1. Elphaba Rises Into The Sky On Her Broomstick – 43% The fans have spoken, and 43% of our readers say that Elphaba’s wickedness-confirming, gravity-defying, Act I-closing moment is obviously their favorite! Let’s face it, for most of us, when we think of Wicked, we think of Elphaba flying away from the palace guards and belting composer Stephen Schwartz’ showstopping number, “Defying Gravity.” It’s monumental, it’s quintessential and it’s just downright wicked. Wicked On October 30, the mega-hit and all-time best Broadway Musical Wicked will celebrate its 10-year anniversary at the Great White Way’s Gershwin Theatre! Original cast member Kristen Gorski-Wergeles opened up to Broadway.com about what her favorite memories are from the show, but we wanted to know what fans remember most. So, in honor of the musical’s huge milestone, we asked readers to decide which iconic moment from the blockbuster show is their hands-down, cross-their-hearts-hope-to-die favorite. Check out the results! 3. “For The First Time, I Feel Wicked” – 8% Elphaba and Fiyero’s duet, “As Long As Your Mine,” is when they finally express their love for another while knowing that it may not last, and it’s also when our favorite green witch says she feels “wicked” for the first time. Feel those chills? After the song, Elphaba rushes to help her sister Nessarose (the Wicked Witch of the East), whom she believes to be in trouble. It’s pretty much all downhill for the two lovebirds after that. 2. Elphaba And Glinda Say Goodbye “For Good” – 16% Who could ever forget: “I know I’m who I am today because I knew you.” Not us! Toward the end of the musical, Elphaba and Glinda realize that they’ve been changed forever by their friendship and sing farewell to one another. When Elphaba tells Glinda, “Whatever way our stories end, I know you have rewritten mine by being my friend.” Tears! Tears for days! There’s a reason Kristin continues to perform “For Good.” Related Shows View Comments from $95.00
7. NORTHWESTERN (9-6-4 overall, 4-4-2 Big Ten)The Wildcats have relied on defense and strong goalkeeping all season, as evidenced by their four ties.Senior keeper Lauren Johnston has posted four shutouts and Northwestern has nine as a team for the year.The Wildcats need great goalkeeping from Johnston to keep the game close.If they can do that, then the offensive talents of senior forward Kelsey Hans and freshman midfielder Alison Schneeman can take over and put goals on the board. The duo combined for 18 goals and six assists on the season. Northwestern has outscored their opponents 10-1 in its last four games and hopes to build upon that success in the tournament.Facing Purdue in the opening round doesn’t help their chances in advancing but defense might keep them in the game. 6. MINNESOTA (9-8-1 overall, 5-5-0 Big Ten)The youth of the Gophers has been their strength and weakness this season.Minnesota starts five freshmen, three of whom patrol the backline.The Gophers’ defense has shown flashes of brilliance, highlighted in their upset win over Penn State, as they shut down Aubrey Aden-Buie and Katie Schoepfer. But the defense has been plagued by lapses in other games.The offense has exploded onto the scene this season as Minnesota has scored 29 goals, the most since 1999.The defense has grown throughout the season and has looked strong lately. If they avoid mistakes and the offense finishes scoring chances this team has a possibility of making a run in the tournament. They will need to in order to land an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament. 5. ohio state (11-8-0 overall, 5-5-0 Big Ten)Everything for the Buckeyes begins and ends with senior midfielder Lara Dickenmann, a Swiss national team member who does it all for Ohio State. The Buckeyes are 18-3 over the last two years when Dickenmann tallies a point.She has the ability to fire shots from anywhere in the attacking third and can possess the ball well enough to dribble past multiple defenders to set up teammates for easy goals or score herself. She has four goals and five assists for the year.Junior midfielder Lisa Collison has received her fair share of quality opportunities from Dickenmann as she has scored four goals on the season.Ohio State needs a deep tournament run to secure a NCAA berth and if Dickenmann is allowed to operate in space this team stands a good chance of shaking things up. 3. ILLINOIS (11-5-1 overall, 6-3-1 Big Ten)Their record might not reveal the whole story of this team as four of their five losses have come against top 25 teams.Senior Ella Masar is one of the most complete players in the conference and opponents have had trouble containing her as she has scored 11 goals on the season.The Illini have a strong defense that has allowed only six goals in conference play. They are led by junior Emily Zurrer and make it very difficult for opponents to find open shots.In the midfield, Illinois makes possession difficult as they will collapse in the middle for tackles and expand wide to begin an attack.If Masar and the defense play well this team could find itself in the championship match for the second straight year. 8. IOWA (8-7-4 overall, 4-6-0 Big Ten)The Hawkeyes are a tricky opponent. The longer Iowa hangs around in a match the more dangerous they become as they do not allow many scoring chances.The Hawkeyes base their entire offense on the counterattack and opponent mistakes.Their limited offense has forced them to play strong defense, keeping most of their team behind the ball.Four seniors hold the backline of the defense that doesn’t allow many good scoring chances with most of their team back on defense.Most adversaries know the challenges with Iowa, so scoring first proves the first order of business against the Hawkeyes. Opponents must score early against Iowa and Penn State has the offensive firepower to make it a quick appearance for the Hawkeyes. Sophomore forward Kristin Arnold leads the team with nine goals. Arnold has a rocket shot and will fire at will from any distance.The Hoosiers will need Arnold on top of her game if they hope to move on in the tournament, but their matchup with Ohio State should prove a game of two stars between Arnold and Lara Dickenmann. Texas Two Steppin’ in the Twin CitiesEight Big Ten teams are vying for a bid to the NCAA tournament in College Station, Texas this weekend in St. Paul.November 7, 2007Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Big Ten soccer tournament begins Thursday at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium where the top eight conference teams will take to the pitch to determine who will receive an automatic berth to the NCAA championship tournament.Penn State, Purdue and Illinois remain on the short list of potential conference champions, but in the Big Ten nothing is for sure, especially when an NCAA bid is up for grabs.While the perennial contenders jump out as the early favorites for the Big Ten crown, several teams lie on the bubble of an at-large NCAA bid and look hungry to make a deep run this weekend. 2. PURDUE (16-2-2 overall, 8-1-1 Big Ten)A strong veteran presence will guide this team, hell-bent on winning the tournament after running to their best season in the school’s history.It’s been four years in the making for this team of 12 seniors, eight of whom start on the field.Senior forward Parrissa Eyorokon leads the team in scoring with 12 goals and six assists.The Boilermakers lost senior forward Jill Sarbaugh for the season three weeks ago due to injury and they will miss her ability to create plays and opportunities for teammates. Her leadership and playmaking ability will also be missed but they have plenty of others to step up on this deep squad.Purdue likes to play possession in the midfield and switches fields very well in that area, which makes them very tough to defend. 1. PENN STATE (15-3-1 overall, 9-1-0 Big Ten)It seems like every year the Nittany Lions appear as the tournament favorite, and this year proves no different as Penn State has bulldozed their way through most of their competition in the Big Ten.They have 10 straight season titles and enter the tournament as the defending champion poised to make a 13th consecutive NCAA appearance.Their only loss came on the road against Minnesota in a double overtime game.The Nittany Lions bring a dangerous attack to the Twin Cities with sophomore forward Katie Schoepfer and fellow forward senior Aubrey Aden-Buie, who have combined for 21-of-33 of Penn State’s goals.The Nittany Lions and their chances of repeating live and die with the play of their forwards. If they are on top of their game and finishing their opportunities, watch out.But if opponents can limit their chances, like the Gophers did, they have a chance of an upset. 4. INDIANA (12-5-2 overall, 5-4-1 Big Ten)After starting the season strong with a 13 game unbeaten streak the Hoosiers have cooled off considerably, losing their last four of five matches.Things turned especially ugly in their last game where Purdue demolished the Hoosiers 7-0 at home.Indiana relies on the strength of their attacking players and will send the ball to them as often as possible. After clearing a ball from the defending third the Hoosiers look to press immediately and find their forwards.
Users of anabolic-androgenic steroids have significantly reduced connectivity between certain brain regions, according to new research published in NeuroImage: Clinical.The study obtained resting state fMRI data from 50 male users testing positive for steroids along with 16 previous users and 59 men who never used steroids. Current users showed reduced connectivity between major brain hubs modulating emotional and cognitive functions. In particular, the researchers found reduced connectivity between the default mode network and the amygdala, and between the dorsal attention network and the superior and inferior frontal gyri and the anterior cingulate cortex.PsyPost interviewed the study’s principal investigator, Astrid Kristine Bjørnebekk of Oslo University Hospital. Read her responses below: LinkedIn Email Share on Facebook Share Pinterest Share on Twitter PsyPost: Why were you interested in this topic?Bjørnebekk: Studying effects of anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) on brain function is fascinating for many reasons. First of all, it kind of represents an extreme end of something that we all may relate to. AAS are synthetic derivatives of the male sex hormone testosterone, familiar to us all, but it is taken in such large quantities, with doses 5-100 times higher than the weekly production of healthy adult males. The intake of such high doses over time is often associated with both desired as well as undesired outcomes. It is beyond doubt associated with a dramatic growth of muscle mass, but for many individuals it is also associated with negative psychological side-effects such as depression, anxiety and aggression.Recent evidence, and something we are also looking into, suggests that AAS use also negatively influence aspects of cognitive functioning. AAS readily crosses the blood-brain barrier, thus there are many reason to suggest that it may influence brain processes, structural and functional organization. To our surprise no other human neuroimaging study of AAS users existed when we started up, and still there is less than a handful out there. Needless to say it is motivating to go into this exciting field on this basis.What should the average person take away from your study?We have recently published evidence suggesting that long-term AAS users show brain structural differences compared to non-using weightlifters, including smaller brain volumes and thinner cortex in widespread regions of the brain. The group differences increased with longer exposure. Now, using resting-state functional MRI, we also demonstrated that the same group of AAS users show alterations in the synchronization between large-scale brain functional networks. Briefly explained, it has been shown that brain activity during rest varies according to specific patterns, and it is considered that this intrinsic functional network organization tells us something about the network behavior underlying high level cognitive activity.These networks are found to be quite consistent across studies, and a range of neurological, mental and neurodegenerative disorders have been associated with alterations in the organization of such networks. Of interest, we found reduced connectivity in areas critically involved in emotional and cognitive regulation-namely between the amygdala and the default-mode network, and between the dorsal attention network and a frontal node encompassing the superior frontal gyri and the anterior cingulate cortex. Further reductions were seen in those fulfilling the criteria for steroid-dependence and in those with a higher lifetime exposure. Of note, although higher degree of lifetime exposure increased the effects, the effects partly seemed to be driven by current use, and hormonal status. We found clear differences between previous and current users, and higher testosterone to epitestosterone (T/E) ratio, which is used to detect exogenous administration of testosterone, was negatively correlated to brain connectivity in both the identified connections across the whole sample, including the control group.Thus, the brain network connectivity aberrations could be of transient nature influenced by the current hormonal status. Typical AAS administration regimens results in highly non-physiological levels of androgens and their metabolites, and large fluctuations at different time points in the cycle. Hormonal fluctuations of this kind are likely to influence brain functions, and might explain AAS induced alterations in mood and behavior. Seen in context with our structural MRI findings, it seems as exposure to supraphysiological doses of anabolic steroids both causes state dependent changes in brain functional network organization and has deleterious long term effects on brain structure.Are there any major caveats? What questions still need to be addressed?AAS use outside of elite sport is a relatively new phenomenon, with the first generation of AAS users now entering their 50s, so the knowledge on health consequences after long-term use is sparse. Of the least studied effects of AAS use is the potential consequences it may have on brain health. With these first neuroimaging reports, and accompanying findings from animal studies, we’re just starting to comprehend how long-term high dose AAS exposure influences brain processes and health. The early findings points to functional alterations of brain networks and widespread brain atrophy. Still there are few reports out there and to date no prospective longitudinal studies are available. Our knowledge of long-term consequences of AAS administration necessarily comes from field studies. Placebo controlled experimental trials that mimic real world usage will not be feasible in this field as it would be unethical to run studies over longer periods with the doses resembling what is being used out there.Unfortunately, of many reasons we lag behind in this field. Health care professionals have not been properly trained and aware of potential health consequences following AAS use. It has been shown that AAS users in general place little trust in health professionals because they perceive these professionals to lack knowledge about AAS use and its consequences, and users commonly do not disclose their AAS use to any physician. Thus AAS use often goes under the radar and as a consequence nothing is learned from these encounters about the potential serious medical consequences that high dose AAS use may cause. I cannot see why AAS use should not be mapped on equal terms as other drugs of abuse.Still, users may get help with medical conditions – but for mental health and cognitive problems it is different. Out-treatment patients at our institution state that the psychological consequences of long-term AAS use constitute the most serious consequences. Following AAS withdrawal, users may develop hypogonadism that may increase the risk of severe depression and sometimes suicide. Thus, a major caveat is not only increased awareness among health professionals about AAS use and its consequences, but there is an increased need to develop treatment strategies for this group.Moreover, in order to meet the needs of the growing number of the first generation AAS users entering their middle age, we need to intensify the search for AAS influence on brain functions. I’ve been encountered with AAS users with heavy AAS use for more than 25 years stating that if they had known all this back then, they never would have started. Whereas it seems as AAS use has a clear effect on brain organization and structure, we need to search deeper to understand the underlying mechanisms behind it. Moreover, although the majority of AAS users are males, there are a few females that use AAS in order to enhance muscular appearance. Although the doses applied by females often are much lower compared to what males use, the medical and psychological side-effects in females are considered to be very serious. To date, we have no knowledge about how AAS exposure affects the female brain.Is there anything else you would like to add?It should be kept in mind that we are focusing on the use of AAS for muscle up-building purposes, taken in supraphysiological doses. Our findings do not say anything about the medical use of AAS, e.g. in order to treat hypogonadism. That is probably a different story. It is known that low testosterone production in older adults is actually a risk factor for cognitive impairment and neurodegeneration, and that testosterone replacement therapy potentially may prevent such decline. Thus it is essential not to mix up these things.The study, “Brain connectivity aberrations in anabolic-androgenic steroid users“, was also co-authored by Lars T. Westlyea, Tobias Kaufmann, Dag Alnæs, and Ingunn R. Hullstein.
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Fugro Subsea Services has been awarded a long term contract by Sarawak Shell Berhad / Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Limited (Shell) for the provision of underwater inspection, maintenance and repair services at their subsea infrastructure across Malaysia.The contract will run for five years with options to extend. Fugro will establish a project office in Miri and a support facility in Labuan. Fugro expects to engage most of its Asia Pacific subsea fleet over the duration of the contract, dependent on the activity, which includes saturation and air diving activities, deepwater installation of trees/subsea hardware and pipeline and platform inspection services. All work will be performed under Fugro’s QHSE system, which is in accordance with Shell’s industry leading QHSE and operational standards.In addition to the services provided from the vessels, the contract also includes the provision of two permanently deployed remotely operated vehicles (ROV) systems and operational personnel.Fugro has been subsea services in Malaysia for many years. The award of the Shell underwater inspection and maintenance services contract is recognition of this experience, as well as Fugro’s complete capability to service a contract of this size and scope, which has an estimated total value in excess of USD 250 million. [mappress]Press Release, February 14, 2014
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ROG has acquired the neighbouring land and buildings to its existing premises allowing the significant expansion of its quayside, storage as well as office capabilities.According to ROG, it will now be able to accommodate vessels up to 320 m in length where previously the maximum vessel length was 200 m. The storage facility will also increase from 14,000 sq m to 21,700 sq m.In March 2017, the project to demolish the existing company buildings will begin and the construction of the new office and workshop will start. ROG says that the project has been planned to ensure that all its services remain fully operational until project completion, which is scheduled for the end of 2017.An artists impression of ROG’s new premisesROG’s facilities in the Waalhaven, Rotterdamwww.rotterdamoffshore.com
Applications for the 2020 Premier’s Advancement of Youth Internship Programme are open until Friday January 17.The PAY project will provide matrics with their first work experience and training beginning from April 1 until March 31 next year.“The PAY project allows young people the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in the public sector, and build their CVs and skills sets, making them more marketable and employable in the future,” said Premier Alan Winde.The successful candidates will be placed in opportunities across all 13 Western Cape Government departments.To be eligible, applicants must have written and passed the National Senior Certificate (NSC) in the Western Cape; not be studying further in 2020; be a South African citizen, living in the Western Cape; be financially constrained; and not be older than 24 years old.Only online applications will be accepted and applicants will need an email address in order to apply.Go to www.westerncape.gov.za/pay and follow the prompts register and to apply. For assistance with applications you can call 0860 142 142 or the PAY office at 021 483 0743/7 between 8am and 4pm on weekdays.
Just 0.6% of black solicitors are partners in firms, according to research from the 2013 Diversity League Table published by the Black Solicitors Network.,Just 0.6% of black solicitors are partners in firms, according to research from the 2013 Diversity League Table published this evening by the Black Solicitors Network.‘This is in contrast to the approximate 33% of students starting a first degree in law who are from a minority ethnic background, many of whom are black,’ the report says.The average percentage of all black and minority ethnic (BME) partners in firms remains flat at 5.1%, a drop of 0.1 percentage point on last year. The average percentage of BME associates in firms is 11.9%, up 0.4% from last year.Writing in the report, Chuka Umunna (pictured), shadow business secretary and former employment lawyer at Herbert Smith, said more should be done to encourage BME lawyers and apprentices. ‘I don’t think university is the only route to success at all,’ he added.For the fourth consecutive year international firm O’Melveny & Myers came top for BME partners (28.57%).South-east firm McMillan Williams Solicitors has the highest percentage of BME associates (38.98%) and the highest percentage of female partners (47.06%), while magic circle firm Linklaters was named most diverse city firm, with 11% BME partners and 27% female partners.Commercial firm Withers, national firm DWF, and international firm K&L Gates scored lowest for BME diversity at partnership level, having no BME partners.The report suggests firms should adopt legal academic Baroness Hale’s ‘tie-breaker’ approach, where candidates from less well-represented groups are favoured when they cannot be differentiated by ability.Diversity approaches need to be threaded across the organisation and the leage table show the critical role that policies, practices and targets play in ensuring a consistent framework that supports diversity, the report says.