Tab creates colleges

first_imgCambridge is set to meet a growing demand for places by opening three new colleges. The plans, if approved of by the local council, will expand its student numbers by over 4,000 to a total of 20,000 students by 2025. The expansion plans came about after Cambridge received over 15,000 applications for their 3,000 places this year, up from 13,700 the year before. Over 5,000 of the rejected applicants scored at least three A grades. Oxford received just under 12,000 applications over a similar period. The extra places created will be split evenly between undergraduates and the more lucrative graduate and overseas student market. The new colleges will be the first additions to the University since Robinson College was endowed in 1979. The development is earmarked for greenbelt land in West Cambridge and looks set to swallow up 57 hectares of university owned farmland. Strong opposition is expected from local environmentalists. Part of the development will involve building new low cost housing for academic staff. This stems from fears that the high cost of housing in the area is harming the University’s ability to attractARCHIVE: 1st week TT 2004last_img read more

Addams Family Musical at Ocean City High School is Monstrously Good

first_imgBy Maddy VitaleWhile watching the Ocean City High School Drama Guild performance of “The Addams Family” it was hard to think that the cast was made up of teenagers.From the dancing, to the singing, to the acting, it was like the cast had been schooled in the theater well beyond their years.The audience seemed to agree. The matinee performance of the spring musical Saturday in the school’s Nancy & William Hughes Performing Arts Center kept the audience laughing, applauding and even cheering.The tone of the musical was set in the first act, when Gomez, played by TJ Rumer, took to the stage with Morticia, played by Natalie Katsiff, and Wednesday, played by Victoria Robertson, to sing “When You’re An Addams.”In this scene Gomez (TJ Rumer) and his daughter Wednesday (Stella Schwartz)  discussed her potential marriage plans. Taken during the Saturday night show.Rumer, on his own, could entertain a crowd in a one-man show. He is unbelievably talented, confident, funny and graceful as he performs numerous dance steps gliding across the stage. He makes it look easy.The cast of 55, including many “ghosts,” seamlessly danced along with Rumer in the superbly choreographed performances. At one point, some of the dancers even took to the audience for a scene. Rob LeMaire, the director of the musical, said that the show really came together. He also thanked the public for coming out to support the students. Lemaire cast two actors for the lead roles so that each student could do two of the four shows.“The kids worked hard, and it shows at every performance,” LeMaire said.Natalie Katsiff and TJ Rumer were Morticia and Gomez Saturday. The two paired for several drama guild productions.Katsiff and Rumer have performed together for years and it showed during their perfectly timed dance steps, especially in “The Tango” where Gomez was the matador and Morticia the bull. Wednesday Addams, (Robertson) was a strong lead with her powerful voice and meticulously delivered lines. She and Billy Flynn, who played her boyfriend Lucas, seemed to have fun with their song “Crazier Than You.”Andrew Arsenalt played a good Lurch and some of his lines and even a song, led to laughter.Julia Wilson, who played Pugsley, melded the perfect amount of comedy and beautiful vocals.In one scene, she puffed on a cigar. In another, she wanted to put Wednesday under a spell to so that she would fall out of love with Lucas.When Wilson had her turn to shine, she enthralled the audience with a powerful rendition of the song “What If.”She even hit a high note that led to the room erupting in applause.Julia’s mom, Melissa Wilson, praised the kids for working so hard. Although some of the talent is graduating, there is a wealth of talent remaining in the pipeline.Chad Callahan played Uncle Fester and seemed so relaxed. He amused the audience in several scenes, especially when he fell in love with “The Moon” and serenaded it perfectly with the supporting cast of ghosts.Jenna Scioli, an English teacher at the high school, was the assistant director.It was her first show. “I had no idea how many moving parts there were. There is such a process that went into the production,” Scioli said, adding that the cast was fantastic.For Lisa Rumer, there were mixed emotions since it would be her son TJ’s last high school performance before going off to study theater.“It is so bittersweet. I am so excited to see him in the show with all his friends. He is so talented,” Rumer said.This was also the last high school show for Nancy Karsner, who created all the elaborate, creative costumes.After numerous shows she decided she wanted to spend more time with her family.The cast dedicated a dressing room in her name and presented her with a plaque at Friday night’s performance, she said.Karsner said she never expected that, or the kind remarks made about her in the program for her dedication to the Ocean City Drama Guild.The program reads: “Mrs. Karsner is no mere seamstress. She is a counselor, a listener, a confidante, an advisor, our historian and our friend. We salute you. You have made us look good and be better people for nine years and 17 shows. You have set a high bar. You will be deeply missed.”The original musical comedy ran for 722 performances on Broadway.The cast of “The Addams Family” featured Dennis Adams, Andrew Arsenault, Kayla Attiya, Jay Barrett, Elizabeth Buch, Caroline Byrne, Chad Callahan, Maggie Corcoran, Trevor Corcoran, Ella Curtin, Haley DePersenaire, Gabriella DiMarco, Billy Flynn, Ashley Gereaghty, Nathan Goudie, Karen Greenwood, Ashley Hoffman, Madison Holmes, Adam Hubbi, Natalie Katsiff, Kayla Killian, Shane Kirby, Luke Leonetti, Danna Luciano, Seaira Manning, Sophia McCarty, Morgan McLees, Sophia Meyler, Emily Mora, Valerie Morrison, Katie Muller, Dan Mulraney, Shannon Mulraney, Kelly Nyman, Ellen O’Brien, Haleigh Perry, Lilirose Phillips, Hailee Pietrowitz, Kayla Pietrowitz, Isabella Roache, Victoria Robertson, Emma Rodriguez, TJ Rumer, Sara Ruth, Sylvia Rutkowski, Conrad Schmidt, Stella Schwartz, Emily Smith, Andrew Stremme, Emily Torrence, Kat Trout, Meredith Urban, Gabbi Verducci, Erik Wagner, Gabrielle Waid, Jenna Wilkinson, Julia Wilson, and Jessica Wriggins.   The Ocean City High School stage crew members who worked on the set included Robin Altman, Justin Berry, Sadie Degennaro, Max Fisher, Paul Giordano, Marley Goudie, Kylee Grandmaison, Emily He, Tyler Hogg, Sophie Koval, Kira Layton, Tanner Mitzel, Nicole Moore-Kittner, Justin Nelson, Dylan Peck, Julia Pestalozzi, AliJane Robel, Jacob Schneider, Jennifer Stevens, Micah Waid, Sean Walsh, Tyler Williams, and Sarah Zigner.Ocean City students and staff who appeared with the pit orchestra, included Andrew Biglin, Frank Butterick, Tym Cox, Gabriel Doughty, Alexandra Errickson, Isabelle Heng, Andrew Holloway, Christopher Horan, Elijah Kuchler, Christopher May, Victoria Patella, Georgia Roache, Dominic Scalfaro, Noah Schneider, Alex Town, Pete Wiggins and Kate Wyatt along with accompanist Scott Breiner and conductor Donna Schwartz.Pictured are some of the more than 100 students that participated in the “The Addams Family” musical. This photo was taken at the final performance. Ocean City High School’s “The Addams Family” cast was “creepy,” “spooky” and kept the audience enthralled during the Saturday matinee.last_img read more

William Reed launches new logistics show

first_imgWilliam Reed Business Media (WRBM), which publishes British Baker, has launched the Food and Drink Logistics (FDL) Show in response to demand from the market.It will run alongside its set of market-leading trade shows, including the Baking Industry Exhibition, taking place at Birmingham’s NEC from 21-24 March 2010. The new FDL Show will provide a unique and dedicated platform for companies involved with warehousing, palletised transport, third party logistics, supply chain solutions and many other areas to showcase their products to top-level decision-makers from the food and drink sectors.This market in the UK is worth some £12bn a year and forms around 10% of food and drink companies’ total spend. For information on exhibiting please contact Daren Rose-Neale on 01293 610355 or [email protected] information on visiting please contact Sarah Corbett on 01293 610235 or [email protected]last_img read more

Press release: Appointment of new Chair of the Civil Service Commissioners for Northern Ireland

first_imgThe Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley MP today announced the appointment of Deirdre Blakely Toner as the new Chair of the Civil Service Commissioners for Northern Ireland.The appointment will take effect on 1 June 2018.Notes to EditorsThe Civil Service Commissioners for Northern IrelandThe Civil Service Commissioners for Northern Ireland are independent of Government and the Northern Ireland Civil Service, and have a statutory responsibility to uphold selection on merit for appointments to the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS). The Commissioners also hear appeals under the NICS Code of Ethics. Commissioners work in partnership with the NICS and other stakeholders to uphold the merit principle and promote public confidence in recruitment.Biography of AppointeeDeirdre Blakely Toner is currently Chief Executive Officer of Samaritans Ireland and serves as an independent member on the Northern Ireland Policing Board.Deirdre has over 30 years’ experience in governance, performance and risk management from working across the voluntary, community and public sectors in Northern Ireland and further afield. She is a graduate of Public Administration and Management, and Human Rights law with the University of Ulster and Transitional Justice Institute.Terms of AppointmentDeidre Blakely Toner will take up appointment from 1 June 2018. Her appointment is for a five year term.She will receive remuneration of £16,000 per annum for Chairing Civil Service Commissioner meetings and participating in Commissioner’s business as required by the Civil Service Commissioners (NI) Order.This is a Crown Appointment.Political ActivityAll appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity in defined categories within the last five years to be made public.The appointee has declared no such political activity in the past five years.last_img read more

Food sales rise for first time since early 2014

first_imgFood sales have made a healthy start to the year, rising by 0.2% – the best performance since February 2014. Information from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) revealed that food sales have started “promisingly”, but like-for-like sales were down 1.8%.David McCorquodale, head of retail at KPMG, said: “The grocery sector saw its first growth in three-month average total sales since the first half of last year – an encouraging sign from the battlefield. With consumers benefiting from lower fuel and petrol prices, retailers are fighting for their share of these savings.”Total food sales grew for the second consecutive month this January.Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive, IGD, said:“The year started promisingly for food and drink sales, with year-on-year growth in every week during January – the first time this has happened since February 2014.“The sector is at last seeing modest benefit from the recovering economy and confidence is growing. IGD’s ShopperVista research shows that over a fifth of shoppers expect to be better off in 2015, the highest since we began tracking this in September 2010.”Shopper confidence is being boosted by lower fuel and grocery prices. A record 23% expect food prices to fall further this year and interest in quality is building, with a quarter of people now prioritising this when shopping for food and drink.”last_img read more

Turkuaz Invites Fans To Get Colorful For Newly Announced Live Concert Film Taping In September

first_imgBrooklyn-bred funk outfit Turkuaz has announced that they will be filming a very special concert at Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania’s Sherman Theater, on Friday, September 7th—a venue that’s less than two hours from New York City and Philadelphia. The intimate evening with the band will feature two sets of Turkuaz, which are sure to showcase classic favorites as well as new material. Fans are encouraged to come decked out in their true Turkuaz rainbow colors for the special taping.The colorful nine-piece powerhouse hopes that fans not to miss this one-of-a-kind Turkuaz performance. With their high-octane sound and soulful funky grooves, Turkuaz has amassed a loyal following over the years, moving to massive stages like Bonnaroo, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and LOCKN’ Festival, and playing the halftime show at the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden, during a New York Knicks game.The band hopes to pack the Sherman Theater for a funk-filled night of color! Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 10th, at 10 a.m. (ET).  A limited amount of discounted, early bird “Bring A Friend” tickets are available. Early bird ticket buyers will get to hang with the band at a meet & greet following the show. Tickets for the live taping are available here. For a complete list of Turkuaz’s upcoming tour date, head to their website. Members of Turkuaz will also be on hand at the fourth-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive, when it returns to Brooklyn’s beloved Williamsburg neighborhood on September 29th for an all-day music marathon at Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg and Rough Trade. Turkuaz singer Shira Elias will lead a special set titled “Shira Elias’ Soul Tracks” also featuring members of The Nth Power, Trey Anastasio Band, The Motet, Allen Stone, and others. Drummer Michelangelo Carubba will perform as part of an early Dopapod configuration, also featuring Rob Compa and Eli Winderman, and perform during an all-star tribute to Steely Dan led by The Motet’s Joey Porter and also featuring Turkuaz’s Sammi Garett (among many others). Shira and Sammi will also appear for another tribute, “Purple Party: A Tribute To Prince”, also featuring MonoNeon and members of Snarky Puppy, The Motet, Allen Stone, Magic Beans, and many others.Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive brings together more than 50 artists, allowing them to carry out passion projects, play with their musical heroes, and collaborate in never-before-seen formations. For more information, ticketing, and to see the full list of performers scheduled for Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018, head to the festival’s website here.last_img read more

Call of the Mild

first_imgBefore you answer that call, remember a few tips. Wayne McLaurin, a horticulturist with the University of Georgia Extension Service, saysyou don’t have much choice. Gardening is a rite of spring. McLaurin figures the reason gardening is by far the No. 1 hobby in the nation, ahead ofgolf, fishing or anything else, is that it’s relaxing. Gardens range from the common “garden” variety of standard vegetables to specialtygardens for herbs, giant tomatoes, exotic plants, ornamental shrubs or showy flowers. “And talk to other gardeners,” McLaurin says. “They’ll give you more advice than youneed. Just ask.” “It’s a habit for some folks,” McLaurin says. “Lots of people grew up farming andgardening. It’s what you do in the spring. It’s a natural occurrence after being cooped upinside so long. You just have to go outside and get in touch with the soil.” “Everybody has some innate desire to see something grow,” McLaurin says,” even if it’sjust an African violet on the window sill. You can’t escape spring’s call.” Once nature calls, the rewards are bountiful. Why do people garden? Talk to your county Extension Service agent. Pick up plenty of extension publicationsabout gardening, landscaping and other spring tasks. “We all get frustrated sitting behind a desk all day,” he says. “To see something grow andproduce a flower or fruit is extremely relaxing. Pulling weeds and tending delicate plantsforces you to slow down and notice the little things. And it burns up calories. Gardening isgood for both physical and mental well-being.” “People garden because they want the fresh produce,” McLaurin says. “You havecomplete control over chemical use, composting, etc. And there’s nothing better thanhome-grown tomatoes straight off the bush.” Georgia gardeners enjoy the luxury of being able to grow just about anything. The volumeand variety a good gardener can reap from a plot of Georgia soil is nothing short ofamazing, McLaurin says. Don’t believe all the seed catalog’s claims. Buy reputable plants grown locally so they’readapted to your area. When the birds call and the daffodils bob in the first warm breeze, do you get anuncontrollable urge to dig in the dirt? The first gardeners weren’t escaping the office or trying to unwind. They had to garden tofeed themselves and their families. Today’s gardeners can stop by the grocery store and get fruits and vegetables fromthroughout the world. Why go to the time, trouble and expense of gardening?last_img read more

An “On” Year.

first_imgPhoto:Brad Haire Photo:Brad Haire Pecan producers are shaking down a large crop for buyers. Pecan prices should remain stable at around $6 a pound through the holiday season.center_img Normally, the total supply for the U.S. market is around 400 million pounds. This year’s total should be at this level, more or less, Florkowski said. This will keep retail prices stable.The U.S. supply depends on three factors: the current crop, carry-over inventory in storage and imports from Mexico, he said.Georgia’s 2001 pecan production is forecast at 105 million pounds, up 31 percent from last year, according to the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service.Because of their makeup, pecan trees generally have large yields every other year. This expected alternate-bearing cycle combined this season with good growing conditions to yield a larger crop size.The expected U.S. 2001 pecan production is 355 million pounds, up 69 percent from last year but 13 percent below the record high crop in 1999.Inventory levels are down from last year, he said. Part of this year’s large crop will go to rebuild the inventory, but a large volume will be sent to market.However, import levels from Mexico will be down this year. Since the 1990s, pecans from Mexico have been on the rise. They have contributed as much as 10 percent to the total U.S. supply.But this year, a stronger Mexican economy will increase demand for the crop in Mexico, he said. That will cut into the Mexican supply of pecans to the United States. The U.S. supply of pecans is expected to be large this year despite an expected downturn in imports. Though prices may vary, they shouldn’t be much higher or lower for the holidays, says a University of Georgia expert.Prices will average around $6 a pound this year, said Wojciech Florkowski, an economist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”Anything at $5 would be a good buy,” he said. “But it all depends on the grade you want.”Most retail stores sell mixed bags of halves and large pieces between $5.50 and $6 per pound.”The prices at wholesale are running between $3 and $3.50 per pound, depending on the grade,” Florkowski said. “These are very strong prices.”Depending on supply and demand, prices could be lower locally in Georgia.But because of the demand for specialty uses of pecans, Florkowski doesn’t expect the prices of other nuts, such as almonds and walnuts, to affect pecan prices.Will the current downturn in the economy influence pecan prices?He doubts it.”It shouldn’t affect pecan sales,” he said. “Pecans are such a specialty item and purchased in such quantities that the household budget will permit these items.”But he did say that consumers “are rather unpredictable right now.”The supplylast_img read more

Cotton Crop

first_imgAs Georgia cotton farmers prepare for this year’s growing season, some are still trying to harvest what’s left of the 2018 crop, according to Jared Whitaker, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton agronomist.Due to persistent rains in November and December, many cotton producers were unable to get in the field to pick their crops. As a result, there is still between 5 and 10 percent left to be harvested, said Whitaker. In early January, between 10 and 15 percent of the crop was still in the field, but fields started to dry out and growers were able to resume harvesting.“There’s more left than we usually have, that’s for sure. This is as much cotton we’ve had left in the field from the previous year as I can remember,” Whitaker said. “As many challenges as we’ve had over the past several years, at least we had good harvest weather. But harvesting this year’s crop has been extremely difficult since Hurricane Michael in October.”Ten percent of the 2018 crop equates to approximately 100,000 acres, some of which Whitaker believes will not be harvested because of quality concerns.“It’s to the point where the cotton is getting so brittle, spindle pickers are having a hard time because, when they go through the field, the cotton bolls bounce right off before they are actually harvested. The spindles are just knocking cotton bolls off the plants and they’re not going into the picker,” Whitaker said. “On top of that, cotton fiber quality is going downhill fast, which devalues a crop that has already been impacted by having such a large portion being blown on the ground from Michael.”It’s been a difficult year for Georgia’s cotton producers. In May, excessive rainfall delayed planting for many growers, which is one reason so much cotton remains to be harvested. By the time the crop was ready to be picked in mid-to-late fall, growers couldn’t risk bringing harvesters into the field because of saturated conditions.“We’ve had a tremendous number of days in this season where we couldn’t pick during harvest season and its definitely taken a toll on our producers this year, no doubt,” Whitaker said. “There’s some cotton that the farmers can’t get now and may never get. There’s some that’s not worth getting to begin with.”Georgia’s cotton industry lost at least $600 million as a result of Hurricane Michael, according to estimates from UGA Extension agents and agricultural economists. This includes losses to cotton lint, cottonseed and reductions in fiber quality. Eighty-eight percent of cotton bolls were open and vulnerable to the hurricane’s destructive winds.Prior to the storm’s arrival on Oct. 10, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that only 12 percent of Georgia’s crop had been harvested. Some harvested cotton modules were damaged by wind and rain from the hurricane.For up-to-date information on Georgia’s cotton crop, see read more

U.S. energy storage deployments set new records in 2018

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:The U.S. energy storage industry delivered record deployments in 2018, driven by a strong fourth quarter for utility-scale projects.But the new achievement for the young industry pales compared to what is to come: an expected doubling in 2019, followed by a tripling in 2020. Such growth will propel energy storage out of pilot-scale projects and into grid planning conversations around the country.Battery installations for 2018 totaled 311 megawatts and 777 megawatt-hours, according to the new Energy Storage Monitor released by energy research firm Wood Mackenzie, with data from Q4 and 2018 as a whole.The fact that this record happened in the course of business as usual, rather than a special circumstance like Aliso Canyon, signals that the industry is diversifying and maturing, said Daniel Finn-Foley, senior storage analyst at WoodMac and an author of the report. “This isn’t a fluke quarter, this is the natural evolution we’ve been looking at the market developing towards, and now it’s finally happening,” Finn-Foley said in an interview.Though California and the PJM market still dominate cumulative installed storage capacity, the quarter’s new builds revealed a growing geographical scope of activity. Large-scale projects with a variety of business models came online in Hawaii, California, Texas, Minnesota, and Colorado, Finn-Foley noted.More: U.S. energy storage broke records in 2018, but the best is yet to come U.S. energy storage deployments set new records in 2018last_img read more