Jamaica Farewell Will Play Off-Broadway

first_img Jamaica Farewell chronicles Ehrhardt’s escape from revolution-torn Jamaica in the 1970’s (with the help of an unwitting CIA Agent) to fulfill her lifelong dream of going to America. Her story has been performed nationally and internationally, and is currently being adapted for the big screen. View Comments Ehrhardt’s previous productions include Mango Mango and Invisible Chairs. She received the 2007 Proclamation from the City of New York for Jamaica Farewell for her outstanding contribution to the Jamaican community.center_img Storyteller and monologist Derbra Ehrhardt will bring her award-winning Jamaica Farewell to the SoHo Playhouse. Written by and starring Ehrhardt and under the direction of Joel Zwick, the play will begin performances on April 27 prior to an official opening on May 4.last_img read more

Precious milk

first_imgBy Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaSkyrocketing gas prices are no secret. But now Americans arenoticing higher tabs when they go to pay for milk, pizza and icecream, too.That’s because milk prices have more than doubled since this timelast year, said University of Georgia agricultural economist BillThomas. “The base price for milk was $9.41 last year and it’s$19.66 now.”The cause? A slew of factors that have combined to create “almosta perfect storm,” Thomas said.What happenedFor the past three years, dairy farmers have made some of thelowest prices in history, said Bill Graves, a UGA ExtensionService dairy specialist. “For the past two years, they’ve made1975 prices.”The result was that many dairy farmers downsized or quit, and theones who remained added cows.Another factor is the case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy,or mad cow disease, in a single U.S. dairy cow last December.That cow came from Canada, so the United States stopped importsof Canadian dairy cows. That action cut off a major supply ofreplacement dairy cows, Thomas said.To compound the problem, the high price of gas has raisedtransportation costs, and feed prices have soared.On top of everything else, the demand for milk started to pick upas the economy improved.’Perfect storm'”All of a sudden, we have a higher demand for milk and a low milksupply,” Thomas said. “The net effect was to drive the prices up.”The rise in dairy prices is unmistakable at Peppino’s Pizzaria, alocally owned restaurant in Athens, Ga. Prominent signs on eitherside of the cash registers read: “Due to the price of cheese going very crazy, we have to raise the price of [our pizza].”In a recent PizzaMarketplace.com survey, 70 percent of themarkets surveyed said they’ve raised their pizza prices or wereplanning to do so in the near future.Where’s the money going?”It’s sure not going into farmers’ pockets,” Graves said. “It’sthe retailers, not the producers, who set the prices. About 30percent of what you pay goes to the farmer. The other 70 percentgoes to processors, distributors and retailers.”Thomas notes that a gallon of milk at the Athens Navy Commissaryis $1 cheaper than at the grocery store where he normally shops.”The higher prices are helping dairy farmers recover, butretailers are definitely making money off milk right now,” Thomassaid.Thomas predicts that base milk prices will start to decline inthe next couple of months.”Fluid milk (prices) will continue to increase for the nextcouple of months and then … start to come back down,” he said.”Will the retail milk prices come back down? That’s the bigquestion. And right now, nobody has the answer.”(Cat Holmes is a news editor for the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Fig Pest

first_imgBackyard fig gardeners may be seeing toothpick-like spines protruding from their beloved fig trees. This is a sign that ambrosia beetles are boring into the tree’s stems.Ambrosia beetles commonly attack weak or dying plants, such as fig trees that were damaged by the subzero temperatures last January. Healthy trees can withstand attackIf the plant is vigorous enough, the beetles may be drowned or forced out by heavy sap flow. If the host is weak or not producing large amounts of sap, the attack will be successful.Ambrosia beetle infestations can usually be identified by dust protruding from holes bored by females excavating their galleries. The strings or spines of the “boring dust” may be up to 2 to 3 inches long, but are fragile and easily broken off by wind or rain. The beetles are active during warm periods of the year, but most adult activity is observed in early March. They mate, lay eggs and rear young within the tunnels excavated by the females. There can be several generations in a year. They breed in stems that are 2 to 30 cm in diameter, although smaller branches are most commonly attacked first. They like other trees, tooAll life stages can be found inside the galleries. When mature, the females leave infested plants and fly to new host plants. And they don’t just attack fig trees. Ambrosia beetles are known to attack pecan, peach, plum, cherry, persimmon, oak, elm, sweet gum, magnolia, buckeye, crape myrtle and maples, too. Adults and larvae bore into twigs, branches or small trunks of woody host plants, excavate a system of tunnels in the wood or pith, and introduce a symbiotic ambrosial fungus. The beetles are highly specialized and feed on fungi they cultivate on the walls of the galleries. Both the adults and larvae feed on the fungus. The introduced fungus and tunnel excavating damage and clog the plant’s xylem (tissues that transport water), ultimately killing all or part of the plant. Prune or spray before adults emergeControlling ambrosia beetles is difficult. Heavily infested plants or plant stems should be pruned out and burned immediately. Insecticide sprays are of limited value after a plant is infested, especially if the host plant is already very weak or dying. Insecticides must be applied before the adults emerge and move on to attack other plants. Insecticide applied to the trunks of surrounding plants may help reduce the spread of infestations to other susceptible hosts. Using proper horticultural practices to keep plants healthy will help prevent future attacks. This includes properly fertilizing, maintaining proper soil pH and keeping the soil moist. For more information on growing home garden figs in Georgia, see Extension publication C945 at extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.cfm?number=C945.last_img read more

Ways to Help and Explore the Outdoors Online

first_imgHealth care workers not only have the stress of serving on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the added stress of coming home at the end of the day and potentially exposing their loved ones to the virus.  A Facebook group called RVS 4 MDs seeks to change that, offering health care workers a safe and isolated place to stay between shifts. The idea is simple, the group connects health care workers needing a safe place to stay with RV owners willing to donate the use of their RV. When a connection is made, RVs are transported and set up at the home of the health care worker, providing temporary shelter. The group is growing quickly and has nearly 8,000 members.  Virtual Everest event seeks to fundraise for out of work Sherpas Backpacker Magazine has released a 3D map of the Appalachian Trail, which highlights the footpath’s best views and trail towns. Virtual hikers can travel through Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah National Park, “climb” the trail’s highest peaks, and read tips from other hikers or share their own. The map is best viewed on a desktop or tablet. Click here to check it out.  Daily for the next two months, Arnette will outline what happens on Everest each Spring, from arriving in Kathmandu to trekking to Everest Base Camp. Through this platform, Arnette has set up crowd-funding sites, collecting money in April and May that will go directly to the impacted Sherpas.center_img COVID-19 has closed Mount Everest this year, leaving Sherpas who lead climbers up the world’s largest mountain without a job. Mountaineer Alan Arnette has devised a way to support the Sherpas through this difficult time, organizing a Virtual Everest event on his website.  You can’t thru-hike the AT right now, but you can virtually explore the trail with this 3D map Have an RV you aren’t using right now? A Facebook group connects RV owners with health care workers Photo of Sherpa Mountain Guide and his Client on Mountain Footpath from Getty Imageslast_img read more

Social media is not for selling as much as a lawnmower isn’t for painting a house

first_imgI was recently talking to my mom about social media and how brands are, and should be, using these platforms to their advantage with all of the new capabilities, uses and connection opportunities they offer today.After a long pause, she said: “Holly, I love you. But I still don’t get why a brand would bother with keeping up all these accounts on social media, and how that work translates into a business making more sales…” I hear that a lot from people in this industry, outside this industry, friends, and really anyone who’s willing to listen to me talk — that second sentence at least!What followed was what I considered a successful social media conversion from the dark side. Since you’re reading this, you most likely already are on the right side of that conversation, but I wanted to share this story so you, too, can help others see the light in social media for brands.Social media is your brand’s curb appealI told my mom first you have to reframe your assumptions of what social media is meant to do. Those of you who know me well, know I love making analogies. So here it comes: Most people think the lawnmower is a useful invention. But if for some reason people in a parallel universe thought a lawnmower would paint their houses, they would be extremely disappointed each time they used it.“The paint job is terrible,” they’d say! “It’s not doing anything! I can do it myself and get better results!”But if you could talk to them, you might say, “Hey, your lawnmower is not painting your house because that’s not what it does. Not sure how you got the idea that it would, but it simply won’t. It will however cut your grass. And you need that, too, if you want to sell your house. Painting your house is something different—a different task. But you need both. No one will come to even consider buying your house if your grass is two feet tall outside your front door. I’ll show you how to use your lawnmower to mow your overgrown grass…” How nice of you.Social media is not a sales toolSomehow, somewhere, people got it in their head that social media, when used by a business, is a sales tool. I can’t stress this enough: social media is not for selling as much as a lawnmower isn’t for painting a house. Social media is not a replacement of your sales staff. It’s not your advertising plan. It’s not a roadside billboard or a radio or TV ad. It’s not a full page color ad in the New York Times, no matter how amazing your social media strategy is or how huge your social team is. No, social isn’t for selling.But it helps people want to buy from you. That’s an important, if subtle, distinction. Social isn’t for selling—it’s for making people want to buy from you. Ultimately, making people like you.Brands just want to be loved, tooNext, I asked my mom to describe why she personally uses social media, to be specific, why she first got on Facebook. She said at first it was to see what her kids were doing (thanks for Facebook stalking me, mom), to know what’s going on with them more often.“Great, now imagine you’re a brand and instead of your kids, it’s your customers. Do you see why a business would get value out of being there where their customers are, to see what they are doing, talking about, need, want, like,” I asked.She said, “Yes—if they understand what their customers are up to maybe they can be there for the right people, to be better at providing exactly the goods and services they need!”So then we talked about how not only does she watch what others are up to on social, but she also posts content often. Why? She said she wanted others to know what she’s about, how she thinks and feels—her values—and to get validation and support from others by way of their comments and likes. To truly feel connection with those in her network; that they see her, are thinking of her, and like her. Exactly.Then I said, “It’s all the same reason and benefit for a brand to use social media. There’s so much more you can do with it if you want to invest the time, from placing advertising on the sites, to running contests and campaigns, to using it as a driver to engagement on your own website, but at the core of it, it’s about knowing others, letting others know you, and showing people why they should like you. Really like you—not click-a-button like you.” Now my mom gets it. Win!So when you change your view, and see that the purpose of a brand on social is to be able to say who you are and what your values are—to be supported and loved and sought out by those that support and share those values—its the kind of empowered epiphany had by the person who just realized their lawnmower is meant to mow their grass…I’ll say it once more. Social media is not for selling. But it is your curb appeal to lead to someone buying your house. And it needs to be done…because the people selling for you can’t really do their jobs well without it.So get out and mow your grass! And remember, the better your lawnmower, the sooner you can get to painting and all the other things it takes to sell a house. 53SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Holly Fearing Holly lives and breathes social media; if you can’t find her IRL, try reaching out on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram, and you’ll likely get her right away. … Web: www.filene.org Detailslast_img read more

President Bush tried to make the world a better place: Does your credit union?

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As I was listening to the eulogies for President Bush last night, I couldn’t help but notice how often I heard words like loyalty, decency, public service, leadership, competitiveness humor and compassion. It struck me that this language has become antiquated and naïve sounding less than 30 years after a man who dedicated his life to these principles assumed the Presidency.It got me thinking that something has fundamentally changed in how we view each other, our government, and the obligations we owe one another and not for the better.  What is the credit union tie-in you wonder? Everyone reading this blog is making a living off an industry dedicated not only to helping people grow their wealth but also lending a helping hand to people of modest means. To me, at its core, this means a movement dedicated to ensuring that people, irrespective of their social station, are treated with the respect and entrusted with the responsibility that comes when helping your neighbors by pooling your resources together. Let’s continue to grow as an industry but let’s never lose sight of the fact that we have an obligation beyond growing in net worth. Here is a portion of the President’s inaugural address from 1989 which his son referenced in his eulogy.last_img read more

CMPort Completes Acquisition of Brazil’s Container Terminal

first_imgHong Kong’s China Merchants Port Holdings Company (CMPort) has completed the acquisition of Paranaguá Container Terminal (TCP), the second-largest container terminal in Brazil.Under the terms of the share and purchase agreement inked in September 2017, CMPort has bought a 90% stake in TCP for HKD 7.23 billion (around USD 924 million).The acquisition is said to be the biggest merger and acquisition so far in Brazilian and Latin American port sector.The investment, part of the efforts to implement the “Belt and Road” initiative in the region, is CMPort’s first in Latin America. In addition, the investment represents the first M&A in mature port assets overseas with controlling stake, according to the company.Representatives of CMPort and TCP signed the letter of intent to close the transaction on February 22.“Today’s ceremony definitely represents the perfect opening of Sino-Brazil economic and trade cooperation in 2018… We believe under the support and coordination between China and Brazil, TCP will have a brighter future,” Li Jinzhang, Chinese Ambassador to Brazil, commented on the occasion.“With TCP as the starting point, CMG will continuously promote the commercial and trade cooperation between the BRICS countries, especially in the fields such as Brazil’s integrated logistics, transportation related infrastructure and logistic parks, in order to look for more opportunities on investment, development and operation,” Hu Jianhua, Vice Chairman of CMPort and the Executive Vice President of China Merchants Group Limited, said.Located on the southeast coast of Paraná State of Brazil, TCP has an existing design capacity of 1.5 million TEUs. The terminal, with three container berths, is expected to increase its capacity to 2.4 million TEUs by the end of 2019.last_img read more

ExxonMobil in New Discovery on Stabroek Block in Guyana

first_imgExxonMobil has increased its estimated recoverable resource base in Guyana to more than 8 billion oil equivalent barrels and made a further oil discovery northeast of the producing Liza field at the Uaru exploration well, the 16th discovery on the Stabroek Block.The new recoverable resource estimate includes 15 discoveries offshore Guyana through year-end 2019. The Uaru discovery is the first of 2020 and will be added to the resource estimate at a later date.“With recent high-quality finds at Tripletail and Mako contributing to our recoverable resources, our investments will continue to provide benefits for the people of Guyana,” said Mike Cousins, senior vice president of exploration and new ventures at ExxonMobil. “The Uaru discovery is another positive step as we begin a new decade with the Co-operative Republic of Guyana and our co-venturers.”Uaru encountered approximately 29 meters of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoir. The well, drilled in 1,933 meters of water, is located approximately 16 kilometers northeast of the Liza field, which began producing oil in December 2019.Production from the Liza Phase 1 development is currently ramping up and will produce up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day in the coming months, utilizing the Liza Destiny floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO).The Liza Unity FPSO, which will be employed for the second phase of Liza development and will have a production capacity of 220,000 barrels of oil per day, is under construction and expected to start production by mid-2022.Pending government approvals and project sanctioning of a third development, production from the Payara field north of the Liza discoveries could start as early as 2023, reaching an estimated 220,000 barrels of oil per day.Four drillships in Guyana continue to explore and appraise new resources as well as develop the resources within approved projects. A fifth drillship is expected to be deployed later this year.The Stabroek Block is 26,800 square kilometers. ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana is the operator and holds 45 percent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration, holds 30 percent interest and CNOOC Petroleum Guyana, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC, holds 25 percent interest.last_img read more

I’m devastated, Sturridge responds to fresh betting ban

first_img “The betting companies and the process of people being able to place bets on people moving clubs has to be stopped. “Although the appeal panel had recognised that I hadn’t bet, nobody else had bet, I was still charged. “It was very disappointing and upsetting for me to hear the news that the appeal panel had overturned the original, highly-qualified, panel’s ruling. “Devastating for me, I’m absolutely gutted about it. My season’s over. “I feel uncomfortable, and I just don’t think it’s the right thing for me to continue accepting wages from a team that I can’t contribute to due to being banned. Read Also:Sturridge handed worldwide ban “I have come to a mutual agreement with Trabzonspor to mutually terminate my contract. “I would just like to thank the Trabzonspor family, the players, the fans, coaching staff, medical team, president, vice-president. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The former Liverpool forward has left Turkish side Trabzonspor by mutual consent after the FA increased a previous ban for breaching betting offences. Sturridge has been ruled out of action until June 17 and fined £150,000 after the FA appealed against that previous ban that they saw as too lenient. It was alleged that Sturridge instructed his brother to bet on him joining Sevilla on loan from Liverpool in January 2018, although the forward – who ended up joining West Brom on loan that month – denies this. Sturridge released a video on his YouTube channel following the decision, the full transcript of which can be read below. “I just want to say it’s been a very long drawn out process over the last couple of years, and difficult to concentrate on my football. It’s also been a crazy few days, to be fair. “I just want to say that I’m going to continue to campaign for professional footballers to be able to speak to their families and close friends freely, without the real risk of being charged. Former Liverpool forward, Daniel Sturridge, has said he was devastated after being slapped with a fresh FA betting ban. Loading… Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldTop 10 Female Disney Villains You’ll Definitely Fall In Love WithCan You Imagine Quitting A Role Because Of Dislike For W. Smith?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?8 Best Movies On Amazon Prime Video To Stream Right Nowlast_img read more

Brookville Police hiring patrolman

first_imgBrookville, In. — The Town of Brookville is accepting applications for the position of a full-time Brookville Police Department Patrolman.Applicants must be a high school graduate, be at least 21 years of age, and successfully graduate from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy within a year of hire date.Applications can be obtained from the Brookville Police Department, located at 634 Main Street, Brookville, Indiana.  Applications may be picked up from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch, Monday-Friday.All applications must be submitted by Saturday, May 11th, 2019 at noon.last_img