PEMCo performs “The Wedding Singer”

first_imgPhoto courtesy of PEMCo The cast of “The Wedding Singer” rehearses a scene from the production. The show opened Thursday and will continue through the weekend.Pasquerilla East Musical Company (PEMCo) will perform its spring musical,“The Wedding Singer,” at Washington Hall this weekend.“The Wedding Singer” follows Robbie Hart, New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer, as he intentionally ruins weddings after his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. He falls in love with Julia, a waitress, who is already engaged and has to pull off the “performance of a decade” in order to win the girl of his dreams.Sophomore Maggie Moran, an actor in the show, said Notre Dame audiences have a lot to look forward to with the upcoming run of the musical.“From neon sets to catching music to ‘80s hairstyles, it really is the full experience,” she said. “And I don’t think people understand exactly how funny this show is — we’re talking out-loud, possibly rolling-on-the-floor laughter.”PEMCo is run entirely by students, and according to Moran, this is the best part about working with the group.“What begins as one student’s vision is brought to life by a collection of driven individuals who are able to pool their talents and create something truly special,” she said. “Leadership is always changing, bringing a new energy to each production and giving opportunities for students to try different roles.”Senior Shannon Kirk, the musical’s producer, said PEMCo is special because students from all fields contribute.“Of course, some members of the team study [Film, Television and Theatre], but where else would you find the lead actors of a production be a civil engineer and a theology major?” she said.Moran said she loves the variety of the cast and crew.“The group is a mix of all majors, talents and types of experience,” she said. “As a non-FTT major, I feel incredibly lucky to work with this group of people who have a diversity of gifts and interests, but share a passion for theater and a desire to grow and learn from one another.”Senior Caitlin Schlehuber directs the musical, with sophomore Sonia Urquidi as the music director and senior Maggie Miller as the choreographer. Senior Chris Siemann plays Robbie and sophomore Victoria Pereira plays Julia.Auditions were held at the beginning of the semester, and rehearsals were held for several hours each week. Moran said the time the cast and crew invested in the production will be well worth the effort.“The time and talent that has gone into bringing this musical to the stage has truly paid off, and I can’t wait to join this cast and crew in showcasing it,” she said.“The Wedding Singer” will be performed Friday in Washington Hall at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $7 for students and $10 for non-students, and are on sale at the LaFortune Box Office and at the door. Tags: Chris Siemann, Maggie Miller, Maggie Moran, PEMCo, Shannon Kirk, The Wedding Singer, Victoria Pereiralast_img read more

Interstate meat and poultry shipping regulations proposed for small plant operations by USDA

first_imgThe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) yesterday published proposed regulations to implement a new voluntary cooperative program under which state inspected meat processing establishments will be eligible to ship meat and poultry products in interstate commerce.The new program, created in the 2008 Farm Bill to supplement the existing state-federal cooperative inspection program, will allow state inspected meat plants with 25 or fewer employees to ship products across state lines. This announcement is part of the USDA’s new “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative. This new initiative seeks to better connect consumers with local producers to help develop local and regional food systems to spur economic opportunity.On a recent visit to Vermont, USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan taped a segment for the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food website with Vermont farmers and agriculture officials including Vermont Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Dave Lane, Tom Stearns of High Mowing Seeds and Andrew Meyer of Vermont Soy. Vermont will be the premiere focus when the website is launched.USDA’s goal with the new proposed regulations for interstate shipment of meat and poultry is to provide new economic opportunities for many small meat and poultry establishments whose markets are limited. Currently, 27 states, including Vermont, operate meat or poultry programs and FSIS verifies that state programs implement requirements that are equal to or greater than those imposed under the federal meat and poultry products inspection acts. For these programs, FSIS provides up to 50 percent of the state’s operating funds and provides oversight and enforcement of the program.Under the proposed rule, selected establishments will receive inspection services from federally trained and/or supervised state inspection personnel who will verify that the establishments meet all federal food safety requirements. Meat and poultry products produced under the voluntary cooperative program will bear an official USDA mark of inspection enabling interstate shipment of the products.For more information visit the USDA website at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/NR_091509_01/index.asp(link is external)Source: Vermont Agriculture Industry. 9.17.2009 ###last_img read more

Ultras are Ultra Cool

first_imgLooking a little rough at mile 27…Well it happened this past Sunday, I knocked out my first Ultra Trail Marathon for the winter running season. There were no aid stations, no cheering fans, and no medals, but plenty of gorgeous views, tough moments, and excellent trail.I was a bit skeptical about the run for a few reasons. First off I had asked Kyle to map out something 17-20 miles long, and of course he comes back to me with this mother (map below). I wasn’t surprised as this is par for the course with Kyle; he likes adventure so more adventure equals more fun right? I was also a tinge worried about my fitness, as my longest run so far this season had been 16 miles. But hell, sometimes you have to throw caution to the wind and on Sunday morning I found myself pulling into Sherando Lake.Now this wasn’t my first ultra, which is both good and bad. On one hand I knew what to expect which is good, but on the bad side I knew what to expect. We took off from Sherando Lake and headed towards the St. Mary’s Wilderness. After many miles we were back in Sherando Lake area. The last climb of the day took us up Torrey Ridge, which was a special place for both of us.Me: Kyle, um, I’m having a rough go of it back here.Kyle: I’m in a vortex up here, so don’t worry you have company.Me: You all right?Kyle: I ran out of water 45 minutes ago.Me: You want some of mine?Kyle: Na, I’m going to ride this one out. See where it takes me…Well needless to say we made it back to our cars alive, and only a little worse for wear. Ultra’s are fun, and I think are an activity many people could do. As Ken Chlouber, the Leadville 100 Race Director, would say “You’re tougher than you think you are, and you can do more than you think you can.”I have a few more big runs in the works for this winter, and many miles to run. Hopefully we will see each other out on the trail!Sherando Lake Ultra Maplast_img read more

East Middle School hosts farewell parade for students

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) – On Tuesday, East Middle School held a farewell to the school year parade for its students. A firetruck and police car also joined in. Organizer, Danette Koanui, said it was a great way to end the school year. The parade began at the school and went around the community. “We miss our kids so much, we talk to them as much as we can but zoom calls just aren’t the same and I think this is a great way to add some closure,” Koanui told 12 News. Kids stood on the sidewalk and waved to their teachers as the parade went by.last_img read more

Amazfit GTS 2 bezel-free smartwatch offers complete health and fitness tracking » Gadget Flow

first_imgMany watches these days do more than tell the time, and the Amazfit GTS 2 bezel-free smartwatch is no exception. This beautiful watch blends style and health by providing you with all the fitness tracking insights you need. Its 3D curved bezel-less design makes it stand out from the pack as a gorgeous—not just techy—accessory. Plus, this AMOLED screen has a 341 ppi pixel density for super clear and lifelike colors as well as easily readable text. Furthermore, the edge-to-edge display has both scratch-and wear-resistant coating that enhances its durability. Choose from Desert Gold, Urban Gray, and Midnight Black options and then personalize the watch face to your liking. With the Amazfit GTS 2, you’ll get a BioTracker 2 PPG high-precision sensor that measures blood-oxygen levels, heart rate, stress, sleep quality, and more. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Pregnant Stassi Schroeder, Beau Clark’s Daughter’s Nursery: Pics

first_imgGetting her room ready! Pregnant Stassi Schroeder and Beau Clark have been preparing for their daughter’s arrival with a “fairy tale” nursery.The Vanderpump Rules alum, 32, gave her followers the first glimpse of the space in October when she showed a framed photo of a heart.- Advertisement – Clark revealed in an October “Give Them Lala … With Randall” podcast episode that he and Schroeder conceived their little one on Easter.“We weren’t planning for it, obviously,” the dad-to-be said at the time. “We just weren’t being careful like we normally were.”While the pair were initially supposed to tie the knot in September in Italy, they chose a different location due to the coronavirus pandemic, posting footage via Instagram from their September surprise backyard wedding in October.“Today would’ve been our wedding day,” the bride captioned a video at the time. “We went and did it anyway. Married Sept 2020. Hopefully Italian dream wedding Oct 2021. I am so proud to be your wife.”Keep scrolling to see their baby-to-be’s sweet space ahead of her birth. “My favorite part of her nursery,” the Next Level Basic author wrote on her Instagram Story at the time. “After I bought this, we discovered she has a hole in her heart, and it was the worst week of our lives waiting to find out just how serious it was. After a week of actual hell on earth, the doctors said it’s incredibly small and should heal on its own.”The former reality star concluded that the piece of artwork now “means so much more” to her and the commercial casting director.Later that same month, the Louisiana native showed the Harry Potter accents in the nursery, including a book-themed mobile.- Advertisement – “OK but how magical is my baby’s mini Harry Potter OOTD mirror?!” the former “Straight Up With Stassi” podcast host wrote on her October Instagram Story. “Fairy tale vibes.”Us Weekly broke the news in June that Schroeder was pregnant with her and Clark’s first child. Later that same month, the couple confirmed the news with a baby bump photo and announced that they have a girl on the way.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Govt owes construction SOEs Rp 5.6t for land acquisition expenses

first_imgThree state-owned construction companies, PT Waskita Karya, PT Hutama Karya and PT Wijaya Karya, are seeking repayments from the government for Rp 5.6 trillion (US$390.9 million) in accumulated land acquisition expenses for infrastructure projects.Waskita Karya president director Destiawan Soewardjono said on Wednesday that the government still owed the company Rp 3.71 trillion for land acquired for its ongoing toll road projects, including the Pemalang-Batang toll road in Central Java, the Bekasi-Cawang-Kampung Melayu told road in Greater Jakarta and the Cimanggis-Cibitung toll road in West Java.A combination of mounting unpaid expenses by the government and the company’s dwindling income due to the COVID-19 pandemic has caused cash flow issues for the company, according to Destiawan. “Our cash situation is currently in the red. However, we’re increasing our efforts to improve the situation by collecting unpaid reimbursements,” he said during a presentation at the House of Representatives, adding that the company had suffered from a 50 percent decline in toll road traffic.He urged the Finance Ministry’s State Asset Management Agency (LMAN) to make the repayments, as the company’s data showed it was eligible to receive Rp 1.35 trillion from the agency as of Wednesday.The LMAN previously stated it would continue to reimburse companies to help them endure the impacts of the drop off in toll road traffic. It has reimbursed Rp 53.3 trillion to state-owned companies for land acquired for 77 strategic national projects, of which Rp 11.88 trillion had gone to Waskita Karya, as of June 24.Destiawan said Waskita Karya planned to asked the State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Ministry for additional funds. The government also owes Hutama Karya Rp1.86 trillion for land acquisition costs that were paid upfront by the company for several projects dating back to 2016.“The debts have been accumulating since 2016,” Hutama Karya president director Budi Harto said during the hearing.Hutama Karya is in charge of several sections of the trans-Sumatra toll road, including Medan-Binjai, Bakauheni-Terbanggi Besar and Pekanbaru-Dumai.According to Hutama Karya, the company was owed Rp 494 billion from last year and Rp 369 billion from this year, on the top of outstanding repayments from 2016 to 2018.“[The debts] are yet to be paid even though the land has been acquired and the project is underway,” Budi added.Hutama Karya’s Budi blamed the delays on the absence of a Finance Ministry decree (PMK) to regulate repayments to companies involved in completing the government’s National Strategic Projects (PSN).The government recently changed the payment verification scheme via Presidential Regulation No. 66/2020, which appointed the Finance Ministry to verify repayments, taking over from the Development Finance Comptroller (BPKP).“The Finance Ministry isn’t ready to verify our claims,” Budi complained.Meanwhile, Wijaya Karya claims it is entitled to Rp 59.9 billion in outstanding repayments from the government for land acquired for the Serang-Panimban toll road project.“As of June, the government has paid Rp 1.27 trillion for the land acquisition costs for the Serang-Panimban toll road project. However, it’s still Rp 59 billion short,” the company’s president director Agung Budi Waskito said.The construction firms are the latest SOEs seeking debt repayments from the government, despite recent reimbursements from the LMAN.State-owned oil and gas giant Pertamina also reported on Monday to lawmakers that the government had yet to pay Rp 96.5 trillion in compensation for fuel subsidies between 2017 and 2019.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Heerema’s Slepnir in record LNG bunkering at Port of Rotterdam

first_imgFour Dutch companies partnered up in what Heerema claims to be the largest LNG bunkering operation ever completed. Heerema Marine Contractor’s semi-submersible crane vessel and the world’s first LNG-powered construction vessel, Sleipnir, completed a milestone bunkering at the Port of Rotterdam.  He added that the company’s bunker barge, the FlexFueler 001, also received a cargo from the Coral Fraseri LNG carrier. The Sleipnir arrived at the Port of Rotterdam on Sunday, March 22, for the first time following a successful global campaign. Its compatriot Titan LNG supplied almost 3,300 metric tons of liquefied natural gas using Anthony Veder’s vessel Coral Fraseri vessel, wrapping up the operation in under 24 hours, Heerema’s statement reads. Commenting on the bunkering operation, Niels den Nijs, CEO of Titan LNG, said, “Building on our 5 previous deliveries around the globe, we formulated and safely executed our plan of operation.” Heerema pointed out in its statement that all companies involved followed the strict government guidelines to protect their workforces during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.last_img read more

Ecpat NZ: Kiwis in denial about human trafficking and exploitation

first_imgNZ Herald 18 April 2018Training programmes are being launched in direct response to human trafficking and exploitation concerns in New Zealand.But Kiwi anti-child sex trafficking group Ecpat Child Alert NZ says many here are “in denial” that trafficking exists.The group is hitting a brick wall with its plans to introduce The Code, an initiative to provide awareness, tools and support to the tourism industry to prevent the sexual exploitation of children.Despite international hotel chains such as Marriott International and transport company Uber in the United States having signed up for the initiative, Ecpat Child Alert NZ’s emails to businesses in the industry here have been met with zero responses.Ecpat Child Alert NZ chief executive Warren Ferdinandus said sexual predators were targeting children and youth on the internet.A survey by the group of 47 sex workers aged between 15 and 47 found the average age for first receiving payment for sexual acts was 14.5 years old.“There is often an exchange of something happening… goods, money, affection,” Ferdinandus said.“There is definitely a shift from a physically trafficking to a digitally trafficking of children… we should keep in mind that grooming can also be a pretext to trafficking and exploitation.”Ferdinandus said the commercial sexual exploitation of children in tourism often took place in hotels and used other travel infrastructure like taxis and tour buses.“That’s why we believe it is important that we work with tourism and transport companies to keep our children safe,” he said.Ferdinandus, orginially from Sri Lanka, had himself been sexually abused as a child.“We, among many, certainly believe that trafficking of children does happen in New Zealand,” he added.Police advise anyone who is concerned for their child’s safety or believe they are victim of a crime, in person or online, to contact police.Ferdinandus said attitudes in New Zealand to trafficking were “miles apart” from other western countries, such as Canada and the United States.“There’s almost like a sense of denial that it is happening, or even that it can happen in New Zealand,” he said.A Global Study on Sexual Exploitation launched by Ecpat on March 27 found the rise of budget travel and affordable accommodation enabled child sex offenders to move around more easily and have easy accessibility.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12019683&ref=twitterlast_img read more

Modified qualifiers go to familiar foes Stephan, Abelson

first_imgVeteran Ricky Stephan won Wednesday’s first Modified qualifying feature at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. (Photo by Tom Macht, www.photofinishphotos.com) BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 6) – Ricky Stephan didn’t think anything could top it when he got his career 100th IMCA Modified feature win this summer.Now he’s not so sure.The veteran from South Sioux City, Neb., won the first Modified qualifying feature Wednesday at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, outrunning Whittemore rookie Nick Meyer in lapped traffic late in a fast-paced contest at Boone Speedway.He’ll square off with familiar foe Chris Abelson, winner of the evening’s second qualifier, in a friendly game of Rochambeau to determine who starts of the pole in the Saturday night main event.“I was thinking that my 100th win was the pinnacle of my career. This might top it,” said Stephan, who started racing at Super Nationals in the 1980s. “I was breathing pretty hard – I couldn’t believe I was leading. I didn’t want to lose it because of the lapped cars.”“This win was probably like getting all the right numbers for Powerball,” he added during a brief lull in post-race tech. “When it was over I asked myself ‘Did this really happen?’ It did.”Meyer led early from the pole. The only caution of the race came out on the second of 25 circuits and Stephan took charge on lap five.“I didn’t know if I could go 25 laps. I’m used to 15,” said Stephan, who went retro with a yellow ride after spending most of the last three seasons in a red car. “I saw Nick a couple times out of the corner of my eye. All these young guys are making it harder and harder for an old guy like me.”His best finish in six career Saturday starts at Super Nationals was 11th in 2014, the most recent year he qualified.Joining Stephan and Meyer in transferring were third running Randy McDaniel of Olivehurst, Calif., and Cayden Carter of Oskaloosa, who had qualified for the Saturday Stock Car championship event earlier in the program.Abelson, from Sioux City and last year’s runner-up, caught pole starter Josh Ruby for the lead just after halfway in the second qualifier.Urbana’s Darin Duffy ran second the next 10 laps before giving way to 14th starting Nick Roberts of Des Moines on the final circuit. Drew Christianson of Minot, N.D., was the fourth and final transfer to the Saturday show.Roberts and Duffy are both former Super Nationals champions in other divisions. Duffy won the Late Model crown in 2003 while Roberts ruled the Northern SportMods in 2012.Abelson, Duffy and Christianson will all make fifth career starts in the Modified dance. McDaniel, Carter and Roberts are each in for the second time, Meyer of course for the first.More than 20 states are represented by Modified entries at Super Nationals. Cars from nine of them took the green flag in the first qualifier on Wednesday while cars from 12 states and Canada were in the second.1st qualifying feature – 1. Ricky Stephan, South Sioux City, Neb.; 2. Nick Meyer, Whittemore; 3. Randy McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; 4. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 5. Randy Roberts, Boone; 6. Clinton Luellen, Minburn; 7. Jeremy Mills, Garner; 8. Joey Price, Great Falls, Mont.; 9. Johnny Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb.; 10. Kyle Brown, Madrid; 11. Justin O’Brien, West Union; 12. Ricky Alvarado, Delta, Colo.; 13. Josh Truman, Indianola; 14. Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev.; 15. Clint Hatlestad, Glencoe, Minn.; 16. Todd Cooney, Des Moines; 17. Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo.; 18. Joe Spillman, Austin, Texas; 19. Ben Kraus, Kanawa; 20. Dan Menk, Franklin, Minn.; 21. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 22. Josh Blumer, Marysville, Kan.; 23. Matthew Meinecke, Jamaica; 24. Jesse Richter, Great Bend, Kan.; 25. Jeff Streeter, Madera, Calif.; 26. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas; 27. Loren Pesicka Jr., Burt; 28. Al Wolfgram, Boone; 29. Tanner Black, Great Bend, Kan.; 30. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas.2nd qualifying feature – 1. Chris Abelson, Sioux City; 2. Nick Roberts, Des Moines; 3. Darin Duffy, Urbana; 4. Drew Christianson, Minot, N.D.; 5. David Brown, Kellogg; 6. Jeremy Payne, Buckeye, Ariz.; 7. Todd Shute, Des Moines; 8. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 9. A.J. Ward, Ionia, Mich.; 10. Dylan Smith, Osceola, Neb.; 11. Mike Petersilie, Hoisington, Kan.; 12. Richard Michael, Jr., Ischua, N.Y.; 13. Mike VanGenderen, Newton; 14. Wade Taylor, Spring Creek, Nev.; 15. Russ Dickerson, Boone; 16. Joe McBirnie, Boone; 17. Josh Ruby, Lakota; 18. William Gould, Calera, Okla.; 19. Kenneth Buck, Canton, Pa.; 20. Tim Watts, Beloit, Kan.; 21. Brian Knoell, Falun, Kan.; 22. Cory Sauerman, Johnston; 23. John Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz.; 24. Chad Ten Naple, Sioux City; 25. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 26. Shane DeMey, Dennison; 27. Ryan Ruter, Clear Lake; 28. Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; 29. Jim Peeler, Trimble, Mo.; 30. D.J. Shannon, Merced, Calif.last_img read more