Three Pint-Sized Actors to Join West End’s Matilda in Title Role

first_imgA host of charmingly naughty and revolting children will join the West End company of Matilda. Zaris-Angel Hator, Clara Read and Emily-May Stephenson will join Evie Hone in the title role beginning March 15 at London’s Cambridge Theatre. The three step in for Anna-Louise Knight, Lara McDonnell and Lizzie Wells.Also joining the cast are Nael Ameen, Henry Austin, Owen Bagnall, Oliver Crouch, Ellie-Rose Eames, Taha Elamin, Twinkle Jaiswal, Thea Lamb, Oliver Llewelyn Williams, Maxim Samartsev, Josh Shadbolt, Harrison Wilding, Ynez Williams, Maisy-May Woods-Smeeth and Dora Yolland. They join the rotating roster of pint-sized actors who play Bruce, Lavender, Amanda and Crunchem Hall students.Matilda is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny. Based on the beloved Roald Dahl novel of the same name, the musical features a book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.The Royal Shakespeare Company production, directed by Matthew Warchus, premiered in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2010 before transferring to the West End and winning seven Olivier Awards. View Commentslast_img read more

Lawyers in the Legislature

first_img April 30, 2006 Regular News Lawyers in the Legislature Jan Pudlow Senior Editor What’s a Harvard educated lawyer doing in the Florida Legislature?Sponsoring complicated legislation, such as the probate law rewrite (SB 1824); the Uniform Commercial Code rewrite (SB 2716); the Florida Trust Code rewrite (SB 1170); and another complex lengthy bill creating the Florida Land Trust Act (SB 1956).“The legal stuff is falling to me,” says Sen. Dave Aronberg, D-Greenacres. “I’d like to believe it’s because I have clout in the Senate. But really, it’s because the former go-to lawyer-senators are all running for higher office.”The Senate is where Aronberg loves to be, but never expected to be, elected in 2002 at the tender age of 31.After working as a White House fellow during the Clinton and Bush administrations in 2000-01, Aronberg learned how government worked from the inside and wanted to run for a Florida House seat.While working as an assistant attorney general in the Economic Crimes Division in Ft. Lauderdale, his boss, Attorney General Bob Butterworth, told him: “No, you should run for the Senate.”Aronberg’s initial reaction was a 31-year-old can’t get elected straight to the Senate in the first try. It was brand-new District 27 stretching from the liberal Democrats of Palm Beach County across the state through rural counties over to Republican-dominated Ft. Myers, containing voters who are 39 percent Democrats, 38 percent Republicans, and the rest independent.Three months before the election, Aronberg made the decision to switch to run for the Senate seat, reaping 81 percent of the vote.“General Butterworth, as usual, was right,” Aronberg said. “I was so thankful.”The Senate, he says, enjoys “a culture of bipartisanship. Democrats and Republicans work together to provide common sense solutions. Ninety-two percent of votes are unanimous. The other 8 percent of issues are partisan disputes. The issues get worked out in advance. In the Senate, they judge you on your ideas, not on your party.”In the Senate chambers, they sit together, and Democrats are not relegated to the back rows as they are in the House.That’s not to say Aronberg isn’t working hard for the Democratic Party. As chair of Florida Mainstream Democrats, his mission is to rebuild Democratic infrastructure in rural counties that are majority Democrat but vote Republican, such as Glades, Suwannee, and Baker counties.“We are trying to reunite the Democratic Party. I really want to help the party return to vibrancy, to be competitive again, and field candidates who can win. I think it will lead to results in this year’s election in November for governor, and down the line. We are supporting centrist candidates,” Aronberg said.“Everybody benefits from a two-party system. The legislature has not had a real two-party system. You need a vibrant minority to check the excesses of the majority.”And it’s good to have lawyers in the legislature who pull out statute books, read case law, and check the constitutionality of proposed legislation.“What brought this to life for me was during the Terri Schiavo debate,” Aronberg recalls. “The lack of attorneys in the legislature led to the passage of an unconstitutional, unconscionable law in 2003 for the government to get involved in a family matter. We passed that, and I was appalled by that.. . . I remember the sponsor of the bill that passed in 2003 said the governor has the right to require the feeding tube be put back in. My question was: Who checks the power of the governor? And the response was: the governor. It was a clear violation of the separation of powers.”Aronberg’s experience as an assistant attorney general sparked his two niches in the Senate: consumer protection issues and criminal justice issues. Among the eight committees he serves on are Commerce and Consumer Services, Justice Appropriations, and Judiciary. He is vice chair of the Communications and Public Utilities Committee.His proudest moment at the legislature, he said, was passing the Choice Point bill last year, which requires all companies who collect data to inform consumers when their data has been stolen. And, on April 20, with a unanimous vote, he ushered the Slam Spam bill through the Senate (committee substitute for SB80), which would criminalize the worst kinds of e-mail spam.Last year, he received the Florida Legal Services Equal Access to Justice Award, for amendments during the Medicaid debate that gave people access to prescription drugs.Aronberg says his public service spirit started with his grandfather, who was the mayor of Ashland, Kentucky. It skipped a generation and landed with full-force passion in Aronberg, who loves his job as a lawyer at Greenspoon Marder in West Palm Beach, doing a mix of local government law and general consumer law, as well as his job as a senator.“If you love people, and I do, and love public service, it’s a very noble and rewarding profession,” Aronberg says. “Politics is the art of compromise. It’s about rules and relationships, knowing the rules of the game and loving relationships.”And when you are the senator of District 27, it means loving to spend time in your car. On his official senator Web page, he lists his recreations as “golf, exercise, guitar, and driving back and forth on State Road 80.” Lawyers in the Legislaturelast_img read more

Tourist activity of population of Republic of Croatia in 2016

first_imgIn 2016, at least one private multi-day trip was 1.6 million people or 44.0% of the population of Croatia aged 15 and over, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).A total of 3.8 million of private trips were realized, of which 2.5 million (67.8%) were realized in Croatia and 1.2 million (32.2%) were realized abroad. The most common international destinations were Bosnia and Herzegovina (21.5% trips), Italy (13.7%), Germany (12.0%), Austria (11.3%) and Slovenia (9.1%).The most common reasons for going on a private trip with overnigh stays were visiting relatives and friends (1.2 million trips or 32.7%) and seaside vacation (1.1 million trips or 28.3%).The largest number of nights was realized in non-commercial AccommodationThe population of the Republic of Croatia realized a total of 23.1 million nights on trips with overnight stays, of which 16.8 million (72.8%) were realized in Croatia, while 6.3 million (27.2%) were realized abroad. An average of 6.1 nights were realized on a single trip. An average of 6.6 nights were realized on trips in Croatia, while for trips abroad the average amounted to 5.2 nights.By type of accommodation, the largest number of nights was realized in non-commercial accommodation establishments (16.5 million nights or 71.5%), of which 8.6 million nights were realized in non-commercial accommodation establishments owned by relatives and friends and 7.3 million nights were realized in own vacation homes (second homes).Average travel expenses amounted to HRK 1The total expenditure on private trips with overnight stays amounted to 6.5 billion kuna, of which 3.1 billion (48.8%) were spent in Croatia, while 3.3 billion (51.2%) were spent abroad. Average travel expenses amounted to HRK 1.In 2016, 56% of the population of the Republic of Croatia did not go on a trip, usually due to financial reasonsOut of the total population of the Republic of Croatia aged 15 and over, 2.0 million or 56.0% of them did not go on a private trip with overnight stays in 2016. The most common reasons for not going on private trips with overnight stays (multiple answers possible) were the lack of finances (61.6%), health reasons (24.3%) and lack of free time due to family obligations (15.9%).More business / professional trips were realized abroadThere were 318 thousand persons or 8.8% of the total population of the Republic of Croatia aged 15 and over in 2016 that went on at least one business / professional trip with overnight stays. A total of 784 thousand business / professional trips were realized, of which 380 thousand (48.5%) in the Republic of Croatia and 403 thousand (51.5%) abroad.Almost 7 million same-day visits were realizedIn 2016, the population of the Republic of Croatia aged 15 and over realized 6.8 million same-day visits, out of which 6.1 million (88.8%) were for private and 765 thousand (11.2%) were for business / professional purposes.For the first time in Croatia, 100 million overnight stays were realizedCroatian tourism has achieved historic tourism results this weekend.The long-awaited and anticipated record of 100 million overnights has been recorded for the first time in Croatia’s eVisitor system, which includes tourist traffic realized in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system).So, in the period from 1 January to 29 October. According to the first data, in Croatia, 17.8 million arrivals and 100.1 million nights spent in Croatia. This is an increase of 13 percent in arrivals and 12 percent in nights. The largest number of overnight stays were made from Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Poland and the Czech Republic, and most of the overnight stays were realized in Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Poreč, Medulin and Umag. Analyzing traffic by type of accommodation, in the mentioned period most of the overnight stays were realized in household facilities (about 35 million), hotels (around 24 million) and camps (around 19 million).last_img read more

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India’s Modi to go into virus lockdown for Holi festival

first_imgIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Wednesday he will stay away from celebrations during one of the country’s biggest festivals as coronavirus fears gripped the country of 1.3 billion people.India has been one of the latest countries to report a surge in cases, sparking a run on masks, while the government said all air passengers entering the country would now be screened for the virus that has killed more than 3,000 around the globe.Modi said he would stay away from events for Holi, the “festival of colours”, which is normally a raucous day when paint and water are splashed in the streets of many cities. “Experts across the world have advised to reduce mass gatherings to avoid the spread of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus,” Modi said on Twitter.”Hence, this year I have decided not to participate in any Holi Milan programme.”The Hindu festival, which this year falls next Tuesday, marks the beginning of spring.Ever since he became prime minister in 2014, Modi has taken part in high-profile events for Holi and other major festivals, mingling freely with crowds. India has reported 28 cases of the new coronavirus so far, up from five on Tuesday, with 16 of them Italian tourists who have been quarantined in New Delhi.India is the world’s second-most populous country after China, where the virus first emerged last year.Worldwide, around 3,200 people have died from the virus with more than 90,000 infections.With the new cases, India has stepped up preventive measures.Health Minister Harsh Vadhan said all air passengers entering the country would now be screened for symptoms.India has already barred visitors from Italy, Iran, South Korea and Japan, except diplomats and officials from international bodies.Authorities say isolation wards are being set up in 25 Delhi hospitals in expectation of a flood of cases.Topics :last_img read more

Two bars and a Japanese hot tub create perfect place to host party

first_img6284 Sylvan Lane, Hope Island.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa23 hours agoMr Cummins said the Japanese- inspired hot tub he built was always a big hit with guests. “Geordie and I had 250 people here for a New Year’s Eve party,” he said. “We built it to use as an entertainer and it has been magnificent. The house is poised on a 2160 sqm blockOur only problem is we get an itch to start something new every 10 years. We plan to build another house and downsize.” The house has a commanding presence on 2160sq m but Mr Cummins says it feels like a private haven. Sit back and enjoy the views with a glass of red from your own bar“The balcony stretches across the whole side of the house with a sandfly screen and has a magnificent view,” he said. 6284 Sylvan Lane, Hope Island.ORIENTAL style combines with open plan spaces and a modern design in this striking Sanctuary Cove house. Homeowners Russell and Geordie Cummins built the five-bedroom house for entertaining. Two bars, a theatre and a cabana set the scene for a grand party. It has the space you need for a big house partylast_img read more

Institutional investors urge Australia to adopt modern slavery law

first_imgThe committee was commissioned to carry out an inquiry in February, and will decide if a Modern Slavery Act should be introduced in Australia.Signatories to the investor statement included several Australian pension investors such as AustralianSuper and Hesta, European asset owners such as Church of Sweden and the UK’s Church Investors Group, and asset managers such as Aviva, Hermes, and PGGM, the provider for the €182bn Dutch healthcare pension scheme PFZW.  The investor statement said Australian companies could be implicated in the use of forced labour – a facet of what is referred to as modern slavery – in their supply chains, and that the discovery of this practice could ultimately impact long-term returns by damaging companies’ brands and “licence to operate”.It said that, on the whole, investors have limited information on Australian companies’ efforts to address risks related to forced labour, and that an Australian Modern Slavery Act “would create a level playing field, improving the amount of information available”.The investor statement noted that other jurisdictions have adopted legislation addressing modern slavery, such as the UK, which introduced a similar act in 2015.It also cited a new “corporate duty of vigilance” law passed this year in France, the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive, and a body of international soft law, such as the International Labour Organisation’s core labour standards.“Early evidence shows that both the California and the UK legislation are improving availability of information for investors, while increasing senior level corporate engagement, transparency, and action on modern slavery,” according to the statement. “An Australian Act would complement these efforts.”Separately, a group of more than 130 global institutional investors with over $4.3trn under management last month issued a statement calling on textile companies with supply chains in Bangladesh to continue to implement an agreement for factory inspections that was reached in the aftermath of the collapse of a building (Rana Plaza) in 2013, which killed more than 1,100 garment workers and injured a further 2,600. The statement was issued to coincide with the four-year anniversary of that event. More than 30 major institutional investors are calling for the introduction of modern slavery legislation in Australia.The investors – which have over $2trn (€1.8trn) in assets under management between them – have signed a statement to a group of lawmakers in Australia that is conducting an inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in the country.“As investors, we believe human rights issues can present potential financial impacts through reputation damage and operational risks to our portfolio companies,” the statement said. “We therefore welcome a Modern Slavery Act which would improve transparency on how companies operating in Australia are managing modern slavery risks in their operations and supply chains.”The statement was organised by the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), which has separately written to the Australian parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Trade.last_img read more

New rules for using physical restraint in schools

first_imgMinistry of Education 21 Aug 2017New rules have come into force which require schools to notify, monitor and report on the use of physical restraint.Schools should be, and usually are, a safe and happy place. But there are times when things risk getting out of control and someone needs to step in.On rare occasions a student may need to be physically restrained and new rules have now been issued to give greater clarity about when it is okay to do so.To be clear, the use of physical restraint is a last resort. It is far better to prevent dangerous situations developing or using de-escalation techniques to calm things down, but that’s not always possible.The legislation says that a teacher or authorised staff member can use physical restraint if he or she reasonably believes that there is a serious and imminent risk to the safety of the student or others, and the physical restraint must be reasonable and proportionate in the circumstances. Situations where it may be appropriate include:Breaking up a fightStopping a student from moving in with a weaponStopping a student who is throwing furniture close to others who could be injuredPreventing a student from running onto a road.The rules [PDF, 847 KB] have requirements for schools to notify monitor and report on the use of physical restraint.Physical restraint is a serious intervention and when it is used schools now need to notify the Ministry of Education and the employer (board of trustees, sponsor of a partnership school kura hourua, or manager of a private school). This new requirement will allow us to provide appropriate support to schools and students, and update the rules and guidelines if needed to address emerging issues.If you have an incident of physical restraint at your school you’ll need to complete a form and send it to You can also email any queries about the rules to the same address.Download the form [DOCX, 53 KB]If schools feel they would benefit from training in this area, a workshop, Understanding Behaviour, Responding Safely, is available to all schools. It focuses on prevention and de-escalation strategies and is run by experienced behaviour management specialists (who also offer ongoing support). Any school interested in the workshop should contact their local Ministry of Education office.Some of the students with the most challenging behaviours will have specific physical intervention and restraint techniques in their individual student plans. Where the Ministry is part of the team supporting such a student specific training for staff in using those techniques is available.New (September 2017) and updated Guidelines for Registered Schools in New Zealand on the Use of Physical Restraint [PDF, 279 KB] are now available.last_img read more

Antigua Puts on a Good Show

first_imgJohnny Alfred.Last night at the Lindo Park in first game of the invitational basketball tournament between Dominica National Basketball team and the Big Banana Express of Antigua gave the fans the opportunity to see the Dominica Team in Action. While being overmatch in size and manpower the Express team put on a show that anyone would be proud off, the game remain close . Every time the Dominica team would take a 10 point lead Express came roaring back with some great 3 point shooting by Antigua national team player Marlon Charles. But the experience play of Johnny Alfred on the inside kept Dominica in the lead.Final scores was Dominica 75 points to Big Banana Express 62 points. See below for score board,DominicaBernard Mills – 5 rebounds, 5 steals and 6 assistDavidson Toulon – 9 pointsJunior Isles – 9 points, 13 rebounds, 1 steal and 3 blocksJohnny Alfred – 19 points, 13 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocksGarth Joseph – 11 points and 4 reboundsAntiguaMarlon Charles – 27 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assist, 5 steals and 1 blockKareem Blair – 12 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assist and 1 stealBarry Hodge – 9 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assist and 1 stealStellan Braithwaite – 4 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assist, 1 steal and 2 blocks.Games will continue at the Massacre Hardcourt on Saturday from 8.30 pmBy: Mickey Joseph Dominica Amateur Basketball Association 33 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img NewsSports Antigua Puts on a Good Show by: – September 2, 2011 Share Sharelast_img read more

JCD Hosts Middle School Cross Country Meet

first_imgThe Jac-Cen-Del Junior High Cross Country teams hosted a 4 school meet with Batesville, Milan, and Rising Sun on Thursday (9/4) night.JCD 4-Way CC Meet (9-4)The JCD Girls’ team finished 1st with a 25 followed by Batesville with 45, Rising Sun with 80, ans Milan with 107.The Batesville Boys’ team finished 1st with a 26 followed by JCD with 30, MIlan with 89, and RS with 92.Batesville Results @ JCD MS CC (9-4)Courtesy of Eagles Coach Steve Narwold and Bulldogs Coach Derek Suits.last_img