January 18

Richard Nelson’s Three-Play Cycle The Gabriels to Bow Off-B’way

first_img Election Year in the Life of One Family, Play One: Hungry Related Shows View Comments ICYMI this, this and even this, there’s a Presidential election in 2016 and a new Richard Nelson three-play cycle, tracking the lives of a family through it all, will make its world premiere off-Broadway next year. Written and directed by Tony winner Nelson, The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family will play as part of the Public’s 2015-16 downtown season. Play One: Hungry will begin previews on February 27, 2016 and run through March 20, with opening night set for March 4. The second play in the cycle will open in September 2016 and the final play will open on Election Night, November 8, 2016.Casting will be announced later. As with Nelson’s The Apple Family Plays, each play in The Gabriels cycle will feature a core acting company and will open on the day it is set and unfold in real time over a couple of hours.The first play in the cycle, Hungry, will introduce us to the Gabriels of Rhinebeck, New York. (The Gabriels live just around the corner from the Apple Family.) To the rhythm of peeling, chopping and mixing, Hungry places us in the center of the Gabriels’ kitchen. The family discusses their lives and disappointments, and the world at large and nearby, as they struggle against the fear of being left behind and the challenge to find resilience in the face of loss.Nelson won a Tony for the musical James Joyce’s The Dead. He returns to the Public with The Gabriels after the 2013 run of The Apple Family Plays: Scenes from Life in the Country. His additional theater credits include Conversations in Tusculum, Oblivion, Nikolai and the Others, Goodnight Children Everywhere, Two Shakespearean Actors, Some American Abroad, Madame Melville, New England, Frank’s Home, Rodney’s Wife, Franny’s Way, The General from America and The Vienna Notes. His films include Hyde Park on Hudson, Ethan Frome, and Sensibility and Sense. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 3, 2016last_img read more

December 20

Guatemalan Army Bolsters Public Safety

first_imgBy Amy de Girón/Diálogo August 25, 2016 Cuando hablan de Cuerpo Especial de Reserva, se refieren a la RESERVA de la Fuerza Armada de Guatemala? Excelente dispositivo, mano dura contra el crimen organizado es lo que hemos necesitado desde hace muchos años, siempre dentro del imperio de la Ley y disponer de titulares en leyes para defender al efectivo siempre que no se haga uso desmedido de la fuerza ademas de defenderlo de organizaciones de Derechos Humanos que si magnifican las operaciones militares degradándolas reciben dinero de la izquierda. Me parece muy ingenioso y de grandes resultados la creación de escuadrones en beneficio de la seguridad ciudadana. Enhonrabuena. Crates of tomatoes, bunches of onions, carrots, and a few aromatic herbs are set up to attract buyers. A woman arranges each of the vegetables in an attractive manner to grab her customers’ attention. María Juárez has been selling at the Villa Nueva Market south of Guatemala City for 15 years, and she recognizes that, although it’s not easy work, today it’s made easier thanks to the Guatemalan Army personnel patrols. Five years ago, part of the profits generated by her business went to the hands of gang members, who demanded a weekly payment in exchange for allowing her to live and do business free from their death threats. “I do honest work, and since last year, I’ve seen how the soldiers patrol the market. That makes me feel safe and also calm. They are not going to come extort me at my business [anymore], and the clients are no longer scared to come out and buy,” she affirms. Juárez is one of the many people benefitting from the Special Reserve Corps for Citizen Security (CERSC), which forms part of the support the Guatemalan Army offers civilian security forces. “The mission of these squadrons is to support the civilian security forces in their efforts to stop and combat common and organized crime and re-establishing or maintaining citizen safety when circumstances in the country require it,” says Lieutenant Colonel Karen Pérez, Guatemalan Army spokesperson. In order to support the country’s security needs, nine CERSC squadrons were created under Governmental Accord 31-2015. “Decree 40-2000 was ratified with this government accord, establishing that the Guatemalan Army must act in collaboration with the civilian security forces to protect individuals and to ensure the state provides the appropriate security,” Lt. Col. Pérez added. How do the squadrons work? The CERSC is composed of 4,500 Army troops assigned to citizen-security tasks in Guatemala City and its municipalities, as well as in the departments of San Marcos, Quetzaltenango Huehuetenango, Quiché, Zacapa, Chiquimula, Izabal, Escuintla and Suchitepéquez. “With the goal of protecting the people, we are carrying out comprehensive cooperation operations like foot patrols, motorcycle and van patrols, and checkpoints in direct support of the civilian security forces,” explained Artillery Colonel Nicolás Vergara Maldonado, commander of the Fifth Citizen Security Squadron. He added that they also are collaborating with the “Escuelas Seguras” (Secure Schools) plan, which places squadron personnel outside educational institutions when students come in and out. “Our mission is to counteract common criminal activity so that the honest, hardworking people can be safe, so they can move with confidence around areas where they live,” emphasizes Col. Vergara. The results According to Col. Vergara, who has over a year of experience in one of the areas with the highest rates of gangs and crime, one of the achievements is having taken back several recreational areas. These areas were used to commit crimes, and the criminals didn’t let young people practice sports. Also, the town residents say they feel safe with the presence of the squadrons in the area. “In one of the neighborhoods of zone 18, the residents were extorted by gang members to pay when they went in and out of their houses. They set up a gate and control booth to manage the payments. Now we can say that we’ve recovered this area, and the people walk freely,” said Military Police Colonel Javier Cristóbal Can Saquic, an officer of the Fifth Squadron. The Ministry of the Interior recently presented a report in which it compared the cumulative incidence of crime during the first six months of 2015 and 2016 — this year the figures decreased to 275 cases. Location of the nine squadrons First Squadron: Headed by the “Mariscal Zavala” First Military Brigade, covering zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, and 9A of the department of Guatemala.Second Squadron: Headed by the Honor Guard of the First Brigade of the Military Police, it covers the municipalities of Villa Nueva, Amatitlán, San Miguel Petapa, Villa Canales, and zones 7, 11, 12, and 21.Third Squadron: Headed by the Second Military Brigade of the Military Police, it covers Mixco, San Juan Sacatepéquez, San Pedro Sacatepéquez, San Raymundo, Chuarrancho, and zone 19.Fourth Squadron: Headed by the Mountain Operations Brigade based in San Marcos, it covers San Marcos and Quetzaltenango.Fifth Squadron: Headed by the “Mariscal Zavala” First Brigade, it covers the municipalities of San Pedro Ayampuc, Chinautla, San José del Golfo, Palencia, and zones 6, 16, 17, 18, 24, and 25 in the capital city.Sixth Squadron: Headed by the First Brigade’s Honor Guard, it covers Santa Catarina Pinula, San José Pinula, Fraijanes and zones 5, 10, 13, 14, and 15 in the capital city.Seventh Squadron: Headed by the Fifth Infantry Brigade in Huehuetenango, it covers Huehuetenango and Quiché.Eighth Squadron: Headed by the Second Infantry Brigade in Zacapa, it covers Zacapa, Chiquimula, and Izabal.Ninth Squadron: Headed by the “Mariscal Zavala” First Infantry Brigade, it covers Escuintla and Suchitepéquez.last_img read more

December 17

‘Payment charter’ closed process, ambiguity lead to concerns

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions welcome fintech innovation and competition but are concerned that many products and services offered by fintechs skirt consumer protection regulations, CUNA wrote to the House Financial Services Task Force on Financial Technology Tuesday. An example cited by CUNA is a “payment charter” proposed by Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks.“Recently, Acting Comptroller of the Currency, Brian Brooks, has proposed what has been called a “Payment Charter,” but this appears to be a national money transmitter license that preempts state licenses requirement and provide a possible onramp for nonbanks to directly access to the Federal Reserve’s payment clearing system,” the letter reads. “The Acting Comptroller has indicated in several forums that the OCC does not need to pursue rulemaking for the payments charter and that the Acting Comptroller can approve this charter at any time.CUNA opposes the so-called payments charter,” it adds. “We believe the OCC should undertake an open and transparent process in considering new charters. This process was followed with the notice and comment rulemaking process for the fintech charter, but has not been done with payments charter.” continue reading »last_img read more

October 18

Arsenal squad suspect Unai Emery rigged club captaincy vote in Mesut Ozil’s favour

first_imgArsenal squad suspect Unai Emery rigged club captaincy vote in Mesut Ozil’s favour Mesut Ozil was named as one of five Arsenal captains (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil’s inclusion as one of five new captains at the club has raised eyebrows among the Arsenal squad.Granit Xhaka was named club captain after a secret vote was conducted at the end of September.The Gunners have been without a permanent skipper since the departure of Laurent Koscielny, while the club also lost experienced stalwarts such as Aaron Ramsey, Nacho Monreal and Petr Cech last summer.Emery avoided naming a new captain throughout pre-season and instead insisted on holding a secret ballot that would help decide a new skipper and a ‘leadership group’ behind him.ADVERTISEMENTPierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Hector Bellerin and Ozil were named as Xhaka’s four deputies following the vote, but the inclusion of the German has raised suspicion in the squad, according to the Sun.AdvertisementAdvertisementEmery made the announcements to the squad but did not reveal the exact details of the ballot results, instead preferring to list the qualities that are needed to captain the club. Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 1 Oct 2019 11:10 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.9kShares Xhaka wore the armband for the first time as permanent captain against United (Picture: Getty)And it’s claimed that the squad are sceptical that Ozil was actually successful in the vote.The German is the only remaining member of last season’s ‘leadership group’ and many of the players feel Emery kept Ozil part of this season’s to make life easier for himself.Ozil has barely featured for the Gunners this term and was left out of their squad to face Manchester United on Monday night.The attacking midfielder is a quiet member of the squad and not thought of as a senior member, despite his pedigree.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalIt was made clear that Ozil is the fifth captain and he’s not expected to wear the armband except for matches in the Europa League.The playmaker is expected to return to the matchday squad for Thursday’s clash against Standard Liege.MORE: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson announces return for WWE’s Friday Night Smackdown Commentlast_img read more

September 26

Tokyo holds Olympic torch rehearsal as spectre of virus looms

first_img Loading… Tokyo Olympic organisers held a dummy run for the torch relay Saturday as fears over the coronavirus epidemic continue to cast a dark shadow over preparations for this summer’s Games. A quartet of runners carried unlit torches for some 200 metres each as organisers meticulously went over the fine details before the Olympic flame arrives in Japan to wind its way around the country from March 26 to July 24, when the Games begin. Japanese actress Satomi Ishihara ran the third leg of the relay rehearsal Watched by security and police, the torch-bearers, sporting the official white Olympic uniform with diagonal red stripe, passed a fake flame to one another followed by onlookers, local residents and city officials as traffic was diverted for the event. “It’s thrilling to think this will take place across Japan over 121 days,” said actress Satomi Ishihara, who ran the third leg of the relay rehearsal. “I’m sure it will leave behind a lot of good memories.”Advertisement Read Also: Japanese snow shortage puts Tokyo 2020 heat prevention plan at risk However, concerns over the fast-spreading coronavirus – which has killed more than 1,500 people and infected over 66,000 in China – have triggered calls for Tokyo organisers to reveal whether they have contingency plans, despite their assertions the Olympics will go ahead as planned. Japan, which registered its first fatality from the disease on Thursday, is one of the worst-hit countries outside of mainland China with at least 30 cases in the country and more than 200 positive tests aboard a quarantined on a cruise ship floating off Yokohama since last week. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentThis Is Probably The Happiest Dog On Instagram2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Characters Who Deserve To Be Official Disney Princesses9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Amazing Shows From The 90s That Need A Reboot Right Now5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

September 24

Girls Basketball Scores (11-16)

first_imgWRBI Area Girls High School Basketball Scores.Saturday (11-16)Batesville  50    North Decatur  43Jac-Cen-Del  68     South Ripley  37Union County  64     Milan  35East Central  56     Shelbyville  32Centerville  47     Franklin County  43South Decatur  51     Rising Sun  49South Dearborn  62     Switzerland County  41Southwestern  66     Waldron  23Trinity Lutheran  50     Hauser  43Rushville  50     Columbus East  44Eastern  44     Southwestern  38last_img read more

September 20

Cisse elbow has Martinez fuming

Roberto Martinez insisted Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse should have been sent off for an “unacceptable” elbow on Seamus Coleman in Everton’s 3-2 defeat on Tyneside. Republic of Ireland international Coleman went to ground after clashing with the Senegal frontman on the half-hour of the Barclays Premier League match at St James’ Park, and replays suggested the latter was fortunate to survive as referee Craig Pawson took no action. Martinez’s frustration was compounded four minutes later when Cisse cancelled out Arouna Kone’s opener to set up the home side to end a run of four successive defeats with a 3-2 victory. Asked if the goalscorer should still have been on the pitch at that point, the Toffees boss said: “No, no, he shouldn’t. “One thing is the performance of the two sides; the other is the big moments like that elbow. I don’t want to see players sent off for different rules or the laws of the game, but it is unacceptable, that action from Papiss Cisse. “You don’t want to see that on a football pitch, that shouldn’t be allowed. Two players fighting for their position at a dead-ball situation and you end up deciding to take the law [into your own hands] by elbowing a fellow professional, it’s unacceptable and that should have been a red card. “That’s got nothing to do with the result – obviously it’s different to play against 10 men than it is to play against 11 men, but actions like that shouldn’t be allowed to be on a football pitch.” Cisse seems certain to face action over the incident, but Martinez admitted his surprise that it had not been spotted at the time. He said: “I am surprised. When you see it on the replay, there is no intention of the player to hide it. It’s just he wants to take the law into his own will and he reacts in a manner that is very, very hard to justify. “You don’t want to see that behaviour on a football pitch, you want to see that spotted, if it’s the linesman, if it’s the referee. It’s right in the middle of the goal, it’s in the six-yard box, the corner is going to be taken into that area – you want to have that covered. “I don’t know how. I know it’s difficult, but the action was well open and that should have been spotted.” Press Association The game started in rather more encouraging fashion than it ended for the visitors when Kone, making his first Barclays Premier League start for the club he joined during the summer of 2013, marked it with his first goal just five minutes in. But the home side recovered and after Cisse had levelled, Ayoze Perez gave them a 51st-minute lead and Jack Colback opened his Magpies account 16 minutes later. Substitute Kevin Mirallas sparked a late flurry by reducing the deficit six minutes from time – but Newcastle held out. Victory could hardly have been more welcome for Magpies boss Alan Pardew after three successive league defeats, including one by arch-rivals Sunderland in their last outing at St James’ Park. However, he chose not to share his thoughts with the gathered media afterwards with bookmakers having suspended betting on his appointment as Neil Warnock’s replacement at Crystal Palace. That decision inevitably sent the rumour mill into overdrive, although neither assistant John Carver nor club officials were able to shed any light on the situation. Asked why Pardew, who has five and a half years remaining on his contract, had not appeared, Carver said: “He just said, ‘Will you go and do the press for me?’ That was it. I was actually eating a pie at the time. “He is fine, he’s delighted. It’s a fantastic result for us. We have gone on a run of games where we have not won, we have had a difficult period against good opposition and again another good opposition today. “But we have actually set about them and like I say, take away that five minutes and he has been pleased with the performance. It has probably been one of our best performances in recent times.” read more

September 20

Travel nightmare: U.S. Customs system goes down

first_imgHave a flight to catch tonight? Well you may be in for a longer wait time than usual.Sources are reporting that due to a failure in the U.S Customs computer system, several airports around the US are experiencing difficulties with checking people in.Airport employees are now being forced to manually check in guest which is resulting in extremely long wait times.While it is unclear what caused the system to go down, TMZ is reporting that some sources believe that it may be the result of a cyber attack. This working theory, however, has not been confirmed.JFK, LAX and Dulles are just some of the airports being affected.JFK has since released a statement informing passengers of the outage and asking them to check their flights before coming to the airport.“Officers are processing passengers manually so please check with your airline for the latest status of any flight impacts.”This is a developing story.Read more here.last_img read more

September 19

Crowd jeers Russia’s heavyweight gold medal winner

first_imgBy Alan BaldwinRIO DE JANEIRO,(Reuters)-Russia’s Evgeny Tishchenko won the Olympic heavyweight boxing gold medal to a chorus of boos from the crowd yesterday after beating Kazakhstan’s Vasily Levit on a unanimous points decision.Levit, whose world champion opponent required medical attention for a cut in the third and final round, had to settle for silver despite seeming to land more punches and steer the fight.The bronze medals went to losing semi-finalists Rustam Tulaganov of Uzbekistan and Erislandy Savon of Cuba.The majority of the audience, in a Riocentro arena that was barely half full, reacted to the score announcement with derision while a pocket of Russian fans waved flags and celebrated.There were more boos during the medal ceremony, although Levit gestured for silence by putting a finger to his lips.The judges score cards had Levit narrowly ahead after the first round, with two out three giving it to him, but they were unanimous in giving the second to the Russian.Levit, who prevented the world champion from using his height and longer reach to any effect by smothering him, steered the Russian repeatedly on to the ropes and came on strong in an often scrappy third round.Both men hit out wildly, with Tishchenko slipping on the canvas and momentarily losing his balance as they grappled.The referee called a halt with 51 seconds remaining for inspection of a cut, more common now that Olympic boxers no longer wear head guards, before the fight resumed and ended in a flurry of punches.Russian athletes have been regularly booed in Rio as a result of the country’s doping scandal that has overshadowed the Games, but Tishchenko faced plenty of questions about the scoring.To his increasing irritation, he was asked whether he considered himself a worthy winner and whether he agreed with the outcome.If the judges gave me the medal, they had reasons for it,” he said, speaking through a translator.“For sure I am really upset about this (booing) because I respect my opponents and all the crowd,” he added. “I just cannot understand why they booed in such an outrageous way.”Levit, who put his silver medal in his pocket as he left the arena after the award ceremony rather than keeping it around his neck, refused to criticize anyone and told reporters his opponent deserved a better reception.“There is a solidarity between fighters and I think that every boxer that comes to the ring deserves respect,” said the Kazakh.“In my head I was thinking that I won and the coaches were quite happy with me and told me I did everything they asked me to do for the fight. But you see how it ended up.”last_img read more