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Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans Want Benedict Cumberbatch on Broadway

first_img 3. Hugh Bonneville — 6% Downton aristocrat Bonneville naturally has the pedigree. He’s an alum of Britain’s prestigious National Youth Theatre and has treaded the boards for both the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare company, where he played opposite none other than Kenneth Branagh in Hamlet. Although we loved Bonneville as the bumbling Brit in Notting Hill, perhaps he could tap into his Wilde side—so many believe already that he’d make An Ideal Husband. Calling all producers! Bryan Cranston 1. Benedict Cumberbatch  — 42% As those Brits are fond of saying…No sh*t, Sherlock! We completely agree with this week’s overwhelming victor. Cumberbatch certainly has the experience—for his performance in the National Theatre’s 2011 production of Frankenstein, the Sherlock star won the “Triple Crown of London Theatre:” the Olivier Award, Evening Standard Award and Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best Actor. Cumberbatch has also appeared in productions of Hedda Gabler and After the Dance, is in the Oscar-nominated film 12 Years a Slave and the star of a recent viral Sesame Street spot. The Star Trek actor is rumored to be playing the titular role in Hamlet in the West End this fall, which we’re all for, as long as it transfers to the Great White Way! View Comments Emmy winner Bryan Cranston makes his Main Stem bow today as he begins performances in All the Way as the 36th U.S. President, so we wanted to know: Which of TVs leading men should be next in line to make his Broadway debut? The results are in from the weekend poll and two British boys—with a little American madness thrown in the mix, have made your top three. Check out the results below! 2. Jon Hamm— 10% Hamm would be a mad man not to follow his partner, Tony nominee Jennifer Westfeldt, to the Main Stem. The actor garnered a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Don Draper in Mad Men and definitely has the acting chops to make the move west from Madison Avenue to Broadway. Although Hamm played Judas in Godspell in high school and as a young actor roles in various Shakespeare productions, we’d like to keep The Town star suited and booted. So it would certainly rock our boats if Hamm stepped into the role of Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls. Star Fileslast_img read more

Peru Defeats Shining Path’s Huallaga Faction as VRAEM War Rages On

first_imgBy Dialogo June 21, 2013 LIMA — The sentencing of one of Peru’s most infamous rebels to life in prison means the virtual elimination of the Shining Path’s powerful Huallaga Front — and a major victory in the government’s decades-old battle to wipe out the Maoist terrorist group once and for all. Florindo Flores, better known as “Comrade Artemio,” held sway over the Huallaga Front in the northern jungle from early in the 1990s, and was the last remaining member of the outlawed party to be arrested or killed. Until recently, the Huallaga was Peru’s principal drug-trafficking zone. On June 7, following a six-month trial for drug trafficking, murder and terrorism, he was sentenced to life in prison as well as a $200 million fine. Flores, arrested in February 2012, denied all charges until the end, insisting in a tearful plea two days before sentencing that he was a political prisoner. Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor Julio Galindo said he was pleased with the verdict, although he would have liked a stiffer penalty; his office had proposed fining Flores nearly $4 billion. “There were no doubts in this trial. We provided abundant evidence showing Artemio’s role as a terrorist leader and drug trafficker,” Galindo told Diálogo after the verdict was announced. “We expected nothing less than a life sentence.” Over the last 16 months, several dozen followers of Flores have been captured, and no terrorist attacks have been reported in the zone. A state of emergency remains in force there, but police commanders in charge of the zone say full pacification should be achieved shortly. VRAEM displaces Huallaga as main coca-producing zone The situation is quite different in Peru’s south-central jungle, in a Belgium-sized valley formed by the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro rivers. Known as the VRAEM, this area has been under a state of emergency for the past 10 years due to Shining Path activity. In 2009, this area displaced the Huallaga as Peru’s primary drug-trafficking zone. The VRAEM faction, led by Victor Quispe Palomino and two of his brothers, began ratcheting up their actions just as the state was dismantling Flores’ columns in the north. In 2012, Quispe Palomino columns killed 20 police officers and soldiers, alarming the government of President Ollanta Humala. The rebels retreated somewhat after an attack on an airstrip last October, which destroyed three helicopters used to service the Camisea gas pipeline. But they renewed their activities in April, with attacks on mixed military-police patrols and the destruction of four mobile telephone towers in the past two months. Shining Path rebels also killed two soldiers, one in April, and another in a June 11 clash with a security patrol. The latest fight came after security forces stepped up actions in the VRAEM — which has 20,000 hectares of coca under production — to locate a Shining Path column that briefly took over the camp of a construction company building a highway in the zone. The rebel column stole food, medicines and communications equipment, though the Joint Chiefs of Staff denied initial reports that dynamite had also been stolen. That attack was reminiscent of an April 2012 incident, in which a Shining Path column took over a camp used for pipeline construction. They kidnapped 36 workers, holding them for nearly one week. Is violence a response to alternative development programs? Analysts say the stepped-up terrorist actions are in response not only to an increased military-police presence in the zone, but also government-led development program slated to invest close to $1 billion in the VRAEM in the coming years. That includes $300 million worth of infrastructure and social programs this year, as well as a coca eradication plan in the zone. Jaime Antezana, who has followed the Shining Path since the 1990s, said the rebels see opposition to coca eradication as a way of gaining a stronger foothold among the population. The Shining Path is no longer a Maoist party, but a “terrorist franchise in the service of drug trafficking,” he told Diálogo. Antezana added that armed actions “are meant to keep the state from moving in with forced coca eradication.” He said this is a tactic Artemio and his forces followed in the Huallaga, promising to stop eradication by attacking Corah brigades. In late May, Shining Path terrorists interfered with radio signals in the VRAEM, interrupting transmissions with a clandestine broadcast calling for farmers to “defend their land, crops and water, organizing militarily with weapons in hand and under the direction of the Communist Party of Peru.” Other analysts, however, said the government should keep its battle against Shining Path terrorists separate from its anti-narcotics and rural development programs. Manuel Boluarte, who has studied subversion and drug trafficking for several decades, said the Humala government needs to clearly distinguish between the drug and terrorism fight. “The national police, which were in charge of anti-narcotics operations in the VRAEM, have lost autonomy now that the Army is in control of all operations in the valley. The Shining Path is expanding its area of operation and increasing the rhythm of attacks, which requires all their attention,” Boluarte said.last_img read more

Strong labor market continues

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index rose to 138.4 in September, which is up from 134.7 in July, and is the highest level since October 2000.That’s not surprising. The economy added 134,000 jobs in September, bringing the 12-month total increase to 2.54 million—an acceleration over the full-year 2017 increase of 2.19 million new jobs. It also exceeds the 2016 total of 2.34 million new jobs.The September unemployment rate declined from 3.9% to 3.7%, its lowest level since 1969. The improvements have been broad-based from a geographic perspective.Unemployment rates now are lower than year-ago readings in 83% of the 388 metropolitan areas the Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks.last_img read more

1 sent to hospital following truck, bicycle crash in Binghamton

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton police are on the scene of a truck and bicycle crash on the corner of Chenango and Eldridge streets Wednesday morning. According to Broome County dispatchers, at least one person was taken to the hospital for treatment. Crews were called to the scene around 9:30 a.m. 12 News has a reporter at the scene.center_img This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for more information.last_img

Tibet reports avian flu outbreak in chickens

first_imgAug 11, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Both the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) have said in the past day that Tibet has reported its first cases of avian influenza in poultry.Zhang Zhongjun, an FAO official in the Beijing office, said the China Agriculture Ministry informed his organization of the outbreak this morning, according to the Associated Press (AP). The OIE likewise received notification of the outbreak within the past day (see below).OIE Director-General Bernard Vallat told Reuters it was likely the disease was highly pathogenic so probably represents H5N1 infection, although the actual report from Tibet identified the infection only as H5. The affected farm, near Tibetan capital Lhasa, reported 133 dead chickens.More than 2,600 more birds in the area have been culled as a containment effort, say several sources. In addition, Carolyn Benigno, an FAO animal health officer in Bangkok, told Kyodo News that the infected areas have been sealed off and/or disinfected, plus a vaccination effort has begun.Two other areas of China, the Xinjiang and Qinghai provinces, had previously reported avian flu, the latter resulting in the killing of over 6,000 migratory birds.No human cases of avian flu have been reported in China.See also:OIE notification http://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/China%20(Tibet)%20HPAI.pdflast_img read more

HHS issues planning guide for mass casualty events

first_imgNov 20, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a new medical care guide to help community leaders plan for and respond to mass casualty events such as an influenza pandemic or a terrorist nuclear attack.The guide, published by the HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), describes an array of shortages healthcare workers will face, such as of hospital beds and ambulances, and gives specific recommendations for planners, such as providing offsite care and using taxis, buses, and private cars to transport sick or injured patients.”To be effective in their planning efforts, local, state, and regional leaders need to be aware of the latest research, tools, and models available,” said AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy, MD, in a Nov 16 AHRQ press release. “With the publication of this new community planning guide, our nation’s preparation and response efforts are strengthened by bringing needed focus on advance planning for mass casualty events.”The guide expands on an earlier AHRQ publication, released in April 2005, which outlined altered standards of medical care in a mass casualty setting. The new document, a collaboration between AHRQ and the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness, consists of papers written by experts on six topics: ethical considerations, legal issues, prehospital care, hospital and acute care, alternative care sites, and palliative care.Several potential problem areas are highlighted, such as a complex emergency medical services (EMS) system and lack of standardized EMS disaster training. The guide emphasizes that hospitals will face surge capacity problems, especially since many emergency and trauma services are already at or near full capacity. To handle the overflow, the AHRQ recommends that officials start making plans to provide care in alternate locations such as mobile medical facilities and nonhospital buildings.The report provides planning checklists and tips for making wise use of limited medical resources. For example, the section on alternative care sites describes how difficult it would be to provide oxygen and suggests a possible solution.A centerpiece of the report is a case study on pandemic influenza. The authors list preparations for and responses to each stage of a pandemic, from the current prepandemic period to increased and sustained transmission in the United States. For example, during the worst stage of a pandemic, the authors suggest a “bed czar” be appointed to monitor the supply of hospital beds and equipment and make assignments based on availability.The guide is available on the AHRQ Web site, and print copies will be available in early 2007.See also:Nov 2006 AHRQ report “Providing mass medical care with scarce resources: a community planning guide”http://archive.ahrq.gov/research/mce/April 2005 AHRQ report “Altered standards of care in mass casualty events”http://archive.ahrq.gov/research/altstand/last_img read more

PREMIUMLight of day: Cornea donors on the rise

first_imgLinkedin Facebook Google Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? It was almost pitch black; nothing was in sight. Seconds later, however, colors started to become visible as 19-year-old Savina Monica slowly opened her pair of perfectly-functioning eyes.”Ever since I was a kid, I’d tried to imagine how it felt to be blind,” she told The Jakarta Post.What Savina imagined was an everyday reality for millions of Indonesians suffering from blindness.They included 3 percent of the country’s above 50-year-old population, according to Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB) data collected between 2014 and 2016 in 15 provinces across the country.Some of these elderly people suffer from curable blindness: about 80 percent caused by cataracts and 4.5 percent by corneal blindness.This means they might be able to see the light of the day if they undergo surgery… Topics : eye-surgery EyesightProblems cornea cornea-donor blind blindless blind-people donationlast_img read more

UK to close schools, put troops on standby as coronavirus deaths rise

first_imgTopics : “After schools shut their gates from Friday afternoon, they will remain closed,” he told his daily news conference.Exceptions will be made for the children of key workers — including healthcare staff, police and delivery drivers — and for the most vulnerable children.Johnson earlier this week advised people to work from home and avoid unnecessary social contact and travel, warning the infection rate was starting to spike.On Wednesday he said this was having an effect but repeated advice for people with symptoms to self-isolate for between one and two weeks, depending on circumstances.  Britain announced Wednesday it would be closing schools in the coming days and placing 20,000 troops on standby in efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus, as the death toll topped 100.Prime Minister Boris Johnson had held off following the lead of other European countries because of the impact it would have on the workforce.But as the outbreak spreads and the death toll reached 104, up from 71 in a day, he said schools would be closed indefinitely later this week. Parliamentary hotspotLawmakers were earlier told to stay away from Johnson’s weekly question time in parliament amid warnings that Westminster is a particularly infectious area.Some 25 MPs, including a cabinet minister, are already thought to have isolated themselves. “There’s a lot of COVID-19 in Westminster,” tweeted epidemiologist Professor Neil Ferguson, a government adviser, as he announced that he had also developed symptoms.But MPs will gather on Thursday to debate new emergency legislation to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, which ministers hope to push through within days.The government says its powers will only be used when “absolutely necessary” and the bill has support from opposition parties.But some MPs voiced concern at the sweeping nature and duration of the proposals, and the effect on civil liberties. center_img “We will not hesitate to bring forward further and faster measures,” he added.On Wednesday evening the Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced that 20,000 military personnel were being placed at “higher readiness” to help public services as part of a “COVID Support Force”.Defense secretary Ben Wallace said the armed forces “stand ready to protect Britain”.The MoD said reservists would be called up and 150 military personnel trained to drive oxygen tankers to support the health service, if needed.Speculation is rife that London in particular could soon be subject to more draconian measures, as the capital records the most number of cases.”We know London is ahead of the rest of us so we may see more stringent measures than even those that we have announced so far,” Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said in Edinburgh earlier.The government will on Thursday introduce legislation giving it emergency powers to deal with the outbreak, including to close premises and restrict gatherings. Rent support Johnson’s government has come under pressure to do more to tackle the outbreak of COVID-19, given the tough lockdowns imposed in other European countries.But he insisted all action was driven by the science, adding: “We’re going to do the right measures at the right time.”So far Britain has around 2,600 cases, but chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance this week warned that 55,000 Britons could have the virus at a “reasonable” estimate.The new social distancing advice sparked warnings that many businesses, particularly in the hospitality industry, could go bust.The FTSE 100 slumped again Wednesday, dropping as much as 5.0 percent in morning trade, while the pound hit its lowest level since 1985 against the dollar, touching US$1.1828.Finance minister Rishi Sunak on Tuesday announced a package of support for businesses, including government-backed loans of at least £330 billion ($395 billion, 360 billion euros).On Wednesday, Johnson also promised legislation to protect individuals unable to pay their rent because of job losses caused by the crisis from evictions. last_img read more

Villa World has launched a $300 million community in Arundel, their first Gold Coast project in a decade

first_imgArundel Springs, Arundel.ARUNDEL Springs, a $300 million masterplanned community set against a backdrop of natural wetlands, was officially unveiled to the market on Thursday.The development is the largest in more than a decade for Villa World on the Gold Coast and highlights a new course for the company’s residential projects. Arundel Springs, Arundel.Villa World has already received 150 registrations of interest for stage two.Arundel Springs, located alongside the northern extension of the light rail route and 800m from a tram stop, is one of the few major infill house-and-land projects under way on the Gold Coast. The project’s sales display suite has opened at Arundel Springs in Greenacre Drive and the first home sites will be available to build on in November. Parcels range from 300sq m to 811sq m and are priced from $315,000. Villa World created the Arundel Springs masterplan after acquiring the 25ha infill site from the O’Brien family last year.The Arundel Springs sales display suite will be open daily from 10am to 5pm on from June 10. The opening will coincide with a family fun day to be held on site on June 10. Villa World Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Craig TreasureArundel Springs embraces the restored Arundel reach of the Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area with open spaces, street sculptures and viewing decks, while incorporating walkways and bike tracks into the community’s design. Villa World is working closely with the City of Gold Coast to restore the long-neglected area and unlock its potential as public recreational space. Villa World CEO Craig Treasure said Arundel Springs would be defined by the recreational amenities it offers residents.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agocenter_img Arundel Springs, Arundel.“Quality of lifestyle has become just as important for home buyers as affordability, and we are increasingly designing addresses to meet those needs for our residents,” Mr Treasure said. “All of Villa World’s masterplanned communities incorporate elements that encourage a healthy outdoor lifestyle.”Arundel Springs will comprise 386 dwellings including 306 housing lots that have already attracted buyer interest.Fifty per cent of the first stage totalling $8.2 million has already been sold, prompting Villa World to fast-track the second-stage release. last_img read more

From drab to fab instant hotels

first_imgThe couple said this room gets a big transformation“My massage chair, the only regret is that I had to remove it because someone didn’t like it,” Gene said. Sharon said she also had to remove her childhood shell collection. Gene and Sharon’s rainforest retreat has been transformed, with Sharon confirming she has a “big surprise” for the final dinner part. “And it is not a stripper,” she said. Channel 7Sharon said there were bats and snakes living inside the house at the time, and it took them two years to turn that shell in to their dream home.“It was very primitive when we arrived,” Sharon said. “The sunken living room had a dirt floor, it was a work area. This place used to be an exotic flower farm. Now it is our home and it is styled the way we like it.”As for bookings, the couple said they have been “good”.“The biggest thing has been that we have been getting a lot more hits and inquiries on social media,” Sharon said. “And a lot of locals coming up to our gate.”Both properties are available for holiday letting, with Debbie and Justin’s The Penthouse for $540 a night and Gene and Sharon’s Misty Mountains Rainforest Retreat for $550 a night. The final episode of Instant Hotel airs on 7plus at 9pm on Monday. Gene’s massage chair gets the flick for the final but viewers will have to wait to find out if the risque photo of Sharon makes the cut.But they said many of the changes made to their home for the final have now been reverted back.“When we bought this place 17 years ago, it was a shell,” Gene said. “It was a bit like Paronella Park, an unfinished house.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:02 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: How to flaunt your Unique Selling Point01:02 The kitchen before the renovation … CoreLogic How superstars do holidays in Australia Would you pay $2 million to rent this? Designer Juliet Ashworth was not a fan of Debbie’s sausage dog collection. Instant HotelFor the final, Debbie and Justin packed away the sausage dogs, introduced an ocean blue feature wall, decluttered the kitchen and upped the luxe with the addition of a few key pieces and a dining table that had to be lifted up to the unit by crane. They also added a privacy screen in the spa area.Debbie said the $10,000 transformation took a week, and had made a huge difference to the penthouse. As for the sausage dogs, she said “they are at home with me”.“I have probably 400 pieces (sausage dogs) at home,” she laughed. Debbie remained tight-lipped about the outcome of the show, but did reveal the penthouse is fully-booked for Easter. Gene and Sharon’s rainforest retreat was an unfinished shell with bats and snakes squatting inside when they first bought it. Supplied The penthouse may have been drab before the renovation by Debbie and the transformation for the show but those views!!!! CoreLogicUp north, the transformation of Gene and Sharon’s home will be judged on Monday night. The couple said it took “three days with literally no sleep”.Some of the key issues raised by the guests and judges centred around privacy in the bathrooms. The modern feature wall in the kitchen also raised eyebrows, as did a nude glamour shot of Sharon with strategically placed bananas. And after the transformation on the show. SuppliedThe Hannan family started the renovation by updating the furniture and painting, basically “what we could afford to do”.But it was some months later that the family tackled the biggest renovation, putting in a new kitchen and laying new flooring. MORE: Multimillion-dollar drop for Mel Gibson’s escape Debbie and Justin’s Sunshine Coast penthouse is in the final of Instant Hotel. Channel 7The penthouse transformation was revealed on Monday night, scoring perfect 10s from the judges, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Juliet Ashworth. Why the stars are aligning for buyers center_img When an ordinary run down home becomes a luxury getaway.THEY have transformed their homes in to instant hotels, but the two Queensland properties battling it our for reality TV glory started out more drab than fab.A Sunshine Coast penthouse owned by Debbie Hannan, 57, and her son Justin, 27, will go up against a rainforest retreat owned by Gene and Sharon Salvestrian in the all-Queensland final of Instant Hotel on Monday night. RELATED: Brisbane’s pornstar house has sold The penthouse back when Debbie first bought it. CoreLogic And the kitchen now! Supplied“The feedback we had been getting from (paying) guests was that it had incredible views, but was still a bit outdated,” Debbie said. And when the Instant Hotel contestants gave their verdict earlier in the series, they didn’t hold back either, citing issues with privacy and the proximity of the neighbours among their chief concerns. An aerial of the house today. Instant Hotel More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThe other teams felt the lack of privacy was an issue … CoreLogic Juliet Ashworth joked about needing sunglasses in Gene and Sharon’s kitchen“The circle represents us, our relationship, eternity. To remove that was not even possible,” Sharon said. Gene and Sharyn’s feature circle wall remains in the final, despite the criticismAs for that risque photograph, they revealed a producer “sort of asked for it to stay” during the first episode, but that viewers would have to tune in to see if it made the finals cut.They joked the photograph had been a glowing endorsement for Aussie bananas, a major industry in the region.They too remained tight-lipped about the outcome of the final, but said they had upped the glamour stakes and taken a lot of the feedback on board. “It is the fiesta of the sausage dog,” Ashworth said of the decor at the time. “I think you are barking up the wrong tree.” “I had some toe curling moments at some of your design decisions,” Ashworth said, while Llewelyn-Bowen said he liked the “kinkiness” of the homestead but noted that not everyone would appreciate it.Gene and Sharon said that the modern art piece in the kitchen remained for the final, saying it was special to them. Instant Hotel judges Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Juliet Ashworth. Channel 7But the Courier Mail can reveal what the two-level penthouse looked like when Debbie first bought it back in 2015, and the words “shabby chic” come to mind.“It was like a time warp,” Debbie said. “It really was like walking back in to the eighties.“We knew we would have to do some extensive renovations, but maybe we underestimated just how much.”last_img read more