Will Harry Styles Play Fiyero in the Wicked Movie?

first_img Related Shows “He’s top of the Wicked team’s wish list to play the romantic lead role of Fiyero,” a source told The Sun. “Moviemakers see him as a new Zac Efron and think he would be a perfect casting for a movie musical.” Of course, there are no solid plans for the Wicked movie to head into production anytime soon. By the time it does, who knows who’ll be the new Zac Efron or the new Harry Styles?  Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry is rumored to be helming the long-brewing movie version of the tuner. It remains to be seen who will play the leading role of Elphaba in the flick, though Lea Michele undoubtedly loves the color green. Wicked We always knew he was a little Wicked (and would look amazing in tight white pants). Now Harry Styles might like a chance to dance through life in the big-screen adaptation of Broadway blockbuster Wicked, according to The Sun.center_img View Comments from $95.00last_img read more

Terry Kinney & Frank Galati Reunite for John Steinbeck’s East of Eden

first_img View Comments The season will also include the world premiere of Tracy Letts’ Mary Page Marlowe in spring 2016 and the Chicago premieres of Bruce Norris’ Domesticated, Annie Baker’s The Flick and Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Between Riverside and Crazy. Escaping a turbulent past, Adam Trask is determined to make a new start in California’s Salinas Valley. Adam and his wife Kate settle on a beautiful farm, and soon Kate gives birth to twins Caleb and Aaron. But family history, sibling rivalry and the impending danger of World War One will threaten their little piece of paradise. Nobel Prize winner Steinbeck originally published East of Eden in 1952. Elia Kazan’s classic 1995 film of the same name starred Julie Harris and James Dean and was based on the second half of Steinbeck’s novel.center_img Galati adapted and helmed The Grapes of Wrath, which won Tony Awards for Best Play and Best Direction of a Play in 1990; Kinney received a Tony nod for his portrayal of Jim Casy in the original cast. The show premiered at Steppenwolf in 1988. Terry Kinney and Frank Galati, who were both part of the Tony-winning 1990 Broadway production of The Grapes of Wrath, are reuniting for another John Steinbeck work. Galati will adapt and Kinney direct the world premiere of Steinbeck’s East of Eden as part of Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s 2015-16 season. The production will play a limited engagement September 15 through November 15 in the Chicago venue’s Downstairs Theatre.last_img read more

Kansas City commits to buying 100% carbon-free electricity by 2020

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享NextCity.org:Kansas City, Missouri, has voted unanimously to transition all its municipal electricity to carbon-free sources by the end of 2020. The city’s finance and governance committee recommended Wednesday that the sustainability measure be immediately adopted, and the measure passed the full council Thursday.The measure also directs the city to find 25 acres to develop a 5 megawatt community solar installation, giving city employees the option to subscribe to the farm. It also directs the city to purchase more all-electric or hybrid electric vehicles and to achieve Energy Star certification for most city buildings by 2023.As part of the deal, Kansas City Power & Light will build a new wind farm, Fox 4 KC reports. The city is Kansas City Power & Light’s largest customer.Kansas City was among the first cities to declare its support for the goals of the Paris Agreement, with Mayor Sly James tweeting on June 1, 2017 — the same day President Donald Trump announced he was withdrawing the U.S. from the agreement — that he was “proud to join 60 fellow #ClimateMayors” in implementing the goals of the agreement. “The world cannot wait & neither will we,” he added.More: Kansas City will make its government 100 percent carbon-free by next year Kansas City commits to buying 100% carbon-free electricity by 2020last_img read more

Interview with Adm. Jorge Montoya, Former Commander of the Peruvian Joint Chief of Staff

first_imgBy Dialogo November 02, 2012 In 1986, while Peru and Ecuador faced each other in a border dispute, retired Peruvian Admiral Jorge Montoya shared long and cordial discussions with his school mate, a military service member from Ecuador. In the mornings, they rode in the same vehicle to the Inter-American Defense College (IADC), and later on attended intense academic sessions with military and civilian members from a dozen other countries of the Western Hemisphere. This experience, he said, offered him new perspectives and allowed him to forge friendships that he still maintains with men and women from different visions and cultures. More than a decade later, the Admiral, who served as Commander of the Joint Staff of the Peruvian Armed Forces, arrived in Washington, D.C. to participate in the College’s 50th Anniversary Symposium. During that opportunity, Montoya sat down with Diálogo to discuss the Shining Path, the fight against drug trafficking in the wild Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers valley (VRAEM), and about the role of the Armed Forces in the defense and security of the nations of our side of the world, among other topics. Diálogo: During one of the sessions at the symposium, I heard you refer to the Military as a warrior. How do you visualize that warrior participating in humanitarian assistance tasks and relief efforts in case of disaster? Admiral Montoya: Oh! We are very efficient in these situations. When you enter a military institution, you do it to serve your homeland, and if you have to sacrifice your life, you just do it. In Peru, we provide relief efforts to disasters almost on a daily basis. During the Pisco earthquake, the last large one we had, I was in charge of the Joint Command, and I ordered the Armed Forces to provide relief assistance in the very early morning. We were helping in humanitarian tasks, from setting up emergency hospitals, to cleaning the streets, maintaining safety and security in the area, and removing debris. Diálogo: What is your opinion on the new roles that the Armed Forces have? Admiral Montoya: There are people who talk about the new roles of the Armed Forces, but in Peru, we have provided civic action in the Amazon since the 20th century. Activities are performed in coordination with the Ministry of Health … We participate in those kinds of activities, even though it is not our role. Preparing for combat is our role, while this is a secondary role. The problem comes when issues are distorted, when it is said that the Armed Forces has a new role and it’s as if we were replacing the Military’s main role, and everybody gets confused. This is clearly not the case. Diálogo: In the particular case of Peru, the Armed Forces participate in the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking. How is this task performed? Admiral Jorge Montoya: The problem our nation has is the geographical features; it’s very rugged. Our main cities are located by the coast, and we have two or three big cities in the mountains that are Andean population centers. Terrorism has concentrated in the VRAEM area, where the Shining Path operates. The VRAEM area is very vast and wild. You start an operation following a Shining Path column in the low area of the jungle; then the troops climb up the Andes, and the pursuit is not made by helicopter, but on foot, because from the helicopter it is not possible to make out the people, since it is a thick forest area. When you receive information to locate them, a 100, 200 or 500 meter shift is required above sea level, up to an altitude of 4,400 meters. What does this entail? Training and special logistics equipment, because the temperature is warm and humid in the low area, and it is cold in the high area: -5°C at night. Diálogo: What about the cities? Does the Peruvian Military support the Police, as in the case of Guatemala, to cite one example mentioned at the symposium? Admiral Jorge Montoya: Our laws forbid the use of the Armed Forces in counter drug trafficking operations in urban areas. In order to do so, laws would have to be modified. Particularly in the case of drug trafficking and terrorism, the support of specialized police organizations like the National Anti-Drug Directorate, must work in coordination with the Armed Forces. The Police have their own duties, while the Armed Forces have their own as well. The Police are not prepared for combat in wild areas, but are meant to operate in highly populated areas: in cities and towns. The Armed Forces are trained for combat, and their mindset is different, their equipment is different. They have a different way of operating. Peru is improving that system [of cooperation], even though it is not perfect. From my point of view, they should be directly under the Joint Command for operations that take place in the jungle, not in cities. Diálogo: From your point of view, has the Shining Path weakened after the demise of Comrade Artemio? Admiral Montoya: They are still dangerous. I mean, they have other leaders, because they operate in a cell-like manner. Artemio died, but it falls to another, so there is someone who takes over and continues the operation. They are moving forward, but slowly. Diálogo: What do you think would be the best strategy to combat drug trafficking and narcoterrorism in Peru? Do you think that the Armed Forces and the Police can handle the situation against this scourge on their own? Admiral Jorge Montoya: In reality, our drug trafficking problem is social, not military. If we deprive drug traffickers of laborers, they run out of coca. We have a very serious problem in the VRAEM area, where poverty affects people, whose only resource is to grow coca. They grow coffee and other crops, but it is not enough to make a living. We need to generate social support in an intelligent way, and create other economic sources. They are not felons; they are farmers. And we are talking about over 100,000 people. We must make an extra effort to drastically diminish the production of coca crops, but not eradicate them, since eradicators cannot reach the VRAEM due to the wilderness of the area; they [Shining Path members] kill them before they get there. Diálogo: You have expressed that the IADC can exercise an important role in the Inter-American system of defense. Why do you trust the College to develop that task? Admiral Montoya: Because it is an academic center, where most countries of the continent are represented. When I attended, there were 18 countries [in the class]. That is a true and real representation, with different ideas, with common problems among the countries. When I attended, we had just gone through the conflict with Ecuador. I was the president in my class, and an Ecuadoran and a Chilean service member were accompanying me. We are still friends. Our countries were in conflict, but at the College we were in class. The College is a lab [of mutual understanding], and it should be exploited as a hemispheric center of thought, even more than the Inter-American Defense Board. I have always admired the great common sense and clarity with which Admiral Jorge Montoya answers questions of the interviewer without circumventing any topic.last_img read more

Mastic Beach Murder-Suicide Probed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A married couple was found dead in a suspected murder-suicide inside their Mastic Beach home on Thursday afternoon, Suffolk County police said.When one of the couple’s six children was locked out of the Woodside Drive home, an adult found 29-year-old Wayne Street lying on the ground and called 911 at 4:40 p.m., police said.Officers who responded to scene found Street dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, and his 28-year-old wife, Jenni Lee Street, also dead from a gunshot wound, police said.Their children, who were not injured, were taken to a local hospital, where Child Protective Services interviewed them.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

Serbian state secretary dies from coronavirus

first_imgSerbia has so far reported 1,060 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 28 deaths, in a total population of 7 million. Milutin Knezevic, a bishop in the Serbian Orthodox Church, succumbed to the disease on Monday.Blazic’s work colleagues and family members were all quarantined after he was diagnosed with the disease, Environment Minister Goran Trivan said last week. He did not say how Blazic contracted the infection.Blazic, a surgeon by profession, also served as minister for the environment in the now-defunct Yugoslavia in 1999-2000 and 2000 and as a parliamentary deputy of the ultra-nationalist Serbian Radical Party. In 2008 he joined the Serbian Progressive Party of Aleksandar Vucic, now Serbia’s president.To curb transmission of the virus, Serbian authorities have declared a state of emergency, shut down all restaurants and cafes, imposed a curfew from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. and closed the country’s borders.President Vucic said on Sunday the state could consider a two-week, 24-hour lockdown in the coming days.  A senior official in Serbia’s government died from the coronavirus on Wednesday, a health official said, the second death of a public figure from the disease in the Balkan country.Branislav Blazic, 63, a state secretary with the Ministry for Environmental Protection, died only days after being hospitalized with symptoms of the coronavirus infection, said Daria Kisic Tepavcevic, the deputy director of the Institute for Public Health.”Sadly it is true, he [Blazic] died,” Kisic told a news conference in Belgrade. Topics :last_img read more

Verstappen takes momentum to Spain from Silverstone

first_imgThe tires were decisive last Sunday, with the Red Bull managing the softer compounds better than the Mercedes which suffered severe blistering, but there will be a return to harder rubber in Spain.That could help Hamilton, who had won three races in a row before Verstappen’s success and has also won the last three outings in Spain.”Maybe it won’t be as bad as today but still going to be a challenge,” he said last Sunday when asked about expectations.Bottas started on pole in Spain last year and needs to pull something out of the bag to rein in a team mate who is driving as well as ever.Losing out at Silverstone, after also starting on pole but having the strategy go against him, was a serious blow.The top three will be taking every precaution against the new coronavirus, with a rising number of new infections being seen in Spain and particularly around Barcelona.”I stay at the track always, so nothing changes for me,” said Hamilton. “I stay in my bubble, I’m only around a couple of people and so I will get to the airport and then go straight to my motorhome and stay at the track for the three/four days.”Verstappen and Bottas said it was the same for them.”You minimize contact, you stay in your bubble. I don’t expect any trouble. It’s not only in Barcelona or in Spain there is corona, you know, so you just have to be careful,” said the Dutchman.Racing Point’s Mexican Sergio Perez, who missed the two rounds at Silverstone after testing positive for COVID-19, could return for Sunday’s race.Topics : Max Verstappen returns to the scene of his first Formula One triumph on Sunday, hoping to pile more pressure on championship leader Lewis Hamilton in Spain after winning at Silverstone last Sunday.The 22-year-old Red Bull driver has stood on the podium at the last four races and is now the closest challenger to Mercedes’ six-times world champion, with 30 points separating them.It would be a lot less if Verstappen, who has beaten Hamilton’s Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas in the last three races, had not suffered the first retirement of the season in Austria last month. “It’s a different track so let’s see how competitive we are against Mercedes and how the temperatures have an impact on everyone,” the Dutchman said of the Circuit de Catalunya.Verstappen will always have a soft spot for the Barcelona track after becoming Formula One’s youngest ever winner there on his Red Bull debut in 2016 at the age of 18.This year’s race, postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has also led to it going behind closed doors, is normally held in the cooler month of May rather than August where track temperatures are likely to be above 40 degrees Celsius.”The track at Barcelona is also quite hard on the tires so I’m not sure how they will hold out in the heat,” said Verstappen.last_img read more

Swedish feminists condemn surrogacy

first_imgBioEdge 18 October 2014Swedish feminists have issued a policy paper condemning commercial surrogacy and calling upon their government to ban the practice. The Swedish Women’s Lobby (Sveriges Kvinnolobby) argues that surrogacy is a health risk and violates poor women’s human rights.“Allowing surrogacy is to make use of women’s bodies and reproductive organs for the enjoyment of someone else, to the detriment of the woman herself. We premiere the right to bodily integrity and fundamental human rights over the right to children, which is in fact not a human right, but has been treated as such in the discourse on surrogacy. We renounce the view of a liberal market- approach to surrogacy and the right of the paying buyers which are [privileged] whilst women’s rights are negotiated”“ … we are seeing a trend towards a dismantling of these fundamental rights in favor of the will and want of individuals to become parents in the name of their individual fulfillment. The issue of surrogacy has been treated within the discourse of reproductive rights and the means of childless parents to have a baby, when the human rights perspective is the only plausible in dealing with this issue. We find that the current investigation in Sweden is being issued on the wrong grounds and that the set of voices that are asking for an investigation are lacking a human rights perspective. We therefore call on the Swedish government to forbid surrogacy motherhood.“An end needs to be put to the industry of surrogacy that reduces the female body to a container! Having a feminist approach to surrogacy means rejecting the idea that women can be used as containers and their reproductive capabilities can be bought. The right to bodily integrity is a right which should not be able to be negotiated by any form of contract. No matter the regulation or the nature of the contract, it still remains a trade with women’s bodies and with children. The rights of women and children, not the interest of the buyer, must be the focus of the debate surrounding surrogacy.”http://www.bioedge.org/index.php/bioethics/bioethics_article/11180last_img read more

More gaining courage to express their true selves

first_imgNZ Herald 6 September 2015Whitehead is among a small community that has for years lived in secret and fear, and fought for recognition. But the tide is beginning to turn. Keeping up with the Kardashians‘ star and former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner’s transformation into Caitlyn has been everywhere – the Vanity Fair magazine cover, the I am Cait television series and more. And in a world first, “gender diverse” will now be included as an option for those filling in forms for Statistics New Zealand. It is not without controversy, with claims “gender identity politics” are washing away rational science and the very nature of what makes a man and a woman. But for people like Whitehead the institutional swing is another small victory on the ladder to equality…As a member of Agender New Zealand, the country’s only dedicated transgender advocacy group, she helps fight for trans people less fortunate than her.… New Zealand’s transgender community was identified by the Human Rights Commission as one of the most vulnerable communities in the country after a 2008 inquiry. Human Rights Commissioner Richard Tankersley says the findings of the To Be Who I Am inquiry shed stark light on the experience of transgender Kiwis. “It revealed that this community had considerable difficulty in gaining access to health services, employment opportunities and housing,” he says. He points out that the only doctor in New Zealand who performed sex reassignment surgery has now retired. There are also often difficulties with access to hormone replacement drugs and many GPs are under-informed. Transgender people are also vulnerable at work. Many find it hard to gain employment or experience difficulties with co-workers and bosses. … Young trans people are at particular risk. Toni Duder from Rainbow Youth – an organisation that provides support for young trans and homosexuals – says that statistically, trans youth are more likely to suffer from mental health and addiction issues because of discrimination. “Gender diverse young people are over-represented in negative statistics such as mental health, addiction and suicide,” says Duder. “It’s important to understand these statistics are caused by the discrimination faced by these young people, and has nothing to do with their identities.” Duder says public acceptance would do much to negate the worst affects of discrimination. “We believe that the answer to turning around these issues is complex, but it begins with acceptance from the wider public and unlearning everyday assumptions and attitudes that can have a negative impact on these young people.”The changes sit uncomfortably with some.Family First leader Bob McCoskrie believes that gender identity is ideological, claiming that children are “being indoctrinated with the message that ‘gender refers to how you identify, someone can identify as male, female, in between or neither’.” He believes that “gender identity ideology is founded more on political ideology than in careful science and experience”. McCoskrie says Statistics New Zealand has been “captured by gender identity politics”, and that they should “deal as much as possible in measurable realities – not subjective standards with no measurement”. He also contends that the new classifications may be injudiciously used by people who are confused about their identity. “The guidelines allow for multiple answers. So this year I’m male. Next year I’m female. The following year I’m both. The following year I’m unsure.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11508530last_img read more

Skills Training Program steadfastly training and transforming lives

first_img 55 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Share LocalNews Skills Training Program steadfastly training and transforming lives by: – December 16, 2011center_img Share Sharing is caring! Shara Walsh : “Skills Training Program – steadfastly training people”One young lady who enrolled and recently graduated from the Computer Literacy Module of the Skills Training Program has credited the program as one which is steadfastly training and transforming lives.The program which is organized by the Youth Development Division, held its 38th graduation ceremony of the Skills Training Program on Wednesday at the Arawak House of Culture.This program is designed specifically to assist young people to learn various skills like Computer Literacy, Business Etiquette, Barbering, Auto Mechanics and Hospitality Arts among others.Shara Walsh who is presently on attachment at the National Development Foundation of Dominica told Wednesdays’ graduation ceremony that the program has assisted several young people to become well-rounded individuals.“If I am allowed the opportunity this afternoon my acronym for STP is steadfastly Training People. This institution from what I was told and from what I know has trained many young people in various skills training program and I am a living testimony.”Ms Walsh further stated that the program has transformed many young people into well-rounded individuals.“One may thing that the computer program only taught us how to use computers. Surprisingly the Youth Division did not only enhance our computer skills but it transformed us young people into well-rounded individuals. Hence, a day was set once a week where we were exposed to business skills, family life and awareness, social skills and office etiquette.”Walsh says the family life and awareness course was one of her favorites as it dealt with every aspect of life and the social skills session assisted her to boost her self-esteem as well as develop her inner motivation.Ms. Walsh expressed her indebtedness to the Youth Development Division and the National Development Foundation of Dominica for providing an opportunity for her to develop herself.According to Ms Walsh, she will remain a “proud voice of young people” while at the same time urging others to join the Skills Training Program so that they could also benefit as she did. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more