first_img Joseph Gordon-Levitt Like MacFarlane, Gordon-Levitt has never starred in a musical before, so having him tackle a leading role live on TV is admittedly a risk. But did you see him nail “Make ‘Em Laugh” live on SNL? We think he’s definitely up to the task. View Comments Norbert Leo Butz This two-time Tony winner had charisma coming out his ears in Broadway’s Big Fish (and, let’s face it, in every role he’s ever played) so we think he’d be a fantastic choice to win over the town of River City, Iowa, as the smooth-talking Harold Hill. Seth MacFarlane The Family Guy creator already proven his penchant for the patter: He sang “Ya Got Trouble” on BBC’s Proms and has rocked “The Sadder But Wiser Girl” at his concerts. We hope Fox will let NBC borrow him for the evening, because he’s been our top choice to play Harold Hill for years! Santino Fontana After surprising us with his vocal chops in Cinderella, we’d love to see Act One star Santino Fontana organize a boys’ marching band for the fine folks of River City. But if this happens, NBC, you must make us a deal: Laura Osnes will play Marian “the Librarian” Paroo. This is absolutely non-negotiable. Star Filescenter_img Gavin Creel Two-time Tony nominee Gavin Creel just snagged an Olivier Award for his performance in The Book of Mormon in the West End, and we think it’s high time he made a trip home. Now that he’s traveled the world as a Mormon missionary, it’s the perfect opportunity for him to make a pit stop in Iowa and swindle unsuspecting townsfolks! May we have your attention please: NBC is airing a live telecast of The Music Man in 2015! We’re so excited we could break out our 76 trombones and 110 cornets right here, but first, there is some very important business to discuss. Who will be playing fast-talking con man Harold Hill?! There are a couple of ground rules: He must be dreamy, bursting with charisma, and a smooth schmoozer that can talk his way out of anything. NBC, we have five great Harold Hills we’d love to submit for your approval. Check out our top choices, then leave your own ideas in the comments below! Santino Fontana Norbert Leo Butzlast_img read more


first_img Arthur Miller’s The Price Danny DeVito, Mark Ruffalo, Jessica Hecht & Tony Shalhoub(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Comments Related Showscenter_img Arthur Miller’s The Price returns to Broadway this season with a cast full of acting heavy-hitters. Golden Globe and Emmy winner Danny DeVito will make his Great White Way debut in the drama. As previously announced, Oscar and Tony nominee Mark Ruffalo takes on the role of Victor Franz, stepping in for John Turturro, who left the production due to his filming schedule. Tony nominee Jessica Hecht and Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub complete the all-star company. Steppenwolf co-founder and Tony nominee Terry Kinney (see below) directs the play, which focuses on Franz as he returns to his childhood home to sell his parents’ estate. Performances begin at the American Airlines Theatre on February 16, and the production is scheduled to open on March 16. Check out Broadway.com’s hot shots of the cast, and be sure to catch this limited engagement, which will run through May 7. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 14, 2017last_img read more


first_imgBy Clint Waltzand GilLandryUniversity of GeorgiaWarm-season turf grasses such as Bermuda, centipede, zoysia andSt. Augustine suffer some common problems with springtimegreen-up. Here are the ones we see most often.Mowing height is the most commonproblem as these grasses go from dormancy to active growth.Scalping is more common in zoysia grasses, especially in thedenser-growth cultivars like Emerald.Zoysia grasses don’t tolerate scalping as Bermuda will. As arule, zoysia will be set back anytime it’s cut low enough thatyou can see the black mold under the leaf canopy. This isgenerally below the node of the growing leaves. It can occur atany mowing height from as low as 0.5 inches to more than 3 inches.Regardless of the grass species and normal mowing height, takingthe grass down below the node will set it back. Generally, thehigher the mowing height, the more this is a problem.Ideally, maintain Bermuda grass and centipede between 1 and 2inches, zoysia from 0.5 to 2 inches and St. Augustine from 2 to 3inches.Mowing frequency is just as important as mowing height. If youremove more than one-third of the leaf height at a single mowing,the grass will be stressed.Fertility requirements differ witheach grass. Consult your county University of Georgia ExtensionService agent or visit www.GeorgiaTurf.com for fertilityrecommendations.No matter what the species, though, fertilizing too early in theseason, before soils are warm enough to support continual growth,can accelerate green-up but cause detrimental long-term effects.Fertilizing these grasses in late-winter or early spring cancause them to break dormancy. Then when the inevitablelate-season cold snap hits, they’ve used their stored foodreserves. They have no energy to withstand environmentalextremes. To avoid this, don’t fertilize until the soil reaches65 degrees.Thatch, as lawns get older,becomes more problematic, particularly if the turf has been mowedabove its recommended height ranges. Increased thatch slows downthe turf’s spring transition. It makes it more susceptible todisease, too.Water — either too much or toolittle or even a combination of the two — can cause problemsfor grasses, especially zoysia.Diseases can strike during springgreen-up. The most common is Rhizoctonia large patch, whichappears as large areas of blighted grass.This disease is most active when night temperatures are between50 and 60 degrees. When conditions are right, it’s common for thedisease to become active first in the fall and then again in thespring.You can see its typical “halo” when the disease is active. Falland spring fungicide applications can control it. Consult yourcounty UGA Extension agent for proper fungicides and rates.Applying nitrogen just before or during active infection willincrease disease problems.Cool temperatures make centipedeand zoysia slower to green up in the spring.Microclimates can cause problems,too. Emerald zoysia growing north of Atlanta has been killed bythe low temperatures in shaded sites that don’t get much wintersun.Varietal differences can betroublesome. Some incidences suggest that many types of Emeraldzoysia exist in the landscape and green up at different rates.Cooperative research with the Georgia Crop ImprovementAssociation and Auburn University is under way to evaluate thesegrass differences.(Clint Waltz is an Extension Service turf scientist and GilLandry the director of the Georgia Center for Urban Agriculturewith the University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.) Volume XXIXNumber 1Page 29last_img read more


first_imgFounded in 1970 by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day has emerged as a national awakening to society’s growing disregard for the planet’s health and well-being. From the destruction of waterways and treasured wild lands to rampant air pollution and harmful mining practices, post 1970s America placed little emphasis on environmental preservation. While Earth Day’s founding ushered in an unprecedented level of awareness about environmental issues, pressing problems persist. In honor of Earth Day, educate yourself about some of those issues with this top 10 list of eco-minded documentaries, complete with trailers and Netflix descriptions.1. River of No ReturnThis film is a journey into one of America’s best-kept secrets: the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, with a pair of newlyweds as guides.2. VirungaThe Oscar-nominated true story of the rangers risking their lives to save Africa’s most precious national park and its endangered gorillas3. Mission BlueThis documentary follows oceanographer Sylvia Earle’s campaign to save the world’s oceans from threats such as overfishing and toxic waste.4. Vanishing BeesThis documentary details the economic, political and ecological consequences of a puzzling phenomenon: a dwindling world honeybee population.5. DamNationThis documentary reveals the ecological cost of two centuries of American dam building, from degraded waterways to the loss of wildlife habitat.6. A Fierce Green FireThis documentary profiles the evolution of environmental movements, from early efforts at conservation to current concerns over global climate change.7. WatermarkExploring the force that sustains all life, this documentary brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water8. PumpAfter World War II, consumer tastes and government policy steer America into a fateful reliance on oil-fueled technology that must and can be broken.9. 180 Degrees SouthA band of bliss-seeking surfer-mountaineers sets out — in 2007, by boat — on a journey to Patagonia, South America, in this adventure documentary10. The Great InvisibleThis film plumbs the depths of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig catastrophe, including the causes and aftermath of the unprecedented disaster. All of these documentaries are currently streaming on Netflix.last_img read more


first_img The NCUA on Wednesday released its draft budget for 2019 and 2020, which estimates $304.4 million and $316.2 million in spending, respectively. The agency will hold a budget briefing Oct. 17; NAFCU has long supported public budget briefings to help ensure transparency and accountability in the budgeting process.“NAFCU and our members appreciate the NCUA’s continued commitment to an open and transparent budgeting process,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “The passage of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act ensures that the current NCUA Board’s commitment will continue under the direction of future boards. We look forward to reviewing the draft budget and providing the agency with our thoughtful feedback to ensure a strong but cost-effective NCUA.”NAFCU is currently reviewing the proposal, but a summary indicates the agency is continuing to implement its reorganization plan and will reduce the number of staff by 10 positions in 2019.The revised 2019 operating budget is roughly $1.7 million higher than the previously approved two-year budget. The 2019 combined total for operating, capital, and share insurance fund administration budgets is 1.1 percent higher than 2018 at $334.8 million. NCUA headquarters continue reading »center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


first_imgRead also: Three Indonesians who attended mass prayer in Malaysia test positive for COVID-19He said a special task force would soon be deployed to handle COVID-19 patients in North Sumatra. “Patients with COVID-19 will get free treatment,” Edy assured, citing that being infected with the deadly virus could be categorized as an “emergency” state. Restuti Hidayani, a member of North Sumatra task force formed to deal with coronavirus contagion, said at least 75 people were currently under observation in the region. They were all being treated in isolation rooms, which were “spread across a number of hospitals”.Read also: Think you have COVID-19? Here’s how to get tested in IndonesiaAdam Malik Hospital in the capital Medan reportedly received five additional suspected cases on Monday, bringing the total number of isolated patients at the hospital to eight. “Our isolation rooms are at full capacity right now,” the hospital’s coordinator for COVID-19 handling, Ade Rahmaini, said. As of Wednesday morning, Indonesia has reported 172 confirmed COVID-19 cases, resulting in five deaths. (vny)Topics : The North Sumatra administration says it is preparing 1,000 isolation rooms to handle potential COVID-19 patients in the region, as the number of confirmed cases in the country continues to rise.North Sumatra governor Edy Rahmayadi said that his administration had already prepared 330 isolation rooms by Wednesday, while the North Sumatra Police would help with another 400 rooms.”I have coordinated [with various relevant parties] to provide more, in the hope that we could eventually provide 1,000 such rooms in the near future,” Edy told journalists after attending a coordination meeting to deal with the coronavirus spread on Tuesday. last_img read more


first_imgPresident Vladimir Putin urged Russians to stick to social distancing rules and said he wanted to avoid another strict lockdown on Thursday, when the daily tally of new COVID-19 cases was the highest in more than two months.Russia’s COVID-19 response center recorded 6,595 new infections on Thursday, the highest daily count since mid-July. Moscow had 1,050 new cases, more than any other city or region in Russia.Russia exited lockdown in early June, and many shops, businesses and the transport network in Moscow are now operating as usual, though office occupancy rates remain sharply lower. Topics : Guidelines on social distancing remain in place, and people must wear face coverings in shops and on public transport in the Russian capital, though some flout those rules which are not rigorously enforced.”You have to ask people to observe the necessary rules, including the mask regime,” Putin said in video conference with regional governors. “Of course, this is not always comfortable for people, but falling ill is worse.”I would really, really not like to return again to the restrictive measures we introduced this spring.”Officials in the capital have insisted there will not be another lockdown and have played down the prospect of a second wave.center_img The number of coronavirus patients hospitalized in Moscow each day increased by around 30% in the last week, the capital’s COVID-19 response center said on Thursday, but did not provide patient numbers.The response center said 149 people had died nationwide in the last 24 hours, taking the overall death toll to 19,948.Russia’s case tally of 1,128,836 is the world’s fourth-highest.Consumer health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor on Wednesday said Russians returning from abroad by plane would have to self-isolate from now on until they could produce a negative coronavirus test. Foreigners must provide a negative test to enter the country.last_img read more


first_imgThe Pensions Trust has therefore updated its Statement of Investment Principles and voting and engagement policy to make reference to climate change risks.It will also incorporate climate change risk analysis and reporting requirements into new mandates where appropriate and make sure this is part of the discussion during manager update meetings.The third part of its policy is about actively engaging with the wider investment community and policymakers on climate change.As part of this, The Pensions Trust – which has been a signatory to the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) since May 2010 – has decided to become a member of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC).The pension scheme received an A rating in the Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP) survey 2013-14 on the management of climate change risks and opportunities for pension and superannuation funds.The Pensions Trust now ranks 17 out of 458 asset owners on the Asset Owners Disclosure Project’s list of top-rated asset owners, up from 92, a C rating in 2012.The top-rated asset owners are those that score AAA to A.Stephen Nichols, chief executive of The Pensions Trust, said: “The Pensions Trust is thrilled to receive an A rating in the AODP survey. The potential impact of climate change is a key focus area for the Trust, and this achievement recognises the work being undertaken to ensure regulatory risks from climate change are considered in investment decisions, and further reinforces the Trust’s commitment to being a responsible investor.” In other news, European investors worth €7.5trn have urged policymakers to act quickly on climate proposals by the European Commission (EC).Stephanie Pfeifer, chief executive of the IIGCC, said about the publication of the EC’s 2030 energy and climate proposals: “[The] proposals are an important first step to restoring investor confidence in the EU’s vision for a low-carbon energy future. A 40% emissions reduction target is the minimum necessary to keep Europe on course for a low-carbon economy, as outlined in the EU’s 2050 Roadmap. Achieving this target is well within member state capabilities and crucial for long-term policy certainty.”Pfeifer said plans for reform of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) had been long awaited and that the establishment of a reserve mechanism that could support a strong carbon price was a welcome move. However, she said investors would like more clarity on how this reserve mechanism would bring about a meaningful carbon price over the long term.She added: “A well-functioning ETS, which puts a high and stable price on carbon, is critical to delivering investment in low-carbon and renewable technologies. The separate target for renewable energy must therefore be designed so it complements the broader mix of EU climate policies. National governments will now discuss these proposals ahead of a meeting of leaders in March.“Investors need policy fixed for the long term to plan multi-decade energy investments. The longer policy is delayed, the more severe Europe’s energy investment challenge becomes. Policymakers should act with urgency and waste no time in turning these proposals into legislative reality.”Lastly, a survey by extra-financial analysis provider Vigeo on governance structures and corporate responsibility has found significant differences between countries and sectors.European companies are most advanced regarding the supervision of corporate responsibility by their board of directors and within their audit and control systems, according to the study, while North American companies are more advanced in the integration of corporate responsibility criteria within their executives’ remuneration.Companies operating in highly regulated contexts, or in sectors exposed to stakeholder scrutiny, are those that strive most to demonstrate corporate responsibility is actively supported by their directors.Vigeo’s study provides a list of companies whose governance structure is more advanced in the leadership and control of corporate responsibility processes. Fouad Benseddik, director of methodology and institutional relationships at Vigeo, said: “Although much remains to be done, innovative practices identified by Vigeo show that tools and processes exist that will facilitate the implementation of corporate governance.”Vigeo carried out the study based on the assumption that corporate responsibility is more credible if supervised by a governance structure.Within the study, the supervision by the board of directors, the perimeters of the audit and internal control and the inclusion of corporate responsibility criteria in executive remuneration are compared between regions and sectors.The survey was based on its rating of 1,223 companies listed in North America, Asia and Europe. The £5.7bn (€6.9bn) UK occupational pension fund The Pensions Trust has announced it has adopted a climate change policy to help ensure climate change risk is explicitly considered throughout the investment process.Its policy is firstly about understanding how exposed its portfolio is to climate change. This will include a review of its portfolio to understand where there might be value at risk, which will be used to inform its future investment strategy.The second part of its policy is about making sure new and existing investments are managed in way that takes account of climate change risks.last_img read more


first_img England right-back Glen Johnson will miss the World Cup qualifying double-header against Montenegro and Poland as he has been sidelined by an ankle injury sustained a month ago against Manchester United. However, when the squad reassembles next Thursday Rodgers hopes to have him and others available for selection. Press Association Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hopes to come out the other side of the international break with his team’s injury problems almost cleared up. “It will give an opportunity for someone else to come in. Hopefully that will prove seamless and they can come in and continue with a good performance. “Whoever plays in there has to understand the dynamic of what is required and they may have to curtail their game a little bit. “If you move freely and empty that space it leaves it too open. “Our movement and fluidity in the other half of the field is getting better but you have to make sure you have that tactical discipline and whoever plays in there will have to have a similar function.” Aly Cissokho has been out with an ankle knock since the end of August, while Joe Allen has a hamstring problem, Philippe Coutinho a shoulder blow that has required surgery and Sebastian Coates a knee injury. “Glen’s out on the field and hopefully after the international break he’ll be ready to come back into the squad,” said the Reds boss. “Aly Cissokho trained over the course of the last week or so, so I think after the international break he’ll be fine and fit. Joe Allen likewise – he should be ready for the Newcastle game. Glen Johnson and Coutinho will not be long after. “Obviously Sebastian Coates will be that bit longer and has a bit more to do yet but apart from that we’re getting back to our numbers now.” Rodgers’ immediate concern is not injury but suspension with Lucas Leiva suspended having already accumulated five bookings, which means he sits out Saturday’s visit of Crystal Palace. With the Brazil international Rodgers’ only genuine defensive midfielder, he will have to do some tinkering with Jordan Henderson the most likely option to fill the position. The Reds boss admits someone will have to adapt their game to fill the role occupied by Lucas, who is almost back to his best after a surgery on a cruciate knee ligament problem in 2011. “There’s no doubt Lucas has started the season well. He’s a very honest, committed player who understands what it is we’re trying to do,” Rodgers said. last_img read more


first_imgLONDON: Arsenal showed signs they can excel under coach Mikel Arteta with an impressive 2-0 win at home to Manchester United in the Premier League on Wednesday while Southampton sunk Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 and Chelsea were held 1-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion.Nicolas Pepe was in inspired form as he gave Arsenal an early lead and Sokratis made it 2-0 before halftime, galvanising the home fans who finally had something to shout about following a miserable run by their standards.Brighton forward Alireza Jahanbakhsh’s brilliant equaliser denied fourth-placed Chelsea back-to-back league wins. However, United’s defeat meant Chelsea were five points clear of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side and six clear of Spurs.Chelsea, like Spurs, have also struggled for consistency over the festive period.Cesar Azpilicueta celebrated his 100th start as Chelsea captain with a 10th-minute strike and the visitors held on to that lead until the 84th minute, with Iranian Jahanbakhsh coming off the bench to spectacularly earn his side a point, firing home an incredible overhead kick.“When I saw the ball, I just tried to hit it as hard as I could and the bicycle kick was the only option,” he said. “I’m going to watch it a couple more times.”The result helped Brighton end a run of nine straight league defeats by Chelsea stretching back to 1983.Spurs have suffered from inconsistency after an early bounce under under Jose Mourinho and their loss at St Mary’s to a Danny Ings strike further derailed their push for a top-four finish, while their problems mounted with Harry Kane limping off injured.Days after a laboured showing in a 2-2 draw at bottom side Norwich City, Spurs could not find a way back into the game after Ings’s goal in the 17th minute.Kane thought he had equalised late in the second half, but he was adjudged to be offside. The England captain then hobbled off, seemingly with a hamstring injury.A hamstring injury to Harry Kane that forced the England striker off in the second half ensured it was a miserable start to the new year for Tottenham, whose manager Jose Mourinho was booked for an altercation with the home coaching staff.After a bright start to the Mourinho reign at Spurs, the Portuguese has now lost three of his nine league games in charge and a haul of four points from their last four games has seen them fall off the pace in the battle for a top-four spot.Mourinho has cut a relaxed presence since replacing Mauricio Pochettino in November but the frustration showed on Wednesday.“I was rude. I clearly deserved the yellow card as I was rude. I was rude to an idiot. Because I was rude I deserved the yellow card,” Mourinho said of his caution for appearing to go into the home technical area to have words with a member of the Southampton technical staff.Third-placed Manchester City secured a 2-1 victory over Everton, while David Moyes’ West Ham United reign got under way with a 4-0 hammering of Bournemouth.Manchester City stayed one point behind Leicester after handing new Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti his first Premier League defeat since he took charge of the Merseyside club.It took until the 51st minute for City to click into gear as Gabriel Jesus scored two goals in seven minutes to put his side 2-0 up.A mistake from stand-in City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo allowed Richarlison to score but City held on for the win.Leicester City recorded a comfortable 3-0 victory at Newcastle United — their second away win in as many games.Former Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez got the ball rolling before a stunning strike from James Maddison made it two before halftime while Hamza Choudhury rounded off a fine victory for Leicester, who closed the gap with leaders Liverpool to 10 points.Moyes enjoyed a flying start on his return to the West Ham helm, with a Mark Noble double helping the Hammers to thrash Bournemouth at London Stadium.The result allowed West Ham to climb above Bournemouth, who are now in the bottom three having won one of their last 10 league games.Watford continued their resurgence under new manager Nigel Pearson as they made it three wins from their last four games with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.Aston Villa earned just their second away win of the season with a 2-1 success at Burnley, who have now lost six of their last eight games. AgenciesAlso Read: Premier League: Chelsea down Arsenal in ill-tempered derbyAlso Watch: Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya honours elephant calf with ‘Assamese Gamosha’ on Jan 1, 2020last_img read more