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Two distinct seasonal Asian source regions for mineral dust deposited in Greenland (NorthGRIP)

first_imgA four-year, high-resolution (<2 mo) record of mineralogical and isotopic (Sr and Nd) characteristics of mineral dust deposited at NorthGRIP confirms the seasonal variability in the eastern Asian source regions providing dust to northern Greenland at present. Comparison of the Sr and Nd isotopic compositions of the dust with those of potential source area samples from China and Mongolia support that the Takla Makan desert is the primary source, supplying most if not all of the mineral particles during the dusty spring season. A different source area, however, plays a role during most of year and during the low-dust season ( summer through winter) in particular. Inner Mongolian deserts of northern China, including the Tengger and the Mu Us, are likely candidates but the Mongolian Gobi is ruled out as a significant contributor to Greenland.last_img read more


Instructor/Assistant Professor

first_imgWhat is the highest level of education you have attained?Current High School StudentGEDHigh School DiplomaAssociate DegreeBachelor’s DegreeMaster’s DegreePh.D. Posting DetailsPosting NumberF00257PClassification TitleFacultyPosition TypeDisclaimerLiberty University’s hiring practices and EEO Statement are fullyin compliance with both federal and state law. Federal law createsan exception to the “religion” component of the employmentdiscrimination laws for religious organizations (includingeducational institutions), and permits them to give employmentpreference to members of their own religion. Liberty University isin that category.Position TitleInstructor/Assistant ProfessorDoes this position require driving?NoContactMaranda SandersContact Phone ExtContact [email protected] Summary/Basic FunctionFaculty position will work out of the School of Nursing, and willbe responsible for supervising nursing students in the clinicalsetting, including making patient assignments, completing clinicalgrading, and promoting positive working relationships withhealthcare facilities. The Clinical Instructor will assist withclinical remediation. The area of responsibility for this role isvery wide and thus requires thorough knowledge of variousprocesses.Job duties include:1. Work directly with the Chair of the Residential BSN Program, theExecutive Director of Clinical Affairs, lead faculty and staff tosupport the learning environment for the undergraduate residentialstudent as well as faculty and staff participating in clinicallearning experiences.2. Assists with student learning experiences, curriculumimplementation, and other clinical and/or simulation center relatedduties as assigned.3. Supervise nursing students during clinical experiences, createspatient assignments, completes clinical grading, and works withunit nurses to ensure patient safety.4. Remains abreast of existing and emerging evidence based nursingpractice. Completes required professional development.5. Promote a positive working relationship with clinicalsites.6. Works effectively as a team member, embracing and fostering LU’smission.7. Other duties as assigned.Minimum Qualifications• Master’s degree in nursing required• Current unencumbered Virginia nursing license• At least 3 years clinical experience• Candidate will be professional with excellent personalcommunication skills and computer skills• Current certification in American Heart AssociationCardiopulmonary Resuscitation ( CPR ) for Healthcare Provider withAED .Preferred Qualifications• Master’s degree in nursing required; doctoral degree orapplication for enrollment in a doctoral program in nursingpreferred• Current unencumbered Virginia nursing license• At least 5 years clinical experience• Current certification in ACLS, PALS, and/or NRP preferred• Current CPR instructor• Candidate will be professional with excellent personalcommunication skills and good computer skills.Work Hours40/weekPosting Date11/16/2020Special Instructions for ApplicantsLiberty University requires a “Statement of Teaching Philosophy”.The Statement of Teaching Philosophy is a couple of paragraphsabout how you will incorporate your faith into your teaching.In addition, Liberty University requires three signed referenceletters – two professional and one pastoral. Please have yourreferences write their letter/email to Dr. Shanna Akers.1. Reference letters may be mailed through the US post office.Please have your references mail their letter to the full addressbelow.Liberty University School of NursingMrs. Cindy Wright – 7105661971 University BlvdLynchburg, VA 245152. Reference letters may be delivered in sealed envelopespersonally to Cindy Wright in DeMoss Hall 2142.3. Reference letters may be emailed. Please email them [email protected] Reference letters may be submitted with your application. Whenyou fill out your application online, you will be given anopportunity to upload references on the Liberty HR applicationwebsite.Quicklinkhttps://jobs.liberty.edu/postings/30437Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsResumeCover LetterTranscriptsLetter of RecommendationCurriculum VitaeTeaching PhilosophyPastoral Reference LetterAcademic/Professional Reference Letter 1Academic/Professional Reference Letter 2Professional License(s)Optional DocumentsCareer Advancement Form (For Current LU Employees ONLY)Unofficial Transcript 1Unofficial Transcript 2Unofficial Transcript 3Other DocumentSupplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Please list all current certifications or licenses.(Open Ended Question)Have you ever had your professional licensure suspended orrevoked (LPN, RN)?No ResponseYesNolast_img read more


First Santiago Ramón y Cajal Professor is named

first_imgJeff Lichtman, the Jeremy R. Knowles Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and a world leader in using advanced imaging techniques to study the wiring of the brain and nervous system, has been appointed the inaugural Santiago Ramón y Cajal Professor of Arts and Sciences.The position is intended to recognize a member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) for groundbreaking research. Arts and Sciences professorships will be awarded in the future by FAS Dean Michael D. Smith, the John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences.“I am pleased to appoint Jeff Lichtman as the first Ramón y Cajal Professor of Arts and Sciences,” said Smith. “As a recognized leader in the development of new brain imaging techniques and an exceptional educator, he is an ideal choice for this new position. This generous gift will allow him to continue his groundbreaking research work while also engaging undergraduate students in the classroom.”Created through a gift from Kewsong Lee ’86, M.B.A. ’90, and his wife, Zita J. Ezpeleta ’88, J.D. ’91, the five-year appointment is named for Santiago Ramón y Cajal, whose drawings of nerve cells provided the earliest foundation for modern neuroscience.For Lee and Ezpeleta, the gift reflects their desire to impact the College and support outstanding research and teaching, and also underscores their belief in Harvard’s leadership.The professorship was created through a gift from Kewsong Lee (center) ’86, M.B.A. ’90, and his wife, Zita J. Ezpeleta ’88, J.D. ’91. “We wanted to provide President Faust (right) and Dean Smith with the flexibility and resources to make things happen,” said Lee, “while also providing talented faculty with a foundation to do important work.”“We wanted to provide President Faust and Dean Smith with the flexibility and resources to make things happen,” said Lee, “while also providing talented faculty with a foundation to do important work. Zita and I are thrilled that Professor Lichtman is the first faculty member to hold this chair; he is most deserving. Not only is his body of work incredibly important and impactful, it also has a poetic, artistic quality to it — the very definition of an arts and sciences professorship.“We’re quite pleased,” Lee added. “There’s tremendous satisfaction in fulfilling a need, in recognizing outstanding teaching and scholarship, and we encourage other alumni to consider similar opportunities.”Said Lichtman: “I am extremely happy to receive this honor. My work, in the long run, is focused on trying to develop approaches for producing a detailed wiring map of the brain. That is my goal for the next five years, so it’s wonderful that donors are supporting this type of research.”The challenge in producing such a map, Lichtman explained, is that while other organs — such as the kidneys or lungs — can be understood by studying their underlying cellular structure, the same cannot be said for the brain.“Where other organs are made up of a handful of cellular motifs, in the brain there are still an unknown number of different kinds of cells, and they’re arranged in a very complex wiring diagram,” he said.Further complicating matters is the fact that different brain regions perform different functions. Also, much of the wiring is the result of learning, and not a genetic mechanism. Other hurdles include the massive amount of data produced by imaging all the connections in the brain. A single cubic millimeter of brain tissue, Lichtman said, would produce as much as two petabytes of data, or more than 2 million gigabytes.In an effort to overcome those issues, Lichtman, Joshua Sanes, the Jeff C. Tarr Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and a team of researchers in 2007 developed Brainbow, a process that used a combination of fluorescent proteins to label individual neurons with a distinctive color. Where earlier techniques allowed for mapping only a handful of neurons at a time, Brainbow was capable of labeling more than 100 neurons simultaneously, resulting in the most detailed images of neural wiring ever produced.More recently, Lichtman has led the development of an automated technique that relies on serial electron microscopy to produce images, and computer algorithms to label individual neurons with different colors. In collaboration with Hanspeter Pfister, the An Wang Professor of Computer Science at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Lichtman is now working to speed up the process, and increase its accuracy.Armed with the brain’s wiring diagram, Lichtman said, researchers can begin working to devise ways to treat disorders related to how the connections in the brain work.“There are a wide number of diseases — psychiatric disorders in adults or learning disorders in children — for which there is no doubt there’s something wrong, but there is no histological trace,” he said. “The problem is simply that we don’t yet have the tools to see it because we need to study the brain’s wiring at the level of individual synapses. There are probably diseases that would be considered connectopathies — pathologies of connection. Understanding those is one reason — maybe the best reason — why there should be support for this general approach.”For Lichtman, teaching is about more than educating his students — it also proves to be an invaluable part of his research.“Undergraduate teaching, particularly with the talented students we have at Harvard, is particularly rewarding,” Lichtman said. “For me, at least, the requirement to verbalize an idea is an essential part of my understanding. If I didn’t teach, I would know a lot less about what I do, and I think, for many professors, teaching is valuable in a similar way.“Of course, I remember how important it was for me when I first heard about how a synapse works; I remember the impact that had on me,” he added. “To now be the person who’s telling students about that — there is a certain vicarious pleasure that comes from seeing a student’s eyes light up in the classroom.”last_img read more


This Land is Your Land: Our National Parks And Forests Need You Now More Than Ever

first_imgPublic lands and public health are under assault. Here are the eight biggest threats to parks, forests, and wildlands in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic—and eight ways you can protect the places where you play.National Forest PlanThe Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest in western North Carolina national forest is the second most-visited national forest in the country, with large tracts of road-free forest, important headwaters, old-growth forest, and native trout habitat. Unfortunately, the latest draft of the Forest Service’s twenty-year management plan will open much of the forest to logging and not adequately protect its most treasured recreational gems.One of those forests—Big Ivy—has received widespread support for an expanded wilderness from mountain bikers, hikers, anglers, hunters, and the local community. County commissioners unanimously passed a resolution advocating for expanded wilderness in Big Ivy, and biologists and wildlife officials have advocated for the wilderness, too—the old-growth forest shelters over 40 rare and endangered. Unfortunately, the Forest Service has not heeded the recommendations of scientists, local leaders, or the general public. Most of Big Ivy remains unprotected in the latest draft of the management plan.Big Ivy is not alone. Other recreational and ecological hotspots like the Black Mountains, Mackey Mountain, and Tusquitee Bald have been largely ignored by the Forest Service in its latest draft. Without protections, these areas will be open to timber harvesting for the next two decades.“Shining Rock Wilderness Area is really heavily used, which shows that people are hungry for that kind of wilderness experience,” says Jill Gottesman, Conservation Specialist with The Wilderness Society. “But it’s not just about wilderness. It’s also about restoration, water quality, cultural heritage, and helping tourism in local gateway communities.”What you can doAttend Forest Service plan meetings and submit comments arguing for stronger forest protections that protect old-growth forests, clean water, and recreational resources. Send comments via email to [email protected] and Gas DrillingIn January, Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar proposed H.R. 46, a bill that would open more than 40 national parks to oil and gas drilling, including Tennessee’s Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, West Virginia’s Gauley River National Recreation Area, and the Tennessee’s Obed Wild and Scenic River.There are currently five national park sites in our region that have operating wells, but nine others, including Alabama’s Little River Canyon National Preserve and Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park, are at risk of future development due to the split-estate condition in which the federal government owns the surface lands and private companies own the mineral rights.Oil and gas drilling fragments wildlife migration routes and habitats, leaks into our drinking water, increases erosion and flooding potential, diminishes the outdoor recreation experience, and pollutes the air with methane. Reducing the Park Service’s authority in overseeing these operations results in direct harm to our parks.What you can doTell your members of Congress that you are opposed to the weakening of oil and gas regulations in national parks. In particular, contact Republican Representative Diane Black from the 6th District of Tennessee to express your concerns—Black was one of the six representatives to cosponsor Gosar’s bill: (202) 225-4231.Outdoor Alliance Communications Director Tania Lown-Hecht recommends adding a personal anecdote to any petitions or comments of opposition. Lown-Hecht says it’s easy to default to the suggested message copy already entered on petition forms especially, but including a short, meaningful entry about the impact these repeals would have on you and the lands you treasure can be powerful.“Say something personal about why public lands matter to you,” she says. “State clearly what you want your congressman to do, be polite, and be kind. Their offices receive a lot of messages that are hateful,” and that, says Lown-Hecht, is not a level our parks advocates should stoop.Fracking and PipelinesTo date, there are more than 20 pipelines proposed for the Appalachian region. Pipelines carrying fracked gas are, in and of themselves, dangerous. Leaks and explosions are common occurrences, and onshore gas pipelines built in the 2010s have accident rates more than five times greater than pipelines built just a few decades prior.Pipelines also threaten the drinking water supply of hundreds of thousands of residents. The Mountain Valley Pipeline alone, which would stretch 301 miles from West Virginia to Virginia, crosses three major aquifers and 377 perennial waterways, including important headwater streams. Leaks from the pipeline at any point along its path can have drastic effects on everything downstream.Three of these proposed pipelines—PennEast, Atlantic Coast, and Mountain Valley—cross the Appalachian Trail at some of its most iconic spots like Virginia’s Peters Mountain Wilderness (Mountain Valley) and Angels Rest (Atlantic Coast).Additionally, the Atlantic Coast pipeline will cut through sensitive habitat in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest and Virginia’s George Washington National Forest. Visitors to the Virginia portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway will encounter great swaths of pipeline construction in Augusta and Nelson counties. Not only would these crossings disrupt wildlife habitats, but the lengthy construction period and lasting eyesores would also negatively impact recreation tourism in mountain communities that need those dollars most.What you can doSign up to receive email notifications about public hearings and comment periods for pipeline developments from groups like Wild Virginia (wildvirginia.org), Sierra Club (sierraclub.org), the Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance (abralliance.org), Protect Our Water Heritage Rights (powhr.org), and Appalachian Voices (appvoices.org), who are leading the fight against pipelines in our region.Though the official public comment period for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline ended April 6th, opponents are encouraged to continue voicing their concerns to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and their respective elected officials.“Submit written comments, show up to public input meetings, really get involved at the local level,” says Sierra Club Virginia Chapter Director Kate Addleson. “Local folks really have the best ability to make a difference. They have strength in the community with respect to what public officials they are putting in office and then holding those officials accountable for their actions.”Mountaintop RemovalThere’s no denying the coal industry is on the decline, but it’s not dead yet. Mountaintop removal mining practices continue to destroy biologically diverse mountains and streams every day. Since the 1970s, mountaintop removal has been responsible for obliterating 500 mountains and more than 2,000 miles of headwater streams. Consequently, the water and communities downstream of these sites have abnormally high levels of heavy metals, which not only kill aquatic species but also cause increased rates in cancer and birth defects in humans.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found iron and manganese concentrations surpassed drinking water guidelines in about 70 percent of the wells near reclaimed surface coal mines and sludge impoundments in Appalachia. Additionally, communities near mountaintop removal sites are at constant risk of injury to person and property from blasting as well as flooding, which is more likely to occur on mountaintop removal sites due to the lack of trees and vegetation that aid in rooting the soil and preventing erosion.What you can doThe recent repeal of the Stream Protection Rule, which would have made it more difficult for the coal industry to dump hazardous waste into our rivers and streams, was certainly a setback, but that doesn’t mean all clean water protections are on the curb, yet.Appalachian Voices Central Appalachian Program Manager Erin Savage says local citizens, especially those living near mining activity, should be on the lookout for stream pollution and be adamant about requesting investigations on those polluters as well as fighting any pending mining permits.“Write things down, take photos, submit complaints, and keep copies of what you send to state agencies,” Savage says. “If you don’t hear back from them or their response is insufficient, take it up the chain, so to speak, to the federal agencies who oversee that agency. Talk to newspapers, too. Public pressure can be really helpful in convincing a state agency to take enforcement more seriously.”As of March, there were 24 new mining permit requests in West Virginia alone, the vast majority of which were located just a stone’s throw from the New River Gorge National River. In eastern Kentucky, more than 50 new or renewal permits were pending in the 21 counties that comprise the Daniel Boone National Forest, home to such recreational gems as the Clifty Wilderness, Beaver Creek Wilderness, Red River Gorge, and the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail. Mining permit applications are typically announced in local papers and can also be found online (for West Virginia, dep.wv.gov/permitting, and for Kentucky, minepermits.ky.gov) or by registering for the state mining regulatory agency’s email lists.Finding an organization, like the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (ohvec.org) in West Virginia, to assist in requesting public hearings and investigations can be extremely helpful if you’re unfamiliar with the process, adds Savage.BRO-TV: Peoples Climate March from Blue Ridge Outdoors on Vimeo.Coal AshIn December of 2008, 1.1 billion gallons of coal ash, the hazardous byproduct of burning coal, spilled into the Clinch and Emory rivers near Harriman, Tenn. Over 300 acres were covered in the toxic sludge, killing wildlife, destroying homes, and causing irreparable damage to the waterways for decades to come.Less than a decade later in Eden, N.C., 39,000 tons of coal ash and 27 million gallons of contaminated water oozed into the Dan River. In some places, mounds of ash were five feet thick and the toxic waste could be traced as far as 70 miles downstream. Turtles and mussels died at an alarming rate, but even today, the spill has hardly been cleaned up.Similar incidents have taken place across the Southeast, yet there remain no regulations on discharging toxins like arsenic, lead, and mercury into our watersheds. The Southeast is particularly at risk from further coal ash pond leaks and spills due to sparse or non-existent limitations on dumping. According to the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), nearly every major body of water in the Southeast has a leaking coal ash impoundment on its banks, resulting in dangerous levels of arsenic, mercury, thallium, and selenium contaminating groundwater and wells.Despite criminal guilty pleas by Duke Energy following the 2014 Dan River spill, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality announced it will allow Duke Energy to continue discharging coal ash into the Dan River Basin and Roanoke River Basin at three different sites. They will also allow Duke Energy to dump toxic coal ash into some of North Carolina’s Mayo and Hyco Lakes.In Nashville, Tenn., the SELC is in the midst of an ongoing battle to hold the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) accountable for the more than 27 billion gallons of coal ash wastewater that have leaked from the Gallatin Fossil Plant into the Cumberland River—Nashville’s drinking water supply for 1.2 million people). The TVA refused to supply data that proved sinkholes on the plant site, combined with unlined holding ponds, were contributing to the decreased quality of groundwater wells. Nearby wells now exceed the state water quality standards for maximum contamination levels, forcing locals to rely on bottled water.What you can doWant to learn if there is a coal ash impoundment near you? Visit SoutheastCoalAsh.org to see if your community is at risk.The Trump administration froze EPA grants, which provided funding to Southern communities to reduce air and water pollution, remove lead from drinking water, and clean up hazardous waste such as coal ash. Ask your Congressional leaders to restore EPA grants and funding.“It’s really unfortunate that some politicians have made environmental protection seem like it’s a right or left issue,” says Addleson with the Sierra Club. “It’s an issue that affects all people. Most people can agree that protecting our lands and our water and having good air quality is something that’s important.”Protestor at the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C. / Photo by Jess Daddio.Abandoned MinesOur region is still scarred by the devastating 1994-1995 mine blowouts on Muddy Creek, a tributary to West Virginia’s Cheat River. Those massive orange discharges of acid mine drainage dropped the pH in Cheat Lake to 4.5, killed fish populations over 16 miles downstream, and all but decimated the area’s booming whitewater raft industry with business down 50 percent in the following years.The recovery process is still underway, but for the first time since the blowouts, the Cheat mainstem is home to a healthy and thriving smallmouth bass fish population. That turnaround is a direct result of the more than $5.1 million, half of which came from the EPA.The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area alone contains over 100 abandoned mines, many of which are contaminating this otherwise pristine park’s waterways.What you can doVolunteering with citizen science programs, like Appalachian Voices’ Appalachian Water Watch citizen monitoring program (appvoices.org/waterwatch), helps environmental non-profits gain the documentation and information necessary to prosecute violators of the Clean Water Act and the Surface Mine Control and Reclamation Act.“What you do to the land, you do to the people,” Savage from Appalachian Voices adds, quoting anti-mountaintop removal activist Judy Bonds. “This isn’t as simple as jobs versus fish when you talk about clean water protection. If you protect streams, that has a lot of downstream benefits both figuratively and literally.”Air PollutionIn July 2015, the National Parks Conservation Association released a study that found the vast majority of our 48 national parks had harmful levels of air pollution, some of which were comparable to the air pollution in major cities. On the list of top 12 parks most harmed by air pollution were Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky and Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee.The Clean Power Plan placed carbon emission goals for each state, with an overall mission to cut national carbon emissions from the power sector by 30 percent in 2030. Unfortunately, the Trump administration has announced that it plans to dismantle the Clean Power Plan.What you can doTell your elected officials to protect clean air, to keep the United States involved in the Paris Agreement, and to hold Pruitt and Tillerson accountable for their actions, which should serve the best interests of our environment’s and citizens’ health, not the industry’s.Sign petitions to support the Clean Power Plan by visiting the Environmental Defense Fund’s website at edf.org.Endangered Species ActEstablished in 1973, the Endangered Species Act has been at the very core of conservation work. To date, the act protects more than 1,600 different species, including plants and animals. Species like the gray wolf, bald eagle, and American crocodile have not only been removed from the endangered species list but have thrived in subsequent years.But now, thanks to a Senate hearing to “modernize the Endangered Species Act,” some Republican lawmakers are attempting to repeal the act altogether. Their argument is that the act, which has only successfully removed about 40 species from its list in its 43-year history, hinders business and controls the land in areas where the industry versus conservation war has been a longstanding battle.Nearly driven to extinction in the 1950s, the red wolf is one of those species that is on the verge of disappearing. Fewer than 50 red wolves exist in the world, all of which reside in eastern North Carolina. Other Southern species dependent on the Endangered Species Act include the leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles, the Shenandoah salamander, the Indiana bat, and several freshwater mussels.What you can doCall or write to your elected officials and ask that they support the Endangered Species Act as it exists. The Southern Environmental Law Center is often spearheading efforts to protect many iconic species in the South.And while you’re at it, make sure to spend a little quality time in the outdoors. Taking a stand for the environment is important, tireless work, but it’s important not to burn out in the early stages.“Make sure you’re still providing yourself with the opportunities to experience the places that we must defend,” says Ani Kame’enui of the National Parks Conservation Association. “It sounds a bit silly and trite to suggest that, but that’s a huge part of this is to not get lost in the 120 characters and the volatile headlines. Continue to get into these spaces and places that have written the American story so you know what you’re fighting for.”last_img read more


Michael Ricigliano, Jr.’s ‘A Queen For A Day’ Keeps It In ‘The Family’

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Set in an abandoned warehouse in New Jersey bathed in deep grays and dark shadows, iconic figures recognizable to anyone well-versed in mob filmography command the stage.David Proval—the ruthless, violent capo Richie Aprile of Sopranos infamy, also known for his portrayal of mobster Tony DeVienazo in the Martin Scorsese cult favorite Mean Streets—plays the intense and cunning Giovanni “Nino” Cinquimani, a heavily Italian-lilted Mafioso, speaking of backdoor deals with union presidents and an ill-timed mob hit on a longshoreman before removing the mask of mob-persona and becoming heartbreakingly human.Vincent Pastore—aka The Sopranos’ “Big Pussy”—is Nino’s brother Pasquale, dubbed “The Prince” by the media in very much the same way “The Teflon Don” had graced so many covers of New York Daily News. Reminiscent of The Godfather’s Michael Corleone, Pastore plays a giant of violent intimidation. Audiences learn how one who was once an innocent youngster on the road to legitimacy was pulled into “family life” he was never meant for, but took to with prodigal aplomb.Theater maven Portia, whose resume includes Mama Nadi in the Pulitzer Prize-winning production of “Ruined,” among a long list of acclaimed television and stage productions, transforms the role of US Attorney Patricia Cole into a well-practiced persona. Smart, tough, and acid-tongued, she holds her own with the likes of the Cinquimani brothers in the constantly changing shifts of power.David Deblinger, who played Sopranos mobster Dr. Rene Katz and who portrays attorney Sanford Weiss, Esq., rounds out the all-star cast.“A Queen for a Day,” written by playwright and producer Michael Ricigliano, Jr. and directed by John Gould Rubin, counts on audiences’ recognition of these characters: the thick-necked mob boss with a steely glare and hot temper; the mafia captain—an older brother who somehow ended up as the subordinate; the cautionary Jewish lawyer; and the no-bullshit US Attorney, who is an expert on the inner-workings of the “family” because she can never be part of it. You know these guys. You’ve met them in films directed by Scorsese and Coppola, in the banquet booths of certain Long Island restaurants, and in the stories of our oldest generation, whose childhoods in Brooklyn sound as exotic to our suburban ears as the Old Country had been to theirs.The beauty—and the genius—of this screenplay is that once audiences settle into this well-traveled world, it turns that familiarity on its head and shakes it to its core.“A Queen for a Day” is the term for a one-day immunity proffer session between an informant and a prosecutor. Nothing revealed in this session can be used against the witness. This is the tool that has been instrumental in tearing down the time-worn infrastructure of the modern-day mob, where one by one, defendants cop plea deals with the government, turning in “family members” in exchange for their own freedom. Or, in the case of “A Queen for a Day,” actual blood relatives.David Proval (L) and Vincent Pastore are just two of the all-star cast members in local playwright and producer Michael Ricigliano, Jr.’s “A Queen For A Day,” running through July 26 at the Theatre at St. Clement’s in Manhattan. (Photo by Russ Rowland)When Ricigliano, a Long Island attorney by trade, overheard a friend, a former enforcement supervisor for the US Securities and Exchange Commission, mention the term, he immediately had the idea for the screenplay mapped out in his mind.“I said, ‘Wow! What a great idea for a play!’” Ricigliano tells the Press in a phone interview en route to one of the show’s final rehearsals. “From there I just started writing and writing and writing.”Ricigliano, 44, grew up in Garden City, Long Island. He maintains a successful career as an attorney, and is raising his family in Locust Valley. He formed Jackson Leonard Productions, LLC with his partner Jeffrey Schneider, with whom he develops and produces feature films, as well as stage and television projects, including scripts for Brooklyn Law, The Scorpion Tale, The Devil’s Banker, and Created Equal based on the book by R.A. Brown. The intersection between a creative mind and an encyclopedic knowledge of the law gives Ricigliano an unlimited well of ideas for stage and screen. Growing up enveloped in Italian-American culture doesn’t hurt either when he’s trying to develop characters.“Practicing law helps me understand the legal nuances,” he tells the Press. “My father and my whole family are from Williamsburg, Brooklyn. A lot of my bedtime stories were either when my father played for the Brooklyn Dodgers or when he was growing up in Brooklyn. You know, growing up, you spend a lot of time with Italians. So a lot of the nuances in the way Italians speak and act, they have a certain cadence—it’s a fact. Italians carry themselves a certain way—especially the ones from Brooklyn. And so all of that is what goes into making a character.”Although Ricigliano is fairly new to writing, his 2010 film debut, Lily of the Feast, a short, earned multiple accolades, including “Best Short Film” at the 2011 Long Island International Film Festival; its director, Federico Castelluccio (you know him as Carmellas’s man-tease Furio in The Sopranos), won “Best Director of a Short Film” in that competition, and last year, directed its feature-length adaptation. The latter also stars Proval, along with Troy Garity (Jane Fonda’s son) and Paul Sorvino.“It’s really just getting good people around you. That’s all it is,” he confides to the Press. “Talented people who have been through this before and they guided me in the right way.”One of those people is director John Gould Rubin, who had run the Greenwich Village-based LAByrinth Theater Company with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. Rubin recognizes talent when he sees it.“I really think that the playwright is a prodigy,” Rubin tells the Press. “This is his first play and it’s just better written than it should have been. It’s more skilled than it should have been. He’s a special guy.”(L-R) David Deblinger, Portia and David Proval deliver passionate, memorable performances in local playwright and producer Michael Ricigliano, Jr.’s stellar “A Queen For A Day,” running through July 26 at the Theatre at St. Clement’s in Manhattan. (Photo by Russ Rowland)“A Queen for a Day” is based on the largest coordinated organized crime takedown in history—a January 2011 sweep in which the FBI and US Attorney’s Office rounded up and indicted 127 mafia associates. Nino Cinquimani (Proval) is a captain in an unnamed crime family who is pressured to give up his brother, the “Capo de tutti Capo” (Pastore). Deblinger and Portia, the two prosecutors in the play, also hail from LAByrinth, where they’d worked with Rubin before. This ensemble came together in perfect symmetry of well-heeled mob actors and theater natives, balancing the cadences of the dialogue with practiced nuance and emotion.The depth of acting talent took Ricigliano by surprise, he admits. “A Queen for a Day” is his first theatrical experience, and watching the actors take ownership of characters he’d written, by creating detailed backstories, thrilled him.“The reason you are who you are is because of a million factors that happened in your life,” Ricigliano says. “How you grew up, who you grew up with, your parents, your friends, your schooling—all of that is what makes you, you. When these actors read a script, they attach themselves to it and then they start making up what their life would have been like before these three hours on Sunday in the winter of 2011. It is really so gratifying that they care so much about that character to really become invested.”The play explores blood ties, where loyalty comes at a price with profound repercussions that won’t come to light until intense pressure provides a relief valve. Director Rubin keeps the action at a riveting pace, building intensity until an explosive finale unravels shocking revelations that delve into issues of family, sexuality, identity and loyalty.In one of the most dramatic scenes of the 90-minute performance, Pastore takes the stage, filling the theater with an almost unbearable tension. Known among his fellow mobsters onstage as “Pat,” the younger brother and mafia kingpin has just discovered a stinging betrayal that both shook and frightened the entire house, evident by several minutes of complete and utter silence. He didn’t play a mob boss—he became one, right there, on the stark stage. When his voice, soft-spoken and measured at first, broke into a roar of unrestrained rage, the audience jumped in their seats.“What can I do to make this right?” is an oft-repeated refrain in the last scene of the play. “Right,” of course, is a debatable term.As the US Attorney, Patricia convinces Nino that confessions help purge the soul of sin, these religious themes pervade the theater, aptly housed in an off-Broadway space within St. Clement’s Episcopal Church on West 46th Street.As with most mob-themed productions, the answers to many of “A Queen For A Day’s” recurring questions are inevitably soaked in blood. Righteousness has many avenues, each evocatively explored in this captivating story.Bravo.“A Queen for a Day” is running through July 26 at the Theatre at St. Clement’s, 423 West 46th St., New York, NY 10036. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting AQueenForADayPlay.com and calling 866-811-4111.last_img read more


Couple plan for retirement and ready to sell family home

first_img14 Cayley Street, Everton Park, which is for sale.The couple moved to the Lockyer Valley three years ago for a ‘tree change’ and have decided to sell the home to consolidate their assets as they move into retirement.“We do miss the pool but also the easy access to everything as it’s only a two-minute walk to the bus stop and the shops,” Mrs Coogan said.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019 The pool at 14 Cayley Street, Everton Park.Set in Everton Park’s premier Trouts Estate, this really is the ultimate family home. The spacious, two-storey house sits on a huge 624sq m block with a north-easterly aspect.Upstairs, there are three generous bedrooms with built-in wardrobes and polished hardwood floors. There’s also a fourth room that could serve as an office or guest bedroom.The large kitchen features beautiful Tasmanian oak.There are two bathrooms – one upstairs and one downstairs. The kitchen at 14 Cayley Street, Everton Park.Maree Coogan spent more than two decades watching her children grow up in this Everton Park home.Now, she hopes another young family will enjoy living here as much as hers did.Mrs Coogan and her husband Michael bought 14 Cayley St in 1992, attracted by the location and the lifestyle it provided for their two children.center_img The rumpus room at 14 Cayley Street, Everton Park.Downstairs, french doors open out on to the front yard and a huge rumpus room offers fun for all the family or the perfect kids retreat.“We made it more liveable downstairs,” Mrs Coogan said.“The kids lived and slept down there in the early years and as they grew older, we made it more of a getaway from the upstairs area.”The Coogans also built a large, covered deck so they could enjoy a meal with friends and family while watching the kids play in the in-ground, saltwater pool.last_img read more


Trustees must ‘sing from same hymn sheet’ on codes of conduct

first_imgTrustees and pension fund managers have been urged to ensure they are “singing from the same hymn sheet” and draw up codes of conduct governing the receipt of gifts and how to handle placement agent fees.Howard Sherman, head of corporate governance product development at MSCI, told the current issue of IPE there was the temptation for asset managers “to do whatever it takes” to win clients.He said it was therefore important for pension trustees and management staff to know whether gifts needed to be disclosed to ensure decisions were “based on merit”.Barry Mack, partner and head of governance at Hymans Robertson, agreed with Sherman’s assessment and called for a code of conduct be drawn up for each fund. “There may already be a tacit consensus as to what constitutes appropriate behaviour, but, until something is written down, pension fund staff may actually not be all singing from the same hymn sheet,” he said.“If you’re invited to something you couldn’t afford yourself, there is clearly a risk of undue influence. Therefore, you probably shouldn’t accept it.”However, the Hymans Robertson partner added that there would be different levels of affordability depending on the pay grade of the affected employee, meaning this would need to be taken into account.Their comments come in the wake of a number of governance scandals across Europe, including most recently the resignation of Keva managing director Merja Ailus.In the wake of her resignation last year, the Finnish government published details of a new law for disclosure of potential conflicts of interest.Problems have also occurred in other countries, including in Switzerland.Michael Valentine, investment consultant at Towers Watson in Zurich, said it made sense for pension funds to check whenever there was uncertainty that their current protection was “adequate”.For more on codes of conduct, see the current issue of IPE magazinelast_img read more


Report: CO2 Leak on Bulker Kills 10, Injures 19 in China

first_imgA carbon dioxide leak on a bulk carrier killed ten and injured nineteen people at a dock in an eastern Chinese province.The incident occurred at the Longyan port in Weihai, Shandong province, at around 4 p.m. (local time) on May 25, local media reported.As informed, a worker accidentally released CO2 in the fire extinguishing system aboard the China-flagged Jin Hai Xiang. At the time of the incident, the Panamax bulker was undergoing repairs at the dock.Authorities found ten people dead at the scene and hospitalized another nineteen, the Weihai local government said in a release. The injured are reportedly in stable condition.Being held responsible for the death of the workers, Jin Hai Xiang’s third officer has been arrested.An investigation into the incident has been launched.The 69,100 dwt Jin Hai Xiang is owned by China’s Fujian Shipping, VesselsValue’s data shows. The vessel was built in Japan in 1994.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more


Common Sense Talk About Sexual Harassment

first_img Share 65 Views   no discussions Every woman I know of a certain age remembers being sexually harassed. Except we didn’t call it sexual harassment way back then. We remembered the time when guys–our co-workers, our customers, and, yes, our bosses—were often making passes, hitting on us, telling an off-color joke, saying a lot of suggestive things, endlessly trying it on. And, yes, a lot of times it was upsetting and most of the time demeaning. Once in a while, maybe, even frightening, especially if one was young or felt insecure and powerless and really, really needed the job or wanted the promotion.And at the same time, let’ s not forget, there were women who turned sexual harassment around and used it to their own advantage. It was called sleeping your way to the top. A lot of very smart, very capable women, some of whom are now very respected and admired women of a certain age, did exactly that though, of course, they would now deny it. But most of us just said no or laughed it off, and most guys took no for an answer and maybe went on and tried with someone else and didn’t hold it against us. Yes, you thought less of him and for all I know, he might have thought more of you for slapping his hands away or telling him how much you liked his wife and his adorable kiddies when he was trying to pull you close. But the awkward moment was between the two of you. You didn’t complain to H.R. You didn’t file a lawsuit. And if you really did have a pig of a boss who was that unrelentingly aggressive, you knew you had to find another job because you realized it wasn’t smart to work in a place that would let such a jerk have power. Of course the reason my friends and I were talking again about sexual harassment was because of the accusations against Herman Cain. And though a couple said it just shows that guys in power never learn, most thought the women making the accusations were not the most appealing examples of woman-as-victim. The blonde from Chicago with a cloudy past seemed just too eager for her press conference moment. And the other seems to be a serial plaintiff who thinks recompense for possible sexual harassment is a free year at Harvard. What’s more, these days men can be as vulnerable to charges of sexual harassment as women are vulnerable to being harassed. Maybe, in some ways, even more so. If a young man works in almost any company today and a woman reports that he is harassing her, whether it is true or not, the guy is usually fired. It is not worth the trouble for most companies to find out the truth.They are more afraid of the woman suing, the automatic sympathy she would get, and the enormous legal expenses the company would entail. Far easier to dump the man, sidetrack his career, and seem so very protective of a woman’s rights. And when the man, who is accused, is in a powerful position, it is easier to just pay off the woman in some way than fight her in court. It may leave a shadow on him but it saves a lot of big lawyer’s bills. Was it better the way it used to be? No, of course not.There was tolerance of what was truly unacceptable behavior. But it is still far from perfect now. These days the assumption seems to be that women are so vulnerable and defenseless they always need a lawsuit and a payoff to protect them from even questionable behavior. Rather than–in most cases– simply having the good sense to say, “Cut it out.” Myrna Blyth is editor-in-chief of ThirdAge. LifestyleRelationships Common Sense Talk About Sexual Harassment by: – November 16, 2011 Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweetlast_img read more


Digicel proudly announces sponsorship of the WCMF for the 7th consecutive year

first_img Natalie Attidore receiving cheque from Mrs. Walsh (R) of DigicelTuesday October 18th 2011 – Roseau, Dominica: Digicel Dominica proudly announced its sponsorship of the World Creole Festival for a seventh consecutive year which takes place from Friday October 28th to Sunday October 30th 2011 and will see Caribbean and International stars such as Carimi, Gyptian and Ali Campbell take to the stage. The World Creole Music Festival is one of the region’s most famous festivals with three nights of pulsating music and this year is expected to even bigger and better as Digicel is giving away scores of free tickets to the event through its “Text to Win” competitions. Last month’s competition resulted in eight lucky customers walking away with prizes including tickets to the festival and spending money. To qualify, customers simply had to text “WCMF” to 7171 to unscramble the Digicel word game. September’s lucky ‘Text to Win’ competition winners are Nashia Mc Intyre of Goodwill, Narissa Attidore of Canefield, Jasmine Diolen of Roseau, Natress Durand of Roseau, Maxim Abraham of Grandbay, Riah Brumant of Bath Estate, Lennon Honore of Portsmouth and Bibiana Darroux of Roseau.The Pointe Michel Cutural Group.Moving on to this month’s competition, Digicel customers can participate by texting ‘Festival’ and be in with a chance to win weekly prizes of $1000 cash, tickets to the WCMF, plus an excursion for four to the Arial Tram.In addition, Digicel is hosting a number of activities to promote the festival at its store on Great Marlborough and Great George Street. Last Friday 14th October, the first lucky weekly winner of the October competition was announced as Natalie Attidore of Woodfordhill and there was a special performance from the Pointe Michel Cultural Group and Dominica’s exciting calypsonian, “Mighty Acka”. Digicel Dominica Sales and Marketing Manager, Nathalie Walsh, said: “We are always looking at new and exciting ways to give back to our customers and with our latest ‘Text to Win’ competitions, we are doing just that. Customers can simply text ‘Festival’ to enter and be in with a chance to win cash and tickets to the World Creole Festival, proudly sponsored by Digicel.”Press ReleaseDigicel Dominica 64 Views   no discussions LocalNews Digicel proudly announces sponsorship of the WCMF for the 7th consecutive year by: – October 18, 2011last_img read more