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first_imgOscar nominee Carey Mulligan will make her West End stage debut opposite Bill Nighy in a revival of David Hare’s Skylight. Directed by Tony winner and Oscar nominee Stephen Daldry, the play will open at Wyndham’s Theatre on June 6 and play a limited engagement through August 23. Opening night is scheduled for June 18. View Comments Skylight tells the story of a teacher, Kyra Hollis (Mulligan), who receives an unexpected visit from her former lover Tom Sergeant (Nighy) and his son Edward, played by Matthew Beard, who will make his stage debut. Mulligan earned an Oscar nod for An Education and also appeared in Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Gatsby, Drive, Never Let Me Go, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Brothers, Pride and Prejudice, My Boy Jack, When Did You Last See Your Father? and Public Enemies. She made her Broadway debut in The Seagull in 2008. Nighy has performed in Hare’s Pravda, Map of the World, a previous production of Skylight and a Broadway mounting of the playwright’s The Vertical Hour. His many film credits include Love Actually, Wild Target, Pirate Radio, Valkyrie, AKA, Notes on a Scandal, Underworld, The Constant Gardner, Lawless Heart, Still Crazy, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and About Time.last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo April 22, 2011 A greeting of sympathy for my fellow countrymen, hoping and wishing a speedy solution to all the ills that afflict you, a bear hug for my countrymen, from Ecuador. A greeting to all my compatriots. Breaks my heart to see how our country is hit by this harsh winter, but I say that together we can overcome all these issues, we’re not going to give up as a good Colombian wouldn’t. I recall that some other countries admire us for our strength and courage to move forward and I am sure that this calamity is not going to beat us Colombians going forward, we will prevail beyond from now. A greeting to all our military, police, firefighters and lifeguards throughout the country that have now made history with their courage for the people of Colombia: Colombia I love you and you always carry into the depths of my soul and my heart: FROM CARACAS, VENEZUELA, TO MY BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY COLOMBIA LUIS ALFONSO LOPEZ NAVARRO: COSTEÑO BUT PROUD TO BE A COLOMBIAN OVER ALL. The Colombian military is ready to collaborate in response to the emergency caused in the country by the abundant rains that are keeping much of the territory in a state of yellow alert and have left 78 dead and 28 injured this year, according to the Civil Defense Agency. “The commandant of the Army reports that his men are available to provide aid and assistance to communities affected by the winter weather pattern,” a statement made public on 20 April indicated. According to the statement, “pilots and aircraft from the Army’s Air Assault Aviation Division” are also collaborating on assistance to hundreds of those impacted by the floods that are affecting a number of towns in the country, some of which have had to be evacuated. For its part, the Navy specified that “its naval, river, and air units stand ready, as well as the human and logistical resources under its jurisdiction, to respond to the needs of the population that may be affected by the new winter weather pattern.” According to the risk management director of the Interior and Justice Ministry, Carlos Iván Márquez, the heavy rains that have fallen in the last year have impacted a total of 2,826,889 people. Speaking to reporters, the official added that the precipitation has affected 91% of the national territory, specifically, 1,000 of the country’s 1,099 municipalities. According to official figures, so far in April there have been 125 emergencies that have left 49 dead, 20 injured, and 11 missing and that have affected 19,278 individuals and 3,969 families.last_img read more

first_imgBy Lorena Baires/Diálogo August 09, 2018 The Salvadoran Armed Force (FAES, in Spanish) deploys its K-9 Unit (UC, in Spanish) daily to strengthen counter-drug operations and locate explosives throughout the country. Dogs also guarantee security in public and private places where Salvadoran civil and military authorities, as well as foreigners, work. “Our teams [a working dog handler and dog] serve as a backup in operations against drug traffickers’ illicit activities,” Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade Tito Martínez, commander of FAES UC, told Diálogo. “Constant training enables them to locate weapons, explosives, or hidden drugs in places that are difficult for humans to access, but traceable with canines’ sensitive sense of smell.” The dogs take part in operations of the San Carlos Command; a team specialized in strategic support under the General Directorate of Prisons. Part of the command and UC’s mission is to prevent smuggling and prison escapes by safeguarding the perimeter around 18 detention centers and three juvenile rehabilitation facilities. “Our main challenge is to stay a step ahead of criminals, because they always come up with new strategies to hide what’s illegal,” Army Corporal Juan Antonio Castro, canine specialist at UC, told Diálogo. “To succeed we need dogs to reach their top potential, not only physically but also emotionally. As such, we combine work and games, so that the animal is always willing to work.” During a scent detection exercise, Cpl. Castro demonstrated Thor’s abilities. The three-year-old Black Lab proved very skilled and obedient. In less than 30 seconds, Thor found an artifact buried in the ground, a potential occurrence in large event venues such as heliports, hotel gardens, and sport fields. “One of the unit’s greatest achievements was in 2011, when former U.S. President Barack Obama visited El Salvador,” Lt. j.g. Martínez said. “On that occasion, an armed person tried to break into the premises of the hotel where the presidential convoy stayed, by circumventing security measures. However, the intruder didn’t get far because one of the dogs detected the weapon.” “We were able to see the dog’s efficiency at detecting, even at a distance, something that humans couldn’t do in similar conditions. The dog stood out for his bravery and promptness to identify what could have turned dangerous,” Lt. j.g. Martínez said. High-level training UC celebrated its 35th anniversary in June. The unit was created in 1983 with the support of the U.S. Army K-9 Unit, which donated the first eight trained dogs, transferred the training method, and facilitated the training of 11 more dogs. “The U.S. method boosts the leadership demeanor of the trainer officer, guiding the dog’s strengthened sense of smell. The success of our operations is based on the pair’s mutual understanding to give and receive orders,” Lt. j.g. Martínez said. The unit consists of 17 dogs: two purebred German shepherds, six Labradors, and nine Golden retrievers; 12 of them are specialized in weapons and explosive detection, and five in different types of drugs. FAES favors these breeds for their character, intelligence, and willingness to learn. The Golden retriever is an active, powerful, robust dog, obedient and fit for the job, with a gentle, self-confident temperament. Labradors are agile, able to adapt to any place, and develop a passion for water. German shepherds are brave, loyal, and strong. The three have an exceptional sense of smell and work in harmony with their trainers. Army Sergeant Juan Antonio Ascencio has been with UC for 10 years, three of those with Bruno, a Black Lab and Thor’s brother. “We live in constant training with them to guarantee best operational performance, because field conditions change. They should get used to urban auditory stimuli, different environments, scenarios, and types of transport, focusing only on what we track,” he said. Bruno demonstrated as such in a simulated vehicle check exercise Sgt. Ascencio conducted. The team simulated stopping the car in a road. It only took seconds for the dog to identify a small package of drugs hidden in the rim of a tire. The situation could happen in the access roads to correctional centers. The dog learns with training that starts at 6 months and continues for 12 weeks non-stop. Handlers and dog are trained to conduct meticulous tracking in vast areas, vessels, aircraft, and light and heavy vehicles, as well as search individuals. The duo works and rests in alternating 24-hour shifts. The daily results are recorded in a notebook to keep track of each team’s performance. UC dogs can take part in more than 100 operations a month. UC hopes to add more puppies to the training system in the coming months, after making initial reports related to behavior, character, and physical ability. UC receives continual support from the U.S. Army K-9 Unit, as emerging threats evolve and criminals devise new explosive artifacts and ways to hide drugs in compartments or vehicles.last_img read more

first_imgFor an organization to be successful, you must have a good team in place. And for a team to function at its highest potential, it needs a leader that knows how to motivate and shine the spotlight on others.Marcel Schwantes, principal and founder of Leadership From the Core, writes that this kind of culture only exists in a workplace where a leader intentionally creates an environment that drives engagement and innovation. He lists six things that leaders can give their employees to make this kind of work culture a reality. The list includes:They give employees their ear. Schwantes encourages the practice of “stay interviews,” which can give a leader fresh insight on how they can improve the work environment.They give their employees empathy. “A leader displaying empathy will foster strong personal relationships and promote productive collaboration,” he writes. continue reading » 44SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgIf you just want results… There will be a results map on The Times’s home page, and yes, the infamous needle will be back — but only for Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, the only states providing granular enough information for our experts to make educated projections of uncounted votes.If you want constant updates… Times reporters are live-blogging all day and night. This will be your one-stop shop for minute-by-minute updates: race calls, on-the-ground reporting from swing states, news about any voting issues or disruptions, and more.If you want to check in every so often… Times journalists are also producing a live briefing from roughly 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. ET, with an overview of what’s happening in the presidential race, the Senate and House races, and the voting process itself. Mr. Bullock’s loss complicated Democrats’ strategy for taking the Senate majority, which relied in part on picking off vulnerable Republicans in conservative-leaning states.- Advertisement – Senator Steve Daines, Republican of Montana, beat back a strong challenge from Gov. Steve Bullock on Tuesday to win a second term, keeping a crucial seat in Republican hands as Democrats pressed to try to wrest control of the Senate.Mr. Daines, 58, a Bozeman businessman long active in Republican politics, survived tens of millions of dollars in attack ads by the governor and his Democratic allies, questioning his business ties to China and his support for repealing the Affordable Care Act and its guarantees of coverage for pre-existing conditions.- Advertisement – Here’s a guide to The Times’s election night coverage, no matter when, how or how often you want to consume it. Despite Montana’s conservative leanings and the certainty that President Trump would carry the state, Mr. Daines was considered at risk because of Mr. Bullock’s long electoral history in Montana, having been elected statewide three times.He remained popular as governor, and Republicans had the tricky task of persuading people that voting for Mr. Bullock for governor was different than sending him to Washington, where they argued that he would become part of an ultraliberal Democratic majority. Election 2020 ›How to Follow the Election Results- Advertisement –center_img Both candidates were well known to Montana voters. Mr. Daines was defeated in his first statewide run for lieutenant governor in 2008 but was elected to the state’s sole House seat in 2012. He then won election to the Senate in 2014 after John Walsh, the Democrat who had been appointed to the seat, was accused of plagiarism and forced to withdraw. Mr. Bullock was elected attorney general in 2008 and won terms as governor in 2012 and 2016, the latter when Mr. Trump was on the ballot as well.Mr. Daines almost avoided a serious re-election challenge this year altogether. Despite pleas from national and state Democrats to run for Senate, Mr. Bullock resisted and instead embarked on a run for president. But his candidacy never gained traction, and he dropped out of the race in December 2019. He made clear then that he would not run for Senate and Mr. Daines looked to be running against a much weaker candidate. But at the last minute, Mr. Bullock, citing the encouragement of his wife and daughter, entered the race. Besides a barrage of attacks against Mr. Bullock on a range of ethical accusations about state contracting and other issues, Republicans closed out their campaign raising the alarm about the potential that Mr. Bullock would cement a Democratic Senate majority and a progressive agenda in Washington. Republican ads often featured him with Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.Trying to appeal to independent and conservation-minded voters in Montana, Mr. Daines joined a push this year to require that the federal government for the first time fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which preserves and acquires public lands. He and Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado, who lost his seat on Tuesday, traveled to the White House in February to personally lobby Mr. Trump to sign the legislation if it passed, even though the administration’s budget office had proposed zeroing out funding for the program. Grasping the political implications, Mr. Trump agreed and both Republican senators campaigned hard on the accomplishment. Though Democrats believed they had their best possible candidate in Mr. Bullock, they said they always knew that winning Montana would be difficult given the Republican advantages in the state. They had hoped that the fact that Mr. Trump was running behind his 2016 showing would be enough to push Mr. Bullock past Mr. Daines. – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img“I cannot rule out a broader lockdown,” North-Rhine Westphalia’s premier Armin Laschet told German television ZDF on Sunday.Outbreaks in recent weeks have occurred in nursing homes, hospitals, institutions for asylum seekers and refugees, in meat processing plants and logistics companies, among seasonal harvest workers and in connection with religious events, RKI said.The 2.88 rate is a jump from 1.06 on Friday, based on RKI’s moving 4-day average data, which reflects infection rates one to two weeks ago.Based on a 7-day average, infection rates have risen to 2.03, RKI said, adding that an accurate reading for long-term patterns will take a couple of days.The spike in infections is mainly related to local outbreaks including in North Rhine-Westphalia, RKI said. North-Rhine Westphalia was one of the regions most vocal about urging Merkel to ease lockdown restrictions.A high 7-day incidence rate was observed in the towns of Guetersloh and Warendorf, North Rhine-Westphalia. Further outbreaks were detected in the cities of Magdeburg, in Saxony Anhalt and the Berlin district of Neukoelln, RKI said.In total, Germany has reported 189,822 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases and 8,882 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported, RKI said.In an interview published on Sunday, Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung that the economy had passed the worst of the crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak and was now expected to recover gradually. Topics : Germany’s coronavirus reproduction rate jumped to 2.88 on Sunday, up from 1.79 a day earlier, health authorities said, a rate showing infections are rising above the level needed to contain the disease over the longer term.The rise brings with it the possibility of renewed restrictions on activity in Europe’s largest economy – a blow to a country that so far had widely been seen as successful in curbing the coronavirus spread and keeping the death toll relatively low.To keep the pandemic under control, Germany needs the reproduction rate to drop below one. The rate of 2.88, published by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for public health, means that out of 100 people who contract the virus, a further 288 people will get infected.center_img Chancellor Angela Merkel had favored maintaining lockdown measures for longer but gradually eased restrictions in recent weeks following pressure from regional politicians to reboot the economy.Already, the country is grappling to get people to adhere to isolation rules in places where they have been imposed. Over the weekend, authorities in Goettingen needed riot police to enforce quarantine measures.In North-Rhine Westphalia, more than 1,300 people working at a slaugterhouse in Guetersloh tested positive for coronavirus, up from 803 infections on Friday.As a result, North-Rhine Westphalia has put 7,000 people under quarantine and closed kindergartens and schools close to the abattoir.last_img read more

first_imgPassive funds and concentration risk pose threats to the development of actively managed green bond funds, according to Fitch Ratings.The credit rating agency highlighted the challenges ahead of what it said could be a pivotal year for the green bond sector in 2018. Next year will see a number of funds launched in 2015 reach a three-year track record, an important milestone for many fund selectors.Although green bond issuance increased “dramatically” last year, the market was still small and there were a limited number of issuers, Fitch said.It estimated there were around 100 issuers of green bonds, compared with 3,000 issuers in broader market indices. “Many of these [green bond] issuers are in a handful of sectors, such as supranationals, utilities and local authorities, while sectors like banking and energy, which represent a large part of the broader bond market, are currently under-represented,” Fitch said.The investable universe could end up being even smaller if funds applied additional exclusion criteria, thereby increasing concentration risks, the rating agency added.It cited the example of a green bond issued by Repsol, a Spanish oil and gas company, in May, which was shunned by some investors due to concerns about the compatibility between the company’s business and environmental goals.Fitch said some funds mitigated concentration risk by buying a certain proportion of non-green bonds from issuers that meet broader green criteria.Fitch also raised the prospect of passive funds “cannibalising” active products, as has happened in broader markets. It highlighted Lyxor’s launch of a green bond exchange-traded fund earlier this year as potentially “hamper[ing] the prospects for managed funds”.“In the green bond sector limited diversification makes it harder for managed funds to differentiate themselves from the index, and the small size of the sector creates the risk of active funds being crowded out,” it said.Chris Wrigley, senior fixed income portfolio manager at Mirova, said that although the green bond market was young and still growing, the asset manager had not encountered any particular diversification restraints.“Green bonds are now diversified by currency, country, sub class, credit rating, maturity, sector, etc.,” he said. “We believe there are more than 165 issues in the Bloomberg Barclays Green Index and so there is a significant universe for portfolio managers to select from.”Active managers can engage with issuers while passive managers will tend to wait for an index provider to remove a bond issue from an index if there are concerns from an ESG perspective, he noted. Fitch counted 17 dedicated green bond funds to date in Europe and estimated sector-wide assets under management of around €1.4bn as at the end of June, up more than 400% since 2015.Continued growth in assets could also prove crucial to the sector’s success, Fitch added, as many institutional investors set minimum levels before they can invest in a fund and also typically cap their maximum percentage holding of any given fund. Five of the 17 green bond funds had assets in excess of €100m as at the end of June, with €100m being a common minimum hurdle for larger fund investors.Although strong investor appetite for green bonds – combined with technical factors – could support the growth of the green bond fund sector, its prospects were “far from certain”, the credit rating agency said.For example, green bond funds could simply be subsumed into ESG-integration bond funds, while limited issuance could also curtail sector growth.However, Fitch also emphasised that “all fund sectors have to start somewhere and there are plenty of examples of specialist fund sectors developing over time”.“In this case, broad institutional investor support is an important factor both within green bond funds and in direct green bond mandate-based investment,” said Fitch.last_img read more

first_imgAustralian energy company Santos has announced positive results of its two-well appraisal drilling program in the Barossa field, offshore Darwin, Australia. The project is operated by ConocoPhillips.The results has strengthened the field’s position as lead candidate to supply backfill gas to Darwin LNG plant, Santos said.According to Santos, well logs and pressure data from the Barossa-5 and Barossa-6 wells confirm that the primary Elang reservoir section is gas saturated and in pressure communication with previous wells drilled on the Barossa field, located in NT/RL5, Bonaparte Basin offshore Northern Territory.The successful outcome from the two appraisal wells justified further production testing in the field to confirm reservoir productivity and acquire critical dynamic data to support field development planning, Santos said.The Elang reservoir interval in Barossa-6 is similar to the high quality reservoir penetrated in the offset Barossa-3 well, drilled in 2014, some 4.3 kilometers to the east. Barossa-6 flowed gas and condensate from an interval between 4,103 meters to 4,144 meters at a maximum rate of 65 million standard cubic feet (mmscf) per day on a 68/64” choke. A condensate gas ratio of 7 barrels per mmscf was measured at surface with gas composition analysis indicating inerts were as expected. The well flow rate was constrained by test facilities. Multiple hydrocarbon samples were collected for further analysis.FEED decision in 2018 The two-well Barossa appraisal drilling program has now been successfully concluded with results significantly reducing resource uncertainty and further confirming the high deliverability potential of the primary Elang reservoir, Santos said. Subsurface data obtained from the appraisal program will now be integrated into subsurface models to support a Front End Engineering Design (FEED) entry decision in early 2018.The Barossa gas field, 300 kilometers north of Darwin, sits within Santos’ Northern Australia asset, one of the company’s five core assets.“Santos remains committed to working with its joint venture partners in Northern Australia to commercialize the company’s significant discovered resource base in the region through backfill and/or expansion of existing projects,” Santos said.Santos holds a 25% interest in the Barossa-Caldita joint venture along with partners ConocoPhillips (37.5% and operator) and SK E&S (37.5%). Santos is also a joint venture partner in Darwin LNG with an 11.5% interest.last_img read more

first_imgQatari LNG shipping giant Nakilat has expanded its joint venture partnership with Greek shipping company Maran Ventures to include two additional liquefied natural gas vessels.Maran Nakilat was first established in 2005 with four jointly-owned LNG vessels, and was further expanded on several occasions.This new agreement increases the number of vessels jointly-owned by Nakilat and Maran Gas from 13 to 15 vessels, according to a statement by Nakilat.The two newly added vessels, Woodside Rogers and Woodside Goode were both built and delivered in 2015 by South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME).The two vessels are under long-term charter with Australian LNG operator Woodside.They are equipped with dual fuel diesel-electric (DFDE) propulsion models with a capacity of 159,800 cubic metres, each.last_img read more

first_imgROQUE. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO “Importante ang IT purchase kasi lahat ng kababalaghan diyan sa PhilHealth ay nagagawa kasi nga po wala silang mabuting IT system para maiwasan ‘yang corruption na ‘yan,” said Roque. MANILA – The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) officials are currently being investigated over the alleged overpriced purchase of IT system worth P2 billion, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said. “Nananawagan ako sa kaniya na ngayong meron nang pormal na imbestigasyon, sana po ay makipagtulungan na lang siya tutal siya naman ay nag-resign na para matigil na once and for all ang corruption diyan sa PhilHealth,” said Roque in an interview with GMA’s “Unang Balita.” PhilHealth president Ricardo Morales, however, has once again denied irregularities in the agency, and even dared Keith to back his claim of “widespread corruption,” as written in the latter’s resignation letter. In a television interview yesterday, Roque urged PhilHealth anti-fraud legal officer Thorrsson Montes Keith, who tendered his resignation on Thursday over “widespread corruption” in the agency, to assist in the investigation being spearheaded by the Presidential Management Staff. “Kung may alam siyang corruption, ilabas niya. Mag-aantay pa siya ng August 31 [for his resignation to become effective]? Gawin na niyang Lunes o ngayon, kasi detrimental na ‘yung ano niya… it would compromise the corporation for him to stay, for him to have access to the resources of the corporation,” he added. “Kung hindi niya nagawa habang nasa loob, gawin na niya ngayon at sabihin na niya ang lahat ng nalalaman niya bilang anti-fraud officer,” he added. PhilHealth’s private board members were opposed to the agency’s purchase of an IT system as its component worth over P730 million has yet to get approval from the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Roque said. “[Aabot sa] 50,000 transactions ang hina-handle ng PhilHealth araw-araw, palagay ko naman kung hindi corruption ‘yung mga inefficiencies diyan, mali ‘yung pasok [ng entries], kulang. Pero iyong sinasabi na korapsyon na may sindikato, may mafia, wala hong ebidensiya,” Morales told DZBB. “Ang kongklusyon ko diyan talaga ay may sindikato talaga at ito ay ‘yung pinakamatataas na career executives diyan sa PhilHealth [ang involved],” he added. “Hindi natin nilalahat, pero ang pinakamatitindi po diyan ay ‘yung pinakamatataas ang katungkulan dahil sila ang bumubuo sa mga polisiya ng PhilHealth.”/PNlast_img read more