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Weekend Poll Top Three: Grammy Who? Fans Pick Cinderella as Broadway Album of the Year

first_imgIt was an exciting night at the Grammys with Kinky Boots taking home top honors for Best Musical Theater album on January 26. We are so thrilled for all our kinky friends at the Al Hirschfeld, but we still wish the awards had shown more love to original cast albums—only three were nominated, with Matilda and Motown: The Musical rounding out the chosen few. So we asked you to decide which of all the eligible Broadway cast recordings you thought was the most Grammy-worthy. Check out the results: once again glass slippers are so in. Hey, Grammys—how about we get to pick the nominees next year!? 1. Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella 22% All hail Cinderella which took the top spot with Broadway.com readers with 22%. With a timeless score by Rodgers & Hammerstein and a cast led by the effervescent Laura Osnes as Ella, we agree that this album deserved some love at the Grammys. Now that would have made for a lovely night! 2. Matilda 20% Matilda the Musical came in second place with 20%. This hilarious and downright touching score with remarkable performances by four wee actresses did got a proper shoutout from the Grammys with a nomination, but lost out on a main prize to Tony winner Kinky Boots. We’re still toasting to those revolting children, though. View Comments 3. Kinky Boots 18% Hold them in your heart! The Kinky Boots cast album featuring Tony winner Billy Porter placed third with our readers with a reputable 18%, but don’t fret for Kinky’s bronze medal—it took home top honors at the Grammys and honestly, we think that’s the most beautiful thing in the world.last_img read more

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South Korea moving forward with offshore wind projects

first_imgSouth Korea moving forward with offshore wind projects FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Renewable energy development behemoth Macquarie is eyeing a floating turbine project in South Korea as interest in offshore wind grows across the Asia-Pacific region.The developer is reportedly partnering with South Korea’s Gyeongbuk Floating Offshore Wind Power for a 1-gigawatt project located around 30 miles from Pohang and Ulsan. Robert Liew, senior analyst for Asia-Pacific at Wood Mackenzie-owned MAKE Consulting, said the lack of details suggest the project is still in its early planning stages. “It would be more likely to see the light of day if the developer announced it had received permitting for the project, as getting local consent is a major barrier for offshore wind,” said Liew.The potential Macquarie project is part of 4 gigawatts of offshore wind currently in the pipeline for South Korea. The largest of these developments is a 2.5-gigawatt wind farm called Southwest, being built by Korea Offshore Wind Power, a subsidiary of Korea Electric Power Corp., the national utility.The first phase of Southwest is a 60-megawatt test site comprising twenty 3-megawatt Doosan turbines mounted on suction bucket and four-leg jacket foundations.Elsewhere, South Korea’s first offshore wind farm, a 30-megawatt project off the coast of Jeju, an island south of the mainland, has been operational since 2016. Most other offshore wind developments in South Korea are still in the initial planning phase, Liew said. However, he noted: “The government has set an ambitious target of 18 gigawatts of wind capacity by 2030. And the only way to achieve this is via offshore wind, given its scale.”More: Asia’s offshore wind sector diversifieslast_img read more

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Bankrupt coal giants hand unwanted mines to unknown firms

first_imgBankrupt coal giants hand unwanted mines to unknown firms FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享E&E News:GILLETTE, Wyo. — For years, the coal companies operating on the high plains here were among the best known in the world: Peabody Energy Corp., Rio Tinto, Arch Coal Inc. But as the coal industry contracts, the former giants are being replaced by a different brand of mining firm: virtual unknowns.A pair of bankruptcies this year opened the door for two little-known mining companies to take over five mines in the Powder River Basin, the rolling, resource-rich plain that covers eastern Wyoming and southeastern Montana. Together, the five mines supplied 11% of the U.S. coal market in 2018.The newcomers’ arrival on the Wyoming prairie signals a new chapter in the decline of the U.S. coal industry. It’s transitioning from an era of well-known, highly capitalized companies to smaller operators of lesser known means. Their appearance raises a host of questions for local and state officials, as they attempt to navigate the fall of an industry that has served as the foundation of Wyoming’s economy.Local mine suppliers, already burned by previous bankruptcies, are wary of extending credit to firms they do not know. State and local tax collectors face the prospect of declining tax revenues. Looming over it all is the question of whether the new companies will be able to afford hundreds of millions in reclamation costs needed to clean up some of the largest coal mines in America.“It tells you a lot about the coal industry right now,” said Robert Godby, an economics professor who studies the industry at the University of Wyoming. “These large mining conglomerates have been replaced by what some people call vulture capitalists. They have less experience; they have less transparency. It used to be what was in minerals’ interest was in Wyoming’s interest. Now, given where the coal industry is, Wyoming has to be careful about protecting itself.”Wyoming’s coal industry has witnessed a dramatic downsizing, decimated in recent years by declining domestic coal demand brought on by increased competition from alternatives like natural gas and renewables. There’s also mounting concern over climate change. Peabody Energy, America’s largest mining company by production and a mainstay in the Powder River Basin, is a case in point. In 2011, it was valued on the stock market at roughly $20 billion. Eight years and one bankruptcy later, it is worth $1.2 billion.Yet Peabody still looks like a veritable giant compared with recent arrivals here. Navajo Transitional Energy Co., which purchased three mines out of bankruptcy from Cloud Peak Energy Inc., is an arm of the Navajo Nation and previously operated a solitary mine in New Mexico.Many analysts had not even heard of FM Coal LLC before it acquired the Belle Ayr and Eagle Butte mines from bankrupt operator Blackjewel LLC last month.A spate of coal bankruptcies in recent years have left local vendors and officials feeling spurned. Mining contractors have been forced to eat unpaid invoices while local officials have fought to claw back a portion of the taxes owed by the companies.More: Bankrupt giants hand unwanted coal mines to unknown firmslast_img read more

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Costa Rica’s electricity generation was 99% renewable in 2019

first_imgCosta Rica’s electricity generation was 99% renewable in 2019 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:Costa Rica generated 99.15% of its electricity with renewable energy sources in 2019, according to the latest report by the National Centre for Energy Control (CENCE).Gross power production in the Central American country totaled 11,312.85 GWh, of which only 95.64 GWh were generated by thermal power plants.The renewables share rose from 98.6% registered in 2018, while the total production from these technologies increased by 0.18% year-on-year.National demand for electricity grew by 1.97% to 11,334.11 GWh.In terms of gross production, Costa Rican government-run power company Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) was the market leader with a share of 63.72% in 2019. ICE increased production levels by 4.2% year-on-year to 7,208.03 GWh thanks to geothermal sources. The state-owned company also operates the largest portion of installed capacity in the country — 2,437.29 MW, or 68.34% of the market.As of December 31, 2019, Costa Rica had 3,566.453 MW of total installed capacity between all technologies.[Sladjana Djunisic]More: Costa Rica’s renewables share hits 99.15% in 2019last_img read more

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10 reasons why social media works for your credit union

first_imgOver the past several years, social media has evolved and grown into one of the most powerful tools available to marketing professionals. In our digital age, virtually all businesses around the world depend on social media as a marketing tool to some extent. In fact, if a company doesn’t promote itself through social media platforms, many customers or potential clients could very well consider the company to be less reliable and not as professional than other businesses that utilize the power of social media.What is Social Referral Marketing?Along with the explosion of social media, social referral marketing has become an increasingly common and extremely effective means of marketing a business. Social media marketing refers to the whole process involved in increasing website traffic or simply drawing attention to a company using social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and so on. When it comes to business, there are three main elements potential customers are searching for on these types of websites: new content (news stories), social media content and social connections.The importance of social referral marketing is revealed by statistics. For example, according to HubSpot, approximately 92% of marketers in 2014 claimed that social media marketing was important for their businesses, out of which 80% declared that they put a great effort into increasing the traffic for their websites. But that’s not all. According to Social Media Examiner, 97% of marketers are participating in this whole social media phenomenon, although 85% of them are not sure about which tools are the best to use. 47SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Lourdes Mobile Mammography van makes a stop for National Mammogram Day

first_imgENDICOTT (WBNG) — October 16th marks National Mammogram Day and Lourdes Hospital was out providing screenings with their Mobile Mammogram van. To schedule an appointment for a screening, click here, or call (607) 798-5111. Lourdes and non-Lourdes patients were welcomed to use the vans services, but screenings were by appointment only. The van was parked outside of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Endicott. According to the American Cancer Society of the Southern Tier, one in three Americans missed their routine cancer screening during the pandemic. last_img read more

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Cadden signs NLI to UMass Amherst

first_img“This is just like, the next step of the journey,” said Cadden. “So now I have to work even harder once I get to Amherst to be a part of that team and to get on the field and help them win, and just be a better program. So yeah, definitely a very surreal experience.” “I have been playing softball for as long as I can always remember, so it was always a dream in my mind to be a D1 softball player,” said Cadden. Cadden has been playing on the Forks varsity softball team since 8th grade. She was a STAC all-star twice, and was given Class B 3rd team all-state honors. Cadden plans to study kinesiology at UMass, and ultimately wants to become a doctor of physical therapy. Cadden said one of her favorite memories at Chenango Forks was winning the district championship. center_img TOWN OF CHENANGO (WBNG) — Chenango Forks senior Grace Cadden signed her national letter of intent to play softball at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Thursday afternoon. “Everyone was working together, and to be able to put all of our skills together to win something, and then have it displayed in the gym for everyone, that whole team effort, it was really special,” she said. Cadden committed to UMass before the pandemic, and after missing out on her junior season she said signing her NLI was a weight off her shoulders. last_img read more

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Big-name developers line up in east Manchester

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Indonesia draws the line on Singapore’s 2015 haze investigation

first_imgIndonesia will respect Singapore’s investigation into individuals and companies implicated in the 2015 peatland and forest fires, on the condition that the investigation does not violate Indonesian sovereignty or international law.The massive wildfires of 2015 in Sumatra and Kalimantan caused one of the worst cases of haze pollution on record in the past two decades. The disaster prompted Singapore to launch an investigation into at least four entities under its Transboundary Haze Pollution Act (THPA), which Indonesia said could infringe on its sovereignty.Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan acknowledged that while the ongoing investigation followed Singaporean law, the Indonesian government would refer to its own regulatory framework that honored regional and international commitments under international law. “We will respect our mutual agreement in keeping with the collectively agreed principles of international law and our interests of national sovereignty,” Luhut said on June 24 during a virtual coordination meeting on forest fire management.“We are obligated to protect our citizens, but we may also punish them if they do any wrong,” added the senior Cabinet minister, who oversees natural resources management and coordinates the nation’s efforts to tackle peatland and forest fires.Luhut’s statement comes as the government prepares fire prevention and mitigation measures ahead of the peak dry season in July and August, in hopes of preventing the widespread disasters and haze pollution of previous years.Read also: Indonesia braces for peak dry season after massive 2019 forest fires Last week’s virtual coordination meeting gathered together officials from the Law and Human Rights Ministry, the Foreign Ministry, the Home Ministry and the Environment and Forestry Ministry.Indonesia is notorious for its seasonal wildfires that send haze pollution into the skies of neighboring countries, resulting in poor air quality and corresponding spikes in acute respiratory illnesses.Read also: Indonesia’s raging forest fires, explainedLaw and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly said that Jakarta reserved the right to file an objection on the basis of sovereignty.“Up until today, there has been no international or regional regulation that [allows] the prosecution of Indonesian nationals or entities based on the regulation of other countries,” he said at the meeting.Deputy Foreign Minister Mahendra Siregar added that Jakarta would not object to the Singaporean investigation as long as it was restricted to the island state and did not spill over into Indonesian jurisdiction.In 2015, Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) took legal action over the haze pollution against four Indonesian companies: PT Bumi Andalas Permai, PT Bumi Mekar Hijau, PT Sebangun Bumi Andalas Woods Industries and PT Rimba Hutani Mas. The NEA also demanded that Indonesia’s Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) hand over information on its subsidiaries that operated in the two countries.Last September, The Straits Times reported that the NEA was investigating at least three Indonesian firms with offices in Singapore, Hutan Ketapang Industri, APP and Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings (APRIL)APRIL was not under any investigation in Singapore at present, said a company spokesperson who later stated that the company had contributed much to fire and haze prevention efforts.“We regularly keep a range of stakeholders in Singapore briefed on our fire readiness capabilities ahead of the dry season,” the spokesperson told The Jakarta Post.APP and Sampoerna Agro, the parent company of Hutan Ketapang Industri, had not responded to the Post’s queries regarding the Singaporean investigation by the time of publishing.Read also: We hear you Greta Thunberg: Kalla blames climate change for worsening forest firesThe Singaporean Embassy in Jakarta said that the NEA investigation under the THPA was ongoing, stressing that it “is not directed at any entity based on nationality, and is consistent with international law”.According to the embassy’s statement to the Post on Monday, the THPA was enacted to complement the efforts of other countries to hold to account those corporations, both Singaporean and non-Singaporean, that caused or contributed to haze pollution in the island state.“The THPA also does not replace the laws and enforcement actions of other countries, and adds to the collective efforts to hold errant companies accountable for their actions,” the statement said.Yasonna said that Singapore could still use diplomatic and legal channels to pursue “errant actors” abroad.Environmental activists in Indonesia have called on the government to facilitate the Singaporean investigation and to not take sides without due process.“We should not immediately protect [possible offenders] without looking clearly into the matter. Let Singapore investigate while Indonesia ensures that the proceedings are [transparent],” executive director Raynaldo Sembiring of the Indonesian Center for Environmental Law told the Post over the weekend.For its part, the government has won a handful of legal cases against several dozen companies it accused of culpability in the 2015 wildfires, although it has been lax at best in enforcing the fines that were sentenced.Indonesian activists also criticized the government for filing a judicial review with the Constitutional Court last year in an attempt to overturn a civil lawsuit.The Supreme Court had earlier upheld the lawsuit, which held the government responsible for damages associated with the wildfires.Read also: Court declares Jokowi liable for suffering inflicted on thousands by forest fires in 2015The pressure has piled on even further with the ongoing pandemic.A recent study by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) warned of the risk of haze from wildfires in 2020, compounded by the current strains on state resources that had been largely spent on the COVID-19 response.“We have to warn that there is a moderate risk of transboundary haze this coming year,” SIIA chairman Simon Tay said during the report’s virtual launch on June 25.While Tay gave the Joko Widodo administration credit for showing immense progress in forest fire mitigation, he also urged Indonesia to keep a watchful eye on possibly errant small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The SIIA study found that SMEs were not as easy as larger companies to supervise on compliance and commitment to sustainable practices.“There remain concerns that medium-sized companies have not strengthened their commitments to prevent the use of fire for land management and [to] improve sustainability practices,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

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