Al Pacino on Returning to B’way in Mamet’s ‘Daunting & Large’ China Doll

first_img View Comments Related Shows Al Pacino is opening up about returning to Broadway this fall in David Mamet’s China Doll. “I’ve gotta do the Mamet play, which is daunting and large,” the legend told Vanity Fair. The playwright is on record as saying that the show, which he penned for Pacino, is “better than oral sex”—so what else can we expect from the production?“It’s just two characters. So I’m right now just coping with that,” said Pacino. He does have a Big Apple support system in place. “I see Bobby [De Niro] every time I go to New York, so I see him a lot…I see Bobby Cannavale a lot. I enjoy spending time with them.” Broadway fave Cannavale, of course, co-starred with him in Danny Collins.Directed by Pam MacKinnon and co-starring Fran Kranz, China Doll will begin performances on October 21 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre and officially open on November 19. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 31, 2016 China Dolllast_img read more

Colombia Seizes over 800 Kilos of Cocaine in the Caribbean Sea

first_img Due to information provided by the Colombian National Navy, a total of 847 kilos of cocaine transported by two people on a boat were seized off the Costa Rican coast, according to a cooperation agreement between Colombia and Costa Rica. From August 19 to 26, over 1,000 kilos of cocaine were seized off the coasts of Caribbean countries, the Colombian Navy said. The vessel, without a name and license, had left the Colombian coast with two crew members, when it was intercepted by the Costa Rican National Coast Guard Service, 35 nautical miles from Puerto Limón city. During inspection, the authorities found the drugs hidden in the vessel’s double bottom. During this period, 1,072 kilos of cocaine were seized off the coasts of Caribbean countries, according to information provided by the National Navy. The previous seizure was made after a vessel named “Niña Darye” started sailing in Colombian Caribbean waters when it was followed by the Navy vessel ARC San Andrés and Coast Guard units. Later, it was intercepted by Panama’s National Air Naval Service (SENAN), near the Dutch Keys, and 225 kilos of drugs were found. By Dialogo August 27, 2013center_img So far this year, the Caribbean Naval Force has seized nearly 28 tons of cocaine from different operations carried out in its jurisdiction, dramatically affecting the finances of drug trafficking groups. The Colombian nationals, the drugs and the boat were brought to the Costa Rican authorities at Puerto Limón. The National Navy endorses the importance of interdiction and cooperation agreements, as well as the development of combined operations with units from other countries, which are essential to countering transnational crime and drug trafficking.last_img read more

Dominican Republic battles gun violence with technology

first_img Security forces in the Dominican Republic recently received an important tool in the battle against violent crime. On Oct. 1, the Caribbean country launched the Ballistic and Biometric Laboratory (LABBS), which is part of the National Weapons System (SISNA). LABBS is helping the Dominican Republic to create a national database of legal firearms and their owners. The database is part of the country’s National Safety Plan. Being able to quickly trace firearms used in violent crimes should help police identify and capture suspects quickly, authorities believe. Dominican Republic officials estimate that more than 80 percent of the homicides that occur in the country are committed with legal firearms. “The installation of this system, the most advanced in the world, will achieve greater efficiency and persuade those who commit crimes not to do so. We have organized crime; we cannot have a disorganized state. We have criminals using modern technology, and the government should as well,” MIP Minister José Ramón Fadul said, according to Listín Diario. The Dominican Republic reported 2,513 homicides in 2012, about 25 killings for every 100,000 residents, according to the United Nations Office on Crime and Drugs (UNODOC). Quick response code Technological advancement A national registry The improved technology will not only help authorities investigate violent crimes. It will also improve the system for registering firearms. Authorities will be able to verify the authenticity of firearms licenses by checking a “quick response code,” known as “QR.” New and renewed firearms licenses will have a dot matrix or a two-dimensional bar code that authorities can quickly check to verify the license is authentic. Dominican security agents can use a smart phone to scan new firearms licenses to check on their authenticity, SISNA officials said. Because LABBS allows authorities to collect data on firearms and their owners, it will become more useful as more information is collected, said MIP Minister Fadul. “The system will strengthen as licenses or permits for carrying or owning a firearm expire. The goal is to have the database ready, or in the final stage, in order to continue with the other stages, which will have complete control of the legal firearms market,” Fadul said. License renewals The administration of then- President Leonel Fernández launched the program in 2010. The project cost the Dominican government about $22 million (USD), authorities said. More than 60 high-trained technicians work on the LABBS program, authorities said. center_img By Dialogo November 19, 2013 Reducing violence The Interior and Police Ministry (MIP) is responsible for registering information related to firearms and the private data of gun owners. Dominican officials estimate 235,000 firearms are in the country, which has a population of about 10 million people. “ This will be a national registry, a public registry, where all information on gun owners will be sent. In addition, it is being prepared to include weapons of the Armed Forces and the police,” said Samuel de Moya III, the general director of SISNA. The database will be used by the MIP, the National Police, the Attorney General’s office, and the National Directorate for Drug Control (DCND), authorities said. The database will help authorities conduct criminal investigations and gather evidence to use in court prosecutions. Four integrated systems LABBS consists of four integrated systems: • The Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) is used to quickly identify fingerprints. AFIS is used by major law enforcement agencies throughout the world. • The Advanced Ballistics Analysis System (ALIAS) helps authorities analyze fingerprints lifted from bullets fired during a violent crime. • The Firearms Management System is used to keep track of registrations of legal firearms. This includes the issuance, renewal, transfer, and cancellation of firearms permits. • An integrative computer system consolidates each of these systems, allowing law enforcement investigators to work quickly and efficiently. The system will become stronger For the first time ever, Dominican gun owners are being required to bring their firearms with them when they renew their licenses. About 135,000 Dominican gun owners renew their licenses annually. Dominican gun owners pay about $230 (USD) for a new firearms license and $77 (USD) to renew an existing license. Every day, about 100 people throughout the country take a shooting test to obtain or renew a permit to carry a firearm, authorities said. Antonio Valerio is the technical director of the LABBS program. Helping security forces quickly obtain information on firearms and their owners should help law enforcement agents capture suspects, which will reduce the rate of violence, Valerio said. “Through the registration and control of weapons, the Dominican government seeks to prevent practices that facilitate criminal offenses,” said Daniel Matul Romero, a security analyst at the university of Costa Rica. “This lab is a good initiative because it is not an isolated action. It is an action that is inserted within a greater security policy. It is on the right track.” The Dominican government faces three challenges, according to Matul Romero: getting the public to take part in the registration process, shielding the system from tampering so that it remains a solid and transparent mechanism, and ensuring that all the data stored will serve to guide public policy decisions.last_img read more

Paddington in the spotlight

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ATP CIO says building-block portfolio approach still valid amid uncertainty

first_imgThat approach has now had about a year to bed in after it was unveiled to the public at the pension fund’s annual results news conference at the beginning of February – having been up and running for some months before then.The portfolio is now built from blocks of four risk factors – interest-rate factor, inflation factor, equity factor and other factors – with each investment decomposed into the different risk factors it carries in order to be assessed as part of the overall desired mix.The method was specifically designed to succeed in all market environments and was in part inspired by the All-Weather Portfolio devised by Ray Dalio and offered as a fund by his hedge-fund firm Bridgewater.Though ATP has had an ongoing dialogue on multi-asset investing with Bridgewater for more than a decade and talked to the Bridgewater CIOs in the development phase of its risk-factor approach, Lorenzen said the Danish institution’s new multi-factor method owes more to the thinking of investment manager AQR and the academic field of “financial economics” more generally.For Lorenzen, one of the main achievements of ATP’s new multi-factor investing approach is the ability to cover both liquid and illiquid assets within the same framework.While liquid managers such as Bridgewater and AQR can restrict themselves to the liquid universe, he points out that ATP cannot.“So we have the investment strategy and risk-decision processes in place, and it will be interesting to see what the return drivers are from now on, and what is going to work,” Lorenzen said.“We’ve seen that, during the global financial crisis, ‘cash was king’, and for the past seven years ‘beta has been king’.”Balanced portfolios performed extremely well in this period, he said, with central banks’ quantitative easing programmes feeding easy credit into the system, and most asset types producing reasonable returns at the same time.Price appreciations across asset classes – risk premia compression across risk factors – have driven returns, he said. “I find it hard to imagine a similar beta-tailwind going forward, so maybe carry will be king in the years to come,” Lorenzen said, referring to the decomposition of asset returns firstly in terms of price appreciation – or depreciation – and secondly in terms of the carry components of return, come about even at unchanged prices, such as bond coupon and ‘roll-down’ on the yield curve, equity dividend-yield and illiquidity premia.The pension fund’s house view now is that interest rates – again – will stay lower for longer than previously assumed, he said.In such an environment, it is possible to generate returns on carry trades alone – borrowing at short-term rates to buy further out along the yield curve where rates are marginally higher, for example.ATP has been building up its stocks of US Treasuries in recent weeks, having pounced on the opportunity to buy interest-rate risk at better levels that opened up after the shock election of Donald Trump as the next US president in early November. “The re-pricing of US Treasuries presented a good opportunity for us to rebalance the exposure in our portfolio,” he said.Carry trading could produce tactical returns for ATP in equities, particularly if the pension fund’s assessment of stock market dynamics proves correct.“If you look at equities, we think there’s a good chance there’s going to be mean reversion,” Lorenzen said.The third component of carry, he said, is the illiquidity premium.Some 50% of the assets in ATP’s DKK100bn (€13bn) investment portfolio – which consists of the fund’s bonus reserves, and not the DKK700bn of hedging instruments used to back the fund’s pension guarantees – is now invested in illiquid investments.Because the jury is still out on what the real return drivers will turn out to be in this new phase of political and economic uncertainty and continuing low interest rates, ATP is keen to keep its powder dry for big opportunities that might arise.“We’re not going to bet the bank that carry is to be king, and that we are not going to get returns from beta,” he said, adding that a balanced set of factor exposures was the backbone in the investment strategy.“Particularly in the illiquid space, we want to be in a position to act quickly.”Certainly, ATP’s investment portfolio has seen some of its highest returns from large private equity and debt investments such as the part-privatisation of DONG Energy, and the stock-market listing of financial payments business Nets.“It is on the large deals that it’s more likely that we have an edge,” Lorenzen said.Deals are now coming up, with banks keen to do “balance sheet sharing”.Given Trump’s rhetorical focus on improving infrastructure in the US, Lorenzen said it would be interesting to see what happened in practice in the new presidency and whether new infrastructure investment opportunities did indeed emerge on a large scale.“There is so much uncertainty around this, but it’s going to interesting to follow,” he said.The development of the dollar on foreign exchanges will be a crucial factor for investment in the next phase, he said, because the US has been the main growth market in the current global economic cycle.“That is going to be diluted because of the dollar, and that’s another reason why rates are likely to stay low for longer,” Lorenzen said.Doubts around the US currency are making emerging market debt, denominated in dollars, less attractive for ATP.“I prefer corporate bonds, if there were a repricing,” he said. Six months into his new job, Kasper Ahrndt Lorenzen, CIO of Europe’s fourth-largest pension fund ATP, is seeing the institution through two major transitions.Not only is a new chief executive set take the reins in the new year, but, in common with other institutional investors around the world, in 2017, ATP faces a rarely seen level of political and economic uncertainty that its investment strategy must weather.“We will stick to the mindset we have had over the past few years, and use what we have developed – that’s still going to be valid,” Lorenzen said in an interview at IPE’s London office, referring to the institution’s current portfolio construction approach.last_img read more

The hardest place in QLD to sell a house is by the beach in Townsville

first_imgSellers and real estate agents in Nelly Bay also have their work cut out for them, with houses on the market for 149 days before selling. It makes the suburb the second hardest place to sell a house in Townsville.In Bohle Plains, Thuringowa Central, Balgal Beach and Deeragun, houses were on the market for over 80 days.Houses in Belgian Gardens are the quickest to sell in Townsville, with an average of only 30 days on the market.In Oonoonba, North Ward, Pimlico, Jensen, Vincent and Currajong houses also sell in less than 40 days on average. The second hardest suburb in Queensland to sell a house is Gladstone, with houses on the market for an average of 202 days.TOP 10: Where houses are on the market longest in Townsville Suburb Median number of days on market Peter and Amanda Clune bought this house at 134 Toolakea Beach in Bluewater for it’s acreage and the quiet lifestyle.“It’s away from the hustle and bustle and there’s no Woolworths supermarket close by so it’s just a nice quiet area.“We looked at Alligator Creek and Black River and as soon as we saw this one we just thought ‘wow,’ and it was exactly what we wanted.”Explore Property agent Allison Gough, who sold the property to the Clune family, said buyers looking in Bluewater wanted different things to those looking in areas like North Ward. How this local tradie saved his way to four sound investments by 22 “As you head out and up along the beaches your buyer pool can sometimes change, the amount and type of buyers looking in North Ward is very different to Bluewater,” Ms Gough said.“Bluewater is predominantly acreage and sometimes those buyers look for a very long-time.“Overall the number of properties in Bluewater is a lot less than in bigger suburbs and that can affect the turnover when compared (to other suburbs).”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 Toolakea Beach resident Peter Clune with Charlotte, 3, and Harrison, 6. Picture: Evan MorganTOWNSVILLE’s beachside suburb of Bluewater is the hardest place in Queensland to sell a house.Properties are on the market for an average of 216 days in the area, shows the most recent data released by CoreLogic.READ MORE Townsville residents sitting on property goldcenter_img Enjoy luxury and convenience in this custom-built forever home READ MORE Bluewater 216Nelly Bay 149Bohle Plains 102Thuringowa Central 85Balgal Beach 80Deeragun 80Burdell 79Garbutt 77Alice River 74Condon 71 In North Queensland houses stay on the market for an average of 58 days, just over a quarter of the time they’re on the market for in Bluewater. However, for Peter Clune and his wife Amanda, buying their property in Bluewater was a “no-brainer,” with acreage and the quiet life being the main selling point. “We came out here and had a look around and it just felt like the country to me,” Mr Clune said.last_img read more

Iwobi back in contention for Everton after recovering from a knock

first_img Promoted Content6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The RatingsMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterPink Pineapples Exist – In Case You Didn’t Know Loading… Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Ancelotti confirmed Branthwaite and Holgate were both unavailable for the game along with long-term absentees Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Achilles) and Cenk Tosun (ACL). Defender Branthwaite sustained an ankle injury during Everton’s 3-0 win over Salford on Wednesday night and the 18-year-old is expected to be unavailable “for three to five weeks”. Holgate, meanwhile, continues to be sidelined with a toe injury and Everton boss Ancelotti said the Club could enter the transfer market to boost their centre-back options. The Blues have already signed four players this summer – Niels Nkounkou, Allan, James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucoure. “Jarrad has a problem with his ankle,” said Ancelotti. “He doesn’t need surgery but will need to rest for around one month. read also:Everton future looking bleak for Alex Iwobi “With Mason, we have to follow the advice of the doctors and medical staff. He is out for two or three months. “But, honestly, he feels good at the moment. He is walking in the swimming pool without any problem “The other players are fit and ready to play.” He added: “We are looking for a centre-back, if the [transfer] market offers something.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Everton manager, Carlo Ancelotti, has confirmed that Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi has fully recovered from a knock and he is in contention for the regular shirt against West Brom on Saturday. Everton centre-back pair Jarrad Branthwaite and Mason Holgate will miss Saturday’s clash with West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park, but  Iwobi is back after recovering from the injury which kept him out of the Blues’ victories over Spurs and Salford City.last_img read more

UPDATED: Weekend rains vary throughout region

first_imgWilmington, Oh. — Weekend rains varied a great deal according to the National Weather Service. Allen Randall says gauges in the Friendship area recorded about three inches of rain while gauges in the northern portions of Ripley County had about one inch.Forecasters issued a flash flood warning for the area at 1 a.m. Monday for all of southeastern Indiana and some parts of northern Kentucky.Rain is expected to move off to the east by noon Monday and the forecast looks dry through at least Wednesday.In Switzerland County, the sheriff’s department received a report of a van with 12 passengers in the water on Nell Lee Road.  The driver of the van was attempting to cross a ford in the road and became stuck.  All passengers were safely removed from the vehicle and no injuries were reported.last_img read more

Batesville Area CYO Basketball Scores

first_imgBatesville Area CYO Basketball ScoresSunday  (1-5)  St. Louis #1 defeated St. Mary’s #1(Greensburg) by a score of 62-29. Leading the way for St. Louis was Chris Anderson with 25, Seth Gausman with 9, and Jon Thompson with 8.  Seth Gausman has now scored 102 points in 6 games along with 90 total points for Jon Thompson.    St. Louis #2 defeated St. Mary’s #2 (Greensburg) by a score of 50-38. Leading the way for St. Louis was Kurt Siefert with 23, Adam Vogelsang with 11 and Luke Wilson with 11.  Other scores from the Weekend.   St. Maurice/Immaculate Conception (Napoleon) defeated Holy Family (Oldenburg)  by a score of 52-47. All Saints #1 (East Central) defeated St. Michael’s (Brookville) by a score of 66- 25. All Saints #2 (East Central) defeated St. Catherine’s Of Sienna by a score of 61-29.     CYO will be back in action Sunday, January 12, with the following. Games Played at St. Louis. 1:00 All Saints #1 vs St. Catherine’s of Sienna. 2:15 All Saints #2 vs St. Louis #1. 3:30 St. Louis #2 vs St. Maurice/Immaculate Conception. Games Played at Brookville. 1:00 St. Michael’s vs St. Mary’s #1. 2:15 Holy Family vs St. Mary’s #2.  Courtesy of Bruins Coach Fuzz Springmeyer.last_img read more

Pardew defends lack of movement

first_img The 52-year-old went into the final days of the transfer window desperately hoping to land at least one attacking player, but ultimately had to be satisfied with just the arrival of loan signing Loic Remy, who had turned down Tyneside for QPR seven months earlier. A statement released on his behalf was a masterpiece of diplomacy, acknowledging both owner Mike Ashley’s January investment in Mathieu Debuchy, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran, and Kinnear’s ultimately unsuccessful efforts to bolster his squad further. Pardew said: “We are delighted to have brought Loic Remy to the club in this window and we believe he will form an exciting and effective partnership with Papiss Cisse. “Joe has worked hard on numerous targets, particularly an additional offensive player. However, some of the options that were available within our financial means were not as good as the players we already had and there is no point bringing in new players unless they can improve us and take us forward. “We did the majority of our business in the January window, signing five excellent first-team players. With the strong squad we have we should all approach the season in a positive, optimistic frame of mind.” However, Pardew’s attempts at conciliation are likely to cut little ice with fans who were furious at Kinnear’s appointment in June and little short of apoplectic at his performance since. Mark Jensen, editor of online fanzine, said: “Basically if anybody still believes that Joe Kinnear was brought in to co-ordinate incoming transfers, then their glass isn’t half-full, it’s overflowing because clearly I don’t think there’s been any real intention of bringing any players in unless it was an absolute bargain or if they had sold somebody. “Exactly what his role is is a good question. I’m guessing his role was to come in and shake things up, and instantly you saw [managing director] Derek Llambias walk out of the door. “I don’t think you will find too many fans who don’t believe Mike Ashley is attempting to use Joe Kinnear to get Alan Pardew out of the door.” Kinnear has repeatedly insisted he is no threat to Pardew and that the pair enjoy a good working relationship. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has moved to defuse a backlash against director of football Joe Kinnear after his failure to make a single permanent summer signing. The 66-year-old has also claimed the manager agreed that the current squad was strong enough to finish in the top half of the table during their early discussions, but Pardew was at pains to make it known during the final days of the window that he wanted to strengthen further, although to no avail. Jensen said: “I had the lowest expectations possible for this transfer window, and have got to say that Mike Ashley has exceeded those very, very low expectations. “I was telling people before it all kicked off in June that I didn’t expect Newcastle to sign many, maybe one or two players, maybe one or two if we sold somebody. “But I never thought we would be in the mad position of basically buying nobody and in reality having a smaller squad than last year, when we struggled. “We have got people now on the bench who would have been behind the likes of James Perch and Danny Simpson last season. “The thing that strikes me more than anything is that the margin for error is so minute. “We all know there is a small handful of players who make or score goals or are capable of doing so. We saw last season when [Yohan] Cabaye and [Hatem] Ben Arfa were injured that we struggled to create chances and score goals, especially with Demba Ba out of the door. “In one word, ‘disbelief’ sums it up. But on the other hand, you almost take it for granted now that at a time when every single club is spending the extra money they are getting from the TV deal, Newcastle stand out like a sore thumb. “It could backfire massively. Last season, they had the safety net of making money available in January and we got out of jail. Who’s to say it would work out a second time?” Pardew can at least take consolation from Yohan Cabaye’s continued presence at the club after Arsenal failed to meet Newcastle’s valuation despite weeks of speculation. Press Associationlast_img read more