Will Chase to Take Over for Christian Borle in Rotten!

first_imgWill Chase(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Something Rotten!center_img The writing was on the wall when it was revealed that Will Chase would not be appearing in another season of Nashville; instead he’s coming back to Broadway! The stage and screen star is set to step in for Tony winner Christian Borle as William Shakespeare in Something Rotten! on July 18. Borle will play his final performance at the St. James Theatre on July 16.Chase played the role of Shakespeare in the first reading of Something Rotten! before going on to star in Nashville. Tony nominated for The Mystery of Edwin Drood, his additional Broadway credits include Rent, Aida, Miss Saigon, The Full Monty, Lennon, High Fidelity, Billy Elliot, The Story of My Life and Nice Work If You Can Get It. On screen Chase has also been seen in Smash, The Good Wife, Necessary Roughness, Rescue Me, Pan Am, White Collar, Blue Bloods and more.Set in the 1590s, the Casey Nicholaw-helmed show follows brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, who are desperate to write a hit play but stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a soothsayer foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical.Something Rotten! currently stars Rob McClure, Brad Oscar, David Beach, Edward Hibbert, Gerry Vichi and André Ward. As previously reported, John Cariani, Heidi Blickenstaff and Kate Reinders will also depart the show on July 16, and will be replaced by Josh Grisetti, Leslie Kritzer and Catherine Brunell. View Commentslast_img read more

El Nino 2016

first_imgUniversity of Georgia Cooperative Extension plant pathologist Bob Kemerait cautions Georgia corn farmers about the El Nino weather pattern that will likely interfere with planting this March. A delay would increase the likelihood of diseases too, so Kemerait advises growers to plant resistant varieties and be ready to apply fungicides earlier than normal.A wet winter has already saturated Georgia’s soils, and more wet and cool conditions are expected through the first part of spring, according to UGA agricultural climatologist Pam Knox. “The rains associated with passing storms will keep soils wet for the foreseeable future,” she said.Since Georgia corn producers typically begin planting in early to mid-March, extremely wet conditions could make it impossible to get in the fields. “When I’m talking to corn growers at our winter meetings, first and foremost on my mind is the expectation that we could see delays in planted corn. Farmers need to realize how much that is going to impact them,” Kemerait said. Later-planted corn runs a higher risk of disease than early-planted corn. Diseases such as southern corn rust and northern corn leaf blight concern Kemerait the most.“Diseases will take a larger percentage of your yield on later-planted corn if you don’t manage it,” Kemerait said. “If southern corn rust comes early enough, and we don’t protect against it, it can take out an average of 80 bushels per acre. With northern corn leaf blight, if (the crop’s) not protected, we’re probably looking at a loss of 25 to 30 bushels per acre, maybe more.”While southern rust is not in Georgia now, Kemerait said it could move north from Florida, either by impending storms in the weeks ahead or by wind currents from the south. Two years ago, southern rust was a major problem in Georgia. The disease infects the corn leaves; then, the leaves can’t produce the sugars produced through photosynthesis, which are the plant’s energy source. This results in yield loss. Also, the corn stalk can be drained of its strength, making plants vulnerable during high winds, which could blow the stalks down.“The later you plant, the greater chance you have that corn rust is going to be introduced when the corn is at a critical stage of growth,” Kemerait said. “Once some corn is infected, it continues to re-infect it, so you increase your inoculum level. You increase the spore load. The later you plant, almost certainly it’s going to increase the risk.”Early wet conditions would be favorable for diseases like northern corn leaf blight – already in fields and surviving in debris – to be reintroduced, according to Kemerait.“My expectation now is that diseases will be more important in 2016 than they generally are. Why will that be? Delays in planting; rust perhaps surviving as close as southern Florida because of warmer temperatures, so it won’t have to travel as far and conditions are favorable for northern corn leaf blight,” Kemerait said. “It’s better for corn growers to be proactive instead of reactive when dealing with these two diseases.”While corn growers should be on alert, a delay in planting will impact other crops, too. Other commodities, like cotton, will be delayed because growers are trying to get corn seed in the ground.El Nino has a more drastic effect on corn crops in countries like South Africa, where people rely on corn as a major source of food, said UGA agronomist Ian Flitcroft, director of the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network. “El Nino is causing a global food crisis. It may be wetter here in Georgia, but it doesn’t rain everywhere. El Nino events cause severe droughts in places like South Africa,” he said.Unlike Georgia farmers, these growers often don’t have irrigation systems, and crops may depend solely on rainfall. When the rain doesn’t come, the crops don’t grow. “That’s what is happening with their maize crop, and millions of people are in need of food aid,” Flitcroft said. “Farmers there plant when the rains come, and if the rains don’t come, they are in an emergency food situation.”last_img read more

Foothills Foray

first_imgForay – n. 1. A sudden raid or military advance 2. A venture or initial attempt in some field.The definition for foray seemingly has two distinct meanings, an aggressive and decisive approach and a more tentative, laid back approach. My mindset prior to completing the 77 miles of the Cherokee Foothills Trail was see-sawing back and forth between the two. Could I break the existing FKT (fastest known time) by Matt Kirk or would this be an “initial attempt” at the record?I had only attempted one FKT-type run prior to my Foothills Trail effort last weekend. It went well but this run was to be longer, tougher and would require much more patience than I’m used to putting forth. Announcing such things, like setting a new speed record, is sort of like putting it out there prior to a race that you are gunning to win. I was apprehensive and had much respect for this trail as I know it has been a conundrum to complete by many runners in one push.My wife dropped me off at Table Rock State Park in the early morning hours. I had to walk in a mile from the locked gate just to reach the trailhead. The weather was near perfect with temps in the low 30’s but a bit breezy. I got going quickly as there is no point of wasting time when you are by yourself in the dark. If anybody in their right mind was up at this hour and looked up at Table Rock they probably thought that somebody had put a new road on the mountain. I was wearing three headlamps, one on my head and two on my waist, so I’m sure the glow of light could be seen for miles.The first section of this trail is almost ten miles of climbing up to the top of Sassafrass Mountain, the highest point in SC. This section seemed to pass by quickly and uneventfully except for the grouse that freaked out at my presence. My subsequent scream could be heard for miles as well. After summiting Sassafrass the trail drops back down another five miles to the start of the Laurel Valley section. I reached the start of Laurel Valley in 2:49 which was slightly ahead of my schedule. Anne gave me my needed supplies for the next thirty-five miles, as there is no crew access within that portion of the trail. This section is tough for many reasons and not seeing a soul for hours and hours is a mental battle. I chose not to have anyone pace me as I feel that takes away a bit from the true essence of attempting a speed record. I made the choice to refill my handheld water bottles from side streams so as to not have to wait for iodine to work its magic. Over the next couple days I’ll see if this gamble was worth it.I completed the strenuous Laurel Valley section in 6:19 which kept me well under the record going into the last twenty-nine miles. A lot of runners drop after climbing up the long stretch to the parking lot at the end of LV. At this point, runners are spent and have have not seen anyone for hours. The nearby civilization and a comfortable vehicle seem to beg one to climb inside and call it a day. I knew the temptation would be strong so I quickly got my aid and forged ahead. The next five mile section is rather tough because there are still a couple more miles of climbing before a nice descent back down to crew at Sloan Bridge. I was feeling pretty rough on this section as my stomach started to reject the taste of anything. The thought of consuming gels or anything solid was going to be a struggle from this point forward.The next couple sections are only three to four miles in length, allowing one to get the feeling that one is actually making progress to the end of the trail. I managed to eat an energy bar which took me over thirty minutes to choke down and then I had my go-to fuel which is Ensure. Lots of calories and no chewing which is about all my stomach can handle after hours and hours of running.I reached the point of the Chattooga River section which is over ten miles in length and anyone who has run this section will swear it is much longer. I’ve heard it referred to as the Bermuda Triangle. It is rather technical with lots of roots along the river and it just drags on and on which is why it took me right at two hours to complete. The movie Deliverance was filmed in this area so I had the added mental anguish of thinking about how that all played out. The fear of a banjo cranking up in the woods kept me moving to my goal of seeing Anne and the last six mile section to the finish in Oconee State Park.The last section was a blur. I felt nauseated every step and I somehow just kept pushing ahead. I was red-lining for what seemed like hours and it would have been so easy to back off the pace in order to feel more comfortable. However when I’ve succumbed to this temptation before I’ve looked back on my effort and regretted not hammering it all the way to the finish. When exhausted it is easy to let the mind trick one into slowing down. However I know when looking back there is nothing like giving it your all and the feeling of a total and complete effort.The last mile felt like an eternity. I was getting lightheaded and was running on fumes, as all I could take in was plain water at this point. Finally I saw a purple blur up ahead and heard a big hooray! If anyone knows my wife Anne, her favorite color is purple. I have never been so happy to see the color purple and the terminus of a trail.My finishing time was 14:26 and I’m extremely satisfied with setting a new FKT by well over two hours. This was a near perfect day and I’m thankful to be able to look back with no regrets. I usually dissect my running accomplishments and find ways to pick apart my effort. It won’t happen this time.Foothills Trail – 77 milesApproximately 16,000’ climbShoes – inov-8 Roclite 295’sFuel – GU Roctane gels (15), GU Brew electrolyte drink, Ensure (3), energy bars (2)last_img read more

West Babylon Burglar Nabbed After Escape, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Anthony ForgioneA West Babylon man who was arrested on 10 counts of burglary over the past three months allegedly escaped from a Suffolk County police station house, authorities said.Anthony Forgione, who police said was re-apprehended shortly after his alleged breakout Tuesday from the First Precinct on Route 109, was also charged with escape and grand larceny.Police said the 28-year-old suspect was caught after burglarizing a Marcy Street home and was then linked to other burglaries in West Babylon, Deer Park and West Islip dating back to April.Forgione will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Central Islip.First Precinct detectives ask anyone with information related to these crimes or any other crimes committed by Forgione to call them at 631-854-8152 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

The new rules of leadership

first_imgA while back, I had the eye-opening experience of reading a report written by the analyst Josh Bersin of Bersin by Deloitte, in which he made his predictions for the coming year. This post is inspired by his research and insights.One senior innovation advisor at a major energy company told Bersin, “In today’s economy there is no way anybody can be an expert in a substantial part of their total field. The modern ‘renaissance man’ is one who understands how to learn.” This is huge and so important.Companies of all sizes in all industries are still trying to meet the new imperative. At that time, learning and Development (L&D) spending was up 12 percent, the largest jump in almost a decade. The goal is to integrate learning into a company’s culture and processes. There are also training sessions, workshops, conferences, and retreats, but the most successful strategies are those that make learning a continuous process, hardwired into a company’s metabolism.For leaders this is both a daunting challenge and an exciting opportunity to engage and retain top talent. You have to keep your eye on the horizon, your ear to the ground and your nose in the wind. Your company’s needs are ever-changing, and you must stay one step ahead. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

OSHA updates guidance on avian flu

first_imgNov 15, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Labor yesterday released revised Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidance to help employers protect their workers from job-related exposure to H5N1 avian influenza.In a press release yesterday, OSHA Administrator Ed Foulke encouraged employees and employers who are most likely to be exposed to avian flu to take appropriate precautions. “This guidance offers them practical tips, such as hand washing and the use of proper protective equipment, for preventing illness,” he said.The OSHA guidance, last updated in 2004, gives separate recommendations for several specific employee groups that may be most likely to encounter animals or people infected with the H5N1 virus. The groups include poultry workers, animal handlers, laboratory personnel, healthcare workers, food handlers, travelers, and Americans living abroad. The main thrust is on proper hygiene techniques, such as use of gloves and handwashing, along with respiratory protection.For many of these groups, OSHA’s guidance incorporates interim recommendations from other agencies and groups. For example, the poultry worker guidance includes from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The OSHA recommendations also incorporate CDC recommendations for lab workers, healthcare personnel, and airline workers who have contact with passengers.The longest set of recommendations is the one for poultry workers. It instructs employees on signs of possible avian flu in poultry, reviews basic infection control measures, and gives a protocol for proper protective equipment use. It includes the CDC recommendation that all unvaccinated employees receive seasonal influenza vaccine and that all workers who have direct contact with infected poultry or contaminated surfaces receive a prophylactic dose of antiviral medication on each day of exposure and for 1 week following their last exposure.In the food-handler recommendations, the OSHA guidance says that the two groups most at risk are restaurant cooks and those grocery store employees who handle raw chicken.Also included in the OSHA recommendations are several appendices that provide detailed information on the history of the H5N1 virus, the biology of flu viruses, the symptoms of H5N1 infection in humans, import restrictions on birds from certain countries, pandemics, and additional resources.See also:Updated OSHA guidance on protecting employees from avian fluhttp://www.osha.gov/dsg/guidance/avian-flu.htmlNov 14 US Department of Labor press release on OSHA guidancehttp://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=13018last_img read more

Pirelli agrees £600m longevity swap deal with Zurich

first_imgThe hedges, one for each of the two schemes*, were structured as “whole of life” insurance policies and are “named life”, which means that they cover named pensioners and contingent dependants. This is in contrast to index-based swaps that track a general UK population.The deals agreed with Zurich cover £600m of pensioner liabilities. Zurich retained 25% of the longevity risk, with the remainder reinsured with Pacific Life Re. A spokesperson for Zurich told IPE that the deals with Pirelli are the first time that Zurich has retained part of the longevity risk. “In the first transaction we completed in December, we passed on all the longevity risk to Pacific Life Re,” he said. According to those involved in the transactions, the transactions are noteworthy because they show that managing longevity risk via longevity swaps is also an option for smaller and medium-sized pension schemes.Andy Stewart, head of client solutions at Cardano and adviser to the Pirelli schemes, said: “Historically, named-life longevity swaps were only available to very large pension schemes but recent product development by providers such as Zurich means that small to medium sized schemes can now also access these solutions.”In 2015, Zurich and Mercer developed a pre-negotiated standard longevity contract, with a panel of reinsurers providing pricing. Those involved in the transaction said this “streamlines” the de-risking process for smaller and medium-sized UK DB pension schemes.Simon Foster, global head of Zurich International Corporate Solutions, said: “This transaction shows how two pension schemes can be grouped together to provide scale and therefore obtain more attractive pricing terms.”Tony Goddard, pensions manager at Pirelli, said that the longevity swaps add to steps the schemes have been taking to manage other risks within the pension funds.“We are pleased to continue this process with these transactions and to seize the early opportunity to hedge longevity risk,” he said.“The streamlined features of this longevity swap make this a cost-effective solution for the funds, with features such as no collateral requirements and transparent insurer and reinsurer pricing being particularly attractive,” he added.The Pirelli swaps are the second and third named-life longevity hedges to have been completed for smaller UK DB schemes using the approach developed by Mercer and Zurich.As at 30 June 2016 the present value of Pirelli’s funded UK pension liabilties were €1.26bn, according to Pirelli’s half-year report. In December 2015, Zurich carried out a £90m streamlined longevity swap with an undisclosed UK pension plan.The Electricity Supply Pension Scheme (EPSP), a £32bn industry-wide pension scheme, recently reported having hedged part of its longevity risk, with one of its sponsors agreeing a £1bn deal with Abbey Life.*Pirelli General Pension and Life Assurance Fund, and Pirelli Tyres Limited 1988 Pension and Life Assurance Fund The main UK defined benefit (DB) pension schemes of the Italian tyre company Pirelli Group have completed longevity swaps worth £600m (€707m), insuring the risk with Zurich Assurance Limited.The transactions are seen as a sign that the longevity swap market for smaller UK pension schemes is opening up, having previously been the preserve of bigger schemes.The transactions are understood to have been finalised in early August.Cardano and Mercer were investment and transaction advisors to the trustees of the pension schemes, respectively.last_img read more

Total: All Culzean topside modules installed. HUC work to start in August

first_imgTotal-operated Culzean development in the UK North Sea has reached an important breakthrough this week. Namely, all topsides modules were installed by the Heerema Marine Contractors’ heavy lift vessel, SSCV Thialf.“Close to 30,000mT of topsides facilities were installed by Heerema Marine Contractors ahead of schedule,” said Culzean Project Director, Claus Vissing-Jørgensen. “This is a fantastic achievement and it marks a very important milestone for Total E&P UK towards first gas from Culzean.”Work on the topsides facilities began in 2015 and took around 33 months to complete, including design and fabrication.The facilities were built by Sembcorp Marine Offshore Platforms in Singapore and UK yards on behalf of Total E&P UK, the field operator and joint venture owners BP and JX Nippon, and comprises a Well-head Platform (WHP), Central Processing Facility (CPF), Utilities and Living Quarters (ULQ), flare stack, gas compression module, power generation module and bridge links.Total took operatorship of the Culzean field through the acquisition of the Danish oil company Maersk Oil earlier this year.Having installed the topside modules, Total is now getting ready for the hook-up and commisioning work.Vissing-Jørgensen said: “We still have a couple of days of ancillary completion works prior to the arrival of the Flotel Victory later this month which will mark the commencement of the offshore hook-up (HUC) activities.”According to Total, approximately 650 people will be working in the field during HUC activities and as the project moves into the final phase towards first gas.Vissing-Jørgensen said: “That is a lot of people; and continuation of the excellent project safety performance to date is at the top of our agenda while we strive towards the ultimate milestone for the project,”First gas from the Culzean Field is expected in summer 2019 and the field is projected to deliver up to 5% of the total UK gas consumption when production is at plateau in 2020.UK North Sea saleWorth noting, while invested in Culzean, working to bring it online next year, Total has been reported of contemplating a sale of several UK North Sea assets hoping to get $1.5 billion.This is according to Reuters, which on Monday cited unnamed banking and industry sources, who said Total was eyeing a sale of a 20 percent interest in the Laggan-Tomrore field, as well as some assets it got hold of through the recent acquisition of Maersk Oil.The Laggan Tormore gas project is located to the west of the Shetland Islands some 600 meters underwater in the North Sea.Total holds a 60 percent stake there, with the other partners being Ineos and SSE with a 20 percent each. The field has a production capacity of 90,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.According to the news agency, other fields Total is looking to sell its ownership in are Golden Eagle, Dumbarton, Bruce, and Keith.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

East Anglian offshore wind supply chain eyeing US market

first_imgNorfolk & Suffolk Unlimited is looking to export its supply chain expertise to the U.S. offshore wind market. According to Pease, the format exceeded all expectations and the next steps are to facilitate a series of online meet the buyer sessions to support Norfolk and Suffolk businesses in exporting their expertise to a global offshore wind market. At the sessions, OrbisEnergy, East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) and Opergy gave presentations, while Avangrid Renewables presented its plans for the 2.5 GW Kitty Hawk wind farm offshore North Carolina. “But rather than postpone, we decided to take the event online and were able to introduce 20 businesses from the region to some of the key players from the emerging US offshore wind market.” “Our original plan was to showcase Norfolk and Suffolk’s offshore wind supply chain during a visit to the UK by our Virginia Beach colleagues,” said Ian Pease, Business Development Manager – All Energy at OrbisEnergy.center_img A preliminary online event organized with the City of Virginia Beach saw 20 local businesses meet with operators and developers involved in the 2.6 GW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project. Dominion Energy and Ørsted are also developing the 12 MW CVOW pilot project, which will provide the operational, weather, and environmental experience needed for the large-scale development. The 2.6 GW CVOW project will comprise Siemens Gamesa turbines, with construction expected to begin in 2024.last_img read more

Army accuses Reds of violating ceasefire deal

first_img MANILA – The Philippine Army slammed the New People’s Army (NPA) after a soldier was killed while six others were wounded following an attack in Camarines Norte, saying the incident was a violation of the holiday ceasefire. Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay, Army commanding general, said the incident – coupled by an ambush in Iloilo province earlier this week – should put President Rodrigo Duterte’s localize peace talks into consideration. According to the commanding Army general, troops of the 92nd Division Reconnaissance Company were returning to their base due to the suspension of military operations when they were attacked by the NPA. Philippine Army’s commanding general Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay says the atrocities of communist rebels in Camarines Norte and Iloilo province should put President Rodrigo Duterte’s localize peace talks into consideration. EAGLE EDGE/ LEAN DAVAL JR. “In light of this development, other means of peaceful resolution such as localized peace talks need to be considered,” Gapay said in a statement.center_img Gapay also condemned the use of a landmine in the ambush as it was a violation of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law. President Duterte has earlier directed Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to talk with self-exiled Communist Party of the Philippines founding chair Jose Maria Sison over the possible resumption of peace negotiations./PN “We just hope that the CPP-NPA will not miss this opportunity by staging these senseless attacks, especially during a time when the nation celebrates the season of love, peace and unity,” Gapay said.last_img read more