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first_img Related Shows About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. There’s truly “something about this night!” Finding Neverland takes flight and opens officially at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 15. The new musical from Gary Barlow, Eliot Kennedy and James Graham stars Matthew Morrison, Kelsey Grammer and vlogger Laura Michelle Kelly. Tony winner Diane Paulus directs.In addition to Morrison as J.M. Barrie, Grammer as Charles Frohman (with a tease of Captain Hook) and Kelly as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, the portrait features Carolee Carmello as Mrs. du Maurier and Teal Wicks as Mary Barrie, as well as Aidan Gemme, Sawyer Nunes, Christopher Paul Richards and Alex Dreier as the Llewelyn Davis boys: Peter, George, Jack and wishes the cast of Finding Neverland a magical opening night! We’ll be in the audience clapping and believing! View Commentscenter_img Finding Neverland Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016last_img read more

first_imgA survey conducted by Opinion Dynamics for the New England Energy Alliance found New Englanders favor market-based approaches to limit greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency by a significant margin in comparison to government regulation and mandates. There also seems to be no inclination to roll back electricity industry restructuring as a very significant 78% of survey respondents at least somewhat favor consumer choice and competition for electricity.78% say they favor competition in the electricity industryHistorically, electricity was delivered by regulated electric utility companies that acted like monopolies. They were mandated by state regulators to build and operate generating plants, as well as deliver electricity to homes and businesses. The New England states, however, were among the first in the nation to restructure electricity markets beginning in the late 1990s. In short, most electric utilities were required to sell their generating plants and allow unregulated privately-owned generation companies to compete in a deregulated wholesale marketplace. The utilities, now known as “local distribution companies”, deliver electricity and remain state regulated.A key goal of restructuring was to provide consumers with “choice” — the option to purchase electricity from competitive suppliers. All the New England states, with the exception of Vermont, introduced competition into retail markets.Ten years after restructuring, 78% of New Englanders are at least somewhat in favor of the concept of having consumer choice in the purchase of electricity — with 45% strongly in favor. This support remains unchanged over the past year.The concept of consumer choice is favored fairly equally across political party lines, but especially among independent voters — 81% favor the concept of consumer choice in the purchase of electricity compared to about 77% of Democrats and Republicans. Importantly, there were no major geographical differences of opinion among voters — with at least 74% favoring competition in each state.As is the case with many major public policy initiatives like electricity industry restructuring, once they are in place for just a few years, they become accepted “tradition” — no matter how “radical” they may have seemed at the outset.A number of independent studies (as well as one by the New England Energy Alliance in 2006) have shown that electricity industry restructuring has helped to better protect the environment through increased generating efficiency, and provided consumers with substantial savings compared to pre-restructuring trends.Almost 50% believe the marketplace will provide needed infrastructure without government interventionShortly after New England restructured its electricity industry in 1999, significant progress was made in expanding the region’s electricity infrastructure. An unprecedented 10,000 Megawatts of new generation was added, increasing the region’s electricity supply by 30%. Soon thereafter, construction of new generation slowed because the marketplace lacked appropriate financial incentives to attract long-term investment.As a result, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) charged ISO New England (the region’s independent operator of the electricity grid) with developing a market-based approach to ensuring adequate investment in infrastructure. Prior to restructuring, state government agencies played a key role in mandating an adequate supply of electricity.ISO New England, with industry stakeholder participation, created a competitive market structure — called the Forward Capacity Market (FCM) — that provides economic incentives through an auction process to attract investment in new and existing resources in New England. The region’s first FCM auction was held in February, 2008.Almost half of the survey respondents (47%) believe the competitive marketplace will provide adequate financial incentives to spur investment in new generating plants and infrastructure projects. On the other hand, a little over a third (36%) believe ensuring an adequate electricity supply is too important to be left to market forces alone — and should be the responsibility of government agencies as well.Many also favor market-based approaches to electricity efficiency and emissions reductionNew Englanders were also asked which of the following three approaches would be the best option to decrease the amount of electricity we use:Mandated government programs paid by all consumersMarkets should be allowed to workGovernment standards for appliancesGovernment mandated programs were weakly supported by just 15% of the respondents. The other two choices were even at about 34%. Interestingly, when they are added together, these two choices (which could as a practical matter be easily implemented together) come close to the super majority that favors consumer choice and competition. This suggests that consumers favor government efficiency standards (which have been in place for decades) but want them implemented by the marketplace so that they have choice and competition.In terms of the environment, less that a third favor government mandates to limit greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generating plants through the imposition of taxes and increasingly tougher mandates that a generating plant would have to comply with or face shutdown. Instead, the majority of New Englanders support a market-based approach that uses profit as a motive for companies to invent, improve, or acquire a way to cost-effectively and flexibly reduce their emissions.About New England Energy Alliance, Inc.The New England Energy Alliance is a coalition of energy providers and trade organizations concerned about future energy supplies.The annual telephone survey was conducted by Opinion Dynamics for the New England Energy Alliance in January of 600 registered voters (consumers) proportionately distributed throughout New England. The margin of error is +/- 4%.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Chris VaccaroThe New York Islanders are Brooklyn’s team now. After 43 years of playing games at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the franchise opened the season in its new digs 30 miles west at Barclays Center.The Islanders welcomed the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks to their housewarming, and ultimately lost the first regular season NHL game on Atlantic Avenue, 3-2, in overtime Friday night before an announced sellout crowd of 15,795.Patrick Kane scored two goals for Chicago, including a power play tally in overtime to ice the game.It was fitting that Islanders captain John Tavares scored the team’s first goal at Barclays when he netted a rebound just in front of Chicago goalie Corey Crawford at 5:22 of the first period.“I thought about that when he scored, probably just like everybody else,” said Islanders coach Jack Capuano. “He’s your captain, your best player. First game here in Brooklyn and he bangs the first one in. It’s something that he’ll remember and it’ll go down in history.”There were some noticeable differences in the arena compared to the Coliseum, including a slow ice surface that appeared to aid in the first goal of the game. Chicago’s Artem Anisimov, who picked off a pass from Brock Nelson intended for Nick Leddy, skated down ice to beat Islanders’ goalie Thomas Greiss on a shorthanded goal with 13:28 left in the first.“It wasn’t great,” Tavares said of the ice, also noting that they’re still adjusting to the new confines.Multiple pucks took random caroms and odd bounces from the texture of the ice and fresh boards.“The boards are pretty hot here,” said Chicago’s Kane. “[Pucks] come off pretty fast. You could see a lot of missed plays tonight, where you missed shots on net and they come right back out to the slot. There are some chances to be had there.”The aesthetics and ambiance were also different from what the team and fans would normally expect at the Coliseum.“I thought the fans were into it,” said Islanders coach Capuano. “It was loud. Obviously a different atmosphere than the Coliseum, but the guys were looking forward to this game and dropping the puck here tonight.”There are noticeably fewer Islanders banners hanging in the rafters, though they did retain the banners that honor the team’s Stanley Cup championships and retired jersey numbers.All conference and division championships have been condensed to two banners, however, compared to the myriad of orange, white and blue historic pieces that used to hug the Coliseum rafters for decades.“There’s no secret it’s a new time for the franchise,” said Tavares. “It certainly is a little different and I think it’s just some getting used to. I think it’s new, but I don’t think you ever want to change what the Islanders are and what they represent, and what they’ve done, and certainly what we’re trying to do. I know our fans are passionate about that. I think the organization is that way, and the guys in here understand that as well.”Among the fans in attendance for the historic game was Dan Wittekind of Holbrook, a former season-ticket holder.“My Dad and I were season-ticket holders since 2000 but not anymore,” he told the Press. “I think we may try to go to about 10 games this season. It’s just too long for us to travel on the train.”Also on hand was Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, a Democrat who was looking to secure votes in next month’s Election Day race against Republican Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, who wants to replace Singas as DA.Many Isle’s fans blame Murray for the team moving to Brooklyn, pointing to the town board’s decision during her tenure that effectively killed outgoing owner Charles Wang’s Lighthouse Project. The sentiment was summed up in a sign several fans held that replaced the “K” with an “H” on one of Murray’s campaign signs so it read “Hate Murray.”An Islanders fan replaced the “K” with and “H” in Kate Murray’s campaign sign. (Photo by Joseph Nuzzo)last_img read more

first_img“Your wife or your mom, just give them a hug and thank them for their contribution, even if it’s toward your family,” Micha said. “Just little acts of kindness go a long way.” (WBNG) — As National Women’s History month kicks off around the country, here in the Southern Tier, the celebrations are about to begin. “Women are unseen and unnoticed, so it’s important to have that recognition, that pride and that honor to show what we have done,” Micha said. “There are still women today who are trying to break the glass ceiling.” On Monday March 2 at 1 p.m. at Binghamton City Hall, the Status of Women Council will hold a flag raising ceremony. As the month-long celebration goes on, Micha gave advice for how people at home can honor the women who have impacted their lives. The annual tradition will see the flag wave throughout the entire month of March in recognition of women’s achievements and legacies throughout Broome County and the nation. The council’s president Heather Micha told 12 News the month is important to help women get the recognition they deserve.last_img read more

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang & Ainsley Maitland-Niles speak out on their Arsenal futures Advertisement Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the decisive penalty in Arsenal’s Community Shield win over Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has hinted his future at Arsenal will become clearer within in a matter of days.The Gunners skipper underlined his importance to Mikel Arteta’s side with another decisive Wembley performance, hot on the heels of matchwinning displays against Manchester City and Chelsea in last season’s FA Cup triumph.Aubameyang opened the scoring in the first-half with a superb curling effort from the edge of the penalty area, capping a flowing move which had started with goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.Liverpool’s superior fitness levels began to tell in the second period and Takumi Minamino deservedly drew Jurgen Klopp’s side level in the 73rd minute with his first goal for the club.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTNeither side was able to force a winner in the closing stages and the game was ultimately decided in a shootout with the Gunners triumphing 5-4. James GoldmanSaturday 29 Aug 2020 7:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.5kSharescenter_img Ainsley Maitland-Niles impressed again as Arsenal defeat Liverpool on penalties at Wembley (Picture: Getty)After the match, Aubameyang, who stroked home the winning spot kick, was asked to clarify his future, and said: ‘We’re going to see in these days. Today we take the trophy, that’s it. We are improving. ‘There is still work to do but I’m really happy and it’s an exciting time to be an Arsenal player.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe future of utility player Ainsley Maitland-Niles, meanwhile, is also the subject of intense speculation with both Wolves and Tottenham expressing an interest in a player Mikel Arteta is desperate to keep. Maitland-Niles was awarded the man-of-the-match award and insisted he sees himself as an Arsenal player until told otherwise. ‘I’m an Arsenal player until I’m told otherwise,’ said the 23-year-old, who also scored in the shootout. ‘He has to be able to convince me every three days,’ said Arteta of the England Under-21 international. ‘At the moment he’s showing he can do it. The best way to show a player what I think of him is whether he plays or not.’MORE: Lucas Torreira’s agent tells Mikel Arteta to make decision on Arsenal star’s futureMORE: Paul Merson urges Arsenal to make ‘big statement’ by completing Gabriel Magalhaes transfer Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Share Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img 27 Views   one comment Court gavelJachlena Spliffee Lewis of Stockfarm, who pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of an infant on 23rd November, 2011 was today sentenced to five years imprisonment with a two year suspended sentence, by High Court Judge Bernie Stephenson-Brooks.According to the facts in the case, Lewis delivered baby “A.L” in a pit toilet (outside latrine) on the night of 18th May, 2006 and abandoned her. Baby “A.L” was discovered by a neighbour who went to use the toilet discovered the baby and called the Fire and Ambulance services. Baby “A.L” was rescued and taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital. She was later adopted by a family with whom she still lives.Justice Stephenson-Brooks ordered that the Social Welfare Department conduct interviews with Ms Lewis in order to assist the Court in determining a proper sentence. According to that report, Lewis had been subjected to sexual abuse from a very early age and became a mother when she was sixteen (16) years old. She was also in an extremely abusive common law relationship for four (4) years during which time she bore three (3) children. She is a skilled sea and river diving expert, who is also engaged in craft making for sale on the Roseau Bayfront to provide for her children and herself.The report further indicates that her neighbors describe her as a nice person who has had a hard life and subjected to cruelty, with a tendency to follow bad company. The overall assessment of the Social Welfare Department is that Ms Lewis has a troubled past, incomplete education, early motherhood and domestic abuse.Lewis’ attorney Bernadette Lambert asked the Court to consider that the accused was twenty (20) years old at the time of the incident and already a mother of four (4) children that five years has elapsed since the incident. She also argued that the stigma society places on such incidents is in itself a prison and the Court should consider the fact that her client pleaded guilty and is a first time offender.Ms Lambert also told the Court that her client has continued making her crafts even during the time that she has been remanded at the State’s Prison, making gifts to inmates and prison officer to mark special occasions like birthdays.Arthlyn Nesty who represented the State argued that the accused abused the trust relationship which she had the duty to uphold being the mother of the victim. She asked the Court to also consider the aggravating factors in the case which includes; the breach of trust and care between mother and child, that the victim might be left with a psychological effect as a result of this incident and that the accused concealed the pregnancy.In sentencing the accused Justice Stephenson-Brooks noted the seriousness of the offense which involves the breach of trust and a mother’s role to care for her daughter. She also noted that the accused gave birth to a healthy baby, left her in an outside toilet in the dark and a neighbour rescued her with a torch light.Justice Stephenson-Brooks also highlighted the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of a Child which Dominica ratified in 1991, in explaining children’s rights to be protected from mental and or physical hurt. She explained that the accused knew that she was pregnant, knew she was about to give birth as she had done so three times before and went to the outside toilet. As a result, the Court must send a clear message to young mothers in society that this behavior is totally unacceptable.Having considered both the aggravating and mitigating circumstances, Justice Stepehson-Brooks sentenced Lewis to five years imprisonment with a two year suspended sentence. The suspended sentence will take effect after she has served three years imprisonment, however since the accused has spent eleven (11) months remanded at the State’s Prison she will only serve two years and one month as of today.The judge also asked Ms Lewis to ponder upon life skills and parenting while she serves her sentence.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Stockfarm woman sentenced to five years imprisonment for attempted murder of infant by: – December 5, 2011last_img read more

first_imgLocalNews USAID to undertake basic literacy campaign in the Caribbean by: – June 29, 2012 Share 170 Views   3 comments Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! USAID’s Acting Representative, Steven HendrixA United States Agency International Development (USAID) official recently announced that the agency is seeking to undertake a basic education and literacy campaign within the Caribbean region.USAID’s Acting Representative, Steven Hendrix, said that the program has been developed based on a request by Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, who visited their Barbados office about a month ago.He explained that Prime Minister Skerrit’s area of “keen” interest was basic literacy and education as he expressed deep concern about adolescents who are unable to read proficiently.“His concern was that kids when the reach adolescence; when they become teenagers, that our sons and daughters be able to read and write at a proficient level. We don’t want to pass on children who do not have the proper skills to higher levels in the schools and create problems in the schools, so I think quite correctly he identified an issue which we ourselves acknowledge”.In response to Prime Minister Skerrit’s request, Mansfield Blackwood, the Senior Technical Specialist for Economic Growth, will be leading a team in organizing this campaign.According to Hendrix, because Prime Minister Skerrit was a beneficiary of a USAID scholarship and is aware of the pertinence of USAID funded programs, they took on his suggestion. “He knows the benefit of USAID programs and so when he says, look we have a problem we need more programming in basic education and basic literacy, we’re gonna listen to him”.He further stated; “we listen to all of the Caribbean leaders, we listen to the general secretary of the OECS Secretariat….and we do support their leadership and their initiative to do what’s best in their countries”. This basic literacy and basic education campaign is expected to commence before the end of the year. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

first_imgThe statement said the 84-year-old monarch is being tested at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital. The brief statement did not provide further details. In this December 10, 2019 file photo, Saudi King Salman chairs the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. AP DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has been admitted to a hospital in the capital Riyadh for medical tests due to inflammation of the gallbladder, the kingdom’s Royal Court said yesterday in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency. King Salman has been in power since January 2015. He is considered the last Saudi monarch of his generation of brothers who have held power since the death of their father and founder of Saudi Arabia, King Abdulaziz.center_img The Saudi king has not been seen in public in recent months due to social distancing guidelines and concerns over the spread of the coronavirus inside the kingdom, which has one of the largest outbreaks in the Middle East. (AP) King Salman has empowered his 34-year-old son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as his successor.last_img read more

first_imgMANDAN, N.D. (July 15) – When Tripp Gaylord drew the pole position for the IMCA Modified “A” feature on the Moritz Sport & Marine Dakota Classic Tour presented by Bismarck Motor Company at Dacotah Speedway, the real test began. A week with many frustrations for the Colorado racer finished out with a feeling of euphoria. Gaylord did double duty in the Modified and Stock Car all week long until Dacotah Speedway, handing the reins over to brother Ryan in order to focus on the Modified. He had made every feature in both classes until that point. Feature Results Gaylord was a rocket from the drop of the green flag in Mandan, leading by over three seconds at one point and maneuvering lapped traffic to grab the $2,400 win. Modifieds – 1. Tripp Gaylord; 2. Jake O’Neil; 3. Robert Hellebust; 4. Shawn Strand; 5. Alex Stanford; 6. Casey Arneson; 7. Austin Arneson; 8. Eddie Belec; 9. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 10. Casey Skyberg; 11. Tanner Black; 12. Spencer Wilson; 13. Grey Ferrando; 14. Jacob Bleess; 15. Travis Hagen; 16. Matt Aukland; 17. Jason Wolla; 18. Marlyn Seidler; 19. Collen Winebarger; 20. Brad Hartigan; 21. Quentin Kinzley; 22. Justin O’Brien; 23. Jesse Skalicky; 24. Ricky Alvarado; 25. Billy Kendall; 26. Shane DeVolder; 27. Zachary Madrid; 28. John Corell; 29. Mark Dahl; 30. Jeremy Keller. Already on the Fast Shafts Al-Star Invitational ballot, Gaylord was followed across the stripe by Jake O’Neil, Robert Hellebust, Shawn Strand and Alex Stanford. Consistent Austin Arneson captured the tour championship. Stock Cars – 1. Elijah Zevenbergen; 2. Eric Mahlik; 3. Dalton Flory; 4. Travis Ulmer; 5. Adam Goff; 6. Brennan Borg; 7. Angel Munoz; 8. Joe Flory; 9. Keith Mattox; 10. Kelly Hoerner; 11. Scott Gartner; 12. Mike Swallers; 13. Cody St. Croix; 14. Jason Berg; 15. Chanse Hollatz; 16. Austin Daae; 17. Ryan Gaylord; 18. Jake Brown; 19. Joe Schrodt. Elijah Zevenbergen is the best accomplished IMCA Sunoco Stock Car driver the tour has seen, winning for the fifth time in six 2020 starts to cap a sixth career crown. Zevenbergen chased Austin Daae before taking the lead at midway. Eric Mahlik and Dalton Flory were next across the stripe.last_img read more

first_img Odemwingie is expected to return to training at some stage this week after driving to Loftus Road without permission on transfer deadline day in the hope a move to QPR would go through. That followed a series of Twitter rants against the club after a transfer request was rejected. But when asked how the situation had affected the dressing room, Reid said: “Not a great deal to be honest. We’ve got a strong group with a lot of leaders in the dressing room who have good, strong characters.” Press Association He added: “It’s a matter that the club are dealing with now and I’m not sure what the outcome will be. It’s up to them how they deal with that. “There’s enough characters and leaders in the dressing room to get through it. Maybe that group wasn’t as strong when I first joined but it is now and maybe that’s why we’re in the position we are in in the league. “It (Odemwingie’s behaviour) is not the way I’d go about doing things and I’m sure it’s not the way a lot of other lads would, but these things happen in football.” Reid admitted Odemwingie could have some role to play in the future as West Brom try to halt their current slump. He said: “Will we welcome him back? We’ll have to see and it’s up to the club how they deal with it. “But if it does happen I’m sure we’ll get on with it and there might come a point in the campaign when he’s needed. “It’s up to the club and I’m not going to get involved in team selection. It’s also up to the fans how they deal with it.” center_img Defender Steven Reid insists the Peter Odemwingie transfer saga has not affected West Brom’s players, but admits he would not have behaved in the same manner as the Nigeria international.last_img read more