Grammy Winner Brandy Norwood Will Rake in the Chips in Broadway’s Chicago

first_img Norwood has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, and her hit record “The Boy Is Mine” is the longest running number-one song and best-selling duet of all time. Screen credits include Moesha, Cinderella and The Game. View Comments Another Grammy winner—Jennifer Nettles—plays her final performance as Roxie on March 29. Norwood will join a cast that includes Amra-Faye Wright (who takes over for Carly Hughes on March 30) as Velma, John Dossett as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. Chicago from $49.50 The boy is Roxie’s! Grammy Award winner Brandy Norwood (or, Brandy, mononymously) will step into the Broadway revival of Chicago as Roxie Hart. The pop/R&B star will begin performances at the Ambassador Theatre on April 28, playing an eight-week engagement through June 21. She will take over for Paige Davis, who will assume the role on March 30. Related Showslast_img read more

In Transit Begins Broadway Performances

first_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on April 16, 2017 Related Shows In Transit Telly Leung & James Snyder(Photos: Bruce Glikas) The musical, which previously played Primary Stages in 2010, follows a group of 11 New Yorkers as they navigate the streets (and tunnels) of the city. The small ensemble takes on several roles, including an aspiring actress, a Wall Street honcho, a street performer, a cab driver and more.In Transit will feature vocal arrangements by Deke Sharon, music director of the Pitch Perfect films. In Transit, an a cappella musical from Frozen scribe Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sarah Wordsworth, will begin performances on November 10. Directed and choreographed by Tony winner Kathleen Marshall, the production is scheduled to officially open on December 11 at the Circle in the Square Theatre.The cast will feature Telly Leung, James Snyder, Justin Guarini, David Abeles, Moya Angela, Steven “Heaven” Cantor, Erin Mackey, Gerianne Pérez, Margo Seibert, Chesney Snow, Mariand Torres and Nicholas Ward. Standbys are Adam Bashian, Laurel Harris, Arbender Robinson and Aurelia Williams.last_img read more

Poultry House Ventilation

first_imgPoultry producers from 14 states and 16 countries converged on the Oconee County Civic Center this week to learn how to keep their chickens cool this summer. The two-and-a-half day Poultry Tunnel Ventilation Workshop, coordinated by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Department of Poultry Science, is a spring tradition for poultry and allied industry personnel. Each year they receive training on the latest methods, principles and science related to poultry house ventilation before the heat of the summer. This year’s takeaway message is that birds produce more heat than most people think, and although evaporative cooling is critically important, poultry producers should rely more on the air movement created by their ventilation fans to cool their birds. In addition to these basic principles, workshop participants left with the tools they needed to calculate specific cooling scenarios for their poultry houses. Poultry need to be kept at a relatively constant temperature to avoid stress and grow efficiently. Poultry farmers use a combination of fans, to produce wind speed, and evaporative cooling to keep birds comfortable. The objective of the workshop is to teach company personnel, growers and allied industries how to design and operate these systems efficiently to provide the best possible environment for the birds. “If we keep the birds at the optimum temperature, we minimize their stress,” said UGA poultry science professor Brian Fairchild, who helped organize the conference. “Minimizing stress allows birds to use most of the calories they take in for growth and development.” UGA’s Department of Poultry Science is unique in that it has a history of using science and engineering to provide solutions for poultry producers. Poultry scientists and engineers at UGA pioneered research on bird cooling, bird stress and poultry housing systems in the 1990s and continue to be experts in this field today. This workshop is an outgrowth of that pioneering work and is coordinated by poultry science UGA Extension faculty members Mike Czarick and John Worley, both agricultural engineers, and Brian Fairchild, a poultry physiologist. “We are like myth-busters in a way,” Fairchild said. “We take methods currently being employed by producers and explain the science and engineering behind why they may or may not work … there is a need in the poultry industry for this information, and as Extension scientists, we respond to that need.” More than 130 broiler service managers, farmers, poultry construction specialists and other poultry industry representatives, some from as far away as New Zealand, attended this year’s conference. More than 240 others participated online through a webcast system. In the fall, Czarick, Fairchild and Worley will host a cold-weather ventilation workshop that will attract a similarly large crowd of participants. For more information about future UGA poultry production workshops visit poultry.uga.edu/extension/eduprogact.htm.last_img read more

Equinor considers offshore wind to power oil rigs

first_imgEquinor considers offshore wind to power oil rigs FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Norway’s Equinor said on Tuesday it is considering whether to build a pioneering offshore wind farm with floating turbines to supply electricity to two North Sea oilfields as part of a strategy to curb greenhouse gas emissions.The project at the Gullfaks and Snorre oilfields would cost around 5 billion Norwegian crowns ($592 million) and could reduce Norway’s emissions of carbon dioxide by more than 200,000 tonnes per year, Equinor said.“This could be the first time an offshore wind farm is directly connected to oil and gas platforms,” state-controlled Equinor said in a statement. The two fields currently are powered by generators running on natural gas at the platforms.Formerly known as Statoil, Equinor earlier this year changed its name to underscore a push into renewable energy under Chief Executive Eldar Saetre, although oil and gas will remain the company’s dominant business.The company’s first floating offshore wind farm began operating off Scotland last year, supplying electricity to the onshore market. Equinor has also announced plans for bottom-fixed offshore wind projects in the United States, Poland and Britain.A final investment decision on the plan for Snorre and Gullfaks, known as the Hywind Tampen floating wind farm, will be made in 2019, Equinor said. The company will seek to reduce the cost from the preliminary estimate.More: Equinor explores floating wind turbines to power North Sea oilfieldslast_img read more

Why we love mobile device management (and you should, too!)

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Matt WilhelmFor starters, here is a refresher on what is mobile device management: Mobile Device Management, commonly shortened to MDM, is a software platform for managing mobile devices (mobile phones and tablet computers) that provides features such as remote mobile wipe, password policy enforcement, and encryption.Even if you do not provide your employees with mobile devices, if you are allowing employees to access their email on their personal device or to log into your network, you are putting your CU at risk. BYOD in the workplace is becoming the norm, and the risk of data taken outside the workplace is increasing. And MDM is no longer a nice-to-have, but increasingly becoming a necessity.  Having MDM in place also ensure there is no gray are in your credit union’s use policy, especially since employers and employees have different expectations on the type of restrictions that should be applied to mobile devices.Here are the top 3 reasons we love mobile device management, and why we believe your credit union should embrace it as well:Remote Wipe: Hands down our favorite and most important feature. Remote wipe is a security feature that allows your network administrator or device owner to send a remote command to a the mobile device and delete that data.  A remote wipe can delete data in selected folders, repeatedly overwrite stored data to prevent forensic recovery, return the device to factory settings or remove all programming on the device, essentially turning it into a brick. continue reading »last_img read more

Why I hate marketing

first_img 58SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Denise Wymore Denise started her credit union career over 30 years ago as a Teller for Pacific NW Federal Credit Union in Portland, Oregon. She moved up and around the org. chart … Web: www.nacuso.org Details I’ll admit it, when someone asks what I do, and they’re not in the industry – so it’s more like polite cocktail conversation, I usually just default to “I’m in Marketing.” Truth be told I HATE marketing. Just now I got my daily Google Geek Alerts, which I have set to all things credit union and CUSOs, I clicked on a link to a cool looking article on Blockchain technology, and as I got through the first sentences, BAM, in my face an ad. And it’s a “countdown” ad so I can’t hit the “Get the hell out of my way” button until THEY said I could.  Who thought that was a good idea? And I’d love to see the stats on how many click on it and actually buy. I’ve said this so many times I’m sick of myself but why why why are the majority of credit unions STILL using shiny happy stock art people in their marketing? What member or potential member is looking at your young black couple with their kids in the park blowing bubbles and thinking – I need to move my checking account THERE!? Answer: zero. Have you ever clicked on an article on Facebook (you know the kind: Top 10 Celebrities That You Won’t Recognize Today) and you can’t find the article because there are so many banner ads and pop ups, and flashing crap in your face you feel like you are on the Vegas strip?Or you launch a video, they get you about 30 seconds into it, so now you’re invested and then fade to black as an ad comes up and you can’t return to the video for 15 excruciating seconds. Still not going to buy your product but do you feel it’s a victory if I stay on the site? Because guess what, I just typed this while your video ran so I have no idea what you’re selling. Boom.My tiny little town of 400 has discovered and embraced nextdoor.com. In fact, almost 2/3 of the community is now registered. In the last month I’ve noticed “ads” creeping into the discussion threads. And what’s so funny about it is the ads don’t bother to take into consideration our demographics or community stats which are easily found online. The two ads on there right now are for Home Security packages and a Mortgage Refinance program IF you owe less than $625,000.00. We are so remote we have zero crime, people leave their doors unlocked, and I can say with certainty that there is not a single home anywhere near $625,000 in value. So marketing fail. I’ve worked with credit unions for years to define their target audience. One of my goals is to help them navigate their way out of the shiny happy people tunnel, or worse yet, the picture of money, plastic cards or God forbid (it’s 2018) a picture of a hand writing a paper check. Once you’ve defined your target audience, how do you find images that connect with them? Here’s a thought, take REAL pictures of REAL people. Or even better, go off the marketing rails all together and have pictures of unique things in your community. One of my favorite small credit union brands is PointWest CU in Portland, Oregon. They used to feature pictures that were kind of “gritty” of Portland landmarks. And they switched them out often. When I would get a bit homesick I would flip over to their site to “visit” the Steel Bridge and I took pride in knowing that someone that wasn’t from the Rose City would have no idea why that picture means something. And that’s the point. Today they have targeted the truly underserved and invite people to become “Citizens of Point West” Check it out – real people helping real people. www.pointwestcu.com. Marketing victory!last_img read more

iPhone SE 2021 Will Not Arrive in the First Half of Next Year: Ming-Chi Kuo

first_imgiPhone SE 2021 (not the official name) will not be launched in the first half of next year as was expected by the industry, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has shared. The highly popular iPhone SE (2020) that brought great performance at a relatively budget-friendly price had fans looking forward to a 2021 model. However, an alleged report by Kuo states that there may not be a new iPhone SE in the first half of 2021. The report states that there is stiff competition between four Apple suppliers for the anticipated iPhone 13’s cameras that might hinder the production of a new iPhone SE.According to a report by MyFixGuide citing Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, there will not be an iPhone SE in the first half of 2021. iPhone SE (2020) was released in April this year with internal hardware of the iPhone 11 in the body of an iPhone 8, with a few differences. It is the cheapest iPhone model available and became quite popular among the masses upon launch. Fans who were expecting a 2021 version of the iPhone SE in the first half of next year may have to wait longer.- Advertisement – The report states that Kuo believes the market underestimates the impact of the competition being faced by Taiwan’s Genius Electronic Optical (GSEO), a company that provides camera hardware to Apple. There seems to be three other players – Largan Precision, Semco (Samsung Electro-mechanics), and a new firm named Sunny Optical. It is believed that due to this competition, Apple’s production plans for the iPhone SE 2021 model will be hindered.The report further adds that GSEO might lose orders for the ultra-wide-angle lens in the yet-unannounced iPhone 13 due to the competition. It is being estimated that while GSEO fulfilled 50 percent orders of the ultra-wide lens for iPhone 12, that number may come down to 30 percent for iPhone 13.As of now, Apple has not shared any information on iPhone SE 2021 or iPhone 13.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.last_img read more

PREMIUMSmelters buying nickel ore below floor price will get sanction: ESDM Ministry

first_imgTopics : Energy-Mineral-Resources-Ministry Indonesia mining-companies ore-export-ban floor-prices nickel-ores nickel-processing HIPMI Google Log in with your social account Facebook Forgot Password ? The Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ministry will issue a new regulation later in March to set up a floor price for nickel ore to ensure fair business practices in the domestic nickel market following the introduction of the nickel ore export ban in January of this year.The ministry’s mineral business development director Yunus Saefulhak said that all smelting companies should adhere to the floor price, which is to be set and regularly adjusted by the government based on prices on the international market and the operating costs of local miners.He said the floor price would be monitored closely and smelting companies that did not obey it would receive a sanction from the ministry.The government, through Energy and Mineral Resources Ministerial Regulation No. 11/2019, pushed the nickel ore export ban forward to January 2020, two years earlier than the date set by Min… Linkedin LOG INDon’t have an account? Register herelast_img read more

Coronavirus outbreak may end in June with ‘mudik’ ban: IDI

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced on Tuesday a nationwide ban on this year’s mudik. Previously, his administration had only advised the public to avoid the tradition this year, stopping short of an outright ban.He announced the ban after reading a Transportation Ministry survey that found that 24 percent of the country’s 270 million people still planned to leave for their hometowns and that 7 percent had already left.Read also: MUI: ‘Mudik’ from virus-affected areas ‘haram’About 20 million people from Greater Jakarta return to their hometowns annually to celebrate Idul Fitri in the tradition of mudik. The expected volume of travelers had previously raised concerns of wider contagion. Public health experts said it could cause the coronavirus to spread on a massive scale across Java. Jakarta and its satellite cities are among the hardest-hit areas in Indonesia. The capital itself is the national epicenter of the virus.Without the mudik ban, a number of people would have unknowingly carried the virus to their hometowns, Slamet said, which could have created a second wave of the disease.“Jakarta might have eventually flattened the curve, but [if mudik were not banned] the outbreak epicenters would have shifted to villages,” he said.As of Wednesday, Indonesia had confirmed 7,418 cases of COVID-19 with 635 deaths. Of those, Jakarta had reported 3,383 cases and 301 deaths, nearly half the country’s cases.Critics, however, have said that Jokowi’s mudik ban came too late as thousands of people had been returning to their hometowns since late last month. (aly) Topics :center_img The central government’s ban on the Idul Fitri tradition of mudik (exodus) is likely to help break the chain of COVID-19 contagion in the country and may cause the nation’s outbreak to end in June, according to the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI).IDI deputy chairman Slamet Budiarto said the mudik (exodus) ban, coupled with the extension of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) currently in place in virus-plagued areas, would help clamp down on COVID-19 transmission.”With the mudik ban and extended PSBB, I predict the [nation’s outbreak] may end in June,” Slamet said as quoted by tempo.co on Tuesday.last_img read more

$500m fall in housing investors opens path for newcomers

first_imgLatest ABS data shows investors have fallen away to the tune of almost half a billion dollars within a month. Picture: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesLATEST housing finance data has found investors have backed off the market to the tune of almost half a billion dollars.ABS found investment housing commitments fell by $460m, down 3.9 per cent in July over the previous month, seasonally adjusted.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoAfter months of APRA trying to strongarm investors into backing off, forcing banks to shrink growth in that part of their portfolios, the clincher became June’s bank rates hikes.RateCity money editor Sally Tindall said investors who didn’t shop around in the current market could lose as much as $174,000 over the term of a 30-year loan. Investors were finally getting APRA’s message to back off on housing, according to RateCity.“The timing of this drop says it all,” she said in a statement. “In June we saw the big banks lift rates for investors. The very next month, almost half a billion dollars of investors dollars fell away. Today’s ABS figures confirm that investors are finally getting APRA’s message.”She said the difference in rates for owner-occupiers and investors varied from 0.65 percentage points to as high as 1.94.“It’s no surprise some investors are getting cold feet. If they don’t shop around they can get stung by almost 2 percentage points. That translates to $173,271 on a $350K 30-year loan” – based on a five-year interest-only period.last_img read more