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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Finds New London Home & Plans Broadway Transfer

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first_img The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time features design by Bunny Christie, with lighting design by Paule Constable, video design by Finn Ross, movement by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett, music by Adrian Sutton and sound design by Ian Dickinson. The winner of seven Olivier Awards, the National Theatre’s production of Simon Stephens’ new play will make its Broadway debut at the Barrymore Theatre in the fall of 2014. Casting for the Great White Way incarnation will begin shortly. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is heading across the pond but first it will resume its West End run! Directed by Marianne Elliot, the current West End version of the show will not be returning to the Apollo Theatre, as previously announced, where part of the venue’s ceiling collapsed on the audience December 19 during a performance of the production. Instead it is set to start performances at the Gielgud Theatre beginning June 24. Opening night is scheduled for July 8.  Adapted from Mark Haddon’s novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time follows teenager Christopher who is exceptional at math while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs. Shears’ dog Wellington, he records each fact about the event in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of the murder. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a journey that upturns his world. View Commentslast_img read more

Prevent “Wet Feet”

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first_img Most root disorders can be prevented by providing good soil drainage. Follow these simple tips to keep your plants healthy and beautiful well beyond those first six months. C. Ness, UGA CAES If the crown or major roots are affected by root rots, the entire plant can wilt and die rapidly. If only the small “feeder” roots are affected, the plant may decline slowly and just look sickly and unproductive. Sick or damaged roots may be present only on part of a plant’s root system, resulting in a one-sided appearance of yellow, stunted leaves. An ounce of prevention PREVENTING “WET FEET” IS EASIER THAN TREATING IT Yellowing plants may not need nitrogen, but less water. Provide good drainage for your plants by building raised beds that allow water to drain quickly. center_img ÿGood planning in the design of beds and lawn areas can prevent surface drainage problems. Slope beds and lawns so water runs away from the house. ÿLow areas sometimes cause problems because they can’t easily be graded to provide for adequate surface drainage. In such cases, you may need to construct drainage channels or French drains. ÿRemember to take into account water coming off of roofs as well. Take care that gutter downspouts drain away from plants and don’t pool water. ÿProvide internal drainage by using raised beds (particularly for annuals and tender perennials). ÿAmending planting beds with 3 to 5 inches of a good topsoil or compost will help improve drainage. Using less organic matter than this won’t provide enough soil structure change to make a difference. ÿDon’t place soil amendments directly in the planting hole. When you use potted plants, till or spade the amendments into the entire bed. Dig single planting holes at least twice the width of the root ball. Make the sides of the hole rough and jagged. Check drainage conditions first by filling the hole with water. If water drains in 24 hours, you can assume there is enough drainage. If water stands in the hole, take corrective measures or use only plants tolerant of poorly drained sites. ÿWhen planting, never place a plant deeper than the top of the root ball. Remember that the soilÿ may settle some if you dig too deep and have to backfill. ÿFinally, avoid overwatering. Most plants need about 1 inch of water per week. Any more than this may cause root problems. Water plants near the drip line of their foliage. Many times we get excited about planting new shrubs and flowers in the landscape. Webuyÿ the plants, dig the hole, drop them in and sit back and admire their beauty. Butsix months later they sometimes turn a disappointing shade of yellow.Problem may not be what you think Many folks then throw out some fertilizer, thinking the plants need nitrogen. In reality, these plants may very well be suffering from a problem common in Georgia soils, called “wet feet.” ÿWet feet is the name given to a list of diseases and problems associated with poor drainage. Our heavy clay soils tend to hold moisture well, and this often causes the roots of a plant to rot. ÿlast_img read more

Bar leery of advance funding schemes

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first_img February 15, 2002 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Senior EditorFlorida attorneys representing personal injury plaintiffs should have little if anything to do with advance funding loans by third parties to their clients, according to the Bar Board of Governors.The board at its February 1 meeting in Tampa had hoped to adopt a final version of Proposed Advisory Opinion 00-3, but instead sent it back to the Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics for further redrafting.Advanced funding involves a third party loaning money to the client in exchange for part of the expected winnings from the case. Interest rates for the growing industry frequently range from 100 to 200 percent or more, but companies insist they are not loans because they are buying part of the expected judgment and don’t get paid unless there is a recovery.The Professional Ethics Committee debated the issue extensively, and eventually issued a draft of PAO 00-3, which said lawyers could tell clients about advance funding, give them the names of advance funding companies, share confidential information with a company with the consent of the client, and give them advice on a such a loan. The opinion said lawyers could honor an assignment by the client to repay an advance funding company, but should not issue a letter of protection to the company.The BRCPE, when it first brought the issue to the board in October, recommended approving the opinion but with an amendment saying attorneys could issue a letter of protection. Board members were uncomfortable with that and asked the committee to revisit the issue.At its December meeting, the committee asked for more time, noting that an intermediate Ohio appellate court had held that advance funding schemes were indeed loans and violated that state’s usury laws. In the meantime, they asked that Florida lawyers seeking advice on the issue be told of the pending advisory opinion and the Ohio court decision.At the February meeting, BRCPE Chair Richard Tanner said the committee was recommending the original language saying lawyers should not issue the letters of protection.But a majority of board members said the more they dealt with the issues, the less they like the loans.“The more I’ve thought about this, it is even worse than the last time we discussed this,” said board member David Bianchi. “I think it is wrong, because at the end of the day it is this board which should be looking out for the best interest of these unsophisticated clients who are participating in this funding scheme at usurious rates of interest.”He raised the prospect of the other side in the case finding out the funding company had obtained copies of otherwise confidential files and work product.“That’s the end of confidentiality of work product in this case,” he said. “Attorneys on the other side may subpoena the case files and get them.”“I have no doubt in my mind it’s illegal.. . , ” Board member David Welch said. “We’re certainly doing more harm to the public [by approving the opinion].”“I think it creates an inevitable conflict of interest,” said board member Robert Rush. “The advice we have to give attorneys is they can’t participate in this.”But other board members said even if the practice is unsavory, there is little the board can do.“We do not possess the ability to regulate that industry. It’s beyond our purview,” said board member Andrew Needle. “We regulate lawyers; we do not regulate people who prey on our clients.”If lawyers don’t tell needy clients about the loans and offer advice, the companies can use direct mail to contact clients who may then make a completely uninformed decision, he said.Board member Steven Chaykin cautioned that telling attorneys they cannot honor a client-executed assignment to an advance funding company might place attorneys in a difficult spot.“If a client signs the assignment, there will be a court order ordering the attorney to honor the assignment,” he said. “Sometimes we tend to have a very paternalistic attitude toward our clients. Our obligation to our clients is to also listen to them when they have made an informed decision.”President-elect Tod Aronovitz advocated finding an expedited way to bring the issue before the Supreme Court for advice.“This opinion that we’re talking about today is not proper, and we’re not going to be giving good advice to our lawyers,” he said. “At a very minimum, I would ask if there are other avenues available to bring this to the attention of the Florida Supreme Court.”The board, by voice vote, rejected the BRCPE’s revised opinion, and President Terry Russell referred it back to that panel for further work. Bar leery of advance funding schemescenter_img Bar leery of advance funding schemeslast_img read more

Animal Adventure’s ‘Jungle Bells’ brings dazzling, pandemic-friendly experience

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first_imgThe park is now dazzled with half a million bulbs. One part of the display features a light tunnel operated by 11 computers. “To see the kids, and the oohs and ahs, and the wows, that’s what is rewarding. It’s beautiful to finally open those gates and welcome everybody in to experience it,” said Patch. From Friday to Sunday, you will be able to walk the display while following CDC health and safety guidelines. On Thursdays, you can enjoy the animals and light show from the comfort of your car. “The added bonus of the animals in the park really just brings that holiday feeling home,” said Patch. HARPURSVILLE (WBNG) — This holiday season you can jam out to Jingle Bells in your car, all while enjoying the sights of Animal Adventure’s Jungle Bells Holiday Lights Display. Owner of the park, Jordan Patch, says he never expected to do a drive-thru light show, but he says it has taken many months and a big team to plan the event. center_img “It’s absolutely fabulous. Nice job Eddie, and thank you Jordan,” said one guest during the drive-thru experience. “To think we would actually be offering a Jungle Bells experience in the same format didn’t cross our minds, but here we are,” said Patch. Those reactions for the Animal Adventure staff, and Patch, mean everything. The display runs from November 12 to January 3. For more information on hours and pricing, head to their website.last_img read more

Cashback is not a cop-out

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Emmanuel Petit rips into Arsenal: ‘What was the point of sacking Arsene Wenger?’

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first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 4 Feb 2019 5:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link647Shares Advertisement Petit won the Premier League in 1998 with the Gunners (Picture: Getty)Emmanuel Petit has slammed Arsenal for the current lack of funds at the club and questioned whether sacking Arsene Wenger was a wise move.Petit, who played for the Gunners between 1997 and 2000, remains unimpressed at the club’s lack of transfer activity even after the arrival of Unai Emery.The north London side only managed to bring in Denis Suarez on loan during the January window, which has displeased the Frenchman.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘The frustration level must be very high for Emery,’ Petit told the Irish Independent. ‘In only his second transfer window as Arsenal manager, he was told he cannot sign anybody.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘You look at the money Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City spend and unless you join them and put the cash on the table to compete for the best players, you are going nowhere.‘Tottenham are not spending money, but they are in the position Arsenal were in a few years ago building a stadium, but there is no excuse for Arsenal now.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘If you sack Arsene Wenger and then say to the guy who replaces him you have no money to spend on new players, I would ask what was the point of sacking Wenger in the first place?’Wenger left the Gunners at the end of the 2017/18 season following a 22-year reign at the club.Arsenal’s next fixture is against Huddersfield in the Premier League on February 2.MORE: Aguero speaks out on handball goal in win over ArsenalWere Arsenal right to sack Wenger?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Advertisementcenter_img Comment Emmanuel Petit rips into Arsenal: ‘What was the point of sacking Arsene Wenger?’last_img read more

Gabriel’s agent reveals Lille star turned down bigger offers to join Arsenal

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first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 24 Aug 2020 11:31 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.9kShares Comment Advertisement Gabriel’s agent reveals Lille star turned down bigger offers to join Arsenal Gabriel had offers from Napoli and Manchester United (Photo by Dave Winter/Icon Sport via Getty Images)‘Arsenal was nowhere near the best proposal [money wise],’ Guilherme Miranda told Freddie Paxton of the Guardian. ‘Gabriel chose them over more lucrative offers because Edu convinced us of the project. It’s 100% because of Edu Gaspar and Arteta.’AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArteta will be buoyed by Gabriel’s decision to join the club and he arrives alongside fellow youngster William Saliba, who signed for the Gunners last summer but stayed on loan at St Etienne.Gunners will be hoping the duo can form a new partnership in the heart of Arsenal’s defence to cure the defensive problems they’ve experienced in recent years.Gabriel will become Arsenal’s second signing of the summer following Willian’s arrival on a free transfer from Chelsea but Arteta hopes to make further additions.Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey is a leading target, while Arteta may decide on signing another midfielder if Dani Ceballos’ stay is not prolonged. MORE: Malang Sarr agrees to join Chelsea on four-year deal Gabriel is set to sign a five-year deal with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)The agent of Arsenal-bound star Gabriel Magalhaes has revealed the Lille defender turned down more lucrative offers elsewhere in order to move to the Emirates.The Brazilian was at the Gunners’ training ground on Monday to undergo a medical with the club ahead of a £22million move to north London.Arsenal saw off competition from Napoli, Manchester United and Everton for the defender’s signature and the work of Mikel Arteta are said to have been influential in the Brazilian’s decision. The decision was clearly not down solely to finances as Gabriel’s agent has confirmed he could have earned far more elsewhere but for Edu’s work in convincing the Brazilian about the ‘project’ at the club.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

Pennsylvania Launches Website to Help Seniors and People with Disabilities Find Services Near Home

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first_img Human Services,  Innovation,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Seniors Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the launch of the Pennsylvania Link to Community Care website, which connects older Pennsylvanians and individuals with a disability or behavioral health need to services and support available in their community.The Pennsylvania Link to Community Care website provides users with a wide variety of resources including a home care directory and an information referral tool.“We have been working hard to help individuals with a disability and older Pennsylvanians to live where and how they choose, just as any of us would want,” Governor Wolf said. “This new website is a tremendous tool to help you or your loved one make the best and most informed decision about care and services.”The website is a collaboration between the departments of Aging (PDA) and Human Services (DHS), and serves as an extension of PDA’s Aging and Disability Resource call center. With this online resource the commonwealth is adding to its continuing efforts to help Pennsylvanians locate and get the best use of services at the local level.“Our capacity to link seniors and their families with community resources is critical to helping them live and age well at home,” said Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne. “Today’s launch empowers older Pennsylvanians and their caregivers to proactively explore the service options that are available to them as they seek to remain independent and age in place.”The site features 12 service and support categories, including Advocacy, Behavioral Health, Employment, Finance, Health Care, Housing, In-Home Services, Legal, Meals, Protection from Abuse, Support Groups, and Transportation.Users can find information about organizations, services, and programs within these categories. One major component to the site is its home care directory, which connects individuals to in-home services available in their county. More than 350 in-home service providers appearing on the searchable directory may offer personal care, assistance with activities of daily living, companionship services, respite care, and/or habilitation services.“We are committed to serving Pennsylvanians where they want to be – in their homes and communities,” said DHS Acting Secretary Teresa Miller. “This website is a great resource to connect an individual to the services they need to provide a choice in where they live.”Following the launch of Pennsylvania Link to Community Care, the departments of Aging and Human Services will continue to enhance the website using data and feedback from users, and expand the resources and information provided throughout the site. If you are a provider licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and would like to appear on the home care directory, you may submit your information by navigating to the footer of the site and clicking on “Apply.”To learn more about the Pennsylvania Link to Community Care website, or to find information on resources available in your county, visit www.carelink.pa.gov. November 16, 2017 Pennsylvania Launches Website to Help Seniors and People with Disabilities Find Services Near Homecenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Shareholder Rights Directive could have ‘unintended consequences’

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first_imgForcing pension funds to disclose the main elements of all investment management agreements (IMAs) with asset managers could have unintended consequences that hinder long-term investing, PensionsEurope has warned.The industry association recommended the European Commission’s revised Shareholder Rights Directive require the disclosure of investment beliefs and how these are implemented through a fund’s investment strategy, rather than details of IMAs.In a position paper on the Directive, the association suggested that the requirement to identify all of a listed company’s shareholders should be dropped, limiting it to institutions that hold at least 0.5% of share capital.It said the 0.5% threshold was one already employed in the Netherlands and allowed companies to identify shareholders that owned a “relevant” stake in the firm. PensionsEurope also raised concerns about engagement policies proposed in the draft Directive, saying the requirement to explain voting behaviour would increase administration costs.Returning to the issue of investment management agreements, it said: “We consider it inappropriate to require disclosure of specific contractual arrangements between two parties, especially when, for example, the fund in which the institutional investor has invested is not public.”Additionally, the position paper pointed out that information about an asset manager’s strategy could be commercially sensitive, and argued that it would push pension funds to invest only in vehicles with more easily justifiable fees, rather than ones offering the best fee structure.“Thus, requiring institutional investors to disclose publicly the main elements of the arrangement with the asset manager would in our view not be the right way of achieving long-term investment, instead giving undue prominence to only a narrow element of the strategy, with potential unintended consequences,” it said.However, the association did praise a number of the proposals put forward by the Commission.It said it was “positive” to introduce a vote on remuneration, which, according to the initial proposal, would be binding, and that it would encourage dialogue between shareholders and companies.It also welcomed the greater focus on transparency, and said further protection for minority shareholders – through the related-party transaction requirements that will require a vote on certain deals – was a positive step.The association did raise concerns that the Directive was too prescriptive, echoing concerns previously voiced by the International Corporate Governance Network.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesPensionsEurope position paper on revised Shareholder Rights Directivelast_img read more

Friday people roundup

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first_imgBlackRock – Rupert Harrison is to join as head of macro-strategies for multi-asset funds. Harrison, who will join the asset manager in September, was chief of staff to UK chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne during the last Parliament and is one of the people credited with the overhaul of defined contribution regulation that now allows savers to withdraw their pot from 55 years of age.Russell Investments – Van Luu has joined the manager as head of currency and fixed income. Luu, who will be responsible for devising currency hedging strategies, joins from Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM). At NBIM, responsible for management of the Government Pension Fund Global, she was a senior analyst for investment policy. Spence Johnson, Hermes EOS, Algebris, PIMCO, BlackRock, Russell Investments, Norges Bank Investment ManagementSpence Johnson – Nils Johnson, co-founder of the research consultancy alongside Magnus Spence, has been named director of retirement following a reorganisation that will see the company split into two business practices. Nigel Birch will head up the second practice as director of institutional. Spence will be managing director of the new business.Hermes Equity Ownership Services – Christine Chow Knowles has been named associate director of engagement, joining from the Hong Kong-based Homage Consulting. She has previously worked as a portfolio manager at Hewitt Bacon & Woodrow. Jaime Gornsztejn was also named associate director of engagement and joins from BNDES, the Brazilian national development bank.Algebris Investments – Simon Peters joins as portfolio manager for public equity strategies. Peters joins from PIMCO, where he was senior vice-president in charge of global and growth strategies, a position he only assumed in summer last year. He has previously worked at Singaporean sovereign wealth fund GIC.last_img read more