Odds & Ends: Idina & Denzel Get Competitive, Geoffrey Rush Would Do Anything & More!

first_img Star Files Idina Menzel Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Idina Menzel, Denzel Washington & More Get CompetitiveIdina Menzel, Denzel Washington, Bryan Cranston, James Franco and more than 200 Broadway and off-Broadway performers are joining forces for the 28th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition. Presented by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the show will be performed at the Minskoff Theatre on April 21 and 22.Geoffrey Rush Would Do Anything to Play Oliver!’s ComposerIt’s a fine life! Geoffrey Rush is to play Oliver! composer Lionel Bart in a movie musical. According to the Daily Mail, the film will be directed by Vadim Jean, feature Bart’s songs and follow his rags-to-riches-and-back-again story. This isn’t the first tuner that the Tony and Oscar winner has been linked with—Rush has also been reported as interested in appearing in a big-screen adaptation of The Drowsy Chaperone.Watch Matilda’s Maggots Make Some Magic This EasterThe four Matildas—Gabriella Pizzolo, Ava Ulloa, Ripley Sobo and Paige Brady, stopped by People.com to talk their favorite Easter traditions and you can watch them get crafty with a damaged book, sparkles and paste below. We suspect the Easter bunny will be making a visit to Broadway’s Shubert Theatre this coming Sunday!center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Ramin Karimloo Will Headline The Prince of Broadway in Japan

first_img View Comments Prisoner 24601 has his next gig lined up! Tony nominee Ramin Karimloo will lead the previously reported production of the long-in-the-works musical The Prince of Broadway in Japan. Celebrating the career of the 21-time Tony-winning director and producer Hal Prince, the tuner will play October 23 through November 22 at Tokyu Theatre Orb in Tokyo and November 28 through December 10 at Umeda Arts Theatre in Osaka. Also starring Tony winner Shuler Hensley, Tony nominee Nancy Opel, Kaley Ann Voorhees and Reon Yuzuki, the production will be helmed by Prince himself with co-direction and choreography by Susan Stroman.Karimloo is currently playing Jean Valjean in the Broadway revival of Les Miz; he received a Tony nod for his performance in the production. He originated the role of the Phantom in the West End run of Love Never Dies and starred in The Phantom of the Opera in the West End and in the 25th anniversary concert filmed at Royal Albert Hall. Hensley won the Tony for Oklahoma!; he has also appeared on the Main Stem in No Man’s Land, Waiting for Godot, Young Frankenstein, Tarzan and Les Miserables. Opel was nominated for a Tony for Urinetown and was last seen on the Great White Way in Honeymoon in Vegas; her additional Broadway credits include Cinderella, Memphis and Fiddler on the Roof. Voorhees is presently making her Broadway debut in Phantom. A big name in her native Japan, Yuzuki is a former Top Star otokoyaku (an actress who plays male roles) of the Japanese Takarazuka Revue’s Star Troupe.The Prince of Broadway pays tribute to Prince’s 60-year career and examines the circumstances and fortune, both good and bad, that led to him creating some of the most beloved theater of all time, including West Side Story, The Pajama Game, Cabaret, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, The Phantom of the Opera, Evita and Company.The production will feature a book by David Thompson, set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by William Ivey Long, wig design by Paul Huntley, musical supervision and arrangements by Jason Robert Brown and musical direction by Fred Lassen.The show was originally slated to open on the Great White Way in 2012 starring Sierra Boggess, Richard Kind and Emily Skinner, with Stroman helming the musical alongside Prince. No word yet on whether the production is still Broadway-bound.last_img read more

NextEra’s Robo gives bullish outlook for battery storage

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:NextEra Energy, North America’s leading wind and solar generator, is combing through its base of existing solar facilities with an eye to retroactively adding batteries, as it adopts a more “aggressive” view on the falling cost of energy storage.“We increasingly see storage as an important standalone business in its own right,” CEO Jim Robo said Friday on an earnings call. The company is reviewing “a number of opportunities to add storage to our existing solar sites to take advantage of the [Investment Tax Credit] and enhance the value of our existing projects for customers.”NextEra has already set a precedent for this approach: In 2018 it added a 10-megawatt battery facility to its existing Babcock Ranch solar farm in Florida. Last March things got much more interesting when its Florida Power & Light unit announced plans to build a 409-megawatt/900-megawatt-hour battery project known as the Manatee Energy Storage Center, to be charged by an existing solar facility.In Robo’s telling, more such deals may soon be on the way.A small but growing number of other utilities, including Arizona Public Service, are taking a similar approach to adding storage at existing solar plants. In doing so, they can claim the ITC, tap additional revenue streams and maximize the existing grid infrastructure.The U.S. added about 430 megawatts of storage capacity last year, a figure which should more than triple in 2020, according to Wood Mackenzie. In hindsight, 2019 looks like an inflection point for the way utilities view batteries as part of their long-term planning processes, new WoodMac research shows.[Karl-Erik Stromsta]More: NextEra looks to add batteries to its existing solar fleet NextEra’s Robo gives bullish outlook for battery storagelast_img read more

Fridays on the Fly: Tenkara Fishing with Jason Sparks

first_img“Tenkara Gets Around” is something I have been saying for some years now as I’ve watched the growing popularity of this fly fishing method. It has found strong footing in the cold flow of the Blue Ridge Mountains and has been embraced by anglers in the warm waters of the Piedmont. Tenkara is a fixed line, “no reel” style of fly fishing.This is not a new subject for Blue Ridge Outdoors, and I hope you have seen it in their pages before. They have been covering and highlighting growth in the tenkara community for a while. In fact, my first exposure to tenkara was in a BRO article by Graham Averill several years ago. I was sitting in “My Father’s Pizza” in Black Mountain, North Carolina when I read the article. I distinctly remember the thoughts running through my head as I read it. The wheels started turning, and I have not been able to slow them down since.JasonSparks_TenkaraRainbowA quick web search for “tenkara” will return a long list of blogs devoted to experiences and instruction with tenkara. The companies selling these rods have excellent videos, “how to” tutorials and a beautiful selection of rods, line, and flies. There are online forums that offer a serious archive of activities, lessons, thoughts, discoveries and general musings on the subject. There is, of course, a strong social media presence for the tenkara community also. A small group I started on Facebook has grown to be the largest online gathering of tenkara anglers on the East Coast. If you are looking for a good place to start, or are interested in getting to know others already involved with tenkara, join the Appalachian Tenkara Anglers group.North Carolina has the first, and only, state supported tenkara program running in it’s second year now, and I have been making half a dozen tenkara presentations at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education outside of Brevard, North Carolina for two summers. We cover the history of tenkara, characteristics of the rods, lines and flies, and field all sorts of questions. There is a hands-on portion also where we get a variety of rods in your hands for casting. This is a great opportunity to get an introduction to tenkara. Like all the classes North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission offers here- it is free.JasonSparks_TenkaraWatuagaRiverLet’s not overlook the 2nd Annual “Appalachian Tenkara Jam”, coming up in a few weeks during the month of July. This is the largest multi-vendor tenkara event in the United States. There will be presentations from the leading tenkara anglers in the country covering a wide range of topics. We have eight different tenkara rods manufacturers that will be on site to demo and sell rods. We also have Trout Unlimited and Project Healing Waters involved.JAM2015fbposterThe once a year traveling event was outside of Boone, North Carolina last October. This year we are hosted by Great Feathers Fly Shop in Maryland to fish on the mighty Gunpowder River. It is fast approaching and will be held the weekend of July 11-12th in Hereford, MD just outside Baltimore. Check out the website for more details.Now, as you begin looking into the information on tenkara you will quickly notice that there is no reel. That may be the most obvious thing out of the gate, but look closer:These rods are telescopic by design and collapse down to about twenty two inchesMost of them weigh less than three ouncesThey range in length generally from nine feet up to fourteenThe lines are interchangeable with working lengths of eight to twenty four feetTenkara rods are excellent for delivering wet and dry flies, nymphs and small streamersVery capable of handling fish up to and past twenty inchesJasonSparks_TenkaraRodsNoReelsThe fishing system emphasizes mastering technique and moves away from gear heavy methods of fly fishing. I typically carry one rod, two different line lengths, a spool of 5X tippet, and an Altoids tin with an assortment of 20-30 flies in it. The whole kit weighs in at a few ounces total. I can address nearly any body of water with slight adjustments on this ultralight fishing ensemble. It doesn’t get more simple than this.There is a tenkara rod in my car at all times. I travel with one everywhere I go. At a few ounces, it can be incorporated into your backpack for hiking. Strap it to your bike frame for that back-country or urban ride. Velcro it to your kayak for your float downstream. The flexibility of a tenkara rod allows you to stop and fish just about everywhere you go.JasonSparks_TenkaraPacksIn the future on “Fridays on the Fly”, I will break into varied topics relating to tenkara fly fishing. We will chat about the rods, lines, and flies that make up the extreme versatility of this ancient Japanese method of angling. Thanks for reading through my first installment for Blue Ridge Outdoors. Go get a line wet and have a great weekend.last_img read more

Motorized Caravan for the Release of Kidnapping Victims in Colombia Arrives in Europe

first_imgBy Dialogo September 25, 2009 Madrid, 23 September (EFE).- The motorized caravan for the release of kidnapping victims in Colombia, in which former FARC hostages and their relatives are participating, in addition to volunteers, will cross the Atlantic in order to visit cities in Spain, France, and Italy over the course of eighteen days, prior to arriving at the Vatican to receive a papal blessing. This activity has already taken place in Colombia, with 32,000 people participating, and is coming to Europe because, following “the liberation of Ingrid Betancourt and the Americans in Operation Jacque, those who are still kidnapped there have been forgotten,” the promoter of the action, Herbin Hoyos, maintained today in a press conference in Madrid. “And there is nothing crueler than that, because when the international community is present and paying attention, the authors of the conflicts take care not to engage in ill-treatment or fall into the worst degradation,” added the Colombian reporter, internationally recognized for his radio program “The Voices of Kidnapping.” Hoyos said that the caravan came into being when he saw what was being done by the police who are members of the association “Fraternity of the Disabled” (Frapón) in Colombia, who despite having been mutilated and being in wheelchairs, go out on the roads of their country to call for “the liberty of their kidnapped colleagues.” “If these men who go as far as injuring their hands moving their wheelchairs do this, why can’t we do it, who can use motorcycles,” reflected the reporter, who has for sixteen years provided the only space on the radio that allows the FARC’s hostages to receive news of their families. The caravan, which will leave Bogotá on 3 November and will arrive in Madrid by air, will cover 5,200 kilometers and will be made up of a hundred persons coming from Colombia, among them former hostages of the FARC “like the Vallejo sisters, who are the latest to be freed, and some of those freed in Operation Jacque,” Hoyos announced. On the 6th, the mayor of the Spanish city of Valencia, Rita Barberá, will welcome the caravan, which may take a spin on the Cheste track, used for speed tests. The group will arrive in Barcelona a day later and will then travel to Paris, where its members will be welcomed on Monday the 9th by French president Nicolas Sarkozy and the mayor of the “City of Light,” Bertrand Delanoe. The French localities of Lyons and Marseilles and the Italian localities of Genoa and Florence will be the final stops before the caravan arrives in Rome, where on Sunday the 15th the group will be in St Peter’s Square to await Benedict XVI’s blessing at noon. “We are working to have the Pope come down to give us a blessing close at hand,” Hoyos announced. The organizers have made arrangements with a variety of civil-society groups so that any volunteer who takes up the cause in the cities through which the caravan passes may join in the journey.last_img read more

Development: speculation continues, but is the trend set to change?

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Flurry of deals lifts Thames Valley

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La Administración Wolf da a conocer preguntas frecuentes actualizadas para la recreación, los campamentos y las piscinas de verano

first_imgLa Administración Wolf da a conocer preguntas frecuentes actualizadas para la recreación, los campamentos y las piscinas de verano Español,  Press Release,  Public Health En el día de la fecha, la Administración Wolf dio a conocer las preguntas frecuentes actualizadas (FAQ) sobre la recreación, los campamentos y las piscinas de verano. Las preguntas frecuentes originales se anunciaron el 22 de mayo para cubrir los campamentos y la recreación de verano. Las nuevas preguntas frecuentes las modifican y también suman información acerca de los grupos.“A medida que aprendemos más sobre la importancia del uso de máscaras y escuchamos las preguntas de los proveedores y los padres, actualizamos las preguntas frecuentes para que todas las personas involucradas en estos programas de verano comprendan la manera en que pueden operar”, dijo el Gobernador Tom Wolf. “Esperamos que esta guía actualizada ayude a todas las personas que participan en los programas de cuidado y recreación infantil en verano y que elimine parte del estrés y la preocupación asociados a la pandemia de COVID-19 y la manera en que afecta nuestras vidas cotidianas”.La guía se actualizó para reflejar la orden de la Secretaria del Departamento de Salud que exige el uso universal de máscaras. Las secciones nuevas de todas las preguntas frecuentes aparecen en texto rojo. También hay Preguntas frecuentes sobre la orden que exige el uso universal de máscaras que aportan más información al respecto.Los aspectos más destacados de las preguntas frecuentes revisadas sobre la recreación, los campamentos y las piscinas de verano incluyen:Con respecto a los deportes juveniles: Los entrenadores, atletas y espectadores deben usar máscaras a menos que estén al aire libre y puedan mantener un distanciamiento social constante de al menos seis pies. Los atletas no están obligados a usar máscaras mientras participan activamente en entrenamientos y competencias que impiden el uso de máscaras, pero deben usarlas cuando están en los laterales, en el banco, etc. y en todo momento que no sea posible mantener un distanciamiento social de seis pies.Con respecto al funcionamiento de los programas de verano: Si un programa de verano no tiene un sitio de Internet disponible al público, deben usarse medios alternativos para comunicar el plan de salud y seguridad a los padres y cuidadores, como enviar el plan por correo a todos las personas registradas o tener información escrita disponible en los lugares de entrada y salida.Con respecto a las máscaras para el personal y los participantes en los programas de verano para jóvenes: Todo el personal debe usar máscaras durante las operaciones de cuidado infantil y del programa de verano a menos que se ajusten a una de las excepciones incluidas en la Sección 3 de la Orden que exige el uso universal de máscaras de la Secretaria de Salud. Los programas de verano y el personal deben consultar la guía del Departamento de Salud sobre las máscaras hechas en casa.Las preguntas frecuentes cubren preguntas sobre la manera de priorizar los tiempos de uso de las máscaras, especialmente para los niños más pequeños; el tamaño y la forma adecuada de la máscara, y cómo el hecho de ofrecer a los niños recordatorios frecuentes e información sobre la importancia y el uso adecuado de las máscaras de tela pueden ayudar a abordar estos problemas. Con respecto a las máscaras en las piscinas: Las personas no deben usar máscaras de tela mientras realizan actividades que pueden hacer que la tela se moje, como cuando se nada en la playa o en la piscina. Una máscara de tela húmeda puede dificultar la respiración. Para actividades como la natación, es sumamente importante mantener la distancia física de los demás cuando se está en el agua. Las personas deben usar máscaras mientras están fuera del agua y mantener la distancia social de al menos 6 pies de otras personas que no son parte de su grupo familiar.View this information in English. July 09, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Gasum to open Lieto LNG station

first_imgOver the lifecycle of the fuel, liquefied natural gas can help to cut greenhouse gas emissions by around 20 per cent compared to diesel and filling up with renewable biogas can achieve emissions reductions of up to 85 per cent. Since biogas can utilize the same infrastructure as natural gas, the switch to biogas is both easy and cost effective. The Nordic energy company Gasum will expand its LNG filling station network with a new facility in Lieto. “The heavy-duty transport filling station being built in Lieto is part of our network of filling stations in the Nordic countries and adds to it in Finland while strengthening the possibilities for heavy-duty transport to fill up in Southwestern Finland,” Markus Kaarlela, development manager, traffic, Gasum, said. Demand for alternative fuels has grown at an incredible rate as companies pursue increasingly more environment-friendlier transport kilometers. The new gas filling station in Lieto together with the existing filling station in Turku will serve logistics customers and companies in Southwest Finland. Image courtesy of Gasum For logistics company Kuljetus Harri Mikkola, which operates out of Oripää and Kaarina, the new filling station has allowed the company to place an order for its first LNG-fueled vehicle. Kuljetus Harri Mikkola operates contract runs for Lidl Finland and alternative fuels are a significant way for the company to reduce emissions. The station, located in the Avanti business and industrial area of Lieto, will provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied biogas (LBG) for the needs of long-haul transport. The station will open in the summer of 2020, Gasum said in its statement. last_img read more

New Yorkers participate in African restaurant week

first_imgAfrica Travel Week Related African Union Celebrates Africa Day A celebration of cuisine and culture from the world’s most diverse continent is heating up in New York City. African Restaurant Week features chefs from across the city who are giving Americans a discount on dishes featuring the flavors of their homeland. CCTV’s Patrice Howard reports Chinese Premier Kicks Off Week-Long African Tourlast_img