Simon Gleeson, Hayden Tee & More to Join West End’s Les Miserables

first_img View Comments The West End production of Les Miserables is ready to welcome a host of new and returning faces to the barricade. Beginning December 5, Simon Gleeson, Lucy O’Byrne and Hollie O’Donoghue will assume the roles of Jean Valjean, Fantine and Eponine. Paul Wilkins will return to play Marius beginning December 12, with Charlotte Kennedy stepping into the role of Cosette.Additionally, Les Miz alum Hayden Tee will play Javert from January 9, 2017 through April 22. He steps in for Jeremy Secomb, who is set to cross the pond and star in the off-Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd.The current cast of Les Miserables features Peter Lockyer as Jean Valjean, Secomb as Javert, the Miss Saigon-bound Eva Noblezada and Rachellle Ann Go as Eponine and Fantine, respectively, Craig Mather as Marius and Zoë Doano as Cosette. Continuing in their roles are David Langham and Katy Secombe as the Thénardiers and Chris Cowley as Enjolras.Gleeson has previously played the role of Valjean in Manila, Singapore and Australia. His West End credits include Mamma Mia!, Eureka and The Far Pavillions.O’Byrne makes her West End debut as Fantine. She previously starred as Maria in the U.K. tour of The Sound of Music. O’Donoghue’s time in Les Miz began in 2015 as a part of the ensemble. Her additional credits include The Commitments, Peter Pan and Ragtime.Wilkins is no stranger to Les Miz and the role of Marius; he made his West End debut in the show last year and has since played Marius in Manila, Singapore and Dubai. Kennedy also took her first West End bow in the musical last year.Tee previously played the role of Marius in Les Miz in the West End. He is set to play Javert once again when the show heads to Dubai in November. His additional credits include South Pacific, Little Women, Titanic, Cats and Into the Woods. Simon Gleeson in ‘Les Miserables'(Photo: Matthew Murphy)last_img read more

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USSC rejects ‘Pit-Bull’ lawyers’ ad appeal

first_img USSC rejects ‘Pit-Bull’ lawyers’ ad appeal April 15, 2006 Regular News USSC rejects ‘Pit-Bull’ lawyers’ ad appealcenter_img The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from two Florida lawyers who were ordered disciplined by the Florida Supreme Court for their ads which included a drawing of a pit bull and a 1-800 PIT-BULL phone number.Marc Chandler said the court’s March 27 action ends the appeals for him and partner John Pape.“We’re disappointed that the United State Supreme Court declined to take the case. While we respect the Florida Supreme Court, we don’t think its decision comports with applicable U.S. Supreme Court precedent,” Chandler said. “We have complied and intend to continue complying with the Florida Supreme Court’s ruling.”That means the pair will receive a public reprimand from the Bar Board of Governors, attend an advertising workshop, and change their firm ad. That included a drawing of a pit bull head in a spike collar in place of the ampersand in the firm name and the PIT-BULL phone number.The ad gained prominence a couple years ago when it was cited as an example of bad advertising by state lawmakers who were considering a state law to regulate lawyer ads. That bill passed the House but died in the Senate, and the effort was not revived in succeeding sessions.The referee who heard the grievance case agreed with Chandler and Pape that their advertisement did not violate Bar rules, and that the use of the pit bull could be seen as promoting loyalty and tenaciousness. But the Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, overturned the referee, and ordered the discipline.The court’s decision, in part, said the public perception of pit bulls was viciousness and unprovoked attacks and that was an improper image to send about lawyers.Chandler praised the efforts of Richard Smolla, dean of the University of Richmond School of Law, who took their appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.In his brief to the court, Smolla said that while many lawyers might not want to associate themselves with pit bulls, “under our First Amendment principles we assign the management of good taste to the forces of the marketplace, not the forces of government.”Chandler said, with the case over, he and Pape plan to continue in their practice, which focuses on representing injured motorcyclists, and where they have never had a Bar complaint filed by a client.“We’re going to continue practicing law; we’re going to represent our clients as best we possibly can, and that’s something we’ve attempted to do since we started practicing together,” he said.last_img read more

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How smart are you about promoting programs and services?

first_imgWhat appeals to you more?Get a lower interest rate! How much lower? Nearly 3%!OrRemember the milk, we’ll remember your rewards.Or evenBuy what you need. Support the causes you love most.Let’s face it. People aren’t good at math. It’s an important challenge the credit union industry is tackling with financial literacy programs. Commendable. However, I would bet most people will still sign up for a credit card with a few percent higher interest rate if it means they can get back a few percent in rewards. “They’ll even out in the end, at worst,” may be a common thought.And rewards are just the beginning.You’re a credit union. Community engagement is part of your DNA. Show it!Just take a look at our friends up north. I spoke with a representative from Vancity Credit Union in Vancouver about their credit card program. Why? Because it is different by a long shot.Not only do their members receive rewards, depending on the level of card chosen, but the entire program is a staple of the community. But don’t take my word for it! Here’s how the spokesperson for the program described it to me (emphasis mine):It’s ok if you feel a bit overwhelmed. “But they’re a really big institution, Joe!” That’s fair, and I raised that point to them. They explained how it is related to a percentage of profits, not the total funds. Therefore, a small institution could run a program with smaller investments, but no less impressive impact.Take, for example, Christian Community Credit Union.  Their “Gives to Missions” cards support a variety of community efforts using a portion of profits from interchange fees.  From disaster relief to college scholarships, their members have supported a to-date donation total of over $4 million! Oh, and cardholders receive rewards for every purchase, as well.A recent blog on A Smarter Choice discussed the perks of using a credit union credit card. All of them revolved around the boring rates. It’s true, they are lower, yet wouldn’t it attract more attention if you spoke of building playgrounds in your city and returning rewards to your members?If we talk about being a smarter choice, shouldn’t we be smarter about how we promote our own programs and services? 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joe Winn What do you get when you mix auto loan programs with a desire to help others? Well, approaches that make a difference, of course. So what do you get when … Web: credituniongeek.com Detailslast_img read more

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Taking a breath at year end and peering over the cliff

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This change thing is exhausting.  In 2017 our capacity to adjust to change has been challenged.   Every day we wake up to see what the Tweeter in Chief said in the middle of the night and who he offended.  We wake to discover which TV or political icon acted inappropriately in his past.   We hold our breath with every North Korean missile launch to see what terrifying threats are going to be tossed about by leaders with fingers on buttons.So assuming we are still alive and can focus on business in 2018, let’s examine the big change issues for credit unions.  The regulatory side looks favorable for 2018.  Now that Mick Mulvaney has taken over the CFPB, we can expect that the regulatory overreach by the CFPB will halt.  NCUA, with Chairman McWatters, is in regulatory cut-back mode.In 2018, more credit unions will begin to escape from the clutches of legacy core processing systems.   The business model for some of the legacy core providers is to sell you technology that was developed forty years ago and charge credit unions through the roof to connect other software to the core.   That model is excessively expensive, slow to adapt and slow to implement.   In response, credit unions banded together and raised over $26 million to form the CUSO Constellation Digital Partners, LLC.   Constellation is developing technology that will enable credit unions to pick and choose which apps they wish to provide to their members and then easily connect the apps to the credit union’s core system.  It is core neutral.  The technology will enable credit unions to both compete with fin tech providers and take advantage of the technology developed by fin tech providers.   Credit unions will encourage software developers to create software for credit unions using code that will enable the software to be delivered inexpensively and efficiently.  Innovators take note of this opportunity. continue reading »last_img read more

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Arsenal target Odsonne Edouard appears to rule out move away from Celtic this summer

first_imgArsenal target Odsonne Edouard appears to rule out move away from Celtic this summer Arsenal have identified Odsonne Edouard as a possible replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Picture: Getty)Arsenal target Odsonne Edouard appears to have ruled out a summer move away from Celtic after outlining his intention to help the Scottish champions secure a 10th straight league title next season.Edouard, 22, has racked up 22 goals and seven assists in the Scottish Premiership this term and his outstanding form has reportedly attracted strong interest from Arsenal ahead of the summer transfer window. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is out of contract in 2021 and the Gunners have identified Edouard as a possible long-term replacement for the Gabon international, but Celtic are determined to keep hold of their prized possession. Advertisement Advertisement The Frenchman has had an outstanding campaign with the Scottish champions (Picture: Getty)Celtic manager Neil Lennon recently confirmed the club were in discussions with Edouard over a contract extension and the Frenchman looks set to commit his future to the Glasgow giants.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTEdouard, the league’s top scorer by a distance, has been a huge part of Celtic’s success this term and hopes to secure a ‘historic’ 10th title in a row with the Bhoys next term.‘Every season we want to win the title,’ he told Celtic TV.‘This year is nine in-a-row and next year I hope it is 10 in-a-row. This will be historic for the club.‘It’s very important for the club, for the fans, for the team, for all of the staff. ‘We now need to go back to work for next season and I hope that we can win this title for 10 in-a-row.’center_img Aubameyang is out of contract at Arsenal in 2021 (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas, who also enjoyed two spells with Celtic, has been massively impressed with Edouard and believes the striker would make a good like-for-like replacement for Alexandre Lacazette, rather than Aubameyang, at the Emirates.‘He could certainly play at Arsenal because the way they play, his style would be more than suitable for it,’ Nicholas told Sky Sports.‘The problem is getting the judgement right over whether he’s ready right now, playing every week for Arsenal compared to who is there already.‘I’m a big fan of Alexandre Lacazette, and Edouard has got quite a bit of Lacazette in style within his game. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘He certainly would not come to England straightaway and score 20 to 25 goals in a season unless Arsenal find a renewed belief and they get the whole team right. ‘It’s got potential, absolutely, but I’m not convinced that they will go and buy him. The reason is that in Scotland, Celtic are gauging him as a £40m player. ‘This will come down to what Edouard wants. If he wants to leave, then he will leave. Celtic will take the cash rather than have a player who is not committed to the cause because historically that’s what they have done – with [Moussa] Dembele, Virgil van Dijk and Kieran Tierney.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Ryan Fraser makes transfer decision amid Arsenal and Tottenham interestMORE: Jens Lehmann slams Unai Emery and says former manager was ‘not good enough’ for Arsenal Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 11 Jun 2020 10:26 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShareslast_img read more

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Ideal family entertainer on offer in Capalaba

first_imgOne of the living spaces at 8 Firtree St, Capalaba.“We had all the kids’ graduation and birthday parties there. “I think the toughest thing to say goodbye to will be all the memories.” The home is being marketed by Gail and Ian Gobey of Sash & Gable Real Estate and it will go to auction at 10.30am on October 14. The home at 8 Firtree St, Capalaba.The property has a grand driveway and well-maintained lawns and gardens. Inside, there is a sunken lounge room, and an open-plan kitchen and dining area. The kitchen has granite benchtops, new appliances and a breakfast bar, while timber and glass bi-fold doors in the dining area open out to the outdoor entertaining area. The home at 8 Firtree St, Capalaba.This sprawling home on a private 6000sq m block is going under the hammer in Capalaba. Owner Allan Todd said he bought the property at 8 Firtree St in 1990 as a family home. “We’d just had our third child and we were looking for acreage, and to get away from all the shops and distractions,” he said. “I was born in Wynnum and the progression out to acreage was pretty standard for my generation.” The kitchen and dining area at 8 Firtree St, Capalaba.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Off the dining room, there is a rumpus room with a built-in bar and a second set of bi-fold doors opening out to the outdoors. There are three downstairs bedrooms — one with a private courtyard. There are also an office, a laundry, a bathroom and a home theatre with sound proofing. Upstairs, the master bedroom has a dressing room and an ensuite, and the second bedroom also has an ensuite. The outdoor entertaining area at 8 Firtree St, Capalaba.Outside, the covered entertainment area flows out to the in-ground swimming pool and a poolside gazebo. Mr Todd said the property was a great place to entertain. “When our kids were at school, it was the party house of Ormiston College,” he said. last_img read more

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Abortion: Rights groups weigh in on teen pregnancy

first_imgNZ Herald 4 June 2015A petition seeking a law change that would require parents to be informed before their daughter has an abortion is unnecessary and potentially dangerous, says an abortion rights advocate.Abortion Law Reform New Zealand spokeswoman Annabel Henderson Morell said most teenagers already told their families when they needed an abortion, and those who did not did so for their own wellbeing.“Almost always it’s because they know that would lead to a situation of coercion where they would be forced to carry through with a pregnancy they don’t want to have,” she said.“There’s also horrible instances of family violence, incest or sexual abuse.”Bob McCoskrie, director of conservative lobby group Family First NZ, said he would support a law change.“While a parent has to sign a letter for their daughter to go on a school trip to the zoo or to play in the netball team, they are totally excluded from any knowledge or granting of permission for that same child to have a surgical abortion.“It begs the question – what is so unique about abortion procedures which allows for the prohibition of parental consent?”Mr McCoskrie said younger teenagers were less able to make the decision to have an abortion on their own.“A recent research paper argued that most female adolescents only start to acquire sufficient autonomous capacity from the age of 14 years and as such the legislative wording of the current law is problematic and arguably careless.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11459930Family First want major concerns over young pregnant girls reviewedMaori Television 4 June 2015According to the Care of Children Act 2004, a girl of any age can give consent to an abortion.Now, Family First NZ is calling on politicians to look at major concerns to ensure young pregnant girls in a crisis situation receive the right family support and care.National Director of Family First NZ Bob McCroskie says parents are totally excluded from any knowledge or granting of permission for their child to be put on the pill or have a surgical abortion.Bob McCroskie says “This all effectively means that while a parent has to sign a letter for their daughter to go on a school trip to the zoo or to play in the netball team, they are totally excluded from any knowledge or granting of permission for that same child to be put on the pill or have a surgical abortion. It begs the question – what is so unique about abortion procedures which allows for the prohibition of parental consent?”https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/politics/family-first-want-major-concerns-over-young-pregnant-girls-reviewedLobby group call for law changeSunLive 4 June 2015Lobby group Family First NZ have called for a policy change which would see parents notified immediately if their daughter has an abortion.A petition is being presented to Parliament on behalf of a Stratford mother, whose teenaged daughter attempted suicide after a secret abortion was organised by a local school. Her story was featured on TVNZ’s Seven Sharp.According to the Care of Children Act 2004, a girl of any age can give consent to an abortion and that consent operates as if it were given by her parents.The Act effectively means parents need never know that their daughter has had such a procedure. It is the only medical procedure where parents can be ‘kept in the dark’.“This means that while a parent has to sign a letter for their daughter to go on a school trip to the zoo or to play in the netball team, they are totally excluded from any knowledge or granting of permission for that same child to be put on the pill or have a surgical abortion,” says Family First NZ national director Bob McCoskrie.“It begs the question – what is so unique about abortion procedures which allows for the prohibition of parental consent?”Bob says a recent research paper argued that most female adolescents only start to acquire sufficient autonomous capacity from the age of 14 years, and as such, the legislative wording of the current law is problematic and arguably careless.He says the current law is also out of step with the wishes of most New Zealanders.A 2010 independent poll of 1,000 people by Curia Market Research found that four out of five people supported parental notification laws.Bob adds: “In a similar independent poll in 2012, teens (aged 15-21) were asked: ‘Provided it won’t put the girl in physical danger, should parents be told if their school-aged daughter is pregnant and considering getting an abortion?“Almost two out of three young respondents thought the parents should be told, while 34 per cent disagreed.”http://www.sunlive.co.nz/news/101659-lobby-group-call-law-change.htmllast_img read more

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AquaTrojans Clinch EIAC Swimming & Diving Crowns

first_imgThe East Central Aqua Trojans defend their titles taking home the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championship on Saturday in Aurora.Girls Scores:  East Central 319, Greensburg 271, Connersville 245, Batesville 179, South Dearborn 108, Lawrenceburg 71.Boys Scores:  East Central 355.5, Connersville 284, Greensburg 205, South Dearborn 143, Lawrenceburg 103.5, Batesville 98.Special congratulations to Jackson Ketcham for setting a conference record in the 200 Freestyle.  The time of 1:47.38 beat former EC swimmer Derek Roth’s record time of 1:49.89.  Also, special congratulations to Conference MVP’s.  Girls: Grace Crane and Alexis deLong (4 TIME CONFERENCE MVP) from East Central.  Boys: Alex Ketcham, Jackson Ketcham, Jacob Weber from East Central and Zane Spurlock from Connersville.East Central Conference Champions include:  Girls 200 Medley Relay; (Kyra Hall, Alexis deLong, Grace Crane, Olivia Nixon); Boys 200 Medley Relay; (Jacob Weber, Klay Shipman, Jackson Ketcham, Alex Ketcham);Boys 200 Freestyle; Jackson Ketcham **NEW CONFERENCE RECORD**; Girls 200 IM: Alexis deLong; Boys 200 IM: Alex Ketcham; Girls 1 meter diving: Aly Bailey; Girls 100 Butterfly: Grace Crane; Boys 100 Butterfly: Jacob Weber; Girls 100 Freestyle: Alexis deLong; Girls 500 Freestyle: Grace Crane; Boys 500 Freestyle: Jackson Ketcham; Girls 100 Backstroke: Kyra Hall; Boys 100 Backstroke: Jacob Weber; Boys 100 Breaststroke: Alex Ketcham; Girls 400 Freestyle Relay (Ashley Bortlein, Grace Crane, Mackenzie Schantz, Alexis deLong); Boys 400 Freestyle Relay (Jackson Ketcham, Matthew Badinghaus, Ethen Witte, Jacob Weber).Courtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless.last_img read more

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Evonne K. Hannum, 72

first_imgEvonne K. Hannum, 72, of Greensburg passed away on Friday, November 15, 2019 at Columbus Regional Hospital.  Evonne was born on February 9, 1947 in Greendale, Indiana to Elmer and Mary Jane (Maines) Clark.  Evonne attended Lawrenceburg High School.  She worked at GeCom and Taco Bell in Greensburg.  She loved going to the casino, playing bingo, going to flea markets, spending time with her grandchildren, and traveling with her sister.  Evonne married Robert E. Hannum, Sr. on September 5, 1964 and he preceded her in death on March 29, 2019.  Other survivors include, 3 sons; Robert E. (Vicki) Hannum, Jr, William (Marliee) Hannum, John (Christie) Hannum, 8 grandchildren; Dustin Redelman, Brittany Hannum, Lily Hannum, Daisy Hannum, Janie Follmer, Stephan Hannum, Keisha Hannum, A’Jay Hannum, 2 great grandchildren; Skyla Hannum, Johnnie Watson, and 1 sister; DeVota Dolan.  Evonne was preceded in death by her parents, grandson; Dalton Tyler Hannum, and brother; Donnie Lewis.  Graveside services will take place at Sand Creek Cemetery on Thursday, November 21 at 2 pm.  Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

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Pardew aiming to win over critics

first_img Fans had been urged to walk out by the Newcastle United Supporters Trust at two pre-arranged points during the game, but while several hundred did so after 60 and then 69 minutes, there were not mass departures. However, despite the obvious unrest among the club’s fan-base, it is understood that Ashley has no immediate plans to relieve Pardew of his duties despite fresh suggestions that former Manchester United boss David Moyes could be in his sights. Ashley was not on Tyneside for the latest instalment in a saga which has been running since Yohan Cabaye was sold and not replaced in January. Had he been, he would have seen Shola Ameobi, who is out of contract at the end of the season, give his side the lead with what could be his last ever goal for the club at St James’ Park, a header from Moussa Sissoko’s 18th-minute cross. Pardew said of the striker: “He’s been an absolutely magnificent servant for this football club. “He is one of the nicest, best people I have ever come across as a footballer at a young age, and he is going to have a magnificent career whatever he does – and he could literally do anything. “I was pleased that he got the goal today, for him and his family. If it was to be his last home game, he couldn’t have done more than he did today.” Knowing they needed a victory to stand any chance of avoiding the drop, Cardiff hit back and but for two stunning saves from Tim Krul either side of half-time to deny first Wilfried Zaha and then substitute Kenwyne Jones, they would have been level. Skipper Fabricio Coloccini came to the Magpies’ rescue 14 minutes from time to block Aron Gunnarsson’s shot on the line, and it was not until Loic Remy turned Cheick Tiote’s deflected 87th-minute effort past David Marshall that the win was secure. Substitute Steven Taylor made sure with a third in injury time, and as news of Sunderland’s 1-0 win at Manchester United filtered through, the realisation dawned that Cardiff’s top-flight stay was over. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told the club’s official website, www.cardiffcityfc.co.uk: “Relegation today is the lowest point in my career so far and we are all hurting. “But now it’s happened, we have to look forward. Financially this is a club that has a lot going for it. “We have an owner who wants to be successful and part of the job is to try and keep as many of the very good players we have together to move forward together. “We will do what we can to keep our best talent, asking them to stay with us and give us all a chance of playing in the Premier League again in 14 months.” The 52-year-old was left in little doubt as to what large sections of the club’s support think of him despite guiding the team to a first Barclays Premier League victory in seven attempts on Saturday with a 3-0 home win over Cardiff – a result that sent the Welsh side down. The triumph ended a demoralising run of six consecutive defeats, which left many supporters among a crowd of 50,239 in rebellious mood. However, Pardew, who was booed by some spectators every time he left the dug-out, remains focused only on addressing the deficiencies which have seen Newcastle slip from top-six contenders to mid-table also-rans. He said: “We were nervous a little bit because we haven’t won, obviously, and we were protecting ourselves to a degree. “But we did the job and that was important today, that we did the job, and hopefully we can show our fans in the summer, as much as in the last game, that we are going to be stronger next year. “It was an important day, we know that, all round, really, for the club. It was the club that was important today, and our staff. “All the staff at the stadium today were hoping to get their bonus, and hopefully we have delivered that, but we will have to wait to see what Palace do.” Owner Mike Ashley will hand out bonuses to all the club’s staff if they achieve their target of a top-10 finish – they currently sit in ninth place, two points ahead of Stoke and a further four better off than Crystal Palace, who entertain Liverpool on Monday evening. Whether or not Pardew should remain on board to collect his share of that pot is a matter for intense debate. Chants calling for both manager and owner to go resounded around St James’ Park at regular intervals, and banners bearing similar messages were unfurled. Press Association Alan Pardew will head into the summer determined to rebuild his Newcastle side to win over his critics. last_img read more

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