Sutton Foster on Younger: ‘It’s Like Tootsie But with Age’

first_img Star Files Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 10, 2014 Though two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster is spending her summer finding inner beauty in Broadway’s Violet, she’ll spend the fall getting Younger. As previously reported, Foster’s new TV series has been picked up by TV Land for a fall premiere. We recently caught up with the busy triple threat to ask her about starring opposite Hilary Duff in the new sitcom from Sex and the City mastermind Darren Star.“We start filming in August. I just saw the pilot; it’s really cool,” Foster told Broadway.com. “I play a 40-year-old mom who gives up her career to raise her daughter, and then her husband leaves her. She has trouble getting back into work and getting hired, so she decides to reinvent herself as a 26-year-old. It’s like Tootsie but with age.”Based on the novel of the same name by Pamela Redmond Satran, the single-camera comedy has been picked up for 12 episodes. Former Bunheads headliner Foster stars opposite Duff, Miriam Shor and Debi Mazar.“It’s super cute and I get to relive my twenties,” Foster said. “Hilary Duff is awesome, and Darren Star? Not bad! It’s really fun.”Catch a sneak peek of the show below. Violet View Comments Sutton Fosterlast_img read more

Indonesia looking at near-zero growth as govt struggles to spend budget, Sri Mulyani says

first_imgThe government is pinning its hopes on a growth rate of around zero percent this year as it struggles to spend a Rp 695.2 trillion (US$47 billion) stimulus budget to revive an economy reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Wednesday that economic growth could flatline at zero percent this year as economic activity might start to normalize by September, adding that the government was struggling to spend the stimulus budget needed to revive the economy.“An economic recovery doesn’t mean a jump from minus 5 percent to 5 percent growth, we may be close to zero [growth] because catching up with last year’s level is a struggle amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said during the webinar “Reimagining the future of Indonesia’s economy”, which is part of The Jakarta Post’s Jakpost Up Close webinar series. Sri Mulyani referred to the coronavirus outbreak that has caused the country’s economy to shrink 5.32 percent in the second quarter this year, as the components of economic activity fell significantly.“The President has asked whether the money should be poured out to the people or through the economy, and pouring it out isn’t just like flushing it down the toilet. You really have to spend and somebody is going to audit you,” she said.So far, the lack of stimulus budget disbursement has continued to hinder Indonesia’s economic recovery. The government has only spent around 21 percent, Rp 151 trillion, of the stimulus budget even after five months since the beginning of the outbreak.The finance minister said a lack of citizens’ data and red tape were among the main reasons that held up budget disbursement, adding that the government had to “redesign and reshape” the stimulus to be able to speed up spending. “Several ministers are also still new and have yet to understand the bureaucracy as the COVID-19 pandemic has hit their funding needs hard, which they must reprioritize and cut their budgets,” she went on to say.Sri Mulyani added that the trajectory of the economy would depend on whether a second wave of the virus hit the country later this year, adding that the government hoped for a “technical rebound” next year as economic activity normalized.The government expects the economy to grow by 4.5 to 5.5 percent next year, but several economists have said the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus may again stymie the country’s economic growth.“Macroeconomic policy will be prudent and supportive next year and some reforms including the omnibus bills will provide confidence,” she said.The government will continue to accelerate infrastructure development, incentives for businesses and social protection programs, among other projects.“We are hopeful this can create confidence for the business community and consumers,” she added.Topics :last_img read more

Fifa upbeat after 2010 stadiums tour

first_img14 October 2008Officials from world football authority Fifa and the 2010 local organising committee (LOC) have concluded a 10-day inspection tour of South Africa’s 10 World Cup stadiums, praising the general construction status.Experts from Fifa and the LOC represented various areas, ranging from stadium technical teams to security, competitions, hospitality, ticketing, media, marketing, TV and IT.“Overall we are happy with what we have seen in the facilities,” Fifa South Africa office head Ron DelMont said in a statement by the LOC last week. “Very encouraging progress has been made in particular at the six new stadiums since the last visits. They will be amazing football jewels in 2010.“The great engagement from the cities proves that we are on the right track.”Also part of the inspection party was LOC acting chief compliance officer Derek Blanckensee, who said it was heartening not only to see the tremendous construction progress, but also the level of planning in and around the stadiums.“We examined in great detail the functional use of all the spaces and access routes of all the constituent groups involved in a Fifa World Cup, and there was a great correlation between what Fifa expected and what the cities’ various technical experts have provided,” he said.ChallengesSome challenges were identified, however, particularly concerning the refurbishments in Pretoria and Bloemfontein, both venues for next year’s Fifa Confederations Cup, which kicks off in less than nine months.The issues lay mainly in the interpretation of the Fifa infrastructural requirements, which have been addressed in the operational meetings with the cities. There is still much work to do, but the delegation is optimistic that the necessary solutions will be found and implemented in time to put on a world-class event next year.The two other Fifa Confederations Cup venues, Ellis Park in Johannesburg and Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Rustenburg, were well on track to meet Fifa requirements and deadlines.‘African calabash’During the inspection the group also witnessed a milestone at Soccer City, to the south of Johannesburg, as the first panels of the iconic African calabash – which will wrap around the stadium – were placed on the outside of the venue hosting the world cup opening match and final.Fifa consultant Horst Schmidt, a former organiser of the 1974 and 2006 World Cups and part of the inspection party in Polokwane and Johannesburg, heaped lavish praise on Soccer City.“I think that Soccer City is one of the most exciting sites I’ve ever seen in my sporting life,” he said. “Vigilant attention to every detail is now required in all host cities, and all stakeholders now clearly need to understand their roles to deliver memorable finished products across all venues.”Stadium progressAll the new stadia under construction made a great impression on the inspection tour group, with Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium well on course to becoming the first new World Cup stadium to be completed.Over 90% of the stadium’s construction work is already complete, with over 20 000 seats installed. The Durban Stadium is another which captured the imagination, with its far advanced construction work and breathtaking arch, already a feature of the Durban’s skyline.Cape Town’s Greenpoint Stadium has made even more significant progress only three weeks since Fifa President Sepp Blatter paid tribute to its progress, with Polokwane’s Peter Mokaba Stadium and Nelspruit’s Mbombela Stadium also well placed to meet its Fifa deadlines.Around the time of the upcoming Confederations Cup draw on 22 November 2008, various other international constituents will be visiting the four venues for the tournament, dubbed “The Festival of Champions”. Among them will be the world’s major news agencies, as well as the commercial affiliates who want to get a first look at the venues.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa’s first hydrogen fuel cell forklift

first_img4 April 2016South Africa’s hydrogen fuel cell industry received a boost on 31 March with the unveiling of a prototype hydrogen fuel cell forklift and refuelling station at Impala Refining Services in Springs, east of Joburg.Over the past three years, Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats) has provided HySA Systems with funds of R6-million to enable the prototype development. Implats plans to use hydrogen fuel cell technology as its main source of energy for material handling and underground mining equipment.Impala Refining Services is a unit of Implats, one of the world’s foremost producers of platinum and associated platinum group metals. The refining services unit was created in July 1998 as a dedicated vehicle to house the toll refining and metal concentrate purchases built up by Implats.Speaking at the event, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said fuel cell technologies had the potential to provide access to affordable, safe, clean and reliable energy, which was necessary for broad-based economic development and growth in the country.“While the fuel cell market is still in its infancy in South Africa, recent developments indicate a growing appetite for the technology,” Pandor said.Min Pandor, said fuel cell technologies had th potential 2 provide access 2 affordable, safe, clean &reliable energy pic.twitter.com/n6ERkbeYZj— SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (@dstgovza) March 31, 2016Starting smallThe minister said South Africa had started to make a number of bold moves that could see it “leapfrog into the leading countries in hydrogen fuel cell technology installations” in the short to medium term.“That’s what we are here to make. A bold move. A forklift may appear to be a small move. But great industries have developed from small moves.”The metal hydride containers feed the fuel tank with hydrogen required to drive the forklift – similar to petrol or diesel in a motor vehicle (Image: Implats Forklift factsheet)Collaborative effortThe minister said industry collaborations were critical in taking research outputs from the laboratory to the market.“To promote further deployment of hydrogen fuel cell technologies, especially in the lucrative automotive sector, public-private partnerships are required to put in place the requisite infrastructure,” Pandor said.The prototype is a collaborative effort between the Department of Science and Technology through the HySA Systems Centre of Competence based at the University of the Western Cape and Implats, through its Impala Refineries in Springs.HySA Systems is one of three centres of competence established by the Department of Science and Technology under the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Innovation Strategy. It was established to use local resources to develop high-value commercial activities in hydrogen fuel cell technologies.The ultimate goal of the HySA Strategy is to enable South Africa to supply 25% of global platinum group metal-based catalyst demand by 2020.Benefits and challenges“Developing a viable fuel cell industry in South Africa has several advantages for the country, such as economic development, sustainable job creation and social good,” said Implats chief executive Terence Goodlace. “As the world’s largest platinum-supplying region there is a guaranteed supply of the metal as well as the potential increase in global platinum demand.Goodlace said this type of technology gave South Africa a chance to reduce its contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and reduce urban pollutants, which could help to lessen health care costs and lead to an improved quality of life.The benefits of the metal hydride technology include:Longer operational times between refuelling, contributing to a significant increase in productivity; and,The onboard metal hydride storage allows the forklift to operate at a low pressure (180 bar), which increases safety.#FuelCell technology will reduce ventilation requirements, lower heat, noise levels, as well as noxious emissions in underground operations— Implats (@Implats) March 31, 2016There are hurdles that must still be overcome, however. “The limited availability of refuelling infrastructure, coupled with the challenge of finding the most appropriate on-board hydrogen storage technology, remains a big challenge,” said Dr Cordellia Sita, the director of HySA Systems.She addressed both challenges through the use of a novel metal hydride material for both hydrogen compression and storage.More information on the forklift is available on the factsheet.Source: Department of Science and Technologylast_img read more