These 10 Music Divas Need Bio-Musicals ASAP

first_img View Comments Besides getting totally psyched for Cynthia Erivo and Joshua Henry to perform The Last Five Years tonight and watching Miss Arkansas’—scuse us, Miss America’s—Smash-ing dance routine on repeat, we’ve been wondering which music diva deserves a Broadway bio-musical. As previously reported, Donna Summer, Cher, Dolly Parton and Pat Benatar tuners are already in the works (ditto for our daily staff dreamcasting debates). With so many female trailblazers in the music industry, we decided to turn to you for input. So, which chart-topping diva deserves to have her story put under Broadway’s spotlight? Check out your top 10 below! (Photo: Getty Images) Beyonce Barbra Streisand Adele Lady Gaga Ella Fitzgerald Amy Winehouse Whitney Houston Celine Dion Madonna Aretha Franklinlast_img read more

CAES Fulbright

first_imgFrom the time he left high school, University of Georgia doctoral candidate Fawad Khan knew he wanted to use his interest in biology to help farmers.Although he grew up in the city, he knew that a major part of his native Pakistan’s economy was farm based. If he wanted to improve people’s lives, he could make a big impact by working in agriculture.“Even though I was from the city, I saw how farmers worked and the challenges they faced,” Khan said. “I wanted to see how I could integrate my knowledge of agricultural sciences to help them improve their outcomes, to improve their farming practices.”It was that drive to improve the livelihoods and lives of farmers that led him to UGA as a Fulbright Fellow. The Fulbright Fellowship Program, which covers all of the expenses associated with earning a doctoral degree, is part of the larger Fulbright Program established in 1946 to improve international relations, cultural diplomacy and intercultural competence through the exchange of people, knowledge and skills. It is considered one of the most prestigious and competitive fellowship programs in the world.During their stay in the U.S., Fulbright Fellows are expected to share information about their home countries with their U.S. colleagues and with community groups. After completing their degrees, fellows return to their home country where they are expected to assume leadership roles in their fields while also sharing their experiences in the U.S. For Khan, his Fulbright Fellowship meant being able to take his research and career to next level.After earning his master’s degree, Khan spent two years as a visiting lecturer at Bahauddin Zakariya University in Layyah, Pakistan, and later was a full-time entomology lecturer for three years at Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture in Multan, Pakistan. “As my career progressed, I felt the need for better academic and research training,” Khan said. “The prestigious Fulbright Program provided me with a lifetime opportunity to pursue my dreams.”Khan is working under the supervision of Shimat V. Joseph, an assistant entomology professor at UGA’s Griffin campus. For his dissertation, he is looking at the use of beneficial insects to manage insect pests in different turfgrass systems.“Beneficial insects, including predators and parasitoids, play a role in managing the insects pests in different farming systems across the globe,” he said.In early June, Khan was one of three UGA graduate students to attend the 55th conference of the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD) in Washington, D.C. Khan’s attendance at the AIARD conference was funded with a scholarship from UGA alumnus Hiram Larew, who retired in 2015 as director of international programs for the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture. “Like all states, Georgia has an important stake in international agriculture, so I’m very pleased that Fawad was able to participate in this year’s AIARD Conference, which was themed ‘Building Resilience in Global Agriculture,’” Larew said. “By attending, he had a front-row seat in important discussions that affect agricultural trade, science, policy and assistance. And he was joined by two fellow students who received Future Leader Scholarships from AIARD. Go Dawgs!”  Also attending this year’s conference were Chandler Mulvaney, a master’s student in agricultural and environmental education, and Chandler Levinson, a doctoral candidate in plant breeding, genetics and genomics.Both Mulvaney and Levinson were selected for AIARD’s Future Leaders Forum, a competitive fellowship program that includes the possibility of being awarded the AIARD Graduate Research Fellowship Grant.AIARD is an association of U.S. and internationally based members who have devoted their careers to global agricultural development and hunger alleviation. Members are from universities, nongovernmental organizations, private sector firms, consulting companies, government and donor agencies, and foundations.last_img read more

September 2019: Best Bike Parks

first_imgFor a backpacker, there may not be a better way to see North Carolina than on a bike It used to be that the harvesting of wild ginseng was an honorable occupation. Or at least that was the verdict among the people who lived for centuries off the land in the rough-cut Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. BACKTALK Read what the Road Team is up to and the gear that keeps them going. THE GOODS Wheels of Fortune—Industry Nine’s winding road to success · Best bike parks in the Blue Ridge · Shoes for Good · 15-year-old canoeist wins bronze at World Cup After her mom was hit by a car, a rookie rider faces her fears and begins bicycle commuting. Features On the Cover Bike Packing Four Southern musicians on the rise QUICK HITS Follow in the muddy tread of two classic bikepacking adventures in Big South Fork National Recreation Area and Pisgah National Forest. Endangered Gravel Grinder Departments Is there really enough room in the woods for everyone? A dispatch from deep in the weeds of a generation-long effort to protect Shenandoah Mountain. In the last ten years, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association has added 27 leagues in 26 states. Will competitive cycling be coming to a high school near you? Adventure Ed The Battle for Shenandoah Mountain LIVE OUTSIDE AND PLAY Is your waterproof gear poisoning you and the planet? The outdoor industry tackles toxins. Back in the Saddle Tangled Roots Best bike gear—Andy Beckman’s favorites for fat tire adventure. Want a job in the outdoors? Learn how guides, search and rescue leaders, environmental attorneys, river keepers, outdoor educators, and adventure sports coaches got their start. The most important conservation law on the books—The Endangered Species Act—is under attack, and it’s not just wolves and salamanders that will suffer. Your favorite adventure spots are also critical habitat for many rare species. The Rise of High School Biking TRAIL MIX Lift-assisted MTB parks bring convenient, immersive thrills for riders of all ability levels. Here are five of the region’s best. Bike Parks of the Blue Ridge Brandon Blakely rides Slate Rock in Pisgah National Forest. Photo by Derek DiLuzio |  @derekdiluzio | derekdiluzio.comlast_img read more

3 members, 3 financial outcomes: How COVID-19 is impacting members differently

first_imgSource:1 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bruce Dragt Bruce Dragt is the Chief Product Officer for CO-OP Financial Services (, a provider of payments and financial technology to credit unions. Web: Details While not a single one of us has been insulated from the effects of COVID-19, the financial impact has been very different for large segments of the population. 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment in the last ten weeks;1 and while many expect to be re-employed when the economy recovers, some may not.As the Primary Financial Relationship (PFR), credit unions are there to help their members navigate financial uncertainty, as many have done throughout COVID-19. Now as we enter the slow recovery phase, credit unions can continue to help their members by visualizing how their financial lives are being reshaped, and helping them plan accordingly.To do that, let us consider three typical members: “Amanda”, “Barry”, and “Carol”. Each represents a different COVID-era experience and a unique set of needs:AmandaEmployed Full-timeLifestyle impact: Light. Spending and credit/debit mix remains steady. Online spending is up.What she’s paying for: Regular essentials, COVID-inspired sales and deals, charitable giving.Helpful now: Contactless cards, digital wallets. New preference for cash-back rewards over travel.Amanda’s financial picture hasn’t changed substantially during COVID-19. Although her work and home lives may be different, she is employed full-time with no disruption in income. However, her spending patterns are different. She, like many Americans, has significantly increased her online spending, and she perhaps may be one of the 38 percent who has begun using contactless payment methods.As her credit union, you’ll want to ensure that contactless payments, both in-store and online, are available to her and that she is incentivized to use your contactless card or digital wallet. Amanda will also be more susceptible to card-not-present fraud, which is why arming her with card controls and fraud alerts will be key to helping her feel safe during her digital payments experience.BarryFurloughed/Expects to be re-employedLifestyle impact: Getting through it. Spending has shifted to essentials and family-important needs.What he’s paying for: Just the basics, plus unavoidable expenses like medical costs.Helpful now: Increased credit lines, reduced interest rates.Barry has had a more difficult time during COVID-19. As a furloughed worker, he likely has significantly reduced his spend, focusing on essential purchases rather than discretionary items. Barry likely has been leaning on credit to help him get by and hopefully he’s been able to take advantage of a skip-a-payment or interest relief program when needed.Despite the fact that many furloughed workers expect to be re-employed, continuing to offer low-rate credit cards, increased credit lines and personal loans will be vital to supporting members like Barry.CarolLaid offLifestyle impact: High.What she’s paying for: Essentials only.Helpful now: Smooth/fast access to DDA funds for debit; will maintain credit balances and is sensitive to fees.Carol is really feeling the hit of COVID-19. With her job gone and economic prospects uncertain, she is spending on essentials only. Her credit union is more important to her than ever. While larger institutions and lending providers will likely show no lenience, her credit union will continue to support her by keeping fees to a minimum, helping her utilize credit wisely and ensuring that she has access to the loans she needs to keep her going.Credit unions should also consider the fact that members like Carol are likely carrying increased credit card balances or have missed payments due to COVID-19. This can adversely impact lending opportunities available to them, in which case it may be worth reevaluating your lending criteria or relaxing penalties on delinquent cardholders.Responding to Ongoing ChangeAs the economy opens up – state by state, city by city – members like Amanda, Barry, and Carol are facing uncertainty with regards to their financial lifestyle. “Normal” spending habits will continue to be upended by COVID-19, and the role of their PFR will be more important than ever.For credit unions, the core challenge remains the same. Understanding your members’ experiences and responding thoughtfully with products and services that help them adapt to a constantly-changing reality is the singular goal. Now is the time to be the stabilizing force in your members’ lives, while also ensuring that you are placing the right strategic bets to serve their evolving needs.The Credit Union Strategic Investment Assessment, powered by CO-OP and backed by EY NextWaveTM, is designed to help credit unions figure out where to place those strategic bets. The Assessment takes unique data inputs from your credit union and provides you with a strategic blueprint for growth. The Assessment closes on July 2nd – learn exactly where to place the right strategic bets now and after COVID-19: read more

Aquapark Istralandia was again named the 2nd best aquapark in Europe and the 6th in the world

first_imgThis year, too, Trip Advisor published a list of the best aquaparks in Europe and in the world. The first in Europe was named Siam aquapark from Adeje (Tenerife, Spain), and immediately in a high second place is the Croatian aquapark Istralandia. That this is an exceptional success is shown by the fact that Istralandia won the title for the second year in a row, which is always harder to maintain excellent service and level of performance than to win, and that it is a competition of over 300 aquaparks with a much longer tradition. Also, on the list of the best aquaparks in the world for 2018, Aquapark Istralandia took an excellent 6th place in the world.“An award that obliges, but also confirms the efforts and continuous investment in staff education, kindness and professionalism of staff, perfect horticultural landscaping, entertainment and variety of animation programs, cleanliness, tidiness, impeccable quality of pool water, rich and varied catering offer, new adrenaline attractions generation, sports offer or the totality of a high level of service as a whole. Many thanks to all employees of the Istralandia aquapark for the great success of the entire Istralandia team, which is at the same time a great success of the destination Istria and Croatia as a whole. ” said Silvio Kraljevic, head of the Istralandia aquapark.See what Istralandia looks like through Istralandia Virtual TourThis year, Aquapark Istralandia has invested an additional 3 million euros in the introduction of five new attractions, and further expansion is planned through the construction of accommodation facilities and other various attractions, and a new investment cycle is planned related to accommodation facilities.Read the wider story of why the Istralandia aquapark in Novigrad is one of our best tourist stories HERETripadvisor: Top 25 Water Parks – EuropeTripadvisor: Top 25 Water Parks – Worldlast_img read more

Balder R Ready for Cairns Job

first_imgImage source: Michael Healy MP official facebook pageDredging vessel Balder R, owned by the Danish company Rohde Nielsen, is getting ready to start work on the $127 million Cairns Shipping Development project.Commenting the latest news, Member for Cairns, Michael Healy, said that the 111m-long German-built dredger would be tasked to open up Trinity Inlet for large cruise ships after a successful stint at dredging sand for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.“The Cairns Shipping Development is the key to unlocking a whole new tourism and jobs market for the Far North,” Mr Healy said.“Already we’re seeing this project create 800 direct and indirect jobs during construction, and by 2031 it’ll mean more than 2,700 jobs for the region.”The vessel will remove soft clays from the channel, which will then be delivered to a facility 3km offshore and pumped along an 8km pipeline to a dedicated site at the Northern Sands mine.Dredging is expected to take 12 weeks and be complete mid-September, with second dredge Woomera scheduled to join the works in late July.According to Mr Healy, the 65m Woomera will be used to remove the stiff clays from the channel.last_img read more

Over a 150 people killed in Paris terror attacks

first_imgOne Twitter user has put his two plane tickets to Paris in December up for sale for a mere €20. A series of bomb and gun attacks left well over a hundred and fifty people dead and dozens more injured in central Paris on Friday night.Some reports put the number of dead at 158.There were at least seven attacks, all in the east and north of the city.In one venue alone – the Bataclan concert venue – over a hundred people were killed. A heavy metal band were in the middle of a concert when gunmen opened fire and threw grenades into the crowd.Witnesses say the firing lasted for at least fifteen minutes. The attackers were apparently bent on killing as many people as possible, leaving the security forces no choice but to storm the building before more people were killed.Watch as one of the explosions detonates outside the Stade de France during a France v Germany football match: the nature of the concert it is likely that most of the victims in the audience would have been young people.As well as the Bataclan the attack sites included the restaurants Le Carillon, La Belle Equipe, Le Petit Cambodge, and a fast food restaurant near the national football stadium. There were reports of gunfire at another site as yet unidentified.The clearly shocked French President Francois Hollande described the attacks as ‘unprecedented’ and called on the country to stay strong in the face of fear. He said France will be victorious.Earlier the president had been watching his country play football against Germany in the Stade de France. It was near there that the first of the suicide bombers struck at a fast food restaurant close by.The game was abandoned and he left for the Interior Ministry. Spectators were kept in the stadium for some time to stop them spilling on to the streets.With about an hour a series of other attacks had taken place including the assault on the Bataclan concert hall.A restaurant was attacked in the 11th district by a suicide bomber. Reports say eleven people were killed there.Here are some social media comments: read more

Area Boys Soccer Sectional Scores (10-1)

first_imgArea Boys Soccer Sectional ScoresMonday  (10-1)Class 1A @ Jac-Cen-DelSouth Ripley  1     Milan  1    (SR Wins On PK)Class 1A @ SouthwesternGreenwood Christian  3    Oldenburg  1Indy Lutheran  3     Hauser  0Class 2A @ LawrenceburgSouth Dearborn  3     Rushville  1Greensburg  6     Franklin County  5Class 3A @ Greenfield-CentralGreenfield-Central  3     Shelbyville  1last_img

FEMA Considers Changing Local Flood Maps and Risk Zones

first_imgIf you do not currently have flood insurance, you may soon be required to purchase it.The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that is changing its flood maps and risk zones throughout South Florida.The current maps, which determine whether flood insurance is optional or mandatory, were adopted three years ago.“We see remapping typically every three years,” says Fielding Mcelory with Bullen Insurance Group.A preliminary FEMA report indicates that thousands of Palm Beach County homeowners may soon go from “low risk” to “high risk,” which would make it mandatory for them to get coverage.“People, if they have a flood policy today, we can grandfather their older BFE, base flood elevation,” explains Patricia Latshaw, Senior Vice President of Compliance at Wright Flood. “So if they’ve had continuous coverage through the NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program), or they built in compliance, we want to give them that better rate because they did what they were supposed to when they initially built the building. So they shouldn’t be penalized for that.”FEMA plans to hold open house meetings on February 4 and 5 at the Mary V. McDonald-Wilson Center off Australian Avenue in West Palm Beach.Homeowners who do not have a mortgage are not required to get flood insurance.“If they do have a flood, their homeowner’s policy is not going to cover flood or storm surge,” Mcelory adds.There will be a 90-day appeal period after next week’s public meetings. FEMA will then make final decisions, although experts say the new guidelines could take up to a year to be put into effect.last_img read more

Homeless man accused of attacking girlfriend with hammer

first_imgA homeless man was arrested Thursday night after he attacked his homeless girlfriend with a hammer in a Burger King parking lot, Florida Keys deputies said.Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Adam Linhardt  said 59-year-old Mark Bucher beat his 57-year-old girlfriend with the hammer and then fled with the tool.Butcher was found a short time after walking north on U.S. Highway 1 with fresh dried blood on his arms, police said.Deputies found the hammer in some nearby bushes.Butcher’s girlfriend said they were celebrating their one-year anniversary when he became intoxicated and argumentative. She said Bucher threatened to kill her and repeatedly struck her with the hammer. She was taken to Lower Keys Medical Center, but her condition wasn’t immediately known.Linhardt said two witnesses corroborated the woman’s version of events.Butcher faces charges of aggravated battery, resisting arrest and tampering with evidence. He is being held without bond at the county jail.last_img read more