Watch Shirley MacLaine & Darren Criss Sing ‘Piece of My Heart’

first_img Star Files View Comments Darren Crisscenter_img Janis Joplin may no longer be singing the blues on (or off) Broadway, but that’s not stopping Shirley MacLaine and Darren Criss from knocking one of her signature tunes out of the park on Glee! The Oscar winner made her first guest star appearance on the show on April 29 as part of a multiple-episode arc, playing June Dolloway, a wealthy New York socialite friend of Blaine (played by Criss). MacLaine, who is wearing an outfit she clearly stole from Liza Minnelli, and Criss, dressed in his finest black tie attire, deliver a performance that is equal parts adorable and bizarre (they “make it rain” at one point. What?!). Take a look at their antics below!last_img read more

The Royal Blue Hotel opened in Dubrovnik as part of Importanne Hotels & Resort

first_img906.232 overnight stays were realized in hotels, 7% more than last year, and 399.823 overnight stays in households, 15% more than in the first five months of 2018. The fifth hotel in a row to complete the construction of five ‘five stars’ hotels – Royal Blue, the company Importanne Hotels & Resort. Importanne Hotels & Resort consists of 5 hotels in Dubrovnik: Neptune, Ariston, Royal Palm, Royal Princess and Royal Blue. The last hotel – Royal Blue, completed the construction of five ‘five stars’ hotels in a row. The hotel has 81 luxuriously decorated rooms and two a la carte restaurants, La Castille and Zoë. Most overnight stays were made by guests from the United Kingdom, Germany, the United States, Croatia, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Spain, China, Canada, Sweden, South Korea, etc.center_img During May 2019, there were 230.695 arrivals in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 8% more than in May 2018 and 749.089 overnight stays, 1% more than in May 2018.  “The company Importanne Hotels & Resort ‘has been providing its guests with an unforgettable holiday experience for years, as evidenced by the high medals won at the Days of Tourism by placing in the top three positions within the category of five and four star hotels. they point out in a statement. During the five months of 2019, 512.954 arrivals were registered in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 1.487.453 overnight stays. Compared to 2018, arrivals increased by 23% and overnight stays by 9%.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Friday, Sep. 13

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSanders is leader in climate change fightOn Sept. 4, during CNN’s Climate Crisis forum, Americans had an opportunity to compare 10 Democratic presidential frontrunners’ positions on climate change. All the candidates took the “No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge.”Thanks to a question from someone in the audience, we learned that Biden had agreed to attend a pricey fundraiser the following day co-sponsored by Andrew Goldman, co-founder of a fracking company. Can Biden be trusted to hold polluting industries accountable if he violated the above pledge? His plans to deal with climate change were short on specifics.Unlike Biden, Bernie Sanders’ answers to questions were received with enthusiasm. He emphasized the importance of tackling the crisis over the next 11 years, when scientists say carbon emissions must be cut in half to avoid runaway climate change.Although Sanders’ $14 trillion Green New Deal Plan, to be invested over a 15-year period to fund a transition to renewables, has been called unrealistic, he said it was “an emergency that could make the whole planet uninhabitable.”He cited the $400 billion in oil subsidies and the over $1 trillion spent on nuclear weapons as expenditures that would be better spent on dealing with climate change.Sanders is a leader who grasps the gravity of this environmental crisis. He respects the climate scientists who have warned us for decades that greenhouse gas emissions are heating up the planet at an unprecedented pace.It’s no wonder the DNC was opposed to a debate on just climate change. Joe Biden would’ve lost.Barbara TrypalukSaratoga SpringsKnow the pros, cons of facial recognitionFacial recognition software is a newer technology that is now widely available to the general public.Once a thing of science fiction novels, this software is capable of identifying individuals from a distinct image or video frame found online.You can find it almost anywhere, from the cameras in the streets that watch us to the phones in our hands. This technology, like any other, has its pros and cons.Some of the obvious pros are that it can identify criminals, terrorists, and felons from an image saved in its database.This is a vital way of spotting dangerous people before they do something dangerous to hurt themselves or others. Another pro is that this system is non-contact, meaning that you don’t have to touch it for it to recognize you.These facial recognition systems are extremely fast and accurate, while finger ID can be slow and sometimes inaccurate.While efficiency and accuracy might be great, some people find their privacy is at risk with these cameras in use.In China, a wanted criminal was at a concert with 50,000 other people. Using this technology, the police were able to find and arrest him during the concert.This might seem like a seemingly fantastic invention to catch criminals but what if people began to abuse this technology?In other countries, it could be used to end all crime while in others it could be used to hunt down political enemies or people who don’t agree with one’s ideas.Dean ButtaciAverill ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Coal giants Bukit Asam, Adaro book profit falls on weak commodity prices

first_imgSuch miners potentially face another challenging period in 2020 as the Southeast Asian country officially extended in January its DMO policy for another year and as Chinese factories remained closed for a third consecutive month due to the novel coronavirus epidemic. China’s industry accounts for 70 percent of electricity consumption in the world’s second-largest economy.“Weaker power demand and weaker industrial activity [in China] inevitably impacted both domestic production and consumption of thermal coal,” wrote market analyst Gavin Thompson, energy vice chairman for Asia Pacific at consultancy Wood Mackenzie, in a media newsletter on Feb. 4.“Imports are also expected to slow, with reports of Indonesian producers already being asked to delay loadings. The effect on prices though is likely to be muted; prices fell so much through 2019 that globally many producers are already operating at negative margins.”Read also: Coal miner Bukit Asam to invest Rp 4t this year, mostly on infrastructureBukit Asam’s revenues increased 2.9 percent yoy to Rp 21.79 trillion in 2019. The increase was, however, offset by a sharper 12.4 percent increase in production costs to Rp 14.18 trillion.Bukit Asam stocks, traded on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) as PTBA, rose 4.22 percent on Wednesday despite reports of a decline in the company’s profit, higher than the increase in the benchmark Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), which gained 2.38 percent.Bukit Asam president director Arviyan Arifin said the company would aim to be more efficient in all its activities to reduce costs and improve profit margin. He also hoped that prices would also improve in the global market despite the coronavirus outbreak. “We are optimistic that in 2020, hopefully, prices will not be as bad as in 2019,” he said.Furthermore, the coal miner has mitigated losses from a shrinking Chinese market since 2017 by expanding its exports to India, Southeast Asia and Taiwan, among other new markets, said Adib.Meanwhile, Adaro’s financial report shows that sales volume increased 9 percent yoy to 59.19 million tons in 2019. Yet, the company’s revenue dropped 4 percent yoy to $3.46 billion due to falling commodity prices. The miner’s operational costs also rose 3 percent yoy to $2.49 billion.Adaro stocks, traded on the Indonesian bourse as ADRO, rose 5.7 percent on Wednesday, above the JCI’s 2.38 percent.Topics : “We expect 2020 to be a challenging year and we will continue focusing on improving operational performance, mitigating costs and improving efficiency,” said Adaro chief executive officer Garibaldi Thohir in a statement on Wednesday.Read also: Indonesia tightens grip on nickel and coal exportsIndonesia’s coal price reference (HBA) fell 28.2 percent over the course of last year to $66.3 per ton in December 2019 due to declining coal demand in China, Europe and the United States.Indonesian miners say prices were also affected by the government’s domestic market obligation (DMO) policy that required miners to sell a quarter of their production domestically at $70 per ton, which was below market prices in the first half of 2019. A fall in global coal prices as a result of lower demand from main coal buyer China hit the bottom lines of mining heavyweights PT Bukit Asam and PT Adaro Energy in 2019.Bukit Asam’s profit slumped 19.1 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 4.06 trillion (US$286.78 million) in 2019, while Adaro’s profit slumped 3.2 percent yoy to $404.19 million in the same year. The companies’ profits declined as lower commodity prices had offset their higher sales volumes, which had grown 13 percent and 9 percent, respectively.“We, in the coal industry, are very sensitive to prices,” said Bukit Asam commerce director Adib Ubaidillah at a press conference in Jakarta on Wednesday (4/3).last_img read more

Indonesia must derisk its infrastructure projects to attract foreign investors amid crisis: Infrastructure Asia

first_imgThe ongoing global health crisis has also caused a decline in Indonesia’s foreign direct investment (FDI) for the second consecutive quarter this year, falling by 6.9 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 97.6 trillion in the April-June period.Tan said that Indonesia had shown improvement in its efforts to lower the risks of its infrastructure projects through schemes like viability gap funds (VGF) and public-private partnerships (PPP), which are projected to help attract foreign investment despite not being highly profitable.The VGF is a government subsidy used to partially finance infrastructure construction to boost a project’s financial feasibility.“I think Indonesia did well in terms of ideas because some of things like VGF, and other ideas, help propel more PPP projects. It derisks the projects,” Tan said.Besides derisking its projects, he added that the Indonesian government should also focus its infrastructure development push on public health, waste management, urban development, logistical connectivity and digital connectivity, as those areas were needed to generate a higher level of economic growth, particularly in the post-COVID-19 pandemic era.“If the government makes the right effort in these refocused sectors it will generate economic growth,” he said.During his annual address to the House of Representatives on Aug. 14, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo vowed to allocate Rp 414 trillion ($27.7 billion) on the 2021 state budget draft for infrastructure development, focusing economic recovery, provision of basic services and connectivity improvement. The proposal is Rp 281.1 trillion higher than the allocation for infrastructure development in the revised 2020 state budget.“Infrastructure spending [in 2021] will be directed toward strengthening our digital infrastructure, increasing our logistical and connectivity efficiency and labor-intensive infrastructure projects that support tourism and industrial zone developments,” the President said.“Furthermore, we will also develop healthcare facilities for the people and provide basic services such as water, sanitation and housing,” he added.Read also: Jokowi sets sights on economic recovery, structural reform in 2021 state budgetTopics : “From my experiences working on projects outside Asia, projects that have an internal rate of return [IRR] slightly below the profitable level of 20 percent can still get a very credible consortium both from the equity and debt side. Furthermore, those types of consortiums will also bring the right support system and the outcome will be great,” he said.The government has relied on the private sector to take part in developing, financing and managing the country’s ambitious infrastructure projects under the National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN) amid state budget limitations.The National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) has estimated that the country will need US$429.7 billion in infrastructure investment, equal to 6.1 percent of GDP, between 2020 and 2024.However, the government might only be able to finance 30 percent of the projects using the state budget, according to Public Works and Housing Ministry financing strategy director Herry Trisaputra Zuna, adding that it expected additional funds to come from the private sector and non-conventional sources of funding. The Indonesian government should focus on reducing the risks associated with infrastructure projects and prioritize certain types of infrastructure to lure foreign investors during the ongoing global health crisis, Singapore-based infrastructure investment advisory group Infrastructure Asia (IA) has stated.“There is not currently a shortage of liquidity at the international level. However, the issue is how to refocus on opportunities and make them attractive to the international private sector so investors come in and contribute to economic growth,” the advisory group’s executive director Seth Tan told The Jakarta Post in an exclusive interview on Aug. 14.He added that a well-established consortium of investors preferred low-risk infrastructure projects over highly profitable ones, and that governments should seek to attract those types of investors rather than those only seeking to gain high profits.last_img read more


first_img Share 25 Views   no discussions This cool and refreshing cocktail is perfect for sipping while sitting on the beach or at a backyard barbecue.Vodka, cream of coconut, and sweet-and-sour drink mix combine in a blender with pineapple juice, half-and-half, and lime juice.Crushed ice is added, and the mixture is blended until icy smooth. For a nonalcoholic coconut drink, simply omit the vodka.Ingredients:1/4 cup vodka2 tablespoons cream of coconut2 tablespooons unsweetened pineapple juice2 tablespoons sweet-and-sour drink mix2 tablespoons half-and-half1 tablespoons lime juiceCrushed icePineapple wedges (optional)Maraschino cherries (optional)Directions:In a blender container, combine vodka, cream of coconut, pineapple juice, sweet-and-sour drink mix, half-and-half, and lime juice. Add 1/2 cup crushed ice; cover and blend.Pour into two glasses. Fill glasses with additional crushed ice. If desired, garnish with a thin pineapple wedge and a cherry. Serve immediately. Makes 2 (7-ounce) servings. Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Food & DiningLifestyle Chichi. by: – July 7, 2011 Share Recipe source: Better Homes and Gardenslast_img read more

Newly promoted La Liga side keep vigil on Omeruo

first_img Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much8 Interesting Unknown Facts Of Sasha ObamaWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go Stargazing Omeruo has now emerged as one of their prime targets, and are ready to discuss with his club, Leganes according to reports. Loading… Newly promoted La Liga side SD Huesca are reportedly targeting Super Eagles defender, Kenneth Omeruo in current transfer window. Huesca gained promotion back to the Spanish top flight back in July and they are looking for defensive reinforcements ahead of the coming campaign.Advertisement Read Also: Spezia win promotion to Serie A for first time despite defeatOmeruo is reportedly not interested in playing in the Spanish lower division after Leganes were relegated to the Segunda Division last season, SD Huesca are ready to take advantage of the situation according to Cadena SER via Grada3.Huesca may however find it hard to convince Leganes to part with Omeruo for anything less than the €5 million the Cucumber Growers paid to Chelsea last year to secure the permanent signing of the Super Eagles defender.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

RSSC extends offer of free food delivery to seniors

first_imgRising Sun, IN—The Rising Sun- Ohio County School Corporation is asking the community to please be patient for the first food delivery today. On Thursday, the School Corporation opened up its food delivery program from being for any student under 18 to anyone in Ohio County aged 65 and over at no cost.To order call Ohio County Health Department at 812-438-2551.   They will need your address and number of people to feed.The menu includes 3 peanut butter & jelly and 2 deli sandwiches, various fruits and veggies, chocolate milk, muffins, pop tarts, and juices.  They are delivering over 2,000 meals spread out over 87 square miles throughout the day.last_img read more

President Buhari celebrates Golden Eaglets, urges them to go for Cup

first_imgRelatedPosts Nigeria dying under Buhari’s jackboot, by Tunde Odesola Edo poll: APC supporters commend Buhari for providing level playing field Buhari holds closed-door meeting with Ghana’s President President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria for a fantastic beginning in the group opening match of FIFA World Cup Brazil 2019.The Nigeria’s Under-17 football team opened Brazil 2019 with a 4-2 win over Hungary, signaling their readiness to win the FIFA Championship for an unprecedented sixth time.In a message to the team after the spectacular performance on Saturday night, President Buhari praised the boys for the determination to excel, which they displayed throughout the match despite the brilliant performance of their opponents.He said: “It was a wonderful display that I am very proud of. You showed that there is nothing that cannot be achieved with determination and perseverance.“I have followed your journey leading to your arrival in Brazil for the competition. I have equally noted your determination and confidence throughout your preparations.“I have no doubt in my mind that you are determined to win the competition for an unparalleled sixth time.”President Buhari assured them of his continuing personal support and that of Nigerians for the entire period of the tournament.The President also urged the team to continue demonstrating the resilient spirit of the Nigerian, and bring the cup home, adding that he will personally be monitoring their progress in the tournament.He equally congratulated the handlers of the team, urging them to be sensitive to the needs of the youngsters in their burning desire to bring victory and honour to their fatherland. Tags: FIFA ChampiosnhipsFIFA World Cup Brazil 2019Muhammadu Buharilast_img read more

Speroni unsure over Palace future

first_imgJulian Speroni is desperate to stay at Crystal Palace but admits the future is unclear. The Argentinian goalkeeper has become a fans’ favourite since arriving at Selhurst Park from Dundee in 2004. Speroni has made 343 appearances for the Eagles in that period and has been one of their key performers during their return to the Barclays Premier League. Press Associationcenter_img However, despite such fine displays and talk of a late World Cup call-up, the 34-year-old’s future remains unclear as his deal expires at the end of the season. The January arrival of Wayne Hennessey from Wolves also raised questions, but Speroni remains intent on staying at Selhurst Park. “That is my priority,” he told reporters. “At the moment I don’t know what’s going to happen. “As a professional footballer I need to understand different situations and I can’t say any more than that. “As a player you prefer to sort things a lot earlier but sometimes you have to adapt to how the circumstances go. “At the moment I just have to see what happens. I thank the fans for all their support and I know they want me to stay. “I want to stay – and I think the club wants me to stay as well. We need to sort things out. When? I’m not really sure. “There have been some talks but I don’t think it’s going to happen any time soon.” last_img read more