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Odds & Ends: Javier Munoz’s Incredible Fight Back to Hamilton & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Javier Muñoz on His Incredible Fight Back to HamiltonHamilton’s Javier Muñoz recently underwent treatment for cancer and he’s been revealing more about his extraordinary fight back to the Richard Rodgers’ stage as Lin-Manuel Miranda’s alternate. “I look back at diagnosis and treatment…it’s like 100 years passed,” he told People. “Coming out of this, it’s sort of reinvigorated my passions,” he said. “If success comes with those things in some way—and everyone has their own definition of success—that’s great. But it’s the art that’s my goal. It’s the work that’s my goal. It’s creating something wonderful.” We all here at wish Muñoz all the best as he continues on his path to a full and safe recovery.Ali Stroker & Lin Tucci Head to JailSpring Awakening breakout star Ali Stroker and Orange Is the New Black’s Lin Tucci have been tapped for a special production of The Vagina Monologues. Helmed by Ira Kip, Eve Ensler’s classic play will tour a group of New York State correctional facilities April 18 through April 22. It’s all to mark V-Day, the global activist movement which aims to end violence against women and girls. The cast will also include Belinda Allen (Allegiance), Tanya Wright (True Blood), Rhonda Covington, Sharon Richardson and Vanda Seward.James Monroe Iglehart’s an April FoolIt’s April Fools’ Day tomorrow and in celebration, Aladdin’s Tony-winning Genie, James Monroe Iglehart, pranked some unsuspecting visitors at New York City’s Madame Tussauds. Check out the video below; the shining, shimmering, splendid tuner is playing at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Star Files Javier Muñoz & Lin-Manuel Miranda(Photo: Bruce Glikas)center_img James Monroe Iglehart Javier Muñozlast_img read more

2011 Flavor of Georgia

first_imgSavannah Bee Company served its Grill Honey on melted brie with raspberries. But, the honey tasted just fine by itself and earned the grand prize at the 2010 Flavor of Georgia food product contest. Do you have a recipe that combines Georgia-grown ingredients into something tasty? Then sign up for the 2011 Flavor of Georgia contest. The winners will be announced during Georgia Ag Day March 22, 2011.Judges look for market-ready foods – either commercially available or prototypes – from across the state. Categories include barbecue and hot sauces, confections, dairy products, meat products, snack foods, and jams, jellies and sauces. Entries are judged on flavor, best use of Georgia ingredients, Georgia theme, unique or innovative qualities, commercial appeal and originality.The contest is only a starting point for many winners, said Sharon Kane, University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development economist and contest director. “The majority of last year’s contestants, 80 percent, saw an increase in their sales and business contacts following the contest,” she said.Previous winners have received national attention. Candy-flavored Fondarific was featured on the Food Network show Ace of Cakes. Hot Squeeze Sweet Heat Chipotle sauce is now sold in thousands of stores. White Oak Farm products are sold through Whole Foods and Sysco. Online registration is now open and will run through Feb. 18, 2011 at For more information, call (706) 542-9809 or e-mail annual food contest is sponsored by the CAED in partnership with the Governor’s Agricultural Advisory Commission, Georgia Agribusiness Council and UGA Department of Food Science and Technology.last_img read more

After School Recess

first_imgTeach your kids about High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Let them watch TV in their workout gear, but during commercials, it’s on! Change exercises with each commercial. Create an easy garden without digging up your yard. Use staw bales as natural containers to grow fall veggies like crispy red radishes, carrots or kale. Instructions can be found on GeorgiaFACES at kids love Cosmic Yoga ( With each episode around 20 minutes and dozens of episodes to choose from, your kids will be yoga masters before long.Use some of the kids’ activities on Have chores? Make it a workout! Take the laundry up the stairs five times before putting it away, pull some weeds or rake the yard. If they have siblings, let each child choose one activity for 15-30 minutes and switch off activities in the middle. Foot races and shooting ball go together like peanut butter and jelly.Make a YouTube playlist of exercise videos for kids — perfect for any rainy day.Visit, where there are lots of fitness demos that can teach kids classic moves for the gym or exercises they can use right at their school desk.With a little guidance, your children can learn for an extra 180 hours this school year, but shhhh! For them, we will just call it “after-school recess.” Don’t forget to track their 180 “after-school recess” hours on, and make sure to reward their hard work in the spring. For most parents, fall is a whirlwind of after-school meetings, tight schedules, homework and dwindling family time. Even after the dash becomes daily routine, the hours between school and dinner often get lost in the shuffle. To rescue these important hours, assign your kids the task of hosting “after-school recess” during that time each day. Research proves that kids have better behavior, experience less stress and are more focused when they get regular, heart-pumping exercise. No matter how they decide to do it, your entire family can benefit from a little more active play. “After-school recess” also allows children to explore the types of exercise and physical activities they enjoy, which will foster good habits they can carry into college and beyond. Not all kids are athletic, and encouraging movement allows you to shift their focus off of achievement and onto personal responsibility, time-management and fitness. We all struggle with finding the right ways to get and stay fit, so here are some suggestions for ways to get them moving:last_img read more

White House plan to bail out coal and nuclear will cost consumers

first_imgWhite House plan to bail out coal and nuclear will cost consumers FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wall Street Journal:The Energy Department is proposing a new plan to bail out failing nuclear and coal-fired power plants by forcing grid operators to take the electricity they produce, a move that could upend competitive power markets and raise prices for consumers.The plan—a draft now under White House review—isn’t the first attempt by President Donald Trump’s administration to help coal and nuclear businesses. Its goal is to stop a wave of plant closings for two years while the Energy Department studies which plants nationwide are critical to ensuring reliable power in case of attack or natural disaster. Administration officials say grid reliability is a national security issue.A boom in natural gas production and renewable power have lowered prices and forced coal and nuclear competitors out of business, a trend Mr. Trump has promised to slow. He pledged during his presidential campaign to help coal miners in particular, and he received millions of dollars in campaign donations from coal-company executives. In recent months, he has prodded Energy Secretary Rick Perry on several occasions to craft a solution, and did so again in a statement Friday.“Unfortunately, impending retirements of fuel-secure power facilities are leading to a rapid depletion of a critical part of our nation’s energy mix, and impacting the resilience of our power grid,” Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, said in a statement, adding that the president wants Mr. Perry “to prepare immediate steps” in response.Mr. Trump’s efforts so far have been blocked by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and fought by a broad coalition of opponents.The country’s largest grid operator is also skeptical. “Our analysis…has determined that there is no immediate threat to system reliability,” PJM Interconnection LLC, which runs the power markets in 13 states across the mid-Atlantic and Midwest, said in a statement. “There is no need for any such drastic action.”More ($): Energy Department Prepares New Plan to Prop Up Nuclear, Coal-Fired Power PlantsS&P Global Market Intelligence ($):“There is no national emergency justifying the use of these powers,” said Michael Steel, a spokesperson for the Affordable Energy Coalition, a group of organizations including those supporting wind, industrial energy consumers and others. “Independent experts, regional grid operators, and even the government’s own data show that competitive electricity markets keep the lights on and prices affordable.”The oil industry, through the American Petroleum Institute, joined a broad group of energy industry associations representing energy efficiency and storage, natural gas, solar and wind to condemn efforts to subsidize “failing” coal and nuclear plants.“Unprecedented government intervention in the energy markets to support high-cost generation will put achieving that vision in jeopardy and hurt customers by taking more money out of their pockets rather than letting people keep more of what they earn — a key priority of this administration,” said Todd Snitchler, American Petroleum Institute’s market development group director.Other industry groups opposing the administration’s proposed policy included the American Council on Renewable Energy, the American Wind Energy Association, the Natural Gas Supply Association and the Solar Energy Industries Association.PJM, which operates a regional transmission organization near abundant coal resources, said in a statement following the release of the DOE plan that there was “no need for such a drastic action.” “Any federal intervention in the market to order customers to buy electricity from specific power plants would be damaging to the markets and therefore costly to consumers.”The Union of Concerned Scientists called the proposal an attempt to “fleece ratepayers” by doling out billions of dollars in guaranteed profits to coal and nuclear plants. The Sierra Club said coal and nuclear plants will continue to retire even though the administration is pushing “illegal directives [that] will be met with fierce resistance in the courts and in the streets.”More ($): Much of US energy industry recoils at Trump plan to prop up at-risk power plantslast_img read more

Grid operator says Texas electricity now 30% carbon-free

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Texas may be the center of the U.S. oil and gas industry, but the latest data shows that the state’s competitive energy market is increasingly favoring clean energy over fossil fuel alternatives.New information from state grid operator ERCOT shows that carbon-free resources made up more than 30 percent of its 2018 energy consumption, and a slightly larger percentage of its 2019 generation capacity. In both cases, the largest share of credit goes to the state’s massive wind farms, which provided 18.6 percent of 2018 energy and make up 23.4 percent of 2019 capacity, followed by nuclear power, which served 10.9 percent of last year’s needs and will provide 5.4 percent of this year’s capacity.Solar, meanwhile, only made up a sliver of the 1.3 percent of last year’s energy use served by “other” resources such as hydropower, biomass and fuel oil. But solar will make up 2.1 percent of this year’s generation capacity, in a testament to the small but fast-growing utility-scale solar market developing in the state.ERCOT’s achievement is largely a result of the economics of wind and solar power, plus a healthy dollop of state energy policy to integrate its western wind resources to eastern cities, known as competitive renewable energy zones (CREZ). Since 2009, about when CREZ got started, wind generation capacity has grown from 6 percent to nearly 20 percent of ERCOT’s energy mix, while coal has fallen from 37 percent to 25 percent of ERCOT’s energy mix over the same time.Meanwhile, the amount of wind being curtailed due to lack of transmission and demand has shrunk from about 17 percent in 2009 to less than half a percent in recent years, a result of the $7 billion in new transmission enabled by CREZ, as well as ERCOT’s work to build weather forecasting and demand management into how it manages its grid.Solar meets only a fraction of ERCOT’s needs compared to wind, but its growth rate is much faster at present, with utility-scale projects in the state setting new low-price records alongside solar leaders like California, Arizona and Nevada. Much of this solar is in West Texas, where it can benefit from the same transmission investments that have enabled the wind industry, Rhodes noted.More: Texas grid operator reports fuel mix is now 30% carbon-free Grid operator says Texas electricity now 30% carbon-freelast_img read more

Cale Tyson: Country Music Done Right

first_imgThe SkinnyJust recently, the unthinkable happened.  My thirteen year old son, who has a keen ear and great taste in music, was manning the iPod on a recent road trip and, to my surprise, a Jason Aldean song was blaring through my speakers.I damned near swerved the minivan off the road.Like much of what you hear on modern country radio, Aldean isn’t country; instead, he and his cronies are Lynyrd Skynyrd sound-alikes with bigger hats.  I have long lamented that country music is floundering; instead of Willie and Hank we have Luke and Toby.But, when things seem forlorn, I come across an artist like Cale Tyson. Living in Nashville now, Cale is Texas born and bred, and he does country the right way; the twang is real, the pedal steel moans, and, most importantly, I believe in what Cale is singing.  It’s honest, and that is what is missing most from so much of what is passed off as country music these days.For Fans OfMerle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, J.P. Harris & The Tough ChoicesOutside Looking In“I first met Cale where I meet most musicians – in a smoky bar.  Cale and I shared a bill together at The 5 Spot in East Nashville.  I was hooked halfway through the first song of his set.  He was leaning heavily on the material from High On Lonesome, his then unreleased EP.  Two songs really stuck with me – ‘Is The Flame Burning Low’ and ‘Lonesome In Tennessee.’  Both are as honest and authentic as Cale’s native Texas sky and make for perfect nighttime driving music.”— Caleb Caudle, Singer/Songwriter, New Orleans, LA On StageCale just returned from some time off in Mexico and the balance of August finds him away from the stage.  You Nashville cats have it good when he returns, though; Cale will be at the The Basement on September 11th and The 5 Spot on September 19th.In His Own Words“‘Long Gone Girl’ was written about an old flame that I couldn’t quite shake. I’d get so frustrated with myself for constantly going back to something that was just going to cause me more pain. I’d get upset and drive eleven hours home to Texas every once in a while and think, ‘That’s it. I’m going to leave town and clear my head of this whole situation, just get back to Nashville and be over it.’ Then she’d call me while I was there and apologize for whatever had happened and I’d think that everything would be better when I came back to town. It never really did in the long term, and I finally realized that. Some people just aren’t meant to lie in the same bed. There are no hard feelings now though. That’s just the way life goes. At some point, we’re all reaching for something unattainable. You just have to realize that and move on. Hell, though – I think it made for a really good song.”  — Cale Tyson, on the story behind “Long Gone Girl.”On The WebYou can find out more about Cale Tyson, his new EP, and when he might be swinging through your town at  Make sure you also take a listen to “Long Gone Girl” on this month’s Trail Mix.Speaking of that new EP, Cale and Trail Mix would like you to have a copy. You guys know the routine. Take a shot at the trivia question down below, shoot your answer to, and a winner of a copy of High On Lonesome will be drawn from all the correct answers received by noon tomorrow (Thursday, August 22nd).Question – In a recent chat with Trail Mix, Cale mentioned some themes that are typically found in the quintessential country song.  Much to Jason Aldean’s chagrin, which one of the following did Cale NOT list?(A)  heartache(B)  lifted trucks(C)  loneliness(D)  murder(E)  cheating.Good luck!!last_img read more

East Meadow Man Charged With Murdering Wife

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The husband of a 52-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly killing her in the East Meadow home they shared last month, Nassau County police said.Hector Bejarano was charged with second-degree murder. Investigators said the 53-year-old man killed his wife, Mirian Bejarano, who died of blunt force trauma, in the couple’s Prospect Avenue home.“There was evidence collected in the home yesterday that also solidified the arrest and the charge,” Homicide Squad Det. Sgt. Jim Skopek told reporters Thursday during a news conference at police headquarters in Mineola.Police began investigating after the victim was found dead at 4 p.m. April 28. Investigators said they have recovered what they believe to be the murder weapon, but would not identify it. Skopek declined to discuss the suspect’s alleged motive.Investigators had initially been tight-lipped about the case, only saying that the woman was not a victim of random violence.Judge James Darcy ordered the husband held without bail. He is due back in court May 18.last_img read more

5 ways to engage and empower offsite workers with mobile technology

first_imgAlmost everyone has a mobile device for personal use. Many people say they can’t live without them. Researchers say up to 60 percent of the people on the streets are looking down at them.But do they make sense in the business world? If so, how do you ensure that important business tasks are not interrupted by personal smartphone usage, like social media or games? Simple. Engage your users.Here are five ways to ensure employees will use your mobile apps:1. They need to workThe marketplace has trained users to expect great quality from mobile apps. With mobile apps created by Apple and Google, people know they are going to work well as soon as they pick up their devices.However, as explained in the online article KIFSU and the Mobile User Expectations, nearly 80 percent of users delete an app after using it for the first time. So if your mobile applications don’t work well, don’t expect employees to use them.2. Make them look greatWhen using our mobile devices for personal use, we expect a certain quality, look, and feel. That’s why business apps need to look attractive to users. There are millions of mobile apps vying for users’ attention, so your business apps need to be able to keep users engaged. continue reading » 56SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

3 ways to make your employees your best brand ambassadors

first_img 56SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Details Be an example of leadershipYour employees will be highly influenced by your leadership. If you’re not a good leader, you won’t have the staff that you want. Be an example of the kind of employee you want them to be, and you’ll see great results. Believe in your staff and be a great communicator. If you’re open and honest with them, they’ll respect you and that will allow them to be great.Let them be the solutionNo one knows your customers better than your front-line staff. They help customers deal with the everyday problems that they face. Use this data for good. Find out what customers are saying and use this information to improve your products and services. Your employees will feel like their voice matters, and your customers will love a company that listens to their needs.Recognize great workWhen someone’s work is recognized as being exemplary, it only inspires them to continue being great. No matter what department an employee works in, recognize them when they’ve gone the extra mile. A great employee who works for a company they believe in is an employee who will stick around and be a top-notch performer.last_img read more

Town of Vestal’s State of Emergency and what it means for you

first_imgButler further explained the order does not prohibit people from traveling or any other matter as of now. He says people will be notified if things change in a time of need. “Every road or business or whatever that was open before remains open, unless otherwise closed for COVID-19 reasons,” said Chief Butler. “It’s not infringing on anyone’s travel. It’s not infringing on anyone doing anything they did before yesterday.” With protests happening around the country, including stores being looted and cars set on fire, the town was on high alert. VESTAL (WBNG) — After Vestal Police received reports of potential civil unrest, the department and town officials declared a State of Emergency Sunday afternoon. Vestal Police weren’t too specific on what type of civil unrest was threatened in the area, but did say as a result, they decided to have some businesses, including the Target on the Vestal Parkway, close a couple hours early. Vestal Police Chief John Butler says there were no reports of disturbances happening as a result of this and hope it doesn’t come about in the future. “The state of emergency provides the town and the police department with more flexibility to do certain things that we wouldn’t be able to do without this state of emergency… primarily to close businesses if we had to,” said Chief Butler. Butler says the order is in effect for now and could last up to 30 days.last_img read more