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London Odds & Ends: Hobbit Hunk to Old Vic & More

first_img View Comments Hobbit Hunk to Headline The Crucible The Hobbit’s Richard Armitage will star opposite newcomer Samantha Colley in the previously announced production of The Crucible at London’s Old Vic. The Daily Mail reports that Yaël Farber will direct Arthur Miller’s modern classic, which will run June 24 through September 13. Andrew Lippa Crosses the Pond to Swim With London’s Big Fish Life of the Party: A Celebration of the Songs of Andrew Lippa, is to play at London’s Chocolate Factory. Accompanied by West End Stars Caroline O’Connor, Damian Humbley and Summer Strallen, Lippa will host a concert performance of his songs from some of his musicals including The Wild Party, The Addams Family and Big Fish. The show will run May 27 through June 14. Here’s a quick roundup of London stories today. Poirot Star David Suchet to Play Lady Bracknell Tony nominee David Suchet (Amadeus) will star as Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Directed by Adrian Noble, the new production will begin previews in the West End on June 24, 2015 and open on July 1 at a theater to be confirmed. Suchet is best known for his role as the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie’s Poirot.center_img Bernadette Peters & Broadway’s Best Take London Big excitement in London’s “Theatreland” this weekend. The U.K. capital city’s version of the Tonys, the Oliver Awards, take place April 13 at the Royal Opera House. As previously reported, Bernadette Peters and ABBA will perform at the event, hosted by Gemma Arterton and Stephen Mangan. Send good vibes to Broadway favorites Gavin Creel, Jared Gertner and Kyle Scatliffe, who all received Best Actor in a Musical nods. Star Files Bernadette Peterslast_img read more

Shut Up Sit Down & Eat Opens Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments When a therapist fails to arrive on time for a group therapy session, four impatient Italian Americans decide to take their issues into their own hands. The play is considered a “plomedy”—that is, a cross between a play and stand-up comedy. The cast/writing team is comprised of Tina Giorgi, Joe Moffa, Chris Monty and Eric Tartaglione. Eve Brandstein will direct. Shut Up Sit Down & Eat Related Shows Take a journey of emotional dysfunction—Italian Style! Off-Broadway’s Shut Up Sit Down & Eat officially opens on October 26. Conceived by and starring four New York comedians, performances will run on Sundays through December 28 at the Snapple Theater Center. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 28, 2014last_img read more

4-H Camping.

first_img Georgia 4-H campers learn about sailing the best way: by doing it. Photo: Mike Isbell Bernoulli must have been a smart fellow.You’ve forgotten who Bernoulli was? Well, just think back a few years to your science classes (OK, it may have been a lot of years). Daniel Bernoulli was the guy who came up with the theory that, basically, the faster a fluid moves past an object, the less sideways pressure is exerted on the object by the fluid.And why am I telling you this? It’s just one of the things 4-H’ers will learn at 4-H camp this summer. They will not only learn about it, but will experience it.Let me explain.Five 4-H CampsThe University of Georgia Extension Service operates five 4-H camps around the state. Each year more than 9,000 kids attend one of these 4-H camps. The camp at Rock Eagle is the largest (it’s also the largest 4-H camp in the world). Sixty college students (all of whom have had years of 4-H experience) provide the leadership for the camp at Rock Eagle.Very soon, 4-H’ers will be attending camp from every county in Georgia. It will not only be great fun for the 4-H’ers, but they will have fun learning all kinds of things.Sailing at Rock EagleSailing is one of the classes taught at Rock Eagle. A whole fleet of sailboats is on the 110-acre lake there. After receiving some training, the 4-H’ers get to sail their own boat.A few years ago I was asked to develop a new sailing curriculum for the counselors at Rock Eagle. The counselors who teach sailing change each year, so each year I have the enjoyable job of teaching the sailing instructors how to sail.Yesterday, my 15-year-old daughter Lindsay and my nephew Bo, a senior at Virginia Tech, went with me to Rock Eagle to teach the sailing instructors. Lindsay has been sailing many times. In fact, she can even boast of surviving a sinking sailboat on West Point Lake. Bo, on the other hand, had never been on a sailboat, even though his dad spent 20 years in the Navy and he’s spent his entire life near the ocean. Bo’s a surfer, but not a sailor.Wait — How Does This Work?We spent about 15 minutes rigging the boats, and after donning life jackets, raised the sail, turned the bow into the wind and climbed aboard. We immediately began to sail into the wind.It didn’t take but just a minute, but the first of Bo’s many questions was, “How does this sailboat sail against the wind?” 4-H’ers in the sailing class will know the answer, and they will also know about Archimedes and his theory used in explaining how boats float.But to answer Bo’s question — well, it has to do with the design of the sail and the boat. And the design makes use of Bernoulli’s theory.Do you remember now?How It WorksHis theory is used to explain how an airplane wing and a sailboat sail produce “lift.” The lift is a force created by the “airfoil,” the cross-sectional shape of the wing or the sail. If you’re around planes or sails, you know the shape of an airfoil. The fluid in this case is air.I can almost hear you saying, “But a sail is a flat piece of fabric. It doesn’t look anything like an airplane wing.”Well, that’s true. It is flat. But when the wind fills the sail with air, it takes the shape of an airfoil and then produces lift similar to an airplane wing. The appendages below the water — the rudder and the centerboard or keel — help turn this lift into forward motion.Bernoulli must have been a smart fellow!last_img read more

Indian factory workers supplying major brands allege routine exploitation

first_img– Advertisement – The garment industry draws more attention because it’s driven by exports and counts some of the world’s biggest brands as among its clients. India is the world’s second-largest manufacturer and exporter of garments after China. India’s garment makers directly employ about 12.9 million people in factories and millions more outside, including their own homes, according to a 2019 report that investigated working conditions in the sector.- Advertisement –last_img read more

House deputy speaker reported for not allowing supervisory hearing for Djoko Tjandra’s case

first_imgMAKI, however, claimed that House Speaker Puan Maharani had agreed to the hearing proposal.Read also: Fugitive Djoko Tjandra skips another hearing, reportedly residing in MalaysiaBoyamin argued that hearings during recess were allowed and would not violate Bamus’ decision as long as the commission was granted permission.“We have seen many hearings during previous breaks,” Boyamin argued, adding that it was also possible for the meeting to be conducted virtually, if necessary.“Azis Syamsudin may have violated the code of ethics by hindering the House in undergoing its supervisory role,” he added, suspecting Azis to have “other interests” in relation to the matter. Commission III member Hinca Pandjaitan deplored the prohibition of the planned hearing, saying that Article 53 of the House’s code of conduct allowed House commissions to conduct supervisory hearings during recess to handle urgent matters.“It is related to a fundamental subject and it is a part of the House’s function. Thus, it is necessary,” the Democratic Party politician said.Djoko, a convict in the high-profile Bank Bali corruption case, has remained at large for more than a decade ever since he fled to Papua New Guinea after being sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and ordered to pay Rp 546 billion (US$37 million) in restitution by the Supreme Court in June 2009.He reportedly returned to Indonesia without being detected by the immigration office and filed a review of his case in early June. He was able to obtain a new electronic identification card and passport and had his red notice status lifted.Three high-ranking police officers have been removed from their posts over their alleged involvement in helping the fugitive travel within the country.Topics : Azis said on Tuesday that he decided not to grant permission for the hearing because the House was in recess until Aug. 13.“Let’s not argue about administrative matters because I don’t want to disobey the House’s code of conduct and the House’s Steering Committee’s [Bamus] decision prohibiting any hearings during recess,” the Golkar Party politician said in a statement on Tuesday.He went on to say that lawmakers were able to make work-related visits during the recess, thus he recommended that Commission III conduct a field inspection with relevant authorities in relation to the issuance of Djoko’s travel letter.“The rules are supposed to be adhered to by all House members. I can’t think of why anyone would be so persistent to demand a hearing for Djoko Tjandra’s case,” Azis added. The Indonesian Anticorruption Community (MAKI) reported House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Azis Syamsudin to the House’s ethics council on Tuesday for prohibiting lawmakers from holding a hearing during recess to discuss the case of fugitive Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra.House Commission III, which oversees legal affairs, initially planned to hold a hearing with the National Police, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) and the Law and Human Rights Ministry over the issuance of a travel letter for Djoko by police officers, which had also been reported by MAKI to the commission.“The hearing is an urgent matter as it will help the government solve the case. It will also provide a recommendation to further trace those involved in helping Djoko,” MAKI coordinator Boyamin Saiman said in a statement on Tuesday.last_img read more

LPFA, Lancashire ‘anticipate’ GMPF tie-up amid pooling shortfall

first_imgIt is one of the most advanced of the partnerships, having last year named Michael O’Higgins as its chairman, but, with combined assets of approximately £11bn (€14bn), it is unclear whether it will gain the DCLG’s approval, as it does not yet meet the £25bn asset target set by the government.The LPFA acknowledges this shortfall in its response to the DCLG:“We welcome the government’s ambition to achieve pooling within the sector but recognise the ALM Partnership will be required to expand its pool to achieve [its] target criteria,” it said.It confirms the partnership’s “commitment to wider pooling” and sets out the discussions it has had with LPGS “groupings and individual funds” to date and the outlook in this regard.It has exchanged letters of intent and is in discussions “around how to best work together” with the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF), the Merseyside Pension Fund (MPF) and the West Yorkshire Pension Fund (WYPF).The funds have total assets of around £35bn.The GMPF is the largest local authority fund in the UK (£17.6bn), with substantial in-house management.The LPFA refers to the “very significant in-house expertise” of all three of the northern funds in its consultation submission.“Given the timescale, discussions are at an early stage,” it said. “But the next steps between now and July are for all participants to develop a proposal around how the pooling arrangement will work and meet the government’s criteria.“All parties anticipate the discussions reaching a successful conclusion.”The LPFA already works with the GMPF on infrastructure, having in January last year launched a £500m investment vehicle for infrastructure and alternative assets – the joint venture announced its first investment in October.As concerns the new pooling arrangements called for by the government, the LPFA and its Lancashire partner have also had talks with the Royal County of Berkshire Pension Fund.The LPFA noted that Berkshire “has indicated in a paper to their Pension Fund Committee that the ALM Partnership pool will be their preferred route for pooling purposes”.The LPFA and LCPF “hope to include Berkshire in the wider pooling discussions”, they said.For its part, the Berkshire Pension Fund in its draft response to the government noted that it agreed that “Officers should continue discussions with the London Pensions Fund Authority and Lancashire County Council and other nascent pools”. Further cost savingsThe LPFA and Lancashire County Council are aiming to start pooling all assets from April, with the expectation that the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) will approve the operating vehicle of the organisation, an Authorised Contractual Scheme (ACS), by the end of next month.The two funds have jointly invested around £1.5m in start-up costs to provide the foundations for a pool.“The scale of commitment required to get this type of arrangement off the ground is not to be underestimated,” they said, “and we have been happy to share our learning with colleagues from other funds, even when they are seeking to create alternative pools.”They estimated saving some £30m over the next five years on investment management fees, a conservative estimate based on “the experience of just our two funds collaborating thus far”.Investment outcomes, meanwhile, could be enhanced by around £20-£30m by the funds’ increased scale, also on a conservative basis, according to their report.“Given our commitment to wider pooling, we fully anticipate further cost savings to emerge from the detailed analysis that will take place between now and July,” it said.The submission to the government also makes a case for the ALM Partnership’s infrastructure investment capability – noting, for example, that participation in overseas transactions had allowed the team within the partnership “to develop relationships with significant overseas pension funds that potentially will allow the ALM Partnership (and any wider pool that is created) to participate in some larger deals as co-investors”. The Lancashire County Pension Fund (LCPF) and the London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA) are in talks to partner or work with the Greater Manchester Pension Fund, among other UK local government pension schemes (LGPS), having acknowledged that their partnership had failed to meet the government’s target size for LGPS pooling arrangements.The LCPF and LPFA were the first schemes to announce a partnership, doing so even before the UK government launched a consultation on reforms of the LGPS, which called on the schemes to pool investment assets.English and Welsh LGPS have until today, 19 February, to report to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) on their commitment to pooling and the steps they have taken in this direction.There are currently eight asset pools emerging from talks among the LGPS, including the partnership between the LPFA and LCPF.last_img read more

Tottenham leading transfer race for West Brom star

first_imgTottenham Hotspurs are leading the race for West Brom’s 19-year-old full-back, Nathan Ferguson, according to reports. West Brom goal scorer Nathan Ferguson The youngster has starred for Slaven Bilic’s promotion chasing men this season but with his contract up in the summer, the Baggies could be forced to cash in this month. Bilic’s old club West Ham are also said to be interested in a full-back with ageing Pablo Zabaleta the only cover available at right-back for Ryan Fredericks. And on the other of side of their defence, questions are regularly asked about the quality of Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku and Bilic’s links with the East Londoners have led to suggestions a London Stadium move could be on the cards for Ferguson. But Tottenham remain in pole position in the race for his signature, according to the Mirror. Ferguson’s hesitance to sign the new five-year deal he has been offered at the Hawthorns means he can sign a pre-contract agreement with an overseas club now and could leave for nothing to a Premier League team in the summer. Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World12 Movies That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had Left11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You20 Photos Of Kendall Jenner That Force You Love Her Even MoreInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art Loading… center_img As a result, Spurs have been keeping tabs on Ferguson throughout the season and are in the market for a full-back given doubts surrounding Serge Aurier’s ability. The 19-year-old can play on either side of the defence which is also a plus for the North Londoners given their first-choice left-back Ben Davies’ proneness to injury. Even if West Brom are forced to sell Ferguson in order to secure some cash, sporting director Luke Dowling admitted at the weekend they want to know one way or the other. Chelsea must act quickly to buy-back Nathan Ake He said: “We will be looking for clarity from Nathan Ferguson and his advisor about whether or not he wants to stay with us. “All I can say at this stage is that I am confident we can find the terms that would make sense to Nathan at his stage of his career – and that we all believe that his pathway at Albion remains the most advantageous to him.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Dolphins CB Xavien Howard arrested on domestic battery charge

first_imgMiami Dolphins’ cornerback Xavien Howard has been arrested on a domestic violence battery charge in Davie, Florida after his fiancé told officers he grabbed her arms and pushed her.Davie Police responded to the incident on Sunday around 11pm. According to the arrest affidavit, his fiancé said they got into a verbal argument over a recent purchase of a purse she made and that he was unaware of.Responding officers said Howard’s fiancé had visible scratches and an abrasion on her arm.Howard appeared in a Broward courtroom on Monday morning and was granted a $3,000 bond.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe Associated Press reported earlier this week that Edmonton and Toronto were being looked at as possible “hockey pod” cities that could host the remainder of the NHL season during the summer months. Games would be played in air-conditioned arenas without fans.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— William Byron showed he’s the sharpest gamer in NASCAR’s iRacing Series with his third victory in four events. Byron passed Timmy Hill with seven laps remaining at virtual Dover International Speedway, where NASCAR had been scheduled to race Sunday. The Hendrick Motorsports driver has consistently been the best of the NASCAR professionals in simulated racing. Hendrick drivers have won four straight iRacing events, including Alex Bowman’s victory last week at virtual Talladega Superspeedway.— A team executive in the Premier League says the EPL could face years of legal challenges if this season is not completed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish offered public support for the league’s “Project Restart” plans after Brighton and West Ham expressed concerns about teams being forced to play their remaining games in neutral stadiums. The league is working with the government to find a safe way of players resuming group training and playing games by June at the earliest.— Italy’s Serie A soccer clubs have been cleared to resume training this week on an individual basis following a clarification from the Italian government. The government had said last week that athletes in individual sports could resume training Monday and teams on May 18. That sparked confusion and frustration from Serie A clubs, which pointed out that their players would be allowed to train individually in public parks but not inside team training centers. Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown. — Players from Spanish league clubs will be allowed to resume training on Monday as Spain eases some of the lockdown measures that had been in place because of the pandemic. The government is allowing players to train individually at the clubs’ facilities while observing a series of safety measures pre-established by the league and local authorities. The league prepared a detailed four-phase training protocol that has already been distributed to clubs. Smaller group sessions and full squad sessions are likely to be allowed in the coming weeks.— A men’s pole vault competition featuring three of the event’s biggest names has resulted in a tie for the gold medal. Mondo Duplantis of Sweden and Renaud Lavillenie of France each cleared a height of 16 feet 36 times over a span of 30 minutes. Both had one miss. Sam Kendricks of the United States wound up third by clearing the bar 26 times. Each man competed from his own backyard.MLB-OBIT-KEOUGHMatt Keough, former A’s pitcher and executive, dies at 64OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former Oakland Athletics pitcher and special assistant Matt Keough (KEE’-oh) has died at age 64. The former Michigan signal-caller started all 26 games for the Wolverines over the past two seasons after transferring from Mississippi. Patterson threw for 3,061 yards with 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions last year and finished with 45 scoring passes with the Wolverines.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSByron a virtual lock these daysUNDATED (AP) — The NHL could have trouble getting non-Canadian resident players into that country should the league decide to resume the 2019-20 season soon.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday that players would at a minimum need to follow quarantine protocols if they were to arrive in Canada while the border remains closed due to the pandemic. Trudeau said anyone who arrives from another country will have to follow all the rules of quarantine in an extremely strict manner. However, he added that an agreement between Canada and the NHL hasn’t been brokered. Update on the latest sports May 3, 2020center_img Associated Press Keough spent 10 seasons in the majors, breaking in with the 1977 A’s and playing for the Yankees, Cardinals and Cubs before ending up with the Astros in 1986. He was an All-Star as a rookie in 1978 and led the American League with 18 losses in 1982.Keough was 58-84 with a 4.17 ERA in 215 big league games, including 175 starts.Keough pitched in Japan for the Hanshin Tigers from 1987-90, going 45-44 with a 3.73 ERA. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSChiefs work out deal with undrafted PattersonUNDATED (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have picked up additional quarterback depth by working out a contract with undrafted free agent Shea Patterson.last_img read more

Richard Graham calls for Government to introduce new gambling levy

first_img StumbleUpon Gamban boosts US expertise with Jody Bechtold addition June 19, 2020 Related Articles Share Share Submit A GAME ABOVE teams up with Beanstalk to launch Yield Sec July 27, 2020 How Yield Sec is removing black market influences July 28, 2020 Conservative MP Richard Graham has called upon the Government to implement a new gambling levy which he hopes would “speed up work on both prevention and cure.”Ahead of the release of the UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms, Graham has urged the Government to report on whether or not a new levy would be possible.The MP for Gloucester explained: “The Gambling Commission is soon to launch their National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms. Meanwhile, I have a Ten-Minute Rule Bill coming soon, urging the government to report on the possibility of a levy.“If actioned, it would be an important step to improve our understanding of a problem much greater than most recognise. Regulators cannot do it all alone.“Parliament and government should take the first step of a new gambling levy to speed up work on both prevention and cure. This problem is not going to disappear magically, and we need action now.”Setting out five recommendations, Graham has addressed that implementing a levy could be used as a way to fund additional research into problem gambling and solutions to the issue. He added: “A levy could therefore generate significant revenue to fund a major independent research initiative, and more gambling clinics, like the new one in London and soon Leeds.”Alongside the development of safer gambling initiatives, Graham has suggested that operators must collaborate with the UKGC to strengthen policies that are already in place. This includes: stronger gambling advertising regulations and self-exclusion schemes must be introduced in order to protect a greater amount of people.He added: “We must embrace technology to protect more people. Using software like Gamban for blocking gambling sites can help with self-exclusion. It should be mandatory for all gambling companies to have such systems. There are other tools which could be developed to help protect the young like facial recognition to block underage gambling more effectively.”last_img read more