Odds & Ends: Nicole Kidman Preps for New Stage Role & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Nicole Kidman Preps for Latest Theater RoleNicole Kidman will soon return to the stage in Anna Ziegler’s new play Photograph 51 and the above pic has just been released of the Oscar winner preparing for her role as Rosalind Franklin. In it, she’s visiting King’s College London and examining the original slide of Photograph 51 taken by Franklin, which was key to the discovery of DNA. Directed by Michael Grandage, Kidman will begin previews at the West End’s Noël Coward Theatre on September 5; the production will also star Will Attenborough, Edward Bennett, Stephen Campbell Moore, Patrick Kennedy and Joshua Silver. We’re keeping an eye on this one—it has Broadway transfer written all over it.Stephanie J. Block & Aaron Lazar Team UpBroadway faves Stephanie J. Block and Aaron Lazar will join forces for A Cabaret Evening at 54 Below on September 28. Hosted by Steven Reineke, the event is a joint benefit in support of The New York Pops PopsEd Programs and Ronald McDonald House New York. The two organizations partner to provide music education programs that serve as creative outlets for the children and families in residence.Brian Stokes Mitchell Set for Café CarlyleTony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss Me, Kate) is set to make his Café Carlyle debut in Plays With Music September 15 through September 26. The all-new show will feature Broadway favorites, standards and jazz. Other names tapped for the fall 2015 season at the Big Apple hotspot include Kurt Elling, Buster Poindexter (aka David Johansen), Alexa Ray Joel, John Pizzarelli, along with Jessica Molaskey and Steve Tyrell. And never fear, throughout the season, Woody Allen will continue to perform Monday nights with the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band.Nick Hytner’s New London TheaterBack to London, there’s big news for the U.K. capital’s theater scene. A new 900-seat theater is to be built at Tower Bridge as part of the One Tower Bridge development. The venue will be the flagship theater for the London Theatre Company, the new independent producing company founded by Tony winners Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr, following their departure from the U.K.’s National Theatre after 12 years. Designed to offer contemporary comfort for audiences and modern facilities for creative teams, the new venue will become the only commercial central London theater of its scale outside the historic West End. We can’t wait to check it out when it opens in 2017!Dusty Springfield Tuner Switches Up CastMore shakeups with London’s new multi-media show Dusty. As previously reported, the production pushed back its opening night from June 3 to September 7 and it has now announced a plethora of cast switcheroos. Alison Arnopp will play Dusty/Mary O’Brien instead of Ellie Ann-Lowe, with Sienna Sebek as Norma for Arabella Rodrigo, Harvey Robinson as Dave Dean for Stewart McCheyne, Witney White as Martha Reeves for Allyson Ava Brown, Luke Thornton as Douggie Reece for Joe Vetch, Matt Blaker as Johnny Franz for Ben Tolley, Oliver Lynes as Vic Billing for Tristan Pate and Ellen Verenieks as Kay O’Brien for Joan Walker. Previously set to shutter on August 22, the world premiere will now play a limited engagement through November 21 at London’s Charing Cross Theatre.last_img read more

Australian renewables group: Record-setting 14.6GW of green capacity under construction

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Australia’s renewables sector has doubled its output over the past 12 months, with more than $20bn of projects now under construction, but the current boom will not last without policy certainty, according to the Clean Energy Council.The council, which represents solar, wind, energy efficiency, hydro, bioenergy, energy storage, geothermal and marine businesses, along with more than 5,000 solar installers, has released new figures claiming a record year for Australia’s renewables industry – with more than 80 wind and solar farms under construction, and rooftop solar installations now topping two million homes.The CEC’s chief executive, Kane Thornton, said there were 14.6 gigawatts of new renewable energy projects under construction, which was equivalent to four times the energy output of the coal-fired Liddell power station, and the projects had created 13,000 jobs, including 4,500 in Queensland, 3,800 in Victoria and 2,100 in New South Wales.But he said the positive trajectory was threatened by the continuing absence of a settled energy policy in Canberra. Thornton warned the renewables boom “could come to an end if the energy policy debate is left to languish unresolved”.Thornton said the renewables sector was now sufficiently mature to not require subsidy, but it did require policy certainty.More: Australia’s renewables sector doubles output in boom year Australian renewables group: Record-setting 14.6GW of green capacity under constructionlast_img read more

Get the Drop on Oktoberfest

first_imgBeer enthusiasts wait all year for the holy grail of brew festivals: Oktoberfest. Germany has been the epicenter of the largest festival in the world for over 200 years celebrating beer, Bavaria, and bratwurst – not necessarily in that order. As the evenings get cooler and the days shorter, you may be reaching for a dark, belly-warming beer over that last Corona more often so now is the time to celebrate. Sure, it’s only the middle of September, but when has that stopped anyone from hosting an Oktoberfest beer party?If you can’t make it to Munich this year, don’t worry; there are plenty of opportunities to imbibe seasonal ales in a town near you. One of the biggest and best is this weekend in Kingsport, Tenn. We named the Kingsport Oktoberfest one of our “50 Best Festivals” in 2012 because of the huge variety of activities including family friendly entertainment, a wiener dog race, and “Das KidZone.” There is also a brat eating contest, cornhole tournament, and Beer University where local brewers discuss the intricacies of craft beer.Another good option, though not officially an Oktoberfest, is the French Broad Fall Fest in Hot Springs, N.C. This fest is a straight up celebration of craft beer and music put on by the same folks as the French Broad River Festival.Hot Springs, N.C.: French Broad Fall FestView Larger MapKingsport, TN: Kingsport OktoberfestView Larger Maplast_img read more

Daniel Ortega Denies Basic Health Services And Public Assistance To Nicaraguans Opposing His Ideology

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre / Diálogo December 11, 2019 At least 420 doctors and health workers from the Ministry of Health’s network of public hospitals in Nicaragua were removed from their position between 2018 and 2019 for defending the right to medical care of people labeled as dissidents, says the Nicaraguan Medical Unit, a nongovernmental organization that fights for the rights of health professionals. In contrast, clandestine health care services are flourishing.“The government is trying to subdue its people to the max, so that they only have two options: remain in the country and wait for the worst, or leave,” Carla Sequeira, head of legal counsel at Nicaragua’s Permanent Commission on Human Rights, told Diálogo. “Repression and threats didn’t start in the spring of 2018, but rather since Ortega returned to power [in 2007].”“Many of the country’s living rooms [are] small medical offices and clandestine clinics that tend to the victims of repression,” José Luis Borge, a doctor and president of the Nicaraguan Medical Unit, told Diálogo. “Police harasses health professionals for assisting those that the government refuses to assist, especially protesters, ex-prisoners, and relatives of political prisoners.”Nearly 70 years after the United Nations declared health access to be a basic human right, in Nicaragua the situation is different. Amaya Coppens, a Nicaraguan student, was detained in September 2018, on charges of terrorism, and released in June 2019. “Coppens was labeled as a second-class citizen, and she cannot access medical and educational services,” said the Mexican newspaper La Tribuna. “This is the other side of repression,” said Borge.“Former prisoners and their relatives experience a civil death. They cannot use public hospitals because they are treated badly or rejected, they are denied identification documents, they cannot work, and they are expelled from universities and other public service facilities,” Sequeira added. “Many of them are being prosecuted again for common crimes.”Public health management in Nicaragua led Canada and the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to impose sanctions on then Minister of Health Sonia Castro in June, for denying medical treatment to injured protesters and firing medical staff. Currently, Castro serves as Ortega’s personal advisor.The population suffers the negative effects of losing health specialists and volunteers. According to Borge, Nicaragua ceased to provide more than a million medical appointments and 20,000 emergency surgeries in the last 20 months. The waiting list for patients needing specialized surgery is almost a year long, he said.Borge told the press that he was kidnapped when he arrived at a restaurant on November 19. “They never took responsibility. I wanted to know what they were going to do with me, if they were going to kill me or what. They just said, ‘We haven’t received any orders yet.’ [On November 20] they took me out with my face covered and left me near the National Agrarian University. They said: ‘Okay, doctor, you were very lucky. Some of the missing persons will never be seen again.’”last_img read more

Fiserv responds to CFPB overdraft order

first_imgThe Brookfield, Wis.-based core processor Fiserv has released an official statement regarding the CFPB order to provide anonymous data pertaining to overdraft programs.Fiserv’s statement regarding its assistance to the CFPB read as follows: “We are currently assisting the CFPB at their request. They are currently researching overdraft programs and have asked us to provide information about our hosted account processing clients’ system settings pertaining to overdraft programs. We are making clients aware of the CFPB request, and the assistance that we are providing.”Fiserv was not immediately available for comment earlier last week, but did release the following memo to its credit union clients: continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Post-Election Thanksgiving Survival Guide

first_img18. Make sure to break out the good JINA.19. Wedding registry? Good. Baby shower registry? Beautiful. Muslim registry? ABSOLUTELY WRONG. 20. You know those crazy relatives? The ones you love, but maybe you shouldn’t admit it? You can seat them on the alt-right side of the table. 5. Refrain from building a wall with your mashed potatoes… 6. …and making your mother-in-law pay for it.7. When your cousin’s baby starts to cry at the table, do not shout: “Get that baby out of here!” 11. “Fat” “chubby”—are adjectives for turkey, not relatives. 12. No grabbing the family pussycat. 13. Wishbone pullers must mutually agree on “Time Machine!”14. No banning in-laws while you “figure out what’s going on.” Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Jaime Franchi and Michael ConfortiThanksgiving marks that fateful feast so long ago when European colonists and Native Americans shared freshly harvested food and celebrated their mutual appreciation of life together for a fleeting moment. Fleeting, yes. Eventually these sacred native peoples would be stripped of their ancestral lands and all but decimated.This Thanksgiving has a special hypocrisy in that it falls amid the ongoing, government-sanctioned human rights violations unfolding outside the Oceti Sakowin Camp—an unprecedented and historic gathering of Indigenous Nations and allies banding together in solidarity to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and protect the drinking water of countless families who depend on the Missouri River. Hundreds have been arrested, and recently a 21-year-old New York woman was critically wounded when law enforcement officers threw a concussion grenade at her.There’s much to genuinely be thankful for this Thanksgiving, for sure. Yet there’s also so much to be vocal about, and far too many injustices currently taking place here in the United States and across the globe worthy to fight against. So while Thanksgiving can typically be somewhat stressful in simply dealing with one’s family members and relatives, especially if they’re being really annoying and tiresome, take time to reflect upon and appreciate your loved ones—and recognize the importance of standing up for the rights of so many others.On the heels of such a polarizing and divisive presidential election, below are some lighthearted, useful tips on how to perhaps best navigate this year’s celebratory feast. Happy Thanksgiving!1. Stay away from Trump or Hillary-related topics. Stick to less-controversial subjects, like the death penalty, abortion or religion.2. Don’t snort when you talk to your relatives. It’s impolite. Plus, it implies you may either do drugs or have some serious psychological issues. 3. When asked if you are en route with Mom to the holiday, saying “I’m with her” is not a proper response. 4. If the turkey gets burnt or you forget to cook the candied yams, do not blame it on the Russians or a “rigged” stove. 15. No one is taking away your inalienable right to second helpings.16. Make sure you get there on time, but don’t Russia. 17. Don’t take more than your fair share. There’s enough thin skin to go around. 8. Acceptable responses to differing opinions: “Interesting. I’ve never thought of it that way. Please pass the stuffing.” Unacceptable: “WRONG!”9. Do not tweet anything. In fact, turn off all devices at the table.10. Don’t go Putin Russian dressing on anything.last_img read more

Case news

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Swiss public split over pension reform as referendum looms

first_imgMeanwhile, Swiss pension funds have been trying to convince their members to vote ‘yes’ in the referendum to help ease their burden with the minimum conversion rate, which the funds have said is too high in relation to country’s ultra-low interest rate.“A ‘no’ vote would be like playing with fire”AsipMost pension funds have backed the campaign by pension fund association Asip in favour of the reform. However, some have gone public with their own requests for support.One of them is the CHF22bn (€19.3bn) Migros Pensionskasse (MPK), the pension fund for the Migros supermarket chain, one of the country’s largest employers.MPK’s managing director Christoph Ryter, former head of Asip, told Swiss media the reform was “only a small step in the right direction”.“But it is a necessary evolutionary adjustment,” he said.Similarly, the CHF1.2bn Stiftung Abendrot said the reform was “a step in the right direction”, especially for re-establishing fairness in the second pillar.“On average, today’s pensioners are getting paid out more than the actual return on their contributions,” the multi-employer pension fund noted in a press release.This “leads to a redistribution at the expense of active employees”, it added.Like Migros, other major Swiss employers have supported a ‘yes’ vote, including pharmaeuticals company Roche and insurers AXA and Winterthur.However, most employer associations and representatives from the economic sector have opposed the reform proposals, mainly because of the planned VAT increase.One criticism of the reform package has been that it contained a range of proposals that few people would want to support as a whole.However, the pension fund association Asip has renewed a request for people to accept the reform package as a whole to ensure elements such as the lower conversion rate are implemented.“A ‘no’ vote would be like playing with fire,” Asip warned. The Swiss electorate is evenly split between supporting and opposing the pension reform package Altersvorsorge 2020 (AV2020), according to several polls published in Swiss media over the past week.Two seperate polls taken earlier this month indicated support for two measures by a narrow margin, with just over 50% in favour or “more likely to vote yes”.A referendum on the reform is scheduled for 24 September, when the public will be asked two questions. The first is whether to increase VAT to finance the first-pillar AHV fund. The second is on the reform package including, among other things, a lower conversion rate, later retirement for women and a one-off pension increase for the first pillar.If one of the two proposals in the referendum is rejected, the other fails as well as the law connects them.last_img read more

Eleven televisions in QLD’s hottest house

first_img Insane $45m mega-mansion hits market What’s not to like here? Stunning location. MORE: Housing set for fresh record highs TVs everywhere – including Foxtel in the bedroom. TV in one of the living zones.The home has 11 televisions that come with the home – prewired to Foxtel for all bedrooms, living rooms, media room, cabana, spa area and guest house.There are eight HD security cameras with alarms, keypad and HD intercom at the front door, and even the 11.3kw solar system has 10kw smart metering, plus there are three Apple iPad launch ports to control many functions of the house.Sitting on a 892sq m waterfront block, it has been set to go under the hammer at 2pm on Saturday October 26 on site. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK 1. 10 MeloryCrescent, Magill, SA2. 144 Tallebudgera Drive, Palm Beach, QLD3. 7 John Street, Eastwood, SAMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago (Source: REA) Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 (Source: REA)The property was so hot, it was also the second most viewed home in the country this week, the data showed.The smart home is fully automated to control CBUS lighting, media, security and multi-zoned audio, with pre-set profiles, according to agents Michael Kollosche and Rob Lamb of Kollosche – Broadbeach. 144 Tallebudgera Drive, Palm Beach, was the hottest house in Queensland this past week and the second most viewed in the country.If the words “flawless, fully automated, luxury Hamptons home” have you floored, you are not alone – it emerged as the hottest house in Queensland, data released Friday found.The six bedroom home at 144 Tallebudgera Drive, Palm Beach, was the most viewed home in the Sunshine State this past week, according to realestate.com.au figures – and it really does have 11 televisions. It has its own boathouse and pontoon.They have it listed as a home where no expense was spared.“Everything – from the six bedrooms, all with water views, to the top-of-the-range home automation, the custom-made interiors and an enviable alfresco with waterfront cabana – ensures the lucky new owners will enjoy a future proof forever home which takes your breath away with its beguiling beauty.” Curved beach house lands seven-figure deal Seriously, what’s not to like in this dream property? QLD’S MOST VIEWED THIS WEEK:1. 144 Tallebudgera Drive, Palm Beach, QLD2. 133 Indus Street, Camp Hill, QLD3. 143 Chesterfield Drive, Bonogin, QLD MOST VIEWED NATIONALLY:last_img read more

Deutsche Bucht Monopile Foundations All In

first_imgSource: Northland Deutsche BuchtNorthland Deutsche Bucht GmbH has completed the installation of all 31 monopile foundations on the 269MW Deutsche Bucht wind farm in the German North Sea.The milestone concludes the first phase of construction within the planned timeframe, the developer said.“Installation work on the construction site, which is more than 100 kilometers off the coast, is a real challenge in the winter months,” Jens Poulsen, Project Director of Northland Deutsche Bucht GmbH, said.”But thanks to the flexible and efficient work of our project team and our contract partners, we were able to install all foundations safely and on schedule.”The next construction phase, inter-array medium-voltage cabling, is set to start this spring.Reloading of the foundations onto the installation vessel Seajacks Scylla at the offshore base port in Cuxhaven went off without a hitch, Northland Deutsche Bucht GmbH said.The monopiles, measuring an average of 78 metres in length, were delivered from Rostock as needed and loaded directly onto the installation vessel. The transition pieces, which measure 26 metres in height and serve as connecting elements to the 8.4MW MHI Vestas wind turbines, were transported to Cuxhaven from their production location in Spain. They were offloaded for interim storage in Cuxhaven until installation.Further, two mono bucket foundations are to be erected in addition to the 31 monopiles during the second quarter of this year. Deutsche Bucht is the first offshore wind farm worldwide to test this foundation under commercial operating conditions.Van Oord is responsible for the design, engineering, procurement, construction and installation of the foundations, inter-array cables, and the offshore substation, and the transport of the wind turbines. MHI Vestas is handling the installation of the turbines. The offshore wind turbines will be connected to the BorWin beta offshore converter station, which is already operating.last_img read more

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