Fleabag Star Andrew Scott Set for Three Kings at London’s Old Vic

first_imgAndrew Scott(Photo: Leon Bennett/Getty Images) Olivier Award winner Andrew Scott, known for his work on season two of Fleabag, is set to star in Stephen Beresford’s new play Three Kings. Directed by Matthew Warchus, the five performances will be streamed live directly from the Old Vic stage with the empty auditorium as a backdrop from July 29 through August 1. This is the latest installment of the new artistic initiative called Old Vic: In Camera; The Crown’s Claire Foy and Matt Smith starred in a socially distant production of Lungs earlier this summer.The Three Kings stars Scott as Patrick. When he is eight-years-old, his absent father returns unexpectedly and in a brief but memorable encounter, sets him to the challenge of “The Three Kings.” Years later—recalling that meeting, and the revelations that followed—Patrick traces the events of his father’s life—and takes the audience on a journey of grandiose plans, aching disappointments and audacious self delusion.”I am hugely grateful to Stephen for writing this play specially for the Old Vic: In Camera series and to Andrew for agreeing to perform it,” Warchus said in a statement. “Their generous support of the Old Vic at this critical time and their spirit of adventure in joining us in this crucial fundraising experiment is enormously appreciated.”Scott, an Olivier Award winner whose extensive stage credits include Sea Wall, Hamlet, A Girl in a Car with a Man and more, is nominated for a 2020 Olivier Award for his performance in Present Laughter. As previously reported, this spring’s Olivier Awards ceremony was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic; winners are set to be announced in the fall.For tickets to The Three Kings and to learn more about the Old Vic: In Camera series, head here. View Commentslast_img read more

Four Channel Versions of the QSC CX-Q Series Ships, But Eight-Channel Is Delayed

first_imgQSC has announced availability of the CX-Q Series four-channel network power amplifiers.The CX-Q Series network amplifiers utilize a Class-D hybrid powertrain design built upon the PL380 PowerLight amplifier platform, which has been installed in mission-critical installations around the world. They also feature two QSC amplifier innovations — FlexAmp and FAST (Flexible Summing Amplifier Technology) that combine more power distribution options in a single amplifier.CX-Q Series allows the integrator to choose between “Q” models, with network inputs as well as routable mic/line audio inputs that provide additional on-ramps to the Q-SYS Ecosystem or “Qn” models, that feature only network audio inputs to reduce system cost when additional inputs are unnecessary. In addition, all models are capable of Low Z, 70-volt and 100-volt direct drive.Eight-channel models of CX-Q Series amplifiers will be available later this year. All of them are here.last_img read more

Book traces the history of Dade’s juvenile court

first_img December 1, 2007 Regular News Book traces the history of Dade’s juvenile court Book traces the history of Dade’s juvenile court When children go bad, who do we blame? In his new book On Behalf of Children, Senior Judge Seymour Gelber paints a picture of the history of juvenile court in Dade County, which began in 1921.Where a community may have failed to meet the children’s needs, the seven remarkable judges featured in this book acted as activists for these troubled children. Their stories and experiences are page turning, revealing the road that Dade County paved for child advocacy, and that other court systems in the country have modeled their own systems after.Judge Gelber, 87, was appointed to the bench in 1974 and served in the juvenile court for 15 years. Upon reaching the compulsory retirement age, Gelber was elected mayor of Miami Beach for three terms.Copies of On Behalf of Children can be found at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida or log on to http://onbehalfofchildren.com/index.htm.last_img read more

In social networks, group boundaries promote the spread of ideas, Penn study finds

first_imgPinterest Share Share on Facebook Email LinkedIncenter_img Social networks affect every aspect of our lives, from the jobs we get and the technologies we adopt to the partners we choose and the healthiness of our lifestyles. But where do they come from?In a new study, the University of Pennsylvania’s Damon Centola shows how social networks form and what that means for the ideas that will spread across them.Counterintuitively, he finds that breaking down group boundaries to increase the spread of knowledge across populations may ultimately result in less-effective knowledge sharing. Instead, his research shows that best practices and complex ideas are more readily integrated across populations if some degree of group boundaries is preserved. Share on Twitter The findings suggest that a policy to increase integration in the workplace by doing away with ethnically affiliated clubs, for example, could actually reduce the likelihood that ideas and beliefs would be shared across the company. The work has implications for institutional attempts to increase diversity, businesses’ efforts to spread shared values and organizations interested in integrating solutions to complex problems.Centola is an associate professor in Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication and School of Engineering and Applied Science and is director of the Network Dynamics Group at Penn. His work is published in the American Journal of Sociology.The work builds off foundational research by social theorists Peter Blau and Joseph Schwartz. In 1984, they argued that societies in which group affiliations were eliminated would enjoy the greatest levels of social integration. A direct implication of their theory was that social policies that reduce group boundaries would create the most opportunities for complex ideas and shared knowledge to spread across a society.In the current work, Centola revisited Blau and Schwartz’s theories using a new computational model to understand how social affiliations create networks and, in turn, how complex ideas and shared practices can diffuse through those networks.The model assumed that each individual’s personal and professional characteristics (e.g., gender, race, religion, income, education, political party, preferred recreational activities, residential neighborhood, etc.) define that person’s identity. The structure of a society is determined by the extent to which different characteristics are correlated with one another. For instance, if a person knows another’s religion, income and education, can he or she also predict the neighborhood where that person lives?Centola’s experiments with the model showed that these correlations have striking implications for the social networks that emerge.“The results are surprisingly clear,” Centola said. “The stronger these correlations are, the more ‘grouped’ the entire social network is. Small changes in the correlations between two characteristics, for instance religion and residential neighborhood, have large consequences for the ‘groupiness’ of the social network.”The analysis also revealed a twist on Blau and Schwartz’s work. As Blau and Schwartz predicted, reducing group boundaries increased the likelihood that complex ideas could diffuse across a population, but only up to a point.“When a society is too grouped, people do not have any social contact with people from other groups,” Centola said. “People with the same job all attended the same school, live in the same neighborhood and frequent the same clubs. Their networks do not expand beyond that group.”Loosening these tight group boundaries means that people’s next-door neighbors may have different jobs or levels of education, but they may still have similar politics or recreational activities. These similarities allow people in different social groups to encourage the adoption of a new complex idea, take neighborhood recycling as an example, which can then spread to other neighborhoods and social groups.But when group boundaries are eliminated entirely, people have almost nothing in common with their neighbors and therefore very little influence over one another, making it impossible to spread complex ideas.“There’s a belief that the more that people interact with strangers, the more that new ideas and beliefs will spread,” Centola said. “What this study shows is that preserving group boundaries is actually necessary for complex ideas to become accepted across diverse populations.”This is especially true for adopting new solutions to hard problems. In business settings, for example, a new piece of information about a stock price might not require strong social reinforcement in order to spread. But a more nuanced idea, such as what is considered an acceptable way to conduct business or how to respond to a new “green” initiative, can require strong social support to diffuse throughout a company. The success of a new initiative can depend upon group structures that can grow widespread support across a large organization.Centola further noted that these kinds of structures, in which group boundaries exist but overlap to some degree, are naturally occurring on the Internet. Distinct online communities sprout up among people with common interests, yet these groups also have interconnections across their membership.“It could be that the Internet is in fact set up and operates in such a way as to allow easier coordination on complex ideas,” he said.last_img read more

Rent hikes aid Asda’s interim profits

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Carpetright founder lays down £850m offer

first_imgA Harris-led consortium has been granted access to Carpetright’s books so that it can conduct due diligence following more than four months of talks. ShareholdersCarpetright operates 658 outlets in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Poland and the proposal proposal values the business at around £850m.Shareholders will be given an option to receive shares in the company that will own Carpetright, rather than taking cash, in an acknowledgement by Harris that lots of ‘staff and friends had held shares in the company for a long time.’last_img read more

BSEE commited to safe drilling in the Arctic

first_imgBSEE’s Alaska Region Director Mark Fesmire participated in a panel discussion today in Washington, D.C. on applying lessons learned for drilling in the Arctic.During the discussion hosted by the nonprofit organization Resources for the Future, Fesmire spoke about BSEE’s commitment to ensuring that should drilling operations occur in the Arctic, they are done safely. He also noted the tremendous amount of oil spill recovery research occurring at Ohmsett, the bureau’s National Oil Spill Research and Renewable Energy Test Facility in addition to the ongoing work with BSEE’s international partners through the Arctic Council. BSEE is actively working with its international partners on joint training and exercises, developing international response guidelines, identifying response infrastructure gaps and ways to mitigate them, and conducting field experiments to test technology capabilities so the bureau can understand how to allow drilling activities to be conducted more safely, and with the environment in mind.The panel was moderated by Fran Ulmer, Chair, US Arctic Research Commission, and also included: Christopher Smith, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, US Department of Energy; William Brown, Chief Environmental Officer, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management; Beth Kerttula, Fellow, Center for Ocean Solutions at Stanford University; and Jacqueline Savitz, Vice President, US Oceans, Oceana.[mappress]Press Release, April 18, 2014last_img read more

Fredriksen Regroups

first_imgOil tanker shipping company Frontline Ltd. and Frontline 2012 Ltd. have entered into an agreement and plan of merger, pursuant to which Frontline will remain as the surviving legal entity and Frontline 2012 as a wholly-owned subsidiary. Commenting on the transaction, Chairman of Frontline Ltd. and Frontline 2012 Ltd., John Fredriksen said: “By merging Frontline and Frontline 2012 we will regain Frontline’s position as a leading tanker company. The combined company will have a large fleet and a strong balance sheet which puts us in a position to gain further market share through acquisitions and consolidation opportunities. “With the current strong tanker market and attractive cash break even rates, we believe the combined company will generate significant free cash. The intention is to pay out excess cash as dividends at the Board’s discretion.”After the merger is completed the combined company will have a total fleet of approximately 90 vessels, consisting of approximately 25 VLCCs, 17 Suezmax tankers, 16 MR product tankers and 10 LR2 Aframax tankers. This includes approximately 20 vessels on time charter in or under commercial management. The combined company will also have a newbuilding program of approximately 22 vessels, which are scheduled to be delivered in the period 2015 – 2017.Upon the merger completion, shareholders in Frontline 2012 will receive shares in Frontline as merger consideration. One share in Frontline 2012 will give the holder the right to receive 2.55 shares in Frontline. Frontline is expected to issue a total of approximately 584 million shares to shareholders in Frontline 2012.Completion of the merger is subject to the execution of certain definitive documents, customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. The merger is also subject to approval by the shareholders of Frontline and Frontline 2012 in special general meetings expected to be held in the fourth quarter of 2015 and the merger is expected to close as soon as possible thereafter.Following completion of the merger, Frontline will have approximately 782 million shares outstanding and it is expected that Frontline’s current two largest shareholders, Hemen and Ship Finance, will own approximately 52% and 7%, respectively, of the shares and votes in the combined company.last_img read more

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Statoil chooses Pioneering Spirit

first_imgAllseas will transfer the topsides to Pioneering Spirit before they are transported to the field, where each topside will be installed on steel jackets.The drilling platform topsides will be installed in 2018, with the processing and living quarter topsides following in 2019.The Pioneering Spirit, with its 48,000-tonne topside lifting capacity, will carry out its heaviest lift during the project when it hoists the 26,000-tonne processing platform into place.The contract award is subject to the Norwegian parliament’s approval of the plan for development and operation of the Johan Sverdrup field in 2015.  www.statoil.comwww.allseas.comlast_img read more