Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Betty Buckley’s Grey Gardens Will Play L.A.After successfully headlining Grey Gardens this past summer at the Bay Street Theater, Betty Buckley is set to reprise her performance in a production at L.A.’s Ahmanson Theatre. Directed by Michael Wilson, the Tony winner will once again appear opposite Tony nominee Rachel York in the tuner about two of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ unconventional relatives. Grey Gardens, which has music by Scott Frankel, a book by Doug Wright and lyrics by Michael Korie, will play July 2, 2016 through August 4. Opening night is scheduled for July 10. Next stop New York?Alec Baldwin Returns to BroadwayAlec Baldwin, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Ellen Barkin, Laurence Fishburne, Tony Kushner, Sam Shepard and more big names are joining forces on Broadway in the New Year! Performers will read excerpts from Arthur Miller’s works as part of centennial celebrations for the playwright’s birth. The event is set to take place on January 25, 2016 at the Lyceum Theatre, the venue which is currently playing host to the acclaimed revival of Miller’s A View From The Bridge.The CW Finds Santino Fontana CharmingGood news for former Prince Charming Santino Fontana! Deadline reports that the CW has ordered five extra episodes of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the musical comedy that the Tony nominee stars in alongside Rachel Bloom, taking the first season’s total to 18. We’re sure it was Fontana’s hoofing skills that did it.Aaron Lazar Tapped for The StrainAaron Lazar has picked up a multi-episode arc on FX’s The Strain! The stage fave, who was most recently seen on Broadway in The Last Ship, announced the news on his Instagram account on November 25, below. The 10-episode third season of the horror drama series will air next year and we can’t wait! View Comments
Robin Buell, University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University and a renowned plant genomics expert, will join the University of Georgia in fall 2021 as its newest Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar.GRA Eminent Scholars are acknowledged leaders in areas of science that are strategically important to the state of Georgia and its research universities. Buell, who will be appointed as a professor of crop and soil sciences in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, is the eighth GRA Eminent Scholar recruited to UGA since 2015 and the 20th overall. She will be UGA’s 19th currently serving Eminent Scholar.“The University of Georgia is grateful for the support we receive from the Georgia Research Alliance to recruit top researchers to our campus,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “We look forward to the many contributions Dr. Buell will make to our research enterprise, and we are excited to welcome her this fall.”A fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Society of Plant Biologists, Buell was principal investigator on the Institute for Genomic Research team that in 2005 published the genome sequence of rice in the journal Nature. As the first crop plant genome sequenced, this pioneering accomplishment revolutionized rice breeding and paved the way for genomic sequencing of other important crop species. Subsequently, Buell provided leadership for a team that published the first potato genome sequence, another landmark event.Since joining MSU in 2007, she has managed genomics projects dedicated to a range of plant species as she and her colleagues work to drive plant adaptations that could yield benefits in food production, bioenergy and pharmaceuticals.“When I interviewed, and in all my discussions, it became quite clear that the university has momentum,” Buell said. “UGA’s strength is that it’s broad in agriculture; specifically, in plant science research. The departments include crop and soil sciences, horticulture, plant biology, plant pathology and genetics, so you’ve got a broad perspective of plant science research.”The Potato 2.0 Project, for which Buell serves as the lead investigator in genomics, is emblematic of her larger research program. Its ultimate goal is to “accelerate breeding timelines (and) dramatically increase the rate of cultivar improvement and the ability of potato breeders to meet the needs of consumers and the industry.”Buell said she’s attracted by UGA’s growing strength in precision agriculture, an area of research that has been prioritized through recent hiring initiatives. Her research will complement this capacity, she said, in areas other than agricultural technologies used on a farm.“Precision agriculture isn’t strictly just making sure where the tractor is in the field and planting the seed and applying fertilizer,” she said. “With genomics, genome engineering and genetics, you can improve the capabilities of plants to produce better yields or better processing quality. You can modify their resistance to pests and increase their resilience to drought and heat. You can make the plant much more of a precision organism.”Jack Hu, UGA’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, noted that the recruitment of faculty with expertise in precision agriculture is part of the university’s broader commitment to supporting the state’s largest industry. “Dr. Buell is an international leader in plant science who brings an extraordinary record of accomplishment in research, teaching and outreach to the University of Georgia,” Hu said.Buell is also a dedicated teacher, mentor and trainer of next-generation scientists. She has a particular passion for the advancement of women and individuals from underrepresented groups in scientific fields. At MSU, she established a public outreach program that engages K-12 girls in plant discovery and lab-based training, activities she plans to reestablish at UGA.“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Buell to the GRA Academy of Eminent Scholars,” said Susan Shows, president of the Georgia Research Alliance. “Robin brings a wealth of expertise in plant genomics and leading competitive university research. She is a strong addition to UGA and Georgia’s agriculture industry.”Buell has secured or help secured more than $58 million in competitive research grants. She has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture Honor Award and MSU’s William J. Beal Faculty Award. She is an editor of The Plant Cell, one of the discipline’s premier journals, and has previously served as editor for other high-profile journals. Buell earned her doctorate from Utah State University.“Robin is a superb addition to UGA’s outstanding team of experts in plant breeding, genomics and bioinformatics,” said David Lee, vice president for research. “She will complement and further strengthen UGA’s focus on developing adaptable, resilient and commercially relevant plants.”For more information on UGA’s Eminent Scholars, visit research.uga.edu/gra/eminent-scholars.
I learned how to drive a skid steer when a bored friend of mine decided he needed to build a pump track.That’s what happens when landscapers realize they own heavy equipment during a recession, have piles of dirt and a little extra time. Lucky for me, my friend also just started loving bikes. What a dilemma.All he wanted was somebody to tell him where to put the piles of dirt. I was so excited by the mounds of dirt, a field full of large rock tables and logs of all sizes to drop into our fantasy track. The first thing I wanted was a seven-foot berm. “We’ll work from here!” I shouted in glee. It was like Disney World sponsored by Case. My kids picnicked in the excavator, climbed all over the bulldozer, and took turns sitting in my lap to drive the skid steer – as if I knew what I was doing. Jeff shouted instructions to me from across the way: “The left handle moves you forward and backward! The right one moves the bucket!”That’s it?! I acted brave and climbed into the machine, snapping the bar down snugly across my lap in case I found myself upside down at any point. The engine easily cranked as everyone stopped to watch what might happen, comic book thought bubbles blossoming above their heads. Mostly I wanted my kids to know that their mom can do ANYTHING. It keeps them aware when they’re being bad.I jerked the thing forward and laughed at how I felt more like R2D2 than Sigourney Weaver.“Pack this dirt down as I dump it, and move some of this dirt over to the berm!” Jeff shouted.I was amazed that he thought this was such a simple possibility. Only my girlfriend watching knew I was in above my head and shouted encouraging words and advice from the sidelines. I drove over to the dirt pile and began my version of scooping, which was more like jamming the bucket into the ground and tilting the machine backwards. Oops. I managed to pick up a bit of dirt and drove over to the berm to dump it. I could have carried more in my arms. Then I couldn’t back the thing out without spinning around or crashing into the excavator. Jeff threw me a quizzical look and I just laughed, not knowing which part was most humorous. He then sent me to another pile to practice scooping.We drew patterns in the dirt of what the finished track would look like, including a rock table off the side of the berm that allows you to ride across the field and drop into the track. For a week he worked on it, gleaning advice from various friends until at last it was ridable.The initial hump leading in has to be perfectly hit or none of the whoopdiewhoops work. The last hump before the berm is so tall that it requires good speed on the five humps leading up to it. With the right speed, the berm can be run high and fast, looping the return into fits of giggles. More will be added, but for now it’s a great warm-up for Kitsuma, just across the highway. Like anything worthwhile, it will take practice before nailing it, and I’m certain I’ll get better at the skid steer before it’s done.
The information system for check-in and check-out of guests of the Croatian National Tourist Board – eVisitor, has been nominated for the UNWTO Award for Innovation in Tourism.The UNWTO Awards recognize inspiring individuals and projects for their innovative achievement, as well as an invaluable commitment to the development and advocacy of sustainable tourism in accordance with the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals.Thus, the eVisitor system was among the fourteen best innovative projects, out of 128 submitted from 55 countries. As part of the 14th edition of the UNWTO awards, which will be held in January 2018 at the International Tourism Fair in FITUR in Spain, the best individuals and projects for innovative projects will be announced.eVisitor is a unique online information system that connects all tourist boards in the Republic of Croatia and provides daily insight into the state of tourist traffic, an up-to-date database of accommodation facilities and accommodation providers, real-time reporting for statistical and marketing purposes and better control of tourist tax collection. with the aim of generating higher revenues in the tourism sector.
Batesville High School hosts the Volleyball Sectional #29Thursday, 10/24/13 6:00 PM Game 1 Greensburg vs Franklin CountyGame 2 Batesville vs LawrenceburgSaturday, 10/26/13 11:00 A.M. Game 3 Winner G#1 vs Winner G#2Game 4 Rushville vs South Dearborn7:00 PM Championship Game – Winner G#3 vs Winner G#4Admission: $6.00 per session or $9.00 for a tournament pass. Pre-school only free.(Note – All-Sport Passes, Senior Citizen Passes and Conference passes are NOT accepted for IHSAA Tournament play)IHSAA Rules & Regulations:1 Rules & Regulations – Principals and /or Athletic Directors are directly responsible for the behavior of their team, coaches, and fans.Balloons, banners, and/or posters, shakers on sticks, etc. are not permitted.Cowbells, air horns and other such noise devices are not permitted.No solicitations shall be permitted, including donations, contributions, and aggressive vending of school spirit items.NO live animal mascots.“Line-up” lanes of fans shall not be permitted on the playing floor at any time.Carry-in radios, cassettes and tape decks, etc. are not permitted.Everyone must wear a shirt at all times.BCSC is a Smoke / Tobacco Free Campus.Football Sectional #30Friday, October 25th Indian Creek at Batesville 7:00 PM startAdmission: $6.00 per session (Pre-school only free.)(Note – All-Sport Passes, Senior Citizen Passes and Conference passes are NOT accepted for IHSAA Tournament play)IHSAA Rules & Regulations:Rules & Regulations – Principals and /or Athletic Directors are directly responsible for the behavior of their team, coaches, and fans.Balloons, banners, and/or posters, shakers on sticks, etc. are not permitted.No battery or electronic noise makers, sirens or whistles are allowed.No solicitations shall be permitted, including donations, contributions, and aggressive vending of school spirit items.NO live animal mascots.D E. Throwing of articles, including toilet tissure, is not allowed.F. Everyone must wear a shirt at all times.G. BCSC is a Smoke / Tobacco Free Campus.* I have no idea why the automatic letters were entered like that on the rules and regulations.Submitted by Batesville AD Mark Ferguson.
Did you attend the girls/boys double header last Saturday night between the East Central Trojans and the Batesville Bulldogs? This was one of the results of the Title IX issue that the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference was faced with when several years ago the then girls’ basketball coach at Franklin County went to court over equality in high school basketball playing dates. Now, both boys and girls must have equal opportunities to play “prime time” weekend games. This means a 7:45 starting time.Last Saturday the boys varsity played at 6 p.m., and the girls started at approximately 7:45 p.m. I have nothing against this equality, but it does create some gym space time when a high school has only one gymnasium, as the reserve teams then have to play elsewhere. Those of you who have only had daughters playing high school basketball already know about having to attend games during the week. The boys are now getting used to it as they share the weekend nights. That is why Batesville and Milan boys played last Thursday night, so the girls could have another Friday night for their game.
The Barclays Premier League champions travel across the capital 10 points and 10 places worse off than their fifth-placed rivals, who last won the title in 1961 and whose most recent trophy was the 2008 League Cup. Chelsea have one win in 10 at White Hart Lane and their most recent trip, on New Year’s Day, exposed the frailties which have become all too familiar for Mourinho this season as Spurs won 5-3. Press Association “(There is) no pressure on them, like it is in the other four or five top teams to reach important positions,” Mourinho said. “Nobody speaks about them as title contenders, like they speak about Man City, Man United. Jose Mourinho has suggested Tottenham have it easy and are under no pressure ahead of Chelsea’s trip to White Hart Lane. “They have great conditions without the same pressure other clubs have to do magnificent work. “They lose a couple of matches and nothing happens. They are in the Europa League, and, in the group phase, to be fair, nobody cares about Europa League. “They go smoothly, step by step. They build a team. They bring in young players. They give conditions, without any kind of pressure, for the young players to develop in the team. “The club is powerful to decide, ‘We don’t sell, we don’t sell, we don’t sell’, and to decide, ‘We can invest and we can bring in this one or that one’. “Of course they need a great manager, which they have. Of course they need good players, which they have. But the conditions are very good.” Mourinho’s comments came as he recalled complimenting Mauricio Pochettino’s side in the aftermath of March’s Capital One Cup win at Wembley, when the Portuguese won the first trophy of his return. Mourinho’s third Premier League title was added soon afterwards, but the defence of both trophies appears over. It would take an unprecedented rise, plus numerous rivals dropping points, for Chelsea to retain the title or even to finish in the top four this season. Tottenham are unbeaten in 12 matches, since the opening day of the season, and Mourinho believes Spurs could win the title for the first time in 55 years. “When I watch them play it’s not a surprise for me,” said Mourinho of Spurs’ unbeaten run. “If they say they are fighting for the title, I would not laugh. I would accept it because the team is very good. “They have this season (an) even better (team) than last season. “I can imagine, with the stability they are showing, that sooner or later – I think sooner – they will be there, or win trophies or in a Champions League position.” Diego Costa is under pressure to deliver after scoring just four times this season, the most recent in the win over Norwich. The striker and Mourinho had a heated exchange at half-time of Tuesday’s win at Maccabi Tel Aviv which Mourinho afterwards played down. Yet it is clear the Portuguese wants more from Costa. “I told him, from a distance, with gestures, that I was not happy with the movement he did,” Mourinho said. “He told me also a few nice words from where he was. And nothing happened. “He’s not reading the game properly in these actions. That was my opinion. “As a striker you must read it. You have to play not just when you have the ball, but also when others have the ball. “You have to try to anticipate things. Just a question of reading the game faster. “It’s not because you score one goal against Norwich that suddenly you are again on fire. It will be a process.” John Terry could feature despite sustaining an ankle injury in Israel and missing training on Friday. “We have a little hope that it’s possible,” Mourinho added. Midfielder Ramires is a major doubt, too, having missed the Champions League tie with an undisclosed injury.
…cart off PM T20 Softball Cup Legends and Masters titlesBy Frederick HalleyIT was billed as a grudge match and the battle of the two top teams in the Over-45 category of this year’s Prime Minister T20 Softball Cup. In the end, it turned out to be a damp squib as defending champions Regal Masters made light work of Mike’s Wellman in yesterday’s final, played at the Everest Cricket Club ground, Camp Road, Georgetown.Watched by hundreds of spectators on a brilliant day for cricket, Mike’s Wellman were skittled for a disappointing 83 in 19.5 overs. Regal Masters, through a fine 51 from the consistent Ramesh Deonarine, raced to the required target off 13.1 overs, winning their third consecutive title in the process. Yesterday’s victory followed a similar win over Wellman last year in a much closer final.Regal Masters with acting Prime Minister Khemraj Ramjattan.Regal Masters lost opener Yuniss Usuff for one in the second over with only eight runs on the board. However, any hopes Wellman had of defending a small total were dashed by Deonarine and Khemchandra Dindial who added 74 for the second wicket before the former departed with just eight needed for victory.The left-handed Deonarine’s knock included four fours and two sixes while Dindial was undefeated on 22 (two fours) when victory was achieved. Clyde Canterbury took one for 12 from three overs and Greg DeFranka one for 22 from four.Asked to take first strike, Mike’s Wellman’s innings never got going as wickets fell at regular intervals while the run rate was also stagnant. Opener Lloyd Ruplall (23), Nandram Samlall 19) and skipper Wayne Jones (14) were the only players to reach double figures as Lawrie Singh bowled brilliantly to finish with three for 11. He received great support from Bobby Parasnauth (three for 12) and Dindial three for 17.Deonarine was adjudged man-of-the-match and also copped the Most Valuable Player award for the Over-45 category. His winnings included a 32-inch television, a trophy and $10,000.Regal Masters took home the grand prize of $500,000 and the winner’s trophy while runners-up Wellman received $100 000 and a trophy. Players from both teams were also recipients of medals.In the Legends Over-50 final, played earlier in the morning, an emphatic opening partnership of 126 by Veerapen Moonsammy (63) and Mahesh Chunlall (61 not out) enabled Regal Legends to register an emphatic nine-wicket victory over New York President’s XI to cart off the inaugural title.Chasing the visitors 139 for six, Regal Legends achieved the required target with five overs to spare in the 20-over affair with left-handed man-of-the-match Moonsammy slamming seven fours and a six before he was dismissed with just 14 needed for a commanding win.The experienced Chunilall, who was accompanied by Lynden Lyght (five not out) at the end, struck three fours and a six as the President’s XI bowlers toiled in sunny conditions without success. The lone wicket went to Dharam “Wadekar” Persaud who’s lone over cost nine runs.Earlier, President’s XI were given a positive start of 55 in eight overs by openers Dennis Mangroo (33) and Mohamed Rafeek (30) after being asked to take first strike.The middle-order however failed to maintain the momentum with only Roger Mattar bolstering the innings with a well-played 50 with five fours and a six. In the end, the 139 proved inadequate. Eon “Rapper” Abel took two for 20 and Parsram Persaud one for 19. Two run outs also didn’t help their cause.The win guaranteed Regal Legends $300,000 while New York President’s XI received $100,000 for their efforts. Man-of-the-match Moonsammy collected $10,000 and a trophy while players from both teams were adorned with medals.Up to press time, the main feature of the day’s exciting programme, the Open final, between Regal All Stars and SVC Grill Masters was in progress following a female’s exhibition game which saw Wonderwoman’s XI and Factory Price Divas battling for supremacy.A win by Regal All Stars would guarantee them all three titles in the third edition of the Prime Minister T20 Softball Cup. Two-time defending champions Speedboat were eliminated yesterday after failing to reach the semi-finals via net run rate.
ARM Pension has emerged champions of the 7th edition of UBA Pensions five-a-side tournament decided at the Fun Turf Centre, Lekki, Lagos at the weekend.In an explosive final match, ARM Pension defeated their opponent, Legacy Pension by a lone goal scored by Bolaji Adeleke. The five-a-side tournament, which is an annual sporting event organised by UBA Pension Custodians Limited witnessed the participation of nine Pension Fund Administrators namely: PAL Pensions (PAL), Leadway Pensure PFA Limited (LPPFA), AIICO Pensions Manager Limited (APML), IEI-Anchor Pensions (IEI-Anchor), Stanbic IBTC Pensions Managers Limited (SIPML), ARM Pension (ARMP), Legacy Pension (LEGACY) and CrusaderSterling Pension (CPL) and the host, UBA Pensions.Saturday’s victory was the 4th time ARM Pension would go home with the coveted trophy since the inaugural tournament in 2007.In the third place match, Leadway Pensure PFA defeated PAL Pensions by 2-0 to clinch the bronzemedal.Meanwhile, in the other games competed at the turf, the relay team of PAL Pensions won the Sack race, while the Chess and Scrabble games were won by Oladunjoye Niyi of Stanbic IBTC Pension and Aiyedun Adedoyin of Leadway Pensure respectively.The women were not left out as they participated solely in the Table Tennis and Egg and Spoon games with Aminu Aisha of UBA Pensions and Akanbi Nike of Legacy Pension emerging winners respectively. A total of 20 medals were distributed with Adeleke Bolaji and Olaniyan Muis of ARM Pension receiving the Most Valuable Player and Best Goal Keeper awards.Okey Davies of Legacy Pension was awarded the Highest Goal Scorer while Leadway Pensure received the Fair Play award of the tournament.Commenting on the tournament, Mr. Mba Simon, Chief Finance Officer, who represented the Managing Director, Bayo Yusuf of UBA Pensions expressed satisfaction with the outcome and the turnout of participating PFAs which witnessed an increase in the number of participants when compared with previous editions. He also indicated plans to enlarge the scope of the tournament in the comingyears.The five-a-side tournament which is the seventh edition is an annual football competition organised by UBA Pensions Custodian Limited to encourage employees to bond with PFAs and also cultivate healthy lifestyle by taking time out to engage in sporting and other recreational activities.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Published on December 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ The act of crashing the net symbolizes Paul Flanagan’s Syracuse ice hockey team. And the scene of the team’s leading scorer, Isabel Menard, doing just that is one of many. The success that has been generated in similar situations has created a new mindset for the players as well. ‘I think I should be doing that more,’ said Menard, a sophomore forward. ‘Anybody that takes a shot, I will just crash. I know last year I didn’t do that enough, but this year I’m trying to focus on that a little bit more.’ On that play, Menard skated from the right side of the ice into the attacking zone and sent a wrist shot toward the net. The puck was blocked, but with three Syracuse players surrounding the net, the puck crossed the goal line seconds later. Just another rebound goal sent home by Megan Skelly. The red light turned on, and the offensive onslaught continued. The Orange caught fire this weekend and kept Wayne State’s goalkeeper Delayne Brian busy in the process. SU (8-7-2) has a good chance to extend its two-game winning streak against Princeton (4-10-1) in a two-game series this weekend.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text And the Orange will still be clawing for those rebound goals that have been there all season. This year, when Menard enters the offensive zone, she has one objective in mind. ‘Get the puck toward the net and generate a rebound,’ she said. With a monthlong break on the horizon, Flanagan sees a successful weekend as added motivation for SU at the halfway mark of the season. ‘We have a real good opportunity to play a real good team down at Princeton and finish up the semester in a real good way,’ Flanagan said. ‘Hopefully all our energy is used to get ready for that game and final exams.’ The Tigers may provide the Orange an opportunity to end the first half of the season on the right foot. Syracuse’s offense has been able to create numerous scoring chances in its last five games, meaning the opportunities to come away victorious are there. Now teams need to be weary of how the puck is coming off of any Syracuse player’s stick. Last weekend’s goals came following slap shots and wrist shots or simply anything fired on net. Anything that would create a rebound. When the Orange generated enough shots on goal, it led to greater scoring opportunities. The Orange scored three of its five goals during Saturday’s contest with the Warriors off rebounds. SU players are beginning to understand the rewards that can come from crashing the net. For the Orange, this weekend’s series may be one of its best opportunities to get wins away from the Tennity Ice Pavilion this season. With six of the team’s nine games on the road in the month of January, Flanagan hopes his team will make the most of this opportunity. ‘I think we feel that we need to win all of our points at home and steal some on the road if we want to position ourselves to be a high seed in the playoffs,’ Flanagan said. ‘One of our goals is to get back to that championship game.’ SU may be playing Princeton at just the right time. The Tigers have given up 14 goals in their last five games. The recent offensive success of the Orange could carry the team successfully into break. Following Saturday’s victory against Wayne State, Skelly acknowledged that sweeps are important confidence builders for the rest of the season. Especially heading into the team’s heavily-concentrated conference schedule following break. ‘Our goal at the beginning of the year was to get to that CHA conference final,’ Skelly said. ‘This should instill some confidence in the team that we are a great team and we can win.’ The Princeton series presents a big chance for the Orange — as long as it continues to play its crashing style of hockey. ‘It would be really nice to finish up with a sweep,’ Flanagan said. ‘And come back here in January, re-energized with a good record to start off the new semester.’ firstname.lastname@example.org Comments