Odds & Ends: Joe Jonas’ DNCE Set for Grease: Live & More

first_img View Comments P.S. The 61st Annual Obie Awards, which recognize excellence in off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway theater, will be held on May 23 at Webster Hall; Lea DeLaria has been enlisted to return as host. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Joe Jonas’ DNCE Set for Grease: LiveThey’re the ones that we want! Joe Jonas (not to be confused with his little brother Nick, who is a Broadway alum) will appear on Grease: Live with a slew of Main Stem faves including Aaron Tveit and Vanessa Hudgens. PEOPLE reports that Joe and his DNCE bandmates have been tapped for the upcoming telecast on January 31; they are set to play Johnny Casino and the Gamblers during the infamous school dance sequence at Rydell High. Did we mention that we’re already knee-deep in our viewing party plans?Joe Iconis’ New Tuner Will Bow at BSCWe’re dreaming of those summer nights…in the Berkshires. Joe Iconis’ (Be More Chill, Smash’s “Broadway Here I Come”) new musical will make its world premiere at the Barrington Stage Company this summer. Directed by Leah Gardiner and inspired by the Blaxploitation movies of the 1970’s (think Shaft), the production will play a limited engagement August 12 through September 3. Opening night is set for August 19 at the St. Germain Stage. Other productions slated for BSC’s season include a revival of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, helmed by Tony winner John Rando and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse, which will run July 15 through August 13, officially opening on July 20 at the Mainstage.$100,000 Kleban Prize AnnouncedHugh congratulations to Stacey Luftig and Daniel Goldstein, who have been honored with the 26th annual Kleban Prize, each winning $100,000, payable over two years. Luftig takes home the accolade for most promising musical theater lyricist, and Goldstein most promising musical theater librettist. Established in 1988 under the will of Tony winner Edward L. Kleban (A Chorus Line), the Kleban Foundation has awarded approximately $5,000,000 to 62 artists including Tony winner Jason Robert Brown and EGOT-er Robert Lopez. This year’s private ceremony will take place on February 8 at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.Broadway Backwards Sets 2016 DateBroadway Backwards, the annual celebration where the LGBT community sees its stories told through the great songs of musical theater by a plethora of Great White Way mainstays, will return for its 11th edition on March 21. This year’s one-night-only event is set to play at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre and benefit Broadway Cares and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City.Will Adele Pen a Broadway Musical?Did we mention how much we love The Late Late Show host James Corden? The Tony winner recently filmed Carpool Karaoke with Adele and brought up the possibility of the songstress achieving the EGOT. “The Tony’s pretty unlikely…I ain’t got time for that,” she remarked. Corden, however, was convinced that one day she should be “writing a huge musical,” to which Adele replied: “What if no one cares then?” Trust us, Adele, whether its next year or decades from now WE WILL CARE. Check out the video below!last_img read more

Poultry Transfer Agreement

first_imgStudents interested in careers in the poultry industry will now have access to more poultry science-based resources and a new path to pursue an undergraduate degree through a transfer agreement between the University of Georgia and the University of North Georgia.The opportunities for good-paying jobs in poultry and related industries are plentiful, with graduates receiving between one and five job offers, according to Todd Applegate, head of the UGA Department of Poultry Science in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.“We really need young people going into poultry across the entire sector. There’s a breadth of opportunity with integrated poultry companies and also other supporting companies such as finance, feed, equipment supply, pharmaceutical, food safety/quality and more. We try to communicate these options, as well as the available managerial roles and ability to move up in leadership through various companies,” he said.With the high demand for graduates, the department is looking to improve visibility of the industry and pathways into the industry.Transfer agreement officialA new transfer agreement with UNG — with its main campus situated in Gainesville, Georgia — builds on an existing partnership between the two universities and gives transfer students assurance that courses will transfer seamlessly.“They don’t have to waste any time, money or stress that they don’t have to,” said Jessica Fife, outreach coordinator for UGA’s poultry science department.“Students still have to qualify for admission to UGA as a transfer student, so it doesn’t circumvent that, but it does expedite the pathway. It’s a win-win to get the associate degree at UNG and bachelor’s at UGA,” said Applegate. “What distinguishes our program is the focus on the whole animal — it’s much more tangible to talk through the science of that. Our program touches on so many different disciplines beyond what biology may cover, such as health and disease, preventative medicine, engineering concepts and animal behavior.”Linda Purvis, lecturer in biology at UNG, has spent almost a decade building the poultry science pathway in the associate of science degree program. She was a transfer student from UNG to UGA, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in poultry science before earning master’s and doctoral degrees from the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine. “(Purvis is) very energetic and very passionate about poultry,” said Applegate. “She’s a good mentor for those students and helps them think about what career options look like.”New curriculaIn order to reach students before college, UGA’s Department of Poultry Science has also designed a new high school introductory course into poultry science and avian biology as part of the Georgia Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Pathways. The purpose is to establish an in-depth understanding and appreciation of Georgia’s top agricultural industry among high school students.Approximately 168,000 Georgian jobs are connected directly or indirectly to the poultry industry, and producers in 101 counties generate more than $1 million worth of poultry at the farm level according to UGA research.The high school presentations and activities introduce students to terminology and basic knowledge of modern poultry science and the commercial poultry sector, including anatomy and physiology, reproduction, genetics, nutrition, conventional and alternative housing/production methods, poultry varieties, avian health, processing, marketing and more.“There are so many applications of STEM in the poultry industry, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence. For students looking for real-world applications, I think they need those real-world applications much earlier to think about their careers. As we go into technology applications, this next generation is ready for that,” said Applegate.Fife developed the curriculum in collaboration with UGA poultry science and agricultural leadership, education and communication faculty and Georgia Agricultural Education Curriculum and Technology Director Christa Steinkamp.“This will be the first time Georgia will have courses dedicated solely to poultry science in a high school agriculture education course,” said Steinkamp. “Even nationally, stand-alone poultry science courses are rare. A few other states have similar high school poultry science curriculum, but there are only a few national Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) standards relating to poultry. This is an interesting fact, considering the role the poultry industry plays in the overall agriculture industry in Georgia and globally.”Another set of lessons and activities developed by the department is geared toward elementary-aged students in partnership with Georgia Farm Bureau to use in elementary classrooms. They will be distributed to all of Farm Bureau’s 10 districts through the organization’s Ag in the Classroom and new Mobile Ag Classroom. The UGA Department of Poultry Science’s recruitment efforts are supported by a gift from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Harold E. Ford Foundation. To learn more, visit poultry.caes.uga.edu.last_img read more

Bulldogs Boys Freshman Get 1st Win

first_imgThe Batesville 9th grade got their first win of the season Saturday afternoon against Jac-Cen-Del 43-35.Batesville was led in scoring by Zach Britton with 14. John Harmeyer added 9. Rounding out the scoring for the Bulldogs were Peyton Meyer (6), Alex Roell (5), Mitch Esser (4), Anthony Butz (3), Zach Prickel (1), and Nathan Batta (1).“This was a good team win for us. We had a lot of guys come off the bench and contribute. I has happy to see carry over into a game situation on some things we emphasized during practice this week.”  Batesville Coach Ben Siefert.The Bulldogs are now 1-1 on the year, and travel to South Decatur Monday night. Tip time is 6:00pm.Submitted by Batesville Coach Ben Siefert.last_img

Buoyant Joseph avoiding numbers game after match-winning spell

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Fresh from his match-winning Man-of-the-Match performance, Alzarri Joseph, says he is not putting any limits on his fledgling career as he seeks to make full use of his potential.The 23-year-old pacer took four for 32 off 10 overs in a Man-of-the-Match performance as West Indies pulled off a comfortable five-wicket win over Ireland in the first One-Day International at Kensington Oval on Tuesday.Playing his 23rd ODI, the Antiguan recorded his best figures in the Caribbean and the second best of his career, behind the five for 56 he took at the Oval against England back in September, 2017. It was also the second time he took four-for at Kensington Oval – following his four for 76 against England three years ago.“I don’t want to set numbers on my career; I don’t want to set limits. What happens if you set targets and numbers and then you don’t reach them?” Joseph said.“My goal is to take as many wickets as I can, to win as many matches as I can for West Indies, to improve, to get better … to always better myself … to be the very best I can be.”He continued: “I’m feeling good about my performance today. I put in some really good work on the training ground and I worked really hard on the last tour of India so I got some reward today.“I’m not sure if I was back to top pace, or anything like that … that’s not my main focus at the moment. My main focus is consistency every time I bowl, to be on top of length and line.”Joseph entered the attack first-change after Ireland opted for first knock, and his first spell broke the back of the visitors’ batting.He was well supported by leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr, who took two wickets from his 10 overs, and had an economy rate of just three runs per over, in his first match for West Indies on home soil. Left to chase just 181 for victory, the Windies were carried by Evin Lewis who played a number of breathtaking shots in a sizzling run-a-ball 99 not out. He struck 13 boundaries and two leg-side sixes – both coming in one over for pacer Mark Adair.There was drama at the end as Lewis missed out on a six by mere inches, which would have taken him to his third ODI century.“I must say very well played to Evin, the way he went about the chase was great to see. We were all hoping that he got to the hundred,” Joseph noted.last_img read more

Kudos to the Guyana Police Force in the ‘carjacking’ spree

first_imgDear Editor,I wish to take this opportunity to highly commend the work of the Guyana Police Force (GPF), particularly on their success in placing a dent (so to speak) in the rampant carjacking spree recently.We saw that a fellow columnist of this newspaper was also a victim of this chronic crime.The prevalence of a growing crime rate in a country can lead to serious adverse economic consequences with respect to investors’ confidence in the economy, and attracting new foreign investors to our country, and even for the tourism industry.I also wish to emphasize the need to commend the Force at a time when there seems to be quite a number of rogue elements within the Force and among former members. This, again, has the potential to deter the workings of the GPF and damage the reputation and confidence of the citizenry in the GPF.It is against this background that I take this opportunity to highlight the positives of the GPF, and to encourage them and the citizens at large to continue to support and co-operate with the GPF to solve more crimes, which have become very worrisome for the country at large.Yours sincerely,Author of the Economy & Finance ColumnGuyana Timeslast_img read more

Logan Couture named new San Jose Sharks captain

first_imgSAN JOSE — Logan Couture has been named the Sharks’ new captain by coach Pete DeBoer, the team announced Thursday morning.Couture, 30, a first round draft pick (ninth overall) by the Sharks in 2007, has spent all 10 years of his NHL career with San Jose and served as an alternate captain to Joe Pavelski from 2015-2019. Pavelski signed a three-year contract with the Dallas Stars on July 1 as a free agent.Along with Couture, Brent Burns, Tomas Hertl, Erik Karlsson, and Joe Thornton will each …last_img

Mother shares her heart-warming Smile Foundation story

first_imgThe Smile Foundation South Africa, founded in 2000 after a plea from President Nelson Mandela, changed Sylvia Mchunu’s daughter’s life. Sylvia Mchunu and her daughter, Princess who was born with a cleft lip in September 2013. They get free help from the Smile Foundation South Africa that helps children to reconstruct their deformed faces. (Image: Supplied)Melissa JavanPrincess Mchunu was four months old when she went for her first operation. Born with a cleft lip in 2013, the three year old has had a further two operations, and occasionally has food coming out of her nose.Sylvia Mchunu says she had been bleeding a lot and was weak on the day she gave birth to Princess. “They [the hospital staff] took my baby to the nursery [after the birth], because they saw something was wrong.“While every mother around me had their babies [in their arms], I didn’t have mine. They [the hospital staff] didn’t want me to see her. I thought ‘what went wrong?’”She says her husband demanded to see his daughter. “He was the first one to tell me there is something wrong with her.”He took it hard, says Sylvia. “I had sent my family photos of the baby, but he didn’t want to do that for his family. In our culture, some people tend to say things like ‘you have been bewitched’ if something like this happens.“We had to hide the child. He was not comfortable – very reserved. It took him time to accept what’s going on,” she says. “I had to be strong.” This is what a baby looks like shortly after she is born with a cleft lip. (Image: Wikipedia)Joining the Smile FoundationHer husband had suffered a burn injury before Princess was born. His operation was paid for by his employer. “We went to the same doctor who had done his operation after Princess’ birth. He told us that one operation would cost R50 000.“We wouldn’t be able to afford that. We didn’t even have medical aid,” says Sylvia.She and a friend Googled “cleft lip” and came across the Smile Foundation South Africa.The Mchunus met with the Smile Foundation in January 2014. “There was a parent workshop we attended. My husband was the only father there.“They explained everything to us. I felt so good about being there that I forgot there was something wrong with Princess.”Mchunu says she was scared the first time Princess went to theatre in February 2014. The operation took longer than the doctors anticipated. Princess cried a lot after the operation. “We survived it,” says Sylvia.More about the Smile FoundationThe Smile Foundation was founded in 2000 after Thabile Manyathi sent a personal request to then President Nelson Mandela.Manyathi had mailed a letter every month to Nelson Mandela appealing for help for her child, Thando. Born with facial paralysis, Thando needed to travel overseas to have a highly specialised procedure known as facial reanimation surgery.After Mandela found one of Manyathi’s letters, he made a call to the Lubner family. They then later decided to bring the skills home.According to the website, Dr Ron Zucker and Dr Craig Van Der Kolk were invited to South Africa to transfer the skills to South Africa.George Psaras, then the head of Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Witwatersrand, was the first surgeon in the country to learn this very specialised skill.Princess is one of the 2000 beneficiaries Smile Foundation South Africa has helped since 2000. Today the NGO helps children born with facial defects receive free corrective plastic and reconstructive surgery within the country. The organisation is currently based in seven of the nine academic hospitals in South Africa.Watch the Smile Foundation South Africa promo video here:Annually the organisation hosts a Smile Week at different hospitals around the country whereby the children receive surgery. Their parents get support before, during and after the surgeries.Princess is the one in 700 South African children born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains the condition: “Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth defects that occur when a baby’s lip or mouth do not form properly during pregnancy. Together, these birth defects commonly are called “orofacial clefts.”The support they getSylvia is also a member of Cleft Friends, a group of parents or guardians of children with cleft lip of palates that have regular gatherings to support each other. “Most of the time the fathers are stressed. You meet them in such a state, but you have to understand their pain and give them time to heal.“It’s wonderful to share experiences. It’s nice that people care about you.”She says you become stronger when you have support. “It becomes easier when you are with the Cleft Friends.“You also get more information the more you meet with them. For instance, sometimes things would be happening to Princess that I don’t know about. Then another mother advises me that it is a normal thing to happen.”Watch Helena Cullis share how she and her husband started the Cleft Friends:Princess is going for a check-up at the end of August, says Sylvia. “There were difficulties during the operation done in November last year. Her palate is not closed yet.”Princess also regularly visits a speech therapist.last_img read more

Roborace autonomous car steps it up for Formula E Paris ePrix

first_imgTags:#automotive#Autonomous#cars#driverless#Formula 1#Formula E#motorsport#robocar#Roborace#Self-Driving For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… David Currycenter_img Roborace, a collaborative autonomous development that uses Formula E tracks to test the robocar, managed to complete a full lap at Paris ePrix last week.The robocar is built from scratch, tires are provided by Michelin and Nvidia supplies the Drive PX2 processing unit, capable of 24 trillion operations per second.See Also: First autonomous Roborace event ends with a self-driven crashIt can reach speeds of up to 200 mph, although on the track it barely went over 20 mph, as seen in the video below. The robocar also had to stop a few times to figure out its next move.Roborace is seeing better performance off track, it said the car reached a speed of 115 mph. The robocar and other test vehicles have also been in a few crashes.Congratulations @roborace ! ? #fia #FormulaE #ParisEprix #robocar pic.twitter.com/zEDFKxanCV— Geraldine Gaudy (@GeraldineGaudy) May 20, 2017The original plan for Roborace was to have 10 teams of engineers build software and compete in a race during the Formula E championship. The engineers would change the software week-by-week, learning from past mistakes and fine-tuning to make the car perfect for track racing.We are unfortunately not there yet. Only one robocar has taken to the track and the results tend to be a little less exciting than one would hope. Roborace has not said when it plans to invite teams of engineers to compete or if that is even the plan anymore.There are still six races to go before the end of the Formula E championship in July, enough time for Roborace to maybe add competitors or at least reach full speed. Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…last_img read more

My resignation letter delivered to CM, says Sidhu

first_imgIn the wake of widespread criticism over submitting his resignation letter from the Punjab Cabinet to party leader Rahul Gandhi instead of Chief Minister Capt. (retd.) Amarinder Singh, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday said his resignation has been delivered to the Chief Minister.“Today, I have sent my resignation to the Chief Minister Punjab, has been delivered at his official residence,” he said in his official Twitter handle.Also Read Capt. Singh said if Mr. Sidhu did not want to do his job, there was nothing he could do about it. “The Minister should have accepted his new portfolio instead of shunning the work in the middle of the crucial rice [paddy] sowing season. If he doesn’t want to do the job, there is nothing I can do about it.” How a soldier could refuse a job assigned by the General, he asked. There had to be some discipline in the government if it was to function effectively, he said.Capt. Amarinder, who was in New Delhi, told reporters that he had been informed that Mr. Sidhu’s resignation has been sent to his residence in Chandigarh but he was yet to see it. He would have to read it first to be able to comment on it. He pointed out that he had reshuffled the portfolios of 13 of the 17 members of his Cabinet after the Lok Sabha elections and Mr. Sidhu was the only member who had problems. The reshuffle was decided on the basis of their performance, and Mr. Sidhu should have accepted his new department..“Mr. Sidhu was given the crucial Power portfolio, which was particularly important at this time in view of the rice [paddy] season, from June to October. With many parts of the State not receiving adequate rain, the power situation is critical, requiring day to day monitoring,” he said.The Chief Minister expressed his unhappiness with the statement issued by Mr. Sidhu and his wife on the latter’s candidature for the parliamentary elections. He clarified that he had never opposed Mrs. Navjot Sidhu’s candidature and had suggested she should contest from Bathinda, which the couple rejected.Capt. Amarinder and Mr. Sidhu have been at loggerheads since the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. It started with Ms Navjot Kaur Sidhu accusing Capt. Amarinder of blocking her Lok Sabha ticket from Chandigarh. Later, the Chief Minister blamed Mr. Sidhu for not handling his department well, which he claimed had resulted in the Congress’s “poor performance” in urban areas in the general election. Public dissidence dents Congress imagelast_img read more

Commentary Ohio State football is simply too big to fail

I am 23 years old and have lived in Columbus, Ohio, for almost my entire life. Between having 10 players being ruled ineligible by the NCAA due to multiple scandals, the firing of a Hall-of-Fame-caliber coach, a 6-6 record and a loss to Michigan, I can honestly say that this is the worst calendar year of Ohio State football that I can remember. And yet it still began with a win in a BCS bowl game and it will end with OSU hiring a 47-year-old coach with two national titles under his belt in Urban Meyer. So what can we determine from knowing that the worst calendar year in almost a quarter century of OSU football included both a win in a major bowl game and the hiring of arguably one of the greatest college football coaches alive? It’s that OSU is simply too big to fail. And that’s something that a lot of schools can’t say. Michigan, who endured three underwhelming and two bowl-game-less years under Rich Rodriguez, certainly can’t say that, and as we’ll learn in the coming years, neither can Penn State. The reasons behind OSU’s inevitable success are tied to two factors: the state’s rich football history and the football program’s history of winning. Even if Meyer had chosen to stay retired and away from OSU, this point would’ve been proven by whoever had taken over Columbus. From Bob Stoops at Oklahoma to Nick Saban at Alabama to Pete Carroll in the NFL, there is no plethora of coaches who happen to have both stellar resumes and ties to the Buckeye state. Prior to this season, OSU had won a share of each of the past six Big Ten titles, regardless of what the NCAA record books tell you. The school has won 35 Big Ten conference titles and seven national titles, thanks to a lineage of Hall-of-Fame-caliber coaches in Paul Brown, Woody Hayes, Earle Bruce, John Cooper and Jim Tressel. And now Meyer, OSU’s first choice to join the fraternity of Buckeye coaches, has accepted the school’s offer. Unlike Michigan, who was passed on by Les Miles — a Michigan alum — twice in the past four years, OSU got its man and never even had to consider a plan B. Meyer’s idol, Woody Hayes once said, “We hate to lose, but when we do, rest assured we’ll be back, and someone will pay the price.” With the way the Buckeyes bounced back from the season they’ve had since winning the Sugar Bowl in January, Hayes would be proud. Because the Buckeyes are back, and it’s time for lesser programs to start paying. read more