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Cate Blanchett Heads to the New York Stage with U.S. Premiere of The Maids

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first_img Cate Blanchett View Comments Star Filescenter_img Oscar winner Cate Blanchett is gearing up for the U.S. premiere of Jean Genet’s The Maids. Directed by Benedict Andrews and translated by Andrews and Andrew Upton, The Sydney Theater Company production will transfer as part of the 2014 Lincoln Center Festival. Joining Blanchett in the psychological drama are French film star Isabelle Huppert and Elizabeth Denicki. The Maids is inspired by a French murder case about two servants with plans for their employer. The play will have a dozen performances over the course of the festival running from July 7 through August 16.The festival will also feature productions including a joint appearance by the Bolshoi Ballet, Opera, Orchestra, and Chorus, performing the Don Quixote, Swan Lake and Spartacus ballets. There will also be opera in concert of Rimsky-Korsakov The Tsar’s Bride and Japan’s leading Kabuki company, Heisei Nakamura-za, returns with the new Kabuki drama Kaidan Chibusa No Enoki.Blanchett is an Oscar winner for The Aviator, and a nominee for Elizabeth, Notes on a Scandal, I’m Not There and Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Her many other film credits include Blue Jasmine, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Her recent notable stage roles include Uncle Vanya, Big and Small, A Streetcar Named Desire and Hedda Gabler. Blanchett and her husband Upton are currently artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company.last_img read more

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Alleged Dominican narco-trafficker Rosa Ureña extradited to U.S.

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first_imgBy Dialogo January 18, 2013 [DNCD (Dominican Republic), 17/01/2013; Infosurhoy (Dominican Republic), 17/01/2013] SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – The recent extradition of alleged narco-trafficker Miguel Antonio Rosa Ureña, known as “El Gato,” is the latest sign of cooperation between the Dominican and U.S. authorities in building cases against international drug-smuggling rings. Rosa Ureña was arrested in July 2011 in the Dominican Republic as part of an operation that dismantled a major criminal network with ties to Colombian and Mexican drug traffickers, including the Sinaloa cartel. Rosa allegedly was involved in bringing shipments of cocaine into Massachusetts, Dominican authorities said. His extradition was the latest sign of cooperation between the Dominican and U.S. authorities in building cases against international drug-smuggling rings. Dominican courts have authorized the extradition of several suspected criminals wanted by the U.S. in recent years. On Jan. 14, the National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD) announced it had captured Emerson Guzmán, who was wanted for extradition by prosecutors in New York’s Southern District on drug distribution charges. Rosa and his attorney had tried to evade extradition through legal maneuvers, including arguing that his lengthy pre-extradition detention violated his rights. On Jan. 3, Supreme Court justices ordered his extradition. “This person tried to prevent by all available means that the Supreme Court order his extradition, trying even to challenge members of justices of the Criminal Chamber,” said Roberto Lebrón, spokesman for the DNCD, which oversaw the operation during which Rosa was taken into custody. “All initiatives were rejected.” He was flown out of the country under heavy security, guarded by agents from the DNCD and U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. In extradition, Rosa joined alleged accomplices Luis Fernando Bertolucci Castillo, known as “El Rey,” Marwan “El Turco” Chebli Chebli, José Antonio Contreras Reyes, known as “Pepe” and Leonel Gómez Guzmán. The group was allegedly a key cog in an international drug trafficking operation that flew cocaine out of South America, utilizing the Dominican Republic and other transshipment points. Authorities have said that the group’s accused leader, Bertolucci, was acting under orders from the leaders of the Sinaloa cartel, including kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, considered the most world’s powerful drug trafficker by U.S. authorities. Bertolucci was sentenced to 13 years in prison in a federal case in Miami last year. He will be eligible for release after five years because he is cooperating with prosecutors, according to court documents. Taking down Bertolucci’s gang required cooperation between counter-narcotics agencies in the United States and Dominican Republic, Lebrón said. last_img read more

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Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud ‘wasn’t bothered’ by Jim Boeheim’s comments on retirement announcement

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud said he had no problem with Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim saying last month that Syverud made a mistake in publicly announcing Boeheim’s retirement plans in 2015.In an email to the campus community in March 2015, Syverud said that Boeheim planned to retire at the end of the 2017-18 season. The announcement was made shortly after the basketball program was dealt sanctions as a result of multiple NCAA violations committed by SU Athletics, including “(Boeheim’s) failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance.”Last month, though, the university extended Boeheim’s contract past the 2017-18 season. In a press conference after the extension was announced, Boeheim said he “did not want to make it public” in 2015 that he planned to retire in 2018. But Syverud overruled him.“I thought that was a mistake, because it hurts recruiting,” he said. “Because I don’t run things here, I was overruled. It was fine. We worked through it.”In his first public comments on Boeheim since then, Syverud said in a recent interview with The Daily Orange that he didn’t take issue with Boeheim’s comments.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I have great respect for anybody who has to appear before the press after every game and on a regular basis,” Syverud said. “I think we have a great basketball coach and a great athletic director, so I wasn’t bothered by that.” Comments Published on April 23, 2017 at 10:26 pm Contact Michael: [email protected]last_img read more

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State-of-the-art E Division headquarters commissioned in Linden

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The newly reconstructed Mackenzie Police Station (MPS) at Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) was officially commissioned by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan on Friday. The facility, which will now serve as the Police Headquarters for E Division (Linden-Kwakwani), was funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) at a cost of $117 million and was executed as part of the Public Security Ministry’s Citizens’ Security Strengthening Programme (CSSP).Minister Ramjattam was impressed with the new building, which he said will offer residents and visitors service and protection.“This facility has been rebuilt to ensure effective policing in this community, as well as to provide befitting working environment for the men and women of the Guyana Police Force… and to ensure too that residents in the area can see this institution of stability and security having this aesthetically characteristic about it, rather than being old and dilapidated,” the Minister stated.The new Police station has a special room to facilitate identification of perpetuators by victims without face-to-face contact and for case management and inputting of data into the integrated crime information system.This system, the Minister noted, is critical for taking Guyana into the 21st century policing, with new technologies which will improve crime prevention and emergency response times. The Police station is also equipped with solar energy as part of a ‘Green Project’ and is fitted with a training room.Minister Ramjattan congratulated those who contributed to the successful completion of the facility, as he urged ranks to pay attention to proper maintenance to ensure its preservation. He also called on residents to cooperate and for Police to enhance their engagements with the communities.IDB Representative, Sophie Makonnen, in her remarks said such events are important as crime and violence have become increasingly recognised as a developmental issue by institutions such as the IDB, with increased requests for the Bank to become involved in various aspects of citizens’ security.She also pointed to the important roles played by Police stations and the importance of capacity building in ensuring security.“The area that we support in terms of citizens’ security strongly focuses on institutional capacity building to enhance the state’s effectiveness and efficiency to prevent crime and violence… Police stations are a way to increase visibility of the Police, so it works as a deterrent factor to crime and violence. Physical appearance of a Police Station is important, from this point of view it sends an effective sense of security for community members,” she noted.Makonnen said these stations serve as an immediate data collection point, which is important in implementing policies so that Governments can be able to address security issues.In his remarks, Police Commissioner Leslie James said the Force is appreciative of the efforts made by Government.“I am very pleased to be here to witness a spanking new building, a Police station which we’re all aware will be used professionally to further conduct our duties… I’m aware that this station will be used in a manner which I expected… This ceremony is tantamount and is quite evident of the doings, the deliverables of the arrangement within the Citizen’s Security Sector Reform Plan which is spearheaded by the IDB… the Government is very committed to ensuring that our citizens are safe in our communities. I wish to say to all present and by extension, the citizens of Linden that we will continue to serve you within our mandate,” the Top Cop stated.Construction of the two-storey modern facility commenced last December following the demolition of the older, dilapidated structure. The project was executed by Ivor Allen Construction. Officials had indicated that the reconstruction will enhance the services at the facility since the former structure was cramped for space. read more

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