The name on everybody’s lips is gonna be…Brandy! Grammy Award winner Brandy Norwood will step into the Broadway revival of Chicago as Roxie Hart on April 28. The pop/R&B star will play an eight-week engagement through June 21 at the Ambassador Theatre, taking over for Paige Davis.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.The cast also includes Amra-Faye Wright 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.Check out Broadway.com’s interview with Norwood about raking in the chips for her Great White Way debut below! from $49.50 Related Shows View Comments Chicago
By Sharon DowdyUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia’s strawberry crop wasn’t damaged much by the recent cold snap and snowfall that hit the state’s midsection. Strawberry blooms can withstand cold temperatures because of plant genetics and farmer action.“The plants are making new flowers right now and will continue to do so until late spring,” said Gerard Krewer, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension horticulturist. “They aren’t like peaches and blueberries where the flower buds are all formed in the fall.” Protected by iceThe recent snowfall didn’t hurt the flowers. To protect strawberry plants from cold weather, farmers cover them with an ice-water mixture, creating an ice blanket of sorts, he said. Ice forms at 32 degrees, but strawberry blossoms don’t freeze until 28 degrees.“The overhead irrigation coats the plants with ice and if you keep the sprinklers running, the ice freezes and releases heat to protect the blossoms,” Krewer said. The method worked for Ron Hayes. The certified public accountant grows two acres of pick-your-own strawberries in Canon, Ga. “I only had a few blooms, and the snow just formed a blanket on them,” he said. Even if a cold snap did wipe out all the early flowers, strawberry plants continue to produce more side branches and more flowers, Krewer said. Georgia plants, which typically come in the fall from Northern states and Canada, already have a few flowers in the mother crowns when they arrive.Growers all across GeorgiaThere are roughly 65 strawberry producers in Georgia, totaling about 300 acres in production. Unlike blueberries, which are grown extensively in the southeast and south-central parts of the state, strawberry production is spread over the state. Most growers sell berries through pick-your-own operations or local sales. “It’s more profitable for our growers to focus on producing fresh vine-ripe strawberries,” said Krewer. “Our growers don’t need to compete with the 800-pound gorilla otherwise known as California.”Like tomatoes, vine-ripe is bestWhen it comes to taste, Krewer likens strawberries to tomatoes and peaches. “They will turn red if picked on the green side, but a vine-ripe strawberry is a superior product,” he said. “When you’re in the field, push back the plant’s leaves and you’ll find succulent berries tucked under the canopy.”Growers in the Savannah area are already harvesting berries. Growers in north Georgia, like Hayes, will harvest in mid-April or early May and finish in June. A trip to a u-pick farm is a great family outing, Hayes said.“It’s a good little adventure to bring your kids out to,” he said. “Whether they are four years old or 12 years old, they love it.”For a list of pick-your-own strawberry farms, see the Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium Web site atwww.smallfruits.org/Strawberries/Marketing.htm. Or, go the Georgia Strawberry Growers Web site at www.gastrawberries.org.
The Vermont Downtown Development Board today announced that the City of Montpelier has been awarded Growth Center Designation. In action taken Monday by the Vermont Downtown Development Board, the designation comes after several months of discussion between Montpelier, the Downtown Board and its advisory group. Growth Centers were enabled by the legislature in 2005 to encourage communities to plan for denser and mixed use development in areas surrounding the state s downtowns and village centers. I am very pleased that Montpelier has received this designation, which will help support the City in its planning efforts, Governor Jim Douglas. This is why I signed the Growth Center bill, to encourage communities to create more compact and dense mixed use development in appropriate areas.Montpelier s Growth Center is located in the area surrounding and including the City s Designated Downtown. Designated Growth Centers have several important benefits that help support increased development. Of particular importance is that housing and mixed use projects that include an affordable housing component may not need Act 250 review. In addition, the City may also more easily meet the requirements for a Tax Increment Financing District, which would allow it to access state funding to support investment in water, wastewater and transportation in the district.To gain this designation the Town had to show the Downtown Board that it had met state standards including:The Growth Center meets the statutory definition, is included in the Town Plan and is implemented in the Town s bylaws;The Town has or has planned for the roads, water and wastewater systems, and other infrastructure necessary to support the planned growth;The Growth Center be adjacent to an existing Designated Downtown or Village Center, and that the Growth Center support such areas;It protect natural and historic resources both within and outside the growth center;It be designed to accommodate a majority of growth anticipated by the municipality over the next twenty years; andIt include a mix of uses, including affordable housing. This is very consistent with the Governor s promotion of growth in these targeted areas, and with the legislature s Growth Center bill passed in 2005, said Kevin Dorn, Chairman of the Downtown Board and Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development. At the same time, we will be reducing development pressures on important natural resource lands outside the designated areas.Several other communities are working toward Growth Center Designation, including Hartford and St. Albans City.For more information about the Growth Centers Program, please visit: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/Planning/GrowthCenters.htm(link is external).Source: State of Vermont.
New Report Documents China’s ‘Renewable-Energy Revolution’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Project Syndicate:At the start of 2017, China announced that it would invest $360 billion in renewable energy by 2020 and scrap plans to build 85 coal-fired power plants. In March, Chinese authorities reported that the country was already exceeding official targets for energy efficiency, carbon intensity, and the share of clean energy sources. And just last month, China’s energy regulator, the National Energy Administration, rolled out new measures to reduce the country’s dependence on coal. These are just the latest indicators that China is at the center of a global energy transformation, which is being driven by technological change and the falling cost of renewables. But China is not just investing in renewables and phasing out coal. It also accounts for a growing share of global energy demand, meaning that its economy’s continuing shift toward service- and consumption-led growth will reshape the resource sector worldwide. At the same time, various other factors are reducing global resource consumption, including increased energy efficiency in residential, industrial, and commercial buildings, and lower demand for energy in transportation, owing to the proliferation of autonomous vehicles and ride sharing. According to Beyond the Supercycle: How Technology Is Reshaping Resources, a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), these trends are slowing the growth of primary energy demand. If rapid adoption of new technologies continues, that demand could peak in 2025. And with less intensive energy use and increased efficiency, energy productivity in the global economy could increase by 40-70% over the next two decades. While global growth in energy demand is slowing, China’s share of that demand is increasing. By 2035, China may account for 28% of the world’s primary energy demand, up from 23% today, whereas the United States could account for just 12% by 2035, down from 16% today. China has already made significant progress in reducing its resource intensity: between 1980 and 2010, its economy grew 18-fold, but its energy consumption grew only fivefold. According to World Bank data, that reflects a 70% decline in energy intensity per unit of GDP. In its 13th Five-Year Plan, the Chinese government aims to reduce energy intensity by a total of 15% between 2016 and 2020. It is already well on its way toward achieving that goal. At the Chinese Communist Party’s National People’s Congress earlier this year, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang reported that China’s energy intensity fell by 5% last year alone. Renewables are one reason for China’s declining resource intensity. Hoping to become a world leader in the field, China is already investing more than $100 billion in domestic renewables every year. That is twice the level of US investment in domestic renewable energy and more than the combined annual investment of the US and the European Union. In addition, China is investing $32 billion – more than any other country – in renewables overseas, with top-tier Chinese companies increasingly taking the lead in global renewable-energy value chains. China’s State Grid Corporation has plans to develop an energy grid that draws on wind turbines and solar panels from around the world. Chinese solar-panel manufacturers are estimated to have a 20% cost advantage over their US peers, owing to economies of scale and more advanced supply-chain development. And Chinese wind-turbine manufacturers, having gradually closed technology gaps, now account for more than 90% of the Chinese domestic market, up from just 25% in 2002.Full article: China’s Renewable-Energy Revolution
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Jones Beach was significantly damaged by Superstorm Sandy but officials expect the popular beach to be open in time for Memorial Day Weekend. (Photo: Christopher Twarowski/Long Island PressBring on the waves.Long Islanders received a bit of good news Monday that all New York State-run beaches and parks are expected to be open by Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial start of summer, despite significant damage from Sandy.Many area parks and beaches were battered by the October superstorm, which caused extensive damage to shore-front roads, structures and contributed to significant dune and beach erosion. Several repair projects are still ongoing, some of which will continue after the parks are opened.“Our parks and beaches are not only popular destinations for vacationers, but they are also important economic drivers for our communities,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “We will continue to work diligently to ensure that these great assets are in safe and good condition for visitors to enjoy this summer.”The news was met with cheers from local officials still dealing with post-Sandy repairs. Officials noted the economic boost of opening up the parks just in time for the holiday weekend.In 2012, more than 18 million people visited state parks and beaches on Long Island and four state parks on LI—Jones Beach, Robert Moses, Sunken Meadow and Heckscher—ranked in the top 10 in the state.“Our parks and beaches on Long Island are the escape that people need,” said New York State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey, adding that Jones Beach State Park has more yearly visitors than Arizona’s Grand Canyon. “Sandy caused a lot of destruction but our crews and contractors are fiercely working to get us in great shape to kick off the summer.”But plenty of repair work remains before the parks and beaches can be opened to visitors.Many of Jones Beach’s electrical vaults were submerged during Sandy and crews are still working to replace and raise panels to prevent damage from future storms. The beach’s popular theater, which was submerged in four feet of water, is still a work in progress. The theater suffered damage to the VIP boardwalk, tented areas, orchestra seating and entire electrical system, officials said.Fields 2, 5, 10 and West End 2 of Jones Beach are currently open to the public but areas between the West Bathhouse and the East Bathouse remain closed due to boardwalk damage.Crews are also installing planking on top of the Central Mall and lifeguard stands in that area, including Field 2.At Robert Moses State Park, workers are currently restoring a section of the roadway at the south side of the park’s traffic circle that collapsed into the Atlantic Ocean after Sandy, officials said. Construction at the beach includes placing 500,000 cubic yards of sand to replenish Fields 4 and 5, and more than 300,000 cubic yards of that sand is being dredged from the Captree State Boat Channel. All parking fields will be open come Memorial Day, officials said.“We are confident that Memorial Day Weekend will be as good or better as we saw last year,” said New York State Parks Deputy Regional Director George Gorman.Construction efforts are being funded by the state but parks department officials will soon apply for federal reimbursement.
Earlier this month, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published final regulations that explained due diligence and reporting rules applicable to persons, including credit unions, making U.S. source payments to foreign persons. The final regulations, among other things, clarified the requirement for a withholding agent to obtain a foreign taxpayer identification number (foreign TIN) and date of birth on a withholding certificate.Background InformationBefore getting into what the regulation did, it may be helpful to understand what some of these terms mean. IRS Publication 515 provides background information about the withholding of tax for foreign persons. It defines a foreign person as “a nonresident alien individual, foreign corporation, foreign partnership, foreign trust, foreign estate, and any other person that is not a U.S. person.” On the other hand, the IRS’s definition of a U.S. person includes a citizen or resident of the United States, several types of domestic entities, and anyone that is not a foreign person. U.S. source income is income earned within the United States. A withholding agent is “a U.S. or foreign person, in whatever capacity acting, that has control, receipt, custody, disposal, or payment of an amount subject to chapter 3 withholding.”IRS Publication 515 notes that foreign persons are usually subject to a U.S. tax of 30% on U.S. source income unless there is an applicable exemption. If the credit union has members that are foreign persons under the IRS’s definition, it is possible that the members could be subject to a 30% tax on any U.S. source income payments made by the credit union (e.g., the payment of dividends). ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By John Dundon Texan Patrick Reed secured his fifth PGA Tour win Sunday, overtaking weekend leader Rickie Fowler to win The Barclays tournament at Bethpage Black golf course. The front nine was a classic back and forth between two great golfers giving every shot their all. For Reed, a player who’s come so close to getting a win in so many tournaments this summer, the win felt good.“It feels amazing; I haven’t had that feeling in a while coming down the last couple with the lead,” Reed said after his championship round. “I felt like I did a lot of things well, it’s just great to finally be able to close one off.” Reed’s jubilation makes the disappointment Fowler was feeling, after squandering a one stroke lead, seem all the more real. He finished the day three strokes over par and ended the tournament tied for fourth. The start of the round wasn’t particularly bad for Fowler. It all unraveled on the back nine, starting with a bogey on the par 4 11th hole. Fowler then bogeyed on 15, and followed that up with a double-bogey on 16. At that point, it was game, set, match. “I don’t know, I just made some bad swings at the wrong time,” a dejected Fowler told reporters after the round. “Disappointing back nine. I didn’t drive it the way I needed to. It was just a little off here and there; you had to be playing out of the fairway. So yeah, just a little disappointing,” Fowler said.It’s obviously a disheartening result for Fowler, as a win would’ve locked up a spot on the United States Ryder Cup team this coming September. Now, he’ll have to rely on being a captains pick—of which he remains in good standing for. World No. 1 Jason Day played well enough but couldn’t quite conquer Bethpage Black. He finished tied for third place.The world’s No.1 golfer Jason Day, despite his best efforts, couldn’t quite put together a late charge to get back in the thick of things on Sunday. “This week, I Don’t think there was a tee shot where I felt comfortable over the ball to be honest,” Day said after his round. “Every time I was standing over the ball, I couldn’t feel like it was going to be a good shot.” His struggles at Bethpage aside, Day remained positive and said he relishes the chance to come back to Bethpage Black again for the PGA Championship in 2019. “I love playing in front of New York crowds,” Day added. “It’s really cool to see how much they embrace golf here. They enjoy themselves here, very rowdy.” While Day enjoyed the boisterous crowds, the tournament champion Reed called them “obnoxious” earlier this weekend. He would go on to change his tone after his win was wrapped up, though. “The crowds are crazy, but they’re awesome. You don’t go to golf tournaments very often and hear chants,” Reed said. “You can feed off of that energy that’s going on, then when people are starting to heckle you, you can try and prove them wrong.” It seems Bethpage Black has left an impression on the world’s best, a good sign for the future of the PGA on Long Island.
Coordination efforts are being done in a safe, responsible way. It’s called the ‘Give Help, Get Help’ initiative. If you are part of an agency looking for volunteers, click here. “When we are putting these volunteer groups together, we’re making sure they do not exceed 10 and everyone is staying at least six feet apart,” said Welch. “We are kicking off this campaign and coordinating the efforts to match those needs with those volunteer opportunities in a very safe and timely manner,” said Welch. The two-fold campaign calls on volunteers, then places them with local organizations who could use the help. “Each year we mobilize over 1,400 people to complete over 100 projects in one day. So if we have the talent and the expertise to know how to do this as things change and be very nimble in the process, because that’s what we have to do,” said Welch. The United Way of Broome County is leading the effort in coordinating volunteers to help different organizations during this pandemic. (WBNG) — As day to day life continues to change, so do the needs of our community. The United Way says it’s stepping up because it has the resources and know show. Look at its success from the annual ‘Day of Caring,’ a large volunteer effort. For example, the United Way is assisting CHOW. “There’s a lot of need out there right now but there are a lot of individuals who really want to help and they don’t know how,” said United Way of Broome County executive director LoriAnne Welch. If you are someone willing to give your time and help out through volunteer opportunities, click here. “That’s the type of community Broome County is. And that’s what makes us strong and that’s what makes us overcome regardless of what we are faced with, because the people are committed and they’re relentless. We’re not going to stop,” said Welch. While the United Way is taking charge, it’s no surprise people are coming out of every direction to help. “They’re mobilizing their resources to pack five day food supply boxes and they need help doing that,” said Welch.
I’m writing this with a heavy heart and fear that as a country, we have lost respect for many things that as American we should hold dear. Yet, people seem torn between what’s right and what’s a show of patriotism.Racism is alive and well in this country. But, I feel, holding arms during the anthem is more of a show for the racism fight, as players become united as one. Isn’t that what we are trying to do by fighting this long, senseless problem of racism?I don’t have a direct answer to how to solve racism, but it’s something we all are responsible to fight against it. Reading of the moment of silence during a high school football game for the victims of Las Vegas caused people to kneel shows how we forget respect for those that died or were injured for no good reason.I’m fearful that nuclear war seems closer now than ever. I remember in the ‘50s hiding under our desks during an air raid drill and how scary that was. I’m reliving that fear now when our president, using a social platform, talks off the cuff. When will someone reel him in? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Calling the head of another country, no matter how we think of him personally, by a downright poor nickname isn’t a presidential way to handle a crisis. It’s not a respectful or diplomatic way to prove a point. Talking about how we will destroy North Korea isn’t the answer.We can’t forget the destruction of Hiroshima. There will be another Hiroshima, but this time many more innocent lives are at stake.“United We Stand” are not just words. United we can fight the longtime racist card and prove our loyalty to our country.We have to know when our rights to voice our opinion and our need to show respect for this great country have to be separated.Vincent F. CarelliAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsThree seniors who started as seventh-graders providing veteran experience for Amsterdam golfEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation
National COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo says diabetes mellitus has been the most common comorbidity in COVID-19 deaths in Indonesia.“Based on data in the past six months, some regions have comorbidity levels of up to 92 percent, with diabetes as the number one factor,” he said during a public discussion on Wednesday, as quoted by kompas.com.He added that the province with the highest number of COVID-19 patients with diabetes was East Java. Meanwhile, the second-most common comorbid disease for COVID-19 patients was hypertension, followed by heart disease, lung and respiratory disorder, kidney disorder, asthma and cancer.“COVID-19 is very lethal to the high-risk group [elderly and patients with pre-existing conditions],” he said.Therefore, Doni said, the government’s first strategy was prioritizing the protection of these vulnerable groups. The second strategy is to reduce the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases as well as deaths and increase the recovery rate, while the third strategy is to increase testing and optimize contact tracing.”We have tested more than 30,000 specimens a day. However, this is still below the World Health Organization’s standard of 38,000 people a day,” he said. (aly)Topics :