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17.01.2014

Venezuelan bonds slump on ratings cut

CARACAS (Reuters) Venezuelan bonds tumbled on Wednesday following a ratings downgrade by Standard Poor that further fueled worries about the country capacity to uk canada goose outlet service debt amid soaring canada goose coats on sale inflation and economic contraction. Investors have become increasingly concerned about the country economy, which is widely canada goose store believed to have slipped into recession this year, and worry that President Nicolas Maduro is delaying reforms needed to shore up government finances.

The country benchmark Global 27 bond fell 3.3 percent, pushing its yield to 14.153. State oil company PDVSA benchmark bond maturing in November canada goose clearance sale 2017 fell 4.6 percent to bid canada goose coats 77.250 canada goose uk black friday with a yield of 23.087 percent.

S said Canada Goose online it cut Venezuela long term sovereign credit ratings to plus, pushing the country bonds into the deep trenches canada goose of junk status. The rating implies least a one in two likelihood of default over the next two years, S said.

solid oil revenue (estimated at US$82 billion for 2014) will continue to provide dollar inflows, the government could come under greater strain to service its rising level of external debt canada goose uk outlet maturities, it said.

The majority of emerging market sovereign credit ratings are below investment grade, with many Latin Canada Goose Outlet American countries in the lower levels of junk status.

Venezuela top business group, Fedecamaras, estimates the economy shrank 4 percent in the first canada goose uk shop semester as cheap canada canada goose outlet goose uk businesses struggled to Canada Goose Online import raw materials and machine parts because of a dollar shortage caused by canada goose clearance currency controls.

The central bank canada goose black friday sale has not published first quarter or second quarter GDP figures, and routinely delays the release of inflation figures, with the annualized https://www.gestiontb.ca rate buy canada goose jacket now topping 63 percent.

Industry associations say construction and manufacturing, both crucial to GDP expansion, have Canada Goose Jackets shrunk this year.

The overall index of Venezuela bonds as tracked by JPMorgan has tumbled 19 percent since July.

Maduro says the situation is the result of an war against his government that is led by opposition business leaders with the backing of Washington.

Economists Canada Goose Coats On Sale say restoring growth will require politically costly adjustments, including boosting heavily subsidized fuel prices and simplifying a uk canada goose three tiered exchange rate, both of which are likely to spur inflation.

Investors were disappointed that Canada Goose sale Maduro did not take advantage of a cabinet shakeup Canada Goose Parka this month to move on those measures.

The reshuffle instead moved Economy Vice canada goose factory sale President Rafael Ramirez to buy canada goose jacket cheap the foreign ministry, removing the government most prominent advocate for market based reforms.

Bondholders have also been alarmed by PDVSA plans to sell its refining unit in the United States, Citgo Petroleum and its stake in the Chalmette refinery.

PDVSA is also seeking to sell its stake canadian goose jacket in the Hovensa refinery in the Virgin Islands, cheap Canada Goose sources told Reuters on Wednesday.

Reporting by Brian Ellsworth in Caracas, Walker Simon and Daniel Bases in New York; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne, Andrew Hay, Andre Grenon and Peter Galloway.

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14.12.2013

Broadway geeks out behind the scenes

Broadway performers appear in approximately 416 shows per year often while singing and dancing simultaneously. Repeatedly. For over two canada goose black friday sale hours. No director yells “Cut!” if someone misses an entrance or an actor flubs a line. No editing occurs if the pace is too slow or continuity is interrupted.

Broadway is a specialized niche of geekery. In addition to identifying Canada Goose Parka as “theater geeks,” many of those involved in Broadway are also “geeks” in other ways technologically, humor wise and through self identification as oddballs and underdogs.

Some say the Tony Awards, which are being held this weekend, are not so different from the celebration of San Diego Comic Con. With so many like minded geeks in one place, there bound to be a pun or two.

Like many other geeks, theater geeks love a good pun or an Canada Goose Coats On Sale inside joke. While plenty of theater Canada Goose Jackets geeks find the self referencing and self depreciating inside jokes within their favorite productions to be hilarious, they can sometimes alienate other cultures and audiences.

“[Title of Show]” was an original, one act musical that closed Canada Goose Online after just 102 performances. McGibbon says it didn succeed because it was actually “too much of an insider musical.”

“It made many jokes about certain producers, et cetera, that the general public didn canada goose clearance sale get,” McGibbon adds.

Thom Geier, senior editor at Entertainment Weekly agrees, saying, “There is, in fact, a limited pool of Broadway geeks and “[Title of Show]” couldn sustain their audience.”

Geier goes on to say, however, that shows like “Spamalot!, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” and the adaptations of Mel Brooks “Young Frankenstein” and especially “The Producers” have succeeded, because their references “play into geekdom, while also playing to a broader audience.”

Geier sees the Great White Way culture evolving in line with a lot of sci fi or fantasy fan bases.

Broadway buy canada goose jacket is “something that appeals to everyone, because there are these great stories, great music, but producers and creators like to throw in something extra just for the fans sometimes,” Geier says. “It not unlike die hard “Star canada goose outlet store locations Trek” people who seek out the Easter eggs on their Blu ray compilation DVD sets.”

But canada goose perhaps what draws geeks to Broadway is no different than what draws them us to the Harry Potters, the Frodo Bagginses, the X Men, cheap Canada Goose and even the Sherlock Holmeses that have consistently permeated geek culture and identity: Broadway is full canada goose clearance of underdogs and outcasts.

From poor, orphaned canadian goose jacket newsboys to doltish yet honorable knights; to a green schoolgirl with magical abilities to a science nerd who receives great power and learns great responsibility, Broadway loves its antiheroes.

For Geier, the main reason is the simplest one: “I think everyone loves an underdog story. It as old as the Bible.”

McGibbon believes the connection goes even deeper than our Canada Goose Outlet evolution as human beings.

“If you talk to anybody who is in theater, they will tell canada goose deals you that they have, at some point in their life, felt like an outsider,” McGibbon says.

“People who go into theater are generally not the cool kids. We were never popular, never cool. We Canada Goose online were always the strange ones who wanted to be somebody else and found release in taking Canada Goose sale on those personas. I think that Broadway, and theater, in a more general sense, give these people gives us a sense of belonging. When you say geek, I think you talking about the type of person who is more sensitive and is more able to get in touch with their emotions and canada goose coats on sale that 2018 canada goose outlet carries over into the characters they play.”

“La Cage Aux Folles” and “Shrek the Musical” directly address these sentiments through song with their rousing, flamboyant renditions of “I Am What I Am” and “Let Your Freak Flag canada goose replica Fly,” respectively.

But a propensity for canadagooseonlineshop quoting Monty Python or a profound feeling of being the odd ball is not the canada goose outlet toronto factory only way of being an otherwise geeky theater geek. Broadway director/choreographer Jeff Whiting’s life long love of technology is actually revolutionizing Broadway production with his Stage Write app.

In 2006, Whiting was hired as assistant choreographer for “Young Frankenstein, working homesite alongside Tony winning choreographer Susan Stroman. Part of his job was to assemble the show “bible,” a compendium buy canada goose jacket cheap of scripts, lyrics, stage blocking for every scene, background information, history, and so forth. The process took months and when he finished, the “Young Frankenstein” show bible was two massive binders put together that would be lugged to and from every rehearsal.

While working on the show, Whiting developed “Stage Write,” which allows canada goose coats directors and choreographers to stage and mark out an entire show, from scene to scene. With the press of a button, they can see the entire scene move and play out. The app can turn a three month staging process into a three day process, which not only saves time but money, as well.

Now, “The Scottsboro Boys” (assistant directed by Whiting), “Newsies”, “Nice Work If You Can Get It”, “War Horse”, “Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark”, and “Ghost” all use it, along with Disney, Busch Gardens, SeaWorld and Cirque du Soleil. A woman from the Olympics committee contacted Whiting about using it, as well as numerous ballet studios, marching band troupes, and even canada goose store event planners who use the app to stage seating arrangements.

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20.01.2014

A Opera Royal do Castelo de Versailles, verdadeira joia arquitetural, foi inaugurada em 1770 para o casamento de Louis XVI e Marie Antoinette.

A Opera de Versailles será a primeira sala elíptica da França. Seu arquiteto, Ange Jacques Gabriel, influenciado pela arquitetura italiana e pela melhor qualidade acústica das salas ovais ou redondas quebrou a tradição francesa de salas de teatro retangulares.

A Opera Royal não funciona todos os dias. Apesar de ter sido restaurada recentemente ela continua uma obra frágil e acolhe o público em algumas datas determinadas.

Sugestão de programa: antes ou após o espetáculo da Opera Royal, tome um drink no bar do Hotel Trianon de Versailles. Belo hotel pertinho do castelo.