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South Africa’s first green theatre production

first_img13 April 2016Power Struggle, written by comedian Nik Rabinowitz with Tom Eaton and Darryl Bristow-Bovey, creatively unpacks the journey from the Big Bang to the iPhone, highlighting how power and energy is an essential building block of Earth’s evolution as well as its inhabitants.“Power Struggle is a well-structured, intelligent and hilarious package; a comedic venture worth exploring” –@woict pic.twitter.com/U3Yom759RJ— Power Struggle (@PowerStruggle_) April 2, 2016Behind the scenes and behind @nikrabinowitz – all systems funny for tonight’s opening show of #PowerStruggle pic.twitter.com/CgVx0AdS4E— Angel Campey (@YesReallyAngel) March 29, 2016Rabinowitz acts as narrator and hero in the show – the Power Struggler – who takes his audience on an insightful and hilarious journey across the history of power through the ages. He brings to it the uniquely multilingual South African comedic sensibility that has made him one of the country’s most popular performers.Such a pleasure to have worked with this man! @davidkramerSA thanks @TheFugard look out for #snedladla pic.twitter.com/emS86S22nK— IG: SNECOMEDY (@snecomedy) February 24, 2015Sne Dladla, who made his name as a stand-up comedian and actor in David Kramer’s Orpheus in Africa, is the hugely entertaining Power Professor who forms part of the educational sideshow of the production, Information is Power. Dladla puts his beatboxing and dance skills to good use in highlighting the benefits and ease of sustainable energy solutions.“In essence (the show is) designed to be a sustainability consciousness shifter,” Rabinowitz explains. “We’d like to create an experience that leaves people feeling good, but also delivers a strong message to keep them thinking once they leave. Predictably what they’ll be thinking once they leave is ‘How can I drive off without paying the car guard?’ but maybe after that they might wonder about how to funnel grey water into the sprinkler system.”About last night @nikrabinowitz is electrifying in #powerstruggle at @baxtertheatre #thoug. https://t.co/7pGQSljOy6 pic.twitter.com/fxfJgg4neQ— Green Power Monitor (@greenpwrmonitor) April 1, 2016Power Struggle’s overall message is that humans, who have ultimately mastered the power struggle, now have a responsibility to find ways to use power and energy in a more sustainable way to safeguard the planet. And the show itself puts its money where its mouth is, using renewable energy to power the production.In a world first, 50% of the production is powered by renewable resources, including lighting and sound rigs powered by bio-fuels generators, solar and other renewable power sources, all of which are incorporated into the narrative of the show.It is directed by the internationally renowned Daniel Kutner, who with Broadway legend Harold Prince has been responsible for some of the biggest international stage productions, including Phantom of the Opera and West Side Story.The whole production is steered by South African comedy theatre legend, producer Sam Hendrikse, who was the brains behind the hugely successful South African comedy show Bafunny Bafunny. It sold out the Royal Albert Hall in London and performed to more than 100 000 fans around the country.The show debuted in South Africa in March 2016 at Cape Town’s Baxter Theatre. It moves to Johannesburg in September and Durban in October. After return performances in the Cape at the end of the year, the production hopes to travel to other South African centres and Namibia during 2017, culminating in performances in New York City in April 2017.Source: Cape Town At Nightlast_img read more

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Trust, savings go hand in hand with OFBF’s energy program

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a Comment “Trust” is the first word that comes to mind when Tom Yingling describes Ohio Farm Bureau and why he recently signed up for its newest benefit, the Ohio Farm Bureau Energy Program.“We’ve had a longstanding relationship with Farm Bureau and when they came out with (the energy program), I said ‘holy mackerel, this works for us.’ Farm Bureau has always worked to satisfy membership and not stockholders. You’ve got to trust who you’re doing business with and having Farm Bureau offer this program made the decision very easy for us,” said Yingling, a fourth-generation Huron County Farm Bureau member who grain farms with his brother.About the energy programThe Ohio Farm Bureau Energy Program assists members in making energy choices, shopping for energy, learning about rebate options and finding the best ways to manage their energy resources. Ohio Farm Bureau has partnered with an Ohio-based energy management firm, Community Energy Advisors, to run the program. The energy program is just one of many benefits that Ohio Farm Bureau members enjoy, which include savings in health, home and business insurance, travel and recreation and car and equipment purchases.Medina County Farm Bureau member Tawny Zajc signed up for the energy program for the LINE-X protective coating franchise she and her husband operate. She decided to look at the program for her home and was surprised by the price difference. Turns out she had been on a very high rate and didn’t know it. Her home gas savings alone was more than $832 per year.“The phone rings off the hook all day long from solicitors trying to get you to sign up for savings that turn out to only last for a short time, and I’m busy and focused on other things and tend to trust the savings stay the same,” she said. “To find an organization like Farm Bureau that you trust and know is going to have your best interest at heart for yourself and the community is great.”Zajc became an Ohio Farm Bureau member in 2012 to take advantage of the organization’s workers’ compensation program as well as to be more involved in the agriculture community. She grew up in Sugarcreek where she was involved with 4-H and rode horses. She learned about Farm Bureau’s energy program through one of her customers.“He said remember to look at Farm Bureau – you could save a ton with them,” she said. “We’ve already saved with workers’ comp and now we have the energy savings and are in the process of applying for Farm Bureau’s health care program.”Yingling learned about the energy program during a workers’ compensation meeting and signed up shortly after that.“I don’t know the energy rates day to day and always felt pushed by other companies,” he said. “I feel comfortable with Farm Bureau. Business is about relationships and I know Farm Bureau has our best interest in mind.”Online ExtraLearn more about the Ohio Farm Bureau Energy Program and enter for a chance to win $500 that can be used like cash, including to pay for utility costs.Photo credit: Photo by Peggy Turbett  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

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World’s Tallest Modular Tower Opens

first_imgThe tallest modular building in the world, a 32-story residential tower, has opened its doors in New York City.There are 363 apartments at 461 Dean, part of a 22-acre development called Pacific Park Brooklyn that ultimately will include 6 million square feet of residential space and 6,430 units of housing. It was constructed at the intersection of Dean Street and Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn next to one of the city’s major transportation hubs.Half of the units at 461 Dean have been set aside for low- and middle-income families, with studios starting at $559 a month (two-bedroom units at $727), according to an article posted at Wired. Affordable housing in New York City is in such short supply that 84,000 people submitted applications for the 181 affordable units this summer. Housing was assigned by lottery.According to the project’s website, market-rate studio apartments start at $2,450; two-bedroom units start at $4,750 a month.The building was constructed to meet the LEED-Silver standard, but the developer did not list any particular energy-efficiency features, such as added insulation or extra measures to reduce air leaks. Teething problems for modular buildingThe building — developed by Forest City Ratner Companies and designed by SHoP Architects — was constructed of modular units manufactured at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and moved to the site by truck. The building was an important test of how modular construction could make urban housing more affordable, Wired said, with Forest City originally predicting it would be ready for occupancy in 18 months and cost 20% less than a tower built conventionally.It didn’t work out that way. Construction ran two years behind schedule as the manufacturer, Skanska, struggled to develop the 960 different modules that would be needed to complete the building. The site itself also posed problems because it was triangular in shape, which resulted in triangular modules and added construction complexity.“In an effort to show modular has endless possibilities, we probably went a little overboard on the complexity,” Roger Krulak, who oversaw Forest City’s modular business, told Wired.As problems mounted, Forest City sued Skanska. Skanska returned the favor by suing Forest City, and Forest City ended up buying the module factory from Skanska. It has since sold the modular operation to Krulak, who founded a new company called Full Stack Modular.Even though the 461 Dean experiment wasn’t as successful as developers had hoped, Forest City CEO MaryAnne Gilmartin said the effort will help others develop complex modular buildings in the future, Wired said.last_img read more