Culturalist Challenge! Which B’way Stars Would Make Good Disaster Buddies

first_imgThe staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank. With Disaster! the musical on the boards, we’ve been thinking about infernos, earthquakes, shipwrecks, shark attacks and other happy thoughts. We’re sure every one of us has a list of people we would like to have by our side if disaster struck: Someone who would keep things light, keep us safe and calm and ward off drama with a big belty voice or dance break. Broadway is full of personalities that we know would keep our minds off impending doom, so we ask you: which Broadway stars would you like to survive a disaster with? Producer Lisa Spychala kicked off this new challenge with her top 10. Now it’s your turn!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and then click “rearrange list” (or, if you have nothing to rearrange, go right ahead and hit “publish”). STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on! View Commentslast_img read more

Palms add a tropical flair

first_imgTo most folks, the word “palm” triggers thoughts of Florida, southern California, Hawaii or Georgia’s coastal islands. But you don’t have to live in any of these areas to enjoy palms. Palms lend a tropical look, but they also are low-maintenance, drought-tolerant and evergreen. There are a few cold-hardy palms that will grow as far north as Tennessee and North Carolina (USDA Hardiness Zone 6), where the average winter temperature may reach zero to minus 10 degrees Fahrenheit. The windmill palm, or Trachycarpus fortunei, is one of the hardiest. It will grow throughout Georgia and has been reported to survive temperatures as low minus 10 degrees F. During the deep freeze of Jan. 23, 2003, windmill palms in Athens, Ga., weathered 9 degrees F without a scratch. The windmill palm looks nice when planted in groups of three to five to accent the corner of a building or courtyard entrance. It’s great around swimming pools because it does not drop litter into the water like deciduous trees. It grows 20 to 25 feet and has fan-shaped leaves and a brown trunk covered with burlap-like fibers.Needle palm, or Rhapidophyllum hystrix, is a clumping, understory palm with deep-green, fan-shaped leaves. It’s a native to the Southeast and has become an endangered species as its native habitat is becoming increasingly destroyed by development. Its name stems from the numerous needle-like spines along its petioles, which are usually not a problem until pruning becomes necessary. Once established, it requires little care and survives temperatures as low as minus 5 degrees F.Surprisingly, needle palm does better inland than it does along the coast because it does not like salt spray. It has a mound-like growth habit and grows 5 feet tall and wide. One plant will fill a large space.Saw palmetto, or Serenoa repens, is a native palm species commonly found in Georgia. It’s the one found in large quantities under pine trees along the highways in south Georgia. It grows 5 to 10 feet tall and occasionally forms a trunk. A form with silver foliage is highly prized among collectors. Its berries are harvested from the wild, processed into capsules and sold in the pharmaceutical industry to treat prostate cancer. This palm would not be hardy in the piedmont region without special cold protection, like growing it in a container for moving indoors.Dwarf palmetto, or Sabal minor, is native to river floodplains throughout the Southeast. It grows 4 to 5 feet high and wide with green to blue-green fronds. Although it’s not as hardy as needle palm, it has been reported to withstand temperatures as low as 10 degrees F without damage. This palm looks best when planted in clumps of three to five plants. Moist, sunny locations are preferred. Unlike the saw palmetto, this dwarf grows rampantly throughout the woodlands of south Georgia and Florida. It is not invasive and doesn’t bear needle-like spines like the saw palmetto.Cabbage palm, also called the palmetto palm, or Sabal palmetto, is the state tree of South Carolina and is native to coastal areas from North Carolina to Florida. It is also found in the wild throughout the Florida panhandle and parts of southern Georgia. It can be grown without cold protection along a line from Columbus to Augusta, but cold protection is advised in areas to the north of that line. This means planting it in a sheltered courtyard or on the southeast side of a structure where it is sheltered from cold winter winds. Wrapping the fronds and center bud in blankets can protect it when temperatures dip below 25 degrees F.A cold-hardy alternative to the cabbage palm in the piedmont is the Birmingham palmetto, or Sabal ‘Birmingham’ palm. This cold-hardy form was discovered outside Birmingham, Ala., and is known to have survived temperatures as low as zero degrees. It grows like a large shrub and eventually forms a small, squatty trunk after several years. However, it doesn’t grow as tall as the cabbage palm.To protect palms in winter, tie the fronds together in bundles and cover them with burlap or blankets. Small palms can be covered with a cardboard box. Protecting the central bud is most critical because it is where new growth originates. Wrapping the truck, which is commonly done, does little to protect the palm from cold injury because the center bud is the most cold-sensitive part of the plant, not the trunk.The Southeast Palm and Exotic Plant Society has an excellent manual for growing palms in the Southeast. To get it, call your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

India’s installed renewable generation hits 138.9GW, up 72% in six years—Singh

first_imgIndia’s installed renewable generation hits 138.9GW, up 72% in six years—Singh FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ET installed capacity of renewable energy generation in the country has grown 72 per cent from 80 gigawatts (GW) to 138.9 GW during the past six years, according to new and renewable energy minister R K Singh.He also added that foreign direct investments of $6.1 billion flew into the Indian clean energy sector — including solar, wind, biomass, large hydro and nuclear ‒ in the five-year period 2014-19.“Globally, India stands third in terms of renewable power, fourth in terms of wind power, and fifth in terms of solar installed capacity. For the period 2014-2019, clean energy investments in India were about $75 billion,” Singh said in a written reply to Parliament last week.Of the renewable energy sources, excluding large hydro above 25 MW, installed capacity of solar energy registered the highest growth. It grew from 2.6 GW in March 2014 to 34.4 GW in February this year.As part of its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, as per the Paris Climate Agreement, India has committed to install around 40 per cent of its power generation capacity based on non-fossil fuel resources by 2030.Singh also said an additional 62.4 GW of clean energy capacity is currently under various stages of implementation and 34.07 GW is in various stages of bidding.More: India’s renewable energy generation capacity has grown 72 per cent in six yrs: R K Singhlast_img read more

Lending in this COVID-19 world

first_imgEven amid all the uncertainties with the ongoing course of COVID-19 and the related recession, lending leaders should be seeking out ways to build business and improve the loan experience their credit unions offer.Though challenges abound, with a downturn in credit quality and uneasy outlook for new loan demand and repayment of balances already on the books, this unparalleled upheaval has uncovered gaps in service delivery that can be corrected and potentially profitable market segments that may be tapped. Navigating this new territory will require lending executives to figure out when to maintain a judicious watchfulness and when to take action.To Each Its OwnEach CU and its members will face a unique pace of economic lapse and eventual recovery. While some industries maintained full employment in the spring and summer, others were harder hit by job loss and saw a slower return to work. CUs with community charters supported members through starts and stops in local and regional reopenings. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Thousands arrested for ‘virus-related crimes’ in China

first_imgTopics : The country has also deployed a range of smartphone apps to track the whereabouts of people to quickly identify possible cases.Wearing a mask is mandatory in supermarkets, cinemas or on public transport, and many choose to wear one while outdoors as well, as a safeguard against the virus.China has not reported any locally transmitted infections in recent days. Some have also been accused of embezzling money collected from fundraisers to help coronavirus patients, selling defective medical equipment and lying about their travel history or health condition.”From January to July, 5,797 people were arrested and 6,755 were prosecuted,” the Supreme People’s Procuratorate said in a statement Thursday. The statement did not specify how many people were still in detention or whether some had already been sentenced.China has largely brought the spread of the novel coronavirus under control — since it first emerged in the central city of Wuhan in December 2019 — with strict lockdowns, aggressive contact tracing and close monitoring of neighborhoods.center_img Nearly 5,800 people suspected of killing health workers, selling defective medical equipment and lying about their travel history have been arrested in China for epidemic-related crimes since January, the state prosecutor’s office said.One case involved a shopper who beat another customer to death for not wearing a mask in a supermarket.Other cases included a person who deliberately mowed down medical workers with a car, and another was arrested for stabbing a health inspector with a dagger when monitoring temperatures.last_img read more

MHI Vestas Sets Up Borkum Riffgrund 2 Base in Emden

first_imgEMS Maritime Offshore GmbH (EMO) will from March 2018 onward provide MHI Vestas Offshore Wind with port facilities and logistics services in Emden for the Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm.After the installation of the 56 V164-8 MW wind turbines, MHI Vestas will commission the wind turbine generators and use the service base at Port Knock at the river Ems.The service base will be used for the commissioning works on Borkum Riffgrund 2 for approximately one year. As the operator of the terminal facilities and the surrounding area, EMO will provide logistics services consisting of loading, warehousing, terminal logistics and berth management.Stephan Kremers, Commissioning Project Manager of MHI Vestas Offshore, said: “EMO convinced us with their flexibility and availability of Locations around the river Ems delta, but in particular with the high independence of the location, 1st class services 24/7, as well as the versatility of Port Knock. We are looking forward to the cooperation with our new business partners. “The recently modernized Port Knock is a pier of the AG “EMS” with a connected industrial area, which is located in front of the Emden harbor in the industrial area Rysumer Nacken. The area offers a high potential for development, which will be used extensively for the first time for an offshore wind project, EMO said.Located 54km off the coast of Lower Saxony in Germany, next to Borkum Riffgrund 1, the 450MW Borkum Riffgrund 2 is scheduled for commissioning in 2019.The wind farm’s wind turbines will be installed on 20 suction bucket jacket foundations and 36 monopile foundations.last_img read more

Bristow and Era one step closer to closing merger after clearing antitrust hurdle

first_imgBristow and Era Group made a deal to merge in an effort to create a more diverse and financially stronger player back in January 2020. The combined company will be named Bristow. On 11 March 2020, Era re-filed its HSR premerger notification and report form. On 10 April 2020, the waiting period with respect to the HSR Act expired. In connection with the proposed merger, on 6 February 2020, Era and Bristow each filed a premerger notification and report form under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the HSR Act) with the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. Photo source: Flickr; Author: Ronnie Robertson – under the CC BY-SA 2.0 license Offshore helicopter operator Bristow and its peer Era Group are one step closer to closing their previously announced merger after clearing an antitrust hurdle. The expiration of the waiting period under the HSR Act satisfies a condition to the closing of the merger, according to a statement by the two companies. However, the closing of the merger remains subject to other customary closing conditions. These include the approval of the merger by Bristow’s stockholders and the approval of the issuance of the shares in the merger by Era’s stockholders.last_img read more

P80-K reward for arrest of rape, murder suspects

first_imgA “post mortem” examination revealedshe died of lacerations on her hymen, broken ribs, damaged liver, and blunttrauma on her chest and abdomen./PN The local Barangay Council setup a P50,000reward with Murcia mayor Gerry Rojas adding P30,000, municipal police stationchief Major Robert Dejucos said. Dejucos added the reward will helpsolve the case as he admitted they were having difficulty in identifying thesuspects.     He said two persons of interest wereinvited to their station, as they wait for the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) testresults.    center_img The victim, who was in Grade 5, wasfound dead in a sugarcane field on Oct. 30. BACOLOD City – A total of P80,000reward was set to whoever could give information leading to the arrest of thesuspects in the rape-slay of a 10-year-old girl in Barangay San Miguel, Murcia,Negros Occidental.         last_img read more

USDA Approves more acres in Indiana for Wildlife Habitat

first_imgImage: U.S. Department of AgricultureINDIANAPOLIS — USDA Indiana Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Julia A. Wickard, announced that additional acres in Indiana are now available for wildlife habitat improvement incentives.“We can accept offers to enroll more acres in Indiana for farmers interested in protecting local threatened species,” said Wickard. “In exchange for creating habitat for these species, USDA will provide participants with rental payments and help with expenses.”This opportunity comes from the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) program, part of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) whereby Farm Service Agency enters into contracts with participants so that environmentally sensitive land is not farmed, but instead used for wildlife habitat.Indiana conservation partners have specifically identified habitat concerns for the following species: Indiana Bat, Northern Bobwhite Quail, Sedge Wren Grasshopper Sparrow, Henslow Sparrow, Ringneck Pheasant, and the American Woodcock.Program participants establish long-term plant species to control soil erosion, improve water quality, or strengthen declining wildlife populations. In return, participants receive annual rental payments between 10 and 15 years.The SAFE program allows state fish and wildlife agencies, non-profit organizations and other conservation partners to target the Conservation Reserve Program within distinct geographic areas to help wildlife. SAFE is limited to 1.35 million acres nationally, with 97 projects in 36 states and Puerto Rico.Statewide farmers and landowners have committed to establish 13,900 acres of valuable habitat since 2008. This announcement brings the total available acres for additional enrollment to 9,600 acres. Statewide acres are allotted to specific wildlife and areas in the state. For information regarding available acres in your area, contact your local FSA office at or visit the website at read more

Cathryn M. Dickey

first_imgCathryn Marie Fries, “Kay,” of Batesville, 88, beloved wife of the late Donald Dickey, Sr., passed peacefully to the Lord on June 2, 2016, shortly after the death of her husband.  Loving and prayerful family surrounded Cathryn at the time of her death.Cathryn was born in Brookville, Indiana on October 15, 1927 to Elmer and Alma (nee Schuck) Fries.  Cathryn and her three siblings were raised by their loving mother, a college graduate who placed a high priority on faith in God, education, and hard work. They lived with their grandmother and uncle on the family farm where they learned life lessons daily.  As one of her chores, Cathryn arose each morning before sunrise and gathered the eggs from the henhouse.  She learned to cook, bake, can and preserve food, sew, and very importantly, she learned the value of a dollar.  She developed an exceptional work ethic, patience, discipline, and commitment.  The values that Cathryn acquired during the early stages of her life on the farm empowered her, and later she passed on these traits to her children.After graduating from Brookville High School in 1945, Cathryn moved to Cincinnati to attend Miller’s Business College.  Upon graduation from college, Cathryn lived at the Fontbonne and worked as a secretary at Western & Southern Insurance Company.  She frequently recalled her days in Cincinnati and the friends she made.On Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1948, Cathryn married Donald Dickey at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Brookville, Indiana.  They settled in Batesville, proudly raised seven children, and were blessed to be together for 67 years, even in their last days.In the early years of her marriage, Cathryn worked as a private secretary and office manager.  However, after Don and she welcomed their first child into the world, Cathryn began her life’s work as CEO of the Dickey family.  She modeled faith in God, and she nurtured the growth of her children.  Cathryn showed grace and humility in relating to others; she taught her children by example.  To Cathryn, no task was too difficult or daunting.  She instilled and reinforced a strong work ethic in all of her children.  Being conservative, Cathryn reused and recycled countless items; bread bags held baked goods and paper bags lined shelves. Cathryn’s extraordinary cooking and baking skills were legendary.  Her chocolate cake was always requested at family gatherings; neighborhood children delighted in her chocolate chip cookies.  Her famous cinnamon rolls sold for several hundred dollars at the annual St. Louis Catholic Church Festival.  Each of her children remembers “Mom” being selfless, placing their needs above her own.  She was ever-present in their lives, both inside and outside her meticulous home.  Placing a high priority on education and service, Cathryn volunteered at St. Louis School, as a room mother and cafeteria worker, from 1957 to 1981, when her youngest child graduated from the 8th grade. Cathryn was the center of her family, the gravity around which her husband and children thrived.In 1974, Cathryn was elected Township Trustee and Assessor.  In addition to her duties as assessor, Cathryn helped countless people prepare their taxes, even after she was no longer assessor.  In 1979, Cathryn became the Managing Director of the Batesville Bureau of Motor Vehicles License Branch, a position that she held for 25 years.  She effectively and efficiently managed the branch, always patient, kind, and extremely helpful to her customers.  After Cathryn’s retirement, at the age of 76, many people continued to comment on how much they missed having her at the license branch.Additionally, Cathryn was an active member of the St. Louis School P.T.A, a Golden Circle Member of the Ladies Auxiliary V.F.W., and an enthusiastic participant in the Ripley County Republican Women’s Club.  Cathryn served as an Election Inspector for her Precinct for over 40 years.Furthermore, “Grammy’s” favorite activity was visiting with her children, grandchildren, and great-granddaughter.  During these visits, “Grammy” found teachable moments to impart her brilliant wisdom and highly regarded advice.  She was always available by phone to answer cooking, laundry, and housekeeping questions.  She relished preparing family dinners, always asking for any special requests.  Cathryn cheered for all Indiana college basketball teams and thoroughly enjoyed watching NCAA March Madness and old classic movies with her beloved husband.  Also, she loved shopping trips to Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Chicago with her daughters and granddaughters.  Chatting with friends always brought smiles to Cathryn’s face.  “Grammy’s” favorite vacation spot was Hilton Head Island.  She not only packed her clothes, but also packed bags of her homemade cookies, coffeecakes, and cinnamon rolls.  She also prepared meals for the 12-hour road trip.  She delighted in taking care of everyone! Most significantly, Cathryn devoted much time to daily prayer, saying the Rosary, Scripture reflection, and visits to the St. Louis Church Adoration Chapel. She regularly watched the Eternal World Television Network and supported multiple Catholic charities.Undoubtedly, Cathryn’s devout faith, her beautiful, loving, and caring nature, her incredible work ethic, and her selfless spirit are truly her legacy.  She will be immeasurably missed by her loving children:  Beverly Ehrhardt (Phil) of St. Charles, Illinois, John Dickey (Terri) of Batesville, Glenn Dickey (Deb) of Florence, Kentucky, Mary Sitterding (Mitch), James Dickey (Sandy), and Donald Dickey, Jr., ”Dogger” (Elaine) of Batesville, and Janine Burkhart (Lincoln) of Indianapolis; 12 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, and one brother, Elmer.  Cathryn’s beloved husband, Don, and two of her siblings, Charles and Maxine, preceded her in death.Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 5 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home in Batesville, Indiana.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, June 6 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church.  Burial will follow in St. Louis Catholic Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be made to the Tuition Assistance Program for St. Louis School.  Please make checks payable to St. Louis Church, 13 St. Louis Place, Batesville, IN 47006, in honor of Cathryn M. Dickey.  Memorial donations may also be made to Batesville Area Ministerial Association Food Pantry, P.O. Box 383, Batesville, IN 47006.last_img read more