Full Cast Set for Cats Revival in London, Starring Beverley Knight

first_img View Comments Broadway.com broke the news that Beverley Knight, the Queen of British Soul, will headline the return engagement of Cats in the West End, and we now have full casting for the production. The revival, which ended its engagement at the London Palladium in April, will once again play the venue this Christmas. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic show will run October 23 through January 2, 2016.Joining Knight as Grizabella at the Jellicle Ball will be Jack Butterworth as Rumpus/Alonzo, Danielle Cato as Cassandra, Javier Cid as Macavity/Admetus, Luke Cinque-White as Carbucketty, Emma Lee Clark as Bombalurina, Jon-Scott Clark as Bill Bailey, Gabrielle Cocca as Tantomile, Harry Francis as Mungojerrie, Tarryn Gee as Jemima, Evan James as Skimbleshanks, Matt Krzan as Munkustrap, Georgie Leatherland as Rumpelteazer, Adam Linstead as Old Deuteronomy, Paul F Monaghan as Gus/Growltiger/Bustopher Jones, Jane Quinn as Jennyanydots, Mark John Richardson as Quaxo/ Mistoffelees, Clare Rickard as Jellylorum, Jordan Shaw as Pouncival, Hannah Kenna Thomas as Victoria/ White Cat, James Titchener as Coricopat, Marcquelle Ward as Tugger and Anna Woodside as Demeter. Rounding out the company will be Megan Armstrong, Lindsay Atherton, Lucy Brushett, Oliver Ramsdale, Alex Pinder and Barry Haywood.Cats, featuring a score by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by T.S. Eliot, Trevor Nunn and Richard Stilgoe, ran for 21 years in London and 18 years on Broadway. It won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Based on Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the tuner tells the story of the Jellicle cats and each cat’s individual quest to be selected as the lucky one who will ascend to “the Heaviside Layer.”With direction by Nunn, Cats is designed by John Napier with choreography by Gillian Lynne.Cats is expected back on Broadway in 2016.last_img read more

North Carolina Advocates for Extinction of Red Wolf

first_imgPhoto Courtesy of Wolf Haven InternationalAt one time the howl of the red wolf could be heard all along the eastern seaboard, throughout most of the Appalachian Mountains, and well into the plains of central Texas.But today there are less than 75 of these animals existing in the wild, and those that remain have been consigned to a small swampy portion of eastern North Carolina. This dwindling population has suffered mightily at the hands of hunters in recent years—many of whom claim to feel threatened by the wolf’s role in the local ecosystem.But the red wolf is also being threatened by the mismanagement and outdated policies of a state funded agency charged with protecting North Carolina’s treasured wildlife species.In a disturbing turn of events, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, which has done little to nothing to protect the red wolf since it was reintroduced to the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge back in 1987, has asked the federal government to terminate its red wolf reintroduction program, a move that would essentially pull the plug on a species that is barely clinging to existence.So far the feds have not caved to the requests of the state. They are still protecting red wolves, but they have temporarily suspended their reintroduction efforts while they reevaluate the data from the program to make sure their practices are effective.This isn’t the first time that USFWS has been forced to reevaluate the red wolf’s status. Twice before the red wolf’s status has been challenged, and twice before the feds have affirmed that the red wolf is a separate species and in need of protection. Screen Shot 2015-10-07 at 12.17.47 PM“This is an unprecedented action in terms of a state trying to assume the authority over the fate of an endangered species,” Derb Carter of the Southern Environmental Law Center told National Geographic.“And the United States Fish and Wildlife Service has to decide now whether their mission is to appease a state fish and game agency or to provide for the recovery of a critically endangered species that has been entrusted to them under the federal Endanger Species Act.”Are you passionate about the protection and restoration of the world’s last remaining red wolves? Would you like to to see them reintroduced to other parts of the country, perhaps the Southern Appalachian Mountains, where they could thrive for generations to come? Let legislators and federal wildlife officials know where you stand by filling out this quick survey at WildSouth.orglast_img read more

Guatemala Seizes 335 Kilograms of Cocaine in the Pacific

first_imgBy Lorena Baires/Diálogo September 01, 2020 The Guatemalan National Civil Police (PNC, in Spanish) reported the seizure of 335 kilograms of cocaine on the Pacific coast on July 5. “We received information about a suspicious vessel, and together with international agencies that provide us with information, we proceeded to deploy a vessel from the Pacific Naval Command, specifically from our Naval Special Force to intercept it,” Guatemalan Army Major General Hugo Urbina, chief of the National Defense General Staff, said on Facebook on July 5. “We intercepted this vessel with three Guatemalan nationals on board.”On July 6, the Guatemalan Army reported in a press release that the PNC and the Guatemalan Office of the Attorney General proceeded to prosecute the detainees. “Since we recovered our primary radar capabilities to detect suspicious movements in 2016, the air platforms we have for flyovers and the good communication with other countries in the region […] have enabled us to carry out seizures successfully,” Army Colonel Juan Carlos de Paz, Guatemalan Army spokesman, told Diálogo on July 9. “The majority of the leads are aerial, but this is the first seizure we’ve made at sea this year.”This operation is part of an array of strategic actions known as Cooperative Security, promoted to strengthen international cooperation and information exchange. “The training and instruction that [U.S.] Southern Command provided to the [Guatemalan] Naval Special Force in 2017 was solid, and these actions reflect this,” said Col. de Paz. “There is also cooperation in this fight, with partner nations such as the United States and Colombia, with whom we seek to exchange information and establish common protocols and strategies to facilitate a comprehensive offensive against this scourge [of narcotrafficking].”“Central America continues to be a bridge to smuggle drugs into the United States, and military authorities continue to direct their efforts to increasing operational capabilities,” Col. de Paz concluded. “We think that now we need to have air capabilities that will enable us to be more agile in reaching the places where light aircraft land or fly over the sea; there are large amounts of land and water that we need to cover.”last_img read more

JLL to enter South American market

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UK based expats were so keen to secure this Brisbane home they bid at auction sight unseen

first_img43 Waterline Cres, Bulimba“Today, it was an Australian couple living in the UK who purchased 43 Waterline Crescent over the phone at the Place in-room auctions. They hadn’t inspected the home, but they knew the opportunity wouldn’t last long.” 43 Waterline Cres, BulimbaMrs Hackett said there was very little stock on the market and that was something that helped keep price levels strong. 43 Waterline Cres, BulimbaUK based expats were so keen to secure this Bulimba home they bid at auction sight unseen.The home at 43 Waterline Crescent, sold under the hammer on Thursday for $2.66 million.There were three bidders, including those on the phone from the UK and bidding started at $2.2 million.The home was previoulsy owned by Cara and Ben Graham.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours ago43 Waterline Cres, BulimbaMarketing agent Sarah Hackett of Place Bulimba said the Brisbane riverfront market was the strongest she had seen since 2007.“The timing has never been better for the high-end riverfront market,’’ she said.“We’re seeing a combination of local buyers upgrading and overseas interest. There have also been some expats particularly looking to move back to Brisbane.last_img read more

Brisbane’s auction market is heating up with more than $13m worth of property changing hands

first_imgHaesley Cush at the Ray White Auction under the Stars.A two-bedroom ground floor courtyard townhouse in New Farm at 7/32 Hazelwood St sold for $780,000.“No doubt units have been softer up until now but we saw the comeback of the unit market tonight with strong competition on all the unit stock we had. Another unit at 27/4 Wandoo St, Fortitude Valley sold for $537,000. 52 Union St, Clayfield. Picture: realestate.com.auBRISBANE’S auction market is heating up with more than $13m worth of property changing hands overnight. In all 27 properties were offered for sale under the massive auction program in Brisbane on Wednesday night with ten properties selling and another $5m worth of deals under negotiation.The biggest sale was a five-bedroom home at 52 Union St Clayfield which went under the hammer for $2.145 million. More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours ago21 Blaikie St, Hendra.There is an outdoor kitchen with Beefeater barbecue and a wine fridge, this area overlooks the swimming pool. 11 Stafford St, Windsor.Auctioneer Haesley Cush said the auction campaign reflected how the Brisbane market was performing.“The good news story in Brisbane is the inner north continue to shine where unrenovated homes are selling in the $600,000s and renovated are selling for double that which is big news. But we have seen the comeback of the inner city unit market,’’ he said.Mr Cush said half the properties they sold were units, which was a turn around from just 12 months ago.center_img 52 Union St, Clayfield. Picture: realestate.com.auMarketing agent Christine Rudolph of Ray White New Farm said it sold to a Sydney-based family which planned to move to Brisbane.The contemporary home was designed by award-winning architect Harry Poulos. It has two separate office areas and a large open plan living area which flows outdoors. The property has a solar heated swimming pool. GATSBY-ESQUE PARTY HOUSE HITS A RECORD PRICE MURDER HOUSE SOLD FOR MILLIONS Also selling under the hammer was a five-bedroom house at 21 Blaikie St, Hendra, which sold for $1.53 million.The new Hamptons style home has five separate living areas including a media/music room with sound proof batts in the walls. 21 Blaikie St, Hendra.It was listed through Damon Lewis of Ray White – New Farm.A home at 11 Stafford St, Windsor sold under the hammer for $1.225 million.The five-bedroom renovated house has terraced gardens and a secure front entry gate.It has high ceilings and open plan living with polished timber floors. The home was listed through Nicholas Carroll of Ray White – Spring Hill.last_img read more

Russian government to extend moratorium on second-pillar contributions

first_imgRussia’s mandatory second-pillar pension system is in chaos again as the government appears bent on extending the moratorium on mandatory pensions contributions to non-state pension funds (NSPFs).In early August, Labour and Social Protection minister Maxim Topilin confirmed that, as in 2014, all mandatory contributions would be diverted to the first pillar in 2015.Topilin called the funded second pillar inefficient and ineffective, and of benefit only to the financial institutions that run the funds.The minister’s statements have fuelled fears the government is considering abolishing the system or converting it to a voluntary one. The NSPFs, in place since 2002, have more than 22m members and assets under management of around €23.5bn as of the end of March.The statements also exposed tensions between the so-called ‘social’ and ‘financial’ blocs within the Russian authorities.The former are primarily concerned with reducing the deficit and budget transfers to the Pension Fund of Russia, the first-pillar institution.The latter look at the implications of shrinking a pool of domestic financing at a time of escalating EU and US sanctions in the wake of the Ukraine crisis, and escalating Russian government borrowing costs.Interfax, citing an anonymous Bank of Russia source, wrote that the central bank criticised the extension for undermining confidence in the pensions system and depriving the economy of much needed investment.Meanwhile, Deputy Economics minister Sergei Belyakov, who on 6 August apologised on his Facebook page for what, in his personal opinion, was a “stupid” policy, lost his job later that day.The policy also runs counter to the Finance Ministry’s own plans for pension funds.Its public declaration of goals and objectives for 2014, published on the ministry’s website in early June, singled out pension funds as the realistic source of long-term domestic financing in Russian investment projects.The National Association of Non-State Pension Funds (NAPF) has also published a highly critical response.It laid the blame for poor returns on weaknesses in the Russian stock market and existing pension fund investment regulation, reminding the government that it had been discussing extending the list of permissible assets for the last five years.It accused the government, through its unilateral decision to extend the contributions moratorium, of once again failing to consult with other partners (employers and trade unions) in the Trilateral Commission on the Regulation of Social and Labour Relations.It also accused the government of backtracking on president Vladimir Putin’s earlier promise, made in 2013, to restore contribution flows once the system was reorganised to improve transparency and strengthen safeguards.All the non-state funds had to convert from their status as non-profit-making entities to joint-stock corporations, institute a system of guarantees and obtain a licence from the Bank of Russia.Currently, funds accounting for some 76% of all assets have made the conversion, a share expected to rise to more than 95% by the end of the year.last_img read more

Chargers Participate At Triton Central Invite

first_imgNorth Decatur ran in the Triton Central Early Bird Invitational this evening (held at Blue River Sports Complex in Shelbyville). We were in the large-school division.Boys: 1. Franklin Community 35, 2. Franklin Central 35, 3. Mt. Vernon 105, 4. Greenfield-Central 119, 5. Roncalli 124, 6. Greenwood 154, 7. Eastern Hancock 180, 8. Rushville 181, 9. North Decatur 269, 10. Triton Central 296.Race winner: Joshua Campbell, Franklin Community 16:35ND Runners: 51. Daniel Dollinger 19:50, 77. Craig Adams 21:01, 121. Logan Kramer 22:46, 134. Tristan Ingmire 23:51, 141. Andrew Holloway 25:18, 150. Cameron Medsker 33:29.Girls: We did not have a complete team. 1. Franklin Central 22.Race Winner: Jada Reedus, Franklin Central 19:39ND Runners: 49. Brianna Snider 25:22, 89. Bobbi Bialk 29:16, 131. Cheyenne Wolter 38:00, 134. Ember Burford 39:32.We run next this Thursday at Batesville vs Greensburg, South Decatur, and Batesville.Courtesy of Chargers Coach Scott Johnson.last_img read more

Multiple injuries reported in Saturday Brookville area crash

first_imgBrookville, In.— The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department says at least three people were transported following a crash on U.S. 52 near Holland Road Saturday at 7 p.m.Investigators tell WRBI News a van with five passengers, three children was involved. Reports indicate up to three medical helicopters flew possible four victims from the scene.The crash remains under investigation. No names have been released.last_img