Alex Brightman & the School of Rock Kids Wake Up America

first_imgWell, this is one rockin’ way to start the day! vlogger Alex Brightman and the School of Rock—The Musical kids stopped by GMA on January 21 and woke everyone up with their rendition of “Stick It To the Man.” The tuner, which also stars Audience Choice Award winner Sierra Boggess, features music from the hit 2003 movie, as well as new numbers written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Glenn Slater. Check out the fun video below and then go pledge allegiance to the band at the Winter Garden Theatre! View Comments ABC Breaking News | Latest News Videos School of Rock – The Musical Alex Brightmancenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019 Star Files Related Showslast_img read more

Blackberry Patch

first_imgAt one time, an almost unlimited number of wild blackberries and dewberries – the blackberry’s trailing cousin – grew along fencerows and in abandoned fields. Many of these sites have been destroyed or now have “No trespassing” signs posted on them, but each spring I still see couples on roadsides picking berries.Fortunately, breeding programs across the Southeast are producing larger blackberries than those growing in the wild. And they are fairly easy for home gardeners to grow. Some cultivars that work well in Georgia are ‘Natchez,’ ‘Kiowa,’ ‘Arapaho’ and ‘Navaho.’Blackberries can grow in a wide variety of soils and tolerate clay when soil pH is around 6.0 to 6.5. Make sure you plant them in a site where they will get plenty of sunlight to encourage fruiting.Blackberries should be planted in late February and early March. If properly cared for, 15 plants will supply enough berries for an average family. To create a hedgerow of blackberries, plant cuttings or plants 2 to 4 feet apart in the row. If you want to keep the plants separated, plant them 8 feet apart in the row.Set the root cuttings horizontally 2 inches below the soil surface. If plants are used, plant them with the root system approximately 2 inches below the soil line. Do not fertilize at this time; wait until a drenching rain settles the soil. If more than one row is to be planted, plant the rows 12 feet apart.Plants need water to produce big berries. When possible, install plants near a water source in case irrigation is needed. When watering, apply enough water to wet the soil at least 8 to 10 inches below the ground surface, but do not plant berry plants in low areas where water stands after a heavy rain. Blackberries under these conditions would have a tough time growing.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension recommends fertilizing blackberries twice a year. Apply about 2 ounces of 10-10-10 premium-grade fertilizer containing micronutrients to trailing blackberries in April and July of the first year. Scatter the fertilizer evenly over a circle 2 feet in diameter centered on the plant. Erect blackberries are usually planted closer together, so apply 1 pound of 10-10-10 fertilizer per 18 feet of row in April and 1 pound per 36 feet of row in June.In subsequent years, apply 1 pound of 10-10-10 fertilizer per 9 feet of row in February or early March and 1 pound of 10-10-10 fertilizer per 18 feet of row in June. Spread the fertilizer evenly over the row in a band 2 feet wide. (To customize your fertilizer applications, take a soil sample to your local UGA Extension office.)A few diseases affect blackberries, but if you fertilize properly, train the canes and use proper sanitation when you prune, diseases should be kept at a minimum.Blackberries are ripe and at their peak flavor when they lose their high-glossy shine and turn slightly dull. The best time to harvest berries is in the late morning hours after the dew has dried. This is generally when the berries are at their juiciest.Depending on the weather, picking season runs from mid-June through July 4. You can easily extend the picking season by planting a variety of cultivars with different harvest times.last_img read more

China Hits Pause on Coal-Fleet Expansion

first_imgChina Hits Pause on Coal-Fleet Expansion FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Xinhua (China State News Agency):China is holding back on building new coal-fired power plants to avoid risks from overcapacity and promote a clean energy mix.A total of 150 million kw of new coal power generation capacity will see construction halted or postponed from 2016 to 2020, the 13th Five-Year Plan period, according to a statement released Monday by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and other government agencies.“New capacity will be strictly controlled,” the statement said, citing measures to crack down on violations in planning, approval and operation. “All illegal coal-burning power projects will be halted.”Meanwhile, more than 20 million kw of outdated capacity will be eliminated, and nearly 1 billion kw of capacity will be upgraded to produce fewer emissions, use less energy, and better coordinate with new energy development.The government plans to keep the country’s total coal power capacity below 1.1 billion kw by 2020.The move followed an ongoing campaign to downsize bloated heavy industries, especially coal mining and steel smelting. Solid progress has been made to shut down inefficient coal mines, and more measures are in the pipeline.The country is gradually lowering the proportion of coal in its energy system to make room for clean fuels, from natural gas and solar energy to hydropower. Coal will account for less than 58 percent of energy consumption in 2020, down from the current 60 percent or more.China halts building of coal power plantslast_img read more

Colombian President Promises Public Peace Process with Guerrilla Group

first_imgBy Dialogo July 06, 2012 Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos promised a public peace process with communist guerrilla groups if the appropriate conditions are present, and he denied any secret moves along those lines, in statements published by Bogotá daily El Tiempo on July 3. “When I find that the appropriate conditions exist to initiate some kind of process to end this conflict, which is already nearly half a century old, the country will know it,” said Santos, who insisted that he is not going to repeat “the errors of the past.” During almost his entire administration, conservative President Andrés Pastrana (1998-2002) held failed peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, Marxist), the country’s leading guerrilla group with 48 years of bloody armed struggle against the state. In addition to the FARC, which currently has around 9,000 fighters, according to the Defense Ministry, the National Liberation Army (ELN), a guerrilla group in the tradition of Che Guevara, is also active, with 2,500 members. President Santos also reiterated that despite the fact that he would like to end this armed conflict, because “Colombia needs it and deserves it after so much bloodshed,” he would only undertake a peace process if the appropriate conditions are present. “Once burned, twice shy,” he said in that regard, at the same time that he promised that “if a process is initiated, it won’t be behind the country’s back.” Santos has demanded that the FARC release all those it has kidnapped, exclude those younger than 18 from its ranks, and halt “terrorist acts,” as conditions for undertaking a peace process. In the middle of June, with the administration’s support, Congress passed a constitutional reform bill that will enable future peace negotiations with the guerrilla groups. The bill puts forward the possibility of granting benefits such as the suspension of penalties to the leaders of armed groups who demobilize. It also establishes mechanisms for prioritizing and selecting cases of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. Nevertheless, Santos has said that this mechanism does not mean that the administration is thinking about negotiating with the guerrilla groups already. Santos told El Tiempo that “we will continue (striking the FARC militarily) with full force, until the conditions are present to – hopefully – end the conflict.” In a statement published on its website on June 22, the FARC criticized Santos’s attitude toward a negotiated solution to the armed conflict, as well as the constitutional reform for future peace talks.last_img read more

Woman Crashed into Fire House, Had Stolen Snake Wrapped Around Neck

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A snake stolen from a local PETCO was found wrapped around the neck of an alleged drunken driver who crashed into a New Hyde Park fire house Monday night, Nassau County police said. Sarah Espinosa, 22, of Albany, was driving a Toyota Prius westbound on Jericho Turnpike just after 7 p.m. when she drove over the center median, hit a Nissan Maxima and barreled through the front garage door of the New Hyde Park firehouse, police said. Firefighters made the surprise snake discovery when they assisted the woman after the crash. Police said the small ball python, which was wrapped around Espinosa’s neck, was secured at the scene. A Nassau police spokeswoman said it’s unknown at this time if the snake or Espinosa’s alleged intoxication caused the dramatic crash. Police later determined that Espinosa allegedly stole the snake from a Garden City Park PETCO just prior to the crash, police said. Espinosa was charged with reckless endangerment, petit larceny, reckless driving, driving while intoxicated and unlawful possession of marijuana. She will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

BLOG: Fighting Pennsylvania’s Opioid Epidemic is a Key Piece of the 2016-17 Budget

first_imgBLOG: Fighting Pennsylvania’s Opioid Epidemic is a Key Piece of the 2016-17 Budget Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 20, 2016center_img Budget News,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog Governor Wolf has spent much of his past three months at roundtables across Pennsylvania discussing local and statewide efforts to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic in Pennsylvania.The Wolf Administration has been focusing on this issue since day one, and it has never been clearer that we must take further action now. We cannot afford to wait.Governor Wolf has stressed the important role that the 2016-17 budget plays in addressing this crisis. Governor Wolf proposed $34 million to fight the opioid crisis in the final budget. This funding would allow the state to draw down approximately $18 million in matching federal funds, for the Department of Human Services to implement 50 Centers of Excellence that will treat more than 11,000 people that currently are not able to access treatment.We have heard about the need for more treatment from dozens of legislators, health professionals, law enforcement, emergency personnel, and community leaders, as they have joined Governor Wolf, DDAP Secretary Gary Tennis, DOH Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy, Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, DOC Secretary John Wetzel, DHS Secretary Ted Dallas, and Director of Homeland Security Marcus Brown at more than two dozen stops to discuss the importance of battling the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic in Pennsylvania. Take a look at the map of their many stops here.Through these roundtables, Governor Wolf has learned that every single community throughout the commonwealth is struggling to wrap their arms around the depth of this epidemic, and that treatment services are scarce and often difficult to navigate. Therefore the Wolf Administration sees enormous value in expanding access to all levels of treatment, including long-term residential, outpatient, and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).Fighting Pennsylvania’s opioid and heroin epidemic is a top priority for the Wolf Administration. In 2014, nearly 2,500 Pennsylvanians died from a drug overdose. Heroin and opioid overdose are now the leading cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania, killing more individuals each year than motor vehicle accidents.Pennsylvania must address this crisis like the public health epidemic that it is. It is vital that we combine efforts on the federal, state, and local levels to fight back against drug abuse and prevent the deaths of thousands of more Pennsylvanians. Governor Wolf’s proposed funding for the 2016-17 budget is the next crucial step in this collaborative effort. By: Jeff Sheridan, Press Secretarylast_img read more

No changes in IMCA procedures, points, regional boundaries for 2015

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – You’ll have to look pretty hard to find differences between 2014 and 2015 IMCA proce­dures. Aside from some wording in the engine claim pro­cess, there isn’t any.Both the point system and how bonus points are awarded will be the same this season as last. IMCA Presi­dent Brett Root also noted there won’t be any change in re­gional boundaries for Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks. “We announced in December there was a possibility of realigning those borders and creating regions for the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods,” he said. “After much discussion, we determined that changing the borders for Stock Car and Hobby Stocks was feasible but at this time, not necessary.”“There definitely will be regions, likely east and west, for the Northern SportMods in 2016,” Root added. “They are now our second largest division in terms of mem­bers and regions would make perfect sense.” The areas of the country represented in top national Modified standings last season dispelled any notions to make bonus point changes.“Everyone has an idea on how to handle the bonus point system but nothing indicated that system had flaws that needed to be addressed,” said Root. “With the num­ber of drivers and tracks we have, this is a pretty good sys­tem.”More local track and special series schedules are being final­ized. The weekly point season began in early January and runs through Sept. 27, with the IMCA Speedway Motors Su­per Nationals fueled by Casey’s Sept. 7-12.“Super Nationals is always the first full week of Septem­ber and unfortunately that will squeeze out a week­end of specials usually held during the point sea­son,” Root said.last_img read more

Jeanette Moreland, 85, Cedar Grove

first_imgJeanette Moreland, age 85, of Cedar Grove, Indiana died Thursday, August 8, 2019 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.Born January 18, 1934 in Northridge, Ohio she was the daughter of the late Charlie & Wanda (Green) Maxwell.  On December 28, 1966 she was united in marriage to Melvin Keith Moreland, and he preceded her in death on August 23, 2004.She was a homemaker, and in her leisure time she enjoyed yard sales, and playing cards at the Franklin County Senior Citizens Center.  She was a former member of the Franklin County Public Transportation Board.Survivors include two children, Tracy Roberts of Cedar Grove, Indiana and Anita Roberts of Northridge, Ohio; two sisters, Becky Sechrist of Troy, Ohio and Helen Layman of Littleton, Colorado; three brothers, Bill (Sue) Maxwell of Troy, Ohio, Earl Maxwell of Jacksonville, Florida and John Maxwell of Troy, Ohio; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.Family & friends may visit from 4 until 7:00 P.M. on Monday, August 12, 2019 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Funeral Services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home in Brookville.  Burial will follow in Holy Guardian Angels Cemetery in Cedar Grove, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Heart Association.  The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home are honored to serve the Moreland family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit .last_img read more

Rea reigns in Spain with World Superbike title success

first_img Rea had only needed a top nine finish to ensure he became his nation’s first motorcycling world champion since 1968. The County Antrim 28-year-old finished behind England’s Tom Sykes, Welshman Chaz Davies and Michael van der Mark of Holland. Northern Ireland’s Jonathan Rea has won the World Superbike title after finishing fourth in the opening race in Jerez on Sunday. Ironically the race that sealed Rea’s title win also marked the first time he had finished off the podium in 21 races. Rae went on to also finish fourth in the second race of the afternoon, which was won by Davies. Rae told BBC Sport: “I cannot quite believe it – I have been waiting for this moment for such a long time. “It was a difficult race and on every lap I was thinking about the championship and I was really happy in the end.” Northern ireland great Joey Dunlop won the Formula One TT title in 1968, with Brian Reid winning the Formula Two title in the same year. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Ex-Felons’ Voting Rights on Hold As Court Accepts DeSantis’ Appeal

first_imgFormer felons in Florida who still owe fines and fees related to their imprisonment may not get to vote this year after all.A federal court on Wednesday delayed a May 26 ruling by Judge Robert Hinkle that would have been one of the biggest expansions of voting rights in the state’s history, affecting up to 775,000 ex-felons.The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta issued the stay after a majority of its judges accepted Gov. Ron DeSantis’s request for a full court review of Hinkle’s decision.A three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit upheld Hinkle’s first ruling last October.Back then, the case affected just the 17 plaintiffs in the lawsuit by the ACLU, Campaign Legal Center and other voting rights groups.The court at that time also denied a request by DeSantis for the full court review.The court has set a hearing date of Aug, 11, putting the affected felons past the the July 20 registration deadline for the Aug. 18 primary.Meanwhile, the registration deadline for the November election is Oct. 5.“Today’s decision is a setback,” said Paul Smith, vice president of the Campaign Legal Center.Breaking: The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear Florida’s felon voting case en banc (meaning the whole court). It also stayed the district court’s ruling, so Florida’s law requiring felons to serve their full sentences before voting remains in effect.— Honest Elections Project (@honestelections) July 1, 2020 He went on to say, “The district court’s decision to block Florida’s pay-to-vote system followed clear Supreme Court precedent. We are hopeful that the court of appeals will follow suit and confirm once and for all that wealth cannot determine a person’s eligibility to vote.”Nearly 65 percent of Florida voters approved Amendment 4 in 2018, restoring voting rights to the state’s 1.4 million ex-felons.Advocates for the amendment claimed it was self-implementing.However, a law signed by DeSantis last year outlined requirements to pay back fines, fees and restitution as part of a felon’s sentence.Hinkle’s ruling came from a lawsuit brought by voting rights groups that claimed the fines and fees requirement in the law were racially discriminatory, and that they are the equivalent of a “poll tax” banned by the U.S. Constitution.Hinkle ultimately ruled the provision was unconstitutional because “the State of Florida has adopted a system under which nearly a million otherwise-eligible citizens can vote only if they pay an amount of money. … Many do not know, and some may not be able to find out, how much they must pay.”The judge also called the law a “pay-to-vote system,” and ordered the state to allow those who are unable to pay to be able to register.last_img read more