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first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has installed new heads of three federally funded international broadcasters after abruptly firing Donald Trump-appointees at the U.S. Agency for Global Media. Kelu Chao, acting CEO of the agency, made the announcement after dismissing the previous directors of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks late Friday. Chao also announced new corporate board directors for the broadcasters. The moves follow the forced resignation of Trump’s agency head, Michael Pack, only two hours after Joe Biden took office Wednesday. Pack had been accused by Democrats and others of trying to turn Voice of America and the other networks into pro-Trump propaganda machines.last_img

first_img Star Files Daniel Radcliffe Age: “Mid-20s”Hometown: Cork, IrelandCurrent Role: A Tony-nominated Broadway debut (“I haven’t had time to process it yet!”) as Helen McCormick, the foul-mouthed, egg-hurling object of Daniel Radcliffe’s desire in The Cripple of Inishmaan.Stage Cred: After starring in plays at Dublin’s top theaters, Greene nabbed an Olivier Award nomination for Inishmaan’s London bow.“When I was five, my parents took me to a Christmas pantomime of Little Red Riding Hood and I fell in love with acting. By age 12, I was playing Red Riding Hood myself—and my poor dad was home alone on Christmas.”“If you visit Ireland, don’t miss the Ring of Kerry [scenic route]. You’ll meet people in the rural areas who are a lot like the characters in this play.”“When I met Daniel Radcliffe I couldn’t get over how grounded and sweet he is. It’s not an easy life—he can’t walk the streets freely—but he’s a great guy who is happy to be one of the team. And his bodyguards are gorgeous.”“I haven’t eaten an egg since I’ve been doing this show. They’re disgusting to me now. [When cracking an egg on someone] you have to be forceful and follow through—make sure your hand goes right through to the person’s head.”“As Helen, I’ve been told I look like Lindsay Lohan; or a combination of Liz Taylor, Kristen Stewart and Emma Stone; and Nicole Kidman, which I like. I’ll hang on to that one. It’s fun to make the transformation.”“Home is wherever the job takes me. I’ve lived in London, and I have a place in Dublin. I’d love to stay in New York for a while and get my green card. I’ve worked at my craft for a long time, and I’m feeling incredibly lucky and blessed right now.” View Comments The Cripple of Inishmaan Show Closed This production ended its run on July 20, 2014 Related Showslast_img read more

first_imgKEKE PALMER CARLY HUGHES View Comments AMBER RILEY NIKKI M. JAMES NBC will air a live production of The Wiz on December 3, and we can’t wait to paint our living room rug yellow and ease on down the road! There’s no casting announced for the telecast just yet, so we took to Culturalist to ask you who should play Dorothy. The results are in—check out your top picks below, including Broadway favorite Patina Miller, Chicago star Carly Hughes, Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson and more. JORDIN SPARKScenter_img PATINA MILLER ANIKA NONI ROSE JENNIFER HUDSON RAVEN-SYMONE CIARA RENEElast_img

first_img February 15, 2004 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News House Committees question procedural rules Senior Editor Two Florida House committees last month heard a report that suggested Florida courts have been undermining legislative authority through procedural rules and jury instructions.The claims made at a January 22 joint meeting of the House Judiciary Committee and the Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee left court system officials, both at the meeting and contacted afterwards, surprised.They said legislative officials may not completely understand the process of creating procedural rules and jury instructions.The one-hour meeting was entirely devoted to a presentation by David Delapaz, staff director for the Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee, and it was announced that the two committees would take no other testimony.Delapaz listed several examples that he said showed the courts had thwarted or undermined the intent of laws passed by the legislature.In one example, he noted the legislature had repealed the law on using legal intoxication as a defense in a criminal case, but the jury instruction was still in place. That meant, Delapaz said, it could still be used as a defense, adding, “If jury instructions do not instruct the jury to the law as written, then it is not the law that is being applied.”But Second Circuit Public Defender Nancy Daniels, president of the Florida Public Defender Association, said it is irrelevant that the instruction remains. “The jury instruction is there, but we’re not using it,” she said. “We’re aware it’s not a defense any more.”Fourteenth Circuit Judge Dedee Costello, chair of the Supreme Court’s Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases (who was not at the meeting), agreed with Daniels that the instruction is not used in current cases. She said it was originally left in the jury instructions after the law was repealed because there were still old cases to which it would apply.The provision will likely be removed at the next review of the jury instructions, Costello said.Delapaz told the two committees that under the Florida Constitution, the legislature is in charge of substantive law issues, while the Supreme Court oversees procedural rules, although those rules can be repealed by a two-thirds vote of both the House and Senate.“Substantive law is the rights of citizens relating to life, liberty, and property,” Delapaz said. “Procedural is the way the courts operate.”Under the name of procedural rules, the courts have infringed on substantive law several times, he said, including:• A recent juvenile rule (Rule 8.350) approved by the Supreme Court that gave juveniles in foster care the right to consult with an attorney if the Department of Children and Families wanted to commit them to a mental institution and the child objected. Delapaz said the legislature did not create that right to counsel, did not appropriate money to pay for such attorneys, and there was no statutory authority to appoint such attorneys. “This is a decision where the rule was simply implemented on policy reasons,” he said.Delapaz also said the court improperly said that funding approved by the legislature for F.S. Chap. 39 uses in the guardian ad litem program could be used for those attorneys, thereby improperly appropriating funds.• The Supreme Court is considering a rule that in death penalty cases would provide a pretrial determination of whether the defendant is mentally retarded. Under a recent state law and U.S. Supreme Court ruling, mentally retarded inmates cannot be executed. But Delapaz said the state law provides for the determination of mental retardation after conviction and after the death penalty is imposed. The proposed rule would subvert the legislature’s intent by providing for that determination before the trial. The state law also requires that mental retardation be shown by clear and convincing evidence, while the proposed rule sets the standard at the lower standard of preponderance of the evidence.• No jury instruction has been created for the crime of attempted first degree felony murder, even though the legislature passed that law in 1998.• The Supreme Court has lifted the statutorily set October 1, 2003, deadline for filing appeals seeking DNA testing in old criminal cases. The court had received a petition from the Rules of Criminal Procedure Committee seeking a one-year extension of the October 1 deadline, which the court had also adopted in the criminal rules.• The Supreme Court in 2000 overturned the Death Penalty Reform Act where the legislature imposed a statute of limitations on post conviction motions and imposed a time bar on late collateral attack. The law also repealed conflicting procedural rules. The court’s action, Delapaz said, showed that “even though you can repeal a rule of procedure, the court can within a very short period of time put the rule back in the books.”The two committees took no action on Delapaz’s report, although Judiciary Committee Chair Jeff Kottkamp, R- Cape Coral, observed, “This is something that is good for us to look at.. . . We will review this and ensure there is the proper balance between the branches of government.”Those involved in writing rules and jury instructions said Delapaz may have oversimplified a highly complex process, and they disagreed with his assessment that the process is not deferential to legislative wishes.“Our committee has taken a pretty strong stance that we are procedural in nature and we will not become involved in substantive issues,” said 10th Circuit Judge Olin Shinholser, chair of the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee.“I would suggest our committee has not attempted to subvert the legislature or even take positions on substantive issues,” he said. “We don’t view that as our right or our charge. We make recommendations and petition the Supreme Court to make procedural rules changes. Sometimes they follow our advice and sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they ask us to look at issues and sometimes we disagree with them.”Judge Costello said the problems cited by Delapaz might just be the byproduct of the complex and large task of keeping procedural rules and jury instructions up to date with myriad changes made annually by lawmakers.“We certainly don’t have a concerted effort to ignore them,” Costello said.“There are many, many laws and a few problems will arise.”Shinholser said much of the disagreement comes over what is substantive and what is procedural.From the committee’s perspective, it is bound by the guidelines set out by the Supreme Court in Allen V. Butterworth, 756 So.2d 52 (Fla. 2000), the decision where the court overturned much of the Death Penalty Reform Act. (See sidebar.)Here’s how officials involved in rule and jury instruction committees responded to Delapaz’s specific examples:• On the DNA rule, Shinholser said, “There are some who view it as being substantive, some who view it as procedural. Our committee took the decision based on Allen v. Butterworth that it’s procedural. We just requested a one-year extension.” Officials also noted that Attorney General Charlie Crist did not oppose the extension request or suspending the filing deadline.• On the mental retardation rule in death penalty cases, Shinholser said the court proposed that rule on its own, and the committee has taken no position. He added, though, that like the DNA rule no final action has been taken so it’s not clear if the final rule will ruffle legislative feathers.• On Juvenile Rule 8.350, Deborah Schroth, a member of the Juvenile Court Rules Committee, said the rule came from nearly three years of study and debate and reconsideration between the committee and the Supreme Court. She also disagreed with Delapaz over whether the rule is procedural or substantive.The rule stemmed from a case where a child was contesting DCF’s recommendation that the child be committed to a psychiatric facility.“The child was facing psychiatric commitment with no previous hearing,” Schroth said. “The court directed the committee to come up with a procedural rule to handle those cases.. . . To the extent that the court has the inherent authority to appoint counsel for children in any case, this rule does not create any new substantive rights. It’s just creating a procedure for the court to determine when to exercise that authority, and it’s when the child objects.”Nor did the court unconstitutionally appropriate funds. Courts, she said, have the inherent authority to appoint pro bono counsel for children, and the committee and the Public Interest Law Section argued there were sufficient volunteer lawyers to handle the cases. “The courts can’t obligate the state to pay, but the courts always have the authority to find a pro bono attorney for the child,” Schroth said.In addition, before the rule was passed, the legislature had created a fund to pay for lawyers for children in cases where the court thought it was necessary. The Supreme Court merely said those funds could be used in Rule 8.350 cases, she said.• On the attempted first degree felony murder law, Judge Costello said both the committee and the courts have trouble because of a contradiction of terms. Felony murder is defined as when a death occurs during the commission of a crime, but when the death was not intended or premeditated. So, she said, the problem is charging someone with attempted murder when there was no specific intent to kill, and no one died.Officials involved with rules and jury instructions noted that during the two-year rule cycles and the periodic jury reviews, hundreds of changes are made to keep up with changes in both state law and case law. They said some friction and misunderstandings might be inevitable.“Obviously it can become a significant emotional political issue when the courts and the legislature butt heads on a particular issue,” Shinholser said.“Some of the folks in the legislature take offense when the courts declare something to be procedural that they consider to be substantive. Reasonable people can disagree. I don’t think we in the courts should become hostile or adversarial to the legislature.” House Committees question procedural ruleslast_img read more

first_imgThis year, the Globtour Event travel agency is celebrating two significant anniversaries, 40 years of continuous work in Croatia, as well as 20 years of partnership with the world’s largest business travel company, Carlson Wagonlit Travel.Once part of the large tour operator Emona Globtour, in 1992 it became the Croatian agency Globtour Zagreb. In 1997, he signed a partnership agreement with Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), a global leader in business travel management. In 2001 he founded his sister company Event for the organization of business events and gatherings, and by changing the ownership in 2005 the management decided to merge these two companies and Globtour Zagreb changed its name to Globtour Event. Under the new ownership and management, the agency focuses its strategy on the development of the business travel segment, organization of business meetings and events and motivational trips, and as one of the first destination management companies develops new cultural and tourist products, such as “Costumed City Tour”. Let’s light the Upper Town “,” Find the Witch of Grič “and others. On this basis, the receptive department has developed in the last 10 years or so, which is recording a trend of significant growth.It is one of the first agencies certified for quality and sustainability (ISO 9001, ISO 14001, Travelife standards), and at the end of the year it expects certification according to the ISO 27001 standard for information security management. A clear CSR strategy also brings the agency the Index CSR award in the small business category for several years in a row.2012. He founded the Globtour Event Sarajevo agency in 2013 and in XNUMX bought the CWT branch in Ljubljana and changed its name to Adria potovanja, thus becoming an agent for Carlson Wagonlit Travel in both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia. It transfers the mission, vision, knowledge and standards of its central company in Croatia to these markets, which has ensured the growth trend of these branches as well.The strategy of specialization of business trips and business meetings and events through partnership with CWT, as well as specialization in destination products proved to be successful and sustainable, which makes Globtour Event today one of the strongest agencies in its specializations in the region and a leader in business travel management.The amount intended for Christmas gifts to business partners, the Globtour Event agency donated this year to a donation to the RED NOSES association of clown doctors, which once again confirmed its commitment to social responsibility.last_img read more

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first_imgWhile the hedging portfolio made a large gain in the first quarter, the value of the guaranteed pensions it protects increased by DKK32.1bn, ATP reported, saying the gain was mainly due to movements in long Danish and European government bonds.The loss on the investment portfolio, meanwhile, equated to 26% of the average value of the bonus potential over the reporting period, ATP said.ATP’s total assets stood at DKK889bn at the end of March, little changed from their value of DKK886bn at the end December. However, within this figure, the investment portfolio shrank to DKK98.3bn from DKK126bn.This portfolio had been widely affected by negative returns on financial markets, ATP said, particularly those on international listed equities and inflation-related instruments, while state and mortgage bonds had produced positive returns.Chief executive Bo Foged told IPE: “We are still able to deliver on the lifelong guarantees the we have promised despite the turbulence in the markets.“We have a very robust business model, which puts 80% of contributions into our hedging portfolio, and we still have a very strong funding ratio of close to 112%,” he said.ATP’s business model came in for particular criticism last year, and the fund’s supervisory board revealed it was conducting a review.Asked if guarantees having held in such tough markets would silence critics of ATP’s business model, Foged said: “Well I’m happy that we didn’t make any change to our business model in fall last year.“But that doesn’t change the fact that we are doing a thorough review of our business model and that the low interest rate levels are a challenge.”COVID-19 experienceFoged said members of ATP’s investment department began working from home on 12 March when the Danish lockdown started, and hardware from the Hillerød offices such as trading screens were set up in individual staff homes.“Our investment processes are mostly straight through processing and we have prepared for different crisis scenarios, so we had emergency processes in place and everyone knew what their role was,” he said.“We had meetings daily, and the main reason it worked was because we had discussed it before and had our fire drills,” said Foged.Although previous emergency planning had not specifically addressed a pandemic scenario, Foged said it had involved plans of action for dealing with increased market volatility, and also what might happen if the fund were to be hit by cyber attacks or similar circumstances.“But in general we have spent a lot of energy over the last couple of years to simplify and automate most of our investment processes,” the chief executive said.“That turned out to be very useful because we were able to focus on the big decisions and not waste valuable time on practicalities and operational issues.” March’s rollercoaster financial markets left Denmark’s biggest pension fund with a 26% fall in its leveraged investment portfolio, but its chief executive said the fact it was nevertheless able to honour more than €100bn of guarantees marked the strength of its business model.In its first quarter report, ATP – which manages the population-wide labour-market supplementary pension scheme – said the value of its investment portfolio fell by DKK29.2bn (€3.85bn) before tax while its much larger hedging portfolio gained DKK30.4bn.The pension fund’s hedging portfolio consists of bond-like investments and is designed to back the fund’s pension promises.The investment portfolio is based on the bonus potential plus borrowing of around twice that value from the hedging portfolio, and invests on an absolute-return basis to maintain the purchasing power of pensions.last_img read more

first_imgWorking on behalf of the Environment Agency, Team Van Oord (TVO) is making excellent progress on a £2.4 million flood prevention scheme in Birmingham.The scheme at Selly Park South is one of four currently being carried out by TVO in the West Midlands – the others are in the town of Rugeley in Staffordshire, at Selly Park North and Lea Marston near Sutton Coldfield in Warwickshire.According to TVO, the Selly Park South flood defense scheme, when complete, will reduce the risk of flooding to 270 residential properties. Works comprise the construction of an embankment to prevent water from overtopping the left bank of the River Rea, and creation of an area to store water during storm events.Other works include realignment of a cycle path over the new flood embankment, and replanting trees and vegetation removed during works.Work at Selly Park commenced in mid-September and is scheduled for completion in in autumn 2017.[mappress mapid=”24043″]last_img read more

first_img “Obviously you put your own reputation on the line because everybody knows I’ve never been relegated and they were in a dreadful position at the time – but it was a challenge and I do like challenges,” Pulis told BBC’s Football Focus. “Steve Parish was very persistent – I think he spoke to me on three occasions. “I spoke to a lot of people and a lot of people said it wouldn’t be a club to go to for all sorts of reasons. “But I spoke to Sir Alex (Ferguson) and I spoke to (Stoke chairman) Peter Coates and they were really the two – they thought it could be done, it wasn’t an impossible job, they mentioned the crowd and the supporters being 110 per cent behind the club and the team. “Steve came down to Bournemouth and we sat down in the house and that was the first time I thought, ‘I’m going to do this, I’m going to take the challenge'”. Pulis has been linked with managerial posts at QPR and Newcastle this season, with both clubs currently sitting in the bottom three. Tony Pulis says he put his “reputation on the line” by taking the manager’s job at Crystal Palace last season. Press Associationcenter_img Palace languished in the relegation zone with just four points from 10 games when Pulis was appointed, but the former Stoke boss turned the club’s fortunes around, leading the Eagles to an 11th-place finish. The revival earned Pulis the Premier League’s Manager of the Season award in May, but he left the club just 48 hours before the current campaign after failing to resolve disagreements with co-chairman Steve Parish. last_img read more