View Comments Meera Syal in “Noises Off” at London’s Lyric Hammersmith(Photo: Helen Maybanks) Director Jeremy Herrin’s acclaimed staging of Michael Frayn’s Noises Off is West End-bound. Following a 2016 Tony-nominated Broadway revival, which is currently playing a sold-out run at London’s Lyric Hammersmith, the hit production will now move to the West End’s Garrick Theatre for a limited engagement from September 27, 2019 through January 4, 2020.Reprising their roles from the Lyric Hammersmith staging will be Meera Syal (Beautiful Thing) as Dotty Otley, Lloyd Owen (Cleaning Up) as Lloyd Dallas, Daniel Rigby (Eric & Ernie) as Garry Lejeune and Simon Rouse (Hangmen) as Selsdon Mowbray.Noises Off follows a director and his group of actors just hours before the opening-night performance of the farce Nothing On. Lines are forgotten, love triangles are unraveling and sardines are flying everywhere.Further casting for the West End transfer will be announced at a later date.
Eident Sports Marketing has confirmed that the dates have been set and registration is now open for the 2011 Amica 19.7 Boston and the Amica 19.7 Phoenix sprint triathlons.The Amica 19.7 Boston will be held on 13 August, in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. The Amica 19.7 Phoenix will be held on 6 November at Lake Pleasant Park, Peoria, Arizona.Both events are part of the 2011 Amica 19.7 Triathlon Series, a sprint distance series of triathlons held throughout the US. They feature a half-mile swim, a 16.1-mile bike ride and a 3-mile run. (The Amica 19.7 Phoenix will also include an international distance triathlon that is comprised of a 1.5K swim, a 34K bike ride and a 10K run.)The Amica Triathlon Series is currently offering discounted registration for the 2011 Amica 19.7 Boston and the Amica 19.7 Phoenix through to 31 January.Eident Sports has planned a few exciting changes for triathletes who compete in the Amica 19.7 Boston. It will be held at a new venue, Hopkinton State Park. Located in the Greater Boston area, the park boasts the picturesque Hopkinton Reservoir.”Hopkinton State Park is a beautiful venue and a perfect site to host the Amica 19.7 Boston,” said Race Director Brewer Rowe. “The park allows us to provide a safe, secure course for the participating triathletes.”The 2011 Amica 19.7 Series will culminate in the autumn/fall with Amica 19.7 Phoenix. This event will feature three divisions – pros, qualifiers and age groupers. The pros will be competing for a US$10,000 prize.www.AmicaTriathlonSeries.com www.eidentsports.com Related
The first ITU Technical Officials Level 1 seminar for 2014 will take place in Oslo, Norway, on the weekend of 1 February. It is the first time Norway has hosted a Technical seminar and Dag Oliver, General Secretary of the Norwegian Triathlon Federation is delighted to welcome the new batch of student officials.“The Norwegian Triathlon Federation is both proud and happy to host the first ever ITU Technical Official course in Norway,” said Oliver.“We are also extremely happy that ITU guru Thanos Nikopoulos will facilitate the seminar. The majority of the participants enrolled so far are Norwegians but we still have room for friends from other locations in Europe.”The course will be held in English at the following location in Oslo: Idrettens Hus, Sognsveien 73, 0840 Oslo, Norway.Further details, including an application form and event schedule can be found online.etu.triathlon.orgtriathlon.org Related
In a move to boost equality in endurance sport, the first woman to finish next year’s TriathlonX event in the Lake District will win a prize of £1000 – exactly the same as the men’s prize. The award is being made thanks to a sponsorship from the Lake District’s longest standing cottage letting agency, Heart of the Lakes.Next year’s TriathlonX event takes place on 25 June and is billed as ‘the world’s toughest extreme triathlon’. Already attracting 200 entries from an international audience, the organisers add that the 2016 event will have ‘steeper ascents than any long course triathlon anywhere in the world.’Competitors will swim twice round Seamew Crag island in Windermere and cycle each Lake District pass on the route of the Fred Whitton challenge, approximately 112 miles. The final stage – the marathon run of 26 miles – will take the athletes to the top of Scafell Pike via Elterwater and Great Langdale.The total ascent on the cycle and run routes is 5,150m. The organisers claim that this is the highest in the world, ‘with a projected winning time of four hours longer than Norway’s Norseman extreme race.’Triathlon X was staged this year at Wasdale, but is moving to a more central location next June, starting at Ambleside YHA at the head of Windermere. YHA (England and Wales) is supporting the event, and a percentage of all entry fees will be donated to the YHA bursary fund Breaks for Kids, which creates opportunities for disadvantaged young people to stay with YHA and undergo new, life-changing experiences.Known for its on-going involvement in charitable and community initiatives, Heart of the Lakes is thrilled to be involved in such a top sporting event, as company partner, Chris Jackson, explained “We are delighted to be involved in TriathlonX and want to make sure that the women who compete have a chance to win the same prize as the men.“They are putting in the same effort, over the most gruelling course in the world. It will be amazing to see all these top athletes here in the heart of the Lake District.” Organiser Mark Blackburn said “We are delighted to have Heart of the Lakes join us as a leading sponsor and believe that the prize money on offer is going to attract some of the world’s leading triathletes.”GB triathlete, Marie Meldrum, from Lochaber in Scotland, was the female winner of the 2014 Celtman event. She added, “It is really encouraging to see women and men being offered the same prize money.“I’ve noticed recently that women have started to get more prominence in media coverage of these events. Women might not be as fast as the leading men, but they are covering the same distances.”Richard Greenwood, Cumbria Tourism’s head of operations, said “As the UK’s adventure capital, the Lake District has an adrenaline fuelled calendar of outdoor challenge events every year and this event is no exception.“There are plenty of events for the first time competitor, and others for more experienced athletes that require total endurance and dedication. Hosting TriathlonX on Windermere will allow even more people to access this high level event and allow them to come and embrace their adventurous side, here in the Lake District.”www.triathlonx.co.ukwww.heartofthelakes.co.uk Related
A group of Roeland Park residents are trying to raise the more than $400,000 required to modernize R Park.A group of Roeland Park residents are organizing a long-term campaign to help the community of 6,800 fill a gap left by the forthcoming exit of Walmart from the city: money to build a real park.The city purchased the site of the former Roeland Park Elementary School in March 2005, and declared that it would be a park in March 2010. At that time, the city paid for the development of a comprehensive plan that laid out detailed plans and cost estimates for what is now called R Park. But when word came last year that Walmart was planning on pulling out of the city in 2015 in favor of a new store at the Mission Gateway development, city leaders knew the departing sales tax proceeds from the store would leave a huge hole in the city’s budget. The $435,000 required to build out the R Park envisioned in the city’s comprehensive would be hard to come by.Faced with the prospect of waiting years for the city to be able to allocate funds for the park improvements, a group of nine residents have come together to plan fundraising activities to make the R Park renovations a reality. Group leader Gretchen Davis said she and her collaborators knew without a grassroots effort, the prospects of making the R Park plan come to fruition were slim.“It was clear that it would be a long time before anything could happen to the park site — and what a shame for Roeland Park not to have a full-fledged park of its own,” Davis said. “We need a park if we’re going to attract young families here. We said, if this is going to happen, we citizens are going to have to make it happen.”Davis presented the groups plans for a first fundraising drive to the city council on Monday. The group is looking for 63 households or businesses to donate $100 each by Roeland Park’s 63rd birthday on July 2. The group would plan on donating the proceeding $6,300 to the Roeland Park Community Foundation with the intent that the city allocate it to the construction of the walking path laid out in the park plan. Donors will receive recognition in Roeland Park publications as get to celebrate the city’s 63rd birthday with Mayor Joel Marquardt.The group is also planning on holding a “Bacon, Blues and Brews Fest” in October to raise funds for the park.People interested in donating to the path effort should take a check payable to the Roeland Park Community Foundation to Roeland Park City Hall, 4600 West 51st Street, Roeland Park, KS 66205 Attn: Debra Mootz. The memo on the check should read “R Park Walking Path.”A rendering of the concept for R Park from the 2010 comprehensive plan.
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About 50 volunteers pitched in hundreds of hours to make Christmas happen for 91 local families in the Mission area. Photo courtesy of city of MissionThe ballroom in the Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center exploded with Christmas presents. Each of the tables were piled high with gifts for families in the Mission area who asked for some help with the holidays this year.About 50 volunteers from the city of Mission and neighboring businesses (including Hy-Vee and Kohl’s) poured countless hours into the city’s holiday adoption program. The city’s holiday adoption program received more than $17,000 in cash donations as well as hundreds of toys, tools, personal hygiene items, clothes and a variety of stocking stuffers for 66 families.“People are just so generous,” said Suzie Gibbs, coordinator of the holiday adoption program.And a total of 91 families in the Mission area received a food basket for their Christmas meal this year. Volunteers also picked up toys for the family cats and dogs. The municipal judge’s son stuffed 61 stockings with personal hygiene items.“This makes a difference to our local families, and most of the people that come in and receive the presents are people who already work very hard,” said Fiorella Schlossmacher, one of the volunteers and councilmember Nick Schlossmacher’s wife. “This is a huge help for them, and it just makes their Christmas better.”And everything came together just in time for Christmas, when the families came to pick up donated food and gifts Friday afternoon.“It’s just a great way for everyone to give back to people in the local community,” said councilmember Nick Schlossmacher.One local participant — who is caring for her grandchildren while their parents get back on their feet — said she will be able to give her family a good Christmas.“It’s a blessing because the kids (her grandchildren) can give something to their mom and dad, and we can give them things from their mom and dad,” she said.Gibbs said it’s important to keep up the program because of the wonderful service it provides for local families.“Christmas should be special; Christmas should be happy,” Gibbs said. “Everybody should be able to enjoy a meal, and everybody should be able to enjoy a few gifts. And if we can make one family happy one day of the year, that’s what we want to do.”
Share on Twitter Pinterest Share on Facebook LinkedIn Share We’re all familiar with what sociologists call “the traditional family”: a straight, married couple, with a male breadwinner who works long hours to support his family, while the woman stays home, takes care of the domestic work, and rears the children. Feminists have long campaigned against the factors which ensure that this the only option – for both men and women. Now, it appears that male breadwinners aren’t too happy with it either.New research has shown that male breadwinners in high-status jobs, such as managerial roles, are more likely to want to cut back their working hours than other men: even if it involves a drop in their salary.All work and no playHere, we use the term “male breadwinners” to describe men who earn the majority of a straight couple’s income. We were unable to include same sex couples in our analysis, because limitations in the data restricted our ability to do so. Email Using data on about 4,000 men from 12 western European countries, we found that male breadwinners work longer hours than single men, men who are equal earners and men whose female partner is the breadwinner. Of course, this is partly because male breadwinners have a partner who can take care of most of the domestic work, which enables them to stay at work later or start earlier.Male breadwinners are more likely to feel overworked than other men. We found that the extra responsibilities, which come with high-status roles, contribute to these feelings.Our study discovered that around 58% of male breadwinners with children would like to work fewer hours, even if it meant taking a pay cut. A similar proportion of male breadwinners without children (57%) felt the same way. So spending too long at work is not just a concern for fathers who want to have more time with their children. It’s possible that reducing working hours is seen as a step in the process of having a family, which starts even before there are any children.We found that concerns about work-life balance remained significant for those who felt overworked, even when we controlled for many other factors such as whether their firm offered performance pay, and how long they had been employed there.The full storyOf course, part of the story here is that high-status male breadwinners are more comfortable expressing feelings of overwork, because their higher incomes mean they can afford to earn less. Other working men – single men, men who earn the same as their female partner and men whose female partner is the breadwinner – were less likely than male breadwinners to want to work fewer hours. Even so, a high proportion (for example, 40% of equal earning fathers) of these other groups still said they’d like to reduce the time they spent working.It’s understandable that male breadwinners are more keen than most to reduce their time at work. We know that both working long hours, and working longer than desired, are bad for your health and well being. It also means that you can feel that the job is preventing you from participating in family life and that you are too tired after work to enjoy things.It’s also worth noting that male breadwinners do not hold more conservative attitudes to women’s participation in the workforce than other men in Europe. This stands in contrast to the findings of previous research in the USA.Searching for solutionsMany firms tacitly endorse the status quo, by requiring long hours from their employees, without providing any options to reduce working hours for their higher status employees.Some remedies to long working hours have been put forward, such as giving employees more autonomy at work. But many people who are managers, and responsible for other workers, already have the ability to decide on a daily basis how their work is controlled. The paradox is that when you have more control, you actually end up working longer hours. So having more autonomy at work does not necessarily prevent it from interfering with family life.And although many companies pay lip-service to the principle of helping women, particularly mothers, to achieve a good work-life balance, many mothers leave work precisely because they are not given adequate support to continue. So, our findings support the case for businesses to recognise the importance of work-life balance as an issue which affects all of their employees; men and women alike.Shireen Kanji, Senior Lecturer in Work and Organisation, University of LeicesterThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.
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CSD Director Cory StyronBy KIRSTEN LASKEYLos Alamos Daily Postkirsten@ladailypost.comWhen it comes to parks and recreational services, Cory Styron offers a wealth of experience and expertise and he’s bringing these assets to Los Alamos County as its new Community Services Department (CSD) director.Assistant to the County Manager Linda Matterson has been serving as the interim head of the CSD until Styron took over on Monday. Assistant to the County Manager Linda Matterson has been serving as the interim head of the CSD until Styron took over on Monday. Matterson covered the position following Brian Brogan’s termination.Looking at Styron’s past work, he seems to be a good match for Los Alamos, County Manager Harry Burgess told Los Alamos County Council during its regular meeting Tuesday night.“He comes to us from Hollywood, Fla. … prior to that he spent a significant amount of time in Farmington so he is familiar with New Mexico and specifically worked on a lot of projects related to outdoor recreation; most recently one of the highlights was … a lake they had up there (in Farmington), which had been closed to any use. Cory put together a program to open it up for public use … and set up a fee schedule to make it self-supporting,” Burgess said. “We have partnered with some of our brand identity and advertising with the same group that worked in Farmington, so they were familiar with his efforts and it just made a good match.”Styron said he is excited to work in Los Alamos County, which is calls a municipality rich in recreational offerings.“I’m very excited to be here and look forward to continuing to add value to this great community that really does have a great love of the outdoors and recreation as a whole and I’m just honored to be here and look forward to making a difference in this community,” Styron said during Tuesday’s meeting.During an interview with the Los Alamos Daily Post, Styron said the County has “all these great attributes for people to use and that enhance quality of life.”He listed the library system and the aquatic center as a few of these attributes. On a personal note, Styron said he is particularly excited about the County’s trail system.“The trail system is spectacular … I have two dogs that love being outside,” he said. “I still get a thrill when getting in contact with nature … the fishing in the region is really great (and) just to be this close to nature is really positive and exciting.”In addition to overseeing the parks and recreational division in the County, Styron also will head the social services division, which interacts with various organizations in the community. He said he is eager to continue those partnerships.“It is always great when we can partner with others in the community … and provide higher visibility to community members who may need these services,” Styron said.Styron is entering his new position at an interesting time. The pandemic as well as the need to comply with the Governor’s public health order have had a big impact on the programs and services that the Community Services Department offers.Styron said that the County has done a good job responding to the public health order as well as finding creative ways to continue services to the public, adding that he believes there has been successes with offering virtual events.Before coming to the County, Styron said he worked as the parks and recreation director in Hollywood, Fla. Before that, he served as director of Parks and Recreation and Cultural Affairs in Farmington.Additionally, Styron said he serves on the national board for the commission of accreditation of parks and recreation agencies. He said there are 196 municipalities across the country that are accredited. He explained that the accreditation provides a framework for best practices.Styron earned his bachelor’s degree in business from Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, Texas and his MBA from the University of Phoenix. Furthermore, he is a certified parks and recreation professional through the National Park and Recreation Association.Recreation and the outdoors are real passions, Styron said.“We’re kind of like teachers … so many things we provide are foundational … we really encourage communities to thrive and be a great place to live and break down barriers … we have provided safe harbors and places to have positive and memorable experiences,” he said.