Related Shows Idina Menzel Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 If the fans love you, Then you’ll nab six Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards! That’s right, Idina Menzel and the cast of the new musical If/Then swept the 2014 BACAs, taking home awards for Favorite New Musical, Favorite Leading Actress in a Musical (Menzel), Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical (Anthony Rapp), Favorite Featured Actress in a Musical (LaChanze), Favorite Onstage Pair (Menzel and James Snyder) and Favorite Song (“Here I Go”). Check out these sweet shots of the cast thanking their fans for their brand new trophies! View Comments If/Then Star Files James Snyder
Statkraft plans 1GW virtual power plant in U.K. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Global hydropower and European renewable energy giant Statkraft announced Tuesday plans to build what it is calling the United Kingdom’s first virtual power plant to integrate wind, solar, battery storage, and gas which will have over 1 GW of power.Statkraft explained on Tuesday that the new virtual power plant will monitor the operations of over 1GW worth of wind power, solar power, battery storage, and flexible gas engines and will compare it with the constantly updating Day Ahead, On-the-Day, and cashout price forecasts. This will allow for real-time optimisation of power trading in the British energy market.Statkraft is further planning to double the capacity of the virtual power plant by the middle of the year. The increased flexibility provided by the virtual power plant will help facilitate the integration of intermittent power generation – such as that from wind and solar power – into the British electricity system, and subsequently help expand the UK’s renewable energy capacity.“Our business model in the UK to producers of renewable power involves marketing renewable assets with maximum efficiency – for our partners, but also towards the power market,” explained Duncan Dale, Vice President Sales & New Products of Statkraft in the UK. “The idea is to match renewable power production with market demand within seconds. The increasing share of renewable energy in the UK will require a maximum of flexibility in the British power grid. By integrating batteries and engines into the virtual power plant and optimising their operations we can provide this flexibility reliably.”Statkraft is already involved in Europe’s largest virtual power plant, interconnecting more than 1,400 wind and solar installations with an installed capacity of approximately 12 GW.More: Statkraft plans 1GW solar, wind, storage “virtual power plant” in U.K.
Wednesday marked the official first day of spring for 2013, which can mean many things to the outdoor enthusiast. It could mean spring cleaning – not the carpets and bathrooms, mind you, but the gear shed and the tents. It could mean breaking out the mountain bike and making sure the brakes still work – recommended before your first ride. Or it could mean the beginning of another fly fishing season if you don’t have the stomach for winter fishing – it’s ok, few do. The weather has been up and down in March and the fishing has been spotty with high flows and blown out streams. Just when you thought it was safe to get on the water, another winter storm blew in and ruined everything. Late March and early April is the prime window for early season trout hunting, so the time for excuses is over. The time to fish is now.If you have spent the past couple of weeks opening rod tubes and taking fly inventory, head down to your local river this weekend and wet a line. Even if the water conditions are not ideal, you’ll still have the chance to whip the rod around and make sure you still have what it takes when the hatch comes. Who knows, you may even see some dry fly action once you settle in.We recommend you hit the Little River outside Townsend, TN and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Roadside river access and an abundance of species – including big browns, rainbows and smallmouth on the lower sections – means it’s a near can’t-miss fishing opportunity. Obviously, that’s an overstatement, but you’ll have fun either way.View Larger Map
Way back in 2006, I profiled Hot Buttered Rum here in Blue Ridge Outdoors upon the release of their record Well Oiled Machine.The band had taken up in a big bus run on used veggie oil – hence the title of the record – and, in the vein of bands like Yonder Mountain String Band and Railroad Earth, were redefining the parameters of bluegrass based acoustic music.Fast forward nearly a decade and Hot Buttered Rum has returned to my radar.Last month, the band released The Kite & The Key: Part 1, produced by Railroad Earth fiddle player and long time friend Tim Carbone, the first installment of a planned three EP project. Each EP will feature six songs, a distinct sonic flavor, and a different producer. Noted bluegrass producer Sally Van Meter and Kyle Hollingsworth, of String Cheese Incident, have already signed on for the second and third EPs.I recently caught up with Hot Buttered Rum’s guitarist and singer, Nat Keefe, to chat about their old well-oiled machine and this ambitious EP project.BRO – It’s been too long since I featured you guys here. Are you still cruising around on veggie oil?NK – We retired the Well-Oiled Machine a few years ago. Those were some greasy fun years! Alas, the world of alley way used veggie oil has changed a lot since we started doing it. We used to be able to go from coast to coast and fill up on free, quality used oil from restaurant grease dumpsters. Now the oil is recognized as an asset and places keep the dumpsters closed. That’s a good thing, I suppose, but the point is that we were using an underused resource. And now you can buy biodiesel and ethanol in so many gas stations. Energy production is a long and politically wrought topic, but I think things have changed for the positive a little bit since the 2000s.BRO – Three EPs and three producers. Why this approach instead of just recording a long player?NK – We’re seeking a challenge and entertainment for ourselves. Each six song EP is focused on a different part of our game: dark and earthy tuneful songs, traditional bluegrass, and late night party raging. Each producer brought a different perspective and skill set to the table. I was entertained! And it’s fun to give our people a lot to listen to. I think this is a cool way to present music, in smaller, more focused chunks, compared to a full length album. There are so few ten or twelve song albums that really come across as a whole piece. We figured we’d try to make a six song collection a cohesive piece . . . and make a few of them!BRO – How did you go about choosing the producers for each EP?NK – We’ve known Tim and Kyle for years and have shared some big moments on stage with each of them. Tim has produced so many records, even before his Railroad Earth days. He has a no nonsense way about him that lent itself to this first collection of dark, earthy songs. Kyle plays for one of the best jam bands in the world, so he had something to offer for our late night music. And Sally has helped so many bluegrass bands find their voice. She helped us refine our “brothers” two and three part harmony singing and helped us remember how to play as a string band.BRO – We are featuring “Weary Ways” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?NK – Erik and I wrote that one together. The opening lines are, “I came up in the company of flatterers and fools/I suffered in their ranks and I’ve suffered by their rules/I found myself saying things with which I don’t agree/If you’ve got a light to shine, let it shine down on me.” We actually worried for a second that it might be too harsh a song for Hot Buttered Rum. But I think it’s truthful and real and has a place on this album. This song comes from looking back at our years of playing music. It’s easy for your intentions to become consumed by the people around you – fans, managers, etc. We’re very community minded and involved with the people who like our music. But your solitary pursuit of the music has to be the primary focus. Other things can come from that, but if you forget the magic of playing three chords in your bedroom, you can lose something special.BRO -Do you already have an idea of what tunes will end up on the second and third installments? Can you give us a tease?NK – Fans of the early days of Hot Buttered Rum will be pleased to know that we did the second EP as a string band – no drums, just mandolin. We dug through hundreds of Ralph Stanley recordings and picked a handful that we love. We read books about the Stanley Brothers, we did a workshop with Laurie Lewis, and we did our best to honor this music. We’re a wacko, left coast band that plays for dancing hippies and hipsters, but so much of what we do is influenced by what these guys from Virginia did in the 1950s. We learned a lot that’s influencing how we play now, and I hope this EP brings Ralph Stanley’s music to some new ears. The late night EP is the most like our live show these days. Out of the gates, high energy, big thick tones, moments of elation, despair, mystery, and gratitude. Kyle plays keys on a couple tracks. We’re not done with this one yet, so I look forward to seeing how it comes together.Hot Buttered Rum will be celebrating the end of 2015 with shows in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, tonight and a big New Year’s Eve bash with Head For The Hills in Salt Lake City, Utah, tomorrow night.You can stayed tuned to the band’s website for more information on how the EP project is progressing. The first installment, The Kite & The Key: Part 1, is out now. The second and third installments are soon upcoming.
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The U.S. credit card industry is expansive and growing, topping $4 trillion in volume in 2014, according to creditcards.com. The website also notes that credit card applications reached record highs in June 2016, as reported by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.And research suggests that credit unions are gaining ground in this lucrative market. In fact, credit unions have increased their credit card market share nearly 50 percent since the 2008-2009 recession, according to creditunions.com.So what are the most innovative credit unions doing today to keep members reaching for their cards? CO-OP Financial Services has identified several best practices, proven strategies that can help you increase your own success.Proactively manage your portfolio. Your program manager should be comparing year-over-year benchmarks within the portfolio on a monthly basis, looking at transaction and sales volumes, as well as the number of accounts and account activations. Other important data points to review include outstanding balances (looking for increases), payments volumes/trends (to understand member behavior changes in carrying balances), income trends for finance charges and fees, and past-due account aging. continue reading »
Two police cruisers plowed into a crowd of people who had been pelting them with various objects, knocking several to the ground. Huge crowds marched through Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens on Saturday. Protesters smashed the windows on police vehicles, sprayed them with paint and set another police vehicle on fire. NEW YORK (AP) –Protesters returned to the streets of New York City on Saturday, even as Mayor Bill de Blasio pleaded for calm after a demonstration the previous night descended into chaos that left people bloodied and vehicles burned. Many of the demonstrations were peaceful, but as the afternoon drew on, problems mounted. The protests were among many around the country over the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minnesota.
The plan includes a staged undertaking to allow businesses to reopen, advice on avoiding public transport and wearing face coverings as well as an 14-day quarantine for most international arrivals.There was a lack of specific detail, though, on what employers should do to ensure the safety of workers. The leaders of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland said they were sticking with the existing “stay-at-home” message.Opposition parties said Johnson’s new “Stay Alert” message was meaningless against a virus invisible to the naked eye and that Johnson’s messaging was confusing. Lawyers said some employers were confused about who should be working and when.’Face covering’After weeks of declining to tell the British people to wear face coverings amid contradictory scientific advice on the use of such masks, the government said they should be worn in enclosed spaces where distancing is impossible.”Homemade cloth face-coverings can help reduce the risk of transmission in some circumstances,” the plan said. “Face-coverings are not intended to help the wearer, but to protect against inadvertent transmission of the disease to others if you have it asymptomatically.”Public Health England even published an accompanying description on how to make a face covering from an old T-shirt, along with cutting advice and how to sew a homemade face covering. It said a sewing machine was optional. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-coveringTrade union leader Len McCluskey said Johnson had confused people. “Millions of people this morning will be completely dumbfounded,” McCluskey said.Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the only modification she was making to lockdown measures was to allow people to exercise more.A stern televised address to the nation by Johnson on Sunday evening prompted satire.”So we are saying don’t go to work, go to work, don’t take public transport, go to work, don’t go to work,” comedian Matt Lucas said in a short video which was watched almost four million times on Twitter. “If you can work from home, go to work.””And then we will or won’t, something or other.” Topics : Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out a cautious plan on Monday to get Britain back to work, including advice on wearing home-made face coverings, though his attempt to lift the coronavirus lockdown prompted confusion and even satire.The United Kingdom has one of the world’s highest official COVID-19 death tolls and, after criticism that he was slow to impose a lockdown, Johnson is wary of triggering a second wave of infection.”Our challenge now is to find a way forward that preserves our hard-won gains while easing the burden of lockdown,” Johnson said in a statement to the House of Commons. “I will be candid with the House. This is a supremely difficult balance.”Responding to Johnson, opposition Labor Party leader Keir Starmer said the government had been issuing conflicting guidance that did not answer the public’s basic practical questions about going back to work.”What the country needs at this time is clarity and reassurance, but at the moment both are in pretty short supply,” he said.Earlier, the government published a 51-page document entitled “Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy”.
Monreal has spent over six years at Arsenal (Getty Images)The report claims that Monreal will sign a two-year contract with the option of a third season with the Spanish club.AdvertisementAdvertisementReal Sociedad are confident that the transfer will be completed next week and are planning to finalise an agreement following Arsenal’s clash with Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday evening.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMarca report that Real Sociedad will pay Arsenal a ‘small fee’ for the left-back.Monreal has started both of Arsenal’s Premier League games so far against Newcastle United and Burnley but Sead Kolasinac is back in contention to be selected.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 24 Aug 2019 12:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Comment Nacho Monreal on verge of leaving Arsenal after agreeing contract with Real Sociedad Advertisement Advertisement Nacho Monreal is set to leave Arsenal (Getty Images)Nacho Monreal is on the verge of leaving Arsenal after agreeing a contract with Real Sociedad, according to reports in Spain.The 33-year-old has spent just over six years with the Gunners but could fall down the pecking order this season following the signing of Kieran Tierney from Celtic earlier this summer.Unai Emery has already confirmed that Arsenal are open to selling Mohamed Elneny and Shkodran Mustafi before the transfer window closes across Europe.But according to Marca, the Gunners are also set to offload Monreal as they are close to reaching an agreement with Real Sociedad.ADVERTISEMENT
The most significant moment in the life of Deontay Wilder had nothing to do with boxing or becoming heavyweight champion of the world, rightly proud though he is of that accomplishment. It came when he was called upon to make a deeply personal and profoundly agonising choice as a poor teenager who was about to become a father. Deontay Wilder opens up to Sportsmail on life as a father to eight children by four women Wilder and his then-girlfriend Helen Duncan were told that his first child would be born with spina bifida. ‘It had been scary first off to know I had a I child on the way,’ he says. ‘It was even scarier that this tiny being would be coming into the world with a defect. ‘I was so young, holding my whole world in my hands. Suddenly I was facing this huge responsibility for a life which would need my enormous care and attention. ‘The doctors told us she would never walk. Told us maybe she would never have a child’s natural ability for learning. They offered us the opportunity to terminate. Wilder’s youngest daughter, Naieya, was born with a spinal condition called spina bifida ‘This was the most important decision of my life. To keep her or not to keep her. Thank God I got it right. We just felt she had a right to live.’ Vindication has come with every improving day of Naieya’s life and the 6ft 7in 34-year-old whose business is knocking out all the other giants of the prize ring is glowing with love and delight as his daughter approaches her 15th birthday, on March 20. Naieya, 15, has defied the prognosis of doctors and is flourishing academically and in sport ‘Doctors can do all that studying and acquire all that knowledge,’ says Wilder. ‘But what they cannot account for is a miracle. The miracle that is our Naieya. She’s not just walking, she’s running. She’s not only going to school, she’s one of smartest girls in her class. So clever. So intelligent. ‘The experience with her matured me early. Seeing her overcome adversity so many times inspired me to do the same. Even before she was born she taught me the importance of always making the right decisions. She’s such a bright spark lighting up my life, as are all my children with their different characters and personalities. I love them all.’ All eight of them. By four different mothers including the latest addition with Telli Swift, the fiancée soon to become his second wife. Wilder will be happy if he finishes the job of knocking out Tyson Fury, who he floored twice in their drawn first fight. He says: ‘Yes, I want to prove to the world that I’m the best heavyweight of this generation. Perhaps the best ever because when I knock out Tyson it will be in my 11th straight world heavyweight title fight, which is closing in on Muhammad Ali’s record. ‘This is now the biggest fight of my life but my best days of all are when I have all the kids at home with me. Sometimes with all their mothers. Even a couple of my mothers-in-law. I love them, too. I have a big, beautiful family. The way we are together is amazing. There’s no trouble. I don’t want a stressful life. I lead a loving life. We lead a regular life even though we have all we need and more. Simplicity is the key.’ Preparation for a large family came from being the eldest of eight siblings. As did the aspiration for greatness. He recalls: ‘The house was always full. Some nights when everyone was at home and two of my sisters brought their kids there was no bed for me and I had to sleep outside in the back of our old car. As the oldest I got to do the majority of the chores as well as look after the others.’ Tuscaloosa is home to the University of Alabama, for whose fabled college champions football team the Crimson Tide he dreamed of playing. Poor high school grades partly put paid that ambition and he had to go to a tough community college ‘where they made fun of my old hand-me-down clothes and worn out shoes so I turned to boxing.’ There was also the more pressing need to boost the family income: ‘We were always struggling to make ends meet. Living from pay cheque to pay cheque. So I got a job as a server at the local IHOP.’ That is short for the International House Of Pancakes fast food chain and Wilder adds: ‘I used to make pretty good tips. I always kept my station spotless clean. At first people thought I must be a basketball or football player and talked to me about sports. Then they wouldn’t sit at any tables but mine and they would tell me very personal things about their lives. ‘For some reason they clung to me. It became like having another large family. I got my social skills from my mother. She loved talking to people and like her I’m happy to meet people. I don’t think I’m better than anyone because I’m the world champion and I’ve got millions in the bank. ‘I’m still like everyone else. I had to fight my way up. I always know the price of milk. I’m a people person and I won’t let anyone take real life away from me. No-one.’ Certainly not the racists against whom Wilder, like virtually all African-Americans here in the Deep South, is still fighting. One way of reaching his charming Gone With The Wind home city which is frequently voted the No 1 most liveable town in America is via the Alabama state capital of Montgomery. Signs in the arrivals area of the airport there include a reminder that Martin Luther King Jr served several years as pastor at a local church, alongside an illustrated declaration that The March Goes On. ‘Yes it does,’ says Wilder. ‘The struggle continues. It’s still as alive, still as real as back in the day of the Million Man March. It’s appalling that it’s more out in the open now. What used to go on in the dark now goes on in the light. We can see videos of racist remarks and racist acts yet even though the proof is there plain as day those people don’t get found guilty. Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single MovieWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time Loading… ‘I’m black and famous so I use my platform to put things out there. When those moments come I give it my all. I don’t hold nothing back. I’ve not changed down the years of my success. Same walk. Same talk. Some people may not like it but they gotta respect it. ‘Other people don’t know what black people have to go through. They don’t have to live with hatred every day. They don’t see the eyes of prejudice staring them in the face. ‘Like they say, walk in my shoes. Then you might understand what I’ve been through. What it feels like to be called a certain word or to witness police brutality. ‘Usually if I see a bad situation my size and presence is enough to stop it. But I often ask myself what I would do if a terrible act against someone vulnerable carried on. I know what damage I’m capable of. But I can’t promise I would turn a deaf ear and walk away. I can’t promise I wouldn’t help that person. I can’t promise I would never lash out.’ Tuscaloosa is where the first black girl to be admitted to a segregated southern university, Autherine Lucy, was denied entrance until US marshalls famously forced Alabama governor George Wallace to step aside from barring the main door. Now it is Wilder’s refuge from such dark realities: There is a sign on his gym wall which reads Sweet Home Alabama. ‘I love this place,’ he says. ‘Everyone talks about how they like to come home. But it’s all the more beautiful when you are coming to the place that’s always been your home. To where you were born.’ Which brings him back to Fury, who has suddenly changed his trainer from the defence-orientated Ben Davison to the great Emmanuel Steward’s attack-minded nephew Javan SugerHill Steward. To which Wilder says: ‘I would no more change my trainer (Jay Deas) than I would change where I live. Why would I want to move to New York, Los Angeles or Miami when this is where I have tranquillity. I’m a home boy. I like being surrounded by family but I also like being home alone sometimes. To meditate. To train my brain to solve problems, which is as important for me as training my body.’ That remarkably slender body for a heavyweight which enables him to throw those knock-out punches at irresistible speed. Wilder is desperate to prove himself as the best heavyweight of his generation by beating Fury Fury insists he is going for a second round KO next Saturday in Las Vegas for fear that he might be robbed, as he sees it, for a second time. That draw achieved by him somehow rising semi-conscious from a last round flattening enabled Wilder to keep his WBC title and he says: ‘If Tyson comes out charging at me he really is crazy. People say I can’t box on the back foot but the majority of my knock-outs have been inflicted when I’ve been on the back foot.’ The 34-year-old has remained in his hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama throughout his career The build-up has been more respectful thus far and Wilder says: ‘So it should be. We’ve shared our energy in the ring and Tyson has felt the wrath of my power. The myth of that power is always in the back of the minds of all my foes. They are always wondering “when he hits me what’s going to happen to me”. ‘If I’d been knocked unconscious the way I knocked Tyson unconscious in our first fight it sure would be on my mind. I know it’s on his mind and his family’s. I’ve seen videos of them saying they don’t want him to do this again. ‘I know what’s going on. Just because you don’t see people it doesn’t mean we’re not watching. We’ve got our spies all over the world. My CIA. Even the birds talk.’ We are talking in a cubby-hole of a room in a corner of that dilapidated gym, which occupies two of a few mostly deserted lock up storage units tucked away in a small clearing in woods on the edge of town. Rain is hammering on the tin roof and old buckets are catching the drips around the ring. Wilder is convinced the punches he hit Fury with will be in the back of the Gypsy King’s mind Read Also: Fury ready for ‘war’ in Wilder heavyweight title rematch It is here that this loving father prepares for ‘my transformation into this beast called the Bronze Bomber on fight night.’ That process will become complete when he puts on one of his garish, wolf-like face masks and enters the MGM Grand Garden Arena on the Vegas Strip. Wilder talks a lot about energy but he saves it for his big fights inside the ring and against racial abuse outside. Talk of the third man in the world heavyweight championship equation, Anthony Joshua, is banned in this camp because Wilder is convinced the holder of all the other alpha-belts will never risk fighting him. Still I press him to condense his thoughts into Joshua into one word. He says: ‘Coward.’ And a word for Fury, please. He pauses, gives me a copy of a signed children’s comic book about his life, then smiles as he says: ‘Amen.’ FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
High school boys basketball practice started yesterday. That means in two weeks they will be able to start playing games for real. Here is a quick look at most of the local schools and what I see as an early season barometer.Batesville has 3 returning starters and all 3 are at least 6’6″ tall and Batesville has at least 3 other players with varsity experience. They will be expected to have another good season. East Central had no seniors last year, so they will have a lot of experience returning. They still may not have a lot of size, but look for them to do better than last year. Franklin County has a new coach, and I am sure a new attitude which should prove a better season is in store for the Wildcat nation.Jac-Cen-Del, like Batesville, returns a lot of size and experience. We will find out early how they stack up, because they play South Ripley in their first game and Batesville in the second. The Eagles should have a very good year. Milan returns size in the Meyer boy, but they lost a lot of experience in their graduating seniors. Don’t count the Indians out! South Ripley also graduated a lot of size but had a good core of young players, so I am sure they are looking for a winning season.Oldenburg Academy has Moorman and Geis to built upon and Coach Moorman helped them win their first sectional last year. They should be more than just competitive again this year. In Decatur County, the Greensburg Pirates lost 4 starters who led them to 2 straight championships. Don’t feel sorry for them, because the cupboard is certainly not bare with talent with Welage and Foster among their returnees. North Decatur was very young but talented last season, so they will be very competitive. It should be a great year in area boys basketball.