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Will Hamilton’s Jordan Fisher Play Benny in the In the Heights Movie?

first_img from $149.00 Jordan Fisher Tomorrow there’ll be more of us, telling the story of tonight the Heights! Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda wants Grease: Live heartthrob and current Hamilton star Jordan Fisher to play Benny, the role originated by Tony nominee Christopher Jackson, in the film version of In the Heights. The certified genius recently sat down with The Huffington Post to discuss In the Heights’ tenth anniversary; the Tony-winning musical opened off-Broadway on February 8, 2007 before transferring to the Great White Way in 2008.“There’s certainly some incredible young Latino talent that were still babies when we were opening off-Broadway. But I hadn’t thought about it,” he told HuffPo. “I think Jordan Fisher would be a pretty good Benny. He’s playing Laurens for me on Broadway, and he’s a super-talented young man.”As previously reported, the Weinstein Company-produced big screen adaptation of Miranda’s musical is set to begin production in the spring. Also as reported, Fisher is scheduled to play his last Hamilton performance on March 5.As for whether or not Miranda will take his portrayal of Usnavi to the screen, the Oscar nominee said, “I don’t want to play the role if it feels like it’s not age-appropriate with the rest of the cast. But Chris Jackson and I can be in the background playing dominoes during ‘When You’re Home,’ and that would be f*ing great.”Spying Heights and Hamilton Broadway alums on the big screen sounds like our new favorite game. Here’s hoping we get to play it soon! In the meantime, check out Broadway.com’s One on One sesh with Fisher below. View Comments Hamiltoncenter_img Star Files Related Shows Jordan Fisher & Lin-Manuel Miranda(Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)last_img read more

Study shows rooftop solar pushing fossil fuels off of Australian electricity grid

first_imgStudy shows rooftop solar pushing fossil fuels off of Australian electricity grid FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Strong growth in rooftop solar installations has continued to push coal fired generation out of the Australian electricity market, a new audit of the National Electricity Market has shown.The latest edition of the National Energy Emissions Audit published by The Australia Institute found that the initial impact of disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has had a small impact on electricity consumption. At the same time, the continued strong growth in uptake of rooftop solar, which supplied more than 16 per cent of South Australia’s total electricity consumption over the last summer, and 7.7 per cent of Queensland’s consumption over the same period, has worked to drive fossil fuel generators out of the market.Analysis of the rooftop solar market has shown that 2019 was another record year for new installed capacity on homes and small businesses, with the accelerating pace of installations continuing for at least the first four months of 2020.To illustrate that growth, the audit showed the share of rooftop solar in total generation in South Australia has jumped from 10.1 per cent to its latest level of 16 per cent in the first quarter, while in Queensland it jumped from 5 per cent to 7.7 per cent.“Without rooftop solar, gas generation in South Australia would have had to supply 20 per cent more electricity in summer 2017-18 and 44 per cent more in summer 2019-20,” it says. Coal would have had to rise by 10 per cent last summer.Based on this strong growth, the National Energy Emissions Audit predicts that the annual share of renewable energy in Australia will top 25 per cent for the first time in the year to April 2020. This growth in rooftop solar, along with growth in generation from large-scale wind and solar projects, is succeeding at pushing coal fired generation out of the market. Over the 2020 Easter weekend, the share of electricity consumption in Australia’s main grid being supplied by renewable energy projects exceeded 50 per cent for the first time.[Michael Mazengarb]More: Record growth in rooftop solar pushing coal out of Australia marketlast_img read more

Berger demands data security accountability ahead of House Equifax hearing

first_imgNAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger yesterday urged congressional action to ensure that credit unions do not bear the cost of negligent data practices by entities like Equifax.Berger made his call for increased data security responsibility in a letter sent to House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Chairman Bob Latta, R-Ohio, and Subcommittee Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., ahead of the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection’s hearing today on the Equifax data breach. The hearing begins at 10 a.m. Eastern.In the letter, Berger said the frequency with which data breaches occur is “unacceptable,” as these events “have become a constant concern of the American people.”Berger urged that all entities that handle personal financial data be subject to the same standards credit unions and other financial depository institutions follow under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), and he specifically called for credit rating agencies already subject to the GLBA, like Equifax, to undergo the same examinations for compliance as credit unions. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

McDonald’s to launch its fried chicken sandwich in the U.S. next year

first_imgThe fast-food giant began testing the sandwich in Houston and Knoxville, Tennessee nearly a year ago. The sandwich features a fried chicken filet served on a buttery potato roll, topped with butter and pickles. A deluxe version also includes tomatoes, lettuce and mayo.McDonald’s franchisees asked for a Southern-style chicken sandwich as Chick-fil-A’s threat to their business grows. And the success of Popeyes‘ take on the sandwich has led to double-digit same-store sales growth every quarter since its release, showing that there’s an opportunity for new competition. But the coronavirus pandemic delayed the release of McDonald’s new sandwich as the chain rethought its menu offerings and waited for customers to return to its restaurants.The sandwich is also part of McDonald’s broader menu strategy to add more chicken items, because the category is growing faster than beef. – Advertisement – Chick-fil-A and Popeyes will soon face another competitor in the battle for the best chicken sandwich.McDonald’s told investors on Monday that it will release its Crispy Chicken Sandwich early next year in the United States.Shares of McDonald’s rose less than 1% in morning trading after the company’s third-quarter earnings and revenue topped analyst estimates. The company also released an investor update, predicting systemwide sales growth in the mid-single digits in 2021 and 2022 and sharing more about its strategy for boosting sales.- Advertisement – McDonald’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich and Deluxe Crispy Chicken SandwichSource: McDonald’scenter_img – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

German hotels lost lawsuit to Booking.com

first_imgSource / photo: Fieldfisher; Booking.com The Booking.com accommodation booking platform, as well as similar websites, used a clause in its general terms and conditions according to which hotels are not allowed to offer rooms at lower prices on their own websites. This encouraged customers to make reservations within the platform. However, due to a ban by the Federal Anti-Cartel Office, those clauses have not been used since February 2016. However, the Higher Regional Court in Düsseldorf considers that this practice is not restrictive of market competition. Hotels could thus attract customers with better offers on their own websites, in which case the accommodation booking platform would not be entitled to a commission. The Senate did not accept the appeal to the Federal Supreme Court on this case. However, the Federal Anti-Cartel Office still has the option of filing a lawsuit for not accepting the appeal. This also means that the Federal Supreme Court has not yet ruled on the legal admissibility of such price clauses. The Booking.com portal, according to the decision of the Higher Regional Court in Düsseldorf, has the right to prohibit the contracting partners from offering hotel rooms on their websites at cheaper prices than those offered on Booking. The decision was made on June 4, 2019, when the Higher Regional Court in Düsseldorf reversed the original decision of the Federal Anti-Cartel Office (FcarO) made on December 22, 2015. Booking.com can now ban the offer of cheaper prices outside their platform. This does not restrict competition, but ensures a fair and balanced exchange of services, according to the Higher Regional Court in Düsseldorf. The Federal Office for the Suppression of Cartels has expressed disappointment with the court’s ruling and is deciding on possible remedies that depend on the reasons for the decision. Otto Lindner, president of the German Hoteliers Association, said he did not understand the decision because it would put hotels at the mercy of accommodation booking platforms. Booking.com has not yet officially commented on this decision.last_img read more

Outlook south-west: Mall is beautiful

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Governor Wolf Announces Pennsylvania’s Medicaid Expansion Population Has Exceeded 500,000

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Pennsylvania’s Medicaid Expansion Population Has Exceeded 500,000 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 10, 2015center_img Government That Works,  Healthcare,  Human Services,  Medicaid Expansion Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that more than half a million Pennsylvanians have enrolled in HealthChoices since Pennsylvania expanded its Medicaid program. Governor Wolf and Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas announced the milestone at an enrollment event at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center.“Since my administration expanded Medicaid, more than half a million Pennsylvanians now have access to health care,” said Governor Wolf. “The commonwealth’s uninsured population has dropped from 14 percent in 2013 to eight percent today. The overwhelming response to Medicaid expansion further proves the significant pent-up demand and need for health care in the commonwealth. Access to health care means Pennsylvanians can take charge of their health by receiving preventive services at the right time, in the appropriate place, avoiding costly trips to the emergency room.”In February, Governor Wolf announced his decision to expand Medicaid eligibility in Pennsylvania under the Affordable Care Act, allowing individuals who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty guidelines to obtain health care coverage.“Because of Governor Wolf’s expansion of Medicaid, hundreds of thousands of people have a brighter future and better potential health outcomes,” said Secretary Dallas. “This provides the added bonus of enhancing the fiscal well-being of our state.”What do 500,000 newly eligible Pennsylvanians look like?Pennsylvanians age 21– 30 years old represent 34 percent of the newly eligible. The second largest age group            are those age 31 – 40 year, at 24 percent.55 percent are woman and 45 percent are men59 percent are white, 23 percent are African-American, 10 percent are Hispanic and 4 percent are AsianEvery county has had a resident able to obtain access to health care coveragePhiladelphia is home to 22 percent of the newly eligible enrollees14 counties have 10,000 or more newly eligible individualsSullivan, Pennsylvania’s smallest county, now has 217 newly eligible residents covered under MedicaidAccording to a Kaiser Family Foundation report, states that expanded Medicaid experienced substantially slower Medicaid spending growth (3.4 percent) than non-expansion states (6.9 percent). The federal government will assume 100 percent of the Medicaid costs of covering newly eligible individuals for the first three years. After that, states are required to contribute a percentage match, reaching the maximum 10 percent in 2021.For more information, visit www.HealthChoicesPA.com.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Dan Oil, Wells Carlton Hotel Back Okpekpe Race

first_img“We are delighted to have on board one of Nigeria’s leading international oil companies, Dan Oil and Petrochemicals Limited and The Wells Carlton Hotel and Apartments as official partners.“While Dan Oil, an indigenous   oil and gas company incorporated in 2002 under the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a limited liability company will sponsor our women empowerment programme,The Wells Carlton Hotel and Apartments is coming as our hotel/hospitality partner,” said the delectable Miss Etukudo.“The Okpekpe race is not just about athletes running on a smooth, asphalted road constructed by the Edo State government in and around Okpekpe town, it is also used as a platform to promote causes that will benefit the society or draw attention to social vices. Since the inaugural edition of the race, we have always had people and organisations who used our platform to promote so many charitable causes.“On our own, we have also been consistent in empowering women of the community as we know there is no better tool for development that is more effective than empowering our women. Like the saying goes, when you educate a man, you educate an individual but when you educate a woman, you are educating an entire family.“This is why we are happy that Dan Oil and Petrochemicals Limited has accepted to empower not less than 50 women in and around Okpekpe town. The women will be trained and provided tool to work,” said Etukudo.”We are also happy with the official announcement of The Wells Carlton Hotel and Apartments as our official hotel/hospitality partner. We are super delighted the owner of the five-star hotel, Captain Idahosa Wells Okunbo JP has also registered for the race.“He will be among our celebrity runners that will race alongside His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki and the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung,” concludes the race official.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram One of Nigeria’s leading indigenous oil and gas companies, Dan Oil and Petrochemicals Limited and The Wells Carlton Hotel and Luxury Apartments, a five-star hospitality outfit have become the latest corporate organisations to throw their weight behind the IAAF silver label OkpekpeInternational 10km Road Race.Mercy Etukudo, who heads the secretariat of the first road running event in West Africa to be granted an IAAF label status announced at the weekend the coming on board of the two heavyweight companies as preparations continue for a hitch-free race on Saturday in Okpekpe near Auchi, Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State.last_img read more

Team earns win in home opener with late-inning comeback

first_imgIn the first four innings of Tuesday’s softball game, the Wisconsin Badgers and Loyola Ramblers combined for just two runs on three hits.The Ramblers opened the floodgates in the fifth.With the game locked in a 1-1 tie, Loyola’s Stephanie Cihlar led off the inning with a bunt single back to University of Wisconsin pitcher Eden Brock. The next batter, left fielder Ellen Kresl, looped a base hit off Wisconsin shortstop Lynn Anderson’s glove.After both runners advanced on a double steal, designated hitter Ashley Mitchell hit a soft grounder that stopped dead just in front of the plate. Third baseman Ricci Robben came up to field the ball, but her throw to catcher Joey Daniels was wide, allowing both Cihlar and Kresl to score on the error and Mitchell to reach second base.The Ramblers were nowhere close to done, however. With Wisconsin yet to record an out in the inning, Loyola first baseman Katie Krause sent a shot deep over the left field fence for a two-run home run off of Brock. That pitch would be the Badger ace’s last, as she recorded five runs, four of which were earned.”I was just struggling a little bit,” Brock said. “It happens sometimes. The drop ball wasn’t working as well as it normally does.”Freshman Letty Olivarez entered the game for Brock and allowed one more run to score before finally getting Wisconsin out of the inning, trailing 6-1.”I was a little nervous because I knew everything was going really fast,” Olivarez said. “I just told myself to take everything slow. The girls were having a little bit of trouble, so I wanted to come help Eden out.”Staring at a five-run deficit that late in a game may be discouraging to most teams, but the Badgers did not let the disastrous fifth inning decide the game.”We had a little meeting out there, and apparently what I had to say really inspired them,” Wisconsin head coach Chandelle Schulte said. “I just said, ‘You have to play with heart, and you have to be aggressive.'”Although they were unable to respond in the bottom of the fifth after going three up, three down, Wisconsin came out swinging in the sixth.Daniels led off the inning with a base hit to the third baseman. After Alexis Garcia popped out to the shortstop, Robben smashed a double into the right-center field gap, scoring Daniels.Valyncia Raphael would reach base in the next at-bat, forcing Loyola coach Yvette Healy to take out pitcher Amy Solava.Theresa Boruta, the next batter for the Badgers, was robbed after hitting the ball sharply to the shortstop Lindsay O’Gean.With two outs and only one run scored in the inning, the Badgers continued to attack. Pinch hitter Liz Klemp walked to load the bases, setting up Sam Polito to drive in two runs on a base hit that hit off first baseman Katarina Krause’s glove.”I started out a little rough, but I fed off of everyone else,” Polito said. “I realized I had to come up and do my job and get it done. Everyone else was doing well, started hitting, and I realized it was my time to step up. … I just thought about putting the ball in play and hitting it somewhere hard.”Second baseman Athena Vasquez followed up with an RBI single, scoring Klemp. With the power-hitting Katie Hnatyk up next, Polito scored on a wild pitch by Solava, who had reentered the game for Loyola. The final run of the wild sixth inning came when Garcia, who was batting for her second time in the inning, hit into a fielder’s choice. O’Gean opted to throw to third base, failing to get Hnatyk out and allowing Vasquez to score and give the Badgers the run that would eventually decide the game.Errors nearly cost WisconsinErrors plagued the Badgers all game, as they finished with four. Polito had two, one of which was a dropped ball on a routine fly. Charging in for the ball, Polito threw her hat off and fought with the wind in her attempt to make the catch.”It’s a routine play that should be made,” Polito said. “I don’t know what happened. I just got in my own head and started thinking too much.”The center fielder redeemed herself after the drop, however, by firing the ball to home plate, where Ashley Mitchell was tagged out by Daniels.”I think after you make an error like that and you realize you’ve let not only your pitcher, but your team down. … You always try to do whatever you can to make the out,” Polito said. “I just had to come up and try to make up for what I did wrong.”Robben also was charged with an error in the fifth, as was Anderson, who was unable to bring in a ground ball hit to the shortstop.”Defensively, we struggled on routine plays,” Schulte said. “They weren’t even really challenging plays. We talked about that. We’re going to try to address it.”last_img read more

Notre Dame agrees to join ACC in all sports but football

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Notre Dame will join the Atlantic Coast Conference for all sports except football, the ACC announced in a press release on Wednesday.While the Fighting Irish will remain independent in football, the agreement stipulates that Notre Dame will have to play five games each year against league schools. ND will become the 15th member in the conference, where it joins Syracuse and Pittsburgh, who will begin play in the ACC in 2013.The Fighting Irish will have to pay $5 million and wait 27 months before it can exit the Big East due to conference bylaws. Syracuse, Pittsburgh and West Virginia all reached agreements in the past year with the Big East to leave sooner than the required 27 months.“We have monitored the changing conference landscape for many months and have concluded that moving to the ACC is the best course of action for us,” said Jack Swarbrick, Notre Dame vice president and director of athletics, in the release. “We are able to maintain our historic independence in football, join in the ACC’s non-BCS bowl package, and provide a new and extremely competitive home for our other sports.”The Big East lost SU, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Texas Christian last fall, and regrouped by adding eight schools throughout the year. The league branded itself as the first conference to stretch across the nation.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBig East commissioner Mike Aresco said in a statement on Wednesday that ND’s departure has no affect on the conference’s future plans.“Notre Dame has been a valued member of the Big East conference and we wish them success in the future,” Aresco said in the statement. “However, Notre Dame’s departure does not change our plans. We have prestigious institutions that are excited to be a part of the Big East. We remain committed to making the Big East stronger than it has ever been.”The ACC added a prominent athletic program with a loyal following. ACC commissioner John Swofford said in the release that Notre Dame’s reputation in athletics and academics strengthens the conference moving forward.“Notre Dame enhances the league’s unique blend of public and private institutions that are international in scope,” Swofford said in the release. “The collective alumni and fan bases cover the entire country with exceptionally strong roots up and down the Atlantic Coast.“This is a terrific milestone in the evolution of the ACC and showcases tremendous solidarity and vision by our Council of Presidents.” Comments Published on September 13, 2012 at 4:02 am Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edulast_img read more