Broadway Theater Lights Will Now Be Dimmed for Joan Rivers

first_img View Comments The reversal came after the Main Stem’s New Amsterdam, Helen Hayes, Studio 54, Stephen Sondheim and five Jujamcyn theaters announced that they would be dimming their lights in Rivers’ honor anyway. The comedy icon, Tony nominee and longtime Broadway cheerleader got the last laugh. Of course she did. “Joan Rivers loved Broadway and we loved her. Due to the outpouring of love and respect for Joan Rivers from our community and from her friends and fans worldwide, the marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in her memory,” said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League in a statement.center_img After receiving criticism for their initial decision to not dim the Great White Way marquee lights in tribute to the late Joan Rivers, the Broadway League has now agreed to do so at 6:45PM on September 9.last_img read more

Continue reading

Buggy year

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaDamage from insects and caterpillars can vary yearly in most Georgia crops. University of Georgia experts say this year will go down as a buggy one.Crop-eating bugs like Georgia’s subtropical climate, says Steve Brown, a UGA Cooperative Extension entomologist.Peanut pestsGeorgia peanut farmers usually don’t spray for foliage-feeding insects, Brown said. But this year was different. Some growers had to spray two or three times.The three-cornered alfalfa hopper caused most of the problems, reducing yields in some fields. This stem-eating bug wasn’t much of a problem a decade ago.Peanut farmers apply an insecticide in the furrow with seeds at planting time to protect against thrips. These tiny insects feed on leaves and can carry the tomato spotted wilt virus. This year, thrips showed up later in the spring anyway. The yield loss to TSWV is expected to be 7 percent, the worst in a decade.Estimates for the cost of control and damage from pests aren’t available yet for 2005, Brown said. But peanut pests cost Georgia farmers $14.3 million in 2004. And the cost to the state’s 750,000-acre crop is expected to be higher this year.Cotton crittersCotton pests cost Georgia farmers $102 million in control measures and losses this year. About $84 per acre. That’s 15 percent more than last year, said Phillip Roberts, a UGA Extension cotton entomologist.Farmers sprayed about 20 percent more for cotton pests this year than last, Roberts said. They sprayed mostly to control stinkbugs, now a major pest in Georgia cotton.In 2003, farmers lost about 72,000 bales of cotton to stinkbugs. They grew 2.1 million bales (roughly 480 pounds of lint) that year. This year, they’ll lose about 44,000 bales while producing 2 million.”The reduction in damage is primarily due to our growers now understanding the problems stinkbugs cause and … doing a good job managing them,” Roberts said.About 90 percent of Georgia’s 1.21 million acres of cotton is planted in Bt cotton. This cotton has a gene that lets the plant produce a toxin from the bacterium, Bacillus thuringiensis. The toxin kills many caterpillar pests. Before Bt cotton became available in the mid-1990s, Georgia farmers sprayed insecticides about five times per year. They averaged three times this year. Back before boll weevils were eradicated, farmers had to spray about 20 times a year.Corn earworms damaged cotton in Georgia and other states, too. Bt cotton controls this worm, but not completely. The caterpillar feeds and grows inside cotton flowers, where the toxin isn’t as strong. When it moves to feed on developing bolls, where the toxin is stronger, it’s not easily killed.Farmers spray pyrethroid insecticides to kill them when they get out of control. Many worms survived this year, Roberts said. It isn’t completely clear why they did. But Roberts and scientists in other states are studying the problem.Veggie villainsStinkbugs are hurting Georgia’s $700 million annual vegetable crop, too, said Stormy Sparks, a UGA Extension vegetable entomologist. Their piercing bite can damage forming fruit. And damaged fruit can’t be sold. The industry is looking for ways to control it.Georgia farmers grow about 30 kinds of vegetables, such as peppers, sweet corn, tomatoes and eggplant. Because of the crops’ high per-acre value and consumers’ intolerance of insect damage, farmers spray to protect the crops.Spring sweet corn can be sprayed as much as 20 times during its growing season. At times during the critical silking stage, it’s sprayed twice a day. Tomatoes often need spraying weekly.Farmers minimize insecticide use by growing most crops when pest populations are low, Sparks said. Still, insects cost vegetable farmers about $57 million in 2004.This year will likely cost as much or more. “I’d say, all in all, it was a buggy year,” Sparks said.last_img read more

Continue reading

Accounts that experience fraud run from their credit union

first_imgby: Paul Bjerke“You never know who might be watching.”You’ve heard that saying before. When applied to your money, it used to mean that you shouldn’t flash large amounts of cash in a public place or let anyone stand too close to you when using the ATM.Nowadays, though, the thieves who are watching are nowhere near their victims. They may not be in the same state or even the same country. They’re out there, however, on the Internet, targeting businesses and financial institutions, looking to steal customer information. And when they do, the results are so much worse than simply losing a handful of cash, for both the consumers and the business. Consider this, according to an Aite Group survey, 47 percent of customers who fall victim to an identity theft experience said they changed financial institutions because of it.Can you afford to lose 47 percent of your business if your FI is hacked?Data breaches are no longer a unique occurrenceTarget’s breach in 2013 affected 110 million people and made national headlines, but the retail giant is hardly alone in its victimization. Instead, Target’s attack only foreshadowed a string of breaches that occurred throughout 2014. Here are some of the most notable: continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Continue reading

Archibald finalist’s villa in the Brisbane hills for sale

first_imgArtist Melissa Egan has put her five bedroom Brisbane hills sanctuary up for sale. Picture: Megan Cullen.ARCHIBALD Portraiture prize finalist, Melissa Egan, has put her Spanish villa in the Brisbane hills on the market.Ms Egan, whose paintings were in collections across the world, has seen her work considered for a wide range of prizes including the Sir John Sulman Prize, Doug Moran and Portia Geach Portrait prizes, Blake Religious Art Prize and Fleurieu Landscape Prize. Ms Egan bought the property in 2001. Picture: Realestate.com.auAgent Rachael Spinks was marketing the home as a “sanctuary of privacy and natural beauty”.“Approaching via a private, gently winding drive, beneath a sweeping canopy of mature trees, it is immediately evident that a very special residence awaits,” the listing said.The home was based on a romantic Spanish villa, with dramatic carved timber doors, terracotta brickwork tiles, whitewashed, rendered walls, soft murals and European-style water features. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoThe home is in Camp Mountain, half an hour northwest of the Brisbane CBD. Picture: Realestate.com.au The property has tonnes of natural light, ideal for painting. Picture: Realestate.com.au The home has good indoor-outdoor flow. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe 2ha property includes orchards, dams, 12.5m swimming pool, floodlit championship tennis court and a fully self-contained guesthouse that could be used for multi-generational living or nanny’s quarters. The five bedroom Camp Mountain property was half an hour northwest of Brisbane’s CBD.Built in 1980, Ms Egan bought the Camp Mountain property in 2001, a suburb that has seen its median house price rise 26.9 per cent in five years.last_img read more

Continue reading

Tiny spaces gain popularity as a housing alternative

first_imgGold Coast business technoPODS specialise in tiny homes, perfect for downsizers.The popularity of tiny homes is huge, with a Gold Coast business now building structures catering for grandparents and teenagers.TechnoPODS also specialise in WaterPODS, homes on the water that are trending as a housing alternative. MORE QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS: WHERE YOU SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT 10 YEARS AGO DOWNSIZE TO A BIGGER LIFESTYLEcenter_img technoPODS is the Gold Coast.Managing director Jason Caruana said his POD business had been operating for just over 12 months, starting in Labrador and now expanding to a 3500sq m facility in Steiglitz near Jacobs Well where they are building all their PODS including WaterPODS.Mr Caruana said more people were looking for smaller spaces as living options, hence the popularity of tiny homes.“We find the biggest reasons are normally to be more free financially and also to have less impact on the world we live by reducing their carbon footprint and living more sustainably,” he said.“Shows such as Tiny House Nation generate a lot of interest and people are starting to realise that the big house on the suburban block is no longer the Australian dream for many.”Mr Caruana said the TinyPODS were the most popular because they were technically classed as caravans but built more like traditional homes, so could skirt around planning and building red tape. “Also they are on wheels so if you want to move, just hook up your house and find a new spot,” he said. Inside a tiny home designed by technoPODS on the Gold Coast.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoMr Caruana said it takes from eight weeks to build a smaller model POD and up to eight to 10 months for large houseboats. Typically the majority of PODS are turned around in 12-16 weeks. An average-size POD typically costs between $80,000 to $100,000 and are all custom designed to meet clients’ specific needs and wants. “Typically we look to make our PODS as self sufficient as possible by including solar as standard and other energy and water saving products. We are fans of composting toilets (glorified long drops) and lots of clients, especially tiny house clients, opt for these,” Mr Caruana said.He said with a range of PODS, his company could typically find a solution for any location. “GranPODS and TeenPODS are more common in the inner-city suburbs as we find established families look to find alternative options for the younger and older generations.“Buying a house is out of reach for most younger people so building a POD in the backyard of mum and dad’s is a great solution. “What’s more, we can design and build them in a way that when they do maybe find some land to build on they can take the POD with them and add additional PODS to create their very own home.” Visit www.technopods.com.au for more information.last_img read more

Continue reading

Lundin to remove emergency response vessel from Edvard Grieg field

first_imgNorway’s offshore safety regulator, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), has given Lundin Norway the consent to change the area contingency planning on the Edvard Grieg field in the North Sea.The PSA said on Friday that the change entailed removal of the emergency response vessel that was dedicated to the Edvard Grieg field.According to the safety watchdog, access to an emergency response vessel will be ensured by Lundin signing an agreement to participate in the vessel part of the area contingency planning scheme for the Sleipner-Utsira area.Lundin is already part of this scheme in respect of SAR response and ocean monitoring.As for the field, Edvard Grieg is located in the North Sea some 180 kilometers west of Stavanger and started production on November 28, 2015.The contingency planning consent for the Sleipner-Utsira area was given to Equinor (then Statoil), ExxonMobil, and Gassco in January 2017.It involved cooperation on emergency preparedness between several facilities and fields with the aim of sharing maritime and airborne emergency response resources. These resources may include one or more emergency response vessels and SAR helicopters.Participating in such contingency planning means that rescue vessels for individual fields would be removed.Aker BP joined the trio later that month as the company received consent to include the Alvheim field in the area contingency planning for the Sleipner-Utsira area. Edvard Grieg auditThe PSA also announced results of an audit at Edvard Grieg. The objective was to assess how Lundin ensured compliance with the regulatory requirements pertaining to barrier management.The safety body found two non-conformities in connection with penetrations in fire walls and follow-up of performance requirements for check valves and safety-critical heating cables.Three improvement points were identified in regards to passive fire protection, governing documents for safety systems, and temporary equipment.Lundin was told to report on how non-conformities and improvement points would be addressed by November 30, 2018.last_img read more

Continue reading

Guv wants nat’l gov’t to maintain Iloilo prov’l roads

first_img“It is better to turn over theownership of these roads to the national government for maintenance,” said Gov.Arthur Defensor Jr. ILOILO – This province has provincialroads concreted from national government programs. He specifically asked for “aggressivecutting off weeds.” The national government can maintainthe roads; it has funds under its “Build, Build, Build” program, heexplained. For the time being, Defensor has askedthe Department of Public Works and Highways to help the province maintain thecleanliness of roads and highways. Road concreting in the province iseither under Iloilo’s capital outlay, as national government project, under theConditional Matching Grant to Provinces or Philippine Rural Development Project(PRDP), among others.center_img Gov. Arthur “Toto” Defensor Jr. “I want the dengue cleanup drive of tograduate to the purposes of the province in health and tourism. That is what Iam trying to order right now,” Defensor said. Defensor noted that plastics, papersand other trash on the roads are most probably littered by passengers frompassing vehicles. (PNA) “There will be a huge difference if wecan also free out highways from plastics and papers,” he added.last_img read more

Continue reading

Barkley ‘deserves World Cup berth’

first_img The 20-year-old has won three caps for the national team in the current campaign having become a key figure in Martinez’s set-up. It seems likely he will be in the squad heading to Brazil this summer and after a dip in form following a broken toe in January the Toffees boss said the youngster could do a job for Roy Hodgson. “Ross has had such a demanding season, the most demanding in his professional career, and now he has come back really strongly for the final third of the season,” said the Spaniard. “What is important for us is to see Ross developing into an incredible footballer and the national team will have the opportunity to use his abilities. “When that is going to happen is down to the England manager. “He is ready to help if he is needed in the England set-up but we have real trust in the England manager to make the decisions he needs to make depending on what he needs in the squad. “It will be something which wouldn’t faze him that’s for sure. “Ross is enjoying every day’s work and is developing into a fine footballer, potentially one of the best English talents we’ve seen for a long time but he is not the finished article. “If he is going to be involved in the England set-up as he has been recently that will be a terrific experience and probably from the psychological point of view he will learn more than any other aspect. “But if you ask Ross the only thing he has in his head is try to perform as well as he can for Everton and see the level of performance he can reproduce from now until the end of the season.” One Everton player certain to be in Hodgson’s squad, injury notwithstanding, is left-back Leighton Baines. The defender is the epitome of high-level consistency and that is highlighted none more so than in his penalty-taking, where he extended his 100 per cent Premier League record to 12 at the weekend in the win over Swansea. Martinez did not want to jinx the 29-year-old ahead of their trip to Newcastle but admits he has a special talent from the spot. “The truth is he is such a cool character in those situations, not just penalties but dead-ball situations as well,” said the Everton manager. “He is a master at putting the ball where he envisages it and he is a real strength and a real threat. “Over the history of the game and there are only a few players who gave you that feeling of confidence: Eric Cantona, Matt Le Tissier, in Spain Ronald Koeman. “There are only a few who bring that composure, assurance and quality in those moments and it is quite unique the strength he has in controlling the moment. “Obviously the technicality of kicking the ball from a penalty spot shouldn’t be that difficult, it is just being able to control the moment and the psychology that goes with it and Leighton is as good as you will see.” Everton manager Roberto Martinez admits Ross Barkley is far from the finished article but believes after the most demanding season of his career the midfielder is ready for World Cup duty with England. Press Associationlast_img read more

Continue reading

Myles Garrett appeals indefinite suspension after Browns vs Steelers fight: Report

first_img COMMENT 9 months ago Myles Garrett net worth, annual salary, Steelers brawl and NFL suspension pic.twitter.com/IFKkZv5OC2— Myles “Flash” Garrett ⚡️ (@MylesLGarrett) November 22, 2019 9 months ago NFL Brawl: NFL or WWE? Browns’ Myles Garrett swings helmet, smacks Steelers’ Mason Rudolph The brawl unfolded in the final moments of the Browns 21-7 win over the Steelers. Garrett tackled Rudolph to the ground after a short pass and both players pulled at each other’s helmets. Garrett ripped off Rudolph’s helmet and swung it, connecting on the top of the quarterback’s head. Steelers guard David DeCastro threw Garrett to the ground as Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey punched and kicked Garrett.Also Read: Rob Gronkowski Hints Return To NFL But Won’t Sign With Any Team This Season: ReportMyles Garrett appeal FOLLOW US 9 months ago NFL’s wild Week 11 included Garrett, Kaepernick, Mexico First Published: 22nd November, 2019 21:52 IST Last Updated: 22nd November, 2019 21:52 IST Myles Garrett Appeals Indefinite Suspension After Browns Vs Steelers Fight: Report Myles Garrett appeal was upheld after he was suspended for hitting Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head with a helmet last week. 9 months ago Colin Kaepernick: NFL upset after his no-show at original venue for workout session WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Written By Suraj Alva WE RECOMMEND Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett indefinite suspension was upheld by NFL putting his career in jeopardy. Garrett received a suspension for hitting Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head with a helmet during a game last week.Also Read: NFL Brawl: NFL Or WWE? Browns’ Myles Garrett Swings Helmet, Smacks Steelers’ Mason RudolphThe appeals officers also reduced a related suspension to two games from three for Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, who kicked and punched Garrett. Pouncey’s $35,096 fine was reportedly upheld.Also Read: Myles Garrett Net Worth, Annual Salary, Steelers Brawl And NFL SuspensionBrowns vs Steelers fight According to reports in the US, Garrett during his appeal hearing on Wednesday, accused Rudolph of calling him a racial slur during their altercation. Garrett, was suspended without pay indefinitely by the NFL after the Nov 14 melee.Garrett’s indefinite suspension is the most severe for any one-time on-the-field action by a player since Tennessee Titans lineman Albert Haynesworth received a five-game suspension in 2006.Also Read: Khabib Nurmagomedov Calls Conor McGregor An “idiot”, Calls For People To Ignore HimMason Rudolph hits backs on Myles Garrett accusationOn Thursday, Rudolph through his representatives denied allegations that Garrett made against him. Steelers spokesperson Burt Lauten said that Mason denies the report of being accused of using a racial slur during the incident Thursday night in Cleveland. He will not discuss this accusation any further, and his focus remains on preparation for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league had looked into the allegation and found no evidence to support it. The league reviewed the game officials’ report; no audio recordings from the field were available. Rudolph has not been fined or suspended for his role in the fight but his agent did not rule out taking legal action against Garrett.The Browns will face the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Dec. 1. SUBSCRIBE TO US 9 months ago Brock Lesnar NFL: Did WWE and UFC champion play in the NFL for Minnesota Vikings?last_img read more

Continue reading

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool’s owners want manager to sign new deal after Champions League triumph

first_imgLiverpool are keen to tie Jurgen Klopp down to an extended contract after the club’s Champions League triumph.Up to 750,000 fans welcomed the Liverpool manager – whose deal ends in 2022 – and his players home on Sunday after the 2-0 win over Spurs in Madrid.Klopp, 51, also oversaw a league campaign in which Liverpool lost only once to finish second on 97 points.“Jurgen is a brilliant coach but just as importantly he is a humble and caring man,” said chairman Tom Werner.“When the players threw Jurgen in the air after our victory, they were acknowledging what all Liverpool fans know – he is beloved by all who appreciate football.”It is their first major trophy since Klopp arrived at Anfield in 2015 and the manager said he was amazed by the turnout for their victory parade.“I don’t know exactly how many people live in Liverpool but it does not look like there is a lot of space for fans of other clubs,” he told LFC TV.“It is incredible. If you are a young kid, which do you support? There are not a lot of opportunities or options other than Liverpool. You see in the eyes how much it means. It is really intense.”Liverpool, who lost last season’s final to Real Madrid, won their final nine league games of the season as they recorded the third highest points total since the inception of the Premier League but finished a point behind Manchester City. Source: BBClast_img read more

Continue reading