Tix Now Available to See Al Pacino in China Doll on B’way

first_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 31, 2016 Time to see if David Mamet was telling the truth when he said his new play “is better than oral sex!” Tickets are now on sale to see the legendary Al Pacino return to Broadway in China Doll. Directed by Pam MacKinnon and co-starring Fran Kranz, the production will begin performances on October 21 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre and officially open on November 19.”China Doll is a play about a wealthy man, his young fiancé, and an airplane,” Mamet has been quoted as saying. “The man has just bought a new plane as a wedding present for the girl. He intends to go into semiretirement, and enjoy himself. He’s in the process of leaving his office, and is giving last minute instructions to his young assistant. He takes one last phone call…The characters are Mickey Ross, a billionaire; Carson, the assistant, and a telephone. I wrote it for Al. It is better than oral sex.”The production will feature scenic design by Derek McLane, lighting design by Russell H. Champa and costume design by Jess Goldstein. China Doll Related Showslast_img read more

Ag alumni awards

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaMaryAnn Parsons, JohnR. Hayes and MarieTruesdell each received a University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Association youngalumni achievement award Sept. 16 in Athens, Ga.Parsons is a 2002 UGA graduate with a bachelor’s degree inagricultural communications, minoring in agribusiness, and isworking on a master’s degree in agricultural leadership. She isthe development coordinator and assistant executive director ofthe Georgia 4-H Foundation.Hayes received his bachelor’s degree in environmental economicsand management from UGA in 1995 and his master’s in agriculturaleconomics in 1997. He is general manager and partner of LasseterImplement Company in Hazlehurst, Ga.Truesdell, a 1999 UGA graduate with a Ph.D. in agriculturaleconomics, chairs the department of business and is an assistantprofessor at Marian College in Indianapolis, Ind.last_img read more

Wyeth announces sale of Georgia plant

first_imgWyeth Announces the Sale of its Georgia, VermontManufacturing Facility to Affiliate of PBM ProductsMadison, N.J., November 4, 2004 – Wyeth (NYSE:WYE) has announced that a definitive agreement has been signed with an affiliate of PBM Products Inc. for the sale of its Georgia, Vermont, infant nutrition manufacturing facility.Under the terms of the purchase agreement, which is subject to customary conditions to closing, including certain regulatory approvals, Wyeth will receive an undisclosed amount in cash at closing in exchange for the manufacturing facility.The buyer is expected to retain employees currently working at the site.Wyeth is one of the world’s largest research-driven pharmaceuticaland health care products companies. It is a leader in the discovery, development, manufacturing, and marketing of pharmaceuticals, vaccines, biotechnology products and non-prescription medicines that improve the quality of life for people worldwide.The Company’s major divisions include Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Wyeth Consumer Healthcare and Fort Dodge Animal Health.###last_img read more

The Next National Monument?

first_imgVisiting the Cranberry Wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest of southeast West Virginia is like going back in time. Ancient red spruce cast their shadows over mountains and ridges, peat bogs, and ice-cold streams teeming with native trout.The Cranberry Wilderness, which stretches over some 48,000 acres and sits in a pocket created by the convergence of Pocahontas, Greenbrier, and Nicholas counties, also happens to be the largest federally-protected wilderness area in the east. Hikers, campers, anglers, mountain-bikers, bird-watchers, tree-huggers, hunters, and others have mounted their excursions into the wilderness for years from nearby gateway towns like Marlinton, Richwood, and Lewisburg.But a specter has recently been cast over this unique treasure: West Virginia’s natural gas industry is booming faster than people can make decisions about how to deal with it. West Virginia is, after all, a literal mine of natural resources. It sits atop the prolific Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale. While coal has long helped fuel the state’s economy, it is the rise of fracking, or the extraction of natural gas, that has begun to worry some about its potential impact on the Cranberry Wilderness and the headwaters located there. While there are currently no plans on the table to frack inside this corner of the forest, there are several proposed interstate pipelines that would run through it.That has a diverse group of West Virginians worried—especially in the wake of the disastrous Elk River chemical spill in January 2014 that contaminated the drinking water for some 300,000 people near Charleston. What if something similar would happen in this area, which happens to be the headwaters of six major rivers—the Cranberry, Cherry, Gauley, Williams, Greenbrier, and the Elk?Gauley_FIX“The water people use downstream starts up in our mountains,” says Angie Rosser, the executive director of the West Virginia Rivers Coalition and one of the leaders of a three-year-old proposal to turn the Cranberry Wilderness and thousands of acres surrounding it into a National Monument.That proposal, dubbed the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument, would add another 70,000 acres to the protected parcel for a total of nearly 120,000 acres. It’s being championed by a coalition of local politicians, hunters and anglers, mountain-biking and whitewater enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, and others who, far from being anti-energy, are focused on preserving access to the wilderness for generations to come.“There are some places that should simply be off the table when it comes to development or heavy energy extractions, and this area should be one of those,” says Lee Orr, chairman of the West Virginia Council of Trout Unlimited.What is a National Monument Anyway?A national monument is federally protected land that can be designated directly by the president. There are currently 117 national monuments in the U.S. spanning 30 states. The first one was Devils Tower in Wyoming, which President Theodore Roosevelt created in 1906 after the passage of the Antiquities Act, which gives the president the power to preserve landmarks or structures with historic or scientific interest. Most U.S. presidents have followed Roosevelt’s lead in adding to the tally. But it is President Barack Obama, who has created 19 monuments covering some two million acres, who is the current record holder.That’s given members of the coalition hope that the president, who created three new monuments as recently as July 2015, would look westward from D.C. to the country roads of West Virginia to create his next one.More realistically, the coalition hopes that their former governor and now senator, Joe Manchin, will step up to the plate since the U.S. Congress can also create National Monuments through legislation.But the path to getting from here to there promises to be a rocky one politically. For one, the decision to pursue the designation of a national monument has admittedly created some confusion among locals about what a National Monument really is. While the state of Arizona has 30 of them, for instance, West Virginia has none.That’s led some residents to question whether the designation will somehow restrict activities like hunting and fishing or that sections would be paved under and turned into paid parking lots. Some of that mix-up might result from a failed attempt by then Governor Manchin several years ago to create a National Park in a different part of the state—an effort that failed to attract the support of just about anyone.That might also explain why a common catchphrase among skeptics today is: “Why not just leave things the way they are?”Strangely enough, the goal of the Birthplace of Rivers coalition is, in fact, to do just that: to keep things exactly the way they are. That includes continuing to allow timber harvests within the boundaries of the proposed monument and ensuring that outdoorspeople of all types will continue to have access to the wilderness regardless of any political maneuvering that might occur in D.C. or Charleston in the future.“We jumped on board in support of this monument a while back,” says Orr of Trout Unlimited. “It’s basically a name change. If angling or hunting would be restricted in any form, we would pull our support. This area contains some of the best native trout fishing anywhere on the east coast. Some people think that keeping a resource serves to protect it. We feel the monument designation would serve to promote the area, which could use an economic boost.”Indeed, an economic impact study commissioned by supporters found that designating the wilderness as a National Monument would attract some 42 percent more visitors from all over the country, create more jobs and lead to a net economic impact of more than $4.3 million a year.Those are encouraging numbers to John Manchester, the long-time mayor of Lewisburg, a town of 3,800 residents in Greenbrier County that sits just about 60 miles outside the proposed monument boundaries. Manchester says his town already serves as a basecamp for visitors who may want to relax in a comfy hotel bed or grab a hot meal at one of many restaurants that line Lewisburg’s downtown before heading into the wilderness.He thinks the National Monument designation would spur even more people to visit his town and also to take advantage of the many outfitters who also make their home there. “There are clear benefits to the community both in job development and economic impact that would accrue from such a designation,” says Manchester, adding that the city council in Lewisburg has already passed a resolution in support of the Birthplace of Rivers proposal.The Path AheadSupporters continue to rally for the National Monument designation. They all share the hope that Senator Manchin will step up and sponsor the legislation needed to get there before it’s too late.     “This is a special place,” says David Lillard, special projects manager for the West Virginia Rivers Coalition. “If ever there was a place that deserved to shine, this is it. Whatever else goes on, we have to protect this place. Let’s deal with the uncertainty of the future now. This would be a real shot in the arm for the state. We deserve this.”last_img read more

Stars Who Fell in Love With Non-Famous People: Pics

first_imgHollywood is full of power couples such as Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, but there are also plenty of stars who have found love outside the spotlight.In fact, some of Tinseltown’s longest-standing twosomes are those who either met ahead of their life-changing fame, such as Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman, who met in college, or childhood sweethearts Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea Hurley.- Advertisement – As for writer McNearney, she explained to Glamour in February 2014 of her now-husband, “All the writers would socialize after the show, and we would just hang out more and more.”Jennifer Garner, for one, who finalized her divorce from famous ex Ben Affleck in November, is thrilled to be with a man who’s not in her field. “[Jennifer] loves that [boyfriend John Miller is] not in the entertainment industry and is just a simple guy,” an insider shared with Us Weekly in March.Scroll through to find out which other stars have found love with regular people.- Advertisement – “I didn’t meet my husband and think, I’ve met the man I’m going to marry,” Banks told Allure of her spouse in May 2015. “I was like, He’s cute. I’ll f—k him, because I’m 18 and in college.”Others, including Christina Aguilera and Matthew Rutler, Julia Stiles and Preston J. Cook, and Jimmy Kimmel and wife Molly McNearney, met on the job — Rutler was as a production assistant on the set of the Grammy winner’s 2010 film Burlesque, while Cook was a camera assistant for Stiles’ 2015 flick Go With Me.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

How A ‘Terrifying’ Coronavirus Surge Will Land in Biden’s Lap

first_imgTreatment has vastly improved since the height of the spring outbreak, when more than 2,200 people were dying per day. Even so, deaths, which tend to lag a few weeks behind new infections, are now trending upward. The country has averaged about 900 deaths a day over the last week, compared with about 700 a month ago.Mr. Biden is in line to inherit one of the most serious and complicated national crises that any incoming president in more than half a century has faced.While other presidents have entered office during an economic slowdown, including President Obama and Mr. Biden as vice president in 2009, not since Harry Truman in the final months of World War II has a new president faced a situation as “complex and multiheaded” as the pandemic, said Bruce J. Schulman, a political historian at Boston University.- Advertisement – Though the country is conducting far more tests now than it was in the spring, the soaring case numbers now reflect accelerating spread of the virus, not simply wider testing.Hospitalizations, which give a clear picture of how many people are seriously ill with the virus at any given time, grew by 63 percent over the past month, according to data collected by the Covid Tracking Project. More than 55,000 people are now hospitalized with the virus, approaching earlier peaks of more than 59,000 in April and July.- Advertisement – Mr. Biden has said controlling the pandemic is the necessary first step to bringing back jobs, and has said that on his first day in office, he would move rapidly to appoint a “national supply chain commander” and establish a “pandemic testing board,” similar to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s wartime production panel.On Sunday, Mr. Biden’s campaign released a first glimpse of his plan for the pandemic, including a commitment to “listen to science.” Public health experts offered initial praise for his coronavirus task force, which is expected to include Dr. Vivek Murthy, a former surgeon general; Dr. David Kessler, a former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration; and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, a Yale University professor.center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

‘Health catastrophe’: Argentine provinces strain as coronavirus cases top 500,000

first_imgArgentina initially controlled the spread of the virus with a tough quarantine beginning in the middle of March. But as economic pressures grew, restrictions were eased and infections soared, taking the country into the global top 10 for cases.Health Ministry data show that over the past month, the number of confirmed infections daily is almost half that of the number of tests carried out, one of the highest “positive” rates in the world along with Mexico and Bolivia.For months, over 90% of cases were concentrated in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area – home to almost a third of Argentina’s population – while the provinces were mainly spared.That changed abruptly in recent weeks. The provinces now account for almost a third of cases, with Córdoba, Santa Fe, Jujuy and Mendoza the most affected. Sergio Barrera Ruiz, a 52-year-old pediatrician from Jujuy in the north of Argentina, sees a local health crisis looming as the coronavirus pandemic ripples out from Buenos Aires, the capital, and grips the country’s less well-equipped provinces.Jujuy, a region of some 770,000 people, like other parts of the country has seen cases spike in recent weeks as nationwide deaths have topped 10,000. Total cases rose past 500,000 on Tuesday, with almost one in two tests now coming back positive.”Jujuy is in a health catastrophe, there aren’t enough intensive therapy beds, doctors are getting sick and patients are dying,” said Barrera Ruiz, who himself was infected with COVID-19 at work, where he said there were not enough medical personnel and an endless line of patients. Terrible increaseExperts link the increase in cases to the easing of a nationwide lockdown amid rising economic and political pressure on center-left President Alberto Fernandez. Argentina’s quarantine has been in place for almost 170 days in various forms.Around a dozen provinces have had to re-tighten restrictions in recent days due to the increase in infections. In some districts, health systems have collapsed, with neither the resources nor the personnel to support them.”Two weeks ago we were practically without cases but when the quarantine was relaxed, the cases increased terribly. We are already at a limit of beds and resources,” said Raúl Caraballo, a doctor in Santa Fe.The current rolling seven-day average number of cases in Argentina is around 10,000 daily, with about 200 daily deaths. There were a record 12,027 new confirmed cases on Tuesday.”People relaxed a lot and contagions increased in Chaco,” said Adriana Perroni, an intensive care specialist in that northeastern province. “Here we are seeing a lot of deaths of younger people, especially in the healthcare field.”Rosa Reina, president of the Argentine Society of Intensive Care, told Reuters that the rise in cases had been very abrupt, with provinces going from few cases to having intensive care beds at over 80% capacity and an oversaturated workforce.”If we do not prevent more hospitals admissions, it is very possible that we will very quickly become overwhelmed.”Topics :last_img read more

Treetop retreat going to auction this weekend

first_imgThe living area at 26 Vakuta St, Fig Tree PocketThe house is on a 1494sq m block and has expansive indoor and outdoor living spaces, a resort style pool and bar with wine cellar and cinema room with a secret entrance hidden by a bookcase. The master bedroom has a marble ensuite, walk-in robe and private balcony and there is a fully self-contained apartment with two bedrooms, kitchen, balcony and laundry. In Robertson, another grand home is also going under the hammer on Saturday.The auction of the six-bedroom property at 45 Parnassus St is scheduled for 4pm on May 27. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago The home at 62 Vale St, Kelvin Grove.Marketing agent Janine McDonald of Ray White Alderley said the four-bedroom home at 62 Vale St had been renovated but still retained its original style. On the ground floor of the home there is a timber panel entrance hall, a combined lounge and dining room and a modern kitchen with big windows looking out to the back courtyard and garden. The home at 26 Vakuta St, Fig Tree PocketPlace Paddington marketing agent, Simon Wheelans said the home was a “luxurious treetop retreat” with impeccable finishes, high quality craftsmanship, floor to ceiling windows and big, open spaces. “(Buyers) absolutely love it,” Mr Wheelans said. “It has great views and looks out to a rainforest that can never be built out.“It’s a huge home and has beautiful timber features throughout including spotted gum tree trunks that were on the block (when the property was being built in 2004).” The living area at 45 Parnassus St, Robertson.Marketing agent Tom Zhang of Yong Real Estate Sunnybank Hills said the owners of the modern residence were relocating.Spread across two levels, the house has high ceilings, multiple living areas and luxurious extras including a cinema room, gym and an outdoor kitchen.On the ground level there is an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area with high ceilings, modern lighting and sliding doors that open to outdoor spaces. The master bedroom has a massive walk-in robe with built in cabinetry, an ensuite with spa, and patio access. The kitchen at 45 Parnassus St, Robertson.Outside there is an entertaining area with built-in barbecue, range hood, cabinetry and sink and a second garage has been converted into a gym. In Kelvin Grove a home designed by its original architect owner in the 1960s is going under the hammer at 4pm on Saturday. A Fig Tree Pocket property with grand proportions and feature spotted gum tree trunks is one of 153 Brisbane homes going under the hammer this week. According to CoreLogic, auctions numbers are steady in the river city this week while the clearance rate is down.Brisbane recorded 163 auctions last week, which was a solid increase of the 128 the previous week. Last week’s clearance rate of 46.3 per cent was down from the previous week’s clearance rate of 59.6 per cent.CoreLogic auction expert, Kevin Brogan said there was no question that the drop in clearance rate was significant. “We have had a couple of weeks in the second half of April where we had low clearance rates and then we saw a bit of a bounce back,” he said.“I don’t think this clearance rate drop is the start of a trend but what we need to do is keeping it under review.” In Fig Tree Pocket, the owners of 26 Vakuta St are hoping for a strong sale when the five-bedroom property goes to auction at 1pm on Saturday, May 27. FREE: Get the latest real estate news direct to your inbox here The entrance hall at 62 Vale St, Kelvin Grove.There is also a bedroom, bathroom and garage on this level. Upstairs there are three double bedrooms, sitting room, renovated main bathroom and a deck running the length of the home.The property is close to the Brisbane CBD, shops, schools and cafes. Follow Courtney Todd on Twitter @courtjtodd.last_img read more

All doors lead to the outdoors in this resort-style home

first_imgThe main living area is connected to the bedrooms via the verandaIt is a clever design feature that also gives the main bathroom direct access to the outdoor entertaining area. There is an openness to 8 Ninth Ave, Sandgate which allows you to play with how you lay out the main rooms. <<>> SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN SANDGATE THIS WEEK It’s the house that wraps around the pool area.“They’re in Bali now on a holiday,” Ms Brown said.“Mum and dad built the house and it’s the same design as my uncle and aunt’s house in Bali but smaller.” A hedge of bamboo provides the backdrop for authentic resort-style living.IT’S THE resort-style feel of this Sandgate home that Kayla Brown will miss most when her parents sell. The main bathroom is accessed from the second and third bedroom and the veranda.The house has two bedrooms with walk-in-wardrobes and ensuites while the two secondary bedrooms both have direct access to the main bathroom. “We don’t need airconditioning because it has the breezes and the ceiling fans,” she said.“Everything is open.”Paula and Rick Mulley bought the property seven years ago and removed the existing house to build their little piece of Bali.center_img More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoThe floorplan of 8 Ninth Avenue, Sandgate.The house is built around the pool in a u-shape with all rooms having direct access to the outdoor area and pool. The main bedroom with walk-in-wardrobe and ensuite.To get to the main living area of the house from the bedrooms, you need to use the covered outdoor entertaining area. Opening the bi-fold doors allows the living areas to be part of the outdoors.For Ms Brown, this means setting up the TV in the lounge in such a way that you can watch it while you float in the pool.“I’ve moved in and out of the house a bit, and when I’m here I feel like I’m on holidays, like it’s a resort. I get to choose my room,’’ she said. The pool is the centre ‘room’ for this house with all rooms having direct access. LET’S HELP KAYLA BROWN FIND 25 ACRES FOR HER HORSES. From the front this house is grounded in simplicity with clean lines.While her parents sell the house to travel, Ms Brown is moving to Griffin but her dream is to live on acreage with her three horses, Rex, Lexi and Reeds.“If I could move this house to 25 acres of land, I would. I love the style of it.”last_img read more

Poor losing out on pokie cash

first_imgNZ Herald 11 August 2014Money tipped into pokie machines in the poorest parts of Auckland doesn’t come back to those communities in gaming grants, new data shows.In contrast, the wealthiest areas gamble far less but take a disproportionate amount of money out of other areas. This has been greeted as proof of a long-stated but never-proven claim about pokies – that the poor get poorer but the rich get richer.The Auckland Council research is behind a challenge to government plans to ringfence 80 per cent of pokie grant distribution inside large regional areas. Instead, it wants a special system for distributing pokie grants inside Auckland which will allow the poorest areas to benefit from money gambled locally.The research shows the biggest pokie players in Auckland are in the Otara-Papatoetoe area, putting $274 per person into gaming machines.The area also rates among the highest in the region on the NZ Deprivation Index. Residents in Orakei, Auckland’s least deprived area, spend $49 each.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11307316last_img read more