Taiwan Government Scholarship Program

first_imgTaiwan Government Scholarship Program Deadline: 31 March 2011Open to: undegraduates, graduates, postgraduates and individuals wanting to improve their language abilities in Mandarine ChineseScholarships: MOFA: direct-route roundtrip international airfare ticket plus US$930/month; MOE: US$775/month for undergraduate or LEP study, US$988/month for postgraduate; NSC: recipients responsible for their own expenses, US$988/month for postgraduateThe Taiwan Scholarship Program was established jointly by three government agencies of the Republic of China (Taiwan) — the Ministry of Education (MOE), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the National Science Council of the Executive Yuan (NSC) — to encourage outstanding international students to undertake degree programs in Taiwan.There are three government agencies that fund this program, each with a different focus in terms of recipients’ nationalities and study programs:1. MOFA Scholarship:Recipients from countries that have diplomatic relations with the R.O.C. (Taiwan) or countries specified as being diplomatically favorable by MOFA.Undergraduate and/or postgraduate degree programs. Embassies of the R.O.C. can also award a pre-degree Mandarin Language Enrichment Program (LEP) scholarship to recipients to improve their language abilities.MOFA Scholarship: One economy-class, direct-route round trip international airfare ticket, plus a monthly stipend of NT$30,000 (approximately US$930).2. MOE Scholarship:Recipients from countries other than those specified in the MOFA Scholarship.Undergraduate and/or postgraduate programs. R.O.C.’s overseas offices can also designate a pre-degree Mandarin Language Enrichment Program (LEP) to recipients to improve their language abilities.MOE Scholarship: A monthly stipend of NT$25,000 (approximately US$775) for undergraduate or LEP study, and NT$30,000 (approximately US$988)  for a postgraduate degree program.3. NSC Scholarship:Recipients from countries other than those specified in the MOFA Scholarship. Postgraduate programs only.NSC Scholarship: A monthly stipend of NT$30, 000 (approximately US$988).Recipients are responsible for their own expenses.Duration of AwardThe award period for each degree/study program is as follows:1.Undergraduate program: maximum 4 years.2.Master’s program: maximum 2 years.3.Doctoral program: maximum 3 years.4.LEP: maximum 1 year.EligibilityAn applicant must meet all of the following criteria:1.Be a high school graduate or above, have an excellent academic performance in his/her most recent formal educational study experience, be of good moral character and does not have any criminal records.2.Is not an R.O.C. (Taiwan) national.3.Does not have the status of being an overseas compatriot student.4.Has never enrolled at any educational institution in Taiwan for the same level of degree or LEP that he/she plans to matriculate at.5.Is not an exchange student in accordance with any agreement of cooperation between an international university/college and an educational institute in Taiwan, at the time of receiving a Taiwan Scholarship.6.Has never received the scholarship to undertake any degree program or language study within the total award period of 5 years.7.Does not have any revocation record regarding the Taiwan Scholarship Program nor from the Ministry of Education’s Huayu Enrichment Scholarship Program.8.Is not a recipient of any other scholarship or subsidy offered by the Taiwan government or from any other educational institutions in Taiwan.Application ProcessFor the application, the applicant must send all completed documents to the nearest Taiwan Embassy or Representative Office in his/her home country; see the website for nearest embassy or representative office.In principle, the yearly application period is from February 1st through March 31st. However, the actual application period will be in accordance with the general regulations of the local Taiwan Representative Offices.For the application period, guidelines and forms, types of scholarship and quotas, as well as information regarding the selection process and outcome announcement, applicants should directly contact the relevant Taiwan Embassy or Representative Office, as early as possible.Application DocumentsA complete application must include the following materials:1.One copy of the completed application form.2.One photocopy of applicant’s passport or other nationality certificates.3.One photocopy of the highest-level diploma and a complete grade transcript.(Note: These documents must be authenticated by a Taiwan overseas representative office, if issued by international educational institutions.)4.Supporting admission application materials (e.g. photocopies of application forms for language training centers or for a degree program at universities/colleges in Taiwan. The exact academic year that applicants would be enrolled as full-time students at these institutions must be clearly specified on these documents; or a copy of the application fee receipt, or the reply letter or e-mail from the school which the applicant has applied to).5.Additional documents as specified by individual representative offices (e.g. letters of   reference).6.A photocopy of a certificate of the acceptable levels of English proficiency or Test of Proficiency – Huayu (TOP), depending on the language of instruction in class.(N.B. Only applicants for degree programs need to submit this document.)7.Additional documents as specified by the individual representative offices.The official webpage.For more scholarships, see also the webpage of the National Chiao Tung University. Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. 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From the Mag: a selection of stories from the June issue

first_imgFrom the Mag: a selection of stories from the June issuepv magazine’s June edition touches down in Israel to assess the solar mood on the ground, heads to a farm in Germany to inspect a latest technique in LED flashing, and examines how the mining industry is turning to PV in its many hours of need. June 8, 2015 Ian Clover Installations Legal Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share Published to coincide with this week’s hotly anticipated Intersolar Europe Exhibition in Munich, Germany, the June edition of pv magazine is packed with a 20-page special looking at the top 50 array-changing components set to be unveiled at the show. Subscribers can peruse the entire issue right now online, but for all you non-subscribers out there, here is an appetite-whetting teaser of the three articles you can enjoy online, for free, right now… Waiting for a starFollowing March’s elections, pv magazine’s intrepid reporter Max Hall headed to Israel to assess the solar mood in a country that has promised so much, delivered a fair bit, and discussed at great length its PV ambitions. Policy uncertainty was a certainty, with many of the country’s leading solar advocates telling pv magazine that the industry has been “in survival mode” for a few years now. Having installed 195 MW of solar PV capacity in 2013, and an encouraging 300 MW last year, forecasts from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) suggest that the market will grow by around 250 MW this year. Right now, the sector is awaiting clarification from Israel’s Public Utilities Authority (PUA), which will set out the guidelines as to how exactly the proposed 340 MW of new solar (as per last October’s government-backed quota) will be apportioned, developed and supported. “The effectiveness of the management of renewables by the government is to blame for the three-year drought in PV,” said Arava Power CEO Jon Cohen. The government has pledged to source 10% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, but there are rumblings among both the solar sector and environmentalists over the feasibility of this goal.From farm to flashScientists at Zurich University of Applied Sciences were busying themselves at a farm in Germany earlier this year, stripping modules from a 1.2 MW array and carting them off into an old barn. Inside, pv magazine found the team flashing each module with a newly developed LED mobile flashing device, testing for nominal power and – even more interestingly – the efficacy of each module’s bypass diodes. The technology and technique is at its early stages, but pv magazine learned that the flasher is able to flash modules at a distance of just 5 cm, and can be managed by a team of two, making it possible for testing to be done on modules while in situ in the field or on the rooftop. According to Daniel Schär of Zurich University, the flasher can test around 500 modules a day, and can accurately test which modules’ bypass diodes are faulty, thus enabling system owners to identify where repairs or replacements are needed. Mining smart management and storageAlthough never the closest of bedfellows, the mining industry in many of the world’s most mine-active locations is now looking to solar PV as a solution to their off-grid needs. In territories that have high solar irradiation – such as Chile, South Africa and parts of Australia – mining activity is also robust, and it is solar-powered off-grid applications that are proving most reliable and cost-effective as a source of power for these energy-intensive operations. Many large-scale, multi-MW solar arrays are now being planned by the developers of these extractive operations, including a 10.6 MW plant in Australia and a 150 MW PV project in South Africa, which would meet 20% of the Sibanye Gold operation’s energy needs. And interestingly, many of these new PV developments are tailor-made to be re-deployable elsewhere. “The concept of re-deployable solar plants overcomes the barriers and risks associated with permanent installations,” said renewable and mining expert Thomas Hillig. 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Stay informed. Join our newsletter. Email* Select Edition(s)*Hold Ctrl or Cmd to select multiple editions.Tap to select multiple editions.Global (English, daily)Germany (German, daily)U.S. (English, daily)Australia (English, daily)China (Chinese, weekly)India (English, daily)Latin America (Spanish, daily)Brazil (Portuguese, weekly)Mexico (Spanish, daily)Spain (Spanish, daily)France (French, daily)We send newsletters with the approximate frequency outlined for each edition above, with occasional additional notifications about events and webinars. We measure how often our emails are opened, and which links our readers click. To provide a secure and reliable service, we send our email with MailChimp, which means we store email addresses and analytical data on their servers. You can opt out of our newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of every mail. For more information please see our Data Protection Policy. 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Assoc Dir Maj Gfts, DC Area

first_imgJob DescriptionThe Associate Director of Major Gifts, Greater Washington, DC MetroArea will solicit philanthropic gifts from alumni, parents, andfriends, which align with the overall university strategicpriorities. This highly motivated professional will be involvedwith the planning and implementation of major gift fundraisingefforts in support of current operations, endowment, capital, andother priorities from private sources in support of operations inthe Washington, DC region. This position will fulfill the dutiesunder the direction of the Associate Vice President forAdvancement, Greater Washington, DC Metro Area. The AssociateDirector of Major Gifts will:Assist with fundraising activities in the greater Washington, DCmetro area within designated time frames.Have a portfolio of between 100-125 prospects.Have typical solicitation ranges of $100,000 to $1,000,000.Close $1,000,000 per year using a three-year rolling average.Close on average 10-13 gifts per fiscal year.Develop and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies whichinclude building, managing, and soliciting a portfolio of majorgift prospects.Establish strong working relationships with other advancement,collegiate and constituent development officers and staff to fostera productive work environment.Required QualificationsBachelor’s degree and significant experience or a Master’s degree.Demonstrated experience in fundraising, sales/marketing,advertising, public relations, communications or a related field.Willingness to travel on a frequent basis. Individuals shoulddemonstrate professionalism, with strong communication skills andbe capable of motivating volunteers as well as donors. Thesuccessful candidate will be self-motivated and have the ability towork as a team member in a complex organization.Preferred QualificationsDemonstrated successful track record in fundraising. Preferencegiven to candidates with experience in higher educationfundraising. Preference for proven success in building productiverelationships with senior administrators, key business leaders,faculty, staff, institutional boards, volunteers, and/ordonors.Pay BandN/AAppointment TypeRegularSalary InformationCommensurate with ExperienceReview DateMarch 29,2021Additional InformationThe successful Candidate will be required to have a criminalconviction checkAbout Virginia TechDedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve),Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking ahands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to beleaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institutionthat enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout theworld, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicatedto knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers morethan 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eightundergraduatecolleges , a school ofmedicine , a veterinarymedicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The universityhas a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campusin Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus inRoanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices andresearchcenters . A leading global research institution, Virginia Techconducts more than $500 million in research annually.Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, orapplicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (includingpregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, geneticinformation, national origin, political affiliation, race,religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwisediscriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about,discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation ofother employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected bylaw.If you are an individual with a disability and desire anaccommodation, please contact Brandi Barnett at [email protected] during regular businesshours at least 10 business days prior to the event.Advertised: March 2, 2021Applications close:last_img read more

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Big landlords are funding small ones’ rent-law challenge

first_imgThe lawsuit alleges that the rent law violates aspects of the Fifth and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. (Credit: iStock)Though small landlords are the face of a federal lawsuit challenging New York’s rent law, large ones are quietly bankrolling it.Small owners Dino, Dimos and Vasiliki Panagoulias as well as entities tied to Michael Vinocur and Jack Moy, filed a complaint this month challenging the constitutionality of the new rent law — the second suit of its kind.However, the plaintiffs’ law firm, Covington & Burling, acknowledged that “a coalition of owners” is backing the lawsuit. It would not identify them, but a source familiar with the case said Clipper Equity, which owns more than 3,000 residential units in Manhattan and Brooklyn, is in the coalition.A spokesperson for the law firm did not deny that Clipper was part of the coalition but said no single entity is providing the funding.“Dino Panagoulias, his family, and the other plaintiffs in this lawsuit are small property owners who have been harmed by this new legislation, and don’t have the means on their own to vindicate their rights,” the spokesperson said.The founder and principal of Clipper Equity, David Bistricer, would not comment.The lawsuit alleges that the rent law violates aspects of the Fifth and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. That complaint mirrors one filed in July by the Rent Stabilization Association and the Community Housing Improvement Program, which challenges rent stabilization as a concept — alleging illegal taking of private property and violation of due process rights. That lawsuit is receiving financial aid from national trade groups.During an investor presentation in 2017, the same year it went public, Clipper detailed a plan to deregulate several of its buildings and boost rents — options that were killed by the new rent law. In its most recent public filing, the Brooklyn-based real estate investment trust listed “changes in rent stabilization regulations” and tenants’ claims of overcharges among future risks and uncertainties.Bistricer’s firm initially won an appeal against tenants who alleged the firm illegally deregulated units while receiving benefits from 421-g, a tax abatement designed to spur residential growth in Lower Manhattan. But that decision was reversed in June by the state’s Court of Appeals, which found that the apartments should have been rent-stabilized.Clipper is now trying to get New York rent regulation before the U.S. Supreme Court. The petition, filed by Covington, raises arguments similar to those in the CHIP/RSA and the Panagoulias lawsuits: that rent regulation violates the Fifth Amendment’s takings clause and the Fourteenth Amendment’s due-process clause.Read moreHere’s the math behind Clipper Equity’s deregulation strategySenate and Assembly reach deal on rent law. It doesn’t look good for the industryHow rent control battles are playing out across the US When reached Monday, Dino Panagoulias indicated he had never heard of Clipper and didn’t know who was financing the lawsuit. He said he “rather not discuss” if his family is paying for any portion of it.In the four months since the rent law’s passage, institutional players have taken up the mantle of fighting it as part of a broader effort to curb rent control across the country. Also, industry experts expect more legal challenges to New York’s rent law will emerge in the coming months. With that comes the question of whether apartment building owners should put on a united front or wage their battles separately.Panagoulias’ case was recently transferred to the same judge overseeing RSA and CHIP’s lawsuit. Prior to that a notice was filed alerting the parties involved in each case that the two complaints are similar. Robert Thomas, a land-use and appellate attorney for Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert, said that doesn’t necessarily mean the court will merge the cases.“Oftentimes, that’s enough,” he said of the notice. “There’s no need to formally consolidate them.”But attorneys for CHIP and RSA have made clear that they don’t want the cases combined. In a letter submitted to the court Tuesday, Brown Mayer’s Andrew Pincus indicated that if Panagoulias files a motion to merge the cases, his firm will fight it. He stated that the cases have “fundamental” differences, most crucially that the CHIP lawsuit challenges rent stabilization itself, not just the amendments made to the law in June. The letter said the cases should remain separate because “consolidation is more likely to result in delay, confusion, and prejudice than efficiency and cost saving.”The law firm told TRD that the CHIP/RSA suit seeks “to have the rent laws declared unconstitutional in their entirety because of their failures.”“In contrast, the new complaint raises ‘as applied’ claims based on the law’s effect on property owners and seeks monetary relief,” representatives for the law firm state. “While we fully expected others would file lawsuits, because of the broader and more fundamental claims raised in the CHIP/RSA lawsuit, we think they should be evaluated on their own.” This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

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IHF extends WCh 2021 team’s list on 20 players

first_imgRecommended for you ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsBased on the recommendation of the IHF COVID-19 Medical Task Force, the IHF Council has decided to increase the number of players allowed per team at the 27th IHF Men’s World Championship to be held in Egypt in January 2021. For Egypt 2021, each team will be allowed 20 players instead of 18 on the definitive list, with the standard 16 still on the match report.The measure is designed to provide teams a wider pool of players and to have more alternate players in case of any health issue that might occur. Additionally, the provision aims to avoid player injuries resulting from the reduced amount of training and matches due to the pandemic.The decision was made by the IHF Council in a meeting on 18 September and applies only for the 27th IHF Men’s World Championship. The costs for the four additional players per team are to be covered by the IHF. The IHF Council also previously modified the regulation regarding the maximum number of replacements for each team competing at an IHF World Championship from three to five. This is to ensure no team is forced to make unsafe decisions and that players can be more easily replaced.The IHF COVID-19 Medical Task Force was formed in July 2020, with a special view towards management of the Egypt 2021 World Championship and the Olympic Games, including the handball qualification events, also scheduled to take place next year. Egypt put North Macedonia 19 goals behind EGYPT 2021: BiH, Latvia, Russia and Poland to start from Play-Off matches in April France and Portugal celebrate routine wins Click to comment ShareTweetShareShareEmail Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Related Items:World Handball Championship 2021last_img read more

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Prodi appoints external team to pick top economic official

first_imgEconomics professors Richard Portes of the London Business School and Paul de Grauwe from Louvain University will join Luis Angel Rojo, former governor of the central bank of Spain, to assess applicants for the 144,000 euro-a-year post.The move is aimed at ensuring the selection is made in an objective way, and fending off claims that Prodi has already bowed to demands from German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder that the job should go to former finance ministry official Klaus Regling.Schröder has lobbied hard for Regling, most recently at the Nice summit, after complaints that Germany is losing out on the share-out of posts at the Commission. While working for Waigel, Regling was Germany’s representative at meetings of the G7 group of the world’s richest nations. He was also responsible for drawing up the Union’s stability and growth pact, designed to ensure budgetary discipline in the euro zone. He has experience of the currency markets in his present role as an advisor to London investment firm Moore Capital Markets. Since being appointed as Commission president, Prodi has pledged to make the recruitment process transparent and to stamp out the tradition of allocating posts on the basis of nationality.But he was accusedby staff unions and MEPsof failing to follow his own guidelines when he moved his former spokesman Ricardo Levi into a top policy role.The post of director-general of economic and monetary affairs – currently held by Italian Giovanni Ravasio, who retires in February – is one of the most influential in the EU executive.Although the Com-mission does not have decision-making powers in the financial field, it can put pressure on member states to improve their spending habits through its annual assessments of their economic performance.The director-general is also the Commission’s voice in the meetings of euro-zone countries and his department prepares decisions by finance ministers on granting hundreds of millions of euro a year in aid to non-EU countries.Privately, Commission officials expect Regling to win the job thanksto his experience as a senior advisor to former Finance Minister Theo Waigel and knowledge of financial markets.last_img read more

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Ex-Employee Who Reported D.C. Fire/EMS Sex Scandal Arrested

first_imgMetropolitan Police yesterday arrested a former D.C. firefighter who, sources said, told investigators about a sex ring being operated by fire department employees. Darryl Green, 42, of the 1200 block of Longfellow Street in Northwest, turned himself in at 6:30 a.m. yesterday after a warrant was issued for his arrest for indecent exposure. Fire officials said they are taking the charges seriously, and last week Mr. Fenty, Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier and Fire Chief Dennis L. Rubin held a press conference to discuss the investigation. Mr. Green was a sergeant in the fire department until last month, when he resigned after a July 30 incident in which he exposed himself to a female emergency medical technician in the lounge area of Engine 8 at 1520 C St. SE. “This arrest was a result of the quick work by our new internal- affairs task force and interagency cooperation between our hardworking fire and police departments,” Mr. Fenty said. “There is nothing more important than maintaining the public trust and we will continue to work to ensure that our public safety agencies remain departments the residents of the District of Columbia can be proud of.” “The Metropolitan Police Department cannot release the details about the incident that led to Mr. Green being charged,” said spokeswoman Traci Hughes. Miss Hughes declined to say whether the incident Mr. Green was charged in connection with took place while he was on duty. Sources told The Washington Times that during the course of the investigation Mr. Green told officials about sexual misconduct within the department.center_img The officials confirmed that they are looking into claims of sexual misconduct, which could result in criminal charges, but declined to discuss what the claims were. A police spokeswoman said the investigation is ongoing but could not provide further details yesterday. Fire officials last week confirmed that they are also investigating three cases in which female emergency medical technicians say Mr. Green offered them lucrative overtime assignments in exchange for sex. However, a news release issued by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s office said Mr. Green was arrested in connection with an event that occurred July 6, 2006. Sources say among the charges Mr. Green made, was that female emergency medical technicians performed sex acts for money on men, including male fire department employees, in the bunkhouses of fire stations since late last year. The prostitution may have also occurred at other locations.The sources say the ring was referred to as “D.C. Fems” – a play on the acronym for the city’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services department.last_img read more

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OUT IN THE YARD — Companion planting in spring vegetable gardens

first_img Reach Jefferson County Master Gardener, Melissa Starr, at [email protected] or call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension at (409) 835-8461. Spring is around the corner. Birds are singing, and buds are ready to burst out of their dormant tree limbs and into the warm, sunlit spring air. Gardeners of all ages are dreaming of warm, flower-scented days and planning spring vegetable gardens.One key to overcoming soil-born pests and diseases is crop rotation. Remember where you planted each vegetable last year. If you have forgotten, get out some paper and write it down this year. Never plant the same vegetable (or family of vegetables) in the same place two years in a row. For example, potatoes, tomatoes and peppers are all in the nightshade family. Make sure you don’t plant any of these three vegetables in the same spot two years in a row.Another important step is to plant vegetable varieties that grow well in our area. For a list, visit the vegetable variety link on the Jefferson County Master Gardener web page (http://txmg.org/jcmg) or call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office at 409-835-8461. None of these methods are 100% effective, but, but with a little research and planning, these methods can decrease the amount of insecticides used in the garden.Start planning now, because soon the weather will heat up and your dreams of planting vegetables will either come true or melt away under scorching summer sun.center_img An additional way to increase plant growth and reduce pests is to practice companion planting. The theory of companion planting suggests that plants excrete certain natural chemicals that promote vigorous growth in some plants while inhibiting growth in others. Planting Swiss chard among potatoes will stunt the growth of both plants while planting tomatoes with carrots, onions, or basil should produce higher yields and added growth.Since pesky insects find their favorite plants by smell. Make it more difficult for them to find their dinner by mixing your garden crops with their appropriate companions. For example, dill and marigolds are said to repel some tomato hornworms, while basil and marigolds are said to repel some whiteflies. Also, allowing pumpkin or squash vines to grow under your corn will help deter raccoons and act as a natural mulch to keep the soil cool.Mixing flowers, herbs, and vegetables in the garden also will attract bees and other beneficial insects. Bees are necessary to pollinate many vegetable blossoms, and beneficial insects such as ladybugs, lacewing and assassin bugs eat or kill insects that are harmful to vegetables. Plant bee balm, dill, sunflowers, basil, daisies, or chives to attract these insects.last_img read more

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Ethan Coen’s Women Or Nothing, Starring Deborah Rush & Susan Pourfar, Begins Off-Broadway Performances

first_img Women or Nothing features scenic design by Michele Spadaro, costume design by Sarah Laux, lighting design by Bradley King and original music and sound design by Daniel Kluger. Women or Nothing Related Shows View Comments Starring Robert Beitzel, Deborah Rush, Susan Pourfar and Halley Feiffer, Women or Nothing is a play about two women so desperate to have a child that one of them will even sleep with a man. Who the man is, what he thinks is going on, what the women think about what he thinks, and what the mother of one of the women reveals about her own colorful past—it all defies belief. Why then does it all make sense? Academy Award-winning scribe Ethan Coen’s first full-length play, Women or Nothing, begins its world premiere engagement at off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company at the Linda Gross Theater August 28. Directed by David Cromer, the production will run through October 6, with an official opening night set for September 16. Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 13, 2013last_img read more

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Five thoughts on innovation

first_imgIf you chose to read this article, my guess is that you are a tinkerer.  And it being a new year, I bet you’re itching to tweak things.  To make them better.Bully for you! I’m all for improving. That being said, I’ve made a number of mistakes under the banner of innovation.  Innovation for the sake of innovation is hardly innovative.Here are five ideas to keep in mind.Just what problem are we trying to fix? Innovation should fill a need. Scratch an itch. Fill a hole. Can you describe that itch with clarity? If there’s no clear problem, why the need for innovation?Opportunity risk. This is a term coined by economists that describes the costs of lost opportunities.  Perhaps there isn’t a clear problem that begs for innovation. Rather, it may be a new opportunity. So, while doing nothing prevents failure – it also blocks you from realizing new trails to revenue.Photocopy things that work. Your organization has a number of products and services. Which ones work best? Identify your winners, and see if you can apply the things that work there to your less popular offerings.Forest fires. On a recent visit to a national park, I was shocked and saddened to see that a large fire had swept through. A ranger told me she was pleased! Why? The fire freed up the forest. It removed brush and dead wood that had choked new growth. She predicted that the fire would end up strengthening the forest. Organizations are the same way. We employ resources based on last year’s plan, which often was based on the previous year’s plan. Legacy products and projects move forward. Killing off things that are dead, or nearly so, frees up time, money and attention to new areas.Nothing is forever. What if this (insert new idea) doesn’t work? It very well may not. Many things fail. The idea may stink. Or the execution may be flawed. But here’s the thing…you can always change your mind later. Coca-Cola comes up with New Coke. It was a disaster. They simply reversed course and moved on.So, innovation can be killing something off. Or doing nothing. Or doing something new. Or changing course. It depends.  Which one is right for you?Ah, there’s the rub. That one is on you. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Demangone Anthony Demangone is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). Demangone oversees day-to-day operations and manages the association’s education, membership, … Web: https://www.cuinsight.com/partner/nafcu Detailslast_img read more

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