Lessons of the Week! Annaleigh Ashford, Hamilton & More

first_imgHappy Friday, and Happy Lessons of the Week! It’s been a wild seven days on the Great White Way, and we’re here to make sure you’re all caught up. From Frances Ruffelle’s hidden Tony to Miriam Shor and Sutton Foster’s new favorite page-turner, here’s everything you need to know.Annaleigh Is a Hopelessly Devoted AgentBooked a gig and need to work out a deal? Call Annaleigh Ashford. When going through her roles of yesteryear, the Sylvia star revealed that back in high school, she got an offer to be a last-minute replacement Sandy in Grease. She stepped out of algebra to negotiate an Equity card and time off for a choir concert and graduation. Hey, Annaleigh! Call up Rory O’Malley. Maybe he’s looking for partners.There’s No Way You Can Stop…Orndy.We love Orfeh. We love Andy Karl. We love power couple Orfeh and Andy Karl. So mark us down as groupies of Orndy…or Anfeh (final name pending). At the School of Rock opening night, the Broadway duo revealed that their rock band’s moniker would be a blend of their two names. Neither quite roll off the tongue, to be honest, but it still beats Pig’s Rectum.Spencer Liff Can Put You in PicturesWanna be in a movie? Just ask Spencer Liff to invite his friends to your show. It worked for Austin McKenzie! When Speech & Debate movie producer Tom Rice caught Spring Awakening in L.A., he was so enamored with Austin’s performance that he had Spencer make an introduction, leading to Austin’s film debut. Also in the movie? Lin-Manuel Miranda and Darren Criss. Is it too late to squeeze us in?Zegen Would Do Anything For You, DearLike Austin, Michael Zegen is currently making his Broadway debut (in A View From the Bridge). Among his dream roles are the Artful Dodger in Oliver! He may be too old for it now, Zegen admits, so he’ll settle for Fagin at some point down the line. If it helps, Michael, we can imagine you played Dodger in the 2013 Tony-winning revival starring Sutton Foster and Laura Osnes (from the Smashiverse).Eponine Has an Award-Winning BathroomAudra McDonald may keep her Tony Awards scattered around her Eggfartopia abode, but original Les Miserables star Frances Ruffelle keeps her trophies nice and consolidated. If you want to check them out, just open the drawer…in her bathroom. That’s right: Eponine is never on her own in the shower, because her Tony, Helen Hayes Award and Outer Critics Circle Award are just a cabinet away.Dead Cat Bounce Is a Younger Best-SellerMiriam Shor is spoiled with fun props on the set of Younger, from scoliosis-inducing statement necklaces to working staplers to a plethora of fake books and manuscripts. While on set, she showed us some of the prop books lying around, including one titled Dead Cat Bounce. But hold up, Miram: there’s an actual book called Dead Cat Bounce! Book club/jewelry swap, anyone?Italy’s Sister Act Has a Method ActorIt’s a role she’s been preparing for since joining the convent! Sister Cristina Scuccia, the Italian Ursuline nun who won last year’s The Voice of Italy, will play Sister Mary Robert in the Rome premiere of Sister Act [praise hands emoji x100]. What’s next, a Lion King cast member playing a Lion King cast member? Wait.Elphaba & Mary Jane Are Church BuddiesEmily Koch is currently green-girling all across American in the Wicked national tour, having just wrapped up her Elphaba standby stint on Broadway. But the real highlight of her career was long before her Broadway debut. One time at church, she administered communion to Kirsten Dunst. So not only does she defy gravity, she’s also practiced transubstantiation with Mary Jane Watson.Don’t Make NeNe Leakes Snatch Her WigReal Housewife NeNe Leakes brings sass, brass and class to Chicago as Matron “Mama” Morton. If you think that makes her a “diva,” don’t get it twisted. She’ll serve the tea and throw some shade, but according to NeNe, being labeled a diva makes her want to snatch her own wig off. Ain’t there no decency left?!Chicago Is the New City Where It HappensWhen the Hamilton national tour kicks off in 2016, don’t flock to one of the 13 colonies to try to catch the exclusive show. The Lin-Manuel Miranda musical will begin performances next September in—wait for it, wait for it—Chicago. The Windy City: an appropriate place to blow us all away. (It’s Friday; give us a break.) View Commentslast_img read more

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Greenhouse workshops

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaCommercial and amateur greenhouse growers can learn how topropagate the best of the best Georgia landscape plants atGwinnett Technical College March 20 in Lawrenceville, Ga.The propagation school will be the final of three days ofgreenhouse workshops. A two-day program March 18-19 is designedfor people interested in getting into the greenhouse business.The final day, Saturday, includes sessions by University ofGeorgia scientists and industry experts on the scientificbackground of plant propagation.The hands-on afternoon sessions will show how to propagate theGeorgia Gold Medal winners. Attenders can take home a load ofcuttings and seeds.Greenhouse schoolSessions Thursday and Friday will show how to size up the risksinvolved in the greenhouse business and learn industry norms.Through lectures and hands-on activities, attenders will learnabout everything from choosing greenhouses and sites toscheduling and growing crops to managing and marketing thebusiness.The early deadline to sign up for either workshop is March 1.After then, fees increase by $20. The early fee is $105 for the”Getting Started” school and $195 for the plant propagationschool.The fees cover refreshments, lunches, extensive printed materialsand plants, seeds, containers, etc., for the hands-on workshops.For registration or other information, call the UGA ContinuingEducation office in Griffin, Ga., at (770) 229-3477.last_img read more

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Safe home, garden

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaOn the next “Gardening in Georgia” April 30 on Georgia PublicTelevision, host Walter Reeves will focus on the proper, safeways to store garden chemicals.Reeves will join Paul Guillebeau, an entomologist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences, for some pointers on storing pesticides.Never put chemicals in drink bottles or food containers,Guillebeau says. Others may easily mistake the pesticide for afood or drink. Reeves stresses storing chemicals in a place thatcan be locked, so small children can’t get into it.Both Reeves and Guillebeau urge gardeners to read pesticidelabels before buying and using them.”Gardening in Georgia” is produced by GPTV and the CAES. It airseach Saturday at 12:30 and 7 p.m.last_img read more

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28 Poison ivy

first_imgPoison ivy (Rhus radicans) is found mostly in moist,deciduous forests and wooded areas. Unfortunately, it’s alsofound on trees, fences and ornamental plantings in Georgialandscapes.A related species, poison oak (Rhus toxicodendron), mayactually be a type of poison ivy.Poison ivy may grow as a small shrub or a high-climbing vine ontrees, fences and buildings. Each compound leaf has three brightgreen, shiny leaflets.Remember the ruleThe shape of the leaves and presence of hairs on the undersidesvary greatly, so people may not always recognize poison ivy. Theold saying, “leaflets three, let it be,” is a good rule.Poison ivy has small flowers with five yellowish-green petalsarranged on slender stalks. Its small, grayish white berries arefood for more than 55 bird species.Box elder (Acer negundo) is often confused with poisonivy. Its seedlings have three leaflets, too, but they haveopposite leaves. Poison ivy leaves are alternately arranged onthe stem. Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)can look like poison ivy, too. But its leaves usually have fiveleaflets.The Rhus cousins are said to cause more contact dermatitis(redness, rash, blisters and itching) in the United States thanall other plants and industrial or household chemicals.All poisonAll parts of poison ivy are poisonous year-round. A toxic, oilycompound (urushiol) is quickly exuded if plant tissues are brokenin any way. People are exposed as they brush against the plant ortouch equipment, clothes or pets that have touched it. It caneven be carried in the smoke from burning the vines.Only the oily toxin, though, can spread the rash. Symptomsusually appear in 12 to 48 hours but may not show up for days.If you think you’ve contacted poison ivy, washing your skin withcold water within 5 minutes may keep the urushiol from contactingyour skin. Within the first 30 minutes, use soap and water.Consult a physician or pharmacist for the best treatment.Continually clipping poison ivy at or near the ground willeventually control it. But you may have to clip it several timesduring the year for several years.Can you dig it?Digging poison ivy plants and roots can control it in small bedsof landscape ornamentals. Be sure to wear watertight gloves,though.Herbicides can control poison ivy, too. But always read all labeldirections. Poison ivy has extensive roots, so you’ll likely haveto apply herbicides many times.Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup and many otherproducts. Apply it directly to the foliage of poison ivy. Itworks well on warm, sunny days when plants are actively growing.It’s best when plants are flowering or fruiting, generally inearly summer in Georgia.You’ll need at least one rain-free hour after applying glyphosateto get the best results. The product can severely injuredesirable plants, so don’t spray it on windy days. Use coarsesprays with large droplets to minimize drift.Cut and sprayWhere poison ivy has grown into large trees, cut the vine 2 to 3feet above the soil. Within 24 hours, spray the leaves of thelower section (if any) with a 5-percent to 10-percent glyphosatesolution (using at least a 41-percent glyphosate concentrate tomake the spray solution).If there are no leaves, paint or spray the lower stem portionwith 50-50 glyphosate-water solution or undiluted glyphosate(with at least a 41-percent glyphosate concentrate.Triclopyr (Brush-B-Gon) is recommended around homes, fences andnongarden areas.It’s often used to keep poison ivy and other plants from comingback after being cut. Just clip the poison ivy vine near the soilsurface. Then paint the freshly cut surface with undilutedtriclopyr. Don’t apply it, however, to the bark of any trees.Repeat the treatment when regrowth appears.(Mark Czarnota is a Cooperative Extension horticulturist andTim Murphy an Cooperative Extension weed scientist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.) Volume XXXINumber 1Page 38 By Mark Czarnotaand TimMurphyUniversity of GeorgiaEveryone who works outdoors with plants or goes hiking, camping,picnicking or other outdoor activities should be able to identifypoison ivy. Failing to know it when you see it can lead to severeallergic reactions.last_img read more

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Jay Peak’s Stenger testifies before US Senate on EB-5 reauthorization

first_imgJay Peak Resort,US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) chaired a hearing Wednesday morning on a key foreign investor program that has successfully drawn millions of dollars in economic investment to Vermont’s economy.  The hearing was held before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, which Leahy chairs, and focused on the reauthorization of the EB-5 Regional Center Program, and its impact on economic development and job creation in communities in Vermont and across the country. Leahy invited Bill Stenger, the president and co-owner of Vermont’s Jay Peak Resort, to testify at the hearing.  Among other important Vermont businesses, both Jay Peak and Sugarbush, two of Vermont’s destination ski resorts, have successfully raised capital through the Regional Center program, and have been engaged in ambitious development projects.  Later this week, Stenger will be recognized by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce as the 2011 Citizen of the Year. ‘In 2011 alone, the EB-5 program is on track to create an estimated 25,000 jobs, and provide direct investments in American communities of $1.25 billion dollars.  And there is great potential to increase the program’s annual benefits,’ said Leahy.  ‘Bill Stenger’s work at Jay Peak, financed in part through the EB-5 Regional Center Program, has revitalized a very rural part of Vermont, and turned a beloved and iconic Vermont ski resort into a world class, four-season resort.  Projects like this are occurring all over America, and there is every reason to support these job creators as well as the immigrants who wish to invest in and contribute to America.’ ‘Since 2005 Jay Peak has developed several EB-5 projects at the resort creating over 2,000 jobs in our region and over the next two years will create that number of jobs again,’ said Stenger at the hearing.  ‘The EB-5 Program has provided us the most important tool we need to build our business and create economic energy, Affordable Equity Capital. This capital has helped us build year-round facilities that we desperately need in order to be competitive, but also helps us create full-time job opportunities for so many citizens throughout Northern Vermont’s highest unemployment communities.’ Since its establishment in Vermont in 1997, the program has drawn business and tourism to the state, and has created hundreds of jobs.  Jay Peak has drawn over $250 million in foreign investment from over 500 investors who immigrated from 56 countries.  Sugarbush has attracted $20 million in capital, which has created, or preserved, approximately 400 jobs in Vermont.  Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin’s administration and entrepreneurs throughout Vermont are working together to develop even more job creating enterprises for Vermont and Vermonters through the EB-5 Regional Center program. Under the EB-5 Regional Center program, foreign investors are required to invest a minimum of $500,000 in a project within a Regional Center and can apply for an EB-5 visa. U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) must then approve the application, granting the investor a two-year green card. Upon the expiration of the visa, the investor must provide proof that they have created at least 10 jobs as a result of their investment and have met additional investment requirements set by USCIS. Since it was established in 1993, the Regional Center program has generated hundreds of millions of dollars for states and communities across the country. Leahy has worked to reauthorize the program several times.  Earlier this year, he introduced legislation to make the program’s authorization permanent, and has been working to develop legislation to modernize and improve the program. There are Regional Centers in more than 40 states across the country, which continue to attract foreign investment to American businesses and projects. An archived webcast of the hearing is available online.  Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.),Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee,‘Reauthorizing The EB-5 Regional Center Program: Promoting Job Creation And Economic Development In American Communities’December 7, 2011 “I thank our witnesses for joining us today to discuss the EB-5 Regional Center Program and its proven record of creating jobs in America.   In 2011 alone, this program is on track to create an estimated 25,000 jobs, and provide direct investments in American communities of $1.25 billion dollars.  And there is great potential to increase the program’s annual benefits.  If the full number of visas allocated to the program are utilized, based upon investment and job creation requirements, this program has the potential to create or preserve 100,000 jobs per year, with contributions of $5 billion in foreign capital investment.  And these benefits come at no cost to American taxpayers.  This program is and should continue to be an important component of our overall immigration system that contributes to our economic growth.  The current authorization for the program is set to expire at the end of September 2012.  It is critical that Congress support U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which administers the program, along with the many men and women who are working hard to bring jobs to their communities, by enacting the permanent authorization legislation that I introduced in March of this year.  I thank the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security, Senator Schumer, for joining me as a cosponsor of this legislation.  I know that like many parts of the United States, from Alabama to Vermont, entrepreneurs in New York City have turned to financing through the EB-5 Regional Center Program.  Like any program, there is always room for improvement.  I commend Director Mayorkas at USCIS and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for making the program a central part of the Department’s contribution to President Obama’s broader job creation efforts and for their efforts to improve it.   The history of our Nation has been written in part through the contributions of immigrants.  The EB-5 visa and other employment-based visa categories within our immigration system can play a meaningful role in writing our future economic resurgence.    In addition to USCIS’s administrative efforts, I have been working for many months with interested parties and USCIS to put together a legislative framework to make significant improvements to the overall program.  This framework will provide USCIS with additional authorities to ensure that this important program maintains the highest level of integrity and efficiency.  I have shared this framework with the Judiciary Committee’s ranking member, Senator Grassley, and I hope we can work together to make this program an even more secure and effective job creation engine for Americans across the country.  We should be moving forward without further delay to reauthorize this important program.  Congress must show potential investors from around the world that America welcomes immigrant investors and values their contributions.  If we do not, potential investors will be lost to Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and other nations that recognize immigration through investment.  We are already hearing that the uncertainty about the program’s future is a drag on investments and on our economic recovery. The Committee will hear from Bill Stenger of Jay Peak, Vermont.  His work, financed in part through the EB-5 Regional Center Program, has revitalized a very rural part of Vermont, and turned a beloved and iconic Vermont ski resort into a world class, four-season resort.  In Texas, the City of Dallas has recently entered a partnership with a capital management firm to create the City of Dallas Regional Center to develop projects and create jobs for the people of Dallas.  Companies like Marriot Hotels and Lennar Homes have turned to the EB-5 program to finance job-creating projects around the country.  Projects like this are occurring all over America, and there is every reason to support these job creators as well as the immigrants who wish to invest in and contribute to America.  Reauthorization of the EB-5 Regional Center Program should not be controversial.  This program has been in existence for 18 years.  It is time for a permanent authorization to provide investors with the certainty and predictability they need to invest and conduct business with confidence.”WASHINGTON (Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011) ‘last_img read more

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Japanese businesses push government to accelerate shift to renewable energy

first_imgJapanese businesses push government to accelerate shift to renewable energy FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Aeon Co., Asia’s largest retailer, Fujitsu, Ricoh Co. and other firms called on Japan’s government to accelerate a shift to renewable energy and a zero carbon economy during the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.Meeting with Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi on Thursday, representatives of the Japan Climate Leaders Partnership (JCLP), a grouping of 144 companies, submitted recommendations that included making renewable energy more accessible, and introducing carbon pricing.Japan has long been criticized over its government’s strong support for coal and liquefied natural gas (LNG), and its weak targets for renewable energy and emissions cuts.“All the members of the JCLP are very frustrated over this and especially the government’s NDC,” said Kahori Miyake, executive officer, corporate social responsibility at Aeon Co., told Reuters by phone after meeting Koizumi. She was referring to Japan’s National Determined Contribution (NDC) to cut carbon emissions by 26% in 2030 from 2013 levels and the government’s target for renewables to account for 22-24% of Japan’s electricity mix by then, with the rest mostly accounted for by fossil fuels.Japan’s government should allow companies to buy renewable energy supplies outside its mandatory feed-in-tariff scheme to cut costs, Miyake said. The government will find strong support from companies if it changes policies to foster more renewable energy and reduce emissions, she said.“Many Japanese companies are eager to make changes and we are pressing the government to facilitate that,” Miyake said.[Aaron Sheldrick]More: Japan companies call on government to accelerate low-carbon shift in coronavirus recoverylast_img read more

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Clarification

first_img April 1, 2004 Regular News Clarification Aventura lawyer Jeffrey Martin Herman, whose resignation in lieu of disciplinary proceedings notice ran in the Disciplinary Actions column in the March 15 News, should not be confused with Jeffrey Marc Herman, a partner with Herman & Mermelstein, P.A., located at 3230 Stirling Rd., Ste. 1, Hollywood 33021-2041. Clarificationlast_img

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Westbury Attempted Rape Witness Chases Away Suspect

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 22-year-old woman was attacked from behind by a man who tried to rape her while she walked through downtown Westbury village early Wednesday morning, Nassau County police said.The victim was walking north on Post Avenue in the vicinity of Maple Avenue when the assailant grabbed her from behind, causing her to fall to the ground before he tried to sexually assault her at 12:40 a.m., police said.A man who witnessed the attack intervened, causing the would-be rapist to run away eastbound Maple Avenue, police said. The victim suffered a minor laceration to her ear.The suspect is described as a Hispanic man with a medium build, facial hair, 40 to 50 years old who was wearing blue jeans, brown boots and a black hooded jacket.The case is the second attempted rape in central Nassau in a week. Investigators are still searching for a suspect who also tried to rape a woman in the early morning hours of Oct. 16 in East Garden City, about two miles away from the scene of the latest case.Special Victim’s Squad detectives ask anyone with information regarding this crime to contact the Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

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COVID-19: Women farmers make masks to protect villagers in South Sumatra

first_imgPrior to the outbreak, the women used the sewing machines to make handicrafts from purun (Chinese water chestnuts), which are commonly found in peatland.Read also: Communities more effective than bans to restore peatlandsBRG’s education deputy for campaigns, participation and partnership Myrna A. Safitri said the mask was more than just protection against the virus. “It’s also a symbol for the women’s movement in villages, which have an important role in protecting and restoring peatland.”The agency, she said, had been working with female farmers in educating them about the importance of not burning peatland, as doing so could prevent forest and land fires.“They have to be taught how to cultivate their land without burning it because they would also be affected by the big fires,” Myrna said during an online discussion on ecofeminism in peatland restoration on Tuesday. (vny)Topics : Women farmers in Menang Raya village in Ogan Komering Ilir regency, South Sumatra, have shifted their focus from weaving plant fibers to producing facemasks to help protect villagers from the fast-spreading COVID-19.Village head Suparedi said the initiative came from the farmers themselves, who made the facemasks to be distributed for free to other villagers.“They use sewing machines provided by the Peatland Restorative Agency [BRG] in 2018, as well as sewing materials to produce the masks,” Suparedi said on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Mike Hosking: Polls show the public knows better than Government on cannabis

first_imgNZ Herald 17 February 2020Family First Comment: Once again, well said Mike!“Poverty, deprivation, crime, emergency housing, feeding kids with no lunch, mental health, and every one of those social issues can be directly linked to drug issues of some sort. Mental health especially is riddled with drug abuse. They can’t be the government who wants to heal the ill, and yet pedal dope in a decriminalised environment. We have all worked that out, of course, and that’s why the poll is the way the poll is.”And then the cannabis, this is the one that has a real battle going on. People like me, and as it turns out the majority of the country who don’t want to legalise it, against taxpayer funded, concerted, ideologically driven obsession that somehow making drugs more available is good news.There are a couple of clear reasons why the gap is 12 points – 51 per cent voting for it to remain illegal, compared to 39 per cent for it to be legalised.And that is because, apart from the basic fact that most of us have seen a bit of life, have kids, worry about them, and know full well we already have an abysmal drug issue in this country, so there can’t be any good reason to exacerbate it, but the government has blown their messaging.Firstly, they’ve left it to Chloe Swarbrick. That’s a fatal mistake, she appeals to those who already vote yes. She’s not a voice of reason, experience, or any sort of gravitas.Where are the heavyweights? Where is Jacinda Ardern, Grant Robertson, Winston Peters, or James Shaw? You know where they are? Hiding, they are only involved in this because of a pathetic coalition sop to the Greens.It is yet another weakness of MMP. We will spend millions on this farce when it never should have seen the light of day.But perhaps more importantly than that, the reason the government can’t sell this is because they’ve spent the last two years, and literally billions, on the myriad of social issues they’ve identified as being their calling card.Poverty, deprivation, crime, emergency housing, feeding kids with no lunch, mental health, and every one of those social issues can be directly linked to drug issues of some sort. Mental health especially is riddled with drug abuse. They can’t be the government who wants to heal the ill, and yet pedal dope in a decriminalised environment.We have all worked that out, of course, and that’s why the poll is the way the poll is.Whether poor old Swarbrick gets that or not, who knows? But consistency in messaging is critical; you have to be authentic and they’re not.Fortunately, we are saving ourselves from ourselves, because tragically those charged with the job in Parliament are failing abysmally.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12309214&ref=twitterlast_img read more

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