Will The Wiz Ease on Down the Road to NBC?

first_img The project would follow in the footsteps of the 2013’s mega-successful The Sound of Music Live! and last year’s less (but still respectably) successful Peter Pan Live!. Also in the works, reportedly, is a live presentation of Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men. Meanwhile, Fox has announced that they intend to bring a live version of Grease to the small screen later this year. Are you ready to live-tweet your way down the Yellow Brick Road? It looks like The Wiz—not The Music Man—might be NBC’s next live musical event, according to Deadline. NBC honcho Robert Greenblatt said at the Television Critics Association Press Tour on January 16 that the network has optioned rights to the Tony-winning musical. Still in the running is The Music Man, which was previously reported as the network’s pick for this year. Which musical would you like to see live on NBC? Let us know below! The Wiz features a score by Charles Smalls and a book by William F. Brown. The musical follows the beloved L. Frank Baum story of Dorothy and her adventures in Oz, but with a rock and soul revamp. The show premiered on Broadway in 1975 and went on to win seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The 1978 film adaptation starred Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Lena Horne. Check out Ross and Jackson ease on down the road here. The last major New York production took place in 2009 as part of New York City Center’s Encores! program and starred Grammy winner Ashanti, Aladdin Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart, If/Then’s LaChanze, Joshua Henry and more. View Commentslast_img read more

George Takei & Lea Salonga Begin Performances in Allegiance

first_img Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 14, 2016 George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung and more will pledge their Allegiance as they begin performances on Broadway on October 6. The new musical is set to officially open on November 8 at the Longacre Theatre.Directed by Stafford Arima and based on Takei’s childhood experience in a Japanese-American interment camp, Allegiance features music and lyrics by Jay Kuo and a book by Marc Acito. A story of family, love and patriotism set during World War II and beyond, the show follows veteran Sam Otsuka and his sister Kei as they find themselves torn between loyalty to their family and allegiance to their country.The cast will also include Katie Rose Clarke, Michael K. Lee, Christopheren Nomura and Greg Watanabe. Allegiancelast_img read more

Safer Lettuce.

first_imgUniversity of Georgia researchers have found that consumerscan reduce their risk of food-borne illness by washing lettucebefore preparing homemade fresh salads.Fresh salads, particularly those made with lettuce, have beenlinked to five outbreaks of E. coli over the past four years,according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention inAtlanta, Ga.A Second Washing is a Good Habit”Lettuce is washed before it’s sold, but our researchhas shown the risks of food-borne illness can be greatly reducedby washing it again at home,” said Joe Frank, a food microbiologistwith the UGA Center for Food Safety and Quality Enhancement inGriffin, Ga.Frank said lettuce is most likely contaminated in the fieldby polluted irrigation water, animal manures or improper handlingby field workers.To address the lettuce and E.coli problem, Frank studied howand where E. coli cells survive on lettuce leaves.”Lettuce breathes through stomata or holes on the leaves,”he said. “The E. coli cells attach to the surface aroundand inside these holes.”E. coli Likes Cut Edges and BruisesHe also found E. coli cells favorthe cut edges of lettuce. “The edges of cut lettuce pieceshad tremendous numbers of attached E. coli cells,” he said.”The bruised areas did, too.”In the lab, washing the lettuce with a bleach solution wasfound effective for removing the E. coli cells on the lettucesurface.”The solution removes or kills the cells on the surfaceof the lettuce, but those inside the holes still survive,”Frank said.UGA food scientists are working with the food industry to applythis chlorine method. But Frank warns consumers not to try itat home.”Chlorine bleach is much too strong to be used at homefor rinsing vegetables,” he said. “Consumers shouldn’tuse chlorine to rinse vegetables at home.”Wash Well and Keep it ColdFor your home, the main recommendations are to wash lettuceand keep it cold.”There is no way to totally eliminate your risk of food-borneillness,” Frank said. “But taking these precautionscan greatly reduce your risk.”(Lettuce image courtesy Scott Bauer, USDA. E. coli imagecourtesy UGA Center for Food Safety and Quality Enhancement.)last_img read more

Reader Favorites: 10 Most Popular BRO Articles

first_imgPhoto Courtesy of Vladamir PustovitEver wondered what the most popular articles on Blue Ridge Outdoors are? Well ponder no more. We’ve compiled a list of the 10 most popular BRO pieces and included them below for your reading pleasure.From Appalachian Mountain Lion Mysteries and a long time BRO contributor’s satirical search for the ever-elusive Sasqautch to Moonshine in the Mountains and our classic guide on How to Date a Kayaker, these articles will keep you entertained for hours.MOST POPULAR STORIESMountain Lion MysteryHow to Date a KayakerIn Search of BigfootFirst Descents: Chris Gragtmans’ Waterfall Paddling PlungesHomeless for the HolidaysBrown Mountain LightsThe Greenest Man in the MountainsMoonshine in the MountainsBest Outdoor JobsThe Skinny on Naked Runninglast_img read more

Beyond fraud: 5 ways machine learning makes your credit union smarter

first_img 35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Shazia Manus At AdvantEdge Analtyics, Shazia Manus applies a futurist view to the field of analytics, helping credit unions discover new possibilities for exceptional member experiences. Prior to joining CUNA Mutual Group … Web: advantedgeanalytics.com Details For credit unions today, machine learning is proving invaluable in the fight against card fraud. Moreover, the technology’s potential to enhance your service proposition extends well beyond the realm of member security.The sheer power of prediction delivered by machine learning has the ability to transform nearly every aspect of your business model. It’s hard to imagine a single area of a credit union’s operations that would not benefit from the ability to see accurately into the future. And your members will love it.Although artificial intelligence and machine learning are expected to be deployed throughout credit unions, there are areas in which the technology is likely to be implemented first. Below are five immediate use cases for how machine learning can help drive credit union success:#1 – Managing Risk More IntelligentlyWhen layered over strategies like credit card pricing and credit line management, machine learning can help credit unions boost card portfolio performance significantly. There is great potential for machine learning to more rapidly adjust pricing and credit lines according to emerging risks, which in turn will bring revenues into closer alignment with that risk. For credit unions, of course, it will be important to temper the recommendations of the technology with the people-over-profits philosophy.#2 – Inspiring Member Engagement and LoyaltyTop-of-wallet strategies are another area of promise for machine learning because the technology allows credit unions to better anticipate member needs and preferences.  Consumers demand highly personalized experiences, and they want service to be instantaneous. Predictive analytics delivered through machine learning can guide service models in a multitude of ways.For example, new machine learning-based financial apps can alert consumers to bills they are overpaying – and to readily available, relevant discounts. Imagine the surprise and delight your credit union could inspire by calling a member and saying, “We just found a way for you to save $50 every month on your cable bill, and we’ve already taken care of it for you.” #3 – Taking Support Up a LevelWhile informed sales and marketing strategies are critical to building member relationships, so is providing world-class support. To that end, new voice-enabled machine learning solutions can augment and help expedite service. But the real value machine learning brings to your support organization is its ability to analyze positive and negative outcomes from inquiries, and draw correlations between activities. With these insights, credit unions can better understand how members like to engage, which responses perform best and how to improve their performance over time.#4 – Staying in ComplianceKeeping current on regulatory compliance requirements is a massive job and one that should not be left to the compliance officer alone. Every staff member must be aware of how his or her actions impact the member. That’s what examiners expect.To help, new machine learning technology can be deployed to scan member interactions for trouble spots and provide real-time solutions that ensure compliance. Call centers today are already analyzing speech patterns in search of terms, words and phrases that trigger ‘requirements’ for how the call should be handled. These systems can even populate the screens of representatives with scripts and checklists to follow – and then note the outcomes, learning from each incident. #5 – Maintaining Your Competitive EdgeWhile it can be challenging for credit unions to change internal systems, practices and strategies to embrace machine learning technology, doing so is imperative to future success. Your competitors are absolutely deploying machine learning. Startups are using the technology to power cognitive financial planning and money management apps. And large banks are rolling out chatbots driven by machine learning apps to get their customers better answers quicker. All of this is feeding a consumer desire for fast, personalized and cognitive service, and for exceptional experiences from the brands they favor.Your credit union has the data. You have the member relationships, and you have the trust. Machine learning will only improve the experience you provide, helping you deepen relationships and earn new members.last_img read more

Leadership Matters: 3 famous quotes to help you manage year-end

first_img continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr There are so many things to do before the end of the year: new budgets, policies, mergers, systems, digital, digital, digital and, of course, strategic planning for regulatory compliance. We understand the frustration. With 30-plus years of experience in providing always-compliant forms, finding balance is tough. So how do you do it? How do you strike a balance between managing operations, meeting year-end goals and planning for the new year without the Grinch coming in to ruin Christmas? Here are a few time-tested tips based on quotes from famous people. We are not sure if they will help with your holiday preparations, but they will make a positive impact on your business areas for sure.1. “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” This Mark Twain quote speaks to a universal truth: authenticity. It is especially important during this stressful time of year. To be effective with your credit union operations, be consistent. Be results-driven. Be passionate. Let your staff know when you are stressed, and don’t forget to let them know when they have exceeded expectations. Being an authentic leader will help your team keep pace for the remainder of the year and set performance expectations for the next.last_img read more

Snapods TWS MagSafe earbuds connect right to the back of your phone » Gadget Flow

first_img– Advertisement – Never misplace your headphones again when you use the Snapods TWS MagSafe earbuds. They connect right to the back of your phone thanks to MagSafe technology—and they work with any smartphone. Furthermore, the Snapods use next-generation true-wireless stereo technology (TWS) to produce impressive sound you’ll never want to turn off. Thanks to their magnetic connectivity, these earbuds are easy to store and carry, and they’re always immediately accessible. You can stop digging around at the bottom of your backpack to find your earbuds when you need them. Plus, these TWS MagSafe earbuds use Bluetooth 5.2 for a great connection, and they boast a whopping 45 hours of playtime. Compatible with wireless charging and USB-C wired charging, these stylishly slim earbuds are likely to be your favorites.last_img read more

Bulldogs EIAC Swimming & Diving Results

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs competed at South Dearborn High School for the EIAC Championships. Overall, the girls placed fourth, while the boys placed sixth.Top performers from the girls included the 200 Medley Relay (4th, Ashley Daulton, Audra Brewer, Halle Renck, Allison Storms), Kate Poltrack (7th, 200 Free; 7th 500 Free), Storms (6th, 200 IM; 2nd, 100 Breast), Halle Renck (8th, 200 IM; 9th, 100 Fly), Gwen Martin (7th, 50 Free; 9th 500 Free), Jenna Ertel (8th, 50 Free), Daulton (4th, 100 Free; 3rd, 100 Back), 200 Medley Relay (4th, Gaulin, Ertel, Martin, Brewer), A. Brewer (3rd, 100 Breast), 400 Free Relay (4th, Gaulin, Storms, Poltrack, Daulton).Top performers for the boys included Ethan Brewer (8th, 50 Free; 6th 100 Fly), Joseph Choi (7th, 100 Free; 6th, 100 Breast), 200 Free Relay (4th, Mason Enneking, Grant Meyers, E. Brewer, Choi).Coach McMullen had this to say about the overall performance of the team: “We are swimming great. Collectively, our team dropped over 1 minute of time which is tremendous. Our 500 swimmers alone dropped 57 seconds on the day. I couldn’t be happier with the way the team is practicing and how that has been translating in competition. Over the last two meets, we’ve had 29 season or life-time best swims. It seems like we’re doing the right kind of work and they are trusting the system. I couldn’t be prouder of this group of athletes.”BHS returns to action on Tuesday, January 9 at Lawrenceburg for a Tri-meet against the Tigers and Knights of South Dearborn.last_img read more

Sane, Suele on spotlight as Germany tackle Spain in Nations League

first_imgGermany host Spain in their opening Nations League match on Thursday with Bayern Munich pair Leroy Sane and Niklas Suele looking to rediscover top form after long-term knee injuries. Germany face Spain in Stuttgart before playing Switzerland three days later in Basel. Both matches will go ahead behind closed doors. It gives coach Joachim Loew the chance to assess the fitness of former Manchester City winger Sane and centre-back Suele in a weakened Germany squad missing rested fellow Bayern players Manuel Neuer, Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka. “I think I’m at 80 percent”, Sane told the German FA website. “Of course, the games and the rhythm are missing,” added Sane, who has played just a handful of minutes since tearing knee ligaments last August. Bayern defender Suele, who suffered a similar injury last October, made his return in the knockout stages of the Champions League in Lisbon. The 24-year-old shone after replacing Jerome Boateng early in the Lisbon final in Bayern’s 1-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain. “I have missed doing what I love,” Suele said in Tuesday’s press conference, clearly just glad to be back on Germany duty in “a really cool team”. “Spain is still a great world football power with incredible individual players.” Promoted ContentCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Super Recognizable Outfits That Actors Wore In The Famous MoviesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Best Cars Of All TimeA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayThe Story Of The Small Italy Windows In The Walls Is Rather GrimInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art Read Also: Barcelona board at war over Lionel Messi sale, asking priceGermany’s new Chelsea striker Timo Werner said he will miss the home support in front of empty stands in Stuttgart.“It’s not just difficult for the fans. It’s also more fun for us to play in front of supporters,” said Werner.“We had a friendly with Chelsea in front of 2,500 people and it was a completely different atmosphere.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Fresh from lifting the Champions League trophy, Suele hopes Bayern’s European success inspires the national team ahead of the postponed Euro 2020 finals next year. “We have achieved something great with Bayern Munich. That must be an incentive for further titles,” said Suele. “And we have to use the Nations League to prepare as well as possible for the European Championships next summer. “This is about titles again.” The Spain clash will be Germany’s first international for nearly 10 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The squad was tested for Covid-19 on arriving at the team hotel on Monday. “It’s more intense here, but that’s a good thing. In the pandemic, Germany has shown that it is more organised,” said Chelsea defender Antonio Ruediger. Other hygiene measures include avoiding all contact, other than in training, and keeping a distance of five metres from anyone not involved with the squad. “Everything is really well planned and coordinated, in training too,” added Suele.last_img read more

UWF Cross Country Prepares for Opening Meet in North Carolina

first_img Share UWF Cross Country Prepares for Opening Meet in North Carolina Aug. 28, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – On Saturday, August 31, the Argo Cross Country teams will run in the ASU Covered Bridge Invitational in Boone, North Carolina. Last Year the Argos men’s and women’s Cross Country teams competed in the Appalachian State Invitational meet and finished 5th in the men’s meet and 7th in the women’s meet. However, they were the top finishing Division II school in the meet. Coach Matt Dobson is fielding a young team, but still expects to do better than last year, despite some key injuries to top runners, and the loss of All-American Michael Padilla to graduation. Padilla placed first individually in the ASU meet last year against some top-notch Division I athletes.This is a great early season test for the 2007 teams, especially those that will be competing in their first collegiate meet. Many young runners will be counted on as the Argos may be somewhat shorthanded. On the Men’s team, potential number one runner Brian Gowin (Jr. / Pensacola, Fla.), and number two runner Jordan Theuerkauf (So. / Wausau Wisc.), will not be able to make the trip. Theuerkauf, with a hip injury may miss more than the first meet. Meanwhile, for the women’s team, potential number two runner Maria DeFeo (Fr. / Orange Park, Fla.) will miss the first meet also with an injury (possible stress fracture) that could be more long term. However, Coach Dobson is very optimistic about the opening meet. “It’s primarily a D-1 meet, but we want to do well, and should be able to top last year’s performance.”Both squads are young, and the Freshmen will be called upon to help the teams’ performances, and they need racing experience. The men’s squad has four Freshmen that could be in the top six runners, while the women’s team has two Freshmen likely to be in the top 4 runners for the team.Diana Sitar (Sr. / Las Vegas, Nev.) should anchor the women’s squad as the number one runner, with DeFeo, Kelli Midden (Fr. / Boca Raton, Fla.), and Katherine Ragia (Jr. / Daytona Beach, Fla.) strong contenders for the number two spot. For the men, the top spot is likely Gowin, with Theuerkauf and Nicholas Maedel (Fr. / Ridgeview, Fla.) potentially two and three. Jared Black (Fr. / Tallahassee, Fla.), Reynolds Griner (Fr. / Tallahassee, Fla.), and Andrew Maedel (Fr. / Ridgeview, Fla.) round out a very young but talented top six.Coach Dobson feels that the pre-season training has been real good, “we are very fit and ready to compete.” He explained that the overall plan, “is to improve each week and peak for the post-season. We will approach all meets the same until conference.” Speaking of the GSC, Coach Dobson indicates that the Argos will likely battle with Harding for the conference Championship, and if they stay healthy the Argos will have a great chance for both the conference titles and a trip to the National meet.Part of the preseason was a charity relay run from `Jay to the Bay’ to help benefit the North Florida Arthritis Foundation. The athletes raised more money than their goal, and got a great workout in the process. The great success of the event shows the work ethic of the young Argo runners. Meanwhile, Coach Dobson, a 2:21 Marathoner, jumped in to inspire his young runners and ran 20 miles with the team as they traded off legs. If Dobson’s training mentality is picked up by the young team, they have a great future.The Argos will host the Gulf Coast Cross Country Stampede on September 29th. This meet will be at the Escambia County Equestrian Center. Then, on October 20th, UWF will host the Gulf South Conference Championships, to be held on the UWF Campus. Print Friendly Versionlast_img