Watch Bright Star’s Carmen Cusack & Paul Alexander Nolan Shine

first_img View Comments Related Shows Bright Star Paul Alexander Nolan Bright Star has got audiences glowing, and leading couple Carmen Cusack and Paul Alexander Nolan brought the sunshine with a luminous performance on The Today Show on April 19. Along with the infectious ensemble, the pair performed the banjo-slinging “Woah Mama.” Show creators Steve Martin and Edie Brickell also appeared on Today to discuss their musical faves (The Music Man, West Side Story and Oklahoma! for Martin, The Sound of Music for Brickell) and discussed the origin of Bright Star’s mysterious story. Enjoy the performance and interview below, and catch the bluegrass folktale at the Cort Theatre!center_img Carmen Cusack & Paul Alexander Nolan Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016last_img read more

Tick control

first_imgOne of the worse summertime jobs is cutting grass, but we do it so our kids have a safe and fun place to play. Ticks prefer tall vegetation, like uncut grass. When they feel movement and sense the presence of an animal, they drop off the grass and onto their host. Keeping your lawn short is a good way to reduce habitat for ticks. Another good way to reduce your chance of becoming a tick’s meal is to prevent access to your skin. Even though it is hot, wear pants when you are going to be in the woods or in or other prime, tick real estate. Tape or tuck in pant legs inside your boots so the ticks have no easy way of getting on you. You can also use bug repellents to help stave off ticks. Spray areas that are especially attractive to ticks like your ankle and beltline. Speaking of using repellents, make sure that your pets are covered with flea and tick control chemicals. These chemicals are safe for your pets and family, and provide excellent control. Make it a habit to look for ticks on your body and your children. If you do end up with a tick, take a pair of tweezers and remove it by the head. Then wash the bite with soap and water and write down on a calendar when you received the tick bite. This may help your doctor diagnose a disease if you become sick. Also do not forget your pets. Simply run your hands through their coats, feel for the ticks and remove them. For more information on controlling ticks, search the UGA Extension publication website at or call your local agent at 1-800-ASK-UGA1. Ticks make most people squeamish.No one likes the idea of something crawling on them, and I do not know anyone who wants to be a source of food. Luckily, there are things you can do to help reduce you and your pets’ chances of having a close encounter with a tick. In many cases all you have to do is think about what an insect, or in a tick’s case an arachnid, needs to survive. All need food, water and shelter. Take away one or more of these requirements and you will solve your problem. center_img Most tick control measures don’t involve picking up a sprayer and spraying insecticide. Spraying should be used as just one part of a control program. As a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent, I recommend chemical applications to people all the time, but sometimes it’s worth taking a step back and figuring out why you are having a problem with pests. last_img read more

Energy Savers

first_imgGeorgia’s Arbor Day comes in February, but fall is the ideal time of year to plant a new tree in your landscape. Trees planted now will have time to produce new roots before they have to supply water to lots of thirsty leaves next spring.Planting now means the tree will require less maintenance when spring arrives. If you are transplanting a small tree, fall planting is especially important because roots are inevitably damaged and lost when the tree is moved. By transplanting trees now, you ensure that the roots have adequate time to grow and repair themselves before spring. That strong root system increases your odds of successful transplanting.Trees can be valuable tools for reducing energy costs. Planting strategically placed trees in your landscape can reduce your energy costs over time and improve your landscape. It is not difficult to make a plan that can lead to savings by planting trees. Buildings, asphalt and concrete absorb solar energy, which results in the emission of longwave radiation that heats the air in developed areas, creating the urban heat island effect. Trees provide energy conservation benefits and offset the urban heat island effect when planted in urban landscapes; for instance, at businesses, in parking lots, along streets and in parks and other green spaces.Trees distributed across the entire urban landscape can create cooling effects for larger areas by reducing the urban heat island effect. Trees reduce this effect by reflecting green light and absorbing ultraviolet and near-infrared light and converting solar energy into chemical energy through photosynthesis. These measures dissipate the heat.In contrast, dark surfaces — asphalt, tar, gravel and brick — absorb the majority of solar energy that shines upon them and retain much of this energy for long periods of time. This trapped heat radiates into the surroundings, elevating daytime temperatures and reducing nighttime cooldown.Trees also create shade when properly placed in urban settings. Shade can reduce energy use in homes, offices and other buildings. Trees planted across urban landscapes provide shade, increase the reflection of radiant energy and reduce absorption of heat by structures and pavement.Trees conserve energy by:Intercepting solar radiation to reduce heat gain by buildingsTranspiring water from ground to air, cooling the air as water changes phase from gas to liquidBlocking and slowing winter winds that create drafts and drawing heat away from buildingsProviding energy conservation when planted near air-conditioned buildings“Tree-growing time” is slower than most of us have the patience for, but if you’ve enjoyed the cool shade, beautiful fall color or wind-breaking gift of a tree, you most likely have someone else to thank for it. Consider this when deciding whether to plant a tree. Planting a tree is among the noblest and selfless acts you can do. In many cases, the tree planter will only gain a portion of the expected energy conservation returns, but they reap all of the satisfaction of planting a tree that may outlive them.For help selecting trees for your landscape, see UGA Extension publication Bulletin 625, “Landscape Trees for Georgia,” at read more

Contractor, homeowner to pay Vermont $87,000 for cleanup of hazardous waste

first_imgA contractor and a homeowner will pay the State of Vermont a total of over $87,000 to resolve the Attorney General’s claims for the cleanup of an illegal and unpermitted discharge of hazardous waste.‘Contractors must follow Vermont law when disposing of hazardous waste,’ said Attorney General William Sorrell.In the spring of 2010, Travis Smith, a contractor based in Granville, New York, discharged water containing home heating oil into soil near Tinmouth Pond. When a nearby resident noticed an oily sheen in the water and shore of the pond, he contacted the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, which undertook an immediate and full cleanup of the area. The matter was then referred to the Attorney General’s Office.The current settlement includes recognition that contamination from the spill ‘caused damage to nearby properties and natural resources,’ and requires payments to reimburse the state for all of the costs that it expended in pursuing the full cleanup of the site. The settlement funds will go directly into the State’s Petroleum Cleanup Fund and the Environmental Contingency Fund.Vermont Attorney General December 13, 2011last_img read more

Vertical Rule Test

first_imgLegislative response to 9/11 On September 11, 2001, the Florida Legislature was conducting interim committee hearings in Tallahassee. September 11, of course, immediately changed our priorities.Bar board sends unbundled rules to the Supreme Court Praising them as model rules that will help both clients and lawyers, the Bar Board of Governors has passed amendments to specifically allow unbundled legal services in family law cases. Hill to lead Stetson Lawyers Association The Stetson Lawyers Association recognized five alumni with service awards and named new officers at its recent annual meeting. Barry law grads return to class Barry University School of Law started the year with 112 new students, 82 returning alumni, and more than 100 returning students. 71 lawyers file to run for legislative office Seventy-one lawyers have filed to run for state House and Senate seats in this fall’s elections. Seventeen lawyers have filed for 13 seats in the Senate, while 54 have filed for 43 races in the House. Edmondson named chief judge of the U.S. 11th Circuit The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit welcomed its newest chief judge earlier this summer — Judge J.L. Edmondson. A 16-year veteran of the court, Edmondson sits in the circuit’s headquarters in Atlanta. September 1, 2002 Speakers Bureau urged to talk about the merit selection system Even though voters throughout Florida rejected extending merit selection and retention to trial judges in 2000, it’s important for the Bar and the judiciary to educate residents about the process. For 16 years, FLA has worked to help impaired lawyers Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., responded to more than 800 telephone calls and personal interviews with impaired attorneys, judges, and law students last year. Vertical Rule Test Ed Leinster and his daughter Madison Skittish and shaky, Ed Leinster paced in front of the grocery store, dying for the doors to swing open at 7 a.m. so he could rush to the rows of wine bottles and guzzle his breakfast of desperation. “I’d get up in the morning and need one right now. The whole idea of living was too painful. I had to blunt the reality. And only alcohol would serve that purpose,” Leinster recalls of his darkest drunken days, when he coughed up blood and kept on boozing. Once Leinster was a successful Orlando attorney. Today, Leinster is a 55-year-old prison inmate, serving a five-year sentence for his seventh DUI arrest. One lawyer’s fight against the demons of alcohol September 1, 2002 Letters to the editor Regular Newscenter_img Board weighs pro bono plans for the judiciary Judges should be encouraged to help in pro bono efforts, but there shouldn’t be specific standards or a reporting requirement set in the Code of Judicial Conduct, according to the Bar Board of Governors. Family Law Section honors Palmer’s work with kids Whether it’s winning the state’s top Tobias Simon Pro Bono Award for helping abused children, writing a book to help parents of blended families, teaching mediation in Bulgaria, or organizing free legal help for the Guardian ad Litem Program, Nancy S. Palmer’s legal career has been a whirlwind of tireless advocacy for children. Shea elected FAWL president The Florida Association for Women Lawyers recently installed Siobhan H. Shea as president at its recent annual meeting in Boca Raton. Local and voluntary bar news The Dade County Trial Lawyers Association recently hosted gubernatorial candidate Janet Reno and incoming Florida Senate President Jim King, R-Jacksonville. Top Stories Official Notices The Florida Bar; JNCs Nominations sought for annual pro bono awards Proposed unbundled legal services rules Ethics panel offers advice to judicial candidates A candidate for judicial office may not use the word re-elect in campaign materials if the judge was appointed, attend party functions if the judge isn’t addressing the gathering as a whole, or disclose his or her party affiliation if asked, according to the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee. Ethics panel warns staff attorneys about outside employment A trial court staff attorney may not moonlight in a nonlegal capacity at his spouse’s legal professional association, even if he only serves as a courthouse runner or a computer consultant, according to the Florida Trial Court Staff Attorneys Association Ethics Advisory Committee. A year after the attacks: Florida Bar members in New York pull their lives together Joe Mendola made it out alive of the burning World Trade Center on September 11, but he said, “The sights and sounds will never leave me.” International Law Section sets forum for Canada Members of The Florida Bar’s International Law Section will be traveling to the Great White North this month for their Fourth Annual Florida-Canada Forum, to be held in Montreal and Quebec, Canada. Dignity in Law takes to the college gridiron The Florida Bar’s Dignity in Law campaign will soon be displayed at several of the state’s premier events — college football games. Columns Letters to the editor Stresslines: Balancing law, love, and leisure In Practice: The Public Company Accounting Reform and Protection Actlast_img read more

Ridge Crash Involving Stolen Vehicle Kills 5

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A fiery crash left five dead after an allegedly stolen car, an oil truck and two other vehicles collided in Ridge on Wednesday morning, Suffolk County police said.One person was killed in the stolen car and another in that vehicle was hospitalized following the crash at 11:20 a.m. on Middle Country Road, police said.  The driver of the oil truck is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, but all four people in a third vehicle involved in the crash died, police said. The driver of a fourth vehicle caught up in the collision was not injured.“It appears as though the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro struck a Mazda and a residential oil delivery truck,” Suffolk County Police Chief Stuart Cameron told reporters at the scene. “We’re not certain of the order of the collision…it’s going to take some time to reconstruct.”Police said the Camaro was stolen from Shirley on Tuesday and police were tracking the car with the help of OnStar before the car fled from the Lake Point apartment complex at a high rate of speed. Cameron said authorities are investigating whether it was a police pursuit, but suggested that he does not believe that to be the case.He said the Camaro and Mazda were heading eastbound and the truck was westbound. He did not say which direction the fourth vehicle, an Infiniti, was heading.The names of the victims were not immediately available. The second person in the Camaro and the trucker were both taken to Stony Brook University Hospital.Seventh Squad detectives are continuing the investigation. Police said Route 25 will be closed in both directions through Wednesday evening as a result.last_img read more

Planes, armor and survivorship bias

first_imgMy boss, Dan Berger, shared the following post on LinkedIn.  I love history, so the story caught my eye. And I wondered – how many lives did this gentleman save?.If you want more information, here’s a nice story about Mr. Wald and his memo.As usual, it got me thinking. Any time you look at something, you are seeing the “survivors.”At a NAFCU conference, you see the people that choose to be there. Not the ones that chose not to come.Perhaps at your branches, you are seeing the folks that want to come into your branch. But not those that left because of the lack of parking. The hours. Or those that would rather use mobile.For loans, the completed applications come from those that made it through the process. How many didn’t? Or were turned away due to friction? Or because they didn’t think they were eligible to join? Or didn’t know you exist?So often, we focus on the choir. Those that are sitting in the front pew. What can we do to make them more comfortable? To reinforce what they want? But what about those that don’t attend?How do you measure them? ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Demangone Anthony Demangone is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). Demangone oversees day-to-day operations and manages the association’s education, membership, … Web: Detailslast_img read more

The promotion of health tourism in 11 markets has started

first_imgSIDE DISH_ The campaign will run until September 30 through online advertising and digital ambient advertising activities.  The offer of health tourism is viewed through three segments, ie through the offer of wellness, spa and medical tourism. Estimates say that this is a product for which demand is growing at an annual rate of 15 to 20 percent and that the users of these services are good consumers of higher purchasing power, which is confirmed by research data. TOMAS health tourism 2018, which established that multi-day visitors to Croatia in the wellness segment spend an average of 149 euros per day, while in medical spending reaches as much as 292 euros per day. According to the Croatian National Tourist Board, activities are focused on the promotion of health tourism and further expansion of the offer and achieving an adequate level of quality standards. Also, with the aim of developing and promoting health tourism, as a fast-growing product, especially important for creating motives for arrival in the pre- and post-season, the Croatian National Tourist Board participates in organizing professional and specialized events in the country and abroad on health tourism.center_img The Croatian National Tourist Board has launched a marketing campaign to promote health tourism in 11 key emitting markets, including Germany, Slovenia, Austria, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. The current health tourism campaign is focused on markets identified and recognized as promising from the position of compatibility of the characteristics of demand and Croatian supply in the segment of health tourism “Apart from foreign markets, we will also carry out activities within this campaign for tourists who are already in Croatia, and we will use geolocation settings during the campaign. In this way, we refer our messages to specific areas and to selected target groups of our guests “, said CNTB director Kristjan Staničić, adding that research shows that health tourism services in Croatia have so far been mostly used by guests from Austria, Slovenia, Italy and Germany.  TOMAS health tourism 2018last_img read more

Explainer: How does Japan’s Abe score on his policy agenda?

first_imgJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the nation’s longest serving premier, visited a Tokyo hospital on Monday as concerns deepened about his ability to continue in his post due to health issues and fatigue from handling the coronavirus crisis.Here are key elements of Abe’s record since returning to office in December 2012. He ended a first troubled 2006-2007 term as premier by quitting abruptly, citing ill health.COVID-19 response, scandals “Abenomics”Abe’s signature “Abenomics” policies of bold monetary easing and fiscal spending encountered headwinds last year as a US-China trade war hit exports and a sales tax rise hurt business and consumer sentiment.Now the pandemic has hit Japan with its biggest economic slump on record. A third straight quarter of declines knocked real gross domestic product (GDP) to decade-low levels, wiping out the benefits of “Abenomics”.Critics have also said Abe relied too heavily on his monetary and fiscal policy without following through on a pledge of a “third arrow” of structural reform to achieve long-term growth despite a fast-ageing and shrinking population.SecurityAbe bolstered defense spending after years of declines and expanded the military’s ability to project power abroad.In a historic shift in 2014, his government reinterpreted the post-war, pacifist constitution to allow troops to fight overseas for the first time since World War Two.The following year, legislation ended a ban on exercising the right of collective self-defense, or defending a friendly country under attack.Faced with divided public opinion, however, Abe has not achieved his long-held goal of revising the US-drafted constitution by writing the Self-Defense Forces, as Japan’s military in known, into the pacifist Article 9.Personnel appointmentsBy creating a Personnel Affairs Bureau at the cabinet, Abe and his right-hand aide, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, gained greater control over appointments of bureaucrats, who for decades have dominated policymaking, shifting the balance of policy power toward politicians.DiplomacyAbe has cultivated warm personal ties with US President Donald Trump, averting worst-case outcomes on trade. He has overseen a cautious improvement in ties with China, although a territorial row and Beijing’s clampdown on Hong Kong are causing strains. Relations with South Korea turned frigid due to disputes over the wartime past.Abe has made little progress toward resolving a long-running feud with Russia over disputed islands seized by Soviet troops at the end of World War Two. The row has kept the two countries from signing a formal peace treaty ending the war.Nor has Abe been able to settle a feud with North Korea over Japanese citizens kidnapped by Pyongyang’s agents in the 1970s and 1980s, an issue he put at the center of his political career Topics :center_img Japan has not suffered an explosive virus outbreak, but a recent rise in infections has fuelled concern that Abe is putting too much emphasis on the economy over health.Abe has drawn fire for an initial response to the outbreak that critics called clumsy and, more recently, for a seeming lack of leadership, including few media appearances.Dissatisfaction with his response, as well as scandals such as the arrest of a former justice minister and his lawmaker wife on suspicion of vote-buying, have eroded Abe’s ratings.A Kyodo news agency weekend survey showed Abe’s voter support at 36.0%, down from 38.8% the previous month and the second lowest since he returned to office in 2012.last_img read more

Restaurateur’s Gold Coast mansion served up to the market

first_imgThe Omeros Bros restaurant’s website said the brothers, Angelo and Nick, had been in the restaurant game for more than four decades. “Their family’s culinary history dates back to the old Paragon Seafood Restaurant, which was the first seafood- focused restaurant in New South Wales,” it read. “Unfortunately, in 1974 a storm struck the restaurant, which forced the immediate closure of this iconic restaurant.“This was also a fortunate occurrence for the Gold Coast as it meant that Omeros Bro had to find a new location to form a new restaurant.” The mega-mansion offers everything, including this luxe home theatre.When Angelo died in 2001, Nick’s son John stood up to help run the family business and has since taken over. Earlier this year, Mr Omeros’ other son Harry Omeros, 31, found himself in hot water over a $5.2 million tax bill. The son was the heir to the Omeros Bros restaurant and a former owner of Oceans by Omeros in Surfers Paradise. After failing to pay the bill he was declared bankrupt in January. A well-known restaurateur has served his mansion at 22 Knightsbridge Pde West, Sovereign Islands, up to the market.THE opulent Gold Coast trophy home of a well-known restaurateur has hit the market with a multimillion-dollar price tag. Nick Omeros, one of the men behind popular up-market restaurant Omeros Bros, listed the Sovereign Islands mega-mansion for sale last week. The Marina Mirage seafood restaurant partner has $3.65 million price hopes for the property. MORE NEWS: Why this beachfront paradise is on the marketMORE NEWS: House screams Hollywood glamour Nick and Vicky Omeros. The owner is behind the up-market seafood restaurant Omeros Bros.The five-bedroom, six-bathroom house sprawls across three levels and offers water views from almost every room.The basement can house up to eight cars, plus there is 18.2m of water frontage with a riverfront pool. There’s also a chef-worthy kitchen with granite benches and ILVE appliancesA home theatre, grand foyer with high ceilings and a dome centrepiece, and a pontoon are also part of the impressive package. The grand abode features five bedrooms and six bathrooms. Look at that view!Property records show Mr Omeros purchased the house at 22 Knightsbridge Pde West for $900,000 in 2003. The property had a six- month stint for sale in late 2016 with a $3.495 million asking price through a different agency. It did not sell, according to CoreLogic. It is now listed with Critton Astras of Astras and Bond Estate Agents, who was contacted for comment. You can cook up a storm in this large kitchen. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:40Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:40 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis 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.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenOpen for inspection etiquette for buyers00:41last_img read more