View Comments Oh, if we only had a cast… Wait! We do! Newcomer Sarah Lasko and stage favorite Mark A. Harmon will star as Dorothy and Professor Marvel/The Wizard, respectively, in the new North American tour of The Wizard of Oz. The touring production will launch on December 1 in Cleveland, before continuing to cities across the country and Canada.In addition to Lasko and Harmon, The Wizard of Oz tour will also feature Shani Hadjian as the Wicked Witch of the West, Aaron Fried as Lion, Jay McGill as Tin Man, Morgan Reynolds as Scarecrow and Rachel Womble as Glinda.Directed by Jeremy Sams, this new production of The Wizard of Oz contains the beloved Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg songs from the Oscar-winning movie score, all of the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.On November 17, The Wizard of Oz will be featured on Lifetime Channel’s The Balancing Act as part of the second season of Broadway Balances America. Viewers will meet the stars of the tour and find out how The Wizard of Oz has been reconceived for the stage with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.The Wizard of Oz had its world premiere at The London Palladium Theatre in March of 2011. After a successful West End run, the production had its North American premiere in Toronto in December of 2012, and toured the U.S. from September of 2013 through June of 2014.
Many Georgia farmers rely on a product called methyl bromide to help them producehigh-quality crops. But soon they’ll have to use something else.And they’renot sure what will work as well.”The U.S. Clean Air Act mandated that methyl bromide beeliminated from use in the United States by the year 2001,” said Alex Csinos, a plantpathologist with the University of Georgia Coastal Plain Experiment Station.Farmers fumigate soil with methyl bromide gas. They inject it into soil covered withplastic to get rid of pests. Then they seed the field to tobacco or vegetable crops suchas squash, peppers, tomatoes and cabbage.Csinos said methyl bromide controls a broad range of insects, weeds, nematodes anddisease-causing organisms at fairly low cost.But the Environmental Protection Agency found a problem. As methyl bromide moves fromtreated soil into the atmosphere, it breaks down ozone molecules that help protect us fromthe sun’s ultraviolet rays. So farmers have to find other products.Csinos, other UGA researchers and U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists have workedtogether for about four years to find a replacement.”At this point, the results look very good,” he said. “We have found some materialsthat are already approved by EPA for soil injection. And their activity is almost equal toor, in some cases, even better than methyl bromide.”A bonus for farmers is that the other products cost less, too, when used in effectivecombinations. Farmers can apply them, Csinos said, at half to two-thirds the cost ofmethyl bromide.One way methyl bromide is better, though, is time. It works quickly and escapes fastonce the farmer removes the plastic. The alternatives may take longer. And that canrequire more management and planning.”But farmers can apply it themselves instead of hiringcustom applicators,” Csinos said. “And these alternative chemicals and combinations have been shown tohave no effect on the ozone layer.”Georgians can benefit from the new chemicals in a number of ways.They’ll beable to get fresh vegetables without worrying about whether farmers have damaged theirenvironment to grow them.And they’llkeep on getting the high-quality, disease-free produce they’re used to.Georgia farmers will reduce the harmful chemicals they have to use. And they’ll payless to do it.”Our trials on chemicals to replace methyl bromide havebeen quite successful,” said Csinos. “We don’t have a choice about changing. And we’re working to change to asafe chemical that’s as effective and less expensive.
The pair endured a frosty relationship during Mourinho’s first spell and a truce proved temporary when the Portuguese felt so riled by Wenger last month that he re-engaged the hostility. Mourinho described Wenger as a “specialist in failure” after the Frenchman commented that anyone ruling themselves out of the title race was doing so out of a fear of falling short. Mourinho’s reaction was perhaps due to Arsenal, along with Liverpool and Manchester City, being rivals as the Blues chase just a second Premier League title since 2006 – Carlo Ancelotti led Chelsea to the 2010 championship – this season. The Chelsea manager on Friday refused to apologise for the “failure” barb, after which he felt he was unfairly portrayed as the villain, and stopped short of joining those lauding Wenger’s career. “The tribute is to say that I believe that any one of us would love to have the same privilege (of getting to 1,000 games) with our clubs,” Mourinho said. Mourinho’s career has seen him enjoy short and successful spells at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid and now back at Stamford Bridge. He respects Wenger’s longevity, particularly in the modern game, and hopes to emulate it, at least in part, with the Blues. “It was always difficult, but in modern football it is even more difficult,” he added. “If I accumulate my first three-and-a-half years with Chelsea and this one, I have a few. “And let’s see if I can reach, not 1,000, but I would say, 500 (matches). It would be fantastic.” The landmark occasion comes with Wenger chasing a first victory in 10 contests with Mourinho, who has not been beaten in 75 Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho insisted his personal record against Wenger was incidental as matches pit team against team, not manager against manager. “It doesn’t matter,” he said. “It’s not against him. It’s Chelsea against Arsenal. “I didn’t even play Arsenal with Inter Milan or with Real Madrid or with Porto, I just played with Chelsea. “It’s Chelsea-Arsenal, Arsenal-Chelsea, it’s not me against him. “Records don’t play any role. A match is a match. It’s not coach against coach, it’s team against team.” Chelsea, who beat Galatasaray to advance to the Champions League quarter-finals in midweek, will be bidding to respond to last Saturday’s controversial loss to Aston Villa, when Mourinho, Ramires and Willian were sent off. Mourinho will contest his Football Association improper conduct charge, while Ramires is banned for three matches and Willian one, with both missing the Gunners visit. After the Villa Park loss Mourinho called for the Premier League not to assign referee Chris Foy to Chelsea matches in future – something which will not happen as it would set a dangerous precedent – and it is clear the manner of the defeat still rankles. Mourinho added: “Last Saturday put us in a position where probably we wouldn’t be now. Probably we’d be with more points than we have now.” Also absent on Saturday is former Arsenal left-back Ashley Cole (knee), but Nemanja Matic and Mohammed Salah are available after being ineligible in Europe in midweek. Chelsea were drawn with Paris St Germain in the Champions League last eight, something which will give Mourinho reason to once again question UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations. The Blues say they are trying to live within their means while others continue to spend astronomical sums. Speaking before his side were drawn to play a PSG featuring Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani, Mourinho suggested the other six teams would be keen to play his side or Manchester United, once again deploying the underdog card. “Maybe all of them want us, because Chelsea’s maybe the outsider of the group,” Mourinho said. “Maybe us and Man United, because they’re not having a great season.” Press Association Arsenal’s most recent silverware came in the 2005 FA Cup; in his 500th, they lost to Mourinho’s Chelsea, who successfully defended their Premier League title in 2006. “I admire him and I admire Arsenal, because it’s not possible to have 1,000 matches unless the club is also a fantastic club in the way they support the manager, especially in the bad moments and especially when the bad moments were quite a lot,” Mourinho said. Amid the glowing tributes to Arsene Wenger ahead of his 1,000th match in charge of Arsenal, Jose Mourinho decided to remind the Frenchman of his trophy drought which now stretches to almost nine years.