Readers Rooting For Sydney Lucas & More First-Time Tony Nominees

first_imgSYDNEY LUCASFun Home MAX VON ESSENAn American in Paris Tony night is almost here! As we count down the days until June 7, we’re getting more and more excited for the first-time Tony nominees who could be taking home a trophy for Best Actor or Actress this year. We asked you to rank the Tony newbies you’re rooting for on Culturalist. The results are in! Check out who you guys picked below. TONY YAZBECKOn the Town EMILY SKEGGSFun Home BETH MALONEFun Home BRADLEY COOPERThe Elephant Mancenter_img ALEX SHARPThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time LEANNE COPEAn American in Paris STEVEN BOYERHand to God ROBERT FAIRCHILDAn American in Paris View Commentslast_img read more

Cotton Irrigation

first_imgWith rain being sparse in some areas of Georgia this summer, irrigation is a necessary expense all farmers have to consider. Whether it’s with the checkbook method, soil moisture sensors or software programs, cotton farmers have a plethora of options to choose from, says a University of Georgia Extension expert.Guy Collins, UGA Extension’s cotton agromomist, says during the three-week squaring period cotton crops need one inch of water per week depending on soil type and environmental conditions. The crop also needs this much water for the first week of bloom. A cotton crop’s water needs increase to one and a half inch during second week of bloom and top off at two inches for the third and fourth bloom weeks. For the fifth and sixth weeks of bloom, the crop’s water needs drop back to one and a half inches. That total drops further to one inch each week for the rest of the season until bolls begin to open in which irrigation ceases.For example, if a farmer’s cotton receives eight tenths of an inch of rain during the first part of the week of squaring, the crop only needs two tenths of an inch of irrigation later that week to reach the one-inch of water the crop needs for the week.Keeping up with the amount of water a cotton crop needs can be a confusing task and farmers also have to decide which irrigation method works best for their needs. “There’s not one method that’s superior to others. It just depends on the grower’s needs and what they can do,” Collins said.The checkbook method is an approach that’s suitable for growers that aren’t using sensors or any other way to calculate irrigation. It follows the growth curve of the plant. As cotton bolls develop and mature, the plant’s water requirements change. It’s important to consider how the amount of water needed by the plant changes throughout the season, regardless of the irrigation strategy used, Collins said.Unlike the checkbook method, sensor-based irrigation systems can more accurately account for other variables when determining the appropriate time to irrigate. Sensors measure the soil moisture and accurately determine how much moisture the cotton plants are receiving from the soil at a given point in time. According to Collins, a sensor can help the farmer account for differences in soil texture and rainfall and determine when to turn irrigation on and off. Without a sensor, the farmer’s just guessing, he said. Soil moisture sensors also help growers save money. Normally a 5-10 day dry period would be detrimental to a cotton crop. But that wasn’t the case during last year’s extremely wet summer. Without sensors, a farmer may have applied irrigation unnecessarily. Collins said sensors in the soil would have reported how much moisture still remained. Unlike other years, last year’s cotton crop would not have been harmed by going without water for 10 days because of frequent rains and surplus soil moisture. The 2014 season may be very different, as Georgia suffers through prolonged hot and dry spell in many areas.The downside to sensor-based irrigation, though, is the added expense and time they require. Collins said.An irrigation practice becoming more and more popular is subsurface drip irrigation — a way to water cotton beneath the soil. Collins said subsurface drip irrigation is ideal for smaller, odd-shaped fields not suitable for pivot irrigation. If a well is located nearby, subsurface drip irrigation may be an option. “All of a sudden, a field that would otherwise be a dry land field can now be irrigated, just through a different system,” Collins said.The benefit of this system is that it more accurately adjusts for rainfall. Because a farmer only irrigates a small portion at a time, the potential for water loss could be much less if it rains after an irrigation. “For example, in the pivot system, a farmer may apply an inch of water over a one or two-day period. But if a thunderstorm pops up later in the week and brings five-tenths of an inch of rain, there’s an excess of five-tenths of an inch of water. And, there’s five-tenths of an inch of irrigation that could have been saved,” Collins said.With the subsurface drip system, a farmer applies a couple of tenths of an inch of water per day. Since so little water is being distributed at one time, the farmer is less likely to lose valuable water if it rains later in the week.On the downside, drip systems require much higher maintenance than the pivot system, Collins said. This is why only a small percentage of farmers use the method, he said.In his UGA Extension work across the state, Collins meets growers that only irrigate when their cotton is wilting. He strongly advises against this. “Chances are, however, the farmer has already lost yields if the cotton is left without water for too long,” he said. For more information on cotton production in Georgia, see read more

Entergy files motion in New York requesting action on nuclear spin-off

first_imgThe owner of the Entergy Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vernon and four other such plants has met with New York regulators to make a more attractive financial offer in its effort to spin off those reactors into a new company called Enexus. The new proposal, which the company said would reduce the debt of the new company by $1 billion, while increasing capitalization by $350 million, would likely require further federal and Vermont regulatory approval. The other plants are Pilgrim (Plymouth, MA), Indian Point 1&2 (New York), FitzPatrick (New York), and Palisades (Michigan).In a press release issued yesterday, Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) and subsidiaries (Entergy Nuclear FitzPatrick, LLC, Entergy Nuclear Indian Point 2, LLC, Entergy Nuclear Indian Point 3, LLC, NewCo (Enexus Energy Corporation) and Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. (collectively,  Entergy )) filed a motion Monday with the New York Public Service Commission (NYPSC) in connection with the company s proposed spin-off, announced in November 2007, of its non-utility nuclear business to be named Enexus Energy Corporation. The motion requests procedures and a schedule to enable the report of the Presiding Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) to be issued in time for the NYPSC to issue a final order no later than its regularly scheduled meeting in November so that the proposed reorganization can be completed by the end of this year, with closing to take place on a month end. The details of the proposed procedures and schedule, including enhancements to the proposed reorganization, are included in this release.New York ProcessIn January 2008, Entergy filed a petition requesting either a declaratory ruling that the NYPSC need not review its proposed spin-off or, in the alternative, approval of the reorganization and its associated financing. In May 2008, the NYPSC issued an order finding that because the reorganization involved nuclear facilities that play an important role in supporting reliable electric service in New York, there needed to be a limited review of its potential to harm captive New York utility ratepayers. The NYPSC emphasized that the public interest inquiry was tightly bounded , allowed 60 days for discovery, and assigned ALJs to establish further procedures. After a series of filings and rulings by the ALJs, in October 2008 the judges notified all active parties that an adequate record had been established and no further formal proceedings were warranted.In December 2008, based on comments and reply comments presented in the above process suggesting that a settlement might be reached, a Notice of Impending Settlement Negotiation was then filed and settlement discussions began with the trial staff of the NYPSC and the other parties. Settlement discussions, viewed by the company as productive, continued throughout the first half of 2009 until recently terminated. The primary focus of comments filed by the trial staff concerned the relative credit ratings of Entergy and Enexus for long-term unsecured bonds and the possibility thatEnexus lower rating might adversely affect its financial capability to ensure the reliable operation ofthe New York nuclear plants.During the course of the settlement discussions, Entergy endeavored to address and resolve those concerns. Despite the termination of settlement discussions, Entergy has developed further enhancements to the reorganization proposal that it believes resolve any concerns. Accordingly, Entergy is proposing to file an amended petition reflecting these enhancements for the NYPSC s consideration.Entergy believes that with these enhancements and Enexus financial strengths described in the original petition, the reorganization proposal should fully satisfy the concerns raised by the NYPSC about the adequacy of Enexus financial resources to operate the New York facilities as reliably as Entergy. The amended petition will also include Entergy s analysis showing how there will be adequate funding for both radiological and non-radiological decommissioning of the New York plant sites. The following table briefly outlines a few of the most salient aspects of the enhancements that will be described in more detail in the amended petition:Procedures and Schedule Proposed by EntergyEntergy has proposed the following procedures and schedule in order to permit the ALJs toissue a report in time for the NYPSC to issue a final order no later than its regularly scheduledmeeting in November so that the proposed reorganization can be completed by the end of this year: After settlement discussions ended, Entergy met with trial staff and other parties to discusshow the case should proceed going forward. Some of the parties took the position that there shouldbe a full hearing process, including the filing of testimony, preceded by up to six months ofadditional discovery. They also provided lists of issues that they want to be included in testimonyand a hearing. The issues raised by trial staff and other parties could delay resolution of this case bya year or more by interjecting issues far outside the scope to which the NYPSC and the ALJs haveprescribed for the case. In its petition, Entergy requests that the ALJs continue to enforce the scopethat the NYPSC imposed in its May 23, 2008 Order and preclude trial staff and other parties fromlitigating these broader issues.Benefits of the TransactionEntergy believes that the spin-off of its non-utility nuclear business is in the best interests ofits stakeholders, as well as the customers of the load serving entities in the regions in which itsnuclear facilities sell power. Accordingly, Entergy remains vigilant in seeking regulatory approval ofthe spin-off transaction.Entergy recognizes that the financial flexibility and strength of Enexus is of paramount importance. Ensuring the financial strength and flexibility of Enexus has been a critical area of focus for Entergy as it has prepared for Enexus to operate as a separate, independent company. Entergy believes its initially proposed terms for the spin-off afforded Enexus financial flexibility and strength that were more than adequate to meet the legal standard established for the regulatory approval of the reorganization. Nonetheless, in an effort to remove any possible basis for concern, further enhancements are being provided. Given these enhancements to the already robust financial attributes of Enexus, Entergy strongly believes that the separation of Enexus from Entergy will be good for New York and for the other states in which its facilities are located. Further, for purposes of reliably operating the New York facilities, Enexus will be positioned to be at least the financial equivalent of Entergy given Enexus significant financial resources and its singular focus on the merchant generation business.Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $13 billion and approximately 14,700 employees.Source: Entergy. New Orleans, La. July 14, 2009.last_img read more

Innovation advice from a mobile payments rock star

first_img continue reading » 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Chuck Davidson is the man behind Starbucks’ payments app, one of the most successful payments apps to date.Today, nearly 30% of the coffee maker’s transactions occur through the app—which is “nuts,” Davidson says.Davidson, who is now the head of customer engagement at Cardfree, discussed the development process behind the app during the AXFI Conference in Minneapolis.His approach to innovation:Watch: Observe your customer using your products or services. This can be better than focus groups or even talking to people.Ideate: Brainstorm with cross-functional teams and without idea boundaries.Test and prototype: Be quick and dirty. Learn but don’t be invested at this stage. Iterate and course correct.last_img read more

3 ways to make extra money with your talents and skills

first_imgThanksgiving is a thing of the past. Literally. It’s still relevant, but it happened last week. Now, we’ve all shifted our focus to the final holiday season of 2018. Are you ready? Have you started wrapping? Have you even started shopping? I have not. I keep pushing it down my to-do list. As I get prepared to do a little holiday shopping, here are three ways you can use your skills and talents to make a little extra cash for those gifts you haven’t bought yet.Tutor: Are you a math whiz? Know a lot about American history? If the answer is yes, you might be in business. As long as there are teenagers, there will be a need for tutors. If you’ve got a strong background in any school subject, tutoring can be a super easy way for you to pass on your knowledge and make a little side cash during this holiday season.Give private lessons:Everyone plays guitar these days. Okay not everyone, but in the circles I hang out in, there are a lot of musicians. Do you play piano or drums? If you have any musical skills and need a few extra bucks, teaching private lessons may be a good option for you. You could possibly even be super busy during the first of the year after Santa delivers all those new instruments on Christmas morning.Make some art and sell it: Whether you draw, enjoy oil painting, or just have a great eye for photography, you may be able to get a nice little return on any art you’ve created this year. If you’re a talented painter, it might be time to try and sell some of your work. If you love using a camera, you can make a good wad of cash if you’re willing to sell some photos to any number of stock photo sites. 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Schools to hold parades honoring seniors

first_imgIn Johnson City, their parade will be held at 6 p.m. with a line up at 5 p.m. at the Johnson City South parking lot and will begin the parade at Northside park. The students will also be able to pick up their yearbooks and senior awards. (WBNG)- Some local schools in the Southern Tier are holding parades for their graduating seniors on Friday. In Chenango Valley, they will be holding a parade at 10 a.m., the parade will have community members line up on Chenango Street from Port Dickinson Elementary towards the Chenango Valley High School and students will drive by in their vehicles and allow for community members to cheer them on. In Sidney, the parade will start at 11:15 a.m. and it will go from Main Street, to River Street, to Union Street, and then go from there to Pearl Street back to the high school. Students will then have a drive-by barbecue afterwards and students are allowed to decorate their cars. center_img Every parade is requiring you to wear a mask and to stay socially distant. Some of the schools include Chenango Valley, Johnson City and Sidney.last_img read more

Hotel Medora Auri received a gold award for sustainable business

first_imgMedora hotels from Podgora on the Makarska Riviera last week hosted the annual TUI Nordic Blue Star conference, which brought together more than 70 participants who arrived in Podgora from all over the world. It is important to point out that this is the first time that a Croatian hotel has been given the opportunity to organize this event, and most conference participants have never visited Croatia before. The TUI Nordic Blue Star concept is part of TUI Nordic’s offer, as well as its longest-lasting and most popular brand. All 37 hotels in Europe as well as 25 hotels in other world destinations in this concept have common characteristics – a variety of facilities and services for families and couples in facilities of categories 4 and 5 *, especially sustainability, environmental protection and modern technological solutions. During their stay in Medora hotels, the participants were presented the specialties of the local Dalmatian eno-gastronomic offer and could hear first hand about indigenous recipes and traditional ways of preparing meals, and all offered wines from Croatian producers were specially paired with each course. The annual conference was also an award ceremony for members of the Blue Star concept, and it was the host Hotel Medora that received the gold award for sustainable travel. “The gold award for the Medora Auri hotel in the “Sustainability” category is just a confirmation that the investment of energy and time in obtaining the Travelife certificate has paid off because our guests have recognized that Medora hotels care about the quality of service, satisfaction of guests and other users. respecting the interests of employees, the company, the local community, preserving the environment and managing resources. We are especially proud of winning the bronze award in the category “Overall impression of the hotel” because we confirmed this year’s competition, in which the gold and silver awards were won by two new 5 * hotels, a place among the leaders in service quality in international competitionSaid the President of the Management Board Zrinko Kamber. In addition to the stay in Podgora, the conference participants were organized a tour and introduction to the natural and cultural heritage of Makarska Riviera, a visit to other hotels in the TUI program and a working part where the management of TUI Nordica presented trends and goals in the future that will enable further growth and development Blue Star concept.last_img read more

Koulibaly: Preferred solution to Red Devils problem

first_imgEarlier in the window, it was reported that Manchester United had made a £64 million bid for Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, with the Mirror among the sources to have reported  that the transfer was a done deal. Koulibaly That hasn’t proved to be the case, but could the Red Devils get something over the line before 11pm on January 31?Advertisement Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayLil Nas X’s Hit Song Is Becoming The Longest #1 Song Ever6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone Loading… center_img Having missed out on Erling Haaland and Marco Mandzukic, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs a statement signing, and Koulibaly fits the bill. Read Also:Koulibaly set to make £64m switch Man Utd United’s defence was exposed in recent defeats by Manchester City, Liverpool and Burnley, and the Senegal international could be an ideal option to partner Harry Maguire in the heart of the defence. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Should the Reds Keep Choo?

first_imgShin-Soo Choo has certainly been worth the price the Reds paid to get him.  Now comes the task of deciding if he should stay.  When they traded for him, their plan was to borrow him for one year to win a World Series and then let him go to free agency.  However, he did so well as a Red that now you begin to wonder if you can afford to give him the big contract and keep him as your lead-off hitter.  Economically, the answer is “no”.  He will want a long-term contract at a high price level and this will reduce your ability to retain younger players.  You have invested a lot of money in Billy Hamilton, and he is definitely the outfielder of the future.  The question is–“is Hamilton ready to play regular next year?”  Hamilton is only 23 years old and could be a long-time fixture in Cincinnati if he can hit.  There is no doubt he can do everything else very well, but nothing happens until you get on base.  Choo, on the other hand, is a proven commodity; but Cincinnati is not a Korean strong hold of population.  Choo is reportedly hoping to go to Chicago or New York where his ethnic background might be better suited.  We all know that his agent wants that size city so he can jack up his asking price.last_img read more