Broadway Theaters Will Dim Their Lights for Roger Rees

Posted On Jan 18 2021 by

first_imgBroadway theaters will dim their lights in honor of Tony and Olivier Award winner Roger Rees, who died on July 10 at the age of 71. Marquees will go dark for one minute on July 15 at 7:45 PM.Rees won Tony and Olivier Awards for his performance in the eight and a half hour epic The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. He later received an Emmy nomination for the televised production. He also earned Tony nominations for his performance in Indiscretions and for co-directing Peter and the Starcatcher. He last appeared on Broadway in The Visit, having left the show weeks after opening to undergo medical treatment.In addition to his myriad stage performances, Rees is known for his small screen appearances as Lord John Marbury on The West Wing and as Robin Colcord on Cheers“We are so fortunate that Roger Rees has graced our stages through the years and inspired us with his brilliant talent,” said Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin in a statement. “In addition to his acting and directing accomplishments, his generous heart and warm, giving spirit will be greatly missed by his family, friends and fans.” View Commentslast_img read more


Tobacco referendum

Posted On Jan 17 2021 by

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia tobacco growers have been mailed ballots and asked to vote on whether to keep the Georgia Tobacco Commission. To be counted, ballots must be postmarked by March 28.The GTC provides funds for research, promotion and education programs to help Georgia farmers. It does this through a grower assessment of 30 cents per hundredweight sold.The ballots were mailed Feb. 23. Any eligible grower who hasn’t gotten one or has lost one may get another by calling (404) 656-3678 or (800) 425-7675.last_img


Radon Poster Contest

Posted On Jan 17 2021 by

first_imgHousehold radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., but the hazards of this dangerous gas are still relatively unknown to many Georgia families.That’s why the University of Georgia Radon Education Program asks students to share the program’s message: Radon testing is easy and could save someone’s life.Radon is a gas released by the natural decay of uranium deposits contained in Georgia’s granite bedrock. The gas seeps up through foundations and accumulates in homes. Radon can be a problem throughout the state, but residents typically see higher levels in the upper third of Georgia due to the soil conditions and granite bedrock.The good news is that radon problems can be fixed, and testing for radon couldn’t be easier. Test kits are available statewide at some UGA Cooperative Extension offices or online at www.ugaradon.org.The key is to raise Georgians’ awareness of this potential hazard in their homes, said Pamela Turner, a healthy-housing specialist for UGA Extension and associate professor in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS).“Radon is just not on enough people’s radars,” Turner said. “Working with students, we hope to raise their awareness, and maybe they’ll carry the message home with them to their parents. Testing for radon is easy but it’s a matter of getting people to take that first step.”To help get the word out, the UGA Radon Education Program asks 9- to 14-year-old students across the state each year to design a poster to help alert the general public about the dangers of radon and steps they can take to keep their families safe. The top three winners receive prizes, and they’re entered into the national contest. Their art may be used in future public awareness campaigns.During the 2017-18 school year, nearly 200 students submitted posters. Charlotte Moser, a seventh-grade student at Clarke Middle School in Athens, Georgia, won first prize for her horror-movie-inspired poster of a radon cloud enveloping a castle.Exact dates for the 2018-19 school year contest, submission forms and instructions will be sent out in August. The deadline for entries is Oct. 5, 2018.Students should first research the dangers of radon on the FACS website at www.ugaradon.org. They can then create a poster on one of five themes:What is radon?Where does radon come from?How does radon get into homes?Radon can cause lung cancer.Test your home for radon.State winners will be notified in November, and national winners will be notified by December. Winners will be honored in January 2019 during National Radon Action Month.For more information and contest promotional materials, email ugaradon@uga.edu or call 706-542-9165.last_img read more


Bacon, Beer, and Bacon Beer

Posted On Dec 30 2020 by

first_imgThe South loves its food-based festivals. You’ve got the Ramp Festival in southwest Virginia, the Moonpie Festival in Tennesse, a catfish festival, also in Tennessee, and there’s a BBQ festival every weekend somewhere below the Mason Dixon. Now, in Richmond, we can all get together and celebrate the food that truly deserves its own party: bacon. Devils Backbone Brewery is putting on the first ever Richmond Bacon Festival (maybe the first ever bacon festival in Virginia?). More than 20 restaurants are joining in on the fun bringing their A-list of bacon-based dishes like bacon mac ‘n cheese and bacon ice cream. Even better, since DB Brewery is behind this stroke of genius, there’s a strong craft beer presence, so basically, what you’re getting here is a Bacon and Beer Festival.Name two awesome things that are even more awesome when you combine them? You’ve got peanut butter and jelly, any two Kardashians, and bacon and beer. The festival is this Sunday, June 9th, but to keep the bacon and beer love going, I’ve rounded up three bacon beers worth giving a shot.Rogue Bacon Maple Ale: Low on the IBU’s, high on the malty goodness, Rogue suggests pairing this beer with doughnuts. Duh. rogue.comPisgah Benton Bacon Stout: It’s seasonal, so you gotta catch it when you can, but the boys put Benton’s Smokehouse Farms bacon and Sorghum Molasses in this dark beauty. Lots of bacon here. pisgahbrewing.comHogsback Aporkalypse Now Oatmeal Bacon Stout: Okay, this is a Canadian beer and I haven’t had a chance to try it personally. But I like a good pun that hinges on bacon and classic ‘70s cinema. hogsback.calast_img read more


Going to the World Cup

Posted On Dec 20 2020 by

first_imgBy Dialogo January 01, 2010 Eight of the 32 teams participating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup come from the Americas, which is home to some of the best players in the world, such as Brazil’s Kaká, Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Uruguay’s Diego Forlán. The International Federation of Association Football event, dating back to 1930, is played every four years. Five-time champion Brazil (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002), the only country to participate in all 18 World Cups, is one of the favorites to win the title yet again. Southern Cone countries will also be participating: twotime champions Argentina (1978, 1986), which had a difficult time qualifying despite being coached by all-time great Diego Maradona, and Uruguay (1930, 1950), which won a homeand- away playoff against Costa Rica, qualified along with Chile and Paraguay.last_img read more


Indonesia’s financial system at risk amid pandemic: KSSK

Posted On Oct 19 2020 by

first_imgThe COVID-19 pandemic is threatening the stability of Indonesia’s financial system, as it causes a supply-demand shock and weakens the country’s financial industry and macroeconomy, according to the Financial System Stability Committee (KSSK).Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, who serves as the committee’s chair, said on Monday that the supply-demand shock and lower gross domestic product (GDP) outlook posed a “serious threat” to financial system stability. The KSSK was on alert over risks caused by the pandemic.“The coronavirus poses a serious threat to the economy and also to the financial system stability,” Sri Mulyani told reporters during a media briefing after the KSSK completed its quarterly assessment. “Financial system stability […] is on the alert status.” During the first quarter, the country’s financial markets were badly hit as foreign investors sold a net of around Rp 145 trillion (US$9.72 billion) worth of Indonesian assets as they flocked into safe havens. The capital outflow was towering compared to Rp 69.9 trillion recorded during the 2008 global financial crisis and Rp 36 trillion during the taper tantrum period in 2013, the KSSK revealed.The situation saw the rupiah fall to its lowest level in history at Rp 16,575 per US dollar on March 23, down 15.8 percent from February, according to the committee data. The currency has since recovered a bit, gaining 10.21 percent as of April 30 compared to late March, as the government issued $4.3 billion worth of global bonds in early April.The OJK revealed on Monday that loan growth in the banking industry amounted to 7.95 percent yoy in the first quarter, higher than the 6.08 percent recorded at the end of last year. However, no new loan demand was recorded in the period, as the growth came from the disbursement of existing credit facilities, OJK chairman Wimboh Santoso said.The nonperforming loan (NPL) ratio increased to 2.77 percent during the period versus 2.53 percent in December.Read also: Reform of Indonesia’s sluggish manufacturing sector urgently needed: Analysts“The uncertainties require strong measures in mitigating risks to macroeconomic and financial system stability,” the committee said. “The macroeconomic policy mix and a string of measures in the health sector are believed to be able to reduce the risks to macroeconomic and financial stability in general and gradually boost economic recovery.”Sri Mulyani said Regulation in lieu of Law (Perppu) No. 1/2020 provided the legal basis for financial authorities to take extraordinary measures in response to the virus risks.The Perppu provides the legal basis for the government to widen its state budget deficit beyond the normal 3-percent-of-GDP threshold, as it needs money to fund its battle against the impact of COVID-19. It also allows the central bank to directly purchase government bonds from the auctions, whereas previously BI was only allowed to buy such debt papers in the secondary market.BI Governor Perry Warjiyo said the central bank had used all its monetary instruments to maintain macroeconomic stability and help bolster the virus-battered economy.“With a low inflation level, we see room for lowering interest rates when the market stabilizes,” Perry Warjiyo said. “We have also injected liquidity of Rp 503.8 trillion to banks and the financial market, including by buying government bonds through the secondary market.”The central bank cut its benchmark interest rate to 4.5 percent in the first quarter this year. It also boosted market interventions in March to stabilize the rupiah through bond buying and inking repurchase agreements worth $60 billion with the United States Federal Reserve, among other central banks, to boost dollar liquidity supply.Read also: Businesses worry easing restrictions could prolong recoveryGoing forward, the KSSK pledged to strengthen its synergy and extensive measures to ensure macroeconomic and financial system stability. It would also closely watch potential global risks and the COVID-19 spread and its impacts on the domestic economy.Perbanas Institute economist Piter Abdullah said slowing economic activity due to physical restrictions might dry up liquidity among businesses, adding that it would put pressure on banks’ liquidity as businesses were unable to meet their debt service obligations.“While liquidity pressure has yet to cause any massive damage to the economy, many businesses can survive only until June,” Piter told The Jakarta Post. “Thus, financial authorities must roll out greater liquidity support for businesses and banks to enable them to survive, as that will also minimize risks to the financial system.”Topics : The other KSSK members are the finance minister, Bank Indonesia (BI) governor, Financial Services Authority (OJK) chairman and head of the Deposit Insurance Corporation (LPS).Read also: Consumer spending to contract in 2020 as pessimism takes holdIndonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew 2.97 percent year-on-year (yoy) in this year’s first three months, the lowest level seen since 2001.The economy has almost come to a halt following physical distancing measures implemented by businesses and consumers to contain the coronavirus spread. The KSSK expects the economy to grow at 2.3 percent this year, a marked slowdown from 5.02 percent in 2019.last_img read more


Task force investigates black, smelly water in Citarum River

Posted On Oct 19 2020 by

first_imgA task force in charge of cleaning up the Citarum River has started investigating the cause of the black and foul-smelling water in a section of West Java’s longest – and dirtiest – river.The team had inspected the river starting from sector 16, said Maj. Gen. Dedi Kusnadi Thamim, the head of the Citarum Harum task force.Dedi said the river’s water condition was still normal from Walahar to Klari in Karawang regency. Authorities have also requested help from tap water company Perum Jasa Tirta II in supplying water to the Citarum River. However, Dedi said the dam gate in Walahar could only be opened for 15 minutes, since it might disrupt water supply to farming areas. “This is only our first effort. We will keep monitoring it,” Dedi said, adding that law enforcement members of the task force would also participate in monitoring the industrial area.Stretching 270 kilometers, the Citarum River supplies water to households and industries in West Java and Jakarta. It is also the source of power for three hydroelectric plants that can generate a combined 1,400 megawatts of electricity.The river, however, earned the status of one of the world’s 10 most polluted places in 2013 for its alarming levels of toxic chemicals due to domestic and industrial waste being dumped into it for a long time.The government has since set up an ambitious clean-up program involving the military under the Citarum Harum program, which has been hailed as a pilot project for river restoration. (dpk)Topics : “We’ve done digging near the river. The water turns black and smelly from Klari downstream,” Dedi said as quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday.According to reports, the water in the Citarum River in the Karawang area has been black and emitting a strong odor since Friday. Fish in the river have reportedly died due to the pollution.Theories put forward to explain the phenomenon include the possibility that river sedimentation that had built up over the years has begun to come up to the surface as the water flow rate decreased. Some people suspect new domestic or industrial waste polluting the water.The task force has cooperated with the Karawang Environmental Agency to take water samples at four different locations for laboratory tests.last_img read more


House passes bill to prohibit federal funding for abortion

Posted On Sep 27 2020 by

first_imgUSA Today 22 January 2015House Republicans, faced with mounting opposition from their own members, pulled a bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and instead Thursday passed less restrictive legislation to prohibit federal funding for abortions.The 242-179 vote was along party lines, with one Republican voting ‘no’ and three Democrats voting for the legislation. It would make permanent the so-called Hyde amendment, a provision that is added to legislation each year to prevent federal funding for abortions.“It makes matters worse,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. “It makes permanent the Hyde amendment. We haven’t done that before.”While the House was considering the bill Thursday, the White House promised it would veto the measure should it reach President Obama’s desk.Thursday’s vote was timed to coincide with the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide. But Republicans had planned to take up a far more restrictive bill sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz. Late Wednesday, House GOP leaders changed course and withdrew the measure because of objections from numerous Republicans — many of them women — who objected that the legislation was too restrictive and would turn off voters.Franks’ bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, except to save the life of the woman or in cases of rape or incest of a minor if they were reported to police.http://www.usatoday.com/news/last_img read more


Falcons star Onome Ebi acquires house in Lagos, counts blessings

Posted On Sep 24 2020 by

first_img Loading… Super Falcons defender and Henan Huishang of China defender Onome Ebi is counting her blessings with panache, after acquiring an eye popping house in Lagos. The former ZFK Minsk of Belarusia defender took to her Instagram to celebrate the feat submitting” I just want to say thank you Lord God for all. Dreams do come TRUE if you keep believing in yourself and never give up” Ebi who has played for six different foreign clubs in Sweden, Turkey and Belarus respectively before joining the Chinese Women’s Super League in 2018, is not the only Falcons interested in acquiring a property in Lagos, recall that Barcelona ladies ace Assisat Oshoala way back in 2018 acquired a multi million naira two-storey building in the Constain Area of Lagos, ending her thanks giving for the feat with “Small girl Big God ��…Alhamdulilah, parent first”. Ebi who can easily pass for a veteran of the women football in Nigeria and beyond has featured in five Women’s World cup including the last edition last year in France. Super Falcons defender Onome Ebi in joyous mood after acquiring a house in LagosAdvertisement Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes8 Most Interesting Sylvester Stallone Movies5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show Youcenter_img Four time winner of the African Women Championship Ebi was among those who expressed disappointment following Super Falcons failure to qualifying for now embattled 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She had then blamed it on poor preparation coupled with sudden middle of the road departure of former Super Falcons coach and now coach of India U-17 Women side Thomas Dennerby. Super Falcons failed to qualify for the Olympics for the third consecutive time since their last appearance at Beijing 2008 Olympics in which Ebi incidentally featured. The former Bayelsa Queens ace however refused to blame Chris Danjuma who took over after the Swede disappeared for the team’s ouster. Read Also Assisat Buys multi million Naira house for parents “To some extent, I think the resignation of Dennerby affected the team because he had been the coach of the team for a while,” she stated. “All coaches are good in their own way but you can’t blame any coach or say any coach in that situation is not good enough after considering the time he (Danjuma) took over.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more


Ripley County District Councilman announces resignation

Posted On Sep 23 2020 by

first_imgVersailles, In.— Ripley County District 2 councilman Rob Seig has announced his resignation from office. Seig told Republican party leaders that he had every intention of serving his term but decisions regarding the future of his family require them to relocate outside the county. The resignation is effective April 5, 2019 at 4 p.m.The caucus date to fill the elected office has been set.last_img