Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in Richard III Movie

first_img View Comments Cumberbatch of course, is not just a detective that wins everyone’s hearts, or a major movie star with huge buzz around his upcoming turn as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game and credits in films such as 12 Years A Slave, August: Osage County and Star Trek: Into Darkness. He’s also a bona fide stage star. For his performance in the National Theatre’s 2011 production of Frankenstein, Cumberbatch won the “Triple Crown of London Theatre:” the Olivier Award, Evening Standard Award and Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best Actor. He has also appeared in productions of Hedda Gabler and After the Dance. “I can’t wait to work with Dominic Cooke again to bring this complex, funny and dangerous character to life,” said Cumberbatch. Co-incidentally, his Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman, is tackling Richard III in London’s West End this summer.center_img Benedict Cumberbatch is facing a winter of discontent. The Sherlock star, who will be treading the boards as Hamlet in London in 2015, is also taking on another Shakespeare classic: Richard III. According to Variety, Cumberbatch will play the evil king in an upcoming film for BBC 2, directed by Dominic Cooke and adapted by Ben Power.last_img read more

Info point of the Istria County Tourist Board at Pula Airport as an important wheel of direct communication with tourists

first_img“Based on the previous experiences of tourist informants of the Istrian Development Tourist Agency, which provides visitor information, we can conclude that tourists are very interested in brochures and the greatest demand for a map of Istria and information about cities such as Pula, Rovinj and Porec. Also, the demand for general information brochures such as Istra Culture, Istra Gourmet as well as for cycling and walking maps has increased and there is a noticeable interest in outdoor activities.”Points out Morena Milevoj from IRTA and adds that the great interest of passengers speaks in favor of the fact that the information point contributes to better promotion of Istria as a tourist destination in which an average of 150.000 tourists arrive by air in the main tourist season, while the number of flights is over 700 per month. “According to the previous positive reactions of visitors with whom direct contact is established, it is shown how important it is to provide quality information that will make it easier for visitors to find their way to the destination and make their stay as pleasant and high quality as possible.”Concludes Mileva. In the mentioned period, 7.420 brochures were distributed, which makes 51% of the total number of inquiries for 2019, and the most requested inquiry of tourists is about the transfer for the shuttle bus from Pula Airport to the center of Pula. A total of 28 inquiries were recorded from mid-June to July 14.496, while in the same period last year there were 11.877 inquiries, which is an increase of 18%, according to the Istrian Development Tourism Agency (IRTA). Thus, the info point of the Istrian Tourist Board at Pula Airport, which provides visitors with a fast, comprehensive and quality information service, this year achieved a great growth in inquiries and direct contact with tourists, providing them with the first useful information. And when we know that there is a high frequency of passengers in one location, such as the airport, then that is where we have to be with our tourist offer because we are sure that all passengers will see our communication and we have the opportunity for direct contact with them. center_img Although digitalization is a trend today in every respect, promotional brochures still play a big role, especially if they are well produced and provide useful information. “Tourists are also looking for information on transport from Pula Airport to other cities in Istria, most often to Rovinj, Porec and Umag, as well as information on taxi services and the use of rent a car service which is most practical for visitors who want to visit as many destinations in Istria. . In addition, it is worth highlighting inquiries for current events in the peninsula, places to visit (sights, beaches, amusement parks such as aquaparks, national parks and nature parks) and accommodation options as well as other recommendations for activities in Istria”Says Mileva. Photo: IRTA From year to year, Pula Airport breaks records in the number of passengers, so this year Pula is connected with the most destinations ever by direct flights. The visitors who are most often looking for information are from the UK, Germany, Russia and the Scandinavian countries. The most active are the British and Germans of all ages, while visitors from Russia and France are looking for information in Russian and French, respectively.last_img read more

Economy shrinks to 2005 level in second quarter

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The second quarter of 2012 was the Greek economy’s worst in the last eight years, and the outlook remains bleak despite the fact that the recession eased compared to the first quarter.The Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) announced Monday that gross domestic product shrank 6.2 percent in the second quarter from the same period last year to 43.6 billion euros, after contracting 6.5 percent in the first.The figure is the lowest for a second quarter since 2005, while the drop brought the cumulative contraction to 9.2 billion euros — or 17.4 percent — since the second quarter of 2008, the first year of recession.The European Commission in May forecast that Greece’s economy will shrink 4.7 percent this year but ministers are reportedly much more downbeat now.According to sources, they see no tangible signs that the economy will be extricated from the spiral of recession any time soon and project the contraction at around 6.8 percent for the year as a whole.The economy has contracted in 14 of the past 15 quarters.The two general elections in May and June caused serious delays in the reform program, while austerity measures have extracted considerable resources from the real economy and deepened the recession.The drops in consumption and investment are considered the two factors most responsible for the continued shrinking of GDP, which is nevertheless lower than the 7.3 percent contraction seen in the second quarter of 2011.Public investment in the January-July period came to 2.3 billion euros, against a target of 4.2 billion.Separately, the Bank of Greece said Monday that the central government cash deficit fell to 7.2 billion euros in the first seven months of 2012, compared with 15 billion in the same period a year earlier.Government revenue declined to 26 billion euros from 27.3 billion euros in the seven months through July 31 a year earlier, while expenditure decreased to 32.6 billion euros from 40.9 billion euros last year.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

FearBased FCPA Marketing

first_imgAs is his occasional style, Mike Volkov began this post on his Corruption Crime & Compliance blog with a rant:“Akin to politics (to a smaller degree), there is a fair amount of disinformation, some call it bloviating, put out by the FCPA Paparazzi. Some of this disinformation is motivated by immature attempts to “market” legal services; other sources of disinformation carry a readily apparent bias, one way or the other, and usually are supported by self-citations to one’s own “scholarship” to prove their points.”When ranting, one can at least be a bit more specific and perhaps provide supporting links so that readers can decide for themselves the veracity of the assertions.In any event, it was a bit ironic that a few days after the above rant a post was published on Corruption Crime & Compliance titled “Doing Business in China Should be “Scary.”As most FCPA-fear based marketing pieces do, the post begins with a current events hook (the recent Novartis enforcement action), contains the phrase a “perfect storm” and asserts that “companies should absolutely be scared of doing business in China.” And then of course, as most fear-based marketing pieces do, the post ended with a simplistic solution in this case with five generic steps (such as “train,” “communicate” and “be proactive”) to “make doing business in China a little less scary.”Does business in China entail FCPA risk? Absolutely.Have several FCPA enforcement actions (or instances of disclosed FCPA scrutiny) concerned alleged improper conduct in China? Yes, but FCPA enforcement actions and scrutiny tend to be directly related to the extent of business in any particular country and to state the obvious there are more business organizations subject to the FCPA doing business in China than in Ethiopia, Honduras, or Madagascar (to name just a few countries).However, the notion that doing business in China is “scary” and that “companies should absolutely be scared of doing business in China” is ridiculous.Tens of thousands, indeed likely hundreds of thousands, of companies subject to the FCPA do business in China and China is the most attractive market in the world for foreign direct investment (FDI). Indeed, according to World Bank figures foreign direct investment in China has generally increased during the FCPA’s new era of enforcement.Against this backdrop, the fact that there tends to be 3-5 FCPA enforcement actions per year concerning alleged conduct in China (often enforcement actions that originated with voluntary disclosures and often enforcement actions based on dubious and untested legal theories) is unremarkable.As Volkov himself previously observed:“The FCPA Paparazzi has done a great disservice to the business community.  Call it a complete lack of credibility.  Legal marketing has become confused in this day and age – marketing has now been turned into the ‘Fear Factor,’ meaning that lawyers need to scare potential clients into hiring them.  That is flat-out wrong.   Each week, new client alerts, client warnings and other cries of impending disaster are transmitted through the Internet to businesses.”Against the backdrop of ever-present “fear-based” FCPA marketing are the refreshing words of Pamela Marple:“Over the past five years, the [FCPA] has solidified itself as an industry brimming with expert forums, company departments and substantial news coverage. Is this statute really the bear in the woods some say it is? […]  The existence of the FCPA industry (and professionals who are available to conduct internal investigations at a high price) does not mean that this reaction is what is always required. What is required first and foremost is reasonable judgment exercised by directors and professionals who seek both compliance and solutions—without assuming a bear is present at every turn.”*****Speaking of bloviating, in this other recent post Volkov writes: “The doctrine of the “rogue” employee has been an artificial concept promoted by white-collar defense lawyers to minimize corporate client responsibilities.”Last I checked, the Department of Justice is most certainly not comprised of white-collar defense lawyers. Yet even the DOJ recognizes the existence of rogue employees.As stated in the DOJ’s Principles of Federal Prosecution of Business Organizations: “[I]t may not be appropriate to impose liability upon a corporation, particularly one with a robust compliance program in place, under a strict respondeat superior theory for the single isolated act of a rogue employee.”As stated by then DOJ Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer: “There will always be rogue employees who decide to take matters into their own hands. They are a fact of life.” (See here).Similar to the DOJ, the SEC is most certainly not comprised of white-collar defense lawyers. Yet even the SEC recognizes the existence of rogue employees. For instance, in announcing FCPA charges against Garth Peterson (a former Morgan Stanley executive),  Kara Brockmeyer (Chief of the SEC Enforcement Division’s FCPA Unit) stated: “As a rogue employee who took advantage of his firm and its investment advisory clients, Peterson orchestrated a scheme to illegally win business while lining his own pockets and those of an influential Chinese official.”last_img read more