Marin Mazzie Will Return to Broadway in The King and I

first_img View Comments The King and I Marin Mazzie Photo: Bruce Glikas A Broadway veteran will whistle a happy tune for her return to the stage. Tony nominee Marin Mazzie will step into The King and I on Broadway, replacing Tony winner Kelli O’Hara as Anna Leonowens. She begins performances at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre on May 3; O’Hara will play her final performance on April 17. Standby Analisa Leaming will assume the role in the interim.The announcement follows the also happy news that Mazzie is in remission following a battle with ovarian cancer. The actress was diagnosed in May 2015, while she was starring in Zorba! at New York City Center.Mazzie, who last appeared on the Great White Way in Bullets Over Broadway, earned Tony nominations for her performances in Kiss Me Kate, Ragtime and Passion. Her additional credits include Next to Normal opposite Danieley, Spamalot and Man of La Mancha on Broadway, as well as Carrie off-Broadway.Hoon Lee currently stars opposite O’Hara as the King, and a trio of new and returning faces are in the wings to replace him. Ken Watanabe, who earned a Tony nod for his performance, will return beginning March 17; Jose Llana, who succeeded him, will step in again on April 19; Lost alum Daniel Dae Kim will make his Broadway debut in the role beginning May 3.The cast also includes Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles as Lady Thiang, Conrad Ricamora as Lun Tha and Ashley Park as Tuptim.Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical, set in 1860s Bangkok, tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the imperious King brings to Siam to tutor his many wives and children.The Tony-winning revival is also eyeing a London bow either later this year or in 2017. If O’Hara crosses the pond with it, it would mark her West End debut.center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016 Related Showslast_img read more

Continued price cuts to make U.K. renewables competitive with existing gas in 2020s

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:It could be cheaper for the UK to build new wind and solar farms in the 2020s than to keep running some existing gas plants, according to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).This surprising insight comes in new scenarios for the UK power sector up to 2030, published last week in the committee’s annual report to parliament. They show how the sector can help meet the UK’s carbon targets, by cutting CO2 output to no more than 100g per kilowatt hour (100g CO2/kWh).The new scenarios include much more wind and solar than before, but less nuclear and carbon capture and storage (CCS). This reflects much faster than expected falls in the cost of renewables since the previous scenarios were published in 2015, as well as slow progress on new nuclear and delays for CCS.In terms of low-carbon power capacity, the UK now has 13 gigawatts (GW) of onshore wind and 13 GW of solar. It also has 9 GW of nuclear, 7 GW of offshore wind and 6 GW of biomass. Together, these low-carbon sources supplied just over half of the electricity generated in the UK last year—more than coal, oil and gas combined. Nuclear was the largest low-carbon contributor, followed by wind, biomass and solar.These cost reductions are so dramatic that it could now be cheaper to build new renewables in the mid-2020s than to continue running some existing gas plants or to import electricity from overseas, the CCC says. This means building new renewables is a low-regrets option, it says.More: New UK renewables ‘could be cheaper than existing gas plants by 2030’ Continued price cuts to make U.K. renewables competitive with existing gas in 2020slast_img read more

Peter King: Obama’s Plan For Syrian Refugees Would Endanger Americans

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Many blame the West’s response, or lack thereof, to the Syrian civil war for the current crisis enveloping Europe. The number of Syrians displaced due to the conflict has reached 12 million, and half of those who have been uprooted are children, according to World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization. The plight of the refugees has dominated news coverage in recent weeks, but the worlds conscience wasn’t truly shocked until raw photos emerged of a Syrian boy’s lifeless body on a beach in Turkey, leading to an outcry of support for the migrants. The Syrian American Council, which claims to be the largest Syrian-American community organization in the US, plans to hold a “#LetThemIn” rally in Washington, DC Saturday and will call on international governments to accept more refugees. During a press briefing on Friday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the US has already given relief agencies $4 billion to help those fleeing Syria en masse. He also noted that the “top concern” when deciding on how to adopt policy related to the crisis is “the safety and security” of the United States. “I can tell you that refugees go through the most robust security process of anybody who’s contemplating travel to the United States,” he told reporters. “Refugees have to be screened by the National Counterterrorism Center, by the FBI Terrorist Screening Center. They go through databases that are maintained by DHS, the Department of Defense and the intelligence community. There is biographical and biometric information that is collected about these individuals. They have to submit to in-person interviews to discuss their case.”That process typically takes 12 to 18 months,” Earnest said. Those wishing to come to the United States must apply through the United Nations. President Obama’s plan to accept at least 10,000 war-weary Syrians desperate to resettle in the West because of a merciless civil war back home would endanger the lives of US citizens, Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) said in a statement Thursday. King, chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterintelligence and Terrorism, was swift in his objection to Obama’s plan, which comes as a divided Europe struggles to comes to grips with what has been described as the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. America, King said, is ill-equipped to properly scrutinize each individual that would enter the country in the 12-month time frame imposed by the administration. The outspoken congressmen also speculated that Middle Eastern refugees, who are mostly Muslim, could pose a threat, even invoking the Boston Marathon bombing. “This decision is in direct contrast to opinion of leading law enforcement and intelligence officials in this Administration,” King said in a statement. “We do not have the capability to vet these individuals nor will we be able to develop it in the next twelve months. The Administration is moving forward full speed ahead without the necessary security backbone in place.”“It is vital that we measure our humanitarian beliefs against the security risks of bringing more than 10,000 unknown individuals into the Homeland,” King continued. “I oppose this decision. We do not want another Boston Marathon Bombing.”Far right groups in Europe have protested decisions by their respective countries to accept downtrodden refugees, mostly Syrians fleeing a war-torn country that has endured bombings by its own government and the threat of the so-called Islamic State (IS). Fear of IS using the crisis as a cover to infiltrate Europe reached such a fever pitch that people on social media are sharing photos of men who they claim to be militants. Specifically, a before-and-after photo of a man in military gear and holding a weapon next to another of him in a green t-shirt and sunglasses went viral after Internet users accused him of being a militant. He turned out to be a former member of the Free Syrian Army, according to a recent profile of the man published by the Associated Press. The BBC was the first to refute the claims posted on social media. The divisive issue has Europe split. Germany is poised to welcome 800,000 refugees this year alone while Hungary’s prime minister is on record saying authorities will start arresting those crossing the border. View image | gettyimages.com View image | gettyimages.comlast_img read more

The real cost of your shopping habits

first_imgby: Emma Johnson The road to bankruptcy is paved with good deals.The answer to spending less is not coupons or blow-out sales.Shop less.That’s it. Yes, it is wise to negotiate the price of things. Take advantage of coupons and deep discounts when they makes sense.But if you want to save money and improve your finances, shop less.You don’t get that message often. You don’t need to be a PhD economist consulting the retail sector to understand that we are bombarded every day by marketing messages urging us to buy, buy, buy. And we do. Way, way, too much for most of us.Take, for example, clothes. The U.S. apparel industry today is a $12 billion business and the average American family spends $1,700 on clothes annually, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The dollar figures are of little significance since it accounts for just 3.5 percent of a family’s expenses, on average. What is significant is whether that money is spent on need or waste. The answer is, largely, waste. In 1930, the average American woman owned nine outfits. Today, that figure is 30 outfits — one for every day of the month. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The power of 1%

first_img 42SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Steve Fochler As Senior Business Advisor, Risk Management Services Steve is responsible for helping Strohl Risk Solutions customers succeed. Steve leans on his twenty-eight (28) years of experience to help financial institutions, … Web: www.strohlrisksolutions.com Details Every now and then, life provides a little extra. Call it a blessing or a bonus. It’s that something which seems to work in one’s favor. Mine recently came in the form of catching dinner with my niece while on a business trip. Her schedule is very busy, as she is a Marketing Communications Leader for one of the largest companies in the world. We had a great time catching up and while we were talking business, she threw out a little nugget I felt compelled to share.She told me about a very large sensor initiative her firm is undertaking. Their goal is to better track and measure the performance of large industrial processing systems, such as power generator plants. Then she hit me with it… The power of 1%. She said that if they could add a sensor to measure just one blade on one turbine at one power plant — which generates electricity for 400,000 homes — they could make at least a 1% improvement in energy efficiency which would, in turn, cover another 4,000 households!I sat back and smiled. At that moment I felt so proud of my niece and her accomplishments. As I was traveling back to my hotel, I started to think about our clients and their efforts to improve their vendor management programs. What if we applied the power of 1%? Instead of looking at the overall state of vendor management and the immense undertaking it will be to structure and organize it in a meaningful way, maybe we should take a step back and apply the power of 1%. Seek to make a 1% improvement every day in your vendor management program. For your top 100 vendors, maybe organize contracts for just one vendor, today. Then the next day, another. And the day after that, one more. Do this for a little over three months and you’ll have improved contract management for this group of vendors by 100%. For some of you, this may be for all of your vendors. Pretty cool huh?The power of 1% is a refreshing idea and I am so glad my niece shared it with me. I believe it will take the pressure off you as you take on this immense challenge. Each day will bring a sense of accomplishment and before long you’ll be proud of your financial institution’s vendor management program.Now if I could only apply the power of 1% to my weakness for desserts…hmm. Maybe not.last_img read more

Turkey, Laos report more H5N1 in poultry

first_imgMar 19, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Veterinary officials in Turkey have confirmed an H5N1 avian influenza outbreak in the western part of the country near the border with Greece, according to a report yesterday from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).The virus struck 22 backyard chickens at a village near Ipsala in Edirne province, according to the OIE report. The remaining 16 birds were destroyed. Turkish officials listed fomites, which could involve contamination spread by humans, vehicles, or animal feed, as the source of the outbreak.Turkey’s last H5N1 outbreaks occurred over several weeks in January and February at six sites, all of which involved backyard poultry. The OIE report on the outbreaks said the source of the virus was contact with wild species.All of the previous outbreaks occurred near villages along the Black Sea, an area that officials from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have said is vulnerable to H5N1 outbreaks, because surrounding countries are a winter home to migratory birds from Siberia and often have poor separation between wild and domestic birds. However, the OIE report map detailing the most recent outbreak location shows that the Ipsala area is close to the Mediterranean Sea.Elsewhere, government officials in Laos reported a fresh H5N1 outbreak in chickens in Luang Namtha, in the northwestern part of the country near the border with China and Myanmar, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported today.Yong Chanthalangsy, the country’s foreign ministry spokesman, told VNA that 800 birds were destroyed in a 2-mile radius around the affected village and that the outbreak is the sixth to strike the area in the past month.In mid February, Laos reported that the H5N1 virus had reemerged in poultry after about a year’s hiatus, according to previous reports.In other developments, authorities in India today began culling thousands of chickens in West Bengal’s Malda district after about 1,000 birds died over the past few days at a state-run poultry farm, Reuters reported today.Officials are testing samples from the birds to see if they died from H5N1 infection, according to the Reuters report. In early March animal health officials confirmed that the virus was responsible for killing poultry in neighboring Murshidabad district.Since mid January West Bengal authorities have been working to stamp out the outbreaks that began in the village of Margram. The virus spread quickly, striking poultry in 13 of the state’s 19 districts and prompting the culling of almost 4 million birds. In late February, the outbreaks in West Bengal appeared to be over and FAO praised the country for its control efforts. However, the group warned that the H5N1 virus could return if the county didn’t maintain its control and surveillance efforts.See also:OIE reports on 2008 Turkish outbreaklast_img read more

Ilirija from Biograd na Moru proud holder of the award “Friend of Health”

first_imgAs of today, Ilirija dd is the second tourist company in the Republic of Croatia to hold the award “Friend of Health”Ilirija dd, a tourist company from Biograd na Moru, was awarded the “Friend of Health” company for introducing special labels in the work environment, enabling its employees to adopt healthy living habits, promoting and encouraging health in the workplace and expressing concern for employee health. Having in mind the need to promote health in the workplace, the Ministry of Health and the Croatian Institute of Public Health have designed a module called “Company Friendly Health” within the National Program “Living Healthy”, related to the economy and preservation and promotion of health in the workplace. The “Health Friendly Company” module is aimed at employees and clients and encourages the introduction of special labels for work environments that enable employees to adopt healthy living habits, promote health in the workplace and show positive concern for the health of employees, consumers and clients and the environment.Ilirija as a socially responsible company starts its business from the principle that employees are the key to its success, ie the best promoters of its values, then promoters of destinations, service and business process holders, said Goran Ražnjević to the President of Ilirija dd and added that therefore continuous care includes and concern for their working conditions and safety and health in the workplace represents the company’s long-term commitment and policy in the area of ​​human resource management. “Ilirija’s commitment to continuous improvement of health and safety of our employees, permanent and seasonal, of which there are over 460 during the main season, through safe working conditions, adequate equipment and continuous education reduces the number and frequency of injuries, increases productivity and satisfaction of our employees. today’s event speaks in favor. By joining this project, we have further contributed not only to the creation of a healthy work environment but also  and educating and informing our employees what each of them can do on a daily basis for their health. “Raznjevic concluded.It is important to point out that this is not a “proforma” certificate, but about specific measures by which the employer voluntarily undertakes, ie in order for the company to receive the label “Friend of Health”, it is necessary to meet certain criteria, such as: availability of meals in accordance with the principles of healthy eating, promotion of fruits and vegetables, availability of drinking water, co-financing of physical activity for employees, stimulating coming to work on foot or by bicycle, preventive examinations of employees, etc.…A team of experts from the Croatian Institute of Public Health comes to a supervisory visit to the company, where they assess the working environment of the company that is applying for the title “Friend of Health”. The implementation of the module “Company friend of health” was carried out at the level of the whole company, it included education, informing our employees and assessing the working environment of the company in seven areas: (I) nutrition, (II) promoting physical activity, (III) in the workplace, (IV) a ban on smoking, (V) a ban on alcohol consumption, (VI) environmental regulation, (VII) protection of the health of consumers and clients.The label “Company Friend of Health” is awarded for a period of two years. Find out more about the whole project and the criteria in the attachment.Attachment: Brochure Company Friend Healthlast_img read more

Kim showed off executed uncle’s headless body: Trump

first_imgTopics : “He killed his uncle and he put the body right in the steps,” Trump said, in an apparent reference to a building used by senior officials. “And the head was cut, sitting on the chest,” he added in excerpts from the book seen by AFP.The North has never officially stated how Jang was executed, although multiple reports say an anti-aircraft gun was used.Trump’s account — apparently intended as a demonstration of the closeness of his relationship with Kim — is the first from any senior official to mention decapitation.  The headless body of Kim Jong Un’s executed uncle was displayed to senior North Korean officials, US President Donald Trump told the author of an upcoming book on the US president.Jang Song Thaek, the North Korean leader’s uncle by marriage and a hugely powerful figure within the regime, was purged for treason and corruption in 2013, in what was widely seen as Kim mercilessly asserting his authority.Kim “tells me everything. Told me everything,” Trump told the Washington Post investigative journalist Bob Woodward, according to his forthcoming book “Rage”. center_img Nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington have been at a standstill since the collapse of the Hanoi summit last year over sanctions relief and what the North would be willing to give up in return.Pyongyang officials said they had offered to “dismantle all the nuclear production facilities in the Yongbyon area”, but analysts say the North has several other nuclear sites.According to the book Trump demanded five sites be given up.”Listen, one doesn’t help and two doesn’t help and three doesn’t help and four doesn’t help. Five does help,” he said.Yongbyon was the North’s biggest site, Kim countered according to excerpts from the book seen by AFP. “It’s also your oldest,” Trump told the author he retorted.Kim, though, would not offer further concessions, and Trump told him: “You’re not ready to make a deal.””I’ve got to leave,” he added, to Kim’s shock.’I am really, very offended’ The collapse of the summit came despite high expectations on both sides beforehand, but according to the book Trump continued to insist on full denuclearization even after the pair’s surprise meeting several months later in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula.”It was an honor to cross into your country,” Trump wrote in a letter to Kim two days after the encounter, when he became the first sitting US president to set foot in the North.He urged Kim to strike a “big deal” that “sheds you of your nuclear burden”.”Rage”, scheduled to hit the book stands next week, unveils 25 letters the pair exchanged, in which Kim repeatedly flatters Trump. The DMZ meeting was supposed to restart the talks process but the US and South Korea held military exercises a few weeks later and Kim subsequently wrote to Trump: “I am clearly offended and I do not want to hide this feeling from you. I am really, very offended.”Negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington have remained at a standstill ever since, and ties between the North and South have plummeted, but Trump insisted that he still had a good relationship with Kim.”He likes me. I like him. We get along,” he said.last_img read more

Wolf Administration Provides Multi-Agency Update on Response to Flooding

first_img July 25, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf this afternoon provided the following update on state agency activities in response to this week’s heavy rain and flooding throughout Pennsylvania:National Guard/Department of Military and Veterans Affairs:The Pennsylvania National Guard has been tasked by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) to assist first responders with rescue and transportation missions.Presently, 73 personnel are on state active duty supporting this event. The troops are maintaining and operating four vehicles capable of fording flooded roads and two Black Hawk UH-60s as well as manning the PEMA CRCC. The UH-60 Black Hawks are part of the PA Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (PA-HART), a partnership between the Pennsylvania Army National Guard (PANG), the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), and PEMA, along with credentialed civilian rescue technicians.The Pennsylvania Guard assisted in a water search operation for a missing woman using the UH-60 Black Hawk in Dauphin county Monday evening. This morning a vehicle and crew rescued a local resident in Dauphin County from their flooded home.Additional personnel are closely monitoring the situation at the joint emergency operations center at Fort Indiantown Gap and are prepared to dispatch additional personnel and equipment as directed to do so.PennDOT:As of 3 p.m., a total of 88 roads are closed due to flooding. No major highways are closed at this time.PennDOT cautions motorists to never drive through flooded roadways, as it takes just two feet of fast-moving water to float a car. Anyone who drives around barriers intended to close a road can face increased penalties if emergency responders are called to rescue motorists who disregard traffic control signs.Public Utility Commission:While no significant issues involving utility systems have been reported, the PUC continues to monitor storm issues and utility responses across the state and will work closely with the governor’s office and the other state agencies involved in Pennsylvania’s coordinated storm response.The Commission urges residents to remain focused on safety, including reporting outages to their utilities, avoiding downed lines and staying clear of trees, limbs or other objects that may come in contact with power lines.Pennsylvania State Police:Impacted stations continue to monitor the situations and report closures, evacuations and other significant weather-related events to the Department Watch Center as they occur. They are also remaining in contact with local emergency management offices.With heavy rain and the threat of flooding continuing throughout today and into tomorrow for much of eastern Pennsylvania, state agencies are monitoring conditions to respond quickly to keep citizens safe.The Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC) was fully activated this morning at PEMA with staff from: Pennsylvania State Police; the departments of Military of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection, Human Services, Transportation, and Health; the Office of the State Fire Commissioner, the Fish and Boat Commission, the Game Commission, the Public Utility Commission, the Turnpike Commission, and the American Red Cross.Additional agencies not covered under the activation were asked to continue to monitor the situation and be prepared to staff the CRCC if the need arises.Many small creeks and streams have flooded, causing road closures and evacuations in multiple counties, but no major roads are currently closed. While only minor Susquehanna River flooding is expected at this time, anyone with river interests should keep an eye on conditions as forecasts will continue to change.Pennsylvanians are encouraged to follow ReadyPA on Twitter @ReadyPA and Facebook for the latest on the weather and how to prepare, and motorists can check road conditions on over 40,000 miles of roadway at 511PA.com.center_img Wolf Administration Provides Multi-Agency Update on Response to Floodinglast_img read more

Photo of the Day: Beatrice Jacket Readies for a Lift

first_imgBeatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) has shared a photo of the teams at Burntisland Fabrications’ (BiFab) facility in Methil preparing to upend one of the jacket foundations built for the 588MW Beatrice offshore wind farm.In June 2016, the Fife-based BiFab won a GBP 100 million contract to manufacture 26 jacket substructures for the 84-turbine wind farm located in the Outer Moray Firth, Scotland.The fabrication contract, awarded to BiFab by the EPCI Contractor Seaway Heavy Lifting, is due for delivery in two campaigns. 10 of the jacket substructures will be ready for delivery in August 2017, with the remaining 16 scheduled to be completed and delivered in April 2018.The substructures are being manufactured in BiFab’s facilities in Arnish, Burntisland, and Methil, which is also where the units will undergo the final assembly and loadout.Alongside BiFab, Beatrice foundations have put to work Bladt Industries, Smulders, Sif, and EEW SPC.The Beatrice wind farm will comprise 84 Siemens 7MW turbines and is expected to be commissioned in 2019.Photo: BOWLlast_img read more