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Jonathan Pryce Will Headline The Merchant of Venice in London

first_img Terry won the Oliver for Tribes. Her other recent theater credits include Before The Party, In the Republic of Happiness, Love’s Labour’s Won, The Comedy of Errors, London Assurance, All’s Well That Ends Well and England People Very Nice. Between 2011 and 2013 she co-wrote (with Ralf Little) and starred in the comedy drama series The Café. Jonathan Pryce is set to demand his pound of flesh at Shakespeare’s Globe. The two-time Tony winner will play Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, which will kick off the Globe’s 2015 summer season on April 23. Jonathan Munby’s production of the classic will run through June 7. Meanwhile, Oliver winner Michelle Terry will star as Rosalind in Blanche McIntyre’s As You Like It, which will also have a limited engagement at the Globe from May 15 through September 5. Pryce won the Tony for Miss Saigon and Comedians; he has also appeared on Broadway in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Accidental Death of an Anarchist. Additional stage credits include Hamlet and The Caretaker. Film credits include Something Wicked This Way Comes, Brazil, Glengarry Glen Ross, Carrington, Evita and Tomorrow Never Dies. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his performance in Cranford: Return to Cranford, and he will shortly be appearing as Cardinal Wolsey in the TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Momi-Fraser fir

first_imgFraser firs top the list of favorite Christmas tree varieties, but almost all the Fraser firs sold in Georgia come from North Carolina. One University of Georgia horticulturist is working to change that by popularizing a hybrid that combines Fraser firs with their Japanese cousins — Momi firs. Climate wrong and fungus strongGeorgia’s hot summers and mild winters make it difficult for farmers to grow Fraser firs in most of the state. They will grow in north Georgia, but the downside is the tree can be affected by the root fungus Phytophthora infestans. If not treated, it can kill infected plants.Fir trees also produce new growth very early in spring, which makes them susceptible to the freezing temperatures that sometimes pop up in late March and damage Georgia crops. “When new shoots start to grow in early spring, they are often severely damaged or killed by the below-32-degree temperatures that we often have during the spring here in Georgia and much of the Southeast,” said Mark Czarnota, a horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Breeding a new FraserUsing a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant, Czarnota is working to find other alternatives for Georgia Christmas tree farmers. Working in association with Georgia Christmas tree growers in Lovejoy and Terrytown, Ga., Czarnota grafts Fraser firs onto containerized Momi fir rootstock on the UGA campus in Griffin, Ga.A native of Japan, the Momi fir (Abies firma Siebold & Zucc.) made its debut in Georgia in the early ‘90s. Momi firs are more tolerant of the Phytophthora fungus and of Georgia’s weather, but they aren’t perfect. “The planting culture of Momi fir is very different from most other Christmas tree species that growers were currently growing,” he said. “Needless to say, Momi firs’ first introduction was a miserable failure.” He has been grafting Fraser firs onto Momi firs for the past 17 years. In the beginning, it took 10 years for him to grow an 8- to 9-foot tree. “I can now produce a 5- to 6-foot tree in five to six years,” he said. Growers in the Southeast also weren’t happy that it takes six to eight years for the tree to reach a desirable Christmas tree size. Traditional Georgia Christmas tree species like Leland cypress and Virginia pine are mature enough to sell in three to four years. When it comes to growing Christmas trees, the sooner a tree matures, the sooner the farmer can take it to market. Momi firs can grow in Georgia, but farmers have to be careful to provide irrigation to young plants for two or three years and adjust soil pH to around 6.5, he said.Needs to grow quicker Worthington was one of the first growers to try to grow firs in the Georgia piedmont region. He hopes to someday grow enough Fraser firs to avoid buying from growers in western North Carolina. One of Czarnota’s collaborators, 84-year-old Earl Worthington, grows Christmas trees in Lovejoy, Ga. “I don’t expect it to take over the market, but it would be a great addition,” he said. “A lot of work needs to be done in selecting good Momi grafting stock for desirable uniformity. It’s a lifetime project, and great potential exists in trying to cross Momi fir with other firs.”Others working on project, tooResearcher John Frampton at North Carolina State University is trying to cross breed Momi and Fraser fir to breed a hybrid Phytophthora-resistant fir. In the meantime, he is encouraging North Carolina growers to plant Momi-Fraser grafts. Czarnota hopes to combine the hardy Momi fir rootstock and Fraser scion, or shoot, into a tree that will grow throughout much of Georgia and the Southeast. The biggest problem he now faces with grafting efforts is the inconsistencies. “Some (of the trees) turn out very yellow, some very stiff, some are green all year, some flush early and some flush late,” Worthington said. “Grafting trees is definitely a project for someone with patience.”last_img read more

Peruvian Children Victims of Narco-Trafficking

first_imgBy Dialogo September 19, 2011 Children of narco-traffickers and members of the terrorist group Shining Path have also become involved in the drug trade, said Jaime Antezana, a counter-narcotics analyst. “These organizations dedicated to drug trafficking are family clans,” he said. “The adults induce the younger ones to continue with the criminal activities, establishing this type of work as the only way of making a living.” In 2010, about 61,200 hectares (151,228 acres) were cultivated with coca in Peru’s 13 regions, producing a total of 129,500 metric tons of coca leaves, according to United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Of the cultivated land, no more than 3,000 metric tons are needed per trimester to supply the legal uses of the coca leaves, such as the chacchado, as well as pharmaceutical and industrial needs, according to the National Coca Company (Enaco). “This means that more than 120,000 metric tons goes directly toward illegal uses,” said Namihas, who participated in the research for the book, Children and Adolescents in the Coca Areas of the VRAE and the High Huallaga, published by the IDEI. The government, however, is urging farmers to grow alternative crops, such as coffee, cacao and heart of palm, which can lead to economic and social stability, instead of illegal coca. And farmers are listening. In the past few years, about 80,000 hectares (198,000 acres) where illegal coca was planted are now being used to grow vegetables and coffee, according to the National Commission for the Development and Life without Drugs (DEVIDA). LIMA, Peru – A troubling and dangerous trend is spreading in the coca-growing regions of Peru. Every day, more and more children and adolescents are being exploited by narco-traffickers to cultivate, produce and transport their product. A significant percentage of children living in the country’s coca-rich basins are working not only in the harvesting of coca leaves, but also in the processing, refining, transportation and sale of cocaine, according to the International Studies Institute (IDEI) of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. “There’s a chain of participation for children that goes according to their age, with the youngest being involved in the harvesting and the pisado (foot-crunching) of coca leaves,” said Carlos Morán Soto, a former anti-drug chief with the Peruvian police and current Chief of Territorial Police Division of the Callao. Of the 81,312 children living in coca-growing regions nationwide, 73,180 are involved in the harvesting, manufacturing or transporting of cocaine, according to a 2006 study by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Children are paid the equivalent of US$11 daily to help harvest coca leaves, and older teenagers make about US$30 for transporting a kilogram (2.2 pounds) of cocaine paste to clandestine laboratories where it’s turned into the final product, Morán added. Morán said neither the planting nor the harvesting of the coca leaves requires many hands, while the pisado of the coca involves placing the leaves under the sun and later “crunching” them by stomping on them several times, creating the paste that will serve as the narcotic’s foundation. center_img “Adolescents between 15 and 16 years old are the ones who stomp on the leaves in the maceration wells. Those who are 17 or 18 are the ones who transport the cocaine,” Morán said, adding the teenaged traffickers often pose as hikers. Teenagers convicted of smuggling narcotics are often sent to correctional facilities for minors. The transportation of the narcotic starts in the coca regions and flows toward the cities in the center of the country, such as Huancavelica, Junín, Apurímac, and Ayacucho, according to Peruvian anti-drug police. “‘Backpackers’ need to walk two to three days to reach their destination,” Morán said. A report from the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics, produced with the help of the World Bank and the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC), says the country’s poorest cities – Huancavelica (poverty rate of 88.7%), Ayacucho (78.4%), and Apurímac (74.8%) – have deep roots in cocaine production. Sandra Namihas, coordinator of the International Studies Institute (IDEI) of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, said involving minors and teenagers in narco-trafficking is dangerous. “The children who participate in the coca leaf harvest use sharp cutting tools, such as machetes, shovels, hooks, and rakes to till the soil or to make ditches”, she said. “[This] frequently results in injuries and major accidents.” Namihas said narco-traffickers often use the children of adults who work for the drug dealers, as it’s common for children to have farming experience since they often work with their parents in the fields. “What is most troublesome is that all of this is happening without [the parents’] taking into account that they’re involving [their own children] in the illegal activity of drug trafficking,” she said, adding it’s also common for children to offer their services to local narco-traffickers so they can earn money for their families. last_img read more

Brazil Launches Offensive against Crack Epidemic

first_imgBy Dialogo December 09, 2011 Brazil launched an offensive against what it called a “crack epidemic,” in reference to the growing use of the cocaine product in its territory. The Brazilian offensive provides for medical care for users, a crackdown on cocaine trafficking from the borders to the cities, and a legal reform to enable the rapid destruction of seized drugs in order to prevent their diversion, the authorities said. “We’re facing a crack epidemic in our country,” Health Minister Alexandre Padilha admitted, accompanied by President Dilma Rousseff and other officials at an event in Brasilia on December 7. Between 2003 and 2011 the number of cases of “chemical dependence” in Brazil increased tenfold, striking groups and regions that had not previously been affected, Padilha added. As a consequence, the government has designed an anti-crack plan worth around $2.234 billion that “combines three actions: prevention, care, and suppression,” Rousseff specified. “An absolutely successful anti-drug plan is not yet in existence, at least in humanity’s recent history. What we’re putting into practice here is a joint-action agreement,” the president maintained. There will be “suppression without accommodation,” Rousseff declared, recalling the recent deployment of troops in border areas to combat the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and merchandise. As part of those actions, around 6,500 military personnel supported by planes and ships have been conducting border-control operations along 7,000 kilometers since November 23. A study conducted in Brazil revealed that crack is overtaking alcohol consumption in the majority of Brazilian cities and towns, due to the drug’s accessibility as a result of its low cost, less than $2.85 per hit.last_img read more

What does your credit union offer in the concierge service economy?

first_img 41SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anne Legg Anne Legg, founder and principal of THRIVETM Strategic Services THRIVE works with credit unions to develop transformational business strategies from their business insights to grow in a competitive, highly regulated … Web: Details Many can thank Uber for improving the quality of our lives, not only in providing an alternative to taxis but also for launching a successful platform for the concierge service economy. The concierge economy is the on-demand, at-your-doorstep convenience for tasks, errands and luxury. Want someone to do your grocery shopping, walk the dog, clean your house, make dinner and give you a facial? In today’s concierge economy, with the touch of an app, you have your life organized and tasks completed.While many of these concierge services are currently being tested in major markets, Uber still remains the case study for success — proving that consumers have demand for offerings in this new economy and early-entry, high-quality providers are best positioned to win.What will consumers be looking to the concierge economy to deliver in terms of financial products and services?Fortunately, mobile banking, check deposit and payments have already provided ease and simplicity to many members’ financial lives However there are two pain points where credit unions can invest to further develop concierge solutions and these points are related to purchasing cars and financing homes.Car shopping and purchaseThe current car purchase process traditionally involves visiting an auto dealership, dealing with high-pressure sales staff and equally as pushy financing professionals. It is not uncommon to hear consumers say they would chose a root canal over car shopping.In a concierge economy, the member would use their credit union (who has already pre-approved them for their loan) because it offers a service that allows the member to find a car for the price they want (this already exists) and the service would also bring the desired car to the member’s home or office to test drive. From there, if the member likes the car, they could sign the loan right there on a mobile device, and the credit union contact would drive away the members’ old car to complete the concierge service. Easier mortgage processesPurchasing a home is one of the biggest loans most members will experience in their lifetime. This being said, it is rightfully complex and involves much authentication and documentation. To make this process easier, a credit union could offer a mortgage professional to deliver the documentation to the member at their convenience, not the other way around, which is current practice. Offering a concierge service in this area may have the greatest impact to driving loan volume as well as creating a differentiation in the marketplace.Cars and homes are obvious pain points to members, but what are others? Building concierge services as pain relievers are not only technologically savvy, they may be crucial to your credit union’s success.For more strategies to assist credit unions in their long-term success, please reach out to Anne, VP of Marketing at Fiserv Credit Union Solution, anne.legg@fiserv.comlast_img read more

Credit unions are not-for-profit, we’re for members

first_img 93SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tansley Stearns Tansley is a dynamic force of nature, fiercely crusading on behalf of all credit unions while tirelessly driving forward the brand image and family spirit of Canvas. She joined us … Web: Details A recent article attributed credit union growth to lax regulations. Headlined with “As relaxed regulations spur credit union memberships, banks cry foul,” the article touts how credit unions have grown 60% over the last 20 years.Well of course we’ve grown, credit unions are awesome for people and small businesses. That said, unfortunately, we are not exploding across the financial market. In fact, statistics shared from this year’s Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Advocacy Conference (GAC) include the disheartening fact that our market share in the financial industry “hasn’t budged from 7% over the last three decades” and while more Americans are aware of credit unions, “among non-members, 72% don’t necessarily dislike credit unions. They simply don’t consider them as part of their decision process.”As an industry, we need to own our lack of growth. Collectively, we must do a better job of sharing our story and telling human beings why credit unions are a better choice. It has become a cliché to say that we are the “best kept secret.” We must invest in marketing. Just like the CUNA 2019 “Open Your Eyes” campaign touts, it’s time for credit unions to help consumers open their eyes to credit unions. We must tell our story in a way that focuses on the benefits we deliver, the impact we create, and the people we help.It’s a great thing that there is a credit union out there for everyone, no matter where you work or live. As modern and sophisticated financial institutions, we are dedicated to putting our members in control because we are accountable to our members, not shareholders. That accountability means that all of our resources stay focused on helping our members turn their dreams into reality.The good news is that when we do tell our story and consumers use us, they love us because it makes a positive impact. The MarketPlace article relates the wonderful experience of three college students who embraced joining a credit union. Each one referred their next roommate to the benefits of being a member. Again, this is not based on any “looser” laws enabling a nefariously new daisy chain connecting potential members, nor is it a new “phenomenon.” Depending on each credit unions’ charter, the Federal Credit Union Act supports extending membership in a variety of ways, including family and yes that also includes members of the same household. This is how it’s worked for decades.We’re here to help people and when that happens, it’s natural and very positive that those people tell their friends. The MarketPlace article points out that credit unions save their members about $12 billion a year, a point CUNA detailed directly to the U.S. Congress earlier this year. The March 27, 2019, CUNA release states “There are over 115 million credit union members who benefit by $12 billion a year as a result of paying fewer and lower fees, lower loan rates and earning higher rates on deposits. Here are just a few of the ways this plays out for credit union members across the country:Credit unions’ new vehicle loans are 1.78% lower than other financial institutions, according to the December 2018 NCUA’s Credit Union and Bank Rates.Credit union members save about $1,000 in interest paid over a five year loan based on those December 2018 statistics provided by NCUA’s Credit Union and Bank Rates data. This is based on financing a $25,000 new automobile for 60 months at a credit union will save a member an average of $200 per year in interest.Credit union members earn 2.5X more interest on their savings with credit unions versus banks (CUNA, Open Your Eyes Campaign).Don’t all of us desire to create positive impact for hard working people? It’s hard to believe that more consumers saving more money, paying less interest and ultimately creating a path to financial success is anything other than tremendously positive.Credit unions were first formed to ensure that working class Americans could have access to lower cost credit and a safe place to save their money. Credit unions take the money earned, and invest it back into the products and services provided to our members. It’s also what makes us a not-for-profit member-owned cooperative that does not pay corporate taxes, so we can provide those lower loan rates and higher savings rates to the average person.As efforts are made to change regulations for us, it is a subtle reminder that credit unions did not require a financial helping hand or additional oversight more than a decade ago to stay true to our members. And, we don’t require that now.At Canvas, we’re dedicated to helping more people afford life and embrace being a financial by-your-side guide for our members. It’s working. In 2018, Canvas Credit Union helped our members obtain access to more than $2.1 billion in affordable loans. Canvas serves nearly 10,000 local small businesses. Also, in 2018, we awarded $56,000 in scholarships, donated $200,000 to local charities, and supported our staff volunteering 1,372 hours. And, we’re not slowing down.We’re proud credit unions save their members about $12 billion a year as cited by MarketPlace. But we won’t stop there. Let’s help human beings, communities, and small businesses open their eyes to all credit unions’ have to offer.last_img read more

The Jubilee Line Extension

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Arsenal vs Burnley TV channel, live stream, time, odds, team news and head-to-head

first_imgAshley Barnes scored twice in Burnley’s 3-0 win over Southampton (Picture: Getty Images)What TV channel is Arsenal vs Burnley on and is there a live stream?AdvertisementAdvertisementBT Sport 1 will be showing the game live with coverage starting at midday.Subscribers can stream the action on BT Sport Player or watch on the BT Sport app.Team newsKieran Tierney, Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Dinos Mavropanos are all out for Arsenal, while Granit Xhaka is a doubt.Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac are back in contention after being left out last week due to security concerns after their carjacking incident.Burnley are still without Danny Drinkwater who is not match fit, while Steven Defour and Robbie Brady are also not at full fitness, despite returning to training.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWhat are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)3/10 Arsenal9/2 Draw19/2 Burnley Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling / 1 min. story Read More Head-to-head in last five meetings 12 May 2019 – Burnley 1-3 Arsenal22 Dec 2018 – Arsenal 3-1 Burnley06 May 2018 – Arsenal 5-0 Burnley26 Nov 2017 – Burnley 0-1 Arsenal22 Jan 2017 – Arsenal 2-1 Burnley MORE: Ian Wright says Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang needs more support from Arsenal teammatesMORE: Unai Emery denies Nicolas Pepe, David Luiz and Kieran Tierney have improved Arsenal’s squad Arsenal vs Burnley TV channel, live stream, time, odds, team news and head-to-head Read More Video Settings Full Screen Coming Next About Connatix V67539 PLAY Unai Emery wants to keep up his winning start to the season (Picture: Getty Images)Both Arsenal and Burnley are looking to maintain their winning starts to the Premier League season when they meet at the Emirates on Saturday lunchtime.The Gunners began their league campaign with a victory at Newcastle thanks to a solitary Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang goal last Sunday.The Clarets had a fantastic start to the season at Turf Moor, hammering Southampton 3-0, with Ashley Barnes grabbing a brace.Unai Emery’s side are the clear favourites to beat Sean Dyche’s men and have won their last 10 matches against the Lancashire outfit.ADVERTISEMENT 1/1 Advertisement Read More Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 17 Aug 2019 9:13 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Read More by Metro Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Top articles Read More Skip Ad Skip Comment When is Arsenal vs Burnley?The match is on Saturday 17 August with kick-off at 12.30pm at the Emirates. Manchester United captain Harry Maguire SPONSORED Advertisementlast_img read more

Cesar Azpilicueta sends message to David Luiz ahead of Arsenal vs Chelsea

first_imgCesar Azpilicueta sends message to David Luiz ahead of Arsenal vs Chelsea Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 28 Dec 2019 11:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.7kShares David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta spent five years together at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Cesar Azpilicueta has warned David Luiz their long-standing friendship will count for nothing when Chelsea face Arsenal in tomorrow’s crunch London derby.The defensive duo spent five years together at Stamford Bridge over the course of Luiz’s two spells at Chelsea, before his summer switch to the Emirates.Luiz is set to face his former club for the first time in the Premier League in what will represent Mikel Arteta’s first home game in charge since being confirmed as Unai Emery’s permanent successor.Azpilicueta acknowledged his former teammate played a pivotal role in Chelsea’s success over the course of the last decade but warned him not to expect any favours as the Blues look to bounce back from their Boxing Day defeat against Southampton.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘When I arrived at Chelsea David was here, then he left for PSG, then he came back,’ said the Spaniard. David Luiz will face his former club Chelsea on Sunday (Picture: Getty)‘He is a player who was very important for Chelsea as part of the squad which won the Champions League, two Europa Leagues, the Premier League with Antonio Conte.‘But we know football changes and players move here and there and now he has started a new chapter for him at Arsenal. On Sunday he is going to be a rival and we are going to fight for our teams.’Arsenal meanwhile came from behind to earn a draw at Bournemouth on Wednesday, but Azpilicueta is confident Chelsea can extinguish the feelgood factor generated by Arteta’s appointment.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 ArsenalHe added: ‘I have never played with Mikel Arteta. I know him because he is Spanish and he played for Arsenal but I don’t have any special relationship with him.‘For Arsenal it is a new beginning with a new coach but for us it is a massive game after losing against Southampton.‘It is a London derby and obviously we have to bounce back after the disappointing Boxing Day.’MORE: Mikel Arteta sends warning to Arsenal players over out-of-form ChelseaMORE: Paul Scholes names Arsenal’s three key players and the problem Mikel Arteta must sort out first Advertisement Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

TAQA hires Bibby Offshore for Eider field work

first_imgBibby Offshore has signed a contract with the oil firm TAQA for subsea construction works in the Eider field, located 184km north-east of Shetland, UK.With offshore operations to be completed this summer, the six month contract will see Bibby Offshore adopt a multi-vessel approach, utilizing its subsea support and construction vessel Olympic Ares, and its diving support vessel, Bibby Polaris, the UK-based offshore services company said.The project comprises the connection of the existing Otter Production pipeline to the existing Eider Oil Export pipeline, and connection of the existing Tern-Eider water injection pipeline to the existing Otter water injection pipeline using subsea bypass spools.Bibby Offshore will provide spool piece metrology, barrier testing, removal of existing production and water injection spools and pre-commissioning support. The team will also manage procurement, fabrication and installation of new bypass spools.Barry Macleod, UKCS managing director at Bibby Offshore said: “Our multi-vessel approach enabled the project team to tailor our capabilities to TAQA’s requirements, which plays a key role in demonstrating our ability to successfully deliver a variety of workscopes.“We have supported TAQA’s operations previously and are delighted to have been selected to continue and strengthen this relationship throughout 2017.”last_img read more