Brandon Victor Dixon Will Headline West End Transfer of The Scottsboro Boys

first_img The Scottsboro Boys is based on the notorious “Scottsboro” case of the 1930s, in which nine African-American men were unjustly accused of attacking two white women on a train in Alabama. The young men were convicted by an all-white jury and spent years in jail while the case was tried and retried. View Comments Star Files Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon, who originated the role of Haywood Patterson in the first US production of The Scottsboro Boys and is currently starring as Berry Gordy in Motown The Musical on Broadway, will make his West End debut in The Scottsboro Boys. As previously reported, Kander and Ebb’s musical will transfer to the West End’s Garrick Theatre following its highly acclaimed run at the Young Vic. Directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, the award-winning production will begin performances on October 4 prior to an October 20 opening night. Dixon will be joined by several American cast members reprising their Young Vic roles in the West End. They will include Olivier nomine Colman Domingo as Mr Bones, Forrest McClendon as Mr Tambo and James T Lane as Ozie Powell.  British cast members include Game of Thrones’ Julian Glover, reprising his role as The Interlocutor. They will appear alongside Dawn Hope, Dex Lee, Rohan Pinnock-Hamilton, Richard Pitt, Emile Ruddock and Carl Spencer. Further casting will be announced soon. The Scottsboro Boys first played off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre and the Guthrie Theatre prior to opening on Broadway in 2010, earning 12 Tony nominations, including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical. The tuner received its London premiere in 2013 and went on to receive the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical. Brandon Victor Dixonlast_img read more

Wednesday people roundup

first_imgAon Hewitt ­– Matthew Fletcher has been appointed as a senior consultant for Aon’s Risk Settlement Group. He joins from Hymans Robertson, where he was a technical consultant within its longevity company Club Vita. Before then, he spent 11 years at Towers Watson.BMO Global Asset Management – Phil Webster has been appointed as a portfolio manager. He joins from Aberdeen Asset Management, where he worked for more than a decade, most recently as senior investment manager on the pan-European equities team. AllianzGI, Profond, AXA Investment Managers, Financial Stability Board, PGGM, CPPIB, Aon Hewitt, Hymans Robertson, BMO Global Asset Management, Aberdeen Asset ManagementAllianzGI – Deborah Zurkow has been appointed head of alternatives at the German asset manager, where she will also become a member of the global executive committee, effective 1 June. Claus Fintzen will take over her role as CIO and head of infrastructure debt. Zurkow and Fintzen joined the manager in 2012 from Triennium Advisors to form part of a new team dedicated to infrastructure debt investments. Zurkow was appointed to lead that team. AllianzGI established an alternatives investment platform in December 2014, which had roughly doubled in size in terms of assets under management by the end of the first quarter of 2016.Profond – The Swiss multi-employer pension scheme has created the position of CIO, with Christina Böck of AXA Investment Managers appointed to the new role. Böck has been at AXA for more than 15 years, most recently as head of solution strategists for Central Europe, and CIO Switzerland at AXA in Zurich. She will join Profond in mid-August.Financial Stability Board (FSB) – Senior investment officials at Dutch pension fund manager PGGM and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) are among nine new members of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure as it embarks on a second phase of work. Eloy Lindeijer is CIO at €183bn Dutch asset manager PGGM, while Stephanie Leaist is managing director and head of sustainable investing at CPPIB. They join the following seven other appointees to the FSB task force.last_img read more

Odion Ighalo Becomes MultiChoice Ambassador

first_imgManaging Director, MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe speaking on the endorsement said the company is pleased to welcome Odion Ighalo to the family as an ambassador.According to Ugbe, Ighalo’s zest and brilliant accomplishments as a footballer, locally and internationally, made him a perfect fit for the brand.“From his humble beginnings of playing football on the streets of Ajegunle to scoring big on the international scene, the Odion Ighalo success story is one that deeply resonates with the brand. We believe his energetic display and results on the pitch will inspire Nigerians as they work on achieving their dreams”, he said.Speaking further, Ugbe said, ‘Over the past few months we have increased the quality of content across packages on our DStv platform to cater to the varied tastes and preferences of our subscribers. Additionally, we revamped our Compact bouquet, offering more value to our subscribers at no extra cost! We believe that Ighalo’s endorsement will further drive our continuous efforts to provide our subscribers with the best in video entertainment experience”, he said.Speaking on his partnership with the brand, Odion Ighalo said, “I am happy to be part of the MultiChoice family. Growing up, we couldn’t afford to have DStv in our house, so I used to pay to watch football at viewing centres. It is a dream come true and I am looking forward to this new relationship with MultiChoice”.Odion Ighalo joins other celebrities who have in the past represented various brands of the company. Some of which include Nollywood acts OC Ukeje for the DStv Explora; Ivie Okujaye for DStv Compact while another Nollywood actor, John Okafor popularly known as Mr. Ibu and Veteran Nigerian singer, John Odafe Asiemo popularly known as Daddy Showkey both as GOtv ambassadors.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles and Watford Football Club forward, Odion Jude Ighalo, has been appointed as brand ambassador for leading video entertainment company, MultiChoice Nigeria.The endorsement deal was signed recently at the MultiChoice head office in Victoria Island recently.Ighalo will feature in a soon to be launched DStv campaign which includes TV, Out-of-home, digital, radio and press adverts and make special guest appearances at major DStv events amongst other activities.last_img read more

Govt has no right to suspend trade for more than a year – GMRA

first_img13 months into scrap metal banThe Guyana Metal Recyclers Association (GMRA), the official body for exporters of scrap metal, has reached out to lambast the Government for what it says is the illegal suspension of the trade for more than one year, rendering legitimate businessmen incapable of making a living.Agitated over the suspension of the trade, Secretary of the GMRA Michael Benjamin complained that not only was the license to ply their trade suspended without notice; the suspension for more than one year in itself is illegal.“For 13 months we are without any answers. We are pleading with the Administration to speed up the process because by law, the Government is not allowed to suspend the industry for more than one year… we have lost in the billions,” he bemoaned.Benjamin stated that the suspension has rendered exporters incapable of making a living for their families. He stated that many exporters have bank loans to pay and are unable to honour their contractual oblegations because the business has stalled.Questioning whether this is the good life the coalition Government promised them, Benjamin exposed that scores of workers have been laid off.Referencing this enormous loss, Benjamin is pleading with the Administration to speed up the process of the draft legislation which is aimed at reconfiguring the sector.“They told us that they are going to take the legislation to Cabinet next week and we are hoping that that is realistic because we were told that before. We don’t have time on our hands, our businesses are stalled. We cannot feed our family and pay our mortgage and our bills,” he said, asking the Government to tell them what to do.Last year, Government removed the responsibility of the scrap metal trade from the Central Housing and Planning Authority to the Business Ministry. Since then, the Ministry has been in consultation with various stakeholders and the Association to revamp the sector.The legislation is expected to go to Cabinet next Tuesday for approval. However, Benjamin fears that this is a fool’s promise.Benjamin stated that the sector had to lay off a lot of their workers because there was no work for them. He stated that some 1500 workers depend on the industry for an income.In 2015, Ram and McRae produced a forensic audit report, which revealed that the Scrap Metal Unit within the Central Housing and Planning Authority was accountable for a string of irregularities, including the mishandling of packing procedures for scrap and the expenditure of millions of dollars.It also revealed that the laws governing the scrap metal trade need to be completely revamped. Benjamin said the revamp should be accelerated because the Government cannot shut the trade down for more than a year.It has been 13 months since the scrap metal trade has been stalled.last_img read more


first_imgAs another four rural post offices in north Donegal face the loss of their postmen to the Letterkenny sorting office, the move has been described as another disaster for rural areas.Brid Gallagher has said the latest proposals by the Government are a kick in the teeth for rural post offices.Ten postmen are affected as the local mail sorting services are being lost in Creeslough, Kerrykeel, Milford and Carrigart in August.Local offices already hit by the changes include Ramelton, Kilmacrennan and Rathmullan. And a union official has said that this is further evidence of the downgrading of rural post offices and the loss of status poses a big risk for their future viability.It is also believed the removal of sorting will also see a substantial reduction in the income of postmasters.The postmen are to have their mail sorting duties transferred to Letterkenny as An Post moves to ‘consolidate services’.This is part of a cost cutting measure that is coming under increasing criticism from postal workers and the general public. The move which is well underway across the country will see rural postmasters taking substantial cuts in their income.And it is claimed the loss of status will further endanger local post offices across rural Ireland.At the same An Post has stunned the postmasters by asking them to inform their customers they should have social welfare and pensions paid directly into financial institutions.“This change is a direct contradiction of what government Ministers and TD’s here in Donegal have been saying in the Dail in the past year and we fail to understand how they can support the downgrading of our small rural offices,” said Brid Gallagher of the postal union.And in another twist the postmasters have been asked to hand out data to pensioners and social welfare recipients asking them to use a financial institution. The information states, “The Department recommends direct payment to your current, deposit or saving account in a financial institution.“This is the best payment option for you as you can receive your payment at a time and place that suits you.“The postmasters were shocked when asked to circulate this document to their own customers.A number of areas have already seen their sorting services taken out of the local post office to the nearest main office. And most of the county is now set to go down the same route. The Inishowen peninsula will shortly see similar changes, said a union representative.This is the result of ‘unintended consequences’ arising from an agreement between An Post and the Unions, according to post office spokespersons.The deal is part of the company’s consolidation programme and Donegal is among the last areas to have the deal implemented.Brid Gallagher of the Irish Postmasters Union told the Tirconaill Tribune, “Unions agreed the deal in good faith and were not aware of the latest consequences.“It was never intended that post offices would lost status and that the postmasters will see a big decrease in their incomes as a result of losing their sorting duties.“We fail to see how the Government is allowing this downgrading to go ahead when one the other hand they are claiming their objective was to protect rural offices and services.“The opposite is the reality.“This move has been seen as a kick in the teeth for postal workers at a time when many post offices are facing closure.”She added, “It is a bit of a slap in the face when rural post offices are going through so much turmoil.”Postal workers say this move and others go against the spirit of comments made by Junior Minister Joe McHugh in the Dail last year on the retention of post offices and their role in rural and community life.DeputyMcHugh told a Dail debate on postal services last year, “The Government has made a decision to work proactively across Departments to examine how all Departments can work together, including the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Department of Social Protection, to lend their weight to the sustainability and viability of post offices.“I sit on the working group and I take this very seriously. I am concerned every Department must be on the same wavelength as the interdepartmental decision to ensure the long-term sustainability and viability of post offices.“The Government is taking this seriously and it is important we continue in this vein.”Now representatives of the postal union say they’ve not had any response from Minister McHugh in relation to the downgrading in his own home territory.Meanwhile questions are also being raised about the Department of Social Protection’s policy regarding post offices.It wants the majority of its transactions, bar 3%, done by electronic payment by the end of this year.The real issue, says the postmasters is that the Department wants to have most of its business done by electronic means by 2015.Correspondence has been issued from the Department of Social Protection to pensioners advising them or encouraging those who have been receiving payments for a long number of years to have their money paid by direct debit into the bank rather than through the post office.Cllr. Ian McGarvey who has been keeping a watching brief on the transfer of postal services says the move is a disaster and a further threat to the future of rural services.He said, “The transfer of sorting to Letterkenny is a clear indication of the Government’s policy of urbanisation and the total silence of all our Oireachtas Members is a scandal.With every passing year more services are being removed from rural areas into the larger towns like Letterkenny and nobody is asking why this is being allowed to happen.RURAL POST OFFICES FACING NEW THREAT AS SORTING SERVICES SET TO BE CLOSED DOWN was last modified: June 4th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:attackBusinessFeaturesGovernmentnewspost officesrurallast_img read more