The Honeymooners Will Strike Rich at Goodspeed; Is B’way Next?

first_img In addition to The Honeymooners, the 2015 Goodspeed season will include Guys and Dolls and La Cage aux Folles. Ralph and Ed are finally hitting the stage! The new musical based on the classic 1950s sitcom The Honeymooners will premiere at Goodspeed Musicals in Connecticut next year. Tony winner John Rando will direct. The production, which features music by Stephen Weiner, lyrics by Peter Mills and a book by Dusty Kay and Bill Nuss, will run from September 18, 2015 through November 29. With producer Jeffrey Finn attached, this is certainly one to keep an eye on for a potential transfer to the Great White Way. As previously reported, an industry reading of the tuner (with Rando at the helm) will take place on November 7, starring Megan Hilty, Michael McGrath, Hank Azaria and Leslie Kritzer. The show was initially slated to premiere at San Diego’s Old Globe with director Jerry Mitchell in September 2013, but was postponed due to scheduling conflicts. The Honeymooners began in 1951 as a recurring sketch on the variety show Cavalcade of Stars. After gaining popularity and a move to The Jackie Gleason Show, the show premiered as its own series in 1955. The Honeymooners follows Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton, a Brooklyn bus driver and a sewage worker, who continuously engage in get-rich-quick schemes, much to the chagrin of their wives.center_img While there is no word yet on a move to Broadway, many Goodspeed productions have transferred to the Great White Way in the past, including Tony winners Man of La Mancha and Annie, as well as 13, Shenandoah and the 1992 revival of The Most Happy Fella. View Commentslast_img read more

Two-lane traffic restored on East West Routes 9 and 11

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (Vtrans) announced the reopening of two (2) major east west routes for two lane traffic today. Bridge # 9 on Route 9 had been restricted to one lane after a second round of inspections found damage that had been hidden by debris. Route 11 in Chester was also reopened to two (2) lane traffic today after being reduced to one lane in late September. While both Routes are open and traffic is flowing well, Vtrans is asking drivers to be very careful as they drive through towns where the local recovery effort is still underway. VTrans 10.4.2011last_img read more

Black & Veatch to exit coal plant engineering and construction business

first_imgBlack & Veatch to exit coal plant engineering and construction business FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Power Magazine:Black & Veatch is ending the company’s participation in coal-based power market design and construction, saying it will allow the company to focus on clean energy technologies. The engineering and construction giant’s announcement Oct. 29 comes just more than a month after another major energy company, General Electric, said it would exit the new-build coal power market.“We are an employee-owned company, and we do not make decisions based on what the market wants to hear, or how the market will react,” said Mario Azar, president of Black & Veatch’s power business, in an interview Thursday with POWER. “We make decisions based on the values of our company. We’ve been around for more than 100 years, and we want to be around for another 100 years or more. That’s how we make decisions as the executive committee of Black & Veatch,” he said. “It’s really centered around our values and our future. It was us, telling ourselves, did we really want to be part of that [coal] legacy anymore?”Overland Park, Kansas-based Black & Veatch in a news release said it recognizes “the global power industry is in a state of transformation and needs to accelerate the path to net zero as many companies, communities and stakeholders forge ahead with commitments to lower carbon emissions.” The company said it “will fulfill current project commitments to completion,” but going forward its efforts “will focus on supporting clients through their transition to a balanced energy portfolio with cleaner energy sources and towards achieving their decarbonization and sustainability goals.”Black & Veatch, founded in 1915, is a global leader in the engineering and construction industry, and had revenues of $3.7 billion in 2019. The company over the past several years has increased its participation in renewable energy and energy storage technologies, and in Thursday’s announcement said it has supported “deployment of hydrogen as a carbon-free fuel and advanced technologies for carbon capture.” The company also has invested in modernizing a power grid that increasingly must accommodate intermittent renewable energy and different baseload sources of generation.“There’s going to be a point when you have to make some of these difficult decisions,” Azar said. “We have been involved in building power plants in Asia, some of which we’re in the process of finishing, and as we near completion—particularly in Asia—there’s been a new wave of projects we’ve been invited to participate in. Looking at the future, looking at our sustainable commitment as a company, looking at the economics today that make renewable energy affordable, and certainly energy that is far, far lower in emissions than coal … we asked ourselves, ‘Do we really want to build another coal plant that is going to pollute the air for a very long time to come?’ We decided we don’t. It’s time to recognize that this is just the right thing to do.”He continued: “There is a financial implication to this decision. We are leaving projects that we can participate in behind, and there is a [financial risk] to it, but we believe it is a very short-term implication compared to a longer-term vision. It’s really about the future, a cleaner and very robust energy alternative to coal.”[Darrell Proctor]More: Black & Veatch: no more coal constructionlast_img read more

Becoming “Big Ups” Again

first_imgAppalachian Trail Days in Damascus, Virginia is a celebration. Thousands of people from all over the world infiltrate the quiet mountain town to celebrate the journey of the white blaze. It’s truly captivating to witness the energy that fills the streets. Up until this time in my life I had been unable to fully grasp the true meaning of Trail Days.Years ago, before I had hiked the AT, I could see the excitement on the faces of the people who would pass me by waving the flag with the year they had thru-hiked on it, but I never felt what they were feeling. I had forever longed to feel that energy._MG_6405 _MG_6608I wasn’t sure what Trail Days would bring for me this year. It had been two years since I attended the festival last. I was anxious on the ride in. In the two years I was absent I had thru-hiked the AT and the PCT both, and in the time leading up to Trail Days I knew that familiar trail faces would take me back to the walks I had completed in some small way. And I was right. Bumping into people who shared those trail experiences with me hit me way harder than I could have imagined._MG_6593For the first time in months I was called “Big Ups” again. This was my trail name. It was granted to me early on hiking the AT. My head would snap and I would stop dead in my tracts as soon as it was called. Although these people only knew me for a short time, they knew the real me, they knew me in my happiest moments._MG_6596 _MG_6616I just stood there grinning as we caught up. I could picture vividly each of their packs, what they wore, and where I had hiked or camped with them. They would tell stories, some I had forgotten, of how my sarcasm and overwhelming positivity cheered them up in some way. It’s amazing how much you can remember. I hadn’t mentally prepared myself for those kinds of encounters. Each person I bumped into, whom I had hiked with, brought a different tear to my eye. I was filled with joy.As if seeing fellow thru hikers wasn’t enough, we teamed up with IceMule Coolers to provide trail magic to hikers making their way to Damascus. We intersected the AT on Tennessee 421 in Shady Valley, about 15 trail miles from town. After two years of collecting the generous handouts of trail angels, I was extremely excited to give back to the AT Class of 2016!_MG_6391After many years of attending Trail Days I finally learned for myself why it was so special. A thru-hike is about the journey. Significant meaning comes from the people with whom you share your experience. I didn’t realize, but there are people all over the world who remember me as I have remembered them.last_img read more

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This huge southside home is “one of the best I’ve ever seen” according to the agent

first_img21 Weal Avenue, Tarragindi is deceptive from the roadfrontThey’re two words which barely capture the imposing floor space on offer at 21 Weal St, Tarragindi, according to Harcourts Coorparoo sales consultant, Conrad Leisemann.Mr Leisemann said when buyers arrived for their first inspection, their senses were thrown.“A lot of buyers have rocked up and said, ‘Surely this can’t be the right house?’ and then you open the front door and walk in — it just never ends this house,” Mr Leisemann said. The agent said the home is so large, he gets lost in it.WHEN it comes to family homes, space and separation have been the hallmarks of recent successful sales. The agent said the owners didn’t skimp on the quality“There a central cinema, the gymnasium off to the side and the basketball court at the back of the garage.“They’ve done it in a way that’s so tasteful and they’ve kept the character and feel of the home,” he said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair There’s room for families to spread out at 21 Weal Avenue, TarragindiThe renovation took the early 1900s colonial to a new level by creating a two-storey, six-bedroom, six-bathroom layout with a myriad of features.Mr Leisemann said the work was of the highest quality and the new design is thoughtful and functional.“This home, to me, takes the cake. They haven’t skimped on anything,” he said.“For a renovated home it’s one of the best I’ve ever seen, definitely,” he said. The spaces are perfectly laid out according to the agent.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day ago“It took us 15 minutes just to turn off all the lights last Saturday when we left. It’s a big place — I get lost in it,” he saidThe home is now a far cry from its origins.last_img read more

Aba criticises lack of tax incentives in German pension reform proposal

first_imgThe German government’s draft law for a reform of the second-pillar pension system, published last week, has garnered much praise but also drawn criticism.On Friday, the social ministry BMAS published the official final draft of the Betriebsrentenstärkungsgesetz on its website.In a first reaction to the reform proposals, the German pension association aba welcomed the “direction” of the draft, which outlines how industry-wide pension plans, without guarantees, are to be introduced.As reported by IPE last week, aba chairman Heribert Karch supports the idea of “more flexible guarantees” and defined ambition plans to increase return potential. The association, however, sees “urgent need for amendments” in the government’s proposal on tax incentives.For years, the aba and other stakeholders have lobbied to increase the tax-free threshold for employer contributions to second-pillar plans.Under the government’s proposal, the percentage of tax-free contributions would be increased from 4% to 7% of the annual payroll (i.e. the part used to calculate contributions to the first pillar).The government, however, wants to apply the 7% to all contributions, not just those over €1,800, as the current legal provision states.According to Marco Arteaga, a partner at law firm DLA Piper, this is practically no improvement at all.“When the fixed rate of €1,800 is scrapped, we are back at the beginning because 4% plus €1,800 is the same as allowing 6.5% tax-free contributions,” he told IPE previously.For aba’s Karch, the 7% proposal “falls far behind requirements”.  Another problem with this part of the reform was pointed out by legal publishing group Wolters Kluwer on its website: The increase to 7% applies to tax exemptions but not to exemptions from social contributions.Companies will therefore have to continue to use different pension vehicles for different types of pension promises, the publisher notes.Added complexity was also highlighted by Reiner Schwinger, managing director at Willis Towers Watson Germany.In a statement, he pointed out that companies that already have well-established pension plans will have to set up new ones adhering to industry-wide standards should they wish to switch to defined ambition.“In total, social partners’ influence in occupational pensions – an area that, to date, has been widely dealt with at the company level – will increase,” he said.Overall, however, aba – as well as the consultancies Willis Towers Watson and Mercer – said they saw a lot of positive approaches in the reform draft.They all welcomed lower guarantees, the possibility of opting-out models and subsidies for low-income workers in particular.Mercer Germany disputed the risk of “a race to the bottom” regarding pension guarantees, primarily because not all companies will change their existing pension plans.Mercer’s occupational pension expert Uwe Buchem said he was sceptical the social partners would make full use of the new law.“It would almost be tantamount to a revolution should the unions agree to make use of all the new possibilities,” he said.Stakeholders in the German pension industry have until 24 November to comment on the government draft.The aba has called its members to a special meeting on that same date to analyse and discuss the reform proposal.Possible amendments will be discussed by the government in early December.last_img read more

PRI in Person: Danone CFO calls for new investor mindset about value

first_imgInvestors’ approach to value creation could be a drag on efforts to achieve global sustainable development goals, according to the chief financial officer (CFO) of global food company Danone.Speaking in Paris at the PRI’s annual responsible investment conference, Danone’s Cécile Cabanis spoke of the need for a new mindset that did not look at value from a “yearly profit and loss [P&L] point of view” but considered externalities.Asked by Eva Halvarsson, CEO of Swedish buffer fund AP2, what her message to investors would be about how they could support companies’ work on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Cabanis said simply: “Join us.”She proceeded to explain how Danone had reached an agreement, with its banks, to tie the interest rate on a €2bn loan to the pace at which it achieved its goals for ‘B Corp’ certification – “for us the most demanding standard in terms of environmental, social and governance performance”. “These 12 banks agreed that if we were going at the right pace in being certified B-Corp it was less risk to the business or more value to the business, beta or alpha, it depends on the way you want to measure it,” she said. “This is tiny, it’s a drop in the ocean, but it shows that it’s moving.”“The reality is that you will know it’s moving not when we talk about it but when investors are ready to put it in their decision of investment,” she added.She appeared to suggest that this had not yet happened.“Today if you look at what they do, they do their job, they have probably incentive that relates to their Excel return model and we can’t blame them,” Cabanis said, “but we need to shift the conversation and we need to make sure we are clear on the risk avoidance and the value creation and that we can measure the externalities with them, so that when it comes to take a decision we are not only looking at what we are used to looking at in the 1980s [such as] P&L, discounted cash flow.”There was a “tension” between the short-term and the long-term agenda, Cabanis said, and Danone took the view that this needed to be managed when making decisions about resource allocation.“It’s difficult, it creates a lot of tension, but it’s necessary, and if we can’t have this conversation with investors I think it will not happen fast enough and we won’t be able all together to create material sustainable change.”At a Deutsche Bank consumer conference earlier this year Cabanis – according to a transcript from the event – spoke about how the company needed, on a daily basis, to keep “the right tension between delivery of the short term and transformation in order to make sure that we can rebuild value in the food system and we can really ensure that we are walking towards the goals for 2030 under the One Planet, One Health vision.”  ESG reporting ‘a mess’Cabanis also spoke about what she referred to as reporting – information requests from investors, or for investors.“There are so many indexes, it’s a mess,” she said.“We have teams and teams that are doing the reporting, everyone wants it a different way, everyone measures different things, so that the end of the day there is a lot of data,” the CFO said. “It could be very meaningful if we would all agree on how to really measure impact and externalities, but because everyone wants to keep his reporting its own way I think it’s really a waste of resources and it’s time that we don’t take to act – we take time to report, at the same time we don’t act.”She highlighted a tool being developed by B-Lab – the organisation behind the B Corp certification – and the UN Global Compact, saying SDG assessment was “the level where we all need to go”.“It’s a tool to help everyone to really learn how to measure in a transparency and structured way,” she said. “And I hope this initiative will be followed by more, which is how we organise that and make sure all together we all agree on what are the standards that make sense and how we measure it.”last_img read more

PSG rocked by three more positive coronavirus tests

first_img read also:PSG confirm ‘three new positive’ Covid-19 cases, six in total Only the Italian is thought to have returned a negative test but did apparently contract the virus earlier in the year. But with six first-team players now in isolation, PSG’s match next week is in serious doubt. The Champions League finalists are due to begin their Ligue 1 defence with a trip to Lens on Thursday night. But French league guidelines state the more than three positive cases at a club would likely to lead to a postponement. Ligue 1 started last month with two rounds of matches played so far – Nice are the only team with a 100 per cent record on six points. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Everyone Was Stunned To See How Little Anakin Looks Todaycenter_img Paris Saint-Germain have been rocked by three more positive coronavirus tests a week before their season is due to start. And reports state Mauro Icardi, Marquinhos and Keylor Navas are the first-team stars to contract the disease. PSG tweeted on Thursday evening: “The latest tests carried out within the Paris Saint-Germain squad confirm the result of three new positive cases. “These players follow the appropriate health protocol.” That follows the news from earlier this week that Neymar, Angel Di Maria, and Leandro Paredes also caught Covid-19. According to L’Equipe, Marquinhos experienced flu-like symptoms for two days. The Brazilian, 26, and Icardi, 27, went to Ibiza with team-mates Neymar, Di Maria, Paredes, and Marco Verratti.Advertisementlast_img read more

Evans: United must stay at the top

first_imgJonny Evans does not see the point in worrying about the lack of transfer activity at Manchester United this summer because he knows the Red Devils will be expected to compete for all the major prizes anyway. Press Association Results have not been the best either. Friday night’s 3-1 defeat to Sevilla means United have won just twice in seven matches ahead of the Wigan encounter, when they will surely need to find some kind of form given preparations for next Saturday’s opener away to Swansea will be shortened considerably by the midweek international programme. Swansea are also further ahead in their fitness work due to participation in the Europa League qualifiers. Yet Evans feels progress has been made at United, with a particular step forward being taken on the pre-season tour, particularly in Japan, where matches against J League duo Yokohama F Marinos and Cezero Osaka turned out to be genuine tests in searing temperatures. “We have had quite tough games,” said Evans. “We did quite a lot of work fitness-wise and going into that first match in Thailand, so we were a bit tired and jet-lagged and it took us a while to get settled. “Coming back from Sydney we had two very tough games against Japanese opposition who were really fit. “They were excellent games for us because that was the level we had to get up to in terms of sharpness. “Given their level of fitness and the way they run and turn, you are not going to get much harder than that.” Of the players who missed Friday night’s game, Robin van Persie, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Rafael all did strenuous pre-match workouts with fitness expert Tony Strudwick and look certain to start on Sunday. Evans is among a group who will have their fitness checked before they can be certain of involvement given he aggravated an ankle injury during Tuesday’s draw against AIK Solna. “I missed a bit more game time than I would have liked with my injury,” Evans said. “I did feel a bit rusty in the games I played in pre-season but that is why you play them, to see where you are at. Hopefully you can push on.” Much energy and debate was expended in the doomed pursuit of Cesc Fabregas of course, while interest in another Barcelona midfielder, Thiago Alcantara, petered out as he opted to join Bayern Munich. It has now been suggested Moyes will attempt to lure Luka Modric away from Real Madrid, while also stepping up efforts to sign Marouane Fellaini from Everton. Yet it is hardly the ideal situation given major title rivals Manchester City and Chelsea have both strengthened and, in the latter case, also want to take Wayne Rooney away from Old Trafford. Evans though, remains unperturbed. “I am not one for bothering about other teams,” the Northern Ireland international told MUTV. “You go out on a weekend and just try to beat the team that is in front of you. “I am not saying I don’t see the headlines but I don’t worry about them too much, or worry about us not signing players or that other clubs are signing them. “That is always the challenge at Manchester United. You have to be at the top, no matter what team is put in front of you.” After the first friendly, the first tour and the first match at Old Trafford, new boss David Moyes takes charge of his first showpiece occasion on Sunday when United take on FA Cup winners Wigan in the Community Shield at Wembley. Surprisingly, they will do so having made just a single addition to the squad which secured a record 20th title last term, and Uruguay Under-20 international defender Guillermo Varela is hardly the big name most Red Devils fans expected. last_img read more