London’s An American in Paris Announces Full Cast

first_img View Comments Leanne Cope in ‘An American in Paris'(Photo: Angela Sterling) ‘S Wonderful! Full casting has been announced for the West End production of An American in Paris, which as previously reported will be led by the tuner’s original Broadway stars, Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope. British national treasure Jane Asher, Haydn Oakley and more have been tapped for the production, which will begin performances on March 4, 2017. Opening night is set for March 21 at the Dominion Theatre. Along with Fairchild and Cope reprising their roles as Jerry Mulligan and Lise Dassin, respectively, Asher (Alfie) will appear as Madame Baurel, with Haydn Oakley (Sunset Boulevard) as Henri Baurel, Zoë Rainey (Romeo and Juliet) as Milo Davenport and David Seadon-Young (Ghost The Musical) as Adam Hochberg. Ashley Day (The Book of Mormon) will be the alternate Jerry Mulligan and is set to officially replace Fairchild on June 19.Directed and choreographed by Tony winner Christopher Wheeldon, the tuner tells the tale of a young American soldier, a beautiful French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.An American in Paris features music by George and Ira Gershwin with a book by Craig Lucas. The show includes the songs “I Got Rhythm,” “‘S Wonderful,” “But Not For Me,” “Stairway to Paradise,” “Our Love Is Here To Stay,” “They Can’t Take That Away” and orchestral music including “Concerto in F,” “2nd Prelude,” “2nd Rhapsody” and “An American In Paris.” The score has been adapted, arranged and supervised by Rob Fisher.The company will also feature Julian Forsyth and Ashley Andrews, as well as Sophie Apollonia, Zoe Arshamian, Sarah Bakker, James Barton, Alicia Beck, Chrissy Brooke, James Butcher, Jonathan Caguioa, Jennifer Davison, Katie Deacon, Rebecca Fennelly, Sebastian Goffin, Alyn Hawke, Nicky Henshall, Genevieve Heron, Amy Hollins, Frankie Jenna, Justin-Lee Jones, Robin Kent, Kristen McGarrity, Julia J. Nagle, Daniela Norman, Aaron Smyth, Todd Talbot, Max Westwell, Jack Wilcox, Carrie Willis, Stuart Winter and Liam Wrate.last_img read more

YLD continues work on retooling PWP program

first_imgYLD continues work on retooling PWP program November 1, 2003 Regular News YLD continues work on retooling PWP programcenter_img The Young Lawyers Division has fine- tuned a proposal for revamping its Practicing with Professionalism and basic skills course requirements, including partially doing away with the deferment for government lawyers.YLD President-elect Michael Faehner told the Bar Board of Governors last month the division is continuing to meet with the Government Lawyer, Criminal Law, and City, County and Local Government Law sections.The division expects to present its final version for debate at the board’s December 5 meeting.The YLD, at the urging of the Program Evaluation Committee, originally proposed reducing its PWP program from two days to one with an increased emphasis on professionalism and less on law office practice skills. It would offset the shorter PWP by requiring new Bar members to take three basic skills level courses, instead of two, during their first three years of Bar membership.Government lawyers currently have a deferral from both PWP and the basic skill course requirements. The YLD had proposed continuing the deferment for the basic skills courses, but dropping the deferment for PWP.Faehner told the board, after further discussions with government lawyer groups, the YLD now wants to drop the requirement that government lawyers, once they leave public service, take the basic skills courses if they have worked for a government agency for six or more years.In response to a question, he also said the requirement to take PWP would not be retroactive, and would only affect new Bar members who take a job with a public agency.Board member Don Horn, who is a supervisory assistant state attorney in the 11th Circuit, asked why public agencies couldn’t devise their own professionalism programs geared toward government lawyers.Faehner replied that by reducing PWP from two days to one, it has become more of a general, universal program.“If we try to specialize, we will be running 15 programs,” he said.He added that having one program for all practice areas will help foster a sense of community among new Bar members.On another matter, Faehner requested and the board approved allowing the YLD to suspend enforcement of a rule that mandates removal of any YLD Board of Governors members who misses four meetings. Faehner said the rule didn’t foresee a convergence of problems: Five YLD board members are pregnant, three with some complications, and because of scheduling the YLD board has three meetings within a three-month period.Concerns were raised, Faehner said, that the rule could violate federal gender anti-discrimination laws.He also reported to the board that the YLD, at its January government affairs symposium, will revisit Article V funding issues, the subject of last January’s gathering. That will come as the YLD board meets in Orlando.Faehner also announced that the YLD would be having its affiliate outreach meeting in October, and that the ABA would be having a national affiliate outreach program at which the YLD’s President’s Round Table project would be recognized as one of the nation’s best programs. In addition, the YLD is supporting Bar President Miles McGrane’s For the Children campaign by instituting an award recognizing the best local young lawyer project that helps children.last_img read more

Blizzard Could Dump 2 Feet of Snow on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Old Man Winter apparently has no sense of time.With a week until spring, Mother Nature has decided to threaten Long Island with the most powerful winter storm of the season—a major nor’easter that could dump upwards of two feet of snow on parts of the Island.The latest update from the National Weather Service’s Upton office says LI could see anywhere from 12-24 inches of snow, a slight upgrade from an earlier forecast that called for 20 inches.Earlier on Monday the weather service issued a blizzard warning for most of Long Island, excluding the East End, which will go into effect midnight Monday and last 24 hours. Eastern Suffolk County is under a winter storm warning but could still face more than a foot of snow.Gov. Andrew Cuomo took the precautionary step of declaring a state of emergency across all of New York. Cuomo ordered that the MTA suspend express subway service after Monday evening’s rush hour commute in order to store trains underground. Warning of future disruptions, Cuomo urged Long Island Rail Road commuters to avoid using the system on Tuesday.“With heavy snow and blizzard-like conditions expected from upstate to downstate, we are taking every precaution to keep New Yorkers safe,” Cuomo said.If the storm stays on track, it should enter the region after midnight Monday and pick up steam Tuesday morning, forecasters said. The storm could be at its most dangerous from the morning into the afternoon, with forecasters predicting snowfall rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour.The blizzard could make traveling dangerous due to whiteout conditions. Aside from rapidly falling snow, Long Islanders may have to contend with powerful wind gusts of up to 55 miles per hour, forecasters said. Local utilities were issuing warnings early Monday about the potential for power outages from the severe storm.And that’s not all. The South Shore could be in for a beating. A coastal flood warning was issued from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday for those communities, as moderate coastal flooding is expected around high tide.The late winter storm is threatening millions of Americans along the East Coast. Hundreds of flights have already been cancelled.“The airlines are currently in the process of adjusting their flight schedules in advance of tomorrow’s storm,” Long Island MacArthur Airport reported. “Travelers are advised to check with their air carrier for the most updated information on delays and/or cancellations.”Officials on Long Island took to the cameras Monday to urge residents to stay off the roads, as the early predictions do not bode well for the Island. In preparation, officials have already instructed crews to treat roads before the white stuff begins accumulating and are mobilizing workers in advance of the storm. In past blizzards, the biggest obstacle to attacking snow-covered roadways is the blowing wind, which makes navigating sleek roads difficult for plow operators.For the region, this severe winter weather, which could be the strongest storm of the season, comes after one of the warmest Februaries on record.last_img read more

Transition to new pensions system poses ‘enormous challenge’, says APG

first_imgThe advisor pointed out the asset managers would have to switch from a uniform investment policy to a lifecycle-based system, which also needed to be designed.In addition, both shape and duration of the interest hedge would need to be changed, “as young participants wouldn’t need an extensive cover in the new pensions contract,” De Haan explained.“Providers also need to adjust their administration from the current rights-based system to individual pensions accrual.”He added that a different kind of pensions contract would also require new asset-liability management studies.In his opinion, however, the most important challenge would be to explain to pension fund participants what the transition to a new system, as well as the principle of individual pensions accrual, means to them.“Also, in a system of individual pensions accrual, we need to continue communicating in terms of benefits in order to keep things comprehensible,” he stressed.The challenges for the providers would come on top of the legal hurdles that need to be addressed in order for the SER variant to work.“Merging existing pension rights into the new system must be legally underpinned, and the same goes for the abolition of the average pensions accrual and contributions,” said the adviser.During a discussion at the seminar, the attention was also drawn to the importance of independent advice for participants, who would be offered options for pensions accrual.Currently, the SER, the Pensions Federation and the Labour Foundation (StAR) are assessing the social and economic aspects of a transition of the current pensions plans to a new system.Last week, Jetta Klijnsma, state secretary for social affairs, announced that she would present a memorandum to the Dutch parliament with an assessment of the various alternatives, including the SER variant, before August.A new pensions system is expected to be implemented within the four-year term of the next government, following next March’s general election. Dutch pensions providers and asset managers are facing an enormous challenge if the country’s pensions system is to be based on individual pensions accrual with extensive risk-sharing, a strategic policy adviser of the €417bn asset manager APG has suggested.Speaking during a conference in Amsterdam organised by IRR, Jurre de Haan, said this alternative was nevertheless “very interesting” as an option to replace the defined benefit system in the Netherlands.De Haan, who also advised the Social and Economic Council (SER), which examined the individual account variant as the basis for a future system, emphasised however that the feasibility would depend on political decisions and support from the employers and workers.Among unions there is still significant resistance against a transition to a defined contribution-based system.last_img read more

Average CDI allocations double over 18 months, says report

first_imgAverage allocations to assets eligible for cashflow-driven investing (CDI) have more than doubled over the past 18 months, according to a study by financial technology company RiskFirst. The trend has been driven by increasing allocations to infrastructure investments and a reduction in traditional return-seeking investments, according to the report. The authors also said the findings could indicate that asset owners were expecting a recession in the next two years.The analysis was based on data drawn from RiskFirst’s risk management platform PFaroe servicing 3,000 pension plans and covering over £1trn of assets. A spokesman said the analysis was global but driven by data from UK asset owners and managers. According to the report, while asset owners’ and asset managers’ overall allocation to CDI-eligible assets had more than doubled since the beginning of 2018, return-seeking equity-like investments were also decreasing at a similar rate. It said: “This is more subtle than the previous decade’s move from equities into bonds, and the data shows that one of the biggest drivers has been increasing allocations to infrastructure investments.”It continued: “The investment trend to disinvest from equities during periods of recession and invest instead into fixed income types of instruments has been well tested over time. Many consultants and managers may well be anticipating a recession in the next 12 to 24 months, which would make the case for steady cashflow and fixed income assets even stronger for a well-funded defined benefit pension plan.”Matthew Seymour, CEO, RiskFirst, said: “While no one knows when the next recession will kick in, one thing is certain: CDI is a strategy whose time has come.”CDI matches the timing of the underlying cash inflows on the asset side with cash outflows on the liability side, in an attempt to provide better returns, on a risk-adjusted basis, than the traditional portfolio asset combinations of equities and bonds.This is usually achieved by re-allocating some of the return-seeking part of the portfolio into more alternative types of assets – such as private credit, infrastructure and insurance-linked securities – that rely on steady cashflow streams, usually with a lower probability of default over the duration of the respective asset.last_img read more

Amazing reno: Meet the home turning heads in Teneriffe

first_imgThe living room in the house at 320 Harcourt St, Teneriffe, after the renovation.Mr Walsh bought the original property off a friend five years ago when he was moving out of his apartment and looking for a project. It was a three-bedroom house on a 445 sqm block of land in the heart of Teneriffe, with two street frontages. “We were going to buy it, live in it for three or four years and develop two houses,” Mr Walsh said. They ended up subdividing the block, renovating the current house fronting Harcourt Street and building a new one fronting Small Street, which recently sold for $1.925 million — a huge price for a home on a tiny 215 sqm block. The front veranda on the house at 320 Harcourt St, Teneriffe, before it was renovated. The lighting in the kitchen after the renovation. The kitchen in the house at 320 Harcourt St, Teneriffe, before it was renovated. The back of the house at 320 Harcourt St, Teneriffe, after the renovation.Mr Walsh recruited the best in the business to take on the challenge of redeveloping his house at 320 Harcourt Street.It was designed by architect Joe Adsett and built by Graya Construction with Frank Developments.“What Graya and Frank did really well is achieve that fusion of old meets new,” Mr Walsh said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago“My brief was simple in theory in that I wanted a contemporary, executive-style home but one that struck that balance between maintaining original character and delivering something that almost felt brand new, which was extremely challenging.” The back deck on the house at 320 Harcourt St, Teneriffe, before it was renovated. The kitchen and dining area after the renovation. Frank Licastro and Mike Walsh in the property they have just renovated at 320 Harcourt St, Teneriffe. Image: AAP/Richard Walker.THERE’S nothing shy about Mike Walsh, so it’s no surprise his house is an absolute showstopper.When it came to renovating his first property, the young Brisbane executive went all out — hiring the big guns to transform a basic three-bedder into an inner-city architectural masterpiece that literally turns heads.“I’m a bit out there,” Mr Walsh said.“I wouldn’t say I’m an introvert!“I regularly get people driving past and stopping to take photos or come in to take a look.“From a visual perspective, the entrance from the exterior and the combination of materials used — timber, concrete, the white picket fence — it definitely stands out in the street.” Mr Walsh said the architect, Joe Adsett, came up with a clever design for the house that made it feel bigger than it actually was.“Any small lot development presents pretty great challenges,” he said.“When you’re inside, you do lose context of the fact you’re only on a 230 sqm block. “The house itself has about 450 sqm of living space.”The two-level house is built to the boundary of the property to make the most of the space.Outdoor and indoor living areas are integrated and design features such as high ceilings create the illusion of more space. The lounge room in the house at 320 Harcourt St, Teneriffe, before it was renovated. The front of the house after the renovation.Mr Walsh, who works in commercial real estate, spent more than $1 million to get the result he wanted — a contemporary, four-bedroom house with all the luxuries and conveniences of modern living with the charm of yesteryear.“The first level is probably my favourite area,” he said.“It’s where the dining, kitchen, living and outdoor areas all meet, with bi-fold doors opening it up and creating a sense of indoor/outdoor living.”But the project was not without its challenges.“Even for someone in property, this is the first house I’ve built and it was challenging,” Mr Walsh said.“The excavation of the rock turned out to be a lot more costly than I expected and there were noise issues outside of hours.“There were elements where I spent more money, but we were cost efficient in other areas.”Must-haves for Mr Walsh included installing a plunge pool, LED lighting in certain areas like the walk-in wardrobe, keyless entry and high quality finishes in the kitchen and living areas.“I know from an on sale point of view, (buyers are) going to be focused on those areas where most time is spent,” he said.“And never having to carry house keys everywhere is great!”The young executive said he planned to live in the property for “the next five to 10 years”.“It’s my for now house — for where I’m at in my life now,” he said.RENO FACT CHECKTime taken: 9 monthsTotal spend: $1mlast_img read more

Suspect in deadly terror attack in Mali killed during arrest attempt

first_imgA man suspected of being involved in a restaurant attack in Mali’s capital last week, was killed when a grenade he was carrying went off during a shoot-out with security agents trying to arrest him.Special forces had tracked down the suspect, identified as Mohamed Tamirou Cisse from the Gao region of northern Mali, in Bamako’s Magnambougou neighbourhood late on Thursday. Sahara-based Islamist group Al-Mourabitoun claimed responsibility for last week’s attack that killed a French citizen, a Belgian security officer and three Malians in a restaurant popular with expatriates. Cisse was thought to have thrown a grenade at a police vehicle as the attackers fled La Terrasse restaurantlast_img

Chavez back in Caracas after chemotherapy in Cuba

first_img Tweet Share Share NewsRegional Chavez back in Caracas after chemotherapy in Cuba by: – August 15, 2011 8 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Cuban President Raul Castro (L) bids farewell to Venezuelan President Hugo ChavezHAVANA, Cuba (SJ) — Venezuela´s President Hugo Chavez returned to Caracas Saturday evening after having concluded his second session of chemotherapy treatment in Cuba. Chavez was seen off at the Jose Marti International Airport by Cuban President Raul Castro, Juventud Rebelde newspaper reported on Sunday.Before departing Cuba, the Venezuelan president shared with Raul and Fidel Castro and he wrote on his Twitter account that he celebrated Fidel´s 85th birthday with him: “I´m here, with Fidel, celebrating his 85th anniversary! Long live Fidel!” said Chavez in a tweet @chavezcandanga,Chavez has been undergoing chemotherapy following the removal of a cancerous tumor in Havana last June 20.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

New York Times reporter questions Pence’s business experience

first_imgColumbus, In. — As Primary Election Day closes in the New York Times has published a piece that raises questions about the Greg Pence campaign for Congress.The article says Pence has declined debates and interviews, has no public schedule and releases after-the-fact campaign pictures via social media.The publication also takes a shot at Greg Pence’s business acumen. Pence was asked to join Kiel Brothers Oil Company after the death of his father in 1988. Over the next ten years, he rose to the position of president and began to make strategic decisions for the organization.By 2004 the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and faced $100 million in claims from creditors and more than $8 million in fines for leaking fuel tanks to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.Additionally, Pence served on the board of directors of the primary lender to the company, Home Federal Bank. On two occasions, Pence signed agreements making him personally responsible for the loans taken out for expansion, neither agreement was satisfied.Ultimately, Pence resigned from the bank board of directors and as president of Kiel Brother’s Oil Company in 2004.A link to the full article is here.last_img read more

Man who shot at police, then shot himself dies

first_imgJordan De Sayles, 35, who shot at Fort Pierce police officers during a traffic stop before shooting himself has died, police said.The incident took place on Sunday morning around 3 am in the 500 block of Orange Avenue. Police pulled over De Sayles and once he got out of the car, he fired shots at the officers.Police shot back, and De Sayles attempted to take cover inside a nearby building.Officers tried to get De Sayles to surrender but instead he shot himself. He was taken to local hospital and was in critical condition.Fort Pierce police spokeswoman April Lee announced that he has died of a self-inflicted wound on Thursday, and all officers involved were placed on administrative leave.last_img