View Comments We have some casting news and it’s…astounding. (Time is fleeting…) Ryan McCartan, who starred as high school troublemaker J.D. in off-Broadway’s Heathers musical, will play Brad in Fox’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show TV remake, reports Deadline. Reeve Carney, who originated the web-slinging, proscenium-scaling titular role in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, will lead viewers in the “Time Warp” as Riff Raff.Joining the two are Victoria Justice—known on the small screen for her work on Victorious, Zoey 101, Eye Candy and more—as Janet and model Staz Nair, who will appear in the upcoming season of Game of Thrones, as Rocky. As previously announced, Orange is the New Black Emmy nominee Laverne Cox will play Doctor Frank-N-Furter.The two-hour TV movie (not a live telecast) is produced by a team including Kenny Ortega. Filming is scheduled for the coming months with a premiere set for this fall; an exact date and additional casting will be announced later. In the meantime, you can get your musical fix on the network later this month when Grease: Live, starring Aaron Tveit and Julianne Hough, airs on January 31.
Ghana have been drawn against neighbours, Togo in the same group for the final round of qualifying for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted by Morocco.The Black Stars are also paired with Guinea after Sunday’s draw in Cairo. The fourth team will be determined after the second round qualifiers.The 30th edition of AFCON will be played from 17 January through to 8 February 2015.Group winners and runner-up of each group plus the third-best team will join hosts Morocco for the final tournament.Group ANigeriaSouth AfricaSudanWinner of Match 37/38 Group BMaliAlgeriaEthiopiaWinner of Match 43/44Group CBurkina FasoAngolaGabonWinner of Match 33/34Group D Cote d’IvoireCameroonDR CongoWinner Match 41/42Group EGhanaTogoGuineaWinner Match 35/36Group FZambiaCape VerdeNigerWinner Match 45/46 Group GTunisiaEgyptSenegalWinner Match 39/40
Three of Nimba’s senatorial candidates who took part in the just ended special senatorial election have conceded defeat to the incumbent Senator Prince Y. Johnson.The defeated candidates, pledging their solidarity to the winner, Senator Johnson, appealed for their inclusion in the governance of the county.Dr. Joseph Kortoe, who was the first to concede, congratulated Senator Johnson for his victory and thanked the people of Nimba County for their decision which, according to him, will be highly respected.“The people of Nimba County have spoken and we are going to respect their views and we also thank our supporters for the level of support we received from them,” he said.Mrs. Edith Gongloe Weh, who was the main contender among the candidates, also congratulated Senator Johnson, but cautioned him to include them in the decision making of the county so that together they can develop the county.Madam Weh, a long serving Superintendent of Nimba, received votes from nearly all the polling centers in the County. She emerged from the outset as runner up to Senator Johnson.The decisions of the political contenders to concede defeat appears to have solidified Nimba unity which had been rocky long before the political campaign began.At the close of the 2011 general election, Madam Weh took Senator Thomas Grupee to court, accusing him of not being a Liberian. Shortly after the case was settled, the issue of Nimba division became intense and many blamed her for masterminding it.The peaceful conduct of the election as well as the overwhelming result in favor of Senator Johnson is being considered the beginning of the transformation of Nimba in terms of unity and togetherness.Cllr. Yarmin Quiqui Gbeisay, who had been critical from the onset of the election, threatening a lawsuit should there be any irregularity, was among the first to congratulate Senator Johnson for his victory.Cllr. Grupee said we were critical of the election not because we were against Senator Johnson. Now that he has won, the game is over and we are going back to our usual businesses.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Darwin supporters use cartoons and rap music to push their message to humans—and aliens.Without choking or spitting, Jon Cohen reports for Science Magazine, “Here’s what happens when you combine science with hip hop, comic books, and zombies.” His smile seems to suggest that he thinks this is a great idea. Whatever gets the YouTube culture to accept evolution can’t be all bad:Remember when the first life was cells in soup? Now they’re everywhere from my brain to the chicken coop. Those were lyrics a middle school science teacher threw down at “Comics, Zombies, and Hip-Hop”, a session today at the annual meeting of AAAS (which publishes Science).The teacher, Tom McFadden of the Nueva School in Hillsborough, California, explained how he builds enthusiasm for science by having his students write hip hop lyrics and then make videos. In a packed room at the meeting, he danced through an evolution song his students wrote, “This is How Life Builds from 3.5 ’Til,” – a send up of hip-hop act Souls of Mischief’s “’93 ’Til Infinity”. McFadden chanted:So there’s this is [sic] little theory, some people fear it,But if you want to know the history of life, you gotta hear itOver at NASA-funded Astrobiology Magazine, the cartoon series “The Abominable Snow Aliens of Europa” is up to episode 19. The NASA astrobiologists are very excited to be spending taxpayer dollars this way:Astrobiology Magazine is proud to launch a new comic strip, “The Abominable Snow Aliens of Europa.” This fictional series is inspired by the classic alien invasion tales of the early 20th century, and will visit science topics like terraforming, climate change, icy moons, alien communication, and “life as we know it.”In episode 19, the evil U.S. military brass are about to launch an invasion against the Europa snowmen who are just trying to help earthlings fight global warming.National Geographic elaborated on the theme, “We are stardust,” with a hat tip to Joni Mitchell at Woodstock. Reporter Simon Worrall gives Karel and Iris Schrijver an open mike in which to speculate on all the ways stardust effects our lives (after it formed us in the first place), based on their new book, Living With the Stars: How the Human Body Is Connected to the Life Cycles of the Earth, the Planets, and the Stars. Joni Mitchell was right, Worrall says; “Was she ever!” is their reply, as they trace the human body back to primordial hydrogen and helium.ABC News is worried about sending messages to the aliens. “Should We Call the Cosmos Seeking ET?” AP science writer Seth Borenstein asks. “Or Is That Risky?” Not to worry; the SETI researcher gang (Seth Shostak, Doug Vakoch, Frank Drake etc.) explain that by the time aliens pick up our signals, we’ll be long gone, goner than the Romans are to us.Eric Hand covered a SETI gathering for Science Magazine. The leading lights of SETI held a mini-debate at a meeting of the AAAS. Hand gives a fist bump to astrophysicist David Brin who thinks we should keep quiet, not assuming the benevolence of the aliens. As for the debate about broadcasting to them, “It’s an area where opinion rules, and everyone has a fierce opinion.” Brin was not amused by a stunt in 2008 when “the tortilla chip company Doritos sent an advertisement from a radar station in Norway to a potentially habitable star system 42 light-years away.”But Pallab Ghosh on the BBC News thinks we should let it all hang out. In his piece, “Scientists in US are urged to seek contact with aliens,” he covers scientists at the AAAS meeting who think “it is time to try actively to contact intelligent life on other worlds.” (This is known as “active SETI” or “METI”—Messaging to Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.) Two video clips in the article give voice to the SETI enthusiasts who are thinking about what message we should send. The first clip shows Tweets various earthlings thought up, like “Avoid Washington DC—no intelligent life there” and “Keep back. We’re really just monkeys that use fire. Make sure we don’t get loose in the universe!” Another is short and to the point: “Help!”Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer (and former director) of the SETI Institute, is not worried about how to act for the aliens. He thinks we should just be ourselves. Maybe, for good measure, just send the whole internet so the aliens can figure us out.“Everything says evolution is a fact,” conservative commentator George Will said Feb. 12th on Fox News, in response to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s wavering response to a UK reporter about evolution. “Get over it.” Others on the panel were more open to the Republican governor’s right to question Darwin’s theory. Charles Krauthammer offered the popular compromise position that one can believe in God and evolution.Unyielding insistence that people must believe Darwinian evolution, though, with or without accurate storytelling, won Neil de Grasse Tyson the Discovery Institute’s annual award, Censor of the Year.“Make believe” has two meanings that both fit Darwinists perfectly. The first is their fantasyland so well illustrated in the stories above, culminating in Tyson’s “Spaceship of the Imagination” he flew in Cosmos 2.0 (at least on some animator’s storyboard). The second is Darwinists’ drive to make everyone believe evolution. They want to make people believe in their make-believe universe. So get over it, get with it, and hip hop your tweet to the aliens: “if you want to know the history of life, you gotta hear it.”We live in strange times. The nuts are running the science lab, and calling us nuts if we laugh at their clown hats.Exercise: Join the fantasy! 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3 May 2013Women in the Cape winelands are standing up to be counted, and are now producing their own wine, bottled under the label Women in Wine.A group of 20 women, all with backgrounds in the wine industry, formed the company seven years ago, with “the dream of giving women, especially farm workers and their families, a share in the industry”.With varied skills in marketing, wine analysis, finance, development and training, and social responsibility, the one thing the partners all had in common was that they all “enjoy a glass of quality wine”.Women in Wine is the first South African wine-producing company that is owned, controlled and managed entirely by women.“To date, women have made a significant contribution to the Cape’s wine industry without receiving recognition or benefiting from the industry’s business opportunities,” says Beverly Farmer, a founder member and the chief executive.The company has several unique features. “Women in Wine embraces change in an industry which is 365 years old,” explains Farmer. “We are the first company owned, controlled and managed by women, and black women in particular.”Skills development through collaborationThe partners are all too aware that seasonal workers, who are often women, are unemployed for the rest of the year.The company strives to create a second source of income for these women by identifying “skills development and training opportunities in collaboration with other organisations”.A Women’s Workers’ Trust has been set up, which has shares in the company.Women in Wine also works closely with organisations like the South African Wine Industry Trust.This trust aims to restructure the wine industry to represent the interests of all those involved more effectively, in particular the farm workers, by building a shared consciousness through providing information, platforms for dialogue, education and co-ordination, and by promoting ethical trading.Women in Wine is also a founder member of the African Vintner Alliance, a joint action group established three years ago for the growth of black businesses in the wine industry.“During this period we have worked hard to establish a foothold in this traditional industry by working in collaboration with each other to enter and develop new markets,” Farmer says.Women in Wine only sources wine from farms that comply with socio-economic legislation with specific reference to ethical and environmental practices, employment conditions, skills development and training, as well as that address aspects of black economic empowerment.Ready overseas marketThe group has found a ready overseas market for its product. It produces six wines: a sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon/shiraz, pinotage rose, and chardonnay chenin blanc.The wines are exported to the US, China, Ireland, Spain, Sweden and Denmark, and are available locally in Makro stores nationwide. They can also be ordered online from the Women in Wine website.Some of its export destinations have their own well-established wine industries but they have embraced the Women in Wine label.Farmer believes the reason for this is that importers are interested in the story behind the brand. “The partnership between professional women and farm worker women is a truly South African story.”Two years ago, Women in Wine was nominated in the category Ethical Business Award by the prestigious international magazine, The Drinks, in the UK.Women in Wine has recognised that there are other ways of producing wine. The company was established without the huge capital investment needed for a traditional vineyard with rows of vines stretching into the distance, and a vast cellar.Instead, it has entered into partnerships with existing cellars, as well as with bottling and packaging companies, to produce its wine.‘Transforming South Africa’s wine industry’“In order to achieve our vision of contributing to the transformation of the South African wine industry, we have had to come up with creative solutions that break with traditional perceptions that to produce excellent wines you have to have land, vineyards, cellars and a big company for exports.Instead we have invested in the building of the Women in Wine brand,” explains Farmer, who has a journalism degree and worked on wine farms, representing farm workers and their families, before she became chief executive of Women in Wine.One such partnership is with Boland Kelder, which is the group’s leading wine supplier. Its product development team, with well-known international wine makers on the panel, made Women in Wine’s first two Eden’s Vineyards wines to its specifications.In 2011, the South African wine industry had more than 3 500 wine producers, with 582 wine cellars, and 100 000 hectares under vine. In that year, 831-million litres of wine were produced in the Western Cape. In 2012, over 400-million litres of wine were exported, with the UK and Germany taking the biggest slice, at 22% and 19%, respectively.The wine industry in South Africa goes back 350 years, when the Dutch governor, Jan van Riebeeck, produced the country’s first wine in 1659.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Climate change may trigger images of polar bears falling off melting ice slabs in the Arctic, but the changes are relevant for Ohio farmers as well.Winters in Ohio are warming quicker than summers are, while summer nighttime lows are increasing faster than daytime highs, said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist for Ohio State University Extension.“Although it is warmer now on average, daytime highs in the summer are not as extreme as they were in the 1930s and 1950s when Ohio experienced prolonged droughts,” Wilson said.However, at night in the summer, the weather isn’t cooling off as much as it had been for decades, he said. Along with that, the amount of rainfall in Ohio has increased, and extreme rain events are far more common, Wilson said.With more water in the atmosphere and rising temperatures, weather prediction models anticipate Ohio’s climate by the end of this century to be 5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit warmer year round with more humidity and less snowfall, Wilson said.“Our winters could very well be like those in coastal Virginia,” Wilson said. “Except we won’t have the ocean breezes.”Wilson has studied the past 120 years of weather patterns in Ohio and worldwide. He will offer his insights into local climate trends at 1 p.m. on Sept. 21 at the FSR. Joining Wilson in the talk will be Jason Cervenec. Cervenec and Wilson both work for Ohio State’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. There, Wilson is a senior research associate, and Cervenec is the education and outreach director.Their talk is one in a series hosted by the Small Farm Center, which features educational programs for smaller farms, with particular emphasis on alternative enterprises, production systems and marketing strategies.Wilson’s climate predictions stem from research into the state, regional and national weather back to 1880 as well as research into how the atmosphere responds to changes. Across the globe, temperatures have increased by roughly 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit over the past century, Wilson said. The last three years were the three warmest on record so far.Ohioans hankering for milder winters may not be dismayed by the prediction of warmer winters to come. But any shift in climate patterns has implications for what Ohio farmers can plant and sustain, Wilson said.A warmer winter means that some insects or diseases that used to be killed off by frigid temperatures can survive winter, and their populations increase. Also, warmer summer nights can affect the growth of corn, which temporarily shuts down growth at 86 degrees, Wilson said. With warmer nights, daytime temperatures can climb to 86 degrees earlier in the day, potentially leaving more hours when corn has temporarily stopped growing.More frequent intense rainfalls, particularly in the spring, can affect whether fertilizer that’s applied to soil gets absorbed or runs off, or if newly planted seeds are washed away. In Darke County, 10 to 12 inches of rain fell in May, causing corn growers to replant. Rainfall for the month typically averages 4 inches, about one-third of what fell this past May, Wilson said.“It has been a very challenging spring planting season,” Wilson said.This year Ohioans witnessed an unusually warm February, a colder March, and a very wet late April and early May. Early June was hot and dry, leaving some corn crops impacted by dry, crusted soils.If farmers are prepared to adapt to climate changes, they can become more resilient, able to prosper despite the challenges, Wilson said.“The more that climate scientists can work with farmers — and each has expertise to bring to the table — the more we can make connections so that farmers can make informed decisions about the future,” Wilson said.
Attention military family caregivers, are you looking for ways to reconnect your wounded service member with their teenager? Here is your opportunity.The University of Kentucky, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension is hosting the Center for Courageous Kids Wounded Warrior Camp, August 31–September 2, 2012 for wounded service members and their teenagers, ages 14–18 years old .The wounded warrior camp is a FREE, three-day adventure for families from all states and branches of the military.The Center for Courageous Kids is a world-class medical camping facility located in Scottsville, KY, that provides services to children, preteens, and teenagers and their families across the nation who are living with variety of medical conditions.The Center for Courageous Kids is a state-of-the-art facility that offers programs to fit the needs of every wounded service member. The wounded warrior camp allows individuals to enjoy a variety of activities as a parent-child team, including horseback riding, fishing, archery, rock climbing, basketball, campfires, canoeing, woodworking, bowling, swimming and having a great time.For more information and registering for this event go to: http://www.ca.uky.edu/hes/fcs/militarycamp/
Krylia Sovetov chief Shashkov ‘happy’ for Sobolev over Man Utd interestby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveKrylia Sovetov general secretary Vitaly Shashkov is “happy” for Aleksandr Sobolev over interest from Manchester United.The young striker has taken the Russian Premier League by storm this season and has just earned a first call-up to the senior national team squad. Sobolev has been named as a replacement for Lokomotiv striker Fedor Smolov, who has withdrawn from selection due to health problems.The 22 year-old Sobolev wins his maiden call-up to the Russia squad on the back of an impressive 10 goals in 12 Premier League games. His double on the weekend in Krylia Sovetov’s 2-0 defeat of Sochi saw Sobolev leapfrog Eldor Shomurodov to become the league’s current leading goalscorer. Rostov forward Shomurodov sits on nine goals.Such form has seen Sobolev linked with Manchester United in the English press, with it stated the struggling Premier League giants have had scouts watch his exploits.The news has reached Krylia Sovetov, where Shashkov was quick to react when speaking with local outlet RBC. “Well, how can I confirm such things? This is the English press, there are no official approaches to the club. But if so, I’m happy for the guy,” said Shashkov.”The guy is growing, progressing, madly in love with football. The rest I can’t say anything, let’s not inflate.”It’s better not to comment on such things, I don’t want this to become a growing rumour.”- updated October 7 TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Companies in this story: (TSX:TRI)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Thomson Reuters Corp. says it is cutting 12 per cent of its global workforce, or 3,200 full-time jobs, by 2020.The news and information company made the announcement at its annual investor day conference in Toronto.Executives at Thomson Reuters says the move is part of a larger plan to further reduce the company’s expenses over the next two years.The company currently employs around 27,000 employees worldwide. Following the cuts, it will employ about 23,800 employees.Thomson Reuters says it also plans on trimming the number of its global offices from the current 185 to 133 by 2020.Dave Moran, a spokesman for Thomson Reuters, says the impact of the job cuts in Canada will be “minimal” but was unable to provide any other specifics.In October, Thomson Reuters completed the sale of a 55 per cent majority stake in its Financial & Risk business to a group led by the Blackstone private equity firm and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. The deal valued the business at roughly US$20 billion, and Thomson Reuters received roughly US$17 billion in cash.Thomson Reuters retains a 45 per cent stake in the financial and risk business — which includes its financial terminal business — and now operates under the name Refinitiv.