January 18, 2021

Odds & Ends: Vanessa Hudgens is a Terrific Actress, Naomi Watts’ B’way Dream & More

first_img View Comments Lesli Margherita & More Set for NAMT’s Festival of New Musicals We’ve now got final casting for the previously reported 26th Annual Festival of New Musicals, where eight new tuners are introduced to industry professionals through reading presentations. Among the names appearing in shows at New World Stages on October 23 and October 24 are Broadway.com Vlogger Lesli Margherita. The Matilda star, along with Mitchell Jarvis (Rock of Ages), Jenni Barber (The Nance) and Joel Perez (In The Heights), will feature in The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes. Other Great White favorites newly announced also include Margo Seibert (Rocky), who will appear in String. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Life’s a Cabaret for Emma Stone Emma Stone was another one of our favorites who just stopped by GMA to talk Birdman, which she also stars in, as well as her upcoming headlining gig as Sally Bowles in Cabaret. During the October 15 interview she reveals how growing up she spent lots of time getting rush tickets to Broadway plays (Stars! They’re just like us!). Is she ready for a perfectly marvelous time at Studio 54? “I don’t know what ready means,” Stone confesses, going on to say: “I can’t even describe how excited I am.” Neither can we, Emma, neither can we! Check out the segment below and Stone in person at Studio 54 from November 11. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 Cabaret More ABC news videos | ABC Health News Vanessa Hudgens is a ‘Terrific Actress’ Eric Schaeffer, who is directing the Broadway-bound Gigi, has revealed that he’s thanking heaven for working with High School Musical’s Vanessa Hudgens, who will play the title role in the tuner. “She’s really a special performer,” Schaeffer told the Washingtonian, “she just has this great energy and is a terrific actress, and she sounds fantastic singing these songs.” The re-imagined new production, adapted by Heidi Thomas, will officially open at the Kennedy Center on January 29, 2015, also starring Howard McGillin and Corey Cott. Naomi Watts’ Broadway ‘Dream’ Naomi Watts recently stopped by GMA, below, to talk her star turn in the Broadway-centric film Birdman. This prompted host Robin Roberts to quiz the Aussie superstar whether she’d like to tread the boards on the Great White Way for real, to which Watts responded that it “is a dream of mine.” The actress conceded that there was “a little bit of fear there, I have to admit. But I will have to break through that fear at some point.” We can’t wait for when she does! Related Shows More ABC news videos | ABC Health Newslast_img read more

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January 17, 2021

April Climate Report

first_imgAlma had record highs of 88 degrees on April 2 and 93 degrees on April 29 breaking the old records of 87 degrees set in 2006, and 92 degrees set in 2002. April was dry everywhere in Georgia, although some areas did receive more rain than others. The highest monthly total precipitation from National Weather Service reporting stations was 2.23 inches in Atlanta (1.13 inches below normal) and the lowest was in Savannah at 0.48 inches (2.59 inches below normal.) Augusta received 1.45 inches (1.39 inches below normal), Brunswick 0.53 (1.96 inches below normal), Macon 1.03 (1.93 inches below normal), Alma 1.57 (1.24 inches below normal), Columbus 0.49 (3.06 inches below normal) and Athens 1.36 (1.79 inches below normal). The highest single-day rainfall from Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network stations was 3.77 inches in north central Georgia near Ila in Madison County.A nearby observer at Danielsville received 3.33 inches, another Madison County observer, in Comer, received 3.07 inches. The highest monthly total precipitation was 5.54 inches at the Ila station, followed by 5.50 inches in Rabun Gap, in Rabun County, and 5.25 inches at the Comer station. Severe weather was reported on seven days in April. All of these reports were for scattered damage due to high winds and small hail. The storms caused damage to some crops. Additional damage to fruit and other crops was caused by frost in northern Georgia during the second week in April. Due to the warm temperatures and dry conditions, drought expanded in Georgia over the month. At the end of the month 84 percent of Georgia was experiencing some degree of drought, including 20 percent of the state in exceptional drought. Due to warm late spring temperatures and likely continuation of dry conditions, drought is expected to expand over Georgia in May. April continued the trend of warmer than normal months across the region. Temperatures continued to be 2 to 4 degrees above normal. Rainfall was scarce across most of the state, leading to increases in drought conditions across all but the far northwest corner of Georgia.In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 65.8 degrees (3.8 degrees above normal), in Athens the average was 64.5 degrees (2.8 degrees above normal), Columbus saw a 67.8 degree average (3.2 degrees above normal) and Macon saw a 65.8 degree average (2.3 above normal). Average temperatures in other parts of state were also above normal, with 68.6 degrees in Savannah (3.0 degrees above normal), 70.5 degrees in Brunswick (4.0 degrees above normal), 68.7 degrees in Alma (2.5 degrees above normal) and 65.4 degrees in Augusta (2.7 degrees above normal).It was the eighth warmest April on record for Atlanta out of 134 years of recording.While April on a whole was warmer than normal for all of Georgia, some Georgia cities saw record-breaking or record-tying temperatures. Atlanta had a record high temperature on April 3 with 87 degrees, replacing the old record of 86 degrees set in 1946. Columbus had record highs on April 29 and 30, with 90 degrees and 94 degrees. This surpassed the old records of 89 degrees set on April 29, 1985 and 92 degrees set on April 30, 1970. Macon saw a record high of 92 degrees on April 29, breaking the record of 90 degrees set in 1985. Brunswick reported 89 degrees on April 2, surpassing the old record of 87 degrees set in 2006. last_img read more

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December 31, 2020

Largest pumped hydro storage project in Oregon approved by federal regulators

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Oregon Public Broadcasting:Federal energy regulators granted approval and a license Tuesday to an energy storage project near Klamath Falls, Oregon. It’s the first facility of its kind in decades to be licensed in the Pacific Northwest and, if built, will be the largest energy storage facility in the region.Developers of Swan Lake North pumped storage plan to build a new reservoir system to store electricity from the grid. When electricity is plentiful and inexpensive, pumps will push water to a 60-acre reservoir high on a hill. Then when demand rises, the facility will release that water over turbines to a lower reservoir. As with a hydroelectric dam, the spinning turbines generate electricity that can then be fed back to supplement the grid.The $800 million project has a 393-megawatt capacity — enough to meet the instantaneous demand of up to 390,000 homes.Tuesday’s approval comes one day before the public gets a chance to weigh in on a separate, potentially much larger pumped-hydro project elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest. That project would be developed outside the south-central Washington city of Goldendale.Rye Development and National Grid Ventures are working to develop both the Swan Lake and Goldendale Energy storage projects.Bringing this kind of grid storage online has widely been seen as necessary to the development of alternative energy sources like wind and solar, which don’t continuously produce electricity.More: Large grid storage project near Klamath Falls gets federal approval Largest pumped hydro storage project in Oregon approved by federal regulatorslast_img read more

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December 19, 2020

June 15, 2004 Letters

first_imgEvery lawyer should have a special interest in a huge U.S. constitutional question that apparently has received little public attention from the bar, bench, and academia since the vote of Congress in October 2002 authorizing war against Iraq.The question is as follows: So that Congress can make a wise decision in the best interest of this country, what is the duty of care owed by the President to Congress when he asks for pre-emptive war authorization and funding for same?I submit the President and his agents before Congress must be honest and candid in presenting all the material facts, both pro and con, on the issue. Presidential reliance on the doctrine of “caveat emptor” should not prevail.If the President lies to Congress, he should be impeached. If he is honest and candid with Congress, then he should be honored for he has set a good precedent.However, if the President is less than honest and candid, he should not be honored, but should be sanctioned for he has set a bad precedent. What are the available sanctions against the President for such a breach of duty?1) Congress could rescind the authorization and/or refuse to fund the war. After the fighting starts, this sanction is nearly as impossible as unscrambling an egg.2) Congress could grumble some and just hope for the best.3) Congress could rely upon the voters to not re-elect the errant President.War is a terrible remedy. I served as a platoon leader in a rifle company of the 38th Infantry Regiment in Korea during the very cold winter of 1953-54 and in the following spring and summer. The spring thaw in our part of the main battle position contrasted with the beautiful bloom of the wild azaleas covering the ambient hills and the stench of further decomposing bodies and body parts of someone’s sons and grandsons in those hills.This letter is compelled by my concern for my country and my six grandchildren. Edward M. Jackson Merritt Island Letters Brown v. Board June 15, 2004 Letterscenter_img As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the case that ended the legal segregation of our public schools in the United States, we should remember some historic events that occurred in Florida after that decision. Desegregation did not come swiftly in Florida after that important opinion.Unfortunately, for four years following the ruling, the Florida Supreme Court and the university system did everything possible to avoid enforcing that decision. Many were determined to keep at least our public universities segregated. As late as 1957, the Florida Supreme Court, by a 5-2 decision, ruled that it would not order the University of Florida Law School to admit a qualified black man, Virgil Hawkins, even though the U.S. Supreme Court had ordered it to do so. Virgil Hawkins had tried for eight years to be admitted and our Florida courts and university system kept him out.The majority of the court believed that “Negroes” would be harassed, whites would leave the school, and violence would occur if Hawkins was admitted. Fortunately, it was not a unanimous decision. Two brave justices, Justice E. Harris Drew and Elwyn Thomas, dissented and stated it was wrong to deny Hawkins admission because of his skin color. Justice Drew wrote, “It is a fundamental truth that justice delayed is justice denied.”The law school building at Florida State is named after one of the justices who wrote the opinion keeping Virgil Hawkins out of law school. Another justice who concurred in the opinion has a major building named after him at the University of Florida. These justices were properly recognized for their outstanding achievements. Both were good men who made a huge mistake by following public opinion and attempting to keep our universities segregated even though the United States Supreme Court had ruled differently. Unfortunately, there are no buildings or programs at our universities named after the two justices who had the courage and foresight to do what was right. It is time to recognize these fine men and I hope to persuade one of our university law schools to remember at least one or both of them. During this period of racial strife, it was often the judges in our federal and state systems that provided the enlightened path of justice for all.We are still paying a tremendous price for injustice of our courts and education system before and after the Brown decision. We would have been much better off today if there were more judges like Justices Drew and Thomas during these difficult times. We should never forget them and the lessons they taught us by their compassion and courage. Steve Uhlfelder TallahasseeWar June 15, 2004 Letterslast_img read more

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October 20, 2020

Historic opportunity

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October 20, 2020

Raising the game

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October 19, 2020

Australia reports first COVID-19 death in more than a month

first_imgThe state on the weekend extended its state of emergency for another month and reimposed restrictions on gatherings after seeing a sharp rise in daily infections.The uptick in new infections has seen thousands of people seek COVID-19 tests. With elevated demand, police shut one drive-by clinic 20 minutes after it opened as it quickly became overwhelmed.Those testing facilities able to stay open have reported wait times of up to four hours, though authorities said anyone who wants a test will be accommodated.The concern has also seen people rush to supermarkets in Victoria, with Australia’s biggest supermarket chain Woolworths Group insisting Victorian residents did not need to panic buy.”We’ll continue to keep a close eye on stock levels in the coming days, and ask customers to buy only what they need,” the company said in an emailed statement.In March, Australia’s major grocers put strict limits on purchases of toilet paper as shoppers stripped shelves in a rush of panic buying spurred by fears over a coronavirus lockdown.Despite the spike in cases in Victoria, the neighboring state of New South Wales (NSW) said it would not introduce a hard border closure between the states.NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, however, urged people in the state to avoid travelling to its southern neighbor.After enforcing restrictions early in the coronavirus outbreak compared to most other countries, Australia began to ease its lockdown last month to revive its economy after a significant slowdown in infection rates.Australia has so far escaped a high number of casualties from the new coronavirus, with just over 7,500 infections and 103 deaths, aided by strict lockdown measures and social distancing rules. Topics : “That’s why we need to get on top of numbers.”The upswing in new cases in Victoria has sparked fears of a second wave, with 241 cases in the state so far identified as community transmission, an increase of eight from Tuesday.Authorities in Victoria, which has become the virus hotspot in Australia, have been trying to contain the spread of the virus in half a dozen suburbs in the largest city of Melbourne hit by a spike in cases.Authorities believe the surge in new cases has been caused by family get-togethers attended by people with mild symptoms.center_img Australia’s second most populous state on Wednesday said a man in his 80s died overnight from the coronavirus, the country’s first death from the virus in more than a month, as the state logged a double digit rise in cases for the eighth straight day.Victoria state reported 20 overnight cases, Victoria Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton told reporters in Melbourne, taking the state tally to nearly 1,900 after recording 17 on Tuesday and 16 the day before.”When we get additional cases, there will be a risk of people dying or be at risk of further cases being hospitalized and going to intensive care,” Sutton told reporters in Sydney.last_img read more

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September 29, 2020

Dutch Pension Federation to fight for tax exemption after ATP win

first_imgThe ECJ agreed with this position, and said given members own the assets, and bear all investment risk, DC schemes share enough characteristics to be exempt.It is the latter of these points which the federation will lead its case with the Dutch tax authority.A spokesman for the lobby group said the group welcomed the ECJ’s decision.“In the near future we will have strong discussions about this decision, and how we can take any conclusions about whether the investment risk is with the member or not,” he said.“It is a key point. We think the investment risk [in industry-wide schemes] is with the member because of the reduction in pension rights due to the investment risk of pension funds.“You can see there is a relationship,” he added.The case for non-DC schemes being exempt from VAT charges on management costs has been ruled on by the ECJ before.The Wheels Common Investment Fund and UK lobby group the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF), challenged the UK government on the matter for DB schemes to be classed as SIFs, thus VAT exempt.After going to the ECJ, it ruled in favour of the tax authority, as members did not bear the investment risk.However, UK regulation does not permit rights cuts for DB schemes, or have as strict a funding requirement, as seen in the Netherlands.On yesterday’s ruling, Paul Lee, head of investment affairs at the NAPF, said the decision was great for DC schemes, but bemoaned the lack of cohesion in regulation.“Pension schemes have always been intended to be tax transparent, and it is good to see that delivered at least on the DC side,” he said.“What is disappointing is this is another situation where DC schemes are favoured in advance of DB schemes, where the finding was exactly the opposite.“The Court has taken its judgment on what the meaning of the law is. One of the intentions of tax law is that there should be fair treatment between similar vehicles.“The analogy being made between DC schemes and SIFs, means they should benefit. We are not getting any analogy between DB schemes and DC schemes.” The Dutch Pension Federation will use the European Court of Justice’s (ECJ) ruling on VAT exemption for defined contribution (DC) schemes to fight for similar rights for the industry-wide schemes it represents.The organisation, a lobby group for 300 of Netherlands’ pension schemes, told IPE yesterday’s decision by the ECJ was a big step forward towards the country’s industry-wide schemes also gaining exemption.In a landmark ruling for DC schemes, the ECJ ruled in favour of Danish pension provider ATP, who challenged its tax authority over whether it should be charging its clients VAT on its services.It fought for DC schemes to be exempt from VAT on its management costs, both investment and administrative, on the basis schemes should be classed as a special investment funds (SIFs).last_img read more

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September 29, 2020

​Danish pension funds preach caution after April returns pick up

first_imgGovernment aid packages and the coordinated efforts of central banks had been well received by financial markets despite historic market price declines caused by the pandemic, he said.Michelsen said the gradual reopening of the economy has been reflected in the markets, but said: “We are sceptical of the market’s surprisingly rapid response.”The DKK130bn (€17.4bn) pension fund P+ was recently formed from the merger of the lawyers’ and economists’ pension fund JØP and engineers’ scheme DIP.On 30 April, the fund’s P+ Balance pension product had a year-to-date return of -8.4%, which was 4.3 percentage points narrower than the loss reported at the end of March.Meanwhile pension fund manager LD Funds said the biggest question concerning investors now was whether the global economy would see a rapid recovery or a prolonged recession.In a commentary released yesterday, the Frederiksberg-based manager said: “Despite the more positive sentiment in stock markets, there is still uncertainty about the scenarios for global growth in the coming quarters.”LD Funds, which runs the legacy cost-of-living allowances fund Lønmodtagernes Dyrtidsmidler and the new holiday allowances fund Lønmodtagernes Feriemidler, said the global equity index had risen by 24% since the end of March measured in Danish kroner after falling by almost 35% since February.Fixed income markets had also stabilised as central banks agreed to buy more government and corporate bonds, it said.The year-to-date return on Lønmodtagernes Dyrtidsmidler’s biggest investment pool LD Discretionary Investments (LD Vælger) was reported at -7% yesterday, compared to -10.8% on 3 April.LD Funds said for financial markets, much would depend on the degree to which economies could be successfully reopened.“Companies’ earnings estimates have dropped significantly over the past few weeks, and investors should remain cautious, as further fluctuations in stock markets can be expected over the next few quarters,” it said.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. Danish pension funds LD Funds and P+ said their key pension products have recouped some of their first quarter investment losses, but both funds warn the latest stockmarket bounce may be temporary and advocate a cautious investment approach.LD Funds – which runs two non-contributory pension schemes – and the pension fund for academics P+ reported 3.8 and 4.3 percentage point recoveries, respectively, in year-to-date returns on their main pension products in April.They said, however, market volatility could be likely to continue as Denmark and other countries began easing lockdown restrictions in the COVID-19 pandemic.Kåre Hahn Michelsen, who took over as CIO of P+ two weeks ago, said: “We don’t expect major price declines going forward, but from time to time, the market may still react negatively to bad news so right now we don’t have any appetite for more risk.”last_img read more

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September 28, 2020

USA: FERC approves FGT’s feeder pipeline for LNG players

first_imgIllustration purposes only (Image courtesy of Kinder Morgan)The United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved Florida Gas Transmission’s East-West project enabling additional natural gas volume deliveries to LNG projects on Gulf coast.Florida Gas proposes to construct and operate the East-West Project to provide transportation for 275,000 million British Thermal Units per day (MMBtu/d) of natural gas from two proposed receipt points and one existing receipt point in Louisiana to two proposed delivery points on Florida Gas’s existing pipeline system in the Gulf Coast region of Texas.The company, which is a unit of Citrus, a company owned by Kinder Morgan and Energy Transfer, has already executed agreements with LNG players like the Hague-based Shell and Japan’s JERA, for firm transportation service of 175,000 mmBtu per day and 100,000 mmBtu per day, respectively.The agreement with Shell is scheduled to start from April 1 2018 with a 10-year term, while the agreement with Jera has a 15-year term and is scheduled to start on September 1, 2018.The project cost is estimated at $68.9 million, Florida Gas said in its filing with FERC.last_img read more

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