Red Alert! Tickets Now On Sale for Disaster on Broadway

first_img Roger Bart Related Shows This is not a drill! Tickets are now available to see Roger Bart, Kerry Butler, Adam Pascal and more in the Broadway incarnation of Disaster!. The musical comedy, based on cult favorite disaster movies from the 1970s, will begin performances on February 9 and officially open on March 8 at the Nederlander Theatre.Directed and co-written by Jack Plotnick and also starring co-creator and co-writer Seth Rudetsky, Disaster! is set on a summer night in Manhattan in 1979 and follows a group of NYC A-listers who party at the grand opening of a floating casino/disco—until disaster strikes. Earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos, killer bees, rats, sharks and piranhas all threaten the guests, who sing some of the biggest hits of the ‘70s, including “Hot Stuff,” “I Am Woman,” “Knock on Wood” and more.The cast will also include Kevin Chamberlin, Faith Prince, Rachel York, Jennifer Simard, Max Crumm and Lacretta Nicole, Manoel Felciano Baylee Littrell, Paul Castree, Casey Garvin, Travis Kent, Alyse Alan Louis, Maggie McDowell, Olivia Phillip and Catherine Ricafort. Disaster! Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on May 8, 2016 View Commentslast_img read more

Two Viterbi graduate students killed in off-campus shooting

first_imgTwo graduate students were fatally shot early Wednesday morning as they sat in a car in front of a residence on Raymond Avenue near 27th Street, according to Dept. of Public Safety Capt. David Carlisle.The Los Angeles Police Department responded to the scene in the 2700 block of Raymond Avenue shortly after 1 a.m., where one female, 23-year-old Ying Wu, and one male, 23-year-old Ming Qu, were found shot.The victims were transported to California Hospital Medical Center in Downtown Los Angeles where they were pronounced dead.Officers found the female victim inside the “late-model BMW” and the male victim outside of the vehicle. At some point after being shot, the male victim fled from the car to a nearby porch to seek help, according to Cdr. Andrew Smith.Wu and Qu both studied electrical engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering.LAPD said the suspect at large is male. No other details or descriptions have been provided about the suspect.“We are saddened and outraged at this horrific act,” Denzil Suite, associate vice president for Student Affairs, said in a statement. “I encourage us to pull together as a community for support and comfort during this difficult time.”Michael L. Jackson, vice president for student affairs, and Todd Dickey, senior vice president of administration released a joint statement to the USC community.“Our community is saddened and outraged by this callous and meaningless act. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims’ families and friends and all who knew them at USC,” Jackson and Dickey said in the statement.Those seeking counseling or other support can call Student Affairs at (213) 740-2421 or Student Counseling Services at (213) 740-7711.Those with information on the shooting are asked to call investigators at Southwest Area Homicide at (213) 485-2417.Viewlast_img read more

Study reveals forests have yet another climate-protection superpower

first_imgScientists looked at reactive gases emitted by trees and other vegetation, finding they have an overall cooling effect on the atmosphere globally.As forests are cleared, emissions of these cooling reactive gases are reduced. The researchers estimate the loss of this function this may contribute 14 percent towards deforestation-caused global warming.The authors write that effective climate policies will require a “robust understanding” of the relationship between land-use change like deforestation and climate, and urge more research be done toward this goal. As big carbon storehouses, forests have the power to influence the climate. So much so that the protection and expansion of forests is a key part of the Paris Agreement, which seeks to lower greenhouse gas emissions and stave off the worst effects of global warming.A new study, published last week in Nature Communications, finds forests may have an even bigger cooling effect on climate than we thought. And that without them, the world may be heating up more quickly than expected.Living vegetation emits gases that can react and combine with other gases in the atmosphere. Some of these, called biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs), affect the formation of other compounds like aerosol, ozone and methane, the presence of which can influence atmospheric temperature.For their study, an international team of researchers led by the University of Leeds in the UK looked at these reactive compounds to see what kind of a temperature changes they induce. To do this, they simulated boreal, temperate and tropical forest conditions and calculated different warming and cooling effects through computer modeling.They discovered that while trees emit gases that can warm the atmosphere (e.g., they can increase the formation of ozone and methane), gases that had a cooling effect had a greater overall impact.“We found that the cooling impacts of these gases outweigh the warming impacts, meaning that reactive gases given out by forests have an overall cooling effect on our climate,” said study coauthor Dominick Spracklen, a professor at the University of Leeds.A kapok tree bursts into bloom in the Amazon rainforest. The study found warming and cooling effects related to the emissions of reactive gases is most closely balanced in tropical forests compared to temperate and boreal forests.As forests are cleared, emissions of these cooling reactive gases are reduced. The researchers estimate the loss of this function this may contribute 14 percent towards deforestation-caused global warming.According to the researchers, this study is the first thorough analysis of the climatic impact of non-CO2 reactive gases emitted by forests and how it’s affected by human-caused land-use change.“Most previous assessments on the climate impacts of deforestation have focused on the amount of carbon dioxide that would be emitted, or changes to the way the land-surface exchanges energy and water with the atmosphere,” said lead author Catherine Scott of the University of Leeds. “But as well as taking in carbon dioxide and giving out oxygen, trees emit other gases that take part in complicated chemical reactions in the atmosphere and there are implications for reducing these gases.”The scientists write that effective climate policies will require a “robust understanding” of the relationship between land-use change like deforestation and climate, and urge more research be done toward this goal.“By understanding these complex effects we now know more about how forests are affecting our climate, and we are able to see a clearer picture of the repercussions of deforestation,” Scott said. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored boreal forests, carbon, Carbon Sequestration, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Politics, Environment, Gas, Global Warming, Global Warming Mitigation, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Rainforests, Research, Temperate Forests, Trees, Tropical Forests Citation:Scott, C. E., Monks, S. A., Spracklen, D. V., Arnold, S. R., Forster, P. M., Rap, A., … & Ehn, M. (2018). Impact on short-lived climate forcers increases projected warming due to deforestation. Nature Communications, 9(1), 157.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by Morgan Erickson-Davislast_img read more

Epic battle between tiger and sloth bear caught on film

first_imgAnimal Behavior, Animals, Bears, Carnivores, Environment, Strange, Tigers, Video, Wildlife Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Footage of a fight between a male tiger and a mother sloth bear in an India wildlife reserve has gone viral on Facebook.The video, shot this week in Tadoba National Park, was captured by Akshay Kumar, the chief naturalist at Bamboo Forest Safari Lodge in Maharashtra.The video starts with the tiger chasing off a sloth bear that was headed with her cub toward a water body.The bear then charges the tiger and the fight ensues. A naturalist at an ecotourism lodge in India has captured footage of a battle between a tiger and a mother sloth bear protecting its cub.Akshay Kumar, the chief naturalist at Bamboo Forest Safari Lodge in Maharashtra, shot the video during an afternoon safari on Wednesday in Tadoba National Park.Screen capture from video shot by Akshay KumarScreen cap from video shot by Akshay KumarScreen cap from video shot by Akshay KumarScreen cap from video shot by Akshay KumarThe video starts with the tiger — a well-known dominant male named Matkasur — chasing off a sloth bear that was headed toward a water hole with her cub. The bear then charges the tiger and the fight ensues.Kumar told NDTV that the bear’s attack was “motherly instinct”.Screen capture of footage shot by Akshay Kumar of the battle between a male tiger and a mother sloth bear over access to a water hole in Maharashtra’s Tadoba National Park. Via @the_bamboo_forest on InstagramMother sloth bear charging a male tiger in Tadoba National Park. Photo by Akshay Kumar, the chief naturalist at Bamboo Forest Safari Lodge. Via @the_bamboo_forest on Instagram“The tiger attacked the bear more than five minutes. It went after the sloth bear but she kept charging in order to protect her cub,” Kumar told NDTV. “It went on for 15 minutes. The tiger was roaring. It was a severe fight.”Both animals were injured in the encounter. Kumar said the bear’s thick fur saved her from a worse outcome.center_img Article published by Rhett Butlerlast_img read more

Wallen Named PFL Defensive Player of the Week

first_imgWallen intercepted two passes to help Drake down Campbell, 33-21, in Saturday PFL action. He became the first Drake defender with two interceptions in a game since 2010. Wallen’s first interception came on Campbell’s first drive. He returned the pick 58 yards to set up the Drake offense at the 17-yard line, ultimately leading to a touchdown and a 14-0 lead. Wallen’s second interception came on a deep pass attempt late in the first half. He also had three tackles (one solo) and handled punt return duties (two returns, 31 yards). ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Drake football’s Terry Wallen was named Pioneer Football League Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Sunday, Oct. 30. Wallen and the rest of the Bulldogs head to Jacksonville on Saturday. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Garda raid uncovers almost €80,000 worth of cannabis in house in West Donegal

first_imgA substantial amount of cannabis has been uncovered during a raid at a house in West Donegal earlier today.More than €76,000 worth of the drug was found when Gardai raided a house in Derrybeg.It is not believed that the drugs were part of a grow house which has been the case during many recent finds in Donegal. However, it is believed the drugs were packaged and were ready for sale or distribution across the county.The raid followed intelligence which led Gardai to the house in which the drugs were found.As well as members of the Garda National Drugs Unit, members of the Organised Crime Bureau and Customs officers took part in the operation.Gardai have not disclosed if anybody was arrested as part of the operation. Garda raid uncovers almost €80,000 worth of cannabis in house in West Donegal was last modified: March 22nd, 2019 by StephenShare 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) Tags:cannabisdrugsWest Donegallast_img read more

Mastering maths via Mxit

first_imgThe project has just been expanded to the Eastern Cape province, where KwaKomani Comprehensive School, Gill College, JS Skenjana High School, Kanise High School, George Mqalo High School and Victoria Girls High School have been chosen to take part. Criteria for the participating schools included general packet radio service network coverage in the area, a computer with internet connection for maths teachers, and most pupils should have GPRS-enabled phones. “The success of this project in these six schools will see it being rolled out in the entire province,” Kavuma said. According to chief education specialist Henry Kavuma, the project is being piloted in 30 schools around the country. “Each school from the 30 that were chosen has been provided with a kit which includes 10 mobile phones and training,” Kavuma said in a statement by the Eastern Cape Department of Education this week. 23 February 2010 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material According to education specialist Henry Kavuma, the project, which allows grade 10 learners to access mathematics content and assessment exercises via MXit software on their mobile phones, will be a great success because learners nowadays spend hours of their free time on programmes like MXit. The South African government has teamed up with cellphone giant Nokia and publisher Pearson to develop the Imfundo Yam/Yethu project, which aims to get students more interested in mathematics through the use of popular instant messaging programme Mxit. GPRS network, ICT literacy Teachers must also have basic information communication technology (ICT) skills, such as being able to use e-mail programmes, word processors and spreadsheet programmes.last_img read more

Brand South Africa to highlight investor perceptions

first_img1 April 2014Brand South Africa is to host a seminar presenting findings on how international investors view the country at the Wits Business School in Parktown on Wednesday, 2 April.The Brand South Africa South African Competitiveness Forum Research & Outcome Report, following the inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum in October 2013, will also be launched.Speakers at the seminar will include Brand South Africa chief executive Miller Matola; Brand South Africa research manager Dr Petrus de Kock; Gauteng Growth and Development Agency group chief executive Siphiwe Ngwenya; and the Department of Economic Development in the City of Johannesburg’s executive director Ravi Naidoo.TrendsEach year, Brand South Africa, as the official marketing and reputation management agency of the country, conducts an extensive International Investor Perception study.The findings assist Brand South Africa and its stakeholders to identify trends in how international audiences perceive the country.With the theme, “International perceptions of South Africa in a complex emerging market environment”, the seminar will explore perceptions within the context of global trends that affect South Africa and emerging markets, and tackle how the country is perceived among peer African, Brics and related markets where the research was conducted, says De Kock.Investor perceptions and South Africa’s growthIn a recent analysis of the global economic outlook, Business Monitor International (BMI) indicates that emerging markets are set to increase their share of global consumption significantly in the next decade, from around 29% currently to around 41%.This is a significant movement in global markets, BMI says, especially if one considers that at the turn of the century emerging markets accounted for a mere 7% of global consumption.“There are some short- to medium-term challenges to the economic outlook of emerging markets, but the overall long-term projections of growth tell a story of the increasing importance of these markets for the global economy,” says De Kock.With these trends in mind, De Kock says it is important from a nation brand point of view to interrogate perceptions of South Africa in emerging markets, and to ask how the country can position itself more effectively in a complex emerging market environment.Consumption habitsIn addition, BMI indicates that in the next decade, consumption in emerging markets will grow by an average of 5.6% annually, compared to the rather meagre 1.3% in the “developed world”.“Taking these numbers into consideration is what led BMI to conclude that emerging markets will move from 29% of global consumption in 2014, to a whopping 41% by the end of 2023.”Singling out China and Africa’s share of global consumption, BMI indicates that China’s share of global consumption will grow from 9% to 13% in 2023, while the Middle East and Africa’s share will leap from 6.5% to 10.3%. North America and the EU’s share of global consumption will decline from 33% to 27%, and from 24% to 19% respectively.On the SA Competitiveness Forum Research & Outcome Report, De Kock says the issues identified at the 2013 forum address how the South African brand can respond to international perceptions of the country.The seminar will be held at the Bert Wessels Lecture Theatre at the Wits Business School, 2 St David’s Place, St Andrews Road, Parktown.Follow the seminar on Twitter, #CompetitiveSASee www.brandsouthafrica.com for more details.last_img read more

Go On a Charm Offensive

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now There’s an old joke that goes like this.A man dies and St. Peter greets him at the gates of Heaven. St. Peter tells the new arrival that his record is good, but that he still has free will and can choose between Heaven and Hell. But before he does, he’ll have the opportunity to explore both options. Then St. Peter gives the new arrival a tour of Heaven.Heaven is a nice place. Everything is perfectly clean. A lot of angels are walking around singing hymns and such. But overall, Heaven is a pretty boring place. After touring Heaven the new arrival gets a chance to explore the alternative.Hell is a very different place. It’s a party! There’s a lot of loud rock music. There are a lot of people dancing. There is a lot of drinking and smoking. Everyone’s having a great time.After his tour of Hell, the new arrival goes back to visit St. Pete. And he says, “I apologize, but I’ve decided to spend the rest of eternity in Hell. It’s nothing personal. It’s just more my style.” And off the new arrival goes to Hell.When the new arrival gets back to Hell, it’s nothing like it was during his tour. People are literally on fire; their flesh is burning. There’s screaming and suffering. It is Hell, after all. The new arrival says to Satan, “There must be some mistake. This isn’t what Hell was like when I visited yesterday.” Satan laughs and says, “Yes, but yesterday you were prospect. Today you’re a customer!”Remember When?Remember when you were courting your dream client? Remember when you were giving them the full-court press? Remember how proactive you were in anticipating every one of their needs? Remember how you found a way to nurture that relationship, creating value long before you claimed value?What changed?What would have to change for your client to once again feel the way that they felt when they were a prospect? What would a charm offensive look like?Would you spend time at their location? Would you spend time listening to them to get a greater understanding of their world and how you might make a difference? Would there be lunches? Dinners even?Would both the frequency and the nature of your communication change if you were executing a charm offensive?Would there be no problem too small to deserve your attention?What would it look like if you were actually courting your existing clients?last_img read more