Shah can be seen in the film The Hundred-Foot Journey; he has appeared on stage in shows including Hansel and Gretel, The Comedy of Errors and The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other. Kumar’s stage credits include Tartuffe, Commercial Road and The Snow Queen. Kuppan, having previously appeared in East is East at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, has also performed in Rafta Rafta, Arabian Nights, and An August Bank Holiday Lark. Clarke’s stage credits include Pigeons, Privacy and Break the Floorboards. Atwal’s theater credits include All Our Daughters, Small Fish Big Cheese and Don Juan in Love. Karim has appeared on stage in Skane and Mogadishu. Additional cast members include Sally Bankes as Auntie Annie, Rani Moorthy as Mrs. Shah, Hassani Shapi as Mr. Shah/Doctor and ensemble members Pamela Bennett, Deepal Parmar, Ash Rizi and Karl Seth. Horrocks’s stage credits include Annie Get Your Gun, The Good Soul of Szechuan, Aunt Dan and Lemon, Cabaret and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, which earned her an Olivier nod. She went on to star in the film adaptation; other screen credits include Absolutely Fabulous. Din, who may be best known for his performance in Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, was last seen on stage in Bunty Berman Presents (which he also wrote) off-Broadway. His additional writing credits include Last Dance at Dum Dum, Notes on Falling Leaves and All the Way Home. East is East explores the clash of cultures between a multi-cultural family growing up in 1970s Salford. In the play, Pakistani chip-shop owner George Khan (Din) is determined to strictly raise his children in a Muslim household. His wife, Ella (Horrocks) becomes divided between her marriage and the free will of her children. The production will feature design by Tom Scutt, lighting by Richard Howell and sound and music by Alex Baranowski. View Comments The cast is now set for the West End revival of Ayub Khan Din’s East is East. Joining the previously announced stage and screen star Jane Horrocks as Ella Khan will be Amit Shah as Abdul, Ashley Kumar as Tariq, Darren Kuppan as Maneer, Nathan Clarke as Saleem, Taj Atwal as Meenah and Michael Karim as Sajit. Din will also star as George Khan in the production of his semi-autobiographical play. Directed by Sam Yates, the Trafalgar Transformed production will begin performances on October 4 and run through January 3, 2015. Press night is scheduled for October 15.
‘Roman Holiday’ Will this new tuner be easy to love? Roman Holiday—The Cole Porter Musical is aiming for Broadway in the fall of 2017. The show will premiere as part of SHN’s 2016-2017 season and is scheduled to play a limited engagement May 24, 2017 through June 28 at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre.Based on the classic 1953 film that starred Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, Roman Holiday—The Cole Porter Musical will feature Cole Porter classics such as “Night and Day,” “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye” and “Easy to Love.” The book will be by Kathy Speer, Terry Grossman and Paul Blake.In the midst of a whirlwind tour of European capitals, a young princess yearns to experience life—to explore the world beyond diplomatic dinners and Royal balls. Enter an American reporter, who, almost overnight, goes from covering the royal family to covering up her great escape. And in the span of 24 unforgettable hours, they discover the magic of Rome, the promise of love, and a secret they will share forever. View Comments
Sarah Steele in ‘Speech & Debate’ View Comments Tony winner Stephen Karam’s Speech & Debate is heading to the screen, and it’s mandatory viewing for anyone who’s showed up to a Broadway convention in cosplay, rebelled against a drama teacher or ran a musical theater blog. Take a look at the trailer below which features appearances from stars Austin McKenzie (Deaf West’s Spring Awakening) and Liam James, as well as Roger Bart, Skyler Astin, Darren Criss and Lin-Manuel Miranda as a Genie. The standout superstar, however is Sarah Steele, who reprises her off-Broadway performance as teenage drama queen Diwata. Watch below to see her rap Hamilton, spew blood, rock a Miss Saigon tee, and execute Spencer Liff choreography in a nude bodysuit. The film will premiere in select theaters and on demand on April 7.
Even in a world of remote-monitoring stations and farm technology, farmers haven’t found anything better than the human eye to identify emerging crop problems.Insect scouting — sending people into a field of crops to spot early signs of pest problems — is both a tradition and an art form, and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is committed to making sure Georgia has enough trained scouts to survey the state’s fields.This June, UGA Extension entomologists hosted two insect scouting schools at the Tifton Campus Conference Center and the Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center in Midville, Georgia.“Over 2 million acres of Georgia were planted with cotton, peanuts and soybeans this year,” said Phillip Roberts, UGA Extension entomologist. “These types of trainings and demonstrations are a great resource for scouts to learn pest identification and for growers to learn pest management before they cause crop loss.”UGA Extension has offered insect scouting schools annually for the past four years. The free event encourages participants from all backgrounds and positions to attend and receive the crucial trainings.An estimated 130 scouts, county Extension agents, growers and Georgia Farm Bureau staff members attended lectures on insect anatomy, biology, monitoring and damage as well as plant anatomy and pathology for peanuts, cotton and soybeans. After the lectures, participants headed into the field to learn scouting procedures and practice insect identification.“The Georgia Farm Bureau always enjoys opportunities to meet with UGA specialists and learn more about current production practices,” said Raynor Churchwell, Georgia Farm Bureau agricultural programs specialist. “Having a good understanding of crop production issues helps us better represent farmers in the legislative and regulatory arenas. UGA Extension does an exceptional job hosting these hands-on demonstrations and educational opportunities for producers and industry representatives.”More information on insect identification and management can be found on the UGA cotton and peanut commodity blogs at www.ugacotton.com and site.extension.uga.edu/peanutent/.
An avalanche sent three snowboarders tumbling down the mountainside at Maroon Bowl outside of Aspen Highland ski area this past week. Fortunately, all three survived, only to be charged by a moose shortly after rescuing themselves.According to the Aspen Times, the three boarders had been filming higher up the ridge that day and decided to make their way back down. One victim said they made the poor choice to all three go down the slope at once, instead of following the one-at-a-time protocol.The avalanche started 300 feet above the men and swept them hundreds of feet down the mountain. Once they stopped toppling down the slope, one man was partially buried, one was buried up to his chest, and the other was pinned against a tree and suffered from broken ribs.The two non-injured men carefully slid and crawled through the snow while pushing their injured friend on his board to safety. Once they reached Maroon Bowl Road, one of the men left for the T-Lazy-7 Ranch to get help. Meanwhile, the other two men sat awaiting their friend to return with support.However, these two men’s troubles weren’t over yet. While waiting for help, a moose charged at them three times. The men managed to stand their ground against one of the largest animals found in the U.S.Shortly after, the T-Lazy-7 squad arrived and helped the three men to their car where they then drove themselves to the Aspen Valley Hospital. The area the men had been skiing in had been experiencing avalanches that week due to multiple nights above freezing.Read more here.
by: Dan BergerWhile many of my blog posts focus on C-suite executives becoming better leaders, all CEOs and managers would agree that those in our organizations who might not have a leadership position still contribute a great deal to the business.Individual contributors, as Joseph Folkman calls them in a Forbes article, can still stand out as great performers, rather than just average or good contributors. What makes an individual a great performer? Folkman, a Forbes contributor and behavior statistician, lists nine behaviors that distinguish the best performers from average performers. Here are a few from his list:Setting higher goals and standards. The best individual performers push themselves to higher levels of performance and stretch goals beyond what others think is possible to accomplish.Working together. Instead of working alone to be noticed, the best performers achieve their objectives by working with others. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Fee transparency, inertia, and friends and family are three of the biggest determinants in whether a member joins a new credit union or engages with another financial institution, according to new research from Chicago-based Yes Marketing.The firm’s survey of 1,000 financial services customers found that 43% of respondents first heard about their current financial services provider from family or friends, and 57% said the thing that most influenced their trust in that financial institution was whether it provided comprehensive, up-front information about fees, rates and services.“More than 40% of customers selected their last financial services company based on the recommendation of family and friends,” the report said. “Additionally, more than half (53%) say they chose not to use a company because of negative feedback from family/friends.”Competitive rates and fees were the biggest draw to a new financial services provider for 42% of the respondents; 22% said it was the variety of services available. Only 13% of the respondents said the institution’s ability to protect member information would influence them to use a financial services provider they’ve never used before, and only 10% said the same for branch and ATM proximity. Five percent or fewer said the mobile app, customer service reputation and the convenience of the enrollment process were the most significant factors for them.
The residence, complete with a spa, is hot property.The short-term rental website revealed the property from each country that appeared on users’ booking wishlists the most frequently in 2017.Topping the list for Australia, the Gold Coast residence is a “luxurious loft-style villa”, with room for 10 people, set on a sprawling four ha property and can be rented for $129 per night. You can book this Surfers Paradise penthouse on Airbnb for $550 per night.Some homeowners are facing the prospect of being able to fetch more money for a central Gold Coast property in a single night during the Commonwealth Games than what can be made in a week with a traditional permanent tenancy. How would you like to wake up to this view? It’s currently fully booked.The villa had over 500 views in the last week and has scored a five-out-of-five star listing out of 179 reviews.It’s listed in good company — the most popular listing in the UK was a Victorian castle, a sea cottage was Denmark’s ‘most wishlisted’, and a lakeside villa topped the travel bucket list in Switzerland.The top gong comes as the Gold Coast Bulletin reported an Airbnb boom, tipped to contract the tight long-term rental market further as fewer properties are available. This Mount Nathan Airbnb listing is the most popular in Australia.A STUNNING outlook over the lush green hinterland, a 25m lap pool set up for dive in movies, sunset views from the spa and you can bring your dog (or horse!).A luxury hinterland villa in Mount Nathan has been named Australia’s most ‘wishlisted’ Airbnb, beating out capital city hot spots. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoThe Gold Coast Hinterland proved more popular than any other location in Australia.There’s a “soothing, hot, outdoor spa” with open fireplace, a pool house pavilion with LG internet TV screen and entertaining area, and all the mod-cons of Wi Fi, heating and airconditioning.The host, former financial planner and Vanuatu expat, Kerri-Lea, is an equine enthusiast and there are horses on the property.“This family plays polocrosse, has horses and stables with daily commitments,” according to the listing. “The family home is the main house.” The villa is described as “loft-style”. It comfortably accommodates 10 people. Everything you need is there.Guests are invited to join in functions that may be held on the property at the time of booking, or can enjoy the privacy of their villa.They can also visit nearby award-winning Mount Nathan Winery, the Gold Coast’s theme parks, between a six to 10 minute drive away, or drive to our famous beaches in less than 30 minutes.
He added: “Last year, we changed the strategic benchmark for all of the equity managers from the traditional capitalisation-weighted index to a minimum-volatility index.”St. Hill said the main reason for its move away from active management towards smart beta was the lack of value the fund felt it was receiving on some of its active equity mandates.He said market offerings of active management were often just standard systematic investment processes with “bells and whistles” added on.But, with market developments and technology, he said the fund was now able to disaggregate a manager’s performance and pinpoint where the added value was coming from.This allowed the identification of an index-tracking active manager, or genuine performance, St. Hill said.The move from the PPF comes after research from asset manager State Street showed that a majority of global institutions were considering smart-beta investments as an alternative for both passive and active management.State Street’s research also revealed varying usage of indices in smart beta, with low valuation – where stocks are chosen on their discount basis – and low volatility – which picks stocks that have shown low levels of risk over time – being the most common.The decision from the fund to shift the benchmark indices it uses also comes amid debate in the industry over conflicts of interest from index providers.EDHEC Risk Institute, based in Nice, France, produced research showing that the majority of institutional investors were dissatisfied with the level of transparency provided by index providers.It said moves to improve governance among providers had failed to convince investors that conflicts of interest were mitigated in index creation, leading to calls for further regulation.The European Commission, and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), are currently working on a proposal to build in further governance and transparency requirements from providers, in addition to the requirements set on UCITS funds in 2012.ESMA said additional requirements would be necessary as more complex indices, such as those used in smart-beta investments, were brought onto the market.However, St. Hill said that, when the fund began shifting its indices and benchmarks, it found transparency was not an issue with equity index providers, and data was provided for independent back-checks of performance.“We get more problems on the fixed income side,” he said. “Trying to get the fixed income benchmark providers to disclose data, the bill arrives before you have asked the question.” The UK Pensions Protection Fund (PPF) has thrown its weight behind smart beta after changing the benchmark it uses to monitor equity managers to a minimum volatility method.The nearly £19bn (€23bn) lifeboat scheme has a combination of both passive and active equity mandates.Speaking at EDHEC Risk conference in London, principal portfolio manager John St. Hill told delegates that the fund, as one of the “vanguard” of smart beta, had begun the shift away from active management, including the entire change of its benchmarks.“Our first foray was in 2010,” he said, “when we replaced one of our active equity mandates with a smart-beta mandate, which picked up more or less the same beta as the active manager.”
The triple kitchen goes on for ages and is loaded with top of the range appliances. Even the bidet is remote-controlled.The property was built by the same builder who put up a neighbouring property, 62 Janda Street, which sold for $3.225m two years ago.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“For this kind of property, it’s so unique, exquisite and well built that of course people appreciate it and will pay the money for it, because it’s hard to find this type of home,” Mr Zhang said.The large 599.7sq m home has meticulous attention to detail including state-of-the-art finishes, an Italian-made lift, Italian porcelain tiles, three metre high ceiling, custom joinery and technological innovations.“There’s a lot of property on the market to choose from but a brand new home like this is still a rarity on the market. People are still looking for a home, no matter what the market does. This type of well-built masterpiece is really rare,” Mr Zhang said. 66 Janda Street, Robertson, has gone under contract for a multimillion-dollar sum by Tom Zhang of Yong Real Estate.A tech-savvy luxury home that’s so new-age it has remote-controlled toilets has sold for a multi-million sum just three days after being listed for auction.The brand new seven bedroom tri-level home was expected to fetch millions at auction, which was to have been in about a month’s time, but it was snapped up within hours of the buyer seeing the property.Yong Real Estate agent Tom Zhang, who had the property listed with colleague Sue Ye, said the buyer put down a 10 per cent cash deposit to take the home off the market.He confirmed the Robertson property went under contract on Friday afternoon “for a multimillion-dollar” sum, but could not disclose the exact price yet.Among the home’s serious tech credentials was remote controlled bidets in the master and guest rooms. Add to that the electronics around driveway and garage entry and lighting, keyless entry, lift access, 33.5kw Daikin VRV4 airconditioning system with individual setting ability, Vacu-Maid, intercom, CCTV, security system, remote controlled motorised blinds, and Cbus to main areas of the home and this is one serious tech savvy home. MORE: Downturn ‘positive’, odds even on rate cut: RBA FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER The soundproof eight seat home theatre. Nicole and Keith’s global property empire The house is laid out over three levels.The outdoor entertainment terrace was fully equipped with Gasmate BBQ, a bar fridge, cabinetry and commercial style sink, and the home also has a fully equipped home theatre with eight leather recliners, soundproofing and dedicated iPad control.Despite talk of Asian buyers retreating, Mr Zhang said Australia was still an “extremely hot place for immigrants looking to move” and South East Queensland was “very affordable”. Even the signboard for the sale of the home was electronic: “We used a digital sign for the property, so we could put a video up and it’s connected to the internet so we can synchronise it”.Among the main features of the Janda Street new build was a “spectacular triple kitchen”, with dual dishwashers, induction cooktop and dual ovens, an additional Smeg oven and gas cooktop. One part of the kitchen. Beach penthouse listed for $8.95m No expense was spared on the finishes.