EGOT Legend Rita Moreno to Star in Amy Poheler Pilot

first_img Click below to see the EGOT winner talk Broadway, West Side Story and more on Show People! Directed by David Wain and co-created and executive produced by Poehler, Josh Bycel and Jonathan Fener, Old Soul revolves around former wild child Nadia (Lyonne), who runs a business caring for seniors. Nadia feels more of an affinity for her clients, one of whom is Rita (Moreno), than her peers. Moreno, who won a Tony Award for The Ritz, is perhaps best known for her Oscar-winning performance as Anita in the film adaptation of West Side Story. Her additional Broadway credits include Skydrift, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Gantry, The National Health, Wally’s Cafe and The Odd Couple. Her many film and TV credits include The Electric Company (winning a Grammy for appearing on the cast album), Singin’ in the Rain, Oz, Cane, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Nine to Five, garnering Emmy Awards for The Muppet Show and Out to Lunch. Moreno is the author of a bestselling memoir, Rita Moreno: A Memoir. Lyonne is an off-Broadway vet with credits including Tigers Be Still and Blood From a Stone. Her screen credits also include American Pie and Everyone Says I Love You.  EGOT stage and screen icon Rita Moreno has been cast in Amy Poheler’s upcoming pilot Old Soul. According to Deadline, Moreno will play a colorful over-the-top Main Stem alum opposite Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the New Black) in the NBC comedy. View Commentslast_img read more

A New Light.

first_imgThe best time to treat a stressed plant may be just before you can see it’s stressed.The trick is to know when that is. And a University of Georgia scientist may have theanswer.It’s a matter of light, said Chi Thai, a biological and agricultural engineeringscientist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Plants, he said, are trying to tell us when they’re stressed. We just can’t see it.It’s not that we’re not trying. Seeing that plants are stressed earlier than wenormally do could save farmers millions of dollars. We just don’t have the rightequipment.Human Eyes Limited”Human eyes can see only at light wavelengths between 400 and 700nanometers,” Thai said. “For the part of light that gets through the atmosphere,the region of interest to our plant-health research is from ultraviolet wavelengths around200nm to near-infrared wavelengths around 2500nm.”The answer, as Thai saw it, was to improve the equipment. “We’ve built afield-portable spectral imaging system,” he said. “It contains two spectrometerssensitive from 300nm to 1700nm and is equipped with fiber optic inputs and continuouslytunable spectral video imaging capability.”Thai adds some Liquid Crystal Tunable Filters, then a virtual-reality goggle (because acomputer monitor is unwieldy in the field) to see plants in literally a whole new light.Reading Plants’ Chemical Signatures”This equipment allows human users to visualize chemical signatures of a plantwhich usually are beyond unaided human vision,” Thai said. The chemical signals letpeople see the plant’s earliest signs of stress.Thai took the process a step further, with an LCTF alternating between two fixedwavelengths, 692nm and 755nm. By plotting the average of the gray values of the pixelsforming the plant canopy image, he can directly estimate the chlorophyll and biomassamounts in plants.”The plant-health status was related to the degree of brightness of theimage,” Thai said. “A brighter plant is a healthier plant.” With his portable spectral imaging system, Chi Thai is able to see plant health in a whole new light. The black-and-white images resulting from Thai’s research show stark contrasts between the healthy plant on the left and the stressed plant on the right. Images: Chi Thaicenter_img Photo Courtesy of Chi Thai Thai’s initial, encouraging research was on Bahia grass and bush beans. Now he’sstudying peanut plants inoculated with Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus.The biggest trouble so far has been getting the virus to infect the plants. “Forsome reason, what happens naturally very easily in the field has been hard for us to do inthe lab,” he said.Research Could Help GrowersIf the studies work, though, it could greatly help growers of the state’s $400 millionpeanut crop, said Albert Culbreath, a CAES plant pathologist in Tifton, Ga.”It would help first in research,” Culbreath said. “It would be anice tool for evaluating plants in greenhouse and small-plot studies.”Many plants don’t show symptoms right away but turn yellow and wilt late in the season.”Such a tool might enable us to know what’s really going on in those plants,” hesaid.”In epidemiological studies,” he said, “detecting infection beforesymptoms occur might help pinpoint when management actions might be taken to reduce the… disease.”Many Potential BenefitsSpectral imaging could help evaluate varieties and management practices, too. If itcould help farmers assess disease problems faster than they can by seeing symptoms, itcould help even more.”If we could come up with a chemical signal for assessing problems that could bedetected from a few feet above or a mile overhead,” Culbreath said, “it could beof economic value.”It may help farmers boost their yields, he said. And even if it can’t, it may be ableto better predict losses, which would help growers in their marketing.For the time being, all the scientists really know is the potential.”We don’t know what reality can be, or how much benefit,” Culbreath said.”There’s much work to be done, but new tools such as this can be of great importancein the future.”last_img read more


first_img Notice Baraque petitions for reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, George Juan Baraque has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Baraque’s suspension was effective May 19, 2001, and was for a period of two years resulting from a felony conviction.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Baraque’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Vivian M. Reyes, bar counsel, The Florida Bar, Suite M-100, 444 Brickell Avenue, Miami 33131, telephone (305) 377-4445. March 15, 2005 Notices Noticelast_img

2020 America Saves Week recap – so what?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr America Saves Week is a weeklong event that occurs annually in February and a national call to action encouraging Americans to review their financial habits and make a commitment to saving. The program also advocates for participants to take their pledge and create a plan to save! America Saves provides many helpful resources for organizations to share and assist people in reaching their financial goals.“Credit unions were created to help people live a better financial life,” Foundation Executive Director Gigi Hyland said. “America Saves Week provides an opportunity for our movement to further encourage members to develop healthy savings habits. The National Credit Union Foundation was proud to be a part of this week that strengthens credit union members’ financial literacy through savings, fosters stronger financial futures and uplifts communities.”Monday:America Saves Week began with “Saving Automatically”, which is the easiest way for people to save. Setting up an automatic transfer for anything from an emergency fund to future vacation allows people to not have to think about saving. Resources on saving automatically: continue reading »last_img read more

FDA clears second West Nile blood screening test

first_img The cobas TaqScreen WNV test, made by Roche Molecular Systems Inc. of Pleasanton, Calif., detects genetic material of the virus early in the infection, the FDA said in an Aug 28 press release. The Roche test is similar to the Procleix West Nile virus assay, which was approved by the FDA in December 2005 as the first stand-alone test to detect viral RNA in blood. Aug 16 CIDRAP News story “West Nile cases stay ahead of 2006 pace” Tranfusion-associated WNV transmission first emerged as a threat to the US blood supply in 2002. Roche said blood agencies began using investigational WNV nucleic acid amplification tests, including the Procleix and Roche systems, in June 2003. Aug 30, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the approval of a second automated test to screen donated blood and organs for West Nile virus (WNV). WNV is usually transmitted to humans by mosquitoes, but it can also be spread by blood transfusion or organ transplantation. As of Aug 21, the CDC had received 58 reports of blood donors who possibly were infected with WNV, the FDA said. In 2006, state and local health departments reported 361 presumably viremic blood donors to the CDC, according to CDC data. Daniel O’Day, head of Roche Molecular Diagnostics, said in a Roche press release issued yesterday that the system has already been used under an investigational new drug application at 14 clinical trial sites that are testing blood from more than 100 donation centers. Aug 29 FDA press release Dec 2, 2005, CIDRAP News story “FDA approves West Nile test to screen blood”center_img The TaqScreen test is approved for detecting the virus in plasma specimens from human donors of whole blood and blood components and from living donors of cells, reproductive cells, and other tissues, the FDA said. It is also intended for testing plasma specimens obtained from organ donors while the donor’s heart is still beating. The test is not intended for use on cord blood samples or as an aid in diagnosing WNV infection. Most people infected with WNV remain healthy, but about 20% fall ill with West Nile fever, which includes fever, headache, fatigue, body aches, and in some case a rash on the trunk, according to the CDC. About in 1 in 150 to 350 infected people suffers serious disease, including encephalitis. “This action is the culmination of the dedicated efforts of FDA, our sister agencies, blood establishments, and manufacturers to bring donor screening tests to the market for this increasingly common virus,” said Jesse L. Goodman, MD, MPH, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, in the press release. “As a result, blood centers and hospitals now have a choice of two FDA approved tests to screen for West Nile virus in donated blood and organs.” The United States had 4,269 WNV illnesses cases last year, a 42% increase over the previous year, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The number of WNV cases this year has been ahead of last year’s pace, but fewer severe cases have been reported, the CDC reported 2 weeks ago. See also: The FDA said the approval comes in advance of guidance it is preparing on the use of licensed WNV screening tests for blood donors. CDC West Nile pagelast_img read more

Lukas Podolski slams Arsenal chiefs for Champions League absence

first_imgAdvertisement Lukas Podolski slams Arsenal chiefs for Champions League absence Podolski does not think Arsenal are cash-strapped (Picture: Getty)Lukas Podolski thinks Arsenal’s chiefs are failing to maximise the club’s potential with the Gunners heading for another season out of the Champions League.The last time Arsenal managed to finish in the top four of the Premier League was in 2016 and the London club are currently ninth in the table with ten more games left to play.Arsenal were Champions League regulars when Podolski was at the Emirates and the former Gunner insists the club’s cash-strapped image is wrong.‘The potential of what the club has, it has not been good enough,’ Podolski told Sky Sports. ‘I think they know it themselves. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘They have the potential, the history, the facilities and I think they have the money as well.‘A club like Arsenal has to play every year for the Champions League. Of course, the Premier League is hard and even against the smaller teams. ‘It’s not like other leagues with two or three teams fighting for the title.’ Comment Ozil appears happier under Arteta (Picture: Getty)‘Sometimes you have a coach and you can not deal with him. He can have a different view of football. ‘Arteta is back at Arsenal and you see the team is much more organised, more fight and discipline.‘I hope they can build a good team for the next couple of years. They can do it but they have to work together.’ Coral BarryTuesday 19 May 2020 10:26 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link884Shares Matches returning with halves shorter than 45 minutes ‘not ruled out’To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:39FullscreenMatches returning with halves shorter than 45 minutes ‘not ruled out’ is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham eyeing transfer move for Alassane PleaMORE: Henrikh Mkhitaryan responds to speculation over his Arsenal futureFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal chiefs have been frugal in their spending (Picture: Getty)Premier League action appears poised to resume in June, with clubs agreeing to return to training this week following the outbreak of coronavirus.Arsenal still have time to make up the eight-point gap between them and fourth spot, but Mikel Arteta will need his best players firing on all cylinders when they return.Mesut Ozil is set to play a key role and Podolski thinks the German is suited to Arteta’s management style.‘There is no discussion for me, [Ozil] is a great player,’ says Podolski. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Sometimes there is a problem with a coach or there could be an injury, things that happen in football and you have to deal with this situation sometimes.‘I think it’s a better fit [between Ozil and Arteta] than before [with Unai Emery]. They have played together and know each other. ‘Ozil is back on the pitch and the games I have seen he is doing much better than with the former coach. Advertisementlast_img read more

BLOG: A Rundown of How PA “Freed the Six-Pack”

first_imgBLOG: A Rundown of How PA “Freed the Six-Pack” REQUIREMENTS Since two of the licenses approved are distributor licenses, not all nine of these businesses can sell traditional six-packs. The distributors can sell full cases or original containers containing at least 128 fluid ounces (12-packs). The other seven licensees (restaurant and eating place) may sell up to 192 ounces (two six packs) of beer to go per transaction.Will there be more licenses like this approved?Governor Wolf has requested that the PLCB approve similar subsequent applications that otherwise meet PLCB standards. The PLCB Board members have indicated that while each license application is reviewed and evaluated on its own merits, they, too are supportive of additional consumer convenience and growing Pennsylvania commerce.How soon can these businesses start selling beer?As soon as each license is administratively finished up and issued to the licensee, that business can start selling beer. This could happen in as little as a day or two following Board approval.How do additional gas stations get approval for selling beer to go?A number of different PLCB license types allow for sales of beer, including restaurant, eating place and distributor licenses. Each license type has different qualifications and grants different license privileges. Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Food & seating for 30 people300 square feet By: Sophie Stone, Deputy Press Secretary Two Distributor licenses:Lathia Investments, LLC, Canonsburg, Washington CountySave N Go Beer, LLC, Gibsonia, Allegheny County Food & seating for 30 people400 square feet Six Restaurant licenses:Arch Six Packs To Go, LLC, Wyoming, Luzerne CountyOhio Springs, Inc. t/a Sheetz, Huntingdon, Huntingdon CountySAI Hazleton, LLC, Hazleton, Luzerne CountySAI Hess Market, LLC, Orangeville, Columbia CountyShivashish, LLC, Plains, Luzerne CountyVGV Beverages, LLC t/a VGV Beverages, Mahanoy City, Schuylkill County PRIVILEGES Restaurant Eating Placecenter_img Full cases of beerKegsOther original containers containing at least 128 fluid ounces (commonly 12-packs) SHARE Email Facebook Twitter LICENSE TYPE May 31, 2016 Distributor Since the number of licenses available are limited by state law, often the first step for a gas station interested in selling beer is to find an existing license where the licensee is interested in transferring or selling the license. Then a transfer application may be filed with the PLCB.The PLCB will then investigate the entity, people and location proposed to become licensed, to ensure all requirements are met for the license type.Approval can happen in as little as 45 days from the date the PLCB receives the application or could take longer, depending on the complexity of the application. Free The Six-Pack,  Liquor Reform,  The Blog,  Videos Last week, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board “freed the six-pack” in Pennsylvania by approving pending applications for gas stations to sell up to 192 ounces of malt or brewed beverages.Here’s a rundown of how Pennsylvania “freed the six-pack,” and what that means for the commonwealth.I’m hearing a lot about how Pennsylvania “Freed the Six-Pack.” What does that mean?Last week, following Governor’s Wolf’s request, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board approved nine licenses allowing gas stations to sell beer. These approvals freed the six-pack for certain gas stations with appropriate accommodations that can now to sell six-packs of beer.Why is this such a big deal?“Freeing the six-pack” will make the commonwealth more inviting for consumers and businesses by improving customer service and convenience for Pennsylvanians. Here’s what Governor Wolf has to say about it.What exactly happened at the May 25 PLCB public Board meeting when these licenses were approved?At the regularly scheduled May 25 Board meeting, nine license applications from businesses that also sell gasoline were considered, eight of which had been held at prior meetings because they did not achieve the required two votes for either approval or denial. Now that the Board is at its full complement of three members, a number of licensing applications that have been awaiting Board action for months may be considered again.After careful consideration of various factors – including Commonwealth Court precedent upholding the granting of liquor licenses to convenience stores and grocery stores with alcohol sales locations separate from fuel sales operations – the Board unanimously voted to approve these nine license applications:One Malt Beverage Eating Place license:Fast Lane Six Packs To Go, LLC, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County Beer sales for on-premises consumptionBeer sales to-go of up to two six packs per transaction Wine, liquor and beer sales for on-premises consumption, although many convenience store and grocery store licensees opt only to carry beerBeer sales to-go of up to two six packs per transaction Ownership by PA residentResponsible person of good reputationCan’t hold more than one distributor licenselast_img read more

AP3 hails cost efficiencies fuelling 10% annual gains

first_imgIn the first half of 2018, the fund’s investments gained 3.3% after expenses, driven mostly by its exposure to currency and inflation. The fund outperformed its benchmark by 1.1 percentage points.Hessius said the total return was “buoyed by a continued upswing in our real estate investments and a strong dollar”, and noted that AP3 had scaled back portfolio risk during the first half of the year in light of its outlook for investment markets.The fund highlighted a $100m (€86m) commitment to an external unlisted insurance fund, saying that this “broadens AP3’s strategy to include insurance instruments in run-off and adds stability and balance to the portfolio”.AP3 also said it was on track to meet sustainability goals it set itself four years ago.The goals were to be achieved by the end of 2018 and included halving the carbon footprint of AP3’s listed equity and credit portfolio compared with 2014, more than tripling the value of its green bond holdings, and doubling its “strategic sustainability investments”.Another goal it set itself was to work to ensure that Vasakronan, the real estate investor in which AP3 has a 25% equity stake, would “continue to lead the way in sustainability in the real estate sector in Sweden”.CEO Hessius said the fund was expected to have achieved the four goals by the end of the year.At the end of June, AP3’s green bond holdings totalled SEK15.3bn, just above its SEK15bn target for the end of 2018. The holdings accounted for 16% of the fund’s fixed income portfolio.At the end of 2017, the buffer fund’s strategic sustainability investments totalled SEK25bn, SEK5bn above the target for the end of 2018.The carbon intensity of its listed equity and credit holdings, meanwhile, fell by 45% in 2017, said AP3. Sweden’s AP3 incurred costs of around a third less than the average for its international peers over five years, according to the state pension buffer fund’s interim report.In that period the SEK353.1bn (€33.6bn) fund posted an annual average return of more than 10%.AP3’s chief executive Kerstin Hessius said that, according to data from CEM Benchmarking, the fund had delivered this return “with a cost base 35% below the international average for funds with a similar investment profile”.Its annual average return over the past 10 years was 7.3%.last_img read more

ORVC Weekly Report (September 4-9)

first_imgORVC Weekly Report (September 4-9)Players of the Week.Volleyball: Ellen Frede – SM and Kinley Morton – SC.Girls Cross Country: Leah Anders – SCBoys Cross Country: Bradley Winston – SW and Trevor Levi – RSGirls Golf: Riley King – SCBoys Soccer: Jake Bovard – RSGirls Soccer: Sydney Potts – RSORVC Report (September 4-9)Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.last_img

Sissoko reveals Arsenal passion

first_img Press Association Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko has described Arsenal as “the club of my heart”. ” I remain focused on Newcastle,” he said in an interview with Telefoot. “If something should happen, it will happen. “England remains my priority. If (Arsenal boss) Arsene Wenger calls me? We will have a discussion man to man. Arsenal has always been the club of my heart.” Sissoko, who has 27 caps for France, said his dream was to play for a “big club”. He added: “I would love to win the Euros (in 2016) with France and the Champions League too. I want to continue to go further and higher.” center_img The France international has been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium this month, having impressed in the Premier League since arriving from Toulouse two years ago. And the 25-year-old revealed he has ambitions to achieve more in his career, including winning the Champions League last_img read more