Current Role: A dynamic off-Broadway debut as Olive, a quirky ray of light in the dysfunctional Hoover family who dreams of winning the Little Miss Sunshine pageant. Age & Hometown: 9; Santa Monica, CA Little Miss Humble: After stealing the show in local productions of Annie and Beauty and the Beast, Nordberg was ready for the big time—she just didn’t know how big. A giant poster of the pint-sized star in a bathing suit is now plastered above the Second Stage Theater building on Eighth Avenue. “At first, I was like, ‘Oh my god, I’m on a billboard!’” she squeals, before composing herself and adding, “But now I’m very humble. I’m used to it.” With a whole new crew of Broadway co-stars, Nordberg has license to brag. “They’re all really close to me, but Stephanie [J. Block] is my second mom,” explains the young actress, who is a huge Wicked fan. “She’s just so nice, and she’s not stuck up about being famous and stuff.” Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 15, 2013 A Passion For Fashion: When Nordberg isn’t onstage, she and her fellow “pageant girls” love weaving Rainbow Loom bracelets for Block and their other adult co-stars. “We’re so obsessed with them, it’s crazy how much,” she says. “It’s basically all we do.” The girls also give each other makeup tips and had a blast dressing up in glitzy outfits on the musical’s opening night. Nordberg and her zany character Olive share a love of dancing and performing, but the actress insists they do not have the same fashion sense. “We are so different,” she says, noting her preference for shimmering dresses over puppy T shirts. “Oh, and especially the hair. Fireworks hair clips? No way, sister!” View Comments Related Shows Little Miss Sunshine A Sunny Disposition: Raised “right near the beach” in Santa Monica, this bubbly nine-year-old knows a thing or two about sunny skies. “Living in California is just so awesome,” Nordberg says. “Well, except sometimes it gets super hot, but that’s way better than too cold.” While performing off-Broadway, the young actress is living in blustery New York City with her mom, while her film editor father and older brother stay in California. “It’s really hard and it takes a lot of sacrifices,” she says of being separated from her dad for several months, “but I think it’s worth it to do this. Plus, they visit a lot—and when we’re together, we all feel great.”
Hubbardton Forge Corporation,Vermont Business Magazine Luxury lighting company, Hubbardton Forge, confirms an executive transition currently underway, and announces key leadership positions.Maria (Scutaro) Mullen, appointed President & COO on June 1, will now assume the role of CEO, with Bubba Sandford having completed his mission to assist the company in navigating the draw-down and closure, due to the pandemic, and subsequent successful re-opening of production. With Sandford’s guidance, Hubbardton Forge moved from one shift to two, and was able to ship through an unprecedentedly-high backlog due to a 5-wk closure in March/April.Maria (Scutaro) MullenToday, the company is back at 100% employment, and boasting its highest production rates ever. Most importantly, Sandford’s direction helped to keep the Hubbardton Forge team safe and healthy.Mullen, a lighting industry veteran executive with over a decade of experience at the helm of two major companies, also led her own lighting design/manufacturing company prior to joining Hubbardton Forge back in June. She transitions this month to the role of Chief Executive Officer for the Vermont manufacturer.Well-respected among industry leaders, sales rep’ agencies and customers, Mullen assumes this chief executive role with one of the most award-winning brands in the lighting industry.“I am honored and excited to have been selected to lead this wonderful company. We have a great and talented team, a terrific culture and a desire to innovate and lead in design and technology.” Mullen said, “We are writing the next chapter in this classic American story and I look forward to leading the team to new heights.”In addition to the company’s recent announcement of Andrew Knapp as VP of Sales, overseeing Commercial, Trade and Residential Showroom sales, Hubbardton Forge also announced the promotion of Steve Wiegers, an 18-year employee, to the manufacturing leadership position as VP of Operations.Steve WiegersWiegers began his career with the company as a Manufacturing Team member, and held a variety of managerial roles within the Forge, including that of Supply Chain Manager, before being promoted in March 2020 to Acting Director of Operations. He, now, assumes his new role as VP of Operations.“Steve is extremely talented and, moreover, committed to Hubbardton Forge. He is exactly the type of manager any company would be lucky to have” according to Maria Mullen, “His hard work in managing the shutdown and reopening was exceptional, and his ability to improve operations during this challenging year helped us come out of this period stronger than before. I look forward to working with Steve in his new position to continue to improve and grow our company.”For over 46 years, Hubbardton Forge created made-to-order, handcrafted products in an environmentally responsible way. Approximately 230 artisans, designers, engineers and staff in Castleton, Vermont develop lighting solutions for commercial and residential spaces. For more information, please visit www.hubbardtonforge.com(link is external) Source: (Castleton, VT) Luxury lighting company, Hubbardton Forge 12.2.2020
And when that timely hitting escaped Minnesota on Saturday, so did a win.The Gophers left six runners stranded in their first loss in a one run game this season.However, in the eyes of Anderson, Minnesota’s pitching staff performed strong all weekend.Five Gophers pitchers combined to allow just six earned runs and 12 hits in 32 innings, including junior right-hander Ethan Vogt’s eight inning performance Friday.Vogt struck out four and allowed just five hits as he gave up only two runs and picked up his second win of the season courtesy of the Gophers offensive rally.After all of Minnesota’s late offensive bursts to put it ahead in multiple games this season, Vogt said he’s adjusted to his team’s tendency to fight back in later innings.“We just go out there, throw strikes and try to keep it close,” he said. “We know that if we’re down 2-0 late, the game is not over and we just have to be sure to keep the game close until our offense can get things going.”After a few strong weeks on the mound, the Gophers’ pitching staff is seeing some statistical progress as well. Minnesota pitchers are sporting a 3.49 earned run average.In Vogt’s team-leading 33 innings, he has given up just seven earned runs and boasts a 1.91 ERA.“Our guys pitched well enough for us to win every game we played this weekend,” Anderson said. “In my eyes, if we can hold a team to two or three runs in a game, that is good enough for us to get a win and usually we can capitalize on that but we fell a little short of that on Saturday.”Still Anderson is moving on from this weekend and wants to see consistency from his team during conference play throughout the season. Gophers put forth strong showing Paul CordesApril 2, 2007Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe rain cut the Minnesota baseball team’s weekend a little short, but it had enough time to win its conference opening series against Penn State.The Gophers opened the series with a 3-2 win Friday before splitting a Saturday doubleheader with a 3-2 loss and a 9-2 victory.up next north dakota statewhen: 3:05 p.m. Wednesday where: Siebert FieldMinnesota found itself down two in the eighth inning Friday, a position not unfamiliar to the Gophers.But back-to-back pinch-hit singles and sophomore centerfielder Matt Nohelty’s base hit bunt got Minnesota’s three-run eighth rolling.After a walk to bring in the Gophers’ first run of the game, senior shortstop Dan Lyons kept things going by driving in a pair of runs to give Minnesota (17-6 overall, 2-1 Big Ten) its eighth comeback victory of the season.Coach John Anderson attributed Friday’s win and a lot of Minnesota’s success to the depth of his lineup.“We’ve got offense coming from up and down the lineup right now and our RBIs are spread out between a lot of different guys,” he said. “It’s good that we have an offense not set up around one or two guys, and in order to be a great team we’ll need hits from our eight and nine guys.”That doesn’t mean that Minnesota’s top hitters were dormant over the weekend.Senior left-fielder Mike Mee continued to pound the cover off the baseball including a 3-for-4, three run, two RBI performance in Saturday’s 9-2 drubbing of the Nittany Lions (5-15, 0-1).As a team, Minnesota laced together 13 hits against six different pitchers in the second game of the seven inning doubleheader.Mee said Gophers hitters are just trying to take a consistent mindset to the plate.“We’re just taking the same approach up there each time and hitting the ball where it’s pitched,” he said. “And I thought we’ve had some really timely hitting here lately and we had that timely hitting in two of the three games this weekend.”
Cassidy Turley announced on Thursday the sale of Broadstone Twin Fields, a 314-unit apartment community located at 2505 E. Williams Field Road in Gilbert, Ariz., and The Club at Coldwater Springs, a 251-unit apartment community located at 105 North Links Drive in Avondale, Ariz.Broadstone at Twin Fields, LP (Alliance Residential), represented by Cassidy Turley Executive Managing Directors David Fogler and Steven Nicoluzakis, sold the class-A garden-style apartment community for $47.1 million ($150,000 per unit). FRI San Tan, LLC (Farnam Realty, Inc.) acquired the apartment community.“The buyer was attracted to Broadstone Twin Fields because of the overall quality of the asset and its close proximity to the San Tan Village Regional Mall,” said Fogler.Built in 2008, Broadstone Twin Fields is located on the southeast corner of Williams Field Road and the Loop 202/San Tan Freeway, directly accessible to the Gilbert Spectrum employment district and the San Tan Village Regional Mall. The complex features one-, two- and three-bedroom units that range in size from 749 to 1,250 square feet and detached garages with private entries. Community amenities include two resort-style swimming pools, a clubhouse with a multimedia billiards room, a theatre room and athletic center, outdoor lounge with fireplace and grills and a children’s playground.The Club at Coldwater SpringsPM Club at Coldwater Springs Avondale, LLC (PEM Real Estate Group), represented by Fogler and Nicoluzakis, sold The Club at Coldwater Springs for $24 million ($95,618 per unit). Club at Coldwater Springs SIG, LLC (Shepard Investment Group, LLC) acquired the apartment community.“The buyer was attracted to The Club at Coldwater Springs because it offered the opportunity to acquire a Class A multi-family community in a recovering submarket viewed as likely to see significant rent growth,” said Fogler.Built in 2005, The Club at Coldwater Springs is a Class A garden-style apartment complex located in the Coldwater Springs master planned community just south of Interstate 10 at Avondale Boulevard. The complex offers 11 different one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans, with options for covered parking and attached or detached garages. Community amenities include a clubhouse with kitchen and fireplace, two resort-style swimming pools and spas, a movie theatre, a fitness center, a business center and outdoor barbecue areas. The Club at Coldwater Springs enjoys spectacular views of the Coldwater Golf Club, a Forrest Richardson designed championship public golf course.
The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) is preparing to reactivate a biosecurity advisory board that has been dormant for close to 2 years, and as part of that process, almost half of the board’s voting members learned this week that that they will soon be replaced.Although the move was not entirely unexpected, some of the 11 exiting members of the board said the timing is strange, as it comes in the wake of recent government lab safety lapses involving Bacillus anthracis, H5N1 avian flu virus, and smallpox virus.The 11 departing members—nearly half of the 23-member voting roster—are the last of the original members of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), which was established in 2005. The panel advises the government on biosecurity and “dual use research of concern” (DURC), or research that could be used to threaten public health.Routine membership rotation?In a statement e-mailed to CIDRAP News today, the NIH said the change in personnel is part of routine membership rotation and noted that the terms of the outgoing members had been extended several times.The NSABB made frequent headlines in late 2011 and 2012, when it initially opposed publication of the full details of two studies that involved generating H5N1 viruses with airborne transmissibility in ferrets. The board later reversed the recommendation, but the vote on one of the studies was not unanimous.NSABB Executive Director Mary Groesch, PhD, informed the 11 board members of their impending removal in a Jul 13 e-mail message.”I wanted to tell you that a new slate of NSABB members has been approved as your replacements, and thus your service on the board is ending,” she wrote. “Since you have all been so gracious as to extend your service for several years beyond your initial term, this may come as welcome news!”She said the NIH plans to convene the board in the fall, when it will be asked for advice on educational materials that will be needed to support a new policy on institutional oversight of life-sciences DURC. The final version of that policy is due to be released soon, she added.Paul Keim, PhD, of Northern Arizona University, an outgoing NSABB member and former chair, said that normally a few NSABB members should rotate off the board each year, but that wasn’t done over the past 2 years.”We were all surprised [by Groesch’s memo], but mainly because of the silence for about 20 months,” he told CIDRAP News. He is a microbiologist and Regent’s Professor of biology at Northern Arizona and also directs the Pathogen Genomics Division at The Translational Genomics Research Institute. “I think it’s unfortunate that it happens right now in the midst of this crisis [of lab safety missteps], but on the other hand the US government has mothballed the NSABB for essentially 2 years,” Keim said. “During that period there should’ve been a rotation of members off the board. That was the original intent.””They had a backlog in rotating people off,” he said. “It’s just too bad they had to rotate so many experienced people off as they’re facing this crisis.”He referred to the recent revelations about biosafety lapses involving B anthracis and H5N1 virus at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) labs and the discovery of 1950s smallpox virus samples in a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) facility.Keim and other members contacted by CIDRAP News said they’re in the dark as to why the NIH has not convened the NSABB since November 2012. “We don’t know why we were inactivated,” he said.Questions on board inactivity, timing of noticeIn their statement to CIDRAP News today, NIH officials described the changing of the guard as routine but did not explain why the board has been inactive for so long.”It is routine for federal advisory committees to rotate their membership over time so that fresh and diverse perspectives can be brought to bear on the committee’s deliberations,” the statement said. “Typically, only a portion of the board is rotated off at a time, so that the NSABB has members with ‘institutional memory,’ as well as individuals with new perspectives. Under special circumstances, membership terms can be extended, though they cannot be extended indefinitely.”The terms of the individuals who received notification that their service on the NSABB had come to an end, had been renewed several times. The last time member terms were extended, those extensions were to last until replacement members could be found up until 2015, but not necessarily extending to that date, if less time was required for replacement members to be appointed.”The decision regarding which members to rotate off the board is predicated on the length of service and the availability of replacement members. The individuals who were notified recently regarding their expiring terms are the last among the original board members to rotate off. This is part of the routine process of membership rotation.”The NIH said the names of the new NSABB members will be released before the board’s next meeting. Groesch’s memo said plans call for a meeting in September or October.The current NSABB chair, Samuel L. Stanley Jr, MD, president of Stony Brook University in New York, was not available to comment on the development today. He is not among those rotating off the panel.Another departing member, Michael Imperale, PhD, of the University of Michigan, said the outgoing members were initially appointed for 4-year terms, but the terms were extended because the NIH hadn’t found replacements for them. He is a professor in and associate chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.Imperiale said he had “no idea” why the NIH picked this particular time to suddenly announce the change in members.”I guess the related question is, why, after almost 2 years, did the NIH decide it’s time to reconvene the board?” he added.David Relman, MD, of Stanford University, another exiting NSABB member, called the NIH move “quite abrupt” and said he didn’t know the reason for the timing, but added that he was not entirely surprised. He is a professor of medicine and of microbiology and immunology at Stanford and also is chief of infectious diseases at Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health CareSystem.”What has been far more upsetting has been the degree to which the board has been ignored and in essence, silenced during this past 2 years—2 years of rapidly evolving science, pressing unresolved issues, and great need for work and contributions by a board like this,” Relman commented.He said he has “some suspicion” that the change in members may be related to positions that members have taken in board deliberations, but has “nothing that I can support with objective evidence.”Keim, however, rejected any speculation that members are being dropped from the board for their views: “If they started targeting members for their positions, that would be a major transgression of the government advisory board policies. They did not target us for our views.”See also: NSABB home pageRoster of current NSABB voting membersRelated Jul 15 ScienceInsider story
In an effort to enhance compliance with the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched a new dashboard that will track and monitor how companies are implementing parts of the law, and how those changes are affecting the food safety system.The dashboard, which has some data entered dating back to 2016, launched with the initial metrics of two rules from FSMA: the “Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls” rules for both human food and food for animals (preventive controls rules), and the imported food safety rule, including data relevant to the “Foreign Supplier Verification Program” (FSVP) rule.”The data will ultimately help the agency identify trends in food safety, continue to improve our risk-based food safety framework, and modernize the agency’s food safety approaches in a way that will help prepare us for a New Era of Smarter Food Safety,” the FDA’s Acting Commissioner of Food and Drugs Ned Sharpless, MD, said in a statement yesterday.Eventually, metrics for all seven of the FSMA foundational rules will be added to the dashboard over the next several years, the FDA said. The FDA will update the Food Safety Dashboard quarterly.Though the primary goal of the dashboard is to prevent and stop problems in the food chain before products reach the consumer, the dashboard will also include metrics to track outbreak responses, including tracking the number of days from a recall to a public FDA press release.May take years to establish meaningful trendsSmaller businesses will have a longer time to comply and post on the dashboard, and the FDA warned that though the tool will provide useful information, the full benefit may not be reaped for some time.”Taking into account these factors, considering the changing sizes of businesses subject to these regulations as these regulations become effective, and the changing regulatory approach from educational to more regulatory, the agency expects that it will take several years to establish meaningful trends to evaluate progress toward achieving the performance goals presented on the dashboard,” the FDA said in its September FDA-TRACK newsletter.But some progress is already apparent. According to the agency, initial data show that since 2016, most companies inspected are in compliance with the new preventive control rules requirements. Recalls and investigations are also becoming speedier, moving from 4 days in 2016 to 2 days in 2019.”At this point we cannot definitively say these are meaningful trends representative of the entire food industry. However, this is an encouraging start as industry, the FDA and our regulatory partners work together to improve food safety and protect consumers,” Sharpless said.President Barack Obama signed FSMA into law in 2011, with the goal of moving the FDA away from food safety response to food safety prevention.See also:Sep 30 FDA statement FDA-TRACK food safety dashboard FDA-TRACK September newsletter
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The United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a notice of schedule for the environmental review of the Elba liquefaction project. FERC revealed in its notice that it plans to issue the environmental assessment of the Elba liquefaction project on February 5, 2016, with the 90-day federal authorization decision deadline set for May 5, 2016.Elba Liquefaction and Southern LNG are planning to construct natural gas liquefaction facilities to support the production and export of up to 350 million cubic feet of LNG per day (2.5 million tons per year) at the existing Elba LNG terminal, in Chatham County, near Savannah, Georgia.The activities planned at the Elba Island terminal include the installation of up to ten movable modular liquefaction system units, a flare system, modifications to the terminal piping, modification and construction of various buildings, and truck transport of natural gas liquids.To facilitate the supply of natural gas to the Elba LNG Terminal for liquefaction, Elba Express is proposing to add compression along its existing Elba Express pipeline in Georgia.[mappress mapid=”17585″]LNG World News Staff; Image: BG Group
PORTUGAL: National environment agency APA has approved plans for the modernisation of part of the Linha do Oeste which links Lisboa with Louriçal and Figueira da Foz.Being undertaken as part of the government’s Ferrovia 2020 investment programme, the upgrading covers the 87 route-km between Meleças on the Lisboa suburban network, and Caldas da Rainha. Included in the work is electrification at 25 kV 50 Hz, level crossing removal, renewal of signalling and telecoms and work to refurbish stations and major structures. Around Outeiro, 2 km of the railway is to be realigned, while the 10 km section between Meleças and Pedra Furada and the 6 km between Malveira and Sapataria are to be double-tracked. Once completed, journey times between Lisboa and Caldas da Rainha will be reduced to approximately 90 min.While the work has been approved to support modal shift and grow rail use, APA expects infrastructure manager Infraestruturas de Portugal to implement environmental protection measures to monitor noise and vibration, preserve water resources and biodiversity and to safeguard historical heritage. APA approval means that IP can now call tenders for the work, which is expected to cost €107m. However, approval of the programme has already been significantly delayed, with the planned completion date of 2020 likely to be missed by up to two years. The delays are compounding ongoing problems along the route caused by a shortage of diesel rolling stock, which has led to routine cancellation of rail services and use of bus substitution.The northern section of the route between Caldas da Rainha and Louriçal is not covered by the programme and will continue to be operated by diesel railcars.