Aaron Lazar, Wayne Brady and Donna Vivino will headline the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts’ previously announced production of Merrily We Roll Along. The Los Angeles production, directed by Tony nominee Michael Arden, will begin performances on November 23 and run through December 18.Lazar, who takes on the role of Franklin Shephard in the Stephen Sondheim musical, last appeared on Broadway in The Last Ship; his additional credits include A Little Night Music and The Light in the Piazza. Brady will play Charley Kringas. The five-time Emmy winner recently concluded a stint as Lola in Kinky Boots on Broadway. Vivino, who will play Mary Flynn, originated the role of Young Cosette in Les Miserables on Broadway and has gone on to appear in Wicked, Hairspray and Fame Becomes Me.The cast will also include Tony nominee Saycon Sengbloh (Eclipsed) as Gussie, Whitney Bashor (The Bridges of Madison County) as Beth and Amir Talai (What to Expect When You’re Expecting) as Joe Josephson. Rounding out the ensemble are Eric B. Anthony, Sandy Bainum, Melody Butiu, Doran Butler, Max Chucker, Sarah Daniels, Laura Dickinson, Kevin Patrick Doherty, Rachael Ferrera, Jennifer Foster, Travis Leland, Lyle Colby Mackston, Brent Schindele and Maximus Brandon Verso.Featuring a score by Sondheim and a book by George Furth, Merrily We Roll Along follows in reverse chronological order a stage and screen composer and the detrimental effects his success has had on his life, including his relationships with his collaborator Charlie and friend Mary. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1981—its brief run is explored in the new documentary Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened. View Comments Aaron Lazar(Photo: Bruce Glikas)
University of GeorgiaSee the newest plants for gardens and landscapes as you tour theUniversity of Georgia gardens at the annual UGA Trial GardensOpen House July 10.The event will include self-guided tours of the gardens, a plantsale including Athens Select plants, and a book signing andpersonal guided tours by world-renowned UGA horticulture expertAllan Armitage.The tours are on the hour and book signings on the half-hourbetween 8:30 a.m. and noon. Tickets are $5 at the gate.The gardens, on the UGA Campus in Athens, Ga., were created in1983 and serve as a testing ground for more than 600 kinds ofannual and perennial plants. The primary functions of thegardens are research and teaching, and detailed information onall plants is provided to all who are interested.The gardens are planted twice a year. The summer trials areusually planted in April and May and have major and minor beddingclasses, plantings of specialty annuals, many free-standingcontainers and two large perennial beds.Each type of plant is evaluated every two weeks to providedetailed information on the cultivars being tested. Performanceratings are collected based on flowering, leaf color, uniformityof habit and flower, resistance to insects and diseases andoverall appearance.Researchers also select the best cultivars for each color in eachclass of annuals and list them under “Best of the Best.” Eachyear they select the four to six recipients of the Classic CityAwards, the very best plants in the gardens over the entireseason, well worth a place in any landscape.The winter trials are planted in October and November.The gardens serve research and teaching and are an importantresource for breeders, retailers, growers, landscapers andconsumers.For more information and directions to the gardens, visit the UGATrial Gardens Web site .
Just shy of 260 Georgia 4-H’ers earned the right to compete for Georgia 4-H’s coveted Master 4-H’er title during the annual 4-H State Congress held July 24-27 at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Atlanta.The students competed and won first place in their regional competitions before traveling to Atlanta for the state competition.There, the students competed in a variety of categories ranging from photography to public speaking and communications to companion animal science. They gave 12-minute presentations before expert judges and prepared portfolios detailing their research, leadership and service projects. Michael Woods, the first place winner in the vocal competition, credits his 4-H mentors and advisers for honing his talents and creating in him “a sense of acceptance in a judgmental world.”“4-H has taught me to start from the bottom of the ladder of success and climb slowly to the top,” he said.First place winner Jaime Webb, a home-schooled student from Elbert County, says 4-H has taught her things she could never learn in a classroom. “Becoming a Master 4-H’er takes a lot of responsibility and discipline,” she said. “What better way to learn these life skills than getting up at the same time every morning to feed, run and always take the best care possible of 11 show animals.”This year’s Georgia 4-H winners, projects and donors, listed by their home counties are:APPLINGKatlyn Hall won the food safety and preservation category sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Gary Keve and Dr. Elizabeth Andress. She is the daughter of Michael and Teresa Hall.BANKSCourtney Gailey won the entomology category sponsored by the Georgia Pest Control Association and the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Entomology. She is the daughter of Chris and Gina Chappelear.BARTOWWill Murphy won the outdoor recreation category sponsored by Six Flags White Water. He is the son of David and Celia Murphy. BEN HILLTifara Brown won the performing arts – general category sponsored by Six Flags Over Georgia. She is the daughter of Lewis Brown and Kimberly Anderson.BLECKLEYEmily Tyus won the dairy foods category sponsored by the Georgia 4-H Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Barrs. She is the daughter of Ben and Fay Tyus.BULLOCHKnapp Boddiford won the plant and soil science category sponsored by the Georgia Plant Food Educational Society, Inc. He is the son of Joe Boddiford and Susan Boddiford.CHATHAMKirsten Morris won the performing arts – piano category sponsored by Six Flags Over Georgia. She is the daughter of Mark and Martha Morris.CHEROKEEJanet Garner won the computers category sponsored by the Georgia 4-H Foundation and Georgia Power. She is the daughter of David and Diane Garner.CLARKELoran Posey won the physical, biological and earth sciences category sponsored by Georgia EMC. He is the son of L. Michael Posey and Cheryl Emerling Rogers. Morgan Wurst won the safety category sponsored by the Georgia 4-H Foundation. She is the daughter of Charlie and Stacy Wurst.COFFEEPhaedra Vickers won the dog care and training category sponsored by the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association. She is the daughter of Kevin and Gina Vickers.COLQUITTAshleigh Childs won the food fast and fit category sponsored by Dr. M.K. Cook. She is the daughter of Joe and Susan Childs.COWETAAmy Goddard won the horse category sponsored by the Georgia 4-H Foundation. She is the daughter of Tim and Cathy Goddard.CRISPAlec Joiner won the conservation of natural resources category sponsored by the Georgia 4-H Foundation. He is the son of Joe and Tricia Joiner.DOUGLASJosh Townsend won the photography category sponsored by Georgia Magazine. He is the son of Rodney and Jenn Townsend.ELBERTJaime Webb won the sheep and meat goats category sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Jim Williamson. She is the daughter of Scott and Robin Webb.EMANUELZachary Wood won the forest resources and wood science category sponsored by Mr. Bill Lott, Paulding Timber Products, Inc. and the Georgia 4-H Foundation. He is the son of Spencer and Wanda Wood. GORDONGibson Priest won the beef category sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Jim Williamson. He is the son of Randy and Donna Priest. HALLJared Lee won the wildlife and marine science category sponsored by the Georgia 4-H Foundation. He is the son of Jon and Jill Lee.HANCOCKMichael Woods won the performing arts – vocal category sponsored by Six Flags Over Georgia. He is the son of Davina Woods.HARALSONBrianna Holt won the fashion revue category sponsored by the Georgia Master 4-H Club. She is the daughter of Dorothea Graham.HART Ashley Hollinshead won the history category sponsored by the Georgia 4-H Foundation and the Clover Glove Race Series. Ashley is the daughter of Tom and Vicki Hollinshead. HOUSTONKevin Braski won the workforce preparation and career development category sponsored by Emerson Climate Technologies. He is the son of Pat and Christine Braski. Mallorie Talvan won the human development category sponsored by the Georgia Association of Extension 4-H Agents. She is the daughter of John and Margie Talvan.IRWINWelsey O’Quinn won the poultry and egg science category sponsored by the Georgia 4-H Foundation. He is the son of Chad and Amy O’Quinn.JOHNSONRachael Allen won the power and energy category sponsored by Mike and Karen Garett. She is the daughter of Jimmy and Tamra Allen. Kathy Carpenter won the festive foods category for health sponsored by Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc. She is the daughter of Twan Broughan.LEEJake Hager won the veterinary science category sponsored by the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association. He is the son of Jason and Dana Hager. Hugh Slaton won the communications category sponsored by the Georgia 4-H Volunteer Leaders Association. He is the son of Hugh Slaton and Lorna Slaton.LOWNDESClay Hurdle won the international category sponsored by the Georgia 4-H Foundation and Mrs. Eleanor Smith. He is the son of Greg and Janice Hurdle.MARIONA.J. Wells won the sports category sponsored by Six Flags White Water. He is the son of Jay and Fay Wells.MITCHELLErin Burnett won the general recreation category sponsored by the Georgia Recreation and Park Association, Inc. She is the daughter of Nelson and Judy Burnett.OCONEEMegan Beckett won the performing arts – dance category sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Burley Page. She is the daughter of Troy and Diana Beckett. Bailey Guthrie won the arts and crafts category sponsored by Ms. Marian S. Fisher, the Georgia 4-H Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. Ted Jenkins. She is the daughter of Larry and Rae Guthrie. Meghan Mitchell won the dairy and milk science category sponsored by Ms. Angela Broder Nemeth and the Georgia 4-H Foundation. She is the daughter of Stan and Scarlett Mitchell.PULASKIAndrew Day won the environmental science category sponsored by the Georgia Cooperative Council, Inc. He is the son of Ken and Kellie Day.RABUNIsaac Williams won the performing arts – other instrumental category sponsored by Six Flags Over Georgia. He is the son of Neal and Rhonda Williams.SCHLEYGrace Wooten won the companion animals category sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. William H. Sell, the Homeport Farm Market and Mr. and Mrs. Greg Price. She is the daughter of Marshall and Carey Wooten.SEMINOLEJohnelle Simpson won the public speaking category sponsored by AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Farm Credit Associations of Georgia, Mr. Kaleb McMichen and Cydor USA, Inc. She is the daughter of Twynette Reynolds.SPALDING Erin Kelley won the target sports category sponsored by the Callaway Foundation and the family of Col. James Boddie. She is the daughter of Lisa Kelley.TATTNALLNick Eason won the health category sponsored by Dr. Greg L. Jones. He is the son of Mary Eason. Nicholas Waters won the food fare category sponsored by the Georgia Development Authority. He is the son of Cliff and Ann Waters.THOMASHunter Nelson won the pork production category sponsored by the Georgia Pork Producers Association and Mr. Arch Smith. He is the son of Floyd and Robin Nelson.TIFTCaroline Dunn won the flowers, shrubs and lawns category sponsored by the Georgia Development Authority. She is the daughter of Jim and Patty Dunn. Deann Taylor won the fruits, vegetables and nuts category sponsored by the Meadows-Knox Family Fund. She is the daughter of Del and Pam Taylor.TURNERChristian Anna Coker won the family resource management category sponsored by Katrina Bowers and the Sarah L. Huff Fund. She is the daughter Mike Coker and April Coker. Rachel Lord won the textiles, merchandising and interiors category sponsored by the Georgia 4-H Foundation. She is the daughter of Paul and Sharon Lord.UNIONAndrew Smith won the housing, equipment and environment category sponsored by Mr. Bucky Cook. He is the son of Sandy Gribble.To learn more about Georgia 4-H, visit www.georgia4h.org.
Current drought conditions could negatively influence Georgia peanut farmers’ plans for this year’s dryland crop, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort.While some fields are just a few weeks away from harvest, Monfort cautions growers about applying additional fungicides or insecticides, especially if there’s little to no rain in the forecast, to aid in the crop’s late-season growth.“We need to assess what our crop situation is and see what’s out there so we can figure out what the best course of action is as we get closer to harvest,” he said.It is crucial for peanut growers to physically get into their fields and closely assess their crop.“If they’re not taking a look and they’re not paying close attention, they’re either going to lose what they’ve got or they’re going to put more money into it than what they need to,” he said.Monfort estimates that Georgia’s peanut crop hasn’t been this dry this late in the growing season since 2014. Since approximately half of the state’s crop is planted in dryland fields, or fields without irrigation, yields this year are expected to drop. “We should see a drop in the state average as a whole, but how much is hard to say,” Monfort said. “One positive is that our irrigated crop looks pretty good right now.”According to Wade Parker, Agriculture and Natural Resources program development coordinator for southeast Georgia, some counties in east Georgia haven’t received substantial rainfall since July 4.Georgia’s drought conditions are largely concentrated in the middle and southern portions of the state, according to the United States Drought Monitor.Middle Georgia counties Pulaski, Houston, Twiggs, Wilkinson, Bleckley and Laurens; along with southeastern counties Burke, Jenkins and Screven; and southwestern counties Early, Clay, Quitman and Randolph are experiencing moderate drought conditions.Counties near Georgia’s southern border, including Atkinson, Berrien, Clinch, Coffee, Colquitt, Cook, Grady, Thomas and Ware, are classified as having abnormally dry conditions.For more information about Georgia’s peanut crop, visit peanuts.caes.uga.edu.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Mercom India:Tata Power announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Tata Power Green Energy Limited (TPGEL), received a letter of award (LoA) to develop a 225 MW hybrid renewable power project.The LoA was awarded from its Mumbai-based distribution company (DISCOM) – TataPower Mumbai Distribution. The project will be used to supply power to the DISCOM under a power purchase agreement (PPA) for 25 years.According to the press statement, Tata Power’s renewable energy generating capacity will increase to 3,782 MW after the addition of this project. Of this, 2,637 MW capacity is currently operational, and the remaining 1,145 MW is under implementation, including 225 MW secured under this LoA.Last month, Tata Power had issued a request for selection (RfS) to produce power on a long-term basis for a 225 MW hybrid renewable power project. The minimum project size of a single hybrid power project was 25 MW of wind with at least 5 MW at one site for an intra-state project. The capacity for inter-state projects will be 50 MW at one location to be interconnected at a single delivery point.According to the tender document, the rated installed project capacity of either of the two components should be more than 25% of the other. Further, the wind component should be capped at a maximum of 50% of the project capacity.The project is required to be commissioned within 18 months from the date of execution of the PPA, the company added. Tata Power also said that the project is expected to generate 700 million units (MU) of energy every year, offsetting about 700 million kilograms of carbon dioxide emission into the atmosphere.More: Tata Power Green receives letter of award for a 225 MW solar-wind hybrid project Tata Power unit wins bid to build 225MW hybrid wind-solar project in India
By Dialogo August 11, 2010 Hip-hop star Wyclef Jean said he wanted to become president of Haiti as he was “the right person” for his impoverished quake-battered country, in an interview to be published Monday.“While I don’t pretend to be a miracle worker, I wholeheartedly believe that at this important time in Haiti’s history, I am the right person to put the country on the road to the brighter future it so desperately needs and deserves,” Jean wrote in an article in The Wall Street Journal.Jean entered the race to become president of Haiti last week, jetting into the Caribbean nation on a private plane and asking Haitians to give him “power for change.”Jean’s bid for presidency has won support in Haiti, where many hail him as a hero, but has also drawn sneers from figures skeptical of a hip-hop star in the national palace.But Jean wrote that Haiti needed a president “who can turn promises into reality — someone who will crisscross the earth and convince world leaders” to help the Haitian people economically.“We also need to cultivate Haiti’s rich culture of entrepreneurship by increasing the availability of microcredit and simplifying laws and bureaucracy,” the musician stressed.Jean lives in the New York area but has traveled to Haiti multiple times seeking to defuse gang violence and help the poorest Haitians.He has said his inspiration to enter politics emerged from the devastating January earthquake that left 250,000 people dead and 1.5 million homeless.
U.S. President Barack Obama will host his Brazilian counterpart, Dilma Rousseff, at the White House on April 9, as part of efforts by both countries to deepen their bilateral relationship, an official White House statement announced February 7. The meeting, which will take place slightly over a year after Obama’s visit to Brazil, will serve to expand “commercial, economic, education, and innovation” ties, the press release stated. Both presidents will address topics of bilateral, regional, and multilateral interest ahead of the Summit of the Americas, to be held in the Colombian city of Cartagena in April, which Obama and Rousseff will attend, and the meeting of the G-20 (group of wealthy and emerging countries) in Mexico in June. The meeting will make it possible “to follow up on progress made” in several programs launched during Obama’s visit to Brazil in March 2011, in the areas of energy, the economy and finance, and democracy promotion, the statement said. The presidents will participate in a meeting with businesspeople from both countries, the White House added. Obama has expressed his desire to move forward as “equal partners” in relations with Brazil, Latin America’s leading economy, while holding up the country as an example of democratic and economic transformation. By Dialogo February 09, 2012
By Dialogo June 14, 2013 “This seizure is another excellent example of how the U.S Coast Guard partners with our European allies to combat illicit trafficking in the Caribbean Sea,” said Capt. Brendan McPherson, Seventh Coast Guard District chief of enforcement. “Since Operation Martillo began in January 2012, we have collectively seized more than $5 billion of cocaine and $32 million of marijuana.” A U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment onboard the HNLMS Friesland assisted in recovering the 3,497 pounds of marijuana. Suspected smugglers jettisoned 89 bales of marijuana into the water after being pursued by a small boat from HNLMS Friesland. The drugs were later transferred to Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin and then handed over to Drug Enforcement Agency agents. This interdiction was carried out as part of Operation Martillo. The U.S. Coast Guard offloaded nearly 3,500 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated wholesale value of $3 million, at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Florida, on June 7. The drugs were seized on May 10 in the Caribbean Sea during a counter-drug patrol by the Royal Netherlands Navy vessel, HNLMS Friesland.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Rodrigo LeitonAn unlicensed home improvement contractor from Lynbrook has been accused of stealing thousands of dollars from three Nassau County homeowners who hired him to repair damage to their homes caused by Sandy.Rodrigo Leiton, whose license to operate R & A Home Improvements was suspended, was arrested Tuesday and charged grand larceny, scheme to and operating a home improvement business without a license.Prosecutors said a Franklin Square homeowner paid the 51-year-old $4,000 to fix a Sandy-damaged roof Nov. 3, 2012, but Leiton only laid a tarp on the roof and did no other work.Then last summer, Leiton was paid $2,500 for repairs to a Merrick home, $975 for work on a house in East Rockaway and $1,875 to fix a residence in Valley Stream—but he allegedly never completed any of the work, authorities said.All of the homes except for the one in Merrick had been damaged in the October 2012 superstorm.The Nassau County Office of Consumer Affairs had suspended Leiton’s license in April 2012 after failing to appear at a hearing for allegedly failing to perform work for another client, prosecutors said.Nassau County District Court Judge Joy Watson set bail for Leiton at $5,000. He faces up to 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison if convicted and is due back in court Thursday.Anyone who thinks they may have been victimized by Leiton or his company should contact the district attorney’s complaints bureau at 516-571-3505.
Let me be clear about this. I am not saying I dislike social media, I am saying I dislike the conversation that goes on and on endlessly ABOUT social media. As though social media in-and-of-itself is something useful, interesting, innovative, popular—something that connects, unites, rallies, organizes, spreads, inspires, shares and helps make a better world. But it’s not, and it doesn’t. Social media is conceited and needs to get over itself.Now, you might be thinking that I clearly must not understand social media because of course it does all those things—it has changed the world as we know it. But here’s the thing–social media is merely a means to an end. It would be completely useless and irrelevant if it weren’t for the content delivered through it–the messages, ideas, pictures, videos, stories and information transmitted from me to you and you and you. The messages are what inspire, move, teach, and motivate us to do something.What isn’t helping with social media’s ego problem is those who gather at events and conferences to obsess over the latest update and newest features in these channels. Don’t get me wrong, it’s always fun to geek out a bit with others about the environment that social media professionals swim in every day, and it’s imperative to stay knowledgeable on how to best use these channels to deliver our messages. But let’s not let the conversation put the spotlight on the delivery channels as the end. We need to stop boosting social media’s insatiable ego!Rather than seeing the social media channel itself as the main focus and purpose when discussions in the sales, marketing, product and branding areas veer toward creating a social media strategy, try putting the focus back on the message you’re trying to convey, and think about how social channels could best be leveraged to support that message in different ways.The very best execution of social media makes the channel become almost invisible, taking a back seat to your story. It’s a delivery mechanism and nothing more. If the right social channel is used in the right way, your audience walks away with your message in their head and no other distraction about the channel. If they walk away remembering they were on Facebook, reading a blog, checking their twitter feed, snapchatting…but they can’t recall what you said or why you were even there talking to them, the social media tool has cannibalized your message and failed to serve its purpose.And with such competition for attention span today, our delivery channels can’t be hogging the spotlight from our messages. Think about if social media were like email. We hardly ever think about an email itself rather than the messages that are delivered within the email. That’s why email works so well to deliver your message—and has hung around even after the popularity of social media. Thinking of social media as just the next ‘email’ is also a good way to dampen fears about it being overly complicated, or not worth delving into, or something to avoid–showing those who were not indoctrinated with it since birth that it’s not that different than the message delivery channels they have always used.My job and my passion involves creatively using innovative technologies and social media channels to help the organizations I believe in deliver their messages in a better, more effective and convenient way. It’s because of this that I take issue with social media’s tendency to hijack the message, steal the attention and redirect it on itself–the channel– as the important factor, when in fact our messages, our points, our stories should have the full spotlight. It’s the stories about people that step up their humanism to help others, the credit union that gives a member a loan for her dog’s life-saving surgery, the company that shuts down profitable operations when it conflicts with their ethical values–the messages–that make us inspired to share a million times over and give social media its power. 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Holly Fearing Holly lives and breathes social media; if you can’t find her IRL, try reaching out on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram, and you’ll likely get her right away. … Web: www.filene.org Details