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IT skills do not always match personability

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Employers are struggling to filltechnical vacancies due to a shortage of IT and engineering graduates with theright interpersonal skills, according to research by the Institute forEmployment Studies.The number ofgraduates from disciplines including IT, engineering, maths and the physicalsciences is falling, according to the study published last week. The number ofmaths graduates fell by 1 per cent in the five years to 1999, against a 10 percent rise in the total number of graduates.Those graduates withtechnical degrees lack the important personal skills which employers arelooking for in the modern workplace, the IES report claims. IES director RichardPearson said, “Employers want graduates who are primed for work, able tocommunicate, share their skills and appreciate their place in a widerorganisation.”David Yeandle, deputydirector of employment policy at the Engineering Employers’ Federation, saiddemand among employers for these “softer skills” is more noticeabletoday.He said, “Theimportance of people skills has gone up. But I am not sure the supply of thoseskills is any less than in the past.” The research alsoreveals that many graduates take three or four years to settle into stableemployment, preferring to spend time in temporary jobs or further study first.One in four is in a temporary job nine months after graduation. www.employment-studies.co.uk IT skills do not always match personabilityOn 18 Apr 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more


Oxford to expand on outreach

first_imgThe Univeristy of Oxford’s outreach activities will expand significantly as part of a new government initiative. The £22m scheme includes three new National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO).Oxford will take the lead in directing the activities of the Oxford and Cambridge NNCO. The programme will target Oxbridge-aspiring students in 1,600 English schools in order to improve the application support currently onoffer.Admissions staff from both universities will also host online webinars, hoped to prove beneficial for students from geographically distant areas. Both universities aim to work with schools across England. Particularly targeted are schools which have had little past contact with Oxbridge outreach schemes, those with a history of sending very few students to Oxbridge and schools in socio-economically disadvantaged catchment areas.A network of other establishments, including Somerville College, was also successful in its bid for an NNCO. Oxford’s current outreach activities include open days, school visits, UCAS higher education fairs and student and teacher conferences across the UK. Oxford also runs a Sutton Trust supported ‘Pathways’ programme, along with the free UNIQ summer schools, aimed at Year 12 state school students. OUSU runs its own shadowing scheme for Year 12 students through its ‘Target Schools’ strategy.First year Theology student Eva Chapman welcomed the announcement of the NNCO, commenting, “It encourages bright pupils to aim high regardless of their background or the history of the school and it dispels many myths about the Oxbridge application process.”Dr. Samina Khan, Oxford’s Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach, told Cherwell, “Oxford’s work with the National Networks for Collaborative Outreach will add to the already significant amount of targeted access work the collegiate University undertakesacross the UK. While this particular programme is funded by the government and HEFCE to target students in English schools, the resources Oxford will be making available include a substantial amount of online support that can be accessed by anyone across the UK.“Added to our programme of student and teacher conferences and partnership with the Welsh government to create support hubs for potential Welsh applicants to Oxford and Cambridge, these new partnerships will further our goal of supporting bright students in applying to Oxford, no matter what their background or where they come from.”Speaking about the NNCOs, Greg Clark, Minister for Universities and Science, said, “This programme will ensure that schools and colleges across England can help their students learn about higher education in the classroom, online and through local outreach activity. A record number of students entered higher education in 2014, with entry rates for students from disadvantaged backgrounds increasing by over ten per cent to its highest ever level. However there is still more work to do to ensure all students who want to study hard can benefit, irrespective of their background.”last_img read more


With Tears and Laughter, Newly Elected Council Members Take Their Seats in Ocean City

first_imgBarr said the encouragement he has received from his family, friends and the local community over the years allowed him to pursue his dreams. With his mother, Suzanne Barr, by his side, Barr was sworn in by state Sen. Jeff Van Drew, his close friend and mentor. Barr serves as a volunteer legislative aide to Van Drew, D-Cape May. “Man, if I would have told you 25 years ago we would be doing this, would you believe me?” Barr said, smiling. Bergman and other Council members said they are committed to completing a series of projects that will improve the city’s infrastructure. They include upgrades to the beaches and Boardwalk, new roadway and drainage projects to alleviate coastal flooding and a $20 million dredging program to unclog the shallow lagoons along the back bays. “Bobby, I am so unbelievably proud of you,” Van Drew said. “You are exceptional.” Karen Bergman, Michael DeVlieger and Tony Wilson, the other winners in Ocean City’s May 10 municipal election, also took the oath of office in front of hundreds of people at the historic Music Pier on the Boardwalk. McClellan, 41, a purchasing buyer for Cape May County, is Council’s only African-American. He said the community support he received over the years paved the way for him to become a councilman. However, his speech turned seriousThird Ward Councilman Tony Wilson is accompanied by his children Anthony and Julia during his swearing in by Municipal Court Judge Richard Russell.when he described Council’s commitment to public service and the ways the entire community can pitch in to make the city better. Barr, 34, who has used a wheelchair his entire life, said he hopes his election will inspire other disabled people to achieve their goals. He is an advocate for the disabled as a state representative on the Regional Family Support Planning Council of Cape May County. Van Drew said Barr has overcome “all odds” throughout his life and is an example of “American exceptionalism.” “You deserve the biggest round of applause on this stage,” Barr told his mother while fighting back tears.Second Ward Councilman Antwan McClellan, joined by his mother, Cola Mae, takes the oath of office from New York Supreme Court Justice Ronald HollieMcClellan also tearfully thanked his family, friends and supporters. He was sworn in by New York Supreme Court Justice Ronald Hollie. His mother, Cola Mae McClellan, joined him on stage when he took the oath of office. McClellan, shaking his head in amazement, simply smiled back. “This is America’s greatest family resort for a reason. I embody that,” McClellan said as the audience gave him a standing ovation.First Ward Councilman Michael DeVlieger is sworn in by U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo while his wife, Jennifer, and children Flynn and Reagan look on.DeVlieger, 49, an executive recruiter, was sworn in by U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd, while his wife, Jennifer, and children Flynn and Reagan looked on. But beyond the dry moments focusing on construction projects, the meeting also included plenty of tears, laughter, moving tributes to family members and a few standing ovations. DeVlieger had a personal message for his children: “Your mother and I are firmly committed to raising you in this beautiful community,” he said. “Really, I am what the city of Ocean City is all about,” he said. The reorganization meeting also included the unanimous appointment of Peter Madden as Council’s new president and Wilson as the new vice president. Madden and Wilson will hold those leadership posts for the next 12 months. The heartfelt exchange between both men was one of the high points Friday of an emotional City Council reorganization meeting that included the swearing in of Barr and McClellan and three other newly elected members.Fourth Ward Councilman Bob Barr’s mother, Suzanne, embraces him while he is sworn in by state Sen. Jeff Van Drew. “I’ll do everything not to let you down and to live up to your expectations,” he said. “The lessons we’re teaching our kids about giving back to the community are invaluable,” he said. In a lighter moment, Wilson noted that his son poked fun of him for wearing a sky-blue jacket to the ceremony and that he had cried during McClellan’s emotional remarks. The audience responded to Van Drew’s remarks with a standing ovation. Later, Barr’s mother was given a standing ovation when Barr described how she has taken care of him and his brother, who also has cerebral palsy. Hundreds of people attended City Council’s reorganization meeting Friday at the Music Pier. Barr, sitting on the stage close to McClellan, said the two men would have “burst out laughing” if they had predicted 25 years ago they would one day serve together on City Council. DeVlieger, of the First Ward, McClellan, of the Second Ward, and Wilson, of the Third Ward, all ran unopposed to win their second, four-year term. Bergman will finish out the unexpired term of former At-Large Councilman Michael Allegretto through June 2018. After Allegretto resigned from Council last year to become the city’s director of community services, Bergman was appointed by Council to fill the seat until the election.Councilwoman At-Large Karen Bergman spoke of City Council’s transparency in its dealings with the public.Bergman, 55, the director of catering at the Flanders Hotel, was sworn in by Cape May County Surrogate M. Susan Sheppard.Speaking first among the Council members, Bergman told the audience she looks forward to working with the public “with honesty and integrity.” DeVlieger also thanked the residents of the First Ward for their support, noting that they turned out to vote for him even though he ran unopposed. Wilson, 47, who owns a local plumbing and heating company, was joined by his wife, Melissa, and children Anthony and Julia during his swearing in. Municipal Court Judge Richard Russell administered the oath. “I applaud the transparency of our governing body,” she said. Barr, a lifelong Ocean City resident whose election capped a remarkable achievement for a disabled man born with cerebral palsy, is the only new member to join Council. He won the Fourth Ward seat after incumbent Councilman Peter Guinosso decided not to seek re-election. By Donald WittkowskiBob Barr elicited roars of laughter and approval from the audience at the Music Pier when he looked at his longtime friend, Antwan McClellan, and asked him a question.last_img read more


Premier negotiates a breathing space

first_imgThe market reacted positively to Premier Foods’ announcement on 4 March of its financial results for 2007. Investors and analysts breathed a collective sigh of relief when the doomsayers’ predictions of a rights issue, possible sell-offs and breached banking covenants were not realised.The overall feeling of investors, analysts and industry watchers was that Premier had stilled the worst fears, done a reasonable job of turning things around in a very difficult trading environment and, while not coming up smelling entirely of roses, was not the basket case that some had predicted.And while nobody is pretending that Premier is out of the woods yet ? much will depend on the price of wheat this year ? the company was thought to have made an honest breast of things with regard to last year’s difficulties and was talking realistically about its hopes and plans for 2008.Yes, there are still huge debts: the company’s market capitalisation of £830m is dwarfed by net debt of £1.62bn, plus a pension deficit of £123m. But the company has negotiated more financial headroom with its bankers, which will enable it to continue its programme of investment and the integration of RHM and Campbell’s, the companies it bought.The dividend was halved in a move regarded as prudent, because it would save Premier £50-60m. Even shareholders appeared to approve of the decision, preferring to take a longer-term view. In fact the main shareholders have been very supportive of the company and have bought more shares when the price was low, said a company spokeswoman.== Underlying performance ==Now the worst fears have not been realised, investors are looking at the underlying trading performance.Martin Deboo, an analyst at Investec, said: “The market has re-focused itself on trading and is finding the news mixed.” By contrast, a company spokes-woman claimed: “The underlying performance of the business is pretty good.”It rather depends which bits of the business you are looking at. Premier is home to at least 45 major brands. Fray Bentos, Oxo and Bachelor’s, all acquired with the purchase of Campbell’s, are doing well, as is Sharwood’s, part of RHM Foodservice.The picture is less rosy when looking at the bread bakeries side of the business, which has been kept as a separate entity due to the huge fixed costs associated with bread factories. It has its own management.Robert Schofield, Premier Foods chief executive, remains bullish about Hovis and clearly regards it as a brand with great potential, despite the loss of Hovis white bread market share. The recipe has been changed and it will re-emerge on to the shelves healthier than before and backed by a new advertising campaign, even though Premier has announced a halt to promotional activity in the first part of this year. Hovis is also looking at making a 400g loaf.Seeds Sensation, a seeded loaf, was launched under the Hovis brand and is expected to have annual sales of £20m. Premier is investing £6m in new processing equipment and also reducing the cost base.But the message is that there is no quick fix. It may take 12-18 months to turn the bread-making business around, said a company spokeswoman. “It will take longer than the first or second quarter,” she said.== Scaling back ==Premier has closed depots in Plymouth and Telford – not selling them, decommissioning them or flattening them, but taking them temporarily out of production as a cost-saving measure until such time as demand picks up and they may be dusted off and returned to a productive existence. Much will depend on the market, on wheat prices and on the success of the marketing campaigns.The day after the 2007 figures were released, Premier’s shares had risen 5%, and have held up since. Investec’s Martin Deboo described the mood in the City as “moderately positive”. An occasionally stern critic of Premier, Deboo was in a mood to give credit where credit was due: “They have bought themselves some breathing space on their balance sheet, through cutting dividends and increasing their borrowing headroom. They have recovered 80% of their losses from higher commodity prices. We ought to applaud them for it! It’s like standing on a beach watching a large wave approach and trying to surf over it.”== The translatlantic battle for wheat ==How Premier fares in the battle with Warburtons and Kingsmill may have as much to do with wheat prices on opposite sides of the Atlantic as it does with new Hovis initiatives and the companies’ respective advertising and marketing campaigns.Premier’s wheat is mainly UK-grown, Warburton’s is Canadian. After record highs on the commodity markets, on 5 March, Minneapolis wheat was down 30%, Chicago wheat was down 16% and the European market was down just 3% (it doesn’t follow North American trends and had consequently risen less and dropped back less than the excitable American exchanges).A further price rise for bread is inevitable, says Schofield. But the supermarkets will be doing their best to resist that and will be expecting their suppliers to take the pain.A standard loaf of Hovis has risen over 16% to £1.15 from 99p a year ago. What price will it reach a year from now? And will Schofield still be excited about the brand? nlast_img read more


Planning ahead

first_imgSubtitled ’Whole Grain Products: the Holy Grail for Health Conscious Consumers?’, this conference at Newcastle University aims to explore the use of wholegrains and their role in nutrition, health and food manufacturing. The aim is to contribute to current debates by policy-makers, such as EFSA and the FDA in the US, on ways to promote wholegrain use, legislate on associated health claims and establish workable definitions of whole grain and wholegrain foods.An interactive programme with leading experts from the industry will consist of an open discussion forum to help define whole grain, in collaboration with the AACC International Whole Grains Task Force, together with the ICC and the EU Integrated Project Healthgrain networks; and a half-day symposium, organised by the Grainity project, a consortium of researchers from the Nordic countries, focusing on rye. The open plenary session will review progress made since the last summit in 2005 and will be followed by four challenging presentations on the lead topics of the conference: nutrition, technology, consumer perception and EU vs US regulatory and labelling issues. These themes will be continued in four, half-day parallel sessions, with invited speakers and the latest research, followed by a summing-up in a closing plenary session. www.cerealsandeurope.net/springmeetinglast_img read more


LaPorte County man dead after falling from bridge into Trail Creek

first_img Google+ Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Twitter Twitter WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – March 15, 2021 0 248 (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) A Laporte County man died after falling into the frigid waters of Trail Creek from the U.S. 12 bridge on Saturday.August Breitbarth, 32, was pulled from the water and taken to the hospital, where he died.A witness told police Breitbarth was alone when he leaned over a railing and fell into the water.After that, the witness and another person threw objects to Breitbarth to pull him ashore.His death is still under investigation. Google+ LaPorte County man dead after falling from bridge into Trail Creek IndianaLocalNews Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleDrew Brees to become game analyst for Notre Dame FootballNext articleLaPorte man charged with multiple counts of child molestation Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more


NASCAR launches largest brand campaign ever

first_imgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 19, 2013) – Big brands break new commercials at DAYTONA 500®, and NASCAR is no exception. NASCAR will reveal a brand new creative vision – a campaign featuring more than two dozen drivers, with nine original spots in both English and Spanish. The drama-filled campaign will premier during NASCAR’s crown-jewel event, the Daytona 500. The race will broadcast live on FOX and FOX Deportes on Feb. 24 beginning at 1 pm ET.At the heart of the campaign are NASCAR drivers, who help bring to life the unpredictability and drama of NASCAR racing, both on and off the track. With an unprecedented incorporation of drivers, number of creative treatments featuring new digital engagement, radio and print, this is by far the most comprehensive and integrated campaign NASCAR has ever launched.  “The campaign was created to excite existing fans while engaging with new audiences, and is representative of where NASCAR is headed as a sport” said Kim Brink, NASCAR, vice president, marketing.  “In developing the spots, we wanted to celebrate the heart of what makes our sport unique, challenge existing perceptions, inspire the entire industry and do it all as authentically and confidently as possible.”The spots are:·We Are (English and Spanish) – Highlights the pageantry, power, magnitude and scale of community that fans can only experience through NASCAR.·Twist (English and Spanish) – Portrays the emotion, drama, and many levels of duality within the sport in truly unexpected fashion.·Rivals (English and Spanish) – Spotlights actual on-track rivalries among drivers, including that of two legendary NASCAR heroes.·Chess (English and Spanish) – Gets inside the mind of a driver during a race, coolly breaking down the strategic thought process of drivers while they compete on the track.·Resumé (English) – Uses a light-hearted tone to highlight the personalities of the drivers as they vie for a spot on fans’ NASCAR Fantasy Live rosters.·Wanna Know (English) – Offers fans an unmatched look at the sport through the eyes of the drivers in order to promote NASCAR’s newly revamped NASCAR.com and its suite of digital fan engagement products.NASCAR’s new brand campaign was developed by Ogilvy & Mather’s New York office, inclusive of Ogilvy Rojo the Hispanic arm of the agency which was awarded the business after an extensive pitch process in summer 2012.“There’s no sport in the world with a more loyal and passionate fan base than NASCAR. Drivers are what make NASCAR racing so dramatic and unpredictable for everyone.” explained John Seifert, Chairman and CEO of Ogilvy & Mather North America. “To bring the NASCAR experience to life, we helped create a brand platform that reflects the roots and character of what makes NASCAR unique, personified by remarkable athletes who will ensure that this sport remains the greatest show on earth.”In addition to the brand campaign, NASCAR will continue to focus on seven planks strategically aimed at growing the sport: Gen Y, Youth, Multicultural, Digital/Social Media, Event Experience, Product Relevance and a focus on Driver Star Power. Already this year, the industry is experiencing many firsts across all of these platforms, including the reacquisition of its digital rights, the unveiling of the new Gen-6 race cars that will reignite rivalries on the race track and in showrooms nationwide, and the first-ever live Spanish-language broadcast of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.Don’t forget to tune-in to the Daytona 500 (Feb. 24, 1 p.m. ET). The race will air on FOX, FOX Deportes, Motor Racing Network Radio and Sirius XM Radio with additional coverage on NASCAR.COM. Breaks new creative in the Daytona 500 “There’s no sport in the world with a more loyal and passionate fan base than NASCAR. Drivers are what make NASCAR racing so dramatic… for everyone.”—John Seifert, chairman and CEO of Ogilvy & Mather North Americalast_img read more


The Moore’s the merrier

first_imgIt won’t be Julianne Moore’s year at the Oscars. Instead, 2011 brought the acclaimed actress another storied, if slightly more dubious, honor: the Pudding Pot.Moore may have been snubbed by the academy for her Golden Globe-nominated turn in last year’s “The Kids Are All Right,” but she was the woman of the hour at Harvard on Thursday (Jan. 27), when the Hasty Pudding Theatricals honored her as the Woman of the Year.Moore proved game for the affair, overcoming an Amtrak mix-up (she accidentally boarded a D.C.-bound train from New York instead of for Boston), a fresh snowfall, and icy winds as she made her way to the Yard for an official Harvard tour in the morning.“It’s not that bad,” Moore teased about the weather. The actress came well-equipped in a gray wool coat, thick tights, and lined boots. She was perhaps a little too inconspicuous: One eager tourist, angling for a better shot of the John Harvard Statue, pushed past Moore with a gruff “excuse me” without seeming to realize who she was.Pudding writers DJ Smolinsky ’11 and Gus Hickey ’11 led Moore around the Yard and into Widener Library, where she viewed the Gutenberg Bible. The actress played along on her tour, asking questions about Harvard’s graduation rate and class size.“That was actually not one of the most nerve-wracking tours I’ve given,” Smolinsky said afterward. “They’re usually three times as long.”Her parade down Massachusetts Avenue was canceled for the first time since 2005, when actress Catherine Zeta-Jones’ motorcade was called off due to snow. But the slushy streets didn’t dampen the action inside the Pudding roast.At the afternoon production in the New College Theatre, nothing was off-limits, from Moore’s college days, to her choice of roles, to her children’s book “Freckleface Strawberry.”Roastmasters Michael Barron ’11 and Kyle Dancewicz ’11 credited Moore for working her way through Boston University in the early 1980s as a waitress at a Howard Johnson hotel.“She’s one of the few people who can say she worked hard while attending BU,” Barron joked. The hosts noted that while Moore starred in 2005’s “The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio,” she had yet to be selected as the “prize winner of the Academy Awards.” (The crack drew supportive boos from the audience.)To earn her Pudding Pot, Moore was put through a series of absurd tasks. After her on-screen trysts with Mark Ruffalo in “Kids” and Mark Wahlberg in “Boogie Nights,” could Moore seduce Harvard’s own famous Mark, Mr. Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder?“He only likes the BU girls,” Barron explained, referencing Zuckerberg’s fictional girlfriend in “The Social Network.”Moore did her best, despite being limited to pick-up lines culled from her past movies and the requirement that she use her Boston accent. She refused to entertain criticism of her take on the local patois, which she developed for a character she played on NBC’s “30 Rock.”“I’m not gonna stay for this,” she said indignantly. “My cah’s in the Yahd.”Moore took the digs and the antics in stride. “I’m used to the other side of the river, but this is OK,” she said to applause. “It’s just nice to be made fun of, because then you know that people are at least watching what you’re doing, whether they like it or not.”The roast was followed by a preview of Hasty Pudding’s 163rd production, “Kashmir If You Can,” an “eccentric epic” that journeys to “the exotic and erotic land of India.”This year’s Man of the Year, Jay Leno, will come to Harvard next Friday (Feb. 4). For more information on Leno’s visit and on other Pudding productions.Julianne Moore (center), Hasty Pudding’s Woman of the Year, comes in from the cold during her Harvard tour. One of the stops: Widener Library. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more


Two COVID-19 Related Deaths Reported Thursday

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageMAYVILLE – Two 80-year-old men have died as a result of COVID-19 infection in Chautauqua County.The Chautauqua County Health Department reported on its Facebook page Thursday both had underlying health conditions and despite extensive treatment, were unable to overcome the illness.“Our deepest condolences go out to their loved ones and the Chautauqua County community,” said officials in a statement.They remind residents its important to take extra precautions to protect the health of those with underlying condition like diabetes, heart disease or respiratory disease. Since the outbreak began, six have died from COVID-19 in the county.Earlier in the day officials reported seven new cases of COVID-19, brining the number of active cases to 20, with 97 total.On Friday, Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel is scheduled to update the public on the COVID-19 outbreak at a 3 p.m. press conference.Viewers can watch the press conference streamed LIVE on WNYNewsNow’s 24/7 streaming network: WNYNewsNow.com/LIVE, our mobile app, or Facebook page.last_img read more


Odds & Ends: Billy Porter & Renee Elise Goldsberry Team Up, & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Billy Porter & Renee Elise Goldsberry Team UpTony winner Billy Porter, Hamilton’s Renee Elise Goldsberry, Joshua Henry and Marcus Paul James will join forces with the Broadway Inspirational Voices for Inspirational Broadway. The evening of Main Stem, R&B, Gospel and Pop classics (think numbers from Rent, Sunday in the Park with George and more), is scheduled to take place on February 15, 2016 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. It’s all in aid of the BIV Outreach Program and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate one of the best days of the year.SAG Awards Love for Broadway FavesGood news for stage faves on December 9 with the nominations for the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Tony winner Helen Mirren picked up two nods, for Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Leading Role for her performance in Woman in Gold (along with Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn) and in the category of Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Supporting Role for Trumbo. Meanwhile, Tony winners Eddie Redmayne and Bryan Cranston received Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role nominations for The Danish Girl and Trumbo, respectively. Three-time Tony winner Mark Rylance was recognized (naturally) in Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Supporting Role for his work in Bridge of Spies and for his performance in the Wolf Hall miniseries. Others celebrating TV and/or ensemble nods include Tony winners Kevin Spacey, Viola Davis, Maggie Smith and Cherry Jones, along with Uzo Aduba, Brian d’Arcy James, Jim Parsons, William H. Macy, Edie Falco, Danielle Brooks and Elizabeth Moss. To top it all off, Carol Burnett was named winner of the special award for Lifetime Achievement. Congrats to all!Shakespeare to Get Sitcom Treatment at the BBCBritish comedian David Mitchell will soon find it’s hard to be the bard—he will play Shakespeare in a BBC sitcom about the legendary playwright, Upstart Crow. Blackadder’s Ben Elton has penned the six-part series, which is also set to star Liza Tarbuck, Harry Enfield, Paula Wilcox, Gemma Whelan, Dominic Coleman, Steve Speirs and Mark Heap. In other words, the crème de la crème of U.K. comedic talent is working on the project, so it’s liable to be must-see TV when it lands on this side of the pond.Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s Cancer ScareOur best wishes go to the Broadway-bound Jesse Tyler Ferguson. The Modern Family star posted the below pic on his Instagram, thanking his doctor for “taking the cancer out of my face…#phantommask #spf75.” We hope that Ferguson has a swift recovery and look forward to welcoming him to the Great White Way’s Lyceum Theatre in Fully Committed from April 2, 2016. Renée Elise Goldsberrycenter_img Star Fileslast_img read more