Jennifer Lim & Jodi Long Will Star in MTC’s Happiness

first_imgJennifer Lim (Chinglish) and Jodi Long (Flower Drum Song) will star in the previously reported Manhattan Theatre Club production of Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s The World of Extreme Happiness. Tony winner Richard Greenberg’s The Swing of The Sea is now also set to receive its world premiere next spring as part of MTC’s 2014-15 season. Both productions will play limited engagements at off-Broadway’s New York City Center—Stage I. View Comments Helmed by Lynne Meadow, Greenberg’s The Swing of the Sea will begin previews on May 26, 2015 and officially open June 16. Greenberg received the Tony for Take Me Out and his other recent Broadway credits include The Assembled Parties, which was also directed by Meadow. Patriarch Max has died, leaving behind two sons, Brett and Alec, and a lover Vivi. All three reunite for one evening in Vivi’s New York apartment. Secrets, passions and ghosts of the past emerge for this trio as each of them faces an uncertain future.center_img Along with Lim and Cowhig, the cast of The World of Extreme Happiness will include Ruy Iskander (The Dance and the Railroad, TV’s Gotham), Francis Jue (M. Butterfly, TV’s The Good Wife), Andrew Pang (The King and I) and Jo Mei. Directed by Eric Ting, the play follows Sunny (Lim), a woman determined to escape her life in rural China and forge a new identity in the city. Previews will begin on February 3, 2015, with opening night set for February 24. Prior to the New York run, the show will play the Goodman Theatre in Chicago with the same cast, September 13 through October 12.last_img read more

The frog’s meow

first_imgBy Mike IsbellUniversity of Georgia”You need to hear this frog,” the caller said. “I’ve never heardone make a sound like this.”I’m always interested in strange things in nature. Maybe thisfrog was something special. I decided to check it out.Bill met me out in the yard of the old frame house. We walkedover to a 5-gallon bucket he had out under a huge shade tree.Inside the bucket was the frog. After a few misses, Billretrieved the frog from the bucket.The big bullfrog Bill was holding was a good 5 inches long, andthat didn’t include its legs. Bill placed the frog on the groundand began to rub its back. The old frog raised itself off theground and arched its back, like a bow, and began to emit a veryunfroglike sound.Just like a catDarned if it didn’t sound just like a cat. And a very mad cat atthat.Now, I’m no frog expert, but I told Bill I suspected the catsound the frog was making was probably a cry of distress becauseit was caught. I told him I would try to confirm my suspicionwith someone who’s an expert.”I don’t guess we need to contact ‘Ripley’s Believe It or Not’just yet, huh?” Bill said jokingly.”No, I wouldn’t just yet,” I said.Toads and frogsToads and frogs range from just above the Arctic Circle to justabout the southern tips of Africa, Australia and South Americaand on many islands, including New Zealand. They’re the mostwidely distributed of all the amphibians.The typical toad has warty skin and short legs for hopping, whilethe typical frog has smooth skin and long legs for leaping. Butthere are no hard-and-fast rules for distinguishing a toad from afrog.Bullfrogs prefer larger bodies of water than most other frogs.You can find them in lakes, ponds and sluggish streams. You canusually see them along the water’s edge or amid the vegetationwhere they can hide.’Jug-o’-rum’Their deep, soothing, “jug-o’-rum” sound is what you would expectfrom bullfrogs.My research on frog sounds led me to Whit Gibbons in Aiken, S.C.Whit’s a reptilian and amphibian expert.He confirmed my suspicion that the sound was a distress cry ofthe frog. Whit said it’s a sound some bullfrogs will make inresponse to a predator. He didn’t know if all bullfrogs make itor just certain frogs.But evidently it’s rare to hear one.A bullfrog that sounds like a cat. Isn’t that the frog’s meow!(Mike Isbell is the Heard County Extension Coordinator withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Renovator Certification

first_imgPainters, carpenters and home renovators who renovates will benefit by attending a training Aug. 10 in Macon that will explain new Environmental Protection Agency regulations for lead-based paints.Offered by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and Greenville Tech, the training will be held from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Central Georgia Technical College. The EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule took effect April 22 and affects contractors, property managers and others who work in housing or childcare centers built before 1978.Participants will learn how to minimize lead dust generation and soil contamination during maintenance, renovation and remodeling projects. Following these procedures will reduce the risk of lead exposure to employees, children and residents.Participants in the class will perform hands-on activities and be tested at the end of the class. Those who earn a passing score will be certified as renovators, a certification that is valid for five years.The cost of the course is $260 and is limited to the first 20 registrants. For more information, or to register, go to the website read more

THE DIRT: Weekly Outdoor News from the Blue Ridge and Beyond

first_imgPhoto Courtesty of Don McCullough via FlickrThis week in THE DIRT: a new documentary film profile’s Emma “Grandma” Gatewood’s 1955 thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, much needed repairs come to the Blue Ridge Parkway, a dairy farmer in North Carolina is sentenced for dumping cow excrement into the French Broad river, and a National Park visitor is tazed in Hawaii while flying a drone.Emma Gatewood was the first woman to ever complete a solo thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, and she did it in 1955 at the age of 67. Now a new documentary is portraying her astonishing feat.“It’s been a long road to bring this project to fruition, but we’re almost there,” Filmmaker Bette Lou Higgins told the Chronicle-Telegram of Lorain County Ohio.Higgins and others began making the film—a documentary they’re calling ‘Trail Magic’— back in 2009. It will be officially debuted during a two-day event, May 28 and 29, at the TrueNorth Cultural Arts Center in Sheffield, Ohio.The Blue Ridge Parkway will be seeing some much-needed repairs thanks to a joint funding efforts from Congress and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. Both the foundation and Congress are providing $357,370 in matching funds for a total of $710,035 in improvements. Slated projects include rehabilitation of the Mount Pisgah amphitheater, repair and restoration of historic structures at Johnson Farm near milepost 86, and the repair and restoration of the historic Polly Woods Ordinary near Peaks of Otter, Virginia.A dairy farmer in North Carolina has been sentenced to four years of probation and six months of home detention after discharging cow feces into the French Broad River. William “Billy” Franklin Johnston is the owner of one of North Carolina’s largest dairy farms—Tap Root Dairy, LLC. Johnston, a Mills River town council member and acting board member on the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, was personally fined $15,000, while his company is being ordered to pony up $80,000 and placed on a strict environmental compliance plan.Beyond the Blue Ridge: A ranger at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park used a stun gun to subdue a park visitor after the visitor refused to bring down a drone he was flying over a large pool of lava. The altercation represents an ongoing debate about drone use in National Parks. The National Park Service says that drone’s have been used to disturb scenery and harass wildlife and prohibited their use back in June of 2014.last_img read more

Coal River Spill: Slurry leaks into West Virginia waterway

first_imgAccording the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the water in Crooked Run, a tributary of the Coal River in Boone County, West Virginia is now safe to drink after coal slurry leaked into the water supply on March 23.Coal slurry is the after product of washing coal with water and different chemicals before shipment of the coal. West Virginia DEP Division of Mining and Reclamation says the leak came from a burst pipe that spilled coal slurry for three hours; however, it is unknown how much slurry was released into the river.Residents reported the water of the Coal River appearing oily black and jelly-like. The closest water processing plant is in Lincoln County 17 miles downstream followed by the St. Albans treatment plant 35 miles down stream. Both of these facilities were immediately shut down while the spill was being investigated. The coal plant was also closed. Lincoln County’ water facility reopened their facility the following Friday after finding the waters chemical levels were at the standard level.last_img read more

5 breakthrough ways to easily connect with millennials

first_imgMillennials are expected to overtake baby boomers in 2015 as the largest generation in the U.S., and with this in mind, it’s no wonder credit unions are eager to figure out how to improve tactics to fit in with millennial behavior.But how do you go about connecting millennials with your credit union? The answer is in the question itself. You have to connect with them. There may be a gap between credit unions and millennials, but we have some expert tips on how to bridge it. Here are five ways to connect with this essential demographic:1. Go heavy on video contentWe spoke to Jonathan, age 22, about how he likes to learn. He said that he is a visual person and loves to watch videos. This is a millennial norm. Maker Studios is the largest distributor of short-form video content in the world. They receive 11 billion monthly views, with 60 percent of their viewers between ages 13 and 34. Millennials are watching videos, and they’re watching lots of them. continue reading » 49SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Citizen’s Action of New York holds ‘speak out’ in Binghamton

first_imgIn addition to providing a place for discussions, organizer Emilie Prudent told 12 News the group was also gathering as a way to ‘black out’ the Fourth of July holiday. Organizers said the event was an opportunity to discuss issues of racism, police brutality and changes they would like to see made to local police policies. Prudent said the event was also intended to be a follow up to last month’s Juneteenth celebration, and an opportunity to celebrate Black culture in general. The event ran from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and included food, music and guest speakers. center_img Prudent said, “The Fourth of July is America’s day of independence, the slaves were freed on June 19, 1865. This is not our holiday so I feel like we should not be celebrating it.” BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Southern Tier chapter of Citizen’s Action of New York held a ‘speak out’ at Columbus Park in Binghamton Saturday afternoon. last_img read more

NFL anthem stance is unAmerican

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Congratulations to the NFL. They have decreed that a piece of cloth (i.e., flag) which represents an image of America is more basic than the ideals (i.e., freedom of speech and expression) which are the essence of what it means to be an American.  If they claim that they took this action to protect the NFL’s appearance as patriotic, I suggest they reconsider.Forced patriotic expression is perfidious — and fundamentally unAmerican. Denis BrennanNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Security group leads race to take over Chesterton

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Corallian to use Ensco jack-up for UK well duo

first_imgUK-based Corallian Energy has entered into a letter of intent with drilling contractor Ensco for the provision of a jack-up drilling rig to drill its Colter and Wick wells offshore the UK.The Colter and Wick wells are located in licenses P1918 (UKCS Block 98/11a) and P2235 (UKCS Block 11/24b), respectively. Corallian is the operator of both licenses.Corallian Energy explained on Monday that, within the letter of intent, the parties have agreed, subject to approvals and consents, headline terms for a suitable unit to conduct drilling operations in the third or the fourth quarter of 2018.The P1918 license contains the Colter oil discovery located 2 kilometers south of the Wytch Farm onshore oilfield. Colter was originally drilled by offshore well 98/11-3 in 1986 which recovered oil on test from a 10.5 meters oil column within the Triassic Sherwood Sandstone, the main reservoir at Wytch Farm.Recently merged and reprocessed 3D seismic data has identified potential up-dip of the discovery well. Should the well be commercially successful, development would be via extended-reach wells from onshore as per Wytch Farm.The  P2235 license contains the Wick prospect, a fault bounded trap with Jurassic sandstone reservoirs lying up-dip of the spill point of the Lybster oilfield in the Inner Moray Firth Basin.United Oil & Gas, Corallian’s partner in the Colter license, said on Tuesday that owing to the fact that the well target is in shallow water, it enables the use of an offshore jack-up rig, keeping costs to a minimum.United estimates its share of drilling costs to be under £1 million ($1.35M).Brian Larkin, CEO United Oil and Gas, said: “The Colter Well will be drilled up-dip of an existing discovery in an established oil region. The addition of an excellent drilling partner, Ensco UK, will further strengthen our chances of success.”Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more