Tom Conti to Become One of Twelve Angry Men in the West End

first_imgTony and Olivier winner Tom Conti is to join the cast of  Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men in the West End. Directed by Christopher Haydon, the production is currently running at the Garrick Theatre. Conti will replace Martin Shaw as juror number 8 and will begin performances March 31, joining original cast members Robert Vaughn and Jeff Fahey in the show. View Comments Conti received the Tony and Olivier awards for his performance in Whose Life is it Anyway? His screen credits include Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence , Shirley Valentine The Dark Knight Rises and Street Dance. He received a Best Actor Oscar nod for his role in Reuben Reuben. In Twelve Angry Men, 12 jurors have murder on their minds and a life in their hands as they decide the fate of a young delinquent accused of killing his father. But what appears to be an open-and-shut case soon becomes a dilemma for the 12, as their prejudices and preconceived ideas about the accused, the trial and each other turn the tables every which way, until the nail-biting climax.last_img read more

Pepper Potential.

first_imgIt sounds easy. But it took time to get the processing right.”Like anything else new, it was a learning process,”Lee said. “We had some headaches with it early, getting everythingdown right. But now we know what we’re doing and are ready forthe crop to come in this year.”Reynolds said a facility like the one on Lee’s farm could be extendedto include other vegetable and fruit crops.”I’m looking at the possibility of doing something with eggplants,bell peppers and fruit crops,” he said. For example, a productand market could be developed to handle overripe peaches.Lee says he’s looking at his farm in a new way. If fresh-producemarket prices fall too low, he said, he can simply crank up hisfood processing facility. He may even grow crops for the directpurpose of processing on his farm. “It gives us another choice now on what we can do,”he said. Until last year, as much as half of Bill Lee’s jalapeñopepper crop was wasted. Peppers that didn’t meet the peak-qualitydemands of the fresh-produce market were thrown away or neverpicked. But not anymore.With help from the University of Georgia and part of a $120,000grant from the Governor’s Development Office, Lee built a smallfood-processing facility on his farm.The facility allowed him to turn his unmarketable fresh peppersinto a brine jalapeño product. The brine peppers can laterbe used in other products, such as sauces.Most important, Lee said, a part of the crop he would otherwisehave to abandon can now make him some money.”It’s a lot better than just throwing them away,” saidLee, who has farmed more than 35 years near Adel, Ga.Wasted in the Fields Because they can’t be sold to fresh markets, many of the vegetablesgrown in Georgia are never harvested. Most Georgia-grown vegetablesare targeted for fresh-produce markets. These markets demand thehighest quality produce.However, as the harvest progresses, the quality of the crop oftendeclines. Though the taste is good, it looks less appealing, andthe fresh-produce market passes on buying it.”Georgia is vying for third place in the nation in vegetableproduction,” said Estes Reynolds. He coordinates the ExtensionOutreach Programs of the University of Georgia Food ProcessingResearch and Development Lab.”We’ll have to find alternatives,” Reynolds said, “forthe portion of the crop that doesn’t meet fresh-market standards.”Processing Value Lee’s processing facility, built next to his packing shed, isabout the size of a two-car garage.Specifications, quality standards, processing requirements andestablished procedures for field handling, sanitation, harvesting,processing and packaging were developed for the facility. Allaspects of the facility meet Georgia Department of Agricultureand Food and Drug Administration requirements, Reynolds said.Now, Lee picks the peppers he’d normally leave in the field afterthe fresh-produce market has passed. Last year, he also boughtunmarketable peppers from four other local farmers.The peppers are sorted by quality and bathed in a chlorine-watersolution. They’re taken into the facility then and chopped intoslices. The sliced jalapeños are then combined with a brinemade of salt, water and vinegar.The peppers are packed into large barrels, each containing 200pounds of peppers and 86 pounds of brine. At full capacity, thefacility can produce 65 barrels a day.After packing, the peppers are ready to become future ingredientsin other products. The peppers on Lee’s farm were sold to a processingcompany in Atlanta, Ga.The Potentiallast_img read more

‘Stunning Collapse’ of Coal Industry Reveals the Risk to Taxpayers in Companies’ Self-Bonding Allowances

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享William Yardley for the Los Angeles Times:For four decades, mining companies have been required to repair land they mine to a form and function similar to its previous condition. The process is called reclamation, and, done well, it can be convincing. Some of the smoothest slopes and meadows here were shaped not by time and the elements but by federal law and heavy equipment.“What you’re looking at right now just won a national award,” Mark Dunn, the environmental manager for Cloud Peak Energy’s Cordero Rojo mine, said this month, pointing to a panorama that included active mining to the west and a restored stream and wetlands to the east. “We try to make it close to the way it was before — or better.”Now, however, amid a stunning collapse of the coal industry that has prompted some of the nation’s largest mining companies to file for bankruptcy, there are new questions about how the giant holes dug in Wyoming and elsewhere across the West will be filled and who will pay to fill them. Wyoming produces nearly 40% of the nation’s coal used for electricity.Under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, for mining to go on, reclamation has to go on. But in some cases, big companies have persuaded government regulators to let them operate under terms that seem to turn the law upside down: For reclamation to continue, mining has to continue.Last month, prompted by a complaint from environmental groups, the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement challenged Wyoming regulators to show that two major companies that have both filed for bankruptcy in the last year, Arch Coal and Alpha Natural Resources, have enough money to do the reclamation work they are obligated to do.In the weeks since then, following more complaints from environmental groups, the agency has made similar demands related to mines operated in Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Indiana and Illinois by another imperiled company, Peabody Energy.All three of the companies have been allowed to meet many of their financial commitments for reclamation through a process called self-bonding. Under self-bonding, the companies do not have to pay a third party to guarantee that reclamation money would be there if the mining company suddenly failed. Instead, the companies essentially are allowed to say their financial strength is proof enough that they could meet their obligations.“The problem with self-bonding, basically, is that it’s based upon this notion of these companies being so wealthy and substantial,” said Mark Squillace, who teaches environmental law at the University of Colorado Law School. “It’s sort of like the banks being too big to fail, right?”Full article: Mining companies’ declining fortunes imperil the restoration of land they’ve mined ‘Stunning Collapse’ of Coal Industry Reveals the Risk to Taxpayers in Companies’ Self-Bonding Allowanceslast_img read more

EIA: Continued decline in coal generation expected this summer

first_imgEIA: Continued decline in coal generation expected this summer FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:U.S. demand for coal to generate electricity will keep sliding in coming months, federal officials said Thursday, despite efforts by the Trump administration to shore up the struggling industry.Renewable energy sources including wind, solar and hydropower are expected to fill much of the gap left by coal’s decline, according to the Energy Information Administration. It’s particularly true for Western states, where renewables will provide almost a quarter of the power to households and businesses during the peak summer season, the agency said in its projections.Natural gas is expected to remain the fuel of choice for power generation with an expected 40% share of U.S. markets this summer.Coal’s share of power generation is projected to be 25% this summer. That’s down roughly half over the past decade and follows a wave of coal plant retirements by utilities seeking cheaper and cleaner-burning alternatives.“This decline is relentless,” said Seth Feaster, who tracks the coal industry for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The Ohio-based group advocates for a transition to more sustainable energy sources. “The question is how low can it go,” Feaster added. “Coal is really facing tremendous obstacles in terms of competition from natural gas from fracking and continuing price declines for renewables.”Meanwhile, plant retirements continue to stack up, including in the heart of coal country. PacifiCorp announced in late April that one Wyoming coal-fired power plant and part of another could be retired as early as 2022 as the company tries to keep down costs for its customers. The Oregon-based utility plans to significantly increase the amount of electricity it generates from wind turbines and solar farms.More: Officials: Coal to keep sliding as renewables, gas fill gaplast_img read more

Chilean Military Geographical Institute Participates in Initiative to Improve Natural Disaster Prediction

first_imgThanks to its participation in an international scientific initiative, the Chilean Military Geographical Institute (IGM) will soon help civilian authorities predict the imminent occurrence of natural disasters – such as volcanic eruptions and floods – with higher levels of accuracy. Thematic cartography, which also uses radar data for analysis, planning, and oversight (urban atlas, precision agriculture). That initiative, the Multinational Data Exchange Program (TREx), is a geodata program that will develop a Digital Land Surface Elevation Model, which will be 80 percent more accurate than models that currently exist anywhere. It will be the basis for developing cartography, simulation programs, and modeling for natural or anthropogenic phenomena that might occur in Chile or throughout the world. The effort is being led by the United States’ National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and Germany’s Federal Office of Cartography and Geodesy (BKG), together with the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (Airbus Group). “It is very relevant, so we want to be part of this project,” Maj. Rivas said. “The data on accuracy, distance, and parameters provided by this Digital Elevation Model are raw material for national cartography.” The primary applications of the Digital Elevation Model are: International Convention Radar technology “It will be tremendously useful to the country to have information this accurate and expansive,” said Army Maj. Lautaro Rivas Reveco, TREx’s program coordinator at the IGM. “This application will allow us to improve our performance as a country in urban planning, territory management, and marking borders,” Army Col. Rony Jara, IGM’s director, told Chilean reporters in January 2014. The Digital Elevation Model developed by TREx will be based on information captured by two satellites owned by the Airbus Group – TerraSar-X (in orbit since 2007) and TanDEM-X (launched in 2010), which are in geostationary orbit. That data, interpreted by the TREx system, defines a three-dimensional model of the ground surface with 80 percent better resolution than other systems. Currently, the models in use were built in 2000, based on data provided by the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM), and developed by the NGA and the United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Rapid cartography for responses and evaluations of natural disasters (flood, earthquakes, change detection); In 2014, the TREx meeting was held in the U.S, with a third meeting in Euskirchen, Germany in April 2015. The two latter meetings focused on coordinating political and licensing requirements, as well as drafting protocols for accessing the information. Participants also discussed operational aspects of work flow involving TREx and participating countries. It will also allow Chile to determine the lava flow from a volcano like Calbuco, located in Los Lagos, which erupted in April leading to the temporary evacuation of three neighboring communities. With TREx, analysts will be able to predict where the lava will go. The technology will also allow authorities to identify areas susceptible to flooding during heavy rains, as happened in the northern region of Atacama in March, killing 26 people. By Dialogo September 04, 2015 I SEE NO TASK FORCES OR STRATEGIES BY OUR ARMED FORCES. JUST SOME CONGRATULATIONS BY THE PRESIDENCY FOR RISKS TAKEN AND FUNDAMENTALLY WORK DONE BY SOME OF OUR ARMED FORCES. THANK YOU I am interested in contacting makers of buoys able to announce tsunamis on our Pacific coast. The idea is to let small fishing artisans know so they can prepare their boats and their work elements early, and obviously their lives.Sincerely,Héctor Muro de la Fuente Interesting articles, always reporting on what’s being done and accomplished is good for transparency and reduces ignorance, I congratulate you It’s very important for the world to carry out work of this size let the population know about any natural occurrence but for this to happen scientists have to always be on alert and constantly working my regards to our armed force and a thousand blessings We haven’t even bought a CANOE. We have abandoned our glorious armed forces completed, those loved by GENERAL JOSE FRANCISCO SAN MARTIN. But anyway, the truth coming upon us will be seen at some point it’s being seen in FRANCE where extremists took over the COUNTRY. And soon if the WORLD doesn’t stop it we will see the results very very soon for the good of this world which should be DEMOCRATIC and AT PEACE Very important article. We hope the scientists will cooperate successfully to save lives, I congratulate all the armed forces of the countries that participate this will allow them to be prepared for anything, success to everyone in this noble mission. It’s good that the police along with the armed forces pick up all the gang members to allow the population to live more peacefully It will also be the first for the country: this is the first time that Chile has participated in a technological program that covers the entire world. IGM is the only Latin American institution invited to participate in the initiative, joined by Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, Norway, Italy, the Czech Republic, Poland, Denmark, France, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Spain, the U.S., Canada, Turkey, and Japan. Participating countries will have access to the information developed by TREx; in Chile’s case, the data will be made available to the IGM, the Armed Forces, and government agencies. The first TREx program coordination meeting was held in September 2013, in Köln, Germany, during which a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was created, setting the administrative bases for executing the project for 10 years. “Making the river’s behavior clear in a case like this defines at-risk areas for optimal urban planning, for example,” Maj. Rivas said. Between now and early 2016, an international convention will be signed by member states to put TREx into operation, Maj. Rivas said. For its part, IGM – with the consent of Chile’s Ministry of Defense – will determine the personnel required, as well as the infrastructure and technology it will need.last_img read more

Human case of avian flu reported in Vietnam

first_imgDec 30, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – A 16-year-old girl in southern Vietnam is seriously ill with H5N1 avian influenza, according to reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) and news services today.The WHO said it had received informal reports of a laboratory-confirmed case of H5N1 avian flu in the girl, who is from Tay Ninh province. Hers is the 28th human case in Vietnam this year, the agency said. Twenty of those cases have been fatal. Another 17 cases, 12 of them fatal, have occurred in Thailand.Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that the girl was in critical condition with respiratory failure at the Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City. An unnamed doctor was quoted as saying the girl might have contracted the virus when she killed a chicken and prepared it for cooking. He said there was no evidence of infection in other members of the girl’s family.Tran Tinh Hien, deputy director of the hospital, said the girl was on a respirator but in stable condition, according to a Reuters report. The WHO said the patient was hospitalized Dec 26.Vietnam has reported poultry outbreaks of avian flu in six southern provinces in the past month, but Tay Ninh was not listed as one of them.”As avian influenza viruses become more active at cooler temperatures, further poultry outbreaks, possibly accompanied by sporadic human cases, can be anticipated,” the WHO said. “Poultry marketing, transportation, and consumption increase in Viet Nam with the approach of the lunar New Year in early February. These activities create conditions favouring the spread of poultry outbreaks and call for heightened control measures.”The WHO said today’s report marks the first human case of avian flu in Vietnam since early September.All but one of the human cases this year are believed to have resulted from exposure to sick poultry rather than from person-to-person transmission. The WHO and many disease experts fear that the H5N1 virus could trigger a human flu pandemic if it evolved into a form that could readily spread from person to person.See also:Dec 30 WHO statement read more

Japan ruling party sets Sept 14 vote on PM Abe’s successor

first_imgRivalsKishida, 63, a former foreign minister, was in the past considered Abe’s favored successor.But the outgoing prime minister has said he will not endorse a candidate, and Kishida’s limited public profile is likely to leave him struggling to challenge the likes of Suga.On Wednesday, the policy chief said more was needed from Abe’s signature economic stimulus program, as it had primarily benefited big companies and the rich.”Trickle-down effects are expected for the middle class, mid-sized and small-sized companies and for the countryside, but that’s not happening yet,” he argued in an interview with local media.Ishiba, 63, polls well with the general public but is less popular among party members.He once left the LDP — spending time as both an independent and briefly joining another party — and many within the ruling bloc have not forgiven the political dalliance.Ishiba has also stressed the need for everyday people on lower incomes to benefit from government economic policies, and said Japan needs to reduce its reliance on nuclear power. Japan’s ruling party will vote on September 14 on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s replacement, an official confirmed Wednesday, as powerful chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga consolidated his frontrunner status in the race.A vote in parliament — expected to endorse the Liberal Democratic Party’s new leader — is likely to follow on September 16.The new prime minister will face a raft of challenges, from the coronavirus pandemic to a tanking economy, as well as ensuring the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games can go ahead. Topics : Key LDP factions have already thrown their support behind Suga, who is expected to formally announce his candidacy later Wednesday.Two other candidates, former defense minister Shigeru Ishiba and LDP policy chief Fumio Kishida, have so far announced plans to stand.Abe, Japan’s longest-serving leader, kicked off the race when he said last week he would step down over health problems. Scaled-back vote The LDP has opted for a scaled-back leadership vote that will not include rank-and-file members.Instead, only its MPs and three representatives from each of the country’s 47 prefectures will vote.The decision has elicited some criticism, but party officials said it would take too long to organize a broader vote.Experts said the format favors Suga, 71, who has built an effectively insurmountable lead in the race already.His selection “is increasingly assured, as the LDP’s factions -– with the exception of the factions headed by rival candidates Shigeru Ishiba and Fumio Kishida -– have lined up behind Suga”, said Tobias Harris, a Japan expert at Teneo consultancy, in a note.Suga has held his key post for years — coordinating policy among ministries and agencies, and serving as the effective face of the government as its chief spokesman.Considered a pragmatic politician, he is a close Abe advisor who encouraged the prime minister to run again after a disastrous first term in office ended after just a year in 2007.last_img read more

Dutch pension fund replaces equity managers with BlackRock

first_imgAs a result, its matching portfolio now consists solely of government bonds and interest derivatives.Last year, the pension fund adopted a dynamic asset allocation strategy centred around SNPF’s ‘policy funding’.Under this new strategy, the scheme raises or lowers the risk profile of its investments in synch with its coverage ratio.SNPF chairman Eric Greup conceded that the strategy change had not yet taken into account the planned merger with SBMN, the €1bn pension fund for notaries’ staff.“Currently,” he said, “a working committee is assessing how the future joint investment policy could be shaped.”Greup explained that the schemes’ investment model differed too greatly for amendments ahead of the merger, but he said options had been identified for strategic asset allocation and interest hedges.SBMN has contracted out its asset management to Aegon AM.At the start of 2015, it replaced its capital contract for investments with Aegon funds, which allowed SBMN to choose its desired risk/return profile.Last year, the scheme for notaries’ staff replaced its interest hedge through the Aegon Long Duration Overlay fund with Aegon’s Strategic Liability-Management Fund (SLM).Last year, SNPF also outsourced its pensions administration to TKP Pensions.Greup warned that the planned merger was taking longer than expected and acknowledged that it could face a second delay.“Nevertheless,” he said, “our intention still is that the merger should start on 1 January retrospectively, if the deal is concluded not too long after this date.”According to Greup, all relevant bodies and authorities have already approved the merger plan, including the Dutch government.“However, the Council of State, the Netherlands’ highest legal college, is still assessing the necessary amendment of the Notaries Act,” he said.SNPF and SBMN returned 24.1% and 25.6%, respectively, last year, chiefly due to their interest hedges.Just before the recent reduction of the ultimate forward rate, their funding ratios were 108% and 109.7%, respectively. SNPF, the €1.4bn pension fund for Dutch notaries, has replaced equity managers JP Morgan Asset Management and BNP Paribas for BlackRock to “streamline” its investment portfolio.The pension fund, according to its 2014 annual report, made the changes to cut costs and reduce risk. It awarded BlackRock two passive mandates, covering developed and emerging markets.SNPF also concentrated its high-yield investments within the European credit section of its return portfolio.last_img read more

Govt ignoring democracy on paid parental leave bill

first_imgNZ Herald 17 June 2016Family First Comment: Not the first time that the National govt has ignored democracy. Remember 2009? Smacking Referendum? 87%? #selectivedemocracyFinance Minister Bill English is accused of “ignoring democracy” after he vetoed eight more weeks of paid parental leave despite broad Parliamentary and public support.Labour MP Sue Moroney’s bill, which would raise paid leave from 18 weeks to 26 weeks, has a majority of votes in Parliament and was set to pass into law later this month.Mr English has maintained that the law change is unaffordable. As promised, he invoked his powers to veto legislation which had an impact on the Government’s books – the first time he has used the veto to sink a bill.“The Government’s got to weigh up a whole lot of other needs,” Mr English said.“There’s a case for paid parental leave, there’s a case for more money for melanoma drugs, there’s a case for more intervention for people who are homeless, and we have just got to weigh all those up.”It brings to an end a four-year fight by Ms Moroney to extend paid leave.READ MORE: read more

Arsenal consider shock short-term deal for Burnley keeper Hart

first_img read also:Ronaldo tops chart for highest-earning athlete on Instagram during lockdown It means Arsenal will likely be without Leno for the rest of the season and are considering a swoop for Hart, who could be brought in to compete with the goalkeeper jersey with Emiliano Martinez. Hart is set to leave Burnley next week when his contract expires, and will be available on a free transfer. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Sun says Arsenal are considering a shock move for Hart. The Gunners are continuing to assess the damage done to Bernd Leno following his injury at Brighton on Saturday. The German landed awkwardly after a collision with Neal Maupay and headed back to north London on crutches.Advertisement Burnley goalkeeper, Joe Hart, is being linked with Arsenal. Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Greatest Disney Female Villains We Love Anyways12 Movies That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithAir Pollution Is Rapidly Decreasing Thanks To COVID-19 Loading… last_img read more