The Diorama Starts Previews Off-Broadway

first_img The Diorama Related Shows In addition to O’Connor and Canning, the cast of The Diorama includes Alberto Bonilla, Bob Greenberg and Melissa Macleod Herion. The Diorama tells the story of Janey, a Wall Street lawyer who gets more than she bargained for when her artist sister Cecily invades her NYC apartment and begins constructing a life size igloo. While the two sisters seek a sense of belonging—either in a relationship or a safe place to call home—they are haunted by the tragedies of the past. Along the way they teach each other about life, love and happiness. All is fair in love and igloos. The Diorama, a new play by Jennifer Brown Stone and David S. Stone, begins performances on May 28 at The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row. Susan Louise O’Connor and Hunter Canning star in the romantic comedy under the direction of David S. Stone. Opening night is set for May 30. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2014 View Commentslast_img

Pukki wins Player of the Month award

first_imgRelatedPosts Newcastle linked with Jordon Ibe De Bruyne wins Premier League Player of the Season Manchester City not perfect against Lyon, Guardiola says Norwich’s Teemu Pukki has been rewarded for his fantastic start to the season by winning the PFA Premier League Player of the Month award for August. Pukki has scored a remarkable five goals from just four Premier League games following Norwich’s promotion from the Championship. The Finland international scored a brilliant hat-trick against Newcastle, while also netting against Premier League giants Liverpool and Chelsea. He beat Manchester City duo Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne, Mason Mount, Ashley Barnes and Tyrone Mings to the award. The 29-year-old, who finished top scorer with 29 goals in the Championship last season, will be hoping to continue his fine form after the international break. However, he faces an extremely tough task as the Canaries take on reigning Premier League champions City at Carrow Road on September 14.Tags: kevin de bruyneMason MountNewcastlePFA League Player of the MonthTeemu Pukkilast_img

McIlroy one off lead at South African Open

first_imgThe World number two had an opening round 67.Trevor Fisher Jnr leads on 6 under after shooting a 66.Darren Clarke ended today’s opening round 2 under.last_img

Knight, Smith register early wins at Douglas Forrest meet

first_imgAction at the Douglas Forest meet got off to a late start this morning inside the National Stadium with the competition starting a full hour after the scheduled 8:00am start. St Jago’s Andrenette Knight and Kingston College’s Orlando Smith, were among the early winners, as they came out  on top in the respective girls and boys 400 metres hurdles events, which got things going at the meet. In the female event, Knight who was being strongly challenged by Vere Technical’s Sanique Walker in the opening heat, took advantage after Walker fell at the sixth hurdle to win the event in 1:00.56 for the overall top time. Shian Salmon of Hydel finished second overall in 1:01.21 with Vere Technical’s Jonelle Thompson coming third with 1:03.89. Kingston College athletes dominated the boys open 400 metres hurdles event with Smith leading the way after posting 53.91 seconds to win his heat and register the fastest time overall. Calabar’s Aykeem Francis clipped Kingston College’s Chadrick Brown on the line to win his heat in 54.34 seconds and finished second overall with Brown being time in 54.53 seconds for third overall. Sherwayne Campbell, also from Kingston College rounded out the top four after he won his heat in 54.89 seconds.last_img

Should Joe Thornton’s workload be cut back this year?

first_imgSAN JOSE — Joe Thornton wants to use the Sharks’ final game of the preseason to continue to work on his timing and improve his in-game conditioning.The 82-game regular season that follows will show what Thornton is still capable of doing after enduring major knee surgeries in back-to-back years, and where and how much he’ll be utilized.“Every day he looks better,” Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said of Thornton. “Being off for eight months, he worked his ass off this summer in order to compete in …last_img

Yusmeiro Petit not with the team to tend to personal matter

first_imgOAKLAND — It’s been a tragic year for Yusmeiro Petit.Petit lost his mother, Rubia, last April and, this week, lost his father. He is with his family in Maracaibo, Venezuela and could return to the team as early as Saturday. But travel complications have his timeline for return off.“He’s had a rough go over the last two years, so he’s going to be away some,” manager Bob Melvin said. “There’s some travel complications at this point. So the chance he could be back sooner than later. We’re still …last_img

Making Earths the Natural Way

first_imgCreating a solar system is as easy as spinning a dust cloud around a star.  Before long, rocky orbs will emerge from the dust as platforms on which life can evolve.  Is it that simple?  We know now that planets surround a number of other stars – perhaps most of them.  Textbooks and artwork make the process seem as natural as add dust and stir, but real world planetary scientists have some challenges to work out.Light shields:  EurekAlert reported earlier this month problems with oxygen.  Ratios of oxygen isotopes in a meteorite are very different from those in all other solar system bodies, including the Earth, moon and Mars.  A leading theory that UV photoshielding would yield the anomalous ratios was tested and found to be wrong.  Did a nearby supernova seed the early nebula with the isotopes?  That’s too unlikely and ad hoc an explanation for most scientists.  One other theory is being tested, but the article was titled, “Theory of the sun’s role in formation of the solar system questioned.”    Science Daily provided more detail.  One researcher for the Genesis mission, that collected samples of the solar wind, commented, “You can see the ratios of the isotopes brought back by Genesis, but that doesn’t tell you how they came about.  The isotope ratios themselves don’t tell you why they were different in the early universe than they are today, so there’s lots more science to do in the laboratory.”Comet upsets:  Astrobiology Magazine reported on the surprise discovery that comets are not the pristine objects from the fringes of the solar system as was long thought (12/27/2007, 01/25/2008).  “Observations from this sample are changing our previous thinking and expectations about how the solar system formed,” a Stardust mission researcher said.  Models now have to worry about how material can migrate radially across the disk.  “This really complicates our simple view of the early solar system,” said another.  The apparent mixing of material near and far from the sun is “causing a revision of theories of the history of the solar system.”    Science Daily agreed.  “Chemical clues from a comet’s halo are challenging common views about the history and evolution of the solar system and showing it may be more mixed-up than previously thought,” the subtitle read.  A Stardust team member explained, “They were originally hoping to find the raw material that pre-dated the solar system.  However, we found many crystalline objects that resemble flash-heated particles found in meteorites from asteroids.”  Such heating was supposed to be impossible beyond the “frost line.” a theoretical radius beyond which volatiles in the early solar system would have frozen into comets, never to heat up again till tugged toward the sun long after their formation.Demolition derby:  Watching planets form would take a long time, but watching them get destroyed is quick and easy.  Space.com and Science Daily reported the collision of two Earth-like planets around a sunlike binary star 300 light-years away (an apocalyptic ending for any life there).  Benjamin Zuckerman of UCLA said, “Astronomers have never seen anything like this before.  Apparently, major catastrophic collisions can take place in a fully mature planetary system.”  Astronomy Picture of the Day posted the artwork of the proposed collision.  (Actually, the collision was inferred from dust, not witnessed.)    OK, so planets destroy each other, but does this observation provide any evidence for how they form?  Not exactly; the article mentioned theories that our moon formed from a collision, and that the dinosaurs went extinct because of a collision.  They surmised that the planets that they think collided were in the final stages of its dust disk’s evolution.  But there seemed to be more surprise than confirmation of theory.  For one, they were surprised planets could form at all around a binary star.  For another, they were surprised to see a collision in such a mature system: “How do planetary orbits become destabilized in such an old, mature system, and could such a collision happen in our own solar system?” asked one.  The observations here seem to relate more directly to planetary destruction models, not planetary formation models.Shooting gallery:  Last month, Science Daily reported on computer simulations at Northwestern University.  Results showed that our solar system is “pretty special” to have ended up with nice, stable rocky planets in nearly circular orbits inside the habitable zone.  Even assuming that planets can coalesce from a dust disk, most of the time wild things happen: the star eats up the planets, the large bodies fling the small bodies out of the system, and the remaining ones end up with elongated orbits that would prohibit life.  Out of a hundred runs on “very powerful computers,” none of the systems ended up like ours except under Goldilocks read more

SA miss out on Davis Cup World Group

first_img“It’s great to be back in the World Group. There’s a lot of time between now and February for us all to improve so that we can improve our chances of advancing further in the World Group in 2013.” 18 September 2012 Raonic then saw off debutant Nikala Scholtz 7-5, 6-4, 7-5 to leave Canada within one match of victory after the first day’s action. It was left up to Raonic, the world number 15, to secure victory for Canada. In a clash of the number ones, he emerged a convincing 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 victor. ‘New era of Canadian tennis’“I am proud to be part of this new era of Canadian tennis,” he said after his win. It was always going to be an uphill battle for captain John-Laffnie de Jager and his charges with SA number one Kevin Anderson not available for the tie and number two Rik De Voest out through injury, while Canada featured Milos Raonic, their highest ranked player ever. “It was a great team effort this week starting with the way we practiced, the way we prepared for the tie, and the way we executed and played the matches.” SAinfo reporter Final singles matchIn the final singles match, Frank Dancevic capped the weekend with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Nikala Scholtz to make the final score 4-1 in the Canadians’ favour.center_img Canada’s victory meant they qualified for the World Group in consecutive years for the first time since 1991-92. Only 16 nations are included in the Davis Cup World Group. Raonic was dominant from the first ball, getting an early break in all three sets to maintain control throughout the match. “To qualify for the World Group for two straight years shows that we can consistently perform at a high level,” said Team Canada captain Martin Laurendeau. On day one of the clash, Canada’s number two Vasek Pospisil put the hosts in the pound seats by defeating SA number one Izak van der Merwe 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in the opening match. South African doubles winWith Daniel Nestor, a career Golden Slam winner in their doubles team, the Canadians were confident they could wrap up victory on day two in the doubles’ tie, but they were made to wait an extra day as Raven Klaasen and Izak van der Merwe outplayed Nestor and Pospisil 6-4, 7-6, 7-6. The Canadian Davis Cup team will remain in the Davis Cup World Group after beating South Africa 4-1 at the Uniprix Stadium in Montreal over the weekend. It was the fourth defeat in four years for South Africa in promotion playoff ties. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img

Bajrang now sets sights on London Olympics

first_imgWhen Bajrang Lal Takhar joined the Indian army almost 10 years ago, his lone objective was to earn his livelihood through nation service. As a man who never tried his luck at sport, he never imagined what future had in store for him.On Friday, November 19, when the lanky 29-year-old became the first Indian rower to win a historic gold medal at the Asian Games, he realised that his decision of joining the army was indeed a major turnaround for him.”Winning gold was like a dream come true. There are realistic targets which you set in your life. If you achieve those, a unique kind of feeling fills you with joy and satisfaction,” he said on his arrival here from Hyderabad.Indian participants had dismal start at the Asian Games and in the first six days of competition it was cueist Pankaj Advani who had bagged the only gold – before Takhar added to tally.Takhar admitted he felt mounting pressure to win the gold as he desperately wanted to boost India’s tally. He said his effort gave him unlimited recognition as the gold came at a time when the Indians were struggling.” I think my medal drew wild celebrations countrywide because I was the second gold medallist from the country. I was happy that it came when I was feeling enormous pressure to move my country up the medal tally,” he confessed.It took him some time to scale the Asian peak, though he fell in love with the sport only when he joined army.advertisement” I never took any sport seriously in my early life before joining the army back in 2001. It was at the Rajputana Rifles centre in New Delhi where Brig CP Singh Deo spotted me and sent for the training in Hyderabad,” said Takhar, a subedar.Takhar, a native of a sleepy village of Maganpur, toiled hard for the next five years, but earned little recognition in a country crazy about cricket.He finally drew attention when he bagged a silver in 2000m scull event at the 2006 Doha Asian Games.As a token of appreciation, he got a reward of mere Rs 30,000 from the Rajasthan government.” Rowing is not a popular sport in India. I was happy that at least somebody acknowledged my achievement,” he says.Then, in three years, Takhar was crowned the Asian champion twice, in 2007 and 2009.Rowers like him were continuously bringing glory to country but the facilities for rowers hardly improved during that period.At a time when powerhouses like China are pumping in billions into sports to prepare their athletes to win medals at major competitions, Indian rowers prepared at the Hussain Sagar Lake training centre in Hyderabad with the 2002 German- made boats.Takhar didn’t get the new boats to better his timings but, as he said, ” hard preparations and will power” propelled him to topple his rivals at the International Rowing Centre.” Had we got the new boats it would have improved my timing to three to five seconds. But I was preparing hard and had the tremendous will power to fight against odds,” he said.Unperturbed by whether his gold would uplift the sport game in the country, Takhar has set his sight on qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics.” I finished 19th at the Beijing Olympics and I want to better my performance at the London Olympics. I am more experienced now and medals at the Asian Championships and Asian Games has spurred me on to go further. I want to encash my form and qualify for the Olympics at next year’s World Championships, which is also a qualifying event,” said Thakhar.last_img

New Zealand squad

first_imgNew Zealand have the most balanced team with presence of good all-rounders – Scott Styris, Jacob Oram, James Franklin and Nathan McCullum. Ross Taylor, Jesse Ryder, Martin Guptill too are the big hitters of the ball. Not to forget wicketkeeper batsman Brendon McCullum, who can destroy the best bowling sides when in form. Skipper Daniel Vettori is known to be a thinking captain and he will need to put on his thinking cap at the World Cup. A fine left-arm spinner, Vettori has even shared the burden of batting when the chips are down.Squad: Daniel Vettori (captain), Hamish Bennett, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Jamie How, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Scott Styris, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, Luke Woodcock.last_img