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Priscilla Lopez Begins Performances as Pippin’s Flying Granny

first_img Pippin Related Shows Pippin features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson and tells the story of a young prince searching for his corner of the sky. The current cast also includes Kyle Dean Massey as Pippin, Ciara Renee as Leading Player, John Rubinstein as Charles, Charlotte d’Amboise as Fastrada and Rachel Bay Jones as Catherine. Pippin received four 2013 Tony awards included Best Revival. Priscilla Lopez takes over from Annie Potts as Berthe in Pippin at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre on July 22. The Tony winner will play a limited engagement through August 27. Lopez appeared in the original cast of A Chorus Line and was also a replacement for the role of Fastrada in the original production of Pippin in 1973. She received the Tony for her performance in A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine. Her other Broadway credits include In the Heights, Anna in the Tropics, Nine and Company. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015last_img read more

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London’s Forbidden Broadway Extends

first_img The current London incarnation of Forbidden Broadway stars returning alums Anna-Jane Casey and Sophie-Louise Dann, alongside Damian Humbley and Ben Lewis. Duck and cover! London’s Forbidden Broadway is sticking around. Originally scheduled to run through August 16, the comedy revue by Gerard Alessandrini will now play its final performance on August 30. The show celebrated its opening night at the Menier Chocolate Factory on July 2. View Commentscenter_img Directed by Phillip George, Forbidden Broadway lampoons the best of Broadway and the West End, spoofing hit shows including The Book of Mormon, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Once, Matilda and Miss Saigon.last_img

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Chris Noth-Led Doctor Faustus Extends Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on July 12, 2015 You’ve now got a little longer to make that pact with off-Broadway! Classic Stage Company’s production of Doctor Faustus, starring Chris Noth and Tony nominee Zach Grenier, has extended through July 12; the show had been set to shutter on July 2. Performances will also now begin on June 2 instead of the previously announced May 29. Opening night remains June 18.The production features an adaptation of the Christopher Marlowe play by David Bridel and Belgrader. It’s the familiar story of pacts with the devil and the gratification and consequences that follow.Joining Noth and Grenier will be Jeff Binder, Ken Cheeseman, Carmen M. Herlihy, Walker Jones, Geoffrey Owens and Lucas Caleb Rooney.Andrei Belgrader will direct. Doctor Faustus Related Showslast_img read more

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Vermont Yankee fuel rods found

first_imgEntergy Locates Spent Fuel Segments at Vermont YankeeEntergy workers at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon located on July 13, 2004, the missing spent fuel rod segments in the plant’s spent fuel pool. The two pieces were stored in a unique 40-inch aluminum cylinder, which is unlike a typical storage container but is similar to several other aluminum structures and tools in the pool.Entergy VY Site Vice President Jay Thayer credited interviews with former employees and contractors, intense research of records and documents dating back more than 25 years, and video tapes of the pool that were recently taken.Said Thayer, ”Our search team designed a detailed search plan that explored every possibility from three different angles. They looked visually with the cameras, they searched the documents, and they talked to people who were on the scene 25 years ago. The team deserves a tremendous amount of credit.”We earlier had checked all the containers in the pool, but when we learned that General Electric had designed and sent a pipe-like cylinder for the fuel-rod pieces, we rechecked the videotapes. That’s when we noticed that what was previously thought to be part of an existing in-pool structure could very well be the canister that GE sent here.”Workers used remotely operated tools to open the canister and insert a small high- resolution video camera that confirmed the presence of the fuel segments, which are nine inches and seventeen inches long and about the diameter of a pencil.Thayer also credits the resident NRC inspectors at Vermont Yankee and William Sherman, the Vermont Public Service Department’s nuclear engineer, for their contributions to the investigation. ”These folks had full and open access to the process every step of the way and they provided valuable insights and guidance.”Thayer said the policies and procedures for record keeping and documentation of activities in Vermont Yankee’s spent fuel pool have been revised to ensure accurate record keeping. ”We want to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” he said.This press release was released July 13 and is available online at www.entergy.com(link is external).-30-last_img read more

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Berkshire Bank parent completes acquisition of Legacy Bancorp

first_imgBerkshire Bank,Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: BHLB) has completed the acquisition of Legacy Bancorp, Inc., and Berkshire Bank has completed the merger of Legacy Banks, effective today.  Berkshire Hills now has over $4 billion in assets and more than 60 branches serving Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont.  Berkshire Hills has increased its outstanding common stock to approximately 21 million shares with a market capitalization of more than $480 million, based on recent trading prices. “This acquisition results in improved market share and an expanded footprint in our attractive northeastern markets,” stated Berkshire Hills President and CEO, Michael P. Daly.  “It contributes to our strong momentum in revenue and earnings growth.  This partnership enhances our resources to support the needs of our regions and to provide exceptional locally based service.  We are very pleased to welcome the customers, employees, and shareholders of Legacy to America’s Most Exciting Bank(SM).”Each common shareholder of Legacy Bancorp will receive 0.56385 shares of Berkshire Hills common stock plus $1.30 in cash for each share of Legacy stock.  Legacy shareholders also will receive cash in lieu of fractional shares based on the average closing price of Berkshire Hills’ common stock of $22.86 for the five consecutive trading days ended July 14, 2011. Additionally, Legacy shareholders at the effective time of the merger will receive an estimated $0.15 per Legacy share from the proceeds of certain branch divestitures later in the year.  Based on Berkshire Hills’ $23.06 closing stock price as of July 20, 2011, the estimated value of the merger to Legacy shareholders is $14.45 per share.  Both the Berkshire Bank Foundation and The Legacy Banks Foundation will continue to provide charitable contributions to communities served by Berkshire Bank.BackgroundBerkshire Hills Bancorp is the parent of Berkshire Bank, America’s Most Exciting Bank(SM), and has more than $4 billion in assets.    The Company has more than 60 full service branch offices inMassachusetts, New York, and Vermont providing personal and business banking, insurance, and wealth management services.  Berkshire Bank provides 100% deposit insurance protection for all deposit accounts, regardless of amount, based on a combination of FDIC insurance and the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF).  For more information, visit www.berkshirebank.com(link is external) or call 800-773-5601.  Forward-Looking StatementsThis document may contain forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  There are several factors that could cause actual results to differ significantly from expectations described in the forward-looking statements. For a discussion of such factors, please seeBerkshire’s most recent reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov(link is external).  Berkshire does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements made in this document. SOURCE Berkshire Hills Bancorp PITTSFIELD, Mass., July 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

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U.S. EPA Will Continue to Support State-by-State Move to Cleaner Electricity Generation

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Andrew Childers for Bloomberg BNA:Two days after the U.S. Supreme Court halted the Environmental Protection Agency’s signature climate change rule, Administrator Gina McCarthy struck a decidedly optimistic tone, vowing to support ongoing state efforts to shift toward a cleaner power sector.“We’ll move forward. We’ll get this done. We’ll have the [Clean Power Plan]. We’ll continue our work together,” McCarthy vowed Feb. 11 at a joint meeting of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and the National Association of State Energy Officials.Although the Clean Power Plan, which limits carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector in each state, won’t go into effect while the rule faces legal challenges from 27 states and several utility and industry groups, McCarthy said the EPA will continue to support state efforts to comply with the rule on a voluntary basis.“It doesn’t preclude states, tribes and utilities from continuing to act on climate,” McCarthy said. “They’re already saying they’re going to keep moving forward. We have Colorado, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and others have already stood up and within 24 hours of this decision have said for them nothing has changed.”McCarthy said the stay also won’t deter the EPA from pursuing additional climate change regulations using its existing Clean Air Act authority.“It doesn’t preclude us from moving forward on climate. It doesn’t slow us down. Are we going to respect the decision of the Supreme Court? You bet,” McCarthy said.McCarthy underscored that the power industry is already making the shift away from coal-fired power plants to renewables or cleaner burning natural gas and that the Clean Power Plan merely followed and locked in place that transition.“This is the market momentum that we have been thinking about and hoping for and seeing happen, and it is already happening,” McCarthy said. “So if you ask me, ‘Am I disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision to stay the Clean Power Plan?’ My answer would be, ‘Absolutely yes.’ Why not? I really wanted to be the one to sign that first plan approval. But does it stop or even slow down this country in terms of our transition to a low carbon future? Absolutely not.”On a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court issued an order Feb. 9 staying the EPA’s carbon dioxide standards for power plants (RIN 2060-AR33) until the rule can be fully litigated (West Virginia v. EPA, U.S., No. 15A773, 2/9/16; 26 ECR, 2/9/16).Prior to the stay, states had until Sept. 6 to submit their initial compliance plans to the EPA. Now, some states have already said they will halt those efforts, while others will continue with their preparations in the event the rule is ultimately upheld (27 ECR, 2/10/16).Janet McCabe, the EPA’s acting assistant administrator for air and radiation, said the agency will continue to work with states that want to prepare should the rule be upheld and is moving forward with development of a system for states to submit compliance plans“We’re going to continue doing that work, but it will be in the spirit of a program we’re not implementing now,” she said.The Clean Power Plan was the centerpiece of the U.S. commitment to curb greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025 as President Obama pressed for the international climate deal reached in Paris in December.The Supreme Court’s intervention is being closely watched by other nations to see how that will affect the U.S. pledge (27 ECR, 2/10/16).“There’s a symbolic value to the Clean Power Plan, and there’s a problem with that when the Supreme Court stays it,” Joanne Spalding, the Sierra Club’s chief climate counsel, told reporters Feb. 11. “There’s no doubt that’s an issue. But in terms of actually achieving the goals in the electric sector, we’re on a trajectory to achieve that.”Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy with the Union of Concerned Scientists who is currently attending an international climate strategy meeting in Berlin, said other nations are watching the litigation progress but acknowledge that the court’s stay is a preliminary measure and not a ruling on the Clean Power Plan’s legality.“I sense a general willingness to wait and see how this plays out in the months to come,” he said.Full article: McCarthy: Clean Power Plan Stay Doesn’t Stop States U.S. EPA Will Continue to Support State-by-State Move to Cleaner Electricity Generation U.S. EPA Will Continue to Support State-by-State Modernization of Electricity Generationlast_img read more

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Inside Marketing: 17 ways to use video to promote your credit union

first_imgAs you know by now, I am quite biased when it comes to video marketing. Over the past couple years, I have written extensively about this continually growing trend. Video is here to stay. If you’re not using it now, it better be in your plans for 2017 because most marketing efforts are including productions to better connect with targeted audiences.Let’s look at 17 ways to use video to promote your credit union by enhancing ties with members and prompting them to act—by signing up for a new service, applying for a loan, enrolling in a seminar/webinar, or simply sharing the video with a friend (a.k.a., a prospective member).Many of these ideas may seem obvious, while others will make you think of new ways to deliver content. My primary aim is to get you to use this medium. It’s been proven time and time again that video sticks and gets results. continue reading » 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Senate confirms Jay Clayton as SEC Chairman

first_img continue reading » The full Senate confirmed Jay Clayton as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission by a 61-37 vote this week.Industry groups were quick to applaud the former Sullivan & Cromwell partner’s appointment, with most expressing their view that Clayton should put adopting a uniform fiduciary rule (also known as a best interest standard) for brokers and advisors at the top of his priorities.Financial Services Roundtable CEO Tim Pawlenty said that he “looks forward to working with the SEC on regulatory initiatives that will have a positive impact on the economy including a ‘best interest standard’ for retail investors, regulatory harmonization, simplified financial disclosures and more to benefit Americans.”David Bellaire, executive vice president and general counsel of the Financial Services Institute, stated that FSI has “always believed the top priority of the SEC should be protecting investors. Adopting a true, uniform fiduciary duty that protects investors and their access to affordable, objective financial advice must finally be given the serious attention it deserves.” 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Britain closes embassy in North Korea, evacuates diplomats

first_imgEarly in the outbreak Pyongyang imposed tight quarantine restrictions on all resident foreigners, including a virtual lockdown in their own premises that Russian ambassador Alexander Matsegora described as “morally crushing”.Those rules were later eased and dozens of diplomats and other foreigners were allowed to leave the country in March, when several missions in Pyongyang closed, among them the German embassy and France’s representative office — Paris does not maintain full diplomatic relations with the North.Hundreds of foreigners remain in the country.Analysts say that the North is unlikely to have avoided infections, and that its ramshackle health system could struggle to cope with a major outbreak. Topics : Britain has shuttered its embassy in North Korea and all its diplomats have left the country, its ambassador said Thursday as Pyongyang maintains strict entry controls to try to prevent a coronavirus outbreak.The North has closed its borders and insists it has not had a single case of the virus that emerged in neighboring China late last year and has since swept the world.The closure was a temporary move and came because Pyongyang’s “restrictions on entry to the country have made it impossible to rotate our staff and sustain the operation of the Embassy”, a Foreign Office spokesperson said.center_img Ambassador Colin Crooks tweeted: “The #BritishEmbassy in #Pyongyang closed temporarily on 27 May 2020 and all diplomatic staff have left the #DPRK for the time being.”The Swedish embassy — which remains open — replied that they would miss him and his team “and hope they can return soon”.The specialist news site NK News said the British diplomats crossed the border into China overland on Wednesday.Britain intends to maintain diplomatic relations with the North “and will seek to re-establish our presence in Pyongyang as soon as it is possible to do so”, the Foreign Office said.last_img read more

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Dredging Today Conference Closes with Success

first_img‘The World Bank’s new procurement framework – opportunities for contractors’ was the main topic of presentation of Mr Dick Konijn, Owner – CEO, ID Consultancy BV.Mr Konijn said that “procurement in Investment Project Financing supports clients to achieve value for money with integrity in delivering sustainable development.”During his presentation, Mr Louis Strydom, Business Development Manager – Project Development, FMO – Dutch Development Bank, introduced his insights on the finance solutions that work for climate adaptation.Speaking about climate change adaptations of ports and inland waterways – Ine Moulaert, Senior Engineer Marine Environmental Department, Jan de Nul, Member, PIANC Working Group 178 on Climate Change Adaptation, said that one of PIANC objectives is to develop an approach on climate change adaptation planning and delivery.She also added that four categories of action, in line with expectations of Paris agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, are:expand network of partners and supporters, raise awareness of climate-relates issues throughout sector;promote action to reduce (net) greenhouse emissions;improve preparedness, strengthen resilience and enable the waterborne transport infrastructure sector to adapt to climate change;encourage new ways of thinking.During the thematical session ‘Dredging for clean energy’, speakers discussed the developments where dredging meets climate mitigation.Rob van der Hage, Manager North Sea Infrastructure, TenneT, highlighted the importance of developing the offshore grid for wind power. “Future of offshore wind depends on cost reduction,” said Mr van der Hage.Talking about dredging for hydropower, Jan Peters, Managing Director, Alia Instruments & Imotec, made some very interesting points about dam related solutions for sediment problem and restoring of reservoirs capacity by sustainable dredging.In the closing session: How are you making your business resilient?, a panel discussion on how the dredging industry is preparing for the future took place.Topics and speakers included in this session:how are companies anticipating climate change and its effects;how are companies working on project integration and collaborating in a more holistic way;how are companies leveraging technologies developed outside the industry?Gert-Jan Nieuwenhuizen, Managing Director, Port of Amsterdam International;André van Hassent, Asset Manager Ports & Fairways, Port of Rotterdam;Olivier Marcus, Product Director Dredging, Damen Shipyards;John Mackenzie, Business Development Director, NMDC;Maurice de Kok, Director Strategic Business Development, Van Oord.International exhibitors and projectsThe first Dredging Today Conference was closed by Femke Perlot-Hoogeveen, the Conference Manager.The eminent speakers presented topical insights on the global picture about the climate changes, dredging, covering the main drivers for dredging, expected developments in world trade, urban development near coastlines, coastal protection, offshore energy and tourism and leisure.In these two days, DTC also showed its international focus; comprehensive session blocks were devoted to answering the question: How the world in which the dredging industry operates is changing.We are looking forward to seeing you next year on October 22 and 23 in Amsterdam RAI! The second and the final day of our first Dredging Today Conference, taking place at Amsterdam RAI Convention Center under the theme ‘Changing Climate, Resilient Business’, has drawn to a close today on a very positive note. The sessions saw straight-to-the-point statements and some interesting discussions.During the first thematical session: ‘Solutions and funding for climate change adaptation’, speakers addressed how the dredging community and dredging industry can respond to climate change.The emphasis in this session was on what international financial institutions, in particular multilateral and regional development banks, are doing in support of climate change adaptation and how industry and national governments can become involved in adaptation action programs.The session also included a special report from the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure, PIANC, on their views on adaptation action.Talking about International Financing Institutions: how do they work and what prospects do they offer? – Commerijn Plomp of Netherlands Enterprise Agency said that TIO’s roles as a government partner in guiding companies towards IFI-funded projects are:first contact point for Dutch companies;provide info on priorities, pipeline projects, relevant contact points and competition, match with Dutch expertise;advise on how the banks work, what to do, where to look and who to meet;long term commitment with high-potentials;connect to bilateral trade instruments.last_img read more