See Les Miserables at the Imperial Theatre…if you dare! Les Miserables View All (4) 3. All “Soliloquy” texting is banned Will Swenson, who plays Les Miz baddie Javert, sent this response to one distracted audience member via tweet: “To the man in the 5th or 6th row who was texting during my ‘soliloquy’—You f*cking suck. Everyone else…I love.” You heard the man, stick that stupid phone on airplane mode or answer to Javert, jerks. Will Swenson Nikki M. James 5. Bootlegs call for corporal punishment To cut down on the amount of illegal recordings being made in the Imperial Theatre, Karimloo has implemented a neighborhood watch program. He tweeted: “If you see a patron recording, feel free to flick their ear, tell them to stop and then say, ‘that was from JVJ’. I thank you.” Hmm, good thinking, Ramin, but something tells us a stellar bootleg of “Bring Him Home” is totally worth a couple of ear flicks. View Comments 2. No taking pictures…ever! Seriously, people. Have you learned nothing from LuPone? Andy Mientus, who plays Marius in the new revival, recently tweeted, “Hey folks snapping pics during this matinee—I’m excited that you’re excited but it’s not allowed and we can see you. Sit back and enjoy!” It’s a slightly more polite approach than stopping the show and ordering the ushers to drag the snap-happy patrons out, but it totally gets the point across. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 4. Stop with the hate tweets Crinkle candy wrappers, let your phone vibrate endlessly, but please, whatever you do, don’t badmouth the actors and then tag them on Twitter. “Actors have feelings, too,” tweeted Les Miz star Nikki M. James after a rude theatergoer publically bashed her performance online. And last week, they were saying it to her face at the stage door! Geez, whatever happened to criticizing actors behind their backs? Star Files It’s been five years since a flash photo made Patti LuPone famously stop a performance of Gypsy (“Stop taking pictures RIGHT NOW!”), but sadly, the photo-taking, the cell phone ringing, the candy-crinkling, and uh, the vomiting on Broadway has only gotten worse. With theater audiences getting ruder by the minute, the brave cast of Les Miserables is leading a revolution at the Imperial Theatre, and they’re trying to put a stop to the obnoxious patrons that make seeing a Broadway show completely miserables for the rest of us. Ramin Karimloo, Andy Mientus, Will Swenson and Nikki M. James have five simple theater etiquette rules for you—and if you’re smart, you’ll listen. (Remember, they have guns.) 1. Phones off (or beware the death stare) Les Miz headliner Ramin Karimloo made The New York Post’s “Page Six” this week—he reportedly stopped the show while “throwing a scathing look in the direction of an audience member’s ringing cell phone.” So put those phones on silent, everyone. Not vibrate. Silent. Trust us, you don’t want to mess with this guy. He can bench press his own body weight. Andy Mientus Related Shows Ramin Karimloo
By Marcos Ommati/Diálogo December 24, 2018 In October 2016, retired Peruvian Navy Rear Admiral Francisco Calisto Giampietri returned to active duty as a vice admiral to lead the Joint Special Operations and Intelligence Command (CIOEC, in Spanish) to, in his own words, “help stamp out remnants of the Shining Path,” a terrorist organization that still operates in the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM, in Spanish). In September 2018, Diálogo visited the Joint Special Force’s headquarters in Chorrillos, Lima, to speak with Vice Adm. Calisto about the operations elite units carry out in the country. The officer retired in December. Diálogo: Why was the Joint Special Operations an Intelligence Command created? Peruvian Navy Vice Admiral Francisco Calisto Giampietri, commander of CIOEC: CIOEC was created in response to a requirement that initially focused on VRAEM, because that was the priority at the time, about 10 years ago. That’s how the VRAEM Special Command [CE-VRAEM, in Spanish] was created; it then became necessary to increase operations based on operational intelligence, which in the end led to tactical operations. And CIOEC was created because many of these were non-conventional operations, involving personnel with more operational capacity than regular troops. Diálogo: Why? Vice Adm. Calisto: Because in Peru our troops are geared toward military service. As such, most service members didn’t have adequate experience for the job required in the very complex VRAEM area. For example, altitude ranges between 600 and 4,800 meters above sea level. So, during an operation, soldiers might start at 600 m and end at 3,200 m. This need to adapt to the terrain goes beyond what a regular soldier is used to. So we found it necessary to use special forces. This special command is restricted to the VRAEM area of operations, which every now and then is declared as an emergency area. Diálogo: When do you declare a state of emergency? Vice Adm. Calisto: The Police monitors domestic order. When it’s disrupted in certain specific areas, a state of emergency is declared. Here, some prerogatives are lost. For example, citizens cannot circulate freely without their ID. There are several restrictions, and in emergency areas there might be two types of control for domestic order: first, police control, and second, military control. VRAEM is in an emergency area. This is renewed every 30 or 60 days, depending on the situation, and the domestic order is monitored by the military, which means that the CE-VRAEM commander has control over the Army, Air Force, Navy, and local police. They have a legal responsibility and are authorized by law to keep order, which wouldn’t occur in normal situations, because the Armed Forces don’t have that right, except in VRAEM. Diálogo: Why isn’t the Shining Path deemed a narcoterrorist group? They currently survive on narcotrafficking, without their old communist ideology, correct? Vice Adm. Calisto: The ideology is still present on the orthodox side of the organization, but in a very basic way. They use this platform to influence the population with fear and other threats. The term “narcoterrorism” doesn’t exist in our legislation. We have narcotrafficking, and we have terrorism. Both are interrelated, it’s true. But legal changes are not as fast as operational ones. To change laws, they have to go through Congress, and this is a long process. So there is no legal term to define narcoterrorism. If I arrest you on narcoterrorism charges, you can go free tomorrow, because that category doesn’t fall under any law. Diálogo: Do Peruvian special operators act mainly in VRAEM? Vice Adm. Calisto: Currently, yes. We are more active in VRAEM. But we also operate in Putumayo, and we can also operate in the north and south, because special operations are conducted everywhere. So CIOEC became an operational command. We had an operation in Putumayo back in July, where, among other things, we neutralized several labs and arrested 51 illegal immigrants who had crossed the Putumayo River into Peru for narcotrafficking. We destroyed four labs there. We are prepared to work all over Peru, and that’s why we became an operational command. Diálogo: How is the operational command composed? Vice Adm. Calisto: The Army, Navy, and Air Force comprise it. Based on my requirements, they give me their troops. At present, I tend to a theater of operations that is a permanent client: CE-VRAEM. My requirement for special operations is clearly determined in a directive. So we determine the magnitude of the force we need to use. For example, let’s say I need 36 platoons. I cannot go to the Army and request 36 platoons. The Army can’t deploy 36 platoons to my command and end up without any personnel. What we do is a mixture, depending on the amount of people each institution has. Generally, the Army is the branch with more personnel. We may request some platoons from the Army, then some from the Navy, and some from the Air Force. They leave their areas of responsibility and come under my operational control. They are no longer part of the Army, or the Navy, or the Air Force. They come from there, but I coordinate them. Based on my requirements, I assign them their mission, remove them, move them, and send them back. There are operations in which the Army platoon is supported by the Navy platoon, or both become part of a joint operation—even with the National Police, which deploys agents for my operational control. They have access to privileged intelligence that I don’t, for example, such as tapped phones. Diálogo: Can you mention any recent combined operation the Peruvian special forces conducted with the United States, especially U.S. Southern Command [SOUTHCOM]? Vice Adm. Calisto: I won’t specify what we did, but we had this ongoing operation, Operation Tenacious (Operación Tenaz). Before the operation, the United States helped us a lot with intelligence. The information SOUTHCOM provided helped us greatly to carry out the operation. Later, during the operation it was DEA that gave us tactical support to conduct the operations through specialized information. That way, we were able to get direct feedback from DEA during the operation. To my knowledge, we never had a DEA officer in the Peruvian Operational Intelligence Command’s General Staff during an operation. In other words, we had a DEA officer by our side while we operated. Therefore, our requirements were handled by DEA in real time, and they helped the operation at the tactical level. Diálogo: Is Peru conducting combined training with other countries in the region, apart from the United States? Vice Adm. Calisto: With Colombia, we have a fluid two-way communication, which helped greatly in the organization of this unit [CIOEC]. Colombia’s CCOES [Special Operations Joint Command] has a lot of experience. We don’t have as many helicopters; we don’t have as many people. The situation in Colombia is different from the situation in Peru. Our issue is much more focused. In Colombia, it was a bit wider. They have Plan Colombia; we don’t have a Plan Peru. We have support on other levels, but our problem is also focused on a certain area. Even so, the experience Colombia gained was replicated here. Colombian officers came; we have an ongoing, mutual support plan with them. Diálogo: What is your main challenge? Vice Adm. Calisto: My main challenge is the challenge of Peru: to stamp out this terrorist remnant organization that exists in VRAEM. It’s true that it is symbiotically related to narcotrafficking, and stamping out this scourge is almost impossible. But this doesn’t mean that we won’t keep fighting this. Our main focus is to deactivate the terrorist cell that exists in the area, a process we’ve better focused and tightened little by little. That’s my job. That’s why I’m back. I’ve been assigned to this unit, and I hope to help put an end to this. We conduct real operations, and we must put an end to this as soon as we can.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr If you’re a leader who’s been able to turn a company around or achieve tremendous growth, you might think you can have the same results anywhere. But that’s not necessarily the case. We see it all the time – a successful president/CEO/coach gets recruited to a struggling organization with high hopes, only to fall short of expectations.Oftentimes in these situations, what the leader lacks is organizational intelligence (OQ). None of our organizations operate the same way. We have different personalities to contend with, different expectations from our board members, members/customers, and other stakeholders. Leaders must recognize the organizational differences and know how to maneuver them to be effective.A recent Harvard Business Review article outlines the five competencies of strong OQ:Send messages that reinforce strategy – and minimize other messaging: A key component of leadership is incentivizing employees to do the work needed to achieve organizational goals. How you communicate those goals and employees’ contribution to them is critical. Find ways to reward behaviors that get your team closer to the end-line and constantly reinforce the notion that one person’s success is good for the entire group. continue reading »
Robin van Persie blames Arsenal’s midfield for the team’s lack of goals Robin van Persie (Picture: Getty Images)Robin van Persie lays the blame at Arsenal’s midfield for the team’s lack of goals, singling out Granit Xhaka, Joe Willock and Matteo Guendouzi as players who lack creativity.The Gunners picked up a good result on Thursday night in the Europa League , winning 1-0 away at Olympiakos thanks to a late Alexandre Lacazette goal.The win continues the encouraging progress the side are making under Mikel Arteta as they extend their unbeaten run to nine games in all competitions and record their third straight clean sheet. However, goals have been an issue for Arsenal this season, scoring 36 in 26 games in the Premier League, leaving them 10th in the division with just seven wins.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTVan Persie does not see the forwards – Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gabriel Martinelli – are to blame, but the midfielders who are failing to create chances for the front line.‘What is the reason why Arsenal don’t create so many chances? I believe it’s because the midfielders,’ said the Dutchman.‘The strikers don’t believe that final ball can come.‘If you look at Xhaka, Willock, Guendouzi they don’t have that final ball in their locker.‘I think it affects the front three in a bad way. The strikers need to have that feeling like the ball is going to come. It’s not coming that often.’Arsenal have drawn more games than any other team in the Premier League this season, recently being held to stalemates by Burnley, Sheffield United and Crystal Palace.However, after some calamitous defensive problems under previous manager Unai Emery, Arteta is encouraged by the improvements at the back rather than the struggles up front.‘I have told the players they have to enjoy defending as much as they do attacking because it’s a big part of the game,’ said the Spaniard after the win in Greece.‘So if you give simple balls away you’d better run back and recover that ball as quickly as possible.‘But this team plays with a big heart and I see a lot of effort from these players. Instead of splitting they have joined together really quickly.’Arsenal return to Premier League action on Sunday in a huge clash in the race for European places at home to Everton.MORE: Bernd Leno sends clear message to Bukayo Saka over Arsenal futureMORE: Robin van Persie compares ‘world-class’ Bukayo Saka to Arsenal and Manchester United legends Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 21 Feb 2020 8:43 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link639Shares Advertisement Advertisement
GERMAN Railway has let development contracts for two fully-automated freight handling terminals. Intended to cut the time taken to transfer containers between train and lorry, the terminals will also occupy less land than conventional intermodal sites with similar throughput.Krupp F
The Oldenburg Academy Twisters were defeated by The Union County Patriots 3-1 in Varsity Baseball action to drop to 2-7 on the year.OA 000 001 0 1 4 2UC 021 000 x 3 7 1OA Batting. Nick Bischoff 0-2, 2 bb; Aaron Huber 0-3, bb; Sam Gast 1-3 run; Tanner Alley 1-3; Tyler Hesselbrock 1-2, bb, rbi; Bryce Ahaus 0-2, bb; and Dalton Mooney 1-2, bb.OA Pitching. Tyler Hesselbrock 5 IP, 3 earned runs, 6 hits, 1 k, 5 bb Loss;Chase Hogg 1 IP, 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 k, 1 bb.The next game for The Twisters will be on Tuesday, April 26th vs. South Decatur.Courtesy of Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.
Moyes will now face a fine or a warning following a disciplinary hearing, which will take place in due course and he has chosen not to attend. The Scot was charged after speaking out in the aftermath of his side’s Capital One Cup semi-final first leg loss at Sunderland last week. He had said United “were playing referees as well as the opposition” after a number of decisions went against his side in the 2-1 defeat at the Stadium of Light. Moyes suggested his side had endured a run of bad decisions, a situation he described as “terrible” and that they were “actually beginning to laugh” at. At Sunderland, Moyes was particularly irritated by referee Andre Marriner’s award of a free-kick – which United failed to defend and from which they conceded an own goal – and what proved the match-winning penalty to Sunderland. The FA charged Moyes on the grounds that his remarks “allegedly called into question the integrity of the match officials appointed to that fixture and/or appointed to Manchester United fixtures generally, and/or implied that such match officials are motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute, in contravention of Rule E3(1).” The matter comes a week after Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was fined £8,000 by the FA for questioning the appointment of referee Lee Mason to his side’s Boxing Day game at Manchester City. Manchester United manager David Moyes has accepted a charge of misconduct following comments about match officials, the Football Association has confirmed. Press Association
“I am delighted that Tyler has signed a new contract,” said United manager Louis van Gaal, who handed another academy product, Paddy McNair, a new contract earlier this month. “He is another young player that has risen through the academy system to break into the first-team squad this season. “Tyler has great potential and I believe he is at the right club to continue his development and progression to become a great defender.” Van Gaal is keen to promote youth players from the academy and although Blackett has not played since January 11, he is clearly in the Dutchman’s long-term plans. Blackett, who hails from Hulme, which is within two miles of Old Trafford, was delighted to commit his future to a club he has been at for the last 12 years. “I’m thrilled to have signed my new contract,” the defender said. “I have supported United all my life and have been here since I was eight years old. “To come through the academy and make my debut this season was a dream come true. Tyler Blackett has signed a two-year contract extension at Manchester United. Press Association The United academy product made his debut against Swansea on the opening day of the season and has since gone on to make another nine appearances for the club. The 20-year-old’s contract was due to expire in the summer, but he has agreed a new deal that will keep him at the club until June 2017, and there is an option to extend by another year. “I want to keep improving within the first-team squad with the help of the manager, coaches and the players around me.” United later confirmed 21-year-old left-back Reece James had also signed a contract extension. James scored twice in Van Gaal’s first friendly as United manager against the Los Angeles Galaxy last summer, but his only competitive appearance came in the 4-0 Capital One Cup defeat to MK Dons. James spent six weeks on loan at Championship side Rotherham earlier this season.
IT was a night of upsets and one that will be talked about for months to come as Camptown FC stunned tournament favourites Police for the Turbo KO football title.Against the grain and underdogs on the night, the Camptown side showed what grit and determination can do for a team when they needled Police 1-0.The final started as expected with the Police unleashing their arsenal on the Camptown defence but the Camptown side were ready for it.Former national keeper Richie Richardson was on point to deny the lawmen when they looked most dangerous and while one did slip through, it was later disallowed after play was stopped for an earlier foul.Still, Camptown did well to absorb what the Police threw at them and delivered the rabbit punch through player-coach Troy Prescott.Prescott’s set piece proved troublesome for the Police with the end result being a goal for the underdogs when the Police least expected it.The Police, unable to answer with a goal of their own despite several tries, had finally fallen in the tournament they were favoured to win and Camptown had toppled the tournament giants.Captain Lazhan Lord contended that hard work and training was keys in his side’s success on the night which will now see them $500 000 richer.Meanwhile, in the third place playoff, Pouderoyen took home top honours over Grove Hi-Tech as well as the $100 000 up for grabs.
USC Transportation has received the 2011 Innovative Transportation Solutions Award from the Los Angeles Chapter of Women in Transportation for its network of transportation services around campus.USC was nominated for the award because of its development in large fleet management, the number of trams, a reduced carbon footprint from using biodiesel buses, and alternative ways to get to campus. USC Viterbi School of Engineering professor and WTS Director at Large James E. Moore recommended USC for the award.The award, which highlights interesting and unique innovations, has generally been given to infrastructure developments, such as the Alameda Corridor, rather than to developments in management, Moore said.WTS-LA usually considers five to 10 developments for the award each year.“The closer I looked at what USC is doing, the more impressed I became,” Moore said. “Compared to other universities, USC Transportation services have been genuine leaders in terms of finding useful ways to improve their system. They are very entrepreneurial, and the array of services reflects that.”Moore nominated USC Transportation in July after having read an article in the spring issue of Trojan Family Magazine which highlighted some of these changes.“I didn’t realize the full scope of what transportation services was doing. This actually exceeds, in terms of scope, what many communities are doing,” Moore said. “WTS generally allocates awards like these for the public sector, and it is unusual to give them to those in the private sector.”In the past 18 months, USC Transportation has added or expanded several programs, including the ZipCar program, which allows cars to be rented hourly, and Zimride, a social website for carpooling. Zimride has an area exclusively for USC students, staff and faculty.USC Transportation has also purchased 11 propane buses and one natural gas bus to double the size of the fleet and reduce USC’s carbon footprint. It also added shuttle routes between campus and LA Live last November.The Campus Cruiser service is being used more frequently as well, said Tony Mazza, director of USC Transportation.“We went from 500 calls on a busy evening to over 1,000 on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday,” Mazza said.With 123 students taking calls and driving, Campus Cruiser is the largest student-run university program of its kind in the country, he said.The alternative transportation appeals to students such as Matthew Palmer, a senior majoring in economics.“For me the trams are convenient because I live by 27th [Street] and both of my bikes have been stolen,” Palmer said. “A lot of the buses run similar routes, so it’s OK if you miss one.”Mazza said that receiving the award highlights some of the things that he and his staff have been doing, and that it was “really special” to be nominated by Moore because of his transportation expertise.“The public recognition this award gives us is really great for my team and for the hard work that they do,” Mazza said.WTS gives graduate and undergraduate scholarships to women pursuing jobs in transportation, science and engineering, and serves as an organization for professional networking for those in the transportation industry.“WTS has historically been a friend to USC,” Moore said. “WTS and USC are close to each other since we’re both in the Downtown area, and WTS has been very, very generous to USC students over the years.”