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Derek Hough Set for Broadway Bow in Singin’ in the Rain

first_imgDerek Hough(Photo: Bruce Glikas) What a glorious feeling! Derek Hough will star in the previously announced Broadway production of Singin’ in the Rain. Producer Harvey Weinstein made the announcement at his annual pre-Oscar dinner, where Hough performed a couple number. The tuner is eyeing a January 2017 Broadway bow, according to The Hollywood Reporter.Robert Carsen directs the production, which premiered at Paris’ Théâtre du Châtelet in 2015. Stephen Mear choreographs.Hough is a record-making six-time winner of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars; he’s won two Emmy Awards for his choreography for the show. He was seen on the New York stage last year in Radio City Music Hall’s New York Spring Spectacular. His additional credits include Burn the Floor on Broadway, the 2006 West End production of Footloose and ABC’s Nashville.Based on the Oscar-winning 1952 Gene Kelly-led movie musical written by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Singin’ in the Rain follows silent film star Don Lockwood, whose career may be in trouble when talkies begin to takeover. Lockwood fears audiences will turn on his obnoxious leading lady Lina Lamont and seeks the help of talented newcomer Kathy Selden to dub her vocals.Additional information, including further casting, a theater and exact dates, will be announced at a later time.Catch Hough’s performance of the title number below! View Commentslast_img read more

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Oil-rich Gulf nations getting serious about adding solar

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:The oil-rich nations that make up the Gulf Cooperation Council are racing to get more solar generation capacity into the development pipeline.Having just commissioned the 1.18 GW Noor Abu Dhabi project – believed to be the largest single PV facility in the world – the Emirates Water and Electricity Company of Abu Dhabi is expecting to receive bids for its next, huge 1.5 GW solar park next month. The emirati utility is also considering including large-scale battery storage in the ambitious project.Dubai, one of the leading renewables developers in the Gulf, is advancing plans for the fifth stage of the sprawling Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The latest phase comprises 900 MW more solar and major global players including Jinko Power, Engie, ACWA Power, Marubeni and a consortium effort by Masdar and EDF are among the developers lining up to submit offers next month.Within this fast-growing market, other Gulf nations are finally coming on board. Qatari utility Kahramaa has received offers for its 800 MW tender and the official contract award is expected by the end of the month. The Kuwait National Petroleum Company has received engineering, procurement and construction bids for an enormous new 1.25 GW project. The two facilities will be the first of their size in Qatar and Kuwait, possibly signaling the first shift of focus in the power sector away from fossil fuels.Having dragged its heels in the past, even the world’s second largest oil producer appears to be starting to take renewables seriously. After reaching competitive prices on its Skaka project, the Renewable Energy Project Development Office of Saudi Arabia is tendering six new projects spread around the kingdom with a total generation capacity of 1.5 GW. Oman, meanwhile, is continuing bold plans to tender a further 1.1 GW in two developments.Analysts are closely monitoring the results of that raft of tenders as the region has traditionally delivered world-record low prices for solar power. The new wave of tenders is expected to be no exception, given the size of the projects will boost economies of scale just as technological advancements including the use of bifacial modules enhance yields.More: Does slew of solar mega tenders mean Gulf nations are belatedly accepting the inevitable? Oil-rich Gulf nations getting serious about adding solarlast_img read more


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Operation Mercury 2019 Counters Illegal Mining

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo May 01, 2019 The Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command (CCFFAA, in Spanish) and the Peruvian National Police are in the midst of Operation Mercury 2019 (Mercurio 2019) since February. The mission is to execute the Comprehensive Plan against Illegal Mining and recover protected natural areas illegal gold mining devastated in La Pampa, Madre de Dios, Tambopata province. The first stage of the plan, intervention, was carried out in February. The second phase, consolidation, began March 5 and will last six months. “The government will employ all of its Armed Forces’ capabilities in the consolidation stage,” Peruvian Minister of Defense José Huerta Torres told the press. The last stage will be maintenance. “In addition to the financial factor, illegal mining is catastrophic for the environment,” Peruvian Army General Cesar Astudillo Salcedo, head of CCFFAA, told Diálogo. “Tons of mercury are discharged into Peruvian rivers to extract gold in off-limit areas. To preserve health and the environment from mercury emissions, Peruvian authorities will ban its use in La Pampa, hence the name Operation Mercury 2019.” The strategy The Peruvian Armed Forces set up four highly mobile temporary mixed bases in the buffer area at Tambopata Reserve, to rid the zone of illegal miners. Each base is home to 100 soldiers of the Army’s Amazon Protection Brigade, which patrols the area; 50 security agents and eight Public Ministry representatives also take part in the operation. “The consolidation stage has two purposes: The first is to detect and disable all dredges in the area. There are many dredges that [criminals] left covered in the woods, in the water, or in the ground. The second is to prevent illegal miners from reentering the national reserve to exploit the ecosystem, an 11,000-hectare area,” said Astudillo. “The affected area comprises more than 6,000 hectares. So far [as of March 29] we destroyed 63 dredges.” Service members seek to curb those who exploit mineral resources, most of whom are linked to criminal groups that don’t follow security and protection norms against pollution. These groups irreversibly damage natural resources and commit human rights violations such as violence, threats, and extortion against workers. The operation will enable authorities to be permanently stationed in the area to monitor activities, including street traffic. “We won’t leave until we see all this area green again, as it used to be, and give back to Madre de Dios the beauty it always had,” Huerta said. “The maintenance phase will come in September and will last two years, in which the region will be reforested.” Joint, interagency work “The comprehensive approach used against this threat is also to legalize more than 4,500 miners, in coordination with Madre de Dios regional authorities,” Francisco Ísmodes Mezzano, Peruvian minister of Energy and Mining, said in a press release. “The ministries of Production and the Environment will promote initiatives to support these citizens and recover deforested areas.” The Navy took part in the multi-sectorial mission with riverine traffic-control tasks on the Malinowski and Inambari rivers. The Air Force carried out transport, surveillance, and reconnaissance maneuvers. The central government declared a state of emergency in several districts of Tambopata province to carry out these activities. In 2017 and 2018, illegal mining caused the deforestation of more than 18,000 hectares of forest, according to a gold mining report from the South American association Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project, published in January 2019. South America is a region with a high rate of illegal gold extraction: Venezuela leads the list with 90 percent; Colombia comes next, with 80 percent; Ecuador with 77 percent; and Peru and Bolivia account for about 30 percent, according to the Organized Crime, and Illegally Mined Gold in Latin America 2016 report of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, based in Switzerland. Courage and bravery The Peruvian Armed Forces’ work is challenging. Soldiers face adverse weather conditions, challenges such as clearing an entire area, dealing with a shortage of basic resources, and coordinating routes to supply food and water for personnel. “Troops are up to the task; they operate with strict respect for human rights. The operation is a success; We expect it to continue that way,” said Gen. Astudillo. “We are proud of the courage of all personnel participating in and leading Operation Mercury 2019. There is nothing that can’t be achieved with willpower and love for your country,” he concluded.last_img read more


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New identity of the Park Plaza brand presented

first_img“We are extremely honored to present the new repositioning of the Park Plaza brand and logo as part of a comprehensive restructuring of our brand architecture – a process we began last year with the launch of the Radisson Hotel Group. Park Plaza is a strong and recognizable name, especially in the London market, and the new position of this famous brand is in line with our ambitions to provide our guests, owners, investors and talents with unforgettable moments, while providing a clear and attractive offer in our brand’s entire portfolio. This brand repositioning will help us add value and allow us to continue to be the best possible partner for our stakeholders. ” stated Federico J. Gonzalez-Tejera, President and CEO of Radisson Hospitality AB and Chairman of the Board of Radisson Hotel Group Global, Park Plaza is one of the largest international brands of the top-upscale category in central London, with 3.200 rooms available and some of the largest congress and multifunctional halls in the capital. In addition, the brand is present in other capitals and regional centers such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Bangkok, Beijing, Nuremberg, Cardiff, Leeds and Nottingham, as well as tourist destinations in Pula and Medulin in Croatia. Radisson Hotel Group and PPHE Hotel Group, as Radisson’s exclusive partner for its Park Plaza brand in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, today unveiled the first phase of introducing a new Park Plaza brand identity. Park Plaza Histria, Hotel Pula The new brand identity, which is now present on all digital platforms and communication channels, including the Internet and social networks, is supported by a new logo inspired by the unique and sophisticated spaces that feature objects from the Park Plaza portfolio. Park Plaza brand new philosophycenter_img After an extensive investment program that has made the Park Plaza portfolio richer with four new openings since 2015, the completion of comprehensive repositioning programs for the two hotels in 2018. and several other repositioning programs in the final stages, PPHE has truly elevated the Park Plaza portfolio to the level of a posh hotel product, PPHE Hotel Groupe points out, adding that Park Plaza is now firmly positioned as an international brand of the top-upscale category. brand identity is fully compliant with the requirements of a modern high quality product. The redesigned brand identity exudes style and sophistication and reflects a true understanding of its guests and the local ambience in which each individual brand-owned facility is located. Supported by three key pillars – authentic service, contemporary spirit and local sights, The brand’s modernized identity confirms its commitment to providing each guest with a true and original experience through elegantly decorated and distinctively designed hotels with exciting restaurants and bars that exude a lively atmosphere. “After a complete transformation and repositioning of our portfolio in recent years, we are proud to present the enhanced identity of the Park Plaza brand that further allows us to create memorable moments for our guests and offer increased property value to our investors. The new visual identity and logo complement the growth of the brand and represent modern and sophisticated facilities that form part of our real estate portfolio. We are currently finalizing plans to launch a new brand identity in all facilities across Europe and, in cooperation with Radisson Hotel Group, for Asia Pacific hotels. pointed out Boris Ivesha, PPHE Hotel Group Radisson and PPHE continue to develop key brand features through recently introduced guest experience initiatives, such as introducing an enhanced sleeping experience thanks to luxury bedding, a dedicated fragrance program, creating social destinations and focal destinations where the local community and guests socialize together in a vibrant environment. -entertaining offer. Additional features of the brand include an innovative approach to design, lighting and ambience.last_img read more


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Wolf and Lt. Gov. Fetterman Announce Pennsylvania COVID-19 Response Task Force for Health Disparity Report

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter August 13, 2020 Wolf and Lt. Gov. Fetterman Announce Pennsylvania COVID-19 Response Task Force for Health Disparity Reportcenter_img Press Release,  Public Health In mid-April, Governor Tom Wolf and Lt. Governor John Fetterman announced the creation of a COVID-19 Response Task Force for Health Disparity to help communicate issues about how the pandemic is affecting the state’s minority and marginalized populations.“About a month after the first cases of COVID-19 were identified in Pennsylvania, I asked Lt. Gov. Fetterman to chair a new task force that would identify any differences in health outcomes for different populations,” Gov. Wolf said. “And to make recommendations to ensure every Pennsylvanian, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background, has equal opportunity to survive and thrive during this pandemic and beyond.”After months of weekly meetings and outreach from task force members to marginalized community members, the task force completed its report and presented it to the governor earlier this week. Today, the governor and lieutenant governor highlighted the recommendations in the report at an event at the York County YMCA, joined by Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine.The report includes six recommendations focused on these policy topics related to health disparity, ranked in order of urgency: housing, criminal justice, food insecurity, health disparity, education and economic opportunities. According to the report, each area either directly or indirectly affects the health of Pennsylvanians and must be addressed to appropriately remove the disparities that have existed for generations and have only been exacerbated by the pandemic.“I just want to thank this diverse Task Force and group of stakeholders who gave such important insight towards the creation of this report”, said Lt. Governor John Fetterman. “With 57 specific policy recommendations, I believe that this report will be beneficial in policy development to help end the health disparities in our marginalized communities, which have been so vastly exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.”Dr. Levine offered insight into the work of the Department of Health’s Health Equity Response Team and how that work contributes to her agency’s overall success battling the pandemic and health inequities that exist beyond COVID.“Health disparities and health equity have been a focus of the Wolf Administration and the Department of Health long before COVID-19 swept through our country,” Dr. Levine said. “Our actions as a community can lessen the impact COVID-19 has on our fellow Pennsylvanians most at risk. You can answer the call to stop the spread when you wear a mask. You can answer the call to stop the spread when you avoid large public gatherings. You can answer the call to stop the spread when you use hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently.”The report is one step in many toward fair, equitable and accessible treatment of all Pennsylvanians. Gov. Wolf’s five commissions played a key role on the task force and were in daily communication with those disproportionately impacted by COVID, especially Black and Latino communities.The work of the task force will help inform an internal steering committee on dismantling racism that Gov. Wolf established recently.“The steering committee is made up of key cabinet members working together with our policy leaders to build a short- and long-term policy agenda to dismantle the systemic racism and resulting inequities that exist around us, inequities that have been exacerbated by this pandemic,” Gov. Wolf said. “My goal is to be intentional in all aspects of commonwealth work to maintain a commitment to a diverse, culturally responsive workforce.“I’m grateful to the members of the task force for their work. It is our intention to use the information gathered in this report as the basis for lasting change.”Ver esta página en español.last_img read more


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PNO Media: Dutch pensions deal to increase interest in lifecycle product

first_imgPNO Media is one of three voluntary sector funds in the Netherlands to offer a DC lifecycle option as an alternative to its DB scheme, with the others being PGB and SBZ.The Dutch government plans to convert all DB schemes to new DC lifecycle products between 2022 and 2016. This has increased interest in the PNO lifecycle product among employers, said Olde Scholtenhuis.“A lifecycle product fits very well with contemporary pension trends, and we have several tenders running at the moment,” he said. The €7bn voluntary sector scheme PNO Media has seen “strong interest” from employers in the defined contribution (DC) lifecycle product it introduced last year as an alternative to its defined benefit (DB) scheme.A “decent number” of companies have opted for the lifecycle product since it was introduced in May last year, said the scheme’s deputy president Patrick Olde Scholtenhuis.At the end of 2019, assets in the life cycle product – which invests mainly in liquid, passively managed investment funds selected by Kempen Capital Management – amounted to a modest €2m.This year, however, assets have grown further with the inclusion of new accruals from IT sector fund TrueBlue and the addition of several other employers. Patrick Olde Scholtenhuis, PNO MediaWhether the upcoming new pensions contract will really be a game-changer remains to be seen, he warned. “There are a lot of uncertainties remaining considering the implementation and the conversion of existing pensions to the new contract.”Legal constraintsThe current lifecycle product is also facing some legal constraints, resulting in risk being reduced much more gradually towards retirement than is commonly the case with lifecycle products.Even the most defensive option of the three risk profiles participants can still choose to have an allocation of 51% to the return portfolio at retirement.PNO Media was forced to choose this set-up because participants convert their DC accruals to the pension fund’s DB scheme at retirement, Olde Scholtenhuis explained.“The DB fund has an allocation of 50% to the return portfolio, and under the Dutch Pensions Law it is not allowed to increase investment risk after retirement. That’s why risk in the lifecycle product at retirement has to be at least at the same level as the risk of the collective investment mix of the DB fund.”To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more


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VIDEO: Ayia Napa Marina Development Project in Full Swing

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Ayia Napa Marina, situated on the southeastern coast of Cyprus, has just released the latest video update on their marina development project. Phase 2 of construction, which refers to all residential and commercial buildings of the project, started on 1st March 2018, with Terna S.A. and the Ayia Napa Marina engineering teams mobilizing new staff, equipment and offices in preparation for the increased construction volume.The rest of the marine and infrastructure works are progressing within the timeframes set:With the blockwall around the East Tower and Commercial Areas being completed, the overall blockwall around the marina basin is at 40% completion. Preparatory works for the blockwall around the Island have also started;The overall reclamation works are at 83% completion, excluding the island’s reclamation;The dredging in the marina basin is at 100% completion and the outer section of the south breakwater is progressing rapidly, with 50% of the work being completed.[mappress mapid=”25002″]last_img read more


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Zenith Adds COO in Australia

first_imgAn Aberdeen-based well engineering and project management company, Zenith Energy, has appointed chief operating officer at its Australian base. Zenith Energy established Zenith Energy Australia in the second half of 2017 and appointed Tom Terris as COO, to manage the operations.Tom brings more than 13 years of management experience to the role, previously working for a major name in the industry in Australia as vice president of its Asia Pacific division where he headed its well management, subsea and consultancy.In his role at Zenith, he will manage all aspects of the Australian business unit, including tendering for well management and consultancy projects, business presentations and client and consultant meetings.Managing director of Zenith Energy, Martin Booth, said: “Tom has a wealth of industry knowledge and management experience after working in the sector for a number of years on high profile jobs. His appointment is instrumental as the company continues to grow internationally.“I am pleased to have joined the team at Zenith at such an important time for the company.“The Asia Pacific region is showing great signs of recovery and Zenith is very well positioned to take advantage of the upswing in activity. I look forward to playing a part of the continued success of the company in the future.”last_img read more


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Plans to restructure CLICO on stream

first_img Tweet Share Share LocalNews Plans to restructure CLICO on stream by: – February 11, 2012 Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! 19 Views   no discussions Oliver Jordan. Photo credit: nationnews.comCourt appointed Judicial Manager for the Colonial Life Insurance Company (CLICO) Oliver Jordan says he is optimistic that the company will soon find an investor to purchase the troubled company.Dominica is the first country to be updated on several consultations currently underway across the region to help salvage the company.Jordan said efforts are being made to find an investor to purchase CLICO and so far there are two prospective organizations.He said the latest move follows unsuccessful attempts to have some regional governments invest in the company.“Policy holders and regulators had a string preference for a new company that had a stronger financial capability going forward,” he explained.According to Jordan, the two regional insurance companies who have expressed the interest in taking over the company would have to purchase it as a whole.“We don’t want a situation where we have to restructure individual branches; we want to do it as a whole,” he added.Jordan said however the company cannot say exactly when policy holders will get their money.“We can’t say what the outcome will be either. The more critical point is that we are moving towards completing this process. Hopefully by this summer, policy holders will have a final resolution. The longer it goes on, the more policy holders and employees will continue to lose confidence in the company,” he explained.He said if funding were forthcoming from governments, it would put the company in a better position.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more


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Newton recommends ex-Chelsea chief Emenalo for Trabzonspor’s job

first_img He helped steer Chelsea to great success during incessant turbulence – and the club won the Champions League and three Premier League titles under a trio of managers when Emenalo was at the heart of their operations between 2009 and 2017. Moving from chief scout, his initial job in 2007, to assistant first-team coach and then technical director in 2011, Emenalo worked with 10 managers in 10 years. Apart from one searing television interview, when he confirmed the sacking of José Mourinho in 2015, Emenalo avoided the spotlight. But the “palpable discord” he described between Mourinho and his players provided public evidence of the steely insight that meant he was trusted for so long by Roman Abramovich. Emenalo cut through the opaque running of Chelsea to produce a long-term vision that still shapes the club. Managers came and went but Emenalo transformed the academy, revolutionised the loan programme and brought in a stream of great players, epitomised by Kevin De Bruyne, who were not always appreciated by managers. His intelligence and eloquence are evident again during a riveting interview that stretches across three hours. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooHere’s What Everyday Objects Look Like If Cut In Half8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth Following the recommendation of a trusted fellow, the Turkish side, Trabzonspor are making a move for former Chelsea technical director, Michael Emenalo. Trabzonspor finished last season as runners-up and lifted the Turkish Cup. The Nigerian transfer expert is currently a free agent after departing AS Monaco last season. According to Fanatik, Trabzonspor are set to make an approach for Emenalo – on the recommendation of coach Eddie Newton. read also:What Emenalo encountered to bring De Bruyne to Chelsea Newton worked with Emenalo at Chelsea, indeed it was the latter who helped bring the former midfielder through as a coach inside the club’s academy. Newton now hopes to work again with Emenalo and has encouraged Trabzonspor to bring him to Istanbul to help build their new-look squad. Emenalo’s sustained breakthrough was very different while at the Stamford Bridge.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more