first_img Related Shows New York Spring Spectacular View Comments Star Files Laura Benanti Five-time Dancing with the Stars winner Derek Hough will star alongside the previously announced Laura Benanti in the Rockettes’ New York Spring Spectacular. Performances will run from March 12 through May 3 at Radio City Music Hall. Opening night is set for March 26.Both Hough and Benanti have been seen on TV in Nashville; Hough’s additional screen credits include Make Your Move. His on stage credits include Footloose: The Musical in London’s West End.Hough will play Jack, a man with a mission who will receive a reward if he’s able to help a man named Bernie keep his position as a New York City tour guide. Bernie’s job is in jeopardy when Jenna (Benanti) reveals her plan to take the tour company “virtual.” The show will include Rockette dance routines reworked from Heart and Lights, which canceled its premiere earlier this year. In addition to the iconic moves of the Rockettes, the new production will feature puppetry and 3D special effects. So You Think You Can Dance’s Mia Michaels will choreograph the first number of the show.Penned by Joshua Harmon, the new show featuring the iconic New York dance troupe will celebrate the charm of the Big Apple, complete with the voices of Whoopi Goldberg and Bella Thorne as the voices of the Statue of Liberty and the Alice in Wonderland statue, respectively. The production will be directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, with Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner as co-creative directors. New York Spring Spectacular will be produced by MSG Entertainment and The Weinstein Company (which is working with Paulus on Finding Neverland). Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 7, 2016last_img read more

first_imgBy D. Scott NeSmith University of Georgia Volume XXVIII Number 1 Page 10 Our friends to the north may not worry over the amount of winter “chill hours” they get. They get plenty. But here in the Southeast, it’s critical in growing blueberries.What and why?Chill hours is a term for the number of hours required (below 45 degrees from Oct. 1 through Feb. 15 in Georgia) for many fruit crops to bloom “normally.” Neither the temperature nor the accumulation time are exact. They’re just guidelines.Blueberry varieties are classified by the number of chill hours they need to readily bloom. If you plant a high-chill cultivar in a low-chill environment, then spring bud break may be erratic and prolonged. This can lead to poor pollination, especially for rabbiteye blueberries.Likewise, if you grow a low-chill plant in a high-chill area, it’s very likely to bloom prematurely, which can lead to freeze damage to blooms and severe crop losses.In a study of seven rabbiteye blueberry varieties over the past five years near Alapaha, Ga., the five-year average bloom dates were: “Climax,” March 7; “Premier,” March 13; “Austin,” March 16; “Alapaha,” March 18; “Brightwell,” March 21; “Tifblue,” March 23; and “Ochlockonee,” March 27.Study resultsA few things are evident from the study.First, the varieties bloomed on different dates. So they respond differently to the same amount of chilling. This is due to some varieties having a lower chilling requirement than others.It’s critical to recognize the differences in blueberry variety bloom dates and to plant a mixture that will bloom near the same time.Overlapping bloom times are crucial in growing rabbiteye blueberries, since the species requires cross pollination to successfully set fruit.Tifblue, for example, would likely perform much better, in terms of fruit set, if planted with Brightwell than if planted with Climax. The new releases Alapaha and Austin have compatible bloom dates, so they would be good varieties to plant together.If you want three varieties, it might be useful to plant a mix of Alapaha, Brightwell and Premier to provide the most overlap in bloom time.The study shows, too, how greatly the bloom date can vary from year to year, depending on the number of chill hours.Interestingly, the test site had a near-record low number of chill hours (363) in 1999 and a near-record high number (916) in 2001. These two years should represent the extremes for bloom dates for these varieties.The bloom dates in the frigid winter of ’01 and the warm winter of ’99 were: Climax, March 1 and 16; Premier, March 3 and 28; Brightwell, March 5 and 29; Austin, March 6 and 24; Alapaha, March 8 and 23; Tifblue, March 11 and 30; and Ochlockonee, March 14 and April 4.Use these dates to help assess the risks of growing a variety in your area. Those that consistently bloom after your average last frost date would be less at risk than those that bloom earlier.If you still want to plant the risky varieties, try to use higher sites that are less prone to frost damage. Or, if possible, use frost-protection sprinklers on these varieties.Getting the informationIn Georgia, you can get up-to-date weather data, including chill hours, for more than 50 sites across the state from the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network ( can get a general idea of when your blueberries might bloom, based on the chill hours received for the year. (Again, this isn’t exact).It’s hard to do anything about the weather. But this shouldn’t keep us from being learning the effects of year-round weather on the growth of crops like blueberries.It may look like little is going on in those leafless blueberry plants during the winter, but don’t be fooled. Those plants are chilling out, getting prepared to bloom.last_img read more

first_imgArsenal looked dangerous on the break and could have gone ahead (Picture: Getty)Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville also felt there were some good signs from Arsenal despite failing to win at Anfield for the seventh time in a row, while opposing manager Jurgen Klopp admits he was surprised by Emery’s tactical setup.The German explained: ‘We were a bit surprised by their system. We couldn’t know that they would play a diamond, but we switched things around and coped very well.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 24 Aug 2019 8:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link761Shares Advertisement The Spaniard was largely happy with how his side executed their gameplan (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery says Arsenal’s performance against Liverpool gave him reasons to be optimistic despite losing 3-1, though feels there were two key areas where his side were second best.The Gunners’ 100% start to the season ended at Anfield on Saturday evening as a header from Joel Matip and a brace from Mohamed Salah – one from the spot and the other a brilliant move and finish – put the home side three goals ahead.Lucas Torreira netted a consolation goal and Emery says he saw some strong moments from his side in the match, though they need to improve when they have the ball and are being pressed.center_img Advertisement Salah was the star of the show as Liverpool threatened to run riot at times (Picture: Getty)Emery told Match of the Day: ‘Today the first half we worked together. We were doing some transition very good and we had some chances but the second half the penalty was very soft.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘After 2-0 our reaction was good. We needed to attack and take a different moment in the match.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Yes we are disappointed we lost 3-1 but watching some players we can be optimistic. We need to improve in possession and countering the pressure but Liverpool is the best team with this.‘We have to be realistic but we can fight closer to them. For me today, without the result there were some good periods we showed.’ Unai Emery reacts to Liverpool defeat and names two areas Arsenal must improvelast_img read more

first_imgNewsRegional Belize wins AGAIN on Mission Catwalk’s 2nd Season by: – April 18, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Tweet 15 Views   no discussionscenter_img Rebecca’s piece. Photo credit: Tiffany Lue YenAGSelectPR, Kingston, Thursday, April 18th 2012: After an initial win on episode two and placing runner-up in the following episode, Belizean fashion designer Rebecca Stirm wins episode four of the Caribbean fashion designer reality series Mission Catwalk with a design inspired by a selection from Cinderella Hats.“When I saw the hats I immediately knew which one I wanted to work with. The ladylike peach hat had caught my eye. In my original sketch for the piece, I had planned on doing a soft summer dress. After looking around a bit though, and realizing that everyone else was doing dresses, I chose to do a blouse and pants.”Her move won her points from judge Novia McDonald-Whyte Lifestyle editor at Jamaica Observer who commented that the pant’s pleating and subtle ankle details were “genius.”Rebecca, who found material for her episode 2 design in the curtain section of Pablos’s, again went outside the box and sourced fabric for her pants in the upholstery department: “a stronger material with a lot of body and shape.” Rebecca explaining her concept to the judges. Photo credit: Tiffany Lue YenHer peach-colored, satin blouse had a feminine appeal with an overlay of white lace to tone down the color. She also made the white tailored belt and added a gold jewelry and a yellow purse to complete the ensemble.Milliner Marcellas James (the owner of Cinderella Hats) found the “exquisitely detailed” design, “unusual and unexpected. International menswear designer Carlton Brown thought the accessories “too much” but was pleased with the overall look which he described as “amazing.”“Stylish, on trend and creative” were the words host and executive producer Keneea Linton-George used to describe Rebecca’s interpretation.The safe designs came from Janel Jolly and Keshon Hawthorne of Jamaica, Janelle Forde who represents both Barbados and Trinidad, Barbadians Kerin Scott and Kesia Estwick, and Ryan Berkeley of Guyana.Mission Catwalk Season Two Episode Four. Photo credit: Tiffany Lue YenThis week’s top runners up from best to worst were Crystal Powell of Jamaica (last week’s winner) Gregory Williams of Jamaica and Ryan Chan of Trinidad.Judges were not impressed with the presentations by Jamaicans Natalie Rochester and Shellane McFarlane and Shannon Kwong of TrinidadShellane who had missed being sent home in episode 2 where she landed in the bottom two, did not find luck this week as she was swiftly sent home by the judges.Twelve more designers remain. Catch up with them on episode five where dancehall diva Lady Saw will judge their creations. Who will win JA$3 million worth of prizes including the chance to show at London Fashion Week 2012. Who will rule the catwalk?Tune in to Television Jamaica every Tuesday at 8:30 PM for the newest episode from Mission Catwalk Season 2, presented by NCB, Supreme Ventures and Digicel. For those in Trinidad the series airs Tuesdays at 9:30 PM on TV6. Mission Catwalk streams online at Press Release Share Sharelast_img read more

first_img The 26-year-old, currently with England preparing for their Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Slovenia, has struggled to replicate the form which saw the Reds pay Southampton in the region of £25million for his services in the summer. He was hampered by a knee injury in pre-season which delayed his introduction into the side until mid-September and – while he has shown occasional flashes of what he is capable of – he admits he has come up short so far. “I always knew it was going to be difficult settling in, especially with the injury,” he told Liverpool’s official magazine. “Playing for a new club the size of Liverpool and having Champions League football – you need to be tough mentally. “I was so desperate to do well, maybe trying a bit too hard to impress, not doing things that I’d normally do, thinking about things maybe a bit too much. “You can’t always expect to be at your best straight away. When you’ve been away for seven or eight weeks the pitch feels a bit different when you step back on it for the first time. “It’s a case of getting your head down, working hard and doing the things that have made you successful before to get back to a level where you can affect matches. “Gradually, the more games I’ve played and the more minutes I’ve accumulated, my form has improved and I’m getting closer to the levels I was at last season for Southampton. “There’s still an improvement to be made but I’m getting there.” Another player who has put in the effort after being told he had no future at Anfield is Fabio Borini. Press Association The Italy forward was the subject of bids by QPR and Sunderland – where he spent last season on loan – in August but rejected them in order to fight for his place in the squad despite manager Brendan Rodgers making it clear pitch time would be limited. Borini believes his decision has been vindicated after starting at the Bernabeu against Real Madrid last week, one of two 90-minute performances in the last four games with a couple of substitute appearances in between. “I think that when I was called upon to play, I did well against Real Madrid or against Chelsea, when we were down and we needed to chase the game,” he told “It’s not an easy way to get in, but it’s good to be involved and I hope I get more [chances]. “In training I work hard every day so I’ve got the game rhythm every day and it’s easy for me to get into the game, like I showed against Swansea (in the Capital One Cup late last month). “I had been out for six weeks and then I came in and played 90 minutes and was fine.” Borini may find his chances will be limited again with the impending return of Daniel Sturridge, who has not played for the club since August 31 because of thigh and calf injuries, but is in line for a comeback at Crystal Palace a week on Sunday. Without his threat up front Liverpool have struggled with £16million summer signing Mario Balotelli still to find the net in the Premier League. Rodgers has spoken of the importance of not over-relying on the England striker but former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher cannot see any other option. “He has been out for while so you don’t want to put too much pressure on him, but it looks like it is down to him because there is not much else there at the moment,” he told talkSPORT. “Hopefully when this international break is out the way we will start seeing the real Liverpool. “We have to start picking it up because, before you know it, Southampton (11 points ahead in second place) might even be too far ahead, never mind the other top teams.” Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana admits he tried too hard to impress in his attempts to settle in at Anfield.last_img read more

first_img He will be in the dugout as Southampton look to protect their 3-0 first-leg advantage but assistant Erwin Koeman will take the post-match press conference, when he will no doubt face questions over his brother’s injury. Press Association Sport understands Koeman has been advised to have his ruptured Achilles operated on as soon as possible, meaning he could miss Sunday’s Premier League opener against Newcastle. Ronald Koeman is to go under the knife after rupturing his Achilles but the Southampton manager will be on the bench against Vitesse Arnhem on Thursday. The Dutchman sustained the injury towards the end of training at the GelreDome on the eve of Saints’ Europa League third qualifying round second leg. The incident saw Koeman leave Arnhem behind the team coach in a van, which he boarded on crutches with his foot in a protective boot – aids that will be needed again on Thursday. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgBy Frank PingueTORONTO, (Reuters) – Canadian basketball fans did not wake up on Tuesday nursing hangovers from a championship celebration but rather with a mild sense of panic after the Toronto Raptors missed a chance to clinch a maiden NBA title.The Raptors, with an entire nation hanging on their every shot, had gone into Game Five with a 3-1 advantage and had led the defending champion Golden State Warriors by six points with under three minutes to play on Monday but came away empty-handed as their shooters went cold.“We didn’t play well enough. We didn’t execute enough down the stretch and that stings a little bit, but there’s a lot more basketball left to play,” said Raptors guard Fred VanVleet. “We came into this series expecting a long series and we put ourselves in a good position. Now it’s time to look at the film and see how we can get better.”Toronto still have two more chances to close out the best-of-seven series, which resumes tonight in Oakland, but if they come away empty-handed will most certainly be haunted by their closing stretch to Game Five for the rest of their lives. The Raptors trailed by 14 points at one point during the second half but impressively rallied back and led by six points with under three minutes to play to put the Warriors’ bid for a fourth title in five years in serious jeopardy.But Toronto combined for 1-for-6 shooting the rest of the way in a game that came down to the final possession where Kyle Lowry’s last-second shot came up short, after Warriors forward Draymond Green got a piece of the ball as it travelled through the air.“It felt great out of my hand,” Lowry said of his three-point shot attempt that had it gone in would have marked the first time a Canadian team have won an NBA championship. “He got a piece of it, that’s what great defenders do. He got a piece of it and we’ll continue to look at it and see how we can be better for the next game.”The Raptors will surely like their chances going forward as they have already won both games played on Golden State’s home court this series and are facing Warriors who, due to injury, are the thinnest during their dynastic run.Kevin Durant, the centrepiece of the Golden State’s potent offence, started Game Five after missing over a month with a strained right calf but went down suddenly in the second quarter with an Achilles injury. Despite the injury to Durant, who was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in each of the last two years, Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard is approaching Game Six with the same sense of urgency.“They’re dangerous,” said Leonard. “Obviously KD makes them a different team; they have been here before … I’m just focussing on our team and what we got to do next game.“But they played great tonight in the last three quarters after KD exited.”last_img read more

first_imgHis performance in his last appearance away to Seychelles after the World Cup raised question marks over his form and fitness, but the midfielder insisted he was back to his best form at Trabzonspor.“It was a tough time I must admit, but despite all the criticisms I remain committed to playing for my country,” Onazi told BBC Sport.“Whenever I go out there to play, I give 120 per cent , but unfortunately my Achilles tendon problems slowed me down.“Now things are looking up again for me at club level, I hope to keep giving my best to my country as well.”The Super Eagle has been a key part of Trabzonspor’s run of good form since September. They sit 7th in the Turkish Super Lig table and he wants to replicate that form with Nigeria.“After what happened in Russia, it was important for all the players to ensure a return to the African Cup of Nations.“It’s an exciting feeling to achieve that and we can only hope that collectively we can all bring our good club form to the national team.“The last time I played in the tournament we won it and we as players have to go back again with the mentality to win it, and if we can’t, we shouldn’t be there,” Onazi said.Onazi started his professional career in Italy with Lazio, winning the 2013 Italian Cup, before switching to Turkish side Trabzonspor in August 2016.He played for Nigeria at the 2009 U-17 World Cup on home soil and has scored once since making his senior debut against Liberia in October 2012.Onazi, who has 51 international caps, helped Nigeria win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, and played in all four of his country’s games at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.The midfielder is having quite an impressive campaign in the Turkish top-flight but has struggled for form in Gernot Rohr’s team.After fighting off criticism for his recent performances in the national team,  the Trabzonspor midfielder has reiterated his commitment to bringing his fine form from the Turkish Super Lig to the Super Eagles.The 25-year-old has produced fine displays for Trabzonspor who are seventh in the league table and even scored a goal in their 3-0 victory over Konyaspor last Saturday – his second in the league this term.On Sunday, Onazi scored an own goal but provided an assist for compatriot Anthony Nwakaeme as they settled for a 2-2 draw against Besiktas.His last appearance was in Nigeria’s 3-0 win over Seychelles back in September.Onazi who was a member of Gernot Rohr’s squad to the 2018 FIFA World Cup did not make a single appearance at the tournament in Russia.However, the former Lazio admitted that he has battled criticism and injuries in ‘a tough time’ and declares himself ready to play for three-time African champions.Following a 1-1 draw with South Africa in November, Nigeria returned to the continental stage for the first time since 2013 after missing the last three editions of the Africa Cup of Nations.And the Jos-born star who was part of the winning team that lifted the title in South Africa eight years ago has set his sights on another silverware.Nigeria top Group E with 10 points from five matches and will wrap up the qualifying round when they host Seychelles in March 2019.Onazi spent five years with Lazio, where he was under contract until 2018 but moved to Turkey in 2016 after joining Trabzonspor.”I needed to make this move to clear my head and be happy playing football again,” he told BBC Sport.Injury and lack of form hampered him and he almost left in January, when a proposed loan move to Bundesliga side Werder Bremen collapsed.He played 20 games for Lazio during the campaign, although he became a more regular starter when Simone Inzaghi took over as coach in April.“I left Lazio for personal reasons,” said Onazi, who had two years left to run in his contract at the Stadio Olimpico, and had been offered a deal to extend it.“It might be difficult for some people to understand my decision but this is a step forward in my career.“The Lazio coach spoke to the management about keeping me. I was even offered a contract extension to stay but Trabzonspor provides a new lease of life. I will always be a Lazio fan because the club gave me the platform to be the player I am today.”Former Lazio and Nigeria striker Ayodele Makinwa, the midfielder’s agent, said that Onazi would benefit from the move.“He desperately wanted a change and new motivation,” said Makinwa.“Trabzonspor is one of the biggest clubs in Turkey and it is a stepping stone towards achieving his goals as a professional footballer. Joining a club fighting for the title will challenge and push him to the next level. He will definitely be one of the leaders in the team and this should serve as a motivation to achieve what he wants.”Onazi began playing football in the streets of Jos in 1998. His football skills and abilities drew a lot of attention to him and afforded him the opportunity to play in some academies in the city.His footballing abilities came to prominence when he moved to Lagos to play for My People.As a 16-year-old, Onazi represented his country at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, where Nigeria finished runners-up. However, he was overlooked for selection at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup two years later, despite participating in the training camps in Portugal and Panama.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram He played a prominent role in Super Eagles winning the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and was involved in Nigeria’s four matches at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Injury and poor form have denied him of regular playing time in the national team. Ogenyi Onazi, however, assured that he is still targeting international glory with the Super EaglesNigerian international Ogenyi Onazi has reiterated his commitment to the Super Eagles and said that he was always happy to play for his country.Onazi, 25, missed the last three matches due to injury as Nigeria returned to their first Africa Cup of Nations since winning the tournament in 2013.last_img read more

first_imgLife saving measures The bill also clears the way for establishment of a National Tobacco Control Council. The bill seeks to reduce tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke; prevent tobacco use by minors and protect workers and the public from exposure to tobacco smoke. Last month, the National Assembly in Guyana approved the Tobacco Control Bill providing for the adoption and implementation of tobacco-control policies in accordance with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The US-based Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) has praised Guyana for its passage of tobacco control legislation. The entity said Guyana has shown countries of any size can stand up to the tobacco industry and take strong action to save lives and protect public health. Sosa also stated, “By signing this legislation into law, President Granger will ensure Guyana joins neighbors in Latin America and the Caribbean that have passed strong laws to reduce the devastating burden of tobacco related death and disease. With this new law, Guyana can show the world that countries of any size can stand up to the tobacco industry and take strong action to save lives and protect public health.” “The landmark tobacco control legislation passed by the Parliament of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana is a historic step for the nation. If signed by President David Granger, it will ensure the people of Guyana are protected from the devastating harms of tobacco use,” said Patricia Sosa, CTFK Director of Caribbean and Latin America Programs.center_img Bill approved by National Assembly In her statement, Sosa said the bill provides life-saving measures proven to reduce tobacco use. This include picture-based health warnings on tobacco packs, 100 per cent smoke-free workplaces and public places, and bans on all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. The government said the legislation serves as the legal regulator for administration, inspection and enforcement, while providing legislative protection from exposure to second- hand smoke by eliminating public smoking. “If signed into law, the bill will drastically impact tobacco use in Guyana, where 1 in 10 male deaths are caused by tobacco use every year.  Controlling tobacco consumption is also necessary to reduce the deadly toll of non-communicable diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and chronic lung disease, of which tobacco consumption is a key risk factor,” Sosa’s statement read. Historic steplast_img read more

first_imgMembers of the European Union’s Election Observation Mission respond to questions from reporters, during a press conference in Georgetown Guyana. GEORGETOWN, Guyana, (CMC) – The European Union’s (EU) Election Observation Mission (EOM) has indicated its commitment to ensuring transparency and accountability in Guyana’s general and regional elections, to be held on March 2.During a media conference on February 6, EU EOM Chief Observer, Urmas Paet, stated that the mission’s mandate is to observe all aspects of the electoral process.“The presence of the EU EOM demonstrates the EU’s commitment to the conduct of inclusive, transparent and credible elections in Guyana,” Paet said, noting that the observation not only focuses on election day, but also “on the entire electoral process, including the campaigning, the results and the resolution of any election-related dispute, after voting has finished”.The Chief Observer emphasised that the mission will be impartial in its findings and conclusions.“The Mission is independent in its findings and conclusions, and EU observers adhere to a strict code of conduct of international observers that requires strict neutrality and impartiality in the course of their work, and do not interfere in the electoral process,” Paet stated.This is the largest EU EOM mission, which will comprise almost 50 observers. It includes a core team of nine analysts and 14 long-term observers, deployed to the 10 administrative regions. Twenty short-term observers will join the team, shortly before the March elections.The mission was deployed to Guyana, following an invitation from President, David Granger.The EU EOM uses the following criteria during its observation of an electoral process: the degree of freedom of political parties and candidates to assemble and express their views; the degree of impartiality shown by the election administration; the fairness of access to state resources during the election; the universal franchise afforded to voters; the degree of access for political parties and candidates to the media, in particular, the state media; the conduct of polling, counting and tabulation of votes; other issues related to the democratic nature of the election (e.g. legal framework; campaign violence; rule of law; and campaign finance).On March 4, the EU EOM will issue a preliminary statement, which will be followed by an official statement, which will include the mission’s observations and recommendations, two months after the General and Regional Elections are conducted.last_img read more