Helen McCrory & More Set for Hytner’s Final National Theatre Season

first_imgLondon’s National Theatre has announced its plans for the 2014-15 season, which will be the final year for Nicholas Hytner before stepping down as Artistic Director. The lineup includes a revival of Euripides’s Medea with Helen McCrory in the title role, a new play by Tom Stoppard directed by Hytner and as previously announced, George Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman starring Ralph Fiennes. View Comments The first production of the season will be Medea, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell, which will open in July at the Olivier Theatre. Headlined by McCrory, her extensive theater credits include Uncle Vanya at the Donmar Warehouse, an Olivier Award-winning turn as Rosalind in As You Like It and Henrik Ibsen’s Rosmersholm at the Almeida Theatre. She has appeared in films such as Hugo, Skyfall, and the Harry Potter series. This will be followed by three new plays by Rona Munro: James I: The Key Will Keep The Lock; James II: Day Of The Innocents and James III: The True Mirror. Directed by Laurie Sansom, the productions will evoke three generations of Stewart Kings who ruled Scotland in the 15th century and play in the Olivier Theatre from September. In The Shed, David Henry Hwang’s Yellow Face will open in May, directed by Alex Sims. It will be followed by a new play by Polly Stenham, Hotel, opening in June, directed by Maria Aberg.center_img The new Stoppard play, currently untitled, will open at the Dorfman Theatre in January 2015 under Hytner’s direction. Rules for Living, a new play by Sam Holcroft and directed by Marianne Elliott, will begin performances at the Dorfman in March. The Lyttelton Theatre will host a new play by Richard Bean, directed by Hytner, this summer. Enda Walsh’s Ballyturk will play in the venue in September, followed by Lloyd Newson’s DV8 Physical Theatre with a new production, John, in October and in December a new play by Tena Stivicic, which will be directed by Howard Davies. Man and Superman, starring Fiennes, will subsequently open in the Lyttelton in February 2015. A new play from David Hare, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, adapted from the book by Katherine Boo and directed by incoming artistic director Rufus Norris, will open at the Olivier in November. The venue will play host to Robert Louis Stephenson’s classic Treasure Island, adapted by Bryony Lavery and directed by Polly Findlay from December.last_img read more


Cast Set for Matthew Perry’s The End of Longing

first_imgMatthew Perry has found his London Friends! Christina Cole (The Magistrate), Jennifer Mudge (Into The Woods) and Lloyd Owen (The Bodyguard) will join Perry in the world premiere of his playwriting debut, The End of Longing. Directed by Lindsay Posner, the bittersweet and comic new show is scheduled to run for a limited engagement February 2 through May 14.Meet Jack (Perry), Stephanie (Mudge), Joseph (Owen) and Stevie (Cole): four lost souls, entering their forties and searching for meaning. After sharing one raucous night together in a downtown Los Angeles bar, their lives become irreversibly entwined in a rollercoaster journey that forces them to confront the darker sides of their relationships.Opening night is set for February 11 at the Playhouse Theatre. View Commentslast_img read more


Marathon Pursuit (2/3): Going for the Long Run

first_imgMarathon Pursuit (2/3): Going for the Long RunThe day was ambitious indeed. 15 miles is no easy jog in the park. The sore feet and achy knees, the long stretch of road, and the shear amount of time to keep yourself entertained; a lot goes into running the same distance as a 20 minute car ride. The forecast was calling for rain and rain it provided. It seemed the moment I started using the running shoes on my feet, a steady drizzle was there to accompany it. And two hours later, the rain never stopped.Somewhere between the start and end of the 15 miles, discouraging thoughts drifted between my tired legs and weary mind. The hills kept coming and the rain never stopped. For a moment it wasn’t fun. It wasn’t until my shuttle picked me up on the wet road and I climbed into the heated front seat did I began to appreciate the feet at hand.It wasn’t the farthest I’ve run or even the fastest. An inevitable nasally cold followed the 15 miles of running in the rain, but I knew in the back of my head I gone out and done what I had set out to do; go for the long run. I went to sleep easy that night with the day’s progress putting me to bed. I had managed to stay on track. I had crossed a new finish line and with the red-tape behind me, I woke up one day closer to the Big Race (Richmond Marathon, November 10th).Finish LineWith the new sun and the long run the day before, I was able to rest easy and kick my feet up; progress had been made. With running and training for a marathon, progress can be easily measured. Distance and time, that’s all you really need to know. But running, and seeing the value of that progress, allows me to see there are other achievements that get lost in the name of the Big Picture.It is important in marathon training to track your progress so that the 26.2 is just another long run in the history of many. But perhaps that same logic applies outside of the long runs and time on the road. A lot of people have secret ambitions, dreams they have night after night, unnoticed or not, that they strive for in the daytime, a naked ambition that lies under uniforms and clothes. Everyone has this, somewhere deep down and possibly hidden, and the only way to climb higher to your goals is to occasionally look beneath your feet to see how far you’ve come. To take that time to see what you have built and to know you are closer to the clouds then you were a day before.Get outside and play, understand your true-progress, and go for the long run.-Bradlast_img read more


4th Regional Forum of Family Accommodation in Zadar County

first_imgZadar County Chamber is organizing the fourth Regional Forum of Family Accommodation of Zadar County, which will be held on March 14, at 10 am, in the concert hall Kneževa plače, at Poljana Šime Budinića 3.Regionalni Forum obiteljskog smještaja (FOS) regionalni je skup pružatelja ugostiteljskih usluga u domaćinstvu, koji razmatra aktualne teme te nudi edukativne sadržaje i umrežavanje s ponuđačima proizvoda i usluga za obiteljski smještaj. FOS okuplja vlasnike pružatelje ugostiteljskih usluga u sobama, apartmanima, kućama za odmor i kampovima u domaćinstvu te u pansionima i seoskim domaćinstvima, a zanimljiv je za sve mikro i male poduzetnike koji prate aktualne promjene i trendove u obiteljskom smještaju.This year’s forum will host a panel discussion on current problems that burden the business of family accommodation, will present trends in family accommodation, effective marketing tools and everything else that can help family accommodation owners to monitor fast-growing trends in domestic and foreign tourism market. B2B meetings of exhibitors will also be held, who will present their services specialized in improving family accommodation and will be available for all questions and the possibility of business cooperation.Participation is free with the previous one registration online the pattern below. The application deadline is March 12.last_img read more


Coal miner Bukit Asam to disburse ‘biggest payout ratio’ in company history

first_imgArviyan assured that the payments would not affect Bukit Asam’s cash flow. The coal miner is still pocketing Rp 8 trillion in cash reserves from 2019 and expects to gain more liquidity this year.Bukit Asam, publicly listed at the Indonesian Stock Exchange (IDX) as PTBA, saw its profit slump to Rp 4.06 trillion last year, down 19.1 percent from the previous year, amid weakening coal demand and prices globally.Read also: Bukit Asam, Adaro profits fall on weak coal pricesMeanwhile, PTBA’s parent company, MIND.ID, a state-owned mining holding company, saw its debt triple year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 78.3 trillion in the third quarter of 2019, following the acquisition of gold and copper mining giant PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI). Coal mining heavyweight PT Bukit Asam is set to pay Rp 3.65 trillion (US$258.7 million) in dividends — claimed as the biggest payout ratio in the company’s history — to its shareholders, mainly its heavily indebted parent company, MIND.ID.The dividends amounted to 90 percent of company profits booked the previous year, also known as the payout ratio, Bukit Asam president director Arviyan Arifin said on Wednesday.“This is the biggest payout ratio in Bukit Asam’s history and maybe, in the history of publicly listed companies,” he said during an online press conference.  The mining holding company, which operates under the name PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Inalum),  raised $2.5 billion from a global bond offering in May. The bonds were oversubscribed by a factor of 6.4, indicating strong investor appetite.Bukit Asam also announced its new board of directors and commissioners on Wednesday. Notably, the company promoted Hadis Surya Palapa to operations director and appointed Irwandy Arif as commissioner.Hadis, who was formerly Bukit Asam’s corporate secretary, will be replacing Suryo Eko Hadianto, who was appointed MIND.ID’s business transformation director late last year.Irwandy Arif is a special advisor on mining with the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry. He also chairs the Indonesian Mining Institute (IMI) think tank.PTBA stocks declined slightly by 0.84 percent from the previous trading day to Rp 2,370 apiece on Wednesday.Topics :last_img read more


Unmanned Cargo Ship Development Alliance Launched in Shanghai

first_imgIndustry bodies in China, led by HNA Technology Logistics Group and China Classification Society (CSS), have established what is now known as the unmanned cargo ship development alliance.Supported by experts from the ABS, DNV GL, Chinese ship and Marine Engineering Design Institute, Shanghai Marine Diesel Engine Research Institute, among others, the alliance is expected to have a profound impact on the industry.According to Li Weijian, Vice Chairman of HNA Technology Logistics Group, unmanned cargo transport development alliance is not only the organizer and leader of future shipping development, but founder and facilitator of technical product rules.CSS said that it will work together with the industry to carry out unmanned cargo transport and related technology research, establish unmanned ship standard, promote the revision of the regulations, and provide assessment, verification and inspection services for the industry.The alliance intends to become a pioneer in the adaptation of shipping and shipbuilding industry to the rapid change of market and technology, and believes that there will be broad prospects for the application of the outcome.The alliance plans to invite more scientific and technical research institutions, industry and end-users to participate, and develop cooperation in the areas of unmanned cargo transport development, ship manufacturing and operation.It is expected that the first unmanned cargo ship would be delivered in 2021, becoming the pioneer for the future shipping mode.last_img read more


Consultation Open for Lincolnshire Coastal Strategy

first_imgThe Environment Agency (EA) is launching a consultation on Monday, June 3rd on its new draft strategy to manage coastal flood risk between Saltfleet and Gibraltar Point over the next 100 years.The EA’s existing flood management approach for the Lincolnshire area is to nourish beaches on an annual basis to replenish sand lost to the sea over the year.This approach, without any additional control measures, is unlikely to remain a sustainable long term solution, reported the EA. This consultation provides residents, business owners and other stakeholders with an opportunity to give their views on the new strategy.The draft strategy proposes a new approach, which looks to introduce rock structures onto the beach in combination with continued beach nourishment to reduce sand movement.The configuration and exact size of the structures will be determined through detailed analysis and technical appraisals during the delivery phase of the strategy.Commenting on the new draft strategy, EA Flood and Coastal Risk manager Deborah Campbell said: “This draft strategy proposes a new approach to coastal flood risk management, which will help us continue to manage flood risk for thousands of homes in Lincolnshire over the next 100 years.”“Last year we consulted with the community on a shortlist of six options. We are very pleased to now present this strategy following rigorous environmental, technical and economical assessments as well as wide engagement with residents and other stakeholders,” Campbell added.This public consultation is open for a twelve-week period and the EA invites everyone to get involved and share their views.last_img read more


Childhood obesity an emerging problem in Montserrat

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Sharecenter_img HealthLifestyle Childhood obesity an emerging problem in Montserrat by: – February 7, 2012 18 Views   no discussions Photo credit: howtolosebellyfatsoon.comBRADES, Montserrat (GIU) — Childhood obesity and overweight is an emerging problem in Montserrat says the Ministry of Health and a screening programme has begun to decrease the disease burden among youth.Childhood obesity is a condition where excess body fat negatively affects a child’s health or wellbeing. As methods to determine body fat directly are difficult, the diagnosis of obesity is often based on Basic metabolic rate (BMI). “Due to the rising prevalence of obesity in children and its many adverse health effects it is being recognized as a serious public health concern,” a statement from the ministry said.One of the ministry’s objectives in the 2011-2012 Operational Plan is to strengthen the Maternal and Child Health Programme through enhanced strategies to address childhood obesity by March 2012. This will enable the staff to collect data on the BMI for the seven to nine year olds and also increase the opportunity for interventions such as counselling and or exercise programs and referrals.The programme commenced on 23 January.A statement from the ministry said, “The first problems to occur in obese children are usually emotional or psychological. Childhood obesity however can also lead to life-threatening conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, sleeping problems, cancer and other disorders. It is the Ministry’s goal to address obesity and detect as early as possible and correct any correctable defects that are present at this stage of your child’s life.”by Nerissa Goldenlast_img read more


Grenadian attorney demands outside help to investigate fatal beating

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Derick Sylvester says the post mortem determined Oscar Bartholomew (pictured above) died as a result of trauma to the head. (Photo: Bartholomew family)ST GEORGE’s, Grenada — The attorney representing the wife of a Grenadian-born Canadian who died Tuesday, hours after being beaten allegedly by police officers, has demanded that an investigator be brought in from another jurisdiction to ensure that an independent probe is conducted into the matter.Derick Sylvester said the investigation into the circumstances leading to the death of the 39-year-old Oscar Bartholomew should be “unbiased, clear and open”.“We’re concerned that to date, no one has been detained and or arrested in relation to this matter,” he told a media conference yesterday.The attorney said the post mortem determined Bartholomew died as a result of trauma to the head, and had multiple skull fractures and a brain haemorrhage.Police Commissioner, Wilan Thompson, said the officer in charge of the police station in the eastern parish of St. David where the incident reportedly occurred has been replaced, while two others are assisting with the investigation.“To date, all the officers who were present at the station at the time of the incident have had a preliminary interview. Reports have also been submitted by the officers,” he said.“Further, some officers at the station will be reassigned to other areas so as to allow the investigation to proceed quickly and unimpeded.”But Sylvester said authorities should seek outside assistance “to ensure that it (the investigation) is fair because justice is all about perception. You can’t have the cat watching the cheese…”He said there appeared to be a “breeding of police brutality in the country” with numerous lawsuits filed against law enforcement officers over the last 10 years.On Wednesday, Prime Minister Tillman Thomas visited the family of the deceased and expressed sorrow at the incident. He said the Attorney General’s Chambers has been asked to assist with the investigation.“I have directed the respective government departments and agencies, including the Attorney General’s Chambers, to provide the support necessary for the full and unimpeded investigation of this occurrence,” Thomas stated.Bartholomew died at hospital, a day after he was arrested for assaulting an officer.This followed an incident in which he reportedly hugged a plainclothes female police officer whom he mistook for an old friend.Caribbean 360 News 69 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share NewsRegional Grenadian attorney demands outside help to investigate fatal beating by: – December 31, 2011last_img read more


Siasia, Akanni lament as COVID-19 stalls CAS hearing

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules FG sensitises stakeholders on safe school reopening template A former Super Eagles Head Coach, Samson Siasia, is lamenting the postponement of his match-fixing allegation hearing slated for Lausanne, Switzerland on March 19 due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic. The disease, which is currently ravaging Europe, US, Asia and other parts of the world, has forced the Court of Arbitration for Sport to postpone Siasia’s invitation to the European country indefinitely. Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Thursday, Siasia described the postponement of his invitation as sad. According to him, being well and healthy in these trying times is more important. COVID-19, known also as coronavirus, has struck the global community with Europe currently having the lion’s share of people killed so far by the virus. It will be recalled that FIFA had handed a lifetime ban on Siasia, 52, in August 2019 for alleged match-fixing. Switzerland is currently on lockdown because of the disease and was listed among 13 countries whose citizens had been banned by the Federal Government from entering Nigeria. Siasia said: “It is sad, honestly, but there is nothing anybody can do at this moment other than to pray that this virus disappears. “Being alive is the most important thing, although being able to work is important, but we have to stay alive first to make the money.” Siasia, however, pleaded with CAS to grant him permission to continue coaching, pending when his case would be heard after the March 19 scheduled date for the hearing. He said: “I think it will be kind and fair of them if CAS will allow me to coach, pending when moving around will be safe again.” In the same vein, Siasia’s associate, Waidi Akanni, who was also Siasia’s former teammate during their active days as footballers, urged CAS to allow Siasia to continue with his coaching career, pending a new date for the hearing. Akanni said: “Nobody knows when the coronavirus will be eradicated. “That’s like putting his life on hold. “This is sad as it is, but the only fair thing to do is to allow him coach until a new date is fixed. “This is his life. “Most likely the only thing he knows how to do. “We can only appeal that he is given a soft-landing until the coronavirus thing blows away.” Siasia was a 1994 Africa Cup of Nations winner with the Super Eagles in Tunisia. He also played in Nigeria’s maiden appearance at USA ’94 World Cup, where he scored a goal against a Diego Maradona-led Albiceleste of Argentina. The former striker played over 50 times for Nigeria, scoring 16 goals. As a coach, he led Nigeria’s U-20 and U-23 sides to continental successes in 2005 and 2015 respectively. He also guided the U-20s to a runner-up finish at the 2005 World Youth Championships (as it was then known) in the Netherlands. Siasia is the most decorated African football coach at the Olympics, winning silver at the Beijing Games in 2008 and bronze at the 2016 Games in Rio. NAN.Tags: CASCOVID-19Federal GovernmentFIFASamson Siasialast_img read more