Max Von Essen(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Comments Max von Essen, who recently finished up a Tony-nominated run in An American in Paris, has been tapped for Miles Malleson’s Yours Unfaithfully, an “un-Romantic Comedy” about the price of free love. Directed by Jonathan Bank, the production will play a limited engagement December 27 through February 18, 2017. Opening night is scheduled for January 26 at the Beckett Theater at Theatre Row.Along with Essen as Stephen Meredith, the cast of the world premiere will also include Todd Cerveris (South Pacific) as Dr. Alan Kirby, Mikaela Izquierdo (Cyrano de Bergerac) as Diana Streatfield, Elisabeth Gray (Breakfast at Tiffany) as Anne Meredith and John Hutton (Lincoln) as Gordon Meredith.Yours Unfaithfully was published in 1933 but never produced, making this Mint Theater production a very belated world premiere. The play is an intimate peek behind the closed doors of an open marriage. Stephen and Anne, blissfully happy for eight years, are committed to living up to their ideals. When Stephen, a writer who isn’t writing, begins to sink into a funk of unproductive moodiness, Anne encourages him to seek out a fresh spark. Can their marriage survive uncompromising generosity, sacrifice and love? Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 18, 2017 Yours Unfaithfully
By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaYarbrough Consulting beat four other precision agriculture consulting firms to win a $100,000 contract from Pike Creek Turf, a major Southeastern turfgrass farm. Too bad they’ll never get to spend the money.Yarbrough and its competitors are all companies formed by students taking the “Principles of Precision Agriculture” class taught only on the University of Georgia Tifton campus.Fake firms, real grassSouthern Dawg Ag Consulting, Getting Mean in the Green, Big Dawg Consulting, BAJK Consulting and Yarbrough Consulting aren’t real companies. But Pike Creek Turf is very much a real and successful firm.The Cook County family operation, in south-central Georgia, is owned by the brother-sister team of Jaimie Allen and Kim Allen Boling. They manage 3,000 acres of 11 turfgrass varieties used mostly for golf courses. They employ 200 people.”They’re definitely one of the top turfgrass producers around,” said George Vellidis, a professor and engineer with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He teaches the class.Precision farmingThe class introduces students to precision agriculture, which helps farmers put things like water and fertilizers exactly where they need to be in exact amounts. That saves them money. It’s generally better for the environment, too.The students learn how Geographical Information Systems, a technology used to analyze data from a geographic perspective, and Global Positioning Systems, which uses satellites to locate pinpoints on Earth, can be used to auto-steer tractors or turfgrass mowers.They learn about remote sensing, too, using methods like satellite images to run variable-rate irrigation, which places water exactly as plants need it.For the final project, students were given the scenario that the Allens are interested in using precision agriculture on their farm and have decided to hire a consulting firm to make a plan for them.”I got a lot more out of this project than if I’d just read books,” said Gerome Morgan, a junior agriculture education major. He was on the Yarbrough team.”We were out there using the equipment,” he said, “and then really figuring out what would be best used and how for the Allens’ particular needs. Made it more interesting.””It puts the students in a real-life scenario,” Vellidis said, “and makes them apply what they have learned in the class.”The presentationEach team was required to submit a written, formal proposal to the Allens and Vellidis and give a 20-minute presentation.”The plans needed to be detailed enough for the Allens to really implement on their farm if they wanted,” Vellidis said.The students toured the Pike Creek Turf to prepare for the project. Just as it is in the real world, a slight information edge can be the difference between a big deal and the one that got away.During the farm visit, Yarbrough members noticed trucks hauling timber from the farm. After a few questions, they learned that the Allens also manage large tracts of timber land. Though the final project leaned toward turfgrass, the Yarbrough team included ways to improve timber lands, too, in their precision agriculture plan.That was the deciding factor.”All the teams made strong points,” Allen said. “We got some good ideas about some things we could implement in our operation.”This is the third year the class has been offered. Twenty-one students took the class this year. Students in previous classes made plans for a large vegetable farm and a grass-fed beef operation.The students probably won’t go on to work for a real precision ag consulting group, Vellidis said. But they’ll be entering the work force soon. Conducting research and organizing an effective presentation are both important skills in professional jobs.Yarbrough members weren’t sure how they would divide the big, fake, $100,000 check.
I’m a huge fan of the credit union mission and all it contributes to our communities. You’d know that if you’ve read more than a few lines of any previous post. Of course, you’d also know that I’m not afraid to call out things when they could be improved.On that note, I have just a few suggestions for this year’s International Credit Union Day campaign. In case you weren’t aware, the theme is, “Find Your Platinum Lining” (at a credit union). Because it’s the 70th anniversary of the event. And 70 means platinum. You knew that, right? I didn’t. Honestly, I thought it was for 75. Turns out that’s diamond (jewelry, to be precise). In fact, all I could find about the 70th anniversary linked it to UK tradition. Thus, Americans will have limited exposure to this “platinum year”. I’d be curious how many people under the age of 70 even make the connection. I asked some people of a variety of ages; none knew that Platinum and 70 went together.Which raises another point: If our goal is to attract younger members, why use a terminology which they are unlikely to understand or relate? Of course, we’re not only looking to attract younger people, but, let’s be honest, they’re who you want. More Boomers are great, but a member with 50 years of major purchases and life changes ahead of them is substantially more valuable. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The Association of Croatian Travel Agencies (UHPA) together with its forty agencies has successfully implemented a project to renew the quality management system certificate according to ISO 9001: 2008 and the transition to ISO 9001: 2015, and the certification was carried out by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance.The ISO 9001: 2015 standard is an internationally recognized standard introduced by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for quality management systems. Successfully implemented quality management system according to ISO 9001: 2015 and operating in accordance with the requirements of this standard is a generally accepted way of working to ensure current and future customers or partners the expected quality of products and services. ISO 9001 certified travel agencies prove their commitment to providing quality services, a system of quality control of products and services and a focus on their continuous improvement.Quality management helps to better understand and monitor customer needs, achieve a greater degree of customer satisfaction and trust, more efficient business, increase productivity and profitability of the company, improve internal communication and achieve continuous growth and development. Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli emphasized the importance of tourist agencies and their employees for the quality and sustainable development of Croatian tourism and expressed the full support of the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board for UHPA projects. “Congratulations to all the agencies that have earned this prestigious certificate for their dedicated work and the establishment of a quality management system that makes them more competitive in the tourism market, but also the Association itself. The offer of travel agencies is one of the most important things in the development of tourism, the motivator of the arrivals of our visitors and provides additional value to the entire tourism. Therefore, the Ministry of Tourism will continue to monitor and support the work of the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies and its members who have been working for years on quality and guarantee that guests know what to expect from travel agencies. “The ISO certification project was launched by UHPA in 2012, which resulted in the certification of the first group of members of the Association in 2014, the second group in 2015, and the recertification of forty members in 2017. Today, UHPA is the first professional association in tourism in Croatia to hold the ISO 9001: 2015 certificate and one of the few to enter the certification process with a network of its members and successfully implement a project to implement and certify a quality management system. “Behind us is a great tourist year in which we achieved a record 100 million overnight stays. Travel agencies have certainly made a great contribution to this success. Looking at the turnover achieved this year, I especially want to draw attention to the increase in turnover in the pre-season and post-season. In that period, the majority of traffic is generated through travel agencies. It is nice to see that agencies are an important factor in the tourism sector, and we will certainly remain so with our work, creativity and in the future, regardless of all the challenges and threats that lie ahead.and “, stated Tomislav Fain, President of UHPA.List of agencies that have been awarded the ISO 9001: 2015 certificate Related news:CROATIAN TRAVEL AGENCIES URGENTLY NEED TECHNOLOGICAL PROGRESSHOW CAN TOUR AND ACTIVITY ORGANIZERS COMPETE WITH LARGE ONLINE BOOKING PLATFORMS?
Some homes were empty because they were awaiting demolition.NEW figures reveal almost 200,000 homes were empty in Queensland on Census night.Analysis of the 2016 Census data by SGS Economics and Planning, revealed 7.6 per cent of homes in Greater Brisbane — 68,386 dwellings — were empty on the night of the count.There were even more in regional Queensland with 11.7 per cent of homes — 127,171 dwellings — empty.Nationally Census figures revealed there were more than 1 million homes unoccupied on the night.The report found that figure, which represented 11.2 per cent of dwellings, was only 0.5 percentage points higher, than the previous census in 2011, and had been fairly consistent since 2001.It analysed the recent census data after discussion around whether the high number of empty homes was because of investors intentionally leaving homes unoccupied in capital cities and the rise of properties being used for Air BnB. While previous Census in the eighties would ask why a property was unoccupied, that question was no longer asked.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoSome homes were only empty on Census night because they were between tenants. Picture: ThinkstockIn the eighties about 65 per cent of homes were empty on Census night because it was a holiday home or the residents were away that night.To determine if those reasons where still the same or if investors were leaving properties sitting empty, SGS Economics and Planning analysed data from other sources to work out a similar breakdown.It found the majority — about two thirds — of unoccupied dwellings on Census night were empty because they were holiday homes or the resident were absent.“The share of holiday homes is lower than the estimates from the eighties,’’ it said.“Which makes sense given falling home ownership rates. Residents absent was higher which given the increased mobility of households would also appear to make sense.“While this analysis has limitations, it suggested that most of the dwellings were unoccupied on Census night were unoccupied for a very valid reason.“There does not appear to be a large pool of dwellings being withheld from the housing market.’’The report also revealed that the Moreton Bay area had the lowest rate of unoccupied dwellings in Queensland. It attributed this to a high level of demand in the area, low vacancy rates and properties selling faster.
Nigeria-focused oil company Addax has extended the charter for the Yinson-owned FPSO Adoon.Yinson, a Malaysia-based provider of floating production units to the international oil and gas industry, on Tuesday said that the contract extension notice sent by Addax on October 19, will see the FPSO employed until January 16, 2019.The 1985-built vessel, moored at the Antan field offshore Nigeria, won its first contract with Addax in October 2006. After the original contract expired on October 16, 2014, it was extended for another year.After that, the contract was extended for another three years to October 16, 2018.Commenting on the latest extension, Yinson said: “The extension of contract on an interim basis is expected to contribute positively to the revenue and earnings of Yinson Group for the financial year ending 31 January 2019. The company will make appropriate announcement(s) to Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad in relation to any material developments concerning the aforesaid extension.”
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has backed captain John Terry to shrug off a hostile reception when they head to Loftus Road to face QPR on Sunday. It was on the same ground in 2011 that Terry was caught up in a race controversy with ex-QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, later cleared in court of racially abusing the player but banned for four matches and fined £220,000 by the Football Association for ‘using abusive language related to colour’. “He has been through a lot football-wise in his career,” Cahill said in several national newspapers. Press Association “He has been through so many good times, winning trophies and whatnot, and bad times. So in terms of personality he is obviously thick-skinned and that’s why I say it won’t affect him, and it won’t affect us.” Terry was stripped of the England captaincy amid the fall-out, and subsequently announced his retirement from international football. On Sunday, he may come up against Anton Ferdinand’s brother Rio, who branded him an ‘idiot’ over the affair, and the QPR fans can be expected to remind him of what happened. But Cahill added: “It’s a local derby so the atmosphere will be intense and it will be another huge game to try to win. “I think he has been there already. It’s not as if it’s the first time he has been back, he has played there.” Chelsea go into the weekend seven points clear of Arsenal having played a game less, but Cahill said there was no sense of easing up, with the Gunners still to come on the fixture list. “There is still that element of pressure to finish the job,” he said. “We’ve worked so hard this season to be where we are and to put ourselves in the position we are in, so we want to go all the way and finish it.”
Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has announced the appointment of former Green Eagles captain and coach, Christian Chukwu, as the new General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of Rangers International Football Club of Enugu.Speaking after a fact finding tour of the club that ended its trophy drought after 32 years last football season, the governor appointed the ex-international who is also a former Rangers captain as the new helmsman to take over from Ozo Chibuzor. As defending champion of the NPFL, the Flying Antelopes are languishing in the 11th spot of the five-week old league with just a win and three draws to earn just six points from a possible 15. Rangers drew their last weekend’s home game with visiting Niger Tornadoes 1-1 at the Cathedral in Enugu.But in his determination to halt the trend, most especially as Rangers will be flying Nigeria’s flag in the CAF Champions League, the governor met with stakeholders of the club like the board, management, players and supporters where it was unanimously agreed to put ‘Chairman Chukwu’ in-charge of its affairs.While reacting to the development, the new General Manager of the club, Chukwu thanked the governor for the appointment and his prompt intervention and promised to put in his best to ensure that Rangers retains its current status in Nigeria football.He called for the cooperation and support of the board, management, players and all other stakeholders of the club to take it to an enviable height.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT FOLLOW US First Published: 24th December, 2019 18:43 IST Not sure the OPI was intentional on Edelman. Looks like maybe he’s just protecting himself. But I also get why it has to be called. Stalls the drive but Folk buries a long FG and #Patriots retake the lead, 13-10. pic.twitter.com/blbWEZFlDy— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) December 21, 2019 Also Read | Patriots Star Tom Brady Reveals Why He Has BANNED His Father From Speaking To MediaJulian Edelman pulls a Lazarus act against the Buffalo Bills Colin DCunha Julian Edelman admits he played up supposed head injury against Bills: ‘I was trying to sell it’ https://t.co/Htea476JXr pic.twitter.com/YSvPjJ1boc— For The Win (@ForTheWin) December 23, 2019 “I was trying to sell it. I was trying to sell. Maybe they didn’t see it, and then three flags were literally in my face. That sell didn’t work, and it got me out for a full quarter.” – Julian Edelman During the game, Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman ran head-first into Jordan Poyer. Following the collision, Edelman lay on the ground, motionless. However, barely three seconds later, Julian Edelman appeared to recover from the collision once he saw that the penalty flags had been thrown. Following the incident, the Patriots wide receiver had to sit out a quarter of the game in order to be tested under NFL’s concussion protocol. Edelman was called for offensive pass interference, which brought back a would-be touchdown from Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson. Right after the game, Julian Edelman confirmed that he faked the concussion. Also Read | Jason Garrett’s Future Up In Smoke After Cowboys Succumb To Defeat Against Eagles Written By While Julian Edelman’s play-acting may not have benefitted anyone on the field, it remains to be seen whether the Patriots wide receiver will be punished for faking the head injury. Regardless of whether he was trying to get out of an offensive pass interference call, there is precedence for the NFL to fine both Julian Edelman and the New England Patriots. In 2012, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was fined $15,000 for faking an injury during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Steelers were also fined $35,000 after the incident.Also Read | Michael Thomas Breaks NFL Record For Most Receptions In A Single Season, Saints Celebrate LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 24th December, 2019 18:43 IST Julian Edelman Admits To Faking Concussion; NFL Decision On Fine Still Pending The Patriots ended up clinching the AFC East title with a 24-17 win against the Buffalo Bills. Julian Edelman, however, made headlines after the NFL game. The New England Patriots secured the AFC East title after a 24-17 win over the Buffalo Bills. However, the Patriots’ resurgence wasn’t the only story to have emanated from the win over the Buffalo Bills. Julian Edelman made headlines after the game at the Gillette Stadium when he admitted to faking a head injury after a collision with Bills safety Jordan Poyer. Also Read | Tom Brady Celebrates WARRIOR Block Against Bills With Elandon Roberts’ Quote
However Hansen responded by calling a New Zealand radio station to give his version of events.He says his team would never try to deliberately injure an opponent, and believes the All Blacks always play “tough but fair”. New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen says Warren Gatland’s latest comments are “desperate, predictable and disappointing”.Gatland accused the All Blacks of deliberately targeting Conor Murray’s standing leg during his box-kicks in Saturday’s first test.Such a move could potentially cause serious injury to the Munster scrum-half. Photo: © lionsrugby.com