3. Lena Hall — 16% Lena. Effing. Hall. The artist formerly known as Celina Carvajal, aka that badass rocker chick from Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods on MTV. Look at her now! The first-time nominee took home a trophy for her portrayal of Yitzhak opposite Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. “Without all of you, there would be no me,” Hall said, thanking every friend, colleague, family member, fan and acquaintance who helped shape her journey to a Tony-winning actress. We’re pretty sure Hall also took home the honor of thanking the youngest person included in a speech: her niece, due in October. 1. Audra McDonald — 39% The Broadway superstar took home her sixth Tony Award for her performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, becoming the first person to win all four performance categories and breaking the record for the most Tony wins by a performer. McDonald (and husband Will Swenson) were in tears before her first words were said. And that’s about when the waterworks started for us, too. Her emotional speech, having the distinction of being delivered in front of the proscenium, was full of gratitude, and included the courageous women who helped pave the way: “I am standing on Lena Horne’s shoulders. I am standing on Maya Angelou’s shoulders. I am standing on Diahann Carroll and Ruby Dee and most of all, Billie Holiday.” Audra McDonald Star Files Lena Hall View Comments Jessie Mueller The 2014 Tony Awards brought us tons of exciting performances and of course, plenty of heartfelt acceptance speeches. From James Monroe Iglehart’s exuberant exclamations to a Mark Rylance speech we were able to follow, Sunday’s winners had us all glued to the broadcast as they picked up their gongs. After the curtain came down, we asked you which speech was the highlight of your Tony night. From a history-making six-time winner, to a first-time recipient to a nominee newbie, here are the results! 2. Jessie Mueller — 17% Mueller took home her first Tony for her dynamic portrayal of Carole King in Beautiful. Mueller was (on the outside) collected, poised, funny and heartfelt as she expressed her gratitude, but we lost it when she got to King in her speech and they cut to the songwriter looking as proud as ever. “You teach me so much every night,” Mueller said. “I get to up on stage and try to go through what you went through and come out of it with kindness, and love, and forgiveness and a pure heart.” She wrapped up with the phrase of the night: “I’m sorry, everyone wants a drink, so thank you. Goodnight.” We’ll drink to that, Jessie. Congratulations!
Kristin Chenoweth & Sean Hayes(Photos: NBC & Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Before hitting the live broadcast, Hairspray Live! stars Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes will host a live half-hour pre-show, airing at 7:30PM on NBC on December 7.The special, titled Countdown to Hairspray Live!, will give viewers a glimpse into the last-minute backstage preparations before the telecast, as well as a look at the casting process, rehearsals and design of the production.Chenoweth and Hayes starred on Broadway in the 2010 revival of Promises, Promises, each winning Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards for their performances. In Hairspray Live!, Chenoweth will play Velma Von Tussle, with Hayes taking on the role of Hefty Hide-a-Way owner Mr. Pinky.Hairspray Live! also stars newcomer Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad, Harvey Feirstein as Edna Turnblad, Jennifer Hudson as Motoromouth Maybelle, Ariana Grande as Penny Pingleton, Dove Cameron as Amber Von Tussle, Garrett Clayton as Link Larkin, Martin Short as Wilbur Turnblad, Ephraim Sykes as Seaweed J. Stubbs, Andrea Martin as Prudy Pingleton, Derek Hough as Corny Collins, Shahadi Wright Joseph as Little Inez and additional featured parts for Rosie O’Donnell, Paul Vogt, Billy Eichner and more. View Comments
With the coming of spring, Georgia tobacco farmers are preparingto plant the state’s third most valuable crop. But it won’t bebusiness as usual. Experts say ongoing changes will continue toaffect farmers and the rural economies that surround them.Change in the Field Tobacco has been a major source of farm income in Georgia sincethe early 1900s. It is grown under the provisions of a quota system,which includes supply control and price supports.Regulated by federal legislation, the system sets a quota, oran amount a farmer can grow each year, says Bill Givan, an economistwith the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.Since 1997, the farmers’ quota has been cut by 44 percent, orabout 45 million pounds, Givan said.”For every pound of quota lost, the farmer is losing about$1.70 from not selling that pound of tobacco,” Givan said.”The farmer is buying less fertilizer and other farm inputs,because he’s not growing as much tobacco. He’s using less labor,and the area economy loses economic activity.”Since 1997, Georgia tobacco growers’ incomes have been cut by$176 million. The ripple effect, Givan said, has been big: A $440 million reduction in economic activity statewide.An estimated 2,043 lost full-time jobs.A $2.4 million loss of non-tobacco sales tax. Change at the Market The newest shift in the tobacco industry comes at the market.Instead of going to warehouses and buying tobacco at an auction,tobacco companies now want to direct contract with growers.Direct contracting isn’t new, Moore said. But it’s expected tobecome more prevalent. Last year, Georgia had 18 warehouse auctionsites. This year, it’s expected to have only eight.Moore advises farmers to know the specifics and consider the long-termimplications before making a contract decision.With all the changes to the industry, why don’t tobacco farmersjust grow something else?”The farmers may try to grow other things,” Givan said.”But it won’t have the (profit) of tobacco. The only alternativefor tobacco is tobacco. It’s a pretty emotional thing for somefolks. Tobacco has paid the bills for a lot of years.” In 2000, about $13 million of the Georgia Master Tobacco Settlementwas paid to Georgia farmers to help compensate for their quotaloss. While this money is taxable as farm income, Givan said,it has allowed farmers and local economies some sustained economicactivity.Change at the Farm Farmers have had to change, or are in the process of changing,the ways they handle tobacco on the farm, said J. Michael Moore,a tobacco agronomist with the UGA Extension Service.”The tobacco industry has been facing many changes over thepast few years,” Moore said. “The industry has beenlooking for more efficient ways to package, transport and markettobacco.”Two of the changes have cost farmers extra time and money. In the past, farmers brought their tobacco wrapped in sheetsto warehouses, where the tobacco was sold. Now, tobacco companiesprefer the tobacco in 750-pound square bales. To stay competitive, farmers have had to buy baling equipment. After the first year, Moore said, most farmers say the baling requires as little or less labor than sheeting tobacco and that bales are much easier to load and transport.Before going to market, tobacco is cured in barns on the farm. Studies show that old curing practices increase the potential for certain carcinogens in tobacco. So farmers have been asked to install equipment to reduce the risk of these carcinogens. Though some funds have been available to help, Moore said, this has still cost farmers time and money.
Late summer and early fall are ideal times to lift, divide and replant daylilies. By preparing now, you will be rewarded with a spectacular show of color next year. Dividing the plantsThe objective is to help the newly divided plants establish good root systems during the fall and late winter. The transplanting process is relatively easy. Just divide the plant into several clumps of foliage and roots and retain as many of the roots as possible with each division. Before replanting the division, cut back the foliage to one-third of its original height. Daylilies are very sensitive to proper soil preparation. Loosen the soil and amend it with organic matter, such as peat moss or compost. If the soil has not been limed, add 4 or 5 pounds of dolomitic lime per 100 square feet. Then add a light application of fertilizer when you plant the new division. A heaping teaspoonful per plant is adequate. Blend all amendments with the soil thoroughly. Plant at a proper depthDaylilies should not be planted too deeply. Plant the new divisions at same depth as the original plant. A safe rule of thumb is to set the new division so that the point where roots and foliage meet is no deeper than one inch below the surface of the soil. Planting at the proper depth is important for maintaining vigorous daylilies. Many other perennials can be divided and transplanted using the same steps. These include magic lily, African lily, liriope, amaryllis, ginger and iris. Also, like daylilies, these perennials need to be planted, or transplanted, in the early falls to ensure that they will thrive in the spring.
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The Hong Kong Trade Development Council, which organizes the annual Hong Kong Book Fair, told exhibitors not to display what it called “unlawful books” at this week’s planned fair, but did not explain further.The council postponed the fair at the last minute on Monday due to a recent spike in cases of the new coronavirus. It did not specify a new date for the event, which draws about 1 million visitors.Three non-governmental pro-Beijing groups had teamed up to urge people to report stalls at the fair selling material promoting Hong Kong independence, a subject that is anathema to the Chinese government.”Every citizen has a duty to report crime,” said Innes Tang, the chairman of PolitiHK Social Strategic, one group behind the campaign. “We are not the police. We are not the ones to say where the red line is.”Dangerous readingJimmy Pang, a veteran local publisher who has participated in every fair since it began in 1990, called 2020 “the most terrifying year” because of the security law and the economic downturn that was already hurting publishers.He said the law has prompted publishing houses and writers to halt projects while printers, distributors, and bookstores have turned down sensitive books.For example, Breakazine, a local Christian publication, said it suspended the distribution of its mid-July issue called “Dangerous Reading” while seeking legal advice for navigating the security law.”Everyone is avoiding risks by suffering in silence,” said Pang, a spokesman for 50 exhibitors at the fair.Last year, a unit of Pang’s Sub-Culture Ltd published Chan Yun-chi’s “6430,” a book of interviews with surviving pro-democracy protesters in the run-up to the 30th anniversary of the bloody 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, a subject heavily censored on the mainland.”In the future, there will be no sensitive books related to politics,” he said.Bao Pu, the son of Bao Tong, the most senior Chinese Communist Party official jailed for sympathizing with Tiananmen protesters, founded New Century Press in 2005 in Hong Kong to publish books based on memoirs and government documents and other sources that often differ from the official versions of events in China and could not be published on the mainland.His customers were mostly mainland visitors, a lucrative niche in Hong Kong until China began to tighten border controls a decade ago, making it harder to bring back books to the mainland.Given the drop off in demand, Bao said he no longer plans to publish such books in Hong Kong. But he urged other publishers to avoid self-censorship.”If everybody does that, then the law would have much more impact on freedom of speech,” he said. “This is history. This is the truth,” he said, holding up the book with blue sticky flags on many pages to mark changes made because of the new law.Just as demand for political books was surging in Hong Kong after a year of protests, Hong Kong’s once unbridled and prolific independent publishers are now censoring themselves in the face of the new law.Hong Kong authorities say freedom of speech remains intact, but in the past two weeks public libraries have taken some books off the shelves, shops have removed protest-related decorations and the slogan “Liberate Hong Kong! Revolution of our times” has been declared illegal.”To Freedom” is the first political book Yeung has taken on as a part-time publisher. After Beijing introduced the security law, the book’s original printer bailed, and two other printers declined, he said. Another printer agreed to take it anonymously, but wants to get a better sense of how the law is implemented first. Topics : In the last two weeks, Hong Kong publisher Raymond Yeung has hastily made changes to a draft paper copy of a book entitled “To Freedom,” replacing the word “revolution” with “protests,” tweaking a banned slogan and cutting passages that advocate independence for the Chinese-ruled city.The changes were hard to make, he told Reuters, but impossible to avoid since China passed a national security law on June 30, making the broadly defined crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces punishable by up to life in prison.”This is really painful,” Yeung said as he flipped through pages of the collection of essays by 50 protesters, lawyers, social workers and other participants in the pro-democracy demonstrations that shook Hong Kong last year.
Dean began her secondment as interim director for policy and product development and became a permanent member in 2014, in a continuation of the role.Before her first secondment to PADA, Dean spent 30 years as a civil servant, lastly within the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) developing the policy that laid foundations for the creation of NEST.She also worked on the creation of the pension forecasting IT system, and policy that introduced the second-state pension, which allowed accrual based on national insurance contributions.Jones – who leaves after eight years with the provider, having served as its founding chief executive – will step down later this year.This week, NEST revealed its plans for its future offering after the UK government removed compulsory annuitisation.Dean will now oversee the implementation of a complex blend between income drawdown, deferred annuities and cash accounts, as the provider aims to create a default system for members. The UK’s National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) will appoint its head of product and marketing as chief executive after Tim Jones steps down later this year.Helen Dean will take on her new responsibilities in the autumn.Dean, currently an executive director, becomes NEST’s second chief executive.She was initially seconded from central government to the provider while it was still called the Personal Accounts Delivery Authority (PADA), before the official rollout of auto-enrolment.
The projects FPP is currently developing include projects in Scotland and Wales that would harness the energy from both wind and waves using FPP’s hybrid technology.P80 hybrid platform rendering (Image: Floating Power Plant)FPP formed a collaboration with renewable energy specialist DP Energy in November 2016 to develop the schemes.Since, the companies have undertaken a detailed analysis of the Katanes project located off in the north of Scotland.The developers completed the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) screening, and proceeded to the next stage of this development back in March 2018.At the time, FPP said the move marks the stepping stone for its first commercial development based on its patented P80 platform technology which features a floating wind turbine, combined with a wave energy extraction technology. Danish clean energy developer Floating Power Plant (FPP) has started a series of tests on the power take-off (PTO) system of its wave energy converter at Aalborg University.For these tests the PTO from FPP’s prototype platform – the P37 – has been re-purposed and housed in a container alongside a hydraulic power unit which replicates the movement of the wave absorber.The tests are being conducted together with the partners Fritz Schur Energy and Aalborg University, where FPP is also validating the wave absorber design, and simulation tools through a series of wave basin tests.The company plans to develop the PTO control strategy as well as further proving the system’s concept, including informing component selection and identifying failure modes.“The results will be key in informing the design of the full-scale PTO system, which will then need to be tested prior to integration in the company’s first full scale platform, the P80, to be deployed at one of several projects currently under development,” said Chris McConville, General Manager at FPP.FPP’s PTO in a container alongside a hydraulic power unit which replicates the movement of the wave absorber (Photo: Floating Power Plant)
HAMILTON COUNTY, Ohio — A Sunman resident has been sentenced after pleading guilty in Ohio after hitting and killing a motorcyclist on Interstate 74 last October.Brandon Bernhardt, 21, pleaded guilty to Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and will serve eight years in prison.James Lamb, the motorcyclist, was dragged almost a mile by Bernhardt’s truck.
Batesville, IN— The City Council approved $5000 of Belterra funds to help Batesville Main Street promote the upcoming “Winter Festival”. The festival will include activities that include ax throwing, an ice sculptor, and a synthetic ice skating rink. The festival will be held the weekend of the Cherry thing-a-ling in the Village on the Green parking lot located next to 5/3 Bank. The ice rink will be here on an extended stay for four weekends. The cost will be $5 and will be open Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons.