Odds & Ends: Your Chance to Catch Chicago’s Hamilton Cast & More

first_imgKaren Olivo, Ari Afsar & Samantha Marie Ware in Chicago’s ‘Hamilton'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Stand Up, Sing Out Is Chicago-BoundThe latest installment of Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! will be in the Windy City. The cast of Chicago’s Hamilton, Tony winner Chita Rivera, Tony winner Alice Ripley, Melissa Manchester, Ana Gasteyer, Sharon Gless, Lynne Jordan, Marya Grandy and Emily Bear are set to take the stage. The performance will take place on March 20 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Proceeds from the event series, which is organized by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, will benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center, the National Immigration Law Center, the Sierra Club Foundation, NAACP and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Grab your tix to see some great performers for a great cause here!Tony Winner Billy Porter Hits the RoadThe only thing better than knowing Billy Porter’s new album has an explicit version of “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair”? Knowing you will be able to see him perform it live in a town near you. Porter will launch a national tour to support Billy Porter Presents: The Soul of Richard Rodgers on March 19 in Bayside, New York. Fans can pre-order the album on March 3, but it’s officially available on April 14, meaning those who attend Porter’s first few shows on his tour will hear the tracks before anyone else. Talk about stepping into a dream!Cast Set for Thoroughly Modern Millie at GoodspeedThey’ve studied all the pictures and magazines and books! Casting has been announced for the Goodspeed production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Taylor Quick will take on the titular role that nabbed Sutton Foster her first Tony Award. Dan DeLuca is set to play Jimmy Smith. Tony nominee Loretta Ables Sayre will play Mrs. Meers. The cast will also include Samantha Sturm, Edward Watts, Ramona Keller, Christopher Shin, James Seol and Lucia Spina. The musical comedy is set to play from April 12 through July 2 at The Goodspeed in East Haddam, Connecticut.Spamilton Set to Drop Cast Album on March 3What did you miss? Nothing…yet. The original cast recording of Spamilton, the acclaimed parody of Broadway smash Hamilton by Forbidden Broadway mastermind Gerard Alessandrini, will be released on DRG Records tomorrow, March 3. The album features original Spamilton cast members Dan Rosales, Nicholas Edwards, Juwan Crawley, Chris Anthony Giles, Nora Schell, along with special guest stars Christine Pedi and Glenn Bassett at the piano.P.S. Good news, Lin-Manuel Miranda fans! Moana, the animated Disney movie starring Auli’i Cravalho, will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on March 7. You’re welcome. View Commentslast_img read more

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Cotton Harvest

first_imgGeorgia farmers will wrap up their cotton harvest over the next few weeks, and it looks like it’s going to break records.Plentiful rain at the right time bolstered the yields on the 50 percent of Georgia’s cotton fields that are un-irrigated, driving the state’s average per acre yield to a record high. “The crop looks fantastic,” said Don Shurley, a cotton economics and marketing specialist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “We blew the previous year’s record out of the water. The USDA currently estimates Georgia’s cotton yields at 934 pounds per acre, and some people think we may hit four digits. I’m not so sure about that, but certainly we stand to hit record yield numbers.” The previous record was set in 2009 with 902 pounds an acre. Last year’s per acre yield for Georgia was 791 pounds per acre. Georgia farmers planted about 1.3 million acres of cotton this year — about 300,000 fewer than last year. Many farmers switched a portion of their cotton acreage over to corn, soybeans and peanuts because those crops were projected to bring in higher prices this year. Approximately half of Georgia’s cotton crop is irrigated. Those irrigated fields always produce well, but the un-irrigated fields are at the mercy of Mother Nature. In 2011, a lack of rain during the spring significantly delayed planting and stand establishment in south and central Georgia. This stifled the yields on dryland fields in some cases, said Guy Collins, a UGA CAES cotton agronomist. In addition to the optimal moisture experienced in 2012, Georgia saw a rather mild end to the summer — in terms of heat unit accumulation. This may have slowed development of the cotton bolls causing slower than normal boll opening. Farmers usually wrap up the cotton harvest in late fall, but some are still waiting for their bolls to open. Most of the remaining cotton should be harvested by mid to late November because not much additional boll development occurs after prolonged cool temperatures and especially after the first severe frost, Collins said. “It’s been a very slow year in terms of having those upper bolls mature and open,” he said. “We just really didn’t have the extremely warm temperatures that we usually see at the end of the summer that help these bolls develop on time.” Experts like Collins anticipate a record yield for the state, but say it’s still too early to tell what the final statewide average yield will be. Record-breaking yields may not turn into record profits for farmers. Like with peanuts — this year’s other surprise boom crop — cotton farmers have seen prices drop over the growing season. Farmers who locked in prices with their buyers back in the winter and early spring will do well, but others will be dependent even more on their increased yields to make a profit, Shurley said. “Prices have really turned out to be somewhat disappointing this year,” he said. “Last winter and early this spring prices were 90 cents per pound and now we’re in the mid 70s. Some farmers did contract their crop when prices were higher, but if they didn’t contract their crop 20 cents ago then they are disappointed with the prices … Prices have declined but they can hopefully make up that with some of the strong yield of the crop.” To learn more about other Georgia commodities and their farm gate values, visit the Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development website at www.caed.uga.edu.last_img read more

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Vermont federal judicial nominating process open to applicants

first_imgAfter Murtha announced that he will move to senior status in June, a nine-member nominating commission was appointed by U.S. Senators Leahy and Bernard Sanders and by the Vermont Bar Association to review applicants and submit a slate of candidates to Leahy, Sanders and, at Senator Leahy s request,  Vermont U.S. Rep. Peter Welch. As the senior senator of the president s party, Leahy will then recommend the final candidate for the judicial vacancy to the president. The other members of the commission are Jerome F. O Neill of O Neill Kellner & Green, P.C. in Burlington, Hon. Marilyn R. Skoglund of the Vermont Supreme Court, Geoffrey B. Shields of Vermont Law School, Paul Burns of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group in Montpelier, Barbara W. Prine of Vermont Legal Aid, Inc./Disability Law Project in Burlington, David A. Mickenberg of Mickenberg, Dunn, Lachs, Hazel & Smith, PLC in Burlington, Joan Loring Wing, Esq. of Rutland, and David F. Silver of Barr, Sternberg, Moss, Lawrence, Silver, Saltonstall & Fenster, P.C. in Bennington. Robert M. Paolini of the Vermont Bar Association is providing administrative support to the commission. The nine-member Judicial Nominating Commission named to recommend a slate of candidates to replace retiring U.S. District Judge J. Garvan Murtha will accept applications for the upcoming vacancy in the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont through May 4. Applicants should visit the Vermont Bar Association s web site at www.vtbar.org(link is external) to obtain a questionnaire and further instructions.  Any member in good standing of the Vermont Bar is eligible to apply for the U.S. District Court vacancy. Applicants are asked to complete a questionnaire which is available on the web site, or to request a copy in writing from the Judicial Nominating Commission c/o The Vermont Bar Association, 35-37 Court Street, P.O. Box 100, Montpelier, VT 05601, Attn: Bob Paolini, executive director. Peter D. Van Oot of Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC in Brattleboro was named to chair the commission by U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy. Applicants with questions about the process or the questionnaire may submit confidential inquiries to Peter D. Van Oot c/o Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, P.O. Box 9, Brattleboro, VT, 05302-0009. Applicants are requested to not directly contact any other member of the nominating commission regarding this matter. For further information, please contact Peter Van Oot at 802-451-2312, or go to http://www.vtbar.org/Upload%20Files/WebPages/usdistrictcourtapplication(link is external).last_img read more

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Committee launches online education law publication

first_img October 1, 2002 Regular News Committee launches online education law publication Committee launches online education law publicationcenter_img Check out the premier issue of “Florida Education Law” on The Florida Bar Web site.Go to www.FLABAR.org, and under “What’s New,” click on Florida Education Law Committee Newsletter. When the Education Law Committee site pops up, click again on the newsletter.Chair Virginia Tanner-Otts is quick to point out that the word “newsletter” hardly does justice to the online publication, as it is more of a scholarly journal.Besides an overview of the committee’s background and purpose, this first issue includes the following articles: “The Rewrite of the Florida School Code,” by Patricia W. Levesque; “Mediation in the Public Sector — Sunshine or Shade,” by Thomas W. Young III; “Supreme Court Hands Teachers Victory in ‘Peer Grading’ Case,” by Craig W. Wiley; and “Professional Liability Insurance for Educators — Is it a Benefit Needed by Florida Educators?” by Bob Boyd.“The Education Law Committee’s commitment to online publication is just one of its many technological goals, which include moving to video-conferencing of meetings and setting an example of the use of technology to facilitate involvement and participation in committee meetings,” said Tanner-Otts.last_img read more

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Andres Gimenez makes Mets opening day roster

first_imgQUEENS (WBNG) — Former Rumble Pony and Mets prospect Andres Gimenez has made the Mets opening day roster. Gimenez had a breakout Arizona Fall League season, winning the batting title hitting .371. The shortstop spent the entire 2019 season in Binghamton where he hit .250 with 28 stolen bases. Gimenez was joined by a number of 2019 Rumble Ponies in Mets summer camp, but he was the only player to make the Mets opening day roster. The Mets open their season Friday night against the Atlanta Braves at 4:10 p.m.last_img read more

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Only 15 percent of domestic agricultural products end up in tourism. And that’s why our tourism is in the banana

first_imgState Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism Tonči Glavina istaknuo je kako će se kroz mjesec prezentirati akcijski plan razvoja enogastronomije u će se dati vrlo jasne smjernice kako razvijati poljoprivredni sektor uz turizam. “Fokus je na regionalnom pristupu, a jedini mogući način razvoja kvalitetnog turističkog proizvoda je vezan uz razvoj poljoprivrede. Naša budućnost je brendiranje naših vina i poljoprivrednih proizvoda kvalitetom, na tome uspješno radimo već godinama, a dokaz je što sve više gostiju dolazi kod nas zbog gastronomije, a ne samo zbog mora i sunca“, poručio je Glavina, dodavši kako će se ta priča razvijati još desetljećima.   Porazna činjenica je da dok turizam “cvate” i raste, naša poljoprivreda propada. Podsječam, prošle godine posjetilo nas je 19,4 milijuna turista which they accomplished 106 million overnight stays, a koji su konzumirali jaja, salatu, paradajz, dagnje, lignje…. iz uvoza. I zato nam je turizam u banani, blago rečeno. ” When we talk about the placement of agricultural and food products in tourism, we have two problems. The first is that we generally do not produce enough food, and the second problem lies in the producers themselves who do not have a uniform quality standard and sufficient production needed for tourism. regionalize and direct aid to branches that can maximize production and productivity, because without it there is no competitiveness ” , said the Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for Agriculture and Tourism Dragan Kovacevic  At the panel “Agriculture and Tourism” held as part of the conferences, the answer to the question: Why is our tourism bad? The answer to the question is clear because we encourage imports through tourism, instead of stimulating the local economy. State Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture Marija Vuckovic said that there was no accurate official data on the share of domestic food in tourism, but that, according to her estimate, about 15 percent of agricultural products are consumed in tourism, while the rest falls on domestic consumption and exports.  Photo: Lošinj Tourist Board Marijo Puškarić, vlasnik OPG-a Agro Puškarić, kazao je kako oni nemaju direktnu prodaju prema turizmu, već se tu oslanjaju na velike trgovačke lance. „Naši proizvođači zaziru od zadruga zbog prošlosti, a i proizvodnja je dosta različita pa je teško uskladiti interese. Unatoč tome, manjim proizvođačima je to jedina opcija da plasiraju svoje proizvode na tržište, bez toga neće opstati“, zaključio je Puškarić. S tom procjenom se složio i profesor Ivo Grgić s Agronomskog fakulteta kazavši kako je 15 posto domaće proizvodnje u turizmu i puno i malo. „Malo je jer u ukupnoj potrošnji u turizmu veliki udio hrane dolazi iz uvoza, a puno jer ako bude problema u turizmu, dolazi do opasnosti za naše proizvođače koji gube tržište. Mi imamo i problem potpora jer njihov veliki dio završava u krivim rukama“, pojasnio je Grgić, uz napomenu da godišnje uvezemo 300 milijuna eura voća i povrća. „Ako bi investirali 300 milijuna eura kroz tri godine, iz EU fondova, banaka i osobnih investicija, mi bi kroz dvije godine povratili uloženo kroz vrijednost proizvodnje“, rekao je Grgić. Photo: HGKcenter_img All this is the result because we did not deal strategically and sustainably with the development of our tourism, but on the contrary, spontaneously and by inertia. Kovačević called for the association of small producers and pointed out examples of good practice of cooperation between hotel houses and local family farms through which foreign guests are offered fresh and indigenous products. ” Tourists want authenticity, and food and wine is the right way to get to know our customs and culture,” Kovacevic said, adding that the Croatian Chamber of Commerce is carrying out a series of activities to raise awareness of our citizens to buy Croatian and thus contribute to our economy and jobs.  This is exactly one of our main tourism problems and proof that we have completely made a mistake in our tourism development. Crazy, counter productive and out of every mind, but that is unfortunately the reality. The very meaning of tourism is to stimulate the local economy, not to encourage imports, while agriculture is failing. Predsjednik Uprave Podravke i predsjednik ŽK Koprivnica Marin Pucar je istaknuo kako Podravka 83 posto svojih proizvoda plasira kroz retail, a 17 posto kroz HoReCa kanale prodaje. „Turistički sektor na Podravku ima utjecaj od 20-ak posto na ukupne prihode u Hrvatskoj, a taj potencijal je još veći. Nastojimo dići udio domaće sirovine u našim proizvodima jer time ne samo da povećavamo izvoz, već i smanjujemo uvoz. Turizam je idealan medij da naše izvozne proizvode promoviramo na uskom teritoriju s puno manjim marketinškim troškovima pa ćemo ove godine krenuti s puno agresivnijom, ciljanom reklamnom kampanjom”, Said Pucar.  As a confirmation of this thesis is the sad fact that, according to estimates, only 15 percent of domestic agricultural products end up in tourism. Katarina Miličević, direktorica tvrtke Thinktourism, je naglasila da Hrvatska zaslužuje pohvale za svoj turizam, ali da ne postojimo na karti svijeta kao gastronomska destinacija. “Najprepoznatljiviji smo po vinu i kavi. Italija i Grčka su puno jači gastronomski brendovi. Moramo se bolje i prezentirati, a za to bi trebali bolje poznavati vlastitu gastronomsku ponudu“, poručila je Miličević  In 2017, Večernji list launched a series of conferences entitled “Croatia as we need it”, and today, two years later, it was organized as a kind of recapitulation of the first conference.last_img read more

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Government in talks to create supporting regulations for omnibus jobs bill

first_imgTopics : The government is preparing derivative regulations that will support the implementation of the omnibus bill on job creation once the bill is passed into law, a senior minister has said.Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto said on Thursday that the regulations would consist of 36 government regulations and seven presidential decrees.Read also: BPJS Ketenagakerjaan needs government help to pay compensation to laid-off workers Read also: Unions, students, CSOs gear up for protests against omnibus bill on job creation“The Home Affairs Ministry is currently analyzing which regional regulations need to be revised to be brought in line with the omnibus bill on job creation,” said Airlangga.At the same time, the ministry is also working to analyze regional regulations that could hamper investment growth and job creation.“The government will only harmonize the norms, standards, procedures and criteria of regional regulations in line with the omnibus law,” he said.center_img He said discussions on the regulations would be carried out simultaneously with the deliberations of the omnibus bill at the House of Representatives.“All related ministries and government institutions are working on the regulations’ drafts and the implementation will then be adjusted to the paragraphs the House agrees upon [in the bill’s] deliberations,” Airlangga told the press in Jakarta.The government proposed the 1,028-page bill to the House as part of its efforts to cut red tape and improve the ease of doing business as it struggles to attract extra investment to boost economic growth.Once the bill is passed into law, the government will ask regional administrations to revise their regulations, in particular those concerning business operations, licensing and sanctions in an effort to harmonize bylaws with the omnibus law, he continued.last_img read more

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11 companies sign deals to buy gas at lower prices

first_imgEleven companies have signed agreements with gas producers to buy cheap natural gas as part of the government’s incentive to boost Indonesia’s economic growth.Four manufacturers and seven gas distributors will, respectively, purchase gas at US$6 per million British thermal unit (mmbtu) and $4 per mmbtu directly from oil and gas fields. The distributors will then resell the gas at $6 per mmbtu to manufacturers located farther away from the source.The 11 companies will receive over 330 billion British thermal units per day (bbtud) worth of cheap gas, over half of which will be distributed to two subsidiaries of state-owned fertilizer producer PT Pupuk Indonesia, PT Pupuk Sriwidjaja and PT Pupuk Kujang Cikampek, the Upstream Oil and Gas Special Regulatory Taskforce (SKK Migas)  announced on May 20. The manufacturers, which include seven gas-intensive industries such as fertilizer- and steel-making, are slated to receive the cheap gas from 2020 to 2024. The manufacturers are eligible to buy gas at $6 per mmbtu, below the market average $8 per mmbtu.“For the remaining volume, we are finalizing agreements [with] buyers and sellers,” said SKK Migas head Dwi Soetjipto on Wednesday, reassuring that the incentive’s mechanism would not affect gas producers’ incomes.The cheap gas incentive works by cutting state-owned tax revenue (PNBP) in the upstream oil and gas industry.A representative from the Indonesian Petroleum Association (IPA), which groups major gas producers in the country, told the Post on Monday that members had held talks with SKK Migas over the incentive’s mechanism.“Basically, the mechanism is already quite good; it does not reduce oil and gas companies’ revenues and for that reason, companies have to work closer with SKK Migas on the details,” said IPA executive director Marjolijn Wajong.Gas distributor PGN signed an agreement with national gas producer Pertamina EP — one of Indonesia’s major gas producers — on May 20 to purchase gas at $4 per mmbtu, down from the usual $5.33 per mmbtu price tag.PGN, which is Indonesia’s largest gas distributor, plans to sell the gas to industrial clients in South Sumatra, West Java and North Sumatra. PGN will distribute 90 bbtud to South Sumatra and West Java and 7 bbtud to North Sumatra until 2024. West Java province is the company’s biggest consumer of industrial gas.“The period of this adjusted gas price may be extended, depending on the government’s decision,” said PGN commercial director Fariz Aziz in a statement issued following the agreement’s signing.According to the government’s cost-benefit analysis, the incentive would cost the government Rp 121.78 trillion ($804.31 million) in forgone non-tax state revenue but generate Rp 125.03 trillion from energy subsidy savings.Based on these estimates, the government will receive a net income of Rp 3.25 trillion from the cheap gas incentives, said Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Arifin Tasrif. Pupuk Indonesia spokesman Wijaya Laksana said Pupuk Sriwidjaka and Pupuk Kujang were working with the government to complete the administrative procedures for securing the cheap gas.“We have no problems. We will follow the existing mechanisms,” he told The Jakarta Post on MondayThe Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ministry previously laid out plans to provide 1,188 bbtud worth of cheap gas for 197 manufacturers in spurring Indonesia’s manufacturing sector growth, which makes up one-fifth of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).Indonesia’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), a gauge of the nation’s manufacturing activities, fell to 27.5 from 45.3 recorded in March, the worst decline in the survey’s nine-year history, market consultancy IHS Markit announced earlier this month. A number above 50 reflects an expansion and below 50 indicates contraction.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Loved-up Carroll tipped to shine

first_img However, the Irons boss believes Carroll is now ready to put his well-documented off-field problems firmly behind him, having recently become engaged to former The Only Way Is Essex star Billi Mucklow. “Andy has now got a different life. He is not a single man in London and has now got his fiancee,” said Allardyce, who encouraged Carroll’s gym sessions with his then girlfriend during rehabiliation from an injury sustained on a pre-season tour of New Zealand. “The romance has blossomed to the point where he feels that she feels that they want a long-term relationship, and I always think that can be very good for a footballer when they settle down more off the field. “London can be a very lonely city if you are sat in your apartment on your own every single night – maybe you stay out that little bit too late. “But when you have a relationship, you start building on that relationship by the fondness you have for each other and I think that can only be good for Andy and his football.” Allardyce feels the 6ft 3ins Carroll can adapt his physical style to help avoid the kind of impact injuries which have hampered the England forward’s career following his big-money move from home-town club Newcastle to Liverpool in 2011. “Andy has got to manage himself, at 25 years old and with the injuries he has sustained in his short career,” said the Irons boss. “Now he has got to maintain his level of all the things he is doing now while he is injured, continue to focus on strength and conditioning, his mobility, his prevention of injury policy that he should have ingrained in his mind.” Finally deciding to settle down off the pitch can only help Andy Carroll’s mindset when he is fully fit and returns to the West Ham attack, according to manager Sam Allardyce. Carroll, 25, has yet to feature this season after undergoing ankle surgery, but if he shows no ill effects from a behind-closed-doors match against Southend in midweek he could come into contention for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League encounter with Aston Villa. Allardyce can offer no guarantees of selection to the striker, signed in a club-record £15million deal from Liverpool in June 2013. Allardyce feels Carroll can embrace his new fitness regime and also develop a new, fine-tuned approach on the pitch. “Maybe somewhere along the line Andy has to think about modifying his game a touch,” Allardyce added. “He is so brave and fearless that I fear that some of the injuries actually come from that, but it all comes with experience. “He is a whole-hearted, committed player. “I cannot tell him to pull out of challenges, it can only come with experience as he gains it, as he goes forward. “You just know what you can win and what you definitely might not be able to win, that might steer him clear of an injury or two that might occur. “It is just the experience of knowing when to go and win it and when to maybe just ease off it and take up another position. “But the biggest thing for Andy is his work off the field after training to maintain his level of fitness.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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