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NGT to take up stubble burning case on October 30

first_imgThe National Green Tribunal on Tuesday said it would consider later this month the steps taken by the Centre and Punjab and Haryana governments to check burning of crop residue by farmers to curb air pollution. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar deferred the matter for hearing on October 30 after lawyers appearing for both the parties sought adjournment of the case.The green panel had earlier said “we expect no individual, body, department, panchayat, associations to directly or indirectly recommend or promote burning of crop residues in Punjab, UP and Haryana.” On the last date of hearing, the green panel had said the “serious” issue of stubble burning by farmers was still going on and had sought the response of the Centre as well as the Punjab and Haryana governments on the issue. It had earlier asked for names and details of all power houses and biomass-based energy plants that can use crop residue for power generation and had directed Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab governments to provide a detailed strategy of how happy seeders (machines to sow wheat without burning of paddy crop residue) or balers can be given to farmers. The tribunal had also sought a reply from the National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) as to why it cannot take the stubble from the farmers under its corporate social responsibility programme for the “general cause of environment”.The NGT had on October 11 directed Punjab to produce the farmers after the State said it had provided assistance to some of them to encourage them not to burn crop residue.The tribunal had taken exception to the fact that even after more than two years, nothing substantial has been done with regard to stubble burning. The Punjab government had earlier said it had taken Kalar Majri village in Nabha Tehsil of Patiala district as a model project for implementing the directions of the NGT and to sensitise the farmers. Earlier, the NGT had also asked Punjab to look into the problems faced by the farmers and directed its counsel to seek instructions on whether compensation could be provided to them for disposing their agricultural residue while giving them liberty to engage any agency of their choice. It had warned the governments of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan that it would stop the payment of salaries of government officials if they failed to come up with an action plan to prevent stubble burning, which triggers heavy pollution in Delhi-NCR.last_img read more

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Nagaland CMO files FIR against fake exit letter

first_imgThe Nagaland Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) has filed an FIR against the circulation of a fake and forged resignation letter of Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang and his Cabinet colleagues on social media. The FIR was lodged at the Kohima police station on Wednesday by the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to the Chief Minister, the police said. According to the FIR, the letter head of the Chief Minister of Nagaland has been forged and a fake letter number has been given. The signature of the Chief Minister has also been forged and the fake resignation letter is being circulated on the social media. The FIR stated that the forgery was very serious and amounted to cyber crime as also spreading rumours with an objective to create confusion and unrest in society. The Kohima police said thy has registered a case and the investigation is in progress.last_img read more

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Maruti Suzuki presents Swift Deca limited edition in India

first_imgMaruti Suzuki India Limited, India’s leading passenger vehicle manufacturer, today launched sporty Swift Deca, a limited edition model of its most popular hatchback.ALSO READ:Maruti Suzuki’s future products to come with hybrid technologyA wide array of features including touch screen multimedia system with Bluetooth, exterior styling kit, sporty body graphics, football themed seat covers and interior styling kit  make the Swift Deca even more attractive.R S Kalsi, Executive Director, Marketing & Sales, Maruti Suzuki said, “Swift is a sporty, stylish and fun to drive car. Since its launch, it has been one of the best performers in our portfolio and helped us strengthen leadership in premium hatchback segment.  Over the years, the Swift has evolved in features, looks and technology, often defining the changes in aspiration and preferences of Indian car customers. Swift Deca carries forward the sportiness and performance quotient associated with the brand.”ALSO READ:Comparison: Tata Tiago vs Hyundai i10 vs Maruti Suzuki CelerioSwift Deca, limited edition model is a tribute to one of sport’s ultimate symbols of glory – the number “10”. This holds especially true for football, where the best players in the game’s history have proudly carried the legendary “10” on their backs. Swift Deca celebrates and shares this very success of the high performers.The limited edition model is available in two variants – Vxi (Rs 5.94 lakh) and Vdi (Rs 6.86 lakh) and in two colors – Bright Red and Pearl White.ALSO READ: Maruti Suzuki to launch Baleno RS, Ignis under NexaadvertisementMaruti Swift Deca edition is available at a special price, bringing a benefit of over Rs. 18,000/- on the accessory kit, to the customer.last_img read more

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Top Ohio State Commit Being Pursued By Another Major Program

first_imgAn Ohio State Buckeyes cheerleader running with a flag.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 03: A cheerleader runs onto the field with an Ohio State Buckeyes flag prior to the Discover Orange Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)In less than 24 hours the Early Signing Period for college football is set to open. A few of the nation’s top recruits will announce where they plan to attend college, and sign early.The signing period begins Wednesday and ends Friday. Several top recruits are expected to announce their commitments during that time.Meanwhile, a few recruits already committed to programs will have the chance to make their commitments official. However, just because a recruit is committed somewhere doesn’t mean other programs aren’t hoping to get into the picture.According to Radi Nabulsi of Rivals, Georgia is hoping to make a late charge for Ohio State commit Doug Nester.Rivals250 offensive lineman Doug Nestor is committed to Ohio State but will not sign with the Buckeyes tomorrow. He is in contact with #UGA’s Sam Pittman. Here is the latest:https://t.co/ldJM6g4gxF pic.twitter.com/Bw2CgZOosH— Radi Nabulsi (@RadiNabulsi) December 18, 2018Nester is the No. 5 offensive guard in the country and the No. 92 recruit overall, according to 247Sports Composite Rankings. The star offensive lineman committed to the Buckeyes over a year ago, though Georgia and Penn State are still in the picture.Stay tuned.last_img read more

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FIFA Football for schools programme comes to India, aim to teach essential life skills

first_img Next FIFA Football for schools programme comes to India, aim to teach essential life skillsFIFA Football for schools programme is using football for development & teaching essential life skills.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiSeptember 13, 2019UPDATED: September 13, 2019 10:51 IST FIFA Football for schools programme is using football for development & teaching essential life skillsPhillip Zimmerman, technical development services programme manager, and Roma Khanna, tournament director, FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup attended the MGCM Chava League at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Municipal School. They were present there to initiate the FIFA Football for Schools Programme in India.FIFA Football for Schools Programme aims to make the sport more accessible to children around the world by incorporating football activities into the physical education curriculum (or as an extracurricular pursuit), thereby contributing to the education, development, and empowerment of children.The Programme is using football for development & teaching essential life skills”The programme is using football for development and teaching essential life skills as well. Footballs will be distributed all around the world, but we will distribute them in a way that the biggest country gets the most quantity of balls.” said, Zimmerman.We’re already looking at over 2.2 million balls coming to India. Maharashtra being a bigger state will get a large amount,” Zimmerman further added.”We will work on a structure on how we phase the programme. We also know that interaction with local authorities is needed. We will work closely with the state governments and sports and education departments to ensure that we provide these footballs where they’re most needed,” said Khanna.Read: National Sports Day: 5 women athletes who made India proud in 2019Read: National Sports Day: History, significance and Fit India Movement Read:Student body elections conducted in free, fair manner: JNU poll committeeGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKaran Yadav Tags :Follow FIFA U-17 Women’s World CupFollow FIFA Football for schools programmelast_img read more

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Hanjin Heavy Reports of Delivery Delays

first_imgzoom Two shipping companies delayed deliveries of their ships from South Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC), the shipbuilder said in a filing to Korea Stock Exchange.An undisclosed Turkish shipping company, most probably Ciner Shipmanagement, has extended the delivery date of its newbuilding bulkers from July to August 2015.The Capesize ships were ordered in October, 2013 under a deal worth KRW 116.9bn (USD 104.9 million).An undisclosed client from Liberia has delayed delivery of one containership from May till July 2015.The contract was also signed in October, 2013 and is worth USD 77.8 million, the filing said.The Korean builder did not reveal reasons behind delivery delays.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

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Suspect in Hamilton Good Samaritan shooting arrested along with female police

first_imgHAMILTON – Police say a man wanted in connection the fatal shooting of a Good Samaritan in Hamilton has been arrested.Yosif Al-Hasnawi — described by police as a brave young man who was trying to do the right thing — was shot when he tried to intervene as two men were accosting an older man in downtown Hamilton on Saturday night.A second-degree murder warrant was issued on Monday for 19-year-old Dale Burningsky King, who police say was arrested Thursday afternoon in Hagersville, Ont.Hamilton police say a female arrested at the same time is charged with accessory after the fact to murder.A 20-year-old man who was arrested on Monday in connection with the shooting also faces a charge of accessory after the fact to murder.last_img

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Royal Air Maroc US Laptop Ban to Be Lifted by July

Rabat – Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has announced that the cabin ban on laptops and large electronics on flights to the US will be lifted by July 19.“Negotiations with the U.S. authorities are underway and we expect the ban to end by July 19 at the latest,” a RAM official said Thursday.There is no word yet regarding the possible lifting of a similar ban put in place in the UK. The ban was instituted by the US aviation industry in March, responding to concerns raised over bombs being placed in large electronic devices. It was targeted at primarily Muslim-majority countries, including Morocco.Airlines from the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and Qatar have also announced the lifting of the ban on their flights, with passengers en route to the US may now permitted their devices with them into the cabin. read more

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At Youth Forum UN calls on young people to help realize a

“Tell us how the United Nations can see the world from your perspective – and answer your concerns,” said Mr. Guterres in a video message to representatives gathered at UN Headquarters in New York for the sixth annual Youth Forum.According to estimates, about 74 million young people around the world cannot find a job, many youth are driven from their homes due to conflicts, and, in places where there is peace, they suffer violence and discrimination.The UN chief, however, emphasized that young people are also on the vanguard of progress – as entrepreneurs, activists and community leaders. “You inspire change […] you have the talent, energy and ideals to prevent conflicts, defend human rights, secure peace and realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” he added, noting that their messages will help “create a safer and more stable world for all.”You have the talent, energy and ideals to prevent conflicts, defend human rights, secure peace and realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable DevelopmentUN Secretary-General António GuterresThe Youth Forum, is held annually by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 2012, offers young people an opportunity to voice their opinions, share ideas, and think together about what they can do to achieve sustainable development.Also speaking at the occasion, ECOSOC President Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava stressed that every day, a number of young people risk their lives, attempting treacherous journeys, seeking refuge from war and conflict. Furthermore, many are fleeing crises caused by financial dislocations and climate change. Such unplanned movements combined with other processes associated with globalization, he added, “are seen as a path to lower wages, a weakening of cultural and religious identities and rising inequality.”Underlining the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly for young people, he noted: “It is your future we are building in implementing the Agenda. This is why we need you to play a role in shaping the world you will be living in.”Similarly, the President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson also highlighted the importance of the SDGs and said that the 2030 Agenda together with Paris Agreement on climate change provides a universal masterplan to place humanity on a trajectory to a safe, secure and prosperous future for all. ECOSOC President Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava addresses the 2017 ECOSOC Youth Forum. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas VIDEO: Speaking at the ECOSOC Youth Forum, UN General Assembly President tells participants that youth should be ‘fully engaged’ in sustainable development processes. “Implemented urgently, effectively and at scale, these agreements will transform our world, to one in which extreme poverty is eliminated and prosperity is increased and shared more equitably,” he said, and added that achieving a future envisioned in these documents would require new and bold ideas, innovative and strategic thinking, and urgent collaborative action. “It will require fundamental changes in the way we produce goods and consume them if our world is to be sustainable,” he added, underscoring: “Youth will have to be at the forefront of this transformation.”Also speaking at the Forum, Ahmad Alhendawi, Envoy of the Secretary-General on Youth called on young people not to lose hope but to become a source of hope to the world and called on all sectors of the society to work with the youth. AUDIO: UN Youth Envoy Ahmad Alhendawi says young people are “ready and able to do the heavy lifting” to implement the Sustainable Development Goals. Credit: UN NewsThe two-day Forum was organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in collaboration with the Office of the Youth Envoy of the Secretary-General and the UN Inter-agency Network on Youth Development. read more

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LeSean McCoys 34Yard Run Dismantles Redskins Defense

LeSean McCoys 34Yard Run Dismantles Redskins Defense

It’s not hard to tell that  LeSean McCoy is a good player. The explosive Philadelphia Eagles running back showed the world on Monday night why it might even be safe to call him great.McCoy made nice moves during the Eagles game against the Washington Redskins, juking defenders off their feet en route to a 34-yard touchdown. With that amazing run, the Eagles’ lead swelled to 33-7 in the third quarter. The move that McCoy pulled off was so good it made former New York Giants star Michael Strahan tweet:McCoy just made me jump off the couch!! DAAAAAMMMMMNNNN!!!— Michael Strahan (@michaelstrahan) September 10, 2013 McCoy ran for a total of 184 rushing yards on 31 carries in the Eagles’ 33-27 victory.Take another look at the ankle-breaking run in the video below.

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The choir that cannot sing together

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. People with the genetic condition cystic fibrosis have formed a choir. A high infection risk hinders them from singing and recording in one room. However, they have found a way to get around that, and have collaborated on a Christmas album.last_img

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Former RAF medic arrested on suspicion of drink driving refused to give

Dr Farrelly, who served in Iraq, claims to have a phobia of needles The trial was adjourned part-heard by District Judge Tim Capstick to reconvene on May 14. The GP then asked to have a legal representative in the room but the officer told him the process could not be delayed to find a solicitor.After being taken to the custody desk, Dr Farrell then claimed: “I have a massive issue with needles.”And he added: “I’m not refusing to provide a sample, I’m refusing to provide a blood sample because it involves pain.”The exchange ended with the officer asking: “Are you willing now to provide a sample?”Dr Farrell replied: “Without legal representation, the answer is no.”Dr Farrell denies failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis without reasonable excuse whilst under suspicion of drink driving.His solicitor, Michael Robinson, told the court: “He didn’t indicate he had refused, the police indicated he had refused.”Mr Robinson said that “failures” by the police and his client’s fear of needles would be used in his defence.Dr Farrell is currently a GP partner in a Stockton-based NHS practice and a regional GP for Virgin Healthcare.He previously worked as an RAF medical officer between 2005 and 2011 serving deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, working for some of that time as an aeromedical evacuation doctor.He studied medicine at Birmingham University, The Royal College of Surgeons and the Royal College of General Practice. After Dr Farrell repeatedly refused to give a sample, a police constable could be seen telling him: “You are drunk and not thinking clearly…You will lose your licence if you don’t give a sample.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Dr Farrelly, who served in Iraq, claims to have a phobia of needles A doctor, who was four times over the drink drive limit when he was stopped by police, refused to give a blood sample, claiming he was afraid of needles, a court has heard.Dr Michael Farrell, a GP who served as an RAF medic in Iraq, has denied any wrongdoing, insisting his phobia of needles is a “reasonable excuse” for failing to prove a sample.The 45-year-old was stopped by police on suspicion of drink driving on Jan 6, close to his home in the village of Ingelby Barwick, Teesside.His breathalyser reading showed 127 micrograms in 100ml of breath, placing him more than three times over the UK drink drive limit of 35 micrograms.Dr Farrell was then arrested and taken to a nearby police station where he was asked to provide a blood sample.But he refused, insisting that he suffered from a “needle phobia,” despite the fact that the condition was not noted on his medical records.Teesside Magistrates’ Court was show body worn footage of Dr Farrell’s exchange with officers in the custody suite at the police station. read more

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thyssenkrupp mining system with barracuda bucketwheel excavators ordered for Mae Moh

first_imgthyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions, a leading partner for the engineering, construction and service of industrial plants and systems, has signed a contract to supply a large-scale continuous mining system to Italian-Thai Development PLC (ITD). ITD is Thailand’s leading integrated construction firm with wide experiences and expertise in construction activities. The mining system, including two newly developed barracuda bucket wheel excavators, will be used to remove overburden at the Mae Moh lignite coal mine in Northern Thailand. It is due to go into operation in spring 2020.Torsten Gerlach, CEO of the Mining Technologies business unit at thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions: “The barracuda compact bucket wheel excavator is one of our recent innovations for the mining industry. We are pleased to see this new technology supporting ITD’s future open-pit operations, contributing to a more efficient and cost-saving environment. As with all our mining solutions, this builds customer value by increasing yields while minimising impacts.”Mae Moh mine is the largest open-pit lignite mine in Southeast Asia. It is located some 600 km from Bangkok, in Lampang province in the north of Thailand. The new mining equipment, with capacities of up to 18,000 t/h, will be used to remove, convey and dump overburden. Two barracuda compact bucket wheel excavators with belt wagons and hopper cars will be supplied by thyssenkrupp, as well as two spreaders with tripper cars. Within the scope of the order thyssenkrupp will take care of engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of the continuous mining system.“Thanks to its continuous operation the new mining system will help reduce both operating costs and environmental emissions at the Mae Moh mine. This is made possible by the use of two barracuda bucket wheel excavators that are able to work in hard material layers. Combined mining and loading of material by a single machine eliminates the need for blasting and separate loading operations.”last_img read more

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Dujshebaev scores for first ever junior Spanish gold

Golden Spanish generation 1996! At the end of their international careers in younger categories, Spain beat Denmark 39:38 for the world’s gold in spectacular finish of the match played in Algeria. The Danish gambling in the last attack gave chance to Dani Dujshebaev to finish the job after save of his team-mate Ledo….Perfect last three actions for @RFEBalonmano‘s ?? @xoan_16_ledo and @danidujshe44 to win 39:38 and claim gold! ???? pic.twitter.com/a55sWGvOA1— IHF (@ihf_info) July 30, 2017That is the first ever junior title for Spanish handball. France won bronze medal by beating Germany 23:22. The fifth place won Hungary, sixth is Macedonia…PHOTO: IHF, Stephane Pillaud ← Previous Story Andrea Lekic and Rastko Stojkovic – the best Serbian players 2016/17 Next Story → Zabic and Rocha change places in Wisla Plock and Sporting Lisbon! read more

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Rick and Morty Simulator is a hundred years of virtual reality

first_img We’re big fans of Rick and Morty here at Geek.com. And Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland is a huge fan of virtual reality. So at New York Comic Con we all got what we wanted when we got to try out Rick and Morty Simulator: Virtual Rick-ality, an upcoming virtual reality game based on the hit Adult Swim show.Rick and Morty Simulator runs on the HTC Vive, for my money the best VR headset you can buy now that all three major devices are out. You, a fresh new Morty clone, pop into existence inside the Smith family garage as Rick explains what the hell is going on. Seeing Rick and Morty as 3D models as tall as you are is a… different way to experience the franchise, but it totally fits the show’s cavalier comedic approach to unnerving sci-fi.The Vive controllers represent your hands in the world. You can pick up dirty clothes and drop them in the washing machine. You can summon a Mr. Meeseeks who mirrors your every action and shoot it to death with a nearby laser pistol. And you can pull a lever to lower the blast shields before some unexplained outdoor apocalypse consumes you. I didn’t see any Plumbuses, but they have appeared in screenshots for the final game. To move simply point to where you would like to teleport.The short demo seems like more of a proof of concept than anything else. The demo ends with you stepping through a portal into cyberspace as Rick hypes up the full game releasing at some point in the future. But just hanging out in the world of Rick and Morty is such a trip. Again, the inherent strangeness baked into the show’s premise is a perfect fit for the slightly uncanny nature of even the best VR experience.Rick and Morty Simulator: Virtual Rick-ality is being developed by Owlchemy Labs, the same folks behind Job Simulator, another popular VR game this one shares a lot of DNA with. Meanwhile, Roiland is also working on his own, non-Rick and Morty VR projects with his new team at Squanchtendo. Between Rick and Morty season 3 and now Rick and Morty Simulator: Virtual Rick-ality, we can’t decide which upcoming Rick and Morty project excites us more! You Can Now Pre-Order ‘Dungeons & Dragons Vs. Rick and Morty’ SetToy Tuesday: The Schwiftiest ‘Rick & Morty’ Toys Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Why and How is There a SpongeBob SquarePants Broadway Musical

first_imgStay on target 11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix MoviesWatch These Movies Before ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ I strongly believe that there’s nothing that makes one art form inherently better or intellectual than another. There are stupid books and brilliant video games, soulful movies and awful operas. Just look at how #brand-driven the glamorous Broadway scene is these days with musicals based on The Addams Family, Legally Blonde, and Marvel superheroes. I like that though. It makes theater seem less pretentious.In that spirit, I recently had the chance to see the SpongeBob SquarePants musical on Broadway. Now I’m no theater critic, but sheer perverse, ironic, intellectual curiosity forced me to see for myself just why and how a SpongeBob SquarePants musical can even exist. The results? This musical makes a lot more sense than you’d think, in its own nautical nonsensical kind of way.Despite the dramatic change in format, the SpongeBob musical feels a lot like the nearly 20-year-old Nickelodeon cartoon. This is a good thing. Although it’s been on for too long I love SpongeBob. You can draw a line between SpongeBob’s peculiar creator-driven aesthetic and sense of humor to today’s acclaimed modern cartoons like Adventure Time and Steven Universe. The musical’s jokes, some of which are lifted directly from the show, entertain both kids and adults, which is good considering there were plenty of both in the audience. Even the singing isn’t totally incongruous since there was a musical episode of the show, “The Sponge Who Could Fly,” that went on tour.The story moves at a satisfyingly fast pace and even feels progressive in a way that’s in line with SpongeBob’s radical self-acceptance. As an apocalypse approaches, Bikini Bottom begins to tear itself apart like a Nickelodeon version of The Leftovers. Racist old fish try to chase out Texas land squirrel Sandy. Patrick accidentally starts a sardine cult. Mr. Krabs and Plankton try to take advantage of the chaos for profit and power, respectively. Mrs. Puff gets wasted while government and media wastes everyone’s time. So it’s up to SpongeBob to save the community from self-destruction and actual destruction. It’s a bit like the 2004 SpongeBob movie, which I also love.If the plot sounds a little light and familiar to the SpongeBob faithful that’s by design because you absolutely need to already know what the heck SpongeBob is to keep yourself grounded while watching real-life human beings portray these cartoon characters. SpongeBob is already incredibly surreal and, let’s say, fabulous. So compounding that with the inherent abstraction, and fabulousness, of Broadway theater creates something almost overwhelming in its absurdity.Some elements are easy enough to translate. The set design and lighting have the same easygoing Hawaiian surf vibe from the show. Patchy the Pirate is already a live-action character so of course he shows up. You get the chill French narrator and transition cards. The show opens with tiny models of the classic pineapple house. And while they don’t necessarily have cartoon counterparts, there’s a childlike charm to the effects that feels appropriate. None of the stunts are Spider-Man-level lethal but there are cool tricks involving glowing neon sponge props, Rube Goldberg ball-launching machines, and a shifting pile of boxes meant to evoke a huge mountain.But it’s the live-action versions of SpongeBob characters that truly make this musical the weird masterpiece that it is. It’s like The Lion King on Broadway, with its people-as-animals gimmick, but without any of the mythic self-seriousness in the representation. The diverse performers are all immensely talented, pulling off what otherwise might be too embarrassing in less professional hands. Their impressions of the iconic voices are great to an uncanny degree, especially once those voices transition into legitimately, uncomfortably, impressive singing.Meanwhile, just seeing how SpongeBob designs were turned into something people could wear never stops being compelling. Plankton has an eyepatch and green nehru jacket like a true villain. Patrick wears a classic fat guy Hawaiian shirt along with his green shorts and pink pompadour. Sandy has a flower in her afro and a Kill Bill-esque outfit that perfectly suits her martial arts. And SpongeBob of course keeps his red tie, white shirt, striped socks, and brown pants, but now these clothes tightly cling to a small nasally man instead of a yellow sponge. It’s wild.And then there’s Squidward. Between his delusions of fame and love of the clarinet, Squidward is already a perfect Broadway character. But the prop pants used to give actor Gavin Lee an extra pair of tentacle legs are so cool, and their rousing tap-dancing pay-off so satisfying, I honestly would watch the one-man show Squidward has been dying to put on his whole life.As for the songs themselves, it’s kind of neat how they came about. Each song was written by a different famous musician. So you get a cheery opening number by Jonathan Coulton of Portal’s “Still Alive” fame. Plankton’s rapid rapping was written by T.I. There’s a David Bowie cover. Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, and Aerosmith all contribute songs comfortably within their respective genres. And The Flaming Lips return to the franchise after helping SpongeBob and Patrick confront the psychic wall of energy on the SpongeBob movie soundtrack. It’s a cool, creative, sort of indie jukebox musical conceit.I wish there were more songs from SpongeBob’s past though. “Best Day Ever” gets used effectively and the whole thing ends in a party set to the theme song, but I picture of a version of this that ends with “Sweet Victory” for “Band Geeks” and I get goosebumps. Heck, they should’ve just adapted that episode, or remake this musical but actually animated. Throw in a mocking SpongeBob meme song while you’re at it.But ultimately this is still a Broadway show, with characters singing about their big and somewhat generic hopes and desires. That kind of sincere emotional depth is frequently at odds with the inherent farce of SpongeBob. As talented a singer Jai’len Christine Li Josey is, and she is super talented, a belting showstopper Dreamgirls-style cry for attention is just weird when it’s coming from what’s supposed to be a teenage whale complaining her crab father loves money too much instead of her.However, that’s the kind of weird irony I live for and it’s precisely what I expect when I sit down to watch SpongeBob SquarePants the Broadway musical. In a meta sense, all that weird, uncomfortable, experimental, garage, contradictory stuff done with bubbly undersea cartoon glee is what makes SpongeBob’s specific vibe so hilarious, infectious, appealing, enduring in the first place. You can’t help but smile. So by being so enthusiastically inexplicable, this Broadway musical is actually the most natural extension of SpongeBob SquarePants ever, and it’s a ton of fun.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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ASA Director Brings International Marketing Info to Nebraska College Students

first_imgJim MillerASA Director and USSEC Vice Chair Jim Miller recently spoke to students about marketing U.S. soy to international customers. Miller presented to 30 students in three classes, with one presentation being videotaped for a fourth class, at Northeast Tech in Norfolk, Neb.During the presentations, Miller lectured about top export markets and rising global consumption. He also explained the significance of U.S. soy exports, the competitive advantage of U.S. soy and sustainability.Source: USSEClast_img

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Gorge Commission eyes budget trims

first_imgCORBETT, Ore. — Hard realities dogged the Columbia River Gorge Commission last week as it confronted the prospect of more deep budget cuts from the Washington and Oregon legislatures over the next two years. Confronting multi-billion-dollar deficits in 2011-13, both legislatures have ordered the bistate panel to adopt new rules streamlining its operations if it hopes to win even barely adequate funding in the next biennium.“Both states have said, ‘Tell us what you’re going to do to work with a smaller budget,’” said Jill Arens, the commission’s executive director, during a break in the panel’s Tuesday meeting at the Corbett fire hall. Arens has spent the past several weeks shuttling between Salem, Ore., and Olympia in an effort to protect the commission’s budget and address legislators’ demands. In November, the commission voted to close its offices in White Salmon on Fridays to save money.In response to lawmakers’ demands, the commission’s staff attorney, Jeff Litwak, drew up a long list of proposed rule changes aimed at reducing the staff workload, especially for the planning staff, which is down by two-thirds, to just 1.5 planners. Litwak himself is essentially volunteering his time with the commission this year while teaching law full time. Under one proposed change, staff members no longer would have to produce a report to the commission each time they resolve a minor violation of a scenic area rule. Instead, they’d focus on trying to correct the violations.last_img read more

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Face Up US Banker

first_imgIssue: July 2008Frequency: MonthlyLaunched: 1893Circ: 45,000Editor: Holly SkraelPublishing Company: Source MediaCreative Director: Jason Pohl (for July ‘08 issue) US Banker’s July 2008 cover was one of firsts for a few reasons. One, Jason Pohl, creative director at sister magazine Bank Technology News, substituted for usual US Banker creative director Andrew Lathrop, who was on vacation.Second, both the story and the cover represented a change in focus and style for the b-to-b magazine. The story, “Waiting for the Call,” looked at how banking and technology can be powerful tools to help impoverished countries pull themselves out of poverty. “It was a pretty broad ranging story, with a focus on Africa, Asia and Latin America,” says Pohl. “The story falls outside our normal editorial boundaries, which tend to be more U.S.-focused or profile driven. Our usual covers tend to be portraitures of bankers.”Themes of the story were about opportunity and advocacy. “We’re saying to our audience that there’s all these countries that are tech savvy and early adopters and there is a tremendous opportunity for banks to develop relationships with these regions to not only make money but also do a good deal of lending some aid,” says Pohl. “They should be there because it’s the right thing to do. We were trying to shake it up a bit and print something unexpected. What was so compelling to me about the image was there was a hopefulness and an expectancy to it that captures the story.” The initial thought for the cover was a reportage but most of the materials were specific to one region, which didn’t speak to the scope of the story. Finally, after beating the bush with AP, Reuters and Corbis, the staff discovered the photo of a child holding the phone on Getty. Pohl re-arranged the vertical positioning of the photo for the magazine cover but the color and graininess of the image were in the original shot.“We were running out of time and the story wasn’t coming together, so all thoughts of shooting went out of the window,” says Pohl. “Sometimes you get lucky.” DESIGNERS’ COMMENTS“Although this image is visually arresting, I think the cover is a miss overall. The reader has to work too hard to get the concept, and the typography seems better suited to an article opener, not the 10 second decision of a cover.The image and the cover text don’t seem to work together. It looks more like a vacation planning issue than an emerging market banking problem. And the long description below the title is hard to read and evidence that the title isn’t very clear in the first place. I don’t think this design supports the content.”Karen Player | Art Director | Harvard Business Review“This cover leaves me perplexed and slightly angry. At first I thought it was the back of a naked woman and was annoyed US Banker felt the need to fall back on ‘sexy’ to get their reader to pick the magazine up. Upon further review I realized it is actually a child. A half-clothed child as a representation of developing countries is condescending.As far as the typography goes, it is fairly clean. Though it would have been more refined if the type was not on top of the figure, especially when there is space around the photo to work with.” Kelly McMurry | Creative Director | 2communiquelast_img read more

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