President Trump Declares “National Emergency” Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

first_imgPhoto: The White House / D. Myles Cullen / CDCWASHINGTON – President Trump declared a “national emergency” on Friday due to the Coronavirus pandemic.The President said the action would “open up access to up to $50 billion,” which he described as “a large amount of money for states and territories and localities in our shared fight against this disease.”Trump also urged states to set up emergency operation centers immediately. 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)last_img read more

Jamestown Man Indicted By Federal Grand Jury On Drug Charges

first_imgImage via Jamestown Police.BUFFALO — A Jamestown man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on drug and gun-related charges and faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison up to life, and up to  a $10 Million fine, according to U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr.Wade J. Paulisick, Jr., 22, was indicted on charges of possessing with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of acetyl fentanyl, 40 grams or more of fentanyl, five grams or more of methamphetamine, buprenorphine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking activities, and possession of a stolen firearm.Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles E. Watkins, who is handling the case, said that according to the indictment and a previously filed complaint, on Sept. 26, the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force and the Jamestown Police Swat Team executed a search warrant at the defendant’s Tower Street residence. Officers recovered a quantity of suspected fentanyl and methamphetamine, as well as a handgun.The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Acting Chief Timothy Jackson; the New York State Police, under the direction of Major James Hall; the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan; and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, under the direction of Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb. 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)last_img read more

Signed, Sealed, Delivered! Clifton Oliver & Allison Semmes Will Star in the National Tour of Motown The Musical

first_img Motown The Musical features choreography by Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams, scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Tony nominee ESosa, lighting design by Tony winner Natasha Katz, sound design by Tony nominee Peter Hylenski, projection design by Daniel Brodie and hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe. Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, Motown The Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more. Oliver (Berry Gordy) has performed in the Broadway productions of The Lion King, In The Heights and Wicked. His other stage credits include national tours of The Lion King, Rent and Ragtime. Semmes (Diana Ross) has appeared on Broadway in Motown The Musical and The Book of Mormon. Her other stage credits include the natioanl tour of The Color Purple, Dreamgirls, Bubbling Brown Sugar, The Wiz and Candide. Featuring more than 50 classic hits such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” Motown The Musical tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat.center_img We heard it through the grapevine! Clifton Oliver and Allison Semmes have been cast as Berry Gordy and Diana Ross, respectively, in the first national tour of Motown The Musical. The foot-tapping and finger-snapping show is set to begin performances April 22 at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago before continuing to cities across the country. Additional casting will be announced soon. View Commentslast_img read more

Watch Cheno Go Back to Oz with ‘Rainbow’

first_img View Comments Our Broadway bestie is back in New York and ready to take on Carnegie Hall! Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth visited the Late Show with David Letterman on April 1 to discuss her upcoming program at the historic venue, The Evolution of a Soprano. It just wouldn’t feel right if she didn’t sing just a snippet of something at every talk show appearance, so the original Wicked star sang a well-known tune from another story about Oz. And yes, she ends with a signature “Cheno-note.” Take a listen below! Star Filescenter_img Kristin Chenowethlast_img read more

Film and Record Producer Kurt Deutsch is Having a Good Week

first_imgEven before winning his record label’s third Grammy Award on Sunday night, Kurt Deutsch was planning on having a big week. The film version of The Last Five Years that he spearheaded is premiering in New York City tonight and Los Angeles on Wednesday, with releases set for both cities (and video on demand) on Friday. And the movie’s soundtrack is also set for release tomorrow on Sh-K-Boom Records, the label that has been his passion project for 15 years. But a Grammy for the original cast recording of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical? Icing on the cake. Looking ahead, Deutsch is currently developing a new Alice in Wonderland-inspired musical with Spring Awakening authors Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater called Alice By Heart and is looking forward to watching The Last Five Years in movie theaters with fans. Although it will also be released on TVs via video on demand on Friday, the same day as movie theaters in New York and Los Angeles (before opening wider on February 20), he encourages the “leaving-your-house” option. For Deutsch, the rebirth of The Last Five Years is somewhat bittersweet as he’s now separated from Scott, whom he married in 1998 and has one son with, Elijah. “It’s a private matter, but we’ve been living separately,” he said. “Our main focus is the well-being and nurturing of our son.” Both producers of the film, Deutsch and Scott appear together in The Last Five Years on screen opposite Kendrick in a joint cameo. “It’s become this classic cult record,” he said. And a wildly popular one, thanks to Brown’s powerful songs and the now iconic vocals of its stars. “It’s our most successful off-Broadway album,” Deutsch confirms. “And probably the biggest selling off-Broadway album overall since Little Shop of Horrors. The amazing thing about the cast album business is that every year, there’s a new group of people that discover it.” “I felt our chances were good at winning because we had three albums in the category,” Deutsch said. His sister label, Ghostlight Records, is responsible for the nominated cast album for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder and also served as executive producer on Disney’s Aladdin album. “I’m just happy for everyone involved with Beautiful,” he added. “We’re the little independent label always going up against the big guys.” Sh-K-Boom and Ghostlight previously won Grammy Awards in the Best Musical Theater Album category for In the Heights and The Book of Mormon. “To me, musicals are meant to be experienced with an audience,” he said. “So if you can go to the theater and see it together, go and have that experience jointly. But if not, invite some friends over and watch it in your living room! I’m just thrilled everyone is going to get to see it.” View Comments Deutsch always had the idea of turning the musical into a movie so, when acclaimed screenwriter and film director Richard LaGravanese told Scott at an audition that he also had the same thought, she hooked the two men up. Interestingly, LaGravanese had never seen the show, only knowing the story of Jamie and Cathy from first date to marriage to divorce from listening to the album. Get the Sh-K-Boom Records original motion picture soundtrack of The Last Five Years here. LaGravanese’s film adaptation, which stars in-demand Hollywood star Anna Kendrick and Tony-nominated Broadway favorite Jeremy Jordan, succeeds in ways the stage version of The Last Five Years traditionally struggles, Deutsch said. “The movie enlightens elements that the show can’t. You can actually see Cathy’s reaction to Jamie when he’s singing ‘If I Didn’t Believe in You’ and ‘Schmuel.’ And you can see how in love they are during ‘Shiksa Goddess’ and you see Jamie with other women. I think it makes you feel it all deeper.” Originally an actor (he romanced Kristin Davis on Sex and the City and starred on Broadway in A Few Good Men and in Randy Newman’s Faust at La Jolla Playhouse in 1995), Deutsch started Sh-K-Boom in 2000 with wife Sherie Rene Scott with the plan of releasing rock albums for theater stars like Scott, Adam Pascal and Alice Ripley. Cast albums didn’t come into the picture until Scott appeared in the off-Broadway premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years in 2002. The show only survived two months at the Minetta Lane Theatre, so making a cast recording wasn’t high on any record label’s to-do list. But Deutsch was determined and did it himself, with the help of the show’s producers.last_img read more

Motown’s Allison Semmes on Lacking Diva Vibes

first_img Age: “I’m legal!”Hometown: Chicago, ILCurrent Role: Semmes takes on the role of Motown’s Supreme diva Diana Ross and shows her sensational rise and romance with music legend Berry Gordy (Chester Gregory).Stage Cred: Motown’s a leading lady played Diana Ross (and before that Florence Ballard) on the show’s successful national tour. She made her Great White Way debut in The Book of Mormon. Her other stage credits include The Color Purple tour (as Squeak) and regional productions of Dreamgirls, Bubbling Brown Sugar, The Wiz, Candide and Violet. Related Shows Allison Semmes(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) View Commentscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on July 31, 2016 Motown The Musicallast_img read more

Burn This, Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Postpones Broadway Revival

first_img Sad news, Jake Gyllenhaal fans! The Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson’s Burn This has been postponed until the 2017-18 season due to scheduling conflicts with the show’s star. Directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer, the play was set to reopen Ambassador Theatre Group’s Hudson Theatre. The Ambassador Theatre Group will announce a new production to open the Hudson Theatre soon. Previews were set to begin in February 2017 with opening night scheduled for March 6.Burn This tells the story of four New Yorkers whose lives are uprooted by a young dancer’s accidental death. Set in downtown New York in the raw and gritty 1980s, the combustible drama explores the spiritual and emotional isolation of Pale and Anna, two iconoclasts who are brought together in the wake of a life-changing event. The play premiered off-Broadway in 1987, later transferring to the Great White Way. The Signature Theatre Company revived the show off-Broadway 2002.Gyllenhaal made his Broadway debut in Constellations. His other theater credits include Little Shop of Horrors at City Center, If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet off-Broadway and This Is Our Youth in the West End. His numerous screen credits include Brokeback Mountain, for which he received an Oscar nod, Prisoners, Enemy, Source Code and Nightcrawler. He will next be seen onstage in a concert presentation of Sunday in the Park with George at City Center from October 24 through 26. Jake Gyllenhaal(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Commentslast_img read more

Weather Holds Peanuts’ Fate

first_img John Beasley, UGA CAES Peanut plants produce pegs, a kind of elongated stem, that enter the ground and swell to produce peanuts. White mold on a peanut plant (in circle.) As dry and hot as the summer has been, a Universityof Georgia scientist says peanuts still stand a chance to make a good crop.”Overall, the crop looks good,” said JohnBeasley, an Extension Servicepeanut agronomist with the UGA Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “It’s getting late in the season. Butwith good weather — even less than ideal weather — we could still harvest a good crop ofpeanuts.”center_img Beasley said the temperature has affected peanuts as much or more than the drought.”Even irrigated peanuts have suffered in the extremely high temperatures we saw allover the state through June and July,” he said.He calls 1998 an “almost bizarre year.” Too much water in the spring keptfarmers from planting. Then too little water in the summer has kept the plants fromblooming and pegging.And for Georgia’s peanuts, valued in 1997 at $360 million, the blooms and pegs are thecrop. The blooms form pegs, or elongated stems, that enter the ground, swell and producethe fruit we know as peanuts. The weather from the first of August through October is what will make or break thepeanut crop, Beasley said. Growers hope for warm days and a late frost to keep the cropmaturing.But other factors are complicating the maturity of the crop. Late planting meant theharvest was already delayed. Rain through the last week of July and into early Augustprovided water for peanuts and for weeds, insects and diseases.”All of those factors can harm plants and delay maturity,” Beasley said.”Worst of all is the white mold we’re seeing.”Tim Brenneman, a CAES plantpathologist, said white mold is the worst he’s seen in the state in five years.”We’re seeing (white mold) the worst in irrigated fields,” he said, “wherethe high temperatures and available water provided ideal conditions for the mold to begindevelopment earlier than we’re accustomed to treating for it.” Brenneman said fungicides are available to decrease the fungus’ presence and impact inthe field. But once the fungus is there, it’s hard to control. The good news is that onlyabout 40 percent of Georgia peanut fields are under permanent irrigation, and drylandfields aren’t as susceptible to the fungus.The last “really bad” year was 1991, Brenneman said, when white mold cutyields by $57 million. “We don’t think it will be that bad this year, since we’ve gotgood fungicides,” he said. “But it has still caused, and will continue causing,some losses.”Beasley remains optimistic, though.”There’s still a very good chance the peanut crop can set and be harvested,”he said. “Peanuts have an ability to withstand early-season drought and then put on agood crop during the last half of the season. We’re betting that’s going to be the casethis year.”last_img read more

07 Garden diseases

first_img“Trap crops” can reduce viral diseases carried by small insects.Plant a few rows of a crop like rye or corn around your maingarden. This will tempt insects to feed there first, reducing therisk of diseases some small insects are known to carry.Be carefulWhen you water the garden, don’t splash soil onto plant foliage.If possible, irrigate by running water between the rows. Use amulch layer of straw, bark, shredded paper or plastic to keepsoil from splashing onto plants and keep fruit from touching bareground.If you use tobacco, wash your hands thoroughly before handlingplants. This will prevent the spread of tobacco mosaic virus,which can infect many kinds of vegetables, particularly tomatoesand peppers.After harvest, remove and destroy all plants from the garden andsanitize your garden equipment. This will reduce theoverwintering of disease-causing organisms.Most important, use proper cultural practices to keep your plantshealthy. “Healthy plants don’t get diseases as easily as weakones,” Langston said. “Healthy plants are the best controlagainst plant diseases.”(Brad Haire is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) Volume XXIXNumber 1Page 7 By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaDiseases can turn the dream of a bountiful garden crop into anightmare come harvest time. But gardeners can do a few things toreduce the risk these veggie enemies pose.”Most vegetables are susceptible to a number of diseases,” saidDavid Langston, a vegetable plant pathologist with the Universityof Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Wilts, leaf spots, blights and fruit rots, he said, are just afew of the problems that plague vegetable gardens every year.Plant diseases are caused by four main types of organisms: fungi,bacteria, nematodes and viruses.Attack timeWhen conditions are wet and temperatures warm, vegetable plantsare more susceptible to diseases caused by fungi and bacteria.Scout your garden regularly.When the garden is dry, nematode damage is more evident. You cantest your soil for nematodes by submitting a sample throughyour county UGA Extension Service office.Viral diseases can show up at any time, Langston said.Many plant diseases can be on or within the seeds. “Seeds shouldnot be saved from year to year,” he said. “This is important toprevent a number of diseases.”Buy seeds from a reputable dealer, because you can’t distinguishhealthy seeds from diseased seeds. Make sure you followdirections on when and how to plant them.Best defenseDisease-resistant plant varieties are the most efficient way ofcontrolling vegetable diseases. Buy resistant varieties when youcan. Resistance traits are usually listed in seed catalogs and inplant stores.Don’t plant your garden near or beneath trees. The shade willreduce the drying of plant foliage after rain and increase thechances of diseases. Besides, vegetables like a lot of sunlight,and the trees will compete for vital nutrients.Crop rotation is important. If you keep planting the samevegetables in the same spot year after year, you’re asking forsoil-disease problems.Grow the same or closely related vegetable plants in the samesoil only once every three to five years, Langston said. Thispractice starves out most pathogens that cause stem and leafdiseases.Veggie cousinsVegetable families include:center_img Alliaceae (chives, garlic, leeks and onions).Brassicaceae (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage,cauliflower, collards, mustard, radishes, rutabagas andturnips).Cucurbitaceae (cantaloupes, cucumbers, honeydew melons,pumpkins, squash and watermelons).Fabaceae (all beans, English peas and Southern peas).Solanaceae (eggplant, peppers, potatoes and tomatoes).Asteraceae (lettuce).Poaceae (corn).Malvaceae (okra).Chenopodiaceae (spinach)Apiaceae (carrots).last_img read more

Cotton conference

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaAnyone who wants the latest information about cotton production and marketing should attend the first annual Georgia Cotton Conference at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center Jan. 29-30 in Tifton, Ga.The conference will include the Georgia Cotton Commission annual meeting, the Georgia Quality Cotton Awards ceremony and educational workshops given by experts with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Registration is free. For more information, call (229) 386-3412 or go to the Web site read more