Bryan Cranston, Idina Menzel & More React to The 2014 Tony Nominations!

first_imgBryan Cranston, Best Leading Actor in a Play (All the Way) Kelli O’Hara, Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Bridges)  Guys, in case you haven’t noticed, we’re kind of excited about the Tony nominations. It’s basically our favorite day of the entire year. And we know a couple of other people who are also psyched: The 2014 nominees! How completely thrilled are Neil Patrick Harris, Bryan Cranston, Idina Menzel, Celia Keenan-Bolger and the rest of the new crew of nominated stars that they’re going for the gold at this year’s ceremony? See for yourself. Neil Patrick Harris, Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Hedwig) Audra McDonald, Best Leading Actress in a Play (Lady Day)See you guys at the 2014 Tony Awards on June 8! Idina Menzel, Best Leading Actress in a Musical (If/Then) Idina Menzel Star Filescenter_img Ramin Karimloo, Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Les Miserables) Sutton Foster, Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Violet) Chris O’Dowd, Best Leading Actor in a Play (Of Mice and Men) View Comments Jessie Mueller, Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Beautiful) Celia Keenan-Bolger and Brian J. Smith (The Glass Menagerie)last_img read more

To develop or not

first_imgThe National Wilderness Preservation System holds and protects millions of acres in the United States from human development. But of what value is this, really?University of Georgia scientists are helping spearhead a national study to help elected officials, regulatory agencies and land policymakers answer this question.The DebateWhen natural areas such as a wilderness are preserved, there is often a debate on whether the preservation is worth lost jobs and income that might come from commercial development.”What do we get back in return for preservation?” said John Bergstrom, an economist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “What are the benefits?”This study is a collaborative effort between UGA and the U.S. Forest Service office in Athens, Ga. It will include the studies, opinions and inputs of economists, sociologists, ecologists, philosophers and preservation experts across the country.There are benefits for developing and for not developing natural areas. “There are tradeoffs,” said Bergstrom, who is leading UGA’s part of the project.The project will identify the social, economical, ecological and ethical values of the land already under the NWPS. This includes 644 land units, totaling nearly 106 million acres.Georgia has 485,000 acres protected in the north, southeast and coastal parts of the state. The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is the largest of these areas, encompassing 396,000 acres of the 438,000-acre swamp.Combine Past with FutureTrying to determine the value of land preservation is nothing new, Bergstrom said. But this year-long project will collect all the information from the past and combine it with new studies.The final product will be a reference book that can be used by anyone looking for the tradeoffs and values of current and future land preservation projects.Say the water supply of a large city begins in the small streams that flow through a natural area north of the city. But this natural area has been developed increasingly. This development has economic benefits for the area but will increase sediment and waste products in the water on its way to the city. City officials figure the increased cost of treating the “developed” water is around $6 billion.Would it better to move forward with development and spend the money for water treatment? Or, would it be better to buy the land and set it aside as protected preserve.New York City officials decided, in 1997, it made more sense to buy the land and preserve it.”We can use this project to learn more about the economic and environmental values of natural areas in general, whether they’re wilderness areas or not,” he said. “There’s a lot of concern about the loss of natural areas.”With this information, he said, state and local governments could see the benefits of setting aside natural areas and better understand what is gained and lost.On the other hand, the project could tell in a more precise way how much is being lost because a preserved area is not being farmed, mined or used to build houses.In 1964, Congress passed the Wilderness Act, which restricted grazing, mining, timber cutting and mechanized vehicles in protected areas. It began with 9.1 million acres. Now, 4.4 percent of the continental United States is protected as wilderness. Alaska contains about 60 percent of the total protected land areas in the United States.last_img read more

Xcel plans to close its last two Midwest coal plants a decade early

first_imgXcel plans to close its last two Midwest coal plants a decade early FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Xcel Energy Inc. plans to shutter its last two coal-fired power plants in the Upper Midwest a decade ahead of schedule as part of a pledge to phase out carbon-dioxide emissions.The Minneapolis-based company expects to close the Allen S. King power plant in 2028 and its Sherco 3 facility in 2030, according to a statement Monday. Both plants are in Minnesota.The shift comes as Xcel moves to cut carbon-emissions 80% by 2030 and 100% by 2050. In December, the company became the first big U.S. utility to commit to eliminating all its carbon emissions, mainly by using renewable energy. Xcel is accelerating its plan to close the two coal plants by seeking permission to operate its Monticello nuclear plant through at least 2040, instead of retiring it by 2030.“As we transition away from coal, we don’t want to move away from other baseload, carbon-free nuclear power,” Chief Executive Officer Ben Fowke said in an interview.Closing the two coal plants is part of a proposal for its Upper Midwest operations that Xcel will submit to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in July. Xcel also has operations in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. Coal currently provides about 37% of its power nationwide, according the company’s website.As part of the transition, Fowke also said he would consider systems to capture and trap carbon dioxide from gas or coal plants, as well as other emerging technologies including energy storage and hydrogen power. Renewables will be largest part of Xcel’s portfolio by next year.More: Two coal plants closing a decade early in the U.S. Midwestlast_img read more

Handhelds Connect Soldiers at Army Network Exercise

first_img As he maneuvered his squad across the desert, securing objectives in villages along the way, Staff Sgt. Jesus Vasquez tracked his squad’s movements not with a note pad or map, but with a U.S. Army-issued handheld device. Flipping open the smartphone-like device worn on the front of his uniform, Vasquez tapped the screen to record what he saw — information that quickly traveled over the Army network to the rest of his platoon. “We can plot anything from enemy positions to friendly positions to IEDs [improvised explosive devices],” Vasquez said. “It’s just like a phone — everybody these days has a smartphone, so it’s really easy to use.” The Nett Warrior devices used by Soldiers like Vasquez during the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 12.2 held in May in White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, aim to empower lower-echelon Soldier-leaders with unprecedented communications and situational awareness. Connected to the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS), Rifleman Radio and running the Army’s next-generation blue force tracking software, known as Joint Battle Command-Platform (JBC-P), Nett Warrior provides dismounted leaders with the kind of digital information that today is only available inside vehicles or command posts. The Android-based devices can connect to the U.S. Army’s larger tactical communications network through both the JTRS radio waveforms and the Blue Force Tracking 2 satellite network, leveraging a “gateway” in vehicles equipped with JBC-P. The Nett Warrior system aims to eliminate the time delay and human error associated with radio communications, instead giving Soldiers networked handheld devices to exchange messages and digitally track one another’s locations. “If you’re on a radio, you have to listen, you have to write, you have to confirm — there’s a time delay process,” said Mark Frye, a retired first sergeant who is now Nett Warrior team lead at NIE. “If it is a published message on a handheld, we know how fast kids can text messages back and forth. It’s the same concept, but you’re doing it from Soldier to Soldier.” Along with the ability to track and plot friendly forces, enemies and obstacles, the JBC-P software for Nett Warrior handhelds also provides Soldiers with various “apps” for everything from an address book to route planning to dropping a “chem light” icon on a cleared building. The chem light application evolved from units’ use of the real thing to designate areas as safe or dangerous, Frye said. The handhelds also allow Soldiers to take photos using an app for Tactical Ground Reporting, known as TIGR, which creates a historical database of people, places and events on the battlefield. Once sent through the network, the photos are available in the TIGR database to the rest of the brigade. By Dialogo June 11, 2012 Excellent technology for application in area of operations; it would be very helpful your illustration for possible applications out of combat.last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Events – June 8 – 14

first_imgWanda SykesThe Emmy Award-winning comedian and actress will be dishing out her brand of knee-slapping, stitch-splitting hilarity sure to leave all those in attendance laughing, laughing, laughing long after the gig is through. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $52-$92.40 8 p.m. June 14 Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York 14th Annual Arts Festival By The Bay Have you ever pet a llama, ridden a pony, jigged to Hibernians and sampled a spread of goodies too damn mouth-watering to explicitly detail among the pages of a weekly events calendar, all in the same day!? Me neither! But that’s what we’ll be able to do if we head down to this festival extravaganza! There will be food, a petting zoo, pony rides and live music across a spectrum of genres (yes, including the Hibernian Festival Singers), as well as a host of artists and vendors! More than 20,000 people enjoyed this spectacular festival-wonderland last year. Perhaps they’ll be even more out enjoying the food and music this time around. What a way to celebrate the summer! Damn, those ponies are cute! Main Street in Bay Shore. Free. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. June 8Forever In Your Mind/This Is All Now/Matt Weiss/Lexxi Saai/Al Calderon/Call The StationIt’s a boy band/girl heartthrob explosion sure to have all the suburban teeny- and tweeny-boppers swooning—especially if they’re anything like X-Factor judge Kelly Rowland, who gushed over Holbrook’s own Al Calderon after his performance at last year’s premiere. Revolution, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Doors: 5:30 p.m. June 8Photo credit: www.pixabay.comSpring Farm FestivalOh yes, oh yes, oh yes, yes, yes! Have you ever herded a sheep? Have you ever sheared a sheep!? Whatever your answer, you will want to herd and shear the sheep that will be at this smorgasbord of activities and demonstrations, including (besides all the sheep-related events), fleece washing, spinning and weaving, carding and natural dying. As if that was not enough, there will also be antique tractors and demonstrations by the Islip Horse Drill Team, along with live music, children’s activities and lots and lots and lots of fun, fun, fun! Smithtown Historical Society, 245 Middle Country Rd., Smithtown. Adults $5/Children $3. 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. June 8 ClutterGod works in mysterious ways, indeed. When the Blessed Virgin appears through a water stain on her garage door, hoarder Linda Bradford (played by Academy Award nominee and two-time Emmy Award-winner Carol Kane) has her entire world turned upside-down—and her dysfunctional family must come together in order to save their precious home. Filmed on LI, this comedic tale is bound to spark some laughs and melt some hearts. There will be live music during its reception by guitarist Mike Soloway and Kane will be making a rare personal appearance with the film’s screenwriter Paul Marcarelli (aka “The Verizon Guuy”). Foster Hirsch will be the guest interviewer. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. Members $18/Public $23. 7:30 p.m. June 9Buddy GuyA performance from this caliber of bluesman is what Long Islanders came to expect from this venue’s predecessor, The IMAC. The 77-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is credited with inspiring such well-known acts as Eric Clapton. Rolling Stone ranked him and his song “Stone Crazy” among the 100 best guitarists and guitar songs, respectively. With Matt Andersen. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $38.50-$98. 8 p.m. June 11Ringo Starr and His All-Starr BandThe loveable former mop-top has been touring with different reincarnations of his all-star supergroup for more than 20 years, with each lineup offering listeners not only show-stopping classics from the Beatles’ unparalleled canon, but an assortment of numbers from his solo career as well as gems from those accompanying that particular outing. Past members have included Joe Walsh, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and even Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen. This time around, Starr’s magnetic personality and legendary drumming will be accompanied by Mr. Mister’s Richard Page, Toto’s Steve Lukather, Todd Eundgren, Gregg Rolie (Santana’s original singer) and drummer Gregg Bissonette. So expect not only “Yellow Submarine” (which if you saw Starr’s rendition on the Beatles Grammy salute a few months back, will have the entire Theatre singing and celebrating along), but also Toto’s “Africa,” Mr. Mister’s “Broken Wings,” “Rundgren’s “I Saw The Light” and Santana’s “Black Magic Woman.” What about “Octopus’ Garden,” you ask? Only one way to find out! Not-to-be-missed. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $79.50-$116.50. 8 p.m. June 11Butchers Blind & Mike Feeney: A Night of Music and ComedyAlt-country has a name, and it is Butchers Blind. Formed in 2009 in Bellerose by Pete Mancini, Paul Cianciaruso, Brian Reilly, and Christopher Smith, the group has been signed with Huntington-based indy label Paradiddle Records since 2011. The band will be ripping through tracks off their latest groovy, rockin’ spitfire, Destination Blues, as well as their stellar debut record, Play for the Films. B-squared shares the stage this night with Long Island funnyman Mike Feeney, whose hilarious musings on food, entertainment and life in general are bound to have the entire house in stitches from laughing so damn hard. Giggling now just thinking about it. Go to this gig! The Space. 250 Post Ave., Westbury. Free. 9 p.m. June 12Lynyrd SkynyrdThe Southern rock legends bring all their infectious anthems and soul-satisfying down-home blues-infused rock ’n’ roll to Westbury, for an evening that’s sure to have all in attendance dancin’ and singin’ along. Expect all the classics, such as “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Simple Man” and of course, the epic “Free Bird.” NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $53.50-$147.10. 8 p.m. June 12Visions of the World (Photo credit: Gold Coast Arts Center)Visions of the WorldGold Coast Arts Center’s latest exhibition, “Visions of the World,” will highlight photographic interpretations of cultural diversity bound to amaze and inspire. Featured photographers include Emily Corbato of the Scholar of Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University; Fran Kaufman, an internationally known jazz photographer; Robert Scott, the president of Adelphi University; and many others who transcend time and space to capture the sheer, unbridled beauty, and essence, of life itself. Wow. With opening night reception, of course. Gold Coast Arts Center. 113 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck. 6 p.m. June 12 through June 28Yoga at the FarmTime to lose the stress. Time to relax, stretch those muscles and open your heart. Time for some yoga down at the farm! Join yoga instructor Carolyn and enjoy fresh organic veggie juice while discovering your inner peace through therapeutically soul-satisfying exercises designed specifically to de-stress, re-charge and re-vive your body and spirit. Sang Lee Farms, 25180 Middle Rd., Peconic. $15. Thursdays, 8 a.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. Through September Photo credit: DickDaniels/ www.carolinabirds.orgNorth Shore Land Alliance Owl ProwlWho? Whooooo! Who’s there? Is that you, Peter? No. It is our feathery, talon-ed friends, the owls. Mysterious, elusive, and absolutely fascinating, these winged predators of the night will be on full display on this special moonlight trek, with Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society President Stella Miller mimicking their spooky, ancient owl-call language the whole way! Hope Goddard Iselin Preserve, Upper Brookville. Free. 8 p.m. June 12Guitar Gods 2014Swedish guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen, who was hailed by Time Magazine in 2009 as one of the 10 greatest electric guitarists of all time, will be painting otherworldly visions of transcendental shredding along with German guitar madman Uli Jon Roth (of Scorpions infamy), guitar demigod Gary Hoey and Bumblefoot, of Guns N’ Roses. Will the barrage of notes wipe away any preconceived notion of what you thought a guitar could do? Yes. Will there be shredding? Lots and lots of mind-blowing shredding? Oh, most definitely. Will it feel as if you are being covered, not just your body, but your entire soul, your very existence, in some extraterrestrial world of six-string nirvana!?!? Yes, but yes, of course! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $42.50-$76. 8 p.m. June 13Cousin Fungus, Mr. Hand, and Fire & Ice at 89NorthThe Stanziale brothers’ band Cousin Fungus (formerly Stash and St. Ash) will rip through originals before Mr. Hand tears through 1970s and ’80s prog rock and metal and Fire & Ice bring down the house with the music of Pat Benatar. Whaaaaat!? Wow. 89 North Ocean Avenue, Patchogue. $10. 8 p.m. June 13Marvels and Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-86Whether you’re a fan of comics or simply history, this selection of images of Asians and Asian Americans in mainstream comics from four defining decades of American history is sure to educate and engage. They’re situated in historical context and part of a discourse with such contemporary Asian American creators and writers such as Ken Chen, David Henry Hwang, Larry Hama and more. This exhibit enables visitors to literally put themselves “inside the image,” and features a host of other elements that encourage direct engagement with the archetypes. Powerful stuff. Definitely worth checking out. The Wang Center at Stony Brook University, Charles B. Wang Center Suite 302, Stony Brook. Free. Through July 27 last_img read more

To compel others to follow your leadership, first be compelling

first_imgEveryone has the potential and capacity to be leaders in all their roles in life: at home, in the community, and at work. A leader with a centered presence thinks and acts effectively in a variety of circumstances and challenges. A centered leader acts more decisively, collaborates with others to achieve goals, and has a wide range of communication practices, such as deep listening and speaking from the heart to the issues and concerns of his or her listeners.The Self that you are is your fundamental power as a leader. How you present yourself in your relationships and connections with others is a direct reflection of who you are as a person. Forward-leaning people have those same distinctions in how they orient themselves in conversation and action.  They may rush into problem solving and miss important details or lack self-care. People who lean back and away have those same distinctions in their orientations. These distinctions are much more than body language; they are your leadership presence, your centered presence that compels, motivates, and mobilizes others into action.A centered leader has a centered, well-grounded body with shoulders over hips, knees, and ankles and is connected to a purpose united with a greater good in mind. Your Self from within, as a compelling leader, is integrous with your external self: how you comport yourself in your conversations and actions using your gifts and talents and aligning with your passion and commitment. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

PR Insight: Creating a conversation

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions have a lot on their plates, from helping members succeed financially to managing branches and introducing new technologies. However, the frequent emergence of shiny new tools doesn’t mean your CU’s marketing team should ignore the important art of storytelling. As community organizations with the philosophy of people helping people, it’s important for credit unions to connect with those people. Sharing authentic stories in meaningful ways can help strengthen member relationships, collaborate with other organizations and grow.Credit unions have many stories to tell, which presents a significant opportunity as well as a challenge. Endless options and angles can make deciding which story to share difficult. People typically enjoy feel-good stories with thought-provoking takeaways—and luckily, the credit union industry is filled with them.Taking a step back from daily operations and looking at the credit union from a high-level perspective can help identify the stories most worth telling. I’ve had conversations with CU employees and executives who overlook unique situations, news or offerings, because to them, these things are just business as usual. For instance, a credit union that operates a student-run branch at the local high school to promote financial education for younger generations; or the institution that has several strong female executives driving digital strategy; or the credit union that provides tech-forward solutions for a specific demographic in a rural or underbanked area are all examples of stories that could be valuable to share with members and the community.last_img read more

Charming Bayfront Setauket Estate Asks $1.4M

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This completely renovated exquisite waterfront estate that combines historic Hamptons charm with modern amenities is listed for sale at 49 Old Field Rd. in Setauket.Built in 1790 on a 4.2-acre lot overlooking Conscience Bay, this six-bedroom, five-bathroom home has 4,178 square feet of living space. It boasts a main level master suite, gorgeous wide-plank hardwood flooring, and sun-filled rooms overlooking a beautifully landscaped property. Outside it has a beachfront cottage and two bedrooms above a four-car detached garage.The house has a well-appointed eat-in chef’s kitchen, formal dining room, living room, den, and partly finished basement. It comes equipped with four fireplaces, central air conditioning, a front porch, covered deck, and deeded dock rights. The property is about two miles from downtown Port Jefferson and the Port Jefferson Long Island Rail Road station. It’s located in the highly ranked Three Village School District.The asking price is $1,499,000, not including the $31,123 in annual property taxes, which come to $29,900 with a Star Exemption.The real estate agent listed for the property is Amanda Eckart of Keller Williams Points North. She can be reached at 516-865-1800. An open house is scheduled for 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26.last_img read more

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AP 1 to integrate privately funded new airport with Surabaya’s Juanda

first_imgDesignated as a national strategic project, Dhoho Kediri Airport will be developed in three phases under a public-private partnership scheme with a concession period of 30 to 50 years.Gudang Garam, via Surya Dhoho, will spend up to around Rp 10 trillion (US$732 million) to acquire 457 hectares of land needed for the airport to be built near the village of Grogol.Earlier last month, Transportation Ministry Civil Aviation Director General Novie Riyanto said the airport would serve domestic flights, while Juanda airport would focus on international flights for the East Java area. Kediri’s airport would focus on serving passengers from cities on the southern coast of East Java, such as Kediri, Tulungagung, Trenggalek, Blitar, Madiun and Pacitan, he added.Gudang Garam director Istata T. Siddharta said Gudang Garam had not set any specific profit target for the airport.”As long as the airport can contribute to the region or the country, we will be happy. From the beginning we wanted this to be a long-term investment rather than only seeing it as a commercial business,” Istata said on Tuesday.”If tourism is developed in southern East Java, the airport can be for tourism. However, if industry and agriculture in East Java develop, we might also use it for cargo. So we are flexible,” said Istata.Read also: Indonesia to relax VAT refund requirements for touristsEast Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa told the Post in December that the airport in Kediri would have a significant impact on economic development in several East Java regencies, such as Blitar, Tulungagung, Trenggalek, Nganjuk and Ponorogo.“In East Java, [there is an] economic gap not only between cities and villages but also between the north and the south,” she said.Groundbreaking on the airport is slated for April, with a target to finish the first phase of construction by April 2022. The airport is projected to serve 1.5 million passengers after the first phase of construction and eventually accommodate more than 10 million.With a runway of 3,300 meters in length and 45 m in with the airport will accommodate bigger aircraft than the nearby Abdulrachman Saleh Airport in Malang, such as Boeing’s B777 and Airbus’s A350.Topics : State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura I will manage a planned privately funded airport in Kediri and integrate its operations with Surabaya’s Juanda International Airport to accommodate rising travel demand and economic activity in East Java.AP I signed a memorandum of understanding with publicly listed tobacco company Gudang Garam on Tuesday to develop what would be called Dhoho Kediri Airport 20 kilometers from central Kediri.Gudang Garam’s subsidiary Surya Dhoho Investama will be in charge of developing the first-ever airport to be fully funded by the private sector in Indonesia. AP I president director Faik Fahmi said the airport would be crucial to take some of the pressure off the overburdened Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, which is around a two-hours’ drive from Kediri. Surabaya is Indonesia’s second-largest city and a thriving economic hub.“This is important because Juanda’s current capacity is increasingly inadequate for its growing traffic. With a capacity of only 16 million [passengers a year], Juanda had to accommodate 21 million passengers in 2018,” said Faik.”East Java needs an alternative airport to accommodate and boost traffic growth as well as economic activities in the region.”Read also: Gudang Garam-funded Kediri airport to break ground in Marchlast_img read more