Go Stargazing at It’s Only a Play Begins January 7 at the Schoenfeld Theatre Sorry, guys: Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane aren’t working together anymore. (Damn you, Eugene O’Neill!) But we’ve got really good news: the brilliant Martin Short will succeed Lane in Terrence McNally’s backstage comedy. And there’s more good news: Two actors with great comic chops—Katie Finneran (Noises Off) and Maulik Pancholy (TV’s 30 Rock)—are joining him. This talented trio is at the play, now why aren’t you? Click for tickets! Feel Good with LaChanze January 4 and 5 at Joe’s Pub Since you’ve finally gotten “The Christmas Shoes” out of your head, it’s high time to take in some music that doesn’t accompany mall Santas and luxury automobile sales events. Do we have the show for you! LaChanze in Concert: Feeling Good features the Tony-winning scene-stealer of If/Then doing her thing. This should make your spirits bright…Darn it. Click for tickets! Meet the New Sycamores Begins January 6 at the Longacre Theatre We’re sorry to see Rose Byrne and Mark Linn-Baker leave the delightful revival of You Can’t Take it With You, but we’re thrilled to see Anna Chlumsky and Richard Thomas take over. Chlumsky is a gifted comedic actor (Veep, y’all!) and Thomas is an Emmy-winning star (The Waltons) with a long list of Broadway credits. Maybe Linn-Baker and Byrne will reunite for a modern-day sitcom. Oh wait. Click for tickets! Hey, you, looking dazed and confused. The booze and hors d’oeuvres are all gone—yes, this means you actually have to do work again. Don’t worry, friend! There are plenty of things happening in NYC away from the fluorescent lights. This week, we’re celebrating Martin Short’s return to Broadway, Anna Chlumsky’s debut on the Great White Way, and two new Elders starting their mission. Look sharp for this week’s picks! View Comments Retrace Amy Spanger’s Journey to NYC January 6 at 54 Below Before she was the star of Kiss Me, Kate, Rock of Ages and Chicago, Amy Spanger was just a girl who dreamed of one day moving to New York City. See how she made her dreams come true in her solo show This Must Be The Place. The evening of pop, musical theater, rock, country also features candid stories about her crazy roommates. We’re so in. Click for tickets! Say “Hello” to Two New Elders Begins January 6 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre You’re in good hands with new The Book of Mormon stars Gavin Creel and Christopher John O’Neill. How come? Creel will play Elder Price, a role he has tackled all over the world. And O’Neill, who will step in as Elder Cunningham, is fresh from the national touring production. And did we mention Creel won an Olivier Award for his performance? So, yeah, these guys will be just fine. Click for tickets!
Ovo, Sonnen to offer rooftop solar, storage package for residential customers in Spain FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Ovo Energy Ltd has partnered with a Royal Dutch Shell Plc subsidiary to offer rooftop solar and batteries to homes in Spain.The deal is the latest in a trend where energy suppliers offer complete energy systems that turn households into virtual power plants. Ovo’s Spanish offering is similar to Tesla Inc’s tariff launched in the U.K. last month that combines solar panels and a battery. Ovo is also carrying out a home battery trial in the U.K. with Sonnen.The company entered the Spanish market last year and now has thousands of customers. Residential solar in Spain is forecast to reach 1 million rooftops by 2025 and is expected to be a large contributor to meeting the nation’s 74% renewable generation goal by 2030.“The Spanish grid already has a significant amount of solar from the first wave of installations which happened about 10 years ago, and we’re expecting to see another wave as the cost of solar has come down,” Toby Ferenczi, Director of Ovo International said in an interview.Sonnen is the world’s largest manufacturer of residential batteries and it is providing the storage technology. Ovo provides the customers and uses its Kaluza technology to optimize deployment of the battery to the grid. Spanish company Webatt Energy will install the kit in people’s homes.Ovo is the U.K.’s second-biggest energy supplier after Centrica Plc and is also a supplier in France, Spain and Australia.[Rachel Morison]More: Ovo, Shell unit to turn Spanish homes into virtual power plants
THE PRESSERKarl Groeger Jr. sits in Looney Tunes’ cozy office in West Babylon, the walls covered in newspaper clips, signed guitars and vinyl records, and stares at his Apple computer, the mouse hovering over his music library on iTunes. Groeger, 43, co-owner of the record store and president of Looney Tunes’ Brookvale Records, has been firmly implanted in the record-selling business since he was 6 years old. He knows nothing else. But his digital library (less than 200 tracks) is rather bare. “I just don’t like the sound,” he says. Vinyl, Groeger insists, is the only true way to experience music as an art form. Despite the record store’s success, Groeger felt like Looney Tunes had more to offer to vinyl lovers. So three years ago, he established the label and made deals with some of the biggest names in the business, such as Warner Bros., Universal and Sony Music. Brookvale (which takes its name from the street Looney Tunes is located) has worked with about 50 bands since that time and produced 15 vinyl records with three scheduled for release in the near future, including one from Long Island’s own Taking Back Sunday. “When you experience music on vinyl you physically hold the piece in your hand,” Groeger says. “You’re touching something, you can’t touch a download.”THE STORE OWNERJoe Ostermeier is talking about his enormous collection of records (around 15,000) when a customer entering Infinity Records in Massapequa Park with a big grin embraces him. “Yeah, we kiss customers,” he says with a smile. Infinity has a strong customer base, and many of those diehard vinyl fans are in the store, fingering through the collection of hundreds of used and new records—some that sell for only a quarter. Dozens of new records line the walls of the shop, shelves are filled to the brim and vinyl albums packed tightly in boxes stretch all the way to the store’s rear. Ostermeier went into the business because he “knew how to build a better record store than what existed on Long Island,” he says. And even though the music industry has seen a drastic shift from vinyl to digital music over the years, Ostermeier, who has degrees in accounting and business, is not surprised that Infinity has weathered the storm. For Ostermeier, the business is not about the money. “I wanted to open up a store that was collector-oriented to people who actually knew music and love music.” Judging from his clientele, he’s succeeded.THE SPINNERIt’s easy to understand why 43-year-old John Everette, a DJ and emcee, who goes by the moniker Oxygen, is infatuated with vinyl. Oxygen’s childhood home was a vinyl playground—his mother collecting gospel LPs and his sisters jamming to funk and Motown. Oxygen’s sister bought him his first records from Paradise Records and he’s “been hooked every since,” he says. His interest in vinyl evolved in the mid-80s, influenced by friends and DJs in his neighborhood. Vinyl has also played a large role in Oxygen’s career. As a DJ and emcee, he opened for the rap group Public Enemy in Germany for their 25th anniversary tour in 2010, and he will be performing in Holland and the U.K. this month. The DJ’s love for vinyl is also radiated through his own music. “I’m a vinyl addict,” Oxygen raps in a music video. “Started off at a 11 with this habit, never needed toys because wax was all that mattered.”THE COLLECTORNicholas Smith saunters into Infinity Records in Massapequa Park on a Friday morning, escaping the chilly breeze outside with the help of a steaming coffee he just purchased from a nearby coffee shop. Smith is very familiar with the area, especially Infinity, which is practically a second home. Smith, a 47-year-old accountant who grew up in East Williston, has been collecting vinyl records for 35 years and has owned up to 5,000 of the black beauties. The most he’s ever had in his collection at one time is somewhere between 1,000 and 2,000. “Space is always an issue,” he admits. “You collect them and a lot of times certain things come to signify certain times in your life,” he says, as music bounces off the walls and shoppers inspect Infinity’s vast inventory. Smith describes the sound of a vinyl record as “a little bit warmer, a little bit smoother,” than a CD or digital download, which is “a little bit harsh” to his ears. He doesn’t think he’ll ever stop collecting. “You’re always bumping into new stuff,” Smith says. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York
NAFCU and 17 other financial industry trades joined Tuesday in urging House Financial Services Committee passage of H.R. 2213 to provide a reasonable hold-harmless period for credit unions and others implementing CFPB’s TILA/RESPA integrated mortgage disclosures rule.“We appreciate that the Bureau indicated it will be sensitive to the progress made by those entities that make good-faith efforts to comply,” the groups wrote, referring to CFPB’s statement last week about the rules set to take effect Aug. 1. “At the same time, industry needs more certainty that their good-faith efforts to comply while still meeting consumers’ expectations do not expose lenders and settlement service providers to litigation during the initial period after the regulation becomes effective.”The groups said such certainty would reduce the likelihood of consumers experiencing delays or disruptions in the mortgage process. They also noted already 250 House members and 41 senators have written CFPB to urge the hold-harmless period proposed in H.R. 2213.H.R. 2213 is one of 12 financial industry regulatory relief measures – many of them supported by NAFCU – slated for discussion Thursday by the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit. Among those backed by NAFCU are: continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
When Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour recalls the chaotic details of a mission during the Iraq War as a U.S. Marine Corps. fighter pilot, she asks attendees at the CUNA Lending Council Virtual Conference to identify the most important factors for success.Among the suggestions were teamwork, confidence under pressure. But Armour, America’s first African-American female combat pilot, says her flight plan was the No. 1 reason she succeeded.“Our plan gave us the framework for when stuff hit the fan,” she says. “We could flex, adapt, get back on course, and accomplish the mission. It’s all about flexibility and adaptability in the moment.”She says credit unions face a similar situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is placeholder text continue reading »
Statoil has submitted a plan for development and operation (PDO) of the Snorre Expansion Project to the Norwegian authorities on Thursday. In addition to the PDO being submitted, Statoil is also signing contracts worth NOK 9 billion for the project, located in the Tampen area offshore Norway.The company signed the contract for the subsea production system with TechnipFMC, fabrication and installation of the pipeline bundle system with Subsea 7, modification work on Snorre A with Aibel and a rig deal with Transocean.All contracts are subject to final approval of the PDO by Norwegian authorities.“Snorre Expansion has been a marginal project, and Statoil has worked closely with partners and suppliers to realize it. We have finally arrived at a good concept utilizing existing infrastructure and reducing costs,” said Margareth Øvrum, executive vice president for Technology, Projects and Drilling.This investment will increase recovery from the Snorre field by close to 200 million barrels. The life of Snorre A was originally expected to last until 2011–2014. Now the Snorre field is expected to produce beyond 2040, Statoil said.“Snorre Expansion is the largest improved oil recovery project (IOR) on the NCS, and provides valuable production and activity benefiting the company, partners and society. Investment costs slightly exceed NOK 19 billion, and the PDO involves a comprehensive subsea development, upgrading of the Snorre A installation, increased gas injection and gas import for injection,” said Arne Sigve Nylund, Statoil’s executive vice president for Development and Production Norway.Snorre Expansion is expected to start production in 2021, and will be operated and maintained by the existing Snorre organisation in Stavanger, while supplies will still be handled by Fjordbase in Florø.Statoil is the operator of the field with 33.27%interest, Petoro holds 30%, ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Norway 17.44%, Idemitsu Petroleum Norge 9.6%, DEA Norge 8.57% and Point Resources holds 1.1%.
Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics has raised USD 10 million that would enable the company to further develop autonomous solutions for the maritime industry.As informed, the investment marks one of the largest venture rounds for a marine- and maritime-focused technology company and brings the total capital Sea Machines has raised to USD 12.5 million.Marking one of the largest #venturecapital rounds for a #marine technology company, Sea Machines announces that it has closed a $10M #SeriesA investment. Learn how the funds will be used and how they will advance the industry: https://t.co/9BCPF7ot55 #autonomous pic.twitter.com/3fFBdhjRB8— Sea Machines Robotics (@SeaMachines) December 17, 2018Sea Machines said it will use the funds to expand the sales and global reach of its recently released line of products, grow the R&D and engineering teams, roll out new product feature sets, and further the company’s lead in developing advanced situational awareness systems for vessels.The industrial marine sector encompasses a broad domain of significant industries, such as maritime transportation, offshore energy, and commercial fishing and aquaculture. Though each are major contributors to the global economy, they commonly operate near or below break-even, in large part due to continued reliance on 20th-century methodologies and technologies. Today’s autonomous technology offers proven solutions to these challenges and is already being used to retool and modernize the industry for the better, according to Sea Machines.“We are creating the technology that propels the future of the marine industries. This investment enables us to double down on our commitment to building advanced command and control products that make the industry more capable, productive and profitable,” Michael Gordon Johnson, founder and CEO, Sea Machines, commented.The Series A investment was led by Accomplice and Eniac Ventures, with participation from Toyota AI Ventures; Brunswick Corp., through investment partner TechNexus Venture Collaborative; NextGen VP, Geekdom Fund; LaunchCapital; LDV Capital and others.“At Toyota AI Ventures, we believe that autonomous mobility can help improve people’s lives and create new capabilities – whether on land, in the air or at sea,” Jim Adler, founding managing director, Toyota AI Ventures, said.“Sea Machines’ autonomous technology and advanced perception systems can reduce costs, improve efficiency and enhance safety in the multi-billion dollar commercial shipping industry. This marks our first investment in the maritime industry, and we’re excited to embark on this journey with Sea Machines,” he added.“Eniac Ventures is excited to back Michael Johnson and the Sea Machines team – the leading maritime and robotics experts solving this industry’s most critical issues, including labor, safety, efficiency and cost,” Vic Singh, founding general partner, Eniac Ventures, said.“The level of traction they have from the global maritime industry is a telltale sign that the industry is the next frontier for autonomy,” he continued.“I think this investment sends a strong signal on the types of technologies that will come to define the maritime industry in the future,” P. Michael A. Rodey, senior manager, A.P. Moller-Maersk, pointed out.Sea Machines is currently developing advanced perception and navigation assistance technology for a range of vessel types, including container ships. In the first quarter, the company will initiate testing of its perception and situational awareness technology aboard one of Maersk’s newbuild ice-class containerships.In October, Sea Machines released its introductory line of autonomous command and remote control systems, developed for the demanding challenges of vessels serving the offshore commercial, scientific and government applications.
IHSAA Sectional #29 at Greensburg High School.Tuesday, March 4thG#1 South Dearborn vs Greensburg 6:00 PMG#2 Rushville vs Lawrenceburg 7:30 PMFriday, March 7thG3# Franklin County vs Winner G#1 6:00 PMG#4 Batesville vs Winner G#2 7:30 PMSaturday, March 8thChampionship Winner G#3 vs Winner G#4 7:30 PMBatesville High School Advance Ticket Sales: $10 “Tournament” tickets only!Wednesday, February 26 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM *Thursday, February 27 7:30 AM – 4:00 PMFriday, February 28 7:30 AM – 4:00 PMMonday, March 3 7:30 AM – 4:00 PMNote – All-Sport tickets, Senior Citizen, and conference passes are NOT valid for IHSAA tournament play. Everyone, Kindergarten age and above must have a Sectional ticket. Single session tickets may be bought at the door only and they are $6.00 per session.Submitted by Batesville AD Mark Ferguson.
Franklin County High School Girls Varsity Cross Country finishes 6th place at Connersville High School – Invite.Franklin County Girls ran fast times, but could not break into a top 5 finish. Junior, Lauren Kelley, ran a smart, fast race, and finished in 6th place with a time of 21:24. Senior, Katelyn Meyer, finished in 13th place with her time of 22:55. Katelyn once again, had a fast finish, passing a few of her competitors at the end. Sophomore, Katherine Apsley, and Junior, Josie Selm, almost fined with exact times. Katherine raced into the finishers’ chute 1 tenth of a second faster than Josie. Sophomore , Emma Cabezuelo, had a great race with a finishing time of 26:10. Freshman, Kenzie Rogers, rounded out the team with her finishing time of 31:28. The Lady Wildcat runners ran faster times this year than last year at the Connersville Invitational. They hope to continue to drop their times and run strategically against their competition as the cross country season progresses.Team Scores: Delta 54; Centerville 80; Muncie Central 106; East Central 107; Rushville 136; Franklin County 140; Hagerstown 165 Cambridge City Lincoln 186; Wed Del 196; North Decatur 205.Franklin County High School Boys Varsity Cross Country finishes 9th place at Connersville High School – Invite.Despite faster times across the board, compared to the same course last year, the Wildcat cross country team could not place higher than 9th place. Junior, Drew Grant, just missed a top 25 finish, placing 26th place with a time of 19:14. Sophomore, Ben Banks, finished in 40th place with a time of 19:42. Freshmen, Hunter and Harmon Marshall, finished almost simultaneously, with times of 20:20 and 20:21 respectively. Senior, Harvey Marshall, was close behind with a time of 20:25. Senior, Kyle Seibert, and Sophomore, Adam Grant, also finished strong with Kyle’s time of 20:28 and Adam’s time of 20:32. These are the fastest times, collectively, that the Wildcats have had this season, and possibly any other season prior to this.Team Scores: Cambridge City Lincoln 59; Hagerstown 78; Rushville 92: East Central 98; Muncie Central 142; Centerville 169; Delta 172; Connersville 197; Franklin County 229; Northeastern 230; Union County 273; Richmond 274; North Decatur 385.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Stacey Nobbe.