Wolf Hall Star Lydia Leonard on Wicked Dreams & Corset Challenges

first_img Wolf Hall Part One View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on July 5, 2015 Age: 33Hometown: London, EnglandCurrent Role: A powerhouse Broadway debut as Anne Boleyn, the calculating second wife of King Henry VIII in Wolf Hall: Parts One and Two.Stage & Screen Cred: Before originating the role of Anne in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Wolf Hall across the pond, Leonard starred in London’s Frost/Nixon, Onassis, Time and the Conways and Hecuba. Her screen appearances include Whitechapel, Jericho and the BBC remake of The 39 Steps.“I was born in Paris and my mother was a French teacher, but then I rebelled against my upbringing and studied Spanish in school. So now I just speak bad French and bad Spanish.”“When I was a child, I wanted to be a jockey. I love horses, but it’s not practical to have one in London. I also wanted to be an accountant, which isn’t glamorous at all, but my dad was one, and I quite liked maths.”“I’ve never done a musical and I don’t think I could do one, but I would love to play Sally Bowles in Cabaret. [I’ve been told] I’d make a great Elphaba in Wicked, but I might be punching above my weight there. I’d love to get a singing teacher while I’m here in New York.”“Sunday nights are our big night out as a cast. Last Sunday we ended up at a drag queen show, and we forced Nat Parker, who plays King Henry, to go on stage. He won the impressions competition with his Sean Connery voice!”“The costumes are quite heavy and I have 11 different dresses. There are a lot of references to Anne being flat-chested, but the trouble with corsets is they tend to push everything upwards, so it’s a nightly struggle trying to remain flat-chested while also wearing a corset.”“Anne Boleyn isn’t a sympathetic character, but I like that she isn’t a people pleaser. She’s ambitious and manipulative, but she’s honest. I’m biased, but I don’t think a woman who has said ‘no’ to the King of England for six years would jump into bed with four of his best friends. She was a slick political mind.”“It doesn’t happen very often, but if I forget whether I’m performing Part One or Part Two, I can glance down at the dress I’m wearing and that will tell me which show I’m in. So it’s in our dresser’s hands, really. If they put me in the wrong dress, maybe I’d come on and say the wrong lines! [Laughs.] There’s always that risk.”last_img read more

Trial court staff lawyers may draft family wills

first_img Trial court staff lawyers may draft family wills June 15, 2003 Regular News Trial court staff lawyers may draft family willscenter_img A trial court staff attorney may draft a will for his or her stepparent if the staff lawyer is not a beneficiary, according to the Florida Trial Court Staff Attorneys Association Ethics Advisory Committee.The Ethics Advisory Committee is charged by the association with rendering advisory opinions to staff attorneys that interpret the application of the Code of Judicial Conduct, the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, and other relevant authorities to specific circumstances confronting or affecting staff attorneys. Its opinions are advisory only.The committee said Canon 5G of the Judicial Code of Conduct states that “[a] judge may act pro se and may, without compensation, give legal advice to and draft or review documents for a member of the judge’s family” and Bar Rule 4-1.8(c) states that “[a] lawyer shall not prepare an instrument giving the lawyer or a person related to the lawyer as parent, child, sibling, or spouse any substantial gift from a client, including a testamentary gift, except where the client is related to the donee.”The committee said those authorities recognize the exceptions to the general prohibitions against judges practicing law or rendering legal advice, and, accordingly, these same exceptions to the general prohibitions apply to staff attorneys.“Therefore, this committee concludes that the inquiring staff attorney may draft legal documents, including a will for his or her stepparent, which bequeaths gifts to the staff attorney’s biological parent and step-siblings, as long as it is done without compensation,” the panel saidOne committee member noted that the drafting of this will for the step-parent may increase the chance that other family members will allege bias or coercion on the part of the staff attorney or otherwise contest the will. Similarly, another committee member would caution the inquiring staff lawyer to consider the issues of avoiding exposure to liability and participation in matters likely to come before the court, especially if the staff attorney is assigned to the Probate Division. (Opinion Number: 2003-01)For more information contact E. Ashley Hardee, chair, Florida Trial Court Staff Attorneys Association Ethics Advisory Committee, Moore Justice Center, 2825 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera 32940, (321) 617-7328, or at Ashley.Hardee@ flcourts18.org.last_img read more

Panel looks at the roles of the courts and the clerks

first_img March 15, 2006 Regular News Panel looks at the roles of the courts and the clerks Panel looks at the roles of the courts and the clerkscenter_img Pariente says the clerks spend more on keeping the courts’ records than the state spends on the entire court system Gary Blankenship Senior Editor A Florida House committee is exploring the removal of court supporting functions from county clerks of courts and putting them directly under the court system.“It seems to me this system is designed for failure. It’s not an attack on the integrity or importance of the clerks,” said Rep. Jeff Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral, chair of the Judiciary Appropriations Committee and who brought the issue before the panel. “To me, it is how do we best administer the court system while honoring this separate entity, the constitutional [court] clerk?”In an interview after the meeting, Kottkamp said he may introduce a committee bill to “clearly establish the lines of responsibility for the benefit of both [clerks and courts].“Somebody needs to step in and try to clarify this for the benefit of both,” he added.He also said he’s been concerned about the state system since he was a law clerk for two years in the federal court system, where the clerks report to the judiciary.The committee heard from Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Pariente and Eighth Circuit Judge Stan Morris, chair of the Trial Court Budget Commission. They said while the courts work well with the court clerks, having 67 different clerks being responsible for taking in cases and keeping records makes managing the court system difficult.But clerks and Tallahassee attorney Fred Baggett, who represents the Florida Association of Court Clerks, said clerks are responsive to their local voters, including the lawyers and litigants who use the court system, as well as those who need access to court records.The setting was the committee’s hearings on February 14-15 where court-related entities laid out their budget requests and priorities for the 2006-07 fiscal year that begins July 1.Pariente noted that the clerks spend $424 million on the “ministerial” function of keeping the courts’ records, which is more than the state spends on the entire court system: about $405 million for the 2005-06 fiscal year.“From my point of view, to have a clerk of court who is not directly accountable or under the control of the judicial branch is no way to run a modern court system,” she said. “The Supreme Court has said when clerks act as court record-keepers, they are an arm of the court. The reality is quite different.”Pariente also posed this question to committee members: “Would you like to have your records of the House under the control of someone who is not directly controlled by you?”From a budget standpoint, she said the legislature controls every dollar spent by the court system and can see every salary paid, but the legislature has no similar oversight of the clerks’ operations.Other problems, she said, is the court system cannot control how clerks count cases or input data, how they provide services to pro se litigants, how they protect confidential or sensitive information, or technology systems clerks might choose to allow e-filing, which raises compatibility issues from county to county.The upshot, Pariente said, is she, as chief administrative officer of the courts, can’t get basic information on types of cases and how they are handled.“If I want to know the status of cases throughout the state, I have no intelligible way to do that,” she said.When the legislature worked to implement Revision 7, the constitutional amendment approved by voters in 1998 that mandated the state take more funding of trial courts from counties, a definition was worked out, Pariente said. It specified that parts of a court case that could be defined as case “management” would be controlled by the courts, while parts that would be defined as case “maintenance” would be performed by the clerks.“In all candor, it’s an artificial system,” Pariente said. “It promotes inefficiencies.. . . The files are court records and in the end the integrity of those records has to be the courts’ responsibility.. . “What other business or governmental entity operates in a way that they do not control the records they generate?”Judge Morris agreed there can be problems, even when the judiciary and clerks get along.“Structurally there are just some problems, and we have to acknowledge those problems, and there are hardships to overcome,” he said.Morris cited as an example a legislative priority to speedily move on termination of parental rights cases. But he said he couldn’t address that need because he couldn’t get accurate figures on the number of such cases from the six individual county court clerks in the Eighth Circuit. He didn’t get the figures, he said, until he threatened to withhold something else the clerks wanted.There are similar problems with other basic information needed to effectively manage the courts, he said.Clerks, however, argued they can do the job effectively.“I think the main difference between them is court administration and the management of the court system. Clerks keep the records,” said Lake County Clerk of the Court Jim Watkins. “My job is to see the judges have everything before them they need to make a decision as far as the record is concerned. That’s what I see my job as.”Broward County Clerk of the Court Howard Forman, a former state senator, also appeared and was questioned by committee members about bonuses he recently gave his employees that averaged about $2,100 each.Forman noted that while the raises totaled $2.2 million, he also returned $4.6 million in excess fees to the state. He defended the bonuses by saying many of the court employees involved in case management were earning more than his employees in comparable jobs.“If you want to keep people and spend money on training them, you have to pay them a decent salary,” he said. “If all my good people leave me, I’m not going to have a productive office.”He also argued that the public depends on his office to provide efficient services, including access to court records, and if they are dissatisfied with those operations — including the raises he authorized — they can vote him out of office.But Kottkamp said having one clerk give large bonuses can create problems for the state in 66 other counties where such pay enhancements were not given. He also said removing court support functions could be a good thing for clerks.“It seems to me the clerks will benefit from this,” he said. “We don’t put them in this awkward position of being subservient to the court when they’re a constitutional officer.“I don’t see any other way to fix this other than to divorce those functions,” Kottkamp said.But Baggett, representing the clerks association, disagreed.“The clerk is not only supportive of and responsive to the court, which has supervisory authority, but they are elected by the constituency which uses the services of the court,” he said. “For the level of services they provide, they are directly responsible to them.”It has also long been a part of the Florida Constitution, Baggett said, that the clerk keeps records for the courts and county commissions, as well as other official records.last_img read more

£60m Trinity Square sale shelved as Willis stays put

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US Navy carriers conduct South China Sea drills as Chinese ships watch

first_imgChina has built island bases atop atolls in the region but says its intentions are peaceful.Contacts with Chinese ships had been without incident, Kirk said.”We have the expectation that we will always have interactions that are professional and safe,” he said. “We are operating in some pretty congested waters, lots of maritime traffic of all sorts.” Two US Navy aircraft carriers are conducting exercises in the contested South China Sea within sight of Chinese naval vessels spotted near the flotilla, the commander of one of the carriers, the USS Nimitz, told Reuters on Monday.”They have seen us and we have seen them,” Rear Admiral James Kirk said in a telephone interview from the Nimitz, which has been conducting flight drills in the waterway with the Seventh Fleet carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, that began on the US Independence Day holiday of July 4.The US Navy has brought carriers together for such shows of force in the region in the past, but this year’s drill comes amid heightened tension as the United States criticizes China over its novel coronavirus response and accuses it of taking advantage of the pandemic to push territorial claims in the South China Sea and elsewhere. Topics :center_img China’s foreign ministry said the United States had deliberately sent its ships to the South China Sea to flex its muscles and accused it of trying to drive a wedge between countries in the region.The Pentagon, when it announced the dual carrier exercise, said it wanted to “stand up for the right of all nations to fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows”, describing its 100,000-ton ships and the 90 or so aircraft they each carry as a “symbol of resolve”.About 12,000 sailors are on ships in the combined carrier strike groups.China’s claims nine tenths of in the resource-rich South China Sea, through which some $3 trillion of trade passes a year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have competing claims.last_img read more

Ministry to expand public employment scheme in Q3 infrastructure projects

first_imgRead also: Administrative issues hamper COVID-19 budget disbursement: Sri MulyaniMeanwhile, Basuki said the ministry would “transform” a number of regular infrastructure projects this year to employ 80,000 workers in labor intensive industries, in addition to its regular cash for work (PKT) program that targets absorbing more than 600,000 workers. The minister planned to disburse Rp 11.5 trillion for the PKT and Rp 654 billion for its labor-intensive public employment scheme.“Through the labor-intensive scheme [sic], we can reduce the use of heavy machinery and use more manpower. We want infrastructure projects to provide jobs during the pandemic,” he said.Separately on Monday, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said in a statement: “The government, through the state budget, will keep on fighting using the allocated budget to restore purchasing power toward recovering household consumption.”Earlier this month, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati pledged to spend Rp 1.4 quadrillion in the second half of 2020 to boost growth while promising to accelerate stimulus spending.Topics : Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono announced on Monday a plan to accelerate infrastructure spending in the third quarter while ramping up the ministry’s employment scheme for labor intensive industries to spur economic recovery amid the ongoing health crisis.“The PUPR will expedite all of its work programs in the third quarter, and even [commence] programs that are set for the fourth quarter. We hope that the infrastructure development projects will help our economic recovery efforts,” Basuki said on Aug. 17 during an interview with public broadcaster TVRI, referring to the ministry by its abbreviation.To date, the ministry has spent 44 percent of its 2020 budget of Rp 83.97 trillion, or Rp 36.47 trillion (US$2.4 billion). The ministry’s annual budget has already been cut from its initial Rp 120.2 trillion to reallocate resources to the government’s COVID-19 response. Data at the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) shows that at least 3.7 million individuals have been left jobless, with unemployment projected to reach around 10 million people by the yearend.The Indonesian economy suffered its sharpest downturn since the 1998 Asian financial crisis in the second quarter of 2020, when its gross domestic product (GDP) contracted 5.32 percent according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS). Government spending, which is expected to anchor the economy and increase purchasing power amid cooling private sector activity, plunged 6.9 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the second quarter.The government has allocated a Rp 695.2 trillion stimulus package to revive the economy and strengthen its COVID-19 response, but slow disbursement due to red tape and the continuing rise in COVID-19 infections have hampered economic recovery efforts.last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Announces $14 Million in Shale Impact Fee Funding

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf Announces $14 Million in Shale Impact Fee Funding Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) approved $14 million in funding to support 94 projects through six Act 13 Marcellus Legacy Fund programs designed to support conservation projects and environmental protection measures throughout Pennsylvania.“Using fee revenue collected from unconventional gas wells, Act 13 supports statewide environmental projects – from flood control, to sewage treatment, to greenways, trails and recreation – that help improve, protect, and conserve Pennsylvania’s natural beauty and well-being,” said Governor Wolf. “We anticipate a tremendous, positive impact that can be witnessed and shared by communities across the state as a result of these investments.”The 94 projects approved today are located in 38 counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Clinton, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lawrence, Lehigh, Luzerne, Mercer, Montgomery, Northampton, Northumberland, Philadelphia, Potter, Snyder, Somerset, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne and Westmoreland, countiesThe Act 13 Marcellus Legacy Fund programs are administered by the CFA and include Abandoned Mine Drainage Abatement and Treatment; Baseline Water Quality Data; Flood Mitigation; Greenways, Trails and Recreation; Orphan or Abandoned Well Plugging; and Watershed Restoration and Protection programs.The CFA approved the following for six of the Marcellus Legacy Fund programs at the October meeting:Abandoned Mine Drainage Abatement and Treatment: 2 projects approved; $563,191 totalFlood Mitigation: 8 projects approved; $1,821,325 totalGreenways, Trails and Recreation: 68 projects approved; $9,182,299 totalOrphan or Abandoned Well Plugging: 1 project approved; $130,00 totalSewage Facilities: 4 projects approved; $141,647 totalWatershed Restoration and Protection: 11 projects approved; $2,161,538 totalThe Marcellus Legacy Fund was created by Act 13 of 2012 to provide for the distribution of unconventional gas well impact fees to counties, municipalities, and commonwealth agencies.To date, the fee has generated more than $1 billion to support local community initiatives.The programs are administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the Department of Environmental Protection, under the direction of the CFA.For more information about the Commonwealth Financing Authority and to view a complete list of approved projects, visit dced.pa.gov.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img October 24, 2016last_img read more

Switzerland’s BVK opens to employers outside of Zurich

first_imgBVK, the CHF31.8bn (€27.8bn) pension fund for the canton of Zurich, has opened itself up to manage pension plans for employers across the rest of Switzerland.Taking on new schemes would benefit BVK’s risk profile and member structure, it said.It would only accept new joiners if this were in the collective interest of BVK’s existing members and affiliated employers.Until it was recently changed, BVK’s legal foundation meant the pension fund could only take on new companies if they had a close financial or economic connection to the canton of Zurich. BVK said it was particularly well set up for large groups in the health, education and administration sectors, but is open to other employers.BVK is the biggest Pensionskasse in Switzerland based on member numbers. It currently operates pension plans for more than 450 employers, covering 115,000 employees.It lost some employers after making changes in 2015 that exposed members to pension reductions, and had to warn others from being lured away by rival providers.According to BVK’s annual report for 2016, 17 sponsors cancelled their contract with BVK during the year and had left the pension provider as at January 2017. No employers joined in 2016.Bruno Zanella, president of the BVK board of trustees, said BVK was attractive because it had an advantageous member structure, above-average performance and state-of-the-art technical infrastructure.BVK’s investments gained 5.7% in 2016, according to its annual report. It has outperformed its benchmark for the past five years. Separately, BVK has added two pension solutions to its existing product range, meaning affiliated employers can now supplement existing pension plans with additional benefits.Under the “comprehensive provision” solution, employers can insure the part of an employee’s salary that is deducted to coordinate payments between the first and second pillar.The add-on plan, meanwhile, is geared towards employees aged 43 or older and earning on wages of at least CHF126,900 (€109,700).Thomas Schönbächler, chairman of the BVK executive board, said: “With the two new pension plans, we are offering our already affiliated employers the opportunity to make their employment conditions even more attractive and to tailor the provision to their needs.“Generous supplementary pension plans are becoming increasingly important in the competition for talent.”last_img read more

Canadian Daycare Research: A study the media ignored

first_imgCardus 13 April 2017Family First Comment: Fascinating study. Big study. Rich data. 10’s of 1,000’s of parents. Over many years. Significant findings. Ignored by the media.What did the study find?“The research says the creation of Quebec’s daycare system first increases the amount of time boys spend in institutional care, and then shows boys experience MORE hyperactivity, inattention and physical aggression relative to girls. For girls, on the other hand, there were INCREASES in emotional and separation anxiety…. Yet, perhaps more interesting is that the study shows parenting behaviours changed significantly the result of using daycare, particularly for girls. “…[I]n general, families with girls increasingly experience worse home environments… following the introduction of subsidized child care, on average, girls face significantly lower levels of parent consistency and lower levels of positive interactions with their parents relative to boys.”That’s significant. But here’s the best line.“Biasing parents’ choices toward entering the formal work force rather than staying home during their kids’ infancy and providing buckets of TLC and intimacy is not obviously the best way to maximize well-being, even if it were great for GDP or the public finances. “Exactly! So where’s the public debate about ‘best interests of children’?In March 2017, two Canadian economists, Steven Lehrer of Queen’s University and Michael Kottelenberg at Huron University College in London published, “Does Quebec’s subsidized child care policy give boys and girls an equal start?” in the prestigious National Bureau of Economic Research working series. (Short answer: No.)The study uses data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth, a long-term and reliable database collected by Statistics Canada, to examine the impacts on children of the provincial daycare plan in Quebec. To remind: Quebec is the only jurisdiction in Canada to have a provincial daycare plan, which uses tax dollars to significantly lower the direct costs of daycare to parents. This type of subsidy incentivizes the use of institutional daycare. As the study explains: “Some parents will change the manner in which their children receive care when the costs of child care are lowered.” The research says the creation of Quebec’s daycare system first increases the amount of time boys spend in institutional care, and then shows boys experience more hyperactivity, inattention and physical aggression relative to girls. The authors write: “Once subsidized child care is made available, only boys face statistically significant reductions in motor social development and increased hyperactivity and inattention scores.” For girls, on the other hand, there were increases in emotional and separation anxiety.This is not good news. Yet, perhaps more interesting is that the study shows parenting behaviours changed significantly as a result of using daycare, particularly for girls. “…[I]n general, families with girls increasingly experience worse home environments… following the introduction of subsidized child care, on average, girls face significantly lower levels of parent consistency and lower levels of positive interactions with their parents relative to boys.” The question then is whether it’s the daycare or the subsequent changes in parenting that are the problem for child outcomes, or both. The authors muse that the change in parenting could be the cause for the poorer child outcomes writing, “…behavioural responses in the home related to child investments are likely one of the main mechanisms through which this child care reform negatively affected many child outcomes.” The authors identify a plausible reason to explain the increased acting out among children: rising cortisol levels, which is a hormone associated with stress. Previous studies have shown higher levels of this stress hormone in children in institutional care.READ MORE: https://www.cardus.ca/research/family/5055/all-the-daycare-research-thats-fit-to-print/William Watson: Quebec’s subsidized daycare costs a whopping $2.6 billion and the children may not be better offFinancialPost.com 30 March 2017A new study of the effects of Quebec’s heavily subsidized daycare system — it costs $2.6 billion a year, a new Fraser Institute report tells us — bears an important lesson for Quebec and everywhere else. It’s not a new lesson. It’s probably the second most important lesson in economics, after “There is no such thing as a free lunch,” but it bears repeating. It is: “Things are complicated. You never know what unintended consequences you’ll produce once you start tinkering.”Lehrer and Kottelenberg’s study is based on detailed, one-to-two-hour, face-to-face interviews StatCan does every two years with tens of thousands of parents, so the data are pretty rich. And they’re linked with kids’ scores on tests of motor skills, social development, vocabulary, hyperactivity, attention, separation anxiety and so on. What are the apparent effects of Quebec’s daycare policy? Moms do end up working outside the home more. Kids get more of their care outside the home, with boys getting more care in institutional daycare centres than girls do. And, as mentioned, parents’ interaction with their kids changes. In fact, girls are most hard done by as a result. As the authors write, “Following the policy introduction parents of children aged 0-3 significantly decreased the amount of time spent doing activities with their child, focusing on their child, reading to their child, and laughing with their child. [Quebec discourages laughter! You read it here first.] These estimated declines are approximately twice as large for girls relative to boys.”Biasing parents’ choices toward entering the formal work force rather than staying home during their kids’ infancy and providing buckets of TLC and intimacy is not obviously the best way to maximize well-being, even if it were great for GDP or the public finances.READ MORE: http://business.financialpost.com/fp-comment/william-watson-quebecs-subsidized-daycare-costs-a-whopping-2-6-billion-and-the-children-may-not-be-better-offKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more