Matt McGrath & More Board Steve Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments Steve Matt McGrath, Ashlie Atkinson and Francisco Pryor Garat have joined the cast of Steve off-Broadway. They join the previously announced Mario Cantone, Jerry Dixon and Malcolm Gets. Cynthia Nixon will direct the world premiere of Mark Gerrard’s play, which begins performances on November 3 at the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center.McGrath can currently be seen in The Legend of Georgia McBride off-Broadway. His previous credits include Cabaret, A Streetcar Named Desire and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Atkinson made her Broadway debut in The Ritz. Steve marks Garat’s off-Broadway debut.Steve follows Steven (McGrath), a failed Broadway chorus boy turned stay-at-home dad. As he celebrates his birthday, he faces fear and uncertainty. He worries that Stephen (Gets), his partner of 14 years, is cheating on him, his best friend is dying of cancer and he questions what he’s done with his life. Additional casting and creative team for the bittersweet comedy will be announced later.The New Group production will open officially on November 18 and run through December 27. It will feature set design by Allen Moyer, costumes by Tom Broecker, lighting design by Eric Southern and sound design by Olivia Sebesky. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016last_img read more

Fresh Produce Safety

first_imgRecent reports of unsafe levels of contaminants on fruits and vegetables have Americans looking more closely at fresh produce, especially imports.”We used to not have to worry about bacteria on fruits and vegetables,” said Judy Harrison, a University of Georgia Extension Service food safety scientist. “But we know now that we’ve had some outbreaks with unpasteurized juices and ciders.” Food scientists say the United States has the safest and most ample food supply in the world. Yet Americans are constantly looking for ways to make it even safer. “We have calls from people who want to know if they need to wash produce in detergent, bleach or special rinses,” Harrison said. For most people, she said, the answer is no. “You actually can do more harm than good” by using such rinses, she said. Making sure your fresh fruits and vegetables are safe isn’t that complicated a matter, she said. Just wash them thoroughly in clean water. Remove and discard the outer leaves from green, leafy vegetables and wash one or two leaves at a time. “You can peel other fruits and vegetables to eliminate surface bacterial contamination,” Harrison said. “When you peel, however, you lose some of the fiber. So you’re better off to just wash thoroughly using running tap water.” Name recognition also counts in the produce section. “When you’re choosing fruits and vegetables, try to choose those from a name-brand, reputable company,” Harrison said. “They tend to have more strict control measures in place to insure the sanitation and safety of their foods.”last_img read more

Faster payments doesn’t mean real-time payments

first_imgThis is placeholder text continue reading » This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img The term “faster payments” is popping up more frequently – not just in payments-specific trade publications, but in the mainstream media as well – as discussions focus on the need to send money to consumers and businesses directly, accurately and quickly in the digital age. Frequently, this term is used interchangeably with “real-time payments” or “immediate payments.” However, there are not-so-subtle differences between these terms and the payment systems they represent, which are important when it comes to credit union members receiving and spending money in their accounts, as well as how much it costs the member to send a payment and the potential for fraud.Some payment forms that look like they take place in real-time are not always what they appear. Here are some basic guidelines for real-time and faster payments terminology:Real-time payments (RTP) has a very specific meaning. Some of the words associated with real-time payments are “finality,” “irrevocable” and “milliseconds.” The settlement of a real-time payment transaction (moving the money from the sender’s account to the recipient’s account) happens at the same time as the payment authorization. Both occur within milliseconds after the payment is approved. The payment then cannot be stopped or reversed once it’s approved. The Clearing House’s RTP network, as well as the Federal Reserve Board’s FedNow, closely mirror the RTP definition. One use case for RTP is to replace wire transfers for big purchases such as a car or boat – however, RTP has a maximum of $100,000 which limits its applicability for real estate closings. Other uses include paying a gig economy worker (e.g. an Uber Eats delivery driver) at the end of their shift, or a B2B transaction for supplies and services.last_img read more

New Book Returns to an Irresistible Theme: the Harvard Murder

first_imgIt occurred early on Jan. 7, 1969, the day Britton was supposed to take her general exams in archaeology. By the next day, it was front-page news, in some papers bumping reporting on Sirhan Sirhan’s upcoming trial for the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.Cooper listens, rapt, to the Harvard professor’s lectures, sifting them for clues. (When the professor, describing an ancient Israeli site where people were buried under their houses, remarks, “the dead are kept close to you,” she jots down the line and circles it in her notebook — surely, it’s suspicious!) She painstakingly recreates Britton’s life, tracking down her friends, her brother, her classmates, her boyfriend at the time and every still-living law enforcement officer who investigated her death.She acquires Britton’s letters and journals. She files Freedom of Information Act requests with the C.I.A., F.B.I., Drug Enforcement Administration, State Department and Defense Department, as well as records requests with the police in Boston and Cambridge and the district attorney’s offices in Middlesex and Sussex Counties. She trawls Websleuths, a cold-case site. She even spends a month on a dig in Bulgaria, in emulation of her dead subject.- Advertisement – Over the course of her research, it became “a gateway into this much larger story about abuses of power of the institution,” she said in a phone interview. “And it wasn’t at all where I expected to go.”As her book opens, Cooper has graduated from Harvard but is back on campus. She sits in on a class taught by the professor rumored to have committed the crime. By now, she has uncovered the dead woman’s name — Jane Britton — and pored over photographs of her from a dig in Iran. And she has combed through every press report about her killing, which remained unsolved.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img “We Keep the Dead Close” swells with false leads and red herrings — it’s not much of a spoiler to reveal that the supposedly murderous professor turns out to be innocent of the crime. And here is where Cooper’s book takes a novel, contemporary twist.last_img read more

How to Store Bitcoin Offline in Cold Storage

first_imgBitcoin’s streak of breaking its own record price has been relentless for the past few months, with the cryptocurrency climbing over $14,000 (about Rs. 9 lakh) this week, from having been less than $800 (about Rs. 51,600) this time last year. This unprecedented growth – nearly 10 times its value since the start of 2017 – has brought Bitcoin squarely into mainstream attention.Though the debates over the currency being in a bubble continue to have voices from all directions, what’s clear is that those with a big stake with Bitcoin need to be safer than ever with their digital investment. After all, it’s real money that’s at stake. Bitcoin wallets have faced multiple hacks in the past, so it’s worth going the extra step to secure your funds.- Advertisement – The most convenient way to store Bitcoins is by using an online wallet, which allows you to quickly transfer money in and out of the wallet, or turn Bitcoins into alternative cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum, Monero, Litecoin, and others. But the safest option is known as ‘cold storage’, which stores your Bitcoins offline away from any Internet access. This is all the more important if you’ve got large amounts of Bitcoin.Here’s how to set up cold storage for your Bitcoin wallet:1. Paper WalletThe easiest way to take your Bitcoins offline is by using paper and a printer. Yes, really. You’ll also need a website that allows you to create an offline Bitcoin address, such as or Follow these steps to create a Bitcoin paper wallet:Head to the Paper Wallet or the page.Save the page locally to your computer as an HTML file.Next, close the page and disconnect your computer from the Internet.Open up the saved local version of paper wallet or the instructions on the page to create a new Bitcoin address.Once you’ve a pair of keys and QR codes, print the page. Make sure your printer is not connected to the Internet for added security.You can now use the new public address/ QR code to transfer Bitcoins from another online wallet.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The printed page is the most valuable piece of document for your Bitcoin investment. You should ideally store the printed page in a water and fire-proof container, such as a safe. If that’s not an option, create multiple versions of it and give it for safekeeping with trusted family, in the case of damage to your version. You could also laminate the page for protection.Bitcoin Is at an All-Time High. Should You Invest in It Now?2. BitKeyWhile taking your computer and printer offline is a good security measure, it’s not as safe as using a clean operating system. BitKey is basically a free bootable Linux distro that you can write to a USB drive or CD-ROM. Plus, it can run live from computer’s memory (RAM) so you can eject the drive/ disc once it’s running.- Advertisement – BitKey comes pre-installed with multiple software options: Electrum Bitcoin client, WarpWallet (more on that later), and Bitcoin paper wallet among others. It also has built-in network, printer, and wireless managers so you can use it for all necessary Bitcoin purposes. Creating a paper wallet with BitKey is safer than using your existing OS.Here’s how to create a bootable USB/CD with BitKey:Head to the BitKey website to download the OS image.Click the Download button, and get the 64-bit version.Choose between USB and CD-ROM. The latter is safer since they are read-only by default. For USB sticks without write protection, it’s advisable to remove them after boot.Burn a CD with your favourite program, or use a utility such as UNetbootin to write the BitKey ISO to a USB drive.Boot into BitKey by using your computer’s advanced boot function (varies from F8-F12 depending on motherboard manufacturers).If the boot is successful, you can use BitKey to create a paper wallet, and you can even use the Electrum client to create an offline wallet. BitKey provides three operation modes – cold-offline, cold-online, and hot-online – which define whether the computer is offline and air-gapped.It also decides how convenient the process will be. Choose cold-offline in BitKey for maximum security and least convenience, and hot-online for lesser security and more convenience. You can only prepare transactions in cold-online, though. Follow the three links to figure out which method works for you best.What Is Blockchain? Blockchain Technology Uses Beyond Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency3. WarpWalletFor the even more paranoid, an even safer way to store Bitcoin involves something called a brain wallet, which generates an address by using a memorised passphrase. WarpWallet takes that a step further with “salt”, an additional piece of data such as your email address which forces attackers to target you individually instead of casting a wide net.This way, your private key isn’t actually stored anywhere physically or digitally, it’s in your head (read: brain). That means you don’t have to take care of a piece of document, as long as you don’t forget the passphrase, for which most people advise that you leave cryptic notes around the house.Owing to the complexity and secure nature of this method, it’s been described as how Jason Bourne stores his Bitcoin. Anyway, if you think this is the way to go, here’s how to get started on WarpWallet:Head over to the WarpWallet website, and make note of the SHA-256 sum in the URL.Save the page locally to your computer as an HTML file, and transfer it to a USB drive.Boot up a bootable Linux distro, such as BitKey from above.Copy the HTML file over to BitKey.Open sha256sum warp.html to verify the SHA-256 sum matches the one from step 1.Open the HTML file as a local file in Chrome/Firefox.Generate a passphrase that works on an entropy algorithm, such as One Shall Pass. Anything with 58 bits or more of entropy is very secure.Use the passphrase in HTML file, and your email address as “salt”.Scan public key QR code with phone, and transfer it to a device with Internet.Shut down BitKey.You can now transfer Bitcoin from your online wallet/ exchange to your WarpWallet address. You don’t have to store your private key anywhere, as it can be regenerated with WarpWallet’s website, with the help of your passphrase and “salt”. Just don’t forget any of the details, or your Bitcoin (and the money invested in them) are gone forever.These are the most popular ways to store Bitcoin offline. If you want something with more convenience than BitKey and WarpWallet, and are willing to spend for it, look at hardware wallet options such as TREZOR. They cost a lot – TREZOR comes in at over Rs. 8,500 including shipping to India – but they are easier to use than booting a Linux distro.For more tutorials, head to our How To section.Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.last_img read more

Royal squares up to Mall with five-shop project

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Workers blast lawmakers with messages opposing omnibus bill on job creation

first_img“Thanks for reminding me and the other Baleg leaders. We will listen to your voice and fight for it in the deliberation of the omnibus bill on job creation.”Baleg deputy chairman Willy Aditya of the NasDem Party said he had also received thousands of messages on his phone starting on Tuesday afternoon. He vowed to fight for workers in the deliberation.He also suggested that the government drop the labor provisions of the bill and include them in revisions of other laws, asserting that the main substance of the bill should be to streamline the bureaucracy and attract investment.”We have to focus on that. […] NasDem has been suggesting shifting the labor cluster contents to other relevant laws, for example, the revisions of the Labor Law or the industrial relations dispute settlement law,” he told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. He argued that by focusing on the main objective, the bill could be deliberated smoothly and without protest. As taking to the streets risks spreading COVID-19, Workers and other members of the public have instead flooded lawmakers’ mobile phones with text messages expressing their objection to efforts to continue deliberating the controversial omnibus bill on job creation.The public sent thousands of texts to members of the House of Representatives Legislation Body (Baleg) following a closed-door meeting held by lawmakers to discuss the bill on Tuesday.Baleg chairman Supratman Andi Agtas wrote a Facebook status on Wednesday saying he had received 10,000 messages through SMS and WhatsApp after the meeting. Most of the texts had come from members of workers’ unions who had voiced their concern about the bill’s effect on working people. “It could be the biggest protest through social media in the country’s history,” the Gerindra politician wrote in the status. Workers, activists and members of the public have repeatedly criticized the House and government for trying to push through the controversial bill. They have said it will harm democracy, the environment and the interests of workers. Protests against the bill continued amid the COVID-19 outbreak as the government imposed restrictions on public activities.Lawmakers continued with the deliberation despite a public outcry demanding the bill be put on hold in light of the pandemic. Lawmakers were accused of lacking empathy as the virus upended many people’s lives, especially the poor.Read also: Backroom bargain: Baleg holds closed meeting on job creation billTuesday’s closed-door meeting was partially virtual and included members of Baleg. It was not scheduled on the House’s Tuesday agenda and began at 12 p.m. Journalists were invited to join at 3 p.m. via Zoom, a video conferencing program, just as the meeting was about to end.Willy said the main result of the meeting was that the House and the government had established a working committee for the bill for next week.Several labor groups have asked people to flood the phones of Baleg leaders, namely Supratman, Willy, Rieke Diah Pitaloka of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and Achmad Baidowi of the United Development Party (PPP), with messages urging them to stop the deliberation of the government-initiated bill.A chain message circulated by the groups on WhatsApp included the four lawmakers’ phone numbers and a message template:”To the members of the House of Representatives, I [enter your name], a [enter your occupation] in [enter your city] expressly reject the omnibus bill because it is very detrimental to workers and the public.I ask the House to cancel the deliberation and focus on handling COVID-19.” The Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI), one of the country’s largest labor groups, plans to hold a massive protest against the omnibus bill despite the pandemic.Read also: Labor union to hold massive protest in Jakarta despite physical distancing measuresBesides blasting lawmakers with text messages, labor unions and civil society organizations have also opposed the bill by taking their protests on online platforms. Some of the groups held joint discussions to educate members and the public about the possible effects of the bill.”The omnibus bill puts an emphasis on corporate interests instead of workers. If the bill passes, it will only legitimize the exploitation of human and natural resources,” Nining Elitos from the Congress of Indonesia Unions Alliance (KASBI) said in a discussion on Monday.Nining said the House should focus its attention on the COVID-19 outbreak instead of rushing to deliberate controversial bills.”Members of the House should be the voice of the people. Don’t they see that many workers are suffering right now due to the outbreak? Thousands of workers were laid off without severance payment, many were asked to stay home without compensation, and those who are still working are not equipped with proper protective gear against the virus,” she said.Suarbudaya Rahadian, a pastor from the reformed Baptist Grace Community Church (GKA) who participated in the discussion, said the COVID-19 crisis had shown that the House never really prioritized people’s interests.”They only prioritize the interests of capital owners who sponsor them in politics. They seem very eager to pass the bills despite limitations, such as the physical distancing policy. I know we’re in a tough situation right now due to the outbreak, but if we don’t move now they could take action that will harm us in the future,” Rahardian said.Nining said that prior to the outbreak, unions had held rallies to protest the bills, and recently, they had sent a letter to the House demanding they cease deliberation.”We’re still considering what else we could do to stop the deliberations. Maybe we could stage a street rally while wearing masks and protective gear, but for now, we can only protest on online platforms, such as through social media,” she said.Topics :last_img read more

Study: Slower Steaming Could Cut Emissions by a Third

first_imgGreenhouse gas emissions from three ship types – containerships, bulkers and tankers – could be reduced by a third, on average, by reducing their speed, according to a new study that will be presented to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) next week. The cumulative savings from reducing the speed of these ships alone could, by 2030, be as much as 12% of shipping’s total remaining carbon budget if the world is to stay under the 1.5ºC global temperature rise, the CE Delft study for NGOs Seas At Risk and Transport & Environment, founding members of the Clean Shipping Coalition (CSC), found.Reducing operational speed would also provide a boost to jobs and growth in shipbuilding nations, where the study concludes production would have to grow by over 30% in order to maintain transport capacity for global trade. The study also finds that the additional costs of slow steaming on exports such as oilcake and beef from Latin America would be marginal, and this without accounting for lower transport fuel costs.“A new regulation to reduce ship speed will be key to the success of the IMO GHG strategy. Only reduced speed can give the fast, deep short-term emissions reductions that are needed for shipping to meet its Paris Agreement obligations. Significant early emissions savings are essential for the long-term decarbonisation of the sector as they preserve shipping’s carbon budget and buy the industry time to develop longer-term decarbonisation solutions. Recent suggestions by industry that no new short-term measures are needed is misguided and reckless, and threatens to undermine the IMO strategy right from the start,” John Maggs of Seas At Risk and President of Clean Shipping Coalition, said. The analysed ship types cumulatively account for around 52% of global shipping’s carbon footprint. Substantial additional savings will be made when the speed of the remainder of the fleet is also reduced, the NGOs said.As informed, the findings will be discussed by the IMO next week when it meets for the second time to develop its initial 2018 greenhouse gas reduction strategy. The UN discussions in London will concentrate on a global emissions reduction target and potential measures for the sector.“Regulating ship speed is one of the short-term measures on the table that can be implemented immediately. The IMO is under huge pressure to deliver an effective and adequate response to the Paris agreement and global climate efforts,” Seas At Risk said.“Shipping is the only international sector that has yet to commit to a global emissions reduction target or measures. Talks at the IMO are expected to be challenging as the industry body, ICS, is on record as opposing every reduction measure so far put forward – including binding reduction targets, the need to tighten design standards or have operational efficiency measures. But industry itself showed clearly that slow steaming works. It proved effective in weathering the economic crisis, so the IMO should now agree mandatory speed measures to achieve substantial emissions reductions needed to start decarbonisation,” Bill Hemmings of T&E said.last_img read more

Report: Chevron hires anchor handling trio from Vroon

first_imgChevron Shipping, a subsidiary of oil major Chevron, has reportedly chartered three anchor handling tug and supply (AHTS) vessels from Dutch shipping company Vroon.VesselsValue, a website providing values for shipping vessels, said that Chevron Shipping chartered the VOS Champion, VOS Ares, and VOS Atlanta.According to data from the website, all three vessels were chartered on December 21, 2017.The term deal for the vessels started on January 1, 2018, and it will end on December 31, 2019.The youngest of the three anchor handlers is the VOS Champion which was delivered to Vroon at the end of August 2016. The VOS Champion is a 65m AHTS vessel and one of six identical vessels ordered from the Fujian Southeast Shipyard by Vroon.The vessel has DP2 capabilities, 39 beds for crew and personnel, improved noise and vibration enhancements, 425m2 clear deck area and anchor-handling and towing winches of 1,500m x 64mm.The two other AHTS vessels were built in 2012 in the same shipyard as the VOS Champion. The VOS Ares and VOS Atlanta are both 59.25 meters long, 14.95 meters wide, and can accommodate 40 people.According to the latest AIS data, all three vessels are located in the Gulf of Thailand.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Uganda opposition leader stripped by police; Police chief’s vehicle knocks man…

first_imgA video has surfaced showing opposition leader Zainab Fatuma being roughed up and stripped by police before being bundled onto a waiting police van.It is reported that members of the Forum for Democratic Change’s (FDC) National Executive Committee led by Kizza Besigye were travelling to western Uganda for a party function when they were ambushed by police, roughed up and detained for hours.Some of those arrested were released only after the intervention of foreign diplomats who are closely monitoring the rapidly deteroriating political situation in Uganda.Police in Rukungiri where Besigye was scheduled to hold a rally reportedly arrested people who were pasting posters of the FDC flag bearer.The Uganda Law Society (ULS) has condemned the manner in which police arrested Fatuma, saying they acted unconstitutionally.ULS’s President Ruth Sebatindira has said that the police must now bring the perpetrators to book.In another Incident, Uganda’s Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kale Kayihura was yesterday reportedly forced to ask for forgiveness from rowdy motorcycle riders who were baying for his blood following an incident in which his convoy hit and killed their colleague.The motorcycle riders demanded to know why his envoy was over speeding. They asked the police chief to ensure an arrest is made in relation to the killing.Kayihura pledged to attend the burial of the dead motorcycle rider which will take place at his home in Kyarumba, and to take care of his family.Kayihura is in the district to ensure security ahead of President Museveni’s scheduled visit tomorrow.last_img read more