18 Jan
2021

Season Two of Broadway Balances America Premieres in August

first_imgGrab an extra cup of coffee because your mornings are about to get a Great White Way-sized makeover! Lifetime Channel’s award-winning morning show The Balancing Act will present the second season of its six-part special series Broadway Balances America, sponsored by Broadway Across America. Season two of the series, which takes you backstage of some of Broadway’s most-beloved musicals, will premiere on Lifetime in August.Broadway Balances America provides behind-the-scenes excerpts and interviews highlighting the shows that are featured on Broadway Across America’s 2015-2016 Broadway series nationwide, including Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Kinky Boots, If/Then, The Wizard of Oz, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music and Cabaret. Our hosts get up close and personal with the casts and crews, even experiencing what it’s like to dance in their shoes!“Broadway musicals are not just the New York art form; they are the great American art form,” said Lauren Reid, CEO Theater Division, Broadway Across America. “We thank our network of local theater partners nationwide and The Balancing Act for helping us share Broadway with that wider audience across the country.”So, do you want to know what the second season of Broadway Balances America has in store for you? Of course you do! You’ll meet the leading lady of Cinderella and find out how she balances raising her son with performing across the country, get an exclusive behind-the-curtain look at the Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots with pop superstar Cyndi Lauper, learn the inspiration behind the contemporary new musical If/Then, find out how The Wizard of Oz has been reconceived for the stage with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, receive a first look at the reimagined The Sound of Music and meet the quadruple-threat Kit Kat Klub girls of Cabaret.“We are so happy to take The Balancing Act viewers behind-the-scenes of the most popular Broadway shows, meeting some of the actors, directors and choreographers who bring it all to life,” said Jeanne Kelly, Supervising Producer for The Balancing Act. “These productions are hitting the road as their national tours get underway and heading to a stage near you. Everyone can now experience the excitement, music and magic that is Broadway right in their local community.”The air dates for Broadway Balances America will be:Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella on August 25 & September 1Kinky Boots on September 22 & 29If/Then on October 20 & 27The Wizard of Oz on November 17 & 24Rodgers + Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music on December 1 & 8Cabaret on January 26, 2016 & February 2The first season of Broadway Balances America included segments on the national tours of Annie, Dirty Dancing—The Classic Story on Stage, Pippin, Newsies, Motown The Music and the Broadway Classroom workshop in NYC. View Comments Broadway Balances Americalast_img read more

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17 Jan
2021

Safe, Sweet Strawberries

first_img“You can best wash strawberries by placing them in a colander and spraying them withwater,” Harrison said. “The crop usually begins coming in in mid-March and lasts until early June,” Krewersaid. “We’re a little early this year due to the warm weather.” The weather has also made this a banner year for Georgia strawberries. “It comes at a very bad time for us,” Krewer said, “because it gives the wrongimpression. But we have a very good crop this year. And the combination of clean,drinking-quality water used for irrigation, strictly using dry commercial fertilizer andthe plastic shield between the berries and the soil make it an outstanding, clean crop.” No matter where you live in the state, you should be able to find a fresh supply ofGeorgia-grown strawberries. “The Georgia strawberry crop is one of the most sanitary crops I know of,” said GerardKrewer, a University of Georgia Extension Service horticulturist in Tifton. “It’sdrip-irrigated with drinking-quality water, and a layer of plastic separates the berriesfrom the soil, eliminating the risk of soil-borne illness.” “The fertilizer used on strawberries is commercial dry fertilizer, not manure,” saidButch Ferree, an extension horticulturist in Fort Valley. “The first round of fertilizer isusually plowed into the soil in the fall, and more is added to the irrigation system in thespring. Soil low in organic matter produces the best strawberries, so it’s properlytreated before the berries are even planted.” The soil and fertilizer used on the crop also make it safer. “Our crop is scattered all over the state,” Krewer said. “We don’t have exact acreagefigures on the crop, but we do know they are very productive, yielding about 15,000 to20,000 pounds per acre.” “We had some problems around Savannah because the warm weather betweenChristmas and New Year’s forced some of the plants to bloom early,” Ferree said.”But this dry weather has brought us superb quality.”center_img They’re a tasty crop, too, Ferree said. “The variety usually seen in grocery stores is Chandler, and it was practically made forthe Georgia climate,” he said. “If you pick your own, they are more mature and evenfresher.” Take advantage of this limited-time offering of fresh Georgia-grown strawberries.Don’t let the recent scare scare you off. Georgia’s strawberry crop is in. Don’t let the recent food scare keep you from pickingand eating these scrumptious specimens. The prime picking time for Georgia strawberries is now. “Whether it’s industry, pick-your-own or the family garden, poor sanitation can causeproblems,” said Judy Harrison, an extension food safety specialist. “Using clean handsand clean, properly stored containers for the product are important, regardless of thecrop or who is picking it.” Harrison says to remove any badly bruised or moldy strawberries. Place the rest in asingle layer in a clean container covered with wax paper in the refrigerator. Cap andwash thoroughly with drinking water just before using. Despite these precautions, animals passing through a field, or mishandled berries, couldstill cause a health problem. Sanitation care in the kitchen, and at every step in foodhandling, is required.last_img read more

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20 Dec
2020

Guatemala Pushes for Reforms to Current Mining Law

first_imgBy Dialogo June 17, 2013 GUATEMALA CITY — Several Guatemalan congressmen are pushing to reform their country’s controversial mining law in a bid to prevent further clashes between mining companies and local residents. The move comes after the government declared a state of emergency in four townships east of Guatemala City in May, following several days of violent protests at a silver mine, which left two people dead. The current mining law was approved in 1997, but some politicians and academics say it’s outdated. Even though various attempts have been made to modify it, the law still remains in its original form. Last October, the Ministry of Energy and Mines presented Guatemala’s Congress with a proposal of 34 modifications to the current law, which included social, economic and environmental reforms. However, Congress has not yet approved the proposal, and the conflict between mining companies and local residents continues to intensify. “The current mining law is not considered efficient, and reforms have always been necessary,” said José Miguel de la Vega, Guatemala’s vice-minister of mining and hydrocarbons. “The proposal will not only allow for technical mining and reasoning from the point of environmental protection, but it will also strengthen the control mechanisms and taxation by the state towards the mining companies.” Mining has become big business in Guatemala in recent years, now accounting for 2 percent of GDP. However, the country’s current mining law states that companies only need to pay 1 percent of their profits to local communities, which has led to clashes with municipalities and heavy criticism from international pressure groups. In January 2012, the Minister of Energy and Mines, Erick Archila, implemented a Voluntary Royalties Agreement where mining companies were encouraged to boost the percentage of profits they pay to both the surrounding communities and the state. Goldcorp, Guatemala’s largest gold mine, produced 382,400 ounces of gold in 2011, earning it $607 million. The company voluntarily signed the agreement, which meant that it paid an extra 5 percent in royalties. “This is important progress, as other nations like Peru and Mexico receive less or no royalties [from mining]. With the proposed reform, giving royalties will no longer be a voluntary agreement, it will be the law,” de la Vega said. The proposed reforms include providing communities with more information about projects before mining licenses are approved, granting the government the power to suspend or impose fines for illegal exploration, and increasing taxation on mining companies. “It is very important the royalties are distributed directly to cover drinking water, environmental cleanup, health services, education and community infrastructure,” said de la Vega. Guatemala currently receives 200 million quetzales ($25.5 million) from the mining industry. However, that number is projected to nearly double in the future. “Goldcorp continues to support the government’s efforts to enact a new mining law, which we believe will create a rational and transparent framework for doing business in the country,” said a Goldcorp spokeswoman. Even though Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina presented the reforms again this year, it’s not yet clear when they’ll actually be made. Constitutional changes require a two-thirds vote in the 158-member Congress where the president’s Partido Patriota holds 63 seats. “Congress has its own work schedule,” said de la Vega. meanwhile, la golden will continue to get rich and cause serious harm to the environment and to the health of neighbors and workers. and from those meager royalties very little goes to the people, the corrupt politicians pocket most of it.last_img read more

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