Odds & Ends: Emma Thompson Eyes Beauty and the Beast & More

first_img Have a happy Holiday weekend! Stage Vet Sheridan Smith Tapped for The Huntsman Two-time Olivier winner Sheridan Smith is set to star in The Huntsman, reports The Daily Mail. Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron will headline the movie, which is the sequel (without Kristin Stewart) to Snow White And The Huntsman. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Emma Thompson Eyes Beauty Emma Thompson may join the previously reported Emma Watson in Disney’s live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. According to The Daily Mail, the Oscar winner is in talks to play Mrs. Potts in the Bill Condon-helmed movie musical. The role of the singing teapot was famously played by screen and stage legend Angela Lansbury in the 1991 animated incarnation. Remind yourself of Lansbury’s rendition of “Tale As Old As Time” below! Annie Potts’ Family Fortune Broadway alum Annie Potts (Pippin, God of Carnage) is in demand—as well as leading a tour of Ann next year, she has been tapped to soon appear in ABC’s comedy pilot Family Fortune. According to Deadline, the show, executive produced by Tina Fey, Matt Hubbard and Robert Carlock, will follow a well-liked gym coach (Fortune Feimster), who comes out of the closet. Potts will take on the role of her Mom.center_img View Comments Theater Exhibition Set for London & New York An exhibition celebrating theater will be shown at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in February 2016 before transferring to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in September 2016. The New York Times writes that the exhibition is provisionally named Curtain Up! and will be designed by Tom Piper.last_img read more

Fighting Against the Harmful Effects of the “White Lobster” and the “Square Snapper”

first_imgBy Dialogo August 17, 2011 Much has been written about the problem of psychotropic drugs in our hemisphere. Nevertheless, there are phenomena that cause grave damage on the local and international levels. These are methods like “mules,” secret compartments in vehicles and ships, and also fishing for “white lobster” and “square snapper.” These terms, used in honor of two highly profitable products of the oceans, the lobster and the snapper, refer to drugs received as payment for logistical support for the illicit transportation of cocaine, in the first instance, and also to fishing for packages of drugs cast overboard to be retrieved later by false fishermen or low-level drug sellers. Historically known as the Switzerland of the Americas, Costa Rica today is a business destination for considerable shipments of cocaine and for crack use. This creates a serious security problem, with the potential to affect international relations and cause major losses to Costa Rica’s most important economic sector, tourism. In January 2009, Commissioner Erik Lacayo, a former director of the Costa Rican Public Force, affirmed in an interview with a Costa Rican daily that this phenomenon had influenced the development of the domestic market for drugs such as cocaine and crack. Lacayo also affirmed that this plague was reaching alarming levels. National and international reports indicate that the drug cartels continue modernizing their tactics in the search for new routes, new markets, and new methods of distribution and marketing. What is unclear is whether this phenomenon could have an effect (positive or negative) on bilateral relations, especially with the United States, Costa Rica’s largest trading partner. The 1999 Joint Patrol Act, bringing together Costa Rica and the United States, is one of the strategic alternatives being used in the fight against drug trafficking. Under this agreement, the U.S. Coast Guard, together with its Colombian counterparts, is responsible for enforcing the law, with specific missions to detect, deter, and halt this threat at sea. These challenges have grown since the arrival of the “white lobster” along the coasts and its subsequent street sale. Gerardo Lascares, deputy minister of public safety in President Arias’s administration, affirmed that crack use has become epidemic. We do not know whether this was part of an expansive marketing plan or simply a fortuitous event whose collateral consequences have resulted in new markets. What we are sure of are the palpable effects evident in the jump in crimes such as robbery, theft, and murder at the national level and of transnational crimes such as money laundering and the creation of a launching pad for other destinations. These variables may also have harmful effects on tourism, on local and international trade, and still more on the national motto, “Pure Life.” Bruce Bagley, author of the book Drug Trafficking in America, indicated in an interview in Costa Rica that this phenomenon could negatively affect tourism. He based his assertions on two sets of facts. First, police and military operations in Mexico have caused major losses that the cartels desire to recover. Second, the drug traffickers are constantly seeking new launching pads. The resulting collateral effects could lead to the transformation of a country known as a paradise for surfers into an unsafe place. For that reason, it is important to urge the reader to examine the problem in greater depth than a simple technique of payment in kind. We must remember the collateral effects and the potential to undermine the societies and economies of nations like Costa Rica. The correlation between the rate of drug use (especially cocaine and crack) and the rise in crime is evident. Faced with such a panorama, what are we doing? One defense mechanism is training that draws on resources like those of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), in Georgia, in the United States. WHINSEC is among the pillars for confronting strategic, operational, and tactical challenges. From the beginning, hundreds of Costa Rican police officers have passed through the institute’s classrooms to study anti-drug operations and intelligence and take courses designed for non-commissioned, mid-ranking, and senior officers. Professionalization is key to confronting the challenges posed by a flexible, fast-moving, and well-financed enemy. “The work is still not done,” we were told by Capt. Gerald Camacho, a tactical instructor at WHINSEC. Costa Rican Deputy Security Minister Walter Navarro commented on his last visit to the institute that the police leadership is constantly lobbying for the adoption of legislation of all kinds that has the purpose of eradicating this evil.We are talking about an illicit phenomenon in Costa Rica and its repercussions. We conclude by urgently inviting social scientists and police officers to conduct further research into this topic. About the author Lt. Col. Samuel López Santana is an instructor in the Command and General Staff Officer Course at the School of Professional Military Education, Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC). The correlation between the variables of drug consumption (especially cocaine and crack) I had the opportunity to meet Lieutenant Colonel Samuel López Santana, at a Conversation Roundtable and learn a bit more about the CTOC Support Program, I think it’s an innovative program which is fundamental for the Armed Forces.last_img read more

WHINSEC Installs International Command Sergeant Major

first_imgBy Lee Rials, WHINSEC Public Affairs May 18, 2017 Two “firsts” were achieved when the first Peruvian Army Senior Enlisted Advisor, William Villacorta, was installed as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation’s (WHINSEC) International Command Sergeant Major (CSM) in the first Change of Responsibility ceremony for the international CSM at the institute on May 5th. Brazilian Army CSM Lindomar Tabaczeniski passed the saber symbolizing the international CSM’s responsibilities to WHINSEC Commandant, U.S. Army Colonel Keith W. Anthony, who then put it in the hands of CSM Villacorta. CSM Tabaczeniski has completed his tour as an instructor and the international CSM and will be returning to Brazil soon to be the senior enlisted advisor to a general officer there. CSM Villacorta has served 32 years in Peru’s Army, starting as an electronic communications technician. He has been a leader in multiple units and at all levels, an instructor in multiple schools, and a UN Peacekeeper.last_img read more

NextGen Know-How: What we can learn about leadership from Ellen DeGeneres

first_img continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Ellen DeGeneres has had a tough month. Multiple news outlets have been circulating employee and celebrity stories accusing Ellen of not living up to her mantra of “be kind to one another.” I don’t know if these stories are true, but they are certainly compelling, given the various shared anecdotes of Ellen being more mean-spirited than kind-hearted.Ellen’s current predicament is a great leadership lesson for all of us. It’s not the words you say that matter; it’s the actions you take.This reminds me of an interaction I experienced several years ago at a chapter meeting for the National Speakers Association. A well-known speaker was presenting to the group on the importance of building rapport with an audience when he happened to mention the town he grew up in. Immediately, I felt a connection to this speaker; he grew up in a small town in upstate New York just ten minutes from my hometown.“What are the chances?!” I thought.last_img read more

Officials, experts discuss alternatives to keep JKN afloat amid ‘looming’ deficits

first_imgKalsum Komaryani, who heads the Health Ministry’s health insurance and financing center, said at the discussion that the decline in revenue resulted from mass layoffs of salaried employees (PPU) and a decrease in contribution payments from non-salaried employees (PBPU).She claimed, however, that BPJS Kesehatan was no longer in a deficit as of July as a result of a decline in spending due to fewer people visiting health facilities. Kalsum suggested that this was because people were afraid of contracting COVID-19 at health facilities.COVID-19 patients are excluded from the insurer’s benefits and coverage plans.“But 2020 cannot be used as our [benchmark],” Kalsum stressed. “It is possible that if COVID-19 subsides next year, [JKN claims] could increase or even rebound as the people who stayed away returned to health facilities, which in turn would [increase] spending. The BPJS would then be at risk of a deficit.”Preventing the national health scheme from falling into financial ruin is critical to guarantee the provision of universal coverage for hundreds of millions of people in Indonesia. The JKN provided coverage to around 224 million Indonesians in 2019, or 82 percent of the 270 million-strong population at the time, according to current BPJS Kesehatan data.BPJS Kesehatan research and development deputy Benyamin Saut reaffirmed some of Kalsum’s statements, including that the agency’s current revenue was “thin”.Unlike the ministry official, however, he made no mention of a looming deficit, but warned of a possible JKN claims inflation in 2021 on the potential availability of a COVID-19 vaccine and post-pandemic impacts on health rates and statistics, for example the impacts of child immunization and contraception programs – or lack thereof – on the birth rate.“We are now preparing a number of innovative solutions to anticipate a rebound [in claims], especially in the use of digital tools, restructuring the health insurance benefits and setting service classes for inpatient care,” he said.The government has been taking measures to help the insurer prevent further losses when it raised the JKN premiums for a second time in a May presidential decree that took effect in July. The move caused a backlash among critics, who accused the government of subverting the law in connection with a previous attempt to hike the healthcare premiums, which was overturned by the Supreme Court.Read also: Government accused of undermining rule of law in JKN premium hikeBut Didik Kusnaini, the Finance Ministry’s director of harmonizing budget regulations, noted in his presentation of the ministry’s projections that the social security fund for health care (DJS Kesehatan) – just one of several financing sources for the JKN – would suffer deeper deficits in the next two years if  the premium was not raised.Didik also suggested using earmarked taxes, such as income tax or consumption tax for products like tobacco or alcohol, to help finance the national healthcare scheme. A 2018 presidential regulation currently allows the use of tobacco excise to finance the JKN.Meanwhile, Health Ministry secretary-general Oscar Primadi told the discussion that the government would soon make “fundamental improvements” to the JKN by reviewing the insurance benefits according to primary health needs and by reworking the categories of inpatient coverage.Read also: Government works to redefine primary health needs, JKN servicesOscar said the ministry was also promoting healthy lifestyles and behaviors through the People’s Healthy Lifestyle Movement (Germas) public campaign.“With steps like these, we certainly hope to significantly reduce the burden of the catastrophic financing of the JKN program,” he said.Promoting a healthy lifestyle among the public is part of a wider effort to unburden the national health scheme, as Indonesia has a high prevalence of non-communicable diseases. Heart disease, cancer and stroke were three of the most costly catastrophic diseases last year, according to BPJS Kesehatan’s 2019 financial statement.Public health expert Hasbullah Thabrany from the University of Indonesia suggested that incentives be given to regions that were better able to change lifestyle behaviors that contributed to increased incidences of non-communicable diseases, such as smoking.“There needs to be a shift in the people’s behavior. We need to make people aware that illness [leads to] long-term economic loss and that renders them unproductive,” he said during the discussion.Topics : In addition, she said that having centralized procurement and supply management through greater use of electronic inventory systems and implementing the Health Technology Assessments — a health technology evaluation tool to inform policy making — would help make the JKN more efficient.“[These are needed] so the JKN doesn’t end after just six or ten years, and it can continue to live on to our grandchildren’s generation,” she said during the discussion.The national insurance scheme has been operating at a loss since it was launched in 2014, with officials forecasting a deepening trend from the Rp 13 trillion (US$ 893.53 million) deficit incurred last year.The health crisis has only exacerbated the funding crisis, cutting the revenue of the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) that administers the JKN scheme. The government is facing calls from experts to facilitate more sustainable health financing to keep the National Health Insurance (JKN) afloat, with deeper funding deficits looming even as the government continues to battle the impacts of the COVID-19 health crisis.Athia Yumna, research and outreach deputy director at the SMERU Research Institute, emphasized during an online discussion July 29 that sustainable financing was the key determinant to solving the national health insurer’s long-standing deficit.She recommended, for example, that the government impose a sin tax on cigarettes, shift the JKN subsidy from full to partial coverage, and boost public-private partnerships to expand fiscal space.last_img read more

PensionDanmark sells residential portfolio to Nordic Real Estate Partners

first_imgPensionDanmark has sold a large residential portfolio in Copenhagen to Nordic Real Estate Partners (NREP).The portfolio of more than 700 apartments was bought by NREP on behalf of Danish pension funds and, IP Real Estate understands, Partners Group.The latter declined to comment.PensionDanmark, which has invested in the residential sector since 2006, sold the 73,000sqm portfolio to allow it to develop new residential projects without exceeding its allocation to the sector. The pension fund is currently committed to the development of 600 homes over the next two years at Copenhagen’s Islands Brygge.Torben Möger Pedersen, chief executive at PensionDanmark, said the sale of the portfolio would generate a “healthy profit”, while allowing it to develop new residential projects.Neither NREP or PensionDanmark revealed a price for the portfolio sale, the biggest recorded in Denmark this year.The portfolio is concentrated in Copenhagen but includes properties in Aarhus Harbour, Kanalfronten in Vejle and Horisonten in Ørestad.A report by JLL’s Danish alliance partner, Sadolin & Albæk, outlined the investment case for Denmark’s residential sector, with Copenhagen leading the recovery.“The Copenhagen market for ownership housing is now recovering,” Sadolin & Albæk said in the report, released earlier this year.“The Danish economy is also firmly on the road to recovery, and in most Copenhagen districts, the prices of residential, owner-occupied flats have climbed back to pre-crisis levels.”Copenhagen is, it added, set to see a population boom of 220,000 new residents by 2040.Development of new residential property is, it added, still “far below the pre-crisis level”.last_img read more

Golar LNG’s net loss deepens in second quarter

first_imgBermuda-based Golar LNG on Wednesday reported a net loss of $73.8 million for the second quarter of this year.The company’s operating revenues, however, shown a slight increase from $25.1 million in the first quarter to $28.4 million during the quarter under review.The shipping market remained relatively flat for most of the second quarter Golar LNG said, noting a pickup in utilization toward the end of the quarter which contributed to a small rise in time charter revenues that increased from $20.1 million in the first quarter to $24.0 million in the second quarter.Subsequent to the second quarter, and as anticipated, chartering activity has improved as some projects commence and ramp up production.Owner expectations are firming in response and this is contributing to a gradual recovery in shipping rates, the re-emergence of round trip economics and a widening bid-ask spread for 2018 fixtures, the company said.Whilst approximately 55 vessels are expected to deliver in 2017, the tonnage required to meet incremental production is greater. The disconnect between vessel deliveries and increasing LNG production is expected to positively widen in 2018, Golar LNG said.Looking forward, the predicted third quarter upturn in the shipping business is now underway and appears to be on a more sustainable footing. July 2017 represented the most active month for spot voyages on record.While the short term outlook for the company has been negatively influenced by the indicated 6-week delay to Hilli Episeyo start-up and financing delays in respect of the Fortuna FLNG project, Golar LNG said its long-term outlook has improved considerably.last_img read more

India beat Pakistan to reach final

first_imgNewsSports India beat Pakistan to reach final by: – March 30, 2011 Sharing is caring! 33 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Share India booked a place against Sri Lanka in Saturday’s World Cup final after beating Pakistan by 29 runs in Mohali.Virender Sehwag (38) hit nine fours and Sachin Tendulkar, reprieved by referral and dropped four times, looked set for his 100th international century.He was out for 85 from 115 balls as India compiled 260-9, left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz with a career-best 5-46.Mohammad Hafeez struck 43 and Misbah-ul-Haq made a defiant 56 but Pakistan were all out for 231 in the final over.With tickets reportedly exchanging hands for many thousands of rupees, an estimated 28,000 packed into the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium and every possible vantage point outside the ground taken, a match of such magnitude between the fierce rivals deserved to be a classic encounter.Misbah had played a curiously subdued innings, with his first 27 taking 52 balls, and though he hit two fours and a six in six deliveries 30 were needed from the final over and India justified their decision to field three seamers by defending a relatively modest total.The start of the India innings after they opted to bat on a pitch showing tinges of green saw Tendulkar overshadowed by the remarkable Sehwag.With precise clips off his legs and sweetly-struck drives, Sehwag struck five fours in an over from the wayward Umar Gul and had amassed 38 by the end of the fifth over.But he was lbw trying to turn one from Riaz to leg and as India reached 50, Tendulkar’s innings was still in its infancy with eight to his name from only 11 balls faced.He soon demonstrated some exquisite timing as a defensive flick raced through mid-on for four, before he was given out lbw on 23 to the spin of Saeed Ajmal.Umpire Ian Gould’s decision looked perfectly correct as Tendulkar was hit playing across the line but under review the ball tracking system indicated it was turning down the leg-side sufficiently to miss the stumps, and to the great delight of the vast majority of the crowd the decision was overturned.There was an appeal for a stumping next ball which was also rejected after a replay, while the first drop occurred with Tendulkar on 27 when Misbah-ul-Haq failed to cling on diving to his right at mid-wicket.The India 100 came up in the 16th over but Pakistan began to slowly claw their way back, Gautam Gambhir deceived in flight by Hafeez and stumped.Inexplicably Younus Khan spilled a routine chance at extra-cover with Tendulkar on 45 and the opener duly completed his 95th one-day international half century by taking the aerial route safely over the cover fielders for his eighth four.Left-armer Riaz soon brought Pakistan firmly back in the contest with wickets in successive balls to restrict India to 141-4, Virat Kohli mis-timing straight to point and Yuvraj Singh bowled first ball by a low, late-swinging full toss.Tendulkar saw a thick edge brush the gloves of Kamran when on 70 to the exasperation of the ever demonstrative Afridi, who went wicketless for the first time in the tournament.Then on 81 Umar Akmal spurned another opportunity, parrying the chance at mid-on in the style of a goalkeeper pushing the ball over the crossbar, with spinner Hafeez making a few choice observations on the error.But 15 short of the landmark Tendulkar drove to extra-cover where Afridi made no mistake, and the run-rate soon dropped below five for the first time since the end of the second over.Dhoni has now gone 13 innings without an ODI fifty and his sedentary 25 from 42 balls bore no resemblance to Sehwag’s innings apart from the manner of dismissal, an attempted turn to leg off left-armer Riaz.Three fours were taken in an over from Gul, whose eight overs cost 69, but Pakistan would surely have expected their required rate to be substantially more than 5.20.Understandably their openers were not able to match Sehwag’s rate of scoring but they utilised the fast outfield and had three boundaries apiece after seven overs before Kamran cut to point.The crowd had been subdued by Pakistan’s assured start but they were revived when Hafeez attempted a reckless ‘Dilscoop,’ trying to work to leg from well wide of off-stump and feathering a catch to wicketkeeper Dhoni.Almost seven overs had elapsed without a boundary when Asad Shafiq, having calmly accumulated 30, lost his middle stump trying to cut Yuvraj’s slow left-armers and with the rate rising above six the match was in the melting pot.Younus survived a missed stumping in Yuvraj’s next over but three balls later drove tamely to extra-cover.Timing began to look difficult on the slow surface under the numerous low floodlights dotted around the ground but Umar hit a four over cover and a pull for six off Yuvraj, the first boundaries for 12 overs, to reduce the requirement to 131 from 20 overs.A six over the sightscreen from Umar saw the crowd go quiet again but from the first ball after the drinks break Harbhajan Singh struck a key blow with a quicker ball from around the wicket that straightened and breached his defences.Dangerman Abdul Razzaq was dismissed cheaply by a cutter from Munaf Patel and though Afridi made a quickfire 19 to leave 77 needed from 50, he sliced a Harbhajan full toss to cover.Misbah’s brief late burst of hitting proved in vain and now attention turns to an enticing final in Mumbai, which will feature Tendulkar on his home ground seeking to record that 100th hundred against Sri Lanka’s own talisman, Muttiah Muralitharan.Source: BBC Newslast_img read more

Toure turns down Brazilian club Botafogo

first_img “Yaya told us that he really wants to play in Botafogo but this is a very impactful decision for him and his family for an immediate decision. Moving to Brazil.“We’ve closed it but I still believe in Botafogo. Please, we will continue to send good messages to him and his wife.” Read Also:Yaya Toure nears Botafogo move Toure has had a nomadic career across Belgium, France, Greece, Spain, England and most recently China, winning several honours including one Champions League trophy, two La Liga titles and three Premier League titles among others. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Former Manchester City and Barcelona midfielder, Yaya Toure, has decided not to join Brazilian Serie A club Botafogo due to family reasons. Toure has been linked with the Brazilian top-flight in the last few weeks after helping Qingdao Huanghai win the Chinese League One title in his debut campaign. The 36-year-old was reportedly close to securing his first deal in South America but the club’s vice-president, Ricardo Rotenberg has issued an update regarding the move.Advertisement Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Simple Product Ideas That Made Their Creators MillionairesDeepika Padukone’s Most Memorable LooksA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootOnly The Chosen Ones Can Appear On-Screen Even After Their Death2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Linksters Place 6th At Richmond

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs golf team opened their season with a sixth place finish in the 9 team Richmond Invitationalon Monday 8/3.Meredith McCreary led the team with a personal best and 5th place individual score of 88.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tom Meyer.last_img