Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: Jeffrey Parkinson / USAFALBANY – At Monday’s daily Coronavirus briefing, New York State Governor Cuomo says there will be $25 million in emergency funding going to food banks across the state.He is also asking any philanthropists that can donate funding to contact the governor’s office at COVIDPhilantropies@Exec.ny.gov.Food banks across New York State have seen a surge in demand. Here is a breakdown by region:40-60% increase across Upstate New York40% increase on Long Island100% increase in New York City200% increase in WestchesterCuomo also announced the creation of the Nourish New York Initiative, which will purchase food and products from upstate farms and direct those products to food banks across New York State. The state is also partnering with companies like Cabot, Chobani, and Upstate Niagara, as well as the Dairy Famers of America, to purchase excess milk and dairy products, like cheese, and then give those products to the state’s food banks.
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Pixabay Stock Image.WASHINGTON – After years of government scrutiny, Facebook is now facing two massive anti-trust lawsuits and a possible split-up.One lawsuit, filed by the Federal Trade Commission, could break up the company by forcing it to sell Instagram and What’s App.The second, filed by more than 40 state Attorneys General, seeks to require Facebook to give notification of future acquisitions valued at $10 million or more.Both suits accuse Facebook of abusing its dominance in the digital marketplace and engaging in anti-competitive behavior. Facebook responded to the lawsuits in a post, saying the FTC already approved all of its acquisitions, but now wants a do-over.
MOST GIF-ABLE MOMENT LOOK OUT FOR… 1:38. Yaaas! Bite the Apple™ and SAS IT UP™ WHY WE LOVE IT On August 24, we bid farewell to Broadway’s Newsies. Those hunky pape-peddlers had a mighty fine life on the Great White Way, full of countless celeb visits, performances around the country and, as seen here, some seriously short shorts. This rich installment of Summer Camp comes from the mind of Newsies alum Andrew Keenan-Bolger, a genuine trailblazer of all things camp. Reigning Broadway Prom “Queens” Ryan Steele and Garett Hawe teach Tommy Bracco that if he wants that crown, he better werk. Watch as our favorite oscillating fan gets whipped into shape in our fiercest, most face-kicking clip yet. And watch out, because he’s not afraid to go all Death Becomes Her. OVERALL CAMP FACTOR 10 out of 10 Maple Bacon cookies from Schmackary’s. Bow down to the kween, bitches. We’re gonna be honest: Things around the Broadway.com offices have gotten really boring the last few weeks. It’s sweltering, it’s humid, and worst of all, no new Broadway shows open until after Labor Day. But never fear, dear readers, we’ve got a great way to spice up the month of August: Broadway.com Summer Camp! Each day for 31 days, we’re highlighting the campiest, craziest, wildest—and did we mention campiest?—videos we can find. Put on your gaudy bathing suit and dive in! View Comments
Willis will be the name on everybody’s lips on Broadway this fall! Rumer Willis will make her Great White Way debut in Chicago as Roxie Hart. She is scheduled to begin performances on August 18 and will play an eight-week limited engagement at the Ambassador Theatre through October 11. Meanwhile, her Dad, Bruce Willis, is set to make his Broadway debut in Misery from October 22.Willis is the winner of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars season 20. She began her acting career as a child starring opposite her mother Demi Moore in the films Striptease and Now and Then. Her stage credits include off-Broadway’s Love, Loss and What I Wore, For the Record Live’s Dear John Hughes, Baz Luhrmann’s DBA and FTR: Tarantino. Her additional screen credits include House Bunny, Sorority Row, Diary of Preston Plummer Workaholics, Pretty Little Liars, Hawaii 5-0 and Songbyrd.Brandy Norwood is currently starring as Roxie through August 2; the cast also includes Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Ivan Hernandez as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. View Comments from $49.50 Related Shows Chicago
Show Closed This production ended its run on March 19, 2017 The Present View Comments Tickets are now available to witness Cate Blanchett’s Main Stem debut! The Academy Award winner will lead The Present, Andrew Upton’s adaptation of Chekhov’s Platonov. Directed by John Crowley, the drama will also star Australian actor Richard Roxburgh and begin performances December 17 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Opening night is set for January 8, 2017.As previously reported, the cast will feature the 11 additional members of the world premiere Sydney Theatre Company production, including Anna Bamford, Andrew Buchanan, David Downer, Eamon Farren, Martin Jacobs, Brandon McClelland, Jacqueline McKenzie, Marshall Napier, Susan Prior, Chris Ryan and Toby Schmitz. The Present marks the Broadway debut of its entire cast.Adapted by Blanchett’s husband Upton, Chekhov’s Platonov was discovered in 1920 (16 years after the Russian playwright’s death). Set post-Perestroika in the mid-1990s, The Present follows the widow Anna Petrovna (Blanchett) as she celebrates her birthday with a slew of guests, including the acerbic Platonov (Roxburgh) and his wife. Over the course of the party, unresolved relationships and regret quickly rise to the surface.The Barrymore Theatre is the current home of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; the Tony-winning play will end its run on September 4. Related Shows Cate Blanchett & Richard Roxburgh (Photo courtesy of Boneau/Bryan-Brown) Star Files Cate Blanchett
Show Closed This production ended its run on April 23, 2017 View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed from today. Ingrid Michaelson to Pen a MusicalWaitress creator Sara Bareilles may have started a trend! Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson recently tweeted: “OK. It’s time. I’m going to write a musical. I just need to know how to begin…” She later announced a collaboration with actors from Deaf West Theater on her new breakup single “Hell No.” According to PEOPLE, Michaelson got in touch after seeing the theater company’s performance of Spring Awakening on this year’s Tonys. Perhaps it’s no surprise she has fallen in love with Broadway—Michaelson is currently dating new Something Rotten! headliner, Will Chase.Celeste Oliva Heads to Shear MadnessCeleste Oliva (The Company Men) has replaced Kate Middleton in the role of Barbara in off-Broadway’s Shear Madness. Led by Tony winner Cady Huffman, the murder mystery, which incorporates improv and audience participation in a unisex hair salon, is now playing at the Davenport Theatre.Thomas Sadoski, Amber Tamblyn & More Set for VassarWe do love a road trip! Some starry casting has been announced for the final weeks of the 32nd Powerhouse Season, running through July 31st at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom) and Amber Tamblyn (Two and a Half Men) will join Josh Radnor’s first-ever play Sacred Valley; Zach Grenier (The Good Wife) has been tapped for John Patrick Shanley’s The Portuguese Kid; and Judith Ivey (The Audience) and Peter Scolari (Girls) have boarded Dan LeFranc’s Rancho Viejo.P.S. Speaking of Chase, check out below his public debut of “Will Power” at the St. James last night… Ingrid Michaelson (Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images) Related Shows Shear Madness
Pork producers, industry leaders and bankers have put on hold their efforts to bring300 jobs back into south Georgia.The group is working to reopen a pork processing plant in Moultrie. But industrycompetition seems to be working against them.”All of our plans to start the plant up and provide a local processor for Georgiaproducers are on hold,” said David Bishop, an animal scientist with the University ofGeorgia Extension Service.The only large processor left in Georgia closed down in early June. Many figured thatwould be the end of the Georgia pork industry.Directly and indirectly, Georgia hog farmers support about 3,400 full-time jobs acrossthe state. Extension economists figure the pork industry creates a $500 million to $1billion impact on the state’s economy.There’s too much at stake to give up easily.”Right now, the best approach for this agreement is a cooperative effort betweenthe Georgia Pork Producers Association and banks in the area,” Bishop said. “Thefarmers decided they wanted to keep pork in Georgia and make it profitable, too.”Under an agreement with bankers, Georgia pork farmers will partially own the onlyvolume slaughterhouse in Georgia. Bishop said it’s also only one of three in the nationowned in part by farmers.Bishop said the new partners are working to open a slaughter facility and later add aprocessing wing. They hoped to buy an equipped building in Moultrie. But a large Virginiapork processor has obtained an option to buy it.”We’re back to square zero on our building,” Bishop said. “But thatgives us time to get more producer and agribusiness commitment to raise the high-qualityhogs it will take to keep us viable in an ever-changing industry.”Recent years have taught Georgia pork producers some tough lessons. Some have learnedthem well. Bishop said others still have a lot to learn.”Part of staying in business is responding to your customers,” he said.”They told us they wanted leaner pork. And we’re working to give it to them. But itmay take up to two years for farmers to change their breeding programs to raise leanerhogs.”A cooperative effort between the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciencesand the GPPA helps Georgia farmers produce pork with less than half the fat of just 15years ago. They do it with selective breeding and careful nutrition and management.”Lower-fat meat might end up costing shoppers one or two cents more perpound,” Bishop said. “But think of it as quality insurance. It helps make sureyou can get high-quality meat every time you want it.”Farmers can produce the pork people want. But if they don’t make money at it, they can’t keep doing it.The new producer group is negotiating with large farms to provide the qualityGeorgia-grown hogs they’ll need for their processing lines. Until a Georgia slaughterhousereopens, though, the state’s farmers don’t have a reliable market for their hogs.”Part of the problem when the Moultrie packer closed was that it drove down theprice farmers got for their hogs,” Bishop said. “They couldn’t be certain they could evensell their hogs without a nearby packing plant.”When farmers have to ship their hogs to out-of-state slaughterhouses, they get lowerprices for them. They lose money, too, as their hogs lose weight during the truck ride todistant packers.After the hogs are shipped out-of-state for processing, the pork is shipped back in toGeorgia wholesale or retail markets.”The security of having a pork slaughterhouse and packing facility back in southGeorgia is especially important to hog farmers,” Bishop said. “But it’s also nice to know it’s providing security in theform of jobs to a lot of people in south Georgia and across the state.”
As spring approaches, the anticipation of viewing the beautiful flowering trees and shrubs can become overwhelming. One way to insure your landscape lives up to your expectations is to add a few new plants each year. Planting now will provide surprises and enjoyment in the springs to follow. Here are three new plants that will add to your spring delight. Pink Chinese loropetalums. They’re new, but widely available, and you can select from several forms. These are large evergreen shrubs, reaching 8 to 15 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide. In the spring, they’re covered with bright pink flowers with thin, strap-shaped petals. The new leaves are bright burgundy red that mature to a deep burgundy green. The plants are adapted to sun or partial shade in sandy or clay soils. They should be hardy except in the cold mountain areas of Georgia. Pink Chinese loropetalums plants are naturals for screens or hedges. They tolerate pruning, and they’re drought-tolerant and nearly pest-free. You can train older plants into small, multistem tree forms. Mohawk viburnum. This hybrid has good foliage, fragrant flowers and a truly nice form. The dark green, lustrous leaves are small and often turn burgundy in the fall before they drop. The spring flowers are in clusters 3 inches wide. The individual flowers are pink as buds and open to a nice white. The flower clusters smell like daphne and scent the surrounding space. The plant produces a few fruits that first turn red and then black. These plants do best in moist, well-drained soils and produce more flowers in full sun. They will mature at 8 to 10 feet tall and nearly as wide. Mohawk viburnum is cold hardy throughout Georgia. Its abundant, spicy flowers, neat growth habit and cold hardiness make it an outstanding shrub. Mount Airy fothergilla. This native plant deserves much greater use in Georgia. A vigorous spring flowering shrub, it reaches 4 to 6 feet in height. The plants are adapted to sun or shade, tolerant of drought and thrive in our Georgia soils. The white bottlebrush flowers, 2 inches long by 1.5 inches wide, cover the ends of the leafless spring branches. They dance with the wind, releasing their fragrance. The foliage is a dark blue-green that turns red, orange and yellow in the fall. The rounded-mound habit makes a nice addition to a border or as a specimen planting. These are three great selections that add flowers, interest and even fragrance to your landscape. If you plant now in early spring, the plants can become established and develop a strong supporting root system. Strong roots and a productive top will produce flowers for next spring’s display.
Trees Surrounded by Water They Can’t Use We talk about water, drink water, flush water, spray waterand use water every imaginable way. But what is this stuff?Pure water clear, with no color, taste or odor. It tends tobind closely to itself or bead up. Its properties make it bothunusual chemically and critical biologically.Every school child can recite water’s chemical formula, H2O,which means a single water molecule is composed of three atomsbound together.Two of the three are small hydrogens, each with a single negativelycharged electron shell surrounding a positively charged protoncenter.The third atom is a massive oxygen, which can partially captureand hold the two negatively charged electrons away from the twohydrogens. Oxygen grabs and hordes electrons while still sharingthem a little.Here’s the neat part. The loss of a negative electron shellleaves the positive proton partially exposed on each hydrogen.And the almost continual holding of the two negatively chargedelectrons adds a greater negative charge to the oxygen atom.Water: It’s MagneticThat’s important. The oxygen molecule’s ability to steal electronsfrom its hydrogen partners generates a partial charge separationwithin the molecule. So the water molecule has a positive endand a negative end, like a magnet.Since positive charges stick to negative charges, water moleculeslink together. This unique linkage process, found in few otherelements, allows water to have many valuable special attributesessential for life.Because of this linkage between water molecules, water is slowedfrom evaporation, it’s able to dissolve many things and it floatswhen frozen.And because each water molecule tends to stick closely to itsneighbor, if one is pulled, others will follow. That special bondallows water to be pulled from the soil to the top of trees 300feet tall.Neat, huh?When it comes to managing trees, water is both the problemand the solution. It’s critical to understand it if we’re to effectivelymanage our trees and their water resources.(For more information on water, what it is and how it worksin trees, visit the University of Georgia School of Forest ResourcesWeb site at www.forestry.uga.edu/warnell/service/library.Click on “Service & Outreach,” then “InformationLibrary,” then “Drought Information.”)
The survival of many Georgia farmers depends greatly on onequestion: How efficiently can they use water and keep their yieldsand profits where they need them?The C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park will be trying to answer this and other irrigation-related questions during the coming growing season, say University of Georgia experts.The Way Water’s UsedNo new water-related legislation will likely be created this year in the Georgia General Assembly. But as early as next year, policymakers will begin forming concrete laws to change the way water is used in Georgia, said Jim Hook, a professor of crop and soil sciences with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.This will directly affect agriculture, “which uses the lion’s share of water” in many parts of the state, he said. Georgia agriculture needs concrete, scientific irrigation data to mold accurate and fair water practices and policies.Set for Major CropsScientists will begin irrigation research for major Georgia row crops such as cotton, peanuts and corn, said Rad Yager, superintendent of the research park. Future research will include vegetables.The park spans more than 130 acres, with 100 acres cleared for crops and 30 planted in pines, pecan trees and live oaks, said Kerry Harrison, CAES irrigation engineer. It’s strategically placed in the Flint River basin in southwest Georgia, the hub of agricultural water use in the state.To conduct the research, scientists will use different types of irrigation systems, such as pivot, linear and drip.All irrigation areas will be monitored by a centralized computer, said Dan Thomas, CAES professor of biological and agricultural engineering.”It’s all done by radio link that sends the information back to the main building,” Thomas said.Besides the computer control room, the main building contains a classroom and meeting area and a kitchen, main office, storage room and covered equipment area.Looking for AnswersResearchers will use the park to answer other key questions:* Will returns on irrigation investments be high enough and fast enough for farmers and their financial backers to risk investment?* How will this lead to new production opportunities for Georgia farmers or reduce economic risks in existing farms?* What new service and manufacturing opportunities will arise out of new products and improved margins for farmers?* How can growers, facing mandated water cutoffs or restrictions, schedule water use?* How does water usage in other parts of the state affect water quality and farm usage in southwest Georgia?Finite ResourceWater isn’t an infinite resource. Stakeholders, including farmers, have to independently understand their water usage, while also seeing the big picture. They have to see how all stakeholders are interdependent on this finite resource.”It’s not just farm commodities, it’s also what happens in Atlanta and with other (Georgia) commodities,” Hook said.C.M. Stripling of Camilla, Ga., donated the land for the research park to Mitchell County. The county leases the land to the UGA CAES for irrigation research.