Odds & Ends: That Million Dollar Quartet-Inspired Series Has a Trailer & More

first_imgHamilton’s America Receives PGA Award NomThe doc where it happened is up for a PGA Award! The Producers Guild of America revealed the nominations for its television categories, and Hamilton’s America made the cut for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television. Winners will be announced on January 28 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles; in the meantime, re-live the revolutionary PBS documentary in glorious GIFs.Patti LuPone & Christine Ebersole Get ArtsyTwo-time Tony winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole are joining forces with the Guggenheim to offer a behind-the-scenes look at the Broadway-bound musical War Paint. The stars and creative team, which includes director Michael Greif, lyricist Michael Korie, composer Scott Frankel and scribe Doug Wright, will participate in a discussion about the production, which will begin performances on March 7 and open on April 6. LuPone and Ebersole are set to perform excerpts from the musical at the event, which will take place on January 22, so you best be reserving those tickets now.Jessie Mueller, Billy Porter & More to Sing Out!Talk about star-spangled! Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!, the first of a monthly concert series benefitting national organizations dedicated to protecting civil rights, women’s health and the environment, is set for January 20 at Town Hall. Jessie Mueller, Billy Porter, Andrea Martin, Chita Rivera, Bebe Neuwirth, Betty Buckley, Rosie O’Donnell and Brian Stokes Mitchell are just a handful of the stars scheduled to perform. Feeling patriotic? Get tix here.Pissed About Flint’s Water Crisis? Cher’s Got You, BabeOn top of producing her epic bio-musical, Deadline reports that pop superstar, Oscar winner and Twitter goddess Cher is set to star in a Lifetime original movie about the water-contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan; she has been passionate about raising awareness for Flint’s residents. Hairspray Live! producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are on board to produce, along with Katie Couric. Oscar-nominated director Bruce Beresford will direct Flint, which is expected to start production this spring. Chad Michael Murray(Photo: CMT) View Commentscenter_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Million Dollar Quartet Heads to the Small ScreenMiss Million Dollar Quartet, the jukebox musical about the epic 1956 recording session between Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis? You’re in luck! The show, which shuttered on the Great White Way in April 2010, has inspired CMT’s Sun Records; the series, which was announced last year, is set to air on February 23 and focuses on Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, played by Chad Michael Murray. In addition, the cast features Drake Milligan as Presley, Kevin Fonteyne as Cash and Christian Lees as Lewis. Colin Escott, who was Tony-nominated for writing Million Dollar Quartet’s Broadway book, is attached to the project as a producer. Check out the trailer below!last_img read more

Farming’s Future.

first_imgU.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman,along with speakers from around the country, will address thethird annual Symposium on the Future of American Agriculture:Southern Region, Aug. 16-17 on the University of Georgia campusin Athens, Ga.”The Symposium on the Future of Agriculture began three yearsago with the backing of the late U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell,”said Gale Buchanan, dean of the UGA College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences. “We are grateful that Sen. Zell Millerwill carry on the tradition, by participating in this year’s eventand conducting a Congressional field hearing.”The symposium is geared toward producers, policy makers, nationalproducer organizations, commodity organizations and academic,environmental and consumer organizations. “The symposium is designed to bring together experts fromthe nation’s best agricultural institutions and industry to definethe current status of agriculture, identify the issues we arefacing and to search for solutions,” Buchanan said.During the symposium, speakers from around the country, includingfarmers, producers, academics and policy makers, will craft aportrait of the future of American agriculture from their perspectives.The session concludes with a Congressional field hearing moderatedby Sen. Zell Miller (D-GA). “We hope that through this symposium, those in attendancewill get a clearer picture of the future of American agricultureand will help define the issues for Congress as they continueto formulate the next farm bill and other legislation pertainingto agriculture,” Buchanan said.The symposium will be held at the Georgia Center for ContinuingEducation. To register by telephone call either 1-800-884-1381or (706) 542-2134. To register on-line visit: http://www.gactr.uga.edu/conferences/2001/Aug/16/caes_symposium.phtmlThe Symposium on the Future of American Agriculture is hostedby the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

Seeing Spots

first_imgWith all of the rain that we’ve experienced this year, many fungal leaf spot diseases are active. Hydrangeas are particularly susceptible to several different leaf spot diseases that favor moist weather. Some of the most common diseases people ask about are known as Corynespora leaf spot and Cercospora leaf spot on bigleaf hydrangeas.Many of the leaf diseases that are apparent in the fall are actually the result of infections that occurred in the spring. As the season progresses, these leaf spots begin to enlarge and become more noticeable. Late summer rainfall or overhead irrigation can perpetuate these diseases and lead to defoliation or the decline of infected plants. Leaves that remain wet for extended periods are more likely to develop spots.Leaf spot symptoms usually start out on older leaves near the bottom of the plant and move upward later in the season. Corynespora and Cercospora are easy to recognize due to the dramatic purple lesions that form on the surface of the leaves. As these spots enlarge, they may become irregular in shape and develop a grayish center surrounded by purple margins. Eventually, the entire leaf may become a yellowish color. The fungus produces many spores in the center of each spot, which are easily spread by wind, splashing water, rainfall or irrigation.Fungal leaf spots are generally not a major problem for hydrangeas beyond their aesthetic appearance. Although the disease rarely kills the plant, severe outbreaks over the course of multiple years can reduce plant vigor. Years that start off with a very wet spring will often see more leaf spot diseases on hydrangea. By the time most people notice the disease in late summer or fall, it’s too late to spray a fungicide for the season. Those leaves will remain spotted until they fall off in the winter, whether or not you spray.Some years will be worse than others depending on the weather. Avoid getting leaves wet when watering plants or use drip irrigation as an alternative. Water plants early in the morning to allow the leaves to dry more quickly as the sun rises. Infected leaves may be removed at any time during the season to slow down the spread of the disease. Also, removing and disposing the leaves that fall on the ground or that remain on the bush in the winter can help reduce carryover of the disease from one year to the next.For young plants, it may be worth the extra effort to spray as many new leaves as possible in the spring as a protective measure. Older plants generally better tolerate the disease. Fungicides containing chlorothalonil, mancozeb or thiophanate-methyl are most effective when applied prior to the first sign of leaf spots and to protect newly developed leaves. Reapplying every 10 to 14 days may be necessary to prevent these diseases. Be sure to follow the label for application rates and safety precautions.Some bigleaf hydrangea cultivars are more resistant to leaf spot diseases. Unfortunately, many of the popular varieties, especially when stressed with too much sunlight, are more susceptible to leaf diseases. A study at Tennessee State University found the following bigleaf hydrangea cultivars to be resistant to leaf spot diseases in both sunny and shaded environments: ‘Ami Pasquier’, ‘Ayesha’, ‘Blue Bird’, ‘Forever Pink’, ‘Fuji Waterfall (Fujinotaki)’, ‘Miyama-yae-Murasaki’, ‘Seafoam’, ‘Taube’, ‘Tricolor’ and ‘Veitchii’. For more information, see UGA Extension Circular 973, “Growing Bigleaf Hydrangea.”last_img read more

Bolivia Detains Former Colombian Paramilitary Accused of Human-Rights Violations

first_imgBy Dialogo June 30, 2011 Colombian Carlos Noel Buitrago Vega, accused in his home country of human-rights violations as a member of a demobilized right-wing paramilitary group, has been detained in Bolivia, the Interior Minister announced on 28 June, and is being deported to Colombia. “The result of several months of coordination with the Colombian state has concluded in the arrest of Carlos Noel Buitrago Vega, alias ‘Porremacho,’ who is a big fish not only in drug trafficking, but also in terrorism,” Minister Sacha Llorenti affirmed at a press conference, at which Buitrago was exhibited in handcuffs. He stated that Buitrago “has more than fifty counts pending against him in Colombia, not only for ties to drug trafficking, but also to paramilitary activities and in relation to his participation in massacres, in human-rights violations, and the commission of crimes against humanity.” He indicated that Buitrago is a former member of a demobilized right-wing paramilitary group, the Peasant Self-Defense Units of El Casanare, and that “the (Bolivian) state made the decision to expel this individual and that he be immediately turned over to Colombian authorities to stand trial.” According to the minister’s account, Buitrago entered Bolivia two years ago to organize drug-trafficking activities, and investigators were able to determine that he shipped around four hundred kilograms of cocaine to Brazil every two months.last_img read more

Lawyers wanted for Selective Service Board

first_imgLawyers wanted for Selective Service Board Lawyers wanted for Selective Service Board Lawyers are encouraged to became involved in the Selective Service System.“It is a voluntary position, authorized by the president of the United States,” said Col. Hector Mirabile, an SSS deputy director, adding those appointed may serve for 20 years. “Because of attrition of Selective Service board members, we are at a point once again wherein we need to recruit new personnel.”Those interested may contact Lt. Col. Jeff Basik at [email protected] . November 1, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

Expedia and Booking need to make key changes to search results

first_imgExpedia, Booking.com, Agoda, Hotels.com, Ebookers and Trivago were the subjects of the investigation. Expedia Group owns the Expedia, Hotels.com and Trivago platforms, and Booking Holdings owns Booking.com and Agoda. In this example, we see how the United Kingdom began to implement consumer protection measures for online accommodation reservations, now the question is whether similar measures will soon be taken in our country. The UK Competition Authority and Market Authorities (CMA) have investigated leading online accommodation rental platforms for issues such as pressure on sales, misleading claims about discounts, the impact of commissions on search results and hidden costs. Expedia Group and Booking Holdings have agreed to apply changes to their accommodation search results thanks to the investigation. A Booking spokesman said they were pleased that the CMA had closed the investigation without evidence of a breach of business by any of the listed companies. “Concluding our negotiations with the CMA, we have agreed to test and implement new commitments to ensure that all standards for business transparency in the UK are met.Said the spokesman. The companies also said they would only promote offers that were available and show all applicable costs in the main price, such as taxes.The CMA has taken enforcement action to end customer deception sales tactics, hidden costs and similar practices in the online accommodation rental market. Such practices are completely unacceptableSaid CMA President Andrew Tyrie. Photo: Booking.com / Facebook The competition authority started implementing the measures last year and although it has legal powers, the companies involved have voluntarily agreed to make the changes. The companies have stated that they will stop pressuring the sale, which means giving a false impression of the availability or popularity of the hotel to the users.last_img read more

Case 27 contracted COVID-19 from confirmed patient, says govt

first_imgYurianto, also the government’s spokesperson for all coronavirus-related matters, said the ministry was tracking and identifying all people who could have come in contact with Case 27.Read also: COVID-19: Possible community spread sparks fears of wider contagion in IndonesiaHe went on to say that the Health Ministry had been monitoring 12 new suspects, all of whom had been admitted to hospitals’ isolation wards and were waiting to be tested.”We are monitoring 12 new suspects. I cannot reveal too much details but basically all of them had shown mild symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever and cough,” Yurianto said.“Some of them had been in close contact with the new confirmed cases, while others voluntarily went to health facilities because they had recent travel history to affected countries.”As of Thursday, Indonesia announced 34 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Three of the cases have since recovered, while one, a British woman, died in Bali. Meanwhile, two patients admitted to the hospital for exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms died on Thursday. (nal) The Health Ministry said a 33-year-old man identified as Indonesia’s 27th confirmed COVID-19 patient had contracted the coronavirus from Case 20, who caught the disease from the country’s first confirmed case.“We’ve gotten a report from our contact-tracing officials. He [Case 27] was in close contact with Case 20, who is in the same cluster as Case 1. We have solved the riddle,” the ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, said during a press briefing on Thursday.Case 27 raised a concern on the first possible community transmission in the country, after the government announced on Tuesday that the citizen with no link to certain confirmed cases or travel history to affected countries tested positive for the virus. Yurianto earlier said the patient did not contract the virus abroad, and his exposure to the coronavirus was vague. Topics :last_img read more

Handelsblatt delegates split over how to deal with ‘painful’ liabilities

first_imgShe lamented the absence of any model to “help us deal with these past promises”.Under German law, it is nearly impossible to make changes to pension benefits that members have already earned based on their number of work years.Rupert Felder, senior vice-president at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, said pension promises made in the “good old days” were an “offside trap” that often threatened a company’s financial situation.“German employers want to offer their staff benefits, but only under comprehensible conditions and not without the possibility of making changes,” he said.Friedemann Lucius, a board member at German actuarial firm Heubeck, said making amendments to pension promises for past services was “virtually impossible” under current regulations.But he added: “I am convinced amendments regarding past services will come, as they have already in other countries, but, in Germany, this will require a broad consensus because it will interfere with property rights.”In Germany, the so-called Lex Bosch law allows Pensionsfonds to offer a basis pension with flexible top-up elements.However, most companies can make changes only to future services – pension promises active workers have not yet “earned”, for example.The company simply requires “objectively proportionate” reasons for the changes, which the low-interest-rate environment could be argued to be.Heubeck’s Lucius called on authorities to simplify amendments to future services and ease the burden of rising liabilities for German companies.Another option for German firms, Handelsblatt delegates heard, would be to change pension plans for new entries completely.But André Neiß, chairman of the board at transport company Üstra, said the planned switch to defined contribution for new entries in the pension plan had caused “significant conflicts” with the union.“The discussion is very difficult, and a lot of communication effort is still needed,” he said.“If we cannot achieve a radical change in retirement provision, we will have no room to manoeuvre.” Verena Volpert, head of finance at E.ON, told delegates at Handelsblatt’s occupational pension conference in Berlin that German companies were “suffering severely” because of past pension models.At the German energy company, for example, pension payouts are already twice as high as current service costs, she said.Since E.ON established its Pension Trust in 2008, pension liabilities, which stood at €40bn at the time, increased by €6bn “simply because of a lower discount rate”.“This,” Volpert said, “is an increase in debt I have to put into the accounts and explain to rating agencies.”last_img read more

Hydrex Executes Seal Fix of Semi-Sub Platform in Mexico

first_imgHydrex divers have recently repaired a stern tube in Veracruz, Mexico. The operation consisted of the underwater replacement of the damaged seals on both assemblies of a semi-submersible offshore platform.The unit left the field after its project was finished and was berthed alongside to have repair and maintenance work carried out without docking. Hydrex was asked to perform the stern tube seal repairs during the available window of opportunity.After the diving team removed the rope guard of the portside stern tube seal assembly, they performed an underwater inspection of the assembly. Next they installed the flexible mobdock. They then removed the four damaged aft seals and replaced them with new ones. The two forward seals were also replaced during the repair.All parts of the assembly were then reinstalled and secured. Leakage tests were carried out with positive results, after which the divers removed the flexible mobdock. This part of the operation ended with the reinstallation of the rope guard.All six seals of the starboard side assembly were then given the same treatment.last_img read more

Port of Coos Bay Year in Review, Importance of Dredging Highlighted

first_imgThe last year was a year of new beginnings and growth for Port of Coos Bay, the port said in their latest announcement. They just released a Year in Review letter from Port CEO, John Burns, introducing the accomplishments that have taken place at the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay in the past year.“As Oregonians, we depend on waterways such as channels, harbors and bays for transportation of goods, commercial fishing, and recreation.”“One key element in preserving the viability of this resource is dredging. These efforts are much more than removal of large quantities of sediment, but rather are essential waterway management. “Routine dredging as well as widening and deepening of channels is needed to accommodate a modern fleet of vessels. Cargo vessel sizes continue to grow to maximize shipping efficiencies and reduce costs.  This continued trend has led to multiple widening and deepening projects in the channel over the past century, including the Coos Bay harbor. “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) allocated funds in their workplan to include river miles 12 to 15 in upcoming annual maintenance dredging of the Coos Bay channel. “This portion of the channel, from approximately the Oregon Chip Terminal facility to Georgia Pacific, has not received maintenance dredging since 2010, limiting deep draft vessel traffic. With this portion of the channel returned to its authorized depth of -37’, restrictions on vessel traffic will be reduced.  “In addition to this effort, we continue to progress the Channel Modification project, which will deepen and widen the Coos Bay Navigation Channel. This project will expand the footprint to -45’ and 450’ nominal width, serving to make larger cargo ships passable which in turn render more economic opportunities to existing and future customers.”last_img read more