See The Lion King in Paris & More Disney Shows Across the Globe

first_img Tarzan (Hamburg, Germany) Ever wondered what a thunderous jungle cry sounds like in Deutsch? The Phil Collins and David Henry Hwang tuner swung into Hamburg in 2008, starring Anton Zetterholm and Elisabeth Hübert as Tarzan and Jane. The two secured the roles on the German reality competition Ich Tarzan, Du Jane. The Lion King (Paris, France) Pride Rock, meet the Eiffel Tower. The Lion King made its Parisian debut at the Théâtre Mogador in September 2007, where it became the City of Love’s longest-running musical. Take a look; there’s still plenty of Swahili thrown in, but not without some French. Whatever language, those puppets (and that grass on their heads!) are a spectacular sight. The Little Mermaid (Moscow, Russia) Ariel swam over to Moscow’s Rossiya Theatre in 2012 in a revised production adapted from a previous Dutch incarnation, where those rolling shoes were out and some serious updos were in. Here’s Natalia Bystrova showing us what part of Ariel’s world is like fathoms below the Arctic Ocean. Hint: it’s probably cold. Like, really really cold. Aida (Seoul, South Korea) Aida has received three major productions in Seoul, having first premiered in 2005. In the most recent mounting in 2012, pop star and Korean musical theater favorite Sonya took on the role of the enslaved Nubian princess, and belted her freaking face off. A big, flashy Elton John anthem is welcome in any language. In May 2015, Japan will get a taste of “Arabian Nights” when the hit Broadway musical Aladdin heads to Tokyo. In anticipation of the Alan Menken, Tim Rice and Howard Ashman tuner landing its first international production, we’re taking a look back at a few other Broadway hits that have brought Disney magic around the world (it’s a small one, after all). Check out a French king of the jungle, a Russian mermaid and more below! And get ready, because after a premiere in Berlin, a new version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is getting ready to ring in a U.S. debut. Mary Poppins (Reykjavík, Iceland) As it turns out, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” sounds pretty much exactly the same in Icelandic as it does in English. The practically perfect musical premiered in Reykjavik in February 2013 with Jóhanna Vigdís Arnardóttir in the title role. Take a look at the production and step in time, Nordic-style! Beauty and the Beast (Kyoto, Japan) Long before Aladdin’s carpet made plans to fly over to Japan, the dancing dishes and napkins of Disney’s first foray into musical theater crossed the Pacific and played Kyoto. In Japan, it’s quite possible that Belle reads about daring sword fights, magic spells and a prince in disguise down the column from right to left.center_img View Comments ¿Newsies…en español? Not quite the King of New York, but the King of Venezuela doesn’t sound too shabby. While there aren’t plans on the horizon just yet for a non-English language production of Newsies, here’s a bonus. Check out Broadway fan Wilfredo Parra as he belts out “Santa Fe” in Spanish, but not before showing off his collection of Playbills. Aladdin Related Shows from $57.50last_img read more

Thousands enjoy Grace Potter Irene-relief benefit, contribute via Vermont Public Television

first_imgThousands of Vermonters tuned in to Vermont Public Television on air and online Oct. 9 to see the Goodnight Irene Flood Relief Benefit concert by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals live from the Flynn Center in Burlington.  The concert brought the band back to Potter’s home state to support the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund, the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund and the Mad River Valley Community Fund that are helping people recover from the effects of the late August floods after Tropical Storm Irene.  Potter delighted fans with familiar numbers and the premiere of her song ‘The Mad, Mad River.’ Interest in the webcast of the event was so high that VPT’s server crashed briefly but was restored by the time the band came on stage. When the concert sold out within hours after it was announced in mid-September, VPT saw an opportunity to open it up beyond the 1,482 people lucky enough to get tickets.  Televising and webcasting the concert made it available statewide and beyond, to people who have had losses from Irene and to the many who continue to dig deep to help them. VPT had just two weeks to put the telecast together, a major effort made possible by partnerships with other broadcasters, equipment manufacturers and generous sponsors.  For the first time on a remote production, VPT used a fiber optic Ethernet circuit from Teljet Longhaul to bring high-definition video from the theater back to its Colchester control center.  This allowed for greater flexibility and higher quality than with traditional satellite or microwave transmission.   VPT officials were pleased to add to the band’s efforts by raising nearly $28,000 by phone and online during the two hours of the live coverage.  The band is still tallying the results of their performances and related auctions. Ben & Jerry’s, The Carris Corporate Foundation Inc., Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, People’s United Bank and the Vermont Community Foundation sponsored Vermont Public Television’s production. The concert program is the latest effort by Vermont’s public television network to help Vermonters recover from Irene.  It follows a joint fundraising effort with People’s United Bank, a call-in special with Gov. Peter Shumlin and a continuing web gateway for the disaster relief funds.  VPT. 10.11.2011last_img read more

Southeast Asia welcomes first zero-emissions building

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ESI Africa: Singapore-based SP Group has established the first zero-emissions building in Southeast Asia that is fully powered by green hydrogen.Located at SP’s training centre at Woodleigh Park, the self-sustaining building is 100% powered with renewable energy via an innovative Hydrogen Energy System and is disconnected from the national electricity grid.Brandon Chia, Head, Centre of Excellence, SP Group said: “Buildings contribute 40% of energy-related carbon emissions worldwide. The Hydrogen Energy System provides a safe and compact way of storing green hydrogen, which powers the region’s first zero-emission building. We believe this can be a significant contributor toward Singapore’s climate change pledge to cut national emissions intensity by 36% below 2005 levels by 2030.”In urban places such as Singapore, due to limited land and inconsistent solar energy, achieving zero emission with 100% renewable energy is extremely challenging.The buildings and building construction sectors combined are responsible for nearly 40% of total direct and indirect CO2 emissions, according to the International Energy Agency.While there have been other energy systems using hydrogen as a fuel, the key challenge of hydrogen lies in having a storage solution that is safe for deployment in highly-urbanised areas such as Singapore.The system uses special metal alloy as a storage medium to bond with hydrogen. This allows for the storage of a large volume of hydrogen at a much lower pressure over a long period of time without any deterioration.SP is working with Marubeni Corporation and Tohoku University on the Hydrogen Energy System with special metal alloy storage tanks from Japan, and to customise and integrate it for use in Singapore.More: Southeast Asia welcomes first zero-emissions building Southeast Asia welcomes first zero-emissions buildinglast_img read more

Guatemala Modernizes its Military Justice System

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo March 01, 2017 Five legal officers from the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS) of the U.S. Department of Defense met with a team of officers from the Guatemalan National Ministry of Defense as part of the modernization of Guatemala’s military justice system. Their goal was to help with the creation of the position of Army Operational Law Advisor. During the meeting, held January 18th–20th in Guatemala City, the participants exchanged information and experiences on how their respective judicial bodies deal with these legal issues. The first working meeting between DIILS and the Guatemalan Ministry of Defense took place in August 2015. The next meeting will be held in April 2017. “The DIILS is cooperating by sharing their expertise. Thanks to the consulting and the knowledge they have given us in different legal areas, our work is easier. The exchange of experiences and legal knowledge is formidable,” Infantry Lieutenant Colonel Mario Arturo Chupina de León, head of the Management Department of the General Directorate of Legal Affairs of the Guatemalan Ministry of Defense told Diálogo. Military professionals from the two countries structured an Operational Law Advisor study plan to train the first 18 professional military officers in law. “The participation of these advisors is indispensable when it comes time to integrate military action and legal formalities; their observations can change all plans,” said Infantry Colonel (R) Juan José Recinos, legal advisor for the Movement for Justice and Reconciliation of Guatemala. “Currently, legal certainty is one of the main challenges facing the Guatemalan Army. Operational law gives military action legal certainty,” Lt. Col. Chupina said. “It is important to think of military action in any country as a state action.” According to Col. (R) Recinos, since Guatemala is facing different challenges than it has faced in its recent past, operational law advisors, who participate in every phase of an operation, should have a broad understanding of peace missions and emerging threats like drug trafficking, organized crime, terrorism, human smuggling, maras, and gangs. Introducing a process of restructuring into the Guatemalan Army has been a priority since the peace negotiations. The restructuring would include reforms to its constitutive law, changes in its doctrine and educational system, a decrease in the number of troops, military justice and amendments to existing legislation, according to the report on military reform in Guatmela “Sobre la reforma militar en Guatemala” issued by the Myrna Mack Foundation, an association that advocates for justice and human rights in Guatemala. Lt. Col. Chupina and Col. (R) Recinos agree that implementing new legal documents for the Guatemalan Army and modernizing current military justice instruments and disciplinary rules are the strategic cornerstone for the process to move forward in building democracy and strengthening the state. The cooperation between Guatemala and the United States is unceasing. In August 2013, DIILS traveled to Guatemala for a comparative workshop held in collaboration with the recently formed Guatemalan Interagency Task Force, which is mainly focused on border control, smuggling and the fight against drug trafficking. Topics covered included observance of, and respect for, human rights during military operations (including operations in support of civilian authorities), laws applicable to domestic and international armed conflicts, and the development and application of rules for the use of force. DIILS is located at the Naval Station in Newport, Rhode Island. Its legal education is focused on human rights, international humanitarian law and the law of armed conflict. According to its website, it also helps partner nations improve their military justice systems. “The excellent cooperation between DIILS and the Guatemalan Army helps us establish a better understanding of each institution’s role and their mission. It also means an increase in the exchange of experiences and knowledge so we can reach our institutional goal of military justice,” Lt. Col. Chupina said. “The road is difficult. We military members are used to that; we are ready to reach that goal,” he concluded.last_img read more

North Carolina man who held branch manager hostage faces federal charges

first_imgIn September, a North Carolina man walked into a branch of the $40.8 billion State Employees Credit Union, drew two semi-automatic pistols and held the branch manager hostage.But Kevin Francis Lailiberte didn’t demand cash. Instead, he told the branch manager he was holding him hostage because Lailberte wanted to go to federal prison, according to new court documents filed by federal prosecutors on Dec. 27 in U.S. District Court in Greensboro, N.C.Lailiberte may get his wish.A North Carolina federal grand jury indicted Lailberte for possessing a firearm as a felon. Lailiberte had been barred from owning a firearm since his 1991 conviction for manslaughter, for which he was sentenced to ten years in prison. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Alibaba cloud growth outpaces Amazon and Microsoft

first_imgWe believe cloud computing is fundamental infrastructure for the digital era, but it is still in the early stage of growth. In September, Alibaba chief financial officer Maggie Wu said the company’s cloud computing business is likely to become profitable for the first time in the current fiscal year. Alibaba’s fiscal year began in April 2020 and ends on March 31, 2021. Alibaba’s loss from the cloud computing business was 3.79 billion yuan in the September quarter, much wider than the 1.92 billion yuan loss reported in the same period last year. However, Wu pointed to the earnings before interest, taxes, and amortization (EBITA), another measure of profitability.EBITA loss narrowed to 156 million yuan from 521 million yuan in the same period last year. The EBITA margin was negative 1%.On this basis, Wu said on the earnings call that Alibaba management “definitely expect to see profitability in the following two quarters.”“As I talked about during the Investor Day, we do not see any reason that for the long‑term, Alibaba cloud computing cannot reach to the margin level that we see in other peer companies. Before that, we are going to continue to focus expanding our cloud computing market leadership and also grow our profits,” she said. Alibaba is the fourth largest public cloud computing provider globally, according to Synergy Research Group.Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang said that public sectors and financial services contributed the highest growth to the company’s cloud division.“We believe cloud computing is fundamental infrastructure for the digital era, but it is still in the early stage of growth. We are committed to further increasing our investments in cloud computing,” Zhang said on the earnings call. It’s important to note that Alibaba’s cloud computing business is significantly smaller than these two market leaders. For comparison, Amazon Web Services brought in revenue of $11.6 billion while Microsoft’s intelligent cloud revenue, which includes other products as well as Azure, totaled $13 billion in the September quarter.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – The Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd. headquarters stand illuminated at night ahead of the annual November 11 Singles’ Day online shopping event in Hangzhou, China, on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019.Qilai Shen | Bloomberg | Getty Images GUANGZHOU, China — The growth of Alibaba’s cloud business outpaced Amazon and Microsoft in the quarter ending in September, and the Chinese tech giant reiterated its commitment to making the unit profitable by next March.Alibaba reported cloud computing brought in revenue of 14.89 billion yuan ($2.24 billion) in the three months ending Sept. 30. That’s a 60% year-on-year rise and its fastest rate of growth since the December quarter of 2019.That was faster than Amazon Web Service’s 29% year-on-year revenue rise and Microsoft Azure’s 48% growth in the September quarter.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Grateful for response from National Grid

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion We have been experiencing our lights dimming, on a frequent basis, and decided to call National Grid on Oct. 31.Within one hour, a serviceman from National Grid was at our door. He did a thorough exam of our electrical box inside and conducted a similar search on the outdoor connections.The very next day, Ron Cammie and Eric Sapone were at my house doing a field test and discovered that the line coming to the house had been invaded by the squirrels. Although it had been patched before, they requested a new line be installed. And it was, the very next day, just before the big storm the following day.On Nov. 1, both Ron and Eric were here to follow up and make sure everything was working to my satisfaction. I just couldn’t get over the quick service of all three service departments of National Grid. My hat’s off to those in charge and especially to those who rendered the service with speed and were able to accurately fix the problem.Peter V. Russo Sr.GlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Rooftop lawn and internal gardens give Sky Homes the natural edge

first_imgSOKO’s Sky Homes feature internal gardens.SOKO Waterfront Apartments offers 120 residences, from $430,000, across seven levels with one, two, three and four bedroom apartments available.The development includes a virtual concierge, large rooftop retreat, sauna, infinity pool, cinema and even storage for your canoe.Besides the Sky Homes, the development also includes some apartment amalgamations to give more luxurious space.“We’ve amalgamated two units side-by-side and two units top and bottom to give bigger home-sized spaces,” Mr Malouf said.“It’s so important that we continue to listen to the market and evolve as developers.”SOKO Waterfront Apartments are 70 per cent sold and under construction, with internal trades making their way through the building now, with completion expected in June.“We chose West End because its an eclectic mixture of demographics, a historically industrial area that’s now experiencing a rejuvenation with more retail, commercial and office activity,” Mr Malouf said.“It’s always evolving and really close to the city and with lots of amenities and facilities close by.“Plus a lot of families want to move here to get into the Brisbane State High catchment area.” Two Sky Homes are the crowning glory of SOKO Waterfront Apartments at West EndTWO sky homes with stunning views, internal gardens and their own real patch of lawn are the crowning glory of SOKO Waterfront Apartments in West End.Spyre Group director Andrew Malouf said the two penthouses, which they are calling Sky Homes, were a direct result of listening to the local market.“The demand for owner-occupier stock in SOKO has far exceeded what we originally thought which is what pushed us towards doing these sky homes in the first place,” Mr Malouf said.“It is evident by the number of unit sales still ticking over throughout West End, that people love living here, however they don’t want to sacrifice on space.“We decided to label the penthouses as Sky Homes because each unit is located on level eight and consists of 250sq m internally with 61sq m of real outdoor lawn and overlooking the Brisbane river and with city views. SOKO Waterfront Apartments at West End“A lot of people are happy to downsize or right size but we’ve found a lot of developments had the internal layout spot on but didn’t give back in terms of outdoor space.“People want the ability to downsize, to lockup and leave their apartment, but they also want the outdoor experience that you find in a house.”The two approximately $3 million sky homes feature VIP lift access, with lifts idling on their floor level, premium fixtures and fittings including Gaggenau Appliances, three car parks each and stunning internal gardens.“We’ve had extremely positive feedback on the Sky Homes from people that want their grandkids to come over and stay, have pets or just want to maintain a real lawn and have that sense of grandeur,” Mr Malouf said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago“As part of the design there are also floor to ceiling internal gardens that run through the penthouses creating a subtropical feature.“They are glass boxes that are lined with plants and vegetation and each bedroom comes off those so they achieve their own natural light and ventilation.”last_img read more

Renovations tick the box for time-poor buyers

first_imgThe home at 97 Greenways Esp, Parkinson.A RENOVATED Parkinson home has sold after being passed in at auction, as buyers opt for move-in ready homes.Marketing agent Kosma Comino, of LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills, said 97 Greenways Esplanade sold three weeks after auction.“There was a lot of interest in the property but no one wanted to bid at auction,” he said.“The market is still really strong but it is favouring the seller. Buyers are more cautious about bidding at auction. Post-auction we received two offers on the home.”More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Mr Comino said about 50 groups inspected the four-bedroom property with most being owner-occupiers. Inside the home at 97 Greenways Esp, Parkinson.“Buyers liked that it was fully renovated,” he said.“I’ve found with anywhere on the south side at the moment, if a property is renovated it gets so much more inquiry.“Everyone is so busy these days, they don’t have time to renovate. They just want to be able to move straight into a home.”Mr Comino said the Parkinson market had slowed recently.“We’re still seeing the high number of buyers we had at the start of the year but now there is more stock,” he said.last_img read more

UK funds should be allowed to enforce CPI indexation to cut deficits

first_imgSponsors with large UK pension deficits should be allowed to override any indexation provision and only offer increases in line with the consumer prices index (CPI), LCP has urged.Proposing the government end the “legal lottery”, the consultancy estimated FTSE 100 firms would see a £30bn (€35bn) reduction in their liabilities if they were able to switch to CPI, rather than the retail prices index (RPI) for all future indexation.The recommendation came as LCP estimated the largest listed firms had pension deficits of £63bn by early August, following the Bank of England’s re-launch of quantitative easing, a significant increase from the £46bn estimated shortfall in June when assets stood at £582bn.However, while advocating the change, LCP partner Bob Scott said the switch to the traditionally lower level of indexation should only occur subject to certain safeguards. “The safeguards are important as they should not automatically allow a profitable company with a large pension surplus to increase that surplus by reducing benefits,” he said.“They could, however, provide relief to a company with a large deficit where the trustees agreed it was in the members’ interests for benefits to be reduced.”LCP’s call came the same day as latest CPI data was released, which showed inflation running at 0.6% in July, up by 0.5 percentage points compared to June. This compared to a 0.3 percentage point increase in RPI to 1.9%.Charles Cowling, director of JLT Employee Benefits, said the inflation data amounted to a “Brexit double-whammy”, as it added to the pressure facing funds due to increasing deficits due to uncertainty following the vote in June.The suggestion funds be allowed to amend the level of indexation comes months after such a move was proposed to reduce the deficit within the British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS), which faces entry into the Pension Protection Fund as its sponsor, Tata Steel, seeks to sell its UK assets.At the time the consultation was announced, the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) warned against “bespoke” regulatory changes, and said it would be “inconceivable” for the government to not offer such a solution to the entire DB sector.The previous government considered a statutory override of trust deeds in 2010, but then-pensions minister Steve Webb ruled out such as step as it could see member trust in schemes “severely damaged”.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to LCP 2016 Accounting for Pensions reportlast_img read more