Justin Matthew Sargent Steps In For Injured Constantine Maroulis in Rock of Ages

first_img Rock of Ages opened on Broadway on April 7, 2009 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Featuring a score of classic rock hits including “Here I Go Again,” “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and “Don’t Stop Believin’,” the jukebox musical tells the story of Drew, an aspiring rock star who moves to Los Angeles to make his dreams come true. Rock of Ages The show also currently stars Chester See as Stacee Jaxx, Carrie St. Louis as Sherrie, Genson Blimline as Lonny, Adam Dannheisser as Dennis, Cody Scott Lancaster as Franz, Josephine Rose Roberts as Regina, Paul Schoeffler as Hertz and Teresa Stanley as Justice. Frankie J. Grande and Lauren Zakrin will also shortly be joining the company, stepping in as Franz and Sherrie, respectively. Related Shows Here he goes again! Rock of Ages alum Justin Matthew Sargent is reprising the role of Drew in place of an injured Constantine Maroulis in the Broadway production. Sargent will perform in the show from October 28 through November 9.center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 18, 2015 Sargent briefly returned to Rock of Ages earlier this year while Aaron C. Finley was out due to illness. His other Broadway credits include Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark and Bonnie and Clyde. View Commentslast_img read more

Peanut Insects

first_imgUniversity of Georgia entomologist Mark Abney is searching for ways to monitor insects responsible for destroying Georgia peanut crops. This is the first step in developing economic thresholds that will indicate to farmers when it’s time to apply controls for each pest and when it’s time to cut losses.Currently, Abney and his team are focusing on the threecornered alfalfa hopper, but they also hope to establish thresholds for the burrower bug and the twospotted spider mite in the distant future. For each, they hope to develop an economic threshold, or a point when the insect population reaches a level at which farmers should take action to prevent the pest population from affecting their profit margin.“All of these insects could have a significant impact on peanut production in Georgia,” Abney said. “Finding a threshold for the threecornered alfalfa hopper is important because it’s a pest Georgia farmers have to contend with every year. We need to do more research to understand the biology of the burrower bug before we can begin to think about establishing economic thresholds.”Having a set threshold would provide farmers with information about when to treat their crops to ensure that insecticide applications are most effective. Even though a threshold doesn’t exist for all peanut pests, there are options that farmers can use to save money when it comes to pest management, Abney said. “Farmers don’t have to treat for insects in every field every year,” Abney said. “That’s why scouting is so important. Growers who have good scouts can save themselves money.” When insecticides are applied, there is the potential that beneficial insects will be killed. Spraying these costly insecticides when pests are absent or present at low levels wastes farmers’ money, according to Abney. He added that unnecessary application of insecticides can be bad for the environment and can lead to secondary pest outbreaks. The most economically damaging peanut pests thrive in dry, hot environments. “Unfortunately, there are few effective chemical controls for the burrower bug or twospotted spider mite,” said Abney. The damage these insects inflict on peanut crops is different, but results are similar: reduced peanut yield and quality. The burrower bug uses its needle-like mouthparts to suck juices directly from the developing kernels inside the peanut pod. “These direct pests are very damaging because they feed directly on the peanut pod, and every pod a pest feeds on is one less peanut the grower has to harvest,” said Abney.The threecornered alfalfa hopper sucks juices from the stem of peanut plants, while twospotted spider mites suck the juices out of a peanut leaf, which turns the leaves yellow or even black. For the past two years, Abney and his UGA team have researched the alfalfa hopper. Abney admits that it’s hard to predict when a threshold will be available for growers. “It depends on how the research goes,” he said. “It can take years before you have enough data to feel comfortable publishing an economic threshold.” According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, the farm gate value for Georgia peanuts in 2014 was $563.9 million.(Kenzie Kesselring is an intern with the UGA Tifton Campus.)last_img read more

National Grid: Renewable generation in U.K. topped fossil fuels for entire year

first_imgNational Grid: Renewable generation in U.K. topped fossil fuels for entire year FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Sky News:For the first time ever, more power came from renewable sources than from fossil fuels for a full 12 months [in the U.K.] during 2019.Figures released by the National Grid show wind farms, hydro plants, solar and nuclear energy – alongside clean power imported by sub-sea cables – delivered 48.5% of Britain’s electricity in 2019.The remaining 8.5% was generated by biomass, which is renewable but produces carbon emissions when the wood pellets used to make the power are burned.National Grid CEO John Pettigrew told Sky News: “2019 is a massively historic milestone in that it’s the first time ever in the U.K. that we’ve had more electricity produced from zero carbon fuels than from fossil fuels.“Over the last 10 years, we’ve seen a gradual shift away from fossil fuels. So in 2009, about 30% of electricity in the U.K. was produced by coal but what’s been happening over the last decade is a move towards wind and solar as well as zero carbon electricity from Europe being imported into the U.K. as well.”There are more projects in the pipeline including a cable under the North Sea to connect the U.K. with Norway in order to harness hydro power being generated there. It is one of six so-called “interconnectors” ‒ cables between European countries and Britain ‒ either in operation or under construction.[Becky Johnson]More: More power came from renewable energy than fossil fuels in UK in 2019last_img read more

8 tips for biking in the rain

first_imgBiking in the rain, 8 tips that will help you have a more effective bike run in case of rain. We got these tips from our connections in Portland and Amsterdam. These guys and girls ride the in wet nearly 150 days per year, because of the prevailing weather conditions in their regions.How does this help you? Even tough you happen to live somewhere where it rains a lot less, it does not hurt to know some tips and tricks, in case you do get caught up in a small shower. Believe me, using these advices you might just end up enjoying your ride.1. Fenders keep you dryInstall fenders on your bike. This is one of the best advices we can give you. Not only it will keep you dry but fenders protect others as well from splashes or drops of water your bike might throw at them.2.Keep your brake pads clean.Wet weather will erode your brake pads faster than any other type of weather. Also consider the fact that when you brake, the wheel needs a full revolution in order to dissipate the water and derbies before the bike actually starts to brake. Plan ahead, ride slowly and brake earlier.3. Make sure your lenses are clear. When riding in the rain it is crucial that you have a clear sight of everything in front of you. Wet roads are slippery so you need to be aware of everything, that is why you should have a pair of glasses designed for riding when wet. The best ones are the yellow ones and never consider to put sunglasses on. You will not see a thing.4. Your clothes should keep you dry Riding while wet makes you feel cold and miserable, and people do tend to get sick after being wet, especially if it is windy. What you should wear is waterproof clothes, like vests or jackets. Underneath all of that the experts say that you should also consider wearing underlines made out of wool or polypropylene. You should also care for your shoes, that is why you should insulate them with neoprene booties. Also consider the fact that you will sweat so a bit of ventilated Gore-Tex fabrics are crucial when riding.5. Watch out for puddles.Avoid puddles and oil slips on the streets. These make the asphalt very slippery and you can get into big trouble if you happen to brake or try to corner. Also, you should watch out for traffic markings, leaves and manhole covers as they become verry slippery while wet.The last thing is to avoid puddles of water as much as you can because you never know what lies beneath them. You never know if that is a small puddle of water or a manhole cover that has been flooded.6. Cornering techniquesWhile on wet asphalt, because traction is low you should shift your weight on the outside pedal and try not to lean the bike as much. Speed is essential here, so try not to carry as much speed into the corners as you normally would. Be cautious, and all will be fine.7. Lights are your friendsYou should always have some sort of lighting equipment when riding in the wet. Other drivers or motorists sometimes have their vision impaired when it is raining and you should let them know that you are out there. An inexpensive way of doing this is by fitting your bike with LED strips or lights. Our advice is to set your light for its flashing mode, as it has been proven to be the easiest to spot by others8. Specialized rain bikesIf you do end up riding in the wet for more than 3 months, we recommend you get a specialized rain bike. These ones are fitted with Led lights, fenders and everything designed to help you ride comfortable while raining.Alex started biking when he was 5 and never let go of his passion. He first learned how to ride a bike in 3 days he has been mountain biking ever since. Believing that this is the best way to be fit and have a great mental state, he uses his bike everywhere. He is a tech entrepreneur and co-founder of 99bikereviews.com“last_img read more

Panama Seizes 3.7 Tons of Cocaine in the First Days of October

first_imgBy Roberto López Dubois/Diálogo November 19, 2020 Between September 30 and October 6, the Panamanian Air and Naval Service (SENAN, in Spanish) seized more than 3.7 tons of cocaine in four operations conducted in Panamanian waters.On October 6, while patrolling north of Colón Island, Bocas del Toro province, SENAN agents seized 1,833 kilograms of cocaine in a speedboat manned by four men, SENAN said in a statement. More than 20 units of this institution, using air and naval means, together with air units of Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF South), took part in the operation to intercept the boat, Commissioner Edson Castillo, SENAN head of Operations, told Diálogo.Another operation was carried out on October 1, in the Las Perlas archipelago, off the Pacific coast of Panama, SENAN reported in a press release. The operation, carried out with the support of JIATF South and the Colombian Navy, which alerted the authorities, Commissioner Castillo said, resulted in the seizure of 1,229 kg of cocaine and the capture of three Colombians who were transporting the drug in a speedboat.“This was a very interesting incident. There, our naval units intercepted a vessel that was sailing southeast of Punta Coco, and there was resistance,” Commissioner Castillo said. During the crossfire, the officer said, a criminal was hurt and taken to a hospital in Panama City.“Very rarely are such actions taken against SENAN; usually when [criminals] feel the presence of air and naval personnel […], they jettison packages into the water and try to run aground and flee,” he added.On the same day, in the Chame area, a municipality in Panamá Oeste province, security forces seized 310 kg of cocaine, SENAN said in a press release.Commissioner Castillo said that the operation began when SENAN agents detected a hideout used to stash narcotics. In addition to the drug seizure, agents captured a Panamanian citizen.Finally, on September 30, in the Río Hato community, Coclé province, service members seized 376 kg of cocaine in an operation to intercept a suspicious vessel.“We have redoubled our efforts to comply with the citizenry, and we have strengthened our maritime interdiction networks to intercept all those opportunities that criminals want to handle behind the scenes,” Commissioner Castillo said.From January 1 to October 7, SENAN seized more than 36 tons of drugs, including marijuana and cocaine, in 68 operations, the institution said in a press release.last_img read more

March 15, 2005 Letters

first_imgMarch 15, 2005 Letters March 15, 2005 Letters Letters Advertising Rules I continue to be both astounded and confounded by the comments of Board of Governors members Robert Rush and David Rothman and their continued suggestion that the present advertising rules be changed to include a 30-day delay in direct mail solicitations in criminal cases.The Advertising Task Force exhaustively reviewed comment from the public and Bar members and unanimously voted not to recommend a change. The testimony received demonstrated how valuable the direct mail was when it came to advising people of important rights and deadlines that would otherwise be missed in those first critical 30 days. The information received by the committee in Miami demonstrated the great differences that exist between criminal and civil cases and the dire need in the latter to immediately secure counsel.Mr. Rush’s most recent comment that “the theory that a criminal defendant in jail doesn’t know that he needs a lawyer is ridiculous” misses the point. Many people may know they need a lawyer but not know how critical it is to secure counsel immediately and, more importantly, how to find a qualified, affordable attorney. Any lawyer who practices criminal law that doesn’t realize how critical the first 30 days can be is not representing his or her client to the utmost. Once an arrest has been made, the clock is ticking and decisions are being made by both the prosecutor and any competent defense attorney. Anything that hinders or delays the hiring of an attorney is not only contrary to the interests of the client but also raises serious constitutional questions. In Ficker v. Curran, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal addressed the very distinct differences between banning solicitation in civil and criminal cases and distinguished the restrictions imposed by the Bar in accident cases and should be read by all seeking to change the rule.When task force members were asked in Miami, “Is there anyone who would not want their criminal case investigated by their attorney in the first 30 days?” not a single hand went up. No one spoke in favor of changing the rule and the unanimous vote of the committee was not to extend the ban.I question the motive of those who still seek to stop direct mail. It is not in the interest of the clients or the public and an extension of the “ban” would only serve to protect the purely economic interests of the so-called “established” attorneys. The move to extend this “ban” is purely a move to stifle competition and to stop the young and newly admitted attorneys from drawing clients.I have been a member of the Bar for over 30 years and have practiced both before and after direct mail advertising. It provides a valuable service and is a welcome alternative to the costly Yellow Pages. Since direct mail communications are already submitted to the Bar for approval, there in no logical reason to delay their mailing. I am concerned that some members of the board may be urged to disregard the hard work and the committee’s recommendation and instead recommend extending the ban. This would serve only the interests of a selfish few and not be in the interests of the general public and the young members of the Bar. Peter Aiken Ft. Myers Gay Adoptions I am among the least active of Florida Bar members when it comes to state and local issues. I pay my dues, grouse about the “mandatory” reporting requirement for “nonmandatory” service to the needy, and never attend state Bar meetings. Then I go to the office and perform what I consider good legal service to a broad spectrum of people (without prejudging them on the basis of whether they would qualify to help me satisfy some artificial reporting requirement).I volunteer at my children’s school, am active in my civic club, get to spend a lot of time with my family, all without asking the Bar to further any of my personal political agendas.But then certain Bar sections start spending some of my dues money (notwithstanding their alleged autonomy) to attempt to lobby for a special personal interest some of them have. Congrats to the Board of Governors for enforcing the Bar rules, but I am disappointed that 13 of them feel the Bar rule allows any political activity — and they will not get my vote next time.It is not surprising the section leaders would attempt to separate themselves from their legal and historical ties to the Bar. But guess what, the names of the “groups” are the “Family Law Section of The Florida Bar,” the “Equal Opportunities Law Section of The Florida Bar,” and the “Public Interest Law Section of The Florida Bar.” The Bar collects and distributes their dues; it manages Web sites for them; its chairs make annual reports to the Bar; they hold committee meetings as part of the Bar meetings; the members brag about their section involvement on their resumes. They cannot pretend (and they as lawyers should know this) that their activities do not give the general public the appearance of being official Bar action. If even we as lawyers think the sections are representatives of the Bar, don’t you think the public does?If the lawyers in these sections want to champion this cause, then go for it. But as others have said, do it on your own dime. I don’t agree with their personal analysis of this law, and I deny their right (and expect the Bar leaders to enforce this) to use any portion of my dues, however small, to lobby against me.the way, majority rules in America. That’s why it’s a great country. Sometimes you win and sometimes I win. Be mature enough to live with it and don’t trash the system when you lose. We and our representatives get to vote on these things and if and when the adoption law is changed through the legislative process, then the Bar and all of us behind-the-scenes lawyers will work like mad to enforce them, including this one.In the meantime, the sections should keep their paws off my hard earned money to further the personal agendas of the section members. Of course, the section leaders are passionate about this issue. It is their collective personal opinion, and not legislative opinion, nor Bar opinion. They just need to realize that sometimes other people’s personal opinions, even if the opinions seem unfounded, outweigh them and no amount of whining will change that.Nothing could be more damaging to the credibility of this mandatory Bar or its Foundation’s fundraising efforts than what these sections are doing. Harvey Ford St. Petersburg The Mandatory Bar Article I, §6 of the Constitution of the State of Florida begins “Right to work. — The right of persons to work shall not be denied or abridged on account of membership or non-membership in any labor union or labor organization.” These words are clear and unambiguous. A lawyer is barred from working in Florida, absent membership in The Florida Bar, a labor organization.The state of Florida has a duty to Florida citizens to ensure that lawyers are competent, properly educated, and are “fit” to practice law; however, the requirement of membership in any labor organization, as a prerequisite for employment, is clearly a blatant violation of individual rights under the Florida Constitution. Additionally, requiring one to pay dues to a state controlled organization that espouses any political, religious, or sociological views, regardless of the nature of the issue; or that does anything other than satisfy the duties of government to the citizens of Florida through licensure and regulation is inappropriate.In our current mandatory membership Bar, member lawyers’ objections or disagreements with publicly espoused positions by “the Bar” are simply nonexistent to those in “leadership” who have access to the microphones and the cooperation and encouragement of the media. A member lawyer cannot protest the organization’s espoused views by withdrawing membership, since membership is mandatory. Conduct of the Bar should perhaps be governed similarly to that conduct required of the judiciary: only take part in matters involving “the law.”There exists a separate organization for those who desire to belong to a dues paying trade organization which represents its membership by espousing political, religious, or sociological positions. The ABA is available; membership is voluntary; and the ABA is constantly involved in those matters. Under current practices, membership in The Florida Bar is quite similar to membership in the ABA on a state level; with government enforced membership, discipline, ethical practices, and continuing legal education.As currently constituted and functioning, membership in The Florida Bar should be voluntary. There is no constitutional basis supporting mandatory membership. Stan Townsend Debary Capital Cases Supreme Court Justice Raoul Cantero recently criticized the professional work of private attorneys contracted by the state to represent death row inmates in their post-conviction appeals, describing some of these attorneys’ efforts as “the worst lawyering [he has] seen” and “the worst briefs that [he has] read.”To understand why, he need only compare the qualifications of most of these lawyers with the qualifications truly needed to litigate these cases.The death penalty appeal process has been described as the brain surgery of criminal law. Yet, in order to be a registry attorney, one need never have litigated a capital trial or appeal. Even more enigmatic is the fact that registry attorneys need not have any appellate experience, much less capital appellate experience, although post-conviction cases are almost exclusively appellate in nature.It seems fatuous to me that the minimum standards attorneys must meet to defend these cases do not begin to require the level of skill and expertise necessary to conduct such intricate work. It exasperates me, as well, that attorneys such as myself with extensive experience in death row appeals cannot get appointed. I have spent nearly all of my 14 years as an attorney litigating capital post-conviction appeals, both for the state and for the defense. I have litigated capital post-conviction cases in trial courts around the state, in the Florida Supreme Courts, as well as in both federal trial and appellate courts. Despite my experience, in the five years that I have been a registry attorney, I have been appointed to only one case, and only then because my name was near the top of the list.Before condemning the lot of us, perhaps Justice Cantero should examine the process by which registry attorneys are appointed. Although the statute requires trial court judges to “give priority to attorneys whose experience and abilities in criminal law, especially in capital proceedings, are known by the court to be commensurate with the responsibility of representing a person sentenced to death,” virtually no information is provided to the judges about the specific qualifications of the attorneys on the registry list. Human nature being what it is, one can only assume that a large majority of trial attorneys are appointed because they practice regularly before the trial courts and have name recognition. As a result, appellate attorneys like me, who do not do trial work and are therefore not “known” to the court, do not get appointed.Likewise, Justice Cantero might take notice that several registry attorneys have been appointed to more cases than the law allows. Section 27.711(9), Florida Statutes, specifically provides that “[a]n attorney may not represent more than five defendants in capital postconviction litigation at any one time.” Yet, there are numerous registry attorneys who have been appointed to six, seven, even 11 cases. While these attorneys may not be the ones to whom Justice Cantero was referring when he complained of the quality of registry attorneys’ work, there was a specific reason why this five-case limit was created.Perhaps a critical evaluation of the appointment process would solve some of the problems cited by the justice, and the baby would not need to be thrown out with the bath water. Sara K. Dyehouse Tallahasseelast_img read more

Six barriers to effective innovation

first_img 53SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Innovation isn’t easy, no matter how you define it. It takes time, costs money, and requires attention from very busy people. And sometimes, we seem to be running as fast as we can just to stay in the same spot. Here are a few things that stand in the way, and some general approaches to addressing them.Other priorities. We all are familiar with the tyranny of the urgent. By its nature, innovation is a strategic activity. When day-to-day pressures dominate, long-term strategies fall by the wayside. Solution: Ensure that at least one senior leader has innovation as their highest priority. This should be the main activity on which their performance is measured.Ill-defined needs. We know we need to innovate. But we don’t know what problems to start with.Solution: Create a prioritized list of innovation opportunities. Each should have well-defined problem statement, desired outcomes, and measures for success. continue reading »last_img read more

The future of financial services technology

first_img continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Charting the future of financial services technology is perhaps the challenge of this era for credit unions.To further underscore that point, Mark Sievewright, founder of Sievewright & Associates, repeated a line from his speech to the co-located CUNA Technology Council and CUNA Operations & Member Experience Council Conferences.“The pace of change in technology is now as slow as it is going to get,” Sievewright says. “Got that?”Sievewright’s tips for course-charting include:Transform your branches. Consider a new look and staffing for branches, he says. The future branch will be tech-abundant, have fewer people, and a smaller footprint.last_img read more

CUNA backs amendment to keep NCUA out of appropriations process

first_imgCUNA is actively engaged and strongly supports an amendment to House appropriations legislation that would strike a section of the bill that would place NCUA under the appropriations process. The amendment was offered by Reps. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.) and Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.).Section 906 of the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (H.R. 3354) would bring NCUA under the appropriations process.We oppose Section 906 because it would jeopardize the independence of the federal credit union regulator and unnecessarily comingle credit union resources with taxpayer resources, potentially causing credit union resources to be used to pay for other areas of government,” CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle wrote to Amodei and Aguilar Thursday in a letter supporting the amendment.“Maintaining a separate, independent federal credit union regulator and insurer is critically important to the credit union system, and the structural and mission-driven differences between credit unions and banks necessitate such a regulatory scheme: credit unions’ not-for-profit structure and their mission to promote thrift and provide access to credit for provident purposes are fundamentally different than other financial services providers,” the letter adds. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Where Does Joe Biden Stand on Major Policies?

first_img– Advertisement – But he has said that he will keep tax cuts in place for other households, including those in the middle class, and he has promised that no one making under $400,000 will pay higher taxes.Over all, Mr. Biden’s proposals would increase tax revenue by an estimated $3.4 trillion over a decade, according to an analysis by the Penn Wharton Budget Model at the University of Pennsylvania. Eighty percent of the increase would fall on the top 1 percent, according to the analysis.- Advertisement – But notably, he has declined to support the Green New Deal, a sweeping climate plan embraced by progressive groups and criticized by Republicans, though his website calls it a “crucial framework.”And while Mr. Trump has accused Mr. Biden of wanting to “ban fracking,” Mr. Biden has repeatedly said he will not do so. Instead, he has proposed ending the permitting of new fracking on federal lands, but he is not proposing a national ban.During the last presidential debate, Mr. Biden also said he would push the country to “transition away from the oil industry” and end federal subsidies. He later tried to clarify his remarks saying, “We’re getting rid of the subsidies for fossil fuels, but we’re not getting rid of fossil fuels for a long time.”- Advertisement –center_img As a result of lower wages and investment returns, the Penn Wharton analysis found that the after-tax income of households earning under $400,000 would decrease by 0.9 percent on average. But there would be a far steeper average drop in after-tax income for households earning above $400,000: 17.7 percent.The Biden campaign has argued that the Penn Wharton analysis presents an incomplete picture because it does not take into account a number of tax-related proposals put forth by the campaign that it says will benefit those in the middle-class.Climate ChangeMr. Biden laid out a plan over the summer to spend $2 trillion to develop clean energy and eliminate emissions from the power sector by 2035. In addition to the coronavirus pandemic, the resulting economic crisis and racial injustice, he has referred to climate change as one of four “historic crises” that the United States is facing.- Advertisement –last_img read more