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first_imgAnd we were really looking forward to a bloody good time. The off-Broadway mounting of the American Psycho musical adaptation has been canceled. The Second Stage production, which was slated to begin in February 2015, has been pulled by commercial rights owners Act 4 Entertainment. The New York Times reports that the show’s producers have recently been in discussion about taking the tuner directly to Broadway. No official casting had been announced for the off-Broadway production, though it had been reported that Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson star Benjamin Walker would play Patrick Bateman. No word yet on what will replace American Psycho in the Second Stage season. American Psycho features music and lyrics by Tony and Grammy winner Duncan Sheik and a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, the musical follows 26-year-old Patrick Bateman: a sophisticated, rich and handsome Wall Street banker in 1980s New York City, who also happens to have a murderous, psychopathic alter ego that he hides from his friends and co-workers. The musical premiered at London’s Almeida Theatre in December 2013 with Rupert Goold as director. The novel was adopted into an acclaimed film in 2000 starring Christian Bale.center_img View Commentslast_img read more


first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo April 02, 2018 General César Augusto Astudillo Salcedo, general commander of the Peruvian Army, is very well acquainted with the fight against terrorism. In 1997, he participated in Operation Chavín de Huántar, a hostage-rescue operation the military carried out when the Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement seized the Japanese Embassy. In 2014, he went on to lead the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM, in Spanish) Special Command. These experiences allowed Gen. Astudillo to flesh out a more solid vision for the Peruvian Army’s frontal assault against terrorism and to outline new institutional goals to strengthen the institution in the face of new security challenges. Gen. Astudillo granted Diálogo an interview during a visit to Lima, Peru. He discussed the Army’ priorities, the fight against terrorism, humanitarian aid operations, and international cooperation. Diálogo: What is your most important goal as commander general of the Peruvian Army? General César Augusto Astudillo Salcedo, general commander of the Peruvian Army: Our most important goal is to fulfill the Army’s mission. Our mission is to ready the force, and we work on that, using all our efforts to take on our functions of instruction, training, maintenance, and equip our personnel. Diálogo: What are the goals and priorities of the Peruvian Army in terms of the participation of its troops in missions in support of the National Police in the fight against narcotrafficking? Gen. Astudillo: Not long ago, we only had one mission, one main task, which was a conflict scenario on a battlefield, comprising the enemy, the terrain, directions of approach, weather conditions, and all the classic things we knew about war. However, the threats have changed now, and we went from having one mission to having 11. A major threat in our country is the illicit trafficking of drugs, and, of course, we have to fight that. The Peruvian National Police works hard to fight this scourge of humanity, not only in Peru. And, in doing that, the state participates with all its forces. The Army supports the National Police with its entire logistical and security platform, and did that perfectly in the VRAEM. It also did that in Huallaga, as well as in Putumayo, and wherever law enforcement requires it. We had excellent results working with the police. Diálogo: Why do you feel that the presence of terrorist organizations persists in your country, more specifically, the remnants of the Shining Path in the VRAEM? Gen. Astudillo: Militarily, the Shining Path has been defeated. Just as the Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement was defeated. These movements had the entire country by the throat during the 1990s and early 2000s. With the participation of the Armed Forces and the National Police, we managed to neutralize both organizations. Their main leaders are in prison, and the only parts left are the remnants, as they’re called, of Shining Path in the VRAEM. In and of themselves, these remnants do not constitute a threat. They are not a threat like narcotrafficking or the Movement for Amnesty and Fundamental Rights (MOVADEF, in Spanish), which could constitute a major threat because of their significance. The Shining Path’s effectiveness as a political and ideological power was completely neutralized. Currently, they engage exclusively in providing security for narcotrafficking and haven’t participated within any of the main communities throughout the VRAEM. Local military forces available in the area through the VRAEM Special Command quickly neutralize them. Diálogo: Does that mean that eliminating the remnants of the Shining Path is one of the activities you carry out with the police? Gen. Astudillo: The important thing is that operations in the VRAEM and support to the police are carried out through the Armed Forces Joint Command. The Army, Air Force, and Navy provide forces, aircraft, and resources to the Joint Command. In our case, we contribute properly trained personnel and equipment or assets, aircraft, and vehicles in perfect condition so the Joint Command can consolidate these resources and direct operations in support of the police against narcotrafficking, illegal logging, deforestation, human trafficking, etc. It does this directly with respect to territorial integrity, sovereignty, and independence. Diálogo: General, Peru also works in the sphere of civilian-military operations. Can you talk about that? Gen. Astudillo: As the Joint Command, we also participate in humanitarian aid activity. As the Army, we participate in national development through the Development Aid Command, known as COADNE. We currently do work in disaster and risk management that resulted from the 2017 El Niño, and we even work on housing for personnel who lost their homes in the north. We still work in the Central Highlands to prevent landslides, and we support athletics. We will host the 2019 Panamerican Games next year, so we work with the committee on all their sports, including leveling out the land for housing. Diálogo: Military work includes supporting the population during natural disasters. How does the Army train to face these emergencies? Gen. Astudillo: Disaster and risk management is a goal we really took on in the past few years, although we always had that function. During the Yungay earthquake in the Huaraz area [1970], the Army went in with paratroopers and helped on a permanent basis. Whenever a natural disaster or another incident occurs, we always participate in one way or another. However, our participation is now formalized in terms of doctrine and mission to participate in disaster and risk management. Training is now permanent. Our organizations changed. We now have battalions assigned to respond when called on to support the population. For example, we inaugurated a multi-purpose brigade at the end of March, and one of their main activities will be to serve the population at risk for disasters, landslides, earthquakes, etc. This unit is equipped with a field hospital and armored vehicle bridge launchers, and we do maintenance on all of our vehicles to support the population. Diálogo: Will humanitarian aid for natural disaster relief only be carried out at the national level, or do you also consider offering it to regional partner nations if they ask for it? Gen. Astudillo: Of course, that would be ideal because we have likewise offered international aid. During the 2016 earthquake in Manta, Ecuador, we went to help them. When the landslides happened in 2017, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, and others came to help us. In South America, we have common enemies, such as contraband smuggling, narcotrafficking, human trafficking, and criminal gangs, and among the main threats we all share are natural risks and disasters. So, we have to work jointly. I believe we should, and we have an obligation to do so. Diálogo: Have you collaborated with Central American countries in disaster response? Gen. Astudillo: Only at the doctrinal level. Diálogo: What are the benefits of working with the United States and other nations in facing these types of shared threats? Gen. Astudillo: Combining our efforts is always the best thing we can do. Any support we can get from other countries, especially if it’s the United States, a military superpower, of course, we welcome this help. We will continue to work with the United States—their help and support are very valuable. Diálogo: Are there agreements with other countries in the region to face these shared threats? Gen. Astudillo: The most important one is with the United States. We have agreements with Spain, for example, for explosives destruction, which is very important for us. We have bilateral agreements with all our sister nations: Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, and Chile. We have bilateral meetings with every country where we reach important agreements, agreements on humanitarian aid and the exchange of intelligence to counteract threats. Diálogo: General, now that the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti ended, will the Peruvian Army continue to participate in peace missions in other countries? Gen. Astudillo: Yes, we continue to participate. Right now, we work in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic, and we deployed a very large contingent not only in terms of human resources, but also logistics. We will remain there because I consider it not just a commitment to the United Nations [UN], but also a commitment to ourselves because it keeps our personnel trained. Diálogo: In addition to peace missions, what other international efforts is the Army involved in? Gen. Astudillo: Particularly in the mass destruction of weapons. We are involved in the issue of hemispheric security with the United States. We work on a permanent basis with the Inter-American Defense Board of the Organization of American States, and we work at the global level when the UN allows us to participate. We also have representatives in New York, as far as the Army is concerned, to participate directly in agreements that exist in the area of security. Diálogo: What is your message for the other commanders of the region? Gen. Astudillo: That we join together into a great force that will allow us to maintain peace throughout the Americas forever.last_img read more


first_imgNeil Jacobs, chief executive of Six Senses, said: “Six Senses Botanique will appeal to guests seeking an eco-retreat in nature along with authentic Brazilian design, culture and cuisine. “We are also putting together a program of rituals, workshops and festivals, offering time out to focus on living at ease with oneself and others and in a more reciprocal way with the natural world. “What a wonderful place to breathe in the peace and beauty all around to find harmony and reconnection.”- Advertisement – The hotel was constructed in 2012 by regional architects and designers using indigenous materials such as jacaranda wood, natural stone, and chocolate slate. The slate is mined just once every 17 months and the hotel’s bearing walls incorporate three-tonne boulders from the adjacent river. The 120-year-old wooden beams are reclaimed from farms in nearby Minas Gerais. Huge glass panels line the rest of the construct to evoke a sense of the outdoors, inside, with uninterrupted views of Mantiqueira’s valleys and mountains.When the property adopts the Six Senses brand in early 2021, it will offer seven suites in the main hotel, ranging from 645 to 970 square feet (60 to 90 square meters), and 13 private villas, from 1,184 to 3,230 square feet (110 to 300 square meters), dotted in the hills around it. A further 14 villas are planned and will be constructed off-site in a modular manner using local materials. They will be sited to minimise their impact on the surrounding flora and fauna.Six Senses signature venues such as the Experience Centre, Alchemy Bar and out-of-the-ordinary dining spots will also be added next year. NewerTUI cancels trips to see Santa in Lapland OlderWorld Travel Awards honours Maldives with top Indian Ocean prizes Six Senses has unveiled plans for the opening of its first property in the Americas in early 2021, with the launch of Six Senses Botanique in Brazil.The resort lies in the Mantiqueira area, 2.5 hours from São Paulo and 3.5 hours from Rio de Janeiro, 3,940 feet (1,200 meters) above sea level and at the confluence of three river valleys in the heart of the Mantiqueira Mountains. – Advertisement – These are known as the “mountains that weep” due to the abundance of springs and rivers. Enjoying a temperate climate with endless sunny days, Six Senses Botanique combines mountain serenity with local features and modern luxuries.Formerly known as Botanique Hotel & Spa, the hotel was born out of Fernanda Ralston Semler’s vision to set a new benchmark in luxury hospitality that was completely home-grown, recognising local traditions and culture, as well as its natural setting. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more


first_imgFrance’s Conseil d’Etat, the country’s highest administrative court, has expressed concerns about several aspects of the government’s pensions reform bill and accompanying documents.It said there were still gaps in the financial forecasts in the impact assessment despite the government having done work to improve them upon previous feedback from the Conseil.It called on the government to improve the study before the pensions reform bill is tabled in parliament, in particular by including more analysis of how the proposed reforms could affect the employment rate among senior citizens and welfare-related spending.The Conseil d’Etat, which advises the government on legislation, was also critical about the tight deadlines the government had given for feedback. It said the three weeks it had been given had prevented it from “carrying out its mission with the serenity and amount of time needed to best ensure the legal security” of its assessment. Source: Dircom / JB EyguesierThe Conseil d’Etat in ParisAccording to the Conseil d’Etat the government had also on several occasions made changes to the reform bills during the short period it had been given to review them.The body also expressed concerns about the number of “ordonnances” provided for by the reform bill, noting that the draft legislation empowered the government to issue 29 of these statutory instruments. An ordinance is a type of decree passed by the government in an area normally reserved for primary legislation enacted by the parliament.The Conseil d’Etat also challenged the way the government has characterised the reform, saying the government’s line that “chaque euro cotisé ouvre les mêmes droits pour tous” – roughly translated as “every euro contributed gives access to the same rights for all” – was an “imperfect reflection of the complexity and the diversity of the rules defined by the bill”.According to the Conseil, the government has made a change to the text to address this.The lower house of parliament is due to debate the draft reform legislation starting 17 February. It was presented to cabinet ministers on Friday.There have been multiple rounds of demonstrations against the reform plan, as well as a transport strike that is reportedly the longest in recent history in France. “This situation is all the more regrettable because the bills are for a pension system reform that is unprecedented since 1945 and intends to transform for decades to come a social system that is one of the major components of the social contract,” it added.last_img read more


first_imgThe Gold Coast’s auction season is in full swing.HOUSE hunters are out in force and keen to buy with the Gold Coast’s auction season in full swing.Traditionally January is the city’s busiest auction period with several agencies holding events throughout the month, and even into February.This year prospective buyers are being urged to come prepared as fewer properties were listed on the market, which lead to increased demand. MORE NEWS: Former Socceroo moves to QLD Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45 The Sanctuary Cove property at 2094 The Circle is one of more than 100 that will go under the hammer on January 25.Ray White Surfers Paradise Group chief executive Andrew Bell said southern buyers and local downsizers would continue to dominate the Coast market.“However, the biggest issue at the moment is a shortage of listings, which reflects the level of demand we are currently experiencing,” he said.“Buyers are always out in force on the Gold Coast in January when holidays are in full swing as inquiries are on average more than 50 per cent above any other month.“This summer, the timing couldn’t be better for our market as interstate tourism numbers continue to rise amid market conditions shaping up to be the best that we have seen for quite some time.” The block of units at 7 Alfred St, Mermaid Beach, will be auctioned off on January 21.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoMore than 100 properties will go under the hammer at Ray White Surfers Paradise Group’s in-room auctions The Event, which is the biggest on the Coast, on January 25.More than 2000 people attended last year’s event, which offered 95 properties to the market, with 230 registered bidders.More than $19 million worth of sales were recorded on the day.Other agencies that will hold auction events across the Coast include Professionals John Henderson Real Estate (January 21), Amir Prestige Property Agents (January 23) and Lucy Cole Prestige Properties (January 24).center_img MORE NEWS: Make and easy $2500 a weeklast_img read more


first_img The result means Martinez remains unbeaten, but also winless, in three league games in charge of Everton, and he knows their next league fixture against Chelsea will be crucial for how their start to the season is perceived. “The draws put more pressure on your next game,” he said. “If you win the next game after three draws it is a good start to the season, if you lose it you are missing some points. “The first two draws were so one-sided that it was more frustrating, but it is good to see the players working hard at the way we want to play and it will just take a little bit of time to have that sharpness in front of goal. “I am pleased with the platform we have built, now it is a matter of sharpening things up.” One man who has made a big impression early in Martinez’s reign has been Ross Barkley. The Spaniard has put his faith in the 19-year-old midfielder and has been rewarded by a fine start to the season, which also earned the teenager a place in Roy Hodgson’s senior England squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine. Martinez admits he has maybe overused Barkley, but praised his influence on the Blues’ play. “Ross has maybe played too much football this week, because he has become so important for us,” he said. Press Association The Toffees picked up a third successive draw in Saturday’s goalless stalemate at Cardiff, failing to make the most of creating the clearer goalscoring chances. They were also denied what appeared to be a clear penalty when Gary Medel brought down Leighton Baines in the box, on a day when the left-back and fellow Manchester United target Marouane Fellaini played 90 minutes for the Merseysiders. “He was involved in the cup game in the week and he was very influential in our first two league games. “I think maybe he had lost a little sharpness in that final pass or in his shooting outside the box. “But what I like about him is he wants to play, he wants the ball and he can go on to be as good as he wants to be. He is an incredible talent.” Roberto Martinez admits there will be pressure on Everton when they resume their Barclays Premier League campaign after the international break, but he is confident his side are moving in the right direction.last_img read more


first_imgThe Munster Junior League Division One champions will begin their efforts to play at senior level next season when they host the Connacht side.Kick off is at 2.30.last_img


first_imgDefending champion Rory McIlroy faces Australian Jason Day, who moves to world number one, in Texas.In the other last four contest, South African Louis Oosthuizen will play Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain.last_img


first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis An Alpena woman is heading to jail for sexually assaulting a teenager. 30-year-old Billie Joe Clayton was sentenced to a year in jail for assaulting a teenage boy. In April Clayton pleaded guilty to a single count of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree.As part of a settlement agreement, two additional counts of that charge were dismissed. Clayton sexually assaulted the boy between August and November of 2016, when he was between the ages of 13 and 15. The sex was not forced, however the age of consent in Michigan is 18.In addition to serving time, Clayton must also register as a sex offender.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious CFNEM Awards $200,000 In New ScholarshipsNext CFNEM Begins “Red, White and Cruise” Giving Contestlast_img read more


first_img Related News Tiger Woods, arguably golf’s biggest fan attraction, teed off before empty stands Thursday at the Northern Trust.Thunderstorms that rolled through Liberty National Golf Club late Wednesday afternoon brought not only rain but also strong wind that damaged some structures and hospitality tents on the Jersey City, New Jersey, golf course and forced the tournament to delay opening the gates until 10 a.m. ET Thursday, well past Woods’ opening round tee time of 7:43 a.m. “We’re an outdoor sport, so Mother Nature is bound to show up and change our well-laid plans on occasion,” tournament executive director Julie Tyson said in a statement. “We’re grateful that no one was injured and that damage was cosmetic and replaced. We look forward to welcoming the world’s best players – and all of the fans who have been waiting for this event all year long – to the kickoff of the FedExCup Playoffs (on Thursday). We couldn’t be more excited about the favorable forecast the rest of the week and can’t wait to see everyone here.”A little wind a rain won’t keep us down but it will change our gate times.Come out, enjoy tomorrow’s sunshine and watch the best golfers in the world @LibNatGolf .Read more: https://t.co/c2U4aeuRPh pic.twitter.com/8edvKRzJmP— THE NORTHERN TRUST (@TheNTGolf) August 8, 2019Woods, grouped with Scott Piercy and J.T. Poston, isn’t the only marquee player who’ll be well into his round by the time a gallery arrives. Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy, for example, begin their rounds at 8:16 a.m. Gates originally were scheduled to open at 7. Workers continued repairs through the night and into the morning to fix the “cosmetic” damage.The course was closed at around 5 p.m. ET Wednesday and the violent storms blew through shortly after 5:30, knocking over several fences near the clubhouse and and causing visible damage to the top of a skybox near the 18th green. Metal barriers in the players’ parking lot also were strewn about, with some ending up on top courtesy cars.USA Today reported that the media center was “swayed dramatically” in the storm. Tiger Woods plays it safe in Northern Trust pro-am because of stiff backlast_img read more