The Fans Have Spoken! Your Top 10 Gypsy Roses

first_imgRosalind Russell Ethel Merman Judy Kaye Tyne Daly View Comments Imelda Staunton Bette Midler Betty Buckley Angela Lansbury Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images & Johan Persson Patti LuPone Bernadette Peters Everything’s coming up Roses! Gypsy turned 57 on May 21, and we asked you to choose your favorite powerhouse ladies who have taken on the role of Mama Rose. Ethel Merman originated the character at the Broadway Theatre in 1959, and Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly and Patti LuPone have taken home Tonys for playing the brassy stage mother in three of the musical’s five Great White Way revivals. While you get psyched for Barbra Streisand to potentially take her turn in a new Gypsy adaptation for the big screen, say goodbye to blueberry pie and take a peek at your top 10 Roses below!last_img read more

Harvest Still a Struggle

first_imgGeorgia farmers haven’t given up yet on their 1997 cotton and soybean crops. But unrelenting fall and now winter rains are taking their toll. University of Georgia agricultural scientists say many fields will never be picked. “I’ve seen pickers and planters running in the same field before. We might see that again this year,” said Phillip Roberts, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. But the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service has revised its harvested-acreage estimates for both cotton and soybeans. The new estimates allow for 10,000 cotton acres and 20,000 soybean acres to be abandoned unharvested, said crops statistician Jerry Midden. Both figures double earlier estimates. UGA economists say the figures represent $8 million in lost income to the state’s farmers — $5.5 million for cotton and $2.5 million for soybeans. As painful as those figures are, they only add insult to the greater injuries from the soaking rains. The steady rains have pulled some lint out of the bolls onto the ground. It has stained much of the rest, causing price deductions for the quality loss. Over the state’s 1.44 million acres of cotton, yield and quality losses may amount to as much as $200 million. “The latest (U.S. Department of Agriculture) estimates put our yield at 638 pounds per acre,” said UGA economist Don Shurley. “That’s about 100 pounds lower than earlier estimates.” Steve Brown, a UGA Extension Service cotton specialist, said the state cotton harvest stands at 1.85 million bales. “We don’t know how many more are out there, but I think we’ll probably reach 1.9 million,” he said. “Folks are still out there fighting to get it in.” Harvesting what’s left, though, won’t be easy. “The main problem since early November is just that the fields are too wet to support the harvest equipment,” he said. “Since Sept. 25, most of the cotton-growing areas have had 40 inches of rain. And they’ve seldom had three or four straight open days during that whole time.” When the unseasonal rains began, Brown said, the cotton harvest had been in full swing for less than a week. “If the rains had started just a week later than they did,” he said, “the picture now would have been much prettier. As it is, there are still several thousand bales out there.” With each bale worth $200 to $300 even at the lower-quality prices, farmers are struggling to keep the harvest going. “We’ve still got some good cotton out there,” Brown said. “And farmers are doing everything they can to get it out of their fields.”last_img read more

Ark of seeds

first_imgPlant breeders are primary users”Scientists from across the globe request our materials for usein their research projects,” Pederson said. “For instance, wehouse the national peanut collection, many of which are wildrelatives of the varieties we eat. These wild relatives can bevery useful in breeding new varieties because they may carrydisease resistance, be more drought-tolerant or produce greateryields.”Pederson said researchers in Oklahoma recently requested samplesof all 30,000 sorghum samples at the Griffin facility.”They’re fighting new biotypes of greenbugs and need material tobreed resistance,” he said. “Anytime a major crop pest or diseasehits, we hear from the researchers who are working to fight it.”Other countries request samples of their native germ plasm astheir own seed collection was lost or incomplete, he said.The requests also come from nontraditional researchers. “Epcothas requested seeds for planting demonstration plots, and we’vehad requests for seeds of plants used historically inpaper-making,” Pederson said.”In the past few years, we’ve averaged requests for 30,000samples each year,” he said. “And I’d love to see that rise to50,000 samples per year. It shows that researchers are interestedin and are using the germ plasm we maintain here.” By Sharon OmahenUniversity of Georgia Typically, the work of Gary Pederson’s staff goes unnoticed andunappreciated. But if the unthinkable should ever happen and allthe crops in the United States had to be replenished, they wouldbe overnight heroes.Pederson heads the Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit ofthe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural ResearchService. The unit is on the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Griffin, Ga.,campus. Stored in freezers and refrigeratorsSeeds are stored either at refrigeration (40 degrees Fahrenheit)or freezer temperatures (zero degrees).”Most crops last longer at zero degrees,” Pederson said. “Somehard-seeded crops like sorghum can last 30 to 50 years.”Pederson’s goal is to store most seed in the collection at zerodegrees. This would drastically reduce the times the seeds wouldneed to be reproduced.”Each time you regenerate, you take the chance of losing some ofthe sample’s diversity,” he said.Seeds in the refrigerated collection are stored in resealablebags for easy access when requests are made. Those in the freezerstorage are placed in foil, heat-sealed envelopes.”The foil bags protect the seeds from moisture,” Pederson said.”This really can come in handy if there is a roof leak orcondensation buildup.”Though the collection is intended for long-term preservation,it’s being used every day. Facilities across the nationThe USDA-ARS plant germ plasm system includes a main seed storagefacility in Fort Collins, Colo., and repositories like the one inGriffin in Geneva, N.Y.; Pullman, Wash.; and Ames, Iowa.Collectively, these facilities serve as a modern-day Noah’s arkfor crops worldwide.”The reality behind why our facility is here and why it’s fundedis to preserve genetic variability of crops for use today and inthe future,” Pederson said. “We currently house more than 82,000seed or germ plasm samples of more than 1,430 crop species frommore than 180 countries.”Pederson hopes the seeds will never be lost. Nonetheless, hemakes sure every crop on his list is backed up. It’s a lot likebacking up your computer’s hard drive.”Long-term preservation of these materials is something everyonesees value in,” he said. “If we had to stock our facility today,we couldn’t do it. Many of these samples were collected years agothroughout the world. Today, the native plants may no longer befound in these areas, or access may be difficult.”The seed bank is stored either as seeds or as germ plasm or”plantlets.””Most of our collection is stored as seeds,” Pederson said. “Butwe also store tissue cultures of crops like sweet potatoes. Weactually have 700 cultures of sweet potatoes alone.”last_img read more

New dining hall

first_imgA feasibility study by the Georgia General Assembly agreed.“Representative Richard Royal toured the old dining hall and saw water leaking under the walls and the rusty boiler and fans blowing on the electrical box to keep it cool,” said Ryles. “Former 4-Hers like Representative Bob Smith and Georgia leader Lonice Barrett helped us shepherd the support we needed to see this new dining hall become a reality.”During the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony, Bob Smith recalled his days as a 4-Her attending camp at Rock Eagle. “Rock Eagle is a special place and the best just got better with this new dining hall,” he said. “I remember taking my first shower and seeing my first dishwasher at Rock Eagle.”Current 4-Hers have lent their support, too, said Arch Smith.“When we first started talking about the need for a new dining hall, Daniel Gordon gave me a donation,” he said. “This was a college student who handed me $20 because he wanted to see this project happen. That’s the kind of support our facility has across the state from 4-Hers from all generations.”The hall is 50,000 square feet and seats 1,200 visitors in one large dining room. The room can be separated into four smaller ones. The building has an executive 25-seat dining room and a 100-seat banquet room.The dining hall will continue to cater to the visitors who come to the UGA-run center for summer camps, church events, environmental education programs and conferences. By Sharon DowdyUniversity of GeorgiaMost ribbon cutting ceremonies aren’t held on Saturday nights, but the official opening of the new dining hall at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center Dec. 13 wasn’t a typical ceremony. The long-awaited and much-needed $10 million facility was built for 4-Hers. The ceremony was for them, too.“We could have had the ceremony on a weekday, but we wouldn’t have had more than 500 4-Hers at Rock Eagle then for fall forum,” said Arch Smith, Rock Eagle director and associate state 4-H leader. “And, after all, this is for the kids, so they should be a part of the dedication.”Located just outside Eatonton, Ga., the center hosts more than 70,000 visitors each year. State 4-H Leader Roger “Bo” Ryles took many trips to the state’s general assembly to lobby for a new dining hall. For affect, he once carried a pair of red suspenders worn by former Gov. Herman Tallmadge. The original dining hall was built in 1955, during Tallmadge’s administration, he said. With more than 14 million meals having been served there, it desperately needed major improvements.last_img read more

State executive payroll freeze FAQ

first_imgØ      Legislative– $78,962 (31 exempt employees earning more than $60,000/yr., excluding the GeneralAssembly.) Executive Branch Alone: Ø      Approx. $1 Million in SavingsØ      871,000+ $92,600 (Ifelected officers—whose salaries are set in statute—participate)= $963,600Ø     There are currently 359 exempt employees(those not covered by the Union contract) in the Executive Branch earning morethan $60,000/yr.Ø      Thereare currently 1,013 classified employees (covered by the Union contract) in theExecutive Branch earning more than $60,000/yr.  Due to labor agreements,this freeze does not apply to these employees.  Savings if Other BranchesParticipate:Ø      Judicial– $313,600 (95 exempt employees earning more than $60,000/yr, includingjudges)center_img Savings, and the answers to other FAQs, forthe temporary FY09 salary freeze for State of Vermont exempt employees over $60,000: Total FY09 Savings if all Branches Participate:Ø      $1,356,162last_img read more

House passes 1-month budget extension; Senate vote expected

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The House Tuesday passed a short-term spending bill to extend federal government funding through Dec. 20. As current funding is set to expire at midnight tomorrow, Senate leaders said the chamber will vote on the continuing resolution before the deadline in order to avert a shutdown. President Donald Trump has indicated he will sign the short-term extension.The bill would also extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through Dec. 20, and includes language that would allow a military pay raise, provide extra funding for the 2020 census, and prevent a $7.6 billion rescission in highway funds next summer. Lawmakers will continue to sort through a dozen longer-term spending bills ahead of the December deadline.Congress is also seeking to complete work on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) before the end of the year. Late last month, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., offered a “skinny” version of the NDAA that does not include a NAFCU-opposed provision that could disadvantage credit unions. While the NDAA conference committee continues to debate a final version of the bill, the “skinny” proposal would likely be considered as an alternative if a compromise cannot be reached on a larger package. continue reading »last_img read more

As the flu season approaches, UHS offers drive through mobile sites

first_imgUHS also says that at the site, should you feel symptoms, you can also request a COVID 19 rapid test. UHS adds that you have to make an appointment prior to visiting the site. Medical experts, like Miller, stress the importance of vaccinating oneself against the flu — especially, this year, as the pandemic is still an ongoing threat. (WBNG) — While the coronavirus pandemic remains the most important public health issue, with the seasons turning and the weather dropping, another health problem arises: the Flu. And UHS is making it easy for everyone: starting October 5th, mobile sites will pop up throughout Broome County to get a “drive through” flu vaccination. Influenza — or the Flu — is deadly, killing roughly 30,000 and hospitalizing up to 400,000 people last year alone, according to Dr. Alan Miller of UHS. Miller says it’s important for everyone to get vaccinated — no matter how old or young . “I think we always think about the elderly and concerns about the elderly with influenza and covid. Young people can get significantly ill plus just as important they can pass it on to their grandparents and their parents.,” said Miller. “Schools are petri dishes.”last_img read more

Benchmarking campsites

first_imgAs part of Benchmarking for the month of October 2018, a total of 22.605 accommodation units in campsites were included, ie a capacity of 67.815 people, which is 33% of the total accommodation capacity of campsites in Croatia. Side dish: Benchmarking report for campsites, October 2018 RELATED NEWS: NEW CAMPING OFFER BROCHURES ISSUED IN CROATIA A total of 34 campsites are participating in the Benchmarking project from which interesting data can be extracted such as camp occupancy, utilization rate, revenue per night, average length of stay and many others.center_img We bring you an interesting research Benchmarking of Croatian camps for the Croatian Camping Association (KUH) conducted from month to month by the Faculty of Management in Tourism and Hospitality from Opatija. Otherwise, Benchmarking is the process of measuring and comparing a company’s operations, products and services with the best, either within the company’s area of ​​operation or outside it. Benchmarking is a process based on comparing one’s own dimensions (processes, products, costs, etc.) with a company that deserves to be a measure of value.last_img read more

Brisbane housing affordability at tipping point

first_imgANZ economists say housing affordability is at a tipping point in Brisbane.HOUSING affordability in Brisbane is at a tipping point, with one of the Big Four banks signalling an end to the days of the Queensland capital being a much cheaper alternative to its southern counterparts.Economists at ANZ believe the river city’s “relative affordability” compared with Sydney and Melbourne has likely reached its peak, with a further 10 per cent peak-to-trough fall in home prices forecast for both cities, while Brisbane prices continue to hold firm. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Nearly 30 per cent of apartment resales in Brisbane in the March quarter were at a loss, according to CoreLogic. Picture: Marc Robertson.But Propertyology head of research Simon Pressley said he rejected ANZ’s view.Mr Pressley said Brisbane’s median house price was more affordable than 14 other cities, including several regional cities such as Ballina, Port Macquarie, Shoalhaven and Shellharbour. “If there’s one major drawcard that Brisbane has it’s housing affordability,” Mr Pressley said.“Aside from new inner-city apartments, dwelling supply is quite well balanced, it has affordability in spades, and tens of thousands of people are relocating away from Sydney and Melbourne each year. “The missing ingredients have been private sector job growth, local confidence and modern lifestyle attractions.”Independent housing analyst Michael Matusik said he did not expect home prices in Brisbane to change much over the next two to three years.“The economic, political and even social conditions looking forward are very different from the past,” Mr Matusik said.“There are very few trends that will drive housing prices generically up, and heaps more that will keep them flat at best, but mostly lead to declines.” SPY-LIKE FEATURES OF FORMER CONSULATE More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoANZ predicts Brisbane house price growth will outperform apartments.“Much of Brisbane’s construction has been aimed at the investor segment, with a prevalence of relatively small apartments,” she said.“We are now seeing demand rotate from investors to owner-occupiers who typically look for larger homes, which could lead to a mismatch and a two-speed market.” THE BACHELOR’S QUEENSLAND CRASH PAD The latest data from property researcher CoreLogic shows 29 per cent of apartment resales in Brisbane were at a loss in the first quarter of 2018, compared to only 2.2 per cent in Sydney and 10.4 per cent in Melbourne. The 2016 Census showed nearly 15,000 more people lived in apartments than in 2011 in Brisbane’s centre, and more than 27,000 more lived in one bedroom apartments.center_img ANZ economists say housing affordability is at a tipping point in Brisbane. Image: AAP/Joel Carrett.“We’re not suggesting the median house price in Brisbane is going to exceed Sydney’s, but the gap between the two may be at its peak,” ANZ senior economist Joanne Masters said.“The connectedness of prices means that the affordability dial is unlikely to continue to shift further in Brisbane’s favour, particularly if there’s a supply-demand mismatch.” Ms Masters said Brisbane was at risk of becoming a two-speed property market, with the supply of apartments coming on-stream unlikely to satisfy the demand for stand-alone houses from interstate migrants.That would result in a likely rise in house prices. 71 BRISBANE HOMES UP FOR AUCTION last_img read more

Ireland suffer heavy defeat

first_img Meg Lanning scored 126 off just 65 balls for Australia as they batted first and amassed a total of 191 for four with Delissa Kimmince weighing in with 35. In reply, Ireland lost a wicket in the second over when Emma Flanagan was dismissed for a duck before they stuttered to 113 for seven from their 20 overs, Isobel Joyce top-scoring with 28. Australia Women claimed a 78-run victory over Ireland Women in the World Twenty20 match a t Sylhet Stadium on Thursday. Press Associationlast_img read more