Vancouver’s already got “A New Argentina”—or at least a new First Lady. Caroline Bowman will replace Jenn Colella in Vancouver Opera’s upcoming production of Evita. A spokesperson for the show said the change was owing to “a scheduling conflict.” As previously announced, this incarnation of the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber tuner will also star Ramin Karimloo as Che. Directed by Kelly Robinson, the production is scheduled to play a limited engagement April 30 through May 8 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.The “High Flying, Adored” Bowman’s Broadway credits include Elphaba in Wicked and the original cast of Kinky Boots. She starred as Eva Peron in the 2013-14 Evita tour; other theater credits include Spamalot, Fame and Grease.Evita charts the rise and fall of Peron, the one-time charismatic and glamorous young First Lady of Argentina, and includes songs such as “Buenos Aires,” “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” and “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina.” The musical nabbed seven Tony awards (including Best Musical) in 1980; a 2012 Great White Way revival was led by Ricky Martin.Find out why Bowman thinks Evita is “everything you want in a musical” below. Star Files View Comments Caroline Bowman(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Caroline Bowman
2015 was an especially big year for the outdoors. BRO covered everything from record-setting runs to lumbersexuals. There were tragic deaths—and close calls. Here are the stories that generated the most chatter in 2015. 15. A Crowded Walk in the WoodsWith the Hollywood release of A Walk in the Woods in 2015, even more hikers are expected to hike the Appalachian Trail. Will crowds swamp the A.T. or help save it? BRO looks at the past, present, and future of America’s most iconic footpath.14. Won’t Pipe DownA 550-mile pipeline pumping natural gas is planned for West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina, cutting a broad swath through George Washington National Forest and across the Appalachian Trail. Can activists stop another Keystone in our Blue Ridge backyard?13. Digital DangerSocial media is changing the way we play. Does Strava enhance or erode the outdoor experience? Does paddling porn amplify adventure or push risk-taking too far? Critics and supporters discuss technology on the trail.12. Monumental Battle in the Mountain StateThe proposed Birthplace of Rivers National Monument in West Virginia would permanently protect some of its most beloved landscapes, but it sits squarely atop a natural gas oasis. A coalition of outdoor enthusiasts collide with a booming fracking industry over West Virginia’s most treasured wildlands.11. The Ragged EdgeWhy do kayakers risk their lives dancing with danger? What propels paddlers to plunge off waterfalls? Blue Ridge boaters share their candid stories from the horizon line.10. Bear attacksIn the summer of 2015, bears attacked hikers in Douthat State Park and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Bear encounters are becoming more common as urban sprawl encroaches upon wildlife habitat.9. Bouldering’s Best-Kept Secrets High Country climbers have traditionally been tight-lipped about their favorite bouldering spots. That’s because access issues and development have threatened their most treasured rock faces. In 2015, new guidebooks and a rapidly growing climbing community have revealed most of the High Country’s best-kept bouldering secrets. Will climbing hotspots be better protected or overused and closed down?8. End of the Ocoee?One of the nation’s most popular whitewater rivers could be closed to paddlers. In 2015, TVA announced plans to charge $11 million to continue dam releases for recreation on the Ocoee River. The Ocoee was the site of the 1996 Olympics’ whitewater paddling events, and now its world-class whitewater is currently being held for ransom.6. The Future of ForestsThroughout 2015, all eyes have been on the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest Plan, which will decide the future of the largest forest system in the East. Controversies over logging, recreation, and access have dogged the plan, but in late 2015, a coalition of over 30 outdoor groups joined together to support a comprehensive compromise that includes two new national recreation areas and 109,000 acres of wilderness.5. Rise of the LumbersexualAward-winning author Wiley Cash examines the phenomenon of the lumbersexual—the flannel-wearing, bearded outdoorsy hipster—and its roots in our longing for the past, especially in Appalachia.4. Lessons Before DyingALS is taking Royce Cowan’s body, but not his adventurous outdoor spirit. Five years ago, he was at the top of his game: a gonzo whitewater paddler who had just married the love of his life. Five years later, he cannot move his muscles. Nobody knows what causes ALS, and there is no cure for ALS. His story could easily be yours or mine. Yet he has lived long beyond expectations thanks to healthy living, a dedicated wife, and plentiful outdoor adventure—even as his body fails him.3. Wolf WarsOnly 75 red wolves remain in the wild—all of them in eastern North Carolina. A red wolf recovery program has brought them back from the brink of extinction, but now agencies are considering abandoning the program. Will the howl of the red wolf disappear forever?2. Jenny Bennett’s death62-year-old hiker and local author Jenny Bennett had been exploring off-trail in the Smokies for decades. Then, in early June, she was reported missing after embarking on one of her favorite off-trail hikes. Her body was eventually found near the Porters Creek Trailhead. What went wrong?1. Records (and Rules) Broken on the A.T.: Scott Jurek’s Speed Record (and Jennifer Pharr Davis’s response)Legendary ultrarunner Scott Jurek set a new Appalachian Trail speed record of 46 days, 8 hours, 7 minutes, overcoming a severe quad injury early in the trek and severe flu in the final few weeks. He topped Katahdin only a three hours ahead of the previous record held by Asheville’s Jennifer Pharr Davis, who wrote a powerful and candid response to Jurek’s record in the August issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors. Jurek was fined by Baxter State Park for his post-run celebration atop Katahdin, which also generated controversy among the outdoor community. Less than a month later, Heather “Anish” Anderson set the unsupported A.T. record, completing the trail in 54 days without any crew or assistance along the way.Jurek Sets Out to Break AT Speed RecordJurek Sets New AT Speed RecordScott Jurek Fined for Khatadin CelebrationFormer AT Record Holder Jennifer Pharr Davis Responds to Jurek’s Achievement Heather Anish Sets New Unsupported AT Record
An afternoon walk in the woods became my reward for a morning of writing during my week-long writing residency at the Weymouth Center for the Arts. It was a simple thing. Trails meandered behind the twenty-room estate under a forest of longleaf pines.The Weymouth house, with its warm polished wood floors and thoughtfully decorated furnishings provided the type of space that makes me want to rise as a writer, to string together words worthy of that sacred place. Legends like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe honed their craft there. After the solitude of writing in an-almost-empty-historical home, the noises in the forest were a welcome relief to the words prattling inside my head. The mundane seemed extraordinary after all the self-imposed quiet – the whispering breeze, the scampering squirrels, and the chirping birds.I’d come back and my afternoon writing stint often stretched long into the evening. Sometimes the words flowed. Other times I just stared at the blank screen. At times such an intense loneliness set in that it felt excruciating to sit still for another minute. I paced around the library, looking at the photographs of famous authors inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. I knew that two other men were staying there, in separate wings. The only sign I saw of them those first few days was the placard hanging on their respective doors, “Writer working. Please do not disturb. ”By nightfall, I locked myself in my bedroom. Staying at Weymouth felt like living in a museum, one steeped in history, guarded by spirits. I worried about getting lost in the twisting hallways or stumbling on one of the many steps that led up or down into yet another wing. In the middle of the night, my door banged shut or the window rattled. At some point every night, I woke up afraid. One morning I bumped into another writer in the kitchen. Matter-of-factly he mentioned that he always has such vivid dreams while staying at Weymouth. He’s an established author with four published books and has stayed at Weymouth several times. I wanted to hug him, so relieved was I that I wasn’t the only one. For the past few nights there, I’d seen dead friends in my dreams. I’d spent the night with past lovers. I had dreamt about my son and felt sad that it would still be a few more days before I saw him again. I woke up each morning exhausted. I wondered if it was worth it, counting the hours until the freaked-out nights passed, struggling to be productive and focused. Toward the end of the week, I wanted to get out of there. I’m prone to escapism. When I stay put for too long, I get the urge to go. When I’ve been gone for too many days in a row, I long to stay put. I’ve tried staying and I’ve left more than I haven’t, all the while wanting a break from the only person I couldn’t get a break from – myself.The words on the page were undeniably me, and there was no escaping that, so I went the only place I could, into the woods. I walked and walked, taking one trail to the next until I was back where I started. Some days the sun tempted me to linger longer. I’d sprawl my body on the moss. I stretched my legs and arms out long, taking up as much room as I could. Surrendering to the earth like that somehow helped me lay it all down on the page, all the magic and tragic twists my life had taken, leading me on unintended and soul-smashingly beautiful adventure of single parenting in the South.By day six, I’d achieved what I’d set out to do – my manuscript, just shy of 80,000 words, about 280 pages of a book. I’ve edited it and honed it down to be the best I’m capable of making it. I’d brought it as far as I could.At Weymouth, I had to square up with myself, to dig deeper, and to sit still for longer than I imagined possible. Only then did I meet a version of myself who settled into being alone.[divider]More from Mountain Mama[/divider]
What you don’t know about how the public perceives credit unions may come back to bite you.That’s because the public believes a lot of false facts about credit unions.And that just may be costing you members.Here’s the reality: just about every credit union leader believes he/she knows what people think about credit unions.But check to see if you have this right.We have the facts at hand. Big New Jersey credit union Affinity recently retained the respected Harris pollsters to survey public beliefs about credit unions, and it has shared the findings.Affinity headlined its release on the poll results this way: “New Study Reveals: Misconceptions About Credit Union Membership.”The takeaway: many Americans just don’t understand credit unions.Harris found that only 16% of U.S. adults use a credit union as their primary financial institution. That means five in six do not.Some 30% of us say credit unions are hard to join.Nearly 50% of us think banks offer more products than credit unions.55% believe credit unions don’t have mobile apps.Nearly 60% think credit unions don’t offer mortgages.Blunt question: whose fault is it that so many of us believe untruths about credit unions?The truth is that many, many credit unions—particularly the bigger institutions—have backdoors into membership. Credit unions also have broadly defined fields of membership. Live anywhere in Arizona and be over 55, and you can join Arizona Central Credit Union, which this writer has, in fact, done. I also get in for belonging to a church (Catholics, Baptists, and LDS qualify). There are many more ways to get in and, nowadays, that’s become the norm. For what it’s worth, I’m also an Affinity member, a status I won by making a nominal contribution to a charity.This false belief—that credit unions are tough to join—is probably the most harmful. But it’s just one of many misconceptions.Often, credit unions—particularly larger ones—match banks product-for-product. Affinity, for instance, offers mortgages, car loans, mobile banking, and biometric log-ins—pretty much all the tools at banks.That message just is not well understood.That’s why Affinity shared this research: “This research confirmed for us that the industry as a whole has more work to do in educating the consumers on the products and services uniquely offered by credit unions,” said Kevin Brauer, Affinity’s CFO.Read that again: credit unions have a job to do in getting out their word.As for what credit unions should do differently, Brauer said: “It’s not so much a matter of doing things differently, rather it’s more about educating the public to what we’re already doing. For example, according to our poll, nearly 50% of Americans believe banks offer more than credit unions, when in fact, we offer not only the same, and often times better, products and services. We need to help consumers understand those offerings and see them as viable options over the course of their personal finance journeys.”Brauer added his take on what credit unions should do to better educate the public: “This should truly begin at the local level, with individual credit unions educating their current members and those in their area on not only their services but what it means to be part of a cooperative structure.”Another viewpoint came from Preston Packer, director of sales and marketing at FLEX, a core system developer. “I’m not surprised there are misconceptions. Somebody’s not doing their job.”Packer added: “Marketing inside credit unions is almost nonexistent. Some do it very well.Most struggle.”As for who has the job of getting out the word about credit unions, Packer said: “Individual credit unions have the responsibility. They have to do a better job.”Kirk Drake, the author of CU 2.0, pointed to a telling factoid that underlines how credit unions have stumbled in getting out the facts: “Despite better service, better rates, more convenience (i.e. atms/shared branching) and better trust – we have only gained marginal market share since 2008…which is terrible given we should be having a field day against the likes of BofA, Wells Fargo, etc.”Drake, too, thinks that the job of communicating the facts of the credit union story come down to the individual credit union.Ask yourself this: are you telling prospective members about your credit union difference?The reality is you cannot rely on the trade associations, or on the leagues, to tell your story. They may help, and that’s appreciated. But what will change public perception of your credit union is telling your story.Make that a top-priority job. And the next time there’s a poll, we just may see more encouraging—informed—public opinions about credit unions. 70SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Robert McGarvey A blogger and speaker, Robert McGarvey is a longtime journalist who has covered credit unions extensively, notably for Credit Union Times as well as the New York Times and TheStreet, … Web: www.mcgarvey.net Details
Police say the victim jumped out of the car as it was moving to escape Rossi. The police department says around 4 p.m., officers were called to an address on Oakdale Road to respond to a disturbance call. They were told Rossi was armed with a knife and was making threats to people. Rossi was also charged with menacing in the second degree and driving while intoxicated, both misdemeanors. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The Johnson City Police Department says one person has been arrested and charged with multiple felonies following a disturbance call on Oakdale Road Friday. They say Rossi had a victim in his car who he threatened to stab with a knife. Rossi demanded that the victim call his boss and ask for money that Rossi says was owed to him, police say in a press release sent to 12 News. The Johnson City Police Department says Rossi was later taken to Central Arraignment at the Broome County Jail. When they arrived, police say they noticed Rossi leave the residence in a vehicle. Police say officers followed Rossi until he came to a stop on Grant Street where he was taken into custody. Authorities say 26-year-old Domenico J. Rossi of Conklin was arrested and charged with kidnapping in the 1st degree, a class A1 felony and criminal possession of a weapon in the 3rd degree, a class D felony.
Certain factors, such as daily and work habits, as well as the surrounding environment and support system like family played an important role in determining the level of psychological distress someone had when practicing physical distancing, she said.Read also: People with bipolar disorder seek strength amid social distancingThe association found that many people were feeling stressed for missing even the simplest aspects of daily normalcy, such as wearing shoes, putting on make-up or hanging out with friends.“People in Jakarta in particular are more anxious,” Anna said on Sunday. “Some are afraid of getting the virus. Some know someone who has died of the disease. Some cannot visit friends of family members who have fallen ill with the disease. All of these create anxiety and guilt.”Jakarta is now a COVID-19 hot spot with 1,369 confirmed cases and 106 deaths as of Tuesday afternoon.The Health Ministry approved on Tuesday the Jakarta administration’s proposal to implement large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in the capital, the first region in the country to apply such a measure to tackle the disease.Read also: Stay safe, stay sane: How to mind your mental health amid COVID-19 pandemicPeople living outside Jakarta and having practiced physical distancing since March also feel overwhelmed and disconnected.Chris Nugraheni, 26, a teacher in Semarang, Central Java, said that being unable to teach her students in the classroom and living away from her husband and family made her feel lonelier amid the pandemic.Chris’ husband lives and works in Pasuruan, East Java, while most of her family members live in Sleman regency, Yogyakarta.Although she calls them every day, she said she started to develop cabin fever while living alone in her quiet rented room in Semarang in the midst of the outbreak. “It is hard to work from home every day. I’m not used to spending most of my time sitting in front of my laptop to prepare online lessons for my students. I miss teaching my students, I miss meeting people directly,” she said.Living in self-isolation is more challenging for Chris, because she is nine-weeks-pregnant with her first child. “I get tired more easily and have this constant feeling of nausea. […] But I have to take care of myself, so I still go out to restock food and over-the-counter medicine.”IPK’s Anna said psychologists in the capital had seen an increase in demand for mental health consultation during the COVID-19 outbreak. The association, in collaboration with more than 80 psychologists, offers free online consultation sessions from Monday to Friday for people after they register and fill out an online form.The consultation will use video communication to connect clients with psychologists.“Our team consists of mental health professionals, and they have been screened and trained to assist people during this pandemic,” Anna said. “Last week alone, we helped 131 people.”Anna said that people who started to feel depressed in self-isolation should start to identify what changes to daily activities affect their emotions and distance themselves from anything that makes them feel overwhelmed.“Once in a while, people should also stay away from their mobile phones and social media and take a break from consuming news. They should instead start enjoying their time and embrace the moment,” she said.In West Java, the province hardest hit by coronavirus in the country after Jakarta, authorities are working with a team of volunteers, psychologists and psychiatrists from the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Padjajaran University and some hospitals to offer free online counseling for people experiencing anxiety during the pandemic. The spokesman of the team, senior psychiatrist Teddy Hidayat, said psychosocial intervention during the pandemic was important to reduce anxiety and stress and keep the immune system strong.He urged people practicing physical distancing to keep in touch with their families and friends, particularly through video or phone calls, because oral communication rather than text messages helped people feel more connected with others.Topics : “It was so stressful that the other day I found myself starting to talk to stray cats in my neighborhood,” Indiana said on Friday.As a journalist, she needs to follow the latest COVID-19 developments, but the constant stream of grim news and her limited mobility have affected her well-being. “But what can I do; that’s my job,” she said.“Now, during the weekend, I cut off everything related to work and the pandemic. I simply enjoy my days off, and Korean drama series has been my distraction of late,” she said.The chairwoman of the Indonesian Clinical Psychologists Association (IPK) in Jakarta, Anna Surti Ariani, said extrovert people and introverts tended to respond differently to long-term self-isolation. Staying at home and limiting one’s interaction with others is pivotal to curb the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 disease. But while some Indonesians seem to cope well with physical distancing, others find weeks of living in self-isolation hard.For Indiana Malia, 27, a reporter on a local news portal in Jakarta, being mobile and working outdoors had been daily routine until last month, when her office instructed employees to work from home, in line with government instructions.The past three weeks have been hard for her as she had to hole up and work in her small rented house in West Jakarta.
She first served as RDC chair from2016-2019. SAN JOSE, Antique – This province ishoping to boost its food security plan with the re-appointment of Gov. RhodoraCadiao as chairperson of the Regional Development Council (RDC) from this yearto 2022. He added the improvement of theirrigation system in the province will ensure that farmers could producesufficient rice while the development of the airport and port would make thetransport of agricultural goods easier. Meanwhile, Provincial Planning andDevelopment officer Juliana Cepe said the province will host the firstinaugural meeting of the RDC this month.(Witha report from PNA/PN) “I congratulate the governor for herre-appointment as the chairperson of the most powerful council in the region,” Denostasaid. Antique Gov. Rhodora Cadiao was re-appointed as the chairperson of the Regional Development Council (RDC) from 2019 to 2022. Cadiao took her oath as RDC chair before President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang last Oct. 28. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/PN Cadiao took her oath as RDC chairbefore President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang last Oct. 28. Denosta with the capitol employeescongratulated Cadiao, saying her re-appointment would mean more projects forthe province. “The food security plan of theprovince entails projects such as improvement of the irrigation system anddevelopment of the airport and port,” Vice Gov. Edgar Denosta said on Monday.
20 November 2012 South Africa’s Energy Department and state oil company PetroSA have launched an Integrated Energy Centre (IeC) in Mbizana in the Eastern Cape province, PetroSA announced in a statement on Monday. The centre is a one-stop shop offering services of energy goods. It will house an information centre, a convenience store, car wash, an energy shop, ablution facilities and a fuels forecourt. Petrol, diesel, paraffin and LPG gas will also be sold at the centre. “For years Mbizana residents have had to travel minimum distances of 15 kilometres to nearby towns to purchase everyday commodities like electricity, petrol and other energy necessities,” PetroSA said. The centre, which cost R10.8-million to construct, will be owned by a registered co-operative made up of members of the local community and will plough back part of the profit from the centre towards growing the business and job creation. Once fully operational, 15 people will be employed. “IeCs are not just about the integration of energy services. Rather they are primarily about integration and co-operation among the three tiers and structures of government, for improved delivery of energy services to the poorest of the poor,” said Energy Minister Dipuo Peters. The opening of the IeC was a significant milestone for PetroSA. “The centre is a showcase of our commitment to corporate social responsibility. I am sure that there are important lessons that PetroSA will take from this experience that will stand us in good stead for similar ventures,” PetroSA group chief executive officer Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo said. The community is committed to ensuring that the venture is a success, said chairperson of the Mbizana IeC Co-operative, Zwelihle Moya. Source: SANews.gov.za
South Africa has made some astounding strides in recognising and achieving human rights in the past 23 years. In the run up to Human Rights Day, we look back at some milestones.South Africa is admired around the world for its human rights record. (Image: Flickr, Jeremy Schultz) Shamin ChibbaSince the advent of democracy in South Africa 23 years ago, human rights have played an important role in each of our lives. There have been numerous human rights achievements over the past two decades, the greatest being the Constitution, which was signed into law on 18 December 1996.We present 10 noteworthy feats that changed the country, one of which was the global acknowledgement of South Africa’s sophisticated understanding of human rights.1994: Free health care for pregnant women and children under the age of six is introduced.1995: The death penalty is abolished.Also in 1995: The South African Human Rights Commission is established in October to promote and protect human rights.1998: The government passes the Domestic Violence Act to curb the number of incidents and protect victims.Also in 1998: The government launches the child support grant to help children under the age of seven with R100 a month. Today all children under 18 are included and receive R350 a month.No-fee schools ensure every child has access to basic education, which is a right according to the Constitution. (Image: Shamin Chibba)2006: Same sex marriage is made legal on 30 November.2007: No-fee schools are introduced throughout the country. At the time, 5 million children were set to benefit.Navi Pillay’s appointment as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights was an indication that South Africa is highly regarded for its human rights. (Image: Flickr, Australian Human Rights Commission)2008: South African jurist Navi Pillay begins her term as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on 1 September, a post she holds for six years. This was an indication that the world acknowledged South Africa’s sophisticated understanding of human rights.2016: NGO Operation Hydrate is established on 4 January to distribute water to drought stricken areas in South Africa. Within three months, the organisation donates 9 million litres of water.Operation Hydrate looks to collect R95-million by Nelson Mandela Day, 18 July 2016. (Image: Operation Hydrate Facebook)Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Twitter/@gilgenastyThe Big 12 is looking at expansion, and everyone has an opinion about which teams the league should take. On Wednesday, Memphis native Justin Timberlake threw support behind his hometown Tigers. UCF’s answer may not be quite as big a name, but he’s a huge college football fan.Comedian Larry the Cable Guy, famous for his role in the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour,” is a Nebraska fan, but he also supports the UCF Knights, and would like to see the Big 12 add the Orlando program.This would be awesome! UCF would be a great addition. RT @PetertheNg: @GitRDoneLarry wanna throw some love for UCF to the @Big12Conference— Larry The Cable Guy (@GitRDoneLarry) July 28, [email protected]_Trotter Jake they’d be a great addition. 2 largest school in the country, also gives ya’ll another good warm weather stadium. Plus— Larry The Cable Guy (@GitRDoneLarry) July 28, 2016Having former Husker Scott Frost at the helm for the Knights doesn’t hurt [email protected]_Trotter with former Husker Scott Frost at the helm they’ll soon be doing great things.— Larry The Cable Guy (@GitRDoneLarry) July 28, 2016When asked about his UCF bonafides, Larry explained that he has done work with the program from his time as a Florida [email protected] @PetertheNg @Big12Conference I am. However I lived in Central fla for 20 years and did some studio stuff for them. Lotta friends.— Larry The Cable Guy (@GitRDoneLarry) July 28, 2016And of course, no discussion of Big 12 expansion is complete without a nice pot-shot at [email protected]_24 @chrisgb00 @PetertheNg @Big12Conference maybe they should quit playing like a mid major program! No offense.— Larry The Cable Guy (@GitRDoneLarry) July 28, 2016When stand-up comedians are weighing in on conference expansion for leagues that their teams are no longer in, we’ve officially hit realignment silly season. Please choose some teams soon, Big 12.