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News story: Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex, accompanied by FCO Minister, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, visits Lebanon

first_imgFor journalists Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Follow Lord (Tariq) Ahmad on Twitter @tariqahmadbt I am pleased to have the privilege of accompanying Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex on this historic visit to Lebanon. The visit reflects the importance of the UK’s strong and abiding partnership with Lebanon, as well as recognising Lebanon’s role in hosting the very significant number of Syrian refugees displaced to Lebanon. Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex and FCO Minister and the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, have completed a two-day visit to Lebanon.Her Royal Highness and Lord Ahmad, accompanied by the British Ambassador to Lebanon, Chris Rampling, met Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun, Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Saad Hariri to discuss the UK’s close partnership with Lebanon.The visit to the region reflected Her Royal Highness’s commitment to women’s empowerment, promoting tolerance, and preventing gender-based violence in conflict. The Countess of Wessex and Lord Ahmad saw how UK humanitarian assistance, and the work of charitable foundations and NGOs it supports, provides vital assistance to vulnerable Syrian refugee and Lebanese host communities in Lebanon, particularly women and children.In Baysour, The Countess of Wessex met Syrian and Lebanese women working together to promote social stability between Syrian refugees and their Lebanese host communities.In the Bekaa, the Countess visited an informal tented settlement and met Syrian female heads of households supported by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to hear of the challenges they face.HRH and Lord Ahmad also joined a roundtable discussion attended by female Syrian civil society leaders, human rights defenders and peacebuilding experts to share ideas on what more could be done to ensure Syrian women are fully involved in building a peaceful future for Syria.Ahead of the UK hosting the International Conference on Sexual Violence in Conflict in November, The Countess of Wessex and Lord Ahmad met civil society leaders responsible for providing critical support to survivors of sexual violence, who had been displaced to Lebanon from Syria.Lord Ahmad said: Media enquiries BACKGROUNDAs the brutal conflict continues in Syria, millions of people continue to be in need. Hundreds of thousands have been killed. In response to the crisis, the UK has committed £2.81 billion of UK aid since 2012, the UK’s biggest ever humanitarian response.Our partnership with Lebanon is a critical pillar of this response: in 2018 the Department for International Development spent £78m helping the country host approximately 1.5m Syrian refugees, the highest number of refugees per capita in the world (c. 30% of the population).The UK has committed £2.81 billion in humanitarian assistance supporting the most vulnerable citizens in Syria and its neighbouring countries.Rape and other forms of sexual violence have been consistently used as a weapon of war in Syria by the regime and armed groups. The UK has provided £10 million through the Conflict, Security and Stability Fund to support gender-related projects in Syria and the region since the start of the Syria crisis, including supporting organisations to raise awareness of women’s rights, to treat survivors of sexual violence, and to document medical evidence for use in any future prosecutions.We have provided over £30 million to the UN Population Fund in Syria to help reduce and mitigate gender-based violence, and provide life-saving sexual and reproductive health services.In November 2019, the UK will host the follow-up to the 2014 Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, continuing our global efforts to strengthen accountability and tackling the culture of impunity; addressing sensitive issues such as support for children born of rape and male, LGBT and disabled survivors; the role of media organisations and faith leaders in tackling survivor stigma; and, working with armed forces to prevent conflict-related sexual violence.Further information Email [email protected] Our visit also demonstrates our shared determination to do all we can to champion women’s role in Syria’s peace process and our commitment to strengthening international efforts to prevent and respond to sexual based violence in conflict, including in Syria. This is particularly important as the UK prepares to host the International Conference on Sexual Violence in Conflict later this year. We look forward to continuing our close partnership with Lebanon tackling these important issues together.last_img read more

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Tony Forecast! Which Musical Stars Will Make the Cut?

first_imgBEST FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICALFRONTRUNNERSLeft to RightChristian Borle, Something Rotten! — As the Bard, this past winner shakes his leather-clad ass and gets big laughs throughout the night.Andy Karl, On the Twentieth Century — As a strapping goon of a Hollywood star, he plays deliciously off his leading lady and offers a startling change of pace from last season’s Rocky.Brad Oscar, Something Rotten! — In his eighth Broadway show, this past nominee earns a mid-show standing O following his Act One showstopper and is a lock for a nod.IN THE MIXLeft to Right:Tony Danza, Honeymoon in Vegas —This crowd favorite could earn a date with a different Tony.Josh Grisetti, It Shoulda Been You — His hilarious turn as the “you” of the title puts him squarely on the short list.Brandon Uranowitz, An American in Paris — As the musical’s narrator, this newcomer is winning throughout.Max von Essen, An American in Paris — This Broadway baby deserves a nod for his Act Two showstopper alone.BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUTBrooks Ashmanskas, Something Rotten! — One of the most reliable funny men in town, this past nominee is the secret weapon of the show, quietly milking laughs for every second of time on stage.ALSO POSSIBLEClyde Alves, On the Town; Jason Danieley, The Visit; Kelsey Grammer, Finding Neverland; Tom Hewitt, Doctor Zhivago; Matthew Hydzik, Side Show; Jay Armstrong Johnson, On the Town; Howard McGillin, Gigi; Paul Alexander Nolan, Doctor Zhivago; Conrad Ricamora, The King and I; Ryan Silverman, Side Show; David St. Louis, Side Show BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICALFRONTRUNNERSLeft to RightMichael Cerveris, Fun Home — A past winner for playing John Wilkes Booth, this versatile favorite is a natural for dark subjects and as a mysterious dad, he’s unforgettable.Brian d’Arcy James, Something Rotten! — After showing tremendous diversity throughout his career in serious dramas, rock musicals and more, this two-time nominee is a joy leading a big musical comedy.Robert Fairchild, An American in Paris — As the titular character, this Broadway newcomer wows with his genuine triple threats and left no critic pining for Gene Kelly.IN THE MIXLeft to Right:John Cariani, Something Rotten! —A charmer as the more awkward Bottom brother, this actor and playwright could earn his second Tony nod.Peter Gallagher, On the Twentieth Century — Snubbed when he headlined the hit 1992 Guys and Dolls revival, this film and stage fave should earn Tony love this year.Matthew Morrison, Finding Neverland —The popular Glee star has returned to Broadway in a true leading man turn that is equal parts dazzling and touching.Roger Rees, The Visit — Although his role is smaller than some of his competition, this past winner is a great match for leading lady Chita Rivera and a well-liked member of the community.Tony Yazbeck, On the Town — This hoofer with eight Broadway credits to his name could easily score his first nomination for his winning turn as Gabey.BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUTMichael Esper, The Last Ship — This stage regular gave a sexy, stirring performance in last fall’s failed Sting musical and deserves some late-season trophy attention.ALSO POSSIBLECorey Cott, Gigi; Rob McClure, Honeymoon in Vegas; Tam Mutu, Doctor Zhivago; Ken Watanabe, The King and I; Saul Williams, Holler if Ya Hear Me Who’s ready to obsess over those awesome triple threats that made Broadway’s musicals sing and dance (and pierce the heart)?! We sure are! Read on for our picks in the four musical acting categories in the 2015 Tony races. We’ve got legends and newcomers, always-nominees and never-nominees, laugh-getters and tear-makers. Here’s our Tony cheat sheet for performances in musicals! View Commentscenter_img BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICALFRONTRUNNERSLeft to Right:Kristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth Century — This past winner is showing off all of her considerable skills in this high-comedy performance and is guaranteed a nomination.Kelli O’Hara, The King and I — Yes, the five-time nominee is heading back to the Tony ball for her beautiful, naturalistic take on the heroine of this classic.Chita Rivera, The Visit —A genuine stage legend with two Tonys to her name, she’s basically guaranteed her tenth (!!) nomination for this unforgettable turn.IN THE MIXLeft to Right:Leanne Cope, An American in Paris — This Broadway newcomer is a dazzler and a true contender.Erin Davie, Side Show — Of the conjoined twins, Violet has the sadder story and she nailed it.Lisa Howard, It Shoulda Been You — Her show has a lot of famous names, but she’s the real star, delivering a heartfelt turn.Beth Malone, Fun Home — As lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel, she’s an unlikely narrator and a transfixing presence. BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUTLaura Michelle Kelly, Finding Neverland — Shockingly, nominations have eluded this British star’s turn, which gives the new musical its beating heart. ALSO POSSIBLEKelli Barrett, Doctor Zhivago; Vanessa Hudgens, Gigi; Brynn O’Malley, Honeymoon in Vegas; Emily Padgett, Side Show; Rachel Tucker, The Last Ship BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICALFRONTRUNNERSLeft to RightTyne Daly, It Shoulda Been You — Although her show isn’t loved by all, this past winner could get her fourth nod as the funny mother of the bride.Sydney Lucas, Fun Home — Only 11, she’s delivering the most touching song of the season and is a lock for a chance at Tony glory.Judy Kuhn, Fun Home — After earning three nominations before 1994, this powerhouse is back on the boards and a major player in this year’s Tony race.IN THE MIXLeft to Right:Heidi Blickenstaff, Something Rotten! — She could earn her first nomination for a gender-bending turn as a feminist wife.Carolee Carmello, Finding Neverland— Always a standout, she could earn a fourth nomination as a buttoned-up mum.Victoria Clark, Gigi — This past winner brings great humor and warmth to the story of Gigi and her grandma.Ruthie Ann Miles, The King and I — As the King’s #1 wife, this Broadway newcomer stirs the heart.Mary Louise Wilson, On the Twentieth Century— She’s a first-class kook with possible round-trip ticket to the Tonys.BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUTAlysha Umphress, On the Town — As sexed-up taxi lady Hildy, she can boogie, belt and, yes, cook, too. But can she be remembered for her sassy turn? We sure hope.ALSO POSSIBLESierra Boggess, It Shoulda Been You; Veanne Cox, An American in Paris; Megan Fairchild, On the Town; Lora Lee Gayer, Doctor Zhivago; Harriet Harris, It Shoulda Been You; Jackie Hoffman, On the Town; Dee Hoty, Gigi; Kate Reinders, Something Rotten!; Nancy Opel, Honeymoon in Vegas; Jill Paice, An American in Paris; Ashley Park, The King and I; Mary Beth Piel, The Visit; Tonya Pinkins, Holler If Ya Hear Me; Emily Skeggs, Fun Home; Elizabeth Stanley, On the Townlast_img read more

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Bette Midler’s No Longer Her Own Boss in Hello, Dolly!

first_imgBette Midler(Photo: Jonathan Pushnik) View Comments Related Shows Hello, Dolly!center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 25, 2018 Bette Midler is no stranger to selling out stadiums and Vegas residencies, but now she’s ready to bring the crowds to 44th Street. The Oscar nominee is prepping for her return to Broadway in Hello, Dolly!, and it’s a much different experience than her usual gigs.“I’m the boss when I do my own shows,” the Divine Miss M told Time in a recent interview. “Now, I’m an employee; I’ve been hired, so it’s up to me to bring what I can. But I’m terrified that I’m going to turn around and say, ‘What are all these people doing on my stage?’”You may be sharing the stage with a host of Broadway names, Bette, but don’t worry: that spotlight on the grand staircase is all yours (and Donna Murphy’s at select performances).A classic Broadway musical is a different vehicle than a concert, but Midler, ever the people person, is up for the challenge: “It’s a change of pace, but I think I’m up to it. I’ve met human beings before, so I think I’ll be fine.”Hello, Dolly! begins performances on March 15, 2017 at the Shubert Theatre, where it will open officially on April 20.last_img read more

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Alan García: ‘XXI Century Socialism’ Leads To Hunger And Unemployment

first_imgBy Dialogo September 15, 2009 Peruvian President Alan García said that the so called ‘XXI Century Socialism’ which is being promoted in South America is a model that leads to hunger and unemployment, and that will not prosper in Peru. “Their economic policy can only lead to hunger, unemployment and technological backwardness,” Garcia said during a meeting with Spanish entrepreneurs in Lima. “Peru is a pivotal country in the region, which is viewed by other nations that seek to impose their model of XXI Century Socialism to expand this alternative in South America,” he said, without mentioning some leaders by name. “Our country will resist such pretensions opting instead for democracy, decentralization, free trade, investment, economic freedom, fiscal responsibility and respect for human rights,” he added. “The Peruvian people have things clear: likes and dislikes aside, and are clear on the right path and that they will continue this way,” said Garcia, in the presence of members of the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations, who were on visit in Lima.last_img read more

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Ex-Sen. Caesar Trunzo Dies at Age 87

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Caesar TrunzoCaesar Trunzo, a former longtime New York State senator from Brentwood, died Tuesday night at age 87.Trunzo served in the state senate for 36 years, from 1972 to 2008, when he was unseated by Brian X. Foley, a one-term senator who was defeated in 2010 by Sen. Lee Zelden (R-Shirley).“He was a dedicated public servant who served with kindness and compassion,” State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), so-leader of the chamber, said in a statement.Skelos said Trunzo was known amongst friends as “C” and was proud of sponsoring legislation funding breast cancer research and protecting Long Island’s environment.He is survived by his children, Laura and Michael. Funeral arrangements were not immediately available.last_img read more

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Surrey retail: Super Surrey animals

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LETTERKENNY APARTMENT TO GO UNDER HAMMER FOR JUST €12,000!

first_imgThe Letterkenny apartment for sale is on Lower Main Street with a reserve of 12kAllsop Space have announced the commercial and residential properties that they will sell at public auction at the RDS in Dublin on 15th October next – and it includes a Co Donegal apartment for just €12,000! The properties from Co. Donegal also include a 48 bedroom hotel in Moville with a reserve of €175,000, the long leasehold ground floor two bedroom apartment in Letterkenny with a reserve of €12,000 and a freehold plot of land of 10 hectares in Drumkeen with a reserve of €30,000.The apartment is No3 Westside Apartments, Lower Main Street. The company used the announcement to reaffirm its pledge- in conjunction with several interest groups- not to offer for sale any repossessed family homes at this or any future auction.Speaking at the launch Allsop Space Director of Auctions, Robert Hoban, said “The commercial properties on sale here will house the future businesses and enterprises that will support jobs, growth and investment all across Ireland.“The people who will come here to buy shops, factory units and offices are the people who will work to get Ireland out of its current difficulties. Essentially the purchasers here are buying the cradles of Ireland’s future prosperity. We wish them all well and are happy that we at Allsop Space are aiding this much needed process.“We are also really delighted to be part of what I hope is a new beginning for Irish property and how Irish property isbought and sold here. The published reserve price is key to this system and we believe that will become the gold standard for all auctions in the future. I think the large number of residential properties that are on sale here are an unequivocal vote of confidence by Irish people in our open way of doing business.”  LETTERKENNY APARTMENT TO GO UNDER HAMMER FOR JUST €12,000! was last modified: October 1st, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ALLSOP SPACEDonegal Dailyfor auctionfor autionletterkennylast_img read more

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