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Cynthia Nixon-Helmed Rasheeda Speaking, Begins Previews Off-Broadway

first_imgThe New York premiere of Rasheeda Speaking begins previews on January 27. Directed by Cynthia Nixon, the New Group production stars Oscar winner Dianne Wiest, Tony winner Tonya Pinkins, Patricia Conolly and Darren Goldstein. Opening night is set for February 11 at off-Broadway’s Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Written by Joel Drake Johnson, Rasheeda Speaking explores unspoken tensions between Ileen (Wiest) and Jaclyn (Pinkins), two front desk workers who find themselves in a power struggle with the doctor (Goldstein) for whom they work. Conolly plays Rose, a patient who visits the office. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 View Comments Rasheeda Speaking This production features set design by Allen Moyer, costumes by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Jennifer Tipton and sound design and original music by David Van Tieghem. Related Showslast_img read more

Food Security Summit

first_imgWhen it comes to the goal of feeding the world’s growing population, the only certainty is that it will take a multipronged approach.To help facilitate the collaboration that is going to be necessary, faculty members at the University of Georgia recently convened food security experts from across the nation to discuss how UGA scientists and students could build a more food-secure world. The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ (CAES) inaugural Global Food Security Summit brought together the leaders of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) with researchers and policy makers to discuss priorities in the realms of food production and food protection.“The things that we do matter because, by all estimates, by 2050 there will be 9 billion people on the planet,” CAES Dean and Director Sam Pardue told the crowd. “When I was a child there were 3 billion. Things have changed dramatically, and we are going to need more food. We’ll need 30% more food by 2030; 2030 is not very far away. This is a task that we take very seriously.”The summit was unique because it looked at the issues facing farmers, researchers and nongovernmental organizations in one conversation, as one system. Everyone benefits from a food-secure world, said American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall.“Our Farm Bureaus are interested in this discussion because we know how important it is that all people have adequate food,” Duvall told the crowd. “We know that as people are fed, they get up and develop their lives, they become closer to the middle class, they have more money to spend, and they can buy the products that we sell. So waters that rise lift all boats — it would lift them up and lift us up too — and that’s what life really is all about.”A panel on scientific barriers to increasing food production included participants such as CAES Professor Wayne Parrott of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Fort Valley State University Department of Biology Chair George Mbata, USDA NIFA Director Scott Angle, Rep. Sanford Bishop, Rep. Austin Scott and Director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Peanut Dave Hoisington.Their discussion on logistic, economic and social barriers to technology adoption by farmers, and strategies for ensuring appropriate technologies is available to farmers around the world.A second panel focused on food distribution, trade and nutrition. The group, made up of foods and nutrition Professor Alex Anderson of the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS); Samara Sterling, research director at The Peanut Institute; Professor Lynn Bailey, head of the Department of Foods and Nutrition in FACS; Tom Schaetzel, nutrition director for CARE; Ellen McCullough, assistant professor in the UGA Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics; and Maura Barry Boyle, senior deputy assistant administrator for USAID’s Bureau for Food Security.Their discussion focused on the cultural factors that lead to inequitable food distribution. It also focused on the failures of trade and subsidy policies, and the research needed to craft policies that ensure food security around the world. To find out more about how CAES contributes to the global effort for food security, visit see some of the comments made at the summit, visit read more

A Critical Factor in Finding Technology for Your Business

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York In addition to my role as president of LISTnet, I run a software and technology consulting company. As a consultant, part of what I do is help people find the right software to run and grow their businesses. There are a lot of things to consider.What technology is the software built on? How scalable is it? Is there good documentation and training? How does this fit into the rest of the technology the company is running? Will it be running in the cloud or on site? How will it be managed and updated?Those and other requirements are crucial to evaluate. There is, however, another very important consideration. It’s easy to fall in love with the technology and be wowed by the latest and greatest features. But the most critical factor is the people that will be doing the work.It’s important when looking for technology solutions to get to know the actual people behind it. Are they reliable and trustworthy? Will they be there for you if things go wrong? Who are the people running the company and what’s their background? Will you be able to reach an executive or developer if necessary?One of the biggest benefits of LISTnet is getting to know people that can help grow your business. When you need something, you have a network of people to reach out to. Also, these people all have a bunch of connections themselves and can connect you to reliable vendors they work with.Of course, not everyone is part of LISTnet, yet, so you should get to know vendors in other ways. The best way, if possible, is to meet in person. Have lunch with them. Don’t just talk about the business stuff, but get to know them. If in person is not possible, spend some time talking by phone or Skype.Ask to talk to other people in the company. Talk to the people that wrote the software and the people that will be supporting it. Talk to a few of their customers. Talk until you have a good sense of the people and factor that into your buying decision. Also, a good relationship flows in both directions, make sure you follow up on any promises you make.The right tech helps a business serve their customers better and grow. But it’s people that create and manage the technology. Those people will be the ones that make the difference between a solution that works and one that creates problems instead of solving them. Take some time to get know the people you will be depending on.last_img read more

Household debt front and centre for RBA and regulators in coming year

first_imgHousehold debt levels will continue to be a strong focus of regulators in the coming year, according to RBA.RBA Governor Philip Lowe expects to see better growth out the Australian economy in the coming financial year, but household debt levels will be a strong focus.Summing up the year in the RBA’s 2017 annual report out this week, Mr Lowe said “over the year, the Board has paid close attention to developments in household balance sheets and housing markets.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour ago“The coming year is likely to see better growth in the Australian economy,” he said. RBA Governor Philip Lowe expects to see better growth in the coming year. Picture: Patrick Hamilton/Economic Society of Australia“The Reserve Bank Board adjusted the cash rate target once in the year in review, lowering it to 1.5 per cent in August 2016. This followed inflation outcomes earlier that year that were noticeably lower than expected. Since then the Board has held the cash rate steady, with the stimulatory setting of monetary policy helping the economy adjust to the winding down of the mining investment boom.”He said RBA wanted “an average rate of inflation over time of between 2 and 3 per cent in a way that promotes the public interest and does not add to medium-term financial stability risks”.He said the way that RBA worked with other financial regulators through the year was “a valuable aspect of Australia’s regulatory arrangements and one that does not exist in all countries”.last_img read more

Birth app a hope for Ethiopian women

first_imgIn Ethiopia, where almost nine in 10 women give birth at home with little or no support, a mobile phone app is coming to the rescue.The “Safe Delivery App”, created by the Danish development organisation the Maternity Foundation, provides simplified instructions and animated films to deal with emergencies, be it haemorrhaging, birth complications, resuscitating newborns or infections.“Midwives may have skills and knowledge,” said Mesfin Wondafrash, the Maternity Foundation’s Programme Manager in the Horn of Africa state.“But they may not apply the right procedures when complications arise — even simple complications.”At the touch of a button, the app can give crucial guidelines to birth attendants, who are often traditionally educated and may lack training in up-to-date procedures that could save lives.The programme is proving vital in rural areas, where the only help many mothers get is from family members or a local woman. Described as an emergency training tool, the app is available in English and local languages.It can be pre-installed on a phone so it works even without a network connection.Officially, 85 per cent of Ethiopian babies are born at home. The hospital is often seen as an option only when major complications arise.“Women wait at home and if a complication occurs, it may be too late to access care,” Mesfin said.Testing started last year in the small town of Gimbie, 450 kilometres west of Addis Ababa. A total 78 phones with the app were given to midwives.“After a year, the capacity of the app users to manage bleeding rose from 20 to 60 per cent, and new born resuscitation, from 30 to 70 percent,” Mesfin added.last_img read more

Area Basketball Scores (1-11)

first_imgArea Basketball ScoresThursday  (1-11)Boys ScoresGreensburg  69     Batesville  61East Central  56     Franklin County  41Girls ScoresSouth Dearborn  44     Oldenburg  40South Ripley  58     Rising Sun  32Greensburg  60     Columbus East  50SW Shelby  52     North Decatur  43Waldron  64     South DEcatur  30SW Hanover  50     Switz. County  43Brownstown Central  42     Hauser  22Crothersville  75     Edinburgh  45last_img

Georginio Wijnaldum: Newcastle deserved criticism

first_img Press Association The Magpies found themselves with their backs against the wall after humbling defeats by Leicester and Crystal Palace sent them back into the bottom three after they thought they had turned a corner. However on Sunday they summoned up a performance of real character to beat high-flying Liverpool 2-0 at St James’ Park and rekindle belief that head coach Steve McClaren can lead them away from trouble. Georginio Wijnaldum has admitted Newcastle deserved the criticism which came their way as they plummeted back into the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. Wijnaldum told nufcTV: “Of course it’s hard, criticism is always hard to get, but a lot of the criticism, to my mind, was right because we didn’t have good performances. “You can lose games, but the way we were losing games was really bad because the performance was not good and we didn’t do it as a team. “I don’t want to say that everyone wasn’t giving their all – I think everyone did – but we didn’t do it as a team. If everyone plays their own game, then it is difficult to win the game. “But we have learnt from that and today, we did it differently. We fought as a team and fought to get the points, and that’s why it’s a big win.” Newcastle’s improvement could hardly have been better timed with McClaren facing rumours that he had two games in which to save his job, although it is understood there is no appetite within the boardroom to dispense with the services of a man who has only been in the post for six months. His buzzword in the run-up to the game had been “confidence”, a trait which had proved sadly lacking in the two previous outings, but after a nervy start, Newcastle found a coherence and a stomach for the fight before eventually producing the quality they needed to get the job done. They got their reward with 29 minutes gone when Wijnaldum collected Moussa Sissoko’s cross and worked his way into position before firing home via a deflection off defender Martin Skrtel. Asked if it was his goal rather than an own goal, the Holland international replied: “Yes, of course, because I shot on goal.” The Magpies enjoyed a further slice of good fortune when an offside flag harshly ruled out an Alberto Moreno strike, and they took full advantage when Sissoko and Wijnaldum combined once again in injury time for the latter to seal the win with a deft chip. If Tyneside was all smiles, there was frustration for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and his team as they were unable to rediscover the cutting edge which has served them so well in recent weeks. It was just a second defeat in 12 attempts under the German in what was the second of seven fixtures in a congested month. However, full-back Nathaniel Clyne admits they have to put it behind them quickly if they are to achieve their goals for the remainder of the campaign. He told the club’s official website, “[The manager] was disappointed, like the whole team was. We thought that we had enough to get the win, but we’re a group in training and we’ll work harder to get the win the next game. “It’s important that we bounce back quickly. The December period, there are a lot of games coming up, so we’ve all got to be fit and raring to go and keep the confidence going into those games to try and get as many as we can.” last_img read more

Tour de France: Froome Forced to Run up Mont Ventoux after…

first_imgThe defending champion was overtaken by rivals Adam Yates and Nairo Quintana in the melee but race organisers ruled Froome should retain the overall lead.Thomas de Gendt won stage 12, which had been shortened because of high winds.Speaking to French TV, Froome, the 2013 and 2015 champion said: “I was with Richie Porte and Bauke Mollema and all three of us went into the back of the motorbike. I got hit from behind by another motorbike that broke my bicycle.“I told myself, ‘I don’t have a bike and my car is five minutes behind with another bike – it’s too far away, I’m going to run a bit’.”The Team Sky rider finished one minute and 40 seconds behind Trek-Segafredo’s Mollema, who had immediately managed to remount his bike, and 44 seconds behind BMC’s Porte. But Porte and Froome were given the same time as Mollema, five minutes five seconds behind Lotto Soudal rider De Gendt.Froome said: “I’m happy with the jury’s decision. I think it’s right. Thanks to them and thanks to the Tour de France organisation.”Rocky, Bolt and running the bulls – Froome inspires online hilarity As Froome climbed towards the finish line at Chalet Reynard, Porte rode into the back of a motorbike, which seemed to stop suddenly because of crowds encroaching on to the road. Froome and Bauke Mollema crashed into the Australian and all three fell off their bikes. With his bike damaged, Froome set off on foot as he waited for a replacement.According to the UCI, cycling’s governing body, a cyclist can cross the line on foot but only if they have their bike with them. He attempted to use a neutral service bike before switching to a third bike from the Team Sky car about 200 metres later, eventually crossing the line shaking his head.Froome, who held a 28-second advantage over Yates overnight, extended his lead to 47 seconds, with Quintana – regarded as Froome’s biggest rival before the race – a further seven seconds adrift.Porte, 31, said: “The crowd were all over the road and it was such a mess. It was just crazy.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Britain’s Chris Froome was forced to run without a bike following a crash with a motorbike on one of the most iconic climbs of the Tour de France.Froome crashed with Richie Porte and Bauke Mollema just over one kilometre from the finish on Mont Ventoux.last_img read more

Why a Lagos Slum is Producing Nigeria’s Top Football Talents

first_imgLeicester City and Nigeria midfielder Wilfred Ndidi did not grow up in Ajegunle but played against boys from the slum during his time at an academy in Lagos.He believes Ajegunle has produced good football players because the boys there “work hard, the lifestyle is difficult so they try to work very hard and come out with their best.”To keep the Ajegunle legacy going, some of the footballers are already giving back to the community with projects to nurture future talent.Akpoborie is helping to identify future football talent, while Ighalo is building an orphanage in the heart of the slum.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Taribo West is just one of the many top footballers to come out of Ajegunle, Ajegunle is  known for being one of Lagos’ toughest, most dangerous slums, but it also has another reputation – for producing some of Nigeria’s top footballers. So what’s the secret to its unlikely success?For a football-obsessed nation like Nigeria, talent can be found in every corner, but there’s definitely something special about Ajegunle, or AJ City, as it’s known by locals.Since the early 1990s, Ajegunle has been churning out football talent. Famous names such as Taribo West, Odion Ighalo, Brown Ideye, Samson Siasia, Obafemi Martins and Jonathan Akpoborie all started here.Life is not easy for many of the residents of this sprawling ghetto.They have to contend with high crime rates, as well the absence of running water, grid-powered electricity or healthcare. So what are the factors that contribute to Ajegunley’s footballing pedigree?Diversity, for one. “It’s a community with so many people from different ethnicities,” says Bennedict Ehenemba, a football scout for German clubs who is a native of Ajegunle.“Ajegunle accommodates the Yorubas, the Igbos, the Hausas, the Itsekiris and all the other tribes in Nigeria. “It’s a raw talent hub of Nigeria,” he tells me. Young boys have to find safe spaces to play football in Ajegunle. Many success stories can be traced back to two local institutions – St Mary’sCatholic Church and the Navy Barracks Camp. They remain safe places for many young people to play the game. Other open spaces are often claimed by so-called “Area Boys”, unruly gangs who often demand a fee for people to play there.Super Eagles striker Jonathan Akpoborie, who made his name in Germany’s Bundesliga in the 1990s, also honed his skills here.“This is actually the home of football in Nigeria,” Akpoborie tells me, adding that the game is seen by many youngsters as a route to a  better life. “I don’t want to downgrade the area by attributing the success of footballers to poverty but there’s just nothing to do for the kids. “They spend most of their time here playing football and in so doing they develop themselves and naturally become gifted footballers.“In one national team there’s always one player who originated from Ajegunle.“It’s exactly how I started – the grown-ups play first, we watch them play, then eventually we get in the field. They were inspirational to us.”Nigerian forward Jonathan Akpoborie made his name in Germany in the 1990s The slum also has an established system of grassroots football, which encourages talented youngsters to play competitive football for local clubs at an early age. This often gives them an edge over players at competing academies across the country. Alfred Emuejeraye, who plies his trade in the Swiss lower leagues, also grew up in Ajegunle.  He believes the secret of the slum lies in its deep love of the game. “The people here, the community are passionate about football, passionate about everything and are driven to succeed in whatever they do from musicians to taxi drivers… It’s an all-round community,” he tells me.Odion Ighalo – formerly of Watford FC in the English Premier League but now playing for Chinese Super League outfit Changchun Yatai FC – is another Ajegunle native. Now he lives in some of the world’s biggest cities, but still remembers Ajegunle fondly. “It was very tough growing up there. It’s not like in Europe where you have everything provided.“You have to look for money to buy football shoes, jerseys, transport and even water for to drink after training. If you can’t afford the transport then you stay – and those who stay are great players,” says Ighalo.Odion Ighalo – a striker for Chinese club Changchun Yatai FC – grew up in Ajegunle Bolarinwa Olajide is a sports reporter with Lagos-based radio station Wazobia. He saw many of these players emerge from Ajegunle over the years.“We see the hopeless, those who know they have a talent but they can’t exhibit it anywhere. They can’t afford fees to join a football academy, so they go to Ajegunle because they know scouts come to watch them play, and it’s a chance  to show what they can do as footballers,” he tells me.last_img read more

Gabriel Okechukwu: Targeting Russia 2018 ShirtÂ

first_imgOkechukwu departed with the Super Eagles contingent from Abuja to Wroclaw on Tuesday for the game against Poland before they face Serbia four days later in London.After his exploits at the CHAN competition, Okechukwu said he had got offers from some foreign clubs and that he doesn’t want to rush into any deal that could hamper his career growth.In a chat with, the Akwa United player revealed some of the offers he has been receiving though they were no concrete deals yet. “Yes, I have been getting some offers from foreign Clubs I won’t mention names because they are no concrete deals yet,” Gabriel stated.He maintained that he remained committed to his Uyo-based Club and would simply take his time with the NPFL side rather than jump into any offer.He was part of the home-based Super Eagles side which lost in the final of the WAFU cup to Ghana in September but kept his place for January’s African Nations Championships despite not doing anything out of the ordinary in Ghana.Okechukwu sat out Nigeria’s first two games in Morocco and had to wait until the third game against Equatorial Guinea before he was handed his competition debut. He barely touched the ball in his six-minute cameo but his day was beckoning.That day came in Nigeria’s next game – a quarter final match in Tangier – against Angola. The Eagles missed a number of scoring opportunities and were heading out of the competition when an injury to wonderkid Sunday Faleye prompted Salisu Yusuf to call on Okechukwu with about 30 minutes left to play.He made his presence felt in the attack and although he missed a glorious chance to pull Nigeria level on 77 minute, his strike partner, Anthony Okpotu, redeemed himself with a late equaliser, sending the game to extra-time.Cometh the hour, cometh the man! After a goalless first half of extra time where both teams looked jaded and seemingly settling for shootouts, Okechukwu took his destiny in his hand. Picking up a loose ball after Dayo Ojo’s free kick was deflected, he outpaced two Angolan defenders before shooting from the edge of the penalty box.The luck that has trailed Okechukwu all his career also followed the ball as it took a deflection off Angolan defender Wilson and beyond his goalkeeper Landu Mavanga.Okechukwu’s goal made the difference. It brought joy to millions of Nigerians back home.The former Super Eagles and Flying Eagles fringe player is well famed in Nigeria after former coach of the Super Eagles, the late Stephen Keshi, handed him the number 10 jersey against Chad in Nigeria’s first AFCON 2017 qualifiers in Kaduna.Keshi was queried by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for including a player who doesn’t play in any level of Nigerian football league, in the national team.Okechukwu was born August 28, 1995. He is a product of Water FC Academy in Abuja. In February 2016, he signed a contract with Ukrainian club FC Karpaty.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ahead of the World Cup in Russia, the campaign for the inclusion of more home-based players in the Super Eagles is on. Three local players -Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Stephen Eze, and Gabriel Okechukwu are hoping to grab their chances in the two friendly matches against Poland and Serbia. With Ezenwa having impressed during the World Cup qualifiers, the onus now  is on Okechukwu to justify the campaign for the inclusion of more local  players in the Russian party,  writes Kunle AdewaleA fter an above average-performance at last month’s CHAN in Morocco, it came as no surprise that Gabriel Okechukwu was included in the list for Super Eagles’ upcoming friendly matches against Poland and Serbia. Though the campaign for the home-based players to be included in the Nigerian team to the World Cup has been on increase in recent times, Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr’s position remains that the country’s best legs are outside the shores of the land.“Our best players are playing in Europe. Senegal, who we played against in London, had no local player. The big teams don’t have local players,” the German tactician had said then.However, after much criticism over the lack of opportunities to local players in his team, Rohr then declared that only exceptional players in the CHAN Eagles will be invited to the Super Eagles.The 63-year-old German however insisted that the current Eagles squad had top quality players and charged the home-based players to prove they can do better.Rohr said that he was keen on giving the NPFL players the opportunities to play for the team and as such, his assistants, Salisu Yusuf and Imama Amapakabo have been scouting the league for the best legs to represent the country in the CHAN tournament.Okechukwu has vowed to justify his inclusion in the Super Eagles squad if he gets a chance to feature in the team’s international friendlies against Poland and Serbia.The Akwa United attacker, who spoke to, said he remained grateful to Gernot Rohr for considering him worthy of a national team call-up.“I feel excited to be invited among the players that will represent the country against Poland and Serbia. I want to use this medium to say a big thank you to the coach for giving me this opportunity to be a part of this team and I promise not to disappoint,” the CHAN hero said.Gabriel further added that if given the chance in any of the games, he would grab the opportunity with both hands: “If given the opportunity by the coach, I will always have to come in and do what I know how to do best, which is to play and prove that I deserve to be a permanent member of the team.“It’s a lifetime opportunity playing for Nigeria at this level and I’m prepared to take it. The World Cup is the biggest competition every player dreams of and I’m not an exception. The games will serve as a preparatory test for us and every player invited will be eager to prove their own class so I will be ready to prove that as well.last_img read more