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Ariana Grande Joins NBC’s Hairspray Live!

first_img View Comments most of you know that i’m really just a musical theater geek…. like a really big one… so…. my heart is very full re: this announcement— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 7, 2016 Ariana Grande(Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images) Penny has been a dream role since Hairspray opened on Broadway. At 9, I was (and still am) in LOVE w @KerryButlerNyc. hope to make u proud— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 7, 2016center_img I AM NOWWW A CHECKERBOARD CHICK #HairsprayLive #Penny— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 7, 2016 Mama, this dangerous woman is a big girl now! Ariana Grande has joined the cast of NBC’s Hairspray Live!. The pop superstar and Broadway alum will take on the role of Penny Pingleton for the December 7 broadcast, joining a roster that includes the previously reported Kristin Chenoweth, Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson and newcomer Maddie Baillio.Grande, who appeared on Broadway back in 2008 in Jason Robert Brown’s 13, earned Grammy nominations last year for her pop album My Everything and “Bang Bang” with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj. Sticking to her musical theater roots, she reunited with Brown in April for a lounge arrangement of her single “Dangerous Woman” at the MTV Movie Awards. She’s appeared on screen previously in Scream Queens, Victorious and Saturday Night Live (on which she played a particularly sassy Maria in a Sound of Music sendup).Rounding out the previously reported lineup are Derek Hough and Martin Short. Additional casting, including the role of Penny’s beau Seaweed, will be announced later. In the meantime, check out Grande’s adorable excitement about the news below!last_img read more

Top 10 Perennials.

first_imgWill any perennials actually grow and flower if you can’t water them in summer’s ghastly heat?Yes.But they must be planted in fall, not spring.Spring-planted perennials will need watering. They don’t have enough roots to collect enough water to withstand droughts. The fall-planted perennials on my top-10 list can handle the drought.Top 10 Drought-bustersTo keep this short and sweet, here are the top 10 plants you can buy with complete confidence. You may plant them this spring if and only if you promise to water them the entire summer. Next year they will fend for themselves without much care.1. Salvia guaranitica. Tough and durable, it blooms from May to November and attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. It grows a thick storage root and persists even with tilling. It prefers full sun. Trimming in midsummer, after the first flowers are spent, yields a glorious fall display. It will wilt in summer heat when dry but returns with a vengeance when it rains.2. Sedum spectabile ‘Autumn Joy.’ When most sedums go dormant, this one grows into well-behaved mounds of blue-green foliage and large clusters of pink flowers with zero watering all summer. Few pests and almost no diseases affect it. Plants can be divided every four years or so in early spring.3. Clematis paniculata. Deer hate it. Drought can’t kill it. This aggressive vine spreads 10-12 feet in a season, blooms in late August and is incredibly easy to establish. A pleasant green vine, its late-summer flowers hide the vine. Cut to a foot high, it will spring back each year as if nothing happened.4. Belamcanda chinensis. The blackberry lily does well at the edges of Georgia woods without watering. It prefers highly organic soils and full sun. It’s drought-tolerant, tough and reseeds well. Planted in dense groups, it’s beautiful by midsummer. With care, it has few pests. Deer ignore it, but butterflies love the flowers.5. Kniphofia uvaria (Tritoma). Drought can’t kill this late spring-blooming plant once it’s established. Deer leave it alone, too. Properly named Red Hot Poker, it’s showy and tough as nails, but has to be established in the fall. Buy grown plants in bloom, known divisions or tissue-cultured plants (seedling color and flower shape can vary dramatically).6. Delosperma cooperii. The hardy ice plant is an asset on poor soils, dry sites and slopes, requiring only a few inches of soil. It blooms early in spring and then sporadically all summer. Fertilize in June and August, and don’t worry when frost kills it back. The tiny, gray, stem-end leaves will burst forth in spring.7. Helianthus angustifolius. The swamp sunflower is huge, with flower stalks 8 feet tall. But it will stay small (4 to 5 feet) when neglected, surviving the worst drought and hottest summer you can imagine in Georgia. The flowers are spectacular in August and September, and the plant has few pests or diseases.8. Ruellia brittoniana. The Mexican petunia is atall, late-blooming, long-lived and spreading perennial. Divide it every five years and enjoy the purple or pink flowers in August and September. Almost pest-free, it has few diseases. It will wilt in the worst drought, but comes back every time it rains.9. Narcissus hybrids. Gardeners seem to resist including bulbs in discussions of perennials, but indeed they are fantastically adapted perennials. They disappear when things get hot and then return to bloom in spring. Choose from hundreds of cultivars. No matter how bad the drought, daffodils survive.10. Lantana camara ‘Miss Huff.’ This is the only truly hardy perennial lantana. It tolerates heat, drought and cold, wet soils. Miss Huff grows into a 6- to 8-foot mound in good soil, with thousands of swallowtail-attracting flower clusters all summer. Planting on 36-to 48-inch centers is essential. Salvia guaranitica Photo: CAES Horticulturelast_img read more

2 more credit unions go after Equifax

first_img continue reading » Two more credit unions are suing Equifax for damages related to the credit-reporting agency’s recent data breach, court records show.Colorado Springs, Colorado-based Aventa Credit Union and New Castle, Pennsylvania-based First Choice Federal Credit Union, along with the New Orleans-based Bank of Louisiana, filed the class-action complaint against Equifax in U.S. District Court on September 22. Similar to a separate class-action suit filed by Summit Credit Union on September 11, the three financial institutions allege that Equifax failed to secure its website, ignored warnings from security experts and took too long to disclose the breach.Aventa Credit Union has $175 million in assets and about 23,700 members. First Choice FCU has $44 million in assets and 6,700 members. The financial institutions claimed they will incur “significant damages” related to card reissue, fraud and fraud prevention. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

PREMIUMDeregulation puts sustainable timber trade at risk

first_imgLinkedin Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : A recent regulation by the Trade Ministry relaxing export requirements for timber products has drawn criticism from environmental groups, which said it would restimulate illegal logging and in turn damage the environment.Issued in late February, the Trade Ministry’s regulation on exports of forestry products scrapped the requirement for Indonesian timber companies to secure V-legal documents that certify the wood comes from legal sources before exporting their products.V-legal licensing had represented an important tool of the timber legality verification system (SVLK) managed by the Environment and Forestry Ministry, which has helped improve Indonesia’s reputation in the global sustainable timber trade.Indonesian Independent Forest Monitoring Network (JPIK) activist Muhamad Kosar said the scrapping of the V-legal license was a setback for forest protection since it w… Google #Forests forest deregulation #deregulation timber Timber-Legality-Assurance-System-SVLK SVLK #export exports Facebook Log in with your social accountlast_img read more

Breaking: Ronaldinho released from Paraguay prison

first_imgRonaldinho has been released from prison in Paraguay and placed under house arrest following his fake passport scandal. Ronaldinho The Brazil legend, 40, was thrown behind bars for allegedly trying to enter the South American nation with forged documentation. But he has now been allowed to leave prison on the condition he stays within the boundaries of the hotel he will be forced to stay in. Ronaldinho will be placed under house arrest at the Hotel Palmaroga, in Paraguayan capital city, Asuncion. The former Barcelona star, along with his brother, was released from prison after just 32 days of what was meant to be a six-month sentence. Reports claim the pair were only released after paying a £1.3million bond. They had met with Judge Gustavo Amarillo earlier on Tuesday for a sentencing review hearing.Advertisement Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Shows You Didn’t Want To Watch At The End8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Stunning Asian Actresses No Man Can ResistHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Can You Recognize These Cute Celeb Baby Faces? It was there Ronaldinho and his brother were informed of their house arrest. On March 6, the pair were held in Paraguay on suspicion of entering the country with a false passport. Both he and his 49-year-old sibling Roberto deny entering the country with doctored documents. Notorious party-boy Ronaldinho spent his 40th birthday behind bars, although he did get to celebrate with a huge BBQ. Unsurprisingly, the Samba star continues to play football alongside fellow prisoners and officers – and has even dabbled in carpentry. read also:Xavi: Ronaldinho among Barcelona greats Ronaldinho even showed off a new bearded look on the day of his release as he recorded a short video for his prison team-mate’s family. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

Bovine Tuberculosis update offered by state officials

first_imgLaurel, In. — The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish & Wildlife and the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) will hold a public meeting to update area landowners, cattle farmers, hunters, and any other interested parties about the status of local bovine tuberculosis (bTB) management. The meeting will be held at the Laurel Public Library on January 15 at 6 p.m.Bovine tuberculosis is a chronic bacterial disease that affects primarily cattle, but can be transmitted to any mammal. The disease can result in significant negative economic impact.DNR staff will present future plans for continued bTB eradication efforts. BOAH staff will provide an update on the current status of bTB management in cattle in the area.Landowners, hunters and cattle farmers are recommended to attend.last_img

FA Cup: Wolves, Man U settle for third round draw

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers will have to do it all again in the FA Cup after the Premier League pair played out a goalless draw at Molineux. There were changes aplenty following a hectic festive period for both clubs and neither could get a foothold in a fairly drab first-half. Sergio Romero produced one fine save to deny Matt Doherty but that was the only event of note. The second period saw chances for both sides, with Juan Mata first seeing a free-kick fly just inches wide before second-half substitute Marcus Rashford hitting the bar with a deflected effort. Doherty had a goal disallowed for handball, while Raúl Jiménez hit the post as the game drew to a conclusion. The replay will suit neither manager, as both are already having to juggle their squads due to Europa League commitments and United are in League Cup action on Tuesday, but neither side can feel unlucky not to win following what wasn’t a great advertisement for the competition.Tags: FA CupJuan MataManchester UnitedMatt DohertyRaul JimenezWolverhampton Wandererslast_img read more

Struggling Manchester United star Bastian Schweinsteiger backed by Germany boss

first_img United manager Louis van Gaal suggested Schweinsteiger under-performed during his side’s Champions League defeat to Wolfsburg on Tuesday evening, and that is why he was substituted. “I have changed him and I don’t change players for nothing, (it’s because) I think I can do better with other players, but we are all human beings and also Bastian Schweinsteiger is a human being,” Van Gaal said after the game. Joachim Low has backed Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger by promising his role as Germany captain is safe. “He wants to play at the highest level and certainly in Germany to show his qualities, but I cannot say that he was the Schweinsteiger from my period in Munich today.” Germany head coach Low has no doubts about Schweinsteiger, and insists he will continue to pick him, while trusting him to step up his performances at club level. “We at the German Football Association know what we are getting with Bastian,” Low told the Bild newspaper. “He’s still a world-class player and undisputedly our captain.” According to Low, the 31-year-old former Bayern Munich midfielder still needs time to get used to a different style of play, and a different league having spent all of his career up until the summer in the Bundesliga. “You’ve got to give even an experienced player like him time to adapt to a new league,” Low said. “I am sure that Manchester United are still going to get a lot of joy out of Schweinsteiger.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

WLAX : Syracuse enters NCAA tournament as No. 4 seed, will host Dartmouth in 1st round

first_img Published on May 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+ Despite a 16-3 record, a Big East regular season championship and being ranked No. 2 in the nation for much of the season, Syracuse earned just the No. 4 seed in the 2012 NCAA tournament with an at-large bid.Florida, Northwestern and Maryland are the tournament’s one, two and three seeds, respectively. The Orange beat both the Gators and Terrapins on the road during a 15-game winning streak this season and lost to the Wildcats in the third game of the regular season.SU will open the tournament Sunday at 4 p.m. with a rematch against Dartmouth in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse blew out the Big Green 22-4 on April 9 in the Dome behind four goals from attack Alyssa Murray, and fellow attack Michelle Tumolo finished with a career-high eight points.The Orange appeared to be on track for a top-two seed heading into the Big East tournament, but a 13-7 loss to Loyola (Md.) on Saturday coupled with a 14-7 victory by Florida over Northwestern caused SU to fall to the No. 4 seed.Maryland captured the ACC championship with a 14-10 victory over North Carolina in Durham, N.C on April 23 before beating Georgetown 19-10 on April 25 in College Park, Md. to help the Terrapins leapfrog Syracuse for the No. 3 seed.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShould the Orange defeat Dartmouth, SU would host the winner of the game between No. 5 seed North Carolina and Navy the following weekend.One more victory after that would send Syracuse to the Final Four for the second time in three years after missing the NCAA tournament last season.dbwilson@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Faces of a new era: Lane Kiffin

first_imgDon’t judge a book by its cover.There might not be a more over-used cliché in the English language. Yet as the topsy-turvy story of Lane Kiffin — a football lifer turned high-profile coach — reaches its next chapter on the steps of the Coliseum, one look at his past doesn’t really tell you where this opportunist is headed.Photo courtesy of USC Sports InformationIt’s easy to label USC’s newest household name as an unproven and somewhat browbeaten coaching caricature. His career path has come full circle but has been anything but the status quo — defined not by playoff appearances and BCS bowl games, but by allegations, press conference antics and recruiting methodologies that would make a tabloid writer or gossip columnist blush.During his initial sojourn at USC from 2001-2006, Kiffin, in his best jack-of-all trades role — as the wide receivers coach, passing coordinator and eventual offensive coordinator — helped build the foundation for the most prolific offense college football witnessed over the past decade. Although Heisman Trophies and BCS National Championships made for thrilling bullet points to add to his quickly evolving résumé, Kiffin benefitted greatly from the experience of growing under Carroll, while also proving that he represented more than a beneficiary of Carroll’s namesake. Kiffin’s influence became etched in the development of NFL talents like Steve Smith, Dwayne Jarrett, Mike Williams and Dominique Byrd.“As an assistant coach the experience in my mind matched the extremely high level of success I had set out for,” Kiffin said. “My first NFL job I got to work around Tom Coughlin. And then being here for so long with Coach [Pete] Carroll — it was very exciting going through all of those championship runs.”If the book on Kiffin had closed after his time at USC, the literature might not have been top-dollar, but enjoyable enough for a quick read. The same could not be said for his brief time in Oakland.From the day Al Davis made him the youngest head coach in NFL history at age 31 by introducing him as “Lance,” to the underwhelming 5-15 record he accumulated, to his painfully awkward pink slip in September 2008, to the still-ongoing battle regarding his buyout plan, the NFL proved to be an experience unworthy of too much ink in the 35-year-old’s coaching memoirs.“There were so many things going on there, not only being so young and a head coach in the NFL, but being in such a unique place that has a lot of battles you have to go through,” Kiffin said. “It really has prepared me for when things don’t go right or when you have to deal with adversity.”And if Kiffin’s book ever needed a consistent theme, adversity would be a fitting place to start.In 2009, when the Fresno State alumnus accepted the job to become the 21st football coach at the University of Tennessee, unbeknownst to the Rocky Top Faithful, the university’s selection to replace longtime fixture Phil Fulmer would not only fail to live up to the image of his predecessor, but would become one of the most hated men in university history.On the surface, a 7-6 record in a powerhouse conference like the SEC, with a team as undisciplined and green as the Volunteers were last season, would normally be applauded by boosters and alumnus. But when a barely .500 team is led by a man who in 365 days quickly transformed from a play-caller to a nightly news headliner to a potential NCAA rule breaker, anxiety in Knoxville grew.There was the back-and-forth banter with Florida coach Urban Meyer, the late-night arrests of key members of his team and accusations he made derogatory comments to a recruit about a rival school — and the list goes on. Kiffin was no longer perceived as a top-notch leader but as an arrogant rebel rouser — and that was before the night of Jan. 12.We all remember the scene as Kiffin made the cross-country leap to become USC’s replacement after the surprising departure of Pete Carroll.In Knoxville, there was the abrupt statement, the getaway car and the ensuing madness. Riots were started, mattresses were burned, rocks were defaced and the ugliness of fanaticism boiled over on the streets of the stunned and heartbroken town.More than eight months have passed since then, and the Minnesota native is certain he made the right decision. He also says he is proud of the time he spent as Tennessee’s coach.“I think your job as a head coach when you come in is to improve your roster and make sure your players are doing a great job academically and we did both of those, so I feel good about that,” Kiffin said. “I don’t feel good about the timing, but I couldn’t really control that. When your dream job becomes available and is offered to you, sometimes everything doesn’t turn out perfectly.”While even the most cynical of Kiffin’s doubters would have a hard time criticizing why he made the move from Tennessee to Los Angeles, the newest chapter in what has become a can’t-put-the-book-down type of read hasn’t been all California dreaming.Throw in a NCAA-instituted two-year bowl ban and the loss of potentially 30 scholarships for institutional instability during the reign of Mike Garrett, and the “dream job” Kiffin took amid mass hysteria suddenly becomes a challenge of unforeseen proportions for a man who has a meager 12-21 lifetime coaching record.But though media pundits and talking heads portray the coach as a cocky and conceited self-promoter, Kiffin barely bats an eye at the criticism, believing that this job presents him with a career-defining opportunity.“This is a completely different job than I have had before, and if you study it or pay attention to it, you will see a very different approach,” Kiffin said. “We need to graduate players and coach our players really well and recruit really well, and that’s it. We don’t need to do anything outside of that.”While Kiffin has made news outside of this self-imposed realm of simplicity in recent weeks — both for the nature in which he recruited former Tennessee Titans running backs coach Kennedy Pola for the team’s offensive coordinator position, and for reports that the NCAA will increase its probe regarding recruiting violations that took place during his time with the Volunteers — USC’s coach seems unmoved by the hoopla.Write what you want about him, convict him in the court of public opinion or publish editorials bashing him for why he does what he does. Just don’t expect a reaction.“People ask me all the time, ‘How you deal with this’, or ‘This just happened, aren’t you just consumed by it all, aren’t you overwhelmed?’” Kiffin said. “And I’m really not. I take it one day at a time, and just do what I do, which is coach. I just go to work, and have always enjoyed my job. And obviously when you are at your dream place for the profession that you love, you enjoy it even more. I love every second of every day, and every day walking in here regardless of what is going on.”Although the initial chapters in his story might depict a brazen figure that seems comfortable masking his inabilities with trash talk and unconventional ideology, Kiffin is undoubtedly comfortable in his own skin, and doesn’t believe his past will threaten a program looking to regain its glory.“Kids since the fourth grade have watched USC play in BCS games every single year until last year, which is better than any marketing any person or coach could dream up,” Kiffin said.For those out there hoping Kiffin’s final pages will be full of angst and more tumultuous turns, don’t go looking for that lame-duck status to be thrust upon him just yet. Although former USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett might have been the hand that plucked him from Knoxville, USC’s coach has supporters in all the right places.“I know from multiple conversations with both of them [Athletic Director Pat Haden and President C.L. Max Nikias], they are extremely behind our program and our staff,” Kiffin said. “Usually for a head coach, when an athletic director changes or a new president comes in who didn’t hire him, it can be a scary situation. But this is very unique, because Max having been here for years and Pat being involved for years and not coming from another A.D. job where maybe he has his own guy, I have already felt their support.”Although support has poured in from the upstairs corridors of Heritage Hall, for this story to go from nightmarish to Hollywood-esque, it will take uncommon undertakings on the part of Kiffin in his first year: specifically, the task of motivating high-caliber athletes to compete, despite the fact there is no holy grail to obtain.But again, Kiffin isn’t hitting the panic button as the season closes in on the Trojans.“I just don’t think [USC football players] go to practice or to a seven-on-seven and say, ‘Boy if I do well today I am going to get to the Rose Bowl,’” Kiffin said. “Maybe some other places where players are motivated differently, that could be more of an issue. I don’t foresee that here.”For now, the uncertainty of the days that lie ahead will surely captivate a university, a community and a nation of naysayers who question whether this man is the right fit for one of the most sought-after positions in sports — a position that the coach believes the last 1,000 days has more than aptly prepared him for.“I don’t feel there is a job in America in this profession that I would feel too much weight on,” Kiffin said. “Think about the last three years and what I have been through.”Where will the next three years take this whirlwind tale?Keep reading. Regardless of what you think you know about Lane Kiffin based on his cover, the chapters soon to come will surely surprise you.last_img read more