Read Full Story A holiday tradition for nearly five decades, “The Christmas Revels” is a joyful theatrical celebration of the winter solstice that travels the world each year showcasing cultural traditions including music, dance, folk tales and rituals. This year’s holiday treat takes us to Renaissance Venice, crossroads of the world!WHO LET THE DOGE OUT? The Doge of Venice has had it. It is time for the solstice and the Feast of the Seven Fishes and everyone wants his opinion – merchants, lawyers, politicians, artists, even the fishwives want him to rule on who makes the best spaghetti putanesca. So he is going to take a little unauthorized vacation and meet some of his more lowly subjects. The wild adventures ahead involve reckless actors, jailbreaks, itinerant musicians, English Morris men and maybe even the Spanish Armada! A beloved holiday tradition since 1971, “The Christmas Revels” features luscious music, tricky sets and gorgeous costumes, superb musical guests, a tuneful, dancing chorus, some familiar Revels touchstones, and street kids who sing like angels.Our 100-member ensemble includes musician and song leader David Coffin, The Revels Chorus of adults and children, a brilliant group of vocalists and musicians from the Early Music community (Sophie Michaux, Gideon Crevoshay, Lysander Jaffe, Daniel Meyers, Simon Martyn-Ellis, Nathaniel Cox, and Fabio Pirozzolo), The Serenissima Dancers, our acting troupe, Commedia Buffo (old friends Noni Lewis, Billy Meleady, Mark Jaster and Sabrina Selma Mandell), and Richard Snee as the Doge. The Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble and The Pinewoods Morris Men also join us onstage at Sanders this year. Besides the carols and rounds we’ll ask you to sing, performance highlights include the Bal do Sabre, an Italian Sword Dance, plus familiar Revels touchstones like the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, Susan Cooper’s classic poem, “The Shortest Day,” and our signature piece, “Lord of the Dance,” which will literally have you dancing in the aisles!18 Performances – Matinees & EveningsDecember 8–27, 2017 at Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, Mass.Directed by Patrick Swanson; Megan Henderson, Music DirectorOrder Tickets online through a link at www.revels.org, by phone at 617-496-2222 (Tue–Sun 12–6 p.m.) or in-person at the Harvard Box Office at Farkus Hall, 10 Holyoke Street, near Harvard Square (Tue–Sun 12–6 p.m.).Groups of 15+ Call 617-972-8300 x22 or email Alan at [email protected]
Pakistani industry group pushes government to back renewable energy FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Nation:The Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) has stressed upon the government to focus on renewable energy as the country has tremendous potential to generate power through wind, hydro and solar.The renewable energy would bring manifold benefits to the national economy as it would reduce cost of doing business, promote industrialization, encourage investment, create plenty of new jobs and enhancing exports.RCCI president Malik Shahid Saleem while talking to the delegation of local company, “NINGBO green Light Solar”, said that green energy sources like wind and solar were getting key focus on the global level as they were viable sources of energy at affordable cost.The government could reduce its reliance on expensive power plants and fossil fuel imports in favour of cleaner, more accessible electricity for people and businesses, he added.He also referred to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) report where it stated that Pakistan’s current power mix has an over-reliance on outdated fossil fuels technology and seasonal hydro-power generation, roughly split in a ratio of 70:20:10, being 70pc thermal and 20pc hydro, with nuclear power making up most of the rest.Malik Shahid Saleem asked Government to adopt IEEFA’s proposed energy model to 2030, aimed at providing a cheaper, more diversified electricity generation system for Pakistan and therefore greater energy security, is roughly split in a ratio of 30:30:30:10 between 30pc renewables, 30pc thermal, 30pc hydro, and 10pc nuclear power.More: Govt urged to focus on renewable energy
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr When preparing for a new year, it’s always good to assess what went well and what didn’t in the previous 12 months. This exercise helps keep the triumphs on track for further success and turn past deficiencies into future victories.To understand where bankers feel their strengths lie heading into the new decade—and where they need to improve—CSI polled banking executives from around the country, representing 227 financial institutions from across the asset-size spectrum. The data from this survey was then collected and used to create an executive report to help bankers get a pulse on the industry’s hot topics and strategies.When asked how they would rate their bank’s 2019 performance in key areas on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest, executives felt quite confident in several vital areas:Customer Retention and Compliance: Above AverageBankers gave themselves high marks on two of the most important areas for bank profitability and safety and soundness: customer retention (4/5) and compliance readiness (3.9/5).
“So that gives us a lot of confidence that they have come in, they are enjoying their experience and they’re coming back,” Mr. Lynch said.But there are winners and losers even within industries. Darden Restaurants, which owns Olive Garden and other brands that are more reliant on in-restaurant dining, reported a 28 percent decline in sales in the three months through the end of August. Its stock price is down 6 percent this year. – Advertisement – This has been a boon for companies that initially feared a deep recession. General Motors and Ford Motor, for example, rushed to borrow billions of dollars early in the year, expecting that car sales would tumble and stay low for a while. The auto business did struggle and automakers had to close their factories for about two months, but sales started picking up this summer. For the third quarter, G.M., Ford and other automakers reported big profits.Some large restaurant chains, after pressing for a federal bailout, have done much better than expected as drive-through customers, delivery and takeout orders bolstered sales. On Thursday, Papa John’s, whose stock is up 32 percent this year, reported surging sales, profits and cash flow and announced a new stock buyback program. Its chief executive, Rob Lynch, said the company had added “over eight million” customers this year.Asked on a call with financial analysts Thursday if the company can hold on to such gains, Mr. Lynch said that many of the new customers were dining more frequently and that the average spending per order was larger than before the pandemic.- Advertisement – Mr. Cooper, a mortgage company, believed that it might face a financial squeeze in the spring when some homeowners were unable to make monthly payments. But a federal regulator provided relief to mortgage lenders, and then business was helped by a surge in refinancing. Mr. Cooper’s revenue in the first nine months of the year was up 40 percent, and its stock has climbed 341 percent from its low in April.During recessions, consumers often decide to pull back and avoid large outlays. But this year, something different happened. Many Americans who did not lose jobs but were also not spending on travel and entertainment found themselves with more disposable income. The $1,200 stimulus payments from the government also helped.- Advertisement –
French health officials have warned that “the epidemic remains active and is evolving”, and that social distancing must be kept up even as restrictions are eased.In Spain, about half the population will be allowed out on Monday for limited socialization, and restaurants will be able to offer some outdoor service as the country begins a phased transition set to last through June.Fears lingered, however, of a resurgence, and authorities excluded Madrid and Barcelona — two COVID-19 hotspots — from the first phase.Belgium is also easing some restrictions on Monday, and in some parts of Germany, bars and restaurants reopened on Saturday with further easing set for Monday.Overall, the situation in Europe was still far from normal.Britain is reportedly planning to announce on Sunday that all overseas visitors will face a mandatory two-week quarantine, and the European Union warned against opening borders to travelers from outside the bloc.Across Europe, commemorations marking 75 years since Nazi Germany’s surrender were cancelled or scaled down.And Poland’s election on Sunday will be one for the history books as polling stations remain closed and turnout will clock in at zero due to a political crisis set off by the pandemic — the presidential ballot is formally neither postponed nor cancelled because the government and opposition were unable to agree on a constitutional and safe solution.’Phenomenal’ recovery? South Korea’s capital Seoul shut all bars and clubs on Saturday after a burst of cases were tracked to one of the city’s busiest nightlife districts.Even as the country eased virus restrictions, officials warned against carelessness after the new cluster of infections, highlighting the challenge of containing the spread of the deadly disease while pursuing an economic revival.Global economic figures are pointing to the most acute downturn in nearly a century with businesses forced to shut and supply lines badly disrupted, and pressure is growing on leaders around the world to find a way out.In the United States, the country with the world’s highest death toll, President Donald Trump faced sharp criticism from his predecessor Barack Obama, who said on a leaked tape that Trump’s handling of the crisis was an “absolute chaotic disaster”.Facing re-election in November, Trump has insisted that next year would be “phenomenal” for the US economy, urging reopening in a country where the virus continues to claim well over 1,000 lives daily.The United States lost an unprecedented 20.5 million jobs in April, driving the unemployment rate to 14.7 percent — the highest level since the Great Depression.’Life costs money’ Health experts have cautioned that while the growth of cases may be slowing in some European and Asian countries, other nations — many of them impoverished — are only in the first phases of their outbreaks.In Iran, the Middle East’s virus epicenter, many were taking advantage of loosened restrictions despite worries about a spike in infections.”Life costs money,” said Hamed, a 22-year-old out on the streets of the capital Tehran without a mask. “People have to go to work since this virus has been with us for about three months now.”And in neighboring Pakistan, the world’s fifth most-populous country, the government ended the lockdown on Saturday and locals streamed into markets and shops, despite still-high infection rates.Tehmina Sattar, shopping with her sister and sons in Rawalpindi, said: “We are happy with this decision, but at the same time I have a fear in my heart that if this disease spreads it could be devastating.”Topics : Amid the barrage of deaths, some European countries have cited signs of progress that they said justified cautious steps towards a sense of normality.Officials in France on Saturday said the day’s death toll of 80 was the lowest since early April, while nursing home fatalities also fell sharply as the nation prepared to relax curbs on public movement imposed eight weeks ago.The easing, to begin Monday, has brought mixed reactions.”I’ve been scared to death” about the reopening, said Maya Flandin, a bookshop manager from Lyon. “It’s a big responsibility to have to protect my staff and my customers.” The number of coronavirus cases worldwide topped four million as some of the hardest-hit countries readied Sunday to lift lockdown restrictions, despite concerns about a second wave of infections.Governments around the world are trying to stop the spread of the disease while scrambling for ways to relieve pressure on their economies, which are facing a historic downturn with millions pushed into unemployment.But with the death toll already past 277,000, nations are keen to avoid second waves of infections that could overwhelm their healthcare systems, with a new cluster of cases in South Korea raising fears about the virus hitting back rapidly.
Indonesia is scheduled to host three events during its second presidency. The first meeting on Aug. 6 will discuss the UN Secretary General’s inaugural report on combating terrorism and cross-border crime.The second meeting on Aug. 12 will discuss challenges to achieving sustainable peace and seek to unify efforts to attain it during the pandemic. Meanwhile, the third meeting, scheduled for Aug. 26, will focus on protecting civilians from cyberattacks.Authorities have recorded an increase in cyberattacks against public facilities, including hospitals and airports, during the COVID-19 pandemic.Read also: Indonesia renews call to maintain UN peacekeeping operations during COVID-19 Indonesia will also run at least 14 meetings to discuss peace efforts in various parts of the world, including a strategic report on the Islamic State (IS) as well as the extended mandate of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM)Retno said Indonesia would strive to issue two documents during the presidency.The first document will focus on adjusting approaches to handling people allegedly involved with terror groups through the Prosecution, Rehabilitation and Reintegration approach.“The UNSC won’t only focus on law enforcement, but also attempts to rehabilitate and reintegrate former terrorists into society,” said Retno.The second document will focus on women peacekeepers, as Indonesia seeks to encourage greater participation of women in peacekeeping efforts as well as the integration of gender perspectives into the UN’s peacekeeping missions. (dis)Topics : Indonesia will begin its rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in August amid the coronavirus pandemic that poses challenges to world peace.Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said Indonesia would raise the theme of “Advancing Sustainable Peace”, which is in line with the previous year’s theme of “Investing in Peace”. The minister said the advancement of peace needed constant effort and attention.“Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has taken up most of our energy and attention, let’s not forget to continue advancing peace because peace remains essential to our success in handling the pandemic and accelerating economic recovery,” Retno said during a press briefing on Thursday.
Advertisement Mikel Arteta dismisses Atletico Madrid complaints over Thomas Partey transfer Metro Sport ReporterThursday 15 Oct 2020 12:03 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Mikel Arteta is thrilled to add Thomas Partey to his squad (Picture: Getty Images)Partey will only have his first training session with Arsenal on Thursday ahead of the huge Premier League clash with Manchester City on Saturday, but Arteta has not ruled out him playing a part in the contest.‘Today he will have his first training session, so everything has to come really quickly for him,’ said the boss.‘We knew that before we signed him that he is fit, he is very willing to start playing and we will see how he goes in the next few days.’MORE: Mikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMORE: Kevin Campbell urges Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta to throw Thomas Partey straight in against Manchester CityFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone didn’t want to lose Thomas Partey (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta says he does not know if Atletico Madrid are holding a grudge over Arsenal signing Thomas Partey, but insists they have nothing to be annoyed about if they are.The Gunners swooped to sign the midfielder on transfer deadline day, triggering his £45m release clause, which meant they were not obliged to go into negotiations with Atletico beforehand.The Spanish side were said to be furious that Arsenal left it so late in the transfer window to confirm their move for the 27-year-old, with reports suggesting they have refused to deal with the north London club in future.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, Arteta has dismissed these complains, saying that there had been discussions between the two clubs before the move was made, and even if there wasn’t, a release clause always leaves them open to such a deal.ADVERTISEMENT‘I don’t know,’ Arteta told a press conference on whether Atletico were left annoyed by the transfer. ‘When you have a release clause in your contract you assume that that situation can arise at any minute. ‘While the market is open it’s completely legal to do it. ‘We have had some communication with them prior to that as well so hopefully they can respect that action.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Spaniard admits that he was concerned the deal for the Ghanaian would not be completed in time, so late in the day it was done, but is delighted he has bolstered his midfield with such an imposing presence.‘Yes!’ Arteta admits when asked if he had doubts. ‘When it’s up to the last minutes it’s always a risk. ‘A lot of things have to happen at the same time. It was a challenge to do it in 24 hours but I’m really happy because at the end we managed it.’ Advertisement
RelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Victor Moses’ reconciliation with Antonio Conte is nearing completion with the utility player in Italy ahead of securing a loan move to Inter Milan. Videos of Moses in Milan surfaced on social media on Tuesday morning as he underwent a medical with the high-flying Serie A side. The 29-year-old is set to join on loan for the rest of the season with a view to making the deal permanent for £8.5 million in the summer. He had initially arrived in the city on Monday night, having cut short his 18-month loan spell at Turkish side Fenerbahce. Moses is currently deemed surplus to requirements at Chelsea and had spent the past 12 months plying his trade with Fenerbahce. However, he is set to be reunited with Conte at Inter after playing a key role in the Italian’s 2016-17 Premier League title triumph while in charge of Chelsea. He featured 34 times in the league that term, scoring three times. Overall the pair worked together at Stamford Bridge for two seasons before Conte was sacked just two months after the end of the 2017-18 campaign. The last season saw them win the FA Cup too. Conte will be hoping the arrival of Moses can aid Inter’s title challenge as they look to usurp Juventus as champions of Italy. Juve (51 points) currently sit four points clear of second-placed Inter (47 points) after 20 matches apiece.Tags: Antonio ConteFernabacheInter MilanSerie AVictor Moses
David Thompson posted an upset over J.L. Crowe Hawks of Trail in the other semi final. LVR finished the regular season 16-4 record.The LVR Senior Boy’s are also heading to the provincial tournament, gaining a bye into the AAA Chamipionships. After three quarters LVR led 41-30Allie Zondervan added 12 points while Christina Champlin finished with 10.LVR advanced to the final, missing three players off the roster, with a 44-22 win over Selkirk Storm of Kimberley in the semi final.”The girls played solid D(efence) and controlled the glass on the offensive and defensive end,” said Bomber coach Chris Dergousoff.”We didn’t really push ourselves as we knew we needed to be rested for our second game — LVR had a 2.5 hour break).”LVR led 23-12 at the half. Leading scorer in the semi final were Ansleigh Dergousoff and Perkins, each with 11 points.Sian Nielsen added 10 and Roxanne Baker had six points. The L.V. Rogers Senior Bombers are returning to the provincials for the first time in five years after capturing the Kootenay High School Girl’s Basketball zone title with a 60-44 win over David Thompson Lakers of Invermere in the final Saturday afternoon at Stanley Humphries in CastlegarThe Bombers now represent the Kootenays at the provincial tournament March 4-8 in Langley.Naomi Perkins poured in 26 points for LVR to lead the charge offensively.Despite the wide margin of victory, LVR struggled to start the contest, down 6-5 after one period.However, by halftime the Bombers established their play and took a 26-16 lead.