The Rockettes Kick Off in Radio City Christmas Spectacular

first_img Performances will run through December 31. This year Radio City Music Hall will be decked out for the season and the Rockettes will shine in a new finale that transforms the theater into a glistening winter wonderland. The Rockettes modern SNOW choreography combined with crystalline costumes is inspired by the snowflakes swirling over the audience, in a whirling dance of their own. Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes View Comments Related Shows That most wonderful time of year is officially here! The Rockettes begin performances in the 87th anniversary of Radio City Christmas Spectacular on November 7. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020last_img

Eclipsed Playwright Danai Gurira on How She Landed Lupita Nyong’o

first_img View Comments Danai Gurira is the ultimate multi-hyphenate. Not only does she have a starring role on The Walking Dead, but her play Eclipsed is currently wrapping up a successful run at the Public before moving to Broadway. Gurira stopped by The Tonight Show on November 25 to chat about her projects and how she landed Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o to lead her production. “She emailed me and said: ‘Danai, I really want to get back on stage and I want to do it with your play,'” says Gurira, who went on to admit to host Jimmy Fallon: “I’m still pinching myself.” Check out the interview below; Eclipsed will begin previews at the Golden Theatre on February 23, 2016. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016 Related Shows Eclipsedlast_img read more

A year in, Tesla’s big Australian battery proves viability of energy storage

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:A year after Elon Musk rolled out what was then the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery to aid South Australia’s blackout-prone power grid, more projects are set to follow in its footsteps at home and abroad.The Hornsdale storage facility — the result of Musk’s successful wager that he could build and get it up and running within 100 days — has helped the state stabilize the grid, avoid outages and lower costs. Its success is a boost to other plants commissioned around the world, including a larger one in South Korea.The battery system is designed to overcome one of the main obstacles to renewable energy taking a bigger role globally: reliability falters when the wind stops blowing or the sun goes down. Batteries store up power and then release it steadily to the grid when generation stalls.The storage industry is increasingly important in places like South Australia, which has less access to traditional fossil-fuel sources like coal and gas. Hornsdale has performed an important function in providing frequency control services and its “speed and laser precision in response to system events has been encouraging,” the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) said in an emailed response to questions.The plant earned Neoen about 8.1 million euros ($9.2 million) in the first half of 2018 from a supply contract with the South Australian government and independent sales of stored electricity, helping to pay back some of its 56 million euro price tag. It has also contributed to an almost 75 percent drop in the cost of ancillary services to the grid, according to Bloomberg NEF.The big question for the renewables industry is whether battery storage can be expanded to shore up baseload generation, as fossil fuels’ dominance in the power mix declines. Neoen’s Heron said battery storage was “absolutely scaleable,” and the company has plans for at least two more battery storage facilities in Australia. Liberty House chief Sanjeev Gupta wants to eclipse Hornsdale with an 120 megawatt plant in South Australia.More: Musk’s Outback success points to bright future for battery storage A year in, Tesla’s big Australian battery proves viability of energy storagelast_img read more

State Throws Support Behind $700 Million South Shore Project

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The breach on Fire Island at Old Inlet opened by Superstorm Sandy is blamed by some for Long Island flooding and credited by others with improving Great South Bay water quality (FINS).A large-scale $700 million project—first authorized a half-century ago—to upgrade storm protections along a vulnerable 83-mile stretch of Long Island coastal areas now has the full support of New York State, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday.The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers project will install upgraded storm protections from Fire Island to Montauk Point and includes expedited repairs to restore dunes and beaches battered by Superstorm Sandy seven months ago.“We are taking steps to build it back stronger and better prepared to withstand future storms,” Cuomo said of badly damaged South Shore beaches.“This project will protect local communities and residents against future storms, including shoring up defenses in coastal areas,” he said, noting the area’s importance to local tourism.It’s unclear when construction will start, but the project promises to enhance dunes along the coast, install surge dampening natural infrastructure in and along the bays, and elevate some 4,000 flood-prone structures, officials said.The governor’s statement also noted that the project will take into account sea level rise and the “more intense storms projected under on-going climate change.”The state’s support now allows the projecting to officially move forward.Sen. Chuck Schumer said the plan was “long a dream of coastal communities on the South Shore,” adding that homeowners can “feel a little more secure knowing that vital protections, in the forms of dunes, berms, beaches and more will now be constructed.”The project is more than 50 years in the making. It was first authorized by the Rivers and Harbors Act in 1960.last_img read more

It’s Personal: Who needs mobile?

first_imgIn a market as pervasive as mobile, it’s impossible to nail down a meaningful demographic. Are mobile users, as we are often told, young? Saying so excludes the millions and millions of mobile devotees who are various shades of older – parents, for example, or midcareer achievers.In reference to a recent global survey on retail banking, Cisco made a similar observation: “Segmenting by age is an outmoded strategy and could alienate valuable sets of customers,” said Cisco vice president Joseph Bradley. “By focusing on digital behavior (which, more and more, transcends age), banks can better implement Internet-of-Everything-enabled concepts that resonate with each customer.”What are the individualized drivers that make mobile money management a necessity in 2015? Here are four personality types and their specific mobile needs:1. Pay Today – Or ElseProfile: People who need to pay right now. Their bills are due today. They owe friends for their share of the last 12 dinners out. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Warning for possible COVID-19 exposure for Greyhound bus riders

first_imgGreyhound is not stopping in Broome County during the pandemic. Greyhound bus 4178 left Cleveland, Ohio at approximately 4:30a.m. on Wednesday, May 6 and passed through Erie, PA and then connected with Greyhound bus 0317 leaving Buffalo at about 9:00 a.m. and arrived in Syracuse at approximately 12:30 p.m. that same day. If any Broome County residents were riding the bus they can contact the Broome County Health Department at 607-778-2802. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – The Broome County Health Department is warning passengers who traveled on certain Greyhound buses in May about possible COVID-19 exposure.center_img Broome County officials want passengers who were on either ofthose buses to contact their local health department for further informationand assessment. This bus did not pass through Broome County, since the Greater Greater Binghamton Transportation Center has been closed to commercial traffic.last_img read more

Indonesia’s Ramadan school moves online amid coronavirus epidemic

first_img“The chemistry is absolutely different as we don’t meet in person,” Winardi said of the online lessons. “But we try some ice-breaking activities, such as shouting ‘God is greatest’. Hopefully it encourages them to memorize the Quran.”Joining the class from the capital, Jakarta, alongside classmates from South Sumatra and West Java, Muhammad Umar Abdurrahman, 11, said he enjoyed the lesson, although his father saw room for improvement, such as more comprehensive course material.Most residents of Jakarta have been staying home since March 20 as part of social distancing measures, which have seen schools and businesses close, and gatherings of more than five people banned until May 22.Indonesia, which has the highest coronavirus death toll in East Asia outside China, has reported more than 12,000 coronavirus cases and 872 deaths, as of on Tuesday.Topics : “Due to COVID-19, we’re restricted from activities outside our houses so we started the online Islamic course,” said Gemia Indria, one of the organizers.”And it turns out online teaching removes geographical barriers, so we can reach out to more participants.”Known as pesantren kilat, which loosely translates as “intensive Islamic boarding school”, the course teaches students about Islam, as well as creative ways to recite the Quran, such as through hand gestures.The gestures, Winardi explained, can act as fun prompts to help primary school students, most aged from 6 to 12 years old, recall religious verses. Each year during the fasting month of Ramadan, Indonesian tutor Ahmad Winardi has taught a special course for students in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country to deepen their knowledge of Islam.But this year, the novel coronavirus has brought a Ramadan like never before, with shuttered mosques and strict physical distancing regulations, and so Winardi has moved his Islamic studies online.One consequence is that the courses, previously held only in cities on the islands of Java and Sumatra, have this year attracted a wider range of students in the archipelago, including from Kalimantan.last_img read more

We’re making the DMV faster in PA. Here’s how.

first_img Efficiency,  GO-TIME,  Innovation,  The Blog One of the biggest priorities for Governor Wolf is improving customer service at the front-lines of state government. Through GO-TIME and other initiatives in our agencies, we’re finding places where we can both save taxpayers’ money and deliver much better customer service and reduce the time taxpayers’ wait for services.There are few points where state government interacts with more Pennsylvanians that at ‘the DMV.’ (Note: Pennsylvania technically has DLCs – Driver’s License Centers – but DMV is a common term for the same place)PennDOT and Secretary of Transportation Leslie Richards are working diligently to bring DLCs into the 21st Century and make the customer experience the best it can be.Back in December, PennDOT deployed new software to reduce wait times for drivers. And we learned that something as simple as a software upgrade can not only improve the customer experience, but help agencies such as PennDOT operate more efficiently and transparently.Now at many Driver License Centers, PennDOT can monitor wait times around the state in real time and deploy additional resources in response.When people come to PennDOT, they want a quick, no-hassle experience. This new system to monitor wait times was one way we are delivering that kind of quality service.At one of PennDOT’s busiest centers in Malvern, Chester County, not far from here, the new system prompted PennDOT to add an extra camera to its photo license operation and expand hours of operation. As a result, wait times were cut from 90 minutes to less than 30 minutes. At PennDOT’s new DLC in Norristown, we’re taking innovations to the next level. This new center relies on new technology and many other upgrades to deliver better customer service and experience, including:Customer feedback units at every counter station, giving real-time data on our customers’ satisfaction and allowing for intervention at the time of service.Customers can opt for queuing text notifications to their mobile phone, so they have the freedom to run errands nearby or enjoy the outdoor seating area without losing their place in line.Norristown will be the first location that will allow customers to make an appointment for a service at the driver’s license center, and be placed in the queue in advance of their arrival.Additionally, the website will also include average wait times, which will help customers to plan their visits accordingly.These are just a few of the innovations being piloted here. And these innovations are another example of the work my administration is doing to deliver better services in a more efficient way.Whether it is making it easier to register to vote by putting the application online or making it easier to go to the DMV, the Wolf Administration is committed to making a government that works efficiently, effectively and with innovation that the people of Pennsylvania both demand and have come to expect in the private sector.   SHARE  TWEET By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary We’re making the DMV faster in PA. Here’s how.center_img August 26, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Picture of the day: Pakistan’s second LNG import terminal

first_imgImage courtesy of Pakistan LNG TerminalsPakistan GasPort’s LNG import terminal at Mazhar Point, Port Qasim, Karachi has recently been inaugurated, and according to local media reports, the facility started receiving commercial cargoes. The project, worth around $500 million includes a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), BW’s FSRU BW Integrity with a storage capacity in excess of 170,000 cubic meters and a peak regasification capacity of 750 million standard cubic feet per day.It is connected to the national gas grid via a 12.3 kilometer subsea and onshore pipeline.The import facility provides LNG storage and regasification services to the state-owned Pakistan LNG Terminals of up to 600mmscfd for 15 years.The terminal’s surplus regas capacity of 90mmscfd is, under the prevailing policy and rules, be made available to the private sector in collaboration with PGPC’s equity partner Trafigura.It provides fuel for 3,600 megawatts of power generation plants set up by the government of Pakistan.last_img read more

Gay Loneliness

first_imgHighLine – The Huffington Post 2 March 2017Family First Comment: This is a fascinating read – by a gay man. The argument pushed by the media and political elite is that all the adversity and negative social statistics and health issues that gays face is due to ‘homophobia’. But this article contradicts that completely.“…even as we celebrate the scale and speed of this change, the rates of depression, loneliness and substance abuse in the gay community remain stuck in the same place they’ve been for decades… In the Netherlands, where gay marriage has been legal since 2001, gay men remain three times more likely to suffer from a mood disorder than straight men, and 10 times more likely to engage in “suicidal self-harm.” In Sweden, which has had civil unions since 1995 and full marriage since 2009, men married to men have triple the suicide rate of men married to women.”Jeremy is not my only gay friend who’s struggling. There’s Malcolm, who barely leaves the house except for work because his anxiety is so bad. There’s Jared, whose depression and body dysmorphia have steadily shrunk his social life down to me, the gym and Internet hookups. And there was Christian, the second guy I ever kissed, who killed himself at 32, two weeks after his boyfriend broke up with him. Christian went to a party store, rented a helium tank, started inhaling it, then texted his ex and told him to come over, to make sure he’d find the body.1.That’s not his real name. Only a few of the names of the gay men in this article are real.For years I’ve noticed the divergence between my straight friends and my gay friends. While one half of my social circle has disappeared into relationships, kids and suburbs, the other has struggled through isolation and anxiety, hard drugs and risky sex.None of this fits the narrative I have been told, the one I have told myself. Like me, Jeremy did not grow up bullied by his peers or rejected by his family. He can’t remember ever being called a faggot. He was raised in a West Coast suburb by a lesbian mom. “She came out to me when I was 12,” he says. “And told me two sentences later that she knew I was gay. I barely knew at that point.”Jeremy and I are 34. In our lifetime, the gay community has made more progress on legal and social acceptance than any other demographic group in history. As recently as my own adolescence, gay marriage was a distant aspiration, something newspapers still put in scare quotes. Now, it’s been enshrined in law by the Supreme Court. Public support for gay marriage has climbed from 27 percent in 1996 to 61 percent in 2016. In pop culture, we’ve gone from “Cruising” to “Queer Eye” to “Moonlight.” Gay characters these days are so commonplace they’re even allowed to have flaws.Still, even as we celebrate the scale and speed of this change, the rates of depression, loneliness and substance abuse in the gay community remain stuck in the same place they’ve been for decades. Gay people are now, depending on the study, between 2 and 10 times more likely than straight people to take their own lives. We’re twice as likely to have a major depressive episode. And just like the last epidemic we lived through, the trauma appears to be concentrated among men. In a survey of gay men who recently arrived in New York City, three-quarters suffered from anxiety or depression, abused drugs or alcohol or were having risky sex—or some combination of the three. Despite all the talk of our “chosen families,” gay men have fewer close friends than straight people or gay women. In a survey of care-providers at HIV clinics, one respondent told researchers: “It’s not a question of them not knowing how to save their lives. It’s a question of them knowing if their lives are worth saving.”I’m not going to pretend to be objective about any of this. I’m a perpetually single gay guy who was raised in a bright blue city by PFLAG parents. I’ve never known anyone who died of AIDS, I’ve never experienced direct discrimination and I came out of the closet into a world where marriage, a picket fence and a golden retriever were not just feasible, but expected. I’ve also been in and out of therapy more times than I’ve downloaded and deleted Grindr.“Marriage equality and the changes in legal status were an improvement for some gay men,” says Christopher Stults, a researcher at New York University who studies the differences in mental health between gay and straight men. “But for a lot of other people, it was a letdown. Like, we have this legal status, and yet there’s still something unfulfilled.”This feeling of emptiness, it turns out, is not just an American phenomenon. In the Netherlands, where gay marriage has been legal since 2001, gay men remain three times more likely to suffer from a mood disorder than straight men, and 10 times more likely to engage in “suicidal self-harm.” In Sweden, which has had civil unions since 1995 and full marriage since 2009, men married to men have triple the suicide rate of men married to women.All of these unbearable statistics lead to the same conclusion: It is still dangerously alienating to go through life as a man attracted to other men. The good news, though, is that epidemiologists and social scientists are closer than ever to understanding all the reasons why.READ MORE: read more