Robert Askins’ Hand to God Starts Previews

January 18, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgOffbeat comedy Hand to God begins performances off-Broadway February 19. Penned by Robert Askins, the new MCC Theater mounting will be directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel. Opening night is set for March 10 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Hand To God Along with Steven Boyer as Jason and his alter-ego sock puppet Tyrone, Hand to God will star Tony nominee Marc Kudisch as Pastor Greg, Sarah Stiles as Jessica, Geneva Carr as Margery and Michael Oberholtzer as Timmy. View Comments Related Shows In Hand to God, the good children of Cypress, Texas, are taught to obey the Bible in order to evade Satan’s hand. But when students at the Christian Puppet Ministry put those teachings into practice, one devout young man’s puppet takes on a shocking personality that no one could have expected. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 30, 2014last_img read more

Delicious Dill.

January 17, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgThe seeds are the best way to use dill in dishes that require cooking over a long time.Of course, dill is best known as a pickling herb for cucumbers as well as green beans,carrots and beets.Grows Well in GardensDill plants are annuals. They die each year, but their seeds can overwinter in the soilto pop up the following year. Dill grows well in gardens throughout the United States andsouthern Canada (zones 3-10).Properly sited and planted, dill grows so fast that some of its foliage is matureenough to be harvested in only eight weeks.Plan to sow several crops in succession, three weeks apart, to assure a supply over thegrowing season. Dill does best in full sun, with a bit of afternoon shade in Georgia.It’s fairly tolerant of poor soil. Still, it prefers a sandy or loamy soil that drainswell. It’s a light feeder, so you don’t need extra fertilizer in a reasonably fertilesoil.Plant Seeds ShallowTo sow seeds directly into the garden in rows, make a line in the soil one-fourth toone-half inch deep. Then dribble the tiny seeds into the indented rows. Firm the soil overthe rows of seeds and water softly. Expect to see sprouts in 10 to 14 days.To plant homegrown or commercial seedlings, choose an overcast day or wait until lateafternoon. Shield new transplants from bright sun the first day or two while they copewith the shock of transplanting.Space the plants 8 to 10 inches apart if you’ll harvest leaves, or 10 to 12 inchesapart if harvesting seed. Take great pains to avoid disturbing the taproot.Depending on the variety, these fast-growing dill plants will grow to maturity and setseed in about 60 days.Mulch ImportantIn thin, poor and unmulched soil, dill needs watering a couple of times a week when itdoesn’t rain. Drip or porous-hose watering is better for dill than overhead sprinklers.Spread a 2- to 4-inch layer of mulch around the plants when they’re about 6 inchestall. This will discourage weeds and help keep the soil moist. Add more mulch as itdecomposes in the summer heat.Dill is typically a disappearing target for pests. Its fast growth and quick harvestallow little time for aphids and others to establish a presence.Occasionally, parsleyworms or tomato hornworms attack its foliage. Handpick parsleywormand transfer it to another favorite, Queen Anne’s lace, so it can survive to become abutterfly.Handpick hornworms and drop them into a plastic bag to discard in the trash. Dill is best known as a pickling herb for cucumbers and other vegetables. But its leaves and seeds have many culinary uses. Dill (Anethum graveolens) is a delightful herb with many culinary uses. It’svalued both for its flavorful foliage and for its pungent seeds.Fresh or dried, dill leaves add a distinctive flavor to salads, fish, vegetablecasseroles and soups. Used whole or ground, dill seeds add zest to breads, cheeses andsalad dressings.The seeds are dark brown, narrow, ribbed and flattened. About one-sixth of an inchlong, their pungent flavor is similar to caraway seeds, which are cousins. Dill Beautiful, Too Get the Best Flavorcenter_img More Information Photo: Hugh Wilson, Texas A&Mlast_img read more

EIA: U.S. coal production expected to fall by 72 million tons in 2019

December 31, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgEIA: U.S. coal production expected to fall by 72 million tons in 2019 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The federal government’s short-term outlook on energy once again trimmed expectations for future coal production from the U.S.U.S. coal production decreased by about 19 million tons, or 2%, to 756 million tons in 2018 compared to the prior year, the U.S. Energy Information Administration wrote in its April short-term energy outlook. Coal production is forecast to continue to fall as domestic consumption and export demand are expected to decline through 2020.More than 7 GW of coal-fired generation is expected to retire by the end of 2020, contributing to a wave of recent retirements as electricity generators transition to other fuels. Coal production is expected to decline 9% to 684 million tons in 2019 before falling another 6% to 640 million tons in 2020. The forecast numbers are already significantly lower than the EIA’s March forecast when the outlook suggested coal production would fall to 695 million tons in 2019 before declining to 664 million tons in 2020.About 10% of U.S. coal-fired generation will be retired between 2018 and 2023, Moody’s Investors Service wrote in a January note to investors, adding that recent policy actions are not enough to reverse that trend.“Export opportunities for U.S. coal producers support free cash flow generation at least through 2019, but will diminish in the medium term,” the Moody’s note said. “U.S. coal producers’ export economics depend on relatively high pricing and would be much less profitable in an environment of lower prices, since they are far from their export markets.”The EIA forecast that exports of metallurgical and steam coal will decline in 2019 and 2020.More ($): EIA’s monthly energy outlook trims near-term coal production forecast againlast_img read more

How Opportunities Credit Union throws a lifeline to underwater borrowers

December 17, 2020 0 Comments

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Is America’s auto loan debt getting out of hand? The $73,200 base price of the 2019 Lincoln Navigator kind of says it all.With prices at the dealership on the rise, America’s outstanding auto loan debt reached $1.14 trillion in Q3 2018, up 63% from 2010, with the average monthly payment for new cars hitting $531.These pricing pressures are fueling longer loan terms (68.8 months on average for new cars), and a growing number of borrowers are going underwater on their loans or moving to leasing contracts they can ill afford. To provide relief from crushing debt, Opportunities Credit Union ($40.3M, Winooski, VT) began offering its WOW Auto Loan in mid-2017.Under the program, Opportunities members can borrow up to $30,000 for a 2010 or newer vehicle, with only 70% of the loan secured by the value of the vehicle. Opportunities will pay off the member’s old loan or lease residual, settle collections or other high-cost debt, including credit cards, and place up to $1,000 in a reserve account for unexpected repairs.last_img read more

Solid online learning promotes diversity

December 17, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThis is placeholder text This post is currently collecting data… 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pembroke Since joining CUES in March 2013, John Pembroke has played a leadership role in developing and launching a new direction in CUES’ strategy, branding and culture. Under his guidance, CUES … Web: www.cues.org Detailscenter_img As the only credit union organization dedicated solely to talent development, CUES has spent 2020 doubling down on its understanding of how to best offer online learning events and programs.While we all love in-person gatherings and look forward to their safe return, our deep look at online learning options this year shows that online learning isn’t “virtual” learning. That is, it isn’t almost in-person learning. It isn’t a substitute for something else. Rather, it is a real learning option with fantastic characteristics of its own—some of which would be difficult to replicate in the in-person learning setting.Recently I’ve been thinking about how online learning is an additional learning option that promotes diversity of participation because of its incredible flexibility. For example, with online learning, it’s often true that:It helps balance credit union staffing because it doesn’t require attendees to be out of the office for several days in a row. For example, a credit union might alternate who participates in the various sessions of an online event, freeing up others to manage the branch, oversee the core conversion or do direct member service—whatever the key operational or leadership priority is at the credit union that week. It creates more flexibility for introverts. Have you noticed the engagement in the chat during online gatherings? This is a perfect place for a person to speak up without having to speak out loud—or to fully compose their thoughts before putting them out there. In another example, online vendor booths can be visited without having to talk to someone—and still allow the gathering of useful information about a vendor, product or service. (Note: I’m not encouraging event participants not to talk with each other or with vendors, but the option is there for those who want it!)It’s so cost-effective that more people can attend from a single credit union. For example, with our November and December online learning events, one registration fee enables anyone from the credit union to join in.It creates more opportunities for asynchronous learning. If a participant has a conflict with the live session time, a playback is typically made available that they can view when they don’t have another credit union obligation—or aren’t helping support their children’s schooling. It can bring brand-name programs to more learners. CUES has long offered its institutes at top business schools in the U.S. and Canada. Our latest online learning offerings—one a benefit of Unlimited and Unlimited+ membership and a second that’s available to non-members, too—keep up the trend of connecting people in our industry with some of the best institutions of higher education in the world.Winter is just ahead. If you start to feel cooped up, remember that a big strength of online learning is that it comes to you. Join us in learning something new—online.last_img read more

Health minister hails responsible behavior after English pubs reopen

October 19, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgHealth minister Matt Hancock said he was satisified with how the latest step to ease the lockdown had gone and played down individual cases where social distancing guidelines were not respected.”From what I’ve seen, although there’s some pictures to the contrary, very very largely people have acted responsibly,” he told Sky News.”Overall, I’m pleased with what happened yesterday. It was really good to see people out and about, and largely socially distancing.”Britain has been the European country worst hit by the coronavirus and has an official death toll of 44,198. People in England appear to have broadly behaved themselves as pubs reopened this weekend, Britain’s health minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday after the latest step towards a return to normality from the coronavirus lockdown.Thousands of people flocked to pubs, restaurants and bars around England on Saturday as large parts of the hospitality sector reopened for the first time since March.Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged people to “enjoy summer safely” as he bids to tread a narrow path of restoring consumer spending to help battered businesses recover, while avoiding a second wave of COVID-19 infections. The rule changes apply only to England as the devolved nations in the United Kingdom have been setting their own timetables for easing restrictions, with Wales and Scotland easing restrictions more slowly.Police Federation National Chair John Apter questioned whether the idea of staying socially distanced was compatible with excessive alcohol consumption.”What was crystal clear is that drunk people can’t/won’t socially distance,” he said in a tweet after finishing a shift in Southampton, south England.”It was a busy night but the shift managed to cope.”Topics :last_img read more

IPE Views: DC trustee boards should think professional

September 29, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgFirst, a professional trustee will help manage conflicts of interest. Trustees are compelled to act independently and be able to negotiate with the scheme sponsor on behalf of the members. There are major challenges in demonstrating this independence to their fellow employees and the Pensions Regulator (TPR). These hurdles – combined with the Companies Act 2006, which requires directors to avoid conflict of interest within their company – make it very difficult for senior management members to act as lay trustees to their scheme, underlining the need for a professional.Another key factor is the knowledge and understanding that professionals bring to a trustee board. Significant time and resources are now needed to comply with Trustee Knowledge and Understanding (TKU) requirements introduced by TPR. This will only become more onerous under the forthcoming EU legislation for IORP II. This can represent a significant challenge for lay trustees who also have the ‘day job’ of running their business. While the appointment of a competent and experienced professional trustee will not exempt other trustees from the TKU requirements, it will make it easier for them to comply.The day-to-day responsibilities of running a business can result in lay trustees delaying key decisions required in respect of their company pension scheme. The appointment of a professional trustee will, therefore, put a far greater focus on the level of pro-activity needed in terms of scheme management and decision making, particularly with regard to investment decisions in response to market movements.The reduction in management time spent in the running of the scheme increases availability of senior staff. Lay trustees would normally hold senior roles within an employer business – it would not be unusual to find finance directors, company secretaries, chief executives and MDs forming part of a trustee board. It is difficult to put a value on the time of these individuals. However, the sponsoring business is highly unlikely to benefit greatly from any increased capacity from such senior individuals.There are, of course, costs involved in appointing a professional trustee. As with the appointment of any company adviser, whether this outlay delivers value for money will be dependent on the quality of the individual. However, if you get this right, this cost can be mitigated, if not eliminated, as an experienced professional trustee should be more effective at managing other required scheme provider costs.A professional trustee can change the focus of the scheme from being adviser-led to trustee-led. The understanding of the key issues and regulatory requirements will also come to the fore, enabling negotiations to be settled more quickly and efficiently, all of which can save on adviser fees and deliver other opportunity cost savings to a company.Another concern of appointing a professional is that the company may feel it is losing control and important historical scheme knowledge by reducing or, in some cases, eliminating its representation on the trustee board.  This can, however, be addressed through regular communication, backed up with the accurate and current management information combined with a properly planned and executed handover.These and other concerns highlighted above are manageable and significantly outweighed by the benefits a professional trustee can deliver. These benefits extend not only to the pension scheme but, by freeing up the burden on lay trustee directors and allowing them to put greater focus on day-to-day business management, they can also help enhance a company’s overall success.Chris Roberts is trustee representative at Dalriada Trustees A professional trustee can change the focus of a pension fund from being adviser-led to trustee-led, says Dalriada’s Chris RobertsAmong the raft of pension changes introduced in April in the UK was the requirement that multi-employer defined contribution (DC) schemes, which include ‘master trusts’, must comply with new governance standards. These schemes now require at least three trustees to be serving on their boards, with a majority of these individuals being unaffiliated with any company (including the chair) that provides advisory, administrative, investment or other services to the scheme.This is a sensible piece of legislation that should help ensure greater levels of governance across pensions scheme boards, and, for those DC schemes that do not currently benefit from the input of a professional trustee (PT), it provides the ideal platform to re-evaluate that situation.You would fully well expect me, being part of an independent trustee firm, to campaign in their favour, but the arguments go far beyond commercial interests and are much more focused on the benefits and efficiencies that can be accrued by having on-going access to professional advice. last_img read more

Smacking: Welsh Govt rejects call for swift ban

September 27, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThe Christian Institute 3 April 2014Fresh pressure to ban parents from smacking their children has been rejected for now by the Welsh Government.A new campaign group of Welsh academics says the prohibition should be enforced quickly, and that only a small change is needed.However the Government says “extensive consultation” would be required before any such move is made.ExamineCritics of a ban on smacking say such a move would criminalise loving parents simply seeking to discipline their children.In February an amendment to ban smacking was rejected by Welsh Assembly Members, as they debated the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill.At the time Deputy Minister Gwenda Thomas signalled there would be opportunities to “examine this issue” before the 2016 election.http://www.christian.org.uk/news/smacking-welsh-govt-rejects-call-for-swift-ban/last_img read more

Magazine cover printed with HIV blood?

September 27, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgA magazine called Vangardist is seeking to draw attention to HIV and AIDS with a provocative cover printed with ink containing HIV-positive blood.The special edition of the magazine features stories of “HIV heroes” at a time when the editors say too many people have grown complacent about the disease.“There’s been an 80 percent increase in HIV in the last 10 years — that’s according to the World Health Organization — and that’s pretty shocking,” said Jason Romeyko, executive creative director of Saatchi & Saatchi Switzerland, who helped create the cover. “The reason why that’s happening is people just aren’t talking about it anymore.”Romeyko told CBS News he hopes the magazine will “reignite these conversations” — and its stark cover certainly has people talking already.Made with donated bloodVangardist, which describes itself as a progressive men’s magazine, is based in Vienna and publishes in English and German. It claims a readership of 100,000 a month, mostly online. Just 3,000 copies of this special HIV+ edition were printed.To create it, three people living with HIV donated blood. Romeyko described them as “incredible individuals” with diverse backgrounds, and they tell their stories in the magazine. One is a 26-year-old gay man from Berlin who calls himself “one of the most normal guys on the planet.”One is a heterosexual man who wished to remain anonymous as he continues to struggle with his recent diagnosis. And one is a 45-year-old woman, a mother, who got infected 20 years ago by her then-husband who didn’t tell her he had HIV.‘100 percent safe’ to touchThough the idea of touching traces of HIV-positive blood may spark a visceral reaction of fear or revulsion, the magazine assures readers that the cover itself is “100 percent safe” to handle.“Scientifically, the virus dies naturally outside the body. It takes about 30 minutes for it to decompose,” Romeyko said. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms HIV cannot survive outside its host for long.The three donors’ blood samples were taken to a lab at Austria’s University of Innsbruck, where they were pasteurized, a heat process that assures the virus is neutralized and incapable of transmission.From there, the blood was mixed into an ink solution for use in the printing press. But the magazine ran into some trouble finding a printer willing to do the job. It finally turned to a small print shop that had produced its very first issue, and the owner agreed to do it himself, not wanting to make his employees take part.Everything about the cover is imbued with meaning, Romeyko explained. “We wanted people to actually hold the magazine and just make the comparison — there’s nothing wrong with holding someone who’s HIV positive.”For those who are still squeamish, the magazine comes sealed in a clear plastic pouch. “Break the seal and help break the stigma,” it says on the label.“We decided to give people a choice,” Romeyko said, encouraging them to take an active role in confronting the issue.But he realizes not everyone is ready for the hands-on experience: “I showed it to a client and she was too scared to pick it up.”He also admits that some AIDS activist groups and NGOs (non-governmental organizations) the magazine consulted weren’t thrilled with the idea and seemed concerned that the magazine might set off a panic or backlash against people with HIV.It’s a little too early to judge the public reaction, since the issue doesn’t hit newsstands until next week. But subscribers have received their copies and Romeyko says the issue if already achieving its goal: “It’s generating conversation — conversations that need to be had.”With HIV/AIDS still the sixth-leading cause of death worldwide, claiming 1.5 million lives each year, according to the WHO, the editors felt it shouldn’t be treated as “old news” or relegated to just the occasional “awareness day” in the press.In the opening pages of the magazine, Vangardist’s publisher and CEO, Julian Wiehl, writes, “If you’re holding the ‘infected’ print edition in your hands right now, you’ll get into contact with HIV like never before…It will make you reflect on HIV and you will think differently afterward. Because now the issue is in your hands.”Once you flip past the provocative cover, there are articles spotlighting “HIV heroes” fighting the stigma of the disease, along with a few avant-garde fashion and pop culture features.The magazine will be available online for free, although the editors are asking readers to make a donation to an HIV foundation. A number of copies of the HIV+ special edition will be auctioned for charity, and another 15,000 copies will be available printed in regular ink.Those behind it are pleased with their work. “I think the cause is right and we’ve treated this very sensitively,” Romeyko said. “It makes you think. It’s very provocative, in a good way.”This story originally appeared on CBSNews.com. Magazine prints provocative cover with HIV+ blood-infused inklast_img read more

57,000 Negros farmers to get free rice seeds

September 25, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgPhilRice-Negros Occidental directorGerardo Estoy Jr. said they initially released the seed allocation for twolocal government units and will complete the distribution to the 29 remainingtowns and cities in the province by the second week of December, in time forthe planting season. According to Estoy, Negros Occidentalhas a total allocation of 57,118.25 bags, covering around 51,118.25 hectaresper cropping season. Meanwhile, around 2,035.5 of bags werereleased to Sipalay City farmers on Nov. 18. These bags of free certified rice seeds were distributed by the Philippine Rice Research Institute to the farmers of Negros Occidental on Nov. 19 as part of the implementation of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund. PIO NEGROS OCCIDENTAL BACOLOD City – The Philippine RiceResearch Institute (PhilRice) has started distributing free certified riceseeds worth P174 million to around 57,000 Negrense farmers as part of theimplementation of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF).    Estoy said the farmers were trained onvarious farming technologies to help them increase their yield and reducelosses. Each bag of certified rice seeds wasvalued at around P1,520 – which means the province has an allocation of nearlyP87 million for every cropping. Estoy, with the provincial governmentofficials led by Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, distributed around 2,773 bags ofcertified rice seeds to Valladolid farmers at the provincial capitol here onNov. 19. Through the program, the governmentmainly aims to help improve the competitiveness of Filipino rice farmers andaugment their income while sustaining resilience and responsiveness. The RCEF has an annual appropriationof around P10 billion for the next six years. Of which, 50 percent will beallotted for rice farm machinery and equipment; 30 percent, rice seeddevelopment, propagation, and promotion; 10 percent, expanded rice creditassistance; and 10 percent, rice extension services.(With a report from PNA/PN) Created under Republic Act 11203 orthe Rice Tarrification Law, the RCEF, or Rice Fund, is sourced from the tariffrevenues of rice being imported by the country.last_img read more