Tracie Bennett on Ignoring Judi Dench and Starring in London’s Mrs. Henderson Presents

first_img View Comments Tracie Bennett was a 2012 Tony nominee for best actress in a play for End of the Rainbow, in which the pint-sized Englishwoman played Judy Garland. And now the powerhouse performer has returned to the West End to play the title role in the new musical Mrs. Henderson Presents, directed by Terry Johnson and based on the 2005 film that starred Judi Dench in Bennett’s current role of Laura Henderson. A two-time Olivier Award winner, both times for American musicals, the effervescent Bennett spoke to prior to the show’s opening at the Noel Coward Theatre.Your show is set at London’s Windmill Theatre during World War II, where women famously would appear motionless—and nude. Do you expect to be getting the raincoat brigade?Well, I can’t speak for them, but if that lot does come, they’ll get so much more. They’ll get a great story about camaraderie and strength that is written beautifully. We’re not just telling some filthy little tale!Yes, Laura Henderson does something quite noble as a wealthy theater-owner by providing necessary diversion and distraction during the Blitz.Yes, I think she knew she was doing good by this. In a sense, what we’re trying to do is capture the gentle innocence of a time and place that wouldn’t remain so innocent after that.It sounds as if you very much admire this character.I do insofar as she wanted to do something with her life because she could and she had the money to do so and to employ people and then what she actually did was marvelous. She’s a brilliant woman. You can see her formidableness.You seem to have come home in every way.I’m always being pulled back to England, and this really is so British; it’s based on a true story, as well, which is important to point out. But you know what? I’m always amazed to get anything, really. If you don’t do telly, people think you’ve died.Did you watch the Stephen Frears film with Judi Dench?I didn’t want to see it at this point; I thought it would freak me out. I love Judi Dench and see everything she does, but it’s the nature of the beast for everybody constantly to be compared, and I thought I could live without that.I can understand that.I never saw the Hairspray film either [Bennett won her second Olivier for that show on the West End] just because part of me is frightened to copy. And if you do that, then it becomes about playing Judi Dench playing Mrs. Henderson rather than me playing Mrs. Henderson.You must have gone through a version of this same issue when you played Judy Garland.To be honest, on that show as soon as the wig was off, I found that I had to be me again very quickly. I had to protect my emotions and my physicality. The show itself was about the price of fame, so it didn’t really matter if my voice cracked because Judy’s did at the time, too. The first job always is to find the character.What sort of a sing is this show compared to playing Garland?Some bits call for me to speak-sing in a sort of Rex Harrison way, which can be harder, but the thing with Mrs. Henderson is that I don’t want to sound fabulous because she is thinking about mortality. As I say, find the character first and then the voice comes out.Was it hard saying goodbye to End of the Rainbow after all the plaudits it brought you here and in America?Well, you learn in this business that you have to put things to bed. I’ve got a lot of friends from that time but at the same time, I don’t do Twitter and I don’t do social media, so I quite like to keep my head down. I had to wriggle out of something to make [Mrs. Henderson Presents] happen, but it feels good to be back.Your connection to America, though, is palpable. How do you feel about working there?I do love it there! At times I even feel like I was born in America in another era. I used to cut out pictures of the Manhattan skyline when I was two; my sister’s got that same thing with New Zealand.Age two? That’s starting early!And it had nothing to do with the business of show. It was, like, “What’s that Chrysler Building about?” As a kid, that was what got to me.What about Mrs. Henderson Presents—any talk of an onward life this time around?[The show] might go somewhere else. Let’s just put it that way. Tracie Bennett in ‘Mrs. Henderson Presents'(Photo: Paul Coltas)last_img read more

Research Stretches Grass

first_imgHe divided a 13-acre pasture into nine cells of 1.4 acres each. Then, by moving thecows and calves around the cells in a 2.5-day rotation, he found that 20 percent moreanimals could graze on the same amount of land. Georgia ranks 19th in the nation in the number of cattle farms, with 29,000 scatteredthroughout all 159 counties. This method takes a little more of the farmer’s time. But it doesn’t take much moremoney. “It does cost a little to set it up,” Hill said. “And farmers have to make certainthe animals have a good water supply.” In the summer, farmers move cattle onto grassland to graze. Many plant Bahia grass,which is well-suited to Southern summers. Tifton 9, a popular new variety, iswell-known for its swift growth and good nutrition. Farmers graze cattle, he said, for several reasons: The grass type is important, he said. Hill planted Tifton 9 on his test plots. This typeproduces about 50 percent more forage than Pensacola Bahia grass. Shorter grazingtimes allow Tifton 9 to recover quickly. * It’s the most economical feed there is for the type of cattle farms most common inGeorgia: keeping brood cows and raising calves. During the summer, most Georgia cattle are on grazing, said Ronnie Silcox, a CAESextension animal scientist. “It’s just the way to do it in Georgia in the summer,” hesaid. Georgia farmers rely on their pastures, Silcox said. In fact, many cows graze inpastures nearly year-round. Most calves are on grass until they grow to 600 to 700pounds. Then farmers ship them to feedlots, where they’re fed grain to hasten weightgain before slaughter. As beef grows more popular, farmers must raise more cattle to meet that demand. In1996, the average American ate 64.3 pounds of beef, up from 61.6 pounds in 1993. After the rotation is complete, the first section has regrown and is ready for the cattleto graze it down again. Finding ways to cut costs and increase profits isn’t easy. But University of Georgiaresearchers have found a way to increase returns without spending more to do it. * Grass grows where most crops can’t or won’t. Hill said rotational grazing helps farmers realize about $75 per acre more thancontinuous grazing on the same land. As farmers can put more cattle on the sameamount of land, they can sell more cattle each year. Georgia cattle farmers took a big hit during near-record low cattle prices in 1996.Those low prices had farmers looking for any way to stay in business. Hill’s research found that by rotating cattle onto and off small paddocks within a Tifton9 pasture, farmers can stretch the use of their land while keeping cattle healthy andwell-fed. “We’re raising about 20 percent more animals on the same amount of land,” said GaryHill, an animal scientist with the UGA College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences. * Cows are naturally designed to eat grass. Lightweight, electrified fencing keeps cattle where the farmer wants them. When it’stime to move them, Hill said, they go willingly. “They can see the taller grass in thenext paddock, and they’re ready to move into it,” he said.last_img read more

New Extension Leader

first_imgAthens, Ga. – J. Scott Angle, dean and director of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, announced today that Laura Perry Johnson will become the college’s associate dean of extension beginning Jan. 1, 2015. “We are confident Laura will take UGA Extension in new and exciting directions,” Angle said. “Her wealth of experience and deep understanding of the state and the needs of those we serve will be invaluable.” Perry Johnson is currently the district extension director for Southwest Georgia, where she manages faculty, staff and UGA Extension programs for 41 counties. She has been with the CAES for 25 years, serving as a graduate teaching and research assistant, laboratory technician, youth livestock specialist and district 4-H program development coordinator before becoming district director in 2012. Perry Johnson has bachelor, masters and doctorate degrees in animal and dairy science from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. She holds the rank of Senior Public Service Associate within the UGA Public Service Faculty system. “When I went to the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences as a student in 1983, I had no idea where that would lead me,” Perry Johnson said. “But it’s my belief in this organization and the work we do that has kept me here. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to help continue to move the organization forward and enhance our reputation as one of the premiere Extension organizations in the nation.” UGA Extension is a statewide network of agriculture and natural resources, 4-H and youth development, and family and consumer sciences experts, with offices in 157 of Georgia’s 159 counties. The organization’s mission is to deliver the knowledge and discoveries from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences to the people of Georgia.last_img read more

Florida officials approve coal-to-gas conversion at Big Bend Power Station

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Tampa Bay Times:Tampa Electric Co. can move forward with its plan to convert part of its Big Bend Power Station to natural gas.In a Thursday morning meeting, Gov. Ron DeSantis and the rest of the Florida Cabinet voted to approve the plan over the objections of some environmentalists. The cabinet, meeting as Florida’s Power Plant Siting Board, has final say over such projects.The utility plans to convert a coal-fired generator at Big Bend (Unit 1) to natural gas, while another coal-fired generator (Unit 2) will be retired. The new natural gas generator will be able to produce 1,090 megawatts, about 294 megawatts more than the two coal-powered generators currently produce together. Both units will be complete by 2023. Tampa Electric expects to spend $853 million on the project, which its ratepayers will cover.Big Bend Power Station will continue to use coal in its two other generators.The conversion of the other generator drew sharp criticism and pushback from environmental groups, particularly the Sierra Club, which sought to prevent the power company from pursuing the project. In advance of the vote Thursday, the Sierra Club collected 9,430 signatures on a petition against the plant’s conversion and facilitated 878 calls to the governor as part of its #TellTheTruthTeco campaign.Tampa Electric argues that switching from coal to natural gas will reduce the plant’s emissions by half compared to the coal-powered generators. But environmental advocates argue that swapping one fossil fuel for another will still significantly contribute to climate change.More: Florida cabinet approves Tampa Electric partial plant conversion from coal to natural gas Florida officials approve coal-to-gas conversion at Big Bend Power Stationlast_img read more

Mexico: Alleged Los Zetas financial operator detained

first_img PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Military intelligence officials detained on July 5 Víctor Manuel Ramírez Navarro, allegedly in charge of financial operations for notorious criminal organization Los Zetas in the Mexican Caribbean. Ramírez Navarro, 36, was detained initially for carrying a 7.62 pistol on the Las Palmas Boulevard, one of the thoroughfares of this resort town, 70 kilometers (43 miles) south of Cancún in the state of Quintana Roo. When interrogated by police, Ramírez Navarro confessed to belonging to Los Zetas as the handler of the money the criminal organization collects in kidnappings, extortions and illicit drug sales, police sources said. [ (Mexico), 07/07/2012; (Mexico), 08/07/2012] By Dialogo July 09, 2012last_img read more

NAFCU writes Mnuchin, slams ICBA misinformation about credit union tax exemption

first_img continue reading » NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger, in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, hit back Tuesday against misinformation being spread by the Independent Community Bankers of America about the credit union tax exemption in a paper on regulatory relief.“It was surprising that the ICBA used its white paper as an opportunity to attack credit unions,” Berger wrote. “As community-based financial institutions, credit unions and community banks are both familiar with the need to mitigate the currently overwhelming weight of regulatory burden, which should be the primary focus of any sincere plan to promote economic prosperity.”“Simply put, the tax exemption benefits the nation and is an issue of survival for credit unions,” Berger added. “Despite what some may claim, there remain significant regulatory and statutory differences between not-for-profit member-owned credit unions and other types of financial institutions – including limits on who they can serve and their ability to raise capital. [However,] during the financial crisis, credit unions continued to lend to consumers and small businesses that were left behind by the banks. Credit unions are proud of their continued service to Main Street America.”Berger also noted that more than one-third of banks are Subchapter S corporations that pay no corporate income tax. He also touted the independent study NAFCU commissioned earlier this year that showed the benefit to U.S. consumers from the tax exemption is $16 billion per year. This adds up to $159 in growth over a 10-year period. Eliminating the exemption would cost the federal government $38 billion in lost income tax revenue and shrink the gross domestic product by $142 billion, eliminating nearly 900,000 jobs in 10 years. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Project MONITOR eyes tidal energy blade reliability boost

first_imgA new project focused on investigating the forces acting on blades and structures of tidal energy converters and their impact on reliability will be officially launched at the International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE).Project MONITOR aims to reduce the risk of failure of tidal energy technologies, and enhance their reliability, resulting in increased investment in the marine energy industry by both the public and private sectors.The MONITOR consortium will kick start the project on June 13, 2018, through ICOE 2018 conference as part of the developer forum whose goal is to introduce tidal energy developers and other interested stakeholders to the project.Also, the consortium hopes to receive feedback on specific concerns and priorities around reliability in the tidal energy industry to help shape the project methodologies.By engaging with the industry from the beginning of the project, MONITOR will ensure that its work is relevant and responsive to real, practicable reliability concerns, according to the project team.The MONITOR project is led by Swansea University, and brings together the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Magallanes Renovables, Région Normandie, Sabella, Universidade do Algarve, Université Le Havre Normandie and University College Cork.The project will run until 2021 and the findings will be disseminated at a variety of workshops to developers and the wider industry.Michael Togneri, from Swansea University, said: “Europe’s Atlantic coast is one of the most promising regions of the world for the growth of tidal stream energy. However, while the industry is rapidly gaining experience in the deployment of individual turbines and pilot farms, scarcity of available data on device reliability limits investor confidence and makes attracting investment more expensive.“As part of the MONITOR project a wide range of methods will be investigated including simulations, laboratory test, and testing at sea, with the aim to develop a monitoring system that can be applied to any tidal turbine. This will ultimately de-risk development, improve reliability and lower energy costs.“To ensure the project reaches its potential we’re keen to work closely with the industry.”MONITOR has been funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), as part of the Interreg Atlantic Area program.last_img read more

Judge Waives Teen, Another Charged In Hershman Murder Case

first_imgHershman was found deceased in her West Ellis Street Home on December 30.A teenager was transferred to adult court and charges were filed against another man in connection to the murder of a Milan woman nearly ten months to the day that the alleged crime occurred.68-year-old Nancy Hershman was killed on December 30, 2012.In October, a hearing was held to determine if a teen previously known by initials D.H., would be tried as an adult or juvenile.Ripley County Circuit Court Judge Carl Taul waived the teenager, Daniel A. Hodge, who was 15 years old on the date of the crime into adult court after a request from the state, according to The Versailles Republican. The ruling was filed on Nov. 1.Hodge had his 16th Birthday on Dec. 31. If he was 16 on the date of the crime, he would have been automatically sent to adult court.If Hodge is convicted of adult murder charges, he could potentially serve 65 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections. A conviction in juvenile court would have brought a maximum detention sentence until age 21.Hodge is also facing felony burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary charges in connection to the case.In March, Judge Taul waived the other juvenile in the case, Sean Nichols, 15, to adult court. On October 30, charges were filed against his older brother for an alleged participation in the crime, The Versailles Republican reports.20-year-old Ben Nichols, Cincinnati, is facing conspiracy to commit theft and conspiracy to commit burglary charges in connection to the Hershman case. The trial is scheduled to begin on April 15.Authorities believe Daniel Hodge, Sean Nichols, and 22-year-old Allison Moore drove from Colerain Township, Ohio and broke into Hershman’s home on West Ellis Street. Moore is believed to be the shooter, while Hodge and Nichols were attempting to take a television.last_img read more

Donald Ellis

first_imgDonald Lee Ellis, 84, passed away peacefully at home on March 21, 2016, with his family at his side. He was born on March 3, 1932 to Millard and Goldie Bess Ellis in Hamilton, Ohio. He attended Hanover High School and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Marian Caldwell, and had four children, Donnie, Gary, Marcy and Cheryl. While his career was at General Motors and Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, all who were close to him knew his true passions were his love of his family and country, the outdoors, and his varied and numerous interests and pursuits. As an avid reader with a photographic memory, he could regale his family and friends with information about innumerable subjects as well as quote poems by his favorite poets, Robert Service and Indiana’s James Whitcomb Riley. As an endowment member of the NRA, one of his most passionate interests was hunting and all things related to guns. In his younger adult years, he competed with the Butler County Gun Club in regional matches. In later years, his interest extended to the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association, building his guns and competing in numerous events. In his final years of competition with the NMLRA, he set national records for the slug gun competition in several distances, and continues to hold records. Art was another passion he studied at Miami University and pursued as an amateur artist through most of his life, especially his years in New Mexico. His other numerous interests ranged from the family farm on Mexico Ridge Road to beekeeping, fly fishing, winemaking, forestry conservation and local history. Donald was a Freemason with Rising Sun No. 6. He also served as a Volunteer Fireman in Bear Branch.Donald will be greatly missed by his loving family and many close friends. He is survived by his devoted wife of 64 years, Marian Caldwell Ellis; his daughters, Marcy Ellis Hahn and husband Roger, and Cheryl Ellis Munoz and late husband Robert; his nine grandchildren, Jesse Munoz and wife Ashley, Eli Munoz, Annie Munoz, Alex Hahn, Garrett Hahn, Dawn Ellis Bolton and husband Chris, Weston Ellis, Ethan Ellis, and Amanda Ellis Gribbons and husband James; his five great-grandchildren, Alice Munoz, Tyler Hoskins, Derek Hoskins, Lillian Cline, and Sophia Gribbons; and his sister, Pat Everhart and husband Alvie. Donald was preceded in death by his two sons, Donald Ellis Jr. and Gary Ellis; his brother, Richard Ellis, and his parents.Visitation will be on Monday, March 28th from 4pm – 6pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Funeral services will immediately follow at 6pm beginning with the Masonic ceremony, and with Don’s dear friend, David Ricketts, officiating the services. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, March 29th at 12pm at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Hamilton, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bear Branch Volunteer Fire Department or Dave Goodwin Landscaping for a memorial tree.last_img read more

Son Heung-min fires Tottenham to victory over Crystal Palace

first_img Instead, for all of their superiority in possession and quality in the final third, yet again they were at risk of finishing without victory. Harry Kane, perhaps owing to frustration, often left the area in pursuit of possession and in doing so left Spurs without a focal point. Son impressed with his purpose and direct approach but, alongside him behind Kane, Erik Lamela was again disappointing and Nacer Chadli equally so. As early as the third minute with both time and space, Kane, so far this season unable to recover the prolific form he enjoyed during the last, headed harmlessly over when last season a goal would have been the likely outcome. Dele Alli, Lamela, and Kane again all had routine, close-range efforts saved by Palace goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who impressed with his reflexes and consistency, but still a goal rarely looked likely. It was actually Palace, who struggled in possession amid Mauricio Pochettino’s pressing game, who had the most memorable chances of the opening half. With 38 minutes gone, Bakary Sako – among Palace’s weaknesses given his lack of direction up front caused their limited possession – forced Hugo Lloris into a fine save from a direct free-kick that had been heading towards the top corner. Shortly after and just on the stroke of half-time, Yohan Cabaye demonstrated his quality with a low swerving shot, from the edge of Spurs’ penalty area, that defeated Lloris but came back off the post. Had he scored, it appeared, Palace would have gone on to earn a comfortable victory. Instead, from the second half Tottenham improved, and Palace only looked threatening on the counter. Endearing himself to the fans on his home league debut, Son Heung-min, signed from Bayer Leverkusen towards the end of the summer transfer window for a reported fee of £22million, scored the 68th-minute winning goal that his fine performance deserved. As so often feels the case at White Hart Lane, where the home crowd is rarely reluctant to criticise their team, it appeared an early goal would have settled Spurs and encouraged them to show their true ability. Pardew introduced striker Fraizer Campbell for the underwhelming Wilfried Zaha and switched Sako to the right in an attempt to give his side more direction but it made little difference to their attempts to retain possession. Spurs’ Ben Davies had a headed goal rightly disallowed when Kane was caught offside, and Lloris produced an exceptional save from Sako when the forward, taking possession from a cross following an attack down the left, struck a powerful half-volley from the goalkeeper’s right, but that was a rarity among the home side’s growing pressure, and the opening goal proved imminent. Christian Eriksen, deemed not sufficiently fit to start, came on for Chadli in the 66th minute and within two minutes his impact was such that Spurs had scored. Taking possession from Lamela, Eriksen looked up and found Son’s run. Playing with a by-now familiar belief, the South Korean continued his run into the penalty area and, before he could be challenged by Palace’s defence, sent an accurate shot beneath the unfortunate McCarthy. A further chance later came to Alli, again of Eriksen’s making, to double Spurs’ lead but the promising midfielder shot wide after cutting in on his right foot inside the area. Palace offered little more in response, however, and will likely reflect enough had not been done to avoid defeat. TWEET OF THE MATCH Gary Lineker @GaryLineker “Tell you what, England has some real talent finally coming through. Very excited by Dele Alli” PLAYER RATINGS TOTTENHAM Hugo Lloris: 8 (out of 10) Kyle Walker: 6 Toby Alderweireld: 6 Jan Vertonghen: 7 Ben Davies: 7 Eric Dier: 7 Dele Alli: 6 Nacer Chadli: 5 Erik Lamela: 5 Son Heung-min: 8 Harry Kane: 7 Subs Christian Eriksen 8 Clinton Njie 5 Tom Carroll 5 CRYSTAL PALACE Alex McCarthy: 8 Martin Kelly: 7 Brede Hangeland: 6 Damien Delaney: 6 Pape Souare: 6 Yohan Cabaye: 7 James McArthur: 7 Yannick Bolasie: 8 Jason Puncheon: 6 Wilfried Zaha: 5 Bakary Sako: 6 Subs: Fraizer Campbell 5 Jordan Mutch 5 Patrick Bamford 5 STAR PLAYER Alex McCarthy: The promising young goalkeeper has capitalised on Julian Speroni’s absence to establish himself as manager Alan Pardew’s first choice. Repeatedly showing his reflexes with a variety of saves, injuries to fellow goalkeepers Ben Foster and Fraser Forster have presented McCarthy with a potential opening in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2016. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Son Heung-min: There had been concerns that the South Korean forward would prove too lightweight to have a real impact in the Premier League. His performance against Palace – direct, confident, extremely effective – suggested that will not be the case, however, and that the £22million that went on him was well spent. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Alan Pardew’s stock is the highest it has been since the summer of 2006, when he led West Ham to within minutes of winning the FA Cup. Mauricio Pochettino, however, appeared extremely tense, perhaps recognising that in his second season at the club, his team need to improve, and he was never reluctant to criticise the fourth official for refereeing decisions that were ultimately not his. MOAN OF THE MATCH Christian Eriksen was not considered fit enough to start by Mauricio Pochettino. In his absence, Spurs still had the potentially-creative Dele Alli, Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli in their starting XI but they were unconvincing. It was only after Eriksen came on, in the 66th minute, that Spurs actually scored. Is their transfer policy to blame, or is their collective talent going to waste? WHO’S UP NEXT Crystal Palace v Charlton (Capital One Cup, Wednesday September 23) Tottenham v Arsenal (Capital One Cup, Wednesday September 23) Son, who netted twice in Thursday’s Europa League opener, told Sky Sports afterwards: “I’m really happy to score my first Premier League goal – I hope every week is like this. “The Premier League is amazing. There’s a different style to the Bundesliga – power and speed – and I like this.” Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said: “When you sign players you expect them to have an impact on the team. He’s adapted to the team very well. After scoring twice in midweek and once today it’s good for a new striker. “I’m very pleased with my players. The effort was big after the Europa League match on Thursday.” Tottenham earned their first home win of the Barclays Premier League season with a convincing 1-0 defeat of Crystal Palace. Press Associationlast_img read more