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Theater Review: Theatre de la Ville presents masterfully designed '6 ...

Six Characters NEW 029 by JL Fernandez.jpg The cast of Theatre de la Ville's "Six Characters in Search of an Author," presented by UMS. (Photo by JL Fernandez) A hearty but uncomfortable punch line in Theatre de la Ville’s production of Luigi Pirandello’s “Six Characters in Search of an Author,” presented by UMS, comes on the heels of one of the play’s most harrowing moments. For just after a little girl (Anna Spycher) re-enacts falling into a pond to her death, the director (Alain Libolt), who’s at this point determined to be the author the characters look to to achieve closure, jumps in, saying, “Great! Fantastic!” The complexity of the moment illuminates much about Pirandello’s groundbreaking 1921 play. Like the director, the audience has been utterly seduced by the 6 characters that have wandered into a theater troupe’s rehearsal of Pirandello’s “The Rules of the Game.” Why? Because as voyeurs, we take pleasure in watching the characters’ titillating story of pain, death, loss, obsession and near-incest. The director’s inappropriate enthusiasm in a tragic moment thus represents our own hunger for drama, writ large. Generally, though, the 2 hour, intermission-less production is a cerebral, emotionally intense affair, performed in French with English supertitles. Because Theatre de la Ville is known for its technical artistry – the company’s designs for lig...  

Neenah blanks Badger at state tennis

MADISON – The Neenah girls’ tennis team had an easy time with Badger in a WIAA state team tournament quarterfinal match Friday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.The Rockets will play Middleton in a semifinal match at 9 a.m. today. Arrowhead will face Nicolet in the other semifinal. The championship match is at 2 p.m.The Rockets lost only one game in singles and won all three doubles matches in straight sets as they cruised to a 7-0 victory.Jenny Price, Kiki Risgaard and Jordyn Lawatsch all won 6-0, 6-0 in singles. Ellie Callahan won 6-1, 6-0 in the other singles match.In doubles, Kendra Kappes and Christina Price won 6-1, 6-3 at No. 1, the team of Megan Nasr and Natalie Ake won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 and Andrea Galloway and Hannah Dorsey won 6-4, 6-3 at No. 3.NEENAH 7, BADGER 0Jenny Price beat Alexis Wisdom 6-0, 6-0; Kiki Risgaard beat Shannon Lojeski 6-0, 6-0; Jordyn Lawatsch beat Katelyn Theisz 6-0, 6-0; Ellie Callahan beat Olivia Stout 6-1, 6-0.Kendra Kappes/Christina Price beat Andrea Chironis/Joan Williams 6-1, 6-3; Megan Nasr/Natalie Ake beat Gillian Suhre/Joanne Walczynski 6-1, 6-1; Andrea Galloway/Hannah Dorsey beat Ashlee Polena/Giovanna Danna 6-4, 6-3.Read or Share this story: http://post.cr/1wr32gn More Stories ...  

Interviews Interview: Mumtalakat's Chief On Fund's Comeback

One of the smaller and younger sovereign wealth funds in the region, Bahrain’s Mumtalakat has played a key role in developing the Gulf country’s economy. Founded in 2006, it holds stakes in 38 firms, including non- oil stalwarts such as Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) and Bahrain Telecommunications Co (Batelco), for a combined value of $7.2 billion. The year 2014 started on a distinctive note for the wealth fund as it posted a significant jump in profits 2013 after recording losses for five straight years. Mumtalakat’s gross profit last year rose 135 per cent to reach BD109.4 million compared with a net loss of BD46.5 million in 2012. The fund’s return to profitability, however, was no small feat considering its struggle with Bahrain’s loss making flag carrier Gulf Air and the Arab Spring unrest that made a significant dentin the Gulf country’s economy. But the fund’s CEO, Mahmood Hashim Al Kooheji, says that what turned the tables Mumtalakat’s favour was particularly the performance of its two main companies Alba and Gulf Air. “There was a better performance by our aluminium smelter Alba last year despite the pressure that the aluminium industry is undergoing internationally. There was a big improvement in Gulf Air’s performance and results, which were really significant,” Kooheji is optimistic about the forecast for 2014 too and says that the fund is expecting to sustai...  

Regulations are choking nation's coal industry

Fact-checking war on coal" misses the mark. As a Kentuckian and the grandson of a West Virginian coal miner, I was shocked at your opinion of the war on coal. The current president and congressional liberals have progressively choked the coal industry by placing limits on coal-fired power plants, boilers, and process facilities.The job argument is just not about mines, it is about the entire economy. Mines support the industries that support jobs, and those jobs support communities and local/regional economies.Our coal companies say they have enough coal for 250 years, yet your article could not prove that we don't. The use of a United Nations document to prove the we were not alone in reducing carbon emissions was laughable.Show me what India and China are doing. Otherwise, we are, in fact, "dropping a pebble in the ocean."Kevin Sell,AlexandriaRead or Share this story: http://cin.ci/1tSoY6f More Stories ...  

I've always been active; why are my knees starting to ache?

Staying active as we age is probably our best option for preventing knee problems, but sometimes a lifetime of use catches up with us. The problem most associated with aging knees is osteoarthritis, often called wear-and-tear arthritis because it occurs when the protective cartilage on our bones wears down over time. One in two Americans will get osteoarthritis at some point in their life and as baby boomers continue to age, the number of Americans affected by knee problems will rise dramatically. Aging is a general risk factor for osteoarthritis, but it can also be brought on by trauma or injury. We are also at greater risk when we are overweight. Symptoms of osteoarthritis in the knee include stiffness and soreness in the morning that gets better during the day, stiffness and soreness at night, swelling of the knee with activity, feeling of the knee locking, painful pops or clicks, weakness in the knee and a feeling of it giving way or buckling, and increased joint pain with a change in the weather. To determine whether your knee aches are because of osteoarthritis, your doctor will examine your knee and its range of motion, check for joint stability, evaluate your gait, and will likely take an X-ray of the knee. On occasion an MRI or CT scan will be recommended. In many cases, physical therapy will be prescribed, as well as suggestions for activity modification so you remain active and lose weight while avoiding exercises that cause pain. Strengthening lower extremity mus...  

China plays proactive role promoting world economy, peace: Zheng

Beijing stepping up efforts to launch Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank; Contributes 22 pc to global growth from 2000 to 2010Sarwar AwanSaturday, October 25, 2014 - Islamabad—China strictly follows the policy of mediation and political dialogue in addressing the bilateral and regional conflicts, and is also stepping up efforts to launch an Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank. This was stated by Zheng Xiwen, a senior member of Chinese think-tank, while commenting on China towards geo-political situation in the region. Dispelling an argument in international public discourse that China is a “free rider,” and it only cares about reaping benefits from controversial issues without trying to play a constructive role, gaining profits from international trade without abiding by the established rules, and taking advantage of developments in international relations without shouldering its due responsibilities, he said a “free rider” remark totally distorts the facts. Take Iraq for an example. China is not the culprit responsible for what is happening in Iraq, but it has never backed down from its duty to help find peaceful and political solutions to Iraqi issues. According to Zeng, China has always been on forefront in helping the distressed people across the world. When the Iraq War broke out in 2003, China offered $407,300 in humanitarian aid to Iraqi refugees who fled to Jordan. Later, China reiterated its promise to provide $25 million...  

Editorial: Maddon leaves a legacy beyond baseball

Joe Maddon’s decision to leave the Tampa Bay Rays leaves a void that won’t easily be filled. He arrived nine seasons ago having never been a major league manager for a full season and facing what seemed an insurmountable task: turn a downtrodden team that plays in a small media market — in a nearly empty ballpark — into winners. In his third season the Rays were in the World Series and Maddon had established himself as the kind of manager who could take veterans and rookies and discarded relief pitchers and turn them into a team that pulled together for the greater good. Under his tutelage the Rays made the playoffs four of the past six seasons. His teams battled the Yankees and Red Sox year in and year out and often ended up on top despite a mismatch in payrolls that is laughable. He was twice named manager of the year, despite playing in virtual baseball anonymity in this market. His unconventional batting orders, defensive shifts, constant lineup changes and frequent “resting“ of his best players will forever be debated by baseball purists, but more often than not they worked. As with most things associated with baseball, the proof is in the numbers: He ends his tenure here with a winning percentage above .500. Not bad for taking over a team with a winning percentage that hovered around .400 its first eight seasons. Of course, Maddon didn’t do it alone. Andrew Friedman, the team’s executive vice president of baseball...  

Worried About Memory Loss, Execrcise Produces Cognative Gains

Posted by: : Paul EbelingPosted on: October 25, 2014 Worried About Memory Loss, Execrcise Produces Cognative Gains Good news, your brain is a dynamic organ, constantly adapting and changing, for better or for worse. While some activities, such as lack of sleep, can have a detrimental effect on your memory and brain function, a healthy lifestyle will support your brain health over the long haul, and can even encourage your brain to grow new neurons, a process known as neurogenesis or neuroplasticity. Back in the day, we were taught that the loss of brain cells was an irreversible condition and there was nothing that could do to change that. The Hippocampus, is the brain’s memory center, is adaptable and capable of growing new cells throughout an entire lifetime, even into the 90s, provided it gets some help along the way. A recent study found that adults who exercised actually enlarged their brain’s memory center by 1 to 2% per year, where typically that center declines in size with age. According to John J. Ratey, a psychiatrist who wrote the book Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, there’s overwhelming evidence that exercise produces large cognitive gains and helps fight dementia. The research shows that exercise helps protect the human brain by: Improving and increasing blood flow to your brain Increasing production of nerve-protecting compounds Improving development and survival of neurons Altering the way dam...  

China, Asian Countries Create World Bank Rival

(Photo : Reuters) Chinese President Xi Jinping (4th from right) meets with the representatives of the founding members of the new China-driven development bank, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, October 24, 2016. China and delegates from 20 Asian countries met Friday in Beijing to create a development bank that is intended to help fund infrastructure projects in Asia and is set to rival Western-dominated multilateral lenders. Twenty-one countries signed a memorandum of agreement for the formal establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), an initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping last year to channel infrastructure funds for underdeveloped Asian countries.Like Us on Facebook China has pledged US$50 billion to the bank's capital, making it the largest contributor so far. The other founding members are set to pitch in the rest of the US$100 billion capital, an amount that is two-thirds the size of Asian Development Bank's US$175 and half of the World Bank's US$200 billion.   Both international lenders have the United States and its allies as their biggest financial backers, according to Reuters. The China-driven initiative has the support of mostly developing countries, including economically dynamic Vietnam, Mongolia, Philippines and China's rival economic giant, India. Among the founding members as well are Brunei, Malaysia, Oman, Laos, Pakistan, Thailand and Cambodia.   Si...  

SCAD puts in place Ebola safety procedures

By MIKE MCCOY Statesman Staff Writer The spread of Ebola to Texas and New York has heightened safety precautions all over the country, including Stoddard County where emergency responders are implementing new protocols. The Stoddard County Ambulance District (SCAD) participated in a webinar this week by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to be updated on new federal safety standards. The webinar included staff from hospital emergency rooms, the Missouri Department of Health, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA). "The CDC is tightening previous infection control guidance for healthcare workers caring for patients with Ebola, to ensure there is no ambiguity," said a CDC release. "The guidance focuses on specific personal protective equipment (PPE) health care workers should use and offers detailed step by step instructions for how to put the equipment on and take it off safely." Recent experience from safely treating patients with Ebola at Emory University Hospital, Nebraska Medical Center and National Institutes of Health Clinical Center are reflected in the guidance. The enhanced guidance is centered on three principles: * All healthcare workers undergo rigorous training and are practiced and competent with PPE, including putting it on and taking it off in a systemic manner, * No skin exposure when PPE is worn, and * All workers are supervised by a trained monitor who watches each worker putting PPE on and taking ...  


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