The Astaire Awards is the only awards show to honor excellence in dance and choreography on Broadway and in film. They were first started in 1982 by the late Fred Astaire and Douglas Watt. The ceremony was held at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. As previously announced, choreographer Pat Birch received the Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award, while dancer and dance instructor Luigi was awarded the Outstanding Achievement in the Preservation of Musical Theatre Award. Legendary director Hal Prince, Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth, Emmy winner Valerie Harper, Joe Morton, Sandy Duncan and Maksim Chmerkovskiy served as presenters. Tony nominee After Midnight swept the 32nd Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards on June 2. The tuner’s Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards and Karine Plantadit were a tie for Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show, while Jared Grimes won for Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show and Warren Carlyle took home the honors for Outstanding Choreographer for a Broadway Show. View Comments
Star Files View Comments Josh Groban is another step closer to the Great White Way! Broadway.com has confirmed that the crooner has joined the star-studded lineup for the 69th Annual Tony Awards. Hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming, the telecast will broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on CBS on Sunday, June 7.There’s no word yet on what Groban will be singing, but he recently released a theater-centric album, Stages, where he sang tunes from Chess, Sunday in the Park with George, The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, as well as a special Carousel duet with six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald.Other previously reported performers and presenters at this year’s ceremony include 2015 Tony nominee Bradley Cooper, Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris, 2015 Tony nominee Chenoweth and the cast of On the Twentieth Century, Vanessa Hudgens and the cast of Gigi, Matthew Morrison, Kelsey Grammer and the cast of Finding Neverland, and many more! Josh Groban
Drier than normal conditions returned to most of Georgia in September, due primarily to the unusually quiet tropics this year. Farmers used the drier weather to catch up on field work after the state’s extremely wet summer. However, dry conditions hampered the maturation of some soybean pods and reduced production of Bermudagrass hay. Many crops continue to be a week or two behind in development due to the cool and wet conditions that occurred in the past few months. Despite dry conditions across the state, the southeastern corner was still fairly wet. Observers with the National Weather Service stations reported their highest monthly rainfall total in Brunswick with 10.89 inches (5.13 inches above normal). They saw the lowest total rainfall in Augusta, where only 1.17 inches fell (2.10 inches below normal). Savannah received 1.78 inches (2.8 inches below normal); Athens received 2.42 inches (1.52 below normal); Columbus received 1.17 inches (1.89 below normal); Alma received 2.12 inches (1.52 below normal); Atlanta received 2.74 inches (1.73 below normal); and Macon received 1.77 inches (1.82 below normal). Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow Network observers recorded the highest daily rainfall total near Darien in McIntosh County with 4.59 inches on September 26. Most of that fell in a little over two hours. An observer on Jekyll Island in Glynn County reported 3.67 inches on September 24. The highest monthly total rainfall reported by network observers was 12.08 inches, observed on St. Simons in Glynn County, followed by 10.11 inches measured on Jekyll Island in the same county. There were no precipitation records observed in Georgia in September. There were no temperature records broken either, but Alma tied a record high temperature on September 5, when the high temperature of 95 F equaled that in 1999. Most of the state saw near average temperatures through out the month. The monthly average temperature in Atlanta was 74.4 degrees F (0.9 degrees above normal); in Athens the average was 73.2 degrees (0.1 below normal); in Columbus it was 77.9 degrees (1.3 above normal); in Macon it was 74.4 degrees (0.6 below normal); in Savannah it was 77.6 degrees (0.7 above normal); in Brunswick it was 78.5 degrees (0.4 above normal); in Alma it was 77.4 degrees (0.3 above normal); and in Augusta it was 74.5 (0.1 below normal). Severe weather was reported on six days in September. All were isolated occurrences of wind damage to trees. A fish kill of approximately 500 striped bass was observed on Hartwell Lake in early September. This was attributed in part to the release of water from Hartwell Dam by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to maintain lake levels for adequate flood protection after the extremely wet conditions in the past few months. It also helped to maintain trout habitat downstream by providing cool water to those areas. The stocking rate for striped bass was estimated to be about seven striped bass per acre, or 400,000 fish for the reservoir, but the exact population is not known.
Source: Governor’s office, 9/2/09 Governor Jim Douglas today announced the appointment of Marc D. Brierre as Rutland County State s Attorney. Marc is replacing Jim Mongeon who retired last month. I m pleased to appoint Marc to this important position, said Governor Douglas. I believe that Marc has the skills and experience necessary to continue the good work being done to keep Rutland safe. I want to thank Governor Douglas for the opportunity to serve the people of Rutland County in this new role, said Brierre. I will work hard as I always do to ensure that Rutland County is a safer place to live and raise a family.Brierre has served as Deputy State s Attorney in Rutland since 1983 and Chief Deputy since 1989 where he has prosecuted over 100 cases. Additionally, Marc has served in the Vermont Army Reserve National Guard where he retired in 2003 as Lieutenant Colonel, Judge Advocate General Corps. Brierre is a graduate of Louisiana State University Law School, Baton Rouge, LA as well as the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the United States Army Judge Advocate Advanced Course.Marc resides in Rutland. He is a member of the Rutland Town School Board. He is married to Arlyn and they have 3 children.
Hurricane Matthew 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Credit union CEOs are heeding the dire warnings of Florida officials who have emphatically described Irma as a “nuclear” hurricane that is expected to bring life-threatening winds, storm surges and torrential rains to south Florida early Sunday morning.The three credit unions in Key West, Monroe County Teachers FCU, Keys FCU and Southernmost FCU, closed their shops on Wednesday while at least a dozen more cooperatives are closing branches, drive-thrus and offices early today or Friday.A few credit unions have already announced that they do not expect to reopen until Tuesday, September 12. But credit unions may be forced to keep their doors closed for longer if Hurricane Irma’s wrath is as bad as weather officials say that it can be. Nonetheless, many credit unions are expected to continue member services through online and mobile channels, ATMs and shared branches.
Jun 30, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Three months after Vietnam declared itself free of avian influenza, the disease has struck there again, causing the loss of at least 4,500 chickens in a southern province, according to news services.A Reuters report today said chickens on three farms in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu died or were destroyed after testing positive for an H5 avian flu virus.Reports did not specify the N (neuraminidase) number for the virus, leaving unclear whether it was identical to the H5N1 strain blamed for the widespread outbreaks in Vietnam and seven other Asian countries earlier this year.Local animal health officials said all tested birds from the affected farms carried the H5 virus, according to the Reuters story and a report by Xinhua, China’s state news agency.Anton Rychener, Vietnam representative for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, said the new outbreak is not surprising and “is nothing to panic about,” according to Reuters.Last week, a Vietnamese agricultural official said 10,000 poultry from throughout Vietnam had been tested for avian flu, and many of the samples were positive for an H5 virus. The comments by Nguyen Van Thong were published in a Jun 27 Agence France-Presse report. He said the precise strain of the virus could not be identified.Vietnamese officials declared the country free of avian flu on Mar 30. A small outbreak of H5N1 avian flu was reported in the southern province of Dong Thap in early May.In the outbreaks earlier in the year, the disease jumped to humans, causing 23 cases with 16 deaths in Vietnam, according to reports from the Vietnamese government. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed only 22 cases with 15 deaths. The disease killed or prompted the destruction of 43 million poultry in Vietnam.
Proposals to ban SRM from all animal feed and pet food grew out of concerns that the BSE agent could spread if feed intended for nonruminant animals, such as pigs, poultry, or pets, was inadvertently mixed with cattle feed during production or transport or was accidentally given to cattle on farms. The banned items, known as specified risk materials (SRM), include the brains and spinal cords of cattle more than 30 months old. The FDA is also providing a week for public comment solely on whether to delay the ban. Apr 7, 2009 (CIDRAP News) The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed yesterday to delay by another 2 months a long-planned ban on the use of certain cattle materials in any animal feed, a measure designed to prevent the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease. The ban would take effect Jun 26 instead of Apr 27. Apr 7 NCBA statement To prevent the spread of BSE, the United States and Canada both banned the use of cattle protein in feed for cattle and other ruminants in 1997. After their first BSE cases, both countries banned the use of SRM from cattle older than 30 months in human food. Apr 24, 2008, CIDRAP News story “FDA broadens BSE-related feed ban” The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) criticized the FDA in a statement today, saying the agency should reopen public discussion of the ban to allow for full consideration of problems it will cause. Dr. Elizabeth Parker, the NCBA’s chief veterinarian, called the 7-day period for commenting on the 2-month delay “a weak and ineffective response to the issues already arising from this ill-considered decision.” Existing BSE safeguards have limited the prevalence of BSE in healthy US cattle to a “negligible” level, the NCBA said. The group argued that the expanded feed ban will yield little benefit for animal health or food safety while causing “tremendous costs” and disposal problems for ranchers. The agency said it was proposing the delay because some cattle industry groups have expressed concern about their ability to comply with the rule by Apr 27, with some saying they are finding it difficult to find other ways to get rid of materials that can no longer be made into animal feed. “This rule has essentially ended rendering services in many parts of the country, and left producers with no legal alternatives,” said Parker. FDA announcement on delay of BSE final rulehttp://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm133462.htm See also: The ban, first announced a year ago, is poised to take effect more than 5 years after the first US BSE case was discovered, in a Canadian-born cow in Washington state in December 2003. Canada, which detected its first BSE case a few months earlier and has identified about a dozen since then, imposed a similar ban in July 2007. The United States has identified three cases, the last in March 2006.
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Sanctuary Cove has reached the end of development works after three decades of continuous supply.LOCAL and international buyers and investors are driving strong sales of Sanctuary Cove’s last remaining golf frontage lots.Just 16 of the 32 lots remain for sale within the Sanctuary Pine release, which sits alongside the Arnold Palmer-designed Pines Golf Course.Mulpha Sanctuary Cove general manager of international sales and marketing John Hughes said buyers had become increasingly conscious that the purchase window was closing.“After 30 years of continuous supply of prime land at Sanctuary Cove, the recent completion of development works has highlighted that the end is in sight and this is having a huge impact on property values,” he said.“Sanctuary Pines represents an avid golfer’s dream, with each of the generously proportioned blocks — some larger than 1100sq m — boasting stunning Pines golf course aspects. The limited number of lots that permit double-storey construction, plus a basement, has driven buyer interest locally and internationally.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoJust 16 of the 32 lots remain for sale within the Sanctuary Pine release.“You don’t have to love golf to appreciate the proven returns of exclusively positioned golf lots at Sanctuary Cove, with some recent sales of existing homes fronting the Pines course exceeding $4 million.”Remaining single and double-storey house sites are priced from $875,000, and range from 1000sq m to 1129sq m.Sanctuary Pines Golf Course is the only Arnold Palmer-designed course in Australia, and is considered one of the nation’s most challenging courses. It is surrounded by pine forest and dotted with lakes, with native wildlife often spotted on the fairways.The Sanctuary Pines release sits within the award-winning Sanctuary Cove masterplanned community, home to restaurant and retail precincts, two golf courses, a clubhouse, a country club, tennis courts, a pool, and a huge calendar of events including the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show next month.