Remind yourself how much fun a hooker romantic comedy can be below. In the grand tradition of Broadway hooker musicals (The Life, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Irma La Douce and even—ahem—“dancer for hire” Sweet Charity), there may be a new entry. A musical adaptation of the hit 1990 romantic comedy Pretty Woman is aiming for the stage, according to The New York Post. The blockbuster movie, which memorably paired Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, told the story of a Hollywood streetwalker and the corporate tycoon who hires her—and then falls for her. Think Pygmalion and My Fair Lady but with big hair and sleazy attire. Movie director Garry Marshall, producer Paula Wagner and screenwriter J.F. Lawton are all smitten with the idea of a Pretty Woman musical, according to the Post. Of course, without a composer and creative team, it doesn’t look like this loverly idea will materialize on the Great White Way anytime soon. View Comments
The George Washington National Forest is home to the headwaters of the Potomac and James Rivers, which flow through two capital cities, Washington D.C. and Richmond, Va. One of the largest forests in the eastern U.S., it’s more known for its rolling hills blanketed with trees than it is for energy potential. But natural gas drilling, along with hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” could be coming to this wild forest.The U.S. Forest Service originally disallowed horizontal drilling and fracking for natural gas within the George Washington National Forest boundaries. However, after pushback from the natural gas industry, the Forest Service began reconsidering. Hydraulic fracturing is exempt from the Safe Drinking Water Act, and companies do not have to disclose what chemicals they are using in the fluid pumped underground to bring gas to the surface. Some of the chemicals used in the fracking process could contaminate drinking water for many communities and poison some of the GW’s most celebrated rivers for fishing and paddling.We tend to confuse our national forests with our national parks, thinking of them as pristine and unspoiled lands that are protected from commercial usage. But national forests are often subject to the same uses as private land, from cattle grazing to coal mining. Traditionally the most common commercial activity on national forests in the East was logging. Then, during the energy crisis of the 1970s, nearly all national forest lands in the East were leased for gas and oil drilling. Most attempts at conventional drilling came up dry. The gas deposits were too hard to get at using then-known methods. When energy prices began to fall, drilling for natural gas in the East no longer made economic sense.Fast forward 40 years. America finds itself caught in a perpetual energy crisis. Politicians once again want the fuel under our feet, and public lands are seen as our salvation. New forms of drilling have now put the oil and gas resources beneath the Eastern public lands within reach. Much of the region’s drinking water comes from sources with headwaters in protected national forestlands. Will your drinking water soon be laced with fracking chemicals? Will your favorite forest campground or trail soon become a wasteland of wells, towers, and toxic ponds?Fracking 101America’s 21st Century shale gas boom has thrust hydraulic fracturing into the spotlight. “Hydrofracking,” as the process is known, is a catch-all term for a complex two-part method of natural gas extraction.It starts with horizontal drilling. A well bore is drilled vertically for several thousand feet before turning horizontally and continuing for several thousand more. A water and chemical mix is then pumped into the well bore at high pressure. The fluid breaks up the shale rock and releases pockets of natural gas trapped there. Much of the fluids return to the surface and the “flow back” must be kept in containment ponds or hauled off site; the rest seeps into the groundwater.The process of hydraulic fracturing has been used since the 1950s for making conventional vertical wells for oil, gas, and even water. The difference today are new horizontal drilling techniques and the massive amounts of water used—up to one million gallons of water per drilling site. Mixed with the water are toxic cocktail of chemicals—many of which are carcinogenic.Drilling supporters say the process is nearly 50 years old and has been proven safe in many communities in the Midwest. Opponents point to known cases of groundwater contamination and spills, saying fracking threatens water supplies throughout the Southeast.One thing is certain: fracking brings a large-scale industrial operation into wild lands. Roads must be constructed for the trucks that haul in fracking water, and pipelines are built to transport the gas to processing sites. A well pad, including its containment ponds, can cover up to 10 acres. When underway the operation, with its associated noise, light, and traffic, happens around the clock.“The footprint of fracking is larger in scale and more disruptive than logging,” says Sarah Francisco, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center. “With logging, the forest regenerates, and in 100 years the trees will have grown back. But with gas drilling there is a permanent well pad in a permanent clearing.” Fracking usually involves many well sites and a much larger cumulative impact that leaves behind poisonous ponds, toxic waters, and a ruined landscape.Click for larger imagePublic Lands, Private ProfitsWho determines if gas drilling takes place in a national forest near you? First, an energy company requests to lease certain national forest lands from the Department of Agriculture, which manages the national forests. The Department of Agriculture then places the land up for competitive bid on a quarterly basis. Anyone can place a bid and the winning bidder gets a 10-year lease to explore for oil and gas. If they discover reserves, they apply for another lease and an extended permit. The government gets a small percent of the profit from the gas extracted.The Southeastern natural gas boom exists in areas that sit over top of the Marcellus shale beds, which include Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee. There are also known gas reserves in the Conasauga shale bed in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates the Marcellus shale alone contains 262 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas.There are approximately 8 million acres of public land in 17 national forests in the Southeast. Fracking has already occurred in two of these forests and is proposed for at least two more.Pennsylvania has been ground zero in the Eastern fracking debate, sitting on top of the thickest part of the Marcellus formation. The Allegheny National Forest contains 500,000 acres and is home to more than 12,000 gas and oil wells.West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest’s 921,000 acres are open to drilling; a test well was drilled there recently in the Fernow Experimental Forest. And last year, Alabama’s Talladega National Forest announced that it would lease 43,000 acres for gas drilling.The biggest concern is George Washington National Forest. At over one million acres, the GW is one of the largest undeveloped areas on the East Coast. Recently, the Forest Service began revising its management plan for the GW. Fracking opponents pushed for a prohibition on horizontal drilling in the forest. This was included in a draft of the plan before political and industry pressure forced to it be dropped.“We developed options to allow horizontal drilling on forest land,” said Ken Landgraf, planning officer for George Washington National Forest. “Part of our job is to develop America’s energy resources responsibly.”All national forests are administered by a management plan that is revised every 10 to 15 years. The GW is the first to come up for revision since fracking became prevalent. All eyes are on the GW.“We are in the driver’s seat,” Landgraf stated.A finalized management plan for the GW is scheduled to be announced this month. Meanwhile, other national forests are beginning to revise management plans, and fracking could be a major issue. Two of the most popular national forests in the Southeast—the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests in North Carolina—are revising their management plans this year.Areas of privately held mineral rights occur in all of the national forests. Ninety-three percent of the land in the Allegheny National Forest has its mineral rights in the hands of private companies. In the GW, 180,000 acres, or about 17 percent of the total land, has its mineral rights in private hands. Seven percent of the Talladega’s and 38 percent of the Monongahela’s acres have privately held mineral rights.When the Forest Service tried to prevent drilling on these leases, they quickly ran into legal challenges. In 2011 a federal appeals court ruled that the Forest Service was misinterpreting its powers and had no authority to control access to private minerals on public lands.“Companies have rights to their minerals [on private leases] and we cannot stop them,” Landgraf says. “But they do have to work with us [the Forest Service] jointly because they are using our surface.”David and Goliath: Communities Take on Big GasWith political will and industry money pushing for gas drilling in the national forests, what options do people who enjoy public lands and oppose fracking have?In 2011 Carrizo Energy, a Houston-based company, applied for a drilling permit for a lease on private land in Rockingham County in the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The state quickly approved the permit. The county board of supervisors also seemed on the verge of signing off on the project. Then outdoor enthusiasts and local residents learned about the proposed well. They launched a campaign to educate the board and the community on the potential hazards of fracking. They were successful. The board tabled the permit, effectively preventing fracking on private lands in the county, which would include private mineral rights in the George Washington National Forest in Rockingham County.Then in 2012, when Alabama’s Talladega National Forest announced it would sell fracking leases, outdoor enthusiasts vocally opposed it. The Southern Environmental Law Center filed litigation under the Endangered Species Act, and in June 2012, the Forest Service announced it would delay the gas lease sale.It’s hard to say whether environmentalists won an outright victory or energy companies backed away from a fight in areas where gas production was uncertain. Nearby test wells in both areas failed to produce up to expectation. One thing is for sure: as the price of energy increases, supplies of petroleum dwindle, and technology improves, energy companies will keep the national forests of the Southeast in their crosshairs.Wanna find out the latest news on fracking plans for the George Washington National Forest? Visit protectthegw.org.
Y LD needs to fill two vacant seats The Young Lawyers Division is seeking applicants for two vacant seats on its Board of Governors, to be filled by appointment by the YLD Board of Governors.The vacancies are for Seat 1 in the 16th Circuit and Seat 1 in the 18th Circuit.Any Bar member in good standing in those circuits who is 35 or younger or who has been a member of the Bar for less than five years may apply by the February 28 deadline. Applicants must send a letter stating their desire to be appointed to Mustafa Mahdi, YLD Program Administrator, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32309-2300, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. February 15, 2006 Regular News YLD needs to fill two vacant seats
with Mike LawsonAfter a lengthy review with the NCUA (15 months), the American Consumer Council (ACC) has gained its long-awaited Associational SEG status. So what does this mean for credit unions? Turns out it’s very good news for the industry as the ACC is a direct conduit for millennials to credit unions — and we all know that CUs need to get younger for a bright future. So this status for ACC is a nice shot in the arm for credit unions.So we ventured down to the ACC headquarters, which happens to be here in San Diego, for an in-person chat with their President Tom Hinton — who is quite pleased with the good news. A lot of hard work now rewarded.We asked him how credit unions and consumers will benefit from this status, what the NCUA review process was like, and how this decision will help other associations wanting to work with credit unions. Many thanks to Tom and his ACC crew for taking time to chat with us. Enjoy!Visit:americanconsumercouncil.org continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
A great manager doesn’t automatically make someone a great leader. A leader must go one big step above managing to understanding and leveraging the power of relationships.“The best leaders take their expert management skills and combine them with people skills to become well rounded and highly successful,” writes Forbes’ Ashira Prossack. “The difference between being a good leader and a great one is in the relationships you build with your team.”She goes on to list four key components of a great leader, including:Coaching, not directing. A good leader helps their teammates grow and develop. “They understand when they need to nurture their teams, and when they need to push them,” Prossack writes.Being adept. Great leaders understand that change is inevitable and can come at any time. They have the ability to rally their teams to make things happen – regardless of any changes that may come. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Good interior design in the accommodation facility is key to attracting guests because it affects travelers to the whole holiday experience.And how it’s not just a sales slogan is proven by a new survey by Booking.com among almost 19.000 passengers, which reveals that poor interior design ruined the enjoyment of vacation for a quarter (26%) of the world’s passengers.Thus, one in four (23%) passengers from Croatia says that in the past they stayed in accommodation where they did not like the interior design, and 23% even moved to another facility after being disappointed with the interior design.Some of the key elements that would dissuade travelers from Croatia from booking a property are ugly or dilapidated furniture (72%), overcrowded space (57%), small bed (43%), overemphasized and poorly combined colors (33%) and poor lighting ( 32%). On the other hand, a good interior design can create an unforgettable experience for travelers because more than half (57%) of travelers from Croatia claim that comfortable furniture such as a comfortable couch and luxury bedding is one of the best ‘details’ that can make a vacation unforgettable. On the other hand, for as many as four out of ten (41%) world travelers, a decorated interior is more important than the view from the building.”Our research shows how important interior design is to travelers and when it is real, it even inspires them to refresh the decoration in their own home. At Booking.com, we want to enable accommodation owners – small and large, all categories of facilities – to accommodate travelers from around the world, and we want to help them grow their brand and business by making it easier for them to fill their units every day. With minor changes in the interior, the hosts can attract new guests and encourage old guests to keep coming back to them. ” said Pepijn Rijvers, marketing director at Booking.com.Holiday homes take the lead in interior design inspirationThe effect of a beautiful interior design can last even after a vacation because more than half (64%) of passengers from Croatia’s stay in a certain type of accommodation inspired them to redecorate (or really remodeled their home).Inspiration found in other spaces is one of the biggest factors influencing the decision of passengers to redecorate the home because as many as 44% of travelers from Croatia say that the personal style of the host inspired them to do so, and almost one in ten (9%) passengers envied the design. the interior of the building in which he resided.When it comes to the type of accommodation that travelers from Croatia the most inspires in interior design, led by holiday homes, cottages, villas, French holiday homes (46%), and for travelers who choose to stay in these unique accommodation facilities, one third (32%) claim that the most important factor when choosing accommodation is precisely the interior design that inspires them.Will Taylor: If you like larger interventions, consider renovations to create larger common areas for more comfortable family gatheringsFor a great interior design that will keep guests coming back, Booking.com has joined forces with interior designer and lifestyle blogger Will Taylor to offer homeowners interior design tips to get the best impression and guest satisfaction, and advises:Create a catalog of the interior design of your building and indicate where you obtained individual pieces of furniture or accessories. You can get all of this in your favorite local stores where guests can shop in person, as well as through online stores and sites from which they can order and when they return home. See if any of these local stores can offer a discount only for guests of your facility.The bedroom is one of the most important rooms for guests, so invest extra time and money to make the bed as comfortable and cozy as possible. My advice is to arrange multiple layers of blankets and pillows on the bed; so guests can adjust the amount of layers themselves depending on whether they like to sleep in a colder or warmer space.Always choose one higher quality piece of furniture or decoration instead of cluttering the room with too many things, which is not very comfortable and creates a feeling of unrest. That one piece can be a massive vintage mirror in the dining room or a colorful African talisman that you can hang over the couch.Bring a touch of local tradition into your home. Let guests receive a welcome pack that includes ingredients for a local specialty, from afternoon tea to a local dessert.Whether you want the space to look bigger or smaller, color is a relatively convenient way to change the look or feel of a space. If you need to open or illuminate a smaller or darker room, consider painting the walls up to three-quarters of the height and then painting or leaving the top quarter and ceiling white. This will create the illusion of a more open space as it will ‘raise’ the ceiling and reflect more light.Lighting is very important to guests as it can make their stay relaxing and carefree. If you install simple dimmers, you will be able to satisfy different tastes and types of travel, from a romantic vacation to a more practical business trip. Also, a night light in the bathroom is a good idea as it helps guests to cope in the new space at night.Think about safe and considerate details that you can add and make your object special. For example, if your facility is located near a ski resort, why not turn on LED remote-controlled candles that can be easily turned on or off at the touch of a button? This way you will create a pleasant atmosphere without the extra effort of the guests, and it is much safer than real candles. Or if your facility has a nice outdoor space, put blankets in the outdoor seating area so guests don’t get cold in the evening while hanging out or having dinner.If you like larger interventions, consider renovations to create larger common areas for more enjoyable family gatherings or hanging out with friends on vacation. Guests always have their own secluded rest rooms if they wish, while the open living room concept will provide them with an excellent opportunity to socialize.Invest in a professional designer to decorate and photograph your object. Most guests will opt for a reservation based on photos, so investing in a professional photographer is definitely worth it in the long run. Make sure the facility looks exactly like the photos when guests arrive and avoid renting or renting items that aren’t actually there. You want to build trust and honesty with your guests so that their expectations after viewing the photos are met.Think about the location of your facility and why most guests will stay there and how you can make their stay more enjoyable. For example, if your facility is near a beach, install an outdoor sand shower and / or shelf for towels, umbrellas, and other beach props near the front door. Or if your facility is close to a ski resort, larger ski storage cabinets will come in handy so guests don’t clutter up the space they’re staying in while relaxing in the evening.
Romelu Lukaku sends class message to Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in Ian Wright interview
Romelu Lukaku sends class message to Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in Ian Wright interview Comment by Metro Romelu Lukaku reflected on his Man Utd career in an interview with Ian Wright (Picture: YouTube)Romelu Lukaku insists he wishes ‘nothing but the best’ for his former club Manchester United and has praised manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in an interview with Arsenal hero Ian Wright.Belgian striker Lukaku completed a £75million move to Old Trafford from Everton in 2017 but endured a mixed couple of seasons at United before leaving last summer.Lukaku scored 27 goals in his first campaign for the Premier League giants, helping Jose Mourinho’s United finish second in the league and reach the knockout stages of the Champions League.But the forward struggled during the 2018-19 campaign and was then sold to Inter Milan, where he is once again flourishing under former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT ‘It’s a club that gave me aplatform that I’ve never seen in my life, so for me to be disrespectful aboutMan U or any other club I played for in England I think is a bit childish.‘I think I went past that stage of talking back to people. I wish them the best and have nothing but respect for them.’Lukaku also says Manchester United manager Solskjaer wanted him to stay ahead of his move to Italy.He added: ‘One bad year can happen to everybody in their career. It was just done for me.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘You know what happened behind the scenes, it was just done. For me, it was done.‘It was a difficult situation where for myself I had to make a decision where I have to go somewhere where I can learn other aspects of my game and work with somebody that wanted me as well.‘Ole wanted me to stay, but I told him I was over. I didn’t have the energy.‘All credit to him because he’s been a man and he helped me make the move away.’MORE: Gary Neville trolls Jamie Carragher over Premier League and Champions LeagueMORE: Arsenal make Aubameyang transfer decision as Manchester United prepare £50m bid Skip Ad PLAY Advertisement Video Settings Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Mar 2020 8:45 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.4kShares About Connatix V67539 Top articles Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling 1/1 Full Screen Skip 1 min. story Read More Read More Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Advertisement / Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveDespite being let go by Manchester United, Lukaku insists he holds no ill feelings towards his former club and wishes them ‘nothing but the best’‘They’re going the right way because they’re bringing in the right players,’ Lukaku said in an interview with Arsenal and England legend Wright.‘Ole is doing a good job and the results are going for them. I’m wishing them nothing but the best. Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Coming Next SPONSORED
Alewijnse has secured a contract to supply complete electrical package on board De Beers Marine Namibia’s newest Additional Mining Vessel 3 (AMV3).Alewijnse is working with the Damen Shipyard Mangalia in Romania, where the vessel is being built.The AMV3 is a complex vessel and the build involves partners from the mining industry as well as the maritime sector.This involves a 300-tonne crawler machine which deploys a mechanical arm that moves in a horizontal arc, dredging material from the seafloor immediately below the hull at depths of around 130m. A large onboard processing plant then sifts the dredged gravel on board the ship, removing the diamonds and sealing them in metal canisters.Another large and complex system is the seven thruster, DP2 dynamic positioning system that will be powered by six generators of 3,230 ekW each.The first steel was cut for the vessel in May 2019 and now Alewijnse is preparing to start work on board.A team of over 200 skilled technicians will work on the project until December 2020, and the vessel is due to begin work off the coast of Namibia in 2022.Alewijnse project manager Catalin Androne said: “We look forward to starting on board. This is a new type of vessel for us and our first time at the Mangalia yard so we will be learning a great deal as we proceed, but it’s always good to be working with Damen. The time allowed for the works is very tight, but we are quite used to that! Good coordination and effective planning will be the keys to success and our own steelwork team will also be a valuable asset.”“We won this contract based on our reputation and years of experience on special projects,” said Petrica Craciun, sales manager at Alewijnse Marine Galati, “And we have worked with the Damen Group on challenging one-off projects before. This will be our first time at Damen Shipyards Mangalia but once again we will have the opportunity to demonstrate our know-how, flexibility and our capabilities beyond conventional ships and into sophisticated, special-purpose vessels.”
Otago Daily Times 23 Aug 2012An automated web content filter for the Dunedin City Council’s internal network has deemed a Family First New Zealand website on traditional marriage a “hate” site, and blocked access for staff. The block on the “Protect Marriage” website, which promotes marriage between a man and a woman, has outraged Family First NZ director Bob McCoskrie, who says it is discriminatory and the result of an agenda being pushed either by someone at the council, or at the content filter company. “It’s part of a culture war that is going on at the moment. Activists are working hard to eliminate all opposing debate on this important family issue – as we experienced with the unprecedented hacking of our website when first launched.” The council says there was no conscious decision to block the site. Mr McCoskrie said the lobby group was contacted by a city council staff member who, he said, was “stunned” when they tried to access the website to sign the group’s petition against a Labour Party Bill to legalise gay marriage, and was told the site was deemed “hate” and that the web page “contravenes Dunedin City Council’s acceptable usage policy”. “The staff member’s response was that ‘if the concept that marriage should be between a man and a woman is offensive, then I despair for the future of this country’. We agree,” Mr McCoskrie said.Council communications and marketing manager Graham McKerracher said the council did not control the filtering process, which was done by a United States company. When the company was employed, the council gave it broad categories of offensive content it wanted limited in its internal network. The company’s filter automatically scanned sites for words or phrases that placed sites in those categories and sites deemed offensive were automatically blocked. Mr McKerracher could not say why the Protect Marriage site was blocked. But a block meant the site, or someone leaving a comment on the site, might have used language determined by the filter to be offensive, resulting in the site being put on a banned list. Comments could not be left on the site and he was confident none of the administrators or owners of the site had previously done anything that could be construed as offensive or “hate” related, Mr McCoskrie said. “My challenge to them is to produce the evidence.” Council staff were still able to access gay marriage websites, and at least two other websites blacklisted by web filters at other companies. “It is highly hypocritical and inconsistent that one side of the debate can be blocked, but not the other. This is discrimination at its worst and [the council] seems to be initiating their own version of hate speech laws.” Mr McKerracher said if sites promoting gay marriage had not been picked up by the same filter it was because no offending words or phrases that placed them in a category that was blocked were identified. He said any staff member who wanted to fill out the petition could do so at home.http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/222778/council-web-filter-blocks-marriage-site-hate
Press Association Arsenal had given champions United a guard of honour on to the Emirates pitch but Van Persie was booed throughout by fans who cheered him during eight years at Arsenal. “When he was here he didn’t get this kind of reception,” said Wenger. “They loved him, so today it was a bit disappointed love. He took his penalty very well and I knew when he decided to take the penalty that there was an 80% chance that he would score because he was our penalty taker and I know well that he does that very well. He does many things very well.” Van Persie refused to celebrate converting the spot kick and Wenger revealed his former striker spent some time in the Arsenal dressing room after the match, joking: “Our food is better in our dressing room than their dressing room”. Opposite number Sir Alex Ferguson, meanwhile, saluted Van Persie for staying cool as Arsenal fans tried to unsettle him with volleys of boos. “He kept his nerve, that was important,” said Ferguson. “It was a difficult time for him, the chanting from the fans does not help, but he kept his cool.” Ferguson insisted United were the team looking most to win the game although he admitted Arsenal started strongly in a first half he believed saw referee Phil Dowd have his own problems. Ferguson said: “I thought the referee found it difficult and the game was running away from him, he found it difficult to control. Once we started getting some momentum going and a bit of heart, we looked like the team to win.” Van Persie scored from the penalty spot to equalise a second-minute strike from Theo Walcott as Manchester United held Arsenal to a 1-1 draw. With Chelsea beating Swansea it saw the Gunners drop to fourth spot with just three matches remaining. Wenger said: “If we win our other games it will be enough. I am convinced we will be there (in the top four) but there is no room for dropping points. But the other teams are in the same position.” Arsene Wenger warned his players they cannot drop any more points in their quest for Champions League qualification after Robin van Persie returned to the Emirates stadium to break Arsenal hearts amid a constant chorus of boos.