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Gotta Dance Pushes Back Broadway Bow

By on January 18, 2021

first_img View Comments Half Time The much-buzzed about Gotta Dance will no longer land on the Main Stem this coming spring (or thus go up against Hamilton at the 2016 Tony Awards). Instead, the new tuner, which features a book by Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin, music by Matthew Sklar and Nell Benjamin, with additional music by Marvin Hamlisch, is aiming to begin performances in the fall; no word yet on which Broadway house it will head to. The show is currently playing a limited engagement at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre.Directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, the Chicago cast includes Tracy Jai Edwards, André De Shields, Georgia Engel, Lillias White, Stefanie Powers, Haven Burton, Lori Tan Chinn, Nancy Ticotin, Joanna Jones, Madeleine Doherty, Diane Findlay, Lenora Nemetz, Jonalyn Saxer and Kay Walbye.Gotta Dance tells the true story of a group of professional dancers, who, in 2007, were tasked with getting a basketball team’s senior citizen dance troupe performance-ready for their center court hip-hop debut. Through an unlikely art form and some hot moves, generation gaps are crossed and friendships are formed.The world premiere is now set to end its limited engagement in Chicago on January 17, 2016. The company also includes Alexander Aguilar, Adinah Alexander, Sydni Beaudoin, Holly Ann Butler, Paula Castelon, Ari Groover, Colby Lewis, Lance Roberts, Elise Santora, Austin Scott III and Virginia Ann Woodruff.center_img Related Showslast_img read more

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Gulf of Mexico after BP

By on December 30, 2020

first_imgEarthTalk®E – The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: I’ve seen a lot of warm and fuzzy TV ads, some sponsored by BP Oil, urging me to vacation in the Gulf of Mexico. But are things really “back to normal?”    — Paul Shea, Dublin, OHThe Gulf of Mexico may be open for business and eager to attract tourists, but it’s still unclear whether or not marine and coastal ecosystems there are healthy two years after BP’s offshore drilling rig exploded 40 miles off the Louisiana coast, eventually releasing 205.8 million gallons of oil into the water column.Five months after the April 2010 disaster the Obama administration released a detailed recovery plan, calling for spending up to $21 billion—most which would come from BP’s civil penalties—on clean-up and long-term ecosystem restoration. With much of this work—designed to complement the restorative powers of Mother Nature—well underway, some observers are pleased with the results so far.“The natural recovery is far greater than what anybody hoped when it happened,” says James Morris, a University of South Carolina biologist and a member of the National Research Council committee tasked by Congress to assess the effects of the spill on the Gulf’s ecosystem. “The fears of most people—that there would be a catastrophic collapse of the ecosystem in the Gulf—never materialized.”“The fisheries have come back like gangbusters,” Morris reports. “One of the interesting findings was that after the oil spill, bait fish populations collapsed, and predator populations boomed. The reason was that there was no fishing pressure on the top predators because people stopped fishing after the spill. So the predator fish populations rebounded, and they grazed down their prey.”Not everyone shares such a rosy view. The international environmental group Greenpeace reports: “Throughout the food chain, warning signs are accumulating. Dolphins are sick and dying. Important forage fish are plagued with gill and developmental damage. Deepwater species like snapper have been stricken with lesions and their reefs are losing biodiversity. Coastal communities are struggling with changes to the fisheries they rely upon. Hard-hit oyster reefs aren’t coming back and sport fish like speckled trout have disappeared from some of their traditional haunts.”Still other observers argue that two years is not enough time to tell whether the region’s ecosystems will be severely damaged long term. “We really don’t know the effects the Deepwater Horizon spill had in the deep sea because we know little about the ecosystem processes there,” reports Gary Cherr, director of UC Davis’ Bodega Marine Laboratory and a lead author on a recently released paper published in the journal Bioscience. Cherr and his fellow researchers, including leading oceanographers, ecotoxicologists, and ecologists, conclude that scientists need more time to study how to contain damage from such accidents, especially given the trend to seek new sources of oil in off-shore regions around the U.S. and beyond.“The deep sea is not a dead zone. It’s not a desert. There’s a lot of life down there,” adds Cherr. “Unfortunately it’s not until a disaster happens that we try to piece together the impacts. That’s difficult to do when you don’t have a complete—or even partial—understanding of the ecosystem.”CONTACTS: James Morris, ww2.biol.sc.edu/~morris; Greenpeace, www.greenpeace.org; Bioscience paper, www.aibs.org/bioscience-press-releases/resources/Peterson.pdf.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine ( www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: earthtalk@emagazine.com. Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.last_img read more

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Quick Hits: Southeast added 242 MW of distributed Solar + Pipeline Protestors

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first_imgThe southeast added 242 MW of distributed solar in 2018Solar installation crews in the Southeast put up 242 MW of small-scale solar PV systems from October 2017 through October 2018. Florida led the charge, installing 85 mega-watts (MW) of solar, followed by 78 MW in South Carolina, 27 MW in Georgia, 22 MW in North Carolina, and 17 MW in Louisiana. At the bottom of the pack, Arkansas installed 8 MW, Alabama and Tennessee both installed 2 MW and Mississippi installed 1 MW. Solar power is a renewable energy source that causes no greenhouse gases to be emitted after installation.Pennsylvania 2019 adult trout stocking schedules announcedThe Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has announced that the 2019 adult trout stocking schedules are now available online at www.fishandboat.com and on the “FishBoatPA” mobile app. The PFBC stocks approximately 3.2 milllion adult trout in 707 streams and 127 lakes across the state. These figures include approximately 2.1 million rainbow trout; 640,000 brown trout, 440,000 brook trout, and 9,600 trophy golden rainbow trout. The 2019 season will open Saturday, March 23 with the Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Day program in 18 southeastern counties. Saturday, March 30 kicks off the Regional Opening Day of Trout Season in the same 18 southeastern counties. A second Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Day will be held on April 6, the Saturday before the regular statewide opening of trout season on April 13. Recent cold weather hasn’t stopped Mountain Valley Pipeline protestorsMountain Valley Pipeline opponent Phillip Flagg has been sitting in a tree in protest for 150 days. Since he climbed the tree in October, Flagg has endured high winds, frigid temperatures and heavy snow, but he says that none of the challenges have caused him to second guess his protest. Flagg and other protestors say that they don’t plan to end their protest anytime soon and that the tree-sits aren’t symbolic; protestors hope to physically stop construction of the pipeline. Flagg and his fellow tree-sitters are the latest to scale trees along the route of the natural gas pipeline, which begins in West Virginia and runs through southwest Virginia before connecting with the more than 10,000-mile Transco pipeline system in Pittsylvania County, VA. Some of the tree-sitters have faced charges or fines.  A spokesperson for the Mountain Valley Pipeline says that the company respects opponents views but is concerned their actions put their health and safety at risk.last_img read more

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Ramen is for suckers: College foodie tips

By on December 17, 2020

first_img 30SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Myriam DiGiovanni After writing for Credit Union Times and The Financial Brand, Myriam DiGiovanni covers financial literacy for FinancialFeed. She is also a storytelling expert and works with credit unions to help … Web: www.financialfeed.com Details Foodies headed to a college campus don’t have to resign themselves to a semester of subpar food because they are on a tight budget.Some university meal plans have elevated their offerings to compete with fine dining establishments in an attempt to boost enrollment. Even if that’s the case on your campus, you still may want to head out for a different dining experience.According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American household spends about $3,000 a year dining out (which includes delivery and take out). Restaurants charge a whopping 325% markup on their meals; the cost for service and convenience adds up. So, when foodies opt to indulge in dining out, they should make the most of the experience.Frugal foodie bloggers say dining out on the cheap, even as a student, is possible. The key is moderation (isn’t it always?). Here are some additional tips to eat well during your college years.Research deals: You may be surprised by the dining deals found on sites like GroupOn.com, LivingSocial.com or Restaurant.com. And while we’re talking deals, be sure to follow all your favorite restaurants on social media as well. You’ll be the first to know about any promotions, specials or discounts.Try the buddy system: Grab a likeminded frugal friend with similar discerning tastes and split an appetizer and one entrée.Explore locally: The best food may be found on a food truck or at some hidden away dive, so get to know your surroundings. Check out the local scene and upcoming community events calendar. Are there any plans for restaurant week or food truck rodeos? Do area restaurants give discounts to students?Timing is everything: Choose lunch and happy hour instead of dinner. They are some of the best times to enjoy a great meal at a reduced price.last_img read more

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Credit union web design 101: Should you put online banking on your homepage?

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first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Derik Krauss Derik is a cofounder of BloomCU, an award-winning website design agency for credit unions. His agency’s design work has received recognition from CUNA (Diamond Award), TheFinancialBrand.com, and others. He … Web: bloomCU.com Details Late-night student studier: Orders a big ticket, high calorie item, every once in a while, always on the weekends Online banking user: a website user who goes straight to your online banking login These personas can help the restaurant make valuable marketing decisions. On a website, personalization technology enables you to implement the concept at another level. Rather than trying to target every persona you have with a single homepage, you can show multiple versions of the homepage, depending on the visitor. The technology tracks the initial behavior of the website user to determine which version to show them. Let’s say, for instance, your credit union website visitors include these three personas: Prospective auto-loanee: someone who has searched auto loans or visited your auto loans page In this case, an “Online banking user” would definitely find it convenient to have the login straight on the homepage of your credit union website design. If that’s the number one reason they use your site, then you can deliver them a great experience by minimizing the effort required to login. You can take this to another level by customizing other chunks of content on your homepage. For example, you could show a visitor who has previously visited the auto loans page content related to auto loans, such as blog posts and product promotions. A prospective home buyer could see content related to mortgages right on the homepage. This type of personalization is incredibly effective, and could significantly drive up the number of applications you receive for loans and deposits. In an A/B test with HFSFCU.org, we found that personalization led to a 31% increase in visitors taking action. Furthermore, according to Marketo, 79% of consumers report they are only likely to engage with an offer if it has been personalized to reflect previous interactions with the brand. Personalization in actionAt BloomCU, we call our personalization technology Persona (we like to keep things straightforward). Below is an example of it in action, on the Diamond-Award-winning site we designed for Kelly Community FCU. The first time you visit the page, the prompt for online banking is only a small “Login” button in the upper right corner: However, if you click that button, the next time you visit Kelly Community’s homepage, you’ll see a different experience that’s designed for login-ers (that’s our very technical term for people that login to online banking):Personalization just makes sense—and it increases engagement. That’s why we believe it’s part of a bright future for credit union website design.Interested in more ways to improve your credit union website design? Start with a solid foundation by downloading our strategy guide.center_img First time site visitor Dedicated commuter: orders the same sandwich for breakfast, every single work day When it comes to credit union website design, there are a lot of questions. What’s the best way to promote things on the website? How can you make the site ADA compliant? Should you put up pictures of Selena Gomez, in hopes of attracting more millenials? Here’s another one that always stirs debate: “Should you put the online banking login front and center on your homepage? Or, should you hide it behind a login button?” If you’ve ever completed or considered a site redesign, this question probably came up. A front-and-center login (with name and password fields) provides seamlessly convenience to your regular members, which make up about 60-70% of your website traffic. On the other hand, the login is irrelevant to nonmembers. Attracting new members is important to the growth of your credit union and the full login takes up space you could use to establish your brand, sign up new members, and boost your website’s ROI. With a traditional approach to credit union website design, you have to pick your poison: you can place the full login straight on your homepage, or not. But with new technology, you can have the best of both worlds. Thanks to personalization technology, you have the option of showing different versions of your homepage to different people. What is personalization?Personalization is two things, a concept, and the technology to implement that concept. It’s also a powerful marketing tool, with results that have been proven again and again. If you’re in marketing, you probably know the concept of personas. A persona is a fictional person with traits that are meant to represent a larger group of people that you want to market to. For example, a fast food restaurant might have these personas, based on their customer data.Family buyer: mom with kids, comes about once a week, orders several items, but all low pricedlast_img read more

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Alex Iwobi mocks Rennes defender Hamari Traore ‘for having smelly breath’ during Arsenal’s Europa League win

By on October 18, 2020

first_imgAlex Iwobi mocks Rennes defender Hamari Traore ‘for having smelly breath’ during Arsenal’s Europa League win Metro Sport ReporterThursday 14 Mar 2019 10:36 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Rennes were physical throughout the game in an attempt to disrupt Arsenal and when asked about their approach, Aubameyang said: ‘Rennes were a bit nervous and angry as well.‘But that’s football sometimes and it can happen like that.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityUnai Emery, meanwhile, is pleased with his side’s response following their defeat in France.‘It was a good evening, 3-0 is good for us,’ said the Arsenal manager.‘We had chances to score the fourth goal and be more calm. I’m very proud of the supporters and players. We worked very well this week. We can be happy.‘We were very competitive over 90 minutes but can do better. We could have had more control of the ball. It’s easy to say here instead of on the pitch.’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 Arsenal Alex Iwobi mocked Hamari Traore during Arsenal’s win over Rennes (BT Sport)Alex Iwobi delivered the perfect response following a bust-up with Rennes defender Hamari Traore during Arsenal’s Europa League victory.The Gunners were chasing a 3-1 defeat from the first leg but two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ effort sealed a 3-0 victory for Unai Emery’s side, who have now secured a place in Friday’s Europa League quarter-final draw.But Arsenal were fortunate to not see Alex Iwobi sent off late on for kicking Traore in an incident off the ball.The Rennes defender angrily confronted Iwobi but as the two went face to face to speak to each other, the Arsenal midfielder started to hold his nose before walking away from the situation.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTTraore was booked for the foul, but Iwobi could face further punishment as the Latvian referee Andris Treimanis missed the Arsenal midfielder’s kick off the ball.Iwobi saying his breath stinks I can’t breath. 😭 pic.twitter.com/xLhq5bEtSS— Matthew Pincus (@afcmatthew) March 14, 2019 Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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This chic inner-city townhouse has hit the market

By on October 6, 2020

first_img47/7 Boyd St, Bowen Hills.THIS three-storey townhouse at 47/7C Boyd St, Bowen Hills delivers private and relaxed inner-city living. Its floorplan has impressive space, with bedrooms on the top level and the kitchen, dining and living areas taking over the middle floor.A pathway lined by gardens on the ground floor leads past a three-car garage to the main entry, with the foyer including a staircase to the middle level. Here, a spacious living room has plantation shutters, airconditioning, decorative cornices and polished tiles. A sliding-glass door then opens out to a covered balcony with city views. Separating the living and dining areas in the property is a kitchen with ample cabinetry, a double sink, Miele appliances and a glass splashback. Featuring pendant lighting, the dining area opens through sliding glass doors to a north-facing courtyard surrounded by established gardens including an automated sprinkler system.A laundry and powder room complete the floor, with the staircase then ascending to the bedrooms, which are carpeted and located off a central hallway with a linen cupboard. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoTwo bedrooms have mirrored, built-in wardrobes and access to a balcony each, while being serviced by a bathroom with a separate bath and shower.Sharing one of these balconies is the main bedroom, also boasting a walk-in wardrobe, an ensuite with twin vanities, a ceiling fan and privacy blinds.Part of a gated estate, the townhouse has access to a range of on-site facilities, including two pools, a tennis court and intercom access. The complex also has CCTV security and intercom access, while being within walking distance of Gasworks’ and James St’s dining and retail precincts, parks and more.Ray White Ascot marketing agent Damon Warat said the gated estate was tightly held, offering residents’ prime inner-city living.“This tri-level townhouse is very private and quiet and perfect for those wanting an inner-city lifestyle,” Mr Warat said. “Security screened throughout and with private pedestrian access via a visitor carpark, the home is certainly one of the best buying properties in Bowen Hills.” BSlast_img read more

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Theft suspect arrested

By on September 25, 2020

first_imgA brief scuffle ensued betweenMartinez and Dagoon, after which the latter sought assistance to police officerswho were able to collar the suspect. Theft suspect Gerald Martinez sits handcuffed inside the headquarters of Iloilo City Police Office Station 1. He was caught stealing a belt bag containing cash from a television reporter in Barangay President Roxas, City Proper on Tuesday. ICPO He was accused of breaking into thecar of Rena Dagoon, 42, of Barangay Ungka, Pavia, Iloilo. Gerald Martinez ofBarangay Tanza Esperanza, City Proper was caught around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, apolice report showed. Dagoon told police she was recordingfootage of the situation in the area when she heard a noise from her vehicle.And when Dagoon went on to check, she saw Martinez holding a belt bagcontaining cash amounting to P2,148 and other identification cards he hadtaken. ILOILO City – Police arrested a manwho tried to steal a bag from a television reporter in Barangay PresidentRoxas, City Proper. Martinez was immediately taken to thePolice Station 1 for the filing of the appropriate case against him./PNlast_img read more

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Gotze won’t be coming to EPL

By on September 16, 2020

first_imgThe attacking midfielder, who scored the winning goal for his country in the 2014 World Cup final, has returned to Borussia Dortmund after spending three seasons at German champions Bayern Munich.Meanwhile, Liverpool look like they’ve secured another transfer target.It’s reported that the reds have agreed a 25 million pounds fee with Newcatsle for Giorginio Wijnaldum.  The 25-year-old attacking midfielder has 30 caps for the Netherlands.last_img

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Big Guns Enter Stage as Nigeria Open Begins

By on September 9, 2020

first_imgThe coast is now clear with the pretenders already separated from contenders as top seeds enter the fray friday in the main draw of singles event of the ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open holding at Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, Nigeria.Over 100 players competed in the preliminary round with the intention of making it to the main draw and at the end of the second day, 32 men and 16 women will be joining the seeded players in the main draw (round of 64 in men and round of 32 in the women). Fans will have a swell and exciting time on Friday August 11 as the top seeds begin their campaigns in their aim to share from the $46,000 prize money at stake at the five-day championships.Home favourite – Aruna Quadri; two-time champion, Egypt’s Omar Assar; defending champion, Finland’s Benedek Olah as well as 2009 mixed doubles world champion, Qatar’s Li Ping will all take to the table in their quest for the top prize.Also in race for the title is France’s Antoine Hachard while in the women’s event, defending champion, Portugal’s Jieni Shao as well as 2016 runner’s up, Hungary’s Zsandra Pergel. African champion, Egypt’s Dina Meshref is also in the race for the title this year.Also, the LOC is expecting a large turnout of fans today as the last two days witnessed huge presence of Lagosians who have been supporting the players in all their matches.The main draw of the doubles event is expected to take centre stage with all year on Aruna Quadri and Omar Assar who will be partnering in the event.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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