Will Eno’s The Open House, Opens Off-Broadway

first_imgThe world premiere of Will Eno’s new off-Broadway play The Open House officially opens March 3 at The Romulus Linney Courtyard at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Directed by Oliver Butler and starring Carolyn McCormick and Peter Friedman, the show will run through March 23. Related Shows The cast will also feature Hannah Bos and Michael Countryman and Danny McCarthy. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 30, 2014 Ever enigmatic Pulitzer Prize finalist Eno’s new play is described as follows: “Playwrights have been trying to write Family Plays for a long time. And typically these plays try to answer endlessly complicated questions of blood and duty and inheritance and responsibility. They try to answer the question, ‘Can things really change?’ People have been trying nobly for years and years to have plays solve in two hours what hasn’t been solved in many lifetimes. This has to stop.” The Open House View Commentslast_img read more

Sludge study kills fears

first_imgThe UGA research group, in collaboration with researchers from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, examined soil and hay from fields to which treated sewage sludge, also known as biosolids, had been applied regularly for periods ranging from one to 12 years. They then compared the data to fields that had never received biosolids applications.Biosolids land application programs are regulated under the Clean Water Act, 43 CFR Part 503, known as the 503 regulations, instituted in 1993.503 regulations”Some individuals have questioned whether the 503 regulations are protective of the public and the environment,” said UGA scientist Julia Gaskin, who headed the research team. “This study puts some of those fears to rest.”The study found that in the soil of treated fields, concentrations of metals like arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercuryfound were statistically the same as those in fields that neverreceived biosolids applications. The same was true of hay grownin most fields treated with biosolids.Three of the fields studied did produce hay with higherconcentrations of cadmium than the National Research Councilrecommends, Gaskin said.Cadmium levelsThese were fields where sludge was applied before 1993, shesaid. They’re likely to have received sludge with high cadmiumlevels. Current regulations would not allow land application ofthat type of sludge.”The recommended cadmium level is set to prevent cadmium fromaccumulating in the food chain from long-term exposure in thehay, and assumes the animals have no other source of food,”Gaskin said. “It would be a problem for food chain accumulationif animals didn’t eat anything but the high cadmium hay grown inthose fields.”The researchers also noted that copper and molybdenum levels were higher in soil from fields treated with biosolids for the longest times. Increased copper could be beneficial for farmers, becausecopper is naturally low in Southeastern soils. There wasn’t asimilar increase of copper levels, however, in the hay grown intreated fields.Copper in hay”While other studies have reported an increase in the copper inhay grown with biosolids fertilizers,” Gaskin said, “the current study did not see a statistically significant increase.”Molybdenum levels, however, were higher in hay from the fieldsreceiving biosolids for the longest times, she said. Highconcentrations of molybdenum can lead to copper deficiency incattle and other ruminants.”The increased molybdenum levels found in the hay in this studywere below levels thought to induce copper deficiencies in mostanimals,” Gaskin said. “Since copper is a necessary nutrient forcattle, we encourage farmers to use copper supplements as a goodmanagement practice.””The study is important because it evaluates the risk of metalcontamination in the soil and hay from farms participating in abiosolids land application program,” Gaskin said. “This studyindicates that the 503 regulations are protective and landapplication programs following the 503 regulations should notpose a risk of metal contamination.”The concerns raised by the study “can be addressed by goodmanagement,” Gaskin said. By Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaToxic levels of heavy metals don’t accumulate in soil or hay when properly treated municipal sewage sludge is used as fertilizer over long periods, according to a new University of Georgia study.last_img read more

Plastic catchalls

first_imgBy Wayne J. McLaurinUniversity ofGeorgiaI still prefer paper bags over plastic. But I keep finding somany handy uses for plastic bags.OK, there’s just something about the neatness of paper bags. Theyfold and can be stored. They’re square and really fit into thegarbage can. Most important, they break down in the environment.So I still ask for paper bags in the store. I get a lot ofstrange looks.Even though I don’t get things in plastic bags, people bring methings in them. I had to find uses for them, and gardening hasnever been the same.I keep some at the end of the row and put those terrible weeds inthem, the ones that are full of seeds so they’re not going intothe compost pile. Diseased plants go in those bags, too.The same end-of-the-row bags can be used as harvest bags, too.Handy usesIn the early spring or late fall, with a little wire support,plastic bags can become small greenhouses to protect plants fromfrost.For pulling poison ivy, I put my hand down into the bottom of thebag (I use double bags) and pull the plant at the base. Then Ijust hold the plant and reverse the bag. I tie it up and disposeof it without touching the ivy. Same for poison oak.When you’re going to move a small plant, plastic bags are veryhandy. Just spade it up and place soil and all in the bag. Whenyou get it to the new site, just set the whole thing in the hole.Then cut the bottom of the bag and remove it.Always keep some bags in the car. You never get away from afellow gardener without hearing, “You just have to have a cuttingor division of this.” Nothing is so handy as a plastic bag.The bags hang up well in the potting shed, too. They hold linefor my weed cutter, and I often grab one to take tools to thegarden.Plastic bags have all kinds of uses. I still prefer paper, though.(Wayne McLaurin is a professor emeritus of horticulture withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Green Energy Live to acquire Peck Electric

first_imgGreen Energy Live, Inc (OTCBB: GELV) of Michigan announced yesterday that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire Peck Electric of South Burlington, Vermont, a leader in Solar Energy Installations and electrical contracting.Vermont enacted the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) in 2007 and it is scheduled to run clean renewable energy funding through 2012. The overall goal is to increase renewable energy and economic development of renewable energy companies in the state. With Peck Electric being brought under Green Energy Live’s umbrella, the company is better positioned to receive benefit from the CEDF.As costs of photovoltaic equipment continue to drop, solar energy demand has surged on average of 23% annually over the last 20 years, with an expected 30 percent increase over the next 3 years.Source: NEW YORK, NY — (Marketwire) — 02/25/10 —last_img read more

Governor Douglas proclaims fire prevention week in Vermont

first_img### Governor Jim Douglas today signed a proclamation declaring Fire Prevention Week in Vermont at an event with students at St. Johnsbury Elementary School. The 2010 Fire Prevention Week theme is, ‘Smoke Alarms: A sound you can live with!’Fires result in an average of nine deaths in Vermont each year, cause more than a 1,000 people to be treated at emergency departments for fire and burn injuries and cost an estimated $70 million in property damage. Working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms, installed outside of each sleeping area and on every level of every home, are essential for the safety of Vermonters.‘Vermonters are fortunate to have highly trained professionals educating the public about fire prevention and safety and willing to risk their lives when disaster strikes,’ said Governor Douglas. ‘Fire Prevention Week is an opportunity to remind all Vermonters of the simple actions we can take to stay safe, such as installing and maintaining smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in our homes.’The Professional Fire Fighters of Vermont (PFFV) have distributed Fire Safety Educational Activity Books to over 200 elementary schools across Vermont over the past eight years. This year marks the distribution of their 100,000th Fire Safety Educational Activity Book given to elementary school children, assisting in the safety of children across Vermont.Matt Vinci, PFFV President said, ‘The Professional Fire Fighters of Vermont proudly support Fire Prevention Week by distributing over 14,000 Fire Safety Activity Books annually to elementary schools across the state, making Vermont a safer place to live, work and visit.’Source: 10.7.2010last_img read more

How to be the inspirational leader you aspire to become

first_img4 essentials for inspirational leadership:Belief:You must believe in people in order to inspire them.Everyone who has achieved anything owes a debt to someone who believed in them. Perhaps it’s a coach, teacher, or parent. For Jack Welch, it was his motherand a leader who gave him a second chance after he blew up a factory.One of the most neglected leadership questions is, “Who do you believe in?”Acceptance:You must accept people for who they are if you expect them to take on new challenges. The people who inspired you made you feel remarkable. People aren’t motivated when you let them know they aren’t good enough.Accept people where they are before challenging them to go where they haven’t been.Don’t complain about progress and expect to ignite energy. Don’t nag about weaknesses and expect people to feel strong. continue reading » 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

SUNY Broome’s ‘College for Kids’ goes virtual

first_imgFor more information and to register for College for Kids, click here. You can also register by phone by calling 607-778-5012 and leaving a message. “The kids really enjoy the classes, they like coming on campus, so that’s going to be a big change, but the instructors will make it as pleasant as possible for the kids to make them feel like they are there,” she said. (WBNG) — SUNY Broome’s annual ‘College for Kids’ summer program is moving online this year. Normally the program allows kids to experience learning on a college campus. This year kids will be doing exactly what college students have been doing since March — learning online.center_img Colleen Culverwell, Senior Staff Assistant in continuing education at SUNY Broome, says while the program will look a little different this year, it was important to the school to keep it going. Culverwell says the school will do that by selecting instructors who are already comfortable teaching in an online environment. Classes offered include Coding, Digital Mixed Media and Stop-Motion Filmmaking.last_img read more

Drake weighs anchor

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All change for UK government pension policymakers post-election [updated]

first_imgHe replaced Richard Harrington, who was appointed pensions minister last summer. Harrington has been assigned to the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy.Gauke is viewed as bringing welcome pensions expertise to the role.Sir Steve Webb, director of policy at mutual insurer Royal London and a former pensions minister, said: “There are few ministers who could have been appointed to this role who know as much about pensions as David Gauke.  Prime minister Theresa May has appointed a new secretary of state for work and pensions as part of a cabinet reshuffle following last week’s general election.David Gauke (pictured), the former chief secretary to treasury, has been appointed cabinet minister in charge of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).He replaced Damian Green, who has been promoted to first secretary of state and cabinet officer minister, effectively functioning as deputy prime minister.Guy Opperman has been confirmed as pensions minister, with the additional brief of “financial inclusion”.  David Gauke, Department for Work and Pensions“In his five years at the Treasury during the Coalition he played a key role in developing the detail of the pension freedoms and was a keen supporter of automatic enrolment.”Kevin LeGrand, president of the Pensions Management Institute, also said that Gauke brings knowledge and experience to the role, with pensions tax relief one of his particular areas of expertise.He said it was particularly important for the secretary of state to have pensions knowledge after the role of pensions minister – who reports to the secretary of state – was downgraded to parliamentary undersecretary last year.The reshuffle of government pension roles was bemoaned by several in the industry.Malcolm McLean, senior consultant at Barnett Waddinham, said: “Ever since the post of pensions minister was established, we have seen constant change – up to the appointment of Steve Webb, who remained minister for a full five year term.“Pensions is an important area for so many people and continues to suffer from constant change and increased complexity.”LeGrand said that if there had to be change in officeholders then there must be policy continuity. The to-do list for the incoming pensions minister is significant. The future of the triple lock, which guarantees an annual increase to the state pension of at least 2.5%, was a major point of debate between political parties during the election.In addition, the DWP earlier this year began a wide-ranging discussion with the industry about changes to defined benefit pension regulations, while a bill bringing in tighter rules for defined contribution master trusts was put on hold during the election.last_img read more

Cav’s/Pacers

first_imgThe Indiana Pacers certainly showed that they could play with the “big boys” in the opening round of this year’s NBA playoffs.  Unfortunately, a couple of less than stellar finishes cost them the series with Cleveland.  The new mix of Pacers, including Nate McMillan, jelled at the right time and gave the Indianapolis fans a lot to be proud of this year.I know LeBron James is a great player.  He may be the best ever.  I still do not like pro basketball, because I feel that super stars like James get all the breaks.  They are allowed to take an extra step or two when driving to the basket or they pound their opponent and no fouls are called.  To me, it is not true basketball.  It is football on hard wood.  The biggest and strongest win out.  Nevertheless, Cleveland won the game they had to win and now move on to play Toronto.last_img read more