The Heir Apparent Opens Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows The Heir Apparent Uncle knows best? The Classic Stage Company’s production of The Heir Apparent celebrates its opening night on April 9. Written by David Ives and directed by John Rando, the play stars Tony nominees David Pittu and Suzanne Bertish and will run through May 4. Suzanne Bertish Young Eraste has it all: good looks, a beautiful fiancée, and a huge inheritance from an ancient uncle. There’s just one little problem: the uncle won’t die and he’s bequeathed his entire fortune to a distant relative. Oh, and did we mention the uncle also intends to marry Eraste’s fiancée? What’s a fine 18th-century fellow to do? What else but enlist the aid of his resourceful servant who could “out-Figaro” Figaro. Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on May 11, 2014 Pittu and Bertish are joined by Carson Elrod, Claire Karpen, Amelia Pedlow, Dave Quay and Payton Whitehead. View Commentslast_img read more

Stop erosion

first_imgIt is estimated that 25 billion tons of soil are lost every year due to erosion. With it taking 500 years to replace just one inch of top soil, any thing that helps to prevent erosion will benefit future generations.There are several ways to prevent erosion in the home landscape, but the most important thing you can do is cover the soil with vegetation or mulch. Grass works greatA grass lawn is one of the quickest and easiest ways to add vegetation to a large area. Sod or quick growing grass seed is often planted as a temporary measure until other landscape plants, trees and shrubs are established. However, some areas are either too shady or too steep for grass to grow well. In spots that receive less than four hours of sunlight per day, trying to grow grass is a waste of time. Grass can grow on steep slopes, but maintaining it with a lawnmower may become difficult or impractical.Ground covers hold soil in placeIn these challenging situations, consider establishing alternative ground cover plants, trees or shrubs that are best adapted to the site. The roots of these plants will help hold the soil in place and minimize erosion. There are many ground covers that can be planted to cover larger areas fairly quickly while not breaking your landscape budget. Some favorites include junipers, Japanese spurge, Asiatic jasmine, autumn fern, bugleweed, cast-iron plant, Carolina jessamine, creeping raspberry, daylilies, Japanese plum yew, evergreen candytuft, liriope, mondo grass, rosemary, St. John’s wort and phlox. Do your homework and determine which plants are best suited for sunny versus shady areas. For more information about growing these and other groundcovers in Georgia, see the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension publication about ground covers online at . The best time to install ground cover plants, and all new plants for that matter, is in the fall or winter months. Remember to mulch around these plants to fill in the gaps and cover any exposed soil. Any mulch type is better than no mulch at all. Mulch selection on steep slopes may be limited to either pine straw or finely shredded wood mulches, which tend to stay in place better than other types. Wood chips and pine bark nuggets tend to float away with heavy rains.Build a terraceIn areas that are difficult to access, it may be necessary to install an earthen ridge or terrace, which will catch runoff water, let it soak into the ground and deliver it safely to the bottom of a hillside with minimal erosion. Terraces should be installed on a hillside on the contour at regular intervals to create shorter slopes that will slow down the force of the water. Fairly level areas between the slopes could include lawn grass surrounded by a boarder of landscape plants. A more expensive and permanent approach would be to add retaining walls built of stones, blocks or landscape timbers. The average homeowner should not tackle retaining walls higher than a foot or two. Hire a professional landscape contractor with the proper equipment and expertise for these larger jobs.last_img read more

TVA Transitions From Coal Without Cost Increases, Supply Worries

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Times Free Press (Chattanooga):America’s biggest public utility has completed the closing and cleanup of its aging fleet of coal plants to comply with clean air requirements and has done so while keeping power rate increases below the rate of inflation.When the Tennessee Valley Authority reached a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and environmental groups in 2011 to clean up its power generation, coal industry advocates warned closing fossil plants would push up power rates and cut jobs in TVA’s seven-state region.But over the past seven years, TVA managed instead to phase out more than half of the 59 coal-fired units it once operated—and install scrubbers and other pollution controls on some of its biggest remaining coal plants—without any major rate increase. In fact, TVA has cut rates in the past five years while attracting a record volume of investment in its seven-state region.TVA shuttered 33 coal-fired units in Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky and spent $2 billion to install scrubbers or selective catalytic control devices at the Gallatin and Shawnee coal plants in the past decade. In their place, the agency has built combined-cycle, natural- gas-powered plants, added another nuclear reactor and purchased more renewable power.At the time of TVA’s settlement with the EPA, the Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy and other pro-coal advocacy groups warned that TVA’s plans to shutter 7,000 megawatts of coal-fired electricity generation would boost electric rates in the Tennessee Valley by more than 20 percent and cut 65,000 jobs and $900 million of manufacturing output in Tennessee.“The doom-and-gloom forecasts about the costs of moving away from dirty coal were clearly exaggerated, and we now have cleaner air to breathe and a more energy efficient system,” said Stephen Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.More: Pollution Controls Don’t Prove As Costly As Critics Forecast TVA Transitions From Coal Without Cost Increases, Supply Worrieslast_img read more

Storage the ‘tipping point’ for renewable energy

first_imgStorage the ‘tipping point’ for renewable energy FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The emergence of lithium-ion batteries and other new energy storage technologies represents a “third tipping point” for wind and solar energy that is needed to transform renewables into the world’s largest source of power, a veteran energy venture investor and technology entrepreneur said.“Storage is really everything. It will change everything if we dramatically ramp up the amount of storage that we have,” Bill Gross, founder and chairman of Idealab, a Pasadena, Calif., venture capital firm and startup incubator, said Oct. 17 at a sustainability conference in Oakland, Calif.The “first tipping point” for renewable energy came in recent years, “when building wind and solar became cheaper than building new anything else,” Gross said. The second tipping point is occurring now, because “building new wind and solar are cheaper than existing power plants.”Until energy storage advances, however, the variability of wind and solar power will limit renewables’ further ascent, Gross said. “It can’t replace baseload. It can’t replace a gas power plant yet.”Barbara Lockwood, vice president of regulation for Pinnacle West Capital Corp. subsidiary Arizona Public Service Co., agreed. “As a utility, we look at tried-and-true technology, and that’s what we deploy for reliability purposes. Having said that, batteries just are an amazing technology … They very much are going to be part of the future.”In addition to contracting with First Solar Inc. for a 65-MW solar array coupled with 50 MW of batteries that is expected online in 2021, Arizona Public Service is considering energy storage offers to two requests issued this year, one for new installations and one to add storage at existing solar facilities. “We are amazed at how the prices are coming down,” Lockwood said.More ($): Energy storage seen as ‘third tipping point’ for renewableslast_img read more

Argentine Paleontologists Discover that a Piranha Ancestor Was a Meter Long

first_imgBy Dialogo July 20, 2009 Buenos Aires, July 17 (EFE).- Argentine paleontologists have discovered the remains of an ancestor of the piranha that lived eight million years ago and was a meter long, according to reports in the local press today. Without being identified, the remains of Megapiranha paranensis spent nearly a century in a museum in the city of La Plata (60 kilometers south of Buenos Aires). The discovery consists of a set of fossil teeth, just as terrifying as those of today’s piranhas, that scientists rescued from obscurity, and which they studied and identified as part of a fish that lived in the Paraná River. “This material was collected around a hundred years ago near the city of Paraná,” said Alberto Cione, from the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology of the Museum of La Plata, speaking to the daily La Nación, of Buenos Aires. Scholars believe that these fossil remains belong to the evolutionary “missing link” between pacu fish and today’s piranhas, both related species. “Pacu fish, which have a plant-based diet, have a dentition designed for crushing hard plants, with two rows of rounded teeth. Piranhas have a principally carnivorous diet, as a result of which their teeth are compressed triangles, serrated, and very sharp, in a single row,” Cione explained. In contrast, the inner teeth of the Paraná “megapiranha” “are inserted in between the outer teeth, in a kind of zig-zag pattern,” Cione indicated. “The megapiranha’s teeth are classified as intermediate between those of the pacu fish and those of the piranha, and not only regarding position: they are more compressed than those of the pacu fish and already have serrated cutting edges,” he specified.last_img read more

Maurizio Sarri has turned Chelsea into the new Arsenal, blasts Jamie Carragher

first_img Read More Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea conceded four first-half goals against Manchester City (Picture: Getty)Jamie Carragher says Maurizio Sarri has turned Chelsea into the new Arsenal.Speaking at half-time of the Premier League clash between Chelsea and Manchester City, Carragher said the Blues’ performance was a ‘disgrace’.Sarri’s side trailed 4-0 at the interval as goals from Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan put City in complete control.Asked to assess the opening 45 minutes at the Etihad, Carragher said: ‘City have been outstanding.ADVERTISEMENT Read More Maurizio Sarri has turned Chelsea into the new Arsenal, blasts Jamie Carragher About Connatix V67539 Full Screen by Metro Comment More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I’ve called Chelsea a disgrace before this season… this is as bad as anything we’ve seen from them‘Looking at Sarri… okay, he’s only been there half a season. But the worst thing I can say is he’s turned Chelsea into Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘[The Arsenal] who got battered away from home because they were too weak. We’re watching a really weak football team here.’Former Premier League striker Dion Dublin also praised City’s first-half performance against Chelsea. Read More Top articles Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Sarri says he’s ‘at risk’ of losing his job, after City thrashingTo 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 3:36FullscreenSarri says he’s ‘at risk’ of losing his job, after City thrashing 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.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Read More Coming Next 1/1 Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling SPONSORED / Skip Skip Ad City cruised into a 4-0 lead at the Etihad (Picture: Getty) PLAY Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE 1 min. story Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 10 Feb 2019 5:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Sergio Aguero scored a brace for the dominant home side (Picture: Getty)He told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘City started incredibly well. Chelsea looked like rabbits in the headlights.‘I still believe Chelsea have a part to play so City still have to do things the right way. They’ve been outstanding.’Aguero completed his hat-trick after half-time, before Sterling added City’s sixth. Video Settings Read More Advertisementlast_img read more

SeaRoc Wins Humber Gateway Seabed Analysis Work

first_imgSeaRoc Group has been awarded a variation to provide detailed geographic information system (GIS) seabed analysis for E.ON Humber Gateway offshore wind farm.E.ON requested the variation to receive more detailed information about the seabed condition as a whole and at detailed locations through the use of spatial analysis. This information should enable Humber Gateway and other agencies to support critical decision making, manage risks and minimise potential impacts to the seabed.Amanda Forbes, senior GIS analyst/developer at SeaRoc, said: “We have worked with E.ON since 2012 providing GIS and associated services to their offshore wind farms Robin Rigg and Scroby Sands and are pleased to extend our services to the Humber Gateway project. This analysis package will provide detailed information regarding the seabed’s condition within and around the wind farm area.”SeaRoc Group has provided E.ON GIS data management services since 2012 under a larger framework contract. Provision of data analysis services started at the beginning of January 2018 and the work will last for 8 weeks.last_img read more

Spanish fan arrested over racist abuse at Wolves Traore

first_img “He remains in police custody for questioning. “Any form of discrimination is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.” Wolves have, meanwhile, sought to reiterate their ticketing requirements in the Europa League following complaints about Espanyol fans being present in the upper tier of the Billy Wright Stand. Under competition rules clubs are required to provide 200 tickets in category one areas, separate from the main allocation for visiting teams, with the location chosen by UEFA. The tickets are typically used by guests of visiting clubs, such as players’ families. read also: Europa League: Wolves thrash Espanyol 4-0 in last-32 clash Wolves supporters themselves benefited from the legislation in this season’s away fixture at Slovan Bratislava, when 200 were able to attend despite the match being played behind closed doors because of previous racist behaviour from fans of the Slovak club. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… A Spanish fan was arrested on suspicion of racist abuse during Wolves’ 4-0 win against Espanyol at Molineux. The man, aged 24, was ejected from the stadium and arrested during the Europa League clash on Thursday night. He was arrested after monkey gestures and chants were allegedly directed at Wolves player Adama Traoré. It is understood UEFA’s three-step protocol for dealing with racism was not enacted as the incident was swiftly dealt with by stewards in the ground. In a separate incident three Espanyol fans were attacked by a group of youths near the old Canal Club building on the corner of the Ring Road and Wednesfield Road. A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “We’ve arrested a 24-year-old man from Spain on suspicion of racially aggravated abuse following chanting at the Wolves v Espanyol match yesterday.Advertisement Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowTop 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be Enemies7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets6 Of The Best 90s Shows That Need To Come Back ASAP6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The RatingsInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends in TV8 Shows You Didn’t Want To Watch At The Endlast_img read more

Kalibo local nabbed in buy-bust

first_imgKALIBO, Aklan – Police arrested a drugsuspect in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Bulwang, Numancia.    The 34-year-old Joseph Franco Ticarwas nabbed after he sold two sachets of suspected illegal drugs to anundercover officer for P5,000 around 2:20 a.m. on Oct. 10. The 34-year-old Joseph Franco Ticar (left) was nabbed in an entrapment operation in Barangay Bulwang, Numancia, Aklan on Oct. 10. PHOTO RODNEL AGUIRRE The suspect will be facing charges forviolation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of2002.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN) Ticar – resident of BarangayPoblacion, Kalibo, Aklan – was arrested last year in a drug sting but he wasreleased from jail after a plea bargaining agreement.      “Nadakipito dati sa Numancia dahil sa droga, nahirapan tayo sa kanya dahil mailap ang suspek sapagbebenta ng illegal na droga. Noong isang gabi pa dapat natin siya i-buybust. Natuloy ang transaksyon itong umagalang,” Andrade said.    Police Major Frensy Andrade, chief ofAklan Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit, said Ticar was put under surveillanceas he continued his illegal drug activities.    last_img read more

Decatur County Traffic Safety Partnership conducting school bus safety patrols

first_imgGreensburg, IN—Decatur County Sheriff’s Office and Greensburg Police Department will be working to safeguard students as they get on and off the bus this fall. Over the next couple of months, officers will be positioned along bus stops and routes looking for stop-arm violations and motorists driving dangerously.The overtime patrols are part of the state’s Stop Arm Violation Enforcement (SAVE) program, which was developed by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute last year, funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As part of the effort, officers will work with local school corporations and bus drivers to identify problem areas where the highest number of violations occur.In Indiana, it’s against the law for motorists to pass a bus that’s stopped and has its red lights flashing and stop-arm extended. This applies to all roads, with one exception. On multi-lane roads divided by a physical barrier or unpaved median, vehicles traveling the opposite direction of the bus may proceed with due caution.The following is a list of school bus safety tips provided by NHTSA.• Slow down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in the neighborhood.• Be alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.• When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school.• Don’t drive distracted or impaired.• Watch for children playing and congregating near bus stops.• Be prepared. Knowing how to drive when buses are around is critical.  -Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.  -Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate the bus has stopped and children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop-arm is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.last_img read more