Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried, Rachel McAdams & Lacey Chabert in ‘Mean Girls'(Photo: Michael Gibson/Paramount Pictures) Well, you’ve already cast Regina! On National Mean Girls day comes the news of the musical’s world premiere—the stage adaptation of Tina Fey’s hit 2004 movie is set to land in Washington, D.C. in the fall of 2017. Further information will be revealed later.Created by Fey, her husband, 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt composer Jeff Richmond, and lyricist Nell Benjamin, plans for a musical version of the 2004 film were first announced in January 2013. We then had to endure endless teasing about rumored workshops.Based on the book Queen Bees and Wannabes, Mean Girls follows a group of popular girls, known as the Plastics, who rule a suburban high school with an iron first and the group of outcasts who takes them down. The film was written by Fey and starred Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried and Lizzy Caplan.Check out the one musical number already incorporated in the film, the Plastic’s performance of “Jingle Bell Rock.” View Comments
As an undergraduate student in Brazil, Daniela Lourenco knew that she loved statistics and genetics, but she wasn’t sure where that passion would take her.Then an introductory course in animal breeding genetics — the same class she now teaches to undergraduates at the University of Georgia — set her on a path that has allowed her to collaborate with scientists around the world.“My husband (who is also an animal scientist) told me there was this very cool class called ‘Animal Breeding Genetics.’ He said, ‘It works a lot with both genetics and statistics. I think you’ll like it,’” Lourenco said.She took a plant genetics course too, but found livestock genetics much more exciting.“I like statistics and math and genetics, and this field combines everything,” she said. Lourenco, who first came to UGA to finish her doctoral research, serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Animal and Dairy Science. Her research focused on using big data analytics to improve livestock breeding, which is still her focus today.For years, breeders used information about an individual’s lineage and phenotypes to rate that animal’s breeding value. The advent of advanced genetics and genomic technology gave breeders access to thousands more data points to analyze before making breeding decisions.Lourenco helped to develop a one-step method for integrating genomic information about each animal with their phenotype and lineage information to produce a breeding value for each animal. She also helped implement this one-step method for the American Angus Association for both Angus and Charolais beef cattle, and she helped resolve one-step evaluations for dairy cattle, pigs, chicken and fish, including catfish and rainbow trout.Working with a team of geneticists and programmers in the UGA Animal Breeding and Genetics Group, she has helped to improve software that is used all over the world. Scientists often visit Athens, Georgia, to work with the group, and Lourenco now travels to consult and speak so often that, in a single year, she has earned enough airline miles to travel around the world almost three times.Currently, she’s working to refine software models for millions of animals and improve the accuracy of the estimated breeding values (EBVs) the models generate.“When EBVs are published, they are published with a measure of accuracy, and this accuracy is rated from 0 to 1,” she said. “We are trying to find a better way to estimate the accuracy of the EBVs. If we have small data, then we can calculate the accuracy easily, but we have large data. It is very costly, so we are trying to find a better way to approximate the accuracy to the EBV.”For more information about Lourenco’s work, visit the UGA Animal and Breeding Group website at nce.ads.uga.edu.
One of the unexpected consequences of Tropical Storm Irene is the cancellation of the personal firewood lottery for the 2012 season by the VT Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR). The popular program allows Vermonters to cut up to three cords of designated standing trees for personal use firewood from state lands for $10/cord. The trees are measured and marked by FPR staff, as groups of hardwoods close to State Forest Highways to make cutting and hauling by hand easier.Safety is an important concern in both the planning and access of these firewood areas. As FPR staff assessed the impact of Irene on roads and trails, it was discovered that areas scheduled for firewood cutting have been heavily impacted as far as accessibility and safety of roads and bridges. Some of these areas will be repaired in the construction season of 2012, which will present further conflicts for access on narrow forest roads.FPR has decided to cancel the 2012 lottery which was expected to take place in January 2012. The department will continue to supply firewood for needy Vermonters through the ‘Wood Warms’ program. This program supplies logs directly from FPR timber sales to nonprofit community organizations which provide volunteer labor to saw, split and deliver wood in their communities. This program has provided up to 100 cords of firewood per year for low income citizens.FPR anticipates the firewood lottery will return as roads and stream crossings are repaired. In the meantime, Vermonters are encouraged to contact local firewood vendors and to avoid bringing firewood from more than 50 miles from home to lessen the chance of importing invasive insect pests.### END ###
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Beach has been without a movie theater since Superstorm Sandy flooded the aisles of the Long Beach Cinemas nearly three years ago, but moviegoers have some good news coming soon.Last year a glimmer of hope appeared when a sign was posted outside the closed venue, advising the deprived moviegoers to “Look 4 Grand Reopening.” But they still had a very long wait in store. Showtime finally arrived Wednesday, meaning Long Beach officially got its cinemas back before the Fourth of July.“I think we’re very much the symbol of what was destroyed when Sandy came,” said Seth Pilevsky, co-president of Philips International, which owns the cinemas. “We want to open strong and stay open.”Not only will the cinema be re-opened, but it will be revitalized. New 3D and digital projectors, as well as larger leather cushion seats, will be added to the four-screen theater at the corner of East Park Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard.The delays have been frustrating for the owners and moviegoers alike.“It took over a year to get any money from the insurance company,” said Pilevsky. “We had to fight to get the money for the theater.”But now, with the cinemas’ reopening, the City by the Sea can continue to move on from the devastation leftover by the 2012 superstorm.Aside from symbolizing the city’s restoration, with the cinema’s return Long Beach natives will finally once again be able to save a lot of unnecessary travel time to movie theaters farther away.“It’s another positive step in for our city’s recovery and yet another sign that Long Beach continues to move forward,” said City Councilman Anthony Eramo. “My wife and I are looking forward to taking our kids to the Long Beach theater for the first time since Sandy.”His colleagues agreed.“This has been a long time coming,” observed City Councilman Scott J. Mandel. “Having our movie theater back is a real boost to the community and a great symbol of Long Beach’s comeback.”Long Beach moviegoers couldn’t agree more.“I’m very excited about the theater coming back,” said Dan Bulger, a Long Beach native. “We won’t have to travel all the way to Rockville Center anymore and even have the option of walking there using the boardwalk again.”
Banking is a critical function in our world. Its success relies on consumer trust in financial organizations to safely and wisely protect and invest their cash. However, it’s an industry built on the almighty dollar and naturally attracts a criminal element. So it needs to be safeguarded from those that intend harm. It needs a protector. Compliance is the watchdog of financial institutions and their members. Although burdensome at times, a thorough set of regulations can help prevent, identify, and catch threats to our investments. To be successful in this business, your CU needs to make compliance an absolute top priority. Here are seven simple ways to help you do just that.Stay informed. As new regulations are developed, criminals find new ways around them. In response, regulations are added and amended on a regular basis. It is critical to keep your compliance knowledge up-to-date. Subscribing to compliance blogs is a simple way to keep news coming directly to you.Engage in Discussion. Tap into existing networks to find others in your industry to discuss their views on compliance issues and learn how they’ve addressed them. Join local and national CU leagues, engage in forums and join LinkedIn groups that are focused on keeping current with credit union compliance issues.Phone a friend. You are not the only one that keeps compliance top-of-mind. Collaborate with other CU execs and see what they are doing to stay compliant in certain areas. One of the greatest strengths in CUs, over banks, is the ability to collaborate with each other. continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
THE marketing campaign looked beautiful, the open home inspections got interest, and the market is performing well — but your home passed in at auction. What now?THE marketing campaign looked beautiful, the open home inspections got interest, and the market is performing well — but your home passed in at auction. What now?Sometimes even if the lead-up seems great, your agent is enthusiastic and the auctioneer is a star performer, the auction can fall flat and it can be hard to know what to do next.Firstly, don’t panic. In Queensland, where auctions are not as common as New South Wales and Victoria, it can happen that an auction falls over and the property passes in.But it’s not the end of the world and it doesn’t mean your house won’t sell. 1. Take Stock Talk to your agent and your auctioneer. What is their feedback? Did you get registered bidders on the day? Were they sufficiently educated about the market? What were the comments on the day? What is some of the feedback received at the open homes?A conversation with your agent and auctioneer may reveal there is a buyer or maybe two who are interested and may be drawn into a negotiation. 2. It’s one of only two things The first two places to look at when doing a post-mortem is price or presentation. If your agent has cautioned you against too-high expectations with price, it might be time to listen to them now. Similarly, if your presentation hasn’t been A+ then that can let you down on auction day.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 3. Feedback Agents will discuss the property with people who visit the open home, asking what they like, what they don’t like, what they think of the price, and so on. Go back to some of those comments and see what the feedback was. Did visitors identify a common issue? Were there issues with a particular feature or something that the house lacked?This is the opportunity to address that feedback. 4. Marketing assessment Did the marketing campaign hit all the channels? If you skipped one, perhaps either print or online, then now is a chance to re-evaluate.There is data to suggest that online and print campaigns work best when they are co-ordinated. Talk to your sales agent and ask how he would tweak any future marketing activity. 5. Relax! It will sell It can seem disastrous on the day that bids for your house didn’t reach reserve. You may feel that it will never sell, but relax, it will sell.Your auctioneer and agent will have experience in this area — believe it or not, it’s happened before! They’ll have some helpful tips and advice on what the next steps should be. This is the time to listen to their advice.
Noël Amenc has announced his resignation as director of EDHEC-Risk Institute.He will be replaced by Lionel Martellini, the current scientific director of the institute.Amenc, who is also a professor at EDHEC Business School, has led the EDHEC-Risk Institute since 2001, overseeing its expansion and efforts to become a leader in financial research, particularly smart beta.He has now resigned to focus on his role as chief executive at ERI Scientific Beta, the institute’s initiative to put its research on smart beta into practice. Amenc will also continue to grow the institute’s presence in Singapore, EDHEC-Risk Institute Asia, which focuses on infrastructure financing and investment.His research achievements are found primarily in the fields of quantitative equity management, portfolio performance analysis and active asset allocation.Amenc was also appointed to the Consultative Working Group of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Financial Innovation Standing Committee.
Stuff co.nz 13 July 2017Family First Comment: Some great one-liners in this article…“Once marijuana was a boring illegal drug it was daring to smoke, but today it’s a miracle painkiller, with heaps of previously unknown medicinal properties, so far unproven. What the heck, placebo or not there are fortunes to be made…. “Next week, or sometime soon, we’ll be toking weed for our headaches and head colds, arthritis, and hangovers, though there’s no scientific proof as yet that it really works. And there will be no downside. It will be so cool…. “Underpinning such experiments around the world is a belief that criminal gangs will quietly accept losing their markets, and give up illegal dealing. There’s a fantasy for you…. “It is a well-intentioned fallacy that drug users want “help”. What they want is supply, and they’ll pretend to want help to get it. Others will on-sell their ration, probably to under 18s, to help fund their harder drug use. We live in the real world. I think…Saynopetodope.org.nzOPINION: Time changes lots of things, especially laws. Being drunk in public is no longer an offence, for example, as any night on the town reveals. Once marijuana was a boring illegal drug it was daring to smoke, but today it’s a miracle painkiller, with heaps of previously unknown medicinal properties, so far unproven. What the heck, placebo or not there are fortunes to be made.Money will decide the issue. If we can sacrifice the iconic Mackenzie Country for more cows, and give our water to foreigners to sell, legalising cannabis is another business opportunity. Sick people begging for dope from the doctor have triumphed. Next week, or sometime soon, we’ll be toking weed for our headaches and head colds, arthritis, and hangovers, though there’s no scientific proof as yet that it really works. And there will be no downside. It will be so cool.Not since opium, the Victorians’ drug of choice, has a drug been so innocent. Never have users felt so virtuous. On a more practical level, “We need to stop seeing it as a drug and start seeing it as an industry,” a cannabis club operator from Uruguay tells us. In a few weeks’ time Uruguayans will be able to buy a set monthly amount of cannabis from the chemist for a set price, no questions asked. The true cost will be bureaucracy prescribing the genetic makeup of cannabis plants and the percentage of psychoactive compounds in their flowers. Oh, and keeping track of users to make sure they don’t overdo it. Hopefully.Commercial branding and advertising of the product is banned in Uruguay, unlike the United States. Because the drug can be addictive, public health official Julio Calzada explains, the state wants to control its production, distribution and consumption. Anyone buying their ration from a chemist will have to put their thumb into a scanner, be on a national register, and be over 18. People will also be able to grow enough cannabis for personal use if that option is off-putting. My guess is they’ll do both.Underpinning such experiments around the world is a belief that criminal gangs will quietly accept losing their markets, and give up illegal dealing. There’s a fantasy for you. They’ve already made the smart move into supplying far stronger and more addictive drugs, like methamphetamine, the drug of choice for determined drug users here.Something like the Uruguay experiment has been suggested for this country, with the interesting selling point that officials would keep an eye on registered druggies’ consumption, and step in to offer them “help” if they start exceeding the recommended, random dose.It is a well-intentioned fallacy that drug users want “help”. What they want is supply, and they’ll pretend to want help to get it. Others will on-sell their ration, probably to under 18s, to help fund their harder drug use. We live in the real world. I think. While the new, respectable dope dealers will wear suits and have private school accents, gangs will carry on doing what gangs do.Yet, “It’s a chance to bring in people who have worked in a clandestine environment. That would be a benefit to society,” says Dr Chris Wilkins of Massey University, head researcher of drug research centre SHORE, and I don’t even think he’s joking.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/94615996/rosemary-mcleod-money-will-decide-legal-marijuana-debate
Manchester, In. — One arrest has been made in a fatal shooting in the Aurora area Friday night.A report from the Indiana State police says two people reported shot in the 9300 block of State Road 48 in Dearborn County at 7:11 p.m. When police arrived a deceased female was found outside the home and a male was found inside suffering from a gunshot wound. The male was transported to a Cincinnati area hospital with life threatening injuries.Early Saturday morning, police apprehended Terry Storey, 55, who lives just west of the scene of the shooting. Storey was arrested and charged with murder, attempted murder, resisting law enforcement and battery on a police officer.This is an ongoing investigation.
RelatedPosts Akpeyi’s South African club gets new coach Akpeyi ruled out of season Super Eagles goalkeeper suffers nasty collision Daniel Akpeyi does not see a fight materialising between himself and Itumeleng Khune for Kaizer Chiefs’ goalkeeping jersey‚ but rather a healthy rivalry and competition. Khune has recently returned from injury to full training‚ though Amakhosi coach Ernst Middendorp said the Bafana Bafana keeper has a way to go to be “match fit”. He believed Akpeyi has commanded the posts in Khune’s prolonged absence‚ and won over Chiefs’ fans‚ that the Nigeria international was awarded the Absa Premiership’s Player of the Month prize for September/October on Thursday. “On Khune‚ I don’t think we are having any fight on who is going to be the No 1 or not‚” Akpeyi said. “It’s only an opportunity that I’m having‚ having the coach to have confidence in me while Khune is injured. “If Khune is fine and the coach decides on whoever he wants to play‚ we are cool. “The good thing is that we have healthy competition in that department and everybody is pushing each other. “One thing I like about Khune is that he supports you‚ from what I can see. He’s not actually looking at Daniel being No 2‚ or No 1‚ or something. “It’s about being given the opportunity‚ and we support each other from there.” Akpeyi kept another clean sheet for Chiefs – Amakhosi have not conceded in six of their last seven league games‚ and that was also a run of seven straight PSL victories – as the Soweto giants thrashed Stellenbosch FC 4-0 at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday night.Tags: Bafana BafanaDaniel AkpeyiItumeleng Khune