NYU professor leads talk on persona of Frank Sinatra

first_imgThe Notre Dame department of Film, Television and Theatre hosted professor of cinema studies Dana Polan of New York University on Tuesday night for a talk on singer and actor Frank Sinatra, whom Polan called an American entertainment icon, particularly after World War II.The talk, titled “Ring-a-ding-ding: Performance Styles in the Movies and Music of Frank Sinatra,” took place at the Browning Cinema in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and was followed by a screening of the 1955 Sinatra film “Young at Heart.” The department of American Studies and the Gender Studies and Teaching Beyond the Classroom programs also sponsored the event. Jack Lyons | The Observer Dana Polan, a New York University professor, uses scenes from Frank SInatra’s films to facilitate a discussion on his persona before a screening of the 1955 film “Young at Heart” on Tuesday.The visit by Polan overlapped with “Sinatra,” a class Film, Television and Theatre professor Pam Wojcik is teaching this semester.Polan discussed the “voyeuristic” nature of film throughout his lecture, touching on the saying, “You’re watching something that’s for you, but is pretending you’re not really there.”Few stars did this better than Sinatra, Polan said.Polan used multiple clips of the star exhibiting what he called a “confrontational” style, where a confident Sinatra establishes a bond with an audience that “avowed how he seemed to be singing personally to each audience member,” Polan said.However, Polan said this manner of “force strutting and swagger,” which appeared in Sinatra’s more energetic swing tunes, was only one side of the Sinatra coin. Polan also touched on the other side; he noted that, while Sinatra’s ballads addressed the singer himself, the performance still existed for the purpose of the audience.In addition to his ability to cross emotions in his performance, both Polan and Wojcik said they studied Sinatra for his ability to cross media.While known primarily as a singer, Sinatra’s acting career earned praises from critics and audiences alike. Appearing alongside the method actors of the 1950s, the untrained Sinatra channeled his abilities to become what Wojcik called a “method singer” to portray his complex characters.“There’s a virtuosic performance of vulnerability,” Wojcik said in an interview. “He’s broken in so many ways that I think are surprising if you just think of him as a singer.”Despite his vulnerability, Sinatra existed as an icon of masculinity in 1950s American culture, Polan said.“The person who would want to be Elvis is an Elvis impersonator, whereas the person who wants to be Sinatra is every American in the postwar period,” Polan said.For Polan, who is authoring a book on the legendary Sinatra album “Songs for Swingin’ Lovers” with Sinatra scholar Chuck Granata, Sinatra’s performance resonates even today from his ability to captivate an audience while making it appear natural at the same time.“Part of his power is that it doesn’t seem studied, it doesn’t seem mannered, it seems like who he is, even if it is a performance,” Polan said.Tags: Browning Cinema, dana polan, Department of Film Television and Theatre, Frank Sinatralast_img read more

Zosia Mamet, Christian Borle & More Set for MCC’s 2014 Miscast Gala, Honoring Allison Janney

first_img View Comments Allison Janney Star Filescenter_img Tony winner Christian Borle and star of HBO’s Girls Zosia Mamet are among the stars slated to perform at Miscast 2014, MCC’s annual gala featuring actors performing songs from roles in which they would never be cast. Victor Garber will return to host the one-night-only event at the Hammerstein Ballroom on March 31. As was previously reported, this year’s gala will honor Emmy winner and Tony nominee Allison Janney.In addition to Borle and Mamet, the evening will include performances from Tony winner Anika Noni Rose (A Raisin in the Sun), Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights), Steven Pasquale (The Bridges of Madison County), Jesse L. Martin (Rent), Sasha Allen (Hair), Tony nominee Keala Settle (Les Miserables) and Nicole Parker (Wicked). Additional performers will be announced at a later date.Proceeds from the gala support the producing efforts of MCC Theater as well as its Youth Company and partnerships with New York City public high schools.Check out Borle and Tony nominee Jonathan Groff from last year’s gala performing “If Mama Was Married” from Gypsy.last_img read more

Chilean, US Special Forces Strengthen Interoperability

first_imgBy Guillermo Saavedra/Diálogo March 26, 2019 The United States and Chile formed a multinational force to combat a terrorist group whose actions destabilized peace and created insecurity in Latin America. Their units deployed air and land assets to swiftly neutralize the threat and rescue kidnapped service members, while minimizing the impact on the population. The scenario was one of the simulations carried out as part of exercise Northern Star 19, which, for the third time, gathered units of the Chilean and U.S. special forces on the U.S. Gulf Coast. The exercise took place January 15-30, at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, Mississippi. More than 110 special forces service members from the United States and 54 from Chile took part in Northern Star 2019. Special forces units of Canada, the Netherlands, and Uzbekistan also joined the exercise to form the multinational force. U.S. troops included personnel from Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH) and the U.S. Army’s 3rd and 20th Special Forces Groups. For its part, Chile sent elements from the Army Special Operations Brigade “Lautaro,” special forces units of the Navy and the Marine Corps, and representatives of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (EMCO, in Spanish). “The objective of Northern Star 19 was to improve the interoperability and capacity of the U.S. and Chilean special forces units,” U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Andrew Sarria, noncommissioned officer of Southern Cone and Andean Ridge Operations at SOCSOUTH, told Diálogo. “In addition, the [exercise sought to] promote bilateral relations and strengthen bonds of friendship between the two countries to maintain a solid relationship with our strategic partners.” Standardizing procedures At Camp Shelby, participants focused on training techniques for the fictitious exercises. The goal was to assess unit capabilities, exchange knowledge, and standardize procedures. “For example, fast rope drops from helicopters, advanced procedures in convoys, assistance to the injured, location data entry, personnel rescue,” Chilean Army Major Pedro Mayorga, commander of the Special Forces Group, a unit of the Special Operations Brigade “Lautaro,” told Diálogo. “These enable us to note tactic and technique differences between one unit and another and to standardize these aspects.” Once the multinational force was created, participants received information about the terrorist group and its activities to develop strategies and counter the threat in different areas. Then, participants began their missions on the ground, planning and conducting operations day and night, requiring coordination and synchronization. “[Objectives] began to materialize in a fictitious story, which was the setting for the mission,” said Maj. Mayorga. “In this type of mission, the main stressor is a short timeline that implies rapid coordination of all elements to achieve the objective effectively.” Participants confronted diverse situations, such as rescuing a kidnapped pilot, collecting sensitive information, and observing long-distance targets. Service members also conducted urban warfare exercises, close combat, and air and tactical operations in small units, among others. “Some of the main activities of the exercise included a shooting range for long- and short-range weapons, day and night combined assault, joint close combat training, and joint planning,” said Pedro Wasserman, SOCSOUTH’s senior Operations and Intelligence integrator. “We [Chile and the United States] are engaged in constant collaboration through joint and combined training exercises, which gives us the opportunity to achieve the necessary synergy to obtain positive results.” A powerful tool Northern Star sprang from the combined exercise Southern Star, which EMCO and SOCSOUTH conduct in Chile since 2007. Partner nations conduct the Northern Star exercise every other year in the United States since 2015. Both countries benefited from the exchange of experience and knowledge in the operational and logistics fields during the exercise. The use of techniques and capabilities that can transfer to humanitarian operations is “a powerful tool,” said Maj. Mayorga. “The main gain was the update of procedures,” said the Chilean officer. “For example, information management and interagency work in the United States are important experience for us [in Chile].” For his part, Sgt. 1st Class Sarria highlighted the evolution of the exercise and Chilean troops’ capabilities to perform and understand new techniques in a limited time. “The Chilean Armed Forces’ professionalism, ability to adapt under stress, and positive attitude during the various phases of the exercise [were remarkable].” “We managed to consolidate; we’ve been working for many years to reach this level,” said Chilean Army Colonel Ricardo Santander, head of EMCO’s Special Operations Department and general coordinator of Northern Star 19. “We want [this exercise] to grow stronger in the coming years, with the participation of more patrols, troops, and resources.”last_img read more

International mentorship

first_imgAs credit unions throughout the world celebrate International Credit Union Day® on Oct. 18, the global spirit of the event reminds us that a common bond exists among financial cooperatives. No matter what country they are located in, they share a mission of helping their members and communities achieve financial health.In keeping with that spirit, Canadian credit unions from British Columbia to Ontario have lent a helping hand to their international counterparts by participating in the Women’s Mentorship Program. Launched in 2002, the program is run by the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada.“CDF Canada’s Women’s Mentorship Program is an annual program that provides women credit union managers of overseas financial cooperatives with a unique opportunity for professional development,” says Benoit André, CDF Canada executive director. “It is also a mutual learning opportunity for Canadian and international co-operators.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Drive from Norwich

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White House to lure US firms to Latam from Asia in nearshoring drive, senior adviser says

first_imgHe said the outbreak had clearly demonstrated the advantages of having suppliers based closer to the United States than in Asia.The initiative would not focus on cheap labor costs, but would build on provisions aimed at protecting workers that were included in the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement that entered into force in July, he added.Claver-Carone also said there needed to be an improvement in transparency over Chinese lending in Latin America.He said Ecuador in particular was “not being able to advance and move forward and kind of unshackle itself from that unfair, over-collateralized debt to China.”Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno has sought to renegotiate the terms of its debt to China, which totaled $6.5 billion in 2018.China invests heavily in Latin America and has been responsible for more than $40 billion in lending to the region since 2015, according to Inter-American Dialogue data.The United States wants to “collaborate” with China to ensure its lending practices in the region are more transparent, said Claver-Carone, echoing a push by the World Bank.The Chinese embassy in Washington did not immediately reply to a request for comment.’Overwhelming support’If he wins a September election, Claver-Carone would be the first US candidate to head the Washington-based Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Latin America’s principal development finance institution.His candidacy has prompted push-back from some Latin American countries and former leaders, including publicly-shared letters signed by former presidents and ministers stating their opposition.Claver-Carone, who as a top Latin American adviser for Trump has played a key role pushing for punitive measures against socialist-run Venezuela and Cuba, said he had “overwhelming support” from countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador.He said 15 countries in the region had publicly supported him for the IDB job and six others, which he declined to name, had privately expressed their backing.  The Trump administration is readying a new initiative that would use financial incentives to encourage US firms to move production facilities out of Asia and into the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, a senior White House adviser said on Wednesday.The project could bring $30 billion to $50 billion in US investment back to the Americas, Mauricio Claver-Carone told Reuters in an interview, adding that infrastructure, energy and transportation could be the first potential areas of focus.”We’re essentially creating a ‘Back to the Americas’ initiative,” he said. That would include both returning some facilities outsourced to China back to the United States and basing others in Latin America and the Caribbean in a drive for more so-called nearshoring, Claver-Carone said. He gave no details about the scope of possible incentives, but pointed to the administration’s use of a $765 million loan to encourage Eastman Kodak Co to produce pharmaceutical ingredients in the United States to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.US President Donald Trump has made “Buy America” policies a centerpiece of his administration since taking office in 2017, with those efforts accelerating sharply since the turmoil created by the pandemic.The United States and China signed a trade deal in January, but tensions have mounted in recent months over Beijing’s handling of the outbreak, a national security law limiting the autonomy of Hong Kong, and other issues.Claver-Carone said the administration had already been working with countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to help them attract US investors, but the pandemic helped convince US companies it was time to get on board. He did not name any companies.center_img Topics :last_img read more

DB sponsors facing challenges in low-interest-rate environment – KPMG

first_imgA report published by KPMG shows that 2014 was a volatile year for pension schemes, with long-dated interest rates falling sharply and feeding through into an increase in the value of pension liabilities.The KPMG study looked at 270 companies reporting variously under International Financial Reporting Standards, UK GAAP and US GAAP.The report’s author, Katy Edwards, told IPE: “Persistent low interest rates have meant corporate bond yields were at historic lows at year-end.“This was generally bad news for pension schemes – despite equity market rallies and strong fixed income asset performance over the year.” Edwards added that this low real-yield environment served to pushed up year-end pension scheme liabilities by as much as a 10% in Q4 2014 alone.“Pension disclosures are likely to continue to attract scrutiny from shareholders and analysts as the pensions exposure increases relative to the overall balance sheet,” she warned.Naz Peralta, a director in KPMG’s London office, added: “Accounting deficits among FTSE 100 companies have generally deteriorated, but many schemes have hedging strategies in place on the asset side.”This means, allowing for deficit contributions, many corporates are showing only modestly worse positions, he said. Around the major pensions-accounting assumptions, the KPMG number-crunchers reported a continuation of a trend evident last year, with companies clustering ever more closely around the median in many cases.For example, some 76% of companies used an inflation assumption within 0.1% of the median, while 76% of companies were within 0.1% of the median discount rate assumption.In terms of the hard numbers, the median discount rate assumption has fallen from 4.5% last year to 3.6% this year.KPMG said the dramatic reduction in 
bond yields led many sponsors to review their discount rate assumption with a view to mitigating some of the impact of falling yields on the balance sheet.Changes to IAS 19 in place since 2013 mean companies should provide a narrative disclosure around key assumptions such as the discount rate.In line with global economic picture, median RPI assumptions have also fallen from 3.4% to 3.1%.Mortality assumptions have remained broadly unchanged over 2013, with a current pensioner aged 65 expected to survive a further 22.6 years on average.A future pensioner currently aged 45 is expected to live for a further 24.2 years from the age of 65.The current low-inflation environment has also put downward pressure on both pension and salary increases.The most common pension increase reported by the KPMG study is inflation capped at 5% per annum, while the median salary increase remains at 0.50% above RPI inflation.Looking ahead, Peralta said the challenging economic and investment landscape added up to tough negotiations with trustees for those schemes about to embark on a valuation review.“I would say the primary concern for public companies against this backdrop of low yields is not so much the accounting but rather the negotiation of triennial funding arrangements with trustees,” he said. “Although assets and liabilities might be tracking each other, the scheme may have grown relative to the size of the balance sheet, or the sponsor may be in a sector that is under pressure in the current economic environment.“This may put pressure on the sponsor covenant and cash contributions, though sponsors will increasingly look to non-cash solutions such as additional security to provide comfort to trustees.”Looking forward, the KPMG experts believe the IAS 19 guidance on the asset ceiling and surplus recognition, IFRIC 14, will continue to weigh on preparers working under international standards.Peralta said: “To the extent that corporates have IFRIC 14 restrictions, which may be 10-20% of reporters, tougher funding negotiations may lead to greater balance sheet restrictions.“If a sponsor commits more cash on a present-value basis to the trustees than they did during their last funding round, it might be that they have to provide for this on the balance sheet because of IFRIC 14.”He added that preparers should be mindful of possible changes to IFRIC 14, with the IASB poised to issue an exposure draft detailing changes to the guidance.Those changes address a defined benefit plan sponsor’s ability to access a refund of contributions where the plan structure features an independent trustee body.“If the IFRIC 14 changes come in, inevitably this issue will impact some companies adversely,” Peralta said.“Our recommendation is for scheme sponsors to think about the potential impact.”In addition, KPMG also note that DB sponsors in the UK could also be affected by the way so-called pensions freedoms could feed through into their liability assessment.Finally, sponsors in the EU could also be affected by the recent European court PPG decision dealing with an employer’s entitlement to deduct VAT in respect of pension fund management services.last_img read more

Panamanian airline begins direct service to Jamaica

first_imgTourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says COPA Airways has a level of connectivity throughout South America that is unparallel by any other airline of its size.KINGSTON, Jamaica — Panamanian airline COPA Airways has commenced twice weekly direct flights between Panama and Montego Bay.The inaugural service out of the Tocumen International Airport arrived at the Sangster International Airport here on Sunday with approximately 150 passengers.Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett underscored the importance of partnerships with such airlines, noting that the emerging tourism markets of South America are being viewed by his ministry as a source of inbound air traffic to be tapped into, to cover eventualities within the traditional markets.“So, it is against that background that we looked hard and long, to see what was the best medium, what was the best carrier, what provided the best fit for Jamaica, at this time; what was most cost effective and what would give the efficiencies that we require to enable us to make that incursion and to do it quickly,” he stated.He added that several discussions were held with airlines across South America and, after lengthy deliberations, COPA Airlines was chosen for final negotiations.“Because COPA had a level of connectivity throughout South America unparallel by any other airline of its size,” he explained.COPA flights to Jamaica will mean 10,000 additional airline seats for the upcoming Winter Tourist Season.Jamaica has targeted US$850 million in earnings for the period with a 4.7 percent increase in visitor arrivals.With a fleet of 73 planes, COPA Airlines is projecting that nine new destinations would be added to its present route network by year end.This would provide a total of 293 daily flights to 49 cities in 28 countries across the American continent. Caribbean 360 News LifestyleTravel Panamanian airline begins direct service to Jamaica by: – December 15, 2011 32 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweetlast_img read more

‘Proper waste disposal abate city flooding

first_img It was noted by CDRRMO that most of the waste was plastic. The local government office again reminded the public to support the city’s flood control and mitigation program by seriously practicing proper solid waste segregation and disposal as mandated by RA 9003, or the Solid Waste Management Act of 2001. BACOLOD City – The local disaster office in this city urged the public to practice proper waste disposal to prevent trash from clogging the city’s drainage system and minimize flood risks. A total of eight manholes and drainage systems were checked. According to CDRRMO, they acted upon the request of concerned citizens. The Bacolod City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) made this call after its flood control team collected at least 23 sacks of mixed garbage during a two-day declogging operation at the city’s Libertad Public Market. CDRRMO said it will continue conducting de-clogging operations around the city in order to reduce occurrences of flooding./PNlast_img read more

President Widodo asks Japanese PM to invest in Chinese disputed islands

first_img“I want to invite Japan to invest in Natuna,” he told Motegi, adding thatJapan was one of Indonesia’s major economic partners. Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi shakes hands with Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi during a meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 10, 2020. REUTERS Widodo visited Natuna on Wednesday to assert Indonesia’s sovereignty overthe cluster of islands and the waters around them, after reports of Chinese coastguard and fishing vessels hadentered Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone several times since last month. JAKARTA ­–Indonesia President Joko Widodo asked Japan on Friday to step their fisheriesinvestment and energy in some of its parts in South China Sea following astand-off with the Chinese over claimed territories. Widodo made the request for Japan to consider economic opportunities in theNatuna islands during a visit to Jakarta by Japanese Foreign MinisterToshimitsu Motegi, the president’s office said in a statement. China has not claimed the Natuna islands for themselves but says it hasnearby fishing rights within a self-proclaimed Nine-Dash Line – a line onChinese maps that it says shows its territory and waters. The line loops far south from China and includes most of the South ChinaSea, but it is a claim that is not recognized internationally. Vietnam, thePhilippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan have rival claims in the South ChinaSea.(Reuters)last_img read more