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8 Fun Facts About the 2014 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards

first_img 6. Dan Rad Made History The Cripple of Inishmaan star and BACA nominee Daniel Radcliffe currently holds the title of the youngest winner! He was 19 when he won his first trophy for Equus in 2009. 1. New Kids Rule 15 of this year’s BACA nominees are making their Broadway debuts: Ramin Karimloo (Les Miserables), Bryan Cranston (All the Way), James Franco (Of Mice and Men), Zachary Quinto (The Glass Menagerie), Leighton Meester (Of Mice and Men), Zachary Levi (First Date), Andy Mientus (Les Miserables), Kyle Scatliffe (Les Miserables), Sarah Greene (The Cripple of Inishmaan), Lisa O’Hare (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder), Emerson Steele (Violet), Arthur Darvill (Once), Ben Platt (The Book of Mormon), Fran Drescher (Cinderella) and Jane Lynch (Annie). 7. BACA Winners Unite 13 of the 2014 BACA nominees are previous winners: Will Swenson (Les Miserables), Norbert Leo Butz (Big Fish), Sutton Foster (Violet), Idina Menzel (If/Then), Krysta Rodriguez (First Date), LaChanze (If/Then), Santino Fontana (Act One), Daniel Radcliffe (The Cripple of Inishmaan), Cherry Jones (The Glass Menagerie), Audra McDonald (Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill), Mary-Louise Parker (The Snow Geese), Celia Keenan-Bolger (The Glass Menagerie) and Marin Mazzie (Bullets Over Broadway). Hooray, the 2014 Broadway.com Audience Choice Award polls are officially open! But wait—before you cast your votes for your faves, we’ve combed through our archives to collect some important information that might make you think twice about which stars and shows you vote for. Read below for eight fun facts about this year’s nominees, then click here to #VoteBway! Are you ready? Click here to #VoteBway! 3. Les Miserables Leads the Pack The hit revival racked up 11 nominations, including a whopping eight acting nominations, but it didn’t come close to touching Spring Awakening’s record 14 acting nominations in 2007. Spring Awakening and Hairspray are currently tied for the most BACA wins, with seven each. View Comments 4. Drag Is the New Black Four-and-a-half actors have previously won BACAs for drag performances: Billy Porter (Kinky Boots), Nick Adams (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Matt McGrath (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Harvey Fierstein (Hairspray) and Gary Beach, (who only wore a dress for one scene in The Producers). With Gabriel Ebert (Casa Valentina), Mark Rylance (Twelfth Night) and Neil Patrick Harris (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) all nominated for drag roles this year, there might be a few more additions to that category! 8. Snubs Get Love A whopping 34 BACA nominees were snubbed by the Tony Awards committee this year: Norbert Leo Butz (Big Fish), Will Swenson (Les Miserables), Krysta Rodriguez (First Date), Hunter Foster (The Bridges of Madison County), Jonathan Freeman (Aladdin), Anthony Rapp (If/Then), James Snyder (If/Then), Kate Baldwin (Big Fish), Nikki M. James (Les Miserables), LaChanze (If/Then), Caissie Levy (Les Miserables), Santino Fontana (Act One), James Franco (Of Mice and Men), Zachary Quinto (The Glass Menagerie), Daniel Radcliffe (The Cripple of Inishmaan), Debra Messing (Outside Mullingar), Mary-Louise Parker (The Snow Geese), Gabriel Ebert (Casa Valentina), Jim Norton (Of Mice and Men), Victoria Clark (The Snow Geese), Andrea Martin (Act One), Leighton Meester (Of Mice and Men), Marin Mazzie (Bullets Over Broadway), Zachary Levi (First Date), Keala Settle (Les Miserables), Steven Pasquale (The Bridges of Madison County), Jake Epstein (Beautiful), Andy Mientus (Les Miserables), Cliff Saunders (Les Miserables), Kyle Scatliffe (Les Miserables), Lisa O’Hare (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Courtney Reed (Aladdin), Emerson Steele (Violet) and Helene Yorke (Bullets Over Broadway). They all have a chance to win big at the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards! 5. Witches Win Big Wicked has won Favorite Long-Running Show for the last five years—will The Book of Mormon, Matilda, Newsies or Pippin rob the witches’ title in 2014? It’s up to you! 2. Sutton Reigns Supreme Violet star and two-time nominee Sutton Foster has previously won eight BACA awards—the most of any actor in the awards’ history. Will she snag two more trophies to put on her shelf this year?last_img read more

Developer recognising buyers needs to live close to lifestyle outlets

first_imgSouth City Square has just announced Woolworths and Reading Entertainment as their anchor retail tenants, providing residential buyers with lifestyle bonuses.“LIFESTYLE amenity” is the new catchcry of apartment living, with developers looking at all avenues to draw buyers.The $600 million South City Square in Woolloongabba has just announced its two anchor retail tenants, Woolworths and Reading Entertainment as its first residents get ready to move into stage one “One South City” next month, with 95 per cent of the 398 apartments released to market to date, already sold.A joint venture between Pellicano and Perri Projects, the mega development is set to deliver 850 apartments, 144-room hotel and 13,000sq m of retail space including a medical centre, health and wellness precinct, childcare centre, central marketplace, cafes, restaurants and all set around a 5,000sq m publicly accessible city square.Pellicano development operations manager Michael Kent said the Brisbane market was evolving and astute investors and owner occupiers were looking for a more integrated offering.“Lifestyle amenity is important to today’s discerning buyer,” Kent said.“At South City Square, we are finding that people are buying into the vision of the integrated lifestyle precinct and then choosing their perfect residence.“The market has responded to this fully integrated offering and the chance to be a part of a newand vibrant community, with all their lifestyle and entertainment needs met just below theirhomes.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoSouth City Square retail outlets.Kent said the modern lifestyle was incredibly busy, so supermarkets with Click and Collect, like Woolworths would be offering, was a huge drawcard for tenants.“Cafes where people can grab their morning coffee before jumping on their train to work or where they can enjoy a leisurely weekend breakfast while reading the paper add depth to precincts,” he said.Kent said securing Woolworths and Reading Entertainment as tenants reaffirmed their belief as developers that South City Square would be the centre of Woolloongabba’s transformation into a dynamic retail and lifestyle precinct.With both retailers signing 15 year leases and Urbis forecasting the suburbs catchment population to grow by 50 per cent to more than 33,000 by 2036, things are looking positive for the project.“South City Square’s retail and dining precinct is located just a three-minute walk from The Gabba, which draws over 330,000 people to its sporting events each year,” Kent said.“That’s 330,000 people that will want to dine, be entertained, and patronise retailers before and after events.”Woolworth’s regional property manager Phillip Reel, said the company was thrilled to secure one of the key retail tenancies as the growing population indicated clear demand for a full-line supermarket.last_img read more

Career Guidance with Rory White: The potential of the PLC

first_imgCareer Guidance Counsellor Rory White’s column series continues with a student guide to understanding the potential of the PLC option.What are PLC courses?Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses are usually full-time, one year long, QQI courses comprised of eight modules.  They are generally at Level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications, though some may progress onto a second year for a Level 6.  They provide learners with a qualification for entry level employment or progression to further study.  Where can I study a PLC course?In Donegal there are several options run by Donegal ETB. Errigal College in Letterkenny offers eight courses in the areas of Business, Childcare, Sport, Art, Youthwork and Health Service Skills. Finn Valley College in Stranorlar offers three options- Business, Childcare and Sport, while St Catherine’s Vocational School in Killybegs runs PLC courses in Childcare and Nursing Studies.  There are also PLC colleges in Sligo, Cavan and Monaghan, while some private institutions also have courses on offer. St. Catherine’s Vocational School, KillybegsErrigal College, LetterkennyFinn Valley College, StranorlarHow do I apply? As PLC courses are not part of CAO, points are not required.  Applications are free and can often be made directly with the school or college.  More information can be obtained from any of the three schools, from Donegal ETB’s website and www.fetchcourses.ie.Are there any costs involved?PLC courses provided by Donegal ETB are subject to a €100 registration fee which covers the cost of books, photocopying and insurance. There is also a government levy of €200 and a QQI examination fee of €50. Medical card holders, SUSI grant eligible students and Back to Education applicants are exempt from the latter two costs.  SUSI will continue to pay eligible students the grant if and when they continue on to college after the PLC course, providing the student is progressing up the framework ladder (i.e. from Level 5 onto a Level 6/7/8)Why should I consider doing a PLC? Some students may not feel ready to progress to college due to age or not being fully sure what they want to do.  The Leaving Certificate may not have worked out for some students and very often PLC is a much better option than repeating. Some students might like to sample a career area before committing to a four year degree or are looking for a qualification that can lead into employment.What are the benefits of studying a PLC?PLC courses are excellent preparation for college as the modules operate in much the same way, a mix of assignments and exams, while ICT skills are also greatly improved. In the Communications module, common to all PLC courses, students learn presentation and interview skills which are excellent skills transferable to both college and the workplace. Finally, a key element of PLC courses is the built-in work experience which must be undertaken in a related work environment. (E.g. A Business Admin student will work in an office setting) Work experience is usually one day per week however, some may take the form of block release. What are my progression options after doing a PLC?There are a huge variety of options for progressing after completing a PLC course.  The Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS) helps PLC graduates gain places in Higher education providers throughout the country by ‘ring-fencing’ places specifically for PLC applicants. For students looking to progress locally, LYIT has done great work in recent times by creating many more PLC pathways onto their degree courses. Another excellent option available to students which many people are not aware of is that there are up to 100 places set aside in the Arts degree at NUI Galway and Maynooth University for students who have completed certain PLC courses. Some very high demand degree courses, for example Nursing, only accept specific PLC courses related to nursing, however there are well over 1,200 courses (and counting!) nationwide that will accept any PLC course for entry. Anywhere I can get further information?Again, as there are so many course-specific variations of pathways and requirements, your school Guidance Counsellor is the best person to talk to about the options open to you. www.qualifax.ie and www.careersportal.ie are two excellent websites where students can learn more about progression routes from PLC.Rory has been a Guidance Counsellor at Finn Valley College for the past 10 years and is a member of the Donegal Branch of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. Applying for college or changing careers is one of the most important and exciting decisions someone can make, and Rory will be here to offer advice and top tips on the many options that are available.Career Guidance with Rory White: The potential of the PLC was last modified: November 19th, 2019 by Rory WhiteShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:career guidanceeducationPLCRory Whitelast_img read more

Obama and Romney Should Quit Worrying About China And Start Worrying About Education

first_imgIn the presidential debates both candidates focused much of their energy on job creation and the future of America. They missed the third part of that equation, namely, the role immigrant entrepreneurs play in economic growth—and why the exodus of these highly-educated workers is a cause for alarm. (I covered this topic in my book The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent.) But even beyond the obvious, Obama and Romney are missing a number of larger trends that need to be understood in order to plan effective policies. China Is Not The Real IssueFirst, they both have seemed to be focused on nailing China up as a currency manipulator. This may have been an issue in the past, but is going to become decreasingly important. That’s because China is well down the path to Japanification. The central government has bet the farm on last-generation technologies in solar, transportation, and batteries.Beijing has flooded the economy with infrastructure projects and financing for construction. Now this is coming home to roost with rampant inflation and soaring wages. Already factory jobs are leaving China for cheaper locales like Vietnam and Bangladesh. So Mitt and Barack, please forget about China. That’s the wrong target.Instead, focus on our education system. The U.S. education system is actually quite underrated. The university system remains, despite all the cutbacks, the envy of the world. And our public education system, for all its faults, continues to turn out high quality graduates.But we are in the midst of a revolution in education. Technology has eliminated the need for students to sit and listen to teachers deliver subject matter. Lectures and exercises can be pursued at home, on tablets or PCs, at a student’s own pace. Instead, class time will be used for Socratic study, with teachers answering questions and serving as guides and consultants. Rebooting EducationThis is a far more efficient way to learn, and numerous startups are jumping on this bandwagon. The question is, how long will it take the U.S. government to get a clue and push down reforms around these new self-paced, Socractic learning methods—replacing the now archaic and largely failed “No Child Left Behind” policies which have shackled schools to arbitrary testing regimes that largely measure rote memorization.Simultaneously, the rise of the “DIY” and Maker generation will allow students to delve deeper and deeper into functional problem solving as part of education. Yes, chemistry kits have always been available as have model rockets. But today an ambitious high schooler can download Arduino, code up some novel software, and have a unique UAV, or a remote controlled robotic vacuum cleaner. Supporting and encouraging functional, creative learning will help secure our national future.A New Kind Of ManufacturingThis also ties into another trend that the candidates have missed — micro and regional manufacturing. Rapid improvements in 3D printing are shrinking the factory to the size of a desktop, blowing up the old advantages of economies of scale. By removing labor from the equation and enabling assembly of small complex objects from CAD files, 3D printing will enable an explosion of boutique manufacturing and unprecedented creativity. What’s more, 3D printing will actually fuel the ongoing revival of big-ticket manufacturing in America.One of the reasons that Apple builds in China is because all the key fabrication shops and parts suppliers are now over there after the U.S. manufacturing sector hollowed out in Silicon Valley and other technology centers. But when Johnny Ive wants a new enclosure mockup and he can get it from his own desktop or from a high-end 3D printer at a custom fabrication facility, then all of a sudden the benefits of having the people who makes screws and touch screens in the same city goes away because those items can quickly and easily be fabbed anywhere.Beyond old-line products, these printers will be used for genetic material manufacturing and personalized medicine, medical device manufacturing, micro-solar arrays, and even home building, to name a few. What does this have to do with Romney and Obama? 3D Printers, 2D RegulationsThis new style of manufacturing will demand a new, lightweight set of regulations. Just as small farmers have struggled to meet food safety guidelines that larger foodcos can easily digest, small manufacturers using super-clean 3D printing technology could struggle with regulatory burdens born by large factories.Neither Romney nor Obama seems to have given much thought to the future of manufacturing and that’s not a good thing because the U.S. Federal Government should start crafting economic policies (not subsidies but regulatory changes) designed to suit next generation pint-sized, high-powered factories. Granted, our two candidates have a lot to talk about in other areas. But the truth is, nothing else matters if the U.S. economy continues to sputter and growth remains stunted. In that same vein, nothing else matters if our education system fails to produce world-beating graduates (and attract the world-beating immigrant scholars) that have made America the reigning global hegemon.Focusing scarce energy and political capital on the ghost of China past does not serve our future nor does it provide a viable economic solution to our current woes. America has always won by focusing on the future and clearly seeing where the ball is bouncing, not where it was on the last play. Let’s hope our candidates can refocus forward in time to make the shifts required to keep growing our economy and pay for our profligate past while securing the future for our children and their children. Vivek Wadhwa is a Fellow at Stanford Law School and VP of Innovation and Research at Singularity University. Follow him on Twitter: @wadhwa.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. 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Higher fuel costs contribute to 37m Q1 loss for Air Canada

first_imgWith file from The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Air Canada says a 16% increase in operating costs due to higher fuel prices and other items has resulted in a $37 million loss for the first quarter.The loss was equal to 14 cents per share and contrasted with a $101 million profit in last year’s first quarter.The Montreal-based airline says revenue was up $299 million from last year to $3.64 billion, but its operating expenses were up by $507 million.The airline says fuel prices were about 48% higher than in the first quarter of 2016, when global oil prices were near 13-year lows.In addition, Air Canada recorded a $30 million special item related to a fine imposed in March by the European Commission on several cargo carriers.“As the first quarter is traditionally one of our weakest, I am pleased to see system traffic up 14% and revenues up 8.9% year-over-year,” said Air Canada President and CEO Calin Rovinescu.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’ns“We have a positive outlook on the year as we see improvements in the domestic Canada, U.S. transborder and Atlantic markets, with the Pacific market stabilizing towards the second half of the year.”This year represents the third year of planned significant capacity growth as Air Canada executes its international expansion strategy with the introduction of its new wide-body fleet and the continued deployment of Rouge to compete effectively in leisure markets, he said. “In the first quarter, we made a significant investment with the inauguration of our Boeing 787 Dreamliner daily service from Montreal to Shanghai, our first direct flight from that city to Asia. This week we announced our first direct flights to South America from Montreal with the introduction of Rouge service to Lima, and the expansion of Pacific services between Vancouver and Melbourne, both starting next winter.  Other new international and U.S. transborder services announced during the quarter include Montreal-Tel Aviv, Montreal and Toronto-Reykjavik, Iceland and Vancouver-Boston.”More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upCapacity growth, driven by the wide-body fleet expansion, will begin to slow in 2018 as the airline shifts its focus to its mainline narrow-body fleet replacement program starting with the introduction of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft later this year, followed by the Bombardier C-Series aircraft in late 2019, he added. Posted by Friday, May 5, 2017 Share Higher fuel costs contribute to $37m Q1 loss for Air Canada Travelweek Group Tags: Air Canada, Profit Report << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more