Singin’ in the Rain Postpones B’way Bow, Derek Hough Shuffles to DWTS

first_imgDerek Hough(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Singin’ in the Rain is taking a rain check. Derek Hough has revealed that due to a lack of available theaters, the production of Singin’ in the Rain he was set to headline has been delayed. As previously reported, performances were scheduled to begin in early 2017.Hough’s return to Broadway may be delayed, but that’s not stopping his beat. The hoofer is set to return to Dancing with the Stars this fall, and he’ll take on the role of Corny Collins in NBC’s Hairspray Live!“Singin’ in the Rain is still very much part of my future plans,” Hough assured in a Facebook post. “I’m grateful to everyone at Hairspray Live! for enabling me to do double duty on two major productions at the same time this fall. This next year is gonna be jam packed with exciting projects, and I can’t wait to share it all with you.”The six-time Dancing with the Stars champion will be paired with TV and stage alum Marilu Henner for the ABC series’ 23rd season. Her Broadway credits include The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Chicago, Pal Joey and Grease; she also played the title role in the 2000 national tour of Annie Get Your Gun.The new season of Dancing with the Stars will premiere on September 12. Hairspray Live! is set for a December 7 air date. View Commentslast_img read more

Grass-fed cattle

first_img“Our customers are loyal and can’t get enough of the meat,” Woodall said.One repeat customer is allergic to grains and can’t eat anything exposed to corn. The customer can eat grass-fed beef with no problems, he said.Cattlemen like Woodall have to be very customer-oriented and willing to put in a lot of time and money to develop niche markets, said Curt Lacy, a livestock economist with the UGA Extension Service.It takes more land to raise grass-fed cattle, too. And they have to be managed longer.It generally takes grass-fed calves about two years to reach a sellable weight of around 1,000 pounds, Lacy said. Corn-fed feedlot calves reach it in about 18 months.GrassyA grass-fed cattle farmer has to be able to grow high-quality grasses, too, said John Andrae, a forage specialist with the UGA Extension Service. But the Georgia climate works in his favor.”We can grow the right types of forage,” Andrae said. “And we have a long growing season.”Wintertime is a challenge. But it’s hard for any cattleman. Stockpiles of grass or hay can supplement cattle during winter when grass is dormant or less lush. Annual winter grass can be planted for the cattle to eat then, too.Because farmers with grass-fed cattle are limited on what they can feed their stock, times of prolonged drought would hurt them more than conventional cattlemen. Susan Duckett is a meat specialist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. She studies the meat of grass-finished cattle and has started the Georgia Grass-fed Beef Initiative.The initiative has helped small-scale farmers like Woodall with start-up information.Lean, healthyThe beef of grass-fed cattle is as much as 42 percent leaner than corn-fed cattle. “Certain cuts are as lean as poultry,” she said. “And it’s as tender or more tender than grain-fed cattle.”It has higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acids, too. Meat products with high Omega-3 fatty acid levels have been shown to reduce heart disease and certain cancers. Fish oil is considered healthful because it’s high in this fatty acid.But the meat of grass-fed cattle tastes different. It’s gamey, like venison and lamb, Duckett said. Some consumers accustomed to grain-fed beef may not like it.NicheBut Woodall has found a healthy niche market for his beef.His business has grown by word of mouth. Most of his customers are “upper-end, health-conscious, metro people,” he said.”We can directly market our beef to these customers for more than what we could get at the sale barn,” he said.Woodall began his operation three years ago with 15 mother cows. He sold three animals the first year and nine the second. He expects to sell 12 this year. Now he’s increasing his herd size. By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaThe cattle on Bob Woodall’s Sparta, Ga., farm may not look different from any other cattle. But their meat may be more healthful because they do one simple thing: eat a lot of grass.Woodall’s cattle are what are known as grass-finished or grass-fed cattle. After weaning, his calves primarily feed on grass, with no added antibiotics or growth implants.Studies have shown that the meat from grass-finished cattle can be healthier than meat from cattle fed corn in feedlots, which is the standard practice.last_img read more

Long Island Weather Cold, Windy This Week

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A snowy and gusty weeekend on Long Island are giving way to a cold and breezy week ahead with a few chances of rain and maybe some more snow next weekend.President’s Day is forecast as sunny with high near 32, a wind chill as low as negative 3 and gusts as high as 34 mph before dropping down to 26 after sundown.Up to a half inch of percipitation is likely to move in with fog Tuesday afternoon when the breeziness continues and highs will hit 47, according to Upton-based National Weather Service metoerologists. The showers are expected to dissipate before the temps drop down to 30 at night.Wednesday and Thursday will be sunny and breezy with highs in the mid-30s and dipping into the low 20s overnight before another chance of rain and snow Friday into Saturday.last_img read more

The data-driven organization questions everything

first_imgThe recently published article “Data-Driven Dialogues Will Define Success” detailed the need for managers to incorporate data and the use of digital information into critical discussions within their organizations.  Data-driven dialogues were proposed as a necessary “new normal” for our leaders, our workforce, and our interactions with members.However, today, new technologies, sometimes fueled by access to actionable data, are too often the primary focus of people’s efforts to address the change they see around them.  And that’s a problem. Because it’s not the technology that will drive us to successful change.  It is people.  People create change through imaginative thinking, active planning, and diligent implementation.  It’s not the forces around us that drive change; it’s us. You may be responding to your environment, but in the end, it’s your skill and initiative that lead to results.Thoughtful, knowledgeable people create change that sustains success.Strategic, proactive thought and action, done by people focused on evaluating change and opportunity, is the most effective way to drive organizational transformation. And the best people will make sure that the transformations are real, relevant and intentional. To do this, we must recognize that organizations are most successful when they are built to learn, built to change, built to grow into the shapes and content needed to succeed in our inevitable futures.  And those organizations pursuing positive change will ensure that all form of dialogue is driven by, and illuminated by data.  Not technology, but data; properly sourced and effectively analyzed, data is the foundation for reality-based discussion and action.Sound management delivers predictive, prescriptive data-driven solutions and transformative change.For managers to deliver predictive, prescriptive data-driven solutions and transformative change they must drive learning by challenging their peers and subordinates to ask the “right” questions — those questions that demand honest, relevant answers found through data analysis, data-driven dialogues, and efforts to reconcile outcomes with previous decisions and actions.Questions lead to learning, which leads to repeatable success.Asserting that there are “right questions” to ask and answer may signal hubris on behalf of the author of any such list. But, no matter where you land on this question of “right and wrong”, you will surely recognize that some of the best questions we ask ourselves focus on our assumptions regarding what we know, what we believe, and what we want to achieve.  With that measure in mind, consider the following:Are your assumptions valid?Is what you know about your customers based in fact?Do you understand your competitors’ motivations and behaviors?Will your organization’s culture tolerate the degree and speed of needed change?Do your teams have the skills and capabilities needed today, and tomorrow?Do you have the right systems in place? Are you using the right tools?Are you risking unnecessary regulatory scrutiny?Are your results the products of your plans and decisions?Others will ask questions and use data (regarding your customers, your market, and your company) to improve their business.  Will you do as much with your own information?Asking the right questions, and using data to help formulate the answers, will bring you to assess your situation realistically.  And with that, you can engage all levels of your organization in articulating a vision and strategy that inform actionable plans.  All of which will help you to choose the processes and tools needed to succeed.  Evaluating and choosing the system solutions and applications needed to succeed, becomes easier and more profitable when you know where you are going and what you want to do when you get there.Successful management means better-informed planning and greater control over a changing environment. My own experience has helped me to see that it is possible to cultivate the culture, develop the processes and apply the tools to deliver results that are the product of intentional decisions.  You must start by asking the right questions – they will come through your people, and their effective use of data. 50SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Greg Crandell Greg Crandell provides strategy, market planning, business development, and management consulting to financial technology firms and their clients – Credit Unions and Banks. For more years than he wishes to admit, … Web: queryconsultinggroup.com Detailslast_img read more

Riverhead Physician Assistant Charged With Selling Rx

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A physician assistant who operated two East End urgent care clinics was arrested Wednesday for allegedly writing prescriptions for addictive pain medicine to drug dealers in exchange for cash, federal authorities said.Michael Troyan was indicted on charges of conspiring to illegally distribute oxycodone.The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said the 37-year-old Riverhead man issued prescriptions for thousands of oxycodone pills to alleged co-conspirators between November 2011 and October 2015.Undercover investigators allegedly captured Troyan on video at his office, East End Urgent and Primary Care in Riverhead, writing phony prescriptions for oxycodone and receiving half of the profit from the street sale of the pills, authorities said.Troyan will be arraigned Wednesday at Central Islip federal court. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.last_img read more

Binghamton University announces reopening plans

first_imgLorin Miller, BU junior, says she appreciates the university being on top of things. BU also announced the rest of their reopening plans today. “They sent out a draft to everybody,” Miller said. “We were able to give feedback. I appreciate that. It seems like they have really taken this seriously and gotten a whole team together.” VESTAL (WBNG) — Students will see a difference in classes this year as Binghamton University says they are introducing a new and safe way to learn. “This will mean that fewer students will need to travel to campus on buses or in traffic, meaning that the community will be safer as well,” Stenger said. For more information on the university’s reopening plan, go to their website.center_img Students must wear masks at all times in buildings, and there are signs reminding students and staff to wear face coverings and to social distance. Harvey Stenger, BU president, says having more classes online will reduce density and free up space in the halls. This combines in-person classes with video streaming, so students can interact with each other and their professor. With 40 percent of classes in person, students will begin using Bing Flex. last_img read more

Do more to develop renewable energy

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDid you know that New York state has a moratorium on fracking? Most of us haven’t had to think about it because we believed that we had been protected from fracking’s harms. But there are other activities related to fracking that are still allowed. We import fracked gas in pipelines through our state from Pennsylvania. This means that people living in Pennsylvania are hurt by fracking so that people in New York and beyond can have the advantages of natural gas products. There are dangerously noisy and polluting compressor stations in some New York state communities. When this infrastructure is not in our neighborhood, we can ignore it.If we continue to allow these ancillary activities, it puts us behind in working towards a future run on renewables. The industry and our government say that natural gas is a clean-burning fuel.They say it’s a cheap fuel. Drilling and other activities are only cheap because subsidies exist; health and safety impacts aren’t figured into the price we pay when the natural gas is delivered to our homes.Some of the people most affected are children, the elderly, the chronically ill, and poor and minority communities. We pay for it one way or another.Google the Solutions Project to see what a 100 percent renewable energy mix would look like for New York and the 260,000 jobs that going renewable would create. Even Forbes magazine finds that solar energy employs more people in the United States than oil and gas combined. You can’t beat that.Florence CarnahanSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionslast_img read more

Charge cap reshaping diversified growth fund landscape

first_imgSource: Spence Johnson“This is having significant implications for investment managers in DC, since most cost savings are being realised through the investment rather than the administration segment. In many cases, funds will not be considered unless they can fit within the charge cap after accounting for the administration costs.”The UK government brought in the 75bps charge cap in April 2015. It applies chiefly to default DC arrangements used for auto-enrolment.Some smaller DC schemes are struggling to reduce costs below the charge cap, however.Spence Johnson reported that schemes with fewer than 100 members were, on average, still being charged more than 75bps at the end of 2015. In part this was down to employers not being able to shoulder costs, as is the case with larger schemes.Elsewhere in its report, Spence Johnson predicted that the DGF market would grow to £289bn by 2020. The estimated 11% annual rate of asset growth is lower than in recent years, however, due to maturing defined benefit schemes and a reduction in inflows from non-UK clients.In the UK, the growth will be driven primarily by DC and auto-enrolment, Spence Johnson said. In particular, the next few years will see employee and employer minimum contributions rise from a combined 2% of salary to 8%. The UK’s charge cap for defined contribution (DC) schemes triggered outflows from some diversified growth funds (DGFs) in 2015 and 2016, according to Spence Johnson.A report by the consultancy firm estimated that more than £1bn (€1.2bn) had exited DGFs with annual charges between 70 and 79 basis points in the 18 months to the end of June 2016.In total, at the end of the second quarter of last year there was £9.3bn invested in DGFs with an annual charge of less than 40bps. This followed inflows of £3.7bn in the same 18-month period.Despite this significant shift, Spence Johnson estimated that almost £4bn was still invested in the 70-79bps range, and more than £400m was still in more expensive products. Spence Johnson’s report said: “Many schemes have reduced costs by more than what is necessary in order to allow themselves a buffer, and also prepare themselves for any potential future further reduction in the charge cap.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

Aaron Wan-Bissaka divides family in Arsenal vs Man U clash

first_imgAaron Wan-Bissaka will put family loyalties to one side when Manchester United kick off 2020 with a trip to Arsenal. Wan-Bissaka grew up in a family of Arsenal fans and his father revealed he even used to call the now United right-back Thierry Henry when he was younger. But Wan-Bissaka will be aiming to get one over the Gunners and boost United’s top-four hopes at the Emirates following his £50m summer move to Old Trafford. ‘What’s more important, Arsenal winning or me playing well?’ Wan-Bissaka asked his dad Ambroise in a video released by his sponsors Adidas ahead of the New Year’s Day clash. Ambroise said: ‘You playing well because I like you, game by game, to improve and play well, not for Arsenal to win.’ ‘Good answer,’ Wan-Bissaka, 22, said. His older brother Kevin admitted: ‘See when you play against Arsenal, it’s going to be a sticky one for me. I’d take a draw.’Advertisement Promoted ContentTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?6 Amazing Shows From The 90s That Need A Reboot Right Now8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At LongerBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top6 Great Ancient Mysteries Of ChinaWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Best ’90s Action Movies To Watch Today FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… ‘I’m going for a win all the way,’ Wan-Bissaka said. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and family how will the clash pan out on New Year day Explaining the family ties with Arsenal, Ambroise said: ‘We have been supporting Arsenal since we saw Thierry Henry and how good he was. ‘When we came to this country, Thierry Henry was good and everyone knew Thierry Henry at that time. When Aaron was growing up, I would call him Thierry Henry. When we supported Arsenal games we must all sit down and watch.’ Wan-Bissaka missed United’s 1-1 draw against Arsenal in October so he is in line to face them for the first time since his big move from Crystal Palace on Wednesday. He has been of United’s standout performers this season and his importance underlined when he was rested for Saturday’s trip to Burnley partly to avoid the possibility of getting a fifth booking that would have ruled him out of the Arsenal trip. Read Also ‘Ronaldo,Messi Have Scored More Goals Than Man Utd This Decade’ United’s 2-0 victory at Burnley lifted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side up to fifth and they start the new year four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.last_img read more

Allardyce relieved by Suarez exit

first_img The Reds sold Suarez to Barcelona in the summer after he had been banned for the third time in his career for biting an opponent following an altercation with Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup. Despite investing the money received from Barcelona into a number of new players, including attacking replacement Mario Balotelli, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has already seen his side lose two league games this season in Suarez’s absence. They travel to Upton Park on Saturday looking to recover from a poor outing in their last league fixture, a home defeat to Aston Villa, and Allardyce is pleased he will not have to come up with a game plan to keep Suarez quiet. “From a selfish point of view, yes,” he said when asked if he was pleased Suarez had left England. “From a Barclays Premier League overall view, no. Those players you want to keep in this country and play in this country. There has been a huge amount of talent brought by Liverpool on the back of that fee. “It looks like they took a stand on the basis that it was time (to sell him) after the troubles he has had. He is sorely missed in terms of his talent but, obviously with him not playing against us, we are rather glad about that.” With Suarez sold and Daniel Sturridge nursing a thigh injury, ex-Manchester City striker Balotelli is likely to lead the line for the visitors on Saturday. The Italy international scored the opening goal in Liverpool’s tight Champions League victory over the unfancied Ludogorets on Tuesday night and Allardyce is ready to exploit any European hangover they may have after their first outing in the competition under Rodgers. “On past history of playing teams after they’ve played in Europe, and having taken Bolton into Europe I know how hard it can be,” he said. “Brendan has assembled a big squad, whether he plays the same team on Saturday that played on Tuesday is something we have to try and predict. If we can seek out any advantage we will do, from our part we’ll concentrate on things within our power and that is making sure we play well to the best of our abilities. Sam Allardyce believes the Barclays Premier League is a worse place without Luis Suarez – but is glad the Uruguay forward will not be lining up for Liverpool on Saturday. “I don’t think their team is far from last year’s. Brendan has the same problem as us, settling in a lot of new players. His players will take time to integrate, the same as ours. It can’t be done overnight as everyone expects it to be. As the season goes on, we should get stronger and stronger, and I’m sure they will too.” A brace of Steven Gerrard penalties were enough for title-chasing Liverpool to record a 2-1 win at Upton Park last season but Allardyce is looking to pick up a first home win of the current campaign this time around. “We’re not going to go all out to attack them,” he said. “They’ll set up a bit differently away from home. We have to take into consideration the talent Liverpool have as a team and as individuals. “We might not get as much possession as we usually do so we’ll have to make the most of it, and take the chances we create. I’m not daft enough to say we’re going to press Liverpool and pin them back in their own half, I don’t think that is going to happen. “But we’re going to try when we can but make sure at the same time we’re resilient at the back. If we’re on top of our game we’ll give them a very good match.” Press Associationlast_img read more