OLD NATIONAL EVENTS PLAZA WELCOMES THREE NEW TEAM MEMBERS

first_imgOld National Events Plaza is pleased to announce the addition of three new team members in key positions within the company.  Brian Liivak, Director of Operations, Lauren Birch, Human Resources Designee/Finance Manager and Reeya Vyas, Sales & Social Media Manager, have all joined the Old National Events Plaza team over the last four months and bring with them a wealth of knowledge in their respective fields.“We are thrilled to welcome Brian, Lauren & Reeya to the Old National Events Plaza team,” said Alexis Berggren, General Manager.  “Each brings a wealth of experience, a fresh perspective, and passion for our industry.  I am confident their contributions will strengthen and improve our ability to deliver dynamic event experiences to our visitors.”Brian Liivak comes to Old National Events Plaza with almost ten years of experience in the event industry. Most recently, Brian worked as the Operations Manager at a four-building campus in Tucson, Arizona that included a convention center, 9,000 seat arena, 2,300 seat theater and a 500-seat community theater. In addition to overseeing all of the operations staff and event logistics, he spearheaded community engagement projects that helped create volunteer opportunities for venue employees in the community. Liivak graduated from Christopher Newport University with a Bachelor of Political Science and a Minor in Communication Studies. Brian’s experience in other markets, encompassing nine different venues, has helped him transition into his new role as Director of Operations. Liivak comments, “I look forward to the bright future of Old National Events Plaza and integrating into the great community of Evansville.”Lauren Burch has been a lifetime resident of Evansville, IN. Burch is a graduate of the University of Evansville with a degree in Sports Management. Burch was most recently the Accounting Manager at VenuWorks. Burch comments, “My interest in the Old National Event Plaza came from my love of working and organizing event staff in a hospitality driven industry.  While searching outside my box, I was led to an opportunity to connect and work with a very cultural and diverse community. I look forward to this exciting opportunity and working with my team and the clients.”  Reeya Vyas joins Old National Events Plaza following her December graduation from the University of Southern Indiana with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a Minor in Graphic Design. Vyas excelled in business studies at the Romain College of Business and was the Assistant Lab Coordinator in the Strategic Social Media Lab at USI. Vyas was the Vice President of Membership for Speaking Eagles Toastmasters and a Commencement Speaker.  Vyas states, “I was attracted by the Old National Events Plaza’s mission to deliver excellence in customer service to all of their clients, and the commitment to being an integral part of community growth in the downtown area.  I am looking forward to building the Old National Events Plaza’s online presence and working with clients. I am excited to be a part of a team that is dedicated to going above and beyond clients’ expectations.” FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Phil Lesh & Friends Announce New Year’s Eve Run In Hawaii

first_imgPhil Lesh & Friends have announced a two-date run through the tropical paradise of Hawaii leading into the 2017 New Year celebration! Join the Grateful Dead bassist in Kahalui on Thursday, December 29 at the Castle Theatre with very special friends (and family), including Grahame Lesh on guitar, Scott Law on guitar, Ross James on guitar and pedal steep, Alex Koford on percussion, and Jason Crosby on keyboard and violin. He’s got the same lineup joining him on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at the Hawaii Theatre in Honolulu.Reserved seating is available for the Kahalui show at $140, $120, and $95, with tickets going on sale on July 1st at 10AM HST right here. There is also reserved seating available for the Honolulu show at $145, $125, $100, $80 that go on sale July 1 at 9AM HST right here. Check out the full poster below!last_img read more

Michael Hopkins named American Mathematical Society Fellow

first_imgMichael Hopkins, George Putnam Professor of Pure and Applied Mathematics and Department Chair, has been named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society for 2021. He was awarded the fellowship for contributions to algebraic topology and related areas of algebraic geometry, representation theory, and mathematical physics.The Fellows of the AMS designation recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics. Forty-six mathematical scientists from around the world have been named Fellows of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) for 2021, the program’s ninth year.On Nov. 1, 2020, the AMS announced the class of 2021 Fellows who are being recognized by their peers for their contributions to the profession, and also to honor excellence.“It is a great pleasure to offer my sincere congratulations to the new AMS Fellows, honored for their notable contributions to mathematics and to the profession,” said AMS President Jill C. Pipher. “We are grateful to the nominators and the members of the selection committee for helping the AMS recognize the achievements of their esteemed colleagues through this fellowship.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

Laura Benanti & Zachary Levi Start Previews in She Loves Me

first_img View Comments She Loves Me Ready for that “Vanilla Ice Cream?!” The Broadway revival of She Loves Me, starring Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi, Jane Krakowski and more, will begin performances on February 19. Directed by Scott Ellis, the limited engagement will play through June 5 at Roundabout’s Studio 54. Opening night is scheduled for March 17.Featuring a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock, She Loves Me follows Georg (Levi) and Amalia (Benanti), two parfumerie clerks who aren’t quite the best of friends. Constantly bumping heads while on the job, the sparring coworkers can’t seem to find common ground. But little do they know, the anonymous romantic pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other! Will love continue to blossom once their identities are finally revealed? The score features favorites such as “Vanilla Ice Cream,” “A Romantic Atmosphere,” “Dear Friend” and “She Loves Me.”The musical comedy’s cast will also include Byron Jennings, Gavin Creel and Michael McGrath.She Loves Me is based on a play by Miklos Laszlo, whose story was also the basis for the 1940 James Stewart film The Shop Around the Corner and the 1998 Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan film You’ve Got Mail. Ellis directed Roundabout’s She Loves Me in 1993, which marked the first Broadway musical in the company’s history. The show was originally seen on the Great White Way in 1963 in a production helmed by Harold Prince.Check out Broadway.com’s sneak peek of the cast in action below! Show Closed This production ended its run on July 10, 2016 ‘She Loves Me’ Jane Krakowskicenter_img Laura Benanti Star Files Related Shows Zachary Levilast_img read more

Looming Drought

first_img CONTINUING DROUGHT CUTTING HAY PRODUCTION Drought conditions that have persisted for more than a year has livestock farmers concerned about their hay supplies for the coming winter. But alternative feeds such as crop residues in corn and cotton fields, can allow fields that have gotten rain in late Sept. and early Oct. to produce some forage. This south Georgia field, while better than some, isn’t as thick with bales as specialists would like to see. That leaves the farmer hoping for rain to boost production. With the current drought expected to last through spring 2000, Georgia small grains and livestock farmers are facing tough decisions.”Fall is typically the driest three months of the year,” said David Stooksbury, state climatologist and professor of engineering with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Consequently, he said, “we’re coming off a summer drought into a normally dry period that, historically, won’t get us out of drought.”Farmers looking to plant small grains for sale or to feed livestock are somewhat used to these conditions. But this year, as dry as it’s been, they’re having to decide not just what grains to plant, but in some cases, whether planting will be worth it.Dewey Lee, a CAES Extension Service agronomist, said the late-September and early-October rains were helpful to some farmers. “Those rains were excellent for farmers overseeding pastures for winter grazing,” he said. “Planting for small grain production, however, won’t start until late October in north Georgia and early November in south Georgia.”Lee said if small-grain growers get equally timely rains, even a little rain can be enough for a “fair crop” of wheat, rye or oats if managed carefully.”If farmers can wait until a rain to plant, small grains can get established,” Lee said. “The crop itself won’t grow or produce grain until it gets more rain, but at least then it’ll be ready when the rain comes.”With grain prices plummeting, farmers are thinking twice before investing in any crop.”But as we look into the future, the potential is there for a profit — like most years — with careful management and marketing,” he said.Small-grain decisions are affecting Georgia cattle farmers, too, said Robert Stewart, a CAES livestock scientist. Many pastures and hay fields have suffered from the drought. Some farmers, Stewart said, are two or three hay cuttings behind normal. To cut costs and improve efficiency, he said, farmers are culling the three O’s: old cows, open (not pregnant) cows and ornery cows.In the long run, as farmers sell their cows that aren’t making money, they’re also decreasing the supply for later. “That means if cattlemen can find ways to keep their cows healthy through this winter,” Stewart said, “they’re likely to get more for them at the sale next year.” That incentive has cattlemen looking for alternate feed sources including crop residues left after harvest in cotton and corn fields.Residues offer a double advantage to cattle farmers. “It’s essentially free feed,” Stewart said. “An acre of crop residue can support a cow for 30 days.”That month also gives newly planted small grains a chance to get established before cattle begin grazing.If the cows go on overseeded pasture or just-emerged small grains, as they eat, they’ll tear the plants up by the roots, Stewart said. “Farmers would just be shooting themselves in the foot if they don’t wait for the pasture or grain to establish.” Lee and Stewart offer management options for farmers who get a little rain. And Stooksbury said that’s just what they’re likely to get.”Nothing short of a tropical weather system stalling over Georgia will get us the 9-plus inches of rain we need to break the drought,” he said. “Fall weather and La Nina are working against us on this one.” J. Cannon, UGA CAES Find more information about drought conditions in Georgia at Drought ’99. Feeding Cattle During Drought Conditions Crop Insurance Implications of Drought Economic Impacts of a Drought on the Southwest Georgia Regional Economy last_img read more

Time to Can

first_imgCanning season is here and, even if you haven’t harvested your backyard tomatoes or okra yet, it’s time to get ready.Before you begin canning, check your equipment and supplies. Your equipment should be in good, working condition to ensure that your canned goods will remain safe to eat after canning.  “Nothing’s worse than getting your fruit and veggies prepped and ready to can, then finding out you need more equipment or containers or you need to replace canner parts,” said Elizabeth Andress, author of the canning bible “So Easy to Preserve” and director of the National Center for Home Food Preservation at the University of Georgia. “A brief check of your tools before you begin to harvest will ensure you can you put up your harvest at its peak freshness.”Check that canner.If you’re canning low-acid vegetables, such as green beans, greens or okra, you’ll need a pressure canner. Be sure to check a dial gauge for accuracy. Learn more by contacting your local UGA Extension office. If your canner has a rubber gasket, make sure the rubber is flexible and soft, not cracked, brittle or sticky. Also, make sure that any pipes and vent ports are clean and clear.UGA Extension recommends avoiding electric multicookers. Instead, use standard stovetop pressure canners, which are made specifically for pressure canning.  For fruits, pickles, jellies and jams, use a boiling water canner. This type of canner should be deep enough to allow 1-2 inches of water to boil over the tops of your jars and should have a ventilated rack in the bottom to hold the jars.  Round up jars and lids.Make sure your jars are free of any cracks, nicks or chips and be sure to check the top sealing edge as they can prevent lids from sealing properly. Survey your jars to determine if you need to invest in new ones. Old jars weaken over time and can even shatter under heat and pressure. Therefore, investing in new jars is the wisest long-term investment. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends two-part self-sealing lids, and the flat lid should be replaced every year. Rings can be reused from year to year but need to be checked to ensure that they haven’t corroded or warped. Finally, make sure that your kitchen is ready and that you prewash your jars before you start processing your produce. Some procedures for jellies and pickles also call for sterilizing jars. The directions for each food will indicate whether sterilizing jars are necessary.Your kitchen work surfaces should be clean and sanitary, as should all bowls, pots, pans, measuring cups and other tools. Move items that are unnecessary for your preserving activities out of the way. Safe, efficient preserving should be done without distractions or unrelated items in your way.Prepare your freezer.For many vegetables and fruits, freezing may be an easier option than canning your harvest. If you plan on freezing, consider cleaning out your freezer now. You don’t want a half-empty box of forgotten waffles or years-old, freezer-burned meat taking up space that could be filled by fresh-packed, in-season strawberries. Gather your containers. Plastic, zip-close bags are good options as are plastic containers or canning jars that are labeled as freezer-safe. Glass jars that were not manufactured for canning and cardboard milk cartons are not recommended. Get trustworthy instructions.Finally, make sure you have the most up-to-date canning instructions from UGA Cooperative Extension or USDA. Andress encourages caution when taking canning advice or recipes from friends or family and historical publications or websites.Old canning practices have led to foodborne illnesses, such as botulism, in the past. A copy of the most recent UGA Extension instructions and many research-based food preservation techniques and recipes can be found at the National Center for Home Food Preservation website, managed by UGA Extension, at http://nchfp.uga.edu.last_img read more

Eco-friendly Business

first_imgThe average office tosses out about 350 pounds of paper per year per employee. Reducing paper usage and buying paper with post-consumer recycled content can go a long way to reduce any company’s carbon footprint. Photo cred: FogStock/ThinkstockEarthTalk®E – The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: I own a small business and would like to do what I can to minimize its impact on the environment. Can you help me?                                                — Jacob Levinson, New York, NYThere are many ways to green up any business, large or small—and an added benefit might just be saving money. Just like individuals, businesses can measure their carbon footprints to get a sense of where they are starting from and to get some initial ideas of areas to focus on to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers a free “Simplified GHG [greenhouse gas] Emissions Calculator” to help small businesses get started. Another option is to enroll in TerraPass’s “Carbon Balanced Business” program, which helps commercial entities measure and then offset the greenhouse gas emissions they are responsible for generating.Beyond carbon footprints, there are many other things businesses can do to minimize their environmental impacts. The non-profit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reports that, first and foremost, businesses should shift the paper paradigm—the average office tosses out about 350 pounds of paper per year per employee. “Reducing your waste and purchasing paper with post-consumer recycled content can help save trees and nudge the pulp and paper industry, one of the most environmentally destructive industries in the world, toward a less damaging path,” NRDC reports. Some easy ways to do this include: setting printers to use both sides of a page (or designating a “draft tray” filled with paper that’s blank on one side); buying copy paper with a 30 percent or more post-consumer recycled content; collecting used paper separately for recycling; and stocking bathrooms with post-consumer recycled tissue products.Getting more energy efficient is another way to save the Earth while saving money too. NRDC recommends taking advantage of the fact that most utilities offer free or inexpensive energy audits, whereby an engineer examines operations and provides a report about how to save on energy costs. Turning off lights and electronics at the end of the work day can save bundles of energy. “Plug all your appliances into a power strip and you’ll only have to flip one switch at the end of the day,” suggests NRDC. Also, setting computers to “sleep” or “hibernate” when inactive will further reduce a business’s footprint. And NRDC says to lose the screensavers: “Flying toasters and slideshows can use up about $50 of electricity in a year.” Lastly, when shopping for new office appliances, look for the EnergyStar label which means that the federal government has rated the particular unit highly in terms of energy efficiency.Cutting water waste will also make a business run greener. The group says to install faucet aerators and low-flow toilets, check for and fix leaks, landscape with water efficiency in mind and recycle gray water where applicable for nonpotable uses such as watering gardens.Lastly, NRDC suggests creating a greener work environment, given that “employees are on the front lines of any sustainability initiatives” a business chooses to make—perhaps by creating a green team “with members from all divisions of the organization to help implement plans and bring new ideas to the table.” Those looking to take their businesses down a green path should consult any of the free “Greening Your Business” guides on NRDC’s website.CONTACTS: EPA, www.epa.gov/climateleadership/smallbiz/footprint.html; NRDC Greening Your Business, www.nrdc.org/cities/living/gbusiness.asp.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.last_img read more

5 reasons you’re in debt

first_img1. You justify your purchasesDon’t try to rationalize those unnecessary purchases. On some level, we are all guilty of this. Between “I deserve this” and “I need this,” we’re constantly making excuses for spending money. This doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself, but do it affordably and make sure you budget for it.2. You refuse to address your debtThe first stage of grief is denial and dealing with debt can look very similar. Do not ignore your debt. As difficult as it is, you need to face your debt head on. Understand what you owe and create a plan of attack so you don’t have to experience the four remaining stages.3. You are an impulse spenderWith next day shipping and one-click shopping this has never been a more prevalent issue for consumers. These purchases are beyond even trying to justify, even if that Ewok dog costume is on sale and its adorable. That impulse is what is hurting your wallet. Try holding off on some purchases unless you’ve given them some thought. By all means that Ewok costume may be a need for you, but sometimes spending some time thinking about a purchase will help you remember that you don’t even own a dog.4. You assume you are going to make more laterA great example of this is taking on student loans. Most students don’t have a choice if they want to go to college, and are now graduating with debt upward of $40,000 in hopes that they can land a job that will pay them enough to pay it back. In other cases, people are making purchases because they think they will be up for a promotion or have a raise around the corner. Even if all of these things do come to fruition you will still be paying more in interest than you would if you’d just wait.5. You often dip into savings for expensesJ.P. Morgan has a famous quote where he said, “if you have to ask how much it is, you can’t afford it.” When you look at a price tag and immediately start thinking about how to move money around, take a step back. Once that money goes into your savings, it should disappear from your thoughts. The only time you should ever spend money from savings is when something happens that makes it necessary to use your emergency fund. 53SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tyler Atwell Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Mini golf today is more than 12 holes and concrete slabs, today mini golf is a real experience and attraction

first_imgThe World Minigolf Championship for the Deaf, which is being held for the first time in Croatia and in the world, and the World Adventure Golf Master Championship, which brought together competitors from five continents, officially opened with a solemn ceremony on Friday night.The competitive part of both championships starts on Monday, September 11 and will last for two days, and the Croatian national team is also fighting for the title of the best. “This is the seventh Adventure Golf Master in which the largest number of competitors from different countries participates and has gathered the best golfers in the world. It is a great pleasure for us to play on great pitches that are located in a great environment. ” said Mislav Bjazic, president of the Croatian Golf Association.In addition to the World Minigolf Championship for the Deaf and the Adventure Golf Master, the World Minigolf Championship is next week at the Zaton Holiday Resort (September 20-23). “The best golfers came to Zaton Holiday Resort and we are proud to have fulfilled the initial goal, which is the participation of competitors from five continents and to connect all people in this way. We are happy that the team from Ghana, despite the visa problems, finally managed to come and participate. ” said Gerhard Zimmerman, president of the World Minigolf Federation.However, the story has already begun to develop well through various extensions, but the important point and message is how it came about. It was created out of a desire for such important quality content.Mini golf today is more than 12 holes and concrete slabs, today mini golf is a real experience and attractionIt is sometimes difficult to describe the experiences in words, so for me at the moment, to describe what Zaton Adventure Golf looks like, I am attaching pictures. As I have personally been to these stories, I can confirm with certainty that playing mini golf with the family in this setting was a real experience and an unforgettable experience, especially the drawbridge ride with my son. Experiences are remembered, and I remember Zaton. When I see those old concrete mini golf courses in our destinations today, darkness falls on my eyes, not to mention that most of them have not been renovated for years. But mini golf from the eighties has evolved into a real small town of experience and fun.Zaton Adventure Golf has miniature replicas of cultural and historical monuments on each of the 18 holes, from amphorae, the remains of a Roman temple from Nin, the Kaštelina tower to all the churches of St. Nikola, and Zaton Adventure Golf is the first competition course with an official license in Croatia. “Continuous investment in raising the quality of the tourist offer of the settlement as well as in the creation of new facilities is a sure direction towards strengthening before and after the season. By investing in mini golf courses, we have opened the way to a new tourist segment. It is worth mentioning that the Germans, our most numerous guests, are the number one golf nation”Said Ivo Bobić, director of the settlement.At the beginning of the year, the Grand Prix championship in mini golf was organized, and the above-mentioned World Minigolf Championship for the Deaf is underway, as well as the World Adventure Golf Master Championship, which serve as additional values ​​and certainly one of the good links for extending the tourist season and additional earnings. . I constantly emphasize, so to repeat the material, the motive for coming is not accommodation, but a diverse, high quality and authentic content of a tourist destination.With the construction of two new mini golf courses, Zaton has become a unique center of its kind in the world, the only location with 3 types of courses; Miniature, Adventure and Felt Golf, and Zaton Adventure Golf investment is worth about two million kuna.Also, what is especially exciting is that the entire Mini golf course is unique because it tells an authentic story about the destination through the positioning of tourist facilities / symbols. By playing mini golf you can get acquainted with authentic features such as Nin Cathedral, Old Croatian ship Condura Croatica, Glagolitic alphabet, Kaštelina Tower, ancient port of Nin, ancient crane, millstone, etc. ako and if you get acquainted with the story, then you want to experience it live .Experience, experience and only a quality experience is the only recipe for long-term success, and modern mini golf courses are certainly all that – great additional quality content and experience.last_img read more

‘Wicked’ Christchurch mosque gunman sentenced to life without parole

first_imgTopics : ‘Racist and xenophobic’ “The offending was motivated by an entrenched racist and xenophobic ideology… in my submission, the offender is clearly New Zealand’s worst murderer,” he said.Zarifeh said life behind bars was “the only proper sentencing option” for Tarrant.”No minimum period is sufficiently long to satisfy sentencing objectives given the gravity of the offending and the devastating loss of life and injury,” he said.Throughout the sentencing, Tarrant remained impassive as the court heard harrowing testimony from dozens of his victims and their families. “Since my husband and son passed away, I’ve never had a proper, normal sleep. I don’t think I ever will,” widow Ambreen Naeem told the court.”His punishment should continue forever,” she said.Tarrant accepted the sentence and waived his right to speak at the sentencing.Fearing Tarrant may use the platform to spout extremist ideology, the court had imposed tight restrictions on reporting of proceedings.Before sentencing, Tarrant, a former gym instructor, had sacked his legal team and declared he would represent himself. Instead, court-appointed lawyer Pip Hall made a brief one-line statement on his behalf before the judge delivered his sentence.”Mr Tarrant does not oppose the application that he should be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole,” Hall said.Arguing against life behind bars, counsel assisting the court Kerry Cook said Tarrant’s views had changed while he had been jailed and he had offered to meet the families in “restorative justice” session.”Given his age, lack of previous record and guilty pleas, there is a prospect of rehabilitation,” he told the court, saying a whole-life sentence breached fundamental human rights.Zarifeh said Tarrant’s belated description of his actions as “unnecessary, abhorrent and irrational” were questionable.”[Tarrant] said he had a poisoned emotional state and was terribly unhappy,” Zarifeh said.”He felt ostracized by society and wanted to damage society as an act of revenge.”Yet at the same time, the offender described the offending as definitely an act of terrorism.”The atrocity shocked New Zealand and prompted Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to immediately tighten gun laws and pressure social media giants to curb online extremism. The judge said Tarrant had failed in his aim of promoting right-wing extremism as he gunned down victims in cold blood but the New Zealand Muslim community had still paid a terrible price.”It was brutal and beyond callous. Your actions were inhuman,” the judge said.Tarrant — a 29-year-old Australian white supremacist — sparked global revulsion on March 15, 2019 when he rampaged through two Christchurch mosques for 20 minutes during Friday prayers.He had admitted 51 charges of murder, 40 of attempted murder and one of terrorism over the attacks, after reversing an initial not-guilty plea. Crown prosecutor Mark Zarifeh said the atrocity was “without comparison in New Zealand’s criminal history”. New Zealand mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant was sentenced to life in prison without parole Thursday for the massacre of 51 Muslim worshippers, with a judge calling him “wicked” and “inhuman”.Judge Cameron Mander said that behind Tarrant’s “warped” ideology was a “base hatred” that led him to attack defenseless men, women and children last year in New Zealand’s worst terror attack.”It is incumbent on the court to respond in a way that decisively rejects such vicious malevolence,” Mander said as he announced a sentence unprecedented in New Zealand legal history. last_img read more