An Act of God, Starring Jim Parsons, Opens on Broadway

first_imgAbout the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. An Act of God Related Shows Praise be! An Act of God opens officially at Broadway’s Studio 54 on May 28. The show stars Emmy winner Jim Parsons as the titular deity. The comedy was written by God (sure) and has been transcribed by David Javerbaum, who also collaborated with the Holy Father on The Last Testament: A Memoir. Joe Mantello directs.To celebrate the sacred occasion, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson” penned this sketch of the Great White Way’s holy trinity. Move over, Sistine Chapel. Front and center is the Almighty Himself (as portrayed by Parsons), as well as Tim Kazurinsky and Christopher Fitzgerald as His angels Gabriel and Michael.Happy opening to the cast of An Act of God! Sending you all the Praise Hands emoji.center_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 2, 2015last_img read more

PREMIUMBKPM, SOE Ministry join forces to facilitate government’s priority projects

first_imgThe State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Ministry and the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) have agreed to join forces to ensure the government’s priority projects continue amid the coronavirus pandemic.Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the cooperation, which was signed by SOEs Minister Erick Thohir and BKPM chairman Bahlil Lahadalia in Jakarta on Monday, the two agencies agreed to help each other in realizing the government’s projects, including those carried out by the country’s state-owned companies.The SOE Ministry and the BKPM agreed, for example, to exchange information and data related to investment projects, as well as to ease the issuance of required permits so that the projects could be implemented according to the plan.The two institutions also agreed to a joint promotion to promote investments that could involve the state-owned companies… Google Forgot Password ? Indonesia investment SOEMinistry BKPM MoU cooperation license priority-projects SOEs Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Log in with your social account Linkedinlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Joins Pennsylvania Nurses in Asking PA Delegation to Prioritize Quality, Affordable Healthcare

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter February 14, 2017 Healthcare,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, which represents more than 217,000 registered nurses in Pennsylvania, sent a letter to the Pennsylvania congressional delegation outlining principles that must be included in any changes to the healthcare system.You can read the full letter here.Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association released the following joint statement:“Nurses are on the frontlines of our healthcare system and they know the devastating impact a repeal of the Affordable Care Act without an immediate and carefully-considered replacement could have on millions of Americans. The ACA has allowed for Medicaid expansion to provide more than 700,000 Pennsylvanians with access to health insurance. It has also made life-saving treatments available to nearly 124,000 Pennsylvanians who suffer from substance abuse.“More than one million hardworking Pennsylvanians will be left in limbo without a proper replacement for the ACA. In turn, these individuals may not be able to carry insurance. This will impact already-strained emergency rooms, as well as exacerbate our nation’s nursing shortage and understaffed hospitals. Amidst the opioid epidemic, thousands of citizens will lose access to treatment because they cannot afford out-of-pocket costs. Indeed, Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable populations will suffer from service cuts with the erosion of federal funding to Medicaid.“Our healthcare system must ensure universal access to a standard package of essential healthcare services for all citizens and residents and optimize primary, community-based, and preventive services while supporting the cost-effective use of innovative, technology-driven, acute, hospital-based services. It must encourage mechanisms to stimulate economic use of healthcare services while supporting those who do not have the means to share costs and ensure a sufficient supply of skilled workforce dedicated to providing high-quality healthcare services.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Governor Wolf Joins Pennsylvania Nurses in Asking PA Delegation to Prioritize Quality, Affordable Healthcarelast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces New Student Apprenticeship Opportunities with the School District of Philadelphia

first_img June 19, 2018 Economy,  Education,  Jobs That Pay,  PAsmart,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf announced the approval of an apprenticeship grant to the School District of Philadelphia to assist with the costs of its apprenticeship program for plumbers and electricians, enabling the district to strengthen its apprenticeship programs and put career and technical education students on career pathways within the school district. The funding will build on the governor’s commitment to expanding job training opportunities for Pennsylvanians.“Apprenticeship programs like the School District of Philadelphia’s are vital tools for empowering workers,” Governor Wolf said. “This program in particular is so innovative because it addresses the needs of both students and the school district. Most importantly, it strengthens the local workforce and puts students on good-paying career pathways in the trades.”The grant will provide $45,000 over three years to support the School District of Philadelphia’s apprenticeship program to train plumbers and electricians. The goal of the program is to train students in skilled trades and then employ them within the school district once fully trained. This not only puts students on good-paying, reliable career pathways, but it also enables the school district to address its vacant maintenance positions across the district and increase its effectiveness in addressing critical repairs. Apprentices are required to complete 8,000 hours on-the-job training and 576 hours of classroom training over a 4-year period. Upon completion of the program, apprentices will become certified mechanics of their trade and are guaranteed full-time employment with the School District of Philadelphia. This funding will support the training of three electrician apprentices and two plumber apprentices.“This grant will help support the training and development of our Maintenance Apprenticeship Program, putting our graduates on a path to steady employment right here within the School District,” said Dr. William R. Hite, superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia. “It further enables us to build and retain a sustainable workforce of highly-needed, trained employees, and supports our mission to provide strong school-facing support and customer service. We appreciate the support from the Wolf Administration as we work to strengthen this important program and enhance opportunities for graduates.”Apprenticeships are a key component of Governor Wolf’s PAsmart proposal designed to strengthen Pennsylvania’s workforce. As part of the governor’s 2018-2019 budget proposal, PAsmart would improve coordination across commonwealth agencies and invest $50 million to improve access for Pennsylvania students and workers to education, training, and career readiness programs. That investment includes an additional $7 million to support apprenticeships, with the goal of doubling the number of registered apprentices in Pennsylvania by 2025. Working collaboratively with the business community, community colleges, and other higher education providers, funds will support youth pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship experiences as well as adult apprenticeship programs at the postsecondary level.PAsmart would also build on the Wolf Administration’s Apprenticeship Training Office (ATO) which the administration established in 2016 to support and expand registered apprenticeship programs statewide. Since the ATO was created in early 2016, the office has registered 107 new sponsors and 149 new apprenticeship programs or occupations, bringing the total number of registered apprentices to 15,476 statewide.For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to workforce development, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Announces New Student Apprenticeship Opportunities with the School District of Philadelphialast_img read more

VIDEO: Cocoa Beach Muck Dredging Underway

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Brevard County’s Official Save Our Indian River Lagoon has just released a very interesting video about the Cocoa Beach dredging program in Florida. In the video, Cocoa Beach Project Manager, Wayne Carragino, discusses about the muck removal project in the canals of Cocoa Beach, explaining the challenges and benefits of this project that will remove 2,455 pounds of nitrogen and 366 pounds of phosphorus from polluting the lagoon.According to the City of Cocoa Beach’s latest project update, Phase IIb of the dredging work will be starting within the next month.Phase IIb consists of the dredging operations on the last twelve remaining residential canals, permitted by USACE. These twelve canals are located in the center portion of the city.The projected completion date for Phase IIb is November 13, 2020.last_img read more

Wheat, darnel and mustard seed

first_img 194 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Photo credit: andrewjbrown.blogspot.comToday’s Gospel presents us with different images of the Kingdom.  Each image in its own way says something significant about how we must imagine the Kingdom.  It is, first, like a field, says Jesus, in which good seed is sowed but where an evil person sows darnel (a type of weed).  In their early stages of growth, wheat and darnel were difficult to distinguish, with the result that in rooting out darnel you ran the risk of uprooting wheat.  ‘Let them grow together,’ says the Master of the field, ‘until harvest time.’  Then the separation will take place.  The darnel will be burnt and the wheat reaped and stored away.The early Church read this parable as a warning about the dangers of judging who was in the kingdom and who wasn’t.  Such judgments often mistook wheat for darnel and darnel for wheat.  You couldn’t tell very often who belonged where.  As St. Augustine said, some of those who are out are in, and some of those in are out.  Judgment should be left to the Lord.Judge not, Jesus also said in the Sermon on the Mount.  We do have to judge others at times, of course, especially if we are in positions of authority.  Every parent judges; so does every manager. What the prescription warns against is judging a person’s entire life.  It’s difficult to pass judgment on a person’s life, for the very obvious reason that we never have all the facts. And yet how casually we often summarize people as if we did. Sometimes a look does it, a raised eyebrow, or a nod – and a person’s entire life is dismissed.The imagery of wheat and darnel can be applied in other ways.  For instance, all young people have faults.  There’s also, as we know, in the young a great deal of idealism and generosity.  Every young person also goes through upheaval of some sort as part of growing up.  The difficulty a parent or someone in responsibility has is knowing what things time will take care of and what things require intervention now.  Not every fault is an occasion for intervention.  Sometimes one has to live with faults or tolerate them, because if you intervene too quickly or too harshly you will negatively affect or endanger other qualities.  What one has to say is what the master of the field says: let them grow together.   Sorting out will come later.  Often the young themselves, as they grow older and more mature, will progressively uproot the darnel, when they can distinguish more clearly what is harmful to their lives and what is not.The field in the image can also be taken to be the life of every person who reads or hears the passage.  None of us is all goodness.  We all have faults of one kind or another, shortcomings and weaknesses.  Both goodness and its opposite are in each of us, coexisting, indeed, interpenetrating, and the Lord says about that situation too: let them grow together.  There is a great deal of forbearance in that expression, a great deal of hope for what we may yet become, i.e. persons from whom an abundant harvest is always possible.Let me say finally just a word about the third image of the mustard seed.  This, of course, is meant to underline the truth that small or inauspicious beginnings have powerful results.  The community Jesus spoke the parable to, the small band of apostles and disciples, was one such beginning, which has grown into the major spiritual and civilizing force.  But one need not think only in Church terms.  Many significant modern achievements have been the fruit of the work of one individual.  Modern South Africa, for instance, is incomprehensible without the contribution of Nelson Mandela.  There were solidarity protests of different kinds around the world, of course, and they had their effect.  But even those protests were inspired by that single life.  The same is true of civil rights in the US.  All the benefits that are taken for granted by black persons today in the US would not have been possible without the life and energy of MLK.  Sometimes when we look at the world – the big one out there or the one just around us – and see how formidable the obstacles to improvement seem, we tend to say to ourselves: what can one person do?  The answer to that is that significant human achievement has rarely if ever been the work of a committee.  I remember being abroad when Cardinal Basil Hume passed away in London, and I read where all the churches in Britain, not only ours, thought they had lost someone who belonged to them, not to Catholics alone.  The example of his holiness, intelligence and humility was a beacon in a land where God to many people is more dead than alive.  Such is the possible range of influence of one person.Let us then pray at Mass this weekend to be patient with ourselves and other people, as God is patient with us, and continues to have hope for a harvest from our lives. Let us also pray that we may not look upon our individual lives as insignificant.  A mustard seed grows into a tree of stature and height. Great things can issue from small and insignificant beginnings.By: Father Henry Charles Ph.d Share FaithLifestyleLocalNews Wheat, darnel and mustard seed by: – July 16, 2011last_img read more

Willamette openers go to Peery, Coffman

first_imgLEBANON, Ore. (Aug. 15) – Saturday went down in history as the first race of the 2020 season at the Willamette Speedway with drivers from all over Oregon, Washington, California and Nevada competing. In the IMCA Modified main event, Justin Cady led early before a dizzying six lead changes. Bricen James, Travis Peery and Grey Ferrando all took turns at the front. Peery navigated his way back into the lead on lap 33 and held on for the rest of the distance. Kevin Williamson was the runner-up. James was second while Washington traveler Tyson Blood placed third.  Domination was the keyword in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods. Doug Coffman set a wicked pace and was practically in his own area code over the rest of the pack.  It was Coffman’s second win of 2020. last_img read more

Palace sign Spain U20 skipper Campana

first_imgCrystal Palace have signed Spanish midfielder Jose Campana from Sevilla, subject to clearance from the Premier League and the Football Association. Campana, 20, has put pen to paper on a four-year deal after Palace, preparing for their return to the Barclays Premier League, agreed an undisclosed fee with Sevilla. Campana captained Spain at the Under-20 World Cup this summer after a foot injury restricted him to just five appearances for Sevilla last season. The goal-scoring midfielder is excited about playing in the Premier League. “I’m delighted to become a Crystal Palace player,” Campana told Palace Player through an interpreter. “Over the last two years, I’ve had some problems with my hometown club, but I’m really excited to play in the Premier League. “I think it’s a good step for me and I’m really excited and looking forward to meet all the boys and start as quickly as possible.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Big games will test Saints – Shaw

first_img Saints are third in the standings after their best-ever start to a top-flight season, even trumping the 1983-84 campaign in which they finished runners-up. Mauricio Pochettino’s side boast the best defensive record in the Barclays Premier League and are unbeaten in eight matches, although those records will come under pressure after the international break. “But we knew when we play at our ground that we take full control and I think we did that. Obviously in the first half I was told to stay back a bit because sometimes when we lost the ball my space was free. “But in the second half they went down to 10 men and it allowed me to get forward more.” That did not mean Shaw was not bombing down the left in the first half, though – in fact, it was the left-back’s venomous strike that saw Saido Berahino net his first goal of the night. The full-back’s effort was destined for the bottom corner until a fine reaction save, meaning his wait for a goal for club and country continues. “Obviously we have got San Marino on Tuesday so you never know what might happen then,” Shaw said. “But I hope (my first goal) will be for Saints. I want to score at home.” Luke Shaw believes positive results from the upcoming trips to Arsenal and Chelsea will show Southampton can maintain their challenge at the top. Southampton return to action in a top-of-the-table clash at leaders Arsenal, before returning to London to take on Chelsea the following weekend – matches that Shaw knows will prove Saints’ mettle. “The next two games we have got coming up will show whereabouts we are and whether we can challenge for the top,” the highly-rated left-back said. “If you take points from there, you know you are doing well. “It is two of the biggest clubs in the league and hopefully we are going to go there positive to pick up points.” Collecting points in the capital would be an impressive feat, but Shaw’s immediate attention is on representing his country. The 18-year-old is currently on duty with the England Under-21s and put in an outstanding performance on Thursday evening as Gareth Southgate’s side beat Finland 3-0 in Milton Keynes. “It was very dominant,” Shaw said of the manner of victory. “We knew from when we played them out in Finland that it was going to be a hard game. Press Associationlast_img read more

Pulis applauds goalscoring duo

first_img “Those two have been brilliant,” the former Stoke boss said. “They have given everyone in the team a lead in respect how they worked. Chamakh was wonderful, his link-up play was very good, and Cameron is a threat. If he does what he is good at he is a threat to anybody. “Chamakh has real quality – Arsenal never buy a player unless they’re quality. Wenger knows people with quality and he has got it, it is just about getting it out of him. “He has looked really up for it. He recognises he is an important member of this group and hopefully he keeps playing the way he is.” Palace have now taken 10 points from their last five league games but Pulis, who took charge of the club a little over two weeks ago, knows a string of results has been crucial to stay in touch ahead of a difficult festive period. “They are important games,” he added. “It is going to be a massive task for us – it’s always difficult for promoted teams to stay in it. We needed the points this week as we have some tough away games coming up.” Jerome, whose effort was his first Premier League goal since February, is pleased with the understanding he is starting to form with Morocco international Chamakh. “We have struck up a good little partnership,” he said. “We both work well together and are hardworking players. Chamakh deserved his goal today. He worked hard off the front and is important to the team and shows his attitude is great.” The defeat means Malky Mackay’s Bluebirds have just one win in their last nine league outings but the Cardiff boss is not yet worried about the threat of relegation. “It is about keeping picking up points,” he said. “We know that is not easy to do in the PL but we had a good result against Man United, it is 1-0 against Arsenal with four minutes to go and we got a good point at Stoke. “As far as I’m concerned it is about performances and picking up points as we go. “We have to be more clinical in front of goal. We have got to be in every game and more competitive in every game. “I don’t cast an eye over my shoulder. If I was cast adrift at the bottom of the league I could understand that but we are not.” The visitors had started brightly at Selhurst Park and Fraizer Campbell was guilty of missing a great opportunity to open the scoring with a second-minute header. Mackay was left bemoaning that miss and the fact Jerome scored with his own header moments later. He said: “We certainly weren’t at it the way we have been but even then it is about taking chances and we had a great chance in the first five minutes and we should have scored. “That would have changed the game, goals change games. They went up the other end and scored their chance. Then we head the ball straight down to Chamakh 18 yards out and he strikes at goal. We have got to be better at our end and certainly we have got to defend our box better than that. “They are all disappointed and if we get chances we have got to take them. Overall we want to be better than we were today but we have got three chances inside their six-yard box away from home and we should score.” Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis was full of praise for his goalscoring duo of Marouane Chamakh and Cameron Jerome after they fired the Eagles to their second Barclays Premier League win in the space of a week at the expense of Cardiff. Press Association Jerome, on a season-long loan from Stoke, opened the scoring with a sixth-minute header with Chamakh sealing the victory in the second half with a well-taken finish. The win means only an inferior goal difference is keeping Palace in the relegation zone and Pulis was left delighted with the impact his forward players had on the game. last_img read more