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August: Osage County, Ethan Hawke, Woody Allen & More Nab 2014 Writers Guild Award Nominations

first_img Ethan Hawke The film adaptation of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway drama August: Osage County picked up a nod for Adapted Screenplay alongside Hawke and co-writers Richard Linklater and Julie Delpy for Before Midnight. Allen’s film Blue Jasmine, starring Cate Blanchett and two-time Tony nominee Bobby Cannavale, snagged a nomination for Original Screenplay. Tracy Letts Congrats to the 2014 nominees! Several TV series packed with Broadway stars also garnered nominations, including Mad Men, The Good Wife, Homeland, House of Cards and Mad Men for Drama Series, Modern Family and Orange is the New Black for Comedy Series, and Masters of Sex, Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards for New Series. Broadway could win big at the Writers Guild Awards! Tracy Letts’ screen adaptation of August: Osage County, Bullets Over Broadway writer Woody Allen, Macbeth star Ethan Hawke and more have been recognized with 2014 WGA nominations. The 65th annual awards ceremony will be held February 1 at the JW Marriott in Los Angeles, CA. Bobby Cannavale View Comments Star Fileslast_img read more

Public relations bureau head Febri Diansyah resigns from KPK

first_imgFebri Diansyah, the head of the Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK) public relations bureau, has resigned from the antigraft agency.KPK spokesperson Ali Fikri confirmed Febri’s departure on Thursday, saying that the commission’s human resources bureau had received his resignation letter.“Following the KPK’s policy, employees who resign must submit a written notice one month in advance,” Ali told reporters Thursday. Febri’s official resignation is presumed to take effect on Oct. 18.In the resignation letter dated Sept. 18, a copy of which was obtained by The Jakarta Post, Febri cited “changes in the KPK’s political and legal condition” over the past 11 months as the reason for his departure — presumably referring to the changes caused by the controversial revision to the KPK Law that was passed in September last year.“Through this letter, I also want to thank the KPK leaders, my direct supervisors, the secretary-general and other colleagues at the KPK, all the learning processes, differences of opinion and joint work that have been done before,” Febri writes in the letter, the authenticity of which has been confirmed by Ali.Febri confirmed his resignation to journalists on Thursday. “Yes, with all my love for the KPK, I bid my farewell,” he said.Prior to joining the KPK, Febri was an activist of Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW). He served as the commission’s spokesperson and public relations bureau head in 2016 until the commission appointed two acting new spokespersons in December last year.Laode M. Syarif, a former KPK commissioner who served from 2015 to 2019, wished Febri good luck in a written statement.“His resignation from the KPK should be regretted because he is an important asset of the commission in maintaining its dignity,” Laode said, “I really believe that wherever he is, he will always fight to prevent and eradicate corruption, because anti-corruption is in his DNA.”Topics :last_img read more

Emerging market allocation loses 9.3% at SPW scheme

first_imgSPW, the €8bn pension fund for Dutch housing corporations, has lost 2.2% on investments over the second quarter, with emerging markets and commodities faring particularly badly.The scheme reported negative returns for nearly all asset classes, due to a combination of falling markets and rising interest rates.Investments in emerging markets and commodities generated losses of 9.3% and 7.7%, respectively, it said.The pension fund attributed the “disappointing” emerging market return – which underperformed its benchmark by 9.1 percentage points – to the US central bank’s suggestion that it would scale back its tapering policy. “As a consequence, investors started divesting from emerging market equity, bonds and currency,” SPW said, citing disappointing growth in China and turmoil in Egypt as contributing factors.It attributed its commodities losses to negative returns in oil, metals and agricultural.It also reported losses of 2.1% and 0.2% on credit and government bonds, respectively, as well developed market equities (-0.7%) and property (-0.3%).With a return of 1.9%, private equity was the best returning asset class.Hedge funds and infrastructure generated returns of 0.4% and 0.5%, respectively.SPW said rising interest rates – and their impact on its interest hedge – contributed 1.4 percentage points to the scheme’s quarterly loss.By contrast, its currency hedge generated a positive result of 0.6%.last_img read more

Cricket Australia  cut 40 jobs as part of post-Covid-19 restructure

first_img…Former England batsman Graeme Hick, Australia’s national team batting coach since 2016, is among those to have been made redundantCRICKET Australia has announced a series of measures designed to offset the cost of the coronavirus pandemic, including 40 job cuts.The financial implications of the global crisis are believed to be less severe than first feared. Kevin Roberts, who resigned as the national governing body’s chief executive on Tuesday, had initially suggested that the organisation could run out of money by August. In April, the majority of staff were placed on furlough leave on reduced pay, retaining just a skeleton staff.Even so, however, Cricket Australia is looking to reduce its costs by AUD40m (£22m) by cutting administrative, travel and marketing costs, as well as reducing management pay and bonuses and restructuring plans for some representative and junior national age-group teams.“Throughout Covid-19, the need to work closely with the cricket community and to move quickly as circumstances have changed has never been more important,” said Earl Eddings, Cricket Australia chairman.“With increasing clarity about the impact of Covid-19, we have managed the financial impact on our organisation, our people, our partners and players. There will still be painful decisions for some parts of our organisation, but we have worked hard to carefully develop plans to protect our investment in community cricket and high-performance cricket, while ensuring the game’s financial sustainability.“We recognise that this is a difficult time for Cricket Australia employees, particularly for those staff members affected by these redundancies and their families.However, our responsibility is clear: to navigate a path for cricket through this period of uncertainty and disruption to ensure we come out the other side sustainable in the short term and prosperous in the long term.”Former England batsman Graeme Hick, Australia’s national team batting coach since 2016, is among those to have been made redundant. The number of those departing is thought to be smaller than originally expected – a result of an improved outlook around Covid-19.Eddings did confirm, though, that the country’s major domestic competitions – Sheffield Shield, Marsh Cup, Women’s National Cricket League, Big Bash and Women’s Big Bash – will continue in their current formats.Australia A tours have been paused for the next year, while there will be no Cricket Australia XI fixtures. The Fox Cricket National Premier Cricket T20 and Toyota Second XI competitions have also been shelved for next season.Australia remain hopeful that India will travel for a tour which would include a four-match Test series.On Tuesday, however, Eddings admitted that the prospect of this year’s T20 World Cup going ahead as planned in the country was unlikely.“While it hasn’t been formally called off this year, or postponed, trying to get 16 countries into Australia in the current world, where most countries are still going through Covid-19 spiking, I think it’s unrealistic, or it’s going to be very, very difficult,” he said.Interim chief executive Nick Hockley added: “We are confident that our actions today, along with support of the board, states and territories, fans and partners, are the right steps to ensure we can manage the continued uncertainty while doing all we can to deliver on the domestic and international program.“With cost savings at the tail end of FY20 and a clear FY21 plan, Cricket hopes to be able to avoid further changes post Covid-19.“This is a difficult day for cricket. But by pulling together and with more positive signs for the upcoming summer, the Australian Cricket family can emerge from this pandemic stronger for it.”(The Cricketer)last_img read more

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