Dates Set for London Return of Funny Girl

first_imgShe’s officially the pip with pizzazz! Dates are now set for the Menier Chocolate Factory revival of Funny Girl, starring two-time Olivier winner Sheridan Smith. The musical, which catapulted Barbra Streisand to stardom on stage and screen, returns to London beginning November 20. The production, directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer, will open on December 2 and run through March 5, 2016.No word yet whether the production has any intention of crossing the pond to play New York following the London run. A Bartlett Sher-helmed revival of the musical—headlined by Lauren Ambrose—was set to play Los Angeles and Broadway in 2012 before being postponed indefinitely. And then there was Lea Michele…Smith won consecutive Olivier Awards for her performances in Legally Blonde and Flare Path. She returns to the Chocolate Factory after starring in Little Shop of Horrors in 2006. Her additional U.K. stage credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hedda Gabler and Into the Woods. She’s appeared on screen in Blackwork, The C Word, Cilla, Mrs. Biggs and Hysteria.The tuner, which first played London in 1966, tracks the rise of Fanny Brice’s career as one of Broadway’s biggest stars by way of the Ziegfeld Follies, as well as her doomed romance with Nicky Arnstein. The score by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill features such iconic show tunes as “People,” “Don’t Rain on My Parade” and “I’m the Greatest Star” and a book by Isobel Lennart.The production will feature choreography by Lynne Page, set design by Michael Pavelka, lighting design by Mark Henderson and sound design by Richard Brooker. View Commentslast_img read more

Last Mile Celebration’ on reopening of all Vermont roads after Irene Dec 29

first_imgLast Mile Celebration ‘ The planned reopening of Vermont Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge ‘ the final segment of state highway closed due to Tropical Storm Irene.WHO: VTrans, State and Local Officials, Contractors, Local Partners, Community MembersWHEN: Thursday, December 29, 1:00 pmWHERE: Stockbridge Central School2933 VT Route 107Stockbridge, VTSUMMARY: To coincide with the planned reopening of Vermont Route 107 this week, state and local officials will join with project partners and community groups to celebrate this important step in Vermont’s recovery. This event is open to the public.last_img

Once Bullish, Now a Bear

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Lynda V. Mapes and Hal Bernton for the Seattle Times:Asian coal markets are so weak that two export terminals proposed for Washington once considered vital are now irrelevant, according to an industry analyst who typically has offered some of the industry’s most bullish forecasts.The Feb. 10 report was written by Andy Roberts, an analyst at Wood Mackenzie, who less than three years ago was boosting the long-term prospects of the Gateway Project proposed at Cherry Point in Whatcom County and the Millennium bulk terminal in Longview, Cowlitz County.But rapid changes in coal’s fortunes show what a miscalculation the investment in the ports was, Roberts wrote.In addition to stiff opposition from tribal nations and community and conservation groups, the economic wind has fallen out of the projects’ sails. Asian demand has weakened to the point that coal from the Powder River Basin won’t be competitive in the market until well after 2020, Roberts wrote.Railroad carload traffic in coal is also through the floor, with no pickup in sight, according to statistics from the Association of American Railroads, in more evidence of the big coal fade.Meanwhile as Roberts reports, non-coal alternatives are gaining traction, supported by policy and regulation. “Building new Pacific Northwest coal ports, once seen as essential, is now viewed as nothing more than a risky long term bet,” Roberts wrote.For some, it’s a surprise to hear one of coal’s biggest bulls turned bear.“This is to me a shocking reversal,” said Clark Williams-Derry, senior researcher at the Sightline Institute, a Seattle think tank. “They have consistently been the coal industry’s darlings precisely because they are always so optimistic and so bullish on coal prices.”Cloud Peak, a western coal producer that has a stake in the Cherry Point project, has been cutting back shipments to Asia through an export terminal in British Columbia.The export markets have been so poor that Cloud Peak announced in October it would make undisclosed payments to get released for three years from contractual obligations to ship specified volumes of coal through the Canadian terminal.Markets in the U.S. also are receding amid new regulations in development on coal-fired power plant emissions, and the recent announcement by U.S. Dept. of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell of a moratorium on new federal coal-mining leases on public lands.Full article: With coal prices in steep slide, even once bullish analyst sees risky investment Once Bullish, Now a Bear
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UniCredit, Italy’s largest bank, to stop thermal coal lending activity by 2023

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Italian bank UniCredit has pledged to halt all lending for thermal coal projects by 2023, joining a growing band of financial companies striving to improve their green credentials.Presenting its sustainability targets a week before the unveiling of a new four-year plan, UniCredit also said it would raise its exposure to the renewable energy sector by a quarter to more than 9 billion euros ($10 billion) by 2023.Banks with assets equivalent to a third of the global industry in September adopted new U.N.-backed “responsible banking” principles to fight climate change by shifting their loan books away from fossil fuels. UniCredit, Italy’s biggest bank by assets, was not among that group at the time but is now close to joining.France’s BNP Paribas last week announced it would completely exit financing related to thermal coal by 2030 in the European Union and by 2040 worldwide.UniCredit said new projects in thermal coal mining and coal-fired power generation would be off-limits, setting strict commitments to reduce reliance on coal for customers of its corporate financing business. The measures take effect immediately, but some existing financing deals will take until 2023 to run off, the bank said.The bank’s new oil and gas (O&G) policy, meanwhile, bans the financing of new projects in Arctic oil and offshore Arctic gas, in shale oil and gas as well as related fracking, tar sands oil and deep-sea oil and gas. It also limits the financing for clients active in these areas.More: Italy’s UniCredit to exit thermal coal financing by 2023 UniCredit, Italy’s largest bank, to stop thermal coal lending activity by 2023last_img read more

Brazilian Navy Submarine Force Commander Talks about The Challenges of Regional Defense

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo November 09, 2016 The concept of multidimensional security was the subject of the III International Symposium on Security and Defense, held by the Peruvian Navy in Lima from September 12–15.Rear Admiral Oscar Moreira da Silva Filho, who commands the Brazilian Navy’s Submarine Force, participated in the event and took part in the panel “Submarine Force: Current Power Projected into the Future,” along with the commanders of submarine forces from Germany, the United States, and Peru.“The world is undergoing constant changes in nations’ interaction plans, in addition to a new defense reality that includes asymmetrical conflicts and transnational organized crime,” said Rear Adm. Oscar in an interview with Diálogo. “So beyond a security mentality that the majority of the lecturers considered primitive for their countries’ development, [the concept of multidimensional security] was important for creating closer relationships in defense policies.”Rear Admiral Oscar has held a number of positions throughout his career, including Chief of Staff of the Submarine Force Command, Deputy Chief for Naval Command and Control of Maritime Traffic, and Chief of the Department of the Brazilian Naval Commission in Europe. He was appointed Director of the Admiral Paulo Moreira Marine Research Institute in 2013.Diálogo: What is the importance and the main conclusions of the III International Symposium on Security and Defense?Rear Admiral Oscar Moreira da Silva Filho: As the subject of the symposium reveals, the event creates space for reflection and reexamination of the concept of multidimensional security. Considering the security actors in the Americas, more specifically in South America, which includes Brazil, I think that the importance of the symposium is to create a culture of continental security that encourages combined actions of similar forces in the fight against new threats that require sharing information between states. So the main conclusion is the search to combine the efforts of participating countries to present reasonable solutions to the subject of defense and security.Diálogo: What is the context in which the Brazilian Navy finds itself today in matters of security and defense?Rear Adm. Oscar: South America, being distant from the main global centers of tension, and free of nuclear weapons, is considered a relatively peaceful region. In addition, the process of democratic consolidation and regional integration tend to increase mutual trust and foster negotiated solutions to conflicts. Brazil, however, is a country with unique characteristics. Notable among them is the possibility of extending the limits of its continental shelf and exercising the jurisdictional right over economic resources in an area of close to 4.5 million square kilometers (1.7 million square miles), in a vitally important region for the country, also known as the Blue Amazon. This huge area includes the pre-salt layer, where the country’s largest petroleum and gas reserves lie, in addition to great potential for fishing, minerals, and other natural resources. The Brazilian Amazon region is the focus of international attention because of its great potential for mineral resources and biodiversity. The guarantee of state presence and the revitalizing of border security are made difficult by, among other factors, the low population density and long distances. Finally, globalization increases the economic interdependence of countries and, as a result, the movement of cargo. In Brazil, maritime transport is responsible for moving around 95 percent of foreign trade.Diálogo: What are the main challenges posed by this scenario?Rear Adm. Oscar: Within this context, and as a way to think about the relationship between the strategic tasks of denying use of the sea, control of maritime areas, and the projection of power, the Brazilian Navy will be guided by an unequal and combined development; the main challenge arising in matters of security and defense is the need to constitute a force and a naval strategy that integrates underwater, surface, and air components. This will let us enhance the flexibility that safeguards the priority goal of the maritime security strategy – deterrence – giving first priority to denying use of the sea to an enemy that approaches Brazil by sea.To this end, Brazil will maintain and develop its capacity to design and build both conventionally powered and nuclear-powered submarines; will create ways to exercise control of maritime areas, focusing on strategic areas for maritime access to Brazil; will pay special attention to the design and building of multipurpose ships and aircraft carriers; will have smaller ships dedicated to patrolling the coast and the main navigable Brazilian rivers; will begin studies and preparations to establish a multiuse naval base in an appropriate place as close as possible to the mouth of the Amazon River, and will accelerate the work of setting up its conventional and nuclear-powered submarine bases.Diálogo: The S-BR1 and S-BR2 submarines are built under the Submarine Development Program (PROSUB per its English acronym), which expects to build two other conventional diesel-electric submarines and one with nuclear power. Could you talk to us about the expected delivery of this equipment and the importance of PROSUB? Rear Adm. Oscar: These submarines are expected to be delivered to the operating sector according to the following schedule: S-BR1 (second half of 2020), S-BR2 (second half of 2021), S-BR3 (second half of 2022), S-BR4 (second half of 2023), and the Nuclear-Powered Submarine SN-BR, in July 2027. PROSUB’s importance is demonstrated  by the subject’s inclusion in the National Defense Strategy, since this project contributes to some of the main national defense objectives. With the building of the S-BRs and the SN-BR, together with their support facilities, Brazil can more efficiently ensure the task of denying use of the sea, by having a high caliber naval submarine force composed of conventional and nuclear-powered submarines. Indirectly, but no less important, is the large amount of investment in research, human resources, and material necessary to develop the project; this also will result in the technological carryover to other national industry sectors, obtaining autonomy in indispensable technologies and, as a result, bringing benefits to society.last_img read more

Excessive bureaucracy is one of the primary problems for agritourism service providers

first_img“Statistical indicators do not exist because it is not clearly defined who are all providers of services in rural tourism. This business can also be done by family farms, crafts and companies that have a restaurant in a rural area, but do not have their own production. And we believe that rural tourism is inseparable from agriculture and that agriculture is what sets us apart from the rest of the catering and tourist offer. We are of the opinion that each of us must have at least one agricultural product that we will have in our year-round offer, on which we will build an autochthonous story and what will distinguish us from classic caterers. And it would be great to have a few”, Explains Janko Kezele, owner of the agritourism farm Kezele and vice president of the Croatian Rural Tourism Association. The head of the sector for special forms of tourism at the Ministry of Tourism, Vesna Rajković, believes that the ministry is doing a lot to facilitate business for entrepreneurs in the field of rural tourism. Because of this, they had many objections from hotel owners to going downhill to agritourism farms. “The Ministry strives to balance between the requirements, facilitate business and minimize the burdens that can be removed. We could have gone sharper, but in order to revive the villages, we were really quite flexible and simplified the Rulebook for rural tourism, which in the end gave excellent results. For the last seven years, we have been implementing a competitiveness program for the tourism industry, where only in rural tourism do we have a more flexible way of granting aid. In this sector, beginners can also apply, unlike hotels or camps, which must first show results”, Said Rajković. According to estimates, there are between 500 and 800 providers of rural tourism in Croatia, but the exact number, mostly due to the insufficiently regulated legal framework, cannot be determined exactly. However, continuous changes in various ordinances and regulations, a large volume of often unnecessary paperwork and bureaucracy, and the fact that their activities are regulated by two ministries, are a major problem for rural tourism, reports Deutsche Welle. The Association asked the Ministry of Agriculture to simplify the conditions for the production of agricultural products offered to guests. As for the food they produce themselves, they must have a number of different solutions for it and meet strict conditions as if they were producing them in quantities for supermarkets. Opinions are that the sector is over-regulated, because if they want to offer more different products in their own production, farmers must separately register wineries, cheese dairies, meat processing, which, according to them, is too broad for a small volume of production. “We have a very good example in Austria where our colleagues can produce different traditional and agricultural products in the same area”, Points out Bernard Tkalčec, owner of rural tourism” Golden Class “. Anđelka Pejaković from the Ministry of Agriculture, within the Advisory Service, interprets and helps people understand the laws as part of their business obligations. “Legislation is complicated because it is about food, and food is strictly regulated and has a lot of regulations, especially food of animal origin. There are also a number of European Commission regulations that apply equally to all countries and that must be respected”, Explains Pejakovic. Bernard Tkalčec and Janko Kezele believe that a lot has been done to affirm and encourage rural tourism, but that it can always be better. Mostly because in practice new questions and possible solutions are asked based on our own experiences, as well as successful examples from other countries. The formation of a special working group at the Ministry of Tourism that would deal only with rural tourism is one of the proposals. Source / photo: Deutsche Welle; Rural tourism “Golden Class”last_img read more

COVID-19: Indonesia to export PPE to South Korea as compensation for raw materials

first_img“We should not just have other countries send PPE [raw materials] to our homeland and not give some [finished products] back. Once again, cooperation is very important,” Doni said.Previously, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said that Indonesia, as one of the world’s largest PPE producers, had made an agreement with other countries, including South Korea and Japan, to contribute to their PPE supply.Read also: The time is right: COVID-19 gives more room for telemedicine to grow in IndonesiaShe said the government would ensure that PPE exports would not affect domestic supply since Indonesia’s trade partners had understood that the country was in need of PPE as well. Indonesia must export ready-to-use personal protective equipment (PPE) to South Korea as a form of compensation after the government bought raw materials from the country to meet domestic PPE production needs, COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo said on Monday.“Please understand that no country can meet its own needs,” the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) head said after a meeting with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo via video conference on Monday.Doni said the deal was a common one between countries needing to meet their logistics needs and that Indonesia should not risk a raw materials shortage by not cooperating with other countries. “Many countries desperately need PPE and require immediate supply to their country,” Sri Mulyani said. “But South Korea and Japan have agreed that we should meet domestic needs before helping other countries that lack PPE manufacturers.”National Mandate Party (PAN) lawmaker Saleh Daulay, criticized the government’s move amid the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, saying that it was alarming since the domestic need for PPE had yet to be fully met.“It certainly leaves a concern in the community because the need for PPE in the country has not yet been fulfilled,” Saleh told on Friday, adding that the government should prioritize all resources for national countermeasures.The government said it aimed to produce 16,000 pieces of PPE per day and claimed to have distributed as many as 700,000 pieces to all provinces in Indonesia as of April 9, with plans to distribute another 300,000.Topics :last_img read more

Grand Queenslander home on offer in leafy suburb

first_imgInside 153 O’Brien Rd, Pullenvale.“You’re close to the hustle and bustle of the city, but then you’ve got this retreat to come back to. “It’s a very different pace out here.Mrs Pomroy said the home would suit a family looking to enjoy the outdoors. “There’s space to move, space to breathe and the space to enjoy life,” she said. Inside 153 O’Brien Rd, Pullenvale.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoThe four spacious bedrooms each have French doors that lead to the expansive wrap-around veranda.The master bedroom has an ensuite, a walk-in-robe and bay window seat that looks out over the lush gardens.“I love that no matter what room you’re in, you’re so connected to the outside,” Mrs Pomroy said.“We spend lots of time on the veranda, enjoying the landscape and fresh breeze. It’s truly breathtaking.”Mrs Pomroy said the home was very relaxing and private.“You get the best of both worlds when you live out here,” she said. The home at 153 O’Brien Rd, Pullenvale.“I saw a picture of it and fell instantly in love,” Mrs Pomroy said. The iconic Queenslander floorplan, with 3.3m-high ceilings, large windows and spacious living, dining, kitchen and family rooms, is connected by a central hallway. On the same level, there is a bathroom with a claw-foot bathtub and separate shower, laundry and bedrooms.center_img REAL ESTATE: 153 O’Brien Rd, PullenvaleThis elegant family home has been beautifully restored and maintained. The grand, four-bedroom Queenslander, at 153 O’Brien Rd, Pullenvale, overlooks 1ha of manicured gardens and lush, rolling hills.Current owners Natassia and Andrew Pomroy purchased the home in 2009, after spending several months looking for property in the area.last_img read more

Standard Drilling names Deloitte man as CFO

first_imgCyprus-based S.D. Standard Drilling has named a new chief financial officer with effect from July 1, 2017.The company previously announced that Espen Lundaas, the interim CFO of Standard Drilling, was considering resigning from his position due to other commitments.Standard Drilling said on Monday that Christos Neocleous has now been appointed as the new CFO of the company through an agreement with Deloitte Cyprus and would be based in Limassol.Lundaas will be available for the company during a transitional period and will continue to assist the company and its subsidiaries going forward.Neocleous has more than 25 years of experience and has been a partner in Deloitte Cyprus since 2009. He is a Fellow member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA), a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants (ICPAC) of Cyprus and a member of The Association of Accounting Technicians (MAAT).Martin Nes, SD Standard Drilling chairman, said: “We are extremely happy to welcome Christos on board as CFO. He has been involved in the company as an external advisor since its incorporation, and is well-versed in the company’s business and history.”It is worth reminding that Standard Drilling completely switched its strategy from being an operator of rigs to being an investment company within the oil and gas service sector after selling all initial jack-up rig building contracts.The company moved from offshore drilling to the PSV market last August through the acquisition of stake in a company which owned three mid-sized PSV vessels.By the end of February 2017, Standard Drilling owned 100 percent of three large-size PSVs and had invested in additional 13 mid-size PSVs, bringing its total fleet of partly and/or fully owned vessels up to 16.Also, S.D. Standard Drilling took a stake in New World Supply (NWS), which holds six platform supply vessels previously owned by the financially distressed vessel owner World Wide Supply. The company initially bought a 15.6 percent ownership stake and an additional 7.7 percent in mid-March. After acquiring an additional stake in April, the company currently holds 26.2 percent of the total outstanding shares of NWS.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more