The Woodsman Sets Off-Broadway Closing Date

first_img The Woodsman, a retelling of the origins of Oz’s Tin Woodsman, will end its latest off-Broadway engagement on May 29. Directed by James Ortiz and Claire Karpen, the production began performances on January 27 and officially opened on February 7 at New World Stages—Stage 5.Reprising their roles from previous 59E59 productions are Benjamin Bass, Devin Dunne Cannon, Will Gallacher, Alex J. Gould, Amanda A. Lederer, Aaron McDaniel, Lauren Nordvig, Oritz, Eliza Simpson, Meghan St. Thomas and Sophia Zukoski.Penned by Ortiz with music composed by Edward W. Hardy and lyrics by Jen Loring, the production is based on the beloved writings of L. Frank Baum. The Woodsman tells the origin story of the Tin Woodsman, the woman he loved, and the witch that would stop at nothing to keep them apart. The Land of Oz is brought to life by Strangemen & Co. with puppetry and original music. View Comments ‘The Woodsman'(Photo: Hunter Canning) Related Showscenter_img The Woodsman Show Closed This production ended its run on May 29, 2016last_img read more

Food label dates

first_imgBy April Reese University of GeorgiaOld dates on food products may not mean the food should be tossedto the trash. A University of Georgia food specialist said somefoods are good for longer. Unlike the other labels, the use-by date it is the last day themanufacturer recommends for the safe use of a food product. (April Reese is a student writer with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) “A best-if-used-by or best-if-used-before date is the date to usefor eating the food at its best quality or flavor,” Andress said.”It’s not a purchase date or a date of final safety.” Aguaranteed-fresh-until date is the same thing. “Foods can develop off odors, flavor or appearance due tospoilage bacteria,” she said. “If a food has any of thesecharacteristics, don’t use it, regardless of the date on thepackage.” If a product has a use-by date, however, pay attention. “Inparticular, never buy or use baby formula or food after itsuse-by date,” Andress warned. Refrigerated foods with best-if-used-by dates are a little harderto predict. “Other foods such as beef or pork roasts may last three to fourdays after the sell-by date,” she said. “A cured or precooked hamcan last a week.” “Some foods, like fresh ground meats and fresh poultry, last oneto two days after the sell-by date if kept properly refrigeratedat all times,” Andress said. As with other perishable foods, though, get them from the storeinto your home fridge as quickly as you can. Unopened dry foods such as crackers, cookies or dry bean mixescan be microbiologically safe for several years after a best-if-used-by date, Andress said. “If an egg carton has an expiration date printed on it, don’t buyeggs after that date,” Andress said. “It’s the last day the storemay sell the eggs as fresh.” Don’t use canned foods, she said, if they’re swollen, bulging,rusted, severely dented or if they have stained labels.Otherwise, store them in a dry, cool place.center_img “A sell-by, expiration or use-by date tells the store how long todisplay a product for sale,” said Elizabeth Andress of the UGAExtension Service. “Buy a product before a sell-by date, but itis still safe to use (after then).” What about eggs?Eggs stay fresh long after they leave the supermarket cooler. There are other indicators of spoiled food. The right temperature”Mishandling fresh foods can also change their safe storage time,regardless of package dates,” Andress said. “Leaving perishablefoods at room temperature or warmer for too long is one commonway of mishandling food.” (Perishable foods require refrigeratedstorage of 40 degrees or lower.) “Dry foods can develop changes in flavor, texture and appearancethat may make them less desirable over time,” she said.”Generally, it’s good to use these items within several months ofpurchase.” Andress said people do many other things that will shorten afood’s expected shelf life. Here are a few:* Defrosting at room temperature more than 2 hours.* Leaving foods out of coolers or refrigerators at picnics orparties.* Taking too long to get refrigerated or frozen foods home andrefrigerated after purchase.* Using contaminated cutting boards or utensils. Dating DecodedSome food labels say “sell by,” while others print, “best if usedby” or “use by” on the products. These labels mean differentthings. “Milk and fresh yogurts should be used within several days to aweek past their sell-by or best-if-used-by dates, as long as theylook and smell good,” she said. “Salad dressings may last formonths with good quality.” “The manufacturer probably offers a reimbursement if the consumeris unsatisfied with the quality of the product before that date,”she said. “Reading the label carefully will show this.” “As long as you buy eggs before the expiration date, you shouldbe able to safely use them for three to five weeks after thedate,” she said. Refrigerated properly, some foods stay fresh long after thesell-by or best-if-used-by date.last_img read more

CVPS met all service quality standards for 2007

first_imgCVPS met all service quality standards for 2007RUTLAND, Vt. – Central Vermont Public Service met all of its service quality standards for 2007, the third straight year the company achieved that goal.”Despite enormous challenges thrown at us by a series of big storms, our employees performed extremely well,” President Bob Young said. “Their hard work continues to improve our overall service quality and customer satisfaction, which is reflected by J.D. Powers most recent national survey. It ranked CVPS first among similarly sized utilities in the East for power quality and reliability, company image, and billing and payment.”CVPS, Vermont’s largest utility with more than 158,000 customers, has 17 service quality measures known as SERVE standards. SERVE stands for Serving Everyone with Reliability, Value and Excellence.The company measures and reports to state regulators on everything from how quickly customer care representatives answer phones to bill accuracy, customer service, outage numbers and duration, and safety. All Vermont utilities have specific service quality standards and must report the results regularly to state officials. Penalties can be imposed for failure to meet the standards.In the Customer Information Center, employees answered 82.1 percent of calls within 20 seconds, beating the standard of 75 percent. That was despite several big storms, including last April’s nor’icane, the biggest storm in company history, which knocked out service to 42 percent of CVPS’s customers.Other key measures:92 percent of customers said they were satisfied following customer-initiated contact;The complaint rate for 2007 was just 0.00696 percent, down from 0.01 percent in 2006, and well below the standard of 0.07 percent.Just 0.0758 percent of bills were inaccurate.Most critical to customers, CVPS met both of its reliability standards. The average customer lost service just 2.4 times, for an average duration of 2.6 hours, excluding major storms. The SERVE standards for reliability are an average of 2.5 outages lasting an average of 3.5 hours, excluding major storms.Young said the company would continue to seek out new ways to improve reliability and customer service. “Our employees are focused every day on how to best serve our customers, and well be making substantial investments this year to further improve our service,” Young said.last_img read more

The world’s best beer becomes hand sanitizer after World Beer Cup is canceled

first_imgRestaurants, schools, and trails are closed and gatherings large and small have been canceled. It seems that nothing about life, as usual, has gone untouched, and that goes for the craft beer business, too.  The Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) was scheduled to begin mid-April and, along with it, the biennial World Beer Cup competition, an international beer competition that’s considered the “Olympics of beer.” Winning a World Beer Cup is the highest honor in the craft beer world, it’s like “winning a Grammy or an Oscar,” according to  Before the decision was made to cancel the CBC and the World Beer Competition, however, breweries had already begun to ship their best beers to San Antonio, where the competition was slated to be held. Thousands of cans and bottles of some of the world’s best brews had piled up in a warehouse—but after the competition was cancelled, efforts to return the beer or donate it hit roadblocks. Organizers were faced with dumping it all down the drain, until Adam Dulye, the Brewers Association’s executive chef, came up with a solution: turn the beer into hand sanitizer. When the project is done, Dulye and the distilleries will have turned the beer into between 400-500 gallons of high-grade alcoholic hand sanitizer, which the distilleries are passing out to customers. “I doubt this was the fate that brewers expected when they tasted through their entries,” Dulye told “But based on the options we had available, I hope they feel a sense of closure, maybe some relief.” Dulye began a search for distilleries that could help distill the beer into a pure form of alcohol. He eventually connected with Denver Distillery and Ballmer Peak Distillery– both agreed to distill the world’s best beer. last_img read more

Colombia’s Conflict in Figures

first_imgBy Dialogo October 19, 2012 Hello, I am a Chilean student, I see the process from the outside and the information given by this Forum confirms the need for a peace process.I would like to know: What are the expectations that Colombians have with regard to this process that is beginning? Hi, we are students of Santiago de Chile, and we have been watching for several days this disturbing and interesting topic that takes place in Colombia. We cannot imagine the tension that is created when this topic is dealt with, which must be very frequently because of the current peace talks. After reading this article and others, it is quite clear which is the goal that they want to reach in Colombia with the theme of peace. However, some doubts or questions remain that we want to ask about.1.- What has happened to the 3.7 million people that were displaced? To which countries were they displaced to?2.- According to these figures published: Do you believe that in Colombia it is possible to reach a peace agreement or to reduce the tension that exists between the citizens and the FARC?We count on your prompt response, because we are very interested in the issue and we want to be informed about what is happening both in Colombia and Latin America. Thank you! Colombian government negotiators and leftist FARC rebels met in Oslo on October 18 for peace talks aimed at ending the longest-running insurgency in Latin America. Below, AFP presents the figures on the conflict, which involves both the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) and a smaller leftist guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army (ELN). Both rebel groups, as well as right-wing paramilitary fighters, are also involved in Colombia’s lucrative cocaine business. – Around 600,000 people have been killed by the armed groups and security forces, according to the government organism responsible for monitoring the conflict. – More than 2,000 people have been killed and 7,900 maimed by anti-personnel mines, according to the government. – More than 15,000 victims of forced disappearances have been recorded over the past 30 years, according to a report from the UN office in Colombia. – More than 3.7 million people have been displaced, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. – More than 660,000 hectares of land have been despoiled, according to Colombia’s Ministry of Agriculture. – Colombia’s security forces add up to more than 430,000 members. – The FARC, which has lost half of its guerrillas in 10 years, currently has 9,200 fighters, according to the Defense Ministry. The ELN has some 2,500 members. – Hundreds of civilian hostages are believed to be in FARC’s custody. – Between 2,000 and 3,000 guerrillas are currently in prison, according to a pro-peace non-governmental organization. – Colombia’s defense and security budget has been officially fixed at 12.7 million dollars in 2012, accounting for 3.5% of the country’s revenue. – The cost of the conflict represents between one and two points of revenue, according to the Colombian Finance Ministry. last_img read more

Venezuela Seized 45 Tons of Drugs in 2012

first_imgBy Dialogo December 27, 2012 Venezuelan authorities seized 45 tons of drugs in 2012, half of which was cocaine, Minister of Interior and Justice Néstor Reverol told the press on December 20. “So far in 2012, 45,084 kilograms of different kinds of drugs have been seized,” Reverol said in press conference, where he explained that, out of that amount, over 27.1 tons were of cocaine, and 17.8 tons of marihuana. The minister stated that due to these seizures, the local authorities “have prevented 6.5 million doses from reaching consumers,” paying special attention to “confiscations via mail packaging,” by which they could detect “over a ton of small portions of drugs they intended to take out of the country.” In 2011, drug seizures fell a third compared to the previous year, and authorities praised themselves for the “downward trend” of drug transit through the country. This year, the amount slightly rose with respect to the 42.3 tons seized last year. Reverol informed that in 2012, 9,692 people were arrested on drug trafficking charges; 220 foreigners and the rest were nationals, among which there were “20 leaders of important drug trafficking organizations,” highlighting the arrest of Colombian Daniel “El Loco” Barrera, deported to his country in November. Likewise, he added that, out of the 200 foreign detainees on drug charges in the country, “77 percent were Colombians,” while out of the most important drug traffickers deported by Venezuela, 45 percent were sent to Colombia, and 29 per- cent to the United States. The minister also reiterated the government’s commitment to combat drug trafficking, highlighting the binational cooperation program with Colombia. In turn, he rejected criticism from U.S. officials that said Venezuela remains a drug transit nation. I don’t believe that all those drugs were incinerated, USA is the largest consumer, the Bolivarian Government always declared war to the Americans, because drugs are a weapon which kills slowly and in a very subtle way. When 45 tons are seized, it means they let go 100 tons, I will just believe it was done when all coca plantations are destroyed.last_img read more

Tractor-trailer drivers ticketed following crash that shut down parts of I-81 for hours

first_imgThe Broome County Sheriff’s Office says a 2020 model tractor-trailer struck the back of a 2019 model tractor-trailer around 5 p.m. Thursday, causing the older model to jackknife. One driver suffered minor injuries and the other was uninjured, the sheriff’s office says. The driver of the 2020 model tractor-trailer was charged with following a vehicle to closely. Crews worked to remove both models from the scene for hours as traffic was diverted. The driver of the 2019 model tractor-trailer was charged with operating a vehicle at a reduced speed impeding traffic. The sheriff’s office says the driver of the 2019 model was traveling below the speed limit of 65 mile per hour. TOWN OF BARKER (WBNG) — Authorities say two tractor-trailer drivers were ticketed after a crash on I-81 North between exits 7 and 8 closed the highway for several hours.last_img read more

After port disaster, Lebanese brace for virus lockdown

first_imgMoukarzel said she supported the decision, especially after the massive blast at Beirut’s port on August 4 that killed 181 people, wounded thousands and laid waste to windows and doors across swathes of the city.”Economically closing up the country is not good, as people want to sell, but let them lose out a little instead of getting sick and having to be carted off to hospital,” said the mother of one, who trained as an architect.”There’s no more space in the hospitals. If people suddenly start burning up, where will they put them?”Authorities fear Lebanon’s fragile health sector would struggle to cope with a further spike in COVID-19 cases, especially after some hospitals near the port were damaged in the explosion. They have said the new lockdown measures, which include a nighttime curfew from 6:00am (0300 GMT) to 6:00pm (1500 GMT), will not affect the clean-up or aid effort in areas ravaged by the blast.The stay-at-home order from Friday is only the latest such decision after a months-long lockdown from mid-March.It came on the heels of a dire economic crisis since last year that has trapped people’s savings in banks, sent food prices soaring and caused tens of thousands to lose their jobs or a large part of their income.Even before the explosion of a huge stockpile of ammonium nitrate at the port sparked popular rage against official negligence, Lebabon’s crisis had doubled poverty rates to more than half of the population, according to UN estimates.  ‘Nothing to eat’ Sitting inside his carpenter’s shop in a Beirut neighborhood inland from the port, Qassem Jaber said he did not see how a further lockdown was helpful after months of slow business and an explosion that blew away his workshop’s shutter.”There’s no work. People have no more money. They have nothing to eat,” he said, determined to keep his business open to help people rebuild their homes.”What’s coronavirus got to do with it? We all get better and then it’s fine,” the 75-year-old added.But the Shiite Muslim carpenter did welcome a call from the Hezbollah movement for followers to avoid large gatherings and instead commemorate the religious event of Ashura at home this year.The occasion, which marks the seventh-century killing of Imam Hussein in battle by the forces of Caliph Yazid and usually draws thousands of Shiite Muslims into the streets, also falls on Friday.But Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has urged followers to suspend the usual public display of grief, due to the alarming spread of the coronavirus.”The situation has become out of control, there are many cases, and the hospitals are no longer able to cope,” Nasrallah said on Monday, urging people instead to hoist black flags outside their homes and shops to mark the religious event.Jaber said he thought the decision was wise: “They cancelled Ashura so no one gets infected.””Every day we have 100, 200, 300 new cases. If they held Ashura, everybody would be glued to one another. It wouldn’t do.” Still reeling from a deadly port blast that ravaged their Beirut homes and businesses, Lebanese wearily braced themselves for a new coronavirus lockdown due to start on Friday.”What now? On top of this disaster, a coronavirus catastrophe?” said 55-year-old Roxane Moukarzel, as she waved towards the devastated port from the balcony of her gutted home.Lebanon is to partially close down for two weeks from Friday to stem a string of record daily infection rates that have brought the number of COVID-19 cases to 10,952, including 113 deaths. Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal’s FA Cup final won’t be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s last game for the club, says Mikel Arteta

first_imgArsenal’s FA Cup final won’t be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s last game for the club, says Mikel Arteta Comment Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 31 Jul 2020 10:52 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link542Sharescenter_img FA Cup final: Arsenal preview press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 21:18FullscreenFA Cup final: Arsenal preview press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.After finishing outside of the top six in the Premier League for the first time in 25 years, the Gunners have a chance to end their season on a high if they can get the better of Frank Lampard’s Blues at Wembley on Saturday.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWhen asked if that game could be captain Aubameyang’s last in an Arsenal shirt, Arteta said: ‘No, I don’t have that fear.’The Spaniard insists that there are a lot of elements that will go into convincing him to stay at the club and suggests that talks with their top scorer could even continue into next season. Aubameyang’s long-term future is still up in the air (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta says he doesn’t ‘fear’ that Arsenal’s FA Cup final against Chelsea will be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s last game for the club.With less than 12 months remaining on his current deal, the Gabon international is yet to put pen to paper on a new contract to remain at the Emirates for the long term.Aubameyang is reportedly demanding a new three-year deal worth up to £250,000 a week to commit his future to the club, but, so far there has been no final decision. Arteta wants Aubameyang to stay (Picture: Getty Images)‘It’s a package at the end,’ he added. ‘You need a lot of ingredients on the table to persuade a player of his level to be at this football club. Don’t forget that he still has a contract here with us.‘We wanted to keep him and do it in a more long-term way but at the moment he’s with us and I think he should be really proud of where he is as well.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAubameyang can win his first piece of silverware since joining the club in January 2018 and Arteta believes the captain guiding his side to glory could help influence his contract decision.Arteta continued: ‘Absolutely. That has a strong link with everything that you want to experience as a player.‘Winning the trophy helps to really believe and feel, ‘Wow, I want to experience more of these moments.’ If you are wearing the armband and you are able to lift that cup, it’s such a moment – this is going to help for sure.’MORE: Arsenal should not sign Manchester United target Jack Grealish, says Glen JohnsonMORE: Arsenal expect to complete George Lewis transfer after FA Cup final against ChelseaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport pagelast_img read more

Bundesliga: Ex-Man City striker takes over at strugglers Fortuna

first_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Thailand’s 10 Most Iconic Landmarks6 Best 90’s Action Movies From Your Childhood10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year Former Manchester City striker Uwe Roesler has been appointed as the new coach of struggling Fortuna Duesseldorf in place of the sacked Friedhelm Funkel, the German Bundesliga outfit announced on Wednesday.Advertisement Loading… center_img The 51-year-old Roesler recently left Malmo after a year and a half in charge of the Swedish club, and will now try to lead Fortuna clear of the Bundesliga relegation zone.They are currently bottom of the table, three points adrift of outright safety, with Funkel’s final game in charge ending in a 3-0 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.The veteran Funkel had been in charge since 2016. Aged 66, he announced his retirement from management following the sacking.“My coaching career is over. I don’t know Uwe personally, but he takes over a team which is 100 percent intact. I wish him all the best and hope that he quickly settles with the team,” said Funkel, according to SID, an AFP subsidiary.Funkel’s sacking came just a day after he was given a prize for coach of the year by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.“We have scored just 18 goals this season, statistically we are the weakest team in attack, and one of the weakest in defence, in the Bundesliga,” said sporting director Lutz Pfannenstiel.“As a result, we no longer believe we can stay up if things stay as they are. We had to react.”Former Manchester City striker Uwe Roesler’s last coaching job was at Swedish club MalmoRead Also: Bundesliga: Bottom side Fortuna sack ‘;coach of the year’ FunkelRoesler has spent most of his career outside of Germany since joining City in 1994.He became a cult hero there and has since spent several years managing in the English lower leagues, having spells at Brentford, Wigan Athletic, Leeds United and Fleetwood Town.His first game in charge will be on Saturday at home to Eintracht Frankfurt, who shocked league leaders RB Leipzig last weekend.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more