Weekend Poll: Which Broadway Cast Recording Is the Most Grammy-Worthy?

first_img View Comments The 56th annual Grammy Awards are January 26th, and even though we’re still a little miffed they only nominated three Broadway cast recordings this year, we’ll still be tuning in to see who takes home the gold for Best Musical Theater Album: Kinky Boots, Matilda or Motown the Musical. If it were up to us, we’d have a Grammy ballot jam-packed with all of our favorite cast albums from the past year, like Hands on a Hardbody (the best road trip album), Bring It On (great to work out to) and Pippin (we could listen to this one all day, every day). So, while you’re counting down the hours until Beyoncé performs live, we have to ask: Which Broadway cast recording that was eligible for a Grammy this year (released between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013) do you think deserves one? Cast your vote below!last_img read more

Janet McTeer & Liev Schreiber to Lead Les Liaisons Dangereuses

first_img Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 Related Shows Janet McTeer Liev Schreiber Les Liaisons Dangereuses View Comments Janet McTeer & Liev Schreiber(Photos: Jason Merritt/Getty Images, Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) As previously speculated, Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses will return to the Great White Way. Janet McTeer is set to take on the role of La Marquise de Merteuil, reprising her performance from the production’s debut last year at London’s Donmar Warehouse. Fellow Tony winner Liev Schreiber joins her as Le Vicomte de Valmont (played across the pond by Dominic West).Performances will begin on October 8 at the Booth Theatre, where it is scheduled to open officially on October 30. Josie Rourke, artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse, helms the production, which will play a limited engagement through January 22, 2017.McTeer won a Tony and Olivier Award for her performance in A Doll’s House; she also received nods for both after starring in Mary Stuart. Her film credits include Oscar-nominated performances in Albert Nobbs and Tumbleweeds.Schreiber last appeared on Broadway in the 2010 revival of A View From the Bridge, for which he earned a Tony nomination. He won in 2005 for Glengarry Glen Ross and was nominated two years later for Talk Radio. On screen, Schreiber currently stars in the Showtime series Ray Donovan.Based on the 1782 novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, the dark comedy follows former lovers, La Marquise de Merteuil and Le Vicomte de Valmont as they compete in games of seduction and revenge. These merciless aristocrats toy with the hearts and reputations of innocents. Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the convent-educated Cecile de Volanges before her wedding night but Valmont has other designs. His target is the peerlessly virtuous and happily married Madame de Tourvel.Lindsay Duncan and Alan Rickman earned Tony nominations for the play’s 1987 Broadway premiere. Glenn Close and John Malkovich headlined the 1988 movie version, renamed Dangerous Liaisons. The show was last revived on the Great White Way in 2008, starring Laura Linney and Ben Daniels.Additional casting for this latest incarnation will be announced at a later date. Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery was set to play Madame de Tourvel in London, but had to withdraw following the death of her fiancé. Elaine Cassidy stepped in for her.The production features sets and costumes by Tom Scutt, lighting design by Mark Henderson, sound design by Carolyn Downing and original music by Michael Bruce.last_img read more

Georgia 4-H Hosts Online Programming

first_imgRegularly scheduled 4-H programming across the state has been disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, several Georgia counties have now moved their programming online to allow youth to still participate in valued 4-H learning experiences.To date, seven other states have shared this series for 4-H or Parks and Recreation online programming.“Because of the social distancing and the shelter-in-place ordinances, Pulaski 4-H had to do more to interact and engage our audiences,” said Sonya Jones, UGA county Extension coordinator and 4-H agent. “We wanted to continue to do something virtually for the youth and families to stay involved.”Pulaski County is offering lessons focusing on Healthy Living, STEM and nontraditional learning throughout the week. The daily activities can be completed at home with common household items. The free lessons are designed for youth ages five to 18 and 4-H membership is not required. Extension 4-H staff plan to send out the lessons on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until school resumes in the fall.The lessons focus on a variety of healthy living topics such as the MyPlate curriculum, mental health, outdoor activities for families and exercise challenges, as well as offering additional resources. The R.E.A.L. STEM (Ready to Engage Actively in Learning Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) sessions focus on a variety of STEM topics, include experiential activities and are offered every Tuesday and Thursday. On Wednesdays, the WILD (Willingly Initiates Learning Differently) Wednesdays program highlights nontraditional learning, focusing on how youth are learning differently during school closures.The lessons are currently hosted on Facebook,, however Pulaski County is looking into new and innovative ways to share content and engage with participants live while maintaining a safe environment.If you have questions, contact Jones at 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 242,000 people annually through the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit read more

Coronavirus: Covid-19 Updates in the Blue Ridge and Beyond

first_imgPhoto by CDC on Unsplash There’s no escaping news of the coronavirus, which has swept its way across the globe. The outdoor industry, of course, isn’t immune to the rapidly changing impacts. Here, we’ll continue to offer outdoor-related updates on events and destinations affected by COVID-19. Trail etiquette in the time of COVID-19 School closures, social distancing, quarantines… it’s stressful out there right now. But if there’s one bright side in all of this, it’s that nature is still open and she’s more comforting than ever. While it’s wise to avoid crowded places, there’s no reason to stop hitting the trails—you’ll just need to take some extra precautions to protect your health and the health of other hikers.  Of course, if you feel unwell in the slightest, save the hike for another day. If we all play it safe and smart, we’ll have plenty of time to hike in the future.  It probably seems pretty obvious, but if you’re out for a hike with a trusted friend, social distancing rules still apply. That means no sharing of water bottles or eating from the same bag of trail mix.  Here’s some advice for hiking in the time of COVID-19: There’s a good chance you’ll have the trail to yourself most of the time, but when you do encounter other hikers, wave and say hello. There’s no reason not to stop for a chat if you want to, just make sure you stay at least six feet away from your fellow hikers. ATC Visitors Center in Harpers Ferry is closed until at least March 20 If you’re hiking with a friend, don’t share food and water The public meeting originally scheduled for Monday, March 16, at the Bill Sapp Recreation Center has been cancelled based on the current guidance to avoid large gatherings to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. A video presentation about the draft air permit for the proposed facility is available for the public to view here.  Amid coronavirus fears, the American Alpine Club has canceled its annual dinner, which was set to take place in Denver on March 13. In lieu of the in-person event, the organization will host a virtual experience instead. “It was a really difficult decision,” AAC CEO Phil Powers told SNEWS. “We felt like we really could have managed a safe event, but we decided to do this because we wanted to participate in good decision making during this crisis.”  Wave and say hello The public comment period on an air permit application from Active Energy Renewable Power in Lumberton has been extended to Friday, March 27.  The spread of COVID-19 causes REI to temporarily shuts its doors  If you feel unwell, stay home The Division of Air Quality will consider all comments submitted by March 27 before taking final action. China closes access to Mt. Everest Give right of way to hikers going uphill Comment period extended on proposed Active Energy Renewable Power permit  Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K Moved to September American Alpine Club cancels its annual dinner “I believe this is the right thing for our community,” said President & CEO Eric Artz in an email. “In fact, I believe it is our duty—to do all we can to help keep one another safe during this unprecedented moment.” The National Forest Service has canceled the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forest plan meeting that was scheduled to be held tonight at the Arborteum in Asheville. While the in-person meeting won’t take place, the iheartpisgah organization is collecting comments via their website at and  Email comments to Please type “Active Energy Renewable Power” in the subject line. TO SUBMIT COMMENTS: In an attempt to prevent the coronavirus from spreading to base camps around Mt. Everest, China has announced they will close access to the sides of the mountain within its borders, dashing the hopes of climbers that planned to summit the mountain this year. In response to the news, companies that run summit expeditions, such as Tahoe-based Alpenglow Expeditions, have announced they are canceling all planned summit expeditions for the season. “While cancelling a climb is never the outcome we want, this time, it’s the responsible thing to do,” Alpenglow Expeditions CEO Adrian Ballinger said in a statement. Forest Service cancels public meeting on Pisgah and Nantahala National Forest management plan If you happen to encounter another hiker on a narrow trail, remember that right of way is usually granted to the hiker walking uphill. If you’re the downhill hiker, try to find a spot—like at a switchback—where you can scoot out of the way and allow the uphill hiker to pass at a safe distance. The Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K, a staple of the Southeastern running scene that takes place every spring in Richmond, Va., has been postponed from its original date of March 28. The race, which brings 25,000 runners to the streets of Virginia’s capital city, will now take place on Saturday, September 26.The change comes after Mayor Levar Stoney and the City of Richmond released new guidelines recommending the postponement of large events in Richmond due to COVID-19. The Appalachian Trail visitor’s center in Harpers Ferry, WV, has closed its doors until at least March 20 in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has also cancelled the 2020 Flip Flop Festival. Flip Flop thru-hikers are still welcomed to begin or end their hikes at the ATC headquarters. Should the visitor’s center still be closed, the ATC is asking thru-hikers to take a selfie in front of the ATC sign and send it, along with their name and starting date, to  Outdoor retailer REI has announced that they will temporarily close all 162 of their retail stores nationwide until March 27. Employees will continue to be paid during this time. If you want to shop for outdoor gear online (because, remember, it’s still safe to go outside!), REI will provide free shipping while their stores are closed.  The ATC asks any Appalachian Trail hikers diagnosed with COVID-19 while on the trail to submit an incident report at, detailing when you got sick, when and where you got off the trail, and any other helpful details.  “This has been a challenging week and we’ve worked hard to navigate rapid changes and prepare for all possible scenarios. Health, safety, and security are top priorities for our events and we appreciate the guidance from Mayor Stoney and our public health and safety officials,” said Meghan Keogh, event director of the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K in a statement “We’re thankful for the support and understanding of participants, volunteers, sponsors, and spectators and we look forward to the opportunity to put on a great event on September 26.” Updated on March 18last_img read more

‘It’s the little things that matter’

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » A few years back Patrick Adams, CEO of St. Louis Community Credit Union, suffered a heart attack—and survived. He shared his story Friday at the co-located CUNA Technology Council and CUNA Operations & Member Experience Council Conferences in San Francisco.If possible, he suffered his attack under the best of possible conditions:There was a defibrillator onsite at the YMCA where he was working out.A U.S. Secret Service Agent was also working out. He knew how to use a defibrillator.Scheduling snafus resulted in Adams and the agent being at the gym at the same time.A fire station and paramedics were nearby to assist Adams.One of the things that Adams took away from the episode: It’s not necessarily the big things that make the difference in our lives.last_img read more

5,000 Long Island Supermarket Workers Face Layoffs

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York More than 5,000 workers at 50 supermarkets on Long Island face potential layoffs this fall if the company that owns Pathmark and Waldbaum’s can’t find buyers for those stores after filing for bankruptcy.The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., known as A&P, may close 19 Pathmarks and 31 Waldbaum’s in Nassau and Suffolk counties between Oct. 19 and Thanksgiving, according to mass layoff notices A&P filed with the New York State Department of Labor shortly after the grocer requested Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Westchester federal court last month.“We are confident that pursuing a sale process implemented through chapter 11 will enable us to preserve as many jobs as possible and ensure that we achieve the best possible outcome for all stakeholders,” Paul Hertz, president and CEO of A&P, said in a statement July 20.But, since first announcing that the New Jersey-based, 156-year-old company plans to sell 120 of its about 300 stores and close 25, the number of supermarkets it warned may close has risen in advance of court-ordered deadlines for buyers to bid on the remaining stores.Aside from Waldbaum’s and Pathmark, A&P also runs stores in its own name, plus SuperFresh, Food Basics, The Food Emporium and Best Cellars stores across the tri-state area, Pennsylvania and Maryland.The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, the union that represents about 30,000 A&P employees, has been negotiating with the company to preserve seniority rights and severance for its members. Some workers may be rehired if their stores are purchased.“The UFCW and UFCW Local Unions will work hard to ensure that the process for selling stores protects our members’ jobs, working conditions and benefits,” the union said in a statement. “We will also hold A&P to its commitments to involve UFCW in the sales process, protect union contracts and these good jobs.”Four days after filing for bankruptcy, A&P filed a mass layoff notice for 472 workers at five “underperforming” local supermarkets it plans to close, including Pathmarks in Baldwin and Centereach as well as Waldbaum’s in Riverhead, Oceanside and Carle Place. Those separations are expected between Oct. 19 and the stores’ scheduled Nov. 1 closing date.Then on Monday, A&P filed another mass layoff notice indicating 4,732 workers at 17 additional Pathmarks and 28 more Waldbaum’s on LI may get pink slips between Nov. 12 and Nov. 26. The list detailing the layoffs for each store adds up to 4,632 affected local employees. Regardless of the discrepancy, either number combined with the 472 from the first round of layoffs equals more than 5,000 workers.The latest layoff notice include 13,097 A&P workers statewide. The potential layoffs also reportedly affect 450 workers in Connecticut, about 5,000 in New Jersey and 151 in Philadelphia. Among A&P’s competitors bidding on their stores are Stop & Shop, Key Food and Acme Markets.Acme Markets’ purchases don’t include any of A&P’s LI locations but Key Food plans to buy two Waldbaum’s in Albertson and Glen Head, Newsday reported. Among those Stop & Shop announced it will acquire are six local Waldbaum’s in Easthampton, Southampton, Baldwin, Massapequa, Long Beach and Huntington, as well as two Pathmarks in Seaford and Greenvale.“Stop & Shop is always looking for convenient locations to better serve our customers,” Don Sussman, Stop & Shop’s New York Metro Division President, said in a statement. “We are very happy to have the opportunity to expand our presence in greater New York and serve new customers.”last_img read more

Bali reopens for domestic tourists with modest ceremony

first_imgTopics : It is the second phase of the multistage reopening policy introduced by the Bali governor.The first phase started on July 9 with the reopening of the island’s tourist attractions and facilities solely for the island’s own residents. The third and most crucial phase, in which the island will be reopened for international tourists, is to kick off on Sept. 11.”We urge the government to repeal Ministry of Law and Human Rights Regulation No 11/2020 to facilitate the implementation of the third phase of reopening,” Koster said.The regulation prohibits the entrance of foreigners into Indonesian territory in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.Koster said he was convinced that Bali would be ready for the full reopening of tourism, an industry that accounts for more than 52 percent of the island’s economic.”As of today, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases has reached 3,360, [which includes] 2,788 recoveries, 48 deaths and 524 active cases. Bali scores a recovery rate of 82.98 percent, the second-highest in Indonesia, after West Sumatra. We are experiencing a positive development in dealing with the pandemic,” he said.Koster stressed that tourist attractions and facilities across the island had implemented the required health protocols to ensure the safety of their patrons.”The world is watching closely, and the success of Bali in reopening its tourism will greatly influence our efforts to resurrect Indonesian tourism,” Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama said.  Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama and Bali Governor I Wayan Koster were joined by scores of dignitaries as they struck a kulkul (bamboo slit drum) to mark the reopening. Toward the end of the ceremony, they raised their hands in a joint toast featuring the island’s locally produced palm spirit of arak.”This is a historical day, and the decision to reopen the island was not made hastily. It was made after taking into consideration the number of people who have been discharged and recovered, the mortality rate as well as the fact that the island, with regard to the pandemic, now comprises green and yellow zones, no red zones,” Luhut said in his speech.He stressed that the implementation of health protocol was a non-negotiable requirement for the reopening of the island for tourism and warned that the government might close down the sector again should one of the island’s regions be declared a red zone.The reopening means that Bali reopened its doors to domestic tourists on July 31. In 2018, the number of domestic tourists exceeded 9.7 million, or 61.6 percent of the total number of visitors.center_img After a five-month hiatus imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bali was officially reopened for tourism in a modest ceremony in Bali’s tourism enclave of Nusa Dua on Thursday evening.last_img read more

GALLERY: OOS International unveils new multi activity jack-up design

first_imgOOS Energy, an affiliated company of OOS International, has revealed a new design for a multi activity unit (MAU) to be used in the P&A/decommissioning and wind installation markets. The MAU is a newly designed, self-propelled, dynamically positioned jack-up equipped with a plug and abandonment (P&A) package able to perform well intervention, workover, and drilling operations simultaneously on multiple wells.The unit is also equipped with large accommodation and two 1,200-tonne cranes, which can execute removal of a majority of platforms in the Southern North Sea or other areas in the world with water depths up to 80 meters.OOS said on Monday that, with this unit, it would be able to transport and offload removed structures without the support of other vessels or heavy lift equipment.The company added that, due to its design and lifting capability, it could also be used in the offshore wind energy sector for installation of monopiles, jackets, and turbines.“During the design, OOS Energy, in cooperation with the vessel designer, ensured that for all operations the capability of the unit is maximized while keeping the size within limits,” the company stated.Léon Overdulve, CEO of OOS International, said: “The strength of our concept is SIMOPS (simultaneous operations), combining P&A with heavy lift operations up to 2,400T without the need of a marine spread or mobilizing multiple vessels is in our view a cost-reducing exercise.“The MAU will be available to all parties involved within the P&A/decommissioning and wind installation market. Discussions are well underway with potential clients recognizing the efficiency of this unit.”According to OOS, it is actively working on finalizing the equipment packages and is in final discussions with shipyards for the construction of two units with expected availability in 4Q 2020 and 1Q 2021. The first unit will be named Luctor et Emergo.last_img read more

Saudi Aramco to boost output regardless of huge profit drop

first_imgChief executive officer (CEO) of Saudi Arabian oil and gas giant Saudi Aramco has stated that the company would be pressing ahead with its plan to boost output capacity regardless of massive profit drop in 2Q 2020. It is worth noting that Saudi Aramco reported a 73 per cent fall in its second-quarter profit, as lockdowns to contain the coronavirus reduced oil consumption and sent prices crashing to levels not seen in nearly two decades and WTI to negative prices. Saudi Aramco’s previouscapital spending guidance was $40 billion to $45 billion. “We are proceeding with increasing our maximum sustainable capacity from 12 to 13 million barrels”, Nasser said. According to the Saudi Aramco CEO, it should not have a major impact on capital in 2021. “[…] we delivered solid earnings because of our low production costs, unique scale, agile workforce, and unrivalled financial and operational strength. This helped us deliver on our plan to maintain a second-quarter dividend of $18.75 billion to be paid in the third quarter. “We are determined to emerge from the pandemic stronger and will continue making progress on our long-term strategic journey, through ongoing investments in our business – which has one of the lowest upstream carbon footprints in the world”, Nasser stated in the financial report. The company reported a profitof $6.5 billion in the second quarter of 2020 which is a massive drop from the $24.68billion in the same quarter last year.center_img “We are seeing a partial recovery in the energy market as countries around the world take steps to ease restrictions and reboot their economies. Meanwhile, we continue to place people’s safety first and have adapted to the new normal, implementing wide-ranging precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 wherever we operate. As previously mentioned,the profit fell due to the price of oil during the quarter. Namely, the averagerealized crude oil price for the quarter was $23.4 per barrel while last years quarterhad an average realized crude oil price of $68.4 per barrel. Aramco’s capital spending plan for 2021 will be “significantly lower than previous guidance”, CEO Amin Nasser stated in a call with analysts and investors after the company’s second-quarter results. In the second-quarter report, the company said that it expected capital expenditure for 2020 to be at the lower end of a $25 billion to $30 billion range. According to an articleby Reuters, Saudi Aramco is moving ahead with plans to boost crude outputcapacity by 1 million barrels per day (bpd) to 13 million bpd despite cuts incapital expenditure this year and next year.last_img read more

Married lesbian ‘throuple’ expecting first child

first_imgNew York Post 23 April 2014Here come the brides!Three Massachusetts lesbians claim they got “married” to each other and are now expecting their first child.Doll, Kitten and Brynn Young exchanged vows in a commitment ceremony last August, with all three brides wearing white and traditional wedding veils.“I cried watching Doll and Kitten walk down the aisle toward me with their dads,” Brynn told The Sun newspaper of London.“After we said our vows, Doll and Kitten kissed me first then each other.”No state in the union recognizes three-way marriages — but these women insist their unconventional union is very real to them. read more