January 18, 2021

Odds & Ends: Hamilton Aims for London & More

first_img View Comments Related Shows Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Hamilton Eyes London BowCould a Founding Father cross the pond to England? According to The Evening Standard, mega-producer Cameron Mackintosh intends to bring the buzz-worthy Hamilton to London. The musical created by and starring Lin-Manuel Miranda opened officially at the Richard Rodgers Theatre last week after a sold-out gig off-Broadway. Of the potential West End production, Miranda said, “We’re hoping it will happen sooner rather than later. My wife is always trying to get me to other countries.” Nothing’s confirmed, but with all that Revolutionary War business under the bridge, we suspect the show would have no trouble finding success in the U.K.Want a Renewal? Cast Tony WinnersTwo Showtime dramas featuring stage favorites well be back again for another season. Ray Donovan, starring Tony winner Liev Schreiber and Oscar winner and Broadway vet Jon Voight, and Masters of Sex, starring Great White Way alum Michael Sheen and featuring recent Tony winner and upcoming Sylvia star Annaleigh Ashford, have been picked up for fourth seasons. The announcement was made at the Television Critics Association press tour.Keira Knightley’s Daughter Has a NameOscar nominee Keira Knightley, who will make her Broadway debut this fall in Thérèse Raquin, welcomed her first child with husband James Righton back in May. The couple talked to Elle for the upcoming September issue and revealed that they’ve named their daughter Edie. It’s an adorable name, and we promise not to dream-cast Knightley and her daughter in Grey Gardens just yet. Until then, congratulations to the new parents! You can catch Knightley, along with Gabriel Ebert, Judith Light and Matt Ryan, in Thérèse Raquin at Studio 54 beginning October 1.Broadway Agent Samuel “Biff” Liff DiesBeloved manager and Broadway producer Samuel “Biff” Liff died on August 10 in his Westchester County home. He was 96. His death was confirmed to Deadline by his longtime colleague and friend, producer Emanuel Azenberg. Liff began his career as a stage manager for such Broadway productions as Along Fifth Avenue, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and My Fair Lady. He served as an agent at William Morris for over 30 years, during which time he served as an associate producer for dozens of shows. In 2006, he was awarded a Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre. Hamilton from $149.00last_img read more

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January 1, 2021

CVPS completes $30 million at-the-market public stock offering

first_imgCentral Vermont Public Service Corporation (NYSE: CV) announced today that it has completed the sale of shares of its common stock under the at-the-market offering program announced on Jan. 15, 2010. The company sold an aggregate of 1,498,745 shares in open market trading and direct placements under this program for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $30.6 million. KeyBanc Capital Markets served as sole placement agent under the at-the-market offering program.The company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes.This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the company’s common stock nor shall there be any sale of such common stock in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.About Central VermontCVPS is Vermont’s largest electric utility, serving approximately 159,000 customers statewide. CVPS’s non-regulated subsidiary, Catamount Resources Corporation, sells and rents electric water heaters through a subsidiary, SmartEnergy Water Heating Services.Forward-Looking StatementsStatements contained in this press release that are not historical fact are forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the safe-harbors from the liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements made that are not historical facts are forward-looking and, accordingly, involve estimates, assumptions, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Actual results will depend upon, among other things, the actions of regulators, performance of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, effects of and changes in weather and economic conditions, volatility in wholesale electric markets and our ability to maintain our current credit ratings. These and other risk factors are detailed in CV’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. CV cannot predict the outcome of any of these matters; accordingly, there can be no assurance that such indicated results will be realized. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date of this press release. CV does not undertake any obligation to publicly release any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release. Source: CVPS RUTLAND, VT–(Marketwire – December 3, 2010) –last_img read more

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December 31, 2020

Transition or bailout? Debate swirls over plan for struggling Illinois coal plants

first_imgTransition or bailout? Debate swirls over plan for struggling Illinois coal plants FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享St. Louis Post-Dispatch:The owner of economically challenged coal-fired power plants in Southern Illinois is supporting legislation that, if passed, would help transform those sites into facilities for utility-scale solar and energy storage projects.The Texas-based company, Vistra Energy, acquired the region’s fleet of coal plants when it completed its purchase of Dynegy Inc. last year. It says the facilities are beset by tough economic and policy conditions, and favors a bill before the state legislature that would provide funding to phase them out of production and repurpose the sites, instead of just shutting them down abruptly.But some environmental groups oppose the measure, characterizing it as a potential “$140 million a year coal bailout,” according to J.C. Kibbey, an Illinois clean energy advocate for the Natural Resources Defense Council in Chicago.Regardless of what becomes of the legislation in Springfield, the electric grid in downstate Illinois — a longtime bastion of coal production — faces major shifts in how it generates power.“We know that drastic changes are imminent,” said Meranda Cohn, Vistra’s director of media relations and corporate affairs. “What we’re trying to do is create a viable business in Illinois and the status quo does not present that,” said Cohn. “We think this gives us an opportunity to continue to operate in the state and at the same time help the state meet its goals.”Vistra employs about 1,000 workers total across its eight Illinois coal plants, Cohn said. The proposal would rely on a combination of funding mechanisms, including renewable energy credits and state-awarded grants. “Transitionary assistance” would be capped at $140 million annually from 2020 through 2024, a five-year period during which given coal plants would remain in operation, with solar or energy storage joining the mix at each site in either 2021 or 2022. The legislation would allow the plants to retire if unforeseen capital expenditures of more than $10 million would be needed to satisfy environmental laws or regulations and keep them in operation.More: Facing likely closures, owner of Southern Illinois coal power plants supports bill to help repurpose sites for solar, energy storage projectslast_img read more

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December 17, 2020

Utilizing technology for relevance and retention

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Gene Fredriksen Gene Fredriksen is the CISO for PSCU. In this role he is responsible for the development information protection and technology risk programs for the company. Gene has over twenty five … Web: www.pscu.com Details During one of my first computer classes, our instructor told us that the key to success and relevance in information technology is delivering the right information, in the right format, at the right time. When I worked for a manufacturing company in the 80s, this advice typically applied to shipping information, printed on labels, that needed to be ready in time for the shipping truck. Daily demand for user information was usually met by delivering mountains of reports printed on green bar paper. It was definitely not a “real-time” organization. Over the years, consumer demands have expanded, particularly in the financial services space, and most of the increased demand is fueled by technology. Credit union members, for instance, no longer have to wait for the teller lobby to be open for business. The internet and mobile devices have made 24/7 access a fundamental expectation, not a luxury. We take it for granted now, but at the time it was a game changer.While user expectations have changed, the basic concept of supplying the right information, in the right format, at the right time is still a fundamental one. Based on the expanded tools and systems to access data, there is an added expectation that organizations keep this information secure. Viewed through the voice of the consumer, it looks something like this: I expect you to keep my information secure – i.e., no breachesI expect the information about me to be correct – i.e., my credit card should never be declined in errorI expect my information to be available in the format I request – i.e., internet, mobile, paperI expect the information to be available when I need it – i.e., 24/7If we wish to remain relevant to consumers while using technology to pursue new tools and systems, we must meet their basic expectations. Failure to meet their core needs is a shortcut to becoming irrelevant in the marketplace.Businesses and consumers now demand instant access to business goods and services – not just from their laptops, but also from their mobile devices. Driven by that demand, credit unions are opting to rely more on the internet. While the benefits of anytime, anywhere access are clear, increasing reliance on the internet has its disadvantages, particularly when it comes to a variety of cyber security issues. As the percentage of gross revenue from e-business grows, the risk to the business from cyber attacks and outages also grows proportionally.When properly applied, advances in authentication and security technology will help meet consumers’ expectations for keeping their information secure. More robust methods of processing, storing and correlating data will reduce the potential for errors in members’ accounts, helping to meet their need for accurate information. Keeping current with new methods of delivering services to members electronically will help ensure that mobile apps run seamlessly on the latest and greatest phones. And lastly, attention to incident response and failover technologies will mean that when members need access to their funds or information, both will be readily available.Lifetime customers are made outside of normal work hours. When a parent drives through a midnight snowstorm to get milk or supplies from the store, and credit card or ATM access works seamlessly, he or she will be more apt to remain a long-term member. The one certainty is that the technology train will not slow down, and consumers will continuously demand new and better tools. As we implement these new tools, we should marry them with systems and processes that support the basic needs of members. Doing so will result in systems that go far beyond the basic functions in meeting consumer needs. We can and should utilize these advances to enhance the overall customer experience. This strategy will elevate relevancy and drive up member retention rates to enviable levels. Credit unions should make it a company-wide mantra to enhance the entire member experience, not just deliver a new application.It is easy to become enamored with new tools and technologies. This is especially true in the areas of payments and banking thanks to recent and forthcoming tremendous advances. However, it is important to never lose focus on the basic needs of consumers. Technology should be viewed as a means to help meet those needs. last_img read more

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October 19, 2020

Bronx zoo tiger tests positive for coronavirus

first_img“Though they have experienced some decrease in appetite, the cats at the Bronx Zoo are otherwise doing well under veterinary care and are bright, alert, and interactive with their keepers,” the statement continued. “It is not known how this disease will develop in big cats since different species can react differently to novel infections, but we will continue to monitor them closely and anticipate full recoveries.”All four of the zoos and the aquarium in New York — whose virus death toll has topped 4,000 — have been closed since March 16.The zoo emphasized that there is “no evidence that animals play a role in the transmission of COVID-19 to people other than the initial event in the Wuhan market, and no evidence that any person has been infected with COVID-19 in the US by animals, including by pet dogs or cats.” Chinese disease control officials had identified wild animals sold in a Wuhan market as the source of the coronavirus pandemic that has infected well over one million people worldwide.According to the US Department of Agriculture website there had “not been reports of pets or other animals” in the United States falling ill with coronavirus prior to news of the tiger Nadia.”It is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus,” the department’s website says. In late March a pet cat was discovered infected with the novel coronavirus in Belgium, following similar cases in Hong Kong where two dogs tested positive for COVID-19.All of those animals are believed to have contracted the virus from the people they live with.The Bronx zoo said preventative measures were in place for caretakers as well as all cats in the city’s zoos. Topics :center_img A tiger at New York’s Bronx Zoo has tested positive for COVID-19, the institution said Sunday, and is believed to have contracted the virus from a caretaker who was asymptomatic at the time.The four-year-old Malayan tiger named Nadia along with her sister Azul, two Amur tigers and three African lions all developed dry coughs and are expected to fully recover, the Wildlife Conservation Society that runs the city’s zoos said in a statement.”We tested the cat out of an abundance of caution and will ensure any knowledge we gain about COVID-19 will contribute to the world’s continuing understanding of this novel coronavirus,” the statement sent to AFP said.last_img read more

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October 6, 2020

New buyer to enjoy city skyline from this suburban luxury home

first_img39 Sunny Ave, Wavell Heights.Spread across the three levels are five bedrooms, three bathrooms, large kitchen, a study,soundproof media room, stacks of storage and a three-car garage.Also on the 610sq m parcel of land is an in-ground saltwater pool and a large enoughbackyard for a trampoline or kick of a footy.Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty’s Joseph Lordi is responsible for the sale of theproperty which is scheduled to go to auction, on-site, on Saturday, April 22 at midday. 39 Sunny Ave, Wavell Heights.A spectacular three-storey family home on Brisbane’s northside, owned by a head honcho of one of Queensland’s largest engineering firms, has hit the market.Murphy Pipe and Civil director Jim Campbell purchased 39 Sunny Ave, Wavell Heights almost 10 years ago after falling in love with its size and great outlook over the city.“It’s a perfect family home,” Mr Campbell said.“Sitting on the deck and looking out over the city view is going to be hard to replace.“The living area is on the top level where you can see from the city right across to the BunyaMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoMountains.”last_img read more

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October 6, 2020

The stunning view from this apartment helped it clinch an early sale

first_imgMore from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoThere are views of the city and Story Bridge from almost every part of the apartment. Picture: realestate.com.auMarketing agent Brett Greensill said the buyer was determined to secure the apartment and submitted an unbeatable offer on the weekend.He said demand for prestige inner-city riverfront property in Brisbane was strong.“It’s a trend we’ve noticed which has continued to rise over the last six months,’’ Mr Greensill said. The view from 17/16 Moray St, New Farm is hard to go past. Picture: realestate.com.auA RIVERFRONT penthouse with amazing views of the Brisbane CBD, River and Story Bridge has sold for $2.425 million ahead of the deadline for its marketing campaign.A deal was done on the four-bedroom apartment at 16 Moray St, New Farm before the offers to purchase campaign could end. 17/16 Moray St, New Farm. Picture: realestate.com.auThe apartment in the River Manor complex has six balconies and Mr Greensill said the views were “unmatched’’.“Prestige, river facing apartments continue to attract premium offers from owner-occupants,’’ he said.center_img The River Manors apartment building in New Farm. Picture: realestate.com.aulast_img read more

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September 28, 2020

Kelvin Grove art deco home owned by luxury hotel fit-out experts hits the market

first_imgOn the next floor is a third bedroom, a rumpus room, living room, sunroom, bathroom, dining room and kitchen, which has Italian curved marble benchtops, handpainted custom made cabinetry, and a Black Bertazzoni oven. Italian marble has also been used in the main bathroom, which has a designer bath — reportedly one of only five baths of its type ever made. 20 Prospect Terrace at Kelvin Grove will go to auction on December 13 at 6.30pmPPS Australia provides furniture packages and fittings for some of the nation’s leading luxury hotel brands and residential developments, with projects including the recently completed Emporium Hotel at South Bank, Accor Sebel, Royal on the Park Hotel and Jewel Resort on the Gold Coast.Mr Lane said they bought the 1937-built art deco house in 2005 with the intention of renovating it. “We had been looking for an art deco-style house in Brisbane for a few years but they are hard to find,” he said.“Many of those that do exist are knocked down or given a modern makeover but we loved this one as it had that style, it has the views and it gets a north-easterly breeze.”The couple, with the help of Mr Lane’s builder brother-in-law, did the renovation over three stages, finishing the work in 2015.He said the original house had three bedrooms, one bathroom and one living room, but now has five bedrooms, two bathrooms and three living spaces after they dug out under the house and built it in. They also added a pool and landscaped the gardens.Mr Lane said he believed the city risked losing its character if old homes continued to be knocked down to make way for new builds.“I think people don’t always understand the beauty of a character home,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago“Or maybe they don’t want to spend the money or have the patience for it but it is worth it.”The couple are now selling after buying another house to renovate, and they have listed the house with Space Property agents Judi O’Dea and Michael Kleimeyer.The house sits on a 607sq m lot overlooking the lush grounds of the Brisbane Quakers, and will go to auction on December 13 at 6.30pm. This art deco house in Kelvin Grove is owned by Paul Lane, the co-founder of a company that styles and fits out luxury hotelsTHEY have styled some of Brisbane’s most luxurious residential developments and hotels, and now their own art deco home is on the market. Paul Lane, co-founder of PPS Australia, and his wife Kate, have listed 20 Prospect Terrace in Kelvin Grove. Toward the rear of the house are timber and glass sliders that open onto an elevated, slate tiled, curved deck that was specifically designed to fit with the existing home. On the top level there are two more bedrooms. Original features include ornate ceilings, leadlight doors, timber floorboards and a curved internal staircase with a detailed stainless steel rail.The front facade has been preserved, while the interior has been renovated to maximise light and a natural flow from room to room. Split over three levels, the lower level is home to a laundry, sitting room and two bedrooms including a master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in robe. It includes crystal pendant lights, electric linen block out curtains and marble and travertine tiles in the ensuite. There is also an entertaining deck that flows down a set of stairs to the pool and gardens.last_img read more

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September 28, 2020

North Myrtle Beach Nourishment Project About to Begin

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District, is planning to begin a storm damage reduction (beach nourishment) project in North Myrtle Beach on May 13th, the city said in the report.According to the officials, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, LLC will execute the project.It will take 30-45 days to complete the federally funded project, which stretches for about 2.7 miles along the North Myrtle Beach shoreline from 22nd Avenue North to 54th Avenue North and from Ocean Creek Drive to 43rd Avenue South, the announcement said.The project, which replaces some 280,000 cubic yards of sand eroded by Hurricane Florence, originally was to merge with last year’s Hurricane Irma beach nourishment project but delays in completing the Myrtle Beach segment pushed the North Myrtle Beach segment into spring 2019.“This storm damage reduction project aims to minimize the impacts to people and property behind the dunes in a storm event,” said Wes Wilson, project manager. “While we acknowledge that people may see temporary inconveniences while the project is underway, the project has many long-term benefits, especially during storm season.”The officials also stated that for the first section of the project, the contractor will access the beach from Sea Mountain Highway. The contractor will set up a crane on the beach on Monday, May 6 to assemble the CRAB, the very tall, wheeled machine that measures the grade/slope of the beach prior to and after nourishment.They also added that during construction, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company works 24 hours a day, seven days a week, usually completing up to 500 feet per day, barring mechanical or weather/sea condition delays. This means that active construction moves quickly and will only be in front of any particular building or area for two or three days.last_img read more

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September 23, 2020

October Fest this weekend at Outlaw Motor Speedway

first_imgMUSKOGEE, Okla. – Outlaw Motor Speedway has a pre-Halloween treat for drivers in three IMCA divisions with the October Fest special scheduled for Oct. 27-29.Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds run for $2,000 to win and a minimum of $200 to start their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars run for $1,000 to win, IMCA SportMods for $750 to win.An open practice runs from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. Pit passes are $15. Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, when heats and qualifying features are on the card. Gates open at 4 p.m. and racing gets underway at 5:30 p.m. for the Saturday program featuring last-chance races and the main events.There’s a $50 entry fee for all divisions on Friday and a $100 entry fee on Saturday for drivers who didn’t compete on opening night. Transponder fees are $5 each day. Drivers will hand out candy to kids on Saturday.Grandstand admission for adults is $10 on Friday and $15 on Saturday. Seniors and military pay $8, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and five and under get in free both nights. Pit passes are $30 for each program.More information is available by calling 918 625-6200 and at the www.outlawmotorspeedway.net website.last_img read more

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