See Dean John-Wilson, Jade Ewen & Trevor Dion Nicholas in Aladdin

first_img View Comments Dean John-Wilson(Photo: Deen van Meer) Make way for Prince Ali! Aladdin is soaring across the pond. The shining, shimmering, splendid tuner began performances on May 27 and celebrates its official opening on June 15. West End alum (and The Color Purple Tony nominee Cynthia Erivo’s dashing beau, btw) Dean John-Wilson takes on the titular role alongside Sugababes fave Jade Ewen (see below) as Princess Jasmine. Broadway cast member Trevor Dion Nicholas (also below) makes his London stage debut as Genie and is joined by Don Gallagher as Jafar, Peter Howe as Iago, Irvine Iqbal as the Sultan, Nathan Amzi as Babkak, Stephen Rahman-Hughes as Kassim and Rachid Sabitri as Omar. Take a look at the pics and be sure to catch this resplendent magic carpet ride at the Prince Edward Theatre!last_img read more

Mitsubishi Financial Group says it will no longer finance new coal plant construction

first_imgMitsubishi Financial Group says it will no longer finance new coal plant construction FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Japan’s Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group will no longer provide financing for new coal-fired power generation projects after July 1, it said on Wednesday in a revised environmental and social policy framework.MUFG, one of the world’s largest banks by assets, said the decision will gradually reduce the balance of its exposure to coal power station projects.The company could make exceptions where governments need to build plants to meet local electricity demand, an MUFG spokesman said.It will take a cautious approach to the coal-fired power generation projects for which the bank has started considering financing before July 1, it said in a statement.In an original policy framework issued a year ago, MUFG said it would provide financing to coal-fired power projects in line with international guidelines.In the revised policy, the banking group added forestry, palm oil and coal mining to its “restricted transactions” list, saying it may ask clients to obtain globally recognized certification.More: Japanese bank MUFG rethinks policy on coal-fired power projectslast_img read more

Latin American Police Seek Help from Dogs to Halt Drug Trafficking

first_imgBy Dialogo March 20, 2009 Police officers in Latin America are seeking support from Colombian dogs trained to detect drugs to curb drug traffic to Europe via the growing West African route. In an exhibition forming part of a specialized course, police from Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and the Dominican Republic witness the skills of Colombian dogs in detecting explosives, drugs, currency, and other items. At the meeting, Colombia’s more than 20 years of experience in the training of dogs for this purpose was highlighted. The project is funded by the European Commission and implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in the police school at Facatativa, a town located about 40 kilometers west of Bogota. Colonel Mario Camacho, head of the Bolivian Training Center for Canine Drug Detectors, told Efe that the purpose of this course is to seek new experiences and to optimize work in other countries. “It was excellent and we thank Colombia for the opportunity to be exposed to this school, these experiences, and the techniques used with dogs, which will be used in our country to continue that work for the benefit of society,” said the police chief. He recalled that in Bolivia the use of dogs has aided in the seizure of increasing quantities of drugs. Meanwhile, Peruvian captain Rubén William Lino told Efe that this is “sharing knowledge among neighboring countries,” with the aim of bringing this knowledge to Peru. The main objective of this course is to reduce the amount of cocaine traffic from Latin America and the Caribbean to Europe via West Africa, and is part of a cooperative project between the security forces of several Latin American states. In this way they are pursuing greater cooperation between the institutions of the six participating countries. Colombia has also offered to help the countries of West Africa in the fight against drugs following the recent alert from the United Nations, which said that a third of the cocaine consumed in Europe flows into the continent from that territory. The UN estimates that every year about 50 tons of cocaine, one third of Europe’s total consumption, valued at more than 2.5 billion euros, passes through African territory, where the traffickers take advantage of the lack of local authorities. The African countries most traveled by drug traffickers are Nigeria, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, and Sierra Leone. This workshop also served to draw together the police forces of Colombia and Ecuador, countries which broke off diplomatic relations a year ago, but have maintained their partnership in the fight against drugs. In fact, the head of the Ecuadorian police’s canine training center, Major William Villaruel, participated in the meeting and said that his country has strengthened its control thanks to the cooperation of its northern neighbor. “We are very close to this school in Colombia, as many of our members in previous years were trained in this school and know the system we operate,” the officer said to Efe. The seminar, which concludes tomorrow, also delves into the importance of canine resources in the prevention and seizure of drugs, and sharing methods of detecting the presence of cocaine in ports, airports, and other places used for drug trafficking. The main instructors belong to canine narcotics units from France and the United States, as well as the UNODC.last_img read more

Doubts Grow On Claims Of Vast Bolivian Gas Reserves

first_img For years, Bolivia was thought to be sitting on some of the richest gas reserves in South America. But doubts are now growing as the nation awaits the results of a new survey. A new audit of the reserves that was supposed to be unveiled in August has been delayed, raising questions about just how much is really there. The government has already said that prior claims of huge reserves were “fiction,” as part of an effort to justify privatizations between 2000 and 2005. Bolivians are awaiting the results of a report from the US-based consultancy Ryder Scott to verify and certify the country’s proven oil and gas reserves. But a former top executive of the state-owned company Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales, Hugo del Granado, has said the preliminary report from the firm shows proven reserves of 230 billion cubic meters — far below the official figure since 2005 of 700 billion cubic meters. Government officials have neither confirmed nor denied the report. Hydrocarbonds Minister Fernando Vincenti has said only that the government is doing an “exahustive” review of the data. Bolivia hopes to avoid a repeat of the experience in 2005-2006 when another US firm, DeGolyer and MacNaughton, cut the country’s estimated reserves by half, according to the minister. Authorities suspected the figures in the earlier report may have been manipulated just ahead of the arrival in power of President Evo Morales, a socialist leader who has carried out a series of nationalizations in the sector. The figures are critical for a country where natural gas represents 43 percent of exports and is a major source of revenues for state coffers. If there is another big downgrade of the reserves, “it would not create an immediate catastrophe but it would hit hard over the medium term,” says Carlos Miranda, a former hydrocarbons minister. Bolivia is the second largest gas producer in South America after Venezuela. Miranda said the country could have trouble meeting its obligations for gas deliveries to Brazil and Argentina, which have long-term contracts. But Vincenti said there is no reason to panic: “We have enough reserves to comfortably export over the coming 20 years” as well as for domestic consumption, he said. “The volume of our reserves is not cause for concern whatsoever.” The official said new gas fields have been discovered since the Ryder Scott surveys were taken, meaning there could be greater availability that indicated in the report. In recent months, Spain-based Repsol YPF announced the discovery of a gas field in southern Bolivia and French-based Total reported success in drilling in a big field in the same region. “The reserves reflect a snapshot of a particular point in time, but the situation in the sector is dynamic,” said YPFB president Carlos Villegas. “We are exploring and we expect positive results.” But business leaders fret over the drop in private investment in the sector since 2009. The sector, including foreign companies, has generated just 10,000 jobs in the past year, according to Daniel Sanchez, even as the labor market saw 40,000 new entrants. By Dialogo November 04, 2010last_img read more

NATO Increases Pressure on Libya’s Pro-Government Forces

first_imgBy Dialogo May 19, 2011 NATO is stepping up pressure on the Libyan government’s strongholds with targeted aerial attacks and psychological warfare operations. Wing Commander Mike Bracken said NATO has air-dropped leaflets and broadcast messages to troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi asking them “to return to their barracks and homes.’‘ The messages also urge them to move away from any military equipment, as they are potential targets for NATO airstrikes. Airstrikes by the alliance targeted a building used by Libya’s security services in the capital, Tripoli, as well as the headquarters of the anti-corruption agency. Both structures were on fire after the bombing. Meanwhile, pressure continues on the diplomatic front. Canada says it is expelling five diplomats from the Libyan embassy in Ottawa for what it calls “inappropriate” actions that are “inconsistent with normal diplomatic functions.” The foreign affairs ministry announced the action in a statement on Tuesday. The ministry says Canada has not severed ties with Libya, but has suspended operations at its embassy in Tripoli. Libya is also getting pressure from neighboring Tunisia concerning shelling from Libya on to Tunisian soil. Tunisia’s state-run TAP news agency says the government considers the shelling “hostile activity” and may refer the issue to the United Nations. Russia has urged Libya to comply with a U.N. Security Council resolution and withdraw its armed forces from civilian areas. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with representatives of the Libyan government in Moscow. Lavrov said the Libyans expressed a willingness to look at an African Union peace plan if NATO ends its bombing campaign. Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini has said U.N. and Libyan officials are looking for a way for the embattled Libyan leader to go into exile. In a separate development, officials in Tunisia say Libya’s oil minister has left his post and defected to their country. Libyan officials have not confirmed the defection. Shukri Ghanem was the chairman of Libya’s National Oil Corporation and veteran member of Gadhafi’s regime.last_img read more

Consumers increasingly favor #debit for micro purchases

first_imgCash may no longer be able to boast the same clout it once had for small purchases. Consumers paying for a single pack of gum, a gallon of milk or similarly minor transactions are increasingly turning to plastic.Although cash still remains king for the smallest purchases, a recent survey by CreditCards.com showed debit is gaining traction as well. Twenty-seven percent of cardholders use their debit cards for purchases under $5.00, an increase of five percentage points from 2014. Comparatively, 11 percent of cardholders use credit for these purchases.Some experts attribute this increased interest in debit to consumers’ need to get something in return for their purchases. The discounts, loyalty points and personalized offers that often come from purchasing with plastic have powerful appeal. Whether or not these perks hold enough sway over the 58 percent of cardholders still preferring cash for micro transactions remains to be seen. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Trump is a cancer on American people

first_imgIt’s now crystal clear that America has given the keys to the castle and the power to rule to a totally incompetent, corrupt, bumbling fraud — a con man who is dismantling the great edifice of America brick-by-brick. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinioncenter_img Demagogue Donald Trump exploited angry, dispossessed voters with his pathological lies and false promises. He has failed to deliver on a single “promise” — no health care bill, no wall has been built, no middle-class tax reform, no lasting ban on immigrants, etc.Instead his “accomplishments” include: an indicted campaign manager, Paul Manafort, charged with crimes against the United States; a possibly soon-to-be-indicted National Security adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn; probable collusion with our arch enemy, Russia, to win the election; insulting Gold Star mothers; alienating highly regarded senators like John McCain, Bob Corker and Jeff Flake; encouraging white supremacists and losing the support of some of our strongest allies in Europe.I’m personally infuriated and sickened by the red carpet treatment, the respect and admiration, given this despicable, contemptuous man by foreign leaders. For 200 years, great leaders, honorable statesmen, immigrants and Native Americans, have led and molded this country to become the leader of the free world. Now we must watch a corrupt, despicable sexual predator, a con man convicted of bilking thousands of people in a fake university scam, reap the rewards of their exceptional achievements.This toxic, corrupt demagogue is a cancer to America. He needs to be removed. We really are counting on you, Bob Mueller.VINCE DACQUISTONiskayunalast_img read more

Lost in space

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Mixed signals

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Real Madrid expect Arsenal and Man City to launch Isco transfer moves

first_imgIsco looks certain to be on the way out at Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)Real Madrid believe both Arsenal and Manchester City will be interested in signing Isco in the January transfer window, according to reports in Spain.Isco was expected to move on over the summer but appeared to have made a U-turn, deciding instead to fight for his place in Zinedine Zidane’s starting line-up.However, the midfielder has only started two La Liga games for Real Madrid so far this season and has not featured at all in the Champions League. Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 21 Oct 2019 4:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Isco has been restricted in his chances in the Real Madrid first team (Picture: Getty)According to Spanish outlet AS, Isco is desperate to win his place back in the Spain squad ahead of next summer’s European Championships.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe 27-year-old has 38 caps for his country but was one of a number of high-profile absentees from Roberto Moreno’s most recent squad.He will now reportedly look to secure a long-mooted Premier League move in January having been told that regular first-team football at the top level is what the Spain boss needs to see in order to offer him a recall.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 ArsenalAnd Madrid are said to be certain that both Arsenal and Man City regard Isco as a dream signing with Unai Emery’s midfield still requiring strengthening and Pep Guardiola seeing the Spanish international as a long-term replacement for the departing David Silva.Isco’s departure would also grease the wheels for any incoming transfers with Real supposedly unwilling to make any purchases without clearing room in their 25-man squad. Advertisementcenter_img Eriksen has been a long-term target for Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)The AS report claims that should Isco leave, Madrid could make a January play for Tottenham contract rebel Christian Eriksen in an effort to ensure he does not sell his services to the highest bidder when his current deal expires in the summer.However, president Florentino Perez would rather redouble his efforts to sign Kylian Mbappe, the PSG winger who is likely to command a fee of more than £200million.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 City Advertisement Real Madrid expect Arsenal and Man City to launch Isco transfer moveslast_img read more