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* Passing Strange celebrates 100th performance
* Sundance coming to Brooklyn.
* Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation ticket deal.
* Frank Langella to star in A Man For All Seasons
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Passing Strange, which is currently nominated for 7 Tony Awards, recently celebrated its 100th performance at the Belasco Theatre. The show, which is nominated for Best Musical, has also been a celebrity hot spot as of late. Samuel L Jackson, Terrence McNally, Angela Davis (aunt of Passing Strange actress Eisa Davis), Toni Morrison, Rosie O'Donnell, Lauren Bacall and Harry Belafonte have all been spotted at the show.
Passing Strange was developed in part by the Sundance Institute. Coincidently, Sundance will be bringing their film festival to Brooklyn for the third year in a row. The showcase will feature 12 documentaries, 10 feature films and 36 short films from the 2008 festival. The Sundance Institute will be in residence at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) through June 8. Check BAM****/Sundance for more details.
The Damon Runyan Cancer Research Foundation offers a service where members can purchase premium seats to Broadway shows and support cancer research at the same time. Theaters allocate a handful of their best seats, which the Foundation then sells for double the face value. The difference is a tax deductible donation to the Cancer Research Foundation. The program, which was started by Rodgers and Hammerstein, was closely backed by Bob Hope and Marlene Dietrich in their prime. Go to DamonRunyon**** for more info.
Three-time Tony Award winner Frank Langella has signed on to play Sir Thomas More in the first Broadway revival of Robert Bolt's A Man For All Seasons presented by the Roundabout Theatre Company. The production will begin previews September 12 and opens October 7 at the American Airlines Theatre. A Man For All Seasons is directed by Doug Hughes.
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White Collar Jihadists have become a cause for growing concern following the arrest of technology-savvy members of a militant group that exploited insecure wireless networks to send messages. The suspects sent e-mail claiming responsibility for serial bombings in the major Indian cities of Delhi and Ahmedabad.
White collar Jihadists concern India
It is extremely worrying that Islamist terror groups have targeted the information technology and engineering sectors, in a successful effort to give India's jihadist movement a quantum jump in skills and ideological focus. Till his arrest believed to be a model citizen Mohammed Mansoor Asghar Peerbhoy, worked as a software engineer at multinational Yahoo India is a part of the militant group which sent e-mail claiming responsibility for serial bombings in the major Indian cities. We need to be vigilant and patch poorly secured wireless networks especially after the arrest of technology-savvy members of a militant group that exploited insecure wireless networks to send messages. The technique used by the militants is similar to "wardriving," where hackers roam around to detect and access Wi-Fi networks with security weaknesses. India has recently witnessed a spate of serial bomb blasts that has put the country in a state of alert. We as citizens need be more vigilant and perform our own bit cautiously and responsibly.
Philippines is considering asking China to "help out" businessmen in the country who imported milk products contaminated with melamine. The government is expected to make a representation with the Chinese embassy to seek compensation for the businessmen who incurred losses.
Philippines demands Chinese compensation
Two groups of people have suffered as a result of melamine-tainted Chinese milk powder — those who consumed the milk and milk products and employees and business owners of related industries. The first group includes those who have suffered physical harm. The second group consists of owners and employees of firms that purchased contaminated powder for use in their products and then had to take them off the shelves. These businesses have incurred financial losses and the scandal has tarnished their reputations. There are also other manufacturers whose products do not contain tainted milk but who have still suffered because many consumers remain afraid of buying dairy products. These businesses have lost orders and their reputations have been damaged. Several manufacturers and retailers have recalled and destroyed products that contain milk imported from China. Since many companies fear retribution in claiming direct compensation from the Chinese government, Philippine authorities should pick up the responsibility to represent these companies in dealing with China.
The world's largest biomass power plant running exclusively on chicken manure has opened in the Netherlands, which will deliver renewable electricity to 90,000 households. The project will give a major boost to green energy within the country.
Chicken manure to power 90000 homes
Many European countries, including the Netherlands, suffer under an excess of different types of animal manure that pollute the environment. The world's largest biomass power plant running exclusively on chicken manure has opened in the Netherlands, which will deliver renewable electricity to 90,000 households. The power plant has a capacity of 36.5 megawatts, and will generate more than 270 million kWh of electricity per year. The biomass power plant is more than merely carbon neutral. If the chicken manure were to be spread out over farm land, it would release not only CO2, but also methane, a very potent greenhouse gas. By using the manure for power generation, the release of methane is avoided. The biomass power plant will utilize approximately 440,000 tons of chicken manure, roughly one third of the total amount produced each year in the Netherlands.
As the Swedish Academy enters final deliberations for this year's award, permanent secretary Horace Engdahl said the United States is too insular and ignorant to compete with Europe when it comes to great writing. The comments have invoked fuming response from many with in US.
Comment by Nobel Jury member
Anybody who has read Mark Twain, will be fast to point out his famous quotation "Why I go so far as to say that any library is a good library that does not contain a volume by Jane Austen; Even if it contains no other book". The quotation tells us about the hyperbole attached with the decisions of the some people who have taken up the power to tell us what is good or bad. And United States have been a sufferer in this regard. Why not how much United States has always been in forefront in supporting creativity and writers like Bukowaski, Hemmingway, Bellow, John Steinbeck, Toni Morrison, De lillo, Roth, Updike, Pynchon, etc. have produced path breakers .. such names have never found the deserved appreciation. It is a shame that a high member of award jury says that United States is too insular and ignorant to compete with Europe.