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  • Clive Owen to Headline Harold Pinter’s Old Times on B’way

    first_img Old Times View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 29, 2015 Oscar nominee Clive Owen will make his Broadway debut in Harold Pinter’s Old Times. Directed by Tony Award winner Douglas Hodge, the Roundabout production will begin previews on September 17 and open officially on October 15. The full cast, design team and venue will be announced soon.Owen was nominated for an Oscar and garnered a Golden Globe for Closer, which he also starred on stage in. His additional theater credits include Romeo & Juliet, Design for Living and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. Owen is currently in the Big Apple shooting the second season of Steven Soderbergh’s The Knick, for which he recently received a Best Actor Golden Globe nod.Old Times is the unsettling drama of desire and blurred realities. Deeley (Owen) is a man quite looking forward to meeting Anna, his wife Kate’s friend from long ago. But as the night goes on, Anna’s visit quickly shifts from an ordinary sharing of memories to a quiet battle for power.The production will kick off Roundabout’s 50th anniversary season.last_img read more

  • Wild winter

    first_imgBy David Emory StooksburyUniversity ofGeorgiaThe winter climate outlook for Georgia is, in a word, variable.Georgians this winter can expect wide swings in temperatures withseveral extremely cold outbreaks. The best advice is to preparefor very cold weather.There will also be times when temperatures will be much abovenormal, reminding us why we like living in the South.With wide temperature swings expected, the probability of severethunderstorms and tornados throughout the winter is above normal,too.Winter tornados are common in Georgia. They can happen any timeof day or night. A NOAA weather radio is an essential safety itemthat all homes, businesses, churches and places where peoplegather should have.Really coldIn the mountains, low temperatures below zero can be expectedthis winter. Single digit lows can be expected as far south asthe northern coastal plain. Much of south Georgia can expect lowsaround 10 degrees. Even along the coast, lows in the lower teensare expected this winter.However, the winter also promises periods of very nice weather.High temperatures ranging from the upper 60s in the mountains toaround 80 in south Georgia are expected.Atmospheric scientists have a good understanding of the generalclimate pattern for the winter. What we don’t have is a goodability to forecast the timing of major cold outbreaks and warmperiods weeks in advance.Accurate forecasts of specific daily temperatures are onlyavailable for six to 10 days in advance.The patternThe winter climate pattern in the Southeast is primarilydetermined by the Southern Oscillation – El Nino, or ENSO, phase.In the El Nino phase, Georgia expects a cool, wet winter. In theLa Nina phase, we expect a warm, dry winter. Now, though, we’rein a neutral phase. For Georgia, a neutral phase brings wideswings in temperature.All major cold outbreaks that have affected Florida citrus haveoccurred during neutral phase winters.The rainfall outlook is uncertain. Under the neutral phase,winter rainfall patterns show great variability, and atmosphericscientists have very little skill in forecasting it. Someneutral-phase winters are very dry, while others are very wet.Most are near normal.Snow?So what’s the probability of a white Christmas in Georgia thisyear? Outside of the mountains, it’s between zero and nil. Forthe mountains, the probability increases but is still low.With periods of extreme cold, though, there’s a better chancethan normal that Georgia will have some frozen precipitation thiswinter. At least one major winter weather event is expectedacross north Georgia this winter.Real-time weather conditions from the University of Georgianetwork of weather stations are available atwww.georgiaweather.net.(David Emory Stooksbury is the state climatologist and aprofessor of engineering and atmospheric sciences in theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more

  • Jamaica’s Security Minister Promises Small Arms Policy

    first_img Jamaica’s National Security Minister, Senator Dwight Nelson, announced the development of a national small arms policy, as part of efforts to stem the flow of illegal firearms into Jamaica. Speaking at a media briefing at the Ministry, New Kingston, 9 August, Senator Nelson said that the service of an international consultant with “wide and vast” experience in small arms policy has been engaged. He said that the development of new approaches for the control of small arms, both legal and illegal, as well amendments to the relevant laws and other issues related to arms and explosives would be addressed by the policy. The briefing was held jointly with head of the United States Southern Military Command (SOUTHCOM), General Douglas Fraser, to re-affirm collaboration between the U.S. and Jamaica in the fight against crime and violence in the Caribbean and Latin America, involving SOUTHCOM and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). The briefing formed part of the itinerary for the two-day visit by General Fraser, who arrived in Jamaica on 9 August. Highlighting the significance of the bilateral cooperation between both countries in maintaining law and order, Senator Nelson lamented that crime and violence were “very destructive to our democracy”. He contended that the cooperation created a safer and a more enabling environment and protects and preserves democracy. The Minister said significant areas of the cooperation included support for Jamaica’s law enforcement agencies to disrupt criminal activity, bi-lateral training of law enforcement agents and multinational capacity building. He noted that these areas of cooperation, particularly through the US Southern Command, enhance Jamaica’s capabilities and preserve its democracy. “We look forward to continuing the cooperation between the United States and Jamaica,” Senator Nelson said. JDF Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Antony Anderson, said General Fraser’s visit will give him a different perspective on the country’s security challenges. He said it will also enable him to have greater appreciation of the JDF’s role and connectivity with other local law enforcement agencies, as well as the extent of support it provides within the region. “No matter how much you are briefed about what is happening in a country, and about the circumstances in a country, you will never be able to quite appreciate those circumstances, until you have been there,” he contended. Noting that SOUTHCOM and the JDF have collaborated in many areas, Major General Anderson said the cooperation has been mutually beneficial. General Fraser contended that there was nothing better than being able to talk, “face to face”, and to understand the situation that Major General Anderson has to deal with daily. “We look forward to continuing that partnership for many, many years, into the future,” he assured. By Dialogo August 12, 2011last_img read more

  • IORP II risk-evaluation rules must be drafted before directive can pass – AEIP

    first_imgIt further warned that the article within IORP II detailing the REP made allowances for a delegated act should be abandoned in favour of the legislative draft containing all relevant information, due to the “sensitivity” of the topic.Delegated acts are often inserted after a Directive has been passed by the European Parliament and would likely be informed by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority’s work, similar to the devolution of responsibilities on regulations for other financial directives to the European Securities and Markets Authority.“Moreover, the future draft delegated acts should be subject to a cost-benefit analysis and should be limited to technical aspects,” the position paper added.“All the information and improvements the Risk Evaluation for Pensions might bring to an IORP could be reached also through [asset-liability management] studies.”The REP currently stipulates that funds examine risks stemming from a number of areas, including the risk to its portfolio from climate change and resource scarcity.The AEIP was also strongly in favour of the IORP Directive being scrutinised not only from a financial perspective, calling for greater involvement for those responsible for social affairs within the European Commission and Parliament.It further called for the directive to be discussed not only by the finance ministers of each member state as part of an Economic and Financial Affairs (ECOFIN) meeting, but for representatives of domestic social affairs ministries to debate it during their own meetings.The organisation suggested the Pension Benefit Statement (PBS), widely criticised by a number of other groups, failed to add additional value, and said the proposed two-page format was unlikely to provide “clarity and understanding”.“The AEIP would rather plead to [allow] for national creativity and national solutions to information provision adapted to the specific needs of the different IORPs,” it said.“It would refrain from providing just more information, as this should rather be clearer and comprehensible.” The European Commission must publish further details of the proposed IORP II risk assessment framework ahead of the Directive passing into law, according to the European Association of Paritarian Institutions (AEIP).Publishing its position paper on the revised IORP Directive, the organisation was critical of the draft’s “overwhelming internal market point of view” and argued that the directorate general and parliamentary committee for employment and social affairs should be more closely involved in all future decisions.However, the AEIP welcomed the Directive’s removal of member state investment restrictions and its abandoning capital requirements, which internal markets commissioner Michel Barnier confirmed last year would be dropped.It nevertheless warned that the proposed Risk Evaluation for Pensions (REP), to be completed “regularly and without delay” when a change in a scheme’s risk profile occurs, could be seen as the “first step” towards an Own Risk and Solvency Assessment (ORSA) – one of the key elements of Solvency II.last_img read more

  • PFA takes over Danish pension fund for pharmacists

    first_imgHe said the fund had had a “very positive dialogue with PFA” and was confident customers’ savings would be safe with the company.The pension fund has been looking into the possibility of moving members’ plans to another, larger company since 2013, PFA said.“As Denmark’s smallest pension fund, in the long run, we cannot live up to our members’ natural expectations of their pension provider,” said Larsen Gulev. “It is to our customers’ clear advantage to move the scheme to PFA.”He stressed that the pension fund had in no way been forced into a marriage of convenience with PFA, but that the requirements from authorities as a pension fund grows made it difficult for small institutions to deliver a competitive product.PFA said the new pension customers would come under one umbrella within the organisation as its existing customers in the pharmaceutical field: professional association Pharmadanmark, the Danish Pharmaceutical Association and Pharmakon – the Danish College of Pharmacy Practice. Denmark’s Pensionskassen for Apotekere og Farmaceuter, the pension fund for pharmacists, has been taken over by the country’s biggest commercial provider PFA, with the professional fund’s DKK1.5bn (€201m) of pension savings being transferred.As part of the shift, which took effect on 1 April having been agreed at the pension fund’s general meeting in December, all members’ plans will change to unit-linked savings products from traditional with-profits plans.The move includes around 2,000 scheme members and annual contributions of about DKK65m.Jesper Gulev Larsen, chairman of the pharmacists’ pension fund, said: “We have, after careful consideration, chosen PFA as future pension provider for our members.”last_img read more

  • Hoosiers now pay online sales tax

    first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Here is the bottom line- If you live in Indiana you now pay 7-percent sales tax on online purchases from out-of-state companies. The law was passed in October of 2017 and the Indiana Supreme Court knocked down a challenge this summer and ordered collection to go forward effective October 1.The new sales tax rule will apply to businesses that make more than $100,000 in sales from Hoosiers, or have more than 200 separate transactions in Indiana.Governor Eric Holcomb released the following statement:A lot about our world and economy has changed in the 26 years since our nation’s highest court last ruled on this issue. With the incredible evolution of technologies and the growth of internet sales, this Supreme Court ruling will help level the playing field between our Hoosier-based companies that operate retail stores and out-of-state companies that sell products and services online in our state. We’re taking a careful look at the ruling to better understand its implications for Indiana.South Carolina has enacted is similar law as well.last_img read more

  • Sidewalk revitalization underway in Greensburg

    first_imgGreensburg, In. — A mixture of grants and city funds will fund a sidewalk revitalization project in Greensburg this year on Main Street from Franklin Street to Broadway Street.The project is funded by $15,000 from the Alma Taylor Foundation, $600,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Rural and Community Affairs and $135,000 from the city of Greensburg.Contractors will be working hard to maintain access to downtown businesses during construction.last_img

  • Alcohol believed to be a factor in moped accident

    first_imgVersailles, IN—Early this morning, The Ripley County Sheriff’s Department Ripley County EMS, and Versailles Fire Department responded to W Tanglewood Road in Versailles for a single-vehicle accident involving a moped. The driver, Tony Buchanan, suffered injuries from the accident and was airlifted from the scene.  Alcohol is suspected to have been one of the factors of this accident.last_img

  • Faf du Plessis fined for ball-tampering, cleared to play

    first_img(REUTERS) – Faf du Plessis has been found guilty of ball-tampering and fined his entire match fee from the second Test against Australia in Hobart but the South Africa captain has been cleared to play in this week’s third and final match of the series.du Plessis received the punishment following a lengthy International Cricket Council (ICC) hearing in Adelaide yesterday, two days ahead of South Africa’s first day-night Test match at the Adelaide Oval.The 32-year-old, standing in for injured regular skipper AB de Villiers, was charged by the ICC on Friday after footage emerged that appeared to show the Proteas skipper applying saliva to the ball while sucking on a sweet.After hearing representations and evidence from the umpires at last week’s second Test as well as Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) head of cricket John Stephenson, ICC match referee Andy Pycroft found du Plessis guilty.The London-based MCC remains the copyright holder to the laws of cricket.“The decision was based on the evidence given from the umpires, who confirmed that had they seen the incident they would have taken action immediately, and from Mr Stephenson, who confirmed the view of MCC that the television footage showed an artificial substance being transferred to the ball,” the ICC said in a statement.Three demerit points had also been added to du Plessis’s disciplinary record, the governing body added.If a player accumulates four-to-seven demerit points within a two-year period they are converted into two suspension points, which brings a ban for one Test or two one-day internationals or Twenty20s, whatever comes first.du Plessis, who pleaded not guilty to the charge, had previously been sanctioned for ball-tampering after a Test against Pakistan in 2013.He was then fined 50 percent of his match fee after he was caught on camera rubbing the ball against a zip on his pocket on the third day of the match in Dubai.The Proteas have wrapped up the three-match series in Australia with a game to spare after routing the hosts by an innings and 80 runs in the Hobart Test.The ball-tampering charge angered the South African camp and senior batsman Hashim Amla launched an impassioned defence of du Plessis on Friday in a public show of solidarity with the entire team standing behind him.The Proteas management complained on Monday that du Plessis had been subject to ‘harassment’ by Australian media after a TV reporter was involved in a physical confrontation with a team security guard at Adelaide Airport.last_img read more

  • Racquet Centre Squash courts get overhaul

    first_imgTHE squash courts at the National Racquet Centre on Woolford Avenue are undergoing major repairs as the Guyana Squash Association (GSA) prepares for the hosting of this year’s Digicel Junior Caribbean Area Squash Associations (CASA) Championships set for July.The repairs on the two courts started a few weeks ago, and are expected to be completed within another month or so. The renovations at the facility will see the complete overhaul of the courts’ floors, and a few additions.“We’re replacing the floors, putting in new plastic seating like at the Stadium and enclosing the back, putting in a whole back wall,” GSA vice-president David Fernandes explained.The works are being undertaken by the government through the National Sports Commission and Department of Culture, Youth and Sports,According to Fernandes,the three courts at the Georgetown Club is also expected to see some revamping, though not as extensive as what is ongoing at the Racquet Centre.“If you’re having a big tournament here you have to clean up, make sure you do a good job. We have to ensure that when persons come here that they never forget this experience,” Fernandes said.The hosting will mark a return of the annual tournament to Guyana’s shores after it was last held here in 2011. Over 100 players are expected to descend on Guyana for the tournament. A squad for the Guyana side is already in training. A known powerhouse in junior squash in the Caribbean,the Guyana team is looking for favourable performances.last_img read more