Stephanie Mills, The Wiz’s Original Dorothy, Will Play Aunt Em In NBC Telecast

first_img View Comments Stephanie Mills, who originated the role of Dorothy in The Wiz, will return to Oz this year! The Grammy winner will appear in NBC’s forthcoming live telecast of the soulful take on the familiar story as Aunt Em. The announcement was reportedly made at the Peacock network’s New York upfronts, and was later shared on Twitter by executive producer Craig Zadan. The production will air on December 3, with plans to bring it to the Broadway in the 2016-17 season.Mills made her Broadway debut in Maggie Flynn before going on to lead The Wiz in 1975. She later reprised her performance as Dorothy in the 1984 revival. Her many albums include Movin’ in the Right Direction, For the First Time and What Cha’ Gonna Do with My Lovin’. She won a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Never Knew Love Like This Before,” the single from her second album Sweet Sensation.Tony Award winner Kenny Leon will stage both the television production and Great White Way revival of The Wiz in collaboration with Tony winner and Broadway icon Harvey Fierstein, who will contribute new material to the original Broadway book by William F. Brown. The show follows the familiar L. Frank Baum story of Dorothy and her adventures in Oz, but with a rock-filled revamp. Charlie Smalls’ soulful score includes show tunes that have transcended the divide between theater and mainstream pop culture, including “Ease on Down the Road,” “No Bad News” and “Home.”No additional casting has been announced. According to multiple reports from the upfronts presentation, a newcomer will headline the telecast as Dorothy.Check out Mills’ incredible rendition of The Wiz’ signature anthem “Home” below!last_img read more

Tiny beneficials

first_imgGeorgia’s climatologist predicts the state will have a warm, dry winter and early spring. This means Punxsutawney Phil, or Georgia’s own General Lee, probably won’t see their shadows on Groundhog Day and mosquitoes will likely return with a vengeance. When we have unusually warm, dry winter days, we often see some interesting bugs come out in January and late winter. They are hunting for moistureDuring mild, winter days University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices around the state often receive calls and emails from clients who have found tiny flea-like insects covering their driveways, sidewalks or carports. At first glance, many people assume the colored mass is a mold or fungal growth. But, when they look closely, they see thousands upon thousands of tiny, almost alien-like, moving insects. Although the appearance of so many insects can be unnerving, they are harmless. The culprits are strange little creatures called springtails.Springtails are normally less than one-sixteenth of an inch long. They are wingless and have very limited vision. Their color ranges from yellow to almost purple to green or gray. There are about 700 species of springtails in North America. In northern regions, they can appear on the surface of old snow banks and are commonly called “snow fleas.” However, this name is misleading since they aren’t really fleas and don’t actually bite.Outstanding jumpersThe word “springtails” sounds like the title of some new Olympic gymnastics event. And these insects are pretty good gymnasts. They have a specialized structure called a furcula on their abdomen that acts like a tiny spring or catapult. When the furcula is released, the insect jumps into the air traveling a distance of 3 to 4 inches — up to 100 times its body length!Because of their small size, springtails can quickly dry out, which is why they are found in moist environments. They find damp basements, pond edges and areas of moist leaf litter or mulch especially attractive. When ideal moisture and temperature conditions are met, springtail populations can skyrocket. Up to 50,000 springtails can inhabit one cubic foot of topsoil.Composting assistantsThese huge numbers can sometimes be found clustering together on rocks. They can also be found covering the lower portions of garage doors or house foundations. Springtails feed primarily on dead or decaying vegetation. Other food items include fungi, pollen, algae and lichens. Springtails help to decompose organic matter and release nutrients back into the soil. For that reason, they are generally considered beneficial and indicators of good soil health.Of course, a wave of springtails living in a garage might not seem beneficial. They seek out these moist locations when their usual habitat becomes uncomfortably dry. If found on sidewalks, garage doors or in similar areas, simply wash them away with a water hose. The water will disperse the insects and provide moist conditions in the surrounding soil for them to inhabit. If springtails move indoors, simply vacuum or sweep them up. Insecticides are not necessary and do not provide long-term control. Eliminating excess moisture in the home is the best long-term solution.Fortunately, most springtail infestations last only a few days until rainfall or a change in temperature disperses them. Springtails may seem like an alien encounter from another planet, but they are just another fascinating part of our natural world.last_img read more

Colombian Army Forms Combined Arms Task Force to Confront New Security Challenges

first_imgBy Dialogo August 10, 2015 Excellent information, concise and enjoyable Say it Colombia, is beautiful The governments of each country need to do something for their homeland to end corruption, organized crime which runs the government in general, and well I like that my glorious Colombian army is keeping up to date. What’s more, we should be at the forefront of modernization and prepare soldiers not just for combat but also to find and exterminate the insurgent groups have the ability to find and destroy camp sites with the fewest casualties possible in the operations area. It’s time for the military forces of Colombia to have the appropriate arsenal for any armed conflict, not just internal conflicts, they should have the ability to face any external threat. The sons of the poor, even if there were to be peace, they are being prepared in Colombia to always be at war, whether it’s in Colombia or somewhere else in the world. People like you who always play the victim but really all of you are cowards who run out like rats when our country needs to be defended. There are no poor or rich in our Armed Forces, there are honorable Colombians who love our country. Now that there is tension with Venezuela it’s clear that the joint armed task forces are an important necessity and should be put into place as soon as possible. I remind you that a country ready for war will always be at peace. So, I would like everyone to take into account the heroes of the mobile units, who are the courageous ones. Give them the appropriate training to put an end to those criminal gangs, and work more in intelligence If you want peace prepare for war in Colombia. We need a powerful air force to face external threats This information makes us feel so safe!! I do like it. I served in the military; I served my country, Colombia, but I would like soldiers to be given better opportunities for learning, a good opportunity in which after getting out, they serve Colombian society. Thank you. Colombia needs modern defense weaponry to defend its sovereignty and let dictator Maduro threaten us any time he wants and with the old, obsolete weaponry we have we humiliate ourselves before that tyrant Mr. Santos stop spending so many billions on those criminals whose reward is ready and let’s prepare our defense forces and let’s wake up because we’re being eaten alive by terrorists and Maduro, the villain. The generals have to wake up, too, because dangerous times are coming such as it is after a conflict whoever is reading please respond contact or 3208816346 sincerely jose I think it’s very interesting because I would like to pursue a military career Not everything can be for war. We have to invest in the countryside where real social justice exists. There will be peace, security, harmony, tranquility, with all this we shall move forward in a country as rich as ours. For example, the mobile armored vehicles can be used not only in conventional and urban warfare, but also to counter other threats, such as drug-smuggling operations. They’re being deployed in a wide range of terrains, from deserts to swamps to jungles, to shut down drug trafficking routes. “We can’t limit ourselves to attack and defense,” said Army Colonel Luis Carlos Martínez Cristancho, the head of the Lessons Learned branch of the Minerva Plan, an office in charge of preserving Colombia’s acquired Military knowledge. “We also need to carry out peacekeeping operations. We need to rise to a different level.” The task force, which is currently training in the country’s northern regions, integrates refurbished EE-9 Cascavel armored reconnaissance vehicles, M113A2 armored personnel carriers, and EE-11 Urutu armored vehicles with Humvees and 32 newly acquired American LAV III 8x8s that cost $84 million. The new unit is part of the Colombian Military’s Minerva Plan — a 15-year $300-million initiative that seeks to modernize the Armed Forces and prepare them for new operations that go beyond the country’s internal conflict with terrorist guerrilla groups such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN). A new approach In recent years, Colombia has focused its assets and resources on combatting the FARC, the ELN, transnational criminal organizations and local gangs. Consequently, the government has not spent much money on its fleet of armored vehicles until recently , said retired Major General Luis Hernando Barbosa Hernández, a former commander of the Army’s Fourth Brigade. He’s also a consultant for the government on armored vehicles. “We are an on-the-ground laboratory that observes how these armored vehicles behave,” said Colonel Farfán Castro. “And we are succeeding.” “We activated a Combined Arms Task Force so as to have a referent for all of the Army’s units,” said Colonel Fernando Farfán Castro, Commander of the Joint Task Forces, who spoke during a presentation at the 4th annual Armored Vehicles Latin America conference held in Bogotá, Colombia from June 30th to July 1st. “We are looking to the future and to the capacities of land units.” The Combined Arms Task Force is an important step to reaching that goal. It’s the first component of what is projected to become a fully functioning Combined Arms Brigade with armored Infantry, Cavalry, Reconnaissance, Engineer, Communications, and Aviation units. The possible end of the conflict with the FARC and other guerrilla groups could change the government’s national security priorities. Consequently, the Armed Forces are preparing for different public safety challenges. The Colombian National Army is forming its first ever Combined Arms Task Force to prepare for hybrid wars, transnational criminal organizations and urban warfare, as well as regional conventional threats such as transnational criminal organizations. Its goal is to transform the Colombian Army from an infantry-led institution to a more dynamic force, based in part on concepts used by Chilean and U.S. Brigade combat teams. last_img read more

2 Brooklyn Men Drown on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two 23-year-old Brooklyn men reportedly drowned hours apart while swimming at ocean beaches on opposite ends of Long Island over the weekend.In the first case, lifeguards pulled a swimmer in distress from the water at Rogers Beach in Westhampton Beach at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, but the victim, whose name wasn’t immediately released, died at Peconic Bay Medical Center, according to the Southampton Press.Then at 6:30 p.m., Kashawn Carlos drowned while swimming with a friend in Long Beach when he was caught in a rip current a half after lifeguards ordered swimmers out of the water at the end of the day, WCBS-TV reported. Carlos was pronounced dead nearly two hours later at South Nassau Communities Hospital.RELATED STORY: 6 Hazards to Beware of at Long Island Beaches This SummerBoth fatalities occurred while the National Weather Service had issued a statement warning of rip currents, which remains in effect through at least Tuesday morning.Suffolk County police officers also said they rescued five people—three on Friday and two more on Saturday—from rip currents in Ocean Bay Park on Fire Island.last_img read more

As DEC waits for new permit, residents’ worries continue over battery recycling facility

first_img“We’re going after them, we are not going to let this happen, it’s just not going to happen in our neighborhood,” Searles told 12 News. A spokesperson for SungEel MCC Americas tells 12 News the company is working with the DEC. As we’ve reported, the DEC required the company back in May to apply for a new air state facility permit after the state became aware that some of the lithium ion batteries could contain poly fluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. “DEC takes seriously any potential threats to public health and the environment and conducts rigorous, science-based reviews of permit applications to ensure all permits meet New York State’s stringent requirements to protect our communities. DEC took immediate action to ensure that the facility operations involving PFAS would receive a comprehensive review, including requiring SungEel to apply for a permit modification if any PFAS-containing batteries were processed at Endicott. SungEel has provided some preliminary information regarding PFAS emissions to DEC, but has not submitted a complete response to DEC’s May 2020 letter, including the necessary  permit application. Any proposed permit modifications would include a SEQR review, with the type of environmental impact review determined after application materials and SEQR forms are submitted to DEC. DEC remains committed to continuing to keep residents and local officials informed throughout this process and using the best available science to ensure the utmost protection of residents.” SungEel has repeatedly stated that levels of potential toxins would be safe, and monitored by the state. Endicott mayor Linda Jackson said she puts her trust in the DEC and residents should too. Right now, the project is at a standstill. The DEC says it’s waiting for SungEel to submit a new permit application. Mayor Jackson is hoping it goes through, eager for new industry in Endicott. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says it’s still waiting for a new permit application from the company planning to operate a lithium ion battery recycling facility on Clark Street. It’s been an ongoing battle in Endicott, with many people in the village questioning if it’s safe to operate a facility like this in a residential neighborhood. “What they have to understand is I have spent months checking on this,” said Jackson. “When IBM left, our economy took a big hit, we can’t handle this again with [COVID-19.] Our tax revenue is way down,” said Jackson. “It would be absolutely devastating,” said Endicott resident Olwen Searles, who lives less than a mile from where SungEel hopes to recycle thousands of tons of lithium ion batteries a year. The DEC told 12 News in a statement:last_img read more

When the West was One

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Remain a Gunner!,Leno sends message to Saka

first_img Promoted Content90s Stunners Who Still Look Gorgeous7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Best Cars Of All Time9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot Because Viewers Didn’t Like ThemBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti Loading… “He is very important for us. I think today his cross was very good for Laca to score. “We’re happy now we’ve got the advantage and the away goal. At home we want to beat them again and go through to the next round.” Meanwhile, Arteta has suggested he’s building Arsenal’s team around Bukayo Saka, not slotting him in to fill a gap. The youngster was introduced to Arsenal’s first team as a left-back, filling in in place of the injured Kieran Tierney. But Saka has proven himself a threat up top, and Arteta has suggested he’s starting to play the Englishman where he’s most affective, not where he can fit in. “We try to put him in the position where we can surround him with the right players in the right areas,” said Arteta after Arsenal’s win over Olympiakos. Read Also:Arsenal contract talk with Bukayo Saka suffer new setback “He’s not a full-back. He has a lot of courage to make decisions in the final third… I’m very pleased with his performance.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Bernd Leno hopes Bukayo Saka pledges his long-term future to Arsenal . Saka The starlet made his first-team debut last season before establishing himself under Unai Emery earlier this term. Saka has gone from strength to strength since Mikel Arteta took charge at the Emirates and starred in Thursday night’s 1-0 win against Olympiakos in the Europa League round of 32 first leg. However, the 18-year-old’s contract in north London is due to expire in 2021 and he is yet to agree an extension. Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly monitoring the situation closely but Leno hopes Saka remains with the Gunners. Bukayo Saka compared to Ryan Giggs, Dennis Bergkamp and Paul Scholes after Arsenal display The keeper told BT Sport: “Bukayo is an outstanding player, hopefully he stays very long at Arsenal.Advertisementlast_img read more

McIntosh & Sellers

first_imgBoth Bryan McIntosh and Sean Sellers are doing well at their respective universities.  The former Greensburg Pirates are both at D1 schools.  McIntosh has started 12 of 13 games for Northwestern, and he is averaging 11.3 points per game.  He is hitting 82% from the free throw line and has 33 rebounds.  He leads the Wildcats in assists with 65.  The Wildcats are competing in the very strong Big 10 this year and will struggle during the conference season.Sean Sellers has started 9 of the 10 games for Ball State so far.  He is averaging 12.1 points per game and has scored the most points for the Cardinals.  He is shooting 86% from the free throw line and has 34 rebounds.  The Cardinals are very young and will struggle in the powerful MAC Conference.  However, both of these young men are doing quite well as freshmen and they have made the conversion to college basketball look easy.Good luck to the former Pirates!last_img read more

$250 Sunoco bonus awaits IMCA Late Model winner at 34 Raceway

first_imgSunoco bonuses will be presented at Late Model sanctioned tracks this year. Drivers are eligible for one bonus during the 2020 racing season. Jeff Aikey was the winner at Independence Motor Speedway last Saturday night. The second $250 Sunoco Race Fuels bonus of the season will be paid to the May 30 Late Model winner at 34. While the grandstand will be closed, fans will have the opportunity to watch the night’s racing action by logging on to or affiliate The live streaming service will carry a one-time charge and will not require a membership to watch from the comfort of your living room. IMCA will announce mid-week before the dates bonuses are to be awarded at each track. center_img WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa – The payday got even better for the winner of Saturday’s main event for IMCA Sunoco Late Models at 34 Raceway.  Hot laps are scheduled to take to the track at 6:15 p.m. with racing to follow.last_img read more

Ireland end campaign with defeat

first_img Noel King’s men end Group Six with eight points from eight games. Germany’s goals came in the second half, with Philipp and Jonas Hofmann scoring within three minutes of each other. The Republic of Ireland under-21s wrapped up their European qualifiying campaign with a 2-0 loss to Germany. Philipp Hofmann actually had a legal goal disallowed for offside in the sixth minute, so it was justice done when the Kaiserslautern man opened the scoring two minutes after half-time. Jonas Hoffman – on loan at Mainz from Borussia Dortmund – then edged Germany further ahead three minutes later. There would be no Irish response and they finish fourth in their group of five, with Germany runaway leaders. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more