With The Sound of Music, Peter Pan and, come December 3, The Wiz, NBC has made a tradition of bringing musical theater to the small screen for a series of all-star live telecasts. But audiences have since created an annual tradition of their own: live-tweeting their way through anything and everything that could possibly go wrong.“I’ve been a part of that reaction; I’ve live-tweeted,” David Alan Grier, who takes on the “mean ole” Lion in The Wiz Live!, admitted at a recent press event. “That one black pirate—he don’t get no lines?!” he quipped over howls from co-stars Ne-Yo and Ellijah Kelley. “Black Twitter is cocked and loaded!”Now, the three-time Tony nominee is on the other side of the proverbial weapon that is social media. “Black Twitter will find that one curler stuck in your hair.” But now that he’s actually a part of the experience, none of that matters. “We all love it, or else we wouldn’t be here…Damn the torpedoes.”Things can go wrong. Toto might bark off-cue. Someone might trip. Yes, a curler might get stuck in Grier’s mane. But that’s all part of the live experience, and does nothing to diminish the performance they’re offering. “Throw it all on the wall,” Grier said. “Just know: Whatever you saw, we’re giving our all.” View Comments
View Comments The American studio recording of the stage adaptation of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame will be released on January 22, but you don’t have to wait until then to hear Broadway favorite and TV superhero Ciara Renée belt about outcasts. Take a listen below to an exclusive taste of her rendition of the Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz ballad “God Help the Outcasts.” Renée starred as Esmerelda in the La Jolla and Paper Mill Playhouse productions of the musical alongside Michael Arden, Patrick Page and Andrew Samonsky. Pre-order the album here!
By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity ofGeorgiaGeorgia isn’t immune to agroterrorism or natural disasters. People across the state are readying for emergencies from hurricanes to the Asian bird flu to intentional threats. Preparations are starting at agrosecurity trainings.Presented by the Georgia Committee on Agriculture and Food Defense and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, agrosecurity awareness trainings began last July and are slated to continue into early 2006. Over 1,500 people have been trained so far.The next sessions will be held on Friday, Feb. 10 in Waycross, Ga., and Calhoun, Ga., on Monday, Feb. 13 in Statesboro, Ga., and on Wednesday, Feb. 15 in Swainsboro, Ga., and Hartwell, Ga.”Agriculture and food affect every single county in the state,” said Don Hamilton, homeland security coordinator for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Food is distributed in every county through grocery stores, and it’s transported through every county. Agricultural and food security should span the continuum from farm to fork.”The training is free and open to potential agriculture emergency responders. The class teaches those in emergency management and agriculture-related businesses how to recognize an agricultural incident and minimize potential problems through proper training. It is also geared toward responders from local and state governments and volunteer organizations who respond to all types of emergencies.Participants can also earn continuing education units. The training is sponsored by the U.S. Office of Domestic Preparedness in cooperation with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Georgia Department of Agriculture, UGA and the USDA.For more information or to register, go to www.agrosecurity.uga.edu.(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
Backyard squash growers may not agree on which variety is best, but they do agree on one thing – squash vine borers are the enemy.The small larvae burrow through squash plant stems, wilting and eventually killing what appear to be lush, healthy plants. Since they are hidden inside the plant, most home gardeners have no idea the pests are there until the plants wither and die. Squash vine borers overwinter in the soil, usually where squash or zucchini plants were planted the previous season. When the adults emerge from the soil, they lay eggs on the base of the stems of susceptible plants. They love squash, tooThe tiny destructive pests love to lay their eggs on summer squash, zucchini, winter squash and pumpkin plants but seldom attack cucumber and melons. After about a week, a pale larvae hatches and eats its way into the plant stems near soil-level. As water flow is cut off, the plant wilts and literally collapses.There is no tried and true successful method to control the pest, but University of Georgia experts do offer tips for gardeners who choose to put up a fight.To stay ahead of the pests, plant squash as early as possible so the plants are producing before the 6 to 8 summer weeks vine borers are active.“I sometimes plant so early that I may at times have to cover seedlings with a bucket if there is a frost warning,” said Lisa Ames, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Ames stopped growing zucchini due in part to vine borers. She turned to an alternative variety called snake gourd or Cucuzza, which is resistant to vine borers and readily available to grow from seed.Plant more or coverUGA Extension consumer vegetable horticulturist Bob Westerfield says he “wouldn’t be surprised to see (resistant) squash varieties soon.” Until then, Westerfield chooses to share his squash crop with the pests.“I plant a new crop of squash every couple of weeks to stay ahead of the squash vine borers,” he said. “That way we have some and they have some.”UGA Extension agents, like Amanda Tedrow in Clarke County, field calls every summer from desperate home gardeners who are fighting squash vine borers. “One of the best management methods for this pest is rotating away from the area where squash plants have been planted in the past. Unfortunately, not all gardeners have the space to completely rotate away from the infested soil,” Tedrow said.She recommends gardeners use floating row covers to keep flying adults from laying eggs on the vines. The covers must have good contact with the soil to keep the adults from finding the vines and should remain on the plants until female flowers begin to form. “At this point, remove the covers to ensure pollination occurs. Covered plants have a tremendous head start on borers,” she said.Get physicalGardeners can also get physical and remove the pests from the infected squash plant stems with a knife. “First, create a slit parallel to the stem veins. Begin the slit at the frass-covered hole at the base of the plant and continue toward the tip of the vine until the borer is found and removed,” she said. “Once the borer has been removed, cover the slit portion of the stem with soil and water it to encourage rooting.”Insecticides are often not helpful against squash vine borers due to the location of the cream-colored larvae in the stems. Contact insecticides (insecticidal soap, neem and others) cannot reach the larvae, and most systemic insecticides are not safe on vegetable crops. Other control recommendations during the growing season include using yellow-colored bowls of soapy water to attract and drown the adults. Another option is to use sticky traps, also usually yellow, to attract the insect. If none of these efforts work and the squash plant wilts and dies, Tedrow says remove the debris from the garden. Borers may still be living in dying vines. For more on controlling garden pests, call your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 or view on online publication at extension.uga.edu/publications/.
December 1, 2002 Regular News Young lawyers work to promote diversity and gender sensitivity Young lawyers work to promote diversity and gender sensitivity The Young Lawyers Division has prepared a top 10 list for local bar affiliates to assist them in promoting quality of life, diversity, and gender sensitivity goals.Jamie Finizio-Bascombe, co-chair of the YLD’s Diversity and Gender Sensitivity Committee, said those issues are of particular interest to young lawyers as more minorities and women enter the profession. She said the division wants to assist young lawyer groups in persuading firms that balancing family and professional life does not detract from, but rather enhances, the profession.Finizio-Bascombe said the YLD operates under a resolution passed more than a year ago that says diversity will be “a foremost ideal that shall be considered in all of our projects and will make our state a better place to practice and will provide a better service to the law, this division, to our community, and to our world.”The division also strives to find a comfortable equilibrium between work, family, and community involvement to guarantee continued good health and to reduce stress in one’s professional career. The resolution also states that raising the quality of life for lawyers could include “redefining current work habits and schedules, and utilizing technology to provide far more flexibility and afford a more civilized and meaningful existence.”“We are trying to focus on having firms open up their eyes to the more efficient workplace and to create flexible schedules and create better working environments by accommodating the changing face of the practice,” Finizio-Bascombe said.The top 10 lists asked local young lawyer organizations to:1. Reach out to all local bar affiliates, especially minority affiliates, in your area in order to plan an event together that highlights the mission of diversity and gender sensitivity.2. Request each board of director and officer of your association to write an article addressing how diversity and gender sensitivity have benefitted their association.3. Set up a local diversity and gender sensitivity award program in your circuit that tracks YLD’s diversity and gender sensitivity, to further raise awareness in local law firms and to motivate them to implement diversity and gender sensitivity programs in their firms.4. Set up guidelines for your own circuit’s law firms, using the Florida Bar YLD prototype, and publish those in your local bar newsletter.5. Ask each member of your association to solicit one community member to write a brief letter or article discussing how diversity and gender sensitivity have impacted their life.6. Contact the local law school(s) in your area and assist in setting up a “train the trainer” program, which is a workshop that teaches people in leadership roles how to implement diversity and gender sensitivity in the workplace.7. Set up a scholarship fund to help needy minority groups in your area and designate that group as your benefactor for your fundraising events.8. Actively recruit qualified minorities to run for leadership roles in local and statewide associations and support their candidacy.9. Coordinate speakers and panels for your association’s events that represent a cross section of the community that your association serves and that represent diversity.10. Create an ex-officio position on your association’s board of directors for each minority association in your circuit to facilitate more interaction between the groups.
The incredible home at 31 Brisbane St, Bulimba will go to auction at 10am on Saturday.The incredible renovated property at 31 Brisbane St, Bulimba will also go to auction. The shop and home at 2 Stephens St, Annerley, will also go to auction on Saturday.For more than three decades, the shop on the corner at 2 Stephens St, Annerley was the tuckshop for Junction Park State School, and the property has been in the same family for 60 years. The kitchen is galley-style, with a butlers’ pantry to the left.The renovated Queenslander has exposed brick walls, stained glass windows and decorative fretwork.There is no need to head to Wet’n’Wild to catch a dive-in movie, with a remote controlled projector screen able to wind down at the end of the pool. The property was inspired by a Sunshine Coast resort.The renovated resort-style home in on a double block of 1752sq m, and has a full-size tennis court, inground pool and spa, 12m pontoon with jetty and separate cabana-style studio. The kitchen is like a time capsule.Place Paddington agent Jesse Sherring said buyers from “across the spectrum” were interested in the property, looking to use the corner shop front for anything from a juice bar and cafe, to a place to make jam and chutneys and a home design store.Mr Sherring said the house had been renovated in the 1960s and was “a bit of a time capsule”.It will go to auction at noon, on Saturday November 3. The living and kitchen are open plan.The floors inside are a French oak basket weave, and outdoors on the veranda and around the top of the inground magna pool is a French-style feature tile.It will go under the hammer at 11am, Saturday November 3. The house at 62 Keona Rd, McDowall, will go to auction on Saturday.DREAM homes galore will be going under the hammer this weekend.The split-level house at 62 Keona Rd, McDowall, already has seven registered bidders, according to Ray White Ascot’s Alexander Shean. Exposed brick is one of the home’s character features.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoWhen the screen is not in use, it retracts and reveals a fireplace in the stone feature wall.The house has five bedrooms, four bathrooms and parking for three cars.It will go to auction at 10am, Saturday November 3. Inside 27 Sutton St, Chelmer.If you are concerned the above properties may burn a hole in your pocket, perhaps this renovator is for you — and remember — two of the above incredible houses began as humble cottages too. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45 The property at 62 Keona Rd, McDowall, has a large outdoor area.The agent said they had more than 80 visitors at inspections of the property, which has 557sq m of under roof living and “ticks all the boxes” for buyers. Bi-fold doors allow for a seamless transition from indoors to outdoors.A few of the property’s luxury features include 13m inground pool with spa jets, ducted zoned airconditioning, in-built speakers, ducted vacuum, gatehouse with intercom, and 20,000L of water tanks which are plumbed to toilets, laundry and outdoor hoses.The house will go to auction at 10am, Saturday November 3. A riverfront property at Chelmer will also go to auction at 10am.The luxury riverfront property at 27 Sutton St, Chelmer, will go to auction at 10am, Saturday November 3. The pool has French-style tiles around the top. The floors are French Oak basket weave.It has five bedrooms, and four bathrooms, each with Astrawalker Eco brass tapware.The main bedroom has vaulted ceilings, a walk-through wardrobe and an ensuite. The kids can splash from the pool while you watch from the alfresco dining area.Mr Shean said he expected more to register for the auction of the six bedroom, three bathroom property, which is on a large 1058sq m block.“Keona Rd is known as a premier location in McDowall,” Mr Shean said.“It’s a fairly unique property for the location, with not many in that price bracket in the area.” This two-level Hampton’s honey will go under the hammer at 11am on Saturday.Just like 31 Brisbane St, 45 Hayward St at Paddington started out as a cottage too.Now it has found a new life as a two-level Hampton’s inspired honey.
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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to buy your first home01:21A NEW report has highlighted the resilience of the Townsville property market during COVID-19, with sales volumes and buyer confidence remaining high.At the ‘start of recovery’, the Townsville residential property market continues to see stronglevels of activity with sale volumes trending higher and general market sentiment remaining positive, according to the Herron Todd White (HTW) Month in Review report for September.“House sale volumes started strongly in 2020 before dipping in late March and early April with the onset of COVID-19 restrictions,” the report said. “By May, sale volumes had regained momentum and have continued to consolidate on the strong start to 2020.” >>>MORE NEWS: HOGS BREATH FOUNDER SELLS WHITSUNDAY MANSION >>>SOUTHERN BUYERS ARE TURNING TO COVID-FREE NQ Herron Todd White North Queensland managing director Darren Robins said Townsville was now seeing sales taking place across all suburbs more consistently, with much less focusthan before on the central (4810 postcode) suburbs.“Anecdotal evidence suggests that the residential land market has seen a surge in activity on the back of the homeowner grants with land in a wide range of locations and price points seeing activity,” he said. Herron Todd White North Queensland managing director Darren Robins. Picture: Evan MorganMaster Builders North Queensland regional manager Emma Peters said there had been a “giant surge in land sales” following the announcement of the Federal Government’s $25,000 HomeBuilder grant.The financial boost is on top of Queensland’s $15,000 first homeowner grant and the $5000 regional home building boost, meaning first home buyers could be eligible for up to $45,000 in grants to help buy their first home. Masters Builders Regional Manager Emma Peters on site at Eden Park’s new estateMs Peters said the number of people going through display villages soon after HomeBuilder was announced had “exploded”, with one developer reporting a 980 per cent increase in the number of land sales.“We were coming off a low base though as residential construction had been very low for several years,” she said.“And these (current) house and land sales are subject to finance, with buyers awaiting approval for the HomeBuilder grant.“Hopefully that (approvals process) doesn’t drag on because we are pleased to see the residential sector booming.“That has a flow on effect to the whole construction and associated industries … and the local economy.”Ms Peters said it was still too early to tell whether the boom in sales was being driven by interstate buyers, but many developers were reporting significant uptake by locals. >>>TOWNSVILLE TO COME OUT ON TOP: PROPERTY EXPERTS Lifestyle is a big drawcard. Picture: Evan MorganElements NQ has two developments under construction — The Orchard at Jensen and Riverstone in the Upper Ross – and another three projects in the planning phase.Elements NQ sales manager Paul Fontinos said sales were up 400 to 500 per cent, albeit off a “low base”.He said the grants had “absolutely worked” to stimulate the construction sector, prompting buyers who may have waited a few more years to buy to take the leap early.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202002:12The suburbs posting median sales price increases despite Covid2 Sep 2020“It was instantaneous,” he said, warning that there was already signs of a skills shortage in the region.“There are builders who are so busy they are already saying they can’t take on any more work this year,” he said.But Mr Fontinos said the boom in new home and land sales had huge benefits for the local economy.“People think it is just the builder, the tiler who benefits, but people go out and buy rugs, couches, pets, turf, irrigation,” he said.“It is the engineers, the town planners, valuers, banks. It stimulates so much growth and employment, directly and indirectly.”The REA Market Trends report for August shows that the suburb where the most houses changed hands over the past 12 months was Kirwan, with 256 houses sold in the past 12 months.Bushland Beach and Kelso round out the top three suburbs, recording 132 and 118 sales respectively.Other top performers can be found in suburbs where house and land packages are being snapped up by first home buyers and upgraders, including Mount Louisa (113 sales), Burdell (84), Mount Low (60) and Bohle Plains (52). Maidment Group’s Harris Crossing development SUPPLIEDNew estates include Maidment’s Sanctum in Mount Low and Harris Crossing at Bohle Plains, Urbex’s residential estate Kalynda Chase, also at Bohle Plains, Mendi Group’s Summerset Estate at Mount Louisa, Markwell Groups Pinnacle Views at Kelso and Stockland’s North Shore community at Burdell. Managing director of Mendi Group, Jeff Doyle at the site of a new residential development in Mount Louisa, Summerset Estate. PICTURE: MATT TAYLOR.
Norwegian oil and gas company OKEA, the operator of the Draugen field, has won a tender for supply to the Seadrill-owned rig West Phoenix in connection with the rig’s operations on Neptune Energy’s Fenja field located in the Norwegian Sea. OKEA said on Thursday that the contract has a duration of 12 months fixed plus four three-month options, i.e. up to two years in total. Estimated start-up is in mid-January 2020.The supply will primarily take place with Siem Pride vessel, which will supply the West Phoenix rig four to five times a week and Draugen two times a week.“Through this contract, sharing economy and efficient utilization of resources for the benefit of both parties will be demonstrated in practice,” OKEA concluded.The Siem Pride had been operating on the North Sea fields – including Draugen – for Shell since its delivery in 2015. In May 2018, the vessel was awarded a charter extension by Shell until November 14, 2025.After OKEA took over operatorship of the Draugen field from Shell back in November 2018, the vessel continued its operations on the field.The vessel has an overall length of 89.2 meters, a width of 19 meters, and a deadweight of 5,017 tonnes. It is outfitted with DP2 capabilities, standby rescue for 300 people, and a deck area of 980 square meters.Neptune became the operator of the Fenja field in December 2018 following the completion of integration with the former VNG Norge business.The field lies 120 km north of Kristiansund, with estimated recoverable resources in excess of 100 million barrels oil equivalent. It is a subsea development with tie-back to Njord A platform. First oil is targeted for 2021.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.
Malaysian FPSO provider Yinson has executed a final settlement with PetroVietnam regarding last year’s termination of the $1 billion FPSO charter contract. To remind, BBC reported back in 2018 that PetroVietnam ordered Repsol and its Talisman Vietnam subsidiary, to suspend its Ca Rong Do work, to avoid confrontation with China due to the maritime border issue in the South China Sea. The PTSC CRD joint venture, consisting of Yinson Clover and PetroVietnam Technical Services Corporation (PTSC), in 2017 signed the $1 billion bareboat charter contract for the supply of the FPSO for ten years firm and five more in extensions. It is worthnoting that PTSC also on the same date entered into a final settlementagreement with Talisman Vietnam. The contractwas meant for the supply of an FPSO for the Ca Rong Do field developmentoffshore Vietnam. In March 2018, Repsol’s subsidiary Talisman Vietnam, the operator of the Ca Rong Do field, informed PTSC of a force majeure event directing the oil company “not to carry out the scheduled work program on the CRD Project for the time being”. The future of the FPSO charter was unknown at the time but in September 2019 PTSC terminated the charter due to a prolonged force majeure event. Then onThursday, 2 June 2020, Yinson said that it reached a final settlement with PTSC.The settlement agreement will settle all rights, demands, liabilities andobligations arising from the termination of the bareboat charter contract.
A farmer tills his rice field. The mechanization program of the Department of Agriculture will soon benefit farmer-members of cooperatives from the 17 towns of Antique. PNA/ANNABEL CONSUELO J. PETINGLAY They are currently in the process ofcomplying with the documentary requirements of Letter of Intent to the RCEFmechanization program, valid certificate/registration from any recognizedgovernment agency, and farmer association profile. SAN JOSE, Antique – The mechanizationprogram of the Department of Agriculture (DA) will soon benefit farmer-membersof cooperatives from the 17 towns of this province, said Rhomelita Alonsagay ofthe Office of the Provincial Agriculture. According to her, the budget for themechanization will be sourced from the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund(RCEF) as mandated under Republic Act 11203 or the Rice Tariffication Law. Fifty percent of the RCEF will go tothe mechanization program; 30 percent for seeds; and 10 percent each for creditand training and extension services, she said. Alonsagay added that through the RCEFmechanization program, the farmers’ cooperative in the province can at leastavail of P5-million grant for its needed technologies such as agriculturaltractors, farm tillers and rice seeders. The heads and members of the farmerscooperatives from Anini-y, Tobias Fornier, Belison, Hamtic, Sibalom, Patnongon,Bugasong, Barbaza, Tibiao, Culasi, San Jose de Buenavista, San Remigio,Valderrama, Laua-an, Pandan, Libertad, and Sebaste were interviewed on Aug. 27and Oct. 23-24 by the RCEF staff. “Since the RCEF mechanization programwill be for six years beginning this 2019, then there will be one cooperativein each of the 17 towns that will be a recipient of the technology every year,”Alonsagay said, adding only the Caluya town was not included due to itsdistance.(With a report from PNA/PN) “The national government is supportingthe farmers through their cooperatives by providing them with mechanization sothey could become competitive also with the liberalization of riceimportation,” Alonsagay added.