President Trump Says He’s Open To A Second Stimulus Payment

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageWASHINGTON – The Trump Administration is open to the idea of a second round of stimulus payments.That possibility is on the negotiating table in Washington.However, some of the 160 million Americans who got money in the initial $2 trillion economic response could be left out.This time around, the administration is pushing for a more limited approach which would have a better chance of getting GOP support in Congress. Congressional lawmakers are expected to weigh another economic spending bill in late next month.Lawmakers could also consider extending unemployment benefits, more support for small businesses and funding for states and cities.There is broad agreement something must be done, but Republicans are divided on the specifics.There’s also disagreement among Republicans about whether the next set of moves should include more direct stimulus payments.last_img read more

Local Hardware Store Donates Cleaning Supplies To Jamestown High School

first_imgImage by Jamestown Public Schools.JAMESTOWN – A local business has donated health and safety supplies to Jamestown High School to help keep students and teachers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.Jamestown Public Schools says Everydays True Value Hardware on Foote Avenue donated hand sanitizer, NN-95 masks, hand soap and cleaners’ part of the True Value Foundation’s Educational Heroes Safety Campaign.High school Principal Tom Langworthy says the supplies will go a long way to keep the school clean and ultimately students healthy.Through the Educational Heroes Safety Campaign, over 700 schools across the country received health and safety kits to help educators and staff in schools. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Norbert Leo Butz & Kate Baldwin to Reunite for One Night Only

first_img Star Files Butz earned Tony Awards for Catch Me If You Can and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. His additional Broadway credits include Rent, Wicked, Thou Shalt Not, Is He Dead?, Speed-the-Plow, Enron and Dead Accounts. Baldwin earned a Tony nomination for Finian’s Rainbow. Her additional Broadway credits include The Full Monty, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Wonderful Town. The original Broadway production of The Goodbye Girl opened on March 4, 1993 at the Marquis Theatre and starred Bernadette Peters and Martin Short (in his Broadway debut). Directed by Michael Kidd with choreography by Graciela Daniele, the show ran for 188 performances and garnered five 1993 Tony nominations including Best Musical. View Comments Penned by Zippel, Neil Simon and Marvin Hamlisch and based on the Oscar-winning film, The Goodbye Girl chronicles the unlikely romance between Paula (Baldwin), a single mother who has been jilted one too many times by one too many actors, and Elliot (Butz), another actor, who shows up at her door—out of the blue—with a lease to sublet her apartment. The April 7 benefit concert will feature musical direction by Joel Fram and choreography by Lorin Latarro. Additional casting and the complete creative team will be announced soon. Recent Big Fish co-stars two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz and Tony nominee Kate Baldwin are set to reunite for a one-night-only concert of The Goodbye Girl on April 7. Directed by David Zippel, the evening will take place at The Gerald R. Lynch Theatre at John Jay College in aid of the Actor’s Fund. Kate Baldwin Norbert Leo Butzlast_img read more

Meet This Is Our Youth Star Tavi Gevinson!

first_imgAge: 18Hometown: Oak Park, ILCurrent Role: A Broadway debut as opinionated and jittery fashion student Jessica, who’s the object of Warren’s (Michael Cera) affection in Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth.Screen Cred: Gevinson appeared in 2013’s Enough Said, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini, and in NBC’s Parenthood. She’s also the founder and editor-in-chief of the online Rookie Magazine.”It gives me immense satisfaction to art direct Rookie and compile all the stuff that goes in, but now is the best part because I get to meet the girls who are reading it and hear about what it’s meant to them. That was the whole point.””Opening night of This Is Our Youth was the best night of my life. I left school early to do it, I broke up with my high school boyfriend and I moved to New York. It’s the mark of so much change in my life.””I’ve loved Taylor Swift from a very young age. I’ve gotten to know her as a person and she’s wonderful. Even when she’s singing about love, her songs are about so much more. They’re about being young and wanting to experience things.””No one’s proud to admit that they were a ‘theater kid,’ but I FaceTimed with my dad today and he reminded that when I was little, I would perform ‘Give My Regards to Broadway’ at family gatherings.””Kieran Culkin and Michael Cera are brothers I was very fortunate to never have. [Laughs.] No, I adore them both, and hanging out with them is a blast. We’re just trying to hold each other up and they’re great partners for that.””At the end of the night, I love to go home and sit on my roof, where I have an amazing view of the skyline. If 14-year-old me had known this was coming, she would have calmed down and taken a deep breath.” Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Related Shows This Is Our Youth View Commentslast_img read more

Want the Dish from Waitress’ Jenna Ushkowitz? She’s Taking Your Questions!

first_img Waitress Related Shows View Comments Glee’s Jenna Ushkowitz is back on the Great White Way! Currently serving up a delicious performance as sweet-as-pie Dawn in Waitress, Ushkowitz made her debut as a Broadway baby in The King and I in 1996. She returned to the stage in the original production of Spring Awakening, which starred her fellow Gleek Lea Michele. Want the dish on what it was like to have a starring role on Fox’s musical hit? How about on how she feels about coming back to New York? What pie flavor does she identify with the most? Ushkowitz is’s next Ask a Star, so send in those piping hot questions and tune in when she reveals her answers. Order up!<a data-cke-saved-href="" href="">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a>center_img Jenna Ushkowitz Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020last_img read more

Mark Ruffalo Joins Broadway Revival of The Price

first_img Related Shows Mark Ruffalo View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on May 14, 2017 Star Filescenter_img Arthur Miller’s The Price Mark Ruffalo will return to Broadway in the upcoming revival of Arthur Miller’s The Price. The Oscar nominee assumes the role of Victor Franz from John Turturro, who has left the production due to his filming schedule. Ruffalo joins a cast that includes Danny DeVito in his Broadway debut, Tony Shalhoub and Jessica Hecht.The Roundabout production, directed by Terry Kinney, will begin performances on February 16 at the American Airlines Theatre, where it is set to open officially on March 16 and run through May 7.This will mark Ruffalo’s return to Broadway after over 10 years; he was last seen on the Great White Way in the 2006 revival of Awake and Sing. He also starred in the off-Broadway premiere of This Is Our Youth. Ruffalo earned Oscar nominations for his performances in Spotlight, Foxcatcher and The Kids Are All Right; his additional film credits include The Avengers, HBO’s The Normal Heart, Begin Again and Shutter Island.Set three decades after the Great Depression, The Price follows Victor as he returns to his childhood home to sell the remainder of his parents’ estate. Joining him at the house are his wife (Hecht), his estranged brother (Shalhoub) and a scheming furniture dealer (DeVito). With each of their agendas at odds, Victor must challenge his notion of sacrifice. Mark Ruffalo(Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)last_img read more

Garden Gift

first_img Still can’t decide? “Most garden centers are as ready for holiday shoppers as malls are,” McLaurin said. “Even if you aren’t an experienced gardener, experts will be on hand to help you pick the right gift for the gardener in your life. And if all else fails, remember that load of manure.” Some say the best holiday gifts come in small packages. Others prefer them by the truckload. A University of Georgia scientist said a truckload of manure — or compost or topsoil — isn’t a bad idea for an avid gardener. “For hard-to-buy-for people, holiday gift-giving can be a chore. You’re in luck, though, if you have gardeners to buy for,” said Wayne McLaurin, a horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “There’s always something new, or coveted, in the gardening world,” McLaurin said. “And there are plenty of places to find them.” Gardening is the No. 1 hobby in the United States. And whether interests lie in flowers or trees, vegetables, fruits or houseplants, new equipment and cultivars appear almost monthly. “Many of the new plants coming out are excellent,” McLaurin said. “A Georgia release that comes to mind, called ‘Honeycomb,’ is a butterfly bush (Buddleia) that has nice yellow flowers and attracts butterflies.” If you can’t find the plant your gardener wants, get a gift certificate. Most gardeners have patience to wait for just the right plant. And gift ideas don’t stop with flowers. “Don’t forget about containers to put them in,” McLaurin said. “Clay, ceramic, brushed metal and plastic baskets all make nice gifts.” If you buy a potted plant and a container, remember the plants’ need for drainage. “Leave the plants in the uglier plastic pots,” McLaurin said, “and set them down in the decorative containers. Don’t forget to buy a plastic liner to catch runoff.” If you don’t want to give a living plant, or you need to mail the gift, many gardening catalogs will mail direct. “Gardeners never get enough tools,” McLaurin promised. “There are shovels and trowels, rakes and hoses. Drip irrigation sets, or outdoor lighting kits, solar lights, stepping stones, soaker hoses and mulching machines abound.” If you’re shopping for a major gardening gift, this is a good time of year to buy weed whackers, lawn mowers, tillers, wheel barrows and edgers. Hand tools for weeding, raking and planting make good stocking stuffers. “Recycling and composting are popular among gardeners,” McLaurin said. “Start your gardener off with a variety of compost bins. The larger ones will work best. For the experienced composter, consider compost thermometers, turners, test kits and sieves.” If gardening gadgets are taking over, look at some storage components, from storage benches to shelves or tool racks. Outdoor models come in many sizes, from big enough for a few tools to those that can house a tractor. Gardening and nature go hand-in-hand. What about bird feeders and bird houses? Then there are bat houses, butterfly houses and even toad abodes to shelter the frogs and toads that visit your garden. Ladybug homes and bee hives can add even more to your garden. Other great gardening gifts: Decorative items like statuaries, fountains, bird baths, garden sculpture or ornamental trellises and archways. Patio furniture: garden benches, tables, shelves, umbrellas, potting benches, kneeling benches, work stools and rolling carts. Books on every aspect of gardening: technical manuals, decorative tabletop books, garden journals — or try a subscription to one of the many gardening magazines. Clothing: a garden apron, work pants, garden smock, tool vest or belt, gloves to fit all jobs, waterproof garden shoes and boots, rain suits, bug suits (with protective bug netting) and all kinds of hats are sure to please.last_img read more

How Bees Do It.

first_imgThe world’s first manufacturers of sweets and plastic are still hard at work, contributing more than $144 million each year to U.S. food production. If you see them in your yard, don’t kill them. Colonies move in swarms Killer bees not in Georgia The flying swarm can cluster on a tree branch or other object while scout bees search for a nest site. “A hanging swarm may take on any shape, depending on the surface where the bees are clustered,” Delaplane said. “Most hanging swarms are round or oval, about the size of a basketball and dark brown.” Swarms in your yard? Honeybee swarms may move in If honey bees swarm in your yard, you have several options: Don’t disturb them. If the swarm poses a real risk to people or animals, find a local beekeeper who will remove it. Not all beekeepers collect swarms, and some may charge a fee for the service. Your county Extension Service agent can refer you to local beekeepers who collect swarms. Swarms search new sites If the swarm is safely away from animals and people, wait for it to fly away on its own.center_img “Each year honey bee colonies reproduce by a process called swarming,” said Keith Delaplane, an Extension Service entomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “During midwinter, the queen begins laying eggs and the colony’s population grows,” Delaplane said. “By spring, the nest is congested with many new bees. The colony raises a new queen, and the old queen flies away, accompanied by more than half the bees.” If Africanized bees, commonly known as killer bees, are known to be in your area, report the swarm to your county Extension Service agent or the state Department of Agriculture. Fortunately, Africanized bees aren’t known to be anywhere near Georgia. For more information on bee swarms, contact your county Extension Service agent. Or see the bee-related publications on the Web at BEES ARE GOOD — REALLY! Many homeowners see bee swarms or hives as a threat, but Marco Fonseca, an Extension Service agent in Cherokee County loves to get calls about bees. “The callers see (bee) swarms as a problem. But I see them as great, because I know we’re increasing the wild bee population.” More bees means more effective pollination in gardens and crop fields. Clustered swarms of honey bees are relatively gentle and usually won’t sting. Still, treat them with caution. In about 24 hours, they will move on to their new home. Unfortunately for some people, the bees’ new home may be inside your walls. “Wall voids are attractive to honey bee swarms looking for a home,” Delaplane said. “This is especially true if the cavity has had bees in it before.” To prevent bees from nesting in walls, caulk potential entry sites, including known holes, gaps in siding and openings around plumbing or electric wires. If you need ventilation around the openings, cover them with window screening. “Africanized honey bees are probably the biggest anticlimax of the decade,” Delaplane said. “They first entered the country in 1990 in Texas. To everyone’s surprise, they began moving west. “They’re now found in southern New Mexico, Arizona and California,” he said. “But they haven’t even moved as far east as Houston. We can start relaxing a little bit.” M. Fonseca, UGA CAESlast_img read more

Turkey trot

first_imgBy Wade HutchesonUniversity of GeorgiaI danced with turkeys a while back.I wasn’t dreaming, and I’m not a turkey hunter, though at somepoint I’d like to give it a try. I was visiting with a propertyowner, discussing his pastures, and we were pleased to watch twoyoung male turkeys on the back side of the pasture.They must have been pleased to see us, too, as they and then athird came out to greet us. They came right up to within about 30yards of the truck. That’s unusual, as turkeys aren’t normallysocial with people.These young turkeys, though, walked up to the truck and stoodthere gobbling at us. They even followed the truck as we tried toease off. I tried to turn the truck around so the landowner couldsee them, and they followed us in circles.’Dances With Turkeys’This went on for more than 5 minutes. We eventually got out ofthe truck and danced with them. They inspected us and decided weweren’t worth the trouble and left.It was an amazing wildlife experience. I had a camera, but it wassuch a shock and we were laughing so hard I never thought to getphotographic proof.I’ve told this story to several people, most of whom didn’tbelieve me. You know county agents have been known to stretch thetruth a tad.Looking for handout?The only thing I can figure out that makes sense is that someonemanaged to imprint on these birds, and they got used to peopleand were looking for a handout. Perhaps a sage turkey expert canoffer another explanation.If the game warden is reading this, no harm came to the turkeys,though we were tempted.I visited with some science teachers last week. Their story wasabout a hawk that had twice, on consecutive days, had itsbreakfast within view of their classroom. The reaction from thestudents ranged from utter amazement to being totally grossedout. But what a teachable moment!Wildlife surrounds usWildlife surrounds us, even in town. I consider that a goodthing. It offers us enjoyment and, to many, improves the qualityof life when you can witness wildlife up close.Having wildlife nearby can provide quality family time andopportunities to teach conservation and the realities of nature.At other times, it’s a frustration, as deer, squirrels, skunks,racoons and others cause problems in landscapes, roadways andother places. Ask my wife about the ‘possum in the dog-food bag– a handful of fur she’ll never forget.Which do you want?Which do you want, more or less wildlife? Your county office ofthe University of Georgia Extension Service can offer help inattracting more wildlife to the backyard or advise you on thingsyou can do to deter it.We can help you be a better manager of your fish pond, suggestwildlife plantings and tell you which landscape plants areresistant to deer.If we have time, I might even show you my turkey dance.last_img read more

Good yields, prices

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia cotton farmers don’t want to jinx it. But right now, it looks like they might have something they haven’t had in years: a lot of cotton to sell for relatively good prices.It’s rare in farming, or any other business, to have high supplies and good prices at the same time. “But this year, Georgia farmers might get both,” said Don Shurley, a University of Georgia Extension Service cotton economist.Good weather, pricesThe weather, so far, has been good to the state’s cotton growers, and they expect to harvest a lot of cotton. Less fortunate weather in other cotton-growing states and the world’s continued demand for more cotton products might mean better prices, too.”Not every state has enjoyed good cotton-growing weather like Georgia,” he said. Other leading cotton-producing states, such as Tennessee, California and Texas, expect low yields this year.According to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Georgia farmers expect to yield about 744 pounds of cotton per acre for a total of 2 million bales. That’s not a record, but it’s a good year. (A bale is about 480 pounds of cotton lint.)Cotton prices are about 58 cents per pound right now. Again, this is no record. But it’s good news compared to prices in recent years.Last year, Georgia produced about 1.6 million bales of cotton and sold it for as low as 40 cents per pound.The 2002 cotton crop was valued at $397 million. Because of improved yields and better prices, the 2003 crop is expected to be worth $571 million, Shurley said.”And this extra cotton money will, for the most part, go to the rural areas of Georgia that produce cotton,” he said.But . . .But every silver cloud has a dark lining, so to speak. Georgia farmers still have to get this year’s crop through the harvest, which starts in October and runs through November.Farmers want dry weather during harvest. Rain hurts yields and prevents farmers from harvesting a quality crop, Shurley said. The Gulf of Mexico has thrown some hard tropical weather punches at Georgia during past cotton harvests.Prices could drop before the end of harvest, too, he said.Overall U.S. production is expected to be about 17 million bales this year. This is about 100,000 bales less than last year, but still much more than the U.S. textile industry expects to buy from U.S. sources.U.S. cotton farmers now depend on foreign buyers to buy the bulk of U.S. cotton. This year, 11.8 million bales of U.S.-grown cotton are expected to be sold to foreign buyers.China?This puts U.S. growers at the mercy of world cotton supply and demand. This year, other countries expect to supply about 7.5 million more bales of cotton, 5 million of which is expected to come from China.China’s cotton production numbers have never been clear, Shurley said. And world cotton buyers never know if China’s numbers are right. So for now, world cotton buyers are waiting to see if China begins to dump its increased production on the world market.If they do, Shurley said, it will certainly lower cotton prices for Georgia farmers trying to sell their cotton in the world market.The last time the state’s farmers had high production coupled with good prices was in 1996. That year they had 747 pounds of cotton per acre and sold it for about 71 cents per pound.last_img read more