Lupita Nyong’o on Why the B’way-Bound Eclipsed is Harder Than Star Wars

first_img Related Shows After a successful run off-Broadway in Eclipsed, Lupita Nyong’o is preparing to take Danai Gurira’s play to the Main Stem…before that, of course, there’s a small film you’ve probably never heard of called Star Wars: The Force Awakens to promote. The Oscar winner stopped by The Daily Show on December 2 to talk about the projects. “What was harder was definitely Eclipsed,” Nyong’o admitted, “because there’s a stamina that you need to stay with this kind of material day in and day out.” Check out the interview below; Eclipsed will begin previews on February 23, 2016 at the Golden Theatre. Star Files Get More: Comedy Central,Funny Videos,Funny TV Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016center_img Lupita Nyong’o Eclipsed View Commentslast_img read more

Cotton Breeding

first_imgUniversity of Georgia cotton breeder Peng Chee’s groundbreaking research in molecular genetics provides Georgia cotton farmers with root-knot-nematode-resistant cotton varieties. It also garnered Chee national recognition in January, when he was awarded the 2016 Cotton Genetics Research Award during the 2017 Beltwide Cotton Improvement Conference in Dallas.Chee, a professor in UGA’s Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, identified nematode resistance as a top priority when he started working on the UGA Tifton Campus in 2000.“Host-plant-resistance research has been a high priority in my lab,” Chee said. “We were the first group to identify the genes involved in providing resistance to root-knot nematode in cotton.”Chee published the genome location of the resistant genes in 2006, and private breeding companies now use this knowledge to develop a selection system to transfer the resistant genes into elite cotton varieties. Ten years later, there are now numerous nematode-resistance varieties available to cotton growers.If infected by microscopic southern root-knot nematodes, cotton roots swell in response. The knots serve as feeding sites where the nematodes grow, produce more eggs and stunt the plant’s growth.Breeding for resistance to nematodes increased in importance when some of the chemical treatment options that Georgia farmers used to combat the nematodes were slowly phased out. The Coastal Plain region is a hotbed for southern root-knot nematodes in cotton, Chee said. Depending on the year and environmental conditions, Georgia cotton crops could be vulnerable to a significant outbreak of nematodes.Using nematode-resistant varieties might be the best course of action for some farmers, especially since about 70 percent of Georgia’s cotton fields are infested.In addition to the nematode research, Chee’s work in the UGA Molecular Cotton Breeding Laboratory has centered on fiber quality, a trait he considers essential if the U.S. cotton industry is to compete with other cotton-producing countries and, more importantly, with synthetic fibers. One of the main goals of Chee’s lab is to explore wild cotton to identify fiber-quality genes currently not in the domesticated germplasm and to breed them into cotton varieties adapted for Georgia.“The whole approach to cotton breeding has changed a lot in the last two decades. When I first started working at the Tifton Campus, cotton genomics was still in its infancy,” Chee said. “Our goal at the time was to develop a genomic toolbox for cotton breeders. I believe we are now starting to see new cotton varieties being developed through the use of these tools.”While Chee’s work has been successful, he can’t help but think about the future of genetic research and where it could lead over the next decade.“This is an exciting time to be in the field of cotton breeding and genomics. I have witnessed cotton breeding, transitioning from traditional phenotypic selection to selection of progeny based on what genes they carry by using DNA markers. The complete genome sequence of cotton has greatly accelerated our understanding of the genetic control of economically important traits such as insect and disease resistance as well as fiber yield and quality,” Chee said. “I suspect the next two decades will see a broad application of genomics in cotton breeding.”For more information about the research conducted in the UGA Molecular Cotton Breeding Laboratory, see www.nespal.org/peng_lab.last_img read more

German utility plans country’s largest unsubsidized solar power project

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:EnBW is planning a big solar park in Weesow-Willmersdorf, in the northeastern region of Brandenburg. If built, the project would become Germany’s largest solar plant. The company says it has a pipeline of unsubsidized projects with a combined capacity of 800 MW.A statement by the company today revealed EnBW has acquired the 175 MW Weesow-Willmersdorf solar park from Procon Solar, and that the project has been in development since 2009.EnBW says the project would be built without any subsidy provided for under the German Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) with the developer convinced subsidy-free large solar parks will be economically feasible in the near future in Germany. “We have seen a remarkable development over the past few years in solar technology,” said Dirk Güsewell, head of generation portfolio development at EnBW. “Due to technical advances, the cost of constructing solar parks has fallen dramatically – by up to 90% over the last ten years in Germany. Therefore, today the costs involved in solar energy are on at least an equal footing with other technologies – which has also been demonstrated by the results of the latest [renewable energy procurement] auctions. We anticipate that the first large solar projects will be realized without EEG funding in the foreseeable future. Solar energy thus has a realistic chance of achieving this market maturity.”Utility-scale PV plants can generate power for less than €0.05/kWh in Germany at a time when electricity spot prices are rising.More: Unsubsidized 175 MW solar project under development in Germany German utility plans country’s largest unsubsidized solar power projectlast_img read more

Florida Man Fatally Shoots Himself While Playing with a Gun

first_imgBROOKSVILLE, Fla. – The Hernando County Sheriff is calling the shooting death of a Florida man a ‘horrible accident.’The victim was playing with a gun while waiting for a haircut and fatally shot himself on Thursday, according to sheriff’s deputies.The man sat down on a bucket outside his bedroom door while he waited for another man to cut his hair. He started playing with a handgun which accidentally went off, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.The man was already dead when sheriff’s deputies arrived.The sheriff’s office hasn’t identified the victim or what kind of weapon was involved.last_img

SUMMER OUTDOOR PURSUITS FOR CHILDREN WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES

first_imgTHE Donegal Sports Partnership is organising two summer outdoor pursuit sessions for children with physical disabilities, their friends, siblings and parents.Said Thérèse Laverty, Sports Inclusion Disability Officer (SIDO): “If anyone is interested in participating they need to complete the attached form and return with the appropriate payment to Donegal Sports Partnership preferably by 30th of June. If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on 074 9116078.To see more and to download forms click here: Gartan Flyer and Booking Form Email: [email protected]: www.disability.activedonegal.comSUMMER OUTDOOR PURSUITS FOR CHILDREN WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES was last modified: June 17th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:gartan outdoor activities for disabled childrenlast_img read more

Soana FC coach Shafic Bisaso resigns

first_imgShafiq Bisaso has resigned his job as Soana FC coach.Shafiq Bisaso yesterday, October 18, submitted his resignation as head coach at Soana Football Club with immediate effect.The news comes just hours to the club’s sixth match of the season against tittle contenders Vipers SC at the St Mary’s stadium Kitende later this afternoon.He becomes the fifth coach in a period of two years to leave Soana after Charles Lukula Ayiekho, Sam Ssimbwa, George Lutalo Bbosa and Alex Isabirye all deemed the job to hot to handle.PML Daily caught up with the fomer SC Villa and Masavu FC tactician hours after his resignation.“It hurts me that i leave this club(Soana) so early in the season but i have nothing to do,” he said.Soana becomes the second club in less than a year that Bisaso has left after he was fired from SC Villa mid last season due to what Villa president Ben Missaga termed as poor performance from his side.Bisaso has been at Soana since late July when he succeeded Alex Isabirye and has over seen five competitive fixture all being in the league st Soana.In 5 matches in charge, Bisaso has managed just a single win against Masavu on Match Day 3, drawing at home to Bright Stars and loosing loosing to SC Villa, Proline and Onduparaka.Soana are second from bottom and who ever comes in will have one hell of a job to do as the playing stuff is indeed lucking yet the window is closed.Commentslast_img read more

Kerr points finger at himself for Game 5 loss: ‘I didn’t have them on high alert’

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!LOS ANGELES – As the Warriors seek to reassert their dominance, coach Steve Kerr injected some humor.He asked team spokesman Raymond Ridder to turn the music down. Ridder insisted he wanted the music up. Kerr chuckled over the exchange following morning shootaround on Friday, a stark contrast to his annoyed reaction when Draymond Green insisted for the music to …last_img

New indices open up African markets

first_img“By partnering to form these indices, FTSE and the JSE are improving the visibility of the high quality companies that exist across the continent. The JSE hopes that this will benefit all exchanges, raising their profiles and thereby enhancing the capital raising opportunities for their issuers.” The JSE and global index provider FTSE Group have launched the FTSE/JSE All Africa 40 Index and the FTSE/JSE All Africa ex South Africa 30 Index, both of which are suitable for the creation of financial products, such as index funds warrants, certificates and exchange traded funds. “These indices are further evidence of FTSE’s and JSE’s commitment to continue providing innovative solutions to investors both in South Africa and worldwide.” SAinfo reporter “Providing investors worldwide with access to the African continent is an important part of the JSE’s total Africa strategy, which also includes collaboration with other African exchanges and offering issuers the opportunity to dual list on our Africa Board,” said JSE CEO Russell Loubser in a company statement this week. The FTSE/JSE All Africa 40 Index will consist of the top 40 companies by market capitalisation from Egypt, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Morocco, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa and Tunisia while the FTSE/JSE All Africa ex South Africa 30 Index will consist of the top 30 companies by market capitalisation from Egypt, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Morocco, Mauritius, Nigeria and Tunisia. Representative indices 6 October 2008 Both indices are designed to be representative of the markets covered and the weighting of any single country is capped at 40% of the indices. To ensure the indices remain representative, the constituent companies will be reassessed on a quarterly basis. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “Interest in African equities is on the rise both from international and domestic investors,” said FTSE Group Europe, Middle East and Africa MD Imogen Dillon Hatcher. “Today’s launch is part of FTSE’s strategy to provide institutional investors with an accurate benchmark as well as serve as the basis for innovative investment products.”last_img read more

More optimism in ag

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Agricultural producers are feeling more optimistic about the health of the agricultural economy despite declines in key commodity markets in June and early July, according to the latest survey results from the Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer.The July Producer Sentiment Index jumped to 112, an eight-point increase over June’s 104 reading. The index is based on a monthly survey of 400 U.S. agricultural producers. It includes measures of sentiment surrounding both current conditions and future expectations.The increase comes on the heels of falling crop prices and was primarily driven by optimism about the future, said Jim Mintert, the barometer’s principal investigator and director of Purdue’s Center for Commercial Agriculture.Rally boosted expectations“The improvement in producer sentiment occurred despite the fact that grain and oilseed prices declined sharply in late June and early July,” said Mintert, who also is a professor of agricultural economics.The Index of Future Expectations increased to 121 in July, which is well above June’s 107 and is the highest reading of the index since data collection began in the fall of 2015.But while producers were optimistic about future conditions in the agricultural sector, their feelings about current conditions declined. The July Index of Current Conditions came in at 93, a five-point drop since June.“Although the uptick in crop prices this spring was short-lived and prices retreated in late June and July, it appears that the price rally boosted producers’ expectations about future economic conditions,” Mintert said. “In other words, the spring rally didn’t substantially improve producers’ perspectives regarding near-term economic conditions, but it did affect how they viewed the future.”Full report onlineOn the July survey, producers were asked about their expectations for commodity prices. Twenty-three percent of respondents said they expected higher corn prices a year from now, 20% said soybean prices would be higher, and 25% said they thought wheat prices would be higher.In addition to their optimism about grain prices, 23% of producers also indicated they expect higher farmland values in a year. That’s the highest percentage recorded since data collection began. Furthermore, the 25% expecting lower farmland values in a year is the lowest percentage recorded in the same timeframe.To read the full July report, access additional resources and sign up to receive monthly barometer email updates, visit http://purdue.edu/agbarometer.On Thursday (Aug. 4), Purdue agricultural economists Mike Boehlje, David Widmarand Michael Langemeier will present a quarterly webinar focused on the Ag Economy Barometer findings, including information from the thought leaders’ survey. The free webinar will be at 1:30 pm EDT. Register at http://purdue.edu/agbarometer.last_img read more

Smart Scheduling Helps Projects to Finish on Time

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. It’s been said that stereotypes are stereotypes because they contain a grain of truth. While “two weeks” may be funny, it hits close enough to home that whatever smile we contractors may have is a bit pinched, and whatever smiles our clients may have are knowing ones. I’m all for smiles, but I’d rather they be the satisfied grins of contractors and homeowners whose jobs went according to plan. Scheduling a project well ensures that satisfied grins are the rule.Schedules allow me to plan my work so that I have an answer when a potential client asks, “When can you start?” They allow me to give subs plenty of notice for when I’ll need them, increasing the chances they’ll show up on time. Subs appreciate knowing what work they’ve got coming, and they respect contractors who run their jobs well. Mostly, though, a good schedule saves time, which—whether you’re a contractor or a homeowner—is money.Job scheduling entails three major components: determining the scope of the work, including who will do each task and how long each task will take; building a schedule chart so that you can track progress; and tracking progress and responding to scheduling glitches. All of this follows what’s called the “critical path,” a chain of tasks that have to happen to complete a project. Delaying any critical task will delay finishing the project as a whole unless corrective steps are taken. Critical tasks include getting a foundation in or receiving a framing inspection. Until these jobs are completed, nothing else can happen on the critical path, and everything after that is delayed.To keep a schedule, you have… This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more