Imelda Staunton to Headline Virginia Woolf?

first_img View Comments Imelda Staunton(Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty Images) The rumors were true and after the recent sad news of Edward Albee’s passing comes the announcement that Imelda Staunton will star alongside Conleth Hill in a new production of the late playwright’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Directed by James Macdonald and designed by Tom Pye, the revival will play a limited engagement from February 22, 2017 through May 27. Opening night is set for March 9 at the Harold Pinter Theatre.In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha (Staunton), much to her husband George’s (Hill) displeasure, has invited the new professor Nick and his wife Honey to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.Staunton has been nominated for eleven Olivier Awards, winning four, including for her recent performance as Mama Rose in Gypsy. Other stage credits include Sweeney Todd, Circle, Mirror, Transformation and A Delicate Balance. Film credits include Vera Drake and Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films.Hill (George) is perhaps best known for his role as Lord Varys in HBO’s Game of Thrones. He won an Olivier for The Producers and for Stones In His Pockets in the West End and received Tony nods for Stones In His Pockets on its transfer to Broadway and The Seafarer. His film credits include Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Whatever Works.Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? won the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play; the 1966 film adaptation was directed by Mike Nichols, and starred Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. It was last seen on the Main Stem in 2012 led by Tracy Letts and Amy Mortonlast_img read more

Boost social aid to offset PSBB: Indef

first_imgIndonesia’s economy shrank by 5.32 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the second quarter of this year. The government expects the economy to contract 1.1 percent at worst or grow 0.2 percent at best in 2020. The economic impact of the so-called micro-scale social restrictions (PSBM) in Jakarta’s satellite cities, including Bogor, Bekasi and Depok, may not be as bad as the restrictions in the capital, according to Izzudin.Jakarta’s neighboring province of West Java had reported about 15,500 confirmed cases as of Thursday, making it the fourth-hardest-hit province.Berly Martawardaya, research director at Indef, said the government could adopt a risk-factor-based approach to making lockdown decisions to save lives while keeping the economy afloat.“If the cases do not slow down in two weeks, the second PSBB will likely be extended. If they decline, the reopening should be based on risk factors so we can stop the pandemic and save the economy – in that order,” he said.The Jakarta administration, he suggested, could close industries that made little economic contribution and had a high risk of transmission, such as entertainment and recreation.Under PSBB, 11 essential sectors – including health, food, energy, communications, finance, logistics and daily needs retail – are allowed to operate at 50 percent of capacity.Government offices and private companies outside these sectors must implement work-from-home policies and allow no more than 25 percent of their employees to work in the office at the same time.In the recently published Asian Development Outlook 2020 Update, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) stated that continued disruption from the pandemic would have “severe implications for growth” in Indonesia, with domestic demand and export prospects dampened as a consequence.Read also: Prolonged pandemic could derail Indonesia’s recovery, ADB, economists warn“Basically, there isn’t a trade-off [between public health and the economy]. This is a health crisis. Unless you can address this effectively, you can’t have a full recovery,” ADB director for macroeconomics research Abdul Abiad said on Tuesday.“We have to remember that containment has many different dimensions, and if you focus on the things that help with the outbreak and don’t hurt the economy so much, you will do well,” Abdul added.Topics : The government will need to augment its social safety net to offset the economic blow of the reimposed large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Jakarta, an economist with the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) has said.Izzudin Farras of Indef said on Thursday that the lack of a social cushion could pose a risk to the economy, as the capital city accounted for nearly one fifth of Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP).“If Jakarta’s economy remains negative in the third quarter, with the apparent impact since July and August, it will hit the national economy and indicate recession at the national level,” Izzudin said in a virtual discussion.Izzudin added that the government needed to improve its social assistance programs by placing more emphasis on the millions of vulnerable members of the middle class who were prone to falling into poverty because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Policymakers should expand and update the Social Affairs Ministry’s Integrated Data for Social Welfare (DTKS), he said, to cover 60 percent of the nation’s poorest people, an increase from the bottom 40 percent currently accounted for.“With updates and a large amount of data, the government can make social assistance better targeted to middle-lower-class people,” said Izzudin. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan announced on Sept. 9 that large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) would be reimposed in the city, replacing the “transitional PSBB” that had prevailed since June, over concerns that Jakarta would run out of isolation beds by Sept. 17 if no additional restrictions were put in place.As of Thursday, the capital had recorded about 58,500 confirmed COVID-19 cases, accounting for a quarter of the national tally of more than 232,600.Jakarta is the largest regional contributor to the national economy. The area’s regional domestic product accounted for 17.17 percent of the country’s GDP in the second quarter, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data shows. The capital is followed by East Java (14.6 percent) and West Java (13.45 percent), which are also virus epicenters.So far, the government has earmarked Rp 204.95 trillion (US$13.8 billion) for social safety net programs in its COVID-19 response plan, including for direct cash transfers and the Family Hope program, out of the total relief budget of Rp 695.2 trillion.last_img read more

United stumble to another away defeat

first_imgThe match showed once again that playing well and winning can be two entirely different things.Pattaya United’s next game is at home on 13th August, hosting BEC Tero Sasana and the return of former player Milan Bubalo in another team’s colours. Pattaya NNK United’s players appear to be setting up another dramatic end of season for their supporters.  In their last campaign it was promotion as the team’s major goal – now it is a fight for survival and staying in the Thai Premier League, though the Dolphins are currently 12th in the 18 team division with still eight games remaining.Pattaya NNK United line up prior to their Thai Premier League match against Super Power Samutprakan FC at the M Power Stadium in Samutprakan, Saturday, August 6. (Photo Pattaya United FC)Last Saturday, August 6, the Dolphins lost 2-1 away to Super Power Samutprakan FC (formerly Osotsapa M-150).  Pattaya took the lead in the 42nd minute through Wichan, who followed up smartly on a rebound and some scrappy defending to tuck the ball into the net and give his team a 1-0 halftime advantage.The second half started frantically and Samutprakan were rewarded in the 46th minute for their positive play with an equalizer coming via a header from Solep.  Pattaya held their own and gave no quarter with some tenacious play until the last 10 minutes of the game, receiving all five yellow cards in the second half and a red to Chayawat in the 84th minute.With frustration building from some of the officials’ decisions, the Dolphins finally started to lose some discipline and suffered another setback in the 85th minute when Settanan scored the hosts’ winning goal with another decisive header.last_img read more

Pattaya football stadium stalled at 40% complete

first_imgContractor Rama 2-HT Joint Venture Co. claims work on Pattaya’s football stadium is now 40 percent complete – ten years after it was first started.Pattaya’s football stadium has been under construction for more than a decade. Whether it will be completed for a 2026 Olympic event remains an open question.Mayor Sonthaya Kunplome and his deputies paid their annual visit to the 254-rai Soi Chaiyapruek 2 Eastern National Sports Center Jan. 16 and found that little has changed since their Jan. 25, 2019 visit. Contractor Rama 2-HT Joint Venture Co. claims the job is now 40 percent complete, but currently is stalled due to unforeseen problems drilling a foundation for the south amphitheater.Begun in 2009, the 774-million-baht sports complex was intended to house 12 different sport fields, swimming pool, tennis court, 12 main and minor sport stadiums and a 500-car parking lot. Loading… Sponsored Content9 Heroes Of Popular Memes Then And NowPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?center_img The first phase of the project, with 90 million baht spent on 5,000 of the planned 20,000 seats at the football stadium, was completed in September 2010. Grass was planted and construction of the final 15,000 seats was supposed to begin with a 500-million-baht budget later that year, with completion set for late 2012.Nothing was done for five years.In 2018, Chonburi Province obtained 398 million baht in funding for 2018-2020 and hired Rama 2-HT Joint Venture Co to finish the job. Work restarted a year ago on the west grandstand roof and east and south grandstands.But the ground under the south amphitheater was too rocky to drill and, due to air pollution concerns, workers could not use explosives that would send microscopic dust into the air, so currently nothing is being done.Officials hope the stadium will be done in time to host the Youth Olympic Games in 2026.last_img read more

South Sound Craft Crawl Invites Residents and Visitors to Sip and…

first_imgSubmitted by Travel Tacoma + Pierce CountyPhoto credit: Three Magnets Brewing CompanyThe South Sound Craft Crawl, an ongoing self-guided beer tour, debuts just in time for the U.S. Open, showing visitors and locals alike all that our exciting craft beer community has to offer.From Tacoma to Olympia, 15 artisanal breweries set the course for a tasty tour starting June 5. Pack your thirst and head on over is the message Travel Tacoma + Pierce County is sharing with visitors.What exactly is the Craft Crawl? It’s a map of participating South Sound breweries that will stamp a special “Craft Crawler’s Course” passport when you visit each brewery. Collect nine stamps and redeem for a souvenir pint glass. Prizes may be picked up at the Tacoma and Olympia visitor information centers, in addition to each brewery, including:3 Magnets Brewing, OlympiaEnjoy a pint on the Fish Brewing patio.7 Seas Brewing, Gig HarborEngine House No. 9, TacomaFish Brewing Co., OlympiaHarmon and Harmon Tap Room, TacomaLake Tapps Brewing Co. at the Riverside, SumnerNarrows Brewing, TacomaOdd Otter Brewing Co., TacomaPacific Brewing & Malting Co., TacomaPuyallup River Brewing Alehouse, PuyallupTacoma Brewing Co., TacomaTop Rung Brewing, LaceyWet Coast Brewing Co., Gig HarborWingman Brewers, Tacoma“We anticipate the Craft Crawl will get bigger, as it catches on, and with more breweries opening in the area,” said Ken Thoburn, an owner of Wingman Brewers. “This is not only an opportunity to raise awareness of the innovative brewers in our region, but a way to bring together community, from the craft beer enthusiast to the general beer-loving public.”Top Rung Brewing is featured on the Craft Crawl.Brewers, tourism leaders and community supporters joined together to fill a need in the South Sound beer community, Thoburn said. Program sponsors include Travel Tacoma + Pierce County, Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater Visitor + Convention Bureau and JayRay Ads and PR.Thoburn worked closely with JayRay on branding, content and graphic design, consulting other destinations that run successful craft beer tours including the Bend Ale Trail and Spokane’s Inland Northwest Ale Trail.Visit a brewery to get a copy of the South Sound Craft Crawl map and passport, or download at Many hotels and local bars will also have the brochure available. Need a lift? Schedule a personal driver and create a customized brewery tour experience with Lifestyle Valet.Keep watch for the official website to launch later this summer. Facebook62Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Highlands Goes Green For St. Patrick’s Day Parade

first_imgPhotos by Patrick Olivero HIGHLANDS – Strong, chilly winds did not deter a festive turnout for the 17th annual Highlands St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 23. There pipe and drum bands, Irish dancers and floats. The parade took off from Huddy Park at Bay and Waterwitch avenues. Sponsored by the Highlands Business Partnership, many of the local establishments offered specials and festivities, or pre-parade fundraisers.last_img


first_imgLetterkenny Town Council is to give the green light to a large gaming arcade in the town.The arcade will host lots of different gaming machines.The council is to rubberstamp the plan to locate a 4,300 sq ft arcade in the Ballyraine area.The applicant, Darren McGarry, had originally lodged plans to turn the old Gleneany House Hotel on the Port Road into an amusement arcade hosting up to 100 gaming machines. However, this was shot down by councillors following objections by a local planning consultant.Now it appears that Mr McGarry is to be given the go-ahead at his second time of asking.It is understood that Richard Quirke, one of the country’s biggest gaming arcade entrepreneurs, is connected to the proposed project.  COUNCIL GIVES GREEN LIGHT FOR LARGE AMUSEMENT ARCADE was last modified: September 27th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:amusement arcadeBallyrainecouncilGleneany House Hotellast_img read more

Rondina asserts authority in UST’s closeout of UE

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “I told my teammates to play the right way, we should never relax because if UE comes to life it will be difficult for us to win,” said Rondina in Filipino.Rondina, though, took it upon herself to end UE’s comeback and drilled one straight to the middle of the Lady Warriors’ defense ending the match at 25-17, 25-15, 25-21.The win marked UST’s first after losing in five sets to defending champion De La Salle in the opening day of the tournament.“I took it upon myself to finish the game, I advised the that we should never relax if we want to finish the game as early as we can,” said Rondina who finished with 20 points.ADVERTISEMENT Up until the third set, the Golden Tigresses firmly had their claws on the jugular of the Lady Warriors in their UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament matchup at Filoil Flying V Centre.UST was a point away from seal the quick win at 24-19 but UE still manage to scored two straight to cut the deficit to pull within three.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA couple more UE points could’ve extended the match, but Rondina was determined to send a message and end the affair in three sets.READ: UST recovers from opening day loss, blanks UE for first win MOST READcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cherry Rondina made sure University of the East never scored one set against University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Wright delivers as Phoenix clips TNT Read Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

10 ways to thank your donors

first_imgImage credit: flickr member nateOneAfter the busy nonprofit year-end giving season comes the often overlooked nonprofit thank you season. Remember to give thanks for donations early and often. Showing constant, authentic appreciation for your donors (new and old) is crucial for retaining supporters.Need to breathe some new life into your donor gratitude plan? Here are ten thank you ideas to inspire you in the new year.1. Always send a thank you (and tax deductible information) within 48 hours of receiving a donation. Many online giving tools such as DonateNow automatically generate a donor receipt, but be sure to tailor or add a thank you message to the receipt. Then, follow up with a more personalized2. Send a birthday card to donors and remind them that they are important to the work your organization accomplishes.3. Have your board members personally call donors to say thanks. I recently did this as a board member for my alma mater’s alumni association. Out of the 25 people I called, only one person had received a thank you phone call from an organization before.4. Ask those who directly benefit from donations to write a handwritten note of thanks. Animal organizations could try letting their clients express their thanks to donors with a special piece of artwork.5. Create a YouTube video to thank donors when you reach a campaign goal. A great example of this are charity: water’s 5th birthday thank you videos.6. Have some exciting news to share? Send a special announcement to donors with images and a big bold note to thank them for making the accomplishment possible.7. Invite donors to a thank you reception. You’ll not only show your appreciation, but you’ll get face time with your donors and have the opportunity to learn more about why they support your organization.8. Many organizations send thank you cards and year-end appeals during the November/December holiday season. Don’t overlook other holidays as occasions to express your love and thanks.9. Dedicate social media shout outs to thank and recognize donors.10. Send donors a top ten list of accomplishments for the year to demonstrate how donations make an impact (and then make it clear that without their support, you wouldn’t have a top ten list).Donors are your organization’s superheroes. Saying thanks and reminding them of their VIP status should be at the top of your to do list in 2014. What are your favorite ways to thank donors? Share your ideas in the comments.last_img read more

New Study: Are You Leaving Money in the Middle?

first_imgMind the gap.That’s the advice in a new report on mid-level donor programs. The folks at Sea Change Strategies caution that nonprofits are missing out on a ton of money simply because they’re overlooking a committed and productive audience: middle donors —the donors who give more than low-dollar direct marketing donations, but less than major gift targets. THE MISSING MIDDLE: Neglecting Middle Donors Is Costing You Millions, by Sea Change Strategies’ Alia McKee and Mark Rovner, does double duty as a wake-up call and roadmap for creating effective mid-level donor programs. The study is based on interviews and data from 27 organizations and experts, including heavy hitters like Roger Craver and nonprofits such as The Nature Conservancy and the Human Rights Campaign. The free whitepaper includes:8 habits of highly-effective mid-level donor programsA sample framework for a 30-day action planIn-depth profiles of two highly effective mid-level programsFresh from the AFP conference in San Antonio, Alia McKee shares some more insight about The Missing Middle:How do you distinguish mid-level giving from a major donor program? Is it simply the dollar amount or are there other things going on here?Alia: It’s really about the dollar amount. Of course the definition of middle donor varies from organization to organization, but it tends to hover anywhere between $250-$9,000 cumulative in a year.In the report, you touch on possible challenges on getting executive buy-in. Can you give us some ideas on how to make the case for investing in a mid-level donor program?Alia:1. Among the groups participating in the Wired Wealthy Study, donors at the $1,000 to $10,000 levels (annual giving via all channels) represented roughly one percent of the donor population, but were giving more than a third of the dollars. That’s a HUGE amount of revenue.2. Middle donors are actually an organization’s most committed donors. They will be retained and upgraded far more than smaller donors and far more than major donors. They represent a very significant block of money, commitment and loyalty.3. A functional and philosophical gap exists between direct marketing programs and major gifts programs. Hence, middle donors often receive lackluster treatment that is driven by attribution wars and resentment across the organizational divide. But their capacity to give is huge—so minor tweaks to their treatment can yield big results in revenue. What was the biggest surprise for you in this research?Alia: Despite the fact that every fundraiser and expert we talked to universally agreed that mid-level donors are exceptionally valuable, they also agreed that most organizations haven’t made the kinds of investments necessary to make the most of this immense opportunity.Can small shops pursue a mid-level donor program?Alia: Absolutely. Small changes in stewardship of middle donors can yield results regardless of an organization’s size. Of course, capacity is an issue. But many nonprofits we spoke to approached this creatively including:Staff pizza parties to stuff personalized mailers to middle donorsVolunteer phone calls to middle donors thanking them for their supportMore substantive content to middle donors culled from other organizational communicationsCan your online efforts help your mid-level strategy?Alia: Digital outreach is not the silver bullet when it comes to middle donors. You must communicate with those donors across channels (e.g. be channel agnostic) and give them substantive communications in person, via phone, by notecard or by email. Ideally, you’d reach them through their self-selected preferred channels. Just for fun: Monie in the Middle or Malcolm in the Middle?Alia: Malcolm in the Middle, but only because of Bryan Cranston!Get in touch with your Missing Middle. Join our free webinar with Sea Change Strategies’ Alia McKee and Mark Rovner on Tuesday, May 6 at 1pm EDT. Register now for your chance to hear from these two fundraising gurus and get your mid-level donor questions answered. (Can’t attend the live session? Register anyway to get a copy of the recording sent directly to you via email.)last_img read more