This show has got to have heart, says Tim DeKay, who co-stars as FBI agent Peter Burke. We celebrate the beautiful side of New York way too much to be anything else. Burkes own heart has gotten bigger since he teamed up with stylish con man Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer). When the series started, Burke was almost a Joe Friday cop everything by the book, an approach that had just landed him one of the biggest fishes of his career: Caffrey, an inventive crook who, with his pal Mozzie (Willie Garson), specialized in high-end scams and forgeries. Peter decided to tap into Neals expertise to help catch other white-collar crooks, and a classic TV partnership was born. Sayonara, Joe Friday. Everything for Peter used to be black and white, says DeKay. Neal showed him grey areas. Truth is, says DeKay, I think that was always there in Peter. But working with Neal brought it out. Equally important, he says, Peter changed because he has a new friend. More than anything else, Peter loves the hunt and Neal loves it just as much. The show periodically reminds us that Peter is still the law, and the Neal/Mozzie team sometimes isnt. But when it counts, all the core characters, including Peters wife, Elizabeth (Tiffani Thiessen), Peters team at the office and even some of Neals gray-area friends, are there for each other. Mozzie talks about fighting the suits, but when Elizabeth was kidnapped, he went straight to the FBI office, DeKay notes. They all would do anything to keep the others safe. Its a very reassuring show in that way, and I think thats one of the reasons its appeal is so multigenerational. In addition, while White Collar has violent scenes and blows up buildings, DeKay says it isnt like shows where theres always an undercurrent of something menacing about to happen.
Source: News Limited LITTLE has been expected of the United States ahead of their tournament debut at the upcoming rugby league World Cup. After a remarkable victory in their only warm-up match, however, they could be ready to surprise some people. The USA Tomahawks pulled off a surprise 22-18 win over fourth-ranked France in Toulouse on Friday, for one of the country’s best results. “This is a real shot in the arm for USA rugby league,” US coach Terry Matterson said. “We have traveled far and wide to get here.” The Tomahawks, who will play Wales, the Cook Islands and Scotland in group matches at the World Cup starting October 26 in England and Wales, have players in their 24-man squad that have experience in the NRL and Europe’s Super League so will not be the pushovers some had expected. “I just want the guys to play to the best of their ability in the three World Cup games and if they do that we have a chance at winning each,” Matterson added. The victory in the south of France was even more surprising given the team’s build-up to the match. They only held their first World Cup training session the day before the match. In the week leading up to playing France, the players spent 39 hours travelling in planes, trains, buses and cabs. Meanwhile, Matterson, assistant coach at the North Queensland Cowboys, was only appointed to his role 13 days ago after Matthew Elliott and Brian Smith stepped down. Four key players – Eddy Pettybourne, Ryan McGoldrick, Clint Newton and Joel Luani – were also missing. However, Mike Garvey, David Marando, Matt Shipway and Kristian Freed scored tries for the 12th-ranked Tomahawks, who held on in the closing stages despite being reduced to 12 players after a sin-binning.
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A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 18 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs France expels girl to Kosovo after class trip AP 5:59 p.m. EDT October 16, 2013 From left 15 year old Leonarda Dibrani, joined by her brothers Ronaldo 9, Roki 11, Masar 5, expelled from France last week, during an interview for The Associated Press in a room of a shelter house in Mitrovica, northern Kosovo, on Wednesday. (Photo: Visar Kryeziu, AP) France’s president Hollande has tried to appear more immigrant-friendly Girl’s family had fled persecution in Kosovo Father has not yet told kids reason for expulsion SHARE 55 CONNECT 26 TWEET 18 COMMENTEMAILMORE MITROVICA, Kosovo (AP) Leonarda Dibrani was finishing up a field trip when French police showed up at the bus, detaining the 15-year-old schoolgirl in front of her classmates before authorities expelled her to Kosovo because her family’s asylum application had been rejected. The incident earlier this month, but which was made public this week, has sparked outrage from immigrant groups and others who say police went too far in publicly shaming the teenager. It has also been an embarrassment for President Francois Hollande’s government, which has tried to portray a kinder France in a bid to distance itself from conservative predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy, known for his tough immigration policies. An investigation into the treatment of the girl, which also drew criticism from within the ranks of Hollande’s Socialist Party, has been launched. Now, Dibrani says she just wants to get back to France. “I was crying on my teacher’s lap and he was crying,” Dibrani said Wednesday, recounting her ordeal in an interview with The Associated Press. “My friends asked: ‘Did you kill someone that the police are looking for you?’ I was afraid. I felt bad and ashamed. “My home is in France,” Dibrani said in French, dressed in jeans and a colorful paisley print tunic. “I don’t speak the language here and I don’t know anyone. I just want to go back to France and forget everything that happened.” The Dibrani family parents and six children is now sheltered in a house in the northern town of Mitrovica in an area inhabited by ethnic Albanians.
France’s Wine Stocks Reach 12-Year Low After 2012 Harvest Slide
Rising bulk wine prices more than made up for a drop in volumes sold in 2012-13, with the cost of bulk whites without a regional indication jumping 32 percent, FranceAgriMer data show. Stocks are at historically low levels, very much below the five-year average, Janvier said in Montreuil-sous-Bois, France. Due to the weakness of supply, prices rose to a rather high level. This years wine production will probably rise less than the 6.6 percent increase to 44.1 million hectoliters forecast by the Agriculture Ministry, based on the outlook provided by various regions, according to Eric Rosaz, in charge of wine industry at FranceAgriMer. The ministry forecasts are a bit optimistic, Rosaz said. We wont be very far from 43.5 million hectoliters. 2001-02 Low Wine producers start the season with the lowest stocks since at least 2001-02, FranceAgriMer said, citing customs data. Inventories of wine with a protected designation of origin fell to 23.2 million hectoliters as of Aug. 1 from 25.8 million hectoliters a year earlier. The biggest slide in wine inventories was noted in the combined regions of Burgundy , Beaujolais, Savoy and Jura, where stocks slumped 30 percent to 1.72 million hectoliters, according to the crop office. The volume of wine held by producers in Bordeaux dropped 9 percent to 8.96 million hectoliters, while Champagnes inventories fell 6 percent to 4.22 million hectoliters, according to FranceAgriMer. In the region of Languedoc-Roussillon, Frances biggest wine region by production, stocks at the start of August fell 16 percent to 7.34 million hectoliters. The wine year in France runs from Aug. 1 to July 31.
France jails Somali pirates for nine years
The law would ban non-compliant companies from bidding on public contracts. It also includes a measure to offer fathers a six-month paternity leave. Mothers already have state-mandated leave in France. Female executives attending the Deauville Forum welcomed the rankings. Having objectives is very important, said Mouna Sepehri, executive vice president in the office of the chief executive officer at Renault SA. (RNO) The carmaker has set a target of 30 percent for recruiting women engineers, for instance, based on the fact that about 30 percent of engineering graduates are women. So far, the company is at 27 percent, Sepehri said. Renault came in at No. 46 in the ranking. Board Quotas France required large companies to have non-executive women account for at least 20 percent of board members by 2014, and 40 percent by 2017. We have more women on boards, thanks to the quota, said Virginie Morgon, chief investment officer of investment firm Eurazeo SA. We have to translate this to the executive level. Morgon sits on the boards of hotelier Accor SA (ranked No. 9) and LOreal SA (No.
France Ranks Companies in Carrot-Baguette Gender-Equality Push
The three accused — Mohamed Mahamud, Abdelkader Osman Ali and Mahamud Abdi Mohamed, aged between 26 and 31 — have been on trial since Monday. During the trial, the three accused had said they turned to piracy out of desperation and expressed regret at their actions. “What they want is not even to live but just to survive,” said one of their lawyers, Fabian Lahaie. For his client, piracy “was a job as any other”, he said. A lawyer for the survivors, Arnaud Colon de Franciosi, said they were not looking “for vengeance” but that the accused should be “held responsible” for their acts. Former French Defence Minister Herve Morin said Wednesday that “poverty does not justify everything”. The families have not criticised soldiers involved in the raid, but have accused the French government of authorising the “dangerous operation” without enough regard for the hostages. In this case “French state leaders decided to teach the piracy masterminds on the continent a lesson”, argued Colon de Franciosi. “I believe that Florent Lemacon died for reasons of national interest. This operation was meant as a powerful signal to the Somalis, while the hostages were put on the backburner.” The Lemacons had left the northwestern French port of Vannes in 2008 for a journey to Zanzibar. They were taken hostage on April 6, 2009 off the Somali coast. France has taken a tough line on pirates caught by its forces in the waters off east Africa, where dozens of mainly merchant vessels have been seized and held for ransom in recent years. Society & Culture For more than 200 years, skeptics have been announcing the end of the great age of species discoveryand the end, in particular, for finding anything really big. But giant species somehow just keep showing up. Takepart.com WASHINGTON (AP) The Republicans’ clear defeat in the budget-debt brawl has widened the rift between the Grand Old Party and the blossoming tea party movement that helped revive it.
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Ex-UK leader Blair: Governments key in providing infrastructure, policies to fight hunger
Blair is partnering with Howard Buffett and the World Food Prize Foundation to send young entrepreneurs to Africa to work on hunger and poverty issues. CAPTION By Associated Press, DES MOINES, Iowa The discussion Thursday at the World Food Prize symposium about hunger and poverty in developing nations turned largely from the controversies of global warming and genetically modified crops and focused on governments and their role in solving social ills. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and philanthropist Howard Buffett, son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, discussed how they and the foundations theyve created work in African nations and elsewhere to improve lives. Wednesday’s day in photos They were joined by Ritu Sharma, president of Women Thrive Worldwide, a Washington-based advocacy group dedicated to womens equality. Blair, who left office in 2007, started the Africa Governance Initiative five years ago to help improve governance in Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, Malawi and South Sudan. He said he has learned through his work that unless a country has a basic capacity at the center of government to make improvements, change will not occur. In some countries, its as important a need as offering reliable electricity, roads, and other basic infrastructure, he said. AGI sends teams of people to work alongside leadership in the underdeveloped nations to help implement change. If youve got a great agricultural program and you want to deliver it, unless youve got the basic capacity at the center of government to make the thing happen it doesnt happen, Blair said. He said he has found it surprising how little political leaders are educated about the programs and organizations available to help them but is encouraged that a new generation of leaders in Africa and elsewhere want to learn and accept assistance. The surprising thing has been the lack of knowledge of whats out there, and the most optimistic thing is theres a new spirit and attitude out there that says, OK if youve got something to teach me, Im willing to listen, Blair said. Howard Buffett said among the bigger challenges are getting the knowledge, farming tools, seeds and techniques appropriate for each country into the hands of farmers and encouraging governments to let farmers make decisions that are best for their own land.
The dispute at Grangemouth, a valued part of Scotland’s infrastructure, highlights the problems confronting Europe’s refining industry due to rising competition from new plants in Asia and the Middle East and dwindling demand at home. Swiss-based Ineos said on Wednesday it had closed the 210,000 barrel per day refinery and petrochemicals complex and may only re-open it if workers accept new working terms. Ineos says Grangemouth has made losses for the past four years. The clash revived memories of protests at another UK refinery, Coryton east of London, which shut last year because of bankruptcy at parent company Petroplus. “The plant is shut down until Tuesday. It is not operating. Tomorrow we will be putting a proposal to the workforce and we are giving them the weekend to decide and expect a response on Monday,” an Ineos spokeswoman said. “We’ll review with stakeholders what the workforce says on Tuesday and whether it re-opens depends on their response,” she added. A company statement had earlier said Grangemouth was financially distressed and that the industrial action called by the Unite union had inflicted significant further damage. INFRASTRUCTURE The plant plays a key role in Scotland’s economy. “This is a hugely important matter…whether it continues as a major part of Scotland’s infrastructure. It’s a hugely important industrial complex,” Alex Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister said in a BBC interview. Ineos said earlier this week it had begun winding down operations at Grangemouth, ahead of a planned strike by Unite union members over the treatment of a union representative.
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Grand describes a France that is troubled about the dwindling prospect of Western countries “enforcing” peace and security. “This more interventionist and Atlanticist France,” he says, “sees U.S. leadership often lacking resolve, hesitant, tempted by strategic retrenchment.” It’s a view that jibes with France’s experience with Mr. Obama’s erratic policy. Last October, the White House contacted both France and Britain to say that America would move to an interventionist position on Syria akin to theirs after the November U.S. election. Pfft. Both French and British officials told me that after being kept in the dark for two months, they learned in January this year that the White House plan was dead. A French official also said that in a discussion on Mali in October 2012, former U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta promised, referring to an eventual French incursion, “Whatever you need, ask me. You’ll get it.” As it turned out, the White House overruled Mr. Panetta, according to the official. The administration actually asked France for cash in exchange for tanker aircraft to support French forces when they entered Mali in January.
France says treating Iran’s nuclear overture with caution
“Given what he know on Iran, the Guide (Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei) being the same, we are compelled to be cautiously open.” Paris has been one of the strongest advocates of sanctions to pressure Iran over its nuclear program. The United States and its allies suspect Iran is seeking nuclear bomb-making capability despite Tehran’s insistence that its program has only peaceful aims. French President Francois Hollande was the first Western leader to meet new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during the annual meeting of the U.N. General Assembly in September, warning that Paris expected “concrete gestures”. “It is too early to draw conclusions,” Fabius said. “France will not mix up appearances with reality.” So far Iran has defied U.N. Security Council demands that it halt enrichment and other sensitive nuclear activities, leading to multiple rounds of crippling international sanctions that have reduced Iranian oil exports, caused inflation to soar and the value of the Iranian rial currency to plummet. Speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the talks, a Western diplomat said the negotiations had been neither positive nor negative, but the major powers had been able to ask specific questions on key issues and received certain answers creating a basis to move forward. “We can’t say that we will find a solution in the coming weeks, but we now have a tool for a common exchange,” he said. The fact that all the Iranian negotiators spoke English made life easier, he added. The diplomat declined to detail what proposals had been discussed, saying the talks had entered “a serious phase”. Follow-up talks will be held in Geneva on November 7-8. Before that, nuclear and sanctions experts from both sides will meet to discuss in detail the main stumbling blocks. “The objective is to have something more concrete by November.
Protestors express the same outside the Church of Scientology in France. Newser.com. France Scientology: Labeled a “fraud” by France’s high court. Protestors express the same outside the Church of Scientology in France. Though recognized as a formal religion in the United States and elsewhere, the practice of Scientology has just been branded as a scam and a racket in France, despite cries of religious discrimination, reports the AFP via Yahoo! News on Oct. 16. There are approximately 45,000 Scientologists in France. The obtuse religion, founded by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, came under fire in the European country when five former members charged the organization with coercing them into spending thousands of dollars on required reading material, questionable services and Church merchandise. The Church was initially found guilty of commercial harassment, and on appeal the charge has stood. Church officials are not happy that their easily misunderstood religion has been declared fraudulent. Scientology is a worldwide religious movement practiced in 184 nations. Its bona fide rights of its members to practice their faith unimpeded by government interference have been acknowledged by the high courts of many nations, including unanimous decisions by the European Court of Human Rights, a statement from the French Church of Scientology after the verdict reads.
France Scientology: Fraud leveled against Church of Scientology by high court
Thats the lowest since at least 2001-02, the crop office said. Last years wine-grape harvest was the smallest in at least 40 years after weather damage and disease, according to the Agriculture Ministry. Rising bulk wine prices more than made up for a drop in volumes sold in 2012-13, with the cost of bulk whites without a regional indication jumping 32 percent, FranceAgriMer data show. Stocks are at historically low levels, very much below the five-year average, Janvier said in Montreuil-sous-Bois, France. Due to the weakness of supply, prices rose to a rather high level. This years wine production will probably rise less than the 6.6 percent increase to 44.1 million hectoliters forecast by the Agriculture Ministry, based on the outlook provided by various regions, according to Eric Rosaz, in charge of wine industry at FranceAgriMer. The ministry forecasts are a bit optimistic, Rosaz said. We wont be very far from 43.5 million hectoliters. 2001-02 Low Wine producers start the season with the lowest stocks since at least 2001-02, FranceAgriMer said, citing customs data. Inventories of wine with a protected designation of origin fell to 23.2 million hectoliters as of Aug. 1 from 25.8 million hectoliters a year earlier. The biggest slide in wine inventories was noted in the combined regions of Burgundy , Beaujolais, Savoy and Jura, where stocks slumped 30 percent to 1.72 million hectoliters, according to the crop office. The volume of wine held by producers in Bordeaux dropped 9 percent to 8.96 million hectoliters, while Champagnes inventories fell 6 percent to 4.22 million hectoliters, according to FranceAgriMer. In the region of Languedoc-Roussillon, Frances biggest wine region by production, stocks at the start of August fell 16 percent to 7.34 million hectoliters. The wine year in France runs from Aug. 1 to July 31.
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RELATED NEW DELHI: India and Russia are close to sealing the deal on Kudankulam 3 and 4 nuclear power plants. Negotiators on both sides are hopeful the agreement may be signed during the PM’s visit to Moscow, beginning October 20. Russia has been opposed to signing any nuclear contract under the Indian nuclear liability law as it stands, instead insisting that contracts should be governed by the inter-governmental agreement. The Indian government has interpreted the Indian law in a way so as to make it easier for private sector nuclear suppliers both domestic and foreign to invest in nuclear plants. In addition, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) has asked the state-owned General Insurance Corporation ( GIC ) to work out insurance packages for Indian and foreign suppliers of nuclear power plants. This would help them cover the risk associated with being a supplier under the liability law. India will also agree to a new Russian proposal to create an Asia-Pacific security architecture, involving the members of the East Asia Summit a first meeting at the senior officials’ level is scheduled to be held by end-November. To revive a flagging economic relationship, India is hoping to persuade Russia to allow greater cooperation in new projects particularly in Sakhalin for oil and gas. The Brahmos agreement is also likely to be extended, and Indian officials contend that the defence cooperation relationship on fifth generation fighter and multi-role transport aircraft are on track. Defence and strategic issues now form the core of the India-Russia relationship. Sources said, the conversation on Afghanistan between Singh and Putin would be of significance. Moscow remains concerned about the fate of Afghanistan and the region after 2014. It was Russia that got Indian and Chinese officials together to discuss the future of the troubled country earlier this year. Russia and India have a history of cooperation on Afghanistan through the years when Taliban ran the show there in the 1990s.
Asked what he told his son during the visit, Snowden told reporters: “To stay, but that’s my advice. It’s not necessarily what my son will do. He’s comfortable. He’s happy. And he’s absolutely committed to what he has done.” The younger Snowden’s revelations about the reach and methods of the NSA, including the monitoring of vast volumes of Internet traffic and phone records, have upset U.S. allies from Germany to Brazil. Admirers call him a human rights champion and critics denounce him as a traitor. “There’s much more to be shared,” Lon Snowden said. Staying in Russia, Snowden said, allows his son “to continue to push these issues forward, to make sure the true story is told.” “He’s not a fugitive. He’s a legal asylee of the Russian Federation and the press needs to get that right and I think our government understands that at this point.” Snowden criticized the U.S. intelligence community as being negligent and complicit in the spying scandal, singling out Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, NSA Director Keith Alexander, Senator Diane Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Congressman Mike Rogers, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee. Russia has kept secret where the Snowdens met during the visit as well as where the son has been living. Moscow also has kept the media and public away from Edward Snowden, who has been shepherded by a lawyer believed to have ties with Russia’s secret services. Russian President Vladimir Putin, a former KGB spy, has repeatedly said that Russia would shelter Snowden only if he stopped harming the United States.
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Celebrity Chef Highlights Lack of Safe Ingredients in Vietnam
You can say the beef is from the U.S. and has a stamp on it but it might not be,” he said. “Recently in Vietnam we discovered that 80 percent of the noodles were laced with toxic chemicals to keep them white. So its really time for a change. Vietnam is one of the worlds top seafood exporters, with exports of catfish accounting for 90 percent of the global market. While not all exported goods are labeled with information which includes whether that product is certified or not, industry experts recognize that labels with more information are more popular with consumers, said Ngo. Tien Chuong, Aquaculture Coordinator at the World Wide Fund for Natures Vietnam office. He said the general trend is for authorities to make production for export more sustainable while less attention is paid to domestic consumption. Lack of information on food sourcing and ingredients is a big issue for Vietnamese consumers, many of whom worry about the overuse of pesticides in vegetables, and excessive use of antibiotics and formaldehyde in meat. Last month some residents in Lao Cai province were hospitalized after eating dried fish, which was later found to contain high levels of histamines, local media reported. Poisoning cases have been blamed on poor enforcement of hygiene standards but so far there is no certification process in place for consumers at home. Chuong said certified products and high quality products in Vietnam are mainly sold for the export market. But with a population of 90 million people, the countrys domestic market should not be ignored. The lack of information available for consumers is also a big problem for chefs, Chinn said.
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London to Become Hub for China’s Yuan
5. Urs Fischer, Sunny side up, epoxy resin, fiberglass, expanded polystyrene foam, pigment, water-based oil paint, 2012 (Sadie Coles HQ, London) Urs Fischer s fried egg is a welcome change of pace, an injection of pure glee. Unless you can see a face in an egg sunny-side-up, were safely clear of humans, at last. Or maybe notwho else fries eggs? 6. Djordje Ozbolt, Made in Africa (Assembled in China), Dyed polyester resin, 2013 (Herald Street, London) African tribal totems in primary colors, cast in resinthe primitive manufactured for our amusement, which peaks when you catch a glimpse of blithely modern fairgoers strolling behind these atavistic forms. Framed on the wall behind the totems is colorful, atomized bunting by Amilia Pica, another African artist, which adds pep to the celebration of the continents artistic prowess. (1:54, Londons new Contemporary African Art Fair, is currently on view at Somerset House.) 7. Dan Graham, Groovy Spiral, Two-way mirror cylinder, bisected by perforated stainless steel, 2013 (Lisson Gallery, London, Milan, New York) The Lisson Gallery, like the Stephen Friedman Gallery, is exhibiting only one work at the fair this year: Groovy Spiral, which invites you to curl into its navel. Introspection might be your bag, or you might prefer to be a spectator. Either way, this installation of a complexly reflective glass spiral sculpture, raised on a wooden floorboard base, is all about looking. Frieze, after all, is a place to see and be seenan art fair is by definition a spectacle. 8. Ron Mueck, Woman with Shopping, Mixed media, 2013 (Hauser & Wirth, London, New York, Zurich) Ron Muecks sitter who is clad in her frumpy coat, failsafe jeans and comfortable flats while carrying two orange shopping bags bursting to the rim with groceries — sports a different look from that of the fairgoers.
Theres plenty of activity in the commercial sector, too. Anyone with fond memories of Alan Parkers 1991 film The Commitments, based on Roddy Doyles novel about a Dublin soul band, can indulge in some sweet soul food at the West Ends Palace Theatre, where Doyles own musical adaptation of his book is currently in previews. December brings Stephen Ward, inspired by the 1960s political scandal the Profumo Affair, which unites Andrew Lloyd Webber with Christopher Hampton and Don Black, the team behind Sunset Boulevard. And Lloyd Webbers erstwhile writing partner, lyricist Tim Rice, has also been busy, on From Here To Eternity, based on James Jones classic novel, which has just begun previewing. With the cooling weather came a mixed bag of classical theatre. The actor of genius, Mark Rylance, donned his directorial hat to deliver a woefully creaky Much Ado About Nothing at the Old Vic, with under-powered performances from James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave; those two living legends can be seen struggling on with it until the end of November. Meanwhile, Michael Grandage, the former artistic director of the West End producing powerhouse the Donmar Warehouse, gave us an exuberant Midsummer Nights Dream, oozing free love and Burning Man atmosphere and starring Sheridan Smith an actor fast becoming a national treasure as a pulchritudinous Titania, and Little Britains David Walliams as Bottom. That continues at the Noel Coward until 16 November. And the following month brings Grandages take on the bellicose poetry of Henry V. Jude Law, in the role of the charismatic king, pretty much guarantees returns queues round the block. Also raising the star power and sex appeal of the Bard this season is the Royal Shakespeare Company, which in December brings Gregory Dorans production of Richard II to the Barbican Theatre, with David Tennant as the monarch (a fine actor still best known to British audiences for BBC TVs Doctor Who). Meanwhile at the Donmar, Josie Rourke directs a new staging of the bloody Roman tragedy Coriolanus. Its a good season, too, for Ibsen fans: Carrie Cracknells wildly acclaimed A Dolls House, with its claustrophobic, revolving domestic-prison set and a blazing performance from Hattie Morahan as Nora, continues until 26 October at the Duke of Yorks. And from 3 October theatre veteran Richard Eyres new production of Ghosts is at the Almeida. Staying with the Scandinavian theme, Jack Thornes stage version of Let The Right One In a vampire horror drama based on the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist and subsequent film will be casting its chilly spell over Londons leading new writing theatre, the Royal Court, from 29 November.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gets ready to answer questions from a Chatham House audience, on Oct. 11, 2013, in London. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) Reported by ABC News Gemma Perlin: LONDON Hillary Clinton, in London last Friday to pick up a prize in recognition of her significant and impressive contribution to international diplomacy, was busted by a London traffic cop for an illegally parked Mercedes. Despite the raised voices of Clintons bodyguards, the parking police remained unfazed and would not retract the ticket, reported the Daily Telegraph. Daniel Astaire, a councillor for the borough that Clinton parked in, told ABC News that Clinton would receive no special treatment. The former U.S. secretary of state was parked for nearly 45 minutes without paying. Im sure she will understand that we have to be fair to everyone, regardless of their status on the world stage. Clinton was fined $128, but if she pays the ticket within 14 days, it will be knocked down to $64. The American Embassy in London, which owes $12.5 million in its own parking fines, according to figures from Foreign Secretary William Hague,would not comment on Clintons parking ticket, explaining that she was now a private citizen. Hillary will know as a former diplomat, one must get all their facts together, look for evidence, make an appeal quickly and perceive, Barrie Segal, a U.K. parking ticket expert, told ABC News.If that fails, I am happy to give her mobile number and chat about it.
Letter from London: A guide to winter 2013 in the West End
The announcement came in the middle of a five-day British trade mission to China led by finance minister George Osborne. On Monday, Britain unveiled simpler visa rules aimed at luring Chinese tourists. Osborne’s trip marks a return to normal exchanges after Beijing derailed a planned visit by Prime Minister David Cameron in April in retaliation for the British leader having met the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader. Investors in London will be allowed to apply for licenses to invest yuan directly into China, Osborne announced. He said the Chinese central bank set an initial quota for London of 80 billion yuan ($12.7 billion). Tuesday’s announcement put London ahead in the race by global financial centers to gain a share of yuan-denominated business as Beijing gradually expands use of its currency for trade and investment. Hong Kong was the first financial center outside mainland China where trading of yuan was authorized. London banks have traded yuan since early last year. “Now London is a major global offshore center for the trading of the Chinese currency,” Osborne told reporters. Britain and China signed an agreement in June to have their central banks swap 200 billion yuan for 20 billion pounds. The European Central Bank and Beijing announced a similar agreement this month to swap 350 billion yuan for 45 billion euros.
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Live music on the Treasure Coast, updated Oct. 17
Rock & Roll is, by its very nature, a form of musical resistance against entrenched power structures, and it’s also one of the greatest musical forms if it’s done with real intention. My career has allowed me to see and hear many other cultures around the world, including a fair bit of time spent with indigenous cultures. Those personal experiences have shaped my worldview on humanity and our natural state of balance with the Earth. It has also shown me the power of music as a force for social justice and change. The country I have seen the most of is, of course, my own — the United States. I love this country and her people deeply, and I have driven every major highway in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and some parts of Latin and South America. Sometimes it was in a van, other times in a tour bus, and occasionally on a motorcycle. I’ve experienced the world with my own eyes and heart, my own boots on the ground as the saying goes, and then I write about what I have come to learn from those personal experiences. The U.S. in particular has had some extraordinary musicians and songwriters who have, over the decades, brought about great social evolution with story-songs and political messages that have moved hearts and changed minds. When Woody Guthrie sang “Roll On Columbia” about the enormous Columbia River, he was expressing his love for the natural landscape of the American West. When Pete Seeger wrote “My Dirty Stream,” it was his alarm call to the industrial pollution that was destroying the Hudson River, a song that sparked the modern day clean up of the Hudson River Valley. When Billie Holiday sang about “Strange Fruit” hanging from the trees, she was decrying the lynchings and abominations that were going on in the American South. People started to listen, and when the Civil Rights Movement started in the 1960s, Aretha Franklin brought her gospel music out into the streets with marching protestors as they demanded “Respect”, and ultimately won it.
Enzo Avitabile Music Life
According to the book’s introduction by Robertson, the project began when his son was working part time at a childrens recreation and learning center, and noticed that they didnt respond to the average, pandering childrens music near as much as they did to really good songs performed by great artists. So the quartet of lifelong music aficionados began to work together to create a book that could introduce and inform kids about artists whose music has shaped the world around them. The list of those included stretches back as far as jazz innovator Louis Armstrong and journeys from jazz (Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald) to Great American Songbook pop (Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole), primal rock (Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard) to R&B and soul (Ray Charles, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield) to country (Williams, Johnny Cash , Patsy Cline) to classic rock (Dylan, Carole King) and reggae (Bob Marley). PHOTOS: Unexpected musical collaborations The connective thread, beyond the essential quality of the chosen recordings, was focusing on music created by those Robertson refers to as the original risk takers, extremely unique, and tremendously influential to future generations. The 128-page books descriptions of the artists, while short and to the point, is colorfully revealing. Ray Charles, for instance, redefined rhythm and blues with his personal brand of high-energy ultra-groove, a comment complemented by a quote from Frank Sinatra saying Ray Charles is the only real genius in the business. Of Joni Mitchell, whom Robertson famously backed on her recording of Raised on Robbery, the book states, Rather than focusing on political and social issues like traditional folk artists such as Woody Guthrie, Joni wanted to tell stories that spoke to personal, human truths and her songs revealed quite a bit about her life. Her romances, her neighbors, and the daughter she had to give up for adoption all found their way into her songs. The tracks selected for each artist, not surprisingly, are kid-friendly choices including the Beatles Here Comes the Sun, Cashs Get Rhythm, Mitchells The Circle Game, Billie Holidays Lets Call the Whole Thing Off and Marleys Rebel Music. The illustrations were created by 15 different artists. All four authors will appear at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Barnes & Noble store at the Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. Robertson also will be a guest on Tavis Smiley’s show Wednesday, Oct. 16. Update at 12:05 p.m. Oct. 16: An earlier version of this posted listed the price of ‘Legends, Icons & Rebels’ as $35.
Its easy to see why Demme admires the man, but amiability doesnt make for a great documentary subject. If anything, it tends to be something of a drawback, offering only warm fuzzies. With his shock of curly hair and a cross dangling from one ear, Avitabile does at least have a memorable look, as well as a voluble personality. In the films most compelling non-performance scene, he excitedly shows off a software program that allows him to hear his classical compositions right away, without the need to round up an entire orchestraa technological marvel that would likely make Bach and Mozart weep. Too often, though, Demme just follows Avitabile around while he does things of marginal interest, like visit the conservatory where he learned music theory as a boy. (Even Paul McCartney pointing to the exact spot where he met John Lennon wouldnt be all that exciting, really. Unless he got all emotional about it, but nothing of the sort happens here.) We meet Avitabiles adult children and learn that they love their dad and think hes the absolute best, which, you know, is nice. Its less Behind The Music than just Vaguely Adjacent To The Music, demonstrating only that musicians can be as ho-hum as anyone else. Thankfully, thats only about half of Music Lifes brief running time. The other half consists of jam sessions featuring Avitabile and a host of fellow virtuosos from Cuba, Iran, Pakistan, Mauritania, and elsewhere. Its not made explicit whether these are longstanding associationsits possible (though unlikely) that Avitabile is meeting everyone for the first timebut their pleasure in playing together is sincere and infectious. And its no slight to Avitabile, who would surely concur, to note that hes frequently the least fascinating aspect of his own movie. Having previously worked with Neil Young, Robyn Hitchcock, and the Talking Heads, Demme deserves credit for bringing more obscure talents to an American audience. But he was smart enough, back in 1984, not to bother engaging David Byrne in conversation, or show him relaxing before taking the stage, and thats a purist mode hed do well to rediscover.
The Ahn Trio: Classical piano trio. 7 p.m. Feb. 24. Lyric Theatre, 59 S.W. Flagler Ave., Stuart. $53. 772-286-7827; www.lyrictheatre.com . Christine Andreas: Broadway star/cabaret artist. 7 p.m. March 3, 2014.
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We fight for him and we know he’d fight for us. Krzyzewski is confident the defensive-minded Thibodeau will bring the same energy to the national team that he brought to the Bulls the last three seasons. “He’s probably more intense [than I am]. He looks more intense. I love him, Krzyzewski said. Thibodeau and New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams are newcomers to Krzyzewskis staff, which will build Team USA for the 2016 Olympics, with Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim returning to the staff. Their first competition together will be the 2014 World Cup of Basketball in Spain. We had 28 NBA players in Vegas for a little camp [in July], and it was kind of like a scrimmage for us as a staff to get to know one another, Krzyzewski said. We developed a nice friendship over the summer and it will only grow over these next four years. I’m really pleased that I have a chance to have him on my staff. Thibodeau was happy to get the chance to learn from Krzyzewski and the rest of Team USA’s staff. “Anytime you could be around a coach like that, and not only Coach K but like a Jim Boeheim, and Monty and of course, [USA Basketball chairman] Jerry Colangelo, I think you learn from every situation that you’re in,” Thibodeau said before Wednesday night’s preseason game against the Detroit Pistons . “So it was a great experience for me and more probably from a leadership perspective, and how clear and concise they all are. “A guy like Jim Boeheim, just the courage of his convictions to believe in what he does and not to try to be anyone else.
USA vs. Panama: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction
commentPeriod:14! commentEndDate:10/30/13 12:48 EDT! currentDate:10/16/13 8:0 EDT! allowComments:true! displayComments:true! Graduate School USA shelves plans to open campus in Southwest Waterfront development Courtesy PN Hoffman-Madison Marquette – A rendering of the Wharf, a planned redevelopment of the Southwest Waterfront in D.C. By Jonathan O’Connell , E-mail the writer The Graduate School USA , formerly an affiliate of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, had planned to more than double its size by opening a new campus in a planned redevelopment of the Districts Southwest Waterfront. Those plans have been shelved, the school confirmed this week, leaving the $1.5 billion mixed-use project without an anchor tenant for the office building it plans while it searches for investors willing to provide $750 million toward construction. Marriotts Sorenson on the hospitality business Abha Bhattarai As Courtyard by Marriott turns celebrates 30 years of business, Marriott chief executive talks business travel, the government shutdown and how the hospitality industry has changed. McBee Strategic finds a new calling Catherine Ho McBee said the push for a digital strategy offering is not to offset losses in traditional lobbying revenue. But the firm, like many others, is seeing a steady downward slide in lobbying earnings, a phenomenon tied largely to gridlock in Washington. Redeveloping the Southwest Waterfront has been discussed for decades and is one of the Districts largest economic development projects. Know as the Wharf , its first phase alone once scheduled to begin early this year calls for 225,000-square-feet of office space, 180,000-square-feet of retail, 790 residential units, two hotels and 1,325 parking spaces.
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Kidding. Zusi equalizes, Johannsson puts the US in front 3-2. WHAT?!?!?!? http://t.co/e0KOfluBIO Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 16, 2013 Panama jumped out to an early 1-0 lead and responded again when the United States evened things up in the second half behind an equalizer from Michael Orozco. Luis Tejadalike he did against Mexico on Fridayscored in the second half to bolster Panama’s chances. But Zusi and Johannsson were the men of the hour in this one, scoring back-to-back goals in a matter of seconds to help the U.S. secure one of its best-ever CONCACAF hex finishes. ESPN’s Stats & Info conferred that data on Twitter: #USMNT now 11-1-2 vs Panama; USA won 22 points in Hex, tying their team record ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 16, 2013 Needing a win and help from Costa Rica to keep its dreams of Brazil alive, Panama’s home-field advantage and desire to reach its first-ever World Cup were evident early on. It took the Panamanians just 18 minutes to strike first in the match, and they did so behind the foot of Gabriel Torres. Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports Marcos Sanchez found Torres just outside the box, and theColorado Rapids star did the rest, finding the back of the net past goalkeeper Brad Guzan with a nifty right-footed finish. The official Twitter account of U.S. Soccer was impressed as Panama took the 1-0 lead: Nice layoff from Sanchez to the top of the box and Torres made no mistake, lashing his first-touch shot into the corner. No chance for Guzan U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) October 16, 2013 The GOAL Twitter account posted this Tweet with a Vine of the score: Another look from midfield as Torres beats Guzan to the back post for a 1-0 lead! #PANvUSA #USMNT https://t.co/Eyo7iGnsff GOAL (@GOAL) October 16, 2013 As noted by Fox Soccer, the fast start for Panama meant nothing if Mexico didn’t find a way to lose to Costa Rica in another CONCACAF World Cup qualifying match going on at the same time: HT: Panama 1, USA 0. Gabriel Torres has scored, but as it stands the hosts need help from Costa Rica if they want to knock out Mexico. FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) October 16, 2013 As you would expect, the crowd went nuts at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez as the Costa Ricans took an early lead over El Tri: Panama crowd reaction = Costa Rica goal in San Jose. U.S.
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Then came the third with Tara Watchorn putting Canada into a 3-0 lead at 4:54. The United States finally broke through during a two-player advantage. Brianna Decker swatted the puck out of the air right in front of Szabados at 11:05. Gigi Marvin brought the pro-USA crowd to full throttle at 14:39 by cutting the lead to 3-2. The U.S. kept up the attack, but the Canadians secured their second consecutive win against the Americans at Gutterson, following up their 5-4 overtime victory in the championship game of the 2012 IIHF women’s world championships. “They finished the game really well with a great third period,” said Canadian forward Caroline Ouellette. “The momentum finished so that’s one thing we want to do better in the next game is make sure we play for 60 minutes.” “We can speak to a great third period. We really got it together, got our feet under us and tried to bring the fire,” said USA forward Meghan Duggan. “We kind of came out a little slow and worked toward it and got momentum going into the third,” said Decker. “That showed a lot of our team. We didn’t give up. “Obviously, (we need) a consistent 60 minutes of hard work,” Decker added.
CPA Canada encouraged by Throne Speech fiscal priorities
Air Canada says the dog, an Italian greyhound named Larry, bolted and was last spotted about 5 miles from the airport. TODAY IN THE SKY: Your bookmark for the day’s most interesting airline stories The local CBS TV station took interest in Larry’s disappearance and says it asked the airline about its procedures after obtaining a statement about the incident. Instead, the station says it accidentally received an email from spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick urging his colleagues to ignore the inquiry and what sounded like a jab at the U.S. government shutdown. “I think I would just ignore, it is local news doing a story on a lost dog. Their entire government is shut down and about to default and this is how the US media spends its time,” the station said the e-mail read. Word quickly spread online, with many voicing their outrage over the company’s response. “If you ever fly with your pet, you might not want to choose Air Canada,” one wrote on Twitter. The airline addressed the controversy in a statement Friday. “Air Canada acknowledges inappropriate comments were made in response to a reporter’s follow-up questions for additional details regarding Larry,” it said. “However, Air Canada has been providing the best available information to media on this matter.
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