Sarah Jessica Parker on Her ‘Most Exciting’ Annie Team-Up with Andrea McArdle for Hillary Clinton Gala

first_img Star Files Stage stars came together to support Hillary Clinton on October 17 at the presidential hopeful’s Stronger Together concert at the St. James Theatre, a star-studded event that provided a special thrill for two spunky one-time orphans, Andrea McArdle and Sarah Jessica Parker. In one of the evening’s many highlights, the duo teamed up to deliver “Tomorrow,” the ever-hopeful hit that they both performed on Broadway while playing the title role in Annie.Promoting her new HBO show Divorce, Parker told Howard Stern during an interview on his SiriusXM radio show on October 18 that it was her idea to ask McArdle, who received a Tony Award nomination for originating the role of Annie, to sing with her during a conversation with event organizer Harvey Weinstein. “We were talking about getting people back together,” she told Stern. “And one of the ideas I had was to have Andrea come back and sing ‘Tomorrow,’ which is just, for anybody, you have memories of hearing her… It’s such a sentimental thing.”Having first played orphan July for a year prior to taking over the leading role of Annie, Parker said the team-up was a particular thrill: “I’ve never done it my entire life [with her]. Maybe there was one Kennedy Center thing when we were young people, but never since the show closed.”“I sang a teeny tiny bit just at the beginning—two phrases—and then I got to say the most exciting thing I’ve said in a long time: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, Miss Andrea McArdle,’” adding that the crowd when wild when McArdle started singing.Parker said the Charles Strouse/Martin Charnin classic was the perfect moment for the Clinton event: “It’s heartbreaking, it’s inspiring, it’s sentimental, it’s romantic, it’s hopeful, it’s optimistic… and appropriate for this particular period!”Left: McArdle as Annie / Right: Parker as Annie Sarah Jessica Parker View Comments Sarah Jessica Parker & Andrea McArdle at ‘Stronger Together’ concert (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)last_img read more

Dangerous decorations

first_img“Mistletoe berries (which are fleshy and soft) are deadly but can simply be removed before bringing the greenery indoors,” he said. “Holly, yew and juniper berries can make you very ill if you eat a great many. However, the taste is so unappealing that this rarely happens. One berry or two won’t harm people or pets.”But nobody would want to risk having a sick child or pet during the holidays. So Thomas recommends placing any greenery with berries out of children’s reach.”If you have a wreath on a door or greenery on the mantel, you should be fine,” he said.Keep an eye out for berries that happen to fall onto the floor. They can be irresistible to small children. Dogs and cats usually leave the berries alone.When it comes to Christmas trees, Todd Hurt says nature may have made your cut tree or live tree decision for you this year.”Cut Christmas trees would be my recommendation this year,” said Hurt, a program coordinator at the UGA Center for Urban Agriculture. “Even though we’re getting a few sporadic rains now, it may not be enough to get live trees established in the landscape by next summer.”Remember, too, that dried greenery can be a fire hazard.”All plant material, once it dries out, is flammable,” Thomas said. “Christmas tree boughs are the most flammable. Common sense dictates that we don’t place candles in arrangements of dried woodland materials.”Keep pine branches wet and use them just before your holiday events for the same reason you cut Christmas trees fresh and keep watering them. There are products available that you can spray on the leaves and stems to make them less flammable.”It takes about 10 days for untreated woodland materials to dry out,” Thomas said. “Hopefully, by then, the holiday season’s over and you can make them into compost.” By Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaIf you’re gathering your own vines or berries for holiday wreaths, do it carefully.Grape and kudzu vines make great wreath framing, said University of Georgia expert Paul Thomas. “But when people are pulling down vines from a tree,” he said, “they often make the mistake of grabbing poison ivy vines and mixing them in the wreath.”Most people looking for decorative vines look for the finger wide ones that become bendable when soaked in warm water. “Middle sections of poison ivy vine fit that description,” said Thomas, a UGA Cooperative Extension horticulturist.Grapevines have long, flaky bark and may have remnants of a single tendril every so often. Woody kudzu vines are smooth all the way to the base. The base of poison ivy vines look “hairy,” with “hundreds of tiny, root like things attaching to the tree or rock.”Left outside, where the oils are inert, poison ivy vines can be relatively harmless. “But when they get inside and get warm,” Thomas said, “the oil can volatilize or be released from the vines. That’s when everyone in the home gets poison ivy.”The best way to tell the difference, he said, is to get a good botanical book. Study how the vines look in your area. Make sure you can tell the difference. Many Web sites have images that can help you identify woody vines.Thomas says 99.9 percent of plants in holiday decorations aren’t deadly. But you still need to be cautious if you have kids or pets. A good rule is that if the berry is fleshy and soft, such as a grape, remove it. If it’s hard or very firm, keep it.last_img read more

Watermelon wilt

first_imgFolks don’t like to spit watermelon seeds anymore, so Georgia farmers now grow seedless varieties. The switch has farmers fighting a deadly plant disease that likes seedless melons as much as consumers do, says a University of Georgia expert. Fusarium wilt is a fungal disease that lives in the soil for years, said David Langston, a plant pathologist with UGA Cooperative Extension. It’s now popping up frequently in Georgia watermelon fields.“It actually lives and survives in the soil and it attacks watermelon roots. As the roots grow out from the watermelon plant, they come into contact with the organism. It will infect the roots and basically kills the plant,” Langston said.The disease thrives in cool spring weather, he said. Once daytime temperatures hit the 90s, the disease shuts down, but its damage is done by then. Damage so far this year has been localized, but as much as half of some fields has been lost to it.”We’ve seen a considerable increase in calls and plant samples that have been diagnosed as fusarium wilt this year so far, twice as many as previous years,” Langston said.The first documented case of the disease in watermelons was in Georgia around the turn of the 20th century. Over the years, the industry developed varieties with resistance to the disease, he said. But all of these varieties have seeds.Watermelon eaters now demand melons without seeds. Seedless watermelon varieties have been around for many years, but in the past decade, they’ve become the most widely grown melon type in Georgia and in other watermelon-growing states like Florida and Texas, where farmers also are seeing increased problems with the disease.Every watermelon-growing county in Georgia has had reports of the disease in seedless melons, he said. Melons are grown in the south-central part of the state.There are some techniques being looked at to help, he said. But the most important one is finding and testing watermelon varieties that are resistant to the disease, something private plant breeders have had trouble developing.“Seedless melons have no resistance at all and they have a very difficult time breeding fusarium wilt resistance into them,” Langston said.Growers could lower their risk for the disease by planting a field in watermelons only every eight years. But growers, due to limited land, usually plant watermelons back to back each year in the same fields. Or they only skip one year. This compounds the problem. The disease can build up in fields that are planted in watermelons each year, killing even more plants the following year. Georgia is one of the top watermelon-producing states in the country. Georgia farmers plant around 30,000 acres of melons each year, shooting to sell them around the Fourth of July, the mother of all melon-consuming holidays. Right now, there should be plenty of Georgia melons available for the holiday. According to the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service, most of the crop is in fair to good condition right now.Many diseases like to attack melons, Langston said. Fusarium wilt is just another one back on farmers’ radars. But it will need to be defeated soon, or many farmers could be planting themselves into an unavoidable corner in the coming years.last_img read more

New study finds runners in the U.S. are getting slower

first_imgNew study finds runners in the U.S. are getting slower A new study by RunRepeat analyzing 19.6 million results from over 16 thousand marathons has found that marathoners around the world, and especially in the U.S., are getting slower. The study found that in 1986 the average finish time was 3:52:35 and today it’s 4:32:49, a slowdown of over 40 minutes.  A new study out of the University of Ottawa has found that bumblebees are in sharp decline across Europe and North America due to hotter and more frequent extremes in temperatures, reports The Guardian. “I’m pretty sure East Brunswick is unique in our protection efforts in the state,” East Brunswick resident David Moskowitz told “When we found slaughtered amphibians one raw night 12 years ago, we knew we needed to do something and convinced the mayor to allow us to close the road.” The study has found that the likelihood of a bumblebee population surviving in any given place has declined 30% in the course of a human generation. Researchers with the study say the rates of decline are “consistent with a mass extinction.”  Study finds bumblebee decline may indicate mass extinction East Brunswick, New Jersey is taking measures to ensure salamanders can safely migrate. Throughout late winter and early spring, the town intermittently shuts down Beekman Road between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. for the salamanders, tree frogs and other amphibians so they can get to the vernal pools across the street for breeding.  New Jersey town shuts down road to help with salamander migration The study also looked at the fastest and slowest states. The fastest state in the U.S. is Massachusetts, finishing the marathon in an average time of 4 hours 4 minutes and 20 seconds. Washington state clocked in as the second fastest state and Indiana came in third. The slowest state in the U.S. is Hawaii, with an average finish time of 6 hours 16 minutes.last_img read more

Get the gratitude attitude

first_img 116SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Thomas Amanda is founder and president of TwoScore, a firm that channels her passion for the credit union mission and people to help credit unions under $100 million in assets reach … Web: Details I am an eternal student and am constantly reading anything I can get my hands on about things that interest me…travel, history, entrepreneurship, credit unions…you name it.  Leadership is something about which I am always trying to learn more.  Almost daily, an e-newsletter lands in my email box with article about great leadership, traits of successful people, how to be the most balanced person, but all of them have one thing in common: it’s all in the attitude.  We live in a culture of “always do more, always be more, always have more.”  This culture causes us to “chase” things all the time – happiness through materialism, having more in our bank accounts, and showing everyone we know on social media our perfectly-taken selfie, new car, or seat in first class.  It’s largely a “been there, done that” society around us.  Ironically, many of us are ridiculously unhappy or unsatisfied with our lives, which bleeds into everything from our family relationships to our time at the credit union with our fellow employees.This really hit home a couple of years ago when my husband and I were on a trip we’d been planning for over two years – our “trip of a lifetime” to Europe.  We’re foodies, so I purchased what is, in my opinion, a very important book called “Paris for Food Lovers” because there was no way I was going to have a bad meal there.Surprisingly, it said Le Jules Verne, which is the Michelin-starred restaurant on the Eiffel Tower, was one of the food and wine experiences you should definitely have once in your life.  Our trip finally arrived and it was a stunning Parisian day…warm weather, popcorn clouds, and a cerulean blue sky.  Donning the dressiest attire in our suitcases, we took the private elevator up and were seated at the best table in the house – overlooking the Seine and the right bank with a view of the Sacre Coeur, the Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe.When our champagne arrived, I literally cried looking at the beautiful view and getting to be there with my partner-in-crime and favorite traveling companion, my husband.  Shortly afterward, we overheard a loud conversation at the table next to us where a businessman and his girlfriend were eating.  “All the buildings look the same.  Once you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.  I’m ready to go somewhere else.”I’ve thought of that man many times over the last two years since that day and experience that is one of the favorites so far of my life.  Here we were having lunch at arguably one of the best restaurants in the word, in one of the most amazing places in the world, and he was so “over” it.  I vowed that day that I would never let my life become a bunch of checkmarks.  If all we do is go to the Grand Canyon and say “nice hole,” we’re missing out and what is the point to begin with?This is one of several experiences over the last several years that have taught me to take gratitude seriously because it is the thing that truly makes life worthwhile no matter in what circumstances you may find yourself.  Even on the worst day, we can always find something to be grateful for instead of focusing on what we don’t have.  Being happy and content with where you are right now and focusing on the good things about right now can help you be a better leader, better friend, better coworker and/or boss, and better advisor to your members.Studies have shown that there are many benefits to gratitude that impact your mind and body.  But it doesn’t stop there.  A 2016 study by HighPoint Insights shows that gratitude leads to things like increased productivity and creativity and a happier work environment.  Moreover, the study found that companies with employees who practice gratitude actually outperform their peers.  What are you grateful for today?How can your grateful attitude make you a better leader and help those around you?last_img read more

How to properly get rid of your batteries in Tioga County

first_imgRechargeable batteries can also be dropped of at: If your batteries are leaky or corroded, the county asks you put them in a plastic bag before putting them in the drop-off container. Alkaline: AAA, AA, C, D, 9 VOLTRechargeable: Nickel-Cadmium (N-Cad), Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-Mh), Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), Lead-Acid (Pb) Rather, residents should take them to the Taylor Garbage Transfer Station, located at 352 Glen Mary Drive in Owego. Apalachin Fire Chief Mike George told 12 News Monday, “We may never know the precise reason for the fire but, what we do suspect is that perhaps something like a cell phone battery or a lithium ion battery had made it’s way into the recycling stream, it got maybe damaged in the processing and then they closed the building around 4 o’clock that day and by 5 o’clock we had our fire.” Valu Home Center, OwegoHome Central, OwegoHome Depot, Johnson CityLowe’s, Vestal Tioga County Recycling says you should keep your batteries dry and tape the ends.center_img Batteries that can be dropped off year-round include: For information on disposing of batteries in Broome County, click here. When disposing of batteries in Tioga County, Tioga County Recycling says homeowners should not put them in the recycling or trash. For information on business battery disposal, click here. TIOGA COUNTY (WBNG) — 12 News is breaking down proper battery disposal after the Apalachin Fire Chief said the likely cause of the massive Taylor Garbage Recycling Facility fire was a battery.last_img read more

Seniors design gear for classmates, others in class of 2020

first_imgBut it’s just about the senior class. In fact, in the next few days, Smith and Jacobson will be launching a Healthcare Hero product, with 20% of sales going to the American Nurses Foundation. Smith and Jacobson are hopeful the Healthcare Hero product hits the website by Tuesday. “It was just a good way to feel like we were doing something for people who are putting their lives on the line for us,” Smith said. For more coronavirus coverage, click here. Athens High School seniors Aaron Smith and Griffin Jacobson wanted to get clever with designs, choosing to combine the graduation cap and masks, now a common item due to the coronavirus. (WBNG) — While the class of 2020 won’t have the traditional cap and gown ceremony this spring, two high school students in our area have designed senior year gear for classmates and others around the country.center_img The duo sells sweatshirts and hoodies on their website, with all creative designs coming from students near and far. “It’s definitely an icon in today’s times,” Smith said. “It’s because everyone is in a mask now, and we figured ‘how many times has this ever happened in the United States?'” The pair deciding this is the best way to say “thank you” to all on the front lines. “They’re the true heroes,” Jacobson said. “They deserve to get recognition, and they deserve everything.”last_img read more


first_imgMessrs Eric Gissler and Jean-Pierre Pronost have been appointed Directors-General for French infrastructure authority Réseau Ferré de France.Dr Manuel Frasquilho has been confirmed as President of Portuguese infrastructure authority Refer. Eng Raul Vilaca e Moura has been appointed Vice-President. Other board members are Messrs M Fernandes, C Reis and E Chalpinto.Mr V K Agnihotri has been appointed Member, Engineering, of the Indian Railways Board. He succeeds Mr Madhavan Ravindra, who took over as IR Chairman on May 1 (RG 8.97 p535).Mr Abdullah Dabbagh has been named as President of Saudi Railways Organisation. Mr John Sutton has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Victoria Rail Track Corp (Victrack) in Australia.Mr Michael Paul Zeitlin has taken over as Secretary of Transportation in Brazil’s São Paulo state; he will be responsible for the privatisation of Fepasa.Mr Bruno P Melnik takes over on September 1 as Director of Switzerland’s Brig – Visp – Zermatt Railway, succeeding Mr Remo Perren who has resigned.Ms Maureen Sue has become General Manager, Bulk Freight, for Tranz Rail business unit Tranz Link. Ms Liesbet Spanjaard is General Manager, Cargo-Flo.Mr Gerald Corbett takes over as Chief Executive of British infrastructure company Railtrack on September 29, when Mr John Edmonds retires. Mr John Smith joins Railtrack on October 1 as Head of Regulation. Mr Rod Muttram has become Director, Safety & Standards in place of Mr David Rayner, whilst Messrs Nick Josephy and Nick Pollard have been named Directors of the Great Western and London North Eastern Zones respectively.Mr Donald G McInnes has been appointed Senior Vice-President & Chief of Staff for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. He is succeeded as Senior Vice-President & Chief Operations Officer by Mr Matthew K Rose, who is in turn replaced as Senior Vice-President, Merchandise Business Unit, by Mr Douglas J Babb. Deputy Chief Engineer of the Bureau of Taiwan High Speed Rail Dr Gou Fung-Yuan has been named Project Officer to head the task force reviewing proposals for the Taipei – Kaohsiung high speed line concession. He will be assisted by the Head of BOTHSR’s Technical Department Dr Wang Ming-Hsiung.Ms Nuria Fernandez has been appointed Deputy Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration. Mr Michael A Winter becomes Associate Administrator for Budget & Policy.Dr Rainer Müller has been appointed to head the advisory board of Germany’s Bayerische Eisenbahngesellschaft.Mr Jim W Gardner has been named General Manager of Railinc, the Association of American Railroads information technology department.Dr Mike Powell has joined Transportation Consultants International as Group Director, Marketing & Business Development; he was Commercial Director of BR Research.Mr David R Mosena has resigned as President of Chicago Transit Authority. Mr James T Schultz has been appointed Associate Administrator for Safety at the US Federal Railroad Administration.Mr Paul Davison has been appointed Managing Director of Britain’s Regional Railways North East. He takes over from Mr Bob Urie who will head a task force to promote TransPennine Express.Mr Jose Fernandez has been appointed Executive Director of System Safety for Long Island Rail Road.Ms Sandra Herbert has been appointed Information Systems Director for English Welsh & Scottish Railway.Mr Gary E Ryker has joined Union Switch & Signal Inc as President & Chief Executive Officer.Mr John Rice has been named President of General Electric’s locomotive unit. Mr Ian Brooker has joined Sinclair Knight Merz as Manager, Rail Consulting Services Europe.Mr Bill Tyson is to take over as Chairman & Managing Director of TMG Ltd, a subsidiary of Greater Manchester PTE. Mr Michael Kelly has joined Interfleet Technology as Senior Electrical Engineer.Mr Muhammad Afzal Khan, whose appointment as General Manager of Pakistan Railways was reported in RG 7.97 p438, joined PR in 1962, and has held a variety of posts including Divisional Superintendent at Peshawar and Rawalpindi, and Director of Planning at the Ministry of Railways. He also served as Project Director for Railcop in Saudi Arabia and as Federal Government Inspector of Railways; most recently he headed PR’s Civil Engineering Department.Mr Bo Bylund has been confirmed as Director-General of Banverket. He graduated in Law from Uppsala University in 1971, and held legal posts in various companies and trade unions. He was General Secretary of the Swedish Metal Workers Federations, and an official with the International Metal Workers Federation in Genève. In 1994, he took over as Director-General of the Swedish National Board of Occupational Safety & Health.last_img read more

My parents were stoners and that’s why I don’t want marijuana legalised

first_imgNZ Herald 24 November 2017Family First Comment: Great commentary from a mum…“What will it be like if we legalise? Don’t you wonder what message it will send to children? Or doesn’t that matter? I worry that legalisation will continue to perpetuate the myth that it’s a harmless drug. I worry that children will once again be voiceless in the face of stoned parenting. It will become the norm for many. If marijuana is legalised, it will be even more inescapable than it is now…”A public referendum on legalising cannabis for personal use may be held by the 2020 election as part of a possible agreement between the Green and Labour parties. One mother shares her own story to explain why she’s desperately hoping legalisation won’t happen.It’s a highly unpopular opinion for a 30-something year-old parent to have. It’s why I can’t put my name to this story. I am the odd one out of almost all of my friends and my family: I don’t smoke marijuana and I don’t want it legalised.When I smell marijuana – which is fairly often despite it being an illegal substance in New Zealand – I feel sick to my stomach. I often break into a cold sweat and it can sometimes, on vulnerable days, trigger a panic attack.I grew up around marijuana. The smell alone takes me back to that childhood of lazy neglect.I never had a bed-time story as they were usually asleep on the couch or zoned out in front of the television. I was often left at school or weekend activities for hours on end because they’d forget to pick me up. They forgot birthdays so regularly I just got used to not having birthday parties. I never invited anyone over because I was so embarrassed.What will it be like if we legalise? Don’t you wonder what message it will send to children? Or doesn’t that matter?I worry that legalisation will continue to perpetuate the myth that it’s a harmless drug. I worry that children will once again be voiceless in the face of stoned parenting. It will become the norm for many.If marijuana is legalised, it will be even more inescapable than it is now. I already have to deal with smoking at concerts – stoners feel they have the right to do this, then they laugh at the idea they’re getting others high.I do not, and cannot, support legalisation. I have seen first-hand the harm. I have seen what it does to children. I have seen what it does to adults. It feels like a desperately lonely position to hold among my age and peer group; almost all the adults I know whose parents smoked a lot are now heavy users themselves. This is understandable – it’s often the same with the children of alcoholics. I don’t blame them. How could I?READ MORE: read more

Eritrean cyclists hopeful of country’s second title in Tour Du Rwanda

first_imgEritrea has cut itself a niche in African cycling as climbing experts and often enter any competition around the continent as favourites.Eritrea’s set of five riders, for this year’s Tour du Rwanda is a confident lot,the team say they are ready not just to challenge for the mountain stages but also the overall title in the 2015 Tour du Rwanda .Despite the challenges facing them, riders from Eritrea continue to trail blaze on Africa’s cycling circuit and internationally. Many of them living out a dream borne of a cycling culture in a country with a huge passion for the sport.last_img