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Tickets Now Available for Belfast Blues Off-Broadway

first_imgTickets are now on sale for the off-Broadway return engagement of Belfast Blues, written and performed by Great White Way alum Geraldine Hughes. The limited engagement will play from September 20 through October 5 at the Barrow Street Theater. Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 View Comments The production will be directed by Emmy winner Carol Kane. Belfast Blues Set in Belfast in the 1970s and 1980s, Belfast Blues is one wee girl’s story of family, war, Jesus and Hollywood. In the show, Hughes portrays 24 different characters, ranging from her parents and neighbors to most importantly her younger self. Related Showslast_img read more

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Bryce Pinkham Talks Elisabeth Moss, The Heidi Chronicles & More

first_img View Comments “I do get to sing a little bit in the show, actually,” Pinkham told Broadway.com of the Tony and Pulitzer-winning Wendy Wasserstein play. “There’s a tiny bit of singing, but I’m very excited to do a drama and flex those muscles. It’s a different type of challenge.” Show Closed This production ended its run on May 3, 2015 In addition to Pinkham, Moss and Biggs, The Heidi Chronicles, directed by Pam MacKinnon, will feature Tracee Chimo. Set to open in early March 2015, additional casting and theater will be announced later. So, will Pinkham be plotting dastardly deeds in Gentleman’s Guide again following The Heidi Chronicles? “My hope is that my time with [the play] will be a hiatus, and that I’ll be able to return…whether that means the Walter Kerr or elsewhere. I’d be surprised if there was not more Monty Navarro in my future.” The Heidi Chronicles Rehearsals won’t begin until January, but Pinkham is already psyched to team up with his new co-stars. “They’re some of my favorite actors. Elisabeth came to see Gentleman’s Guide and couldn’t have been sweeter. I’m a big OITNB fan so I’ve been watching [Biggs’] show for two seasons now.”center_img Bryce Pinkham Star Files Bryce Pinkham may be one-upping Viola Davis by getting away with eight murders in the Tony-winning tuner A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, but soon he’ll light up the Great White Way in a play. The Tony nominee will join Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss and Orange is the New Black’s Jason Biggs in the upcoming Broadway revival of The Heidi Chronicles, but that doesn’t mean he’s giving up singing entirely. Related Shows The Yale School of Drama grad will play Peter Patone, Heidi’s gay best friend, his first non-musical role on Broadway and he couldn’t be more thrilled to be involved. “I think this is a really important time to revisit this play, with all that’s going on in our country right now: women’s rights and even things that are coming up in the last few months like domestic violence in the NFL—our sort of masculine-driven culture.”last_img read more

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New Termite Baits

first_img“Textbooks say there are three species. But we’ve found evidence of up to six specieshere in Georgia,” Forschler said. “Just like with ants and cockroaches, you have toknow the species before you determine what pest-control tactic to use.” “Because of the public’s increased environmental awareness and desire to reducepesticide exposure,” he said, “the Environmental Protection Agency has fast-trackedthe registration of an alternative control tactic, termite baits.” “Termite control for the past 50 years has relied on the application of 300 gallons ofinsecticide solution around the home or structure,” said Brian Forschler, a researchentomologist in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The baits are also based on an assumption that all termites are the same. “The EPA has taken a stance as stewards of the environment by approving theregistration of environmentally friendly products, not as judges of the product’seffectiveness,” he said. “This is a case in which the buyer should beware.” Three new termite bait products have been introduced for use by pest-control operators.But Forschler said there hasn’t been much research to see how well they work. “Termite control involves protecting the single largest investment in people’s lives,”Forschler said. “These new baits are being sold at up to twice the price of conventionaltactics. And it’s my view right now that they aren’t any better.” Each year Georgians spend $56 million on termite control and damage repair. “We don’t think this happens in termite colonies,” he said. “They find food, and theyall stay in that spot for a while to feed before moving to the next food source.” “Termite baits are a control tactic that shows promise. But they are still in theexperimental stages,” he said. “I would only recommend a bait product if it involvedspecial circumstances where conventional control cannot be attempted. Around wellsand ponds, for instance.” Forschler is head of the UGA Household Structural Entomology program at theGeorgia Experiment Station. Over the past five years he has been studying more than100 termite colonies. He has researched every control method available, including thenew baits. Most of the termite baits also involve placing bait tubes into the ground around theinfested structure. But some types of termites may prefer to feed on surface, notburied, wood. So the baits may not affect them. “With termite control, you may have to wait three to five years before you find outyou’ve wasted the money you’ve been spending on protection,” he said. “By then, youcould have damage-repair costs in the thousands of dollars.” When termites are munching on your home, you’ll try anything to get rid of the tinydestroyers. But a University of Georgia expert said newer isn’t always better when itcomes to termite control. Baits are designed to be appealing food to termites, which return to their nests to sharethe poison. Forschler said people may pay much more in the long run for choosing environmentallyfriendly products. “We’ve found that if termites have a central nesting place, it’s very mobile,” Forschlersaid. “And unlike ants, termites eat food that’s stationary, like your house. They tunnelthrough their food and eat what they’re standing on.” Baits can be deadly for ant colonies, in which workers carry food back to the nests forqueens and babies. But termites aren’t ants. “We’ve been field-testing termite baits for the past four years,” Forschler said. “Andwe will continue to do so as new products and improvements to existing products areintroduced.”last_img read more

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Buy the best

first_imgNow is one of the best times to plant new additions to landscapes. Planting during cooler months gives trees and shrubs a better chance of getting established before the heat of summer hits.Whether you need a shade tree to cool the patio or a new ornamental to replace a diseased shrub, always begin with a solid plan and a list of appropriate plants. Most importantly, by selecting quality plants, you will improve the growth of new trees and shrubs. Close examination of the plants being purchased is necessary to assure success.Healthy rootsThe root system is extremely important and should be in balance with the top of the plant. Plants with a large, heavy top and a small root ball will establish slowly with spring planting. The limited root system must be able to supply water and nutrients all of the leaves on the branches. Each inch of trunk thickness measured six inches above the soil needs 10 to 12 inches of root ball diameter for good growth. So a 2.5-inch tree trunk should have a 25 to 30 inch root ball.To check the roots, simply remove the plant from the pot and examine the roots on the surface of the soil mix. White, healthy root tips are desirable. A lot of white roots means the plant has roots that are ready to grow in the landscape once transplanted. Avoid brown or black roots, which are soft and will not carry water and nutrients to the rest of the plant. BranchesInspect the shape of trees and shrubs to avoid future problems. A well-formed shade tree will have a strong, central trunk with horizontal branches arranged every 12 to 18 inches up the tree. Shrubs should be uniformly branched in all directions and fairly dense. Avoid leggy shrubs, which have no lower branches and will likely remain bare at their base.Additional factorsCheck the plant’s growth potential. The amount of growth a tree or shrub made in the last season indicates the strength of the plant. Very short, thin twigs are signs of a struggling and weak plant. For evergreen trees and shrubs, abundant foliage will indicate last year’s growth.Be careful not to bring home a pest problem. Check the stems and under the foliage for insects. Also look for broken or damaged branches or trunks. Damaged plants are harder to establish. With a little forethought, you can be an educated consumer. Demand top quality plants, and you will be rewarded with a nice addition to your landscape that will last several years.last_img read more

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Plant propagation

first_imgA plant propagation and hobby greenhouses hands-on workshop will be held April 25 on the University of Georgia campus in Griffin, Ga.The class will meet from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the UGA Griffin campus Research & Education Garden. This workshop will focus on hands-on plant propagation, from seed and cuttings to dividing and grafting. Participants will get their hands dirty and learn do-it-yourself tips from UGA experts. The course is sponsored by UGA Cooperative Extension, the UGA Center for Urban Agriculture and the UGA Griffin campus horticulture department.The cost of the workshop is $49 which includes refreshments and workshop supplies. Pre-registration required by going to www.caes.uga.edu/?tiny=ZXLPTW. For more information, call (770) 229-3458.last_img read more

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Who Might Be Next in Parade of U.S. Coal Bankruptcies?

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Dan Lowry for SNL:In a fall that has been swift and unyielding, four major U.S. coal producers that once had a combined market capitalization exceeding $40 billion have landed in bankruptcy within the past year.Coal companies that have managed to remain solvent are now struggling to avoid the same fate, but investors are increasingly focused on the sustainability of these producers’ capital structures amid persistently weak coal markets that are making it difficult to generate cash and service heavy debt loads. The question on many observers’ minds is: Which company will go bankrupt next?According to an S&P Capital IQ proprietary probability of default model, Illinois Basin coal producer Foresight Energy LP and mineral reserve landowner Natural Resource Partners LP, which leases coal reserves to Foresight, are among those with the greatest chance of default.Foresight’s probability of default has dropped considerably since it reached an agreement April 18 with creditors over a dispute that alleviated some bankruptcy risk. The partnership had warned that without a deal, it could be forced to seek bankruptcy protection. Foresight still needs the majority of certain bondholders to sign off on the deal by May 6.U.S. coal giant Peabody Energy Corp. had a 30% market signal probability of default on April 12, the day before its bankruptcy filing, according to S&P Capital IQ data. As of April 19, Foresight’s probability was nearly 17% and NRP’s was 13%. Appalachian producer Rhino Resource Partners LP’s probability stands at nearly 10%.Full article: As major coal bankruptcies pile up, anticipation mounts over who is next Who Might Be Next in Parade of U.S. Coal Bankruptcies?last_img read more

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Teen Killed, Sister, 13, Critically Injured in Valley Stream Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 15-year-old girl was killed and her younger sister was critically injured when the car they were passengers in crashed Monday night in Valley Stream, Nassau County police said.The fatal crash occurred around 9:23 p.m. on West Merrick Road near Boden Avenue, police said.The two teens were in a 2000 Toyota being driven by a 19-year-old man who was heading westbound when the car collided with a 2009 Toyota making a U-turn, police said. The 2000 Toyota then struck several parking meters and slammed into a utility police before it came to rest in the eastbound lanes, police said.The two girls and the driver were all transported to local hospitals, police said.The 15-year-old girl suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at 10:31 p.m. Her younger sister, who was ejected from the car, is listed in critical condition with severe head and body trauma, police said. The 19-year-old driver suffered non-life threatening injuries.The 31-year-old man behind the wheel of the other Toyota was not injured.Police have yet to identify the two sisters.Both vehicles were impounded for brake and safety checks. Police said crash doesn’t appear to be criminal. The investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

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Hope For Youth Helps Most Vulnerable During Pandemic, Holiday Season

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Founded more than 50 years ago, Hope For Youth provides support and residential services to youth and families across Long Island. The nonprofit kicks off the holiday season with its fourth annual Hope for the Holidays drive.HFY staff members began coordinating their drive in November to distribute gifts to youth, from toddlers to 19-year-olds, in time for the holidays. Holiday Wish List 2020, a public Amazon wish list, gives donors and contributors options for items to donate. This year’s wish list features board games, action figures, hair accessories, and clothing, among other gifts. “Hopefully we get all of our deliveries in one week so they can be rapidly distributed to the kids for the holidays,” Tenaya Parchment, development associate and head of the holiday drive, said. Donors include local businesses, schools, community organizations, and churches. St. Frances de Chantal Parish Social Ministry in Wantagh is a major yearly contributor to the drive. Parishioners purchase gifts for the children, many of whom reside in group homes, and the ministry gives them to HFY for distribution. “It’s a beautiful experience, seeing the level of people caring,” said Ele-Ruth Melendez, director of the Parish Social Ministry. “There’s a lot of love and I see it, so that’s the best part.”With more than 700,000 unaccompanied minors experiencing homelessness nationwide each year, HFY offers temporary homes to children in need of traditional, therapeutic, or emergency foster care settings. Most youth are referred by both Nassau and Suffolk Departments of Social Services. Training and certification programs are also provided to foster care families through HFY.The coronavirus outbreak caused substantial spikes in national unemployment, with homelessness also skyrocketing, but HFY’s 24/7 Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelter has remained open. The shelter program, located in Babylon, offers workshops and tutoring to teenagers and young adults, 14 to 20 years old. Facing a $100,000 cut to their 2021 budget, HFY is organizing a Save Our Shelter fundraiser to service displaced and homeless youth in Suffolk County.“Keeping the doors open in our shelter is a priority,” Parchment said. “It’s the only teen shelter of its kind in Suffolk County.”HFY is not seeing volunteers for the holiday drive this year, but more information on services or contributions can be found on its website, hfyny.orgSign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.last_img read more

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We must all act to stem climate chaos

first_imgNumerous reports indicate that climate change, perhaps more accurately called climate chaos, is rapidly worsening. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Do humans have the ability to contain it, and, if so, do we have enough sense to do so? Will we preserve the ability of the Earth to sustain high-quality life over the coming decades and centuries? Are we smarter than dinosaurs?Limiting climate chaos must be linked to creating greater economic opportunities for the poorest one-third of humanity who have little income and use few resources.The wealthiest one-tenth use the bulk of energy and resources worldwide. Most live in the United States, China, Japan and Europe; many own large homes, drive automobiles, fly often and create vast amounts of trash. My sense is that the world’s wealthiest 10 percent, and especially the top 1 percent, will have to become far more efficient and renewable in our use of resources and energy, and most of us will have to scale back on how much we use, if humans are to have any hope of containing and reversing climate chaos.Tom EllisAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFeds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more