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New Photo of Phantom Stars Norm Lewis & Sierra Boggess!

first_img View Comments The Phantom of the Opera Related Shows Star Files from $29.00center_img Sierra Boggess Turn your face away from the glaring light of day, because it’s time to return to the Phantom’s lair! Broadway pals Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess are teaming up to bring “The Music of the Night” to the Majestic Theatre in The Phantom of the Opera, and we’ve got a first look at the new pair in action. After appearing on Broadway as father and daughter in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, the duo is back together again, playing our favorite masked music teacher and his talented opera student, Christine Daae. Stay tuned for more photos of Boggess and Lewis in the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber mega-musical, then see the stars in person on Broadway! Norm Lewislast_img read more

Free Pesticide Disposal

first_imgA pesticide collection event has been scheduled for Friday, Sept. 30, at the Cordele State Farmers Market. This event will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.The Georgia Department of Agriculture is hosting Georgia Clean Day, a free program that allows pesticide applicators to safely dispose of old, unusable or cancelled pesticides. This event is open to all private and commercial applicators with the understanding that the event is designed for farmers and lawn care, golf course and pest control companies in Crisp and surrounding Georgia counties.Some pesticides that have been used in the past are now in need of proper disposal. Pesticides in leaking containers or those that have been disposed of improperly may cause environmental damage by contaminating water supplies or harming people and wildlife. State and federal laws make it illegal to burn, bury or dump pesticides in conventional landfills. Georgia Clean Day is a program to help dispose of old, unusable or cancelled pesticides safely with a hazardous waste contractor.According to the Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Clean Days are the best way to dispose of unusable pesticides. Other forms of disposal can be costly and often force growers to dispose of pesticides illegally or keep them until a better disposal method is created. In response to environmental concerns, the Georgia Legislature passed a bill to help facilitate the collection of unusable pesticides. Since the start of Georgia Clean Days in 1994, over 1 million pounds of pesticides have been collected for disposal.The Georgia Department of Agriculture requires preregistration for this event. Registration forms should be returned to Ricky Hayes, Georgia Clean Day waste disposal coordinator, by Sept. 26. For more information, contact your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent or Ricky Hayes at You can also visit read more

2008 Community Campaign raises $4 million

first_imgMike Tuttle, President and CEO of Merchant’s Bank, and the 2008 Community Campaign Chair, announced the official results of the campaign at the Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration, May 6th. The campaign raised $4 million. In his remarks to the crowd of over 375 people, Tuttle said, “In spite of an incredibly difficult time economically for so many people, those who were able, gave a little more, and people just seemed to want to help in any way they could. We are thrilled with the outcome and amazed at the goodwill of so many people. We are very fortunate to have hundreds of generous contributors who willingly donate their time, their talent, and their money to make life better for everyone in Chittenden County.”The “Top Ten” combined campaigns (total of employee and corporate/organizational gift) were also announced, with a new company joining the ranks this year — NRG Systems. The “Top Ten” collectively raised over $1.7 million in the 2008 Campaign.IBM CorporationFletcher Allen Health CareDwight Asset Management CompanyUniversity of VermontGeneral Dynamics Armament & Technical ProductsGreen Mountain Power CorporationMerchants BankGE Healthcare IITS USA CorporationHickok & Boardman CompaniesNRG SystemsDINSE KNAPP McANDREW, ENGELBERTH CONSTRUCTION and GREEN MOUNTAIN POWER AWARDED TOP CAMPAIGN HONORSBill Schubart, prominent local business leader, and former owner and CEO of Resolution Inc., emceed the Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration last week and presented the three major Community Campaign awards. The top honor, Campaign of the Year, was awarded to Dinse Knapp McAndrew. Gretchen Morse, Executive Director of United Way, praised the work of the law firm during the selection process. “Our friends at Dinse Knapp McAndrew always raise the bar on their fundraising efforts, but additionally they serve on boards, are community leaders, volunteer with many local nonprofits and help shape local policy. We are so thankful for support from such a wonderful organization. They truly LIVE UNITED throughout the year.”The Keyperson of the Year Award was presented to a workplace campaign committee: Jan Ferro, Todd LaMothe, Penny Collins & Jeff Brosseau of Green Mountain Power. The four were lauded for their spirited leadership which inspired their co-workers to get involved and to “give back.” The LIVE UNITED Award was made to a company whose industry was strongly impacted by the downturn in the economy, Engelberth Construction. In spite of that, the folks at Engelberth were praised for their unwavering commitment to the community by giving, advocating and volunteering throughout the year. Mike Tuttle and John Cronin present the framed Live United tee shirt to Engelberth Construction. Commenting about the award recipients, Bill Schubart said, “United Way is the organizing principle of our Chittenden County community. It observes, measures, and invests in our community to ensure the wellbeing of us all….It is my pleasure to help sing the praises of all the volunteers, organizations and donors who give, advocate or volunteer with United Way. I congratulate all three companies for their exemplary work for all of us.”NEW UNITED WAY BOARD MEMBERS ELECTED, 2009 COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN AND STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRS NAMEDAt United Way’s recent Annual Meeting, board members and officers were elected. President of the Board for a three-year term is Don Rendall of Green Mountain Power. Vice President is Theresa Alberghini DiPalma of Fletcher Allen Health Care; Secretary is Robert Cain from Paul, Frank + Collins; and Treasurer is Susan Pelkey Smith of Gallagher Flynn and Company. For a complete list of board members and standing committee chairs.last_img read more

Ai Squared launches latest ZoomText for visually impaired

first_imgAi Squared, the worldwide leader in screen magnification software for the visually impaired based ini Manchester, has announced the release of ZoomText 10, the latest version of its popular screen magnifier/screen reader. ZoomText makes computers accessible and friendly for Windows users by magnifying and speaking what appears on the screen. In addition to the already versatile capabilities of ZoomText, the new ZoomText 10 release is full of new features designed to enhance users’ productivity by allowing them to multitask, navigate around the web faster and easier than ever before, take their work with them on the go when they’re away from the computer, and access print material.  Plus, Ai Squared is growing their list of accessories to include a webcam magnifier. ‘In this day and age where everything is accessed online, it’s imperative that the visually impaired have the tools that let them surf the net as quickly as their sighted colleagues,’ states David Wu, CEO at Ai Squared.  ‘Not to mention that the need to have access on the go ‘ ZoomText 10 offers so many new and robust features that it’s really going to be a game changer.’The four main features are:  ZoomText Camera, which allows you to use a webcam along with ZoomText as an inexpensive CCTV alternative; Background Reader, which lets you listen to text spoken aloud in the background while you concentrate on other tasks; Enhanced Web Finder, the ultimate productivity tool for browsing the web and finding information; and finally ZoomText Recorder, which lets you create audio files from any text on screen which you can put on your portable device(s) for access on-the-go.ZoomText at a GlanceZoomText is a powerful computer access solution for the visually impaired. Consisting of two adaptive technologies’screen magnification and screen reading’ ZoomText allows you to see and hear everything on the computer screen, providing complete access to applications, documents, email and the Internet. Specialized support is provided for Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Outlook), Internet Explorer, Firefox and Adobe Acrobat Reader.ZoomText is available in two versions’ ZoomText Magnifier and ZoomText Magnifier/Reader’and available on CD and USB.  Both versions include Ai Squared’s exclusive ‘xFont’ technology, delivering perfectly clear text at all magnification levels (up to 36x).  A variety of screen enhancement features make everything on the screen easy to see and follow.  ZoomText Magnifier/Reader features powerful screen and document reading with human-sounding ‘NeoSpeech’ voices that are pleasant to listen to all day long.ZoomText 10 supports Windows 7, Vista, and XP, and can be used with virtually any application.  ZoomText is localized in 21 languages: Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, and UK English.Low cost upgrades from any previous version are available to all registered users of ZoomText.  About Ai SquaredHeadquartered in Manchester, Vermont, Ai Squared is the worldwide leader in computer access solutions for the vision impaired, and has been for over 20 years.  Their products are available in twenty languages and are sold in 45 countries through our network of over 350 dealers across the globe.  Ai Squared has helped over 100,000 individuals with early vision loss, computer vision syndrome, and visual impairments such as macular degeneration and glaucoma.  Ai Squared’s screen magnification and screen reading products dramatically improve a computer’s usability and friendliness for the low vision user, raising their level of productivity, satisfaction, and independence. The family of Ai Squared products includes ZoomText Magnifier/Reader, ZoomText Magnifier, ZoomText Express, the ZoomText Large-Print Keyboard, i-loview Handheld Video Magnifier, ZoomReader iPhone app, and ZoomContacts iPad app.  For more information, please visit Ai Squared online at is external). Manchester, VT, November 29, 2011:last_img read more

Rocky Mountain Power moving forward with $3.1 billion wind project in Wyoming

first_imgRocky Mountain Power moving forward with $3.1 billion wind project in Wyoming FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wyoming Public Media:Rocky Mountain Power plans to break ground on a $3.1 billion-dollar statewide wind energy project this week.The project includes building three new wind farms in Carbon and Converse counties, adding upgrades to existing wind turbines in those counties, and constructing an 140-mile high voltage transmission line through Sweetwater and Carbon counties.The utility’s spokesman Spencer Hall said the project will provide for up to 1,600 construction jobs and 100 full-time positions, while the new wind farms will generate 1,150 megawatts of energy.“Importantly, it’s going to benefit rural economies,” he said. “I think Wyoming is facing a transition in the energy future and I think it’s exciting to see Wyoming embracing new technologies, new opportunities.”Hall said construction and upgrades will generate approximately $120 million in tax revenue and that the project will result in significant tax revenue after construction is completed, with around $11 million projected for 2021 and $14 million annually by 2024.More: Rocky Mountain Power to break ground on $3.1 billion wind projectlast_img read more

Getting To Work

first_imgBy Dialogo January 01, 2012 After two days of training, Honduran Air Force Second Lieutenant Percy Maradiaga said, “PEAK is excellent for first response because it supports the mission we carry out and meets basic needs in natural-disaster situations: providing energy, water, communications.” He concluded, “This is a truly complete system.” The sun beats down mercilessly; still no one thinks to dive into the green and cloudy waters of the pond at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras. But the Pre-positioned Expeditionary Assistance Kits (PEAK) system’s purification and desalination module transforms the water into a clear, drinkable liquid. Military personnel from the Humanitarian Response and Rescue Units of the Honduran Armed Forces and representatives from the Permanent Committee for Contingencies participating in the PEAK operational demonstration disassembled and installed each of the system’s components as part of their training. On one side of the pond, the men set up 12 solar panels with the capacity to generate 2.2 kilowatts per day. On the other, they set up an Aspen 2000 water purification unit, which can provide approximately 6,800 liters of potable water a day from local sources. In the center, the team erected a communications antenna. Under a tent, they set up the computers for operating the situational awareness system and for telephone communication over the Broadband Global Area Network, commonly referred to as BGAN. A second antenna was installed at a distance to extend the principal antenna’s range and prevent dead zones. When the solar panels are unable to generate sufficient energy, on cloudy days, for example, a diesel-powered electrical generator and three banks of lithium-ion batteries are used. last_img read more

Research Affiliates launches benchmarks linked to gender diversity

first_imgShe added that cognitive diversity “has long been a driving force behind our research agenda and management practices”.“We believe this focus creates an environment that promotes collective intelligence and ultimately strengthens the foundation of our firm,” the CEO said.The new indices use a gender leadership diversity methodology developed by LeaderXXchange, an organisation promoting diversity and sustainability at companies.This methodology in turn uses publicly available data from companies as well as data from ESG information firm Vigeo Eiris.Sophie L’Helias, president of LeaderXXchange, said studies showed that companies with greater percentages of women in leadership had the potential to improve financial performance.“When women are underrepresented in leadership, the company can be less equipped to handle business challenges, understand customer needs, and approach problems from a different perspective,” she said.Research Affiliates has signed an exclusive distribution deal with BNP Paribas to market structured products linked to the new indices. Research Affiliates has created a new fundamental investment strategy based on an index that takes companies’ gender diversity into account.Announcing the launch of its RAFI Diversity & Governance strategy, the California-based investment management firm – a pioneer in smart beta investing – said the product combined gender diversity data with governance and financial discipline metrics “to seek positive investment outcomes”.Katy Sherrerd, CEO of Research Affiliates, said: “Research shows that diverse teams who embrace collective intelligence make better decisions and are more innovative. Validating this finding in investment returns is handicapped by the lack of data.“For RAFI Diversity & Governance, we combine diversity with other measures, particularly financial discipline, to create a better proxy for sound management practices, robust corporate governance, and a healthy company culture.”last_img read more

How weed destroys teenagers’ minds: The earlier you try marijuana, the lower your IQ, study claims

first_imgDailyMail 7 October 2016Family First Comment: More evidence of the harmYoung teenagers who try marijuana dramatically lower their IQ and raise their risk of developing brain dysfunction, depression, and bipolar disorder, a new study claims.The younger the brain, the weaker it is as it grows and strengthens, scientists at Canada’s Western University warn.And their research shows marijuana can have a devastating affect on that development process.According to the study, published today, cannabis severely impaired teens’ visuo-spatial processing, memory, self-referential activity and reward processing.The study found that early marijuana use was also associated with lower IQ scores.And the younger they started using the drug, the worse their impairment was.Marijuana also did nothing to alleviate symptoms of depression in teens – despite claims by pro-legalization groups that this is a key benefit.In fact, in some regions of the brain, depressive symptoms worsened.READ MORE: read more

African Migrant Crisis: Scores Die of Starvation, Thirst In Niger’s Desert

first_imgThousands of African migrants travelling through Niger’s vast desert to reach North Africa and Europe are said to be at risk. According to the International Organization for Migration, a number of them may be dying of hunger and thirst in the Sahara during the crossing. The EU recently approved tough laws to stem the migrant crisis, but migrants continue to attempt dangerous and illegal crossingslast_img

Rooney picks Messi over Ronaldo

first_imgRelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Wayne Rooney has picked Lionel Messi over former Manchester United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo as the greatest ever because of the Barcelona forward’s ability to “torture” his opponents. Ronaldo and Rooney won eight major honours across a six-year spell together at Old Trafford, including the Champions League in 2008. The Portugal international has since enjoyed a healthy relationship with Messi, the pair sharing 11 Ballons d’Or between them. Despite winning trophies in three countries with United, Real Madrid and Juventus, however, Rooney believes that one-club man Messi edges it in terms of being the better player. “Ronaldo wasn’t as focused on goals when we started playing together but you could see that all he wanted was to be the best player in the world,” he told The Times. “He practised and practised and began to produce. Cristiano has become an incredible scorer and he and Messi are arguably the best two players the game has seen. “But despite my friendship with Cristiano, I’d go for Messi. It’s for the same reason I loved watching Xavi and [Paul] Scholes: it’s the different things in Messi’s game. “I’ve talked about composure and I can’t remember seeing Messi score when he has hit the ball as hard as he could. He just rolls them in, makes it so easy. Ronaldo is ruthless in the box, a killer. “But Messi will torture you before he kills you. With Messi you just get the impression he is having more fun. Those two have completely changed the game in terms of goalscoring numbers and I don’t think they’ll ever be matched.” Messi’s sixth Ballon d’Or triumph in December took him one ahead of Ronaldo, who last won the award in 2017.Tags: Ballon d’OrBarcelonaCristiano RonaldoJuventusLionel MessiManchester UnitedWayne Rooneylast_img read more