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Broadway Grosses: All the Way Breaks Broadway Box Office Record

first_imgPresident Lyndon B. Johnson once said, “A president’s hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.” Well, it seems like he knows how to get it right on Broadway. The Tony-winning play All the Way, starring Tony and Emmy winner Bryan Cranston as the 36th President of the United States, broke a Broadway box office record last week. The production grossed $1,425,001, which is more than any other play has grossed in an eight-show week in Broadway history. The show landed in the top five grossing shows, joining perennial favorites The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon and Kinky Boots. Meanwhile, another new play, Mothers and Sons, took its final bow on June 22, but not before bringing in its highest weekly gross of its run. Source: The Broadway League FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%) 2. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (102.28%)** 3. Matilda (100.67%) 4. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (100.63%) 5. Aladdin (100.06%) UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. Rocky (67.56%) 4. The Cripple of Inishmaan (66.13%) 3. Bullets Over Broadway (64.04%) 2. Mothers and Sons (60.83%) 1. Holler If Ya Hear Me (58.46%) UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Violet ($342,877)  4. Rock of Ages ($341,945)  3. Mothers and Sons ($253,788) 2. Casa Valentina ($182,859) 1. Holler If Ya Hear Me ($170,652)* View Commentscenter_img *Number based on 2 preview performances and 6 regular performances **Number based on 7 regular performances Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending June 22: FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Lion King ($2,098,868) 2. Wicked ($2,027,347) 3. The Book of Mormon ($1,641,677) 4. All the Way ($1,425,001) 5. Kinky Boots ($1,394,435)last_img read more

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EIA: Renewable energy capacity to climb sharply in next two years, while coal declines continue

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNN:The boom in solar and wind power in the United States will deal a fresh blow to coal country in the next few years.Renewable energy, led by solar and wind, is projected to be the fastest-growing source of US electricity generation for at least the next two years, according to a report published Friday by the US Energy Department.Boosted by swiftly falling prices, utility-scale solar power is expected to increase by 10% in 2019 and 17% in 2020, the Energy Information Administration said. Wind power should grow 12% and 14% in those years, vaulting it ahead of hydropower for the first time.Coal, long the king of the power industry, continues to rapidly decline. The share of total power generation from coal-fired power plants tumbled to 28% last year, compared with 45% in 2010, according to the EIA. Coal’s market share is expected to decline to 24% by 2020. US coal consumption declined by an estimated 4% in 2018 to the lowest level since 1979.“Coal is just an expensive technology that can no longer compete,” said Kingsmill Bond, new energy strategist at Carbon Tracker, a think tank that examines the relationship between energy and financial markets.Natural gas’ share of the US power market is expected to increase from 35% in 2018 to 37% by 2020, according to the EIA. Renewables other than hydropower are projected to grow from 10% in 2018 to 13% in 2020.More: Solar and wind are booming, while coal keeps shrinking EIA: Renewable energy capacity to climb sharply in next two years, while coal declines continuelast_img read more

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Canadian Newsprint is Not The Enemy — Tariffs Are

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Every day at the News Media Alliance headquarters, a stack of newspapers arrives for myself and the staff. But with the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission currently considering tariffs on Canadian newsprint, those days of screen-free reading could be coming to an end.The fact that newsprint is being threatened is the work of one newsprint mill in the Pacific Northwest, NORPAC. In August 2017, NORPAC petitioned the United States Department of Commerce to begin applying tariffs to newsprint imported from Canada, claiming the imported paper was harming the U.S. newsprint industry. But NORPAC is not acting in the best interests of newsprint consumers or the U.S. paper industry at large — they are acting in their own interest and no one else’s.The buying and selling of newsprint has always been regional without regard for the border. Consumers of newsprint — from newspaper and book publishers to telephone directory manufacturers — tend to buy newsprint in their region, close to their printing operations. The printers who typically utilize Canadian newsprint are those in the northeast and Midwest, where there are currently no U.S. mills operating.But those regions are not newsprint deserts because of unfair trade by Canadian paper mills. Rather, newsprint mills shut down or converted to producing other, more profitable paper products when the demand for newsprint fell, something that has been happening steadily for decades. Since 2000, the demand for newsprint in North America has dropped by 75 percent.But affordable Canadian paper has helped keep the printed news alive and flourishing well into the 21st century. With new tariffs, many smaller newspapers will feel their belts tightening. The combination of preliminary countervailing and antidumping duties increases the cost of imported newsprint by as much as 32 percent, and a number of newspapers have already experienced price increases and a disruption in supply. If the International Trade Commission and the Department of Commerce make these tariffs permanent in the coming months, it could lead some small local publishers to cut their print product entirely — or even shut their doors.Some, like NORPAC, may argue that by imposing duties on Canadian imports we’re saving American jobs and boosting our own economy, but while that may sometimes be true for other industries, the opposite is true of newsprint.What we’re seeing with the newsprint tariffs is not a government acting to try to better the economy for its citizens. Instead, it is “political arbitrage” by one private investment group — where they are effectively looking to use the U.S. government to tax local and community newspapers across the United States in order to bolster their own bottom line.When considering whether to take NORPAC’s claims seriously, the Department of Commerce excluded input from U.S. newsprint mills owned by Canadian companies — specifically Resolute Forest Products and White Birch. Excluding manufacturers who, during the period of investigation, had three functioning newsprint mills in the U.S. because they have sister mills in Canada shows an unwillingness to understand the borderless newsprint industry and the restructuring that has taken place in recent decades.If the tariffs on Canadian newsprint are allowed to stand, we’re not only risking a centuries-old relationship with our neighbors to the north, but we’re putting our own U.S. news industry in jeopardy. While the big national and regional papers may have less trouble finding the funds to keep their print editions coming, we could see small publishers lose footing, and those tiny local papers are some of the most vital members of our news community. Under the right conditions, those papers can find a way to maintain their footing, but if the newsprint industry can’t support them, those communities will become news deserts, and that’s a future none of us want.We may not be able to save the entire industry by keeping tariffs off our paper, but we can keep it thriving while we re-position ourselves for the years to come. Having affordable newsprint will help us do that.David Chavern serves as President & CEO of the News Media Alliance. Chavern has built a career spanning 30 years in executive strategic and operational roles, and most recently completed a decade-long tenure at the United States Chamber of Commerce.last_img read more

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Diversity Insight: What can one employer do to confront racism during a global pandemic?

first_img continue reading » Recently, conversations around diversity and equality have become daily happenings in a way unseen since the civil rights movement of the 1960s. As a result, credit union leaders have begun considering numerous questions, including “What can a single employer do to confront systemic racism during a global pandemic?” and “How can we help promote racial equality while also supporting employees through the COVID-19 crisis?”After some thoughtful consideration and collaboration, it turns out we can do quite a bit. Due to a shared commitment to the credit union philosophy of “people helping people,” credit unions and their partners—such as credit union service organizations like PSCU—are uniquely positioned to make a difference in many ways.1. Form a Space for Meaningful Conversation and AuthenticityAt PSCU, we believe that a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion strengthens the company. By inviting a diverse range of experiences and valuing those differences, employees can bring their whole selves to the workplace. It has been proven that employees are more successful and engaged when they feel their uniqueness and authenticity are embraced at work—this drives innovation, collaboration, and the attraction and retention of a high-performing workforce. This commitment is more important than ever in today’s social environment. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Renters, how do you greet your guests?

first_imgYou can access the survey HERE The survey is anonymous, meaning that the data will only be used in aggregate form for statistical processing and individual responses will not be analyzed. Photo: Pixabay.com If you are engaged in renting in tourism, take 5 minutes and fill out a short survey that will help explore how to greet guests in private accommodation. The purpose of the research is to improve the experience of guests by developing new services to provide support to renters, which is carried out by dr.sc. Klara Trošt Lesić.last_img

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Resolve to give more to others this year

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionEvery year, thousands of people set out to make a New Year’s resolution. Here is a different thought and a different direction we should all try. Instead of giving up chocolate, fatty foods or maybe something as little as how much television we watch, let’s try a different approach. Let’s just give. We can get caught up in our busy schedules and at times lose our focus on what is really important. Let us take the time to think of all who are around us. Even if it’s something as simple as holding a door open, picking up something that someone has dropped, or just being polite by saying hello, there are all kinds acts that can make a difference in a person’s day. When we go home, let us think of our husbands, wives, children, parents or whoever else may be there. Instead of having our own favorite meal, maybe we could consider what others might like instead. Another nice gesture would be to clean up after dinner instead of having someone else do the task. I could list a hundred different ideas on what kind of thoughtful acts we could perform, but that’s up to the individual.The important thing is to think of others. Do no wait, because there’s going to be a time when our loved ones will not always be here. So during the new year, put others first and remember that it’s much better to give than to receive.Sean DefresneAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

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Hafnia, Sole Shipping Agree Refinancing Deal

first_imgDenmark-based shipping company Hafnia Tankers has completed two sale and leaseback transactions with a Sole Shipping fund.The vessels included in the deal with the company’s business arm, Skaatholmen Shipping, are the 2010-built LR1 tankers, Hafnia Asia and Hafnia Arctic.The vessels have been sold to Skaatholmen Shipping with a seven-year bareboat charter back with annual purchase options from year two onwards and a purchase obligation in year seven.Hafnia Tankers informed that the transaction entailed a sale of the vessels at market value and a fully levered lease arrangement which gives rise to a positive liquidity effect of around USD 19 million and “further adds to the already strong cash position”.The profile of the lease arrangement allows Hafnia to abide by its policy of maintaining a low cash-breakeven. The company said that the transaction has been finalized and the ships have been handed over to the lessor.last_img read more

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Ramp Closures rescheduled through Monday in I-74

first_imgWest Harrison, IN —INDOT has announced ramp closures have been rescheduled on I-74 EB at U.S. 52 (Exit 169) in Dearborn County for this Friday, Saturday, and Monday. Closures will be in place from 8 am to 4 pm each day for mainline milling and paving.The I-74 EB exit ramps to and from U.S. 52 in Dearborn County (Exit 169) will be closed from 8 am to 4 pm Thursday for mainline milling and paving. Ramps at the WB exit will remain open, but have reduced width due to shoulder paving. Please slow down and use extra caution in the area.last_img

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Patriots’ 2017 regular season schedule announced

first_imgELLSWORTH — The National Football League released its full 2017 schedule Thursday night, and the New England Patriots are set to open their title defense when they host the NFL Kickoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 7 on NBC.The game marks the 14th consecutive year that the league’s Thursday night opener will involve the winner of the previous year’s Super Bowl. It marks the fourth time New England has hosted the game; the Patriots also did so in 2004, 2005, and 2015.Other games of interest include a Super Bowl LI rematch against the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 22 and a brutal stretch between Week 10 and Week 15 that will see the Patriots will play five of six games away from Gillette Stadium.Below is the team’s full regular season schedule. Games are played on Sundays unless noted, and those after Week 5 are subject to be moved to different times and networks under the league’s flexible scheduling policy. All times are Eastern.Week 1: 8:30 p.m. Sept. 7, vs. Kansas City Chiefs (NBC, Thursday)Week 2: 1 p.m. Sept. 17, @ New Orleans Saints (CBS)Week 3: 1 p.m. Sept. 24, vs. Houston Texans (CBS)Week 4: 1 p.m. Oct. 1, vs. Carolina Panthers (FOX)Week 5: 8:25 p.m. Oct. 5, @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (CBS, Thursday)Week 6: 1 p.m. Oct. 15, @ New York Jets (CBS)Week 7: 8:30 p.m.Oct. 22, vs. Atlanta Falcons (NBC)Week 8: 1 p.m. Oct. 29, vs. Los Angeles Chargers (CBS)Week 9: BYE WEEKWeek 10: 8:30 p.m. Nov. 12, @ Denver Broncos (NBC)Week 11: 4:25 p.m. Nov. 19, @ Oakland Raiders (CBS)*Week 12: 1 p.m. Nov. 26, vs. Miami Dolphins (CBS)Week 13: 1 p.m. Dec. 3, @ Buffalo Bills (CBS)Week 14: 8:30 p.m. Dec. 11, @ Miami Dolphins (ESPN, Monday)Week 15: 4:25 p.m. Dec. 17, @ Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)Week 16: Dec. 24, vs. Buffalo Bills (CBS)Week 17: Dec. 31, vs. New York Jets (CBS)This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text*Game played in Mexico City.last_img read more

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Former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed to be demoted from category ‘A’ to ‘C’

first_imgTHE last six months have been a difficult time for Sarfaraz Ahmed. He was sacked as the captain from the T20I and Test squad.Though, there has not been any announcement regarding his ODI spot. There have been rumours that T20I captain Babar Azam could also take over as the ODI captain.The recent reports though suggest that the wicketkeeper-batsman could be demoted from ‘A’ category in annual contracts to category ‘C’.The official list will be announced by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in August. According to the details, the Board would also reduce the central contract retainers or match fees of the players. This could be called strange as all cricket matches have been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.In 2019, the PCB decided to omit many players from the list of centrally contracted players. The list had only 19 players been centrally contracted with the Board. In 2018, 32 players had received central contracts.Last year, Sarfaraz Ahmed was in the ‘A’ category alongside Babar Azam and Yasir Shah. When the list was announced last year, the Champions Trophy-winning skipper was still leading the national side in all three formats.“Sarfaraz has been demoted to category C in the new contracts as he is presently not a member of the playing side,” a PCB source said as quoted by Times Now.In November, right before Pakistan’s tour of Australia, the wicketkeeper-batsman was dropped from the squad for the T20Is and Tests. Azhar Ali was chosen as the Test skipper while Azam was handed over the reins of the T20I side.The new list of contracted players is being finalised by a committee that includes PCB CEO, Wasim Khan, Director International Cricket Operations, Zakir Khan and the head coach and chief selector, Misbah-ul-Haq.In the current contracts laid down by the PCB, the Test match fees are Rs 762,300 for Category A players, Rs 665,280 for Category B and Rs 568,260 for Category C players.The sources have also revealed that Abid Ali might get promoted to Category B alongside his opening partner in Tests, Shan Masood. Fast bowler Hasan Ali could lose his contract. (CricTracker)last_img read more