Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Sting to Lead New York Return of The Last ShipSting will sail his short-lived Broadway musical The Last Ship back to the Big Apple for one-night-only on May 19 at The Heath at The McKittrick Hotel. The two performances of his Tony nominated score will benefit The Actors Fund, and the Grammy winner will be joined by special guest Jimmy Nail (who he replaced in the tuner in an attempt to keep it afloat). We know that those lucky enough to get their hands on a ticket will have an incredible evening up close and personal with this Englishman in New York.Rob McClure, Jason Gotay & More Set for WoodsThe MUNY Into the Woods casting just keeps getting starrier! Recent Honeymoon in Vegas headliner Rob McClure will play the Baker, with Jason Gotay as Jack, Ellen Harvey as Cinderella’s Stepmother, Andrew Samonsky as Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf, Sara Kapner as Little Red Ridinghood, Samantha Massell as Rapunzel and Michael McCormick as Mysterious Man/Cinderella’s Father in the St. Louis production July 21 through July 27. They join the previously reported Heather Headley, Erin Dilly, Ken Page and Ryan Silverman.Nathan Lane & Matthew Broderick Recall Bad ReviewsNathan Lane and Matthew Broderick are currently treading the boards in It’s Only a Play and recently stopped by The Talk to chat about the show, which is set behind-the-scenes at a Broadway opening night. The legendary Tony-winning theatrical duo were asked if they remembered any of their bad reviews? Lane volunteered this description of himself: “an irrepressible force who should be forcibly repressed.” Broderick on the other hand had not been able to get this critique out of his mind: “good at first, quickly becomes cloying.” Check out the hilarious interview below and then the Terrence McNally comedy through June 7 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Star Files View Comments Something Rotten! First ListenReady to hear Shakespeare sing?! As previously reported, Something Rotten! will release a cast album digitally on June 2 and in stores on July 17. Check out below a first listen of the opening track, “Welcome to the Renaissance.” The new musical comedy, which has been nominated for 10 Tonys, is playing at the St. James Theatre. Nathan Lane
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Water summits in Tifton, Georgia, this week and across the U.S. provide fruit and vegetable growers with an opportunity to discuss water use on farms and simplification of existing water regulation standards with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials.The FDA received negative feedback concerning the complexity of quality standards and testing requirements established in the Food Safety Modernization Act and Produce Safety rule from fruit and vegetable industry stakeholders. These two-day listening summits are a result.The FDA held a water summit at the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office in Tifton, Georgia, on Tuesday, Feb. 27, and Wednesday, Feb. 28. At the event, producers, fruit and vegetable industry representatives, educators, and researchers shared their thoughts about changes to the regulation system.The rule established nationwide, science-based, minimum standards for safe growing, harvesting, packing and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption. It represents the first time such a rule has been put into place in the U.S. Most comments at the summit dealt with the complexity of these regulations and the high costs associated with required testing.Currently, the rule requires that farms that use surface water sources, likes ponds or lakes, where the water that contacts the edible parts of the crop establish an initial water quality profile consisting of at least 20 samples. These samples must be collected close to harvesttime from each water source over two to four years.If groundwater, like water that comes from a well, is the farm’s water source, then the initial profile must consist of four samples.Findings from water testing determine whether the water meets the required microbial quality criteria.After the initial survey, the rule requires an annual survey of at least five samples of each surface water source or one sample of each groundwater source in order to update the microbial water quality calculations. These new samples become part of an ongoing record of samples. The record drops the oldest calculations to create a rolling database that provides confirmation that the water is appropriate for use with fresh produce.“We anticipate additional changes in water regulations, and FDA and the Produce Safety Alliance want feedback from growers and the produce industry,” said UGA Extension food safety specialist Judy Harrison. “These meetings allow farmers to let their voices be heard on ways to simplify requirements while still maintaining safety and what they like about the current system. They do want to try to simplify the regulations.”Water can harbor human pathogens that cause widespread foodborne illnesses. Farmers frequently use irrigation systems to produce crops, so regulations are in place and water quality testing is necessary to protect public health, she said.“You have to be really cautious about the quality of the water you’re using, whether you’re using it for irrigation or for frost protection. We’re talking about any of the uses where that water, before harvest, is likely to come in contact with the edible part of the crop,” Harrison said. “The way to contaminate a lot of produce really quickly is to use contaminated water that’s going to come in contact with the edible part of that crop.”The 2016 farm gate value for Georgia’s fruits and nuts was $745.2 million, and $1.1 billion for vegetables, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. Prevention of foodborne illnesses is crucial to protecting public health and Georgia’s fruit and vegetable industry.
Hobnail Trekking Co., an adventure travel outfitter based in Nashville, will conduct its “Everest Base Camp Trek Experience” presentation in Asheville at Diamond Brand Outdoors’ “Sherpa Night” on Tuesday, Oct. 17. The free event at 6:30 pm is co-sponsored by Sherpa Adventure Gear, an international apparel company founded in Kathmandu, and Diamond Brand Outdoors, Asheville’s most-tenured outdoor retailer.“When most people hear the words ‘Mt. Everest,’ they think of adventurers attempting to climb the world’s tallest mountain at the risk of their lives,” says Mark Johnson, Hobnail Trekking Co. owner. “But we deal only with trekking to Everest Base Camp, not climbing the mountain. The trek is an iconic, life-changing experience that is within reach of many people, both financially and physically. No mountaineering experience is required; this is just an awe-inspiring hike through the most revered mountain range on the planet.”Dawa Jangbu Lama, an Everest region Sherpa and longtime trekking guide who sees as Hobnail Trekking Company’s director of Nepali operations, will be a speaker during the event and will be available to answer questions.“I’m excited to visit Asheville,” says Lama, who has lived in the U.S. part-time since 2014. “Part of our mission at Hobnail Trekking is to let Americans know that experiencing the Himalayas is not as far-fetched as it might seem. A lot of it is actually very similar to North Carolina’s mountains.”Diamond Brand Outdoors Marketing Manager Chris Bubenik says “Sherpa Night” will be one of the store’s most anticipated and exciting events of the year.“When we decided to bring Sherpa Adventure Gear into our store, we knew we wanted to highlight what stands at the very foundation of the brand: the Sherpa,” explains Bubenik. “We knew from the beginning we wanted to invite Dawa Jangbu Lama to be part of Sherpa Night. As the only outfitter based in the eastern U.S. that provides treks to Nepal, Hobnail Trekking Company embodies the same spirit as Sherpa Adventure Gear, Diamond Brand Outdoors, and, of course, the Sherpas who make the routes, carry the loads, and set the ropes to the top of the treacherous slopes of the Himalayas and back.”Bubenik says Hobnail Trekking Co. will cover the details of trek — including pricing, itinerary, travel, food, and lodging — and will conduct a question-and-answer session with Lama. Sherpa Adventure Gear will also show a video documentary focusing on Nepalese culture, provide authentic Nepali food, and will offer giveaways and prizes. A portion of proceeds for Sherpa Adventure Gear sales will be donated to provide scholarships to children who grow up in remote Himalayan villages.
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Although the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is not expected to take up consumer protection policy issues associated with overdraft programs until later this year, the bureau has taken action against a large Alabama-based bank for violating federal rules prohibiting charging overdraft fees to consumers who have not opted in to overdraft protection programs.Federal rules enacted in 2010 state a consumer must opt in to certain overdraft programs to be covered by their protections for one-time debit and ATM transactions and charged a fee for their services.CFPB alleges Regions Bank of Birmingham, Ala., did not always limit overdraft fees to bank customers that had specifically opted in to its programs. Regions Bank also is accused of charging overdraft and non-sufficient funds fees on certain products despite its claims that it would not.The CFPB announced Tuesday that the bank has been fined $7.5 million for illegal actions. The bureau noted that Regions already had refunded “hundreds of thousands of consumers” roughly $49 million in fees, and that a consent order in the case requires the bank to fully refund all remaining consumers. continue reading »
Brad Kark, director of Path of Life, says hayrides aren’t the only thing they have for the guests. “We’re going to be adding a bonfire,” Kark said. “A lot of homemade food. We’re going to be doing the inflatables. Things like that. A lot of family, kid-friendly things.” Path of Life will be holding them on Friday nights. SANITARIA SPRINGS (WBNG) — Path of Life is offering hayrides to the public. In the past, the organization would only hold hayrides for private groups. But because of the pandemic, organizers felt it would be a great option to offer hayrides to the public this fall. Guests are required to wear masks during the hayride and along with festivities, and admission is $8 per person.
With the aim of strengthening destinations and increasing the competitiveness of the entire Croatian tourism, in 2017 the construction of the “Visitor Center Kamačnik” in the town of Vrbovsko began.After all the tenders and collection of documentation, the City of Vrbovsko at the beginning of September began work on the construction of the “Visitor Center Kamačnik” whose total value is 16,041,996.26 kuna and for which the project documentation was prepared and obtained a valid building permit. Revitalization of the ruins of the old sawmill at the entrance to the Kamačnik canyon. With this solution, the space becomes an attractive entrance to the canyon with cultural, conference and multimedia facilities.So far, part of the dismantling and demolition of the existing wall has been carried out, which due to its dilapidated condition could not be a good foundation for the construction of a new “Kamačnik Visitor Center”.Preliminary design: Anamarija Unković, architecture, Kaja Šprljan Bušić, landscape architecture, kreativnikrajobrazi.hrKAMAČNIK / DESCRIPTIONKamačnik je zaštićeni krajolik, izuzetne je ljepote, a staza koja vodi kroz 3 km ove kristalno čiste tekućice otkriva nam čari visećih mostića, bogat biljni i životinjski svijet.Zaštićeni krajolik svojim prirodnim ljepotama pobuđuje pozornost već dugi niz godina. Kroz njegovu slikovitu sutjesku izgrađen je 1961. godine pješački put, drveni mostići i galerije. Kamačnik je svoju sutjesku usjekao u masiv Velike Kapele i ulijeva se u rijeku Dobru rušeći se manjim slapom budući je na ulazu u kanjon pregrađen jazom i ujezeren. Izvor Kamačnika tipičan je kraški, pri čemu voda do izvora dolazi iz potopljenog špiljskog kanala. Mjesto je to brojnih zabavnih zbivanja tijekom cijele godine u gradu Vrbniku. Kamačnik je idealno mjesto za aktivni odmor – šetnje, igre u prirodi te atraktivne piknike.
The governor had ordered the NTT Health Agency and the director of WZ Johannes General Hospital in the provincial capital of Kupang to set up a temporary shelter at the Naimata Mental Hospital for the Timor Leste returnees, he added.Read also: ‘We don’t have anything’: Timor Leste pleads for help to quarantine citizens in Bali“This is purely for humanity’s sake. Human lives are of utmost importance,” Marius said as quoted by kompas.com.NTT shares land and sea borders with Timor Leste. At least five NTT regencies have land borders with the neighboring country and seven have sea boundaries, according to the NTT Boundary Agency.Timor Leste Planning and Strategic Investment Minister Xanana Gusmao previously said his country had requested assistance from Indonesia for the quarantine on Bali of 17 of its citizens awaiting repatriation from China, saying that Timor Leste lacked the proper infrastructure and equipment to handle coronavirus cases.The Bali provincial administration confirmed that Timor Leste, through the Indonesian Embassy in Dili, had asked for Indonesian permits and assistance to quarantine 17 of its citizens on the island.However, the administration on Monday rejected Timor Leste’s request. (rfa)Topics : East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Governor Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat has agreed to lend Timor Leste a helping hand as the neighboring country pleads for assistance from Indonesia to quarantine its citizens airlifted from coronavirus-stricken China, an NTT administration official says.“I’ve informed the governor of the 17 Timor Leste nationals who are due to be repatriated from China and he said he was willing to [quarantine] them in NTT,” Marius Ardu Jelamu, the provincial administration spokesperson, said on Wednesday evening.Marius said the administration was ready to help Dili put their citizens into quarantine in NTT should President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo instruct them to do so.
Oilfield services company Archer has elected a new chairman of the company as well as a new board member.Archer said on Monday that Kjell-Erik Østdahl was named the new chairman of the company while James O’Shaughnessy was named to the board to fill a vacancy on the board.Østdahl had a tenure of 21 years at Schlumberger in a number of senior positions within operations, business development, marketing, and executive management in China, Norway, UK, France, and the U.S.He served as an executive vice president of operations at Schlumberger from 2011 to 2013. Before that, he was a senior partner at HitecVision from 2014 to 2015.Østdahl is a professional investor in technology start-up companies and real estate. He is also a senior advisor at Blackstone Investment Firm and EY. He also serves as chairman on the boards of Sekal AS and Cannseal AS, and he is a board member of Olympic Subsea. Østdahl was appointed to the board of Seadrill Limited on July 2, 2018.James O’Shaughnessy has been an executive vice president, chief accounting officer, and corporate controller of Axis Capital Holdings Limited since March 26, 2012. Before that, O’Shaughnessy served as a CFO in the Bermuda operations of Flagstone Reinsurance, as a chief accounting officer and senior vice president of Scottish Re Group as well as a chief financial officer of XL Re Ltd.He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland and an Associate Member of the Chartered Insurance Institute in the UK.
RelatedPosts D’Tigers, D’Tigress await 2020 Olympics foes D’Tigers, D’Tigress can win an Olympic medal — Kida Two Air Warriors players to attend 2020 Olympics, courtesy of Minister The D’Tigress on Saturday booked a ticket to the 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo despite losing to host Serbia in their second group game at the ongoing FIBA Olympic Games Qualifying Tournament 64-70 points. Mozambique’s quest to qualify ahead of Nigeria suffered a heavy knock when they lost scandalously 49-124 points against current world champions USA as the Nigeria Basketball Federation set another enviable record of being the only federation in Nigeria to have two teams at the Olympics. Being in command of the first quarter, which they won 22-21, their good works were undone in the second and third quarters as their inability to convert their chances saw Serbia work their way back into contention winning 22-12 and 16-12 to open a decent lead heading into the fourth quarter. Nigeria’s senior women national team tried to rally back in the last quarter after cutting down the deficit to just four points with less than two minutes to go, but two successive turnovers by Ezinne Kalu put a stop to that. Although, they picked the last quarter 18-11, it was a case of too little too late against the host who on the back of a vociferous home support stood their ground to see out the game. Kalu led the charge for Nigeria with 20 points and three rebounds, while Promise Amukamara scored 15 points and four rebounds on the night. Team captain, Adaora Elonu, weighed in with nine points of her own as well as six rebounds. A conversion rate of 68.75 per centfrom 16 free throw attempts, 38.98 per cent from field goal attempts and 41.03 per cent success from the trey points line summarised the performance of the girls on the night that they found it difficult for their shots to drop against the Serbians currently ranked seventh in the world. On Sunday, Nigeria will take on USA in their last group game, which have no effect on the 2020 Olympics qualification.Tags: 2020 OlympicsD’Tigress
After scoring 15 goals this campaign thanks to a late-season surge, those big name sides are again being strongly linked with a move for the powerful striker, but manager Sherwood is hopeful he will stay put. “Christian is only a young man but he’s very mature in the way he behaves,” he said. “I think he’s handled the situation well. “I have no reason to believe he wants to seek employment elsewhere. He seems to be very happy here and this morning, at training, he was smiling. “He knows there are big games coming up in Sunday and the cup final and I think he wants to be at this football club. I’m convinced of that.” Sherwood added: “I’d believe him if he told me he wanted to be at this club next season but he hasn’t told me because I haven’t actually asked him the question.” The former Tottenham boss has promised he will field a full-strength side for Sunday’s Barclays Premier League finale against relegated Burnley, despite his own team having already beaten the drop and with the FA Cup final against Arsenal to consider six days later. “We want to go and win,” he said. “We owe it to our fans, who have stuck with us under difficult circumstances and been fantastic and helped pull us over the line. “So we owe it to them to go and put in a performance on Sunday, send them home happy and give them some optimism to want to come back here next season. “It’s a full house, we want to put in a good performance but there’ll be no resting of players. We’re looking to go out with a win.” Speculation over Benteke’s future remains despite his agent recently pledging his commitment to the club. The Belgian forward tried to leave two summers ago, when he was linked with a host of top clubs, before changing his mind and staying in the midlands. Tim Sherwood is “convinced” star striker Christian Benteke wants to stay at Aston Villa next season. Press Association