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Coed Hasty Pudding makes its debut

March 1, 2021 | jqykayon | No Comments

first_imgFor Elle Shaheen ’21, being part of the first group of women cast in a Hasty Pudding Theatricals production felt like getting accepted into Harvard a second time.“It sparked that exact same feeling of utter excitement, joy, and relief after lots of intensely hard work,” said the sophomore from Portsmouth, N.H., who is studying Theater, Dance & Media.This year marked the first in the group’s 171-year history that women took the stage as part of the Hasty Pudding cast. Six men and six women make up this year’s onstage talent in the original student musical “France France Revolution!” The group performs on campus through March 10 before taking the show to New York City March 15 and 16 and to Bermuda for three spring break shows.“The talent is through the roof,” said first-time director Larry Sousa, who cast male performers to play roles of both genders and women to do the same.“France France Revolution!” tells the love story of a butcher and a princess who meet during the February Revolution of 1848. Ashley LaLonde ’20 plays the leading role of ingénue Theresa Sparkinme.“It’s historic and I think the quality of the show is top-notch,” said LaLonde, who acts professionally and has done five shows at the American Repertory Theater in the past two years. “It’s so cool to be part of literally the oldest theater group in the country and to be part of a show that has a huge legacy. I feel so lucky to be one of the first women. It’s a very special moment in history.”LaLonde earned the honor of being the first woman to sing the show-stopping Act II number called “Head of Heels,” a ballad that’s the turning point in the show.“It’s incredible to have a professional opportunity for collegiate performing artists that mirrors the professional world,” she said. “For me, that’s one of the most exciting aspects of being part of the cast.”,“When I found out I got to play a man, it felt even cooler, in some ways — that idea that women can play men on stage like men can play women and that women can be very comical and funny.” — Elle Shaheen,Women have been behind the scenes at the Pudding in the past, including actress Rashida Jones and comedy writer Megan Amram (“The Good Place”). Laura Sky Herman ’19, Shirley Chen ’22, Annabel O’Hagan ’19, and Celia Kenney ’20 comprise the rest of this year’s female cast. Shaheen said the Pudding pace is intense, with the show coming together in only three weeks of daily daylong rehearsals and songs being added just days before opening night.“It’s an extraordinary group of women and everyone in the company, male and female, has been extremely supportive,” she said. “To feel that everyone is so excited we’re here, we all feel incredibly grateful that we get to be a part of it.”The Leverett House resident auditioned in 2017 as a form of protest of the group’s exclusion of women. “I went in knowing full well that I wasn’t going to get it,” she said, “but [I wanted] to show them that there was this incredible range of talent that they were ignoring. When they announced that they would cast women at the [2018] Woman of the Year, I called my mom in tears and said, ‘I have to be part of that.’ I prepared for it almost every day since.”Shaheen is particularly pleased to be playing an evil Russian prince named Emmanuel Haftamarry. “When I found out I got to play a man,” she said, “it felt even cooler, in some ways — that idea that women can play men on stage like men can play women and that women can be very comical and funny.”To purchase tickets to the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ 171st production, “France France Revolution,” contact the HPT Box Office at 617-495-5205 or order online at The show will be performed at Harvard University’s historic Farkas Hall at 12 Holyoke St. through March 10. The company then travels to New York to perform at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College on March 15 and 16. Call 212-772-4448 for tickets. It will perform March 20-22 at Hamilton City Hall in Bermuda.last_img read more

first_imgReflecting on the first year of the Trump administration and what it indicates about the future, professor of political science Gary E. Hollibaugh, Jr. said the president‘s largest accomplishments include the tax reform bill and his judicial appointments, during a lecture Wednesday night in Geddes Hall as part of the Pizza, Pop and Politics series presented by NDVotes.Drawing on an opinion piece written by President Trump in the “Washington Examiner” last year and the recent State of the Union address, Hollibaugh first mentioned the tax reform bill.“This was seen by many, both political and nonpolitical observers, as possible being the crowning achievement of the Trump administration’s first year,” he said.Hollibaugh said most would argue the other large accomplishment of the Trump administration’s first year was the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. However, Hollibaugh said Trump has made more significant changes through various judicious appointments.“Possibly much more important than filling the empty seat on the Supreme Court is the fact that President Trump and his administration have been working tirelessly to fill lots of vacancies within all levels of the judiciary, and given that these are lifetime appointments, this will probably be his most long-lasting legacy,” he said.Trump has filled more circuit court positions than any other president in U.S. history, Hollibaugh said, but that is partly due to the fact that there have been an increased number of those positions in recent decades. Changes to the use of filibusters for court nominations has also helped more accomplish more nominations, Hollibaugh said.“They were actually able to leverage the fact that because of a lack of senate action on the judicial action during the waning days of the Obama administration, there was a historically high number of vacancies across all levels of the federal bench, and those judges that remained tended to be older than they historically had been,” he said.Hollibaugh said Trump has also highlighted his congressional accomplishments, such as bills reforming the Department of Veteran Affairs. These reforms were passed by a large bipartisan margin.“President Trump as well as senate Republicans have been able to streamline the process of filling judicial vacancies,” he said. “Most of these have passed on very close, mostly partisan margins, and this would not be possible if there were still a functional filibuster for judicial nominations.”Other than these few congressional bills, Hollibaugh said most of the Trump administration accomplishments have been based administratively, meaning by executive order, memorandum or something directed by the President.“We haven’t seen any real controversial legislation,” he said.Hollibaugh said Trump typically criticized President Obama for passing executive orders. As presidential actions are easily undone — evidenced by Trump’s reversal of several Obama-administration executive orders — Obama told Trump to rely more heavily on congressional actions.Drawing on the recent State of the Union address, Hollibaugh said Trump has taken credit for the defeat of ISIS, the creation of 2.4 million new jobs — primarily in manufacturing — and the rapid rise of the stock market.“For those of you who saw him on TV the other day, he was talking about how great the stock market was doing as it suffered a historic drop,” he said. “It was actually very interesting to watch.”In the future, Hollibaugh said not to expect many of Trump’s more controversial policies to make it through Congress. Hollibaugh also said the midterm elections “are only going to exacerbate the President’s problems for the next year.”“The accomplishments that the president will be able to get through the Senate in the next year will probably continue to be judicial nominations and whatever they can get through reconciliation, which will probably include something like increased military funding or maybe funding for a border wall, but probably with strings attached,” he said.Tags: executive order, Neil Gorsuch, Pizza Pop and Politics, State of the Union, trump administrationlast_img read more

first_img54 Below has become the hottest spot in town, featuring dozens of stage stars strutting their stuff every week. Below are some of the exciting just-announced sure-to-be amazing nights at Broadway’s top nightclub. AARON LAZAR “Look For Me In the Songs” – 4/2 at 7PM Look for him on the stage of 54 Below! The hunky Broadway star (who recently retired his Mamma Mia! spandex after a long run in the hit show and previously dazzled in The Light in the Piazza and Les Miz) makes his 54 Below debut with tunes from Broadway, Top 40 and the American Songbook. GET TICKETS  SARA GETTELFINGER “Songs to Grow On” – 3/19 at 7PM The leggy Broadway beltress who seduced John Stamos in nothing but a sheet as Carla in Nine and danced a deadpan tango as Morticia in the national tour of The Addams Family presents her act, Songs to Grow On, promising songs from bluegrass to Broadway that shaped her life. GET TICKETS HONEYMOON IN VEGAS 4/7 at 7PM After a smashing run at Paper Mill last year, this new Jason Robert Brown musical comedy is heading to Broadway soon. Before that, the cast (featuring Rob McClure, Tony Danza and Brynn O’Malley) will come together for a special concert reunion at 54 Below. This one is already a sell-out, so beg, steal or borrow to get in! GET TICKETS JULIE JAMES “The Julie James Show” – 3/27 at 9:30PM Julie James is jumping out of your car stereo and onto the stage of 54 Below! The program director of the SiriusXM On Broadway channel and host of its popular Broadway Names with Julie James talk show shows off her performer side with this fast-paced night of stories, songs and fun! GET TICKETS View Commentscenter_img JARROD SPECTOR “A Little Help From My Friends” – 3/10 at 7PM; 3/23, 24 & 31 at 9:30PM An encore run of the electrifying rock and roll set from the former Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys and current Barry Mann in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. We’ve seen this one already and the song set, honoring a century of tenor legends, has to be seen to be believed. GET TICKETS THE WILD PARTY SWINGS 4/17 at 9:30PM & 11:30PM Composer Andrew Lippa teams up with 54 Below staple Charlie Rosen’s Broadway Big Band to revisit the sexy off-Broadway hit The Wild Party. Julla Murney is back as Queenie (the one that was a blonde), with special guests like Jeremy Jordan, Lea DeLaria, Caissie Levy, Ciara Renee and Stark Sands! GET TICKETS JUDY KAYE “Sings Bernstein & Sondheim” – 3/28 & 3/29 at 8PM Exactly what it sounds like: the two-time Tony winning musical comedy icon makes her debut at 54 Below with a stirring night of songs from Steve and Lenny! Of course, she actually worked with both geniuses, so expect some great insider stories along the way! GET TICKETS MANDY GONZALEZ “Love, All Ways: A Musical Retrospective of Triumph and Hilarity” – 4/2 at 9:30PM Spend a night with the big-voiced star of In the Heights and Wicked performing a club act that’s Paul Wontorek called ”one of the very best” he’s seen at 54 Below. Songs from Elvis, Liza, Prince and her Broadway hits make it a night to remember. GET TICKETSlast_img read more

Versatile alternative

January 17, 2021 | jqykayon | No Comments

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaTIFTON, Ga. — A cousin of camellias may become an alternative crop for Georgia farmers who are strapped by the prices of more conventional row crops, says a University of Georgia expert.The plant is Camellia oleifera Abel. A woody cousin of a favorite garden flower, it can be used to produce healthy cooking oils, livestock feed, makeup and other products.Tea Oil”It’s more commonly known in other parts of the world, namely China, as ‘tea oil camellia,'” said John Ruter, a UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences horticulturist who has been experimenting with the plant.It grows into a large bush with white flowers, he said. Native to China, it has been used there for more than a thousand years. It’s been commercially grown there on large plantations since 1949. Chinese farmers keep them pruned to about 8 feet.The crop is harvested in October and November. It requires a lot of labor to pick the fruit, Ruter said. But Georgia farmers grow other labor-intensive crops — vegetables, for instance.About 14 percent of the Chinese population uses tea oil for cooking. The oil is derived from the marble-sized seed the plant produces. The seed’s oil content is about 50 percent.Healthy and Tasty”The oil can be compared to, and has a lot of the characteristics of, olive oil,” Ruter said.It tastes much like olive oil, maybe a little sweeter. The oil is high in oleic acid. This healthy acid has been shown to reduce cholesterol. Tea oil has a higher smoke-out temperature than olive oil. Home and commercial cooks will like this, he said.You can do more than cook with it, though, Ruter said. From the seed hulls, you can extract saponin, which is used to make detergent and the foam for fire extinguishers. Triterpenoid saponin from the camellia can improve the immune functions in humans and animals, too.Soaps, hair oil, rustproof oil, paint, lipstick, antiwrinkle creams and fertilizer can all be made from extracts of the camellia.Most of the research on tea oil camellias comes from Chinese sources. But Ruter is looking to change that. Due to funding problems, China ended most of its tea oil research in 1990.Last month, Ruter went to China to visit with tea oil experts and scientists to learn how they grow the crop. The plant grows in soils very much like those of the southeastern United States, particularly Georgia.”It should be very much adaptable to this area,” he said.But finding the right species to do research on in the United States proved to be a challenge.Best SelectionRuter found two plants at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. He had another sent to him from a camellia expert in North Carolina. And believe or not, he found another growing in the backyard of a camellia enthusiast in Valdosta, Ga.Ruter is selecting plants from these four original seed sources at the UGA Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens in Savannah, Ga., and with a nursery grower in middle Georgia. He’s looking to develop the best types of tea oil camellias to grow for this area of the world.But the process takes time. “We’re starting at ground zero,” he said.Ruter can see tea oil being sold on grocery store shelves along with other oils.A new oilseed cooperative has started in Georgia. It plans to build a $55 million oil crushing and processing facility in Claxton, Ga.Through this facility, Georgia farmers could develop and market their own Georgia-grown tea oil, Ruter said. And that could be just the start for this multitalented crop in Georgia.last_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Analysts said they were not surprised by Westmoreland Coal Co.’s plan to sell one Ohio mine and pay a holding company to take several others because the operations have high reclamation costs and shrinking profitability.The coal producer, which sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October 2018, presented the bankruptcy court with a plan to sell its Buckingham mine to an as-yet-unformed holding company for $1 million and transfer another 15 mines in Ohio and Kentucky, which it calls the Oxford assets, to that entity along with a payment of between $16 million and $20 million. Westmoreland said all 16 mines are noncore assets.Industry analysts told S&P Global Market Intelligence that the low price tag on the Buckingham mine is likely a reflection of both the mine’s value and its reclamation costs. Westmoreland projects the mine’s gross reclamation cost outflows through 2065 to total $6 million, according to a Form 8-K filed Dec. 19, 2018. All of the operation’s coal is shipped to the Conesville power plant, whose contract with Westmoreland expired at the end of 2018 and was not renewed.B. Riley FBR analyst Lucas Pipes said the $6 million reclamation cost is a “modest amount,” but the new owner may have to deal with the liability sooner rather than later if it can no longer service a power plant. He also noted that the Ohio River Valley is “very competitive” and the buyer may have difficulty competing with Murray Energy Corp. and Alliance Resource Partners LP for deliveries to other generators. Pipes said the holding company may think it can reclaim the mines for a lower price than Westmoreland is estimating and make money from the deal.Westmoreland told the court it had attempted to market the Buckingham mine to 37 potential buyers. More ($): Experts: Reclamation liabilities, low value lessened price of Westmoreland mine Reclamation costs a key factor in Westmoreland’s restructuring efforts, experts saylast_img read more

first_img 48SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “Crashing” CUNA‘s Governmental Affairs Conference half a decade ago was a novelty to get younger individuals involved with the credit union movement. What seemed like an interesting and fun idea concocted by the fine folks at Filene has now become almost a “right of passage” for many young, passionate credit union professionals. The annual “Crash the GAC” is now inundated with hundreds of applicants with only 52 spots available. So if you or know somebody who wants to get in, now’s the time to apply. Watch The Cooperative Trust’s James Marshall explain what it takes and how to apply for the 2016 Crash the GAC. continue reading »last_img

first_imgIn the period from January to November 2017, the number of voyages of foreign cruise ships decreased by 16,7%, and the number of passengers on these ships decreased by 13,9% compared to the same period in 2016. The total number of days spent by ships in the same period is lower by 17,7%, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).In the period from January to November 2017, 82 foreign cruise ships entered Croatian seaports, which made 677 cruises. There were 936 thousand passengers on these ships, who stayed in Croatia for 1 days. The largest number of voyages was made by ships under the flag of the Bahamas (437 voyages) and Malta (163 voyages), while the largest number of passengers arrived by ships under the flag of Italy (155 thousand passengers), Bahamas (245 thousand passengers) and Panama (193 thousand passengers).Out of a total of 677 trips, most trips were realized in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County (64,1%) and the Split-Dalmatia County (18,6%), which is a total of 82,7%. The remaining 17,3% of trips were made in the following counties: Zadar (6,1%), Istria (4,7%), Šibenik-Knin (3,8%), Primorje-Gorski Kotar (2,5%) and Lika-Croatia. Senjska (0,2%).The port of Dubrovnik had the highest number of visits by foreign cruise ships (530 visits), followed by the ports of Split (223 visits) and Korčula (129 visits).Source: CBSlast_img read more

first_imgThis house at 15 Shaun Place, Keperra, is for sale through Harcourts Solutions. Picture supplied.On Brisbane’s southside, James Curtain of Place Estate Agents is seeing houses snapped up the fastest in suburbs like Seven Hills, Wishart and Mansfield.“There’s no doubt suburbs like Seven Hills are performing very well,” he said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour ago“I think one of the reasons why is it has lagged behind surrounding suburbs and is often forgotten. “It’s right on the Norman Park border, it’s elevated, has an emerging cafe society and many luxurious homes under construction.“We’ve sold four homes in past month in and around the $1.6 million mark there.”In Wishart, 12km from the CBD, the median price is now $701,250 — 40 per cent higher than it was just five years ago.“We’re getting 50 to 60 groups through Wishart homes and they’ve sold very quickly and pushed beyond the expected price point,” Mr Curtain said. Greg Townsing and his four girls, Bella, 13, Mimi, 7, Talulah, 9 and Yasmin, 11, at the home they are selling in Wavell Heights. Picture: AAP/John Gass.According to CoreLogic, houses are selling the fastest in Keperra, 12km north west of the Brisbane CBD, where the median time on market for houses is 11 days.Christine McKay of Harcourts Solutions said many older homeowners in the suburb were selling to a younger generation.“Keperra is an old suburb,” she said.“The majority of people have lived here 40 to 60 years. Now, they’re selling to a new generation.” Greg Townsing and his four girls, Bella, 13, Mimi, 7, Talulah, 9 and Yasmin, 11, at the home they are selling in Wavell Heights. Picture: AAP/John Gass.IF you want a house in one of these Brisbane suburbs, you better move quick.Demand is so strong in some pockets of the city this spring selling season, at least one house sells every day of the year on average — and real estate agents are struggling to keep up.On Brisbane’s northside, Wavell Heights, McDowell, Keperra, Gaythorne, Geebung and Chermside have been identified as some of the suburbs where houses are selling the fastest.Fitzgibbon, Mansfield, Wishart and Seven Hills are among the most in-demand locations for buyers on the southside this season.Tristan Rowland of Place Estate Agents said homes were selling like hot cakes in Wavell Heights.“I can’t hold onto them,” he said.“Two weeks max and they go out the door.”The median house price in Wavell Heights has jumped nearly 20 per cent in the past three years, according to property research firm CoreLogic.“It’s really gentrified,” Mr Rowland said. “It’s become Clayfield 2.0.” Brisbane’s fastest selling suburbs are close to the city and affordable. Photographer: Liam Kidston.Mr Rowland said the suburb attracted a mix of demographics, including people who wanted to live close to the airport, high income earners including professionals, manufacturing workers and the medical fraternity.“There are a lot of post-war houses being knocked down and big contemporary homes being built. It’s a knock down, build brand new market.” A little further north, the suburb of Geebung is also attracting buyers because of it’s proximity to Wavell Heights and the redevelopment of Westfield Chermside shopping centre.“Geebung’s so affordable,” Mr Rowland said. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE “Only a year ago we were selling renovated knockdowns for in the early $400,000s. The other day I sold one for mid-$500,000s.”He said the Chermside house market was also “very strong” because of its affordability, the shopping centre and its proximity to hospitals.Greg and Gabrielle Townsing have put their family home at 39 Fordham Street, Wavell Heights, on the market to move closer to the school their four children attend.Mr Townsing said it was historically a good time of year to sell and the family was staying in the area.“It’s got a nice feel to it, not too far from the city, and it’s got good transport options in terms of major roads,” he said. Place Estate Agents real estate agent James Curtain. Photograph: Renae Droop.He said the suburb was piggy backing off the growth of the inner-city suburbs of Coorparoo and Holland Park.“It’s the next wave. When you look at its fundamentals, it’s got good schools, access to the motorway and is good value.”Mr Curtain said houses were also selling quickly in Mansfield, which fell into a similar category to Wishart and was benefiting from the growth in Carindale. Tenants from hell on the rise Housing markets continue to cool Swim star buys on the Goldie CoreLogic head of research Cameron Kusher said the fastest selling suburbs were generally close to the city, but more affordable.“They probably haven’t been the most desirable suburbs historically but people are coming around to fact they’re close to city and have good public transport, so we’re seeing a bit of gentrification in those areas,” he said.Mr Kusher said many of the most in-demand suburbs had post-war houses with the potential for renovation on larger blocks.“I think there’s still some good opportunities in those markets.”BRISBANE’S 10 FASTEST SELLING SUBURBSSuburb Average days on marketKEPERRA 11FITZGIBBON 13MANSFIELD 15BOONDALL 15FERNY HILLS 16ALBANY CREEK 16GAYTHORNE 16CHERMSIDE WEST 17PETRIE 17GEEBUNG 17(Source: CoreLogic)last_img read more

first_imgIn addition, the pension fund’s 55% hedge of the interest risk of its liabilities delivered a return of 1.33%, also due to the fall in rates.The pension fund of the institute for applied technical research reported a 1.03% return on its 26.5% equity allocation, adding that its 3.8% property holdings – mainly retail and residential property through non-listed funds – produced a positive result of 1.33% over the first quarter.In contrast, private equity – making up 7.3% of the scheme’s investment mix – generated a loss of 0.54%, chiefly due to a re-valuation at 2013-end, the scheme said.Its full hedge of liquid investments in the main currencies contributed -0.08% to the quarterly result. The €2.6bn pension fund of TNO has said it benefitted from falling interest rates over the first quarter, resulting in an overall return of 3.86%.As a consequence, assets under management increased by €86m, while funding improved by 1.6 percentage points to 111.7%. The scheme’s 55.5% fixed income allocation generated a return of 3.74%, which directly affected its assets, it said.At the same time, the falling interest rate only resulted in a limited decrease of the discount rate, following the three-month average mechanism.last_img read more

first_imgOffshore helicopter operator CHC Helicopter has transferred approximately 15,000 passengers to and from the world’s largest offshore facility – Shell Prelude FLNG – since its arrival to the Prelude field offshore Australia.CHC said that the transfers were made with the four S-92s helicopters racking up 2,782 flight hours and 171,080 nautical miles with no injuries or incidents.Prelude is located 475km north-northeast of Broome and is in the process of being commissionedApproximately 800 people are working and living on Prelude and the adjacent accommodation support vessel during this commissioning phase of the project.“In the midst of all of this activity, the team in Broome have had to contend with two cyclones (hurricanes) and tropical lows which have dumped 1.5m (5ft) of rain on the coastal town and airport, where CHC has its base, in the last three months alone. That equates to more than two years’ worth of rainfall,” CHC said.When it comes to Shell’s Prelude project, the 488-meter-long and 74-meter-wide floating facility is located Browse Basin, approximately 475km north-north east of Broome in Western Australia, secured with 16 mooring chains since August 2017. Prelude FLNG facility will stay at the location for 20 to 25 years.The largest floating facility ever built will unlock new energy resources offshore and produce approximately 3.6 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per year. It will remain onsite during all weather events, having been designed to withstand a category 5 cyclone. Production from the Prelude field is expected to start later this year.The Prelude FLNG project is operated by Shell in joint venture with Inpex (17.5%), KOGAS (10%) and OPIC (5%).Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more