Ocean City Theatre Company Benefit a Spook-tacular Success

first_img(From left) George and Rose Savastano, Michele and Jay Gillian About 120 people donned their most creative Halloween costumes and kicked up their heels Friday night at the Ocean City Theatre Company’s 4th Annual Halloween Party fundraiser. “It has gotten bigger each year,” said Theatre Company Production Manager Laura Bretherick, attired as the famous Warner Brothers cartoon, the Roadrunner. A cartoon word bubble stating “Beep Beep” was suspended over her head. “This event has become our main fall fundraiser,” she said. “The locals turn out to support us and they have a good time. They are helping us to keep our programming going,” she said. Early bird tickets to the event went for $65 per person. The price went up to $75 closer to the event. In addition to music and dancing, participants enjoyed a full course dinner, desserts and an open bar. A DJ spun Halloween-themed classic rock. The event ran from 7 to 11 p.m. Other members of the OCTC kept the Saturday morning cartoon theme going with Jim and Janice Hartman, the Technical Director and Business Manager, respectively, dressed as Fred and Wilma Flintstone. Production Director Mike Hartman and Music Director Jon Kreamer portrayed Sesame Street’s cartoon pals Bert and Ernie. Mayor Jay Gillian and wife Michele were dressed as the Scarecrow and Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, arriving with George and Rose Savastano as the Tin Woodsman and Cowardly Lion. Councilwoman Karen Bergman was among the early arrivals, as was Councilman Bobby Barr and Michelle Eggleston as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. “This is what Ocean City is all about said Barr. “The community coming together to help the Theatre Company do its thing. They do a tremendous job for the kids and adult around town and I’m proud to be here to do everything I can to help support their efforts.”Many attendees made grand entrances. One of the more creative “group costumes” was a gang of approximately 25 people, including Councilman Mike DeVlieger portraying Ocean City’s new Roller Coaster. When all was said and done, the attendees all had a great time and supported one of Ocean City’s many treasures of the arts, its Theatre Company.last_img read more

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Eddie Vedder & Judd Apatow Hilariously Honor Garry Shandling At Bonnaroo 2016 [Pro-Shot]

first_imgToday, Billboard debuted a new video featuring Eddie Vedder and one of the most prolific comedic film producers of this century, Judd Apatow, onstage together at Bonnaroo 2016, which Pearl Jam headlined. The clip is part of a promo push for Apatow’s new two-part HBO documentary, The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling. The two-part project takes a deep dive into the life of his late mentor and comedy legend Garry Shandling with help from various famous friends and family members.During Judd’s scheduled “Judd Apatow & Friends” set at the festival’s Comedy Theater, Apatow explained, “I’m gonna bring out a friend and we’re gonna sing a song together in honor of my friend, Garry Shandling,” before Vedder strolled onstage to a chorus of cheers.As Eddie Vedder got set up with his music stand and acoustic guitar, Apatow explained, “Garry Shandling was my mentor. He gave me my first job. I wrote for the Grammys for Garry. And then I wrote for The Larry Sanders Show for Garry. … When he passed away we found these big stacks of diaries and journals, some of them very personal and some of them just filled with jokes. And when I was asked to do Bonnaroo, I said [to Eddie Vedder] ‘would you want to do this show?’ And Eddie said yes. And then the other day I said ‘what do you want to do?’ And he said ‘I was thinking about taking all of Garry Shandling’s writings and turning them into a song.’”Continues Apatow, “So then Eddie sent me a video of the song, and it was amazing. It’s a combination of his journals and jokes. And today I said ok let’s listen to the song, and he no you’re singing it with me…which is kind of not what anybody wants, not me or you [laughs]. But there is something nice about sharing our love for Garry…so I’m gonna sing this with Mr. Vedder.”The two go on to perform the song together, with Vedder handling the “very personal” writings, and Apatow peppering in the aforementioned stacks of jokes (like “My friends tell me I have an intimacy problem, but they don’t really know me” or “I shave one leg so it feels like I’m sleeping with a woman”). The result is a thoroughly enjoyable performance that’s at once hilarious and sincerely heartfelt by a couple masters in those respective specialties. You can watch the video below, courtesy of Billboard:Judd Apatow and Eddie Vedder In Concert – “Dear Mind” – From The Journals of Garry Shandling – Bonnaroo Comedy Theater – 6/11/16<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>[Video: Billboard]The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling is on HBO now.[H/T Billboard]last_img read more

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Phil Lesh Announces 79th Birthday Shows At The Capitol Theatre

first_imgToday, Phil Lesh has announced his 5th-annual birthday bash at his east coast home-away-from-home, The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. The three-night celebration is set to take place on March 14th, 15th, and 16h, 2019.Phil’s band lineups for the birthday shows, billed as Phil Lesh & Friends, have yet to be announced. However, an announcement from The Cap notes that Phil will be playing with “a fresh lineup of old friends and first-time collaborators.”Related: Celebrate Phil Lesh’s 78th Birthday With These Standout Performances From The Capitol TheatrePhil has played plenty of memorable shows at The Cap over the years—first as a member of the Grateful Dead and later with various Phil & Friends lineups since the venue was reopened in 2012. He was even presented with a key to the city of Port Chester in 2017. We can’t wait to get back to The Capitol Theatre with Phil in March and continue the tradition!For ticketing information, head here.last_img read more

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Data Protection Evolution in the Coming Decade – Part 4

first_imgIn part 3 of this blog series we discussed our vision for future data protection.It will be a multi-year effort to fully realize, but our early efforts in this journey are already starting to bear fruit. Recently we released support for the protection of Kubernetes containers on VMware – a first-to-market data protection solution that will enable our customers to accelerate innovation and increase their agility across multi-cloud environments by leveraging containers for application deployments while ensuring the protection of critical data wherever containers are deployed.Going forward, our customers can expect to see a steady stream of new data protection capabilities being released on a quarterly basis as we continue to prime the pump of our agile software development engine. As we build for the future, it is important to point out that our industry leading data protection solutions continue to simplify the protection and security of critical workloads and data across private, public and hybrid cloud environments, while dramatically lowering the cost of protection in the cloud.Consider the four key capabilities that Dell EMC Data Protection solutions deliver to our customers today:1) Dell EMC Data Protection is native to the cloudIndustry-leading Dell EMC cloud data protection solutions are used by over 1,000 customers to protect over 2.7 Exabytes in the public cloud. The seamless integration with the cloud ecosystem and marketplace enables users to simply and rapidly install solutions such as PowerProtect DD Virtual Edition to efficiently  protect applications and data in the public cloud while significantly reducing costs.Additionally, born-in-the-cloud workloads leveraging public cloud snapshots can be seamlessly protected using PowerProtect Cloud Snapshot Manager,  a Dell EMC SaaS offering that automatically discovers, assigns policies and protects public cloud workloads and data across multiple clouds.And in a recent first-to-market solution, Dell Technologies delivers data protection support for Kubernetes containers through PowerProtect Data Manager. This gives organizations the ability to deploy workloads on containers across any cloud – private, public or hybrid – and ensure the rapid protection and recovery of the mission-critical data running on containers in edge, core and multi-cloud environments.2) Dell Technologies is the only vendor with a full spectrum of data protection solutionsSupporting full business service protection from edge to core to cloud, requires solutions that entail backup and recovery as well as disaster recovery and orchestration. Dell Technologies has leading products in both spaces that will ultimately be fully integrated into PowerProtect Data Manager.A single product will provide a full continuum of data protection capabilities with continuous data protection, to deliver extremely robust recovery point and recovery time objectives, with automated backup and recovery, for the protection, compliance and security of mission-critical data assets across hybrid, multi-cloud environments. These capabilities will be further augmented through our Cloud DR offering, where the whole workload environment can be recreated in the cloud directly from backup copies.3) Intelligent protection and recovery  Autonomous protection and recovery will free users from the day-to-day burdens of data protection management. It all starts by making the underlying hardware infrastructure self-managing. Dell Technologies delivers this capability today by leveraging AI/ML-based automation to proactively detect hardware-related issues and provide predictive maintenance and resource management on the Dell EMC PowerProtect DD appliance family.We plan to deliver increasingly higher levels of automation by using AI/ML to analyze data protection usage and policy patterns in order to better predict the required policies and SLAs for supporting workloads across edge, core and multi-cloud. This will be built on PowerProtect Central, a SaaS platform that collects and analyzes behavioral patterns across multi-cloud environments (while of course complying with all required privacy and security measures).4) Data management and securityCyber threats are becoming increasingly pervasive. Organizations of all sizes now report that they are regularly targeted with malware and ransomware attacks. Protecting data means more than performing daily backup operations, it also means safeguarding data from a broad range of cyber threats.Dell Technologies delivers solutions that are integrating data protection (backup) with security into a more holistic approach for safeguarding data. PowerProtect Cyber Recovery integrates data protection storage with air-gapped data protection to prevent malicious deletion of backup copies, as well as malware detection mechanisms to ensure backup copies are clean and ready for recovery. Additional enhancements are planned through the collaboration of Dell EMC with VMware, SecureWorks and RSA.Proven and Modern Data ProtectionAs we enter the data decade, we are increasingly mindful of the pivotal role data will play in opening new frontiers in advancing human progress. From making affordable, quality health care available to billions of people globally, to delivering breakthrough advancements in eco-friendly, sustainable food production, to helping illuminate the minds of underprivileged youth across every corner of the globe –  it all starts with data. That is why we do what we do. Our mission is connected to safeguarding the critical data assets that will make these aspirations, and many more like it, a reality in the coming years.We are tremendously excited, energized and humbled to be the industry leader delivering today’s proven data protection solutions, while developing the modern data protection capabilities organizations need so that our customers can focus on what they do best.last_img read more

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Scouting In Vegetables

first_imgGeorgia vegetable farmers should scout for insects in young lima beans and snap beans now.Caterpillars, stinkbugs and thrips are among the insects that could pose a threat as these beans start to bloom. Although seeing a few thrips in a bloom shouldn’t worry you, finding many more could signal potentially significant damage.The threshold for thrips per bloom is 10, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension entomologist Stormy Sparks. If there are 10 or more thrips in a bloom, the thrips should be knocked back with an insecticide.High thrip populations can stunt plants, delay maturity and reduce yields.Cowpea curculio is still the biggest, most troublesome pest for Southern pea farmers. Jenna Kicklighter, Colquitt County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension agent, previously worked with UGA vegetable entomologist David Riley on measures to control the pest.“As far as I know, nothing has changed as far as methods for controlling the weevils. We still only have pyrethroids labeled for control,” Kicklighter said. “Also, the last time I spoke with Dr. Riley, Karate insecticide seemed to have greater efficacy than the other pyrethroids. If the curculio population is high enough, they can knock blooms off, so be on the lookout for that.”The first spray for cowpea curculio should be initiated at first bloom and sprayed at a short interval, every three days or so.UGA Extension vegetable specialist Tim Coolong says boron foliar sprays can help with flowering and pollination in plants. Beans are self-pollinating, and the pollination window is very short.Expect to see significant loss if the weather is poor during pollination. Boron application at flowering may not make a huge difference in yield if the pollination conditions are not ideal.For timely information about agriculture in Georgia, visit the Wilcox County Ag blog at site.extension.uga.edu/wilcoxcoag/.last_img read more

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Be happy, don’t worry

first_imgNeil Pasricha remembers the old formula for success: Study hard, get straight As, go to a great college, work hard, and get promoted so you can make a bunch of money and achieve happiness. Pasricha doesn’t quibble with elements of that premise. He’d simply flip the equation on its head.“That model’s actually the opposite,” he says. “It’s not ‘great work leads to big success, which leads you to be happy.’ It’s ‘being happy leads to great work, which leads to big success.’”The road to that realization presented itself for Pasricha only after he experienced great personal distress.In 2008, he started the blog “1,000 Awesome Things” on impulse after his wife told him she wanted a divorce and his best friend committed suicide following a lengthy bout with mental illness.Begun primarily as a salve for his own despondence, Pasricha’s steady stream of simple, free, universal pleasures soon attracted a massive audience. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Make Everyone Great Again world-uniting apparel encourages harmony among everyone » Gadget Flow

first_img– Advertisement – No matter where you live, you’ve probably experienced disunity in your community. And it’s like that worldwide. That’s why the Make Everyone Great Again world-uniting apparel wants to promote peace and harmony. A collection of five different shirts and three different hats, this world-uniting apparel spreads the messages of goodness and kindness. Sure, you’ll benefit from a cool new piece of clothing, but it will also benefit all 7.8 billion people on the planet by promoting goodwill. The shirts have phrases on them that say Mask Please and Unite the World, and the hats read Keep Everyone Great and Make Everyone Great Again. There’s a lot of suffering in the world. But now’s your chance to spread a positive message with the Make Everyone Great Again collection.last_img read more

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Airbnb is currently refusing to participate in a new rental program within Google search

first_imgOver the past six months, according to SimilarWeb, Airbnb has generated about 60 percent of its total traffic without paying Google or other search engines. On the other hand, Booking.com recorded much higher numbers, but only 45 percent of traffic was generated without intermediaries. Expedition CEO Mark Ockerstrom, is open to the fact that Google is their strongest competitor. Airbnb is aiming to market its shares to the public by 2020, and given that the company is focused on brand awareness and promotion so they shouldn’t pay billions of dollars a year to Google, the decision to participate in Google’s rental package is important. Google recently unveiled its new package for renting accommodation within Google search, and it is a feature that is a kind of announcement of Google’s travel service. Source / photo: Skift; Airbnb In the debate over whether Airbnb should join the package, the question is whether the company wants to give Google a “piece of the pie” of profit by helping Airbnb in marketing, especially since the two companies will increasingly compete for their place at the top of the most used online travel agencies. . While many investors and experts are debating whether Airbnb or Booking.com will eventually rise to the very top of short-term rental agencies, it now seems that Google is the biggest threat to Airbnb in the long run. Asked if he thought it was wise for Airbnb to participate in Google’s rental package, Kayaka co-founder and CEO Steve Hafner said it would be a rational move for Airbnb. “Google allows them additional distribution and, most likely, for free”, He concluded.center_img Google has initially gathered big players in the online travel scene, and smaller agencies are yet to join, the source said. Google’s new service works in such a way that when users search for accommodation, through the Google search interface, they can choose an online agency such as Agoda or Hotels.com and make a reservation on the website of the selected agency. Tim Choate, founder and CEO of real estate management company Red Awning Group, believes Airbnb will take the wrong step if it doesn’t join Google’s program. However, within the mentioned package, along with other online travel agencies such as Expedia, Booking Holdings and TripAdvisor, there is no trace of Airbnb, reports Shift. “I fully understand why Airbnb is not participating in the program as they try to maintain the exclusivity of their offerings”, Said Choate and added:”But at the same time, we feel that additional publicity is never too much, and not participating in one of the potentially largest travel channels is the wrong decision.” Airbnb declined to comment on the co-operation question, and Google was reluctant to comment on the decision. For now, all clicks within Google’s new search feature are reportedly free. Google does not currently plan to monetize this program, as long as it works to improve the user experience.last_img read more

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Gold Coast real estate: Stretch right out and fully enjoy own tropical oasis

first_img27 Sir Bruce Small, Benowa Waters.MAJESTIC sweeping views of the wide Nerang River are just the beginning of this resort-style oasis. Set on a sprawling 1011sq m block the property is home to artist Jutta Muller who bought the four-bedroom house in 2003. 27 Sir Bruce Small, Benowa Waters is on the market at $2 – $2.3 million. ON THE MARKET ADDRESS: 27 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa AGENT: Lucy Cole and John Cole, Lucy Cole Prestige Properties Bundall PRICE: $2 – $2.3 millionINSPECTIONS: By appointment The stylish abode is home to artist Jutta Muller.“Outdoors is a large resort-style Roman pool and entertaining spaces with paths that meander through established tropical gardens and continue to a large pontoon,” Mr Cole said. “Connecting these spaces is a living area with built-in surround sound so all family members can have their own areas to relax and unwind.”center_img There is ample space to relax and unwind.A grand double door entry opens to reveal picturesque views of the water. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoLucy Cole and John Cole from Lucy Cole prestige properties are marketing the property and said the tropical garden was one of the best features. last_img read more

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UK regulator flags stability risk of ‘very large’ asset managers

first_imgThe FCA’s comments echoed those made by the Bank of England – of which the FCA is a part – in 2014, when then-executive director for financial stability Andrew Haldane said it was viable to consider the risks to the wider economy of the collapse of an asset management company.The FCA also confirmed its plan to publish the final report into its asset management market study in the second quarter of 2017. As well as reiterating its findings from the market study, the regulator also highlighted other areas of concern, including asset managers overpaying for services and custody banks’ reluctance to invest in IT systems.Amanda Rowland, asset management regulation partner at PwC, said the regulator’s focus on liquidity management supported “broader operational concerns” linked to the UK’s imminent exit from the European Union. It also indicated that “some movement around enhanced stress testing and redemption disclosure is possible”, Rowland added.“While acknowledging that Brexit will require regulatory flexibility, the FCA has focused on asset management initiatives such as cost disclosure and liquidity management that have wider international support and will likely be successfully progressed regardless of where Brexit takes the UK and the FCA,” she said.In the immediate aftermath of the UK’s vote to leave the EU, several open-ended property funds were forced to temporarily close to redemptions due to a high level of withdrawals.Chris Cummings, chief executive of the Investment Association, the asset management trade body, welcomed the regulator’s approach and its willingness for industry dialogue. He added: “As we move into a post-Brexit world, it is vital that the UK regulatory framework continues to foster a globally competitive environment to set up and run an asset management business.” The failure or “disorderly wind-down” of one or several large asset managers could pose a financial stability risk to the UK’s system, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has warned.Outlining its views of various sectors of the UK financial system as part of its annual mission statement and business plan, the FCA said: “Market stability could be affected by the failure or disorderly wind-down of a very large asset manager or several asset management firms as end-investors attempt to redeem their holdings on demand, creating a downward selling spiral.”In its business plan for 2017/18, the FCA said: “Following stakeholder feedback, we will review our policy options and the available tools that asset managers have to manage liquidity when facing redemptions and valuation issues, and assess how adequate they are in managing conduct risks and addressing financial stability concerns. This work should ensure that liquidity management in funds allows for a fair treatment of all customers, including those who remain invested, and does not amplify disruptions to the financial system in stressed market conditions.”International regulators such as the International Organisation of Securities Commissions and the Financial Stability Board have previously suggested treating large asset managers as systemically important, putting them at a similar regulatory priority level as the world’s biggest banks and insurers.last_img read more

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