Relax, the Frozen musical isn’t being fast-tracked and Idina Menzel is not leaving If/Then to don that crazy ice gown and belt a chart-topping pop ballad eight times a week. Well, at least not yet. Menzel, who is now a Variety cover girl, was recently honored at the magazine’s Power of Women luncheon, and while there, Cosmopolitan asked if the Tony winner and billboard chart topper would want to play Elsa on Broadway? Her answer? “Yes! Sure! Absolutely!” Right answer, Menzel! Broadway.com reported in January that Disney Theatrical Productions have confirmed that the Oscar-winning blockbuster Frozen is in early development for a Broadway adaptation. Who knows when Elsa’s snow magic will flurry through the air onto the Great White Way, but we seriously can’t wait! Now, if Menzel’s on board, how about other stage faves and Frozen co-stars Santino Fontana, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad? View Comments Idina Menzel “It is a huge compliment,” Menzel says of the buzz surrounded by the film, including the near impossibility of finding that damn Elsa dress in stores. “It was such a dream of mine to be in the Disney family and become an animated queen.” Star Files
By Laura D.C. KolnoskiFORT MONMOUTH – Interest from two foreign entities has prompted the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) to pursue inclusion in the “EB-5 Program” sponsored by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).Known as EB-5 for the employment-based fifth preference visa granted participants, the federally-administered program makes entrepreneurs, their spouses, and unmarried children under 21 eligible to apply for a green card if they make the necessary investment in a commercial enterprise in the United States, and create or preserve permanent full-time jobs for U.S. workers.The program was enacted by Congress in 1990 to stimulate the economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors. Visas are also set aside for investors in Regional Centers promoting economic growth designated by USCIS. Hoping to make the fort a Regional Center, FMERA Executive Director Bruce Steadman announced on January 20 that Cushman & Wakefield, the fort’s master real estate broker, will create a marketing campaign to attract foreign business investment. He said, “Two groups have been entertained at the fort and we think it’s viable.” As per FMERA policy, officials declined to release details about the potential investors.“Cushman & Wakefield have contacts at the Regional Centers and work with international companies,” said Candace Valenti, FMERA senior planning officer. “Phone calls and emails have already begun. We will begin direct marketing to them to gauge interest.”“It looks like a great program,” said Oceanport Councilman John Patti, who sat in for Mayor John “Jay” Coffey at the January 20 FMERA meeting. “It’s a strong program and right up our alley.” All EB-5 businesses must invest in a new commercial enterprise defined as, “any for-profit activity formed for the ongoing conduct of lawful business including, but not limited to a sole proprietorship, limited or general partnership, a holding company, joint venture, corporation, business trust or other entity, which may be publicly or privately owned.”Requirements include creating or preserving at least ten full-time jobs for qualifying U.S. workers within two years (or under certain circumstances, within a reasonable time after the two-year period), of the immigrant investor’s admission to the United States as a Conditional Permanent Resident. As of January 4, USCIS approved 716 Regional Centers nationwide. There are 64 designated centers in New Jersey listed on the program’s website: uscis.gov.In other fort news: FMERA officials are projecting May as the latest anticipated date for formal transfer of Fort Monmouth to the state from the U.S. Army. Outstanding environmental issues must be addressed in the Finding of Suitability to Transfer, or “FOST.” The Army is legally required to mitigate any lingering environmental issues at the fort in perpetuity.“The FOST needs to be finalized, leading to the last thing, the Memorandum of Agreement,” Steadman said. “The MOA opens the door to a closing. We are very close to a final draft on the MOA; everything is right there at the doorstep. If that passes the (FMERA) board in February, it will be a couple of months to a closing. Hopefully that happens the first of May.” Last month, Steadman stated, “the complexity of environmental concerns is the biggest reason for the delay” in the transfer process. During his January 20 report, FMERA member Kenneth Kloo, director of the Division of Remediation Management for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), said the remediation of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons is necessary throughout the fort and currently “under discussion” with Army representatives.“Polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons are benzene rings common in the environment and found all over the world where there is combustion,” Kloo said. “The Army is anxious to address everything involved in moving the conveyance forward and doing everything they must do under federal law. The Army is motivated because they want to expedite the sale. They don’t want to have to come back to address that. But like anyone else, they only want to spend what they are required to spend.” Kloo, chairman of FMERA’s Environmental Staff Advisory Committee, stated in December that other remaining unresolved environmental issues include federal versus state remediation responsibilities, asbestos in some buildings, and timelines for addressing existing landfills.The McAfee Center, located on 7.25 acres in Oceanport, is being offered for sublease after no bids were received to a Request for Proposals due January 8. The authority is now seeking proposals to sublease one floor, two floors, or the entire two-story 89,492 square-foot building, built in 1997, that served as an Army research and development facility. Offers must include plans to use the property for scientific, engineering, and/or information technology-related purposes. Proposals are due February 5.
A month and a half after final submissions were tendered in the whereabouts rule violation hearing of West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell, there is still no word as to when a decision will be made in his case. The final hearing in the case took place at the Jamaica Conference Centre on November 17, and Hugh Faulkner, chairman of the three-man independent anti-doping disciplinary panel which presided over the hearing and also included Dr Majorie Vassell and Dixeth Palmer, told the gathering at that point that a decision should be reached in two to three weeks’ time. However, nearly two months later, Russell, who is currently playing in the Australia Big Bash Twenty20 league, is still no closer to knowing his fate. When The Gleaner contacted Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) Executive Director Carey Brown, he could shed no further light on the situation. “Please be advised that final submissions were made on November 17, 2016. The commission awaits the ruling of the independent anti-doping disciplinary panel,” read the response, which was sent through JADCO’s Director of Communications and Education Vanessa Reid-Ledford. The Gleaner also tried to contact the tribunal’s chairman, Faulkner, but calls to his phone went unanswered. Russell is accused of missing three doping tests between January and July 2015. If found guilty, the cricketer could be suspended for up to two years under the World Anti-Doping Agency code, as three missed tests a year amounts to a failed dope test. The case commenced on September 19, but overran its course due to unforeseen delays. However, both parties were able to sufficiently submit their cases over the five-day hearing.
This recipe for beef stroganoff comes from Sunset Cook Book of Favorite Recipes, 1969.2 1/2 lbs round steak, cut in strips 1/2 inch thick1/4 cup salad oilSalt, recipe called for 1 tablespoon 1/2 teaspoon pepper1/4 cup dry red wine1 cup small whole onions, peeled, or 1 large onion, sliced2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms1/4 cup tomato paste 3 tablespoons flour1 can (10 1/2 oz) beef broth1 bay leaf, crumbled1 clove garlic, mashed or minced1/2 cup sour creamHot …
The loss of Humboldt State football will be felt in more ways than one for the Lumberjacks and the local community.It’s a decision that transcends sports, one that isn’t quantifiable in mere numbers and power point presentations, and one that will have an effect on the future of all sports at Humboldt State.The announcement was made on Tuesday afternoon, bringing some finality to a cloud of controversy that has hovered precariously over the team, its players, boosters, and indeed the HSU …
22 October 2007South African petrochemical company Sasol has placed an order with a Japanese manufacturer for a new reactor, which will be used to increase the volume of synthetic fuels manufactured at its plant in Secunda in the Mpumalanga province.In a statement last week, Sasol said the order to construct a Sasol Advanced Synthol reactor, placed with the Hitachi Zosen Mechanical Corporation, will enable the company to increase capacity at its Secunda plant from the current level of 150 000 barrels per day by 20% to 180 000 barrels per day by 2015.The company advanced Synthol reactors use either gas or coal as feedstock to produce synthesis gas, which is converted into a large range of valuable liquid fuels and chemical products.“Sasol supplies about 35% of South Africa’s liquid fuel needs,” Sasol executive director Benny Mokaba said. “The Secunda expansion project will help us meet major growth opportunities in both our domestic and international markets.”The company has long expressed its plans to expand production of synthetic fuels at its Secunda facility, to take advantaged of the increased demand in petroleum products that has accompanied a prolonged economic boom in the country.In addition, the South African government decided against imposing windfall taxes on synthetic fuel producers in August, opting instead to call for increased investment in expanding production capacity.As such, the company has since entered into partnership with the government to conduct a pre-feasibility study into a green-fields coal-to-liquid facility. Known as Project Mafutha, the study is expected to be complete during 2008.The Sasol Advanced Synthol reactors are designed to convert coal and natural gas into high-quality synthetic transportation fuels such as petrol, diesel and jet fuel, as well as a range of chemicals.“We have constructed seven similar reactors for Sasol since 1998, and, as one of the leading reactor fabricators in the world, will continuously strive to supply high quality and effective equipment that enhances the development of clean and environmentally friendly new energy resources,” said Hitachi Zosen Mechanical Corporation president Hisao Matsuwake.The reactor will be about 12 stories (38 metres) tall, eight meters in diameter and will weigh about 867 tons. The company currently uses nine such reactors at its Secunda plant.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Ever used a focus chart? Learn more about this important filmmaking tool and discover how it can help your next production.Top image via Hurlbut VisualsThe very first thing you need to do before you ever roll on a single camera is obtain critical focus. By making absolutely sure you have critical focus, you’re ensuring that your final product is of professional quality. Most cameras have a magnify feature option that allows you to crop in closely to a subject and set your focus.Basic Filmmaker has a great four-part series on how to get the critical focus you need. Here’s the first part.There are several tools you can use while on location or on set that will help you capture critical focus. One such tool is a focus chart.What Is a Focus Chart?Basically, a focus chart acts like a target. It gives you multiple areas to zoom in on in order to get the focus you need. You will usually see a focus chart utilized in a controlled studio environment, but it isn’t always necessary. Focus charts are typically used when working with shallower depths of field. It’s common to see focus charts used on a product or low-light shoot.Focus charts can also be used for calibrating lenses and testing your camera’s autofocus. Using a focus chart, you can quickly determine if your lens or your camera is causing chromatic distortions.Image via Distant BlueWhere Can You Get Your Hands on One?When you first do a search for focus charts, you’ll find that they aren’t cheap. The less-expensive ones are around $100, while some can get as high as $1500 or more. If you’re on a budget, you can download Distant Blue’s Focus Chart App. It’s free and essentially turns your smart phone or tablet into a focus chart.If you would rather have a printed version of the focus chart, but don’t have the money to purchase one, then you can make one in Illustrator. Join Adobe evangelist Colin Smith in this great video tutorial as he breaks down the process.Video via VideoRevealedDo you use a focus chart for your productions? How do you capture critical focus? Share your techniques in the comments below.
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Related LinksBoys NYC final By BEN HARRISNew South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges (NSWCCC) took out the 18’s Boys division of the X-Blades National Youth Championships, but they had to work hard for it.NSWCCC, the runners-up in the last two championships, played their archrivals Queensland Secondary Schools Touch in the final.In 2010 and 2011 QSST had been the champions but this year it was NSWCCC who took the honours with a 9-8 victory.NSWCCC scored in the final stages but QSST had a chance to level the scores right on full-time but they could not convert.NSWCCC co-captain Dominic Field was a relieved player at full-time.“Going into it we were pretty nervous because QSST have knocked off some big teams coming into this grand final. “Even at half-time we were five-all and I was still nervous because we were like that last year and we went down by six.“It’s good that we finally came on top.“I’ve been in this team for three years and we have been beaten twice quite convincingly, so I’m cheering now.”QSST galloped out to a 3-0 lead in the first half but NSWCCC fought back to level the scores up at half-time.NSWCCC hit the lead for the first time in the match late in the second half when Player of the Final Matthew Arnold scored.Field soon made it 9-7 with his late touchdown.QSST scored with 90 seconds remaining and nearly stole the game on the stroke of full-time.NSWCCC’s Jed Ibbotson was named Player of the Series.In the Community Final, Central Queensland Bulls defeated South Queensland Sharks 8-5.In the Developing State Final, Western Tigers defeated Northern Territory 10-7.The overall champions of the X-Blades National Youth Championships were QSST.For more information on the X-Blades National Youth Championships, visit these websites: National Youth Championships – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auTouch Football Australia’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausFacebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Daniel Amartey delighted with new Leicester dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDaniel Amartey has signed a new deal with Leicester City.The Ghanaian, 23, has agreed terms on a three-and-a-half-year contract as he continues his recovery from an ankle condition sustained in October’s 1-1 draw with West Ham United.“I am very happy to sign this contract at Leicester City,” he told LCFC TV, speaking at the Club’s Belvoir Drive training ground this week.“I’m an easy guy, I work hard, I focus and by God’s grace, my recovery is getting better. I was playing well and then I got this injury, but I have to be strong when I come back.“Personally, I am happy because last season I didn’t get much playing time and this season the manager gave me the chance so, for me, I was very happy.”