Curious Incident Sets West End Closing Date

first_img After an “A*” run in London of nearly five years, the Tony and Olivier-winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will shutter on June 3, 2017 at the Gielgud Theatre. A tour of the U.K. and Ireland is set to kick off in January 2017 and a North American tour will continue until September 2017.Directed by Marianne Elliott and adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling book by Simon Stephens, at time of closing the show will have played over 1,600 performances and been seen by over one million people in London, and almost two and a half million people worldwide. The original production opened at the National Theatre’s Cottesloe Theatre in September 2012, and transferred to the Apollo Theatre in March 2013 before moving to the Gielgud Theatre in July 2014. Curious Incident ran at Broadway’s Barrymore Theatre in New York from September 2014 until September 2016.The show tells the story of 15-year-old Christopher Boone, who has an extraordinary brain; and is exceptional at math while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He sets out to solve a mystery of who killed his neighbor’s dog, but his detective work takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.The West End cast currently includes Joseph Ayre as Christopher Boone, with Jo Castleton as his teacher Siobhan, Nicolas Tennant as Ed, Sarah Stanley as Judy, Jacqueline Clarke as Mrs Alexander, Amanda Posener as Mrs Shears, Ross Waiton as Roger Shears, Matthew Trevannion as Mr. Thompson, Gemma Knight Jones as No.40/Punk Girl, David Nellist as Reverend Peters and Thomas Dennis as the alternate Christopher. View Comments Jo Castleton & Joseph Ayre in ‘The Curious Incident'(Photo: Brinkhoff Mo?genburg)last_img read more

Appealing option

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaPoultry litter usually draws attention for its smell. It’s now attracting more interest because of what it contains – cheaper vital nutrients for crops.Nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium are key fertilizers used to grow Georgia crops like cotton, corn, peanuts, soybeans, hay and wheat. All three are found in chicken litter, something Georgia – as the top U.S. poultry producer – has a lot of. Commercial nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium prices have skyrocketed in recent years.“It takes a lot of petroleum to manufacture these synthetic fertilizers,” said Jeff Mullen, an economist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “So that’s the big cost. The price of oil has gone up, and that’s been folded right into these costs.”China, India and Brazil have increased their demands for fertilizer and oil, which has also increased fertilizer prices, he said.Nitrogen cost between 32 cents and 63 cents per pound in 2006. It now costs between 50 cents and 93 cents per pound. That’s a 50 percent increase, said Mullen.Phosphorous costs around 92 cents per pound today. In 2006, it was 38 cents per pound. Over the last three years, potassium has jumped from 24 cents per pound to as high as 90 cents per pound.The amount of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium poultry litter contains depends on what the chicken ate prior to producing it. On average, a ton of litter has 38.5 pounds of available nitrogen, 50 pounds of available phosphorous and 48 pounds of available potassium.Poultry litter costs about $14 a ton in Georgia. “So you’re paying 36 cents per pound of available nitrogen, which is currently cheaper than other nitrogen sources,” Mullen said. “The phosphorous, potassium and other benefits of poultry litter are essentially free after that.” Chicken poop is not exactly the same as synthetic fertilizers, said Dave Kissel, head of the UGA Agricultural and Environmental Services Labs. It can smell bad and be harder to handle and to spread in fields than commercial fertilizers. Also, poultry litter can only be applied prior to crops being planted, Mullen said, not after they are growing. Farmers typically fertilize their crops twice during the growing season. Commercial fertilizer would be needed for the second application after crops are growing.But according to a recent farmer survey Mullen conducted, farmers aren’t just purchasing the litter in spring before planting time. About 15 percent buy it in late summer and 25 percent buy it in winter. Also, the average poultry-litter user in Georgia would pay as much as $21 a ton for it today. “I think what’s really happening here, especially with the recent rise in fertilizer prices, is producers are recognizing that poultry litter is more valuable than its historic price has been,” Mullen said. “It’s a substitute for many fertilizers.”UGA and the Georgia Poultry Federation set up a Web site for buyers and sellers of poultry litter. Visit www.galitter.org for more information.(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

VEDA APPROVES $5.2 MILLION IN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT FINANCING

first_imgMontpelier, VT Vermont business development projects totaling $21 million will receive $5.2 million in financing assistance from the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA). Principals of two of the manufacturing projects approved for VEDA financing estimate 100 new jobs will be created within three years of the investments. VEDA is especially excited and pleased to offer financing assistance that helps stimulate jobs creation in the manufacturing sector of Vermonts economy, said Jo Bradley, the Authoritys Chief Executive Officer. Among the projects approved by VEDA are:Revision Eyewear, Ltd., Essex Junction Financing of $1 million was approved as part of a $3 million capital expenditure project, enabling this highly-specialized military eyewear company to upgrade its plant, laboratory, and production facilities. TD Banknorth is also participating in the project, which aims to add 60 new jobs to the companys current payroll of 44 within three years. Based in Essex Junction since 2007, and in Williston for three years prior, Revision Eyewear is an ISO 9001:2000 registered company that has a diverse global supply chain, including custom made components from all over the United States, Europe and the Far East. With this equipment and leasehold investment, the company will be better able to service its most important customer the U.S. military by assuring advanced training, R&D, quality control, production flow, and protection of intellectual property. Vermont Composites, Inc., Bennington VEDA approved up to $1 million in mortgage insurance on a $4.5 million working capital line of credit extended to Vermont Composites, Inc. (VCI) by Chittenden Bank. VCI is a market leader in the design and fabrication of carbon fiber reinforced composite structures for the aerospace and medical industries. VCI projects adding 48 jobs to its current payroll of 195 within three years of the expansion project.Vermont Precision Woodworks, Morrisville VEDA agreed to insure $375,000 of a $500,000 working capital line of credit offered Vermont Precision Woodworks (VPW) by Union Bank. Based in Morrisville, VPW employs 37, and both produces and imports youth bedroom and home office furniture for independent furniture stores and high-volume national retailers.Grafton Village Cheese Company, Inc., Brattleboro – An additional $500,000 in industrial revenue bond financing was approved by VEDA, supplementing $8.2 million in financing given final approval by the Authority in August, 2007. The funds support the construction of a new cheese manufacturing and aging facility, now nearing completion, on land owned by the Windham Foundation in Brattleboro.Additional financings approved by the VEDA Board of Directors include:Over $1.1 million in farm ownership and operating loans through the Authoritys agricultural financing program, the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation;Business real estate development loans totaling $664,000 through the Authoritys Vermont 504 Corporation; and Small business loans totaling $578,668 through the Authoritys Vermont Small Business Development Corporation.VEDAs mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providing financial assistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, and travel and tourism enterprises. Since its inception in 1974, VEDA has made financing commitments totaling over $1.3 billion. For more information about VEDA, visit www.veda.org(link is external) or call 802-828-5627.last_img read more

Haiti Extends Quake State Of Emergency For 18 Months

first_imgBy Dialogo April 19, 2010 The Haitian parliament extended the quake-hit nation’s state of emergency for another 18 months as it set up a special committee to take charge of reconstruction. “This law confirms the creation of the (reconstruction committee) as well as the extension of the state of emergency called for by the president,” Senator Michel Clerier said. The text has already been sent to President Rene Preval to be signed. The new committee will oversee the rebuilding of the country ravaged by the January 12 quake, and will be chaired by former US president Bill Clinton and Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive. Its creation was one of the measures agreed at an international donors conference held in New York last month, when 138 states and organizations pledged some 5.3 billion dollars to help rebuild Haiti over the next two years. In total some 9.9 billion dollars was pledged for three years and beyond. “Now the international community must honor the promises it made in new York,” said another Senator Hector M. Amacacis. The 7.0-magnitude quake caused eight billion dollars worth of damage — about 120 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product.last_img read more

Errata

first_img Errata The caption accompanying a picture in the November 15 News, about the Lee County Women Lawyers and the Collier County Women Lawyers’ Voices For Kids Project identified those pictured — Judge Lauren Miller, Laurie Anton, Carolyn Delizia, and Jeanne Seewald — in reverse order. The News regrets the error. Errata December 1, 2003 Erratalast_img

State Police say incident on Route 8 in Deposit is ‘resolved’

first_img4:00 A.M. UPDATE: DEPOSIT (WBNG) — According to 511 NY The roadway has since reopened. The section of Route 8 in Deposit between State Highway 20 and Michigan Hollow Road is still closed to traffic as of late Wednesday evening. 12 News has a crew on the way to the scene. —– DEPOSIT (WBNG) — New York State Police say the incident along Route 8 in Deposit has been resolved, yet portion of road remains closed. This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for updates. —– DEPOSIT (WBNG) — The New York State Police Department says Route 8 between State Highway 20 and Michigan Hollow Road is closed to traffic for an “active police investigation.” State Police say to “avoid the area.” Police could not confirm more details with 12 News. 10:40 P.M. UPDATE: New York State Police closed off a section of Route 8 for hours Wednesday evening, but would not explain what was happening. Shortly after 10 p.m., authorities stated there is no threat to the public.last_img read more

Japan’s Shinzo Abe moves to declare state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka

first_imgPublic transportation will continue to operate, Abe said, adding that the declaration will not lead to the kind of lockdown seen in some countries overseas. Unlike countries like France — where residents can be fined for leaving their homes — there is no legal power to enforce such requests.The package of economic measures, set to be Japan’s biggest ever, surpassed the 60 trillion yen ($550 billion) recommended by Abe’s ruling party last week. Details of the package are expected to be announced Tuesday.Japan to fight virus with two-stage stimulus planAn emergency declaration enables local officials to take measures such as ordering the cancellation of events, restricting use of facilities such as schools and movie theaters and appropriating land or buildings for temporary medical facilities. The announcement comes after pressure from the public and the medical community. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he will propose declaring a month-long state of emergency in seven prefectures including Tokyo and Osaka, after a renewed surge of coronavirus cases in some of the nation’s biggest cities.He also announced a much larger-than-expected stimulus package of 108 trillion yen ($988 billion) to support households and businesses struggling from the impact of the pandemic.The declaration, which will also include Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Hyogo and Fukuoka prefectures, will be made as soon as Tuesday, Abe said in Tokyo. The move hands powers to local governments to try to contain the spread of the virus that causes Covid-19, including by urging residents to stay at home. After last week saying the situation didn’t yet call for such a move, Abe changed course after cases in Tokyo surged over the weekend.As with many laws in Japan, there are no penalties associated with breaching instructions, except in the case of concealing supplies after the government orders them to be handed over. While much of the order will have no teeth, businesses are likely to further cooperate in closing shops and restaurants, while more residents are expected to stay indoors.A state of emergency can stay in place for as long as two years and can be extended by as much as one more year, under a law updated in March. The prime minister can make the call when the spread of the infection threatens serious damage to the lives and health of the people, as well as to the economy.The move also enables local governments to take steps such as:*. Controlling prices of daily essentials*. Providing loans through government-related financial institutions*. Making compulsory purchases of food and medicinescenter_img Topics :last_img read more

Preemployment card to offer offline courses in August despite COVID-19 surge

first_imgThe government plans to start in-person training courses in August under its preemployment card program, despite the daily surge in new COVID-19 cases since it started easing the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in early June.“We hope to open [the courses] in areas unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic or in those [areas] where the situation has improved, all while complying with the health protocols,” Rudy Salahuddin, who heads?the program’s job creation management?committee, said at a virtual press conference on Monday.The government has announced its?plan amid the worsening trend in the nation’s COVID-19 daily tally, which has?surpassed 1,000 cases?since June.?The country recorded?1,282 new?cases on Monday and 1,591?new?cases on Tuesday, with?official data showing?78,572 cumulative cases to date. The program has eight digital platform “partners”?to offer?around 3,800 online training courses and a monthly allowance on completion of the training component. Eligible applicants?are workers who have been laid off or furloughed as a direct economic impact of the health crisis, as well as owners of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).The government?on July 8 issued?Presidential Regulation (Perpres)?No. 76/2020, under which the program was expanded to include offline training courses.Susiwijono Moegiarso, secretary to?the Coordinating Economic Minister, said on Monday that the Perpres was intended to revive?the preemployment card following its suspension in response to?the Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK) report on irregularities?in the program.The government is now aiming to reopen registration?in late July?for up to 500,000 applicants.Read also: KPK highlights inefficiency, mismanagement in preemployment card programSince its launch in mid-April, the preemployment card program has attracted 11.3 million applicants across the country and accepted 680,000 eligible participants, around half of whom are laid-off workers.“Many factors are pushing us to roll out the program’s next phase as soon as possible,” said Susiwijono, citing the high number of layoffs?and the economic slowdown as among the factors.The pandemic has caused Indonesia’s economic growth?to contract to 2.97 percent in the first quarter, the slowest pace in 19 years, due to the slump in?consumption and investment.In response, many businesses took downsizing measures that resulted in?3 million layoffs and?furloughs by?May, according to?the Manpower Ministry’s data.“This includes laid-off and furloughed workers and [SME]?owners whose businesses were hit by COVID-19,” said Bambag Satrio Lelono, the Manpower Ministry’s director general for?training and productivity supervision.Read also: Jobs card may not help people find workThe preemployment card program prioritizes disbursing its cash allowance of?Rp 3.5 million (US$242.71) per eligible participant according to the Manpower Ministry’s registry.With a?budget of Rp 20 trillion for this year, the program can assist up to 5.6 million eligible participants in?staying afloat during the health crisis.As of July 14, Indonesia recorded the 26th highest number of COVID-19 cases among 213 affected countries in the world.Topics : Also on Monday, director-general?Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of the World Health Organization cautioned at its daily press briefing that “too many countries are headed in the wrong direction”.Read also: Govt issues new regulation for belabored preemployment cardRegardless, the plan to start holding offline courses is in keeping with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s push to transition to the so-called new normal phase, which aims to?reopen the economy while maintaining?strict health protocols.The preemployment card program is one of Jokowi’s reelection campaign promises and was originally?designed?as?an upskilling and reskilling program. The government redesigned it as an incentivized training?program earlier this year as part of its COVID-19 safety net strategy.last_img read more

Renovators delight to be sold under the hammer

first_img202 Bayswater Rd, Currajong is for sale.The home is on an 809sq m block and has hardwood floors and high ceilings throughout.The house has casement windows and glass louvres which provide plenty of light and ventilation while the two generous bedrooms also have plenty of natural light.The separate bathroom and toilet are in original condition and there is undercover parking for two vehicles. ■ 202 Bayswater Rd will be open for inspection on Saturday from 1-1.30pm before the auction on July 24 at the Keyes & Co office at 505 Flinders St, Townsville City. For more details call Mr Keyes on 0418 781 421. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020202 Bayswater Rd, Currajong“We’ve had younger couples looking to renovate it but we’ve also had some mature investors who want to tidy it up and put someone in it until the market improves.“We’ve also had inquiries from NSW and people are eyeing Townsville as a good place to put your money because of where the market is.“Buyers in that renovator market are very active now.” 202 Bayswater Rd, CurrajongA 1940s’ post-war home in original condition that would make the ultimate renovation project will be sold under the hammer on July 24. The two-bedroom, one- bathroom home at 202 Bayswater Rd, Currajong, hasn’t been on the market in 70 years.Keyes & Co principal and selling agent Damien Keyes said the home would be perfect for a tradie or an experienced renovator while the home could also be demolished.last_img read more

LR to work with Chinese partners on 220,000-cbm LNG carrier

first_imgClassification society Lloyd’s Register has signed an agreement with a group of Chinese companies to design and develop the first 220,000-cbm LNG carrier with a GTT Mark III membrane containment system.The companies include COSCO Shipping LNG Investment, COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry, Jiangnan Shipyard, Marine Design and Research Institute of China (MARIC), Shanghai Ship and Shipping Research Institute (SSSRI) and China Classification Society (CCS), LR said in its statement.The seven parties will use their expertise, experience and research capabilities to define the ship’s technical specifications and general arrangement of the main systems, to factor in route and capacity requirements.LR and CCS will provide technical support and consultancy services to ensure that the design meets all international regulations, industry-wide conventions and standards, and that it complies with each society’s classification rules. LR and CCS will also offer technical support for ship-shore matching, focusing particularly at upstream and downstream loading and unloading terminals.Once the LNG carrier has been designed, LR and CCS will look to grant the design approval in principle, which will further enhance the project partners’ competitiveness in the large LNG carrier market. The parties will conduct hydrodynamic assessments on the design to optimize its performance and plan to continually improve the design.Zhu Jianzhang, assistant president, MARIC, said, “As global demand for LNG trade continues to grow, the shipping industry will require more LNG carriers, specifically for newbuilding orders. As China’s demand for LNG continues to increase, more Chinese shipowners with need LNG carriers and this JIP will provide our customers with a suitable and competitive design to support their business requirements.”Jiangnan Shipyard’s chief of global technology, Hu Keyi noted that expanding its LNG solutions would allow the company to support rapid growth in Chinese LNG demand.“Jiangnan has successfully cooperated with LR and MARIC on an AIP for standard size membrane type LNG carrier ‘LNG Jumbo’, and a joint development project for applying LNG fuel tank on larger container ship. These working arrangements and experience can be replicated on this new project,” Keyi said.last_img read more

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