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first_img Related Shows Three new stars are ready to exit the wings, take center stage and brave opening night hell. Tony winners Martin Short and Katie Finneran, along with Broadway newcomer Maulik Pancholy, begin performances in the showbiz comedy It’s Only a Play beginning January 7. They take over for Nathan Lane as James Wicker, Megan Mullally as Julia Budder and Rupert Grint as Frank Finger, respectively. Performances of the Terrence McNally play will run through January 18 at the Schoenfeld Theatre before packing up and moving next door to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, where it will run from January 23 through March 29. Original cast members Matthew Broderick, F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing and Micah Stock remain in the production. Finneran won the Tony for her performances in Promises, Promises and Noises Off. Her additional Broadway credits include Annie, Mauritius, Cabaret, The Iceman Cometh, Neil Simon’s Proposals, The Heiress, In the Summerhouse, My Favorite Year, Two Shakespearean Actors and On Borrowed Time. She will appear in the upcoming drama series, Bloodline on Netflix. Other TV credits include The Michael J. Fox Show, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Wonderfalls and The Inside. Pancholy is best known for playing Jonathan on 30 Rock and Sanjay on Weeds. His other TV credits include Whitney, Web Therapy, The Comeback and The Good Wife. On the big screen, he has appeared in films such as 27 Dresses, Friends with Money and Hitch. Off-Broadway theater credits include Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend and Aunt Dan & Lemon. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015center_img View Comments It’s Only a Play Short took home a Tony Award for his performance in Little Me. He was also nominated for The Goodbye Girl and headlined Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. He shares an Emmy with John Candy, Andrea Martin and more for their writing on SCTV. His additional screen credits include Father of the Bride, Mars Attacks!, Three Amigos, Innerspace, Saturday Night Live and Primetime Glick.last_img read more

first_imgOne of Donegal’s most well-known school book and stationery stores will enter its final chapter with a large closing down sale, beginning this week’s.Sprint Educational Supplies is a shop which many children and adults fondly remember as the place where they would stock up on school books, pens, paper, arts and crafts.Located in Donegal Town and Letterkenny, the stores have had a loyal customer base since the company was first formed by the late Tom Gallagher three decades ago. The closure of Sprint Educational Supplies was first announced to school principals last week. In a statement, company director Angela Gilligan said the decision to close was made ‘with deep regret’, adding:“As you would have been aware that my husband Tom Gallagher founded the company over thirty years ago and he was the main driving force behind it. lndeed, he was our front man and would have personally known all his customers. Unfortunately following his untimely death in 2017 it has not been feasible for us his family to continue to give the heavy commitment required to continue trading. To this end we have taken the difficult decision to close the business.”Yesterday marked the end of an era as the two Sprint outlets begin closing down sales. Everything must go, with 50% off stationery, arts and crafts, learning resources, toys and games.There is 15% off school books and revision books. Plus, there is 25% off ink cartridges.This sale, on a cash and carry only basis, will continue at Spring Market Centre Letterkenny and Sprint Glebe Shopping Centre Donegal Town until all stock is gone.Sprint Educational Supplies announce closing down sale was last modified: March 5th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Results from the Propane Education & Research Council’s (PERC) 2015 Propane Farm Incentive Program reveal high performance ratings, improved efficiency, and cost savings for producers switching to propane-powered farm equipment. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more with PERC’s director of agriculture business development, Cinch Munson.last_img

first_imgUPDATED 8/31/2011 with a new blog linkDr. Wolfgang Feist, the founder of the Passivhaus Institut (PHI) in Darmstadt, Germany, has released a new letter explaining the reasons why PHI decided to sever all relations with the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS). The International Passive House Association refers to Feist’s latest letter as a “statement of reassurance.” RELATED ARTICLES The Passivhaus Institut in Germany Disowns Its U.S. Satellite The American Passive House Institute Responds to Dr. FeistPassivhaus Combatants Continue To Speak Out“Passive house” is not a trademarkOn August 24, 2011, the Passivhaus Institut in Darmstadt issued a new document, Passive House and the United States. The document states:“Course providers worldwide may choose to use any materials they like in preparing their students for the international Passive House Designer exam and indeed, those wishing to take the exam may prepare themselves through self-study. For interested course providers, however, PHI offers its Passive House Designer course materials, available in a variety of languages. This material is based on the CEPH course materials, which resulted from an EU-funded project by the same name involving several partners. … Interested parties may sign a licensing agreement allowing use of the Passive House Designer course materials as a complete course for the purposes of preparing students to take the international Passive House Designer exam. Due to the material’s roots as an EU Project, course providers must provide the complete course and the slides may not be adapted. Course providers are encouraged, however, to add their own slides to the course so as to cover regional specifics.”“PHI is currently working with a local US developer to include a metric-imperial conversion tool in the updated PHPP which should be available early next year. With this newly updated software, no conversion of PHPP files will be required as both the metric and imperial units will be simultaneously visible.”“The PHPP is available for sale by multiple resellers worldwide. New contracts for qualified US resellers are currently being negotiated. Resellers must have an intimate knowledge of the PHPP and be able to support users. Organizations fulfilling these criteria that are interested in becoming distributors of the PHPP software may contract directly with the PHI to discuss becoming licensed resellers.”“The PHI has always encouraged an open market, having never trademarked ‘Passive House’ nor granted regional monopolies or territories.” (For more information on the trademark issue, see Can ‘Passive House’ Be Trademarked?) Craziness and illegal salesIn his latest letter, Feist makes the following points:“Although provoked – I’m only human, after all – I’ll refrain from responding to all the craziness that currently abounds, as I believe a deeper look at the recent communications from both organizations speaks for itself.”“The fact is that our relationship to PHIUS was based on two contracts … These contracts, eagerly demanded by PHIUS some time ago, were both signed and standing.”“At no time did PHIUS have a contract to even sell PHPP, let alone to adapt it (no, this is not merely about imperial versus metric – PHI fully understands and supports the needs of American designers to use numbers with which they are familiar, and is currently working on a solution). Nothing has changed except for the fact that PHI has now demanded PHIUS discontinue the illegal sale and adaptation of PHI’s property.”“PHIUS would like far further reaching control of what is happening in the North American Passive House scene than it currently has. These ambitions conflict with the open approach chosen by the Passive House Institute, which makes a point of publishing all its research and offers assistance to all organizations wanting to collaborate in a decent and honest way. I am convinced that geographical monopolies are neither expedient nor possible.” More commentary from the blogosphereThe latest blog post on the issue is this one from Roger at the EdgewaterHaus blog.last_img read more

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president READ: Nadal wins US Open for 16th major titleThe triumph moved Nadal three shy of Roger Federer’s all-time record of 19 Slam singles titles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe US Open was the final Slam at which Toni, Nadal’s long-time coach and inspiration, will join him, instead of taking a role directing Nadal’s youth academy.In his victory speech, Nadal reflected on what Toni has meant to his life in building the grit to overcome numerous knee injuries. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nadal wins US Open for 16th major title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Spain’s Rafael Nadal poses with his winning trophy after defeating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson during their 2017 US Open Men’s Singles final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 10, 2017. Nadal raced to a third US Open title and 16th Grand Slam crown on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 rout of South African giant Kevin Anderson. AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADNEW YORK — Rafael Nadal reflected on his roots as a child prodigy from the island of Mallorca and on the influence of his uncle Toni on Sunday after winning the US Open title.The 31-year-old Spaniard defeated South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 for his third US Open title and his 16th career Grand Slam crown after having taken a 10th French Open trophy in June at Roland Garros.ADVERTISEMENT It has been a long journey for Nadal to his latest Grand Slam glory.Nadal won an under-12 regional crown at age eight and by 12 had captured Spanish and European age-group junior titles.By 15, he had turned professional and was facing such foes on the global circuit as Anderson.At 17, Nadal won his first match against Federer.At 19, he won the 2005 French Open in his debut, the first of nine Grand Slam titles in 10 years he would claim on the red clay of Roland Garros, cementing a legacy as the greatest player ever seen on the surface.It was early in his career when Nadal began his habit of biting the championship trophies he wins.Nadal added Wimbledon crowns in 2008 and 2010, an Australian Open title in 2009 and completed the career Grand Slam in 2010 by defeating Novak Djokovic in the US Open final, becoming the youngest in the Open era (since 1967) to complete the four-event career sweep.And only Nadal and Andre Agassi can say they have a career Grand Slam and an Olympic men’s singles gold medal, Nadal having claimed his in 2008 at Beijing.Nadal, the sixth left-hander to win a US Open title, added another crown at Arthur Ashe Stadium in 2013, again downing Djokovic in the final.Knee injuries took a toll throughout his career, costing him nine Slam appearances, and after he failed to even reach a Slam semi-final in 2015 and 2016 some figured his greatest moments were behind him.center_img Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES “It’s not one lesson. Diary is in the head from 3 years old,” Nadal said.“Probably without him I’ll never be playing tennis. I’m thankful I had somebody like him pushing me all the time.“Because he gave me motivation I could get through all the problems I had in my career. I can only thank him for making me stronger.”When Nadal reclaimed the world number one ranking last month, it was the first since in more than three years he had topped the list.And when Federer lost in the US Open quarter-finals to Juan Martin del Potro, Nadal was ensured of keeping the top spot.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  But Nadal roared into the Australian Open final, losing to Federer, then captured his record 10th French Open crown in June, setting the stage for his title run in the Flushing Meadows fortnight.Only Nadal, Pete Sampras and Ken Rosewall have managed the feat of winning Grand Slam titles in their teens, 20s and 30s.last_img read more

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Gilas Pilipinas members with SBP head Manny V. Pangilinan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAmid all the drama happening in the PBA, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan urged the basketball public to be united as Smart Gilas Pilipinas prepares for the next challenge at hand: the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers.“We are hoping that the best of the best players in the country will join Gilas for this tournament,” he said in a statement. “We are calling for the support of every club team and every collegiate program to support this endeavor.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The Philippines is slotted in Group B, together with 2017 Fiba Asia Cup champion Australia, Japan, and Chinese Taipei.READ: PH teams up with Japan, Indonesia for 2023 Fiba World Cup bidSmart Gilas Pilipinas opens its campaign in Tokyo when it faces off against Japan on November 24. The national team will then fly back home, this time taking on Chinese Taipei at Smart Araneta Coliseum on November 27.Pangilinan has full confidence that the Philippines can trot out the best squad for the first leg of the home-and-away format as it seeks to make it to the 2019 Fiba World Cup in China.“Every tournament we joined this year was done in preparation for this tournament. Though the new FIBA format for qualification is different from past editions, we are confident that we will adjust to this and return to the global stage once more,” said the chairman of Smart, who is once again stepping up to the plate as the national team’s chief backer.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion The national team handled by coach Chot Reyes returns to practice on Friday evening as they get the wheels turning for the first leg of the Asian qualifiers.READ: SMC bloc, allies vow to lend players for Gilas amid PBA impasseFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThere are doubts whether the best players from all teams will be made available for Gilas practices with the clear divide on the PBA Board of Governors but the SMC bloc along with its allied reaffirmed their commitment to the national team.Instituting a new format, Fiba will be holding a home-and-away structure, with Asia being divided into four groups of four in the first round. Belingon eyes huge win in Manila, ONE title shot MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pangilinan also encouraged the public to give their full support on Smart Gilas Pilipinas anew.“Let’s show the world once again what puso is all about!” he said. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgThe BSE benchmark Sensex plunged to an over four-month low, losing 364 points on across-the-board selling on emergence of reports that government might impose capital gain tax on investments routed through Mauritius.A weakening trend in Asia and lower opening in Europe on the European Union’s decision to delay 12 billion euros aid to Greece until it passes austerity package at home also fanned market fears of Greece’s sovereign debt default in the mid of July.Find out easy ways to hit the jackpot on stock market The Bombay Stock Exchange index, Sensex, which had lost over 438 points in the last three trading sessions, plunged by another 363.90 points to 17,506.63, the levels last seen on February 9.Further, during the intra-day trade, the gauge had dipped by 556 points, with most of the stocks recording steep losses.Broad-based National Stock Exchange’s 50-share index Nifty nosedived by almost 109 points to 5257.90 level.Trading sentiment turned bearish on major sell-off by funds and retailers on reports that the government will sought to tax capital gains on investments made through Mauritius.Sensex leader RIL fell nearly 4 per cent to a 52-week low of Rs 829 a piece.The markets already weak after hike in interest rates and reports of lower advance tax collection for the first quarter this fiscal, received another jolt after BSE announced on Friday that Anil Ambani group companies stocks – Reliance Infra and RCom – will be removed from the Sensex by August 8.Reliance Infra sank 6.07 per cent to Rs 545.25 and Rcom by 7.89 per cent to Rs 87.60 on fresh selling.Among sector indexes, the realty sector index suffered the most, losing 4.16 per cent to 2,016.49 followed by Oil and Gas index that dwindled by 3.42 per cent to 8,6568.42.The IT sector index plunged by 2.50 per cent to 5,673.38 as Tata Consultancy Services dropped 3.69 per cent to 1,069.55 on reports the software maker has been ordered to pay Rs 6.56 billion in back taxes after tax officials denied some of its claims.advertisement–With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

first_img Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, in a statement in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (February 12), said that data collected over the past two weeks indicate an increase in a particular type of influenza. Story Highlights Parishes showing a growing trend include Kingston and St. Andrew, Trelawny, Clarendon, Manchester, St. Elizabeth, and Portland. The Ministry of Health has placed Jamaica on influenza alert in light of the significant increase in the number of cases of fever and respiratory illnesses reported across the island. The Ministry of Health has placed Jamaica on influenza alert in light of the significant increase in the number of cases of fever and respiratory illnesses reported across the island.Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, in a statement in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (February 12), said that data collected over the past two weeks indicate an increase in a particular type of influenza.Parishes showing a growing trend include Kingston and St. Andrew, Trelawny, Clarendon, Manchester, St. Elizabeth, and Portland.“The flu is to be taken seriously, as it can lead to pneumonia and blood infections, and cause diarrhoea and seizures in children. The flu can also worsen chronic medical conditions such as heart or lung disease,” he said.He said persons at greater risk of severe complications from the flu are infants and young children, adults 65 years and older, pregnant women and persons with chronic medical conditions or weakened immune systems.With the activation of the alert status, the Ministry will enhance its public education campaign to reinforce good hand hygiene and emphasise respiratory etiquette; activate the enhanced infection control programme in hospitals and health facilities to prevent, control and investigate communicable diseases; and increase the stock of medication in hospitals and health facilities to respond to the increase in the number of persons hospitalised.The Ministry will also expand the opening hours at health centres to provide access to at-risk populations, including the elderly and children under five years; and continue implementation of the overcrowding management plans for the major hospitals across the island.Dr. Tufton informed that 21,900 doses of influenza vaccine were purchased by the Ministry through the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Revolving Fund and distributed to parish health departments in late October 2018, and vaccination of target groups commenced in November 2018.These include health workers; children and elderly with chronic illnesses; pregnant women, especially those on the Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH); persons institutionalised or in State care; and non-health frontline workers.He said persons can access the vaccine from any public health centre/clinic free of cost.Dr. Tufton encouraged healthcare providers in the private sector to procure the influenza vaccine through private distributors to provide for the general population with emphasis on the high-risk groups.“The vaccine can be had privately by members of the public from any general practitioner and paediatrician at a minimal cost,” he noted.Seasonal influenza is an acute viral infection that spreads easily from person to person, mainly by coughing, sneezing and close contact.last_img read more

first_imgGurugram: The Haryana government officials have officially begun the process of taking over the Rapid rail metro that is also credited for being India’s first private metro system. In doing so however the government is likely to incur a heavy cost of sustaining the private metro system. Initially, run by ILF&S nation’s first private metro is under a heavy debt of Rs 1,800 crore where 10 per cent interest is being paid on a yearly basis. For operation and salaries over Rs 20 crore is being paid on a yearly basis. The Haryana government is now planning to give only operations part to the Delhi metro rail corporation for which there is a pact of paying the public agency over three crores yearly. According to sources the government is likely to take a decision on the issue after May 12. The move to acquire the metro project comes when the private metro system is reeling under heavy losses. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsBuilt on the model of public-private partnership, Gurugram’s rapid metro was set to change the landscape of public transportation model in Gurugram when it first started its operation in 2013. Five years, after all, did not go to the plan and the management served Haryana Government the notice of compensating it for Rs 1484 Crore of losses. Initially, the DLF-IL&FS consortium ran the Rapid Metro Rail Gurugram Limited (RMGL). According to sources ever since the DLF withdrew its stakes from the project and the ITNL’s parent company — Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) — ran into financial trouble, the ITNL found it difficult to operate the Gurugram private metro. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHigher costs for travelling, less focus on last mile connectivity and lesser frequency of the movement of trains are resulting in many residents still relying on other modes of transportation. According to reports, there are over 50,000 commuters who use the services of the private metro daily. This, however, is not enough for the metro to recover its costs. The management of the private metro has also been odds with the public agencies over the display of advertisements that is a major source of revenue. The major concern for the management remains over the dwindling number of commuters using the Rapid Metro services Considered to be a bane for many residents who drive on routes of Golf Course, Sikanderpur, MG road and Cybercity, the diesel run autos and private city buses continue to retain its popularity. While these transportation mediums still charge a reasonable sum from their customers, the ticket prices in the rapid metro range from a minimum sum of Rs 20 to a maximum of Rs 35. Not only are the common citizens but even the office goers have lessened their daily travels due to a cheaper mode of transport.last_img read more

first_imgSan Francisco: Tech major Microsoft has successfully developed an end-to-end automated DNA storage device that can translate digital information into DNA and back to bits, the company said in a blog post. The fully automated system to store and retrieve data in manufactured DNA is a key step in moving the technology out of the research lab and into commercial datacenters. The novel system, developed in partnership with University of Washington, translated “HELLO” into DNA and converted it back to digital data in just 21 hours, reported the paper published in Nature Scientific Reports journal. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “Our ultimate goal is to put a system into production that, to the end user, looks very much like any other cloud storage service — bits are sent to a datacenter and stored there and then they just appear when the customer wants them,” Karin Strauss, principal researcher at Microsoft, wrote in the post on Thursday. “To do that, we needed to prove that this is practical from an automation perspective,” Strauss added. The system has so far stored one gigabyte of data in DNA, which includes cat photographs, great literary works, pop videos as well as archival recordings in DNA, which could be retrieved without errors, the researchers said. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India The automated DNA data storage system uses software that converts the ones and zeros of digital data into the As, Ts, Cs and Gs that make up the building blocks of DNA. Then it uses cheap lab equipments to flow the necessary liquids and chemicals into a synthesiser that builds manufactured snippets of DNA and to push them into a storage vessel. When the system needs to retrieve the information, it adds other chemicals to properly prepare the DNA and uses microfluidic pumps to push the liquids into other parts of the system that “read” the DNA sequences and convert it back to information that a computer can understand. Information is stored in synthetic DNA molecules created in a lab, not DNA from humans or other living things, and can be encrypted before it is sent to the system. Further, the team also developed techniques to search for and retrieve only images that contain an apple or a green bicycle — using the molecules themselves and without having to convert the files back into a digital format. “We are definitely seeing a new kind of computer system being born here where you are using molecules to store data and electronics for control and processing. Putting them together holds some really interesting possibilities for the future,” said Luis Ceze, Professor at the varsity.last_img read more