Why Phased Reunification Is Impossible

first_imgAnalysis & Opinion Why Phased Reunification Is Impossible By Daily NK – 2012.05.25 11:20am Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Facebook Twitter At some point, the North Korean people are going to see South Korea as the absolute benchmark for its standard of living, given that it is a country inhabited by fellow Koreans and which it may eventually unify with under one flag. If North Korea does not begin to see the same standard of living as is enjoyed in the South, people will quickly begin to regard themselves as poor. Accordingly, if the regime cannot deliver progress which suggests a quick upswing toward such standards of living, it may take just as little time for that public displeasure to turn its attention on the regime itself.The majority of North Korean citizens will always see the Kim Jong Eun system as a descendant of the Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il reigns, times which presided over economic collapse, food shortages, political crimes and human rights abuses, so even if the current government were to strike a compromise with South Korea, the public would demand accountability for the actions of previous rulers. Preparations for gradual unification would necessitate a spike in inter-Korean exchanges and contacts, however the prospect of bearing responsibility for the legacy it has been left with is a serious threat for the current regime to consider, and one that no doubt plays on its mind a fair bit.On the other hand, if the regime were to simply pursue exchanges with the South while continuing its Orwellian policy of state surveillance then it might be somewhat easier to maintain its authority. That level of supervision would be impossible to carry out on the same scale employed by Kim Jong Il though, considering the number of skilled workers and businesspeople who would be routinely visiting North Korea for work, and evidence of government corruption and human rights abuses would be exposed for the world to see on a much grander scale than they are now.Many people are aware of the reality in North Korea and are under no misconceptions about the character of the regime. It is worth remembering though that many others have never seen the videos, leaked official documents and other materials which prove the human rights abuses of the Kim Dynasty, and that others still sympathize with the regime under some mistaken belief that the human rights situation has been exaggerated.With that in mind, increasing the level of exchanges between North and South Korea would provide a platform by which to uncover documentary evidence about the regime’s activities which would be impossible to cast doubt over. We already know that people who are accused of damaging portraits of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are severely punished. However, if for example the real names of people who had been punished for such offenses (up to 10 years in some cases) or official documents concerning their cases were made public to the outside world, the effects of this would be enormous. It would be difficult for both sides of politics to ignore in South Korea, conservatives and left-wingers alike; the latter of which, it should be said, have a tendency to overlook the faults of the regime.In the end, the more North Korea opens itself up to exchange with South Korea, the more it is going to face pressure from the South to improve its human rights situation. If the North Korean elite yielded to that pressure and eased the policy of suppression it would become harder to maintain internal stability and order. Like it or not, therefore, South Korea’s amazing tale of economic growth and democratic progress is a perceived threat to North Korea, and with that being the case, economic aid from South Korea can be no fix-all; long-term survival for the regime is only possible by continuing a policy of national isolation, controlling information and the politics of terror.Those who have ultimate authority over the direction of policy in North Korea are well aware of the above facts. The way they see it, holding summit talks aimed at phased unification would be mass political suicide, so while the idea of unification through gradual talks looks an attractive proposition on the surface, it is nothing more than an impractical illusion. The only scenario that can truly bring about unification is change from within North Korea.I feel I should point out that I am in favor of the individuals and groups who work tirelessly to facilitate inter-Korean exchanges and contacts in the hope that one day unification will become a possibility. The efforts of such people go a long way in spreading knowledge about life outside North Korea, and give a chance for the nation’s people, including low- and mid-level bureaucrats, to see South Korea as it truly is. Irrespective of any subjective motivation, those efforts do weaken the authority of the North Korean dictatorship and help increase the influence of the only people who can truly bring about the change required for Korean unification. Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? SHARE AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? 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Ottawa backtracks on key tax measures for small business

first_img The federal government is providing Canadian small-business owners a large measure of relief from its previously signalled changes to the taxation of passive investment income held in a small businesses as part of Budget 2018.In fact, Ottawa is proposing a simpler regime that limits access to the lower small-business rate for corporations rather than taxing passive income above $50,000 at potentially punitive tax rates, as the government proposed last year. Federal Budget 2018 Facebook LinkedIn Twitter “It’s a complete reversal of the [original] plan,” says Jamie Golombek, managing director of tax and estate planning with Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’s wealth strategies group in Toronto. “This will be much easier for small-business owners to digest. I’m not saying that everyone is going to love it, but it will be far simpler to implement.”The government now proposes that when a corporation earns more than $50,000 of passive income in a year, the amount of income eligible for the small-business rate would be reduced gradually. Passive investment not eligible for the small-business rate would be taxed at the general corporate income tax rate.The government is proposing that the small-business deduction limit be reduced by $5 for every $1 of investment income above the $50,000 threshold, which would be equivalent to $1 million in passive investment assets at a 5% return, the government says. Under this proposal, the small-business deduction limit would be reduced to zero at $150,000 of investment income, which would be equivalent to $3 million in passive investment assets at a 5% return.The proposed changes announced in the budget are good news for a small-business sector that had been concerned over previous proposed regimes that it said would see entrepreneurs and incorporated individuals lose the ability to build up a retirement fund, or save for future investments into a business, by retaining passive investment income in private corporations, Golombek says.Small-business owners might also consider whether it would make sense to adjust their portfolio of investments held within the small business.“There will be ways to minimize the impact of the changes, using perhaps a long-term buy-and-hold strategy, which doesn’t recognize annual income and defers all income to the future,” Golombek suggests.The government also proposes in Budget 2018 that private corporations no longer be able to obtain refunds of taxes paid on investment income while distributing dividends from income taxed at the general corporate rate. Refunds will continue to be available when investment income is paid out.The government said that these two proposed measures — limiting access to the small-business rate and to refundable taxes for larger private corporations — will achieve the goal of limiting deferral advantages from holding passive savings in a corporation.However, the measures will do this “in a more targeted and simpler manner than was first proposed in July 2017,” when the original proposals were first announced, the budget documents state. Both measures will apply for taxation years that begin after 2018.“The government has engaged Canadians in an open dialogue on tax planning strategies using private corporations, and has listened to their feedback,” the government added in the budget document.In total, and in combination with the government’s previous announced changes to the income sprinkling rules, which became effective on Jan. 1, the government says it expects to raise $3.4 billion over six years — from the 2017 to the 2023 taxation years — from these measures. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Industry has mixed reaction to Budget 2018 Gender equality at the heart of Budget 2018 Front view of the Parliament building in Ottawa, late winter, early spring le_cyclope/123RF Rudy Mezzetta The government proposes to strengthen the FCAC Highlights from Budget 2018 Related news Keywords Budget 2018,  Taxes,  Small business last_img read more

Health Ministry Tightens Screening Process Under Cuba Eye Care Programme

first_imgRelatedHealth Ministry Tightens Screening Process Under Cuba Eye Care Programme Advertisements Health Ministry Tightens Screening Process Under Cuba Eye Care Programme UncategorizedAugust 25, 2006 RelatedHealth Ministry Tightens Screening Process Under Cuba Eye Care Programmecenter_img RelatedHealth Ministry Tightens Screening Process Under Cuba Eye Care Programme FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Health has streamlined the process for screening patients before they travel to Cuba for eye surgeries under the Jamaica/Cuba Eye Care Programme.This move is part of the agreed plan of action by the eight-member delegation, led by the Minister of Health, Horace Dalley, which visited ophthalmology centres in Cuba in June, where Jamaican patients are receiving treatment under the programme. The visit came in the wake of reports that several patients had experienced complications following surgeries.“We are now using the standard set by the World Health Organisation for screening, so if the patient is considered to be hypertensive and it is uncontrolled, then we will not send them,” said Dr. Sandra Knight, Coordinator of the Jamaica/Cuba Eye Care Programme.This also means that persons suffering from conditions such as diabetes and hypertension will have to get their conditions under control before they are allowed to undergo surgeries in Cuba.“We are also trying to limit persons with other conditions like thyroid problems, cancers and heart diseases,” she told JIS News, explaining that these conditions would determine the patient’s prognosis in terms of how quickly they would heal, if their sight would return fully, and how soon they could return home after surgery.Patients, whom the doctors suspect might have additional health problems, will be referred to one of three institutions for further screening. These are the Kingston Public, Cornwall Regional and Mandeville hospitals.“The patient may have a traumatic cataract where the lens may become opaque as a result of trauma to the eye years ago. This patient is sent for further tests such as an ultra sound, to discern the full extent of the problem,” Dr. Knight explained.Gordon Robotham, Consultant Ophthalmologist at Kingston Public Hospital, told JIS News that he and his colleagues were pleased with the changes.“One of the major issues was that when they [Cuban doctors] see a lot of patients out at the screening centres, sometimes, the patients have other problems be it eye or other medical problems, which need sorting out, and there was not a good system before for us to interact with them and for them to refer the patients to us.”As it pertains to the current screening process, two Cuban doctors along with a nurse practitioner visit some 20 centres across the island to screen patients. These centres include police stations, hospitals and health centres.“The doctors examine all the patients that come to the centre, and if they decide that the patient has a problem that can be corrected on the programme, then the patient is sent to the nurse to have their blood pressure checked, among other checks,” Dr. Knight informed.In the early months of the programme, which commenced last August, an average of 200 to 300 persons were screened daily. On some days, a maximum of 500 persons were screened. The numbers have presently fallen between 80 and 100. “The numbers are going down because we have reached to thousands already, so the number will automatically go down,” Dr. Knight said.In August 2005, the governments of the Republic of Cuba, Venezuela and Jamaica, together with Caribbean partners – Dominica, Guyana, St. Lucia and Suriname – signed the historic Bilateral Agreement ‘Mission Operation’ for their nationals to receive ophthalmology treatment in Cuba. The main surgeries undertaken are those relating to cataract and pterigium.Some 4,500 Jamaican patients have been treated since the inception of the programme.last_img read more

2021 Federal Budget backs biotech

first_img2021 Federal Budget backs biotech Announcements in the 2021 Federal Budget are backing biotech and demonstrating the Government’s ongoing recognition of biotechnology as a long-term social and economic driver that will enhance Australia’s competitiveness, and keep us at the cutting edge of science and innovation.Following the October budget’s support of pre-revenue companies through the RDTI, this budget offers further support of biotech manufacturing and the talent behind the companies and products.Research and innovation are central to Australia’s international competitiveness and the newly announced patent box will help bridge the gap to commercialisation, and support companies to keep the development of their IP and the value they create from it – especially by manufacturing locally – in Australia to benefit Australians.Only patents applied for after the Budget announcement will be eligible, which means that the benefits will not be seen for some years, however AusBiotech is pleased that the patent box will offer sound long-term structural policy that will benefit the country. Advocacy interest in the incentive commenced in 2013, and AusBiotech commends the Government whole-heartedly for this announcement for medical and biotechnology innovations. The Government has pledged to work closely with industry on its design, and AusBiotech looks forward to continuing this work together.The budget also included support for building sovereign manufacturing capability by way of developing onshore mRNA vaccine manufacturing capability in Australia; employee share schemes reform; clinical trials support, scholarships for women in STEM, in partnership with industry; and retaining the prostheses list.As the national voice of the biotechnology sector for more than 35 years, AusBiotech remains committed to amplifying opportunities and communicating the industry’s concerns to reduce barriers. It is pleased to deliver a wrap-up of announcements for life sciences that will work to support the capability and capacity of our sector and enable it to thrive long-term as a global leader. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:agbiotech, AusBiotech, Australia, biotech, biotechnology, Biotechnology Industry, building, clinical trials, Federal, federal budget, Government, industry, innovation, reform, research, science, stem, vaccinelast_img read more

News Roundup: Is your dealer-installed license plate frame illegal?

first_img The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ‹ Previous Next › Trending Videos See More Videos Welcome to our weekly round-up of the biggest breaking stories on Driving.ca from this past week. Get caught up and ready to get on with the weekend, because it’s hard keeping pace in a digital traffic jam.Here’s what you missed while you were away.Confused Ontario driver sparks questions about legality of license-plate framesOshawa, Ontario resident Matteo Giordano thought he was ticketed $110 for “improperly” displaying the plates on his Mercedes-Benz C300, when all he did was drive it the way the dealer had given it to him: with a black plastic frame that covers part of the outside of the plate. He planned to fight the ticket, pointing out that some of the Toronto police’s own vehicles bear the same plate frames. Tesla delivers first Model Ys, users discover unannounced specs in owners manualThe first Tesla Model Y crossovers have been delivered to drivers, meaning the owner’s manual is now live online. And it holds some surprises — sadly, mostly disappointing surprises. Perhaps the most considerably rotten Easter egg hidden in the manual is that the “Model Y is not equipped with towing” capabilities, despite the brand previously stating it would be. Also, customers who opted for the seven-seat model have been told they’ll have to wait until next year to take delivery. Womp, womp. Trending in Canadacenter_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca RELATED TAGSFlexNews But police later told CTV News Giordano was in fact fined for not displaying a plate on the front of his vehicle. Those plate frames, though? Still technically illegal.A timeline of COVID-19’s impact on the auto industryIf you’ve had to blink once or twice over the past couple months, you may have missed a devastating headline or forty. Things are escalating. Very. Quickly. What began as an issue for an 11-million-person Chinese city most Canadians had never heard of has turned into a global pandemic. Events are being cancelled around the world, automakers are being asked to prepare to deliver ventilators for overwhelmed hospitals should the need arise, borders are seizing and thousands are out of work. It’s a crisis worth tracking. Follow ourup-to-date timeline here. VW may bring the Amarok pickup to North America on a Ford Ranger platformThe Ford Ranger’s German cousin might be coming on an exchange to North America. Rumours and an image snagged by Motor1 suggest if the mid-size pickup should arrive, it will do so in 2022, likely built alongside its platform-twin Ranger. The teaser image reveals a more aggressive profile for the Amarok, which will be the first product redesigned as part of the Ford-VW alliance formed in 2019. Again, the North American import story is all just juicy rumour for the time being, but VW did file a trademark on “Amarok” in the U.S. Are Vancouver police unfairly targeting sports car drivers?The complaints about police in Vancouver ticketing drivers of certain high end sports carsare piling up. One such person, Kevin Yeung, recently told CityNews Vancouver he was pulled over and ticketed for a noise violation while driving his unmodified Porsche 911. But a post-ticket noise test at a local dealership read over 20 decibels quieter than the 104-db reading measured by the police’s handheld device. After more complaints and an investigation, the Vancouver Police Department released a statement saying “the training that members receive in Notice and Order policy and legislation is appropriate, but that additional training will be provided to front line members.” advertisement Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan”last_img read more

CU-Boulder’s Macky Auditorium Celebrates 100 Years With Unveiling of Time Capsule Contents

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Sept. 30, 2010 One hundred years ago, Colorado Gov. John Shafroth, a group of University of Colorado dignitaries and leading Boulder citizens stood on a barren hillside overlooking the town and laid the cornerstone for what would become the Boulder area’s premier performing arts venue.On Oct. 8, Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter and CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano will reveal the contents of a time capsule placed in that cornerstone exactly 100 years earlier as Macky Auditorium celebrates its 100th anniversary. The unveiling, free and open to the public, begins at 4 p.m. in the Macky Auditorium gallery.The time capsule, a bronze box holding mementoes and artifacts of the era, was unearthed and opened earlier this month in a small commemorative event attended by campus officials and representatives of the Boulder Masonic Lodge.The Boulder Masons oversaw the laying of the cornerstone and placing of the time capsule 100 years ago. Carefully conserved by CU Heritage Center professionals, the capsule’s contents will provide an engaging look at the university, the city and the state a century ago.”We knew that a time capsule had been placed during the cornerstone ceremony through descriptions in the files of the Boulder Masons and newspaper reports of the time,” said Alan Cass, former director of Macky Auditorium and a member of the team that led the search for the historical box. “However, none of these reports noted where the time capsule was actually located.”We had an excellent team, including staff from CU’s Facilities Management department, and after an extended search and a lot of digging, we finally found the capsule wedged inside the cornerstone, accessible only from underneath,” Cass said.The auditorium is the legacy of a bequest from Andrew Macky, one of the area’s original settlers and one of the fledgling town’s leading bankers.Throughout its history, Macky Auditorium has played a central role in campus life, with its 2,600-seat auditorium serving as a gathering point for the campus community. Over the years, it has also housed the offices of the CU President, the Dean of Students, the Department of Journalism, the Registrar, the Book Store and Admissions.The home of the Artist Series since 1937, the stage at Macky has remained a cultural cornerstone for the campus. Dignitaries such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Richard M. Nixon and the Dalai Lama have spoken from its stage, as well as performing luminaries such as Neil Young, Tori Amos and George Carlin.center_img Categories:Getting InvolvedCampus Communitylast_img read more

Colorado business confidence remains positive going into second quarter, says CU-Boulder Leeds School

first_imgThe confidence of Colorado business leaders remains positive and has increased slightly going into the second quarter of 2014, according to the most recent Leeds Business Confidence Index, or LBCI, released today by the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.The second quarter LBCI posted a reading of 61, an increase from 59.9 last quarter. Expectations measured positive — at 50 or higher — for all of the metrics measured by the index, which include the national economy, state economy, industry sales, industry profits, capital expenditures and hiring plans.The across-the-board positive standings represent 10 consecutive quarters of positive expectations, according to the Leeds School’s Business Research Division, which conducts the LBCI — a report that’s now in its 10th year.“Increased confidence comes on the heels of an improving labor market and sustained economic growth,” said economist Richard Wobbekind, executive director of the Leeds School’s Business Research Division. “Coupled with the data we examine from the Colorado Secretary of State’s office, we expect further employment growth in 2014 reaching record levels.”Confidence in profits saw the greatest gain of 3.4 points to 61.3, up from 57.9 last quarter. The sales index measured 62.7 for the second quarter, up from 61.2 last quarter. While remaining in positive territory, the only metric that fell slightly going into the second quarter of 2014 was capital expenditures. It came in at 58.6, down from 59 last quarter. Hiring expectations increased to 59.6, up from 59.3.Confidence in the state economy increased to 66.7, up from 64.8 last quarter. It outpaces confidence in the national economy — a 36-quarter trend in the LBCI — which is nearly flat at 57.5, up from 57.4 last quarter.While Colorado employment figures vary greatly by industry, labor markets in all of the state’s metropolitan areas saw growth in January compared with a year earlier. The top four areas showing growth are the Greeley Metropolitan Statistical Area, or MSA (+6.3 percent), the Fort Collins-Loveland MSA (+2.8 percent) and the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield and Boulder MSAs (+2.5 percent each).Statewide, the biggest employment gains in January compared with the same month last year were in leisure and hospitality services, education and health services, and construction industries.For more information about the Leeds School’s Business Research Division and the second-quarter report for 2014 visit http://leeds.colorado.edu/brd#overview. Published: March 31, 2014 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mailcenter_img Categories:AcademicsBusiness & EntrepreneurshipCampus CommunityNews Headlineslast_img read more

BOJ Projects Modest Growth for 2013/14

first_imgBOJ Projects Modest Growth for 2013/14JIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay BOJ Projects Modest Growth for 2013/14 Finance & Public ServiceMay 16, 2013Written by: Douglas McIntosh RelatedNHT’s Contribution Will Not Affect Its Operations – Finance Minister Advertisements RelatedPublic Servants Agree to Wage Restraintcenter_img RelatedCabinet Signs Off on Measures to Advance IMF Negotiations Photo: JIS PhotographerBank of Jamaica (BoJ) Governor, Brian Wynter (centre), addresses journalists during the institution’s quarterly media briefing at its downtown Kingston offices on Wednesday, May 15. Flanking him are BoJ Deputy Governors, Gayon Hosin (left); and Myrtle Halsall. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) is projecting economic growth ranging between 0.5 and 1.5 per cent for the 2013/14 fiscal year.BoJ Governor, Brian Wynter, who made the disclosure during the Bank’s quarterly media briefing on Wednesday, May 15, said this forecast is based on the “expected boost” to investor confidence, consequent on the government’s recent conclusion of a four-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF) with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the resulting funding support from other multilateral agencies and institutions anticipated.The IMF has already disbursed an initial US$207.2 million under the EFF provision to Jamaica, of which US$87.9 million represents budgetary support for the government.This, the Governor said, is expected to be complemented by anticipated loan and grant funding of some US$2 billion in multilateral support from agencies such as the World Bank, European Union (EU), and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), over the medium term.Mr. Wynter pointed out that the private sector is expected to benefit from the government’s fiscal consolidation programme, which is anticipated to release resources for investments.“The robust growth of 18.4 per cent in private sector credit for 2012/13 is anticipated to provide some momentum for the projected growth for the current (2013/14) fiscal year. Note (should) be taken of the decline of 50 basis points, or half per cent, in average lending rates to the private sector at commercial banks during the March quarter,” he informed.While noting that these rates are “still higher than desired”, Mr. Wynter said this “bodes well” for future credit expansion.“In this regard, at 5.3 per cent, the quarter saw the strongest rate of quarterly growth in loans and advances since 2011,” he added.Mr. Wynter said BoJ estimates for the January to March quarter suggest that the economy contracted in the range of -1.2 to -0.2 per cent. The economy is estimated to have contracted in the range of -1.0 to 0.0 per cent for the 2012/13 fiscal year.“The estimated outturn for this (January to March) quarter reflected the impact of drought conditions as well as weak domestic and external demand. In addition, continued uncertainty about prospects for the economy had a debilitating impact on investments and economic activity in general,” the Governor stated.In light of this, Mr. Wynter contended that the IMF’s approval of the Extended Fund Facility for Jamaica and anticipated strengthening of currency inflows from multilateral agencies should serve to boost confidence in the economy.Additionally, he said interest rates continue to be at “historically” low levels, and are expected to remain relatively low in light of the successful implementation of the National Debt Exchange (NDX), and the government’s fiscal consolidation programme.“These developments are expected to lead to a gradual recovery in the domestic economic activity and per capita income over the near to medium term. In this context, the Bank of Jamaica’s primary focus will remain the reduction of inflation over the medium term, towards levels which prevail among our trading partners,” Mr. Wynter said.Contact: Douglas McIntoshlast_img read more

Culture Watch – French Kisses: Cyrano and Manet

first_imgHomeOpinionColumnsCulture Watch – French Kisses: Cyrano and Manet Oct. 17, 2019 at 6:00 amColumnsCulture WatchFeaturedNewsCulture Watch – French Kisses: Cyrano and ManetSarah A. Spitz2 years agoAlexis MichalekBerthe MorisotCyrano de BergeracCyrano My LoveEdgar DegasEdmond RostandEdouard ManetGetty MuseumGoyaGustave CourbetManet and Modern BeautyOlympiaTitianVelasquezThomas Solivérès (Rostand) and Tom Lee (Leo) in Cyrano, My Love at Laemmle’s Royal Photo Credit: Nicolas Velter “Cyrano, My Love,” a sweet meringue of a French costume comedy opens October 11 at Laemmle’s Royal Theatre in West LA. It’s a wonderful distraction from the news of the day. And treat your eyes to something even more profound, as The Getty Museum (Getty Center in Brentwood) opens “Manet and Modern Beauty” focusing, for the first time in a major museum exhibition, on this game-changing early modern artist’s late works.CYRANOYes, Virginia, there really was a Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac, a poet, playwright, libertine and duelist who strode across French soil from 1619-1655. The movie, “Cyrano, My Love,” tells the fictional origin story of Edmond Rostand’s now-classic play, “Cyrano de Bergerac,” which you may remember in film form as “Roxanne,” starring Steve Martin and Darryl Hannah.In this lovely, frothy period piece set in 1895-1897 (Rostand lived from 1868-1918), director Alexis Michalik presents Rostand in crisis, promising one of the leading comic actors of the day, Coquelin, a hit play before having conceived of a plot or even written one line. It begins with Rostand’s friend, Sarah Bernhardt the leading French actress of the day, onstage performing a flop he’d written in verse, the audience booing, the theatre owner grousing, and the critics killing him with their outrage.Despite the failure, Sarah introduces Rostand to Coquelin, who’s running from his debtors and needs a hit. We meet Rostand’s wife Rosemonde, his friend Leo, Leo’s love interest Maria, a costumer for Coquelin. This sets up the plot of Cyrano the movie and the actual play, with Leo, a handsome but dull actor, unable to capture Maria with the kind of romantic language she craves and that only Rostand can provide.There’s a balcony scene, where Leo, attempting to seduce Maria, is aided by Rostand, whose declarations on Leo’s behalf make her swoon. Soon they’re writing letters to one another, Maria thinking it’s Leo she’s writing to and Rostand responding as Leo. And so she falls in love with Rostand’s words while contemplating Leo.Cyrano, the man, was known for his exceptionally large nose and in the play, Cyrano de Bergerac has one, too, and it’s what gets in the way of winning the girl he loves. There are a number of delicious parallels in this movie, not the least of which is that it began life as a play written by director Michalik; and in the movie, he portrays one of the most successful playwrights of Rostand’s day (also a rival), Georges Feydeau.And of course, the plot of Cyrano, the play, is about how Cyrano aids his friend to woo Roxanne, but suffers because he loves her, too.It’s a farcical romp of a movie, with hysterical twists and turns, decked out in extraordinarily beautiful costumes and sets, the scenery itself worth the price of admission. It was filmed mostly in Prague, ironically, dressed up to look like Paris at the end of the 19th century.Complications ensue; Rostand’s wife is sure he’s having an affair with the mystery woman who keeps writing letters to Leo at Rostand’s home. The actors keep giving everyone heartburn. The authorities come in to close the show down; the actress playing Roxanne is much too old for the part (who’d previously been involved with both of the play’s financiers). But the show must and does go on.Cyrano de Bergerac was an instant hit in Paris, and went on to be performed 300 times following that fateful opening night. Since then there’ve been more than 20,000 performances globally; and several movies, including the aforementioned Roxanne.Escape into the lightness, beauty and humor that is “Cyrano, My Love” at Laemmle’s Royal Theatre in West LA. https://www.laemmle.com/film/cyrano-my-love starting tomorrow.MANET AND MODERN BEAUTYEdouard Manet was ahead of his time in many ways. He chose to become an artist in defiance of his father’s wish for him to enter the French navy. Ignoring those wishes and enlisting the help of his uncle, he studied art and traveled to several parts of the world where he would find work by the artists who influenced him in his younger years, including Goya, Titian and Velasquez.Early on, he was inspired by realist Gustave Courbet, and chose to depict the contemporary world around him, including scenes in bars and cafes, featuring singers, gypsies and everyday social types. Later his connection to Edgar Degas and Berthe Morisot would lead him in a more impressionistic direction.Manet shocked the artworld with his infamous “Olympia,” a nude of a prostitute, painted in the style of Titian but far more suggestive; it scandalized Paris in the early 1860s. However, as he grew older, and as his health began failing, Manet began painting portraits, still lifes, pastels, watercolors, gardens and again, cafes.One of the most praised works of the era, and a centerpiece of the Getty exhibition, is Jeanne, or Spring painted in 1882 (it was intended to be one of a four-part series based on the seasons that he never completed). Like a number of works from this time, he focused less on symbols of the season and more on the model, her fashionable clothes, and her decorative surroundings.As he became further incapacitated, and left Paris for cures in the country, he found beauty in the gardens around him and the flowers friends would bring him. Making pastels and painting to the end, this period brought forth some of his most beautiful still lifes.“Manet and Modern Beauty” will be on view at the Getty Museum in Brentwood through January 12, 2020. Visit www.getty.edu for more information.Sarah A. Spitz is an award-winning public radio producer, now retired from KCRW, where she also produced arts stories for NPR. She writes features and reviews for various print and online publications.Tags :Alexis MichalekBerthe MorisotCyrano de BergeracCyrano My LoveEdgar DegasEdmond RostandEdouard ManetGetty MuseumGoyaGustave CourbetManet and Modern BeautyOlympiaTitianVelasquezshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentScrutiny of vaccine exemptions banishes some from schoolsPolice investigate gang shooting at the PierYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoColumnsOpinionYour Column HereBring Back Library ServicesGuest Author13 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agolast_img read more

Sullivan leads in Dubai; McIlroy controls the Race

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Race to Dubai leader Rory McIlroy achieved separation from main rival Danny Willett by two shots in the second round of the European Tour season finale on Friday. McIlroy, bidding to top the tour for the third time in four years, carded consecutive 68s to be at 8-under-par 136, four off Andy Sullivan’s lead in the DP World Tour Championship. On a day when most players went low, McIlroy could only match his opening round, including five birdies, and one bogey on the par-3 6th. He birdied only one of the four par 5s at Jumeirah Golf Estates. ”Two solid rounds of golf so far,” McIlroy said. ”I felt like yesterday it could have been a lot better. And today, I felt like I hit the ball a little better. It wasn’t quite as scrappy. ”I don’t think I’ve taken advantage of the par 5s quite the way I would have liked to, but if I can do that over the next couple of days, and keep giving myself plenty of chances, I should be close on Sunday.” Meanwhile, Willett, tied with McIlroy in the first round, shot a 2-under 70. The Englishman started well with birdies on Nos. 2-3, but bogeyed No. 5, and No. 16 immediately after a birdie on 15. He needed to hole a 15-footer for par on the last and keep his hopes alive. Sullivan shot a second straight 66 to be at 12-under 132 for a one-shot lead over the equally in-form Emiliano Grillo, who posted the low round of the day, a bogey-free 8-under 64. Sullivan has won three European Tour events this season – South African Open, Joburg Open, Portugal Masters – and was being cheered on here by 30 friends and relatives who have travelled from his hometown of Nuneaton, England. He treated them to some stunning putts; a 50-footer for birdie on the 12th, one from nearly 30 feet on the 14th, and a 40-fooer from behind the 18th green. ”The putter just seemed to get crazy hot from the one on the 12th hole, and everything I looked at, pretty much went in,” Sullivan said. ”It’s a nice feeling.” Grillo started and finished with birdies to reach 11 under overall. He hasn’t won on the Euorpean Tour, but won the Frys.com Open, the first tournament of the new PGA Tour season last month, two weeks after he secured his card by winning the Web.com Tour Championship. Two behind the Argentine was Patrick Reed, who birdied five of his last six holes to close with a 65. Reed was one shot ahead of McIlroy, Charl Schwartzel (65), and Thongchai Jaidee (67). Two-time defending champion Henrik Stenson closed with a 69 to be 2 over for the tournament. At one stage, after six holes, the Swede was 9 over before making seven birdies in his last 12 holes.last_img read more