West End Star Savannah Stevenson on the Wicked Sisterhood and More

first_imgEnglish actress-singer Savannah Stevenson has become a mainstay in the West End production of Wicked, playing Glinda at the Apollo Victoria Theatre opposite a host of Elphabas that range from Willemijn Verkaik and Kerry Ellis to her current co-star, Emma Hatton. With the performance schedule for the blockbuster musical set to intensify over the holidays, the charming Stevenson took time out to talk stamina, why she won’t swap leading roles, and having her face on a billboard over Times Square.You’ve got an incredible schedule over Christmas, with extra matinees and a 9-show week coming up. How are you getting ready?We’re kind of bracing ourselves. But the fact is you always know that it’s coming, and I guess you have to keep in mind that you are helping other people have a really nice Christmas. I do say to myself that it would be nice to have a Christmas off, which I haven’t had in about 10 years, but we’re so lucky with Wicked in that we have great houses all the time—and especially at Christmas.You’re clearly pretty robust.Well, there are times where I don’t talk and I have rest time vocally most days. And you are aware with this job that maybe you can’t go into this restaurant because it’s too loud, or whatever, but I do seem to have built up my stamina. As with anything else, it’s a muscle.What was your experience with the show before you joined the cast?I remember when Wicked first came out on Broadway and knowledge of the show and the soundtrack sort of sweeping through drama college [the Guildford School of Acting, southwest of London]. It was the “in” thing to listen to, so I was already familiar with it before I first went to see it on the West End.Did you see it thinking that you might play Glinda?Not at all, partly because of my look. I don’t look like a typical Glinda until you put me in the wig and the costume. It wasn’t on my radar until I got the call to audition, and I was like, “they really want to see me for Glinda?”It obviously went well!The more rounds I went through, I thought, I could actually do this! I started to see how right it is for my voice and how I could bring to her some parts of my personality.Did you then set about trading notes with other Glindas once you got the part?I was very tempted at first to go see the show and see what other people are doing but then I thought if this is going to be my role, I do have to make it my own, so I just used the material I had in the audition room.Is there is a Wicked community?Yes, a kind of sisterhood. Since playing it, I’ve met up with Gina Beck, who I took over from, and when I was auditioning I did call Dianne Pilkington and asked what her advice would be as I go through the process and she was great and said to just bring yourself into the role: find that part of yourself that you connect with Glinda.Do you relate to the themes of the show?100%! I think one of the most important things about the show whether people realize it or not has to do first of all with it being a piece about two really strong women who change, and actually Glinda, I think, changes more than anyone. Elphaba is constantly strong, but it’s Glinda who really has a change of heart and realizes what it is in life that’s important.It’s also Glinda who begins the show perched high above the stage! What is that like?I’m really lucky in that I’m absolutely fine with heights! It is slightly strange, you know, in that you come out and sing an aria at the start of the show and on a small platform without being able to ground your feet. But it’s the most wonderful entrance coming in and seeing the house and also seeing the ensemble looking towards Glinda to restore order and peace.How have you dealt with the parade of Elphabas that you have played opposite?I came in with Willemijn [Verkaik], who is incredible, and that was an amazing start, and then Kerry Ellis and Jenny DiNoia and now Emma Hatton and as much as it’s been a bit crazy that all these women have come through and played Elphie, it’s been lovely for me to feel a connection with every single one. It’s part of why I’ve been able to stay. Probably including covers I’ve played opposite 10 Elphies in all.There is a previous Glinda, Louise Dearman, who went on to play Elphaba. Do you see yourself crossing over to the other role?Not at all. I get asked quite a bit whether I’d like to switch but Louise has that incredible voice that can completely crossover whereas I do not. My voice is so suited to that classical side of Glinda and not really to the more modern, belty side that could pull off Elphaba. Much as I’d love to get up there and sing “Defying Gravity,” it isn’t the role for me.On a nonWicked note, I gather your image is currently looming over Times Square.Yes, it’s part of a Christmas campaign for a full-scale telling of the New Testament and I’m dressed as Mary, holding the wee baby Jesus. We shot it in Utah, where I met my husband Nate, because they’ve got terrain that is very similar to Israel.Have your fans made the connection?Oh, yes. I get fans who tweet me the pictures. They say, “I’ve just seen you in a taxi!” View Commentslast_img read more

Brazilian Armed Forces Wage War on Mosquito Tied to Zika Virus

first_imgThe three diseases also have similar symptoms: fever, malaise, joint and muscle pain, rashes on the skin, reddened eyes, and pain behind the eyes. “Light and moderate cases of the diseases are often confused, but it is important for people to go to a health center if these symptoms appear,” the specialist said. “There, people will be able to receive treatment and medical professionals can perform laboratory tests to confirm or rule out the illness.” The Armed Forces of Brazil are waging war against Aedes aegypti, a mosquito that carries the Zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses. The Brazilian government will mobilize 220,000 service members on February 13th to inspect concentrations of insects at private residences and to raise awareness among residents of 356 cities where mosquitoes are endemic. By Dialogo February 03, 2016 In the third stage, which will be coordinated with the Ministry of Health and take place from February 15th to 19th, 50,000 service members will inspect homes and apply larvicides where necessary. These service members will be called Eradication Patrol for Mosquito Breeding Points and Decontamination. “During this action, the Army will support the federal, state and municipal authorities,” the CECOMSEx informed. Special training “We will distribute an information pamphlet calling upon residents to participate in fighting the mosquito problem,” said Admiral Ademir Sobrinho, the chairman of the Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to Agência Brasil. The Armed Forces are essential to combating the Aedes aegypti mosquito, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff stated. “The participation of the Armed Forces is central to this campaign,” the president said during a visit to the Marine Corps Group in Brasília on January 29th, the first day of the on-base cleaning patrols. “The ability to mobilize, remain disciplined, and raise awareness among service members will be critical to the success of this campaign.” “Support from the Brazilian Armed Forces is very important in combating Aedes aegypti”, said Dr. José Moya, a physician consulting on infectious diseases at the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) in Argentina. “Service members can provide trucks for transportation and equipment that will help in rapid removal of plastic bottles, tires, and other items where water accumulates and where mosquitoes breed.” Medical authorities are studying a potential dengue vaccine, which has not yet been approved by the WHO, according to Dr. Moya. In addition to the Zika virus’ alleged links to cases of microcephaly, health authorities are worried about its probable relationship to autoimmune and neurological disorders, such as Guillain-Barré syndrome, in which the immune system attacks the nervous system. The ensuing damage to the nerves compromises the patient’s movements and breathing. Key role of the Armed Forces The Soldiers will work on the streets alongside 300,000 civilian government employees. “The number of Ground Force service members being deployed is already robust, with the maximum number of service members available,” the Brazilian Army Social Communications Center (CECOMSEx) told Diálogo. The Armed Forces will initiate the second phase, known as National Cleanup Day, on February 13th. On that day, 220,000 service members will visit 3 million homes to raise resident awareness in the 356 municipalities that have the highest concentrations of mosquitoes. State Departments of Health have traditionally requested assistance from the Brazilian Army to combat Aedes aegypti. From April to June 2015, for example, 100 CMP service members in Brasília visited homes and instructed residents on the street about dengue and chikungunya. “Right now, Soldiers are being trained on base to combat mosquitoes on the streets in the coming weeks,” said Major Carlos Morgero, Social Communications Officer at the Planalto Military Command (CMP, for its Portuguese acronym), which includes the Federal District, Tocantins, Triângulo Mineiro and Goiás – the Brazilian state with the highest rates of dengue. The Military launched this campaign to combat mosquitoes at the beginning of December 2015, but the government decided to intensify the initiative because of the severity of the threat posed by Zika and dengue. On February 1st, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a condition linked to Zika a global health emergency. In 2015, Brazil recorded a record number of 1.6 million cases of dengue and 863 dengue-related deaths, according to the Ministry of Health. In the last stage, on a date yet to be determined, service members will launch an information campaign in public and private schools. “The Army will disseminate information about how serious the problem is, about mosquito-borne illnesses, and the great responsibility each Brazilian has in this ‘war,’ and the procedures they must adopt,” according to the CECOMSEx. PAHO recommends an intersectoral effort to eliminate larvae, which requires a cooperative effort involving the Armed Forces and other government authorities. “Depending on their own needs, countries can call upon their Armed Forces and police for these efforts, as we see in Brazil, where they have events like Carnaval and the Olympics on the horizon.” “This assistance led to a reduction in rates [of disease] in the Federal District, which is the opposite of what happened in most Brazilian states,” Maj. Morgero said. The Federal District recorded 9,654 confirmed cases of dengue from January and July 22, 2015, a decrease of 38.79% compared to the same period in 2014 (15,773 cases), according to an epidemiological report issued by the Federal District Department of Health. The Ministry of Defense is dividing its Military actions against Aedes aegypti into four stages. First, from January 29th to February 4th, Soldiers are performing a Cleaning Patrol to eliminate mosquito larvae at Armed Forces facilities across the country. The army ought also to be used to protect the borders between Brazil and other countries in order to contain the entrance of so many drugs and weapons into Brazil.But the government has no interest at all in this. If it did, it would act on it. What do I need to do to sign up my son who’s 16 for the Armed Forces? My friend is working with Project Sisfron, a border monitoring system that does exactly what you said in your comment! My dream was to be in the military (either in the army or in the military police), but I never had an opportunity to do so. I’m 29 now, have two kids, and am graduating in medium technical training. What needs to be done in order to join the military? Someone can help me. I really liked finding out about that and would love to stay up to date with the topic. For more information on how to combat Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Brazil, please visit http://combateaedes.saude.gov.br. Prevention and symptoms Brazilian Troops will fight the advance of the Zika virus, which health authorities have tied to more than 3,400 suspected cases of microcephaly – a congenital malformation where a child is born with a smaller head and brain than normal. On January 27th, health authorities confirmed that 270 babies were born with microcephaly in the country, caused by a congenital infection, but not necessarily the Zika virus. The goal is to expand the training on mosquitoes from Soldiers to all residents, President Rousseff added. “The populace will listen to and comply with [this action] because the Armed Forces are one of the most highly-respected institutions in Brazil, if not the most highly respected one,” she said. “We are going to show that the Brazilian people are able to win this war.” Four stage campaign In December 2015, as Zika began to spread, health authorities in the Federal District submitted an advance request for assistance to the Army. “Then we were supporting efforts to combat mosquitoes with nearly 1,000 service members, with a focus also on the Zika virus,” said Maj. Morgero. “Now, the number to be mobilized will increase with each of the four stages in the federal action plan.” Since Zika, dengue, and chikungunya are transmitted by the same mosquito, prevention is similar. “It is imperative to continually check windows, glasses, yards, patios, pools, and other places where rainwater is liable to accumulate,” said Dr. Moya. “This is work that every resident must do, in coordination with the authorities.” last_img read more

The Colombian Air Force: 100 Years of Existence in Style

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook August 05, 2019 The Colombian Air Force (FAC, in Spanish) celebrated 100 years of existence. Its commander, General Ramsés Rueda Rueda, presided over the official ceremony next to Colombian President Ivan Duque and Defense Minister Guillermo Botero, July 13, at the 5th Air Command headquarters, in Rionegro, Antioquia. The celebration took place during the ninth edition of the International Aeronautic Fair – F-Air Colombia 2019. Gen. Rueda spoke with Diálogo about the importance of the centennial. Diálogo: What’s the importance of celebrating the institution’s 100 years?Air Force General Ramsés Rueda Rueda, commander of the Colombian Air Force: Celebrating FAC’s 100 years represents the long trajectory of a military institution that has built important capabilities, especially for a conflict scenario, but also capabilities that have allowed the country to come together and develop. We’re a force that shows Colombia its achievements in being decisive during the conflict and driving the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia — FARC –– to submit to a negotiation process. We showed the continent and the world that FAC joined other countries to build capabilities to confront transnational threats and, similarly, helped us build this great institution.Diálogo: What are FAC’s capabilities?Gen. Rueda: Using the force effectively and within the law, respecting human rights and international humanitarian law. We’ve also built capabilities that allow us to be interoperable and participate in exercises like Red Flag. Likewise, we’re part of the System of Cooperation Among American Air Forces (SICOFAA), and we work with countries in the region to discourage transnational threats such as narcotrafficking. We have a presence in remote areas to help transform those regions, for example, by helping communities substitute coca crops. FAC also has a wide range of operations focused on social, unarmed efforts to contribute to the state’s objectives.Diálogo: What’s FAC’s biggest contribution in its 100-year history?Gen. Rueda: FAC has contributed greatly to the country: It brought the national territory together (we have three mountain ranges, many jungles, valleys, two seas, and an archipelago); built a safer scenario that fostered the country’s growth and development, resulting in the world now considering Colombia an attractive country for investment and tourism; and developed capabilities that we share with other countries, allowing us to be a regional model that can do great things by bringing together the will to contribute to hemispheric security. Diálogo: In addition to releasing a commemorative stamp, what activities are going on to celebrate FAC’s 100th anniversary?Gen. Rueda: To celebrate the centennial, Congress approved the Honor Law, authorizing a commemorative coin for national circulation; this is of significant value because Colombian people will carry a coin referencing our centennial in their pockets. We also have a commemorative book that we hope will be a success. We’ve celebrated our centennial throughout 2019 to bring us closer to the Colombian people at different events. Diálogo: How has the role of women evolved in FAC? Gen. Rueda: FAC women have a very long trajectory, because they’ve been a part of the institution since the 70s. In 2000 we had the first career pilot officers, and today we have them in all specialties, except for aircraft pilots in the Air Superiority Squadron. Thirty percent of our personnel are women in command roles; they’re also in urban antiterrorist forces, CSAR helicopter, medic, and lawyer crews. So they’re part of all our structures and specialties within FAC. Women are active and strategic protagonists within the institution.Diálogo: FAC is celebrating the ninth edition of the International Air Fair known as F-AIR Colombia. What’s the significance of this fair?Gen. Rueda: Along with the Colombian Civil Aviation, we’re one of two strategic partners. F-Air allows us to show what we’re capable of and it’s a tool to bring the Colombian business community together to develop the industry. F-Air is a source for development and an opportunity for FAC to solidify the development formula between the government, its armed forces, the industry, and academia.In this edition, we are profoundly grateful to the United States for participating as our guest of honor and for showing Colombians, during the air show, the Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron, with the F-16 Fighting Falcons, which came to Colombia in 1969, to celebrate our 50th anniversary. Diálogo: What type of exchanges does FAC conduct with the U.S. Air Force?Gen. Rueda: The United States is our most important strategic ally because it helped us build our force and be our partner in the war against transnational threats, such as narcotrafficking. We have many exchanges with them because of that, and we share information, experience, and conduct international exercises. Likewise, we work very closely with the South Carolina National Guard in military and humanitarian aspects, and they participate with us in the combined air operations exercise Relámpago 4.Diálogo: What’s the importance of combined efforts among air forces through SICOFAA?Gen. Rueda: SICOFAA brings together the air forces of the Americas to integrate capacities and standardize procedures to respond to natural disasters in a timely manner. SICOFAA conducts annual virtual and real exercises. In 2020, Colombia will host Exercise Cooperation 7, within the framework of the aerial exercise Ángel de los Andes, where we expect to bring together more than 13 countries.Diálogo: What’s your message for the air forces of the region?Gen. Rueda: FAC has a vision to share with the countries of the region and take advantage of the capabilities they built and achieved with U.S. support. Through cooperation programs, we conducted more than 3,000 activities in 61 countries over the last few years, 22 of which were in the Americas. We’d like to invite you to join efforts so that we can synergize and confront the threats that burden our region. There’s nothing more powerful than the shared will of all to confront them.The Colombian Air Force (FAC, in Spanish) celebrated 100 years of existence. Its commander, General Ramsés Rueda Rueda, presided over the official ceremony next to Colombian President Ivan Duque and Defense Minister Guillermo Botero, July 13, at the 5th Air Command headquarters, in Rionegro, Antioquia. The celebration took place during the ninth edition of the International Aeronautic Fair – F-Air Colombia 2019. Gen. Rueda spoke with Diálogo about the importance of the centennial.Diálogo: What’s the importance of celebrating the institution’s 100 years?Air Force General Ramsés Rueda Rueda, commander of the Colombian Air Force: Celebrating FAC’s 100 years represents the long trajectory of a military institution that has built important capabilities, especially for a conflict scenario, but also capabilities that have allowed the country to come together and develop. We’re a force that shows Colombia its achievements in being decisive during the conflict and driving the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia — FARC –– to submit to a negotiation process. We showed the continent and the world that FAC joined other countries to build capabilities to confront transnational threats and, similarly, helped us build this great institution.Diálogo: What are FAC’s capabilities?Gen. Rueda: Using the force effectively and within the law, respecting human rights and international humanitarian law. We’ve also built capabilities that allow us to be interoperable and participate in exercises like Red Flag. Likewise, we’re part of the System of Cooperation Among American Air Forces (SICOFAA), and we work with countries in the region to discourage transnational threats such as narcotrafficking. We have a presence in remote areas to help transform those regions, for example, by helping communities substitute coca crops. FAC also has a wide range of operations focused on social, unarmed efforts to contribute to the state’s objectives.Diálogo: What’s FAC’s biggest contribution in its 100-year history?Gen. Rueda: FAC has contributed greatly to the country: It brought the national territory together (we have three mountain ranges, many jungles, valleys, two seas, and an archipelago); built a safer scenario that fostered the country’s growth and development, resulting in the world now considering Colombia an attractive country for investment and tourism; and developed capabilities that we share with other countries, allowing us to be a regional model that can do great things by bringing together the will to contribute to hemispheric security.Diálogo: In addition to releasing a commemorative stamp, what activities are going on to celebrate FAC’s 100th anniversary?Gen. Rueda: To celebrate the centennial, Congress approved the Honor Law, authorizing a commemorative coin for national circulation; this is of significant value because Colombian people will carry a coin referencing our centennial in their pockets. We also have a commemorative book that we hope will be a success. We’ve celebrated our centennial throughout 2019 to bring us closer to the Colombian people at different events.Diálogo: How has the role of women evolved in FAC?Gen. Rueda: FAC women have a very long trajectory, because they’ve been a part of the institution since the 70s. In 2000 we had the first career pilot officers, and today we have them in all specialties, except for aircraft pilots in the Air Superiority Squadron. Thirty percent of our personnel are women in command roles; they’re also in urban antiterrorist forces, CSAR helicopter, medic, and lawyer crews. So they’re part of all our structures and specialties within FAC. Women are active and strategic protagonists within the institution.Diálogo: FAC is celebrating the ninth edition of the International Air Fair known as F-AIR Colombia. What’s the significance of this fair?Gen. Rueda: Along with the Colombian Civil Aviation, we’re one of two strategic partners. F-Air allows us to show what we’re capable of and it’s a tool to bring the Colombian business community together to develop the industry. F-Air is a source for development and an opportunity for FAC to solidify the development formula between the government, its armed forces, the industry, and academia.In this edition, we are profoundly grateful to the United States for participating as our guest of honor and for showing Colombians, during the air show, the Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron, with the F-16 Fighting Falcons, which came to Colombia in 1969, to celebrate our 50th anniversary.Diálogo: What type of exchanges does FAC conduct with the U.S. Air Force?Gen. Rueda: The United States is our most important strategic ally because it helped us build our force and be our partner in the war against transnational threats, such as narcotrafficking. We have many exchanges with them because of that, and we share information, experience, and conduct international exercises. Likewise, we work very closely with the South Carolina National Guard in military and humanitarian aspects, and they participate with us in the combined air operations exercise Relámpago 4.Diálogo: What’s the importance of combined efforts among air forces through SICOFAA?Gen. Rueda: SICOFAA brings together the air forces of the Americas to integrate capacities and standardize procedures to respond to natural disasters in a timely manner. SICOFAA conducts annual virtual and real exercises. In 2020, Colombia will host Exercise Cooperation 7, within the framework of the aerial exercise Ángel de los Andes, where we expect to bring together more than 13 countries.Diálogo: What’s your message for the air forces of the region?Gen. Rueda: FAC has a vision to share with the countries of the region and take advantage of the capabilities they built and achieved with U.S. support. Through cooperation programs, we conducted more than 3,000 activities in 61 countries over the last few years, 22 of which were in the Americas. We’d like to invite you to join efforts so that we can synergize and confront the threats that burden our region. There’s nothing more powerful than the shared will of all to confront them.last_img read more

Why credit unions should talk the fraud prevention talk

first_imgWhen it comes to how consumers think about where their funds are the safest, large banks can benefit from somewhat of a perception gap. The issue isn’t one of actual capability, but of awareness and communication, according to CO-OP Financial Service’s Head of Security John Buzzard.During the last couple of years, he noted, the industry has really embraced what he called “fraud marketing.” Flip on the television or check out The Wall Street Journal, and one can find all kinds of ads from the biggest banks and players in financial services, loudly touting all the latest and greatest things they are doing to keep their customers safe — like card control products or credit scoring. These things are great and very useful, but because consumers tend to hear about them most vociferously from the big banks, it can be easy to overlook that the largest banks in the country are far from the only players offering these services.“We are doing and offering the same things to credit union members as an industry, but we need to be mindful that we actually have to socialize our members to know this — and know that we are using all kinds of advanced tools to battle against fraudsters,” Buzzard said.Banks and credit unions, from the largest to the smallest, are all facing similar issues these days: a spike in card-not-present (CNP) fraud, an ever-mounting pool of consumer data that bad actors monetize on the dark web. Consumers have a right to be concerned, and have a desire to make sure they are being protected. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Skelos Corruption Trial: Wiretaps Reveal GOP Senators Bashing Nassau Leaders

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Recordings of Long Island lawmakers privately bashing the politicians they praise in public ranks among the spiciest tangents stemming from the federal corruption trial against New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre).Skelos, state Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset) and state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) didn’t mince words in commiserating over fellow Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s failed proposal to install electronic billboards on the Long Island Expressway, according to a Jan. 15 wiretapped phone call played last week at Manhattan federal court.“We try to do whatever we can to help the county,” Skelos told Marcellino as the two complained that Nassau didn’t give them a heads-up about the proposal. “Most of it turns into shit because they don’t know what the fuck they’re doing there. And…we get the crap, and then they do this, and they don’t even tell you.”It wasn’t the first time the former senate majority leader has been heard on wiretaps played in court candidly expressing his opinions of his fellow lawmakers as opposed to speaking in scripted six-second sound bites like those typically found in press releases with politicians congratulating each other. In a previous call between Skelos and his codefendant son, Adam, also played at the trial, the Nassau Republican said the Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is “full of shit.”In his conversation with Marcellino, neither senator bites his tongue regarding how the Mangano administration and the county legislature has managed cash-strapped Nassau.“It’s unbelievable with these guys,” Marcellino told Skelos. “They can’t seem to get out of their own way. They see numbers that’s going to give you millions of dollars, and then they jump, ‘Oh, let’s do it.’”Marcellino said: “When I see Ed Mangano, he’s going to get an earful.” Later, the state senator added: “This is going to be on a state road. You know we’ll get blamed.”Skelos replied, “yup,” and told Marcellino to call the state Department of Transportation and have the agency reviewing the permits for the billboards to “just kill the fucking thing.”In another call recorded the same day with state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola)—who had said, “When the community hears about this, they’re probably going to go nuts”—Skelos recalled the county’s aborted roll-out of school-zone speed cameras after Nassau officials had requested that the senators help to get state authorization for them.“They’re incapable,” Martins replied.Skelos responded that when he asked Chief Deputy Nassau County Executive Rob Walker—who testified last week at the senator’s trial—why they’re even considering proposals to close the budget gap that have such strong public opposition, Walker had told Skelos that “’we’re desperate.’”last_img read more

Woman who aided 2 killers in NY prison escape released

first_imgBEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. (AP/WBNG) – The former prison tailor who helped two killers escape a maximum-security New York prison has been released after more than four years behind bars. Prison officials say 55-year-old Joyce Mitchell was conditionally released Thursday morning from the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility north of New York City. She will be under supervision in northern New York, where she previously lived and worked at the state prison in Dannemora. Mitchell helped Richard Matt and David Sweat break out of the prison in 2015. After a three-week manhunt, Matt was shot dead and Sweat was captured and put behind bars for life.center_img Sweat was convicted of 1st-degree murder and imprisoned for the killing of Broome County Deputy Kevin Tarisa in 2002.last_img

Gold Coast luxury penthouse sells for $5 million

first_imgNorth Residences at Burleigh Heads. Photo: Mindi Cooke North Residences at Burleigh Heads. Photo: Mindi Cooke“When the kids finish school they plan to sell the house on the river and move into the penthouse,” Mr Calvisi said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“They’re basically future downsizers.”The two-level apartment has an endless list of luxury features including a rooftop entertaining terrace with a glass edged pool, wine cellar and cold room.MORE: The Block couples’s tips for improving your home Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 “In my opinion the level of detail there is almost too good for the Gold Coast.”Architects Bureau Proberts worked the structure of each apartment to occupy an entire floor.Principal and project lead Kelly Geldard said Burleigh Heads was enjoying a rise in popularity, with a new generation of residents and travellers flocking to the area.“There’s a great deal of positive energy and excitement surrounding Burleigh at present and, as architects, we’re proud to make a contribution to the built environment of the area,” she said.The other six apartments at North Residences sold for prices between $2.9 and $5 million.Synergy Property Partners is also building Pacific Palm Beach, with all 15 apartments already sold. MORE: Coast’s ‘Brady Bunch’ selling housecenter_img What a pool! Photo: Mindi CookeA LEISURELY stroll along Burleigh Heads has set a Gold Coast family back $5.02 million with a luxury penthouse purchase.David Calvisi, of Synergy Property Partners, said the penthouse at North Residences wasn’t on the market but interest throughout its construction caused the developer to reconsider.“Along the way we had quite a lot of interested parties approach us,” he said.“People were walking along Burleigh, seeing the building and calling our architects, and even the town planner.”The family who bought the 472sq m penthouse owns a riverfront house on the Gold Coast and plans to use the penthouse at weekends. North Residences, at 296 The Esplanade, includes seven beachfront apartments in a residential-only building.Mr Calvisi said the design and high-end finishes were comparable to boutique apartment towers in Melbourne or Sydney.“We would look down on the street and see people standing there looking up and taking photos,” he said. North Residences at Burleigh Heads. Photo: Mindi Cookelast_img read more

Jan De Nul starts Formosa 2 construction work

first_imgNearshore and onshore construction works have started at the landfall site in Miaoli County and Taichung port, Jan De Nul said. Offshore installation works will commence later this year. Pin Piles Halfway There “In the past months, we have signed several agreements with local suppliers for this project in Taiwan. Our local partner Hung Hua Construction has been working with us on the Formosa 1 Phase 2 project, now completed, as well as on the Changhua project and the Formosa 2 project, both under construction. These engagements fit perfectly in our philosophy of involving the local supply chain as much as possible.” Source: Jan De Nul “Our local integration has been ongoing for years thanks to our past experience of various marine activities throughout the region,” said Peter De Pooter, Manager Offshore Renewables at Jan De Nul Group.  Meanwhile, jacket fabrication was kicked off and subsea cables manufacturing is ongoing at the Asian supply chain. Half of the 188 pin piles have been completed. Each pile is approximately 65 metres long, has a 2.4 metre diameter, and weighs 240 tonnes. The piles form part of the turbine’s foundation structure, which includes one jacket and four pin piles anchoring the jacket to the seabed. At the landfall site in Miaoli County, the nearshore pre-trenching works and Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) from shore have started. center_img In Taichung, onshore preparations works are well underway with Hung Hua Construction preparing the storage area for pin piles and jackets arriving later this year, Jan De Nul said. Having appointed Taichung Port as the marshalling harbour for the project, Jan De Nul set up its local supply chain with the support of Hung Hua Construction. These include preparations for storage and transport of the foundation structures, installation of transition joint bays, and various offshore support vessels. Jan De Nul has kicked off construction works in Taiwan for the 376 MW Formosa 2 offshore wind farm. Formosa 2 will comprise 47 Siemens Gamesa 8 MW wind turbines slated for commissioning in 2021. The wind farm is being developed by a partnership between JERA, Macquarie’s Green Investment Group, and Swancor Renewable Energy.last_img read more

New Jay Jay fires QPR past Preston

first_imgRelatedPosts Townsend: Eze’s an incredible talent Eberechi Eze to add spark to Crystal Palace Eberechi Eze debuts for Crystal Palace as Eagles thump Southampton Eberechi Eze, dubbed as the new Austin Jay Jay Okocha, sealed victory in Queens Park Rangers comeback 3-1 win over Preston on Saturday. Daniel Johnson’s penalty put the Lilywhites ahead but QPR skipper Grant Hall levelled after the break, before his teammate Geoff Cameron was given the marching orders for a second yellow card shortly after. However, Ryan Manning struck in the closing stages and Eberechi Eze added a third before full-time to stun Deepdale. The Lilywhites remain sixth in the table, one point above Bristol City, while QPR extended their unbeaten run to six matches. The Lilywhites won a penalty when Darnell Fisher was brought down by Marc Pugh and Johnson slotted into the bottom corner for his 11th strike of the league campaign as the hosts went in front before the 20th minute. Andrew Hughes rose highest to nod Paul Gallagher’s corner wide and the veteran midfielder nearly found Johnson with a sublime through ball which the goalscorer just missed, as the hosts impressed. Moments after the break, Bright Osayi-Samuel blasted over the bar from the edge of the six-yard box in the visitors’ best chance up to that point. QPR had a handball plea against Ben Davies from Luke Amos’ shot turned down as they sought a penalty of their own, as Ilias Chair’s header missed the target. The visitors levelled on the hour when Eze’s free-kick from the right was met by Hall at the back post who made no mistake. Preston nearly retook the lead soon after in bizarre fashion when Maguire’s header from a free-kick crept over Kelly and Hall only to rebound off the bar and the striker waiting underneath. The visitors were reduced to 10 men when Cameron was shown a second yellow card in the 67th minute for fouling Fisher, having earlier been cautioned for an offence against Gallagher. But QPR took the lead with 12 minutes remaining when Manning produced a sublime curling finish from just inside the box to beat Rudd. And it got even better for the Rs when Eze curled a right-footed 84th-minute shot past a diving Rudd to cap off the remarkable recovery.Tags: Eberechi EzeGeoff CameronJaj Jay OkochaPreston North EndQPRlast_img read more

Andros Townsend back for Tottenham but Nabil Bentaleb is out with ankle problem

first_img Press Association Townsend was banned from first-team training and left out of the squad to face Arsenal two weeks ago as punishment for a heated exchange with a Spurs fitness trainer during a post-match warm-down. Mauricio Pochettino, however, has welcomed the winger back into the fold and insists all is forgotten ahead of this weekend’s clash at White Hart Lane. Andros Townsend’s exile from the Tottenham squad is over but Nabil Bentaleb will miss Sunday’s derby against West Ham after he was injured playing for Algeria. “This is one step back but I am sure that in the next few days he will be available to be selected again. For Qarabag (next Thursday) or for Chelsea (next Sunday). It’s not a big issue. “It was the same ankle, it was a very bad tackle. If you look at it, it was a very bad tackle. We are lucky and he is lucky it was not a big issue.” Tottenham winger Erik Lamela is suspended for the match against West Ham and Nacer Chadli remains out with an ankle problem. Clinton Njie, however, has shaken off a hamstring strain while summer signing Son Heung-min is also available again following his recovery from a foot injury. Son has not started for Spurs in eight weeks but played 90 minutes and scored twice for South Korea in a 5-0 win over Laos on Tuesday. “Andros started training with the group again on Tuesday,” Pochettino said. “For me, it was a problem for which he has apologised. He is still young, needs to improve. “For me, forget the past, if he deserves to be in the squad, it is not a problem. “We need to forget that and we need to give him the possibility to be part of the team.” Bentaleb is not available to face the Hammers, however, after he sustained a knock to his ankle during Algeria’s 7-0 win over Tanzania on Tuesday. The challenge came on the same ankle that has prevented Bentaleb from playing for Tottenham since the end of August – although Pochettino is confident the midfielder will be back next week. “We feel sorry for Bentaleb because he was very close to playing in the week we played against Arsenal,” Pochettino said. “We agreed with him that to go to the national team was a good opportunity to start to compete again. last_img read more