Garry Marshall Will Helm Billy & Ray Off-Broadway

first_img Marshall directed the play’s acclaimed world premiere in the spring of 2013 at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, California. Bencivenga is a writer and director of theater and film. His full length plays include Single Bullet Theory, Couplets, Summer on Fire and Bad Hearts. Billy & Ray The comedy charts the birth of the film noir genre and follows literary odd couple writer-director Billy Wilder and novelist Raymond Chandler as they contentiously collaborate to adapt Double Indemnity for the silver screen. Set in 1940’s Hollywood, Billy & Ray is the true story of how two brilliant and thorny artists battled the Hollywood censors and each other to create a groundbreaking movie classic. View Comments As previously announced, in the winter of 2015, Vineyard Theatre will produce the world-premiere musical Brooklynite helmed by Tony-winning director Michael Mayer and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Gloria.center_img Renowned director/writer/producer Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman, Beaches) will direct the New York debut of Mike Bencivenga’s Billy & Ray off-Broadway. Kicking off the 32nd season of the Vineyard Theatre, performances will begin on October 2 with opening night scheduled for October 20 at The Vineyard. Casting and further creative team will be announced later. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 23, 2014last_img read more

‘Bacca Business.

first_imgThe federal government will allow Georgia farmers to grow more tobacco in 2002. But that doesn’t mean they will, say University of Georgia experts.The U.S. Department of Agriculture has set the national basic quota for this year at 582 million pounds, about 33 million pounds more than in 2001.”Looks like we’ll have a 6-percent increase in the basic quota that can be produced in Georgia,” said J. Michael Moore, a tobacco scientist with the UGA Extension Service.But there won’t be 6 percent more acres of tobacco grown or sold in Georgia this year. The basic quota is only the starting point.Last year, growers sold 3 percent more than the 2001 quota. “That 3 percent comes off this year,” Moore said. So, theoretically, this year’s increase will actually be 3 percent.But this is still misleading. Growers have “quite a bit” of 2001 tobacco that hasn’t been sold yet, Moore said.Because of the overselling in 2001 and the tobacco left on farms, there’s a good chance the 2002 crop will actually be less than in 2001, Moore said.Georgia growers will plant between 26,000 and 27,000 acres of tobacco this year.Tobacco is grown on only a small portion of Georgia’s 10 million acres of farmland. But it’s still a profitable crop, said Bill Givan, a UGA Extension Service economist. In terms of its farm-gate value, it’s the state’s third-leading field crop, bringing in $120 million in 2000.The average price support for the 2002 crop will be $1.656 per pound, or 0.4 cents per pound less than last year.However, growers should get the same amount of return for the crop this year, Givan said. Production costs should be slightly less in 2002, making the net return on investment about the same as last year.USDA figures the tobacco quota by adding cigarette makers’ buying intentions to the three-year tobacco export average, then subtracting the leaf held by the Tobacco Cooperative Stabilization Corporation.Stabilization, as it is known, directs the price support program for tobacco under contractual agreement with the USDA.last_img read more

Vegetables rebound

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia’s fall vegetable crop looks good. A University of Georgia expert says it’s just another positive bounce in what has been a rebound year for the state’s vegetable production.Last fall, four tropical storms knocked yields to the ground in south Georgia, where most of the state’s vegetables are grown. Prices were good, but there wasn’t much to sell. The opposite had already hammered the year’s spring crop. Yields were high — too high, sending prices down.But things have evened out in 2005, said Terry Kelly, a vegetable specialist with the UGA Cooperative Extension.”When you look at the big picture, 2005 has been a better year for vegetables,” Kelley said.Vegetables are grown in Georgia virtually year-round, he said. The state’s subtropical weather allows farmers to grow two full warm-season crops like peppers, eggplants and tomatoes. Carrots, onions and cole crops like cabbage and kale are grown in the cooler months.Georgia’s spring crop this year “was decent,” Kelley said. The weather was a little cool and wet and put the crop behind in growth. Yields were down about 25 percent. But prices were good and made up for the loss in production.Prolonged warm weather with no killer frost this fall has allowed some Georgia farmers to continue harvesting the warm-season crops they planted in late July, he said.The weather has been dry. But this isn’t usually bad for vegetables, which are mostly irrigated in Georgia. Dry conditions keep vegetables diseases down.Cold weather in more northerly vegetable-producing states like North and South Carolina has stopped warm-season production up the Eastern Seaboard. And tropical storms have damaged Florida’s crop.”From a price standpoint, Georgia farmers have been able to take advantage of this situation,” Kelley said. “We’re not getting big yields this late on the warm-season crops, but prices are premium.”For example, good pepper prices for Georgia farmers in the fall are normally $14 to $15 per 28-pound box. Good yields are 1,400 to 1,600 boxes per acre in October, the height of the fall harvest. Yields are much lower than that now, but Georgia farmers are getting close to $30 per box.”Vegetable prices change on a day-to-day basis,” he said. “It’s all supply-and-demand. With a short supply like we have now, those that have something to harvest make good money.”As temperatures drop, so will Georgia’s warm-season vegetable production.But crops like cabbage, onions, carrots and leafy greens will still be in the ground. And as long as it doesn’t get too cold and the winds and rains stay mild, Kelley said, these crops should finish out a good year for the state’s vegetable farmers and ease them into a good spring crop.It’s tough to know for sure, but Kelley figures Georgia farmers have about 50,000 acres of vegetables planted right now. At the peak of spring production, they had about 100,000 vegetable acres.Georgia ranks fourth in the nation in fresh-market vegetable production. The crop is worth about $700 million annually.last_img read more

New funding bolsters St Albans streetscapes project

first_imgSt Albans has been awarded a $125,000 federal grant for its ongoing streetscapes project, US Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and US Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) announced Tuesday.The grant, awarded by the Department of Transportation, will fund continued downtown improvements.In FY2009, Welch secured $380,000 in funding for sidewalk, streetlight, signage and aesthetic upgrades to Main Street and Taylor Park as part of a comprehensive, local economic revitalization project, known as the streetscapes project. The project will increase accessibility and safety in an historic and economically vital corridor of the city.The multi-phased project includes the comprehensive redesign of Main Street sidewalks; replacement of street lights, traffic signal arms, and traffic lights; replacement of street trees to better manage storm water; and the construction of signage. Street and traffic lights will be replaced with energy efficient LED lights.‘This will help St. Albans advance its vision for strengthening its historic downtown. Streetscape projects like this are about more than just making our downtowns more attractive. They are about leveraging new economic development and making housing and services more accessible to residents and visitors,’ said Leahy.‘I am pleased that the city has won this federal investment in its historic downtown,’ said Sanders. ‘This funding will not only help St. Albans preserve its downtown environment, it will help preserve and sustain the natural environment, including implementing better ways to deal with storm water runoff and using innovative energy-efficient, energy-saving LED lighting in public spaces.’‘It is great news the City of St. Albans continues to receive federal support for this important downtown project. The streetscapes redevelopment will help the City continue to create jobs, improve its economic development, save energy, and preserve its unique historic character,’ said Welch. ‘In working with city officials over the years on this critical project, it is clear the people of St. Albans recognize the incredible value to the community of improving their downtown region.’St. Albans City Mayor Marty Manahan said, ‘This project is a key component our downtown redevelopment plans and our efforts to help the City improve on its economic development potential.’‘Our streetscapes project is about increasing the curb appeal of Main Street. The City has great design and character and this project helps highlight those assets,’ added St. Albans City Manager Dominic Cloud. Source: Congressional delegation. (WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20, 2010).last_img read more

Favela Occupations near Rio to Require 1,500 Agents

first_img Dozens of favelas dominated by drug traffickers and paramilitary militias have been retaken by the police and the military since 2008, and the government has set up 33 Police Pacification Units (UPP) in these slums. The occupation of the 15 favelas within Complexo da Maré, near Rio’s international airport, will require an operation of 1,500 agents, the new commander of the Rio de Janeiro Military Police (PM), Colonel José Luis Castro Menezes, stated on August 8. The authorities have been planning the retake of these favelas for months, where 75,000 people live and are dominated by drug trafficking. “We are not occupying Maré at this moment. We are planning the operation that will entail some 1,500 Military Police agents. So, it is a challenge,” the new commander of the PM stated. In addition to police officers, hundreds of members of the armed forces usually take part in these operations. By Dialogo August 09, 2013 The occupation of Complexo da Maré is part of the strategy started in 2008 by government authorities in order to improve security in Rio, one of the cities that will host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. In June, nine people died during the Confederations Cup during an operation by the Military Police Special Operations Battalion (BOPE) in Maré, following the death of a division sergeant who was shot in the head in one of the favelas of the Complexo. Menezes took his position on August 6, replacing Colonel Erir Ribeiro da Costa Filho, who had been dismissed from his post the day before, after revoking the mild sanctions imposed on 450 police officers without permission from his boss.last_img read more

Retail works out

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Aaron Ramsey reveals he received class message from Djibril Cisse after horrific leg break

first_imgAaron Ramsey had a lengthy chat about his career with Niall Horan on InstagramRamsey says he knew he had returned to his best when he scored the winning goal in Arsenal’s 1-0 victory over Manchester United in May 2011.‘That was nice because I went back there then, got a start against Manchester United and that’s when I really felt I was back,’ the Wales and Juventus star added.‘I scored the winner in that game. ‘It was one of the biggest games of the season for us. That was a moment for me where I felt like I was back from this and I felt good. AdvertisementAdvertisement‘That holds a special place for me, that was the moment where everything was going to be alright again.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalDuring the candid chat with the One Direction singer on Friday night, Ramsey also discussed his emotional farewell speech at the Emirates last summer and claimed he couldn’t stop the tears ‘pouring’ down his face.‘I wasn’t prepared for that. I was just thinking I’m going to go out there, say my bit and I couldn’t control anything,’ he said.‘It was just pouring out. I spent 11 years there, I grew up there, I left Cardiff at 17, I’ve been married, had kids and been through so much on and off the pitch. ‘That club meant so much to me and always will.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Aaron Ramsey says he was starstruck by Cesc Fabregas, William Gallas and Kolo Toure when he joined ArsenalMORE: Phil Jones says he rejected Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal to join Man Utd Former Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey fractured his tibia and fibula after a challenge from Ryan Shawcross (Picture: Getty)Aaron Ramsey has revealed that he received a heartfelt message of support from Djibril Cisse after his horrific leg break during Arsenal’s clash with Stoke City back in 2010.The Welshman was just 19 when Stoke centre-half Ryan Shawcross fractured both the tibia and fibula in his right leg and and his next appearance for Arsenal came well over a year after the devastating injury.Arsene Wenger even sent Ramsey on separate loans to Nottingham Forest and Derby County in a bid to get him up to full fitness before his first-team return for the Gunners.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 11 Apr 2020 11:53 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link186Shares Cisse offered his support to Ramsey after the injury (Picture: Getty)Ramsey was flooded with messages of support followng Arsenal’s 3-1 win at Stoke that day and one particular message sticks out in his memory, from a player who knew exactly what he was going through. AdvertisementAdvertisementFormer Liverpool and France striker Cisse suffered two horrendous leg breaks during his career and reached out with some kind words to reassure the midfielder he would be able to pull through.An unnamed Formula One driver also contacted Ramsey to offer his support.Reflecting on the shocking incident ten years ago, Ramsey told Niall Horan in an Instagram Live: ‘I had just started playing regularly in the first-team and I was playing well and that happened and it just knocks you for six. You just think why me and why has it happened?‘You knew… especially against Arsenal. That was their game. Kick the lumps out of them, every throw-in into the penalty area, set pieces. ‘I think especially when we’re playing away as well it was difficult for us to go to certain grounds. But, yeah, that happened and I was fearing for my career. I was only 19 at the time. Comment Aaron Ramsey reveals he received class message from Djibril Cisse after horrific leg break Cisse suffered two separate leg breaks during his career (Picture: Getty)‘So I broke my fibula and tibia. All these things are going through my mind: “Am I ever going to be able to walk again, run, play…? I’ve done all this and I’ve only just begun my career”. And then after a few days you settle down a bit. ‘You get all the experienced doctors and specialists calming you down, saying: “Don’t worry, you will make a full recovery”.‘It was nice as well. You get messages from other people who have had similar injuries. Cisse messaged me. He had a couple didn’t he? I had loads from all different types… sports, there was an F1 driver as well. It’s nice to be reassured again that you will come back.’ Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Roy Hodgson expects bids to come in for Arsenal transfer target Wilfried Zaha

first_img Comment Zaha is Palace’s main man (Picture: Getty)‘But I certainly wouldn’t count on that because if I was at another club, I’d be looking to sign players of his quality.’The summer transfer window is expected to be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic which has caused financial issues for football clubs across the world.UEFA have green light new dates for the upcoming window and told the Premier League transfer activity must be completed by 5 October.Palace have managed to steer themselves away from a relegation battle and take on Bournemouth on Saturday night.MORE: Mikel Arteta hails Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ improved attitude ahead of Arsenal vs BrightonMORE: Mikel Arteta gives honest assessment of Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette’s ‘difficult season’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Advertisement Zaha was a target for Arsenal last summer (Picture: Getty)Roy Hodgson has admitted it would be ‘foolish’ for Crystal Palace to assume no big clubs will submit offers for Wilfried Zaha in the next transfer window.Zaha was the subject of intense transfer speculation last summer, with Palace turning down bids from Arsenal and Everton.The forward recently said it was ‘amazing’ to have Arsenal try to sign him, appearing to open the door to a future move to the club.Palace resume club action this weekend after three months off due to the coronavirus pandemic and Hodgson conceded he could not rule off having to spend another summer worrying about losing Zaha.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It’s an unknown isn’t it, how much money is going to be floating around in the next window,’ Hodgson said in his pre-match press conference.‘I think we’d be very foolish to relax and start thinking there will be no bids for Wilf Zaha, no big-money interest in him, because he’s such a good player.‘He has the ability to play at any level, anywhere in the world, so who knows? If we find it easy to keep him because there aren’t big bids coming in, that would be fine. Roy Hodgson expects bids to come in for Arsenal transfer target Wilfried Zaha Coral BarrySaturday 20 Jun 2020 11:21 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link568Shareslast_img read more

Governor Wolf’s First Term Marks Substantial Shift for Pennsylvania’s Energy, Environment

first_imgGovernor Wolf’s First Term Marks Substantial Shift for Pennsylvania’s Energy, Environment January 08, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Since taking office, Governor Tom Wolf has worked to protect Pennsylvania’s air, water, and land through smarter energy policy and conservation. Today following the signing of a new executive order establishing the first statewide air pollution goal, he pledged to continue to make Pennsylvania an environmental leader in his second term.“Since coming to office I have been a strong advocate for the environment and have worked to make sure all Pennsylvanians have clean air and pure water,” said Governor Wolf. “Pennsylvania has seen major reductions in pollution since I came to office. Our focus on increased reliance on clean energy, improved energy efficiency, and improved oversight of emissions of potent greenhouse gases such as methane, have all been critical in helping to move Pennsylvania forward.”Governor Wolf’s efforts over the past four years, including working in a bipartisan manner with the General Assembly, and environmental advocates, have resulted in increased protections for Pennsylvania’s resources:Clear AirMoved forward with a Methane Reduction Strategy, including finalizing some of the first permits in the nation to set a threshold on methane emissions from new unconventional gas wells and other infrastructure, and proposing new regulations to reduce methane emissions from existing wells and infrastructure.Began implementing a plan to use the $118 million settlement from Volkswagen to reduce air pollution from cars, trucks, and other diesel-powered equipment.Fought the Trump Administration’s attempts to gut environmental laws and regulations and defund critical environmental programs and the EPA.Pure WaterHired additional staff for the Safe Drinking Water program to ensure Pennsylvanian’s drinking water is clean and safe.Provided enhanced protections to dozens of streams across Pennsylvania in order to reduce pollution, protect aquatic life, and provide recreational opportunities for anglers and tubers alike.Formed the PFAS Action Team in September 2018. Led by DEP Sec. Patrick McDonnell, this multi-agency team is taking proactive steps to identify possible contamination and address health concerns for Pennsylvanians.Secured funding for communities stricken by the 2018 floods, and provided clearer guidance for residents and municipalities on how to manage streams and rivers to prevent flooding.Achieved unprecedented progress toward 2025 water pollution reduction goals through new levels of partnership and innovation.Clean Energy JobsSigned legislation that enables low-cost, long-term funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation upgrades to commercial or industrial properties.Released a plan to increase solar power across Pennsylvania to 10 percent of total production by 2030.Signed legislation to expand of the use of solar energy across the commonwealth, while ensuring that the environmental and health benefits of solar energy are experienced in Pennsylvania.Retooled the state’s Solar Energy Program to include grant funding to help make Pennsylvania a leader in clean energy.Modernization, Remediation, and SustainabilityIncreased oil and gas drilling inspections after switch to electronic process in 2017.Secured increased funding for the Department of Environmental Protection in order to help it fulfill its mission of protecting Pennsylvania’s air, land, and water from pollution and to providing for the health and safety of its citizens through a cleaner environment.Moved forward with enhanced building codes to help save Pennsylvanian’s money on utilities, improve energy efficiency, and enhance safety.Reinstated a moratorium on oil and gas development on state parks and forests.Awarded more than $60 million in grants to communities and businesses to improve and restore streams and watersheds, repair abandoned mine damage, improve water and sewer infrastructure, and switch to cleaner vehicles.Approved millions in funding to reclaim and restore abandoned mine lands for the benefit of the environment and local economies.In addition to the Wolf Administration’s first term accomplishments, the governor vowed to continue to take meaningful steps to address climate change, while helping to create good paying jobs in the clean energy sector and be a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars by:Continuing to work to streamline permitting by utilizing technology such as e-permitting and continual process improvements to ensure that the regulated community receives permit decisions in a predictable, timely manner, while Pennsylvania’s critical environment protections are maintained.Finalizing a strong Watershed Implementation Plan to support Pennsylvania farmers and communities in improving local water quality.Participating in the regional Transportation Climate Initiative to develop the clean energy economy and reduce oil dependence and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.Moving forward with implementation of recommendations of the PA Solar Future Plan.Supporting the implementation of Pennsylvania’s Climate Action Plan, which will be released shortly and contains numerous strategies to address climate change impacts and reduce emissions within various sectors of Pennsylvania’s economy.last_img read more

PGS wraps up 3D seismic survey offshore Guinea

first_imgNorwegian marine seismic specialist PGS has completed its first multi-client acquisition project offshore the Republic of Guinea.The Ramform Atlas vessel / Image source: PGS“The Guinea MC3D survey PGS’ first MultiClient project in collaboration with the Republic of Guinea and marks the start of a series of planned acquisitions,”  PGS said.The Ramform Atlas seismic survey vessel started operations in mid-February and acquired 3D seismic data over the blocks A4 and A5 for 84 successive days.The vessel, equipped with 70-meter back deck, covered a survey area of 7900 square kilometers in water depths ranging between 60 meters and 4500 meters.The streamer length was 8025 meters, with streamer separation of 150 meters between the twelve streamers used.According to PGS, the survey project was completed on May 8, and fast-track processing is ongoing and the data will be available within the next few weeks.MarineTraffic data shows the Ramform Atlas vessel is currently located at Las Palmas, Spain.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more