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Exclusive! First Look at The Last Ship, Soon Sailing to Broadway

first_img Related Shows The Last Ship What have you got? A new musical by a Grammy-winning rock star. The Last Ship, penned by Sting, will bring a lively English shipyard to the Great White Way this fall. Featuring a book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey and directed by Joe Mantello, the musical played a pre-Broadway engagement in Chicago earlier this summer. Broadway.com has an exclusive first look at the tuner’s stunning TV spot, where you can spot stars Jimmy Nail, Michael Esper, Rachel Tucker and more. Check it out below, then catch The Last Ship at the Neil Simon Theatre beginning September 29. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2015last_img

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

first_imgUnmanned aerial vehicles could soon be a soaring success for Georgia farmers.University of Georgia cotton and peanut researchers in Tifton are excited about the prospect.“You’ve really got to be able to keep up with the technology to stay in business,” said Glen Harris, a UGA Cooperative Extension soil scientist who studies cotton,peanuts and other crops. “We have less growers running more acres. They’re really utilizing all kinds of technology to keep up.”The next stage in technological advancement may lie with unmanned vehicles. Unmanned aerial helicopters used to take images of cotton and peanut research were featured at the Sunbelt Expo grounds in Moultrie on Aug. 20. Harris and fellow UGA peanut team members John Beasley and Scott Tubbs attended to discuss the possible use of unmanned aerial vehicles in agriculture. Although this technology will not be available for commercial use until 2015, the idea of taking aerial photographs of various research plots is an exciting proposition for Harris. “It’s amazing how much in the last 20 years technology has changed. A lot of people think we’re farming like we did 100 years ago. That’s far from the truth,” Harris said. “You think about having this technology to fly over your cotton field to pick up early nitrogen deficiency and low potassium deficiency, and even if we can’t tell the difference between the two, we can go out there and figure out which one it is. The earlier you can detect it, the better chance you have of fixing it.”Harris said the technology would have been especially helpful in diagnosing problems in this year’s cotton crop. “We had a lot of cotton this year that, by the time we realized what (problems) were going on, it was probably too late to fix,” he said. Unmanned aerial vehicles would allow farmers to see early images of their crops and detect any stand issues that might arise early in the planting season. Producers could also look at issues like inoculant failure or why a section of a field might look more yellow than others. If a picture shows additional green images between rows, the farmer can determine whether it’s a sign of weed problems, which can be addressed early in the planting season.When Beasley became a scientist in 1985, he says “precision agriculture” wasn’t even a concept. “These technologies are amazing. Take this imagery with this ability for unmanned flight, combined together, that’s what I think is exciting,” Beasley said.Unmanned aerial vehicles would allow farmers to detect diseases and identify low stand counts at a much quicker rate. The vehicles are a much more precise way to discover issues with a crop, Harris said.“You can’t cover every foot of (a field) walking through it,” Harris said. “I’ve worked cotton 20 years, but I probably could miss something out there without (the overhead camera).”Harris said he can see corn farmers benefiting from an overhead view, too. “Once the corn gets over your head, it’s really hard to see. We can pick up late fungicide problems that are really hard to pick up from the ground once the corn gets tall. It just gives you a lot better perspective,” he said.The project has been researched at the Sunbelt Expo grounds in Moultrie this year, with five acres devoted to peanuts and cotton, each.last_img read more

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Farmers get inspired at 30th NOFA conference

first_imgThe Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) Winter Conference has long been a key educational and inspirational gathering for Vermont’s farmers. The 30th annual conference, taking place February 10-12, 2012 at the University of Vermont in Burlington will be no exception ‘ with extra emphasis on the inspiration.After a particularly challenging year, Vermont’s growers are looking forward to the opportunity to exchange ideas, learn new techniques, and create connections. The NOFA-VT Winter Conference brings together farmers, educators, researchers, and more to build knowledge and tackle hard questions ‘ like how to create a vibrant and resilient food system in the face of climate change and a struggling economy.On Saturday, keynote speaker and local extension expert Vern Grubinger will share his vision of the future of Vermont’s food system. ‘The resilience of Vermont’s food system is challenged by many factors, including climate change and weather extremes, reliance on fossil fuel, loss of good farmland, and consolidation of food processing, distribution and retailing,’ says Grubinger. ‘Strategies for addressing these challenges are emerging as part of an ongoing transformation in how people think about food. This presentation will highlight some of these strategies and the farms involved with them, celebrating the progress being made and suggesting new actions for the future.’Over 30 of the weekend’s workshops are intended for commercial farmers and will cover topics such as Produce Safety, Farm Finance, Flood Recovery, Alternative Energy, Pasture Management and much more. In addition, day-long seminars on Friday will address Advanced Orchard Health for Sustainable Fruit Production, Nose-to-Tail Butchery, Organic Beekeeping, Renewable Energy Options, and Weed Management in a Wetter, Warmer Climate.About NOFA Vermont: NOFA Vermont is member-based organization working to grow local farms, healthy food, and strong communities in Vermont. Our members are farmers, gardeners, educators and food lovers of all sorts ‘ anyone who wants to help us create a future full of local food and local farms. Our programs include farmer and gardener technical assistance, farm to school support, organic certification, advocacy, an online apprentice and farm worker directory, an annual Winter Conference, and programs that work to ensure access to fresh, local food to all Vermonters, regardless of income.last_img read more

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Southern Appalachians Highlands Conservancy purchases land near Roan Mountain

first_img“This spruce-fir stand is used by numerous rare high elevation species including ted Crossbill, Northern Saw-whet owl, and pygmy salamander,” Marquette Crockett, SAHC’s Roan Stewardship Director told the Citizen-Times. “It is also inhabited by federally endangered species including the Carolina northern flying squirrel and the spruce-fir moss spider. We hope that our protection of this property and restoration work will help to create a safe haven for these climate-sensitive species.” Timothy Staples, 32, a 9-year veteran of the San Bernardino sheriff’s volunteer search and rescue team, died Saturday while searching for a hiker that went missing on December 8. Staples was found dead on Mount Baldy after becoming separated from his search and rescue partner. A helicopter located Staples in “an area of ice and snow” where he was pronounced dead. Anglers are asked to submit their suggestions for fish attractor locations around Lake Norman to Troy Thompson or Casey Grieshaber with the Wildlife Resources Commission.  Staples was one of 126 people looking for missing hiker Sreenivas “Sree” Mokkapati of Irving, California. Mokkapati disappeared on December 8 after becoming separated from his group while climbing Mount Baldy. Mokkapati has not been located and the search for him has been suspended. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking anglers to provide input on the locations of 100 fish attractors it will purchase with a grant received from the Catawba-Wateree Habitat Enhancement Program. The $37,670 grant will be used to improve fish habitat on five Catawba watershed reservoirs, including Lake Norman. A portion of the funds will be used to purchase 100 Mossback fish attractors, which will be distributed at 20 different locations around the reservoir.  Southern Appalachians Highlands Conservancy purchases land near Roan Mountain NC anglers asked to weigh in on fish attractor locations California search and rescue volunteer dies while looking for missing hiker on Mount Baldy The Southern Appalachians Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) recently purchased 51 acres in the Highlands of Roan Mountain. As reported by the Citizen-Times, the land is located on a prominent ridge near the Appalachian Trail. The purchase will protect the vulnerable spruce-fir forest ecosystem, home to birds and other wildlife that are increasingly dependent upon the forest due to climate change. last_img read more

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Unmanned Aircraft to Patrol Brazilian Borders

first_img The Brazilians won’t be the first to employ UAVs to combat drug smuggling along a vast border. U.S. Customs and Border Protection currently operates six Predator drones. While their flight paths are classified, their surveillance is focused on the U.S. side of the 2,000-mile border with Mexico, U.S. officials said. Each comes as part of $18.5 million packages that include a mobile ground-control station and sensors. The drones weigh 5 tons each, are wider than five lanes of interstate highway, and can stay up for 20 hours — enough time to fly the entire border on one tank of fuel, the Chronicle reported. By Dialogo December 10, 2010 Successful trial The VT-15 underwent trials in Brazil last year, according to numerous media reports. During the trials, the planes flew under challenging and unpredictable weather conditions in one of the most difficult areas of Brazil – the state of Parana, several newspapers reported. They can fly at an altitude of 30,000 feet (9 kilometers), making for a difficult target for standard anti-aircraft weapons. The VT-15 can carry a 250 kilograms (550 pound) payload. It has a wingspan of 16.6 meters (54 feet) and weighs 1,200 kilograms (2,640 pounds). Officials in Brazil have discussed using the technology for more than just patrolling the borders. Brazilian leaders are negotiating agreements with neighbors Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and Colombia to allow the VT-15s to enter the airspace of those nations to collect intelligence on illicit activities. Brazilian officials told O Globo the overflights would only map areas of drug production or other illegal activity. The photos, films and reports from those flights would be delivered to the authorities of the country in question. It would then be up to the authorities in those countries to decide what to do with the intelligence. They could design their own raids or participate in joint efforts with the Brazilian Federal Police in the border areas, Brazilian authorities told O Globo. The governments of Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia have agreed to discuss the terms of the agreement. Colombia rejected the initial proposal. The use of UAVs in Brazil and abroad is part of a major initiative that President-Elect Dilma Rousseff is expected to launch early in her administration, O Globo reported. The vulnerability of borders was one of the hottest topics in the campaign. Brazilian law enforcement officials also would like to use the VT-15 for some of the operations against drug gangs in the country’s urban areas. “We could identify criminals, see every shack where they were going in and what kind of weapons were at hand . . . we could do it all without being seen,” said an officer who spoke to O Globo on the condition of anonymity. The total cost of the 14 UAVs is reported at about RS$800 million (U.S. $471 milllion), Brazilian newspapers reported. center_img U.S.-Mexico border Going operational Brazilian federal police took delivery Dec. 1 of three unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that will be used to combat drug trafficking and arms smuggling along the nation’s vast borders. The three aircraft, known as the Vant VT-15, are the first of 14 that will patrol more than 10,000 miles (16,800 kilometers) of borderlands. They will fly from five bases in border areas and one in Brasilia, according to a report in the newspaper O Globo. Brazilian authorities hope to focus its sophisticated cameras and radars on remote areas where traffickers and smugglers take advantage of dense cover to ply their trade. The cameras on the vehicle are sensitive enough to identify a kilo of cocaine from an altitude of 11,000 feet (3.3 kilometers), O Globo reported. The images are transmitted in real time to the aircraft’s base of operations and displayed on monitors. last_img read more

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Vote for the 2018 CU Hero of the Year

first_imgEach year, Credit Union Magazine honors some of the credit union movement’s heroes—those individuals who relentlessly promote credit union philosophy, dedicate themselves to credit union principles, and make a difference in their communities.It’s time to select Credit Union Magazine’s 2018 Credit Union Hero of the Year, sponsored by Trellance.This year’s nominees are: 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img

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Once upon a time at your CU. Are you ready to respond to the next data breach?

first_img continue reading » One of these days you’re going to grab some coffee, turn on your computer and start your work day and, while dutifully reading this blog, get an email from your IT person informing you that your credit union has been hacked.  You don’t know exactly how much data has been exposed, but there’s a pretty good chance a third party gained access to your member’s personally identifiable information.You spring into action by pulling out your credit union’s Data Breach Protocols, which will of course have just been updated a few months ago as part of the credit union’s on-going planning. The Data Breach Response Team is called into action and everyone knows exactly what to do.   Of course, you quickly want to nail down exactly what has happened.  So even before you contact your outside counsel, you reach out to a third party information security team that you know has experience dealing with data breaches.Since contracts are always important and closely adhered to, your outside counsel quickly drafts a contract for the IT team and it quickly gets to work.  Within days the IT consultant reports back with a written document describing what happened and why, some of which doesn’t paint the credit union in the best light.  You contact your regulators and notify your members that a data breach has occurred and quicker than the coronavirus can spread through a bunch of drunk college kids on Spring Break, the first class-action lawsuit has been filed against your credit union. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Leone takes up leadership of Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort | News

first_imgJumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort has announced the appointment of Savino Leone to the role of general manager at the prestigious hotel.Joining the property with more than 25 years of hospitality experience, Leone has had an extensive international career, having held roles spanning the globe in countries including Japan, Egypt, the UK, Dubai and France.- Advertisement – He has been at the helm of several successful hotel openings and, with a passion for food and beverage, is committed to driving luxury service, quality standards and developing teams.Under Jumeirah Group’s committed management for years to come, Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort is the brand’s flagship property in Abu Dhabi and sits majestically on the island’s prime beach, providing a backdrop of refined island life and quiet understated luxury. Under his leadership, Leone aims to maintain and exceed its leading reputation as a luxury hotel in the region.- Advertisement – An Italian national, with dual French citizenship, Leone speaks fluent English, French and Italian.Speaking of his appointment, he commented: “It is a privilege to be joining the incredible team at Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort, a hotel that has become synonymous with leading luxury hospitality throughout the region. “I am delighted to be continuing my journey with Jumeirah Group at this breath-taking hotel, and I look forward to welcoming guests to this unique destination.” Jumeirah Group, a member of Dubai Holding and a global luxury hotel company, operates a world-class 6,500-key portfolio of 26 properties across the Middle East (including the flagship Burj Al Arab Jumeirah) Europe and Asia, with more properties currently under construction around the globe.Fergus Stewart, acting chief operating officer at Jumeirah Group, also commented: “On behalf of Jumeirah Group, we are thrilled to welcome Savino Leone as the general manager for Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort. “An experienced hotelier with a proven track record of success within the organisation, we look forward to seeing his strong leadership skills in action to help continue to position the hotel as one of the best luxury hospitality experiences in Abu Dhabi and the region.”More InformationJumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort is considered Abu Dhabi’s Leading Luxury Resort by voters at the World Travel Awards. OlderEurowings launches two new Middle East connectionscenter_img He has more than three years’ experience in leading luxury Jumeirah Group hotels, having originally been appointed in 2017 as the general manager of Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa in Kuwait. During his tenure at the property, the hotel retained the number one position in RGI and TripAdvisor, as well as maintaining an outstanding reputation in the market. Under his leadership, the team at Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa achieved eleven awards in 2018, including recognition as Kuwait’s Leading Business Hotel at the World Travel Awards.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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France train attack: Four to stand trial over foiled Thalys shooting

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Thornton holds off Shryock for $10,001 IMCA Legendary payday

first_imgRicky Thornton Jr. was the $10,001 Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature winner at Dacotah Speedway’s inaugural Legendary. Thornton also earned a $500 bonus as the leader at midway of the Friday evening 50-lapper. (Photo by Byron Fichter)MANDAN, N.D. (July 15) – An Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified driver well on his way to becoming a dirt track legend beat a driver who’s already achieved that status to the $10,001 checkers Friday night at Dacotah Speedway.Ricky Thornton Jr. led the last 38 of 50 laps, finishing no more than a car length ahead of Kelly Shryock. The highest paying event in history for IMCA Modifieds in North Dakota was also the top career payday for Thornton when the $1 at the end of the $10,001 – plus a $500 bonus for leading at halfway – were figured in.“There were a lot of the top guys (86 in all) here tonight,” said Thornton, who’d won for the 100th time in his IMCA Modified career when the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour concluded in front of another full house at Mandan on Thursday. “To be able to win the inaugural Legendary puts icing on the cake.”Pole starter Shawn Strand led the first lap before Mark Dahl drove by. Thornton had started ninth, was in the runner-up position by lap five and then used the high line to take charge up front on lap 12.He used multiple lines in building his lead and had caught up with the back of the field before the only caution of the contest came for the mandatory pit stop on the front straight after midway.Shryock had moved into second just before the yellow. He was side-by-side with Thornton after the race resumed and the six circuits were scored.The second half of the Legendary was worth the price of admission alone as the front two battled high and low, Thornton finally using his momentum off the top side to edge Shryock at the finish by the narrowest of margins.“I could run wherever I wanted. The car was just that good,” Thornton said. “I figured if I got up top and kept my momentum going it would make it hard for anybody to pass me. It kind of all played out right for me and I’m glad it was Kelly racing with me. He races everybody clean.”“We’re headed home next and will race at Hamilton County Speedway on Saturday,” he added. “I’ll probably be on cloud nine for at least a week.”Dakota Tour champion Hunter Marriott won his “B” feature, started 12th and ended in third. Aaron Turnbull rocketed from 16th starting to fourth and 19th starting Jason Wolla led a stellar group of home state drivers with his fifth place finish at the Corral Sales-sponsored Legendary.Feature results – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr., Harcourt, Iowa; 2. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa; 3. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 4. Aaron Turnbull, Estevan, Sask.; 5. Jason Wolla, Ray; 6. Mark Dahl, Bismarck; 7. Shawn Strand, Mandan; 8. Jay Noteboom, Hinton, Iowa; 9. Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.; 10. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 11. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 12. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 13. Spencer Wilson, Minot; 14. Josh Eberhardt, Jamestown; 15. Tom Berry Jr., Boone, Iowa; 16. Travis Ulmer, Mandan; 17. Jason Grimes, Jamestown; 18. Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif.; 19. Jeremy Keller, Mandan; 20. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 21. Drew Christianson, Minot; 22. Tyler Wagner, Weyburn, Sask.; 23. Robert Hellebust, Minot; 24. Steven Pfeifer, Minot; 25. Mark Elliott, Webster City, Iowa; 26. Greg Friestad, Valley City.Heat winners were Shryock, Grimes, Taylor, Friestad, Stone, Elliott, Strand, Thornton, Dahl and Ulmer.1st “B” feature (top three) – 1. Schott; 2. Turnbull; 3. Noteboom. 2nd “B” feature – 1. Marriott; 2. Dotson; 3. Wagner. 3rd “B” feature – 1. Pfeifer; 2. Wilson; 3. Eberhardt. 4th “B” feature – 1. Laney; 2. Wolla; 3. Hellebust. 5th “B” feature – 1. Mari; 2. Berry; 3. Christianson.last_img read more