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Kelli O’Hara Will Return to the Metropolitan Opera in 2018

first_imgKelli O’Hara & Christopher Maltman in ‘Così fan tutte'(Photo: Paola Kudacki/Metropolitan Opera) Kelli O’Hara will return to Lincoln Center for the Metropolitan Opera’s 2017-18 season. The Tony winner will sing the role of the spunky maid Despina in a new staging of Mozart’s Così fan tutte. The Phelim McDermott production, which is set at Coney Island in the 1950s, will premiere on March 15, 2018.O’Hara made her Met debut in the 2014-15 season with the company’s production of The Merry Widow, directed by Susan Stroman. The staging is one of 20 repertory productions part of the new roster.The season kicks off on September 25 with David McVicar’s new production of Bellini’s Norma, starring Sondra Radvanovsky in the iconic title role with Joyce DiDonato as her rival Adalgisa. Later performances of the bel canto tragedy will feature sopranos Marina Rebeka and Angela Meade as Norma.The Met premiere of Thomas Adès and Tom Cairns’ The Exterminating Angel will begin on October 26. Adès will take the podium as conductor while Cairns directs. The company includes Alice Coote, as well as soprano Sally Matthews in her Met debut. The opera is based on the same 1962 Luis Buñuel film that inspired half of Stephen Sondheim’s next musical.The Puccini classic Tosca marks McVicar’s second new production of the season and will premiere on New Year’s Eve. Kristine Opolais will kick off the run as the heroine opposite Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel. When the production returns in April, Anna Netrebko will step in, adding a new role to her Met repertory.The fifth and final new production—Cendrillon—marks the first time the Massenet take on Cinderella has been presented at the house. Joyce DiDonato will star in the title role; the cast will also include Kathleen Kim, Coote, Stephanie Blythe and Laurent Naouri.Additional season highlights include a concert presentation of Verdi’s Requiem conducted by James Levine, the return of Mary Zimmerman’s haunting production of Lucia di Lammermoor with three sopranos taking on the role of the unhinged bride: Olga Peretyatko, Jessica Pratt and Pretty Yende, Bartlett Sher’s staging of Les Contes d’Hoffmann, the return of Elektra conducted by Music Director Designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin and two takes on The Magic Flute: the full-length German presentation and the condensed English-language adaptation (both directed by Julie Taymor).See below for the complete lineup.Norma (beginning September 25)Les Contes d’Hoffmann (beginning September 26)Die Zauberflöte (beginning September 27)La Bohème (beginning October 2)Turandot (beginning October 12)The Exterminating Angel (beginning October 26)Madama Butterfly (beginning November 2)Thaïs (beginning November 11)The Magic Flute (beginning November 25)Le Nozze di Figaro (beginning December 6)The Merry Widow (beginning December 14)Hansel and Gretel (beginning December 18)Tosca (beginning December 31)Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci (beginning January 8)L’Elisir d’Amore (beginning January 16)Il Trovatore (beginning January 22)Parsifal (beginning February 5)Semiramide (beginning February 19)Elektra (beginning March 1)Così fan tutte (beginning March 15)Lucia di Lammermoor (beginning March 22)Luisa Miller (beginning March 29)Cendrillon (beginning April 12)Roméo et Juliette (beginning April 23) View Commentslast_img read more

Underground destroyers

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaSpring garden time will be here before you know it, so get rid ofhidden soil insects while you can.”Once you’ve planted your garden, there’s very little you can doto control soil insects like white grubs and wireworms,” saidAlton “Stormy” Sparks, an Extension vegetable entomologist withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.Home gardeners’ best defenses against soil insects are avoidingthem and physically destroying them, Sparks said. A Rototiller is your best control”Since Dursban and Diazinon were removed from the market, yourbest option for controlling these grubs and worms is yourRototiller,” he said. “Get in your garden now and till, till,till to eliminate weeds and (kill as many insects) as you can.”If you think this sounds harsh, just think ahead to what theselittle subterranean critters have planned for your vegetableplants.White grubs and wireworms are actually immature beetles.”They’ll feed on plant roots and seeds,” Sparks said. “They maynot kill the plant outright, but they will seriously stunt thegrowth.”The key to reducing problems with soil insects in your garden isto keep a clean site. Keep your garden site host-free”Making sure your garden site is weed-free now will help you bepest-free later, Sparks said. “Soil insects are there before youplant. If it’s host-free now, insects won’t be attracted to thesite. And you’re less likely to have soil insects after youplant.”Once you start planting, you can avoid many of the early-seasonproblems by using transplants instead seeds. If you do want toseed, he said, wait until the soil warms up so the plants cansprout and grow fast.Aside from soil insects, most insect problem happen after youplant.”Once your garden begins to come up, just monitor for insects andcontrol them when necessary using a simple solution such asphysical removal of pests,” Sparks said.”A lot of people don’t realize,” he said, “that if the number ofpests are limited and you don’t have a huge garden, (it’s bestto) just get in there and pull them off.”last_img read more

Drought likely to linger

first_imgBy David Emory StooksburyUniversity of GeorgiaAthens, Ga. — Drought conditions are expected to continueacross much of Georgia through spring 2008 and may expand intosoutheast Georgia by spring. A La Niña climate pattern hasdeveloped, which increases the probability of a dry, warm winterand spring across most of the state.Current predictions from the National Oceanic and AtmosphericAdministration Climate Prediction Center are for a weak tomoderate La Niña to persist through early 2008. The climatepattern may intensify during the next three months, according tothe CPC.The effects of the La Niña pattern differ with its strength.These differences are critical across north and central Georgia,potentially having major impacts on the current drought and theregion’s ability to recover this winter and spring.A weak La Niña climate pattern typically brings a warm, drywinter and spring to south Georgia. However, under weakconditions, there is a transition zone across the piedmontregion, with a tendency toward wetter-than-normal conditionsacross extreme north Georgia.With a moderate to strong La Niña, the transition zone from drywinters and springs to wetter-than-normal conditions moves to theextreme northwest corner of Georgia. These conditions would makethe entire state much more likely to have a dry, warm winter andspring.Compared to a weak La Niña pattern, the average total rainfallacross north Georgia for November through February is drier witha moderate pattern by 4.97 inches in Athens, 5.47 in Atlanta,5.59 in Cornelia, 7.75 in Gainesville and 7.23 in Rome. Forspring (March through May), the moderate pattern is drier by 3.84inches in Athens, 3.74 in Atlanta, 2.77 in Cornelia, 3.33 inGainesville and 0.88 in Rome.Regardless of the strength of the current La Niña, there is asignificant probability that central and south Georgia will havea warm, dry winter and spring. If the pattern becomes moderate tostrong, a warm, dry winter and spring will be even more probable.Across north Georgia, the strength of the La Niña will becritical in determining where the transition zone between drier-and wetter-than-normal winter and spring occurs. If the patternis weak, the transition region will normally occur south of themountains across the piedmont. If it’s moderate, there is a highprobability that all except the extreme northwest corner will bewarm and dry through spring.The CPC winter outlook is for below-normal precipitationstatewide, with the probability ranging from greater than 65percent in extreme southeast Georgia to 50-to-55 percent acrossthe foothills into the mountains. Across middle Georgia, theprobability of a drier-than-normal winter is about 60 percent.The probability of a warmer-than-normal winter is greater than 60percent south of a line from near Columbus to near Lincolnton.North of this line, the probability of a warmer-than-normalwinter ranges from 55 percent to 60 percent.The CPC spring outlook is drier than normal, with the probabilitygreater than 60 percent across the southern coastal plain,between 55 percent and 60 percent across the northern coastalplain into the piedmont and 50 percent to 55 percent across thefoothills and mountains.If a moderate La Niña pattern develops, there is a highlikelihood that north and west Georgia won’t be able to recoverfrom the drought this winter.The extreme- to exceptional-drought regions of the state maymuddle through the winter and early spring. But withoutsignificant recharge of the soil moisture, groundwater, streamsand reservoirs, conditions next summer could become catastrophic.Regardless of the strength of the La Niña pattern, areas ofsoutheast Georgia that aren’t classified as being in droughtcould be experiencing drought conditions by spring.Water-conservation and drought-management tips for home, garden,landscapes and pets can be found atwww.caes.uga.edu/topics/disasters/drought/home/index.Get updated drought information at www.georgiadrought.org. TheWeb site includes information on how to deal with the drought.Updated weather information is at www.georgiaweather.net. ThisUniversity of Georgia network has 71 automated weather stationsstatewide.(David Emory Stooksbury is the state climatologist and aprofessor of engineering and atmospheric sciences in theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more

Heat Stress Research

first_imgGeorgia’s summer heat can make it hard to do almost anything outside and, for dairy cows, that includes producing milk. Heat stress is inevitable in the Southeast U.S., and the first week of August had temperatures soaring past 100 degrees Fahrenheit.As Georgians fight to keep themselves cool and hydrated, the state’s farmers are working to keep their farm animals as cool as possible. On the University of Georgia Tifton campus, dairy scientist Sha Tao’s research focuses on how to help dairy farmers manage heat stress.Heat stress can negatively impact dairy cows and their milk production, but UGA researchers are working to keep cows happier, healthier and producing milk. When cows are exposed to a temperature-humidity index above 68, their milk production level begins to decrease, Tao said.  Tao has been studying how nutrition, cattle management, and physiology can impact milk production, dairy cow fertility and overall health since joining the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Animal and Dairy Science in 2014.“Heat stress is a major issue in the dairy industry. Caused by high temperatures and high humidity, it will lead to several physiological adjustments of the cows. You’ll have increased body temperature, increased respiration rate,” Tao said. “If we can understand how heat stress influences a cow and calf metabolically and physiologically, we can develop some additional management strategies or nutritional-pharmaceutical interventions to reduce the impact. We can’t 100% mitigate the impact of heat stress, but we can develop information that will better aid dairy cattlemen.”Tao’s two primary goals with his research are learning how heat stress impacts mammary gland functions and how nutritional management impacts calf performance during the summer.“Our study indicates that deprivation of cooling during Georgia summers reduces lactating cows’ milk yield by 20 pounds per day. Part of the reason for this lower milk production is the altered mammary gland development. Our finding suggests that deprivation of cooling induces the death of mammary epithelial cells, which are the cells that produce milk in the mammary gland,” Tao said.He added that newborn calves have lower growth during the summer and a potential solution is to increase the amount of milk replacer fed to provide more energy and nutrients for better growth. However, UGA research suggests that feeding calves a milk replacer that contains 26% protein and 17% fat at 2 pounds of solids at two feedings per day causes more metabolic diseases, such as abomasal bloating, and fails to improve growth.“Feeding large amounts of milk replacer during the summer, when fed twice per day, may not be a valid option to improve calf performance,” Tao said.Results of his research have the potential to yield real-world benefits for dairy farmers. Reduced milk production caused by heat stress in the U.S. leads to a $2 billion annual loss, Tao said.Dairy producers already use heat management strategies to help dairy cattle stay cool during the summer. Fans, misters and soakers are used to cool cattle at dairy operations across the Southeast, including the research farm Tao uses for his research at UGA-Tifton.“In our dairies here in the Southeast, for example, Florida and Georgia, we face the most severe heat stress issues, and that’s because we have longer summers and more humidity. That causes problems,” Tao said.last_img read more

Emergency Food

first_imgNews of the coronavirus has many people feeling uneasy and helpless. Building a supply of emergency food and water will help ease some of the stress and help Georgians prepare for any kind of emergency, be it a medical quarantine, a snowstorm or a major power outage, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension experts say.”Flash floods, tropical storms, blizzards, whatever the disaster — it pays to be prepared,” said UGA Extension food safety specialist Elizabeth Andress. “Every family should have at least a three-day emergency food supply to fall back on. If you are concerned about virus quarantine, you should plan on a two-week supply according to our public health agencies.”Natural disasters, or the slim chance your family is quarantined by the coronavirus, will prevent you from shopping for supplies.The size of your personal emergency food supply depends on the size of your family and home storage area. Select non-perishable foods that do not require refrigeration, little or no cooking, and little or no water for natural disasters. For quarantine, you can plan on having your utilities.”Chances are, if you’re in an emergency situation, you aren’t going to have the luxuries of electricity and running water,” Andress said.Include ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables. Select containers that can be used in one meal or snack, since you most likely won’t be able to refrigerate leftovers.Add canned juices, soups and canned or powdered milk. Include bottled water for drinking and extra water for mixing powdered milk and diluting the soups. Supply enough fluids (milk, juice, water, etc.) so each family member has at least one gallon per day.“A person who’s normally active needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day, but hot environments can double that amount,” she said.Include staple foods, like sugar, salt and pepper, too, and high energy foods like peanut butter, jelly, granola bars and trail mix.”Don’t forget to throw in some comfort foods like cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, and instant coffee and tea,” Andress said.When stocking your emergency supply, remember to include food items specifically for infants or elderly family members.Don’t forget to include a hand-operated can opener, scissors and a knife for opening foods in foil or plastic pouches. Add disposable plates, cups and utensils, too.Be sure to date items and make a list of dates when items need to be rotated out. Canned foods can last two years, but for best quality, use them within one year, Andress said.Powdered milk may be stored 12 to 24 months. Use most other foods within one year, or rotate them out. Over time, replace any rusty, leaky, dented or bulging food cans.Place your emergency supply items together in a box and store it in a cool, dry place. Dry supplies should be stored above floor level.If an emergency causes a power outage, Andress says to use any perishable items from your refrigerator first. Next, use foods from your freezer and then begin using your emergency supply.“Eat refrigerated foods like meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, cheeses, deli items and leftovers only if they have not been above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours,” she said. “Discard them if the power is off for more than four hours.”Condiments like jelly, ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise last a little longer, she said.“Eat frozen foods only if they have ice crystals remaining or if the temperature of the freezer has remained at 40 F or below,” Andress said. “Covering the freezer with blankets will help to hold in the cold. Be sure to pin blankets back so that the air vent is not covered.”For information from UGA Extension and UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences on how to compile short- and long-term emergency food supplies, go to https://t.uga.edu/3wB.last_img read more

Champlain Valley Urgent Care Announce the Opening of Their Second Location

first_imgDr. Timothy Fitzgerald and the staff of Champlain Valley Urgent Care announce the opening of their second location at 620 Hinesburg Road in South Burlington.Champlain Valley Urgent Care provides occupational medical services such as physicals, drug and alcohol testing, and work-related injury treatment to area businesses, as well as urgent care services to area residents and travelers.Champlain Valley Urgent Care is the areas only locally owned and operated Urgent Care/Occupational Health Clinic. Their services are offered 7 days a week at their Fayette Road location and will offer services Monday-Friday at their new Hinesburg Road office.last_img

Vermont Sees Mixed Results, Positive Indicators From DNC

first_imgVermont Sees Mixed Results, Positive Indicators From DNCMONTPELIER, Vt. – Unpredictable weather appears to have had a dampeningeffect on the expected surge of visitors from the Boston area to Vermontduring the Democratic National Convention (DNC), but state officials saythere are many positive indicators showing that the Vermont message was,andcontinues to be, well received.”Weather has clearly been a factor all summer, and has particularlyimpactedthose events and attractions that are weather dependent and we suspectthiswas true during the DNC as well,” said Vermont Tourism and MarketingCommissioner Bruce Hyde. Hyde said that the good news is that peopleappearto be responding to the state’s marketing efforts and that Vermont’soveralltourism economy continues to perform well in relation to many otherstates.Among the positive indicators, Hyde said that inquiries fromMassachusettsto the 1-800 VERMONT tourism line in the period preceding the DemocraticNational Convention were up more than 300% over the same period in 2003.Similarly, Hyde said page views on the Department’s VermontVacation.comwebsite in July were up 25% over July 2003. In the five days leading uptothe beginning of the DNC, the site’s page views were up 59% over thesameperiod a year ago and on July 24, the Saturday before the Conventionbegan,VermontVacation.com received more than 53,000 page views, up 142% overJuly24, 2003.”The results this summer have been very mixed with some businessesreportingabove average to very good summers, others saying they are downsignificantly, and others saying that they are flat compared with lastyear,” Hyde said. “On one end of the spectrum you have Vermont TeddyBearreporting record sales on a rainy Tuesday and on the other end of thescale,our state parks continue to suffer high numbers of cancellations despitegood advance bookings this spring.”Another indication of the mixed results is that traffic through thestate’sWelcome Centers was down slightly for the week of July 25 during theDNC,but remains ahead of 2003 by 6% for the year to date. Also, the AgencyofAdministration announced on Friday that the Rooms and Meals tax revenueinJuly (reflecting June collections) was 10.4% ahead of the same period in2003.”The good news in all this is that we continue to see several positiveindicators in Vermont’s tourism industry and if we can get somecooperativeweather for an extended period, I think the results could be impressiveandcould translate into a good close for the summer and a strong start tothefoliage season,” Hyde said.last_img read more

GMP reports increase in earnings

first_imgCOLCHESTER, Vt., Aug 3, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Green Mountain Power Corporation (NYSE: GMP) has announced consolidated earnings of $0.34 per share of common stock, diluted, for the second quarter of 2004, compared with $0.22 per share, diluted, for the same period in 2003. Earnings for the first six months of 2004 are $1.06 per share, diluted, compared with $1.01 per share, diluted, for the same period in 2003.”We are pleased with operating results during the first half of 2004, which show strong revenue growth from sales to all customer classes,” said Christopher L. Dutton, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We continue to expect earnings for the year to range between $2.05 and $2.15 per share.”The Vermont Public Service Board issued an order in December 2003 allowing the Company to carry over unused deferred revenue totaling approximately $3.0 million to 2004 and to recognize this revenue to achieve its allowed rate of return during 2004. During the second quarter of 2004, the Company’s earnings benefited by $0.09 per share as a result of recognizing deferred revenues, compared with an adverse impact of $0.03 per share during the same period of 2003 as a result of deferring revenue recognition. The Company expects to recognize all remaining deferred revenues, totaling $1.5 million, during the last half of 2004 to achieve its allowed rate of return. The Public Service Board’s December 2003 order also provided for a rate freeze for 2004, and retail rate increases of 1.9 percent (generating approximately $4 million in added annual revenues) in January 2005 and 0.9 percent (approximately $2 million in added revenues) in January 2006, upon the submission of supporting cost of service schedules.Retail operating revenues for the second quarter of 2004 increased by $2.0 million over the comparable 2003 period, reflecting higher sales of electricity to commercial and industrial customers, and a $1.0 million increase in the recognition of revenues deferred under the December 2003 regulatory order discussed above. A strengthening economy caused total retail megawatt hour sales of electricity to increase 2.0 percent in 2004, compared with the same period in 2003, reflecting increased sales to large commercial and industrial customers of 3.7 percent, and a 3.1 percent increase in sales to small commercial and industrial customers. Sales to residential customers declined by 1.7 percent compared with the second quarter of 2003, due primarily to milder spring temperatures during 2004, although for the first half of 2004, residential sales increased by nearly one percent.Wholesale revenues in the second quarter of 2004 decreased by $11.9 million compared with the second quarter of 2003, reflecting reduced sales of electricity to Morgan Stanley Capital Group, Inc., under a contract designed to manage price risks associated with changing fossil fuel prices. The Company does not expect the reduction in sales to Morgan Stanley to adversely affect the Company’s earnings in 2004 or future years.In the second quarter of 2004, power supply expenses decreased $12 million compared with the same quarter of 2003 primarily due to decreased wholesale sales of electricity. “Our customers continue to benefit from our power supply contracts that meet expected demand through 2006 and beyond,” said Mr. Dutton. “These extended contracts have permitted us to avoid much of the wholesale energy price spikes that have prevailed over the past two years and allowed us to keep rates down.”The Company’s second quarter customer satisfaction and opinion survey results reveal that customers rank Green Mountain Power first in terms of customer satisfaction among a number of well-known companies operating in Vermont. Over 80 percent of our customers, according to the survey, favor construction of the Northwest Reliability Project, a transmission project that will provide improved reliability to northwestern Vermont. The project is currently under review by the Vermont Public Service Board. “Our surveys indicate that we’re doing a better job at meeting our customers’ expectations these days, and nothing is more important to us,” said Mary Powell, Chief Operating Officer. “Approval of the Northwest Reliability Project is critical to maintaining reliability for our customers over the long-term. We are also increasing spending by $600,000 (to a total of $3.5 million) this year to trim trees to reduce outages and improve system reliability for customers in the short run.”last_img read more

700th captive insurer established in Vermont

first_imgVERMONT ECLIPSES 700 LICENSE MARK FOR CAPTIVESBrisk Pace Continues for 2004MONTPELIER – Helmerich & Payne Corporation has established Vermont’s 700thcaptive insurance company, according to the Vermont Department of Banking,Insurance and Health Care Administration (BISHCA).”The key factor in our selection of a captive domicile was the dedicationthe state had to the success of its captive industry,” said HansHelmerich, President, Helmerich & Payne, Inc., and White Eagle AssuranceCompany. “Progressive leadership and forward thinking regulation over manyyears has made Vermont a leading captive domicile, exemplifying theircommitment to excellence.”Vermont began licensing captive insurance companies in 1981. A testamentto the experience of Vermont’s captive officials is that during bothDeputy Commissioner Len Crouse and Director of Captive Insurance DerickWhite’s tenure Vermont has reached milestone licensed captives 300, 400,500, 600 and now 700.”I am proud of what we have accomplished and the quality of the companieswe have licensed in Vermont. We are continuing to experience strongactivity with new applications and I expect 2004 will be another solidyear,” said Crouse. Vermont began 2004 with 674 licenses having had arecord year of 77 new captives in 2003.”This benchmark gives Vermonters a strong sense of pride and achievementthat our commitment to this industry for over twenty years has been heardloud and clear,” said Governor Jim Douglas.”Rest assured that Vermont will continue to offer a stable regulatoryenvironment, governmental officials that are accessible, and world-classprofessional support services to the next 700 captives as well,” addedDouglas.For more information contact Dan Towle, Director of Financial Services at802-828-5232 or email dan@thinkvermont.com(link sends e-mail). Find our more about Vermont’s captive insurance industry on the web at:www.VermontCaptive.com(link is external).last_img read more