Jenna Augen on Her High-Octane Turn in London’s Bad Jews

first_imgBreakout performances rarely come as high-voltage as Jenna Augen’s turn in Bad Jews, the Joshua Harmon play that is transferring to the Arts Theatre starting March 18 after previous runs both at the St. James Theatre and out of town in Bath. Inheriting Tracee Chimo’s New York role, Augen puts her own spiky, sparky spin on the religious Daphna, who comes to grief with her assimilationist cousin Liam (Ilan Goodman) over the fate of a family heirloom. The immediately warm Augen chatted to on the eve both of the play’s West End upgrade and of turning 30 about defending a tricky character, making it overseas, and being ready for whatever happens. You have a base in L.A.—is this third run of Bad Jews making you reassess where you want to focus your career? Now it just seems as if there are many more possibilities in terms of staying here. When I left almost two years ago now, my prospects here felt very limited but now it looks as if there are options. I do have a life out in L.A. now and would love somehow to get a proper career going there as well as here, so I’m not sure how that bridge is going to be built. Daphna is such a high-octane presence. Is it hard to leave her behind every night? I do find it difficult to shed her skin because her rhythms are so total. She’s so aggressive and her energy level is at such a high voltage that I have a really hard time coming down off it; I get completely exhausted. The last couple of weeks at the St. James we had 9-show weeks so two days of back-to-back shows. At the end of those, I didn’t know which end was up! [Laughs.] You and Ilan Goodman are so well-matched that the play’s various debates deliver big-time. Well, Ilan’s amazing, without which I wouldn’t be able to do what I do, but also the writing for the two characters is so perfectly paralleled and Liam’s rant has exactly the same thought patterns as Daphna’s; they’re on one wavelength, [but] the two sides of a single coin. And while they dislike each other and tick each other off, they on some level enjoy having that other person kicking off in the room: you’ve got to have some enjoyment in what they do on stage. Daphna is so quick-witted, yet volatile. Do you enjoy playing such a vibrant character? I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to her at the St. James; I think we were all finding things every single week. It only really hit me towards the end of the run just how strong her sense of injustice is about the fact that her cousin Liam has really stolen the chai [the Hebraic heirloom belonging to their late grandfather]. It was taken off this elderly man who was lying comatose in the hospital, so no wonder it remains a hot-button issue when Daphna and Liam meet. The title of the play is an eye-opener with its suggestion that there are different kinds of Jews. Do you relate to that thematic? Well, my mother is a non-Jewish opera singer so I’m the product of the kind of situation that Liam has in the play with Melody [his non-Jewish girlfriend, who studied opera]. My dad is Jewish: he’s a molecular biologist and also genuine supporter and appreciator of the arts, and I’ve always felt very lucky to be my parents’ daughter. But there are spooky coincidences between my own life and what is in the script. When I first read it, I went, “Whoa, this is strange!” So you’re open to whatever happens? I am—I have to go where the wind takes me. You never know what’s next in this business but for now I’m just so glad to be having this job, and doing this play, for the third time.center_img Did you see the play during either of its two off-Broadway runs? I hadn’t, but I’d heard such wonderful things about it, and the original Liam [Michael Zegen] from the New York production happened to be in London and he came to see us, which was nice; it was really exciting to feel as if we were part of this trans-Atlantic team. You’re the only American in the four-person cast. Does that feel weird? Not at all. I went to [the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art] here and was often the only American being British in plays, so the fact of being the odd person out doesn’t feel strange to me. What’s good, I think, is that the accents in our show are pretty great and because I’m there, if anybody has a question about anything, they can just ask. The Arts Theatre marks your third run of Bad Jews—how does that feel? I’m so lucky. I was so happy to get this job in the first place. It was a long shot because I had been out of the country for a couple of years so it was just really nice to get the job. Then to be so well-received in Bath—where there are no Jewish people [laughs]—and at the St. James was incredibly exciting. I started crying when [co-star] Ilan [Goodman] came and told me this transfer was a possibility. As long as your American accent hasn’t been too tempered by time abroad! I know, right? We had a great dialect coach who caught me up on some stuff and here I was thinking, “Wait a minute, I’m from Connecticut,” and he said, “No, you’ve got a few Canadian sounds in your speech”—that’s what I get for spending so much time in England [laughs]. View Commentslast_img read more

Sustainable Agriculture

first_img“Having the Georgia Organics conference here allows us to highlight all the research and Extension work we have in this area,” she said. During the two-day conference, UGA faculty hosted farm tours at UGArden, the organic farm at Durham Horticulture Farm and at the J. Phil Campbell Sr. Research and Education Center—UGA’s hub for sustainable agriculture research and public outreach. They also hosted hands-on workshops. Pioneers in sustainable agriculture, backyard gardeners and urban homesteaders gathered in Athens this month to share knowledge gathered over years of working the land and to learn new skills from researchers at the University of Georgia. From soil health research to breeding programs for organically produced crops, faculty and staff at UGA have worked to improve the sustainability and efficiency of organic farms in Georgia. “Many people don’t realize how much work we have going on in sustainable agriculture,” said Julia Gaskin, sustainable agriculture coordinator for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and winner of Georgia Organics’ 2015 Land Steward Award. Lawton Stewart, assistant professor of animal and dairy science, and Dennis Hancock, associate professor of crop and soil sciences, taught an introductory workshop on sustainable grazing. David Berle, associate professor of horticulture, and JoHannah Biang, UGArden farm manager, taught a class of beginning farmers and gardeners how to build raised beds and how to repair and use small farm machinery. Peter Hartel, retired professor of crop and soil sciences, and Elizabeth Little, assistant professor in plant pathology, helped farmers inspect soil from their farms using microscopes and interpret findings in terms of soil health. Suzanne Stone, a graduate student in horticulture, and Little, assistant professor of plant pathology, helped lead a discussion on the need for better crop varieties for organic producers. Gaskin and George Boyhan, professor of horticulture, gave a workshop on selecting cover crops and how to maximize their benefit.Judy Harrison, professor of foods and nutrition in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, gave updated conference attendees on the Food Safety and Modernization Act and how it affects produce coming from small farms.Bob Waldorf, an Extension coordinator in Banks County, gave an update on UGA’s Master Goat Farmer program. In addition to the tours and workshops, 12 UGA graduate students presented posters on their research at the conference. “You can’t have a conversation about agriculture in Georgia without involving the University of Georgia,” said Alice Rolls, executive director of Georgia Organics. “Agriculture and UGA are synonymous here, and growers of all sizes and types depend on UGA’s research and leadership.” “Without UGA, Georgia Organics’ work and farming in general would be so much more difficult, and that’s why we are grateful to count the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences as an ally in our work to put more Georgia food on Georgia tables,” Rolls added. This most recent Georgia Organics conference is just the latest collaboration between Georgia Organics and the faculty of CAES and UGA Extension. In addition to working on numerous educational programs over the years, Georgia Organics recently collaborated with UGA and several other agricultural advocacy groups to establish a Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program in Georgia. With a $652,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), UGA Extension, Georgia Organics, UGA Small Business Development Center, Fort Valley State University and AgSouth Farm Credit will develop an in-person and distance-training program for beginning farmers. The program will focus on helping these farmers build sustainable businesses as well as sustainable farms. To learn more about sustainable farming research and outreach at UGA, visit read more

North Korea denounces US two years after Singapore summit

first_imgDeadline passed Trump and Kim met a third time in June 2019 in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the Korean peninsula, when Trump stepped onto North Korean soil — a first for any American president.But the meeting produced little in terms of tangible progress.Subsequently, the North repeatedly demanded that the US offer it fresh concessions by December 31, but the deadline came and went.Kim declared the North no longer considered itself bound by its unilateral testing moratoriums. It has not yet carried out any such actions, but analysts believe it has continued to develop its arsenal throughout the discussions.Ri accused Washington of seeking regime change and said the North had decided to bolster its nuclear deterrent “to cope with the US unabated threats of nuclear war”.Pyongyang has carried out a series of tests of shorter-range weapons in recent months — often describing them as multiple launch rocket systems, although Japan and the United States have called them ballistic missiles.The process leading to the Singapore summit was brokered by the South’s President Moon Jae-in, but his office said Friday it had no comment to make on the anniversary. Topics : ‘Hypocritical’ US diplomats insist that they believe Kim promised to give up its arsenal, something Pyongyang has taken no steps to do.The North is under multiple international sanctions over its banned weapons programs.It believes it deserves to be rewarded for its moratorium on nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests and the disabling of its atomic test site, along with the return of jailed US citizens and remains of soldiers killed in the Korean War.”Nothing is more hypocritical than an empty promise,” Ri said in his statement, carried by the official KCNA news agency.Trump has made much of his connection with Kim — at one point declaring that they had fallen “in love” through their exchanges of letters.But Ri said Pyongyang now believed there was no hope for an improvement “simply by maintaining personal relations between our Supreme Leadership and the US President”.He stopped just short of criticizing Trump by name, but referred to comments that “the master of the White House” had “reeled off time and time again as a boast”.”Never again will we provide the US chief executive with another package to be used… without receiving any returns.” North Korea criticized Donald Trump in a stinging denunciation of the United States on Friday, the second anniversary of a landmark summit in Singapore where the US president shook hands with leader Kim Jong Un.It was the latest in a series of vitriolic statements from Pyongyang aimed at both Washington and Seoul, and came a day after the North implicitly threatened to disrupt November’s election if the US did not stay out of inter-Korean affairs.  In recent days, Pyongyang has excoriated the South over defectors launching leaflets criticizing Kim into the North and announced it was cutting all official communication links with Seoul. Friday’s broadside contained some of the harshest criticism Pyongyang has sent Washington’s way in recent months, and casts doubt over the future of the two sides’ long-stalled nuclear talks process.In the onslaught, the North’s foreign minister Ri Son Gwon accused Washington of hypocrisy and seeking regime change, saying that the hopes of 2018 had “faded away into a dark nightmare”.Trump and Kim were all smiles in front of the world’s cameras in Singapore as a North Korean leader met a sitting US president for the first time, and afterwards Trump proclaimed on Twitter that “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.”But a second meeting in Hanoi last year to put meat on the bones of the North’s vaguely worded Singapore pledge to “work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” collapsed over what Pyongyang would be willing to give up in exchange for sanctions relief.last_img read more

Homes from a bygone era are Brisbane’s most popular

first_img16 Hillside Crescent, Hamilton.It was originally built for Kate Quinlan, a founder of Castlemaine Brewery.Lacework and columns surround substantial verandas and there are also original lead lights that surround the entry door.There are numerous chandeliers and brass lights throughout and four fireplaces three of which are surrounded by original marble.It is listed through Christine Rudolph and Matt Lancashire of Ray White New Farm.Rounding out the top five this week was a three-bedroom house at 96 Albion Rd, Windsor. It has a price guide of offers over $599,000. The worker’s cottage is surrounded by mature trees on a 405sq m. 9 Craven St, Clayfield.The home was the most viewed property in Queensland on last week.There is a children’s retreat on the upper level of the home which also has a fully self-contained studio apartment.Living and entertainment areas are all on one level. There is also a swimming pool with a spa and gas heating at the property. 134 Ironwood St, AspleyMore from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoThere is a downstairs bedroom which is large enough to be suitable as a second main bedroom. The actual main bedroom has its own balcony and views of the bush.It is listed through Tristan Rowland and Thomas Young of Place Aspley.It was to the Gold Coast for the third most viewed property this week at 19 Donegal Crescent, Sorrento. 19 Donegal Crescent, Sorrento. Picture: six-bedroom home is seeking offers of more than $3.995 million. It has high ceilings and large entertainment pavilions with views of Main Rivers and mountains.It has an infinity heated swimming pool and elevated spa lined with Italian glass mosaic tiles. The kitchen has a large butler’s pantry and a wine cellar. It is listed through Isaac and Maria Genc of Genc & Co.The fourth most viewed listing on in Queensland this week was at 16 Hillside Crescent, Hamilton. The five-bedroom home, known as Marie Ville was built in the 1800s.The Victorian Filigree home is on a 1970sq m block with formal gardens and views of the city and Brisbane River. 9 Craven St, Clayfield.A ONE of a kind Clayfield property was the one more potential buyers were keen to look at than any other last week.The six-bedroom home at 9 Craven St, Clayfield was built in the 1930s.It is on a 1240sq m block of fully landscaped block land with a championship-sized tennis court. 9 Craven St, Clayfield.There are hardwood timber floors and custom-made joinery plus room for wine storage and a study room.It is listed for auction on June 9 through Matt Lancashire and Christine Rudolph of Ray White New Farm.The second most viewed property this week was a four-bedroom home at 134 Ironwood St, Aspley seeking offers of more than $1,149,000.The contemporary home is on a 778sq m block. Inside the home are exposed beams, ducted airconditioning and ducted Vacuumaid. 96 Albion Rd, WindsorThe home has character features including VJ walls and timber floorboards. The main bathroom has a spa bath and a laundry chute. It has a covered rear deck and a fully fenced yard.It is listed through Craig Lea and Annamaria Nagy of McGrath Estate Agents — Wilston.last_img read more

Irish regulator emphasises value for money in draft DC code

first_imgIrish defined contribution (DC) pension schemes must demonstrate they are providing value for money to their members and being encouraged to benchmark themselves against peers in a new code drafted by the Pensions Authority. The codes of governance for DC funds, published after the regulator launched a consultation on minimum quality standards in 2013, urged value for money to be included on a regularly updated register of scheme risks. Other principles outlined by the Authority included how trustees should engage with investment managers, how member communication should be structured and the demand that all risks – including costs, investments, regulation and fraud – be captured in a comprehensive risk-management plan. In general statements on risk, the Authority noted that, where they were so severe they could threaten the future of the scheme, trustees should decide what steps to take to limit the impact. “This may involve reducing the likelihood or the impact of the risk arising or deciding on the steps that will be taken if the risk comes to pass,” according to the draft code. The Authority included value for money among the risks pension trustees should monitor and said that, while there was no common definition of what amounted to good value, value would only be provided where the service and benefits were better than that provided by other schemes – placing the onus on funds to reduce costs if they are an outlier within the industry. Without explicitly mentioning it, the emphasis on costs is in line with both the Irish government’s agenda for DC and the Authority’s desire to see the market consolidate and achieve scale. Brendan Kennedy, head of the Authority, has previously spoken of his desire to see the number of DC funds fall to around 100. The recently formed Pensions Council is currently looking at ways to tackle costs among pension providers in Ireland.The Authority has put the codes out to consultation, asking for responses by 16 June.last_img read more

Regulator sets out model for UK master trust authorisation

first_img“We will also supervise these schemes to ensure that they continue to meet the authorisation criteria, are well-run and offer good value for members.“Our policy outlines how we will be collaborative in supervising schemes, but tough to use our powers, including de-authorising schemes, if they drop below the standards outlined in legislation.”#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# The UK’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) has published its proposed regulatory framework for defined contribution (DC) master trusts.The proposed rulebook will take effect from October, when the multi-employer DC market becomes subject to TPR’s authorisation regime. Providers will have until April to apply for authorisation.The draft rules, published yesterday, set out TPR’s policy for regular monitoring of master trusts, the circumstances in which it would increase its engagement with particular schemes, and what would happen if a scheme was struck off its list of authorised providers.Kim Brown, head of master trust authorisation and supervision at TPR, said: “Authorisation will create a market with better safeguards. To do that we need to set the standards that every master trust must meet to operate once they have been authorised, or set up in the market. Source: Department for Work and PensionsThe government expects the master trust market to shrink by a third after authorisation kicks inTPR outlined its plans to monitor the individuals running a master trust, the financial strength of the trust’s backers, the robustness and quality of its systems and processes, and its continuity planning.Should the regulator decide a trust posed a high risk to its members, it would impose additional supervision measures such as face-to-face meetings with managers and trustees, and in some cases the appointment of a named supervisor to enhance monitoring of risks and mitigation efforts.“New master trusts can expect to receive a higher level of supervision than those who are more established because they will not have an operational track record,” the regulator said. “Higher intensity supervision will give these master trusts the opportunity to demonstrate that they continue to meet the authorisation criteria.”In deciding whether to withdraw a master trust’s authorisation, TPR said it would consider aspects including the frequency and impact of rule breaches, the sustainability of the trust, the “intention and behaviour of individuals involved in running the master trust”, and the impact on members.“We are more likely to withdraw authorisation where the master trust frequently fails to meet the authorisation criteria and/or the impact of any failures are a significant detriment to members,” TPR stated.The UK government has previously estimated that the number of master trusts could shrink by more than a third when the new authorisation regime kicks in.The consultation on the new rules runs until 23 August. The draft rules are available here, and TPR’s feedback form is here.last_img read more

Jesus Corona attracts Everton approach

first_img Along with Everton, West Ham have registered their interest about Corona’s availability this summer. read also:Fernandes responds to Ronaldo’s Instagram workout challenge Despite Porto’s financial difficulties and the current situation, Corona’s price is €50m. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Porto midfielder Jesus Corona has attracted an approach from Everton. Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The WorldPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyCan You Recognize These Cute Celeb Baby Faces?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Best Cars Of All TimeTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art Loading… A Bola says the Mexico international’s form has caught the eye of Blues football chief Marcel Brands. The 27-year-old has had an impressive season and shown his versatility playing on the right of midfield, at right back and even on the left, he’s managed two goals and a rather impressive 17 assists.Advertisementlast_img read more

What Is That Helicopter In Batesville Doing?

first_imgThe helicopter has been spotted in multiple locations Thursday.BATESVILLE – A helicopter is grabbing the attention of several  Batesville residents and drivers Thursday.The chopper has been spotted hovering over various locations around town including property on around Pocket Road, State Road 229 and Quail Meadows.The helicopter is trimming trees.The sight is certainly drawing interest from several people we, along with local police, have been receiving phone calls from citizens.No word on how long the work will go on.last_img

Boo me not the players, urges Van Gaal

first_img Van Gaal urged Manchester United fans to boo him, rather than the team, if they are unhappy with how things are going in Saturday’s home match against West Brom. The United manager felt his players were affected by the tense atmosphere inside Old Trafford during the narrow 1-0 win over CSKA Moscow on Tuesday. United fans booed loudly when Van Gaal replaced Anthony Martial with Marouane Fellaini and “We’re Man United, we want to attack” was regularly sung by the home support, who had become annoyed at the often sterile, possession-based football the Dutchman enjoys so much. Van Gaal admits supporters are entitled to their opinion, but believes negativity is seeping through to the players. ”The supporters have to support the players, otherwise they make it very difficult for the players to play at Old Trafford,” he said. ‘I can only advise the fans to criticise the manager and not the players. It’s very difficult to play for Manchester United with a lot of pressure and you can taste that in Old Trafford because of all the yelling, then it’s not good for my players. ”It’s better to whistle the manager.” Despite boasting an impressive CV, Van Gaal has encountered opposition from supporters throughout his 24-year management career. Ajax fans resisted his appointment as manager as Van Gaal was an enemy of club hero Johan Cruyff. And when Van Gaal returned to Barcelona for a second spell as manager, he lasted six months after the supporters turned on him. Given the torrid year they endured under David Moyes, United supporters still are mindful that it would be too far to stage an open revolt against Van Gaal, especially when the Red Devils are fourth in the league and on the verge of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages. Press Association Louis van Gaal insists he is ready to deal with any flak that comes with his way at Old Trafford this weekend. But if any more negativity comes his way, Van Gaal is certainly ready for it. “I can cope with it because I have had a lot of experience in my life as a manager,” he added. “When I started as a 39-year-old coach with Ajax, all the fans were shouting, from the very first day, ‘Johan Cruyff’, until we won the UEFA Cup and then it was finished. “In Barca we had white handkerchiefs. In my first period we were champions, champions, and we won the cup, so it was not like that, but it my second period in Barcelona it was always the white handkerchiefs. “In Bayern Munich, I had the same in my second year, so I, as a manager, am used to these negative things, I think. “But the number of fans is, of course, much higher with Manchester United, because we have the most fans in the world.” When it was put to him that he could win the fans over, as he did with Holland, Van Gaal said: “I hope that your words make it true.” For now, Van Gaal’s main challenge is overcoming a West Brom team who are likely to be just as defensively-minded as CSKA were on Tuesday. Last season the Baggies played in a rigid 5-4-1 formation and won all three points after Chris Brunt’s free-kick struck Jonas Olsson and beat David de Gea. United went into the last two international breaks on the back of defeats and the Dutchman does not want a repeat this time. “It has happened to us twice now, against Swansea and Arsenal. It is awful,” Van Gaal said. “Now we are playing at home, but we are playing at home against a team who we lost against last season here, so it shall be difficult. “But I hope we win, then we can have a fortnight after we have won, and not lost. Van Gaal will give a late test to Morgan Schneiderlin, who missed the match against CSKA through illness. ”He shall train today (Friday) for the first time so we have to wait and see,” Van Gaal told MUTV. last_img read more

Kano, Port Harcourt, Kaduna in Early Lead

first_imgAlso speaking, the former Governor of Kaduna State and Life President Katsina Polo Club, Alhaji Lawan Kaita, after bowling the first half of the tournament, acknowledged MTN for its support of polo. He also urged all participants to always play by the rules.He described the telecom company’s relationship with Nigerian Polo as an endearing one and assured the cheering crowd of a most memorable time in Katsina.As one of the most glamorous polo events in Nigeria, the MTN sponsored polo fiesta lived up to its billing with two Coommasie Cup, two Talba Cup and the Opening General Hassan Cup games taking the centre stage on the first day of the event.In the first game of the event, Katsina Samraj outpaced Katsina Evergreen Land 7-61/2 in the opening game of Coomassie Cup. Port Harcourt Strata Base overwhelmed local rivals, Port Harcourt Shabbaz 3-2 in a fiercely contested second match.The race for the Talba Cup got underway with Yola Yelwa and Kaduna Amana clinching impressive wins to set the pace in the intermediate Cup chase. Kano Bagauda came from behind to secure a morale boosting 5-4 victory in the General Hassan Cup opener to close the day on a high note.Major prizes at stake in the MTN international polo festival include the much-coveted Nigerian Cup, which is the biggest cup. Other are the MTN Cup, the President’s Cup, the Governor’s Cup, Nagogo Memorial Cup, Maidabino Cup, Dikko Memorial Cup and the Beginners’’ Cup among other individual awardsShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram MTN/KATSINA INT’NAL POLOThe prestigious MTN International Polo Tournament got off to a great start in Katsina last Saturday, with 32 top polo teams vying for honours.The event that attracted a huge crowd to the Sir Usman Nagogo venue saw an impressive opening ceremony conducted by officials of the Nigerian Polo Federation (NPF), and other top government and private sector dignitaries.The tournament, which has visiting teams from other cities like Bauchi, Kaduna, Kano, Minna, Port Harcourt, Sokoto, Yola, Zaria among others, was also accorded the royal blessing of the Emir of Katsina and Life Chairman Nigerian Polo, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Abdulmumuni Kabir Usman.Speaking during the opening ceremony, General Manager Consumer Marketing, MTN Nigeria, represented by MTN’s Regional Trade Marketing Manager, Abdulhamid Hassan, thanked the Nigerian polo family for patronizing the MTN brand, urging them to make good use of the various innovative products and services offered by the company.“The Polo family in Nigeria and MTN has become a symbolic one, based on shared values. We are thankful to all Polo enthusiasts for the opportunity to have supported the development of the king’s game in Nigeria thus far,” Hassan said.last_img read more