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Switcheroos going on off-Broadway. Paul Alexander Nolan has departed new musical Daddy Long Legs to appear in the Broadway-bound Bright Star. Will Reynolds is currently playing Jervis in his place and will do so through November 19, at which point Adam Halpin (Glory Days) is scheduled to step in. Halpin just so happens to be the hubby of the production’s leading lady, Megan McGinnis.Daddy Long Legs tells the tale of Jerusha Abbott (McGinnis), the oldest orphan in the John Grier Home. One day, a rich, anonymous benefactor (Reynolds) decides to send her to college, but she must write him a letter once a month. Unaware of his identity, she invents a nickname for him: Daddy Long Legs. Through her letters, Jerusha shares her experiences of college while discovering her own identity and reveling in the wonders of literature, adventure and love. But one key fact eludes her—who is is Daddy Long Legs?Directed by John Caird, the tuner, based on the 1912 novel by Jean Webster, features music and lyrics by Paul Gordon and a book by Caird. The show officially opened on September 28 at the Davenport Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 6, 2016 View Comments Star Files Related Shows Daddy Long Legs Paul Alexander Nolan
A CONNECTION to nature is vital to our mental and physical health and landscape architects are making sure this connection is made in our inner city developments.Landscape architect and Verde Design Group director Chris Mahoney said there was a much more recognised need for green spaces and it was up to the landscape architect to find innovative ways of incorporating the answer to that need into smaller spaces.“One of the biggest trends or things we’re talking about in the industry is a drive towards making sure that with our increasing population that people still have a connection to nature on whatever scale that might be,” Mahoney said.“And as architectural landscapers we need to make sure we’re creating spaces that will have a positive influence on their life.“Brisbane is experiencing phenomenal growth and we need to maintain access for people to those green environments.”Mahoney said he recently read a statistic that said two thirds of the world’s population don’t have access to green space.Point Luxe, one of Verde Design Group’s latest projects.“Developers are recognising that owners, especially in those high end properties, still want access to communal or green space or natural space and they’re starting to realise the importance of not just putting all of your plant equipment on the roof but creating usable space and maximising that space,” Mahoney said.“For example putting in pools, rooftop gardens and I recently worked on a project in Kangaroo Point where we put in outdoor fire pits, people like living in apartments like they would live in their own house.“Developers are now becoming more mindful of making sure they have an edge by offering that connection to nature.“From a landscape architectural point of view there are some really creative and innovative ways that we can incorporate green space.”Mahoney said a current trend is green walls. “It’s a trend that’s gaining a lot of traction. I recently gave a talk about the success of green walls, and aside from the aesthetic it’s great for increasing air quality and for helping to absorb heat especially in the inner city buildings,” he said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago“Any landscaping really does have a positive affect on us psychologically and physiologically, when we’re exposed to any type of nature it helps with stress relief, for example pot plants in the office or green walls in an apartment.”Verde Design Group have been bringing their natural touch to bikeways and parks around Brisbane and Ipswich.Mahoney said one of the main things you need to be mindful of when landscaping a smaller style of space is to make sure you’re giving the space functionality.“Try to keep things simplified and use a higher quality palette of elements. In a small space everything is in proximity so there needs to be a connection between everything that goes in there with no overcrowding, keeping it simple and not over complicating it,” he said.“So you might use seating that can double as storage, lighting that is functional but also pleasing to the eye, even being smart when looking at the plants you use so choosing varieties that don’t need weeding or pruning.“You want to minimise input but maximise output.”Verde Design are the landscape architects behind many developments in Queensland, including Point Luxe in New Farm, and a number of parks, reserves and highway corridors.
The trade unions for Dutch military staff are to lodge an appeal against a court ruling that Ministry of Defence (MoD) personnel can be switched from final to average salary pension arrangements as of this year.In the case against the MoD, the unions have demanded that the employees keep accruing under a final salary plan because the two parties have yet to reach an agreement about the change.In the opinion of the judge in earlier summary proceedings, the social partners, including the unions, agreed in 2017 that there would not be a final salary scheme in place for military staff in 2019.According to Teun Huijg, the unions’ lawyer, the unions demanded that the MoD appoint a provider that can implement a final salary plan this year, if civil service scheme ABP was unable or unwilling to keep on providing such arrangements. In the summary proceedings ABP had argued that its IT system – geared for average salary arrangements – could no longer cope with the final salary plan.The pension fund’s lawyer said last month that the mounting problems were about to cause “a short circuit in ABP’s administration machine”.In separate summary proceedings – brought by the unions against ABP – a judge at an Amsterdam court had ruled that ABP was able to implement a final salary plan, and that the pension fund was not allowed to imply that the pension plan for military personnel was not such a scheme.Jos van Dijk, spokeswoman for ABP, said that the pension fund hadn’t decided yet whether it would lodge an appeal.She acknowledged that ABP’s website stated that the final salary plan for military staff would apply until the end of 2018, but highlighted that this wasn’t relevant for the temporary plan it had put in place at the start of January 2019.Meanwhile, the MoD’s website still stipulates that its pension arrangements amount to an average salary scheme.
Chennai: The opening clash of the Indian Premier League (IPL) between the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) might have seen MS Dhoni’s Chennai boys run riot with a seven-wicket win, but the skipper understands the need to be cautious with wickets like the one prepared at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here for the game.“I never expected the wicket to play how it actually played and it was too slow and it just reminded me of the 2011 Champions League wicket. After the IPL, we came back and we had a really good season, the wicket got relaid and all of a sudden we found it very difficult,” Dhoni said after the game on Saturday.“I feel if the wicket stays like this, it will be tough for us also. The wicket definitely needs to be a lot better than where it is right now, even with dew it was still spinning big. I feel it needs to be high-scoring, even the opposition would have known that it was a slow wicket.“Something close to 140-150 is something you are looking at. 80, 90, 100 or 120 is really low-scoring and if you have genuine spinners in your line-up it’s very difficult to score runs. I feel the wicket needs to be much better than how it is now.”Dhoni said that he wasn’t expecting the wicket to play the way it did.“No not really, I wasn’t sure about the wicket. We played a practice match on the same wicket and it was not turning so much. It was slightly a high scoring match, but usually in practice matches there’s a tendency we score 30 runs more than a normal match.“Because of that reason we thought if we win the toss we will put the opposition in and also there’s fair amount of dew,” he explained.The skipper said that the biggest issue with a wicket like this was if Chennai ended up losing the toss because even the CSK batsmen would then at time have to bat first and there are players in the line-up who like to score freely. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWS
Girona: Gareth Bale needed just two minutes to mark his return from injury with a goal as 10-man Real Madrid held on for a 4-2 victory over Espanyol on Sunday. Bale had been out since January 3 with a calf strain but made an instant impact off the bench at the RCDE Stadium, where Karim Benzema continued his own rich vein of form by scoring twice. Sergio Ramos was also on target with a brilliant header before Leo Baptistao kept Espanyol in sight. Bale and Benzema seemed to have wrapped things up but Raphael Varane was sent off with 18 minutes left and substitute Roberto Rosales drove in to set up a nervy finish. Madrid, however, survived for their fifth win in sixth matches, even if it was only enough to restore the 10-point difference behind Barcelona, who had earlier seen off Girona 2-0, with Lionel Messi scoring a sublime chip.They may not be closing the gap on the league leaders but Madrid are gaining momentum, with the resumption of the Champions League just around the corner. Benzema now has 15 goals this season and his first was a simple finish in the third minute, as he pounced on a rebound from Luka Modric’s shot. Ramos is their second top scorer with 10, his excellent header looping into the far corner, before Baptistao gave Espanyol a lifeline with an emphatic shot from the edge of the area.But Benzema added a third on the stroke of half-time and when Bale, after replacing Vinicius Junior, made it four, it looked like the game was up. Instead, Varane was sent off for bringing down Pablo Piatti as the last man and Rosales set Madrid’s nerves jangling by chesting and volleying past Thibaut Courtois with nine minutes left. Madrid held on and while Benzema’s surge, and Bale’s fitness, could yet prove key to their second half of the season, particularly in the Champions League, in La Liga it is Messi, and Barca who lead the way. Barcelona stayed on top in the La Liga with win over Girona.Real Madrid stayed 10 points behind despite win vs Espanyol.Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale scored for their respective sides. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Messi’s brilliant chip, his ninth goal in as many games, came after Nelson Semedo had given them an early lead, before Bernardo Espinosa’s red card consigned Girona to 39 minutes with 10 men. The home fans were left incensed by that decision, as well as Messi’s reaction they believed caused it, but the Argentinian’s goal offered the perfect riposte. “We struggled in the first half a bit but after the red card we had to dominate the game,” Barca coach Ernesto Valverde said. “It was a tough match, they pushed us a lot.” Outside the stadium before kick-off, propped up on a railing, was a sign with an ironic message scrawled: “Miami, here we come”. La Liga had hoped to drag this game across the Atlantic to promote Spanish football and the two clubs had supported the idea, with various perks dangled in front of fans, including free flights and tickets, not to mention the chance to be part of something “historic”. The setting probably would have made little difference to the result – just the integrity of the competition – given Girona, now 14th, are without a win in 10 matches while Barca have managed eight league victories in a row. Girona hustled and harried their opponents in the opening minutes but Semedo’s goal was soft as they failed to clear three times before he swept the ball home with his left foot. Barca could have made it two, only for Philippe Coutinho to hit the goalkeeper. It was one of a handful of underwhelming moments from Coutinho, whose tepid display will have done little to assauge his doubters.Girona grew into the game but any momentum was checked shortly after half-time as Espinosa caught Suarez from behind and, after protests from Messi, was shown a second yellow card. Messi was jeered and for a while the fury spurred Girona on. But he had the final say as Luis Suarez threaded through Jordi Alba, who squared to him. Out rushed Yassine Bounou but Messi’s scoop was so good, even the diving Porro was powerless to keep it out. Some of Girona’s fans, previously enraged, now stood up to applaud.
We’d never pegged Vin Scully as a numbers guy.Asked recently to estimate how many baseball games he has called since breaking in with the Dodgers in 1950, the Hall of Fame broadcaster said: “Quite frankly, I have zero interest in knowing how many games I’ve done. It doesn’t mean that much.”You could try to do the math and come up with … does more than 10,000 sound right?Yet here we are trying to get our head around 67 seasons with the Dodgers, and 88 years, 10 months and three days old when he plans to do his final broadcast for the team Oct. 2 in San Francisco. Here are other digits worth deciphering as to what is being accomplished here:24,274Days Scully has been with the team when he does his last game.45.5Percentage of years Scully has been involved as a broadcaster in Major League Baseball since the game’s origins were established 147 years ago in 1869. 53Percentage of years Scully has been involved as a broadcaster for the Dodgers with the franchise start date in Brooklyn 126 years ago in 1890.33Seasons Scully had been broadcasting Dodgers games before he was awarded the Ford Frick Award by the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown (inducted in 1982).34Seasons Scully has been broadcasting Dodgers games since his Hall of Fame induction. Does he deserve a second induction?80Age difference of Preacher Roe and Julio Urias, two pitchers whose games Scully has called in his career.9Different ownership groups under his time since 1950 — the first included Branch Rickey (who hired him), Walter O’Malley, James Lawrence Smith and James and Dearie Mulvey.28World Series calls on TV and radio (a broadcasting record).6World Series championships he has called for the Dodgers (1955, 1959, 1963, 1965, 1981 and 1988). The franchise has only six World Series titles in its history.13World Series Scully has called for the Dodgers, out of the 18 in the franchise’s history dating to 1916.21No-hitters called — 14 by Dodgers pitchers (four by Sandy Koufax, two by Carl Erskine and one by Sal Maglie, Bill Singer, Fernando Valenzuela, Jerry Reuss, Kevin Gross, Ramon Martinez, Hideo Nomo and Clayton Kershaw). Six were by Dodgers opponents (Vern Bickford, Don Larsen, John Candelaria, Nolan Ryan, Dennis Martinez and Kent Mercker.) One was during a national NBC telecast (Jack Morris).3Perfect games called. By Larson (1955 World Series Game 5), Koufax (1965 vs. Chicago) and Martinez (1991 vs. the Dodgers). He was on an NBC assignment in 1988 when the Reds’ Tom Browning threw a perfect game against the Dodgers.9Primary fellow Dodgers broadcasters Scully has worked with in either the TV or radio booth: Red Barber, Connie Desmond, Andre Baruch, Al Helfer and Jerry Doggett in Brooklyn, plus Ross Porter, Don Drysdale, Rick Monday and Charley Steiner in L.A. The Dodgers have also employed as broadcasters from 1950 to present: Al Downing, Jerry Reuss, Joe Davis, Orel Hershiser, Nomar Garciaparra, Eric Collins and Steve Lyons and Kevin Kennedy. The pay-service ON TV once had Geoff Witcher and Eddie Doucette call games with Downing (1980-84), A Dodgervision production had Doucette, Downing and Monday do games from 1985-87, Z Channel had Monday and Doucette work with Tony Hernandez, Monday and Don Sutton (’88 and ’89) and SportsChannel LA had Joel Meyers, Ron Cey and Duke Snider involved (1990-92). Since 1958, the Dodgers have also had 10 Spanish-language broadcasters, including Baseball Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrin (1959-to-present).1Ranking, in the 2005 Curt Smith book, “Voices of Summer: Ranking Baseball’s 101 All-Time Best Announcers.” In a grading process that gives 1-to-10 points in the categories of longevity, continuity, network presence, awards, language, popularity, persona, voice, knowledge and miscellany, Scully was the only one to score 100. Says a review from Booklist: “His top pick, Dodger announcer Vin Scully, may be beyond argument; everyone else is fair game.” Mel Allen (99), Ernie Harwell (97), Jack Buck (96), Red Barber (95), Harry Caray and Bob Prince (94), Jack Brickhouse (93), Dizzy Dean and Lindsey Nelson (92) complete the top 10. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error