Jason Robert Brown’s 13 Is Heading to the Big Screen

first_img View Comments In 13, Evan Goldman has six weeks to go before he turns 13, and after an idyllic childhood in New York City, he’s just been uprooted and brought to Appleton, Indiana with his mother. He has one mission: get all the cool kids in school to come to his Bar Mitzvah, or else spend the rest of his academic career banished to the land of the geeks. Becoming a man is tough…especially on the big screen! As we previously wrote, Jason Robert Brown’s 13 will be adapted into a movie. The CBS Films project will feature an adapted screenplay by Bert V. Royal, who penned Easy A. Plans for a big-screen adaptation of the tween musical were originally announced in 2013.center_img The original Broadway production, which featured a score by Brown and a book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn, played in 2008 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. The cast featured several young actors, including Ariana Grande.last_img read more

Indonesia’s economy heads into turbulence as Q1 growth plunges: Economists

first_imgHe expected the economy to contract 0.8 percent if the pandemic continued into the third quarter, adding that the economy would grow at a range of between 1.2 and 2 percent if the health crisis subsided by June.“It is crucial to immediately end the virus crisis through containment measures,” Fithra said.The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) erased some of its gains on Tuesday after the announcement but closed trading up 0.53 percent to 4,630.13 while the rupiah appreciated by 0.13 percent to Rp 15,080 per US dollar on the day.Four provinces and 22 regencies/cities nationwide have implemented large scale social restrictions to contain the virus spread, forcing businesses to close and hitting demand as people are required to stay at home. More than 12,000 people have contracted the disease in Indonesia with a death toll reaching at least 870 as of Tuesday afternoon, official data showed. Household spending, which accounts for more than half of GDP, grew sluggishly by 2.84 percent in the first quarter – far lower than the 5.01 percent recorded over the same period in 2019, while investment, the second-largest contributor, grew 1.7 percent versus the 5.03 percent recorded in January-March last year.Government expenditure grew by 3.74 percent in the first quarter, lower than the 5.22 percent growth recorded in the same period last year. Exports increased by 0.24 percent while imports contracted by 2.19 percent as Indonesia’s major trading partners, such as China, went into lockdowns.Fitch Solutions wrote in its research note on April 22 that it expected consumer spending growth to tank to 1.2 percent this year as more Indonesians lose their jobs during the pandemic.“The second quarter GDP growth is expected to be significantly lower than that of the first quarter as the prolonged pandemic limits people’s travel and activities,” Bank Mandiri economist Andry Asmoro said. “Furthermore, high uncertainty about when the COVID-19 pandemic will completely end could drag down the full-year figure to below 2 percent.”The government has forecast the country’s economy to expand by 2.3 percent this year in the baseline scenario, or contract by 0.4 percent in the worst-case scenario.Permata Bank economist Josua Pardede called on the government to expedite its spending on social safety nets, as well as to re-allocate more funds to mitigate the economic devastation caused by the pandemic.“The economy may grow between zero to 1 percent this year if economic activity does not pick up in the third quarter,” Josua told the Post.“The government’s budget re-allocation must be improved to focus more on COVID-19 relief in a bid to protect households’ purchasing power,” he said, adding that the zero growth projection would translate into 5 million to 8 million people losing their jobs in the months ahead as the pandemic chokes companies’ cash flows.Around 2.8 million people had been laid off as of mid-April, according to the Manpower Ministry and the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan), with more than half of them on paid or unpaid leave.The Finance Ministry’s Fiscal Policy Agency (BKF) head, Febrio Nathan Kacaribu, said the government would speed up the distribution of its social assistance in the second quarter, especially the stimulus for micro, small and medium businesses.“With this kind of cushion, the government is hoping to ease the pressure on households and businesses, particularly small and medium businesses,” Febrio said in a statement to reporters.The government has allocated funds of Rp 436.1 trillion (US$28.9 billion), mainly for healthcare spending, social safety nets and incentives for laid-off workers, among other things, as it works to soften the pandemic’s impact on the economy.Topics : Indonesia’s economy is heading into turbulence as the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to further batter growth after the country recorded the weakest economic expansion since 2001 in the first quarter of the year, economists have warned.The country’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew 2.97 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the first three months of the year as household spending and investment growth slowed amid the coronavirus outbreak, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced on Tuesday. The growth is weaker than the government’s, the central bank’s and economists’ projections of around 4 percent.“The sudden stop in economic activity during the first quarter marks the beginning of weak GDP growth caused by the pandemic,” University of Indonesia economist Fithra Faisal told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. “We are heading into the weakest growth since the 1998-1999 Asian financial crisis.”last_img read more

Cold Weather Could Harm Your Plants

first_imgA pattern of evening temperatures dropping into the 30’s and near freezing are expected tonight and into Saturday morning in Southeast Indiana.For now, the National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch from Tuesday night through Thursday morning for Franklin County. A frost advisory has also been announced for the majority of the area on Thursday.While residents brace for the cold, what do the freezing temperatures mean for plants?“Any tender plants need to be brought in. Other than that, perennials and tree shrubs all that will be fine, it’s just anything tender,” said Matt Nobbe, owner of 5 Oaks Garden Center in Batesville.“People who have broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage outside, they don’t have to worry about that,” said Nobbe. “I have a thousand broccoli in a field right now, and this frost and freeze will bring the sugars up in the plant and just make it sweeter,” Nobbe added.Plant life is severely threatened when temperatures drop into the teens, according to Nobbe.Don’t forget about man’s best friend these next few nights, as freezing temperatures could potentially have a negative impact on pets.last_img read more

Girl Scouts Adds Signature Bricks to Camp Woodlands Fundraiser

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisIn efforts to raise money for renovations and updating Camp Woodlands, the Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore will host another fundraiser.Building a foundation for the future, the girl scouts came up with the idea of placing sponsored bricks on the south side of their camp. Trying to develop a new look, the goal for camp woodlands is to include necessities for those who are disabled.“It has been basically taken care of, the basics. But now the bigger things, like the roof, the furnace, the handicap accessible, we need to get that now. There needs to be windows put in for warmth, and the fire place needs to be repaired. There’s a lot of major repairs to be done, the basics are no long enough,” Campaign Chair, Donna Precord said.If you’re interested in helping the girl scouts with their camp goals, and would like to sponsor a brick, contact Cindy Ranshaw at 989–464–6022.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Miss Sunrise Side & Miss Sunrise Outstanding Teen Pageant Returns!Next Presentations Offered to Provide Information on Alpena Co. Sheriffs Office Jail Planslast_img read more