Take a Look at Idina Menzel’s Crazy Weekend!

first_imgNo wonder Liz/Beth needs to live a double life! Between starring on Broadway in If/Then, recording a holiday album and voicing a Disney princess, Idina Menzel has had a crazy year. Over the weekend, the Tony winner shared just a glimpse of what it takes to be a blazing supernova. Check out the videos below, capturing Menzel on the set of her album promo, bringing Frozen to the Great White Way, driving around Manhattan, getting a makeup job by her son (see left) and more! Frozen on Broadway?! Sort of. In a post-show auction to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Menzel had four Elsa hopefuls join her on stage to perform the Oscar-winning anthem, “Let It Go.” Listen as they belt it out, and take special note of their outfits: How did they all know to wear that Elsa shade of blue?! A Day in the Life To celebrate hitting one million Facebook fans, Menzel shared a day in the life, from waking up with her Elsa doll to a Sunday matinee of If/Then to home sweet home. Here are just some of the secrets to her success: keeping makeup on overnight, drive yourself as your driver takes the backseat and always have a sweet potato on hand in your dressing room. Oh, and don’t run over fans as you leave the stage door. Take a look at the video, which includes a cameo from Broadway.com fave James Snyder, who, as Menzel herself says, “has a successful vlog.” We happen to agree. On the Set of Holiday Wishes She’s singing Yuletide tunes, she’s in a popup book and more! The holiday season is full of surprises for her and her son Walker every year, and she’s learning a lot. Like don’t buy an expensive crystal ornament if your son likes to throw things on the ground. We know what album we’ll be decorating our tree to this year! If/Then Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 View Commentscenter_img Idina Menzel Star Files Related Shows Her Monday Is in Full Swing Yep, the weekend is over, but the Tony winner never quits. Check out this just-released video of Menzel and Michael Buble’s “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” Adorable! Have a great week, Fanzels! Post by Idina Menzel.last_img read more

Food Hubs

first_img“This is something that can affect all of our farmers,” said Julia Gaskin, coordinator of UGA Cooperative Extension programming in sustainable agriculture. Frank Riley, a farmer who grows corn and pumpkins, would like to develop a farmers market in Hiawassee, Ga. He was one of many small-scale farmers in attendance. “Food hubs are good for the community. They are good for everyone,” Riley said.Food hubs are locally managed, have the potential to generate jobs, improve rural economies and increase the capability of mid-scale farms. However, the creation and implementation of food hubs can be difficult. The success of food hubs depends on the joint effort of Georgia’s agricultural organizations, Gaskin said. A diverse group of agricultural leaders participated in a panel discussion at the event. The panel included Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black and representatives from the UGA CAES, Fort Valley State University, Georgia Farm Bureau and Georgia Organics.“It’s not a trend; it’s not a niche,” said Jim Barham, an agricultural economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and one of the event’s speakers.Barham travels the northern and mid-western U.S. representing USDA. Georgia is the first state in the South to request the USDA at such an event, he said. “What (Georgia’s) doing is exactly what we want to see,” he said.Gaskin hopes to locate interested parties, form working groups and host an in-depth event, all to raise awareness for food hubs.The consortium includes CAES, Fort Valley State University College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology, and the Georgia Department of Agriculture. For more information about it, contact Gaskin at jgaskin@engr.uga.edu. Agriculture is Georgia’s largest economic sector, but 80 percent of the food purchased by Georgians comes from other states, according to a University of Georgia expert.Harald Scherm, associate dean for research at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, shared that statistic when he welcomed attendees to the Georgia Sustainable Agriculture Consortium’s kick-off event, “Food Hubs for the Future: Growing Georgia’s Mid-Size Farms.” Farmers, policymakers, business owners and others interested in food hubs turned out for the event Oct. 27 at UGA. The event was also broadcast via webinar.The recently created Georgia Sustainable Agriculture Consortium would like to see two food hubs developed in Georgia within the next 5 years.Historically, Georgia agriculture has been focused on large-scale production. Products are sold primarily through wholesale markets across the nation. Food hubs, a new concept, allow smaller-scale producers to directly sell produce and meats to consumers. The event focused on how food hubs can offer a channel for local farmers to reach local businesses. last_img read more

Vermont to get $300K to provide laid off workers with on-the-job training

first_imgDuring a visit to Denver, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced $75 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds for On-the-Job Training, National Emergency Grants to 41 states, the District of Columbia and three federally recognized Native American tribes.  Vermont’s share is $293,000. These resources will be used to help Americans get back to work, especially in geographic areas disproportionately impacted by the recession.”Today’s grants will help dislocated workers across the country learn while they earn.  For most that will mean not just employment, but also the chance to receive training that allows them to upgrade their skills,” said Secretary Solis. “As our economic recovery takes hold, this investment presents a win-win scenario.  After all, workers are not the only ones who benefit from the approach.  On-the-job training programs also offer tremendous returns for employers who commit time and other resources to training and hiring employees.”On-the-Job Training Grants offer a method to jump start re-employment for dislocated workers experiencing prolonged unemployment by enabling employers to create training and job opportunities for these individuals.  Participants will be given a chance to “earn and learn,” which means they will develop applicable occupational skills while earning a paycheck.  Employers participating in these on-the-job training projects will receive partial reimbursement to offset the extraordinary cost of training workers.  The projects will help workers become proficient in needed skills more quickly, which will serve to encourage employers to hire workers sooner than perhaps initially planned, facilitating the private sector hiring of well-qualified individuals to contribute to their bottom line and spur economic recovery.  Today’s awards distribute these resources across the country, not only to deliver on-the-job training services to thousands of unemployed Americans, but also to build the capacity of the workforce investment system to engage in this critical training model in the months and years to come to assist in economic recovery.National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor’s Dislocated Worker National Reserve and are awarded based on a state’s ability to meet specific guidelines.  For more information about the grants announced today, visithttp://www.doleta.gov/layoff/Job_Training.cfm(link is external).Editor’s Note:  A chart of grant recipients follows this news release.On-the-Job Training Grants Grant recipients include states and federally recognized Native American tribesAlabama – $1,444,144Alaska – $715,684Alaska – Orutsararmiut Native Council – $286,387California – $9,990,477Colorado – $1,137,558Connecticut – $673,776Delaware – $675,544District of Columbia – $627,753Florida – $3,462,110Georgia – $2,023,944Hawaii – $601,873Idaho – $625,535Illinois – $3,248,780Indiana – $1,318,642Iowa – $990,347Kansas – $641,903Kentucky – $978,725Louisiana – $1,415,062Maryland – $1,971,169Massachusetts – $1,065,670Michigan – $3,791,794Mississippi – $1,651,549Missouri – $1,284,243Montana – $889,009Nebraska – $534,080New Hampshire – $972,474New Jersey – $1,477,396New Mexico – $354,902New York – $3,426,727North Carolina – $3,142,366Ohio – $3,865,742Oklahoma – $652,924Oklahoma – Cherokee Nation – $850,357Oklahoma – Seminole Nation – $236,668Oregon – $2,119,166Pennsylvania – $2,697,393South Carolina – $1,327,704South Dakota – $617,040Tennessee – $1,170,677Texas – $3,524,688Vermont – $293,264Virginia – $1,498,683Washington – $1,960,262West Virginia – $490,993Wisconsin – $2,274,814U.S. Department of Labor releases are accessible on the Internet at http://www.dol.gov(link is external).  The information in this news release will be made available in alternate format (large print, Braille, audio tape or disc) from the COAST office upon request.  Please specify which news release when placing your request at 202-693-7828 or TTY 202-693-7755.  The Labor Department is committed to providing America’s employers and employees with easy access to understandable information on how to comply with its laws and regulations.  For more information, please visit http://www.dol.gov/compliance(link is external).SOURCE U.S. Department of Labor. 6.25.2010. DENVER/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —last_img read more

WHO concludes H5N1 likely spread within family

first_imgJun 22, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization has concluded that Indonesia’s recent family cluster of H5N1 avian influenza cases probably involved person-to-person transmission, including one three-person chain, according to the Associated Press (AP).In a report obtained yesterday by the AP, the WHO said the first person in the cluster probably caught the virus from sick birds and then passed it to six family members, the AP reported. One of those family members, a boy, then probably infected his father.But the WHO also said the virus has not mutated and did not spread to anyone outside the family, according to the AP story. The findings described by the AP match what the WHO had said previously about the cluster, but the agency has not released a final report on the episode.Seven members of an extended family in North Sumatra province had confirmed H5N1 cases in May, and six of them died. Another family member, a 37-year-old woman, had a similar illness before the others but died and was buried without being tested for the disease. Her case is regarded as the index case in the cluster.”Six confirmed H5N1 cases likely acquired [the] H5N1 virus through human-to-human transmission from the index case . . . during close prolonged contact with her during the late stages of her illness,” the AP quoted the WHO report as saying.Officials previously said several family members had slept in the same room with the index case-patient one night when she was coughing heavily.The AP said the report was distributed at a closed meeting of avian flu experts in Jakarta. The meeting was organized after Indonesia asked for international help in dealing with avian flu.One of the mysteries about the case cluster, the story notes, is why only blood relatives, not spouses, became infected. The AP says the WHO speculates that the family members had “a common genetic predisposition to infection with H5N1 virus with severe and fatal outcomes,” but there is no evidence for that.Keiji Fukuda, coordinator of the WHO’s Global Influenza Program, told the AP the cluster seems to resemble other family clusters that involved limited human-to-human transmission after close contact.”The really critical factor is, why did that cluster develop?” he said.In other avian flu news, Malaysia today declared itself free of the disease after 3 months with no outbreaks, but said it would remain vigilant, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.”Malaysia is now free of the H5N1 virus after 3 months since the last infection,” Agriculture Minister Muhyiddin Yassin was quoted as saying at a news conference.Malaysia had a rash of outbreaks starting in February in chickens in villages near Kuala Lumpur, the story said. Since then, five other outbreaks have occurred in poultry in the northern states of Perak and Penang.Muhyiddin said the country must remain on alert because avian flu is still spreading in neighboring Indonesia. In new safety measures, he said slaughtering of chickens at “wet markets” must stop, and state governments have been asked to require farmers to breed birds in cages to keep them away from wild birds, the story said.See also: May 24, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Two generations of spread possible in Indonesia H5N1 cases”last_img read more

D-Marin is expanding its nautical business to Dubai and the Gulf

first_imgThe D-Marin and Doğuş Group signed a business cooperation and partnership agreement in Barcelona with Meraas and Dubai Holding, with the aim of developing and promoting Dubai as a desirable destination for luxury yacht owners and boaters around the world. The collaboration includes the management of existing marinas and marinas under construction by Meraas and Dubai Holding, including the marinas in Port de La Mer, Dubai Harbor and Jumeirah Beach Hotel. D-Marin, which manages a total of 11 marinas in Turkey, Greece, Montenegro and Croatia and three leading overhaul shipyards in Spain and France, hereby confirms its leading position in consulting and management after the recent takeover of Portonovi Marin in Montenegro. and outside Europe.”This agreement testifies to the successful further expansion of D-Marin to different regions. Dubai has achieved remarkable growth over the past few decades. The Doğuş Group has been present in Dubai since 2011, operating in the real estate, food and beverage sectors, and is actively growing and developing. We look forward to joining forces with Meraas and Dubai Holding and working to create state-of-the-art maritime facilities in that city. Thanks to this business cooperation and the regional center in Dubai, we have recognized the long-term potential of using the opportunities for management and development of marinas in the wider Gulf region. I believe that our partnership will positively contribute to the cooperation of all parties involved and create the preconditions for further progress in business. ” pointed out Ferit F. Şahenk, CEO of Doğuş Group.Once Dubai Harbor becomes part of Dubai’s nautical offering, Meraas will be able to boast the largest marina in the Middle East with 1.100 berths. The marina within Dubai Harbor will be able to accommodate some of the largest yachts in the world, up to 150 meters long. The supporting infrastructure will include a branched road network, a marina and facilities for the provision of air transport services, as well as a single-track railway and a water taxi station. As part of the partnership, D-Marin will focus on marina management by providing consulting services on technical and design aspects of building sustainable marinas, but also providing marketing support and providing them with significant experience and best practices of its senior management team. The establishment of a local base in Dubai will also ensure flawless integration with existing businesses in Southeast Europe and Turkey. In addition, the aim of the partnership will be to provide support to the world sailing community and to create a calendar with various regattas, sailing competitions and other relevant events at sea.In addition to boasting significant purchasing power and lucrative opportunities for investors, the world’s luxury and recreational nautical industry is estimated at between $ 1,3 billion and $ 1,5 billion. Emerging markets, such as Southeast Asia and the Gulf, contribute significantly to the growth of the sector. At the same time, the United Arab Emirates has a developed nautical industry that is expected to reach a value of about 66 billion dollars by the end of this year. The mentioned business cooperation will strengthen the position of Dubai as one of the five leading world centers of tourism, trade, transport and finance. There is a growing need for marinas in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states and in the Middle East in general. The region is an important market for luxury yachts: a total of 205 luxury yachts require berths longer than 40 meters, which represents 13 percent of the total number of yachts in the world. In addition, according to a recent report by the Association of Super Yacht Builders (SYBA), the region has contributed to a seven percent increase in the number of luxury yachts in the world over the past three years.last_img read more

Most Asian markets rise, focus turns to Fed meeting

first_imgEquities extended their rally in Asia on Wednesday as the lifting of lockdown restrictions continued to fuel hope for an economic rebound from the coronavirus crisis.While the World Health Organization said a record number of new cases were recorded globally on Monday – with Latin America, India and Russia heavily affected – European nations pressed ahead with easing strict measures that have likely sent the planet into recession.Among the latest moves, Cyprus welcomed its first tourist flights in almost three months, while France announced the Eiffel Tower would reopen on June 25. Investor focus is on the end of the Federal Reserve’s latest policy meeting later in the day, which will be the first since the United States began to reopen and the first since Friday’s blockbuster jobs report.The bank’s decision will be closely watched, though most observers do not expect it to further ease monetary policy, having pledged vast sums of cash as a backstop to financial markets.”The relentless rebound in equity markets continues to endure, suggesting no one is willing to call a top,” said AxiCorp’s Stephen Innes.”But the primary question remains: has the market’s recovery bought the Fed some time not to use all its bullets, or will they keep the pedal to the metal?” ‘Period of consolidation’He added: “The Fed orchestrated this market recovery, and (is) now set to offer its latest thoughts, estimates and, hopefully for market sentiment, an actionable go-forward plan.”In early trade, Hong Kong rose 0.8 percent – an eighth straight gain – with troubled carrier Cathay Pacific at one point soaring almost 19 percent the day after it announced a major government bailout plan to help it get through the effects of the virus crisis.Tokyo ended the morning 0.1 percent higher, while Sydney added 0.5 percent and Seoul gained 0.4 percent.Singapore climbed 0.7 percent and Taipei put on 0.8 percent, though there were losses in Shanghai, Manila and Jakarta.While markets are pushing on in Asia, the US rally stuttered with the Dow and S&P 500 dropping on Tuesday as observers begin to worry the surge since March’s troughs across markets may have gone too far.”It would be no great surprise to see a period of market consolidation now as investors await decisive news on the coronavirus front to determine the direction of the next big market moves,” Paul O’Connor at Janus Henderson Investors said.The lingering optimism provided support to higher-yielding, riskier currencies, with the South Korean won and Australian dollar up 0.5 percent against the dollar, while the Chinese yuan edged up 0.3 percent.Topics :last_img read more

DeepOcean arrives for Troll phase 3 umbilicals

first_imgThe Norwegian offshore contractor will install the umbillical in the North Sea later in the summer. DeepOcean’s work scope for the project covers project management, engineering, procurement, fabrication and offshore installation activities. DeepOcean’s 150-metre-long offshore construction vessel Edda Freya has arrived at Nexans Norway’s factory in Halden to load umbilical for Equinor’s Troll Phase 3 project. Specifically, the work includes installation of two integrated subsea templates and manifolds, two foundations and PLEMs, installation of spools, laying of MEG line and umbilical, tie-in’s and commissioning activities. First gas from the project should flow in the second quarter of 2021. Nexans Norway will design, manufacture and supply static umbilicals. The umbilicals include HV power elements, hydraulic lines, a MEG service line for chemical injection, a spare line and fiber-optics .center_img Phase 3 of the Troll project covers the development of the Troll West structure. The subsea production systems will comprise two subsea templates or manifolds, as well as nine trees. Each manifold should have four well slots. The contract also includes the supply of connections, terminations and other umbilical accessories. The project lies in water depths of approximately 330 metres and also 25 kilometres north-west of the Troll A platform. Equinor picked Nexans to supply umbilicals required to power and also control the subsea systems of the Troll field Phase 3 development.last_img read more

It’s no retreat, no surrender for Liverpool loanee Awoniyi

first_img Loading… The national Under-23 forward promised to remain focussed for the club and country as he attributed his recent breakthrough to hard work. He was able to break his duck with Mainz upon the Bundesliga’s return. Awoniyi joined the Bundesliga club last summer on a season-long loan from Liverpool. He had played just 146 minutes prior to Mainz’s clash with FC Koln under a fortnight ago. It was the first Bundesliga match since the coronavirus pandemic froze the competition in March, and Awoniyi made the most of his rare chance. The Nigerian forward was brought on as a substitute for Dong-won Ji after 56 minutes, and with his side down 2-0, Awoniyi latched onto Ridle Baku’s pass to score his first goal for the club. Speaking about the goal to Tribalfootball.com, the 22-year-old said: “Glory be to God, I felt very happy about the goal, but the most important thing is the success of the club. It was really a great feeling for me due to reason best known to me. “As a player the only thing you just have to do, keeps working very hard, and hopefully your chance will come by. You cannot give up. “It was a normal player and coach reactions. We were 2 – 0 down and ended up drawing the game. Everyone was happy.” The moment vindicated Awoniyi’s decision not to leave Mainz in January, which he confirms was an option for him. He added: “I had quite some options to leave in January but I personally chose not to leave.” Awoniyi joined the Reds in 2015 but has been unable to obtain a work permit ever since. During the last five years he has spent time on loan at FSV Frankfurt, NEC, Gent and two spells at Royal Excel Mouscron. Taiwo Asoniyi in action for Flying Eagles The Merseyside club remain in regular contact and Awoniyi says he will decide on his future at the end of the season. “We are always in contact but presently I’m a player of Mainz05 and that’s where my focus is now and we will see what happens at the end of the season.” Despite his goal, Awoniyi failed to win a start in Mainz’s following match on Saturday, a 5-0 loss to RB Leipzig. But Awoniyi is staying strong about his appearances from the bench. “Like I said earlier the most important thing is for a player to keep working very hard, whether he is a striker or goalkeeper and leave the rest in God’s hands. God controls everything. read also:Amuneke to Rohr: Chidera Ejuke, Awoniyi deserve Eagles chance “I believe in life that there are things you can’t control, but you can always control yourself in terms of your goals in life and just remain focused. “In terms of form, I just have to continue working very hard and see where it leads at the end, but it was a great time in Mouscron in Belgium.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Nigeria’s Taiwo Awoniyi has vowed to continue to blaze a trail in his quest for the top and he believes nothing will stop him. Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWorld-Ending Scenarios: This Is How The Apocalypse May HappenWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careerslast_img read more

Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour online entries accepted starting June 1

first_imgMANDAN, N.D. – IMCA Modified and Stock Car drivers planning to follow the upcoming Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour can go on line to complete the early registration process beginning Wednes­day, June 1.The 27th annual tour opens July 9 at Jamestown Speedway, then travels to Nodak Speedway on July 10, Estevan Motor Speedway on July 11, Williston Basin Speedway on July 12, Southwest Speedway on July 13 and Dacotah Speedway on July 14.All Modified features pay $2,200 to win, a minimum of $300 to start and are Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional ballot qualifying events. All Stock Car features pay $800 to win and a minimum of $125 to start.“We set car count records of better than 90 Modifieds and more than 38 Stock Car entries a night last year and are confident of meeting or exceeding those numbers again this year,” Tour Director John Gartner said. “We’re asking drivers to help us with the entry process by going to the www.dakotaclassictour.com website and completing the online form.”“This helps us get the most accurate information to each track and local media ahead of time,” he added. “Drivers’ paperwork will be done when they get to Jamestown for opening night and all they have to do that evening when they get to the track is pay for their pit passes.”A record 128 different Modified drivers competed over the course of the 2015 tour. Those who race in at least three events this summer become eligible to qualify for the $10,001 to win Legendary special on Friday, July 15 at Dacotah Speedway in Mandan.“We certainly anticipate that more drivers will compete at more events to make themselves eligible for The Legendary,” said Gartner. “This will be the biggest-paying IMCA event ever held in North Dakota and the quality of drivers who will follow the tour ensures that it will be one of the best as well.”All six Dakota Tour events as well as The Legendary will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.Tour title sponsor Kupper Chevrolet of Mandan provides point funds of $2,000 for the Modifieds and $1,000 for the Stock Cars.  A generous number of contingency awards will also be given by IMCA and local sponsors.More information about the tour is available from Gartner at 701 202-6075.last_img read more

EngineQuest IMCA program includes return to Stock Car regional title sponsorship roles

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nev. – EngineQuest returns this season to a familiar and much appreciated role as title sponsor of Northern and Southern regions for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars.  Two hundred dollar cash bonuses go to eligible Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Kus­toms Northern SportMod and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod drivers who win two or more track championships while competing with built engines.   The Las Vegas, Nev., cyl­inder head and engine component manufacturer again provides a por­tion of $3,750 point funds to be paid to top 10 drivers in each region. The EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region includes tracks in eastern Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kan­sas, Minnesota, Missouri, Ne­braska, North Dakota, Oregon, Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Wiscon­sin and Wyoming; the EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region is com­prised of tracks in Ari­zona, California, western Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.  Now in its 14th year as an IMCA sponsor, EngineQuest also continues a contingency program that in­cludes cash bonuses, product certificates and product awards.  “EngineQuest’s long partnership with IMCA has been very beneficial for many years and we look forward to continuing this relationship for many more years to come,” said EngineQuest’s National Sales Manager Eric Haugland. Fifty dollar product certificates will be awarded to all eligible built engine-powered drivers in those divisions who win track titles.The national Stock Car champion and Hobby Stock, Northern SportMod and Southern SportMod drivers finishing highest in national standings and competing with EQ heads each receive a set of EQ cylinder heads. Highest finishing Mopar engine drivers in the Stock, Hobby and both SportMod divisions also earn sets of EQ-manufactured cylinder heads. Information about EQ-manufactured cylinder heads is available at the www.enginequest.com web­site or by calling 702 649-7776 or 800 426-8771.  “We’ve built a very successful partnership with EQ over the years and will do everything we can to protect that relationship,” observed IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Their core values align with those at IMCA and the EQ cylinder heads are fundamental to IMCA racing across multiple divisions.” Drivers must display two EngineQuest decals on their race car to be eligible for point fund shares, which will be distributed during the national awards banquet in November or mailed from the IMCA home office beginning the following week. last_img read more