Broadway.com Culturalist Challenge! Rank Your Top 10 Broadway Inks of the 2015-2016 Season

first_img The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.Believe it or not, the 2016 Tony Awards are over—and you guys totally predicted which first-time Tony-nominated musical performers would win big! This has been a sensational season for the Great White Way, which serves as Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson’s inspiration. From Hamilton to Shuffle Along, Squigs masterfully captured the vibrant color of the productions that lit up the Great White Way during the 2015-2016 season. So, which Broadway Ink is your favorite? Broadway.com Site Producer Joanne Villani ranked her top 10! (Hot tip: move your mouse cursor over each thumbnail image and click the gray circle for the full Broadway Ink effect!)STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites.STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! © Justin “Squigs” Robertson View Commentslast_img read more

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Plan for Backyard Fruit

first_imgIn the years to come, all this hard work will be worth it. Just keep thinking about how good allthat fruit from your backyard will taste. Fruit plants require a little more care in some areas than others. But with some planning andwork, you can enjoy tasty fruits from your own garden. Krewer said right after you order your stock, start preparing the soil for planting. Most small fruits get their best start if you plant them in December through February. Manynurseries take orders for plants in mid-September. Ordering early helps you make sure you’llget plants. Then break up the soil in the planting hole. Krewer said new fruit plants need a hole at least 2feet deep and 2 feet across. “Be sure to break up any clay or hard pans that could slow or stoproot growth,” he said. As plants emerge from dormancy in early spring, their leaves and shoots grow quickly. Winterplanting helps the plants establish a strong root system. That helps the young plants surviveduring those first few critical months. “Many procedures and varieties we develop for commercial production are well-suited forbackyard growers, too,” NeSmith said. Backyard gardeners benefit from commercial fruit research, too. You’re more likely to get the best plants, too, Krewer said. And you can be assured of gettingthe variety you want. Georgians grow all types of fruits in their yards, gardens and even in pots. Fruit experts withthe University of Georgia say blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and figs flourish in mostof the state.center_img There are truly dozens of varieties of every fruit. But not all will grow well in your area. Sochoose carefully, said Scott NeSmith, a CAES research horticulturist in Griffin. “For backyard fruits, the two most important things to do in early fall are ordering nurserystock and preparing the soil,” said Gerard Krewer, an extension horticulturist with the UGACollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Research has identified at least five or six really good variety choices for every area of thestate,” he said. NeSmith checks varieties for fruit size, abundance, harvest window and othergrowth characteristics. “There is more of an advantage to planting during early winter in south Georgia than in northGeorgia,” he said. “But there is still a definite advantage to planting in winter, instead of laterin the spring, all over the state.” Testing allows time for lime to increase the pH level, Krewer said. Mix lime with the soil inthe planting hole. Most fruit plants like slightly acid soils — those with a pH around 6.0 to 6.5. Blueberries arethe exception, he said. “They prefer very acid soils with a pH around 4 to 5.3, so don’t limesoil for blueberries.” Test your soil to find out the pH level. Your county extension office can send your soil sampleto the UGA Plant Services Lab. The lab will test your soil and make lime and nutrientrecommendations specific to the plants you want to put in that soil. Planting during winter assures that the young plants are dormant, Krewer said. Plantingactively growing trees and plants decreases the chances the plants will survive.last_img read more

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Calm Snake Bites

first_imgNo one anticipates being bitten by a snake. But accidents do happen. And with a snakebite, remaining calm is essential, says a University of Georgia wildlife expert.”If you’re bitten by a nonvenomous snake, you can either just do nothing or wash the bitten area with soap and water,” said Jeff Jackson, an Extension Service wildlife specialist and a professor in the D.B. Warnell School of Forestry at UGA. Jackson said sometimes a venomous snakebite can be harmless, too, if the snake didn’t inject venom. “Don’t take a chance, though,” he said. “If a venomous snake bites you, make reasonable haste to the nearest hospital.” Stay calm, he said, and immobilize the bitten area. “Never cut into the bite,” he said, “unless you’re a true expert.” Farm workers, children playing outdoors and snake handlers are the most frequent snakebite victims. Jackson said bites of pit vipers cause intense pain. “They hurt worse than a bee sting,” he said. “Coral snakes are an exception. They don’t hurt much.” The good news for snakebite victims is that nearly everybody recovers. The U.S. snakebite fatality rate is less than 1 percent. This includes people who refuse treatment. “In short, very few people die of snakebite,” Jackson said. “You are 20 times more likely to be killed by lightning than by a snake.”last_img read more

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Brazil Aspires to Sell the Super Tucano to More NATO Countries

first_img The Brazilian firm Embraer hopes to sell its Super Tucano light military aircraft to more North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries, after obtaining a U.S. order that has put it in the big leagues among defense contractors, a high-ranking executive of the firm said. “When you’re selling to the most demanding customers on the planet (…) it’s a shop window,” Luis Carlos Aguiar, head of Embraer’s defense and security unit, said in an interview. This “naturally opens to the door to NATO countries, which have a lot of joint operations,” he added. Only weeks after Embraer obtained its first contract with the U.S. government, Aguiar said that the manufacturer is considering at least three other projects for the U.S. Armed Forces. The U.S. contract is the first for the Super Tucano in the NATO alliance. A previous generation of the plane, known as the Tucano, was used in early 1989 to train pilots in France and the United Kingdom. By Dialogo January 18, 2012last_img read more

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CFO Focus: Equal, opposing market forces steady rates

first_img continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As we approach the end of the quarter three 2018, I can honestly say that I have never attempted a financial markets forecast with so many important economic, financial market and geopolitical uncertainties. However, for the coming quarter I believe that we have equal opposing forces that will most probably keep interest rates relatively steady.The U.S. economy continues to impress as the slack in the labor market has all but disappeared.  Moreover, wage growth and worker productivity, the two items whose weakness had confounded the Federal Reserve for almost a decade, have finally begun to make noticeable improvements.Reports from both the manufacturing and service sectors of the U.S. economy, such as the monthly reports issued by the Institute of Supply Management, paint the picture of an economy hitting escape velocity and perhaps overheating. This I believe, points to two remaining monetary policy tightenings by the Federal Reserve, most probably at the September and December meetings. When we view the Treasury yield curve, we can see that the market has priced in a very high probability for these two rate increases taking place.The main force that could work to slow economic growth in the coming quarters is the growing trade war between China and the U.S. The Trump Administration has been aggressive in its dealings with the Chinese and the tariff walls piling up between the world’s two largest economies has begun to sting a number of U.S. industries that rely on China for their products.last_img read more

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‘Death by a thousand cuts’

first_imgLauralee Hites ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »center_img Every credit union feels the pinch of the fintech industry whether it’s the little players like Acorn or the behemoths such as Amazon.Strategy consultant Lauralee Hites outlined the challenges fintech present to credit unions and the opportunities the competitive landscape offers during a breakout session at the CUNA Technology Council and CUNA Operations and Member Experience Council Conference in Chicago on Friday.More than 2,000 fintech firms entered the market between 2008 and 2018, according to a Deloitte study. While relatively few of those companies have gained market share, a few have captured consumers’ attention with unique products and value propositions.“Let’s not let it be death by a thousand cuts,” Hites says. “The conversation now is what’s driving people to do this.”last_img read more

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Police respond to fatal motorcycle, tractor crash in Pennsylvania

first_imgPolice say 47-year-old James Place was killed when his motorcycle struck a tractor making a left-hand turn onto a field on Rolling Hills Road. He was pronounced dead at the scene. They say Place was unable to stop his motorcycle. SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WBNG) — Pennsylvania State Police say one person is dead in a motorcycle and tractor crash in Bradford County Sunday. A passenger riding along on the motorcycle was thrown off of it and was injured. The driver of the tractor was not hurt, police say. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.last_img

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Paddington flair

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​PRI co-founder says Norway’s sovereign fund must exit oil and gas stocks

first_imgOne of the authors of the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) is calling on Norway’s finance ministry to let the country’s sovereign wealth fund divest its holdings in international oil and gas companies.In an open letter to finance minister Siv Jensen, Carlos Joly argued that the country’s reliance on such energy sources risked turning Norway into “a has-been rich country”.Joly, a fellow of Cambridge University’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership, co-chaired the expert group that drafted the PRI.In the letter – which appeared yesterday on the website of the publisher Social Europe – Joly said: “Unless Norway starts to get ready for the world of 2030 and 2050, if it keeps going for the short-term gains by investing in pumping all the oil and gas it can manage and exploring for more, it will end up a has-been rich country. Carlos Joly, University of Cambridge“The NBIM should be allowed to divest of all its energy sector holdings excepting solar, wind and other non-carbon-emitting energies,” he said, adding that nuclear energy should also be off limits.Joly argued that Norway’s economy was far too dependent on oil, putting future generations of Norwegians at risk as national, regional and global policies to lower carbon emissions take effect.He added: “Furthermore, is continuing full-on oil exploitation consistent with Norway’s legal and moral obligations as signatory to the UN SDGs [Sustainable Development Goals] and to the Paris Climate Accord?”Norway’s finance ministry launched a consultation on the commission’s findings on 28 September. The deadline for submissions is 28 November. “Letting the [fund] divest of international oil and gas companies is a step in the right direction and a strong signal to investors, companies, and other governments around the world.”In November 2017, Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), which manages the NOK8.3trn (€873bn) Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), wrote to the ministry recommending selling off more than NOK300bn worth of oil and gas equities on the grounds that such a move would reduce Norway’s overall exposure to the risk of a permanent fall in energy prices.However, at the end of August, a commission set up to investigate the matter argued against such a divestment, saying it would not be an effective insurance against such a scenario. Joly – a former fund manager with Natixis – urged Jensen to agree with NBIM and discard the commission’s view.last_img read more

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APG and others outline stance on BP net-zero ambition, delivery

first_imgIn their statement, the investors said they welcomed this as a response to last year’s Climate Action 100+ shareholder resolution, and also expressed their support for BP’s reporting on the consistency of new material capital expenditure investments with the goals of the Paris Agreement, in line with the 2019 AGM resolution.‘Ground-breaking’ According to the investors, this reporting “breaks new ground by developing by developing a profitability and carbon intensity test for projects under conditions which BP believes are consistent with the Paris goals”.They cautioned that the assumptions underlying this test should be kept under careful review “given the possibility that the COVID crisis may have brought forward peak oil”.“We also look to forward to building on our constructive engagement in this area, exploring how to ensure that capex is also consistent with carbon budgets aligned to BP’s journey to net-zero,” they added.The investors also said they would “welcome more clarity” on BP’s short and medium-term targets aligned to its net-zero ambition, such as greenhouse gas emissions targets for energy produced and sold (Scopes 1-3), the links to remuneration, and planned levels of investment in traditional oil and gas and low carbon technologies.“Providing a roadmap and aligning capital expenditure with a finite carbon budget are clear indicators to investors of a shift in company strategy”Steve Waygood, chief responsible investment officer at Aviva Investors“We commend BP for setting out its net-zero ambition,” said Steve Waygood, chief responsible investment officer at Aviva Investors.“Providing a roadmap and aligning capital expenditure with a finite carbon budget are clear indicators to investors of a shift in company strategy, providing milestones against which to assess progress. We look forward to continuing our engagement with BP to ensure that capex remains consistent with its goal to reach net-zero by 2050.”*Full list of supporting investors: APG Asset Management, Aviva Investors, AXA Investment Managers, BMO Global Asset Management on behalf of its advisory clients, EOS at Federated Hermes on behalf of its stewardship clients, HSBC Global Asset Management, Kempen, Legal & General Investment Management, Local Authority Pension Fund Forum, M&G Investments, Newton Investment Management, PGGM, and UBS Asset Management.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. Major global institutional investors involved in collaborative engagement with BP as part of Climate Action 100+ (CA 100+) have publicly set out their perspective on the company’s commitment to become a net-zero oil and gas major, welcoming “ground-breaking” reporting on capital expenditure but pledging further attention to the company’s spending.APG Asset Management, Aviva Investors, Legal & General Investment Management, PGGM and UBS Asset Management are among those* putting their name to statement that has been drafted “for consideration” upon the occasion of BP’s annual general meeting tomorrow.Due to the coronavirus and government guidance on social distancing, the AGM will be a closed meeting and will be live streamed on the Internet. Investors will not be able to participate, but chair Helge Lund is expected to acknowledge the investors’ statement when he addresses the meeting.The investors’ statement follows BP in February announcing a net-zero “ambition”, with then new chief executive officer Bernard Looney saying it would provide details about how it planned to deliver on that in September, when it holds a capital markets day.last_img read more

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