Shakespeare in Love Sets West End Closing Date; Is It Still B’way-Aimed?

first_imgYou will never age for me, nor fade, nor die. London’s Shakespeare in Love, after previously announcing it would shutter in April, has set its last performance for April 18 at the Noël Coward Theatre. At time of closing, the acclaimed show will have played more than 330 performances since its premiere in 2014. Adapted from the hit 1998 film by Tony winner Lee Hall and helmed by Olivier winner Declan Donnellan, the play currently stars Orlando James and Eve Ponsonby. No word yet on whether the production is still Broadway-aimed.Set in London during the late 16th century, Shakespeare in Love centers on young playwright William Shakespeare, who is struggling with his latest work Romeo and Ethel the Pirate’s Daughter. A great fan of Shakespeare’s plays is young, wealthy Viola who is about to be married to the cold-hearted Lord Wessex, but constantly dreams of becoming an actress. Women were not allowed to act on stage at that time, but, dressed up as a boy, Viola successfully auditions for the part of Romeo. Soon she and William are caught in a forbidden romance that provides rich inspiration for his play.The movie, penned by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard and directed by John Madden, won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Original Score, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress for Gwyneth Paltrow and Best Supporting Actress for Judi Dench. Shakespeare in Love also starred Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush and Tom Wilkinson. View Commentslast_img read more

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Winter pansy care

first_imgBy Paul Thomasand Gary WadeUniversity of GeorgiaColorful pansy beds take a bit of time. But a few simple tasks can keep them looking great and blooming for months whenever the weather permits.When the temperature drops below 25 degrees Fahrenheit, pansy foliage will wilt and turn gray-green. This is normal.On a winter day, the soil on the south-facing slope of a pansy bed can be 45 degrees while that on the northern side, 10 feet away, is frozen solid down to the root ball.In that case, the roots can’t absorb water from the frozen soil, so the plants on the north side of the bed dehydrate and die. Frozen soils and drying winds can spell disaster for pansies.Pine-straw blanketOne of the best ways to save pansies from freeze injury is to apply pine straw 2 to 4 inches thick over the entire bed during extreme cold.This helps trap heat in the soil, prevents it from freezing and greatly reduces exposure to cold, drying wind. As a rule, do this only when you expect the temperature to drop below 20 degrees for a long time and expect dry, cold winds to blow. Always do it whenever the soil may freeze solid.Carefully rake the pine straw off when the cold weather passes. Healthy plants can survive short times even in single-digit cold without protection.When to feedFertilize pansies in late December, late January and late February. But don’t use granular products. When the soil drops below 50 degrees, pansy roots don’t take up the nitrogen commonly used in granular fertilizers.Instead, use a liquid fertilizer containing at least half its nitrogen in nitrate form.Apply “pansy-vinca special,” a high-nitrate, pansy-formula, 15-2-20 fertilizer, every 14 days through March 15. It works great for beginners and professionals alike. Just add it to a watering can full of water and water the bed thoroughly.Potassium nitrate, calcium nitrate and even magnesium nitrate can provide good results in the winter, too.How often you should fertilize pansies depends on the plants’ vigor. Consult the label for recommended rates.When you’re feeding over the top of the plants, apply enough liquid not only to wet the foliage but to saturate the root zone 4 to 6 inches deep, too.Ah, spring!By March 15, soil temperatures should let you begin using granular fertilizers again. Using 200 parts per million of 20-20-20 or a slow-release granular fertilizer, as you would for summer annuals, should work well for pansies for the rest of the spring.Check the pH, too. Take a soil sample in early spring to test the soil again. The pH is best between 5.4 and 5.8. A pH above 5.8 can lead to boron and iron deficiency and maybe to more black root rot.If the pH gets above 5.8, drench the bed with 1 to 3 pounds per 100 gallons of either iron sulfate or aluminum sulfate. When you do this, lightly rinse the pansies afterward to prevent any foliage injury. Do this every 10 days until the pH drops and stays between 5.4 and 5.8.Too much soil moisture reduces oxygen and root growth. Try to keep pansies’ soil slightly on the dry side of moist to harden growth before very cold weather.Gratefully deadheadFinally, keep the bed clean and free of decomposing flowers and leaves.Make frequent deadheading (removing spent blossoms) and cleaning a top priority. This prevents insect and disease problems while making the color display more striking. Biweekly deadheading is essential for a professional color display.Trim lanky pansy stems from time to time, too, to encourage branching, compact growth and improved flowering.If you do these things consistently, your pansy beds will rival those you see at the entrances of corporate buildings and botanical gardens.(Paul Thomas and Gary Wade are Cooperative Extension horticulturists with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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Pesticide Use

first_imgPesticides, which include insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and more, can contain organic or conventional ingredients. People use them in homes and workplaces, on farms and in gardens, and in other places where they want to control pests like weeds, insects, fungi, rodents and plant viruses.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension urges all Georgians to learn more about the safe use, storage and disposal of pesticides. The UGA Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program promotes the safe, responsible use of pesticides by individuals and commercial groups by providing training programs, materials and educational resources that cover pest identification, personal safety, safe storage and safe disposal of pesticides.UGA Extension experts educate homeowners, landscape professionals, farmers and other individuals who commonly use pesticides about how to protect the environment, reduce pesticide drift and runoff, protect threatened and endangered species, protect water quality, and keep food safe.To reduce the unnecessary use of pesticides, remember that not every bug is a pest. Integrated pest management (IPM) is a science-based decision-making process focused on controlling insects through biological, mechanical, cultural and chemical methods. IPM reduces the economic, environmental and public health risks associated with pests and pest management practices.The first step in the IPM process is pest identification. If an insect, weed or suspected plant disease causes trouble in your landscape or garden, bring a sample of the pest or email a photograph to your local UGA Extension office. Place the insect in a plastic container or glass bottle, or bring in a freshly cut leaf sample.UGA Extension agents can identify the suspected pest and recommend the low-risk treatment options, if treatment is needed. Some insects may actually be beneficial to your plants.Agents use their knowledge and experience, and the home and garden edition of the 2018 Georgia Pest Management Handbook, to give control recommendations. The home and garden edition of the handbook, along with the commercial edition, provides current information on selection, application and safe use of pest control chemicals.To purchase a print copy of either edition of the 2018 Georgia Pest Management Handbook, visit UGAExtensionStore.com. The Commercial Edition is $50, which includes both volumes. The Home and Garden Edition is $20.last_img read more

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Dominican “King of Cocaine” Arrested In Colombia

first_imgBy AFP December 09, 2019 César Emilio Peralta, a Dominican known as the “King of cocaine” and accused of sending thousands of tons of drugs from the Caribbean to the United States and Europe, was arrested on December 2 in Colombia, authorities reported.Peralta, 44, also known as “the abuser,” was captured in the Bocagrande sector of Cartagena de Indias, said Dominican Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez at a press conference.The official said that the network that Peralta operated, with alleged connections in Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and Colombia, according to the FBI, had been “totally dismantled,” after more than 60 operations ended in the capture of 18 people, five of whom were gang leaders.Three of these were extradited to the United States, while one is in the process of being brought before justice in that country, Rodríguez said.For its part, the Colombian Office of the Attorney General said that Peralta, who is wanted in 192 countries and has a Red Notice from Interpol, was staying in an apartment where the “capture was made.”The FBI offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the “King of cocaine.”“We are talking with the Colombian Ministry of Justice, so that we can coordinate his extradition to either the United States or the Dominican Republic, the former being the preferred option,” Rodríguez said.Three Colombians and one Dominican were detained along with Peralta, he added.In August, the U.S. Department of the Treasury blacklisted the Dominican narcotrafficker for allegedly coordinating the shipment of “tons of cocaine and significant amounts of opioids” from Santo Domingo to the United States, Puerto Rico, and Europe.Treasury sanctions freeze the assets and property of designated entities that are directly or indirectly under U.S. jurisdiction.According to the Dominican Office of the Attorney General, the “King of cocaine” has been involved in narcotrafficking “for more than two decades.”last_img read more

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License tag would fund children’s legal services

first_img March 1, 2004 Regular News License tag would fund children’s legal services License tag would fund children’s legal services Florida Bar members may soon be able to show their support for children’s legal services.The Bar is asking the legislature to approve a specialty license plate advocating justice for children, with the proceeds going to The Florida Bar Foundation to help fund children’s legal programs.Board member Jim Lupino, chair of the Communications Committee, told the Board of Governors recently that his committee approved the concept, saying he expected a successful effort to market the plates. He also said the Bar’s Citizens Forum was enthusiastic about the plates and offered marketing suggestions.Bar President-elect Kelly Overstreet Johnson reported that a bill has been submitted to legislative bill drafting and was ready for committee action.The idea for the bill, she said, actually came from former Bar President Ed Blumberg. He recently wrote Johnson and said he hadn’t been able to get to the proposal during his year at the Bar’s helm and suggested she look into the concept.The goal, Johnson said, is simple: “Have a continuing source of revenue for children’s programs.”Chief Legislative Counsel Steve Metz told the board the future of the bill is uncertain because some lawmakers are advocating ending the specialty license plate program.“There is a big discussion in the legislature on whether there should be any specialty plates, but if any pass this year, it will be this one,” he said.Despite that, the legislation is being introduced in the Senate by Sens. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville, Ron Saunders, R-Naples, and Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac. It is being sponsored in the House by Rep. Mark Mahon, R-Jacksonville.If the bill passes, the Bar would have to submit a petition with 15,000 signatures of people willing to buy the plate. The Bar will pick up the $30,000 cost of conducting a required survey, and the Bar and the Foundation will split the $60,000 application fee, although that expense could be reimbursed from sales.The plate must also sell 8,000 copies in five years, or it would be dropped from the program. Florida currently has 84 specialty plates, and although some critics have said that’s too many, a couple of other states actually have a larger number.Tentative designs for the plate show a sketch of kids sitting on the scales of justice, with the slogan “Kids Deserve Justice.”last_img read more

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Why student lending is a growing trend among credit unions today (Part 1)

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Private student lending is a relatively new offering for most credit unions today, but it’s an effective one to say the least. To find out why, we invited Credit Union Student Choice‘s President Scott Patterson on the show to find how credit unions can benefit from offering private student lending — along with why it’s a growing trend, how it works, the state of student lending today, and much, much more. Enjoy part 1 with Scott and stay tuned for part 2 next week when we talk credit union student lending success stories. continue reading »last_img

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6 decisions for newly merged or acquired brands

first_imgIf your brand is taken over by another company or your company takes over other brands, either as a stand-alone buy or as part of a broader merger and acquisition, what aspects of your current brand should stay as they are and what might you look to change?Many brands find themselves caught in a change of ownership. Sometimes there is no choice in what is left alone. For example, if a company is acquired by a major power brand, the chances of other brands remaining within the stable are small. If, on the other hand, either the acquirer or the acquired runs a house of brands, there are a number of things to weigh.Six aspects for deciding what to do with the brand(s) you have:1. The Circumstances Of The Sale – was the brand flourishing or declining when the sale took place? A strong brand could of course be a key reason for the sale, in which case customers should see as little change as possible. If on the other hand, the brand was weak or weakening, then a change of ownership is a good opportunity to revamp the strategy for that brand (to align with the intentions of the new owner) and perhaps to rebrand to clearly signal this shift. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Are you too late to mobile lending?

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Recent market research has illustrated the potential for credit union mobile lending solutions and even suggests that if it’s not a part of your short-term strategic plan it should be. According to recent Pew research, 78% of adults in the country own a mobile phone and 43% of them regularly use their smartphone for financial management and mobile payments. Further, CUNA Mutual Group statistics report that 550 credit unions using their company’s online lending technologies have received $2.4 million in mobile loan requests per day. This is evidence that credit union members are doing their due diligence in researching what is available to them and that providing a customized personal mobile lending solution is important.Added to Pew’s research is the Millennials’ role in lending. They are proving an important part of the mobile banking picture, whether it is for a new mortgage or an auto loan. In the auto lending world, in particular, speed is the common denominator for most shoppers – and why wouldn’t it be? The speed with which loans move through the lending channel rely upon the member conducting online research before the trip to the dealership. Add to this, lenders striving for rapid pre-approvals and applications processes that move past traditional paper channels, and you gain further insight into the natural progression of technology pointing us toward using phones to apply for loans.There is still time to be out in front of the “loans via mobile phones” movement, but you can’t afford to get it wrong. Consider these 4 points for help: continue reading »last_img read more

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Islandia Village OKs Controversial Mini-Casino at Marriott Hotel

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Village of Islandia officials authorized the opening of a mini-casino at the Marriott Hotel over objections of the plan’s opponents, who packed village hall for the brief special meeting on Friday morning.Despite protests, the village board approved a permit for Buffalo-based Delaware North, a hospitality and gaming company, to operate up to 1,000 Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs), two Suffolk Off-Track Betting kiosks, and OTB simulcasts at the hotel, located on the service road of the Long Island Expressway. Critics say the mini-casino will increase crime in the community, but the village touted its economic benefits. The approval would make it the first gambling parlor of its kind in Nassau or Suffolk counties.“There will be no Vegas-style shows at the hotel,” Islandia Mayor Allan Dorman said in a statement, emphasizing that the mini-casino will have “minimal impact” on the community. “Tony Orlando is not coming to Islandia.”The Suffolk OTB, which received authorization from New York State to build the VLTs, originally planned to construct the mini-casino in Medford, but later scrapped that plan and joined forces with Delaware North on the Islandia idea. Nassau Downs OTB backed off similar plans in Westbury, and then Elmont, before the state reportedly authorized a deal to transfer Nassau OTB’s VLT rights to Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens in a profit-sharing agreement.“No casino!” chanted protesters, including one that was removed from the board meeting by security. Opponents plan to continue to fight the move.The village, which had canceled a July vote on the permit, will have to decide whether or not to renew the permit every two years, officials said. Dorman said the mini-casino will create more than 200 jobs, with preference given to local residents, implement new traffic controls to minimize congestion, will have 24-hour security, and will reduce village taxes by 50 percent.Critics questioned whether the tax relief will be negated by potentially decreasing property values. Suffolk OTB officials weren’t immediately available for comment on the permit approval.“We are trying to be as good neighborly as we can,”  Phil Nolan, president of the Suffolk OTB, which is emerging from bankruptcy, previously told the Press.The Islandia min-casino is expected to be completed in about a year.last_img read more

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An initiative has been launched to connect Samobor and Sv. With a bicycle path along the route of the legendary Samoborček. Sunday

first_imgThe idea of ​​the project arose from tourist, recreational, but also practical reasons. Namely, the initiators of the project believe that the new trail, which would connect these two cities, has a better surface and is unobstructed by roads and would be shorter and flatter, unlike the current one that passes through Kladje and Mala Rakovica. They also emphasize the historical legacy and the significance of the name “Samoborček”. The project is divided into two phases for each of these cities. You can check more about the event “HPB XCM Occupy Samobor” HERE The main investment of the first and second phases of the Sunday part of the route includes the construction of a bicycle-pedestrian bridge over the Rakovica canal. Other investments will go to gravel backfilling on part of the trail, clearing of branches and grass, and setting up cycling infrastructure such as rest areas, markings and interpretation boards and signposts. “There is a lot of space for expansion, the infrastructure in terms of marked bicycle paths in the City of Samobor could be significantly improved as well as the connection with the bicycle path of Samobor and Zagreb. Our proposal is to connect the two cities with a bike path along the route of the legendary Samoborček”, Concluded Zvonimir Brleković. The club participated in the internationally recognized competition “4 Islands 2018” with seven teams out of a total of 14 competitors and was also the most numerous cycling club from Croatia in that competition. “Our bicycle races are known as one of the most organized in the territory of the Republic of Croatia, and they promote the city of Samobor beyond the borders of Lijepa naša. This can be witnessed by an increasing number of competitors from other countries, especially Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The idea is to raise the recognizable Occupy cycling race to a higher level in the form of a cross-country competition in which, in addition to always active recreationists, competitors at a higher sports level will also participate,”Added Brleković. Although this is the first “cross-country” marathon in their organization, Brleković points out that the club wants to organize the same in the coming years. “We hope that the event will be recognized and that there will be more and more participants from year to year, and accordingly we expect greater support from sponsors and partners. In the coming years, the marathon could go beyond the scope of a recreational race and become a competition that is scored for the cup or championship of the Republic of Croatia under the auspices of the HBS. With the appropriate support of the local community and sponsors, it could become a multi-day, stage race that will attract tourists from Croatia and abroad.” Cycling clubs “BBK Krpelj” and “BBK Šišmiš” participated in the development of cycling routes, while a tour of the terrain, marker positions and all field work, and proposing and marking positions for all routes, was done by the Tourist Board of Samobor and “BBK Šišmiš”. Samobor cycling club “BBK Krpelj” with its 140 members registered in 2019 ranks among the most numerous “mountain bike” clubs in Croatia. It was founded in 2011 and has been operating unofficially since 2009. Club members often participate in many recreational and competitive “mountain bikes” and road races in Croatia. Brleković believes that the cycling tourism offer and infrastructure in Samobor is at a good level, but that there is still a lot of room for improvement. “The offer is getting bigger and bigger every year, and the interest in such events is growing. At the initiative of the Tourist Board of the City of Samobor at the end of 2016, and in the first half of 2017, bicycle routes of the City of Samobor were made and marked in the field in coordination with BBK Krpelj. These are 7 bike routes made to meet the needs of mountain bikers and road recreationists. Some are more demanding, some are easier, which is all stated in the route description. Our club also participated in the creation of the routes, and several routes were created at our suggestion. We did field trips and suggested field marker positions for all routes. We are extremely glad that this project, which has been discussed for years, has finally come to life in our city and its surroundings.” This year, the club is organizing an event “HPB XCM Occupy Samobor” which, in addition to recreational cyclists, will bring together professional competitors. “Cycling trail along the route ex Samoborček” is a project of cooperation between the City of Samobor and the City of Sveta Nedelja, or Hrvoje Vešligaj from “BBK Krpelj” and Robert Vuga from “BK Sveta Nedelja” and the Samobor Sports Association and the Tourist Board of Sveta Nedelja. The Tourist Board of the town of Samobor has started arranging and setting up cycling infrastructure on all seven routes, and in the first phase it is setting up cycling service stations and tools for repairing bicycles, while we promote the routes themselves through the organization of bicycle races. Zvonimir Brleković, president of the club “BBK Krpelj”, believes that the “BBK Krpelj Occupy” cycling race is a recognizable, recognized and extremely well-attended event for all ages and categories of cyclists from Samobor, Zagreb and the surrounding area. “The last Occupy cycling race, organized last year, 2018 in Koretići, was attended by over 500 participants and it can be objectively said that it was the largest recreational mountain bike cycling event in the territory of the Republic of Croatia. More than 30 members of BBK Krpelj, 6 motorcyclists, 1 medical team, an animator and others actively participated in the organization of the event at last year’s Occupy cycling race. Participants had at their disposal three trails, two feed zones, two photographers and one logistics van.” The club plans to gather up to 300 participants from the region – competitors from Slovenia, Austria and Bosnia and Herzegovina have also been announced. The increasingly popular e-bike category will also be available at the competition. Legal regulations that imply the implementation of this project are the possibility of obtaining a land concession from Zagreb Holding and Croatian Railways, maintenance of land plots and construction of bicycle infrastructure, but without performing construction works and changing the functionality of the route due to the construction of the future railway. Occupy Dukat Fit Koretići 2018. Bicycle path along the route ex Samoborček In 2019, the club “BBK Krpelj” has three licensed competitors who regularly participate in cup races and the national championship of the Croatian Cycling Federation. Also, members of the club are three licensed judges who are qualified to judge HBS’s “mountain bikes” and road races. The event will be held in the area of ​​Žumberak and Samobor hills, on June 8, 2019. The marathon consists of three tracks of different lengths – 60 kilometers, 40 kilometers and 20 kilometers – to meet all categories of competitors. “This year we organized the fourth edition of the Samobor Bicycle Race, presenting route number 4, ie Okić and the Okić region, and encouraging healthy living, staying in nature and active tourism.”, Said the Tourist Board of the city of Samobor. “Samobor is really becoming a real cycling mecca, through the development of cycling tourism, but also the organization of important cycling events, from bicycle races, recreational marathons, brevets, all the way to the XCM Marathon and the big international race XCO Samobor, which we proudly host on June 16th.” The first phase of the Samobor part of the route includes cleaning the trail of trees and branches, patching holes in the ground and installing bicycle infrastructure, and the existing roads will be marked with bicycle signs. After the completion of the bicycle route, in the second phase, the plan is to organize regular bicycle races in cooperation with tourist boards, return the “Večernjak bicycle race” to Samobor and support existing bicycle projects and cycling offer in the city.last_img read more

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