The Humans Will Haunt Broadway

first_img Reed Birney Stephen Karam’s The Humans, which just opened officially off-Broadway on October 25, will transfer to the Great White Way next year. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the production will play Broadway in early spring 2016, with the cast from the current Roundabout production—including Reed Birney and Jayne Houdyshell—intact.In addition to Birney and Houdyshell, the company includes Arian Moayed as Richard, Lauren Klein as Fiona, Cassie Beck as Aimee and Sarah Steele as Brigid.Joe Mantello directs the production, which is scheduled to play off-Broadway’s Laura Pels Theatre through December 27. No word yet on exact dates or a venue for the move to the Great White Way.This will mark the Broadway debut of Karam, whose previous plays include Sons of the Prophet, Speech & Debate and columbinus. The show follows Mr. Blake, who, after a sleepless night, brings his family from Pennsylvania to his daughter’s new apartment to celebrate Thanksgiving. Family tensions reach a boiling point as things start to go bump in the night. View Commentscenter_img Star Fileslast_img read more

Resistance growing to Canada’s planned purchase of Kinder Morgan pipeline

first_imgResistance growing to Canada’s planned purchase of Kinder Morgan pipeline FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享 resistance to buying the Trans Mountain pipeline system Kinder Morgan Inc. subsidiary Kinder Morgan Canada is increasing, and with it so is short interest in Kinder Morgan. Short sellers added 12.5 million shares to their positions in the two-week reporting period ended July 31, and 2.4% of Kinder Morgan shares were short.Environmental groups and Canadian First Nations have ramped up opposition to the Trans Mountain expansion project, but the rise in short interest may be due to growing doubt among investors about whether the U.S. government will approve the pipeline’s sale to the Canadian government.A report last week at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) noted that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) must approve the sale. And because one of the assets included in the sale is an existing pipeline that crosses the Canada-U.S. border, the U.S. State Department must issue a “presidential permit” for the sale. Given the current frosty relationship between the U.S. and Canadian governments, neither of these approvals is a foregone conclusion.Then there’s a potential increase in the cost of the expansion project. In a filing with Canadian regulators earlier this week, Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. (KML) revealed cost estimates to complete the Trans Mountain expansion project that were as much as C$1.9 billion higher than the published estimate C$7.4 billion. The new estimates are included in the company’s proxy filing and announcement of a special meeting of KML shareholders scheduled for August 30 in Calgary.Canada’s federal government has agreed to acquire the Trans Mountain system for C$4.5 billion and to contract with KML to complete the construction project that expands the system’s capacity from 300,000 barrels a day to 890,000 barrels a day. The pipeline transports crude oil from the oil sands of Western Alberta to a KML terminal near Vancouver where it will be loaded on ships for transport, primarily to Asian and U.S. west coast buyers.According to the TD Securities review, if the expansion project is not completed, the implied value for the Trans Mountain system is between C$2.2 billion and C$3.1 billion. From where we sit, Canada may be about to plunk down C$4.5 billion for a pig in poke. If scrutiny of the deal intensifies, Kinder Morgan may not realize a payday after all, and that’s what the short sellers may be counting on.More: Why short sellers piled on Kinder Morganlast_img read more

SUP the TUCK: Day 5

first_imgJohn and I searched the eddies for my camera to no avail. My Gopro “float” obviously didn’t work and we moved on thankful I had uploaded the pictures to my iphone the night before. Paddling  leisurely we watched a black mink play in the rapids, clearly a weaker swimmer than his cousin the otter. Camp was set up on a long sliver of rock island at the end of the gorge section just before the river becomes visible behind Uncle  Bill’s Flea Market on highway 74. Stay tuned all this week to read about the rest of their river journey! John resumed where he left off and quickly caught up in his expedition kayak– around noon. I sent him a text message to portage the Low-Head Dam in Cullowhee to avoid the dangerous river-wide hydraulic at the base. This dam is almost a century old and is being considered for renovation or removal, a local controversy with sound arguments on both sides.  We fished the 5 mile section of world-class trout waters down to Dillsboro. Fishing from a standup paddleboard is a joy. Floating and spinning in the current with a 6 foot vantage point provides a 360 degree opportunity for visualization and spotcasting. The river opens wide here and provides a western-style fly-fishing experience. I improved my  casting skills but did not catch enough for dinner and set my eyes on Dillsboro for nutrition. Paddling down from Dillsboro in the late afternoon we entered  the Tuckasegee gorge, a 5 mile section of class 1-2 whitewater. Anna Levesque, former freestyle kayak world champ and founder of Girls at Play chose this section as her favorite beginners whitewater. She accurately described our paddling experience, “wave trains are common and the safest lines through rough water are usually easy to discern.” This section is also perfect  for the intermediate stand up paddleboarder wanting to move into the whitewater scene. I navigated the whitewater well but became a little careless photographing  in a shallow rapid and “caught a fin” launching me forward. I lost my Gopro camera and gained a bruise and a sober reminder to keep my helmet on! Click here to read Day 4 In 2010 a large orange crane outfitted with a hydraulic hammer sat in the Tuckasegee River removing the 12 foot  high and 310 foot long Dillsboro Dam in chunks. Mark Cantrell, biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said, “What we’re seeing now is the rebirth of that section of river and a confirmation of the decision to remove it. There’s no question about it-if you are an angler, boater, fish or bug,  the Tuckasegee River is better with the Dillsboro Dam removed.” (Tuckasegee River, biodiversity, revives after dam removal two years ago. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, March 28, 2012) I paddle over the lip of what once was a dam into a class 2 whitewater rapid, native boulders and all. I manage to stay upright on my paddleboard for the obligatory photo before falling off into the froth.  The banks were still green with fresh seeding from the dam removal as I collected myself below the resurrected rapid. We hid our boats in the river cane grove near Dillsboro Park and celebrated the freeing of a river with a burger and beer at LuLu’s! June 27, 2018, day 5/7last_img read more

See much progress in women’s equality? Depends who you ask

first_img“It just may be more obvious to women,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Older women had a brighter outlook than younger women. Three-quarters of those over age 65 said they think equality exists or will in the next 20 years for women in politics.Only a third of women aged 18 to 44 shared that view.”Older women have had more time to see more change,” Saad said. “There have been gains, and the longer you’ve been around, the more you see.”The results were based on self-administered web interviews conducted between July 13 to 19, using a random sample of 3,745 US adults. The margin of error was plus or minus three percentage points. Topics : Talk about a gender gap. Women and men have vastly different views on how much equality has been achieved in the US workplace, with half as many women as men seeing progress, poll results showed on Monday.Women are more pessimistic about the future as well, with almost twice as many as men predicting equality in politics will take at least 30 more years, if ever, said the survey by Gallup, a US-based polling company.Men and women agree that equality is missing from politics and the workplace, but by distinctly different margins, according to the survey, held to mark the 100-year anniversary of ratification of the US Constitution’s 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote.center_img Overall, about seven in 10 US adults said women have not yet achieved equality in the workplace and in politics.But, divided by gender, 21% of US women think there is workplace equality compared with 42% of men. Also, 25% of women think there is equality in politics compared with 43% of men.Looking ahead, 32% of women and 17% of men said they predict political equality will take 30 years or more to achieve.”I can only imagine that women are just more sensitive to those factors than men, whether it has to do with equality in the number of women in Congress, the number of women CEOs, the number of women superintendents relative to teachers,” said Lydia Saad, Gallup’s director of US social research.last_img read more

Hawthorne home that was a tiny cottage scores big price after reno

first_imgMONEY MAKER: This Hawthorne home looks fancy, and fetched a very fancy price.IT LOOKED to be a disappointing day for the owners of a an expansive home in the blue chip suburb of Hawthorne before things changed quickly.There was a lot of interest in the five-bedroom, two-storey home at 63 Malcolm St, but when it came to bid yesterday afternoon it seemed that few were willing to part with their money.There were a few moments of awkward silence when auctioneer Paul Curtin started bidding off at $2 million, when none of the registered bidders willing to put up a price. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoThe major renovation transformed the home.Eventually one solitary bidder did jump in, that one bidder eventually put in a bid of $2.2265 million, which was accepted.“He was the only bidder and the owners wanted to get it done,” said Place Bulimba agent Annabelle O’Hare. Although there were a lot of onlookers, just one person bidded.The massive renovation was only finished in 2016, with Ms O’Hare saying they decided to sell because it was “just too large for them” once the work was done.The sale even included the state of the art appliances that are currently in the home, including a coffee machine and a theatre system.Ms O’Hare said the successful bidder already had plans to build a swimming pool in the backyard.center_img As an added bonus some of the high-end appliance was included.The home had been through an intense renovation by the previous owners, who transformed what was a two bedroom single storey cottage to a very modern five bedroom double storey modern home. last_img read more

Hogge, Ahlwardt Win R. Charles Snyder Salute features

first_imgBobby Hogge IV banked $5,000 for his IMCA Modified feature win at Southern Oregon Speedeway’s R. Charles Snyder Salute. (Photo by Carole Bryan, Shadows of Light Photography)WHITE CITY, Ore. (Sept. 2.) – Bobby Hogge IV won the 50-lap R. Charles Snyder Salute main event for IMCA Modifieds Sunday at Southern Oregon Speedway.The big win paid the Salinas, Calif., driver, already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, $5,000.Hogge led from the start. Darrell Hughes II settled into second on lap 19 and followed Hogge closely during the second half of the race for a $2,500 payday. Bricen James made a nice charge from the back to finish third, followed by Clint Reichenbach and Robby Sawyer.Guy Ahlwardt scored an impressive victory in the 30-lap Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main. The win paid the Antioch, Calif., visitor $2,000.Ahlwardt led from the initial green flag. Two-time track champion Jorddon Braaten settled into second on lap eight and ran in close pursuit of the leader all the way to a nice $1,000 payday for second.Daniel Ray finished third ahead of Braxton Possinger and Matt Sanders.last_img read more

EC Trojan Basketball Standout Jack Driggers Signs Collegiately With Saints

first_imgEast Central Trojan Basketball standout Jack Driggers will be continuing his Basketball career at Thomas More majoring in Business.Jack is the son of Jim Driggers and Beverly Vingisaar.last_img

ITS launches USCmobile to give users instant information

first_imgAll the latest USC news and information can now be carried around in a purse or pants pocket.The recently launched USCmobile program allows smartphone users to access USC news and information on a streamlined web browsing program designed specifically for mobile phones.Members of the USC community can visit to view the mobile site and can add the program to a phone’s home screen or bookmark it. USCmobile differs from the regular USC website in that its format is made especially to be read on a smaller screen. Unlike some other mobile applications where someone must scroll up and down to see content, USCmobile is formatted in an easy-to-read layout with simple navigation.“In the coming years, mobile communication is going to be a really important area,” said Kevin Durkin, director of communications for USC’s Information and Technology Services. “We want to optimize access by smartphones so people at USC can reach their target audience. We feel this is a very important first step.”Developers at ITS began working on USCmobile because of the increasing use of smartphones, including iPhones, Droids and BlackBerries, around campus.ITS started working on this program in fall 2009. Initially, the department hoped just to make existing versions of USC web content more accessible, but then decided to create a whole new mobile website instead.The site lets users access the full student directory, USC maps that are searchable by category or building name, and an arts and events calendar. In addition, the Track a Tram feature shows the location of USC trams in real time, and the USC News, USC Reader, USC Twitter and Daily Trojan tabs display the latest and most popular posts.Students were particularly drawn to the Track a Tram capability.“USCmobile is an efficient way to get information fast,” said Ashley Harlow, a sophomore majoring in sociology and social science. “I especially like the Track a Tram feature. It saves me a lot of time.”The website also features a feedback button, which enables USCmobile users to send questions, comments and suggestions to ITS developers.“We want people to tell us what they want to see next or ways to improve what’s already up there,” Durkin said. “If we get feedback, we’ll be able to make it so it’s exactly what students are asking for.”Some USCmobile users have already offered their suggestions on how to enhance the program.“Athletic information, like scores and schedules, could be easier to get to,” said Ariana Case, a freshman majoring in communication.Some students, however, didn’t see much use for the program.“I don’t have a smartphone, but even if I did I don’t think this would be something necessary to use,” said Park Desloge, an undeclared freshman.last_img read more

Money issues force SCholars program to fold

first_imgA program that many community college transfers say was vital to their USC experience is now on the chopping block, another victim of the tough economy.For four years, the SCholars Program at USC has helped bring community college transfers to the university and integrate them into USC life. But the program’s funding, which came from a $1 million grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, has run dry.Organizers searched extensively for a solution but found only dead ends. Now, they have announced the end of the SCholars Program.“We have tried just about every angle and unfortunately, because of the economy and other factors, we will not be able to continue as of August 2010,” said Judi Garbuio, associate dean of Academic Recognition and Scholars Programs..The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation gave USC the grant in 2006 to establish the SCholars Program. It was designed to help first-generation and low-income students transfer to a four-year university by providing programs to introduce them to the curriculum, as well as to pay for the additional academic costs of attending USC.USC began looking for another source of funding when it realized money was running out. The program needs between $200,000 and $250,000 per year to run, and the foundation could not renew the grant.“Unfortunately, nobody has an extra $250,000 to give out,” Garbuio said.For students currently in the SCholars Program, the end of the program means the end of their extra help and extra funding.“These students go through financial aid for their tuition for USC, but SCholars helps them do exceptional things,” Garbuio said.Garbuio said the SCholars Program held a number of events for its students, connecting them with faculty and aiding them with their academics.“Our big cornerstone was the immersion week where they come to school two weeks before and go through a Writing 340 boot camp and do programs to acclimate them,” Garbuio said.The SCholars Program also helped its participants by funding some of the extra expenses that might not have been covered by financial aid.“They will not have some of the exceptional funding and programs,” Garbuio said. “Books, grants, attending conferences within their discipline, as well as paying for honors societies that they get accepted to but cannot afford will not be able to be provided through the program.”Another important aspect of the SCholars Program is its work with local community colleges. The program reached out to a number of community colleges in the area to encourage students to consider attending four-year universities and to let students know what opportunities were available to them.Garbuio said the end of the SCholars Program could affect the number of transfer applications USC receives from these community colleges.“We will still have a large number of transfer applications, but we probably wont get as many of these types of students,” Garbuio said.Since its establishment, the SCholars Program has provided opportunities to more than 60 students.“Many of the students credit the program to helping them even come to USC,” said K.C. Mmeje, the SCholars Program director.Mmeje said a number of the SCholars participants are disappointed the program is coming to a close.“Obviously the students want the program to continue, but they understand what we were up against in terms of funding. It’s a tough situation for everyone involved,” Mmeje said.Garbuio said current SCholars participants are working on ways to keep the program alive in spirit.“When we had our meeting about the program ending, they said, ‘You know what, we will take care of ourselves, we are here,’” Garbuio said. “They want to start a student organization to provide the opportunities they had been given to come to USC to other students.”last_img read more

Dworak-Peck Telehealth program brings care into patients’ homes

first_imgReceiving psychotherapy treatment can be challenging for those who don’t have the time or means to go to a physical clinic. The Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work’s Telehealth program recognizes this need and tries to subvert the issue — the online clinic uses a “face-to-face” method of video conferencing between patients and psychotherapy services to provide evidence-based clinical interventions.Photo from Dvorak-Peck School of Social Work.Founded six years ago by Dworak-Peck Dean Marilyn Flynn, Telehealth has a multitude of online counselors that partner with each client to develop a care plan, including research-based interventions to help them meet their individual and family goals. These interventions align with Dworak-Peck’s emphasis on practice that yields tangible results, while crossing barriers to entry with healthcare. “There was a resistance or reluctance in some ways to bring that service or to bring the treatment directly in to people’s homes,” said Nadia Islam, Telehealth clinical director. “There were concerns around safety, privacy and so on, and that’s really what we took on as our challenge, because if we couldn’t reach people in their homes, there was still that barrier of needing to get to [them].”Telehealth’s main purpose is to allow clients to get help from the comfort of their own home, specifically for those who may not be able to afford traditional counseling, or patients whose lifestyle or job requires them to move often.“It offers an option for individuals and families who are not able or willing to present in person in a therapist’s office,” Islam said. “There are tons of people who have mental health needs and they could benefit from treatment but they don’t know how to connect those dots because of employment barriers, transportation barriers, mobility issues … Telehealth gives them the option to access behavioral health care in their own homes, provided they have access to technology and a private space.”The program relies on a video conferencing platform designed to follow federal security guidelines. During a regular meeting, the client and counselor connect from different locations via a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Clients also have the option of meeting therapists in person for the first few sessions to get to know them first and become more comfortable. “Once people have met individually in person it makes it so much easier,” said Marleen Wong, executive director of the Telehealth Clinic. “The relationship is started and then they are familiar with how to communicate on the internet.”Telehealth currently has 30 licensed clinical social workers and Master of Social Work interns in California, which are organized into different treatment teams led by a clinical supervisor or faculty member. Wong hopes the program can continue to grow, including its goal to provide service to college student populations. “We’re looking at contracts that could serve other populations for free,” Wong said. “If there were a contact for university services … where there undergraduates wanted to be served, or the whole student body for that matter, they could simply just contact us … and we could connect them right away and get those services started.”last_img read more