View Comments Related Shows After struggling with low grosses for some time, the sweet sound of Josh Young, Erin Mackey, Tony winner Chuck Cooper and more will no longer be heard in Amazing Grace on Broadway. Directed by Gabriel Barre and featuring music and lyrics by Christopher Smith and a book by Smith and Arthur Giron, the production will shutter at the Nederlander Theatre on October 25. The new musical began previews on June 25 and officially opened on July 16. At time of closing, the show will have played 24 previews and 114 regular performances.Amazing Grace is based on the true story behind the beloved song. A tale of romance, rebellion and redemption, the show follows one man whose incredible journey ignited a historic wave of change that gave birth to the abolitionist movement. John Newton (Young), a willful and musically talented young Englishman, faces a future as uncertain as the turning tide. Coming of age as Britain sits atop an international empire of slavery, he finds himself torn between following in the footsteps of his father—a slave trader—and embracing the more compassionate views of his childhood sweetheart (Mackey).The cast also includes Tom Hewitt, Chris Hoch, Harriett D. Foy, Laiona Michelle, Rachael Ferrera and Elizabeth Ward Land.Amazing Grace played a pre-Broadway engagement in Chicago in fall 2014. A national tour of the production is being planned; further details will be announced later.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges. Amazing Grace Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 25, 2015
When the flowering process starts, the blooms will be susceptible to late frosts. Temperatures 28 degrees and lower can cause serious damage to peach blossoms and greatly reduce the crop. “We have varieties with chilling requirements ranging from 400 hours up to 1,000 hours,” Taylor said. “We’re at about 900 hours at Fort Valley now. That probably takes care of 95 percent of our varieties.” Blueberries will still bloom when chill hours are low, Krewer said. But the blooming will be strung out over a longer time. That makes it even more vulnerable to late freezes and makes it harder to control insects like thrips and gall midges. “We like to see 750 hours or more for most varieties, and we’ve got that now,” Krewer said. “The ‘great chill’ put the low-chill varieties back into dormancy and satisfied the higher-chill varieties’ requirements. It was like a miracle. We couldn’t have asked for better weather.” One of Two Nervous Times The shivery days were a blessing to peach growers, too, said UGA horticulturist Kathryn Taylor. Getting enough chill hours allows peach trees to produce plenty of blossoms and, ultimately, a bountiful harvest of sweet Georgia peaches. Winter Just in Time For Morris and other growers, the hard winter came just in time. “Three weeks ago the situation looked grim,” said Gerard Krewer, a small fruits specialist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. In south Georgia, where about 10 percent of the Georgia crop is grown, Brooks County has now had 670 chill hours. “That will take care of the latest varieties,” Taylor said. Photo: Scott Bauer, USDA-ARS Peach growers needed the cold weather badly, coming off a year with very few chill hours, which raised their production costs. “Last year we were way behind,” Taylor said. “We never got enough chill hours.” Photo: Scott Bauer, USDA-ARS Peaches Helped, Too “We had been behind in chill hours since mid-December,” Taylor said. “We’re still behind the 45-year average. But for most varieties, we have enough chill hours now to meet the minimum requirements.” Donnie Morris doesn’t describe the frigid weather of late January and early February the way many Georgians would. “I don’t know any other way to say it: it’s just wonderful,” Morris said. ‘It Was Like a Miracle’ “Now the buds are dormant and are just sitting there ‘counting’ heat units,” Taylor said. “When they get enough heat units, they’ll begin to swell and then start blooming.” Peaches are more demanding than blueberries when it comes to chill hours. Coming up just 100 hours short can cause a major crop failure in many varieties. “Before the ‘great chill,’ the weather had been so mild,” Krewer said. “The low-chill varieties of Southern highbush and rabbiteye blueberries were on the verge of an extremely early bloom. They would have been in great danger of freeze damage.” Growers would like to get the 100 hours or so the highest-chilling varieties need. “But even if we get no more chill hours,” Taylor said, “most of our growers will be happy campers.” Photo: Kathryn Taylor “The more compact blooming time you have when the chill hour requirements are met usually improves pollination, since more varieties are blooming at the same time,” he said. “Our growers will be holding their breath until mid-April looking at frost events,” Taylor said. Almost all of the state’s 4,400 acres of blueberries are in south Georgia. But from mid-January through the first week of February, though, the chill hours in the area mounted fast. Blueberries, peaches and other fruits need a certain number of chill hours, or hours below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, between Oct. 1 and Feb. 15. In the heart of blueberry country, Alma, Ga., had 790 chill hours as of Feb. 6. For Morris’ more than 200 acres of blueberries near Baxley, Ga., the almost constant cold was exactly what they needed. “We need about 700 chill hours,” he said, “and that’s about what we have now.” This winter’s cold weather has gotten growers past one of two nervous times in the peach growing season. The cold winter gives blueberry growers a brighter outlook for the $9 million Georgia crop. Georgia peach growers’ chances for a strong crop have been boosted by the winter chill. In a good year, the state’s peach crop brings farmers about $35 million.
By Bodie V. Pennisi Georgia Extension Service Saying someone has a green thumb usually means they can make anything grow. But it can also mean they are successful in multiplying their plants.If you’re like me, every time you walk into a garden center, you have a wave of jealousy mingled with pleasure. Plant collecting is my soft spot. But how do I get more plants, different species, even cultivars?Plant propagation is the answer. It lets me expand my plant collection without threatening my pocketbook.You can start your own collection of plants. All you need are a few tools and plants and lots of enthusiasm.Basic propagation toolsThe basic tools necessary for propagation are inexpensive and can be found in most garden stores. Start with various sizes of clay or plastic pots with drainage holes.You’ll also need potting mix with good aeration and water-holding capacity. Commercial-grade mixes from garden supply stores are OK. Or you can mix your own with equal parts perlite, vermiculite and milled sphagnum moss, or equal parts sand and peat moss.Use small river stones to keep the potting mix from coming out of the pot’s bottom.You’ll need rooting hormones, too, which are especially important if you’re propagating woody plants. And sharp clippers are necessary for taking cuttings or making cuts.Finally, you’ll need plastic bags or plastic wrap, alcohol for disinfecting the clippers, a misting nozzle and labels.Most garden flowers and vegetables are grown from seed. They need water, warmth and air to germinate. Whether you buy your seeds or collect from your plants in the garden, follow several simple steps. Plant them outside in the ground or inside in a container of potting mix. Plant larger seeds two to three times as deep as their greatest dimension. Very fine seeds should be barely covered. Water carefully, using a misting nozzle, and check every day to make sure the soil doesn’t dry out. If you’re starting seeds inside, keep them in a warm place (65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit) until they germinate. Then move to a cooler place with plenty of light.If you want to just germinate seeds, spread them on a damp paper towel and leave them in a warm place. If you use mung beans or alfalfa seeds, you can eat the sprouts.Several optionsOne of the simplest vegetative propagation techniques is to remove plantlets from the mother plant. Plantlets are miniature, but complete plants, which grow by the side, or on the top, of the mother plant. Spider plant, strawberry begonia and some species of kalanchoe can be propagated that way.Division is one of the surest and easiest methods of plant propagation. It’s done almost exclusively to herbaceous plants. It’s important to divide plants when they’re dormant in spring or fall.A good rule to follow is to divide early-blooming species in the fall and late-blooming species in spring. Greenhouse and houseplants can be divided in the spring, when their new growth is about to begin.Propagation from cuttings may be made from tip cuttings, which consist of the apical bud and the first one or two nodes on the stem, or from a stem section containing a single node or several nodes. Simply stick the cutting into moist potting media, cover the pot with plastic and make sure the medium stays moist.We just grazed the surface of plant propagation. But it’s enough to get you started. So sharpen up your clippers and roll up your sleeves, ’cause it’s propagation time. Volume XXVII Number 1 Page 13
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Queens man was convicted Monday of shooting a 29-year-old man to death and seriously injuring a 51-year-old grandmother also hit by the gunfire in Elmont a year and ½ ago.A Nassau County jury found Wilfred Labossiere guilty of second-degree murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.Prosecutors said the 33-year-old Far Rockaway man was arrested hours after he fatally shot Christopher Mullings of Roosevelt during a family feud over Labossiere’s 3-year-old son on Nov. 26, 2012.Labossiere drove his son’s grandmother to the hospital before he fled the scene, police said at the time.Labossiere faces up to 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced May 1 before Judge Philip Grella.
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr President Obama called for a 35% increase in federal cybersecurity spending when he sent his final budget blueprint to Capitol Hill Monday.“Cybersecurity is one of our most important national security challenges,” Obama said in a statement accompanying the budget. “As our economy becomes increasingly digital, more sensitive information is vulnerable to malicious cyber activity.” continue reading »
House Financial Services Committee member Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., will provide credit unions his perspective on key issues during NAFCU’s June 29 member-only call-in, “2Q Advocacy Update.”Mulvaney last year introduced the NAFCU-backed “National Credit Union Administration Budget Transparency Act” (H.R. 2287/S. 924), a bill to require NCUA to hold yearly budget hearings and release its draft budgets for comment. The House bill was marked up and reported favorably by the panel last December. In other action supported by NAFCU, he has called for a Government Accountability Office study of nearly every aspect of NCUA’s budgeting and expenditure practices.All members are encouraged to attend the June 29 call, said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “Representative Mulvaney has been a staunch ally of credit unions, leading the push in the House for NCUA budget transparency,” Berger said. “We thank him for his support on this issue and look forward to hearing what he has to say during next week’s call.”Mulvaney will speak to NAFCU members at the top of the June 29 member-only call. Attendees will also hear from Berger, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt, Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler, Director of Regulatory Affairs Alexander Monterrubio, Director of Regulatory Compliance Brandy Bruyere, Director of Political Affairs Dan O’Brien and Chief Economist and Director of Research Curt Long. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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The two mainstays of Finland’s earnings-related pension system – Ilmarinen and Varma – have expressed satisfaction with solvency levels in first quarter results although more than a quarter or more of their solvency capital was wiped out against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.Helsinki-based Varma’s investments fell 10.0% in the three-month period after share prices shrank in March amid the COVID-19 shock, the pension insurance company reported.In its interim results statement, CIO Reima Rytsölä said: “The equity market plunged in March at an unheard-of rate, and there were moments when liquidity disappeared almost entirely from the capital markets.”Meanwhile Ilmarinen – the other of the two main providers in Finland’s partially-funded earnings-related pension system – reported a 7.5% loss on investments in the period. Jouko Pölönen, Ilmarinen’s president and chief executive, said: “With the coronavirus crisis, stock prices took a sharp plunge on all markets, which pushed the return on equity investments down to -12.8%.“The return on fixed income investments also was clearly negative, at -6.9%, due to the widening of credit risk margins,” he said. Jouko Pölönen, Ilmarinen president and chief executiveVarma’s solvency capital diminished by more than 30% to €7.9bn at the end of March from €11.6bn on 1 January, and was 1.6 times the solvency limit, the firm reported.Chief executive Risto Murto said: “Despite the economy coming to a grinding halt, Varma’s solvency remained at a good level.”This showed the risk buffers used to secure the pension system were working as they were supposed to, he said.Ilmarinen’s solvency capital shrank by around 25% to €8.1bn at the end of March from €10.8bn at the end of 2019.But Pölönen said that at 120.7%, his firm’s solvency ratio was still clearly higher than regulatory requirements.Solvency buffers built up through long-term funding and investing protected pension assets during market volatility, he said.However, he said, “when it comes to the whole pension system […] it is important to ensure that the sudden slump in the stock market does not lead to a situation where pension companies would be forced to sell their equity investments at low prices to reduce risk.”The market value of Varma’s investments slipped to €43.6bn at the end of the quarter from €48.7bn at the beginning of this year, according to the interim results.Among asset classes, listed equities ended the quarter with a 21.1% loss, though Varma’s equity investments overall registered a loss of 14.6%, the firm reported.Fixed income fell 3.6% and real estate returned 1.3%. Hedge fund investments, meanwhile, left Varma with a 12.7% loss at the end of the three-month period, it said.By reducing equity weights in the overall portfolio, Rytsölä said the pensions insurer had lowered its risk level to secure solvency in the “extraordinary conditions” during the quarter.“The equity market has clearly recovered since the end of March. Time will tell, however, whether the equity market will experience a second wave of decline,” he said.“The central banks’ stimulus measures have slowed the expansion of the economic crisis into a financial crisis”Varma chief executive Risto MurtoMurto said that in terms of economic recovery, the main factor would now be how fast restrictions could be lifted.“The central banks’ stimulus measures, in particular, have been rapid and substantial, which has slowed the expansion of the economic crisis into a financial crisis,” said Murto.Ilmarinen’s total investments contracted to €46.4bn at the end of the first quarter from €50.5bn at the start.The firm said the Finnish economy was expected to slide into a deep recession, as a result of which unemployment was seen rising and the payroll and premiums written were expected to decline substantially.Pölönen said: “The impacts of the crisis will be felt in the pension system in the form of lower investment returns and premiums written due to falling employment rates and the flexibility granted for the payment of earnings-related pension contributions.”
Herald Sun 4 September 2013Former PM John Howard is back on the campaign trail in Adelaide today after yesterday declaring marriage equality is “nonsense”…. Mr Howard said he was against gay marriage and that “the best environment to raise children is in an ordinary, orthodox, heterosexual marriage”.Asked whether he thought there should be a conscience vote, he said that was a matter for the party. “But if you’re asking my view … I think this whole argument that it’s marriage equality is nonsense,” he said.“The present (situation) doesn’t discriminate against people, it just recognises not only a long-standing attitude and custom but also recognises that anything we can do to preserve current notions of marriage are more likely on balance to provide the best environment for raising children.”http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/special-features/former-prime-minister-john-howard-campaigning-in-adelaide-says-children-are-better-off-with-mum-and-dad-not-being-raised-in-gay-marriages/story-fnho52jj-1226709998617
Rangers gaffer, Salisu Yusuf made five changes to the starting squad that earned a priceless goalless draw in Uyo at the weekend and the hunger for goals was evidenced as the quartet of Ibrahim Olawoyin, Israel Abia, Dauda Madaki and Kenechukwu Agu combined well upfront but the visitors defended well to ward off the early raids. Coach of the visiting side, Gilbert Opana, expertly deployed his wards in a 3-5-2 formation that soaked all that was thrown at them with lone ranger upfront, Stone Samuel having little to do against Rangers duo of Uche John and Anthony Franklin in the heart of the defense. The first stanza came and went with only a few shots on target by the host despite dominating play but coach Salisu made early substitution in the second half that saw Ikechukwu Ibenegbu make way for Chinonso Eziekwe on 52 minutes to push the visitors further back into their defensive shells. With the game looking to end on a barren note, Uche John’ long kick from defense found Eziekwe whose massy runs gave him much room to locate ‘Fox in the box’, Olawoyin who outran two markers to lay perfectly for Madaki to curl home beyond a diving Paul Danjuma for the only goal of the encounter to send the fans into wild celebrations. Israel Abia and Chinoso Eziekwe both came close to adding their names on the score sheet within a space of two minutes after the opener but Danjuma did well to parry out Chinonso’ connecting header off an Osas Okoro’ corner kick on 71 minutes while Abia watched in awe as his shot that was heading into the bottom corner was clutched by the pint-sized shot stopper on 72 minutes. Dauda Madaki’s curly shot inside the box on 70 minutes off an Ibrahim Olawoyin’ weighted pass turned out to be the match-winner as Rangers International F.C continued their upward push in the NPFL 2019/2020 season after squeezing past Jigawa Golden Stars 1-0 in a rescheduled fixture. Assistant coach of Rangers, Mbwas Mangut said after the encounter, “We thank God for the victory as Jigawa proved a very tough nut to crack but our resilience and determination to win gave us the edge. We hope to keep working on the team even with injuries to some key players, we believe we shall deliver the goods as the season continues.” Coach Gilbert Opana, who is just two weeks with the Dutse based outfit said, “It was a good match from both sides that was determined by a single mistake which is inevitable in the game of football. My boys played well. The two teams are coming from behind and none wanted to give anything away in the fight to leave the uncomfortable position. Escaping relegation is a must for me and my team and I have no doubt we will escape.” Rangers will next, play host to Akwa United in a M.D 20 fixture inside the main bowl of Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium on Sunday, February 16, 2020 with the match slated to kickoff by 4.00pm. read also:Rangers assure fans of steady rise to the top RANGERS TEAM: Japhet Opubo, Ifeanyi Nweke (Osas Okoro -68th min.), Emmanuel Nwokeji, Tony Shimaga, Uche John, Anthony Franklin, Ikechukwu Ibenegbu (Chinonso Eziekwe -52nd min.), Kenechukwu Agu, Dauda Madaki, Israel Abia (Ugochukwu Ugwuoke -89th min.), Ibrahim Olawoyin. SUBS NOT USED: Femi Thomas, Christian Madu, Kehinde Adedipe, Tope Olusesi. GOAL: Dauda Madaki – 70th minute. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksAmazing Portraits Of Women As Zodiac Signs20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’8 Shows That Overstayed Their WelcomeThailand’s 10 Most Iconic LandmarksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Things About Ancient Egypt That We Don’t Yet Know11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top