Beth Malone to Star in Unsinkable Molly Brown with Off-Broadway’s Transport Group

first_imgTony nominee Beth Malone has signed on to headline a revival of Richard Morris and Meredith Willson’s musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown as part of the 2019-2020 season of off-Broadway’s Transport Group. Three-time Tony winner Kathleen Marshall will direct the production, featuring a revised book and new lyrics by Tony nominee Dick Scanlan, set to run from February 7 through March 22, 2020 at Abrons Arts Center.Malone, a Tony nominee for Fun Home, returns to Molly Brown following a 2017 summer production at The Muny in St. Louis, directed and choreographed by Marshall and featuring Scanlan’s revisions. The trio also collaborated on a 2014 mounting at Denver Theater Center, a production which earned Malone the Henry Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical. Malone led a high-profile reading of Molly Brown for Roundabout Theatre Company with the same creative team in late 2017.The musical follows Margaret “Molly” Brown, whose rags-to-riches journey from the silver mines of Colorado to the heights of high society culminates in a fateful voyage on the Titanic. The musical debuted on Broadway in 1960, earning a Tony Award for star Tammy Grimes.The Transport Group season will also include the world premiere musical Broadbend, Arkansas, featuring a book by Ellen Fitzhugh and Harrison David Rivers, music/additional lyrics by Ted Shen and direction by Obie winner Jack Cummings III. The musical centers on an African-American family grappling with decades of inequality, violence and suppression in the South. The production will run from October 25 through November 23, 2019 at The Duke on 42nd Street.Full casting for the Transport Group season will be announced at a later date. View Commentslast_img read more

Looking Ahead to the 2014 Job Market

first_imgEven the most skeptical economic forecasters have to agree that the U.S. labor market has made strides, albeit small ones, in putting more people back to work in 2013.Preliminary numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that, on average, through October, 186,300 jobs were created each month of this year. That’s up from 172,700 during the January-October time frame in 2012 and an increase from an average of 169,900 during that same period in 2011.Data from the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) report also reveal that 2013 has been a solid year for job creation. In 11 of 12 months of 2013 service-sector hiring was reported to have surpassed the rate of hiring from the previous year, while the manufacturing sector saw year-over-year hiring gains in eight of the past 12 months, according to the LINE report.So what can we expect in 2014? Here are a few projections.The National Association of Business Economics’ (NABE) October 2013 Industry Survey report said a net of 27 percent of surveyed U.S. organizations will add jobs in the next six months (37 percent said payrolls will expand; 10 percent said payrolls will shrink, either through attrition or significant layoffs). The service sector is forecast to have the highest rate of job growth, with a net of 40 percent of respondents expecting to add jobs and have no layoffs. The goods-producing sector is expected to have the lowest job-creation rate, at a net of 5 percent (35 percent adding jobs, 30 percent eliminating them, through attrition or layoffs), according to NABE survey results.The organization reported that the average U.S. unemployment rate for this year was 7.5 percent. It projects that the annual average rate for 2014 will drop to 7 percent, though this is an improvement from 2012’s 8.1 percent. September 2013 projections by the U.S. Federal Reserve’s board of governors and bank presidents were slightly more optimistic, with both groups reporting that the average annual unemployment rate varied between 6.9 percent and 7.3 percent in 2013. As for 2014, members of those groups estimated that the average jobless rate would be between 6.2 percent and 6.9 percent.However, next year may be better for college graduates entering the workforce. Employers will hire approximately 8 percent more new college graduates for U.S. operations in 2013-14 than they did in 2012-13, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ NACE 2014 Job Outlook Survey, conducted Aug. 5 through Sept. 13, 2013, among its college-recruiting professional members. The results from the 208 returned surveys revealed that companies overall will hire 12 percent more new college graduates for U.S. and international locations combined. Mobile applications and software developers will have plenty of job opportunities in 2014, according to an annual salary guides published by staffing services company Robert Half International (RHI). Overall, base compensation for information-technology professionals in the United States is expected to increase 5.6 percent in 2014, primarily because of the higher demand for workers who can fill IT positions, RHI reported in an Oct. 14, 2013, press statement.The next highest average starting salaries in the U.S. are forecast to rise approximately 3 percent in 2014 for newly hired accounting and finance professionals as well as for creative and marketing professionals, according to RHI.Perhaps buoyed by improving conditions in the labor market, many workers will be looking for other opportunities in the new year, according to a survey by Right Management, a subsidiary of staffing management firm Manpower. Of the 871 U.S. and Canadian employees polled online from Oct. 16 to Nov. 15, 2013, 83 percent admitted they will look for a job in 2014. In addition, 12 percent were unsure but admitted to networking and updating their resume; only 5 percent plan to stay in their current position.“These numbers should signal a wake-up call for top management, when four out of five employees say they intend to look for employment elsewhere,” said Right Management’s Global Practice Leader for Employee Engagement Scott Ahlstrand. “Employers must act now to engage top talent and prevent them from leaving for the competition.”For more information, visit SHRM’s Labor Market and Economic Data page.Joseph Coombs is a senior analyst for workforce trends at SHRM.To read the original article on, please click here.last_img read more

Jammu and Kashmir election winners: Srinagar sunrise for BJP, parties in the valley stunned

first_imgWith BJP emerging as potential kingmaker in Jammu and Kashmir, party chief Amit Shah on Tuesday did not rule out joining hands with either PDP or National Conference saying “all options are open”.”All options are open. The option of forming a BJP government is open. The option of supporting somebody is also open. The option of joining some government is also open…All three options are open,” he told reporters as results showed that BJP will be second largest party in the state after PDP.BJP’s decision will also depend on initiatives taken by other parties, he said. In pics: BJP makes a huge dent in Jammu and KashmirThe party’s Parliamentary Board in its meeting on Wednesday will weigh its options in the state and also deliberate on its chief ministerial candidate in Jharkhand, where it is set to form the government, Shah said.In the 87-member J&K Assembly, the latest wins and lead tally of PDP, BJP and NC was 28, 25 and 15 respectively.A visibly-delighted Shah termed the results an endorsement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership and his government’s development work since he assumed office in May.”The poll verdict is a lesson for those who oppose our government’s agenda of development and change,” he said, in a dig at Opposition parties who have tried to corner the government in Parliament over conversion issue.In J&K, our seats have increased from 11 in 2008 to 25… We have received the maximum percentage of votes in the state,” he said.advertisementBJP has emerged as a relevant democratic force in J&K, he said.19.09 pm: Thanks to people for giving us a humble n a dignified entry into the assembly, tweets Sajad Lone18.00 pm: In a statement to a news channel, Omar Abdullah said that can support People’s Democratic Party, only if Mufti Mohammad Saeed calls him. 16.53 pm: PDP, Cong won’t be able to form govt with these numbers: Omar Abdullah16.30 pm:We are very thankful to people of J&K for electing us as single largest party in the state: Mehbooba Mufti, PDP ANI (@ANI_news) December 23, 2014  15.46 pm: We have improved our tally in J&K and BJP has emerged as a “relevant force” there: Amit Shah15.45 pm: I believe people have supported our agenda of development & it’s a lesson for those who oppose govt’s agenda: Amit Shah12.45 pm:This is a huge victory for me and BJP, we have defeated the former deputy CM of J&K: Krishan Lal (winner from Chhamb) ANI (@ANI_news) December 23, 201412.39 pm: Congrats to Ashraf Mir for his victory in Sonawar. I wish him & people all good luck for next 6 years. He’s now my local MLA: Omar Abdullah’s tweet12.27 pm: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was Tuesday defeated in the Sonawar assembly constituency here, officials said. Sonawar is one of the two constituencies from where Abdullah contested the assembly election. 11.19 am: Engagement between Mufti-Vajpayee can be repeated between Mufti Sayeed and Modi, says PDP spokesperson Nayeem Akhtar11.09 am: #PollResults : Celebrations at BJP Party office in Jammu ANI (@ANI_news) December 23, 201410.57 am: In Jharkhand we are forming Govt,trends in J&K are good,its a vote for good-governance: JP Nadda,BJP #PollResults ANI (@ANI_news) December 23, 201410.55 am: Independent candidate, Saraf Singh leading from BJP candidate in Reasi seatRaman Bhalla , Sports Minister and Congress Candidate trailing from BJP candidate, Kuvinder Gupta by 2000 votesTara Chand, Dy Chief Chief and congress candidate from March trailing by about 15000 votes from BJP candidate, Dr Krishen LalPDP candidate from Poonch, Shah Mohd Tantary is leading from NC candidate, Ajaz Khan10.47 am: Ghulam Nabi Azad: The way exit polls showed that BJP / PDP is making a clean sweep it isn’t so. ANI (@ANI_news) December 23, 2014 10.37 am: NC candidate, Devinder Singh Rana leading from Nagrota seat.10.29 am: Thank goodness for the EVMs. Still remember my 1st couple of elections & the manual counting of voting slips, took forever. Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) December 23, 2014 10.28 am: #PollResults : Celebrations at BJP party office in Jammu ANI (@ANI_news) December 23, 2014 10.20 am: NC candidate, Devinder Singh Rana leading from Nagrota seat10.15 am: NC candidate, Abdul Gani Malik leading in Gulabgarh assembly constituency.10.12 am: BJP candidate, Ranbir Singh Pathania leading in Ramnagar seatBJP Candidate, Satpal Sharma leading in Jammu westAjay Nanda, BJP candidate leading in Reasi seatadvertisement10:05am: Omar Abdullah trails in Sonawar constituency and leads in Beerwah. 10:01 am: BJP canidate, Rajiv Jasrotia leading in Kathua assembly constituency in Kashmir. 09:41 am:Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections trends: PDP: 26 , BJP: 25, Congress: 12, NC: 14, Others: 06. 09.33 am: BJP candidate, Abdul Gani Kohli leading in Kalakote seat.BJP candidate, Mr Neelam Langha leading from RambanNC candidate and Planning Minster, Ajay Sadotra trailing in Marh seat.09.32 am: #PollResults : Counting underway in Jammu ANI (@ANI_news) December 23, 201409.21 am: Dina Nath, BJP candidate from Chennai leading.09. 20 am: Dr Nirmal singh, BJP candidate leading in Billawar Chander Parkash Ganga , BJP candidate leading in VijaypuraSurinder Choudhary of PDP leading in NowsheraPanthers party candidate from Udhampur, Balwant Singh Mankotiya leading 09.19 am: Omar Abdullah trailing by 1858 votes in Sonawar, PDP’s Mohammad Ashraf Mir leading.09.00 am : Omar Abdullah leading from Sonawar in Jammu and Kashmir.08.55 am: BJP candidate, Pardeep Sharma leading in first round in Poonch assembly constituency.08. 47 am: Congress candidate, Ghulam Mohd Saroori leading in Inderwal assembly seat.08.45 am: The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was ahead of all others in Jammu and Kashmir followed by the BJP as officials Tuesday counted votes polled in assembly elections.Candidates of the PDP led by Mufti Mohammed Saeed surged ahead in 13 of the 25 seats where early trends were available, officials said. 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From Somali refugee to England’s first female Muslim football referee

first_imgReuse this content On a sunny afternoon, a group of mothers in hijabs sit on the bench of a football pitch, watching their daughters play football at the Stonebridge recreation ground in north-west London.As World Cup fever grips the UK, the girls’ enthusiasm for the training session is matched by their obvious adoration of their coach and referee, Jawahir Roble, known as JJ to her friends.The training is part of a nationwide initiative sponsored by the English Football Association and aimed to benefit more than 20,000 girls aged five to 11 across the country. The programme, which was launched by the FA in 2017, aims to double girls’ participation in the sport by 2020.But it is Roble, a Somali refugee who used to play football against a backdrop of gunshots, who has truly broken through the barriers to reach this pitch. She is the first female Muslim referee in British football.With multiple awards, including the match official gong at the FA’s 2017 respect awards, and recognition in the sports personality category at the Somali achievement awards, she starred in the launch campaign for the new Nike-designed kit for the England women’s football team and now has her eyes set on refereeing the 2023 Women’s World Cup. “That is my next challenge, it would be a dream come true,” she says.Born in Somalia, she fled the war there with her family when she was a child, reaching the UK aged 10. Her love for football began at home in Mogadishu when she played with kids from her neighbourhood even as intense fighting between rival clan militiamen was engulfing the city.“We would hear loud gunshots while playing in the courtyard and then run back to the house,” she recalls. “Mum would always run looking for me and ask me to stay indoors, but we would immediately regroup after the gunshots stopped and resume playing.” Read more Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Football’s broken dreams: the African teenagers sold a Premier League lie Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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Topics Guardian Today: the headlines, the analysis, the debate – sent direct to you Share via Email Refugees features Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Share on Twitter With no resources and lack of sports equipment, she used to improvise with anything she could find.“We had no proper football, we sometimes used potatoes as a football, we used to make balls from newspapers and worn-out clothes,” she says.Coming to the UK meant an end to living in fear, but also had its own challenges.“Landing at Heathrow was surreal, I remember how excited I was! We made it safely,” she says. “There are many people who could not make it, so we were the lucky ones.”At school, she saw “proper and modern” sports equipment for the first time. “I was amazed, they had proper footballs, long socks, proper pitches,“ she says.Unable to speak English, she formed her own football team, making new friends as her passion for the game made it easier for her to grasp the language.“I was crazy, I would play every day during break-time, lunchtime and even after school,” she says.Roble went on went on to do a coaching course, earning FA qualifications and then taking a professional refereeing course with the Middlesex FA, quickly progressing from youth to adult games.As a practising Muslim, she has worn a hijab throughout her career. “Once I am in the pitch and I blow the whistle to start the game, I am not a refugee, my hijab does not matter, my gender or colour of my skin does not matter, I am a referee and I know how to do my job well, that is it,” she says.“I see it in their eyes, some of the players and fans too, the disbelief in their faces is clear,” she says. “But I don’t let that stop me from doing my work. Refereeing is a tough job, there is a lot of pressure, you have to be focused and make quick decisions, so I don’t have time to think about what people think of me.“When the game ends, they realise what I am capable of. Some would even come up to me to say thank you, they are like: ‘She is the best referee we ever had.’” Read more Migration and development Since you’re here… Somalia Roble has also become a role model for young girls in her community. The girls she trains at Stonebridge have someone who looks like them in the field and the support of their families and the wider Somali community. But her own parents were uneasy at first. “I did not have such support from my parents in the beginning, they advised me to concentrate on my studies,” she says. “It was not easy, but they have now accepted me and do support me because they believe in me.”Her ambitions reach beyond 2023 – Roble wants to establish a training academy in her home country, and train the Somali women’s national football team. “I will definitely do that, I cannot wait when Somalia becomes peaceful,” she says.In the meantime, she continues to inspire young girls: “I want to make them big, we are just starting from scratch but their future is bright.”last_img read more

Child arrested after fire rips through Shamattawa in northern Manitoba

first_imgShaneen Robinson-Desjarlais APTN National NewsA 12-year-old child is under arrest and a community is in a state of emergency after a fire in northern Manitoba.It happened Thursday afternoon on the remote Shamattawa First Nation about 750 km north of Winnipeg.The chief says five other children are also expected to be involved in the fire.last_img