Angels in America Alum Amanda Lawrence Cast in National Theatre’s Top Girls

first_img Casting is complete for the upcoming West End staging of Caryl Churchill’s wildly innovative 1982 play Top Girls, appearing for the first time at the National Theatre. Lyndsey Turner will direct the previously announced production, slated to begin previews on March 26, 2019 ahead of an April 3 opening night.The ensemble cast will include three-time Olivier nominee Katherine Kingsley (Piaf) as Marlene, Amanda Lawrence (recently seen on Broadway in Angels in America) as Pope Joan, Liv Hill (Jellyfish) as Angie, Wendy Kweh (The Bill) as Lady Nijo, Ashley McGuire (Murphy’s Law) as Dull Gret, Ashna Rabheru (Indian Summers) as Kit and Siobhan Redmond (Twelfth Night) as Isabella Bird, with further casting to be announced.Top Girls follows Marlene (Kingsley), the first woman to head the Top Girls employment agency—but she has no plans to stop there. With a spirit of optimism consuming the country, Marlene knows that the future belongs to women like her.The production will feature set design by Ian MacNeil, costume design by Merle Hensel, lighting design by Jack Knowles and sound design by Christopher Shutt. Performances are currently scheduled to run through April 22.Top Girls first debuted in a 1982 production at the Royal Court Theatre, months later arriving in the U.S. at off-Broadway’s Public Theater, winning Churchill an Obie Award. The play made its Broadway premiere years later, in a 2008 staging at the Biltmore Theatre. Amanda Lawrence(Photo: Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com) View Commentslast_img read more

Norwich initiates income share program to tackle affordability

first_imgNorwich University,Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University, the oldest private military college in the United States, has announced a new income share agreement initiative aimed at improving affordability, student retention, and degree completion. Beginning in fall 2018, Norwich undergraduate students will have the opportunity to opt-in to an innovative financing model in which they will pay reduced tuition in exchange for a set percentage of income after graduation over a set period of time.As financial barriers and loan aversion continue to pose challenges(link is external) for students’ college-going aspirations, persistence, and degree attainment, higher education institutions are turning to new strategies in an effort to expand access, increase affordability, and reduce the risk associated with paying for college. A growing number of colleges and universities have recently implemented ISAs as a new, student-centric model that aligns costs with outcomes.“Norwich University is committed to offering this new way to help pay for college in a way that aligns incentives and helps reduce financial barriers to degree completion,” Norwich University Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer Lauren Wobby said. “The new Norwich ISA program has the potential to increase educational access and attainment for our students.”To develop its ISA program, Norwich tapped Vemo Education, a Virginia-based education technology company that works with higher education institutions to design, implement, and maintain income share agreement initiatives. Last year, Vemo powered $23 million of ISAs at a cross-section of colleges and universities across the country, including Purdue University, Lackawanna College in Pennsylvania, and Clarkson University in New York.“In many cases, the college degree remains a prerequisite for social and economic mobility — but rising costs and questions about affordability often lead students to underinvest in their higher education or not finish their degree program,” Co-founder and CEO of Vemo Education Tonio DeSorrento said. “Income share agreements can address this challenge, supporting college-going aspiration among the students who can benefit the most from higher education.”Known as the “birthplace of ROTC” (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps), Norwich University was founded in 1819 and now serves more than 2,400 undergraduates. The university’s new program, the first ISA initiative offered at one of the nation’s six designated senior military colleges, includes opportunities for sophomores, juniors, and seniors to opt into income share agreements. Seniors will also have access to a specialized ISA program designed to close funding gaps in their final semesters and help them complete their degree.About Vemo EducationVemo Education is an educational technology company that partners with colleges and universities to design, implement, and maintain income-based financing programs to address institutional goals ranging from educational access and opportunity to degree completion. Vemo Education’s team is committed to working with schools to use income-based financing to increase educational access, attainment, and reduce the risk of financing higher education. Learn more at www.vemo.com(link is external).Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu(link is external)Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation.Source: Norwich 7.19.2018last_img read more

Bustling in Busselton: new IRONMAN 70.3 Western Australia

first_imgIRONMAN has today announced the addition of the IRONMAN 70.3 Western Australia triathlon which will take place concurrently with the SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia triathlon on 4 December 2016, in Busselton, Western Australia.Incorporating the iconic Busselton Jetty, IRONMAN Western Australia is ‘renowned worldwide for being the place to go for a personal best’. The bike and run courses are among the flattest on the global IRONMAN circuit; and the inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 event will be no different, with an almost identical course profile to the IRONMAN race that includes a start from a pontoon at the end of the jetty.“SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia is an iconic event, with one of the most popular swims on the IRONMAN circuit. We are delighted to add an IRONMAN 70.3 race to the weekend’s events, which allows us to give more of our athletes the chance to experience this stunning course,” said Dave Beeche, Managing Director of IRONMAN Oceania.“The Busselton Jetty is such an integral part of SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia and having it provide such a world class start line for the IRONMAN 70.3 event will make this race a fast favourite amongst our athletes as well.”With the addition of the IRONMAN 70.3 Western Australia triathlon, the picturesque town of Busselton will now host three IRONMAN events.“The Busselton Festival of Triathlon, which incorporates IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton, remains one of our most popular events, and we continue to work closely with Triathlon Western Australia to ensure the success of that great race as well,” Beeche added.“Triathlon WA is again proud to stage IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton as part of the 2017 Busselton Festival of Triathlon across the weekend of May 6-7 2017,” said Peter Minchin, Executive Director Triathlon WA.“The 2017 edition will the 16th staging of this event in Busselton by Triathlon WA. The addition of an IRONMAN 70.3 distance event to IRONMAN Western Australia further positions Busselton as the home of long course racing in WA and provides another opportunity for athletes and their supporters to experience everything great that Busselton and the SouthWest has to offer.”IRONMAN 70.3 Western Australia will be an age-group athlete race offering 30 qualifying slots for the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship taking place in Chattanooga, Tennessee.Registration for IRONMAN 70.3 Western Australia will open at 11am AEST, on Thursday 14 July. Registration for IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton will open at 08:00 on Tuesday 18 October.www.ironman.com/westernaustralia70.3www.busseltonfestivaloftriathlon.com.au Relatedlast_img read more

Dixon flourishes in international play

first_imgDixon flourishes in international playTori Dixon competed in the Pan American Cup last week in Mexico. Daily File Photo, Anthony KwanGophers middle blocker Tori Dixon spikes the ball during a match against North Dakota State on Sept. 10, 2012, at the Sports Pavilion. Jack SatzingerJune 25, 2014Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintTori Dixon’s transition to the international game has been a smooth one.Dixon, who played for former Olympic coach Hugh McCutcheon at the University of Minnesota, has been improving at a rapid pace.The U.S. women’s volleyball team lost to the Dominican Republic in the Pan American Cup championship Thursday, but Dixon left the competition in Mexico with a trophy in hand. She earned the title of the competition’s best blocker.“I thought I played probably my best tournament with the USA uniform on,” Dixon said.Dixon is less than a year removed from her last match with the Gophers and is quickly adjusting to the demands of international play.McCutcheon had a hand in that preparation, Dixon said, especially since the U.S. and Minnesota teams run similar systems.“I think we apply similar principles in modes of learning,” McCutcheon said.McCutcheon coached the U.S. men’s volleyball team to a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. In 2012, he led the U.S. women’s team to a second-place finish.McCutcheon left the national team to coach the Gophers. U.S. assistant coach Jamie Morrison is one of the coaches who is currently mentoring Dixon.“She’s growing into being a large contributor on our team. She’s getting better at a very fast rate, and that excites us,” he said. Dixon has rounded out her offensive game, Morrison said, and by playing more international games, she’ll grow as a player.“For her, it’s about gaining international experience. The game is played in different ways in different parts of the world, and she needs to see all of those in order to be the best volleyball player that she can be,” Morrison said.Dixon is living in Anaheim, Calif., this summer, but she’s hardly settled. After spending time in Mexico for the championship, she’s visiting Minnesota this weekend to move out of her college apartment.From there, the first-team All-American will play in California and Hawaii for the USA Volleyball Cup.All of that traveling and change could knock a young professional like Dixon off her game, but Morrison said she’s exceptionally resilient.“The thing that I think has impressed us the most the entire time is just [that] she’s steady,”Morrison said. “She doesn’t have many ups or downs. She kind of stays the same.”Dixon’s ability to quickly adjust to the international game and keep a level head could take her far, perhaps even as far as the Olympics — the pinnacle of international play and a place familiar to McCutcheon.“She’s more than capable of becoming one of the best middle blockers in the United States,” Morrison said. “Maybe even one of the best middle blockers in the world.”last_img read more

Study: Married women have a better sex life when they own property

first_imgShare on Twitter Share LinkedIn New research has found an association between property ownership and a satisfying sexual life among married women in Vietnam. The findings, published in the journal Sex Roles, suggest that women tend to be more sexually satisfied when they are less dependent on their spouse.“Sexuality is no longer a taboo topic in the Vietnamese society; however there remains a ‘pleasure deficit’ in existing research on women’s sexual well-being,” said study author Trang Thu Do of the Institute for Social Development Studies in Hanoi.“Most studies tend to focus on reproduction or problematic sexual behaviours or negative aspects of sexuality such as violence or ill-health. We conducted this study in hopes of diverting attention to understanding positive and pleasurable dimensions of sexuality and abandon the long-ingrained belief that the exercise and enjoyment of sexual pleasure primarily lies with men.” Share on Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Email The researchers analyzed data from 2,783 married women collected from a national survey called the Social Determinants of Gender Inequality in Vietnam. The survey asked participants several questions about their sex life, along with other factors like monthly income, education, and property ownership.“We found a number of findings to our surprise. For instance, age did not predict married women’s sexual satisfaction. Our analysis showed that although the frequency of sexual activities may decrease when women became older, their level of sexual satisfaction does not necessarily decline,” Trang told PsyPost.Women who had a bank account in their own name, as well as held total or partial ownership over their housing tended to feel more satisfied with their sexual life.“The most notable result was the association between the ownership of property and higher level of sexual satisfaction. We interpreted that a woman’s status of property ownership might denote her decision-making power in the family, including bargaining capacity in her sexual life,” Trang said.“It might also affect the way she is perceived and treated by her partner, as well as the egalitarianism of her partner. Men in more equal marriages might be less likely to prioritize their own sexual drives and experiences. Instead, they are more likely to show their wives more respect, paying more attention to creating a ‘balance of pleasure’ for both themselves and their partner,” she explained.Likewise, women with higher incomes also tended to report higher levels of sexual satisfaction.But the study — like all research — includes some limitations.“Data on spouse’s sexual satisfaction was not available so consistency of responses related to sexual behaviours between wife and husband could not be tested. We hope that our future research can analyse couple data. With that we can have a deeper understanding of women’s sexual satisfaction in relation to and comparison with that of their spouse,” Trang said.“We hope that our research can inform policy makers, practitioners and academia working on women’s empowerment and well-being. We look forward to the growth of attention to approaching female sexuality through a positive lens. Enjoyment and pleasurable aspects of sexuality should be viewed as an integral part of women’s overall well-being and need to be considered in programs/initiatives aimed to enhance women’s rights, status and quality of life.”The study, “More Property, Better Sex? The Relationship Between Property Ownership and Sexual Satisfaction Among Married Vietnamese Women“, was authored by Trang Thu Do, Hong Thu Khuat, and Anh Thi Van Nguyen.last_img read more

Goodyear Directors Re-Elected at 2009 Annual Meeting

first_imgAKRON, Ohio — Shareholders of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. re-elected 11 members of the company’s board of directors at the company’s Annual Meeting held earlier this week. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Re-elected were: ·    James Boland, retired vice chairman, Cavaliers Operating Company LLC; ·    James Firestone, executive vice president and president, corporate operations, Xerox Corp.; ·    Robert Keegan, chairman, chief executive officer and president, Goodyear; ·    W. Alan McCollough, retired chairman and chief executive officer, Circuit City Stores Inc. ·    Denise Morrison, senior vice president and president, North America Soup, Sauces and Beverages, Campbell Soup Co.; ·    Rodney O’Neal, chief executive officer and president, Delphi Corp.; ·    Shirley Peterson, retired partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP; ·    Stephanie Streeter, former chairman and chief executive officer, Banta Corp. and interim chief executive officer, United States Olympic Committee; ·    G. Craig Sullivan, retired chairman and chief executive officer, The Clorox Co.; ·    Thomas Weidemeyer, retired senior vice president and chief operating officer, United Parcel Service Inc.; and ·    Michael Wessel, president, The Wessel Group Inc. Steven Minter, retired president and executive director, The Cleveland Foundation, did not stand for re-election and has retired from the Board of Directors. “Goodyear and the board of directors are deeply grateful for Steve Minter’s leadership and guidance during his 24 years of service to the company,” Keegan said. Board proposals to amend the company’s Amended Articles of Incorporation and Code of Regulations were approved by shareholders. The appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the company’s independent registered public accounting firm for 2009 was also approved by shareholders at the meeting.last_img read more

Udall Presses Boeing Executives On Lax Safety Culture Resulting In Two Fatal Crashes

first_imgUdall moved forward to ask Boeing executives to demonstrate accountability. “Mr. Muilenburg, you showed some emotion earlier when the families who lost loved ones stood up,” Udall said. “What should come from that emotion is some action to do something to really make a difference.” Holding executives accountable for prior Boeing statements casting the blame on pilots: “You and others in your company blamed the deceased pilots, and the culture of the countries where the crashes occurred, for the accidents,” Udall said. “But from what we’ve seen in the last year since the crash is that Boeing’s own culture is more blameworthy for installing a faulty system that resulted in too many deaths and could have caused more. This culture starts at the top.” Muilenburg replied that Boeing is “responsible for our airplanes. We are responsible and we own that. Regardless of cause, any accident is unacceptable.” U.S. SENATE News: Video of Udall’s questioning is available HERE. Udall has been an advocate of strong oversight and accountability in aviation safety, calling for an aviation safety hearing in 2018 after the engine failure of a Southwest Airlines flight that caused the death of Jennifer Riordan, a beloved member of the Albuquerque community, and pushing for subsequent FAA action to ensure safer airplane engines. Raising concerns about lack of FAA oversight leading to safety violations: Highlights from Udall’s questioning of Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg include: U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Udall grounded his questioning in the human impact felt by families of those killed in the 737 MAX 8 crashes. “I first want to say to the families who stood up that I’m very moved by you being here, and your losses are very heartfelt across the committee here,” Udall said. “The thing that really bothers me is knowing that this was preventable. It makes it even more outrageous that we haven’t made the kind of dramatic changes that I want to talk to the CEO here about.” Udall responded by noting that, “It’s a relationship that didn’t work for the consumers, and for your employees that went down in those flights.” Udall pressed the Boeing leaders to take responsibility for their company’s culture and business processes in order to prevent future accidents. “If Boeing could not guarantee that pilots were prepared to fly these jets, your company should not have sold them,” Udall said. “Did anyone in Boeing question, hesitate, or raise any issues prior to selling the 737 MAX 8 with this software to Lion Air or Ethiopian Air?” Muilenburg replied that Boeing “[has] a respectful relationship with the FAA, but we certainly have had our disagreements.” Calling for concrete commitments to reform safety legislation:“For this committee to coalesce around the solution that’s really going to move us forward would require you to step forward and specifically say what you support, and I haven’t seen you do that in all of the questioning,” Udall said. “You’ve been asked over and over again—what would you support?” Udall responded by stating that Muilenburg’s change in tone “is welcome, but Boeing’s culture came out early on.” “It’s absolutely clear that your … relationship with the FAA is much too cozy,” Udall said. “What is it that you’re going to commit to specifically in terms of reform? And so that’s why you’re up here and that’s what we want to see you do is to weigh in with us and say ‘this is what would make a difference, this is what would make it safer, this is what we can do so we don’t lose passengers like this in the future—or the crew.’” Questioning Boeing’s internal safety review process: WASHINGTON, D.C. ― Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, questioned Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg and Vice President John Hamilton about the company’s “cozy” relationship with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulators and commitments to reform in the aftermath of two fatal crashes involving the 737 MAX 8 jet. Video of Udall’s questioning is available HERE.last_img read more

War of words breaks out over industrial trust’s refinancing

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Beresfords pair to appeal

first_imgFormer Beresfords solicitors Jim Beresford and Douglas Smith are appealing against the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal’s decision to have them struck off. In December, the tribunal found the pair guilty of eight breaches of solicitors’ practice rules in their handling of cases under the Coal Health Compensation Scheme. A spokesman for Beresfords said that an appeal has been filed to the High Court. A skeleton argument will be submitted to the court next week. The spokesman for the Doncaster firm added: ‘The appeal has been entered and steps now taken to put this whole matter and circumstances, for the first time and after many years, before an independent, legal and objective court of law. It is a great pity that the former Beresfords’ partners were not able to do this a long time ago. Any suggestion of dishonesty and conduct unbefitting is, has and always will be, strongly refuted.’ The tribunal hearing was one of several to follow alleged irregularities surrounding the compensation scheme. The tribunal heard that the firm received more than £132m in fees after handling 97,500 claims and took a share of compensation intended for miners on top of fees automatically received from the government.last_img read more

Why we must transform

first_imgThe housing, construction and education ministers recently issued a joint response to my review of the UK’s construction labour model entitled Modernise or Die.The title was deliberately chosen to jolt the industry and the government into recognising the scale of the problems we face. Some people have not liked the negativity of the headline, but I make absolutely no apologies for this. It was meant to provoke a reaction, and if we are going to sort things out once and for all, it’s time to stop dancing around the real issues. It is therefore good to see that government has apparently listened, with ministers acknowledging the overall diagnosis, the seriousness of the prognosis, and supporting the overall direction that I recommend for industry to future-proof itself.No doubt the government’s interest in acknowledging and hopefully helping to deal with these problems is driven by political reality rather than deep-seated emotional attachment to construction’s welfare. Although we have not had the political support that the automotive and aerospace industries have, we must now seize the opportunity in the upcoming “sector deal” to help resolve our issues.The current government’s promises in terms of housing and infrastructure delivery, training and skills development, combined with the risks posed by Brexit mean the burning platform we have been sitting on for so long has effectively been doused in petrol. The sector deal is our chance to ask the government to help us build a new platform.If the industry chooses not to reform, with or without government support, the simple upshot is that the future prosperity of the UK is at risk. We are entering a period where we will be losing more workers than we are gaining, and this rate of attrition has every chance of worsening.If the industry chooses not to reform, with or without government support, the upshot is that the future prosperity of the UK is at riskWe simply will not be able to increase our physical output. The recent spate of poor financial results from large contractors at a time when industry output has been booming can only serve to act as a prompt that something is seriously and systemically wrong with construction.Some will say we are a resilient industry and our current problems are chronic, recurring and nothing out of the ordinary. I disagree. I would suggest that looking at what has happened in the past gives us little indication of what the future may hold. There are unprecedented structural, societal and demographic changes under way that mean historic datasets and behavioural precedents have reducing relevance going forward.The stakes are high. We need to be moving quickly to a more integrated delivery model that uses innovation in physical construction processes combined with different procurement approaches that focus on aligned interests and outcomes. We need to be attacking waste and inefficiency at every opportunity to fund the right levels of margins needed to be sustainable but ultimately affordable to end consumers.The sector also needs a new breed of workers. Digitalisation must be the enabler of every process and discipline from architecture to stone masonry. This is the only way we are going to successfully engage with Generation Z, who represent our potential intake of new workers for the next decade.We are pitched in a war for talent against industries that are much more aligned to the way the latest generation has grown up. We need to attract more people but also maximise retention through sustainable and interesting long-term career opportunities, as well as improving productivity in a way that still motivates and excites. Although the innovation imperative must ultimately lead and define skills development, without sufficient high-quality appropriately skilled resources, our industry will slowly spiral into decline.I have repeatedly said that clients have a key role to play in reforming our industry. The government’s decision to hold off on my suggestion of a future client levy to force modernisation is, at this stage, the right one. I proposed it as a last resort and was not seeking immediate implementation.If it has to come back on the table in the medium to long term, it will unfortunately mean that clients will have much bigger problems on their hands than avoiding a 0.5% surcharge. Let’s all hope we don’t get to that point and the carrot of better outcomes for all avoids the need for a stick.I sense a wind of change is starting to blow though the industry but it’s still too early to tell whether we are at the start of a new era for construction. I hope, however, that the renewed focus my review has provided, perhaps aligned with extraordinary events such as Brexit and the recent tragedy at Grenfell Tower, act as the combined catalyst for us to start addressing our failings.The government has recognised this, and needs to lead as a central client and policy maker. Progressive regional and local government bodies, private sector clients and industry organisations must now also rise to the challenge and together effect positive change.Mark Farmer is founding director and chief executive at consultant Cast and author of the industry report Modernise or Dielast_img read more