The Real-Life Kevin Gnapoor On The Mean Girls Musical

first_img Broadway.com recently caught up with Rajiv Surendra, aka Kevin Gnapoor from the Mean Girls film, about the highly anticipated stage adaptation of the hit 2004 film.“I have heard about it, I’m very excited for it,” Surendra told us at Bette Midler’s annual Hulaween event, which he was attending to promote his new book. “I heard there was a rumor about a song about the word ‘Fetch’ and I really hope that rumor is true.” He continued: “I can’t wait to see it, I can’t wait to see who plays me!”When asked if he would ever be interested in joining the project, Surendra said he would politely step aside for new talent.“I also heard another rumor that Tina wanted to cast original people in the roles and I think that’s a really, really, good idea,” said the OG Kevin G. “ I think it’s an opportunity to have young, fresh faces that haven’t been seen or heard before come onto the stage and be the debut to their career.”P.S. His business cards are incredible. Rajiv Surendra in Mean Girls (Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures) View Commentslast_img read more

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Kenneth Branagh Set for Special Olivier Award Honor

first_img View Comments Kenneth Branagh(Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images) Kenneth Branagh is set to receive the Special Award at the Olivier Awards on April 9 at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The award is being presented in recognition of his outstanding contribution to British theater.Branagh was honored with the award for Best Newcomer by the Olivier Awards in 1982. The acclaimed actor and director’s stage acting credits include Another Country, Henry V, Golden Girls, three productions of Hamlet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet, Public Enemy, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Look Back in Anger, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, Coriolanus, Richard III, Edmond, Ivanov, The Painkiller and Macbeth. He also has numerous credits as a director, including The Life of Napoleon and Napoleon – The American Story, Twelfth Night, Uncle Vanya, The Play What I Wrote and more.Most recently, the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company put on its inaugural West End season with Plays at the Garrick. The 2016 season comprised seven plays, received eight Olivier Award nominations and three productions—The Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet and The Entertainer—were seen in movie theaters across the world by over 430,000 people.Past recipients of the Special Award include Kevin Spacey, Stephen Sondheim, Judi Dench and Ian McKellen.The Society of London Theatre, which runs the Olivier Awards, will also be presenting four highly respected industry figures: Victor and Lilian Hochhauser (joint recipients), Richard Bullimore and Frank Dunlop with Special Recognition Awards during the nominees celebration on March 10Nominations for the Olivier Awards will be announced on March 6 by 2016 winners Denise and Matt Henry.last_img read more

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Cover crop

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of Georgia If the thought of planting a fall garden in the middle of a drought makes you fret, it may be time to take a rest and give your garden one, too. “One option gardeners have is to plant a cover crop instead of a winter vegetable garden this fall,” said Bob Westerfield, a Cooperative Extension horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.The term cover crop comes from the act of using plants, or “green mulch,” to protect the soil from erosion, he said. Cover crops also release rich nutrients into the soil.Grains and legumesThere are several choices when you select a cover crop. Westerfield recommends a combination of an annual grass or grain crop and a legume.”An excellent choice would be a mixture of wheat or oats and clover,” he said. “Small grains are easy to grow and germinate quickly and will act as a nurse crop for the slower-germinating clover.”Legumes such as clover or winter peas produce nitrogen-fixing nodules in their root systems, Westerfield said. These nutrients will be valuable to your garden when you till in the cover crop next spring.Plant when soil coolsThe ideal time to plant a cover crop, he said, is after soil temperatures cool down between late September and early October.If you decide to plant clover, be sure the seeds have been inoculated before you plant them.”Inoculation basically means adding a small packet of powdered bacteria that helps disintegrate the seed coat and aids in germination,” he said. “Most feed stores that carry clover and other legume seed will either sell the inoculants or sell preinoculated seed.”Before planting a cover crop, first remove all residues from this year’s garden. Then till the soil thoroughly.Mix wheat and clover seed together and broadcast the mixture across the entire garden. Use a light rake or drag across the seed bed to ensure good seed-to-soil contact.Plant shallow, water well”Be careful not to bury the seeds too deeply,” Westerfield said. “If you do, your seed germination will be greatly reduced.”Water the garden early on to promote seed germination. Then water as needed when it doesn’t rain. Winter rains should provide future irrigation for your cover crop.To decide whether you need to fertilize your cover crop, take a soil sample to your county UGA Extension office. Usually, Westerfield said, all you need to establish a good cover crop mixture is to fertilize once when you plant.In February or March, if you want to plant early-season crops such as lettuce, onions, carrots or beans, till under a few rows of your now fully established cover crop. Wait a few weeks to let the debris decompose before you plant.You can use the same method to plant your spring garden. Mow and till under rows of the cover crop to reveal your planting rows. Leave the remaining crop to protect the soil and block out weeds.If you prefer to start with a clean garden slate, mow and till in the remaining cover crop when you’re ready to plant your entire spring garden.”The best thing about planting cover crops is they’re pest-free and maintenance-free,” Westerfield said. “Your cover crop gives a bright, green contrast when everything else may be dormant. And the clover produces an attractive display of flowers in the spring.”last_img read more

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Which headlamp battery is right for you – disposable vs rechargeable

first_imgUtilized for countless activities and jobs, headlamps allow you to clearly and safely perform your task in the dark while keeping your hands available for the real work. To ensure optimal performance from your headlamp, it’s important to use a power source that best suits your objective–disposable or rechargeable. The superiority of one over the other is only relative to the situation at hand. Here are several points to ponder when considering either power source.BrightnessRechargeable batteries, coupled with specialized electronics, can provide CONSTANT LIGHTING and REACTIVE LIGHTING performance. CONSTANT LIGHTING allows the brightness to stay fairly consistent over the entire rated burn time. REACTIVE LIGHTING automatically adjusts the brightness when the headlamp detects the need for more or less light.Disposable batteries, with the lack of specialized electronics, provide STANDARD LIGHTING performance–the brightness gradually decreases as the batteries deplete. Burn TimeDisposable batteries are known to last longer while its energy output gradually decreases over time, making it so that your light will slowly get dimmer over time.Rechargeable batteries tend to have shorter burn times with a more consistent energy output until depletion, providing a stable amount of light until it abruptly goes out.AvailabilityDisposable batteries are quick and easy to replace; available for purchase almost anywhere. Rechargeable batteries aren’t always replaceable, but when they are, they can be hard to find or are only available on the manufacturer’s website. Petzl recommendation:Buy spare rechargeable batteries for each rechargeable headlamp you ownEase of UseDisposable batteries can be swapped out for fresh ones anywhere. Rechargeable batteries need a power source and a few hours to recharge.Maximum PerformanceDisposable batteries have to be replaced often, before they are depleted, in order to frequently operate a headlamp at max power. Rechargeable batteries are easily recharged before each use to frequently operate a headlamp at max power. WasteDisposable batteries are not reusable after a complete discharge and are thrown away, creating waste. Rechargeable batteries are reusable and limit waste.Self-dischargeDisposable batteries work even after a long period of non-use, making them very reliable. Rechargeable batteries slowly lose their charge while not in use and may become fully discharged over time. Petzl recommendation:Do not store rechargeable batteries fully dischargedRecharge stored batteries every 3 monthsCold WeatherDisposable batteries lose a lot of their charge in cold weather. Rechargeable batteries, specifically lithium-ion, are better at holding their charge in cold weather. Petzl recommendation:Store batteries in warm environments before using them in very cold environmentsDuring cold weather activities, keep batteries close to you body for warmthSizeDisposable batteries are normally used in sets of 2-4 to provide more power, resulting in more weight and bulk. Rechargeable batteries can be powerful and compact at the same time, providing a better compromise between power and weight.The VerdictIn conclusion, the deciding factor of choosing one power source over the other is purely based on your needs for performance and use. For frequent and intensive uses, go with a rechargeable battery. For occasional uses, use disposable batteries. For the freedom to switch between both types of batteries, consider a HYBRID CONCEPT headlamp.last_img read more

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Credit unions rank high in service

first_imgby: Tina OremConsumers rate the customer service they receive at credit unions higher than the service at some of the nation’s most popular companies, including Panera Bread, Lexus, Costco, Whole Foods and Marriott, according to the 2015 Temkin Customer Service Ratings.The customer research firm’s annual survey is based on feedback on 278 companies via an online survey of 10,000 U.S. consumers during January 2015. The survey asked consumers to identify companies that they interacted with during the previous 60 days and to rate their satisfaction with their customer service on a scale of 1 to 7 (with 7 being the highest). continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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NAFCU shows how credit unions differ from banks

first_imgCredit unions play a critical role in the lives of 118 million Americans and the nation’s economy as a whole. As the industry faces unwarranted attacks from bank trade groups, NAFCU fights to ensure lawmakers and the public see the real credit union difference.See credit unions’ benefits for yourself.According to satisfaction surveys among financial institutions, consumers rank credit unions higher than banks, and, notably, national banks rank the lowest. Credit unions’ commitment to serving their members is further demonstrated by 82 percent of large credit unions providing free checking, compared to 38 percent of banks.Credit unions are also leading the charge as the NCUA and lawmakers work toward greater diversity in the financial services industry. Currently, there are three times as many minority-designated credit unions as banks, and there are 10 times as many female CEOs at credit unions than at banks. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Biden urges patience with vote count, says he’s on track to win

first_imgBiden said he’s also confident “we’re going to win Pennsylvania.”There are still tens of thousands of absentee and mail-in ballots that have not been counted, especially in the key states of Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, which count in-person votes first, then absentee votes. While Biden was speaking, President Donald Trump preemptively accused Democrats of trying to steal the election. – Advertisement – This is a developing story. please check back for updates. WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told supporters early Wednesday morning that he is confident about his campaign’s chances of winning the election. “I’m optimistic about this outcome,” Biden said in Wilmington. “We’re confident about Arizona” and Minnesota, he said. “We’re still in the game in Georgia, although that’s not one we expected … and we’re feeling real good about Wisconsin and Michigan.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to supporters, early Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.Paul Sancya | AP – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Private equity investors to make climate change shifts

first_imgAlmost three in five European and Asia-Pacific investors plan to modify their private equity portfolios in the next five years to combat climate change, according to the latest Coller Capital Global Private Equity Barometer.Limited partners (LPs) that do expect change to their investment strategies are broadly planning to replace oil and gas exposure with investment in renewable energy and climate-friendly products and services.But less than a third of North American investors are planning a similar change.The Barometer is based on the views of 113 private equity investors based in Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific including the Middle East, with research undertaken in September and October 2019. According to the survey, LP commitments to private debt funds are plateauing, with equal proportions – 21% – planning to accelerate, or slow, their pace of commitment to private debt funds over the next two years.Stephen Ziff, partner and co-head of investor relations and fundraising, Coller Capital, said: “This reflects where we are in the economic cycle, and the belief by investors that we are heading for a downturn.”The survey showed that 45% of European investors believe their private equity portfolios need modifying to prepare them for the next economic downturn; North American and Asia-Pacific investors, however, were less sanguine, with 70% and 80%, respectively, planning to make the changes.Nine out of 10 LPs recognise the significant risks to their medium-term private equity returns posed by today’s macro-environment and high asset prices.Despite this economic background, 80% of LPs expect to achieve annual net returns of more than 11% from across their private equity portfolios in the next three to five years, while 15% of private equity investors are forecasting net returns of over 16%.But over half – 55% – of LPs have had requested commitments scaled back on multiple occasions, most commonly in venture capital and mid-market buyout funds, for which one-third of LPs had to settle for smaller commitments.However, co-investing continues to grow in popularity. Almost 70% of private equity investors now co-invest alongside GPs, while 44% of LPs actively pursue co-investment opportunities.last_img read more

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The scoop on the worst first date ever.

first_img Share 50 Views   no discussions LifestyleRelationships The scoop on the worst first date ever. by: – August 25, 2011 Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Image via FirstDateHell.comIn what now feels like it was another life, I treated the search for a significant other like a second job. Therefore, as you can imagine, I kissed a LOT of frogs. I dated even more. And nine times out of ten, the frogs were nothing short of frightening. I lamented to my girlfriends over happy hour and Facebook, but I often had the urge to shame some of the real schmucks on a much bigger scale. That’s why I really wish First Date Hell existed then! I’m talking about the new U.K.-based website and accompanying Twitter account — started by a writer named Rhodri Marsden — which has made it its mission to allow horrified daters to publicly shame and humiliate their “crap first dates” in 140 characters. Ha!! Think FMyLife.com, but just first dates. Amazing!More from The Stir: Are These Celeb Guys Hotter With a Buzz Cut?Obviously, there are more than just a handful of people who feel as I did when I was single and hating the hunt. There were 2,000 followers of @FirstDateHell this morning, and now, there are over 4,500!Check out some of the brilliant, hilarious, cringe-worthy tweets that have already run on the site:@Kristainchicago tweeted:First date. asked my age. Me: “32, why?” Him: “Well, I really want kids and at 32, your ovaries are dying.”(OH. MY. God.)@The_Moviegoer tweeted:Guy came to get me in his new Porsche. Before I got in, he put a towel on my seat because “girls can sometimes be sweaty down there.”[email protected] tweeted:Told him I liked reading, he said he wanted to burn all libraries and then talked about football for hours. I hid in the loo.OMG, I would have, too! Wait, I mean, I should have! I am still smacking myself on the forehead for NOT just upping and leaving when I was on dates like, er, well, all of the above. But now, at least, thanks to @FirstDateHell, I know I wasn’t alone!More from The Stir: 20 Hilarious Sex Quotes From Our Favorite ComediesMarsden is brillz for letting people share their horror stories like this, not only because it has got to be SUCH sweet revenge to tell the entire Internet what a d-bag your date was, but also because daters could use all the support they can get. The single life is cruel, cold, and scary. At least now, there’s this virtual “support group,” so to speak!What do you think about @FirstDateHell? What was your worst first date like?by The_Stirlast_img read more

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Revelers set for Boracay Ati-Atihan fest next week

first_imgParish priest Reverend Father JoseRelente urged merrymakers to continue their devotion to Señor Sto. Niño despitehaving fun. Groups In the modern category includeBoradise, Simpleon, Martin Village, Bolabog Group, Maura’s Clan, Kanyugan,Golden Sun, Boraiders, Laking Angol, Heirs of Francisco and Ma. ChristinaSacapano Zone 7 Manggayad, Boracay Island Water Company, and the Bamboo BeachResort, among others.    The participating groups includeDin-iwid Tribe, Dumaan Tribe, Tribu Yapak, Pinaungon Tribe (Mga Inapo niJuanito), Tribu Hagdan, and the Boracay Ati Tribal Organization in the“Balik-Ati” category with the Boracay Tumandok Tribe in the tribal category. Devotees mark religious activitieslike novena masses which this year is being held at Our Lady of the Most HolyRosary Parish Church in Barangay Balabag from Jan. 3 to Jan. 11 with “hornada”and the ringing of the church bell.    BORACAY – Revelers and tourists inthis world-famous island will celebrate the Ati-Atihan Festival next week.    On Jan. 12, the festivity will kickoff with a motorcade and fluvial parade from Cagban in Barangay Manoc-Manoc tothe Balabag Parish Church (Boat Station 1). This will be followed by a mass at6 a.m. and a “High Mass” at the Barangay Balabag plaza. center_img Meanwhile, the “sadsad” of varioustribes will highlight the festivity in the island. The festival will gather crowds in theisland’s White Beach in honor of Señor Sto. Niño on Jan. 11 to 12. Dumaan Tribe joins the Ati-Atihan Festival in Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan in this undated photo. Various tribes and revelers in this world-famous island are set to celebrate the festivity on Jan. 11 to 12. CARPENTERO IZAI LAB A solemn procession of the images ofSeñor Sto. Niño and a mass on Jan. 12 will culminate the annual celebration.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN)last_img read more

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