Tix Now Available Now for Laura Benanti & Derek Hough-Led Spring Spectacular

first_img Star Files Related Shows View Comments Seeing this will no doubt put a spring in your step! Tickets are now on sale for the Rockettes’ New York Spring Spectacular, starring Tony winner Laura Benanti and five-time Dancing with the Stars winner Derek Hough. Performances will begin on March 12 at Radio City Music Hall, where it will run through May 3. Opening night is set for March 26. The production will be directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, with Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner as co-creative directors.Penned by Joshua Harmon, the new show featuring the iconic dance troupe is a whirlwind adventure across the Big Apple that tells an inspiring and hopeful story about three New Yorkers who change each other’s lives in unexpectedly wonderful ways. The Spring Spectacular will contain 3D special effects, large-scale puppetry and a soundtrack of original songs, classics and pop hits.The cast will also include Lenny Wolpe and Jared Grimes. Whoopi Goldberg and Bella Thorne have been tapped to voice the Statue of Liberty and the Alice in Wonderland statue, respectively, while So You Think You Can Dance’s Mia Michaels is set to choreograph the first number. The production will also feature Rockette dance routines reworked from Heart and Lights, which canceled its premiere last year.New York Spring Spectacular is produced by MSG Entertainment and The Weinstein Company (which is working with Paulus on Finding Neverland). Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 7, 2016 New York Spring Spectacular Laura Benantilast_img read more

‘Full as a Tick.’

first_imgDebbie was the only person I’ve ever known who would say that. I haven’t heard it since she moved to Texas. Too bad the ticks didn’t move to Texas.Sid, my little cocker spaniel, and I often take walks in the woods down by the lake. Not only does Sid pick up ticks along the way, but I get them, too. I don’t notice the ticks until I stop walking or sit down somewhere. I normally wear khaki pants, and if I look, I can usually see the ticks crawling up my pants leg.But I don’t have to be in the woods to get ticks on me. I can get them from walking in my backyard. And I’ve heard other people say the same thing (not about my yard — their yards).One of Three SpeciesIf you find a tick on you in Georgia it will be one of three species.If it has a single white spot in the middle of its back and long mouth parts, it’s a female lone star tick. Deer are troubled by the lone star tick, too.The American dog tick has shorter mouth parts and diffuse white markings on its back. This is the tick I usually find on Sid. They also feed on a variety of large animals, including people.The black-legged tick is smaller than the other two ticks and has no white markings. This tick is common on just about everything that has warm blood.’Seed Ticks’The “seed ticks” you may have heard of are immature ticks that recently hatched. They’re concentrated in huge numbers in a small area. They’re tiny, and if you happen to sit down or even stand still in the wrong place, you can be covered with them.The bites of ticks aren’t normally painful, but they can itch for days. Be careful when you pull a tick off you — its mouthparts and head may pull loose and remain attached in your skin. This can lead to infection and occasionally blood poisoning.The sooner ticks are removed, the smaller the chance of getting a disease.Ticks Cause DiseasesIf you develop a skin rash or fever within a few days to several weeks after a tick bite, see your physician and tell him you were bitten. Ticks can cause diseases. A blood test can confirm if you’ve been exposed to Rocky Mountain spotted fever or Lyme disease.The best prevention is personal protection. Wooded trails, high grass and brush areas are prime tick country. You can protect yourself in a number of ways: Tuck your pants legs into your socks. I know it’s kind of goofy looking, but it helps. You can also use duct tape to tape your pants legs to your boots. That way, the ticks have to crawl up the outside of your pants where you can see them. And tuck your shirt in your pants.Check yourself at least twice a day for ticks. The inside of your pants legs are good places to find them — along with just about everywhere else.Use a repellent containing deet that can be rubbed on the skin. Permanone can be sprayed on your clothing for more protection. It not only repels ticks but kills them, too.Keep ticks off your dog. He can serve as a reservoir for both diseases. Take these precautions if you are in the woods, or even in your backyard.last_img read more

Are Dams really worth it?

first_imgDams have a deleterious affect on water quality and on fish habitat and passage. Indeed, wild salmon numbers in the Pacific Northwest’s Columbia River basin are down some 85 percent since the big dams went in there a half century ago.  Pictured: the world famous Hoover dam, built in 1936. Photo Cred: iStockPhoto/ThinkstockDear EarthTalk: How is it that dams actually hurt rivers?— Missy Davenport, Boulder, CODams are a symbol of human ingenuity and engineering prowess—controlling the flow of a wild rushing river is no small feat. But in this day and age of environmental awareness, more and more people are questioning whether generating a little hydroelectric power is worth destroying riparian ecosystems from their headwaters in the mountains to their mouths at the ocean and beyond.According to the non-profit American Rivers, over 1,000 dams across the U.S. have been removed to date. And the biggest dam removal project in history in now well underway in Olympic National Park in Washington State where two century-old dams along the Elwha River are coming out. But why go to all the trouble and expense of removing dams, especially if they contribute much-needed renewable, pollution-free electricity to our power grids?The decision usually comes down to a cost/benefit analysis taking into account how much power a given dam generates and how much harm its existence is doing to its host river’s environment. Removing the dams on the Elwha River was a no-brainer, given that they produced very little usable electricity and blocked fish passage on one of the region’s premiere salmon rivers. Other cases aren’t so clear cut.According to the Hydropower Reform Coalition (HRC), a consortium of 150 groups concerned about the impact of dams, degraded water quality is one of the chief concerns. Organic materials from within and outside the river that would normally wash downstream get built up behind dams and start to consume a large amount of oxygen as they decompose. In some cases this triggers algae blooms which, in turn, create oxygen-starved “dead zones” incapable of supporting river life of any kind. Also, water temperatures in dam reservoirs can differ greatly between the surface and depths, further complicating survival for marine life evolved to handle natural temperature cycling. And when dam operators release oxygen-deprived water with unnatural temperatures into the river below, they harm downstream environments as well.Dammed rivers also lack the natural transport of sediment crucial to maintaining healthy organic riparian channels. Rocks, wood, sand and other natural materials build up at the mouth of the reservoir instead of dispersing through the river’s meandering channel. “Downstream of a dam, the river is starved of its structural materials and cannot provide habitat,” reports HRC.Fish passage is also a concern. “Most dams don’t simply draw a line in the water; they eliminate habitat in their reservoirs and in the river below,” says HRC. Migratory fish like salmon, which are born upstream and may or may not survive their downstream trip around, over or through a dam, stand an even poorer chance of completing the round trip to spawn. Indeed, wild salmon numbers in the Pacific Northwest’s Columbia River basin are down some 85 percent since the big dams went in there a half century ago.While the U.S. government has resisted taking down any major hydroelectric dam along the Columbia system, political pressure is mounting. No doubt all concerned parties will be paying close attention to the ecosystem and salmon recovery on the Elwha as it unfolds over the next few decades.CONTACTS: American Rivers, www.americanrivers.org; HRC, www.hydroreform.org.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine ( www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: earthtalk@emagazine.com. Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.last_img read more

Changes you’ll see in hotels near you as they adjust in phase 3

first_img“It gives the folks coming here not really understanding what travel might be like nowadays the confidence to say, ‘okay, I now know that this room was actually cleaned and sanitized,'” said Fatta. “Then, you’ll have confidence that you and your loved ones are safe while staying with us.” Hotels reopened during phase three in the Southern Tier. Fatta says she’s just happy to have her employees back to work. Managers say there will no longer be their breakfast buffets available. Instead, they will provide food like breakfast sandwiches and muffins that can be heated up as well as oatmeal and other items. The biggest thing, however, that the hotel is promising is employees will be wiping down touch points all throughout the building. (WBNG) — When hotels were finally able to reopen to the public in phase three, they were not able to go back to their old ways of business. At Tru by Hilton hotel in Vestal, you will notice some things have changed. Once you walk into the main lobby, there will be a plexiglass between you and the front desk assistant. Hilton Hotel is teaming up with Lysol to so all areas of the hotels are clean. To ensure customers they are doing a thorough job, the employees will be wrapping touch points with plastic wrap like remotes and when the entire room is cleaned, they will put a sticker right where the door meets the frame to let everyone know it has been freshly cleaned. “Instead of cleaning just once per shift, we’re now cleaning several times per shift,” said Tru by Hilton General Manager Kristen Fatta.last_img read more

From inside North Korea: Sides must ease up on rhetoric

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionPYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea’s capital city is awash in propaganda.Posters depicting missiles, some striking the U.S. Capitol, hang along major streets.In recent days, a million civilians, including high school students, factory workers and older men who long ago completed their military service, have signed up at the government’s request to fight the United States, if needed.“The situation on the Korean Peninsula is on the eve of the breakout of nuclear war,” Choe Kang Il, a senior Foreign Ministry official told me and three New York Times colleagues during a visit last week.Does that mean war is inevitable? “I think it depends on the attitude of the United States,” he replied.There is no sign of any unusual military mobilization in Pyongyang or along the perpetually tense border with South Korea to suggest imminent conflict. U.S., North Korean and South Korean soldiers stand duty as usual at the Demilitarized Zone separating the sides since the 1950-53 Korean War, and tourists, as well as journalists like us, still visit there. I most wanted to learn whether the North Koreans were open to nuclear talks with the United States and what it might take to get a deal.In the 1990s, the two sides reached an agreement that froze the North’s plutonium program for eight years and made progress on missile limits.But these initiatives fell apart in the George W. Bush administration, and today North Korea has at least 20 nuclear weapons and missiles that soon might be able to reach the continental United States, a level of technological prowess that President Donald Trump has said he won’t tolerate.In Choe’s telling, North Korea was driven to become a nuclear power in self-defense against the United State’s “nuclear blackmail,” sanctions, history of confrontation, and affront to the sovereignty and dignity of the state.The North must establish “a balance of power” to hold Washington at bay, finally replace the Korean War armistice with a permanent peace treaty and focus attention on economic development, he said.Therein seemed to be the answer to my question of whether and under what circumstances the North would be open to talks.Only when Washington makes a “bold decision” to end its military exercises with South Korea, halt sanctions and cease moves that diplomatically isolate North Korea can a dialogue between the two countries bear fruit, he added. Our interviews have persuaded me that it is also imperative for Washington to ease up on the rhetoric.Trump’s speech to the U.N. General Assembly last month crossed a line for many North Koreans because it made the fight deeply personal, disparaging Kim as “rocket man” and threatening to “totally destroy North Korea,” a country of 26 million people.The Trump administration insists there can be no talks until the North halts missile and nuclear tests for an unspecified period.Hence, stalemate, and a dangerous one.Allowing the shouting match and muscle-flexing on both sides to gather momentum can come to no good.Carol Giacomo, a member of The New York Times Editorial Board, is a former diplomatic correspondent for Reuters in Washington and covered foreign policy for the international wire service for more than two decades. Yet as Washington and Pyongyang confront each other over the North’s advancing nuclear weapons capability, the warlike rhetoric is escalating and, with it, the risk of conflict.After four days in North Korea, I am not at all sure that this standoff will end well.It was unsettling to hear ordinary North Koreans talk of war with calm acceptance and buy their government’s propaganda happy talk about certain victory over the United States.We also heard some people say that while they hate the U.S. government, they harbor no ill will toward Americans and would prefer to live in peace.One woman was nearly in tears describing her mixed feelings about the United States.I have been writing about North Korea since 1992, when President George H.W. Bush’s administration held the United States’ first meeting with Pyongyang since the Korean War to discuss what was then an incipient nuclear program. I had long wanted to visit.What made it possible now is that North Korea, the world’s least transparent country, has decided to embark on a charm offensive, inviting major U.S. news organizations on separate visits this year to learn more about its economic and political goals.center_img Our trip has not been without some risk, given the way the American student Otto Warmbier, who was detained in Pyongyang after allegedly trying to steal a poster, fell into a coma under circumstances that remain mysterious and died days after being returned to the United States.While I and the other Times journalists were invited by the Foreign Ministry (The Times paid all expenses), the diplomats don’t control the security services, and our attempts to report have been a balance between trying to get the most authentic information we can (a struggle) and not running afoul of security.Two government minders accompanied us except when we were in our rooms.We were allowed to visit a silk factory, the science and technology complex (computers are connected to an internal intranet, not the internet), an elite high school and an anti-American war museum, as well as an amusement park, restaurants and a dolphinarium — evidence of Kim Jong Un’s efforts to allow citizens of Pyongyang, where the elite live, opportunities for fun.Our requests to see the three remaining U.S. detainees were refused.Despite such controls, there have been some moments of spontaneous humanity.After dinner one night, a senior official led me briefly in ballroom dancing on the sidewalk outside a restaurant. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Island discovery has early investors stepping up

first_imgThe home at 93 Cotterill Ave, Bongaree.The hidden appeal of Bribie Island has been discovered by investors, says First National Bribie Island agent, Alaine Scarman.Ms Scarman said the sale of 93 Cotterill Ave, Bongaree for $455,000 on October 23 showed how great returns and growth potential had driven demand.The three-bedroom home was purchased by an investor and has been rented for $410 per week.Ms Scarman said while investors had stepped up, retirees were still the dominant Bribie buyer type.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019Inside the home at 93 Cotterill Ave, Bongaree.“As Bribie is becoming more renowned as a quality place to retire to, people are actually buying now while prices haven’t gone too far out of reach. They’ll rent it in the interim and then when they retire they freshen it up and move in,” she said.“We do have a high rental demand — we don’t have any problems with vacancy on Bribie,” Ms Scarman said.Ms Scarman said the market between September and Easter always saw inquiries ramp up.“Visitors come here for a holiday and turn around and purchase an investment property,” she said.“This year it’s going to be very sad because there aren’t as many properties available.”last_img read more

Keane: I’m not finished yet

first_img Press Association Keane said: “Of course there are. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think that. “Has the Galaxy helped me? I’m not too sure. I think I’ve helped myself because of the way I keep myself and the hunger and the desire that I have. “It’s okay having the ability, but if you don’t have the hunger and the desire, wanting to play and wanting to still be the best and wanting to still score goals, you’re not really going to do too much. “I still have that and I have always had it since I made my debut the first day, and nothing has changed since then. “I’ll stop playing and stop scoring goals when literally I can hardly walk. That’s how much I love playing, it’s fairly simple.” Keane’s pre-eminence in Irish football history is remarkable – Niall Quinn remains in second place in the all-time goalscoring list, and he managed 21 – and while some have questioned his ability to maintain his standards into his footballing dotage, he has little doubt that he can still hack it. However, he admits he cannot quite believe how quickly time has passed since he collected his first cap in Olumouc in the Czech Republic in March, 1998. Keane said: “It’s gone quickly, very quickly. Too quickly.” Robbie Keane is certain he still has international goals to score as he approaches the twilight of his glittering career. The 34-year-old LA Galaxy striker will hope to win his 139th senior cap for the Republic of Ireland in Sunday night’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland. It is 17 years since the then teenager first pulled on the green jersey he has worn with such pride ever since but despite having swapped the intensity of the Barclays Premier League for the emerging MLS, he is convinced there are more goals to come on top of his record tally of 65. Retirement, however, is not on Keane’s mind just yet, but the process of making it to another major finals tournament very definitely is. Victory over Poland on Sunday evening would leave Ireland firmly in the race to do that, and might also provide a response to some of the team’s critics. Former assistant manager Liam Brady is the latest to suggest the nation simply does not have the players to compete at the highest level. Asked if the game was an opportunity to rebut that notion, Keane said: “Hopefully that will be the case. We certainly have the players, there’s no question about that. “We have got a lot of quality players in the team and inside that camp, we certainly know that and are well aware of that. “We know that we are quite capable of putting a performance on against anybody so regardless of what anyone else says, we believe we can go against Poland tomorrow and get three points.” last_img read more

Guyana Girls Academy set for July

first_imgFIFTY young aspiring female footballers are set to benefit from a football training programme, the Guyana Girls Academy (GGA), a new football program created by Guyanese-American coach Colin Wilson.The GGA inaugural camp will take place from July 25th – July 28th in Georgetown, from 09:30hrs to 17:00hrs each day. The four-day camp is for girls’ ages 7 to 11 years old.According to Wilson, the idea behind the programme is to create a football academy that develops, trains, and educate girls to compete at a collegiate, professional, and international level, as well as to ignite a strong women’s football culture that will continuously fuel the Guyana Women’s National Team programme.The camp will show young girls the technical, tactical, physical, and mental aspects of the game. Each participant will receive a camp uniform. Parents are encouraged to register this month to reserve their place at the camp.The GGA is working with the support and collaboration of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) and the National Sports Commission (NSC).Wilson played competitive football for ten years. He has been involved in coaching for nine years and was a certified referee for five years.He currently holds a United States Soccer Federation National C Coaching License and a United States Soccer Federation National Youth License. Wilson also holds a National Soccer Coaches of Association of America Advanced National Diploma and Level 2 Goalkeeper Diploma.Otis James, one of the coordinators here, is urging parents to register their children. He said the programme is a first and it would be a great opportunity for the young females.Persons interested in getting their children involve could contact James on 668-2014.last_img read more

Sir Hilary says new CWI leadership will have to grapple with crucial reforms

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Prominent Caribbean academic, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, believes whoever wins today’s Cricket West Indies (CWI) presidential elections, faces the challenge of undertaking critical governance reform of the regional body, regaining the trust of stakeholders and implementing a visionary structure to move West Indies cricket from “awful to awesome”.In a statement entitled ‘Present Crisis and Future of West Indies Cricket’ carried live on UWI TV, Sir Hilary said CWI had now become a “backward institutional system” after rejecting the opportunity for reform through the Patterson Report, closing the Barbados-based High Performance Centre, and creating “greater acrimony” among critical stakeholders like business, government and universities.Sir Hilary, a former CWI director, was speaking ahead of the highly anticipated showdown between incumbent Dave Cameron and former St Kitts and Nevis government minister, Ricky Skerritt, for the position of CWI president.“Other countries that have been faced with systemic decline in their performance have opted to restructure their governance model and engage in a period of strategic planning within the stakeholder grouping,” pointed out Sir Hilary, the University of the West Indies Vice-Chancellor.“The Patterson Report sets out very clearly the path forward for West Indies cricket to enable the emergence of our cricket culture. The governance reforms embedded in the Patterson Report, however, have been rejected.“It’s a report that calls for greater accountability in the management of West Indies cricket, in the leadership of West Indies cricket. It calls for greater transparency. It calls for the removal of cliques and cabals and it calls for the recognition that cricket is the public good in our Caribbean world.”He continued: “Unfortunately, what we have seen in recent years is that reform has been stalled and greater acrimony is developing within the stakeholder community that represents the basis of excellence.“The old mentality is digging in while the goose that laid the golden egg is dying. It is clear to all of us that CWI is not as accountable as we would wish; the public has been calling for greater transparency and a greater type of accountability within the leadership.”Sir Hilary outlined 10 points with which the new CWI administration needed to grapple, among these, “developing and not dividing the young talent … embracing and not alienating investors in West Indies cricket … deepening accountability and not to deepen a lack of transparency in the stakeholders network … and a commitment to reform and not resist new visions of governance”.He also urged CWI to “promote and not marginalise nor degrade the genius of our indigenous legends”, in reference to involvement of the iconic former players in cricket development.Sir Hilary also pointed to the value of the now-defunct High Performance Centre (HPC), which he said provided the environment “to produce the ideal West Indian cricketer for the 21st century”.The HPC, based at the UWI Cave Hill Campus, ceased operations last year after CWI pulled the plug.“We are the only global cricket institution that has no high performance centre,” Sir Hilary lamented.“We saw what happened when our players did so well in England in recent years, and returned home – no academy to help them resolve their technical and emotional problems. In that sense, we are a backward institutional system.“In all of the countries that are competitive, they have built their academies within the learning environments of the universities. This is what England did back in the 90s … in India, in Australia this is the norm but in the West Indies, CWI continues to see the learning environment as a problem.“We have heard the statement: ‘we’re here to produce cricketers, not professors’, and indication of a lack of understanding within the cricket environment.”Cameron, who was elected president for the first time in 2013, is bidding for a fourth successive two-year term, along with vice-president Emmanuel Nanthan.However, he has received a strong challenge from Skerritt, also a former Windies team manager, who has as his running mate, St Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association president, Dr Kishore Shallow.Sir Hilary, who did not endorse a candidate, said West Indies’ resurgence on the field rests heavily on the quality of leadership which will emerge from CWI in coming years.“We are clear about the fact that the decline of our performance especially at the Test level is complex (and) intellectually deep-rooted but what we are clear about is that the movement from awful to awesome has to take place at the level of leadership, on the field and in the management,” he stressed.“We have to get rid of the old mentality, we have to embrace knowledge. We have to embrace information because we’re looking to produce the ideal West Indian cricketer for the 21st century.”last_img read more