Neil Patrick Harris Abracadabra! Alakazam! Presto! If the countdown to Halloween has put you in the mood for a magical extravaganza unlike anything you’ve seen before then you’ll want to head to the Pershing Square Signature Center to catch the off-Broadway engagement of Nothing to Hide. Performed by award-winning magicians Derek DelGaudio and Helder Guimaraes and directed by Neil Patrick Harris, Nothing to Hide takes audience members on an imaginary journey through a series of vignettes brought to life solely from the words and hands of two masterful magicians. Check out our Hot Shot of Harris, DelGaudio and Guimaraes, who came together to meet the press and preview their one-of-a-kind show at the Signature Center’s Linney Theatre on October 21. (Hey, how did decks of cards get into those bottles behind NPH and his cast?) Waste no time getting your tickets to the magical and mysterious Nothing to Hide, which will play a limited engagement at the off-Broadway theater from October 23 to December 8. Related Shows Star Files Nothing to Hide Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 8, 2013 View Comments
As a stereotypically “messy” person myself, I’ve received my own share of scorn. Living in a boarding school, I’m obligated to keep my room nice and tidy, ready for visitors and as a model to underclassmen. Monday room inspections are the norm, and faculty members have sometimes passively, sometimes aggressively, urged my roommate and me to clean up. For these purposes, I used to harbor a 24 x 24 x 24 cardboard box in which I’d stuff everything on Monday mornings and empty it out later that evening. Now, I just throw everything downstairs into the communal storage. Out of sight, out of mind. You might have a “messy” friend or family member. You can’t help but sigh at the chaos of their room — clean and dirty laundry mixed together. Odds are it’ll be difficult to walk two feet without encountering an empty chip bag. Gross? Yes. Bad? Not necessarily. As much judgment as we get for our clutter, research has shown that messiness can be a sign of creativity and openness. In the NYT article “It’s Not ‘Mess.’ It’s Creativity,” Kathleen D. Vohs’ study of messiness serves as a rare champion for us less-than-neat people. In her study, she gathered a group of subjects in a tidy room and another in a messy room. When each subject had to choose between a “classic” or “new” smoothie on a fake menu, the subjects in the tidy room chose “classic” while subjects in the messy room chose the “new” smoothies. This shows that “people greatly preferred convention in the tidy room and novelty in the messy room.” In addition, Vohs revealed that messy people were more creative. So, what does this mean? Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >
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To help raise additional funds for local collision school programs, when paying their $25 registration fee online, golfers will be able to select one of the 90 participating I-CAR volunteer committees and $20 of their registration fee will be reinvested into collision schools in that specific market. Ford Performance Racing School has donated two passes, a $4,000 value, that will be awarded to the virtual gofer with the best score at the end of the tournament. The 90 I-CAR volunteer committees will be promoting this fundraiser not only to their local industry members, but also the general public as the more local virtual golfers that participate, the more funding will be raised for their local collision school programs. Also, with the event being virtual, zero golfing skill is required, and golfers can play from the comfort of their home.Advertisement The Auto Care Association has announced the appointment of Nathan Perrine as its new chief financial officer (CFO). Perrine, who will assume responsibilities on July 18, most recently served as vice president, finance and administration, and CFO of the American Coatings Association in Washington, D.C. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementPrior to joining the American Coatings Association in 2011, Perrine was CFO at Tate & Tryon, CPAs and Consultants. From 2001 to 2005, he served as manager, regional finance operations, for the Special Olympics. “Nathan brings to our association extensive knowledge and experience in business accounting principles as well as organizational and analytical skills, not only to oversee financial operations, but also to serve as a strategic business partner to the executive leadership team, segment communities, managed organizations and the professional staff,” said Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association. Perrine received his Bachelor of Science degree in accountancy from Brigham Young University and his Master of Business of Administration degree from George Washington University. He is a certified public accountant and holds the Certified Global Management Accountant credential from the American Institute of CPAs, and the Certified Association Executive credential from the American Society of Association Executives.,To raise additional support for high school and college collision school programs, the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) will be collaborating with 90 I-CAR volunteer committee groups nationwide on a winter virtual golf fundraiser, exclusively sponsored by PPG Automotive. This event will be a private tournament within TopGolf’s online game, which will be held from Friday, Nov. 20 through Sunday, Dec. 20. Golfers will be able to play an unlimited number of rounds of virtual golf during those 30 days, while viewing an in-game leaderboard to see how they are doing compared to others golfing from around the country. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement I-CAR CEO & President John Van Alstyne said, “What a fantastic way to support an important cause. A couple I-CAR committees worked with CREF to innovate their normal golf outing fundraisers in the face of COVID earlier this year with great success, and the same can be expected here. I-CAR committees across the U.S. are increasingly focused on supporting career technical schools as our industry seeks more qualified and capable talent. This event will be a fun and easy way to support that goal.” CREF Director of Development, Brandon Eckenrode noted, “We are excited about how this one event will bring together 90 I-CAR volunteer committees nationwide and through their local promotion of the event, the more support can be raised for collision schools. As collision instructors and students need the industry’s support now more than ever, we didn’t want the fact that in-person fundraisers not being possible to stop us from coming together for the future professionals of the industry.” Advertisement Tom Wolf, CREF board of trustees chair and PPG Automotive Refinish director of business development noted, “PPG is proud to continue supporting CREF’s efforts to help collision programs, students, and instructors and this is a creative way to get not only the industry, but general public supporting their local schools. While we are limited on the number of golfers that attend our annual CREF summer golf fundraiser, this virtual event allows for thousands to participate, knowing that their registration fee will be reinvested back into their local schools.” Registration is now open online. Industry members not located near one of the participating I-CAR Volunteer Committees can select “CREF General Fund” when registering and their registration fee will help CREF collision school programs, instructors and students nationwide. Registrants can download the free TopGolf online game to their phone, tablet, or desktop and start practicing their virtual golf swing prior to the Nov. 20 tee-off, when registered players will be given instructions on how to access the private in-game tournament. Questions regarding the fundraiser can be directed to CREF director of development Brandon Eckenrode.
LNG World News Staff; Image: Höegh LNG In its search to diversify energy sources, Egypt awarded a US$ 2.2 billion tender to four international companies, informed the country’s gas board. The tender will see the firms deliver four cargoes per month, 75 cargoes of LNG in total, over a period of about two years, EGAS’ chairman Khaled Abdel Badie told Reuters.Egypt received seven bids for the tender in October last year, but Abdel Badie did not reveal the names of the four winning companies.Country’s inability to import LNG until recently caused it to turn from a net exporter to a net importer with most of the domestic gas production being diverted to power generation.Recent five-year charter deal with Höegh LNG for the FSRU Gallant opened the door for Egypt to finalize a deal with Algeria for LNG imports and according to recent reports the country is close to finalizing the agreement with Gazprom for additional LNG supplies.
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For the 15 MW Tefirom Bakras Senbuk Wind Power Plant Project, Vestas turbine blades some 42 metres in length were transported around 250 km from Mersin to the Senbuk jobsite.Since June, 30 modules, the longest at 27.69 metres and the heaviest at 196 tonnes, have been transported from the port of Samsun to the jobsite for the 890 MW Samsun/Terme Natural Gas Combined Power Plant Project. Magdenli Transport is a member of the Cargo Equipment Experts (CEE) global network.
John Hendy QC and Catherine Rayner (instructed by Bindmans LLP) for the claimant; Thomas Linden QC (instructed by Davenport Lyons) for the defendant. Unfair dismissal – Claimant working as a lap dancer for defendant – Whether EAT erring The claimant worked intermittently for the defendant as a lap dancer at the defendant’s clubs. She worked according to a rota and was subject to the defendant’s rules. The claimant was paid by way of cash or vouchers from customers attending the club, and was paid for each dance. The defendant took a commission from the earnings that the claimant received. The claimant was also obliged to pay a daily fee to the club as well as fees for other services provided by the defendant, including an individual who took care of the wellbeing of the dancers. The defendant imposed fines if the claimant was late for her shift, late for meetings and other instances. There was a club agreement which contained the rights and obligations for both parties. The agreement stated, inter alia, that the claimant was an independent contractor and the defendant provided a forum at which the claimant was able to perform for customers in return for payment by them to her. The agreement emphasised that the defendant guaranteed no particular level of remuneration. In 2008, the defendant informed the claimant that she would no longer be permitted to work for the defendant. The claimant issued proceedings alleging unfair dismissal, and a preliminary issue arose as to whether she was an employee under section 230 of the Employment Rights Act 1996. The employment tribunal (the tribunal) found that there was no relevant mutuality of obligation to give rise to a contract of employment because, inter alia, the defendant had not been obliged to pay the claimant anything and her earnings came from the defendant’s customers. The claimant appealed to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (the EAT). The EAT found that the tribunal had erred in finding that no contract existed between the parties, and had also erred in concluding that there was no ‘wage-work bargain’. The EAT found that the defendant had been under an obligation to pay the claimant and the source of the pay had been irrelevant. Accordingly, the EAT concluded that the claimant was an employee. The defendant appealed. The defendant submitted that the EAT had been wrong to conclude that the tribunal had found that there was no contract. Further, the defendant had not been obliged to pay any remuneration to the claimant for the work that she did, which had been consistent with the evidence before the tribunal and the lack of any such obligation had been inconsistent with the notion of the wage-work bargain which lay at the heart of a contract of employment. The appeal would be allowed. Various tests for identifying when a contract of employment existed, including the control test, the business integration test, the business of economic reality test, and the multiple or multi-factorial test. However, the test most frequently adopted was that a contract of service existed if three conditions were fulfilled, namely: (i) the servant agreed that, in consideration of a wage or other remuneration, he would provide his own work and skill in the performance of some service for his master; (ii) he agreed expressly or impliedly, that in the performance of that service he would be subject to the other’s control in a sufficient degree to make the other master; and (iii) the other provisions of the contract were consistent with its being a contract of service. The issue was not simply one of control, and the nature of the contractual provisions might be inconsistent with the contract being a contract of service. When applying that test, the court or tribunal was required to examine and assess all the relevant factors which made up the employment relationship in order to determine the nature of the contract. In circumstances where a worker worked intermittently for the employer, there was no reason why the worker should not be employed under a contract of employment for each separate engagement, even if of short duration. Where the employee working on discrete separate engagement needed to establish a particular period of continuous employment in order to be entitled to certain rights, it would usually be necessary to show that the contract of employment continued between engagements. In order for the contract to remain in force, it was necessary to show that there was at least ‘an irreducible minimum of obligation’ either express or implied, which continued during the breaks in work engagements. Even where the work-wage relationship was established and there was substantial control, there might be other factors of the relationship which would entitle a tribunal to conclude that there was no contract of employment in place even during an individual engagement (see - of the judgment). In the instant case, on a fair reading of the tribunal’s decision, it had not been saying that there had never been any contract in place between the claimant and defendant. There plainly had been mutual obligations of some kind in place when the claimant was actually working, and the tribunal’s decision had referred expressly to the existence of a contract. The important finding had been the tribunal’s inference from the evidence that the defendant had been under no obligation to pay the claimant anything at all. The principal evidence for that was that she negotiated her own fees with the customers, took the risk that on any particular night she would be out of pocket and received back from the defendant only monies received from customers after deductions. There was nothing inherently implausible in the finding of the tribunal that the defendant was obliged to pay nothing. Indeed, the claimant herself understood the arrangement in that way at least when first engaged. The defendant did not employ the dancers to dance; rather the claimant paid the defendant to be provided with an opportunity to earn money by dancing for the customers. The fact that the claimant took the economic risk had also been a very powerful pointer against the contract being a contract of employment. It would be an unusual case where a contract of service was found to exist when the worker took the economic risk and was paid exclusively by third parties. On any view, the tribunal had been entitled to find that the lack of any obligation to pay had precluded the establishment of such a contract. The tribunal’s conclusion had been strongly reinforced by the fact that the terms of the contract involved the claimant accepting that she was self employed, and she had conducted her affairs on that basis. It had followed that the fact that the parties intended that the claimant should have had self-employed status reinforced the conclusion of the tribunal. Accordingly, the tribunal had been fully entitled to conclude that there had been no relationship of employer and employee (see - of the judgment). Yewens v Noakes (1880) 6 QBD 530 applied; Stevenson (or Stephenson) Jordan and Harrison Ltd v MacDonald and Evans  1 TLR 101 applied; United States of America v Silk (1966) US 704 applied; Ready Mixed Concrete (South East) Ltd v Minister of Pensions and National Insurance  1 All ER 433 applied. Decision of Employment Appeal Tribunal  All ER (D) 174 (Apr) reversed. Quashie v Stringfellows Restaurants Ltd: Court of Appeal, Civil Division (Lord Justices Ward, Elias and Pitchford): 21 December 2012
Solicitors’ contribution to funding the Legal Services Board has fallen by 32% over the past five years, the super-regulator said today, promising to reduce its running costs by £300,000 this year.Introducing the 2016/17 business plan, LSB chair Sir Michael Pitt (pictured) says the board’s operating budget will be £3.99m – a £300,000 reduction from last year’s budget and a ‘further £150,000 reduction’ from the budget proposed in the draft plan. It claims that this amounts to less than £22 per regulated lawyer. Activities for the year ahead include championing the contribution that frontline regulators can make to increasing diversity. ‘We will also be reviewing the 2011 guidance to regulators on gathering an evidence base about diversity.’As part of efforts ‘to break down regulatory barriers to competition, innovation and growth’, the board says it will report on the information that regulators publish about their costs and ask regulators to improve the quality and transparency of data.It will also analyse investment in the legal sector. ‘We wish to identify current sources of capital and establish how the investor community views the market and any barriers to investment,’ the LSB says.To ensure legal services can be met more effectively, the board will ask the Legal Services Consumer Panel ‘to provide advice on the effectiveness of current information remedies in legal services regulation and how these could be improved’.It will also commission research ‘to evidence the experience of consumers in a range of vulnerable circumstances with different legal services providers’.‘Alongside primary research, we will continue to use our evaluation framework to monitor the impacts of regulation on the legal services market, building on the full market evaluation undertaken during 2015/16,’ the board says.Pitt said the board would be ‘scoping’ its work ‘tightly’ and ‘scale back or pause’ on some pieces of work proposed in the draft business plan.‘In doing so, we have been careful to make sure we have the capacity to respond to the range of external initiatives that will help shape this sector including the Competition and Markets Authority market study into the legal services sector, and the government’s forthcoming consultation on independence in regulation and reducing regulatory barriers so that new entrants can provide legal advice.’