Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman to Play the West End

first_img The Ferryman, Jez Butterworth’s latest play, will transfer to the West End this year. Performances will run from June 20 through October 7 at the Gielgud Theatre, where it is set to open on June 29. The Sam Mendes-directed production will premiere in an already sold-out engagement at the Royal Court Theatre beginning on April 24.The cast of 38 will be led by Paddy Considine (Miss You Already), Laura Donnelly (Butterworth’s The River) and Genevieve O’Reilly (Rogue One); all three will first star in the Royal Court engagement.The West End company will also include Bríd Brennan, Turlough Convery, Fra Fee, Tom Glynn-Carney, Stuart Graham, Gerard Horan, Carla Langley, Des McAleer, Conor MacNeill, Rob Malone, Dearbhla Molloy, Eugene O’Hare and Niall Wright. The full cast, which will include 12 children and one baby, will be announced at a later date.The play takes place in the early ‘80s in Northern Ireland, where the Carney farmhouse is prepping for the annual harvest and the celebratory feast. This year, however, the festivities are halted by an unexpected visitor.Butterworth’s plays include The River and Jerusalem, both of which transferred to Broadway following their Royal Court premieres. The Ferryman will feature sets and costumes by Rob Howell, lighting design by Peter Mumford and original music and sound design by Nick Powell. Jez Butterworth(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Commentslast_img read more

Fuhrman Meigs Professor

first_imgNick Fuhrman, professor of agricultural leadership, education and communication in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has been named a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, the University of Georgia’s highest recognition for excellence in instruction.“The 2020 Meigs Professors draw on their expertise as leading scholars and researchers to engage students with innovative instruction that helps them thrive, both during their time on campus and after graduation,” said S. Jack Hu, the university’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “The University of Georgia is one of America’s most highly regarded public universities thanks to outstanding faculty members such as these.”Fuhrman has a passion for teaching and mentoring students. He focuses on the development of the whole student with real-world experiences such as teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking and public speaking to prepare them for career success.This is most evident through his course AGED 2001, “Teaching with Animals,” a partnership with Extra Special People, Inc., a community organization that serves youth with developmental disabilities and their families.Through this course, undergraduate students have the opportunity to teach students with special needs using animals. Fuhrman’s creation and teaching of AGED 2001 was recognized with the college’s D.W. Brooks Diversity Award.His other honors include the CAES Early Career Teaching Award, the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Faculty Award and being named a Lilly Teaching Fellow.Fuhrman has an impact on the national level, as well. His television segment on the Farm Monitor, Ranger Nick, airs on Georgia Public Broadcasting and the RFD-TV network, which reaches more than 60 million homes.He also was selected to give a TEDx Talk about effective teaching that has been viewed more than 163,000 times on YouTube. Fuhrman has served as the principal investigator or co-PI on more than $10 million in grant funding.Included in this funding was a $400,000 USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Teaching, Extension and Research grant used to promote teaching excellence in colleges of agriculture nationally, as well as at UGA.The Meigs Professorship was established to underscore the university’s commitment to excellence in teaching, the value placed on the learning experiences of students and the centrality of instruction to the university’s mission. The award includes a permanent salary increase of $6,000 and a one-time discretionary fund of $1,000.More information about the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorships is at t.uga.edu/5R9.last_img read more

LIRR Tunnel Trouble Sparks Rush Hour Snafu

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island Rail Road trains heading eastbound were cancelled and delayed following signal trouble in one of the East River tunnels, backing up the Thursday evening rush hour commute during Rosh Hashanah.Westbound train service was temporarily suspended between Jamaica and Penn stations shortly before 4 p.m., the railroad said. Some of the eastbound trains canceled were destined for Long Beach, Babylon and Port Washington.“We anticipate that it will take approximately two hours to complete repairs,” the LIRR said in a statement at around the time of the suspension, referring to repairs in the Queens side of one of the tunnels, which are maintained by Amtrak.An MTA spokesman told News12 Long Island that a contractor working on the East Side Access project accidentally cut a cable while performing work in the area.New York City transit is crossing-honoring LIRR tickets on the E and 7 subway trains.For more information, call the LIRR travel line at 511.last_img read more

Financial CHOICE Act, with credit union regulatory relief, passes HFSC

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The U.S. House Financial Services Committee passed the Financial CHOICE Act (H.R. 5983) Tuesday by a 30-26 vote. The bill, intended to be an alternative to the Dodd-Frank Act, contains a number of CUNA-supported provisions.CUNA submitted two letters for the hearing, one in which President/CEO Jim Nussle expressed support for a number of provisions and urged additional relief. The second, sent with other financial trade organizations, urged committee leadership to back the provision that would repeal the Durbin Amendment.While debate among the committee grew heated at times, many legislators stressed the positive aspects of providing regulatory relief for credit unions and other financial institutions.“I know [regulatory relief] is a bipartisan issue. If you talk to your small banks and credit unions, like we all do, they’ll tell you that they can’t comply with all the rules and regulations, they’re not big enough,” said Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.). “And so, either they go out of business or they try to consolidate.” continue reading »last_img read more

Safety first when reopening lobbies

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As organizations across the country reopen, credit unions are keeping one thing in mind when deciding when to resume branch operations: Safety.That means “safety for our staff, their families, our members, and our community,” says Bridget Staffileno, vice president of community affairs at $343 million asset Jolt Credit Union in Saginaw, Mich.In many cases, that means installing plexiglass shields, wearing masks and gloves, enforcing social distancing measures, establishing cleaning protocols, and taking other steps. Ultimately, each credit union determines when it’s time to reopen its lobby doors.Jolt created an internal taskforce to develop a “Staff Stay Safe Playbook.” It outlines steps to ensure safety, such as adding signage, installing germ shields, requiring masks, limiting the number of people in branches, and enforcing social distancing, says Staffileno, who serves on the Michigan Credit Union League’s COVID Crisis Response and Recovery Task Force.center_img Canvas Credit Union reopened its lobbies on May 11. Employees wear protective gear to serve members. (CUNA photo)last_img read more

Boy Scout council uses patches to help prevent virus spread

first_imgThe set were started to help offset costs of programs that had to be canceled due to COVID-19, but for Bull, the patches represent something more. The council has started a “Stop the Spread” patch set, a set council Scout executive Matthew Bull said is one of the first sets in the nation. “The motto of the BSA is “Be Prepared,” and we thought this was a great way to spread that message to always wear a mask, stay safe,” Bull said. The patches went live on the council’s website, with orders coming in from all over the nation, and even Canada. Bull said as of Wednesday, the council has just 30 patches remaining. TOWN OF CHENANGO (WBNG) — The Baden Powell Council, a Boy Scout council in the Southern Tier, is doing its part to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.last_img read more

Triton Submersible for REV Ocean

first_imgTriton Submarines has sold its first Triton 7500/3 series submersible to Project REV Ocean – a not for profit foundation established and funded by Kjell Inge Røkke. The Triton 7500/3 will be the deepest diving acrylic pressure hull equipped submersible ever conceived and is capable of diving to 2,286 meters with three people on-board.“We are thrilled Project Rev Ocean chose to add a Triton 7500/3 submersible to the vast arsenal of subsea tools and equipment on their entirely unique and groundbreaking vessel. The capacity to visit such extreme depths and see things not possible any other way will dramatically enhance the experience of being aboard and create more ocean advocates. Project Rev Ocean is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we are honored to be a part of Mr. Røkke’s ambitious and exciting vision,” said Triton president Patrick Lahey.The CEO of REV Ocean, Nina Jensen, said: “Having the Triton 7500/3 onboard our research vessel truly elevates REV Ocean to a level of unparalleled opportunity. Putting three people in a transparent acrylic sphere submersible with the capacity to reach such incredible depths will certainly inspire, educate, and motivate the global community to support our core mission of ensuring we have one healthy ocean.”REV Ocean is the world’s largest and most advanced research and expedition vessel. The ship is 182.9 meters in length and has the capacity to carry up to 55 scientists and 35 crew members. Equipment onboard includes scientific trawls, sonar systems, laboratories, auditorium and classrooms, a moonpool, AUV, Triton 7500/3 submersible, and an ROV with a 6,000 meter diving depth and advanced communication equipment.REV Ocean, will be equipped for conducting missions that cover the entire marine ecosystem. The vessel will be used by scientists and innovators for ‘solutions’-oriented research that examine issues such as the impact CO2 emissions have on the ocean, plastic pollution and unsustainable fishing practices and highlights the possibility for positive, sustainable and much-needed change.REV Ocean science director, Alex Rogers, added: “I have dived with Triton subs on numerous expeditions and they provide unique platforms for visiting the ocean and viewing seascapes in a way that is not possible with other deep diving equipment. The new Triton 7500/3 will enable REV Ocean scientists to visit vulnerable marine ecosystems as well as reach the most productive zones of seamounts and other features such as deep-sea canyons and hydrothermal vents.”last_img read more

Decriminalization of homosexuality – what it means for the Catholic Church in Dominica

first_img Sharing is caring! FaithLifestyleOpinionsReader Bites Decriminalization of homosexuality – what it means for the Catholic Church in Dominica by: – May 21, 2013 Share In response to the claim of the advocacy group, Minority Rights Dominica (MiriDom) that the Catholic Church in Dominica is not reflecting the Vatican’s position on unjust discrimination towards homosexual persons, I wish to make it clear that the Catholic Church in Dominica adheres to the call of the Holy See in its statement to the 63rd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations on the Declaration of Human Rights, sexual orientation and gender identity, “to condemn all forms of violence against homosexual persons as well as to urge all States to take necessary measures to put an end to all criminal penalties against them.”The Catholic Church maintains that free sexual acts between adult persons must not be treated as crimes to be punished by civil authorities. The Vatican specifically objected to the declaration’s use of the term sexual orientation and gender identity, which it said had no established meaning in international law. According to the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, these terms imply that sexual identity is defined only by culture, and their use in the declaration is part of an attempt to equate same-sex unions with marriage and to give homosexual couples the chance to adopt or procreate children.”This is where I think it is necessary to bring into focus the moral question. It is very important to note that the role of the Church in any society is primarily a moral one. She is not at liberty to change the divine mandate at will or according to human expediency. She has no authority to make a wrong into a right. She only serves as a guide to direct the faithful to what is morally correct and to discourage them from spiritually perilous decisions that can hinder their salvation. Homosexual “activity,” according to Holy Scriptures, is among many wrongs which, if not controlled, can lead to spiritual death. Among these are adultery, fornication, orgies, calumny, deep seated hatred, and the like (cf. Rom 13:13; Gal 5:16-21). These, along with homosexual “activity” will never be right, whether they are decriminalized by the State or not. Part of the problem we face in this post- modern world is what both Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, refer to as a dictatorship of relativism. What it means is that there is no longer an objective truth that should guide human decisions; what is important for many persons is what “I” perceive to be good for “me”. We seem to recognize neither the natural law nor the divine law. This attitude no doubt directly influences our sense of morality. The Church in its role as moral guide does not exist to condemn human persons but rather to condemn lifestyles and behaviours that are not in keeping with the divine law. Therefore, just as the Church has a responsibility to bring an adulterer to repentance she has the same responsibility towards those who indulge in homosexual “activity.” Let me take this opportunity to share with you the Church’s position on same-sex unions. In the Christian order of things, it has everything to do with our understanding of the divinely established structure for perpetuation of the human species; a structure which is unchangeable. In the book of Genesis we read that God created human beings; in his image and likeness he created them male and female (Cf. Gen 2:37). Human beings therefore reflect the image of God when they are united in love, a love which comes out of their complementarity. God made man male and female to complement each other and together be an image of God. In the Catholic understanding, there is a sacramental dimension of marriage. It simply means that the human participation in the union of a man and his wife reveals in some way the nature of God. Part of the vocation of married couples is to generate their own species, a direct fruit of the union. As Pope John Paul II puts it, “when a couple, man and woman, are joined in the sexual embrace, they are filled with sanctifying grace.” A couple united in marital embrace which is open to creativity, is the image of God the Creator. Therefore, for us who believe, same-sex unions can never be a sacrament and therefore can never be accepted by the Church as valid marriages. They may be licit, according to the State in which they are permitted by the civil law, but they can never be valid in the face of the divine law, as we understand it.There is an attempt today to redefine marriage to say that it is a union between two persons. Marriage is between a man and a woman, not between just two persons. This is the only definition in the Christian order. In conclusion, I wish to affirm that there is such a thing as an objective law, no matter which philosophy some people may hold. Some things are right and some things are wrong whether we like it or not. What is according to God’s law is right and what is contrary to God’s law is wrong; and all of us are called to live by God’s law if salvation is part of our agenda. Therefore, whether it regards fornication, adultery, homosexual activity, the whole gamut, we have to live by God’s law. We live in an age in which people say, it is my body and I can do whatever I want with it. St. Paul reminds us that our bodies are temples of God’s Spirit and therefore deserve our utmost respect. They must not be treated just in any other way.By Bishop Gabriel Malzaire Tweetcenter_img Share Share 241 Views   5 commentslast_img read more

Valladolid man stabbed

first_imgAccording to police investigators, aheated argument ensued between Francisco and Omano on Nov. 27.  The 45-year-old resident ZaldyFrancisco sustained a stab wound on the body, a police report showed. Omano was detained in the Valladolidmunicipal police station’s lockup facility./PN Tagged suspect was 29-year-oldresident Ryan Omano, the report added. Bacolod City – A man was stabbed in Barangay Central Tabao, Valladolid,Negros Occidental. Francisco was brought to the BacolodAdventist Medical Center for treatment. This prompted Omano to stab Francisco,police said.    last_img read more

HIMUD-OS FESTIVAL TO PUSH THROUGH: Alonsabe says precaution vs COVID-19 will be taken

first_imgILOILO – The local government unit ofAlimodian will proceed with the holding of its annual Himud-os Festival amid concernsabout the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). He added it would be unfortunate for thosedancers if they would no longer be able to show what they prepared for if themunicipality would postpone it to a later part of the year. Mayor Geefre “Kalay” Alonsabe said they areconsidering holding the festival between on March 14 to 21. According to Alonsabe, they decided to pushthrough this year’s festivities following the advisories of national governmentagencies stating it is safe to organize and attend public gatherings, meetingsand festivals as long as all precautionary measures identified by healthauthorities. “We sat down with our concerned local agencies and barangay officials, nagdesisyon kami nga dayunon gid ang Himud-osFestival sang banwa sang Alimodian,” saidAlonsabe. According to Alonsabe, most of the festivalparticipants are mostly secondary students and there are no foreign performers.center_img “With theMunicipal Health Office and Rural Health Unit, we will put up stations forpeople to disinfect (during the festivity),” Alonsabe said. With the town’s decision to push through withthe celebrations, Alonsabe assured that there will be measures in place inorder to ensure that the participants of the Himud-os Festival, as well as thespectators, will not be at risk for the COVID-19. He said six tribes will perform this year andthe public should also look forward to other activities like street dancecompetition; drum and lyre exhibition; sashing of Bulak Kang Alimodian ’20;bicycle fun trail ride and cultural show; Farmer’s Day; LGBT Night; GawadAgustin Magtanong Awards; and Hubon competition./PNlast_img read more