Willie Nelson To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award At California’s Emerald Cup Next Month

first_imgCountry and cannabis icon Willie Nelson will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th annual Emerald Cup next month. Ironically, Nelson’s brief scheduled appearance at the 2018 Emerald Cup will be the first time that the famous country songwriter and guitarist will attend the cannabis-themed event, which returns to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California the weekend of December 15-16th.The event’s producers announced on Wednesday that Nelson will make a rare December appearance to accept the honor in person, in addition to performing a few songs for fans in attendance. Organizers also revealed that the Lifetime Achievement Award will be rebranded as the “Willie Nelson Award” going forward for future honorees. The award is considered a high honor for anyone, let alone a Country Music Hall of Famer and cannabis connoisseur as experienced as Nelson.“We’re finally going to get Willie there. It’ll be a magical moment given [his] age and how much we’ve always wanted him,” Emerald Cup founder Tim Blake said about the thrill of confirming Nelson’s appearance at his event following years of failed attempts.One of the big hurdles the event organizers have been forced to deal with in previous years is Nelson’s relentless touring schedule, along with the fact that he rarely performs in the winter month. However, Nelson’s appearance at the event on December 16th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. will be short-lived, as he’s expected to accept his award followed by a brief performance of just a few songs. Nelson will come up from Cupertino, California, where he and his Family Band are scheduled to play at the Flint Center the night prior. Nelson’s remaining fall tour schedule has him performing across his native Texas and other southern U.S. cities throughout the month of November.“An unwavering ability to stand true in his beliefs and refusal to accept society’s rigid set of rules are only part of what makes Willie the perfect individual to be recognized as a hero to the cannabis world,” Blake continued in his praise for Nelson, who sells his own strain of weed titled “Willie’s Reserve.”Fans can click here for more information and tickets to the 2018 Emerald Cup, which will also feature musical performances by Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Nattali Rize and more. Fans can also watch the video below to hear one of Nelson’s famous weed-themed songs, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.”Willie Nelson – “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” [Video: WillieNelson][H/T Leafly]last_img read more

Prepping for Copenhagen

first_imgEn route to the December 2007 climate summit in Bali, Robert Stavins watched as delegation members from the United States, Germany, Britain, and other countries boarded their plane carrying copies of his book.“Many had copies,” said the Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), “and I noticed that several had earmarked pages with … yellow sticky notes.”The book was “Architectures for Agreement: Addressing Global Climate Change in the Post-Kyoto World.” Edited by Stavins and Joseph Aldy, then a fellow at a Washington think tank, Resources for the Future, and now special assistant to the president for energy and the environment, the book described the research results from a Harvard-led initiative on climate change.When the U.N. Climate Change Conference convenes in Copenhagen next month, the same Harvard collaborators will play a similar key role in briefing participants, using research summarized in a new book by Stavins and Aldy, “Post-Kyoto International Climate Policy: Summary for Policymakers,” just published by Cambridge University Press.Stavins directs the Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements, an interfaculty, multinational, multidisciplinary initiative that works to educate and inform officials who develop climate policy. The project includes 35 research efforts in Europe, the United States, China, India, Australia, and Japan, and has an outreach component that works directly with many governments, including the nations accounting for about 90 percent of global emissions.The initiative is broad in scope. It includes a range of Harvard faculty members, as well as international authorities in international relations,economics, political science, and the law.“No university, no sector, no country has cornered the market on wisdom, so it’s necessary to have a broad set of perspectives bearing upon the question,” said Stavins.Through intensive research, the initiative helps countries to identify the key design elements of “scientifically sound, economically rational, and politically pragmatic” international climate policies.Stavins and his team have met frequently in recent months with key Washington players concerning the upcoming negotiations. They were also contacted last year by Denmark’s prime minister to help him prepare for the Copenhagen summit.While Stavins and members of his project won’t have official seats at the negotiating table next month, they will work behind the scenes, holding meetings to explain their findings to nongovernmental organizations, attending delegates, and the press. In addition, Stavins hopes that some meetings will bring together members of negotiating groups who may not “normally be in agreement.”Stavins believes there is little chance for a breakthrough agreement at the summit, and he adds that is not entirely a bad thing. He explained his position by providing a historical perspective, and a little baseball parlance.Next month’s meeting is a follow-up to the Kyoto Protocol, a 1997 multinational agreement aimed at curbing global greenhouse gas emissions through 2012. The Kyoto summit set binding targets for 37 of the world’s industrialized nations, but was considered a failure by many because it did not restrict emissions from some of the most rapidly growing economies, such as China and India. In addition, the United States, a major emitter, would not ratify the agreement.In Copenhagen, a similar, target-based agreement, said Stavins, “would be a Kyoto Protocol on steroids. It would mean more stringent targets for the industrialized world and no targets whatsoever for the developing world. It wouldn’t be ratified by the United States Senate, there would be no involvement from India or China, and it would do virtually nothing about the problem.”The Harvard professor said the problem of climate change cannot be solved in a single stroke.“The cliché that one often hears about the American baseball season is even more true about climate policy: It’s a marathon, not a sprint.”Stavins said that positive results from Copenhagen, ones that could serve as a foundation for climate policy going forward, would include a joint communiqué on climate change principles, or what his initiative calls a “portfolio of domestic commitments,” in which each nation promises to abide by its domestic climate change policies.“A date like December 18th in Copenhagen is arbitrary in terms of the nature of the problem,” said Stavins. “The important thing is what happens in the long term. So that’s why I would say that the goal for Copenhagen should be meaningful global action over the long term, not some notion of success in Copenhagen itself.”“It’s a matter of building institutions, and that takes time,” he added, noting that he believes that the Obama administration understands the need for a highly nuanced approach to a solution.“This administration has excellent people. They take climate policy very seriously and intelligently, and when I say intelligently, I mean they are very aware of the science, as well as the economic and political realities of the challenge.”last_img read more

The death penalty and Christianity

first_imgThe botched execution of Oklahoma death row inmate Clayton Lockett in April ignited a national discussion about capital punishment that was followed by fresh debate over the executions of three felons last week in Missouri, Georgia, and Florida.Christians on both sides of the issue have been weighing in on capital punishment, saying that Scripture supports their position.R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has argued that “the Bible clearly calls for capital punishment in the case of intentional murder.” But Christian activist and author Shane Claiborne has countered that the teachings of Jesus provide no support for the death penalty.To add context and nuance to the conversation, Paul Massari of Harvard Divinity School Communications turned to Francis X. Clooney, Parkman Professor of Divinity and professor of comparative theology and director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at the School.Clooney questions the reasoning of those who say Christians should support the death penalty, but also suggests that opponents who quote Jesus may not be comfortable with the logical extension of the teachings they cite. Absolute opposition to the death penalty may seem out of touch with a realistic view of the world; tolerance of it may seem far removed from the teachings of Jesus.HARVARD DIVINITY SCHOOL (HDS): How do you understand the assertion, articulated by Christians like Dr. Mohler, that “God affirmed the death penalty for murder as he made his affirmation of human dignity clear” in the Bible?CLOONEY: It strikes me as not unexpected, since Christians have often enough argued for such punishments, reconciling them with a view of God’s plan as set out in the Bible. But what Jesus would say is often treated differently. A few years ago, I went to Mass one Sunday at a local parish. The Gospel was the part of the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus says, “Turn the other cheek. Do not resist evil.” The homilist said, “The teaching of Jesus is radical nonviolence. But that’s not the teaching of the church, so let me now tell you about the teaching of the church.” He went on for another 20 minutes about just-war theory and the legitimate use of force by the state, and so on. The views of Jesus were not mentioned again.This is a typical situation. On the one hand there’s Jesus, and we’ll never criticize Jesus. On the other hand there’s the way we do things — and the way most Christians have done things for a long time. It is not surprising that in Christian arguments for the death penalty, Jesus doesn’t really come up at all. Many of us find him too radical for everyday life.HDS: But are they saying, “This is the way we do things,” or, “The Bible calls for capital punishment in the name of human dignity”?CLOONEY: Many Christians — Southern Baptists, Protestants, and Catholics, too — will say both. They look at the Bible and say, “Clearly the death penalty can be found in the Bible,” and find guidance there for what the states should do in 2014. Most are not reckless in their calls for capital punishment. Leaders such as Dr. Mohler recognize the continuing need to respect human nature, the possibility of the abuse of government power, the dangers of state-sponsored violence, and the miscarriages of justice that not infrequently have taken place. They’re not saying, “Kill people without hesitation, or because they merely deserve to be killed.”They’re also saying that the death penalty doesn’t permit individuals or lynch mobs to take the law into their own hands and go out and kill those they think should be killed. They recognize human dignity, but also legitimacy of the death penalty, and they try to make the case that these go together. In this way of thinking, such power is given over to the state, in accord with the theory of the legitimate role of state power, which goes back to the Middle Ages and before.HDS: So, in this view, capital punishment and respect for human dignity are separate commandments from God, but not necessarily tied to one another?CLOONEY: They’re interrelated in the sense that they both come from the plan of God. For Dr. Mohler, these commands are not contradictory either. Rather, respect human nature, and, in some rare cases, take the life of fellow human beings, particularly those who kill other humans. It is as if to say, “Because we respect life, we take life.” By this view, neither value replaces the other. They’re not saying, “We kill people because they don’t deserve human respect,” but they also refuse to say, “Respect for human beings means that you can never kill anyone.” Rather, the thinking goes, respect for human life and capital punishment are distinct issues, and a Christian can hold both.HDS: What about the Biblical passages cited by Christians who support capital punishment? Is there a larger context to these that adds some complexity?CLOONEY: Passages can be found that sanction putting someone to death, and many a text reports the killing of individuals and groups. But the path from one or another Bible verse to state policy today is very complicated. If we quote a verse out of Genesis or another verse out of the Letter to the Romans without due attention to context, we run the risk of “proof texting”: finding a verse in the Bible that justifies what you feel you should do today. Centuries of modern Biblical scholarship have shown us that these texts don’t float free of their contexts. You have to read them according to the intentions of the author, the options of the time, and so on. Rarely can they be applied without modification to the world in which we live.Take the Genesis text, where after the great flood God is bringing the world back to life. In that context, God stresses the sacredness of human life, and therefore predicts and warns: “Whoever sheds the blood of a human, by a human shall that person’s blood be shed;for in his own image God made humankind” [Genesis 9:6]. This saying could be taken a number of ways. It could sanction the death penalty, or it could simply remind us that violence leads to more violence. If you kill, your blood will be taken in turn.Human life is always sacred. By elaborate reasoning, I suppose, it could be taken to justify killing those who kill, and thus to support the death penalty in 21st-century America. But it could more easily be argued as having very little to do with the death penalty in today’s America.All of this is difficult. It is a problem to take any verse out of context. It is also a problem to think that in 2014 we can apply verses from the Bible directly to the policies of Texas or Oklahoma or the federal government, and thus justify the death penalty. Yet, to be honest, it would also be a problem to end up in a position where no Biblical verse ever provides guidance in 2014. So some balance of verse and context is needed. On the whole, I am not at all convinced that any biblical verses support the modern world’s use of the death penalty.HDS: Is it ever possible for capital punishment to be applied in a way that makes moral sense?CLOONEY: Since we live in a world tainted by sin, and since things that aren’t desirable or ideal are still part of what it takes to live in this imperfect world, then hard and realistic compromises are often necessary. Most of us most of the time do not live out the example of Jesus without compromise. Some believe that in a hard and violent world, the death penalty is a necessary evil. On a larger social scale, some Christians defend going to war and killing people either in direct combat or by bombing armies or cities. If we lived in an ideal world, there wouldn’t be any wars, or a death penalty. But the world is not ideal, and so we kill. Such is the logic.HDS: So is the Christian view to say, “No more war. No more fighting. Conscientious objection. Never the death penalty,” and so on? Or is it to say, “In the world in which we live, let’s talk about the death penalty. What are the rationale and the evidence that the death penalty serves a useful social function?”CLOONEY: This is exactly what each of us needs to decide. Even if we wish to follow the radical example of Jesus, we still need to use the intelligence God has given us.Even aside from how we use the Bible in this debate, the death penalty is subject to doubt, and it’s quite possible to give a hard time to its proponents. Is there evidence that it does any good? Isn’t it rather often a matter of revenge? It is supposed to be a matter of warning people: “Don’t do that because you’ll get killed if you do”? But do such warnings work as a deterrent? And what are the collateral effects of trivializing human life by killing people for any reason? Where’s the evidence that the death penalty is applied fairly and that there’s no systemic bias involved?In the end, I think a lot of people — maybe even a majority of people who think seriously about these issues — would say that the evidence is just not there that the death penalty achieves a good commensurate with the evil of giving the state permission to take life. Accordingly, arguments about all these points are quite common today, of course, and that is for the better. Quoting the Bible or any sacred text does not excuse us from debating the evidence for and against the death penalty.HDS: So where do you draw the line in the discussion between morality and the real world? For instance, supporters might say that the death penalty would be a deterrent if cases weren’t tied up in court and we executed sentences more efficiently. If that were true, would capital punishment be OK?CLOONEY: Good point. Certainly one can say, “Neither this nor that is absolute, so we just have to make a prudential judgment based on effectiveness.” Does the state have a right to control handguns, or enforce traffic laws, or to arrest someone who’s robbing a bank, abusing a child, running a corrupt Wall Street firm, or polluting the environment on a massive scale? Of course it does. And of course we have to try to be fair in the application of the law, improving an imperfect system.In an ideal justice system, the death penalty might conceivably be carried out fairly and without bias. But since our justice system is not ideal, that hope is not very plausible. And so, in today’s society, we still have to debate whether the death penalty serves any good purpose, just as we can debate whether life imprisonment without the possibility of parole serves any legitimate purpose that does anyone any good.HDS: Death penalty supporters say that the Bible doesn’t say that human life is an absolute value. People get killed in the Bible all the time. Other values have to come in.CLOONEY: Yes, but we need to be very cautious in then making a list of values that are superior to human life. Moreover, values are interconnected, woven together. In the Catholic Church, for instance, there’s the ideal of the “seamless garment of life.” From conception to a natural death not hastened by poverty or injustice, life is an absolute value that must always be respected. You can’t sacrifice a human life for the sake of another good you have decided to be of greater value. You can’t say that human life is worth respecting only some of the time. If you do, where do you draw the line? Best to say, from conception to old age, all human life is to be respected, protected, and enabled to flourish. Neither abortion nor the death penalty is tolerable; neither is the ruining of lives by systemic poverty and the violence that makes so many suffer their whole lives long. In fact we tolerate many things that demean human flourishing, particularly when others, far away, are affected rather than ourselves. But in our better moments we can hardly condone such callousness.HDS: Most Biblical citations of Christians who support the death penalty draw from the Old Testament. So where does Jesus come in?CLOONEY: The worldly view, even among Christians, is that you can’t run society based on the principles of Jesus. If everybody turned the other cheek, then all the “bad” people would win. If everyone gave up his or her wealth, society would collapse. So you need to seek out other references in the Bible.Opponents to the death penalty are surely right in holding that Jesus wouldn’t allow it. The incidents we see in the Gospels — the woman caught in adultery, for instance — reject killing, and reject the self-righteousness and anger that lead us to kill. Jesus clearly says, “Turn the other cheek.”If Christian death penalty supporters want to adhere to the Bible, they need to face up to the exemplar of Jesus, too, and not leave him out of the picture when defending the death penalty. Every word of the Bible then needs to be reread in light of the teachings of Jesus.To be fair, those of us defending the radical nonviolence of Jesus similarly need to read the whole of the Bible as well, not merely ignoring the parts we’d rather not think about.HDS: Is it a matter of Christianity with Jesus or without Jesus? Every church wants to have Jesus at the center, but also wants to put in other principles, as well as accommodating moral and political issues. But is the example in the Gospels the only one for being a good Christian?CLOONEY: No Christian will want to promote Christianity without Jesus at its center. A Christianity grounded in the Gospels and thus in the life and death of Jesus will end up being radical Christianity.  It will hold to standards that resist merely coming to terms with any given political situation, catering to the whims of the state and the majority, and so on. But accommodation to political realities will still take place. Think of St. Paul’s “real world” accommodation of cultural conditions, the fact of empire, etc.HDS: You mention St. Paul. Why do death penalty supporters often cite his writings?CLOONEY: Paul lived in the Roman Empire and had to make space for the Christian community amidst Roman power. He had to show that Christians were not the enemy of the state, and that Christianity was not opposed to all civil power. And so Paul had to talk about respecting authority, paying taxes, the power that kings have, etc. In his Letter to the Romans, he writes: “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God” [Romans 13:1].The radical alternative would have been to be a fringe group that the Romans would have sought to destroy — and that might well have died out, like many others. The history of how the church came to be amidst the empire is a well-known topic, and many scholars have written on how Christianity learned to live with — and benefit from — imperial power. That’s our history, right down to the death penalty, and there is much to be ashamed of.And yet, to be fair, even Jesus seems to admit some accommodation. There’s the scene where he’s asked whether or not the Jews should pay the Roman tax, and he says, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s” [Matthew 22:21]. He doesn’t say that it’s all God’s, as if Caesar has no power or realm of authority.But still, there is no direct path from giving to Caesar what is Caesar’s to the death penalty in one or another American state today. Much exegesis and many prudential arguments must occur in between, before we might get anywhere near justifying the death penalty simply because Jesus spoke those words in Matthew 22.HDS: So, are Christians like Dr. Mohler arguing for a position that is actually “worldly,” but portraying it as wisdom received from God?CLOONEY: Again, this requires a difficult balance. On the one hand, he’s employing a certain kind of Biblical literalism, where we take the words at face value as assertive of truths that can be directly applied in 2014. God says it’s OK to kill people under certain circumstances, so the states have the authority to execute prisoners now.Others among us remain very skeptical, and do not believe we honor God’s word by such direct and seemingly simplistic applications.On the other hand, Dr. Mohler seems to be assuming that the death penalty is justified because it’s good for American society today. But the evidence for that opinion is open to dispute, as I mentioned above. Quoting some passages from the Bible does not end the debate. But in the end, perhaps the burden is still greater for those who oppose the death penalty because it is not in keeping with the teachings and life of Jesus. If we really believe that, then we need to act like Jesus all the time, not just when it is the death penalty that is up for debate.last_img read more

Fire erupts at Brazil stadium that hosted World Cup games

first_imgBRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — A fire at a Brazilian stadium that hosted World Cup games in 2014 has caused damage and has left some people suffering from smoke inhalation. The fire department says the blaze at Castelão Arena in the northeastern city of Fortaleza apparently was sparked by a short circuit in the broadcast area though agency spokesman Col. Oscar Neto says the cause will be investigated. Television images showed flames and a column of black smoke rising above the stadium. It wasn’t immediately clear how many people needed medical assistance or if anyone was hospitalized. The stadium hosted six games during the World Cup including Brazil’s 2-1 quarterfinal victory over Colombia.last_img

Hall puts wheels on the court

first_imgThe wildcats of Ryan Hall will continue their history of supporting people with disabilities Sunday during their second annual Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. Sophomore Emily Voorde, who founded the event last year, said the five-on-five tournament is open to all undergraduate students and registration costs $25 per team. The tournament promotes disability awareness on campus and raises funds for the Wheelchair Foundation, she said. Junior Ali Quinn, co-planner of the event, said the Wheelchair Foundation is an international organization that provides wheelchairs to people with disabilities who cannot afford them. She said for every $150 raised, the foundation will be able to provide one chair to a person in need.  Through the Wheelchair Foundation, Ryan Hall can provide one wheelchair for every six teams that participate in the tournament, Voorde said. The chairs provided by the Wheelchair Foundation often enable people to participate in school or professional occupations when they otherwise would not be able to do so, she said.  “In some countries, children are unable to attend school and adults are unable to attend work, simply because they are physically unable without access to a chair,” Voorde said. “Providing chairs to over 152 countries, including the [United States], the Wheelchair Foundation truly does fantastic work.” Voorde said the most important aspect of the tournament for her is helping at least one person access a needed wheelchair. “Even if we only help one person, that is enough for me,” Voorde said. “Everything becomes worthwhile.” Quinn said the Wheelchair Basketball Tournament holds special importance for the completely handicap-accessible hall she calls home. Corbett Ryan, a Notre Dame alumnus and a member of the family that funded construction of Ryan Hall, relies on assistance from a wheelchair and a walker.  Corbett Ryan aimed to build a completely accessible dorm, Quinn said. Accordingly, Ryan Hall has two elevators, wide hallways and accessible rooms. “Emily [Voorde] came up with the [wheelchair basketball] event idea last year,” Quinn said. “It fit right into the spirit of the dorm and why it was built: to be accessible for everyone. It is a unique event but holds immense importance to the history of the dorm as well.” Aiding people with disabilities is a personal cause for Voorde, who was born with Osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone disease, and has relied on a manual wheelchair since birth. She said she is a wheelchair basketball player and enjoys the game for the competitive aspect and the friendships it fosters. “I began casually playing wheelchair basketball with a local team about eight years ago,” Voorde said. “I immediately loved the game because it allowed me to remain athletically competitive while bonding with other individuals in chairs. Wheelchair basketball is not all that different from able-bodied basketball: same rules, same game, just on wheels.” Voorde said Ryan’s tournament is especially exciting because anyone can participate, disabled or not. “The beauty about able-bodied, wheelchair basketball is that everyone is suddenly on the same playing field,” she said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re athletic or not, everyone has to learn to adapt.”  Voorde and Quinn said they hope to register 32 teams for the tournament, which is 14 more teams than participated last year. Quinn said registration for the tournament ends today.last_img read more

Professor explains gravitational waves findings

first_imgA long time ago, in a galaxy far away, two black holes merged into one. Their collision sent out waves of energy that moved across the universe. However, these waves were not detected until Feb. 11, when scientists of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration heard them for the first time. “They’re basically ripples in the fabric of space-time,” associate professor of astrophysics Jay Christopher Howk said. “You have to think about space as being pliable. It’s sort of like if you put a bowling ball in the middle of trampoline, it warps the space. Mass does the same thing.”In this case, that mass is two black holes that orbited each other until they merged into one. According to Howk, these black holes were about 30 solar masses each, or 30 times the size of our sun. “If you add the two black holes’ masses before they merged, the number was 65 solar masses,” Howk said. “After they merged, you had 62 left over. So where did that mass go? Well, it turns out it was converted to energy, and that’s the energy of the ripples that propagate out.” Those ripples are the gravitational waves detected last week by LIGO. According to its website, LIGO is a world-wide collaboration of more than 80 scientific institutions, with two laboratories in the United States – one in Louisiana and one in Washington. The group used specialized lasers to detect the energy waves, the website said. “Effectively what they have are two sets of masses, and they can measure the distance between them very precisely using lasers,” Howk said. A gravitational wave will make these masses move closer or father away from each other, Howk said.“That’s what we’re measuring here, is the wiggling of these masses,” Howk said. Einstein’s theory of relatively predicted the presence of these waves in 1916, and astronomers discovered a set of neutron stars whose orbit confirmed their existence in the 1970s. “Of course, we knew gravitational wave existed,” Howk said. “But this is definitely the first direct detection.”Howk said the detection is exciting because it offers a new way of studying black holes and other phenomenon. “Any time you have some new way for gathering information about the universe, it just opens up whole new fields,” Howk said. “So now we’re going to be able to ask how often do black holes merge, how does that work … Even this event tells us something we didn’t know before — we had an inkling that that there were black holes more than 25 times the mass of the sun, but we certainly never had any evidence. “Now we have two of them, and now they’ve made an even bigger one,” he saidThis technology can also be used to study neutron stars, the leftover cores of stars that are large enough to supernova but not large enough to form black holes, Howk said.“Now we can learn about various types of supernova that we think are driven by neutron star merges,” Howk said. “And that’s very important for making some of the final elements on the periodic table, as one of the potential places they get made is in these neutron stars.”Tags: Albert Einstein, gravitational waves, theory of relativitylast_img read more

Culturalist Challenge! Which Song From The Last Five Years Is the Best?

first_img Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list. Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results on the next episode of The Broadway.com Show! Broadway.com is nuts about Culturalist, the awesome site that lets you choose and rank your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank—we’ll announce the most popular choices on the new episode of The Broadway.com Show every Wednesday. STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button. STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button.center_img Last week, we asked you to name the best Grammy-winning cast recording of all time. Although the list of winners contains lots of legendary albums, Broadway.com fans went contemporary and voted Wicked number one (you guys are so predictable). This week, in honor of the premiere of The Last Five Years movie on February 13, we’ve gotta know: Which song from the hit Jason Robert Brown musical is your favorite? Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek posted his list of top 10 picks here! STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button. (If you don’t have a Culturalist account yet, you will be asked to create one at this point.) View Commentslast_img read more

MJ Rodriguez & More Set for Runaways at Encores!

first_imgMJ Rodriguez View Comments MJ Rodriguez will return to the New York stage to appear in the previously announced Encores! Off-Center production of Runaways. Joining her are a handful of young actors—some Broadway and off-Broadway alums, along with newcomers found through an open call. Performances will run from July 6 through July 9 at New York City Center.Rodriguez, who played Angel in the off-Broadway revival of Rent and has since come out as transgender, recently shared on Facebook her experience of auditioning for Hamilton as a trans performer. “My goal was to just be seen as the woman I have beome, as well as show I can do the work,” she posted.The cast will also include Frenie Acoba (Matilda), Taylor Caldwell (School of Rock), Sophia Anne Caruso (Lazarus), Aidan Gemme (Finding Neverland), Matthew Gumley (The Addams Family), Sam Poon (The King and I), Jeremy Shinder (A Christmas Story), Ripley Sobo (Matilda) and Chris Sumpter (Matilda).Rounding out the company are Sumaya Bouhbal, Kenneth Cabral, Maxwell Cabral, Xavier Casimir, Joshua DeJesus, Adleesa Edwards, Reyna Guerra, Christina Jimenez, Kylie McNeill, Cele Pahucki, Siena Rafter, Claudia Ramirez, Ren, Deandre Sevon and Maxwell Vice.Runaways, created by the late Elizabeth Swados, premiered off-Broadway at the Public Theater before transferring to Broadway in 1978. The show assembled a team of creators and performers who were actual teen runaways and told their stories through songs and spoken work pieces.The Encores! Off-Center production will be directed by Sam Pinkleton and feature choreography by Ani Taj.Meet the new Runaways cast below!last_img read more

15 Bald cypress

first_imgBy James T. Midcapand Gary L.WadeUniversity of GeorgiaMost people think of bald cypress only in a swamp, growing ingroves with roots submerged in water and branches draped inSpanish moss. But you don’t have to live in a swamp to grow baldcypress.The swamp is its natural habitat. But the tree is surprisinglyadaptable to dry sites. Bald cypress is a native American treewith a wide growing range.It’s a common wetland plant from Delaware to Florida and fromIndiana to Texas. It has prehistoric roots in the evolution ofour planet and was likely a common species when dinosaurs roamedthe earth.Think bigBald cypress is a deciduous conifer. It grows to a large, statelytree, reaching 50 to 80 feet tall and 20 to 30 feet wide atmaturity. It’s best used in large, open spaces such as parks orlarge home landscapes.It’s often overlooked as a street tree, but it’s spectacular inclusters of three or more along a pond or lake. However, itslarge size may limit its use in small home landscapes.Bald cypress was one of the most highly rated trees among themore than 200 species in an Auburn University evaluation program.It’s a tough, widely adaptable tree. It naturally grows into anattractive, pyramidal form, too, that requires little pruning.The tree prefers sites in full sun. It adapts to both wet and drysoils but prefers soils that are acidic. Its soft-textured, flatneedles are 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch long, spiraling around thetwigs.The needles emerge yellow-green in spring and turn bright greenby summer. They turn bronze-orange in fall before they drop forthe winter.Always impressiveIt’s not ugly in the winter landscape, though. As the tree ages,the bark becomes fibrous and turns reddish-brown, making adramatic statement in the landscape.Male and female flowers form separately on the tree. The maleflowers are drooping panicles 4 to 5 inches long. Female flowersare more compressed along the stems and develop into round,1-inch cones that turn brown in fall.Cypress knees are vertical root extensions commonly seen on treessubmerged in water. They help the tree absorb oxygen. Knees don’tform on plants growing on upland sites.Bald cypress has a strong taproot system and is hard totransplant from the wild. It’s best planted from a container.Fertilize established trees on upland sites once in spring with acomplete fertilizer like 16-4-8 or 12-4-8. Don’t fertilize treesgrowing in standing water. The fertilizer may hurt the biology ofthe pond or lake.(Jim Midcap and Gary Wade are Extension Servicehorticulturists with the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences.) Volume XXIXNumber 1Page 15last_img read more

World Bank Bets on Renewables Boom in India

first_imgWorld Bank Bets on Renewables Boom in India FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Global Trade Review:The World Bank is to provide US$100mn in funding for renewable energy projects in India’s booming market.The development bank will provide US$98mn in debt to the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), which will on-lend the money to states in India for solar projects. A further US$2mn will be available in grants.IREDA has already earmarked 750MW and 250MW solar parks in the Madhya Pradesh region, as it looks to move towards India’s national renewable energy target of 175GW of output by 2022.India’s renewables market is viewed as one of the world’s most promising. A recent report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) predicted a dramatic market share gain by renewable energy, with a sustained deflation in renewable tariffs.Over the past two years tariffs have fallen by 50%, with a record low solar energy tariff of the equivalent of US$38 per MWh being reached this year. This, the institute finds, will result in peak coal being reached by 2027, at no more than 10% above current levels.“A combination of India’s ambitious energy policy and ongoing solar and wind energy tariff deflation will enable India to catalyse US$200-US$300bn of investment in renewable energy infrastructure over the coming decade. Improvements in energy efficiency and reduction in technical and commercial losses will deliver better electricity production per coal tonnage. To conclude, the transformation will ensure India to support its economic growth while keeping greenhouse gas emissions in check,” says Tim Buckley, director of energy finance studies at the IEEFA.World Bank to fund Indian renewable energylast_img read more