View Comments A pair of new musicals based on beloved films drew solid numbers and filled houses in their first performances on Broadway this past week. In just two previews apiece, Tootsie took in a gross of $354,746.00, filling the Marquis Theatre to 98.28% capacity, while Beetlejuice brought in $332,008.36, filling the Winter Garden Theatre to 100.00% capacity. Meanwhile, Aaron Sorkin’s celebrated stage adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird made Broadway history, taking in the highest weekly gross ever for an American play, at $1,718,214.84. The acclaimed play, starring Tony nominee Jeff Daniels in the iconic role of Atticus Finch, packed the Shubert Theatre to 101.42% capacity.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending March 31.FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. Hamilton ($3,237,554.00)2. The Lion King ($2,158,754.00)3. Wicked ($1,925,972.00)4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child ($1,825,771.50)5. To Kill a Mockingbird ($1,718,214.84)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Hillary and Clinton ($434,349.50)4. Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus ($433,909.00)3. Tootsie ($354,746.00)*2. Beetlejuice ($332,008.36)*1. What the Constitution Means to Me ($276,611.48)**FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.94%)2. Come From Away (102.02%)3. Hamilton (101.78%)4. Dear Evan Hansen (101.51%)5. Oklahoma! (101.43%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Pretty Woman (81.28%)4. The Cher Show (78.00%)3. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (77.61%)2. King Kong (75.73%)1. The Ferryman (74.08%)*Number based on two performances**Number based on seven performancesSource: The Broadway League
Bloomberg Businessweek:Most of the time, when you hire people you don’t want to specify exactly what they are to do and how much they would get paid—you don’t want to say if you do X you will get this much, and if you do Y you will get that much. That type of contract is what we call a complete contract. Creating one is basically impossible, especially with higher-level jobs. If you try to do it, you cause “crowding out.” People focus on everything you’ve included and exclude everything else. What’s left out of the contract tends to drop out of their motivation as well. You are taking away from their judgment and goodwill and teaching them to be like rats in a maze. It’s like the difference between asking someone to help you change a tire and offering them $5 to do it. The moment you introduce money, you change how the person views the exchange. They say, “Oh, this is work. I don’t work for $5. Give me $150 and we can talk.” When I was at MIT, they told us we had to teach 112 points per year. They had a complex formula for how many students and how many hours and so on would translate into teaching points. Basically, MIT was conditioning me to put the least effort into getting the most points. This became the game. I was quite good at it. And I taught very little.Read the full story: Bloomberg Businessweek More of our Members in the Media >
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To recognize Thursday’s World Polio Day, the Rotary Club of Chatham is holding a Pizza for Polio fundraiser as part of the club’s 30-year mission to eradicate the crippling childhood disease.The club has actively participated in eradication efforts from the beginning, under polio eradication chair emeritus Keith Koke, raising more than $250,000 during this time.This is the fifth year for the Pizza for Polio project, which is joined by the Rotary Club of Tilbury this year.Any pizza orders on the day – carry-out or delivery – will see a portion of sales being donated back to Rotary for the cause.Participating pizzerias in Chatham include Konstantino’s Pizza & Wings, Andy’s Place, Steve’s Pizzeria, Mike’s Place, Godfather’s Pizza, Original 2 Pizza, Boston Pizza, Pizza Tonite, Pie-Zano’s, Quo Vadis Pizzeria, and Koka’s Pizza.Rotary International is the volunteer fundraising arm of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – a public-private partnership that also includes the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.Since 1985, Rotary has contributed nearly $1.2 billion to the protection of more than two-billion children in 122 countries.The disease remains endemic in two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, although other countries remain at risk for imported cases.“It’s an amazing thing to think that our Rotary Club has saved the lives of more than 400,000 children over the past three decades,” said Alysson Storey, polio eradication co-chair for the Rotary Club of Chatham, in a release.“Vaccinations work and the success of Rotary with polio eradication is living proof. And with our Pizza for Polio fundraiser, everyone in Chatham can play a part. Every slice sold can help save a life.”
The 2017 Human Resource Executive 20th Annual HR Technology Conference takes place October 10-13 in Las Vegas. As a 2017 HR Technology Conference Insiders Blogger, I interviewed several human resources and technology experts to get their perspective on how technology and trends are impacting the HR profession. Jason Lauritsen a keynote speaker, author, and advisor. He is an employee engagement and workplace culture expert who will challenge you to think differently. A former corporate Human Resources executive, Jason has dedicated his career to helping leaders build organizations that are good for both people and profits. Most recently, he led the research team for Quantum Workplace’s Best Places to Work program where he has studied the employee experience at thousands of companies to understand what the best workplaces in the world do differently than the rest. Jason is the co-author of the book, Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships. Connect with Jason at www.JasonLauritsen.com Q. There’s been an explosion in real-time and pulse feedback technology for performance and engagement. Why are these systems becoming a critical substructure for businesses in terms of talent management and retention?These technologies are largely trying to address a lack of people management skills within our organizations. The idea of real-time feedback isn’t new. In fact, I think most people would argue that being a good manager requires that you both give and solicit continuous real-time feedback. You don’t need technology for that, but you do need skill in having conversations, asking good questions, and providing constructive coaching to employees. These skills are difficult and time-consuming to develop, so organizations are turning to technology in hopes of a quicker solution. The problem is that if you don’t also fix the management skill gap issue within your organization, these technologies are unlikely to be the solution you hope they will be. Q. Can HR technology really drive employee engagement, or do they only reflect and report on what is happening with engagement?Technology is a tool. Having the right tools is critical. But, tools aren’t the solution. Hammers and saws don’t build houses, people following detailed blueprints use tools to build houses. The same is true for employee engagement. If you don’t have the right plans in the hands of skilled people, the tools aren’t of much use.Technology doesn’t drive employee engagement. An engaging experience of work is what drives engagement. Smart leaders create an intentional strategy (the blueprint) and use tools like technology to shape the employee’s experience in a positive way. Q. With so many new technology products that promise to improve employee engagement, the seemingly endless options can be overwhelming. What advice can you share with HR for how to select engagement technology that’s right for them?Before you buy any technology, you should first create an employee engagement strategy and plan for your organization. This should include how your organization defines engagement, why it matters to your organization’s success, and how you’ll measure progress. Once you clarify these things, you will be able to identify where you have gaps and opportunities that can be addressed using technology and other tools. Said more simply, know first what kind of tool you need before you go tool shopping. Otherwise, you are likely to buy something you don’t need. Q. How are artificial intelligence, chatbots and machine learning impacting the evolution of employee engagement technology? I am not sure they are at this point. These are definitely the buzzwords flying around in HR tech at the moment, but I don’t know that I’ve seen anything of any substance yet as it relates to employee engagement. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be a host of vendors at HR Tech trying to convince us otherwise, but I think it’s mostly marketing hype rather than true AI or machine learning. As these technologies mature in the future, I’m sure that they will disrupt the work of employee engagement but it’s not happening yet. Q. You’ll be hosting the session titled “The HR Hacklab: What New HR Tech Solutions Are Needed Now?” with Joe Gerstandt. If you could design a “dream technology” for HR what would it look like?I’ve long been a fan of Organizational Network Analysis(ONA) as an incredibly powerful tool for diagnosing and improving workplace engagement, innovation, and performance. The problem is that ONA is complex and labor intensive to apply. There’s yet to be a technology tool to come to market to make ONA accessible to the average organization both in terms of simplicity and cost. I hope that someday soon this will change. Making visible the internal network of relationships that reflect how work actually gets done and who is most important in that process is transformative. Jason Lauritsen will speak at the 2017 HR Technology Conference & Expo on the following dates:The Role of HR Technology in Driving Employee Engagement: Wednesday, October 11, 2017: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PMThe HR Hacklab: What New HR Tech Solutions Are Needed Now?: Tuesday, October 10, 2017: 1:00 PM – 2:15 PMMega Session: HR Technology Conference Hackathon Reveal: Thursday, October 12, 2017: 1:45 PM – 3:00 PM
Defending champion KKR clash with MI in the first match of IPL 8. (PTI)Keen to put the Sunil Narine controversy behind them, Kolkata Knight Riders will begin their title defence against a formidable Mumbai Indians side in the IPL opener at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday.The West Indies mystery spinner, who was reported for suspect action in CLT20 and went on to miss the recently-concluded World Cup, was kept waiting before getting a clean chit by the BCCI on Sunday. A team which has gone on to win two titles (2012 and 2014) since the acquisition of the Trinidad offspinner in 2011 faces the biggest challenge this year as Narine’s effectiveness with a re-modelled action is yet to be seen.With a slew of spinners in their armoury now including a ‘Narine-like’ KC Cariappa, a rookie from Karnataka who was bought for Rs 2.4 crore, and a couple of chinaman bowlers, KKR will look to thrive on the slow nature of Eden surface. But with evening showers predicted in the city, the spinners may find it hard to grip the white ball and the fielders will also have to put forth their sliding act carefully.On the field, both the sides match equally on paper but with little baggage of the past and some hard-hitting players in Corey Anderson, Kieron Pollard and new signing Aaron Finch will give an edge to Mumbai Indians. In MI, KKR will have an opposition who have tasted their maiden IPL win in this very surface in 2013 when the Rohit Sharma-led side beat Chennai Super Kings.advertisementBut their title defence went horribly wrong in 2014 when they suffered five consecutive defeats but managed to make the last four after a dramatic win over Rajasthan Royals but lost to Chennai Super Kings in the eliminator to finish fourth.The chief architect of the win against RR, Anderson, who smashed an unbeaten 95 from 44 balls, will once again play a crucial role along with this year’s star acquisition in Australian opener Finch.Add Rohit, the leader, to the chart and Mumbai Indians look a mighty batting line-up capable of terrorising any bowling side. Rohit is known for his inconsistency but he would look forward to start the campaign at his ‘favourite’ Eden, where he had scored an ODI world record 264 against Sri Lanka in his last outing.KKR’s batting is equally strong and tested with last year’s top run-getter (Orange Cap winner) Robin Uthappa (660 runs) leading the brigade.Uthappa also occupied the pole position in the Ranji Trophy with 912 runs from 11 matches as the explosive opener along with skipper Gautam Gambhir would look to give the perfect start before the likes of Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav take charge. Yusuf Pathan may not have seen the best of day’s in the recent past but given his credentials to win a match single-handedly in subcontinent conditions, the senior Baroda pro is worth a bet.As far as the foreign recruits are concerned, world No. 1 allrounder and Bangladeshi star Shakib Al Hasan will play a crucial role, while the likes of Johan Botha, Brad Hogg and Azhar Mahmood may come handy.While Lasith Malinga and R Vinay Kumar will lead the pace line-up for MI, the home side will have Morne Morkel and Umesh Yadav who will look to carry forward their World Cup success.In spin department, experienced pro Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha can be quite effective. Off the field, Mumbai Indians’ support staff bench is one to look forward to. With three-time World Cup winner Ricky Ponting as coach and maestro Sachin Tendulkar as the team icon, the star-studded support team which will also have John Wright, Jonty Rhodes, Shane Bond, Kiran More, Paras Mhambrey and Rahul Sanghvi.Mumbai Indians will not be short on ideas but it will be for only one team to whip up the perfect recipe.Squads:Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (capt), Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Ryan ten Doeschate, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Andre Russell, Kuldeep Yadav, Morne Morkel, Patrick Cummins, Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine, Johan Botha, Azhar Mahmood, Umesh Yadav, Veer Pratap Singh, James Neesham, Brad Hogg, Aditya Garhwal, Sumit Narwal, KC Cariappa, Vaibhav Rawal and Sheldon Jackson.Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (capt), Aaron Finch, Ambati Rayudu, Abhimanyu Mithun, Aditya Tare, Parthiv Patel, Keiron Pollard, Corey Anderson, Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Josh Hazlewood, Marchant de Lange, Pawan Suyal, Shreyas Gopal, Lendl Simmons, Pragyan Ojha, Mitchell McClenaghan, Aiden Blizzard, Akshay Wakhare, Nitish Rana, Sidhesh Lad, Hardik Pandya, Jagadeesha Suchitch, Unmukt Chand and R Vinay Kumar. advertisement
hannah davis derek jeter michiganPerhaps former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter really is a true Michigan man. Saturday night, Jetes, who was raised in Kalamazoo, apparently delayed celebrating Halloween to catch the end of the Michigan vs. Minnesota game. His fiance, Hannah Davis, posted an Instagram photo of him anxiously watching a television while she was ready to go out. The photo, which shows Jeter dressed up as a devil, is amazing.Michigan won the game on a goal-line stand, so Jeter was probably in a good mood. Guy has a decent life.[The Big Lead]
Minister of State for Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Ian Hayles, says here are no plans to increase imports of agricultural produce in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. He said that despite the estimated $2 billion in damage to the sector, adequate foodstuff will be available to meet the needs of consumers. “Let me make it quite clear, there will be no importation…in terms of the shortfall, the consumers of this country will have no problem,” he stated at a press conference at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) office in Claremont, St. Ann, today (Oct. 31), prior to touring the parish. “We cannot continue to import day after day, month after month, it has to come to a stop” he stated, noting that the country’s high import bill for food far exceeds its export earnings. He noted that while the parishes of Portland and St. Mary were severely affected, and preliminary reports are showing some $50 million worth of damage in St. Ann, other food-producing parishes were not as badly affected by the hurricane. These parishes, he assured, will be able to meet needs, while the Ministry works quickly to put the affected farmers back into production. “So, in terms of imports, we are going to contain it, and at the same time, it is critical that we do everything now to put the farmers back into production as soon as possible,” he stated. The tour was to see firsthand, the damage to farms in the parish as a result of the hurricane, which hit the island on October 24. Some 1, 500 farmers in St. Ann were affected and 70 hectares of crops damaged. Mr. Hayles issued an appealed for all affected farmers to report the extent of their damage to their RADA office, so that any available assistance can be channeled to them as soon as possible. He said this is very important in ensuring that they get back into production early.
New Delhi: The Cyber Crime Unit of Special Cell has busted a cheating racket running in the garb of a call centre and arrested 14 racketeers including the mastermind.Police said that the accused persons have cheated hundreds of people all over US and Canada by tele-calling on the pretext of providing tech support. As many as 259 Computers have been seized from the possession of accused persons. ISP of internet service is being ascertained. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Anyesh Roy said that a US national filed a complaint with the Cyber crime unit that he had been cheated by a group of persons on the pretext of providing tech support while he was looking online for services to fix his software problems. On this complaint manual and technical enquiry was conducted and a spot in Kirti Nagar was identified, after which a team under close supervision of ACP Aditya Gautam led by InspectorSajjan Singh was constituted and a raid was conducted in Kirti Nagar area and accused persons were successfully apprehended on the intervening night of 26th, 27th March-2018. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”They started recruiting young men and women (mostly aged 19-24) in order to do the tele-calling. They provided them with elaborate training in order to make sure that they are able to convince the victims based in US and Canada that they provide genuine services,” said DCP Roy. Police in their press statement claimed that the team indulging in these operations as created a fake website wh a fake US address. They have 4-5 persons working on SEO (Search Engine Optimization) whose job is to ensure that there fake websites or fake tech support numbers offering fake services turns up as one of the top results on Google search for tech support. When the customer calls on the number provided on the website they take remote access of his computer in order to fix the problem. They, then induce the customer to pay a certain amount of money by promising to fix the problem (genuine as well as fake, created by them) but as soon as money is collected via Google play gift cards or i-tunes cards they stop responding to the client’s calls.
Red Shirt junior goalie Sean Romeo (30) dives for a save in the shutout against Michigan tonight Jan. 26, 2018 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, OH. Credit: Ethan Clewell | For The LanternSpecial teams could not save the No. 5 Ohio State men’s hockey team (18-6-4, 11-6-1-0) in a 6-3 loss to an aggressive and balanced Michigan State (10-17-1, 4-13-1-1). Saturday night’s loss snapped a seven-game home winning streak and split the weekend series at the Schottenstein Center.Ohio State’s special teams went 3-for-5 on the power play and a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill, but the Buckeyes’ 5-on-5 play struggled against the Spartan defense.“That’s the difference. You look at the stat sheet here, when you win the special teams’ battle, you’re gonna win that game most of the time,” Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik said. “That tells you how bad we were defensively, and it tells you how good Michigan State was.” The Spartans came out flying, potting two goals in the game’s opening 10 minutes.Michigan State sophomore defenseman Butrus Ghafari feathered a wrister from center point through traffic to get past redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo.Then Spartan freshman forward Austin Kamer gathered the puck along the half-wall and threw a simple shot on goal past the glove hand of Romeo.Throughout the first period, Michigan State pinned the Buckeyes in their own zone using its aggressive forecheck. The Buckeyes had a chance late in the period on the power play, but that aggressive Spartan forecheck took the puck from behind Romeo, resulting in a short-handed goal off the stick of sophomore forward Patrick Khodorenko to stretch the Michigan State lead to three goals.“They came out and worked extremely hard like they do, we knew that was coming,” Rohlik said. “We just made some untimely mistakes, again you can’t give good teams like that and spot them a lead like that.” The Buckeyes totaled 30 shots on goal, but it could’ve been more with the Spartans getting in front of the shooting lanes, frustrating shooters for the Buckeyes.“We know they always put their body on the line,” senior forward Matthew Weis said. “Like coach [Rohlik] said, they are a good team. We just didn’t play our best tonight.” Midway through the second period, Michigan State freshman forward David Keefer took the puck across the crease and appeared to roof it over a sprawling Romeo for his second goal of the season.Confusion surrounded whether the puck crossed the goal line, which led to a lengthy review that eventually confirmed Keefer’s goal. Rohlik was appalled by the officials’ indecision.“I really don’t even know what to say anymore, to be honest with you,” Rohlik said. “We’ve got video replay to have someone make a call, not say, ‘Well, we’re not sure.’” The Michigan State attack continued with a goal from senior defenseman Carson Gratt to give his team a 5-1 lead, which ended Romeo’s night. Romeo finished the game with 12 saves on 17 shots. Freshman goalie Tommy Napier took over for Ohio State and made all six saves.The Buckeyes could not seem to get out of their own way, handling the puck poorly, and it cost them three points in the Big Ten standings.“The problem tonight was we had some momentum going, all of the sudden, there was a breakdown the other way,” Rohlik said. “Next thing you know, they’ve got a guy behind our ‘D’ and walking in on the goaltending. We just had too many defensive breakdowns tonight for our team.” Next week, the Buckeyes will travel to face No. 2 Notre Dame for a crucial Big Ten weekend series. The puck will drop at 7:35 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday. Both games will be played at the Compton Family Ice Arena.