Odds & Ends: Frozen’s Latest Frenzy, Anna Wintour on Tony Fashion & More

first_img View Comments Anna Wintour Labels Tony Fashion ‘A Disaster’ Anna Wintour, the English editor-in-chief of American Vogue, has passed her verdict on the fashion at Broadway’s biggest night and it’s not pretty. “I was just recently at the Tony Awards in New York, and, God, they need your help. Let me tell you, it was a disaster…” nymag.com reports Wintour saying. “How many mermaid fishtail strapless sequin [gowns] can we see?” Interesting point, Ms. Wintour. By the way, we at Broadway.com are loving the sequin number you’re sporting as you walk (duck) the event’s red carpet in Caitlin McNaney’s pic below, and also think that Of Mice and Men’s Leighton Meester looks fabulous in her bridal white Antonio Berardi dress. But then, what would we know? Lea Michele Leighton Meester Bryan Cranston Reveals His Memoir’s Name Speaking of literary endeavors, All the Way’s Bryan Cranston has a working title for his upcoming autobiography: Say My Name, after the notorious Walter White line. The Tony winner also revealed to Vulture that the previously reported Steven Spielberg TV version of the Tony-winning All the Way will likely take the form of an HBO movie. Star Filescenter_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Bryan Cranston Frozen Frenzy Update: Calling Your Baby Elsa is Now a Thing After previously noting that Frozen had caused a divorce, we’re pleased to bring you a rather more positive report about the megahit Disney movie’s impact. The lead characters’ names have seen a surge of popularity on the baby name charts. That’s right. According to babycenter.com 34% more babies are being called Elsa this year compared to last, while Kristoff, Hans and Sven all saw more than a 40% rise. Anna and Olaf also saw an uptick. No sign yet of anyone letting this obsession go. Lea Michele’s Planning Brunette Ambition Sequel It would appear that Glee’s Lea Michele has been bitten by the literary bug. The former Broadway baby tweeted that she’s penning another book: “I had so much fun writing #BrunetteAmbition that I can’t wait to continue the series & write another!” Perhaps Idina Menzel will make the cut this time.last_img read more

Spider Mite Damage

first_imgAn abnormally dry and typically hot August provided the perfect conditions for heavy spider mite damage in Georgia’s non-irrigated peanuts. “This has been an incredibly heavy (year for insects and mites). I’ve had people tell me I may never see another one like this in my career,” said University of Georgia entomologist Mark Abney.Spider mites, which are also prevalent on vegetable plants, strawberries and cotton, can suck the juices out of a peanut leaf, which then turns yellow or even black. The result is a drastic reduction in yield. Spider mites are typically found in non-irrigated peanuts because of the dry conditions. In fields that are watered or those that receive rainfall, spider mites are usually not a problem. However, they are a major concern for many of Georgia’s peanut farmers because half of the state’s peanut crop is not irrigated. “When it’s hot, the mites reproduce faster; they like it when it’s dusty,” Abney said. “Fields that border dirt roads and paths where dust can blow onto the plants are particularly at risk.”Mite populations are commonly found in grass and weeds on field borders, and infestations often start on the edge of a peanut field. If mowing is done around the edge of a field in mid-July or August, all of those mites on the field’s edge will relocate to the field.“They’ll start in small patches and migrate out from there and, ultimately, can infest an entire field,” Abney said. Abney stresses that farmers need to scout their fields often and spray for spider mites when they initially notice populations beginning to build. If farmers don’t scout regularly and control mites early, they’re going to be playing catch up, Abney said.Spider mite infestations are not usually economically important until late summer, though Abney reported mites were present on corn and cotton during the spring this year. Rainfall can be one of the best remedies for spider mite infestations. Nevertheless, he cautioned that waiting for rain to wash away spider mites can give populations time to build and can cost farmers dearly when hot, dry conditions prevail. Also, rain showers will not eliminate 100 percent of the population, Abney said.“If rain reduces a population by 80 percent and you have a heavy infestation, the 20 percent that’s left will blow right back up in 10 days if it gets hot and dry again,” Abney said.last_img read more

Jafari-Fini’s Chesterton launches Middle East office

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Invensys pension fund moves to surplus after sponsor sale, takeover

first_imgAfter the takeover, the trustees of the fund negotiated a guarantee from new sponsor Schneider Electric to cover liabilities of as much as £1.75bn, with the reservoir fund split between the two.In the scheme’s annual report, chairman Kathleen O’Donavan said the guarantee meant the financial security of the fund was materially better than at any point in recent years.“The trustee will continue to review the strength of the covenant the company provides,” she said.“In light of the £1.75bn guarantee, the trustee will now also assess the improved security afforded to the scheme through the strength of the wider Schneider Electric group.”The new sponsor will not grant the scheme any additional contributions other than those for active members.This, however, will be reviewed in March next year.Due to the cash injection and reservoir contribution, the fund’s value increased by £208m despite being cash-flow negative.Two-thirds of the fund’s 78,000 members are pensioners, with only 385 active members.Some 54% of assets is invested in BlackRock’s liability-driven investment (LDI) fund, which lost 4.9% over the year, outperforming its benchmark by 1.3 percentage points.Through its BlackRock mandate and other investments, the pension fund holds 42% of its assets in index-linked UK Gilts and 17% in fixed-rate Gilts.It holds 25% in corporate bonds, where managers AXA IM, M&G Investments and GLG all outperformed their respective benchmarks.Its 3%, £131m passive allocation to equities held by Legal & General Investment Management produced a 15.2% return – nearly 11 percentage points above benchmark.However, overall returns remained negative due to the impact of rising Gilt yields on LDI strategies, which account for the lion’s share of its holdings. O’Donavan said the Invensys scheme still outperformed its benchmark by 2.5 percentage points.“The strategic target took into account the impact of changing Gilt yields,” she said.“The scheme’s strategic target was -3.4%. “The fact the assets outperformed expectations over the year helped to improve the funding position of the scheme and the security of members’ benefits.” The £4.7bn (€5.7bn) Invensys Pension Scheme has seen its £445m deficit disappear after changes in the ownership structure at its sponsoring company.The fund, which made an investment loss of 0.9% over the year to April, received a £400m cash injection last year after its sponsor, Invensys, sold its rail business to German conglomerate Siemens.The fund now boasts a £121m surplus, according its latest annual report.Earlier this year, Invensys itself was sold to Schneider Electric, which renegotiated the scheme’s covenant and an additional £105m injection after the dissolution of a £225m reservoir fund.last_img read more

Clifford A. Doerflein, 88, Brookville

first_imgClifford Andrew Doerflein, age 88, of Brookville, Indiana died Thursday, February 22, 2018 at McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford, Ohio.Born April 8, 1929 in Franklin County, Indiana he was the son of the late George & Nora (Sturwold) Doerflein. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served with the Medical Corps.Cliff was retired, having worked at Seagrams in Lawrenceburg for many years. He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a member of the Knights of Columbus.Survivors include several nieces & nephews.Friends & family may visit from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. on Friday, March 2, 2018 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.The Very Rev. Sean R. Danda will officiate the Funeral Liturgy at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, March 2, 2018 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home in Brookville. Burial with Full Military Graveside Honors by the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion will follow in St. Michael Catholic Cemetery in Brookville.Memorial contributions may be directed to the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Doerflein family, to sign the online guest book please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

Boys Area Basketball Sectional Semi-Final Scores (3-1)

first_imgBoys Area Basketball Sectional ScoresFriday (3-1)Class 3A-Sectional 29 @ GreensburgGreensburg  82     South Dearborn  44Batesville  61     Rushville  58Class 2A-Sectional 45 @ South RipleyMilan  56     North Decatur  55Southwestern  36     South Ripley  31Class 1A-Sectional 60 @ SouthwesternMorristown  63     Southwestern  38Hauser  38     Oldenburg  37  (OT)Class 4A-Sectional 14 @ Columbus NorthBloomington South  57     Columbus East  36Shelbyville  62     East Central  46last_img

EPL: Man City face Wolves hurdle

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Wolves vs. Man City Venue: Molineux Kick off: 8:45PMWolverhampton Wanderers welcome Manchester City to Molineux this evening looking to do the double over the champions. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side dealt a major blow to Man City’s hopes of retaining the title with a shock victory at the Etihad Stadium in October, and Pep Guardiola’s men will no doubt be out for revenge as they look to close the gap on the two teams above them in the table. It could prove to be a blue Christmas for the kings of English football if results go Manchester City’s way this week, having already secured a crucial victory over second-placed Leicester City on Saturday. Even a Liverpool defeat coupled with a Man City win would still leave an eight-point deficit to make up, but Guardiola’s side recovered from a similar position at the turn of the year last season and so belief would just start to grow again should that double-header occur. It is not an easy trio of fixtures either, with high-flying Sheffield United next up after Wolves and then a New Year’s Day meeting with an Everton side sure to be boosted by the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti in the dugout. Wolves themselves could prove to be the toughest of the lot, having already beaten Man City at the Etihad this season on what was another pivotal weekend at the top, with Liverpool beating Leicester City late on a day before that. Should a repeat of those results happen then City would be back to 14 points adrift of Jurgen Klopp’s side having played a game more, making today’s tricky trip another must-win fixture for their title hopes. The two-time defending champions do seem to be back in good form, though, winning four consecutive matches across all competitions since their derby defeat to Manchester United, including back-to-back impressive league triumphs over Arsenal and Leicester. Man City have only won three consecutive league games on one previous occasion this season, though, which is a wildly inconsistent run of form for a team that won their final 14 games of 2018-19. Guardiola’s side are, however, unbeaten in their last five away outings across all competitions, including victories in each of their last four while scoring 14 goals. Wolves will know exactly how difficult their task is having engineered a smash-and-grab victory in the reverse, seeing just 24% of the ball but scoring with both of their shots on target. It was ultimately Adama Traore’s pace on the counter-attack that undid Man City – a problem they have had in all of their defeats this season – but Nuno will be aware that Man City’s own tally of two shots on target when boasting 76% of the ball is a very rare occurrence. An exact repeat of October’s contest is unlikely, then, but Wolves still have plenty of cause for optimism ahead of the game, not least given the difference in league position since these two last met. Nuno’s side had only just picked up their first win of the campaign in the previous match before beating Man City, going into that game 13th in the table compared to their current standing of sixth. Indeed, Wolves have now lost just two of their last 20 outings across all competitions and have tasted defeat on fewer occasions in the league this season than their visitors this evening. Just five points now separate them from the Champions League places as they sit above the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal in the Premier League table. Despite that, they have only recorded back-to-back wins on two previous occasions this season, so consistency is definitely an area for improvement looking ahead to the second half of the campaign. The likelihood of ending 2019 with their first three-match winning streak of the season looks bleak, though, considering a trip to Anfield follows this match against the champions, leaving Wolves with arguably the toughest possible finale to the year. Saturday’s win over Norwich City means that Wolves have picked up more points away from home than they have in front of their own fans this season, in addition to losing fewer games and conceding fewer goals. Nuno’s side have already proved that they have the tools to hurt Man City should the champions suffer an off-day, though, and the visitors are one of few teams the home fans will accept another counter-attacking performance against at Molineux.Wolves possible XI: Patricio, Bennett, Coady, Saiss, Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Vinagre, Traore, Jimenez. Man City possible XI: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan, Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling.Tags: ChristmasEtihad StadiumManchester CityPep GuardiolaWolverhampton Wandererslast_img read more

Pitch was ‘big concern’ – Van Gaal

first_img Sounders and organisers of the International Champions Cup – a pre-season tournament which United won last season – held talks before the match about placing a layer of turf on top of the artificial surface at the stadium. It is not known who made the final call to add the layer of turf, but it was clear that Van Gaal was not happy with the quality of the surface. “It was not good. It was difficult,” the United manager said. “The first surface is artificial and natural grass over (the top). “It is always moving. You have seen a lot of players were… It is not so easy. You can get more and more injuries. It was a big concern.” An official from the Sounders admitted the turf may have been laid before the sell-out One Direction concert took place at the 67,000-seater venue on Wednesday night. Van Gaal feels organisers of the International Champions Cup have failed to provide adequate playing surfaces for his team for the last two seasons. “It was also (like that) last season against Real Madrid,” said Van Gaal, referencing United’s pre-season match in Ann Arbor last summer. Press Association Louis van Gaal criticised the state of the pitch at the CenturyLink Field in Seattle after Manchester United beat Club America on the same surface that hosted a One Direction concert earlier this week. “We also played (there) in such circumstances. That is the difference in the USA. “In American Football that kind of stuff is more important. In England we have Old Trafford and it is only for football. No One Direction entertainment. That is the difference. “But in England we live for football. Here they live for American Football, baseball and basketball. It is different.” The surface was nothing like the ones the Seahawks have provided for United at their training base in Bellevue this week. Van Gaal said: “The training facilities are fantastic. “We have been really well received by Seattle Seahawks and also the football club. “Everybody is fantastic. The pitches are fantastic. We have to play football on such a pitch. Tonight we could not play on such a pitch. “That is a pity because the ball and the pitch are very important.” Sam Johnstone started in goal for United, who made 11 changes at half-time, as David de Gea was injured. Van Gaal said the injury to the Real Madrid target was not serious. “De Gea and (Antonio) Valencia have minor injuries,” he said. “We cannot take any risk in the preparation.” There was praise from the Dutchman for Schneiderlin, who looped a header into the far corner of the net in the fifth minute from Juan Mata’s cross. “We have practiced this with him,” Van Gaal said. “He scored five goals last season. “I was very pleased with the performance. But it is also a fact that Club America don’t have many good headers. “We could know in advance our benefit was there.” Having ditched Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao this, Van Gaal appears short on numbers up front. On Saturday he played Depay, usually a winger, in the number 10 position just behind Wayne Rooney in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Van Gaal does not seem in a rush to buy a new striker, but Van Gaal also hinted he could enter the market for a forward if he deems it necessary. “I am not worried about depth of forwards. We still have Rooney. He can play in the striker’s position,” Van Gaal said. “We also have Chicharito (Javier Hernandez), (James) Wilson and maybe a surprise, you never know. It is a process. I am not worried about that position.” United made a solid start to their defence of the International Champions Cup in the United States with a 1-0 win over their Mexican opponents thanks to a fifth-minute header from new boy Morgan Schneiderlin. Schneiderlin and fellow debutants Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Matteo Darmian played well in an otherwise uninspiring game that was not helped by the state of the playing surface at the home of MLS side Seattle Sounders and NFL franchise Seattle Seahawks. last_img read more

Refugee Olympic team walk into Rio opening ceremony to a deafening roar

first_img…’These refugees have no home, no team, no flag, no national anthem,’ says IOC president Thomas BachTHE Rio 2016 Olympics officially kicked off with a magnificent opening ceremony at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janiero on Friday night. A total of 206 nations displayed their strength for the games. While some nations received some huge cheers, one new entity stole the show and made the moment special.When Zimbabwe were the last country to enter the Athletes Parade, the name of the Refugee Olympic Team entered and the Maracana stadium exploded in loud cheers.The Refugee Olympic Team, competing in the Olympics for the first time, also witnessed a standing ovation which became the symbol of the Olympic opening ceremony.The Refugee Olympic Team are participating as Independent Olympic athletes. It was created to show solidarity with the world’s refugees.The team consists of 10 participants. The key players include 18-year-old swimmer Yusra Mardini, who moved from Syria to Germany and will participate in the 200m freestyle swimming event. Refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo and other places that have been affected by humanitarian crises are part of the team.International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach also praised the Refugee Olympic Team. Speaking in the Opening Ceremony, Bach said, “The Refugee Athletes are sending a hope to the millions of refugees.Having to leave home because of hunger, violence and just because you are different. Because of your human spirit, you are making a great cause to humanity. In this Olympic world, we welcome you as an enrichment to our diversity.”last_img read more

The Latest: Cristiano Ronaldo playing at park OK’ed

first_img___Florida State offensive lineman Andrew Boselli says he had the coronavirus and detailed some of what his famous father went through in his own fight against COVID-19.The son of former NFL lineman Tony Boselli says in a first-person account he wrote for Florida State’s athletic department website that he dealt with the worst of the virus for about three days.The Seminoles’ lineman wrote that he wants “everyone to know just how hard it was. I spent days feeling miserable” and his healthy 47-year-old father with no underlying health conditions “spent three days in the intensive care unit.”Tony Boselli is now back home and Andrew Boselli says he and his family are recovering from the massive scare. He says his brother and mother also dealt with the virus. On what would have been the final day of the Masters, ESPN will show some masterful spellers.The network says it will broadcast a seven-hour marathon of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Sunday.This year’s spelling bee has been postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. It had been scheduled for late May at its usual location, a convention center outside Washington. Scripps hopes to reschedule the bee at an undetermined time this year.ESPN has televised the bee since 1994. On Sunday, it will first show the 1997 bee, which was memorably won by Rebecca Sealfon of Brooklyn, New York. Sealfon’s excitement when she was given her winning word of “euonym” — a name well suited to the person, place or thing named — became a classic spelling bee moment when she yelled out each letter.ESPN will also show the 2004 bee won by David Tidmarsh of South Bend, Indiana, and the 2008 bee won by Sameer Mishra of Lafayette, Indiana. The incident occurred on the island of Madeira, his birthplace. He was observed shooting a ball at a goal with someone playing goalkeeper, along with two other people. They all appeared to be several meters apart.“Cristiano did solely a few minutes of exercize and from that comes no harm to the world,” regional health authority Carlos Ramos said.“All citizens can go out and do some physical exercize as long as they do not gather in big groups and keep their distance from other people they may encounter while exercizing,” Ramos said. “So I think that Cristiano did only what we have seen.”Portugal has been under a state of emergency for three weeks. People are confined to their homes, but they can leave to exercize individually. The country has more than 15,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 435 deaths. ___ Basketball’s Sabrina Ionescu, soccer’s Carli Lloyd and swimming’s Katie Ledecky are among the athletes who will help young girls and women stay mentally and physically fit during the coronavirus pandemic.The Women’s Sports Foundation and Yahoo Sports are launching #WeKeepPlaying, a live-stream event on Saturday at 4 p.m. EDT. They’ll join tennis great Billie Jean King and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in taking questions from young athletes and providing tips on resilience and training.King says it’s about “bringing together our community of prominent women athletes and leaders to empower, support and inspire young girls — and each other -– during this unprecedented time.”Sports broadcaster Cari Champion will moderate the hour discussion, streamed on YahooSports.com.___ The Latest: Cristiano Ronaldo playing at park OK’ed Andrew Boselli says he’s looking forward to being around fellow students and teammates again but added a word of caution by writing “the only way for that to happen is listen to the experts and follow their guidance.”___Turkmenistan is set to restart its suspended soccer league amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Central Asian nation will become part of a small group of countries around the world where professional soccer is being played despite the virus outbreak. That includes the former Soviet nations of Belarus and Tajikistan, as well as Burundi and Nicaragua.The eight-team Turkmenistan league was suspended on March 24. The national soccer federation says it will resume on April 19. Fans will be allowed to attend games. Associated Press center_img ___ The French tennis federation has set up a support plan worth 35 million euros ($38 million) to help professional players facing financial problems because of the coronavirus pandemic.The FFT says it has approved the scheme that will also benefit clubs, coaches, instructors, officials and tournament organizers affected by the health crisis.The FFT says practical arrangements for the allocation still need to be discussed.The ATP and WTA announced this month that the men’s and women’s professional tours would be suspended until at least July 13. Wimbledon has been canceled because of the deadly virus while the start of the French Open has been postponed from late May to late September. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Portuguese officials have defended Cristiano Ronaldo after he left home and was seen training with other people at a soccer pitch amid a national lockdown to stem the coronavirus outbreak. Turkmenistan has not reported any cases of the coronavirus.___The Russian sports minister says it’s time for international authorities to “turn a new page” and forget the country’s Olympic doping ban because of the coronavirus pandemic.The World Anti-Doping Agency barred Russia from the Olympics for four years after ruling last year that doping data from a Moscow laboratory had been manipulated. The Court of Arbitration for Sport is to rule on whether the ban is valid but hearings have been delayed because of the health crisis.Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin says the virus outbreak means the parties in the legal proceedings should avoid a ruling against Russia because it would fracture the Olympic movement. He adds that “when you see that everyone is isolated and everyone is at home … people understand that now there are priorities and there are issues which go on the backburner. The priority is the future of the Olympic movement.”Matytsin says sanctioning Russia would damage the Olympic movement and says the country is prepared to host more international sports events once the virus outbreak recedes.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 April 10, 2020last_img read more