Sting Boards the Cast of His Broadway Musical The Last Ship

first_img Featuring a book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey, The Last Ship is inspired by Sting’s own childhood experiences and his album of the same name. It is set in an English seafaring town that operates around the local shipyard and follows Gideon Fletcher, a man who left home to see the world and returns fourteen years later to find that the future of the shipyard is in danger. The shipyard’s workers decide to take their fate into their own hands and build a towering representation of the shared dream that has defined their existence. The new tuner, directed by Joe Mantello, has had disappointing box office grosses since opening on October 26 at the Neil Simon Theatre. It earned $536,449 out of a potential $1,243,260 for the week ending November 16. “I’ve been working on this show for five years and been at every rehearsal, every performance, so it’s not like I’ve flown in from Planet Rock Star to save the day,” said Sting told The New York Times. View Comments The cast also includes Broadway faves Michael Esper and Aaron Lazar, Rachel Tucker, Fred Applegate, Sally Ann Triplett and Collin Kelly-Sordelet. Related Shows The previously reported rumors were true. Sting will join the cast of his Broadway musical The Last Ship on December 9. The Grammy winner will replace Jimmy Nail as Jackie White and perform in the production through January 10, 2015. The Last Ship Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2015last_img read more

Vermont Agriculture Secretary Urges USDA to Address Dairy Crisis

first_imgMontpelier, Vt Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Roger Allbee, in collaboration with New York Agriculture Commissioner Pat Hooker and Pennsylvania Agriculture Commissioner Dennis Wolff (the principal members of the Northeast Dairy Leadership Team), yesterday sent a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting that he immediately implement Section 1509 of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008. This Act calls for the establishment of a Federal Milk Marketing Order Review Commission.This action is in response to the downturn dairy farmers are facing that could be detrimental to the dairy industry in Vermont, the Northeast and the nation. Due to a complicated and antiquated milk pricing structure, one state acting alone can do very little to address the volatility of milk pricing. There have been many studies of the U.S. dairy industry in the past, but few have resulted in any specific steps to address the issues that today place all dairy industry stakeholders in an extremely difficult financial situation, said Secretary Allbee.  The current demand and supply imbalance in the domestic dairy industry presents an imminent threat to the economic stability and welfare of dairy farmers, allied industries and the overall U.S. economy.The dairy industry, like many others, has a history of responding to crisis.  The severity of this crisis, as identified by dairy economists worldwide, requires a response like no other.  Hence the call from the Northeast agriculture officials for an immediate, independent and rigorous analysis to be conducted of the economic benefit of Federal Marketing Orders and other federal programs related to the dairy industry.  In this letter we suggested to Mr. Vilsack that the focus should be to determine how milk supply and demand can be better balanced without subjecting farmers and others to the wide price swings of recent times said Allbee. We also requested that this analysis be conducted as quickly as possible in order to have policies and other methods in place to better mitigate this and future price collapses.During his confirmation hearings, Mr. Vilsack expressed concern for the current dairy situation. The Northeast agriculture officials also expressed their willingness to work together to address this critical issue and to bolster this vital industry by designing a system that will prevent a repeat of the current dairy and industry price collapse.The Northeast Dairy Leadership Team (NEDLT) was initiated by a memorandum of understanding signed by the departments of agriculture in New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont in June 2006. NEDLT was formed in June 2006 to establish a vision and promote profitability for the region s dairy industry. More than 50 individuals representing all facets of the dairy industry in the three leading northeastern dairy states are part of the Northeast Dairy Leadership Team.  Producers, processors and representatives from allied support industries, universities, dairy promotion groups and state departments of agriculture participate in NEDLT.last_img read more

Record-setting quarter pushes installed U.S. solar capacity to more than 71GW

first_imgRecord-setting quarter pushes installed U.S. solar capacity to more than 71GW FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNBC:The solar market in the U.S. added 2.6 gigawatts of solar photovoltaics in the third quarter of 2019, with total solar capacity — which includes both photovoltaic and concentrating solar power — hitting 71.3 GW, according to a new report.The figures, released Thursday morning, come from the most recent U.S. Solar Market Insight Report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Photovoltaic refers to a way of directly converting light from the sun into electricity. The SEIA describes concentrating solar plants as using mirrors “to concentrate the sun’s energy to drive traditional steam turbines or engines that create electricity.”The 2.6 GW of capacity added during the third quarter represents a 45% increase compared to the third quarter of 2018 and a 25% increase compared to the second quarter of 2019, the SEIA said.Breaking the figures down, the third quarter saw the U.S. residential market install 712 megawatts (MW) of solar. California led the way in this market, installing almost 300 MW.For 2019 as whole, Wood Mackenzie is forecasting year-over-year growth of 23% and expecting 13 GW of installations. To put things in perspective, China added 44 GW of solar photovoltaics in 2018, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). In 2017, the country added 53 GW, the IEA says. [Anmar Frangoul]More: U.S. adds 2.6 gigawatts of solar photovoltaics in third quarter, new figures showlast_img read more

European, Latin Militaries Help Fight Drug Smuggling Across Region

first_img Cooperation also was behind Ecuador’s February 2012 capture of Heriberto Fernández Ramírez — alias “Beto” — a high-value target for Colombian authorities. Colombian police had been tracking Beto for four months and alerted counterparts in Ecuador, when he was in the port city of Guayaquil, said the director of Colombia’s counter-narcotics police, Gen. Luís Alberto Pérez. At a news conference, he maintained that Beto played a key liaison role between Colombian trafficker Daniel Barrera Barrera, alias “El Loco,” and Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel — and that he met regularly in Honduras with Sinaloa operatives to set up drug shipments. It is believed he coordinated the transport of at least seven tons of cocaine. Last September, Honduran Defense Minister Marlon Pascua claimed that 87 percent of the cocaine that makes its way into the United States from Latin America passes through Honduras. “This arrest bring us closer to Barrera,” the general said. Beto had initially worked for Colombian trafficker Maximiliano Bonilla, alias “Valenciano,” but switched his allegiance two years ago to “El Loco.” Ramírez was confronted by Ecuadoran police while walking on a street and was quickly deported to Colombia. An extradition warrant has been issued for him by a U.S. district court in Virginia, where he’s also wanted on drug-trafficking charges. Just days before the capture of Ramírez, Ecuador’s anti-narcotics chief, Nelson Villegas, announced the seizure of 1.3 tons of cocaine and the impounding of a semi-submersible used for drug smuggling in the Gulf of Guayaquil. The shipment, consisting of 1,177 packages, was stored in on the island of Puna, which was raided by police and navy units. The sub was discovered on the island of Santa Clara, 25 miles south of Puna. In early January, Ecuador’s Navy detected another semi-submersible 60 miles off the coast of Puna, but the three-man crew managed to scuttle the vessel before being arrested. “These vessels are difficult from the air and hard for surface units to detect,” said Coast Guard commander, Mauritius Alvear. Cooperation isn’t only a tactic followed by law enforcement agencies. According to the Cali newspaper El País, three of Colombia’s most powerful drug trafficking networks — the Rastrojos, Urabeños and the smaller Paisas — recently met secretly in Medellín to divide the country’s trafficking routes in western Colombia. The newspaper claims the pact is designed to cease infighting among the traffickers. Fourteen countries on three continents are sending military units to patrol the Central American isthmus and share intelligence in a bid to disrupt drug trafficking, arms dealing and money laundering throughout Central America and the Caribbean. The multinational effort, dubbed Operation Martillo, involves Great Britain, Canada, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain and the United States. It began in the last week of January but doesn’t have a set date for completion, say officials. “Many within the region now realize that cooperative security is imperative for eradicating narcotics trafficking,” said Lt. Cdr. Tellis Behel of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force. “This cooperative venture will undoubtedly enhance the effectiveness of counter-drug measures.” El Salvador’s security minister, David Munguia, said at a news conference when asked about Operation Martillo: “Any effort by the international community to combat drug trafficking is very important. As the traffic moves from south to north, it is leaving a trail of violence in all our countries.” Mexican cartels are seeking to expand operations to the Caribbean, say officials there. One example is the Dominican Republic, where authorities have detected the presence of the Sinaloa cartel in the northern Cibao region. Anibal de Castro, the country’s ambassador in Washington, recently told a U.S. Senate hearing that suspected Mexican drug dealer Luís Fernando Castillo Bertolucci confessed after his capture that the Sinaloa cartel “seeks to create a route to Europe via the Dominican Republic.” The diplomat cited evidence that the Sinaloa cartel is now operating in the cities of Santiago de los Caballeros, La Vega and Jarabacoa — and that the cartel may “be getting help from Dominican criminal groups in the Cibao region to acquire chemicals used in the manufacture of narcotics.” EU-funded effort targets West African airports The Caribbean isn’t the only focus of international action regarding the Latin American drug trade. Operation COCAIR III, which is funded by the 27-nation European Union, seized substantial amounts of illicit drugs and cash after monitoring 30 international airports in West and Central Africa, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal. COCAIR III was mounted over an eight-day period last December and led to 45 seizures, including 486 kilograms of cannabis, 24 kilos of cocaine, five kilos of heroin and confiscations of Ecstacy pills and other amphetamines and methamphetamines. More than €3 million in cash also was seized. The operation brought together law enforcement agencies from Africa and Brazil, and had the support of the World Customs Organization, Interpol and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. UNODC officials say COCAIR III is likely to be repeated. “Apart from the immediate success visible in the various seizures, the operation also led to increased airport checks, helped to raise awareness and reinforced the exchange of secure information between custom services and police, particularly in cocaine trafficking,” said EU officials in Accra, Ghana. “Disrupting this trafficking requires coordinated international action to reduce both the demand and the supply of drugs.” European governments have become increasingly alarmed at the increase in Latin America-produced drugs smuggled into Europe via West Africa. Ecuador nabs high-value Colombian suspect By Dialogo March 12, 2012last_img read more

Corelation Conference: 5 secret places San Diego locals love

first_imgBetween the information-packed conference sessions, the cocktail reception Wednesday night and dinner aboard the USS Midway Thursday night, there’s plenty to keep attendees of this week’s 6th annual Corelation User Conference busy.However, for those who are able to carve out a little extra time, there are plenty of interesting things to see in San Diego. If you’ve already visited the world famous San Diego Zoo or sipped cocktails on the deck of Hotel Del Coronado, here are five attractions you’ve probably never heard of that are well worth the trip.Located at 3549 Union Street in the Mission Hills area of San Diego, Harper’s Topiary Garden has been a top attraction for more than 15 years. It’s located in front of a private home and is maintained by the homeowners. More than 50 amazing botanical sculptures are on display.For those interested in haunted houses, The Whaley House, located at 2476 San Diego Avenue near the Old Town area, is a must-see attraction. It was built in 1856 by Thomas Whaley using bricks from his own brickyard. Over the years, there have been numerous reports of hauntings by docents, visitors and even television star Regis Philbin.There are plenty of places to find Mexican food in San Diego, but perhaps none so interesting as Lucha Libre Taco Shop. This local institution serves up delicious food in a Mexican wrestling motif. There are two locations, one at 1810 W. Washington Street, and one at 3016 University Avenue.For unusual food instead of an unusual motif, it’s hard to beat Crazee Burger, located at 3993 30th Street. In addition to traditional beef burgers, this restaurant serves burgers made from buffalo, alligator, venison, ostrich, camel, elk, wild boar and duck.Dr. Seuss fans may not know that Theodore Geisel lived most of his life in San Diego. And, there are several locations around town that celebrate the children’s author. Scripps Park, located on the ocean at 1100 Coast Blvd. in La Jolla, is home to a rare Monterey Cypress tree that was his inspiration for the Lorax tree. And when you see it, you’ll understand why – it looks exactly like the book’s illustrations. Geisel could see this exact tree from his home. La Jolla is also home to Legends Gallery, which sells Dr. Seuss paintings and sculptures, and Geisel Library on the campus of the University of California, San Diego.The Corelation User Conference runs May 16-18 at The Westin San Diego. 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

In search of the self-sufficient member

first_imgA self-sufficient member is a good thing. Do-it-yourself folks don’t need expensive help, are more likely to be satisfied, and are sticky — they are in it for the long run with their favorite financial cooperative. As long as that cooperative is meeting their needs. So, how docredit unions ensure they meet the needs of members?Two leading cooperatives — Langley Federal Credit Union ($3.0B, Newport News, VA) and Wright-Patt Credit Union ($4.9B, Beavercreek, OH) — have found that technology and education are two key ingredients in creating a corps of self-sufficient member-owners.“We start by educating the member at the time they open an account,” says Kim Riley, vice president of service delivery at Wright-Patt, the Buckeye State’s largest cooperative. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

30-35 Syrian troops killed in Turkish counter-fire: Erdogan

first_imgThe Turkish strike on regime positions south of the flashpoint town of Saraqeb wounded another 20 regime fighters, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.It followed Syrian regime shelling in Idlib that killed four Turkish soldiers, according to Ankara’s defence ministry.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called it an “ongoing operation,” and said that 30 to 35 Syrian forces were killed in the counterattack.He urged regime ally Russia not to stand in the way of Ankara’s response. Turkey has killed dozens of Syrian forces in retaliatory fire after four of its soldiers died in shelling on positions in the northwest of the country, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday.”There is an ongoing operation right now and… according to initial findings around 30 to 35 Syrians on the other side were neutralised,” he told reporters at an Istanbul airport before leaving for Ukraine.Meanwhile, at least six Syrian government troops were killed by Turkish shelling on Monday in the northwestern region of Idlib in retaliation for a deadly regime attack, a war monitor said. The clash is a rare confrontation between Syrian forces and Turkish soldiers who are based in parts of Syria’s north and northwest where Ankara backs a host of rebel groups.It risks a serious escalation in a region that has come under heightened attacks by Damascus and Moscow in recent weeks, displacing hundreds of thousands of people.Erdogan last week warned that Ankara would use military force against Damascus if any of its positions in Idlib were threatened by attacks.Turkey has 12 observation posts in the region as part of a Turkey-Russia deal to prevent a regime offensive.Turkish media on Sunday reported that Turkey’s military sent reinforcements to the region to bolster the forces stationed at the posts.Topics :last_img read more

US Coast Guard Working on Containing New Orleans Oil Spill

first_imgThe US Coast Guard is continuing efforts on containing an oil spill on the Mississippi River in New Orleans.First assets were deployed on September 11 after a helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans observed a sheen on the water earlier in the day during a routine overflight.Fifteen hundred feet of boom has been deployed to contain the sheen while oil spill response company OMI Environmental Solutions has been contracted to contain and recover the product.The Coast Guard is yet to provide details on the cause or source of the spill. The incident is still under investigation.In addition to US Coast Guard assets, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office has joined the response effort and six oil spill response boats have been on site as of September 13.The Coast Guard said earlier that the shoreline is projected to be minimally impacted.last_img read more

Emergency Shelter Management and Radio Communication Trainings Commence

first_imgLifestyleLocalNews Emergency Shelter Management and Radio Communication Trainings Commence by: – July 1, 2020 Tweet 72 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) commenced training in Emergency Shelter Management on Monday June 29, 2020.Radio Communication training will begin on Thursday July 2nd.These trainings will continue over the two-month period of July and August and are designed to accommodate shelter teams from across Dominica comprising the seven Districts of Portsmouth/North; Castle Bruce/East; Grand Bay/South; St Joseph/West; Marigot/North East; La Plaine/South East; Roseau/South West; and the Kalinago Territory.The first week of training will take place in the Eastern District of Castle Bruce to include the communities of Castle Bruce, Tronto, San Sauveur, Good Hope and Petite Soufriere.The shelter management training will cover key areas such as the composition of the shelter team; responsibilities of shelter managers and support team; activation and closure protocol for emergency shelters; supplies and equipment required in shelters; catering for persons and groups with specific protection needs and gender differences and sheltering needs, among others. Importantly, the guidelines for use and management of shelters during COVID-19 Pandemic will be outlined.If you are planning to use a public emergency shelter during the hurricane season, here are a few guidelines specific to COVID-19 to keep in mind:Everyone should wear masks in public shelterFrequent handwashing or use of hand sanitizers/rubbing alcohol (70%) will be encouragedShelter managers are expected to enforce adherence to hygiene guidelines as stipulated by the Ministry of Health, Wellness and New Health InvestmentShelterees should avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illnessAnyone who begins to show symptoms of COVID-19 will be separated from the main area and be placed in the designated isolation section; In some shelters, where isolation is not possible, temporary barriers will be used for separationFor sleeping purposes, cots should be at least 6 feet apart. Cots will be arranged in alternating ‘head-to-toe’ arrangements to reduce transmission of any communicable diseases   Persons will be separated in the shelters by household, as much as possible.The ODM is reminding the public to have a plan and put measures in place to reduce the impact of tropical cyclone activity on their lives and property in the event that the island is affected this year.Preparedness is key. Therefore, as we go through the hurricane season remember to:Check emergency supplies and store valuables and important documents in waterproof containersPack non-perishable food items and water (1 gallon per day per person) and include necessary medicationHave an evacuation plan (keep in mind family members who have special needs) and important contact informationNow is the time to know where your emergency shelter is locatedHave material and tools on hand to protect windows and doorsKeep waterways clear, including drains near your homes, to reduce floodingEvacuate early if orders are given by the authoritiesInspect your property and ensure that trees that hang over your home or could pose a danger are cut downCheck on the condition of the roof of your homes and businessesFor more information on safety tips for all natural hazards and the hurricane emergency shelters list visit the ODM’s website at or Facebook page: @ODMDominica1 or call 611-4412 / 448-7777.Be prepared. Be safe.last_img read more

Forest duo set for Newcastle switch

first_img Darlow joined Forest in 2006 after being released by Aston Villa’s academy as a teenager. Some impressive displays last season saw Premier League scouts flock to the City Ground to watch him, with Liverpool and Spurs thought to be particularly keen. He emerged as the club’s number one back in 2012 and has gone on to make 67 first-team appearances. The acquisition of Lascelles and Darlow takes Newcastle manager Alan Pardew’s number of new signings up to nine, with the Forest duo following Facundo Ferreyra, Siem de Jong, Daryl Janmaat, Emmanual Riviere, Jack Colback, Ayoze Perez and Remy Cabella to St James’ Park. Pearce, who spent two years at Newcastle towards the end of his playing career, only last week insisted that none of his young stars would be sold unless it was right for the club. On Monday evening he told the Nottingham Post: “We had an offer from Newcastle, that I was made aware of last week, in regards to the two players going there. “The figures that were mentioned, by the representative of our club – I said I would not do that deal, when I was asked the question. “I thought I could push their value up and that they would be worth more in the long run. “The first I heard today about things was when Jamaal Lascelles came in and told me that he had a medical at 2pm at Newcastle. “That disappointed me greatly.” Academy product Lascelles has been on the radar of the country’s big clubs for a few years now. Forest turned down an offer from Arsenal in 2011, while in January this year Everton were fined £45,000 and warned as to their future conduct after making an unauthorised approach for the player in 2010. More recently, Tottenham have been linked with a move for the England Under-21 international who became a first-team regular for the Reds last season. Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce has confirmed that Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow are set to sign for Newcastle. The deal will see both players remain at the City Ground for the 2014/15 season as part of a loan arrangement between the two clubs, but the Reds boss insists the highly-rated pair have been allowed to leave against his advice. Central defender Lascelles, 20, and goalkeeper Darlow, 23, have been tracked by several Barclays Premier League clubs but the Magpies have won the race to secure their signatures – reportedly paying Forest in the region of £5million. Press Associationlast_img read more