first_img It’s kind of a non-musical Mamma Mia!, in a way, isn’t it? [Laughs.] Hah, yes, and that was also written and directed by women. There’s certainly something about seeing a show built around women by women, which really is a rarity. Tamzin Outhwaite, your third cast member, hasn’t played Mary. Do you think she feels left out? [Laughs.] I’m not sure how much Sondheim she’s done, so perhaps we should give her a push! But what’s great about the three of us in this play is that having experienced quite a bit of life, Jenna, Tamzin, and I feel as if we can get that much more out of the material—at least we hope we can. Tell me about going from Merrily We Roll Along, about a three-way friendship, to another piece about a three-way friendship. It’s fascinating, isn’t it? There were moments where we did actually break into song, especially because Jenna has of course also played Mary [in Merrily] herself. When I played Mary [in 2000], I was so young and I’m not sure the material resonated for me the way it does now; it’s wonderful having three women in their forties getting to tell this kind of story. It feels as if we are going on a complete journey every night. Why was that? Because if singing was really my thing, I might have lost my nerve, especially since when I did Merrily, the fact that I was doing a musical felt like a one-off. But I quickly decided to approach [Fanny Brice] so that it was about playing the part and it ended up being one of the great jobs I’ve done, partly because I couldn’t imagine having ever gotten to that point! The characters are an interesting mix: sporty lesbian Di, free-spirited Rose, and reined-in Viv. How does their dynamic feel to you? I think Amelia [Bullmore, playwright] has captured something brilliantly in this play, which is that the characters may not seem that well-suited to one another, but there’s something about the three of them as young human beings that needs one another and Rose [Russell’s character] is actually the one that brings them together so it all starts to work. View Comments Samantha Spiro has two Olivier Awards to her name, first for playing Mary in the Michael Grandage-directed Donmar production of Merrily We Roll Along and then for her irrepressible Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! in 2009 at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park. But the gifted actress is no stranger to non-musicals as can be seen from her sterling work at the Vaudeville Theatre in Amelia Bullmore’s Di and Viv and Rose, playing the starchy English careerist, Viv, who forges a new and happier life for herself in New York. The delightful Spiro took time one recent afternoon to reflect on her own career, which on this occasion includes co-starring with another onetime Mary from Merrily, Jenna Russell.center_img You’ve played two roles associated with Barbra Streisand—Fanny Brice in Funny Girl at Chichester, and of course, Dolly Levi. Both of those situations completely bowled me over at the thought of doing them! I was absolutely scared shitless about doing Funny Girl: it felt such a humongous arc at times, and I had just given birth to my second child and hadn’t done a musical for years so to take on such an iconic role, I was scared but then thought I had absolutely nothing to lose. Is there any more Sondheim in your future? I certainly hope so! I remember when he arrived at rehearsals for Merrily and walked into the room and then said, “God has arrived,” and of course it felt as if God really had arrived; meeting him was overwhelming. I suppose Mrs. Lovett has got to be fairly high up my list, though it can’t be for quite a few years now after that brilliant production with Imelda [Staunton]. But one lives in hope! And Dolly? Oh, that was just an absolute joy, though in a way I was ridiculously young to be playing it. But the thing about Dolly is that she’s someone you can carry on playing through life as we know from the wonderful Carol Channing, who is probably still playing Dolly somewhere right now [laughs]. There are times, though, when you think the friendship is on the verge of breaking down. Yes, and the thing about playing someone like Viv, as I am, is that she’s not incredibly tactile or generous. She listens to people but she isn’t always very positive about them. Her work is probably the most important thing to her and it’s not until the end, and once she experiences loss, that she realizes friendship is something she cannot afford to lose. Of the three characters, do you see yourself as most naturally a Viv? Anna [Mackmin, director] very much wanted me to play Viv. I read it and thought they had mentioned the wrong character. I felt maybe I was more naturally a Rose but the thing about Viv is that there’s this incredible payoff in the second half that brings with it an energy and freedom. So the more I spoke to Anna, the more I felt this would be a great challenge.last_img read more


first_imgIn a scene that is increasingly rare when the CFPB starts talking about new rules and regulations, all major parties involved in the conversation seem to be in basic agreement on them. Consumer and industry officials seem to have concluded that the CFPB’s new rules on prepaid cards will likely strengthen the already growing industry.It’s like the bizarro universe version of the payday lending regulations that dropped about a month ago, which also managed to cause an unexpected blooming of consensus.Just probably not for the reasons the regulators who created the rules were hoping for.Everyone agreed — from the team at the Pew Charitable Trusts to the largest payday lender in the nation, Advance America — that the CFPB stepped up to the plate and … whiffed. Specifically, both sides rapidly came to a consensus that the CFPB had successfully created a framework that would both harm consumers and businesses — without offering much in the way of clear benefits to anyone. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


first_imgElsewhere, Fleetwood beat Sunderland 2-1 to stay top of north group A, Salford were also 2-1 winners at Rochdale to stay top of north group B, while Shrewsbury kept up their 100 per cent record in north group C with a 4-3 win at Crewe.Norwich U21s lost 1-0 at Cheltenham, meaning they sit second in south group F; Plymouth beat Newport 3-1 in the same group.Mansfield beat Scunthorpe 2-1 in north group E, Oldham were 3-1 winners at Bradford in north group F, and Accrington won 1-0 at Barrow in north group G.- Advertisement – Liam Miller of Liverpool after scoring his side's opening goal during the EFL Trophy group match between Port Vale and Liverpool U21Image:Liam Miller scored twice but Liverpool U21s were beaten 4-2 at Port Vale Liverpool’s U21s were beaten 4-2 at Port Vale as they stayed bottom of north group D. Liam Millar scored twice for the Reds, but Mark Cullen, Aled Hurst, Harry McKirdy and Devante Rodney earned the hosts victory. Wolves U21s moved second in north group F with a 2-1 win at Doncaster Rovers thanks to a Fabio Silva double and Leicester U21s are top of north group H following the 3-1 win at Grimsby after goals from Callum Wright, Sidnei Tavares and Admiral Muskwe.West Ham U21s kept up their 100 per cent record in south group A as Kai Corbett’s early goal saw them past Portsmouth, and Fulham’s U21s lost a penalty shoot-out at Burton Albion after a 1-1 draw. Fabio Silva of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-2 during the EFL Trophy match between Doncaster Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers U21 Image:Fabio Silva scored twice for Wolves U21s at Doncaster Arsenal U21s beat Gillingham on penalties on Tuesday in the Papa John’s Trophy to move four points clear at the top of south group B.Arsenal won 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at the Priestfield, as Catalin Cirjan’s opener was cancelled out by Gillingham’s Trae Coyle.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Hull City won 2-0 at Harrogate in north group H, Colchester thrashed Southend 6-1 in south group A, and Crawley beat Ipswich 2-0 in south group B.There were 1-0 wins for Oxford at Walsall and Swindon at Forest Green, Charlton beat Leyton Orient 3-1, and Cambridge beat Peterborough on penalties after a 1-1 draw.last_img read more


first_imgThe Adris Group’s annual report has gained the status of anticipation over the years, as do the commercials that will be broadcast as part of the Super Bowl, all thanks to the Adris Group’s openness to innovation and ingenious creatives from Bruketa & Žinić & Gray who manage to surprise and delight with creative solutions.This year, the Adris Group’s Annual Report for 2017 was eagerly awaited by shareholders, investors and the business community, as well as the general public and the creative industry, who recognize and appreciate the creativity and production innovation of each new edition.Only companies that continuously adapt to the circumstances can develop, grow and be resilient to challenges – this is the message that the Adris Group, one of the most successful companies in the region, wanted to convey on the occasion of the publication of the new annual report. And it is a clear and strong message, argued by the excellent business results in the past business year, which, despite the extremely unfavorable environment and numerous challenges, was successful for the Adris Group. Thus, the growth of all business indicators was achieved, and after the completion of the transformation of the system, strategic moves at the Group level continued.Their publication with business results is literally resistant to challenges, it is not possible to tear, crumple, wet or burn, which is faithfully shown in the pictures below. No matter what test they undergone, the book remains intact, illustrating how the Adris Group’s results are stable and solid, and the company is up to the task.Adris, instead of mediocrity, chooses excellence! – pointed out the President of the Management Board of the Adris Group, mr. sc. Ante Vlahović two weeks ago at the session of the General Assembly of Adris Group, presenting business results from last year. The thoughtful creative concept of this year’s report, which literally and symbolically shows how Adris’ business success is resistant to all challenges and how faithfully follows its philosophy of excellence, follows the slogan Tested for challenges Adris group, which was designed and realized by the Bruketa & Žinić & Gray agency.And the main symbolism of the challenges they face in Adris was clearly pointed out by Vlahušić himself, who pointed out that although we live in times unfavorable to entrepreneurship, in which only ideological topics seem to be important and, in this connection, irrational disputes and loss of social energy , Adris is extremely focused on its business. “We are constantly investing, strengthening our competitiveness, thus creating new jobs, value to our employees, shareholders and the community. The results we achieve are a confirmation of the successful transformation of our company, persistent implementation of the growth and development strategy and long-term sustainability of our business. In addition to organic growth, we will insist on acquisitions that add value to our business, especially in the tourism part of the Group. We have serious work ahead of us in integrating new knowledge and new technologies and strengthening the company with the necessary organizational changes. ”In order for the book to be truly almost indestructible, following the slogan Tested for Challenges, special materials, resistant to fire, water and mechanical damage, were used in the production. In order to prove this, we have designed a number of characteristic challenges in the companies that make up the Adris Group. For example, in the kitchen of the Lone Hotel, the book was flambéed without any consequences and then flooded with red wine. After a challenge at the Croatia osiguranje technical inspection station, the book was found in the sea near the Cromaris farm. A difficult challenge was also posed by the cheerful children in the Amarin hotel as well as the liquid nitrogen from the laboratory doc.dr.sc. Dinko Mitrečić.”We subjected the book to flambéing in the kitchen of the Lone Hotel, Cromaris fishermen immersed it in the sea and thus glided it through the farm, we froze it with liquid nitrogen at -195.79 degrees Celsius, with the help of Adris Foundation scholarship holders doc.dr.sc. Dinko Mitrečić, the children crowded him in the game at the Amarin Hotel and tried to tear him apart, even a 2-ton SUV passed over her at the Croatia osiguranje technical inspection station. The book remained undamaged.“Points out the creative director of the Bruketa & Žinić & Gray agency, Zrinka Horvat Goodman.Croatian design is recognized worldwide, but in Croatia we too often see in practice as if we are ashamed of the success of Croatian products, including our designers. The question is Do we respect and use enough domestic design? Do local designers manage to break into the tourism sector at all? Ultimately, are we promoting design as a Croatian tourism product?We have everything again, but we have too little respect for ours. Let us respect ourselves, so that others may respect us. Finally, this is another proof of how design and tourism can and must go together.In 2017, the Adris Group generated total revenue in the amount of HRK 5,54 billion. Operating revenue amounted to HRK 4,99 billion, while revenue from the sale of goods and services amounted to HRK 4,37 billion. The key event that, as he pointed out, will contribute to the further growth and development of Adris is the decision to purchase and sign a contract on the purchase and sale of shares and a strategic partnership with HUP Zagreb.The Adris Group has also announced a new investment cycle, so that by 2021 an additional two billion kuna will be invested in the tourist part of the Group, which will put 95 percent of hotel capacities at the highest level of supply.The project team that realized the whole story Adris group / Predrag Grubić (Director of Corporate Communications), Kristina Miljavac (Corporate Communications Specialist), M.Sc. sc. Hrvoje Patajac (Controlling Director) Bruketa & Žinić & Gray / Davor Bruketa and Zrinka Horvat Goodman (Creative Directors), Maša Ivanov (Project Director), Andrea Knapić (Artistic Director), Zrinka Požar (Project Manager), Vesna Đurašin (Production Manager), Radovan Radičević Head of DTP Department), Ante Kantor (Executive Project Manager) Cerovski Print Boutique (Print) Domagoj Kunić (Photographer) RELATED NEWS:ADRIS WILL INVEST TWO BILLION HRK IN THE TOURIST PART OF THE GROUP BY 2021last_img read more


first_imgAlongside Ivascyn’s promotion to CIO, the firm announced a slight restructure to its investment board, which was initially arranged after the departure of Gross’s heir-apparent and then chief executive Mohammed El-Erian.In a turbulent year for PIMCO, El-Erian unexpectedly left the firm in January, without reason, leading to a reshuffle at the top with Gross remaining as CIO but supported by several deputies to mitigate what the firm described as “key-man risk”.Since El-Erian’s departure, the firm and Gross’s flagship Total Return Fund suffered significant outflows.Now that Gross has the left the firm he founded in 1971, Andrew Balls is now global CIO, Mark Kiesel CIO of global credit, Virginie Maisonneuve CIO of equities, Scott Mather CIO of US core strategies and Mihir Worah CIO of real return and asset allocation.Douglas Hodge and Lew Jacobs remain as chief executive and president, respectively.Mather, Kiesel and Worah will now be portfolio managers for Gross’s former Total Return Fund, where he managed more than $200bn (€158bn) in assets.Saumul Parikh and Mohsen Fahmi join Ivascyn as managers for the Unconstrained Bond Fund.PIMCO said all changes were effective immediately as Gross begins his new role with Janus later today.Chief executive Hodge said the succession plan has been in development for some time to help create a seamless transition in the portfolio management team, and they are a continuation of the plan set out after El-Erian’s departure.“We have passed the torch of leadership to a team of investors who are among the very best in the investment management industry,” he said.“[The appointments] reflect our long-held belief that the best approach for PIMCO’s clients and our firm is to evolve our investment leadership structure to a team of seasoned, highly skilled investors overseeing all areas of PIMCO’s investment activities.”Gross sold PIMCO to the Allianz Group in 2000.Chief executive of the German insurer, Michael Diekmann, wished Gross the best of luck and affirmed its commitment to PIMCO’s leadership team.“We join our PIMCO colleagues in recognising Bill Gross for his accomplishments over the 43 years since PIMCO’s founding” he said.“The management and investment structure put in place in January, as well as the thorough succession planning, gives us complete confidence in PIMCO’s investment and executive leadership team.”Gross will start at Janus today and then take the reins of the recently launched Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund and its related offshore fund, to be launched soon.Based in a new Janus office to be set up in Newport Beach, California, Gross will be responsible for the company’s global macro fixed income strategies.This will be separate but complementary to Janus’s existing credit-based fixed income platform, which has been built up under Gibson Smith, the company’s fixed income CIO. PIMCO, the US bond house, has moved quickly to quash market concerns after replacing outgoing CIO Bill Gross with Daniel Ivascyn.Gross announced last week he was leaving PIMCO to join rival California-based asset manager Janus Capital Management, starting today, and leading an unconstrained bond portfolio next week.Market reaction was severe as the share price of PIMCO’s German parent, Allianz, plummeted, knocking billions off the insurance giant’s value.In reverse, the share price for Janus Capital Management soared by 30% as investors anticipated Gross’s move would lead to significant inflows for the asset manager.last_img read more


Sam Squiers with her husband, Ben, and daughter, Immi, at the Bardon home they are selling. Picture: Mark Cranitch.POPULAR sports presenter Sam Squiers and her husband, Ben, have put their Brisbane home on the market as they prepare to return to New South Wales.After a five-year bid to try and have her firefighter husband transferred without losing rank failed, the star has made the “agonising” decision to leave Channel 9 Queensland. Sam Squiers’ dog Broby makes a special appearance in the marketing photos for their home.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoIt means they have decided to sell their two-bedroom house in the sought-after suburb of Bardon, bordering Jubilee Park.The post-war home on an elevated block has a front deck to enjoy the views over the park. The living room in the Bardon house Sam Squiers is selling.The house is on an average 407 sqm block and there is scope to extend/raise subject to council approval. Records show the couple paid $704,000 for the property at auction in 2015.It has been listed without a price guide through Jacob Pirrone of Pirrone Property. The master bedroom in the house in Bardon. This Bardon home is for sale.Ben, a senior firefighter with Fire and Rescue NSW, had been commuting between Brisbane and Sydney for work since the pair made the move north for Sam’s career.But the situation became “impossible” after the dramatic premature birth of their now one-year-old daughter Imogen, who spent 44 days in hospital care. The kitchen in the house Sam Squiers is selling in Bardon.The couple’s dog, Broby, also makes a special guest appearance in the marketing photos for the home.Sam will continue her work with Sportette and Surfing Australia TV, as well as some hosting on Wide World of Sports in NSW. The deck on the Bardon house Sam Squiers has listed for sale.It has been renovated to a high-standard, featuring polished hardwood floors, a kitchen with stone benchtops and quality appliances, and the bedrooms have built-in wardrobes.There is a courtyard at the back and a laundry room with separate toilet. read more


first_imgMost people probably didn’t see in the news that Dick Trickle killed himself the other day. Dick was a mainstay on the NASCAR circuit for quite a few years. Dick was a prankster and always seemed to be enjoying himself whenever people saw him in public. When his career slowed down and he wasn’t in that limelight any more, evidently his private life was far different than his public life. Too often in the world of entertainment (yes, I put pro sports in this category) when someone used to being with people and often the center of attention have to go to a quieter scene, they find it impossible to cope. Mr. Trickle was stilled involved with racing but far from the bright lights of NASCAR. He is not the first to take this path, and I am sure he will not be the last. Several boxers have taken the same path, and if you search very far, you will see the trend is not slowing down but growing. It is good to throw yourself into an adventure, but it is also important to do something that will reward you away from the bright lights. The successful ones throw themselves into charity work, or community youth programs, so when the career ends they have an outlet for that desire to be adulated by someone. Look what Joe Nuxhall did for the youth of his hometown of Fairfield and what Joe Walter is doing for Goodwill in Cincinnati. The world around us always needs volunteers, and for most of them, it is very rewarding and sure keeps someone from being bored.last_img read more


first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — A Greensburg man has been arrested for child molestation.Police say, Julian Myers, 35, is facing the charge of Child Molesting.According to police, a teacher called them stating that a 10-year-old child was using inappropriate language in the classroom, and when asked the student stated Myers taught her the language and touched her sexually on multiple occasions.last_img


first_imgFloyd Mayweather has said he would return to boxing if he is paid £500 million.But the American, who retired with a perfect 50-0 fight record, doesn’t fancy coming back to fight “any of the younger guys”. Mayweather hung up his gloves after his big-money cross-sports fight against UFC legend, Conor McGregor, in 2017.He is believed to have earned around £300 million for the scrap that saw him stop McGregor in the 10th round at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.The 43-year-old Michigan man often teases a return to the sport that made him a legend in training videos.But he said it would take a monumental money offer to get him lacing the gloves back up.He has previously said he would rematch McGregor and box UFC champ, Khabib Nurmagomedov – but only for £464 million. Speaking to FightHype/.com, “The Money” said: “If I see an opportunity where I can entertain and have a little fun and make six hundred million, why not?“If I am going to do something, it’s got to be worth it. But there’s no number that’s worth me getting back in that ring and fighting these young fighters to get any type of wear and tear on my body.”Mayweather then said he would prefer any return to the boxing ring to be in exhibition bouts.He famously left Tenshin Nasukawa in tears in one of these after battering the Japanese kickboxer into a first-round KO back in December 2018.Mayweather added: “Am I going to fight any fighters as of right now? No. I’m retired. I’m retired from the sport of boxing. “I’m training, having fun, and enjoying life. I don’t want for anything. I’m not retired from business.“When I beat McGregor, they said: ‘That ain’t 50 fights (50-0).’ But these guys are fighting and they are making a couple of dollars, they’re crazy.”Mayweather also laughed off recent rumours that he has run out of money, saying that he “makes seven figures every month” from “smart investments.”The boxing legend, 43, is known to own a stunning array of luxury toys having earned an eye-watering £706 million in the last decade.RelatedPosts Sexual assault: McGregor awaits physical test, video evidence Sexual assault charge: UFC superstar denies allegation, released without charge Mayweather’s ex-babe died of fentanyl overdose Tags: Conor McGregorFloyd MayweatherKhabib NurmagomedovT-mobile Arenalast_img read more


first_img Press Association “Forget my situation, just in terms of the celebration of the manager and his achievements it is going to be an unbelievable day and one I can’t wait to be involved in. “I am actually a little bit glad (the attention will be on Moyes) in a way. I don’t want any fuss, I’ve not deserved the fuss, I’ve just been a player. Better players than me have left this club and have achieved more than me at this club.” After 303 appearances for the Toffees, the end is almost upon Neville. He wanted to extend his playing career elsewhere after not being offered a new contract by Everton but there may yet be a twist in the tale as Moyes’ move to Old Trafford throws up a number of possibilities. Neville, who will help with England Under-21 coaching duties at this summer’s European Championships, has not only been mentioned as a potential replacement for Moyes but as an assistant at United, where he started his career. But for the moment the midfielder is just thinking about showing his gratitude to the Everton faithful. “You never think it is going to get to this stage where you get to a point where you are leaving a club you have loved playing for, have captained and have a real special space in your heart,” he told evertontv. “We are at that time on Sunday. I just want the opportunity to say thank you. I also want to put my feet on that turf again, to wave and clap and do a lap of honour with the players and my family. “This has been an unbelievable period in my career. People say I’ve not won a trophy and, yes, that has been a big disappointment. But in terms of happiness, meeting friends, learning, growing up as a person this has been an incredible period.” Everton’s departing captain Phil Neville insists his final match at Goodison Park should be a celebration of manager David Moyes as he too is set to leave.center_img The Scot, whose contract expires at the end of the season, has agreed a six-year deal to become Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor at Manchester United. After 11 years at the club, where he has regularly had the Toffees punching above their weight, Neville believes Moyes deserves to take the plaudits. “With the events of this week for Everton, for me personally, the manager, players, supporters and chairman, it will be one of those special days we remember for the rest of our lives,” said the 36-year-old, whose eight-year association with the club will end next weekend. last_img read more