A Man’s A Man Star Justin Vivian Bond Obsesses Over Jessica Lange, American Hustle & Chex Party Mix

first_img SONG OR SINGER “This week I’ve been listening to June Christy and Linda Thompson’s new record Won’t Be Long Now which was named #1 folk album of 2013 by MOJO.” TV SHOW “Jessica Lange (who is also my celebrity crush), Patti LuPone as a Jesus freak, Angela Bassett as Marie Laveau: The Legendary Voodoo Queen of New Orleans and Kathy Bates as a “racist head” in American Horror Story: Coven? Are you kidding me!?! Nothing will ever be better.” ATHLETE “Uh…I like that Clothes Horse figure skater Ice Queen.” MOVIE “If I didn’t have rehearsals for A Man’s A Man right now I’d be at the Barbara Stanwyck Festival at Film Forum 24/7. I love her and have taken great inspiration from her for my role as The Widow Begbick. The film in current release that I’ve enjoyed most is American Hustle.” Theater stars know what’s hot in entertainment, fashion and pop culture, so Broadway.com decided it was high time to tap in to the after-hours obsessions of our favorite stage actors. Next up is Justin Vivian Bond, the performance artist who received a Tony nod for Kiki & Herb: Alive on Broadway in 2007 and begins previews on January 10 as sexual canteen proprietress Leokadia Begbick in Bertolt Brecht’s A Man’s A Man at Classic Stage Company. Below, Bond shares why Jessica Lange is crush-worthy, what makes Joan Didion’s work worth reading over and over again and why homemade Chex Party Mix should be everybody’s go-to snack. STAGE SHOW (OTHER THAN MY OWN) “I’m looking forward to seeing my friends Anthony Roth Costanzo as Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus at The Met and Taylor Mac with Mandy Patinkin in The Last Two People on Earth.” BOOK “The other day my friend Bradford Nordeen of Dirty Looks posed the following question on Facebook regarding Joan Didion: Slouching Towards Bethlehem or The White Album? I said The White Album, so I’m rereading it. I have no regrets.” CELEBRITY “I can’t stop imitating the ‘Long Island Medium’ (Theresa Caputo)!”center_img View Comments BEAUTY PRODUCT “Colbert MD Illumino Face Oil. LOVE IT! And, of course, the scent I created with the French perfume house Etat Libre d’Orange The Afternoon of a Faun, which is available in finer stores but you can only find the special limited edition packaging on my website.” FASHION DESIGNER “Rachel Comey invited me to sing in her spring/summer 2014 show and made me the gorgeous red lace dress I wore in my Christmas show. I love her.” APP “Witchvox.” RANDOM OBSESSION “Oh God. When I get anxious, I calm my nerves by making my own Chex Party Mix in my oven from scratch, then I eat it. Isn’t that awful? You can tell by my waistline I’ve been a bit anxious lately!” VACATION SPOT “What’s a vacation?”last_img read more

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Feral Hogs

first_imgUniversity of Georgia researchers are surveying landowners in Georgia to quantify the economic damage feral swine are causing the state. A new survey, “Feral Swine on Private Lands in Georgia,” has been mailed to 3,000 landowners across Georgia and is being conducted by professor Michael Mengak and students in UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. UGA Extension and the Warnell School are jointly funding the survey. Feral, or wild, swine are estimated to cause in excess of $1.5 billion in damage nationwide, Mengak said. “It is important to understand the nature of feral swine problems and the damage they cause on a local scale,” said Mengak, who also serves as associate dean for outreach in the Warnell School. “This data informs the Georgia state legislature and natural resource managers of the damage and financial hardship feral swine inflict on farmers and other landowners in Georgia.” Mengak and UGA Extension surveyed landowners about feral swine in 2012. Results from that survey were compiled to calculate economic damages caused by feral swine, typically from damage to farmland through rooting and grubbing, and destroying crops of peanuts, corn and cotton. Feral swine caused more than $81 million in damage to crops and farmland in 41 Georgia counties in 2011, Mengak said. The new, eight-page survey will ask landowners a variety of questions about issues they’ve noticed with feral swine, how owners attempt to control them on their property and whether they feel that feral swine are a nuisance or a benefit. The survey was mailed to registered farmers and to rural landowners outside of metro areas who own at least 5 acres of land. Survey recipients were randomly selected from a large Georgia database. Questions ask when damage was first noticed, what kind of damage was caused, what methods were used to control the feral swine — including lethal means — and how much money is estimated lost due to the feral swine. Researchers also want to know if any landowners prefer to see feral swine on their property and their opinions on whether they think the swine carry diseases or are harmful to other wildlife. “From our previous survey, farmers told us feral swine are very destructive and not welcome in the environment,” Mengak said.Landowners who receive the survey are asked to fill in as much as they can or wish to, then mail it back within two weeks, Mengak said. Survey responses will remain anonymous, and recipients are provided with a postage-paid envelope. It’s believed the Spanish introduced feral swine to the U.S. in the mid-1500s. They were found in just 17 states in 1982, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said they have now spread to 41 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands. They have been cutting a swath of destruction across the U.S., physically damaging crops and property, preying on livestock and wildlife and passing diseases to not only other animals, but also to humans. Feral swine are generally very aggressive. They rapidly reproduce, travel in large groups and thrive in a large variety of habitats. Controlling their population has been an issue, and often landowners turn to state and local agencies or private businesses for help, with varying success. This survey also asks about control methods and landowners’ opinions on their effectiveness, including hunting. The 2015 survey asks if landowners hunt feral swine on their property or allow others to do so, which is something many have suggested as a solution to control feral swine populations. But they can be tough to hunt, Mengak said. “Hunting may take a few animals, but it will never be a solution to this problem,” Mengak said. Intensive trapping is the best method of control at this time. “Poison or toxicants are not legal methods for controlling feral swine, and it is illegal to release feral swine onto someone’s property except under very specific situations and only with permits,” Mengak added. Georgia’s Wildlife Resource Division and Department of Agriculture enforce feral swine laws in Georgia. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s Wildlife Services has in the past offered management solutions at a local level, but it is considering implementing a tougher management program that would span the country. However, the agency wants to see what landowners think before finalizing the plan. Their environmental impact statement is currently under review. “Decision-makers and land managers in Georgia will be better informed about the extent and nature of the feral swine problem once results from the current survey are compiled and summarized,” Mengak said.last_img read more

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Tesla wins another big battery project in Australia

first_imgTesla wins another big battery project in Australia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Electrek:Tesla’s energy division is on a roll when it comes to large battery projects, especially in Australia since the success of its giant battery system in in the country.Now we learn that Tesla won another contract for a massive battery system project to deploy Powerpacks at another wind farm in Australia.Tesla’s 100 MW/129 MWh Powerpack project in South Australia provide the same grid services as peaker plants, but cheaper, quicker, and with zero-emissions, through its battery system. It is so efficient that it reportedly should have made around $1 million in just a few days in January, but Tesla later complained that they are not being paid correctly because the system doesn’t account for how fast Tesla’s Powerpacks start discharging their power into the grid. Overall, it is estimated that Tesla’s giant battery in Australia reduced the grid service cost by 90%.Other markets want similar results, especially in Australia where they arguably need it the most, and they have been ordering similar large-scale projects from Tesla over the past year.The latest was announced today by Infigen Energy, a developer, owner and operator of renewable energy generation assets in Australia. They ordered a 25 MW/52 MWh energy storage system from Tesla to be deployed at their 278.5 MW Lake Bonney Wind Farm – becoming the latest of several Tesla battery projects in South Australia.The project is expected to cost “approximately $38 million” (~$27.5 million USD) and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) along with the SA Government are each committing $5 million in grant funding ($10 million in total). They are expecting construction to start “in the coming weeks.”More: Tesla wins contract for another massive battery system with Powerpackslast_img read more

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Ruth Wilson Talks Mysterious ‘Affair’ Exit: ‘I Didn’t Feel Safe’

first_img– Advertisement – Wilson exited the show at the end of season 4 when her character was killed off. She later revealed that she was “not allowed to talk about why” she left.Ruth Wilson Opens Up About Her Mysterious Exit From The AffairRuth Wilson as Alison in ‘The Affair.’ Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME“What’s important to say is that I did speak up. I did have a voice. I did stand up for myself. There was a situation on The Affair where things didn’t feel right, and I dealt with them, and I managed to protect myself,” the Dark Materials star explained. “It was before #MeToo and before Harvey Weinstein — and yet my instincts were very clear and strong about what I felt was wrong, about what was going on, and what I didn’t feel safe about.”The mystery around the exit was clarified a bit in December 2019, when The Hollywood Reporter published a report in which many claimed she had friction with the show’s creator, Sarah Treem, had problems with the nudity on the show and felt there was a “hostile work environment” after an incident with Girls producer Jenni Konner, Lena Dunham and Affair producer Jeffrey Reiner.- Advertisement – Doing what’s right. It’s been two years since Ruth Wilson‘s exit played out on The Affair, but the mystery around the exit still remains.“The reason I haven’t gone into The Affair is that I haven’t worked out how to discuss it. There’s a lot of noise and anger surrounding it, and really the power rests with me to choose how I discuss my life and my experiences,” the actress, 38, explained during an interview with Stylist magazine, published on Tuesday, November 3.- Advertisement – The incident reportedly occurred in 2016 when the producer showed a photo of a nude Maura Tierney and a nude male actor working as a body double. A blind item was posted about the incident by Konner.Ruth Wilson Opens Up About Her Mysterious Exit From The AffairRuth Wilson as Alison and Dominic West as Noah in ‘The Affair.’ Mark Schafer/SHOWTIMEIn an open letter to Deadline, Treem claimed that after the blind item was posted, she “urged Showtime to do something” and said she wanted to “shut down production, do sensitivity training, address the cast and crew and apologize for what had occurred.” However, that didn’t happen.“Instead, I was told to stick to certain talking points and let the network handle the response,” she claimed. “By the time the third season was over, Showtime executives told me to write Ruth out of the show.”- Advertisement – Shortly after Wilson’s exit, star Joshua Jackson also chose to leave the show. Dominic West and Tierney remained on the show for its final season in 2019.Showtime did not comment on the claims.Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news!last_img read more

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Arsenal scheme fires confidence

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Buses still able to leave and enter Jakarta despite calls for quarantine

first_imgThe agency also consulted the Transportation Ministry’s land transportation director general, the Public Works and Housing Ministry’s highways director general, the Toll Road Management Agency head and the Greater Jakarta Transportation Agency head.However, Syafrin asserted that implementation of the policy required the government’s approval through the BPTJ.The Jakarta administration has extended the capital’s emergency status to April 19 as the spread of the virus in capital — the nation’s epicenter of the outbreak — continues unabated.Health experts and analysts have called for a quarantine in the capital city to curb the transmission of the virus, as increasing numbers of positive cases detected in others regions are found to have been imported from Greater Jakarta.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, however, remained adamant a quarantine would not be imposed. Instead, he called on Monday for the implementation of “large-scale social restrictions” as outlined in the 2018 Health Quarantine Law and asserted that declaring a lockdown was the sole authority of the central government.As of Monday, Indonesia had reported 1,414 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 698 of which were recorded in Jakarta. A total of 122 people have died from the disease. (aly)Topics : On Sunday, the agency decided to prevent residents in the capital from leaving the city by suspending the service of AKAP buses as well as tourist buses starting at 6 p.m. on Monday.Syafrin said on Sunday the agency would monitor AKAP bus stops, such as Kalideres terminal in Cengkareng, West Jakarta; Tanjung Priok terminal in North Jakarta; and Kampung Rambutan terminal in Cipayung and Pulogebang terminal in Cakung, East Jakarta, to ensure the suspension of operations was enforced.The decision was made following reports that thousands of people were leaving the capital for their hometowns, a tradition known as mudik (exodus), despite the government’s warnings against it, risking the further transmission of COVID-19.Read also: Jokowi refuses to impose lockdown on Jakarta Bus routes connecting Jakarta and other cities and provinces will remain open following the cancellation of a plan to temporarily suspend operations of Greater Jakarta-based intercity and interprovincial (AKAP) buses.“We need a letter from the Transportation Ministry’s Greater Jakarta Transportation Agency [BPTJ] to implement the plan, but we have not received the letter to date,” Jakarta Transportation agency head Syafrin Liputo told The Jakarta Post via phone Monday afternoon.He confirmed that without the letter, the Greater-Jakarta based AKAP buses could still leave and enter the city.last_img read more

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Three Gold Coast residences make the top 10 list

first_img16-22 Parklane Terrace, Sovereign Islands.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoIt’s been on the market since March but continues to attract interest- it’s currently for sale at $11.98 million.The massive 2973sq m property was designed as a boatie’s paradise with more than 100m of water frontage and three pontoons.Luxury features include a grand staircase, lift, library and 16-car basement while a 20m pool, spa, outdoor kitchen and tennis court complete the entertainment precinct.There is also a separate guesthouse or maid’s quarters with its own bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, gym, bar and sauna. 16-22 Parklane Terrace, Sovereign Islands. 177 Simpsons Rd, Elanora. 16-22 Parklane Terrace, Sovereign Islands is the most-viewed Gold Coast home on realestate.com.au this year.THE Gold Coast has no shortage of luxury properties so it should come as no surprise to see three making the top 10 list of most-viewed Queensland homes on realestate.com.au for 2017.A sprawling mega mansion spanning four blocks at 16-22 Parklane Terrace, Sovereign Islands was the Coast’s biggest winner coming in at number seven.Parklane Manor has seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, four living areas, two bars and a media room. 177 Simpsons Rd, Elanora.A more modest four-bedroom Elanora house that sold in July came in at number seven.On a 1009sq m block at 177 Simpsons Rd, the house features split-level family and dining areas, a timber deck and leafy surroundings.“This combination of such a tasteful, elegant home in an inspirational, nature setting is exceptionally rare to find,” the listing states.It sold for $730,000 in July. 2585 Gracemere Circuit North, Hope Island. 2585 Gracemere Circuit North, Hope Island.The third Gold Coast property to make the list of most-viewed homes was a mega mansion at 2585 Gracemere Circuit North, Hope Island. It came in at number eight.The Versace-styled Sails, features six bedrooms and 10 bathrooms and its on a 5371sq m block.The top 10 Queensland list of most-viewed homes on realestate.com.au is gathered from both website and app hits between January 1 and November 30.last_img read more

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How much you need to renovate billionaire’s fixer-upper penthouse

first_imgSoul penthouse in Surfers ParadiseBILLIONAIRE Tony Fung ditched the fix to go straight for the flip on his $7m bare-bones fixer-upper penthouse – and here’s how much the amazing fit-out he’d planned could cost you.The Soul penthouse in Surfers Paradise was little more than a very expensive concrete bunker when Mr Fung bought the gutted four-storey property under the hammer, but he’s poured serious dollars into work behind the scenes including luxurious designs fit for the most discerning of billionaires.Tony Fung has been spending millions along the coast in recent years. Picture: Richard Gosling This is how it looked when Mr Fung paid $7m for the penthouse in 2015. Artist’s impression of the library showing circular openings across several floors offering visual links inside the vast penthouse.The penthouse had been stripped before Mr Fung bought it, the logic being that it was ready for the new owner to customise to their own taste. In Mr Fung’s case, it was more than a million-dollar renovation project – it would cost several of them, sources close to him said.“To deliver the fit-out as per the drawings would be between $3m and $5m,” the source told The Courier-Mail.That means whoever buys the four-storey penthouse and renovates according to Mr Fung’s vision was looking at “a final price of $11m to $13m” when all was said and done.FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKVision of what the main lobby of the penthouse on level would look like. Large circular openings in the floors connect multiple floors in this drawing. View from one of the Soul penthouse floors on the Gold Coast.The Penthouse at 4 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise, was divided into six bedrooms, six bathrooms and has eight car spaces allocated to it – and is on the market for $7.95m.It does have some of the most breathtaking views in Queensland, up and down the Gold Coast beachline, a hot tub, internal lift, alfresco rooftop entertaining area and one of the highest pools in the state.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoBut it also is missing just about everything else one might expect, like a completed kitchen, kitted out bathrooms, finished walls and ceilings.The penthouse is made up of four storeys. The view from the Soul penthouse on the Gold Coast. Ceiling detail in the master bedroom in lucky number eight pattern. The interiors were stripped of everything to allow the new owner to customise it.The plan was for the Soul penthouse to become his family’s home base on the Gold Coast, where they were looking to pour millions into casino development and other businesses.But with his casino plans for Queensland hitting snags, the Fung family has decided that their other two hinterland properties are sufficient for that purpose. One in the Noosa hinterland which has its own 18-hole golf course and a helipad has been owned by the family for over 20 years, while the other was the sprawling $20m Aquis farm in the Gold Coast hinterland that they’d rescued from receivers after Nathan Tinkler went bust.Mr Fung’s vision for the 72nd floor master bedroom. Level 73 was to have the penthouse’s pool and entertaining deck.last_img read more

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Burundi’s President Urges End to Protest, Coup Leader At Large

first_imgBurundian President Pierre Nkurunziza’s spokesman said he had returned to the capital on Friday after a failed coup but that the general behind it had not been arrested as he had reported earlier, adding to confusion after three days of turmoil.In an address on the small east African country’s state radio, Nkurunziza urged an end to weeks of demonstrations over his quest for a third term in office.“There is peace in the whole country, including in the capital city where the coup-makers were operating,” he said after a day of clashes in which at least a dozen people were killed.“Whoever wants to bring trouble in the country will not go far.”Nkurunziza’s spokesman said earlier that Burundian forces had arrested General Godefroid Niyombare, who had announced the president’s ouster on Wednesday while he was abroad.Niyombare “has not been arrested”, presidential spokesman Gervais Abayeho told Reuters later. He said the source of his earlier statement had corrected the information.Burundi was plunged into deep crisis after Nkurunziza announced he was running for another five-year term, with clashes between police and protesters stirring memories of an ethnically driven civil war that ended just a decade ago.Opponents say his decision violates the constitution and a deal to end the war that pitted rebel groups of the majority Hutu population, including one led by Nkurunziza, against the army which was then commanded by minority Tutsis.The army is now mixed and has absorbed rival factions, but the coup attempt exposed alarming divisions.Troops loyal to Nkurunziza had largely calmed the streets on Friday after frequent gunfire on Thursday.But activists called for more rallies against the president, while some Bujumbura residents said police told them they would be fired upon at if they did demonstrate.last_img read more

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EIAC All-Sports 2012

first_imgA big thank you to Mark Ferguson, athletic director at Batesville High School, for providing me with final statistics for last year’s EIAC.  There definitely is a pattern with both the boys and girls standings.  East Central and Batesville dominated the EIAC.  East Central was first in the boys and Batesville was first in the girls.  Overall, East Central was first, Batesville was second, and Greensburg was third.  On the flip side, the Lawrenceburg athletes were overwhelmed by the other EIAC teams.  Only Franklin County girls challenged them for ineptness.  In 9 sports the Lawrenceburg boys averaged a 5th place finish out of 6 teams and the Franklin County girls averaged a dismal 6th.  If it weren’t for girls’ golf, Franklin County girls might have set an all-time low in the conference rankings.  Overall, the statistics show that East Central, Batesville, and Greensburg are the “haves” and South Dearborn, Franklin County, and Lawrenceburg are the “have nots”.  It will be interesting to see, with the addition of Rushville and Connersville, how the 2013-14 statistics compare.  I would predict that Connersville will join the top half and Rushville will line up in the lower half.  Rushville’s enrollment has dwindled so much in the last few years that they are having trouble fielding competitive squads in some of their sports.  In another article, I will talk about some individual sports.  For example, East Central boys have never lost a swimming title until last year.  Look for more to come!last_img read more

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