Book of Mormon Star Ben Platt on Pitch Perfect 2, Frozen & Idina Menzel

first_imgAge: 20 “I’m so obsessed with Frozen, I’ve seen it three times in the theater. Not only because I love Josh Gad, but Idina Menzel is a family friend. I sing the soundtrack with my nephew on FaceTime.” “We had no idea Pitch Perfect would become such a phenomenon. It felt like going to theater camp in the middle of Baton Rouge.” Related Shows Current Role: An uproarious Broadway debut as the clumsy Elder Cunningham in the Tony-winning musical The Book of Mormon. “My dad’s a producer [Marc Platt], so during Legally Blonde, we had Reese Witherspoon over for Shabbat. During Wicked, [musical director] Stephen Oremus played songs on our piano. I have lots of memories like that.” Hometown: Los Angeles, CA Ben Platt Stage & Screen Cred: A scene-stealing performance as Benji Applebaum in Pitch Perfect and the second national tour of Mormon. View Comments The Book of Mormon “It’s not every day that you make a lifelong friend, but [co-star] Nic Rouleau and I really clicked. He’s one of the most genuine people I’ve ever met. But he’s a really bad influence when it comes to ordering in food super late.” “I wish I knew more about Pitch Perfect 2! I will be involved to some extent. I’m waiting on a script, but I’m as excited as everyone else to see what the next chapter is about.” Star Files from $69.00last_img read more

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Salmonella and peanuts

first_imgFor the second time in two years, a nationwide outbreak of salmonellosis has been tied to peanut products. This time, more than 570 people have been sickened and more than 1,700 products have been taken off supermarket shelves so far, in what is now the largest food-related recall in the country’s history.Is there something special about peanut products that we should know?Yes, said Mike Doyle, Regents Professor of Food Microbiology and director of the University of Georgia Center for Food Safety in Griffin, Ga. Doyle advises the food industry on how to prevent food-borne illness and food policymakers on strengthening our nation’s food safety regulations.Heat affects quality“What we’ve learned,” Doyle said, “is that peanut butter needs heat over 190 degrees F. for over 40 minutes to kill salmonella, but such lengthy heating times may affect the quality of the product.”In contrast, the recommended temperature for cooking ground beef to kill bacteria is 160 degrees F. for just a few seconds.Peanuts have a high fat content, but unlike meats — which also must be cooked properly to inactivate bacteria — they are low in moisture, Doyle explained. The salmonella are protected against heat inactivation by the high fat content and low moisture of the peanuts.Finding treatment methodsFollowing an outbreak of salmonellosis in 2006-2007 that was linked to peanut butter from a processing plant in south Georgia, Doyle worked closely with the company and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine the type of treatments that will kill salmonella and what practices might be applied at different stages of the process of making peanut butter.Only one critical control point emerged in the studies, Doyle said. “The emphasis needs to be placed on the peanut roaster. The temperature and time for roasting the peanuts needs to be properly applied and monitored.”Contamination of the peanuts after roasting is another issue. Because the quality of peanut butter can suffer from treating it with heat, the emphasis needs to be first on proper roasting of the peanuts, and second on maintaining a salmonella-free environment.“Food safety requires sticking to good manufacturing processes, no matter what food product is involved,” he said.Chocolate difficult, tooPeanuts aren’t the only food with these qualities. Chocolate also can harbor salmonella if not properly treated, Doyle said. Like peanuts, the high-fat, low-moisture cacao beans from which chocolate and cocoa are made must be properly roasted to destroy salmonella.Doyle explained that the high fat content of peanut butter, or chocolate, also protects salmonella in the stomach of the person ingesting these foods if they are contaminated. Even in the acidic environment of a person’s stomach, the fat in these foods continues to provide a protective environment for salmonella, enabling it to survive, and then grow, when it reaches the small intestine.last_img read more

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7 copywriting principles that will seriously improve your credit union website design

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Derik Krauss Derik is a cofounder of BloomCU, an award-winning website design agency for credit unions. His agency’s design work has received recognition from CUNA (Diamond Award), TheFinancialBrand.com, and others. He … Web: bloomCU.com Details Your website is your most important branch. It gets more visitors than any physical location, and it’s where your younger members will most likely go first. That’s why it’s essential that every aspect is in perfect shape. Not only should you have a beautiful, conversion-friendly aesthetic, but you should have good copy as well. What makes good copy? For one thing good copy converts. It’s effective at persuading site visitors to fill out loan apps and open accounts. Good copy should also help build a positive, long-term relationship with your brand. If your copy feels friendly and trustworthy, then the people who read it will get a similar impression of your credit union. In pursuit of these two noble goals, here’s seven, research-backed tips for writing copy that succeeds. #1 Make it scannableOn an average webpage, users typically read only 20% of the words. The more wordy you are, the more they will typically skim. It’s essential to be clear and engaging. Don’t write walls of texts or plaster your user with words they don’t understand. Hot Tip: Use headings, bullets, and subheadings to organize information and make it more scannable. Avoid long paragraphs. #2 Mind your grammarWhile contractions and plain spoken language can be good choices, straight-up typos and spelling errors are a big no. A London research firm found that almost half of the web users were influenced negatively by big spelling or grammar errors. In another instance, TightsPlease misspelled a heading as “Tihgts” on their category page. Once they fixed this error, their conversion rate shot up by 80%. Hot tip: Make sure at least one hawk-eyed, mistake-catching expert reviews your copy before it goes live. Don’t just rely on spell check—it won’t catch the difference between “our” and “are”.#3 Make your writing match your brand Think about what sets your credit union apart. Do you cater to the gritty working man (e.g., OEFCU.org)?  Is your membership base the especially-caring type (e.g., LifeCU.org)? Writing to your audience is good marketing 101, but many credit unions forget this on their website, opting for the same bland, generic tone and forgetting what makes them special. Hot tip: Read every word of copy you write out loud. Try to see if it sounds like something a real person would say, and if that person would be at home with your target audience. #4 Focus on benefitsPeople want products that benefit them. When you write to the benefits, you are showing users how your product solves a problem they already have. A benefit is more than just a feature or fact about your product. These are helpful to include, but don’t drive conversions on their own. As the graphic below shows, a feature is how much storage an iPod has, but a benefit is having a 1,000 songs in your pocket. Source: HelpScoutOr for a credit union example: Feature: Rates as low as 1.99% Benefit: Save hundreds of dollars each year.  Hot Tip: Review each of your webpages and consider what benefits you could focus on, then use features as evidence to support those benefits. #5 Use power words Some words convert better than others, and not just in your CTAs. For example, most humans love reading the word “you”. It appeals to our egos. In general, power words are positive, affirmative, inspiring, and consumer-focused. They make people feel energized and engaged, and thus, more likely to take action. Hot Tip: Check out this list of Power Words from Buffer Social and see which ones might work well with your own brand and credit union website design. #6 Pay attention to the detailsYou might put a lot of thought into your taglines and titles, but forget that copy includes literally every word on your site. To provide the best experience possible, you should consider each of your wording decisions. For instance, we recently ran an experiment where we learned that users can find things easier and faster when navigation is noun-based rather than verb-based. The result? A website that’s much easier to get around, which is very important to users. Hot Tip: Don’t forget to review and optimize the copy in your menus, footers, alerts, and FAQs. You’ll be surprised what a difference it makes. #7 Share member success stories Some of the most powerful copy on your website can be copy you don’t write yourself. Time and again, testimonials have proven to be major conversion boosters across the web. While collecting them may take a little work, they provide key social proof that’s essential for credit unions. In order to compete with the big banks, you need to show potential members you are legitimate and loved. Hot Tip: You may be sitting on member testimonials that are already written. Do you have some positive reviews on Facebook or Google? Reach out to the happy members and ask their permission to use their review as a testimonial on your site. Looking for more research-backed tips on credit union website design? Get more insights.last_img read more

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Another lockdown possible if virus cases resurge – Palace

first_imgMANILA –  Any sharp increase in coronavirus disease 2019 cases in areas where quarantine restrictions have been eased could prompt the government to reimpose a total lockdown.   Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque made this warning yesterday, saying the public should not be complacent despite the relaxing of community quarantine in most parts of the country.“Nalulungkot kami sa nangyari pero iniintindi namin, first time kasi at ang mga tao, parang nakawala sa kural,” Roque said in a virtual press conference. “If lalabas tayo ng ganyan karami at dumami ang magkakasakit, babalik tayo sa ECQ.”“Kung puwede naman ay manatili na lamang sa bahay,” he added. “Kapag tayo ay nagmatigas at kumalat ang sakit, kung umikli ang doubling time sa isa o dalawang linggo, baka maubos na ang mga kama sa hospital at sa kalsada na kayo ilagay.”Photos showing the number of people who flocked to malls and other establishments in Metro Manila over the weekend went viral online where social distancing and crowd control were not observed.“Inaasahan natin na hinay hinay at dahan dahan lang ang mga tao kaso nga nagdagsaan sila sa labas noong Sabado,” Roque said. “Nandiyan pa rin ang virus habang walang bakuna, hindi pa rin tayo ligtas sa COVID-19.”“Dun sa mga malls na hindi magpapatupad ng social distancing measures, ipapasara uli kayo,” he added. “Marami talagang mahahawa sa nangyari noong Sabado, pero sana huwag na maulit.”Department of Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, for her part, also said that she will not hesitate to recommend another lockdown if there will be second wave in COVID-19 cases.“This is transitioning para mapababa at mapababa ang community quarantine. Pero kung makikita po natin ito tapos biglang mag-surge ang cases natin, malaki po ang posibilidad na we need to do another total lockdown,” Vergeire told CNN Philippines.Vergeire also reminded people the whole country is still under quarantine regardless of the classification an area falls into.“Ang sinasabi at kailangan natin laging tandaan ay naka-community quarantine pa tayong lahat. Kahit na sabihin natin na modified ito, na general ito, lahat po ng areas dito sa ating bansa still on community quarantine,” Vergeire said./PN Commuters fill parts of the southbound lane of Commonwealth Avenue on the second day of the Metro Manila community quarantine on March 16, 2020. MARK DEMAYO/ABS-CBN NEWSlast_img read more

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Area Boys Tennis Regional Scores

first_imgArea Boys Tennis Regional Scores.Regionals at Richmond.Batesville defeated New Castle 3-2.Richmond shut out Franklin County 5-0.Regionals at Bloomington South.Scottsburg blanked Greensburg 5-0.Columbus North edges out Bloomington North 3-2.Courtesy of Batesville Coach Mike McKinney and The IHSAA.last_img

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Mattson, Brown earn PVC Player of the Year honors

first_imgBLUE HILL — A pair of local basketball players swept the Class C and Class D Boys’ Player of the Year awards Thursday as the All-Penobscot Valley Conference teams were unveiled.George Stevens Academy senior Caden Mattson was announced as the PVC Player of the Year in Class C. Mattson led GSA in points (14.6), rebounds (8.1), assists (4.1) and steals (3.6) per game in the regular season.In Class D, Myles Brown of Deer Isle-Stonington was chosen as PVC Player of the Year after a phenomenal junior campaign. Brown averaged an impressive 22.6 points per game in the regular season, the most of any Hancock County player.Mattson, a first-teamer, was an All-PVC Class C selection along with Bucksport’s Ty Giberson (second team) and GSA teammate Milos Sujica (third team). GSA sophomore David Gadsby received honorable mention.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textMyles Brown was named an All-PVC Class D first-teamer along with his teammate and cousin, Coleman Brown. Deer Isle-Stonington’s Don Allen was named Class D Coach of the Year after the Mariners’ jump from six wins to 13.On the girls’ side, Deer Isle-Stonington’s Rylee Eaton and Kaylee Morey were named All-PVC Class D first-teamers. Bucksport’s Jade Leeman and GSA’s Luna Perry-St. Peter were named to Class C’s second and third teams, respectively.The Class D All-Defensive first team consisted of Deer Isle-Stonington’s Brittany Gray (girls) and Dillan Steele (boys). The Class C team consisted of Mattson, Bucksport’s Christian Chase-Hurd and Sumner’s Aidan Weaver on the boys’ side and Bucksport’s Abbie Hanscom, GSA’s Silas Murnik and Sumner’s Hannah Shorey on the girls’ side.last_img read more

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GFF, Guyana Girls Academy to host ‘Summer Girls Academy’

first_imgTHE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) yesterday teamed up with the Guyana Girls Academy (GGA), to launch their ‘Summer Girls Academy’, catering for girls between ages 7 and 11, who are interested in the game of football.The camp commenced today at the Transport Sports Club ground, Thomas Lands and concludes on Friday, July 28.According to GGA president Colin Wilson the idea was to create a girls’ academy that would develop, train and educate players to compete at a collegiate, professional and international level as well as to help ignite a strong women’s football culture in Guyana that would continuously fuel the women’s national team programme.“With this camp we are starting off with the younger girls and we are hoping to build from there so we can get as many girls as possible to create a bigger player pool for Guyana so they can compete at the highest level in the future,” Wilson said.Wilson, who is also a female football coach in the USA where he resides, told the gathering of media personnel at the GFF Secretariat yesterday that “the idea is to get as many girls as possible. Obviously with me being up in the (United) States, I only have so many resources down here in Guyana. So with a few of the connections I made down here with the GFF and a few friends from ABSAA, I was able to get them to reach out to a few girls in Georgetown and also surrounding areas and they were able to pool a number of girls.”“I was able to do some crowd funding back in the States and to get the equipment for those girls so with the pool, we can start with that and for the next one, hopefully, it can grow and then we can branch out to all the other areas of Guyana.“In about five to 10 years I am hoping we can get our own facility or be able to share a facility with one of the other organisations so we can have a year-round girls’ academy,” Wilson pointed out.Wayne Forde, president of the GFF, stated the partnership with the GGA, shows his Federation’s continued effort to reach out to fellow Guyanese and those with Guyanese roots, in building a strong coalition that will support the development of football at every level of the game and every category of the sport.Forde stressed on the efforts being made by his executive committee through Technical Director Ian Greenwood, to bring some focus and structure to women’s football.“Thank you for the interest and clearly the commitment, the resources, knowledge and experience you will bring to the work we are already doing here” Forde said, while offering the GFF’s continued support in ensuring the sustainability of the programme.Meanwhile, Greenwood pointed out that “at the moment, women’s football locally is 20 years behind where it should be. At the GFF we are re-launching women’s football in the country and that process started with the appointment of our very first Women’s Development Officer Tricia Munroe. We have a lot of activities now at the grassroots levels for female players.“We currently have our U-17 national women’s team in training camp preparing for our tournament (CONCACAF U-17 Championship) which Guyana will be hosting.”last_img read more

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Talk Back tackles California prison reform

first_imgSeveral dozen students listened Wednesday to criminal justice experts and activists, including a former prison inmate, discuss the growing rate of incarceration in California and the social and economic costs of the system.The panel, held in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Forum, was part of the weekly “Students Talk Back” series, presented in partnership with Dornsife College’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, Sol Price’s Tomás Rivera Policy Institute and Sol Price’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise.Crime stats · Panelists Emily Reisner, Jennifer Moore and Sarah Burton (right to left) discuss criminal justice reform Wednesday at The Forum. — Priyanka Patel | Daily TrojanTomás Rivera Policy Institute director Roberto Suro moderated the panel.The discussion began with a brief history of crime rates in California, which peaked in the 1990s. JFA Institute President James Austin, noted that despite a subsequent drop in crime, California’s incarceration rate remained high until its peak in the early 2000s.“It’s a very expensive system  and so it’s been very difficult to reform it in any substantial way,” Austin said.A New Way of Life Reentry Program founder Susan Burton, a former inmate and current reformer of the criminal justice system, criticized the current system’s wasted funds spent on inmates who aren’t given a chance when they show the willingness to better themselves.“To think that these people are denied release over and over and over again and have thoroughly worked on themselves and cannot walk out those doors is a waste of human potential and a waste of resources — our California resources,” said Burton, also the founder of A New Way of Life Reentry Program, a non-profit organization that provides housing and support for formerly incarcerated women.As someone witnessed this first-hand, Burton emphasized that the focus needs to be put on those individuals being incarcerated in the first place.“You need to think, ‘Who are you incarcerating?’” Burton said.According to a study conducted by Jennifer Moore, a graduate student in public policy and Rivera Policy Institute research assistant, the current California prison system houses inmates at nearly 200 percent capacity. Though California has pledged to lower this number to 137 percent capacity by June 30, this number is not projected to be met in time, meaning more money will continue to flow into the prison system.Austin cautioned the audience about the repercussions that a costly criminal justice system will have on other areas of interest, including education.“All you students should be aware of this,” Austin said. “The state prison system is taking money away from the higher education system in California.”Beyond state spending, the panelists highlighted the repercussions that a broken criminal justice system can have on individuals once out of prison, namely the lack of jobs and community respect.Emily Reisner, a graduate student in public policy who is also a research assistant for the Rivera Policy Institute, said the system fails to encourage rehabilitation into society.“It’s not only the rap sheet, it’s the stigma around the population that needs to be approached,” Reisner said.last_img read more

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Waterworking

first_imgNoel Berry | Daily TrojanStudent and industry panelists discuss Governor Jerry Brown’s aid proposal to help mitigate issues stemming from California’s drought in the Students Talk Back event sponsored by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics on Wednesday afternoon in The Forum at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.last_img

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