Broadway Grosses: Aladdin Is ‘One Jump Ahead’

first_img Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending April 6: UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Act One ($316,124) * 4. Violet ($278,904) * 3. Mothers and Sons ($221,430)  2. Casa Valentina ($155,775) ** 1. The Velocity of Autumn ($135,307) ** FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. Wicked ($1,806,067) 2. The Lion King ($1,683,062) 3. The Book of Mormon ($1,598,000) 4. Kinky Boots ($1,351,725) 5. Aladdin ($1,170,038) FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.60%) 2. Cabaret (101.23%) ** 3. A Raisin in the Sun (100.00%) **** 4. Aladdin (99.96%) 5. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (99.27%) *** Make way for Prince Ali, Broadway! The new Disney musical Aladdin has flown into the top five grossing shows, joining perennial box office faves Wicked, The Lion King, The Book of Mormon and Kinky Boots. Meanwhile, Broadway audiences have made it clear that they love seeing celebs up close and personal. Making appearances in the top five shows by capacity last week were the Neil Patrick Harris led Hedwig and the Angry Inch, A Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington and Cabaret with Michelle Williams and Alan Cumming. UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. Jersey Boys (65.74%) 4. Act One (63.57%) 3. The Velocity of Autumn (62.17%) 2. The Bridges of Madison County (57.74%) 1. Mothers and Sons (50.09%)  *Number based on 8 preview performances **Number based on 7 preview performances ***Number based on 6 preview performances ****Number based on 3 preview performances and 5 regular performances View Commentslast_img read more

18 Turf, trees don’t mix

first_imgOne of the most common questions asked county extension agents ishow to grow healthy turf grass under trees. It can be frustratingwhen you plant over and over and watch the turf get thinner andthinner as the tree canopy thickens.Perhaps the best solution to the problem is to stop trying sohard. Accept the fact that turf grasses and trees just don’t mix.Trees don’t just compete with turf for valuable nutrients andwater. Mature trees with large canopies also cast too much shadeon our sun-loving grasses.This usually isn’t a problem when the trees are young. But asthey grow and the shade gets more dense, the turf begins tosuffer.Your best betSeeding or sodding turf grasses in heavily shaded areas may proveto be a waste of time, energy and money. Your best bet may be toavoid the disappointment by planting an alternative.One popular choice is dwarf mondo grass. It grows 2 inches tall,never needs mowing, thrives in shade and is green year-round.Most garden centers sell dwarf mondo grass in 4-inch pots.However, if you have a large area to plant, bare-root divisionsmay be the most economical.Your local nurseryman can order these from wholesale suppliers inGeorgia. If you’re really frugal and observant, you may find afriend who is willing to share a few clumps of dwarf mondo grassfrom his landscape.Taller mondoAnother good choice for shaded areas is regular mondo grass. Itgrows 6 to 8 inches high and has a fine, grass-like texture. Likeits dwarf cousin, it stays green all year and requires verylittle care once established. Plant mondo grass 12 to 18 inchesapart and dwarf mondo grass 6 to 10 inches apart.Liriope is another great choice for shaded areas under trees. Ithas coarser foliage than mondo grass and grows 8 to 12 inchestall. There are two types on the market.Liriope muscari, the clumping form, spreads outward from theparent clump. Liriope spicata, a spreading form, moves byrhizomes (underground creeping stems) and seeds. The spicata ismore aggressive. But it may be invasive, too, and harder toconfine to a bed.More choicesAnother great choice for shaded areas is Asiatic jasmine. Onceestablished, it sends out runners that creep along the ground andform a dense, evergreen mat that’s easily edged and kept confinedto a desired shape.It has small, evergreen leaves, one-fourth to three-fourths of aninch long. The flowers aren’t particularly showy. But the shiny,pest-free foliage is worth the investment.A popular newcomer to the ground cover market is CreepingRaspberry. It creeps along the ground and forms a dense,evergreen mat in sun or shade. It doesn’t bear edible fruit. Butit’s a reliable plant sure to tolerate the competition and shadeof trees.When you plant ground covers under trees, remember that 80percent of the tree’s system is in the top 12 inches of soil. Soavoid disturbing tree roots by tilling the soil. Instead,carefully dig individual holes for the ground covers to minimizethe root damage to the trees.last_img read more

Eating Insects Athens

first_imgAthens, Georgia’s growing reputation as a gastronomic capital attracts culinary tourists from all over the Southeast. This summer, the city will welcome a new type of culinary enthusiasm. They won’t be after barbecue or biscuits. They’ll be here for the bugs. Eating Insects Athens, held by the North American Coalition for Insect Agriculture, will draw hundreds of insect agriculture and insect gastronomy advocates to Athens from Aug. 13 to 15. The conference, held at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel, will feature research presentations, industry information, art exhibits, networking opportunities and, of course, several chances to eat insects. This conference is a follow-up to Eating Insects Detroit, which was held in 2016. Marianne Shockley, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and founding member of NACIA, is helping to host the event. For years, she and her team of UGA entomology students, called “Bug Dawgs,” have been introducing Athens to edible insects through outreach events at local grade schools and on UGA’s campus. This conference will enable UGA entomology students to meet others who promote insect agriculture. “As an emerging industry worldwide, insects for food and feed can positively impact Georgia through collaborations between insect farmers, educators, chefs, researchers and business owners to enhance and highlight this rising agricultural economy,” said Shockley. Innovators from culinary, cultural and scientific fields will converge at the Eating Insects Athens conference, showcasing the multifaceted aspects of this burgeoning industry.Although many cultures around the world have been eating insects since they began, the concept of eating insects has been one of growing interest in developed nations in recent years. This interest, along with a dedicated group of experts, eventually led to NACIA’s founding in 2016. NACIA works with its stakeholders, which includes students all the way to large corporations, to further the growing use of insects for both feed for livestock and food for humans. There are almost 2,000 edible insect species around the globe.The topic of insects as food is one that many might find unsettling, but it may become commonplace in the future. A 2013 report released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations warns that the constantly growing population may deplete resources to the point that consuming insects will become a necessity.last_img read more

IEA: Offshore wind capacity could top 200GW by 2040

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge News:The International Energy Agency (IEA) sees offshore wind as a “rising global force on the energy landscape”, executive director Fatih Birol told the opening session of the WindEurope conference yesterday.With around 20GW of offshore wind installed globally today, compared to more than 500GW of onshore wind, the offshore sector has not figured prominently in the Paris-based IEA’s previous analyses and forecasts of the global energy market. But the IEA expects the world’s offshore wind capacity to more than triple by 2025, and edge close to 200GW by 2040 — with the potential to go substantially further if ambitious government policies were put in place.Recent auction results and the introduction of larger turbines herald a period of ever more competitive offshore wind power, said Birol, who expects “strong growth, first in Europe and then around the world. The developments in Europe can spark a wave of offshore wind appetite outside of Europe — there’s some fertile grounds for that,” he said. “First of all Asia, with China followed by India. But also North America and Latin America — there’s big room [for growth] there.”The substantially higher capacity factor of offshore wind farms compared to onshore wind or solar make it a “very important opportunity” as the world’s penetration of renewables grows. Birol also tipped his hat to the growing promise of floating wind, which could unlock big electricity markets in places like California for the offshore wind sector. The IEA is “working very closely” with industry leaders to better understand the “opportunities floating turbines can provide for offshore wind developers across the world”, he saidMore: IEA: Offshore wind could reach 200GW or more by 2040 IEA: Offshore wind capacity could top 200GW by 2040last_img read more

New Tax Breaks to Spur Major New Investment by Brazil’s Defense Industry

first_imgBy Dialogo November 07, 2011 Brazil’s defense industry — the largest of any Latin American nation — could double in size over the next 10 years, thanks to a new fiscal policy proposed by President Dilma Rousseff. That policy will soon provide tax breaks to Brazilian defense manufacturers, giving them lucrative incentives to make new investments and acquisitions. As a result, thousands of new defense-related jobs are likely to be created. This initiative responds to Brazil’s national defense strategy and dovetails with the country’s industrial, technological and economic development plans. On Sep. 29, the president signed a provisional measure that exempts the defense sector from paying the industrialized products tax (IPI), the social security tax (Cofins) and the Social Integration Program tax (PIS) for five years. This could translate into savings of 30 percent for defense companies. It’s a relief for business executives who rank the tax burden along with poor infrastructure as the top impediments to growth. “These measures are important to promote the defense sector, because the industry lacks adequate conditions for domestic enterprises to compete with foreign companies inside and outside Brazil,” explained Armando Lemos, technical director for the São Paulo-based Brazilian Association of Manufacturers of Materials for Defense and Security (ABIMDE). The measure is expected to generate 23,000 direct and 90,000 indirect jobs. This would nearly double the defense sector’s current workforce of 25,000 direct and 100,000 indirect jobs, said Lemos. In all, 186 companies will benefit from the program, including industry leaders Avibras (aerospace), Embraer (aircraft), Helibras (helicopters) and Odebrecht Defesa (technology). “While the measure is still pending formal implementation, it will define the registration criteria for strategic defense companies and detail the specific tax regime that will apply to them,” said Lemos. The 2008 National Defense Strategy document, published during the presidency of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and devised by former Defense Minister Nelson Jobim, was a major milestone for Brazil’s defense establishment after years of neglect following the country’s return to democracy. One of its primary missions was to resuscitate the largely abandoned defense industry and turn it into an efficient, competitive business capable of contributing to Brazil’s international prestige and economic growth. “Brazil’s defense requires the reorganization of the national defense industry,” the document explicitly states. A guideline set forth by the report to achieve this reorganization highlights the need for independent technological capacity through international partnerships — as well as the importance of subordinating commercial considerations to so-called strategic imperatives, such as a special legal, regulatory and taxation regime for the defense industry. Since the document’s publication, technology transfer arrangements have been made between Embraer and overseas suppliers to produce the KC-390 military transport aircraft. Brazil´s cooperation with France to build four conventional submarines and one nuclear submarine also includes a similar technology transfer agreement. A key pillar of Brazil’s new strategy is to bolster its defense industry, thereby ensuring that equipment needs are met by domestic companies capable of competing in external markets. That would guarantee economies of scale for production. “Whether owing to the size of our territory or our borders, or to the fact that our country has been blessed with enormous wealth, we need this industry because it is strategic for our sovereignty,” Rousseff said following the announcement of tax breaks for the sector. The defense industry is not alone in receiving preferential treatment. Last August, Rousseff announced the Bigger Brazil Plan (Plano Brasil Maior) aimed at protecting domestic manufacturers from increased Asian competition and a rising currency. The pilot program supports the production of clothing, shoemaking, furniture and software by offering $16 billion in tax breaks to support innovation, investment, productivity, foreign trade, human capital, sustainable production, and small and medium size companies in these sectors. In essence, the plan puts homegrown innovation and value-added production at the forefront and aims to make Brazilian companies more cost-competitive globally. “We need to develop technology in Brazil in order to add even more value to our industrial production by reducing costs through tax reductions and by minimizing bureaucracy,” said Labor Party Sen. Acir Gurgacz, in arguments shortly before the plan’s passage in August. Brazilian defense companies already receive some direct financial support from the federal government. For example, Optovac, which created a uranium valve for Brazil’s future nuclear submarine, counts on resources from the São Paulo State Research Foundation as well as FINEP, an agency of the Ministry of Science and Technology. According to the 2008 National Defense Strategy, the largest industrial projects of Brazil’s armed forces will require investments of at least $40 billion. Addressing all military needs expands the total to about $120 billion, said ABIMDE’s president, Orlando José Ferreira Neto. Brazil’s ambitious goals appear achievable. In 2010, the country was Latin America’s highest defense spender at $33.5 billion, and the only one in the region to rank among the world’s top 15 spenders, according to the Swedish research center SIPRI. The new fiscal incentives will help free up even more capital for investments in this sector.last_img read more

Hicksville Man Charged With Setting Fire to Strip Club

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Hicksville man has been arrested for allegedly setting fire to a Bellmore strip club this week, Nassau County police said.Craig Blum was charged with arson and reckless endangerment.Arson/Bomb Squad detectives alleged that the 42-year-old suspect set fire to the rear of Billy Dean’s Showtime Café on Newbridge Road at 12:40 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15.The fire caused damage to the hallway and bathroom. North Bellmore Fire Department firefighters extinguished the flames. There were no injuries reported.Blum will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img

Communicating to Americans living aboard

first_img(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – For some 2 million Americans registered with 260 embassies or consulates abroad, the US government says its Web site (www.pandemicflu.gov) is designed to provide the latest information on avian and pandemic influenza.The site was referenced in the Dec 18 report “National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Implementation Plan: Summary of Progress,” which summarizes what federal agencies are doing to prepare for a pandemic.According to the report, the US Department of State (DOS) and Department of Health and Human Services , with other agencies, were in charge of implementing programs to inform US citizens, including businesses, NGO personnel, Department of Defense Personnel, and military family members residing and traveling abroad, “where they may obtain accurate timely information, including risk level assessments, to enable them to make informed decisions and take appropriate personal measures.”William Armbruster, spokesman for the science bureau at the DOS, said that during meetings with ambassadors or visitors from other agencies over the past year, Americans living abroad have been encouraged to use the site.Although the host government may give out information about the pandemic, he said, anyone overseas who doesn’t read or speak the national language can use the site. Having one main source of authoritative information will prevent confusion and panic, he added.And what will happen if the Internet is not working?Armbruster said that while the power may go down in one part of a country, people living in another part can still access information. Additionally, each country has a “warden net,” an embassy-controlled communication network designed to get information to Americans who have registered and are living in that country.The system is tailored to each area and includes calling people, making announcements in the media, and in some cases, driving out to individual homes. Embassies may also call town hall meetings, assuming the government has not banned public gatheringsSee the full list of pandemic planning actions at http://www.pandemicflu.gov/professional/federal/stratergyimplementationplan.html.Comments from the Editor-in-Chief:A significant number of the Americans living overseas are employees or family members of employees of international companies. Their need to have clear and predetermined plans and communication strategies for responding to changes in the pandemic threat was really brought home to me in late May. I was speaking at a meeting on pandemic influenza and business preparedness in New York City. A number of the Fortune 100 companies were represented at the meeting by their senior business continuity and security personnel. At that time the media was reporting on an emerging cluster of H5N1 cases among an extended family in Sumatra. It appeared at the time—and was later confirmed by the WHO—that 3 generations of person-to-person transmission of H5N1 virus had been documented. Rumors spread widely that the WHO was about to raise the pandemic alert level from Phase 3 to Phase 4. I asked for a show of hands how many of the companies had specific action steps in their pandemic response plans should the WHO elevate the status to Phase 4. To my surprise many companies did. I still have not figured out what the difference means from a pandemic risk perspective of such a change—and I don’t think the WHO knows either. When I asked what the various companies would do, I was shocked to learn that many of them had plans to evacuate their ex-pats out of Asia (and only Asia) and bring them back to the US. It was evidentthat there was no clear understanding of what the possible change in pandemic phases really meant for the health and safety of their employees or their family member or even the reason for evacuating them from Asia. The takeaway message for me from this story is that having an effective way to communicate with employees based around the world is important. Knowing what to communicate is even more critical. We still have lots of work to do on that latter point. —Michael Osterholmlast_img read more

Due to the great interest, Windrose Airlines is introducing another flight a week on the Kiev – Zagreb route

first_imgIn the first three weeks of operation, almost 600 passengers traveled on this line, which gives an average Load Factor of high 82%- point out from Croatian Airlines Less than a month after the launch of the Kiev-Zagreb route, Windrose Airlines decided to increase the number of weekly flights on the route to Zagreb. Windrose Airlines planned to operate ERJ145 aircraft on the route, which has a capacity of only 48 seats in the fleet of this carrier, but all Sunday flights operate aircraft of higher capacity, ATR75 (72 seats). Photo: Zagreb Airportcenter_img At a time of global pandemic, especially at a time when the numbers of infected are rising again across Europe and the world, Windrose Airlines has excellent results on this newly established route between the capitals of Croatia and Ukraine. Due to the excellent occupancy and high demand, in addition to flights on Wednesdays and Sundays, the company will operate on this line from Friday to December, reports Croatian Aviation.last_img read more

Govt kicks off ‘Coffee Week’ to market regional beans

first_imgTopics : “I sincerely hope that our trade representatives in Europe will give serious attention to Indonesian GI products, including Gayo arabica coffee, so that these and other products can penetrate the global market,” said Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto during a press briefing on Monday, adding that GI was an important means of increasing exports through branding and marketing.Indonesia and the EU already have an agreement to promote Gayo coffee through the ASEAN Regional Integration Support by the EU (ARISE) Plus program. The program has some 15 million euros (US$17.5 million) in funding and will last until 2023.Indonesia, the world’s fourth-largest coffee producer, exported $883.1 million worth of coffee last year, a 7.9 percent increase from 2018, according to the United Nations International Trade Statistics Database (UN Comtrade).This year, the pandemic has battered the global demand, leading Indonesian exports to fall 8.34 percent annually in August and nosedive by 4.62 percent from July, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data. At the same time, shipments of agricultural products rose 1.04 percent year-on-year to $340 million.Agus said he hoped the finalization of the Indonesia-EU Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IEU-CEPA), Indonesia’s largest bilateral trade negotiation to date, would boost Indonesian coffee exports to the bloc.Read also: Indonesia seeks to conclude trade negotiation with EU next year to bolster recovery“We are hopeful that the finalization of the I-EU CEPA will now enable this variety of our coffee and other GI products to be recognized and protected by the EU market,” he said.Indonesian officials have said they hope to secure the trade deal with the bloc next year.The EU was Indonesia’s fourth-largest trading partner in 2019, with trade worth US$26.9 billion.Kasan Muhri, the ministry’s director general of national export development, said the upcoming Gayo coffee harvest was expected to produce about 52,000 tons of coffee.“We will also facilitate virtual business matching between exporters and producers of Gayo coffee and buyers from Europe,” said Kasan.Kasan added that the ministry would promote other Indonesian GI coffee, such as the Java Preanger variety.Vincent Piket, the EU ambassador to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam, said the bloc supported the protection of GI products like Gayo coffee because it promoted economic development, domestic innovation and foreign investment.“I wish to support the development of GIs by the government of Indonesia,” said Piket. “Geographic indications matter economically, they matter culturally, and they help create value for local communities through products that are deeply rooted in tradition, culture and geography.”center_img The Trade Ministry launched “Indonesia Coffee Week” on Monday to promote the nation’s beans and boost exports, especially to the European Union (EU), as trade lags during the pandemic.The event aims to market coffee varieties with a Geographical Indication (GI), a designation for products that have a specific region of origin and possess qualities or a reputation related to that region.Gayo coffee, which is grown in Central Aceh, was the first Indonesian GI coffee variety to be recognized by the European Union and was registered in 2017. The event, which is being held between Sept. 17 and 25, is set to coincide with the Gayo arabica coffee harvest in late September.last_img read more

Neymar hat-trick helps Brazil to 4-2 win over Peru

first_imgA hat-trick from Neymar helped Brazil to a 4-2 victory over Peru in a 2022 World Cup qualifier in Lima on Tuesday and moved the Paris St Germain forward second behind Pele on his country’s all-time goal-scoring list.Peru’s Andre Carrillo got his third goal in two games to put the home side ahead after six minutes with a crisp volley from outside the box but Neymar equalized from the spot in 28 minutes after he had been fouled.Peru went ahead again after 59 minutes when Renato Tapia’s 25-metre shot hit Rodrigo Caio before rolling into the net, only for Richarlison to equalise five minutes later. Neymar put Brazil ahead with another penalty with seven minutes left and, after Peru’s Carlos Zambrano was sent off, scored his 64th international goal when he stabbed home in injury time to make it 4-2.Only Pele, with 77 goals, has scored more for Brazil than Neymar.In Merida, Paraguay took the points with a 1-0 win over Venezuela, Gaston Gimenez scoring for the visitors with five minutes left.Brazil and Argentina top the group after winning both of their opening matches, while Paraguay, who drew with Peru in their opener, are third on four points.Peru’s point keeps them above Venezuela and Bolivia, who have lost their first two matches.The next round of games take place next month.The top four from the 10-team group qualify directly for Qatar with the fifth-placed side going into an inter-confederation playoff.Topics :last_img read more