Your Top 10 Fave Performances from NBC’s Hairspray Live!

first_img“You Can’t Stop the Beat” “(You’re) Timeless to Me” “I Know Where I’ve Been” “Mama, I’m a Big Girl Now” “Welcome to the ’60s” “Run and Tell That” “Without Love” “The Nicest Kids in Town” “(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs” View Comments We know where we’ve been—listening to the Hairspray Live! cast recording on repeat since the broadcast! The live broadcast of the Tony-winning musical aired on NBC on December 7, and after taking in all of the big, fat dance breaks and bigger hairdos, we asked fans to rank the performances. In addition to newcomer Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad, the starry cast included powerhouse performers like Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Harvey Fierstein, Kristin Chenoweth and more, making running and telling us your picks particularly challenging. Take a look (and a listen to) your top 10 below!! “Big, Blonde and Beautiful” The cast of ‘Hairspray Live!'(Photo: Justin Lubin/NBC)last_img read more

Safer burgers?

first_imgBy Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaFood irradiation is safe, say University of Georgia experts. Butit’s not necessarily popular.The U.S. Department of Agriculture will make irradiated groundbeef available to the nation’s school lunch program by January2004. The recent announcement renewed public debate over thetechnology of food irradiation, which bombards food with gammarays, electron beams or x-rays.At issue, in this case, is children’s safety. Is irradiation atechnology that might help turn back the rising tide offood-borne illness in U.S. schools? Or are school childrengoing to be used as guinea pigs to research a potentiallydangerous food processing technique?”Study after study has demonstrated that low-level irradiation issafe,” said UGA food safety expert Mike Doyle. “The U.S. Centersfor Disease Control and Prevention, the American MedicalAssociation, the World Health Organization and the (U.S.) Foodand Drug Administration have all blessed irradiation at 10kilograys or less.”Public knows littleMany people simply don’t know much about food irradiation. Andthe idea scares them, said UGA Extension Service food safetyspecialist Elizabeth Andress.”Irradiation is one of the most studied food preparationtechniques in history,” Andress said. “There is nothingradioactive about the food. And studies haven’t been able todetect any changes in food composition other than changes similarto food that has been baked or broiled.”Indeed, irradiation renders food safer, said Doyle, director ofthe UGA Center for Food Safety and one of the world’s leadingauthorities on E. coli O157:H7.”It greatly reduces the risk of E. coli and, to a lesser extent,salmonella,” Doyle said. “At the low doses used in foodirradiation, it won’t ensure elimination of harmful microbes in acontaminated product. But it certainly reduces the risk (offood-borne illness).”Public health problemFood-borne illness is a significant public health problem, andcontaminated meat is a major source. The CDC figures food-bornepathogens cause 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizationsand 5,000 deaths each year. In 2002, nearly 50 million pounds ofcontaminated meat were recalled.Outbreaks of food-borne illness in U.S. schools have increased by10 percent in the past decade. Of the 59 largest outbreaks, 40have been traced to food provided through the federal school mealprograms.While irradiation can greatly reduce the risk of food borneillness, it faces some big hurdles, Doyle said. One is thatconsumers are suspicious of it. The other is that irradiation cancompromise the taste, smell or texture of food.When meat is irradiated, “free radicals form,” Doyle said.”That’s what, in large part, kills the bacteria. The fattier thefood, the more free radicals form, and they oxidize the fat.”Uh, no thanksThe result, say many who have tried ground beef givenpasteurization doses of irradiation, is meat that smells like awet dog.Doyle doesn’t think this has to be a problem for the federalschool lunch program. If the meat is used within a week andprocessed with a minimum dose of irradiation, he said, the odordoesn’t typically occur.Long-term storage, however, may be a problem. If schools freezelarge quantities of meat over the summer, for example, they mayhave to contend with an odor and taste that will send the kidsrunning.”Irradiation is a food safety option,” Doyle said. “However, it’snot the holy grail of food safety.”(Cat Holmes is a science writer with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Four Vermont manufacturers, Consulate General discuss expanding business in China

first_imgThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce was joined by four of its manufacturing members in an economic summit with China’s Consulate General on November  23. Meeting at the Vermont Chamber office in Berlin, Consulate General delegates and Vermont Chamber members talked about their current operations in China and expanding business opportunities there. ‘These are Vermont companies with Vermont values that are growing their businesses by building a stronger partnership with China,’ said Chamber President Betsy Bishop. ‘The Vermont Chamber set up this meeting with the Consulate General so these companies can be connected to the economic and government leadership of China.’ Among the Chinese delegates attending was Counsel General Sun Guoxiang, a veteran diplomat and official representative of the Chinese government tasked with facilitating trade between the United States and China. Often referred to as Ambassador Sun, he has held similar posts in Turkey, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Maldives. Sun holds ‘plenipotentiary’ rights, meaning he has been designated full authority to speak on behalf of President Hu Jintao. Participating in the meeting were Biotek Instruments of Winooski; North Hartland Tool of North Hartland; Country Home Products of Vergennes and SB Electronics of Barre.  With a combined 600-plus jobs in Vermont and more in China, these four businesses are shining examples of Vermont’s economic potential, Bishop said. ‘The Vermont brand is known worldwide when it comes to foods and crafts, but it is equally impressive when it comes to manufacturing,’ Bishop added. ‘The Vermont Chamber uses its connections to help Vermont companies build partnerships and promote their products and services wherever they do business.’ The Vermont Chamber has maintained business relationships in China for over 15 years and has an office in Shanghai with staff to help Vermont businesses navigate the China market.  With the recently awarded State Trade Export and Promotion grant from the Small Business Association, the Vermont Chamber will expand this effort to help small businesses reach global markets. Manufacturers’ Information·         BioTek Instruments makes microplate-based instrumentation for the health care, pharmaceutical, agricultural and research industries. Employing 258 employees in Vermont, BioTek has 11 employees in its offices in Beijing and Shanghai. They also have staff in India, Singapore, and Korea; now employing an additional 21 people across the Asia Pacific region. Contact: Adam Alpert, Vice President, sends e-mail)·         Country Home Products manufactures lawn and garden equipment under the DR® and Neuton® brands. Employs over 200 in Vermont and operates a joint-venture based in Shanghai, China that employs four people. Contact: Joe Perrotto, CEO, sends e-mail)·         North Hartland Tool produces tooling, fixturing and gauging for the aviation, automotive and power generation industries, and also microdrills holes to diameters of .0016’. They employ 61 people in West Barnet and North Hartland and 27 in other states.  In 2009, the company began manufacturing in Nanchang, China and has 11 employees there, which has enabled them to grow their business in Vermont.   Contact:  John Mullen, President, sends e-mail)·         SB Electronics develops and manufactures film capacitor products for automotive/transportation, alternative energy, military/aerospace, medical equipment and power supplies/laser uses. The company employees 74 people in Vermont and two employees in their Xiamen, China office. Contact: Ed Sawyer, President and CEO, sends e-mail) About the Vermont Chamber of CommerceThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the largest statewide, private, nonprofit business organization, represents nearly every sector of the state’s corporate/hospitality community. Our mission is to create an economic climate conducive to business growth and the preservation of the Vermont quality of life. Learn more at is external).last_img read more

U.S. Bankruptcy Court to amend local rules

first_imgU.S. Bankruptcy Court to amend local rules June 15, 2002 Regular News U.S. Bankruptcy Court to amend local rulesThe U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida is considering amendments to its local rules. Copies of the proposed amended rules (and related forms), a summary of the proposed amendments, and a public notice setting forth the deadlines for comments are posted on the court’s Web site, The deadline for submission of written comments is August 1, 2002.last_img read more

Nassau, Suffolk to Hold Special Elections for County Legislatures

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By the end of next month, Long Island will have held three special elections—each on a different day—to fill two vacant seats in the Nassau County legislature and one in the Suffolk County legislature.The first special election happens next Tuesday for Nassau’s 12th Legislative District, followed two weeks later by the special election for the 19th Legislative District. The Suffolk County special election for the 12th Legislative District is in six weeks. Two of the six candidates are named Kennedy—and they’re both Republicans, although one’s a man, the other a woman.From a political standpoint, the outcome of Nassau’s two special elections could be more significant than what happens in Suffolk, where the Democrats already hold a commanding margin in the county legislature. If the Republicans can win both Nassau special elections, then they would need to gain just another seat in the Nassau Legislature to control a super majority of 13 votes—they now have 10 of the 19 legislative seats—and that margin would enable the GOP to approve borrowing measures without needing Democratic support. The Nassau Interim Finance Authority, which is the state-imposed fiscal control board, has projected that the county is facing a $150 million budget deficit.In the Suffolk legislature, Democrats currently hold 10 of the 18 seats, the Republicans have five, the Working Families Party and the Independence Party have one each, and the remaining vacant seat is up for the special election at the end of March.The first special election will be on Feb. 24 to fill the vacancy created by former Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa) winning his race to the New York State Senate. Venditto, whose father, John Venditto, is Oyster Bay town supervisor, had won his seat in the county legislature thanks to a special election held in 2012 after Republican Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt (R-Massapeuqa) suddenly died in Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s office. Interestingly, the Republican candidate in this special election is Schmitt’s son-in-law, James Kennedy, 42, whose mother-in-law, Lois Schmitt, is running his campaign. Kennedy serves on the Nassau Board of Elections. His Democratic challenger is Joseph Stufano, 53, a biomedical engineer who is also from Massapequa.The other Nassau special election will be held on March 10 to fill the 19th Legislative District seat left vacant by former Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick), who resigned after pleading guilty of charging more than $2 million worth of legal services over eight years that he never provided. This special election pits Rita Kestenbaum, 56, who’s running on the Democratic and Working Families party lines, against Steven Rhoads, 46, who has the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines and the Tax Revolt party designation. Kestenbaum, a former member of the Hempstead Town Board, is a Bellmore resident who became a gun control activist in 2007 after her 20-year-old daughter was shot to death on the night of her birthday outside her off-campus apartment in Tempe, Arizona, by a disturbed young man who then turned the gun on himself. Afterwards, Kestenbaum set up a foundation and has worked closely with the Long Island Crisis Center. Rhoads, also a Bellmore resident, is a personal injury attorney who twice tried to unseat Denenberg.In Nassau’s Legislative District 12, 46 percent of the 56,625 registered voters are Republicans (25,813 voters) and 26 percent are Democrats (14,710 voters). In Nassau’s Legislative District 19, 41 percent of the 54,355 registered voters are Republicans (22,304 voters) and 31 percent are Democrats (16,708 voters).The third special election, in Suffolk’s 12th Legislative District, will be help on March 31 to fill the seat held by former Legis. John M. Kennedy Jr. (R-Nesconset), who won his bid to become Suffolk County comptroller last November. He’d previously been overwhelmingly re-elected as a legislator with 83 percent of the vote. In the comptroller’s race, Kennedy’s Democratic challenger, James Gaughran, had tried to make an issue out of Kennedy’s hiring his wife, Leslie, on his staff in 2007 as an aide and promoting her over the years. But the voters didn’t buy it, perhaps as Kennedy himself frequently said publicly, his wife works just as hard—if not harder—than he does in serving their legislative district which mostly covers Smithtown but has a sliver of Brookhaven. Now Leslie Kennedy, 58, will be running for the seat herself.Kennedy’s Democratic challenger, Deborah Monaco, 55, is reportedly not going to run “an active campaign,” according to Suffolk County Democratic Chairman Rich Schaffer, due to time constraints and other factors. She has been the secretary of the Suffolk Democratic Committee and has a job at the Suffolk Board of Elections. In this Suffolk district, Republicans have 20,202 registered voters compared to the Democrats’ 14,563 registered voters.In all these special elections, turnout will definitely be a huge factor, magnifying the impact of any voter who braves the weather and goes to the polls. Last February, only 4.29 percent of the registered voters in Nassau Legislative District 2 turned out for the special election which Legis. Siela Bynoe (D-Westbury) won against Republican Pepitz Blanchard.—With Jamie Zahl and Timothy Bolgerlast_img read more

Dutch giant PFZW vows to quadruple sustainable investments

first_imgThe €152bn Dutch healthcare pension fund PFZW is to increase its sustainable investments fourfold to at least €16bn over the next five years.Within this period, the pension fund has also committed to reducing the carbon footprint of its entire portfolio by 50%, according to Maurice Wilbrink, spokesman at PGGM, PFZW’s €178bn asset manager.His announcement followed the signing by PGGM of the Montreal Carbon Pledge, during the annual conference of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).Wilbrink said PFZW’s sustainability target would consist of “direct investments in green energy and clean technology, sustainable climate-related solutions and investments in food security and against water scarcity”. The pension fund will also aim to halve the CO2 footprint of its investments before 2020 by comparing companies in each sector and subsequently picking the best performers, he said.Wilbrink added that the assessments would be made using carbon data available at the companies Sustainalytics and MSCI, complemented with data from South Pole and Trucost.He stressed that social and financial returns would go “hand in hand”, and that PGGM was convinced sustainable investments would generate sufficient returns for the pension fund.By signing the Montreal Carbon Pledge, investors committed themselves to measuring and annually publishing the carbon impact of their investments.Overseen by the PRI, the Montreal Carbon Pledge aims to attract €2.4bn before the UN Climate Change Conference in December 2015.On Thursday, the UK’s Environment Agency Pension Fund and the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, as well as the US civil service scheme CalPERS, were among the signatories. The Carbon Pledge also allows investors to formalise their commitment to the goals of a recently introduced Portfolio Decarbonisation Coalition, co-founded by the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI).According to the PRI, a growing number of investors, including the London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA), VicSuper, AP4 and Etablissement du Régime Additionnel de la Fonction Publique (ERAFP), has already taken steps to measure the carbon footprint of their investments.It said 78% of the largest 500 publicly listed companies now reported their carbon emissions.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to website for Montreal Carbon Pledgelast_img read more

AP7 assets could double under new Swedish government proposals

first_imgThe main change announced by the commission is the renewal of savers’ evaluation choices every seven years as one of the steps aimed at increasing the likelihood more people will get a better premium pension.The committee said its overall assessment was that it was possible to give people better outcomes without having to restrict the freedom of those who so wish to choose from a variety of asset managers and funds.It is proposing that new contributions be directed straight to AP7’s Såfa balanced default option. Savers would then be informed that the funds could be invested via any of the other management models, either by AP7 or through funds in the PPM fund marketplace.The rules for savers would come into force on 1 July 2017, according to the report.As for existing pension savers with funds already invested, the committee recommends the introduction of regular evaluation choices every seven years. Those who do not register any choice should – after a reminder – have their entire premium pension capital transferred to the default option, according to the report.The rule change for existing savers would enter into force on 1 January 2019, with a special transitional arrangement for pension savers who received their first pension benefits before 1 January 2012, according to the report.Thomsson said: “It is reasonable to require an active stance on a regular basis on the part of those who take the ‘own portfolio’ or ‘risk portfolio’ route.”In its report, the commission quantified the asset shift from the PPM fund of funds marketplace to AP7 that could occur as a result of its proposed changes.“Taking into account the volume of capital currently managed within the framework of the ‘own portfolio’ management model – from the fund-of-funds marketplace to AP7 around SEK580bn – and other investigations carried out into, among other things, pension saver behaviour, we believe this can be expected to lead to a significant transfer of capital from the funds within the own portfolio model to funds managed by AP7 Såfa,” the report said.The commission said it estimated between SEK100bn and SEK380bn divided among 600,000 to 2.3m individuals would be transferred as a result of the changes. New proposals aimed at improving the Swedish Premium Pension System (PPM) include requiring individuals to re-evaluate their fund choice every seven years – a change its committee says could mean up to SEK380bn (€39.6bn) flowing to the system’s default provider AP7.Inflows of this size would more than double the assets currently managed by AP7, the seventh national pension fund. It reported assets of SEK283bn at the end of June 2016.The Premium Pensions Committee, led by Patric Thomsson, former director in the Swedish finance ministry, submitted its report yesterday, 26 September, to the Minister for Financial Markets, Per Bolund.It had been tasked two years ago with investigating how the system could be changed to give better results for savers.last_img read more

‘Tisoy’ slightly weakens after several landfalls

first_imgPhoto from Tisoy is expected to pass south of Metro Manila and reach 615 kms west of Subic, Zambales on Thursday morning to leave the Philippine area of responsibility as a severe tropical storm. Airport authorities also announced the cancellation of some flights for Tuesday and Wednesday, due to bad weather. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport suspended its operations until 11 p.m. last night. Storm surges of up to three meters may hit coastal areas in Batangas, Marinduque, Mindoro Provinces, Romblon, and Cavite, Estareja said. MANILA – Typhoon “Tisoy” (international name: Kammuri) has gradually weakened after making several landfalls in southern Luzon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Tuesday. Some of the games of the 30th SoutheastAsian Games were also postponed./PN PAGASA weather specialist Benison Estareja said in a press conference that Tisoy is now heading to the Mindoro provinces, where it is set to hit land, moving west at 25 kilometers per hour (kph). Overnight, Tisoy battered various provinces in Luzon and Visayas. Houses were damaged, trees fell, and cellphone signals were down in some areas. As part of safety measures, classes for Tuesday and Wednesday were canceled in affected areas. The eye of the typhoon was last seen 55 kilometers east of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, packing maximum winds of 150 kilometer per hour and gusts of up to 205 kilometer per hours. The typhoon first made a landfall on Monday evening in Gubat, Sorsogon, followed by another land hit in San Pascual, Burias Island early Tuesday, and in Torrijos, Marinduque at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Malacañang suspended work in government offices and classes in all levels in Metro Manila beginning Tuesday noon due to bad weather brought by Typhoon Tisoy. last_img read more

Bulldogs Battle Eagles In Boys Soccer

first_imgBatesville played Jac Cen Del Thursday at home in a non-conference game tied 0-0.First half Batesville struggled a bit to connect passes on the ground. The ball traveled long and high without the control we desired. We outshot them, but couldn’t get the ball past their keeper. Second half looked better as we were able to pick up the pace of the game and control the ball. We lacked creativity in the final third of the field, resulting in a 0-0 tie.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Hunteman.Tuesday night the Bulldogs traveled to South Dearborn to face the Knights in one half of a junior varsity match.We didn’t waste much time in asserting our will on the game. With only about 3 minutes gone off the clock, James Kuisel beat a defender and shot the ball near post, past the keeper to make the score 1-0. As the game continued, the Bulldogs had a pretty good hold on the game. With about 21 minutes left on the clock we had a free kick on the opponent’s half, but in the middle 1/3 of the field.Cory Ralston stepped up and hit a deep shot that went over the opposing keeper and into the back of the net to take the score to 2-0. Next it was Calvin Sherwood’s turn to join in on the scoring. With 9:55 left on the clock, he dribbled past a couple guys in the middle of the field and proceeded to shoot far post, past the keeper to make it 3-0. The game would end with this scoreline and the Bulldogs adding another to the win column.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Garrett Price.last_img read more

Township bill faces third reading today

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana House of Representatives will hold the third reading of House Bill 1650 Tuesday.The bill was authored by Batesville Republican and would eliminate three-member township boards and transfer financial oversight to county councils. The law would eliminate about one-third of all townships except for those in Marion County, a point of contention for some.Zimke says the reform effort will cut government spending.Many Hoosiers fear there could be unintended negative consequences relating to some services or rural volunteer fire departments.A pre-legislative session survey done by Republican state representative Randy Frye says 51 percent of District 67 residents want to keep their township boards and 80 percent of those surveyed would it to be decided on the ballot.last_img read more