Watch Of Mice and Men’s Leighton Meester Sing

first_img View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on July 27, 2014 Of Mice and Men We won’t spoil it for those of you who have yet to see or read Of Mice and Men, but let’s just say things don’t end swimmingly for Leighton Meester’s character. That doesn’t stop the Gossip Girl star from singing her heart out online, though. Meester took to YouTube to perform the Fleetwood Mac hit “Dreams” alongside vocalist Dana Williams and musician Maxwell Drummey. The video has us thinking: what does Broadway have in store for Meester after she parts ways with James Franco and Chris O’Dowd in Of Mice and Men? Is a musical in her future? Take a listen below! Star Files Leighton Meesterlast_img read more

Vermont Yankee begins remediation planning of contaminated area

first_imgVermont Yankee reports that engineers and technicians continue their investigation into the source of tritium in the plant’s groundwater and have commenced soil and groundwater remediation planning. Tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen associated with nuclear fission, was first identified in a test well at the nuclear power plant in Vernon in January.According to a Vermont Yankee statement, sample results from all the monitoring wells remain consistent with inspectors’ expectations and increased understanding of the movement of groundwater in the Advanced Off Gas courtyard. The information being provided is helping hydrologists to characterize the tritium concentration in that area and is assisting engineers in developing plans for remediation work. Upcoming near term activities include taking additional soil samples in the area near the previously identified leakage pathway and the use of guided wave technology to confirm the integrity of other hard to reach piping systems.According to a Vermont Yankee statement, the temporary piping modification involving the rerouting of the two drainlines to eliminate the leak pathway from the AOG drainlines into the tunnel is in progress. The rerouting of the Bravo ‘B’ drainline will be completed today, allowing the switchover from the ‘A” train to the ‘B’ AOG recombiner train. ROV camera inspections of the tunnel will be conducted at that time, followed by the rerouting of the ‘A” drainline. The rerouting work is scheduled to be completed later in the week. This leak in the AOG tunnel is being collected in a sump for processing through plant systems as designed. It is not reaching the environment.While this investigation continues, it is important to note that there has been no detectable tritium levels found in any samples taken from drinking water wells or the adjacent Connecticut River. The Vermont Department of Health and Nuclear Regulatory Commission personnel are monitoring the investigation.Source: Entergy Vermont Yankee. 3.16.2010last_img read more

Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Towns Nominee: Asheville, N.C.

first_imgAnother of Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine’s home bases, Asheville, N.C., has long been celebrated as a top outdoor hub. It was named Beer City, U.S.A., and is considered one of the best craft beer destinations in the country. It also has an impressive music scene, a burgeoning local food movement, and is home to Biltmore Estate—whose surrounding grounds are home to miles of intown singletrack.The French Broad River flows right through town, and breweries line its banks in the River Arts District, making it possible to float downriver and climb ashore at a pub for a perfect summer afternoon.A growing number of trails and greenways are being built in town, including extensions to the Reed Creek Greenway and the UNC-Asheville Trail system. The Mountains to Sea Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway also run right through town.But the best adventures are found just outside city limits; Bent Creek and surrounding Pisgah National Forest are home to some of the best singletrack in Southern Appalachia. Trail runners flock to the area for epic races like Shut-In and the Mount Mitchell Challenge. Road cyclists love to train and race the steep, winding mountain roads surrounding Asheville. Asheville is especially known for its world-class paddling community; the French Broad, Pigeon, Nolichucky, and Nantahala Rivers are all nearby, and so is the Green River, which hosts one of the biggest downriver races in the country.Cudas_IB_0814_2DID YOU KNOW? The Mountains to Sea Trail—which passes through Asheville—stretches more than 900 miles from Great Smoky Mountains National Park all the way to North Carolina’s Outer Banks. And the newly constructed French Broad River Paddle Trail stretches 140 miles from the headwaters of the French Broad all the way to Douglas Lake in Tennessee. enables paddlers and canoeists toVote now at blueridgeoutdoors.com!last_img read more

Five Colombian Soldiers Dead and Eight Wounded by Explosive

first_imgBy Dialogo March 09, 2009 BOGOTA, March 7, 2009 (AFP) – Five Colombian soldiers were killed and eight were ‎injured after an explosion during an inspection in a remote rural area of the department of ‎Meta (center), the General Command of the Armed Forces said.‎ According to the military report, the incident occurred when the soldiers were inspecting ‎a recently found underground cache.‎ The cache, located in a highly mined zone, was discovered by troops deployed to a ‎registration and control area in the Cano Cabra sector, a rural location of Vista Hermosa ‎in the department of Meta (center), the command added in a press release.‎ The soldiers belonged to the Omega Joint Task Force, a troop specializing in the war on ‎the leftist guerrillas.‎ On this matter, the command said that “the Armed Forces of Colombia will not cease ‎operations against the terrorist groups that have caused so much damage to the ‎Colombian people.”‎ The media has reported that the soldiers were searching for caches in which the guerrillas ‎of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) conceal weapons and ‎explosives.‎ Hours earlier, the Army had learned about the discovery of a cache matching that ‎description which had been found in the Cano Correntoso village, a rural town of Puerto ‎Rico, which is also in Meta.‎ According to this report, 89 pistols of various types were found, along with as 20 ‎revolvers, six rifle chargers, a machine gun bipod, a mortar with targeting devices, a ‎mortar tube, and one machine gun cannon.‎ The FARC is the largest guerrilla group that has been fighting in the country for the past ‎‎44 years, and according to the Army its strength has dropped from 11 to 7 thousand ‎combatants because of the policy of President Alvaro Uribe’s government to fight the ‎rebel organization.‎last_img read more

Government expands KIP financial assistance for university students

first_imgThe KIP Kuliah program is primarily meant for low-income students who have performed well academically.Last month, Minister of Education and Culture Nadiem Makarim issued a ministerial regulation introducing measures to help higher education students during the COVID-19 pandemic, including by reducing university tuition fees.Under the policy, university students who are on leave or who are not taking any course credits no longer need to pay tuition fees. Those who are in their final semester of study and are taking fewer than six course credits will only pay only half of normal tuition.While experts applauded the move, some expressed concern that only small portion of the national education budget was allocated to private universities.Topics : “The government will also provide support for private universities through the KIP scheme by giving financial assistance to 410,000 students in the third, fifth and seventh semesters of college,” Angkie Yudistia wrote.Read also: COVID-19 education funds leave much to be desiredShe said 60 percent of the program’s funds would be allocated to private university students and 40 percent to state university students.“The government will make sure every state university reduces its tuition fees or sets a new tuition fee plan so that educational fees will be no longer be a burden for students,” Angkie said.  Government announced on Wednesday that it would expand its Indonesia Smart Card (KIP) program to provide financial assistance to more university students in need.In a statement released on Wednesday, presidential staffer Angkie Yudistia announced that the new KIP Kuliah program, which was initially only intended for incoming freshmen, would be expanded to students in the third, fifth and seventh semesters of university.Under the program, university students will receive Rp 2.4 million (US$166.5) in grants for university tuition, while students enrolled in vocational colleges will receive Rp 800,000 per semester.last_img read more

In Brief

first_imgFollowing talks in Frankfurt, German Railway Chairman Heinz Dürr and Italian State Railways Managing Director Giancarlo Cimoli have announced plans to upgrade services between the two countries. Improved overnight trains could be joined by Frankfurt – Milano and München – Roma high-speed services before 2000. ScotRail has installed a touch-screen Traveller’s Information Point (Trip) at Glasgow Central, able to print out selected journey details. Users can choose displays in English, French, German or Italian.SNCF’sTGV Duplex double-deck trainsets are to be fitted with a semi-enclosed ’Point Accueil’ where passengers can find the head conductor should they require assistance. The prototype is located on the upper deck of the car next to the bar/buffet vehicle.German Railway has signed an agreement with banking group Reisebank AG for the installation of automated cash machines on four Intercity trainsets, working the Kiel – Hamburg – Stuttgart – Basel corridor. The machines will accept any Eurocheque-approved servicecard, and a range of international credit cards.Portuguese Railways has cut 60min off the timings of the Irún – Lisboa/Porto Sud Express and domestic trains following electrification of the Pampilhosa – Villar Formoso route as far as Guarda. Italian State Railways is to run Treno di Sole holiday charter trains from Torino, Milano, Verona, Bologna, Firenze and Roma to resorts in Calabria every Saturday from May 17 to October 11, except in August. The Palinuro Express (PP 11.96 p6) will leave Milano, Piacenza, Bologna and Firenze for Campania every Friday from May 30 to September 20. Iarnród éireann and Northern Ireland Railways will put their new push-pull inter-city trainsets into revenue service with the timetable change on June 1. Manufactured by De Dietrich (RG 6.96 p321), the four seven-car trains are part of an EU-funded upgrading of the Dublin – Belfast main line.last_img read more

Bereavement raises heart attack risk, says study

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyle Bereavement raises heart attack risk, says study by: – January 10, 2012 Sharecenter_img 15 Views   no discussions Tweet The first seven days following bereavement appear to be the most risky in terms of heart healthThe newly bereaved are at greatly increased risk of heart attack after the death of a close loved one, US researchers say.Heart attack risk is 21 times higher within the first day and six times higher than normal within the first week, a study in the Circulation journal of nearly 2,000 people shows. Symptoms to watch for include chest pain and shortness of breath.Experts say intense grief puts extra strain on the heart.The psychological stress associated with loss can raise heart rate, blood pressure and blood clotting, which, in turn, can increase the chance of a heart attack. A person’s sleep and appetite are also likely to be disrupted. Compound this with self-neglect – such as not bothering to take regular medication – and the result can be grave.The researchers say it is important for family and friends to be aware of these risks and to keep an eye out during such difficult times. EmotionalLead investigator Dr Murray Mittleman, of Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, said: “During situations of extreme grief and psychological distress, you still need to take care of yourself and seek medical attention for symptoms associated with a heart attack.“Caretakers, healthcare providers and the bereaved themselves need to recognise they are in a period of heightened risk in the days and weeks after hearing of someone close dying.”The researchers reached their estimates by studying 1,985 heart attack survivors and comparing how many of them had recently been bereaved.Among the study participants, 270 (13.6%) experienced the loss of a significant person in the prior six months, including 19 within one day of their heart attack.Heart attack risk went up significantly within the first week after the death of a close loved one. The risk was highest in the first seven days following bereavement and declined steadily thereafter. VulnerableThe elevated risk ranged from about one in 300 to less than one in 1,000 depending on the individual’s general heart health before bereavement. Those with a history of heart disease already fared worse.Prof Peter Weissberg of the British Heart Foundation said: “We’re already aware that, under exceptional circumstances, emotional stress can trigger a heart attack.“But we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that heart attacks triggered by stress normally only happen in people with underlying heart disease. It’s very important that if you’re taking medication because you have, or are at high risk of, heart disease, don’t neglect taking it following a significant bereavement.”Past research has already shown that recently bereaved people have heart rhythm changes which may make some of them more vulnerable to health problems. And grieving spouses have higher long-term risks of dying, with heart disease and strokes accounting for around half of the deaths, findings suggest. By Michelle RobertsHealth reporter, BBC Newslast_img read more

Pippin Bonds Out, Faces Six Drug Related Counts

first_imgJust hours after being charged on six counts of felony drug-related charges Wednesday, the Ripley County chief deputy sheriff bonded out of jail.David Pippin was charged with Acquiring a Controlled Substance by Deceit, after investigators say he filled prescriptions for Hydrocodone from five separate doctors in a two year period without disclosing that he was already prescribed.“He turned himself immediately into the Ripley County Jail after being notified there had been a warrant issued in this investigation today,” explained Ripley County Sheriff Tom Grills. Pippin has been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending an internal investigation.The charges came as a surprise to Sheriff Grills, who administered a 12-panel drug screen to his employees a few months ago.“I had drug tested every employee in my office on September 17,” said Grills. “And everybody passed, Dave Pippin passed.”Chief Deputy Pippin has been employed with the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office since 1995 and has not received any disciplinary actions, the sheriff added.An investigation into Pippin’s alleged prescription drug use was launched after his former sister-in-law notified Indiana State Police. Court documents also revealed that doctor’s office and pharmacy records were used to verify it.According to Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel, doctors would not have prescribed Pippin had they known he was already receiving the hydrocodone prescriptions.“He did not disclose this information to doctor’s that were prescribing him,” Hertel said.Pippin filled prescriptions for 494 hydrocodone pills in a 55-day period in 2012, and 2,825 from August 2011 to July 2012, according to the court affidavit.An initial hearing has not been set. If the case goes to trial, Hertel stated that it could be relocated to a different county.last_img read more

One Month From Relay For Life

first_imgCommunity members participated in the 2013 Relay For Life at Batesville High School.Cancer is a disease that affects two in every five Americans according to the American Cancer Society. Whether it’s a grandparent, spouse, child, friend or coworker, chances are you’ve been touched by this horrible disease at some point in your life.But there is hope. Walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer when the 19th annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of RIPLEY COUNTY) gets underway with teams of residents gathering at the Batesville High School Track on June 21 and June 22 from 8:00am to 8:00am.Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at a high school athletic track, park or other gathering area with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening, signifying that cancer never sleeps.Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their campsites during Relay. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools and faith-based groups – people from all walks of life – all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.By getting involved with the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of RIPLEY COUNTY, you personally are making a difference in the fight against cancer. Through your donations you are helping:• Provide access to up-to-date cancer information, day-to-day help and emotional support 24 hours a day, 365 days a week through 1-800-227-2345 and cancer.org• Transport cancer patients to and from their treatments through Road to Recovery.• Fund nearly $475 million in American Cancer Society research grants.• Ensure cancer issues remain a focus for local, state and federal legislators.For more information about how you can create a world with less cancer and more birthdays, visit RelayForLife.org and click on “Find Events” or call Jeni Schnebelt at 812-571-0297 or you can email: ripleycorfl@gmail.comlast_img read more

War of words continues between PCB, FICA

first_imgTHE war of words continues between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) with the latter defending its decision to warn international players against travelling to Pakistan based on a recent report.Earlier this week FICA circulated a memo to players and players’ associations warning of “an extremely elevated” security threat in Pakistan declaring that “an acceptable level of participant security and safety cannot be expected or guaranteed”.The PCB were quick to issue a report that called the statement “careless and cavalier” and questioned the credibility of the report which it labelled “a sweeping negative statement about the security situation” from “thousands of miles away”.In response to the PCB’s claim about being able to name one credible source, the FICA pointed that advice was received from Eastern Star International (ESI), a firm that has provided advice to the ECB, CA, NZC and the ICC among others and who recently gave the go-ahead for England’s tour of Bangladesh.FICA’s response has come in light of the PCB announcing that the final of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) would be held in Lahore this year, and the possibility of the West Indies playing a couple of T20 internationals in the country in March. Pakistan has been a no-go for international teams since an attack in 2009 on the Sri Lanka cricket team.The last full member team to tour the region was Zimbabwe in 2015. On that occasion a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device outside the stadium in Lahore ahead of the second ODI series, killing himself and a policeman. (Sportsmax.com)last_img read more