View Comments Star Files Jasmine Cephas Jones Jasmine Cephas Jones, Renée Elise Goldsberry & Phillipa Soo Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Watch the Schuyler Sisters Sing ‘The Longest Time’Before their final show together, Hamilton’s Schuyler sisters came together one last time to perform Billy Joel‘s 1983 hit “The Longest Time.” Check out below (you may need a tissue!) as the departing Philippa Soo, along with Tony winner Renée Elise Goldsberry and Jasmine Cephas Jones sing the song a cappella. Lexi Lawson is set to replace Soo from tonight at the Richard Rodgers Theatre; the 2016 Tony nominee will next return to Broadway in Amélie. Catch Simon Stephens’ The Threepenny OperaOnce again those clever people over at NT Live will help out those unable to get to London to see a hot new production. Simon Stephens’ (The Curious Incident) new adaptation of The Threepenny Opera will be broadcast live to movie theaters around the world direct from the National Theatre’s Olivier Theatre on September 22. Helmed by Rufus Norris, the cast includes Rory Kinnear as Macheath, Haydn Gwynne as Mrs. Peachum and Rosalie Craig as Polly Peachum.Perfect Gift for Broadway BuffsThis sounds like the perfect gift for the Broadway buff. Hamilton, Angela Lansbury and more will appear in Ken Bloom’s Show and Tell: The New Book of Broadway Anecdotes. Nuggets included in the book include: Did you know that Frank Sinatra was nearly considered for the original production of Fiddler on the Roof? Or that Jerome Robbins never choreographed the famous “Dance at the Gym” in West Side Story? The tome is scheduled for release on October 3 via Oxford University Press.No Pay, Nudity for Gabriel Byrne & Nathan LaneCheck out below a sneak peek of new movie No Pay, Nudity, which is packed full of Broadway favorites including Gabriel Byrne, Nathan Lane and Laurie Metcalf. Helmed by Lee Wilkof and penned by Ethan Sandler, the comedy drama follows an aging actor (Byrne), who has lost his way with his career, with his family, and with his friends, and finds out that the way out is through. Nathan Lane
Canada’s largest solar project gets $500 million boost from major Danish investor group FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Calgary Herald:Construction of Canada’s largest solar farm in Alberta is poised to proceed with the infusion of $500 million from a Denmark-based investment group.The decision by the world’s large renewable energy fund, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, to bring global investors into the 1,900-hectare project on farmland near the village of Lomond in Vulcan County is a watershed for the industry, said Dan Balaban of Calgary-based Greengate Power Corp.The Travers Solar Energy Project, to be one of the world’s largest, will feature 1.5 million panels set amid grazing land. It should begin taking shape in the middle of this year and be completed in late 2021, he said.It’s projected to produce 400 MW (megawatts) of electricity with the potential of powering 100,000 homes and creating 500 full-time jobs during construction. The next-largest solar farm is in Ontario, with a capacity of 100 MW.The project is part of a veritable solar energy rush in Alberta that includes the construction by Ireland-based DP Energy of a 25 MW project on 63 hectares of land in Calgary’s Shepherd Industrial Park. Meanwhile, Ontario-based Canadian Solar Solutions has acquired a 20-year contract to supply electricity to government facilities with the building of three solar farms located near the communities of Jenner, Hays and Tilley in southeastern Alberta, which will create 100 MW of capacity. Additionally, a $200-million solar facility which will produce 130 MW is being built by Calgary-based Perimeter Solar about 125 kilometres south of Calgary.Together, these proposed or soon-to-be-completed solar projects could produce 4,000 MW of energy — though it’s not likely that all of them will be built.[Bill Kaufmann]More: Vulcan solar farm — Canada’s largest — receives key $500-million investment
Brennan to lead AFTL The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers has elected new officers and members of its Board of Directors and installed them at its recent convention in Orlando.Elected as president was Tampa attorney Web E. Brennan, while Edward H. Zebersky of Hollywood was installed as president-elect. Other officers are Treasurer Frank M. Petosa of Boca Raton and Secretary Thomas S. Edwards, Jr., of Jacksonville.Other members of the executive committee are Sean Domnick, Michael A. Haggard, William H. Harrell, Betsey T. Herd, C. Richard Newsome, and Alex Reboso. Immediate past President Alexander Clem and Scott Carruthers, academy executive director, also will serve on the executive committee.“Web is truly devoted to protecting and serving the people of Florida and to ensuring the preservation of Florida’s civil justice system,” said Carruthers.Elected to two-year terms on the board were Lisha M. Bowen, William W. Corry, Sean C. Domnick, Gary M. Farmer, William H. Harrell, Scott T. John, Glenn M. Klausman, Jennifer K. Millis, C. Richard Newsome, Stuart N. Ratzan, Alex Reboso, Edward M. Ricci, J. Eric Romano, and Joshua A. Whitman.The new board also appointed five district directors and three directors at large to serve one-year terms on the board. They are Richard R. Alexander, Betsey T. Herd, Douglas J. McCarron, Adam Fetterman, Steven T. Vasilaros, Stephen A. Barnes, Michael A. Haggard, and Dawn Vallejos-Nichols. President Brennan also made two presidential appointments to serve one-year terms: Chris M. Kavouklis and John C. Bales. August 1, 2005 Regular News Brennan to lead AFTL
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A winter storm is forecast to coat Long Island in snow this weekend, although the white stuff is not expected to accumulate enough for anyone to need their shovels or sleds.Rain drenching the region Friday will clear up for a sunny Saturday before snow is forecast to start falling Sunday evening, according to Upton-based National Weather Service meteorologists.But, as temperatures Sunday are expected to hit a low of just above freezing after sundown, the snow is forecast to mix with sleet overnight before changing to rain with up to a quarter inch of precipitation.The rain is forecast to continue Monday morning before a chance of rain and snow returns Tuesday.
Slashing expenditure this year was important to maintain the company’s finances amid decreasing electricity consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic, he added.“We also need to maintain our financial condition, assessing the investment cost in relation to changing electricity demand due to COVID-19. This assessment is done carefully, because there is a high degree of uncertainty due to the pandemic; we can’t do business as usual,” Zulkifli said.The large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) regime to contain the virus has forced many businesses to shut temporarily or permanently, which has also led to lower electricity consumption among PLN’s corporate clients.PLN, which has the monopoly in domestic electricity distribution, had planned to build new electricity infrastructure this year, including 4,459 kilometers of power lines and 14,247 megavolt-ampere worth of substations. In January, the company raised Rp 4.9 trillion from the issuance of conventional bonds and sukuk (sharia-compliant bonds) to finance its expansion.The company also has also faced delays with the completion of 11 large coal-fired power plants as supply chains broke down in this year’s first quarter, following global lockdowns.The company booked a net loss of Rp 38.9 trillion in the January to March period, down from a net profit of Rp 4.12 trillion in the same period last year, its financial report showed.Meanwhile, the cut in the PLN’s expenditure is in line with an order by State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Erick Thohir to cut the company’s capex by up to 40 percent to push for efficiency.“Sometimes capex can be turned into ‘projects’, especially when the supply chain and demand aren’t obvious,” he told reporters at an online press conference on June 12.The order is also seen as part of major restructuring among state-owned enterprises.“Hopefully, there isn’t any playing with projects.”Topics : State-owned electricity company PLN has slashed its capital expenditure (capex) for this year by almost half to Rp 53.6 trillion (US$3.7 billion) from an initially earmarked Rp 100 trillion.PLN president director Zulkifli Zaini said on Thursday that the company would prioritize funding for projects slated for completion this year, including power plant, power lines and substations.“We will adjust the funding for projects that can be postponed, while mitigating risks, so that it does not significantly affect our electricity system,” Zulkifli told lawmakers at the House of Representatives (DPR) in Jakarta, without specifying the projects.
“Additional crews with whale rescue gear will arrive later today,” the department said in a statement.The creatures are believed to be pilot whales but the species has not yet been confirmed.Mass whale strandings occur relatively often in Tasmania, but the large numbers involved present a daunting rescue prospect.The latest stranding comes as a humpback whale that was stuck in a tropical river in Australia’s north finally returned to the ocean after more than two weeks.Public broadcaster ABC reported the creature, which spent 17 days in the crocodile-infested waters of Kakadu National Park, has been spotted in open seas off Darwin.Scientists had been weighing options for guiding the humpback to safety after it became the first known whale to travel up the muddy river, but were relieved when it returned to sea of its own accord.Topics : Around 70 whales are stranded in a bay on the Australian island of Tasmania, officials said Monday, with marine experts now mobilizing to see if a rescue is possible.The whales are in Macquarie Harbour, on the island’s rugged and sparsely populated west coast, where they are believed to be stuck on a sandbar.Police are on site and marine experts are being deployed to assess the situation, Tasmania’s environment department said.
The floorplan of 75 Voyager Circuit, Bridgeman Downs. The ensuite has a double vanity and soaker tub.The living room opens to an alfresco dining area and in-ground pool, a space where the Stanbrooks have held many parties.“You can hook your iPhone up to the internal speakers and play soundtracks while sitting out by the pool,” Mrs Stanbrook said.“We had numerous parties with pool floating equipment (and) we’d start at one end of the pool and race each other all day.” One of the living spaces.The kitchen is galley-style, with Miele appliances and a Liebherr integrated fridge, and even has a butler’s pantry.There is also a powder room and laundry. The facade of 75 Voyager Circuit, Bridgeman Downs.Upstairs are three more bedrooms, two of which share a bathroom, and the third with its own ensuite and walk-in robe.On this floor there is also a second study nook, a walk-in linen cupboard and a media room.The home has a double lockup garage, ducted airconditioning and vacuum, and back to base security monitoring. Imagine spending your weekends hanging out by this poolWHEN Maria and Troy Stanbrook inspected this Bridgeman Downs home two years ago it was the kitchen that sold it to them. The kitchen is what sold the home to the Stanbrooks.Mrs Stanbrook said she spent a lot of time cooking for the family, so a big kitchen was a must.“I almost did a Sound of Music Maria when I saw it, spinning around and going ‘look at all this space’,” Mrs Stanbrook said.After moving into the 75 Voyager Court home, Mrs Stanbrook started her own business making candles in the very same kitchen.“In that kitchen I developed my own business … it produced the first products so it will always be a fond memory,” she said.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:17Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:17 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. 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 Rate1xFullscreenMichelle Hele’s May market wrap03:17On the first level of the home is the master suite, with a walk-in robe and ensuite with a double vanity and soaker tub.Also on this floor is a study nook, which leads out to an open plan kitchen, living and dining area.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019
“And so I think it is quite natural that Niels-Ole now wishes to look for new challenges,” Jakobsen said.As one of the smaller Danish labour-market pension funds, observers have speculated in the past that it could end up merging with other pension funds, in line with the general trend in the sector.In August, however, Jakobsen told Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten that Bankpension had no plans to merge.Niels-Ole Ravn commented on his departure, saying: “For a long time, I have discussed with my family whether I should try doing something else apart from Bankpension, before I reach retirement.“Bankpension is doing well – and I am at an age where it is possible to be able to get to grips with different challenges.”The pension fund said Ravn would be available for the supervisory board and the management board for a short period. Niels-Ole Ravn, chief executive at Danish banking sector pension fund Bankpension, is leaving his job with immediate effect and will be replaced by the current head of investments Soli Preuthun.In a statement issued today, the pension fund said Ravn and the pension fund’s supervisory board had agreed unanimously that he should leave his role as chief executive after 24 years at the pension fund, with effect from yesterday.Niels Erik Jakobsen, chairman of the supervisory board and director at Danish Bank Jyske Bank, said: “Niels-Ole Ravn has created a solid and competitive alternative to the commercial companies over his many years at the pension fund.”He said Bankpension was in a solid position regarding the future, adding that this was a future “in which the challenges will have a different character”.
Irish employers were never going to foot the cost of the country’s 0.6% pensions levy, despite the government’s “hope and expectation” this would occur, according to the Pensions Ombudsman.Paul Kenny said the imposition of the stamp duty, which was eventually extended beyond its initial four-year run, would be likely to lead to a permanent reduction in the pensions of “a great many” savers.In a letter to the joint parliamentary committee on finance, public expenditure and reform seen by IPE, the ombudsman said many trustees felt they had no other option but to reduce payments after the government imposed the 0.6% charge in 2011 but praised them for doing the best possible to deal with the situation.“At the time of the imposition of the levy, government spokesmen expressed the hope, or even expectation, that employers could be requested or required by trustees to make good the levy,” he said. “That was never going to happen.”Kenny noted that a large majority – around 80% – of defined benefit (DB) funds were unable to meet the minimum funding standard after its reinstatement, and that the majority of employers were also suffering financial difficulties, “even disregarding the deficits already accumulated in the occupational pension schemes”.The government has since repeatedly argued that the pensions industry would be able to absorb the cost of the levy by lowering management fees, despite the Department of Social Protection’s 2012 report on fees highlighting the “worst charges possible”, according to the Irish Association of Pension Funds.Kenny also noted the unequal distribution of cuts – as many defined contribution (DC) funds affected were unable to spread the cost across the entire member base, as pensioners who had annuitised could not see payments cut.The ombudsman said it was “at least conceivable” that some funded DB schemes would survive into the future, offering a lower level of benefits than initially promised.“In principle, it is possible some schemes will become fully solvent and regain the ability to pay their benefits,” he said.However, he added that trustees were likely to be required, in the interest of equality, to reduce the benefits of those members who had been part of the scheme during the imposition of the levy.“They would have to do this, even if the schemes could afford to pay the full benefits, simply because they would be treating current pensioners unfairly vis-à-vis the rest of the members if they did not in the future impose the effects of this levy on future pensioners,” he said.For more on the Irish pensions market, see the February issue of IPE
As part of its fleet renewal strategy, LPG shipping company StealthGas has sold two of its oldest vessels, the 1992-built Gas Moxie and the 1996-built Gas Nirvana.Both ships were sold for further trading and at a very good premium above their scrap values, 78% and 220% respectively, Board Chairman Michael Jolliffe, commented.Harry Vafias, StealthGas CEO, said that these ships were destined to go for scrap if the market hadn’t recovered, but instead, they fetched really good prices.“So that means that there’s a shortage of good ships, and that people that have the cargoes need to get ships of any age to move their cargoes,” Vafias said.The sales come on the back of the disposal of two other older vessels, which were sold in the second quarter of the year, the Gas Emperor and the Gas Icon, both built in 1994. According to Jolliffe, they were both sold at about 150% premium above scrap value.“These sales took place in order to further boost our liquidity and ease our operating cost base. We still maintain strong earnings visibility and have a strong fleet coverage of 63% for 2018.As our market fundamentals are improving and look promising for the future, we hope to further improve upon our performance – increase our revenues, strengthen our profitability and continue to contain our costs,” Joliffe added.In the third quarter of the year, StealthGas saw a 12 percent increase in revenue when compared with the last year’s Q3, reaching USD 38.5 million. The company’s adjusted EBITDA amounted to USD 15.3 million for the quarter.This increase was attributed to the high utilization of the fleet, with the company’s operational utilization coming close to 96% compared to 88% for the same period of last year.The company managed to secure 16 new charters and charter extensions, the majority of which were booked at rates about 15% higher than where the market was six months ago, Joliffe said.“Currently, the average duration of our charters is around nine months, as we strategically do not want to commit our vessels for long periods now that the market fundamentals and day rates are finally improving. We have strong period coverage, which currently stands at about 90% for the remainder of 2017 and 63% so far for 2018,” he added.The market fundamentals look good when considering demand-supply balance.In terms of scrapping activity, since the beginning of 2017, 10 LPG vessels were scrapped, including some small semi-ref vessels.“Taking into account the 22% of the small LPG fleet is above 20 years of age, it’s anticipated that scrapping will accelerate further in the years to come. As per published orders, there are six vessels on order that is only 1.7% of the total fleet to be delivered in the period 2018-2019. The limited order book of our segment is another positive factor for rates and existing tonnage demand,” Vafias noted.Revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, amounted to USD 115.9 million, an increase of 8.6%, compared to revenues of $106.7 million for the same period a year earlier.Adjusted nine-month net income was USD 4.7 million, compared to the adjusted net loss of USD 3.8 million for the same period of last year.