first_imgRon Howard, the famous director who starred as Opie in The Andy Griffith Show, is slated to direct a new documentary film chronicling the early touring years of The Beatles.The film will roughly cover the years from 1960-1966, from the band’s formation, through their meteoric rise to becoming global phenomenons. At the peak of Beatlemania, the Beatles released some of their best albums, including Rubber Soul and Revolver.The documentary will include interviews with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison.Howard spoke about his enthusiasm for the project, saying “What’s so compelling to me is the perspective that we have now, the chance to really understand the impact that they had on the world. That six-year period is such a dramatic transformation in terms of global culture and these remarkable four individuals, who were both geniuses and also entirely relatable. That duality is something that is going to be very interesting to explore.”Howard will be joined by Nigel Sinclair, a producer who has working on numerous musical documentaries in the past. For Howard, this is his second musical documentary (he worked on Jay-Z’s Made In America last year). With the permission of the Beatles, Howard and Sinclair will have access to the vast archives of Apple Corps. As Howard describes it, “we are going to be able to take the Super 8 footage that we found, that was all shot silent. We’ll not only be able to digitally repair a lot of that, but we’ve also been finding the original recordings. We can now sync it up and create a concert experience so immersive and so engaging, I believe you’re going to actually feel like you’re somewhere in the Sixties, seeing what it was like to be there, feeling it and hearing it. And as a film director, that’s a fantastic challenge.”The film is slated for release in late-2015.-David Melamed (@DMelamz)[Via Yahoo! Music]last_img read more

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first_img“We’ve got to stop blaming Vladimir Putin,” Robert Amsterdam told his listeners at the Center for Government and International Studies Tuesday morning (May 15). “That does us no good.“The blame is with ourselves — with all of us who invest in banks and other institutions that have become the enablers of the kleptocracy of the Kremlin.”Amsterdam is the London-based defense counsel to Mikhail Khordokovsky, the imprisoned former chief of the Russian oil giant Yukos — and a onetime political rival of Putin’s. The title of Amsterdam’s Davis Center-sponsored talk was “The Destruction of Yukos and Russian Energy.”Khordokovsky has been imprisoned in Siberia since 2003 on charges of fraud and tax evasion, and Yukos has been dismembered and sold off in a series of what Amsterdam called “obscene auctions,” widely seen as rigged in order to deliver significant national energy assets into the hands of Kremlin cronies and outsiders they have co-opted.Amsterdam urged the international community to cease its complicity in what he described as a new wave of Russian resource nationalism. “Our companies have got to stop playing by Kremlin rules.”Before leaving London for the United States, Amsterdam released a statement decrying reports that Russia has offered India a 1 percent stake in Rosneft, a Russian energy company that is nominally private but seems to be controlled by the Russian Federation.“The Russian Federation is blatantly seeking partners in the laundering of stolen goods,” Amsterdam charged. “Indeed, it is the theory of those oligarchs surrounding President Putin that the more companies they manage to tie to the Yukos assets, the more likely it is that they will be safe from personal prosecution and liability in the period after they depart from office.”Amsterdam blitzed onto the Harvard campus for less than an hour to speak to the Comparative Economics Seminar before starting for his next destination, Houston. He articulated his new theory of energy risk.“Resource nationalism,” he said, “is predicated on various factors that are self-sustaining, and those factors are the destruction of the press, the destruction of the independence of the judiciary, the inverse relationship of freedom to oil prices, as outlined by Thomas Friedman, and the motivation that comes from use of energy assets from a strategic rather than a market basis.”He had particularly harsh words for countries that have let their foreign policy be “captured” by corporate interests. He singled out Germany under former chancellor Gerhard Schröder. Schröder, he said, “has profited handsomely from selling out German energy interests and remaining mute and silent while some of the best and brightest in Russia were imprisoned.”He added, “Those countries that have not allowed their foreign policies to be ‘captured’ like Poland for instance are increasingly dependent on an alliance with the United States that becomes increasingly unpopular as the American administration’s credibility and rationality come under question.”Amsterdam alluded to Germany’s current chancellor, Angela Merkel, as “the most gifted leader Germany has had in I don’t know how long,” but complained about German reluctance, at least until recently, to criticize Russia.German historical sensibilities tend to make Berlin feel it needs to keep making up to Russia, Amsterdam suggested — but the result is that the two countries make deals that hurt others, notably Poland.Russia under Putin seems particularly inclined to make bilateral deals, especially ones that drive wedges between neighbors — between Austria and Hungary, for instance. “There is nothing Russia fears more than the EU, and nothing Russia wants more than to engage bilaterally with countries that are energy dependent on itself.”“People say, ‘He’s a thief, but he’s not an imperialistic thief … . He just wants to make money.’ Well, I don’t accept this.”Amsterdam was also sharply critical of the Bush administration for failing to respond to Russian attempts after the Sept. 11 attacks to make some form of rapprochement with the United States — opportunities that were “never properly handled,” Amsterdam said.However grim his assessment of the Russian situation, he did identify some grounds for hopefulness: “There’s always hope. There’s no ideology behind this. And there’s nothing tying these people together except greed.”And he had a prescription for constructive action: Ask for public hearings. “The first thing we can do is shine a light on companies that empower Putin,” he said, calling for a boycott of companies that “empower Russian energy imperialism.”He also called for support of Russian fractious democrats and hailed chess superstar Garry Kasparov’s efforts to unify them. “There are thousands of hardworking, intelligent, democratic-minded liberals,” he said, adding, “They unfortunately are more splintered than a dense forest after a bombing.”last_img read more

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first_imgChase Elliott will start from the rear of the field for the 2021 Busch Clash (7 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) because of unapproved adjustments on the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.RELATED: Starting lineup for Busch ClashNASCAR officials made the announcement about an hour before the exhibition’s start. The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion was slated to start in the seventh position after Monday night’s virtual random draw by the drivers’ respective crew chiefs.Tuesday night’s non-points race on the Daytona International Speedway Road Course kicks off the 2021 season as 21 drivers will race for 35 laps, with one scheduled caution at Lap 15. This will be the first time the Busch Clash has been run on the road course.Elliott has prevailed in the past four consecutive Cup Series road-course events, including the series’ inaugural race on the 3.61-mile course.last_img read more

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first_imgThe front end of the bus is badly damaged and the Isuzu is totaled.  The driver of the vehicle, an Isuzu Trooper, was “gravely injured,” according to officials.  The bus driver was also injured. At least one of the injured was taken to Bayfront Medical Center as a trauma alert.  Authorities have not identified that person.  The rest of the injured were taken to several other hospitals not far from the scene of the accident. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office will be handling the investigation because the crash occurred on the Pinellas side of the county line.center_img The bus was headed to Paul R. Smith Middle School when the crash occurred at Sweetbriar Drive and Anclote Boulevard around 8:30 a.m.  There were 35 to 40 students on the bus. HOLIDAY, Fla. – At least 13 middle school students were injured when a school bus and a vehicle collided Wednesday morning in Holiday, according to authorities.  The injuries are said to be non-life threatening. last_img read more

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first_imgNEW ORLEANS — The Mid-City convenience store employee who last week put a parking boot on an in-service ambulance was arrested late Tuesday for violating federal immigration law. Ahmed Maloum Sidi Aleywa, a 33-year-old Mauritanian national, was taken into custody last night by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, according to ICE spokesman Bryan Cox. Click here for the full story.last_img

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first_imgLeonardo Morlino, professor of Political Science and director of the Research Center on Democracies and Democratizations at LUISS, Rome, presented his research on Italian economics on Tuesday at the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. Morlino’s lecture, titled ‘The Political Consequences of Economic Crisis: Italy and Beyond,’ focused on the relationship between the implementation of democracy in Italy and how it has shaped its current economic situation, as well as the European Union’s role in the issue.You cannot address a question such as, ‘What are the theoretical results of democratization?’ because within democratization, there are several focuses,” Morlino said.Italy currently faces both an enormous public debt and an equally worrying unemployment rate, with over eight million people below poverty level, he said.The period between 1992-2008 is critical in understanding Italy’s economic situation. The years leading up to 2008 were characterized by a decline in electoral participation and dissatisfaction with democracy, Morlino said.“Until 2008, virtually, you have some kind of [political] instability,” he said. “In Italy, they faced a moment of uncertainty, of ambiguity, of stagnate, where there was no expected change. This is in the context of the crisis.”Morlino referred to Italy’s crisis as “the crisis within democracy.” He said knowledge of citizen participation in Italy’s government and the aspects of the country’s constitution are key to understanding Italy’s current situation.“When we consider a traditional perspective of how to analyze the crisis, we consider key mechanisms such as public resources, global economic conflict, pressure of the Europian Union [and] pressure of the market with consequences for our crisis,” Morlino saidBoth Italy’s and Greece’s economies were the most affected by the political crisis faced by the EuropeanuUnion, he saidMorlino said the transition to democracy entails analysis and revision of a country’s constitution in order to implement effective decision-making within a country’s political context.“If we revise the traditional views of a crisis of democracy, we come to some serious results in terms of reshaping of the system,” he said.Contact Gabriela Malespin at gmalespi@nd.eduTags: economic situation in italy, economy in italy, italy, professor discussionlast_img read more

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first_img They belt their faces off, make weekend plans with friends and hand in their homework? Talk about triple threats! The Jimmy Awards celebrates the talent and love for the theater that can develop during a student’s time in high school, and as we’ve seen, these budding performers are ones to watch. Seventy-four students from across America competed for the National High School Musical Theatre Awards for Best Performance by an Actor and Actress at the 9th-annual presentation of the Jimmy Awards, with the talent showcase featuring both ensemble and solo performances. Sofia Deler and Tony Moreno, both from Orlando, Florida, took home the award for Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively.Deler was recognized for her performance as Woman 1 in Songs for a New World at William R. Boone High School; Moreno garnered the award for his performance as Don Quixote/Cervantes in Man of La Mancha at Trinity Preparatory School. Dear Evan Hansen Tony winner Ben Platt hosted the ceremony on June 26 at the Minskoff Theatre. Take a look below at some of Deler and Moreno’s past performances, and congratulations to all the up-and-coming performers who remind audiences where enthusiasm for the arts begins!Sofia Deler Performing “Pulled” from The Addams Family Tony Moreno Covering “You’ll Be Back” from Hamilton Tony Moreno Performing “Close Every Door” from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Sofia Deler Performing “Poor Unfortunate Souls” from The Little Mermaidcenter_img Sofia Deler & Tony Moreno(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Commentslast_img read more

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first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 8, 2019 View Comments Betrayal Related Shows Tom Hiddleston poses proudly with Sardi’s owner Max Klimavicius. Betrayal star Tom Hiddleston is all smiles with his Sardi’s portrait. Betrayal is scheduled to end its run at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on December 8, but the cast had a reason to celebrate on December 5. Tom Hiddleston joined the ranks of Broadway luminaries who adorn the walls at Sardi’s in New York City. His co-stars Zawe Ashton and Eddie Arnold stepped out to support his honor. Take a look at the photos from the occasion, and try to catch their moving performances in Betrayal during its final weekend on the boards.last_img read more

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first_imgWhile tourism experts in Bol on Brač, as part of the Croatian Tourism Day, are discussing the future and further development of our tourism, the Government presented at today’s session a tax reform that according to current information plans to raise VAT in tourism from the current 13 percent to 25 percent! At the presentation of the tax reform today, Minister of Finance Marić pointed out that the proposal that from January 1, 2018, there should be only two VAT rates, 12 percent lower and 24 percent lower.Are we cutting the only branch we are sitting on? It should not be forgotten that the tourism sector has been “saving” the state budget from collapse for years and makes up 20 percent of the country’s GDP. Also, the past as well as this tourist season are record in terms of overnight stays and tourist arrivals, as well as in terms of income, and this year the income from tourism is expected to be over a record eight billion euros. If we want the Croatian tourism industry to be more internationally competitive, it certainly cannot with the highest VAT rate in Europe, and thus cannot attract new investments in tourism.We will find out soon how the new Minister of Tourism Gary Capelli will react to this news, but one thing is for sure, the tourism sector will certainly not be thrilled with the VAT increase as the reduction of VAT to 5% has been encouraged and discussed for years. to others in the international market, not about increasing.With 13 percent for accommodation and 25 percent for tourism services, Croatia has the highest VAT for tourist services in the entire competitive Mediterranean. The VAT rate on accommodation in the Mediterranean is the highest in Croatia with the current 13%, followed by France 10%, Italy 10%, Spain 10%, Slovenia 9,5%, Bulgaria, 9%, Cyprus 9%, Greece 6,5 , 6% and Portugal with only XNUMX%.Tax reform with the planned two VAT rates, lower 12 and general 24 percent would increase the price of products that have so far been in a special reduced tax category of 5% VAT such as bread, milk, books, textbooks, medicines, medical equipment and supplies, as well as cinema tickets and daily newspapers. We wonder how much prices will rise on islands where prices are still higher due to the cost of transport. Also, it raises the question of the quality of life in the already deserted cities and islands on the Adriatic outside the tourist season. And if there are no people, there is neither life nor tourism. Also, one of the novelties of the tax reform is that the single general income tax rate is reduced from 20 to 18 percent, while the income tax rate for farmers and craftsmen with incomes of less than three million kuna per year would be 12 percent. It was also announced that the tax for holiday homes and the tax on the company will be abolished from 01.01.2017.Tax reform is going to a public debate as well as a vote in Parliament. Again, it is all up to us to fight and give our opinion in an argumentative way.last_img read more

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first_imgMISSION VIEJO, CA — DST Inc., a technology provider to the parts and service supply chain, has named Alex Nubla as the company’s new Chief Technical Officer (CTO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Nubla has extensive experience as a consultant, leader and technical expert working for such companies as IBM Global Services, Nissan Motors and Bank of America. He also served as technical editor for four years for Midrange Computing magazine, the primary journal of record for midrange computing professionals. In his new role as CTO, Nubla will assist DST in broadening its technology-driven product horizons, as well as fine tuning internal development and support processes. “I’m excited by the challenge and opportunity in my new role at DST,” said Nubla. “The company is a technology leader in the parts and service supply chain and DSTWare is attracting the attention of the industry. In addition to my technical experience and skills, I have also had the ‘hands-on’ experience of meeting a payroll as president of my own company, which enables me to relate to the real world core issues of many of DST’s independently owned distribution and service customers.” DST President Ray Stover said recent growth within the company created the need for a CTO. “DST has always been focused on using best-of-breed technology to provide competitive advantage for our customers. We have always invested more than one-third of our revenue in driving our DSTWare suite of products forward and this practice has begun to pay dividends that allow us to increase our technology investment. Our growth necessitates the services of a Chief Technology Officer to help us focus and direct our efforts to harness the best available methods and processes to best serve our customers.” Advertisement For more information about DST, visit: www.dstinc.com. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.last_img read more

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