Odds & Ends: Mark Rylance to Star Opposite Johnny Depp & More

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first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Mark Rylance to Star Opposite Johnny Depp in Through the Looking GlassMark Rylance, recently seen on Broadway starring in the all-male productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III, is in negotiations to star with Johnny Depp in Disney’s Through the Looking Glass. According to Variety, the three-time Tony winner would play the Mad Hatter’s father in the sequel to 2010’s Alice in Wonderland.Oh What a Night! Jersey Boys Breaks Another RecordThe Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical Jersey Boys will become the 13th longest-running show in Broadway history on April 9. It surpasses 42nd Street with 3,487 performances. The show is playing at the August Wilson Theatre, where it opened on November 6, 2005.Bad Boys of Dance are Coming to the West EndRasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance are to make their West End debut in Rock the Ballet, a fusion of classic ballet, hip hop, tap and acrobatics performed against a backdrop of animated scenery and stadium rock lighting. They will play a three-week London season at the Peacock Theatre, Sadler’s Wells’ home in the West End, from June 10 through June 28, with opening night set for June 12.Shakespeare Turns 450 in StyleIf you happen to be in the U.K. on April 23, the Royal Shakespeare Company is marking Shakespeare’s 450th birthday with a free fireworks display outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in the Bard’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. Festivities will start after the evening’s performance of Henry IV, Part I. Star Files Mark Rylancecenter_img View Commentslast_img

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Full Cast Set for the West End’s King Charles III

first_img View Comments Additional newly announced cast members include Katie Brayben and Miles Richardson. They join Richard Goulding, Nyasha Hatendi, Adam James, Margot Leicester, Tom Robertson, Nicholas Rowe, Tafline Steen and Lydia Wilson. In the future history play by Mike Bartlett, the Queen is dead, and after a lifetime of waiting, the Prince Charles ascends the throne. The controversial play explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family.center_img Oliver Chris will reprise his role of Prince William in the West End transfer of the Almeida Theatre’s King Charles III. He will star opposite the previously announced Tim Pigott-Smith, who plays the titular role. The show, directed by Rupert Goold, will play a limited engagement at the Wyndham’s Theatre from September 2 through November 29. Opening night is set for September 11.last_img

Georgia National Guard Announces State Partnership with Argentina

first_imgBy Desiree Bamba, Georgia Department of Defense November 16, 2016 The Georgia National Guard has been selected as the U.S. partner for the Republic of Argentina as part of the Department of Defense State Partnership Program (SPP), according to an announcement on November 10th. “The State Partnership Program allows us to leverage the deep and trusting ties the National Guard has built with a very large group of foreign allies across every combatant command,” said Air Force Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, chief, National Guard Bureau. “I’m confident the Georgia National Guard and Argentina will both benefit from the extraordinarily rich tapestry of skills and experience each will bring to this partnership.” Guided by U.S. Department of State foreign policy goals, the SPP is administered by the National Guard Bureau and supports theater commanders’ security cooperation objectives. The program has been successfully building relationships around the globe for more than 20 years. With the inclusion of Argentina, the State Partnership Program will have a total of 73 state partnerships. “I am proud that our Georgia Department of Defense will enter into a State Partnership Program with the country of Argentina,” said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. “We look forward to this partnership as it will serve as an opportunity for many of Georgia’s leading industries and business enterprises as well as state agencies, universities and civic organizations.” Argentina will become Georgia’s second state partner. The state formalized a partnership with the Country of Georgia in 1994. Since the partnership began, the Georgia National Guard has completed more than 100 exchanges ranging from humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness to maintenance, emergency management, aviation opportunities and restructuring of the Georgian Military Police. The United States-Argentina relationship took a significant step forward when then-newly elected Argentine President Mauricio Macri requested the inclusion of Argentina in the SPP in early 2016. Since then, the Georgia National Guard has demonstrated a range of capabilities that will assist in meeting Argentina’s security requirements and solidifying pre-existing security collaboration. The SPP between the state of Georgia and Argentina will lay the foundation for developing a long-term successful relationship by sharing expertise in emergency and disaster response, enhancing border security and strengthening cooperation in peacekeeping operations and readiness, Georgia officials said. “I’m excited to start our relationship and to explore opportunities between the State of Georgia and the Republic of Argentina,” said Brigadier General Joe Jarrard, adjutant general, Georgia National Guard. “Argentina has an open, well-developed economy with a mature military. Our organization is looking forward to providing assistance with environmental issues related to flooding and wildfires, aviation exchanges and maintenance, border security, logistics, and disaster preparedness. The future relationship between this South American country and our southern state is boundless and will help strengthen not only our two countries, but also increase stability in the Americas. The SPP evolved from a 1991 U.S. European Command decision to set up a Joint Contact Team Program in the Baltic Region with Reserve component Soldiers and Airmen. A subsequent National Guard Bureau proposal paired U.S. states with three nations emerging from the former Soviet Bloc and the SPP was born, becoming a key U.S. security cooperation tool, facilitating cooperation across all aspects of international civil-military affairs and encouraging people-to-people ties at the state level. Through SPP, the National Guard conducts military-to-military engagements in support of defense security goals but also leverages whole-of-society relationships and capabilities to facilitate broader interagency and corollary engagements spanning military, government, economic and social spheres.last_img

United States, Chile, and Brazil Unburden Their Soldiers with New Technology

first_imgBy Marcos Ommati/Diálogo April 26, 2017 The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) provides innovative solutions for the complexities of current and future operations in military environments. The command works closely with some United States partner nations to create, integrate, and deliver technology-enabled solutions to military personnel all over the world. U.S. Army Brigadier General Anthony Potts, RDECOM’s deputy commanding general, spoke to Diálogo during the opening ceremony of the institution’s new technology center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 24th, right after he had visited Chile to see the projects in development between the Chilean and U.S. armies.Diálogo: Why was Chile chosen to headquarter the main RDECOM office in South America?Brigadier General Anthony Potts: That decision was made in the early 2000s. As a DCG [deputy commanding general], I should probably understand the analytical underpinnings of why that happened. But I think it was just a partnership with the Navy, which already existed in Santiago, Chile. As you know, when we stand up a new office, as the Department of Defense, the best way, or easiest entry point, is when one of our joint services is already there. So, we had a joint service that was already there; we partnered with them to help stand up that office, and they gave us a foothold in South America. Today was a great example of that with the opening of the International Technology Center here, in Brazil. I think it just gave us that opening we needed to get started in South America, and now allows us to branch out.Diálogo: You have spent the last few days in Chile. What is your assessment of their military in terms of science, research, and development?Brig. Gen. Potts: I am very impressed with the Chilean Army; they are a great partner and have great capacity. We are looking at some of the work they are planning and preparing to do in Africa, as well as looking at some of their science and technology. Specifically, we have a partnership with them involving sand intrusion from the deserts in the northern part of Chile with their tanks, so it is of great interest to us to partner in this endeavor because we have some of the same conditions with our armored vehicles. We just don’t have that same type of very fine powder, almost talcum powder like sand, with intrusion. I have been watching the Chilean Army as they work with us, as they work with their munitions, and now they are sending a person up to Detroit, Michigan, for the ESEP [Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program] to work with our TARDEC [Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center], and we are going to collectively figure out how to help our armored vehicle fleets in these types of conditions. It helps the Chilean Army immediately solve a problem. I said immediately, but really as we resolve these issues, and then of course as a partner nation, in the event that the U.S. has to operate in an environment similar to that, we will benefit from the technologies.The other thing that is very impressive to me is the work they are doing at the Research and Controls Institute on munitions: the storage of munitions, how long we can store them, how to test those munitions, how to test the fuses, how to test the explosives to make sure they are safe, and to maintain their storage and extend that storage life so we can maximize the resources. Of course, as we support and learn from the research they are doing, the benefits also apply to our munitions storage facilities in the United States and around the world. I am very, very impressed with the Chilean Army and their use of science.Diálogo: Signal processing for speech recognition is a project that both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy are working on together with Chilean universities. What is the relevance of this research?Brig. Gen. Potts: Over time, capabilities with our scientists and engineers are growing by leaps and bounds. The challenge we are having is the complexity that comes with operating that capability. The best way we communicate is by talking to each other. It is best if we can recognize each other’s speech and language style. Then, we can teach a machine how to recognize our speech, so you can have a soldier talk to a machine, and that machine operates on his behalf, instead of using a lot of buttons, a lot of typing and a lot of joystick control. Just imagine if you could simply tell the machine what operation you want it to perform, and the machine can go and do that. This type of science and technology in this partnership is absolutely amazing because of where it will take us in the future.Diálogo: Are there any other projects going on with other U.S. partner nations?Brig. Gen. Potts: We are working on nanotechnology with one of the universities here in Brazil. The beauty of nanotechnology is both strength and weight reduction. For instance, our ballistic protections (bullet proof vest), which soldiers use all over the world, tend to be heavy because they are obviously intended to stop the impact of a bullet. So, with nanotechnology we figure out how to make it lighter and the material stronger. We can then do one of two things: either we can keep the same level of protection and drop the weight so that our soldiers are unburdened, or if we find there are adversaries out there that have found more lethal means to attack our troops, then we can keep the same weight in our vests, but add capability for it to be more protective. It is really about protecting our soldiers, while also unburdening them.Diálogo: What is the relationship between RDECOM and U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)?Brig. Gen. Potts: Major General Wins is the commanding general of RDECOM. One of his focus areas is operationalizing RDECOM. And so, in other words, we don’t just do science and technology for science and technology’s sake. We do science and technology for a couple different reasons. One is because it helps lead to partnerships with other countries. We can partner, we can gain advantage, both them and us, from the technologies that we might not otherwise find or discover. Then the ideas will come out, and because we are a Department of Defense agency, we are looking for these breakthrough technologies that will foster leap-ahead capabilities that enable our soldiers, sailors, and airmen to fight our nation’s wars, if necessary.That put us into a direct-line relationship with our COCOMs and, particularly in this case, with SOUTHCOM because we have to understand what their needs are from operational capabilities. Each of our regions have different and unique challenges, for example, RDECOM Americas, is obviously focused on the Americas, particularly South America, but we have some work in Canada. That allows us to find those unique environments. For instance, here we have the jungles of Brazil. It is an environment that we simply cannot replicate in the Unites States. We have some jungle terrain in Hawaii, but it is not the same triple canopy, which is very difficult terrain, and it leads us to experience unique challenges with communications. How do you see through it? How do you have sensors? They have some tremendous border challenges – just the sheer magnitude and length of the borders – and as a partnership, we can find technological solutions to potentially help with border security. How do we enhance our soldiers’ performance, both Brazilian and American, in a jungle environment? We can come down here and test things collectively and take that back to the United States to find ways to purify water. How do we do that? We can take advantage of the water resources that are out there without soldiers having to carry water with them for extended periods of time. That is a science and technology that we really want to go after, that we really want to understand. It can be as simple as the technology behind uniforms, how light-weight our uniforms are. Are they right for that type of extreme jungle environment? So, SOUTHCOM makes a perfect partner for us.Diálogo: Do you have anything to add for our readers?Brig. Gen. Potts: I have been here [South America] for just under one week, but I am absolutely amazed at the partnerships we have in Chile and Brazil. The excitement of the partnerships with our South American friends is something that South America should be proud of, and the Americans should be proud of. I am excited to see what we can accomplish as partner nations.last_img

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