Laura Osnes Returns to Cinderella For the Musical’s 500th Performance

first_img Star Files It’s possible! The cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella celebrated a huge milestone on May 15—the hit musical has officially reached the 500-performance mark! To kick off the momentous occasion, original Cinderella star Laura Osnes returned to the Broadway Theatre to hang out with the cast, and of course, eat some delicious cupcakes. Check out these sweet shots of Osnes hanging out in her royal kingdom once again, then see Cinderella at the Broadway Theatre, starring Carly Rae Jepsen and Fran Drescher! View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Laura Osnes Related Shows Cinderellalast_img read more

Organic ag

first_imgBy Katie JaegerUniversity of GeorgiaStudents’ interests in the organic agriculture certificate program at the University of Georgia aren’t limited to growing peppers, sweet potatoes and pumpkins. Some students are hoping to start businesses with the knowledge they acquire.One student, Lizabeth Simmons, is hoping to open a “florist shop featuring organic cut flowers while another student, Wesley Belcher, wants to open an organic Christmas tree farm,” said Marc van Iersel, a UGA horticulture professor involved with the program.Belcher is a UGA student and Christmas tree farmer. After getting into the program, he’d like to incorporate organic trees into his business because “some people feel that chemical residues are harmful to their health and the surrounding environment,” he said.People handle Christmas trees a lot with their hands, Belcher said. So he’d like to offer them trees they can decorate without coming into contact with chemical residues.”People will feel warm and fuzzy when they see that they’re getting an organically grown Christmas tree,” he said.BenefitsThe UGA certificate program provides hands-on learning opportunities for students. It benefits Georgia farmers by increasing awareness of organic agriculture as an alternative method of growing crops.Van Iersel said farmers around Athens support the university’s program. Students study local farmers’ problems and try to solve them as part of the class research. Then they pass this knowledge back to the farmers.The horticulture farm doesn’t compete with local farmers, van Iersel said. It serves more to educate the community and students about different ways to grow crops and the different, nontraditional options growers have.”Our purpose is not to promote organic agriculture over traditional methods but to promote awareness of using alternative methods,” he said.DifferencesRobert Tate, the primary caretaker and project coordinator for the UGA horticulture farm, has more than 10 years of experience with organic agriculture. He said the techniques are more labor-intensive than in traditional methods. However, methods such as crop rotation and drip tape, a form of irrigation, prove more efficient and ecologically friendly.Water conservation and soil rejuvenation are among the main concerns, Tate said. Their objective in organic production is to grow quality produce and continually maintain good soil conditions.The program has benefits throughout Athens. Anish Malladi, a horticulture assistant professor, said the program donates half of the certified organic produce grown at the horticulture farm to the Northeast Georgia Food Bank in Athens. The rest is sold as a club fundraiser.Many departments work together in the certificate program, van Iersel said. Entomologists suggest using certain insects to protect the crops from harmful insect species. Plant pathologists teach ways to prevent pathogens from invading the crops.To learn more about the UGA organic agriculture certificate program, visit the Web site at www.uga.edu/organic.(Katie Jaeger is a student writer with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Dominica moving towards CCJ

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 5 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Dominica moving towards CCJ by: – February 14, 2012center_img Tweet Share Photo credit: caribbeancourtofjustice.orgDominica is expected to place the matter concerning the Caribbean Court of Justice on the table for further discussion.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit recently attended an OECS meeting where regional countries were called upon to support the Trinidad-based Caribbean CCJ by making it their final court.He says Dominica should move in that direction, however public opinion is important before a final decision could be made on the matter.“Is a matter that we will bring back to the public and discuss with them. We believe that we should recognise the court. The UK has been saying to us for years that we are really inundated with our own national request and our ability to listen to cases in a timely fashion and all of this places an additional burden on the system,” he explained.According to the Prime Minister, a cabinet decision was taken in 2006 for Dominica to recognise the court but Dominica’s concern has always been that this would create some difficulties.He explained; “we share in the OECS the same Supreme Court arrangement, this is why we would like to see all of countries go this year or sometime sooner”.The CCJ was established in 2001 by regional government to replace the London-based Privy Council as the region’s final court.The CCJ also acts as an international tribunal interpreting the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas which governs the regional integration movement and the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more