EU must insist on press freedom at summit with Turkey

first_img Credit: Emmanuel Dunand / AFP to go further TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe April 2, 2021 Find out more April 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Turkey On the eve of a meeting between the leaders of Turkey and the European Union, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the EU to insist on Turkish respect for press freedom as a condition for progress in relations.Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is due to meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk in the Bulgarian city of Varna on 26 March to discuss the state of bilateral relations two years after the EU/Turkey agreement on migration.In the following letter, RSF urges Europe’s leader to press firmly for the restoration of pluralism in Turkey, the lifting of the state of emergency and the release of all wrongfully imprisoned journalists.For the attention of:European Commission President Jean-Claude JunckerEuropean Council President Donald TuskHigh Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica MogheriniDear President Juncker, President Tusk and High Representative Mogherini, As you prepare to meet with President Erdoğan in Varna on 26 March, you must be aware of the unprecedented crackdown on journalists and media outlets in Turkey, which is ranked 155th out of 180 countries in RSF’s latest World Press Freedom Index. The Turkish government’s witch hunt against critical media has climaxed since the July 2016 coup attempt.The state of emergency in effect since then has allowed the authorities to liquidate around 150 media outlets at the stroke of pen, reducing pluralism to a handful of low-circulation newspapers, including the dailies Cumhuriyet (recipient of the RSF Press Freedom Prize in 2015), Sözcü and BirGün, which are the targets of growing harassment. This week’s acquisition of the Doğan media group by the pro-government conglomerate Demirören completes the subjugation of the mainstream media. Government propaganda now dominates the media landscape.Turkey is again the world’s biggest prison for media professionals. Criticizing the authorities, working for a “suspect” media outlet, contacting a sensitive source or using an encrypted messaging service often suffices for a journalist to be imprisoned without the judicial system feeling the need to prove any individual involvement in criminal activity.The Turkish courts recently refused to heed several rulings by the constitutional court, the country’s highest court, ordering the immediate release of imprisoned journalists. Their refusal “runs counter to the fundamental principles of the rule of law and legal certainty,” the European Court of Human Rights said this week.After being held provisionally for more than a year, journalists are starting to be convicted. The first media figures to be accused of complicity with the coup attempt, the well-known journalists Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan and Nazli Ilicak, were sentenced last month to life imprisonment with no possibility of a pardon. A few days later, 25 of their colleagues also received prison sentences. Verdicts are expected soon in the case of 31 former Zaman employees, who will appear in court on 5 April, and in the case of 17 Cumhuriyet employees, whose trial will resume on 24 April.Censorship of the Internet and social networks has also reached unprecedented levels. The chronic blocking of many news websites and the frequent social network slowdowns have now been compounded by frequent arrests of Internet users and the blocking of access to censorship circumvention tools (VPNs and the Tor Network). Hundreds of Internet users have been arrested since mid-January for criticizing Turkey’s offensive in Syria’s Afrin region.We cannot overstate the degree to which these policies are fraught with peril, including for the EU. Carried out in the name of combatting terrorism, they dangerously increase the country’s instability, which has already been exacerbated by the region’s geopolitical crisis. By raising the political climate to fever pitch and by preventing a democratic debate among the different sectors of the population, President Erdoğan is accentuating the deep divisions in a very polarized society. By undermining the foundations of Turkish democracy and shrinking the sources of independent news and information, he has turned his country into an unpredictable and unreliable partner for Europe.We ask you to make it clear to President Erdoğan that Turkey cannot expect any progress in its relations with the EU as long as the authorities continues to trample on press freedom and the rule of law. We fully understand the need to cooperate with Ankara on certain issues but a conditional approach must prevail more than ever in bilateral relations. Although the Turkish authorities claim, for example, to have satisfied all the criteria for Turkish citizens to enjoy visa-free travel within the EU, they still have not amended their terrorism legislation, which continues to be widely used to persecute critics.We count on you to firmly ask President Erdoğan to restore pluralism, lift the state of emergency and immediately free all journalists who have been imprisoned without evidence of individual involvement in a crime recognized by international law. The rulings of Turkey’s constitutional court and the European Court of Human Rights on Şahin Alpay and Mehmet Altan must be implemented without delay. We also ask you to increase EU support for Turkish civil society and independent journalists. They are resisting with determination but the battle is an unequal one. They need help more than ever.We thank you in advance for the attention you give to this letter and we are at your disposal should you need more detailed information.Sincerely,Christophe Deloire Reporters Without Borders secretary-general TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe News RSF_en Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information News Organisation April 28, 2021 Find out more Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor News Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit March 23, 2018 EU must insist on press freedom at summit with Turkeylast_img read more

Tide Loads of Hope Powered by Tide Cleaners Helps Lighten the Load for Texas…

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness Pinterest Previous articleKohl’s Comments on Investor Statement and Director NominationsNext articleBiden boosts pandemic lending to smallest businesses Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 22, 2021 WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Facebook TAGS  Tide Loads of Hope Powered by Tide Cleaners Helps Lighten the Load for Texas Families Faced with Crisis Twitterlast_img read more

Serena Williams to be next General Mills’ Wheaties box athlete

first_img Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailScott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — General Mills has found the perfect champion for their signature Wheaties box.The company announced Tuesday that tennis star Serena Williams will be the next athlete featured on the breakfast cereal’s orange box.Williams took to Instagram to share the monumental news.“In 2001, Wheaties paid homage to a true champion and an icon by putting her on the cover of a Wheaties Box,” Williams wrote, captioning the image of her Wheaties box cover in which she wears a white dress.“Althea Gibson was the FIRST Black Woman tennis player to be on the box,” she continued. “Today, I am honored to be the second.”Williams, who has been named the WTA Played Of The Year seven times, has a long list of accomplishments to note. She has earned 23 major singles titles, 14 major doubles titles, and was ranked the world No. 1 in women’s singles eight times between 2002 and 2017.As she mentioned, Williams is the second black tennis player to be featured on the box. She is also the first active tennis player featured on Wheaties since Pete Sampras in 2000 and the fourth female tennis player all-time.“I am so excited to be on the cover of the next Wheaties box,” said Williams in statement. “I have dreamt of this since I was a young woman and it’s an honor to join the ranks of some of America’s most decorated athletes. I hope my image on this iconic orange box will inspire the next generation of girls and athletes to dream big.”Williams’ limited-edition Wheaties box will become available in the U.S. starting next month.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img June 25, 2019 /Sports News – National Serena Williams to be next General Mills’ Wheaties box athletelast_img read more

USS Gonzales Returns to Norfolk

first_img Guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) returned to its Naval Station Norfolk homeport Aug. 6, marking completion of a seven-month deployment.In January, Gonzalez deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility to support maritime security operations and promote theater security cooperation efforts.While in 6th Fleet, the crew participated in a bilateral military-to-military visit board search and seizure training exercise with the Tanzania People’s Defense Force. In addition to practicing core skills, the event also served as an opportunity to grow and foster partnership and cooperation between the two navies.“Events like this one with the Tanzanians advanced the Navy’s goals of enhancing interoperability among coalition partners and provided valuable training for the crew,” said Lt. Cmdr. Kyle Gantt, Gonzalez’s executive officer.“Our vessel board search and seizure exercise was an excellent opportunity to interact with one of our East African partners,” he continued. “Not only were we able to build our technical and tactical skills, we furthered Sailor relationships and enhanced maritime partnership in the AOR [area of responsibility] –certainly time well spent.”Throughout the seven-month deployment, Gonzalez made port visits in the Mediterranean Sea including Augusta Bay, Sicily, and Haifa, Israel, before transiting the Suez Canal to conduct maritime security operations in the Indian Ocean.“Spending 67 and 91 consecutive days at sea between port visits illustrates the focus and dedication to mission accomplishment our crew was able to sustain over seven months,” said Chief Fire Controlman (Select) Daniel Goehner. “We really pushed the envelope of our own endurance.”Commissioned in 1996, Gonzalez is named for Marine Corps Sgt. Alfredo Gonzalez. He received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his leadership in the Battle of Hue City, where he was killed protecting the members of his platoon.[mappress]Press Release, August 8, 2013 View post tag: Defence Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Gonzales Returns to Norfolk View post tag: Gonzales View post tag: Defense View post tag: Naval USS Gonzales Returns to Norfolk View post tag: USS View post tag: Navy View post tag: Norfolk Training & Education Share this article View post tag: Returns View post tag: News by topic August 8, 2013last_img read more

Sr. Research Program Coordinator

first_imgGeneralSummary/PurposeThe Sr. Research Program Coordinator will serve asa member of a coordinating center for multicenter clinical trialswithin the Department of Epidemiology. The coordinating center isinvolved in the design, conduct, and analysis of multicenterclinical trials that evaluate treatments for asthma and COPD forthe ALA Airways Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) data coordinatingcenter. Current studies include a study of impact of COVID-19pandemic on individuals with COPD; a large (N=4,000) cohort studyof lung health in young adult; and an interventional of amedication management program for young adults with asthma. Becauseour studies focus on respiratory health and disease, all of ourstudies are implementing data collection on the impact of COVID-19on study participants. The multicenter network includes over 40clinics across the United States and receives infrastructuresupport from the American Lung Association. Individual studies arefunded by grants from the NIH and industry. The coordinator wouldbe joining a team of approximately 15 faculty and staff members.The position provides a unique opportunity to learn about differentaspects of clinical trial management and to work in an environmentthat encourages personal growth.Specific Duties &ResponsibilitiesMaintains good working knowledge of allassigned protocols and reportingrequirements.Works on complexclinical studies which require a high level of knowledge andcoordination.Transmits anddistributes protocol information.Help maintain IRBapproval for studies using single IRB mechanism and local IRBmodelPrepares andsubmits annual renewal requests, amendments, and adverse eventreports with clinical input according to single IRB and Sponsorrequirements.May assist theprincipal investigator and/or program manager in defininginformation and plans required to accomplish goals ofstudies.Design and createprotocol‑ specific case report forms asneeded.Responds in atimely manner to queries related from studysites.Participates inmonitoring and audits of studies and generate site performancereports.Reviews auditresponses from study sites and works with site to ensure databaseare updated; corrects errors in database whennecessary.Is knowledgeable ofand complies with Good Clinical Practices, ICH Guidelines andALA-ACRC policies.May instructintroductory level clinical research personnel in these guidelinesand policies.Write anddistribute correspondence to studysitesOrder anddistribute study supplies to studysitesCreate meetingmaterials and assist in theirpublicationCreate and manageonline surveys to coordinate scheduling of large meetings or gatherinformation needed for planning multicenterstudiesAttend SteeringCommittee and Executive Committee meetings and prepareminutesServe as liaisonwith study site personnel regarding data quality issues and studyproceduresReview and maintaincertification material for overall site and site personnelcertificationMaintain status ofsite certification and alerts sites and DCC todeficienciesAssist indevelopment and implementation of training modules for sitepersonnel• Write, revise, and assist in the publication ofstudy documents such as manuals of procedures, informed consentstatements, and policy and procedurememoranda• Participate in sitevisits• Conduct data-audits and monitor issues such asstudy drug management and supplies atsitesMinimumQualificationsBachelor’s degree in related discipline required. 3years related experience required.Additional education may substitute for requiredexperience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalencyformula.JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degreecredits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits maysubstitute for one year of experience. For jobs where equivalencyis permitted, up to two years of non-related college course workmay be applied towards the total minimum education/experiencerequired for the respective job.Special Knowledge, Skills, andAbilitiesStrong computer skills to include familiaritywith PCs and common software such as Word, Excel, andPowerPointWorking knowledgeof REDCapGood communicationsskills, including excellent writing and editingskillsStrongorganizational skillsClassified Title:Sr. Research ProgramCoordinatorWorking Title: Sr. Research ProgramCoordinator ​​​​​Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MB Starting Salary Range:$38,920 – $53,520; Commensuratewith experienceEmployee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Up to 37.5 hoursper week Exempt Status: ExemptLocation: 05-MD:School of Public Health Department name: 10001101-Epidemiology Personnel area: School of Public HealthThe successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject toa pre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply dependingon which campus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf School of PublicHealth – East Baltimore Campus Maryland, United States Johns Hopkins University Sr. Research Program Coordinator Twitter You need to sign in or create an account to save Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Facebook Sr. Research Program Coordinator More searches like this Salary Not Specified Johns Hopkins University Save Sr. Research Program Coordinator You need to sign in or create an account to save Maryland, United States Maryland, United States Share Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) Academic Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm LinkedIn You need to sign in or create an account to save Sr. Research Program Coordinator Johns Hopkins University Save Sr. Research Program Coordinator Salary Not Specified Similar jobs Salary Not Specified Save Sr. Research Program Coordinator Research Administration Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimorelast_img read more

Bakers + Baristas prepare to open flagship café in Leeds

first_imgSource: Bakers + BaristasBakers + Baristas is gearing up to unveil its newest flagship café in Leeds.The chain, which has more than 63 outlets across the UK and Ireland, will open the store on 2 December in the White Rose Shopping Centre. The business said the expansion was possible following the acquisition of the Love Koffee brand in 2018 and the transitioning of the 11-strong estate into the Bakers + Baristas brand last year, which had seen a ‘significant uplift in sales and a growing following for the brand’s unique offering’.Changes made under lockdown across the estate, such as the launch of a click and collect service, working with delivery partners such as Deliveroo and Just Eat for home delivery and also the launch of the brand’s app to view the menu and order and pay at the table had also helped the company said.The café will serve a seasonally changing menu alongside their bespoke small-batch coffee blend and a year-round drinks menu. Its festive offer includes a pigs in blanket panini, mince pies, yule log slices and Mr Frosty and Rockin Reindeer muffins, as well as Christmas drinks such as a spiced orange mocha and gingerbread latte.Bakers + Baristas cafes also serve scones, pastries, sliced cakes, cookies and no less than 12 different types of muffins including classic, deluxe, chocolate, gluten-free and skinny muffins.“It may come as a surprise to some to hear that we are opening a new café when the sector is struggling under lockdown,” said James Fleming, group CEO at Bakers + Baristas.“However, we feel optimistic that normality will return soon and confident that our proposition is exciting to customers. Thus, we remain keen to expand to new territories when the time is right.”Bakers + Baristas was originally founded in 1981 in Queensland, Australia.last_img read more

JJ Grey & Mofro Announce Coast-To-Coast 2019 Winter Tour

first_imgJJ Grey & Mofro have announced an extensive 2019 winter tour, which will take the band coast to coast during January, February, and March of next year. The upcoming tour will see multiple-night runs in Texas, California, Colorado, the Pacific Northwest, and the Northeast.The tour begins Wednesday, January 16th, with a stop at Pensacola, FL’s Vinyl Music Hall, before the band heads west for a three-night Texas run, January 17th through 19th. JJ Grey & Mofro will then make stops in Scottsdale, AZ; Anaheim, CA; Crystal Bay, NY; San Francisco, CA; and Napa, CA, January 22nd through 26th, before moving up through the Pacific Northwest. JJ Grey and company play three nights in Oregon on January 30th, 31st, and February 1st, before playing a final West Coast show at Seattle, WA’s Neptune Theatre on February 2nd.The band will then head through Colorado, with stops at Telluride’s Club Red, Beaver Creek’s Vilar PAC, Frisco’s 10 Mile Music Hall, Boulder’s Boulder Theater, and Fort Collin’s Washington’s, February 5th through 9th, before making their way to the East Coast.JJ Grey & Mofro start their East Coast leg with a stop at Raleigh, NC’s Lincoln Theatre, February 27th before making stops at Millvale, PA’s Mr. Smalls; Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre; Hartford, CT’s Infinity Hall; Derry, NH’s Tupelo Music Hall; Harrisburg, PA’s Whitaker Center; Philadelphia, PA’s Union Transfer; and Richmond, VA’s The National from February 28th to March 9th before closing their expansive tour with a stop at Greenville, NC’s State Theatre.Tickets for JJ Grey & Mofo’s 2019 winter shows go on sale on Friday, October 19th or Saturday, October 20th. For more details on upcoming shows or ticketing information, head to the band’s website.JJ Grey & Mofro 2019 Winter Tour:1.16 – Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL1.17 – House of Blues – Houston, TX1.18 – Stubb’s BBQ – Austin, TX1.19 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX1.22 – Scottsdale CPA – Scottsdale, AZ1.23 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA1.24 – Crystal Bay Club – Crystal Bay, NV1.25 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA1.26 – Uptown Theatre – Napa, CA1.30 – McDonald Theater – Eugene, OR1.31 – Midtown Ballroom – Bend, OR2.01 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR2.02 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA2.05 – Club Red – Telluride, CO2.06 – Vilar PAC – Beaver Creek, CO2.07 – 10 Mile Music Hall – Frisco, CO2.08 – Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO2.09 – Washington’s – Fort Collins, CO2.27 – Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC2.28 – Mr. Smalls Theatre – Millvale, PA3.01 – The Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY3.02 – Infinity Hall – Hartford, CT3.03 – Tupelo Music Hall – Derry, NH3.06 – Whitaker Center – Harrisburg, PA3.08 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA3.09 – The National – Richmond, VA3.10 – The State Theatre – Greenville, NCView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Nursing students venture abroad

first_imgCaitlyn Jordan Nursing students Kelly Wilson, Julia Brehl and Janice Heffernan present on their experiences abroad providing medical assistance to people in need.Saint Mary’s students ventured to Kyarosozi, Uganda, this past summer to learn more about the culture themselves and how they could apply both to world of nursing. Wednesday evening, nursing students and staff from Saint Mary’s, Goshen and Bethel colleges presented their discoveries and how they could impact others’ lives through medicinal practices.Senior and nursing major Kelly Wilson gave an introduction to the trip.“We stayed with the Sisters of the Holy Cross. It was three nursing majors and three education majors. Every day, us three [nursing majors] would spend the day in the Holy Cross clinic,” Wilson said.The nursing students said they felt helpful all around the clinic and learned a vast variety of new skills they can apply to their future nursing endeavors.“As nurses, we are taught to care for our patient and advocate for our patient we help them with simple tasks such as eating, dressing, going to the bathroom, simple tasks such as showering, brushing their teeth,” Wilson said.Janice Heffernan, another senior and nursing major who ventured to Uganda, described her experience learning nursing technicalities.“When I was at the clinic, I spent most of my time in the laboratory. Before coming to Kyarosozi, I had basic knowledge of laboratory skills and tests, but I had never really practiced them in a clinical setting,” Heffernan said. “Thankfully, one of the laboratory technicians was a wonderful teacher. She was patient, kind and explained every test to me.“By the second week, I was comfortable performing rapid HIV and malaria tests on my own, which are the two most common tests we performed at the clinic,” she said. “During my stay in Uganda, I was always trying and learning new things, and the clinic was no exception. I was always amazed with how much they could do with such limited resources.”While medical practices were an important and critical aspect of the trip, the students also held value in becoming mentors and friends with the people of Uganda.Senior and nursing major Julia Brehl talked about how the students wanted to make a positive impact in the everyday lives and community of the people there.“We gave them suggestions [in regards to] how they could use their resources to the best of their ability and improve the overall health of their students,” Brehl said. “We talked about the way the food is prepared, where it’s prepared in relation to the classrooms, how close the drinking water was to the school [and] how they disposed of garbage.”Brehl also shared details about the students’ day-trips to villages to give vaccinations far from the clinics.“The closest thing we have to a birth certificate is that vaccination card,” Brehl said. “It says what they had when they were born and what vaccinations they have already received.”Students from Goshen College also learned more about themselves and the world through their experiences and interactions with the medical staff and locals of the Nepal’s countryside.Ashika Thanju, a nursing student at Goshen College, introduced the trip to Nepal.“This past May, we were able to go to Nepal which is my home country, and we were there for three weeks,” Thanju said.Olivia Ressler, another Goshen College student who participated in the trip, describes how the group overcame the language.“During our time in Nepal, we were each paired up with two or three nursing students from there and we actually called them ‘diddi,’ which means older sister,” Ressler said.“Communication was definitely one of the most challenging things I experienced on this trip … I was relying a lot more on gestures and context clues and relying heavily on just asking the students,” she said.Thanju said she was excited to be able to reconnect with her family and her culture throughout the duration of the trip.“Although I am from Nepal, going back after three years was also a culture shock for me, but I’m really glad we [the nursing students] got to have that experience together,” Thanju said.“I really hope in the future that I’ll have more of that compassion when I’m caring for and communicating with these people and just realizing that being there, spending that time, even though it’s really hard, it’s challenging, it’s embarrassing sometimes, it’s worth bringing that smile to their face and taking that extra minute to just be there for them,” Ressler said.Tags: Janice Heffernan, Julia Brehl, Kelly Wilson, nursing, Nursing students venture abroad, saint mary’s department of nursing, Saint Mary’s nursing, Ugandalast_img read more

Wicked’s Jonah Platt on Advice from His Pitch Perfect Brother & Loving Fiyero

first_imgAge: 28Hometown: Los Angeles, CACurrent Role: A Broadway debut in the megahit musical Wicked as Fiyero, the carefree prince who is transformed by his relationship with Elphaba.Stage and Screen Cred: After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Platt worked as a writers assistant on TV comedies such as Parks and Recreation and Family Guy. He shifted his focus to acting after appearing in L.A. productions of Bare and Floyd Collins and the 2014 Hollywood Bowl staging of Hair.”I’m very much a Fiyero. I love the fact that he takes people as they are—he’s the only one who doesn’t say anything about Elphaba being green when he runs into her. He’s confident without being a jerk. My favorite scenes are in the second act, when he becomes a bit more serious.””By the time I could walk, I was singing show tunes. My parents performed in college and raised us on musical theater. While other kids were listening to classic rock in the car, we were listening to Miss Saigon.””My first job out of college was driving Greg Daniels, creator of The Office, who was my next door neighbor. He said I was too young to be a writer, but I could hang out with him in his car. I was able to parlay that into a writers assistant gig on his next show, Parks and Recreation.””I’m writing a musical based on Lois Lowry’s The Giver. My composing partner is Andrew Resnick, associate conductor on The King and I, who I’ve known since I was two. The great playwright Sarah Ruhl is writing the book. We hope to have a first draft done by spring.””I met my fiancée, Courtney Galiano, doing Hair and proposed a year later at the Hollywood Bowl. She was a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance, and she just got an awesome gig assistant-choreographing and dancing in Grease Live! on Fox. I’m proud!””The only advice I got from my little brother [Book of Mormon vet Ben Platt] was to stay away from dairy and gluten. From the time he was two, it was ‘Broadway or bust,’ but I took a more varied route. The fact that we’re seven years apart makes it easy to support each other.” Wicked Related Shows View Comments from $95.00last_img read more

Broadway-Aimed Gotta Dance Changes Name

first_img View Comments ‘Half Time’ Related Shows What news about the Broadway-aimed Gotta Dance? It’s still looking to land a theater on the Main Stem, but the estimated time of arrival has once again been pushed back, and the show is now circling a spring 2017 date. The musical’s also undergone a name change and moving forward will be referred to as Half Time. Plus, there’s been an addition to the creative team: Pitch Perfect mastermind Ester Dean has collaborated with composer Matthew Sklar and lyricist Nell Benjamin on a new finale number.The Jerry Mitchell-helmed and choreographed musical made its world premiere last year at Broadway in Chicago’s Bank of America Theater, with a cast that included Tracy Jai Edwards, André De Shields, Lillias White, Stefanie Powers and Haven Burton. No word yet on whether they’ll be involved with a transfer.One remarkable dance team. One big chance. One small twist…you’ve got to be over 60. The true story follows ten ordinary seniors with extraordinary dreams who audition to dance at half time for a major basketball team. Only after making the cut do they learn they won’t be dancing tap, salsa or swing—instead, they will bring down the house with a style that is entirely new to them: hip hop.The production will also feature a book by Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin, an original score by Sklar, lyrics by Benjamin, additional music by Marvin Hamlisch and co-choreography by Nick Kenkel. David Rockwell has been tapped for scenic design, along with Gregg Barnes for costumes, Kenneth Posner for lighting, Peter Hylenski for sound, Larry Hochman for orchestrations, Charlie Alterman for musical direction, Josh Marquette for hair, Jason Lee Courson for projections and Kenny Seymour for dance and electronic music arrangements/production. Half Timelast_img read more