Taylor Louderman & More Set for Grease at Paper Mill

first_img Additional cast members include Morgan Weed as Betty Rizzo, Shane Donovan as Kenickie and Dana Steingold as Frenchy, as well as Tommy Bracco, Joey Sorge, Donna English, Tess Soltau, Matt Wood, Leela Rothenberg, Eloise Kropp, Tyler Jones, Kat Nejat, Kevin Santos, Gillian Munsayac, Mike Longo and Kate Bailey. Grease, the popular musical following teenagers in love during the soda shop culture of the 1950s, opened on Broadway in June 1972 and has since seen two Broadway revivals, along with the celebrated 1978 film adaptation. Directed by Daniel Goldstein, the Paper Mill production has a book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, with additional songs by John Farrar, Barry Gibb, Scott Simon and Louis St. Louis. The cast is now set for Paper Mill Playhouse’s production of Grease, the last show of the New Jersey company’s 2013-14 75th Anniversary season. The tuner will star Bring it On’s Taylor Louderman as Sandy Dumbrowski, Bobby Conte Thornton as Danny Zuko, two-time Tony nominee Robin De Jesus as Doody and former Broadway.com vlogger Telly Leung as Teen Angel. The show will turn on the jukebox beginning May 28 and run through June 29. Opening night is scheduled for June 1. View Comments Star Files Telly Leung Taylor Loudermanlast_img read more

First Solar bounces back from slump expanding production and workforce in Ohio

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Blade:Three years ago, the mood around the First Solar Inc. complex in Perrysburg Township, Ohio was glum.The Tempe, Ariz.-based solar panel manufacturer announced the permanent layoff of about 450 employees as it phased out its older panels to make room for its new, larger Series 6 thin-film panels.The Series 6 went into production in mid-2018, and on Thursday the company commenced producing more of the Series 6 at a new plant that just opened in Lake Township.Their combined annual production capacity of 1.9 gigawatts — 600 megawatts at Perrysburg Township and 1.3 gigawatts at Lake Township, makes First Solar the largest solar manufacturer not just in the United States, but in the entire Western Hemisphere, the company said.The area workforce, which had dipped to around 800 after being just over 1,200, now stands at 1,400 employees.“Based on our customers’ needs, we have the ability to ship anywhere in the world. This added capacity positions us to expand our support within the U.S. solar sector with American-made manufacturing,” Jay Lake, a First Solar spokesman said via email.First Solar officials have always said that the Series 6, which is larger, more efficient, and up to 40 percent cheaper to manufacture than the older Series 4 panels, would be a game-changer for the company.Thin film technology, which is based on cadmium telluride, has a carbon footprint that’s up to six times lower than crystalline silicon solar panels made using conventional, energy-intensive production methods.The company is so convinced that the product will be a huge seller that it struck a deal with NSG Pilkington North America, a maker of sheet glass and the owner-operator of the Rossford glass plant, to invest $265 million to construct a 511,000-square-foot float glass plant in Wood County’s Troy Township.More: Three years after layoffs, First Solar producing like never before First Solar bounces back from slump expanding production and workforce in Ohiolast_img read more

Legislature likely to take up workers’ comp legislation

first_img Legislature likely to take up workers’ comp legislation Legislature likely to take up workers’ comp legislation December 1, 2002 Regular Newscenter_img The Florida House of Representatives likely will be taking up a workers’ compensation bill in the 2003 session.Rep. Dennis Ross told a recent meeting of the Governor’s Commission on Workers’ Compensation Reform that he plans to introduce a bill aimed at speeding up getting benefits to injured workers and streamlining the administrative procedures.The commission also heard from representatives of the Florida Workers’ Advocates and the Department of Insurance’s Workers’ Compensation Division, according to Rafael Gonzalez, immediate past chair of the Bar’s Workers’ Compensation Section.The commission was appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to explore why Florida has some of the highest workers’ comp insurance rates in the country and at the same time some of the lowest benefits for injured workers. Gonzalez is attending the commission meetings and monitoring its activities on behalf of the section.The commission is charged with making recommendations before the 2003 legislative session.Gonzalez said that Rep. Ross made several points during his presentation.Those included that 90 percent of the current workers’ comp system is working fine and a complete overhaul is not needed.Ross called for the elimination of exemptions for workers’ comp coverage, something typically allowed to construction companies for their officers. Those exemptions have been cited as a source of abuse, robbing the system of more premiums than it collects for construction companies and creating competitive disadvantages for companies that try to follow the rules. Ross said eliminating the exemptions, however, would require that affordable coverage be available for those companies.Other possibilities, Ross said, include reduced rates for members of the Joint Underwriting Association, and considering having the state establish a self insurance fund, similar to one in California, which provides more affordable rates.Gonzalez said that Tampa attorney Christopher Smith addressed the commission on the issue of Florida’s high rate — compared to other states — of permanent and totally disabled workers.A combination of having an older work force and many workers who speak little or poor English lead to the higher rate, Smith said. He added that older workers are less likely to return to the work force after a serious injury, while those with poor English language skills have difficulty finding light or sedentary work, as that often requires interacting with the public. Employers are also reluctant to hire injured workers, as the law requires, he said.Dan Sumner from the Department of Insurance testified that the department will seek a large increase in compliance investigators to crack down on employers who fraudulently fail to pay premiums for covered employees. He said the department currently has 35 compliance investigators and seven supervisors.last_img read more

Long Island Snow Storm Makes ‘Icy’ Commute

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The sun setting over Long Island on Tuesday. (Photo credit: Sara Fingerman)Drivers who battled snow during the tail end of Tuesday’s morning commute don’t have to worry about any of the white stuff anymore, but wet roads freezing over to ice may make for dangerous conditions during the ride home, meteorologists said.Snowfall has ended across most of Long Island with only the East End seeing a few flurries, the NWS said, adding that temperatures dropping below freezing will now be the major issue facing drivers.“There is going to be some icy patches out there on any roadways that haven’t been treated,” said NWS meteorologist Joe Pollina.Temperatures in some areas have already dipped below freezing. Forecasters said temperatures across the Island are expected to be in the 20s but gusty winds could lead to wind chill values into the teens.“Slippery conditions are anticipated through the commute and tonight,” the NWS said in its hazardous weather outlook statement.Crews have been out since the morning, plowing and treating roads with salt, officials said.The winter storm dropped about 3 inches of snow in some areas of the LI, according to unofficial totals reported on the weather service’s website.Forecasters predicted 3 to 5 inches of snow Tuesday.A winter weather advisory, which was in effect through the morning and afternoon, was cancelled at 5 p.m.As of 5 p.m. mostly all Long Island Rail Road branches were reporting good service, expect for Ronkonkoma and Oyster Bay, though the delays didn’t appear to be weather related, according to the railroad.Wednesday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high near 29.last_img read more

CU CEOs share stories from Houston as Harvey departs

first_imgFinally, relief for flood ravaged Houston seems to be near as Tropical Storm Harvey slowly churned toward the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday afternoon.But the departing remnants of Harvey’s backside continued to dump more rain in Houston where 56 credit unions collectively serve nearly 800,000 members and their families. In addition, reported levee breaches threatened to pour even more water onto roads and neighborhoods where homeowners are evacuated their flooded homes and vehicles. Since Friday, 49 inches of rain has fallen on the nation’s fourth largest city, which is a new record or the Lone Star State, according to national media reports.“Reports are now that the storm is moving Northeast more rapidly than previously forecasted,” said Craig Rohden, president/CEO of the $78 million Space City Credit Union. “If this happens, we should start to dry out over the next 24 to 48 hours. We stand by ready and able to assist our members when they need us. We anticipate many people will have flooded vehicles and homes.” 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Crowd watches on as colonial beauty sells

first_imgThe home at 11 Pitt St, Annerley. Photo: suppliedONE of the oldest homes in Annerley has sold under the hammer for $1.21 million.The colonial house at 11 Pitt St went to auction in front of a crowd of more than 60 people and attracted three registered bidders.The winning bidder was a local family who fell in love with the character of the home.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Built in 1914 by one of Annerley’s pioneering families — the Mackenzies — the home, known as Farleigh, has a rich history.It boasts original features such as VJ walls, pine flooring, casement windows, French doors and 11ft ceilings.There are three bedrooms upstairs, while downstairs could be used for dual living with a fourth bedroom — and possibly even a fifth bedroom or home office — separate kitchen, office and bathroom.The property is on a manicured 804sq m block within walking distance to cafes and close to Ipswich Rd.Selling agent Kylie Nielson of Place Estate Agents Annerley said properties were selling quickly in the suburb.“Annerley is fast becoming a highly desirable community suburb for young professionals, families and executives alike.”last_img read more

Estate to expand to meet demand

first_imgDeveloper Tribeca will expand on a residential project it completed two years ago, launching the Otto Estate.Civil works have started at Otto Estate in Coomera, which will see the developers’ previous residential project extended.National developer and home builder Tribeca will expand the estate it completed two years ago, timing stage two of the development with growing buyer demand and construction of the $470 million Coomera Town Centre.Otto Estate will deliver more than 100 contemporary homes on one of the highest points in Coomera along Foxwell Rd, just minutes from the Coomera rail station and the emerging retail precinct. Developer Tribeca will expand on a residential project it completed two years ago, launching the Otto Estate.Tribeca chief executive Matthew Adamo said demand had been strong since the launch of stage two.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Otto Estate was a huge success for us when we completed the first stage in 2015,”Mr Adamo said.“However, with the town centre now under way, and becoming a reality after so long in the planning stage, we are definitely seeing greater demand from owner-occupiers.“That has led us to take a masterplanned approach to this development in terms of the landscape by creating a central parkland.”Mr Adamo said the homesites had among the highest elevations in Coomera, offering great views.He said the location of the estate – just 2km from the Coomera Town Centre – was also a major plus.Civil construction at Otto Estate is underway, with house construction to start mid-year.Flat lots range from 315sq m to 502sq m, with a handful of larger sites up to 749sq m.Single and double-storey designs are available and house-and-land packages are priced from $489,980.Tribeca’s display homes can be inspected at the Otto Estate development, and at their Symphony estate at Pimpama by appointment.last_img read more

Sampension, PKA reap DKK1bn as central bank fights speculators

first_imgTwo Danish pension funds have revealed they made profits of DKK500m (€67m) or more on the financial markets in the first two months of this year from the effects of the wave of currency speculation on the Danish krone.Labour-market pension fund Sampension and PKA, which runs three labour-market pension funds, made quick gains of DKK500m and DKK600m, respectively, in January and February as the Danish central bank (Danish National Bank) fought off upwards pressure on the krone partly by dropping some interest rates into negative territory.The krone had attracted heavy buying from speculators after the Swiss National Bank surprised markets in January by abandoning the Swiss franc’s peg to the euro.The European Central Bank’s (ECB) announcement that it would start large-scale quantitative easing later this year also created buying pressure for krone. The Danish National Bank has since said two-thirds of the krone buying in January and February came from domestic pension funds, insurers, investment funds and companies seeking to hedge different kinds of euro assets by buying kroner in the form of futures.Kasper Ullegård, head of fixed income at Sampension, told IPE: “We had previously established a relative position where we would benefit if Danish interest rates fell more than euro rates (…) and that’s what happened when the krone came under pressure.” In the second half of 2013 and the first half of 2014, Sampension had bought Danish government bonds and sold euro-denominated, high-quality government bonds, issued by countries such as Germany, Finland and the Netherlands.It had also been buying Danish mortgage bonds and selling euro-denominated, AAA-rated covered bonds.As well as this, in the derivatives markets, it had been buying receive fixed, pay floating in krone interest rate swaps (IRS) and pay fixed, receive floating in euro interest rate swaps – matching maturity for the krone and euro swaps.“When we did all this, we had no idea that was going to happen,” said Ullegård. “We thought the Danish economy was sound, so there was no way interest rates would exceed euro rates on a prolonged basis – we would argue that the opposite should be true.”Since Denmark operates with a significant current account surplus, with capital flowing into Denmark every day, that money needs to be diverted with low comparative interest rates set by the central bank, he said.Effectively, Sampension was betting on Danish interest rates being lower than euro rates, and when that scenario became exaggeratedly the case, for a phase at least, it closed positions to take the profit.“This was more than what we hoped for,” Ullegård said.Although he believes there could yet be another wave of speculation pushing the krone, Sampension firmly believes the Danish National Bank will succeed in maintaining the peg.“It won’t break because it’s institutional – it is clearly the primary goal of Danish central bank policy,” he said.Meanwhile, Pension fund administrator PKA, which runs three labour-market pension funds, also made a large profit in the first two months of this year on the foreign exchange markets as a result of the sudden drop in krone interest rates.The company hedges its currency exposure using forex forwards, effectively selling dollars and buying Danish krone, to avoid having to pay a high capital charge due to regulatory rules.Inger Huus Pedersen, head of fixed income at PKA, told IPE: “In January, obviously some in the market thought the krone should appreciate.“When you have krone forwards, and Danish interest rates fall, you make money.”Huus Pedersen and her team reacted to the changed market conditions with a tactical move, changing the forex hedges into contracts that hedged euro, rather than the domestic currency, against dollars.The regulation allows pension funds to hedge foreign currency exposure against either kroner or partly euro.“The net result was that we earned around DKK600m on the transactions, some of it realised and some not,” she said.Huus Pedersen said PKA would not have switched its hedging from kroner to euro unless it was absolutely certain the krone would not be detached from its peg to the euro.“The law allows pension funds to hold so much euro unhedged assets, that this is an implicit confirmation of the peg to the euro,” she said.last_img read more

Are children really better off with gay parents?

first_imgTheLeadingEdge 22 July 2013  Yesterday morning the Stuff.co.nz website boldly trumpeted the headline: ‘Children with gay parents ‘happier’ – research‘.I was wondering how long it was going to take the NZ media to start touting the dubious claims of the latest agenda-driven attempt to try and reduce natural biological parenting to a meaningless social phenomenon with no greater significance than what we, as a culture, subjectively attach to it.The journalism in this article is woefully deficient, and instead of actually investigating the claims, and the methodology behind them, the article simply advocates for them as if they are irrefutable scientific fact.Firstly, the man leading the charge on this research is actually in a same-sex relationship, and he and his partner are parenting twin boys. More importantly, the article openly states that this research was ideologically and politically motivated when it explains that “the study was prompted when Crouch found politicians on both sides of the debate on gay adoption and marriage believed the best way to raise a child is in a traditional family with a biological mother and a biological father.”Quite clearly this is not an unbiased blank slate start to the research, but rather it is a case of someone with a point to prove who has gone fishing for something to support his ideological commitments, and to try and give validity to his own parenting arrangement.This fact alone should be ringing alarm bells right off the bat, but it doesn’t end there. There is actually more that is problematic about this latest attempt to undermine the importance of natural parenting – and if the journalist who wrote this article had actually bothered to get online and learn more about the methodology of this new research they would have pointed out the following important facts in their article:http://theleadingedgeblog.com/are-children-really-better-off-with-gay-parents/last_img read more

UN urges world to eat more insects

first_imgGrasshopper20.635.25 Caterpillar28.2n/a35.5 Source: Montana State University Sharing is caring! DelicaciesInsects are regularly eaten by many of the world’s population, but the thought may seem shocking to many Westerners.The report suggests that the food industry could help in “raising the status of insects” by including them in new recipes and adding them to restaurant menus.It goes on to note that in some places, certain insects are considered delicacies.For example some caterpillars in southern Africa are seen as luxuries and command high prices.Most edible insects are gathered in forests and serve niche markets, the report states.It calls for improved regulation and production for using insects as feed.“The use of insects on a large scale as a feed ingredient is technically feasible, and established companies in various parts of the world are already leading the way,” it adds.BBC News Share Food source Protein (g) Calcium (mg) Iron (mg) Tweet Food & DiningInternationalLifestylePrint UN urges world to eat more insects by: – May 13, 2013 Share Minced beef27.4n/a3.5 Share 68 Views   no discussions Over 2 billion people worldwide already supplement their diet with insectsEating more insects could help fight world hunger, according to a new UN report.The report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization says that eating insects could help boost nutrition and reduce pollution.It notes than over 2 billion people worldwide already supplement their diet with insects.However it admits that “consumer disgust” remains a large barrier in many Western countries.Wasps, beetles and other insects are currently “underutilised” as food for people and livestock, the report says. Insect farming is “one of the many ways to address food and feed security”.“Insects are everywhere and they reproduce quickly, and they have high growth and feed conversion rates and a low environmental footprint,” according to the report. Nutritional valueThe authors point out that insects are nutritious, with high protein, fat and mineral content.They are “particularly important as a food supplement for undernourished children”.Insects are also “extremely efficient” in converting feed into edible meat. Crickets, for example, need 12 times less feed than cattle to produce the same amount of protein, according to the report.Most insects are  likely to produce fewer environmentally harmful greenhouse gases than other livestock.The ammonia emissions associated with insect-rearing are far lower than those linked to conventional livestock such as pigs, says the report.Insect nutritional value /100g Dung beetle17.230.97.7last_img read more