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Here’s Johnny, Live on Stage! Stephen King’s The Shining Will Premiere at Nebraska Theater

first_img The innovative Omaha theater company will use the production as a fundraiser to purchase and renovate a 1923 theater as their home base. Come play with us, forever and ever! Or for two nights. The Benson Theatre in Nebraska is staging a new theatrical version of Stephen King’s novel, The Shining. According to The New York Times, the adaptation, written by Jason Levering and Aaron Sailo, is set for performances on March 21 and 22. King’s horror novel follows alcoholic writer Jack Torrance who slowly goes mad while supervising an isolated resort with his family during a snowstorm. Jack Nicholson famously portrayed Jack opposite Shelley Duvall in the Stanley Kubrick-directed film adaptation in 1980. The Shining is not the first King novel to make its way to a stage. Most famously Carrie was adapted into a musical that was revived off-Broadway in 2012. Other King works on stage include Misery, Dolores Claiborne and Ghosts of Darkland County. View Commentslast_img read more

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Asparagus time

first_imgAsparagus demonstrates what Mother Nature can do with a plant. By planting asparagus only one time, the plants will continue to produce for many years to come. A vegetable garden in Vermont has had the same producing asparagus bed for more than100 years.February is the best month for planting asparagus. Crowns not seed are used to establish asparagus, so check with area garden centers early in case the crowns need to be ordered.A soil test should be taken to determine fertilizer and lime needs in your garden plot. If adding lime to raise the pH level, it should be plowed in before the crop is planted. This is especially important for perennials such as asparagus since the soil once the bed is established it should not be disturbed again.Asparagus crowns that are one year old are best to use when establishing a bed. Be sure to add organic matter such as animal manure or compost. Adding the appropriate amount of commercial fertilizer will pay good dividends. Use 50 pounds of 6-12-12 or 5-10-15 per 1,000 square feet before setting crowns. Annual split applications of 6-12-12 or 5-10-15 at the rate of 1 to 2 pounds per 100 square feet should be adequate to keep asparagus actively growing.The plant is dioecious, which means the male flowers are on one plant and the female flowers are on a separate plant. The green foliage is fern-like and produces excess food that is stored in the fleshy storage roots. The spears, which develop in early summer, are doing so at the expense of this stored food. For this reason, the harvest season should be regulated to allow sufficient time for the plant to replace this stored food.last_img read more

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No charges filed after review of Vermont Police Academy

first_imgAttorney General William H Sorrell announced today that his office has completed its review of a special investigation conducted by the Vermont State Police into activities at the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford, VT, to determine if any criminal misconduct occurred. Suspicion of possible misconduct came to light in late 2009, when certain inappropriate e-mails were discovered on four employees’ work computers. After this discovery, Rutland County Sheriff Stephen Benard, the Chair of the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council, ordered the seizure and examination of the four state-owned computers used by the employees.A preliminary forensic examination of the four computers was conducted resulting in the discovery of files that appeared to contain child pornography on one of the computers, that used by David McMullen, who was the VPA Training Coordinator for the Department of Homeland Security. None of the other computers seized from the VPA contained any suspected child pornography.On January 11, 2010, VSP was notified of a possible criminal violation based on the discovery of suspected child pornography on McMullen’s work computer, and State Police detectives began their own investigation. McMullen’s work computer was sent to the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), for a complete forensic analysis.The analysis of McMullen’s work computer revealed several “link files” whose titles were indicative of child pornography. Link files do not contain the actual original file’s content, but are rather a pointer to where the original file content was stored when it was reviewed. It appeared that the contents of these files came from some external drive attached to the computer, and were created in 2009. Based on this information, a search warrant was obtained for the seizure and examination of computers and other peripherals located in McMullen’s home.VSP executed the search warrant at McMullen’s home in his presence on January 15, 2010, and seized several computers and other electronic devices. On January 16, 2010, McMullen was found dead on the grounds of the VPA, the result of an apparent suicide. A resulting death investigation concluded that McMullen died as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot would to the head.Subsequent forensic analysis of McMullen’s home computers revealed the presence of child pornography on two of his personal computers.Given that no evidence of child pornography was found on any of the other three work computers that were seized from the VPA at the outset of the investigation, and the absence of any evidence of criminal wrongdoing on the part of any individual besides David McMullen, who is now deceased, the Attorney General’s Office has concluded that there are no grounds for any criminal prosecution based on this review.Source: Vermont Attorney General. 7.12.2010last_img read more

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Engie to replace its coal plants in Chile with 1,000MW of renewable energy

first_imgEngie to replace its coal plants in Chile with 1,000MW of renewable energy FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:Engie Energia Chile SA launched on Friday the construction phase of its investment plan to install 1,000 MW of renewables, which starts with three projects in the Chilean region of Antofagasta.Two of the three are already in construction, the Chilean energy company said. These are the 150-MW Calama wind farm and the 100-MWp Capricornio solar park, both slated to begin operations throughout 2021.Construction of the third project, the 120-MWp Tamaya solar park, is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2020. Engie Chile estimates that the initial investment in the three schemes will reach around USD 300 million (EUR 273.4m).The strategy is part of the company’s asset rotation plan to replace coal-fired generation units with new renewable energy producing plants. Engie Chile is one of four power producers that signed an agreement with the Chilean government to voluntarily and gradually close coal-based plants, and the first one to take offline its units.Two units totaling 171 MW at the Tocopilla power plant ceased operations in early June, while two other units, of 132 MW and 136 MW, will be retired starting January 1, 2022.Engie’s 1,000-MW campaign will represent an investment of USD 1 billion, the company said.More: Engie Chile kickstarts 1-GW renewables build-outlast_img read more

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The Dirt Beneath Your Feet

first_imgOver three million people hike along the iconic Appalachian Trail each year. The 2,191-mile footpath is maintained almost entirely by volunteers.While the National Park Service officially oversees the A.T., resources to maintain the trail have long been insufficient. The Park Service counts just 10 full-time employees dedicated to its management.Enter the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), a non-profit organization started in 1925 with the sole intent to help coordinate the volunteer efforts of the 31 hiking clubs dedicated to managing, protecting, clearing, maintaining and, when necessary, rerouting the A.T. “Our volunteers are the prime movers that keep the trail in good shape,” says Morgan Sommerville, Southeast Regional Director of the ATC. “Without them, the A.T. would not exist.”Neither would most other trails across the region. In 2005, the U.S. Forest Service considered closing many of the popular trails at Bent Creek Experimental Forest near Asheville because they didn’t have the money or the labor force to maintain them. That’s when a group of volunteers banded together to form the Pisgah Area Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA), which now maintains some 150 miles of trail inside Pisgah National Forest—including 100% of Bent Creek’s trails. “The Forest Service contacts us when anything from rerouting trails to building bridges needs to get done,” says Jeff Keener, the president of Pisgah SORBA.Keener says that his organization has about 300 members—all of whom are unpaid volunteers—who meet up weekly to clear drainage clogs, hack brush, and remove fallen branches. The organization also applies for grant money to help fund more extensive projects. To date, they have raised more than $420,000. A portion of their first grant for $184,000 was used to reroute Spencer Branch, a 2.5-mile downhill trail in North Mills River, which required hiring a trail building contractor to tackle the heavy construction work over an eight-week period.A dirty secret of trail work, especially building new trails, is just how expensive it can be. Deno Contos, the owner of Benchmark Trails in Greenville, S.C., has been building and rerouting trails in the region for more than 19 years. He says that a general rule of thumb is that trail work can cost anywhere from $3 to $10 per linear foot depending on the complexity and location of the work—or about $16,000 to $52,800 for every mile of trail.A major factor in the cost of a project is whether machinery like a walk-behind mini-excavator or powered rock-drills can be used, says Contos, who employs 12 fulltime workers. “It is cheaper and more efficient to use mechanized equipment,” he says. “We can then hand-groom things to make everything look as natural as possible.”volunteering on trailsOne of the recent jobs Contos and his crew tackled was building about 250 stone steps on the newly opened Wildcat Rock Trail outside of Lake Lure, which involved using power drills to split boulders on site combined with a tree-mounted cable system to move the 400-pound slabs into place.In total, the new trail—which took four years to complete—required 2,000 hours of volunteer labor and some $200,000 in construction costs, says Peter Barr, the Trails Coordinator for Conserving Carolina.When a trail like the A.T. crosses through a federally designated wilderness area, however, trail workers are not allowed to use any power tools. That’s usually when Bill Hodge, the Executive Director of the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards, SAWS, gets a call. Hodge founded SAWS in 2010 as a way to build teams armed with the backcountry skills needed to maintain and rebuild trails in the most remote and gnarly wilderness areas across five national forests in five different states—an area of about 378,000 acres.“It takes an entire community to keep trails on public land open,” says Hodge, whose teams average a total of 15,000 to 20,000 hours of work each year.On a typical assignment, a six-person SAWS crew packs up their food and equipment—which includes six-foot-long, 85-year-old crosscut saws they carry on their shoulders—and then hikes up to eight miles into the wilderness, sets up camp, and spends days or weeks working on trails.An example of a SAWS project involved installing erosion control structures along the 6,000-foot-high Black Mountain Crest Trail that also serve as a new set of wooden steps connecting Potato Knob with Deep Gap. In that case, a SAWS crew partnered with volunteers from the North Carolina High Peaks Trail Association and the Forest Service to fell locust trees in the area, strip them of bark, and cut them into four- to six-foot-long logs. The project took two weeks to complete.“That was a true collaborative effort between those three entities to get those steps in there,” says Jake Blood, Vice President of the North Carolina High Peaks Trail Association, who volunteers on a weekly basis to maintain trails on and near Mount Mitchell—including the centuries-old, 12-mile-long Mount Mitchell Trail.Blood says he is excited about several new land acquisitions that, when completed, will double the size of Mount Mitchell State Park—and add the potential for new sustainably-built trails on its western slope. When that time comes, he knows it will take the combined efforts of volunteers, non-profits, and the Forest Service to get the work done.last_img read more

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Outdoor Updates: Study finds cyclists are emotionally attached to their bikes

first_imgThe Red River Gorge’s Climbers Coalition hosts Rocktoberfest, their largest fundraiser of the year, this weekend in Red River Gorge, Kentucky. The event features sponsor booths with the latest climbing gear, raffles and contests with prizes, live music, movie night, food trucks, a climbing competition and clinics taught by professional athletes. Here’s something that avid cyclists won’t find surprising: a new study has found that people form strong emotional bonds to their bicycles. A researcher from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences interviewed cyclists to get a better understanding of how people’s identities are linked to their bicycles. “They all really loved their way of getting around and how they can interact with the world as a consequence of the way they’re moving through it,” researcher Karly Coleman told Cycling Today.  The first all-female spacewalk is scheduled for October 21 The Red River Gorge Climbers Coalition is a group of volunteers dedicated to maintaining open access to the world-class rock climbing available in the Red River Gorge. The fundraiser helps the coalition manage over 1,100 acres of climbing land and roads and save money for future purchases.  Study finds cyclists are emotionally attached to their bikes Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will make history on October 21 when they set out on the first all-female spacewalk. The original all-female spacewalk was canceled back in March due to spacesuit availability. This time around, Koch and Meir’s mission is to install lithium-ion batteries that will assist with the station’s power supply. Koch arrived on the International Space Station on March 14 and will stay there until February 2020. Her time on the station will be the longest single spaceflight by a woman and falls just short of the longest ever spaceflight by a NASA astronaut. Both Koch and Meir were a part of NASA’s 2013 astronaut class. Over 6,000 people applied for eight positions that year, and half of them went to women. Red River Gorge’s Rocktoberfest is this weekend, October 11- October 13 Coleman also found that cyclists reported forming strong bonds with friends while cycling and having a stronger sense of place. “In your car, it’s very unlikely that if you see your neighbor you’ll stop your car and roll down your window and hold up a great deal of traffic to chat with them about their flowers,” Coleman said. last_img read more

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Lebanon gives investigating committee four days to find culprits: Minister

first_imgThe government of Lebanon has given an “investigative committee” four days to determine responsibility for the devastating explosion in Beirut port on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Charbel Wehbe told French radio Thursday.”This morning, a decision was taken to create an investigative committee which in four days maximum must provide a detailed report on responsibility — how, who, what, where? There will be judicial decisions,” he told Europe 1 radio.”It is serious, and we take it seriously,” Wehbe said. According to Lebanese officials, the explosion was caused by a fire igniting 2,750 tons of the substance in a portside warehouse.”It is an accident… preliminary reports indicate it is mismanagement of explosive products. This is a very serious neglect that continued for six years,’ said Wehbe.Prime Minister Hassan Diab and President Michel Aoun have promised to put the culprits behind bars, but trust in institutions is low and few on the streets of the Lebanese capital hold out hope of an impartial inquiry.Human Rights Watch on Thursday supported mounting calls for an international probe as the only credible option.”An independent investigation with international experts is the best guarantee that victims of the explosion will get the justice they deserve,” the watchdog said.In France, prosecutors on Wednesday opened a probe into the blast over injuries inflicted on 24 French citizens.Flights carrying medical aid, field hospitals, rescue experts and tracking dogs have been flying into Beirut airport since Wednesday.And French President Emmanuel Macron was expected in Lebanon later Thursday, the highest-ranking foreign leader to visit since the tragedy.Macron was due to meet Aoun and other political leaders as well as civil society representatives. “Those responsible for this horrible crime of negligence will be punished by a committee of judges,” he added. The provisional death toll from the massive blast stood at 137 Thursday, but with dozens missing and 5,000 wounded, the number of victims was expected to rise as rescue workers continued to comb through the rubble.The Beirut governor estimated up to 300,000 people may have been made temporarily homeless by the disaster, which he said would cost the debt-ridden country in excess of $3 billion.On Wednesday, the government called for the house arrest of those responsible for the storage of a large quantity of ammonium nitrate, a substance used in fertilizers and explosives, in the port of the Lebanese capital. center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Paul Merson claims Manchester United should have signed Arsenal’s Thomas Partey

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 9 Oct 2020 7:50 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.8kShares Solskjaer should have gone for Partey, says Merson (Picture: Getty Images)Their top-four rivals Arsenal made a late push to sign Partey from Atletico Madrid as they activated his £45m release clause, and Gunners legend Merson is unsure why United, or even Manchester City didn’t attempt to bring in the Ghana international.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe told the Daily Star: ‘I like where Arsenal are going on the pitch. Mikel Arteta is doing really well. And Partey is an unbelievable signing.‘I don’t know why Manchester United or even Manchester City didn’t go for him. He’s better than what they’ve got.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsUnited have struggled to click into gear so far this season, losing two out of their first three Premier League games.Jose Mourinho returned to Old Trafford to inflict a humiliating 6-1 defeat on his former club last weekend.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will get the chance to bounce back when they face Newcastle United at St James’ Park after the international break.MORE: Manchester United defender Eric Bailly allays injury concerns after he was substituted off for Ivory CoastMORE: Why Edinson Cavani snubbed Real Madrid and Juventus for Manchester UnitedFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page The Gunners paid Partey’s £45 million release clause (Picture: Getty Images)Paul Merson admits he is unsure why Manchester United didn’t go in for Arsenal’s Thomas Partey on deadline day as the midfielder is superior to their current options.The Red Devils had a relatively quiet window compared to their rivals in the Premier League, as they missed out on top target Jadon Sancho.However, United did bring in £40 million midfielder Donny van de Beek, and on deadline day sealed deals for Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles and youngsters Facundo Pellestri and Amad Diallo, with the latter set to arrive in January in a deal rising to £37m. Advertisement Paul Merson claims Manchester United should have signed Arsenal’s Thomas Partey Advertisementlast_img read more

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Robbers Board Bulker off Indonesia, Threaten Seafarer

first_imgTwo robbers have boarded a bulk carrier and entered its steering gear room while the ship was underway some 4.7 nautical miles off the coast of Pulau Nipah, Indonesia.In the incident, which occurred in late afternoon hours on August 20, the perpetrators threatened the duty oiler with a knife, according to a report by ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB).Once they left the steering gear room the oiler immediately informed the 3/E who notified the bridge. The ship master noticed on the radar two small boats heading towards Indonesia.IMB added that the alarm was raised and the crew mustered. VTS Central Traffic Control was also informed.Furthermore, a warship responded and assisted the ship to an anchorage in Singapore, where it was boarded by relevant authorities for investigations.last_img read more

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