View Comments Tony-winning director Joe Mantello is at the helm of the new Stephen Sondheim and David Ives musical based on two movies by surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel, according to The New York Post. Following a reading earlier this year, their new project is poised to continue its development at the Public Theater and beyond.A full workshop presentation of Buñuel is set to take place in March 2017, with a potential off-Broadway production scheduled at the Public that fall. The Post also reported that mega-producer Scott Rudin is attached to the title, indicating that Broadway could be on the horizon for the musical, which is inspired by Buñuel’s The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and The Exterminating Angel.A private reading at the Public in August featured Brian Stokes Mitchell, Shuler Hensley, Sierra Boggess, Nancy Opel and Marc Kudisch. At that time, the Public said in a statement, “We are happily developing the Buñuel project with Stephen Sondheim and hope to present it in the near future, but no set date has been confirmed.” Joe Mantello(Photo: Bruce Glikas)
As we mark the 20th anniversary of Blue Ridge Outdoors, it’s time to celebrate some major successes in protecting human health and the environment in our region, resulting from the tireless efforts of public interest groups and thousands of concerned citizens. At the same time, we’d be remiss to ignore the substantial work yet to be done. Here, then, is a rundown of several significant environmental milestones in Appalachia—both successes and setbacks—over the past two decades.Southern Appalachian national forests saved. Almost five million acres of national forest from Virginia to Alabama offer some of the best recreational opportunities in the East, protect drinking water, shelter a wide variety of fish and wildlife, and pump millions of dollars into local economies. We are happy to report that a sizable chunk of this precious resource has been protected. Expanded wilderness areas, improvements to long-term forest management plans, and halts to clear cutting have helped. So has inclusion of 725,000 acres of roadless areas in the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the rule to stand in 2012.“The roadless areas in our national forests represent an essential part of America’s natural heritage,” said Southern Environmental Law Center General Counsel David Carr. “Permanently protecting them ensures that they will remain healthy and whole to be enjoyed by current and future generations.”Amid the onslaught of misguided road-building proposals, excessive use of off-road vehicles, and, of course, continuous pressure from industry to drill, baby, drill, victories like this will help preserve increasingly rare hardwood forests and myriad other natural resources.Pointless, destructive road through Smokies Stopped. Powerful forces in Swain County, N.C., lobbied hard for decades to build a road straight through the wildest area of Great Smoky Mountain National Park. But in the end, reason and respect for the earth prevailed.It all started when another county road was flooded in the 1940s to create Fontana Lake. In the 1960s, the National Park Service started to build a replacement. The project was abandoned on economic and environmental grounds, but apparently that didn’t matter to some county residents, who wanted a road no matter what.Thankfully, in February 2010, a settlement was reached to halt construction permanently. Swain County got $52 million out of the deal, and environmentalists were thrilled because the proposed road would have lacerated the largest unbroken, federally owned forest in the East. Vital habitat for rare birds, bears, and fish—not to mention the wilderness character of that section of the park—would have evaporated.“Stopping this ‘road to nowhere’ was a significant victory for all who treasure the beauty of this region, and it protected one of the most breathtaking areas in the Smokies,” said D.J. Gerken, managing attorney in SELC’s Asheville Office.Wilderness Bill Saves Jefferson National Forest. In March 2009, U.S. legislators approved the largest piece of wilderness legislation the Southern Appalachians have seen in a decade. The Virginia Ridge and Valley Act ensures that more than 53,000 acres of the Jefferson National Forest will remain forever wild by establishing six new wilderness areas and expanding several others. It also designated a wilderness study area and two new national scenic areas. It helped that the bill had a lot of fans, including religious, tourism, and recreation groups, state and local governments, businesses, and, of course, conservationists.Bills like this are sorely needed. For example, according to the SELC, in Virginia just 177,214 acres—less than one percent of the state—are congressionally designated wilderness. By contrast, a 1999 U.S. Forest Service study found that in 2050, demand for wilderness recreation opportunities will have soared by 171 percent. Numbers like these eviscerate the claim that there’s too much useless wilderness out there. One percent is too much? Really?Proposed new coal plants defeated; existing plants retired. Although King Coal might appear to be invincible, he most assuredly is not. Consider, for example, the significant number of new coal plants that were stopped or scrapped throughout the region in the past 20 years. The proposed 1500-megawatt coal plant for Surry County, Va., is one. This smog-belching monstrosity, which the Old Dominion Electric Company was persuaded not to build after a massive public outcry, would have torched about 9,000 tons of southern Appalachian coal—much of it from devastating mountaintop removal mines—every single day. Instead, tons of carbon dioxide and other pollutants will be kept out of the atmosphere and peoples’ lungs. Victories like these have prevented untold air and water pollution in the Southeast, which, as a region, remains one of world’s largest contributors to climate change. That’s why environmental groups are still working to convince utilities that it’s time to retire aging coal plants and invest in cleaner technologies. It’s an uphill slog, to be sure, but there’s arguably no greater environmental priority in Appalachia.Major gains made in renewables, especially solar. To hear industry apologists tell it, renewable energy is, and always will be, a pipe dream. You’ve heard the refrain: Renewables are too expensive, plus the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow, so let’s just cut our losses and keep choking on coal dust.But the challenges that come with renewables aren’t the show-stoppers they once were. Solar alone could easily supply a good portion of Appalachia’s energy needs if we would stop subsidizing Big Oil and build a solid renewable energy infrastructure.Not only has the cost of solar panels plummeted some 400 percent in just the past few years, but the intermittent nature of many renewables is no longer a big deal thanks to a host of new energy storage technologies, including higher-capacity, longer-lasting batteries, compressed air systems, and hydroelectric pumps. We’ve come so far that a Delaware-sized area would be enough to power the entire country using solar-concentrated power plants.So it’s now a question of public policy, not technology, and that’s why we need politicians who aren’t beholden to the petrochemical industrial complex. “If you look at Europe, especially Germany, they create policies that create good energy systems,” says Jeff Deal, senior project manager at the Appalachian Institute for Renewable Energy. “There’s no question that it’s a policy issue, not a feasibility issue.”Tennessee Wilderness still in jeopardy. The vast area known as the Cherokee National Forest in east Tennessee exemplifies our continuing struggle against those who would destroy our last wild places for dubious short-term gain. According to SELC, this national treasure comprises some 640,000 mountainous acres sheltering a huge variety of wildlife in diverse forest habitats, including 43 species of mammals, 55 species of reptiles and amphibians, dozens of bird species, and some of the region’s largest quantities of native brook trout. The Appalachian Trail and Benton MacKaye Trail wind through here, too, which makes the area a bucket-list destination for legions of hikers every year.Unfortunately, only about 10 percent of the Cherokee National Forest is officially designated as wilderness. That leaves it vulnerable to logging, mining, fracking, road building, and other indignities. A coalition called Tennessee Wild is trying to stem the tide of exploitation by promoting a bill that would designate almost 20,000 additional acres of the forest as wilderness. It needs all the support it can get—meaning yours.Mountaintop removal mining remains a scourge. Blowing up mountains to extract the coal from within may be relatively cheap and easy, but it’s been an unmitigated disaster for those unfortunates who happen to live near the resulting scars in the earth. Toxic chemicals and sediment leaching from open-pit mines flow directly into once-pristine waterways that provide vital drinking water and animal habitats. People and animals are poisoned, sometimes severely. Fish die in droves.The so-called mitigation efforts trumpeted by industry aren’t working very well, either. For example, one recent study found there are more streams damaged or destroyed from mining than “restored,” and even the restored streams don’t function like they used to and wouldn’t pass a reasonable environmental assessment.The bottom line: mountaintop removal mining has decimated more than 500 of the oldest, most biologically rich mountains in America, along with more than 2,000 miles of headwater streams. It has also destoryed countless communities and degraded human health across Appalachia.For the time being, market forces are beginning to stem the tide as Appalachian coal gets more expensive compared to Western coal and natural gas. “Those two things are sort of out-competing mountaintop removal coal from Appalachia,” says Eric Chance, spokesperson for Appalachian Voices. The bad news is that markets are, of course, cyclical, and coal could be cheap again before we know it.GW National Forest partly opened to drilling. Last November, the Forest Service released a new long-term management plan opening 177,000 acres of the George Washington National Forest to fracking. It’s not an unmitigated disaster, considering the GW contains some 1.1 million acres, the vast majority of which remain protected. Indeed, two new wilderness areas are proposed, others will be will be expanded, and a new recreation area will be added. And the draft management plan released three years ago would have opened most of the forest to vertical drilling.But the final plan sets an unwelcome precedent and helps perpetuate this country’s seemingly unending addiction to fossil fuels. “We think our public lands should be preserved for the public good,” Chance says. “There are still a lot of unknowns regarding the long-term consequences of fracking.”And more than just those 177,000 acres are at stake; fracking requires an extensive infrastructure that will diminish the wilderness character of the rest of the forest, and fishing, paddling, and other recreational activities—not to mention drinking water supplies—could be threatened. The GW is the largest national forest in the East with more than one million visitors annually. Millions more living downstream depend on its protected drinking water supplies. The government should have said no to fracking, period.So there you have it: some significant achievements, to be sure, but storm clouds loom. That’s where you come in. Apathy will guarantee that our environmental successes are swallowed by a host of atrocities perpetrated by those who view the natural world as their personal ATM. So get off the couch and do something. Volunteer, donate, write your congressional representative—whatever you can. Together, let’s make the next 20 years even better than the last and leave a legacy for our children that we can be proud of and they will cherish.
From mountain creek trails to sweeping high-country scenic vistas, Scott County offers a variety of hiking options in the southwestern tip of Virginia. Cover photo: Completely surrounded by forestland, experience fall at Bark Camp Lake in Scott County. Photo by Pam Cox. The entire family will enjoy an outing to Creation Kingdom Zoo, an interactive habitat for rare and endangered species. This fall, kids will also enjoy a trip to the Punkin’ Patch for a stroll through the corn maze or ride on the hay wagon. At 19 miles, the Chief Benge Scout Trail creates the perfect tour of the High Knob land formation. Starting at the High Knob Lookout Tower near Norton and ending at the Hanging Rock Recreation Area, the trail passes everything from sweeping 360-degree vistas of five states to rugged mountain stream gorges, waterfalls, two high elevation lakes, and dense hardwood forests. The county’s most popular hike, The Devil’s Bathtub, is located within the Jefferson National Forest. Choose from two different hikes—a seven-mile round trip along Devil’s Fork Loop or the two-mile trek to the Bathtub. Be prepared with the right shoes for 13 creek crossings and slippery rocks. You’ll find seven trails of varying lengths and difficulty at Natural Tunnel State Park. The most popular, Lover’s Leap, is only .36 miles and provides hikers the opportunity to gaze down to the that was naturally-carved through a limestone ridge over thousands of years. Additionally, the park offers great camping sites and four primitive yurts. A hike to Little Stony Falls is a photographer’s dream. With three waterfalls, this 2.8-mile trail follows Little Stony Creek through a 400-foot deep and 1,700-foot wide gorge featuring large outcrops, rock ledges, and boulders. The highlight of the trip is the 27-foot waterfall at the top, offering the perfect swimming hole or spot to cast a line for trophy trout. ExploreScottCountyVA.org WanderLove is calling you to Scott County, Va. Grab a bite to eat at one of the county’s many iconic restaurants, such as the Hob Nob, Campus Drive-in, Teddy’s, ChuBeez, or Front Porch Store and Deli. No trip to Scott County is complete without a visit to The Family Bakery for the world’s best cupcakes. For an overnight stay, check out Appalachian Mountain Cabins, Estillville Bed & Breakfast, Roberts Mills Suites, Boone Pointe Cabins, or Happy Trails Cottage. Or pitch a tent along the Clinch River at SomeThing Squatchy or Camp Clinch. Après Hike
A few weeks back we announced that, for the second year in a row, CO-OP would be bringing the Crasher program to THINK 19 in partnership with Filene Research Institute and The Cooperative Trust. This year we received applications from so many outstanding candidates and after much careful deliberation – we are excited to announce our THINK 19 Crashers!These Crashers embody the enthusiasm, drive and commitment to excellence that will continue to define and propel the credit union movement forward. In addition to having the opportunity to meet and mingle with innovators and thought leaders like CUNA CEO Jim Nussle, Jose Andres, Seth Godin and Bradley Leimer, they will also receive personal mentoring from CO-OP leaders and credit union executives who are a part of CO-OP’s Co-Creation Councils. Meet our THINK 19 Crashers:Arpi Andzhunyan, Accountant IIFarmers Insurance Federal Credit Union, CaliforniaDescribe Yourself in 3 Words: Motivated, outgoing, hard-workingWhy Crash THINK? “It excites me to know that I will be given the opportunity to meet with many individuals within my age group and actually build a valuable network. Attending this conference will allow me to share my vision amongst peers from who I will develop the ability to think outside of the box.”Mike Barakat, System Admin ICoastal Credit Union, North CarolinaDescribe Yourself in 3 Words: Passionate, caring, connectorWhy Crash THINK? “This conference [will] be a wonderful opportunity to meet the knowledgeable leaders of this industry to learn about our past and present in order to create a bright future.”Tamarah Brooks, Member Service RepresentativeThe Family Credit Union, IowaDescribe Yourself in 3 Words: Sassy, innovator, leaderWhy Crash THINK? “I’m driven to expand and educate the youth on how important credit unions are for now and the future. I believe our members are the top priority and if I get chosen, I would come back home and serve them better.”Joe Cacioppo, Security Analyst IICO-OP Financial Services, GeorgiaDescribe Yourself in 3 Words: Passionate, kind, articulateWhy Crash THINK? “I’m looking forward to gaining insight into how technology drives credit union growth at THINK 19.”Remie Cruz, Deposit Services ManagerWright-Patt Credit Union, OhioDescribe Yourself in 3 Words: Driven, Kind, SupportiveWhy Crash THINK? “I would love to network with other like-minded credit union professionals to discuss/learn how credit unions can continue to stay relevant while being good stewards of our member’s money.”Alicia Disantis, Marketing Program ManagerCU Service Network, ColoradoDescribe Yourself in 3 Words: Curious, creative, compassionateWhy Crash THINK? “For the past seven years, I have watched the THINK Conference evolve from a product-oriented, operational event to a wildly-progressive brainstorming symposium. I want to be part of it – attend the workshops, see the speakers and collaborate with the best individuals the credit union movement has to offer. ”Aleasha Ford, Fulfillment Officer IISpokane Teachers Credit Union, WashingtonDescribe Yourself in 3 Words: Passion for learningWhy Crash THINK? “My home is in the credit union industry, and I can’t think of a better opportunity to strengthen the movement and empower myself as a young credit union professional than attending this conference.”Madison Hersom, Implementation ManagerCO-OP Financial Services, IowaDescribe Yourself in 3 Words: Positive, easy-going, curiousWhy Crash THINK? “THINK [will] provide an opportunity to gain insight into our clients and their members. Not only can I internalize this experience to become a better employee and improve client experience, but I can share what I learned with my team.”Joshua Josephson, Deposit Product ManagerCanvas Credit Union, North CarolinaDescribe Yourself in 3 Words: Fun, analytics, professionalWhy Crash THINK? “It would be great to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing our industry with other credit union professionals. It would also be beneficial to hear how the guest speakers addressed these issues in their own industries or positions, and how I can apply those same techniques to my role.”Kaitlyn Newlin, Contracts ManagerCO-OP Financial Services, CaliforniaDescribe Yourself in 3 Words: Curious, ambitious, tacticalWhy Crash THINK? “I’m looking forward to going to THINK so that I can build relationships with our customers, network with industry and emerging leaders, and continue to be inspired!”Dain Stevens, Payments ManagerWECU, WashingtonDescribe Yourself in 3 Words: Passionate, trustworthy, caringWhy Crash THINK? “Ideally, I’d like to be mentored by someone in product development or data analytics to get an inside look at how another organization handles these disciplines.”Christopher Taylor, Card Services SupervisorElevations Credit Union, ColoradoDescribe Yourself in 3 Words: Enthusiastic, Hard Working, FriendlyWhy Crash THINK? “As I grow in my career, areas I am wanting to learn more about include strategy, risk and project/product implementation. I’m looking for guidance as to what would be most impactful for me to learn to support my strategic initiatives.”Choua Yang, Assistant Consumer Loan ManagerHiway Federal Credit Union, MinnesotaDescribe Yourself in 3 Words: Kidding Not KiddingWhy Crash THINK? “I am one of the committee members for the Hiway Young Professionals. Our committee focuses on keeping our young professionals engaged in credit union events and activities. I’d love to see what I can learn and bring back home with me that will be of value to Hiway.”Congratulations to all of our Crashers – we can’t wait to see you at THINK 19!Meet the THINK Crashers along with 800+ credit union professionals at THINK 19 – May 6-9 in Miami Beach, Florida. Register now for the credit union industry’s premier thought leadership conference: 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Nightclubs closed their doors Monday in four more regions of Spain as new measures to curb a rise in COVID-19 infections came into effect, a day after a noisy Madrid protest against virus restrictions.Spain’s most populous region, Andalusia, along with Galicia and Cantabria in the north and Castilla and Leon in the center were the latest Spanish regions to begin enforcing 11 measures the government unveiled Friday to curb one of the fastest virus growth rates in Europe.Two other regions, La Rioja and Murcia, began applying the measures on Sunday. They include the closure of all discos, night clubs and dancing halls while restaurants and bars are required to close by one am, with no new guests allowed in from midnight in a country known for late-night partying.All of Spain’s 17 regional governments, which are responsible for healthcare, agreed to enforce the measures which also include a ban on smoking outdoors in public places when a distance of two meters cannot be maintained and limits on visits to retirement homes.Chanting “freedom”, between 2,500 and 3,000 people, according to a police estimate, rallied in Madrid on Sunday evening against the mandatory use of facemasks and other government-imposed virus restrictions.Many protesters did not wear a mask in public even though it is required by law across Spain and did not respect social distancing rules. “What happened will be punished with the greatest severity,” the central government’s representative in Madrid, Jose Manuel Franco, told Cadena Ser radio.Meanwhile the northern Basque Region on Monday declared a “health emergency: which will allow it to impose tougher restrictions than its neighbors because of the risk of a “tsunami” of new infections.Spain counts nearly 343,000 infections, the highest amount in Western Europe. In the past 14 days, it produced 115 new cases per 100,000 people, compared to 45 in neighboring France, 19 in Britain and 16 in Germany.But a large part of the new cases are in asymptomatic people and the lethality of the virus has decreased considerably — out of the 28,617 virus deaths which Spain has recorded less than 300 have occurred since the end of a strict lockdown on June 21. Topics :
Submitted by OA Coach Nathan Dilts. Oldenburg Academy has rescheduled the Banker’s Life Fieldhouse games for this Saturday, January 18th.Start times will be: Girls Varsity: 12:30 Oldenburg Academy vs Milan.Boy’s Varsity: 2:30 Oldenburg Academy vs International.The tickets that were purchased for the originally scheduled, snowed out Banker’s Life Fieldhouse game on January 2nd ARE valid for this Saturday’s game.Contact Nathan Dilts, Oldenburg Athletic Director, or see the OA website at www.oaathletics.org, for more details.
The 7th grade football team lost to Greensburg 32 – 6.The defense was led by Isaiah Riffle, Sam Bowman, and Jacob Cruse. Ethan Meyer and Charlie Dice had good games for the offensive line.The Bulldogs scored their touchdown on a 10 yard pass from Seth Gausman to Brayden Linkel.The Batesville Middle School 8th grade football team won their 5th straight game by defeating a very good Greensburg team 8-0. It was also the 5th straight win for the 8th graders who are now 5-2 on the season.It was a truly a team effort as the entire team played with great effort for 4 quarters. The lone touchdown and 2 point conversion was scored by Luke Belter.The defense was led by Gavin Morrison, Alex Love, Caleb Raab and Trey Heidlage but big defensive plays were made by Austin Seifert who had a key interception and by Brice Keeton who made a game saving tackle in the 4 the quarter.The Bulldogs next game is at home against Franklin County on October 7th.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coaches Tony Gausman and Clay Kellerman.
RelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been sentenced to six months in prison for tax fraud in Spain – but the Atletico Madrid ace will pay €36,000 fine to avoid any jail time.Spanish outlet El Mundo report the Brazilian forward pleaded guilty to a tax offence amounting to €1.1 million. He is accused of defrauding the state of more than £900,000 by not declaring payments of more than €5.15 million (£4.63 million) after his move to Chelsea in 2014.The tax agency denounced Costa for defrauding the authorities regarding €1 millio (£890,000) in image rights.The Spanish treasury added another fiscal crime to Costa before withdrawing and halving the fine.Costa is said to have asked Atletico to pay the fee, which they refused.However, they did give the striker an advance on his wages, meaning he could pay the fine in full. The fee is said to be around €500,000 (£450,000).Costa was called to testify in June last year, acknowledging the charges put against him.The 31-year-old was spotted arriving in court on Wednesday for a short period of time, donning a protective face mask.An Atletico spokesman said on Wednesday: “Diego Costa reached an agreement a few months ago with the prosecutor and has already paid the corresponding fine plus interest and the request for a prison sentence was withdrawn.“This week it is expected that agreement will be ratified in court, as is mandatory.” Costa’s Chelsea stint ended in tears after a public fallout with Antonio Conte.Reflecting on his time working with Conte at Stamford Bridge, Costa told ESPN: “[Conte and I] had problems off the pitch, but I think he is a really good manager.“I have no hard feelings towards Conte, but to be a top, top manager, he needs to change the human side of his management. He is very suspicious. At a team like, say, Real Madrid, he would never last a season.”Tags: Antonio ConteAtletico MadridChelseaDiego Costa
Schalke are close to agreeing a deal with Manchester City to sign defender Matija Nastasic, according to the German club’s general manager Horst Heldt. The Serbia international, 21, is out of favour at City under Manuel Pellegrini, having not made a Barclays Premier League appearance this season. Heldt told Germany’s Sport Bild magazine that a deal could be done within days. Press Association He said: “We are negotiating back and forth, that’s how it goes. You get closer and closer and in this case we are no longer far apart from each other. I am optimistic that we will get this done in the coming days.” Heldt added the deal would be “a loan with an option to buy”. Nastasic joined City from Fiorentina in 2012, signed by former boss Roberto Mancini. He made 13 league appearances last season as City won the title, but his only outing this term has been in the Community Shield in August. Schalke are coached by former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo.
Milton Keynes is also an option for Tottenham, but Wenger dismissed any suggestion it could be Arsenal who offer a temporary home to their bitter rivals. ”Not really,” he said when asked if Tottenham could go to the Emirates Stadium. ”We suffered a lot to build this stadium and had to be very tight financially to pay it back. I don’t know, but I don’t feel it is in our plans to do it. ”We don’t need it and we have not been approached for it as well. It’s a board decision, not mine.” Arsene Wenger has warned Chelsea and Tottenham they could face a disadvantage when they make temporary moves away from their home grounds. Wenger managed Arsenal at the old Wembley as Arsenal opted to play their home Champions League fixtures at the national stadium rather than the much smaller Highbury. The Gunners won just twice in their two-year stay at Wembley – failing to get out of the group stages in either the 1998/99 or 1999/00 competitions. They then moved their fixtures back to Highbury and, although Wenger said at the time of Arsenal announcing their use of Wembley that the club were in a situation where they needed to “either improve or die”, he now admits it was the wrong move. “It was a nightmare,” he said. “In hindsight it was the wrong decision. At the time at Highbury we had to cut 5,000 seats. We decided to go to Wembley, but we didn’t feel at home. “The pitch was bigger, the ground was different and for the English players it was something completely unusual . “We were used at Highbury to a tight pitch and unfortunately we were playing against Dynamo Kiev, who were running everywhere on a very big pitch. It was a disadvantage for sure.” At his press conference ahead of the visit of Chelsea on Sunday, Wenger said he saw no prospect of ground-sharing with north London rivals Tottenham. The Arsenal boss believes their London rivals will not feel at home while they are forced to relocate due to building works, with both eyeing moves to Wembley. Chelsea are seeking a four-year tenancy while Stamford Bridge is redeveloped, while Spurs are likely to need a ground for the 2017/18 campaign as their new stadium next to their current White Hart Lane home is completed. Press Association