A Celebration of the Life of Daniel James McClung Benefit Will Play 54 Below

first_img In addition to O’Malley, Murney and Barber (Wicked), the benefit will include performances from The Skivvies (Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley), Chelsea Packard, Jason Michael Snow, Tamika Sonja Lawrence, Dana Steingold, Joelle Lurie and Michael Zahler. The evening will feature the music of Judy Garland and Ella Fitzgerald, re-imagined. View Comments McClung passed away on January 5 after a fire broke out in the Strand Condominium. He was 27 years old. His husband, Michael Cohen, suffered smoke inhalation while attempting to escape. McClung’s plays include Inamorato, Flimsy Things and The Paper Nautilus, which were workshopped with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, PS 122 and AliveWire Theatrics. To learn more about the memorial scholarship fund, and to make a donation, visit AlwaysForDaniel.com.center_img Rory O’Malley, Julia Murney, Jenni Barber and more will perform at 54 Below to pay tribute to the late playwright Daniel James McClung, who passed away earlier this year in a high-rise fire at the Strand apartment building in Manhattan. Always For Daniel: A Celebration of the Life of Daniel James McClung will take place on June 2. Proceeds from the benefit will go to Muhlenberg College Theatre and Dance, McClung’s alma mater, where a scholarship will be established in his name.last_img read more

Jeff Daniels & Michelle Williams Begin Performances in Blackbird

first_img Jeff Daniels Show Closed This production ended its run on June 11, 2016 View Comments One of the most buzzed-about shows of the season has arrived! Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams will start previews in Blackbird on February 5. Directed by Joe Mantello, the Broadway premiere of the 2005 drama by Scottish playwright David Harrower is scheduled to officially open on March 10 and will play through June 12 at the Belasco Theatre.Blackbird explores the relationship between the middle-aged Ray and the now 27-year-old Una. The two last encountered each other 15 years earlier, when Ray was taken into custody following their illegal sexual affair. Despite Ray’s attempts to form a new identity, Una finds him and confronts him at his office.The drama premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in 2005 before transferring to the West End. After winning the 2007 Olivier Award, the play made its off-Broadway premiere at Manhattan Theater Club with The Newsroom co-stars Daniels and Alison Pill. A film adaptation, starring Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn, is in the early stages of development. Related Shows Jeff Daniels & Michelle Williams Star Files Blackbird Michelle Williamslast_img read more

Start Seeds Now

first_imgDoes winter weather have you anxious for spring? Are you ready to start digging in the dirt and growing tomatoes, peppers, squash and other warm season veggies? Soon after the lid is removed, transplant the seedlings to 3- or 4-inch diameter pots. Larger pots give seedlings room for root expansion. When the plants have three or four true leaves on the stem, Dutton knows they are ready to move them outdoors during the day. “The immature seedlings need to harden off gradually outside. They won’t withstand cold temperatures or even intense sunlight at this point, so monitor the weather closely during this time,” she said. “Be sure to bring them in at night to protect them from temperature extremes.” Once spring temperatures are consistently above freezing, the new plants can be moved into the garden. Dutton says patience is the key to growing vegetables from seeds. “Starting vegetables from seed requires that you trust in benign neglect,” said Dutton, who has gained this insight through practicing the art and science of starting seeds for nearly 25 years. “Don’t give the seedlings too much attention. I can’t think of anything more satisfying than knowing I was able to produce a productive vegetable garden from just some tiny seed.”For more information on planting a spring garden, visit the UGA Extension publications website at www.caes.uga.edu/publications. Even though we still have chilly days ahead, seasoned gardeners can plan now for their spring vegetable gardens. On a quest to learn how, I sought the counsel of an expert, University of Georgia Lifetime Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Rachel Dutton. She shared with me her wisdom for surefire seed success. Shop from catalogsDutton says start by reading winter seed catalogs and ordering several different varieties. “Try some familiar varieties, but also include some you can’t get at a local nursery. Experimenting with new and new-to-you vegetables is one of the advantages of starting plants from seed,” she said.The veteran gardener prefers to start seeds in peat pellets on planting trays with clear lids. Peat pellets are those small round discs that expand when watered. You can buy them at most big box stores or garden centers. Read the seed package to determine how deeply to plant the seeds in the pellets for optimal germination. Dutton starts her seeds from mid-February to mid-March. This gives her seedlings six to eight weeks to grow before outdoor temperatures are safe for planting them in the vegetable garden. Warm soil, not just warm air temperature, is crucial for summer vegetable plant roots to begin growing. It may take longer for soil temperatures to warm up to between 60 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the optimal planting temperature. Provide water, light and warmthTo start seeds indoors before the temperatures warm outside, Dutton depends on a lamp system in her basement. This provides light in the spectrum that plants need for optimal germination and growth. “I use one cool fluorescent lamp paired with one warm incandescent. I find that this combination of light provides enough warmth and light to get the seedlings to germinate within a few days,” she said.To provide moisture, she adds water to the bottom of the pellet-filled trays. “The water will be soaked up from the base and this will prevent early problems with root rot and disease. Seeds and seedlings need to be moist, but not wet,” Dutton said. Seeds will germinate and produce their first cotyledons (new seed leaves) under the tray covers. Once the first true leaves appear, Dutton removes the tray covers. Take them outside a little each daylast_img read more

VTrans announces $2 million supplemental paving program

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin today announced that the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) will pave an additional 23 miles of state highway than was originally planned to occur.  ‘Vermonters know our roads are in really tough shape this year and I’m pleased to announce that VTrans has made adjustments in order to fund additional paving this construction season’ Governor Shumlin said. ‘State highways have incurred serious damage from the heavy snow falls of this past winter followed by record-breaking spring rain. The additional investment into paving to the areas of greatest need will help improve road surfaces across the State,’ he said. VTrans is taking advantage of a provision passed by the Legislature that authorizes the transfer of up to $2 million to paving for the specific purpose of addressing the condition of state highways that incurred damage from the severe winter.  The additional funding will be used by the Agency’s nine Maintenance Districts to ‘level’ 23 additional miles of roadway this summer and fall.  The supplemental funding increases the total planned ‘leveling’ from $4 million to $6 million, and from 38 miles to 61 miles.  Unlike the Agency’s main paving program, which provides long-term road surface treatments, leveling is designed to provide a thin layer of surface treatment with an expected lifespan of three-to-five years. ‘VTrans identified for leveling 61 miles of roadway in 25 different towns spread all over the state,’ Transportation Secretary Brian Searles said. ‘The projects range in size from as long as 6.9 miles of Route 108 in Berkshire to as short as six-tenths of a mile of Route 2 in South Burlington.’  During fiscal year 2012, VTrans anticipates improving over 100 miles of interstate highways, approximately 160 miles of state highways, and numerous grants to towns for improvements to town highways.last_img read more

Germany, with over 1,100 cases, reports first two coronavirus deaths

first_imgTopics : No large eventsTo limit the spread of the virus, the regional government in the also badly affected southern state of Bavaria decided to ban all events with more than 1,000 participants, the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper reported.The decision followed a plea by German Health Minister Jens Spahn to call such large events off nationwide, along with a promise to discuss mitigating the economic consequences of that decision.Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition agreed to make it easier for companies to claim subsidies to support workers on reduced working hours until the end of the year.That would make it possible for firms to cut the hours and wages they offered their workers, with the government making up nearly two-thirds of the shortfall, preventing layoffs that might otherwise become necessary.Several German companies have been badly hit, including the carmaker Daimler and the airline group Lufthansa, which has cancelled half its flights over the coming months.Merkel said on Monday she expected Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and Economy Minister Peter Altmaier to present further measures this week to help companies bridge liquidity problems due to the coronavirus.Scholz told the RND media group on Monday that, if the epidemic pushed the economy into a severe crisis, the government would do “everything necessary” to stabilize it.Officials estimate that Berlin could put together a stimulus package worth up to 50 billion euros (US$57.30 billion), without ditching the government’s policy of not increasing debt. The patient in Essen had tested positive with coronavirus on March 3 after being taken to hospital in already critical condition, local authorities said.The patient in the Heinsberg district, in Germany’s rural far west had been admitted on Friday with pre-existing heart problems and diabetes, said Stephan Pusch, administrative head of the district.”This shows again that older people and people with pre-existing health problems are particularly at risk,” he said.center_img Germany confirmed its first two deaths from the coronavirus on Monday as its overall number of new infections rose by 20% to 1,139, the latest signs that the epidemic is spreading rapidly in Europe’s largest economy.Germany’s tally, far short of Italy’s 7,300, included a cluster of 322 in one municipality.Officials in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia said an 89-year-old woman had died in the town of Essen and that a 78-year-old man with pre-existing health conditions had died in the badly affected region of Heinsberg.last_img read more

The owner of this property realised the land was worth more than the house

first_imgThe cleared land at 51 Toorak Rd, HamiltonWHEN Ed Turley spotted an old house for sale on a large block at 51 Toorak Rd, Hamilton, he knew it would be the perfect spot to build a dream house.He lived in the existing house for a few years, and as his family expanded, he decided he didn’t have the time to commit to such a big project and decided to offer it for sale.The thing that had appealed to Mr Turley the most about the property was the land itself, so with the firm belief that it would achieve a better price and draw in more potential buyers as a block of land, he has removed the old timber home. Views from the land at 51 Toorak Rd, Hamilton“When we did buy the house, I had only just had my first child and now we are into the second and so I guess I had to make the choice either to spend a lot of time building a house or spending it with the kids and obviously the kids are going to come first.’’Mr Turley said it was within a demolition control precinct and he had to get approval to remove the old home.“The council accepted it was probably not one worth sustaining, particularly when you are among the other large colonial homesteads there,’’ he said.“This one was just a little shack compared to those, although it was nice and cosy.’’ The site when demolition of the older timber home was under way.Marketing agent Alex Rutherford of Place, who will take it to auction on February 1, described it as a once in a lifetime opportunity to buy land in Hamilton.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by The land is zoned Character Residential over two 405 sqm lots. It is surrounded by multimillion-dollar homes and property records reveal it last traded in November 2013 for $2.2 million.“It had an older house on it and it was spread across two 405 metre blocks so my view was to remove it and build with a blank canvas and make a good family home for myself and my family,’’ Mr Turley said.“I liked the idea of keeping it as one block, that was my preference because splitting it really didn’t do that block justice, but it was a very rare find.’’The site has views over the Albion Raceway and to Mt Coot-tha.last_img read more

This luxurious family home has hit the market in one of Brisbane’s blue chip suburbs

first_img44 Abbott St, Ascot.At the rear of the upper level, the lavishly-appointed main bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe with a dressing area, a private balcony overlooking the backyard and pool, a ceiling fan and an ensuite, also with twin vanities and a separate shower and bath. 44 Abbott St, Ascot.Next to this is a contemporary kitchen, with stone bench tops, a breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances, an integrated coffee machine, gas cooktop and ample cabinetry.From the living and dining area is the patio, overlooking a grassy yard and an in-ground pool with an additional timber pool deck.In the main bathroom is a mosaic tiled shower and a laundry with external access. Flowing out from the family room through timber bi-fold doors is an enclosed sunroom with tiled flooring and plantation shutters. 44 Abbott St, Ascot.A LUXURIOUS family home has been listed for sale in one of Brisbane’s blue chip suburbs.Median house prices have increased per cent in the past year, with CoreLogic figures revealing 85 homes sold in the suburb in the past 12 months.The latest on offer is a five-bedroom home at 44 Abbott St. It has multiple living areas, including a media room and library. 44 Abbott St, Ascot.The house is on a 698sq m block close to parks, schools, and the shopping and dining precinct of Racecourse Road.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Inside is tiled flooring, neutral colour schemes and high ceilings.A hallway leads past the media room, which has speakers, the library, which has built-in cabinetry, and a bedroom with outdoor access to a wraparound patio to an open-plan living and dining area. 44 Abbott St, Ascot.last_img read more

Bond losses drag down returns at domestic Norwegian sovereign fund

first_imgNorway’s domestic government pension fund — the smaller counterpart of the NOK6.8trn (€723bn) oil fund — saw an investment loss during the second quarter of 2015 as long bond yields ticked higher for the first time in years.The NOK196bn Government Pension Fund Norway, which along with the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), forms part of the Government Pension Fund, reported a return of 5.5% between January and June this year, but a 0.3% loss for the second quarter on its own.In absolute terms, the first half profit was NOK10.2bn and the second quarter loss came to NOK503m.The returns compare to 9.3% for the first half of 2014 and 6.7% for the second quarter of that year. Olaug Svarva, chief executive of Folketrygdfondet, which manages the fund, said: “After a strong first quarter, market developments were more hesitant in the second quarter.”The second quarter saw investors focus on uncertainty around Greece’s relationship with the rest of the euro-zone, China’s slowdown in growth and the prospects of the US Federal Reserve lifting interest rates, she said.Companies exposed to the petroleum sector, which make up a large part of the fund’s equity portfolio, were now undergoing intensive restructuring, Svarva said, adding that this was a challenging period with difficult choices for investors.The pension fund is split into an equity portfolio and a bond portfolio. The equity part posted a 9.4% return in the first half, 0.2% below the benchmark return, while the bond portfolio made a 0.2% return, beating its reference index by 0.4 of a percentage point, Folketrygdfondet said.In the second quarter alone, the equity portfolio returned 0.1% — half a percentage point below the benchmark, while bonds lost 0.8% — which was a 0.4 point improvement on the benchmark.“Yields on long-dated government bonds rose in the second quarter after falling for many years,” the fund’s manager said in the interim report.This rise in yields for bonds with a long time to go to maturity was the reason for loss on the bond portfolio, it said. However currency movements had helped trim the loss.While the Norwegian bond market fell 1.1% in the second quarter measured by the benchmark, and the benchmark for bonds for the whole of the Nordic region fell 1.7%, the decline of the latter had been reduced because of Norwegian krone weakness in the quarter, according to the report.The fund’s assets grew in value to NOK196bn at the end of June from NOK186bn at the end of December 2014.last_img read more

Equinor to connect two extra offshore fields to power from shore solution

first_imgTwo Equinor-operated fields located offshore Norway, the Sleipner field centre and the Gudrun field, will receive power from shore to further reduce CO₂ emissions on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The Utsira High Area power grid, which will become operational in 2022, will provide power from shore to the Johan Sverdrup, Edvard Grieg, Ivar Aasen, Gina Krog, and Sleipner fields.The licenses that now will receive power from shore from the Utsira High area solution are operated by Equinor, Lundin Norway, and Aker BP.Equinor said on Monday that the area’s license partners have recently agreed on maximizing the utilization of power from shore to the area by enabling partial electrification of the Sleipner field centre as well. The overall area solution will contribute to an average reduction in CO₂ emissions close to 1.2 million tonnes of CO₂ per year.Anders Opedal, executive vice president for Technology, projects & drilling in Equinor, said: “The Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) is leading in producing oil and gas with low greenhouse gas emissions. By enabling partial electrification of Sleipner and tie-in fields, we are making maximum utilization of the area solution for power from shore to the Utsira High to further reduce emissions from the NCS.”The original area solution for power from shore to the Utsira High comprises the Johan Sverdrup, Edvard Grieg, Gina Krog, and Ivar Aasen fields.The power from shore solution included in the second phase of the Johan Sverdrup development will provide additional capacity of 35 MW in order to meet increased power demand from existing or additional fields in the future.Power from shore for Sleipner & Gudrun According to Equinor, based on the result of recent negotiations by the license partners, the Sleipner field centre, together with the Gudrun platform and other tie-ins, will receive power from shore to meet parts of their power demand. This solution will also ensure that the Lundin Norway-operated Edvard Grieg platform will be able to fully meet its power demand through power from shore.Equinor noted that emission reductions based on the Utsira High area solution were estimated at more than 1 million tonnes of CO₂ on average per year. Further emission reductions by partial electrification of Sleipner are estimated at more than 150,000 tonnes of CO₂ per year.“I am pleased that the Sleipner license partners support a solution enabling the Sleipner field centre and tie-ins to be connected to the power from shore solution. It was not an easy task to find a technical and commercial solution that meets the needs of all licenses in this area, so I would like to thank all involved companies and Norwegian authorities who have helped ensure a maximum and holistic utilization of the power from shore capacity in the area,” said Opedal.The Sleipner field centre solution calls for Sleipner to lay a power cable to the Gina Krog platform, which will be connected to the Utsira High area solution by a separate power cable by the end of 2022. In certain periods the field’s power from shore demand may exceed the capacity of the area solution. In such periods Sleipner will use gas turbines to cover its shortage.The industry’s NOx Fund provides up to NOK 430 million to realize the partial electrification of Sleipner and tie-ins.The Sleipner license partners are planning to make a final investment decision during the second quarter of 2020.“Due to the transition we are facing on the NCS, we must reduce the carbon footprint from our operations to protect and develop the value from the Norwegian shelf,” says Arne Sigve Nylund, executive vice president for Development & production Norway in Equinor.Plan to fully electrify Edvard Grieg Lundin Norway is the operator of the Edvard Grieg platform with a 65 percent working interest and the partners are OMV Norge and Wintershall DEA with 20 and 15 percent working interests, respectively.The Edvard Grieg power from shore project involves the retirement of the existing gas turbine power generation system on the platform, installation of electric boilers to provide process heat and installation of a power cable from Johan Sverdrup to Edvard Grieg. When the facilities are all operational, Lundin Norway’s net capital investment in power from shore facilities at Edvard Grieg and Johan Sverdrup will total approximately $500 million, half of which has already been spent.Alex Schneiter, President and CEO of Lundin Petroleum, said: “Full power from shore for Edvard Grieg, as part of the Utsira High power grid, will not only significantly reduce the carbon emissions from the area to below 1kg of CO2 per barrel but will also allow us to drive further value from the asset base through higher production efficiency, reduced operating costs and less carbon tax.“The CO2 saved from Edvard Grieg alone, will amount to approximately 200,000 tonnes per year from 2022, in addition to the emission savings as a result of power from shore to Johan Sverdrup. The Edvard Grieg project will further solidify Lundin Petroleum’s position as a world leading low carbon emissions oil producer, with its two key assets fully or becoming fully electrified, using power from shore mainly sourced from renewable energy.”last_img read more