What Light Through Yonder Window Breaks? ‘Tis Shakespeare in Love!

first_imgPerformances have officially begun for the stage adaptation of the 1998 film Shakespeare in Love, and after seeing these gorgeous production photos, we’re seriously considering booking a ticket to London immediately to check it out. Adapted by Lee Hall and directed by Declan Donnellan, Shakespeare in Love tells the story of Will Shakespeare, a promising new playwright who is tormented by writer’s block. When he finds his muse in the form of noblewoman Viola De Lesseps, their forbidden love inspires him to write the greatest love story of all time—Romeo and Juliet. The new production features Tom Bateman as Shakespeare, Lucy Briggs-Owen as Viola and Tony nominee Paul Chahidi as Henslowe. Check out these photos of the new show, then see Shakespeare in Love at the Noel Coward Theatre! View Commentslast_img read more

Citrus Trees

first_imgCitrus fruit cultivars recently released by University of Georgia scientist Wayne Hanna are part of a new citrus grove planted in Camilla, Georgia. The grove will serve as an education site and provide homegrown fruit for the inmates who will care for the grove. The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Mitchell County, Georgia, Board of Commissioners, Georgia Citrus Association, and Mitchell County 4-H and FFA programs collaborated to start the MitCo Grow program. The mission of the program is to educate Georgians about the state’s citrus industry.As part of the MitCo Grow program, 100 citrus trees were planted in a grove located next to the Mitchell County UGA Cooperative Extension office. Mitchell County Correctional Institute inmates planted 90 trees. The remaining 10 were planted during an event recognizing the program, on Thursday, May 11.Among the trees planted, 30 consisted of Hanna’s three patented, seedless, cold-hardy citrus tree cultivars: a tangerine, ‘Sweet Frost’; a lemon, ‘Grand Frost’; and a grapefruit, ‘Pink Frost.’ Hanna released these cultivars in November 2016, after studying them extensively in plots on the UGA Tifton campus.“This is a great program because it really sheds light on an up-and-coming industry like citrus. For the past few years, citrus fruits have become more popular because farmers and homeowners are finding success growing these in south Georgia,” Hanna said. “In the type of climate we are used to in south Georgia, I feel confident they will grow and produce consistently.”Mitchell County Correctional Institute inmates will tend the grove. They will also enjoy the literal fruits of their labor when the plants bear fruit in a few years.“The grove will not only teach inmates a new trade, but will also be used by other county agencies to provide students and their local communities with information and exposure to this new commodity,” said Lindy Savelle, president of the Georgia Citrus Association.The MitCo Grow program comes at a minimal cost to Mitchell County taxpayers. 1 DOG Ventures, a Mitchell County citrus nursery, supplied the trees for the grove, and Bell Irrigation and Labro Irrigation provided the irrigation supplies and service. Waters Agricultural Laboratories will test the soil, Graco Fertilizer will cover the grove’s fertilizer needs and Maxijet will provide microjet sprinklers for the site.“To make a program like this work, you need cooperation from multiple entities, and that’s what you see here. People are dedicated to seeing the citrus industry succeed here in Georgia, and I think it will,” said Jennifer Grogan, Mitchell County Extension coordinator.Georgia Citrus Association board members; local farmers and investors interested in commercially growing citrus; and city, county, state and federal government representatives attended the planting ceremony.This is the second collaborative project between UGA Extension and the Mitchell County Correctional Institute meant to save money for Mitchell County taxpayers. In 2014, former Mitchell County Extension agent Max DeMott met with Bill Terry, warden of the correctional institute, about offsetting the costs of feeding as many as 114 inmates. This meeting led to the donation of surplus crops by farmers in Mitchell and surrounding counties to feed inmates.During his time as warden, Terry led the collection of bell peppers, corn, eggplants, cantaloupes, watermelons and greens. While Terry paid reduced prices for some produce, most of the vegetables have been donated at no cost.For more information on citrus in Georgia, visit extension.uga.edu.last_img read more

Oil plummets to 17-year low as broken market drowns in crude

first_imgBrent crude for May declined $1.27, or 5.1 percent, to $23.66 a barrel on the ICE Futures Europe exchange as of 9 a.m. Singapore time after falling to $23.03 earlier. The contract is also set for the worst month on record, down 53 percent in April, and 64 percent lower this quarter.Read also: Jokowi orders ministries to crunch numbers on plunging oil pricesWest Texas Intermediate slid 80 cents, or 3.7 percent, to $20.71 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange after falling to $19.92 in early trading. The contract is down 54 percent this month and 66 percent this quarter.Global oil demand is in freefall and consumption may decline by as much as 20 million barrels a day, according to the International Energy Administration. That is forcing producers worldwide to slash output, while independent trader Trafigura Group expects as much as 1 billion barrels to be sent into storage tanks in the coming months.Topics : Oil slumped to a 17-year low as coronavirus lockdowns cascaded through the world’s largest economies, leaving the market overwhelmed by cratering demand and a ballooning surplus of crude.Futures in London fell as much as 7.6 percent to the lowest since November 2002, while New York crude briefly dipped below US$20 a barrel. Physical oil markets are struggling to store fuel, hit by a double whammy of virus restrictions eroding demand and a damaging war for market share between Saudi Arabia and Russia that has prices on track for the worst quarter on record.The kingdom said on Friday that it hadn’t had any contact with Moscow about output cuts or enlarging the OPEC+ alliance of producers. Russia also doubled down, with Deputy Energy Minister Pavel Sorokin saying oil at $25 a barrel is unpleasant, but not a catastrophe for the nation’s producers. Read also: Medco cuts capex and production over oil price crash“Demand concerns are critical but well known, what really took the market down were the signals we got from Saudi Arabia and Russia that they intend to continue their current path,” said Vivek Dhar, a commodities analyst at Commonwealth Bank of Australia. “Market hopes of a deal have come undone.”OPEC nations aren’t giving support to a request from the group’s president for emergency consultations over tanking prices, according to a delegate. Algeria, which holds the cartel’s rotating presidency, has urged the secretariat to convene a panel but the call has failed to gather the majority backing necessary to go ahead. Riyadh is among those opposing the idea.The world normally uses 100 million barrels of oil day, but forecasters predict as much as a quarter of that has disappeared in just a few weeks. The plunge in consumption is without precedent since a steady flow of oil became essential to the global economy more than a century ago. The great crash of 1929, the twin oil shocks of the 1970s and the global financial crisis don’t come close.last_img read more

From SABR Conference: Dodgers trainer Stan Conte, others study injury prevention

first_imgPHOENIX, Ariz. – How important is a baseball player’s injury history to the teams that employ them?Dodgers head athletic trainer Stan Conte, speaking at the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) Analytics Conference on Thursday, compared his work to a form of scouting.“Typically when I look at a player that we’re looking to sign as a free agent, I’ll use public domain information to get as much information as I can to give myself some idea of whether that guy is a low risk, a medium risk or a high risk in regards to injuries,” Conte said. “Then if we did in fact do a physical and look at his medical records if we’re about to sign him, the whole thing may flip completely from one end of the spectrum to another on things we didn’t know about — things that added up to some of the public stuff that made it a higher risk or even a lower risk.” Injury prevention, and predicting injuries before they occur, are two topics that Conte and his colleagues around baseball can’t know enough about. On that front, there have been positive developments. Pitch f/x data allows teams to track the consistency of a pitcher’s release point and velocity for potential injury red flags. Biomechanical data shows how a pitcher’s body works together — properly or improperly — when repeating his delivery. Improvements in diagnosing injuries and treating them with surgeries have given players more reasons than ever to trust a team’s medical staff.In spite of these developments, preventing injuries has become a losing battle.“Injuries in baseball are going up,” Conte said. “They are not going down and they’re not staying level. The last two years have been the highest amount of lost time in Major League Baseball ever.”For the Dodgers, 17 different major-league players spent time on the disabled list in 2013, representing 24 different injuries and 1,110 games missed on the DL. Those figures don’t take into account players who missed games due to injuries that didn’t require DL stints. Only Conte and his staff — Sue Falsone left her post as the Dodgers’ head athletic trainer after last season — know with some degree of certainty how players’ performances were limited as they played through injuries. “Sometimes when I read some of the sabermetric articles about injuries and that type of thing, sometimes it’s our players,” Conte said. “I go, ‘Jeez if they knew that, they wouldn’t say that.’ ”What’s an athletic trainer to do? It starts with collecting more and better data. Teams in general, and Major League Baseball itself, is more willing than ever to help on this front. MLB executive Chris Marinak said that the league is currently helping teams facilitate medical research around players’ health and safety. “We look at things like concussions, preventing certain types of injuries, just for the benefit of players and the league in general,” Marinak said. “Ten or 15 years ago it was the latest and greatest thing to have a stats guy in your baseball operations department. Now the latest thing is to have a medical guy in your baseball operations department.”Conte said that the medical data on an individual player allows him to be a scout of sorts, because a player’s injury history is the best indicator of future risk. If the Dodgers are thinking of acquiring a player, Conte will evaluate that player’s public and private data to assess risk. Each player falls into one of five risk categories: low, low-medium, medium, medium-high or high.“We do kind of go back to the idea that players are stocks and teams are portfolios, and you can put so many high-risk guys in that portfolio, depending on what type of philosophy you have,” Conte said. “You don’t want a high-risk, low-reward guy.”A player’s age is one factor that Conte will consider when evaluating risk, and that could be an instructive example in how the Dodgers are incorporating medical data into their personnel decisions.According to baseball-reference.com, the Dodgers were the oldest team in the National League last year. After the season, general manager Ned Colletti said he wanted a younger roster. Replacing veteran second baseman Mark Ellis with 25-year-old Dee Gordon and 27-year-old Alex Guerrero certainly fit the mantra.But there is a difference between injury prediction and injury prevention, and that’s where baseball really has its work cut out.“We’re really working hard to try to prevent these injuries, but we don’t seem to be putting the brakes on either,” Conte said. “We better figure out something.”Dodgers losePaul Maholm allowed six hits and six runs (five earned) in 2 2/3 innings in the Dodgers’ 8-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds at Camelback Ranch. Seth Rosin was touched for five hits and two runs in three innings of relief.Dee Gordon went 2 for 4 and Hanley Ramirez hit a solo home run for the Dodgers (5-8-4).Angels winA six-run second inning made the difference in the Angels’ 8-6 win over the Chicago White Sox at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Howie Kendrick went 2 for 3, Mike Trout went 3 for 3 with a triple, and Kole Calhoun hit a two-run triple in the victory.Garrett Richards allowed seven hits, two runs and no walks in 4 2/3 innings. Michael Kohn allowed a three-run home run while recording two outs in relief, and Cory Rasmus had his fifth straight scoreless Cactus League outing for the Angels (8-7-1). NotableCuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena received his work visa and reported to the Dodgers’ camp. He will wear number 11. … After running the bases in the morning, Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp went 0 for 6 and played two innings in the field in an intrasquad minor-league game. … The Angels re-assigned Robert Carson, C.J. Cron, Taylor Lindsey, Shawn O’Malley and Anderson De La Rosa to their minor-league camp.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more