OMG: Idina Menzel & Julie Andrews Are in the Same Room Together!

first_imgWarning: too much theatrical greatness in one room! Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews and If/Then star Idina Menzel stopped by the Watch What Happens Live clubhouse with Andy Cohen on May 1, and our theater nerd brains more or less exploded. A lot was revealed during their time on the show, including how Menzel would do the Wicked movie either as “the mother of Elphaba” or if she got some Avatar-esque CGI treatment, who makes Andrews a “bad girl” and yes, their takes on the infamous “Adele Dazeem” flub and the The Sound Of Music Live! broadcast. Take a look at clips from their appearance below, and catch Menzel in her Tony-nominated performance in If/Then and at Radio City Music Hall! View Comments Related Shows If/Then Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 Star Files Idina Menzellast_img read more

Chroma Technology Corp. Wins Trade Secret Case

first_imgBrattleboro, VT, April 18, 2002 — The Vermont Supreme Court recently affirmed the judgement entered in favor of Chroma Technology Corp. that the Chroma defendants did not violate any legal obligation to their former employee when they founded a competing business in 1991. In so doing, the Court clarified the law in the State of Vermont on the important issue of when and how employees may go into direct competition with their employers. Prior to this decision, no case in Vermont had squarely addressed the issue since the early years of the 20th century.Heidi Harvey, of the firm of Fish & Richardson P.C., Boston, MA, was leadcounsel for the Chroma defendants at trial and on appeal. She observed, “This decision is an extremely important statement of the modern law inVermont on one of the most difficult issues that faces employees and employers – who has the burden of drawing the line between the employees’general, knowledge, skills, and abilities and the employer’s proprietary information. The Vermont Supreme Court’s places the burden squarely on theemployer to take reasonable steps to protect its information and point out to its employees that it considers the information confidential. The fact that information is valuable does not, by itself, make an employee strictly liable never to use it.”In the action, the former employer, Omega Optical, of Brattleboro, VT, alleged that former employees misappropriated Omega’s confidential information and breached their duties of employment to Omega when they founded Chroma Technology Corp, also in Brattleboro, VT, in 1991 to make optical filters for fluorescence microscopy in competition with Omega and others. Omega sought a permanent injunction and $20 million in damages from Chroma. After a 22-day bench trial in 1999, the Superior Court foundin favor of the Chroma defendants.On appeal to the Vermont Supreme Court, Omega asked the Court to hold that employees who acquire valuable information in the course of their employment “owe a duty of confidentiality to the employer merely by virtue of their status as employees, regardless of whether the employer has done anything either to protect the information or to communicate to the employees the confidential and proprietary nature of the information.” Omega also asked the Court to hold that former employees “continue to owe a duty of loyalty, including refraining from competition with their former employer, after they leave employment.”The Vermont Supreme Court rejected both arguments, noting that “[Plaintiff’s argument] is simply at odds with the case law, which requiressomething more than the mere employer-employee relationship to establish a duty of confidentiality.” The Court also noted that “[Plaintiff] cites no authority for the proposition that at-will employees continue to owe a duty of loyalty to a former employer, even after they have left that employment, that constrains them from ever acting to the detriment of that employer. Such a common law duty would prevent an employee from ever going to work for a competitor even in the absence of an agreement not to do so, an anomalous result.”last_img read more

CUNA to DOD: Credit unions need specific guidance–soon–to meet MLA compliance

first_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) continues its broad advocacy efforts to secure substantive compliance guidance for credit unions regarding changes to the Military Lending Act (MLA).In its latest action, CUNA was the only participant to provide a document with a list of credit union compliance concerns to a Listening Session coordinated Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). The session also included representatives from the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Reserve Board, and the Federal Trade Commission.The NCUA shared MLA guidance last month with credit unions. While CUNA appreciates that the NCUA document provides a useful, complete summary of the rule, CUNA is adamant that credit unions need answers to the far-reaching concerns CUNA shared if they are to meet an Oct. 3 compliance deadline.CUNA’s regulatory advocacy and compliance staff have worked closely together since the changes were finalized last year to highlight essential information credit unions need in order to comply with the rule. continue reading »last_img read more

Solving a Problem? Here’s the one question you MUST ask first!

first_imgAnswers come fast. When times are tough or something bad happens, it seems like there’s always a line of people waiting to offer advice. Everyone has an idea. Everybody has an opinion. But do any of them truly understand what the problem is? Probably not.After facilitating strategic planning sessions for financial institutions over the past decade, I’ve come to a conclusion. Few things can kill success and momentum faster than running forward with an idea before truly understanding the problem it’s trying to solve. To say it another way, a good solution applied to the wrong problem will always be the wrong solution. Understanding a problem should always be the first step to solving it.What problem are you trying to solve?Three transportation companies got their start between 2009 – 2012. Uber was founded in 2009 to solve the problem of people waiting for taxis. In 2010, Gett was launched to help taxi drivers find more passengers. Two years later, Lyft opened for business. Unlike the previous taxi-focused companies, Lyft’s founders sought to solve the problem of college students driving home with empty seats in their cars while students without cars were stuck at school. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Contract signed for construction of Peljesac bridge

first_imgAn agreement on the construction of the Peljesac Bridge, worth over 2 billion kuna, was signed today in Dubrovnik between Hrvatske ceste and a Chinese consortium led by China Road and Bridge Corporation, as well as an agreement for construction supervision with a community of bidders including the IGH Institute, engineering.The agreement was signed by the President of the Management Board of Hrvatske ceste, Josip Škorić, and the authorized representative of the Chinese consortium, Zhang Xiaoyuan. Škorić also signed a contract with the President of the Management Board of the IGH Institute, Oliver Kumrić, on professional supervision over the execution of works on the construction of the bridge.The Peljesac bridge will be 2,4 kilometers long and 55 meters high, will have four lanes, and its construction will take 36 months from the start of work. The opening of the Peljesac Bridge addresses a long-term strategic issue of road connections between southern Croatia and the rest of the country.Chinese Ambassador to Croatia Hu Zhaoming he said that the signing of the agreement opened a new chapter in the relationship between Croatia and China. “Our political relations are turning a new page, and the project also shows political trust between our countries. Chinese investments in Croatia have increased more than a hundred times, and last year 60 percent more tourists arrived. It is no coincidence that the Chinese consortium got the job of building the Peljesac Bridge, most Croats believe that China should be the biggest economic partner in the next ten years. “, said Hu Zhaoming.HGK is interested in mediating in bringing domestic production and services closer to the Chinese partner”The Croatian Chamber of Commerce will gather Croatian companies in a consortium that will negotiate with a Chinese consortium to obtain part of the work on the construction of the Peljesac Bridge. The Chamber is interested in mediating in bringing domestic production and services closer to the Chinese partner. Contact with the Chinese ambassador’s advisers has already been made, and in the talks it was pointed out that this is currently the largest Croatian project of exceptional strategic importance for the Republic of Croatia, which should enable better and easier cooperation between Croatian and Chinese companies not only in the construction sector.”, Said the Vice President for Construction, Transport and Communications of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Mirjana Cagalj during the signing of the contract for the construction of the mainland-Peljesac bridge between Hrvatske ceste and the Chinese consortium China Road and Bridge Corporation.According to previous experiences with Chinese contractors on European construction sites, it is estimated that domestic companies could earn up to 40 percent of the share in the implementation of the project worth 2,08 billion kuna without VAT, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce concludes.</p>
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Joy Sports EPL: How the Africans fared on opening weekend

first_imgThe world’s most watched league is back, meaning that the African brothers are having their say, as ever.Countries from across the length and breadth were represented in the opening weekend. Goals, assists, flops and tops were seen over the grounds, as Gary Al-Smith reports.–Algeria midfielder Riyad Mahrez (pictured below) led the African scorers with a brace for Leicester City who spanked visiting Sunderland 4-2. His first goal came via a header in the 18th minute to give the club a 2-0 lead, before making it 3-0 seven minutes later after he had been fouled in the box.Ghana defender Jeffery Schlupp featured for the whole game and was in sparkling form. Senegal internationals Cheikhou Kouyate and Papiss Cisse were on target for their English Premier League clubs West Ham and Newcastle United in their opening games.Kouyate scored the opening goal for the Hammers as they shocked hosts and title favourites Arsenal 0-2 on Sunday. The midfielder beat Arsenal’s goalkeeper Petr Cech to a free kick, heading home on 43 minutes. Argentine forward Mauro Zarate capped the win just before the hour mark.Playing alongside Kouyate for much of the game was fellow Senegal international Diafra Sakho, before the latter was replaced by Mali star Modibo Maiga in the 90th minute.Meanwhile two Teranga Lions were also involved in another Sunday game, with Papiss Cisse’s Newcastle United (pictured below) hosting Sadio Mane’s Southampton in a game that finished 2-2. The visitors, for whom Mane played all 90 minutes, scored first in the 24th minute and Cisse headed home on 43 minutes to make it 1-1. Both clubs were to add a goal apiece in the second period.Nigeria international Odion Ighalo came off the bench to score for his club Watford as they drew 2-2. Ighalo (pictured below) who netted 20 goals to help Watford gain promotion to the top-flight last season, joined the fray in the 74th minute and scored a fine solo goal from the edge of the box to make it 1-2 in the 83rd minute. However Cote d’Ivoire striker Arouna Kone (main story picture) denied him the winner when he equalised for Everton three minutes later. Elsewhere, Ghana star Andre Ayew scored a brilliant goal on his debut as his club Swansea City drew 2-2 at the home of champions Chelsea. The 25-year-old needed two takes to score, but left Chelsea and England defender John Terry sprawling with a stupendous drag-back, before firing home from close range.Wing-back Pape Souare from Senegal featured all 90 minutes for Crystal Palace as they won 1-3 at newly-promoted Norwich City.Benin international Rudy Gestede (below, right) headed home the only goal of the match for Aston Villa as they edged EPL new boys AFC Bournemouth 0-1.  The 26-year-old joined the action in the 59th minute in place of another African debutant in the league, Ghana star Jordan Ayew, and scored the goal in the 72nd minute. Midfielder Idrissa Gueye from Senegal also made his debut for Aston Villa following his move from French side Lille. The 25-year-old played all 90 minutes. Cote d’Ivoire winger Max Gradel made his debut for Bournemouth as a second half substitute, but could not save his side.There’s one more game to play on Monday between Manchester City, who have Ivory Coast’s Yaya Toure and West Brom, who are likely to start Nigeria’s Brown Ideye and Victor Anichebe as well as Benin’s Stephane Sessegnon.–CLICK TO READ: Dede Ayew admits EPL ‘is different’ –Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more