Nikki Davis-Jones Will Defy Gravity in London’s Wicked

first_img View Comments Nikki Davis-Jones has proven so popular as Elphaba in the current U.K. tour of Wicked that she will be taking over from Willemijn Verkaik in the role in the West End production from October 27. Also joining the cast on that date are Liza Sadovy as Madame Morrible and Philip Childs as Doctor Dillamond, taking over Sue Kelvin and Paul Clarkson respectively. Verkaik, Kelvin and Clarkson will all play their final performances on October 25 at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre. Wicked has music and lyrics by multi Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman, musical staging by Wayne Cilento and is directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello. The West End cast also currently includes Savannah Stevenson as Glinda, Jeremy Taylor as Fiyero, Martyn Ellis as The Wizard, Sam Lupton as Boq and Katie Rowley Jones as Nessarose. Davis-Jones’ stage credits include Blues in the Night, Rent, LIFT and Little Women. She will play her final performance in the Wicked U.K. Tour on September 6 at Birmingham Hippodrome. Sadovy appeared in La Bête on Broadway and in the West End. Her many other theater credits include Oliver! and Sunday In The Park with George. Child’s stage credits include The Hired Man, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, People and The Habit of Art.last_img read more

Lancaster home prices hit record

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Palmdale’s April median was 15.3 percent ahead of a year ago. Statewide, the April median price of an existing, single-family detached home in California was $562,380, up from $561,350 in March but still below the $568,730 statewide record set last August. Statewide sales were down 21.4 percent compared with the same period a year ago, the California Association of Realtors reported. Statewide prices were 10.2 percent ahead of a year earlier. “At 10.2 percent in April, we’re seeing price appreciation trend toward a more sustainable rate for the California housing market,” said association Vice President and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young. In Rosamond, the April median was a record $297,500, up from $279,000 in March and above the old record of $285,000 in February. Rosamond’s April median was 32.4 percent ahead of prices a year earlier. California City’s median for April was $219,000, up from $212,500 in April and 32.7 percent above a year earlier – the eighth highest gain in the state. Tehachapi’s April median was $289,000, up from $285,000 in March but below the record $310,000 in November. The Tehachapi April median was up 15.6 percent from a year earlier. Los Angeles County’s April median was a record $515,000, up from $512,500 in March. The county median was up 15.5 percent over a year ago. Statewide, the 10 cities and communities with the highest median home prices in California during April 2006 were: Manhattan Beach, $1,685,000; Burlingame, $1,600,000; Los Altos, $1,557,500; Newport Beach, $1,445,000; Saratoga, $1,407,500; Santa Barbara, $1,250,000; Lafayette, $1,112,500; Mill Valley, $1,068,750; Santa Monica, $1,020,000; Danville, $1,019,500. Statewide, the 10 cities and communities with the greatest median home price increases in April compared with the same period a year ago were: Barstow, 60.9 percent; Delano, 56.3 percent; Taft, 53.8 percent; Lake Forest, 44.7 percent; Merced, 38.5 percent; Ridgecrest, 37.1 percent; Inglewood, 33.5 percent; California City, 32.7 percent, and Indio and Banning, ties at 30.4 percent.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Lancaster home-sale prices hit another record in April while Palmdale home prices retreated for a second month, narrowing the Palmdale price advantage that has persisted since the late 1980s. Lancaster’s median price for both new and resale homes rose to $340,000, up from the previous high of $330,000 in March, according to sales statistics released by the California Association of Realtors. The April median was 28.2 percent ahead of a year ago. In Palmdale, the median price dipped to $357,000, down from $365,000 in March and the record $375,000 set in February. last_img read more

What we learned at 49ers HQ of free agency motives

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)SANTA CLARA — If Dee Ford and Kwon Alexander indeed are coming to the rescue of the 49ers defense, their first efforts Thursday were a success in painting an optimistic look at their play-making abilities.Coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch played their part in hyping up their defense’s additions without overselling the 49ers’ stature in Year 3 of their rebuild. The roster’s …last_img

Sharks’ Dalton Prout discusses his long road back from concussion

first_imgANAHEIM — There was a time last month when it was believed that Dalton Prout was closer to making a return to the Sharks’ lineup than Radim Simek.While Simek was still working his way back from reconstructive knee surgery, Prout was progressing from a concussion he suffered Oct. 2 in the Sharks’ season-opener against the Vegas Golden Knights. Both players were on the team’s road trip against Atlantic Division teams in late October, and Prout was skating normally with contact when the Sharks …last_img

Cosmology in Crisis Over Dark Energy

first_imgTen years ago, cosmologists invented dark energy to explain certain features of the expansion of the universe that could not be reconciled with observations of supernova magnitudes.  Now, reported National Geographic News, dark energy remains the most profound problem in physics.  It’s like theory and observations are refusing to cooperate with an arranged marriage.    Part of the problem has been the inability to unify the mathematics of quantum theory with the equations of general relativity.  But then Nature News added this bombshell: the theory of quantum mechanics, which has dominated physics since the 1930s, might be wrong – at least the Copenhagen Interpretation of QM, which leads to paradoxes that have long made physicists uncomfortable.We have here a strange situation in science.  Leading cosmologists have been willing for a decade now to posit an imponderable substance, dark energy, to preserve favored theories of physics and views of the large scale structure of the universe.  Even more astonishing, they have been telling the world that this mysterious unknown stuff constitutes 74% of reality.  In addition, they have lived with the paradoxes of the Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics for decades – a position that allows for instantaneous action at a distance and for objects to occupy two incompatible states simultaneously.  Are they dabbling in the occult or really getting a grip on the universe?    Perhaps someday they will come up with an acceptable solution for the paradoxes of quantum mechanics, and figure out what dark energy is.  If so, they will be hailed as visionaries who predicted the nature of reality then found it.  If not, future scientists will look back at this period and wonder how brilliant thinkers could have clung to occult forces and unobservable substances for so long.  Today’s science could be regarded as tomorrow’s alchemy.    There is a view of science that doubts man’s ability to comprehend reality as it is.  The job of science, many have argued, is to organize experience to give us a degree of explanation, prediction and control – not to comprehend reality.  This is a pragmatic view.  If by using the equations of quantum mechanics we can make lasers and Geiger counters and cell phones, and explain why a spectrum has broad emission lines, that’s all fine and good.  It may have nothing to do with reality.  Why?  Because there is no way we can get outside of our experience to compare our theories with reality and see if there is a good fit.  A corollary is that scientific knowledge is never universal, timeless, necessary and certain.  It is only tentative.  It is the best we can do for now.  The best theory, though, is not ipso facto a good theory (see best-in-field fallacy).    We know from history that civilizations have had views of nature that we consider wrong, but those views at the time gave them useful degrees of explanation, prediction and control.  In fact, the whole industrial revolution in Western civilization proceeded on ideas about the earth, the universe, the atom and the mind that modern scientists long ago discarded or overhauled completely.  Who could know what revolutions are coming that will render today’s best scientific concepts as hopelessly inadequate?    The tension between observation and theory in today’s cosmology underscores the tentative and historical nature of scientific knowledge.  We should not view science as necessarily progressing toward the truth.  Often, it is more the work of blind men striving to understand the elephant.  Just when they think they have the trunk understood, the tusk presents itself as an anomaly difficult to reconcile with theory.    A few smart blind men might be able to put all the parts of one elephant together into an acceptable theory.  The universe is far too vast for such a program.  There is plenty of space in isolated pockets of the universe for sentient beings to do some work that might prove temporarily useful while such beings are completely out of touch with reality.  Dark matter and dark energy at the moment have all the attributes of occult phenomena.  We will have to wait and see whether dark energy becomes a truly productive hypothesis or joins the scrap heap of phlogiston, caloric, spider eyes, bat wings and rubber chickens.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Lingering issues from 2018’s crops, and plans for 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension agronomistI like to think about how to improve on my crop every year. It looks like yields will be good, but I think I missed out on a few bushels. On my mind for 2019 are several items for both corn and soybeans.For soybean variety selection, I comb the data. I have great friends with all the seed companies, and I want to buy from them all — but I really hold no loyalty to any one company. So I look at data, I often make a seed payment early, and sometimes commit to a particular variety, but I prefer to wait for university results to get a comparison across company offerings. I will also be looking hard for Frogeye leafspot resistance. I saw this disease everywhere this year so I need a boatload of protection. And for herbicide trait I am looking at LibertyLink again. I see plenty of high yielding varieties with the trait. I just need to match yield with Frogeye protection. Waterhemp management isn’t happening. This weed went ballistic this year. I study weed resistance and this one appears to be at about year three in the buildup to full blown resistance. I can control it in corn, with a good pre-emergent herbicide and a dicamba post application. But I know that overusing dicamba will find those resistance genes in there sooner rather than later, so I use Liberty in soybeans. And from Mark Loux, remember “Leave no pigweed behind” because the plant/seed you run through the combine will be out there to germinate next year, and the next too.What about timing of your herbicide application? Early is better, we missed the boat in 2018 with a very wet April and dry May (we were planting, not spraying). But several farmers have come back to me and said they will make a fall herbicide application, for Marestail, and load up on the residuals seven days pre-plant for their 2019 soybean crop. Then they will probably an application of a small seeded broadleaf herbicide (think metolachlor, acetochlor, or similar) with their early post application. I like the sounds of that, and I have seen it work well.Disease protection — we have to put scouting back in our vocabulary and in our methods. Choose resistant hybrids and varieties and then check on them for disease. This business of buying your air-applied fungicide in the dead of winter guarantees an application, but not the need. And with commodity prices I see right now, I want to save money not spend it. Know what your corn and soybean (and wheat) diseases look like and check for them at the appropriate time. If no disease is present, then don’t spray — and know the economic thresholds.Sudden death syndrome “came in” late this year. Did it cause yield loss? Typically in Ohio we see soybean cyst nematode associated with SDS, and SCN often doesn’t show up in plant growth but still causes yield loss. So check for SCN, there are some free sampling kits out there. But really sampling at soybean harvest and getting a feel for your SCN numbers is about maintenance – take advantage of those free tests, but you really ought to sample all of your soybean fields. So whether we had “late SDS” or SCN, we ought to know our levels. And here too, variety selection can help with both of these problems, and so can crop rotation.Gray leaf spot — I never saw so much. I heard that from industry agronomists, and I said it too. I think we need to look a little harder for those good high-yielding hybrids that will tolerate the disease, and even gripe a little to the seed company agronomists and plant breeders when you see them. Things can get better but pressure must be applied. That’s how biological systems make improvements.Hybrid selection — I’ve hit on it some already but again I like data. I WILL check company and university trial results very carefully this year. Yield works for me but I am willing to give up a bit for better disease protection. If I have to pay $30 an acre for a fungicide application that may be 10 bushels per acre if prices don’t improve.Nutrient applications — I am looking for free manure. The nutrients are the same and likely brings along some nitrogen too along with P, K, even sulfur for my crop. My next concern with no manure is potassium. Even though we saw no dry periods this year, I saw K deficiencies. My soil test says I am just a little low, but crops are definitely looking deficient at times. Also, phosphorus I am putting in my most needed spots. I can run a while in areas where I sit in the maintenance range.And then there’s nitrogen — still a concern in 2018. We made a lot, but lost a lot. I still think I was a bit short early when we had rapid growth, and before sidedress timing. And I think it showed up in rows-around on my ears — too many 14s, not enough 18s. So I’ll up my at-plant N, and make sure I have 50 pounds of N at plant not the 22 I had this year. As to rate, I want to move to a variable rate application, but don’t own my own applicator. The easiest way for me to get variable rate is by urea broadcast, and that has issues too so I will probably use the Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator again this next year and put on the right economic rate for the price.Keep up with us at http://agcrops.osu.edu.Harold Watters, Extension Field Agronomist, works out of the Extension office in Bellefontaine and can be reached at [email protected] or by phone at 937 599-4227.last_img read more

ECM: Document Level Security

first_imgThe Tam Tam Blog mentioned an interesting discussion of Document Level Security in discussion by Mark Bennet at New Idea Engineering.The search result of a document search needs to account for security levels assigned by ACLs to documents in the repository.  A given user may be limited to access and search across certain documents.Mark distinguishes between two approaches for document search when security is applied:Early-Binding Security.  In this scenario, the query to the back-end repository incorporates ACL permission conditions into the query.  This efficiently only returns a set of documents appropriate for that user to see.  No post-processing of the data prior to display to the user is required.Late-Binding Security.  In this scenario, after the user query is made against the repository, the returned result set is further post-processed to identify only those documents that the user has permission to see.  This can obviously be a very time-consuming operation, depending on the number of hits in the query.  And if not properly handled, can also cause problems in stating the total number of document hits and how paging between the document results is handled.It’s a good article by Mark describing some of the low level considerations for how to construct the internals of a document/content repository.  I was actually surprised to see in Mark’s list some companies that are not using “Early Binding”.  The Formtek applications and SDK have always only exclusively used Early Binding.last_img read more

New Orleans Pelicans win NBA draft lottery, right to pick No. 1

first_imgLATEST STORIES The Knicks, Suns and Cavs didn’t have much interest in winning this season, with none winning more than 19 games. The ping-pong balls apparently weren’t interested in having them win the lottery, either.“I don’t think you should ever not play to win basketball games,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “I don’t see where it would help you.”Cleveland will pick fifth, followed by Phoenix, Chicago and Atlanta. Washington has the No. 9 pick, Atlanta goes again at 10 and Minnesota is at No. 11. Charlotte is next up, followed by Miami at 13 and Boston at 14. That pick was conveyed to the Celtics by Sacramento as part of an earlier trade.The Hawks felt they were big winners, too, after getting two top-10 picks.“There are always good players,” said Hawks guard Kevin Huerter, the No. 19 pick in last year’s draft and part of Atlanta’s contingent at the lottery. “Every team just has to go out and find them.”UCF center Tacko Fall, the 7-foot-6 draft hopeful, played against Williamson in the second round of the NCAA tournament — a 77-76 Duke victory that went down to the very last moment, a game where Williamson scored 32 points. Fall was asked Tuesday who he would take with the No. 1 pick in this draft, and he did not hesitate for even a second before answering.“Zion,” Fall said. “He’s a once-in-a-generation player. I’d seen him on TV a lot, but when you play against this kid, you just see it. He’s different.”Murray State’s Ja Morant, projected by many as a strong candidate to be chosen No. 2 overall, was among the players in the audience viewing the proceedings.“I don’t have any reaction,” Morant said. “I was just excited to be here and be in the position that I’m in and just to see how it all played out. Honestly, I don’t know what number or where I’ll land. Obviously, whatever team drafts me, I’ll be happy to go there and bring it every night.”Williamson was one of three now-former Duke starters at the lottery — R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish were among the invited players as well. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess David Griffin, New Orleans Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations, holds up placards after it was announced that the Pelicans had won the first pick during the NBA basketball draft lottery Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)CHICAGO — Zion Williamson has never been to New Orleans.That may be changing very soon.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Barrett and Reddish don’t know where they’re heading.Williamson now has a pretty good idea.Aided by a lucky tie that came from Cavaliers executive Jeff Cohen — the one Cohen wore for all three of Cleveland’s lottery wins, and one Griffin insisted he get to use this year — along with an angel pin that belonged to his grandmother and the winning ping-pong ball combination of 7-4-12-13, Griffin is already off to a flying start in New Orleans.And maybe Davis will be more interested in staying now.“I don’t think it’ll play into it hugely,” Griffin said. “If he was open-minded to believing that we could build a winner around him, he’s more open-minded to it. … We’re going to build something that we hope everyone wants to be part of and I believed very strongly Anthony’s going to want to be part of that whether we win this or not. I think when you have elite talent, that tends to attract other truly elite talent.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Griffin was with Cleveland when the Cavaliers won the lottery in 2011, 2013 and 2014. And now it’s the Pelicans, his new employer, which has struck lottery gold. They defied the odds to do it; the Pelicans entered the lottery with a 6% chance of winning the No. 1 pick for the June 20 draft.So now, instead of going into a summer where they may have traded Davis — the player New Orleans got when it won the lottery in 2012, the player who was openly disgruntled this season — the Pelicans have a chance at becoming much better, and fast.“This just jump-starts the process,” Griffin said. “It’ll be harder for me to mess it up than it would have been before this.”Memphis will choose second, New York third and the Los Angeles Lakers will pick fourth. The Pelicans, Grizzlies and Lakers all moved up to get a top-four spot; New York, Phoenix and Cleveland had the best odds of winning the lottery at 14% each, and none of those clubs even got a top-two pick.The lottery had a new format this year, one that the league hoped would even the playing field in a number of ways and didn’t make all-out tanking a more enticing option to teams looking to maximize their chance at securing the No. 1 pick.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Endgame Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ The Pelicans bucked seriously long odds Tuesday night, winning the NBA draft lottery and the right to have the first chance at selecting the former Duke star next month — and potentially pairing him with Anthony Davis, in what would immediately become one of the league’s most intriguing frontcourt duos.“I don’t believe the universe makes mistakes,” said David Griffin, who is barely a month into his tenure as New Orleans’ executive vice president of basketball operations. “I just think we have something special going on.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGriffin doesn’t play the lottery, unless the jackpot is one of those billion-dollar-type enormous ones.Maybe he should. The ping-pong balls seem to bounce his way a lot.last_img read more