ALSO: Previews begin September 16 at the refurbished Dominion Theatre for another go-round of Evita, the defining Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical starring Marti Pellow as Che and Madalena Alberto in the title role. September 21 marks the last performance of the Chichester Festival Theatre production of director Gordon Greenberg’s revival of Guys and Dolls, which has been eyeing a London transfer; Sophie Thompson (younger sister of Emma) heads the cast. View Comments ALSO: Previews of the 10th anniversary London revival of Becky Mode’s solo play Fully Committed at the Menier Chocolate Factory, a comically merciless look at life in the restaurant fast lane. British comic Kevin Bishop stars under the direction of the play’s originator, Mark Setlock. The Crazy Coqs cabaret by Piccadilly Circus gives over a week to the Jule Styne Songbook September 2 through 6, perhaps in order to get London ready for Imelda Staunton in Gypsy later this season. SEPTEMBER 8-14 Kingly Stature: September 11 sees the opening of the commercial transfer of Mike Bartlett’s play King Charles III at Wyndham’s Theatre—and with Broadway producing vets Stuart Thompson and Sonia Friedman on board, can New York be far off? Tim Pigott-Smith returns to play the prince-who-would-be-king with Oliver Chris and Richard Goulding on hand as William and Harry. If you have to ask “William and Harry who?” then this probably is not the play for you. ALSO: Beginning September 9 at the Haymarket, previews begin for the West End transfer of Great Britain, the ironically titled look at UK tabloid journalism from Richard Bean, whose One Man, Two Guvnors had a long run at this same playhouse; Lucy Punch stars and Nicholas Hytner directs. This is a busy month for the prolific Bean whose new play Pitcairn transfers into London two weeks later for a limited run at Shakespeare’s Globe. SEPTEMBER 15-21 Satiric Success: The most recent New York version of Forbidden Broadway may have done a relatively quick fade off-Broadway, but the London incarnation at the Menier this summer did well enough to merit a West End upgrade. The Vaudeville Theatre transfer opens September 15 with YouTube sensation Christina Bianco joining a cast that includes Ben Lewis and Anna-Jane Casey. SEPTEMBER 22-28 LiLo Aims High: Lindsay Lohan (yes, that Lindsay Lohan) makes her stage debut from September 24 at the Playhouse Theatre in the Lindsay Posner-helmed revival of Speed-the-Plow. David Mamet’s 1988 play originally starred Madonna, so it’s been down the high-profile casting route already. The men in Lohan’s inevitably paparazzi-filled orbit will be Richard Schiff and Nigel Lindsay: The Lindsays, on this occasion, clearly have it. The days are getting shorter, and in the theater world, that’s good news! The fall season is revving up, and this month marks the West End arrival of both Olivier Award-winning veteran Kristin Scott Thomas and stage newbie Lindsay Lohan. Plus Evita revisited, acrobats in their undies, Prince Charles reimagined as king and much, much more. SEPTEMBER 1-7 In Brief: Pitched somewhere between vaudeville and burlesque, exhibitionism and exuberance, Briefs: The Second Coming brings an all-male company of scantily clad Australians to the London Wonderground on the South Bank, opening September 2. And whatever else the show does or doesn’t deliver, it should get audiences pumped for the 2014 edition of West End Bares, which, um, reveals itself September 7 at the Café de Paris. ALSO: From a theater newcomer to an accomplished pro, Kristin Scott Thomas reteams with director Ian Rickson on Sophocles’ enduring tragedy Electra, beginning performances September 22 at the Old Vic and with Olivier winner Jack Lowden (Ghosts) among the supporting cast. Additionally, a September 22 gala performance at the Prince Edward Theatre will mark the 25th anniversary of Miss Saigon: Tickets on that date only will be at 1989 prices (!)
Elizabeth Andress, professor of foods and nutrition in the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences, has been named the 2012 recipient of the National Award for Excellence in Extension for her long-term success in combining research and education in food safety. Andress, co-author of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Complete Guide to Home Canning,” is project director for the National Center for Home Food Processing and Preservation. She also served as an editor of the past two editions of “So Easy to Preserve,” as well as co-producer of a video series by the same name, both of which provide step-by-step instructions on preserving a variety of foods. “The committee was obviously impressed with the nationally renowned work that you have done in food safety/food preservation. Your use of the electronic media to reach thousands of participants was also well noted,” said James Trapp, associate director of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and chair of the awards committee, in a letter to Andress. Andress, who has secured more than $5 million in grants for her programs and research, has served as a technical consultant to the U.S. Customs Service regarding food packaging and has served on the Georgia Department of Human Resources Advisory Committee for Implementation of New Food Service Regulations. She also coordinates statewide delivery of the ServSafe food handler manager certification and staff programs, and supports a variety of consumer food safety educational programs and 4-H project work. Andress also teaches undergraduate courses and mentors graduate students in the field of food preservation and safety, in addition to providing in-service training to Cooperative Extension educators in other states. Andress earned a bachelor of arts degree from Albright College in Reading, Penn.; a master of science degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State College; and a Ph.D. in food science from Pennsylvania State University.
“Bregovita Hrvatska is in line with the new Wine Act, which forces Europe to unite with a regional character. There will no longer be small enclaves. To simplify things, Croatia is divided into four large regions, the largest of which is our Hilly Croatia. The area produces about 20 percent of total wine production and has slightly more vineyards. We have 1.900 registered manufacturers”, Miklaužić pointed out and added that in the area covered by the association there are almost five thousand hectares of vineyards that produce up to five thousand liters of wine per hectare. “This continental part has certain specifics, certain common regional features in terms of winemaking and winemaking. I believe that both your and our president are recognized as a good winemaker and I believe that this association will be led by raising the production of wine even more significantly, to create even better conditions for even greater production and marketing of wine.”, Said Prefect Žinić at a meeting with the president and members of the newly established winemakers’ association Bregovita Hrvatska.za Lokalni.hr. “Bregovita Hrvatska will represent all producers through one institution. We no longer need so many associations of a local character, production remains the same, it is likely to increase with the introduction of new varieties. That is why it is important to introduce our somewhat forgotten škrlet variety through the work of this association, because the fact is that we have no problems with the sale of wine and grapes, while others are choking on millions of Grasevina, Riesling and similar varieties.”, Concluded Miklaužić. Marko Miklaužić, a winemaker from Moslavina, was elected the first president of the newly founded association. He also thanked the County on behalf of all present winemakers for the reception and support that the County provides to all winemakers. According to the new Wine Act, four wine regions have been defined: Slavonia and the Croatian Danube region, Croatia Istria and Kvarner, Dalmatia and the Central Bregovira Croatia. “In the last 20 years, wine production, vine growing, viticulture and winemaking in this county, but also in the whole of Croatia, have made significant progress and we can be proud of our winemakers. At every opportunity, I am always happy to be proud of the success of our winemakers, and especially our variety škrlet. From 2000 until today, almost 1,5 million kuna has been invested in cloning and clone selection. The result is that today we have three recognized clones, and more than 3,1 million kuna has been invested in the procurement of vine cuttings of this variety.”, Added Žinić. Precisely with the aim of developing and strengthening winemaking in Croatia, the fourth regional viticultural organization was established, provided by the new Law on Wine Bregovita Croatia which brings together winemakers and winegrowers from Bjelovar-Bilogora, Karlovac, Koprivnica-Križevci, Krapina-Zagorje, Međimurje, Sisak-Moslavina, Varaždin and Zagreb counties and the City of Zagreb, and which should grow into a regional organization of winemakers and winegrowers of the Central Hilly region. The prefect reminded of the importance of viticulture in the County and the number of incentives and assistance that winemakers can get and pointed out that the project “Croatian Wine House” is being prepared, which will be a kind of promotion of winemaking. Source / photo: Sisak-Moslavina County; Lokalni.hr
Topics : The United States condemned the Syrian action, and NATO said it would hold urgent talks on the crisis on Friday.In a move that could have major repercussions for Turkey’s neighbors to the west, Ankara said it would open the way for refugees to go to Europe.”We will no longer keep the doors closed for refugees who want to go to Europe,” an official told AFP on condition of anonymity.Turkey also called on the international community to establish a no-fly zone over Idlib, where regime forces have since December clawed back chunks of the region, forcing close to one million people to flee their homes and shelters amid bitter cold.The United Nations said Monday that the latest fighting was coming “dangerously close” to encampments of the displaced, risking an imminent “bloodbath”.Turkey, which is already home to around 3.6 million Syrian refugees, fears more people arriving in the country where there is growing popular discontent against their presence.In a series of tweets, Altun accused Assad of “conducting ethnic cleansing” and seeking to drive millions of Syrians out of Idlib. “These people will try to escape to Turkey and Europe. Already hosting close to 4 million refugees, we do not have the capacity and resources to allow entry to another million,” he wrote.Groups of migrants have already moved towards western Turkey seeking to reach Greece, Turkey’s private DHA news agency reported.The international community voiced alarm over the latest violence in Idlib.”Without urgent action, the risk of even greater escalation grows by the hour,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement, reiterating Secretary General Antonio Guterres’s call for an immediate ceasefire.NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg urged de-escalation by all parties of “this dangerous situation” and condemned the “indiscriminate air strikes”, in a phone call with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.A US State Department spokesperson said Washington stood by its NATO ally and continues to call “for an immediate end to this despicable offensive by the Assad regime, Russia and Iranian-backed forces”.Under a 2018 deal with Russia meant to bring calm to Idlib, Turkey has 12 observation posts in the Idlib region — but several have come under fire from Assad’s forces.In its first response to the Turkish deaths, Russia’s defense ministry said the troops were among “terrorist groups” and that they had not communicated their presence in the area.Thursday’s attack brings to 53 the number of Turkish security personnel killed in Idlib so far this month.Elsewhere, jihadists and Turkish-backed rebels on Thursday re-entered Saraqeb, a key Idlib crossroads town they had lost earlier in February, reversing one of the main gains of the government’s devastating offensive.The counter-offensive could, however, be short-lived as Russian-backed Syrian troops continued to chip away at other parts of the rebel bastion, capturing 20 localities.Seven civilians, including three children, were killed in regime and Russian bombardment of Idlib, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, adding to more than 400 such deaths since December.State news agency SANA acknowledged there were “fierce clashes” between the army and “terrorist groups on the Saraqeb front”.An AFP correspondent accompanied the rebels into Saraqeb, where he found a ghost town of bombed out buildings.The counter-attack temporarily reverses one of the key gains of the government since its offensive against the country’s last rebel enclave in December.The cash-strapped government had been keen to fully secure the M5, a highway that connects Syria’s four main cities and passes through Saraqeb.The Syrian Observatory said the air strikes were carried out by Russia, heavily criticized by the West for the high civilian death toll from its bombing campaign.State media accused the “terrorists” of launching car bombings and other suicide attacks against government forces attempting to retake the town.It said the army had inflicted heavy losses on the attackers, despite the military support it said they had received from Turkey.Some 950,0000 civilians have fled the government offensive, raising fears in Ankara of a new influx of refugees.More than half a million of those displaced since December are children, tens of thousands of whom are sleeping rough in northern Syria’s harsh winter.Erdogan had vowed on Wednesday that Ankara would not take the “smallest step back” in the standoff with Damascus and Moscow over Idlib. Adding to the tensions, Moscow announced that two of its warships were transiting Friday through the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul in plain sight of the cityThe UN has repeatedly warned that the fighting in Idlib could potentially create the most serious humanitarian crisis since the start of the civil war start in 2011.But Russian vetoes, often backed by China, have chronically crippled UN action in Syria.Turkey retaliated to Thursday’s strike by hitting Damascus regime targets “from the air and ground,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s communications director Fahrettin Altun said. Turkey warned on Friday it was opening the gates for refugees to flee to Europe after an air strike blamed on Damascus killed 33 Turkish soldiers in Syria.The international community voiced fears of a rapidly-rising risk of escalation after the attack by Russian-backed Syrian forces in the province of Idlib, where President Bashar al-Assad is waging a bloody campaign to oust rebels from their last holdout.The deadly bombardment has added to weeks of growing tensions between rebel supporter and NATO member Ankara and Damascus ally Moscow.
Under Article 20 of the revised Directive, member states will no longer be allowed to prevent IORPs that offer guarantees, such as those offered by defined benefit funds, from investing up to 70% of assets in “shares, negotiable securities treated as shares and corporate bonds admitted to trading on regulatory markets”.Wiedner added: “Obviously, that doesn’t mean that, within that 70%, the supervisor should not check which investments are coming out.”In a move meant to allow pension funds to invest in infrastructure, aided by Commission proposals for a central database on infrastructure loan credit history, national supervisors will also now be unable to restrict exposure to any instruments deemed to have a long-term economic benefit, even if these are unlisted.However, the change to the ability of member states to impose “relative weight” restrictions on pension funds will be more significant, especially in countries such as Germany, where pension funds are significantly underweight equities when compared to their counterparts in the Netherlands and UK, where national regulators have a more positive view of stock investments. The European Commission will no longer allow national regulators to restrict a pension fund’s exposure to assets such as equities, removing a member state’s ability to cap allocation to equity to as little as 10%.The revised IORP Directive, released today, proposed a number of amendments to investment rules, such as removing from member states the ability to restrict investment in assets that could promote growth.Discussing the changes at a press conference attended by internal market commissioner Michel Barnier, Klaus Wiedner, head of the pensions and insurance unit, said national regulators’ ability to limit exposure to as little as 10% of assets had been taken away.“Now what we have is 70% [of assets as] the only restriction possible that the supervisor can impose on pension funds,” he said.
Spanish oil company Repsol has filed an application to remove the export pipeline and umbilical of the Rev field, with plans to cease production from the field in the first quarter of 2020.The Rev Field, is located in the Norwegian Continental Shelf, however, the export pipeline and umbilical cross over into the UKCS and connect to Chrysaor’s Armada platform.Repsol is now looking to remove 4.8 km of 12-inch gas condensate pipeline from the UK median line to the flange at the Rev Subsea Isolation Valve (SSIV) close to the Chrysaor operated Armada platform; and 4.9 km of the Rev electrical and hydraulic control cable (umbilical) from the UK median line to the point at which it joins the junction box close to Armada.The Rev Field started production in 2009 but production has decreased to the extent that the field now only produces intermittently (at times of appropriate reservoir pressure).Based on the periodic nature of production of the Rev Field, Repsol is planning to cease production of the field, the latest date is 31st March 2020, but could be earlier.Leave it in the groundAs for the decommissioning, the plan is to leave the buried parts of the pipeline in place and remove the exposed sections of the pipeline within the Armada 500-meter zone. Repsol has said this partial removal option is preferred as de-burying the pipeline, buried between 1 m and 2 m, would take up 10 times the activity required to make the pipeline safe and leave it in place.“Additionally, the potential long-term impacts are minimal due to the depth of burial which has been demonstrated to be broadly constant since installation in 2008. The exposed section of the pipeline up to the 12-inch flexible from the SSIV will be fully removed (150 m),” Repsol said.The umbilical is to be fully removed by reverse reeling.“The umbilical has been left to naturally backfill, and although backfill has occurred the depth of burial and the trench profile combined pose a risk in the long term that significant remedial work may be required to ensure the umbilical is safe. Removal by reverse reeling is achievable, safe and economical in the long term,” Repsol said.The 12-inch export pipeline has in place 22 concrete mattresses and the umbilical has in place 48 concrete mattresses. These will all be removed as part of the Rev UKCS Decommissioning Project.Offshore Energy Today Staff
Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill is not getting carried away by the prospect of making history in Greece, but is quietly confident his side can achieve their Euro 2016 ambition. In order to do that on Tuesday he must plot a course past a Greek side who remain favourites to reach the finals in Paris despite collecting just one point thus far. O’Neill was keen to downplay the wider relevance of any such achievement, instead narrowing his focus to the business at hand: continuing the feelgood factor and achieving a top-three finish. “There’s a million stats out there but they’re not a concern to us at all,” he said. “It’s about the 90 minutes, taking something from the game, all of the other stuff is totally irrelevant to me. “Our aim hasn’t changed just because we’ve had a good start and Greece have had a poor start, our objective is to try and finish in those top three positions. “We’ve never said we think we can win the group or anything like that, but the belief is in this squad that they are more than capable of competing. “I believe in the team. I think there is a sense that some people can get carried away and we are looked at as all conquering, but you have to be sensible also and recognise that Greece are the number one seed in the group. “When we looked at the fixtures when they came out and our best chances of getting points this wouldn’t have been a game we would have looked at. Press Association O’Neill has led the team to successive victories over Hungary and the Faroe Islands, leaving them in the unexpected position of topping Group F. It is the first time since 1968 that Northern Ireland have won their first two qualifiers but none of O’Neill’s predecessors have ever gone one better than that. But the start has given us the belief that we can come here and add to our points tally.” Despite O’Neill’s typically measured approach, he was not above making a light-hearted pitch for recognition at the redeveloped Windsor Park should he stretch the 100 per cent record to a third game. “I would expect some sort of plaque or statue if I’m honest,” he joked. The former Shamrock Rovers boss is considering changes to his starting XI, despite Saturday’s 2-0 win over the Faroes being one step up from a walk in the park. West Brom’s Gareth McAuley is hoping to win his 50th cap in Athens but has been struggling for fitness having collided with the post against the islanders, while Blackburn midfielder Corry Evans is in line for a recall in place of the more attack-minded Niall McGinn. But one man who can guarantee his place in the side is goalkeeper Roy Carroll, who will make a swift return to his former home stadium having left Olympiacos in the summer. Asked if the 37-year-old, who made a superb penalty save at the weekend, had been able to provide the inside track on his former team-mates in the Greece squad, O’Neill said: “Anyone who knows Roy will know that he talks a lot about himself more than anyone else. “He says he is the greatest goalkeeper ever to play for Olympiacos! “But he’s talked a lot to us about the Greek mentality more than individual players. “He is a very popular figure here, I believe, and he has been excellent for us since returning to the national team.” Carroll has warned his side to expect an intense welcome from the stands but that holds no fear for his manager. “I actually prefer it that way,” he said. “We’ve seen this group of players in front of 60,000 people in Uruguay, so I don’t have any worries. “When you come away from home you expect it and I think they’ll rise to it, not be intimidated by it.”
St Petersburg, July 11: France coach Didier Deschamps went down his memory lane, marked by happy and sad moments, after his team’s 1-0 win over Belgium in the FIFA World Cup semi-final.Samuel Umtiti’s 51st-minute header gave France the win on Tuesday night and Deschamps said he had already seen scenes of celebration which reminded him of his success as a player when France last won the World Cup in 1998.“It brings back excellent memories, but that was in the final, this is the semifinal. We have a privilege to get to the final,” he remarked, before saying he was “here to write a new page in history.”“What we did 20 years ago will always remain, but you have to live in the present, you can’t look in the rear-view mirror, you have to move forward,” explained Deschamps.The win means France have another shot at a title, two years after losing the final of the 2016 European Championships 0-1 to Portugal on home soil.“Two years ago, it was really painful, but in sport you have the chance to share success with the French people. The Euros were at home, but here we can still feel the support of the French people,” said Deschamps, who praised the commitment of his players. “We have spent 49 days together: who could believe we are now in the final of the World Cup. Now we have 4 days to prepare. We are going to celebrate with our families and then we will do everything to ensure there is no repeat of two years ago,” he said.Deschamps said Belgium were difficult rivals and had “made us suffer, but it is good we were pragmatic and realistic.”“We faced a really good Belgium team, but we hurt them and we could have hurt them more if we had been more precise, but we were prepared for anything and we showed once again everything that is positive,” commented Deschamps.The French coach had special praise for Paul Pogba. “He has grown in the team, he’s an expressive player and his performance only increases his importance to the side.” IANS
For the second time in just over a week, the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard has collared illegal poachers in Jamaican waters.Last Wednesday April 5, a team of JDF Coast Guard soldiers on board one of the newly acquired Offshore Patrol Vessels, HMJS Cornwall, were conducting routine patrols in a vicinity South of the Pedro Cays. The team spotted a suspicious vessel in the area and signaled them to halt, before carrying out a boarding and search. The vessel was later found with 59 Dominican Republic nationals on board and more than 7,675 pounds of fish in storage.All 59 men were detained and the vessel seized and towed to the JDF Coast Guard Base at Cagway in Port Royal.Within hours of intercepting that first vessel, the JDF Coast Guard team was alerted to a second fishing vessel in the vicinity experiencing mechanical difficulties.Upon boarding it to carry out repairs and an inspection, 23 Jamaicans and more than 5,480 pounds of fish were discovered. None of the men has a license to fish. They were also detained their boat seized.This week’s operations brings to 114, the number of illegal fishermen caught in Jamaican waters in just over a week.On Sunday, March 26, 32 fishermen from the Dominican Republic were caught by the same HMJS Cornwall crew, about 120 miles south of Jamaica and close to the Pedro Cays. The estimated value of all three seizures is approximately $16.5m, at a weight of over 33,000 pounds.According to Major Basil Jarrett, Civil Military Cooperation Officer for the JDF, these arrests are nothing new.“The JDF Coast Guard is the country’s only Maritime Law Enforcement agency in these offshore waters and so it is our duty to routinely patrol the extensive range of our maritime domain. These patrols have the capability to detect and the authority to arrest foreign nationals in our waters and so we have standard operating procedures for handling these cases. This typically involves us working closely with the Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs a well as the maritime police and the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA).”
41 coronavirus deaths were recorded in the United Kingdom as a result of the UEFA Champions League match between Liverpool and Atletico Madrid.Data from the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), according to an analysis by Edge Health, shows that 41 more deaths were recorded about a month after the encounter.The game was the last major match in England before the pandemic forced the country into lockdown. The UK had about 100,000 cases at the time but now has over 260,000 cases and 36,793 deaths.The Daily Mail reports that 52,000 people watched the match inside Anfield on March 11 with about 3,000 Atletico supporters in the crowd.While about 640,000 confirmed cases of the disease had been reported in Spain at the time businesses and public spaces in the country had been closed as a result.Madrid’s Mayor, Jose Luis Martinez-Almedia said in April that allowing Atletico’s fans to travel to England for the match and allowing the game to continue was a “mistake.”“It didn’t make any sense that 3,000 Atletico fans could travel to Anfield at that time. It was a mistake. Looking back with hindsight, of course, but I think even at that time there should have been more caution,” he said.Atletico won the match 3-2 and progressed 4-2 on aggregate.Suggestions have also been made that the match between Valencia and Atalanta was a major factor in the sharp spike in Italy and Spain’s coronavirus cases.Spain currently has about 236,000 confirmed cases and 28,773 deaths.