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Closing Time! Last Chance to Catch These 5 Phenomenal Broadway Shows

first_img Bullets Over Broadway Closing August 24 at the St. James Theatre If you haven’t seen Nick Cordero and those tapping gangsters dance like nobody’s business, it’s time to bite the bullet. Directed by Susan Stroman and featuring a book by original screenwriter Woody Allen, this musical sadly didn’t get much Tony love, but it does have tigers and hot dogs and divas, oh my, plus a score of toe-tapping ’20s hits. Click for tickets! Every time we say goodbye, we die, cry and wonder why a little. Why do these shows have to close? But alas, all good things must come to an end, and it’s time to say farewell to a few of our Broadway and off-Broadway favorites. You only have a few more weeks to catch Newsies, Bullets Over Broadway, Violet, Rocky and Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch before they say sayonara to the Big Apple. Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig Through August 17 at the Belasco Theatre Hedwig and the Angry Inch is not closing, we repeat, the musical is not closing, and we’re sure Andrew Rannells is going to be terrific. However, Tony-winning headliner Neil Patrick Harris is concluding his tour de force performance, and this is definitely worth noting. If you can snag this hot ticket, you’ve got a decent chance NPH will lick you, kiss you or spit at you. Have fun… Click for tickets! Rocky Closing August 17 at the Winter Garden Theatre Rocky might have come up short for a Best Musical nomination at the Tony Awards this season, but it’s the only show in town where the audience cheers for hunks of meat (well, except Naked Boys Singing). There’s also powerhouse performances by Andy Karl, Margo Seibert and Terence Archie, and a boxing arena transformation you have to see to believe. Click for tickets! Violet Closing August 10 at the American Airlines Theatre Grab your suitcase and your bus ticket, because it’s time to take one last road trip with Sutton Foster before Violet rides into the sunset. The Tony-nominated musical boasts a gorgeous score by Jeanine Tesori and a book and lyrics by Brian Crawley. Bonus: Josh Henry and Colin Donnell in uniform. Click for tickets! Newsies Closing August 24 at the Nederlander Theatre After carrying the banner over 1,000 times on Broadway, the hit Disney musical Newsies will finally stop selling papes. We know, we’re crying too. But the good news is, you still have three weeks left to see Corey Cott and those adorable newsboys pirouetting, climbing on shiny scaffolding and overall seize-the-day-ing. Click for tickets! View Commentslast_img read more

Bulldog Spirit

first_imgLew Hunnicutt hit the ground running 11 months ago when he was named the new assistant provost and campus director of the University of Georgia Griffin Campus. One of his top priorities is to clear up the misconception that the campus is not really a part of UGA.“We ARE the University of Georgia. We just happen to be located in Griffin,” said Hunnicutt.On one of his first visits to Athens, Hunnicutt noticed the plethora of fiberglass Uga bulldog mascots located around town. He quickly learned that the statues were originally part of a fundraiser for charities led by the Athens-Oconee Junior Women’s Club. More than 35 larger-than-life “Dawgs” adorned the downtown corridor of the Classic City for 10 years before being auctioned off to benefit AIDS research.Hunnicutt quickly set in motion plans for the Griffin Campus to have its first Uga Bulldog mascot statue. The statue came painted solid white, but Greg Huber, training coordinator in the UGA Center for Urban Agriculture, donated his time to transform it into a traditionally painted Uga. Southern Crescent Technical College Automotive Collision Instructor Robert Hagen assisted with the first Bulldog statue by adding the final touch — automotive clear coating to help Uga survive the outdoors. “It was great to see how the Southern Crescent students reacted to the statue,” Huber said. “They all gathered around and took each other’s pictures with it. It was already doing its job.”This first statue, which now rests in the quad behind the Flynt Building, will serve as the campus mascot. The statue is located in an area Hunnicutt calls “the hub” of the campus — beside the future Mule Barn Café, facing the Student Learning Center (SLC).“I am deeply appreciative of Greg Huber’s vision and talent for bringing Uga to life. Greg’s work will sit proudly on the quad for many years to come and will be a great source of pride for all of us,” Hunnicutt said. “Much thanks goes to Southern Crescent Technical School for the seal coat job. Their work will make sure Uga shines for years to come. It would be awesome to see Ugas and Southern Crescent Tigers together downtown on every corner.”Hunnicutt would like to see many additional Bulldog statues around campus and in and around Griffin and Spalding County.“My focus is to take the campus out into the community and what better way to do that,” he said. “I can see one wearing glasses or something scholarly by the SLC and one with a graduation cap by the Woodroof Pavilion where we hold graduation and one at the UGA Research and Education Garden. My pie-in-the-sky goal is to have one at every building on campus in the not too distant future.”In addition to the Uga statue, Ryan Hodgson, head of the UGA Griffin Campus grounds crew, and his team have brought the UGA “G” back to life on the western edge of the main campus facing the expressway. Hodgson’s team completely redesigned the close to 2,000 square foot “G” and made it structurally sound with brick chips as the final touch.The lawn logo was originally the brainchild of Christopher Brannon, former UGA Griffin Campus groundskeeper, some 15 years ago. At that time, the “G” was painted white with lawn paint, which is expensive and must be frequently freshened up. It was later painted red.“The super “G” is back, and while it is not red, it does bring back the spirit of the super “G” and matches the rest of our campus structures with its brick chip filling. It’s a better “G” than it’s ever been because Ryan has painstakingly planned it out. The turf paint just isn’t feasible because painting grass is never permanent,” Hunnicutt said.For more information about the UGA Griffin Campus and its programs, go to www.griffin.uga.edu.last_img read more

For Investors, a ‘Tipping Point’ Toward Renewables as Wind-Turbine Momentum Grows

first_imgFor Investors, a ‘Tipping Point’ Toward Renewables as Wind-Turbine Momentum Grows FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg News:The cost of renewables is plunging faster than forecasters anticipated just a few years ago as as technologies like gigantic wind turbines arrive on the market.That’s the conclusion of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, whose founder Michael Liebreich estimated that clean energy will reap 86 percent of the $10.2 trillion likely to be invested in power generation by 2040.In a presentation to the research group’s conference in London on Tuesday, Liebreich said technology that’s slashing the costs of wind and solar farms makes it inevitable that clean energy will become more economical than fossil fuels for utilities in many places. The most visible advance is in the scale of wind turbines.When it started collecting data in earnest in 2004, BNEF already could see a trend toward bigger machines in the wind industry that deliver more spark to the grid. The scale of those turbines will grow with models planned by Siemens AG and Vestas Wind Systems A/S that already are delivering ones with wing spans bigger than the Airbus A380 double-decker jetliner.The promise of bigger machines early in the next decade prompted developers of offshore wind farms in Germany to promise electricity without subsidy on their next projects.The same process of producing more electricity for a lower cost is making photovoltaics cheaper. Liebreich predicted two “tipping points” where the cost of renewables will make power generation fueled by natural gas and coal increasingly unattractive.“The first is when new wind and solar become cheaper than anything else,” Liebreich said. Japan by 2025 it will be cheaper to build a new PV plant than a coal-fired power generator. That milestone will be passed in India for wind power by 2030.“At that point, anything you have to retire is likely to be replaced by wind and solar,” Liebreich said. “That tipping point is either here or almost here everywhere in the world.”The second tipping point, a little further off, is when it’s more costly to operate existing coal and gas plants than to take power from wind and solar. That point may arrive in the middle of the next decade in both Germany and China.The economics of wind and solar are becoming compelling enough that it’s unlikely coal be able to hold onto its dominant position in the global power mix no matter what incentives President Donald Trump implements in the U.S.“This is going to happen,” Liebreich said. “Coal is declining in the U.S. Nobody is going to make coal great again.”More: Clean Energy Is Approaching a Tipping Pointlast_img read more

New chief List axes 90 at Chesterton

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Prostitution in post-lockdown Greece is ‘Russian roulette’

first_img“I tried to sleep as much as possible in order to forget my hunger during these three months,” said Bella, who has a child, as another woman cleaned and ventilated her room for the next client.A list of strict hygiene and safety rules were announced by the Greek authorities to protect clients and the workers, who are more exposed to the risk of infection than those in almost any other profession.But the measures are unrealistic, the women told AFP.”They are ridiculous,” said Dimitra Kanellopoulou, president of Greece’s sex workers’ association. A central Athens brothel was buzzing with clients on a recent hot July afternoon, and its Venezuelan workers were relieved to have the business.Sex workers there have had a steady stream of customers since mid-June, when they were allowed to reopen their doors after a three-month ban to control the spread of coronavirus.While most Greeks are social distancing and keeping their contacts to a minimum, many prostitutes have little choice but to return to work. “They tell you not to have a handshake in the waiting room, and then you go inside the room and everything happens,” she said. “What is the point?”Sex workers are advised to “ensure distance” and avoid “face-to-face contact”, while wearing a face mask “could be introduced as part of a game”, the rules suggest.”It’s a joke. How is a girl going to please a customer with a mask on? Should she put a zipper in the mask?” wondered Katerina, who runs another brothel in downtown Athens.She laid a new paper sheet on one bed, which she said would be destroyed immediately once the client entered the room.The list of measures also includes an obligation to keep all clients’ contact details in a sealed envelope for four weeks for tracking and tracing.Sheets of blank white paper are taped on the sofas in the waiting room to remind clients to keep their distance.One client entered the building wearing a mask around his neck, a reminder that the pandemic is not over.”Our job is basically Russian roulette. You put yourself and your family in danger, but either way you would starve,” said Anna Kouroupou, a transgender woman who heads Red Umbrella Athens, an initiative supporting sex workers.”This is probably the worst time ever for the profession,” she said.”Things were really bad when AIDS broke out, but back then after a few months we knew that wearing a condom would keep us safe. Now there is no way to protect ourselves,” she added.The pandemic has laid bare the legal limbo in which brothels operate in Greece, where the majority of them have been left without state aid.Under Greek law, in order for a brothel to operate legally it should be at least 200 meters from public spaces such as hospitals, parks, churches, schools and stadiums.In a dense city, that restriction makes virtually any existing brothel illegal. According to Red Umbrella Athens more than 600 brothels operate illegally in Greece.”There is basically no building that meets the requirements of the law throughout Athens,” said Dimitrios Moraitis, a lawyer for the sex workers’ association. “There are more than 100,000 people working in the sector and only those with an active cash register and a licence to operate were able to get financial aid from the state, and this is less than 10 percent of total,” he said.Making matters worse, as part of the protection measures Greek authorities suggest that clients use credit cards to pay for services — an impossible request for establishments operating illegally.In what could be seen as a silver lining from the pandemic, officials at the Ministry of Civil Protection and the municipalities have said that they are beginning to register illegal brothels with the aim of making them legal through legislative amendments.In the meantime, many women have been forced to break the rules in order to feed their families, working illegally in the streets without any protection.To support prostitutes working in the open, Red Umbrella Athens has raised around 7,000 euros ($7,900) in supermarket coupons, and distributes hydroalcoholic gel and tissues to the women.”I’m not afraid of the pandemic, I’m more afraid of the possibility of a new lockdown,” said Linda as she prepared to start her shift.Topics :last_img read more

Australia’s best growth suburbs

first_imgWhat the data tells usUnsurprisingly, NSW tops the charts for annual growth in the two-and-three-bedroom unit market, claiming seven out of the top ten growth suburbs.Three bedroom units in Sydney had the best average annual growth rate of 14.9%, according to RP Data provided to realestate.com.au.With a median price of $2.2 million for three bedroom units, and a rental yield of 3.5%, Sydney might not be within your price range. But for those with the cash to spend the potential growth could be attractive.Brompton, in South Australia, was second with 13.8% growth. Three bedroom units in the northern Adelaide suburb have a median selling price of $425,000 and boast an average rental yield of 5.1%.Rounding out the top three is the coastal NSW city of West Wollongong, with an annual growth rate of 13.7% for two bedroom units – which fetch an average sale price of $428,000.Read more: The New Year’s resolutions of a property investorDo your researchFinancial adviser and mortgage broker Bruce Brammall says there are a number of factors to consider when looking to invest, including growth rate vs rental yield.He says those entering the market later – such as retirees – tend to look for higher rental yields, while younger investors tend to take stronger growth suburbs in to account for the longer term.Brammall says higher yielding properties are often in regional areas while high growth suburbs tend to be concentrated in major metropolitan areas.“High growth suburbs tend to have lower yields and higher yield suburbs tend to have lower growth. Not always, but as a rough investment rule that’s the case,” he says.He said suburbs with record rates of growth may also experience a cooling, while other suburbs with lower growth rates could catch up.“We’re talking about historical growth. That is absolutely no indication of the coming period.”Brammall advises anyone investing that it’s ideally a long-term commitment of at least 10 years and usually longer.Read more: How to: Use auction results to be a smarter buyerTop 3 growth suburbs state by state ACTMawson (2bd units) – 5.2%Lyneham (3bd) – 3.8%Holt (3bd) – 3.6%Research the latest investment data for ACTNSWSydney (3bd) – 14.9%West Wollongong (2bd) – 13.7%Redfern (3bd) – 13.6%Research the latest investment data for NSWNTDriver (2bd) – 6.6%Parap (2bd) – 6.2%Rapid Creek (2bd) – 4.9%Research the latest investment data for NTQLDClontarf (3bd) – 11.2%East Toowoomba (3bd) – 7.7%More from newsWhat 300k buys you around Australia31 Oct 2013Up-and-coming suburbs set to boom20 Apr 2015Wilsonton (2bd) – 6.1%Research the latest investment data for QLDSABrompton (3bd) – 13.8%Wayville (2bd) – 10.2%Unley (2bd) – 6.9%Research the latest investment data for SATASBattery Point (2bd) – 8.6%Launceston (2bd) – 3.7%Claremont (2bd) – 3.2%Research the latest investment data for TASVICDromana (2bd) – 11.1%Altona North (2bd) – 9.1%Geelong (2bd) – 9.1%Research the latest investment data for VICWAEast Victoria Park (2bd) – 6.4%Claremont (3bd) – 6.2%North Fremantle (2bd) – 6.0%Research the latest investment data for WARead more: Essential guide to property depreciation calculators**Data source: realestate.com.au/investAnnual growth rate is calculated as the compound annual growth rate in median price, comparing the median price of property sales in the preceding 12 months with to the median price of properties sold in the same 12 month period five years ago. This is limited to suburbs which have had at least 10 properties sold in both periods for a given property type/bedroom configuration. Australia’s booming property market continues to impress, with many inner-city suburbs experiencing huge growth in the past year.With the RBA cutting interest rates to a record low in February, you might now be thinking about purchasing an investment property.For many, securing a small unit in a good location could be a good first step to becoming a property investor.With that in mind we took a look at the growth experienced in two and three bedroom units during the past 12 months.last_img read more

VIDEO Dredging Trench for Wind Farm by Herbosch-Kiere

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Herbosch-Kiere nv, a company specialized in river, port, coastal and offshore projects, has just released this beautiful video of their barge Gaverland, taken during the dredging and backfilling works on a 350m trench in the shallow nearshore tidal zone at Courance beach in France. The project is for the installation of two High Voltage Export Cables from the Saint-Nazaire wind farm.The wind farm is an offshore wind project being developed in the Loire-Atlantique region in France.It is owned by Eolien Maritime France (EMF), a joint venture formed in May 2016 between EDF Renewables (50%) and its subsidiary Enbridge (50%).last_img read more

QUIET DIPLOMACY: Opposition wants airport scandal taken out the public domain

first_img Share Share 79 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharecenter_img NewsRegional QUIET DIPLOMACY: Opposition wants airport scandal taken out the public domain by: – March 31, 2011 Sharing is caring! BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Former deputy prime minister Mia Mottley Wednesday called for the issue regarding claims made by a Jamaican national that she was sexually and verbally abused by Barbadian customs and immigration officials last week to be taken out of the public domain.Mottley, who also served as attorney general, said that neither Barbados nor Jamaica “can benefit from the inflaming of national passions on both sides – nor indeed can our economies”.Her statement comes as a delegation from Jamaica is due here on Wednesday to conduct a probe into the allegations by Shanquie Myrie, 20, that she had been subjected to sexual and verbal abuse at the hands of the authorities at the Grantley Adams International airportJamaica has also requested that the issue of the treatment of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nationals at border entry ports be placed on the agenda of the Working Group on Free Movement, which is scheduled to meet from April 4 to 7.Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Dr. Kenneth Baugh told Parliament that his ministry “is aware that Miss Myrie has contacted legal services to defend her rights, vis-a-vis the Barbadian authorities,” but he said “that is a second parallel track with which the Ministry will collaborate”.In her statement, Mottley, who is now an Opposition legislator, said the Barbados Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart “needs to take control of the issue and put a fair, transparent and independent investigative process in place that is acceptable to all parties and agreed upon by both governments.“In this way, all parties will be bound to the outcome of the process. The failure to put this kind of process in place has already led to the threat of an action before an International Human Rights Body. This will only serve to tarnish Barbados’ reputation even if, after years of hearings, the allegations are not proven.”Mottley said that all government officials in both countries need to pause and stop talking and recalled that the late Barbados prime minister David Thompson had advocated that there should be no shouting matches across the Caribbean Sea by Caribbean Leaders.“It seems as though that approach to diplomacy on which the Governments of Barbados, up until now, have properly relied has now died with him.”Mottley said that Barbados has had to deal with challenges in the past with allegations of improper treatment by its officials “but what is absent in this situation now is the public confidence in our leadership of this matter”She said past government leaders would have dealt with the situation in a manner that would have stopped the forced all intervened to stop the rhetoric.“Prime Minister Stuart cannot postpone decisive and independent action on this matter any longer as both our national interests and the welfare of our people are at stake. He must abandon the philosophy of not making errors by postponing decision-making.“…as Barbadians we can no longer bury our heads in the sand to the perception that others have of us that Barbados does not treat its Caribbean brothers and sisters and people of African descent fairly and with respect.“I do not have all of the facts.  But if this is the perception of us, we need to deal with it -if not our social and economic well being as a people will be affected as we warned when Government’s recent Immigration Policy was introduced two years ago,” she said, adding “if  we are being wrongly accused in the region, then we must correct that perception.“If there is truth to the perception, then we must deal with the problems that are at the core of the allegations,” she added.Source: Cana Newslast_img read more

Coolie Calihan Jr. age, 78

first_imgCoolie Calihan Jr., age 78, of Metamora, Indiana died Monday, October 3, 2016 at his residence in Metamora.Born December 29, 1937 in Letcher County, Kentucky he was the son of the late Coolie Calihan Sr. & Versie (Lewis) Calihan. He was a veteran of the United States Army. On April 17, 1959 he and the former Patricia D. Shelton were united in marriage, and she preceded him in death on October 9, 2012.He was retired from Dresser Industries in Connersville, Indiana. He also owned & operated school buses for the Franklin County Community School Corporation for over 15 years.Coolie was a member of the Scipio United Baptist Church as well as the Connersville Bluegrass Association. In his leisure time he enjoyed singing & playing bluegrass and gospel music, but most of all he loved his family and cherished time spent together with them. His life was an inspiration to many, as he touched the hearts of all who knew him.Survivors include seven daughters, Tammie (Howard) May, Rhonda (Rick) Abshear, Donna Hildebrand, Kathy Cone, Angie (Kevin) Westerfeld, Jenny (Ronnie) Jolliff, Beth (Link) Laird, all of Franklin County, Indiana; 17 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Betty Faye Hofer of Brookville, Indiana, Sadie Wells of Lawrenceburg, Indiana and Brenda Ross of Brookville, Indiana; two brothers, Joe Calihan of Blooming Grove, Indiana and Odell Calihan of Everton, Indiana.In addition to his parents and wife, Patricia, he was greeted in heaven by three sisters, Delores Fields, Pat Mays, and Freida Smith; a brother, Stanley Calihan; and a son-in-law, Kenny Hildebrand.Family & friends may visit from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 Noon on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Rev. Rob Edwards will officiate the Funeral Services on Thursday, October 6, 2016, 12:00 Noon, at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home. Burial will then follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be directed to Cure PSP or the American Cancer Society for Pancreatic Cancer Research. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Calihan family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

Varsity Letter in Fishing?

first_imgThe next high school sport may be fishing.  No, I am not making this up.  When we were visiting the grandkids in Minnesota, we saw a TV report about beginning fishing as a high school sport.  The governor of Minnesota is an avid fisherman and is pushing the idea.  Wisconsin is also considering adding fishing to their athletic program.According to a Web report, Illinois is the first state to actually implement it.  Dave Gannaway, a member of the Illinois High School Association, brought this new sport to the attention of the Athletic Board.  The Illinois Bass Federation jumped on board along with several other organizations and offered to provide boats and instruction.Missouri had a state-wide vote on the interest of adding fishing.  They are thinking in terms of making it an extra-curricular activity similar to band, drama, or cheerleading.  Whether it is a sport or an extra-curricular activity, it is a way to involve non-traditional athletes.last_img read more