I am glad to hear that NASA is beginning to partner with some of these commercial space flight companies, as well as others. “Besides using these commercial space entities to eventually take individuals to the International Space Station and conduct other training for NASA personnel, is this an opportunity for NASA to increase other experiments and tests conducted from places like Spaceport America in New Mexico?” Udall asked. “If so, what sort of experiments and testing would NASA conduct?”“Yes sir, we do these activities through what we call the Flight Opportunities Program, which is resident in the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA. That Flight Opportunities Program has already conducted over 700 different experiments and technology demonstrations using commercial suborbital vehicles,” Birdenstine replied. Birdenstine further explained that the commercial suborbital flights conducted by New Mexico-based space companies is very valuable to NASA’s ability to conduct high-level microgravity experiments while saving taxpayer dollars. “Not having to fly those experiments all the way to the International Space Station is hugely valuable to the taxpayer of the United States of America.”Birdenstine highlighted the potential for commercial spaceflights to link the expertise of researchers from universities in New Mexico and across the country to further NASA’s mission capabilities. “We now have an opportunity to accept … scientists or researchers that can fly on these commercial vehicles funded by NASA. So that’s a huge development that we’ve just put forward,” Birdenstine said. “So I really think, Senator Udall, that there is a great future here with commercial suborbital vehicles.”last_img read more

GL: ECO-Ships Are Here To Stay

first_imgAt a press conference at Nor-Shipping 2013, classification society Germanischer Lloyd (GL) said that the trend toward building and operating so called ECO-Ships, or highly energy efficient vessels, was irreversible, given the potential cost savings for the maritime industry.The rise of the ECO-Ship has been questioned, with some suggesting that this focus on efficiency would fade if bunker prices fell.In a presentation held at the press conference Christian von Oldershausen, GL’s Chief Commercial Officer, demonstrated how ECO-ships have substantial cost advantages over existing vessels, which has been borne out in a number of container vessel optimisation projects undertaken throughout the world by GL. These advantages are found primarily at the concept design stage by targeting a vessel’s real operating profile, wider beam and increased capacity. Another major driver lies in design optimisation which focuses on hull lines, propulsion, onboard systems and next generation engines.“Alongside lower yard prices, bunker will be a significant driver for cost savings in new vessels,” said Mr von Oldershausen after analysing the composition of slot costs, made up of capital, operating, port/canal and bunker costs.With fully optimized designs, savings are also stable across a whole range of operating speeds. Additionally, the new designs still generate substantial savings even setting aside the capital cost of an existing vessel. This meant that ECO container-ships offer benefits large enough to justify orders beyond that expected from the tonnage balance in the market.“We believe that ECO-ships are now the norm both today and for the future. With owners seeing the benefits from new tonnage being up to a third more efficient than average existing vessels and customers insisting on better performance, we won’t see many ships built that are not designed to minimise their fuel consumption and ecological impact,” said Mr von Oldershausen.[mappress]Press Release, June 5, 2013last_img read more

A little respect

first_imgGet your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe now for unlimited access Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

Agility revenues up

first_img“Even though we began to feel the impact of the global economic crisis in our commercial business in the fourth quarter of 2008 as world trade volumes slowed, Agility was able to achieve strong profits which helped enhance our balance sheet position,” said Tarek Sultan, chairman and managing director of Agility, in a statement.”Agility believes that the ongoing financial crisis has created unique opportunities for forging new partnerships and acquiring assets on the basis of attractive and previously unobtainable business terms.”Mr Sultan further emphasized: “We look to come out of the global downturn stronger than ever. We have an excellent cash position, healthy debt profile, a diversified customer base and an established footprint in the emerging markets that offer the most potential for future growth.”The company said it had cash reserves of US$919 million and debts of US$581 million at the end of 2008, while its asset base grew 6 percent to US$6 billion.In the project forwarding environment, the company is expecting 2009 to be a good year in China as the major projects are already funded and in progress.Agility’s global integrated logistics division, which accounted for 59 percent of the company’s revenue, saw revenue grow at a slightly higher rate17 percentthan the company overall. It’s other major division, defence and government services, had revenue growth of 13 percent.last_img read more

LA on hunt for port director

first_imgThe Los Angeles board of harbour commissioners has established a search committee, including harbour commission president, Vilma Martinez, and commission vice president, David Arian, to oversee the process.”The Port of Los Angeles is a critical economic driver of our region and plays a central role in LA’s reputation as a global city and leading Pacific Rim trade gateway,” said Garcetti.”We will be searching for that uncommon executive who can embrace this dynamic and challenging environment, and help assure our continued position as the no. 1 container port in the US,” added Martinez.The recruitment firm Ralph Andersen & Associates has been retained to recruit and screen prospective qualifies candidates, while the committee will conduct interview and help narrow the field of candidates.Nominations and submittals from interested candidates should be sent to heather@ralphandersen.com by April 14, 2014.  www.portoflosangeles.orglast_img read more