Breakfast with Mugabe Officially Opens Off-Broadway

first_imgBreakfast with Mugabe officially opens on January 12. The off-Broadway transfer, directed by David Shookoff, will play a limited engagement through March 2 at The Lion Theatre (at Theatre Row). The show previously appeared at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Written by Fraser Grace, the production is inspired by accounts that Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, who was severely depressed, sought treatment from a white psychiatrist. Breakfast with Mugabe explores the tension between contemporary ideas and ancient beliefs and the question of whether those who were colonized can live with their former subjugators. The cast features Ezra Barnes, Michael Rogers, Rosalyn Coleman and Che Ayende. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 2, 2014 Related Shows Breakfast With Mugabe View Comments The Breakfast with Mugabe creative team includes set design by Lee Savage, costume design by Teresa Snider-Stein, lighting design by Joyce Liao and sound design by Colin Whitely.last_img read more

Tix Now On Sale to See Dave Thomas Brown in The Legend of Georgia McBride

first_img The Legend of Georgia McBride Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 11, 2015 View Comments Tickets are now available to see Dave Thomas Brown, who recently appeared off-Broadway in the musical adaptation of Heathers, in Matthew Lopez’s The Legend of Georgia McBride. Directed by Mike Donahue, the New York premiere will begin performances at off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Theatre on August 20.The Legend of Georgia McBride follows Casey (Brown), a broke Elvis impersonator in the Florida Panhandle, who, in order to help his pregnant wife, turns to the world of drag.The cast will also include Wayne Duvall as Eddie, Matt McGrath as Tracy, Keith Nobbs as Rexy/Jason and Afton C. Williamson as Jo.The MCC production is scheduled to officially open on September 9 and run through October 4. Related Showslast_img read more

Tobacco money

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia tobacco farmers’ share of money from a 1998 tobacco settlement that compensates states for smoking-related health problems will be late — if it comes at all.About 300 farmers and industry representatives met to discuss this and other tobacco issues at a meeting Dec. 21 at the University of Georgia’s Rural Development Center in Tifton, Ga.Since 1999, Phase II checks have been issued on Dec. 30. They usually arrive in the mailboxes of eligible U.S. farmers or quota owners by the first of the year. But not this year, said Lamar DeLoach, president of the Tobacco Growers Association of Georgia.These payments from tobacco companies are intended to offset farmers’ income losses to reduced U.S. tobacco consumption stemming from the Master Settlement Agreement that awarded states $206 billion. The companies agreed to pay U.S. farmers and quota owners $5.15 billion over 12 years.The tobacco companies say they should no longer be required to pay farmers this money, since legislation signed Oct. 22 by President George Bush signaled the end of the Depression-era U.S. tobacco quota program.The companies will pay about $10 billion in compensation to U.S. farmers for the end of this program, something most farmers wanted.A North Carolina business court is expected to rule on the Phase II money case later this week. An appeal is expected regardless of the ruling. The appeal could take three months to six months to resolve, said Donnie Smith, executive director of the Georgia Tobacco Community Development Board, which oversees the distribution of the money in Georgia.Either way, Smith said, payments will be, at the least, delayed.”We know this situation puts tobacco growers and quota owners in a difficult situation,” Smith said. He noted that many farmers depend on the money to make payments on equipment, supplies, loans or taxes.Georgia’s 2004 Phase II payment would be about $25 million, he said.Language in the national settlement says tobacco companies can reduce their Phase II payments by any amount taxed against them in order to make other payments to farmers and quota owners, said J. Michael Moore, a tobacco agronomist with the UGA Extension Service.The money that will go to farmers and quota owners for the end of the tobacco program can be considered this type of tax.But when does the federal program end? The bill that abolishes the program doesn’t take effect until June 30, 2005. Tobacco companies haven’t paid any money to farmers or quota owners for the end of the program, yet, DeLoach said.The companies should be made to pay their 2004 Phase II payment, DeLoach said.”It seems pretty cut-and-dried to me,” he said.The companies have paid three-quarters of the 2004 Phase II money. It sits now in a trust held by JPMorgan Chase Bank.last_img read more

Egg Candling

first_imgRaising a flock of backyard chickens ensures that you have a steady supply of fresh eggs. But if you plan to sell those eggs, Georgia law requires the eggs be candled.“Candling is the age-old method of looking inside an egg — without breaking it open — and figuring out what’s going on inside,” said Brian Maddy, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent in Troup County. “In the days before electricity, candles were used to illuminate the eggs.”Farmers initially candled eggs to determine if a viable embryo was inside and to check the development of the baby chick, he said.The procedure also helps farmers determine the quality of the eggs for human consumption. The amount of air inside the shell indicates the egg’s freshness. Looking at the egg’s air cell, the yolk and the albumen, or egg white, determines whether the egg should be graded AA, A, B or inedible.“Small poultry flocks have become very popular in Georgia, and some backyard farmers are very interested in supplementing their income by selling farm-fresh eggs,” Maddy said.To be sold, all chicken eggs must be evaluated by a certified grader and appropriately packaged and labeled in accordance with the Georgia Egg Law and Georgia Food Act. To sell eggs to a grocery store, bakery or restaurant, the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDOA) must license the farmer’s candling facility. The no-cost, lifetime certificate is obtained by passing both written and hands-on candling examinations.Experts with the GDOA teach classes on egg candling and local UGA Extension offices often host these classes. Four egg candling classes have been scheduled by GDOA in July: Friday, July 15, in Spalding County; Monday, July 25, in Bibb County; and Wednesday, July 27, in Walker County and Lowndes County. For more information, contact Bradley Brown at (770) 535-5955 or Hayley Pitts at (229) 386-3489 at the GDOA.last_img read more

Quick Hits: May 2018

first_imgNorth: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trailby Scott JurekScott Jurek is one of the world’s most accomplished ultrarunners (fueled entirely by a vegan diet), and in 2015, he attempted to set the speed record for the Appalachian Trail. Just a week into his run, he sustained a quadriceps muscle tear that nearly shattered his record-setting dreams. But never bet against the champ. Jurek finds a way to push through injury in one of the most demanding and transcendent efforts of his life.Pipeline tree-felling begins in Nelson CountyAtlantic Coast Pipeline construction began in Nelson County last month near Wintergreen Resort, where crews began clearcutting along the 600-mile route. The pipeline also received permission to begin cutting trees along the pipeline route through national forest lands in West Virginia and Virginia.Moonlight MadnessDon’t feel like waking up for another early-morning road race? Toe the starting line of the Moonlight Madness 10K and run trails by the light of the moon. Race begins at 9 p.m. on May 26 at Camp Arrowhead in Ona, W.Va.Nooga’s 11-year-old Climbing ChampA Chattanoogan cemented his claim as one of the nation’s best young climbers in February by winning his class in USA Climbing’s 2018 Bouldering Youth National Championship. Hugo Hoyer, then 10, was one of six members of the High Point Chattanooga team to qualify for the national tournament. He’d finished third in the same competition in 2017 and third at USA Climbing’s Sport & Speed Youth National Championships in 2016 in Kennesaw, Georgia.Hoyer’s parents, both climbers, have encouraged him to climb since his playground days. A couple of years ago, they scouted climbing cities around the country before eventually relocating from Hoyer’s childhood home in Queens, New York, to Chattanooga.New A.T. Hall of FameA new class of Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame inductees will be honored this month at a ceremony in Pennsylvania. The eighth class of A.T. hall of famers includes the late photographer George Masa, a Japanese immigrant who lived in Asheville, N.C., in the early twentieth century. Masa’s influential images of the mountains and ardent conservation efforts are credited with helping with the foundation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Another regional inductee—Bob Peoples—is the owner of the Kincora Hostel, just off the trail in Hampton, Tenn. In addition to his hiker hospitality, Peoples is also known for his tireless trail maintenance efforts. Along with Masa and Peoples, two more inductees, William Kemsley and Liz Levers will be inducted during the annual Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs on May 4.Runners Find Puppies on Barkley Marathons CourseBack in March, two runners training on the course of the infamous Barkley Marathons, a grueling 100-mile slog in the backcountry of Tennessee’s remote Frozen Head State Park, found an abandoned litter of black lab puppies. According to Runner’s World, Ashley Blake and Joshua Scott were running on a trail when they heard noise in the nearby woods and surprisingly discovered five puppies huddled together trying to stay warm in near-freezing temperatures. After contacting a ranger station, the runners carried the puppies to safety, and the litter was eventually brought to Oak Ridge Animal Shelter. With the pups on his mind, Scott went to the shelter soon after the rescue and decided to adopt one of them. He named him Barkley.Fastest Race in AshevilleFor the past decade, some of the best runners in Asheville have gathered each week for a fast, flat training run along the French Broad River that finishes at the Wedge, an iconic brewery in the River Arts District. This legendary training run has grown into a 10K race on May 5—and it’s not just for fast folks. It’s a kid- and family-friendly event, and all youth runners under 17 get a 40% discount. The race benefits Girls on the Run WNC. Learn more at:ashevillerunningcollective.comRock Stars in VirginiaThe first-ever RockStar VA challenged mountain bikers to tackle 270 miles of dirt or gravel from Harrisonburg (ROCKtown) to Roanoke (STAR City). The multi-day bikepacking event began April 7 and included snow, rain, and sub-freezing temperatures on the first day. Of the 35 registered riders, only 9 finished (one rider was still on the course as of press date). Barry Croker won the trail route in 3 days, 19 hours, and 27 minutes. Croker has been racing mountain bikes since the early 90s and was the first to ride the Massunutten Ring solo. The 40-year-old rider is an active duty Air Force engineer with six children. David Landis took the gravel title in 1 day, 17 hours, and 45 minutes, and Jonathan Hicks and Dustin Welch completed the gravel ride on singlespeeds.last_img read more

Firm gets funds for work on avian flu DNA vaccine

first_imgJun 7, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Vical Inc., San Diego, announced today it would receive early access to $2.6 million in government funds to help it complete preclinical development of a DNA vaccine for avian influenza.Last September the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) awarded the company a $2.9 million challenge grant to develop the vaccine. In May the company reported the vaccine had protected mice and ferrets against a highly virulent strain of H5N1 avian flu virus and had protected mice against multiple human flu strains.On the basis of those results, the National Institutes of Health notified Vical that it had achieved the second milestone required under the challenge grant, the company said in a news release today.The new funds will be used to finish preclinical work on the vaccine and apply to the US Food and Drug Administration for permission to launch a phase 1 clinical trial, the company reported. The firm is seeking additional funds to support the phase 1 trial.DNA vaccines use small pieces of the target pathogen’s genetic material instead of a killed or weakened form of the whole pathogen. Vical says it makes DNA vaccines with simple bacterial fermentation methods that may allow rapid production of large amounts.David C. Klaslow, MD, Vical’s chief scientific officer, said the company’s DNA flu vaccines “have performed remarkably well in animal challenge studies, and this accelerated access to funding allows us to move forward ahead of our original schedule, which is quite important given the imminent threat posed by pandemic influenza.”The company has been collaborating with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis in the early development of the DNA flu vaccines. In reporting the results of animal experiments last month, the company said its three-component vaccine fully protected mice and ferrets against death and weight loss after exposure to an H5N1 virus, whereas animals that received a control vaccine all died. The three-component vaccine targeted one of the virus’s variable surface proteins and two conserved, or stable, core proteins, the company said.The company also said it tested DNA vaccines targeting only the two conserved viral proteins. In that study, 14 of 16 mice in each of two vaccine groups survived with moderate weight loss. “The study is the first to provide evidence that a vaccine targeting conserved influenza virus proteins without matched surface proteins can provide protection against such a highly virulent H5N1 flu strain,” the company said in a May 2 news release.In addition, the firm said the same vaccine formulation protected animals against two strains of human influenza in a previous study.”A vaccine that provides cross-protection against more than one strain of flu is important for addressing a pandemic flu threat because it is likely that the H5N1 virus could mutate before it becomes transmissible from human to human,” said Richard Webby, PhD, of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, as quoted in a Vical release.When Vical first announced its NIAID grant last September, it said its goal was “to design a vaccine that could be developed and manufactured quickly and safely, without handling the infectious organism, and stockpiled longer than conventional vaccines.”See also:Jun 2 CIDRAP News story “Epidermal DNA flu vaccine shows promise in phase 1 trial”last_img read more

Retail: Hello, goodbye

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Surfers Paradise auctions

first_img9 Ferny Ave, Surfers ParadiseSURFERS Paradise is the busiest suburb for auctions across the nation this week, according to CoreLogic.Eleven Surfers Paradise homes are scheduled to go under the hammer, followed by Paradise Point and Port Macquarie with nine auctions each.The high volume of Gold Coast properties going to auction this week is in the wake of last weekend’s huge Ray White Surfers Paradise in-room auction event which saw more than $40 million in residential property change hands. 23 Ferny Ave, Surfers ParadiseThe three-bedroom, two-bathroom unit is in the Chevron Renaissance complex which has one of the best lagoon pools overlooking the ocean.Both properties are part of PRD Nationwide Surfers Paradise’s in-room auction event being held at the Marriott Resort and Spa. 9 Ferny Ave, Surfers ParadiseMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoRegister to bid on 9 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise at 11am tomorrow.The three-bedroom, two-bathroom 256sq m Circle on Cavill apartment has ocean, mountain and river views from is huge balcony.Also at the same time of 11am is the auction of 23 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise.center_img 55/53 Darrambal St, Surfers ParadiseWhile at 5pm tomorrow, an eighth floor apartment in the Modena on Chervon development is being auctioned off by Ludovic Mahu from Belle Maison Realty, Mermaid Beach.Also with three bedrooms and two-bathrooms, this pet-friendly apartment is at 55/53 Darrambal St, Surfers Paradise.last_img read more

Looming trade war fears ‘hurt Dutch scheme funding levels’

first_imgGrowing fears of a trade war between the US and China hurt the funding levels of Dutch pension schemes in March, according to Mercer and Aon Hewitt.The consultancies largely attributed a significant funding drop to the knock-on effects of US president Donald Trump’s protectionist measures.Using different assumptions, the two firms concluded that the coverage ratio had dropped by at least two percentage points on average to 108% at best.Frank Driessen, chief executive at Aon Retirement & Investment, cited “significant uncertainties on equity markets with growing worries about trade conflicts and announced strikes”. President Trump has levied tariffs on Chinese products, prompting retaliation from BeijingMercer credited sliding equity markets as well as falling interest rates for pension funds’ declining funding.It noted that the 30-year swap rate – the main criterion for discounting liabilities – had decreased by 13 basis points to 1.48% in March, while the MSCI AC World Index had dropped 3%.Aon concluded that, as a result of the declining interest rates, pension funds’ liabilities had risen by approximately 2.5% on average.It added that schemes’ assets had increased by 0.3%, as the positive effect of falling interest rates on fixed income portfolios had outstripped the losses on their equity holdings.Mercer estimated that euro-denominated government bonds had risen 1.6% and that listed real estate had improved 3.6%.“Although pension funds are in much better shape than a year ago, the recent developments highlight how vulnerable schemes’ recovery is,” said Driessen.He added that recent figures indicated that larger pension schemes’ funding was still short of the required level of 104%, and that these schemes would suffer most from the funding drop.“Rights discounts are still possible,” Driessen said.Both consultancies concluded that Dutch pension funds’ “policy funding ratio” – the average coverage of the previous 12 months, and the main criterion for rights cuts and indexation – stood at 108% on average at March-end, with Aon noting an increase of 1 percentage point.However, if the monthly funding levels continued to drop, the policy funding ratio would also decrease during the course of this year. Mercer also mentioned “a possible trade war” as well as recent “dovish” remarks made by European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi, who said that the ECB would not raise interest rates “until far beyond the end of its quantative easing programme”.Aon saw a funding fall of two percentage points on average, whereas Mercer found a drop of three percentage points, taking coverage ratios down to 107% on average.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Golf Results

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs tied with the Jennings County Lady Panthers on Monday night at Hillcrest 197 to 197 the tie breaker 5th score also tied at 60. On Tuesday, The Lady Bulldogs traveled to Columbus and were defeated by the Bulldogs by a score of 155 to 202. The Lady Bulldogs next play Saturday at the Connersville Invitational.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tom Meyer.last_img