Tom Bateman & Lucy Briggs-Owen to Headline Shakespeare in Love

first_img The movie, penned by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard and directed by John Madden, Shakespeare in Love won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Original Score, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress for Gwyneth Paltrow and Best Supporting Actress for Judi Dench. The film also starred Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush and Tom Wilkinson. Bateman’s stage credits include The Duchess of Malfi, Much Ado About Nothing, The Lion in Winter and Lizzie Siddal. He’s appeared on TV in Da Vinci’s Demons and The Tunnel. Briggs-Owen’s stage credits include Boris Godunuv, The Orphan of Zhao, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cardenio,  The City Madam, Noises Off, The Way of the World, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Private Lives, The Importance of Being Earnest and Fortune’s Fool. View Comments Can you love a fool? Can you love a player? Can you love Tom Bateman and Lucy Briggs-Owen as the lead roles of Will Shakespeare and Viola De Lesseps in the West End’s Shakespeare in Love? Of course, you can! Adapted by Tony winner Lee Hall and directed by Olivier winner Declan Donnellan, the previously announced production will begin previews at London’s Noel Coward Theatre on July 2. Opening night is set for July 23. Additional casting will be announced soon. Set in London during the late 16th century, Shakespeare in Love centers on young playwright William Shakespeare, who is struggling with his latest work Romeo and Ethel the Pirate’s Daughter. A great fan of Shakespeare’s plays is young, wealthy Viola who is about to be married to the cold-hearted Lord Wessex, but constantly dreams of becoming an actress. Women were not allowed to act on stage at that time, but, dressed up as a boy, Viola successfully auditions for the part of Romeo. Soon she and William are caught in a forbidden romance that provides rich inspiration for his play.last_img read more

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Thrips threat

first_imgThrips don’t like cold weather. They stop reproducing and become dormant when temperatures sink below 50 degrees. But it takes a few days of hard-freezing temperatures to kill them, he said. Thrips have liked the recent warm weather in south Georgia, leading to the higher numbers, he said. Daytime temperatures in the region reached the mid- to upper-70s in late December and January – 10 degrees to 15 degrees above normal.When temperatures get this high, thrips that survive winter become active. They’re hungry and ready to reproduce. A female thrips can produce five to 90 more female thrips. Each can reach maturity in about two weeks and produce another 5 to 90 more. A field of peppers, for example, could have 10 million thrips per acre by April, Riley said. And that’s a conservative number.Cool weather returned to south Georgia in the past week. This could suppress thrips’ activity. But what is believed to be their favorite food has emerged, too. Pine pollen now covers most fields, homes and cars in south Georgia, ready to give thrips a nutritious springtime kick once warm weather returns.No curePrevention is the only cure for TSWV. Once a plant gets it, it will die or yield little. To protect their crops, farmers can spend more money for TSWV-resistant crop varieties and insecticidal sprays to control thrips. Many farmers grow vegetables in fields of raised beds wrapped in plastic film. This helps farmers better control the crop environment. Most use black film. But some use metallic film, which disorients thrips and keeps them from landing on crops’ leaves. It costs about $150 more per acre to use.TSWV was bad last year. It cost Georgia tobacco farmers about $10 million in damage and control costs. It was tough on peanuts, too, reaching levels not seen since the late 1990s, when it cost farmers about $45 million in damage.“Based on the thrips survey data,” Riley said, “the disease could be strong this year and become a problem earlier.”To learn more about TSWV or the survey, go to the Web site at www.caes.uga.edu/topics/diseases/tswv/.A farmer who would like to have his area sampled should contact the local UGA Cooperative Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1. By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaThrips, tiny insects that can carry a deadly crop disease, have weathered south Georgia’s winter better than usual. Farmers should think about taking precautions this spring, says an expert with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Thrips can get the tomato spotted wilt virus from an infected plant when they are nymphs. When they get older, they can carry the disease to other plants as they feed, said David Riley, a CAES research entomologist in Tifton, Ga.The severity of the disease can vary from year to year. Over the past two decades, TSWV has cost Georgia farmers hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to crops like peanuts, tobacco, peppers and tomatoes.“Conditions in south Georgia are developing to an increased risk of tomato spotted wilt virus this spring,” he said.Thrips count Two years ago, Riley and his research assistants began to keep track of thrips in Brooks, Colquitt, Decatur and Tift counties in south Georgia, the region where most of the peanut, tobacco and vegetable crops are planted.They collect weed samples monthly from two sites in each county. They collect every two weeks during the months leading to spring planting, he said.Thrips numbers are running high, he said, twice those taken this time last year from Colquitt and Tift counties. Five percent of the weeds sampled in these counties are infected with TSWV. Based on research, anything above 2 percent now would indicate a risky year ahead.The numbers in Brooks and Decatur counties are about the same as last year. last_img read more

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North Amityville Man Charged With Murder

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A suspect has been arrested for allegedly killing a Missouri man and wounding two others in a shooting in North Amityville over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.Jakyma Bunn was charged Sunday with second-degree murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.Homicide Squad detectives alleged that the 38-year-old suspect fatally shot Louis Wilson, 44, of Kansas City, and wounded two fellow North Amityville residents on Coolidge Avenue at 2 a.m. Saturday.Bunn, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries during the shooting, is scheduled to be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img

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Self-awareness in leadership

first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As anyone who has witnessed me duck my head when I drive under a bridge knows, I have poor depth perception. Reality and my perception are always at odds and to remain feasibly calm and to be able to do normal tasks such as driving, I use a strategy I obtained from my dear brother who once explained to me (in a tone closer to shouting) “If that @#$% bus can make it so can your @#$% Miata” as we were hurtling towards what seemed our certain death – aka Waldo Grade tunnel on Highway 101. I continue to rely on this sage advice – and often repeat it quietly in my head when I have passengers – to enable me to function successfully and without frightening others with my short-coming.I have found that although Strengths-Based leadership relies heavily on self-awareness, self-awareness is one of the least emphasized of all the leadership competencies. Whether you acknowledge your weaknesses or not, everyone still sees them. So rather than conceal them, the person who tries to hide weaknesses actually creates the perception of a lack of integrity and self-awareness. If I was not aware of my weak depth perception abilities and I continued to express my opinion to my passengers that we were surely going to crash to death trying to squish through a tunnel, not only would no one ever want to ride with me due to the stress of the situation, but my credibility would also be justifiably questioned. continue reading »last_img read more

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Want to succeed in the future? Question everything

first_imgFor Tom Goodwin, executive vice president of innovation for Zenith Media USA, digital transformation is a frame of mind.There’s a difference between digitalization versus digital transformation, he tells CO-OP Think 17 in New York.Digital transformation is not about adding “digital garnish” to the consumer experience, it’s about wholly rethinking how you deliver value, he notes.To frame the idea further, Goodwin asks, “What would your business look like if you set it up today?”When you think about the most transformative products and companies in recent times such as Amazon, Tesla, and Uber, many of their leaders did not come from within the industry that they’re now dominating, he says.“Have they succeeded despite this lack of experience or because of it?” Goodwin asks.Some of Goodwin’s thoughts on digital transformation: continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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US pledges smallpox vaccine for world stockpile

first_imgDec 10, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The United States is pledging 20 million doses of smallpox vaccine to a global stockpile managed by the World Health Organization (WHO), Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson announced today.The vaccine will remain in the Strategic National Stockpile but will be available to the WHO for emergency use, according to an HHS news release. Thompson said last week that the United States has more than 400 million doses of smallpox vaccine as a result of a buildup since 2001, when the nation had only about 15 million doses.Canada, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom also have pledged vaccine for the stockpile, according to HHS, but the announcement did not list the amounts.Thompson made his announcement at a Paris meeting with foreign health ministers participating in the Global Health Security Initiative (GHSI). Founded after Sep 11, 2001, the group includes the health ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States, plus the European Union health commissioner and the WHO director-general.The United States suggested establishing the WHO Smallpox Vaccine Bank in 2003, at a GHSI meeting, the HHS statement said. The proposal was for a physical stockpile in Geneva and a “virtual global stockpile of pledged vaccine stocks from around the world.”The global stockpile will be used only if at least one case of smallpox is confirmed. Smallpox was declared eradicated in 1980, but the United States and Russia maintain stocks of the virus for research purposes, and disease experts fear that samples may have fallen into the hands of terrorists at some point. The former Soviet Union made large quantities of the virus in its biological weapons programs.Thompson said the US pledge to the global stockpile does not compromise the supply of vaccine for Americans. “We have stockpiled more than enough smallpox vaccine for every man, woman, and child in America,” he said. “But in this age of global interconnectedness, we need to take extra steps to be prepared for threats around the world.”See also:Dec 10 HHS news releaselast_img read more

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WHO confirms Indonesia’s 54th avian flu case

first_imgJul 20, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization (WHO) reference laboratory confirmed today that a 44-year-old man who died on Jul 12 near Jakarta had H5N1 avian influenza.The WHO announcement brings Indonesia’s official avian flu toll to 54 cases with 42 deaths. The country is now tied with Vietnam for the most deaths.The patient lived in East Jakarta and was hospitalized for high fever, coughing, and breathing difficulties 2 days before he died.The WHO said investigators have taken samples of poultry from around the man’s home. Health authorities are also investigating another potential source of infection: the local wet market the man regularly visited as part of his job as a food vendor. Previous reports said he sold fried chicken and freshwater catfish.All of Indonesia’s H5N1 avian flu cases have occurred within the past year, whereas Vietnam has had no human fatalities this year. An Indonesian health official said this week that he expects more human fatalities this year because the disease is so widespread among the country’s poultry populations (in 27 of 32 provinces) and because widespread culling would be too expensive.Meanwhile, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported today on Bulgaria’s apparent first case of avian flu in poultry. Agriculture minister Nihat Kabil told AFP the virus was detected at a barnyard in the southern village of Slantchogled. Kabil said he ordered that all poultry and poultry products in the region be destroyed.The report did not say what strain of virus was found, but it said the Sofia laboratory that detected the virus will give a definitive answer in 4 days on whether it is H5N1. Samples will also be sent to a European Union reference lab in Weybridge, England, for testing.In February, the deadly H5N1 virus was detected in four swans in northern Bulgaria, the story said.In other developments, a Connecticut congressman has criticized the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its handling of smuggled Chinese poultry parts found recently in Michigan, according to a report today in The Detroit News. In a letter to USDA Secretary Mike Johanns, Rep. Rosa DeLauro faulted the agency for not testing the poultry for the H5N1 virus before destroying it and for not alerting Michigan officials to a possible health risk.On Jun 5, the USDA seized 1,940 pounds of illegal Chinese frozen poultry from a Troy, Mich., warehouse. The agency destroyed the product without testing it. The USDA said testing the product would have served no food-safety purpose. The agency states that poultry cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees poses no threat.State officials did not find out about the USDA probe until June 22, according to previous reports. Michigan and USDA officials continue to track other poultry products from the same warehouse that were distributed to restaurants and grocery stores.A USDA spokeswoman told The Detroit News that officials were reviewing DeLauro’s letter and looked forward to addressing her concerns.DeLauro, ranking member of the House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee, has criticized the USDA over avian flu before. On Jun 21 she raised concerns about the USDA’s plans for detecting avian flu and questioned how the agency could ensure the safety of imported Chinese poultry products. According to a press release on DeLauro’s Web site, she inserted language into the fiscal year 2007 agriculture appropriations bill to bar the USDA from implementing a rule allowing the importing of processed Chinese poultry products.See also: Jul 20 WHO update on Indonesian situationhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_07_20/en/index.htmlJul 13 CIDRAP News story “Michigan officials track smuggled Chinese poultry”last_img read more

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Griffon vulture as a tourist product?

first_imgA feeding ground for griffon vultures with an observatory was built in the Učka Nature Park, and in this way an organized and sustainable system for feeding vultures was established, and the tourist offer of the Učka Nature Park was improved.Griffon vultures are an endangered species in Croatia, and the estimated number of the total nesting population today is between 100 and 110 pairs. One of the biggest reasons for the endangerment of vultures is caused by the abandonment of traditional agriculture as an activity, ie the decline of extensive livestock, which drastically reduced the amount of available food and the area and quality of suitable habitats. For this reason, as part of the PARCS project, a feeding ground for griffon vultures with an observatory was built in the Učka Nature Park, because vultures need a reliable food source, especially during nesting and in the first year of life.The primary goal of the feeder is to return vultures to the area of ​​the Učka Nature Park, and one of the most important preconditions for the return of the vulture population to the area of ​​the Učka Nature Park is to ensure regular food availability. The lack of food is compensated by the Kvarner population of griffon vultures by daily migrations to feeding grounds in the Italian Alps, with part of the vultures nesting on the island of Cres crossing the Učka ridge. On the built feeding ground in the Učka Nature Park, it is planned to deliver material of animal origin intended for feeding vultures throughout the year, and additionally intensified during the nesting and raising of young birds. In this way, the aim is to encourage the re-nesting of this species on the rocks of the Učka Nature Park.Improving the tourist offer of the Učka Nature ParkWith this project, Učka Nature Park also wants to develop green and sustainable forms of tourism and improve the tourist offer that would attract visitors interested in learning about the natural and cultural values ​​of the area, but with minimal negative impact on the environment and biodiversity. “Thanks to the newly built feeding ground, we have created the preconditions for a new tourist offer in the Učka Nature Park, which is based on bird watching. In this way, we will attract visitors interested in the natural values ​​of the Park, and the investment will certainly contribute to better financial self-sustainability of the Učka Nature Park.”, Said Egon Vasilić, director of the Public Institution Nature Park Učka.Bird watching from a relatively short distanceHabitat of griffon vultures are open large areas where there are high and inaccessible cliffs suitable for nesting. In order to enable visitors to the Učka Nature Park to see vultures, an observatory was built from which it will be possible to observe and photograph birds from a relatively short distance. The observation deck consists of a bird watching room and an entrance multifunctional space. The outer wall of the observatory is camouflaged using reinforcement profiles placed in front of the façade and above the roof into which the branches of the surrounding tree species are inserted. In this way, the mimicry of the building in the surroundings is ensured, with an interesting combination of technical and organic facades. As part of the development of the bird watching service for the Učka Nature Park, a van was purchased to transport visitors to the observation post.So close yet so far”A quality and authentic product that we lack Given the fragmentation of the relief, geological background, different microclimatic and other conditions, it is possible to distinguish a large number of mosaically distributed habitat types with different bird communities, zoned primarily in relation to plant communities. So far, 167 species of birds have been recorded for the area of ​​the Učka Nature Park and the narrower contact area, and with griffon vultures as a special attraction, there is certainly no lack of motivation to come.Also, across from Učka, on the island of Cres, there are two ornithological reserves (“Podokladi” in the middle and “Kruna” in the northern part of the island) where about 70 nesting pairs live. The island’s population living on Cres is unique because here vultures nest on vertical cliffs just above the sea – sometimes less than 10 meters above sea level.In case you didn’t know, in the UK alone, as much as € 500 million is spent annually on birdwatching, and interestingly, as many as 60 million Americans watch birds. The potential of birdwathing tourism is also shown by the fact that Murizt, a national park in Germany, generates the majority of its income from birdwatchers, through 600 visits per year, which brings the region 13 million euros and 628 permanent jobs. By the way, it is the market of Great Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark, France and Sweden that are the leaders in birdwatchnig tourism in Europe.As part of the tourist offer of the park, along with educational trails and walks as tourist niches, we have hiking, mountain biking with eight marked trails, free climbing, free flying, as well as bicycle rental. With the purity of nature, forest, mountains, crystal clear skies, incredible proximity to cities which is a rarity, views of Kvarner and islands, diversity of fauna and flora and with indigenous food PP Učka certainly belongs to a unique authentic experience and excellent tourist product. At least as a one-day experience and an experience to remember. In the morning, tourists bathe in the sea, and in the afternoon with children in the woods and on the mountains. Can a better experience than that?View towards Rijeka and Opatija and towards the Kvarner islands / Fb: PP UčkaIt’s just one of thousands of our authentic stories. Tourists are here with us, in our “sales salon” and we just have to pack them nicely and tell them the story of the Nature Park that is located just above them. If nothing else, staying in nature, in the fresh air and a breathtaking view, ie a view that sells (a view of Kvarner and the islands), as well as our indigenous gastronomy, it is this experience that is talked about and remembered.We have a relatively untouched nature, so ask yourself when you and your children were in nature, a real forest? See a real cow, not a purple one, a chicken or a goat? He heard her breathing and her voice. Ask your guests the same question as if they ever slept in the woods or mountains? Yes, ask them when they were in the woods with their family?It is quality content that our tourism and our tourist offer lack. We have everything, thousands of authentic stories, but unfortunately “no one” knows about them. It’s all up to us, and while we’ll continue to just sell sun and sea, we won’t get far.We have everything, what more do we need? Related news: GREAT NEW COOPERATION! DEVELOPMENT OF HEALTH TOURISM IN LICAlast_img read more

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WHO says China team interviewed Wuhan scientists over virus origins

first_imgThe results of the WHO investigation are keenly awaited by scientists and governments around the world, none more so than Washington, which lobbied hard for the mission. The Trump administration accuses the WHO of being China-centric and plans to leave the agency over its handling of the pandemic.”The team had extensive discussions with Chinese counterparts and received updates on epidemiological studies, biologic and genetic analysis and animal health research,” Christian Lindmeier told reporters, saying these included video discussions with Wuhan virologists and scientists.The three-week advance mission comprising two specialists in animal health and epidemiology was tasked with laying the groundwork for a broader team of Chinese and international experts that will seek to discover how the virus that causes COVID-19 jumped the species barrier from animals to humans.Lindmeier did not provide details on the timing or composition of the broader mission. Terms of reference for the broader mission have been produced together with Chinese authorities in draft form, he said, and were not yet publicly available.The team’s composition is bound to be sensitive since any exclusion of US experts would be controversial. Another question will be the degree of access granted by Beijing.US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have said the pathogen may have originated in a laboratory in Wuhan, although they have presented no evidence for this and China has denied it. Scientists and US intelligence agencies have said it emerged in nature.WHO emergencies chief Mike Ryan said on Monday that surprises were possible.”The fact that that fire alarm was triggered [in Wuhan] doesn’t necessarily mean that that is where the disease crossed from animals to human,” he said. A World Health Organization team in China to probe the origins of COVID-19 had “extensive discussions” and exchanges with scientists in Wuhan where the outbreak was first detected, a spokesman said on Tuesday.The talks included updates on animal health research, he said. China shut down a wildlife market in Wuhan at the start of the outbreak, a day after discovering some patients were vendors or dealers.The WHO says the virus most likely came from bats and probably had another, intermediary animal “host”.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Bacolod to send help to Mindanao quake survivors

first_imgLeonardia said that the financialassistance will come from the budget of the City Disaster Risk ReductionManagement Office (CDRRMO). Mindanao has been shaken by threeconsecutive earthquakes within the same location on October 16, 29 and 31, eachcompounding the effect of the previous one. The mayor added that he talked alreadywith Executive Assistant Joemarie Vargas, cluster head of the CDRRMO, to dosome research in a since that they want to find out if how much the other localgovernment units (LGUs) had given to Mindanao so that they have a benchmark. According to the National RiskReduction and Management Council, the death toll from the last two earthquakesis now at 21 with over 400 people injured and an estimated more than 35,000people displaced. Many families have been left homeless due to the destructionof their houses. /PN “It is not necessary to say that wehave to follow how much other LGUs gave,” Leonardia said. BACOLOD City – The local government unit of this city will extend a financial aid to communities of Cotabato in Mindanao reeling from the destruction caused by a series of strong earthquakes recently. “We are definitely involved to help,”said Mayor Evelio Leonardia.last_img read more

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