Broadway Grosses: Aladdin & Les Miz Immediately Fly High on Broadway

first_img Star Files FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1.The Book of Mormon ($1,549,715) 2. Wicked ($1,539,830) 3. The Lion King ($1,474,205) 4. Kinky Boots ($1,215,435) 5. Motown The Musical ($1,036,817) UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Machinal ($300,119) 4. Rock of Ages ($299,584) 3. Mothers and Sons ($211,660)* 2. Les Miserables ($180,871)** 1. Bronx Bombers ($169,730) FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1.The Book of Mormon (102.40%) = 3. Les Miserables (100.00%) ** = 3. Aladdin (100.00%) *** 4. The Lion King (98.93%) 5. Wicked (98.79%) Aladdin and Les Miz both began previews on Broadway this week and turns out everyone wanted to see a carpet fly and how Ramin Karimloo would do on his Main Stem debut—both shows played to 100% capacity. Meanwhile Rebecca Hall made her final Main Stem bow in Machinal over at the American Airlines Theatre, as did those Bronx Bombers, who have been underdogs since opening on February 6 and have now made way for Audra. And after a few weeks away from the top spot, The Book of Mormon was back as the highest grossing show on the Great White Way. Rebecca Hall View Comments Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending March 2: UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. Once (66.12%) 4. Chicago (65.28%) 3. Mothers and Sons (64.09%) * 2. Jersey Boys (61.92%) 1. All The Way (61.79) **** * Number based on 8 preview performances ** Number based on 1 preview performance *** Number based on 3 preview performances **** Number based on 8 preview performances Ramin Karimloolast_img read more

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Nitrogen Deficiency

first_imgIn light of recent wet weather, nitrogen deficiency problems have shown up in some small grains and ryegrass fields. Excessive rain in some areas caused considerable leaching of nitrogen. These fields, along with fields where no or little nitrogen was applied in the fall, may be experiencing severe nitrogen deficiency. If several older leaves are dying and the youngest tissue is relatively pale, producers may want to top-dress with nitrogen as soon as possible.If the plants show good, green color in the youngest leaves, the producer may want to wait until the usual top-dressing time, generally mid-February to early March. A little nitrogen applied now and another application of more nitrogen later would be best for the plants, but the cost of the extra application may not be feasible. Most farmers will likely apply the full amount now. This practice is warranted where little to no nitrogen has been applied and the small grain is moderately deficient. Some lush growth may occur and suffer frost damage, but this will be less detrimental than several weeks of nitrogen deficiency.Farmers who use small grains specifically for winter grazing need to manage their nitrogen fertilization a little differently than grain producers. Ideally, for forage production, it is recommended that 120-140 pounds per acre be applied following a legume and 140-160 pounds per acre be applied following a non-legume. Split the nitrogen applications and apply half in the fall and the remainder in the mid-winter.For more information on managing pastures and hay fields, search the University of Georgia Extension publications website.last_img read more

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Spain’s Endesa looking to speed up renewable energy investments in pandemic recovery efforts

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Utility Endesa SA said it could speed up investments in wind and solar power as the Spanish government emphasizes green spending to boost its economy, while the coronavirus is leading to only minor delays in its construction program.“The company has already resumed construction on all its renewable farm projects and remains fully committed to the investments envisaged in [its] strategic plan,” CEO José Bogas said May 4 in a statement on Endesa’s first quarter, which saw profits excluding extraordinary effects rise 59%.In February, the company announced it had more than 5 GW in new installations ready to be built, mostly over the next three years. Enel Green Power, the renewables arm of Italy’s Enel SpA, which also owns Endesa, announced April 27 that it had started building a 50-MW solar power plant in Spain’s Seville province.“We are even considering speeding up the planned investments, especially in wind and solar plants, to help jump-start the economy by creating jobs and generating wealth,” Bogas said.Spain has been among the hardest-hit countries in Europe by the coronavirus, but Bogas said on an earnings call that Endesa is expecting only minor delays with some renewables parts sourced from a Chinese equipment provider. This will delay capital expenditure in some smaller projects but not affect 2020 earnings, Bogas said.While renewables production rose considerably during the first quarter, thanks in part to a recovery in hydropower production, output from Endesa’s four remaining coal plants in Spain, with a combined capacity of nearly 4,600 MW, was about 90% lower than in the same period in 2019, Bogas said, dragging down total mainland production by 13%. The CEO reiterated that the market conditions for coal in Spain are “completely uneconomical” and “remain unfixable” due to structurally low gas and rising carbon prices, meaning Endesa would not reverse its decision to close the plants by the end of 2021.[Yannic Rack]More ($): Endesa’s renewables plans could accelerate, despite minor delays due to COVID-19 Spain’s Endesa looking to speed up renewable energy investments in pandemic recovery effortslast_img read more

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Mountain Mama: Gratitude’s Other Lesson | The Value of Discomfort

first_imgThis year I’m beyond grateful for a life that only last year I would have done anything to change.There’s nothing like spending a cold day in the mountains to appreciate the coziness of a warm house or weeks of camping to delight in the simple pleasure of sleeping in a bed. Not until my stomach rumbles with hunger that I can’t feed do I understand that I take for granted easy access to food. Getting outside and experiencing discomfort reminds us of abundance.The willingness to leave our comforts behind and venture into new territories can lead to our most profound experiences. I am so incredibly grateful to be leading this life with my son.  I’ve been on cloud nine celebrating the recent success of the Pirate Mama Kickstarter. Getting fully funded means that my four-year-old son and I will start the 2016 in the islands sailing. Reflecting on the path that led me here, I’ve realized the important role getting uncomfortable has played.We live in a society that tells us we should strive for a constant state of happiness. When we are sad, we surround ourselves by people and cram our schedules, but at some point all of that is noise muffling our inner truth. Getting quiet often requires squaring up to loneliness. Those uncomfortable times are when we peer into our souls and know our deepest aspirations. It isn’t until we know our dreams that we can begin to follow them.When my son was a baby, I would have wished away my singleness given half the chance. I imagined a partner who possessed the perfect timing to relieve me of baby-duty at the precise moment when my sanity hinged on getting outside for a run. I dreamed of another adult to make up silly songs about poopy diapers, someone to share the despair and beauty in the pale light of those sleepless wee early morning hours when babies refuse to sleep.It wasn’t until I got sick with a month of back-to-back illnesses that I remembered my teenage dream of sailing with my kids, if I ever had them. Delirious with a fever and reading books about female pirates planted the seed for Pirate Mama. If I had lived a consistently comfortable life, if I had never been sick and alone, this adventure would not be happening.Launching a Kickstarter terrified me, from telling my story to being videotaped, to asking everyone I knew to contribute to the campaign, I felt vulnerable and exposed.When I began tinkering with the idea about sailing, I debated writing about it for Blue Ridge Outdoors. What does sailing have to do with the Blue Ridge anyway? Would readers even be interested?I stand in awe at the response. One reader sent me this message. “I just stumbled onto your story. I spent six years of my childhood in the Caribbean, sailing and windsurfing. A year ago, I bought a boat to teach my wife and eleven-year-old son the joys of sailing.”A writer for a local newspaper reached out to me about an interview for a human interest story. She wrote, “As the daughter of a badass single mama –  your story pulls my heart strings.”Another reader wrote to me, “You have just started to tap in to the infinite source of strength, support love, faith and inspiration! This project has immense power. I don’t know if you know the impact you have created.”I learned that when I have the courage to share my story with others, they’ll reciprocate with tales of their own. Story by story I’ve realized that our dreams of full and bold and interesting lives connects us.Sharing the project with others propelled it forward. In the early phase when I asked Phil Cheney if he might be able to come up with a pirate ship logo for us, I had no idea that his art and enthusiasm for the project would carry it along when my own motivation waned.Phil also introduced me to Rocky Kenworthy of Dot Editions who donated prints of Pirate Mama for the campaign. The project resonated with him and he told me how his own father was a truck driver. He spent the summers riding with him on his routes and got to know his father in a way that most kids never know their parents. He see’s Pirate Mama as an opportunity for me to pass that same type of life-changing experiences on to my son.Screen Shot 2015-11-23 at 11.32.14 AMTalking about what we are thankful this time of year can sometimes come off as glib.I am grateful for all of the usual suspects, but this year I’ve learned gratitude’s other lesson – that quiet and alone challenges can be the beginning of our most brilliant adventures, if only we have the courage to be uncomfortable.last_img read more

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Holtsville Hal, Malverne Mel Disagree on Groundhog Day Forecast

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York For the second Groundhog Day in a row, Long Island’s two weather-forecasting rodents disagreed over whether spring-like conditions will come early in 2018 or the current cold winter blast will persist.Holtsville Hal did not see his shadow, predicting an early spring, according to folk lore. Malverne Mel, however, did see his shadow, suggesting six more weeks of wintery weather.“Folks, early spring for one and all!” Dan Losquadro, Brookhaven town’s superintendent of highways, said while reading the prognostication on stage to the cheering crowd Friday morning at the Holtsville Ecology Center.Last year, Hal and Mel both made opposite predictions, although the five years before that they were in agreement. Mel’s forecast is in line with the nation’s foremost groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, who also saw his shadow.But the tri-state area’s other groundhogs all predicted an early spring. Those that didn’t see their shadows include Staten Island Chuck, New Jersey’s Milltown Mel, Connecticut’s Chuckles, and upstate New York’s Dunkirk Dave.Losquadro joked that his highway budget will be safe from additional snow storms now that spring is on it’s way. Phil’s handlers issued a more ominous warning:“Here is my forecast, not lead, but solid gold,” they said. “I see my royal Shadow! Six more weeks of Winter to go!”Regardless of what the woodchucks say, the spring equinox is six weeks away: March 20.—With Timothy Bolgerlast_img read more

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PR Insight: Three essentials to a balanced public relations program

first_imgStarting 2015 off on the right footby: Rebecca MayoToday’s banking environment is more challenging and competitive than ever before, making it critical for credit unions to implement a solid public relations program that effectively promotes and ultimately builds awareness among prospective members. But for your program to be effective, it must be balanced. As we wind down the year, credit unions should be building out their plans right now for next year through a healthy mix of press releases, media placements and member case studies (or testimonials).1. Press ReleasesPress releases should be considered the foundation for your credit union’s public relations program, and can be used to directly communicate news to your members and the media. This may include announcements promoting new products and services, or even product enhancements and important changes. Press releases are also excellent tools to demonstrate your credit union’s growth and momentum. This is critical, as members may decide to leave for another institution if they have little confidence you’ll be around in the future.Frequency is also important. Credit unions should aim for distributing a press release every four to five weeks at minimum to ensure they remain top of mind. Press releases should also be regularly updated on the credit union’s website. Failure to do so can damage a credit union’s brand and make the site appear outdated or not maintained. Imagine visiting your favorite retailer’s website and seeing they haven’t posted any news items in more than a year. It would feel as if the site – and possibly the organization – has been neglected.2. Media PlacementsDo you ever wonder why the same names and faces appear in the press? There’s a reason and it has to do with strategically positioning your credit union’s executives as industry thought leaders through media placements. Your institution can increase its credibility by putting names to the faces of your executives and providing current and prospective members with relevant information. For example, many local papers feature sections where executives can offer financial planning tips – something your members might value. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Biden flips Arizona, further cementing his presidential victory.

first_img– Advertisement – The Arizona victory brings Mr. Biden to 290 electoral votes, 20 more than the 270 required to take the White House.Republicans have been mounting long-shot legal attempts to try to upend results in key battleground states, but they have been mostly dealt setbacks — and some of their cases deal with small numbers of ballots.For instance, Mr. Trump would have to invalidate roughly 55,000 Pennsylvania votes for Mr. Biden to retake the state. The office of Pennsylvania’s attorney general, Josh Shapiro, has said that there is no evidence to support claims from Mr. Trump’s lawyers that the election in Philadelphia or elsewhere in Pennsylvania was fraudulent.- Advertisement – Last week, the Democratic challenger Mark Kelly defeated the state’s Republican senator, Martha McSally, in a special election, making Mr. Kelly and Senator Kyrsten Sinema the first pair of Democrats to represent Arizona in the Senate since the 1950s.- Advertisement – The Trump campaign has filed a lawsuit in Arizona, alleging that poll workers in the state’s largest county, Maricopa, improperly pressured voters to enter their vote in a way that would incorrectly reject votes. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has narrowly won Arizona, capturing the state’s 11 electoral votes and strengthening his Electoral College margin as President Trump continues to make baseless attacks on the vote counts favoring Mr. Biden.Mr. Biden, who won the state by about 11,000 votes, or 0.3 percentage points, is the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry the state since President Bill Clinton in 1996. Four years ago, Mr. Trump won the state by 3.5 percentage points.- Advertisement – That Arizona — the home of the late Senator John McCain and Senator Barry Goldwater, a founder of the 20th century conservative political movement and the 1964 Republican presidential nominee — was in play for Democrats at all is remarkable. Before the state voted for Mr. Clinton, the last Democrat Arizona had supported for president was Harry S. Truman in 1948.Mr. Biden’s win underscored a profound political shift in Arizona, a longtime Republican bastion that has lurched left in recent years, fueled by rapidly evolving demographics and a growing contingent of young Hispanic voters championing liberal policies. On Wednesday, Arizona’s attorney general, Mark Brnovich, a Republican, told Fox News that state officials had received about 1,000 complaints about the election but had found “no evidence” of widespread voter fraud.“If indeed there was some great conspiracy, it apparently didn’t work,” he said.last_img read more

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DETR looks for second Bristol office

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Pension funds slam Commission over ‘irrespective effect’ of FTT

first_imgIt also said any UK challenge to the FTT could not yet be heard as enough detail over the tax’s implementation did not exist.The UK is expected challenge the tax again once the EU11 moves forward with its plans, arguing the tax’s implementation will indirectly affect the UK financial sector.PensionsEurope said, even with an exemption for pension fund investments, the tax would increase the cost for the institutions.It said all financial transactions of all institutions would be hit by additional costs, regardless of their social function or role in the financial crisis, or the nature of their investment.Matti Leppälä, chief executive of the lobby group, said: “The consequent increase of costs will ultimately be borne by the pension beneficiaries in terms of higher contributions or reduced benefits.“There is no cause to ask European pension beneficiaries to pay for the crisis. They did not cause it but rather they have suffered from it.”Leppälä stressed that asset managers would also eventually pass on the tax to pension funds, even if the funds were exempt.“As institutional investors, we are customers in the financial markets, and we therefore fear that, as it is the case with other taxes, the final customer will end up paying for it,” he said. The organisation called on the EU11 to dismiss the tax, or at least ensure exemption for pension funds.“Pension funds did not require any support in terms of funding from public finances during the crisis,” he said.“They actually contributed to water down the crisis by keeping their long-term liabilities in the financial markets.”However, Algirdas Šemeta, the European commissioner responsible for taxation, yesterday praised the EU11 for pushing forward with the tax and laying down an implementation roadmap.“The participating member states need to continue to invest wholeheartedly in this file to make it law within the timeframe foreseen,” he said.“If they make a common FTT a reality, that is a major achievement, even if they proceed more tentatively than was envisaged.“But now this has to happen, and happen quickly.” The financial transaction tax (FTT), the controversial proposal being taken forward by 11 European countries, has been criticised for its effect on financial institutions regardless of their “social function”.PensionsEurope, the lobby group, said the tax in its current form would affect pension funds badly, even if they were exempt.Eleven EU countries (EU11) are currently pushing forward with the tax despite opposition from the Netherlands and the UK, with the latter legally challenging the Commission and Council’s decision to allow the countries ‘enhanced cooperation’ status.However, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) dismissed the case on the basis the enhanced cooperation was legally sound.last_img read more

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Property styling smashes street record by nearly $200k

first_imgCoreLogic revealed vendors Eliza Roberts and her builder husband Nath purchased the home in 2005, for just $300,000.Mrs Roberts, who also co-owns property styling company Sunday Society with her mother, said when they purchased 1965-built home it was in “original condition”.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago“We moved every wall except two, and we added more bedrooms, so it was a three bedroom, one bathroom (home) and now it’s a five bedroom, two-and-a-half bath,” she said. How to sell your home in a week RELATED: For the love of cheese (making) The vendor of the Mirang St home purchased it in 2005 and renovated the 1965-built property in stages.“The way they finished it, just everything, the music, they had the fragrance in those diffusers, people I don’t think realise how much value that can add to the sale,” he said.“The bidding started at $650,000 and it was rapid fire up to about $750,000 — $775,000.“Then it came down to three players, one would go $5000, another would go $1000, another would go $1000, one would go $5000 and then it got through that to $820,000 and it stalled.“Private negotiations got buyers to $830,000, where it came on the market and it sold to $839,000 and that was achieved through two parties going $1000 at a time — it was an interesting one.” Property stylists filled every nook so buyers could envisage themselves living in the home.According to CoreLogic, the last time a property on Mansfield St even came close to selling for that amount was in January this year, when No. 18 sold for $650,000. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< Even the outdoor entertaining area was styled to the maximum.“Little nooks that normally you’d leave empty, filling them so that you could sit there and have a coffee in the morning and see yourself out the back entertaining, with dinner parties and the kids in the backyard.”center_img Every space was beautifully designed.“We did it in stages, we’ve had a few kids in that time as well, we’ve got two small children, so we did it as we went.”Mrs Roberts said Sunday Society went above and beyond the “normal styling”, as was the case at their own home.“We like to take it to the next level and put a few more layers in and really add that emotional feel,” she said.“You walk in and from the experience that everything smells good, it looks good, the lightings on, all the airconditioning is on … even down to the books.“So you can see yourself living there. GOING GONE: 24 Mirang St, Mansfield sold at auction on December 15, 2018 for $839,000.You should never underestimate the value property styling can add to your home.That is according to Ray White Stone’s Corner sales and marketing consultant Ben Cannon, who sold 24 Mirang St, Mansfield under the hammer for $839,000 at yesterday’s auction. MORE: Mr Cannon said the outcome was brilliant. “Mansfield is like Carina, these little pockets that on that fringe are just quite hot,” he said.“This house was top product for the suburb, by way of how it was finished and ready to rock and roll.”Mr Cannon also sold Unit 1/238 Old Cleveland Rd, Coorparoo under the hammer for $1,075,000 yesterday.He said the buyers lived between the Gold Coast and Brisbane and were upgrading from their existing property in Coorparoo. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45 Mr Cannon said it not only helped smash the highest price recorded on Mirang St by $189,000, it also drew a 50-strong crowd to watch 10 registered bidders vie for the home. Own your own motocross tracklast_img read more

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