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first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 22, 2015 Star Files Related Shows You Can’t Take It With You Rose Byrne says she takes time off—recent getaway spots include London and Paris—it just doesn’t look like it. For years, the Australian actress has delivered a non-stop string of acclaimed, diverse performances in TV (Damages) and movies (Neighbors, Bridesmaids). Now she’s on Broadway, making her debut in You Can’t Take It With You, the revival of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s 1936 Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy. Byrne, headlining an all-star cast, plays Alice Sycamore, a young woman who introduces her businessman boyfriend (Fran Kranz) to her eccentric family. Below, Byrne talks about adjusting to a new environment (having a Tony-nominated beau, Bobby Cannavale, helps) and why—despite appearing in December’s film version of Annie—you shouldn’t expect her next Broadway role to be in a musical.It’s your first time on Broadway—how are you holding up?Pretty good! The first week I was pretty tired. I’m getting used to the schedule more now—we’re rehearsing a little less in the day because we’re obviously still in previews. But, yeah, you’ve just got to take it easy during the day. It takes a minute to absolutely adjust. It’s very much like an athletic kind of experience.You’re in a cast full of Broadway vets, including James Earl Jones, Kristine Nielsen and Elizabeth Ashley. How do you hold your own with those guys?They’ve just been so wonderful. Everyone is really loving and supportive. Not to sound cheesy, but from day one they were all incredibly great and patient with me. And that was really nice, so my confidence got better as we went on through rehearsal. If anything, when you’re with such pros it just makes you better because you’re trying to keep up, you know?Is it hard to not to get a little starstruck? You are sharing the stage with James Earl Jones![Laughs] I know, I know! And the funny thing is, he’s the most unassuming of anybody about his legacy. He’s so low-key. He really does not take any liberties with it all. He’s such a hard worker. He knew his lines before anyone. He was off-book from day one. He’s such a beautifully focused actor. He’s really a pleasure.Alice has one foot in the Sycamore world and in another in the real world. What’s the dynamic in your family?My family keeps me very down to earth, so I’m not ever able to take myself too seriously in terms of the business and the noise around the business. I miss my family because they’re not around, because they’re mainly in Australia. I’m pretty close to them. It’s more like, “I want you to meet everybody!” They’re really wonderful people and they’re really easy people.So nobody was making firecrackers in the basement or dancing around the living room when Bobby Cannavale met your family?No. I’m really lucky. But I have friends who are still like that—who have trouble with their family or really get worried about this or that, like what do you think of this or that person? I’ve never had that. They’re interested in everything outside of the world. They’re not isolated people. They’re easy personalities for the most part. But there’s no “Dad’s going to show them the fireworks” or whatever. [Laughs.] Did Bobby give you any advice for your Broadway debut?Absolutely! All through the rehearsal, he’d be going, “That’s normal with this and that.” That’s such a great thing to have when your man is in the same business. You can consult with each other and have those heart-to-hearts about certain things that people in the business maybe don’t quite understand.What was it like to work together on Annie?Really, really great. It’s nerve-wracking when you’re remaking a classic, and I was such a fan of that film. But at a certain point we have to jump off and jump in, and it’s actually a very different film in many ways. It’s very updated and the music is different and the characters are different. Yeah, I can’t dance like Ann Reinking, so I was very nervous about that because she’s such a legend. I’m excited. It should be a really fun movie for the family.You were in Neighbors over the summer, This is Where I Leave You just came out, Annie hits theaters this December…Do you ever take a break?[Laughs.] Oh, sure. You know, there are a lot of actors who used to work a lot and then they don’t anymore. I just think it’s such a business that there’s really no guarantee. I’m a worker. I love to work. I love my job. I’ve been lucky to have gotten some great work in the last few years. But I’m very aware of the fickleness of the business and how these things can come and go, so I think that’s part of me that doesn’t go away.With Annie under your belt, would you consider doing a Broadway musical?Oh, goodness me. I fear I wouldn’t be up to scratch for a Broadway musical [laughs]. I love them and I love going to them, but I don’t think my talent as a singer would quite cross over. I saw Cabaret and I was just blown away with what Michelle [Williams] did. I thought she was brilliant. Talk about someone who can do anything. I had no idea she had such a voice and was such a dancer. She was just fantastic and, obviously, already a brilliant actress. Saying that, I think I’d need a bunch of training to get to that level. But never say never, huh?See Rose Byrne in You Can’t Take It With You at the Longacre Theatre. View Comments Bobby Cannavalelast_img read more

first_imgThe topic of financial literacy seems to be a never ending discussion about what needs to be done, how to do it and who is responsible for getting it done.Aside from the fact that there are adult individuals who lack a basic understanding of simple financial transactions, what is more frightening is that an even greater number of our young people, the adults of tomorrow, also lack the knowledge of how to handle their finances.This problem of educating people about ways to save, how to balance a checkbook, the difference between debit and credit cards, getting a car loan, applying for a student loan and the myriad of other financial decisions one needs to make in a lifetime, is not a new one. It is a problem that has not been limited to a specific generation but has actually been passed down from one to another.Some may argue that this is a problem that needs to be addressed in the schools. Recently in one state they enacted a law requiring students pass a civics test before graduating from high school. I believe that is an excellent idea. Everyone should have the basic knowledge of the history of our country as well as the state in which they live. They should know about the different forms of government, how people are elected to office and the importance of voting. It’s sad when many people do not know the name of the Vice President.So if students must learn civics, why not also require them to be instructed on basic financial tools prior to graduation? There are so many ways financial education can be taught. A one day class for graduating seniors or ten hours set aside during a school year with each hour devoted to a different financial subject. The instructor could be a teacher or an individual drawn from the financial community. Knowing how to save and borrow is perhaps even more important than knowing who is the Vice President.Financial institutions also need to be involved. The role of educating customers does not end at telling them what products are available. It must extend to finding out what is best for each customer, explaining how each product works and advising them what best suits their needs.Such an effort will of course cost time and money on the part of financial institutions. Staff will need to be trained not only in product offering but also how to explain to the customer what the product is, what it does and how customers can benefit from using it.Financial institutions for years have scheduledseminars, institutional classes and learning events for their customers only to have attendance so low that they stopped holding them. In spite of that setback, financial institutions must take the lead to create the opportunities that will result in a better educated population.One suggestion has been when the customer asks for a product, be it a simple account or a complicated loan, the financial institution provide the required education of that product at the point of sale. Again, the time and money factor comes into play but no one can argue the benefits gained by having an educated customer. That little extra time to fully explain, ask questions and give good direction will result in goodwill, understanding and trust as well as repeat business.Providing written or on-line material about products and services may help in some way but no one can argue the success of person to person instruction. While an institution may provide such material, real success will only be achieved by going above and beyond the written word.So where does the responsibility lie for financial education? Is it with government or the private sector? To be fair, let’s say the responsibility lies with both sectors. But if we wait for government to act, it may not get done any time soon if ever. That leaves it up to the financial institutions. By taking the lead in this effort, they and their customers will benefit from what they do resulting in a better educated population.There are many ways to go about achieving financial literacy success. It’s a challenge but one that all financial institutions must accept and work towards. Working with their national and state trade associations, financial institutions should consider the following:Contact your Governor and state legislators and encourage them to require financial education in the class room and that it is made a prerequisite to graduation.Contact the schools in the communities you serve and offer to send your staff to discuss and educate them about financial services.Make certain all your officers, directors and employees are aware of all products offered and are able to talk about the value they provide to the customer.Develop a program within your financial institution which would require your staff to educate the customer about the specific service they are requesting.On your web site encourage customers to come in at their convenience to learn how your products can help them.Education is the key to financial literacy. Everyone accepting responsibility to do all they can towards that education is the solution.The more everyone knows, the better their lives will be. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Fryzel Michael Fryzel is the former Chairman of the National Credit Union Administration and is now a financial services consultant and government affairs attorney in Chicago. He can be reached at … Detailslast_img read more

first_img Press Association The England striker, who was surprisingly only a substitute in Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid, has been the subject of intense speculation about his future. But Ferguson has knocked down suggestions United would look to sell Rooney in the summer. Sunday’s team selection for the FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea will be keenly observed, although Ferguson’s stance on the Rooney debate is now quite clear. Former Everton man Rooney is tied to United until the end of the 2014/15 season, so there is no need to sit down for talks immediately. Ferguson said, according to several Sunday newspapers: “There’s no issue with his contract, when it has to be renegotiated it will be. We don’t want players to leave.” center_img Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed the club intend to keep Wayne Rooney beyond the length of his current contract.last_img read more

first_imgDES MOINES — The recent U-S Drought Monitor report shows abnormally dry conditions in about 35 percent of the state, with eight west-central counties classified as being in moderate drought. Iowa Department of Natural Resources analyst Tim Hall says the state remains in a contrast when it comes to water conditions. “You almost can draw a north-south line along Interstate 35. And to the west of the interstate in the last month — those areas have been short of rainfall. And on the east side of I-35, we’ve had excess rainfall,” Hall says. While parts of the state are characterized as dry — Hall says there are two different ways to look at it. “In drought terminology we sometimes talk about an agricultural drought versus a hydrological drought,” he says. “And the agricultural drought comes much more quickly because those crops need moisture and they typically get it from the upper part of the soil profile.” The other type of drought impacts more long-term water needs. “For drinking water for groundwater. So, we’re concerned and we are watching it, but right now the impacts are primarily agricultural. But if things don’t improve, then we’ll start to see those impacts move  into other parts of the system,” Hall says. He says not all rain will help get rid of the dry conditions. Hall says we often get thunderstorms this time of year that dump big amounts of rain and that tends to run off the ground quickly, and is not as helpful to crops.  He says a slow, steady rain would be the most helpful right now.  Hall says the longer the drought continues, the more you have to worry about the time it takes to come out of it. “Drought conditions typically are a long time building up — they don’t come generally very quickly. And on the other side of the coin — to move a drought out of the state doesn’t come in one rainstorm — typically it takes a prolonged period of wet weather,” according to Hall.  Hall says the rains can also be sporadic this time of year and help one area agriculturally — while leaving another area still in need of rain.last_img read more

first_imgGeorge Vellis, the Sydney-based President of the Australian Hellenic Council has thrown his hat into the ring as an ALP preselection candidate to fight the federal seat of Barton held by Liberal Nick Varvaris.Mr Vellis’ move comes as the Australian Electoral Commission deliberates on boundary changes to the Barton electoral division that could overnight make it a notionally Labor seat. Mr Varvaris currently holds the seat by a wafer-thin majority of 0.3 per cent.The boundary changes, which will be be finalised next month, have prompted speculation that high-profile Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese is considering switching from the neighbouring seat of Grayndler to challenge Varvaris, with part of the Grayndler division likely to be added to Barton.Speaking to Neos Kosmos, Mr Vellis, a long-time ALP member and activist in south Sydney, said his motivation for running as a preselection candidate was to uphold traditional Labor values and work hard for the electorate.“I am proud to stand on my track record as a community leader who has successfully lobbied federal politicians for more than 15 years, most notably in defending human rights protections for all Australians, and promoting a successful, distinctively Australian model of multiculturalism within our community.”Mr Vellis said in the last two years he had “the honour to be part of a team of community leaders who led the charge in preventing the Federal Government from weakening protections against racial vilification in the Racial Discrimination Act,” and that he had a “deep understanding” of the issues that are important to the Barton electorate, notably “job security, promoting family values, upgraded health services, improved education opportunities for our children, and safer streets.”The AHC President and passionate trade unionist described himself as “a grass roots activist” who has no time for “politics as usual”.“We live in a democracy, and that means the people are the masters; politicians the servants,” said Mr Vellis. who is the first ALP preselection candidate to be confirmed for the Barton seat.Neos Kosmos understands that Labour candidate Steve McMahon, who lost narrowly to Varvaris, at the 2013 election will not be seeking pre-selection in 2016.Vellis is likely to face competition from at least four other ALP candidates for preselection which will go to a vote of local members in March. Depending on the extent of boundary changes, Anthony Albanese is expected to make a decision on whether he will run for preselection shortly after their announcement. The AHC president said he had received assurances that the ALP National Executive would allow local democracy to decide the preselection outcome. “There needs to be due process, and it’s imperative the members have a say, and it’s not a decision made by head office,” he said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more