Today is estate agencies’ last chance to furlough staff before scheme winds down

first_imgHome » News » COVID-19 news » Today is estate agencies’ last chance to furlough staff before scheme winds down previous nextCOVID-19 newsToday is estate agencies’ last chance to furlough staff before scheme winds downThe complicated rules governing the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme mean companies need to start planning ahead carefully from today onwards.Nigel Lewis10th June 202002,623 Views Today is the last chance estate agency owners have to furlough retained staff before the scheme closes to new entrants on July 1st.Companies can furlough staff for a minimum period of three weeks and therefore today is their last chance to take advantage of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grant.From 1 July until the end of October, estate agencies can bring employees back to work part time that have previously been furloughed, while still being able to claim the grant, a move designed to incentivise companies to ease staff back into employment.From this point onward, estate agencies will only be able to add staff to the scheme if they have been furloughed for a full three week period before 30 June and will have to make any claims before 31st July.“What will make a difference is that employers now know they can bring people back part-time, so there’s some flexibility on how they use it,” Alison Loveday, partner at law firm Kennedys, told Personnel Today.“Employers know they can use the part-time option to get employees who may have been away for a while re-acquainted with work.”During June and July, HMRC will continue to pay 80% of remaining furloughed employees’ wages up to a cap of £2,500, as before.But from August, the government payments will be the same as before, but estate agencies must cover national insurance and pension contributions.From September, the 80% will drop to 70% and then to 60% in October, after which agencies will have to chip in 20% of a employees wages as well as paying NI and pension contributions.It is then expected that, assuming the economy is recovering adequately, the furlough scheme will end in October.Read the full government guidance.alison loveday Kennedy’s furlough Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme June 10, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

USA: Fleet Forces Commander Visits Northern Florida

first_img View post tag: visits View post tag: News by topic Training & Education View post tag: fleet Share this article October 22, 2012 View post tag: Commander View post tag: Florida View post tag: forces Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, visited Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay to meet with senior leaders during a series of leadership calls Oct. 16-18.During the visit, Adm. Bill Gortney presented his philosophies on leadership and took questions from base leaders. While the trip is similar to trips he will duplicate many times, for the fleet’s top admiral, a trip to Northeast Florida is always special.“It’s always great,” he said. “I grew up on the St. John’s River water skiing on Doctor’s Inlet, and it’s always nice to come back to Northern Florida. It’s home.”Growing up as the son of a Navy captain, he moved to Jacksonville, Fla., in 1970 when his father retired and took a job aboard NAS Cecil Field. That year was his sophomore year at Orange Park High School, where he would meet his future wife, Sherry.Gortney spent the next three years working summer jobs on board NAS Jacksonville. He spent a summer as a lifeguard at the base swimming pool. He spent another summer working as a carpenter’s assistant, helping build the Patriots Point base housing area behind the hospital.“This exchange and this commissary are not the same ones that I used to go to when I was growing up, but this is home for me,” Gortney said.Even though he grew up in a Navy family and spent so much time on base, Gortney said he could never see himself as a Sailor when he was younger.“I wanted no part of the Navy,” he said. “I felt that way because I moved around all my life as a Navy brat, but when I was about half way through college, I decided I didn’t want to be a lawyer. I was a history major, and I didn’t know what I would do with a history degree if I wasn’t going to law school.”At that point, Gortney said, something changed within him.“In our business, we have a lot of father-son or father-daughter relationships where you follow the path of your parents,” he said. “At a very early age, I wanted to fly, and I would wear my father’s flight gear like any other kid did, and I think that spark came back to me when I was in college.”Twenty-seven years later, Gortney would find himself back aboard NAS Jacksonville, not as a summer hire, but as a four-star admiral. While he said the landscape has changed dramatically since his high-school years, so has the Navy’s war fighting capabilities. Gortney specifically mentioned the arrival of the P-8A Poseidon aircraft and the opening of the new P-8A Integrated Training Center.“The good news is that we’re replacing the P-3s that were here when I was in high school with P-8s. I just had a chance to tour a P-8 and it was great, and I got to fly the simulator and it was a lot of fun,” he said. “The helicopters are also more advanced. We’ve gone from H-3s to H-60s, so we have much more capable helos out there on the seaboard.”According to Gortney, Jacksonville is the perfect location to base Poseidon aircraft, notjust geographically, but also because of the strong community support for the military.“Jacksonville is just a super Navy town. North Florida is very supportive of the Navy and has been for years,” he said. “It’s a great place to operate from, and it’s a great place to train from. The air station is a historical one, and it’s a real jewel. It has, for decades, provided terrific support forward. I wouldn’t want to fly P-8s anywhere else.”Despite all the things that have changed on and around NAS Jacksonville since Gortney’s lifeguarding days at the base pool, there is at least one thing that remains the same.“The one constant is the quality of the people – our Sailors, chief petty officers, officers and civilians that help make this place run. They’re just phenomenal, and they are the greatest strength that we have.”Although Gortney is now stationed in Norfolk, his father still has a place in Orange Park, FLa., where he spends the winters and Gortney still visits when he can. He said spending time in the Jacksonville area is something he will always look forward to.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, October 22, 2012; Image: US Navy USA: Fleet Forces Commander Visits Northern Florida View post tag: Northern View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Fleet Forces Commander Visits Northern Florida View post tag: Navylast_img read more

Students petition for removal of Rhodes statue, protest planned for Tuesday

first_imgIn the wake of protests following the killing of George Floyd and an upsurge of anti-racist movement across the UK and within Oxford, there have been renewed calls for Oriel College to remove the statue commemorating Cecil Rhodes that currently stands above the city’s high street. This comes after a statue of Bristol slave trader Edward Colston was toppled and thrown into a harbour during protests on Saturday. The day after, a banner stating “Rhodes, You’re Next” was put up on University Church, opposite Oriel College where the statue currently stands.  Rhodes was a student at Oriel in the 1870s, and left money to the college on his death in 1902. A prominent imperialist, Rhodes explicitly believed in the superiority of the Anglo-Saxon race and advocated vigorous settler colonialism. A scholarship programme in his name has been awarded to more than 8,000 overseas students.  A press release by RMF published on Monday stated that Oxford continues to “venerate its racist past” via the maintenance of “colonial iconography and a predominantly white curriculum”. The movement currently describes itself as one “determined to decolonise the space, the curriculum, and the institutional memory at, and to fight intersectional oppression within, Oxford”. As well as the removal of the statue, the movement’s current aims as detailed on their website are tackling broader colonial iconography, reforming the Eurocentric curriculum and addressing the underrepresentation and lack of welfare provision for Black and minority ethnic students and staff.  “As an academic institution we aim to fight prejudice and champion equal opportunities for everyone regardless of race, gender, sexuality or faith. We believe Black Lives Matter and support the right to peaceful protest. “Speaking out against injustice and discrimination is vital and we are committed to doing so. We will continue to examine our practices and strive to improve them to ensure that Oriel is open to students and staff of all backgrounds, and we are determined to build a more equal and inclusive community and society.” “The power of education is a catalyst for equality and inclusiveness. We understand that we are, and we want to be, a part of the public conversation about the relationship between the study of history, public commemoration, social justice, and educational equality. As a college, we continue to debate and discuss the issues raised by the presence on our site of examples of contested heritage relating to Cecil Rhodes. The Rhodes Must Fall in Oxford (RMF) campaign began in 2016, with university students calling for the statue to be removed, as well as for better representation of non-white culture in the curriculum and improved measures to combat racial discrimination. The campaign was ultimately unsuccessful, with the college deciding to maintain the statue after alumni threatened to withdraw millions if it was removed. At the time, Oriel stated that the figure is “a reminder of the complexity of history and of the legacies of colonialism”. Image credit to Wikimedia Commons. A petition calling for Oriel College to take down the statue currently has – at the time of this article’s publication – over 3,900 signatures. A protest is planned for Tuesday, organised by Rhodes Must Fall Oxford as well as Oxford student groups and Oxford community members. The Facebook event page states it will be peaceful and socially distanced.  Oriel College released a statement 9th June, saying: “Oriel College abhors racism and discrimination in all its forms. The Governing Body are deeply committed to equality within our community at Oriel, the University of Oxford and the wider world.last_img read more


first_imgEvent: Fun Shoot FundraiserDate : Saturday September 14, 2019Location: Evansville Gun Club5010 E 1150 S, Haubstadt, IN 47639Registration 10:45 <> Shoot starts at 11:00Proceeds to benefit City Council At-Large candidates Ron Beane, David Christmas, and Vanderburgh County Republican Party.   Date: July 22, 2019 State Sen. Jim Tomes to serve on study committees:(from 070919 Press release)State Sen. Jim Tomes will serve on the following study committees and commission during the summer and fall to help prepare lawmakers for the 2020 legislative session:· Interim Study Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources· Interim Study Committee on Corrections and Criminal Code· Indiana Veterans’ Affairs Commission.“Study committees provide lawmakers the opportunity to take a closer look at issues that are important to Hoosiers,” Tomes said. “I look forward to hearing testimony from stakeholders and experts in many different areas, including farmland preservation in Indiana as well as a multi-year review of current trends in criminal behavior, sentencing, incarceration and treatment.”When Indiana’s part-time legislature is not in session, lawmakers serve on interim study committees that meet to review the state’s top issues, as identified by the General Assembly during the prior legislative session. Study committee topics are assigned by the bipartisan Legislative Council, comprised of 16 voting members – eight from the Senate and eight from the House of Representatives.To view interim committee agendas and stream hearings online, visit To view a list of topics that will be examined, click here July 18 (6:00 pm)Crossroads with Christmas Kevin Harrison, Editor  Vanderburgh County Republican Party Reagan DayDate :  Thursday August 1, 2019Time:   Registration / Cash Bar  5:30 PM             Dinner 6:15 pmWhere: Evansville County Club3810 Stringtown Rd, Evansville July 22 – July 27VCRP 4-H Tent for more info. Thank you. scvasvasvasv  Putting a man on the moon should rank as the greatest feat in human history. No other nation has repeated what America accomplished 50 years ago.  The only foot prints you will find on the moon were made by Americans. August 1VCRP Reagan Day 2019 To RSVP contact Mary Jo Kaiser at :812-425-8207 or Email [email protected] or August 12 (10:30 am)Wendy Mac Golf Outing   Make sure you add [email protected] to your address book so we’ll be sure to land in your inbox! August 26 (11:00 am)Lt. Governor Crouch Golf Outing scvasvasvasv  Summer committee will look at infrastructure, traffic flow:(from 071219 News Update)The summer and fall months are excellent opportunities for Indiana lawmakers to study and examine important issues facing Hoosiers and our community.I was recently selected to serve as vice chair of the Interim Study Committee on Roads and Transportation, which examines issues impacting Indiana’s transportation infrastructure and recommends potential legislation. I was also appointed to serve on the National Conference of State Legislatures 2020 Legislative Summit Host Committee, which will prepare and plan for the national legislative summit taking place in Indiana in 2020.Hearings and meetings typically occur at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, and can be viewed online at Members of the public are welcomed to attend and testify. To learn more about what I will be examining in the coming months, click here.  Watch the original CBS News Live Coverage of the Landing on the Moon HERELearn more  about Apollo 11:Apollo 11 at 50: A Complete Guide to the Historic Moon LandingThe Eagle has landed’: Remembering the Apollo 11 moon mission  Holcomb announces re-election bid : Gov. Eric Holcomb kicked off his re-election campaign Saturday (July 13, 2019) with a rally at Knightstown’s Hoosier Gym.      Learn more  :  Gov. Holcomb announces reelection campaign      Let’s keep making Hoosier history for four more years Combined Cash-on-Hand of $7.23 Million Also Sets New Record:  Governor Eric Holcomb’s $6 Million Mid-Year Fundraising Record  Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch Makes Historic $1 Million Transfer to Governor Holcomb’s Campaign    VCRP Monthly Breakfast will be this Saturday, July 20, 2019.What: VCRP BreakfastDate: Saturday July 20, 2019Where: C.K. Newsome Center , Room 118A-B100 Walnut Street, Evansville, IN 477137:30 – Doors Open (Complimentary Continental Breakfast)8:00 – Program> Guest Speaker: State Senator Jim Tomes> Chairman Parke provides update on political happenings9:00- Adjourn Let us know if you plan on attending. Contact Mary Jo Kaiser at 812-425-8207 for [email protected] more information. Print Event Flyer Get RSVP Form  For more information visitCity Council Stay in touch with GOP members of Congress representing our area at these links:United States Senator Mike BraunUnited States Senator Todd YoungCongressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (Indiana 8th District)   $50 per person <> $75 per couple Italian Cuisine, Drinks, Desert & Cash Bar Event: Crossroads with Christmas Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019Time: Doors open 6:00pm / Dinner 6:30pmLocation: Sweetwater Event Center8335 Eagle Lake Dr., EvansvilleGuest Speaker: State Senator Jim Tomes If you would like to help at the VCRP 4-H Tent contact :Mary Jo Kaiser at 812-425-8207, email [email protected]  Show your support for Republican candidates next week while attending the Vanderburgh County 4-H Fair and visit the VCRP Tent. The VCRP Tent is located near the 4-H Industrial Building (building #9). The 4-H Fair will run July 22 – July 27, and the VCRP Tent will be open 4:00PM – 9:00PM daily. We will be distributing candidate information, passing out balloons to children, and promoting voter registration.  County Council Meeting-   Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019  Veterans Seminar & Resource Fair – Tuesday, August 27, 2019Hosted by 8th District Congressman Larry BucshonEvent: Veterans Seminar Resource FairDate: Tuesday, August 27, 2019Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm EST   Location: Vincennes University –  Green Activities Center120 W Harrison St., Vincennes,  IN. 47591              Time: 5:30 PM scvasvasvasv  County Commission Meeting-   Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2019  For more information visit County Commissioners   VCRP Central Committee Meeting – Wednesday, July 24, 2019Time: 11:30 AMLocation: GOP Headquarters815 John Street, Evansville Meetings are open to all Vanderburgh County Precinct Committeemen Central Committee:Wayne Parke, ChairmanMary Jo Kaiser, Political DirectorDottie Thomas, Vice ChairmanLon Walters, Secretary Location: Room 301, Civic Center Complex                1 NW Martin Luther King Blvd, Evansville July 23 (3:00 pm)County Commission Meeting    Time: 3:30 PM  Save the Date:  For more information visit Christmas Fundraiser this Thursday, July 18, 2019center_img Farley Smith, Treasurer July 18 (7:45 am)Coffee with the Governor    Time: 5:30 PM  City Council Meeting-   Date: Monday, July 22, 2019   Sponsorships:  * Gold $500*Silver $250*Bronze $150 See Event Flyer for Details Location: Room 301, Civic Center Complex                1 NW Martin Luther King Blvd, Evansville  Print Event Flyer HERE. July 22 (5:30 pm)EVSC Board of Trustees Meeting County Council GOP ELEPHANT Stay in touch with GOP state legislators representing our area by clicking the links below.  Americans walked on the moon 50 years ago this Saturday –Fifty years ago today, July 16, 1969, American astronauts Neil Armstrong,  Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, and Michael Collins embarked on the Apollo 11 space mission to place a man on the moon.  Four days later , July 20, 1969,  Armstrong relayed to mission control:“Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed” .  Review Event Agenda HERE Braun announces bipartisan “Build America, Buy America” Act :(from 070919 Press Release)U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Mike Braun (R-IN), Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (D-OH) today announced they will be introducing legislation this week to apply Buy America rules to all taxpayer-funded infrastructure and public works projects. Currently, Buy America rules have not been fully implemented with respect to all federal programs that provide grants for the construction of infrastructure. This means American-made iron, steel and manufactured products are required for some infrastructure projects, but not all. When Chinese- or Russian- made steel and other products are used instead of American products, it steals jobs from U.S. workers.The Senators’ bipartisan bill, the Build America, Buy America Act, would implement Buy America rules across the board – ensuring that American taxpayer dollars are used to buy American-made iron, steel and manufactured products for any federally funded infrastructure projects.“In Indiana, Made-in-America is more than a slogan: More Hoosiers are employed in manufacturing than in any other industry,” said Braun. “U.S. infrastructure projects ought to support workers and create jobs in South Bend and Gary, not in Shenzhen and Guangzhou.”Read more..  Across the country and around the world people stopped to watch in awe as Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot onto another planetary body on July 20, 1969.  Upon placing his feet on the lunar surface, Armstrong radioed back to Earth, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” September 14Fun Shoot Fundraiser Coffee with the Governor- Evansville: Thursday, July 18 2019 Location: Room 301, Civic Center Complex                1 NW Martin Luther King Blvd, Evansville or (812) 425-8207. After an incredible event at the historic Hoosier Gym in Knightsville that saw Hoosiers from all 92 counties in attendance and kicked-off this campaign for another four more years of growing Indiana, Gov. Holcomb is hitting the road – and he wants to see you!Join Governor Holcomb for Coffee in Vanderburgh County    When: Thursday, July 18th from 7:45am to 8:45am CT    Where: The Pie Pan (905 N. Park Dr. Evansville, Indiana 47710)     Please RSVP by July 17th at 5pmRSVP to see Governor Holcomb in Evansville HERE Watch for more information.   Mark Your calendar                CLICK on event for more information September 27Mayor Winnecke Golf Outing July 22 (5:30 pm)City Council Meeting EVSC Board of School Trustees Meeting- Mail RSVP To: Vanderburgh Country Republican Party                815 John Street, Suite 110                Evansville, IN, 47713Make Checks Payable to: Vanderburgh County Republican Party    Time: 3:00 PM VCRP 4-H Fair Tent:Monday July 22 – Saturday July 27, 2019 *Paid for by Committee to Elect David Christmas                                                        Visit July 20 (7:30 am)VCRP Monthly Breakfast View bills from the 2019 legislative session that Governor Eric Holcomb has signed into law.  click here July 31 (3:30 pm)County Council Meeting State Senator Jim Tomes, District 49 State Senator Vaneta Becker, District 50 State Representative Matt Hostettler, District 64State Representative Wendy McNamara, District 76State Representative Holli Sullivan, District 78             If you have any questions, contact Mary Jo Kaiser, VCRP Political Director, at [email protected]  Visit the Vanderburgh GOP EVENTSpage for daily updates.  Location: Board Room, EVSC Administration Building                  951 Walnut St., Evansville News and Upcoming Events for July 16, 2019 Paid for by the Vanderburgh County Republican Party, Farley Smith, Treasurer FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Big job losses at two Leicestershire bakery firms

first_imgBreaking news – Leicestershire bakery Coombs Hampshires has gone under, with the loss of 120 jobs. The firm has reportedly closed all its 18 shops, and its Rushey Mead factory.Meanwhile South Wigston based pie and pizza manufacturer RF Brookes has announced it is to shed 200 jobs, following the loss of contract with Marks & Spencer. The contract is to move to Melton Mowbray-based firm Samworth Brothers.Full story to appear soon.last_img

To protect, serve, mourn

first_imgMore than 40 Harvard police officers stood outside Harvard Stadium Wednesday morning, but no emergency had called them to the scene.Instead they had gathered, off-duty, to honor one of their own, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police officer Sean Collier, the 27-year-old killed in the line of duty last Thursday in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.“Emotions are running pretty high around here,” said Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) Chief Francis “Bud” Riley, as the group prepared to board two shuttle buses headed to Collier’s memorial at MIT’s Briggs Field.Though Harvard and MIT are sometimes cast as rivals in everything from prank wars to academic standing, it is a friendly relationship. And the two universities’ police forces are especially close. HUPD often does in-service training with the Cambridge and MIT police, Riley said. Although most Harvard officers had not known Collier, who had patrolled MIT for only 15 months, his memorial drew nearly the entire Harvard force that wasn’t on duty.HUPD joined thousands of law enforcement officials from around the country — and an equally large crowd of civilians — to pay tribute to Collier at a noon service. The MIT event attracted other college heads, including Harvard President Drew Faust, and politicians both local (Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick) and more national (Vice President Joseph Biden and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who each addressed the audience).“The MIT community is like family to Harvard, and I wanted to honor Officer Collier and his service to the students, faculty and staff of our neighboring institution,” said Faust.MIT President L. Rafael Reif (center, from left), Vice President Joseph Biden, and singer James Taylor gathered onstage at MIT’s Briggs Field to pay tribute to Sean Collier.The day’s program — which included performances by singer/songwriter James Taylor, the MIT Symphony Orchestra, and Massachusetts State Police bagpipers and drummers — highlighted Collier’s contributions to the MIT community, and the unusual role that university police officers can play in campus life.“Officer Collier did not just have a job at MIT. He had a life at MIT,” said MIT President L. Rafael Reif. “He had a deep, broad, beautiful sense of what his duty involved.”Various speakers, including Collier’s brother, Andrew, recalled examples of Collier’s unusually personal commitment to the community he had vowed to protect: stopping into a robotics lab late at night to ask a grad student about his research, volunteering with an organization that served Cambridge’s homeless, even taking ballroom dancing lessons and going on hikes with student groups.For all the law enforcement officers gathered on the field, whether they hailed from Canada, Florida, or just down Massachusetts Avenue, Collier’s service to MIT “left us a lesson,” said John DiFava, MIT’s chief of police. “Every time you put on the uniform, do it right.”last_img read more

Measuring the mass of ‘massless’ electrons

first_imgIndividual electrons in graphene are massless, but when they move together, it’s a different story.Graphene, a one-atom-thick carbon sheet, has taken the world of physics by storm—in part, because its electrons behave as massless particles. Yet these electrons seem to have dual personalities. Phenomena observed in the field of graphene plasmonics suggest that when the electrons move collectively, they must exhibit mass.After two years of effort, researchers led by Donhee Ham, Gordon McKay Professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and his student Hosang Yoon, Ph.D.’14, have successfully measured the collective mass of ‘massless’ electrons in motion in graphene.By shedding light on the fundamental kinetic properties of electrons in graphene, this research may also provide a basis for the creation of miniaturized circuits with tiny, graphene-based components.The results of Ham and Yoon’s complex measurements, performed in collaboration with other experts at Columbia University and the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan, have been published online in Nature Nanotechnology. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Report: Israeli settler population surged during Trump era

first_imgJERUSALEM (AP) — A pro-settler group says Israel’s West Bank settler population has grown at a far higher rate than the country as a whole over the last four years. That period coincides with the Trump administration’s unprecedented acceptance of settlement activity. The report by West Bank Jewish Population Stats shows the settler population growing by around 13% since the start of 2017 to reach 475,481. During the same period, Israel’s population grew by around 8% to nearly 9.3 million. The Palestinians and much of the international community view the settlements as illegal and an obstacle to peace. At least 220,000 settlers live in annexed east Jerusalem, which wasn’t included in the report.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Watch Josh Groban Sing With Lena Hall & More

first_img View Comments Star Files Josh Groban Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Watch Josh Groban Sing ‘All I Ask of You’ With Lena HallJosh Groban is busy promoting his new album of musical theater covers, Stages, and at a recent event he teamed up with Tony winner Lena Hall to sing “All I Ask of You” live. As previously reported, Kelly Clarkson duets with him on the Phantom track on the record. Stages also includes tunes from Chess, Sunday in the Park with George and Les Miserables, and a special Carousel duet with Audra McDonald. Check out Groban and Hall’s performance below. Seriously, Mr. Groban—it’s about time for you to make your Broadway debut! Helen Mirren, Zachary Quinto & More Team UpSix-time Tony-winning theater designer Bob Crowley will be honored at the New York Theatre Workshop’s 2015 Spring Gala on May 11 at the Edison Ballroom. The evening will feature special tributes from The Audience Tony nominee Helen Mirren, Zachary Quinto, It’s Only a Play’s Stockard Channing and more, as well as a dance number performed by An American In Paris Tony nominees Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope. Crowley has been nominated for a total of four creative Tony Awards this year, for his work on Skylight, An American in Paris and The Audience.Tony Nominee Patricia Clarkson’s Busy Summer2015 Tony nominee Patricia Clarkson’s new film Learning to Drive will be released on August 21. She stars opposite Oscar winner Ben Kingsley in the coming of (middle) age comedy and you can check out the trailer here. That’s not all she’s got in the calendar! Clarkson will soon begin performances in the West End transfer of the Bradley Cooper-led The Elephant Man and then there’s a certain ceremony on June 7 she’ll want to attend…last_img read more

Veggie support

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaThose tiny vegetable transplants and seeds you planted early this spring are growing fast. Soon they’ll be burdened with a bounty of fresh produce. Don’t jeopardize the fruits of your garden labor now, says a University of Georgia specialist. Trellis those vegetables before it’s too late.”Trellising is one chore that should be accomplished fairly soon after the plants are established,” said Terry Kelley, a UGA Cooperative Extension vegetable horticulturist.But even if you forgot or didn’t know to do it, you can still give your vegetable plants the support they deserve, he said.”Trellising gets the plant and fruit up off the ground. This makes for better quality fruit and less disease,” he said. “It also helps maintain order in the garden and makes harvesting easier.”Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and eggplants are vegetables commonly trellised, he said. But almost any plant can use a little help supporting itself or its fruit.For tomatoes, some people simply put cages over the plants to support them as they grow, he said. Another method is to drive a 1-inch-square, 4-foot stake into the ground by each plant and tie the plant to the stake.If you have a long row of tomatoes, he said, set a large post at each end of the row and again about every 20 feet within it. Attach a wire across the top of the posts and about 4 inches above the ground. Use twine to tie each plant to the wires for support.Peppers can be staked like tomatoes, he said. Place similar 1-inch-square stakes about every fourth plant with twine running from stake to stake. Start the first twine 4 inches above the ground.As the peppers grow, put another string about every 4 inches above the last one. Start with the first stake and go on one side of the plants. Then go around the next stake and so on. When you get to the last stake, come back down the other side of the plants to box the plants in and keep them from falling over.To support cucumbers, use 4-foot fencing wire and some posts to build a temporary fence beside the cucumber row. Then just train the vines up on the fence as they grow.”You’ll find and pick your cukes easier,” he said.Eggplant can be staked, too. Place either tomato stakes or rebar next to each eggplant. Then secure it to the stake. Be careful not to cut into plants as you tie them with twine. But keep the twine tight enough to support the plants.While you’re at it, “don’t forget to scout for insects and disease problems,” Kelley said. “And keep weeds in check, and water as needed.”last_img read more