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A Second Chance Begins Performances at the Public

first_img View Comments Related Shows A Second Chance A Second Chance tells the New York story of a recent widower and a divorcee who meet in mid-life and mid-crisis. Presented with the overwhelming challenge of freeing themselves from their painful pasts, neither feels deserving of happiness. Yet, the awakening of unanticipated feelings leads them to a possibility they both least expected to find. The New York Premiere of Ted Shen’s A Second Chance begins performances off-Broadway on March 18. Directed by Jonathan Butterell, the new musical stars real-life husband and wife Brian and Diane Sutherland and will run through April 13. Opening night is set for March 30 at the Public’s Shiva Theater. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 13, 2014last_img read more

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China Will Close 1,000 Mines

first_imgChina Will Close 1,000 Mines FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From Reuters:China will aim to close more than 1,000 coal mines over this year, with a total production capacity of 60 million tonnes, as part of its plans to tackle a price-sapping supply glut in the sector, the country’s energy regulator said.China is the world’s top coal consumer but demand has been on the wane as economic growth slows and the country shifts away from fossil fuels in order to curb pollution.In a notice posted on its website on Monday, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said the closures would form part of the plan released earlier this month to shut as much as 500 million tonnes of surplus production capacity within the next three to five years.China to close more than 1,000 coal mines in 2016: energy bureaulast_img read more

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Florida renewables giant says end of wind subsidy won’t slow new installations

first_imgFlorida renewables giant says end of wind subsidy won’t slow new installations FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:The wind sector is just a couple of years from seeing the PTC start declining, leading to broad questions about whether rapid growth of the resource can continue. But NextEra officials see little reason for concern as technological advances mature alongside a diminishing tax credit.[Armando Pimentel, president and CEO of NextEra Energy Resources], told analysts during the company’s earnings call Tuesday that the outlook for new wind energy remains strong even as the PTC is slated to begin phasing out.Asked about the size of the U.S. wind market when the federal subsidy rolls off, Pimentel said, “We think that by the mid part of the next decade that the pricing of wind is going to be pretty much on par to where we see it today with a 100% PTC.”The PTC begins to phase out in 2021, declining to 80%, then 60% in 2022, and so on. But considering improvements the company is beginning to see with technology, “we absolutely believe that by mid part of the next decade, you’re going to have the costs around the same place that you have it today,” Pimentel said. “We think there’s going to be a lot of wind that gets built over the next three to four years on top of the solar and storage that we are clearly seeing is coming to market,” Pimentel said.NextEra Energy Resources has also signed its first transaction in which a customer is combining wind and solar energy with battery storage, officials said. [John Ketchum, NextEra’s executive vice president of finance and chief financial officer], called it the next phase of renewables deployment, pairing “low cost wind and solar energy with a low-cost battery storage solution to provide a product that can be dispatched with enough certainty to meet customer needs for a nearly firm generation resource.”More: NextEra: Wind will be competitive after PTC sunset due to price declineslast_img read more

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Berger: NAFCU stands ready to lead CUs into future

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » In an editorial published in American Banker, NAFCU president and CEO Dan Berger stressed that the association stands ready to help and lead the credit union industry into a new era of financial services amid the coronavirus pandemic.“Over the last few months, I have spoken with many CEOs and executives in our movement about how they are stepping up to deliver for their members during this uncertain time,” wrote Berger. “We accomplished a lot and we should be proud – we did it together as one cooperative industry.“…Today, American families need support. They need financial lifelines to help carry them from dark economic times into a recovery,” added Berger. “We are in this fight together and I am proud to be representing an industry that is committed to making a difference for our communities and our nation’s people. Your work has shown the financial services industry the true meaning of leadership.”NAFCU is committed to providing the necessary education and training programs to lead the credit union industry forward. To accomplish this, the association has revamped its remaining 2020 conferences to virtual events, including this week’s Virtual Congressional Caucus.last_img read more

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Binghamton takes steps to discourage social gatherings at parks

first_imgThe following is list of recommendations provided by the mayors office: The city has removed rims from basketball courts, closed public bathrooms and posted signs reminding people to remain six-feet apart from others. Stay local and keep visits shortVisits should be solitary, or only with small groups, such as close family members. Be ready to move quickly through places where people tend to congregate, such as parking lots, trail heads and scenic overlooks.Avoid activities where you may come in close contact with other people.Stay home if you do not feel well.Stay home if you are over 70 and/or from a vulnerable population.If you arrive at a park and crowds are forming, choose a different park, a different trail or return another time/day to visit. Binghamton Mayor Rich David says he expects more people to go to the parks as the weather warms. For more coronavirus coverage, click here.center_img Additionally, Mayor David says park rangers will be utilized early to monitor park gatherings. Normally, rangers are not at the parks until Memorial Day. “In this particular situation, we need one hundred percent compliance. When we were monitoring the parks within the course of the last week, we didn’t have one hundred percent compliance unfortunately. Now I’m taking the steps, as many others are, to ensure that we have total compliance in our parks,” the Mayor explained. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The city of Binghamton is taking measures to prevent social gatherings at its parks.last_img read more

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What if the Founding Fathers had free speech wrong?

first_imgBut what did the founders understand those words to mean?A remarkable answer comes from Jud Campbell, a University of Richmond law professor, who has just produced what might well be the most illuminating work on the original understanding of free speech in a generation.In a November article in the Yale Law Journal, Campbell argues that the founders meant to protect a lot less speech than most of us think.It’s a jarring claim.For decades some influential readers, including Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, have said that the First Amendment is an “absolute,” meaning that it forbids any restrictions on speech.Most others, including members of the current Supreme Court, insist that it doesn’t go quite that far.For example, government can regulate bribery, obscenity, perjury and false commercial advertisements – not to mention false cries of “fire!” in a crowded theater. At the same time, engagement with the historical materials raises hard questions for free-speech enthusiasts.Campbell contends that on the original understanding, Citizens United (the Supreme Court’s decision protecting the right of corporations to spend money on political campaigns) “would likely have to go.”His analysis also suggests that the First Amendment was probably not meant to protect hate speech, flag-burning or efforts to promote terrorism.On these issues, it makes sense to grapple with 18th-century understandings, and to do so with humility and respect.Campbell’s elaboration of those understandings shows that in expanding protection of freedom of speech, the United States has made a ton of progress – but that in some areas, we may have lost a sense of balance along the way.Cass Sunstein is a Bloomberg View columnist. He is the author of “#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media” and a co-author of “Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness.”More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists But almost everyone agrees that, with well-defined exceptions, freedom of speech is the general rule, and that it is the Supreme Court’s business is to protect it.Campbell contends that the founding generation did not see things this way.In his account, theirs was an altogether different political world, and their concepts and principles were not at all like ours.Campbell starts with the claim that much of the founders’ thinking was organized around the idea of “natural rights” — rights that people could have without any government at all. Unlike the rights to a jury trial and to due process of law, the right to speak counted as a natural right.But this didn’t mean that free speech was an absolute, or even that courts should protect it.Far more modestly, it meant that speech could be restricted only to protect the public good, and only when the people’s representatives voted in favor of the restriction.For the most part, it was up to the legislature to decide whether speech needed to be regulated to protect the public good – understood, in James Madison’s terms, as the “safety and happiness of society.” It would also allow the government to punish efforts to deceive others (and deception is a pretty large category).Campbell illustrates these points by noting that in the founding period, there was vigorous debate about the Sedition Act of 1798, under which people could be fined or imprisoned for writing, printing, uttering or publishing “any false, scandalous, and malicious writing against the government of the United States, or either House of Congress, or the President, with intent to defame, or bring either into contempt or disrepute, or to excite against either the hatred of the people of the United States.”From the standpoint of law in the 21st century, that’s plainly unconstitutional.But in the founding era, most people seemed to think that it was fine.One commentator insisted that “[t]he freedom of the press and opinions was never understood to give the right of publishing falsehoods and slanders, nor of exciting sedition, insurrection, and slaughter, with impunity.”Campbell’s research raises serious questions for “originalists” – those who believe, with Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch, that the meaning of the Constitution is settled by the original understanding of its terms.Do we really want to go back to the 18th-century view of freedom of speech?center_img As one writer explained, “Political liberty consists in a freedom of speech and action, so far as the laws of a community will permit, and no farther.”Campbell offers two important qualifications. First, the founding generation opposed licensing of the press.In that way, they sought to forbid prior restraints on what members of the press could say (without necessarily forbidding subsequent punishment through criminal trials).Second, they thought that (in Campbell’s words) “well-intentioned statements of one’s views were immune from regulation.”That means that so long as your speech was not meant to mislead or harm others, you were protected.These qualifications would afford considerable protection to free speech — but from the point of view of current law, not nearly enough. It would allow the government to enforce norms of civility – as with laws punishing blasphemy and profanity.It would allow punishment of falsehoods – as through expansive use of libel law to extract big damage awards from newspapers and broadcasters (as favored by President Donald Trump). Categories: Editorial, OpinionAccording to the most famous words of the First Amendment, “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech.”last_img read more

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Rio Ferdinand names Manchester United’s three most improved players under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

first_imgAlexis Sanchez is the one player yet to improve under Solskjaer, says Ferdinand (Picture: Getty) Manchester United 2-1 Watford: Press conference with SolskjaerTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:22FullscreenManchester United 2-1 Watford: Press conference with Solskjaerhttps://metro.co.uk/video/manchester-united-2-1-watford-press-conference-solskjaer-1895264/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Ole will be aiming to get the best out of Sanchez,’ former England defender Ferdinand said. ‘Ole has gotten the best out of every other player in the squad since he has come.‘One of them is not going to do it. At the moment, Sanchez isn’t playing at the level that we have seen him play at Arsenal.‘He will want to get back to that for personal pride. Ole and his coaching staff will be aiming to get him back into that rhythm and producing that quality he had at Arsenal consistently at United.’Manchester United beat Watford 2-1 on Saturday to remain fourth in the Premier League, level on points with faltering Tottenham in third.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 2 Apr 2019 12:20 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link149Shares Advertisement Manchester United legend and former England defender Rio Ferdinand (Picture: Getty)Rio Ferdinand has named Manchester United’s three most improved players under new permanent manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Red Devils legend Solskjaer was announced as the full-time United boss last week having impressed as caretaker manager over the past four months.United initially expected Solskjaer to be a short-term fix following Jose Mourinho’s sacking but the Norway legend has impressed in the Old Trafford hot-seat.The team has flourished both domestically and in Europe, and Ferdinand believes Solskjaer has had a positive effect on three players in particular.ADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 City‘Since Ole has come you would say [Marcus] Rashford, [Paul] Pogba and [Victor] Lindelof have been the most improved,’ the Manchester United legend told Goal.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Those three have been standouts for me. David de Gea is the best keeper in the league by a mile.’One player who Solskjaer has failed to improve since returning to Old Trafford is Alexis Sanchez.The Chilean forward joined United from Arsenal in January 2018 but is already being linked with a departure after an underwhelming first year in Manchester. Comment Rio Ferdinand names Manchester United’s three most improved players under Ole Gunnar Solskjaerlast_img read more

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Sydney’s stamp duty 24 times higher than Brisbane’s

first_img“Sydney just stands out so remarkably as being exceptionally unaffordable,” said Tim Lawless of CoreLogic RP Data.Corelogic RP Data’s latest Property Pulse release assessed how much first homebuyers in each capital city needed to save in order to cover deposit and stamp duty for their city’s most affordable housing.The numbers were calculated on each capital’s 25th percentile home price, which measures property values in the lower half of each city’s price range.Based on the measure, a first homebuyer in Brisbane looking to save a five per cent deposit on a $390,000 house would require $20,543.The same purchaser in Sydney would be looking at a house worth $666,000, and would require $59,033 to cover deposit and stamp duty.Tim Lawless, head of research at CoreLogic RP Data, said a big reason for the difference was stamp duty.In the example above, Stamp Duty in Queensland was around $1043 while in Sydney it was $25,733.“It really does highlight the startling affordability opportunity that Brisbane is offering to the marketplace,” Mr Lawless said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoHe said a combination of factors made Brisbane a very attractive proposition for buyers.“If you look at something as simple as the dwelling-price-to-income ratio, in Sydney you’re looking at a … dwelling price that’s about 8.5 times higher than a typical household income, whereas in Brisbane its around six times — so it’s quite a bit lower.”He also said Sydney’s median house price was approximately 80 per cent higher than Brisbane’s.“Sydney just stands out so remarkably as being exceptionally unaffordable,” he said.Mr Lawless said the main factor holding Brisbane property back was low employment and, for this, government and industry need to step up.“Offering tax incentives for businesses looking at relocating to Queensland is one ideal way the government could be helping boost the number of jobs being created in the state, or even providing some level of taxation concessions to existing businesses.“But of course there’s other things — building infrastructure of course is another real stimulus from the government that funds more jobs and opens us to productivity.”Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter @kieranclairlast_img read more

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Top engineer takes a bath on sale of luxurious Brisbane mansion

first_imgThis property at 63 Riverview Tce, Hamilton, has sold for $3.575m. Picture: realestate.com.au.The two-level, four-bedroom house had been listed at $4.3 million six months ago with Alma Clark of Alma Clark Real Estate — Ascot. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Records show the couple bought the property in May 2008 for $3.8 million. This mansion at 63 Riverview Terrace, Hamilton, has sold for $3.575m.FORMER civil engineering company boss Andy Hegh has sold his luxurious Brisbane mansion for less than he paid for it a decade ago.The former owner of Pavex, and his wife Allison, have pocketed $3.575 million for their 1930s American gable-style home at 63 Riverview Tce, Hamilton. The study inside 63 Riverview Tce, Hamilton. Picture: realestate.com.au.The couple is moving from Brisbane to Perth to be closer to family and have bought a circa 1893 heritage-listed property in East Fremantle. The sitting room at 63 Riverview Tce, Hamilton. Picture: realestate.com.au.Mr Hegh and his wife lived and worked on a swathe of major infrastructure projects in Mount Isa for many years before moving to Brisbane.He was awarded an Order of Australia in 2014 for service to the construction industry and to the Mount Isa community. The pool area at 63 Riverview Tce, Hamilton. Picture: realestate.com.au.The sale of the home was the biggest residential transaction in Brisbane this week, according to CoreLogic. Why buyers love this Brisbane home The suburbs families are flocking to Property mogul sells luxury unit More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoOne of the bathrooms at 63 Riverview Tce, Hamilton. Picture: realestate.com.au.The formal home with resort-style pool is on a large 1029 sqm block in one of Hamilton’s most exclusive streets.It has an oversized master suite with its own balcony overlooking the pool and a 1500-bottle wine cellar which used to be the maid’s room. This American gable-style house at 63 Riverview Tce, Hamilton, has sold. Picture: realestate.com.au.last_img read more

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Boutique tower set to become part of the Gold Coast skyline

first_imgRenders of Elysian at Broadbeach. Renders of Elysian at Broadbeach. Renders of Elysian at Broadbeach.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoIts 65 apartments over 21 levels will blend breathtaking architecture with hi-tech design and ocean views.They will range in size from 79sq m to 131sq m and be priced between $645,000 and $1.32 million depending on the number of bedrooms and bathrooms and its position.CBRE director of residential projects Nicholas Clydsdale said construction was expected to be finished within the next year.He said they had already sold 25 apartments in 12 weeks.“We’ve had a really strong response – we’ve sold half of the stock we’ve released,” Mr Clydsdale said.He said the majority of buyers were locals who wanted to upgrade their Broadbeach properties.“They’re heavily owner occupier,” Mr Clydsdale said. He said some of the apartments had been amalgamated at the buyers’ request.“They’ve come to us and said, ‘can we put these two together?,” he said. Renders of Elysian at Broadbeach. Renders of Elysian at Broadbeach. Nov 28, 2017.DEMOLITION started on a block of Broadbeach units this week to make way for a boutique residential tower.Construction will start on the $79 million Elysian Broadbeach project, by developer Spyre Group, once the rubble is cleared at the 825sq m site on the corner of Old Burleigh Rd and Margaret St.last_img read more

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